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January 2, 2013 Vol. 92 No. 1

Missouri Department of Revenue is changing the format of driver licenses and non-driver identification cards, and the issuance process

Missouri Driver’s License Changing Format Information from Missouri Department of Revenue

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The changes enhance security and help reduce the risk of identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Driver licenses and non-driver identification cards will have new security features, and will be printed in one, secure facility. Beginning in December, license offices around the state will be converted to the new process at the rate of about 15 offices per week. The rollout should be complete in April 2013. Applicants may still go to any Missouri license office they choose, and the application process and fees will remain the same. At the license office, applicants will receive a temporary, paper license and may keep the old license card which will be punched “VOID.” The permanent license will be produced at a single, secure facility, and arrive in the mail at an applicant’s home within 7 to 10 business days. Overall, time spent in the license office should decrease. Mailing the license or identification card helps detect and prevent fraud and identity theft by requiring a valid address, and allows extra security precautions to be taken prior to issuing the permanent document, so that individuals who might pose as someone else will not be able to receive a license on the spot. The new license includes security features such as a laser perforation (holding the license up to a light will reveal a “MO” perforation) and special printing Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

that reacts to UV light. There’s even a special, vertical arrangement for under-21 licenses. The new license or non-driver identification card will be issued to you when you renew, apply for a duplicate, or change your address on your license or card. The license or identification card will be mailed in an unmarked envelope and will not suggest or reveal the contents. You should receive your driver license or non-driver identification card within 7 to 10 business days. There will not be any additional costs for the temporary license or new license or non-driver identification card. While waiting for the new license, you will be issued a paper, temporary license with the same identifying information and photo that will be on your permanent license or identification card. Use it like a normal license or non-driver identification card. The temporary license is only valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. The expiration date is printed on it. Although it is generally up to a business to decide what type of identificaLearn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Eagle Watch and Guided Trail Walk, Saturday, January 19

Discover Nature with Eagle Days Around the State Big rivers, many lakes and wetlands make Missouri especially attractive to bald eagles

Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetEagle Days events: The Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park and the St. Louis Coun• Jan. 5-6 at Smithville Lake north of Kansas lands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 ty Parks and Recreation Department will host The annual "Eagle Watch and Guided Trail Walk" on Saturday, January 19 from 11 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands City, 816.532.0174 of these great birds migrate south from their • Jan. 26-27 at Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville, a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes 660.785.2420 A live Eagle, several birds of prey, and a naturalist from the World states to hunt in the Show• Jan. 26-27 at MDC Springfield Conservation Bird Sanctuary will be on site for a Nature Center, 417.888.4237 Me State. Eagles take up close-up view from Noon to 2 p.m. • Feb. 2 at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge residence wherever they Experienced, well known "birdfind open water and plen- northwest of Puxico, 573.222.3589 er," Kraig Paradise will be available tiful food. More than 2,000 Other places for winter eagle viewing: to help visitors view the majestic • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access bald eagles are typically rewild birds through scopes and binported in Missouri during east of Bagnell oculars that will be provided. Hot • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K winter. chocolate, hot dogs and a warm From December through southwest of Columbia fire will be located at the top of the February, Missouri's win• Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield Grand Staircase. Be sure to dress • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off ter eagle watching is specwarm and bring your binoculars. of Riverview Drive in St. Louis tacular. Discover nature Parking is available at the site. • Riverlands Environmental Demonstration with Missouri Department Visitors are encouraged individually to walk or bike along Photo by Noppadol Paothong, courtesy Missouri Department of Conser- of Conservation’s (MDC) Area east of West Alton • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Eagle Days events around the three mile trail that takes you vation. Dorado Springs the state, or enjoy eaglethrough the newly restored upland prairie and wetlands, past Cold • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of viewing on your own. Eagle Days events include Water Creek and the Missouri River. Join one of our guided walks along the trail to enjoy Fort Belle Fontaine Park in its winter glory. live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, Sumner • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills The top of the bluff at the Grand Staircase offers a panoramic videos and guides with spotting scopes. Be sure Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson to dress for winter weather and don’t forget camview of the Missouri River and overlooks the sites where Lewis • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw and Clark camped in 1804 when they left on their Voyage of Dis- eras and binoculars. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them earFor more information, visit MDC’s website at covery and their last campsite on their return in 1806. The Grand ly in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Staircase was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930's. Information will also be available for anyone wanting to become a member of the Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park which holds Dr. Rance Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Sociology/Criminal Justice, a 501(c)3 status under St. Louis County's Historic Sites CommisPresident of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Jussion. Fort Belle Fontaine Park is located at 10300 Bellefontaine Road, tice, former President of Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial, and local columnist for the Telegraph Newspaper in Alton, Illinois for 20 years, was recently award3 miles north of Highway 270. ed the Human Rights Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Human Rights award was awarded by the Lovejoy Memorial for his longtime commitment to Civil Rights and social justice, and the Lifetime Achievement award was awarded by The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area in Illinois for his outstanding contribution to the Alton area for approximately 40 years. Dr. Thomas presented the prestigious Lovejoy Me- Rance Thomas morial Human Rights Award to the late widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King, at Principia College shortly after beginning his eight year term as President of the Lovejoy Memorial before an overflow crowd of 2,000 individuals. He also had the honor of having dinner with Mrs. King in the private dinning room in the residence of the President of the College. He states that he was energized to work even harder to make a difference within the community, because of Mrs. King's firsthand report of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Kings work and thoughts during this Movement.

Rance Thomas Presents Award • Community News • January 2, 2013

City of Florissant Senior Citizen Upcoming Events City of Florissant Senior Citizen Trips: • The Magic Chef Mansion and the Fountain on Locust: Start your day as we have a delicious lunch at the Fountain on Locust, known for their fresh food, fine ice creams and chocolates. Follow that with a tour of the magnificently restored private residence of Charles Stockstrom, founder of the company that became The Magic Chef Stove Company. Date: Thursday, February 14. Cost: $31 covers transportation on the City of Florissant bus, lunch at the Fountain on Locust and tour of the Mansion. Time: 10:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tickets will sold in the Senior Office in Florissant City Hall on January 11-17. Call the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 314.839.7605. • Ameristar Casino: Eat lunch at Ameristar’s “Landmark Buffet” and then try your luck at your favorite slots! Date: Tuesday, February 26. Cost: $18 (covers transportation on the Florissant Bus, lunch at the buffet and $5 Ameristar free play) Time: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be available on Tuesday, January 29 at

the Florissant Senior Dining Center at 621 rue St. Francois, 63031 from 9-11 a.m. for senior residents with a current resident card. If there are tickets left a second registration will be held on Tuesday, February 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Florissant Senior Dining Center for residents AND non-residents. Cost for a non-resident is $20. City of Florissant Senior Citizen Dance: The popular FANFARE Band with Kittie Moller will get you “Dancing through the Decades” at the James J. Eagan Center(#1 James Eagan Drive, 63033) on Saturday Night, February 9 at 7 p.m. Come listen to the music or dance the night away! Tickets are just $6 in the Senior Office in Florissant City Hall or $8 at the door. All residents and non-residents are invited to enjoy this wonderful evening. Light snacks will be provided. Beer, wine & soda will be available for purchase. Call the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 314.839.7605.

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a problem with a business accepting your temporary license, please contact the Department at 573-526-2407 or dlbmail@dor. Temporary license holders may also want to keep their old license (which will have been punched “VOID”) along with their temporary license until they receive the permanent one in the mail. U.S. federal agencies are familiar with the temporary license issued by other states. To ensure that Missouri’s temporary licenses will be recognized and accepted when issuance begins, the Department is working with federal entities, including airports, to inform them about the temporary license. You may reach us by phone at 573.526.2407 or by e-mail at

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Volunteers Needed Between January – April 15 to Help with Taxes for Low-Income Residents The Gateway EITC Community Coalition hopes to pair volunteers with low income and elderly residents for tax assistance from late January through April 15 at various locations in the region. Trainings take place during January at various times and locations throughout St. Louis City, County and Illinois. Volunteers must attend one or more certification trainings in order to greet, interview or prepare taxes. A tax assistance experience is not required to help. You must register for the trainings in advance. To find out more, contact GECC at 314.539.4062 or email The purpose of the Coalition is to offer free Earned Income Tax Credit preparation and education to low income residents in the metropolitan area to help raise their living standards. Last year, 225 Gateway EITC Community Coalition volunteers prepared nearly 6,900 federal tax returns in the area, resulting in more than $8.2 million in refunds. Volunteers saved families more than $1.7 million in paid tax preparation fees. Greeters will ensure that each taxpayer has all the necessary information with him or her to have their return completed on site. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 16 hour volunteer time commitment that includes one four-hour training and at least two six-hour Saturdays January – April. Intake volunteers with great people skills will assist the families in completing the interview sheet and transfer the paperwork to a tax preparer. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 24 hour volunteer time commitment that

includes 12-hours of preparation training and at least two six-hour Saturdays January – April. Tax preparers will prepare federal and state tax returns electronically. People with some tax knowledge and computer skills are helpful. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 24 hour volunteer time commitment that includes 12-hours of preparation training and at least two six-hour Saturdays January – April. The GECC estimates that 58 percent of lowto-moderate income families or working poor in this community pay an average of $266 for tax preparation, refund anticipation loans, electronic filing fees and check cashing fees. This results in an additional combined financial drain of more than $30 million for these local families. GECC is a public/private partnership working to bring unclaimed EITC refunds to lowincome individuals and families in the St. Louis region and is made up of 32 member organizations. United Way of Greater St. Louis is a key partner in the coalition providing information and referral to all free income tax sites in the St. Louis region through its 2-1-1 call center, office space and administrative support. About United Way of Greater St. Louis: United Way funds more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314.421.0700 or visit


Jerome and Molly Redding recently celebrated their 7th Anniversary on the sixth of December with a trip to Hartford, Connecticut. They were also licensed together this year as ministers in their local congregation during their annual church conference. The couple is grateful for their Lord, their love, and their ministry.



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Verizon Wireless Awards Grant to HPD’s Crime Victims Unit Verizon Wireless has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) for its Crime Victims and Domestic Violence Unit. The company’s vertical account manager for public safety, Lou Dauten, presented the check to Beth Ray, HPD’s Crime Victim/Domestic Violence Unit coordinator, in keeping with the spirit of giving this holiday season. It took a team effort within the department to apply for this grant funding. Hazelwood’s IT system administrator Glen Robinson played an instrumental role in getting the HPD signed up for Verizon’s Project Hopeline program in 2009, which is admin- left to right: HPD’s Crime Victim/Domestic Violence Unit coordinator Beth Ray accepts a $3,000 check from Verizon’s vertical account manager for public safety Lou istered through the company’s public Dauten representing the grant issued from the company’s Project Hopeline prorelations office. He encouraged Lt. Ken gram, which is administered by the public relations department. Jewson and Beth Ray to submit the grant application. As a Project Hopeline participant, the HPD receives cellular phones from Verizon which are distributed to victims of crime. This is an important component in the department’s overall goal to enhance the safety of victims. It is especially crucial for domestic violence and stalking victims to have 24-hour access to a cellular phone to call 911. This additional funding will be used to cover the cost of reprinting informational packets which are given out to victims of crime, family members and community members every year. Some of the topics covered by these packets include sexual assault, domestic violence, and family survivors of homicide. Domestic violence information is available in five different languages to accommodate the diverse mix of ethnic groups living in the local community. “We literally distribute hundreds of these informational packets on a yearly basis. And, they often need to be updated due to new and changing resources in the Greater St. Louis area,” Beth Ray, HPD’s Crime Victim and Domestic Violence Unit coordinator, said. “One of the most costly expenditures for this unit relates to the re-printing of these packets. But these updates are crucial to the department’s overall goal of providing victims with the highest quality of current information and referrals possible.” A portion of the grant money will also be used to subsidize the cost of training for Beth Ray, an 18-year member of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV). Members of this organization meet in Jefferson City once a year to interact with state legislators and national speakers. This event gives them an opportunity to cross-train with other service providers and to network with their peers as well. Because of the recession and sluggish recovery which prompted the City to make extensive budget cuts, she hasn’t been able to attend the annual MDADSV Conference for several years. This funding will enable her to go and keep herself up-todate with current laws and legislation. The partnership between HPD’s Crime Victims Unit and its commissioned officers has been presented as a model of excellence in a law enforcement invention program by county, state, and international communities. In 2010, the HPD was one of only three global law enforcement agencies to be presented with an “Excellence in Victim Services Award” from The InternaWAREHOUSE PRICES tional Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and LogIn, Inc. It Furnaces Air Conditioning Supplies was given recognition for utilizing best practices such as tive partnerships, innovative training methods and performance Gas or Electric monitoring tools which place crime victims at the center of all Heating Systems problem-solving activities. 50,000 BTU .... $400 75,000 BTU .... $450 100,000 BTU .. $475 120,000 BTU .. $500 140,000 BTU .. $600

10K Distance Added to 4th Annual Ferguson Twilight Run/Walk The fourth annual Ferguson Twilight Run/Walk is Saturday, May 18. To add to the fun and excitement of the only evening race in North St. Louis County, organizers have added a 10K route to the traditional one-mile and 5K event. The race was formerly known as LiveWell Ferguson Twilight 5K Run/Walk. Runners and walkers will take to the streets of the City of Ferguson on a USATF certified course. The races start and finish at Plaza at 501, an outdoor entertainment area at the intersection of Florissant Road and Suburban Avenue. Ferguson Twilight includes post-race festivities such as a free live concert, vendors and specials at local restaurants. Since the race began in 2010, proceeds have benefited youth scholarships to attend camp programs at the Emerson Family YMCA. The 2012 race donated $10,000 for local youth. Ferguson Twilight is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Christian Hospital, Emerson, Ferguson City Walk, Live Well Ferguson, Big River Running, the City of Ferguson, and Emerson Family YMCA. Race fees are $20 for the 5K and 10K for early registrants. The race fee for the One-Mile Fun Run is $10. Special rates are offered to teams of 10 or more. Awards and prizes will be presented to top finishers. The course is timed by Big River Running. For more details, or to register for Ferguson Twilight 5K/10K, go to To become a sponsor, contact Dwayne T. James, race director, at 314.395.2430 or send an email to

Valley of Flowers Queen Candidate Applications Available Applications for the 2013 Valley of Flowers queen candidates are now available online at or from the Valley of Flowers Office, 601 rue St. Charles, Florissant, MO 63031, telephone 314.837.0033. All candidates must be 16 years of age by April 30, a junior in high school and a resident of the City of Florissant. Each candidate needs a sponsor. Sponsors need not be a Florissant business. The number of candidates is limited to the first 25 candidates and will be selected in the order in which the Valley of Flowers office receives the completed application. Rules and regulations for queen candidates are included with the applications. Completed forms will be accepted beginning on now until Feb. 8. The Valley of Flowers Committee has chosen “Valley of Flowers Celebrates Children’s Literature” for the 2013 Festival. All candidates will be asked to decorate their entries using any form of children’s literature from “Dr. Seuss,” “Harry Potter,” “Moby Dick,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Mother Goose” or any other beloved story. Judging of the candidates will take place at the James J. Eagan Center on Sunday, April 7. A dinner will follow to recognize the candidates, sponsors, and families. Candidates are judged on poise and personality. The Queen, first runner-up and three special maids will be announced at the conclusion of the parade on Sunday, May 5. A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to the queen and many gifts and prizes will be given to the all the young ladies on the court at the conclusion of their reign. The queen and court will represent the Valley of Flowers Committee and the City of Florissant at numerous events throughout their reign and will be expected to be available for these events. Please call the Valley of Flowers office at 314.837.0033 for your application or e-mail the committee at and an application will be sent. Applications are also online at

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Mercy Makes the Top Grade

Mercy Hospitals in St. Louis and Washington receive “A” The Leapfrog Group has released its latest grades for hospital safety across the nation. Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington were both awarded “A” grades based on preventable medical errors, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. “Mercy co-workers strive to provide the best care for our patients in a comfortable and safe environment,” said Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy East Communities. “These grades are just the latest example of that great care.” “Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Mercy for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.” Mercy Hospital St. Louis scored within the “Best Performing Hospitals” category for multiple measures within the Leapfrog data that hospitals publicly report. In addition, there have been zero ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAP) for one year thanks to precautionary interventions, team training and virtual monitoring of intensive care unit ventilator patients. The hospital also is record breaking for pressure ulcer prevention among hospitals of similar size. Mercy Hospital Washington has maintained zero Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections in the intensive care unit (ICU) for four years and zero central line infections for seven years. It was ranked by Consumer Reports in 2012 as a top “safe hospital” and in 2010 as a top hospital at keeping patients in the ICU from contracting life-threatening infections linked to the presence of central (intravenous) lines. In 2011, it was recognized by Primaris for maintaining zero MRSA infections in the ICU. The hospital was a 2010 recipient of the Safe Patient Care Award for influenza mitigation from Missouri’s Center for Patient Safety. Leapfrog derived the score by evaluating its own data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey. Other Mercy Hospitals to receive A grades include Springfield, Independence, Kan., and Lebanon. To see a complete list of Leapfrog’s latest hospital grades, visit The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a grade that reflects a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe.



Recent Ribbon Cutting: Starbuck’s Coffee

The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce welcomed newest member Starbuck's Coffee with a plaque presentation at the location at 1261 Graham Rd. in Florissant on Monday, December 3. Pictured in the photo are Max Behrens, store manager; Carolyn Marty, chamber president and Julie Berthold, chamber board chairwoman. Photo by Debbie Wright.

Greater North County Chamber to Award Five $1,000 Scholarships The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The chamber will award five $1,000 scholarships to high school students who reside in the Greater North County service area. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s Membership Luncheon on April 17. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday, February 15. Applications are available at the local high schools; at the chamber office, 420 W. Washington St.; or online at The scholarship can be used for post high school continuing education expenses including college tuition, room and board, books, fees, or for expenses associated with a trade or technical school program. Seniors with a commitment to North County, an interest in pursuing a career in business and have demonstrated a record of community service are encouraged to apply. The scholarship fund was established with donations from chamber members and a fall bowling tournament. The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce has awarded $41,000 in scholarships to date.



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Two Hazelwood Students Win the 2012 NCUU Dr. King Oratory Contest North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, (NCCU) named two Hazelwood School District students as winners of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest. The winners were: grades one through five, Grace Bishop, Lawson Elementary School, and grades six through eight, Nadia Rankin, Hazelwood East Middle School. Each won in their respective categories. The contest was held at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Florissant. There were 12 finalists in all, and five winners were chosen from among the group. “Great event to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence,” tweeted Dr. Grayling Tobias, HSD superintendent, after supporting our students by attending the event. I am proud of all contest participants for their efforts. This was truly a remarkable occasion.” Students were asked to spend time thinking and writing about how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, leadership, and service benefits them, us, and the world around us. “The judges had a difficult time picking just five win-

ners,” said Barb Thompson, NCCU Vice President and contest coordinator. “All of the students did an admirable job. It was uplifting and reassuring to hear students speak about continuing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of healing divisions after the horrifying events in Newtown, Connecticut,” Thompson said. Each of the winners will receive a $100 prize, and will present their oratories at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Grayling Tobias poses with NCCU 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest finalists Grace Bishop, Olivia Perry, Mada Sylla and Nadia Rankin; their families and HSD staff. Terry M. Fischer Theatre at St. Louis Community College at Florissant submitting them, and for working with the finalists to Valley on Jan. 20. This event is free and open to the prepare for the oratory contest. We realize that it was public. hard work,” she concluded. “Thank you to all the teachers, instructional specialOther finalists from HSD include: Olivia Perry, Lawists, counselors, principals, other staff, and families for son Elementary School; and Mada Sylla, Garrett Elsupporting the students as they wrote the oratories, for ementary School.

Pattonville Senior Named DECA District Vice President

Fencer from PHS Ranked 20th in the Nation

Julia Mullineaux, a senior from Pattonville High School, was elected as the District 7 vice president for the Missouri DECA organization. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, hospitality and management. The position will allow Mullineaux to help lead the more than 8,000 DECA students throughout Missouri.

Mohamed Hassan, a freshman at Pattonville High School, recently moved up to rank 20th in the nation in fencing. According to the United States Fencing Association, he is qualified to compete in international tournaments, including world cups and world championships. He recently competed in a competition in Budapest, Hungary.

Riverview Gardens Invites RGSD Stakeholders to Meet Top Two Superintendent Candidates Administrators, staff, parents and community members of the Riverview Gardens School District are invited to participate in a community forum with the district’s top two candidates for superintendent of schools on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m., at Westview Middle School, 1950 Nemnich Drive. The two finalists for the position of superintendent are Shelly Mills-Walker, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of student services in the Ritenour School District, and Scott Spurgeon, Ed.D., former superintendent of schools in the Belleville Township High School District #201. Dr. Brent Underwood, a consultant with the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) Superintendent Search Services, will moderate the community forum. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions by signing up when they arrive and will be called upon in the order of the sign-in sheet. The district hired MSBA to conduct the superintendent search, which began this fall. In October, Riverview Gardens’ staff, parents and community members participated in focus groups to define the attributes they wanted in a future superintendent. Sixteen candidates applied for the position. Riverview Gardens Special Administrative Board plans to make its final decision by the end of January. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

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Students, Parents Plan for College During Middle School University Session on Jan. 17 Hazelwood School District Middle School University (MSU) is hosting its third workshop in a series of six sessions. Middle School University is an interactive program designed to teach parents and students about the importance of early preparation for college. MSU is specifically designed for students in fifth through eighth grade and their parents/guardians, who are interested in early preparation for the future. Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Workshop #3 is titled: “Building a College Going Culture, Part I” Dinner and childcare will be provided. HSD students, parents, grandparents and community. All students in the District are welcome to attend, including home-schooled students. At Hazelwood West Middle School, 12834 Missouri Bottom Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042. RSVP to Audrey Wittenauer at or call 314.953.5190. • Community News • January 2, 2013



STLCC Offers Accelerated Healthcare Training Programs If you’re looking for a career in the healthcare industry, St. Louis Community College is enrolling students for innovative, accelerated programs in medical therapeutics and health informatics/information technology. The medical therapeutics pathway includes these programs: • Home Health Caregiver – six weeks leading to a certificate of completion. • Patient Care Technician – 10 weeks leading to a certificate of completion. • Certified Nurse Assistant – 12 weeks leading to state certification. • Medical Assistant – 18 weeks leading to a certificate of completion. The health informatics/IT in healthcare pathway includes these programs: • IT Help Desk/End User Support Specialist – 18 weeks leading to a certificate of completion. • Healthcare IT Technician – 12 credit hours leading to a certificate of completion. • Electronic Health Record Certificates – 12 credit hours leading to a certificate of completion. STLCC has received funds for these accelerated programs through the Missouri Health Workforce Innovation Networks (MoHealthWINs). MoHealthWINs is a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded program to serve Trade Act participants as well as veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals, and low-skilled persons in Missouri in health services/health sciences career pathways throughout the state. Missouri’s 12 community colleges and one state technical college are participating in MoHealthWINs.

Eligible students pay no tuition for these programs. Classes are forming now for the spring 2013 semester. To complete an online application or to learn more about the program, visit After Jan. 14, individuals also can visit the MoHealthWINs office in Room 210 in the D Tower on the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in The Patient Care Technician program is part of the MoHealthWINs Missouri and one of the largest accelerated training offered by St. Louis Community College. in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve more than 81,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit

PHS Students Learn About Engineering During Boeing Trip Six junior and senior girls from Pattonville High School recently attended a Women in Engineering Conference at Boeing. The field trip was led by Susan Mathis, who teachers math, aerospace engineering and digital electronics at the high school, and was designed to educate and Shown are, from left, Lauren Robinson, Christine Gardner, Asia Divine, teacher Susan Mathis, Anjali Fernandes (at the controls), Kelsi Hughes and Paige Bateman. encourage female students interested in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career. While at the conference, students had the opportunity to fly an F/A-18 flight simulator; see an autonomous Jeep Cherokee and “drive” the Jeep with a controller and laptop; complete a hands-on engineering activity; and meet with current Boeing engineers and Missouri University of Science and Technology college students about career experiences. Students were also given a hands-on robot activity to make and take home. Students who attended the conference were Paige Bateman, Asia Devine, Anjali Fernandes, Christine Gardner, Kelsi Hughes and Lauren Robinson.

1952 Time Capsule to be Unveiled at Ferguson Middle School on Jan. 9 The January meeting of the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education will feature a special presentation: the unveiling of the original cornerstone and time capsule from the former Ferguson Junior High School. They were placed in the school as a part of its construction in 1952. The Ferguson-Florissant School District, in concert with the 8th Grade Graduating Class of June 11, 1953, will bring the items and history together for further celebration on Jan. 9. In addition to the cornerstone and time capsule, other artifacts will be on display at the meeting: Twelve (12) mounted enlargements of the scrolls contained in the time capsule; “The Crest” yearbook from Ferguson High School, 1952; “The Crest” yearbook from Ferguson High School, 1953; “The Crest” yearbook from Ferguson High School, 1957; Issues of the Ferguson High School Scoop Newspaper, 1957; Three (3) mounted enlargements of pages from a 1957 scrapbook; Class of 1957 Memory Book from 2012 reunion; and “The View” yearbook from Ferguson Middle School, 1989, with photos from the school’s

Hazelwood School District and Republic Announces Electronic Waste Recycling Drive Hazelwood School District is pleased to partner with Republic Services for a community electronic waste recycling drive. Residents are encouraged to drop off unwanted electronics for proper recycling; items include anything with a plug or battery. There is no charge to drop off items. To allow for easier access, below are opportunities at two HSD locations for community participation: • Saturday, Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hazelwood East Middle School • Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Armstrong Elementary School “We are pleased to expand our already successful partnership with Republic Services,” said Kevin Cross, Hazelwood Supplier Diversity director. “Although these are one-time events, the electronic waste recycling drive is just a continuation of HSD’s overall strategy to help reduce our carbon footprint. It is our goal to get staff, students, parents and the entire community engaged in the recycling process.” This event is free and open to the public. Hazelwood East Middle School is located at 1865 Dunn Road, St. Louis, MO 63138 Armstrong Elementary School is located at 6255 Howdershell Road, MO Hazelwood 63042

rebuilding following a fire that swept through the west wing of the school in 1988. Members of the 8th Grade Graduating Class of 1953 will present a poster containing additional collected images and information to the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Ferguson Middle School, 701 January Ave. in Ferguson.

Learn & Play


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Youngest Pick:

Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy!

Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.


Pictures tell the touching tale of “Unspoken, A Story of the Underground Railroad” by Henry Cole, a previous Book Buzz favorite. Cole’s lifelike drawings pack a wallop of emotion in this wordless book. A farm girl sees Confederate soldiers approach during the Civil War and wonders what they’re doing on her family’s property. After they leave, the child gathers potatoes and turnips in a shed when she sees a wide eye peering at her from a bundle of cornstalks in the corner. Terrified she runs to her house, but says nothing to her family. Instead she secretively takes a dinner roll from the table, wrapping it in a napkin when no one’s watching. Though her family has no idea what she’s doing, the courageous girl acts from her heart, creating a bond between two people separated by age and race. “Unspoken’s” text may be silent, but it’s message rings loud and clear in a book sure to be revered.

Special Days in the Month of January... See solution on page 13

A Riddle... I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle., but I still hold water. What am I? A sponge.


January 1 New Year’s Day January 2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day January 3 Festival of Sleep Day January 3 Fruitcake Toss Day January 4 Trivia Day January 5 National Bird Day January 6 Bean Day January 6 Cuddle Up Day January 7 Old Rock Day January 8 Bubble Bath Day January 9 Play God Day January 10 Houseplant Appreciation Day January 11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day

January 12 National Pharmacist Day January 13 Make Your Dream Come True Day January 14 Dress Up Your Pet Day January 15 National Hat Day January 16 National Nothing Day January 17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day January 18 Thesaurus Day January 18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne January 19 National Popcorn Day January 20 Penguin Awareness Day January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, celebrated on the third Monday January 21 National Hugging Day January 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22 National Blonde Brownie Day January 23 National Pie Day January 23 National Handwriting Day January 23 Measure Your Feet Day January 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day January 24 Compliment Day January 25 Opposite Day January 26 Spouse’s Day January 27 Chocolate Cake Day January 28 Fun at Work Day January 29 29 National Puzzle Day January 30 National Inane Answering Message Day January 31 31 Backward Day

This Weeks Shelter: PALS - Pets Alone Sanctuary 4287 Hwy 47, West Hawk Point, MO 63349 • 636-338-1818 • If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@

The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! • Community News • Jaunary 2, 2013


“The Guilt Trip”

Though it always is great to see Barbra Streisand on the big screen, “The Guilt Trip” certainly is no guilty pleasure. Except for a few shining, comedic moments, the film takes a long journey down some very familiar cinematic roads. Streisand plays Joyce Brewster, a mother who is totally devoted to her adult son Andy (Seth Rogen). Now an organic chemist, Andy doesn’t quite feel the same about his mom, deleting her voicemail messages and only calling her back occasionally. His only obsession in life is an all-natural cleaning solution that he created. In a rare emotional moment, Andy invites Joyce to accompany him on a cross-country business trip to sell his product. Andy has an ulterior motive, though, that involves reuniting his mom with his biological father. Barbra Streisand is a talented comedic actress, but her performance in “The Guilt Trip” comes up way short of expectations. Her Joyce Brewster character is nothing that audiences haven’t seen before: a nagging mother who slowly and carefully drives her adult child up the proverbial wall. Director Anne Fletcher (“27 Dresses”) places Streisand in some well-worn comedic situations, most notably having her character eat a massive steak by herself. Streisand doesn’t get to explore what Joyce Brewster is really all about until the final 20 minutes. Fletcher has the use of a very talented leading lady, but she wastes those talents. Streisand could have



By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

done so much more with the character, but the limits of the story don’t give her the chance. Seth Rogen also is disappointing as Andy Brewster. Acting bored and indifferent for most of “The Guilt Trip,” Rogen delivers his lines with a definite lack of enthusiasm. Andy is supposed to be a self-absorbed chemist, but Rogen lets that attitude spill over into his interactions with Streisand. Near the end, Rogen briefly demonstrates what he can do with character. In a rare moment, the actor lets Andy’s arrogance fall away, allowing him to speak and act honestly for the first time. It’s too bad Rogen couldn’t do this from the beginning of the film. Though it sounds cliché, watching “The Guilt Trip” feels about as painful as being stuck in a car on an endless road trip. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen have turned in better performances in other movies. Audiences definitely deserve a whole lot better from these

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two than what they offer this holiday season. “The Guilt Trip,” rated PG-13 for language and some risqué material, currently is playing in theaters.



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Gary Baute Final Indoor Football Team Tryout ***Saturday January 12 Your Missouri Monsters ( will take the turf at the Family Arena in St. Charles for their first home game Friday March 8th. The Monsters play in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) that comprises of seven teams with four located in the Sunshine state Florida. Head coach John Parker along with his coaching staff will evaluate new players and several athletes that have been at prior tryouts. Owner Andrew Haines and the head coach have announced Johnny Johnson (pictured) as the Offensive Coordinator and in charge of Player Development. Who/what: Missouri Monsters (UIFL) Player Tryouts/Combine-visit for all the details When: Saturday January 12, 2013 Time: Registration begins at 1:15 p.m., and tryout begins at 2 p.m. Where: St. Louis Sports Arena, 6727 Langley Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63123 ~~~See you on the field Rams Pickup Win in Sunshine State ***Rams 28-Buccaneers 13 The St. Louis Rams hit the road to play a Tampa Bay team before Christmas that have not been playing very well lately. In saying that, the squad took advantage of several mistakes of the host team and running by Steven Jackson did what he does best, grind out yardage. The following are highlights from the win: • The win marked the third straight road win for the Rams. The last time they won

three consecutive road games was during the 2003 season. • Running back Jackson recorded a few high marks in his career - a rushing touchdown tied him with Eric Dickerson for second in franchise history - he is 26th on the all-time rushing yards list - he caught one reception to give him 400 for his career and tie Tom Fears for fifth most in franchise history - he finished with 81-rushing yards. He needs 10 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the eight consecutive season prior to the last game of the season • Quarter back Sam Bradford threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kendricks, marks the longest pass of Bradford’s career. • Corner back Janoris Jenkins notched his fourth interception of the season, third for a touchdown. He leads the NFL in interceptions for touchdowns • Linebacker James Laurinaitis led the team in tackles with 12 (11 solo) ~~~What a difference good coaches make Lindenwood Basketball is Set to Host Conference Portion of Schedule The Lindenwood men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to start the 2012-13 conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, January 5th against Truman State University. The Lady Lions are 2-7 on the season under the direction of Tony Francis and most recently fell to Missouri S&T on Wednesday, December 19. Tori Kuhn is leading the Lady Lions offensively, scoring 10.9 points per contest. Under the direction of Brad Soderberg, the Lindenwood men’s basketball team is 6-3 and have recently snapped a three-game losing streak. Alex Bazzell is the leading scorer for the Lions, contributing 17.3 points per game. Cody Sorenson is adding 12.1 per game. The Lions will also take on Truman on January 5. Tip off in St. Charles is set for 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men. Both games will be held at Hyland Arena. ~~~Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood

“Over the Fence”

Joe Morice


The Safety Police Invasion When my oldest daughter was a wee thing, she stood on the front seat of the car and pointed at things we were passing and made comments. Realizing she could get hurt if we stopped fast, we rigged a harness connected to the seat. She could still stand and make comments. One of the comments was off-color and made me decide to watch my language when I was working on the furnace. In later years, harnesses morphed into child seats secured with seatbelts. However, they weren’t high enough to allow the child to see out of the windows. Screaming and crying ensued. Soothing with sweets

followed. The era of Overweight Children began. As years progressed, the restraints became bigger, better and safer. The safety police, a division of Politically Correct Inc., had invaded. Child car seats now resemble cocoons. They usually put the child below window levels. The child could gaze at cloud formations, dashboards or seat fabric designs. Maybe they’ll could grow up to become great wallpaper designers. If they became astronauts, they could adapt to spacesuits and high altitudes with no ill effects…all because they were in safety cocoons in case Daddy or Mommy hit a bridge abutment while texting. I should’ve invested in child safety seat manufacturers and donated money to whichever legislators they owned. That’s hindsight for you. I watched a mother strap a small child into one of the latest safety cocoons faster than I can tie my shoe. I was amazed. Had that been me, I would’ve given up and hired a baby sitter. I often wondered why a mother who could do that so well needed a husband to replace leaky toilet valves. It seemed like parents were spending serious bucks for the latest child restraint cocoons only to replace them when the safety police came up with newer-better-safer-more-expensive versions. I often wondered what happened to the old ones…or almost-new, old ones. Surely they weren’t marketable on Craig’s List or

local garage sales. They were no longer safe enough, right? Who would buy them? A friend suggested sending them to starving countries as foreign aid. However, it was doubtful they needed child restraint seats in rickshaws and donkey carts. The safety police are also responsible for safety belts and air-bags. If you run into a bridge abutment while texting, an airbag deploys and keeps you from being mangled. What happens when you try to escape the crumpled car’s safety devices could qualify for a TV news video. I recommend a handy switchblade to puncture the air-bag and slice the harness. It can double as a carjacker stabber. My truck has a keyhole to turn off the passenger airbag if a baby is aboard. According to safety police, its deployment could smother them. They made no mention of airbags smothering the drivers. It was bad enough for my construction friends when the safety police kept adding new additions to their safety harnesses to prevent them from falling. They eventually became quite adept at strapping it on before climbing upwards. Then they became adept at removing it so they could work. Catch 22 takes many forms. Real irony would have been being run over on the parking lot at quitting time. Perhaps the safety police will come up with an auto safety device for pedestrians. Hit a two-for-one sale enraptured jaywalker and a bumper-mounted airbag instantly inflates to envelop him or her like a hotdog bun and an inflatable lawyer pops out of the dash with a subpoena. • Community News • January 2, 2013




Shelly Schneider

Wrestling with the Human Brain Christopher will soon turn 20. Hurray! He’s that much closer to becoming a fully functional adult. I heard once that the part of the human brain that considers consequences (the frontal lobe), does not fully develop until age 25. I did a little research and confirmed that very fact. Evidently the frontal lobe is not fully connected until the mid-20s. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that that asks, “Is this a good idea? What is the consequence of this action?” The teens have a frontal lobe…but they access it more slowly than adults. Teens don’t have the myelin that adults have. That is the fatty coating, or white matter that connects the nerve cells in the frontal lobe with the rest of the brain. Myelin allows the nerve signals to flow freely. Developmentally, teens and early 20-somethings are not at the place where they are concerned about (or even thinking of) the consequences of their behavior. “Thanks for the lesson in neurological science, Shelly, but why tell us about it now?” If your children are older, you’re hopefully laughing to yourself and fondly remembering all the bad choices your children made as teenagers (or early 20-somethings). If you are like me, then your family is currently entrenched in the reality that is the teenage brain. If you have younger children, then just consider this free information that you can shove into the back of your brain. Actually, it goes to your cerebrum I think (see how much I learned while researching the human brain?) “Oh,” you’re saying to yourself. “One of Shelly’s children made an unfortunate choice and we get to reap the benefits.” Exactly! Long story short, one of our boys decided it would be fun to “wrestle” in the front yard with some friends. Christopher, who is apparently more competitive than I


gave him credit for – but selectively competitive – went into “win at all cost” mode. The cost? A trip to the emergency room when his hands, feet and nose went numb. Two CT scans (neck and chest), three tubes of blood drawn, and who knows how many hundreds or thousands of dollars later, Christopher was released. And yes, we later had a discussion about what that choice cost in terms of lost work hours for me and for him, and in terms of actual money. I was able to find many blessings that emerged from the whole day/evening. First, Christopher is physically fine. Mentally, I won’t be convinced until he hits 25 and I see some evidence that the frontal lobe has fully developed. Second, I think this was a good lesson for Christopher and his buddies. If they’re smart, they’ll remember how scared they were when this occurred, and they won’t repeat that choice of activity. Oh, wait, that still goes back to the whole undeveloped frontal lobe thing. I just pray Christopher didn’t damage his cerebrum that day…that controls long-term memory don’t ya know? His buddy that made the unfortunate choice to “wrestle” Christopher that day (I keep putting that word in quotations, because in actual wrestling, choke holds are illegal), was scared out of his mind. He tried to take full responsibility for the incident and apologized at least 52 times in six hours. This is what I told him: “The part of the brain that thinks about things like consequence doesn’t fully develop until you’re 25. You both made bad choices today, but the good news is you’re normal!” I know it’s not that comforting to parents, but I figure sometimes our children go through just such experiences so if and when their children attempt such activities, they’ll have a true story to back up the words, “Because I said so.”

Spice up Dinnertime

(Family Features) Whether it’s cooking for the family or company, everyone needs a few new ideas to turn ordinary meals into something special. Thai-Style Curry Beef and Pasta – chockfull of beef and fresh vegetables in a creamy coconut-curry sauce – shows how a little creativity can go a long way.

Thai-Style Curry Beef and Pasta Preparation Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes • Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients: - 1 box Dreamfields Spaghetti - 1 pound boneless beef top sirloin steak, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided - 3 cups broccoli florets - 1 medium bell pepper, cut into 1/2inch thick strips - 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges - 2 to 3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger - 1 serrano or other hot chili pepper, minced -1 can (14 ounces) light coconut milk -1/4 cup red curry chili paste - Finely chopped roasted peanuts (optional) Directions: 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; return to pan. 2. Meanwhile, cut steak in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Toss with garlic; set aside. 3. Heat 1-1/2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of beef; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside of beef is no longer pink. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining beef and 1-1/2 teaspoons oil. Remove from skillet. 4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add broccoli, bell pepper and onion. Cook and stir 1 minute. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water; continue cooking and stirring 1 minute. Stir in ginger and chili pepper. Add combined coconut milk and curry paste to skillet. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 3 to 5 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender. Return beef to skillet; remove from heat. 5. Toss beef mixture with pasta. Garnish

with peanuts, if desired. Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe): 407 calories; 23 g protein; 13 g digestible carbohydrates*; 13 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 483 mg sodium; 7 g total dietary fiber. *If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 53 g carbohydrate.

Start with pasta that offers more than just great taste. While Dreamfields pasta is made from durum wheat semolina, which ensures the taste and texture of traditional pasta, it also has the added nutrition of five grams of fiber per one cup cooked serving and fewer digestible carbohydrates. It’s a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional pasta that’s perfect for the whole family. While the pasta cooks, prep the top sirloin steak. This boneless, tender cut of beef is economical and works great in this recipe. Slice it thin and toss with garlic for an extra flavor punch. The beef is quickly stir-fried, and then the broccoli, bell peppers and onions hit the skillet. Kick up the creativity by adding a blend of sweet and spicy flavors – ginger, chili pepper, coconut milk and red curry paste – to give this dish an Asian flair. (Tip: red curry paste can be found in the Asian section of the supermarket, or visit an Asian market which is likely to have more brand choices.) To serve, the colorful, fragrant stir-fry is tossed with perfectly cooked, al dente Dreamfields Spaghetti. In less than 30 minutes you have an Asian-inspired one dish meal that transforms dinnertime from basic to extraordinary. Visit for more recipes.

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What’s Happening

Church Jan. 4 & 18, Feb. 1 & 15, Mar. 1 & 15: Fish Fry 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Rd. St. Louis, Mo 63137. Entrees: catfish, fried & baked cod and chicken nuggets. Dinner includes any two side dishes-cole slaw, french fries, spaghetti, green beans or okra. Single entree, $7, double entree: $8.50 Children under 6 years old free. 314.867.0800. Jan. 5: Basement & Tailgate Sale At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367 (Lewis & Clark Blvd.), St. Louis, MO. Church basement sale, Tailgate sale to sell your own treasures. LOTS of New items have arrived. Basement/ Tailgate is 8 a.m. - Noon. $10 for a double parking spot to sell your own treasures. Call: 314.868.5722, to reserve your tailgate spot. First and Third Fridays: Fish Fry 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63137. Single entrée $7, double en-

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tre $9. Kids under 6 are free. Info: 314.867.0800. Saturdays: ESL Classes 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. Free. All are welcome. Info: 314.849.6949. Events Sundays, Jan. 6-27: Meat Shoot Noon till dusk. At Florissant Elks, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63031. Food and drinks available. Info: 314.921.2316. Jan. 13: Old St. Ferndinad Shrine “Preserving A Heritage of Faith and Education” 2013 Benefit Dinner Kemoll’s Restaurant (One Metropolitan Square, St. Louis). $125 per person with proceeds going to Friends of Old St. Ferdinand for Shrine structural and restoration needs. Call 314.402.1687 for reservations. Mar. 2: Valley Industries 6th Annual Mayors Shamrock Ball 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. At Garden

Villas North (4505 Parker Rd. 63033. Tickets and Sponsorships are now available! For more info call 314.731.1771.

J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwichcoffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also available.

Calling All St. Augustine’s Classmates Planning is underway for an All School Reunion. If you attended St. Augustine’s School located at Herbert & Lismore streets in the city of St. Louis we want to hear from you. Please contact a member of the planning committee: Sandy Tricamo (‘66) 314.791.7714; Leo Neuner (‘65) 972.951.4853; Don Becker (‘68) 636.399.0088; Tom Hartnett (‘66) 314.623.9950. You can also register on Facebook as you reminisce viewing the old parish pictures which have been posted. Search for: St. Augustine Catholic School - St. Louis Mo.

Last Saturday of Each Month: Writers Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Looking for new Authors and Songwriters. Come join us and let us help you with your dream. We have Authors, Songwriters, Playwrites, Teachers and more. Meet at the Baden Liberary 8448 Church Rd. For more info call 314.388.2400.

Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, MO 63044. Info: 314.994.3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1(Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1. Inviting All Florissant Senior Citizens To Join One Of The Bingo Clubs With The City Of Florissant!! Please contact the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 839-7604. • Monday Club: Meets every Monday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich coffee and tea are available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also scheduled. • Florissant Older Adult Club: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11-1:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:302:30 on the lower level of the James

Health Jan.19-20: St. Louis Lose to Win Challenge The St. Louis Lose to Win Challenge provides the inspiration you need to get in shape, shed pounds and find the real, healthier you inside. Why compete? To break badhabits, to adopt healthy living... to possibly win some prizes! Each week you will weigh in at the location of your choice. At the end of the 12 weeks the top five men and women with the highest percentage of weight lost will be awarded prizes at our celebration event. Competitors must be 18 years or older, pre-register, and attend a mandatory kick-off the weekend of January 19-20. Pre-register for the kick-off online at, or call 314.776.3627, or toll free at 1.866.776.3627. $10 registration fee is due at the kickoffs. Pre-registration opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 7. Kick-off events will be held Sat., Jan. 19 from 8 – 11 a.m. in the May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center, and Sun., Jan. 20 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. in the Father Krings Conference Center at SSM St. Clare Health Center. Hands-Only CPR Could you save someone’s life if their heart suddenly stopped? SSM St. Joseph Health Center is now offering FREE non-certificate training in hands-only CPR for individuals and their families. The training takes 15 minutes and is

appropriate for anyone ages 10 and older. Eighty percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Hands-only CPR, also known as compression-only CPR, has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in other public settings. It can double or triple a victim’s chance for survival, according to the American Heart Association. Contact Rachel Sparks 636.947.5663 or Maureen Bell 636.947.5083 to schedule a training session. Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 Jan. 16: Exercise and Your Physical Health 9-10 a.m. Join us this morning and you will have an opportunity to discuss with Nahrayshwar Misir, MD the impact your physical health has on your brain’s ability to produce substances that affect your well being. Moderate exercise can improve your mood and energy level. Brief bouts of mild exercise can increase perceived energy and decrease tension. Event is Free. In the Jamestown Mall Food Court. Jan. 17 : “Getting Involved Through Volunteering” OASIS Peer Led Discussion Groups 1-2 p.m. Laugh, reminisce and learn with OASIS during this discussion group program. Enjoy fellowship and discussion on a variety of topics while making new friends or reconnecting with old ones. Attend one, or attend every month. Light refreshments provided. Dates and topics listed below. To register, call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Village North Retirement Community, 11160 Village North Dr. Center for Senior Renewal The Center for Mental Health’s Center for Senior Renewal, conveniently located on the first floor of the Detrick Building, provides • Community News • January 2, 2013 day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia. The Center for Senior Renewal provides a comfortable, home-like atmosphere staffed with compassionate and experienced mental health professionals. For more information, call 314.653.5123. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting 6:30-8 p.m. A certified substance abuse counselor talks about the addiction of alcohol and drugs, warning signs and symptoms, treatment and recovery, how families are affected by addiction and common problems families experience during the recovery process. Meetings are free and open to the public. Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401 (I-270/Hwy 367 interchange). For more info call 314.839.3171 or 1.800.447.4301. Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous 10 a.m. Group 109 meets in the 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital. This is an open meeting for alcoholics, drug addicts and their family and friends. At Christian Hospital, 11133 Dunn Road at the I-270/Hwy. 367 interchange. Christian Hospital Recovery Center The Christian Hospital Recovery Center provides intensive outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults. There is also a specialized program for patients with chronic mental illness. The center is conveniently located on the Christian Hospital campus. Call confidentially to 314.953.8100. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group This nationally recognized program provides education and support for those with schizophrenia. Group is facilitated by an experienced STEPS nurse. Volunteers needed at Christian

Hospital Christian Hospital is calling out for volunteers that can do a significant amount of walking to run errands within the hospital. Discover the rewards of volunteering! If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time, volunteering at Christian Hospital is an ideal match. Volunteer positions are available in many different areas. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314.653.5032. SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Jan. 8: Stroke Support Group 1 – 3 p.m. May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. A presentation and educational session for stroke survivors and their family members or caregivers. Call 314.344.7392 for more info. Jan. 8: Mighty Hearts and Lungs – Support Group Noon – 1 p.m. SSM DePaul Health Center. For patients and family members coping with cardiac and pulmonary health issues; learn how to better manage your condition for a healthier life. Call Larry Buhr at 314.344.6023 to register or for more info. Tours of Maternity Suites Saturday, Jan. 12 – 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 – 6:30 p.m. SSM DePaul Health Center. This is a 1-hour tour held every 4th Thursday of every month and every 2nd Saturday of the month (except on holidays). Please register no later than the Tuesday before the 4th Thursday of the month, or no later than the Thursday before the 2nd Saturday of the month. Registration is required at 314.776.3627.

Every Mon. & Tues. in Jan.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation Mondays: 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Noon – 1 p.m. SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954. Diabetes Self-Management Training A series of four classes within a six-month period of time. Call Central Scheduling to make an appointment at 314.344.7220. The classes are covered by most insurance plans. Ongoing 8-week sessions: Smoking Cessation Classes SSM DePaul Health Center SSM DePaul, partnering with St. Louis County’s tobacco-free initiative called “Let’s Face It,” is offering free smoking cessation classes to the public. The 8-week course assists participants in determining their readiness to quit smoking and provide the tools necessary to increase their success rate in becoming smoke free. Space is limited for these on-going classes. Call 1.866. SSM.DOCS to register or for more information.

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qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. For more information, call 636.947.5617. Speaker’s Bureau Our SSM speakers are available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups. Our health professionals will speak up to one hour free of charge. A variety of health care topics can be presented to your group or organization. Call 636.949.7159 for more information.


3rd Saturday: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group 9 a.m. at Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, MO 63033. Contact Kathy Gallyoun at 314.355.1516 or call the Helpline at 800.272.3900 for info. Last Saturday: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group 10:30 a.m. at Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, MO 63121. Contact Doris Schmitt at 314.383.4765 or call the Helpline at 800.272.3900 for info.

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Ongoing Support Groups Every Sunday: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 6:30 – 8 p.m. at 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City. Info: 314.993.5421.

SSM DePaul Wellness Center Tired of getting locked into longterm memberships that you never use? Join the DePaul Wellness Center and receive a personalized program for your specific needs. Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation. Call 314.344.6177 for more details. SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by appointment only. Must meet


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Saint Louis Zoo’s Commission Elects New Commissioner and Officer The St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission elected a new officer and new members on Dec. 13. They assumed their positions Jan. 1, 2013. The Zoo’s Commission is its governing authority. It has the fiduciary responsibility for the wellbeing of the Zoo, as well as the ultimate responsibility of fulfilling the Zoo’s mission. F. Holmes Lamoreux, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sabreliner Corporation, was elected commissioner and treasurer. He replaces Michael A. Lueken, President and Chairman of the board, General Marine Services, Inc. Another newly elected member on the

Subdistrict Commission is Jerald L. Kent CPA, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Cequel Holdings. He joins current Commission members JoAnn Arnold, James H. Buford, Arnold W. Donald, Stacy M. Edwards, Jay G. Henges, Steven C. Roberts and Mark J. Schnuck. Steven F. Schankman retires from the Commission after 12 years service. Current advisory Commission members are Winthrop B. Reed, III, James G. Sansone and Carol A. Wilson. Chairman of the Zoo Commission remains the Honorable James F. Conway, president of ACI Plastics, Inc. He was elected Chairman in 2011.

IBHS Guidance on How to Safely Remove Snow on Your Roof As severe winter weather spreads across the country, heavy snow can put a strain your roof, leaving your property at risk of costly damage. If heavy snow is left on your roof, it can result in costly water damage, or even cause your roof to collapse. Safely remove snow from your roof by using the following guidance from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Find additional resources to prevent roof damage during severe winter weather at Safely Remove Snow on your Roof: • Snow removal equipment meant for pavement should never be used on the roof since they can damage the roof cover system. • Stay grounded. Use a snow rake with a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing on the ground. • You are likely not a tightrope walker, so don’t

use a roof rake while on a ladder. • Hire a snow removal contractor if you feel uncomfortable removing snow from your roof. Look for an established, licensed and bonded professional. Be sure to check references, and ask to see the contractor’s certificates of insurance. Visit for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, large and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook. About IBHS: IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.

Show Attracts Canada’s Best Fishing & Hunting The All-Canada Show at the St Charles Convention Center, (One Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO) held from January 4-6, will feature Canada’s top fishing and hunting destinations. The 30th annual event also includes free seminars, free maps and travel guides, a free magazine with features and tips on Canadian adventures, free Cabela’s hunting simulator and, on opening night, a free Dardevle 30th anniversary collector lure. Adventurers interested in traveling to Canada will find a wide variety of destinations including drive in resorts, camps, and lodges, remote fly-in outposts, canoe outfitters, 5-star fly-in lodges and hunting outfitters. The show is also a resource for planning the perfect adventure. “The key to a successful Canadian trip is proper planning,” says the show’s general manager, Jennifer Young, “That’s the whole premise of the All-Canada Show – we have everything show guests need to plan their trip. The opportunity for show guests to talk, face-to-face, with the owners/operators of these lodges greatly improves their chances of a successful adventure. We work with reputable well established camp and lodge owner/operators.” Why go to Canada now? Young says, “Canada is a great destination for these and many more reasons: the nature is amazing, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is an awesome experience (including bears, moose, eagles, fox, deer, arctic turns, and so much more), it is safe to travel in Canada, it is easy to cross the border (bring your passport), and lastly it is close and accessible. Go this year, cross it off of your bucket list, don’t wait another year.” Show staff and featured speaker Norm “the Great” McCreight use their combined 50 years fishing and hunting expertise on the show’s seminar stage to educate consumers. These informational presentations offer insight into selecting for the perfect destination, choosing the right lodge plan, crossing the border, plus tips on saving money and wilderness safety. Young also noted,“Our show offers so much variety of type of trips. There are five star resorts and lodges where they provide everything the food, guides, and maid service, we have fly in outpost camps where you are on your own for a week, and we have boat in and drive in camps and lodges that offer many options, you can bring your own food and boat if you would like, or you can hire a guide for a few days, or they will provide everything if you wish. It is your vacation, and the owners/operators want it to be just what you want. They are offering fabulous fishing and hunting that fits in all budgets.” “If you like Canada, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the show,” she said, “Although the primary purpose of the show is to select the perfect destination for your adventure, we also offer a variety of information, attractions and entertainment to aid in the process and create a real Canadian atmosphere.” Hours are 5-9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. For discount coupons, and complete details on the All-Canada Show visit or call 800.325.6290.

CN: Jan. 2. 2013  

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