January 30, 2013
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Start the new year off on the road to happiness (or at least peace of mind) with a solid financial plan. By Branch Manager Lynda Shirley of West Community Credit Union in Brentwood, Kirkwood and O’Fallon. Contact Lynda at 636.720.2400. Even though 2013 is well underway, you should still consider making some changes to improve your financial health. If done sooner rather than later, these simple steps can significantly improve your monetary outlook. Stick to a budget. You can’t set spending and saving goals if you don’t know where your money is going. You need to develop and adhere to a budget—whether you’re making thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Spend less than you earn. No matter how much you make, you will never get ahead if you spend more than you earn. Think about it: It’s a lot easier to spend less than it is to earn more—and a little cost-cutting can result in big savings. Pay off credit card debt. Credit card debt is the main obstacle to getting
ahead financially. If you don’t pay your balances off quickly, you’ll end up paying far more for things than you would have if you used cash. If necessary, consider a debt consolidation loan to help you improve your credit and save money by lowering your interest rates and the amount you owe every month. Contribute to a retirement plan. A 401(k) plan is one of the best investment deals around. If you’re not contributing to one, you should be—and if you’re already contributing to one, you should try to increase your contribution amount. And, in the event that your employer doesn’t offer a retirement plan, consider an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Start saving. Ideally, you should have about three months’ expenses saved in case you lose your job, get sick or are hurt. But, don’t wait until you’ve met all your other financial obligations before you start tucking money away. Instead, set aside some of your income BEFORE
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Vol. 92 No. 5
In This Issue... 3-5 Around Town your guide to good news and events in North St. Louis County like Hazelwood’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute 5 Historic Streets Historic St. Charles’ calendar of events 6 Business Advertiser Profile: Fur Centre of St. Louis is Moving
FINANCIALLY FIT from cover account. If you already have a savings account, add more money to it. Check your credit report. Check your credit report at the beginning of each year to look for errors or evidence that someone has tried to access your credit without your permission. You can get one free credit report every twelve months from each of the nationwide credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or calling 877.322.8228. Improve your credit score. Many financial institutions will share your credit score with you and, if necessary, suggest ways to improve it. Though it takes some time and dedication, you can better your score just by paying down your debt, making your monthly payments on time, every time, only applying for the credit you really need, and keeping what credit lines you do have available for use—rather than maxed out. The key here is perseverance. If you are serious about gaining control of your finances, just follow these steps. If you do, come this time next year, your financial health will be greatly improved.
Around Town JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Awards Celebration
7 School This week Hazelwood schools have been newsmakers. 8 Learn & Play Sudoku, Jokes For Kids: Baseball Chuckles, and a review of Jungleland by Christopher S. Stewart 9 Movie Gangster Squad: Sean Penn shines in his role as a violent mob leader. 10 Sports local sport authority Gary B fills you in on all the game stats and athlete gossip from the weekend Looking for Shelly Schneider’s column? Pick up a copy of CrossRoads Magazine for the latest from your favorite funny girl columnist. 11 Recipes Home Cooking That’s Flavorful and Healthier 12 & 13 What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long 14 & 15 Classifieds 16 Over the Fence: Joe For Congress Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.
On January 15th at Orlando Gardens in Maryland Heights, honored the superior accomplishments of Family and Corporate Walk Teams, Riders, corporate sponsors and volunteers who helped raise $1.4 million for T1D (type 1 diabetes) research and researchrelated education. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has been an active and passionate driver of research in pursuit of a cure for T1D and its complications. Until a cure is found, JDRF is also committed to working tirelessly to develop new and better treatments to improve the lives of people who are insulin-dependent. For more information visit Christina Shasserre with her well-deserved jdrfstl.org fundraising award. Photo by Dave Myers
City of Florissant Public Hearing The City of Florissant, Missouri, will conduct a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 at Florissant Government Building, 1055 rue St. Francois, Florissant, Missouri 63031, concerning the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Florissant Community Devel-
opment Block Grant (CDBG) Program. For more information, contact Community Development Director, Carol O’Mara at 314.839.7680, or firstname.lastname@example.org. A draft of the CAPER will be available for review. Interested persons may review this report by contacting the Community Development Office at 314.839.7680 or TDD 314.839.5142. Written comments concerning this report may be submitted to the Community Development Office at the above referenced address. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on February 22. Those who need assistance or auxiliary aids for the meeting should contact the Community Development Office in the Government Building at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at 314.839.7680.
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Valley of Flowers Queen Candidates Applications for the 2013 Valley of Flowers queen candidates are now available online at www. FlorissantValleyofFlowers.com or from the Valley of Flowers Office at 601 rue St. Charles, Florissant. All candidates must be 16 years of age by April 30, 2013, 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 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. 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 email@example.com and an application will be sent. Applications are also online at www.FlorissantValleyofFlowers.com.
Hazelwood’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Nearly two hundred people filled the room to capacity for the City of Hazelwood’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute hosted by the Community Enrichment Commission on Sunday, January 20. The event was held at Civic Center East where the audience heard inspiring speeches, listened to a rendition of Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” address and took part in the traditional candlelight ceremony. They also enjoyed quality entertainment provided by a professional jazz singer and the Liturgical Dancers of Antioch Baptist Church. In keeping with the 2013 theme of the Martin Luther King State Celebration, which is “Women Who Dare to Dream,” Hazelwood’s program featured two prominent African-American women who have made significant accomplishments in the fields of medicine and music. Charles Gooden, a representative of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., State Celebration Commission for Missouri, was on hand as well to remind people about how the law creating a MLK federal holiday came into existence. The audience gave Christopher Cross, an 8th grade student at Hazelwood Central Middle School and member of the Hazelwood School Dis-
trict’s SAIL program for gifted students, a standing ovation after his speech and dramatic interpretation of Dr. King’s last public address called “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top.” His acting experience includes performing as Billy Ray, Jr., in the 2012 Black Repertory production of On Golden Pond. The program also included several performances by the Liturgical Dancers of Antioch Baptist Church under the direction of Alba Brady-Florence. Reverend F. Delano R. Benson, Jr., Ph.D., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, ended the program with a moving candlelight ceremony to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
Tax Volunteers Needed Between January and April 15, 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missouri’s Corn & Ethanol Industries Help State Missouri’s corn and ethanol industries are adding to the state’s bottom line according to a study released today by the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC). Conducted by the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program, the study calculated the corn and ethanol industries injected $12 billion into the state’s economy from 2000 to 2011. “This research substantiates the tremendous economic benefits corn and ethanol production bring to Missouri,” said MCMC Chairman Jim Stuever, a corn grower from Dexter, Mo. “They are significant drivers for the state by creating jobs, generating tax dollars and increasing vitality of rural communities.” This dedication by farm families and commitment from the state of Missouri has resulted in big dividends for Missourians. During the 12-year period, the ethanol industry yielded a 6:1 return, a net value of over $600 million, on the state’s investment. Annually Missouri’s ethanol industry utilizes nearly 100 million bushels of corn to produce nearly 300 million gallons of ethanol and 825,000 tons of distillers grains, a high protein livestock feed. In 2011 Missouri corn production added over $1 billion in value to the state’s economy and together the two industries supported 67,000 jobs. The complete study can be found online. To learn more about Missouri’s corn and ethanol industries, visit www.mocorn.org.
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Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital Christian Hospital is calling out for volunteers who can rise and shine for front information desk duty weekday mornings from 5-8:30 a.m. 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. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at www.chrisitianhospital.org or in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314.653.5032.
Black Jack & Fowl Ordinance The City of Black Jack City Council recently passed Ordinance #1045 which allows residents to keep fowl on their property pursuant to certain regulations, as the Mayor and City Council worked with the residents to amend a 10-year-old ordinance. The new ordinance will grandfather current chicken owners as long as they apply for a permit before March 1. There are also stipulations in the new ordinance which include a maximum of 6 chickens, 1 acre minimum lot size, and the issuance of only 10 permits within the City. For more information on Ordinance 1045, please visit the City of Black Jack website at www.cityofblackjack.com or contact Mayor Norman C. McCourt directly at 314.355.0400 ext. 100.
Soroptimist International Since 1974, Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis (SIGSL) has annually awarded grants to support local efforts to improve the lives of women and children. SIGSL is currently accepting applications for its Humanities Awards. Awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 will be given out in June to selected organizations that serve women, girls, families, and/or teens in the Greater St. Louis area. Organizations applying for this award should reflect the following objective of the Soroptimist International of the America’s strategic plan to improve the life of women and girls by working to end poverty and violence against women and addressing other issues affecting their economic, social and political process. The application deadline is April 1. For more information please contact Deborah Hargrove at Deborah.email@example.com.
Florissant Pancake Breakfast The annual Florissant Old Town Partners all you can eat pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, February 10, 8 a.m. – noon on the lower level of the Wedding Chapel, 646 rue St. Francois. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and include pancakes, sausage, beverages, and a chance to win one of four $25 attendance prizes. Florissant Old Town Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed with business owners and residents who want to see the Historic Business District and Old Town prosper. They are responsible for many activities to showcase Old Town Florissant such as the annual pancake breakfast and the Fall Festival in October. For more information call 314.837.0033.
Florissant Prohibits Funeral Protests Mayor Schneider signed ordinance 7944 into law after the City Council unanimously passed bill 9983 to prohibit funeral protest activities within 300 feet of any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, or any other establishment during or within one hour before of one hour after the conducting of any actual funeral or burial ser-
vice at that place. The Mayor had asked City Attorney John Hessel to monitor similar legislation in another community that was under challenge, and he recently reported that an appellate court upheld the legality of banning funeral protest including military funeral protest. The Mayor and Council believe it to be in the best interest of active military, emergency responders, veterans and all citizens of Florissant to adopt the principles set forth in the Appellate opinion by adopting this ordinance that regulates picketing and other protest activities at funeral ceremonies.
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 fergtwilightrun. com. To become a sponsor, contact Dwayne T. James, race director, at 314.395.2430 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IHOP to Offer Free Pancakes February 5
Performance: Women of Ireland
Batter up, breakfast lovers! IHOP® will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children. For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
CityArchRiver 2015 Project Citizen Committee The Great Rivers Greenway Board of Directors, as part of its mission to make the St. Louis region a better place to live, voted unanimously in favor of establishing the Safe & Accessible Arch Citizen’s Committee, an advisory group of citizens that will provide input on the CityArchRiver 2015 project. Great Rivers Greenway will lead the engagement process in cooperation with CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation and other project partners, including MoDOT, the City of St. Louis, the National Park Service and others. The 30-person committee will contain members from the entire St. Louis metropolitan region. Participants will give input on programs, activities, visitor experience, and the long-term preservation of the CityArchRiver 2015 project. The district hopes to begin an open call for participants by Wednesday, March 13. For more information, visit www.grgstl.org.
Women of Ireland is an innovative & exciting full stage production with stunning performance direct from Ireland showcasing the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers. The show demonstrates the well of talent that exists within Ireland’s traditions of music, song and dance. The group recently recorded its debut album which features the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra. Women of Ireland features a line-up of Ireland’s best performers immortalizing the country’s rich tradition of music, song and dance. A prominent part of the production is Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. Frankie Gavin is a legendary Irish musician and fiddle player. Irish tenor Michael Londra best known for his starring role in Riverdance will also perform in the show. Michelle Lally is a powerful Irish singer and is currently the lead female vocalist of “Hibernian Rhapsody,” which recently performed with the Liverpool and Dubal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ingrid Madsen is an acclaimed singer in the Dublin music scene; Zoe Conway is an Irish Fiddler and
What: Hudson and the HooDoo Cats When: February 15 at 7 p.m. Where: Foundry Art Centre Location: Foundry Art Centre Cost: $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 Foundry Member Tickets and Info: 636.255.0270 Hudson and the HooDoo Cats are a JumpSwinginRockinBoogieBluesaBilly, or for short, a JitterbugaBilly band. You can expect to have a rockin’ fun time at the Foundry Art Centre with Hudson and the HooDoo Cats. What: Bobby Vinton: In Concert When: February 16 Where: Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Tickets and Info: www.telecharge.com or 800-447-7400 A multi-talented musician, singer and actor, Bobby Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. His impressive list of hits includes renowned love songs such as “Roses Are Red,” “Blue Velvet,” “Mr. Lonely,” and many more.
soloist who has performed in some of the world’s prestigious concert venues including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and Carnegie Hall in New York; Denise Brennan started her music career at the age of nineteen, she was part of Riverdance— the show, and toured America, Mexico, and Canada; Siobhan Manson is an award-winning Irish dancer, who is also the lead dancer of the Broadway’s phenomenal hit Riverdance This show will have you singing, clapping and tapping your feet from beginning to end! Playing on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Theatre located at Parker Road and Waterford Drive. Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. Call the box office 314.921.5678 for tickets and information or go online at www.florissantfinearts.com. The FFAC presents the Applause/Applause series with financial support from the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council (a state agency) and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.
Where: Saint Charles Convention Center It’s the annual “Ultimate Girl’s Day Out” with over 370 exhibits, unique products, lots of food, fashion, fitness & fun. For times, guest appearances & schedule of events, visit our website, www.wwssonline.com. What: The China National Symphony When: February 26 Where: Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Tickets and Info: www.telecharge.com or 800.447.7400. The China National Symphony Orchestra is one of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in China, and once you experience its performances of Guan’s “First Movement of the Earth Requiem,” Tschaikowski’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” there will be no doubt in your mind as to just why they’ve achieved the title of China’s national symphony.
What: Working Women’s Survival Show When: February 22 to February 24
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Fur Centre of St. Louis Is Moving
Before relocating, the store is having a huge inventory sale. Customers By DeAnna Massie can save as much as 80% off the ticket price. The Fur Centre of St. Louis, also known as the Fur and Leather Centre of St. Louis, will be moving to a new location in Clayton on April 1, 2013. John Hanlon, president of the Fur Centre says the nearly 10,000-square-foot building on the corner of Clayton Road and S. Central Avenue in Clayton is a good move for the business, but a better one for customers. “It’s a far superior location in terms of customer convenience. It’s going to be a lot easier getting into and out of this location with the intersection, and because it’s three-tenths of a mile from the Galleria, many of our customers can visit us while running other errands and shopping.” Hanlon told the St. Louis Business Journal he is spending about $400,000 to renovate the former Byron Cade building at 7901 Clayton Road. With 5,300 square feet of space on the first floor, 1,750-square-foot on the second, a 2,200-square-foot outdoor deck and storage area, and a 23-car parking lot, the new location has plenty of potential. “It’s going to be a friendlier, more welcoming space,” says Hanlon. “For example, the front of the building has a large, and beautiful, display window.” The former wholesale fur business began in downtown St. Louis in 1937 by Spiro Abatgis and Bernie Bornstein. In 1980, the growing company moved to the current location at 601 North Lindbergh. Hanlon got involved in 2006 and has watched the industry evolve. “Today’s customer is busy, always running around, so we do sell fewer full-length mink coats. However,
shorter coats and sportier styles are still popular. And we sell a wide variety of accessories like scarves, handbags, and vests. We can take you from soccer practice to the opera.” There are a number or reasons to buy fur, says Hanlon, but two of the most important are practicality and durability. “Fur is genuinely warm. It’s not just about looking good, these garments are warm and comfortable.” Hanlon also says fur is also a solid investment. If properly cared for, fur will outlast other materials and retain its value. The Fur Centre offers a variety of services to help customers protect their investment, including fur and leather repair, conditioning, storage and restyling. “If you have an older garment—even something you inherited—that is out of style, our designer can restyle it into something fashionable and well-fitted that you can wear.” The Fur Centre will also accept furs on trade or buy unwanted garments. Hanlon is proud of the quality of the products and service his company pro- Photos by Ray Rockwell vides. “We shop all over the world to get the finest garments possible. Our people local community and giving back. They donate items to know what they’re doing. In sales, the most important auctions for organizations like local schools and the St. qualities are product knowledge and professionalism.” Louis Symphony—and support charities like Friends Hanlon says because The Fur Centre is of Kids With Cancer. “We want to be good corporate just one of several national locations, he citizens,” says Hanlon. has access to any product a customer could Before moving the Fur Centre will host an invenrequest. “If I don’t have it here, I can get it tory sale, with some items marked down as much quickly.” as 80%. Visit furcentre.com to see products or call Equally important as good customer ser- 314.997.3877. The store is open Monday through Satvice, says Hanlon, is being involved in the urday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Students Make a Commitment to Help Defeat Bullying and Teen Suicide About 100 Hazelwood Southeast Middle School (HSEMS) students and staff were selected to participate in a special program, “Friends of Rachel Training,” which was held on-site at the school. Before the training started, students agreed to listen to whomever was speaking. They also committed to being respectful and to follow instructions as they were given. Friends of Rachel Training is a part of the larger, Rachel’s Challenge, a national initiative to defeat school violence, bullying and teen suicide. The program is inspired by the life and writings of Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Daryn Jackson, Friends of Rachel presenter, began the training by sharing her own story. She speaks all over the country to students about Rachel’s Challenge and the impact it has had on her life. “I think kids hear a lot about what they are not supposed to do, instead of what they can do,” said Jackson. “A lot of times they’re getting the wrong message from that. I believe this program helps empower kids to make a difference. They need to know that they are important. The message they should be getting is ‘You are important. You can change somebody’s life.’ We want to empower them to do something good,” she said. Students were then allowed to share their stories. After students shared about themselves, Jackson told students that they created a family by sharing their life experiences. She told students this new family now had their back, and they should no longer feel alone. Several students were overheard commenting after the program. “The Friends of Rachel Training was very powerful,” one student said.
“It was hard to hear what people had to say. The most “I’m very glad I got to be a part of it all. I’m looking important thing I learned is that I’m not alone,” another forward to taking what I’ve learned here and using it to student said. help me deal with other challenges I have in my life now, “I heard a lot of stuff that really hit home for me. I’m and challenges that will come up in the future,” said Fanreally glad I got to be a part of this. I want to change,” a troy. student said. At the culmination of the training, students signed the During the event, students participated in empow- Rachel’s Challenge banner, a pledge to help defeat bullyerment programs and strategies that equip students to ing and teen suicide. combat bullying and dispel feelings of isolation and despair, by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. “I used to bully people, but after watching the video, I learned that I should stop because the person that I bullied might not be here tomorrow,” said Jazmine Williams, HSEMS seventh grader. “I was reminded that they have feelings too,” she added. When asked, what impact did the training have on him, Justin Fantroy, HSEMS eighth grader said, “At first, I thought it would be kind of boring, but after watching more of the Hazelwood Southeast Middle students pledge to help defeat school violence, bullying and video, it really hit home, “It made me think of teen suicide. the last impression I’ve made on people. “Being a part of the Friends of Rachel Training made me feel like there are people that feel the same way I do about some things that are hard to deal with, and that can relate to what I might be going Hazelwood Southeast Middle School students participate in “Friends of Rachel Training,” a national initiative to defeat school violence, bullying and teen suicide. through too,” he said.
Hazelwood West High School Student Elected President of the Missouri Future Educators Association Rashaun Fentress, an 11th-grade student at Hazelwood pated in discussions with other FEA chapters, address- academic seminar classes, and spearheaded teacher apWest High School, was elected president of the Missouri ing topics such as leadership, ethics, social media and preciation activities for teachers and students. Future Educators Association, FEA, at the organization’s cyber bullying. After a tour of the state capitol building, FEA members are also involved with Project WALK, fall conference in Jefferson City. The FEA is an interna- the group learned about education policy issues and which is geared toward students in danger of dropping tional organization that fosters the recruitment and de- protocol in meetings with Senator Kurt Schaefer and out of school. Members have been mentoring and tutorvelopment of prospective educators worldwide. NEA Legislative Director Otto Fajen. ing students during Academic Seminar, and reinforcing “I had no idea I was even going to be nominated, let Next spring, the group will compete against other state the importance of graduating from high school. alone elected. It was a huge surprise,” said Fentress. FEA chapters in an ethical dilemma contest at the state Once a month the group hosts speakers different “The school nominated me for the position. We had a capitol. colleges, as well as speakers from HWHS. Inman said chance to give a short speech and I guess they liked what In its first year at HWHS, the FEA chapter has been ac- speakers have included Principal Dennis Newell and they had heard.” tive in many projects. The group was involved in a proj- HWHS teachers, to speak about their jobs, planning lesFentress credits his involvement with FEA to Denise ect to raise awareness for an all-inclusive playground in sons and their college experiences. Inman, group sponsor and SSD teacher. the North County area for Accessible Play “At the beginning of the year I had a class with Mrs. Inc. They designed and sold t-shirts to raise Inman, and I guess she saw something in me and asked nearly $5,000. The group participated in me to join the club,” said Fentress. the Special Olympics, presented Disability “I like the fact that even though the club may be Awareness Week lesson, to more than 30 geared toward future teachers, it also really helps to develop great leadership skills regardless of what you want to be in life. It helps you learn great leadership skills for any type of leadership position.” Inman said she is very proud of Fentress and views him as a great leader. “Rashaun will make an outwww.advancebeautywentzville.com standing president. He leads by example, he has great ideas and the vision and determination to make things happen,” said Inman. “I can’t say enough of this young man; he has stepped up to be a tremendous leader in our school.” Fentress was one of 12 students and four teachers representing HWHS at the conference. The HWHS chapter joined the International FEA last year under the guidance of Inman. While at the conference, Fenwww.cuw.edu/StLouis tress and his classmates particiwww.lwcs.us
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True Life Adventure, A Thrill a Minute The siren call of a lost city in remote southeastern Honduras beckons to adventurers, one past and one present. The tales of their dual quests to discover the White City make for an edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction ride into the wilds. Readers will quickly fall under the spell of “Jungleland,” by Christopher S. Stewart. It’s not easy to turn your back on wanderlust and squelch a desire to live life on the edge. Stewart, a writer and editor with the Wall Street Journal, was thus afflicted. Married, with a young daughter, a mortgage and hoping for another child Stewart yearned for the days when he was able to drop everything and take off for faraway places, reporting and writing about his experiences. In 2008, while researching a story about the drug trade in Honduras, Stewart first heard about Ciudad Blanca, the mysterious lost city and the legend of Theodore Morde, a 1940s American adventurer, and World War II spy, who claimed he’d discovered an overgrown ancient site in the jungle with gold and treasured artifacts, where tribes once worshipped “monkey gods.” In the humdrum of his settled Brooklyn existence, the story niggles at Stewart, and soon becomes an obsession. He discovers that Morde died under suspicious circumstances, though his death appeared to be a suicide. Stewart tracks down Morde’s relatives, and they provide him with a log the adventurer kept that detailed his journey into the Honduran jungle, a perilous four-month trek into a rain-forest rife with poisonous snakes, alligators, wild pigs, jaguars and bandits. The journal of Morde’s expedition, fuels Stewart’s fire to follow the adventurer’s path. With his wife’s blessing, overlaid with worry about the dangers her husband will face, the modern day explorer is off to another world where conveniences like cellphone service and paved roads are non-existent. For over a month, Stewart walks in Morde’s shoes with a 40-plus pound pack on his back driven by an insatiable urge to reach the White City, return and write about his discovery. The pace of this exciting book moves because its chapters alternate between Stewart’s and Morde’s adventures. Stewart’s harrowing journey is fraught with difficulty, and at times he’s so miserable and fearfilled he contemplates ending his quest, as do his companions. But Stewart sees his journey through, and the end result is far different from what he expects, one that forges an even stronger connection between adventurers separated by decades. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012.
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Sean Penn delivers a strong, unyielding performance as the legendary Mickey Cohen in the new thriller Gangster Squad. Set in Los Angeles during the post-World War II years, this film examines the battle between the police and East Coast mobsters for control of the City of Angels. Sent to California by his Chicago bosses, Cohen ultimately breaks ties with them to establish himself as Kingpin of the West Coast. His violent behavior prompts Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte) to assemble a covert team to clean up the streets. Parker assigns Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to head up this undercover squad. Afraid for her husband’s life, John’s pregnant wife Connie (Mireille Enos) looks through piles of police profiles to find men who can keep him safe. Like O’Mara, this socalled gangster squad is filled with men who saw their post-war dreams crumble at the hands of Cohen and his gang. Extremely graphic and violent, Gangster Squad is a watchable film that may get lost in the post-holiday shuffle. Sean Penn is at his best here as Mickey Cohen, a former boxer turned mob enforcer. Penn embodies the ambition and violent temper that the reallife Cohen is said to have possessed. Josh Brolin also is rock-solid as Sgt. O’Mara, a police officer who solves most problems with his knuckles. O’Mara’s first appearance in the film shows his battling his way into a mobster’s den to save the life of a young woman. Later on, O’Mara goes toe-to-toe with Cohen to settle things once and for all. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone provide an interesting
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romantic subplot to “Gangster Squad.” Gosling plays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a hard-drinking officer who doesn’t take his job seriously. After a young friend is caught in a mob crossfire, Jerry agrees to join O’Mara’s squad and take on Cohen’s men. Jerry likes to live dangerously and starts seeing Grace Faraday, played by Stone. Though Grace serves as Cohen’s etiquette teacher and lover, she also keeps company with Jerry. O’Mara doesn’t like the fact that she’s playing both sides and could get Jerry and the rest of the police officers killed. Robert Patrick, who just wrapped up a half-season on TV’s Last Resort, also is memorable as Max Kennard, an old-school officer and a crack shot. Max has a loyal disciple in Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena), an eager young officer who stands his ground even when the bullets are flying. Beautifully shot in historic locations like Los Angeles Union Station, Gangster Squad benefits from a great cast and even better writing. It’s not the best mobster-themed movie ever made, but it is a great film. Gangster Squad, rated R for strong violence and language, currently is playing in theaters.
Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.
This Weeks Shelter: Heartland Humane Society PO Box 113, O’Fallon, MO 63366 • 636-922-0569 • www.hhsrescue.org 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@ mycnews.com.
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!
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Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KYMC, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted the BudSports. com Westplex Sports Hour, among many other activities.
NFC Dominates AFC In Pro Bowl ***National Football Conference 62, American Football Conference 35 The players picked to play in the Pro Bowl are about 100 from the 1646 of the National Football League and are the best of the best. The players picked from the Super Bowl teams are busy preparing for the Super Bowl Game on Sunday February 3 at 5:29 p.m. local time, so they did not get a ticket to the Big Island. If you’re a football fan, you witnessed iconic players and future stars. To name a few: Peyton and Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne, JJ Watt, and AJ Green. Two former Rams included Richie Incognito, and London Fletcher received the votes. Kyle Rudolph, tight end from the Minnesota Vikings, won the MVP Award and a nice SUV. He was not even supposed to be there and was a replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons. ~~~Not a bad gig in Hawaii
Junior at Holt High Receives Scholarship Created By Jack Buck ***Heading to Southeast Missouri Abigail Corbett, a junior at Holt High School, has been selected as a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. The KMOX Student of Achievement program began 20 years ago when Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck created the scholarship fund to recognize the positive accomplishments of area students. “It’s really exciting to be recognized for doing what I do; my parents always taught me to do as much as you can in the time you have. What little free time I do have I try to spend with my family,” said Corbett. “I’m going to the SEMO softball camp soon, so I’m really interested in seeing the campus, I would love to continue to play softball in college!” The annual award recognizes a select group of students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and leadership. Corbett has a 3.85 GPA and has scored a 27 on the ACT test. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and DECA. She was the Captain of the softball team this season, and also received All-Conference Honors and has been named to the All-Academic Team for the past three years. In the community she collects food for the Oasis Food
Pantry and works with the Girls Grow Strong program. She also volunteers for Special Olympic functions including bowling and basketball tournaments. ~~~Thanks to Matt Deichmann, Community Relations at Holt High School St. Louis Football: Rams Hand Out Hardware ***Steven Jackson Picks Up Three
In a vote amongst Rams players, Jackson received the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award, which goes to the team’s Most Valuable Player. In addition, SJ39 is the Rams’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in recognition of Jackson’s commitment to community service. The Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award winner made the halfback of the squad a unanimous selection. Picture (from Gary B) is at Ram’s Training Camp as Jackson has Gary B’s back! ~~~Adding more to his collection Lindenwood Women’s Ice Hockey Look for Victories Against RIT ***Women Hit the Ice The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team is hosting Rochester Institute of Technology on February 1 and 2 and will look to capture a pair of victories against the Tigers. The Lady Lions have had six players record double-digit points this season. Alison Wickenheiser leads the team with 15, followed by Allysson Arcibal with 12, Alyssa West with 11, and 10 apiece for Kendra Broad, Lyndsay Kirkham, and Chelsea Witwicke. As of January 24th, Chelsea Witwicke is fifth in the league in defenseman points with 10. RIT took the first game between the two schools this season by a 5-1 score. The two teams tied in the second contest at 1-1. ~~~Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant
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(Family Features) All across the country, food lovers are cooking up something wholesome and flavorful. They are making a commitment to eating better on their own terms by making more meals at home. They are finding that home cooking with real ingredients is inherently healthier — and it’s surprisingly easy. With a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in the healthfulness of everyday meals.
Recipes: “By adding herbs and spices, it’s easy to make healthy foods more flavorful. And it’s a smart way to freshen up your family’s standby recipes while gradually reducing reliance on sugar, sodium or fat,” said Chef Mark Garcia, of the McCormick Kitchens. For freshened-up family favorites, try making these simple, healthful changes that are simply delicious:
Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn
— Replace the heavy breading on chicken tenders with a flour mixture spiced with paprika, black pepper and oregano. Bake it in the oven to reduce fat and calories. — For a healthier take on beef stew, use low sodium broth and serve over whole grain pasta or brown rice instead of mashed potatoes.
— For a delicious twist on traditional chili, try using boneless, skinless chicken breasts with black beans and corn. Pump up the authentic Southwest flavor with cumin, garlic powder and red pepper. Get more recipes like these at www.mccormick. com. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @ Spices4Health.
Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables
Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables
Roasting the vegetables before adding them to the stew brings out delicious caramelized flavors.
Boneless chicken is seasoned and oven-fried for great taste that’s quick and easy enough for any day of the week.
Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 35 minutes • Makes: 6 servings
Ingredients: - 4 cups cubed winter vegetables (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or sweet potatoes - 1 medium onion, cut into - 1/2-inch pieces - 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes - 3/4 cup chicken broth - 3 McCormick Bay Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Thyme Leaves - 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Coarse Ground - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/4 cup dry red wine or apple juice - 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss vegetables and onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil on large baking sheet. Roast 20
minutes or until vegetables are golden. 2. Meanwhile, cook and stir beef in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned. Add roasted vegetables, chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, salt and wine. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove bay leaves from stew before serving. Serve stew over mashed potatoes.
3. Test Kitchen Tip: If desired, add 2 McCormick Bay Leaves to cooking water when preparing fresh or instant potatoes. For instant mashed potatoes, remove bay leaves before adding potato flakes. For fresh potatoes, remove bay leaves before mashing. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 406; Fat: 18g; Carbohydrates: 33g; Cholesterol: 59mg; Sodium: 745mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 28g
Ingredients: - 1/4 cup flour - 1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt - 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves - 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground - 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves or thighs - 1/4 cup milk - 1 tablespoon butter, melted Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1inch baking pan with no stick cooking spray. 2. Mix flour, seasoned salt, oregano and pepper in shallow dish. Moisten chicken
Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn Make a batch of this Super Spice-rich chili for your next get-together. It doubles easily if you are expecting a crowd. Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 30 minutes • Makes 8 (1-cup) servings Ingredients: - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes - 1 cup chopped green bell pepper - 1 cup chopped onion - 1 tablespoon McCormick Paprika - 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Oregano Leaves - 1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, Ground - 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder - 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, Crushed - 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed - 1 can (15 oz) great Northern beans, drained & rinsed - 1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained - 1 cup chicken broth - 1 cup frozen corn
with milk. Coat evenly with flour mixture. Place chicken in single layer on prepared pan. Drizzle with melted butter. 3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 4. Test Kitchen Tip: For quicker, more uniform cooking, slice thick chicken breasts in half horizontally or pound chicken breasts thin. 5. Flavor Variation: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning or Rosemary Leaves, crushed, in place of the oregano. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 190; Fat: 6g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Sodium: 457mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 28g
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Directions: 1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper; mix well. 2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 188; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Cholesterol: 37mg; Sodium: 413mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 18g
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Feb. 1: Fish Fry on First Fridays 4-7 p.m. Fish Dinners (Dine in or Take Home) At St Rose Philippine Duchesne School, 3500 St. Catherine St., Florissant, MO 63033. For info: 314.837.3410.
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. Feb. 2: 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 entre $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
Sundays, Now - Jan. 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. Feb. 1: Are you Divorced or someone in your family going through a Divorce? A seven-week “Steps to Wholeness” program will be offered for newly Divorced or Separated people starting on February 1st at All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters. The cost of the program is $20 to defray the cost of materials. You must register before we start as there is limited space available. For information, call Lee at 636.946.7782. Feb. 2: The Marvelous Wonderettes Aat the Florissant Civic Center Theatre at 8 p.m. Admission: $27 Adults; $25 Seniors/Students. Phone info and reservations: 314.921.5678 or www.FlorissantMO.com. The story begins at the 1958 Springfield High School prom where you’ll meet the Wonderettes, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match. As you learn about their lives and loves, you are treated to the girls performing beautifully arranged renditions of classic 50’s songs. After intermission, you’ll
be whisked away to the girls’ tenyear reunion. The Wonderettes perform soulful and high-octane renditions of classic 60’s tunes, and you see how their friendships have changed and endured in this captivating new Off-Broadway hit. Feb. 3: Alpha Players Audition 6 p.m. Auditions for Murdered to Death at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. For audition info: www.alphaplayers.org. Feb. 4: 7 p.m. Hawthorne Players Audition Leading Ladies at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. For audition info: www.hawthorneplayers.com. Feb. 6: Be My Valentine Daughter (ages 4 through 10) & Dad Dinner 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls, make this a special Valentine’s Day for your dad, grandpa, uncle, or anyone else who fills a father’s shoes. Bring him to our dinner at the Bellefontaine Recreation Center and enjoy a delicious buffet. There will be surprises and lots of fun! Fees: Bellefontaine Resident Couple $15, additional daughters $5 ea. Nonresident Couple $17, additional daughters $7 ea. 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. Mar. 9: Trinity Catholic High School Spring Trivia Night The Trinity Catholic High School Parent Organization (TPO) will hold its Spring Trivia Night in the gym. The cost is $120 for a table of eight and all trivia players must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Bottled beer, water, soda and light snacks will be provided with the price of admission and players may also bring in anything else they wish to eat or drink. All proceeds benefit the TPO. Doors
will open at 6:30 p.m. and the questions will begin at 7 p.m. The author of the questions and emcee for the evening will be 1972 Aquinas graduate Dan Dillon. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Lisa Moehlenkamp at 314.550.7300. Apr. 20: Join the St. Louis Businesswomen’s Golf Association Are you a woman who enjoys playing golf? Join the St. Louis Businesswomen’s Golf Association (SLBGA). The purpose of the SLBGA is to meet the needs of working women and golf skills improvement, networking, playing opportunities, making friends and having fun. Membership allows you to participate at the golf events throughout the STL area often with discounts and other amenities. You need only sign up for those events you wish to participate approximately 7 days in advance. You can sign up with a group or by yourself and you will be paired with other members. Find out more about the SLBGA at our annual Tee Off Meeting on April 20. For more info www.slbga.org. June 1: Chili Cookoff The Clarksville Missouri State Chili Cookoff will replace the Clarksville Regional. Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo. Total prize money is $1500. 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. 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 11:302:30 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 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich-coffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also available. 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. GNCC Member Happenings Jan. 26: Dairy Queen “Customer Appreciation Day” 300 Howdershell Rd. (Florissant, 63031)
www.mycnews.com • Community News • January 30, 2013 Jan. 27: Community Open House to kick-off Catholic Schools Week 1-3 p.m. Hosted by Federation of Catholic Schools. Catholic Elementary Schools located in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at each school location. For more information call 314.537.3174.
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.
Feb. 16: 2nd Annual “Mardi Gras” at the Mouse Races ONLY $20 per person for tables of 8. Beer - Soft Drinks - Snacks included. Buy a full table of 8 for only $140 ($20 discount). JFK Civic Center in Florissant. Look for more details in the coming days! Call 314.831.3500 and reserve your table today!!!
Crisis Nursery The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides shortterm, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. For the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline, call 314. 768.3201. In St. Charles County, call 636.947.0600. Visit www.crisisnurserykids.org for program, volunteer and event info.
Old Jamestown Association Join for only $10 per individual or $15 per family. Become a part of this network of residents who are informed about events and issues in the Old Jamestown Area. Questions? Email email@example.com. Health Feb. 15: Seminar - Why Dentures are Not the Answer At St. Louis Center for A&R Dentistry, 7934 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Hazelwood, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food & drinks will be available. Free to the public, space is limited call Ann to reserve a seat at 314.831.8086. No more bad fitting, removable dentures. 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
To register call 314.747.9355 Feb. 9: Christian Hospital Heart Fair “A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart” 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. There is no substitute for a healthy heart, but there are substitutions you can make to your diet and attitude to help make your heart healthy and happy! Come and learn how to make your heart a happy one with health tips, cooking tips and how laughter may be the best medicine. Free screenings are offered and so much more. To register, call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Christian Hospital Detrick Building Atrium, 11133 Dunn Rd. (I-270/Hwy. 367 interchange) Cost: Free . Feb. 11: Look Good, Feel Better 10 a.m. – Noon. Anyone currently undergoing or just finishing cancer treatment is invited to experi-
ence a free makeover from certified cosmetologists that includes demonstrations on the use of wigs, turbans and scarves, nail care and cosmetics use. Complimentary cosmetics and skin care products provided. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. To register, call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Christian Hospital Cancer Resource Center, POB 2, 11125 Dunn Rd. Cost: Free.
managing your own health. Developed by Sanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, this self-management course is for those with such chronic conditions as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or others. Light refreshments. To register, call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Northwest HealthCare, 1225 Graham Road, Community Room.
Feb. 19: American Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Christian Hospital is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive open to the general public. Stop by to roll up your sleeve and give blood to help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments have priority. At Christian Hospital Detrick Building Atrium, 11133 Dunn Rd. 63136. Registration: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: christianhospital: or contact Sandy Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: Free.
Feb. 21: OASIS Peer Led Discussion Groups. Topic: “Assertiveness” 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. 63136. Cost: Free.
Feb. 20: Cholesterol and a Heart Healthy Diet 9-10 a.m. Now is the time to invest in your health by taking control of your diet choices. Learn how the food choices you make today can affect your health and well-being for life. You will have an opportunity to talk with Erica Uppstrom, MD, from The Heart Care Group who specializes in cardiovascular disease as well as one of our registered dietitians. Free cholesterol and glucose screenings will also be provided. In the Jamestown Mall Food Court. Cost: Free. Call 314.747.9355 to register.
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 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
Feb. 21 & Mar. 28: Living A Healthy Life 1-3:30 p.m. (six sessions) Cost: $10 (Fee includes a book and relaxation CD to keep) Set healthy goals. Make action plans. Manage pain. Embrace nutrition and exercise. Understand medication. Increase your confidence in
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.
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Joe Morice Joe for Congress
Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.
I’ve always wanted to buy my own federal Legislator. Of course, this means I would have to be a billionaire. Legislators come higher these days since they already became rich or richer by legalizing insider trading for themselves. This only lasted a few years before someone noticed and whattaya know, those little devils made it illegal again. A television exposè claimed Congressional millionaires recently went from 48% to well over 80%. I wondered about the small percentage who abstained. Perhaps by some miracle, they were honest...or maybe just plain dumb. Of course, there’s always the chance they hid the loot better but who knows? It’s also possible to own a legislator without paying. If I was a bigbuck CEO of a multi-national conglomerate, the price might come from petty cash, and I could give myself another million-dollar raise for taking care of business between golf outings in the Bahamas. Petty cash is usually for small expenses like flowers for a stenographer’s divorce from too much late-night dictation, taxi-fare for luncheon dates with defense lawyers or occasional foreign dignitaries’ brothel expenses. Buying a legislator is a bit pricey for petty cash but easy to justify at board meetings. Lately, party affiliation has little meaning, especially if legislators have unexpected expenses. Reimbursement for bribing a judge to keep their kid out of jail for selling narcotics might bring about a bill to legalize grenade launcher sales to terrorists or oil drilling in city parks. Even hardcore pro-labor legislators might do an about-face
and become pro-business given these circumstances. That is, except for that small percentage previously mentioned. The television program didn’t mention who they are or if they expect canonization or a padded cell. I realize there are organizations with enough funds for buying legislators but they wouldn’t be my legislators. Large unions could probably do this or perhaps churches with large moneyed flocks. Jesus is said to have chased the moneychangers from the temple but that was long ago. No wonder He hasn’t been around lately. Were He to visit today’s world of Washington wickedness, I’m sure He would bless that small aforementioned abstaining percentage no matter the saints or the paper doll architects. I keep buying lottery tickets in hopes of becoming instantly rich. The odds against are a ka-zillion to one but someone does win it...sometimes well over a hundred million dollars. Were it me, I would immediately head to Washington and ask for a list of legislators for sale…although, I may not need that list. Legislators are good at finding people with large sums of money to donate or else how would they pay for election campaigns? Television propaganda ads are expensive. Buying a legislator who will introduce a bill to forgo taxes on lottery winnings should be a cinch, and I would be a hero among all the future lottery winners. It would be too late to help me, but I’d feel good about helping future rich folks. Maybe I could even run for Congress! www.byerlyrv.com
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