May 29, 2013
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City of Hazelwood Hosts 3rd Annual Recycle Day
By Tim Davidson, Communications Coordinator of the City of Hazelwood
Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves energy, and reduces air and water population. With the world population exploding exponentially and a finite amount of land where people can live, recycling reduces the need to add more landfills. In the U.S., recycling efforts can divert over 60 million tons (32%) of the more than 100 million tons of garbage that Americans throw away each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As more progress is made to choke off the flow of items to landfills, more recycled-content products are being produced to help reduce the consumption of Earth’s raw materials. Not only is recycling beneficial to the environment, it also supports several sectors of the economy. According to a 2010 Annual Report published by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the recycling industry provides over 16,000 jobs in the St. Louis region and over 25,000 jobs state-wide. Recycling generates tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenues for state and local governments as well. Recycling is a significant engine for economic growth. It’s important for the City of Hazelwood and other neighboring municipalities to continue investing in recycling in order to maintain the region’s competitiveness in a 21st century
global economy. So, in an effort to help divert electronic items and other bulky appliances away from landfills, the City of Hazelwood is hosting its 3rd Annual Recycle Day on Saturday, June, 1, in the parking lot of St. Louis Outlet Mall between the hours of 9am - 3pm. This event is free; there are no drop-off charges. Participating vendors for this year’s event include Allied Waste Services, WITS, Inc. (Web Innovations & Technology Services), Shred-It, and St. Louis Outlet Mall. Vendor stations will be set up so drivers can pull up and have their vehicles unloaded or have their personal documents handed off to be shredded. For this year’s event, there is a limit of two televisions per vehicle. Other electronic items accepted by WITS include the following: computers; monitors; printers; cords/cables; TVs; VCR/ DVD players; stereos/boom boxes; MP3 players; cellular phones; kitchenware like toasters, blenders, and food processors; washers; dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators; furnaces; humidifiers; air conditioners; lawn equipment; industrial machinery; old motors or transformers; medical/diagnostic equipment; glassware/dishes; and clothing items. WITS spokesperson Angela Haas confirms that all hard drive data containing any personal information will be wiped
clean and destroyed before the equipment is reused. Items the will not be accepted by vendors include the following: furniture; mattresses/bedding; alkaline batteries; fluorescent/CFL bulbs; tires; or hazardous materials such as paints, solvents and chemicals. Both Shred-It and Allied Waste Services will be on-site as well. Shred-It will have two mobile shredding trucks See BE A HERO: RECYCLE page 2
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Vol. 92 No. 22
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your guide to good news and events like the Maryland Heights Garden Tour.
5 St. Charles’ Hisotic Streets 6 Business
Homebuyer assistance and more business news like the airport’s revenue bonds’ upgrade
Students win scholarships and speech awards.
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Book Buzz, Sudoku, and Simple Steps for Smart Spending Star Trek Into Darkness is a nice popcorn adventure, but falls short of the 2009 reboot. Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events. Special Occasion Menu Magic
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BE A HERO: RECYCLE from cover available to help residents destroy their personal documents. With the growing problem of Identity Theft, it’s important for people to find a way to get rid of their bank statements, credit card invoices, and other private papers in a safe, secure manner. Shred-It will provide this confidential service on the spot. Allied Waste Services will have two dumpsters for people to drop off their single-stream recycling items. The company an- Anything with a power cord and more accepted at the City of Hazelwood’s Recycle Day nounced recently that they are now able to accept carproducts such as recycled paper and even buildtons in their mix of recyclable materials. In addi- ing materials. tion to the traditional recyclables that can be put In 2011, Hazelwood created a Green Commitin residents’ recycle containers, cartons for milk, tee composed of City Council members, busijuice, soy milk, broth, soup, as well as other foods ness leaders and resident volunteers. “The group and beverages can be included. meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at The bales of recycled cartons are shipped to Civic Center East, starting at 5 p.m. Anyone who paper mills, where cartons are mixed with water wishes to share green ideas should consider joinin a gigantic blender to extract all the paper fiber. ing as a member,” said Hazelwood Green ComThese fibers are a valuable resource for making mittee chairman Ron Darling.
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Around Town Nominations Needed for Annual Beautification Awards With spring in full bloom, many residential and commercial properties in Maryland Heights are looking especially lovely. The city would like to recognize the hard work that goes into these lush landscapes, but we need your help!
We are now accepting nominations for our annual Beautification Awards, given to residents and businesses that go the extra mile to make Maryland Heights a more attractive place to live. Anyone may submit nominations for the awards by visiting http://www.marylandheights.com/index.aspx?pa ge=25&recordid=1214&return URL=%2findex.aspx or in person at the Government Center. Nominations will be accepted through June 22. Members of the Beautification Commission will tour the nominated properties in late June and make their selections for the awards, to be announced at a public ceremony later this year. For more information about the Beautification Awards, please contact Planner Tom Blanchard at 314.738.2234.
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Hello Tomorrow Trivia Fundraising Event Amy Schmidt Lewis is a 35-year-old single mom of four children who is battling breast cancer. She has been going through extensive chemo treatments, and a double mastectomy is planned for August. Amy is a hairdresser and self-employed at Hair Express in Hazelwood and will not be able to work for several months. They have a very long battle ahead of them. Support Amy and her children in her time of need. Come to our Trivia Night on July 26 at Yacovelli’s Restaurant with lots of fun, prizes, and a silent auction. The Florissant Rotary Club has donated the latest
new iPad to raffle off to bring in some big dollars. It is our goal to raise funds to help lighten their overwhelming load now and on the tough road ahead. In an effort to raise funds we are looking for the following to help our cause: • Small raffle items: gift cards, attendance prizes • Cash donations • Gift baskets for silent auction • Sponsorship: $100 will get your personal or your company name exposure on the tables, answer sheets, sponsor wall, and sponsor balloons. All of your gener-
Overland Historical Society Events The society will have members at the Overland Farmers’ Market on June 1 at a booth. They will share memories and photos and will be interested in hearing from Overland residents both past and present about their memories. Bring your appetite on June 9 from 1 – 5pm to the society’s site at the corner of Lackland Rd and Gass Ave. We will have a BBQ with children’s plates and take-outs available. The log house and barn will be open for tours. We appreciate donations of artifacts such as photographs, newspaper articles, keepsakes and memorabilia. Please contact Sandy at 314.831.7439.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder Names Dennis Lammert of Florissant as Senior Service Award Winner Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on Wednesday (May 8) announced 35 winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award, including Dennis Lammert of Florissant. Lt. Governor Kinder presented the awards at a luncheon for the winners and their guests outside his office in the Capitol. Lammert was nominated by Peggy Hogan, senior citizen coordinator for the City of Florissant, and Sgt. Andrew Eagan, Neighborhood Action Team supervisor for the Hazelwood Police Department. Lammert volunteers as a tax preparer for AARP. He runs the largest tax preparation site in St. Louis County at the Florissant Community Center. The AARP Tax Preparation Service is free for senior citizens on a fixed income. Last year, the center provided tax preparation service for about 900 seniors. Lammert also volunteers for the Hazelwood Police Department’s Volunteer in Police Services program. Since joining the program in 2007, he has volunteered more than 2,500 hours, earning the Presidential Volunteer Service Award each year.
ous gifts are needed by July 8. You can mail donations to: Margie Williams, 902 Keeneland Rd, Florissant, MO 63034 Make checks payable to: Hello Tomorrow Should you have any questions or would like to purchase a table at our Trivia Night ($200 table of 8) or iPad raffle tickets($25 each) or donate small raffle items or gift baskets please contact Margie at 314.568.6519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Garden Tour Features Former Beautification Award Winners Residents will have an opportunity to get a closer look at standout properties from previous years at the biennial “Best of Maryland Heights” Garden Tour on Saturday, June 8 from 10am - 1pm. Several past Beautification Award winners have graciously agreed to open their beautiful gardens for the public to explore. Homeowners will be available to answer questions about their designs and plantings. As a courtesy, please observe the following guidelines: • Keep your visit within the hours of the tour and to only those properties listed on the map. • Supervise your children. • Leave pets at home. For more information about the Garden Tour, please contact Planner Tom Blanchard at 314.738.2234.
Lammert was unable to attend Wednesday’s award ceremony. Lt. Governor Kinder will present him with an official declaration and a Senior Service Award lapel pin. Kinder this year received more than 150 nominations for the Senior Service Award, naming 34 winners representing the state’s 34 Senatorial Districts and one at-large winner. Lammert won in District 13.
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Increased Patrol During Bridgeton Landfill Work Attorney General Chris Koster and Bridgeton Police Chief Don Hood confirmed that there will be a substantially increased police presence in neighborhoods near the Bridgeton Landfill while residents take advantage of a lodging program in effect during the remediation work at the landfill. Chief Hood has notified residents that there will be an increase in officer patrols, in both marked and unmarked cars, in the neighborhoods near the Bridgeton Landfill throughout the next several weeks. The Bridgeton Police Department is encourag-
ing residents who are participating in the lodging program to register for the Department’s Vacation Check Request program. Residents can call the Bridgeton Police Department at 314.739.7557 to register their address and other information, or they can fill out a form at the Bridgeton website at www.bridgetonmo.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=623 and fax the form or drop it off at the police station. By registering in the Vacation Check Request program, residents can ensure that Bridgeton Police keep an even closer eye on their homes while they are away.
Rally Saint Louis Raising Funds for Magic House Rally Saint Louis has announced a major funding drive to support The Magic House in creating a hands-on learning exhibit at LambertSt. Louis International Airport. Rally Saint Louis is the new social media crowd-sourcing platform that allows the public to vote and fund new ideas for St. Louis. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum is proposing an innovative and engaging transportation-themed play space for Lambert’s C Concourse. The Magic House and its partners have commitments to fund 75% of the $100,000 proposed cost for the exhibit. Rally Saint Louis is now seeking the final $25,000 from the public
Portion of Creve Coeur Mill Road to Close this Summer From May 28 through August 2, Creve Coeur Mill Road will be closed to through traffic just east of its intersection with Prichard Farm Road in Maryland Heights. Under a $510,000 contract with St. Louis County, Fred Weber, Inc. will perform significant upgrades to a 25-year-old bridge that spans Fee Fee Creek. Significant aspects of the project include installation of a new deck (driving surface) and construction of new approaches on both ends of the span. Minor cracks, which are common to concrete bridges of this age, will be filled with epoxy. This stretch of Creve Coeur Mill Road carries approximately 5,600 vehicles on a typical weekday.
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for the project that moved to the funding round after widespread community support and online votes. Lambert is working to provide 1,500 sq. ft. of space for the exhibit. The exhibit concept, The Magic House Play Port, features a transportation hub of fun with climb-in and climb-out venues including a plane, a train and multiple cars. The Magic House is an expert at engaging children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and developing problem-solving skills. The concept for the play area also includes a child-size air traffic control tower, car rental counters and an airport screening area.
Are you an unincorporated North County resident? If so, join us in an effort to make your neighborhood safer with a bonus of getting physically fit in the process. Partners in Crime Prevention Through Physical Fitness is a twelve-week program designed to encourage residents to get actively involved in both physical fitness and crime prevention within their neighborhoods. The Kick-Off party will be held at the North County Rec Plex, located at 2577 Redman Rd., on June 22 from 11am - 2pm. To participate in the program, you must attend the Kick-Off party. There will be a prize awarded to the winner of each age category, as well as for the subdivision with the most participants. Contact your Neighborhood Policing Officer Officer Jake Maechling for additional information at 314.438.4622 or jmaechling@ stlouisco.com.
Christian Hospital Foundation Golf Outing Set for June 18 The Christian Hospital Foundation is hosting their third-annual Golf Outing on June 18 at Norwood Hills Country Club. The day includes lunch, a golf clinic with PGA staff, shotgun start, oncourse refreshments, and an awards reception with cocktails and dinner immediately after play. Proceeds from the outing will help the foundation continue in its mission to provide compassionate care and clinical excellence to more than 160,000 patients who visit Christian Hospital each year. The foundation also provides more than 10,000 area residents with free education and screenings each year. Sponsorships are available and cost for a foursome is $800; individual play is $200; or cocktail/dinner only is $65. For more information, please visit the website at www.christianhospital.org/golf or call Kamille Pope at 314.653.4191.
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National Archives at St. Louis NPRC Opens New Exhibit The National Archives and Records Administration will present Through America’s Lens: Focusing on the Greatest Generation 1920-1945, a new exhibition featuring some of America’s most memorable photographic images, along with documents from the personnel folders of those who created those images. The exhibition runs through September 27. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday each week (except Federal holidays) from 11am - 6pm. No RSVP is required. The Through America’s Lens: Focusing on the Greatest Generation (1920-1945) exhibition will contain an extensive selection of historic images taken by photographers who served in the United States military and were employed by the Federal government. Visitors will get a chance to witness the devastation of poverty captured through the lens of Dorothea Lange, whose images of American poverty continue to be noted by today’s scholars. In addition, this exhibition showcases the work of such twentieth-century American photographers as George Ackerman, Lewis Hine, and Arthur Rothstein who were hired by the Federal
Sunday Funday On June 9, residents will gather on North Main from1 - 6pm for live entertainment, food, drinks, and fun in the afternoon. Bands will play from 1 – 3pm and 4:30 – 6pm between the 100-200 blocks of N. Main St. St. Charles Municipal Band Concerts Every Thursday evening starting June 13, the St. Charles Municipal Band will perform free concerts at 8pm in Frontier Park. For more information, visit www.stc-munyband.com.
Katy Trail Bike Ride The June 17-21 ride is SOLD OUT. Registration for the 2014 ride will open at 8am on March 1, 2014. The 13th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 17-21, allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from Clinton to St. Charles. This year's ride covers approximately 253 miles of Katy Trail and features great food and many fun activities. Hot showers are available at each overnight stop, enhancing comfortable campsite settings. Food Trucks in Frontier Park Join us at Frontier Park located in Historic St. Charles along the Missouri River near Main Street
for our Food Truck Event from 5 – 8pm. Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different vendors. *Please keep in mind many trucks at these events are CASH ONLY. For more information visit www.stcharlesparks.com. Music on Main Listen to Serapis play live music on June 19 for the Music on Main event from 5 - 7:30pm. Romeo & Juliet The Riverside Theatre Co presents Shakespeare in the Park Romeo & Juliet in Frontier Park June 21-23 and 28-30. For more infor-
erated by Dr. Jonathan C. Smith of Saint Louis University’s Department of African American studies. The panel will consist of Dr. Margaret Garb (Washington University) who will discuss the Great Depression; Dr. Adell Patton (University of Missouri at St. Louis) will discuss Post-Depression poverty and Dr. John Dr. Jonathan C Smith McManus (Missouri University of St Louis University of Science and Technology) will discuss the impact of famous war-time military images taken by veteran photographers during World War II. For the lecture, we ask that you RSVP as a courtesy (not required) by e-mail at stlpublic.programs@nara. gov or call 314.801.0847. Place the word lecture in the subject line. REQUIRED to show current photo identification. Items such as weapons, knives, and pepper spray will not be allowed in the facility. Free parking is available in the visitor parking lot.
mation, visit www.riversidetheatreco.org. Fife and Drum Corps The Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps will march and play on Historic Main Street from 12 1pm on June 29. La Roserie Now Open Three thirty seven “337” by La Roserie just opened at 337 South Main Street. It is a fun-urbanindustrial-vintage store featuring local art and Made-in-theUSA products, new and recycled clothing, antiques, and unique items. For more information call 636.734.8108.
Prasino Now Open Prasino St. Charles (1520 S. Fifth Street), a new restaurant featuring a locally sourced contemporary American menu created by Chef Jared Case, is now open. A concept originated in Chicago, prasino (Greek word for ‘green’) is a sophisticated, sustainably minded, eco-friendly restaurant offering seating for 280 people. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For further information call 636.277.0202 or visit www.prasino. com.
Big Band in Frontier Park Come out to Frontier Park at 7:30 pm for a free performance by the St. Charles Community Big (Jazz) Band. For more information, visit www.stc-muny-band. com.
government to capture the social achievements of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal.” The exhibition also features the work of Native American artist and muralist Gerald Nailor. Iconic and historic scenes from World War II will be displayed in the work of photographers Barrett Gallagher, Charles F. Jacobs, Robert Sargent, and Edward Steichen. The work of Academy Awardwinning cinematographer John Ford will also be featured in the exhibition. These artists captured moments dealing with the horrors of battle as well as the ultimate victory at World War II’s end. Their iconic photographs will be mixed with documents from their individual civilian and military personnel files. These files contain letters of recommendation, performance appraisals, commendations and other items that illustrate the work and life of the artist as a civilian or military photographer. On May 29 at 6:30pm, a panel of local historians will discuss “Poverty In America” as this subject relates to the photographs of poverty portrayed in the images featured in the larger exhibition. The panel will be mod-
St. Charles County Symphony Concerts Enjoy free music by the Outdoor Symphonic Pops Orchestra on June 15 at 7pm at Boulevard Park in Lake Saint Louis next to the pavilion. Admission is free; bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, visit www.scsymphony.us.
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2013 Greater North County Chamber Golf Tournament Set for June 14 The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2013 Golf Tournament on Friday, June 14, at the Golf Club of Florissant. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon. The 2013 Presenting Sponsors are Commercial Bank and Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake. The $99 per person entry fee includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, dinner and drink tickets. Tournament will feature several contests, mulligans, skins, attendance prizes and more. For more information on sponsorships or to register to golf, call the Chamber office at 314.831.3500 or visit www.greaternorthcountychamber.com.
Fitch Ratings Upgrades City of St. Louis Airport Revenue Bonds Fitch Ratings has upgraded St. Louis, Missouri’s $740.2 million outstanding airport revenue bonds to ‘BBB+’ from ‘BBB’. The global rating agency says the outlook for the City of St. Louis bonds remains stable. The Fitch Ratings announcement noted continued stable traffic trends at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport following years of volatility due to the loss of the American Airlines hub and the economic recession. Furthermore, Fitch’s baseline expectation is for leverage and airline costs to remain stable going forward and prudent fiscal management of the operating and capital expenditures is also a factor that helped strengthen the airport’s financial profile. The bonds are secured by the net revenues generated from airport operations. “The airport’s conservative debt profile, strong fiscal management and continued stability in airline traffic are all contributing factors to the positive news of the credit rating upgrade for the airport bonds,” said St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green. “While continuing to operate a safe and efficient airport, we have been aggressive in reducing costs, growing revenue and growing community support for Lambert,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “It’s all helping to gain the attention of rating agencies.” Lambert has seen two straight years of passenger growth. This summer, Lambert airlines are operating on average 255 daily departures to 63 non-stop locations. Lambert’s newest non-stop to Grand Rapids, MI will begin in August on Southwest Airlines.
Crisis Nursery Board Appointment Jim Pearson, FVP national sales manager, Wells Fargo Advisors, was elected to Crisis Nursery’s Young Professional Board. The following individuals were recently elected to Crisis Nursery’s Advisory Board. Jim Pearson, FVP nation- Charles J. Gulas, Dean, Jodi Lang, Vice Presial sales manager, Wells dent/Territory Manager, Maryville University Advisory Board Fargo Advisors Kelly Services • Charles J. Gulas, Dean, Maryville University Crisis Nursery, a United Way agency, provides • Jodi Lang, Vice President/Territory Manager, care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five nursKelly Services ery sites, serving families throughout the greater The Crisis Nursery is an independent not- St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surfor-profit agency that provides a short-term, safe rounding regions. The Crisis Nursery also prohaven for more than 7,000 children a year, birth vides ongoing outreach, support and follow-up through age 12, whose families are faced with an care to families. emergency or crisis.
Home Builders Association Donates to Rainbow Village Home Builders Charitable Foundation President Jim Brennan of McKelvey Homes (left) and 2013 HBA President Charlie Boyce of Innsbrook Corporation (right) presented a $9,525 donation to Mike Rea, director of development for Rainbow Village, on behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation. The donation will be used to replace siding at a Rainbow Village-owned home in Maryland Heights. The goal of Rainbow Village is to provide long-term safe, comfortable and affordable neighborhood homes for adults with developmental disabilities.
The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.
Home Builders Association Donates More Than $17,900 to Youth In Need Home Builders Charitable Foundation President Jim Brennan of McKelvey Homes (left) and 2013 HBA President Charlie Boyce of Innsbrook Corporation (right) presented a $17,978 donation to Michelle Gorman, vice president of youth programs for Youth In Need, and (second from left), and Pat Holterman-Hommes, president and CEO of Youth In Need, on behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation. The donation will be used to install a fiberglass door with a lock and deadbolt, remove and replace cabinets and countertops in the kitchen, and remove and install a new drop ceiling on the first floor at Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program’s group home. These improvements will address safety concerns and complete the kitchen renovation project. The Transitional Living Program provides a ten-bed group home and scattered site apartments where homeless youth, ages 16 to 21, learn independent living skills, work to complete their education, and learn to become productive, self-sufficient members of the community. The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.
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Hazelwood Central High School Seniors Earn Scholarships
Brown Elementary Student Wins Dr. King Oratory Contest
Two Hazelwood Central High School seniors have been awarded prestigious scholarships that will cover the full costs of tuition for four years of college. Kyle Jordan-DeDeaux has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar. Kevin McPartland has been awarded the University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship.
Recently, Christ the King United Church of Christ held its second annual oratory contest for North County students. Morgan McKenzie, fourth-grader, Brown Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District, was named winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Oratory Contest in the third-fifth grade level. There were three first-place prize categories in all. The other winners were Jordan Shelton, sixth-eighth grade level and Alexandria Stitch, ninth-twelfth grade level, both representing neighboring school districts. Some participants in the 2nd Annual Christ the King “I Have a Dream” Oratory Contest The oratory contest was the vision (top row, l to r): Onyinyechi Adiele, Jordan Shelton and Alexandria Stitch (bottow row, l of the Reverend Traci D. Blackmon, to r): Willie Mason, Morgan McKenzie and Jaylen Hutcherson pastor of Christ the King Church. awarded the elementary and middle school levelStudents were asked to spend time thinking winners with Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The high and writing about how Dr. Martin Luther King, school level-winner was awarded an Apple iPad Jr.'s speech has impacted their lives. There were mini. 15 contestants in all, with nine participants adAfter the victors were each given their prizes, vancing to the final round of the competition. they were allowed to present their prize-winning Contestants had to register and attend two workoratories in front of the congregation. shops led by teacher-volunteers. The first workThe runner-ups were each awarded a restaushop was on essay writing and the second was on rant gift card. All students who took part in the speech delivery. The final step in the qualifying contest received certificates of participation. process included participants writing and subOther HSD participants include: mitting a typed essay on the contest theme, prior Hazelwood Central High School: Samira Bell, to the deadline. junior and Jonnae McCray, sophomore The contest was judged by three leaders from Hazelwood East High School: William Mathe community. These individuals were not affilison, sophomore ated with the church or with the contestants. Hazelwood East Middle School: Onyinyechi At the end of the competition, the judges met “Jessie” Adiele, eighth grade; Andrew Parker, to deliberate over the essays and oratories before eighth grade and Leah Nichols, eighth grade naming the winners. On the following day, durKeeven Elementary School: Alexia Nichols, ing Christ the King Church morning service, fifth grade Tolson announced the winners and Blackmon
Hazelwood Southeast Middle Father Daughter Dance Recently, more than 100 individuals attended the Hazelwood Southeast Middle School FatherDaughter Dinner Dance. The primary reason for the event was to highlight the importance of a fatherly role in the life of a young lady. This special event was not exclusive to biological fathers, but it included any male role model who takes time to nurture, care for, encourage and love Hazelwood Zayla Montgomery, Hazelwood Southeast Middle seventh-grader, with her grandfather, Curley Black. Southeast Middle young ladies—thereby, taking on fatherly responsibilities. Everyone was encouraged to participate. If the biological father was unavailable to join the event, step-dads, uncles, grandfathers, big brothers or other father-figures were urged to attend in support of students. Christiana Sneed, HSEMS communication Wayne, Hazelwood Southeast Middle sixtharts teacher and event Lauren grader, with her father, Shaun Wayne, Hazelwood organizer said that one School District school safety officer. of the most memorable comments came from a father who shared his thoughts on how wonderful the event was and how much he enjoyed himself. He went on to say that he appreciated the opportunity to spend quality time with his daughter, just the two of them. He also shared how much he loved her and had never thought to do anything like this before. He was grateful to the committee for organizing the event and for helping to create such lasting memories for him and his daughter. Principal Chauncey Granger went on say that he is hopeful that this event will help build relationships at home and at school. “Parent involvement is a key factor in the academic process. I am optimistic that we can now begin building a stronger bridge between our students’ school-life and home. Sometimes it takes being a little creative in our approach to opening the door to parent engagement,” he said.
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Simple Steps for Smart Spending These days, people are thinking more about how to make smarter decisions with their spending. In fact, simple spending cut-backs can mean a huge difference to your family’s bank account. Get back to the basics of what you really need, and you’ll eliminate unnecessary spending and stress, while keeping more cash in your pocket. Here are some easy tips to start you down the road to smarter spending: •Create a family spending plan. Start a weekly budget meeting with your family to make everyone aware of spending habits. Be sure to keep track of all transactions made throughout the week and prioritize necessities over luxuries. With families increasingly concerned with how they are spending, according to a recent Cricket Wireless survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed report paying bills as their high-
Sophisticated International Thriller Andalusia is a region in southern Spain — The Andalucian Friend, by Swedish author Alexander Söderberg, takes its title from one of its characters, Hector Guzzman, a dashing Spaniard from a mafia-style family who befriends a beautiful unsuspecting nurse. Hector draws Sophie, and her teenage son, into a dark underworld of mayhem and murder that marks them for life. This exciting international thriller is rife with thugs vying for control of smuggling routes and crooked cops on the take. Though at times the profusion of characters can be confusing, it’s not vital to keep all the minor players straight — instead, marvel over the more well-developed ones, like Lars Vinge, a sniveling beat cop addicted to pain killers and a quirky set of defects, and Gunilla Strandberg, the head of the national crime division, who recruits Lars to tighten the noose on players in a ring of organized crime. The action begins when Hector is intentionally hit by a car and hospitalized. Hector shows a rapt interest in Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse assigned to care for him. He’s long been on Gunilla’s radar. She puts together a team to bug Sophie’s home, believing the woman may become involved with Hector and provide key information about him. In Paraguay, another facet of the plot unfurls. Jens Vall, who knew Sophie when they were young, makes a deal with the Russians over guns he’s smuggling for them. When the plan goes awry, Jens is catapulted into working with Hector — both men become entranced with Sophie, as does Lars, whose surveillance of her home becomes obsessive. Beset with the demon of addiction, Lars’ personality changes as he pops prescription pills, chasing them down with alcohol. The Andalucian Friend, is a good read — albeit a bit confusing at times, but stick with this sophisticated novel, and you’ll be happy you did. Söderberg is a master storyteller. He sends you down one path, then pulls the narrative thread right out from under your feet. There are surprises galore in this crime novel sure to gain its author a solid following anxious for the next book in his trilogy. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.
est priority and are using tax refunds to cover basic necessities. •Compare the rates. When reviewing monthly bills, compare the amounts you’re paying with others. According to Cricket’s survey, wireless phone plans, cable and electricity are considered the top most overpaid bills by consumers. Look for online comparative tools that can help evaluate the advantages between service providers. Consider easy ways to scale back spending on these items, such as going with a more flexible no-contract, prepaid wireless service that Photo courtesy of Getty Images can be half the cost than contract carriers, or eliminate the number of movie channels subscribed to through your cable to curb spending and instead go with a lower cost digital movie subscription service. • Carpool with a buddy. Ask co-workers if they would be interested in carpooling with you. This will save you and your co-
worker gas money, while also being environmentally friendly. Can’t find a co-worker who lives in your area? Many online websites exist to link those interested in sharing rides per region. • Cut those coupons. It may sound old fashioned, but you can score great deals on food and home goods when you dust off those scissors. Clip through your local Sunday newspaper, or search online. Many online sites offer extreme discounts on meals, gifts and services specific to your locale. • Eat economically. If you love eating out on a regular basis, plan to eat breakfast at home. Save your hardearned cash for leisurely lunches and dinners where you can unwind with family and friends. This trick will lighten the load on your pocketbook, which is always easier to digest. For a comparative tool of wireless carriers and other pricing information, visit www.mycricket.com.
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“Star Trek Into Darkness”
By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13
to fans, but this talented actor puts a doesn’t have to become a carbon During his second turn at new spin on the role that copy of Kelley throughout the the helm of the Starship Enworks beautifully. He’s the franchise. terprise, director J.J. Abrams Simon Pegg, on the other villain fans love to hate bends the history of a beand everyone will be hand, honors the memory loved science fiction franrooting for a rematch. of the late James Doohan chise once again. Star Trek Zachary Quinto throughout the film. MontInto Darkness takes the cast returns for another gomery “Scotty” Scott is a wonand crew into very familiar fun turn as Com- derfully rich character from the territory, but the outcome mander Spock, the original “Trek,” and Pegg honors is not as one would expect. highly logical first Doohan while making the role his own. Whether that is good or bad Star Trek Into Darkness is a nice popcorn adventure, officer. Spock is the subject of many online focuses on duty but one that falls short of the 2009 reboot. Director and parking lot debates. above all else, Abrams offers a tantalizing hint, though, of things to Chris Pine returns as a but he also has come before the closing credits. Here’s hoping that young, brash James T. Kirk. room in his Abrams boldly goes where no one has gone before…in The young captain likes heart for Nyo- the third installment. to live dangerously, even Star Trek Into Darkness, rated PG-13 for intense seto Uhura (Zoe flaunting Starfleet’s highest Saldana). This time around, quences of sci-fi action and violence, currently is playcommand: The Prime DiSpock and Kirk become even closer ing in theaters. rective. Starfleet Personnel friends, which leads to some differBorn and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now are forbidden to interfere Star Trek Into Darkness photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures ences of opinion within Starfleet. with developing planets and Karl Urban continues to mimic the based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at cultures, but Capt. Kirk violates the Prime Directive to great DeForest Kelley in his portrayal of Chief Medical work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, save the life of a friend. Officer Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Urban is a fine actor, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent His actions lead to a demotion and the loss of his so it would be nice to see him tone down the parody countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood ship. Yet, the brash commander is called back into ser- and add some additional depth to the character. He theaters. vice when a superhuman terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch) wreaks havoc on Earth. Kirk may have problems, though, when dealing with a man who can outthink and outfight him on every level. Borrowing heavily from the early “Star Trek” movies, Into Darkness is visually stunning, but the plot weaves across the screen like a drunken sailor. Though he loves the material, J.J. Abrams should really be branching into new territory instead of cycling through the classic villains of the original series. Speaking of villains, Benewww.rivercityrascals.com dict Cumberbatch embodies the best of the “Trek” villains. His character may be familiar www.elanestevenbeautycollge.com
This Month’s Shelter: Stray Rescue of St. Louis 2320 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 • 314.771.6121 • StrayRescue.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.
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Gary Baute Play Golf With Media Celebrities The 2013 Alumni Golf Challenge sponsored by Trinity Catholic High School will be played Monday, June 10 with a Shotgun start at 1pm at Winghaven Country Club, 7777 Winghaven Blvd, O’Fallon. Entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the day, closest to the pin and long drive contests, a gift bag, attendance prizes and raffles, the opportunity to compete in contests on the course, and the chance to bid on silent auction items. Mulligans and Skins Game will be available the day of the event. All proceeds grow the Trinity Angel Fund for tuition assistance. For more information call Dan Grumich in the Trinity Advancement Office at 314.741.1333, ext: 223. Gateway Television Network show host Randy Gardner (pictured with Jack Clark) and yours truly, me, Gary B, will be among the many tearing up the course, literally…. *Guaranteed to be a fun packed day Rascals In Full Swing The River City Rascals play professional/minor league baseball at T.R. Hughes in O’Fallon. Steve Brook, manager director of baseball operations, has Caleb Curry as Bench and Danny Sawyer as hitting coach. HOME SCHEDULE: June 4- 5- 6 against Schamburg, June 7-8-9 against Grizzlies (8th is a double header). Games played at 7:05pm and Sundays at 6:05pm Rascals fans can follow the team all season long via the team’s broadcast live at www. RiverCityRascals.com *Fun for all ages
Sports MO State Adds To Basketball Staff Missouri State University men’s basketball head coach Paul Lusk announced that Brad Korn (pictured) will join his staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Korn, who has spent the last year as director of basketball operations at Kansas State, will begin his new role at MSU on June 3. He replaces Patrick Baldwin who departed this spring for a coaching opportunity at Northwestern University, his alma mater, after two years with Lusk at Missouri State. “I’m very excited to add Korn to our staff,” said Lusk. “He has experienced a lot of success in this league as a player and a coach. He understands this league and what it takes to win in the Missouri Valley. He’s a well-rounded coach and is a great addition to Missouri State.” *Rick Kindhart assistant director of athletics, Communications, Missouri State University Basketball Camp For Girls St. Louis Community College is offering basketball camps for girls ages 9 to 13 June 17-21 and July 15-19 at the college’s Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. The camp, which runs 9am - 4pm, will be conducted by Melanie Marcy, the Archer women’s assistant coach. In her four seasons as an assistant coach, STLCC teams have captured three straight Region XVI championships and earned trips to the 2011, ’12 and ‘13 National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Division II Basketball Tournament. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of the game such as agility, footwork, rebounding and shooting, physical and mental game preparation, as well as offensive and defensive strategy, and team play. Each participant receives a camp T-shirt, camp report card and certificate. To register or for more information, call 314.984.7777. *Great opportunity 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 KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities.
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Special Occasion Menu Magic
Engagement parties, bridal showers and wedding receptions are blissful, joyous occasions that celebrate the future with those near and dear. However, planning these special events is no small feat, especially when it comes to choosing the menus.
Lemon Poppy Cake Balls Prep time: 35 minutes • Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes • Serves: 12
Ingredients: 1 package of Udi’s Lemon Streusel Muffins 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons all-vegetable shortening poppy seeds, for sprinkling
balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour. In double boiler set over medium heat, melt together chocolate and shortening. Working one at a time and using a toothpick, dip cake balls into the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and let set on parchment-lined baking sheet.
The days of a chicken or beef entrée are long gone—the dietary preferences of today’s party guests include vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant and celiac, just to name a few. Now more than 21 million households report themselves as gluten free, and, together, vegetarians and vegans total nearly 22 million people. It’s becoming more likely that you will receive special menu requests at your celebration. How do you create a menu that pleases all palates and ensures that every guest can feel like a part of the joyous occasion? These simple tips make it easy to plan a menu that is delicious, safe and satisfying. • Gluten-free RSVP - Include a section for dietary restrictions in the RSVP. This ensures guests will enjoy the meal without worry and can fully participate in the celebration. There’s no need to list out the various preferences, simply add an open space for guests to write in their specific diet needs. • Be Cautious of Cocktails - Thoroughly research wine, liquor and beer before making selections as many are deceptively not gluten-free. However, there are great gluten-free options available that allow guests to drink worry-free. • Get Creative with Options - Use gluten-free products, such as Udi’s Double Chocolate or Double Vanilla muffins as cupcakes or to create fun and trendy cake balls. It’s a treat that is delicious enough for all guests to indulge in. • Don’t Be Afraid to Ask - Many caterers and bakers have experience working with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan requests. Don’t be afraid to work with them to figure out the most delicious ways to make an event memorable for everyone. • Label Clearly - When offering passed hors d’oeuvres or serving on a buffet, clearly label gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and/or vegan choices so guests can easily make selections. These tips will allow all guests to enjoy the festivities and make it a memorable celebration. For flavorful ideas and more gluten-free options, visit www.udisglutenfree.com.
Directions: Crumble the muffins into a large bowl. Using electric hand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until creamy and blended. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice until fluffy. Add half of lemon frosting to crumbled muffins and combine using a fork. If mixture isn’t moist enough, add more frosting, a little at a time. Using tablespoon-sized cookie scoop, form cake
Church June 15: 130th Birthday Celebration Zion Cemetery Association 130th Birthday Celebration, 7401 St. Charles Rock Road, 10:30 – 12pm. Snacks and tour. 314.721.8631 June 21 & 22: Church Rummage Sale At Zion United Church, 5710 N. Hwy 67, 9 – 2pm. Benefits Tote Bag Ministry. 314.741.1590 www.zionucc1.org Saturdays: ESL Classes 10 – 11:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. Free. All are welcome. Info: 314.849.6949. Events Now: NCCS Summer Camp Applications North County Christian School summer camp applications for children ages 3 through 8th grade for the summer of 2013. www.nccsedu.org 314.972.6227. Now: The City of Black Jack is Accepting Applications for Performances, Artists & Groups For the North County Community Festival on June 22. Demo tapes should be sent to: NCCF ACT - City of Black Jack City Hall 12500 Old Jamestown Rd. For more information call 314.355.0400, ext. 120
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May 24-26: Alpha Players present Murdered to Death A comedic play, at Florissant Civic Center. Tickets and times call: 314.921.5678 or www.florissantmo.com/theatre/ticketsonline.shtml May 24-27: Free Art Exhibit At the Calhoun County Visitor’s Center, 133 E. Main Street, Brussels, IL, 618.883.2032. May 24: Discussion and Book Signing with Paul French St. Louis County Library Foundation presents historian and China expert Paul French for a discussion and signing of his bestselling true-crime thriller “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China” 7pm at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Free. 314.994.3300 or www.slcl.org May 25: Vitendo4 Africa Foundation Medical Mission Trivia Night At First Christian Church in Florissant, 2890 Patterson Rd., 314.252.0488. June 1: Overland Block Party Parade at 10am, 5K and farmers market at 8am, vintage car show and kids’ fun at 11am, corner of Woodson and Midland off 170, email@example.com. June 1: Flea Market
International Association of Machinsit and Aerospace Workers District 837 Women’s Committee Flea Market, District 837 Union Hall 212 Utz Lane Hazelwood, 7am - 3pm, Vendors $15 inside, $10 outside, 314.731.0603 June 1: Chili Cookoff The Clarksville Missouri State Chili Cookoff will replace the Clarksville Regional. Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo. Total prize money is $1500. June 7: Steak Night Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 4 - 7pm. All profits go to support veterans. June 8: Flea Market Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 8am - 1pm. Tables are $10. Table reservations: 314.503.1303. June 8: Veteran’s Breakfast Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 8am - 11am. All profits go to support Veterans. June 8: Mouse Races Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 starting at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and include free draft beer and snacks. June 10: 2013 Alumni Golf Challenge Winghaven Country Club in O’Fallon, 1pm, $95 per player or $380 for a foursome. Includes lunch, dinner, refreshments throughout the day, a gift bag, contests on the course and the chance to bid on silent and live auction items. Ben-
efits Trinity Angel Fund for tuition assistance. Reserve spot at 314.741.1333, ext: 223 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org June 11: Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Golf Classic At Whitmoor Country Club, benefits the Education Foundation, $700/team, includes lunch, carts, dinner, the award ceremony, and beverages. Reservations at 314.576.6603 or www.mhcc. com. June 11: Marygrove’s Jeff Clinton Memorial Gold Classic At Norwood Hills Country Club, noon shotgun start, lrau@ mgstl.org June 13: Kids In The Middle (KITM) Golf Tournament Golfing For Kids, 10:30am, The Country Club of St. Albans, 101 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans. to benefit kids of separated or divorced parents, $245 per player, register at www.kidsinthemiddle.org or 314.909.9922. June 14: Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament At the Golf Club of Florissant, 52 Country Club Lane, 314.831.3500. June 15: Poets, singers and dancers are needed for 2013 Women’s Anthology: Poetry & Notes An event to celebrate and uplift the creative spirit of women. 2 - 4 pm at St. Louis County Library- Lewis & Clark Branch,
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Nutrition Education: SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157
to work on an ambulance. The cost is $1,500. Register online at http://www.christianhospital. org/EMS-Academy. For more information, contact Shannon Watson at 314.653.5271. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public. Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road. Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171. Center for Senior Renewal: Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123. Christian Hospital Recovery Center: Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100. Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital: Call 314.653.5032 SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings
Crisis Nursery: Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, www.crisisnurserykids.org
Every Mon. & Tues. in May.: 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.
Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355
Diabetes Self-Management Training: Call 314.344.7220
June 3 – Oct. 7: EMT-B Course At Christian Hospital open to the public. The Emergency Medical Technician--Basic (EMT-B) course is designed for students interested in providing patient care to their community. This is the entry-level course required
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Free ongoing 8-week sessions, 866.SSM.DOCS to register or for more information. SSM DePaul Wellness Center: Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation, 314.344.6177 SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings Free Mammogram Screenings: SSM Health Care free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments at 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, 636.947.5617 Speaker’s Bureau: SSM speakers available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups for up to one hour free of charge, 636.949.7159 Ongoing Support Groups Sundays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 6:30 - 8pm, 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City, 314.993.5421. First and Third Tuesdays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 12:30 - 2pm, 320 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.968.3477. Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9am, 314.355.1516, Helpline 800.272.3900
Group Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, 1pm, 314.340.6389 Wednesdays: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 3 - 4:30pm, free, 636.755.3034 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesdays: New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm, www.NarAnon.org Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 8pm, email@example.com Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/for people with pulmonary disease Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am 12pm, $30, 314-953-6090
or score the amount of calcium present in the plaque deposits. This screening, in combination with other heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, etc.) can help determine an overall picture of your current heart health and your risk for developing heart disease. Call 314.344.6030 to learn more about the heart scan program or to schedule an appointment. SSM St. Joseph Health Center & Hospital West Auxiliary Non profit organization assisting the hosp. by holding fund raisering activities, being of service to patients, families, employees & physicians and acting as good will ambassadors to community. We welcome new member. Call Barb Hutchinson 636.947.5466. The Barnes St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary is looking for New Members If you would like to become a member please call 636.916.9664.
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Last Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group: Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, 10:30am 314.383.4765 Last Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support
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Over the Fence
Facebook Foolishness When KMOV’s Larry Connors took a hit because he posted some anti-IRS comments on Facebook, I wasn’t surprised. Facebook does indeed bite on occasion, as anyone may find out if they post something that offends someone else. Be that as it may, other than children, few get hurt unless they’re in show business, politics or professional sports. I consider anyone doing TV news broadcasts, “Show People” if for no other reason, you seldom see any homely telecasters. The trend is handsome and
beautiful, just like movie stars, with occasional exceptions of over-the-hill stars with shrink-wrapped faces and tummy-tucks. Facebook, in spite of its drawbacks also creates a public service for dating. I don’t date much, but a recent lady acquaintance put a few stars in my eyes and I seriously considered asking her out...until I saw her Facebook postings. I suspected it couldn’t be the same person. The one I met seemed sweet and affectionate. The one on Facebook reminded me of a cross between a pretentious goody-two-shoes ingénue and Eva Braun. This couldn’t be the same person, right? It was. I wondered how many people dated a person for a while and then married them not knowing about the Mr. Hyde part of the Jekyll and Hyde duo. It’s a fact that people are very seldom themselves while dating. Most of us they try to be fine, virtuous people with a triple dose of desirable. It’s usually after the honeymoon we, a spouse, sees the real person. It seemed like my ex-wife changed from a sweet shapely adorable into an over-weight Disney cartoon villainess with a pastry fetish. I’m sure she might say a few derogatory things about me as well. Insensitive was one of them, but that’s unfair. I sensed she hated me almost immediately after the wedding reception. I’ve commented many times on the evils of Facebook. Some people tell the world all about what they’re doing and what their kids are doing and will be doing later and where they’ll be. If I were a burglar
or child molester, Facebook might provide me with a tour guide. Larry Connors claimed he was targeted by the IRS immediately after a hard interview with the President. I didn’t see it, but I assume it was about taxes. I can’t remember anyone who actually appreciated the IRS since I learned to eat solid food. The IRS was allegedly targeting conservative anti-tax groups with members that applied for a tax exempt status. Conservatives have always hated taxes. They’re usually in higher tax brackets and resent paying taxes that might support people in low tax brackets. I suppose it’s no surprise the Tea Party, who doesn’t want to pay any taxes at all, were targeted. It’s wrong of course, but it’s no surprise the IRS would be interested. Perhaps IRS agents read Tea Party members’ Facebook postings. One good thing that has already come out of this brouhaha is a shakeup within the IRS. They have always been a little shy around the big buck boys who are sometimes ingenious tax dodgers, yet they become aggressive with middle class income folks who may have some unreported garage sale income. From all accounts, this trend has a history. However, Larry Connors’ IRS comments are his problem. From now on, I’m relying on Facebook to provide valuable information about potential dates. If I happen to meet a shapely adorable with a penchant for serial killing in dark places, I’m sure she’ll post hints on Facebook. For me, anti-IRS comments won’t count against her as much as potential stab wounds after dinner and drinks. 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.
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