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Linda Foster Earns Degree while Battling Cancer By Daphne Rivers Linda Foster is a fighter. The 62-yearold St. Louis Community College graduate has twice survived cancer, and she earned a certificate and a degree during her struggles. After Foster, who resides in Velda Village in North St. Louis County, was laid off following the 2008 closure of the daycare center where she had been employed for 14 years, she enrolled at STLCC in January 2009. “I had to keep going,” Foster said. “Because that’s what you do.” Linda underwent treatment for breast cancer in 1974 and remained cancerfree until early 2011, when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. When her doctor told her that “something looked funny” on her MRI scan during a checkup, Foster says she was not surprised to find out that it was cancerrelated. Foster, who was one of 11 children, has a family history of cancer. Two of her sisters have succumbed to

cancer and one brother, who survived, also fought the disease. She says that the most difficult part of her ordeal was telling her 36-year-old son about the diagnosis. “He had big crocodile tears,” she said. “It was the hardest thing I had to do in my life.” After she started chemotherapy, the treatments made it impossible for Foster to work. She depended on the help and resourcefulness of family and friends to get through rough patches. Foster says that even though times were hard, the one thing she refused to do was give up on was her education. During the 2011 academic year, she only missed five days of school. Despite the year-long bout with the disease, Foster continued to pursue studies at STLCC-Forest Park. She earned a certificate in Early Care and Education in May 2012. Even though she suffered debilitating burns that

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Vol. 92 No. 27

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your guide to good news and events like the Muny’s South Pacific the latest business happenings in North County like the new fueling station at Lambert

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COURAGE AND PRESERVERANCE from cover diploma. “I was in a wheelchair, but I got up anyway,” she said. Just hours before her first commencement, she got dressed while wearing a chemotherapy belt. At the ceremony, she was wheeled up to the ramp leading to the stage—but she stood on her own. Foster says the driving force in her life has been her faith. “When I stood up and walked across that stage, I felt like something or someone was carrying me all the way,” she said. “You just have to have faith because without it, you can do nothing.” Foster was able to stride across the stage this year, too, with a broad smile, to collect her diploma for finishing the associate’s degree in Early Care and Education. Foster credited her faith and the support of the educational community at St. Louis Community College as the motivation behind attending classes. Classmates Nita O’Neal, Tanya Brown and others drove her home every night

or helped get supplies from the store. Members of the cafeteria staff took an interest in her wellbeing, and her instructors did what they could to best accommodate her. “If they see that you are trying and that you are dedicated, they will do whatever they can to help you,” Foster said of her instructors. Foster says going through the cancer battle made her more appreciative of life. She plans to work for the Head Start Center for the Special School District of St. Louis County, where she will specialize in caring for children who are physically or mentally challenged. Dr. Damon C. Collins, Foster’s gastroenterologist, has asked her to lead a seminar on colorectal cancer at his clinic. The program is still in development, but will occur once a month. “It’s going to be great,” she said. “I want to do what I can to help anyone facing a personal struggle. I want my story to be a shining example of how you can survive and be successful.”

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EnergyCare’s 2013 Summer Cooling Program is underway. Now in its 27th year, EnergyCare’s Summer Cooling Program has assisted over 5,000 low income medically at risk families with one-room air conditioners. Last summer, when 26 area residents died during the high heat and humidity, EnergyCare provided air conditioners to over 250 low-income families in St. Louis City and County. Since May 1st of this year, EnergyCare has provided over 75 air conditioners to area families. The EnergyCare Summer Cooling Program service priorities include low-income older adults, people who are seriously ill, people with physical disabilities and families with seriously ill children or infants who do not have an air conditioner in their home. For more information, call 314.773.5900. In an effort to help as many people as possible this summer, EnergyCare is collecting new and used, but working, window air conditioners of less than 8,000 BTU. If you are interested in donating an air conditioner, please call 314.773.5968 ex. 23. EnergyCare is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1983 by the late Sr. Patricia Kelley, CCVI. EnergyCare is dedicated to protecting low-income elderly, homebound, chronically ill or disabled St. Louisans and families with very young children from the extremes of summer heat and winter cold. EnergyCare provides energyrelated services to over 15,000 individuals in St. Louis City and County annually. • Community News • July 3, 2013

Sunset Trail Closed at Sunset Park Until Further Notice A portion of the Sunset Trail near the Missouri River has been washed out during the recent heavy rains. As a safety precaution, the trail has been closed at Sunset Park and will remain so until further notice while options for repair are evaluated and appropriate corrective action taken. The trail remains open between Sunset Park and the St. Ferdinand Shrine. The City of Florissant and Great Rivers Greenway are working together to expedite the repair work. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and we appreciate your patience while we work to restore the trail.

For First Responders Schaefer Autobody Centers would like to say thank you to all First Responders for the safety and security they provide for our families. To show appreciation, Schaefer is hosting a series of advanced training classes and would like to invite all First Responders to attend at no cost. They may choose any one or all of the classes. All classes will be presented from 6 - 10pm each night. July 15: 9902 Watson Rd, Crestwood – Rescue 4 Disabled: This course provides attendees with the information they need to properly handle and care for persons with disabilities at accident scenes and mass casualty events. Mobility Vehicles and Service Animals will also be covered. (CERT teams invited). July 16: 10771 Baur Rd, Creve Coeur – Mass Casualty Incidents: This course provides attendees with the information they need to respond to and initiate immediate care during a Mass Casualty Incident or a natural or man-made disaster. (CERT teams invited) July 17: 16109 Manchester Rd, Ellisville – Hybrid/Electric Alt Fuel Vehicles: This course provides attendees with the information they need to properly identify, stabilize, shut-down, and safely work around new vehicle propulsion systems. Everything from battery operated to compressed air vehicles will be covered. July 18: 9091 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood – New Vehicle Technology: This course provides attendees with advancements in vehicle design and materials such as Ultra High-Strength Steels, Composite Plastics, and Space Age Aluminums. New vehicle construction methods and advanced safety systems along with alternative extrication procedures will also be covered. July 19: 1 Team Drive, O’Fallon – Extrication A-Z: This course explains the new extrication techniques that are required to safely work around new vehicle designs and materials. Working with advanced high-strength steels, high voltages, high pressures, advanced designs and safety features will be covered. “How to get the job done with the tools you have available” will also be explained. Space is limited and there is no cost to attend - so please register early. Certificates will be awarded. To register, call Jeanna Delgado at 314.402.2136 or email

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Fiesta in Florissant The Hispanic Festival was held recently at the Knights of Columbus grounds. The two day event features non-stop entertainment with live Latino bands and folk dancers from various countries. Patrons enjoyed a wide variety of foods and beverages from Central and South America. The main purpose for the Hispanic Festival is to celebrate the common heritage of Hispanic nations. The Hispanicfest organization uses the funds raised to fund scholarships distributed to college-bound students and underprivileged children.

Girl Scout Gold Award Winners The Girl Scout Gold Award is a national award, a personal challenge, and the highest award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may choose to pursue. This year, 22 Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) received their Gold Awards at the annual Reflections ceremony, which took place at Maritz® in Fenton on June 2. Earning The Girl Scout Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability. Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award puts winners among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world (less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award). Below are excerpts from local Girl Scouts about their Gold Award projects: Emily Bublitz (Florissant): Emily’s desire to help children who were victims of abuse inspired her to work with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Working with her thespian troupe at school, she created a video to help get kids interested in theatre. She also created several puppets that display different emotions so the children at St. Louis Crisis Nursery would have a productive, interactive way to express themselves. Audrey Corbin (Florissant): Her Gold Award project, Veterans’ History Project, perpetuates the previously untold stories of veterans from each military branch. She drew up a list of 20 questions to ask and, along with her team, recorded the interviews on video. Her interview subjects included family friends, and she visited people at the Missouri Veterans Home. Camille Palmer (Florissant): Camille used her previous experience working with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery to create her project, Clothing O’Rama. It met an ongoing need for children’s clothing and volunteers to help families in crisis. She toured one of the locations where clothing would be delivered and created flyers and announcements to advertise and generate community interest in Clothing O’Rama. She held a kick-off clothing drive at her church and other drives took place at Crisis Nursery campuses. Weekly, Camille visited both locations to collect clothing from the bins, counted them, and logged them into a spreadsheet.


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“South Pacific” Starring Laura Michelle Kelly and Ben Davis

Bridgeton Considers a New Community Center

The Muny presents the fourth show of its fantastic 95th Season, South Pacific, directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. South Pacific is sponsored by Emerson. Laura Michelle Kelly will star as Ensign Nellie Forbush, with Ben Davis co-starring as Emile de Becque. Joining them will be Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, Josh Young as Lt. Joseph Cable, Sumie Maeda as Liat, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, James Anthony as Capt. George Brackett, Michael James Reed as Cdr. WilLaura Michelle Kelly liam Harbison, Caitlin (Ensign Nellie Forbush) Chau as Ngana, and Spencer Jones as Jerome. South Pacific remains one of Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein’s (lyricist) most eloquent dramas and deeply felt musical romances. It features a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The masterful and lyrical love story between Army nurse Nellie Forbush and the mysterious French planter, Emile de Becque, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and its most recent revival swept the 2008 Tony® Awards. The Muny production features scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, sound design by Jason Krueger, lighting design by John Lasiter, video design by Nathan Scheuer, and costume design by Tracy Christensen. Brad Haak serves as the musical director, and the production stage manager is Bonnie Panson. LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (Ensign Nellie Forbush) originated the title role in Mary Poppins for which she received an Olivier Award for

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Best Actress in a Musical. In London’s West End, she has been seen in The Lord of the Rings—The Musical, Speed The Plow (opposite Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum), Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia, My Fair Lady and Whistle Down the Wind. BEN DAVIS (Emile de Becque) will be portraying Anna Nicole’s first husband, Billy, this fall in the BAM/NY City Opera production of Anna Nicole, The Opera. Broadway credits include A Little Night Music (Mr. Ben Davis Lindquist, understudy (Emile De Becque) Carl Magnus, Fredrik), Les Misérables (Javert and Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme (Marcello, 2003 Tony® Honor.) To purchase Season Tickets by phone, call 314.361.1900, extension 550, or order online at The Muny Box Office is now open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The 2013 Season: Nunsense Muny Style! : July 1 - 7; South Pacific: July 8 - 14; Les Misérables: July 15 - 21; Mary Poppins : July 25 - August 2; West Side Story: August 5 - 11 Season Ticket buyers will enjoy their reserved seats for Mary Poppins from July 25 - 31. Additional performances (August 1 & 2) are non-subscribed, and offer exceptional seating opportunities for groups. Groups of 20 or more people can enjoy a 20% discount. The group sales office is taking orders now. For more information or to make reservations, call 314.361.1900, extension 308. Single tickets will be available beginning Saturday, June 1 at The Muny Box Office in Forest Park, online or by phone. For more information, call 314.361.1900 or visit www. For information about becoming a Muny Partner, visit or call 314.361.1900.

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For several years the Bridgeton Parks Department has been exploring options on how to improve our Community Center. The Parks Department has obtained information and input from consultants and residents as to whether the existing Community Center should be renovated or a new Community Center should be constructed. During May, the City Council will consider legislation which would place two issues on the August 6 ballot. The first issue under consideration is a bond issuance to finance a new Community Center and the second issue is enactment of a new 1/4 cent sales tax, the proceeds of which would be available to pay for these bonds. City officials have no plans to raise property taxes to fund Community Center improvements or construction. I have requested Walt Siemsglusz, the Director of our Parks Department, to provide information on the current state of the existing Community Center, the costs and benefits that would be associated with a large renovation of the existing Community Center and the costs and benefits that would be associated with building a new Community Center. Within the next 2-5 years, the Parks Department will need to replace the existing Community Center’s indoor pool liner and filtration system, install a new roof, replace obsolete electrical panels and wiring and replace the heating and air conditioning system, among a host of other maintenance issues. These repairs are estimated to cost over three million dollars. Before making such a large investment, we felt the residents deserved an opportunity to participate in determining a course of action via a public vote in August. Usage of the existing Community Center has changed over time and the City has received many requests from patrons regarding additional facilities or renovations that they would like to see at the existing Community Center. These items include: closer parking and a more level entrance for seniors and people with disabilities, an elevated walking track in the gym, larger locker rooms with individual showers and dressing stalls, enlarged cardio and weight room facilities, a dedicated dance/fitness studio, a large meeting room, a back-up generator for emergency operations and a more accessible multi-generational aquatic venue. If the City includes many of these elements as a part of a large renovation of the existing Community Center, such renovation is anticipated to cost approximately twelve million dollars. A considerable amount of the existing Community Center would remain and general access in the existing Community Center would not improve. Proceeding with this approach would require closing the entire existing Community Center or significant portions of the existing Community Center during the renovation process. Funding for a renovation would be on a piecemeal basis or special financing. The Parks Department determined that a new Community Center could be built for thirteen to seventeen million dollars depending on the final design and finishes. If the City proceeds with building a new Community Center, the Parks Department proposes building the new Community Center behind the existing Community Center on the site of the existing corporate pavilion. The pavilion and modular restroom would be temporarily stored during construction and could be reassembled after construction. All elected officials are interested in receiving input from residents relative to plans for a new Community Center. Please feel free to contact your elected officials or members of the Parks Department with your comments. This is not a statement in favor of or opposed to the two proposed ballot measures being considered by the City Council.

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“Operation Backpack” for Hungry Children Operation Food Search, a leader in hunger relief serving the St. Louis region, has received a leadership grant of $45,000 from the Express Scripts Foundation to provide weekly backpacks filled with food for children from low-income families. The donation will support Operation Backpack, a weekend nutrition program that offers hunger relief over the weekend to children most at risk for hunger and food insecurity. Operation Food Search was established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger and has since become the largest distributor of free food in the bistate area. The organization distributes more than two million pounds of food and household items to 270 community partner agencies and schools which in turn feed 150,000 poor people each month, nearly one-third of whom are children. For every dollar donated by individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations,

New CNG Venture Building First Station at Lambert

The sustainability program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is taking another big step with this week’s groundbreaking of a new public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. St. Louis–based The Laclede Group and Siemens are launching Spire natural gas fueling solutions with its first station to be built at Lambert’s Super Park Lot C facility just off of Interstate 70 at Cypress. Spirewill be open to the public with a focus to serve the region’s growing number of company fleet vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG.) Natural gas is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than gasoline. “Natural gas is the right fuel in the right place at the right time. Natural gas, and specifically compressed natural gas is helping fleet managers save money every day,” said Susanne Sitherwood, president and CEO, The Laclede Group. “We are making history today. This station is just the first of many.” The Airport currently operates two CNG stations for its Airport vehicles and parking shuttles and has been providing CNG fueling services for some St. Louis companies. Lambert reached out through a request for proposals process to facilitate the construction of a third fueling facility because of growing demand for fueling services in the region. “With more than 50 percent of our fleet running on CNG and other alternative fuels, we truly believe in this project,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’re proud to be the first location, the flagship for Spire, giving companies and motorists in St. Louis easy access to CNG.” The Laclede Group and Siemens will launch the Spire station by the end of the year.

OFS provides $22 worth of food and nutrition services to support the hungry. To learn more about Operation Food Search, visit Operation Backpack, a program of Operation Food Search, feeds hungry children by providing backpacks full of food for the weekend to children at risk for hunger and food insecurity at 36 St. Louis City Schools, St. Louis County Schools, St. Charles County Schools and Head Start sites. Backpacks include nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods and “easy-to-digest” nutrition information. Launched in 2008, this program serves 3,000 children annually. Founded in 2002, the Express Scripts Foundation provides grants to fund programs of eligible non-profit organizations, particularly those supported by the volunteer, fund-raising and service initiatives of its employees. The foundation focuses on organizations that improve quality of life through community initiatives that provide access to health and medical services for those in need; educate underserved youth; provide services for our troops and their families; and strengthen communities by aiding children and families in need.

NCI Requests Nominees for NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Honor North County Inc. (NCI), along with media partners the Community News and Gateway Television News Network, are seeking nominations for this year’s NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties campaign. The 2013 NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties campaign will recognize leaders who are making a significant positive impact on North County through their profession and/or community involvement and are in their thirties. To nominate someone in their thirties who works and/or lives in North County and is an outstanding professional, excels at his/her company, is a committed volunteer who uses their leadership skills for the betterment of a civic or charity organization, is a municipal employee who, through proactive involvement, is helping create a more livable community, or an entrepreneur who has become successful and is giving back to North County, call NCI for a nomination form or go online to All nominations are required by July 12, 2013.

The 30 leaders chosen will be honored at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties reception and luncheon. The public is invited to attend this event on Friday, September 27th at Norwood Hills Country Club at 11:30am. Reservations are required; the cost is $40 per person. If a company is interested in sponsoring this event and supporting North County’s young leaders, sponsorship packages are available. To make a nomination, reservations, or sponsor this event contact the NCI office at 314.895.6241 or go to www. for more information. North County Incorporated is a regional development organization, which acts as a catalyst to define and advocate economic and community development for North St. Louis County. NCI was established in 1977. The Board is composed of community leaders and business owners. Ron McMullen, President of Christian Hospital is NCI’s 2013 Chairman of the Board.



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Ferguson-Florissant Cleans Up Following May 31 Storms Following violent storms that swept through the heart of the Ferguson-Florissant School District on May 31, the District is cleaning up damage left in the storm’s wake – at the homes of Ferguson residents and at two District schools. More than 75 Ferguson-Florissant School District administrators and staff fanned out in the hardest-hit parts of Ferguson last week to pick up tree limbs and other debris, and to share information on assistance available to residents. The District is also making repairs to two of its own facilities. Ferguson Middle School sustained the most damage in the storm, as a tree fell onto the school’s roof and damaged a water pipe which, in turn, caused water damage to classrooms at one end of the building. Windows at the school were also damaged. Johnson-Wabash Elementary School, located just behind Ferguson Middle School on January Ave. also received damage, including roof damage and water damage in six classrooms on the school’s second floor. McCluer High School lost power for a few days but was otherwise not damaged. Maintenance and facilities staff removed salvageable

Cold Water Elementary School Wins Promising Practice Award Character Education Partnership recently recognized Cold Water Elementary School with two Promising Practice Awards. The awards were given to schools that implemented unique strategies to teach and reinforce character education. The practices should not have extensive costs associated with them and should be able to be easily replicated by other schools. Principal Dr. Christa Warner said Cold Water Elementary was recognized for the Character Camp the school puts on in the fall and spring and for the Character Chess Club. The idea for Character Camp is to help teach students positive character traits while also reinforcing the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, PBIS, principles. Students participate in activities that reinforce six character traits: caring, fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness and citizenship. The Character Chess Club is designed to teach students the importance of good character skills through the game of chess. The program teaches students how to play chess, and develop skills in cooperation, communication, reading and problem-solving. Warner said it is important to teach students to have good character. Warner said students have responded well to the programs and credits the programs with helping to decrease the need for discipline. The students were surveyed in February for feedback on how they feel the programs have helped the school. Approximately 70 percent said they feel as if they treat each other like family at school. Warner said office referrals have also decreased dramatically in the past year, allowing for more instructional time in the classroom.

items from water-damaged classrooms at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School and Ferguson Middle School to make way for repair crews. All repairs are expected to be completed before the start of classes on Aug. 12. Principals of the District’s schools in Ferguson are currently working to make contact with students and their families who may have been affected by the storm to offer assistance. As a result of power outages and damage at Johnson-Wabash and McCluer High School, some of the District’s summer programs had to be moved: Elementary-level summer learning programs previously scheduled to be held at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School will be held at Duchesne Elementary School for the rest of the summer. Secondary-level summer programs were temporarily moved from McCluer High School to McCluer North High School, but the programs resumed at McCluer on June 10.

Hazelwood Schools Recycle 1.6 Million Pounds of Waste The Hazelwood School District recycled more than 1.6 million pounds of waste from June 2012 to March 2013. Since HSD expanded its recycling program in 2011 with Allied Waste, a Republic Services Company, the program has grown year-overyear. The program expansion involved the District moving to a single-stream method where all recycling items are placed into a single container. This is the only waste container in classrooms. There are blue Republic Services recycling dumpsters on every campus which are used to collect items such as: glass, cardboard, plastic and steel. These dumpsters are available to the entire community.

HSD’s initial Going Green efforts began with training different employee groups. It included installing energy-efficient interior lighting, using green seal certified chemicals and cleaners which, also incorporate recycled and post-consumer materials in their packaging. It also included adding biodegradable hand soap in District restrooms. Another important aspect of the program is using clear trash liners so custodial staff can easily tell what each liner holds—trash or recyclables. Containers are lined with a clear liner and emptied daily into the blue Republic Services Recycling dumpster for recycling.

Missouri School-wide Positive Behavior Support Program Last month, 11 Hazelwood School District schools were among 312 Missouri public and charter schools that were recognized by state education officials for successful adoption and implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance. Six HSD schools earned SW-PBS silver-level awards: Jamestown Elementary School, Jana Elementary School, Keeven Elementary School, Lawson Elementary School, Hazelwood Early Childhood Education Centers and Hazelwood North Middle School. Five HSD schools earned SW-PBS bronze-level awards: Arrowpoint Elementary School, Barrington Elementary School, Brown Elementary School, Garrett Elementary School and McNair Elementary School. SW-PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. The process supports the adoption and long-term implementation of efficient and effective discipline throughout the school environment. SW-PBS methods are research-based, proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools and supported by a three-tiered model. Each tier corresponds to three award levels – gold, silver and bronze. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) SW-PBS website, the bar is purposefully set high for a school to achieve any one of these criteria. Typically, it is a two-to four-year process for a school to achieve bronze, a three-to six-year process to achieve silver and a five-to eight-year

process to achieve gold. The number of years it takes to achieve each is lengthy because it involves true systems change, sustaining that change and implementing processes to support students and staff across multiple indicators at all three tiers of prevention and intervention. Tier one, or bronze-level supports, are academic and behavior systems for all students in all school settings and are preventive and proactive. While some students respond to the first tier supports, they may still show some academic or behavioral problems. Tier two, or silver-level supports, which include Check-In/Check-Out, mentoring and interestbased clubs, are used in small groups and will help most students. Between one and 10 percent of students will receive both tier one and tier two supports, yet still experience difficulties. These students will receive tier three, or gold-level supports, such as functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention planning. During the awards ceremony, schools were awarded a recognition level, gold, silver or bronze, which represents the extent of their implementation of SW-PBS strategies and the evidence they have compiled about the initiative’s impact in their school. SW-PBS is a systematic approach to creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. It focuses on data-based decision-making, encouraging positive student behavior, preventing disruptive behavior and tailoring academic strategies to individual student needs. HSD schools were recognized with other winning school districts during the eighth annual SW-PBS Summer Training Institute (STI) at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, where more than 1,200 educators attended. The STI is sponsored by the DESE and the University of Missouri Center for SW-PBS. More information about SWPBS can be found at • Community News • July 3, 2013

HSD Early Childhood Education New Committee The Hazelwood School District’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program has launched a new committee this year called Community and Schools Together Achieving Results (CSTAR). The purpose of this committee is to form partnerships with community stakeholders to benefit local preschool students. CSTAR hosted a community partnership meeting on May 10 at the HSD Learning Center. The primary objective of this meeting was to strengthen relationships with community partners and brainstorm innovative ideas to ensure that all community preschool-age students have access to high-quality, early education. More than 40 community members attended the session, including HSD Board of Education members, HSD ECE staff, Rep. Margo McNeil, Rep. Tommie Pierson, and Rep. Sharon Pace;

along with local physicians, faith-based organizations and childcare providers. During the meeting, Dr. Elena Amirault, HSD director of early childhood education, shared research data about the importance of early education on brain development and the return on investment to society. During her presentation, Amirault also shared that since preschool is not mandatory, there is very limited state and federal funding. The U.S. is currently serving 28 percent of preschool students and Missouri is serving 31 percent. Presently, Oklahoma and Florida lead the states in terms of preschool enrollment with more than 70 percent of their 4-year-old population served. To learn more about preschool options for your child or to schedule a free screening, please call 314.953.7635.

Hazelwood School District and Clergy Community

Attendees of the Hazelwood School District Clergy Spring Breakfast are gathered in front of the Learning Center following the meeting. The group included Board of Education members, HSD administrators and staff, local pastors and clergy, who represented interdenominational churches that reside in the district, along with other community members.

Recently, more than 70 individuals attended the Hazelwood School District (HSD) Clergy Spring Breakfast. The group included Board of Education members, HSD administrators and other staff, local pastors and clergy, who represented more than 40 different churches and other community members. “I was pleased with the turnout,” said Superintendent Dr. Grayling Tobias. “We invited clergy leaders from different denominations to come together and explore ways to help our children to succeed, in school and at home. Our goal is to reaffirm and re-establish relationships with our local clergy who have been actively involved in supporting our schools. “HSD’s Clergy Coalition began in 2011, in an effort to form partnerships with our faith-based organizations. Because of pre-existing relationships with students, parents, and educators, the church family can be a natural place for our schools to seek support. In addition, church members can exercise their faith through volunteering or helping our schools. The main goal of the clergy coalition is to share information and resources,” he said. The District renewed its relationships with several faithbased organizations during its winter session on parent and community involvement. The spring session was used to update community leaders on HSD’s response to the tornado that struck the Hazelwood community in April. The meeting also served as a working session to brainstorm ideas on how to increase the male presence in schools. During the meeting, the Rev. Charles Pennington, BethelProvidence Christian Church pastor, facilitated the brainstorming session. He opened the session by reminding the group of the overall meeting

goal to increase the male presence in schools. “I am not saying that all children who come from fatherless homes are destined to fail. I am asking us all to commit to doing what we can to ensure more, if not all, of our children will have the support of a father-figure in their lives,” he said. After the educators, clergy and community leaders completed the brainstorming activities and reported their findings, Tobias thanked the group for their work and commitment. He reassured everyone that the group would reconvene for later follow-up. “I am pleased every time we bring the faithbased community leaders together--pleased about the strategies to help our children as we move the District forward. As educators, parents, community leaders and taxpayers, we all want to help our students, their families and ultimately our communities to succeed. I firmly believe that by working together to increase the male presence in our schools, we are headed in the right direction,” Tobias said.



New McCluer North Basketball Coach Trevor Laney has been named the new coach of the McCluer North boys’ basketball team. Laney has been the assistant coach of the team for 16 years. According to Bruce Smith, McCluer North Athletic Director, “I think Trevor is a great choice for this position. He has been loyal to this program and has been an important part of the team’s three state championships. More importantly, he is an excellent coach and teacher that will hold athletes accountable both on the court and in the classroom.” Laney’s appointment is effective immediately. He will work this summer with students at the McCluer North youth basketball camp and will start work with the North boys’ team when it holds its first practice this fall on Nov. 4.

HSD Hires Principal for Twillman Elementary School The Hazelwood School District Board of Education approved a recommendation to select Germaine Stewart as the principal of Twillman Elementary School. Stewart has more than 19 years of educational experience. She has spent the past 17 years in the Riverview Gardens School District. Most recently, she served as an elementary school principal, the district instructional facilitator and an instructional guide/teaching and learning coach. She also has 11 years of experience as a primary and secondary level classroom teacher. Stewart has a variety of professional experience with a focus on using data to increase student achievement. Her expertise in the area of change management will be an asset to HSD as we continue to move forward. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and an educational specialist degree in administration from Lindenwood University. She will officially begin in her new role July 1. Stewart will replace Dr. Brenda Harris, the current principal, who has resigned to take the position of human resources director of the Normandy School District.


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

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Crankee Doodle is a crazy take on a revolutionary ditty everyone knows. Author Tom Angleberger and his wife, illustrator Cece Bell, revamp “Yankee Doodle,” set it marching to a brand new beat. Crankee, a peevish patriot, is reclining in a field with his horse at his side when he starts beefing about being bored. “We could go to town,” his sweet steed suggests. Whoa, Nellie! The very idea opens the floodgates of Crankee’s ire. “Town? No Way. I hate going to town. There are too many people in town. They all run around in a hurry and ring bells and eat pies…” The optimistic equine doesn’t throw in the hay bale. He continues to try and convince Crankee to go shopping, buy a hat with a feather and call it macaroni! The horse’s attempts to quell Crankee’s crossness continue until his master finally trods on his pony’s hooves. There’s plenty of “Ye-Haw” in this picture book that’s perfect for the Fourth of July or any time you need a good laugh. See solution on page 13

For Your Teens to Stay Social and Safe If you have a school-aged child, chances are you’ve been the recipient of urgent requests to join a social network. But no matter how many times you hear, “But all of my friends are members!” or, “It’s just for fun— I’m not going to do anything bad!” you might still be experiencing reservations. After all, the news is full of frightening stories about youngsters who have encoun-

tered child predators, experienced cyberbullying, been exposed to inappropriate content, and much more on social media platforms. But wait: You don’t have to ban all social media use until age 13 (the minimum age for users of many popular sites like Facebook and Twitter) or beyond. According to the popular For Dummies® series, there are several precautions you can take to protect your children—and social networks other than Facebook that they can join. “It’s true: At younger and younger ages, kids are anxious to join the world of social media, which they may see their parents or even older siblings using,” acknowledges Amy Lupold Bair, author of Raising Digital Families For Dummies®. “The best option is often to actively work with your child to set up rules and guidelines that will keep both of you happy.” Lupold Bair points out that since social media is here to stay (whether you like it or not), it’s smart to introduce your kids to this ever-expanding digital world while you’re still in a position to control and supervise what they’re allowed to do. Here, Lupold Bair shares four things to do when devising a plan that allows your kids to dip their toes in the social media waters while providing entertainment that you’re comfortable with: Understand how social platforms for children differ from adult networks. When you hear the words “social media,” platforms like Facebook—where interaction and sharing is the primary purpose (and in which users can freely post all types of explicit and inappropriate content)—probably spring to mind. But did you know that there are other, more ageappropriate social media platforms aimed at children younger than 13? Research and monitor platform safety. Even though social media sites created specifically for children typically have rules in place to protect their young users, you should always research each platform before allowing your children to create an account. And if a particular site provides parental monitors that allow you to keep an eye on your children’s activity and select appropriate account settings, take advantage of them!

“There are numerous sites that rate and review social media platforms for kids,” Lupold Bair comments. “In my opinion, one of the best is” Know how to access your child’s profile information. No parent wants to monitor their child’s every action online. (And, of course, that type of supervision misses the point of allowing our children to grow and learn.) However, Lupold Bair does recommend maintaining access to your children’s profile information so that you can protect them from sharing too much or inappropriate information and guide them as they craft their digital presence. Create social networking rules. Did you know that social media for children expands beyond websites to include interactive functions on platforms such as gaming consoles, online worlds, and handheld games? That’s why it’s so important to create very specific rules regarding social networking. (In fact, Lupold Bair recommends creating and having your kids sign a document called a Digital Family Policy, which should include rules and expectations not only for social media, but for all computer, tablet, game, and phone use.)

Ten Social Networks Especially for Kids From Raising Digital Families For Dummies® by Amy Lupold Bair With social media infiltrating nearly every aspect of the Internet (and our daily lives), it’s no surprise that you can easily find social networks created specifically for children. These sites typically mimic adult platforms (with account profiles, gaming options, and even chat functions), but they do tend to offer more privacy options and kid-friendly themes. Despite these safeguards, though, you should always visit each site and get to know its features before allowing your children to play on their own. Also, pay close attention to how each site protects privacy before you allow your child to create an account. Finally, find out how other users may interact with your child before allowing them to have unsupervised time on these networks. Club Penguin ( ScuttlePad ( Webkinz ( YourCause ( Sweety High ( Yoursphere ( Fanlala ( giantHello ( Everloop ( Jabbersmack ( • Community News • July 3, 2013


“Monsters University”

More than 10 years ago, Pixar released Monsters, Inc., a surprisingly sweet and funny story about all those scary creatures hiding behind the bedroom door. These characters return in Monsters University, a prequel that, in many ways, is even better than the original. The focus here is firmly on Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), the enthusiastic, oneeyed monster who desperately wants to become a famous scarer. Mike knows scare theory and techniques better than any other student at Monsters University, but he sim- Monsters University photo courtesy of Pixar ply has too much personality to be the least bit terrifying. Jimmy Sullivan (John Goodman), on the other hand, has so much natural scaring ability that it’s—well-scary. In Sully’s words, a monster doesn’t have to study scaring—they simply have to do it. Mike and Jimmy clash in and out of the classroom, but their antics soon put them at odds with Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren). A well-crafted prequel, Monsters University revisits a handful of beloved Pixar characters and fleshes out their backstories. Pixar has taken some heat about

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making sequels instead of focusing on new characters and stories, but this one is almost perfect. It’s just too bad it took the studio so long to do a prequel. Billy Crystal returns in top form as a young, overeager Mike Wazowski. As the original film pointed out, Mike’s real talent is making everyone—especially children— laugh, but he is determined to become the most terrifying monster ever. Mike has a heart as big as his body, but that’s simply not enough to make it as a scarer. John Goodman slips back into the character James P. Sullivan quite easily. It’s interesting to see younger versions of Sully and Mike who, though best friends in the future, despise each other passionately in

school. The film also reveals how the nasty Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) went from nerd to Sullivan’s main scaring rival. Like its predecessor, Monsters University tackles contemporary issues, especially the current economic crisis. After being downsized, former salesman Don Carlton (Joel Murray) has come to Monsters University for a fresh start. He’s middle-aged and extremely nice, but he’s not the most promising student in the scare program, though. The perfect companion to Monsters, Inc., the latest offering from Pixar has something for the whole family. It answers many questions left over from the first movie and leaves the audience hungry for a third film. Monsters University, rated G, 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.

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Gary Baute Gymnast Shoots High in Lindenwood Athletics The 2013 season was a season of many firsts for the Lindenwood gymnastics team, including the celebration of its inaugural season. Other expected firsts included competing at the MIC Championships, setting new records, and continually breaking those records. One of the many firsts that was not planned or expected was the crowning of a national champion. After recording a personal best of 9.875 on the beam at the USAG National Semifinal, freshman Rachel Zabawa matched that score in the finals to go on to be named the 2013 USAG Co-National Champion. Leading up to the USAG National Event, Zabawa had recorded six routines with at least a 9.700 or better and four with at least 9.800 or better on the beam. In her other two events in which she also qualified for the national event, the vault and floor exercise, she recorded four scores of 9.800 or better and 16 routines with at least a 9.700 score. At nationals, Zabawa recorded a 9.700 on the floor exercise and a 9.750 on the vault. Her score in the vault was good enough to qualify for the finals where she averaged a 9.788, taking home fourth place in the event. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood

Rascals’ To Give Bobbleheads Of Whitey The River City Rascals professional baseball team are chasing the first-place Gateway Grizzlies from Sauget, IL in the West Division of the Frontier League. On Tuesday evening July 9 at T.R. Hughes stadium, the home team will distribute bobbleheads of the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog. The ‘White Rat’ as he is affectionately known, is being honored with his great contribution to the Cardinals’ organization.Visit to get all the details. *A great leader HSD Explodes Hiring Varsity Football and Basketball Coaches The Hazelwood School District Board of Education announce the hiring of Aaron Whittington as the head varsity football coach and Lawndale Thomas as the head varsity basketball coach for East High. “We are very excited to have Whittington and Thomas serve as head coaches at our school,” said Corey Johnson, activities director at Hazelwood East High School. “They will both bring diverse experience and a high level of energy to the roles of head coaches. “Whittington will bring a ton of excitement and name history back to the East High football program. As a graduate of HEHS, we are very excited to welcome

him back home. Thomas has a great basketball pedigree. As a counselor in our district for several years he has a great relationship with our students. We are looking forward to him building on those relationships to help build another strong team.” Whittington served as an assistant football coach at HEHS from 2010 – 2012. He is a 2003 graduate of HEHS. While at HEHS, Whittington was named a high school All American football player. He earned first-team All-State acclaim. He was also recognized as a model student leader. “Whittington and his family have a great history here at East High School,” said Johnson. “He is the youngest of four siblings to graduate from HEHS, and has been attending East High football games since 1985 either watching his older brothers play, playing himself or coaching.” Thomas has been a guidance counselor at HEHS for the past seven years. He is currently the guidance department chair. While at HEHS, he has served as the head junior varsity boys basketball coach and varsity assistant boys basketball coach. He has worked as a basketball skills development coach in the St. Louis area for the past five years. Prior to coaching in HSD, Thomas coached basketball at Normandy High School and Normandy Middle School. “Thomas has done an excellent job working with our students as a coach and counselor,” said Johnson. “As a standout player at UMSL and a coach with a great track record, he will be a tremendous asset to the team.” *Thanks to Hazelwood School District 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, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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TOPS’ Ten Cool Summer Drinks

Watching your weight doesn’t have to sentence you to a life of water and diet drinks. You can still keep this summer sweet without a lot of extra sugar and calories. Quench your thirst with these tasty suggestions from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. 1. Add orange, lemon, or cucumber slices to sparkling water. 2. Cut your usual glass of lemonade in half and add sugar-free iced tea. 3. Freeze blueberries or raspberries in ice trays with water, and add them to your next summer drink. 4. Chill out by mixing seedless watermelon, cranberry juice, and ice cubes in a blender. Serve with a slice of lime. 5. Steep a peach tea bag in boiling water, chill, and serve with sliced orange. 6. Add a splash of pineapple juice to sparkling water, and garnish with pineapple wedges and fresh mint leaves.

drink). Add a celery stalk and a couple of green olives if you’d like. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 150,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 9,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view or call 800.932.8677.

7. Make your own iced coffee by adding black coffee to ice, then a splash of skim milk plus a shot of sugar-free vanilla syrup or packet of artificial sweetener. 8. Mix one part cranberry or pomegranate juice with two parts club soda, and garnish with fresh raspberries. 9. Steep two green tea bags in boiling water. Chill and serve on ice with a tablespoon of honey and a lemon wedge.

10. Make a tasty summer “mocktail.” Serve low-sodium tomato juice on ice and mix with a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and a few dashes of hot sauce (depending on how spicy you want your w w w. p a y n e f a m i l y h o m e s . c o m



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Send your event to and we'll print it! Church July 22-26: VBS At John Knox Presbyterian Church, 13200 New Halls Ferry in Florissant. 9am - noon. $5 donation. Scholarships available. 314.921.5833 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. 314.972.6227.

July 12: Splish Splash Summer Bash At Koch Park Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, for youth grades 5-8, 6:30 - 9:15pm, $3, 314.921.4466 July 13-August 24: The City of Florissant Summer Concert Series For more information on place and performers call 314.921.5678 July 13: Flea Market At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 8am - 1pm. Tables are $10. Table reservations 314.503.1303.

July 5: Steak Night At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 4pm - 7pm. All profits go to support Veterans.

July 13: Veteran’s Breakfast At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 8am - 10am. All profits go to support Veterans.

July 6: St. Ferdinand School Flea Market 1765 Charbonier Road, Florissant, 7am - noon. Car wash, bake sale, vendors.

July 13: Family Fishing Tournament At St. Ferdinand Park, 9am 11am, Register by June 10 at the James J. Eagan Center or JFK Center, 314.921.4466

July 12: Free Organ Concert 7pm at Church of the Master, 1325 Paddock Dr., Florissant, Tim Clark, Music Director, will present ‘Movie Musical’ followed by an ice cream social. 314.921.3344.

July 21: NCI Anniversary Fundraiser Dinner At Hendel’s Market Café and Piano Bar, 599 St. Denis St., Florissant, 5:30pm, $85, 314.895.6241.

July 26: Flick and Float At Koch Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, “Dolphin Tale,” 8:15 - 9:00pm, 314.921.4466 July 26: Hello Tomorrow Trivia Night Fundraiser At Yacovelli’s, 407 Dunn Rd., Florissant, 6pm. $200/table of 8. Coolers welcome. Register before July 8 yacovellis@yahoo. com. July 30: Summer Sun Fun Happy Hour Sing Along w/Jan Marra 10:30am, Happy Hour 11:30am, complimentary lunch. RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Every Sunday: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582, St. Augustine’s Classmates: Help plan an All-School Reunion for August 10, 2013: Call Sandy Tricamo 314.791.7714; Leo Neuner 972.951.4853; Don Becker 636.399.0088; Tom Hartnett 314.623.9950. Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs: 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 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. Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314.839.7604. Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400 GNCC Member Happenings Old Jamestown Association: Network of residents who are informed about events and issues in the Old Jamestown Area, $10 per individual or $15 per family, Health July 9: Free Diabetes Screenings From the Christian Hospital Diabetes Screening Team, Villa at Riverwood, 9:30am - 12:30pm, #1 Pratt Place (63031), 314.839.5000 2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting Meeting to be held at Sarah Care of Bridgeton Adult Day Center 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Suite 121-124, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Join our Support Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie at 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314-291-3021 Email: dbland@ Diabetes Basics: 314.344.7024 for info 314.344.7220 to enroll. Nutrition Education:


SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157 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, Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 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 to work on an ambulance. The cost is $1,500. Register online at http://www. 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. • Community News • July 3, 2013

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 Every Mon. & Tues. in July.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation Mondays: 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Noon – 1 p.m. SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954. Diabetes Self-Management Training: Call 314.344.7220 Smoking Cessation Classes: 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 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 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: Wednesdays: New Choices Nar-Anon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm,

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Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 - 8pm, Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/for people with pulmonary disease Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am 12pm, $30, 314-953-6090 Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30-7:30pm, 314.839.3171. Calcium Scoring Heart Scan Program SSM DePaul Health Center. This program uses advanced (CT) imaging to scan the arteries around the heart and measure 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. Gateway to Hope Program The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured and reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed w/breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or www.gthstl. org.

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July 3, 2013 • Community News •

Over the Fence

Joe Morice

To Our Male Senior Citizens... These are my experiences, Gentlemen. What’re yours? I gave in to being called a senior citizen when: - the hair on my head got thinner but the hair in my ears got thicker. - I forgot what I was doing while I was doing it. - the female joggers who once crossed the street to avoid me now bounce past my side and smile. - vacation luggage consisted of one bag for clothes and another for medications. - the yard I took two hours to mow is now done in 10 minutes by illegal aliens. - I thought my arms became shorter while tying my shoes. - my significant other that goes out with the girls really does go out with the girls. - my motorcycle was comfortable and didn’t go 180. - I drove my gas-hog at the posted speed limits... mostly. - the hidden space between my teeth came out of hiding. - TV shows brought on slumber in ten minutes or less. - my channel surfing often ends by the inability to find the remote. - the conviction that things I dropped on the floor deserve to stay there. - driving in foul weather that was once an adventure became total insanity. - I understood reality TV shows are the leading cause of idiocy.

- my sore aching joints could use grease fittings. - getting on my hands and knees to look for my bifocals may require a paramedic when trying to stand up again. - I considered women’s small canine ankle-biters one of Satan’s evil jokes on male visitors. - I believed if God wanted pets to live indoors, He wouldn’t have created yards. - I believed birds and inclement weather only befoul newly washed vehicles. - I drove because I realized that if passenger jets broke down, pilots couldn’t park them on the shoulder and call AAA. - I found out the seniors dating service I paid for didn’t really have any of the shapely beauties pictured in their advertisement. - the various tests required by my doctor were directly proportional to how much my medical insurance would pay for. - I realized funeral costs increased body donations to medical science. - “A penny saved is a penny earned” had little meaning unless I saved a wheelbarrow load. - the diet prescribed by my doctor made me appreciate Jack Kevorkian. - the biblical quote, “The meek shall inherit the Earth” didn’t figure on 21st century billionaires. - my laugh lines had turned into desert valleys. - I wished toe-nail trimmers had long handles. - I found part of the twenty years of junk

I accumulated in the garage was needed one day after I finally threw it out. - the shapely stranger that struck up a conversation with me was probably an undercover vice cop. - the stairs I once climbed three at a time now require several rest periods. - I unloaded groceries from my car and passersby offered to help. - the neighbor kid that once shoveled the snow off my driveway grew up and borrowed my snow-blower. - I understood the only difference between my bank’s CEO and bank robbers was the method. - I went out on weeknights to avoid weekend crowds. - I found today’s critically-acclaimed movies were definitely in the eyes of the beholder. - I had to get a teenager to show me how to make a call on my new cell phone. - I didn’t notice the scuff mark on my dress shoe because my waist line was in the way. - I started wearing black shirts because they didn’t highlight where many years of donuts ended up. - getting smiles from shapely young bartenders now required larger tips. I would add more but I am missing my nap. 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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