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Expansion at UMSL

Around Town Hazelwood’s Neighborhood Watch Commission announces date for ‘Celebrate Safe Communities’. P.4

Community Voices By Dr. Gloria J. Johnson. P.2

Special Section

The Golden Years. P.6


Photos courtesy August Jennewein, UMSL’s campus photographer UM System President Mun Choi (at left) shakes hands with Charlie Hoffman, dean of the College of Business Administration at the ribbon cutting event for the new Anheuser-Busch Hall on UMSL’s campus.

The new Anheuser-Busch Hall will be the new home for the UMSL College of Business Administration, with more construction pending By Sara Hardin


UMSL business students and faculty are returning to classes this fall ready to break in the newest addition to the campus, the impressive Anheuser-Busch Hall. Students, faculty and donors gathered on Aug. 17 to take in the completed building for the first time at its official grand opening. The new hall boasts modern features and facilities that were meticulously brought to life with the efforts of the UMSL College of Business and CannonDesign, the team that oversaw the planning, design, engineering and construction of the building. “For the last four and a half years, we have been working closely with [UMSL College of Business] committees to transfer their intent to our architects and engineers and realize the new building,” said Mike Felton, Principal Architect with CannonDesign. “Our process commenced with workshops to develop the vision of how the final project could most effectively advance the educational mission the UMSL College of Business. We worked with their integrated academic and facilities leadership committee, led by Dean Charles Hoffman and Larry Eisenberg, to direct all aspects See ‘UMSL’ page 2

Smart choices – Fueling kids for back to school. P.9

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ reunites ‘Unbreakable,’‘Split’ stars. P.16

Weather FRIDAY Sunny 81/64 SATURDAY Sunny 82/67 SUNDAY Mostly Sunny 83/64 University, system, and Anheuser-Busch leadership stand with elected officials at the ribbon cutting event for the new Anheuser-Busch Hall on UMSL’s campus.

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COMMUNITY VOICES Facing new challenges: Janice’s story By Dr. Gloria J. Johnson For domestic violence victims there are no age limits. Every hour of every day, there are women in our country facing the horror of some type of abuse, physical, emotional, mental, verbal, financial or sexual. Janice is a success story we are sharing from the requests of readers of our last article. Janice, age 62, told us: “I did everything that was expected of me for forty years. I cooked breakfast and dinner, I was the maid (never had a housekeeper), the taxi-driver (I always changed my schedule to make sure our kids got to where they were going), sports games cheer-leader (never missed a game) and anything else a mother needed to be. I was an excellent mother and wife. If someone had told me that my marriage would end up like this, and I would be in court fearing for my life, I would not have believed them. I wish someone could explain to me, how did I get here? My children are upset with me because I am asking for protection from their father. I had to leave my home. Why, am I living with the fear of being hurt physically, being alone and starting over? Why?”

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Janice grew up and married Tony during a time when domestic abuse was not only ignored, but you did not tell anyone about it. Janice is one of those victims who did such a good job of hiding the devastation of her husband’s abuse that when she finally decided to expose him, her children refused to stand with her. Janice and Tony are both professionals in the financial field. However, Janice has been in a hateful battle with Tony to divide their possessions. For some reason, he thinks he should get the largest share. The children are seeing how their father is treating their mother in the midst of this divorce, and are starting to understand some of the various types of abuse their mother has endured. They have not totally mended their relationship with their mother, but they are talking to her again. And how is Janice doing? She is doing great. She has made new friends, her family is reuniting with her and she finally has the emotional support and encouragement she needs to start over. She believes she is going to be successful, and we are believing with her.

“Love Doesn’t Hurt” Life Source Consultants provides free confidential services for women dealing with physical, mental, emotional, verbal, financial or sexual abuse. Call us at 314-524-0686. Dr. Gloria J. Johnson is the Founder/CEO of Life Source Consultants, the first non-residential African American domestic and sexual violence organization in the State of Missouri. Motivated by a deep love and commitment to abused women and to forever change images and perceptions toward domestic violence, family violence and abuse, Johnson shares true life stories of victims in her book “I Cried Alone.” Johnson received a Master’s in Biblical Counseling and a Ph.D. in marriage and family counseling from Biblical Life College and Seminary. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

Ritenour Co-Care announces its plans to keep the pantry doors open to those in need

‘UMSL’ from cover

By Charlotte Beard

Photo courtesy August Jennewein, UMSL’s campus photographer Attendees of the ribbon cutting event for the new Anheuser-Busch Hall on UMSL’s campus watch during opening remarks.

of the project, and with numerous individual committees to cover individual departmental requirements. It was truly a collaborative team. The result is a beautiful academic home for the UMSL College of Business, and many friendships.” Eight months of planning and 21 months of construction went into the completed hall, which now stands among the most modern classroom buildings on the university’s campus. Every effort was made during the design process to ensure that it serves as the ideal venue for college-level business education. “The new hall is bigger and brighter with better technology,” said Charles Hoffman, Dean of the College of Business Administration. “All of that helps the student experience, helps the instructors do a better job, and exposes the students to what they’ll see when they get into business. We’re hoping the nicer facilities will help prepare them for the work world.” Among the features in each of the building’s classrooms is the ability to record lessons, assistance for the hearing impaired and power in each chair for charging laptops. Plenty of whiteboard space has been installed for students to collaborate on projects more easily, more comfortable social spaces are available, and a bigger and better trading room allows students to prepare more effectively for the business workforce.

In addition to being functional and visually stunning, the building boasts a high level of sustainability. “This building is a great steward of the environment, both in the area of initial construction and long-term operational cost effectiveness,” said Felton. “We worked very hard to utilize sustainable materials, building massing concepts, highly efficient engineering systems, and similar concepts to create a green building on budget. We are still working on the final certifications and are seeking a LEED Gold designation.” The completion of Anheuser-Busch Hall is just one half of a two-phase project, the second half of which is currently gathering funding. “In the second phase, we’ll be adding a huge forum. If we need to get 300 people together for a lecture or something, we could do it here,” explained Hoffman. “It will be glass on both sides with a view of the Touhill on one end, and a garden and bird sanctuary on the other.” In the meantime, the UMSL College of Business Administration has a beautiful new hall to call home. “This first phase development for the new College of Business is an important addition to the campus environment and will positively touch the lives of many faculty and students over the coming years,” said Felton.

The Ritenour Co-Care food pantry located at 9516 Rear Lackland Rd. in Overland previously announced its plans to discontinue its services Aug. 19. Following printing of the news story in the Aug. 9 edition, Community News received the following statement from Marsha Brown, Executive Director, “We have announced that because of the outpouring of volunteers and money, we will remain open! Thanks to you all and others for spreading the word! We still need ongoing volunteers and funding to remain sustainable. Our statement is on our Facebook page and website.” For a complete update, please visit:


On the cover of the Aug. 9 edition of the St. Louis County Community News, in the photo Scotty Scott was incorrectly identified as Ron Bickerstaff. The Community News regrets the error. Photo by Charlotte Beard • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017

Tip A Cop Week was held statewide to raise money for Special Olympics

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By Olivia Holler Getting involved in your community takes many forms, rather you donate to a local charity or just being friendly to neighbors makes your community stronger. Tip A Cop Week was a way to gather law enforcement and people for a good cause around the community. It was held from July 9 -15 with some locations participating the week before or after. The St. Louis area hosted 19 Tip A Cops, four were at loSubmitted photo cal area McDonald's at Wentzville, Foristell, Wright City and Tip A Cop Week was held from July 9 -15 where law enforcement agencies worked to help raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri. Warrenton. The event was served to help raise money Torch Run shirts,” Castetter said. for the Special Olympics Missouri programs so Departments like Wentzville Police Departthat the athletes can compete year round free of ment support various charities and are very charge. helpful when it comes to events like the Special “The total amount of money raised was Olympics. $27,600, and the owner of these McDonald's, “Over the last three years, we as a department John Elhoffer also donated back $1,200 to Spe- have tried extremely hard to bring our comcial Olympics,” Amanda Castetter, Development munity together through events we have held Manager for Special Olympics said. throughout our city, “ Jennifer Bell Public InforSpecial Olympics is people with disabili- mation Officer at Wentzville Police Department ties who discover strengths, abilities and skills said. “Our Tip-A-Cop events, benefiting local through sports. Special Olympic Athlete Heroes is one of the During these events, law enforcement officers many ways we have accomplished this.” were asked to wait tables, fill drinks, bus tables It was a very successful event and a way for the and then ask customers if they wanted to donate. community to get involved in organizations like “They would ask for donations on behalf of the Special Olympics. athletes, sell raffle tickets and Law Enforcement

Greater North County Chamber of Commerce has huge success during its 2017 Scholarship Bowl

Submitted photo The Daniel and Co: Greater North County Chamber Scholarship Bowl 2017 first place winners from the Daniel and Henry Company.

The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce raised $6,000 during their annual Scholarship Bowl on Aug. 3. Held at Crest Bowl in the city of Florissant, the chamber hosted a sold-out event with 27 teams playing to raise monies for the chamber’s scholarship fund that grants North County high school seniors an opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to assist with their higher education needs. Co-chairs for the event were Halina Conti with Ameriprise Financial and Melissa Rakers with Neighbors Credit Union. “It was such a fun event, for such a great cause” stated Halina Conti, “I hope more people get involved next year and we get to fund more scholar-

ships!” For $25 per person, bowlers enjoyed three games, shoes and pizza. Attendees also enjoyed the chance to win attendance prizes during the evening and 50/50 raffle tickets. Ferguson-Florissant School District won the School District challenge and took home the roving school district trophy, beating out the Hazelwood School District and the Riverview Gardens School District. Taking home first place trophies were champions of The Daniel and Henry Company, second place champions played for Ameriprise Financial Services and the last place winners played for SSM Health DePaul Hospital.



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Hazelwood’s Neighborhood Watch Commission announces date for ‘Celebrate Safe Communities’ The city of Hazelwood’s Neighborhood Watch Commission has chosen Sept. 21, as the date for this year’s Celebrate Safe Communities, according to Hazelwood Chief of Police Gregg Hall. It will be partnering with the Hazelwood Police Department, Hazelwood Fire Department, and the Fire Protection Districts of Florissant Valley and Robertson to host this public safety event at neighborhood block parties throughout the city. Residents interested in organizing a block party should submit the R.S.V.P. to HPD’s administrative secretary, Kristen Capps, by Sept. 15. She can be reached at 314-513-5201. These gatherings are great opportunities for residents to work together in preparing for these events, and get acquainted with the police officers and firefighter/paramedics who service their area. In addition, these block parties help prompt discussions on how to reduce crime, keep their neighborhoods safe, and respond to emergency situations. Celebrate Safe Communities is sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). In 2008, NCPC partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Sheriff ’s Association (NSA) to create this public safety observance as a way to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country. “Neighborhood policing is a top priority in our department. We work very hard to establish good repoire with residents, business owners and other stakeholders check it out

Photo courtesy city of Hazelwood Teams of police officers and firefighter/paramedics make their rounds visiting each block party to introduce themselves and to start conversations on how to reduce crime, make neighborhoods safer, and respond to emergency situations.

in our patrol sectors. We rely on their cooperation to keep track of any criminal activity going on in their neighborhoods, Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall said. “Having residents meet with our police officers at these block parties is a good way of fos-

tering the trust and cooperation we need to keep our streets safe.” For more information on Celebrate Safe Communities, contact Sgt. Ken Eckardt, HPD’s Neighborhood Action Team Supervisor at 314-513-5208.

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Weather from Nick’s Window

by Nick Palisch

It’s all about the fronts!

Weather maps are often filled with many symbols in an effort to illustrate current and future weather conditions. Each symbol on the weather map has a purpose and is universal in weather forecasting. Weather fronts are the boundaries between areas of varying weather elements such as dry and warm weather to cold and stormy weather conditions. There are four main weather fronts or boundaries that are often found on a weather map – including the cold front, warm front, stationary front and occluded front. When large masses of warm air and cold air meet, they do not mix. Instead, they form a front, usually hundreds of miles long. When a front passes the weather changes. Each of these fronts are associated with different types of weather conditions – so let’s get ahead of these fronts and explain them. A cold front is blue on the weather map and has the teeth looking triangles. A cold front is formed when cold air masses push under warm air masses – forcing the warm air to rise. A cold front helps to bring showers and storms to the area along and ahead of the front. Why? Well, as the warm air rises, cools and then condenses we see the moisture build and often produces precipitation. After the cold front moves through the area typically cooler, drier and pleasant weather follows. In the summer these cool fronts often bring relief from the heat and humidity. In winter they often bring colder weather. A warm front, is notated by red, half mounds on weather maps and charts. A warm front forms when warm moist air slides up and over a cold air mass. Warm fronts typically bring light rain or light snow along with warmer and milder weather after it passes through the area. Warm fronts form as the warm rises and condenses into a broad area of clouds. These clouds help to bring generally light precipita-

tion to the area. The stationary front, which is a mix of the cold blue teeth and red half mounds, is a front that essentially doesn’t move that fast, if at all. Stationary fronts indicate where warm and cold air meet, but neither are strong enough to win over the other. Where the warm and cold air meet clouds, precipitation and fog often develops. Eventually the stationary front will either be forced to move on – but can linger for days. Often where stationary fronts form we find days of unsettled weather on one side of the front, where the other side is left with calm and dry weather. The fourth front is known as the occluded front – not as well known by many, but is the magenta looking front generally close to a low pressure system on a weather map. An occluded front is when a cold front overtakes a warm front and we often see stormy weather with heavy precipitation and winds. Once this front passes, calmer weather occurs. Cold air funnels and severe weather can often be associated with this front. Weather symbols such as the cold, warm, stationary and occluded front are just one of many features found in weather charts and maps—so what about those big L’s and H’s? What do they mean and what type of weather is associated with them? Well, that is for another column. Nick Palisch is a meteorologist and Missouri native who understands the weather here in our area. He currently resides in Lake Saint Louis and can be reached at and you can always get the most up-to-date forecast from the FirstWarn Weather page at The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017



Home Builders Association donates more than $7,000 to St. Vincent Home for Children On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2017 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left) presented a $7,664 donation to Carla Monroe-Posey, CEO of St. Vincent Home for Children, and Bob Devine, chief development officer for St. Vincent. The donation will be used to rebuild the inner doors for St. Vincent’s main entrance and install a video phone/doorbell system to improve safety for residents and staff. St. Vincent Home for Children’s mission is to provide love, security and professional treatment for troubled children and their families through an integrated program of services including individual and group counseling, anger management, coping skill development, after care counseling services and development of respect for one’s self and for others. All programs are provided at no cost to the families they serve. The HBA is a local trade association of more

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than 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.

Regional Business Council announces support for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) has deepened its ongoing relationship with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis by increasing its support of the Save Our Sons Program. The RBC has a long history of supporting the Urban League of St. Louis and has now announced another $150,000 commitment to support job training and placement of AfricanAmerican males in North County and the city of St. Louis. “It was an honor to be part of the groundbreaking of the Urban League’s Empowerment Center in Ferguson. We felt it was an ideal time to renew our commitment to the Save Our Sons Program,” said Kathy Osborn, President and CEO of the RBC. “We believe that education and jobs are the keys to independence in these young men’s lives and the program has shown it has been very successful in doing just that.”

The purpose of the Save Our Sons program is to assist primarily African-American men in the North St. Louis County and other urban underserved areas to become employable and have the opportunity to earn livable wages. To date, the program has graduated over 300 men who have been employed in a number of different industries, including: hospitality, retail, construction, IT, maintenance and various others. “The Urban League is truly grateful to the Regional Business Council, Kathy Osborn and all of the member companies involved for their support of the Save Our Sons Initiative to help young men in Ferguson and the surrounding North County communities find jobs. We have a long-standing relationship with the RBC on many levels that has assisted thousands of our clients over the years,” said Michael McMillan, President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Smoothie King celebrates grand opening in Florissant with ribbon cutting Photo courtesy city of Florissant

Smoothie King held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Aug. 9 at 8471 N. Lindbergh in Florissant. Present at the ribbon cutting were Florissant Mayor Thomas Schneider, Council President Jackie Pagano, Ward 1 Councilman Tim Lee, Chamber President Venus Martz with Chamber members and Smoothie King General Manager Jeremy Stehlick and Franchisee Jim

Stern. Smoothie King’s hours of operation at the new Florissant store will be: Monday –Friday 6 : 3 0 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information on Smoothie King visit


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Get talking

Celebrate Family History Month by making time for important family conversations

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October is National Family History Month, and the perfect opportunity for families to gather, share memories and celebrate the lives of past, present and future generations. You might think you know everything about your family, but there are conversations that can help spark a better understanding of your collective family history, as well as the individuals who helped shape it. There are many reasons to recall family history and preserve memories for generations to come: Children benefit from knowing family history. According to a study conducted at Emory University, children who understand their family history show higher levels of emotional well-being. Family stories can help kids create a sense of

self and understanding of their place in the world. Family history can preserve family traditions. If you’ve ever wondered where your grandma got that famous apple pie recipe or who started the annual game of charades on Christmas, listening to family members’ stories can help you understand the origin of your family’s favorite traditions, ensuring they will live on with future generations. Family history reconnects you to loved ones. Make it a point to ask thoughtful questions when you are with loved ones, like “What is your proudest achievement?” or “How do you want to be remembered?” so you know and can celebrate the moments that have shaped your family members’ lives. To help jump-start dialogue with family members, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) created “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” conversation cards. The cards feature 50 thought-provoking questions, such as: • What have you learned from your children or other young people in your life or family? • Is there a story friends and family always tell about you? • What is your most treasured w w w. s e n i o r s h e l p i n g s e n i o r s . c o m / s t l o u i s c e n t r a l memory of your grandparents or other elderly family members? The cards are designed to be a fun and easy way to get the conversation started at any family gathering, such as a family reunion or holiday dinner, or in a one-on-one setting with a loved one. More than half of families feel it is important to gather family history from older generations, according to findings from the NFDA’s 2017 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study. Resources like the Funeral and Memorial Information Council’s “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” program can help you take the time to start a conversation with your family and collect family history. These memories and conversations with loved ones can create an abundance of stories and family pride for future generations to cherish and live by long after past generations are gone. For more information about the program and to request a free deck of the conversation cards, visit • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017

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Improvements for independence Being safe and comfortable at home is a large part of living well. Home modifications and repairs can help everyone, especially older adults and people with disabilities, maintain an independent lifestyle and prevent accidents. Many older adults prefer to stay at home for as long as possible, but too often don’t think about whether their homes will meet their needs as they age. Making improvements for independence before they are needed is a good way to ensure that a home is ready for aging in place. Forward-thinking improvements may also help prevent falls, which often cause the need for long-term care. Many changes, such as adding grab bars in bathrooms, can be done without a major redesign or fullblown renovation. Depending on your circumstance, it may also make sense to consider things like widening doorways and lowering countertop heights for someone who uses a wheelchair. Here’s how you can get started: Home assessment Before making any changes, assess the entire home. This checklist can help identify areas that might need improvement. Everyone has different needs, but in general, a “no” answer may be cause for action. • Are exterior walkways and entrances well-lit? • Is there a step-free entrance to the home? • Are entrance doors easy to lock, unlock, open and close? • Does the main floor include a kitchen, bedroom and full bathroom? • Are doorways wide enough for someone using a wheelchair, walker or service animal? • Are hallways, staircases, bathrooms and the kitchen well-lit? • Is wall-to-wall carpeting secure and in good condition? • Are area rugs secured to the floor with grips? • Are walkways free from obstructions and hazards like cords and furniture? • Do stairways have sturdy handrails on both sides? • Can bathroom and kitchen cabinets be easily reached? • Is there a step-free shower entrance? • Are grab bars available in or near the shower and toilet? • Do showers have non-slip mats or adhesive strips? • Will smoke detectors provide visual as well as audio alerts? • Are telephones and emergency supplies easily accessible on all floors? Cost and contractors Minor improvements can

cost between $150-$2,000, and major renovation costs vary depending on the job. However, many contractors offer reduced rates or slidingscale fees based on income and ability to pay. Public and private financing options may also be available. If hiring a professional, remember to get a written agreement with specific tasks, a timeline and cost estimate. Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured for the specific type of work. More information about home modifications, including financial assistance, can be found at




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Normandy Class of 1987 gives gift of service to alma mater The entrance at Normandy High School has a new look – thanks to some dedicated alumni. Members of the Normandy Class of 1987 volunteered to spruce up the entrance by adding a new landscaping bed under the brick NHS sign at the corner of Lucas and Hunt & St. Charles Rock roads on Aug. 4. The community service project was one of several events taking place that weekend to commemorate the Class of 1987’s 30-year reunion. A volunteer contractor prepped the landscaping bed and installed brick edging the day before. Two of the alums, Rev. Cedric Portis and Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, are also members of the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board. The JEGB members and their classmates started work early Friday morning, tilling the ground and planting shrubs. They added the final touch – an engraved stone donated by the Class of ‘87. Farther along Lucas and Hunt Road, other members of the Class of 1987 removed weeds and added mulch to three landscaping beds at the renovated main parking lot entrance.

Photo courtesy Normandy Schools Collaborative Members of the Normandy Class of 1987 wrap up a day of community service at their alma mater. The beautification project was one of several events taking place that weekend to commemorate their 30-year reunion.

“School district turnaround takes more than just work in the boardroom. Sometimes you have to get dirty,” Rev. Portis said. “Thanks to the Class of ‘87 for their dedication to our alma mater.” Volunteer efforts continued on Saturday at the high school for Beyond Housing’s Beyond the Backpack event. Beyond the

Backpack is a free, community back-to-school event to help prepare families in the community for the first day of school by providing free school supplies, health screenings, haircuts, information and other services. “It’s truly a blessing to give back,” WestbrooksHodge said.

McCluer Class of 2021 is the inaugural class of the new Freshmen Academy

Photo courtesy Ferguson-Florissant School District McCluer freshmen receive their schedules during the school’s Freshmen Academy Orientation Night.

Freshmen entering McCluer High School this year, are experiencing something that no other students attending the school have ever experienced. The students, members of the Class of 2021, are the inaugural class of the school’s new McCluer High Freshmen Academy. Close to 300 ninth graders are enrolled in the “school within a school.” “The goal of the new Freshmen Academy is to prepare students to ensure they experience success in high school and beyond,” said Cedric Gerald, principal of McCluer High School. “We are creating an environment that focuses on and supports our ninth graders’ academic and emotional needs. As a ninth grader, students enter an environment that for some may be a bit overwhelming. Through the Freshmen Academy, we are providing a sheltered environment that explicitly teaches academic and behavioral universals.” Students in the Freshmen Academy are housed in an area separate from the general areas on campus. Their classes and lunchtime will consist of only ninth graders. In addition to core curriculum and lessons, students are re-

quired to take a seminar class that helps them transition to and navigate the high school experience. They will also be coached through a Capstone Project, where content will be learned through research and/or service learning, with their work being presented as a culminating activity. “We are also offering job-embedded professional development for teachers who will staff the academy that addresses the different needs of students so that they are thoroughly prepared to reach all learners,” said Gerald. To ensure their advancement to graduation, Freshmen Academy students’ progress will be closely monitored in advisory to reduce offtrack rates. “We are excited about welcoming and working with our new students who are the first in the district to experience this amazing opportunity,” said Gerald. “What we do in the Freshman Academy during the 2017-18 school year will serve as a model for not only McCluer, but other high schools in the district, and for years to come.” • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017


Smart choices – Fueling kids for back to school

As kids head back to school, it’s a good time to refocus on nutritious food and beverage choices to make sure kids are properly fueled and ready to learn. Making the best choices for her family is every mom’s priority, but it can be confusing to navigate all the options available. For example, many celebrity websites, diet books, blogs and popular social media feeds make it appear trendy to ditch dairy. Yet experts say going dairy-free has significant downfalls, especially for kids and young adults. A survey from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) found 6 in 10 moms have tried restricting their dairy intake, and fewer moms encourage their kids to drink milk today compared to how many were encouraged to drink milk themselves as children – in fact, some are even restricting their children’s intake of dairy. It can be hard to get enough nutrients without milk in your diet. Drinking dairy milk during childhood through early adulthood is important

to help achieve maximum bone strength. It’s also important to drink milk as an adult to help maintain bone strength and density. Most dairy alternatives don’t have the same nutrients as dairy milk and kids may not eat enough kale, spinach or sardines to replace the calcium in milk. However, many moms know how important milk is for their kids. According to the NOF survey, more than 80 percent of moms know milk is nutrient-rich. In fact, milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients of concern identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Incorporating farm-fresh milk into your diet can be fun for the whole family. Try making your own flavored milk or smoothie at home with these recipes for Vanilla Cinnamon Milk or a Rainbow Unicorn Smoothie. Find more information and nutritious recipes to pair with milk at

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Vanilla Cinnamon Milk Ingredients: 8 ounces milk 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons honey Directions: In glass, combine milk with vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and honey. Stir until well mixed. Nutritional information per serving: 130 calories; 5 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 105 mg sodium; 308 mg calcium (30% of daily value).

Rainbow Unicorn Smoothie Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups low-fat or fat-free milk, plus additional (optional) 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 2 cups (about 10 large) frozen strawberries 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup frozen mango chunks Optional toppings: 6 tablespoons whipped cream 4 teaspoons sprinkles horn candles, wicks trimmed Directions: Blend milk, yogurt and fruit until smooth, adding additional milk or water to thin, if needed. Divide smoothie into four glasses and, if desired, top each with whipped cream, sprinkles and horn candles. Nutritional information per serving: 120 calories; 1 g fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 60 mg sodium; 175 mg calcium (20% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk.




Learn & Play

August 23, 2017 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Crossword Puzzle Theme: Science 101


John Hanna

‘Yeggs’ is a comic series about Robert and Bill, two rabbits who have opened their own egg franchise in the Midwest (St. Louis area). We follow their day to day lives, watching as they go about the hectic task of preparing for their one big day every year. Along the way they have adventures filled with fun, comic doings and pathos.

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ACROSS 1. Glass piece 6. *It can be measured via carbon decay 9. Sandwich alternative 13. Free-for-all 14. Madame Tussauds’ medium 15. State of dishonor 16. Kidney, e.g. 17. Cleopatra’s killer 18. Arthur Hailey bestseller 19. *Force pulling two objects together 21. *One on Mendeleev’s table 23. Organ of balance 24. Criticism 25. British mom 28. Tibetan priest 30. Gluten-free dieter’s disease 35. Relating to #23 Across 37. Deficiency 39. Goes with onions? 40. “In ____ veritas” 41. Daisylike bloom 43. Apple leftover 44. Choose Trump, e.g. 46. Feed storage 47. Actor Kristofferson 48. Gibraltar or Bering 50. Moonfish 52. Hitherto 53. Jockey’s leash 55. Give a nickname to 57. *”A Brief History of Time” author 61. “One of Us” singer Joan 65. *Most of Earth’s hydrosphere 66. Fall behind 68. American Akita, e.g. 69. Circular gasket 70. Nocturnal flyer 71. Verb derived from “laser” 72. Chipper 73. Smallest whole number 74. “_____! Read all about it!”

DOWN 1. Urban haze 2. Drosselmeyer’s title 3. *Pond organism 4. Ransack or plunder 5. Coping mechanism 6. “And ____ we go!” 7. *Low density state of matter 8. Kick out of school 9. “For ____ the Bell Tolls” 10. *60 miles/hour, e.g. 11. So be it 12. Trapper’s bounty 15. Israeli money 20. “____-____-la” refrain 22. Lake in Provence 24. Dissenting clique 25. *Galilei: “And yet it ____” 26. At less then 90 degrees 27. Forty-niner, e.g. 29. *m in F = ma 31. Way to seal an envelope 32. Poacher’s ware 33. Bird of prey nest 34. *Highest point in a wave 36. Source of cocaine 38. Kind of seaweed 42. Two diverged, one not taken and other taken 45. Causing one to need rest 49. X 51. *He had a telescope named after him 54. Inuit shelter 56. *a.k.a. sodium borate 57. LeBron’s goal 58. 43,560 square feet 59. Dam-like structure 60. Immanuel ____, German philosopher 61. Eye up and down 62. None of this for the weary 63. ____-do-well 64. Cocoyam 67. Grass bristle See answers on page 13

By Cindy Moore

The babies are coming It’s the annual time of year when all the kids converge on our house and bring with them their troupes of tots, totaling seven g-babies in all. Cruel fact: This is the only reason I gave birth in the first place…to get grandbabies. There was no other way around it. I had to go through the excruciating pain of delivery and raise my little imps to get the prize afterwards. Remember when moms said, “Eat your liver and creamed lentil onion casserole and then you get chocolate cherry cake with whipped topping and yummy rainbow sprinkles on top after?” Ya… it’s kind of like that. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t totally love my own kids, but there’s something extra special about the next little magical generation. One reason is that you can boot them out of the house when exhaustion kicks in. While raising my kids, I’d reach my rope’s end and would have to lock me out of the house. I’d typically wind up in the back seat of an abandoned car or on a cozy park bench; happily staying there until my photograph ended up on the evening news and some heartless official would force me to return home. The big difference is that these new ones get spoiled beyond spoilage. I like to think of it as my way of getting back at my kids for their stress-causing teenage years. Serving treats before breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between meals is a surefire way of revenge. It’s called the sugar-effect and I know how to use it to my advantage. A carefully planned day of strategically timed sweet infusions serves that purpose; somewhat like overstuffing a suit-

case until it explodes. I will insert all manner of sugary substances into my g-babies mouths and then release them back into the woods, i.e., the care of their parents. It’s most enjoyable to hear the next day how little Bunny Boops drew pictures non-stop over the walls and ceilings in permanent marker then locked his knees in the chandelier and swung precariously over the staircase clutching a cat in each arm, and afterwards stayed up until the wee hours howling like a caged banshee. I respond in flabbergasted shock by informing the flustered parent that the tiny Boops was a total darling under my care, and it must be attributed to bad parenting. Problem is the tiny Boops can now speak and demanded a repeat of the sugary smorgasbord he had inhaled the day before. The gig was up. Looks like I’ll be hiding out in the nearest abandoned car until the heat cools down. Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017

Sports you see with Gary B... St. Louis Ambush host the United States vs Mexico in soccer at the Family Arena The Family Arena, in conjunction with Athlete Brand, will host an exhibition match between indoor national teams representing the United States and Mexico on the evening of Aug. 24. The two teams will line up across from each other in an exhibition game kicking off at 7:35 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Tickets for the event, starting at $16 per person, go on sale through the St. Louis Ambush ticket office and online at Monday morning at 10 a.m. The Ambush ticket office can be reached at 636-477-6363. There will also be a post-game party open to the public directly after the game at a still to be determined location. St. Louis will be the first stop of a three game Midwest tour for the United States as it continues its preparations to defend its World Cup championship against teams from 23 other countries at the World Minifootball Federation World Cup set for October in Tunisia. For more information about the USNAST, visit the team’s website at * Fun for all ages Play professional soccer for the Ambush or other teams Have what it takes to play soccer at the professional level? How about the chance to represent your country? Here’s your chance. Tryout in front of coaches from the United States National Arena Soccer Team Thursday, Aug. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Must be 18 years old. Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Go to for all the details. * Kickin’ good time Rascals have several players excelling The River City Rascals play professional baseball in the West Division of the Frontier League with home games at Car Shield Field in O’Fallon. The team probably will not take first place this year but have a chance to get into the playoffs



– SUDOKU – with the wild card. Several players have done well in helping the squad pick up 45 wins so far this year: • Outfielder Braxton Martinez has clobbered 13 home runs and is tied for fourth place in the Frontier League • Pitcher Reese Gregory is tied for first place in wins in the league with nine to go with his four losses • Pitcher Hector Hernandez leads all pitchers in the league with 100 strikeouts tossing 108 innings and seventh with a 3.65 earned run average to go with his seven wins • Pithcer Dan Ludwig is sixth in the league with a 3.30 era NEXT HOME GAMES • Tuesday/Wednesday, Aug. 29/30 against the Florence Freedom • Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 1/2/3 against the Southern IL Miners (End of Regular Season) All games at 6:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m. on Sundays Go to for more information. * Push it till the end Women’s field hockey takes top seed A year after winning the regular season and conference championship, the Lindenwood field hockey team has been chosen by the coaches to finish atop the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) once again in 2017. Head coach Sarah Johnson returns a host of players, including ECAC Defensive Player of the Year Nicole Johnston and ECAC co-Goalie of the Year Skylar Starbeck. * No pressure

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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS Aug. 23: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Aug. 25: Chicken dinner

Chicken dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Aug 30: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Aug. 26: Health fair

Greater Deliverance Church Health Fair will take place at 10600 Bellefontaine Rd. in St. Louis County from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. School supplies, basic health screenings, mammograms and free dental screen insurance and services for kids will be available. Sign up for mammograms at 314-251-6300 option 0.... give date 8/26. Grants available if eligible. Call Nicki at 636-466-0801 for more information.

Aug. 29: Old Time Barbeque

Don’t let the summer end without one last bash. And in St. Louis, that means friendly people and slowcooked barbeque, complete with all the trimmings from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $11. For those who want a little exercise to go with all that food, the mini-golf course will be there waiting. Bring your admission ticket to get your first drink free. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, please call the Bellefontaine Recreation Center at 867-0700.

Sept. 6: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 8: Country fried steak or

meatloaf dinner

Country fried steak or meatloaf dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 9: Grandparents Day celebration

DeSmet Retirement Grandparents Day Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There will be Cindy’s petting zoo and pony rides, Wendy Fritter with Unleashed Music DJ, Florissant firefighters grilling hot dogs and burgers along with face painting and balloons. Florissant Police Department will have an informational table for the kids, the Dare Car/officer and Eddie the service dog. Florissant fire truck firemen will also be present.

Sept. 9: Breakfast

Breakfast at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 to 10 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept 9: Flea market

Flea market at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 9-10: Daylily sale

The Greater St. Louis Daylily Society will hold its annual sale of locally grown daylilies, at the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Orthwein Hall on Sept. 9-10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hundreds of plants, all colors, shapes and sizes at great prices for all tastes from member’s private gardens. Contact Kathy for more info 618-304-5907.

Sept. 13: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 14: Square dance lessons

Square dance lessons begin at Church of the Master at 1325 Paddock Dr. in Florissant from 7 - 9 p.m. Registration closes Sept. 7. Casual attire and cost is $5 per person per night. Call 314-839-2134 or 314-837-

4729 to register.

Sept. 14: Art fundraiser

The Eighth Annual Art from the Heart is a special fundraiser benefiting the local nonprofit, Friends of Kids with Cancer takes place at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis at 13700 Manchester Rd. in Ballwin) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.. The event, sponsored by Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis, features a silent auction of over 60 pieces of art created by kids with cancer in St. Louis. Friends’ Art Therapist, Tasha, works with these kids throughout the year on their artwork for this fundraiser. 100 percent of proceeds support Friends’ Art Therapy program. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information visit art.html.

Sept. 15: Pork steak

Pork steak dinner Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

forces with St. Louis Urological Surgeons and Arch Cancer Care to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/ Walk this September. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants will run and walk together on Sept.r 16 to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, refreshments, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. Funds raised for this year’s run/walk event will go toward national efforts to provide research for new treatments, to enhance patient support resources, and to educate men and families about prostate cancer. The race will take place at Creve Coeur Park - Sailboat Cove. For more information, visit

Sept. 19: Introduction to square dancing

A table and tailgate sale takes place at Blessed Savior Lutheran Church at 2615 Shackelford Road in Florissant from 7 a.m. to noon both days. Indoor table sale runs both days, suggested donation is $15 per table. Parking lot tailgate sale runs oneday-only on Sept.16, suggested donation is $15 for three adjacent parking spots (you will have to provide your own tables). Rain-out dates will be Sept. 22-23. Call the church at 314831-1300 for more details and to sign-up.

Free modern western square dance introduction classes sponsored by West County Spinners Square Dance Club begins Sept. 12 and 19 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in the gym at 14088 Clayton Rd. in Chesterfield just East of Hwy 141. The square dance program continues subsequent Tuesdays at $60 per person for twelve weeks or $6 a lesson. Children ages 8-18 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Wear casual clothes and be prepared to have fun square dancing. Register or just show up. For information, contact Jim and Crystal at 314-753-6674 or Couples and singles of all ages are welcome, no experience is necessary.

Sept 16: CR in the Park

Sept. 20: Karaoke

Sept. 15-16: Table and tailgate sale

Free community outreach being held from noon – 4 p.m. There will be live music, testimonies, free hot dogs and chips, games for the kids and giveaways! Hosted by Celebrate Recovery-FCCF and held in the back green space behind First Christian Church of Florissant at 2890 Patterson Rd in Florissant. For more information call 314-837-2269.

Sept. 16: Prostate cancer awareness walk

The End of Prostate Cancer joins

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 26: Caregivers conference

A complimentary caregivers conference is being held from 10 a.m.2:30 p.m. in the Christian Hospital Atrium (11133 Dunn Rd.) to provide support and resources to those who assist with transportation, shopping, personal needs, meal preparation, housekeeping, paperwork, medication, companionship or safety supervision. The conference is presented by AARP Missouri Real Possibilities, Christian Hospital Auxiliary and Christian Hospital Foundation. Registration is required as seating is limited. Register online at https://aarp. or call 1-877-926-8300. A complimentary lunch will be served to all attendees and valet parking will be available, compliments of Clayton Valet. The conference features keynote speaker Amy Goyer, who is a caregiver, consultant and author. Other speakers and highlights include: Mid-East Area Agency on Aging; VOYCE; Christian Hospital physical therapist; Memory Care Home Solutions; Christian Hospital Palliative Care; Meditation/relaxation exercise; veterans’ benefits and resources; and a variety of resource information tables. Resource table sponsorships are available at http:// or call 314-653-5162.

Sept. 27: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 29: Chicken dinner

Chicken dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St.

Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 30: Charity golf tournament

The Hazelwood School District Foundation will host its Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Old Florissant Golf Course at 50 Country Club Lane in Florissant. This event will take place with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $100 per golfer. This cost includes entry into all events, 18-holes of golf, cart, breakfast, snacks, lunch and a chance to win several prizes. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the following programs: Hazelwood Bright Futures, HSD Food 4 Thought, and Care to Learn-Hazelwood, which share the same mission – to help provide basic necessities for students in areas of health, hunger and hygiene. To register your team or for sponsorship information, contact Alecia White at 314-953-5016 or by email at

Oct. 2: Golf tournament fundraiser

Operation Food Search, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, will host its 24th annual golf tournament with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. The tournament will be held at WingHaven Country Club, St. Louis’ only Nicklaus Design Course, located at 7777 Winghaven Blvd. in O’Fallon. Tickets are $300 per golfer and include 18 holes with golf cart, golf goodie bag, and lunch and dinner. A live and silent auction will be held during the barbecue dinner. Proceeds will go toward ending childhood hunger and family food insecurity in the St. Louis bi-state region. For ticket details or to become a sponsor, visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch. org.

Oct. 7: Arts and crafts festival

St. Ann Catholic Church at 7530 Natural Bridge Rd. in Normandy is hosting an arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The proceeds from the festival support the efforts of the St. Vincent DePaul conference in helping neighbors in need. At the festival there will be presentations on praying with art and insights into the artwork of the St. John’s Bible. Artists are invited to sell their artwork and sacred art at the festival. Table rental for artwork displays is $30 per table. Table rental payments are collected at the church office. For more information call 314-385-5090.

RECURRING EVENTS Weekdays: Food pantry volunteers needed The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is in need of ongoing adult volunteers to sort food, stock shelves and shop with clients. Two-to-four hour shifts are available, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. To learn more or to join this fun group, contact Chelsey Banaskavich at 314-5131674 or cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl. org. Weekdays: Volunteer drivers The St. Louis County Older Resident Programs need volunteer drivers who live in St. Louis County to give a few hours during the day to provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments for our senior residents of St. Louis County that lives near you! No weekends and mileage reimbursement is available. Call today at 314-615-4516. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 23, 2017 Mondays: City council meetings City of Pine Lawn holds regular city council meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Mondays: Workshop meetings City of Pine Lawn holds regular workshop meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Mondays: A cappella singers

All men who like to sing are invited to come sing with us, The Men of Harmony. We practice every Monday night at 7 p.m. at 5500 Parker Road which is the first house on Uthe Lane. We sing four-part harmony a capella (without accompaniment ). We sing some traditional songs, as well as show tunes and more contemporary music. We do perform for the public at various functions. Persons interested can come right on in or for more information call Al at 314-9936134.

Tuesdays: Choir rehearsals

The St. Louis Chordinals, a women’s a cappella chorus, rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at 12397 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bridgeton (next to the Bridgeton Government Center). For more information call Linda at 314-839-3495 or visit

Tuesdays: TOPS pounds sensibly)



From 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. located at John F. Kennedy Center/Henry Koch Ctr., Howdershell Rd. at Charbonier Rd., Florissant. For more info contact Paul or Connie McConnell, 314-831-5476.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month: Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335 meeting 6:30pm, Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335, 800 Chambers Road in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Every Tuesday: Bingo Evening at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316 Doors at 4:30pm, games begin at 6pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

Wednesdays: Are you interested in losing weight?

Check out TOPS #361 Florissant group of supportive ladies. Meetings are on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:15 am at Florissant Church of Christ, 16460 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. If interested, please contact Shirley at 314-895-3528 for more information.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Morning at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316

Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. Doors at 7:30am, games begin at 9:30am. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

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. Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Stroke Support Group

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3-4pm, Center for Senior Renewal, Detrick Building 1st floor, 11133 Dunn Rd. For more information, contact Jamie Stevens at 314.653.5331.

more information, contact 314-6302671 or 314-330-7269.

6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171.

nia Support Group

help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157.

Thursdays: checks

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,

Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109

Christian Center:

Diabetes Basics:

Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital: Call 314.653.5032



Free blood pressure checks monthly at Life Care Center of Florissant at 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. (off Parker Rd.) in Florissant every third Thursday of the month. Call 831-3752 for more information.

Thursdays: meeting



Every Thursday City Voices Chorus, a women’s chorus singing four-part a cappella harmony, meets at Church of the Good Shepherd at 1166 S. Mason Rd. in St. Louis. Members come from the entire bi-state region. Call Marcia at 636-274-0723 for more information or visit www.cityvoiceschorus. org.

Every Friday: Our Lady of Fatima #4429 Knights of Columbus Bingo 6:45pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1216 Teson Rd. in Hazelwood. For more information call 314.731.9330

Every 3rd Friday of the month: Bingo 2pm, Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314.831.3752.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery

For 25 years Celebrate Recovery has been helping everyday folks find freedom from whatever difficulty you are experiencing in your life. This Christ-centered, 12-step program is based on the Beatitudes. We meet every Friday at 6:15 p.m. for dinner ($5); 7 p.m. large group meeting; 8 p.m. Small groups sharing; 9 p.m. dessert at First Christian Church of Florissant at 2890 Patterson Rd. in Florissant. For more information call 314-837-2269 or visit http://www.fccf. org/ or Facebook page Celebrate Recovery-FCCF.

Saturdays: Clothing sale

On the second Saturday of each month Bethany-Peace UCC at 11952 Bellefontaine Rd. in St. Louis County hosts a clothing sale from 9 - 11 a.m. For sale are used clothing and shoes, some household items, books and toys. Fill your bag for $1.

Saturdays: Grief support group

A Way with Words Grief Support Ministry meets the fourth Saturday each month at Community Christ Fellowship (in the rear) at121 Williams Blvd. in Hazelwood from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Pat Ryan at 314-605-3949.

Every Fourth Saturday’s Writer’s Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Baden Library, at 8448 Church Rd. For more information call 314-388-2400.

Sundays: Meat shoot

Come and enjoy the meat shoots at American Legion Post 444 located on 17090 Old Jamestown Road between Sinks Rd and Lindbergh starting at noon until dusk every Sunday in February and March in the spring and every Sunday in October through the second-to-last week in November in the fall - rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded. Sundays: AMVETS meat shoot Sundays in September through April, AMVETS Post 55, located on 8842 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bel-Ridge will be hosting meat shoots with practice beginning at 11 a.m. and rounds starting at noon. Shooters must be 18 or older and will shoot #9’s with no bull barrels or scopes and 675 minimum chokes. The shooting area is indoors and food and drink are available in the club room. For

Sundays: meeting



The Jennings Do-Dads hold meetings every third Sunday of the month (except June which is the second Sunday and no meeting in December) at 1 p.m. at Classics Bar & Grill at 11601 West Florissant Avenue. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. For more information visit

CHURCH Tuesdays & Thursdays: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church GriefShare Support Group

11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road. 314.344.7024 for info or 314.344.7220 to enroll.

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,

Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100.

Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous is a 12 Step Program, free and available to all seeking recovery from nicotine addiction based on principals of AA. Only requirement is a desire to stop using nicotine. Voluntary contributions are accepted. For further info call 314-822-2066 or visit WWW.

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SSM DePaul registered dieticians can SUDOKU answers from page 11

CROSSWORD answers from page 10

Center for Senior Renewal:

Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123.


Nutrition Education:

Mondays: 6–7pm Tuesdays: Noon– 1pm 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.

Every Monday-Friday: Evening Front Desk Volunteers Needed

4-7pm, Christian Hospital, 1225 Graham Rd. in Florissant. For more information, please contact Lee Shields at 314.653.5032.

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: ferdfetsch@

Every third Tuesday of every month: Grief Support Group sponsored by DePaul Hospital 11:30am-1pm, Maryland Hgts. Comm. Ctr., 2300 McKelvey Rd. For more information, call 314.344.6873.

Wednesdays: ACES Schizophre-


SSM Cancer Care at DePaul Health Center, 12303 DePaul Drive. Radiation OncologyBridgeton. Attend a great makeup session sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A licensed cosmetologist teaches a session of scarf tying, shows a parade of hats, and provides each participant with a makeup kit. Light refreshments are served. Info: 314.344.6090.

Tuesdays from 2 - 4pm and Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm, 11645 Benham Rd., 314.741.3737

Every Mon. & Tues.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation



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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ reunites ‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Split’ stars

M O V I E By Steve Bryan

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan always shocks and surprises his viewers. The twist ending of “The Sixth Sense,” for instance, created incredible buzz and set the tone for future projects. Audiences typically go into his films knowing there will be surprise revelations, but they don’t know exactly when or how they will occur in the story. That was the case with “Split,” a film featuring a chilling performance from James McAvoy. The actor plays Kevin, a man with 23 distinct personalities. He kidnaps three girls, holding them hostage while his various personalities interact with them. Ultimately, a 24th identity, known as “The Beast,” physically transforms Kevin into a powerful monster who starts to run amok. Just before the closing credits, though, Bruce Willis makes a cameo appearance as David Dunn, the hero of Shyamalan’s superhero thriller “Unbreakable.” Dunn, quiet and mildmannered as always, calmly sips coffee in a diner while watching news reports about the Beast. With that scene, Shyamalan put both films into the same cinematic universe, setting the stage for Dunn to battle Kevin’s beastly persona in the future. “Unbreakable,” for those who haven’t seen it, has Willis playing a security guard whose marriage is falling apart. He’s drifting through life until he becomes the only survivor of a train wreck. Doctors are amazed that he survived the incident without any broken bones or a single scratch. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), the owner of a comic book gallery, contacts David, telling him pretty much that he is a superhero. Dunn thinks the whole idea is crazy, but Price keeps pushing and questioning him about his past injuries and illnesses. Except for al-

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most drowning as a child, David hasn’t been ill or taken a single sick day from work. When he tests his strength, he finds that he can bench press approximately 500 pounds. One chilling scene, though, shows David’s son wanting to test his dad’s invulnerability with a handgun. Elijah is interested in David because it explains his own fragile existence. Born with bones that break easily, he earned the nickname “Mr. Glass” and became a comic book collector. He tells David that he has been looking for his opposite, someone who can’t be hurt. Unfortunately, Elijah had been creating disasters, including the train wreck, to find him. Recently, M. Night Shyamalan announced he is working on “Glass,” the long-awaited “Unbreakable” sequel which should feature battles with both Mr. Glass and the Beast. The original film ended with David helping to send Glass to a mental institution, but viewers didn’t know if David continued to be a hero. “Glass” currently is in pre-production with Willis, McAvoy and Jackson reprising their respective roles. M. Night Shyamalan truly has recaptured his cinematic magic, so this one ought to be good. Photos courtesy Blinding Edge Pictures and Touchstone Pictures 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.