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Random thoughts Random thoughts on the passing scene: Talk show host Dennis Miller said, “I don’t dig polo. It’s like miniature golf meets the Kentucky Derby.” Nothing illustrates the superficiality of our times better than the enthusiasm for electric cars, because they are supposed to greatly reduce air pollution. But the electricity that ultimately powers these cars has to be generated somewhere -- and nearly half the electricity generated in this country is generated by burning coal. The 2012 Republican primaries may be a rerun of the 2008 primaries, where the various conservative candidates split the conservative vote so many ways that the candidate of the mushy middle got the nomination -- and then lost the election. Because morality does not always prevail, by any means, too many of the intelligentsia act as if it has no effect. But, even in Nazi Germany, thousands of Germans hid Jews during the war, at the risk of their own lives, because it was the right thing to do. In recent times, Christmas has brought not only holiday cheer but also attacks on the very word “Christmas,” chasing it from the vocabulary of institutions and even from most “holiday cards.” Like many other social crusades, this one is based on a lie -- namely that the Constitution puts a wall of separation between church and state. It also shows how easily intimidated we are by strident zealots. If you don’t like growing older, don’t worry about it. You may not be growing older much longer. What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice. When an organization has more of its decisions made by committees, that gives more influence to those who have more time available to attend committee meetings and to drag out each meeting longer. In other words, it reduces the influence of those who have work to do, and are doing it, while making those who are less productive more influential. Anyone who studies the history of ideas should notice how much more often
people on the political left, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them -- instead of answering their arguments. The wisest and most knowledgeable human being on the planet is utterly incompetent to make even 10 percent of the consequential decisions that have to be made in a modern nation. Yet all sorts of people want to decide how much money other people can make or keep, and to micromanage how other people live their lives. The real egalitarians are not the people who want to redistribute wealth to the poor, but those who want to extend to the poor the ability to create their own wealth, to lift themselves up, instead of trying to tear others down. Earning respect, including self-respect, is better than being a parasite. Of all the arguments for giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, the most foolish is the argument that we can’t find and expel all of them. There is not a law on the books that someone has not violated, including laws against murder, and we certainly have not found and prosecuted all the violators -- whether murderers or traffic law violators. But do we then legalize all the illegalities we haven’t been able to detect and prosecute? In the 1920s, Congressman Thomas S. Adams referred to “the ease with which the income tax may be legally avoided” but also said some Congressmen “so fervently believe that the rich ought to pay 40 or 50 per cent of their incomes” in taxes that they would rather make this a law, even if the government would get more revenue from a lower tax rate that people actually pay. Some also prefer class warfare politics that brings in votes, if not revenue. Can you imagine a man who had never run any kind of organization, large or small, taking it upon himself to fundamentally change all kinds of organizations in a huge and complex economy? Yet that is what Barack Obama did when he said, “We are going to change the United States of America!” This was not “The Audacity of Hope.” It was the audacity of hype.
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l ette r s t o t h e e d i t o r Best of… To the Editor: I’d like to send a special thank you to the readers of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine for their support of St. Peters in the recent “Best Of” poll. We were once again honored to be voted the best city, but also this year we were voted number one in several categories including, best display of artwork at the Cultural Arts Centre, best live music at our Concerts in the Park, and the best thing to happen to St. Charles County being the opening of 370 Lakeside Park. The city of St. Peters was voted number one in 19 of the categories for “2011 Best Of Mid Rivers”. We are very proud of your recognition. It’s the result of a lot of hard work by so many members of our team at the city of St. Peters. Every day in St. Peters, we try to do a great job for our residents and businesses. Whether it’s answering a question at our front desk or the many hours spent to clear the snow from our roads or the lifeguards at the pool at the Rec-Plex or the hundreds of other tasks we do every day, our focus is on delivering exceptional service. We believe St. Peters is a special place and we’re very proud of our city. Again, thanks to the MRN readers for this special recognition, and as mayor, I’d like to congratulate our team for earning these honors. You all make me “St. Peters Proud.” Len Pagano Mayor, St. Peters
No second term To the Editor: In a recent New Year’s poll, when asked what news event they fear most about 2012, Americans by a margin of two-to-one said the prospect of Barak Obama’s reelection frightened them the most. Only 16 percent said they fear the Democrat won’t win a second term, while 33 percent said they fear four more years of Obama. In results reflective of other polls, older Americans and those earning $75,000 or more are especially worried about the President getting a second term. The eNation Internet poll was conducted Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 among a national sample of 1,000 households by the global market research firm Synovate. According to the poll, nearly half of
Americans 65 and older who are living on less than $75,000 a year said Obama’s reelection was their greatest fear. Thirtynine percent of those making $75,000 or more agreed. Some 38 percent of younger Americans, 18-24, said their biggest fear was higher taxes, but on the question of Obama’s reelection, just 28 percent of those same voters said they feared Obama winning in November. This would seem to imply that 72 percent of that same demographic are OK with a second term for Obama, and that’s scary. This little known poll reflects election dynamics for 2012 that have had me worried for months now. And, for good reason. I worry because too many potential voters come from segments of America who either aren’t paying attention or who belong to special interest groups devoted to Obama’s radical plans to “fundamentally change” America. I hate to say it, but there is a very large block of potential voters who are easily incited by Obama’s charisma and dynamic oratory. A majority of college educated women voters swoon when he spews his progressive ideas, wrapped in grandiose sounding but meaningless slogans. I worry whether a majority of “thinking” Americans who are paying attention, will get out and vote in numbers sufficient to offset the votes of those who, for all the wrong reasons, could give Obama another four years to finish destroying the America we’ve known and loved since we first learned to sing “America The Beautiful” and “My Country, Tis of Thee.” Among those not paying attention are the so-called youth, the 18- to-24 age group, now thoroughly brainwashed with progressive indoctrination and revisionist history. These usually hold a ‘rock star’ view of who to vote for, and know little or nothing about the critical issues we face as a nation. There is the pro-union crowd whose voting decisions are dictated by god-like union bosses with more interest in money and power than what’s good for America. Hispanics, too, will support Obama because he presents himself as their champion when the issue of illegal immigration comes into view. He has consistently refused to secure the border, and even had his justice department sue to prevent individual states from doing so. Many are completely blind to the abysmal failure of the man’s foreign and domestic policies, and the havoc his fiscal policies have wrecked with the economy and employment. Obama Democrats keep
lying, claiming to have created over 2 million jobs since coming into office. The truth is, over a million and a half have lost their jobs during that time. The perverse, left-leaning and mercenary Obama loving “media” could make a difference if it would simply tell the truth. But, they won’t because they would lose hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign advertising, even billions that Obama and the Democrats will spend in their quest to retain power. Yes, I’m worried. May God help us. Arthur Bruce Robertson
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Kodak and the Post Office By Thomas Sowell The news that Eastman Kodak is preparing to file for bankruptcy, after being the leading photographic company in the world for more than 100 years, truly marks the end of an era. The skills required to use the cameras and chemicals required by the photography of the mid-19th century were far beyond those of most people – until a man named George Eastman created a company called Kodak, which made cameras that ordinary people could use. It was Kodak’s humble and affordable box Brownie that put photography on the map for millions of people, who just wanted to take simple pictures of family, friends and places they visited. As the complicated photographic plates used by 19th-century photographers gave way to film, Kodak became the leading film maker of the 20th century. But sales of film declined for the first time in 2000, and sales of digital cameras surpassed the sales of film cameras just three years later. Just as Kodak’s technology made older modes of photography obsolete more than 100 years ago, so the new technology of the digital age has left Kodak behind. Great names of companies in other fields have likewise vanished as new technology brought new rivals to the forefront, or else made the whole product obsolete, as happened with typewriters, slide rules and other products now remembered only by an older generation. That is what happens in a market economy and we all benefit from it as consumers. Unfortunately, that is not what happens in government. The post office is a classic example. Post offices were once even more important than Eastman Kodak, and for a longer time, as the mail provided vital communications linking people and organizations across thousands of miles. But, today, technology has moved even further beyond the post office than it has beyond Eastman Kodak. The difference is that, although the Postal Service is technically a private business, its income doesn’t cover all its costs – and taxpayers are on the hook for the difference. Moreover, the government makes it illegal for anyone else to put anything into your mailbox, even though you bought the mailbox and it is your property. That means you don’t have the option to have some other private company deliver your
mail. In India, when private companies like Federal Express and United Parcel Service were allowed to deliver mail, the amount of mail delivered by that country’s post offices was cut in half between 2000 and 2005. What should be the fate of the Postal Service in the United States? In a sense, no one really knows. Nor is there any reason why they should. The real answer to the question whether the Postal Service is worth what it is costing can be found only when various indirect government subsidies stop and when the government stops forbidding others from carrying the mail – if that ever happens. If FedEx, UPS or someone else can carry the mail cheaper or better than the Postal Service, there is no reason why the public should not get the benefit of having their mail delivered cheaper or better. Politics is the reason why no such test is likely any time soon. Various special interests currently benefit from the way the post office is run – and especially by the way government backing keeps it afloat. Junk mail, for example, does not have to cover all its costs. You might be happy to get less junk mail if it had to pay a postage rate that covered the full cost of delivering it. But people who send junk mail would lobby Congress to stay on the gravy train. So would people who live in remote areas, where the cost of delivering all mail is higher. But if people who decide to live in remote areas don’t pay the costs that their decision imposes on the Postal Service, electric utilities and others, why should other people be forced to pay those costs? A society in which some people make decisions, and other people are forced to pay the costs created by those decisions, is a society where a lot of decisions can be made despite their costs being greater than their benefits. That is why the post office should have to face competition in the market, instead of lobbying politicians for government help. We cannot preserve everything that was once useful. © 2012 Creators.com
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Park re-opens for traffic Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon was reopened to regular public use on Jan. 17. The park had been closed to traffic so the parks staff could complete the removal of the Celebration of Lights, the city’s annual holiday lights display. O’Fallon’s Festival Coordinator Megan Steinmann said 9,750 vehicles toured the city’s annual Celebration of Lights display this holiday season. “This is a new record,” said Steinmann. “The weather was extremely cooperative this year, and we were glad to see that so many people appreciate the Celebration of Lights, with a portion of the proceeds going to local non-profits.”
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EDC welcomes new board The Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County recently announced its 2012 board with new officers and new members, while also recognizing outgoing board members. “It is a bittersweet thing each year as we welcome new members and thank those who are retiring from our board, some
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Healthy role models United Services will be recognized as a “Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Role Model for 2011” by the PBH (Produce for Better Health) Foundation in March. The agency’s staff created a Lunch Bunch program designed to educate students about fruits and veggies and ultimately increase the consumption of those food groups in compliance with the recommendations of MyPlate USDA. “I’ve been so impressed with Lunch Bunch’s goals and means for achieving them. Teaching children at such a young age to love fruits and vegetables and to embrace a culture of trying new things allows kids at United Services to grow up strong, to be healthy and aware of what’s best for them,” said Parent Kristen Jairam. “I fully support and praise the Lunch Bunch program.” All Role Models and Champions will
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St. Charles Hospital honored SSM St. Joseph Health Center, along with the other four SSM Health Care – St. Louis adult acute care hospitals, are Premier’s QUEST 2011 Top Performing Hospitals. The honor recognizes hospitals that are national leaders in improving patient quality and safety—in the areas of heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and reducing surgical complications, reducing mortality rates and reducing health care costs. “We are thrilled to once again be nationally recognized for our highperforming care,” said Gaspare Calvaruso, president, SSM St. Joseph Health Center. “SSM St. Joseph Health Center, along with the other SSM Health Care hospitals, is focused on continuously improving the quality and safety of the care we provide and this honor showcases the many outstanding efforts of our physicians and staff.” This is the third year SSM St. Joseph Health Center, SSM DePaul Health Center, and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center received the honor, and the second year for SSM St. Clare Health Center and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. SSM Health Care – St. Louis hospitals are among the 120 hospitals that received the QUEST 2011 Top Performing Hospitals award. More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 78,000 other care sites are members of Premier. “This recognition highlights our commitment to learn and provide the highest
St. Peters Genealogy classes are back Geneaology classes will be offered again next month at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Led by the city’s Arts Leader and genealogist Cindy DuBois, Genealogy 101-102 will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8, at the St. Peters Cultural Art Centre. The class will provide participants with information to help on the journey of discovering ancestral heritage. “There is nothing more frustrating than losing the path of our ancestors. We will explore items like ships passenger’s lists, locate places of burial and travel internationally via Internet tools,” said DuBois. For the experienced genealogists, Genealogy 201 will take place on Tues., March 13 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. In this class, participants will be provided with information to help overcome any obstacles, as well as learn about preserving and sharing photographs. The cost is $7 for each class and includes light dessert. For more information, call 397-6903 or visit www.stpetersmo.net.
Lindenwood University receives gift Lindenwood University has received a $280,000 gift from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. The money will be used to help fund the completion of a new 43,000-square-foot Student-Athlete Center as part of the university’s transition to NCAA Division II membership. A total of $2.4 million has been raised through donor support toward the $6 million facility. The center is currently under construction outside Harlen C. Hunter stadium on the school’s campus in St. Charles. When completed in late 2012, it will feature an academic support center; new locker rooms; and office, athletic training, and clinical spaces. The summer of 2011 marked the beginning of Lindenwood’s second year of NCAA candidacy. The university will serve another provisional year before being granted full membership by the start of the 2013-14 academic year, providing all requirements have been met at that time.
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Councilman says council is attempting to embarrass him By Brian Flinchpaugh County Councilman Paul Wynn says a measure that could force St. Charles County Council members to forfeit their seats if they are physically absent from four consecutive meetings is directed at him. “This is a non issue, the whole point of doing this is to embarrass me,” he said. District 4’s Wynn said the bill introduced Monday, Jan. 9, was directed at him because he has frequently been absent from council meetings. Wynn took a job as a military contractor in Afghanistan last September and missed council meetings in 2009 while working in Iraq. Wynn has listened to council meetings via phone or Internet hookup but has only been allowed to cast voice votes or votes on emergency bills. “I am the elephant in the room, everyone is talking around it but the whole point of this is because of me,” Wynn said Monday night to the council via the phone link. The bill may be politically motivated, he said. The council gave a first reading to a bill that would ask voters in the Nov. 6 general election to approve amendments to the County Charter that includes the forfeiture provisions. The bill would also set up new provisions for filling the resulting vacancy
on the council. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Jerry Daugherty, District 6, would require a simple majority vote for passage. The board took no final action on the bill, which could come up for a vote at the next council meeting on Jan. 30. A council member would forfeit their office if they are “physically absent from four consecutive meetings of the council, unless excused by resolution of the Council,” according to “Proposition A’ of the bill. This would apply to all council members elected on or after Nov. 1. The second part of the bill, known as Proposition B, would allow the county executive to fill vacancies on the council, with the approval of the council. The person selected has to be a member of the same political party as the person vacating the seat. The person selected would hold office until Jan. 1 following the next general election when a successor would be elected for the unexpired or full term. Wynn said one problem is that Missouri is one of the few states that limit the use of electronic devices by elected officials who cannot physically attend meetings. County Counselor Joann Leykam agreed. “Paul is in attendance at each meeting in which he is on the phone,” Leykam said.
“The problem is that the Missouri legislature bans him from voting.” The voting ban applies to normal rollcall voting, she said. Wynn can participate in votes on emergency bills that have not been read earlier or voice votes. Daugherty said the bill was not a personal or directed at Wynn. He did say that he was concerned that Wynn took his $14,375 salary and benefits while away. The bill is patterned after a similar ordinance in St. Louis County, he said. Daugherty said he had discussed the idea last September. “I think this should go on the ballot and let voters decide,” Daugherty said. Wynn said at the meeting that he will no longer be taking his salary as a council member this year, although he retains his health benefits. Councilman Joe Cronin, District 1, said an alternative might be something similar to what area municipalities often do – dock the pay of council members who don’t attend meetings. Cronin and other council members said, through the years the county has had pay for special elections when council members resigned before their terms were up. County Executive Steve Ehlmann said there are two separate issues involved with
the proposed bill. Over about a four year span, the county had to pay about $80,000 a year for special elections, Ehlmann said. “Luckily back in those days we could afford it,” Ehlmann said. “If we had to come up with $80,000 last year for a special election, we would really have been scraping the bottom of the barrel.” Ehlmann also noted the present system for filling vacant seats allows four members of the Republican and Democratic party central committees to select replacements. If the party committees deadlock with a 2-2 vote, there is no way to resolve that deadlock, he said. Another issue may be the excuses that the County Council would or would not allow, he said. Cronin said a council member could also circumvent the bill’s intent by attending one meeting and missing three. Ehlmann also said that the council could pass a resolution asking local legislators to seek legislation to fix aspects of the state’s Sunshine Law that prevent office holders from voting electronically. Councilman Joe Brazil, District 2, wasn’t enthused about the bill saying these are “dangerous waters.” County voters should have the right to remove office holders at elections, Brazil said.
Group home for disabled persons to open in Lake Saint Louis, despite protests By Jeannie Seibert The century-old Emmaus Home charity that provides homelike living conditions for hundreds of developmentally disabled individuals was given a oneyear special use permit to operate a group home in a residential Lake Saint Louis neighborhood on Jan. 17. The Board of Aldermen voted in favor with one exception – Alderman Ralph Sidebottom (Ward 1) cast the only “no” vote. A small contingent of his constituents had aggressively lobbied City Hall at the staff level, moving to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting earlier this month. Failing to stop the progress of that body from recommending approval the residents took their opposition to City Hall. While it had been explained numerous times that federal and state statute prevail in this matter, the rabble again repeated their disdain for having four developmentally disabled people living in their midst. Sidebottom was credited for being the only alderman who had researched the
matter and provided information to his Ward 1 constituents. But it was Alderman Kathy Schweikert (Ward 2) who had researched the issue. In fact, she was joined by only one other alderman John Pellerito (Ward 3) at the Jan. 4 Emmaus Home open house. Schweikert had requested the statutes and distributed them to other board members. Emmaus Home is not even located in Schweikert’s or Pellerito’s wards. Sidebottom’s absence from the open house was notable as the group home is located in his ward. It was the statutes that guided the board’s majority vote. State law gives cities leeway in only two matters involving group homes – the distance between them (also called a density restriction) and the house to be used as a group home has to reflect the same architectural standards of the neighborhood in which it exists, explained Mayor Michael Potter. Further, attorney for the city, Jim Mello, said that when elected city officials take their oath of office, the verbiage to
which they swear allegiance states that residents with 24/7 supervision, accordthe office holder will first abide by the ing to the Emmaus Home spokesman. laws of the state of Missouri. Everything about the Emmaus Home “There is no ambiguity,” Mello said. application has been thoroughly vetted The city of Lake Saint Louis is given its by city staff, Planning and Zoning comauthority by the state and the state main- missioners and most of the elected offitains that a zoning designation for single cials. family detached homes includes “group Essentially, the board had no choice. homes with eight or fewer mentally or Despite that, Sidebottom cast his no physically handicapped persons.” vote, saying he was acting on behalf of The home in question, located at 217 his constituents’ desire and only after he Rue Grand, would be occupied by no had been assured that the measure would more than four developmentally disabled pass with or without his vote.
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O’Fallon mayor addresses ‘State of the City’ By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Mayor Bill Hennessy presented the “State of the City” address last week, noting that the city of O’Fallon is continuing to improve community services and hopes for numerous improvements during the coming year. In 2011, O’Fallon again ranked as one of America’s best places to live by relocateAmerica.com and retained its ranking as the second safest city in the country. “As your elected officials we have a tremendous responsibility to maintain and improve your hometown for generations to come. In 2011 we made great progress, and there’s more to come in 2012,” Hennessy said. Hennessy said the city’s most notable addition in 2011 was the completion of Brendan’s playground, O’Fallon’s new all-inclusive playground in Westhoff Park. The park was named for 9-year-old Brendan Schmitt, a Westhoff Elementary School student who struggles with Thompson Syndrome. Hennessy said that although Brendan’s playground is finished, this year, the city plans to add a splash pad area at the park to help children cool off during hot summer days, but will also help children with cer-
tain disabilities regulate their body temperatures. “We will be asking for help to raise $100,000 to achieve this,” Hennessy said. “Donations are accepted at City Hall, and we’ll be happy to take your money.” During the coming year, the city will also add a permanent skate park in Westhoff Park. The city replaced more than $1 million in concrete slabs in subdivisions. The city will continue to invest in its roads to ensure safety and appearance of subdivisions, Hennessy said. New water meters were installed, providing more accuracy and efficient charges, while significantly reducing the amount of unaccounted water. A new water main was installed in the northeast part of the city, providing much needed relief for those in that area, he said. “The O’Fallon Police Department has played a big part of the city’s recognition as one of the safest cities,” Hennessy said. “The department continues to focus on educating the community on crime prevention, and more than 500 people attended the department’s open house.” “As we move into 2012, the department will continue growing our many community events and initiatives and will be
transitioning to a new county-wide radio system that will improve communication with neighboring communities in case of emergency,” Hennessy said. Hennessy said at City Hall, the technology division and the Citizens First organization introduced a new customer service tool on the city’s Web site to make it easier for citizens to ask questions and make requests staff. 50% Greyto andcity 35%C and The 100%system Yellow tracks from beginning to end to allow residents to follow the status of requests. He said city events were a huge success, and everyone at City Hall is grateful for the countless hours put into these events to make them a success. Hennessy reminded residents that 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and noted that O’Fallon’s Fort Zumwalt Park served as a seller’s fort during that war. “We are rebuilding Jacob Zumwalt’s fort in the park, and I encourage all to visit to learn about this unique part of our city’s history.” Hennessy said at Civic Park, the city is looking at alternatives for the aging community center located there. He said city staff will be evaluating the building and hopes to quickly develop a plan for replac-
ing it. “We are also looking at long-term for our city facilities,” Hennessy said. “We are working with MoDOT as Page Extension continues to be constructed, and we’ll do everything we can to see that it meets the needs of our residents.” Improvements are also planned for numerous other thoroughfares. Hennessy said the city’s shop local campaign, “Keep it in the ‘O’” has been a success. “Everything we do in our city is paid by you. We will make sure your funding is there to keep our city strong,” Hennessy said. A new economic development director will be soon hired. Hennessy said 170 new businesses opened their doors in the city during 2011; others have been operating for as long as 75 years. “Across the country, news has been dominated by the negative. Whether it’s economic struggles, constant bickering of politicians or if we know someone who has been out of work,” Hennessy said. “It’s been hard to stay positive about the future, but here in O’Fallon I think we have done a great job at strengthening the city in the years to come.”
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Short sales A new approach to buying, selling homes is growing By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Dina Mang wanted to buy a nice, affordable home in a pleasant neighborhood where she and her two children could be comfortable, but as a single mom, that’s not always easy. Mang had searched homes in the city of St. Peters, but most cost more than she could afford. Then, when she learned one of her friends had to “short sale” her home in Florida, it sparked an idea. “I went to a realtor and asked about ‘short sales,” Mang said. Short sales are consuming a larger portion of today’s real estate market. The system allows struggling homeowners to make an arrangement with a lender who agrees to sell the home for a specified price that is lower than the balance of a mortgage. It is a negotiated settlement with the lender because of a homeowner’s hardship, such as a job loss, divorce or medical emergency; because they owe more than the house is worth; or because a homeowner is unable to afford their current monthly mortgage payment and unable to modify their current home loan. Generally, lenders write off whatever debt remains after the sale, allowing buyers to most often secure a sales price of 20- to 30-percent less than other homes of the type. Mark Cooper, owner of ReMax Edge in O’Fallon’s Monticello Plaza, a certified Distressed Property Expert, said he carries a distinction that is one of the fastest growing designations in the country. Cooper is a “short sale” and foreclosure specialist who holds a title that indicates he has had training in short sales and foreclosures. He said that for the past year, 40 percent of his business has involved “short sales.” “I’d say it’s new, but it’s taken on a lot of traction lately,” Cooper said. “In St. Charles and St. Louis County, it’s a major part of the real estate business.” David Brady of Keller Williams Realty West recently completed a Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification. “It’s like being between a rock and a hard place, they still lose their home, but a short sale helps the homeowner get out of debt while avoiding foreclosure, and still saving their credit rating to some extent,” Brady said. “In today’s market, realtors estimate that home sales prices are often about 30 percent lower than what the home’s original sales price. Without a short sale, a homeowner would have to come up with an additional $20,000 or so to pay off the mortgage. It’s called ‘short’ because they’re coming up short (with money).” The first action in a short sale is for the homeowner to list the house with a realtor. “If they think their mortgage is more than their home is worth, it’s better, of course, if they talk with someone who specializes in short sales because it can be complicated,” Brady said. The realtor then does a market analysis to let the seller know what the house is worth. “If it’s overpriced, it won’t sell, and a lot of times the sellers are already behind on payments and must move quickly, before the home goes into foreclosure,” Brady said. The seller also has to submit other paperwork letting the bank know they can’t afford to come up with the other money by submitting bank statements, etc. of their financial health. Debbie Williams, a broker with 3D Real Estate, said she’s also seen an increase in short sales in the past year. “Most of my deals this past year have been short sales,” Williams said. “I have three going right now.” Cooper said short sales are so prevalent a lot of realtors have gotten out of the business because they haven’t changed the way they work. Some stayed out of short sales and foreclosures, but if it’s a part of the market these days, you’ve lost that percentage of
your market by staying out of it, he said. Short sales, Cooper said, are part of an unfortunate economy, but can help both a buyer and a seller—and lender. “A short sale is a better option because it helps consumers avoid foreclosures. A short sale can repair credit quicker and sometimes help the seller be back in a home in a year or two,” Cooper said. “It depends on the circumstances that caused it. If they were just behind in their mortgages they can usually get their credit back quicker than if they let it go into foreclosure.” A foreclosure can be an expensive process, and often leaves the debtor owing a substantial amount of money to the lender even after the sale. The debtor is liable to the lender for the mortgage deficiency, along with any costs incurred by the lender, including attorneys’ fees. The lender can then sue the debtor for these amounts and obtain a court judgment. In a short sale, the amount of the deficiency is often forgiven. After a short sale is completed, the debtor can walk away with the comfort of knowing that his or her debt has been satisfied, and he or she will not be sued by the bank in a deficiency suit. It is also possible to negotiate with the lender how they will report the short sale to the credit bureaus. The lender may agree to report that the debt was “paid as agreed” or something similar that would be less harmful than reporting “foreclosure” or “deficiency judgment.” Lenders have no obligation to accept a short sale. Once a homeowner defaults on a loan, it is entirely at the lender’s discretion as to whether or not to commence foreclosure proceedings (short of filing for bankruptcy). Deciding whether to foreclose on a home or to accept a short sale is a bank’s business decision. It usually becomes a matter of the bank cutting its losses. Lenders stand to lose more money in a foreclosure than in a short sale because of the expenses involved in a foreclosure (including legal fees and trustee fees). Also, there is no guarantee that a buyer will show up at a foreclosure auction, and if they do show up, that they will make a good bid. The debtor is liable to the lender for the costs of foreclosure. “I think some people don’t understand the options when they are facing financial problems. Most believe their options are to do a foreclosure or walk away. Short sale is an option, as is a ‘deedin-lieu,’” Cooper said. “You sign over your deed to the bank and walk away. You owe more than the property is worth and want to get yourself out of the situation. Usually they’ll give you some sort of cash compensation. The other option is a loan modification, and that, too, can keep some houses out of foreclosure.” “The hard part is we need more homeowners that are in distress to reach out and work with someone who can work toward a short sale,” Cooper said. “People don’t know about the options out there. There is no cost to the homeowner; we get compensated from the bank.”
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Price it right or sit on it By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Mark Cooper, owner of ReMax Edge in O’Fallon’s Monticello Plaza, a certified Distressed Property Expert, says property values overall are where they were at in 2000. “Some areas have lost half their home values and most homeowners just don’t realize it,” Cooper said. “There are a lot underwater financially and don’t even admit it. They won’t admit the prices have dropped and their home is worth less than they paid for it—especially if they bought it in the last five years when prices were seriously inflated.” The bad news for financially healthy homeowners is unless they want to do some unique juggling with houses and prices, they will have to hold tight before they sell. Home values in St. Charles County have not only depreciated significantly, they are competing with short sales and foreclosures which generally sell for 20- to 40-percent less than the property is worth. Roland Hauhe of Keller Williams Realty West in Cottleville said standard sales are definitely being affected by short sales and foreclosures. He’s been in real estate 17 years. “Whenever you’re selling a house you’re bending over backwards to make it happen,” Hauhe said. “Short sales and foreclosures drive the market down for those who are not in the circumstances. Banks are taking losses between $10,000 and $75,000 with short sales, and regular sales have to compete.” When a home is sold with a standard contract and a comparable market analysis is completed, appraisers try to pull as many straight sales as possible for comparables, but when the previous sales in someone’s area were short sales or foreclosures, an appraiser won’t appraise a home for more than the others sold for, if they’re true comparables, Hauhe said. “There are a lot people shocked at their home’s value,” Hauhe said. “I closed a house recently, but it was $20,000 less than the seller expected.” But Hauhe is quick to add “Real estate is a long-term investment. If you go back through the years, you see cycles. It’s always turned around, but it’s usually a 10-year cycle to make it worthwhile for individual homeowners,” Hauhe said. “If it’s the proper price it will sell just like it always did.”
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JANUARY 25, 2012 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE
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By Brian Flinchpaugh The St. Charles County Council held a rare morning meeting on Jan. 19, to pay for printing ballots and devices that can help voters get to the right polling place. The meeting was called because of an error by a county employee. The council met in an emergency session at 8:30 a.m. to award a $360,000 bid for election services to Henry Adkins & Sons. Inc. - the only bidder for the work. About two-thirds of the bid will go for printing election ballots. The council also awarded a $30,250 bid to rent 121 personal digital assistants or PDAs from a firm known as Election Administrators, which also submitted the only bid on the work. The meeting had to be called when it was learned bids didn’t get out because they were sitting in an employee’s desk, said Rich Chrismer, director of the St. Charles County Election Authority. Chrismer said procedures were not followed that should have allowed the bids to go to County Executive Steve Ehlmann and the council by the end of December. “My name is on the building so I take responsibility for procedures that were set in place by me that were always followed in the past but not followed with is particular bid,” Chrismer said. The next county election is the Feb. 7 pri-
mary and the next regular council meeting is on Jan. 30. Chrismer said waiting until the next council meeting would have only left him with eight days to compile information and program the PDAs devices. One of the devices is available at each polling place and is used to determine the right polling place for voters. An average of about 20,000 county residents move within the county every year and many don’t notify election officials about their move, Chrismer said. Often these residents show up at the wrong polling place. State law also mandates that voters need to be in the proper polling place for votes to be counted, he said. “We don’t want our citizens waiting 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 40 minutes, whatever the length of time due to the number of people voting, to come up and find out they are in the wrong voting place,” Chrismer said. Chrismer said the devices have more updated, detailed information than the county’s Web site or could be obtained via a smart phone. He said after the meeting that there were only two firms in Missouri that could have bid on the election services proposal. County Finance Director Robert Schnur offered a comparison of the bids to similar bids in 2008 and said they were “pretty much in line.”
St. Charles enters into new agreement with Allied Waste Management The city of St. Charles has entered into a new five-year contract agreement with Allied Waste Management as the city’s sole solid waste provider. The new contract agreed to by the City Council and Allied includes several minor modifications. Under the new contract, residents will have a 1.5-percent increase on their bill for 2012 as well as 2013. However, in future years – 2014 through 2016 -- there will be no additional increase. According to Mayor Sally Faith, the city has experienced double-digit rate increases annually in the past. “I am extremely pleased with how the city and Allied worked together for the residents of St. Charles,” Faith said. “It is an important aspect to note that over the course of the next five years, the Allied contract will be limited to a total rate increase of only 3 percent.” As part of the new contract, Allied will convert to an automated system. This means all residents who receive trash service will automatically be given a 95-gallon solid
waste polycart at no cost. Under the previous contract, polycarts were leased from Allied at roughly $3 a month. This change will save $36 a year for those residents who were leasing a polycart from Allied. The automated haulers will have the mechanical arms that grab the container and dump contents into the top of the hauler. This process will also help limit the debris and litter that flies out of the frontloading haulers. “Residents will still have the option to receive a smaller 65-gallon container, if they choose, as I know many families have a tendency to recycle more than they produce trash,” said Council President Michael Klinghammer. For those residents who would prefer the 65-gallon solid waste container, contact Allied Waste at 947-5959 prior to Feb. 6. An informational flyer will be mailed out from Allied Waste. If residents have questions related to the new solid waste service, please contact Allied Representative Jeri Eaton, located at City Hall, at 255-6142.
JANUARY 25, 2012 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE
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St. Peters police roll out special needs resident programs By Jeannie Seibert The recent headline out of Belleville, Ill. reported a tragedy that pulled at the heart strings of all parents, guardians and caregivers of those with special needs. On a frigid January night, an elderly man suffering from dementia and heart disease wandered away from the rehabilitation facility where he’d been a patient. More than 24 hours later, Belleville police reported that the lifeless body of Aubrey Giles, 75, was found near a frozen creek, the apparent victim of exposure. Just a few days prior to that heartbreaking event, St. Peters Community and Media Relations Officer Melissa Doss had given aldermen an overview of a new program that department is rolling out that could assist in avoiding a similar scenario in that community. During her Jan. 12 presentation, Doss described a two-sided program designed
O’Fallon fills vacated Ward 5 council seat By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley He said he never planned on getting involved with the city of O’Fallon, but after watching his own city representatives successfully handle unsavory situations in his own neighborhood, he felt the need to give back. Thursday, Jan. 12, the O’Fallon City Council gave its stamp of approval, voting unanimously to approve the mayoral appointment of Michael Snowden to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Mark Perkins who resigned on Dec. 31 after nearly 20 years representing city residents. The Ward 5 council seat runs through March 2013. Snowden was sworn in at Thursday’s council meeting. “I had no intention of being involved in O’Fallon City Government until Mark Perkins helped me in my own subdivision,” Snowden said. “I saw him and (Ward 5 Councilman Mike) Pheney working, and when his position was open, I felt it was my duty to apply. I hope I can do as good a job as the people who have come before me.” Mayor Bill Hennessy selected Snowden after councilmen Jeff Schwentker and Pheney interviewed prospective candidates. Snowden, a training coordinator for St. Charles County’s Dispatch and Alarm Department, works with the division’s quality assurance. He is also chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials. From 2003 to 2005, Snowden served on the Hazelwood Planning and Zoning Commission.
specifically for special needs residents. The Special Needs Resident Locator program enrollment is currently available for those diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and autism. Parents or guardians can record a physical description and photograph of the special needs individual into the department’s database along with pertinent information as to the responsible party’s address and emergency contact information – anything that would be helpful to public safety officers that would be instantly available
saving valuable time. To enroll a special needs resident in this program, Doss said to call the St. Peters Police Dept. at 278-2244. Lt. Tim Snavely at extension 3564 is coordinating the data entry. On the other side of the coin are special needs residents who have become wary of police officers. Doss said oftentimes television portrays police officers as scary or someone to avoid. The message of this program is, “The
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Cottleville takes the trophy in tri-city food drive By Amy Armour A friendly competition between three cities in St. Charles County will help Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service feed needy families this winter. The city of Weldon Spring issued a challenge last year to the cities of Cottleville and Dardenne Prairie to collect the most canned goods and nonperishable items to benefit Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. Weldon Spring earned the “Cornucopia Traveling Trophy” and bragging rights, after collecting the most food items for the food pantry last year. But this year, the trophy will have a new home — in Cottleville City Hall. It was a close competition, but Cottleville collected the most items — about 2,000 — for the pantry at Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. The city of Weldon Spring issued a press release congratulating the city of Cottleville. Scott Lewis, city administrator, said the city is very proud to win the Tri-City food drive. “We have a great working relationship with Weldon Spring and Dardenne Prairie and the competition between the cities makes the good cause even better,” Lewis
said. Lewis said the Cornucopia trophy is proudly on display in the lobby of City Hall. “We want to thank our elected officials, city staff and the many residents and business owners who contributed this year and a special thanks to the students and teachers at Saeger Middle School for their help,” Lewis said. “Sts. J & A Care Service is a wonderful organization which does great things for our community. We’re glad we could help a little.” Dardenne Prairie Mayor Pam Fogarty said it is truly awe inspiring to see the total results of this friendly competition. “The staff and officials of the three cities asked for help and the residents really pulled through for us,” Fogarty said. “We should all be proud. St Charles County residents are obviously generous people and good neighbors, which is why this is such a great county to live in. I would like to ask you all to continue giving back to the community as your help is needed all year long.” Lewis said the city delivered all of its collection to the pantry on Jan. 18.
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Residents in the Cottleville Fire District will soon be asked to vote on a ballot initiative for improvements in the Cottleville Fire Protection District that could raise taxes by about $100 per household. The April 3 ballot issue, dubbed Proposition CARES, would increase the district’s operating tax-rate by 27-cents. This would mean owners of a home valued at $200,000 would pay an additional $104 per year in taxes. The decision to put the measure to a vote came after consideration of recommendations made by the Citizens Advancing Responsible Emergency Services (CARES) committee. The committee has been meeting since September to develop long-range plans for the fire district. The result of their work is a multi-phase plan to help the district meet current and future challenges. “Over the past few months we have worked very hard to learn about the challenges facing our fire district. District and area experts have been very transparent in providing us with the information we needed to make informed decisions to create a solid long-range plan for the
future,” said Steve Mahler, a district resident who served on the CARES facilitating team. “The CARES Proposition is the result of the community saying what they think the district needs in order to continue providing us with the emergency services we expect.” If approved, Proposition CARES would provide funding for the district to preserve the current level of emergency services, provide up-to-date firefighter/EMT training, to hire additional firefighter and emergency medical personnel and to hire a full-time trainer to ensure training meets national standards The proposition, if approved, would also establish a capital projects fund for the proactive repair and maintenance of facilities, enhance and re-establish a public safety education program, to provide for regular equipment maintenance and replacement and to help maintain a balanced budget. “We are very happy to see that the board followed through on the community’s recommendations,” said CARES Community Co-Chair Kim King, “The implementation of the CARES plan is critical for the future of our emergency services.”
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First ‘home grown’ teachers to return to FZSD By Amy Armour While many college graduates will struggle to find a job in the current economy, two former Fort Zumwalt students can count on a teaching job next fall. The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education met a few of the students from the district’s Grow Your Own Teacher (GYOT) Program at its Jan. 17 meeting. The GYOT program will graduate its first two teachers in May. Fort Zumwalt graduates Kelsie Kestler and Robin Aston are both seniors at Southeast Missouri State University studying special education. The women are student teaching this spring in Fort Zumwalt School District. “Both plan to graduate in May 2012 and will be hired in the fall as our first Grow Your Own Teachers to join our teaching staff,” said Patty Corum, deputy superintendent of personnel for the Fort Zumwalt School District. The Grow Your Own Teacher Program provides accepted students who are studying to teach in a high needs area — such as special education — with financial assistance. Funded by the Fort Zumwalt Public School Education Foundation, accepted students receive $3,000 for tuition each semester of college. In return those students are obligated to teach in the high needs area within the Fort Zumwalt School District for four years.
Morning tea causes fire at retirement community An 80-year-old St. Charles woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a small fire broke out in her apartment, Jan. 16, in the Lake Saint Charles Retirement Community. The St. Charles Fire Department said the woman was boiling water for her morning tea, but she accidently turned on the wrong burner. The burner ignited some nearby combustibles. The woman attempted to put out the fire, but she said it grew out of control. She escaped from the apartment and notified staff. Staff called the fire department and evacuated the affected wing of the building. The sprinkler system was activated and kept the fire from spreading. When the fire department arrived the fire was quickly extinguished. Damage was limited to the affected apartment and the one unit below. The name of the victim has not been released. The St. Charles Fire Department recommends all combustibles remain at least 36 inches away from a heat source.
Some of the high needs areas include: special education, high school foreign language, industrial technology, physics, high school science, math, and English language learners. Emily Byers, senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School, is the latest of the students accepted into the program. She plans to study science at Truman State University in the fall. “The program is amazing,” Corum said. “We have eight students currently in the
program and besides Emily, all are in college.” In addition to providing students with $3,000 forgivable loans each semester, the program offers leadership training seminars. The GYOT spring leadership seminar will be held on April 19 at Lindenwood University. “It will involve juniors from all four high schools who are interested in applying for Grow Your Own Teacher Program,” Corum said. “That means, they are interested in
teaching in a high needs area.” The program also offers its students the opportunity to work with a mentor and discuss different issues involving education. “We also hold two meetings per year with all of the students in the program where we talk about effective teacher traits and their current experiences,” Corum said. Aston said the experience has allowed her to make a lot of contacts in the teaching community and has helped her build relationships with her peers.
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Self defense: Women should practice being safe
By Amy Armour While stranger assaults are rare in St. Charles County, Lt. Craig McGuire, with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, said it’s better to be safe than sorry. “In St. Charles County the vast majority of our assaults or crimes against persons… the victim has a connection to the suspect,” McGuire said. “(Assaults) are few and far between (in St. Charles County), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared.” St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss said the most important piece of advice she can give women is to always be attentive of their surroundings. “If something doesn’t look right or feel right, it probably isn’t,” McGuire said. “Use your gut instinct and learn to trust it.” When shopping, or traveling anywhere alone at night, McGuire said women should always park their car in a well-lit area, and always have their keys out and ready before walking to their car. “Before walking out of the building have your keys ready. Don’t stand near your car fumbling in your open purse trying to find your keys,” McGuire said. “If you are concerned, check with an employee at the store and see if they will walk out with you.” Doss said Mid Rivers Mall has security
officers who will walk customers to their car, and grocery stores also have employees who will escort customers in the parking lot. “Don’t be afraid to ask for an escort to your car,” Doss said. “Lock your car doors as soon as you get in, while still being aware of your surroundings.” Sean Rosner, Wentzville police officer and defensive tactics instructor, said if a woman feels threatened or thinks she is being followed in the parking lot, she should return to the building. Rosner said women need to be prepared for any situation. He suggests role playing potential situations in your mind and taking a self defense class. Gracie Barra (pronounced Ba-ha) offers a free self defense class for women held at 8 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Jui-Jitsu School, 1270 Bryan Road in O’Fallon. The class is taught by second degree black belt Vanderson Gomes, who is a former police officer from Brazil. “The class teaches basic techniques, like escaping from bear hugs, wrist holds and chokes,” said Jonny Kruse, marketing director for Gracie Barra St. Louis. The class also teaches confidence, which important to ward off potential attackers.
Lindenwood celebrated MLK Day with moving performance By Jeannie Seibert The inspiration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was embodied in keynote speaker Tyrone J. Flowers, who brought down the house during the Lindenwood University Black Student Union tribute to King on Jan. 16. Flowers enraptured the audience with his personal story which wrapped around those people in his life who had provided him inspiration at the most challenging times in his life – starting with the message of Dr. King. From a life as an urban Kansas City youth whose father was killed when he was 10 years old to a brush with triumph, Flowers unfolded a dramatic personal story related from the wheelchair to which he is now confined. He was as a promising basketball star in high school whose athletic career was cut short when he was shot three times leaving him unable to walk. The audience that filled the Black Box Theatre in the Scheidegger Center for Performing Arts on the Lindenwood campus
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was enraptured with Flowers’ story of his rise to success. Besting his overwhelming set-backs, Flowers is now an attorney who advocates for at-risk urban youth.
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LSL PD issues current telephone scam alert By Jeannie Seibert Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Michael Force cautioned residents not to fall for telephone and e-mail based scams that are making the rounds. Residents are urged to be cautious, check the facts and don’t allow undue pressure to prompt hasty action. “Scammers and con men prey on people’s emotions,” said Chief Force. “The wisest thing a person can do is to approach these calls with healthy skepticism and check into the facts of the matter. “If you happen to let your guard down and fall victim, report it to the police immediately,” Force said. Force outlined some popular scams that are taking advantage of unsuspecting victims. One recently reported ploy feeds on a person’s fear or concern for loved ones. An example of this is when the person receives a phone call allegedly on behalf of a relative who has been arrested in another country and needs money to post bond. Usually the caller will start out by saying something like, “I’m Officer So-and-So of the RCMP. We arrested your grandson and he needs you to wire us $3,000 for his bond. Otherwise, we’ll have to keep him in jail.” The individuals who run this scam can be very convincing and are quite adept at getting the victim to provide information that is then turned back and used to convince them that the call is legitimate, Force said. The smart thing to do is to get specific information about the agency that has allegedly made the arrest. Before any money changes hands verify the facts. Do not trust a telephone number provided by the caller. Get the correct telephone number from directory assistance and contact the agency independently to confirm whether the individual has been arrested and, if so, what bond amount has been set. The shock, fear, anxiety and concern generated by receiving such a call may interfere with the victim’s ability to think clearly. Be aware that the person calling could be a scam artist looking to make easy money. If it isn’t bad news scammers use to deceive it can be the opposite – really good news, as a way to fool the unsuspecting. Force said to beware the scenario wherein a caller claims you have won a prize or some other windfall has come your way. If they expect you to send money requesting a credit card number, bank account numbers or personal identification information in order to claim your good fortune, the caller should be considered suspect as he or she is most likely trying to scam you. Even if the amount you are being asked to send is a small portion of the amount you
are to allegedly gain reputable businesses do not require a “lucky winner” to pay to collect prizes, Force advised. Force said, “There have been recent reports of residents receiving telephone calls allegedly notifying them that they are sweepstakes winners. The catch is the caller wants the victim to send upwards of $10,000 to secure the prize. “That’s not how it is supposed to work,” Force said. “Remember, if something seems too good to be true it probably isn’t
true. If it sounds like it could be a scam it probably is a scam.” Another scam plays on the victim’s sympathy or sense of righteousness. An example would be those emails that circulate periodically wherein the victim is asked to help deposed royalty or oppressed people from a foreign country convert currency. Regardless how sad a story being related, such situations are not resolved by contacting total strangers to request help. “The con artists who are out there today
are no different than the grifters and snake-oil salesmen who preyed on people throughout history,” Force said. “They’re just constantly inventing new ways to scam people. The best advice I can offer to avoid becoming a victim is to remember that people are not always who they seem to be. “Until you are able to confirm the veracity of their claims you should hold on tight to your money and safeguard your personal information,” Force said.
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The Old Tax House is a small business success story in a “big box store” world. Locally owned and operated, The Old Tax House has been serving individuals and businesses in St. Charles County and surrounding areas for 35 years. “We started as a very small company, we’ve been very fortunate to grow right along with our community.” General Manager Lisa Parres said. Founded in 1977, The Old Tax House began with little more than a calculator, a few pencils and a sincere desire to provide quality tax and bookkeeping services with exceptional customer service. With persistence, hard work and the best staff in the business, the company grew to become the largest tax office in O’Fallon. Providing value for its service has always been a key part for how it does business. Throughout the past 35 years, it has dedicated itself to continued education, training and advances in technology. To this day, The Old Tax House is still committed to those same ideals and is proud of the company it has become. “We do our best to provide our
Parkside Retirement Living, established in 1977, is a full-service, faithbased, non-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC). Located next to Blanchette Park in Old St. Charles on a beautifully landscaped 13-acre campus, Parkside is near the historic St. Charles Main Street district and SSM St. Joseph Health Center. In fact, Parkside’s Rehabilitation Therapy program is now operated by SSM Homeward Bound. The mission statement at Parkside remains as it was when it was founded, to provide “an affordable, high-quality living environment to the senior population. Parkside’s emphasis is to maintain the highest quality of independence within all levels of care by offering programs and services, which support the social, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of each individual within a supportive community.” Because Parkside is a CCRC, it is easy to transition from the Independent Living to the Residential Care and Health Care sections of the community. All these “living” areas are available in a connected complex on the same campus should, for example, a spouse or friend require short-term rehabilitation
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customers with a high level of personal service and make the process as convenient as possible. We can do that because we’ve been very lucky, most of our employees have been with us for a very long time, some for over 30 years.” Parres said. The Old Tax House consistently ranks as the largest tax office in O’Fallon, as well as a top contender in the surrounding areas. The Old Tax House customers, their continued dedication and referrals have made it the company it is today. As a way to celebrate 35 years in business, clients will have a chance to win one of three digital cameras, while children can participate in a coloring contest. For more information, contact The Old Tax House. The Old Tax House 8810 Veterans Memorial Parkway O’Fallon (636) 240-7706 www.oldtaxhouse.com
or a longer-term stay. Recently, a gentleman moved from a St. Charles area stand-alone independent living facility to Parkside, where he could easily visit his spouse on several-times-a-day basis. Executive Director Tom Walther, a St. Louis area native and veteran health care and senior service executive, is a Saint Louis University graduate with a master’s in Health Care Administration. He has a near-daily presence at Parkside. “It’s important for people who live here to know that it’s not just a 9-5, Monday through Friday job for any of us,” Walther said. Around-the-clock staffing on campus is an important consideration for single individuals or couples contemplating a move to a community such as Parkside. “I will challenge any other community to provide better overall quality of care and service than Parkside.” Parkside Retirement Living 2150 W. Randolph St. • St. Charles (636) 946-4966 www.parksideretirement.org
St. Louis Safety, Inc. is a local, woman-owned business and a full-line stocking distributor of personal safety protection items, industrial safety equipment and safety signs. Dedicated staff takes the time and effort to research custom items as well as to furnish your everyday safety needs. St. Louis Safety is a distributor for most of the major, well-known manufacturers of safety equipment and stocks the highest quality safety products that meet the needs of its large industrial customers as well as small businesses, contractors and individuals. At St. Louis Safety, “Safety is our only business.” Staff has a combined 100 years of experience in the safety industry. The advantage of using St. Louis Safety as your safety supplier is its extensive product knowledge, competitive pricing and reputation for excellent customer service. St. Louis Safety has the ability to respond quickly to customer needs. Contractors who have a job starting or are working on a job and find they need a critical item
When you need in-home care, you do have a choice. “Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care was started with the goal of providing quality in-home care to loved ones,” CEO Steve Tamboli said. “A family-owned, local business, Algonquin Nurses has been serving the Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas since 1987 when our mother, Mary Tamboli, and I started Algonquin Nurses.” Twenty-five years later, Algonquin Nurses has grown into four divisions – Private Duty, Medicaid, Medicare and Consumer Directed Services – with four Missouri branches. “Our clients’ happiness is our No. 1 priority,” Private Duty Director Carolyn Hansel said. “Our goal is to keep a loved one in their home as long as possible by offering services that will do just that.” Algonquin Nurses makes sure your loved one is eating properly and encourages compliance with all medications. The care also provides the freedom to enjoy activities outside the home by providing transportation to church activities, doctor’s appointments, grocery and personal shopping and help
can either come in and pick it up at the warehouse or have it delivered to the job site the same day. St. Louis Safety has been located in Chesterfield Valley since 1989. In July 2011, the business moved into a new, larger location, doubling its warehouse space to help meet the demands of its growing business. St. Louis Safety invites you to come by, meet the staff and view the products in the showroom. There is no minimum order, and walk-ins are always welcome. St. Louis Safety accepts all major credit cards. Focused, knowledgeable and dependable, you can count on St. Louis Safety to deliver every time. St. Louis Safety, Inc. 17993 Chesterfield Airport Road • Chesterfield (636) 537-9111 (800) 735-2345 www.stlsafety.com
with the routines of maintaining a home. “If you are on Medicaid, we offer services to make your life a little easier, such as light housekeeping, running errands, assistance in bathing and grooming, companionship, medication reminders, meal prep and so much more,” Mark Tamboli said. Medicare Administrator Anne Keathley said Algonquin Nurses offers many services that are unique in the in-home care industry, such as Beyond Balance, where a physical therapist assists patients that are susceptible to falls; Health Light, for those who suffer from Diabetic Neuropathy; and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services, for those with glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you want to stay in your home, but need some assistance, give Algonquin Nurses a call for a free consultation. Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care (314) 822-8158 Medicaid: (314) 822-2974 Medicare: (314) 822-3736 www.algonquinnurses.com
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With more than 146 years of successful operation, Commerce Bank offers financial strength and stability. Attesting to this, Commerce Bancshares, Inc., was ranked No. 7 in Forbes’ (12/13/2011) list of America’s Best Banks for 2011. Commerce is also rated number seven on Bank Director magazine’s 2011 Top 150 Bank Performance Scorecard. Commerce operates as a supercommunity bank – large enough to provide a wide range of financial products and services and yet deliver them like a community bank with personal service. Offering a full range of financial products, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning and investment services, Commerce is able to provide financial solutions to meet the specific needs of each of its customers. As a customer-driven company, Commerce Bank goes beyond offering financial advice and services to consumers. According to Kevin Bray, senior vice president and Group Manager, St. Charles Region, “Commerce employees share a strong commitment to volunteerism, and
support countless organizations and initiatives in an effort to give back to the community. In fact, the St. Charles County management team serves on the Boards of 14 not-for-profit organizations in the community.” Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $20.6 billion regional bank holding company. For more than 146 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses through the Midwest region. Commerce Bank 435 Mid Rivers Mall Drive 6271 Mid Rivers Mall Drive 1101 First Capitol Drive 2700 S. St. Peters Parkway 101 E. Elm St (O’Fallon) 2913 Hwy. K 1994 Wentzville Parkway (314) 746-8700 www.commercebank.com
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Serving the entire bi-state area, Indoor Comfort Team is a locally owned and operated energy conservation company, which helps keep people comfortable and reduces energy consumption in their homes. Indoor Comfort Team ensures that customers are cool in summer and cozy in winter. From heating and A/C to water heaters and whole home energy audits, Indoor Comfort Team has it covered. “We guarantee 100-percent customer satisfaction,” Adam Rahmanovich, owner, said. “Customers are our top priority. We want to create a longtime client relationship.” With more than 32 years in the business, Indoor Comfort Team knows what is best for its clients. “Our purpose is to provide consumers with superior, professional service, high-quality, innovative products and effective, energy-saving and comfort solutions for their home comfort needs,” Rahmanovich said. Their team of employees is very important, too. They are industry trained and certified, drug-free, insured and bonded. “We hire, train, motivate and reward
our employees based on integrity, personal responsibility and commitment,” Rahmanovich said. “Indoor Comfort Team is a good place to work. Everyone wins. If our employees are happy, they’ll make our customers happy too.” “Extras” include free estimates, manufacturers’ promotions, senior and military discounts, a first-year free maintenance program with any new installation and a 24/7 emergency service on all brands. Plus, customers are charged by the job, not by the hour. The Indoor Comfort Team goal is to exceed expectations. When it comes to a new system installation, it can design and install any type of heating, cooling or indoor air quality system to fit each customer’s home and budget. There are never high-pressure sales – simply comfort and energy-saving solutions, personal attention and high-quality service. Indoor Comfort Team (636) 787-7555 24/7 available service www.indoorcomfortteam.com
Real Results. Real Fast! Having collective healthcare experience of more than 40 years, a desire to help people better their lives, acknowledgement of human nature when it comes to “weight issues” and a solid, long-term friendship are just a few of the reasons Jeanne Fields and Jackie O’Rourke opened Scale It Down Weight Loss and Support Center. Working in the healthcare field has afforded the owners the opportunity to see the debilitating effects of carrying around extra weight, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, back pain, high cholesterol and diabetes. “Seventy-three percent of diets fail due to lack of accountability and support, and we wanted to help to decrease that number,” O’Rourke said. “Providing a place for people to come, and a voice and an ear to keep dieters on track, is the most awesome experience –truly a gift that our clients share with us on their weight loss journey.” All the staff members at Scale It Down have successfully completed the diet. Their passion to share their knowledge and experience is obvious.
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Their friendly and compassionate demeanor fills the air of the warm, almost spa-like, setting. They pride themselves on their superior product, which is pharmaceutical/medical grade, and their commitment to quality is guaranteed. They refuse to sell a product that does not meet their high standards. “It’s just not worth it, A good reputation is easier kept than recovered,” Jackie said. “Integrity, excellent customer service and a product to match are everything. People have a choice when it comes to purchasing their products, and we respect that they have chosen to come to us.” Scale It Down 850 Bryan Road • O’Fallon (636) 240-3696 10 a.m. to 7p.m., Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat. or by appointment www.scaleitdownhcg.com email@example.com
At ASD Treatment Clinic, there is hope for any child with a developmental disorder. Since opening its doors about two years ago, ASD has helped numerous families living with a child diagnosed with a behavioral disorder. Physician owned and operated, ASD is committed to providing each patient with an exceptional level of care and attention. Compassionate, professional ASD staff works together as a team to provide highquality comprehensive care in the areas of genetics, endocrinology, neurology, psychiatry, nuclear medicine, radiology, psychology and reproductive medicine. “For many parents, finding ASD Treatment Clinic was the final stop in a long line of doctor visits, heartbreak and broken dreams for their children,” Director Karen Kelsay said. “Here, they found not only help, but also real hope that has positively changed their vision of their child’s future.” Initially started to work with parents and children dealing with autism, ASD has branched out to cater to many other disorders as well, including ADD/ADHD,
Asperger’s and pervasive developmental disorder. A typical evaluation consists of an initial intake consultation, a follow-up consultation and further consultations as needed. “In our practice, we don’t reach first for the prescription pad and ask questions later,” Kelsay said. “We take the reverse approach, delving deep into your family health history and the child’s developmental history. We also require extensive lab testing to give us a look inside the child for any obvious chemical imbalances or unusual results.” ASD accepts all major insurance carriers, including Medicaid, which significantly reduces costs for most families. “Each child receives individualized recommended treatments at ASD,” Kelsay said. “There are no one-size-fitsall protocols here.” ASD Treatment Clinic 4101 Mexico Road, Suite H • St. Peters (636) 922-4472 www.autismtreatmentclinics.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bu llet i n Boa rd Messiah Lutheran Open house Messiah Lutheran School will hold an Open House from noon to 2 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 12 at the school located at 5911 South Hwy. 94 in Weldon Spring. The event is an opportunity to meet teachers, tour the modern, child-friendly facility and experience the Messiah difference firsthand. To schedule an individual appointment, contact Principal Tom Guenzler at 3291096.
Wentzville Kindergarten registration Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration and screening process. This event is open to all children who will turn 5 years of age before Aug. 1, 2012. On the day of the screening/registration, parents should bring the child’s current immunization record, an official copy of the child’s birth certificate and two proofs of residency including a paid real-estate tax receipt and a utility bill. Screening appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly. Registration will be held in Feb-
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ruary and March. For specific dates and locations, contact the Wentzville School District. If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Wentzville School District Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863.
Spiegel selected as first chair Jacob Spiegel, a junior at Wentzville Holt High School, has been selected as first chair trumpet in the Missouri All-State Band. Spiegel was one of more than 1,000 students from across Missouri that met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor band in the state last month. Only 108 students are accepted into this elite ensemble. “I’ve been playing trumpet since the sixth grade. Both my dad and my uncle are trumpet players, so it sort of runs in the family,” Jacob said. “After the audition, when they told me I had the choice between first chair band and first chair orchestra, I did not know what to say. I could not find the words. It’s just a huge honor, and I’m so excited to do it.” The band will meet, rehearse and perform at the Missouri Music Educators Associa-
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Netbooks The Wentzville School District rolled out its 1-to-1 Technology Initiative earlier this month with the distribution of netbook computers. Almost 1,000 netbooks were distributed to freshmen students enrolled in English 1, Pre-AP English 1, and Reading Workshop at both Timberland and Holt high schools. Students will be expected to charge their netbooks at home overnight and bring them to school each day, as they will be incorporated into a number of their classes. At the end of the school year, netbooks will be turned in for the summer to be updated by the Technology Department and re-issued to the same students at the start of the 2012-13 school year, enabling them to continue to use the technology over the course of their high school tenure. Additional netbooks will be distributed at the beginning of each school year to incoming freshman students, so that by 2014 all high school students will have a personal computer for school use. “Ten years from now, nearly every high school in America will be doing this, so don’t be afraid of it,” said Superintendent Terry Adams. Let’s move forward but understand going in that it’s not going to be without a few glitches. In May, a $500,000 donation was made anonymously to the district to be used for
technology. The generous gift has been used specifically to purchase SMART boards, digital ebooks and a bank of Android tablets for each school in the district. That donation also allowed the district to redirect some technology funds to be used for the netbook initiative.
Robotics team awarded The Wentzville Robotics Team, the “Ratchet Rockers,” has been awarded $3,000 from Nike. Jeff Turner, a Nike representative, presented the check on Jan. 11. The robotics team, composed of 30 high school students from both Holt and Timberland high schools, works with advisor Vince Redman, as well as professionals in the community who volunteer their time to mentor the team. Those mentors formed a non-profit group in 2010 named Ratchet Rockers, Inc. aimed at fostering corporate partnerships to benefit the Wentzville Robotics Team. Darrell Wodrich, IT manager for Enterprise Holdings, serves as president of Ratchet Rockers, Inc. and said they are thrilled to have the support of Nike. “Nike has been a strong sponsor of Ratchet Rocker Robotics for many years,” Wodrich said. “This donation will go directly to helping the team build a competitive robot for the St. Louis Regional Competition to be held March 23-24 at the Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University.” After presenting the check, Turner
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Fort Zumwalt Dinner theatre The Fort Zumwalt North High School student council and drama club are hosting a free senior citizens dinner and show on Feb. 2. Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 2, at the high school. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. Reservations can be made by calling Sue Huighe at 542-7022.
Kindergarten registration The Fort Zumwalt School District is currently scheduling screening appointments for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2012. An assessment of large and small muscle skills, speech and language use, and concept knowledge will take place, as well as vision and hearing screening. However, this vision screening does not meet the new state law requirements for the comprehensive vision examination. The process takes approximately one hour. Day and evening appointments are available. To schedule an appointment, call 474-8445.
Francis Howell New Web site The Francis Howell School District recently launched a new district Web site and school Web sites. The district and school sites have been redesigned and will follow a similar template format. The new sites will also have improved navigation and accessibility, making it easier for parents, patrons, and staff to find all the latest news and information. The navigation of the district site is very similar to that of the old site. Pages are located within the same menus as before; however, the new site utilizes a side navigation bar, where many links that use to be
on a drop down menu, are now located. One of the changes is that the school menu is now located at the top left corner of the Web page, instead of on the main navigation bar like the previous website. Parents can look for more information and updates in the coming weeks.
Tunes for troops Students in Shannon Crepps’ Home Base classroom at Saeger Middle School sponsored a service project this fall for the Tunes 4 the Troops organization. Students and staff at Saeger brought in a total 335 electronic and media devices to donate to the organization, which will be sent to two military troops overseas. To collect items students promoted the service project with announcements and posters around the school. Students also collected from their families, friends and neighbors. Items such as DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and MP3 players were collected in Crepps classroom, which has become a satellite location for the Tunes 4 Troops organization. As of Nov. 11, 2011, Tunes 4 the Troops had shipped CD’s, DVD’s, books on CD, iPods, Sony Play Stations and games, Wii sets and games, MP3 Players, and iTunes gift cards overseas to bring much needed entertainment to our troops. The value of everything sent was worth more than $23 million. To learn more about Tunes 4 the Troops, visit www.tunes4thetroops.com
Lindenwood Financial guru visits Lindenwood Lindenwood University’s Institute for the Study of Economics and the Environment will welcome financial expert Rex Sinquefield to deliver the institute’s 2012 Winter Policy Lecture at 3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 9, in Harmon Hall’s Dunseth Auditorium on the school’s St. Charles campus. The lecture, titled “A Conversation about Good Business, Capitalism, and Liberty,” is free and open to the public. Sinquefield, often referred to as one of the world’s leading financial gurus, now spends most of his time and resources dedicated to philanthropic causes. Sinquefield earned a business degree from Saint Louis University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago. Along with associate David Booth, Sinquefield formed Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981, which today oversees $100 billion in global assets. He co-founded and serves as president of the not-for-profit free market think tank the Show-Me Institute (SMI). In 2007, the Sinquefields founded the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
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Edelman Computer Services serves home users and small businesses in St. Peters and the surrounding area. The company was begun initially as a parttime home-based business in 1996. Owner Doug Edelman had noted a lack of computer services targeted to the home user and small business markets. He started ECS to help fill that niche. He bills himself as the “Neighborhood Computer Geek in your Neighborhood.” ECS provides such services as troubleshooting and repair, wired and wireless networking, security sweep/ cleaning, upgrades and performance optimization and what he jokingly refers to as gen eral “ghostbusting,” referring to when a customer’s machine behaves as though it were “haunted.” Edelman Computer Services provides in-home and on-site service as well as pickup and delivery. Most problems can be fixed in a single visit. The recent rash of worms, viruses, trojans and other security threats and performance robbers has kept them busy. “If you’re experiencing slow performance, seeing pop-ups or have new icons on your desktop you didn’t
respected private duty agencies in the area. With it’s unique care model, Martha’s Hands has provided over two million hours of service. Martha’s Hands continues to strive for high standards and is actively involved with the National Private Duty Association and the Missouri Alliance for Home Care. Martha’s Hands also supports the local community through volunteering and supporting the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Care Home Solutions and the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. So if you ever need guidance through the maze of elder care issues, place your trust in Martha’s Hands. Martha’s Hands Home Health 5650 Mexico Road, Suite 12 St. Peters (636) 447-9393 www.marthashands.com
install… you probably are infected and should have a check-up! There are extremely nasty new rootkits circulating currently, which routine security programs like McAfee, Norton, AVG, MS Security Essentials etc will notprevent and can’t clean. If you have “Whitesmoke Translator” on your desktop, for example, you are infected with an aleureon type rootkit!” Mr. Edelman says. “Unlike others, we can clean this infection without reformatting your drive.” Mr. Edelman is a professional IT Specialist by trade. He holds multiple professional certifications and has taught PC Maintenance & Repair and Network Fundamentals at St. Charles Community College. Whether a system needs tweaking, protecting, cleaning or resurrecting, Edelman Computer Services has the expertise and experience you need. Edelman Computer Services (636) 294-8383 www.pc-fixer-stl.com
After 21 years, business owners Jerry and Linda Bosch are still going strong. Their Daughter-in-law, Patti Ortbals, is back working with them again and is now part owner of this growing Family Owned Business. Cruises and Vacations are their specialty. They began in 1991 as Just Cruises and over the past 21 years have expanded to Land Vacations that include All - Inclusive, and other packaged trips to Europe, Hawaii, Australia, South America, Ireland, and beyond. As they say, “Land or Sea? What shall it be?” With over 121 years of experience under one roof, they know their business. As an award winning agency, they are always developing ways to make it easier to purchase your vacation. They are redeveloping their interactive website to offer you a closer look at the products they sell, as well as give you direct access to many of the most popular travel suppliers used in today’s travel world. A monthly newsletter continues to be a tradition giving you updates of the latest and greatest
vacation offers as well as great travel advice. Linda and Jerry will once again be escorting their Annual 14-Day Alaska Land and Cruise Tour. In fact, this will be their 19th annual tour! If you’re planning Alaska, be sure to join the experts to experience the best Alaska has to offer. For more information be sure to give them a call. They are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. They take appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays. Have a group of friends who want to travel together? Ask about their “Cruise Parties”. Whether you are planning a short get away or a long vacation, the experts at Just Cruises can help you find the vacation that fits your needs. Just Cruises 521 Salt Lick Road • St. Peters (636) 970-2581 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; Evenings & Sat. by appt. only www.cruisenut.com
Wind blasting through a broken window can seem like a catastrophe during winter! Even old foggy double pane glass has lost its energy efficiency and can leave you feeling chilly. Nancy Hannold and the team at Inst-I-Glass of St. Louis can turn these major problems into minor inconveniences! Conventional glass shops need a couple of weeks to replace glass, but Nancy’s team specializes in prompt service and convenient scheduling, bringing her customers top quality at an excellent value. Most jobs are completed in a single service call! Inst-I-Glass specializes in restoring the energy efficiency and appearance of existing windows and doors. “We enjoy helping our customers avoid the expense and hassle of buying new windows for the entire house,” says Nancy, “New insulated glass conserves energy, so once a window has been properly restored, it can have many
years of useful life remaining. Restoration saves time and money, and reduced landfill burden.” Most estimates are given by phone, another time-saver. A uniformed technician is dispatched to the customer ’s location in a mobile manufacturing facility. Because the factory comes to the customer’s location, Nancy’s team is able to complete many jobs in as little as one hour! Customers avoid production delays, costly board-ups, and time off work for multiple appointments. For free estimates or fast service, call InstI-Glass!
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At Great Southern Bank, customer relationships are top priority. Providing a comprehensive line of financial products, Great Southern is an excellent partner to help with your financial needs or to grow your small business. In addition to the Cottleville and Lake Saint Louis locations, you will find four other full-service banking centers in the St. Louis Metro area, with a brand new branch slated to open Feb. 20, in the O’Fallon area. “Building winning relationships with our customers is our mission,” said Banking Center Manager Regina Dowling, who will manage the newest location. “You can always count on our experienced team to understand what really matters to you.” Great Southern operates 104 retail banking centers in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Convenient access to banking services is paramount to customers, and Great Southern understands that. Same-day credit on deposits made by closing time on Monday through Friday and 24-hour access to your money are made possi-
Eight and a half years ago, Sarah Corrigan and her mother, Mary Kay, felt there was a real demand in the community for a unique decor, gift and floral boutique. They soon joined forces to start The White Hare, offering distinct home accessories, gifts and an extensive, top-notch floral selection. The store’s extremely popular inhome accessorizing service caters to the personal desires of the client to help with a new space or simply add finishing touches to an existing one. “We come to your home, talk to you about what areas you would like to work on and then we take pictures and measurements,” Sarah Corrigan said. “We then schedule another day when we return with a selection of items specifically for your space. It’s that easy.” In addition, the store carries the best quality floral and merchandise available while maintaining a good price for its loyal and dedicated customers. Custom floral design is another popular service that keeps customers coming
ble by offering extended banking hours and Mobile, Internet and Telephone Banking services. Understanding what really matters to its customers is a major focus for Great Southern Bank, which partners with its customers to determine what matters most to them. This allows Great Southern to develop a much more effective relationship with its customers. “We are proud to be a part of this community,” Dowling said. “We are always looking for ways to utilize our exceptional service to help our community grow as well.” Stop in today to learn what Great Southern has in store for you or your business. Great Southern Bank 4700 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Peters (636) 928-2265 3031 Lake St. Louis Blvd. • Lake Saint Louis (636) 561-2265 100 Christina Marie Drive • O’Fallon www.greatsouthernbank.com
back. Seasonal and everyday decorating classes are offered in store and always sell out immediately. “We emphasize customer service and getting our clients exactly what they want and need,” Corrigan said. “We are always changing and striving to have the most creative displays and newest product out there. It’s not uncommon for a customer to come to the store three times in a month, and it looks different each time.” The White Hare moved to a larger location one year ago that nearly doubled its space to 7300 square feet, enabling the store to carry more variety, larger stock and offer more classes. “We strive to have every client leave the store with a positive experience,” Corrigan said. The White Hare 6121 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Peters (636) 441-1111 www.thewhitehare.com
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Barathaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center offers a new option for those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia and need 24-hour supervision. Operated by JEA Senior Living, the company has a unique philosophy, called “Meaningful Moments.” This philosophy of care is focused on providing the necessary support. It is first important to understand dementia and the ever-changing impact it has on each resident’s ability to understand their world. It also is important to know each resident’s unique life story and to create moments that are meaningful to them personally. Programming is designed to add meaning and value to resident’s lives while around-the-clock care is given. Felieta Boaz, Barahaven administrator, has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. “Our facility is designed to give a warm, homelike and safe environment to residents,” Boaz said. Barathaven’s innovative design has set the standard among Alzheimer’s care centers. Biography Boards hang
Specializing in basement finishing, Richbuilt Basements has been serving homeowners in the St. Charles area and surrounding communities since its establishment in 1989. Before launching the business, Rich Kempa, owner and founder of Richbuilt Basements, worked for more than 15 years as a designer and draftsman at consulting engineering firms. Today, Kempa operates his business from a home-based office. Richbuilt Basements specializes in complete basement remodeling. Originally, Kempa handled projects from start to finish by himself, but over the years, his business has grown substantially. “Now, with multiple crews and the same employees for more than 10 years, we work as a team to complete projects in a timely manner,” Kempa said. “Our goal is simple: to achieve customer satisfaction.” To reach that goal, Kempa said, he
on the wall outside each resident’s room and reflect the meaningful moments in their life stories while offering the staff and visitors a connection to their history. Rooms are furnished with linens, a full-size bed, nightstand and lamp. Housekeeping and laundry service are available at no extra charge. Enclosed courtyard and outside walking areas are beautifully landscaped. Three nutritious meals and snacks are served throughout the day and special diets are catered to as needed. A salon is available to provide haircuts, shampoos and sets, perms, color and manicures. “We strive to be the leader in providing quality personal service while honoring the experience of aging,” Boaz said. Baratheaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center 1030 Barathaven Blvd. • St. Peters (636) 329-9160 www.jeaseniorliving.com
and his team make sure to keep the lines of communication open at all times, provide customers with straightforward answers to all of their questions, show respect for each customer’s home and property, emphasize cleanliness and deliver worry-free completion of every project. To date, Richbuilt Basements has completed more than 160 basements. “We know how to get the job done right the first time in a timely manor and at the right price,” Kempa said. “We take care of everything – from framing to electrical, from plumbing to ductwork, from floor to ceiling, from theaters to family rooms, from painting to pantries and everything in between.”
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Spor t s Lady Spartans dispatch East St. Louis in St. Louis MLK Classic By Jonathan Duncan In a season that has featured tough draws such as Notre Dame, Principia, and Webster Groves for the Francis Howell Central Spartans girls basketball team, last week’s appearance in the St. Louis MLK Classic yielded another big challenge on the hardwood. Although the game was the last of the day, the action proved far from the least as the Spartans gave the Flyerettes of East St. Louis a first-hand look at why they are also a team to be reckoned with in area girls’ hoops circles. Senior guard Sharese Jones poured in a game-high 28 points and senior center Brea Gegg added 13 points as the Spartans rolled to a 53-43 victory over highlyregarded East St. Louis at North County Technical School in Florissant. Strong half-court defense allowed the Spartans to get out in transition and get quick baskets at the other end of the floor. “I thought we played pretty good defense… A lot of what they (East St. Louis) scored on was on the times we got a little sloppy with the ball, but that’s a team that puts a lot of pressure on the ball,”
Howell Central coach Bryan Ricker said. “So we expected some of that but I thought we handled the pressure pretty well for the most part.” Howell Central (14-2) pushed to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter but it was the second quarter that allowed the Spartans to get a handle on the contest. A 9-2 run keyed by a Jessica Rekosh lay up and capped by a Torrey Wilson jumper catapulted Howell Central to a 24-11 advantage. The Spartans led by 13 points heading into the final stanza but the Flyerettes turned up the defensive pressure and came pushing back. Davioanna Holmes knocked down a pair of free-throws pulling the Flyerettes to within 45 to 38 with just 5:28 left. But Howell Central had answers down the stretch. Jones scored six of the Lady Spartans final eight points and the Flyerettes got no closer than 10 points in the closing seconds. “When we attack the basket like we’re supposed to then we can play pretty well,” Ricker said. “I thought we did a good job of that.”
Howell Central’s Brea Gegg (53) battles East St. Louis’ Cardeja Triplett (45) for a rebound.
Jones hit 13 of 20 shots from the freethrow line to go with 7 of 10 shooting from the floor. “Sharese Jones is just an outstanding player,” Ricker said. “She’s going to get her points but against good teams like this, we need to get contributions from everybody and I think we got that.” Getting out to a double-digit win start has not been just the work of starters such as Jones, and Gegg or Rekosh. Sophomore guard Sydney Wilson was ready to fill in against East St. Louis for Torrey Wilson, who was hurt in the game. Also, junior forward Grace Wade and
freshman guard Lauren Nosal have played significant roles in helping the Spartans have a red hot start to the 2011-12 campaign. “I think that getting contributions from everybody is important,” Ricker said. After a nonconference game with Hazelwood West Tuesday (Jan. 24), the Lady Spartans begin Gateway South Conference play on Jan. 31 against Francis Howell. “The schedule gets tougher from here and we get into conference play here soon, so we hope to do well in conference play and see where we go from there,” Ricker said.
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O’Fallon rejects Wentzville’s new school location By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley The O’Fallon City Council rejected a conditional use permit that would have allowed the Wentzville School District to build a new high school in the city, and now, the school will have to find another location. At a recent meeting of the council, several residents of the Countryshire subdivision spoke against approval of the permit that would have allowed construction of a large high school on an 80-acre tract of land south of Hwy. N and west of Sommers Road within the city of O’Fallon. The land is currently zoned residential Cliff Heitman of Bax Engineering said the school would have placed an 8-foot fence up to shield the school from nearby neighbors. The tract would have included a new high school building, bus drop-off and pick-up area, athletic complex and associated parking. Attorney Kevin O’Keefe said the only consideration was whether or not to approve a conditional-use permit to rezone the property. He said the site plan and question of a roadway were considered and recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. He said the layout and elements within the site are not subject to the
council’s decision-making authority. Brad Goss, attorney for CB Rhodes and Consort homes, along with a host of residents from Countryshire subdivision addressed the council unanimously opposing the project. “I have distributed a map showing residents who have signed remonstrance petitions expressing opposition,” Goss said. “Every O’Fallon resident who abuts this property within a 185-foot radius has signed a petition. Virtually every resident opposed this proposal.” Goss said the conditional-use permit should not be approved because there had been no traffic impact study. “It was noted in city staff’s own comments to P and Z,” Goss said. “The consideration can not be made without a traffic impact study. I don’t think procedurally this is right for consideration, I ask it be sent back to P and Z or defeated.” Residents in the Countryshire subdivision bought homes with expectations that the original residential zoning would be complied with. “You have to consider whether this will dominate other things in the area. There are adverse traffic and safety issues, and the issue of property values,” Goss said.
The final vote on the permit was to take place in two weeks, but at the urging of Councilman John Haman, the council approved a final reading and vote last week. Approval of the conditional use permit failed with a vote of 7-3. According to Wentzville School Dis-
trict’s Facebook page, on Jan. 19, the school district determined it would forego getting permits from the city and plans to move forward with building the school. At press time, calls had not been returned from the city or the district. For the latest update, visit newsmagazinenetwork.com.
FZSD delays review of ID badges for students By Amy Armour Student identification badges will continue to be a required accessory at the Fort Zumwalt High Schools – at least for the rest of the school year. The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education voted 5-1 against changing the student identification policy in the middle of the school year. Board Member Lauree Schmidt was the sole yes vote. Student identification badges were implemented as a safety measure — along with the addition of security cameras, school resource officers and hall monitors — after a student hostage situation at Fort Zumwalt South High School in 1998.
Current student identification policy requires each student to wear the id badge where it can be easily visible. Schmidt has argued several times during the last few months that the policy is difficult to enforce and too much educational time is spent monitoring whether a student is wearing the badge. “Students are not wearing the ID badges now, and the kids are losing classroom time because they are not wearing the (ID),” Schmidt said. Schmidt requested a change in the policy that would allow students to carry their student identification badges and present them when needed, rather than wear them.
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Vela hr Consulting Vela HR Consulting was created to meet the direct needs of the businesses in the area. “Many organizations have found themselves without adequate HR resources in recent years. We help fill those gaps and provide services to keep your business moving forward,” said Principal Vicki Amsinger, who is a senior professional in human resource management (SPHR) with more than 20 years of experience in employee communications, recruitment, training, performance management, policy development and employee relations. Providing cost-effective, integrated services to help businesses effectively manage HR responsibilities, risks and issues, Vela HR Consulting supplies knowledge, experience and expertise in organizational development and structure, policy development and review, HR department audits, HR issues and leadership training, which includes interviewing requirements/ skills, FMLA administration, leadership communication, performance feedback and reviews, conflict resolution, disciplinary actions and the resignation/
termination process. Vela HR Consulting also can assist clients with succession planning and workforce development, as well as coaching/counseling services for a leadership team. “We meet individually with each company’s leadership team and collaborate with them to establish and prioritize their HR objectives,” Amsinger said. “Our philosophy is that business leaders drive the decisions, and we offer the necessary HR support to help them grow.” Professional, knowledgeable and experienced, Vela HR Consulting can assist businesses in identifying and implementing HR business practices that align with specific goals and missions. “We are aware that HR is just one part of a successful business, but we’re here to help,” Amsinger said. Vela HR Consulting, Inc. (314) 740-2211 www.velaHRconsulting.com
When President/Owner Jeff Minnis is not programming, he is running Jeff Computers, the leading source for all computer solutions. “Since we are locally owned and operated, we offer faster and better quality service,” Minnis said. “We can fix almost any computer problem, and we also custom build desktop and laptop computers.” Jeff Computers is a worldwide solution for information technology needs, offering laptop and computer repair, both new and refurbished desk and laptops, Clear super fast 4G wireless Internet, Cricket Android phones and Cricket basic unlimited phones. Jeff Computers also recently released an easy backup program to help users keep their data safe. Jeff Computers’ innovative services also include the sale and installation of the brand new ultimate connection – Clear Internet – the first network built for today’s on-the-move lifestyle. It offers speeds four times faster than 3G and is available in virtually every corner of St. Louis. Clear is designed with the Internet in mind and goes places
Wi-Fi cannot. It delivers an Internet connection anywhere – at home or on the road. Minnis also is the creator of the popular StudyX, the easy and fun software program used by educators and students alike to help students focus and study for tests. Minnis’ computer knowledge and personalized computer services allows Jeff Computers to fix any problem with a laptop or desktop as well as acquire any new parts. “We are one of the few companies that can solve all of our customers’ needs, and our computer website service offers quick repairs online,” Minnis said. Jeff Computers’ trained and experienced technicians guarantee both quality and reliability for the highest quality of service around. Jeff Computers 14366 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 256-7901 www.jeffcomputers.com
Trauma Recovery of St. Charles Tara S. Dickherber, LPC, has worked in the field of mental health for more than 15 years in many capacities – from in-patient psych to private practice. Her passion lies in her private practice, and a little more than a year ago, she moved her practice to St. Charles. Given all her experience, Dickherber’s specialty is treating survivors of sexual violence and traumatic events. Dickherber was the first to be certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy® in St. Charles or St. Louis County, which has taken her from being a counselor to becoming a transformative healer. She also has assisted two other therapists in getting certified in RRT and joined the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence ® as the executive director. “RRT is a powerful but gentle way to get the mind to make shifts quickly because we are working with the part of the mind that causes emotional responses,” Dickherber said. “Other therapy methods just work at the level
of the logical mind. But, I am sure you have realized that the part of the mind that causes emotions does not respond to logic. So, with RRT we are simply communicating in a way that the emotional part of the mind learns and understands things. That part of your mind tends to respond better to imagery, sensory experiences and certain ways of using language. I show my clients how to influence that part of their mind to get more responses they want, and in doing so, it clears the negative effect of any past event that’s been getting in the way of them being at peace.” Dickherber offers free 10-minute phone consultations Trauma Recovery of St. Charles Tara S. Dickherber, LPC Certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy® 1360 S. 5th St., Suite 394 • St. Charles (573) 754-0348 www.mylifecoachtara.com
Clearing fogged insulated glass is now easier than ever with the innovative Crystal Clear process. For a fraction of the price of new windows, Clear Window Technology can quickly remove trapped moisture from failed insulated glass and restore clarity and lost insulating value. The technique has been in use in Canada since 1989, and Clear Window Technology brought it to the U.S. in 2005. Certified technicians use precision tools to clean the interior of the glass and introduce valves to enable the window to expel moisture. The valve allows vaporized moisture to vent to the outside and keeps additional moisture from accumulating. As a result, the window looks great and supports the natural cycle of evaporation. “We use only environmentally friendly chemicals which are harmless to people, pets and plants. As a result, some windows have too much damage for the process to work,” said Dennis
McHugh, who co-owns Clear Window with Susan McHugh. “In those cases, we can replace the damaged glass with a superior insulating glass that uses ‘warm edge’ technology, leaving the existing frame in place. The seal is so good that it carries a 20-year warranty against failure. We’ve replaced over 80,000 pieces of glass with this type of seal and can count the failures on one hand.” Complete window and door and patio door replacement are available through their Air Shield division, a Better Business Bureau Accredited business that has been supplying quality replacement products, including Andersen, since 1983. Free evaluations are provided, and all products are backed with a 20-year warranty. Clear Window Technology (314) 966-2666 www.clearwindowtech.com
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At MIND, the Midwest Institute for Neurological Development, there are no textbook answers for how to treat a child. “MIND does not use canned protocols for diagnoses, such as ADHD,” Program Director Meghan Finnegan said. “Everything we do is completely tailored to the individual child based on his or her needs.” MIND provides brain-based therapy and neuro-academic therapy to children with a variety of neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism,Asperger’s,Tourette’s, motor tic issues, sensory integration issues, TBI, learning disabilities, etc. The average program for a child lasts 12-16 weeks, three times a week. No medication is utilized, and the progress a child makes has a permanent impact. “What we’re really looking for is the root of the issue from a physiological standpoint,” Finnegan said. “Our concern is what’s going on inside the child’s brain and how the areas of the brain are communicating with one another. Once we pinpoint the trouble area, we can tackle the
issues with brain-based therapy.” MIND is the Midwest’s first and only brain-based treatment and educational center dedicated to evaluating and managing neurological disorders. “For a lot of kids, this is combining the need between neurological and academic,” Finnegan said. “We have certified teachers and special education instructors who work with children, not from a tutoring standpoint, but teaching them skills using what we know about these kids neurologically. At the end of the day, what we want is to really instill confidence in kids.” Life changing, unique and personalized, MIND’s biggest goal is to let each child reach his or her potential to be able to succeed. MIND – Midwest Institute for Neurological Development 144 Chesterfield Commons East Road Chesterfield (636) 537-9800 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. to noon on Sat. www.mi4nd.com
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At the Wingate by Wyndham, located in Weldon Spring, welcoming associates provide guests with firstclass accommodations and outstanding customer service. The Wingate is a 100-room hotel under new ownership and management and offers a complete amenity package, such as a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pool with whirlpool, fitness center, highspeed wireless Internet, business center and sundry shop – perfect to suit the business person or families on the go. Spacious rooms include a relaxing atmosphere and a well-lit work area. “Guest satisfaction is our top priority,” Director of Operations Jenna McGraw said. “We pride ourselves on our well-trained team whose main goal is to make the Wingate a home away from home.” The Wingate is one of eight hotels owned and/or operated by Hotel Ventures Management Company of Illinois, Inc., which has additional locations in Central Illinois and Southern Indiana. The hotel is located in close proximity
to a wide variety of restaurants and is within walking distance to the Missouri Research Park companies, Missouri Bluffs Golf Course and Katy Trail. It also is a short drive from Ameristar Casino, local wineries and Historic St. Charles. For added convenience, Wingate offers a complimentary 14-passenger shuttle van to any destination within a five-mile radius. The hotel also offers two meeting rooms, one of which is an executive style boardroom that seats up to 12 people. In addition, Wingate has a conference style room, which can accommodate training seminars, banquets and catered events for up to 80 people. The Wingate by Wyndham strives to provide its guests with clean, comfortable accommodations at reasonable rates, making it the ideal place for meeting guests’ needs and exceeding their expectations. Wingate by Wyndham 32 Research Park Circle Weldon Spring (636)329-8503 www.hotelventuresmanagement.com
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Painful waxing is a thing of the past – along with the high expenses of traditional waxing services. Known for its high-end, yet reasonably priced, full-body waxing services, European Wax Center is a second-generation, family-owned salon without the “ouch factor,” for which traditional waxing methods are known. “My wife always complained about how painful waxing was, and she hated the irritation afterward,” said owner Dennis Lowery, who co-owns the salon with Brad Frame. “So when we discovered the European Wax Center’s comfort wax, bringing it to the St. Louis area was a no-brainer.” The key is a four-step process that cleanses, protects, waxes and rejuvenates the skin. The wax, specially formulated in Paris exclusively for European Wax Center, is alcohol-free, has a low melting point and is applied by licensed estheticians at warm bath water temperature. The wax then sets as one continuous elastic layer, adhering only to the hair follicle, not the skin. Because of its strength and elas-
ticity, the hard wax can be removed without adhesive strips, which cause discomfort and redness. Best of all, clients are invited to try it out for free. “Women receive a complimentary bikini line, eyebrow or underarm service on their first time in,” Lowery said, “while men are treated to no-cost eyebrow, ear or nose hair removal.” The relaxing, luxurious space, which offers a mini retreat, cannot be beat. European Wax Center has become a nationally recognized brand, with 300 locations across the country and a recent international expansion into Canada. Today, guests recognize European Wax Center as an industry leader in providing guests the ultimate waxing experience. European Wax Center 1640 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield (636) 536-0777 www.waxcenter.com
Positive Paws Pet Training believes that strengthening the communication between your dog and family is essential in creating a healthy bond and achieving acceptable behaviors. Kim Gracner, owner of Positive Paws Pet Training, has educated owners and changed behaviors of over 2,000 dogs. Positive Paws Pet Training opened in 2006, and offers in-home customized training programs tailored to achieve your goals and your dog’s needs. Kim believes that training in the dog’s environment is most successful for behavioral change. “Problematic behaviors typically occur within the home environment. Since dogs need leadership and proper structure, the family plays an important role in the training process”, Kim says. It is essential for your dog to understand your expectations for successful training. The programs at Positive Paws Pet Training are structured to teach all ages and breeds. Whether you’re just acquiring a new puppy, attempting to manage your strong-willed adolescent, or striving to maximize your adult dog’s potential, Positive Paws Pet
Training can help. In addition to basic cues, everyday issues such as house training, jumping, digging, nipping, and excessive barking are addressed. Programs are offered for more challenging issues such as aggression, fear and anxiety. The method of training is as important as the cues which are taught. Positive Paws Pet Training practices positive techniques. Kim advocates that dogs learn more readily from rewarding methods. Kim is a Certified Canine Behavior Counselor, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors, and Better Business Bureau. Kim has two four-legged family members: Brandie, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, and Baxter, a Golden Retriever. Positive Paws Pet Training (636) 352-3104 www.positivepawstraining.com
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Healt h Capsu les Painless fillings coming soon University of Missouri (MU) engineers and their research collaborators at Nanova, Inc. say they are one step closer to a painless way to replace dental fillings. After favorable results in the lab, human clinical trials are underway on the plasma brush. In less than 30 seconds, the plasma brush uses chemical reactions to disinfect and clean out cavities for fillings. The device also has a “cool flame” that forms a better bond for cavity fillings, researchers said. The chemical reactions involved with the plasma brush actually change the surface of the tooth, which allows for a strong bonding with filling material. According to Hao Li, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the MU College of Engineering, 200 million tooth restorations cost Americans an estimated $50 billion a year, and it is estimated that replacement fillings comprise 75 percent of a dentist’s work. “The plasma brush would help reduce those costs,” Li said. “In addition, a tooth can only support two or three restorations before it must be pulled. Our studies indicate that fillings are 60 percent stronger with the plasma brush, which would increase the filling lifespan. This would be a big benefit to the patient,
dentists and insurance companies.” Human clinical trials on the plasma brush are expected to begin early this year. The researchers believe the human clinical trials will provide the data that allow Nanova to find investors and take the next steps in placing the product on the market. If the studies go well and the FDA clears the use, the researchers’ timeline indicates the plasma brush could be available to dentists as early as the end of 2013. Making your heart race Exercise on a regular basis, and you will decrease your risk for heart problems. Suddenly run down the street to catch the bus, or shovel the snow, and your risk of a heart attack jumps like your heart does. According to Jessica Paulus, an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University who with colleagues reviewed data from 14 studies, “there are short-term increases in risk of heart attack and death from sudden cardiac events that follow episodic physical activity.” The researchers found that people felt the effects of sporadic activity one or two hours after that activity. Risk was highest fort hose who did not get regular exercise. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association and was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Teens wanting weight loss There are right and wrong ways to lose weight, and sometimes, teens get it wrong. At Temple University, Clare Lenhart looked at data on almost 6,000 high school students in Philadelphia who were obese, about 75 percent of whom said they were trying to lose weight. Lenhart said the teens reported doing some things right. For instance, obese girls were more likely than girls who were not obese to be physically active for an hour a day. But the obese girls also did some things wrong. “They were more likely to report consuming soda on a daily basis, and that was specifically among young women,” Lenhart said. “Among young men, they were more likely to report no days of physical activity.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported Lenhart’s study. Flexible workplaces promote better health A flexible workplace improves employees’ health behavior and well-being, according to a new study by two University of Minnesota sociology professors. “Our study shows that moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity to emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being,” Professor Phyllis Moen said. “This has important policy implica-
tions, suggesting that initiatives creating broad access to time flexibility encourage employees to take better care of themselves.” Using data collected from more than 600 employees of a white-collar organization before and after a flexible workplace initiative was implemented, the study examined changes in health-promoting behaviors and health outcomes among the employees participating in the initiative compared to those who did not participate. Introduced at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, Minn., the initiative redirected the focus of employees and managers away from when and where work was completed and toward measurable results. Employees were allowed to change when and where they worked based on individual needs and job responsibilities without seeking permission from a manager or even notifying one. Key findings were as follows: • Employees participating in initiative reported getting almost an extra hour (52 minutes) of sleep on nights before work. • Employees in the initiative were less likely to feel obligated to work when sick and more likely to go to a doctor when necessary. • The initiative increased employees’ sense of schedule control and reduced their work-family conflict, which in turn improved sleep quality, energy levels, self-reported health and sense of personal mastery while decreasing emotional exhaustion and psychological distress.
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Number of fatalities on Missouri roads drops again As the snow falls across the area and roads remain hazardous, MoDOT has released statistics indicating a drop in traffic fatalities. In fact, the last time annual traffic fatalities were as low as the preliminary numbers for 2011, drivers lucky enough to have a radio in the car could cruise while listening to the new recording of Some Enchanted Evening by Perry Como. Though the count will not be considered final for a few months, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that as of Jan.4, Missouri traffic crash fatalities totaled 773 in 2011. This is nearly 6-percent lower than the 821 fatalities experienced in 2010 and the lowest total since the late 1940s. “Last year was the sixth consecutive year Missouri’s crash fatality rate fell,” said Leanna Depue, MoDOT’s Highway Safety director. “We applaud Missouri drivers who pay attention, drive defensively and take care to travel safely. They share credit for this drop in fatalities with a number
of hard-working law enforcement professionals and emergency services personnel, those who focus on highway and vehicle safety improvements and messengers who help people adopt safer behaviors. These dedicated folks help more people arrive alive.” The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, a group of safety partners, challenged the state to work toward a goal of 850 or fewer roadway fatalities by 2012. That goal was met in 2010 and has since been surpassed. But Depue said the coalition would not rest and would continue to work toward zero fatalities in Missouri. The following is a list of fatalities on Missouri roads for each of the last seven years: 2005 1,257 2006 1,096 2007 992 2008 960 2009 878 2010 821 2011 773 (unofficial)
Timeline set for closing of lanes on Blanchette Bridge It’s time to begin planning possible alternate routes to cross the Missouri River. Walsh Construction Company plans to close the westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge and shift lanes to the eastbound bridge starting no earlier than Nov. 1. The work is expected take less than one year. An exact date for the closure is contingent on the manufacturing of steel for the new truss and approach spans. Weather at that time of year could also affect the exact closure date. During the construction, three lanes of eastbound and three lanes of westbound I-70 will be using the eastbound bridge. The two directions of traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier wall in the middle of the eastbound bridge. Lanes will be reduced to 11-feet wide with no shoulders. The speed limit on the bridge and through the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph. “Knowing the contractor’s schedule to start in late fall provides us all many months to prepare for these traffic impacts,” said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger. “The good news is three lanes of I-70 will be open during the construction so you will be able to get to work, home, shopping, and attractions in the area. However, we strongly encourage
people to start thinking now how they are going to use other Missouri River bridge crossings during the peak morning and evening weekday rush hours.” The Route 370 and Route 364 (Page Avenue) Missouri River bridges are the primary alternate routes to use to avoid congestion on I-70 during the construction. Both bridges are located within a few miles of I-70 and provide an easy alternate to get to and from St. Charles and St. Louis counties as well as in and out of the major business and shopping districts in downtown St. Charles and Earth City. “We have been working for over a year with the local business community and emergency responders to prepare for the upcoming closures and detours,” Hassinger said. “Now that we have the tentative schedule dates, we can continue those efforts to ensure all preparations are ready to keep motorists safe and moving on the bridge and assist with all the ways to access the local businesses. Construction work to prepare for the closure will begin this summer. Lane closures will occur for this work primarily during off peak hours. Details will be announced on a week-by-week basis as the contractor’s schedule progresses.
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Bu si ness PEOPLE St. Louis Business Journal has named 1st Financial Federal Credit Union President/CEO Frank Nelson 40 Under 40. 1st Financial has offices in Wentzville, St. Nelson Charles, Hazelwood and Downtown St. Louis. Nelson has helped improve revenue and earnings for the past two years and was chosen out of a list of more than 450 nominees for his dedication to the credit union while making a difference in his community. ••• Dr. C. Mobin Khan, board-certified gastroenterologist, has joined the new BJC Medical Group practice, Progressive GI &
Hepatology Specialists, of O’Fallon and Chesterfield. Khan specializes in the digestive track and liver and offers expert prevention, screenings, Khan diagnosis and treatment. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his gastroenterology fellowship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. ••• The Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County has announced its 2012 board with new officers and new members. New board members include Lindenwood University President Dr. James Evans and Progress West HealthCare Center and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters
Owner Sara Fitzpatrick with friends, family, community members and representatives from the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the city of O’Fallon.
Hospital President John Antes. Antes has been elected EDC vice chair. New EDC members include Phoenix Textile CEO Linda Haberstroh, Enterprise Bank Senior Vice President Dennis Maher, CenterPointe Hospital CEO Susan Mathis and St. Charles and St. Peters Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scott Tate.
Chairman Tom Kalishman with friends, family, employees, community members and representatives from the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the city of O’Fallon.
SAK Construction has celebrated the opening of its new building in O’Fallon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A privately held pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling contractor, SAK Construction focuses on helping clients identify the most cost-effective solutions to the operational, regulatory and environmental problems associated with inadequate or deteriorating water mains, sanitary sewers and storm sewers. SAK Construction is located at 864 Hoff Road in O’Fallon.
Edward Jones-Sara Fitzpatrick has celebrated the opening of its new business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The investment firm’s services include help with retirement, saving for college, reducing tax bills and ensuring income will cover expenses. Edward Jones-Sara Fitzpatrick is located at 2936 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. ••• Villa Theresa Gift Shop has opened at 206 N. Main St. in O’Fallon. The shop sells jewelry, scarves, décor and handmade items by the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood and residents.
AWARDS & HONORS UMB Bank has made a $10,000 donation to the St. Charles County YMCA as a new 2012 Community partner.
••• Dr. Marcy Hammerle has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Canine and Feline Practice. Hammerle is one of seven veterinarians in Missouri and the first in St. Charles County to receive this certification. To qualify, candidates must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. Hammerle is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and practices at The Pet Doctor in O’Fallon. ••• The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories has granted a three-year term of accreditation in the area of Adult Stress and Adult Transthoracic to the Progress West HealthCare Center’s Cardiology Imaging Services, of O’Fallon. The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities that provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards. ••• Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, of Lake Saint Louis, has received a “90” in customer satisfaction by an American Customer Satisfaction Index, which was among the top for all U.S. utilities and industries ratings.
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Heating & Cooling Mike and Kathie Faszold, owners of Faszold Heating & Cooling, make it their mission to ensure that each client’s home is safe and comfortable. The locally owned and family-owned Faszold’s specializes in improving the efficiency of your whole home’s energy usage. Highly qualified Comfort Specialists are readily available to help. Faszold also provides state-of-the-art energy audits as Show-Me Green Energy, to provide clients with the information they need to improve their home’s performance related to energy consumption and associated costs. Home Energy Audits identify ways a homeowner can dramatically reduce energy costs while creating a more comfortable and healthier atmosphere. “A Home Energy Audit will identify problems directly related to energy loss, such as inadequate or missing insulation, air infiltration, inefficient heating and cooling systems, windows or solar gain,” Faszold said. “Other areas, such as improper ventilation will
Ceasar and Cherry Villegas enjoyed Smoothie King smoothies so much that they purchased a franchise in Cottleville. “I have been a big fan of Smoothie King smoothies since 2000,” Cherry said. “I love the taste, and I don’t feel guilty drinking them.” Smoothie King is not your average juice bar. “It is considered a juice bar, but Smoothie King is the premier smoothie bar and nutritional lifestyle center in the industry,” Cherry said. “Smoothie King offers guests the original, nutritional real fruit smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports nutrition products, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs and minerals. The combination helps achieve health and fitness goals.” A new favorite smoothie is the Lean1 smoothie, which burns body fat up to 68 percent faster. The high-protein smoothie is known for fighting hunger cravings as well as helping to tone and define muscles. With 27 vitamins and minerals, Lean1 smoothies also aid in
be identified, which is a safety and health issue because of the potential for mold growth and moisture damage to building materials.” Michael Faszold II is the second generation of Comfort Specialists in the family and is BPI Certified. Very few technicians in the area are qualified to perform these comprehensive assessments of a home’s energy efficiency. Faszold prides itself on excellent customer service and building a long-term relationship with its customers. “You’ll find that at Faszold, your satisfaction is our No. 1 concern, and we’ll strive to achieve that on each and every visit; not because it’s our job, but because it’s your home,” Faszold said. “Stop in or call today to schedule a service call or to request a free estimate.” Faszold Heating & Cooling 103 N. Service Road • St. Charles (636) 397-1237 www.faszold.com www.ShowMeGreenEnergy.com
speeding recovery from workouts and are available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. A healthy alternative to fast food, a Smoothie King smoothie is served in a cup, so it is easy to consume on the go. Smoothies are the perfect meal alternative for those wanting to trim down, build muscle, get an energy boost or indulge in a healthy snack. Flavor options are limitless, and each smoothie is made fresh to order by the friendly staff. Ceasar and Cherry accept catering and volume orders at a discounted price and offer fundraising for schools, sports teams and social organizations. “Taste does not have to suffer to live a healthier lifestyle,” Cherry said. Smoothie King 4765 Highway N • Cottleville Corner Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (636) 939-KING (5464) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sun. www.smoothieking.com
Founded in 1999, Morning Star Church seeks to meet people right where they are and help them take their next steps on their spiritual journey. Morning Star provides a wide variety of opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth, from support groups to classes, all of which are available to members as well as to the community. Under the leadership of Lead Pastor Mike Schreiner, Morning Star has grown from its initial attendance of 200 people to over 4,029 at 2011 Easter services. Morning Star recently announced that next month, in February 2012, they are launching “40 Days in the Word,” a church-wide campaign designed to inform and inspire individuals to not just be “hearers” of the Word, but also “doers” of the Word. Through weekend services, small group studies, and regular reading assignments from the companion book to this campaign, the entire Morning Star Church family will focus on the same spiritual themes for six-weeks. Written by the staff of Rick Warren’s
Tec Air Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning President and CEO Charles Haas have more than 40 years of experience in his field. “I had worked with another company until starting my own business in 1983,” said Haas, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering “I wanted to provide quality heating and cooling services for the homeowner and commercial customers. Our business is to service, sell and install the best heating and cooling, air filtration, purification and humidification.” That dedication has earned Tec Air a special affiliation with Climate Master CEO Thermal. “We sell Trane heating and cooling equipment, making us a preferred provider in all of St. Charles and the surrounding area, Haas said. The family-owned/operated, Tec Air Inc., services all brands in the St Charles & St Louis area and sells and installs systems at every efficiency level. The company’s technicians are Union-Certified, NATE-Certified.
Saddleback Church in California, “40 Days in the Word” was designed for church, college, youth and other small groups. The 40 Days in the Word Study Guide is a 200 page, resource that, when combined with the Small Group DVD, will take participants through six easy to learn methods of Loving, Learning, and Living the Word. “’40 Days in the Word’ is not your typical Bible study, but rather a multimedia resource designed to compel people into the Word,” states Michael Schreiner, lead pastor of Morning Star Church. To find out more information on registering for Morning Star Church’s local “40 Days in the Word” campaign, visit www.mscwired.org.
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The highly trained and qualified technicians make them Tec Air’s greatest assets,” according to Haas. “We employ the highest qualified personnel in the area to ensure your business and family’s confidence that the job will be done right,” Haas said. “We believe our technicians do a better job than anyone in the industry” Tec Air’s, goal is to acquire customers and keep them for life. The company never tries to sell customers more than they need, but makes sure that they have what they do need and that it is operating efficiently. Specializing in indoor air quality and comfort, new construction, add-on and replacements, room additions, humidifier installation, electronic air cleaners, service and maintenance. Tec Air Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning License # M2741A 233 N. Callahan Road • Wentzville (636) 332-9444 24 hours a day, seven days a week www.tec-airinc.com
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Com mu n it y Event s ARTS & CRAFTS Art teacher enrichment classes will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, March 6 and April 3, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. Designed specifically for art teachers, these workshops are full of hands-on activities to take back to art classrooms. Participants will leave with completed projects and a packet of handouts. Each workshop is $10 for Foundry Art Center members or $12 for nonmembers. To register, call 255-0270. ••• “The Great ReMake Book Class,” taught by M.J. Goerke, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 18, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. Reinvent the fate of old pieces of artwork and recycle it into a new and exciting art form. Paintings, collages, watercolors, and oil pieces can all be recreated into a masterpiece of a book. The book-making workshop is $50 for Foundry Art Centre members and $55 for non-members. To register, call 255-0270 or visit foundryartcentre.org. ••• Explore the art style of noted artist and children’s author Faith Ringgold through her quilt artworks from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., March 3 and March 10, at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. In this two-part workshop, student artists will create their own story quilts on muslin cloth. Under the instruction of Shelley Geiger, young artists will use watercolor paint, a variety of drawing media, block printing techniques, embellishments, plus needle and thread on these one of a kind story quilts. The workshop is open to students in grades 4 through 8 and is $35 for Foundry Art Centre members or $40 for non-members. To register, call 255-0270 or visit foundryartcentre.org.
BOOK SIGNING Author Rebekah Ross from Troy, Mo., will host a book signing event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 28 at The Crooked Tree, 559 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Ross will be available to sign copies of her suspense novel, In a Stranger’s Eyes.
St. Charles Community College Projections International Film Series will be held at 7 p.m., on Jan. 25, Feb. 23 and March 21, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building at SCC. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 922-8469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **** Fête de Glacé – Festival of Ice will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 28, on North Main Street in St. Charles. More than a dozen ice carvers will bring the ephemeral art of ice carving to life with chainsaws, chisels, grinders and knives, as well as hot irons and cold spray. Each carver starts with a single block of ice weighing 260 pounds and dissects it and reassembles it into wondrous sparkling creations. There are outdoor fire pits, restaurants serving breakfast or lunch and shops to wander in to help you stay warm. For more information, call 946-7776. ••• Lindenwood University presents “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1-4 and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 5 at the Emerson Black Box Theatre, located at 2300 West Clay. For more information, call 949-4433. ••• February FAM JAM Live Family Theater will be held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 3, at Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. For 45-minutes, families engage in a live production packed with high-energy music, drama, media, comedy and a look at the Good Book. The event is free and there is no need to register. For more information, call 561-5680. ••• “Steel Magnolias” will be performed Feb. 10-12 and Feb., 17-19 at St. Peters Cultural Arts Center located at 1 St Peters Centre Boulevard in St. Peters. Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 8 p.m., with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. To make a reservation, call 336-0033 or visit www.act2theater.com.
HEALTH SEMINARS ENTERTAINMENT St. Charles County Symphony Orchestra Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Sat., March 3, at the Foundry Art Centre located at 520 N. Main Center in St. Charles. Admission is free. •••
Pulmonary Education Classes will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 6, at SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. The free class is for people with lung disease and their families who would like to learn more about lung disease, medication and testing. For more information, call 947-5682.
NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM ••• Better Breathers Club will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 6 at SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. The club is for individuals and their families who are living with a chronic lung disease. A free lunch is provided. For more information, call 947-5682. ••• Brain Injury Support Group will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 9 at SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. Meetings are sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. For more information, call 314-423-6442. ••• “Her Heart: Every Beat Counts!” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 10 at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center located at 1410 South Fifth Street. Join the SSM Heart Institute to learn about the unique heart risks women face. Healthy heart screenings are available for $10 by appointment only. The screening includes total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and blood glucose. Fasting is not required. To register, call 1-866-SSM-DOCS.
competition - personal interview with the judges before the pageant begins, model an evening gown, and recite your 35 second philosophy of life. Auditions will be held in late February. For more information, call Christine DeHart, co-state director, 391-5678.
FUN & GAMES Active Older Adults Game Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays in January at the O’Fallon Family YMCA located at 3451 Pheasant Meadows Drive. Play your favorite board games, cards or dominos. For more information, contact Diana Kannady at 379-0092 ext. 230. ••• A Quilting Guild will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at the O’Fallon Family YMCA located at 3451 Pheasant Meadows Drive. Work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. No sewing experience is required. There is no cost. For more information, contact Diana Kannady at 379-0092 x230.
The 2012 Ms. Missouri Senior America Pageant will be held on Sun., July 8, at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. Currently, the state directors are looking for candidates to audition to become contestants in the pageant this year. Ladies must be at least 60 years old and have a talent that can be presented in 2.5 minutes on stage. There are also three other areas of
A Teen Leader’s Club will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 2, March 1, April 5 and May 3 at the O’ Fallon Family YMCA located at 3451 Pheasant Meadows Drive. The free event is open to teens ages 13 to 18. The club meets once a month to plan social events and fun volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Diana Kannady at 379-0092 ext. 230.
The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education celebrated School Board Recognition Week at its meeting on Jan. 17, with a proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.Schools within the district created banners and posters and collected goodies to thank the board for its service. The six Board of Education members are nonpartisan volunteers charged with the task of overseeing the budget for the district which educates about 19,000 students. “It’s a pretty awesome task,” said Superintendent Bernie DuBray. “This is a really good Board of Education. They are good people who want to do good things for kids.”
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Cottleville officials say city budget is strong; new businesses moving in By Mary Ann O’Toole Holley Despite rumors that the city of Cottleville is struggling with its general fund after losing American Furniture, Mayor Don Yarber says all is well in the city. “The city is not struggling,” Yarber said. “We’ve had several new businesses open and things are looking good.” Yarber said the popular “Old Town Bakery” of Florissant is opening a branch along Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, Rib City opened within the last six months in the former Pasta House building, Securus Senior Planning is building in Old Town Cottleville and the Tinder Box cigar store has opened and is doing well. A bocce ball court is expected to open at the location in spring. “Old Town Bakery is a well-established business that residents are sure to welcome,” Yarber said. Other stores in the city are expanding, like Cottleville Wine Seller that recently expanded its outdoor heated patio. Keller Williams Realty has hired more agents. “We miss the American store, but we’re very conservative with our income, so we’re fine,” Yarber said. “There is always room for cuts, if necessary, but we haven’t found that at this time.” Yarber said the city is also pursuing a replacement for American Furniture. “We are absolutely not planning to cut any city services, but if need be, we review our budget often and can make changes. However, at this point we’re fine,” Yarber said. “Because of past practices, we’re solid. We pay everything on time and we’re in good shape. We look at our budget two or three times a year, and always take a conservative approach. That’s why we are healthy today.” Sales taxes received from American Furniture amounted to about 10 percent of the city budget, said City Administrator Scott Lewis. Lewis said the city had planned for future losses with the establishment of a $500,000 reserve fund.
“That’s what the reserve funds are for,” Lewis said. “The city has been trying to put things in place for some time, and the reserve fund was established about two years ago.” Lewis said like other cities throughout the nation, they had to restrict pay raises for employees. This is the third year city employees have not seen a pay increase, Lewis said. Last year, employees were asked to contribute more to their insurance coverage. “We are working to deal with those problems and that’s what the reserve funds are for,” Lewis said. When American Furniture and Television shuttered in the city, more than a financial loss was felt. American Furniture has helped sponsor fundraisers for the Cottleville Firefighters’ Community Outreach, a program that raises funds to help those in the community who have been devastated by fire or have other serious needs. Fire Chief Rob Wylie said the store also helped with barrage of other events, including sponsorship of the annual Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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FESTIVALS The 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival, Feb. 25, Chaifetz Arena
LIVE PERFORMANCES “Sunday in the Park with George,” through Jan. 29, Loretto-Hilton Center Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, Jan. 27-28, The Touhill “Oleanna,” through Feb. 4, Kranzberg Arts Center “A Steady Rain,” through Feb. 5, Loretto-Hilton Center “Playland,” Feb. 2-12, Mustard Seed Theatre “Rock of Ages,” Feb. 3-5, The Fox Theatre Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal World Tour,” Feb. 7-8, Scottrade Center
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Filippo’s adds personal touch to each delectable bite menu, which is based on my family’s authentic reciBy SUZANNE CORBETT Filippo’s’ approach to dining is relaxed sophistication pes from Palermo,” Sanfilippo said. He is a second-generation restaurateur who in the with a modern feel. “The main bones of the building are modern,” said Joe 1960s immigrated to the U.S. as an infant with his Sanfilippo, chef and owner of Filippo’s Italian Kitchen & family. Among the menu’s standard Italian classics, FilBar, Chesterfield Valley’s newest eatery that opened in ippo’s offers a number of in-house creations, which October. He said his goal is to establish a dining experience he often appear as off-the-menu daily specials. Selezioni tradizionali (traditional selections) are calls modern casual elegance and a departure from his downtown restaurant, J.E. Sanfilippo’s Restaurant, which considered house specialties, such as the Vitello Saltinboca, sautéed veal medallions with white wine he opened 24 years ago. “The downtown restaurant that’s now run by my brother, sage sauce. The Gamberi Bianco, a dish that enrobes Paul, is more formal,” Sanfilippo said. “Filippo’s is more jumbo shrimp in a Cajun brandy cream, is another tradizional recommended for shrimp-lovers. relaxed and what I consider casual elegance.” Filippo’s’ Tenderloin Palermitana is a hearty mix Filippo’s achieves its casual elegance through a nonfuzzy approach via two elements: the décor design and of eggplant parmagiania and filet mignon, layering a classic menu. The dining room’s unique design circles grilled tenderloin with fresh tomato, eggplant and around a central bar, creating a cozy, warm atmosphere. mozzarella – a must-try for lovers of both dishes. A spacious, sofa conversation space placed off to the side However, for carnivores who prefer less compliinvites guests to relax before or after dinner with a glass of cated steaks, Filippo’s offers a 16-ounce Ribeye and Chef and owner Joe Sanfilippo. a 10-ounce filet. All traditional selections and spewine from Filippo’s’ substantial wine list. “We have a good wine selection that complements our cials are served with a salad and vegetable. and deliver it to us here.” Leading Filippo’s’ pasta list is Rigatoni Giuseppe, This year, his family is celebrating its 40th year in food tossed with a tomato vodka cream sauce that has a subtle, service, which began when Sanfilippo’s father opened his Filippo’s Italian Kitchen & Bar spicy kick. Old-fashioned Spaghetti Bolognese, Cavatelli first operation on The Hill, a small grocery that sported a 120 Chesterfield Valley Drive • Chesterfield con Broccoli and the seafood-studded Linguini Crema de lunch café. (636) 536-6833 Mare features are examples of Filippo’s’ northern white “We’re still a family operation, and you will always see 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.; and southern red sauce pasta options. us here either in the kitchen or walking around,” Sanfil4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri. – Sat. “All our sauces are cooked daily, and everything is home- ippo said. “I love that because we have a chance to meet www.filipposstl.com made – even our bread,” Sanfilippo said. “My mom and our guests and cultivate relationships. It’s the personal sister-in-law make the bread at the restaurant downtown touch we do that gives us our character.”
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