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Mascot Politics Dr. Victor Davis Hanson’s quietly chilling article, “Two Californias,” in National Review Online, ought to be read by every American who is concerned about where this country is headed. California is leading the way, but what is happening in California is happening elsewhere – and is a slow poison that is being largely ignored. Professor Hanson grew up on a farm in California’s predominantly agricultural Central Valley. Now, as he tours that area, many years later, he finds a world as foreign to the world he knew as it is from the rest of California today – and very different from the rest of America, either past or present. In Hanson’s own words: “Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World. There is a Caribbean look to the junked cars, electric wires crossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the yards.” This is a Third World culture, transplanted from Mexico, and living largely outside the scope of American law, state or federal. Ironically, this is happening in a state notorious for its pervasive and intrusive regulation of the minute details of people’s lives, homes, and businesses. But not out in the Third World enclaves in the Central Valley, where garbage is strewn with impunity and unlicensed swarms of peddlers come and go, selling for cash and with no sales tax. While waiting in line at two supermarkets, Victor Davis Hanson realized in both places that he was the only one in line who was not paying with the plastic cards issued by welfare authorities to replace the old food stamps. He noted that these people living on the taxpayers were driving latemodel cars and had iPhones, BlackBerries and other parts of what he calls “the technological veneer of the middle class.” Sadly – and, in the long run, tragically – this is not unique to California, or to illegal immigrants from Mexico, or even to the United States. It is a pattern to which the Western world has been slowly but steadily succumbing. In France, for example, there are enclaves

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To the apartment renters, I am sorry if have worked here, I haven’t had any expeTo the Editor: you think that it would run up your rent. riences with spirits. I should have left it at You published an article about me and What about people who own homes and that, but unfortunately, I shot my stupid my song. I am highly offended that you pay actual property tax, not rent? Hom- mouth off in a vain attempt to be entertainreferred to my Marines or me as a “sol- eowners and landlords are the people who ing and I gave (accounts of) a couple of dier” … “Soldiers” are in the Army. I am invest a lot of money in something they events that I had heard of before I came a Marine. There are only 185,000 Marines, can’t just move out of or sell. We are “for to work for St. Louis County. That would whereas there are over a million “soldiers.” profit” and someday would like a return on not have been so bad, but I added a dumb We accept only the fastest, best, toughest, our investment. wisecrack about how I had heard that there and brightest into our very selective ranks. Finally, when has gentrification been a was on-the-job drinking going on at that An error such as this is akin to calling a bad thing for any community? period of time. Republican a Democrat or vice versa … Adam Paul To my extreme embarrassment, this we just don’t do it. I am more than happy to Ellisville implied that a man whom I respect and come to your organization and do morning admire drank on the job, when actually physical training at about 0430 to ensure nothing could be further from the truth. And that everyone is awake enough … just let Parkway spending as this happened long before my employme know. To the Editor: ment, I had no business talking about such Semper Fi! I just received my annual Parkway dis- things in the first place. I’m much too old Lt. Col. T. Shane Tomko trict report in the mail. Highlights noted and experienced to have made a dumb misUSMC include another lower enrollment and a take like that and can only rest assured in higher cost of educating a Parkway stu- the knowledge that this sort of thing will dent, now almost $7,000 per (elementary), never happen again. Ellisville Walmart middle, and high school student. Thank you for your kind attention. To the Editor: Parkway now is almost as expensive Jack Hanewinkel Jr. Walmart in Ellisville … I am all for it! as the private school my grandchildren Museum technician, Faust Park This is the major intersection that repre- attend. sents our community and, in my view, is Second highlight in the report: pictures also the armpit of Ellisville. To make mat- of how (they spent) some of the mega milters worse, they put up a red-light camera lions we gave them a few years ago – they Kudos to Manchester to leave a bad vision in computer’s minds. bought a new volleyball net. Whoop-de- To the Editor: However, I do understand it, as we need do! I just wanted to offer support to not only the revenue. And if memory is correct, they fixed pot- the city of Manchester, but to every other Currently, this intersection has a ghetto holes in front of a Parkway school. Is that city with the courage to stand against the McDonald’s, several vacant lots from old all there is – potholes and volleyball nets? people from Westboro. Please do not add car dealerships, and oceans of wasted con- So where did the other mega millions go? “Baptist” or “Church” if you choose to print crete. This would actually bring more big On my new real estate and personal prop- this letter, for they slander both and repreretailers to the area, generating more tax erty tax bill, approximately $2,000 goes to sent neither. revenue and jobs for the city that is cur- Parkway. The people who protest the funerals rently in the red. What else are we going As an empty-nester with no kids or grand- of our heroic American servicemen and to put there? It will boost the Gordman’s/ kids in Parkway, I’m beginning to believe women do so out of their own need for CVS side. It will force the K-Mart to step their game plan is to force empty-nesters attention and their own blind obedience to up and update the current look on the other out of their homes because of higher taxes, their biblically ill-informed leaders. They side as well. What about Best Buy? These sell their house cheaply to a young family, are not Christians, and they apparently places are really hurting and need more thus high enrollment, another bond issue, have never read the Bible. Pulling quotes traffic, more shoppers. Look at the lots; etc. out of their proper context, they pervert they are empty and soon they will be gone. Lou Enkelmann God’s word and insult Christians and Do you want closed down, for lease, big Manchester Christianity itself. empty buildings throughout our city? As a Christian who attempts every day Ellisville has not stepped up to bring in to represent the true message of Christ, more shoppers, more revenue to any busione of love and compassion for all, I am nesses, small or large. We are getting beat Embarrassed embarrassed that these people have chosen by Ballwin, Manchester and Wildwood. I To the Editor: to twist the words of my Lord to support have seen what new Targets do for areas in I felt compelled to write about a brief their own sick agenda. I know in my heart I the Chicago region and it is awesome, for article that you ran for your October issue speak for the millions of Christians around small business and large. The only thing that dealt with possible hauntings in old the country and around the world who pray people should be worried about is when West County buildings. that these lost souls will one day see the a Walmart leaves. Look what happened to I was working at Thornhill in Faust errors of their ways and that those who the areas when they moved out of the old County Park when a reporter of yours asked witness their behavior don’t confuse their location and into the new Super Center east about any evidence of paranormal activity. message of hate with the true message of on Manchester – ghost towns, but I highly I told him that officially, the county policy the love of Jesus Christ. doubt that would happen if they are build- for such inquiries is that there are no such Michael Horton ing a new facility. things as ghosts, and in the 11 years that I Chesterfield

Tax cuts 101 To the Editor: Come on people – this isn’t rocket science about tax cuts; it’s just common sense. Sally wants more out of life and she is not afraid to work for it. Instead of working the same amount of time as everyone else, and spending all that she makes, she works longer hours and saves all that she can, doing without some things. At some point, she has saved enough money and wants to start a business. She takes her money, and possibly money she was able to borrow, and starts a business of her own, hiring someone to help her. They get some business going and hopefully (liberals, watch out for a horrible word coming up) profit. Sally pays half of the employee’s Social Security tax and half of the employee’s Medicare tax. Hopefully, they have made enough to also provide some health care coverage for the employee. Time goes on; Sally continues to work 60-plus hours a week and she hires another employee, again paying half of the employee’s Social Security tax and half of the employee’s Medicare tax. Hopefully, they are still doing well enough to provide some other benefits. They are building a business. Along comes Uncle Sam, and he tells Sally that he needs more money. “For what?” she asks, and gets a lot of political talk with no real answer. She already knows it is to give to someone else to buy their vote. Sally buckles down and works even harder to make ends meet. Soon, Uncle Sam comes by again and wants more. Sally has no more and is forced to lay off the second employee. Now Uncle Sam has to give the person that was laid off welfare, and he needs more money from hard-working Sally. Sally doesn’t want to give (oops, I think the work is “contribute”) any more of her money that she worked hard for and tells Uncle Sam to go to hell while closing her business. Sally keeps what she can salvage to herself, and the former employees are out on the street. It’s really that simple, folks. All this talk from politicians about “tax cuts for the rich” is only to divide (class envy) “we the people” so that we are not strong to stand up against the politicians who are taking advantage of us all. Someone recently wrote this paper and was babbling on about millionaire and billionaire people shouldn’t get tax cuts while the little guy is starving, and that

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trends that details how companies just one year old and older are net job destroyers, at the rate of 1 million jobs destroyed per year. Over the same two decades, however, startup firms created some 3 million jobs per year. The lesson in this data? The only way to truly create new jobs is to create new companies. While that information seems simple, and perhaps even obvious, its implications are daunting. It means asking our policy-makers, who tend to operate more clearly with hindsight rather than foresight, to have a clear and unobstructed vision of what the future could hold. It means that policy that reacts to layoffs would be better served by being proactive toward startup firms. It means that moving a company from one place to another, funded by tax dollars and buoyed by the promise of job growth, is destined to be a failed decision. Instead, our policies need to reflect the common sense notion that new companies lead to the organic creation of new jobs. This fact has held true for two decades and has held true through all economic climates.

“The spending spree is over.” What needs done to improve the entrepreneurial climate? It is best to go back to the common sense approach. Startups need access to capital. They need access to training and support, such as that offered at business incubators. They need access to highly trained workers. They need the security of offering those workers reasonable benefits at reasonable rates. They need the protection of a transparent patent and copyright system. They need the efficiency of the world’s greatest technologies. These things that startup firms require are not merely common sense and logistically simple, they are also remarkably affordable. The only thing lacking from this formula is the difficulty in creating a banner headline for a policy that does not generate immediate results. It is far easier to spread the mistruth of, “I created 500 jobs yesterday” than the righteous claim of, “I will create 500 jobs tomorrow.” But if this country is truly interested in creating jobs, it is tomorrow’s company that will fix today’s stagnant job market.

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MANCHESTER Signed and delivered Former Manchester Police Sgt. Charlie Everingham has signed papers authorizing the city of Manchester to release information to outside investigators who would look into the circumstances surrounding his resignation from the police department. However, crossed out by Everingham’s attorney on the form submitted to the city was a provision limiting Everingham’s right to sue over information that the release of personnel files could make public. “He did not feel that limiting our rights in this case was appropriate,” Everingham’s wife, Suzie Everingham, said.


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Tackling tornado damage Volunteers from a West St. Louis County organization have been busy cleaning up tornado damage in South County. At press time, volunteers from Service International (SI) had helped clean up about 38 homes in the Sunset Hills area after a category EF-3 tornado tore through the area on the Service International volunteers clear debris on Jan. 1 from a morning of Dec. 31. home in the 8700 block of Townhill Drive near Watson Road Ed Fasnacht, proj- and S. Lindbergh in Sunset Hills. ect director for SI, said 80-150 volunteers began showing up on Jan. 1 to help in the relief effort, clearing yards and streets of storm debris. Volunteers assisted a number of elderly homeowners, and Fasnacht said they were especially touched by the story of a 90-year-old woman and her 98-year-old husband who could not make it to their basement. “She rolled him to the center hallway and threw herself on top of him,” Fasnacht said. Both survived, but their home is one of nine that were condemned. SI volunteers combed through piles of debris and recovered her cherished possessions and his World War II keepsakes. SI is a non-profit organization that provides disaster relief and support worldwide. It was founded in 1985 by St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield as a support for missionaries but began its work in disaster relief during the 1993 flood. Allegedly, Everingham, a 29-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department, in September 2010 was forced to resign for undisclosed reasons two weeks after handing to Mayor Dave Willson a memo outlining various charges against a few members of the city’s police department. Alderman Bob Tullock (ward 1) at the Nov. 1 board of aldermen meeting called for an investigation into the reasons for Everingham’s resignation, but Patrick Gunn, the city’s attorney, said permission would need to be granted to release personnel information to investigators before an investigation could take place. According to Manchester Alderman Mike Clement (ward 2), the possibility of a lawsuit most likely would stop the investigation from moving forward at this time. Suzie Everingham said that if the board wanted to find out what Everingham alleged in the memo to Willson, what he was accused of, and why he resigned, they could talk to her husband in a private session.

WILDWOOD Greenway Corridor The Wildwood City Council in December approved a resolution consistent with the city’s Parks and Recreation Plan committing to $1,125,000 to the “Wildwood Greenway Corridor – Phase VI.” The reso-

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Manchester fails to pass 2011 budget By BRIAN MCDOWELL The city of Manchester failed to pass its 2011 budget, so at least for now, the city will continue operating at 2010 levels, and all engineering studies, new projects, and a 2 percent raise for city employees are stalled. The Manchester Board of Aldermen during six private work sessions lasting a total of 12 hours worked on the budget and discussed it also in two public meetings. But when it came time to vote at the Dec. 20 board of aldermen meeting, two board members voted no on the $19 million budget and three voted yes. Alderman Hal Roth (ward 1) abstained from voting, a move that prevented Mayor Dave Willson from casting a tie-breaking vote. Roth cited concerns about deficit spending as the reason why for the first time since he has been an alderman he

abstained from a vote. “I hear all this cheerleading from the mayor about what good economic shape we’re in when we’ve got $19 million going out and only $17 million coming in,” Roth said. Alderman Marilyn Ottenad (ward 2), who voted in favor of the budget, said that because Manchester has financial reserves, the city is not officially in debt. “We’re not in dire straits,” Ottenad said. “We’re fiscally sound. For them to do this is not fair to the employees of this city.” Ottenad theorized that the budget failed to pass because of the salary increases and plans to build the Channel B storm water management system. Roth and Alderman Bob Tullock (ward 1) in the past expressed concern that ward 2, which is where Channel

B would be built, had received much more city funding than ward 1. “Right now, ward 2 has three aldermen,” Roth said. “The mayor just acts as a third alderman for them. That’s not fair to residents of the other wards.” Alderman Mike Clement (ward 2), who voted yes on the budget, in an e-mail to West Newsmagazine decried any effort to turn the wards against each other. “City expenditures should be focused on where the greatest need is,” Clement said. “A comparable analogy might be West County EMS, when answering emergency calls does not seek to balance their responses based on some equality factor within their fire protection borders, or, after See MANCHESTER BUDGET, page 16

Tornado leaves path of destruction in Ballwin No injuries reported By SUE HORNOF A storm that tore through Ballwin on New Year’s Eve day was a tornado, according to the St. Louis office of the National Weather Service (NWS). After conducting a damage survey in Ballwin, the NWS reported that the maximum damage for the tornado was rated at EF1, with a path length of 1.4 miles and a maximum width damage of 175 yards. The EF scale, used to assign a tornado rating based on estimated wind speeds and Photo by Tim Poorman related to damage, includes ratings from EF0 to EF5. A tornado rated EF1 produces winds A photo taken in the 500 block of Windsor Mill in Ballwin just after the tornado. measured at up to 110 mph. According to the NWS, the initial tornado touchdown in Ballwin occurred just northwest of the intersection of Manchester Road and Birchwood Drive. The tornado traveled northeast, moved through the east side of the Ballwin Golf Course, crossed Holloway Road and then lifted near the intersection of Sunfield Place and Greenmoor Drive, just west of Baxter Road. The Metro West Fire Protection District responded to multiple calls for trees down and trees into houses and other structures, district officials said.

Photo by Tim Poorman A home in Ballwin’s Danbury subdivision, off Holloway Road, after the Dec. 31 storm.

West Newsmagazine staff photo One of numerous trees in the tornado’s path through the Ballwin Golf Course.

West Newsmagazine staff photo A van buried beneath debris in the driveway of a home on Windsor Mill in Ballwin.

Metro West Chief of Fire & EMS Services Vincent T. Loyal said emergency crews worked quickly to determine if there were any injuries or if anyone was trapped. The district’s Division of Special Operations established its Emergency Operations Center at Metro West Station 4, in Ellisville, where calls, resources and needs could be tracked and managed. “The Emergency Operations Center is a unique facility that provides all the technology and resources necessary to manage (anything from) a small tornado to a major earthquake,” Metro West Director Mike Noonan said. Metro West officials said there were no reported injuries directly related to the storm in the Ballwin area, and Kim Bacon, spokesperson for nearby West County EMS and Fire Protection District, said no storm-related injuries were reported in that district either.


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Something old, something new for Schnucks in Ballwin By MARCIA GUCKES Schnucks store officials are getting ready to build a new store and remodel an old one in Ballwin. A judge has cleared the way for Schnucks to build a new grocery store on the southeast corner of Clarkson and Kehrs Mill Roads. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge John Ross recently ruled in favor of the city of Ballwin on a lawsuit filed by residents who claimed the store would increase noise and traffic and reduce property values.

Schnucks Director of Communications Lori Willis said no date has yet been set for the new construction. “Everything was put on hold, so now we plan to gear up again as soon as possible,” Willis said. Willis said the existing Schnucks in at 15425 Manchester Road in Ballwin is slated for a remodel. She said no date has been set for that project, but plans are to schedule the remodel as quickly as possible.

U-Gas gets go-ahead in Ballwin By BETSY ZATKULAK Ballwin city officials have given the goahead for a three-lot commercial development at Manchester Road and Seven Trails Drive. The site currently is occupied by Rothman Furniture and is the proposed future site of a U-Gas, two-story office building and possibly a Wendy’s fast food restaurant. Other businesses, including a bank, also have shown interest in the location. Several residents during the citizen comments portion of the Dec. 13 Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting spoke about the proposed development. Some people said they favored the project because it would bring additional jobs and increased tax revenue to the city and would improve the area. One resident asked the board if the project is consistent with the Great Streets Initiative and said there are enough gas stations and fast food restaurants in Ballwin and that the project would hurt existing businesses by shifting money from one business to another. A resident whose property backs to the proposed development site voiced concern about privacy and security issues. On hand to address such concerns were Craig Taylor, president and CEO of U-Gas Inc.; Bill Biermann, a developer with W.B. Biermann Co.; and Brian Rensing, a traffic engineer with Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier (CBB). Ballwin Alderman Pat McDermott (ward 2) said that while he commended Biermann

for what the developer is trying to do, he wanted at make sure the city does the right thing on behalf of its residents, current and future business and property owners, and developers. McDermott said he was concerned about inadequate parking during peak hours and potential traffic problems. If you get a large number of cars stacked up on that road with the gas station development, we could create some traffic issues there,” McDermott said. McDermott said also that it was important to note that contrary to some recent reports, Rothman Furniture CEO Dale Steinback recently was quoted as saying that if the proposed development did not go through, Rothman would remain at its current location. “I think it’s important to get it out there that we will not end up with a 42,000-square-foot vacancy, based on what we know today,” McDermott said. Alderman Michael Finley (ward 1) shared McDermott’s concerns about the project and questioned whether the proposed development reflected the Great Streets Initiative and if it was the right fit given the current economy. Alderman Frank Fleming (ward 3), who sits on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, said he believed the petitioners had done everything the Planning and Zoning Commission had asked them to do. “All we can do as a local government See U-GAS, next page


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Creve Coeur considers CIDs By TED DIXON JR. As the new year begins, the Creve Coeur City Council is considering two petitions to form community improvement districts within two sectors of the city. A community improvement district (CID) can be defined as a political subdivision created by a city granting the power to impose a retail sales tax to finance improvements and services. It is a tool for funding improvements that directly enhance property values by allowing property owners to determine how funds are spent in their area. At its final meeting in 2010, the city held two public hearings on the proposed CIDs and is expected to decide in January whether or not to impose them. The first CID under consideration would be for the Olive/Center Parkway involving the Plaza Motors automotive dealership. Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said Plaza Motors requested that the CID cover its entire campus. The proposed sales tax rate is .625 percent, which Perkins said would apply only to the sale of auto parts – not to the sale of automobiles. If approved, Perkins said, the total sales tax rate for the sale of cars in the district would remain at 7.625 percent. The CID would be effective for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years. That proposed CID would fund construction, landscaping and irrigation of the median on Center Parkway, additional landscaping and a fountain, maintenance within the district, and improved hazardous waste disposal. “It would also provide additional security within the district and utilities costs associated with security and directional signage to improve traffic flow,” Perkins said. The property owners of Plaza Motors, First Bank, and Bristol Seafood Grill along Olive Blvd. requested the second proposed CID to fund the burial of overhead lines from New Ballas Road to I-270. During the past several years, the city has sought

opportunities to place underground the overhead lines along Olive to improve the aesthetics of the road and encourage redevelopment of the commercial corridor. The properties are within the Olive Blvd. Transportation District (TDD), which imposes a one-half-cent sales tax. The Olive TDD originally planned to place the overhead lines underground from Craig Road to I-270 but has completed only a portion of the utility line burial project and has reduced the project due to lack of fund-

ing. It would cost approximately $800,000 to complete the utility line burial, including all construction, engineering and inspections. Property owners in the area have agreed to a one-half-cent sales tax increase to complete the project, pending approval by the city council. If it is authorized, the total sales tax rate in the district would be 8.626 percent, except for Plaza Motors, where as previously stated, the tax rate would remain at 7.625 percent for

auto sales and 9.25 percent for auto parts. According to city officials, First Bank has no retail sales on its property. If approved, that CID would be effective for no longer than 30 years, although work could be completed sooner. “Most of this work is going to be done by AmerenUE,” Perkins said. “We don’t view this as a particularly time-intensive project. We think both projects will be a significant benefit to the city. The city is getting back something in value.”

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Holiday letter from two aldermen alleges problems in city By BRIAN MCDOWELL A holiday letter two Manchester aldermen sent to their constituents attracted quite a bit of reaction at the city’s Jan. 3 board of aldermen meeting. The letter from Hal Roth and Bob Tullock (both of ward 1) cited charges against the city’s mayor, attorney and fellow aldermen. According to the letter, 75 percent of money for the city’s infrastructure improvements are spent in ward 2, while ward 1 only receives 15 percent of those expenditures and ward 3 receives 10 percent. “Ward #1 has a lot of infrastructure improvements of its own and as your aldermen we believe that your tax dollars should be distributed more evenly throughout all three wards,” the letter stated. No one seems to dispute the accuracy of that claim; the disparity exists largely due to channels for storm water in ward 2 neighborhoods. Some aldermen and city residents have said that funds should go to areas of the city needing the most infrastructure improvements, most of which currently are in ward 2. Ward 1 has had issues with water runoff in the Dover Falls and Chadwick areas, and there were studies approved by the board on how to best address those issues. However, the studies will not take place until the city approves its 2011 budget. Citing fiscal concerns, Tullock voted no on the budget and Roth abstained from voting. The letter implied that Manchester City Attorney Patrick Gunn is secretly running the city and urged the hiring of a new city attorney. Tullock and Roth accused Gunn of representing elected officials in the city on personal and private lawsuits not involving city business. Gunn at a previous meeting denied ever representing any Manchester officials in

private lawsuits. Tullock and Roth in their letter said also that Manchester Mayor David Willson and his administration forced long-time Manchester Police Sgt. Charlie Everingham to resign. Willson denied the allegation, saying he learned of Everingham’s resignation after the fact. All parties involved have said that City Manager Ed Blattner and Acting Police Chief Timothy Walsh were the only ones in the room with Everingham when he signed his resignation papers. The letter also accused Willson of refusing to release his city expense account, but under the Missouri’s Sunshine Law, the information is available to anyone willing to file a file request and pay a fee. Willson has maintained that any purchase made with the city credit card must be approved by Blattner or other members of the city’s staff. He said he has not used his city-issued card in more than eight months. It was not the first time Tullock and Roth aroused controversy in the city. Other board members have blamed their strategy of abstaining to vote as a way of preventing Willson from casting tiebreaking votes, resulting the city’s failure to pass a budget and hire Walsh as a full-time police chief. Tullock has sued both the city and board of aldermen for the right to be recognized as president of the board, claiming he was elected to the position but that Gunn blocked him from serving. The case is due to go to court on Jan. 21, and Manchester taxpayers will be paying Gunn to defend the city in the case. Roth later characterized the Jan. 3 board of aldermen meeting as “organized theater.” He said all surveys sent to residents had been returned and that the overwhelming majority of them were positive.

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Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the Missouri Congressional delegation didn’t demand an equal amount of federal dollars for our state.” Ottenad said that in her 13 years on the board, she never has seen the city politically come to a similar standstill. Willson said that voting no on the budget was an acceptable thing to do but that abstaining from voting to prevent the board from achieving a majority was not. “You can vote yes, or you can vote no, but you’ve got to vote,” Willson said. Willson indicated that given the opportunity to cast a tie-breaking vote, he would have voted yes.

Clement characterized the tactic of abstaining from voting as an attempt to “impose the minority view on the majority.” “The tactic is deceitful and damaging,” Clement said. “In this case, the damage is imposed on city residents.” Residents present at the meeting expressed dissatisfaction with the board’s failure to pass a budget. “How is this supposed to make us look and feel as residents of this city?” Roberta Everson said. Ottenad said she was not surprised that residents would have such a reaction. “They put us in here for a reason, and it’s not this,” Ottenad said.


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Area mayors reflect on 2010, plan for 2011 By BRIAN MCDOWELL The year 2010 presented local municipalities with many challenges but also offered many opportunities for growth. No one really knows what awaits West County in 2011, but local mayors are brimming with plans, goals and ideas. To get a clear reflection of what happened throughout West County last year and what residents can expect this year, West Newsmagazine asked area mayors what they did for their cities last year and what they planned to do this year. Here are their responses:

Finance and Administration Committee of the council, our city administrator, and our director of finance and administration, have worked tirelessly to stay “on top” of the changing situations and I think we can say that we have “weathered the storm” of 2010. Goals for 2011: To continue our fiscally conservative approach to providing excellent services in a very economical manner, maintaining the flexibility to react to uncertainties as needed. We should also note that

2011 will be the year in which many of the parks and recreation projects, approved by Creve Coeur Mayor taxpayers earlier, will come to fruition. Our Harold Dielmann amphitheater along Veterans Way, near the Main accomplishSachs Library, will be completed in May ment in 2010: The city and the trail system, which will eventupassed a one quarter of ally link both lakes in the area, will also Dielmann one percent sales tax on be completed by next summer. Our Riparian Trail is also taking shape – when com- trash pickup, which will raise $800,000 a pleted (not fully in 2011, however), it will year in general funds for the city. link the urban core of Chesterfield with the Chesterfield Valley. See MAYORS REFLECT, page 32

Ballwin Mayor Tim Pogue Main accomplishment in 2010: Being able to increase our road improvement budget by Pogue over $500,000, and we are planning on increasing it by $1 million for 2011. I feel that we need to do everything possible to improve our roads.  This is important to maintain property value and the image of our community. Biggest challenge in 2010:   Maintaining our budget during this economic downturn. Through good fiscal management we were able to maintain all of our city services throughout the year.  Goals for 2011: I hope to continue the economic growth that we have seen in 2010. Ballwin has seen several development projects that either started last year or will begin in 2011. The second phase of the plaza at Henry and Clayton has begun, a new development at the Rothman Furniture (site) and former Plunkett Furniture building have been approved and we currently have a proposal for the former Red Lobster location on Manchester Road. Ballwin has also seen several residential developments over the past year as well. 

Chesterfield Interim Mayor Barry Flachsbart Main accomplishment in 2010: Maintained city services at the Flachsbart same high level, even in the light of significantly adverse financial challenges. Along with this has been the accomplishment of positioning ourselves for the future. We are going into 2011 with a balanced budget and no cutbacks in services. Biggest challenge in 2010: Clearly, the financial issues. But the staff and the city council, especially the members of the

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A petition from Pam Holmes of Fifth Third Bank, 503 Richley Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63017, for the approval of a Manchester rd. redevelopment District overlay zoning classification to the existing C-1 district zoning classification of the property commonly known as 15200 Manchester rd., ballwin, Mo, 63011.

The City of Ballwin will consider the zoning ordinance or district regulations as provided herein, or may adopt different changes or provisions, without further notice or hearing, as the Board of Aldermen may deem to be in the public interest. The public hearing may be continued, by announcement at the public hearing, from time to time, as deemed necessary by the Planning and Zoning Commission, without publication of the time and place of the continued public hearing. Petitions of protest against zoning district boundary changes, duly signed and acknowledged, must be submitted by owners of thirty percent or more of either: (1) the area of the land (exclusive of streets and alleys) included in the proposed change(s), or (2) within the area determined by lines drawn parallel to and one hundred and eighty-five feet distant from the area proposed for a zoning district change, public rights-of-way excepted. These petitions will be considered in determining the percentage of favorable votes by the Board of Aldermen necessary to make the zoning district change in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ballwin. Residents of Ballwin are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services of the City of Ballwin regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, national origin or political affiliation. If you are a person requiring an accommodation, please call (636) 227-8580 V or (636) 527-9200 TDD or 1-800-735-2466 (Relay Missouri) no later than 5:00 P.M. on the third business day preceding the hearing. Offices are open between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. ______________________ Thomas H. Aiken, A.I.C.P. Assistant City Administrator / City Planner

Eagle has landed in West County West Newsmagazine reader Dave Stuckenschneider was driving on Hwy. T in West County on Dec. 28 and thought he saw a bald eagle on the side of the road feasting on the carcass of a deer. “I came back and he was still there – a bald eagle for sure,” Stuckenschneider said. “I tried to get a picture with my phone, but he flew away.” Determined to get a photo, he went to get a better camera (and his wife), returned to the site and took this picture from Hwy. T, near Fahr Greenhouse in Wildwood.

Creve Coeur mayor’s granddaughter found dead in car By TED DIXON JR. Courtney Turner Chambers, the 28-yearold granddaughter of Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann, on Jan. 3 was found dead in Charlottesville, Va. Chambers attended St. Paul’s Evangelical Church on Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. According to a statement released by the church, Chambers was found in her car after taking a lunch break from her place of business in Charlottesville. The church reported that she had lived there with her husband, Drew, for the past three years, and the two were preparing to move to New York City, where her husband had a job at Barclay’s Bank. Police said they do not suspect foul play

in Chambers’ death. The church reported that heart arrhythmia was the cause of her passing. There is no official confirmation of that report. At press time, an autopsy is scheduled but has not yet been performed, according to one media outlet. Chambers attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School and graduated in 2001. Four years later, she graduated from Southern Methodist University in Texas. Chambers was the daughter of Larry and Susan Turner and was the eldest of four daughters. In an e-mail to city staff, Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said Susan Turner lives next door to the mayor, who could not be reached for comment.


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Better Together against Cancer Haley Bergman, left, and Kira Stewart, members of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) celebrating the Jan. 2 kick-off of the smoking ban at Applebee’s in Creve Coeur.

West Countians celebrate smoking ban By TED DIXON JR. St. Louis County Department of Health officials, Creve Coeur city officials and West County residents on Jan. 2 gathered at Applebee’s Bar and Grill on Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur to celebrate the first day of the new Creve Coeur and St. Louis County smoking bans. The Creve Coeur City Council at its Nov. 8 meeting passed by a 5-0 vote a citywide ban on smoking in public places within the city, including any place of employment, public places such as casinos or nursing homes and any vehicle owned by the city. Also included in the bill is the law that no person can smoke on any sidewalk, driveway or other open area within 15 feet of the entry to any place of employment, public place or meeting. Creve Coeur Councilmember Beth Kistner (ward 1) sponsored the bill and attended the event at Applebee’s. She said private clubs such as the American Legion and Elks Club will be grandfathered, thus will not be impacted by the new regulations except during public events. Any private club opening after Jan. 2 will be subject to the ordinance. Kistner said she received support from the council and from residents on the issue, which she said is a health-related matter and is also about Creve Coeur becoming a community helping to lead other municipalities to pass similar laws. “The (St. Louis County) law needs to be stronger,” Kistner said. In November 2009, St. Louis County voters passed by 65 percent what is now known as the Clean Indoor Air Law, a bill that provides exemptions for casino floors, small bars, private bars and long-term care facilities. Creve Coeur joined Clayton, Brentwood and Kirkwood as local cities that have adopted smoking regulations. Regarding the county law, the St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) is

calling on residents and businesses to come forward to face the challenge of tobacco head-on. That is why it began the “Let’s Face It” initiative aimed at helping people to quit using tobacco and to help spread the word about the benefits of a smoke-free environment. According to the DOH, the St. Louis region is one of the worst in the nation for asthma, and Missouri has one of the highest death rates from tobacco-related illnesses in the country. Missouri ranks 48th in funding for programs to help smokers quit and to keep kids from smoking in the first place. Deneen Busby, DOH spokesperson, said at the Applebee’s gathering that she was excited to see a smoke-free St. Louis County come to fruition. “It’s a great step forward to the county becoming a healthier community,” Busby said. Instrumental in advocating a smokefree environment were several students from Westminster Christian Academy. Especially delighted were seniors Haley Bergman and Kira Stewart, members of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann said the city has been working for a long time on the smoking ban and has been working with SWAT since 2005. SWAT members have attended Creve Coeur City Council meetings and have traveled to Jefferson City to alert lawmakers there of tobacco’s harmful effects. Last year, they participated in a “sit-in” event at the same Applebee’s, when SWAT members filled the entire smoking section, providing customers there with a smoke-free atmosphere. “It’s pretty exciting,” Bergman said. “It’s all about being healthy.” Stewart agreed. “It’s more appealing to come to a smokefree environment,” she said.

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By BRIAN MCDOWELL A Chesterfield resident recently spent a couple of hours in the presence of the most powerful man in the world. Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick in early November was part of a meeting President Obama hosted in Mumbai, India. Chadwick, who described his job as overseeing “anything military that flies or goes boom – helicopters, planes, missiles,” is responsible for introducing customers in 15 countries to Boeing’s products and their capabilities. He deals primarily with military leaders and parliaments, although he has had the chance also to meet a few heads of state. He said he spends about 150 nights a year sleeping in hotels around the world. Boeing since 2005 has sold military aircraft to India. Chadwick said he has been there roughly 35 times in the past five years to familiarize India’s military officials with their aircraft purchases, including a C-17 transporter that is produced largely in St. Louis. During his recent presidential visit to India, Obama wanted a meeting with American business leaders who sell products there, and Chadwick was chosen to represent Boeing’s 190,000 employees. When the time to meet Obama arrived, Chadwick said, he and five other American businessmen were escorted into a meeting room where Secret Service agents and various members of the president’s traveling staff awaited the president’s arrival. Chadwick said he happened to be the first person in the room to be greeted by

Obama, and while he was not intimidated by the encounter, he said he “did have to take a step back and catch my breath.” “What (Obama) did was go in, shake my hand, and then we just talked for a few minutes,” Chadwick said. “He seemed willing to talk about whatever I wanted and to get to know me personally a little bit. I wish I’d been better prepared for that.” After all of the business leaders met and chatted with the president, they sat down for a discussion, with Chadwick seated next to Obama. Chadwick said the group met for about 45 minutes, during which time Obama asked each person in attendance for ideas on improving America’s business interactions with India and highlighted the jobs that a close financial relationship between the nations could create in the U.S. According to Chadwick, Obama was very personable and a very good listener. “He could talk to you and make you feel like you’re the only one in the room.” Chadwick said. As the meeting wrapped up and members of the White House press corps came into the room, Obama made an announcement about the sale of Boeing airplanes to India, a deal that Chadwick called “a huge iconic sale.” Chadwick said that as he spoke on behalf of his company, he felt a tinge of nervousness but plowed through his speech and believed he made a good impression. Chadwick characterized the experience as “humbling” and said, “It was everything I expected it to be and more.”


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Taxing issues: Tax professional explains tax cut compromise By BRIAN MCDOWELL If the president and Congress had failed to pass the so-called “tax cut compromise” in late December, many area taxpayers would not have had a very happy New Year. That is the conclusion reached by JacksonHewitt Assistant General Manager Doug Osgood, who for the last 13 tax seasons has helped people fill out their tax forms. According to Osgood, if the tax cuts had expired, income tax brackets would have adjusted upward. Most brackets would have adjusted up 3 percent, he said. For example, the 25 percent bracket would have drifted up to 28 percent, which means rates would have gone up for most people on Jan. 1, if not for the compromise. Also according to Osgood, an alternative minimum tax would have kicked in for individuals making more than $33,000 per year and for married couples making $45,000. The compromise, however, kept rates as they were. Osgood said the estate tax would have been bumped to any estate worth more than $1 million, but now, it applies only to individuals with estates worth more than $5 million and to couples with estates worth more than $10 million. Osgood explained that unemployment insurance was extended as part of the compromise. He said that capital gains taxes would have risen to 20 percent, but now, the top rate remains at 15 percent. There was a 2 percent reduction in the

Wildwood resident hit by tow truck, dies By SARAH WILSON David Kelly, 47, passed away on the night of Jan. 4, after being hit by a tow truck on Mo. Route 109. Captain Kenneth Williams, commander for the St. Louis County Police Department for the city of Wildwood precinct, said at approximately 7:15 p.m., Kelly was parked on the shoulder of Alt and Old State Roads. He tried waving down the tow truck driver, who was going the speed limit, when the driver hit him. He died later that night at St. John’s Mercy Center in Creve Coeur. Kelly is survived by his wife Gina Kelly, stepchildren Carly Farris and Collin Hopfenzitz, parents Ret. Col. James Kelly and Lorraine Kelly, and siblings Denise Weik and Mark Kelly. Contributions in Kelly’s memory may be made to Pujols Family Foundation, Compassions International, David H. Kelly Memorial Fund c/o Bank of America Ref. #354001060737.

amount of Social Security tax that will be taken directly out of paychecks. The 6 percent rate was lowered to 4 percent, so people will have a little more take-home pay. When asked if that would pose a threat to the financial solvency of Social Security system, Osgood said, “That’s a good question. I’ve wondered that too. I don’t know. I’m not an economist. I know their hope is that this will stimulate the economy and

help create some jobs.” Among other benefits that Osgood said taxpayers would enjoy from the compromise are extensions of the repeal of itemized deduction limits, and marriage penalty relief through 2012. Osgood said most of the compromise will expire in two years, at which point, he said, there will be another political fight over tax rates. “This will be an ongoing thing every

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Council votes to raze farmhouse, raises hopes for saving it By MARCIA GUCKES The Chesterfield City Council on Jan. 3 voted to preserve the barn and tear down the farmhouse at the Eberwein Park property located on 18.5 acres at 1627 Old Baxter Road but tried also to give hope to those who want to save the century-old farmhouse. The council unanimously approved a plan for historic restoration of the barn. That means the exterior will be fixed to maintain the barn’s historic character and integrity, but the interior will be fixed only to make it safe. It will be used for storage only and not open to the public. The $140,000 for the project will come from park fund reserves and includes more than $21,000 to maintain the barn for one year. Councilmembers heard from several residents with varying opinions about what should be done with the house and considered several options for the house offered by Councilman Lee Erickson (ward 2), including mothballing it until funds could be raised for its restoration and selling it to a private preservationist. Each alternative was voted down. “I don’t think it’s wise of us to spend this money in this (economic) environment when it’s not a capital improvement,” Councilman Matt Segal (ward 1) said. Several other councilmembers agreed, saying they did not think the city should spend money to hold onto the house until it could be restored or sold. Finally, the council voted 7-1 to demolish the house at a cost of about $45,000.

Acting-Mayor Barry Flachsbart cast the only dissenting vote. Just before the vote was taken, Councilman Bruce Geiger (Ward 2) offered some hope to the preservationists at the meeting. “Government works slowly,” Geiger said. “It’ll take four or five months for any action to happen. If a miracle happens during that period of time and you come back to us with outside funding, I would be more than happy to change this vote and vote to save the house.” The Heritage Foundation of Chesterfield (HFC) is a local non-profit organization that has been working to persuade the city to restore the house. In a recent letter, the HFC offered to partner with the city to renovate, manage and maintain the buildings. But after the council’s decision to raze the farmhouse, the HFC will be re-evaluating its goals, according to Jane Durrell, vice-chair of the HFC and a former Chesterfield councilwoman. “We really treasure these old places,” Durrell said, “and I think we suffered a great loss.” She said the HFC will meet to consider its options and that the organization will consider whether to pursue ways to contribute to the restoration of the Eberwein farmhouse or may look at different goals, such as offering grants to owners of historic structures in order to keep them standing. More information about the HFC’s preservation efforts can be found at heritagechesterfield.org.


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Nearly 300 people in December attended the Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at The Principia. They were treated to Soloist Katharine Lawton Brown, special effects by Kindermusik Academy students, and the all-volunteer orchestra, with musicians ranging in age from 13 to 80 years, led by Conductor David Peek.

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have made a difference in a child’s life, in a Rockwood school or in the Rockwood community. Any individual providing volunteer service or working at a Rockwood location is eligible to be nominated for the award. The ROSE award is given to a maximum of 15 individuals each year who show excellence of character, performance, leadership and service to the Rockwood School District.  Nominations will be accepted through Wed., Jan. 26; ROSE award winners will be notified on March 1.  Rockwood patrons and staff members may nominate two individuals they believe have made a difference in Rockwood schools.

Earned diplomas High school diplomas recently were awarded to eight students from the Individualized Learning Center (ILC) in the Rockwood School District. The students were honored during a completion ceremony. “The students recognized today demonstrated perseverance and diligence as they met the Rockwood expectations for graduation,” ILC Principal Michael Hylen said. “We are excited to celebrate this important academic milestone with them.”

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Rockwood ‘adopts’ families Twenty-nine Rockwood School District families for the holiday season received gifts and support from schools and departments throughout the district. In addition to the district-wide AdoptA-Family project, several  schools  organized projects to support the families in Chesterfield Elementary students package food collected from their own buildings a canned food drive. and communities.   To focus the collection efforts, adopted families completed a wish list of items ranging from clothing and shoes to personal care items and assistance paying bills.   “The project is a wonderful way to lend support to the families in our district that are struggling,” Melissa Feig, Rockwood social worker, said. “Despite the difficult economy, our schools and departments have been overwhelmingly generous with their support.”  The Individualized Learning Center raised money for its adopted family through its “Photo with Santa” event. For $1, students dressed in costumes as Santa and his elves posed for pictures at the school and Route 66 Senior Center. The school also sold candy grams and raffle tickets to win lunch with the principal.  National Art Honor Society students at Marquette High put their artistic talents to work by knitting scarves for the Adopt-A-Family project.  Rockwood Valley Middle School collected gifts for the six families it adopted, and the Parent-Service Organization raised $6,000 through a coin drive.  In addition, students throughout the district collected  money, food, clothing, magazines and toys to support other local charities.

From left: River Bend Elementary Principal Bonnie McCracken, Ryun Deckert and Parkway West High math teacher Ruth Knop.

It was the culmination of a project in which the students study an animal, write a report about it and make a mask of the animal’s face. In an assembly, students wore their masks and told the audience interesting facts about their animal. Young audience members were able to “activate” each animal by touching the mask’s nose. North Side Principal Stella Erondu said the program fit in with the grades’ science and social studies curriculum. “This was a great experience for students from both North Side Community and Rossman School, who all learned from each other and enjoyed getting to know each other,” Rossman Head of School Pat Shipley said.

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By MARCIA GUCKES Rockwood School District administrators have been given the go-ahead to make more than $5.3 million in cuts, raise various fees, and postpone a decision on a tax increase. The district over the past two years already has cut $12 million from its operating budget, but this is the first time cuts will reach into classrooms. Elementary students will feel it when it comes time for the Science Olympics or when the mobile science lab would have come to their school. Middle school students may notice a change in the number of counselors or other staff members. High school students will notice when they take driver’s education but never get to actually drive a car. Those are among 37 items the school board at its Dec. 16 meeting decided to cut. The largest reduction will come from cutting school staff for a total of almost $2 million. High school, middle school and Center for Creative Learning principals will be responsible for reducing their staffs to save $960,000. The number of school counselors will be reduced to save $600,000. Other staffing cuts include four curriculum instructional coaches, one administrator in the technology department, and some of the high school parking lot attendants for a total of $393,000. Another large sum will be cut by freezing the salaries of administrators and support staff without existing contracts for a savings of $932,000. Other cuts include eliminating elementary Science Olympics, parking the mobile science lab, and eliminating the driving portion of driver’s education. Students may notice also reductions in technology and software, character education, and zero hour. Although funds for science trips to the Smoky Mountains, the Tetons, and a marine science location were cut from the schools’ operating budget, the programs

will still operate under the direction of the Community Education department. Teachers may feel the pinch when it comes to stipends for school leadership, professional development and training, which were eliminated to save more than $450,000. Nine budget cuts tabled for now would make even more staff cuts, including elementary classroom assistants, high school hall monitors, in-school suspension and study hall teachers, nurses, middle school math initiative teachers, high school assistant principals, and secretaries. Board directors decided they did not need to consider those reductions at this time because they had already cut enough to make up for the expected shortfall of more than $5 million in the 2011-2012 school year. They were pleased that they were able to maintain a fund balance of more than 18 percent, which enables them to keep the district’s AAA bond rating. The school board considered also six revenue-generating items and a tax increase. The tax increase was tabled, which means if the board decides to put a referendum on the ballot, it will not be until November. The board agreed to three ways to raise $440,000. First, the full-day kindergarten tuition rate increases from $3,450 to $3,625 a year. Second, high school parking permits will cost $80 more, increasing from $100 to $180 per year. Third, it will cost $2 more to get into high school sports activities, with ticket prices increasing to $5. School board directors asked for more information about eliminating the senior incentive, which allows seniors with good records and high grades to arrive late or leave early; charging a “pay to play” fee of $100 for certain extra-curricular activities; and charging a fee for bus riders who live fewer than 3.5 miles from school. It is estimated that those items could generate more than $2.4 million.


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Parkway may make full-day kindergarten free By MARCIA GUCKES The Parkway School Board is considering making its full-day kindergarten free. Currently, the full-day is an option that costs residents $3,520 per year. Half-day kindergarten is free to all district residents. A Project Parkway task force at the board’s Dec. 8 meeting presented its preliminary recommendation to the school board. The task force, made up of educators and parents, has been studying best practices of kindergartens nationally and internationally. The group also surveyed Parkway parents and staff. According to the task force report, 80 percent of parents responding to the survey support a free full-day kindergarten. Among the task force’s other findings: • There is substantial research pointing to positive outcomes of full-day kindergarten, including students being better prepared for first grade and scoring higher on college entrance exams. • The percentage of U.S. kindergarteners enrolled in full-day programs has increased from 25 percent in 1979 to 70 percent today.

• The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recommends full-day kindergarten. • Four of six area districts (including Parkway) currently charge tuition for fullday kindergarten and two districts offer free full-day kindergarten. • Kindergarten teachers are concerned that they are not able to teach the curriculum to half-day students as effectively as full-day students. The task force estimated the cost to make full-day kindergarten tuition-free at $2.65 million. The report noted that if full-day kindergarten were the only option, there would be a savings to transportation and an increase in revenue for food service. A summary of the task force report published on the district Web site states, “Funding is available within the current budget through a re-prioritization process that will not cause any reductions in services to students.” The Parkway School Board will consider the task force’s recommendations and is expected to make a decision on full-day kindergarten at its next meeting on Jan. 12, after WNM press time.

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By MARCIA GUCKES Parkway students may be going to school and coming home at different times next school year. The school board is considering recommendations that would change the schools’ start and end times and lengthen the elementary school day by 20 minutes. Currently, elementary students attend school for six hours and 35 minutes. The proposal put forth by a “Project Parkway” task force recommends standardizing the length of the day for all schools at six hours and 55 minutes. That would give elementary teachers and students 10 more days of instruction in a school year. It would also allow changes in the bus schedule that would give middle school students an extra hour of sleep each morning. According to the task force report, the proposed changes would address parents’ and teachers’ concern that 7:25 a.m. is too early of a start time for middle school students. The report also noted multiple sleep analysis studies of children and adolescents and proposed that a later start time could benefit the overall health and opportunity for suc-

cess for middle school students. Parkway middle schools currently start at 7:25 a.m., high schools start at 8 a.m., and elementary schools start anywhere from 7:55 a.m. to 9 a.m. The proposed school times for 20112012 are: • High schools: 7:50 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. • Middle schools: 8:30 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. • Elementary schools: 9:10 a.m. – 4:05 p.m. (with exceptions) There are several exceptions to the time change for elementary schools. The exceptions are: • Pierremont, Oakbrook, and Sorrento Springs would follow the high school schedule. • Green Trails would follow the middle school schedule. Details of the 2011-2012 school schedule proposal can be found at parkwayschools.net/news/busTiers.cfm. If the Parkway school board decides to accept the school schedule changes, it is estimated that the district will save $200,000 to $400,000 in transportation costs. The board is scheduled to make its decision on the matter on Feb. 9.

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High school wrestling Parkway South has a new wrestling coach, and he is one of their own in Jim Lake, who took over the job from Tony Griffith. Lake since 2000 has been an assistant wrestling coach at Parkway South, working for Kenny Liddell and Griffith. The former Patriot wrestled for Parkway South and Coach Chip Allison, now the school’s athletic director. Lake in 1993 was a district and sectional champion state qualifier. Lake likes the look of his first team. “We have a good mix of senior leadership and youth,” Lake said. “Several wrestlers in our freshman class have a good amount of little league experience from Bonhomme and our Junior Patriots program. I often forget they are freshmen because they have such strong work ethic. The older wrestlers push them and vice versa.” Junior Donnell Walker was fifth at state last year at 285 pounds. “Obviously, (he) has the credentials, but (he) was a relative unknown last year,” Lake said. “This year is about showing it was no fluke.” Lake has “other guys that are really starting to turn it on,” including junior Tyler Sonnabend (140), senior Jacob Cun-

ningham (152), sophomore Matt Wandersee (119), junior Jeff Woodard (130), and freshman Connor Kloeppel (103). For his first squad, Lake has goals set. “Really, it’s about always wrestling tough, regardless of who the opponent is,” Lake said. “I want us to wrestle aggressive and wrestle to win every time and things will take care of themselves. Our conference is as tough as they come, and I like that. “We look at what Coach (Scott) Sissom has done at Lafayette and Coach Bob Wilhelm at Northwest, Coach (Josh) Hansel at Lindbergh, just to name a few, as the standard of solid, stable programs. With Eureka coming in, it has raised the bar that much more. We have to elevate ourselves to them.” Lake would like to build his program to an elite level but he would also like to generate more notice for the sport. “From a wider standpoint, a goal is also to build interest in the sport as a whole,” Lake said. “All of us in the wrestling community have a role to play as diplomats for the sport of wrestling. With interest comes participation, and with participation comes growth.”

Youth hockey The Chesterfield Hockey Association

(CHA), also known as the Chesterfield Falcons, brought nine teams the Thanksgiving Wishbone Tournament that is hosted by the Northbrook (Ill.) Hockey Club, and two of the teams played in the championship game of the event. The club in the northwest suburb of Chicago provides some of the toughest hockey competition in the Midwest so is a good measuring stick for the St. Louis teams. The CHA Pee Wee division, ages 10-12, brought five of the nine teams. Players from the teams range in age from 10-12 with 1999 and 1998 birth years. The two teams that earned a spot in the Championship Game for the Pee Wee A1 division were from the same local club and beat out six Chicago teams to earn spots in the championship game. The Chesterfield Falcons Pee Wee A1 Markovitz team won the title with a 1-0 victory over the Chesterfield Pee Wee A1 Moceri team. Alex Keuser scored the winning goal in the championship game. The Markovitz team went 4-0 in the tournament, beating Wilmette 6-1, Winnetka 7-2, the St. Louis Rockets 6-2, and CHA Moceri. The team scored 20 goals while the defense gave up just five goals. The Moceri team went 2-1-1 in the tournament. The top three scorers were Teddy Martin (2 goals, 2 assists), Nick Holt (2 goals) and Cameron Wiggins (1 goal, 2 assists). The two teams on Feb. 1 will face each other in league play at the Hardee’s Ice Plex. Members of the Moceri team are: Max

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High school girls’ swimming The Lafayette Lancers girls’ swimming and diving team won the annual Marquette Relays meet. The two-day meet ended with defending state champion Lafayette in first place with 268 points. Trailing the Lancers were St. Joseph’s Academy (244) and Parkway Central (208). Lafayette won first place in five of the nine swimming relays. The Lancers won the following events: • 200 free relay with a time of 1:45:47, making it a new state qualifying relay. Girls on the relay were sophomore Taylor Holz, junior Hannah Chobanian, sopho-

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High school signings Marquette senior Matt Seevers signed a letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Jake Busiek will play Division I baseball at Missouri. Kelly Lamarche will play Division I golf for Evansville. Jordan Woolums will play Division I soccer at Indiana while Shannon Knoblock will play Division I field hockey for Saint Louis University. Also signing were Chelsea Coleman, who will play tennis at William Jewell; Taylor Paskoff, who will swim at Towson University; Abby Moser will play volleyball at Truman State; Kyle Woodsmall will play football at North Dakota; and Zac Walters will play soccer at Rollins College.

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By WARREN MAYES CBC senior defenseman Alec Cochran racked up the post-season awards in high school boys’ soccer. Cochran was named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as an All-American and as its All-Midwest player. He was named also as the Class 3 Defenseman of the Year by the Missouri Soccer High School Soccer Coaches Association. Wisconsin-bound Cochran acknowledged he appreciates the honors he has received, especially the All-American status. “It’s a wonderful honor to be chosen for,” Cochran said about the national recognition. “It is even more special because out of the 70 or so all-Americans, there are only four defenders, so that makes it extra special.” CBC Coach Terry Michler agreed. “It’s a very huge honor – very few players receive this honor,” Michler said. “Coaches from throughout the state make the selection. Over the past three seasons, he distinguished himself and made a strong impression on the coaches. It is well deserved. “He has been honored as the best in his position and picked as an All-American. That speaks for itself. Only the best receive those honors.” All-American recognition is something Cochran cherishes and wants to live up to. “Hopefully, if I continue to improve and work hard in the future, I might get another chance at the college level,” he said. Being named Class 3 Defenseman of the Year for the state also means plenty to Cochran, the first CBC player to win the award since Zach Bauer in 2004. “This honor is

almost equally exciting,” Cochran said. “The reason I say that is because of how many good defenders there were in the state this year. This honor means a lot to me also because it shows me that my hard work and effort paid off.” Solid play on the field and getting into the postseason frequently helped raise Cochran’s visibility, Michler said. “He dominated every ball in the air and did it in a very powerful way,” Michler said. “He made a strong impression through his play.” CBC won state when Cochran was a junior. The Cadets this past fall lost 2-0 in the sectional to Saint Louis University High, finishing with a 20-7-2 record. “Unfortunately this season, we didn’t win state, but I thought it went good,” Cochran said. “We didn’t have an outstanding record, but we did share the MCC (Metro Catholic Conference) title and also won districts.” There are some good things to look back on. “A couple highlights I enjoyed from this past season were when we beat SLUH on Senior Night at CBC and when I had the game-winning goal against Vianney in the CYC tournament,” Cochran said. Michler said Cochran played a huge role for the Cadets on the field this season. “He was the central defender who organized the defense and made it tough on opposing forwards,” Michler said. “He has a physical presence on the field that creates a distinct advantage for him. Opposing players usually choose to avoid a direct confrontation with him. He was our best and steadiest defender for the past two years.” Next, it is on to Wisconsin for Cochran, who plans to sign in February to play there. “I have given my verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin,” he said. “Wisconsin’s athletics, facilities, social environment, and education were what attracted Alec Cochran me to the school.”


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Marquette hockey starts strong By WARREN MAYES Entering his second season as the coach at Marquette with 10 veterans back from last season, Ryan Kane has guided his Mustangs to 11 wins in their first 13 games. With just one loss and a tie, Marquette leads the Mid-States Club Hockey Association’s Suburban West Conference. Although there is plenty of season yet to be played before the playoffs roll around, Kane said he is proud of how his Mustangs have performed. “I can’t remember a Marquette team in recent history that has had a start like this,” Kane said. “Although we have done well up to this point, we are not satisfied. We have not achieved our goals yet “We know that the second half of the season, when we see our division opponents for a second time, is going to be extremely difficult. There is a target on our back and we know it.” Kane acknowledged the good start to the season is more than meeting his expectations. “I expected that the 2010-11 Mustangs were going to be competitive, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted the start we are having,” Kane said. “There are a few key factors that have led to our early success.”

Mainly, Kane said, it has to do with the players. “The players all get along extremely well and seem to truly enjoy competing together,” Kane said. “There is a collective energy and excitement about this group, this season. Starting with the seniors, they have bought in to the team idea and are committed to taking care of the details necessary for success.” Marquette has a signature victory this season – a 4-2 triumph over perennial kingpin CBC. At press time, it is the only local loss the Cadets have sustained. “This may have been the first time Marquette has ever beaten CBC at the varsity level in league play,” Kane said, adding that his information goes back only 10 years. “It was a very exciting win and surely helped propel us to a great start.” The Mustangs’ lone loss to date was a 5-1 thumping to Saint Louis University High. The only other blemish on Marquette’s record has been a 3-3 tie with defending league champion DeSmet. Twins are the Mustangs captains this year. “Senior winger Doug Thorson has been an outstanding captain for us,” Kane said. “Our newly assigned assistant captain is senior defenseman Shane Thorson.”

The Marquette Mustangs hockey team at press time has only one loss.

Goal scoring leaders are Doug Thorson (16 goals, 24 points) and Sam Turner (9 goals, 21 points). The assist leader is Dominic Costa (18 assists, 21 points). The defense has been solid all season. Matt Vandiver is a +14, as is Shane Thorson. The faceoff leader is Casey Barile, who has won 75.28 percent of the draws. In goal, Teddy Barile has a 92.70 save percentage. He is sporting a solid 1.89 goals-against average. “We dress seven defensemen every game, and all of them are logging significant ice time in critical games,” Kane said. “They have done a nice job as a unit. Seniors Matt Vandiver, Shane Thorson and Taylor Land

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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM MAYORS REFLECT, from page 17 tax on the ballot and getting it passed. Goals for 2011: Economic development for the city, filling several vacancies in buildings downtown, and there will be a Walgreen’s opening early in the year, with a traffic light that the city has been working on for 25 years. We have several things on the drawing board, but we won’t be revealing those yet.

Des Peres Mayor Rick Lahr Main accomplishment in 2010: Successfully managing the financial affairs of the Lahr city in a fiscally responsible manner especially in such a difficult economic environment. Responsible leadership has enabled Des Peres elected officials to avoid staff reductions while continuing to offer our residents an extraordinary package of municipal services including free trash, recycling and yard waste. Our parks and recreation programs, including The Lodge, are recognized for excellence, innovation and leadership throughout the state. Conservative spending practices enables the board and I to continue to offer to our residents a property tax rate of zero. Biggest challenge in 2010: While the economy seems to be  improving, it does so at a very gradual rate. I need to do what I can to continue to prioritize and promote a healthy and vibrant business climate through the Manchester/I-270  corridor, while balancing that priority with those of our residents. Our business climate overall is strong; we have been fortunate to see most of our storefront space remain occupied. Vacancies are generally of a very limited duration.  When you live at the epicenter of St Louis County, traffic is always a challenge and will continue to be so. Goals for 2011: Continue the momentum already in place. Be responsive to residents’ concerns. The board of aldermen and I consider our residents to be our customers. Offer a supportive, safe and professionally rewarding environment for city staff. Enhance Des Peres’ recycling effort. Further utilize technology to promote and realize operational efficiencies.

our current economic state and share ideas on the future direction of the city. Biggest challenge in 2010: Developing a direct course of action to navigate the uncharted waters of our economic future. Goals for 2011: We wish to begin the development portion of the Great Streets Initiative through the creation of a perpetual funding mechanism.

Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey

Main accomplishment in 2010: This has proven to be a tremendously successful year Coffey for parks and recreation in Eureka. The city has been able to provide its residents with a disabled inclusive playground, a new $1.5 million state-of-the-art “green” park (Berry Park) as well as the addition of many trails within the city limits. Residents have also had the pleasure of enjoying the highly successful Concerts on Central, which average nearly 1,000 people per event. We have successfully obtained grants to allow us to fund many wonderful neighborhood improvements. In the past month, we have awarded the contract for additional parking in our Old Town district, which will feature a small park and entertainment venue to accommodate events such as concerts and artists. Biggest challenge in 2010: In this difficult economy the city has gone to great lengths to help our business community. Although we have attracted industry (Cenveo and a new industrial park), several restaurants and new medical facilities, we are still challenged by the nationwide economic downturn. This has been especially noted in our Old Town area. Restaurants are doing well, but specialty shops have seen drops in discretionary spending. We have been hosting concerts that attracted thousands to our Old Town. Our new State of Missouri Affiliate Welcome Center has been approved in our business development center on Dreyer Ave. This designation comes with increased signage for the city on I-44 to direct travelers off the highway right through our Old Town district. Our goal will be to encourage these travelers to visit local shops, restaurants, attractions and convenience stores as they Ellisville Mayor continue their journey through the state of Matt Pirrello Missouri. Main accomplishGoals for 2011: We hope to complete ment in 2010: Comple- the design and planning for our new recretion of seven town hall ation center and start the bidding process meetings in two months. by year-end. Our goal will be to have it Pirrello It provided the council constructed and operational in 2012. Our and public with a unique new economic development director, Julie opportunity to have a frank discussion on Wood, is working on numerous projects to


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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM attract new businesses as well as enhance and promote current businesses. We will be in the active construction phase of the new Forby Road and Trail and will have completed Berry Park. With grant funding we will be constructing a new trail to connect our main parks (Legion and Lions) and the Old Town area to Route 66 State Park. Our recently dedicated Soetebier Park will have field improvements and a new parking area. 2011 will be a year that will enhance our already outstanding quality of life in Eureka through the attainment of long-planned goals and the ability to face the challenges before us.

Manchester Mayor David Willson Main accomplishment in 2010: Recommended and appointed a director of finance and Willson recommended appointment of a chief of police. Reached agreement with the South Side Manchester Transportation Development District (Manchester/141). Applied for and received a grant for placing photovoltaic (solar) panels on the Public Works Garage, reducing electric costs and also generating power to affect a rebate from Ameren. Supported the Missouri Municipal League

endeavor to not increase street light rates. Lowered the tax rate upon all residential property in the city of Manchester from five cents ($0.05) per $100 of assessed valuation to a tax rate of four and one-half cents ($0.045) per $100 of assessed valuation for general municipal purposes for calendar year 2010. Retained the 2009 tax rate upon all commercial property in the city of Manchester at a tax rate of four and one-half cents per $100 of assessed valuation for general municipal purposes for calendar year 2010. Completed the sidewalk replacement project in the city of Manchester. One of the five mayors involved in the Great Streets Initiative. Biggest challenge in 2010: Channel A Storm Water Project. Completing the Hanna Road Bridge before school started. Completion of the Veterans Memorial in a timely fashion. Reaching an agreement with the South Side Manchester Transportation Development District. Goals for 2011: East Lafayette Center Bridge removal and replacement. Storm water project construction review and assessment. Complete construction of amphitheater and increase usage of amphitheater for concerts, including Parkway School District utilization. Modernizing of aquatic center. Maintain fiscal responsibility while not reducing any services throughout the city.

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public safety, city infrastructure and related assets, community programs/services and citizen involvement while protecting the Main accomplish- city’s fiscally sound reserve account (in ment in 2010: Respond- excess of $13 million) and continuing our ing with diligence, history of not imposing any property taxes ingenuity and tenacity in upon our residents and commercial interDalton managing the financial ests. impact of the continuing national and local economic downturn on Wildwood Mayor the city, and thereby reducing the projected Tim Woerther 2010 general fund deficit from $1,192,770 to a modest final shortfall of $37,000. SigMain accomnificantly, this success was accomplished plishment in 2010: while continuing our 13-year history of Approval of the ballot imposing zero residential or commercial Woerther measure (referendum) property taxes. Despite economic chalfor the new Wildwood lenges, our public safety and protection City Hall project. efforts continue to produce excellent Biggest challenge in 2010: Addressing results. In this regard, Town & Country’s the need to provide broadband Internet sercrime rate, which serves as a barometer vices to approximately 3,300 Wildwood of success in serving and protecting the households. public, has seen a 27 percent decline in Goals for 2011: Complete the planreportable offenses in the first 10 months ning and design for the community park, of 2010 compared with the same period a 66-acre site northwest of Hwys. 100 and last year. 109. Hopefully implement the selected Biggest challenge in 2010: Making the technology to provide broadband Internet responsible, prudent and necessary deci- services to those 3,300 households which sions with regard to budget and service are underserved. Begin the construction adjustments while maintaining Town & of the new city hall.  Finally, address the Country’s vibrant, community spirit and Strecker Forest environmental assessment high quality of life standards. and the results of the risk assessment which Goals for 2011: To further enhance is currently being conducted.

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By BRIAN MCDOWELL After 15 years of legalized casino gaming in Missouri, the state is leading the way in helping those who have a crippling gambling addiction. The Missouri Gaming Commission’s Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP) is going strong. Created in 1996, the program provides problem gamblers with a method to acknowledge their gambling problems and take responsibility for the addiction by agreeing to forever stop visiting Missouri casinos. Anyone in the state can call a 24-hour, confidential gambling helpline (1-888-BETSOFF) for instructions on joining the VEP and referrals to counselors and Gamblers Anonymous meetings. To join the VEP, gamblers must visit a Missouri Gaming Commission (MGC) office, show a photo ID and sign a piece of paper establishing their identity and verifying their desire to be a part of the program. Those who join the VEP are removed from all Missouri casino direct marketing lists, refused check cashing privileges at Missouri casinos and denied participation in the state’s casino player programs. The problem gambler agrees that if he is discovered in a Missouri casino, he will be arrested for trespassing. Currently, the Missouri VEP has more than 15,000 enrollees, and according to a Gaming Commission spokesperson, 60-80 new people enroll every month. Rick Cox, a certified compulsive gambling counselor at the state-funded Bridgeway Treatment Centers, said the VEP is not intended to be a fix or a surefire cure for addiction but rather a tool for gambling addicts. “As long as they have a healthy fear of the legal system, it gives addicts extra pause about indulging in gambling,” Cox said. Every casino is equipped with a list of those in the VEP, and casinos are expected to keep those listed off of casino properties. However, Cox said that the elimination of loss limits has made it more difficult for casinos to keep tabs on who enters their properties, since anyone older than 21 can enter a casino without showing a player’s card. According to Cox, plenty of relatives of problem gamblers have called casinos to report people on the VEP list who still

frequent the casinos. Missouri’s VEP does not technically extend to casinos in other states, although casinos owned by out-of-town conglomerates, like Harrah’s, are expected to enforce Missouri’s program at all the properties they own. Cox said he encourages his Missouri clients to get on a voluntary ban list in Illinois as well. According to Cox, anyone who has problems created by gambling yet continues to gamble has a gambling addiction and needs to take steps to seek help. Currently, there is no way for anyone in the VEP to ever be removed from the program. Cox said that is a positive thing and cited examples of gambling addicts who stayed out of casinos for more than 10 years and resumed the destructive habit within one visit to a casino. “Anything that puts addicts in action is a problem,” Cox said, adding that for addicts, gambling can affect brain processes in the same way that drugs do. “I’m not saying that all gambling is bad,” Cox said, “but if thousands of people put their name on this list, there is obviously a problem.”


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Snow plowed from roads could end up blocking private driveways for some time. Ballwin Public Works recognizes the inconvenience this causes. To reduce the amount of snow that might block your driveway, shovel an open area along the shoulder at the entrance (see illustration below). Plow blades will then push snow into the area just before your driveway, leaving a much smaller amount in front of it.

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Group Swim Lessons Tuesday & Thursday session runs Feb. 8 to Mar. 3 VIP $47/Reg $57 All levels are available for all ages. Call or go online for various times and level descriptions.

DJ and Dancing Feb 4, 6:30 to 8:30pm VIP/Reg $8/at the door $10 (Ages: 21+) Gather with friends for dessert and refreshments and listen to your favorite tunes. Enjoy all types of dancing; slow, fast, swing, and line dancing. Participants are welcome to bring their own CDs for the DJ to play. This event will be held at The Pointe.

Homeschool PE Feb 2 through Feb 23 on Wednesdays from 1-2:30pm VIP $15/Reg $19 This physical activity class is designed to provide home school students the opportunity to participate in group activities which include, sports, fitness, and health and wellness activities. We offer a $5 discount for each additional child when registering two or more children from the same household. The home school PE programs are held at The Pointe.

Trivia Night March 4 held from 6:30-10pm $160/ table (Ages: 21+) Join your friends and family for a fun packed night at the Ballwin Golf Club. Beer and soda is included. Make sure to bring your own snacks!

Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance February 12 held from 6-8:30pm VIP/Reg $15 each Dads, the sweetheart in your life is ready for a special evening. Join us at the Ballwin Golf Club for dinner and dancing. A photographer will be present for a keepsake photo. Register by February 8.

Lunch & Bingo Feb 9, Feb 23, March 9, and March 23, from 11am to 1pm $6/person (Ages: 21+) Join us for an afternoon of lunch, fun BINGO, and great prizes! We will play six rounds of Bingo followed by lunch and dessert, then play another six rounds. Pre-register by Sunday prior to program to avoid $2 late fee. This event will be held at The Pointe meeting room.

For those interested in reserving a practice ball field for the spring of 2011, a lottery will be held on February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Due to the limited capacity, field reservations will only be available to Ballwin residents with current Ballwin ID cards and those present on February 1 for the lottery drawing. Lottery entrants will be limited to one per family and one per team. If you have any questions, you may contact John Hoffman at 636-227-8950, or by email at jhoffman@ ballwin.mo.us.

Kids Night Out Jan 28 or Feb 25 from 6:00 to 9:45pm VIP $10/Reg $12 (Ages: 7-12) Kids will enjoy a night of play while parents enjoy a night out in Ballwin. Kids, be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel. Pizza and drinks will be provided as a snack. Drop the kids off and enjoy dinner in the area! An additional $2 fee will be charged to those who sign up the day of Kids Night Out. This event will be held at The Pointe.

Upside Down Indoor Triathlon Jan 15 or Jan 16, Heats begin at 7am $25/participant Challenge yourself with the first Ballwin Race Series event of 2011! Start early accumulating Ballwin Race Series points in this indoor triathlon that puts a unique spin on the traditional three-event race. Each participant will run 15 minutes, bike 15 minutes, and swim 10 minutes in that order. Total distance will determine place.

Movie at The Pointe Jan 14, begins at 7 pm FREE Bring your blanket to watch “Shrek Forever After” in the gym. Concessions will be available to purchase.

Watch for the Ballwin Parks and Recreation Activity Guide to be featured in the center pull out section of the March 2 “West Newsmagazine.” The same Activity Guide will also be available online beginning February 14 with registration beginning March 2.

For your convenience, we offer activity registration online at www.ballwin.mo.us. Just click on the activity registration starburst. The City offers a wide variety of athletic, youth and adult programs such as dances, lunches and Bingo, fitness programs, swim lessons and other great events.

Get a jump start on summer activity plans. Enjoy crafts, face painting, and much more! Learn everything you need to know about Ballwin summer camp programs, meet our camp directors, and have an opportunity to register early!

Programs & Activities

Ballwin Summer Camp Open House - Feb 26 from 10 am - 2pm at The Pointe.

February Visit Card Special - This special is good for all 10-visit group fitness cards or 20-visit water aerobics cards. When two patrons purchase a visit card at the same time, both patrons will receive two extra classes. This special is good for water aerobics, TRX, Spinning, pilates and yoga classes.

January Membership Special - Receive 13 months for the price of 12 when you purchase an annual Pointe or Pointe Plus membership. Prepayment is required. This offer is not valid on debit memberships. Each new membership will receive a bonus offer of three guest passes. This offer is good through January 31.

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Ballwin’s state of the art community recreation center, The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, is located one half mile south of Manchester Road on Old Ballwin Road. The facility is open to the public seven days a week and amenities include an indoor recreation and lap pool, double gymnasium, youth activity center, Cardio Theater, Cybex and free weights, and indoor track. The Pointe offers babysitting, and a schedule of various group fitness classes including TRX, Spinning, Pilates, yoga and step. The Ballwin Parks and Recreation Department also offers many other classes such as First Aid, CPR skills, and Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes. Please go online to check dates, times and to receive information.

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Ballwin Mayor Tim Pogue appointed resident Pat McDermott to fill the Ward 2 Aldermanic position left vacant by Frank Schmer’s October 26, 2010, resignation. McDermott, an employee of Metro West Fire Protection District, is a life-long resident of Ballwin. He has served as a Co-Chair for the Ballwin Days Committee since 2002, is a member of the Rotary Club of Ballwin-Metro West, and is a current member of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce. Alderman McDermott was sworn in at the November 8, 2010, Board of Aldermen meeting. On November 22, Mayor Pogue appointed Jim Lieber to replace McDermott as co-chair of the Ballwin Days committee.

last several years, this insurance program has been running out of funds earlier each year, and it is hoped that Ballwin can add a few more repairs each year by lowering the cap amount.

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The cap is the total amount each dwelling owner can receive towards the repair of a failed sewer lateral line. The sewer lateral is the line that runs from the exterior wall of the house to the sewer main. Because of the increased demand for repairs over the

Pat McDermott Appointed to Fill Ward 2 Alderman Position

On November 22, 2010, the Board of Aldermen lowered the cap for reimbursement for the sewer lateral repair program. The amount was reduced from $3,500 to $3,000 for all claims submitted after November 22, 2010.

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our street improvement program. Overall, our street initiative will be 60% above 2010 spending levels. In summary, our plan for the new year reflects our continued commitment to live within our means without sacrificing the programs and services that you deserve and expect from the City of Ballwin.

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already experienced positive progress. The Ballwin Grove development on the corner of Henry Road and Clayton is the new home of CVS Pharmacy with additional construction underway. A few of our vacant spaces along Manchester Road have also been filled. We closed out the year with the approval of a four-acre redevelopment project for the northeast corner of Seven Trails Drive at Manchester. We are heading into 2011 with a reserve fund balance of 67% of our Operating Budget. In light of this healthy surplus, the Board of Aldermen authorized a one-time $1 million supplement to

Mayor’s Message 2010 was not a particularly notable year for the City of Ballwin, yet it was significant in that we managed to continue to maintain service levels and programs despite bleak economic conditions. We successfully avoided major cutbacks by anticipating revenue reduction trends and implementing prudent cost containment measures over the past five years. We have been proactive in embracing the Great Streets Initiative and revising our regulatory philosophy to become more realistic and business friendly. As a result of these adjustments, we are poised to meet the challenges that lie ahead. We have

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The Chesterfield-based 12U Missouri Chargers baseball team came in No. 1 in the nation for demonstrating responsible coaching and responsible sport parenting. As a result, the team was awarded a $2,500 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The grant will be used to help pay for the team’s expenses when it visits Cooperstown, N.Y., to play in the Dreams Park Baseball Tournament, which will be held July 1-8. The grant was awarded to the top seven “small organization teams” nationwide which were able to garner enough support by qualifying as Responsible Sports Coaches and Parents. The support was provided through individual voting where participants were required to take online quizzes about how to be a responsible coach and parent. The Missouri Chargers finished tops in the country with 960 votes. “Our team was able to get this kind of support from people who believe in what our team does off the field more than on the field,” said Chargers Manager Tom Mitchell. “Being responsible means doing the right thing with the right motive the right way. That is what embodies our team whether on the field or off.” The Chargers are known for playing competitive youth baseball and winning games but the team continues to teach players how to be charitable, how to be good Americans, how to be held to the highest standard of conduct, and how to be responsible for one’s own decisions and actions. “Things like that are much more important to me than

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how many games we win,” Mitchell said. “It is also what the players will remember throughout their lives. Winning this grant is a reflection of our team’s priorities. We are honored to have received it after so many other teams worked just as hard.” The Missouri Chargers Baseball Club was established this past summer after its oldest team (formally known as the Chesterfield Chargers, started in 2004) began to draw the attention of other coaches who wanted to adopt the system of ChargerBALL. It now consists of three teams and is growing. Besides teaching competitive baseball and playing a lot of games,

the club offers top opportunities for players, but without the outlay of thousands of dollars each season. Teams conduct charity events and the club requires academic accountability from players at all ages, provides a written essay contest each season and awards top performers with “scholarships.” Other benefits include the teaching of systematic fundamental baseball, practice facility access, synched schedules planned well in advance, and sponsorship and fundraising opportunities to reduce the financial burden of youth sports. For more information, visit Missourichargers.com.

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BEST ELECTED OFFICIAL - JANE CUNNINGHAM Not only has Sen. Jane Cunningham provided true conservative legislative leadership to residents of Chesterfield in her position in the State Capitol, she spearheaded the efforts to get Proposition C on the Missouri ballot in August. The measure to repeal insurance mandates in the president’s Health Care Reform Act passed with almost 75 percent of the vote and provided inspiration for states nationwide to attempt to adopt similar measures. BEST MAYOR - TIM WOERTHER, WILDWOOD Wildwood’s Town Center has added a movie theater and several new businesses. A referendum for a new Wildwood City Hall passed. The triumphant summertime St. Louis Home Fires Barbecue Bash was one of the bestattended and most well-liked West County events of 2010. Judging from the votes of our readers, the leadership of Tim Woerther was a big part of the growing West County community’s success.

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franchise, and he expertly rounds out his anchor duties by hosting the local segments of the MDA telethon and using the news to highlight feel-good stories about individuals who make a positive impact in the community. BEST TEACHER - PAT MCPARTLAND, PARKWAY SOUTH HIGH There are some teachers whose students never forget them. Apparently, Parkway South High history teacher Pat McPartland is one of those teachers, and his students, who appreciate his creative teaching methods, will remember him with fondness. Why? As one reader put it, “He’s demonstrably the best history teacher in all of Parkway.” BEST CITIZEN - PAT MCDERMOTT Lifelong Ballwin resident Pat McDermott has served the community in a number of ways. When the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in November of last year appointed him to fill a vacancy on the board, McDermott said he was “proud to have the opportunity to serve the community in yet another way.” He is an engineer, firefighter and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District, has worked with the St. Louis County Fair & Air Show, the Rotary Club, and for the past 10 years as co-chair for the Ballwin Days festival.

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BEST RADIO PERSONALITY - DANA LOESCH Witty, provocative and always interesting, Dana Loesch has managed to use her youthful good looks, her 97.1 FM afternoon talk show and her leadership in the local Tea Party movement as a springboard to prominent appearances on national news shows. Her candor, sense of humor, and ability to get under the skin of liberals make her the perfect spokesperson for the local conservative movement. BEST TV PERSONALITY - MIKE BUSH The majority of those receiving votes in this category work for Channel 5, highlighting the NBC affiliate’s dominance of local TV news. Mike Bush has moved long past his “sports guy” roots to become the face of the news

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BEST CITY - CHESTERFIELD It has been a turbulent year for the city of Chesterfield. Budgetary issues prompted the city to make cuts to its staff, and longtime Mayor John Nations resigned in the fall to take the CEO position at Metro. Despite such challenges, the always-interesting West County community has continued to strengthen its commitment to the arts, provide quality locales for recreation, attract great new shops and restaurants and offer other amenities that

greatly contribute to the quality of life for its residents. BEST LOCAL CITIZEN TO LOOK UP TO - STAN MUSIAL The esteem that a great hero like Stan Musial brings to our community belongs to everyone that has ever lived, visited or even watched a baseball game in the St. Louis area. He wins this category based on far more than his Hall of Fame baseball career; he courageously stood up for early black Major League baseball players, he demonstrated great heroism by serving in World War II during what should have been the height of his playing career, and the local charity work he has done has been legion. Even to those never lucky enough to see him play, Musial is and always will be the face of the Cardinals franchise. It was announced late in 2010 that the year-long efforts of Cardinals fans will pay off when Stan “The Man” will be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this month. It is an honor that is long overdue. BEST HIGH SCHOOL - CHAMINADE Chaminade College Preparatory School is an independent, Catholic day and resident school for male students in grades six through 12. The school boasts a studentteacher ratio of 10:1, an average class size of 18 students and a faculty with 74 percent of teachers holding graduate or doctoral degrees. As a college prep school, Chaminade offers 40 college credit courses and nearly two dozen AP courses. The school is located on a 55-acre campus in Creve Coeur. BEST GRADE SCHOOL - ST. JOHN LUTHERAN Located at the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson Roads in Ellisville, St. John Lutheran offers a Christian education for 155 pre-school students and 350 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education named St. John a Blue Ribbon School, an award honoring schools that either are high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels. In 2007, the school’s administrator was named National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. BEST LOCAL CHARITY - WILDWOOD FAMILY YMCA Since opening in 2001, the Wildwood Family YMCA See BEST OF, page 42


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v ST. LUKE’S WOMEN’S CENTER IN CHESTERFIELD VALLEY Walk-in Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon 6 McBride & Son Corp. Center Drive (at Boone’s Crossing), Suite 102 Appointments also available, call 636.530.5505

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BEST PUBLIC ART - “THE AWAKENING” Readers picked the second casting of J. Seward Johnson’s mighty sculpture for the second consecutive year. At 70 feet in length, “The Awakening” commands attention in Sachs Properties’ sculpture garden, near Central Park in Chesterfield. The giant sculpture was identified as a big factor in the Missouri Arts Council’s selection of the city of Chesterfield as the state’s 2011 Creative Community Award winner.

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BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE AREA - ST. LOUIS HOME FIRES BBQ BASH Held on a late September weekend at the Wildwood Town Center, the 2010 BBQ Bash was a real crowed pleaser. Roughly 35,000 attendees came out for award-winning barbecue, games, competitions and live music. Some even took a ride on a mechanical bull. BEST MALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE - ROB STANDARD Although he never managed to lead his team to the Show-Me Bowl, Chaminade standout Rob Standard will always be remembered as one of the most explosive and talented high school athletes the area ever witnessed. The senior, who has committed to attend Iowa State next year, ran for more than 8,000 yards during the four years that he dominated area football, breaking the all-time metropolitan area record for high school career rushing yards. BEST FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE - KRISTA MENGHINI So far St. Joseph’s Academy senior Krista Menghini has collected nine state medals – the most in school history. In 2010, she finished 10th in the state Class 4 cross country meet and helped St. Joe win the state volleyball championship – on the same weekend. Before graduating, she plans to pack in another season of track and field with the Angels. Menghini has signed to play volleyball at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. See BEST OF, page 44


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Wellness College Lecture Series This free six-week lecture series will include two one-hour sessions per night, presented by medical experts from St. Luke’s Hospital. Each session will provide information on common, preventable diseases, as well as current recommendations for prevention and screening for each topic. Participants may attend one or both lectures on a given date. A question and answer session with the expert will follow each lecture. Tuesday, Jan. 25 • 6 to 8 p.m. Why Wellness and Prevention? James Loomis, MD, internist Cardiovascular Health Morton Rinder, MD, cardiologist Tuesday, Feb. 1 • 6 to 8 p.m. Metabolic Health (metabolic syndrome, diabetes)

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Todd Silverman, MD, neurologist Tuesday, Feb. 8 • 6 to 8 p.m. Orthopedic Health Edward Schlafly, MD, orthopedic surgeon Building a Healthy Mind/Body Connection Sherri Bassi, PhD, licensed psychologist Tuesday, Feb. 15 • 6 to 8 p.m. Women’s Health Issues Part I (breast health and cancer prevention)

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Carlton Pearse, MD, OB/GYN Tuesday, Feb. 22 • 6 to 8 p.m. Bone Health and Osteoporosis Katharine Mikulec, MD, endocrinologist How Sleep Health Affects Your Physical Health D. Troy Curry, MD, sleep medicine specialist Tuesday, March 1 • 6 to 8 p.m. Colon Health and Colon Cancer Prevention Paul Buse, MD, gastroenterologist Skin Health and Skin Cancer Prevention Lawrence Samuels, MD, dermatologist

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BEST OF, from prior page from diverse genres to area music fans. BEST HAMBURGER - CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER The hamburger (actually, cheeseburger) joint with the “Happy Days” feel takes this category for the second consecutive year. Every burger starts with Angus beef; diners pick the cheese and toppings – peanut butter, anyone? Every burger is cooked to order, so chill, and have a malt while you wait. BEST PIZZA - MASSA’S The pizza at Massa’s starts with a thin crust that never is soggy and not too crisp. The default cheese is provel, but the chef will gladly oblige those who prefer mozzarella. Customers can choose from one of a half dozen specialty pies or create their own from a list of ingredients B&B Wildwood 10 that includes fresh tomato, shrimp and even broccoli. For something deliciously different, give the white sauce a try. BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANT - THE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Authentic, freshly prepared Mediterranean specialties as well as the service at this Chesterfield restaurant drew rave reviews from readers. Voters described the fare as “incredible,” “outstanding,” “exotic” and “the best.” One reader said the food caused “an explosion of delicious flavor in my mouth. Yum!” BEST BREAKFAST - SUNNY STREET CAFÉ Sunny Street Café (formerly Rise & Dine) in the Wildwood Town Center took topof-the-morning honors from readers. The breakfast-served-all day menu features all kinds of omelettes, three versions of eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and even a healthy breakfast sundae. Those who crave breakfast for dinner can get it at Sunny Street from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. BEST DESSERTS - SARAH’S CAKE SHOP & CATERING CO. Locally-owned Sarah’s Cake Shop & Catering moved to Chesterfield in 2010. Its custom cakes and cupcakes take the cake (sorry) for their good looks and amazing taste. The buttercream frosting drew praise from several readers. While custom orders are their specialty, there always are goodies in the bakery case to satisfy immediate cravings. Look for the Sarah’s Cake Shop Cake Stop Van – a mobile cupcake van that motors around town and is stocked with specialty cupcakes. BEST MOVIE THEATER-B&B THEATRES WILDWOOD 10 The long-awaited movie house in the Wildwood Town Center did not disappoint. B&B Theatres Wildwood 10 opened Oct. 1, 2010, bringing in addition to its other auditoriums the much-talked-about Marquee Suites reserved for patrons 21 and older. The two upscale theatres feature wall-to-wall curved screens, oversized leather recliners and granite tabletops between every two seats for placing wine, beer, cocktails and fine food catered from nearby Table Three. BEST WINE LIST - BALABAN’S WINE CELLAR & TAPAS BAR Balaban’s in Chesterfield stocks a large library of wines collected at the original Balaban’s, which for more than 15 years won the prestigious Wine Spectator Award. Guests can savor a glass while dining on site (a tasting menu pairs selected wines to appropriate foods) or purchase from the retail store, which features more than 500 fine wines. BEST CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT - FREE CONCERTS The stars come out on summer nights throughout West County. There are free concert series at Bluebird, Des Peres, Faust, New Ballwin (new in 2010) and Schroeder Parks and at the Wildwood Town Center. Grab a blanket and soak up the sounds.

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Note to Parkway and Rockwood To the Editor: What are these schools thinking? Why go through all the trouble to bring kids in from the city if the districts are just going to segregate all the races once they get here? First we have Parkway who wants to have the “Parents of Color PTO.” Are you saying that children of color should have different rules and entitlements than white students? Now Rockwood says they will only honor African Americans in school with special assignments in school. In other words, the Crestview Middle School is allowing a black science teacher to assign an essay, stating, “Write an essay on any

scientist you want, the only stipulation is the scientist must be black.” When the district was asked if they allow such (an) assignment for all races, they said not at this time; however, “once other races are recognized nationally as the blacks are, they will consider allowing such assignments.” How long do you think it would take for the NAACP to get involved if this assignment was given by a white teacher to read, “the scientist must be white”? Why even get started with such nonsense in school? This shouldn’t surprise us, though, coming from a district that doesn’t choose to honor veterans on Veterans Day, where all races, men and women alike, are recognized for their service to this great country, but will close school to honor Martin Luther King. Wasn’t it just a year ago that another Rockwood school was rewarding children from the city with McDonald’s Happy Meal rewards in school because they behaved on the bus, while doing nothing for those students who lived in the district? What do these districts fear will happen if they dare treat their entire student body equal? Why are we all so tolerant? And because we just stand by doing nothing, we are teaching our children they are not worthy of being treated equal. Maybe these school districts would have more respect and appreciation for their local students if they protested taking their MAP test. Let these schools stand on the grades they earn from those races they have chosen to honor. They’re so worried about keeping the transfer students happy because they claim to make so much money off that program, but at the same time they seem to forget about the money they make based on MAP test scores. Note to Parkway and Rockwood Districts: Do yourselves and everyone else a favor and stop bringing politics and race into our schools. Just do your job and teach these wonderful, young children with the same respect. They all deserve it! Pat Davis Chesterfield

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McBride Son Homes in 2011 will move to a new headquarters in Chesterfield. The firm has committed to a long-term lease for 15,000 square feet of office space in the Herman Stemme I building (pictured) at 16091 Swingley Road in Chesterfield Village, developed by Sachs Properties. McBride Son Homes will relocate from McBride Son Corporate Center in Chesterfield, where it was based for nearly 25 years. The space at Chesterfield Village is being renovated for occupation in March by McBride Son. window cleaning.

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Steve Kling was named the 2010 Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year. • • • The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program of Greater St. Louis recently honored staff and volunteers of long-term care facilities who demonstrate excellence in patient-centered care. Honorees from West County facilities included: Bob Morris, volunteer, Bethesda Meadow in Ellisville; Julie Lambers, CNA, Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur; Roberta Mueller, volunteer, and George Odhiambo, lead care manager, both of Sunrise Senior

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds an awards lunch and general membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 19 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Chesterfield. To register, call 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com by Jan. 17. • • • The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds Business Over Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 25 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, call 532-3399 or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com by Jan. 23.

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Danforth Plant Science Center to receive $70 million grant In its last major event before closing its doors in the spring, the Danforth Foundation will give $70 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur. The Foundation on Jan. 7 announced that the grant – the largest in its 84-year history – will be donated to accelerate the Center’s ascent as the world’s leading independent plant science research center. It brings to $226 million the total the Foundation has contributed to the Danforth Center over the years. The grant will be used to help the Danforth Center undertake the first phase of a planned three-part expansion of its scientific staff, capabilities and facilities. “The Foundation was built on stock of the Ralston Purina Company, which defined its business as feeding the world,” John C. Danforth, the Foundation’s chairman and a former U.S. senator from Missouri, said. It could not be more fitting that our final grant is being made to an institution whose mission is to improve nutrition and help feed the hungry.” The mission of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, founded in 1998, is to “improve the human condition through plant science.” Besides seeking to improve nutrition and feed the world’s hungry, Danforth Center researchers are working to develop renewable sources of energy and other sustainable products that will preserve and enhance the environment and make St. Louis the world center for plant science, in terms of research and commercial development. “St. Louis has quickly become a world leader in plant science, and the Danforth Center and its partner institutions are at the core of this effort,” Dr. William H. Danforth, chairman of the Danforth Plant Science Center and vice chair of the Danforth Foundation, said. “The future is bright for St. Louis and for the results of our work. I see the Danforth Center as both a gift to St. Louis and a gift from St. Louis to the wider world.”

The Danforth Foundation grant will support the Danforth Center’s endowment, the income from which will help fund the Danforth Center’s current research and launch Phase 1 of its anticipated expansion. The Danforth Center will rely on support from the St. Louis community and others to complete Phases 2 and 3. “The grant will enable us to add critical expertise and new technologies to the Danforth Center, and then to train scientists how to solve some of the longstanding problems that limit agricultural productivity,” said Dr. James C. Carrington, incoming president of the Danforth Center. “We will focus on addressing some of the major unanswered problems in plant science, such as how genes interact with changing environments to control crop yield, growth and resistance to stress. The grant will also accelerate the translation of basic discoveries into commercial applications, which the St. Louis region is particularly wellsuited to accomplish.” Specifically, Carrington said, the grant will enable the Danforth Center to hire five new principal investigators in critical areas; expand bioinformatics and biocomputing capabilities; and expand training opportunities for scientists, including students – helping to keep the best and brightest in St. Louis. “The opportunities before the Danforth Center and St. Louis are vast,” William Danforth said. “This grant demonstrates the belief in the Danforth Center’s mission as well as its ability to accelerate our progress toward its potential. As with past frontiers our community has embraced, from Lewis and Clark to the Lindbergh flight, visionary people of St. Louis have always played a key role. So, while the Danforth Foundation’s grant serves as a call to continue the journey, successful completion of the journey will depend on the commitments of the people of St. Louis to embrace a shared vision for our region of the world.”

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Creve Coeur woman thankful for debt she owes blood donors By MARCIA GUCKES Sixty-six units of blood and what do you get? Another year older and deeper in debt to those who donated their blood. That is how 58-year-old Kathy Lebedun, of Creve Coeur, feels. In fact, she volunteers at Red Cross blood drives just so she can personally thank donors for giving her the chance to see her daughter grow up and to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary with her husband. “I would not be alive today if it weren’t for all of the wonderful blood donors. They are my heroes,” Lebedun said. Lebedun’s debt of gratitude started back in 1992 when she went to a doctor to check on some enlarged lymph nodes in her neck. He diagnosed her with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), an incurable form of cancer. She was 39 years old, and her daughter, Laura, was 9. “I asked my doctor how long I had to live and he said, ‘Hope for 10 years. Prepare for less.’” At that moment, her long-term goal became to live long enough to see Laura graduate from Parkway Central High School. Lebedun and her doctor watched and waited for about five years until she developed abdominal pain, and then they tried chemotherapy. “Unfortunately I had a poor response to the chemotherapy, and the doctor said there was no sense in completing the course,” Lebedun said. But when she became anemic, the doctor wanted to try chemotherapy again. “I refused,” Lebedun said, explaining that she wanted “kinder, gentler” methods to treat her symptoms.

She told her doctor she wanted to try blood transfusions. It was not a standard treatment, but her doctor agreed. Lebedun said the effects were immediate; she would walk in for a transfusion feeling sick and walk out feeling fine. “So between 2004 and 2008, I had 33 blood transfusions, which was 66 units of blood,” she said. According to Lebedun, she still has leukemia, but it has been stable for 2 1/2 years. She is grateful to all her blood donors, but she is especially moved by her daughter’s direct donations. “I gave her life and then she gave it back to me,” Lebedun said. “There are so many miracles to this story. … The best part of the story to me is that my daughter is 27 years old and I have lived to see her grow up into a beautiful adult.” She is also proud that her daughter now uses her life to help others live healthier lives. “She (Laura) was voted No. 1 personal trainer in St. Louis for 2010 (by a local magazine’s readers),” Kathy said. “Every year she just celebrates my life.” Now, at least once a month, blood donors will find Lebedun volunteering at the registration table at a Red Cross blood drive. She said she volunteers because “I am so thankful to donors,” and because it benefits donors to see an actual person who is alive today because of what they are doing. “I hope that I’m putting a face to all the unknown recipients out there,” Kathy said. She said she tells donors, “I would not be alive today if it weren’t for donors like you.”


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FASHION SHOW, from page 52 “Also as they’re doing this, they’re feeling that gain and want to make this a regular occurrence; not just a one-time thing. The project is making them more motivated as well to get their own schoolwork and responsibilities completed.” Sussman said volunteers must maintain their grades during their time volunteering. She is hoping for the event to bring in through donations between 50 and 100 dresses for the program. “I encourage everybody to come see the hard work that’s been put into the event,” Sussman said. “The experience has been really rewarding, especially for this being my first year, and for these girls who feel like they can come to me to sponsor such an incredible event. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know the students, and the moti-

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Preserving holiday plants for future bloom By SHANNON F. IGNEY With proper care, popular holiday plants like the poinsettia and amaryllis can bloom year after year, said Pat Scace, floral display supervisor at the Missouri Botanical Garden. “Most often, when caring for poinsettias, people forget that they are a tropical plant,” Scace said, adding that as such, they prefer temperatures above 65 degrees. To keep this year’s poinsettia healthy for next year’s holiday season, Scace offered these tips:

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overnight; early light exposure will delay bloom. Return plant to a sunny window at the end of November, and watch for new buds. By mid-December, the plant should be in full bloom, just in time for the holidays. The amaryllis – a bulb sometimes referred to as “Christmas cactus” – is another popular holiday flower. The plants bloom all winter long producing large, bold splashes of color atop a tall, bright green stalk. To maintain an amaryllis year to year, follow these steps: Around the holidays, keep the plant indoors in a sunlit room. Water on a regular basis, or when the top half of the soil is dry, and make sure the plant has proper drainage. This will help produce buds for the holidays and ensure a healthy life into January and February. When the last blooms wilt, cut the stalk about an inch above the top of the bulb. “With amaryllis, most people make the mistake of cutting the foliage back as soon as it is finished blooming,” Scace said. “Wait until the plant begins to go into dormancy on its own and allow the plant to die back and have a rest period to rejuvenate the bulb for future flowering.” Transfer plant to a sunny location, fertilize monthly with a liquid fertilizer, and water minimally. After the last frost, move the plant outdoors to a sunny location. Water daily and fertilize every two weeks. In mid-August, bring back inside to a cool space of about 55 degrees, and withhold water. In eight to 10 weeks, repot the bulb, leaving one-third of the bulb visible; water thoroughly. Place in indoor sunshine and continue watering well for colorful December bloom.

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BENEFITS Mary Rosen, director of volunteer resources for the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross, speaks from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (coffee and socializing at 8:45 a.m., business meeting at 9:30 a.m.) on Thurs., Jan. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church (14088 Clayton Road). Rosen discusses what it is like to volunteer in a disaster area and what steps people should take locally to prepare for a disaster. The event is sponsored by AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield. For details, visit aauwballwin-chesterfield.org. • • • “Movin’ and Groovin’ with Kindermusik,” a Saint Louis Symphony Benefit, is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 15 at the Jewish Community Center in Chesterfield. An open house and demo class inspire young families to bring music into the lives of children. The event is free, with an optional $5 donation to the Symphony. To register, call (314) 434-9496,

visit kindermusikstl.com or e-mail academy@kindermusikstl.com. • • • Boy Scout Troop 783 holds a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 16 at Salem United Methodist Church in Ballwin. Proceeds will be used toward the purchase of tents and for summer camp. Call 227-0552. • • • Chili Super Sunday is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 16 at St. Joseph Church in Manchester. All-you-can-eat chili, chili mac, hot dogs, corn bread, beverages and dessert are included. The cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children or $22 for a family. The event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. For details, call Stephanie at 227-8596. • • • The St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association hosts a trivia night at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sat., Jan. 22 at Dave Mungenast Lexus (13700 Manchester Road in Ballwin). The evening includes 10 rounds of trivia, an auction, attendance prizes and complimentary beer, wine, soda and snacks. The cost is $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight, with proceeds benefiting the St. Louis LDA’s Early Childhood Outreach Program. Go to ldastl.org/trivia to register or call (314) 966-3088.

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• • • The city of Town & Country hosts Art, Wine, Music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 28 at Longview Farm House. Catering by Villa Farotto, symphony quartet music and displays of local artists’ work are featured. A portion of proceeds from the sale of art goes toward beautification of Longview. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Call (314) 605-2896. • • • The sophomore class of Lafayette High School hosts a trivia night at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sat., Jan. 29 at in the school commons (17050 Clayton Road in Wildwood). The cost is $20 per person with eight people per table. Funds support the class of 2013 graduation activities. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free. Email thackmeyer@sumner-group.com or maydayfamily@sbcglobal.net for tickets. • • • The Marquette Choir Organization presents “A Night to Shine,” a prom fashion show, at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 4 at Marquette High School. Designer gowns by Tony Bowls, designer of gowns for the Miss America Pageant and numerous state pageants, courtesy of Distinctions in Fashion, are featured. Appetizers, entertainment, a silent auction and raffle for a designer prom dress with proceeds benefiting the Liver Foundation also are included. Tickets are $6 for students/$10 for adults and are available at marquettechoir.com and at school during the week of the show. • • •

Chesterfield Arts presents the 12th annual “Art Feast,” a fundraising gala, at 6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 5 at Kemp Auto Museum (16955 Chesterfield Airport Road). Cocktails, dinner, an auction and live performances are featured. In addition, the “Make Your Mark” mural project student leadership team demonstrates how they have designed a 550-foot mural for the community to paint on a Chesterfield Valley floodwall. Guests are invited to come in creative cocktail attire. Tickets are $125 each with proceeds benefiting Chesterfield Arts’ performances, programs, exhibits, classes and more. Table sponsorships also are available. Call 519-1955. • • • Budweiser presents the eighth annual Sports Trivia Championship at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 18 at the Chaifetz Arena. A VIP table for 10 is $3,000 and a standard table for 10 is $1,000. Proceeds benefit the St. Patrick Center. Call Katie Holcomb at (314) 802-1976 or e-mail kholcomb@ stpatrickcenter.org to reserve a table. • • • Support Dogs, Inc. hosts its sixth annual “Tacky Ball” with the theme “The Dogfather: A Gala You Can’t Refuse” from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat., March 26 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (315 Chestnut Street). Dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing with the Dr. Zhivegas band are included. Proceeds benefit Support Dogs, Inc., which provides assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities. Tickets are $85 per person or $1,500 for

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GriefShare, a grief recovery support group, meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through March 24 at the Greentree Community Church (132 East Monroe in Kirkwood). The group is for people grieving the death of someone close, and each session includes a video seminar and discussion. For information and to register, call Diana at (314) 909-9197 or visit greentreechurch.com or griefshare.org. • • • A showing of “Shrek Forever After” is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 14 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Admission is free; concessions are available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit ballwin.mo.us. • • • A showing of “Despicable Me,” rated PG, is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 14 in the Chesterfield Community Theatre West County Family YMCA. Movie theatre popcorn and water are available for a small fee. To RSVP, by e-mail cgrant@ymcastlouis.org. • • • Friday Night Live for middle school students ages 11 to 14 is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8 at The Lodge Des Peres. Admission is $5 and includes activities, games, fitness classes and more. Visit thelodgedesperes. com. • • • Eagle Days is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 15 and Sun., Jan. 16 at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (10950 Riverview Drive). Eagle lovers can watch eagles fishing, riding ice floes, soaring and roosting in nearby trees. An educational program is repeated every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Visit confluencegreenway.org. • • • Chesterfield Montessori School hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 22 at 1400 Ladue Road in Chesterfield. Visit chesterfieldmontessori.org. • • • “Hot, Hot, Hot!” is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 29 and Sun., Jan. 30 at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House (15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield). The tropicalthemed, kid-friendly event features activities, games and crafts. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children aged 3 to 12 and free for younger children. Call call 530-0076. • • • An Enchanted Ball for girls ages 3 through 10 and their “dates” is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 5 at The Lodge Des Peres. Girls can bring their dad, grandfather, uncle or other Valentine for dinner, dancing, a photo opportunity and party favors. Tickets are $23 per person. For details, call (314) 835-6150 or visit desperesmo.org.

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HEALTH A free flu shot clinic is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 15 at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Chesterfield. Call (314) 469-7171.

LIVE PERFORMANCES First Run Theatre presents “An Evening of One Acts” at 8 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 21 and Sat., Jan. 22 and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 23 at the Thomas Hunter Theater at DeSmet Jesuit High School (233 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur). “Don’t Stop Believing” and “A Moment of Grace” are performed. General admission tickets are $10 and senior and student tickets are $8 in advance; tickets at the door are an additional $2. Discounts are available for group tickets purchased in advance. Call (314) 352-5114 or visit firstruntheatre.com.

SPECIAL INTEREST The St. Louis Imperial Swing Dance Club holds a Chili Dinner Cook-off at 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church (Clayton Road and Hwy. 141 in Chesterfield). Guests bring a dish to share and vote on the best. Admission is $5 for members and members of sister clubs and $8 for guests. Visit slidc.com or call (314) 434-4812. • • • A Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 20 at the St. Louis County Library’s Daniel Boone branch in Ellisville. The rupture and restoration of the Tom Sauk Dam is the featured topic. Call Bob at 462-4423 or Cladia at (314) 434-4831. • • • The St. Louis Golf Expo is from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 23 at the St. Charles Convention Center. A Pro-Am Golf shop with clubs and equipment for sale and more than 80 exhibitors, giveaways, interactive contests and free lessons are featured. For tickets, discount coupons and more information, visit stlgolfexpo.com. • • • The Maximized Living Makeover is at 9 a.m. on Jan 22 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. The program is an accelerated learning workshop that teaches weight loss tips. The cost is $40 for the first ticket and $20 for additional tickets. Call 273-4800 to register.

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NO INTEREST IF PAID IN FULL WITHIN 6 MONTHS!† $249 minimum purchase required. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within 6 months or if you make a late payment. Shop supply charges in the amount of 6% of labor charges will be added to invoices greater than $35. These charges will not exceed $25 and represent costs and profits.Shop supply charges not applicable in CA or NY.Non-mandated disposal or recycling charges,if any are disclosed above, may also represent costs and profits. Specific product offerings and tread designs may vary. Prices,warranties,car service,credit plans and other offers available at Firestone Complete Auto Care; see affiliated for their competitive offers and warranties.*If you do not achieve guaranteed mileage, your Firestone retailer will replace your tires on a pro-rated basis. Actual tread life may vary. All warranties apply only to original owner on originally installed vehicle. See retailer for details,restrictions and copy of each limited warranty. †MINIMUM MONTHLY PAYMENTS REQUIRED. Applicable to purchases made January 1st through June 30th, 2011. APR:22.8%. Minimum Finance Charge $1.00. CFNA reserves the right to change APR,fees and other terms unilaterally. FX-0193A

Any Wheel Alignment

$20 off

NM01111

Driving feel a little off?

Helps prevent early tire wear. We’ll inspect steering and suspension and align to vehicle to manufacturers’ specifications. Savings off regular price. Most vehicles.

NM01112

Winter Car Care Checkup

$12

99

Get your car ready for winter driving.

In-depth visual analysis of tires, suspension, lights, fluid levels, wiper blades, belts, battery, hoses, and brake inspection. Most vehicles.

Includes brake and battery check, plus four-tire rotation!

Save thru 2/8/11

Save thru 2/8/11

See store for complete service description and details. Redeem coupons and your participating Firestone Complete Auto Care store. Not to be combined with another offer on same product or service and not be used to reduce outstanding debt. No cash value. Offer void where prohibited.


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NEED ELECTRIC? T.D. DeVeydt Electric L.L.C.

F inish & Trim C arpentry C o . Fireplace Mantels • Doors Theatre Rooms • Custom Bars

R. Kinder

Since 1930 Upholstering, Repairing and Refinishing

(636) 391-5880

17322 Manchester Road

New Service • Repair • Remodel

Troubleshooting • Upgrade • Back-Up Generators

314-606-8160 Call for a free estimate today!

DON JAMES HANDYMAN SERVICE 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

FAUCET LEAK TO FULL REMODEL TILE • CARPENTRY • PLUMBING ELECTRICAL • DRYWALL FREE ESTIMATES

636-288-6410 I RETURN ALL CALLS! HanDYMan

Master Carpenter #1557

Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed Since 1979 • www.finishtrim.com

West

Newsmagazine

8125 Brentwood Industrial Drive Off Manchester Just West Of Hanley

644-6677 (800) 444-0423

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Skill • Quality • Dedication

Spacious Room Additions • Basement Finishing Specialists

Gourmet Kitchens Luxury Baths Distinctive Decks

3 & 4 Season Rooms Screened Porches Garages

Seamless Project Management From Start To Finish

636-946-6870

Insured • References Free Estimates

www.keimarcontracting.com

The Cleaning Agents, LLC

“We’re Tough On Grime”

1279 Hwy 100 • Wildwood, MO 63069 (636) 451-5107 (Cell:(636) 485-7723) Residential • Commercial • New Construction

Wildhorse Contracting Custom Home Building

•Kitchen/Baths •Concrete Flatwork •Basement Remodeling •Landscaping •Carpentry •Decks/Patios •Stone Brick Work •Room Additions Licensed & Insured

636.530.7182

• Recessed Lighting • Pendant Lighting • Under Cabinet Lighting • Exterior/ Security Lighting • Flat Screen/Surround Sound • Panel Upgrades/Basement Wiring • All Residential Electrical

314.836.6400 “Let Us Shine the Perfect Light on Your Investment.”

Joseph Dubbs

No Job is too small!

The Hubby

8a.m. - 7 p.m

Call for Free Design Consultation and Estimates

(314) 581-0099 www.LandDesignStl.com

PLUMBING

West County

Home Repairs • Plumbing • Electrical Carpentry • Painting • Windows & Doors Appliances • Roof Repairs • Decks & More!

636.541.0375 • 636.394.2319

Salesperson: Proof:

TOOLS

“A handy man service”

Painting Tile Work Plumbing Electrical Carpentry Full Remodels

Date(314) of issue: 623-7066 Client: Size: Landscape Contractors Colors: Professional Landscape Design and Installation Paver Patios • Retaining Walls Pictures: Water Features • Plantings Logos: Landscape Lighting and Repair Update Existing Landscapes Copy:

Bosch, Porter Cable, Ryobi, Makita, DeWalt, Delta, Sioux, Skil, etc., etc.

On a VOP call PrOfessiOnal! handyman

(636) 458-3809

Client:

ELECTRICAL D E S I G N S

• • • • • •

Furniture & Decorating Co., Inc

Entertainment Centers

Licensed - Bonded - Insured

The Handy Hubby

Seabaugh

Custom Woodworking • Bookshelves

We Come PREPARED! • • • • •

P5313

Fully stocked trucks for expedient repair Quality plumbing repairs Fair • Honest • Reliable Reasonable rates • Licensed Satisfaction Guaranteed Specialists in OLD HOME repair.

T O N Y L AM A R T I N A PLUMBING COMPANY 965-9377 INC. “We want to be your family plumber”

THE FAN MAN

INSTAllATIoN ProFESSIoNAlS

WINTER SPECIAL SAVE 20% Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting

Specializing in installation for two story homes with no wiring on first floor. When Handyman Quality Just Won't Do.

(314) 510-6400

Reface St. Louis “One Kitchen At A Time” Over 18 Years Experience

Refacing Kitchen, Cabinets & Bath Vanities Save money & make your cabinets look new Call for a fRee estimate

636-336-6404

Serving St. Louis & St. Charles County Licensed • Insured

• • • • •

1 Room Or Entire Basement FREE Design Service Finish What You Started As Low As $15 sq. ft. Professional Painters, Drywall Hangers & Tapers

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388

D-K Electric

TILE YOUR HOME

New Service- Repair- Remodeling Troubleshooting - Free Estimates

Suburban Tile Company

Residential- Commercial

636-458-1559

*Ask about our discounts* Licensed- Bonded- Insured

Kitchen * Bath * Fireplace Floor * Shower * Entry

Est. 1980 • Insured • Free Estimates

636-394-0799 / 636-346-6386 www.suburbantilecompany.com

Fall Discount With this ad!

Custom-Designed & Built Decks • Porches • Gazebos

(636) 227-0800 www.archadeck.com FREE ESTIMATES


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NEED ELECTRIC? T.D. DeVeydt Electric L.L.C.

F inish & Trim C arpentry C o . Fireplace Mantels • Doors Theatre Rooms • Custom Bars

R. Kinder

Since 1930 Upholstering, Repairing and Refinishing

(636) 391-5880

17322 Manchester Road

New Service • Repair • Remodel

Troubleshooting • Upgrade • Back-Up Generators

314-606-8160 Call for a free estimate today!

Master Carpenter #1557

Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed Since 1979 • www.finishtrim.com

West

TOOLS

FAUCET LEAK TO FULL REMODEL TILE • CARPENTRY • PLUMBING ELECTRICAL • DRYWALL FREE ESTIMATES

8125 Brentwood Industrial Drive

636-288-6410 I RETURN ALL CALLS! HanDYMan

Off Manchester Just West Of Hanley

Home Repairs • Plumbing • Electrical Carpentry • Painting • Windows & Doors Appliances • Roof Repairs • Decks & More!

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

handyman

636.541.0375 • 636.394.2319

Skill • Quality • Dedication

Spacious Room Additions • Basement Finishing Specialists

Gourmet Kitchens Luxury Baths Distinctive Decks

3 & 4 Season Rooms Screened Porches Garages

Seamless Project Management From Start To Finish

636-946-6870

Insured • References Free Estimates

www.keimarcontracting.com

The Cleaning Agents, LLC

“We’re Tough On Grime”

1279 Hwy 100 • Wildwood, MO 63069 (636) 451-5107 (Cell:(636) 485-7723) Residential • Commercial • New Construction

Wildhorse Contracting Custom Home Building

•Kitchen/Baths •Concrete Flatwork •Basement Remodeling •Landscaping •Carpentry •Decks/Patios •Stone Brick Work •Room Additions Licensed & Insured

636.530.7182

• Recessed Lighting • Pendant Lighting • Under Cabinet Lighting • Exterior/ Security Lighting • Flat Screen/Surround Sound • Panel Upgrades/Basement Wiring • All Residential Electrical

314.836.6400 “Let Us Shine the Perfect Light on Your Investment.”

8a.m. - 7 p.m

Joseph Dubbs The Hubby

(314) 581-0099 www.LandDesignStl.com

PLUMBING

West County

On a VOP call PrOfessiOnal!

No Job is too small!

Call for Free Design Consultation and Estimates

644-6677 (800) 444-0423

ELECTRICAL D E S I G N S

“A handy man service”

Painting Tile Work Plumbing Electrical Carpentry Full Remodels

Date(314) of issue: 623-7066 Client: Size: Landscape Contractors Colors: Professional Landscape Design and Installation Paver Patios • Retaining Walls Pictures: Water Features • Plantings Logos: Landscape Lighting and Repair Update Existing Landscapes Copy:

Salesperson: Proof:

Client:

Bosch, Porter Cable, Ryobi, Makita, DeWalt, Delta, Sioux, Skil, etc., etc.

25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

(636) 458-3809

Newsmagazine

DON JAMES HANDYMAN SERVICE

• • • • • •

Furniture & Decorating Co., Inc

Entertainment Centers

Licensed - Bonded - Insured

The Handy Hubby

Seabaugh

Custom Woodworking • Bookshelves

We Come PREPARED! • • • • •

P5313

Fully stocked trucks for expedient repair Quality plumbing repairs Fair • Honest • Reliable Reasonable rates • Licensed Satisfaction Guaranteed Specialists in OLD HOME repair.

T O N Y L AM A R T I N A PLUMBING COMPANY 965-9377 INC. “We want to be your family plumber”

THE FAN MAN

INSTAllATIoN ProFESSIoNAlS

WINTER SPECIAL SAVE 20% Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting

Specializing in installation for two story homes with no wiring on first floor. When Handyman Quality Just Won't Do.

(314) 510-6400

Residential/Commercial • FREE Estimates

Professional

Carpet, Upholestry, Rugs, Tile & Grout

Highest Quality Lowest Prices!

Cleaning! NEW YEARÌS SPECIAL! Also Offering Power Washing! Vinyl Siding, Sidewalks and Driveways

Carpet

Cleaning Three Areas

109 Five Areas $ 159 Seven Areas $ 199 $

State-of-the-Art Truck Mounted

Cleaning!

Locally Owned & Operated

Steve Probst • Owner

Ten Areas

(Whole House)

$

299

Additonal Spot Treatment May be extra

Licensed • Insured • Bonded

314-713-2101

Reface St. Louis “One Kitchen At A Time” Over 18 Years Experience

Refacing Kitchen, Cabinets & Bath Vanities Save money & make your cabinets look new Call for a fRee estimate

636-336-6404

Serving St. Louis & St. Charles County Licensed • Insured

• • • • •

1 Room Or Entire Basement FREE Design Service Finish What You Started As Low As $15 sq. ft. Professional Painters, Drywall Hangers & Tapers

Call Rich on cell 314.713.1388

D-K Electric

TILE YOUR HOME

New Service- Repair- Remodeling Troubleshooting - Free Estimates

Suburban Tile Company

Residential- Commercial

636-458-1559

*Ask about our discounts* Licensed- Bonded- Insured

Kitchen * Bath * Fireplace Floor * Shower * Entry

Est. 1980 • Insured • Free Estimates

636-394-0799 / 636-346-6386 www.suburbantilecompany.com

Fall Discount With this ad!

Custom-Designed & Built Decks • Porches • Gazebos

(636) 227-0800 www.archadeck.com FREE ESTIMATES


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WEST claSSifiEdS Assisted Care

Cleaning Service

Computer Services

CLEAN AS A WHISTLE

Specializing in Home Offices and Small Businesses. County Computer Consulting LLC, can support your computers and networks. Call Ray for more information at 636-391-3853 or www. CCC-LLC.BIZ.

Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly Move in & Move Out

AFFORDABLE PRICING $10 OFF New Clients

Your Satisfaction is Our Goal Insured & Bonded Call 314-426-3838

Education

KEEPING IT CLEAN

We cut costs, not corners! Flexible cleaning schedules, move-in/ move-out cleaning, residential & commercial cleans. Bonded, insured, screened employees. petfriendly. Discounts for seniors and new customers! FREE Personalized estimates. Call 314-852-9787

Home Helpers is your #1 source affordable, dependable care by compassionate caregivers. ♥ Senior Adults ♥ Recuperative Care ♥ Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care ♥ Bathing/Personal Care ♥ Transportation ♥ Meal Preparation ♥ Housekeeping ♥ On Call 24/7 Insured/Bonded & Carefully Screened West County 636-391-0000

www.homehelpersstl.com

Sandy's Cleaning Service, cleaning West County Homes since 2002. Experienced, dependable, trustworthy, references available. Call 636-236-4216 NewsmagazineNetwork.com

In Home

Caregivers

Computer Services COMPLETE COMPUTER SERVICES In-Home, Offices & Small Business

Affordable Expert PC Repair

Quality In Home Care For People of All Ages Dependable, Highly Trained Compassionate Caregivers Flexible Customized Care Hourly, Shift or 24 Hour Care Locally Owned and Operated

314-576-6400

www.caregiversstl.com

To Place a Classified Ad, call Hope today!

636-591-0010 Automotive

I BUY

RUNNING USED CARS Get More Money Than A Tax Deduction

Cash Paid On The Spot Call Sam 314-302-2008

Fully Code Compliant Electrical Work that is Safe and Guaranteed

Many West County References

(636) 220-2395 www.chambers-computers.com

computer Service & Support

for Small Business & individuals

computer Problems? computer Support Needs? computer Training Needs? Website Needs or Questions? Moving to a Mac? for Economical On demand Service and Support Since 1995 Ask about our special offers for new customers!

John Franz Inc.

FREE ESTIMATES (636)-256-8244

Only $55/Hour

Chambers Computers 15274 Manchester Rd. Ste 275

call 636-532-0859

Electrical Services

Lighting & Design, Fans, Receptacles, GFCIs, Code Upgrades, Troubleshooting, Switches, Wiring and more. Very Experienced, Clean, Reliable, Insured, Honest, Detailed & Prompt

(New Ballwin & Manchester Rds.)

A preferred home care choice since 1987. College degreed professionals provide care/companionship. Why accept less? Competitively priced options. Care managers and clinical staff available. Bonded & insured. AAA screened. Call Gretchen at StaffLink (314) 477-3434 www.Stafflinkusa.com

Fine Motor treatment ideas & consultative advice available in your home for your SPeCiaL need 3-5 y/o child by licensed professional with 12+ years experience. FineMotor4U@gmail.com 636-220-6077

The Fan Guy Trained & experienced tradesman available for light electrical services: new outlets/ switches, water heater repair, lighting/ fan installation & repairs. Fair, dependable & honest. Call Paul 636-734-8402

Firewood

SeaSoned Firewood

All split 4x8.Stacked & Delivered FREE! $75

314-401-2060 314-210-0051

SEASONED FIREWOOD

all split Oak and Hickory for sale. 4ft x 8ft x 18" length. Free delivery! Call for pricing.

(636)337-7758 Thanks for looking!

314-808-3330

Seasoned FirewoodOak & Hickory. Sold in 4x8 stacks. TREE TRIMMING & REMOVAL! Fully insured. Serving St. louis & St. charles co www.stlpcguy.com

call Mike at 636-675-7641 Service at your home or office for: • PC problems or set-up • PC won't start or connect

•Spyware •Adware •Virus Removal •Hardware •Software Upgrades

$30 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour Day, evening and weekend appointments available.

Firewood

All Split Firewood For Sale 4ft x 8ft x 16in cut. Delivered & stacked $85. 573-631-0291 Flooring

CARPET REPAIRS Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates.

(314) 892-1003 KEN WOOd flOORiNG

New quality Hardwood flooring & expert installation. Prefinish, sand & refinish existing floors. Over 20 years experience, fully insured, references. Laminate, tile & floating flooring available. Light carpentry.

6 month, 0% financing available. free estimates. Call Ken at 636-675-5939 www.woodflooringstl.com

WOOd flOOR REfiNiSHiNG Add instant equity to your home Professional Floors of St. Louis 25 year old fully insured company serving entire metro community Sanding, refinishing, repairs, new installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314-843-4348 profloorstl.com

Garage

Help Wanted

Help Wanted MEMBERSHiP diREcTOR

•Full time •Sales experience a MUST • Computer proficient •Ability to multi-task •Team player •Proficient in oral & written communiation skills •Professional appearance •Knowledge of Chesterfield & St Louis region important •Vehicle necessary Send resume to: (no calls please) Joan@ChesterfieldMOChamber.com

Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital

seeking dedicated & enthusiastic

Registered Veterinary Technician

We offer competitive wages & flexible hours. Email resume to fxcrktech@yahoo.com Fax: 636-458-0998 FoxCreekVeterinaryHospital.com

acting/Modeling Opportunity.

Ever thought of you or your child appearing in print ads, commercials, TV/films? Our Agency develops, markets & places people ages 3mos thru adults. Accepting applications for all sizes & heights. Beginners welcome!

Hauling Skips Hauling & Recycling!

Located in Eureka. Appliances, furniture, debris, construction, rubble, yard waste, excavating & demolition! All type clean outs & hauling! Affordable, dependable and available! No conditions! 20 yrs. service. Toll free 1-888-STl-JUNK ( 8 8 8 - 7 8 5 - 5 8 6 5 ) o r 3 1 4 - 6 4 4 - 1 9 4 8

J & J HAULING

WE HAUL IT ALL Service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email: jandjhaul@aol.com

Nunnelly Home Services

Garage/ Attic/ Basement cleanouts, snow removal, yard debris, appliances. Call Bruce for prices!

678-927-5103

Handyman Minor Repairs, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting, FREE Estimates, West County Area

(636) 227-1173 JS Home Services Handyman • Carpenter 25 Plus Years Experience Cheap Rates! Free Estimates! House Closings, Deck Repairs, Structural Repairs. All Jobs Big or Small. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Call James at 314-420-3562

images agency

(since 1988). State Licensed.

Apply Online at Stlcastingcall.com

Caregivers Wanted Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000

Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical 20 Years Experience

Handyman Corner Reliable Home Repair PLUMBING• ELECTRICAL•CARPENTRY 30 yrs. Experience- Free Estimates PHONE: (636) 230-3588 CELL: (314) 799-4334

WEST COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE

Proudly serving West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. Door replacement. Evening & weekend service available. Call 636-388-9774

Home Improvement

Male/ Female

CNA & Caregivers Positions Available

CNA's with current license Caregivers with Experience Insured vehicle a must Call 636-225-2600

www.SeniorsHomeCare.com

Home Improvement all around construction llc All interior and exterior remodeling and repairs. Historic restoration, molding duplication. Finished basements, kitchens, baths and decks. Liability, workmens comp, and EPA certified in lead removal. 18 years exp. call 314-393-1102 or 636-237-3246 Don's Handyman Services PLUS

ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS!

Let us give your home a fresh new look, by selecting paint colors, designing new window treatments, rearranging existing furntutrre, adding accessories or new mouldings! Over 25 years experience.

Call 314-283-1760

TransformYourRoom.com

PROFESSIONAL REMODELING

HONEST WORK WITH PRIDE AND INTEGRITY Basements, Built-Ins, Moldings, Doors Carpentry, Cabinets, Walls Baths, Painting, Repairs Whole House Remodeling OWNER ON THE JOB 30 Years Experience–Super Quality

636-225-7286

Handyman PDQ

For all repairs & remodeling needs. Big or Small... I Can Do It All! FREE estimates. Call Don 7 days a week 314-581-7485

Repairs • Assembly All Electrical and Mechanical Plumbing • A/C • Appliances

Garage/ Attic/ Basement clean-outs, snow removal, yard debris, powerwashing, painting. Call Bruce for prices! 678-927-5103

To Place a Classified Ad, call Hope today!

Nunnelly Home Services

636.394.1271 www.handymanpdq.com

636-591-0010


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WEST claSSifiEdS Lawn/ Landscaping

Painting Service

Piano Lessons PiaNO lESSONS

Owner / operator specializing in interior painting, decorative & faux painting, wall textures, concrete staining. Design consultation. Insured. References. FREE ESTIMATES 314-397-3868

Karen's Painting

Drainage, Sod, Erosion, Overgrowth Clearing & Pruning Free Estimates

636-466-2050

Looking for a job done right the first time? On time? Neat & organized? Someone who respects your home like her own? Interior & exterior painting. Free estimates. Discounts on empty properties. Call KAREN 636-352-0129

Pa I n T I n g 3 rooms $490

Complete Lawn Maintenence for Commerical & Residential Leaf Clean Up, Leaf Vacuuming, Aeration, Overseeding, Seeding, Fertilizing, Sodding, Mowing, Spraying, Weeding, Pruning, Trimming, Planting, Brush Removal, Edging, Mulching, Retaining Walls, Paver Patios & Draining Work

#1 In Quality, Service & Reliability Est. 1995 for a Free Estimate

Call 314-426-8833

Professional Outdoor Services *Leaf Clean Up & Curbside Vacuuming *Mowing and Fertilization *Landscape Installation & Retaining Walls *Brush Pruning & Clearing

636-466-2050

includes paint Call Today

314-651-0261 since 1992

Jim's Paint & Trim Service Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decorative moulding, wallpaper removal, texturing, drywall and rotten wood repair. Call 636-778-9013

Interior and Exterior Painting Power Washing

FULLY INSURED

www.stlouishousepainters.com

636-527-2501

Valley Landscape Co. Mowing, leaf removal, mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning! (636) 458-8234

I LOVE TO PAINT!! Professional Painting Wall & Ceiling Combo Special! • Paints, Glazes and More • • Cabinetry & Furniture Too • • Affordable Quality •

DON’T PAY MORE!! Free Estimates

David (314) 732-FAUX (3289) •Leaf Clean Up & Curbside Vacuuming

•Lawn Mowing & Fertilization •Retaining Walls & Paver Patios

•Landscape Design & Installation •Drainage Work •Landscape Lighting •Mole Trapping

Fast Free Estimates (636) 296-5050

•Snow & Leaf Removal • Retaining Walls • Paver Patios • Mulch • Professional Lawn Mowing

Free Estimate

314-280-2779 Nunnelly Home Services

Leaf removal, snow removal, yard debris, hauling, winter foliage protection, mulching. Call Bruce for estimate.678-927-5103

Pet Services West County Pet Care. Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. We take care of Pets in your home where Pets prefer. Daily, Weekly Rates. Insured. 636-394-6852 314-401-5516

Convenient Dog Grooming Full service grooming in your home...

Reasonable rates Free consultation All services available Keep your pets stress-free in their own home. Great for older dogs. Call for appointment.

314-591-0009

Accepting new students in my home studio near Manchester & Big Bend. All ages and levels including special needs. Teaching music theory & composition. NFMC Member. 30 years exp.

call Mary 636-527-7856

PIANO LESSONS: Masters Degree in Composition w/ Piano major, 5 yrs. in Europe, 30 yrs. teaching experience, all ages. Taught music theory and piano at college level. Manchester & Strecker. Call Arthur 636-458-0095

Prayers

Tree Services

Wedding Services

ST. JUdE NOVENa May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, Worker of Miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, Help of the Hopeless, pray for us. Say prayer nine times a day; by the 8th day prayer will be answered. Say it for nine days. Then publish. Your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Thank you St. Jude. T.R.B.

Tree and Stump Removal

Anytime... Anywhere...

Roofing

Watch for our next edition to arrive

A-ACCURATE ROOFING SIDING & GUTTERS No job too Large or too Small, Affordable Roofing residential & commercial, all types of roofing, 40 years experience, Call for a Free Estimate, 636-939-5109 or 1-800-459-ROOF

advertising deadline

Tree & Misc

January 26, 2011! Thurs., January 20!

call Hope at 636-591-0010

(636) 257-7399 • 24 Hrs.

Plumbing ANYTHING IN PLUMBING Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051 MASTER PLUMBER. Water Heaters, Code Violations, Backflow Preventers. Basement bathrooms, Outdoor faucets. Licensed & Bonded, Fully Insured. No Job Too Large or Too Small. (314) 288-9952

Storm Clean-Up & Hauling

Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Baptisms Full Service Ministry Non-Denomination

Insured • Free Estimates

County Stump Removal

(314) 703-7456

(314) 799-1461

REAL ESTATE

LOT

For Rent

FOR SALE

Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/summer rates and availability. To view pictures please go to www.vrbo.com /127089 or /148365. For Additional info Call 314-922-8344.

Beautiful building lot off Wild Horse Creek Rd Just minutes from Chesterfield Valley Approx 6 ac.

NewsmagazineNetwork.com

636-537-1776

Very Private!

Wanted Wanted To Buy. Baseball Cards, Sports Cards. Cardinals Souvenirs and Memorabilia Pre-1975 Only. Private Collector 314-302-1785

Wanted $ Cash Paid $ Old Costume Jewelry & Estate Jewelry, Old Dolls, New & Old Barbie, Toys, Antiques, Designer Clothing & Purses, Ornate Shuberts furniture. Call 636 207 1350 or 314 581 3891

Hoetmeyer Huber 1395 Mallet Hill Elllisville • $634,900

3152 Autumn Trace Drive Maryland Heights • $199,900

Immaculate 5400 Sq. Ft.

Gorgeous 3 Bedroom!

Daun Gooding Holdmeyer Direct: 636 236-7555 DaunSells-RealEstate@yahoo.com

Suburban www.DaunSellsProperty.com OPEN SUN. 1/16 1-3 PM

Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri Notice is hereby given:

That the Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri, will at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at the Fru-Con Center, 15933 Clayton Road, hold a public hearing to consider the proposal for the boundary adjustment of Lots 33 and 34 in the Kehrs Mill Trails Subdivision - Plat 3 in Clarkson Valley. Scott Douglass, Mayor City of Clarkson Valley

To Place a classified ad, call Hope

WE BUY SCRAP METAL Copper, Alum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Lead & Car Batteries. FREE drop-off for steel, vinyl & cardboard.

Blaze • 314-409-6988 • www.pblaze.com Keller Williams Realty 636.229.8688

Brush creek- Huber $375,000

MLS# 10058422

311 Lakewood Lane, Catawissa

Open M-Sat 9-5.

636-938-1188

FABULOUS totally updated Cluster home, Hdwd Flrs, exquisite all newer renovated kit & baths, Msuite features expanded MBath w/Roma Steam shower: $35,000 PRICE REDUCTIOn! CALL “BLAZE”

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Real estate showcase An Important Message from Your Friends at Kay Bova Realty and Circle Of Concern Provided by West Newsmagazine’s Advertising Department Cold weather means extra challenges for the families helped by Circle Of Concern. Many of the tips shared with these families could be helpful to all West County residents too. Don’t heat the neighborhood! Make sure all doors and windows are closed tight. A $25 investment in weatherization supplies can pay for itself with savings on one heating bill! Rolls of self-stick weather-striping for doors and windows, door-sweeps and other little things can make a big difference. A line of tape over the bottom of the window can help keep

cold air out and heater air inside. Be careful with space heaters! Circle reminds families to only run a space heater in an occupied room. Make sure the heater is at least three feet from drapes, blankets and other fabrics. Use electric heaters (kerosene heaters require open windows for ventilation.) We ask families to place the heater on a board (or very heavy cardboard) covered in foil – never place a heater directly on carpet. Don’t use an extension cord on a space heater, make sure it turns off if tipped over and remember the heat isn’t free: Some heaters cost $1.00 per hour to run. Dress for the weather! Your mother was right, you really need gloves and hats and a decent coat in cold weather. Long before you get frostbite you can have serious skin damage. This year Circle Of Concern and Kay Bova Realty expect more people than ever will need help. Last year Circle fed 22,323 Kay Bova’s Public Service Vehicle was used for the people. This year they expect to Circle of Concern 2010 toy drive.

Circle Of Concern’s 2010 Toy Day held 12/18/10 at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church.

feed 25,000. Kay Bova Realty urges those who can to help with donations of basic weatherization supplies, such as electric space heaters, gloves and hats. Also Circle of Concern always needs food and personal care items such as soap and toilet paper. Donations can be delivered to Circle of Concern 112 St. Louis Avenue

in Valley Park or Kay Bova Realty 14567 Manchester Road in Manchester. Circle of Concern can also be contacted at 636-861-2623; their website is www. circleofconcern.org.

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