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Fact-free liberals Someone summarized Barack Obama in three words – “educated,” “smart” and “ignorant.” Unfortunately, those same three words would describe all too many of the people who come out of our most prestigious colleges and universities today. President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again. Economic equality? That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who coined the term “socialism.” Those communities all collapsed. It was tried even earlier, in 18th century Georgia, when that was a British colony. People in Georgia ended up fleeing to other colonies. Many other people would vote with their feet in the 20th century, by fleeing many other societies around the world that were established in the name of economic equality. But who reads history these days? Moreover, those parts of history that would undermine the vision of the left – which prevails in our education system from elementary school to postgraduate study – are not likely to get much attention. The net results are bright people, with impressive degrees, who have been told for years how brilliant they are, but who are often ignorant of facts that might cause them to question what they have been indoctrinated with in schools and colleges. Recently Kirsten Powers repeated on Fox News Channel the discredited claim that women are paid only about 75 percent of what a man is paid for doing the same work. But there have been empirical studies, going back for decades, showing that there is no such gap when the women and men are in the same occupation, with the same skills, experience, education, hours of work and continuous years of full-time work. Income differences between the sexes reflect the fact that women and men differ in all these things – and more. Young male doctors earn much more than young female doctors. But young male doctors work over 500 hours a year more than young female doctors. Then there is the current hysteria, which claims that people in the famous “top 1 percent” have incomes that are rising sharply and absorbing a wholly disproportionate share of all the income in the country.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Time to turn the page To the Editor: After five years of anemic economic growth, President Obama still doesn’t have an answer for one of the biggest questions facing hardworking families in America: Where are the jobs? With more than 10 million Americans unemployed and millions more living paycheck to paycheck, the president has created a “new normal” in America. His new normal involves taking more of your hard-earned money and redistributing it to pay for others’ cost of living. Your money is going to pay for skyrocketing health care costs, more unemployment checks, higher energy costs and growing the size and scope of the federal government. This president continues to take more of your hard-earned money while offering no solutions for upward mobility and goodpaying jobs. Just ask any family in the 2nd District and they will tell you that they’re just one broken water heater or car repair away from not paying their bills on the 15th and 30th of every month. Over the last five years, the president’s new normal has taken away the American Dream and has forced families to settle for less. That is not only unacceptable, it’s unAmerican. We can’t allow mediocrity to become the new normal in America. Time and time again, the House has passed job-creating solutions that will increase upward mobility and restore the American Dream. In fact, the House has passed 171 bills that are stuck in Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate. Republicans have passed bills authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline, which will lower energy costs, create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and begin a new era of energy independence. We have also passed common sense policies like the Skills Act, which helps the long-term unemployed by giving them the training they need to find good-paying jobs in this tough economy. Without real leadership from President Obama and Harry Reid on job-creating solutions like these, our nation will continue to struggle and that’s not fair to the American people. As your Representative, I pledge to you that I will keep fighting to increase the size of your paychecks, restore your individual liberties and lower costs on everyday items that you depend on like groceries, gasoline and the cost of your health care. Rather than starting yet another year with the same old failed policies, it’s time

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With all due respect to Mr. Obama’s choice of words, a “bad idea” is wearing navy socks with black pants; a “waste of time” is watching a full season of Seinfeld reruns for the sixth time instead of studying for a chemistry final; and “not very healthy” is choosing french fries over mixed vegetables. While Mr. Obama is entitled to share his personal opinions, we feel a responsibility to share scientific facts. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Drug Policy Institute and other reputable sources, today’s marijuana is typically 10 times more potent than marijuana used in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Long-term marijuana use among those who begin at a young age leads to an addiction rate of one in six users. Heavy teen use of marijuana can cause a permanent drop in IQ by as much as eight points. Teens who smoked marijuana daily for about three years performed poorly on tests of working memory and demonstrated changes in brain structure similar to schizophrenia. Marijuana impacts concentration, coordination and perception required for safe driving. We know a lot more about marijuana (and alcohol and tobacco) today than we did a generation ago. Scientific data proves the likelihood and impact of substance abuse addiction, and fully explains why drugs are risky to minors. Making marijuana more readily available to American youth, while lessening their perception of harm, is a dangerous proposition. To those who support marijuana legalization based upon opinions and anecdotal stories perpetuated by media today, we urge you to become educated on the facts. To the president, who is a role model for youth but seems to have downplayed the dangers of marijuana, we say, “now that was a really bad idea.” Executive Committee Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition

To the Editor: Thomas Sowell tries to tell us that there is no such theory as “trickle-down economics” (“The ‘trickle down’ lie,” West Newsmagazine, Jan. 15), stating that it is a 100 percent lie cited by progressives in the media. Of course, Sowell twists his facts to fit his own ideas while blasting those who argue that trickle-down theory does not work. Sowell needs to do some research about the phrase itself. While first attributed to Will Rogers during the Great Depression, the idea was resurrected with Reagan’s economic policy known as Reaganomics or Laissez-faire: cut taxes and let business operate free of governmental regulations. It was David Stockman, Reagan’s budget director, who was responsible for associating the phrase “trickle-down theory” with its more formal economic classification, “supply-side economics.” Stockman later became publicly critical of the 1981 tax cut that he and Reagan authored, much to the anger of then President Reagan. He more recently blamed this “crony capitalism” on what we see today: the wealthiest 1 percent make their money and thrive with Wall Street at the cost of middle-class Americans, the 99 percent. Stockman has maintained his criticism of Republican fiscal policy to this day. As further proof that Sowell twists his facts, he states that “trickle-down” is not an economic theory by saying that it is never mentioned “even in 1,000 pages of the ‘History of Economic Analysis’ by J. A. Schumpeter.” Well, Schumpeter died in 1950, a full 30 years before Reagan took office. If Sowell ever did a little more research for the columns he writes, I might take his Playing the race card opinions seriously. Instead, he is so void of To the Editor: This is a copy of a letter I sent to Presisound ideas that he resorts to making up “facts” to fit his opinions. If you must run dent Obama along with copies to Sen. his column, you should add a fiction sec- Blunt, Sen. McCaskill and Rep. Wagner concerning a remark attributed to Presition to your newspaper. Maureen Jordan dent Obama. Dear President Obama, Manchester I just read the following statement that was attributed to you in an article by David RemA really bad idea nick appearing in the Jan 27th edition of The To the Editor: New Yorker: “There’s no doubt that there’s Regarding President Obama’s comments some folks who just really dislike me because to The New Yorker on the legalization of they don’t like the idea of a black president.” marijuana, we would like to respond to Sorry sir, but where I am concerned that his characterization of marijuana use, as is an insult. It is not the color of your skin expressed to his daughters. but rather your misguided policies and pol-

itics that have earned my ire and disdain. For example, while there are three branches of government, you stated: “I don’t need Congress” when it exercises its constitutional power to thwart your policies. As an American who believes that the Constitution is the cornerstone of freedom I find your words to be highly offensive. While you assert that you are were once a professor of constitutional law you obviously hold in contempt the Founders’ checks and balances included in the Constitution. However, the proscriptions contained in the Constitution were included to guarantee a Republican form of government and not that of dictator. You, through the Department of Justice, are the chief enforcer of the laws that have been duly passed by the House and Senate, yet through your Justice Department you continually ignore duly passed laws by Congress and fail to enforce them vis-à-vis illegal immigration. You and your supporters have pushed the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, without concern for what the act contained. This was evident from the most egregiously irresponsible statement I have ever heard by a politician – and I have heard a lot of them in my life – when then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “Let’s pass the bill (the Affordable Care Act) so we can see what is in it.” So it passed and was signed into law by you along with your personal assurance that everyone who so desires “can keep your doctor – period.” And they could “keep (your current) plan – period.” Your assurances have proved to be false and were either based on ignorance or apathy on your part or, worse, a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. Now the citizens of this country are seeing the results, which, as I see it, are proving to be disastrous for America’s health care industry and more importantly every American. I could cite many more examples, but I assume you get the drift. None of the foregoing I have cited has anything to do with the color of your skin, but rather your lack of good, sound judgment. There are those whose skin pigmentation is enhanced like yours whom I admire for their sound thinking and who I would love to see in the White House instead of you. Dr. Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams are just a few examples of men I admire who, in my opinion, would do a far better job than you. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that when you don’t get your way, out of habit, you will continue to play the race card, which truly is sad. I hope I am wrong. John R. Stoeffler Ballwin


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Time to shop differently Remember the good old days … Before Visa ran ads warning us against using cash and slowing down otherwise swift-moving commerce? When shopping for groceries and sundries put you at risk only for embarrassment over what was in your cart and not identity theft? When America was still one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world? After dealing with the local frustration of the Schnucks data breach and the national aggravation of the recent Target and Nieman Marcus data scraping, American shoppers might be longing for the good old days and with good reason. Last week, Reuters reported that an FBI report titled “Recent Cyber Intrusion Events Directed Toward Retail Firms” contained the following warning: “The accessibility of the malware on underground forums, the affordability of the software and the huge potential profits to be made from retail POS (point of sale) systems in the United States make this type of financially motivated cyber crime attractive to a wide range of actors.” And the country that invented the credit card is ill prepared to defend itself against ongoing attacks. That’s because, unlike Europe and elsewhere, the U.S. isn’t using the latest and greatest credit card technology – namely “chip and pin” – which involves a cryptographic chip embedded in the card. No, America is stuck on magnetic strips that contain way too much unencrypted information about the cardholder and provide easy access for hackers. The reason for not moving away from magnetic strips is largely economic because if credit cards change, card readers also must change – at a cost of roughly $200 per reader. Those encrypted cards are also more expensive to make and everyone’s cards would have to be replaced. Wait a minute. Aren’t cards already

being replaced? Every few months it seems, as one company after another is breached. And aren’t the banks that back them shelling out big bucks to cover fraudulent purchases? According to Reuters, the Target cyber attack resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records. The personal information of 70 million customers was also compromised. At Nieman Marcus about 1.1 million customer cards were exposed. It’s enough to make you go back to slowing lines and using cash. What happens to retailers and banks if that happens? They make less money – no more exorbitant interest rates, no more merchant fees and far fewer impulse purchases, because when you don’t have the cash, you simply don’t have the cash. That old Visa commercial tried to make consumers feel guilty about carrying cash. It was as if credit card companies and retailers were saying, “Cut us a break. Keep the line moving. Don’t use cash.” Americans obliged, filling their wallets with plastic debit and credit cards. But the time to shop differently has come. It’s time for U.S. consumers to stand up and say, “I don’t care what it costs businesses, it’s time to make a change that protects me – or I’ll be going back to cash.” MasterCard agrees and has laid out a plan for shifting fraud liability unto the backs of businesses beginning in October of 2015 for retailers who have not changed to chip and pin card readers. Visa will follow MasterCard’s lead a year later. But considering that between 2012 and 2013, credit/debit card data breaches in the U.S. increased by 41.2 percent, isn’t a year or two just too long to wait? With every new warning, those good old days are looking better and better – and Suze Orman is smiling at the thought of millions of Americans finally heeding her advice to “shop with cash.”

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CHESTERFIELD National Night Out award winners The city of Chesterfield, at its Jan. 22 City Council meeting, honored a duo of neighborhoods that participated in the 2013 National Night Out. As the name implies, National Night Out is a national event where communities from United States cities, Canadian territories and even U.S. military bases go out on the street to hold parades, cookouts and block parties. Its purpose is to organize neighborhoods and have them work with the police in order to keep crime out of the area. The awards given out by the Chesterfield Police Department were for the most well-attended events and most creative subdivisions. The Forest Ridge Manor subdivision was awarded the most-attended honors with approximately 60 participants coming


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Officer aids in heroic rescue Manchester Police Officer Anthony Davis was commended Jan. 20 for rescuing a man from a raging structure fire on Friday, Jan. 17. At the Board of Aldermen meeting, Police Chief Tim Walsh introduced Davis, whose family was watching proudly in the crowd, and explained the dangers Davis faced while saving Robert Morton from a third-floor apartment. Morton was painting the apartment when the fire ignited, and according to Walsh, told police that Davis saved his life. Morton retreated to the apartment’s balcony when heavy smoke became Mayor Dave Willson (left) with too much to bear. Manchester Police Officer Davis attempted to retrieve the victim a first Anthony Davis time, but smoke prevented him. Determined, Davis ventured into the inferno a second time and successfully saved Morton. In the process, Davis suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He recovered later that day. The blaze was deemed accidental and believed to have started as a grease fire. Davis was presented with a meritorious service citation for his efforts. “The actions taken and the rescue itself were selfless and admirable,” Walsh said. from that neighborhood. The award for most creative subdivision went to Oak Chesterfield Village. Lt. David Ray, who presented the awards, said that the residents of the Oak complex had a band consisting of residents and “a food menu that according to the judges, which are basically a bunch of police officers, was fantastic in terms of quantity, quality and variety of food.” Plaques recognizing each subdivision’s efforts will be placed on display year round at city hall.

Hotel, fieldhouse coming to Blue Valley GoodSports Enterprises Global has announced that it plans to break ground in Fall 2014 on a 130-room hotel geared toward athletes and an adjacent 85,000-squarefoot fieldhouse in Chesterfield Blue Valley. According to a press statement released Jan. 21, the fieldhouse will cater to many sports but will mainly focus on basketball, volleyball, fitness and sports medicine. The adjacent “Hotel GoodSports” will accommodate fitness-oriented corporate travelers during the week and event participants during the weekend. The village will be located in the 132acre Chesterfield Blue Valley mixed use development at the southwest quadrant of Premium Way and Outlet Boulevard adjacent to St. Louis Premium Outlets.

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MANCHESTER Deer census to be taken The Manchester Board of Aldermen approved a resolution by a 6-0 vote on Jan. 20 to launch a deer population census within city limits. The census, conducted by White Buffalo, will look at whether the city’s herd is increasing or decreasing. Research costs ring in at $3,354. Alderman Mike Clement (Ward 2) said a deer census has never occurred in Manchester. “In the last two years, we recognized that the herd is growing,” Clement explained. He noted that, at present, “all we have to go on now are (deer) collisions.” In 2013, Clement said 64 deer encounters occurred, with roughly 44 percent representing vehicles hitting deer. The company also plans to train certain city staff on analyzing deer populations so in-house censuses can be conducted in the future.

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The proposed outpatient pediatric ambulatory center as seen from eastbound Interstate 64.

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By MARY SHAPIRO mshapiro@newsmagazinenetwork.com During a Jan. 13 public hearing that lasted more than two hours, Town & Country residents debated the need for an outpatient pediatric ambulatory center on the former Missouri Highway Patrol Troop C headquarters property, 599 South Mason Road at Interstate 64. The 100 or so residents in attendance were divided over rezoning and the development of a new zoning category to allow BJC Health System to operate the center. Proponents contend there is a need for the center, to serve about 1,600 children and their families in the general Town & Country area who now must travel to the city of St. Louis to access services of Washington University pediatric medical and surgical physicians as well as St. Louis Children’s Hospital outpatient surgery, radiology, lab, chemotherapy, infusion and other services. But those opposed fear the center, as well as a planned roundabout and other roadway

changes proposed for Mason and the I-64 North Outer Road, could snarl traffic. They also are concerned that the non-profit facility will pay no local taxes, but will use local police and other services. Opponents contend that the center will duplicate services already offered by Mercy, St. Luke’s and other West County hospitals and that it is part of a “turf war” with those facilities. George Stock, with Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers told the Town & Country Board of Alderman Jan. 13 that the original proposal had been changed as a result of nearby residents’ input. The original proposal was opposed in July by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The former plan had called for two buildings – one eventually to be four stories in height – totaling 320,000 square feet, along with a parking garage with 1,600 parking spots and full-access entry off Mason Road in addition to the main entrance off the I-64 North Outer Road. The current proposal calls for only one,

three-story, 140,999-square-foot building, as well as 708 surface parking spots and a gated, limited-access emergency road, with no left turns allowed on Mason Road, in addition to the main entrance off the I-64 North Outer Road. The P&Z Commission, in December, issued a favorable recommendation on the revised plan. Stock said the new center would offer medical, dental and other health care-related clinics and offices including same-day surgery and clinical research, as well as community services such as car seat checks, bike helmet fittings and educational programs. It would operate from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. Parking lot lighting would be turned off, with the exception of security lighting, by 10 p.m. The center would not include an emergency room, urgent care facility or helipad. “This child-centered outpatient facility would be easier to access and navigate by children who require frequent medical care and their families than facilities in St. Louis for services such as chemotherapy, asthma therapy and genetics,” Stock said. “It will be a transition between the interstate and residential areas. “The new zoning district will restrict any future development on the site, and any changes would have to come back to the city for approval.” He noted that the parking lot’s setback from nearby residential areas – including Windy Hill Acres and Pinetree Lake subdivisions – would be 100 feet, while the building would be at least 362 feet away from homes. The center would provide enhanced landscaping and 10- to 36-foot-tall berms,

with 1,267 new trees and shrubs, to serve as a buffer between it and homes to the north and west, Stock said. The plan calls for BJC to construct traffic improvements, including: • building a roundabout on I-64 North Outer Road at the center’s entrance • widening I-64 North Outer Road to allow for two-way traffic east of the roundabout • improving Mason and the I-64 westbound ramps/I-64 North Outer Road intersection by adding an eastbound right-turn lane and adding a second southbound right-turn lane • improving the Mason Road and I-64 eastbound ramps intersection by adding a second southbound left-turn lane and widening the eastbound on-ramp to receive that second southbound left-turn lane A traffic study estimated the center would add up to 275 new car trips daily during the morning peak hour of 7:158:15 a.m. and 400 new trips during the afternoon peak hour of 4:30-5:30 p.m. Many of those speaking at the public hearing supported the plan. Stephanie Schmidt, a resident, recalled how, 20 years ago, she had to take her late son, Drew, to St. Louis Children’s Hospital to access radiation and chemotherapy after surgery for a brain tumor. “I had to go to the hospital every three weeks for three days at a time for chemo as well as weekly clinic visits, so I averaged four hours a week in my car traveling on Hwy. 40 during rush hour, with my son vomiting and nauseated,” said Schmidt, who’s now a volunteer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “I’d rather have gone See PEDIATRIC CENTER, page 16

Manchester city officials discuss best practice for clearing snow routes By AMANDA KEEFE Manchester officials are considering more proactive steps to ensure city streets are cleared of cars parked in snow routes before heavy snowfall. At Manchester’s Board of Aldermen meeting Jan. 20, Police Chief Tim Walsh said the police department’s focus lay more in responding to weather-related accidents than enforcement of car removal from snow routes during the massive snowstorm that swept through the area earlier this month. “Because of service demands, officers had to choose between service calls or snow-route enforcement,” Walsh explained. While the department was commended for its efforts in aiding a high volume of struggling commuters, Alderman Mike

Clement (Ward 2) said he fielded several deems 1 inch of snow or a quarter-inch phone calls concerning the large amount of ice as a snow emergency. Ruck makes the official call on whether a storm is of vehicles parked along snow routes. Further, Public Works Director Bob emergency-based, then road crews and Ruck said his crews struggled to plow police personnel hit the streets. At the board meeting, Clement refercertain routes due to the number of enced the snow ordinance in effect in parked cars. Clement suggested that, should another O’Fallon, Mo., which enacts a snowsimilar storm be forecast days in advance, storm emergency on weather predictions officials should consider altering the alone, before any flurries fall. “They can declare snow emergencies city’s current ordinance to accommodate before snow even starts,” Clement said. earlier snow-route car removal. “The police department felt they did what “They don’t wait until there’s an inch of they needed to do, and they did,” Clement snow. We’d only do this when we know said in a separate interview. “But I feel we snowfall is significant.” Walsh said that in the past, the city need to look at fixing the ordinance so we have the ability to get an earlier start on “jumped the gun” in car-removal enforcement when officials expected snow. asking people to move their vehicles.” “But it didn’t happen like we thought, Currently, Manchester’s ordinance

and citations were thrown out,” he said. Clement argued that the ordinance could allow Manchester officials to declare a snow emergency when 6-8 inches or more of snowfall are predicted in an attempt to clear snow routes of vehicles. City Attorney Patrick Gunn was skeptical, asking what forecast the city would follow, and noting that weather patterns could change unpredictably. “There’s no easy answer to this,” Ruck said in a separate interview. “There’s no ‘one size fits all.’ There are different situations with every storm. We’re looking at having a general policy with the ordinance, but an internal policy with how we address it.” At presstime, Gunn had requested a personnel meeting to discuss the matter further.


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flimsy bathroom walls, safety hazards and cramped space as major factors favoring a facility expansion. Parks and Recreation Director Eileen Collins couldn’t stress enough the importance of including a safe retreat when inclement weather strikes. “For staff, or people in the park, there is no safe place to go,” she said in an interview after the meeting. “We have no basement, and that was part of the reasoning.” Collins also cited extra parks programming as another motive behind building expansion, noting that more space could allow for more activities. Should Manchester’s board approve construction plans, a two-story addition would tentatively connect to the original building. The addition would include restrooms, a small conference room, a storage room and a basement. Current square footage is 3,545, but with the addition would total 11,418 square feet.

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blockages that can’t be corrected by sewer cabling or jetting would qualify for program assistance. Homeowner claims for repairs of qualified lateral failures would be paid on a reimbursable basis up to a maximum of $5,000 per claim. Though the proposal to put the item on the ballot was approved unanimously, some councilmembers, including Tammy Shea (Ward 3), said they still have misgivings about the program only applying to and benefitting those homeowners connected to the MSD system because, unlike other communities, Wildwood has many residents on septic systems. “The most negative reaction to the proposal has come from residents on septic,” City Administrator Dan Dubruiel said. While councilmembers felt it appropriate to put the proposal on the ballot to let voters express their preferences, Dubruiel said the city will not be a proponent of the measure and will only provide information on what the program is intended to accomplish.

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ing would be unlike any other along the corridor in Town & Country, more resembling commercial office buildings to the west in Chesterfield, and rezoning could set a precedent for allowing more commercial buildings in the area. “Nothing will be at this facility that’s not already available within a three-mile radius,” said Dr. Dorothy Cooke, a resident who advocated a less intensive use on property near homes, churches and a school. Cooke, who feared that traffic changes would inconvenience drivers, suggested that “St. Louis Children’s Hospital needs this as a visible presence to compete with Mercy Children’s Hospital in West County because Barnes Jewish West County Hospital has been unable to cut into that market.” “The plan will put seven lanes of traffic on the narrow Mason Road overpass, and the new turn lanes merging into each other will be extremely confusing, which could lead to accidents,” said resident Bob Merenda. “My heart goes out to those making testimonials, but rezoning shouldn’t be about personal convenience but (rather) demonstrated need for more pediatric medical office space in Town & Country.” Final votes by the board on rezoning for the 15.8-acre property and establishing the new planned medical office zoning district on the now residentially-zoned site were expected on Jan. 27, after presstime. Check for updates to this story online at newsmagazinenetwork.com.

somewhere close to home and spent family time, playing with him, than spending all that time driving him on (Hwy.) 40.” Joan Magruder, president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, said that many Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center outpatient pediatric services would be relocated and consolidated at the new site, though a pediatric emergency department will continue to operate at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she said, will continue to offer all its existing services at the existing site, with the new center to supplement and replicate them. George Andersson, a resident who also is with Washington University, said the site hadn’t been used for years since the Highway Patrol vacated it, and “this land next to I-64 will become commercial because people don’t want to live next to a freeway.” Brad Hall, who lives in nearby Pinetree Lake subdivision, said he supported private property rights and, “as long as the use is not completely offensive to most neighbors, BJC, as the owner, has the legal right to do what they want on that land.” “Something will be built on that property – it’s not going to be a dog park,” Hall said. However, there also were opponents of the plan who raised concerns. Resident Mariette Palmer said the build-


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Additional fire protection districts vote to leave Central County Emergency 911 By JIM ERICKSON ericksonjim@att.net The internal dissension among user-owners of Central County Emergency 911 has become more acute with virtually identical resolutions approved by three fire protection districts in that group. But the resolutions injected a new twist into the already complex array of factors that could affect the dispatch center’s future. Resolutions approved unanimously by the boards of West County EMS, Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights fire protection districts declare their intent to withdraw from CCE, both as owners and users. The resolutions also say that the districts are looking at having their dispatching services provided by the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Center now being built in Ohlendorf West Park on Hanna Road. And, in an unexpected turn, the resolutions say the county’s Emergency Communications Commission (ECC) wants to explore, with other CCE user-owners, the possibility of a legal transfer of CCE’s assets and functions to the commission. Acknowledging the internal unrest at CCE, the resolutions say the severance with CCE hinges on whether the differences between its user-owners can be resolved “to the satisfaction” of each of the potentially withdrawing districts.

In an interview prior to the CCE meeting, David Cobb, the director who represents West County on the CCE board, confirmed that his district would support a move to the new county communications center “if it is in the best interest of taxpayers and if the quality of dispatching services can be maintained.” However, he did not rule out the possibility of West County EMS remaining with CCE. The resolutions were received and acknowledged at a Jan. 23 CCE board meeting and little was said about them until after the board met in executive session for more than an hour. During that time, details of the resolutions spread among a number of CCE employees attending the meeting. In an emotional discussion, Tom Carter, a CCE director representing Maryland Heights FPD, responded to employee concerns about the dispatch center’s future and their jobs. The resolutions are designed to “keep options open” and don’t mean “doomsday” for the dispatch center, he said. Sheryl Hauk, an CCE shift supervisor, said uncertainty about the center’s future likely will mean some employees will start seeking employment elsewhere. With the operation already short-staffed due to two recent resignations, losing just one or two more people will mean the quality of ser-

vice on emergency calls will suffer, she emphasized. Other employee comments also challenged Carter’s remarks, noting that he was saying one thing while approval of the resolutions said the opposite. The CCE meeting followed an earlier effort by members of the CCE staff and board to present a united front supporting the nearly $1 million grant being sought from the ECC, which had been tabled in December. The grant was the focus of discussion during the ECC’s Jan. 16 meeting when CCE leaders reviewed steps taken last year to expand its dispatching facilities to handle the needs of fire and emergency medical operations served by two financially troubled dispatch facilities. Both Cunningham and Mike Turner, CCE’s executive director, emphasized that CCE’s expansion efforts had benefitted both the ECC as well as county residents living in areas served by the now-closed dispatch centers. However, commission members stood by their earlier decision to table the grant application saying it failed to show the savings necessary to justify the money requested. Commission members also reminded the CCE group that the grant request had been tabled, not denied, and that the application could be reconsidered if new information

was submitted or if future ECC decisions altered its grant policy. Asked later about the possible shift of CCE’s assets and functions to the county and its new communications center, Garry Earls, St. Louis County’s chief operating officer and a member of the ECC, said he has agreed to meet with a Central County group to talk about the issue but asserted that he has no preconceived notions about the outcome. “There are many questions and issues involved and it’s all very exploratory at this point,” Earls said. Cathy Keeler, the CCE board member from Creve Coeur FPD, later said the meeting with Earls likely will include attorneys representing various CCE user-owners although there has been no action by the board authorizing any group to officially represent CCE’s interests. Earls predicted the upcoming meeting won’t result in any final decisions, but may serve to identify points that need to be resolved and determine if there is enough mutual interest to warrant moving forward. He noted that questions about “business aspects” rather than the quality of dispatching services CCE provides, appear to be the issue. “In fact, anyone who has talked to me has nothing but good things to say about CCE’s service,” he said.

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To help fund their games, some fledgling developers are making use of crowdfunding via the Internet. Kickstarter.com, a website which enables strangers and friends to fund independent, creative projects, is one of the largest crowdfunding sites online and the vehicle Minnis used to fund his first video game. Minnis raised $10,452, surpassing his modest goal of $10,000. Funding on Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition. Projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. For Minnis, the proposition paid off. His space-themed shooter game “Yargis” recently was picked up by Electronic Arts, publisher of “Need for Speed,” “The Sims” and other popular game titles. “Yargis” will be distributed through the publisher’s online distribution system Origin. It is also currently on Steam Greenlight, where gamers can vote on the game to decide if it will be made available on Valve Software’s digital distribution system Steam. Ben Triola, a member of Happy Badger Studio, explained that local funding also is available. Capitol Innovators, a startup accelerator, and the non-profit organization Arch Grants have funded local independent games as well. According to Triola, these organizations have the bonus effect of drawing tech-minded entrepreneurs to the city. “Because of the existence of those people, there’s a big pool of resources when it comes to finding people to work on your game,” Triola said. Another major factor affecting St. Louis’ growing role in game development is the cost of “being alive,” as Butterscotch Shenanigans co-founder Sam Coster puts it. Coster said that, compared to other areas where the game development industry has a large presence, the cost of living in St. Louis is much more affordable. “We’re able to do the things that we can do because the hurdle we need to jump over to be profitable is immensely lower being that we’re here in St. Louis,” Coster said.


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Monarch FPD continues public negotiating sessions with firefighters’ union By JIM ERICKSON ericksonjim@att.net While no final agreement was reached on the two primary issues up for discussion at the Jan. 8 public negotiating session between the Monarch Fire Protection District board and Local 2665 of the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri, the two sides did reach a consensus regarding issues on which they do or don’t agree in a potential new contract. The paragraph-by-paragraph review of the lengthy document came after the Monarch board and firefighter representatives spent more than an hour debating the future of Kelly days and whether the district should continue its automatic deduction of union dues from employees’ paychecks. Kelly days, or Federal days as the union now proposes to name them, are the four additional paid days off firefighters now receive yearly to avoid exceeding the maximum number of on-duty hours during any pay period. As a result, they receive a paid day off rather than working at the time-and-a-half overtime rate. Problems arise when any employee’s scheduled Kelly day comes when sickness, injuries and other unforeseen circumstances leave Monarch short-staffed, requiring the call-in of other personnel on an overtime basis. Robin Harris, Monarch’s board president, has proposed eliminating mandatory Kelly days but allowing them on a caseby-case basis when schedules don’t require calling in another employee on overtime. He offered a 2013 visual, month-by-month chart to illustrate when overtime was, or wasn’t, needed on scheduled Kelly days and the overtime payments that resulted. While noting the approach has elements of a good compromise, Monarch firefighter and union negotiator Brent Coleman said it could result in some employees having no Kelly/Federal days while others wind up with as many as four, depending on unpredictable scheduling circumstances. Coleman also said it would be unfair if an employee reported to work only to be told to return home for a Kelly/Federal day because staffing requirements already were adequate. Monarch Director Jane Cunningham observed that while she didn’t dispute Harris’s suggested approach, she did question the overall number of vacation days and other paid time off Monarch firefighters receive. The net result makes it difficult to run Monarch on a cost-efficient basis, she said. Seemingly flustered by Cunningham’s comments, Coleman noted, “So where are we with this proposal? We’re willing to

discuss this, but where are we?” Cunningham responded that her comments were meant only to point out problems faced by Monarch directors in coming up with an answer responsive to the needs and demands of Monarch taxpayers. The check-off of union dues from employees’ paychecks also elicted debate and a difference of opinion. Cunningham said the elimination of the check-off empowers Monarch employees and doesn’t put the district between

employees and the union. Rather, the approach gives the union an incentive to provide more services to employees to earn their dues dollars. Coleman countered that Monarch’s stated emphasis in negotiations has been to save money. The dues check-off doesn’t involve any cost, he said. That’s because an outside firm already handles the district’s payroll and sends paycheck money to institutions at employees’ direction. The union proposal also calls for compensating the district for time spent setting up any new

employee’s payroll account to include the check-off. This and later discussion appeared to indicate that the union check-off issue will be an ongoing topic in future negotiating sessions. Briefly mentioned during the Jan. 8 negotiations was a Monarch proposal for a new and stretched-out schedule for employees to earn vacation days. The plan includes a grandfather provision whereby current employees would keep vacation benefits already earned.

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photography Unique, creative photography and a passion for excellence are the driving forces behind Higher Focus Photography, which recently opened a studio location in Wildwood. Owners Jill and Tim Gray offer a full range of services including portraits for families, high school seniors and executives, along with event and product photography and video production. “We are not a typical portrait studio that puts everyone in the same box. We offer our clients a customized experience in portraiture, working with them to create the images they desire to treasure the ones they love,” Jill Gray said. “Our new studio not only has a spacious state-of-the-art camera room; we also have a beautifully landscaped backyard that’s perfect for portraits.” Photo sessions with Higher Focus Photography are by no means limited to the studio, however. “We offer fun and unusual sessions that our clients truly enjoy,” Gray said. For example, with the “Highway Session,” high school students referred

Research Based Solutions is an international, corporate training firm founded on the belief that there is a better way to analyze a company’s sales and to manage sales teams. Utilizing a behavior-based, analytically-driven approach, Research Based Solutions trains management and sales/customer service personnel on how to maximize productivity. “We focus our training on understanding the importance of activity management and the impact that emotional intelligence plays in the buying decision,” explained Eric Gutberlet, Research Based Solutions partner. “Our approach utilizes metrics, behavioral keys to influence and a sales dialogue model to achieve the desired results and ensure verifiable ROI for our clients.” Research Based Solutions also offers sales/call center management a prescriptive approach to managing and developing sales and customer service teams. By providing effective solutions for achieving productivity gains, they remove the guesswork for managers by giving them a reliable, tested approach that brings accountability.

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Most sales training programs provide instruction on techniques to improve sales, but Research Based Solutions combines the behavior-based, analytically-driven science of sales management with the art of selling. By changing sales/service personnel behaviors, clients experience improved and sustained performance gains. Research Based Solutions’ extensive client base consists predominantly of financial services companies, but they are expanding that base to include professional services, technology, manufacturing and distribution, and companies with call centers. With a presence in Boston, Dallas, Salt Lake City and Phoenix and headquartered in Chesterfield, the company is focusing its growth efforts in the St. Louis/ Kansas City markets. Research Based Solutions 100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy. Chesterfield (636) 681-1022 www.researchbasedsolutions.com

The Law Offices of David A. Rubin, L.L.C. provides exceptional, down-toearth legal protection for individuals, families and businesses. Selected by his peers to the prestigious “Best Lawyers in America” List for six consecutive years, Rubin’s practice helps “regular” folks with everyday legal needs, including wills; trusts; probate; powers of attorney and living wills; LLCs, corporations and contracts; personal injury and car accidents. Even safe drivers get an occasional ticket, so Rubin has a website to handle tickets online. MissouriTicketLaw.com users’ tickets are negotiated so moving violations are kept off their records and no points are assessed. Many people wonder if should they keep, transfer or spend down their assets to afford care as they age. A member of ElderCounsel, Rubin can advise people how best to plan for the future. He can also help young couples name a guardian for their children in properly completed legal documents. “We use flat fees and retainer

One woman’s determination to make people’s lives easier and healthier was the basis for the opening of fit-flavors, a 3-year-old company that offers healthy meals to go. “I’m very passionate about nutrition,” said Jillian Tedesco, fit-flavors’ founder and owner. “I was a personal trainer for 11 years and knew that this was the missing link in my clients’ road to success with their goals.” At fit-flavors, customers always get healthy, pre-packaged, portioncontrolled meals to go that are ready to heat and eat anywhere. Foods are prepared from scratch using locally sourced and all natural ingredients, including hormone-free and antibioticfree meats. All meals are pre-measured and portioned out before packaging, which saves customers time, trouble and guesswork. Meals can be picked up 7 days a week at the Chesterfield store and via satellite locations in Creve Coeur, Ballwin and Weldon Springs. Please check website for hours. In addition to her experience as a personal trainer, Tedesco has a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary

programs so you know your costs from the outset,” Rubin said. “We never charge for a first meeting or first phone call, so before we start billing, you will understand exactly what the cost will be.” The firm has a 2014 listing with “Best Law Firms” and is a member of the AARP Legal Services Panel, so AARP members get a discount. Many legal plans that offer discounts are accepted, and sometimes, work may be fully paid by the plan. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality legal services,” Rubin said. “We want to give our clients peace of mind at a reasonable price.” The Law Offices of David A. Rubin, L.L.C. 10880 Baur Blvd. • Creve Coeur 16024 Manchester Road • Ellisville* 2046 Queens Brooke Blvd. • St. Peters* www.DavidRubinLaw.com www.MissouriTicketLaw.com *by appt. only

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Institute. Her extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff includes quality chefs with nutrition expertise who will even help customize a nutrition plan specifically for the customer. Tedesco believes that the solution to a healthier lifestyle begins in the kitchen, and she likes to say that the fit-flavors kitchen specializes in “food for the fit.” In addition to helping people through proper nutrition and a balanced diet, she provides a convenient meal service that frees up her customers’ time for other pursuits. Tedesco and her staff will even provide catering for certain events. “Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, improve your health or just crunched for time, fitflavors has a solution for you,” Tedesco said. fit-flavors 14842 Clayton Road • Chesterfield (636) 220-9390 www.fit-flavors.com


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The professionals as Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company treat their customers like family. “As a family plumber, our customers take us with them throughout the St. Louis area,” said Tony LaMartina, owner. “We help them with the purchase of their first home and assist then with retrofitting their home for elderly parents.” The St. Louis plumbing contractor can help residential customers with all aspects of plumbing – from sink or shower installation, to garbage disposal or outdoor plumbing repair, to preventative leak protection. Highly skilled, professional plumbers can help families create a more spacious bathroom by installing wall-mounted or pedestal sinks. For a sleeker, more modern look, the company can install a vessel or under-the-countertop sink. They can even enhance a bathroom with the installation of a full-body shower system or steam bath designed for maximum comfort and relaxation. “We are a plumbing contractor that focuses exclusively on residential repairs and installation of plumbing fixtures and mechanics,” LaMartina said.

To make sure homes are protected from damaging leaks, Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company also offers leak detection. Highly advanced leak detection systems monitor all waterusing appliances in the home, shutting down if water irregularity is detected. For the last 30 years, the company has offered the service to help families avoid costly and extensive water leaks and to prevent health hazards, such as mold. Whether it’s cleaning drains, installing a sump pump or fixing a water heater, the professionals at Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company can be trusted to do the job right. “We are committed to providing our customers with a highly satisfying experience from beginning to end,” LaMartina said. “We want to become St. Louis’ trusted family plumber.” Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company P.O. Box 11306 • St. Louis (314) 965-9377 www.tonylamartinaplumbing.com

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For the past 40 years, area homeowners have trusted their remodeling needs to Dalco Home Remodeling. Family-owned Dalco is one of the largest home improvement companies in the Midwest, but it focuses its business on the St. Louis metropolitan area. Services, manufacturing, and installations are performed by highly skilled professionals who have worked in the industry for years and are fully qualified and trained to ensure that everything they do is done right for the customer. Dalco Home Remodeling offers a full line of remodeling products, including vinyl replacement windows and custom windows built at its own factory right here in Missouri; quality siding, expertly engineered for enduring beauty and strength; complete roofing systems; entry and patio door systems in steel and fiberglass, manufactured by Dalco specifically for the customer’s home. In the kitchen, Dalco’s expert craftsmen can handle everything from cabinet refacing to a full kitchen remodel; they offer custom, semi-custom and

stock cabinetry and quartz, granite and laminate countertops with factory-direct pricing. For the bath, Dalco offers some of the finest products on the market and even can provide a one-day tub/shower alcove remodel. Customer satisfaction always has been a top priority at Dalco, where customers always are offered a great value, fair pricing and quality products backed by exceptional warranties. Not surprisingly, the company enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To discover the Dalco difference firsthand, visit their showroom, or call to arrange for a free, in-home estimate. Let the professionals at Dalco Home Remodeling remodel your home, and join the thousands of satisfied Dalco customers. Dalco Home Remodeling 13795 St. Charles Rock Road Bridgeton (314) 298-7300 www.dalcohomeremodeling.com

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heatinG & coolinG For generations, thousands of area families have trusted Galmiche and Sons with their heating and airconditioning needs. The locally owned and operated business also has provided the design, engineering construction and maintenance of HVAC systems for many businesses throughout the greater St. Louis area. “Galmiche and Sons has been a familyrun business since it opened in 1950, so keeping the business in the family was important to me,” said Jim Galmiche, vice president of the company. Also important to Galmiche is maintaining the excellent reputation of his family’s company. To ensure prompt customer response and topnotch customer service, only the most highly skilled technicians and installers are employed. The company is a fully functional union organization, employing both Local 36 and Local 148 personnel. Galmiche and Sons offers quality HVAC products and carries a full line of

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equipment and replacement parts for all models of heating and air-conditioning equipment for both residential and commercial customers. “We specialize in replacement, retrofit, new construction, design build, and servicing on any make or model of airconditioner or furnace,” Galmiche said. “We are able to offer a wide array of top-of-the-line products and service at a very low price.” Customers also enjoy added value in the form of 24-hour service, free inhome estimates and service agreements. Most importantly, Galmiche and Sons’ customers are served with integrity, competence and objectivity to guarantee heating and cooling service that exceeds their expectations.

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Shanon Forseter, M.D., chose to be an OB/GYN because he wanted to be in a branch of medicine where he could form lifelong relationships with his patients. “I enjoy helping to navigate both the joys and challenges of the female body during all of life’s transitions,” Dr. Forseter said. His services include obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, fertility, natural childbirth and menopausal therapy, including bioidentical hormones. Born and raised in St. Louis, Dr. Forseter received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed his residency at the University of Missouri. His private practice in Creve Coeur services five major hospitals and two surgery centers in St. Louis. “As an OB-GYN, my philosophy is to always listen to the patient,” Dr. Forseter said. “I focus my practice on the philosophy of my patients holding the key to their own bodies and knowing themselves the best. I may have the medical knowledge and skills, but the

plans and desires of the patient are what I strive to attain.” Taking care to get to know each patient individually, Dr. Forseter does his best to make sure individuals and families have that special moment unfold as they envision it. “There are many different positive ways for a woman to give birth, and quite simply, I am there to support the mother’s personal preferences and plans,” he said. “Similarly, as a woman ages and finds her body changing, it is essential that I choose the path that will not only help medically but also is in alignment with the patient’s desires.” Shanon A. Forseter, M.D., OB/GYN North New Ballas Obstetrics & Gynecology 522 N. New Ballas Road, Suite 201 Creve Coeur (314) 994-1241 www.shanonforseter.com


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“Courtney is very passionate about issues related to justice. She uses her voice to protect her rights and the rights of others, and her essay is a reflection of what she stands for,” said English/language arts teacher Nikki Poslosky. The contest was sponsored in partnership with the Missouri History Museum.

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Passionate about justice Courtney Brown, an eighth-grade student at Parkway Northeast Middle School, won first place in the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights’ recent essay contest. Brown’s essay was in response to the prompt: If everyone has the right to life, liberty, and personal security, what responsibilities do others have to protect these rights? The students were asked to use the Trayvon Martin case as a benchmark for answering the question of personal safety. Brown’s essay relates the right to bear arms.

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Move over, Mr. Clean, the Parkway custodial staff has left you in the dust, recently earning an award for “green cleaning.” Created in conjunction with the Green Cleaning Network and Healthy Schools Campaign, American School & University’s Green Cleaning Award recognizes education at institutions for their healthy and sustainable approaches to cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. The rewards are not only environmental. “Parkway has realized at least a 10 percent savings from (reducing) cleaning chemicals alone,” explained Erik Lueders, sustainability and purchasing manager, who also noted the health benefits of going green. “At Parkway, we understand that students are more susceptible to respiratory ailments, and we take it very seriously and understand the impacts that dust and chemicals can have on their breathing,” Lueders said. “The new procedures have created

Distinguished employee Marquette activities secretary Priscilla Prozorowski has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA). She was one of only two people in the St. Louis region to get the award. Prozorowski has been an employee at Marquette High School since its opening in 1993. In that time, she has served as secretary under three activities directors, including the current director Shane Matzen. Matzen and former directors Jim Gagen, Mark Linneman, and former Principal Dan Deschamp nominated the 24-year employee. “I was absolutely stunned,” admitted Prozorowski when she was notified of the award. “I didn’t know what to say!” Prozorowski will be honored at the MIAAA banquet in April.

Winning writers Chesterfield Arts has announced the winners in its annual Phyllis Corbet Writing Contest. In its third year, the competition is designed to highlight the work of the

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Firsthand look at law enforcement Ten Cub Scouts from Dens 5 and 6 of Pack 883 recently toured the Ballwin Police Department with Officer Mike Dahm as their guide. The firsthand look at law enforcement was part of the Scouts’ Bear Rank Advancement – “Law Enforcement is a Big Job” requirement. Accompanied by their leaders Haley Morrison (Den 5) and Sherry Lindsey (Den 6), the Scouts learned how to take fingerprintsWidth--4.916" and be fingerprinted. Dahm dis- Cub Scout Pack 883: Austin Kertz, Joey Trower, Danny Lindsey, Vincent Schaeffer, Willson cussed how the booking process Garner, Ryan Bantz, Andrew Dahm, Tommy Height--5.6" tall works and how evidence is col- Walsh, Noah Cross and Jake Lindsey with Ballwin lected and processed. The boys Police Officer Mike Dahm. also were provided with a tour of the dispatch center and discussed when it would be appropriate to call 911. Pack 883 is chartered through Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eureka. The boys attend either Sacred Heart or Blevins Elementary. Spoon,” Wydown Middle School Second Place: Keizo Sullivan, “Fiery Flashback,” LaSalle Springs Middle School Third Place: Wil Welch, “The Indomitable Mr. Hastings,” Wydown Middle School Honorable Mentions: Sruthi Ainapurapu, Preethi Sriraman and Ainslee Stroup High school winners were: First Place: Michelle Harrison, “Watercoloring,” Parkway South Second Place: John Miller, “The Watcher,” Priory Third Place: Sharanya Kumar, “Whispering Shadows,” Parkway Central Honorable Mentions: Ramzi Hadad, Michel Ge and Katherine Estep

Scholarship established for IT students Representatives of the Gateway to Innovation have established a special scholarship through the St. Louis Community College Foundation. The Gateway to Innovation Scholarship has been established to grow the region’s information technology workforce. Annually, the Gateway to Innovation Conference brings IT leaders and thinkers together from across the nation to inspire, collaborate and gain a competitive edge in an industry that demands more for less. The event was created in 2008 to showcase the impact and relevance of information technology on the regional economy and to raise awareness both locally and nationally, share best practices and learn from high-level speakers in technology. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must recently have graduated from high school or be currently enrolled at an STLCC campus, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and intend to major in information

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By WARREN MAYES wmayes@newsmagazinenetwork.com It takes more than two knee surgeries to keep Marquette’s Abby Watson out of the water. Watson, a senior swimmer, broke the school record in the 100 backstroke during her freshman year. She went on to place third at state, which is where she set the Marquette record with a time of 57.46 seconds. Then, she torn her ACL twice. Last year, she swam and scored at state while her ACL was still torn. She had surgery a couple days later, and is now healed and back to form. Marquette coach Joe Schoedel said Watson worked in rehab to get back to the Mustangs. She wanted to have a good senior season for the Mustangs and, so far, she is doing just that. “I was really determined. My freshman year was the only time I was healthy for high school,” Watson said. “I didn’t want to have my freshman performance define my time on my high school team. I also wanted to come back hard to show the people who thought I should have quit that I made the right decision.” Watson swam a 59.04 in the backstroke at the Marquette Relays. “It was faster than I went at state last year, which made me very happy,” Watson said.

“So far this season I feel like I am doing very well. My backstroke feels strong and I have been consistent on my times. My butterfly has also improved greatly and I feel stronger and more powerful in my strokes. I also feel like I have been pulling my weight on both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.” State is coming up in February, and Watson has a solid history on which to draw. As a freshman, she was third in 57.46. She was ranked eighth after prelims. That put her in the outside lane for finals. “She didn’t let that intimidate her and did what I tell my swimmers to do – ‘forget about times, and get up and race,’” Schoedel said. It was a finish Watson still recalls. “At state I was 14. And as any 14-yearold, I just wanted to have fun,” Watson said. “Looking back, the fact that I didn’t let the pressure get to me and I swam how I knew I needed to is what made that meet impressive in my mind.” As a sophomore, Watson finished seventh with a time of 59.37. She also placed seventh as a junior despite her knee injury. “While placing lower than her freshman year, both finishes are far more impressive,” Schoedel said. “In her sophomore year, she was still rehabbing from her first torn ACL. Last year, she swam with a completely torn

ACL, and literally had to crawl out of the pool fighting back tears after her finish. “This speaks to both her mental and physical toughness. I even tried to take her out of the meet, but she is such a fierce competitor she refused.” This winter, Watson has qualified for state in the 100 back, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. The competition at state is fierce. Watson knows she will have to be at the top of her game to have a solid finish. Her 59.04 time in the backstroke ranks second in the state at presstime. Still, it’s how you swim on that day that makes the difference. “The backstroke competition is ridiculous,” Watson said. “It has a very young, very fast talent. It is going to be fun to see how I perform against these girls. I love state. It gives me the chance to swim against people that I don’t typically get to swim against, like the people from Springfield and Kansas City. It changes up the race atmosphere, which I love.” Watson has signed to swim in college for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. “She’ll continue to do (at Duquesne) what she always does,” Schoedel said, “which is work extremely hard, be a team player and do whatever is asked of her.”

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The I-70 Shoppers Fair and Family Center is a must-see shopping venue conveniently located off I-70 on North Service Road in St. Peters. Open every Saturday and Sunday, the indoor-outdoor flea market has been in operation since August 2013. “Our family owned the 14-plus acres where the market is located and originally attempted to sell the property,” Dan Fetsch explained. “Due to the location, a developer approached us with the idea to create an indoor and outdoor market. After researching the potential, we proceeded with the developer to create the I-70 Shoppers Fair.” I-70 Shoppers Fair and Family Center vendors rent space at the market and offer a diverse and interesting array of products and services. As its name implies, it is a family-friendly destination. “A variety of products and services are available, such as clothing, women’s accessories and skin care products,

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High school boys soccer Parkway West’s Tucker Watts was inadvertently left out of the postseason recognition for high school boys soccer in the Jan. 15 West Newsmagazine. Watts, a junior midfielder for the Longhorns, received all-state honorable mention honors for his performance this past season. He finished the season with eight goals and 16 assists. In addition to his all-state recognition, Watts was named to the Suburban South all-conference first team. He also earned


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first team Class 2 All-District honors and earned a spot on the first team Class 2 AllRegion for the St. Louis area. Watts was a captain in 2013. He will be the only player to be entering his fourth year starting with the varsity next season for Parkway West. The Longhorns will be graduating 12 seniors in May. Coach Michael Skordos said Watts was a big part of the successful 2013 team. “Tucker was a midfielder for our varsity squad the past two years,” Skordos said. “Due to some injuries, we had to move him up as a forward. He was the third-leading scorer on the team behind the Klemm twins (Chandler and Nicholas). He is a quick striker who scored some key goals for our program the past three years.” Watts earned his postseason honors, Skordos said. During the club season, Watts plays for Lou Fusz Soccer Club and has played on the Missouri Olympic Development Team. Skordos is already excited about the 2014 campaign. “We are excited to have Tucker and several young players returning for next season,” Skordos said. “The 2013 Varsity team raised the bar for our program, and the younger players are looking forward to the future challenge ahead of them.”

High school wrestling The Marquette Mustangs recently had a big night when they swept a quad meet hosted by Fox. The Mustangs defeated Mehlville 45-18, Oakville 53-21 and Fox 54-21. Several Mustangs scored three wins on the evening. Senior Noah Reid, a returning state qualifier at 132 last year, won all three of his matches at 138. Senior Brett Stoffel, who finished fourth at 106 at state last year, competed at 113. Freshman Josh Galmiche at 120 and senior Michael Wirick at 160 also won three matches. In addition, Francesco Perla is a freshman who went undefeated at the duals and is ranked in the top eight in state. Coach Jake Dieffenbach said he was pleased with his Mustangs. He thought they showed what they were made of by competing well. “It is tough to wrestle three matches in one night. It’s more mentally tough than anything, especially on a school night, but at this point in the year it is something that is good because it gets us out of our routine and out of our comfort zone,” Dieffenbach said. “We make a lot of mistakes because of our inexperience so we have to make up for it with hustle and effort, and I think we did that. “This was the first time all season where we had all of the guys in their proper weight classes and healthy. Going into the season, this was the lineup I had envisioned.”

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This is Dieffenbach’s first year leading the program. So far, so good. “I am pleased with the progression of our team. As a new head coach, I had to change the culture a little bit and get the guys to buy in,” Dieffenbach said. “I think they are seeing their hard work being rewarded. We had four tournaments in five weekends and had some injuries and kind of hit the midseason wall. January is a tough month, not just for us, but for everybody. “There are days when you may feel like not being here, but you develop mental toughness when you work hard through those times in the season. It is a long season and it is a grind, but the main thing is getting a little bit better every day. We have a long way to go as a program, but you get there one day at a time and one practice at a time.” The goal is to get as many Mustangs as possible to the state meet. “The bottom line is that you train for one tournament – state,” Dieffenbach said. “Everything else is kind of a gauge to see where you are and what you need to work on, so this was great, but we need to continue to improve.”

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High school hockey The annual Mid-States Club Hockey Association playoffs begin next week. The clubs will be positioned into the three postseason tournaments – Founders Cup, Wickenheiser Cup and Challenge Cup. To read how the seeds for each tourney were distributed and what the first-round match-ups will be, visit newsmagazinenetwork.com.

Find out what repairs and improvements are being considered for your school. Give your feedback on a possible bond issue in November.

College women’s basketball Sydney Stipanovich earlier this month was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. It was the third time Stipanovich, a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and University of Pennsylvania player, won the honor this season.

View the 2011-16 strategic plan at www.parkwayschools.net.


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For more than 20 years Spas and More! has delivered an exceptional spa experience to homeowners throughout the St. Louis area. The area’s exclusive distributor of spas and swim spas manufactured by Master Spas, it is a one-stop shop for sales, service, parts and accessories for spas, swim spas, hot tubs and infrared saunas. More than 30 spas are showcased at the beautiful new Spas and More! showroom at Taubman Prestige Outlets, making it easier than ever to discover the therapeutic benefits of a spa and the fitness benefits of a luxurious swim spa. Spas and More! is proud to represent Master Spas, one of the largest spa manufacturers in North America. The company’s patented Eco Pur filtration system uses 90 percent fewer chemicals compared to other spas, and its Master Force Bio-Magnetic Therapy is an industry-first system used to relieve pain, improve circulation and reduce swelling and stiffness. Four spa lines are on display: Michael Phelps Legend Series hot tubs, known

Town Center Dental Town Center Dental in Wildwood is a general dentistry practice that provides all phases of dental care for all members of the family. A full-service practice, Town Center Dental offers everything from teeth cleanings and implant care to root canal therapy and oral surgery. Teeth whitening, Invisalign, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry also are offered. Dr. Jon Copeland has been practicing dentistry since 2010 and recently purchased Town Center Dental. He lives nearby with his wife and two daughters. “We grew up in the area and look forward to practicing where we are raising our family,” he said. Dr. Copeland strives to provide his patients with gentle and compassionate care in a warm and tranquil environment. Town Center Dental patients receive comprehensive care from a knowledgeable doctor and staff in a modern office close to home. “We utilize digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and nitrous oxide in a relaxing environment,” said Dr. Copeland, who

for their cutting-edge technology; the Twilight Series, combining hydrotherapy with music and a calming cascade of lights; Healthy Living Hot Tubs, designed to ease aches and pains and boost healing; and Clarity Spas, featuring luxurious, ergonomic seats and adjustable therapeutic jets. Two swim spa lines also are offered: HTX Jetted Swim and Fitness Spas and the unprecedented Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas. Committed to customer satisfaction, Spas and More! employees are factorytrained in sales and service. The company is the only Trade Certified spa and swim spa dealer in St. Louis and enjoys an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Spas and More! 17033 N. Outer 40 Road • Suite 171 Chesterfield (636) 489-3809 12957 Gravois Road • Sunset Hills (314) 843-7727 www.spasandmorestl.com

Chesterfield Day School offers students a personalized education experience designed to enhance the learning process for each individual. “We believe every child has an inherent love of learning and deserves to realize his or her highest potential,” said Matt Virgil, Head of school. “We specialize in setting the right direction for every student.” Chesterfield Day School is an independent school offering premier secondary school preparation for students aged 18 months to 6th grade. “The CDS approach begins with an early childhood Montessori foundation, bridging Montessori teaching methods with those used at the most respected secondary schools as students progress through the upper grades,” Virgil explained. The curricular bridges are designed specifically to reflect a child’s ability to evolve from concrete to conceptual learning. They focus on students’ energy and curiosity with an engaging and academically challenging curriculum. Students gain a strong foundation in science, mathematics, social studies, and language. Students in the upper grades

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managed institution that 2426 Taylor financial Rd. • Wildwood for more than 90 years has provided (636) 273-5866 outstanding personal service to Dr. Copeland www.copelanddentalgroup.com consumers and businesses in the St. Louis area. every year completes more than four Exceptional Patient Care in a “We offer banking solutions uniquely times the required amount of continuing Relaxed, Convenient tailored to meet theAtmosphere financial needs of educating in order to stay as up to date as Now Accepting New Patients! both businesses and consumers,” said possibleDr. on Jon modern dental techniques. Copeland DDS Pulaski Bank Senior Vice President/ Dr. Copeland and his staff pride Regional Manager Brenda Bader themselves on ensuring that their • Family Dentistry Tucker, who has 34 years of experience patients have a comfortable, relaxing the banking industry and an extensive • Teeth Whitening • inCrowns dental experience. Whether visiting the portfolio. office for preventive care, crowns and • Periodontal • Preventive Care Native toCare the West County area, bridgework or oral surgery, patients can Tucker continuously remains involved Visit expert, our website for a rest assured they will receive the community through numerous gentle care. complete list of our dentalinservices civic organizations. “We want to provide exceptional “I have always enjoyed working with dental care to our friends and neighbors clients to help improve their financial in Wildwood and surrounding areas for situation,” she said. “Many of my many years to come,” Dr. Copeland clients have been with me for so long said. that I think of them more as friends.” Town Center Dental currently is Pulaski Bank delivers comprehensive accepting new patients. Most dental financial products and services, and insurance plans are accepted. its Lifestyle Banking product line is designed to meet the diverse needs Town Center Dental of every client. Named in the “2013 2426 Taylor Road • Wildwood Book of Lists” as the 13th largest (636) 273-5866 bank in St. Louis, ranked by charter Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. deposits as of June 30, 2012, Pulaski www.copelanddentalgroup.com

continue to build on skills developed throughout the program, including communication, problem-solving, logical thinking and comprehension skills. As students grow, responsibilities increase, and students will learn additional skills like time management, test-taking and note-taking. Teachers at Chesterfield Day School are dedicated, lifelong learners who have been trained to use the best and most appropriate teaching methods for each individual student. “This customized approach results in classroom environments that are engaging, collaborative, challenging and creative,” Virgil said. Centrally located near the intersection of 141 and Hwy. 40, Chesterfield Day School offers rolling admissions throughout the year. Chesterfield Day School 1100 White Road • Chesterfield (314) 469-6622

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Pulaski Bank’s early goals from 1922 remain in place today: to provide safety and security while offering the best possible service to every client. “Our clients take comfort in knowing we intend to remain an independent, locally owned organization,” Tucker said. “We will never try to be the biggest bank in town, but we will always try to be the best.” With 13 St. Louis-area locations and three in West County, Pulaski Bank offers convenient banking throughout the area. Email Tucker at btucker@pulaskibank. com. Pulaski Bank 14446 Clayton Road • Ballwin 17701 Edison Ave. • Chesterfield 12300 Olive Blvd. • Creve Coeur (314) 317-4815 www.pulaskibank.com Member FDIC


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Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS office, is a full-service family care center with complete restorative and periodontal care for patients of all ages. Laserassisted dentistry also creates a more comfortable way for treatment, minimizing the need for anesthetic and is especially helpful with children. By utilizing the latest available technology, crowns can be delivered in one appointment, all x-rays are digital, Velscope cancer screening reveals precancerous conditions before they are seen visually, and beautiful smiles are created with Lumineers and other aesthetic options. “We always give patients options for treatment,” Rothenberg said. “We use new procedures to provide you with the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and we pride ourselves in making patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Our investment in advanced technology means a long-term investment in your future, because state-of-the-art technology invites informed decision making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health.”

Since 1995, Chesterfield business owner Nancy Barrett, ASID, has been creating “beautiful rooms” for delighted clients. Barrett has maintained a business philosophy of providing excellent design service, on projects large and small, tailored to the client’s needs and wants. “I usually operate like a retail store that comes to you,” Barrett said. “I carry a complete line of furniture, flooring, window treatments, wall coverings and accessories. Or, I can just provide hourly design advice.” Barrett carries an impressive list of interior design credentials. The former graphic artist is a professional member of American Society of Interior Designers and a past chapter president. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines. Over the past eight years, she has received eighteen design awards and Beautiful Rooms will be receiving additional awards on February 10 from St. Louis At Home Magazine. There is no charge for the first meeting with Barrett to assess the client’s

Dr. Rothenberg first started in the dentistry field because he liked helping people and has always been good with his hands. Since 1973, he has served the West County area with his expertise in dentistry. He received his dental degree from Washington University and is a member of many respected, professional dental organizations, including ADA, Missouri Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and is a diplomat in The World Congress of Mini mally Invasive Dentistry. “We care about your health, and we realize each individual has different expectations, needs and concerns,” Rothenberg said. “We are looking forward to providing you with the most modern dental care available.”

Robert P. Rothenberg, DDS 49 National Way • Manchester (636) 391-6990 Mon., 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. – Thurs., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.rothenbergdds.com

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desires for their home or office. She asks a lot of questions to determine their needs and personal style preferences. She suggests a plan of action for the best way to create the space of their dreams within their investment allowance. For those who purchase home or office furnishings from Barrett, there is no hourly fee. “Beautiful Rooms can take care of everything from concept to installation,” Barrett said. “My goal is to make any experience easy and enjoyable for my clients. I use my design expertise and experience to help them avoid costly mistakes and make the most of their decorating dollars. Many of my clients prefer to work with me in stages and I have 3D imaging available to show a visualization of the finished results.” Beautiful Rooms LLC (636) 519-4090 www.BeautifulRoomsDesign.com

Whether it’s an engagement ring, an anniversary band or personalized necklace, The Diamond Family can help clients choose the perfect piece of jewelry. Established by second-generation jeweler Rocky Haddad and run by sons Michael and Alex Haddad, The Diamond Family, formerly Diamond and Jewelry Brokers, has been serving clients since 1978. The family-owned business, located in the Dierbergs Lafayette Center at Baxter and Manchester roads, is one of only 800 Master IJO Jewelers in the world. “This grants us exclusive buying rights to diamonds from Antwerp, Belgium, direct cutters, and it also allows us access to designer’s lines and merchandise made only for Master IJO stores around the globe,” said Michael Haddad, president. The full-service shop displays an extensive, hand-selected inventory of engagement rings, loose stones and fashion jewelry and has one of the largest diamond inventories in St. Louis. Clients can choose from more than 500

Compass Design Build is a full-service homebuilding and remodeling company that services the West County and metropolitan St Louis area. Owned by Peter Uetrecht, a 25 year veteran of the homebuilding industry and his wife, Jennifer, an award-winning interior designer, the company specializes in the technical aspects of the industry while keeping on track with current design trends. Peter grew up in the homebuilding industry, working as a summer laborer during his high school years. After graduating from college with a degree in environmental science, he spent 10 years “learning the ropes” before venturing off and starting his own homebuilding company. A second-generation homebuilder, Peter founded Compass Design Build because he wanted to create uniquely elegant homes of enduring value. Jennifer specializes in a home’s total interior design and works with clients from a project’s onset, helping with space planning and the physical layout of the structure, cabinet design and more. “Because we are a small, family-owned

engagement rings or have a custom ring created. “We are also the only store that offers 100 percent, totally free computer-aided design for custom designs, and we are the only authorized dealer for Sylvie Bridal, one the hottest bridal lines in the world,” Michael said. Future brides and grooms who participate in the 2014 “Pray for Rain” campaign will receive up to $5,000 back on an engagement ring purchase if it rains one inch on their wedding day. If it snows two inches or more on Christmas day, any holiday purchase is fully refunded. “Customers are going to make these purchases regardless,” Haddad said. “Why not sign up for our promotions and possibly get all your money back? It’s free and it’s fun.” The Diamond Family 473 Lafayette Center • Manchester (636) 391-6622 www.thediamondfam.com

company – a small, husband-and-wife team – clients are working directly with the owners,” Peter said. “We offer upfront design service as part of our whole package, so clients don’t necessarily have to have an architect or kitchen designer designing their projects.” Compass Design Build handles everything from small remodeling jobs to the design and construction of luxury homes. And regardless of the project, all clients receive the same personal service, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail. “We use the same quality materials and the same subcontractors whether we’re doing a $20,000 bathroom remodel or a $2 million custom home,” Peter said. “Our goal is to deliver a quality product, give superior customer service and become St. Louis’ choice in homebuilding and remodeling.” Compass Design Build 2464 Taylor Road, #319 • Wildwood (636) 236-2536 www.compass-stl.com


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services to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families, either in a health care facility or other residential setting. Heartland volunteers offer support, companionship and help by staying with a patient so family members can take a break, or by offering one-one-one attention to terminally ill patients who are lonely or cut off from family members. Veterans dedicated to visiting with other veterans also are needed. All volunteer assignments are in close proximity to the volunteer’s home, work or school, and volunteers can donate as much or as little time as they like. For more information and to learn about the next volunteer training class, call Virginia at (314) 453-0990.

School start time and student health Having an overweight or obese parent is one of the three biggest risk factors for childhood obesity, a study showed.

The big three: childhood obesity predictors What factors raise the risk of childhood obesity? According to researchers at the University of Illinois, the most significant factors contributing to a preschooler’s childhood obesity risk are inadequate sleep, an overweight or obese parent, and a parent who restricts the child’s eating in order to control the child’s weight. “We looked at 22 variables that had previously been identified as predictors of child obesity, and the three that emerged as strong predictors did so even as we took into account the influence of the other 19,” said Brent McBride, director of the University of Illinois Child Development Laboratory. “Their strong showing gives us confidence that these are the most important risk factors to address.” After analyzing data from the study, researchers came up with the following parental recommendations for reducing the risk of childhood obesity: • Encourage early bedtimes for young children. • Recognize that parental food preferences are passed to children, and remember that tastes are established during the

preschool years. • Consider the fact that restricting a child’s access to certain foods will only make the child want those foods more. A child who always is deprived of potato chips, for example, may eat them excessively at a friend’s home. • Make sure the food environment in the home includes a wide variety of healthy choices, such as fruits and vegetables. • Bear in mind that kids often need to be exposed to a food several times before they will try it. • Do not use food to comfort a child who is hurt or disappointed. • Allow preschoolers to select their foods as bowls are passed at family meals, and encourage them to be thoughtful about what they choose. Pre-plating a meal at the counter discourages self-regulation.

Seeking hospice volunteers Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide some extra care to its clients and their families. Hospice care provides sensitivity and support for people in the final phase of a terminal illness. At Heartland Hospice, the goal is to deliver palliative and supportive

A delay of less than 30 minutes in the time they start school can produce significant health benefits for adolescents, according to a sleep expert. Psychologist Julie Boergers, co-director of a Rhode Island pediatric sleep disorders clinic, led a study at a boarding school for high school students and found that by delaying the start of school during the winter term by just 25 minutes – from 8 to 8:25 a.m. – students got more sleep and enjoyed a significant reduction in daytime sleepiness, depressed mood and caffeine use. “Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning,” Boergers said. “Most teenagers undergo a biological shift to a later sleep-wake cycle, which can make early school start times particularly challenging. In this study, we looked at whether a relatively modest, temporary delay in school start time would change students’ sleep patterns, mood and caffeine use.” With the delayed start time, the percentage of students getting eight or more hours of sleep on school nights jumped from 18 percent to 44 percent, with younger students and those sleeping less at the start of the study most likely to benefit from the later start. Overall, a delayed start time was associated with a 29-minute increase in students’ sleep time on school nights. The later start had no effect on time students spent doing homework or engaging

in extracurricular activities. An article on the study, “Later School Start Time is Associated with Improved Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents,” was published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

On the calendar The Heart of the Family Event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country. The free event focuses on heart health and features free health screenings and interactive, fun activities for the entire family. Several presentations are offered, including “Mitral Valve Problems? Learn About Small Incision Surgery” (9:30 a.m.); “Exercises for Staying Healthy at Every Age” (9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.); “Rams’ Favorite Snacks (10:15 a.m. and noon); “A Woman’s Heart is Different” (10:30 a.m.); “Advances in the Treatment of A-Fib” (11:30 a.m.); and “Living Healthy with Congestive Heart Failure” (12:15 p.m.). Advance registration is recommended. Call (314) 996-5433. ••• The St. Louis Blues Blood Drive at The Pointe will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Call 227-8950. ••• “The Caregiver’s Role in an Aging World” will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at St. Luke’s Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. The event is one of three installments of a free workshop for caregivers. For more information or to register, visit stlukes-stl. com, or call (314) 542-4848. ••• St. Luke’s Hospital Day of Dance for Your Health will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. The event includes dancing; music; health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, pulmonary function, fasting cholesterol and glucose; information about simple and fun ways to stay healthy; and a chance to win prizes. Admission is free; there is a $15 fee for the fasting cholesterol and glucose screening. Space is limited. To register, visit stlukes-stl.com. To schedule a cholesterol screening, call (314) 542-4848.


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CITY OF OF BALLWIN CITY BALLWIN

GENERAL/CAPITAL PROJECTS FUNDS GENERAL/CAPITAL PROJECTS FUNDS REVENUE/EXPENSE STATEMENT REVENUE/EXPENSE STATEMENT FORTHE THE SIX SIX MONTH MONTH PERIOD 12/31/13 FOR PERIODENDING ENDING 12/31/13 REVENUE Sales Taxes Other Taxes Licenses & Permits Public Utility Licenses Court Fines Police & Communications Community Programs Grants & Donations Sale of Capital Assets Investment Income Escrows Miscellaneous Other Financing Sources Total:

General Fund $2,957,588 952,503 452,062 1,823,348 450,471 118,115 1,197,345 45,799 21,115 22,448 10,329 118,572 4,364 $8,174,059

Capital Fund $626,098 58,556 (3,176) $681,478

EXPENDITURES Administration Parks & Recreation Police Public Works Transfers Out - Debt Payments Total:

$1,380,625 2,361,547 2,771,351 2,402,613 $8,916,136

$376,645 183,936 63,887 494,482 $1,118,950

CITY INDEBTEDNESS 2002 Tax Increment Revenue Bonds Fitness Equipment Lease Total:

For the Twelve Month Period Ending 12/31/13: Revenue Expenditures

13,550,000 41,891 $13,591,891

Ask the Expert

Rhonda Uhlenbrock is an Administrator for Garden View Care Centers and is recognized as the leading Dementia Care Trainer in St. Louis and St. Charles Metro Areas.

Topic: Dementia and Memory Lisa S. - “My Mom misplaces her keys all the time and recently we found them in the pantry. Mom is also forgetting to pay her bills; however, when we take her to church she acts quite normally. Am I crazy?” Dear Lisa S. People with mild cognitive impairment can make you feel crazy! They are very good at knowing how to compensate for their mild cognitive impairment in social settings. They will usually smile and give short answers rather than partake in lengthy conversations. If you were to continue to talk with them for more than 15 minutes you would notice their forgetfulness or you would find them repeating the same information. My advice is, if you are concerned, to take your mom to see a physician who is either familiar with dementia or who is a certified geriatrician. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 314-432-3422 and ask for their physician listings.

Send your questions to: asktheexpert@gvcc.com

All respondents will remain confidential. Garden View Care Centers are leaders in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Call (636) 449-7575 or visit www.gardenviewcarecenter.com 700 Garden Path • O’Fallon, MO

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This year, Gambrill Gardens is celebrating 35 years of expanding the world of possibilities for aging. The retirement living community was made possible by Merrydelle Gambrill May’s gift of 25 acres of land and her dream to create a place for older adults to age gracefully and with dignity and to live their lives to the fullest. Offering independent living in oneand two-bedroom apartments as well as licensed, on-site assisted living, Gambrill Gardens quite possibly is the best-kept secret in West County. Its residents enjoy many exceptional amenities, including 24-hour security; delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners; an on-site fitness center; a beautiful, 200-seat chapel; beauty and barber shops; in-house entertainment; educational seminars; bridge groups; intergenerational activities; day trips and shopping excursions; meaningful volunteer opportunities; seasonal celebrations; transportation; and inhome services, if needed. The focus at Gambrill Gardens is on healthy living and activity, giving residents the opportunity to create and achieve goals, laugh, enjoy themselves

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and have fun. “We do not view aging as a decline but as an unprecedented time of life and human development,” said Mary Jane Harris, Gambrill Gardens’ executive director. “We focus on the positive aspects of aging, nurturing residents’ old and new interests.” For example, three Gambrill Gardens residents are authors, and one even has a book about love in a retirement community for sale on Amazon.com. At Gambrill Gardens, residents are encouraged to live proactively and to pursue the things that bring them joy. In other words, what began decades ago as Merrydelle Gambrill May’s dream of creating a place where older adults can thrive and find fulfillment today is a dream come true. Gambrill Gardens # 1 Strecker Road • Ellisville (636) 394-2992 www.gambrillgardens.com

Roy’s Auto Repair is the cornerstone of auto repair in West County. Family owned for more than 30 years. Roy’s is widely known for its honesty and quality work. “We want our customers to be able to drop off their vehicles and feel assured that we will take care of them in a timely manner and at a fair price,” said Steve Johnson, operations manager and son-in-law of owners Roy and Carol Esslinger. “You don’t have to worry about high-pressure sales tactics here; just come in for what you need and leave with exactly that.” Roy’s offers minor to major repairs on all domestic and foreign models. Its highly trained technicians, with more than 100 years of combined experience, are ASE-certified in eight areas of repair, including engines, brakes and transmissions, heating and A/C systems, to mention a few. They are continually trained and tested, so customers can be confident that their vehicles are in good hands. Equipped with the latest in diagnostic testing

equipment, Roy’s staff can tackle any automotive issue and correct it the first time. Roy’s Auto Repair is a licensed Missouri State Safety and Emissions Testing facility. Roy’s is a AAA-authorized repair facility and a member of the Better Business Bureau, which has given it an A+ rating. For three consecutive years, Roy’s has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award, placing it in the top 1 percent of businesses and showing that customers always come first. Roy’s Auto Repair was recognized as the Business of the Year for 2011. At the same time, Senator Jane Cunningham and the Missouri Senate recognized Roy’s Auto Repair for its excellence in business. Roy’s Auto Repair 14305 Manchester Road • Manchester (636) 391-6844 Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.– 7 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.roysauto.com

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BaumHouse design The design professionals at BaumHouse design believe that “one size does not fit all.” Specializing in custom kitchen and bath design, BaumHouse features a warm and inviting boutique-sized showroom. Customers who don’t immediately see their style when stepping inside soon will find it. “Behind the cabinet doors and in drawers are samples of woods in almost every species, stain and color. We will guide you in custom selecting exactly what you have in mind for your special project,” said owner Julie Baum, ASID, CAPS, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and Certified Aging in Place specialist. Reality TV shows bring an unrealistic expectation of the time and expense required to update a home. At BaumHouse design, designers take the time to listen to project goals – use of space, desired results and budgetary guidelines – and then work to create a lasting design for your home. Unlike TV show projects, things don’t happen

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overnight. At BaumHouse design, the customer’s satisfaction with the outcome is crucial. “We want you to be comfortable with your choices so that the final result fits your lifestyle,” Baum said. In 2014, BaumHouse design is growing its staff to offer even more. “Designers are being added with skills that will make for a well-rounded team of professionals with varying levels of interests and experience in design to better service our clients,” Baum said. “While kitchens and baths are our specialty, we are qualified to provide design for all areas of your home.” Showroom hours vary to provide clients with undivided attention. Please call for an appointment and ask about BaumHouse design’s new “Menu of Services” to begin the process of planning your beautiful home! BaumHouse design 11 Vance Road • Valley Park (636) 225-9000 www.baumhousedesign.com

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Sis Cooper, owner of Keeping it Clean, LLC, knows that people have many options when it comes to choosing a company to clean their homes or offices. That’s why Sis, who has operated her business for 15 years, goes the extra mile for her customers, making integrity, dependability and attention to detail the company’s top priorities. “We work hard to earn our clients’ trust, because loyalty is important to us. If we’re in a client’s home and a pet needs to be cared for or taken for a walk, we will do that whenever we can without charging extra,” Sis said. “Details like cleaning ceiling fan blades and the inside edges of kitchen drawers are also included in our general cleaning price to give our clients the best value for their dollars.” Sis’ employees, who work in teams of two or three to make the cleaning process more efficient, receive thorough training from experienced crew leaders. Every employee

undergoes a background check, and the company is fully insured, licensed and bonded. Sis researches available chemicals to find the safest and best options for every surface to be cleaned. New clients receive a checklist to select the specific cleaning tasks to be done plus a customized bid for each home or business and cleaning teams work from the same checklist. After eighteen years Sis added a Commercial Division servicing apartments, condos, clean-outs/ins, hallways and offices. Recently, Duston Cooper joined Sis as her partner in a thriving business. Keeping it Clean, LLC services are available on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time-only basis, and Sis provides free estimates. Keeping it Clean, LLC 10934 Valle Drive • St. Louis (636) 548-8153 www.keepingitclean.biz

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Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group, a family-owned, full-service general contractor, was founded one year ago. “My goal was to start a full-service construction restoration company that was locally owned and operated by people born and raised in St. Louis – a company and a name that people can trust,” said Patrick Devers, managing partner. Devers partnered with Mike Kossman, who has been in the construction business since 2003, and launched Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group. The Gundaker name has been a trusted name in St. Louis since 1968, and Devers and Kossman are committed to conducting business the “Gundaker Way” – offering top-tier customer service and building long-term relationships with their clients. Dependable, ethical and diversified, they specialize in all types of residential and commercial construction and restoration. Company services include roofing, storm restoration, gutters and custom metals, siding and custom home building.

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“We are St. Louis’ insurance claim specialists,” Devers said. “Our staff is made up of highly trained roofing and restoration experts who provide professional evaluations of high wind and storm damage to commercial and residential properties.” Their insurance claim experts are topnotch and work closely to make sure everything gets covered and that the job gets done right the first time. Determined to exceed customer expectations in the construction industry, Devers and Kossman are 100 percent committed to provide exceptional attention to detail. “Our goal is to be the very best general contractor in the St. Louis and surrounding areas,” Devers said. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group 100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy. Chesterfield (314) 594-7011 www.gundakerconstructionstl.com

This year marks the 146th anniversary of Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory – the oldest business in Ballwin and oldest family-owned funeral home in the St. Louis area. Founded in 1868 by George Frederick Schrader, the business has grown along with the community it serves but never has lost sight of its purpose of providing comfort to families during their time of loss and services designed with respect, dignity and care. Schrader is a full-service funeral home that offers traditional services, cremation services, an on-site Family Center and full selection of funeral goods, including caskets, vaults and urns. It is the only funeral home in the West County area with an on-site crematory, which means families’ loved ones never leave Schrader’s care. The facility offers both religious and non-sectarian cremation services at competitive prices. Families appreciate Schrader’s newly expanded Family Center, which answers the question, “Where do we go after the funeral?” The multi-purpose facility

can be used as a reception center, chapel and/or visitation room, providing families with complete privacy in an intimate, convenient location. Schrader Funeral Homes feels a strong responsibility toward the community it serves. As an avid supporter of local charities, events, churches and other organizations, it is easy to understand why Schrader has earned the National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Award for 11 years. For five generations, the Schrader family has understood that a funeral should honor the deceased and provide comfort for grieving families. The Schrader staff does just that and remains wholly committed to serving families in their times of need. Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory 14960 Manchester Road • Ballwin (636) 227-5511 108 North Central • Eureka (636) 938-3000 www.schrader.com

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Midwest Institute for Neurological Development (MIND) specializes in individualized brain-based educational programs for children with a variety of neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, Tourette Syndrome, motor tics, sensory integration disorders, dyslexia, learning disabilities and behavior disorders. MIND’s unique brain-based approach leverages the brain’s inherent ability to re-weight, rewire and rebuild neural pathways to restore impaired function. “We don’t believe in compensating for deficits; we work to eliminate them,” Executive Director Jacqueline Rotenberg said. To bridge the gap between medicine and education, MIND has selected experts in neurology, neuroscience, physical and occupational therapy, educational diagnosticians, special education and reading. “Once our team has completed testing and the data is reviewed, a custom-

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tailored program is created to address the deficits outlined in the evaluations,” Rotenberg said. “This data is used also to establish baselines of neurological and academic performance and allows us to modify and fine tune each child’s treatment throughout their program.” MIND sees children with IEPs, 504 plans and those who struggle throughout school but don’t qualify for services. The average program lasts 12-16 weeks, with sessions three times a week. No medication is utilized, and a child’s progress has a permanent impact. Many children enter MIND on medications, and the majority are able to decrease dosages or even discontinue medication under the prescribing doctor’s direction as the connections are made. Midwest Institute for Neurological Development (MIND) 144 Chesterfield Commons East Chesterfield (636) 537-9800 www.mi4nd.com

“Rayna” stands for Queen/Princess. RAYNA Jewelry Boutique strives to make each customer feel special. Every piece of jewelry has its own uniqueness and innovativeness. “When a woman wears our jewelry, she definitely should feel like a Queen,” said Runal Sakla-Nadgauda, owner of RAYNA Jewelry Boutique. “I have always been passionate about designing and creating gorgeous pieces of jewelry and needless to say, I want to give a unique, personal look to every woman who is a part of the RAYNA Jewelry Boutique family.” RAYNA Jewelry Boutique specializes in custom-made 22k gold, 18k gold, silver and diamond jewelry apart from several designer pieces ideal for contemporary use. There is jewelry for every occasion; be it birthday, wedding or anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or any festival or celebration across the globe. As if that weren’t enough, RAYNA has special events organized in the boutique

for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and other festivities. RAYNA sponsors bridal events and is a part of several fashion shows. “Feel-good factor” is very important in a person’s life, and we have always tried to offer that to our members,” Runal said. She adds, “We take great pride in our stellar reputation of making premium, intricately designed jewelry that is a perfect blend of the Eastern and Western cultures.” Like RAYNA Jewelry Boutique on facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/ raynaartefactregistrysaintlouis.

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According to the HSMO, on average, coyotes in Missouri are 23-25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 25-35 pounds. To learn more about wild canid behavior, call the Endangered Wolf Center at 9385900, email info@endangeredwolfcenter. org, or visit endangeredwolfcenter.org. Help for pudgy pets When it comes to what they weigh, pets are a lot like people. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 25-40 percent of the nation’s dogs and cats are overweight, and those extra pounds can be hazardous to a pet’s health. “Just like humans, overweight dogs and cats are more likely to get a number of diseases and health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, skin conditions, liver disease and joint problems,” said Dr. Clark K. Fobian, AVMA president. A weigh-in at the veterinarian’s office is the best way to determine if a pet is overweight, but there are some telltale signs that signal a problem. If a dog does not have a discernible waist and its ribs are not easy to feel, or if a cat has a rounded belly or bulging in its back, limbs, neck or face, the pet probably needs to shed some weight. The AVMA offers these tips for helping pudgy pets reach a healthy weight: • Feed the pet at least twice a day, and keep track of how much it eats in case the veterinarian asks. After 20 minutes, take away any uneaten food. • Monitor treat consumption, keeping in mind that a large dog treat can contain more than 100 calories and a small treat can have as few as 10 calories. To cut calories, break treats into smaller pieces before rewarding the pet. • Exercise a cat by engaging it with a feather, string or laser pointer, and try to get it to run

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Ten years ago, designer Heidi “I am excited for the tremendous Sowatsky started her interior design opportunities for new clients in St. business on the premise that interior Louis and also the idea of adding new design is a fun, collaborative, stress- and talented decorators to my team,” free process between her and her client. said Heidi. “I sincerely value the that West “I believe I can be the link between my creative ideas other decorators would Newsmagazine readers have voted Living Water Academy clients and amazing, beautiful homes bring to my clients.” that really represent their personality,” A true teamyear. player, Heidi is excited to Best Elementary School for the second straight said Heidi, Now a franchise owner with provide career enrolling for 2013-14, come “Spend the Day at LWA” opportunities to others Decorating Den Interiors, the world’s who share her passion for decorating. and learn whyhome our Christ-centered, largest franchise-based furnishing academically In fact, challengeverything about Heidi’s the “Best of West”! company. ing, and spiritually nurturing school isapproach to her decorating business Having a background in finance has emphasizes teamwork, whether it’s provided her with a great respect for her adding new decorators to her team or clients’ budgets, and she truly believes the collaborative design approach she she can work within any parameters a has with her clients. client would set for her. Of her business, Heidi says, But that’s not all. Since starting her “Everything is fun, relaxed and seems career in interior design in 2004, that to say, ‘Let’s decorate!’” philosophy has worked well for Heidi, and she has developed a strong customer base in St. Charles County. She since has become a master license provider for St. Louis and the surrounding areas Decorating Den Interiors and now is poised for growth as she (636) 244-1623 looks to expand her business to the St. www.swatdesignteam.com Louis area.

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Living Water Academy provides elementary students with a nurturing, academically challenging environment and a Christ-centered curriculum. “LWA nurtures the minds and hearts of children from pre-K through eighth grade with academic, physical, emotional and spiritual growth,” said Tom Keller, LWA head of school. Nine years ago, a group of parents from the West County Community Church in Wildwood searched for an academically challenging school with a Christian worldview for their children but were unable to find it. That led to the creation of LWA. “West County Community Church agreed to house a school, and after 18 months of planning and prayer, LWA opened its doors,” said Keller, noting that the school is the only distinctly Christian elementary and middle school in Wildwood. “Our academically challenging curriculum is designed to promote Godly excellence with relevance in all we do while raising servant leaders of real character

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With almost 150 years of successful operation, Commerce Bank offers financial strength and stability. Attesting to this, Commerce Bancshares, Inc., was ranked No. 9 in Forbes’ (12/18/2012) list of America’s Best Banks for 2012. Commerce operates as a supercommunity bank – large enough to provide a wide range of financial products and services and yet deliver them like a community bank with personal service. Offering a full range of financial products, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning and investment services, Commerce is able to provide financial solutions to meet the specific needs of each of its customers. As a customer-driven company, Commerce Bank goes beyond offering financial advice and services to consumers. According to Angela Schreck, senior vice president and group manager, west region, “Commerce employees share a strong commitment to volunteerism, and support countless

organizations and initiatives in an effort to give back to the community. The West County management team serves on the boards of 10 not-for-profit organizations in the community.” Commerce Bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $23.1 billion regional bank holding company. For almost 150 years, Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses throughout the Midwest region. Commerce Bank Chesterfield, 1699 Clarkson Road Creve Coeur, 12275 Olive Street Ellisville, 16303 Truman Road Eureka, 203 East 5th Street Fenton, 487 Old Smizer Mill Road Manchester, 14317 Manchester Road Maryland Heights, 12633 Dorsett Road Town & Country, 1090 Schnucks Woods Mill Plaza Twin Oaks, 858 Meramec Station Road (314) 746-8700 www.commercebank.com

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equipped to impact the world.” In addition to its challenging curriculum, the school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, such as Upward basketball and cheerleading, annual musical productions, public speaking experiences and more. Eighthgrade students have the opportunity to earn high school credits in math and foreign language. In 2010, the students of LWA placed No. 1 in Missouri in the NFL & National Dairy Council’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” health and fitness program. What’s more, the readers of West Newsmagazine have twice voted Living Water as the “Best Elementary School” in West St. Louis County. “LWA provides academic excellence with a Christ-centered curriculum that takes His love beyond the chapel and into the classroom,” Keller said. Living Water Academy 17770 Mueller Road • Wildwood (636) 821-2308 www.livingwateracademy.com

Beautifully situated in Wildwood, Ridgefield Arena, celebrating more than 40 years in business, offers picturesque bridle trails, exceptional boarding services and lots of extra amenities. Since 1970, the familyowned and operated business has been among the area’s premier boarding and horse facilities. Spectators enjoy an air conditioned lounge and fireplace for viewing the indoor arena, as well as patios for viewing the two out door arenas. Ridgefield Riding Academy is based on a strong foundation of horsemanship, a keen focus on riding techniques and having fun. Their program offers both English and Western disciplines. “We have an all-encompassing riding program for all aged riders beginning at age 6,” said Ridgefield owner Tracey Gentry Ryan, who was born into a family that trained and showed horses. “Customers range from recreational riders to competing at rated hunter jumper shows and reining shows. Our facility is well established and has produced many successful riders,

instructors and champion horses”. The riding academy has two excellent riding instructors, Annie Vibbert and Mary Gardner. Both instructors bring a passion for teaching with an emphasis on riders’ goals and having fun. 2014 Summer Camps are June 1014, June 30-July 3, July 15-18, July 29-August 1, August 5-8 and offers an advanced clinic from June 16-19. Adult clinics, birthday parties and three charity horseshows are hosted each year as well. Ridgefield is celebrating its 10th Anniversary of horseshows this year. Show dates are April 26-27, May 31 – June 1, and Sept. 20-21. Whether providing a lesson to a novice rider or teaching an experienced rider a new technique, Ridgefield Arena strives to “produce great riders and share the love of horses.” Ridgefield Arena 1410 Ridge Road Wildwood (636) 527-3624 www.ridgefieldarena.com Find us on Facebook


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It has been more than six years since the Wildwood community celebrated the opening of Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant. Today, the family friendly restaurant remains a favorite dining destination in the neighborhood. Traditionally, February is customer appreciation month, and 2014 is no exception, as patrons will find a variety of appetizers for $5, great drink and happy hour specials and new menu items. “I’m keeping a lot of the old favorites, but I’m excited to introduce our new house-smoked pulled pork, handpattied half-pound burgers and houseroasted beef in the new year,” said Chef Mike Sano, whose culinary expertise is reflected on the menu. Indigo Joe’s always has been known for its family friendly atmosphere, 33 HD TVs and 20 ice cold beers on tap. General Manager Todd Furlow – a part of the Indigo Joe’s team since its opening – attributes the restaurant’s success to the affordable menu offerings and fun atmosphere.

“We have been offering a diverse menu and casual dining experience for more than six years,” he said. “Our customers know what to expect. They come in and root for their favorite teams and enjoy delicious food at great prices. It doesn’t get any better than that.” Indigo Joe’s is proud also of its continued community involvement, such as its charitable donations to the Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation for Wolfram syndrome and the local YMCA. “We are also heavily involved with the local schools and area little league sponsorships,” Todd said. “It is a priority for us to be involved in the community. Our goal is to give back approximately 5 percent of every dollar we bring in.”

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St. Louis’ most picturesque age 55-plus community is Cape Albeon with two lakes and 18 wooded acres as a scenic backdrop. Established and trusted, the nonprofit community has earned its reputation for superior amenities, services and dedicated staff. “Our residents enjoy a vital, active and gracious lifestyle here,” said Debra Tao, marketing director. Cottage Homes feature spacious, light-filled rooms with two bedrooms, two baths, walk-in closets, full kitchen, fireplace, washer/dryer, vaulted ceilings, garage, and choice of patio, screened-in porch or three-season room. A “Choose your Move-in Options” package lets residents make them truly their own. Harbor Apartments are spacious with one or two bedrooms, full kitchens, walk-in closets, large baths and a patio or porch. Tall ceilings and large windows bring an open feeling. Amenities include lake-view dining, a fitness studio, pool, media room,

library, gift shop, bank services and lovely, non-denominational chapel. There are no entry or community fees. Village Assisted Living Apartments offer private apartments with licensed care. Residents enjoy three daily meals, medication management, bath/ dress assist, laundry/housekeeping and 24-hour care by certified staff. There are no entry or community fees. Short-term Respite Care in Assisted Living provides cozy, furnished apartments to provide respite for a caregiver or transitional care for those recovering from illness or injury. Seven “free” days are offered as part of the ministry program. Tours of the Cape Albeon community are available and always welcomed.

Top-notch entertainers can put the pizzazz in any party, and locally, Circus Kaput is the place to find them. Founded two years ago by Josh Routh, a talented circus performer who was trained more than 10 years ago at Circus Center San Francisco, Circus Kaput is a full-service, Ballwinbased entertainment-booking agency that specializes in bringing big grins to events near and far. Dozens of entertainers extraordinaire are available to bring their eye-popping shows to any gathering, amusing and thrilling audiences with a variety of novelty acts. “We feature face painters, balloon twisters, stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, fire performers, fortune tellers, mimes, living statues, caricature artists, strolling performers and a trick roping cowboy,” said Circus Kaput owner Ginger Routh. “We have a roster of more than 40 talented performers, so we can entertain at many events at once.” In fact, Circus Kaput sends performers to more than 200 events every year, and while most acts are booked at venues in

Missouri and Illinois, the company has sent performers to events all over the U.S. and abroad. Available for small parties, giant events and everything in between, Circus Kaput puts the “special” in all sorts of special occasions. “We provide entertainment for private parties, corporate functions, community events, fairs, festivals, school assemblies and more,” Ginger said. A complete list of Circus Kaput acts and other offerings, booking information, details on current packages and special offerings plus video testimonials from happy clients can be found on the company’s website. “We love circus performance and variety entertainment,” Ginger said. “Our company motto is, ‘Circus is for everyone.’”

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Brewers Flooring has been in business since 1982 and is still owned and operated by the Brewer family – Dan, Linda, Mike and Kristen. “We are all professionals and design experts in the flooring industry,” Dan Brewer said. Brewers Flooring is knowledgeable of its products and knows how a customer wants to be treated. When customers first enter the showroom, they are first very impressed with the displays and selections, packed with everything from the entry-level products to the most unique and finest in the industry. There are no high-pressure sales tactics used, no tricks or gimmicks, such as free this and free that, and no inflated prices to then offer huge discounts. Brewers Flooring values the intelligence of its customers. “We still run our business the same as when we opened our doors 31 years ago, treating every customer with honesty and respect and offering competitive prices and professional installation,” Brewer said.

Brewers Flooring strives to have the best customer service and satisfaction in the industry. Even though customers have probably seen its ads throughout the years, Brewers Flooring takes great pride in the fact that most of its business is still by word of mouth referrals. So if looking for new flooring, whether it be carpet, tile, vinyl, ceramic, hardwood, or now the newer luxury vinyl tiles, customers owe it to themselves to stop by their new showroom for an experience unmatched by the competition. Brewers Flooring also does kitchen backsplashes, tub and shower enclosures, interior doors, baseboards, countertops, and Hunter Douglas Window Treatments. Brewers Flooring 6 Meramec Valley Plaza Valley Park Corner of Hwy. 141 & Marshall Road (636) 225-8350

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After all that homeowners have been through over the last few years, some housing experts had predicted that homeownership as a major element of the American Dream would soon die. Well, they were wrong. The Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University completed a study that concluded, “The long term cultural preference for owning seems to have weathered the recent housing crisis.” Many pundits are warning that there will be a drop in real estate values because mortgage rates are beginning to increase. The logic makes sense. However, history shows that increasing rates have not negatively impacted home values in the past. For example, between May 1983 and July 1984, mortgage rates went from a very high 12.63 percent to an even higher 14.67 percent, but home values actually increased by 6.5 percent. The bottom line: Homeownership has always been and will always be a crucial piece of the American Dream. Ready for your piece of the dream? Here’s what’s new in new homes: Fischer & Frichtel opens displays in three communities Fischer & Frichtel has a sure cure for the mid-winter doldrums – the grand opening of exciting new display models in three prime residential locations during February. Shown for the first time at Cimarron Forest in Wentzville on the weekend of Feb. 1-2, the Sierra is one of two charming two-stories from Fischer’s single-family Lifestyle Collection. Affordably priced from just $119,900, homes in this scenic community feature wide-open main levels, full basements, and an amazing variety of lifestyle choices ranging from one- and two-car garages to second-floor laundries. The 1,480-square-foot Sierra is being displayed with two bedrooms, two baths and loft, wood flooring on the main level, and an island kitchen with stainless appliances. During grand opening, purchasers also receive a free washer, dryer and refrigerator – and $2,000 in closing costs. The following weekend, Feb. 8-9, the Wyndham two-story will debut at Wyndgate Oaks in O’Fallon. This amenitypacked, master-planned community showcases two upscale Fischer portfolios nine Heritage Collection plans, from $349,900, on homesites averaging halfacre-plus, and seven Estate designs, from

$399,900, on settings up to three acres in size. To help homebuyers visualize the countless opportunities for personalizing their homes, the 3,752-square-foot Wyndham is shown with features from both product lines, an array of elegant standards newly-added for 2014 and several custom layout options. All Wyndgate Oaks customers purchasing during the opening event will receive $10,000 in free options, and early buyers in the Heritage section also will receive granite countertops free of charge. Feb. 22-23 marks the grand opening of Miralago in Cottleville, with wooded and lakeview homesites and six designs from the Manors Collection, starting in the $190’s. Headlining the celebration will be the versatile three-bedroom Whitehall ranch. Among the many custom configurations offered with the Whitehall is a brandnew option that transforms the home into a 1.5-story, bringing its total living space to 3,462 square feet. Move-in-ready QuickMove-In homes are also available in all three neighborhoods. Details at fandfhomes.com. Free designer kitchen from Payne Family Homes Through the month of January, Payne Family Homes is offering a free designer kitchen package on all to-be-built homes. For most, the kitchen is the gathering spot of the home and this offer can help make your dream kitchen a reality. Things to consider when building your dream kitchen include seating offerings, comfortable and adjustable lighting options and a desk or counter space if you plan on having a in-kitchen office or desk area for a computer. Your new kitchen can combine various styles and textures incorporated throughout your cabinetry, countertops and hardware. Mixing these elements helps bring a uniqueness and custom look to your new Payne kitchen, which also can be more eco-conscious since you can select products made from more sustainable materials. Whatever finishes you decide on, you can feel good about building your dream kitchen that will also be eco-friendly and save you money in the long run. Act now, because this offer only lasts through Jan. 31. Visit paynefamilyhomes. com for details.


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Specializing in basement finishing, Richbuilt Basements has been serving homeowners in the St. Charles area and surrounding communities since its establishment in 1989. Before launching the business, Rich Kempa, owner and founder of Richbuilt Basements, worked for more than 16 years as a designer and draftsman at consulting engineering firms. Today, Kempa operates his business from a home-based office. Richbuilt Basements specializes in complete basement remodeling. Originally, Kempa handled projects from start to finish by himself, but over the years, his business has grown substantially. “Now, with multiple crews and the same employees for more than 10 years, we work as a team to complete projects in a timely manner,” Kempa said. “Our goal is simple: to achieve customer satisfaction.” To reach that goal, Kempa said, he

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business, the Veterinary Group of Chesterfield provides virtually every service pet owners need as well, including boarding, grooming, training and daycare. Located in the Chesterfield Valley, the office opens at 8 a.m. each weekday and offers extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and also is open a half day on Saturdays. Boillat emphasized that while providing pet owners with outstanding service and communication certainly is important, “best-in-class”, compassionate care for their pets is always the Veterinary Group of Chesterfield’s first mission. “Our doctors and staff strive for excellence in everything we do, but everyone who works here knows that the pets come first,” he said. Veterinary Group of Chesterfield 17709 Edison Ave. • Chesterfield (636) 537-3915 www.veterinarygroup.net

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MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center, a state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, strives to help patients understand and treat their medical skin conditions (skin health), as well as learn about lifestyle choices and cosmetic products/services that can help keep skin looking youthful (skin vitality). Owned and operated by Dr. Joseph A. Muccini, a Board-certified dermatologist with 20+ years of experience, the company offers traditional medical dermatology appointments as well as premier cosmetic services, products and procedures to help patients keep looking vital and youthful. Cosmetic offerings include non-invasive iLipo laser fat reduction; non-invasive skintightening Ultherapy; laser/IPL reduction of wrinkles, sun damage and spider veins; physician-administered Botox, Dysport, Perlane, Belotero, Restylane, Juvéderm and Radiesse. Aesthetician-administered services include chemical peels, collagen infusions, waxing and microdermabrasion. Additional product offerings include Latisse, colorscience, Epionce and Clarisonic.

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on incredible window fashion design “I fully absorb myself in all window treatment design projects, but enjoy mostly the reward of seeing a client thrilled with a custom treatment created just for their home. Designing cornices and draperies allows me to tune into my creative side. I’m delighted by the different colors of fabrics, the feel of different textures and blending them all together in order to conceive a oneof-a-kind treasure,” she says. “I just want to listen to my customers and give everybody what they need. I am with the job from start to finish.” Express Blinds & Draperies is the sister company to Ooh La La Home Furnishings, which sells unique furnitureand accessories. Please call to set up your free in home consultation, or visit their newly expanded showroom and design studio. Express Blinds & Draperies 17701 Edison Ave. • Chesterfield (636) 532-3353 www.oohlalahomefurnishings.com

Positive Paws Pet Training believes that strengthening the communication between your dog and family is essential in creating a healthy bond and achieving acceptable behaviors. Owner Kim Gracner, has educated owners and changed behaviors of over 2,000 dogs. Positive Paws opened in 2006, and offers in-home customized training programs tailored to achieve your goals and your dog’s needs. Kim believes that training in the dog’s environment is most effective for behavioral change. “Problematic behaviors typically occur within the home environment. Since dogs need leadership and proper structure, the family plays an important role in the training process,” Kim says. “It is essential for your dog to understand your expectations for successful training”. The programs at Positive Paws Pet Training are structured to teach all ages and breeds. Whether you’re just acquiring a new puppy, attempting to manage your strong-willed adolescent, or striving to maximize your adult dog’s potential, Positive Paws can

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TICKING TIME BOMB? Heart attack risk increases for younger adults, new guidelines aim at prevention of heart disease, stroke By KATE UPTERGROVE editorwest@newsmagazinenetwork.com When Kathy Nolte made the decision to attend West Newsmagazine’s Better Living Expo on Oct. 13, 2013, she did so because she wanted to support her Weight Watchers instructor, Ellen S. Abramson, who was speaking at the event. Abramson was talking about heart disease – specifically women and heart disease. It’s a topic she is passionate about. The author of “Live to Dance,” Abramson suffered a cardiac arrest at age 51. Within 30 minutes of her arrival at Missouri Baptist on that fateful day in April of 2008, Abramson’s heart rhythm changed to ventricular fibrillation – what doctors call a “fatal arrhythmia.” Abramson was lucky. She had her cardiac arrest in the emergency department at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country. If you’re going to have a “fatal arrhythmia” being in the immediate proximity of a defibrillator is critical to your survival. Nolte was even luckier. After listening to Abramson’s lecture on Oct. 13, Nolte went to lunch with friends. Soon after, she experienced a reccurring pain that she had been attributed to heartburn. “It happened every time I ate,” Nolte said. But this time, Abramson’s lecture nagged at her and instead of ignoring the pain as she previously had, she called her doctor, who advised her to seek immediate medical help. Recalling Abramson’s advice, Nolte opened her front door and called 911. When she arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital, she learned one artery was 98 percent blocked and, although she would need a stent (inserted by cardiac catheter), minimal heart damage had occurred because the blockage was caught before she suffered a cardiac arrest. At age 56, Nolte, like Abramson, thought she was too young for heart attacks and heart disease. But Dr. Hari Thanigaraj, an interventional cardiologist at SSM Heart Institute and chairman of cardiology at SSM St. Clare Hospital, explained that in the last two decades “doctors have seen a steady rise in the number of young patients suffering their first heart attack. “When someone in their 30s or 40s who see themselves as otherwise healthy suffer their first heart attack they are in total disbelief. Often times, this even leads to a delay in seeking emergency medical care, as many ignore their symptoms, attributing it to muscle pain or acid reflux. “The common thread in most of these patients happens to be being overweight – not necessarily obese – along with a sedentary lifestyle and above all very poor eating

habits. Many of these patients have abnormal cholesterol, especially high triglycerides and low HDL (good cholesterol), but their LDL or bad cholesterol is not high enough to initiate treatment. This combination of overweight, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy cholesterol pattern represents the classic tip of the iceberg phenomenon.” Giving a nod toward the guidelines for prevention of heart disease and stroke released in November by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, Thanigaraj said: “If

Although the consequences of the new guidelines have been widely debated, Thanigaraj said it’s time to re-evaluate the risk of heart disease and meet it with new science, he said. “For nearly two decades much of the focus in cardiovascular disease prevention focused on treating cholesterol using medications and diet to reach a recommended target,” Thanigaraj said. “But it has become increasingly evident that cholesterol is only one of the several factors that contribute to heart disease and stroke. Thus, target-

these patients were to be screened by the previous guidelines many would have been simply overlooked. The strength of the new guidelines rests in their ability to identify these groups of patients and intervene early.” When the guidelines were released, they immediately were deemed controversial. That’s because they seemed to recommend more drug intervention, even for atypical patients. “In typical fashion, most news media in an effort to give a succinct message did their best to condense these rather elaborate guidelines into a 60-second sound bite,” Thanigaraj said. “The resulting message led to a general perception that these new guidelines would mean a substantial increase in the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. The larger point – that was overlooked in these news briefs – is that healthy diet, exercise and obesity management are as important as statins, and combined these four things would save millions of people from heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the United States.”

Heredity also plays a role Abramson is a good example of someone who “is doing everything right,” and still suffered a heart attack. “That’s what I heard – ‘You’re doing everything right.’ I worked out every day at top levels. I ate right (she is a Weight Watchers consultant, after all). But I didn’t understand my risk. I thought heart disease was something my brothers had to worry about,” Abramson said. ing the cholesterol alone misses a large Her risk included heredity and a family population at risk, which underscores the history of heart disease. need for updating the previous guidelines “I was not educated about heart health (issued in 2002) with the wealth of scien- or the symptoms of heart disease. I went tific data accumulated in the last 10 years.” from being able to work out daily to being Abramson agrees. a person who laid on the couch. I had “Medicine has gotten better,” she said, “but extreme fatigue. I couldn’t sleep at night. I Americans have become unhealthy. It’s not was gray (skin tone). I had extreme heartjust about medicine. It’s about what we put in burn. All of this – any of this – should have our mouth and what we do with our bodies.” been a warning sign,” Abramson said. Heart disease is the leading cause of death Obesity is a disease, not a lifestyle issue in women, but women often fail to recognize “At the core of the changes to the guide- their risk. So do African Americans, who not lines is that obesity is now considered a only have a higher risk of heart disease, but disease and should be managed or treated also a significantly higher (nearly two to one) as such,” Thanigaraj said. risk of stroke than their Caucasian peers. He noted that this change parallels the June 2013 recommendation of the American MedNew calculators factor in higher risks ical Association to treat obesity as a disease. As Thanigaraj explained, for decades, “The new guidelines,” he said, “under- health care providers relied on risk calculascore that there is no single diet that will tors based on long-term research in Caucahelp people lose weight and reach a healthy sian population whose heart attack and stroke weight. risk was lower compared to African Ameri“In fact more than a dozen dietary See COVER STORY, page 44 approaches have proven effective in help-

ing people lose weight, as long as they adhere to one central theme – fewer calories consumed than what the body needs to maintain current weight.” Sounds like common sense, but common sense can be hard to apply, as so many broken New Year’s resolutions prove. Still, Thanigaraj said people don’t need to reach a normal weight to reap the health benefits of weight loss. Even a modest weight loss can bestow measurable health benefits. “As per the new guidelines, even a 3 percent weight loss can lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes,” he said. “A sustained 5 percent weight loss can significantly lower blood pressure, blood glucose and improve blood cholesterol. In someone weighing 200 pounds, a 6- to 10-pound weight loss is a fairly attainable goal and will make a meaningful and measurable difference in heart health. “For select obese people, at very high cardiovascular risk, bariatric or weight loss surgery may be needed if diet and exercise have not been effective.”


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betes and anyone older than 21 years of age with very high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol (higher than 190mg/dL),” Thanigaraj explained. “For the first time the new guidelines also expand the recommendation for statin therapy for 40- to 75-year-olds, even individuals without heart disease, if their predicted risk for heart disease or stroke in the next 10 years is greater than 7.5 percent. This could mean nearly a third of the U.S. population may benefit from statin therapy.” And therein lies the controversy. Statins, like all drugs, carry certain risks for side effects, the most noteworthy being muscle problems and the accelerated onset of diabetes in people who are already at risk for the disease. But “such risk is a small fraction compared to the millions of people who will be saved from life-threatening heart attack and stroke,” according to Thanigaraj. “The goal is not simply to get more people on statins,” he said. “The aim is to identify those at risk for heart disease and stroke, and effectively reduce their risk. Harkening back to the previous guidelines, Thanigaraj said, “Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol reduces the risk for heart attack and stroke, but mounting evidence shows that there is no single target number that is universally best. “In keeping with this recent data, the new guidelines recommend that people who are already taking statins, no longer need to reach a target LDL cholesterol level. Also, doctors no longer will have to prescribe additional cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as fibrates and niacin, to patients who do not reach targets with statins alone, because those drugs have not been shown to reduce heart attack or stroke risk.”

No ‘cookie cutter answer’ “The guidelines are not a cookie cutter answer to this diverse and complex challenge,” Thanigaraj said “The guidelines do not trump the fundamental element in cardiovascular disease prevention, which is to have an individual, one-to-one discussion with your health care provider. No two patients have the same constellation of risks and challenges. The key is to discuss with your doctor the best strategies to lower your risk. Of course the first step would be to calculate this risk. You can’t do much about modifying or managing your risk if you don’t know what it is.” Addressing the heart of the controversy, he added, “The guidelines do not mean computer-generated prescriptions for statins based on an arbitrary number generated by the risk calculator.” The heart of the controversy Everything is subjective. “The new guideline recommends the use “But if we can appropriately expand the of statins for people with heart disease, use of statins to people at risk, the risk of carstroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diovascular disease could be reduced by 30 40- to 75-year-olds with Type 1 and 2 dia- to 50 percent in the coming decades,” he said.


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charities, the Missouri Special Olympics or Responder Rescue. ••• Keystone Construction Company, based in Chesterfield, recently began construction in the Chesterfield Valley for Oaktree Products, an audiology healthcare provider. Oaktree’s 18,000-squarefoot corporate headquarters will be located in the Spirit Valley Business Park with a projected move-in date of June 2014. Keystone also recently completed construction on the new 6,500-squarefoot Schnucks Infusion Solutions building in Maryland Heights, a state-ofthe-art healthcare facility where patients can receive infusion medication treatment.

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Help Wanted The West County YMCA is now accepting applications for part time: • Camp Director • Camp Counselor • Nature Specialist/Horticulturist • Music Specialist • Y Club (Before/After School Care) • ECE Ass’t Teachers • Lifeguard & Instructors • Custodial Benefit package includes a Free YMCA Membership  EOE M/F/D/V. Must pass criminal background screening. E-Verify Employer. Mail resume/application to: HR, 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017 or email: LLinck@ymcastlouis.org

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NOW HIRING CAREGIVERS AND NURSES. Immediate openings for all areas of St. Louis especially Chesterfield, Ellisville & Ballwin. Private Duty cases only. All shifts avail. Apply in person at 141 N. Meramec, Suite 102, Tues. & Thurs. 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm. Questions? Call 314-863-3030.

SPECIALIZE IN DAMAGE CONTROL: Expert CAULKING APPLICATION/ PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE for showers, tubs, windows, doors and trim. STOP the LEAKS and DAMAGE. Also Carpentry & Deck Repair. - Call John Hancock today! 636-7952627.

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PAINTER PROFESSIONAL: 28 years experience. Interior/ Exterior painting. Deck, drywall repair, wallpaper removal. Free estimates and insured. Call 314567-7957 or 314-629-7852.

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GET A JUMP ON SPRING! We specialize in One-Time Clean-up. Trees, bushes, debris removed. We do all phases of Landscape and Design. FREE ESTIMATES. Bruce & Son Landscaping at 636322-9011. See great photos on www.bruce-son.com. WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING AND LAWN CARE, LLC - Full Landscaping & Lawn Care. Residential and Commercial Certified Retaining Wall Installer. Leaf Vacuum, Bagging/Blowing to Curb Mowing, Tree/Bush Trimming or Removal, Mulching or Rock Placement, Snow Plowing. Free Estimates. Brad 314-4955776.

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Tom Shaw Realtors Residential Lots

54 THORNHILL DRIVE WILDWOOD Absolutely charming estate. 1.5sty on 4.5 ac w/the most incredable views you have ever seen. $1,399,000

7 BONHOMME GROVE CHESTERFIELD Enjoy the carefree lifestyle in this elegant 1.5 sty, 3+BR, 4.5ba villa w/library, DR, large GR. $1,200,000

16950 LEWIS SPRINGS FARM ROAD WILDWOOD Stunning custom 1.5sty on 3 acres. Attention to detail thru out. 4BR, 4.5ba, 4 car garage. $900,000

633 SPYGLASS SUMMIT DRIVE CHESTERFIELD Condo in The Mansions at Spyglass Summit. Impressive from the minute you open the front door. $540,000

1933 BUCKINGTON DRIVE CHESTERFIELD Charming 1.5 sty home with 5BR, 3.5ba, updated kitchen, main floor master, wood floors. $465,000

2263 SENTIER DRIVE WILDWOOD Lovely 2sty, 4BR, 4.5ba, 3 car garage. Sunroom, deck, great level yard. 2sty grt rm w/gas log FP. $399,000

2663 VALLEY ROAD WILDWOOD Looking for a large private lot? Updated 2sty with 4BR, 3.5ba, fin w/o LL. Granite, SS appls. $349,900

1522 BUCKHURST COURT BALLWIN Impeccably maintained 4BR, 2 sty. Desirable open floor plan situated on flat lot backing to trees. $298,000

655 VISTA HILLS COURT EUREKA Atrium ranch located at The Legends Vista Glen subd. Large kitchen with island. 4BR and 3 full ba. $254,000

426 BREEZEWOOD DRIVE BALLWIN Classic ranch on a deep flat lot has 4BR, 2ba, skylights, bay window. Sliding glass drs lead to patio. $235,000

1870 RIDGEVIEW CIRCLE DRIVE BALLWIN Spacious 3BR, 3.5ba townhome with gorgeous wood flrs!! Open stairwell, vaulted master suite. $214,900

14524 GREENCASTLE DR CHESTERFIELD Beautifully appointed 2sty villa w/2c gar. Updated kitchen w/granite & tile flrs. Spacious dining rm. $174,900

1855 CHAMFERS FARM CT (CHESTERFIELD) Beautiful 2 story home on a large private cul de sac lot. $450,000 14090 CONWAY RD (CHESTERFIELD) Charming 2 sty on lovely park-like lot backs to pond. Gracious foyer. $374,500 737 STONE MEADOW DR (CHESTERFIELD) Elegant great room villa - 3BR, 3 full ba, valted ceilings. $360,000 4500 HWY 109 (EUREKA) Buck's Co charm is what you see when you pull into the friendly entrance and follow the 200 yd landscaped driveway. $595,000 2733 HWY T (LABADIE) Renovated on 4.4ac with barn, lake, and gracious living. Res/Comm. Move in ready...3BR/2.5ba wood floors, PRISTINE! $590,000 602 MOREL CT (ST ALBANS) One of a kind custom 1.5sty overlooking golf course. Custom millwork thru out w/numerous amenities. $1,199,000 4434 ST LOUIS ROCK RD (WASHINGTON) 4+BR, 4 ba, 2.5 story renovated brick farmhouse on 3.4ac with old two story wood barn and silo. $599,000 1132 SARA MATHEWS LN (WILDWOOD) Custom built ranch w/attention to detail thru out. Gorgeous 3 acre lot,4 car garage, inground pool. $1,175,000

17900 HOMESTEAD BLUFFS DR (WILDWOOD) Custom 1.5 sty, incredible level lot, 6BR, 6 car garage. Brazillain cherry wood flrs, grt rm w/FP. $924,900 22 THORNHILL DR (WILDWOOD) Magnificent Limestone 3 Story, 5BR, 4ba is Perched on 3 park-like acres of mature trees. Meticulously renovated. $899,000 2341 OSSENFORT VALLEY CT (WILDWOOD) One of a kind gated estate on 3 breathless acres. 2sty, 3BR, 4.5ba, 4 car garage, garden house, barn. $749,900 29 BLACKWOLF RUN CT (WILDWOOD) Luxurious 5BR, 5.5ba 1.5 story. 2FP, hearth room, fin LL. Premium lot backs to wooded preservation area. $729,000 1310 CHRISTMAS VALLEY DR (WILDWOOD) Wonderful 5BR w/pool, 4 car garage & barn on 3 ac. Great rm w/wood flrs opens to large kitchen. $749,900 1453 HIGHLAND VALLEY CIR (WILDWOOD) 2 sty on gorgeous lot backing to trees. T-staircase, study adjoins library, lrg dining rm,gourmet kitchen. $574,900 17884 SUZANNE RIDGE DR (WILDWOOD) Lovely 1.5sty, fenced level lot, 4BR, 4 full ba, 2 half ba, great rm w/frplc & custom 2 sty windows. $514,900 1503 SCOFIELD VALLEY LN (WILDWOOD) Custom built 3 sty on 3 gorgeous acres w/screend porch. $425,000 3876 THUNDERBOLT LN (WILDWOOD) One of a kind ranch on 3.5 breathtaking acres! Vaulted ceilings,wd flrs. $425,000 744 FORBY ROAD (WILDWOOD) 14+ac within 3 minutes of downtown Eureka; wooded, private, peaceful. $410,000 18717 PETRA CT (WILDWOOD) Nestled on 3 gorgeous acres, 2sty, 3BR, 3.5ba, 2 car garage, large dining rm. $374,900 17017 WESTRIDGE OAKS DR (WILDWOOD) Lovely 2sty, wonderful level lot, T-staircase, study off 2sty foyer. $329,900 1435 BALD EAGLE RD (WILDWOOD) Amazing setting, beautiful ranch, 3.5 ac, mstr suite adjoins sitting rm. $325,000

Hencken Valley Estates - Wildwood This is a one-of-a-kind, special, 3+/- acre development in the heart of Wildwood that offers a variety of topographical choices, from open with some scattered woods to completely wooded that will accommodate walk-out lower levels. Excellent schools. Only 9 lots left! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 Patrick Shaw (314)503-4880

18634 Hawks Trail Dr. - Wildwood Beautiful 3.01+/- acre wooded lot in sought after Rockwood School District, offering fantastic views, privacy and asphalt drive. Located in Hawks Rest Subdivision. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

The Oaks at Wildwood Lot 1 - Wildwood This beautiful 3.0+/- acre lot is ready for you dream home! The Oaks at Wildwood is framed by mature, although not-too-thick, wooded surrounding on a quiet cul-de-sac. High speed internet, public water, community sewer and Laclede Gas is available! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

33 Thornhill Dr. -Wildwood This 10+/- acre lot would be a great location for a custom built home, nestled in the woods on a private, dead end street. AAA rated Rockwood School District. Just minutes from Hwy 44. Seller will consider subdividing. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

19194 Puellman Rd. - Chesterfield Beautiful wooded and open lot! Subdivided from a larger tract, this 7+/- acre lot is perfect to build your dream home and still have available land for a horse or 2. This lot is truly special, in a wonderful location, peaceful and a great value! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

3901 Autumn Farms - Pacific Gorgeous custom lot. Perfect for your estate and horses! 6.02+/- acres that has a level area with trees and a gently rolling, serene spot for building the home of your dreams! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

5 Upper Whitmoor Dr. - Weldon Springs Wow! What a beautiful 3+/- acre lot on a street with some of the most stately homes around. All utilities are available. The lot offers some open land for a possible circle drive with the ability to have a walk-out lower level, possible pool area and lots of trees for privacy. Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960

Callaway Ridge - Defiance 6 Great lots available! All around 5+/acres with trees. Bring your builder and build your dream home. Choose the best lot for you! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 Tom Shaw Jr. (314)283-5064

Stone Ridge Meadows - St. Paul 5 Lots available, all under 1+/- acre, open, level, and most back to trees. Quiet subdivision on the North side of I-70 just outside of O'Fallon. Looking for a place that offers privacy, wide open spaces and an opportunity to build your dream home? This is it! Cathy Shaw-Connely (636)346-4960 Tom Shaw Jr. (314)283-5064

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New Construction LAFAYETTE CROSSING (WILDWOOD) Custom Homes from the $1,200,000s on 3 ac estate lots. Private streets. New Homes Division. MANORS AT THE ENCLAVES OF CHERRY HILLS (WILDWOOD) New Homes on 1/2 ac lots from the $600,000s. New Homes Division - MLS#12032829

Residential 307 HOLLOWAY RIDGE CT (BALLWIN) Ranch style villa. Vaulted great rm, open kitchen 3rd BR in fin W/O LL. $269,000 1049 CARMAN RD (BALLWIN) Tri-level 2 BR home on almost 1.5 acres, large rooms, walk-out lower level $169,900 604 PINE RIDGE TRAILS CT #101 (BALLWIN) Fantastic condo on main floor level with one car garage. $129,900 851 WOODSIDE TRAILS DR (BALLWIN) Great price on this 2BR, 2 full ba ranch condo with a one car garage. $114,000 2118 SADDLE CREEK RIDGE CT (CHESTERFIELD) Exquisite custom 1.5sty w/pool, 5BR, 5F/2H ba, W/O finished LL. 2sty grt rm w/lots of windows. $1,899,900 16944 RIVERDALE DR (CHESTERFIELD) Magnificent cust 1.5 sty on wonderful lot. Extensive millwork. Kit adjoins 2sty great rm w/see thru FP to hearth rm. $979,900 1201 BONHOMME BRANCH CT (CHESTERFIELD) Beautifully appointed 1.5 sty with heated in-ground pool. 2sty great rm w/lots of windows. $829,900 17 UPPER CONWAY CT (CHESTERFIELD) Stunning 1.5 sty villa, numerous amenities. Gracious foyer, spacious living rm, dining rm & great rm. Gourmet kit. $799,900 759 STONEBLUFF CT (CHESTERFIELD) Stunning villa, gracious foyer w/wood flrs, coffered ceiling, dining rm, spacious great rm w/lots of windows & FP. $599,900 1642 WILSON FOREST VIEW CT (CHESTERFIELD) Beautiful updated 2 story with 5BR/4.5ba. 3370+ sf. Gourmet kitchen, luxury master bath. $486,900

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