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impossible. If only 10 percent of the students act this way, that sacrifices the education of the other 90 percent. The idea that Holder, or anybody else, can sit in Washington and determine how many disciplinary actions against individual students are warranted or unwarranted in schools across the length and breadth of this country would be laughable if it were not so tragic. Relying on racial statistics tells you nothing, unless you believe that black male students cannot possibly be more disruptive than Asian female students, or that students in crime-ridden neighborhoods cannot possibly require disciplinary actions more often than children in the most staid, middle-class neighborhoods. Holder is not fool enough to believe Call for an appointment. either of those things. Why then is he pursuing this numbers game? The most obvious answer is politics. Anything that promotes a sense of grievance from charges of racial discrimination offers hope of energizing the black vote to turn out to vote for Democrats, Changes have been made as requested. Thank you. which is especially needed when support (additional changes $25 minimum charge) from other voters is weakening in the wake of Obama administration(Please scandals note: Even though we make every effort to check and re-check our work, human error occurs. Please take a few moments to check your ad before it goes to print. It will be time well spent!) and fiascoes. Holder’s other big racial crusade, • please 8 Different Kinds If this is a color proof, note that thisofisMassage only an approximation of what your ad will look like once printed. We cannot against requiring identification for voting, guarantee an exact color match • Color touch screen remote is the same political game. It is carried out with the same cynical promotion of fears, • Options like salt water, with orchestrated hysteria from other Bluetooth sound and Democrats – as if having to show identiwireless TV fication to vote is like a revival of the Ku • Always hot and ready Klux Klan. for only $15 in energy Blacks, whites and everybody else can be per month asked for identification these days, whether Envoy® cashing a check or using a credit card at a • Simple water care with $ local store or going to an airport – or even SilkBalance getting into some political meetings called Scan For to protest voter ID laws. Bonus Offer! But to sacrifice the education of children, especially children for whom education Present may be their only ticket out of poverty, is This Ad By: truly a new low. As someone once said to 3/31/12! WHEN MAY ENDS, Sen. Joe McCarthy, “Have you no sense of SO 20% DOES THIS GREAT DEAL Save On High Quality Bioguard Water Care Products! decency, sir?”
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR short walk from my house. There is a house on Whitehall Drive that is vacant. Not only is it an eyesore because To the Editor: of the state of disrepair, now there is a As a busy attorney with a large family, fallen tree that sits on the roof. Tell me, is I have unfortunately delayed writing this this not a safety concern? letter after being prompted to do so by Just around the corner on Croydon Lane is many others. Simply and directly stated, a house that more closely resembles a junk my reason for writing to West News- yard than someone’s residence. The backmagazine is as follows: Manchester Road yard is full of junk including a refrigerator. needs to be widened to three lanes in each Tell me that’s not a safety concern!! This direction from Mason Road to Clarkson house has numerous items piled up in a side Road before MoDOT spends $5 million yard that is completely visible from the street. on new medians, sidewalks, street signs, I believe that the people who live near landscaping, etc. these places are much more concerned As is evidently clear (for most anyone about the conditions of these houses than who travels this section of Manchester whether or not someone’s “For Sale” sign Road, where it is reduced to only two lanes is slightly larger than allowed. in each direction west of Mason Road), the It is always a good thing when your traffic is extremely heavy, not only during city officials do what they think is for the rush hour, but throughout each and every good of your city. I just believe that certain day. One needs only to look at a map to things are more important as it relates to all determine why this is so: Both to the north of the residents. and to the south, there is only Clayton Road, Jan Husgen Big Bend Road, and some smaller tributary Manchester roads available for travel in this densely populated residential and commercial area. All of these alternative roads have substan- A new kind of racism tial sections where there is only one lane To the Editor: in each direction. Therefore, traffic there Hardcore liberals who complain continis often heavy, also making it difficult for ually about Thomas Sowell are a new kind residents to exit driveways and side streets. of racist. They can’t stand the possibility MoDOT’s $5 million proposal for Man- that some blacks might be conservative. In chester Road (Great Streets Initiative) is a other words, “not in their place.” good idea, but only after it is made much more They are the ones who came up with the efficient and travel-friendly in both directions. phrase, “he ain’t black,” while it is clear that Members of my family have resided in the person that’s being scrutinized is of African ethnicity. What this shows is that the skin Ballwin for over 40 years. I sincerely hope that other residents of color apparently has nothing to do with the Ballwin, Ellisville and Manchester will observance, but has to do with the political take time to contact their mayors and alder- thought of the individual not being liberal. These are the kinds of people that holler men regarding this matter. I believe that official expressions of concern regarding racism against President Barack Obama and this sorely needed widening of Manchester Attorney General Eric Holder objectors who Road also must be provided to officials of just happen to think Mr. Sowell and countless other conservative blacks do a great job. MoDOT as soon as possible. I don’t think those two are doing a lousy Terry Kemp Ballwin job because they are black, but because they follow a view that is faulty. It helps to have a black person that somehow isn’t really Sign code policy black to help to continually point it out. Keep it up, Thomas and like fellows. It To the Editor: I read your article in the April 16 edi- is clear there are more of you coming. tion of West Newsmagazine regarding the Bill Lau change in policy on signs for various things Chesterfield within the city of Manchester (“Manchester proposes changes to residential sign code policy”). Too many complicated I can’t help but wonder if the Planning & Zoning officials as well as the Board of regulations Alderman could not find more important To the Editor: things within the city limits that need to be I’ve been a small business owner here addressed. Some prime examples are just a in the St. Louis area since 1977. There
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are always ups and downs in running any business, but one of the most consistent problems I’ve run into over the years has been federal regulations. Our rule-making system is way too complex and difficult to maneuver, and it takes time away from what I need to be doing as a business owner. The burning question I have is: Who is this system best serving? Good regulations are caught in this vast web of inefficiency, making it impossible for worthy rules to serve their original intention of protecting our communities – and bad rules are adding to the frustration. I understand the need for regulations. We have a really good system in place on the state level. But it becomes more confusing when there are so many different federal regulations coming from different agencies at the national level. It’s particularly frustrating because a lot of these regulations overlap or repeat each other. It makes life significantly more difficult for people like me, who have to take time away from normal business activities in order to work through the complications. Small business owners like me don’t have the resources to keep up with this growing dilemma. I run my business on tight financial constraints and it’s impossible to budget for federal uncertainty. I’d like to urge our leaders in Washington to make it a top priority to change the way rules are passed down from Washington to folks around here. Dennis Broadbooks Wildwood
Responding to ‘Extremely Affordable Care Act’ To the Editor: Responding to Mr. Leventhal’s comments in the April 16 Opinion section about how “beneficial” the Affordable Care Act has been for his employees and his advice to “find out for yourself” about the Affordable Care Act. I’m in agreement his employees and others need to find out firsthand from reliable resources about the ACA and becoming an independent contractor. Having worked as a certified application counselor for the ACA, as an independent contractor, an entrepreneur and business owner of many years, I offer the following points of consideration: The ACA mandates health insurance coverage under ACA guidelines by employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees or fines are imposed. With less than 50 employees, Mr. Leventhal can choose not to offer a program. But if he
does, it will have to conform to the ACA parameters. Either way, Mr. Leventhal’s costs could increase, while having fewer employees would be highly beneficial. There is no mention by Mr. Leventhal of the additional costs independent contractor status will impose on former employees who become independent contractors. These costs go far beyond the difference in monthly premiums and deductibles for health insurance under the ACA versus his company-provided insurance plan. As an independent contractor, his former employees will be required to match the percentage tax amount for Social Security and Medicare paid on wages received. The new tax status of the independent contractor may require additional record-keeping, state and federal filing and possible other costs, including establishing a business identity, paying a community’s business licensing fees or local taxes. Check out changes in the tax law beginning in 2015 regarding deductions for medical care expenditures which may also have an impact. Mr. Leventhal refers to this change in work status as being an “independent contractor with no option to company insurance.” There are many other possible options (or benefits) the former employees may have lost, including life insurance, sick pay, paid vacation or other leaves of absence, profit sharing, seniority, etc. Options the independent contractor will now spend additional time and money to replace. The former employees are giving up their full-time jobs for the possibility of being hired to work for Mr. Leventhal, but he is not obligated to use the services of any independent contractor for any amount of time. In fact, the IRS has a “20 Factors Test” used to determine status as an employee or independent contractor. The last time I looked on the IRS website, being employed solely by one company is one of the bases for disqualifying someone from independent contractor status. Consider how your decision to be an independent contractor will affect your credit report and ability to obtain a mortgage or loan? How much time and additional expense can you afford to build and develop this independent business that needs to provide services to more than one business entity to adhere to the IRS 20 Factors Test? Great advice to “look at untruths being spread.” Mr Leventhal appears to be “benefitted” far more by creating “former employees” than the new “independent contractors” he creates. Donna Beck Chesterfield
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The price of dignity Paying for college just got spicier– or perhaps dicier, depending on your point of view. It’s an arrangement where a “sugar daddy” or “sugar mommy” will pay a “sugar baby” large sums of money, thousands of dollars per month, to enjoy a “mutually beneficial relationship.” In return, the older member of the relationship gets a faux boy/girlfriend for as long as the money lasts. But there’s something deeply wrong with the primary nature of this “mutually beneficial relationship,” basically because it consists of older men and women paying collegeage students of both genders for relationships, up to and sometimes including sex. To some, this idea is immediately reprehensible. To others, being a sugar baby may sound like a pretty awesome deal. But at what point do students admit to themselves, and the world, that they’ve been selling themselves (their bodies, time, looks) for money? At what point do they sell their pride and dignity for cold hard cash? Life is hard. Life is a struggle. And, in life, there is no magic relationship with no strings attached and a giant funnel of money leading directly into your back pocket. If something is too easy and sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Websites offer to make these connections cheaply and easily. They connect what they call “the modern gentleman” with a “goal seeking sugar baby.” They coat these titles in so much artificial sweetener it’s amazing that anybody can say them out loud without gagging. These relationships can’t be called prostitution, but they can be called lazy. There are more honorable ways
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to attain an education and pay back student loans. What about hard work? What about taking an entry level job and working up the corporate ladder? How has it come to pass that students are under so much pressure that they are willing to sell their dignity – perhaps even their body – to attain an education? Is it the high cost of college that’s driving this behavior? Is it the fear of graduating with mounds of college debt? Or is it that, as a society, we have become too promiscuous? Have we gotten to the point where we are willing to sell our friendships, our selves, our dignity – for the price of a college education? When faced with the challenge of getting a job alongside taking college classes, a student might ask: “Why should I work hard, when I could get paid so much more for no work?” They may wonder what dignity means compared to crushing college debt. It matters! Our dignity, the pride we have in ourselves, is perhaps one of the most important qualities we have as living beings. It’s what allows us to look at our reflections in the mirror without blinking. It defines who we are. In later years, these same students may want to share with family, friends, perhaps even children stories of their college exploits. Are these really exploits they will be willing to share? When they have kids of their own is this something they will recommend? Pride in how you accomplish a goal is something you can pass on to your kids. A word of advice for potential sugar babies: If you think pride or your human dignity isn’t important, or if you think a couple thousand dollars can buy that pride, look in the mirror. And then, go talk to your parents.
Lt. Cmdr. Jason Buckley, a 1993 Parkway Central High graduate and 1998 Naval Academy graduate from Chesterfield is serving in the U.S. Navy as the assistant air operations officer aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). St. Louis Navy Week, which included demonstrations at Spirit of St. Louis Airport was a weeklong celebration, April 28-May 4, of the men and women serving our country.
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City renews mutual aid pact The city of Ballwin has approved renewing an agreement with Ellisville, Manchester and Chesterfield setting procedures for the communities to help each other if needed to deal with emergency situations. Designed to reduce damage, injury and loss of life and property and to facilitate
recovery in the event of a natural or technological disaster, the agreement continues an arrangement that has been in effect for a number of years. The agreement’s provisions have been reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which recommended minor modifications.
Winter storms boost city’s salt, manpower costs The cost of keeping Ballwin’s streets in drivable condition during the past winter has created some expense overruns but it shouldn’t cause a problem that can’t be handled. That was the view of Denise Keller, the city’s finance officer, in an update presented to Ballwin’s Board of Aldermen at its April 28 meeting. According to Keller, winter storm costs added some $104,000 in salt and manpower expenses to what was budgeted. However, savings of $43,000 from favorable bids on various other purchases made this year have reduced the amount needed to make up for the winter storm overage. This plus other
unanticipated expenses totaling $11,000 have resulted in a net additional expense so far of $72,000, Keller summarized. On a related front, aldermen approved the purchase of vehicle tracking equipment that will be installed on 20 dump trucks, as well as the mosquito fogging pickup truck. The system tracks the vehicles’ location and operating activity. The equipment will enable public works personnel to monitor the progress of snow removal and salt spreading activities to ensure no areas are missed. Ballwin officials field-tested equipment from five of the seven companies that submitted bids and recommended the proposal from Location Technologies of Parkville, Missouri. The company’s price of $15,616 wasn’t the lowest, but it offered needed capabilities and was the most economical over time, according to Gary Kramer, Ballwin’s city engineer and director of public works.
CHESTERFIELD Councilmembers sworn in Four Chesterfield City Council members have taken the oath of office to begin new two-year terms. Sworn in by municipal Judge Richard Brunk, Jr., at the Council’s April 23 meeting were: Barry Flachsbart (Ward 1), Elliott
Grissom (Ward 2), Mike Casey (Ward 3) and Connie Fults (Ward 4). All four councilmembers are incumbents re-elected April 8.
Maintaining Clayton Road The Chesterfield City Council has approved an agreement with St. Louis County outlining maintenance responsibilities for the section of Clayton Road within its city limits. Under the pact, the county will maintain the Clayton Road right-of-way formerly handled by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, while Chesterfield will have responsibility for the upkeep of landscaped medians and sidewalks. The roadway also is designated as State Route HH. The agreement is for 20 years, but can be renewed if both parties agree. Either entity also may end the agreement, with or without cause, with 90 days written notice.
Parking restrictions on outlet mall streets Shoppers going to the St. Louis Premium Outlets mall in Chesterfield Valley will need to make sure their vehicles aren’t parked in the wrong places. Chesterfield’s City Council has approved an ordinance that prohibits parking on both sides of Premium Way from Olive Street
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Celebrating 50 years of service The Ballwin Police Department officially observed its 50th anniversary April 28 with a reception held at the Donald “Red” Loehr Police and Court Center. Special guests at the event included retired police department employees, including four of the From left (with years of service) are: Maj. Bobbie Saulters six persons on the force (1988-2010), Court Clerk Rosemary DeArmond (1980when it was established. 2003), Chief Jim Biederman (1977-2007), Capt. Rick Wise The police and court center (1974-2004), and Officer Bob Hicks (1978-2003). building is named after the late Donald Loehr, a native son and former Cardinal baseball player turned policeman. He served as chief from 1965 until his retirement in 1997 after 35 years of service. The reception included displays of memorabilia from the department’s five decades of service, including an early breathalyzer, a four-by-five Speed Graphic camera used for crime scene and other police-related photography, uniforms and badges as well as numerous photographs. Road to Outlet Boulevard and on both sides of Outlet Boulevard. Both streets serve the outlet shopping mall complex.
MANCHESTER ‘Pay It Forward’ day to become annual event To promote altruism in the city of Manchester, officials approved on April 21 a proclamation to initiate Pay It Forward Day, slated annually for April 24. Sponsored by the West St. Louis County Rotary Club, Pay It Forward Day reflects a movement that spread rapidly after a novel, then a film, were released that promoted the idea to do good deeds for others without asking for anything in return – except for the recipient to pay it forward to others in need. The Rotary Club and Manchester hope to inspire the community to make a difference by creating positive change, one good deed at a time.
Deer census concludes Early this year, Manchester officials launched its first deer census to determine whether the area’s herd was increasing, which has concluded that Manchester boasts an average of 26 deer per square mile. “We don’t have a deer problem and we’re not wanting for deer, but they’re certainly there,” said City Administrator Andy Hixson at an April 21 board meeting. Nature management service White Buffalo conducted the city’s census, and did the same for Town & Country and Sunset Hills. Compared to the other municipalities, Manchester yielded the lowest deer count. Town & Country stands at an average of 43 deer per square mile, and Sunset Hills
carries an average of 69. “In the last two years, we recognized that the herd was growing,” said Alderman Mike Clement (Ward 2) in February. “All we have to go on now are deer collisions.” Now, examining both the census and deer encounters, Clement feels the city has reached a happy medium. Costs for the census rang in at $3,354. Eventually, White Buffalo will train certain city staff to analyze deer populations so inhouse censuses can be conducted in the future.
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TOWN & COUNTRY Board approves no-parking policy on residential streets To allow emergency vehicles to better navigate residential streets, Town & Country aldermen approved a policy April 28 that abates certain street parking. The new measure forbids parked vehicles along residential streets unless 12 feet or more is accessible to traffic. Town & Country Police Chief Patrick Kranz said the purpose of altering, and better enforcing, this ordinance is not to distribute more citations. “This is to allow emergency vehicles, the fire department [and] the police department to get through,” Kranz said. “The purpose is not to write more tickets. Officers go to the front door and ask the person to move their vehicle. If they don’t, that’s when we’ll give a ticket. In eight years, we’ve never had to write one.” ••• CORRECTION: The date given for the Ellisville Memorial Day parade in the April 23 issue of West Newsmagazine was incorrect. The parade will be on Monday, March 26. West Newsmagazine apologizes for this error.
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Parkway considers $94 million bond issue, tax increase for November ballot By MARY SHAPIRO firstname.lastname@example.org Parkway’s Board of Education could vote as early as May 7 on a proposal to put a $94 million bond issue, including a 15-cent per $100 of assessed valuation tax increase, on the Nov. 4 ballot. The current (2013) residential tax rate is $4.07 per $100 of assessed valuation, which district officials said is the fourth lowest among 23 St. Louis County districts. The tax increase would provide $282 million in capital funding through 2026, meaning that the district would have enough revenue to be able to put two more bond issues – both of $94 million – on the 2018 and 2022 ballots without requiring another tax increase, officials said. During a Facilities 2020 Advisory Team final report made to the board on April 23, that bond issue proposal and tax increases were recommendations made by team members Paul Tandy, director of communications, and Mark Stockwell, chief financial officer. Tandy said the bond issue would cover various school safety, maintenance, repairs, renovations and additions, including, among other things: roof repairs, heating, ventilation and air conditioning work, plumbing, electricity, accessibility improvements, middle school science labs,
furnishing and equipping schools, technology and fine arts upgrades. “Of Parkway’s 28 schools, only two – Parkway Southwest Middle and Oak Brook Elementary – are less than 30 years old, and 21 of our schools are between 40 and 75 years old,” Tandy told the board. “With a school district of our size, with so many square feet, we need $10 to $20 million a year to take care of routine items like roof and HVAC work. That’s why we’re proposing this size and scope of a bond issue. It won’t include many instructional needs, just capital ones.” He said that, while the district will not be putting any major bond issue funds toward capital improvements this summer, “we can’t do that for very long because we’d get too far behind in the work, making it hard to catch up.” The district’s last bond issue was in 2008 for $87 million with no tax rate increase. District officials, between May and August of last year, developed a preliminary list of bond issue capital projects by school building, based on an assessment of building conditions and anticipating when various systems would need repair or replacement, Tandy said. Area meetings at each high school were held with parents, staff and PTO officials between September and November of that year to get input on the draft list. A revised
project list for the bond issue was created between November and December based on that feedback. Between January and March of this year, two town hall meetings were held and a community phone opinion survey, interviewing 500 district residents, was conducted, Tandy said. He added that the final tally from the phone survey was 66.3 percent in favor of the proposed bond issue. A minimum 57 percent approval vote would be needed for the November ballot. “The percentage is close but we’re cautiously optimistic,” he said. An online survey on bond issue options showed that, among respondents, 2.6 percent wouldn’t support any bond issue, 15.6 percent would prefer a no-tax increase, 31.1 percent would prefer a 10-cent tax increase, and 50.6 percent would prefer the current proposal, Tandy said. While a no-tax-increase bond issue for about $45 million and a 10-cent tax increase bond issue for about $70 million were considered, the $94 million, 15-cent tax increase bond issue would allow all projects to be completed over four years, with 80 percent of funds going to repairs and renovations. The annual tax increase would be $77 for an average district homeowner who has a house valued at $216,000
Two soccer complexes go head-to-head in West County By DAN FOX email@example.com Two soccer complexes are targeting the St. Louis County area, and each promises to do the same thing: expand the soccer landscape in St. Louis. Two players are squaring off in what promises to be an interesting, if not protracted, competition for County financing, local soccer club support and prestigious partnerships. First on the scene is St. Louis County Councilmember Mike O’Mara (District 4), a former member of the St. Louis Steamers Major Indoor Soccer League club, who has been pursuing a Creve Coeur-based soccer venue for nearly four years. Next up is David Thorman and his daughter, George, who want to bring their Game On multisport complex to Chesterfield Valley. Each of the complexes will cost around $12 million. The Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex would build upon the four existing Scott Gallagher fields next to Creve Coeur Lake. In addition to the existing two turf and two grass fields, nine turf fields would be added, including a championship field. The dhampionship field would contain seating, which would look across the game area onto the lake. The rest of the soccer fields
would be split into three pods, each containing its own parking lot and concession stand. St. Louis County currently owns the land that would be used for the Creve Coeur complex. According to O’Mara, the soccer facility itself would make money over time from concession sales and lease agreements to local soccer clubs. Game On would be located next to the existing Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. This multi-sport complex is the brainchild of the Thormans, a father-daughter duo from Kansas City. The proposed expansion would add eight turf fields to the CVAC’s nine existing grass fields. According to George, third-party company Global Sports International will operate the proposed Chesterfield Multi-Sport Complex. GSI is a tournament and event operator, and manages the KC Championship Cup Tournament at the Overland Park Soccer Complex. GSI also will utilize several business partners for the operation of the multi-sport complex. George said those will include the Kansas City, Missouri-based Johnny’s Tavern and local Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. Both partners will assist in the operation and management of the on-site clubhouse. According to George, GSI will be financ-
ing approximately $10 million of the construction costs for the multi-sport complex, which includes the costs of building the on-site clubhouse. Since the land is owned by Chesterfield, the city would need to lease the land to GSI, who then would own all the improvements made to the land. GSI representatives would not comment on the Chesterfield Multi-Sport Complex. Both parties point to the 96-acre Overland Park (Kansas) Soccer Complex, which consists of 12 turf fields and hosts 21 tournaments annually, and which cost approximately $36 million to build, as the gold standard for their projects. “When Overland Park did theirs, they did it with all the bells and whistles,” O’Mara said. “They built the Cadillac. They put probably more into it than they should have.” He said he was approached when the Overland Park Soccer Complex was built and asked if St. Louis had a similar venue. “Which we don’t, including the surrounding area – Illinois and St. Charles – the big soccer hotbeds,” O’Mara said. Currently, there is a bill in front of the St. Louis County Council that would give See SOCCER COMPLEXES, page17
and a car valued at $30,000, Tandy said. “In addition to lots of repairs and renovations, the $94 million bond issue would provide for a fair number of projects on the community-requested list – for instance, new middle school science labs would have a huge impact on the district,” he said. “We felt this was a good balance.” If the board were to approve placing the current bond issue proposal on the November ballot, community information and a final project list would be put out between June and October, Tandy said. In answer to a board member’s question, Stockwell said that, if the bond issue were not approved by voters, “we’d have to see if we’d want to come back on the April or another ballot with another type of bond issue.” “I feel confident in saying that, without some form of bond issue in another year or two, we’d need to take capital replacement costs out of our operating budget, which totally changes the picture on our operating budget side,” he said. “For next year, in our operating budget, $2 million has been allocated for emergency capital replacement issues and project design. That would need to be $5 to $10 million without bond issue approval to keep us above water. That would mean more operating budget cuts or going to voters for an operating tax rate increase.”
CREVE COEUR PARK SOCCER COMPLEX Operator: St. Louis County Land: Owned by county, leased by soccer clubs Construction cost of facility: Approximately $12 million Fields: 13 (11 turf, 2 grass) Proposed funding: Bonds On-site food: Concession stands CHESTERFIELD MULTI-SPORT COMPLEX Operator: Global Sports International Land: Owned by city of Chesterfield, leased to GSI Construction cost of facility: Approximately $12 million – $2 million requested from St. Louis County for infrastructure*; $10 million financed by GSI. The facility will cost $8 million. An estimated $2 million will be needed for the clubhouse. Fields: 17 (8 turf, 9 grass) Proposed funding: GSI will be paying for the cost of the facilities (minus the $2 million in infrastructure costs requested from St. Louis County) On-site food: Clubhouse *Game On is requesting an additional $2 million from St. Louis County.
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Local municipalities continue to oppose St. Louis City-County merger By AMANDA KEEFE firstname.lastname@example.org In what seems to be a domino effect, West County municipalities continue to draft resolutions that oppose a suggested St. Louis City-County merger, currently being examined by grassroots organization Better Together. In early March, Ballwin was the first to set the no-merger precedent, followed by Ellisville and, as of April 21, Manchester. “Make no mistake, St. Louis City is looking to stick their greasy fingers in your pocket and extract your wallet,” Manchester resident Joe Smythe told board members April 21. And Smythe isn’t the only one suggesting opposition to the merger. Before officials drafted resolutions, a representative of Common Sense for St. Louis – a grassroots opponent to Better Together and the merger – appeared in respective cities, urging leaders to recognize what it deems to be the dangers of a merger. Constituents from Better Together have made no appearances. The organization’s executive director, Nancy Rice, said there’s good reason for that. “We are a not-for-profit organization that is gathering information and educating the public; we are not an advocacy organization,” she said. “It would be very inappropriate for us to go and argue with a legislative body about (the resolutions they’re drafting).” Rice feels actions taken by city leaders may be premature, claiming that, for the moment, Better Together is doing nothing more than gathering data that includes a comprehensive look at municipality budgets, public services and other facets, which Rice said hasn’t been examined before. “That’s what we’re trying to do – wrap facts and information around what is, up to now, nothing but an emotional debate filled with rhetoric.” The organization’s first round of completed data can be found at bettertogetherstl.com. In February, Common Sense spokeswoman Jennifer Bird made her first appearance in Manchester to express concerns about a merger. “Information was compiled (from county municipalities), but what do they plan to do with it?” Bird asked. “Not to mention the duplicate services; a lot of things are already shared – museum tax, the Metro transit system, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District … Common Sense for St. Louis is trying to help connect some dots.” Bird shared similar sentiments in Ballwin and Ellisville, the first two municipalities to draft resolutions.
Though Common Sense – namely Bird – has made the rounds in West County, the organization hasn’t approached other nearby municipalities including Webster Groves, Kirkwood and Crestwood. Some of these municipalities have carried little to no discussion either way. “We’ve had no discussion on this at board meetings,” said Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch. “We’re just not there. We’ve got a lot of our own things to deal with.” Regardless, Welch said she’s interested in understanding Better Together’s findings. “I think the key to all of this is in the details,” she said. “We don’t know whether we’re talking about a merger, (or) St. Louis City becoming another municipality of the county. We don’t know the end result.” Though Bird is a Crestwood resident, she has yet to advocate against the merger in her own municipality. Recently unseated former Crestwood mayor Jeff Schlink said even without Bird’s presence, he questions Better Together’s motives. The former mayor attended a Better Together meeting earlier this year, relaying what he learned to his board. He believes a city-county merger is of no value to Crestwood and plans to encourage Crestwood aldermen to draft a resolution in opposition, even though he is no longer in office. “No one has given me the benefits that a merger might give to Crestwood,” Schlink said. “What would the merger fix for us? I think there are enough cons with this to be extremely cautious.” He said if a city-county merger proposition is put to a statewide vote, residents outside St. Louis might be indifferent. “Someone in Mexico, Mo., is not going to care,” he said. “Hopefully others in the state will look and ask, ‘Why force this on (St. Louis) when it doesn’t affect us?’” While many seem to be concerned about a “mega-city” scenario, Kirkwood Mayor Arthur “Art” McDonnell has a different view of things. McDonnell, also president of the St. Louis County Municipal League, said the league has formed a subcommittee to examine the possibility of St. Louis City becoming a municipality of the county, as opposed to introducing a “mega-city.” The committee could recommend this option to Better Together. He feels municipalities that have drafted opposition resolutions are “jumping the gun,” adding that officials should have mulled it over more. “But I understand to a degree. I don’t think cities in the county want their identities destroyed,” he said.
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Monarch Fire Protection District Chief Tom Vineyard resigns By JIM ERICKSON email@example.com Monarch Fire Protection District fire chief Tom Vineyard has resigned, but there’s a chance he won’t remain unemployed for long. Vineyard, who started at Monarch in early 2012, was hired on a three-year contract that was to run through the end of 2014. But it’s no secret that relations between Vineyard and the board’s majority, namely former Senator Jane Cunningham and Board President Robin Harris, have been strained. Last summer, Vineyard was ordered by the board not to participate in operating committee activities at Central County Emergency 911, the center that dispatches fire and emergency medical calls for Monarch and other fire protection districts that serve much of St. Louis County and portions of adjoining counties. At the time, Vineyard was chairman of the operating committee at CCE. His absence from that committee’s deliberations came at a time when the dispatch center had just completed one major expansion move and had started on a second similar effort. Monarch is CCE’s largest single contributor of operating revenues, derived from real and personal property tax levies assessed specifically for dispatch services. More recently, the board’s decision to hire a new assistant chief reportedly also was made without Vineyard’s involvement. When asked about Vineyard’s imminent departure, Cunningham said she had no comment beyond the fact that he had resigned and had given no indication of the reason behind his decision. “His letter only said that his resignation was effective May 9,” Cunningham said. As for Vineyard’s future, it might include a leadership role with the O’Fallon Fire Protection District.
O’Fallon’s board recently gave Fire Chief Mike Ballmann the option to either accept a buyout, or be terminated. According to the O’Fallon FPD attorney, Neil Bruntrager, Vineyard has been offered the O’Fallon fire chief position, but has not responded yet. “Chief Vineyard is a proven leader,” Bruntrager said. “He would bring to this district great experience on every level, and he’s exactly the sort of progressive-thinking chief that the district is looking for.” When contacted and asked about his resignation and future plans, Vineyard confirmed that he had been offered the O’Fallon chief position, but said he had no additional comments at presstime. Commenting on Vineyard’s resignation, board member Steve Swyers noted, “I think Tom did a fine job and was a leader. He’s a quality person and I wish him and his family the best.” Cunningham said that any decision regarding the selection of a future fire chief or the interim fire chief would need to be held between the board members. However, she did say that since the new assistant chief, Cary Spiegel, is the secondin-command, she would assume he would step in and take charge in the interim. “I don’t know why we would do anything any differently than that,” Cunningham said. Andy Stecko, an official with IAFF Local 2665, said the union’s reaction to Spiegel taking the interim chief position would be the same as when he was selected as assistant chief. Local 2665 had reacted to Spiegel’s March 26 appointment to the position of assistant chief with a vote of no confidence. “We don’t support it,” Stecko said. [Editor’s note: West Newsmagazine Associate Editor Dan Fox contributed to this story.]
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Wildwood to vote on development of Packwood Park Nature Trek By MARY SHAPIRO firstname.lastname@example.org Wildwood’s City Council, on April 28, gave initial approval to allowing Mayor Tim Woerther to enter into a contract with Gershenson Construction for $563,780.15, for the development of the Packwood Park Nature Trek project. A vote on final approval is set for the council’s May 12 meeting. The park project – including more than 365 acres along the Meramec River – is a cooperative project of Wildwood and St. Louis County that has been in the works for four years, according to Joe Vujnich,Wildwood’s director of planning and parks. He said the land is owned by St. Louis County but is located within Wildwood. The site has been land banked by the county for more than 20 years. Plans are for a system of natural surface trails and trailhead improvements to be installed and for the park to open later this year. Wildwood has received a St. Louis County Municipal Park grant of $285,500 for the project, Vujnich said. He told the council that this amount includes both a base bid and some alternate work to be included such as asphalt paving of the park access road and part of the parking lot, landscaping in lieu of a seeded lawn, and wood entrance gates and
freestanding stone monument walls instead of metal gates and no freestanding monument walls. While the Gershenson bid amount is about $64,000 over budgeted funding, it includes amenities that would enhance the project and lead to reduced maintenance costs in the future, Vujnich said. “Also, some other capital improvements projects for 2014 include one that is substantially under budget, by more than $200,000,” he said. Councilmenber David Sewell (Ward 6) said he was pleased Packwood would accommodate equestrian use, among other uses. “However, equestrians will prefer no asphalt surface anywhere, and I think aggregate would be better used around where horse trailers will be,” he said. Vujnich countered that an aggregate surface isn’t the best for keeping marked parking spaces. “Also, asphalt requires minimum care for a long time, and aggregate would have to be replaced more often,” he said. Councilmember Marc Cox (Ward 4) wondered whether ongoing maintenance costs would be shared with St. Louis County. But Vujnich said maintenance primarily would be the city’s responsibility, “though the county will provide some support.”
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The Vietnam War was not a popular conflict but attitudes have changed over the decades, especially views about how those who served the nation should be regarded. That change was obvious during the April 25 tree planting hosted by the Mary Hempstead Lisa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. Held under sunny skies at Chesterfield’s Central Park pavilion, the event was open to all veterans but those from the Vietnam era were the most numerous. The 50th anniversary commemoration Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation (left), DAR is a national event authorized by a presi- Chapter Regent Marion Howells and Mike Erxleben, a Vietnam-era Marine dential proclamation setting the observance from May 28, 2012, through Nov. 11, 2025. The local DAR chapter is one of more than 5,200 commemorative partners throughout the nation that have agreed to conduct events and activities recognizing and honoring the service, valor and sacrifice made by Vietnam veterans and their families. The Chesterfield ceremony featured the planting of a black tupelo, a deciduous tree known for its red fall foliage.
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Wildwood recognizes retiring precinct commander, welcomes new By MARY SHAPIRO email@example.com Wildwood’s City Council, on April 28, recognized retiring St. Louis County/ Wildwood Precinct Commander Capt. Ken Williams for his years of service to the city while also welcoming Capt. Timothy Tanner as the new commander. Mayor Tim Woerther presented Williams with a special plaque and city proclamation. Williams has been responsible for man-
SOCCER COMPLEXES, from page 13 $4 million to the Chesterfield Multi-Sport Complex development. Two million of that amount would pay infrastructure costs, and $1 million each would go to the Scott Gallagher and Lou Fusz soccer clubs. George said the plan is to partner with the Gallagher and Fusz clubs in the hope that coordination between them and the multisport complex could put St. Louis on the map for the national soccer tournament circuit. “We have a thousand kids in St. Louis playing soccer, and this is just good for the kids,” said Lou Fusz Soccer vice president Don Popovic. Putting St. Louis on the national soccer tournament scene is one of the main goals for both of these complexes. Hosting national tournaments, which typically require complexes containing at least 12 high-quality fields, can provide benefits to young St. Louis players, including providing them more visibility to college coaches. “We’re missing out on scholarship opportunities because we don’t have a main venue that they come to like you do in Kansas City,” O’Mara said. On the other side of the coin, hosting national tournaments has the potential to bring in consumers to the St. Louis County area, providing business for local shops, restaurants and hotels. O’Mara said an initial, “very conservative” estimate on hotel impact caused by the Creve Coeur Complex is 30,000 room nights per year. George claimed that by the Chesterfield Multi-Sport Complex’s fifth year of operation, it would contribute 60,000 room nights per year to surrounding hotels. Patrick Barry, executive director with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, said that Gallagher would support anything that brings more turf fields into the area. “Would we like to see both of them happen? Absolutely,” Barry said. “The club’s position is that the more turf fields, quality turf fields, we can get in the area is what’s best for the kids, and so we support that.”
agement of police services provided under a contract agreement between Wildwood and the St. Louis County Police Department since February of 2010. Before that, he served the precinct as a lieutenant from 2003 to 2005. Woerther thanked him for “his outstanding leadership and service to the city,” as he retires from the county police department. County Police Chief Jon Belmar called Williams’ retirement “bittersweet.”
“Ken and I have worked alongside each other and are good friends,” he said. “I’m tremendously proud of him.” Williams said he’s enjoyed working with Wildwood residents, elected officials and staff. “This is a lovely area and place to live and raise a family,” he said. “It’s nice to have been a small part of that, and I thank everyone for all your support.” And he congratulated Tanner on taking
over the commander post. “He’ll be an excellent captain for the precinct, having been lieutenant here for many years,” Williams said. “He’s very knowledgeable of Wildwood’s concerns, and I think it will be a seamless transition.” Belmar said he “couldn’t think of anybody better for this promotion.” “I can’t say how important the relationship with Wildwood is to our department,” Belmar said.
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The women of the Town & Country board are (from left) Gussie Crawford, Lynn Wright, Linda (West Newsmagazine/Amanda Keefe photo) Rallo and Amy Anderson.
Recent election results in gender divide on Town & Country board By AMANDA KEEFE email@example.com Following the April 8 election, Town & Country’s Board of Aldermen now boasts four female representatives. Coincidentally, both a man and woman now represent all four wards. New members are Amy Anderson, (Ward 2), and Linda Rallo (Ward 4). They replace Chuck Lenz and Phil Behnen, respectively. According to current Alderman Lynn Wright (Ward 1), in the 10 years she has served, four women on the board simply hasn’t happened. On April 28, Alderman Tim Welby (Ward 2) was overhead saying to his new colleagues: “It’s gotta’ be a first; has to be.” Though Anderson and Rallo come from different backgrounds, they ran for election on fairly similar platforms. Both are interested in zoning and land use reform, particularly after a handful of land development issues came down the pipes and caused a stir with residents. “Linda and I campaigned with the same message, and that is to keep that ‘country feel’ that we all love and stick to our zoning,” Anderson said. “We both won by significant margins, which tells me that our message rang loud and clear with residents.” Anderson, 48, is a lifetime city resident. In part, she attributes her interest in Town & Country’s development to her father, Fred Brodbeck, who served on the St. Louis County Parks Board and, later, the city’s planning commission in the 1970s. The mother of two was motivated to run for alderman following her staunch opposition to the Allegro project, a large, highdensity assisted living center proposed immediately adjacent to Mason Woods Village on the former Wirth gas station lot. Rallo, 49, has been a Town & Country resident for nearly seven years, living in Chesterfield for roughly 20 years prior.
She moved to Missouri from California to attend journalism school at University of Missouri, but now works in public policy. She and her husband have three children. Three years ago, Rallo’s neighbors asked her to serve as a neighborhood trustee. She accepted. Last December, they solicited her again, this time asking her to consider an alderman seat. “They made a really good case for me and said they’d support me,” she said. “I was happy to do it, but not by myself. I needed their support.” As alderman, Rallo plans to evaluate future development with what she calls a systematic approach. She hopes that, in turn, board decisions will become more transparent to the public. Concerning the gender divide of Town & Country’s board, each alderwoman recognized its rarity. Rallo said she’d like to see even more female representation on boards and commissions, and says perhaps four women on a board of aldermen will help spark that. “Women do bring a unique perspective; they’re an asset …” she said. Anderson said, “When you have both male and female qualities, you’re going to have a stronger board. I think it will feel more complete.” Wright, while interested in seeing how the divide plays out, said her main concern is ensuring that the board as a whole works together. “Something we’re all going to have to do is work with each other to make sure we understand where they’re coming from, and where we’re coming from,” Wright said of the new members. Gussie Crawford (Ward 3) said, “I’m going to miss the other two (aldermen), but … the game is over, they lost, and now we’re going for the new game.”
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The district will be able to access and monitor kids’ accounts when needed within Parkway, without having to go through Google, he said. “An important aspect to teachers and parents is that we can turn off ads in our Google environment so that students aren’t bombarded with them based off their Google searches or emails sent to teachers,” Rooks said. “Also, this will be a Parkway-branded service, allowing the district to leverage its parkwayschools.net domain, with student accounts being their student user (ID), something the kids are familiar with and have used.” Protecting Parkway data and privacy will be a top priority, he said. “We will own the data,” Rooks said. “Google will only be storing it. By moving data to a Google cloud environment, we aren’t relinquishing data ownership.” All data will automatically be backed up on Google servers. Swoboda, Parkway technology information coordinator, said, “The price of all this is right. It’s free. It’s all collaborative. The days of us trying to match Word 97 to Word 2003, email each other different versions and hope it’s the latest are over. All collaboration is done in the cloud online in real time.” Students and teachers will have training opportunities, including a Google camp for kids on Aug. 5 at a cost of $25 per person as part of summer school programs, and refresher courses during the coming school year. While some board members wondered about access by kids who don’t have an Internet connection, Bass said the new program will not be mandatory for kids but added that a recent survey showed 96 percent of Parkway homes have Internet availability.
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By MARY SHAPIRO email@example.com To give Parkway School District’s students and staff an opportunity to acquire and practice more 21st century skills and meet their digital-age needs, each one will be given a Google Apps for Education account starting this fall, as part of adopting that online productivity suite. At the April 23 Board of Education meeting, Parkway technology team members. Bill Bass, Jason Rooks, and Tom Swoboda explained that the technology and curricular departments have spent several years exploring online productivity suites to expand the options students have to create, edit and collaborate on documents and presentations. Bass, instructional technology information and library media coordinator, said Google accounts have been used in Parkway by teachers for many years. “But this plan will let us also give accounts to students, to give them another option for using technology in the classroom,” Bass said. Rooks, director of technology and innovation, said many adults and kids have used Google’s online tools personally, but Google’s rules say anyone under 13 is banned from having an account. “The unmanaged Google environment – which includes access to 50 tools, specialized searches and even a Google online wallet – is driven by ad delivery, which is 90 percent of Google’s revenue,” Rooks said. “Google Apps for Education advantages come from a managed environment where we can apply Parkway’s rules to Google’s tools and say what grades get access to what Google tools.”
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Rockwood considers support staff, substitute teacher pay increases By MARY SHAPIRO firstname.lastname@example.org The Rockwood School District Board of Education, on May 15, will be asked to approve a proposed 3.74-percent salary increase for general support staff, as well as a pay increase of $2.90 an hour for substitute teachers, starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Kelvin McMillin, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, gave the board on April 24 initial information regarding the annual support staff compensation study. It included current salary ranges, market comparisons, and proposed changes for 2014-15. While he said a 3.5-percent increase was in the current 2014-2015 budget for support staff pay increases, he asked the rate
be increased to 3.74 percent to match the percentage salary increase being given to teachers for the coming school year. The increase would not include employee groups such as nurses and custodians who have separate negotiated agreements with the district, McMillin said. The budget impact of increasing support staff raises from 3.5 to 3.74 percent would be $59,930, he noted. In addition, the district is recommending an increase in the daily rate paid to substitute teachers, from $90.50 per day to $93.40 per day, an increase of 3.2 percent. He noted that the district is “slightly below the St. Louis average for substitute pay, and we’re trying to get closer to the median.”
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Supporting Support Dogs On March 7, students at Carman Trails Elementary began their first-ever read-athon to benefit Support Dogs, an organization that raises canines to be service dogs, canine-assisted activity dogs, hearing dogs and psychiatric service dogs. Calvin, who was cared for by third-grade teacher Sylvia Bronner until he passed away, was the first support dog at Carman Trails. Currently, the school has two support dogs including Ticket, who is cared for by fifth-grade teacher Beth Hunnicutt, and Dibs, cared for by school counselor Shannon Hoelscher. At an all-school assembly March 28, Ann Weinerth, Support Dogs’ development director, was presented a $1,400 check. In addition, Daisy Troop 310 presented Weinerth a check for $275.
Service learning in action Over 220 students, parents, faculty and staff participated in Whitfield School’s fourth annual Whitfield In Action day of service on Saturday, April 5. Participants volunteered at one of 13 St. Louis area agencies. ••• As part of its commitment to character education, Parkway South Middle adopted
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preservation project or through significant achievements in the field. Garnett’s fifth-grade students learn about architecture, historic preservation, sustainability and environmental responsibility. Partnering with the Landmarks Association of Greater St. Louis’ Ruth Keenoy, students are encouraged to act responsibly and to make decisions about architecture as if they are directly responsible for the world around them. “Ms. Garnett’s students form small groups and meet with real-life professionals who visit the classroom, answering questions and offering suggestions to students with their projects,” Keenoy said. “Many students adopt properties that have been tagged by Missouri Preservation and Landmarks Association as endangered historic buildings.”
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The St. Louis Artists’ Guild announced its award-winning pieces for this year’s Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase, featuring the art of local high school students. The Showcase celebrates the creativity, skill and dedication of the next generation of artistic voices. The award-winning pieces were selected by exhibition juror artist and instructor Jessi Cerutti. When describing how she selected the winners, Cerutti said she looked for “fresh compositions, unique perspectives and refined skills.” Local winners include Principia student Grace Buchanan for her piece entitled “Tatyana;” Parkway South High’s Mandy Matteucci for “Extinction;” John Burroughs students Charlie Sansone for “Big Daddy” and Clara Abbott for “Illuminated Apple;” and Parkway North’s Alice Zou for “Venetian Calle.” The St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s next competition is its Summer Regional Exhibition, an all-media, all-styles, all-content juried exhibition open to artists residing in Missouri or Illinois. All Artists’ Guild members age 18 or older are invited to submit work, no matter their geographic location. Art work may be submitted until May 9.
Two Rockwood principals have been recognized by the St. Louis Area Secondary School Principals as leaders in their field. Marquette High Associate Principal Paul Burns was recognized as an Exemplary Assistant Principal for the 2013-2014 school year. Burns will move on to the state competition for Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year. Crestview Principal Dr. Nisha Patel was recognized as an Exemplary New Principal for the 2013-2014 school year. This award is specific to the St. Louis Area Secondary School Principals organization. Burns and Patel were honored in April at an awards banquet.
State award received for preserving the past Rockwood School District’s Center for Creative Learning teacher Melissa Garnett received the McReynolds Award on March 6 for her efforts in preservation education. The McReynolds Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or groups that have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to preservation through a long-term
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By BONNIE KRUEGER firstname.lastname@example.org When Chef Brian Wieher began working in the food services department at Chesterfield Elementary in the spring of 2012, his goal was to make it an integrated part of the school community. “There seemed to be disconnection between the learning happening in the school and the services provided in the cafeteria. I wanted the cafeteria to feel like a cohesive part of the school. Just as parents are welcome in the classroom, we want you to join your child at lunch and see what it is we do every day. No reservations required,” quipped Wieher, who is not only Chesterfield’s cafeteria manager, but also a local chef and restaurant owner. “Getting kids thinking about good nutrition can’t start early enough,” Wieher said. “Simple choices at a young age can influence decisions for their entire life when it comes to eating healthy.” Realizing that students themselves have very little understanding of the goings-on in the cafeteria and, most likely, have little to no knowledge of how the food is prepared and distributed to students, Wieher developed the Jr. Chef Leader Program. He was inspired by Rockwood School District’s character education “Leader in Me” program that offers students leadership opportunities such as leading assemblies, taking charge of parent conferences and taking care of morning announcements. Wieher wanted to make them leaders in food education, too. He also recognized that there was some resistance from students since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was implemented, changing the food served in school cafeterias and setting higher nutritional standards. “All the changes are positive – more leafy greens, fresh fruits, more colorful veggies and whole grains. Still, there has been a lot of negative press, and we need to get the kids on board,” Wieher explained. To accomplish that goal, Wieher implemented the Jr. Chef Leader opportunity in January. Approximately 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students expressed interest in the innovative opportunity. Once selected, the student must agree to give up the recess prior to their lunch period and, instead, begin food preparation as a sous chef. Fourth-grader Taylor Deskin’s day in the kitchen was April 24. Sporting an official hat and chef coat, Deskin began assembling salads before moving on to preparing fresh veggie cups. When she was done with her sous chef responsibilities, she helped serve her classmates.
Taylor Deskin during her Jr. Chef Leader experience.
“I like to cook so I thought it would be fun,” Deskin said. “I get to serve my friends, which also is fun. And wearing a chef hat and apron is really cool, too.” Deskin received also a VIP tour of the kitchen so she could see how the different parts of a kitchen work together to make breakfast and lunch a success each day. “The enormous pride you can see in the faces of these little Chef Leaders is inspiring,” Wieher said. He is grateful for the support of his lunch staff and administration. One of his biggest supporters is Principal Dr. Meg Brooks. “Brian has been a true leader at Chesterfield, not only in his daily educating of healthy habits to the students, but also (because) he serves as a role model to the staff, frequently offering various healthy choices and recipes,” she said. “His influence is perceptible throughout the building.” Wieher was one of the 15 distinguished recipients of the 2014 ROSE Award, recognizing his exemplary efforts in food service. The program has one final element that will bring all previous Jr. Chef Leaders together. “Normally, for the final two days of school, we plan our lunch menu as a food service team, with the primary goal of using the last of our resources to build the menu. This year, the fourth-grade Jr. Chef Leaders will plan one day and the fifthgrade Jr. Chef Leaders will plan the other. It is one last act of working together and taking ownership,” Wieher said.
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home six medals. The competition included 14 teams from six states – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The St. Louis boys and girls varsity team rowers included students from 17 local high schools. The eight-man race resulted in a gold medal for St. Louis. On the relay were Parkway Central’s Andrew Grant, Brandon Fenton and Alex Mesnier; Ladue’s Jimmy Francis, John Jaeger and Will Ahlemeier; Whitfield’s Charlie Lebens; and John Burrough’s Henry Rogers and Jacob Schechter. The four-man race also resulted in a gold medal for the boys. Competing were Grant, Francis, Lebens, Rogers and Jaeger. The second varsity eight took home a bronze. Both of the eight-girl teams and the fourgirl team won silver medals.
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High school boys golf The Parkway South Patriots have won the annual Mehlville Invitational held at Crowne Point with a score of 304. Other team scores were: Poplar Bluff 314, Lindbergh 316, Marquette 317, Jackson 319, Webster Groves 324, Fox 326, Lafayette 328, Kirkwood 329, Parkway Central 338, Parkway West 342, Summit 343, Eureka 348, Oakville 356, Seckman 367 and Mehlville 384. Patriots coach Adam Weiss said it was a good victory for his squad. “The Mehlville Invitational boasts some of the best teams around the St. Louis and Southwest Missouri area,” Weiss said. “This tournament is always scheduled during the halfway point of the golf season and gives coaches and players a good gauge of how they stack up against other squads.” Parkway South’s Raymund Gonzales
tied for second with a 74. Brett Darland fired a 76 to finish sixth. Jake Kuhmnuech and Curtis Saunders each shot a 77 to tie for eighth. Drew Faust shot an 83 to finish 35th. “We have a very talented team and our guys have dedicated themselves to working on the small things during practices to continually get better,” Weiss said. “We know we can get even stronger as a team and that will be our focus moving forward.” ••• In the other big tournament played recently, De Smet Jesuit won the 21-team Webster Cup held at Crescent Farms Golf Club. The Spartans won with a score of 298. SLUH was second at 307, followed by Marquette at 308, Lafayette at 310 and Chaminade at 314.
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St. Louis University High defeated defending state champion Lafayette 25-20, 25-22 to win the Gold Division of the 18th annual Parkway Central Invitational. In the Silver Division, Pattonville outlasted Fort Zumwalt West 25-22, 24-26, 25-18. There were 16 teams competing in the tournament. “It was a very strong tourney,” Parkway Central coach Tom Schaefer said. “Four of the top five teams in the area (SLUH, De Smet Jesuit, Lafayette and Lindbergh), and many other strong teams were in the tourney.” Schaefer’s Colts did well in their own event. “The tourney was very successful overall,” Schaefer said. “For us, we played well, beating Kirkwood and (O’Fallon) Christian but losing to De Smet in pool play and then to Lindbergh in the quarterfinals.” The tournament MVP was SLUH’s outside hitter Shawn Hughes.
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time in four years. Fenwick beat St. Louis University High 13-7 in the title game. Fenwick finished a spotless 5-0 in the tourney. Parkway West topped MICDS 16-8 in the third place game. Fenwick defeated Parkway West 9-6 in a semifinal match. SLUH topped MICDS 11-5 in the other semifinal. “Parkway West and Fenwick had a very close game in the semifinal,” De Smet Jesuit coach Miguel Figueras said. “SLUH and West are clearly a step above the rest of the St. Louis teams.” De Smet Jesuit defeated Chicago De La Salle 10-1 for fifth place. Lindbergh beat Kirkwood 8-6 for seventh. Marquette bested De Smet Jesuit’s JV squad16-3 for ninth. Chaminade beat out Mehlville 13-2 for 11th place. “It was very competitive all around,” Figueras said. “It was a good tournament.” Tournament MVP was Tommy Stupp, of MICDS.
High school boys track The Lafayette Lancers won the recent Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central with 168 points. Eureka finished a distant second with 126 points. Other team scores were: Kirkwood 68, John Burroughs 67, Parkway North 60, Parkway Central 50, Parkway West 46, Howell North 45, Hazelwood West 43, Maplewood-RH 36, Parkway South 28, Howell 13, Lutheran St. Charles 10, MICDS 9, Riverview 8 and Ladue 2. The victory marked the fourth consecutive spring the Lancers have tied or won the event. Lafayette won five individual events and a relay. Two relay teams finished second. Sophomore Dylan Quisenberry continued his fine spring by winning two events. Quisenberry won the 800 in 1 minute, 58.89 seconds. He captured the 1,600 in 4:30.03. Devon Williams won the 300 hurdles in 40.66 seconds. Alvin Houston raced to win the 400 in 51.16 seconds. Freshman Austin Hindman won the 3,200 in 9:43.04. The 1,600-relay team won with a time of 3:28.38. The Lafayette 3,200- and 400relay teams both finished second.
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CYC basketball champs The seventh-grade girls St. Alban Roe Aces won the CYC City-County basketball championship on April 6. The Aces defeated Mary Queen of Peace in the championship game, capping an amazing 21-1 season. Girls on the team are Morgan Orf, Jenna Tojo, Sidney Ernst, Sara Pisoni, Makenzie Steins, Tara Robbe, Shannon Smith, The St. Alban Roe Aces are (back row, from left) T. Tojo, Orf, J. Kiley McKee, Johni Bun- Tojo, Ernst, Pisoni and J. Steins; (front row) M. Steins, Robbe, kers, Cassidy Klohman Smith and McKee. Not pictured are R. Klohman, J. Castelli, Bunkers, C. Klohman and A. Castelli. and Anya Castelli. The Aces are coached by Tom Tojo, Jim Steins, Randy Klohman and John Castelli. Parkway Central picked up two firsts. Khalen Saunders won the shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 3 inches. Michael Slater, who was second in the shot, won the discus with a throw of 149 feet. Eureka won the 400-relay in 42.62 seconds and the 3,200-relay in 8:01.92.
High school girls track The Eureka Wildcats won the recent Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central with 105 points. Parkway Central was second with 84 and Parkway North came in third with 77. The other team scores were: Kirkwood 70.5, John Burroughs 70, Lindbergh 68, Ladue 67.5, MICDS 44, Howell North 36, Lutheran St. Charles 33, Northwest Cedar Hill 24.5, Ritenour 23, Howell 22, Hazelwood West 18.5, Marquette 18 and Maplewood 16. The Wildcats scored only one first place win, but scored enough points in the events with other finishes to win the meet. Taylyr Jordan won the 100 in 12.59 seconds for Eureka. Marquette’s Hannah Pierson won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 15.79 seconds. Parkway North won two relays. The Vikings won the 400 in 49.84 and the 800 in 1:45.52. Parkway Central won the 3,200-relay in 10:03.87.
scored 12.6, placing him ninth. He received medals for both efforts. Styer’s all-around score was 74.35. For the region, the top 27 Level 9 athletes advance to nationals. Styer was No. 20. “I am very pleased to be going to nationals for the second year in a row,” he said. “I have worked hard to master new skills this year, which boosted my scores.” At nationals, held in Long Beach, California, May 6-12, Styer is competing in all six events – floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Next year, he will move to Level 10.
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Chesterfield Falcons win Tier II national hockey championship By WARREN MAYES firstname.lastname@example.org Crown the Chesterfield Falcons national champions. The Falcons rallied for a 4-2 victory over New Canaan (Connecticut) Winter Club in the 14-and-Under AA title game at the recent Toyota-USA Hockey Tier II Youth National Championships in Hackensack, New Jersey. Chesterfield went 6-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents 33-13. This is the Chesterfield Hockey Association’s first 14U national championship. “It was really special for this group of boys to win a national title,” said Chesterfield Falcons coach Edward Campbell, who played 14 years mainly in the minors. “They worked hard all season, paid attention to detail and had a never die attitude.” The Falcons reached the national tournament by beating Affton at regionals. Describing the championship game, Campbell said, “When that final horn went off, the boys went nuts. All that hard work, sacrifice and dedication that they had put it this season had paid off. It was the best feeling in the world. “They started the season as boys and turned into men.”
For the national tournament, Logan Ritchie and Noah Roofe each scored 10 points, and Nathan Sargent added nine points to lead the Falcons offensively. Ritchie led Chesterfield with six goals. Will Oliver went 4-0 in goal and Jack Caruso won the other two games. “Ritchie, Roofe, and Sargent all had a great tournament. They had a lot of points,” Campbell said. “But there are a lot of things that happen with championship teams that don’t show up on the scoresheet. Those guys along with the rest of the team put the team first – blocking shots and taking hits to make plays – and everybody working toward the same goal. “Will Oliver and Jack Caruso were the backbone of our team. Those guys were great all year and gave us a chance to win every game we were in. We would not be national champs without those two as our goalies. “I want to highlight the whole team because everybody did their part and that is why we were successful,” Campbell said. His assistant coaches this season were Grant Gorczyca, Kelly Chase, and Derek Cutler. ••• [Editor’s note: For more on these stories, visit newsmagazinenetwork.com.]
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one on. The first pitch was a little curveball for a strike. I knew then I was back. “I got it to a full count. I thought to myself, ‘Just take a swing. You’ve got nothing to lose.’ I got a fastball on the outside corner and I put it down the line.” Off he went running to first. “I gave it a look when I was running and I heard my teammates yelling, ‘It’s down baby, it’s done.’ I was so happy to get that hit. It was great running the basepaths again. “I was so happy just to be able to share this with my teammates. The whole struggle I’ve had and battle you have to take day by day to fight. It’s something I’ll always remember.” “That was pretty cool,” Mike said. “It was pretty exciting to see his father get that hit. A lot of parents were pretty emotional. He got a big ovation.” Glad to be there, Mike gave the credit to his wife, Ginny. “I made him go,” said Ginny, who stayed home with their other son, Charlie, who is a sophomore at Lafayette. “He texted me about it and then he called me after it had all died down there. “It was a big deal for Michael ... he has said he won and cancer didn’t. He got back to playing baseball.”
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Get screened for skin cancer The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is the most common cancer for 25 to 29-year-olds. To detect skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages, the AAD recommends regular self-skin exams and a yearly exam by a dermatologist. Following is information on free skin cancer screenings that will be offered on Saturday, May 17 in West County:
• Missouri Baptist Medical Center will offer screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the hospital, 3015 N. Ballas Road in Town & Country. Appointments are recommended. Call (314) 996-5433. • St. Luke’s Hospital will screen adults aged 18 and older beginning at 8 a.m. in the hospital’s 330 East Medical Building. To schedule an appointment, visit stlukesstl.com, or call (314) 542-4848. • Washington University dermatologists will conduct screenings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center/Medical Office Building 2, 10 Barnes West Drive in Creve Coeur. No registration is required. For more information, visit barnesjewishwestcounty.org. For more information about skin cancer, visit aad.org/spot-skin-cancer.
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Induced labor-autism connection According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there is insufficient evidence to support the notion that inducing labor or helping it along with oxytocin causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in newborn babies. A study published last year in JAMA Pediatrics suggested a possible link between the use of oxytocin (Pitocin) for inducing or augmenting labor and the incidence of ASD, particularly among baby boys. In a statement issued last month, ACOG said a committee reviewed the available research and found the studies had “a number of limitations, such as small size, retrospective data collection and limited control for possible confounding variables.” “In obstetric practice, labor induction and augmentation play an essential role in protecting the health of some mothers and in promoting safe delivery of many babies,” Dr. Jeffrey L. Ecker, chair of the committee that wrote the opinion, said in an ACOG news release. “When compared with these benefits, the research we reviewed … had clear limitations. Because of this, these studies should not impact how obstetricians already safely and effectively use labor induction and augmentation when caring for their patients.”
Marijuana affects emotion, motivation Even occasional use of marijuana causes major changes to the brain, new research suggests. A small study at Northwestern Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School involving 18- to 25-year-olds from Boston-area colleges indicated that among those who smoked pot only once or twice a week, regions of the brain important for emotion and motivation “showed significant abnormalities.” According to study author Dr. Hans Breiter, a Northwestern psychiatrist, the study “raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with
bad consequences.” “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem if someone is doing OK with work or school,” Breiter said. “Our data directly says this is not the case.” The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
On the calendar Missouri Baptist Medical Center presents “Pearls of Wisdom” from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at Sheraton Lakeside Chalet, 191 Westport Plaza. Attendees learn tips for improving overall health and wellbeing. There will be educational exhibits, breakout sessions on various topics, and two keynote presentations: “Sleep Disorders in Women” and “Habits that Lead to Health and Happiness.” Lunch is provided, and attendance prizes are awarded. To register, call (314) 996-5433. ••• A Mindful Eating Workshop is from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 17 at the St. Luke’s Hospital Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield. The program focuses on mindfulness and its benefits regarding eating. Participants learn techniques to help them better understand their eating habits and how to modify them to reach nutrition goals. Stress eating is a part of the discussion. Admission is free. To register, visit stlukes-stl.com, or call (314) 542-4848. ••• St. Luke’s Hospital presents “Look Good … Feel Better,” an American Cancer Society program that teaches female cancer patients in active treatment beauty techniques to help combat appearance-related side effects of care, from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays, May 19 and July 21 at the hospital. To register for the free program, call (314) 205-6901. ••• “Hypnosis for Weight Management” is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, Aug. 19 (choose one date) at St. Luke’s Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. The group experience for those seeking success with weight loss and weight management is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor and boardcertified clinical hypnotherapist. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call (314) 542-4848, or visit stlukes-stl.com.
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#16 Clarkson-Wilson Centre • Chesterfield (636) 537-3203 www.carolbdance.com For over 18 years, Carol Bowman Academy of Dance has offered a summer program that is an ideal time to introduce children of all ages to the different disciplines of dance. Daytime/evening classes and camps are offered to accommodate everyone’s schedule. For the younger student’s classes in ballet, tap and tumbling are incorporated to encourage coordination, rhythm and creativeness. For the experienced dancers, classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and tap are structured to help maintain technique, flexibility and tone. They will be offering Ballerina camps, Hip Hop classes and small group fitness for teens and adults.For more information and summer schedule call or visit their website.
Camp Taum Sauk is a family-owned coed overnight camp in Lesterville, Mo., dedicated to creating positive, lasting impressions on children ages 8 to 15. Chesterfield Arts Concerned about safety with an emphasis (636) 519-1955 on individual attention, experienced www.chesterfieldarts.org staff leads campers through exciting experiences, including horseback rides, Chesterfield Arts offers year-round art mountain biking, caving, zip wire, a giant classes for every age and ability. Whether swing, ropes course, wilderness skills, you love drawing, painting, pottery, illustraarchery, riflery, creative arts, tennis and tion or sculpture, there is a class, workshop more. Children learn confidence in the or summer camp to match your interests, water through Red Cross swim instruction. taught by professional regional artists. ChesOther water activities include canoeing, terfield Arts also hosts the Kaleidoscope kayaking, rafting, rubbing, snorkeling Program, designed to help kids with special and fishing. Camps run from one to eight needs foster their creativity and improve weeks. The one-week option is perfect for critical thinking and motor skills. Join Chesfirst-timers. Transportation to and from St. terfield Arts the first and third Wednesday Louis is provided. of each month from 6-8 p.m. for free family art workshops. Create and take home your own original piece of art! To find out more Camp Westminster about art education and other programs at 800 Maryville Centre Drive • Town & Country Chesterfield Arts, call 636.519.1955 or visit (314) 997-2900 www.ChesterfieldArts.org. www.wcastl.org/campwestminster Get ready for sports, art, music, and lots of adventure! Camp Westminster, held at Westminster from June 2-27, offers a huge variety of half- and full-day summer camps for boys and girls in grades K-9. Whether campers are interested in an athletic camp like Soccer, an outdoor explorations camp like Nature Adventures, or a creative camp like
Chesterfield Crocs Swim Team 690 Chesterfield Parkway West • Chesterfield (636) 537-4000 www.chesterfield.mo.us The Chesterfield Crocs are inviting kids (ages 5-18) to spend the summer mak-
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Ages 4 - 18
Cartooning Drawing Painting Pottery Sculpture Stop Animation June - August
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June 2nd-August 8th Ages 1-6 Daily Pony Rides Montessori Activities Arts & Crafts Daily Swimming & Water Play
Half Day, Full Day & Extended Care Available Hours: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Also Enrolling for Fall 2014
Call 314-434-2821 for registration materials! www.montessori4children.com
Pre-enroll by May 15 and receive 2 free sessions.
Power Math Summer Programs begin June 2
Custom programs for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Summer Program Details: www.mathnasium.com/westcounty/programs
Your neighborhood Mathnasium Learning Centers are at: 1024A Town and Country Crossing Drive Town and Country, MO 63017
2446 Taylor Road Wildwood, MO 63040
(By Whole Foods and Target)
(Next to Dierberg’s)
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Baskin Farm Summer Camp
Summer camp at Baskin Farm provides a great opportunity for horse-loving kids to spend their day riding and learning horsemanship. We offer six one-week camp sessions suitable for both beginner and intermediate riders. Ages 7-14. For more information and a free brochure, call today or download a registration form at www.baskinfarm.net
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ing new friends and competing in an ex- non-CDS families to spend the summer citing new swim season! Regular season with us and experience our highly permeets begin at 6pm on weekdays. Morn- sonalized approach to education and ing practices will be held M-F, beginning community at Chesterfield Day School. May 28. Those that qualify will compete in the five conference competition meets. A mandatory parents meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm at Countryside Montessori City Hall. Parents will meet the coaches School and receive a detailed schedule. To 12226 Ladue Road • Creve Coeur register, apply in person at Chesterfield (314) 434-2821 City Hall before May 21. For details on www.montessori4children.com Olympic Swim Stroke Clinics, visit their website. Countryside Montessori School of-
fers a 10-week summer program (five 2-week sessions) for children ages 1-6. Your child will enjoy Montessori Chesterfield Day School theme based activities, arts & crafts, Fun Under the Sun daily pony rides, swimming instruction/ water play and more! Hours are 8:15 Summer Camp a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (snack included) or 1100 White Road • Chesterfield 314-469-6622 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (lunch includwww.chesterfielddayschool.org/summer ed). They also offer a full extended day program from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Whether your child is interested in sciSummer camp dates are June 2 - Aug. ence, sports or theater, there is some8. Please call for registration materials. thing for everyone at Chesterfield Day School’s Fun Under the Sun Summer Camp. CDS offers classes for students age 18 months to 6th grade, Dance Incorporated incorporating academic themes into 317 Ozark Trail Drive, Suite 150 • Ellisville a welcoming and interesting summer (636) 394-0023 program. This year’s themes include: www.dance-inc.com Diving Under the Sea, In The Garden, www.midwestperformingarts.org Laughing Turtle Yoga, Chess, Adventure Theatre, Lego Robotics, and En- Dance Incorporated hosts three exciting gineering and Architecture. We wel- and affordable dance camps. Children come both current CDS families and receive dance instruction from trained professionals along with fun art activi-
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imagination, learn, laugh friendships. Both camps SummerLink andand the build Zone encourage students to use run their
9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday learn, through Friday with friendships. before (6:30–9 imagination, laugh and build Botha.m.) camps run
June 3–August 2at no additional and after care (3–6p.m., p.m.)Monday cost. with before (6:30–9 a.m.) 9 a.m.–3 through Friday andfor after care (3–6 p.m.)and at no additional cost. field trips Sign up early SummerLink the Zone! From
5 days $190 | 4 days $167 | 3 days $138 | 2 days $103 | 1 day $62
to hands on activities electrifying presentations and more, 5 days | to 4 days 3 days $138 | 2 days $103 | 1 day $62 Prices include all $190 field trips and$167 two |snacks. Rates apply to all Rockwood and non-residents. SummerLink and the Zone encourage students Prices include allresidents field trips and two snacks. to use their Rates apply to all Rockwood residents and non-residents.
imagination, learn, laugh and build friendships. Both camps run 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday with before (6:30–9 a.m.) and after care (3–6 p.m.) at no additional cost. Visit us at www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/adventureclub Visit us at www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/adventureclub or call 636-891-6675 for more information 5 days $190 | 4 days $167 | 3 days $138 | 2 days $103 | 1 day $62 or call 636-891-6675 for more information Prices include all field trips and two snacks. Rates apply to all Rockwood residents and non-residents.
ACADEMY OF DANCE 2014 SUMMER DANCE
Ballet • Pointe • Jazz • Modern Tap • Hip Hop • Tumbling Preschool through Advanced • Evening Classes • Ladies Dance
#16 Clarkson Wilson Centre • Chesterfield www.carolbdance.com
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ties. “Passion for Fashion and Dance,” July 7-11 - mini camp (ages 3-5) two hours and older girls (ages 6-12) halfday. Camps includes a variety of dance styles, makeovers, manicures, pedicures and dress up! “The Zone,” July 1418, ages 6-12, half-day includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, poms, hip-hop, and musical theatre. “Princess Camp,” July 21, 22, & 23, ages 3 & 4, 90 minutes - includes dance, story time and a visit from a special princess. Camps end with performances for the parents. Camps are open to all levels, so bring your friends!
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and scholarships are available.
Kennedy Farms Equestrian Center 1122 Deep Forest Drive • Chesterfield (636) 532-7274 www. kennedyfarms.com
Kennedy Farms Equestrian Camps & Clinics are now enrolling: Coed, ages 6-16. Weekly sessions are available for all riding levels. Intermediate and advanced riders have the opportunity to attend sessions that focus on the equitation, hunter/jumper skills and more necessary for the show ring. Beginner sessions provide hours of riding John F. Kennedy Catholic experience which is enhanced by fun, High School hands-on-activities covering horse 500 Woods Mill Road • Manchester safety, grooming, care and much (636) 227-5900 more. Contact Kennedy Farms today www.kennedycatholic.net for more information about opportuniKennedy Catholic is a coeducational ties for all ages or e-mail them at kenCatholic high school in West County. email@example.com. Kennedy Catholic offers a college-prep curriculum for students across the Kirk Day School learning spectrum. Students are af12928 Ladue Road • Town and Country forded the opportunity to grow intellec(314) 434-4349 tually, spiritually, physically, and socially www.kirkdayschool.org while achieving leadership positions in co-curriculars and excelling in both the Nestled in the heart of West St. Louarts and athletics. Classroom teach- is County, Kirk Day School offers day ing is enhanced with full integration of camps for 1st - 6th grade students technology via laptops and software. in athletics, technology, the arts and “Community. Excellence. Compassion … needlework. Budding scientists and Kennedy Catholic.” Tuition assistance engineers will love the new Bricks
Have Fun Under the Sun with CDS this Summer!
“Each day she was full of smiles and energized from what she learned. She cannot wait to come back next year.” ~Stacy Doggett
Summer Basketball Camp Sports & Enrichment Camp* for Boys & Girls 8-14yrs Coaches will train & teach the game of basketball! Session 1 - June
2 - 27 Session 2 - July 7-31 Session 3 - August 4-14
Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 5pm • Friday 7:30am - Noon Before & After Care Available For More Information and Cost Call
Coach Cooper 636 639-0289 or 314 358-0580 *T-shirts included • Latchkey service includes breakfast
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Join us for one or more of our
Great Summer Camps! Visit www.kennedycatholic.net or call for more information today!
500 Woods Mill Road Manchester, 63011 636.227.5900
Grade School Football Camp June 23-27 7:30 am - 4:00 pm (2-8 grade) Grade School Baseball Camp June 18-21/23-26 4 – 6:00 pm (4-8 grade) Grade School Softball Camp June 2-5 8– 10:30 am (7—8 grade) Cross Country Camp June 9-13 5:30– 7:00 pm (6– 8 grade) Boys Basketball June 9-12 8:30– 10:30 am (4-8 grade) Girls Basketball June 9-12 11-1:00 pm (4-8 grade) Boys and Girls Tennis June 9-12 3-5:00 pm (6-12 grade) Girls Volleyball June 9-12 7-9:00 pm (4-8 grade) Boys and Girls Soccer (6-8 grade) June 9-12 5-8:00 pm/ July 14– 17 5-8:00 pm July 7-10 6-8:00 pm (Goalies/Forwards) * Golf and swim camps to be determined
Get a Spring ACADEMIC CHECKUP • We ASSESS your child’s strengths, weaknesses, learning styles and motivators.
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4Kidz camps being offered at Kirk Day School including NASA Space Adventure Robotics and Lego Remote Control Mania. The Kirk’s Vacation Bible School camp, “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is Oneof-a-Kind,” will provide your little ones with tons of fun while they learn more about God’s love. For more information, visit www.kirkdayschool.org.
Krupinski Academy of Dance 801 Charter Commons • Chesterfield (636) 227-2362 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.krupinskiacademy.com
Krupinski Academy of Dance is proud to announce their new and exciting summer dance program including their It’s Frozen, Princess Sofia, American Girl of the Year, Tiny Dance Fusion, and Hip Hop Kids dance camps. They are also showcasing their ever-popular Summer Intensive Program, spotlighting ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, specialty technique classes and guest teachers including Radio City Rockette, Karilyn Surratt. It is the goal at Krupinski Academy to give every child the chance to make their dreams come true. They pride themselves on embracing all children, giving them the opportunity to explore
the world of dance in a fun, friendly, family environment.
Living Word Church 17315 Manchester Road Wildwood (636) 821-2800 www.livingwordumc.org
Living Word Church offers fun summer programs for children age 3 through 5th grade. Summer Camps for children entering 1st through 5th grade in the fall of 2014 will begin June 16. The June themed camps include: June 1620 – Week of Celebrations; June 23-27 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Monday – Friday. Camps fill up fast, so don’t delay! Vacation Bible School, “Workshop of Wonders”, is for children age 3 – 5th grade from July 7 – 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For registration information contact Brenda Stobbe at 636-821-2800 or email@example.com or register online at www.livingwordumc.org.
Lou Fusz Soccer Club Lou Fusz Soccer Complex-Maryland Heights CBC High School-West County Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex Lutheran High School South-South County (314) 628-9341 or (314) 393-1164 www.loufuszsoccer.com
• We PLAN a program specifically designed to address those needs and goals. • We TEACH your child using an approach that blends engaging technology with personalized instruction for a deeper, faster connection to the subject material.
SYLVAN LEARNING of West County Ballwin 636.394.3104
Sylvan’s Spring Academic Checkup is just
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READING, MATH, WRITING, STUDY SKILLS, TEST TAKING, COLLEGE PREP & MORE!
GROWING GREAT KIDS Summer Camp 2014 YMCA Camp Lakewood
Y Members receive a $45 discount on session fees!
YMCA Camp Lakewood is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6-17, located 75 miles south of St. Louis between Potosi and Steelville, Missouri. 1-888-FUN-YMCA www.camplakewood.org
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Andrews Academy Summer Camp At Lou Fusz Soccer Club, “Everyday Is an Event” is the camp motto! Lou Fusz offers a Spring Program and Summer Camps. All camps are open to the public. In addition to the Full and Half Day Summer Camps, Lou Fusz offers many Summer Mini-Camps in South County, St. Charles County, West County, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, University City and Franklin County. Camp activities are designed to enhance the young players’ techniques and are conducted by experienced coaches who know how to teach and keep things fun. Many additional camps at various locations throughout the metropolitan area. For more information, call or email martypike@ loufuszsoccer.com.
Andrews Academy Day Camp is a challenging program designed to help children thrive and discover their unlimited potential for success. To do this, the camp offers several activities packages tailored to your child’s interest or needs. Plan now to make this coming summer, one that your child will always remember. Availability is limited.
dence, your child is able to do progressively more - more advanced work than they would have ever believed possible. Before you know it, your child could become crazy about math. Their summer programs will prevent summer learning loss and help your child prepare for what lies ahead. Call them today. Summer programs begin June 2. Space is limited.
• Kindergarten - 6th Grade • Two, 5-week sessions • Lunch, snacks provided • Low counselor - camper ratio • *New- Science and Technology section • Before and after camp care provided (at no charge)
Ridgefield Arena 1410 Ridge Rd. • Wildwood (636) 527-3624 www.ridgefieldarena.com
Celebrating over 40 years in business, Ridgefield Arena is a wonderful horse facility. The love of horses has been responsible for the beautiful grounds and amenities. Ridgefield has three lighted arenas, Mathnasium of Wildwood (one indoor for all year riding), six (636) 875-1175 2446 Taylor Rd. wash racks, a tack room, trails and Wildwood a fabulous viewing room. They Mathnasium of offer boarding for your horse, sales if you need a horse and a great West County riding academy to learn about (314) 707-7639 horses. Whether proving a lesson 1024A Town and Country Crossing Dr. Town and Country to a novice rider or teaching an experienced rider a new technique, At Mathnasium Learning Center, Ridgefield Arena strives to “produce their proven Mathnasium Method great riders and share the love of helps children in grades K-12 unhorses.” Ridgefield is celebrating derstand math in a way that makes it’s 10th Anniversary of horseshows sense to them. With soaring confi-
Andrews Academy (314) 878-1883
888 N. Mason Rd. Creve Coeur www.andrewsacademy.com
Summer Music Camps Vocal Lessons Choirs & Private Lessons Ages 6 & up
Music Explorers Mini Camps & Classes Ages 3 - 7
Tone Clusters Group Classes for cello, violin/viola, percussion, ukulele, guitar, choir, piano Ages 6 - 12
Ensembles Level I & Level II Group classes for chamber orchestra, guitar, string quartets, mixed instruments
Master Classes 4+ years experience Group classes working on solo, ensemble and auditions for specific instrumentation
Call or stop by for more information
Campers swim daily! • Red Cross Certified instruction Two convenient locations • Creve Coeur & Chesterfield 314-442-3432 | jccstl.org
15977 Clayton Rd • Ellisville
(between Mercy Wellness & Crestview Middle School)
Superheroes • Teen Camp • Weekly Sports Tournaments Arts • Gymnastics • Technology Camps • Pre- & post-care Lunch option • Inclusion Services • Sibling discounts
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“PASSION FOR FASHION & DANCE” JULY 7th -11th • 2 age groups
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this year. Show dates are May 31- how to fly a real airplane, build a rollJune 1 and September 20 - 21. er coaster or develop your very own video game! Amazing feats are everyday occurrences at Summer Science Saint Louis Ballet Blast! This year they are offering 8 218 THF Blvd. • Chesterfield weeks of camp for Pre-K through (636) 537-1998 10th grade. Camp opens June 2 and www.stlouisballet.org runs through Aug. 1. Half-day, fullSaint Louis Ballet offers Summer day, and flexible extended care opPrograms for all ages! Including a tions are available for busy parents. Cinderella Ballerina Princess Camp Register online at www.SLSC.org or (July 14-18, Ages 3-6), a Beginner call with questions. Don’t forget to Ballet & Dance Program (June 30- ask about our special discounts for July 18, Ages 7-9) and a Summer members! Intensive Program at Lindenwood University’s Scheidegger Center for SummerLink the Arts for Intermediate and Ad(K – 5th graders) vanced students (June 30-Jul 25, The Zone Ages 10-21). With SLB’s strong (5th grade to age 13) foundation of ballet, the programs (636) 891-6675 also include classes by professionwww.rockwood.k12.mo.us/adventureclub als in modern, ballroom, musical theater, strength and strengthen- Sign up now for SummerLink and ing, jazz, pointe and variations. the Zone – the best part of sumRegister today before programs fill! mer! From field trips to hands-on For more information visit stlouis- activities to electrifying presentaballet.org. tions and more, SummerLink and the Zone encourage students to use their imagination, learn, laugh and Saint Louis Science build friendships. The programs are Center Summer Science offered at several convenient locations throughout Rockwood School Blast Camps District and are open to all in-dis(314) 289-4439 or (800) 456-SLSC x4439 trict and out-of-district families. Join www.slsc.org them for one day or all nine weeks! Have a blast at the Saint Louis SciCamp staff is led by an experienced ence Center’s Summer Camp! Learn Facilitator who works for Rockwood
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Adventure Club during the school year. Check out their website or call for more information!
Summer Music Camps at Mozingo Music Ellisville • (636) 227-5722 O’Fallon • (636) 300-9553 www.mozingomusic.com
For the Summer of 2014, Mozingo Music offers seven music camps highlighting a range of options for young musicians. Choices include Kidzrock (ages 4-7), Jr. Rockerz (ages 7-10), Mozingo Rock University Summer School (ages 10-17), Songwriting (ages 9-14), Alternative Styles Strings (ages 6-12), Percussion (ages 10 and up), and Pop Vocal (ages 12-18). More info: www.mozingomusic.com. or contact Brian Vaccaro at 636-7795673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
will boost confidence and enhance academic skills to set your child up for success - in and out of the classroom. Help your child gain the confidence needed to start the new school year strong! Just a small part of your summer can make a big difference this fall!
Wildwood Christian Church Vacation Bible School 16717 Manchester Road • Wildwood (636) 458-2989 www.wccstl.org
Everyone love a Scavenger Hunt! Join us June 9—13, 9am to noon, for kids going into PreK through 5th Grade for an adventure filled scavenger hunt which begins at Matthew 7:7-8 and continues through bible stories, crafts, games, songs, missions and snacks to help your kids find their place in God’s Story! Online registration is going on now at wccstl.org.
Sylvan Learning Center 14248 Manchester Rd. (at Hwy. 141) •Ballwin (636) 394-3104 17541 Chesterfield Airport Rd. •Chesterfield (636) 537-8118 6244 Hwy 100, Ste. 160 •Washington (636) 390-9211 98 The Legends • Eureka •(636) 587-2525 www.sylvanlearning.com
YMCA Camp Lakewood (573) 438-2154 or (314) 241-9622 Potosi www.camplakewood.org
Y M C A C a m p L a ke w o o d i s a residential summer camp for Avoid summer learning loss with Syl- children ages 6–17 situated on over van’s Summer Camps. Their camps 5,000 wooded acres with a 360-acre
June 9 - 13 9 am - 12 noon
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This is a Free Event Finding my Place In God’s Story Matthew 7:7
Online registration at wccstl.org/vbs 16717 Manchester Rd • Wildwood • 636-458-2989
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Kennedy Farms equestrian Center Beginner to Advanced Summer Camps Available!
Kennedy Farms’ Summer Camps offer an excellent opportunity to acquire or improve horsemanship skills in a fun and safe environment. Our experienced staff and beautiful facility create a wonderful learning experience for horse enthusiasts of all riding levels.
Beginner • Novice • Limit • Intermediate • Advanced June 9-13 • June 16-20 • June 23-27 • July 7-11 July 14-18 • July 21-25 • Aug 4-8 • Aug 11-15 Register on line at www.kennedyfarms.com or call for more information!
1122 Deep Forest Drive • Chesterfield • (636) 532-7274
lake, 90 minutes south of St. Louis. Children enjoy the traditional a c t i v i t i e s o f c a mp , i n c l u d i n g archery, zip line, climbing tower, water activities, horseback riding, arts & crafts and much more, as well as being exposed to YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. At YMCA Camp Lakewood, kids make friends and memories that last a lifetime, and the diverse cultural staf f ensures every child has a safe and fun-filled experience. Registrations are being accepted now.
West County Basketball (636) 639-0289 www.westcountybasketball.com
West County Basketball Academy runs year round. Train with current and former college and former pro players. There is always an opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten through high school to train or play on a league or tournament to improve your core aspects of the game. They also offer fundamental and shooting clinics. Their summer camp is July 14th – July 18th, limited spots sign up today. Their goal is to greatly improve your skill level, which will help your team’s winning percentage! Sign up online and check back often for their programs of all skill levels, at www.westcountybasketball.com
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West County Family YMCA 16464 Burkhardt Place • Chesterfield (636) 532-3100 www.ymcastlouis.org
Give your kids the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at Y Summer Day Camp. They offer an exciting, safe community for children
and young people to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. Their traditional camps with nature, games and summertime fun are probably similar to those you may have attended as a child. Their specialty camps span interests of just about anyone. They have sports camps, art camps, dance camps, swim camps and all types of camps that let kids from tots to teens focus on a skill or try new ones. So sign up for one or more terrific camp experiences! Online registration is available on their website.
Xcel Gymnastics Summer Camp 17375 Edison Avenue Chesterfield (636) 536-7797 www.xcelstl.com
Now you can spend the entire summer at Xcel Gymnastics Camp! Enjoy their cutting edge facility conveniently located in Chesterfield Valley with safety certified professional coaches whose combined experience totals more than 50 years. This year they are offering full day camps Monday-Friday with extended care available in addition to their traditional half-day camps. Xcel Camp is for boys and girls in Kindergarden-7th grades (ages 5-13). The camp includes gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and parkour fitness activities in addition to weekly field trips, and fun camp crafts. Xcel’s exciting weekly camp themes are a hit with all ages. Free camp tshirt included. Come jump, tumble, flip and fly and... play gymnastics with us! You will have a great summer in their safe and friendly atmosphere. Visit their website for easy on-line registration or more information. Sign up for all eight weeks and get the eighth week free.
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Internet use cuts retirees’ depression New research revealed something new about the power of the Internet: It can significantly reduce the chances of depression among the elderly. Michigan State University Professor Sheila Cotten and her colleagues looked at data from retirees who responded to the Health and Retirement Survey, which is used every two years to gather information from more than 22,000 older Americans. They followed the lives of more than 3,000 survey respondents for six years and found that Internet use reduced the chances of depression by more than 30 percent. “That’s a very strong effect,” Cotten said. “And it all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks and just not feel lonely.” Unlike other, smaller studies, Cotten’s research factored in participants’ depression levels prior to the time they began using the Internet. The study showed that some seniors remained depressed despite using the Internet, and Internet use had the greatest impact on depression levels of those who lived alone. In addition, moderate Internet use was most beneficial. “If you sit in front of a computer all day, ignoring the roles you have in life and the things you need to accomplish as part of your daily life, then it’s going to have a negative impact on you,” Cotten said. “But if you’re using it in moderation and you’re doing things that enhance your life, then the impacts are likely to be positive in terms of health and well-being.” Changes at Cape Albeon Effective June 1, the Cape Albeon senior living community in Valley Park will
become part of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. St. Andrew’s, a nonprofit organization serving 8,000 seniors and caregivers each year, has managed Cape Albeon since it opened 14 years ago. With the strengthened partnership, Cape Albeon residents will have preferred access to the skilled nursing services at St. Andrew’s’ Brooking Park facility, and those services will be offered at a discount. In announcing the changes, St. Andrew’s Board Chair Ralph Thaman said, “Working more closely together, we believe we can do even more for this growing and increasingly vulnerable population.” Nonprofit Cape Albeon is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC); St. Andrew’s is affiliated with the Episcopal and Presbyterian denominations and recently became a member of the UCC’s Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. Friendship Village residents score big Residents of Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC) recently placed fourth among 57 communities nationwide in a challenge to log 1,310 miles of cardiovascular activity. More than 100 residents of the FVC senior living community at 15201 Olive Blvd. during a four-week period this spring chalked up 7,005 miles of cardiovascular activity, far surpassing the 1,310-mile Project 1310 goal. Elizabeth Proffitt, an employee of a Pennsylvania community that – like FVC – is managed by Life Care Services, started Project 1310 after working through personal grief by running 1,310 miles competing in 50 marathons in 50 states. She challenged others to log an equal number of miles by walking, running, swimming or participating in other cardiovascular exercise. Midlife activity and later mobility A person’s ability to get around in old
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age might be a reflection of physical activity in midlife. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, strenuous, on-the-job activity in midlife increases the risk of limited mobility in old age, likely because heavy, repetitive physical labor performed for several hours a day wears on the body. Conversely, leisure-time activity in midlife is associated with better mobility in old age because it improves fitness and usually lasts for only an hour or two. Professor Taina Rantanen, who led the study, said people who do heavy manual labor in midlife might be able to counteract its detrimental effects by participating also in brisk physical activity during leisure time.
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Lee Berk said in a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology press release. “Humor reduces detrimental stress hormones like cortisol. … The act of laughter – or simply enjoying some humor – increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, which provides a sense of pleasure and reward.” According to Berk, those changes in the brain strengthen memory and recall. The study did not definitively demonstrate that laughter decreases memory loss, but it did show an association between the two.
Memory care neighborhood complete Dolan Memory Care Homes recently opened its ninth household – Lyon – marking the completion of Les Maisons, an innovative West County “memory neighThe best medicine borhood” for those with Alzheimer’s disLaughter may be powerful medicine ease and dementia-related disorders. after all, at least for elderly individuals The Les Maisons neighborhood features who are at risk for memory loss. four homes on five acres. Each household is Researchers at Loma Linda University in a one-story, barrier-free home designed for California showed a funny video to seniors residents’ safety and security. Residents have and compared them to another group of private bedrooms and access to a common seniors who did not watch the video. Those living room, sunroom, family dining room, who saw the humorous video had significant kitchen, secure patio and backyard. decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortiTo provide a sense of purpose and accomsol and demonstrated greater improvement on plishment, the Dolan Memory Care staff memory tests than those not shown the video. encourages residents to assist with meal “Its simple; the less stress you have, preparation, laundry, gardening and housethe better your memory,” study co-author keeping. An activity program includes exer-
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cise, discussions, games, art projects and community outings. Musical entertainment is provided several times a month. Based in Chesterfield, Dolan Memory Care Homes are licensed by the state and staffed by caregivers trained in the care of those with dementia-related disorders. The Les Maisons neighborhood is located at 1225 Tennant Road in West County. Keeping grandma sharp Grandmothers who want to reduce their risk of cognitive decline might want to baby-
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that 47 percent of elderly Americans completed living wills in 2000, compared to 72 percent in 2010. Despite that, there has been little change in hospitalization rates or the number of people dying in a hospital. “Given the aging population, there’s been a great push to encourage more people to complete advance directives with the idea that this may increase hospice care and reduce hospitalization for patients during the last six months of life,” said Dr. Maria Silveira, a palliative care specialist and researcher. “We found that while there’s an upward trend in creating these documents, it didn’t have much bearing at all on hospitalization rates over the decade. Indeed, hospitalization rates increased during the decade rather than went down. These (documents) are really devices that ensure people’s preferences get respected, not devices that can control whether a person chooses to be hospitalized before death.” Silveira said that today, people seem more comfortable than in years past with talking about health care scenarios and death in general. “It’s become part of the routine checklist in getting affairs in order, especially for older adults,” she said. “People want to ease the burden upon the loved ones who will undoubtedly face difficult decisions when it comes to handling finances, medical treatment and other matters.” The study showed that most people appointed a surrogate and put their treatment wishes in writing, but among those who completed only one document, most simply appointed a surrogate. “Identifying the person you trust to make these types of medical decisions isn’t as emotional a decision as deciding whether you’d want aggressive treatment or hospice care if you’re dying,” Silveira said. “It’s much more difficult to make decisions about treatment because it often depends on unforeseeable factors such as how sick the person is, whether his or her brain is working and chances of recovery.”
Parc Provence celebrates 10 years Parc Provence, a skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care community located at 605 Coeur de Ville Drive in Creve Coeur, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. More than 20 years ago, Parc Provence was a vision for Charles Deutsch, Bob Leonard and David Smith, owners of the four Gatesworth communities. It took them more than a decade of research and planning to create what residents and families now enjoy. Parc Provence features a pioneering social model of care and person-centered, activity-based programs. Nine courtyards, a landscaped walking path and fountains complement more than 150,000 square feet of indoor space, providing residents the freedom to move about and enticing families to spend time with their loved ones.
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Chesterfield painter is ‘young at art’
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By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Jack Sedwick celebrated his 84th birthday at the recent opening of Chesterfield Arts’ “Young at Art” exhibit, a showcase of artwork created by talented area seniors, including Sedwick, a watercolor artist. Appropriately, “Young at Art” is a theme that Sedwick personifies. His interest in painting began when he was in junior high, and ever since, painting has been a part of his life. “In 1943, Washington University offered Saturday classes for select junior high students,” Sedwick explained. “I found I could easily enroll in their Saturday art classes, most likely due to the fact of low enrollment during the war. So I took a couple of semesters of illustration and, later, watercolor. I completely enjoyed it, and I learned a lot.” Sedwick graduated from Washington University with a degree in engineering. After two years in the military, he began working at McDonnell Douglas, where he was employed for 40 years. “In the 1970s, I guess you could say I had a midlife crisis, and told my wife I would like to take up painting,” Sedwick said. “She went out and bought me a beginner’s
oil painting set, but I was never interested in using it. I recognized the reason was that I actually wanted to paint in the watercolor medium. I took several classes from a local artist, Nicki Bottger.” Sedwick’s favorite subjects are landscapes. “I do some plein air, but mostly my paintings are inspired by photos or memory,” he said. Sedwick mainly uses photos as reference material for items in his paintings. They contain amazing detail. “I do strictly watercolor because it’s the most challenging and also because I was introduced to it at a young age,” he explained. “Over time, I joined an art association and displayed my works at local shows and shopping malls. I’m happy to say I won some ribbons and an Award of Merit.” He has shown his paintings with the St. Louis Art Association and at the Kirkwood Greentree Festival. When Sedwick retired, he continued his passion. “Painting has been a wonderful pastime for me, and I’m so happy that I discovered it,” he said. “My art keeps me young and adds color to my life.” Jenny Donaldson, exhibition coordinator for Chesterfield Arts, said it is her job to look for artists whose work is unique, fresh and new to Chesterfield Arts’ audiences and that resonates with the public. “Jack Sedwick is not only a fantastic watercolorist, but at 84 years young, he still creates the majority of his work from memory,” Donaldson said. “The detail is incredible, and I like that the viewer is able to live in that place for a few minutes.” A resident of Chesterfield, Sedwick and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 54 years. They have a son, Jim, a daughter, Julie, and two grandchildren, Lauren, 17, and Brendan, 13.
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West County women share what it takes to raise triplets, quads and quints By BONNIE KRUEGER firstname.lastname@example.org Most women dream of the day when they are told they are expecting a child and cannot wait to hold their newborn baby. Most likely, finding out there are three, four or even more babies is not part of that dream. But as area families prove, raising higher-order multiples (defined as triplets and higher) while also raising additional kids can be done – it just takes coordination, support and a healthy dose of humor. Chesterfield residents Kevin and Lori Rauber head one such family. After their son Nick, now 16, turned one, Lori gave birth to quadruplets Jeff, Ty, Lindsey and Erin. Around the quads’ first birthday, she found out she was expecting their youngest daughter, Brooke. Her reaction? “What’s one more?’ she said, laughing as she shared her story. For Becky Craig, who with husband, Randy, is Party in Liv’s bed! The Crag triplets (from left) are Grace, Olivia (sitting) raising triplets Grace, Charlie and Maggie and oldest and Charlie (back) with younger sister, Maggie. daughter, Olivia, the shock kept coming. “I was eight weeks pregnant when they told us it might be twins and two weeks later they changed it to triplets. I told them to look really hard at the ultrasound, move organs around or whatever they had to do, because if I came back in two weeks and there were more I was going to lose my mind!” Craig said, laughing. It takes a village “While most of the general public will say ‘I don’t know how you do it,’ we provide our experience to help parents figure out how they will ‘do it’ as the babies come home,” said Julie Wyatt, president of the Mothers of Multiples Metro East and St. Louis (MOMMES) chapter. Wyatt has triplet daughters of her own. They will turn four this month and join an older sister, 21, who is away at college. MOMMES has been around for over two decades and has had over 165 members, including about 150 The Glass quintuplets (from left) are Brady Quinn, Abigale Elizabeth, triplet families, 14 quadruplet families, one quintuplet Sydney Elise, Evan Michael and Luke Mitchell. family and one sextuplet family. While the organization does not provide any medical advice, it does provide a unique level of support. Cindy Paul, of Manchester, said MOMMES was a great support to her and her husband, Tim, especially in the first six months of their triplets’ lives. She said the family received support from formula companies and even some diapers and that the local MOMMES group was instrumental in providing contacts and support. The Paul triplets Michael, Bethany and Lauren are 14 and in the eighth grade at Parkway South Middle with the Craig triplets. They have an older sister, Kimmy, who is 17. Both families share insight as to life then versus now. “The toughest age for us was probably 18 months to 3 years as they became very mobile and transitioned down to one nap and out of cribs and into beds,” Paul said. “However, now that the children are growing, we face challenges that are trickier to fix. The school The Rauber quintuplets (from left) are Lindsey, Ty, Erin and Jeff.
work gets harder, extracurricular schedules get crazier and life lessons are more pertinent. It takes more than good talks or sweet embraces to get through each day… but the heart-to hearts and hugs don’t hurt.” Craig shares a similar sentiment. “I am no longer changing hundreds of diapers or fixing bottles every three hours, but I am in the car from 3-8 p.m. most days getting everyone where they need to be. We have test stress multiplied and project stress multiplied,” she said. “Our schedules now revolve around the kids and all of their activities.” With humor she adds, “I will say looking back that I didn’t do well with 3-year-olds. They are so independent and yet so incapable of doing anything. Oh, the fun! “I always say, ‘God, love a 3-year-old ‘cuz no one else will!’ Just kidding, of course, I loved my 3-year-olds!” Currently in the throes of raising 3-year-olds is Beth Glass, who with husband, Jim, is the proud parent of quintuplets Abigale Elizabeth, Luke Mitchell, Evan Michael, Brady Quinn, and Sydney Elise. In addition to raising her family, Glass holds down a demanding job that requires working nights, weekends and holidays. “My husband and I work opposite work schedules to ensure we have someone home to watch the kids. I remember the first year we spent most of the time feeding them or changing diapers. For months we slept less than three hours a night and then would go to work,” she said. Community support came in a few unique ways. “My boss threw us a trivia night to help raise funds and collect diapers for us, as we all knew I was going to be out of work for 6 months and disability pay ended at 12 weeks. We received helpers from our church and from the YMCA as well as coworkers and friends-offriends when the babies came home. We still get this help today but the amount of volunteers has dwindled down a great deal. Our church helped us out with gift cards for formula and diapers. We were truly grateful as it was a great help,” Glass said. Kids’ point-of-view Paul said her trio love being triplets. “It makes them feel special,” she said. “Often the girls are called ‘twins’ and they have to explain they are triplets. Even as the only boy, Michael does enjoy being part of the group.” Craig said, “The triplets will tell you that they don’t know any different. To them being a triplet is normal. One thing they all agree on that stinks is having the same birthday. They would all like to have their own day where they were celebrated.” For Rauber’s quads, being one of four is only part of the challenge. Each quad is one of seven children living in the Rauber house. In addition to the six siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 16, a 15-year-old nephew, Jacob Sellhorst, also is staying with the family through the end of the school year while his 24-year-old brother, Chad waits for a double lung transplant. Chad has cystic fibrosis. See OH MAMA!, page 52
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MOTHERS OF INVENTION Area moms trade corporate jobs for creative dreams By LISA RUSSELL email@example.com The back of their business card reads “a project waiting to happen,” but entrepreneurial West County moms Kim Kleine and Tami Pfeil already have made thousands of projects happen, literally all over the world. About six years ago, the two first cousins – who, according to Pfeil, grew up spending lots of time together “at our grandmother’s knee, learning things like embroidery, sewing and gardening” – started a business that now is called Handbehg Felts. The company repurposes salvaged wool through a hand-felting process and turns it into balls and flat pieces that fiber artists, jewelry makers, quilters and other crafters use in a wide variety of ways. The seeds for the idea were planted back in 2006 when Pfeil’s daughter Brennan, who was 12 at the time, taught her to knit. Before long the mother of three, while working full-time as a project manager for a creative agency, also was making and selling wool bags adorned with small felted balls used as zipper pulls and embellishments. She named her fledgling business Handbehg. In 2008, Kleine, a mother of two girls who had worked as a designer for the May Company before it relocated from St. Louis, joined Pfeil, who at the time was still juggling her corporate job. Kleine lent her artistic talent to creating new products and new uses for the wool balls and pieces they created by hand. The two also had to source all of their raw materials, which involved time-consuming searches and road trips to find reusable wool goods. As demand grew along with their product line, Pfeil and Kleine found themselves no longer able to manage all of the handson work themselves. They also needed to find a new source for the felted wool balls that had become a mainstay of their business. After careful research, Pfeil found a fair-trade company in Nepal that employs women, primarily those who are victims of violence, in specialty manufacturing. When her position at work was eliminated, she also decided to dive headfirst into their venture. The two now run a website, handbehg. com, and travel several times a year to craft and trade shows around the country. They sell mainly to individuals, designer resellers and independent specialty retailers like Artmart and Ben Franklin stores. Their colorful felt balls and product kits can be found in shops from Alaska to Texas, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, France
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••• The 16th Annual Friends of Kids with Cancer Golf Tournament is Monday, May 19 at Whitmoor Country Club. Registration and breakfast at 9 a.m. Shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Cocktails, dinner and auction after golf. details at friendsofkids.com. ••• An annual Rummage Sale is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at West County Bible Church, 82 Henry Ave. in Ellisville. Proceeds benefit sister churches in povertystricken areas of Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. For information, call 2277292 or visit westcountybiblechurch.com. ••• The Eureka Knights of Columbus hosts a BBQ at the Wedge near the intersection of Hwy. 109 and S. Central/Augustine Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24.
FAMILY AND KIDS St. Louis County Police, on May 9 at 9:30 a.m., hosts its 37th annual Memorial Ceremony honoring law enforcement officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty in St. Louis County. Ceremony is open to the public and is held at St. Louis County Memorial Park, 7900 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton. ••• Ballwin Parks and Recreation hosts Screen on the Green on May 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Ballwin Golf course, 333 Holloway Road. Showing is “Happy Gilmore,” rated PG-13. Concessions will be available. Participants should bring their own blankets or chairs. Registration is not required. ••• Elaine Rosi Academy hosts an open house Hoe Down from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at its Wildwood Campus, 1725 Hwy. 109. Guests can tour the facilities and enjoy a hot dog and chips, petting zoo, bounce house and playground. For more information, visit rosiacademy.com/wildwood. ••• A Children’s Safety Day is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Taubman Prestige Outlets, 17017 North Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Children learn bike safety, can
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LIVE PERFORMANCES The annual West County Talent Bash is on Saturday, May 17 at the Central Park Amphitheater in Chesterfield. The Talent Bash is followed by a performance by Kung Fu Cavemen, and both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit newsmagazinenetwork.com. ••• The Whitaker Music Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. (free admission begins at 5 p.m.) every Wednesday from June 4 through Aug. 6 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The openair festival invites guests to bring their own picnic supper, and beer, wine, soda and snocones are available for purchase. Performers vary weekly. For details, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org.
SPECIAL INTEREST The annual Shaw Wildflower Market, which offers a wide variety of native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs, is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. Admission
to the sale is included in the cost of Reserve admission. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for ages 12 and under or Missouri Botanical Garden members. For information, visit shawnature.org or call 451-3512. ••• The Staenberg Group hosts its annual tulip giveaway, offering tens of thousands of free tulip bulbs to the community, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 11 at the Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Restore in Des Peres (located behind Sam’s Club at Manchester and Barrett Station Roads). Do not bring bags, boxes, garden carts, etc. as tulips will be prebagged. Participants will receive one bag each while supplies last. ••• Green Speaker Series: Green Investing is at 7 p.m. on May 15 at Longview Farm Park, 13525 Clayton Road in Town & Country. Financial advisors Jake Barnett and Dan Conner of Morgan Stanley are featured. Admission is free. ••• The St. Louis Senior Olympics is actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events May 22-27 at the Jewish Community Center - Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. To register, volunteer or view a complete list of events and venues, visit stlouisseniorolympics.org or call (314) 4423279. Final registration deadline is May 12. ••• The West County Swing Dance Club meets from 8-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Moolah Shrine Center, 12545 Fee Fee Road. The not-for-profit social group hosts more than 350 dancers each week, offering basic to advanced swing dance lessons before the dance at 7 p.m. For details, visit wcsdc.com. ••• More than 100 horse and rider pairs will compete in three phases of the Eventing competition – the triathlon of equestrian sports – during the Queeny Park Equestrian Events Horse Trials, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. The Horse Trials is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by donations and entry fees. Spectators are welcome; admission is free. Volunteers are needed. Contact info@ qpee.org for additional information.
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Work with company owners to remove unwanted items from your home or business.
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17322 Manchester Road
Licensed • Bonded Insured • References Free Estimates
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Painting Tile Work Plumbing Electrical Carpentry Full Remodels
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No Job is too small! 8a.m. - 7 p.m
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Interior & Exterior Stone Projects
On a VOP call PrOfessiOnal! handyman
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When you want it done right... • • • • •
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“Let Us Shine the Perfect Light on Your Investment.”
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Join us for the
4th ANNUAL WEST COUNTY presented by
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Saturday, May 17 at the Central Park Amphitheater
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$30 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour Day, evening and weekend appointments available.
• in your home • after the hospital • in nursing home • special needs children
Need Slow computer? Help?
Erickson Law Firm, LLc Business & Real Estate • Business Formation • Contracts & Leases • Buy/Sell Agreements Litigation & Mediation Steven Erickson
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WEST COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE Proudly serv-
ing West County since 1980. Springs, cables, electric openers. Door replacement. Evening & weekend service available. Call 636-388-9774.
Garage Sale 63021 WESTBROOKE SUBDIVISION SALE: Sat. May 10, 8am-? Directions: Take Hwy. 141 to West on Big Bend to South on Hanna to first right or Big Bend to first left West of Hanna. Signs are at entrances.
J & J HAULING
WE HAUL IT ALL Service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email: email@example.com Skips Hauling & Demolition! Junk hauling and removal. Clean-outs, appliances, furniture, debris, construction rubble, yard waste, excavating & demolition! 10, 15 & 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters. Licensed & insured. Affordable, dependable & available! VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service. Toll Free 1-888-STLJUNK (888-785-5865) or 314644-1948.
Help Wanted WE ARE HIRING: American Cleaners Is hiring in several locations: 13960 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, 11041 Olive Street Rd., Creve Coeur and 1290 Jungermann Rd., St. Charles. Apply in person from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm M-F or call (636) 227-8299. OPENINGS: RN's - FULL TIME Evening & Night Shifts Available. C.N.A's Certified Nurses Aides - Day & Evening Shift Available. Dietary Staff Dining Room and Tray Service. Day & Evening Shift Available. EXPERIENCED DON - FULL TIME Director of Nursing needed. EXPERIENCE IN LONG TERM CARE. Excellent Benefits, Including Paid Insurance for ALL POSITIONS. Mari de Villa Retirement Center, 13900 Clayton Road, Town & Country MO 63017, 636-227-5347. 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.
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PART-TIME OFFICE CLEANERS – Work evenings after 6 p.m. 10 – 20 hrs per week. Now hiring for Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters & St. Charles. Must have reliable transportation & clean background check. Call 636-5327910. LOVE DOGS? Earn XTRA cash DOG SITTING in your OWN Home. Interviewing dog lovers for overnight sitting of ALL size dogs. Done in YOUR home, cash payments, need to be available during the day & no current pets of your own. CALL 314-6002044.
Home Improvement Patrick Interior Finish Co., LLC: www.patrickinteriorfinish.com Specialty: interior home remodeling, drywall, trim, taping & painting, tile/hrdwd flrg. 25+ yrs. exp. No pay til job complete! Honest Day's Work for Honest Day's Pay. Ref. avail. Licensed/Bonded. Call 314-415-0377. BBB member.
Total Bathroom Remodeling Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical
20 Years Experience
Accurate Repair & Remodeling, LLC - Quality Remodeling and Handyman Services. Kitchens, Baths, Carpentry, Small repairs. Trusted by homeowners for over 13 years. www.remodelguy.com 314-255-7034. We accept MC and Visa.
Handyman Minor Repairs • Carpentry Electrical • Painting FREE Estimates West County Area
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M I E N E R LANDSCAPING
Retaining walls, patios, pruning, chainsa w work, seasonal clean-up. Friendly service with attention to detail. Call Tom 636.938.9874 w w w. m i e n e r l a n d s c a p i n g . c o m Va l l ey L a n d s c a p e Co. Tree and shrub tr imming and removal, complete lawn care. (636) 458-8234 We accept MC/Visa/ AMEX/Discover. .
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Lawn Cutting $25, Aerating $65, Double Aeration $90, Dethatching $95. Seeding $2/ lb., Lawn Clean-Ups, Mulching, Lawn Fertilizing starting at $35. Tree & Bush Trimming/Removal, Weeding, Landscaping Makeovers. 636-432-3451.
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$75 Per Avg. Rm Size
(12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)
Installations & Renovations Trees • Shrubs • Perennials Annuals • Mulching • Bed Prep Call: Frank
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Full Service LANDSCAPING • Retaining Walls & Repair • Brick Patios • Outdoor Kitchens • Erosion/Drainage Solutions • Pool/Hot Tub Removal • Complete Yard Cleanups. 636-299-2698.
WEST COUNTY PET CARE 636-394-6852 314-401-5516
PIANO LESSONS: Masters Degree in Composition w/ Piano major, 5 yrs. in Europe, 30 yrs. teaching experience to all ages. Taught music theory and piano at college level. Manchester & Strecker. Call Arthur at 636458-0095.
It doesn't cost to find out how much you can get. Must ask for
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Plumbing ANYTHING IN PLUMBING - Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Certified, licensed plumber not a handyman. Call or text anytime: 314-409-5051.
Roofing & gutteRs
Siding • Windows • Tuckpointing
Tree Service COLE TREE SERVICE Tree and stump removal. Trimming, deadwooding. Free estimates. Insured. 636-475-3661 w w w. co l e - t re e - s e r v i ce. b i z . We a c c e p t C r e d i t C a r d s !
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Fully Insured • Free Estimates
Services Available! Insured
Full service grooming in your home...
I have been buying and selling for over 30 years.
No obligation. $ No commission. No fixing up.
CHESTERFIELD PET CARE Vacation Plans? CPC wants to be your Petcare Provider. Explore our Website, Read the Reviews & See our SPECIALS! Call or email Toby for an appt. 636-537-5909, firstname.lastname@example.org or www. chesterfieldpetcare.com. Check us out on Angie's List.
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• General Handyman • Plumbing • Tile & Flooring • Concrete • Electrician • Painting • Drywall
Retaining Wall Specialist
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All Around Landscape Design & Installation COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL Serving St. Louis County Since 1978
- 25 years Experience Fully Insured • Owner/Operator
Prof. Lawn Mowing & Maintenance
Interior/Exterior • Wallpaper Dry Wall • Crown Molding & Trim
Jim's Paint & Trim Service Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decorative moulding, wallpaper removal, texturing, drywall and rotten wood repair. 31+ years experience. Free estimates. Call 636-778-9013.
PAINTING & REPAIR
Aerating • Seeding • Fertilizing Programs
30 yrs. Experience • Estimates
KEVIN'S PAINT SERVICE. Professional & Expert interior/ exterior painting, drywall & ceiling repair, and powerwashing. 28 years painting experience. Low rates and Free Estimates. Call Kevin at 636-322-9784.
YONS LAWN SERVICE LGrass Cutting • Mulching • Stump Removal
Handyman Corner Inc.
(636) 230-3588 CELL: (314) 799-4334
Reasonable rates • Free consultation All services available
Keep your pets stress-free at home - great for older dogs
Summer Tutoring Packages Master Concepts From The Previous Grade Level & Get A Jump On The Next School Year!
• Affordable High Quality One-on-One Instruction • Customized Lesson Plans In All Subjects • Flexible Schedules In The Convenience Of Your Own Home • ACT/PSAT Prep Tutoring Courses
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121 Ballas Ct. Town & Country $1.200,000
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10370 White Bridge Lane Creve Coeur $850,000
6881 Christopher Dr. St. Louis $769,900
720 Stonebluff Ct. Chesterfield $699,000
647 Spyglass Summit Chesterfield $625,000
2200 Joyceridge Ct. Chesterfield $589,900 NEW PRICE!
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14554 Fairfield Farm Chesterfield $449,900
709 Wood Meadow Circle Ellisville $435,000
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6631 Pernod Ave. St. Louis $319,000
150 Vonbehren Dr. Chesterfield $319,000
2309 Manor Lake Ct. Chesterfield $299.360
11959 Claychester Des Peres $280,000
338 Nantucket Dr. Ballwin $214,900
783 Rockridge Dr. Ballwin $199,900
1521 Hedgeford Dr #13 Chesterfield $158,621
707 S. Hawthorne St. Pacific $152,000
1015 Alpine Ridge Dr. Valley Park $145,000
2358 Hidden Meadow Lane Ballwin $134,000
1321 Prospect Village Ln D Ballwin $129,900
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