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it is common to see horses lying down in Fox and the other “hateful diatribes,” as their stalls, consumed with pain. you call them only want the masses to take Over 300 members of Congress have responsibility for themselves and stop relysigned on to the Prevent All Soring Tac- ing on the government to take care of them. tics (PAST) Act/H.R. 1518/S. 1406, which Open your eyes, Ms. Mace. Even you represents real reform to the federal Horse have to agree that all of our politicians are Protection Act and ends the illegal and crooked and corrupt. So why would you inhumane practice of soring horses. The want to give them more power and more nation’s largest veterinary group, the money to steal, waste and give away? Sadly, I’d rather give it back to big busiAmerican Veterinary Medical Association, endorses the PAST Act as do Missouri Vet- ness. While they too are crooked, at least erinary Medical Association, the Ameri- they provide private employment and can Horse Council, and the United States products as opposed to hot air, lies and empty promises – and government jobs Equestrian Foundation. Come on Sen. McCaskill, Sen. Blunt that continue to burden the taxpayer. Finally, Ms. Mace, you at least made one and Rep. Wagner – support the PAST Act! T.J. Lindhorst correct observation: academia does favor Wildwood the left, but that has no bearing on our young becoming smart, educated people by “espousing the ideas of the left” as you Replying to ‘Not in favor indicate. That statement is disturbingly sick and pathetically wrong. It just makes of Thomas Sowell’ them naive and foolish. To the Editor: Randy Winzen No matter conservative or liberal, everySt. Louis County one should really open their eyes and take a good look around at our country going up in flames as the Democrats manage its Restoring religious freedom decline – albeit slowly. They will not stop To the Editor: until they have dismantled everything that On June 2, 1979, one man initiated the we have come to love about this country collapse of repressive atheism in Europe. so they can rebuild it in their progressive His words to hundreds of thousands of vision of the perfect society of equality for citizens in Victory Square prompted their all – except for them, of course. thunderous response of “We Want God.” In her Letter to the Editor (West News- Then millions of their fellow citizens took magazine, April 23), Maryann Mace writes up the call to restore religious freedom that she thinks our future elections will be to their nation, and their political leaders bought because of the “Citizens United” in Moscow knew that Saint John Paul II ruling? Think again. It is already happen- would win (see Peggy Noonan’s article ing every time the Democrats buy their “We Want God”). votes by offering free stuff to anyone who In America we can draw on those same would like to take it. Maybe this ruling three words to stop the assault on religious In support of the PAST Act will level the playing field. freedom being conducted by repressive To the Editor: When faced with free stuff vs. personal bureaucracies in Washington. Our path to I thought my federal legislators were my or fiscal responsibility, there are way too success will be through the voting process on voice in the Capitol, but Sen. McCaskill, many individuals in this country who will Nov. 4, 2014, as we vote for political candiSen. Blunt and Rep. Ann Wagner appear vote for free stuff. But free stuff comes at dates who will honor our religious freedoms. to have abandoned the welfare of horses a price and it’s tipping the scales in the Let us use our votes to tell them “We in Missouri. They would better serve their wrong direction. Want God.” Once the Democrats get their way on Fred Denny constituents by standing up to animal St. Louis cruelty instead of ignoring it. I urge each amnesty for the 30 million illegal criminals of them to co-sponsor the anti-crime bill (immigrants) in this country, our economy known as the Prevent All Soring Tactics will collapse under the pressure of the (PAST) Act/H.R. 1518/S. 1406. takers greatly outnumbering the givers. The amazing peace Horses are sored to exaggerate a natural There will never be another fair election in that broke out high-stepping gait. Unfortunately, they are this country again. often confined to their stalls for extended Regarding your blind view of the media To the Editor: periods of time, with legs swathed in as being unbiased and fair, Ms. Mace, when Until we dropped the atom bombs, everycaustic chemicals and wrapped in plastic was the last time anyone in the mainstream one thought a ‘Normandy-type’ invasion of to “cook” the chemicals deeply into their media, (print, radio or TV) other than Fox, Japan would be the bloodiest battle in history. skin. They aren’t permitted to go outside to ever said anything you didn’t agree with? But almost everyone in Japan so revered graze and socialize with other horses, and Case closed! People like Sarah Palin, their Emperor – whose voice few had ever To the Editor: A recent quote from Warren Buffett, author of the Buffett Rule that states that rich people should pay 30 percent income tax at minimum: “I will not pay a dime more of individual taxes than I owe, and I won’t pay a dime more of corporate taxes than we owe,” Buffett is quoted as saying. “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate. For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Typical liberal – do as I say, not as I do. But here is a question: Why are my tax dollars going to subsidize something that makes no economic sense absent those credits? Is it so somebody can feel good about their Chevy Volt, or the solar panels on their roofs? If the cost to produce and install an item does not generate a business case for the purchaser that warrants doing so, then the item should not be produced. If it is cost prohibitive to buy outright, then reduce our taxes by the U.S. government, stop subsidizing all this malarky and losing money on its so-called “investment” as has occurred in so many cases, and let the taxpayer decide how and where to spend their money. If I wasn’t paying tens of thousands of dollars to the U.S. government for them to turn around and lose hundreds of millions or billions, I might be able to afford (or invest in) some green technology of my choosing. Jon Schulte Manchester
heard – that if he had heeded the advice of his extremist generals and asked his ‘subjects’ to do-so, almost every man, woman and child old enough to pick up a stick, would have fought our troops to the death – just as many Japanese soldiers had done. But just a couple months after the A-bombs (which killed hundreds of thousands of people, but ‘saved’ millions) were dropped, solo and small groups of Americans roamed around Japan, almost ignored by thousands and thousands of Japanese citizens, who had peacefully surrendered everything we asked, even their ceremonial Samurai swords. Eventually, hundreds of Japanese soldiers who survived, and/or their friends and relatives, met hundreds of their American counterparts – not to gawk at battlefieldtype fireworks or re-enact any battles, but to revel in the peace that “broke out.” This is a peace that we all now pray can endure and spread to all nations, peoples and groups that now think their “differences” are too great for any peaceful resolution or compromise. David J. Malan O’Fallon
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#Priorities As this editorial is written, Mother’s Day is just days away and the mothers of Nigeria are in the news and in the hearts of people around the world. It’s difficult to imagine the pain of having your daughter stolen, of knowing that you are likely to never see her again. But that is the pain the mother of the girls stolen by Boko Haram are feeling. On May 9, as this paper went to press, Representatives Ann Wagner (MO-2) and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) authored a bipartisan letter with all the female members of the House of Representatives condemning the abduction of the nearly 300 Nigerian girls. The letter urged the U.S. government to push the United Nations Security Council to add Boko Haram to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List, resulting in more comprehensive financial sanctions against the terrorist organization. “As mothers, we can’t even imagine the pain and anguish these families are going through as they fight to bring their loved ones back home,” the statement said. “While we commend President Obama for taking steps to address this issue, we must do more to stop these vile terrorists.” Obama has sent technical experts to Nigeria, but just how much can America really do? Boko Haram reportedly occupies the Sambisa Forest, 23,000 square miles of nearly unnavigable jungle. Additionally, a month has passed since the girls were stolen. America is coming late to the party. And, one
must ask: Why are we there? Are we there because we truly want to help stem the tide of atrocities being committed in Nigeria or are we there because the First Lady took to Twitter and joined women around the globe in sharing the message #BringBackOurGirls? Is America truly wanting to make a difference or is it jumping on the bandwagon of social justice fueled by social media? Twitter hashtags and Facebook posts won’t bring back those girls. Sanctions won’t bring them back either – and they are unlikely to prevent more girls from being stolen and sold. Both might make us feel better, like we are actually doing something that will make Boko Haram, and other organizations like them, stop killing, kidnapping, raping, pillaging for the sake of their cause. But it won’t. This is not the first atrocity committed by Boko Haram and it will not be the last. These terrorists have lived up to that name, leading a five-year uprising in Nigeria that has claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and Christians. Can we really fool ourselves into thinking that economic sanctions or social media campaigns will stop them from committing more acts of terror? Meanwhile, at home, human trafficking also is taking place. Girls in this country are bought and sold daily. Where is the hashtag for them? Where are our priorities?
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Construction projects approved The city of Chesterfield has taken approved actions on projects calling for work on a culvert on Wilson Road and a bridge replacement on Timberlake Manor Parkway just south of I-64. Approved at the City Council’s May 5 meeting were a $900,000 contract to Gershenson Construction Co., of Eureka, the low bidder on the bridge replacement, and a $565,000 contract with Oates Associates, of St. Louis, for design services on the Wilson Road project. According to Mike Geisel, Chesterfield’s director of public services, plans call for work on the bridge replacement to begin in June, with completion expected before the end of the current construction season. While the present bridge is not an immediate danger, it has received a “poor” structural rating and work is being financed in part by a 70 percent federal bridge replacement grant. Chesterfield will pay the remaining 30 percent. The Wilson Road project involves a box culvert south of Wild Horse Creek Road where the road narrows to one lane. The work also includes widening the roadway to
two lanes at that point. Actual construction will be covered in a bid to be awarded later.
Police file charges in robbery, kidnapping case The Chesterfield Police Department Detective Bureau arrested and obtained warrants on Cierra Baker, of St. Louis. Baker was charged with felony robbery and kidnapping. She is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $125,000 bond. The charges stem from a robbery and kidnapping that occurred at Chesterfield Mall after the suspect was confronted by security during a shoplifting incident which occurred on March 21. During the incident Baker pepper sprayed a security guard and fled to a parking lot adjacent to the mall, where she accosted a female sitting in her car. She jumped in the passenger seat, took the victim’s cell phone and forced her to drive from Chesterfield Mall to the Big Bend/I-64 area, threatening her with violence. Baker had the victim wait at a gas station until a white vehicle with tinted windows picked Baker up. The victim was not harmed in the incident.
Building development projects receive approval The Chesterfield City Council has approved ordinances paving the way for a number of major building and development projects in the city. Two of the measures involve plans at both the east and west campuses of St. Luke’s Hospital. At the east campus, 222 S. Woods Mill Road, a medical use district was established on a nearly 55-acre parcel. The same zoning also was approved on a 38-acre site on the west campus, 175 Woods Mill Road. Don Miller, St. Luke’s vice president of operations, said the emphasis on inpatient services on the east campus and the more outpatient-oriented services on the west side made a division of the zoning district
desirable. “We also wanted to include in our medical use zoning on the west campus another approximately four acres that we recently acquired,” he said. An additional medical office building also is being considered on the west campus. Pending board approval, the earliest that construction work would start there is next spring, Miller said. Another ordinance modified development criteria for a 26.3-acre tract northeast of the Olive Boulevard and I-64/US 40 intersection in what is known as the Herman Stemme Office Park. Anticipated uses on one portion of the land include a hotel/motel of up to 350 guest rooms, a restaurant or car wash with gas-pumping facilities, and an office building of up to six stories and up to 338,000 square feet of other office space contained in no more than nine buildings. A medical office is planned on another portion of the office park property. A split of a 49.5-acre lot into two parcels in the Chesterfield Blue Valley area west of I-64/US 40 and north of Outlet Boulevard also was approved. The request for the split included no specific development plans for the property.
CREVE COEUR City Council approves capital improvement plan The Creve Coeur City Council has approved a plan to make capital improvements over the next five years worth about $2.2 million to $3.7 million each year. The city capital improvement program plan for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019 was given approval at the council’s April 28 meeting. The city updates the plan every year. The main revenue source is a half-cent capital improvement sales tax, which is expected to bring in $1,895,000 during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The city council plans to add $400,000 a year, and the federal government is expected to provide a number of grants. The city benefitted from paying off its $4,164,994 debt for the purchase and construction of Millennium Park in January, six years ahead of schedule. Creve Coeur
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Parade entries, vendors sought for annual festival The Creve Coeur Days organizing committee currently is seeking marching groups, musical groups, pom pom squads, Scout troops, antique cars, floats (any theme), decorated cars, company vehicles, unusual vehicles, horses and riders, clowns and more for the annual Creve Coeur Days Parade. While the exact route is still being planned, organizers say the route will be an easy march, stepping off at 1 p.m. on June 29. Interested parties are asked to email Robin Tidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Creve Coeur Days website (crevecoeurdays. com) for more information and applications. Vendors also still have time secure their place in the four-day community festival and can contact Midway Chairperson Roger Levy via email at email@example.com for applications and more information.
Backyard trash pickup to remain free Creve Coeur will keep free backyard trash pickup service for now, under an ordinance given final approval by the City Council last week. The measure approved by the Creve Coeur City Council on April 28 extends the city’s current trash, recycling and yard waste contract with Allied Services (Republic Services of Bridgeton) for another year. The city would pay an estimated cost of $1,351,660 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The council could approve two one-year
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Creve Coeur welcomes newest member At its April 28 meeting, the Creve Coeur City Council welcomed its newest member, Robert Kent (Ward 4), who was elected April 8 after running unopposed. A longtime resident of Creve Coeur and a frequent observer and commentor at council meetings, Kent fills the seat vacated by Jeanne Rhoades, who was termlimited.
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extensions, with increases of up to three percent each year. Or, in each of the two final years, it could revert to a contract proposal Republic made in November to offer free curbside service but charge residents $15 a month for backyard delivery. That change would have saved the city more than $500,000 a year. In November, Mayor Barry Glantz broke a 4-4 tie in the council to defeat the change. But discussion has continued. The only councilmember to vote against the measure was Robert Kent (Ward 4). Kent favored paying Republic to determine exactly how many residents do not use backyard valet service. Then, using those figures, the city would negotiate with Republic to lower its fee.
MANCHESTER Police building improvement approved Manchester officials on May 5 unanimously approved $10,298 to replace carpeting located in the sergeant’s office of the city’s police building. Though the building is less than five years old, Police Chief Tim Walsh and Mayor Dave Willson both noted several carpet stains and general wear-and-tear within the sergeant’s office. “It’s a mess. There are stains here, stains there,” Willson said. “In what I saw, it does need to be replaced.” Walsh said the office easily boasts more traffic than any other area of the department. “It’s our busiest room in the building. It operates 24 hours a day,” he said. “It was not the best choice to put carpet there in the beginning.” Originally, the city allocated $12,500 for police facility improvements/maintenance, but realized after the bidding process that replacing the carpet would cost less than anticipated. Officials contracted flooring service Empire Today, which submitted a quote of $9,807.87 to undertake the work. The
quote does not include costs for possible unforeseen issues. Thus, the city approved a change order of nearly $500 to cover any unforeseen damages.
Musicians sought for community band The Manchester Community Band is seeking musicians of all skill levels to perform in three summer concerts: June 14, July 6 and Aug. 17. All concerts will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Paul A. Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road. No audition is required, but musicians must be at least sophomores in high school or older. Rehearsals are held at Parkway South High from 7-9 p.m. on the three Tuesday evenings preceding each concert. Those interested in playing in the Community Band should email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The Manchester Community Band is sponsored by Manchester Arts and supported by the city of Manchester. Chris Becker, director of bands at both Parkway South High and Washington University, serves as the band’s music director and conductor. Jeremy Knudtson, assistant band director at Eureka High, Wildwood Middle and LaSalle Springs Middle serves as the band’s assistant conductor and manager.
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General Assembly overrides governor’s veto, gives Missourians tax cut By SUE E. STEINIGER The victory of the Missouri House of Representatives’ and Missouri Senate’s votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto on Senate Bill 509, a.k.a. the tax-cut bill, is being hailed as historic by many. Following a 23-8 vote in the Senate on May 5, the House rallied the two-thirds majority it needed to override the veto 109-46 on May 6, allowing SB509 to become law. The bill offers Missourians the first major tax overhaul in 92 years. Provisions in the bill would, over a fiveyear period, reduce the state’s top personal income tax rate to 5.5 percent from 6 percent and include a tax deduction of up to 25 percent for business income reported on individual tax returns. House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) said, “SB509 will responsibly cut the tax burden on Missouri families and businesses by $620 million annually.” He pointed out that the bill contains a trigger that will not allow any reduction to go into effect unless the highest net general revenue collected in the previous three fiscal years is exceeded by at least $150 million and that the changes will not be implemented until 2017. House Republicans were united but had to convince at least one Democrat representative to vote with them in order to reach the 109 votes to succeed. That vote came from Rep. Keith English (D-Florissant). English echoed Republicans in the House, stating that SB509 cuts taxes in a positive way. “This bill – SB509 – encourages small businesses to expand, hire more people and generate more growth consequently generating more positive tax revenue,” English said.
While Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), who sponsored SB509, claimed that “the people of Missouri spoke loud and clear to both chambers,” Gov. Nixon issued a press statement saying, “Missouri families and businesses know that public education is the best economic development tool there is, and that is why I vetoed SB509.” In an earlier press statement, Nixon claimed that SB509 contained “a dangerous provision that would increase the bill’s cost by $4.8 billion annually by eliminating all income taxes on Missourians with greater than $9,000 in income.” Nixon said that, although the bill was scaled back from last year’s billion-dollar House Bill 253, SB509 fails to prioritize or adequately protect public education at a time when quality public schools are more important than ever to Missouri’s ability to create jobs in the global economy. “While its authors may have delayed its impact, SB509 remains a very real threat to the principles of fiscal discipline that have helped us maintain our spotless AAA rating for decades,” Nixon said. Jones doesn’t see it that way. He said Missouri’s economy has become stagnant under Nixon’s watch. “Updating our tax laws is an essential, pro-growth reform which will improve our economy by allowing small businesses, farmers and families across our state to keep more of their own money. Our high tax rate has been harming our economy, making our state less competitive and resulting in thousands of Missourians leaving our state for low-tax states like Florida and Kansas,” Jones said. “Passing this common sense tax reform into law is the first step toward trans-
forming Missouri into a pro-growth state.” Tax reform has been one of the Senate’s top priorities for the past few years, according to President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), who spearheaded the successful House effort to override the governor’s veto of SB509. Echoing Jones’ sentiments, Dempsey reiterated, “Our citizens should be spending their own money, not handing it over to the government.” Siding with the governor, Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project executive director, said “The service cuts that will be required as a result of SB509 will devastate Missourians’ quality of life and ability to compete. “Funding for schools and universities as well as other services will fall short,” she said. According to Blouin, Missouri needs $250 million a year in general revenue growth just to maintain current levels of service. She said the bill’s so-called “trigger” to protect education is just a smokescreen and fails to account for already depleted services, saying recession-era cuts will become Missouri’s new normal. The Missouri Budget Project is a nonprofit public policy analysis organization that analyzes state budget, tax and economic issues. The bill also was broadly opposed by education advocates like the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA). Mark Jones, political director for MNEA, predicted that SB509 will take about $620 to $800 million out of the budget as a whole and about $223 million out of Missouri schools. “That means that every school district in Missouri will find it harder to make ends See TAX CUT, page 17
SB 509 at a glance Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) compiled the following “at a glance” look at the provisions of SB509. • SB509 reduces individual income taxes by one-half percent over a period of five years beginning in 2017 • Beginning in 2017 small businesses will be allowed to deduct a maximum of 25 percent of business income over a period of no less than 5 years • SB509 increases the personal income tax exemption amount by $500 for those whose adjusted annual gross income is less than $20,000. • The tax benefits of SB509 are triggered when the highest net gross revenue collected in the previous three fiscal years is exceeded by at least $150 million. • Beginning in 2017, SB509 also requires Missouri’s tax brackets to be adjusted for inflation. • Because SB509 requires revenues to increase by at least $150 million each year, revenues would have to increase by $750 million in order for the $620 million tax cut to be fully implemented. The net result is that state revenues would increase by at least $130 million.
Chesterfield mayor vents frustration, gets community talking about tax pool By JIM ERICKSON email@example.com Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation readily concedes he is frustrated about the Missouri legislature’s failure to address what he considers a modest change in the current distribution of sales tax revenues in St. Louis County and the county’s unwillingness to support such a move. That frustration bubbled to the surface during an agenda review session that preceded the City Council’s May 5 meeting when the mayor suggested that perhaps Chesterfield should consider seceding from St. Louis County. “If there are no other choices available, we need to look at it (secession),” Nation said in a later interview. He also noted that he has received a number of calls about his remarks both from news media and the general public and admits that not all of the
citizen callers agree with him. “That’s okay,” he continued, “but I do think Chesterfield has a strong case for seeking a change in the sales tax distribution system.” Nation explained that about 57 percent of the sales tax revenue the city’s businesses collect goes into a pool that is distributed on a population basis to cities and unincorporated areas where sales tax receipts are lower. Chesterfield’s sales tax collections benefit from the number of businesses in the city, including Chesterfield Mall and those in Chesterfield Valley. The outlet malls that opened last year have boosted receipts even more but the city retains only a small percentage of that added revenue. “The increase that Chesterfield gets to keep doesn’t pay the cost of the extra city services that must be provided,” Nation asserted. Asked what Chesterfield’s options would be if it did secede from St. Louis County,
the mayor said the city theoretically could become an independent city, become a separate county or join with St. Charles County. “Things are so preliminary at this point that it’s hard to say what the most practical or desirable alternative might be,” he said. “We’re not seeking an end to the pooling concept, just a reasonable, modest adjustment in the current system.” The change Nation was referring to is House Bill 2034, which was introduced during the current legislative session by Rep. Mike Leara (R-District 96) and would, over 10 years, phase out the current distribution method of the St. Louis County sales tax. The sales tax revenue sharing plan has been in effect for some 20 years. Doug Williams, a faculty member at St. Louis University School of Law, said the process involved in Chesterfield’s seceding from St. Louis County would be complex
and, to his knowledge, without precedent in Missouri. However, he added, the state’s constitution says such a step can be taken. The move would be subject to approval by voters in the affected areas, including Chesterfield and St. Louis County, as well as St. Charles County if Chesterfield wanted to go in that direction, Williams said. However, wording of the ballot question would determine who votes and when, he added. For example, if the ballot question only involved Chesterfield seceding from St. Louis County, voters in those areas would determine the issue’s fate. St. Charles County voters would have a say on any ballot proposal calling for Chesterfield to join that jurisdiction. But the procedure for getting anything on the ballot and the wording of any proposal to be voted on are subject to court approval, Williams said, a factor that increases the complexity of such a step.
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• The new codes do not affect one- and two-family residential construction, remodels, sales or re-occupancies. • A new penalty system is incorporated to address recurring instances of builders or owners not complying with requirements to get necessary permits. Bruno said the goal is not to collect additional fees but to encourage everyone to “play by the same rules.” • A standard for solar panel systems is included, a significant issue due to the surge in such installations. Although not a resident of the West County district, Frances Babb, of Clarkson Valley, said she was interested in the solar panel issue due to problems she had getting permits from her local government for a solar installation. She also noted that there likely are many such installations in the pipeline that could be adversely affected by any changes in the standards. West County covers approximately 21 square miles and serves a resident population of about 51,000 in Manchester, Town & Country, parts of Winchester, Valley Park, Ballwin, Des Peres and Twin Oaks as well as unincorporated areas of St. Louis County.
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Chesterfield approves removal policy for ‘nuisance’ trees By JIM ERICKSON email@example.com Sweet gums’ days are numbered in Chesterfield. On a 6-1 vote, the Chesterfield City Council on May 5 approved a change in its policy governing trees that can be removed within the city’s rights-of-way. That change will come as good news to anyone who has twisted an ankle or fallen after stepping on the thorny fruit/seed pods the trees drop seemingly by the multitude. The former policy declared only trees that are dead, diseased or dying or which create a potential hazard were candidates for removal. The new approach also includes “otherwise healthy trees (that) may become a nuisance” and which are “detrimental to the public interests.” The sweet gum was the only tree cited by name in the new policy, but others can be candidates for removal if they damage sidewalks or sewers, have low-hanging branches that leave inadequate sidewalk or street clearance, shield street lights or obstruct sight distance. Also included in the new policy are several provisions which, when added together, mean an all-out war on the sweet gums won’t be coming immediately. Any resident requesting removal is asked
to participate in the street tree replacement program, select a variety for replanting from the city’s list of approved trees and pay a fee (currently $100) for a new tree. As with the old policy, Chesterfield’s tree removal effort will depend on available funding; officials are required to notify the subdivision’s trustees and consider information from them in their decision-making on any tree. In addition, the new policy instructs the public works director to consider recent nearby tree removals and minimize the impact on the overall character of the community. An individual property owner who wants to remove a healthy tree within a right-of-way can request a special use permit for that action. The public works director may then issue the permit but is not required to do so and the removal is at the property owner’s expense. Citing an estimated cost of $1,000 for each tree removal and the fact that there are an estimated 2,000 sweet gums in the city, Councilmember Bruce DeGroot (Ward 4) opposed the new policy due to its budget impact. Councilmember Nancy Greenwood (Ward 1) asked the council to schedule a discussion soon about raising the tree replacement fee to $200, an increase she says is justified based on the size of the new trees required.
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the May 8 closed session meeting, but such a process could take a long time. Harris said the board will look at a wide range of candidates both locally and out of town, but will not be utilizing a professional search firm. Instead it will be using staff and board members to search for candidates. “The process of hiring a chief will not be a matter of weeks, I anticipate it being several months,” Harris said. During an open board meeting on May 8, Harris said he wished Vineyard well. “While it’s always sad to see people leave, knowing that they’re moving on to the next opportunity allows us to be happy for them,” Harris said. Vineyard’s next opportunity takes him across the Missouri River, According to that district’s attorney Neil Bruntrager, Vineyard has officially accepted the position of fire chief of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District. “He’s a good person and a good man who’s well informed as to the position. I think this is exactly the sort of progressive chief that the district is looking for,” Bruntrager said. “I think everyone is pleased. He enjoys a terrific reputation within the firefighting community.”
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Ellisville considers rules for storing trailers, recreational vehicles, boats By DAN FOX email@example.com The public turned out in force at Ellisville City Hall on May 7 to hear the City Council discuss the storage of trailers, campers, recreational vehicles and boats within residential neighborhoods. Prior to the meeting, Councilmember Matt Pirrello (District 1) and several citizens offered fliers to Ellisville residents. The fliers were titled “public notice” and warned that the city was looking to prevent the parking of boats, RVs, campers and trailers on driveways. It encouraged citizens to attend the city council meetings and “keep coming until they get it right.” It states, “enough is enough – tell the city to stop stealing your personal property rights just to quiet the few complainers.” Pirrello said he wrote the flier to inform the residents of the May 7 discussion, since the council had previously talked about lifting the moratorium on an ordinance that dictates how campers, RVs and trailers are to be stored. The ordinance in question, Ellisville Ordinance 3093, deals with the parking of motor vehicles (which includes boats, RVs, campers and trailers) and states that all parking areas for motor vehicles must be improved to concrete or asphalt-like conditions. It also prohibits the parking of boats, trailers, campers and RVs in front of the building line. A moratorium placed on Ordinance 3093 currently renders it unenforceable. Pirrello said there are people in the city at a disadvantage due to the way their houses are laid out, and that not everyone can store their boat, trailer or RV on the side or back of their house. Pirrello also contended that forcing people to create a gravel or concrete surface to park those vehicles on would be an unnecessary tax on the Ellisville citizens. Partway through the discussion, Councilmember Gary Voss (District 1) said the meet-
ing had gotten off track, and that the original issue, which he had brought before the council on April 2, concerned a single resident that has a “tractor-trailer” parked in his yard. “I’m just bringing the message to this council (that) I have some neighbors that don’t like this trailer in the yard. It’s been there for many, many years,” Voss said. “Keep your boats and your little trailers and your trucks, that doesn’t bother me at all.” Pirrello said, “I agree with you 100 percent that that trailer is the problem, it’s a fifth-wheel tractor trailer. I’m talking about the rest, which is the law that is currently on the books (and) that we have to deal with, because right now it’s not being enforced because of a moratorium. “So we either un-enforce that law, or we enforce that law, or we change that law or we repeal that law and go back to the old law. But we have to do something, because there’s currently a moratorium.” Several times during the meeting, Mayor Adam Paul reassured the audience that the council was not trying to take people’s property, and that if anything, there would be a grandfather clause for current residents affected by the ordinance. “I would never vote on passing an ordinance which takes something away that you currently have,” Paul said. “If a decision is made to change anything, we are going to go out to the public and make sure the public is involved in the decision.” Paul also asked the residents in attendance if they would like to use an empty lot, currently owned by the city, to store their vehicles. The majority of those who responded voiced a “no” to this suggestion. Ultimately the council did not reach a decision; however, before continuing the meeting, Paul encouraged residents to contact him regarding the issue.
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Best ‘Google doodle’ in Missouri Marquette High freshman Lucy Zhu was honored April 29 at a surprise assembly for being selected as the 2014 Missouri Doodle 4 Google contest winner. Technology, art and design students, many wearing Zhu’s winning submission on specially-designed T-shirts, were in the audience in support. “We had state testing going on so we could not do an all-school assembly,” explained Marquette High Principal Dr. Greg Mathison, noting that he hopes Zhu’s story will inspire other students. The Doodle 4 Google contest is a competition open to K-12 students of schools across the country to create their own “Google doodle.” One finalist from each state was selected, and at the end of an online voting period (which ended after pressstime) five divisional winners were named. Google will select a national winner from the five divisional winners. “Lucy has known about Doodle 4 Google for years now, but each year she always misses the deadline,” her mother Julie Sun explained. “With one week left, she got an idea and worked hard. She submitted it the day before the deadline.” The theme for 2014 was “If I could invent
one thing to make the world a better place…” Lucy’s design is called “Tornado Sucker.” “Thousands of tornadoes hit around the world, taking many lives and billions of dollars,” Zhu explained on her entry. “What I want to invent is a solar-powered machine that can harness tornadoes before they hit cities and tow them to stations to transform them into electricity and water.” Because she is a Doodle 4 Google state winner, Zhu will attend the awards ceremony at Google Headquarters in California on May 21. She also won an android tablet, and a T-shirt printed with her doodle on it. If Zhu becomes the divisional winner, she will win a $5,000 college scholarship, and if she becomes a national winner, she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and her school will win a $50,000 technology grant. The winning Google doodle will be on the company’s home page beginning June 9.
Combatting bullying through social justice
On April 3, more than 100 Rockwood middle school students came together at Harris-Stowe State University to combat bullying through the Social Justice Symposium. The day was devoted to helping stop the teasing, bullying, violence and alienation that have become an unfortunate part of the school experience for millions of young
Kelly Maeda, a seventh grader at Rockwood Valley Middle, won a national poetry contest for her grade level. Her poem about the homeless dog she rescued titled “A Friend at the End of the Leash” earned her $250 and her school $1,000 from the American Pet Products Association, the contest’s sponsor.
Outstanding achievement in chemistry recognized Westminster Christian Academy junior Tom Meyer and sophomore Joey Albertson recently were recognized for outstanding achievements on this year’s chemistry exam, held at the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and sponsored by the St. Louis section of the American Chemical Society. Meyer was the highest-scoring Westminster student in the advanced chemistry section of the test. He placed in the top 15 percent of over 120 of the highest-achieving chemistry students in the St. Louis region. Albertson received an honorable mention for his performance in the first-year chemistry section of the exam, placing in the top 10 percent of testing participants.
District receives excellent rating in financial reporting The Parkway School District was awarded a “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting” from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). Parkway received the award for excellence
in the preparation and issuance of its fiscal year-end 2013 school system report. This is the 12th consecutive year Parkway has received this distinction. The award, ASBO’s highest recognition for school district financial operations, is conferred only to school systems that have met or exceeded ASBO’s program standards.
Pajama Day for a cause On Friday, March 15, Rossman School raised more than $600 for Cheka School, a pre-primary school in the poverty-stricken community of Arusha, Tanzania, by wearing their PJs to school. Participants paid $2 to the school’s student council for the right to wear pajamas for the day. Cheka School was co-founded by Rossman teacher Arika White. Donations will help to purchase school supplies, fund the school food program and provide new uniforms, shoes, socks and school bags.
Parkway names new human resource director Amy Joyce has been selected to serve as the Parkway School District’s director of human resources effective July 1. Joyce is currently the assistant superintendent/ chief human resources officer for the Ferguson-Florissant School Joyce District, where she has served since 2008. She previously worked in the Francis Howell School District as a principal and administrator for nearly 10 years. Joyce replaces Dr. Joy Torgerson, who is retiring after three years of service with the district.
Missouri Scholars 100 named Twelve local graduating seniors were among the 100 students in Missouri recognized for academic excellence as “Missouri Scholars 100.” Sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, schools across Missouri were invited to nominate
Making lasting memories Students know him as Mr. Eddie, the music teacher at Wild Horse Elementary; parents and faculty know him as Matt Edmundson. People in the community might know him as the lead singer of Eddie’s Munsters. No matter which moniker Edmundson is known by, one thing is for sure: He is a much-loved teacher who has been at Wild Horse for nearly a decade. “He’s a great teacher. No one else can possibly have a teacher like him,” said Wild Horse fifth- Matt “Mr. Eddie” Edmundson grade student Aaron Alter. Each year, after all of the music curriculum is covered for fifth grade, the students begin to work on, write and rehearse material for their “Fifth-Grade Finale.” “The students usually do songs of their own,” Edmundson said. “It’s similar in nature to the group STOMP and Blue Man Group. There’s drumming, acting, funny moments and even rock songs.” Fifth-Grade Finale took place on May 1, but for Edmundson the fun isn’t over. He is now on a mission to raise money for Relay for Life. At 7 p.m. on May 27, Eddie’s Munsters will be performing a public concert, Rockin’ 4 Relay For Life, at Chesterfield Amphitheater in Chesterfield Central Park. While the concert is free, donations will be accepted. Meanwhile, Wild Horse students will be fundraising during May and if the total raised by the start of the concert reaches $2,000, Edmundson will shave his head on stage before the last song. candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each nominated student first had to meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included 10 “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, and have taken upper-level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The student also must have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program. Those making the cut locally were Jake Renfro, John F. Kennedy Catholic High; Alex Roberds, Eureka High; Chelingxi Guo, Eureka High; Jeffrey Lu, Lafayette High; Olivia Neumann, Lafayette High; Jordan Bulanda, Marquette High; Susie Wang, Marquette High; Camden Koehr, Rockwood Summit High; Zachary Heiman, Parkway Central High; Elaine Reichert, Parkway Central High; Thomas Christensen, Parkway West High; and Laura Santangelo, Parkway West High.
College scholarship opportunity Sansone Group has announced the kickoff of its second annual College Scholarship Contest. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest. Participants must be registered full-time at a college or university for the fall 2014 semester. To see
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the complete list of eligibility requirements or to enter the contest, visit sansonegroup.com. The contest ends June 15. Two finalists will be posted on Sansone Group’s Facebook page each week and contestants are encouraged to reapply if they are not chosen as a finalist. A winner will be announced on July 1. Last year’s winner was Jack Haddox of Washington, Missouri, who tackled the subject “How will technology and social media affect the future of the commercial real estate industry?” This year’s essay topic options are “How does commercial real estate positively affect your community?” and “If the Rams were to build a new stadium, where do you think would be a good location and why?”
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Teacher visits Singapore to learn teaching techniques Chesterfield Day School’s fourth-, fifthand sixth-grade math teacher Susie Sullivan recently visited the country of Singapore to learn more about the Singapore method of math instruction. Sullivan has been teaching the Singapore curriculum for 15 years at Chesterfield Day. CDS sponsored her trip to learn updated Singapore math instruction methods and to stay aware of the frequently changing education landscape. During her week-long stay, Sullivan had the opportunity to meet with Singapore Ministry of Education officials and visit St. Gabriel Primary School, North Vista Primary School, Boon Lay Primary School, and Singapore American School. The Asian country traditionally scores as one of the top performing countries in elementary math standardized tests.
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Record-breaking relay The Westminster Christian Academy boys and girls track teams set three records at the recent Metro Conference meet at Lutheran South. The boys’ 4 x 800 relay took first place and set a Metro Conference meet record with a time of 8 minutes, 26 seconds. Boys on the relay were sophomore Connor Hafenrichter, sophomore Zach Hughes, sophomore Jack Andrews and junior Josh Sumner. The girls’ 4 x 400 relay set a school record with its time of 4:12. Girls on the relay team were sophomore Makaylah Meredith, senior Leah Votava, sophomore Alyssa Freiner, and junior Saenea Williams. In the boys’ 800-meter race, junior Brendan Yeager won first place and set a Metro Conference meet record with a time of 2:01. “He went out fast and was in second place through the first 400,” Wildcats coach Jennifer Meyer said. “He made a move with 300 meters to go, separated himself from the pack and held on to win.” While he didn’t set a record, Westmin-
ster sophomore Dan Luedders won the 3,200 with a time of 10:42. “He passed three runners in the last 400 meters of the 3,200 to cross the finish line first,” Meyer said.
High school golf Parkway South has won its first Suburban West Conference golf tournament championship since 2010. Coach Adam Weiss said that was the goal all along. “We expected to win. But we realized that our conference tournament was stacked full of quality teams and we needed to play well to win,” Weiss said. Parkway South won by 22 strokes at Aberdeen Golf Club. The Patriots had a team score of 384. Lindbergh was second at 406 strokes. Marquette was third with 410. “The boys played phenomenal,” Weiss said. “All six of our golfers placed in the top 15 overall.” Senior Raymund Gonzales was a medalist with a 71. Gonzales transferred to Parkway South after moving here from California. He is committed to Missouri
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State University for next year. “Raymund’s game has started to blossom in the past few weeks,” Weiss said. “His short game is the best I’ve ever seen. He made putt after putt at the conference tournament, which ended up being the difference. “It feels great to see the boys accomplish a few of their goals.” ••• Marquette coach Eric Schweain is pleased with how his team has been playing. The Mustangs finished second in the recent Capital City Classic at Jefferson City Country Club. Rock Bridge had four players shoot in the 70s as the Bruins captured team honors at the Capital City Invitational at Jefferson City Country Club. At the Mehlville Invitational at Crowne Point Golf Club, Marquette wound up fourth with a team score of 314. The Mustangs were third with 308 in the 21-team Webster Cup that was held at Cresent Farms Golf Club. “The squad continues to improve,” Schweain said. “Frankie (Thomas) and Austin Schettler have battled for two years now and learned a great deal from last year’s seniors Zach Gollwitzer (now playing golf at Akron) and Dillon Jones. Austin is currently leading the team in conference points from our matches. Ryan Dean (senior) has been an outstanding leader for Marquette this season and continues to push greatness toward our underclassmen. I believe he will be playing his best golf for the postseason again this year.”
High school boys track and field Lafayette continues to sizzle in big meets. The Lancers won the recent Phil Brusca Invitational hosted by Ladue. The Lancers won with 86 points. Dylan Quisenberry won the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:11.89. Brendan Scales won the discus with a toss of 134 feet, 3 inches and the shot put with a throw of 54-5.
High school signings Chaminade recently held a signing ceremony for its athletes to sign their college letters of intent. Signing were Austen Killian to Rockhurst for baseball, Michael Schwarze to Haver-
ford College for baseball, Grant Byrne to the University of Chicago for football, Hunter Forte to Boston College for football, Thomas Martin to Lafayette for football, Brad Johnson to The Ohio State University for hockey, Tom Barlow to Wisconsin for soccer, Brendon Ebert to Bellarmine for soccer and Ryan Fagan to Bellarmine for soccer.
High school girls track and field Eureka junior standout Hannah Long has done it again. She recently competed in the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville, winning the 800-meter with a time of 2 minutes, 15.71 seconds. She also was a member of the winning 3,200 relay that won with a time of 9:38.09 and came in second in the mile with a time of 4:54.25. Long is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the mile with a season-best time of 4:45.84. She is No. 11 in the 800 with a best time of 2:11.38.
College golf McKendree University senior Garrett Sneed, a Marquette graduate, has earned All-GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) honors based on his performance at the Sneed conference meet. Sneed finished stroke play under par. After 54 holes, Sneed registered a 2-under-par score of 214. In match play, Sneed battled Joe Atkisson, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, down to the wire before being edged by two strokes. Sneed carded a round of 76.
Amateur Golf Two West County natives – Eric Mendelson and Ian Davis – will help the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association this summer. Each season MAGA is fortunate to have the support of the USGA and the PJ Boatwright Internship grant program to hire two interns to assist with the tournament season. The program, named after the former USGA executive director, provides state and regional golf associations around
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the country with a fulltime staff member. Both Mendelson and Davis are students at the University of Missouri. Mendelson, a Lafayette graduate, is com- Davis pleting his junior year. He is an Evans Scholar who lives at the Scholar House in Columbia. Mendelson earned his Evans Scholarship while caddying at Westwood Country Club and resides in Wildwood. He Mendelson also is an Eagle Scout and is the fourth consecutive Evans Scholar to serve as a Boatwright Intern in 2014. Davis, who resides in Ballwin, is a Chaminade graduate. He is completing his senior season at Missouri where he will earn a degree in psychology. He is an avid golfer who was a four-year letterman in high school and played in numerous Gateway PGA and father/son events with his dad over the years. Davis will travel to the USGA this summer as part of his internship. ••• Alex Cusumano, senior at Loyola of Chicago and graduate of Westminster Christian Academy, kicked off the summer golf season with a good performance in the Old Warson Cup, finishing in second place. Cusumano lost in a playoff to Phil Caravia, of Columbia, Ill., who has been a competitor in MAGA championships, and a formidable one at that, for more than 20 years. Caravia has qualified and competed in countless match play championships, going back to the Taylor Cup days at Boone Valley Golf Club when the Old Warson Cup began. “I was not disappointed or frustrated,” Cusumano said. “He (Caravia) is a great guy and a great ball striker. I played great in every match. Phil hit the shots he needed to hit in pressure situations.” In the semifinals, Cusumano faced topseeded Skip Berkmeyer and won 2 and 1. While his summer schedule was not set as of presstime, Cusumano said he is likely to compete in events similar to last summer.
Chaminade Hall of Fame Chaminade recently inducted its fourth Chaminade Sports Hall of Fame class. Entering the 2014 class were: James Kahlmeyer, 1952; Robert Albair, 1969; Robin Ell, 1975; Ron Hobbs, 1989; Jared Theodorakos, 1999; Aaron Thompson, 2003; Coach Leo Granger; Coach Mike Gauvain; and the 1988 tennis team. Kahlmeyer was nicknamed “Moose” by his classmates. He was an all-star performer in soccer and baseball, and captain of both teams in his senior year. He
received a scholarship to play baseball at Saint Louis University and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Albair was the 1969 Athlete of the Class. He was all-district in basketball and held the school record for scoring average for more than 30 years. He was a co-captain in football and was an American Legion all-star. Ell was a multi-sport star in football, basketball and baseball. He was an all-district player in football for one year and in basketball and baseball two years. He also was Athlete of the Class. Hobbs finished third, first, second and first in the state swimming meet in diving during his years at Chaminade. He was allstate all four years and was an all-American twice. Theodorakos, another Athlete of the Class, was all-state in baseball in 1998 and 1999. He was a pitcher for the state championship team in 1998. He had a scholarship to Baylor and was drafted by the Texas Rangers. Thompson earned 12 letters in soccer, hockey and baseball and was Athlete of the Class. He was a two-time state soccer champion and played at Butler. Granger was the head varsity coach in football, basketball and baseball during the 1920s. He was the second lay person ever to teach at Chaminade and its first lay person coach. Gauvain has been the soccer coach since 1988. He has guided the program to three state championships and one national championship. He has more than 500 victories at Chaminade. The 1988 tennis team was the first of five consecutive state champions for the school under the leadership of coaches Marty Michalski and Jimmie Frain.
Youth baseball Cardinals Alumni Kids Clinics are coming to Manchester, Wildwood and Chesterfield Valley. The clinics teach baseball fundamentals to boys and girls ages 7 to 13, with instruction from former Cardinals players and coaches. The clinic will be at the Manchester Athletic Association fields on July 10, the Pond Athletic Association fields on July 17 and the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Association fields on July 29 (ages 7 to 9) and July 31 (ages 10-13). Clinics will run 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. The price is $85 per child. The clinic price includes: a Cardinals T-shirt and cap, two tickets to a 2014 game, and a Cardinals goodie bag for each camper. There also will be prize drawings for Cardinals’ items, an autograph session and baseball cards of alumni instructors. For more information and to register, visit mlb.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/kids_clinics.jsp.
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A study at University of Illinois at Chicago confirmed claims that therapeutic massage soothes sore muscles and improves circulation.
Measuring the benefits of massage University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have concluded there is truth to claims that massage therapy improves circulation and soothes sore muscles after exercise. What’s more, massage improves blood flow even in individuals who have not recently exercised. “Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but based on minimal data,” said Nina Cherie Franklin, first author of the study. “It also suggests the value of massage outside the context of exercise.” To assess the benefits of massage, researchers had adult study participants exercise their legs to the point of soreness. Half of the participants received leg massages after exercising and half did not. Massage recipients reported no remaining soreness 90 minutes after massage therapy, but the other participants reported continuing soreness 24 hours after exercise. To see if massage therapy improves blood flow, researchers used a test that measures vascular health via ultrasound in the upper arm. Those who received massages showed improved blood flow 90 minutes, 24, 48 and 72 hours after exercise; the non-massage group showed reduced blood
flow 90 minutes and 24 and 48 hours after exercise, with a return to normal 72 hours after exercise. Members of a massage-only control group had virtually the same blood flow improvement levels as those who exercised before massage. Franklin said the fact that massage recipients showed improved vascular function at a distance from their sore muscles and the site of massage suggests a “systemic rather than just a local response (to massage).” “We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way,” she said. “This is not just blood flow speeds – this is actually a vascular response.”
S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, is the person unable to speak, or is he/she hard to understand? Ask the person to say a simple sentence, such as, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of the above symptoms – even if the symptoms go away – call 9-1-1 and get him/her to the hospital immediately. Additional signs of a stroke include sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding. A free “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” mobile app is available for iOS and Android. It includes stroke warning signs and a searchable map of hospitals recognized for heart and stroke care.
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May is American Stroke Month, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is encouraging everyone to learn two things that may save a life: Know if you are at risk for stroke, and know the stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency. Knowledge is power when it comes to stroke, because 80 percent of strokes are preventable. “Knowing if you are at risk for stroke is highly important, because many risk factors can be modified and controlled,” said Dr. Angela Brown, American Heart Association St. Louis board president. “The No. 1 stroke risk factor is high blood pressure. Nearly 78 million Americans have high blood pressure, and many more aren’t even aware that they have it. It’s important to check your blood pressure regularly and talk to your doctor about healthy levels for you.” For a free stroke risk assessment, visit strokeassociation.org/strokemonth. The acronym F.A.S.T. provides a way to help people learn to recognize a stroke and know what to do if a stroke occurs: F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month announced that upon review of available data, the agency does not believe evidence supports “the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of heart attack or stroke.” The term “primary prevention” refers to prevention in people with no history of cardiovascular disease. Many people take aspirin in an effort to reduce the possibility of having a first heart attack or stroke, but according to the FDA, risks associated with doing so include increased risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain. “The available evidence supports the use of aspirin for preventing another heart attack or stroke in patients who have cardiovascular disease or who have already had a heart attack or stroke,” the FDA said in a statement. “Reducing the risk of additional heart attacks or strokes is known as secondary prevention. In patients who have had a cardiovascular event, the known benefits of aspirin for secondary prevention outweigh the risk of bleeding.” For more information on the topic, visit fda.gov.
Mammogram anxiety If a woman has yearly mammograms for 10 years, she is more likely than not to
experience at least one false-positive result, but that is not likely to affect her overall well-being or influence future screening choices, a study showed. A false-positive mammogram occurs when a radiologist sees something abnormal but no cancer is present. False-positive mammograms typically require further screening and perhaps a biopsy, which some researchers have said can cause anxiety and adversely affect a woman’s quality of life. To determine the effects of false-positive mammograms, researchers at Dartmouth College assessed personal anxiety and attitudes of women who experienced them. They found that false-positive results temporarily increased women’s anxiety but had no measurable influence on their overall health and wellbeing and actually increased women’s intentions of undergoing future screenings. “Most policy analyses of breast cancer screening have used assumptions about the harms of screening on health and overall well-being based on expert opinion rather than patient-reported outcomes,” said Anna Tosteson, principal study author. “(Our) study did not support these assumptions and gave us evidence that a false-positive mammogram experience has a limited impact on women’s overall well-being.”
Ambulance ECG and heart attack survival A study conducted in the U.K. found a positive association between surviving a heart attack and ambulance personnel use of electrocardiogram (ECG). Researchers at the University of Surrey who looked at data from nearly half a million adults rushed to the hospital for a heart attack found that the number of people who died within a month of hospital admission was significantly lower among those who were given an ECG in the ambulance. “While there is evidence from other countries that having an ECG test in the ambulance leads to faster treatment, our study is the first to determine that the test is actually associated with improved survival after a heart attack,” said Tom Quinn, lead author of the study. According to Dr. Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the British Heart
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New fitness facility April and Brian Porter recently celebrated the opening of 9Round, a fitness facility located at 17185 New College Ave. in Wildwood. 9Round combines kickboxing, boxing and strength training into a 30-minute, fullbody workout supervised by a certified trainer. There are no class times, and a new workout begins every 3 minutes. Foundation, an ECG helps paramedics deliver optimal treatment prior to a patient’s arrival at the hospital and ensures that hospital staff are better prepared when the patient arrives. An ECG is a simple test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.
Gardening for better health Many studies have confirmed that gardening can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and give a psychological boost to older adults, and new research suggests that the pastime can bring similar health benefits to young adults. Researchers in South Korea outfitted students in their 20s with devices to measure calorie output, oxygen uptake and heart rate and had them perform various gardening tasks. The students each performed 10 common gardening tasks, undertaking five tasks on each of two occasions, working on each task for five minutes and resting for five minutes after each task. Upon review of the recorded data, the researchers concluded that all 10 tasks served as “moderate- to high-intensity” activities for the young adults. Tasks providing exercise of moderate intensity included transplanting plants, mixing growing medium, watering, harvesting, sowing, hoeing, mulching, raking and weeding; digging was found to be a highintensity activity.
On the calendar 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
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This multi-tasking, multi-talented dynamic duo brings a new and exciting show to Faust Park each year.
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d Chamber of Commerce has presented free summer concerts to the Chesterfield ty Park is host to thousands of residents and people enjoying the music and talents seated very long. When the music starts, so does the dancing. The excitement starts d as a birthday party for the city of Chesterfield, every person is treated to free cake, ectacular fireworks display provided by the city of Chesterfield and the Chamber of purchase soda, beer, wine, popcorn, candy and snacks at the Chamber’s concession
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Gypsy Jones is today’s rock with a strong influence of blues and funky grooves. A group of talented musicians partnered with the soulful vocals of Brianna Sabatino promise a night of powerful sounds and inspiring melodies. Blending the melodiesof yesterday with the rhythms of today, the end result is a sound all their own.
Whiskey Dixon is THE premier top 40, cover new country band from the St. Louis area. Formed in March 2008, Whiskey Dixon takes an alternative, edgy approach to the new country market, and people cannot seem to get enough!
Rockin’ Chair is a reunion of members from ‘70’s regional bands Mesa and Nickels. The group has put together a show that celebrates the music of Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Band, The Allman Brothers Band and the groups that were later formed by their members. Please join us for a tribute to this great era of music.
Encore Band is known for high quality sound and vocals, cutting edge music technology, amazing musicians and the variety of songs they play. Their song list includes hundreds of songs, covering all music genres and styles, from contemporary songs heard on radio today, to country, ‘50s and ‘60s, disco to Motown, jazz, swing and standards. They cover it all, beautifully!
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Early language and communication skills are key building blocks to a child’s success in school and throughout life. According to recent research, there are several things early childhood educators can do to spark the growth of language and communication skills in infants and toddlers, giving them a strong foundation for future learning. Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, examined peer-reviewed science about what early childhood educators can do to encourage early language and communication, looking specifically for optimal adult-child interactions. The researchers streamlined their findings into a list of recommended practices and in November, they published them online in “More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers.” Following is an overview of the researchers’ recommendations: • Get Chatty – Engage in conversations with children.
• Be a Commentator – Give descriptions of objects, activities or events. • Mix It Up – Use different types of words and grammar. • Label It – Provide children with the names of objects or actions. • Tune In – Engage in activities or objects that interest children. • Read Interactively – Use books to engage children’s participation. • Read it Again & Again & Again – Read books multiple times. • Props, Please – Introduce objects that spark conversations. • Make Music – Engage in musical activities. • Sign It – Use gestures or simple signs with words. In the publication, the researchers explain the science that supports each suggested practice and provide examples of how to use it. For instance, the “Get Chatty” recommendation suggests that adults comment to youngsters on everyday routines such as hand-washing as they occur: “We are washing our hands. We are making lots of bubbles.” According to the researchers, their recommended practices are not only for early childhood educators; parents can put them to use as well. “We think parents could use these same practices with their young children,” said Gardner-Neblett. “By using these strategies at home, parents can provide children with the rich language exposure and opportunities they need to enhance their language and communication, helping them to achieve in preschool and beyond.” To download a copy of “More than Baby Talk,” visit fpg.unc.edu/node/6466.
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CHILD CARE CHOICES Teacher tips for preschool parents By SUE HORNOF Preschool is a time for lots of new beginnings for a young child: a new environment, a new teacher, new rules and new friends. Following are tips from area preschool teachers on how parents can help their children adjust to preschool: • One of the best things a parent can do is establish a consistent morning routine and do his or her best to stick to it. Change can be scary, but consistency helps a child feel safe. Parents might be surprised to learn how a child’s day can be thrown off simply by arriving to school late. • Sometimes parents have to pick their battles. If allowing your child to wear his Halloween costume in April or to wear the same tutu over her pants every day means arriving to school on time and happy, go for it. Don’t worry about what the teacher might think. In fact, if a child comes to school in the same outfit day after day, the teacher will likely assume that he or she must really love it – and sympathize with the parent who has to wash the same thing over and over again! • Remember to feed your child! Not all preschools have budgets for providing nutri-
tious produce at snack time, and children end up eating processed foods like cookies and snack crackers. A protein-rich breakfast can provide a child with the energy and nutrients needed to play and learn. • If your child is screaming and crying at drop-off time, give a warm hug and a kiss and be on your way. It’s hard to leave a child in distress, but prolonging a goodbye will only make things worse. Your child’s teacher has been trained to comfort and engage your child. • If your child has a hard time taking a nap at school, ask if you can send a special blanket or toy to provide a sense of security. • Does your child have a favorite TV show, song or character? If so, be sure to tell your child’s teacher so he or she can easily connect with your child and establish rapport. • If there is something stressful or out of the ordinary in your child’s life at home – such as a new sibling, parents who are out of town, a recent move or the loss of a pet, for example – consider sharing that information with the teacher. Doing so can help the teacher better understand a possible change in behavior and be sensitive to the needs of your child.
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CHILD CARE CHOICES SCREEN TIME FOR TODDLERS
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Many parents are allowing their young children to spend more time in front of entertainment media devices than pediatricians and other childhood development professionals recommend, according to a recent poll. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidelines on media use for children, discouraging screen time altogether for children younger than the age of 2 and limiting screen time to two hours a day for older kids. The AAP suggested also that parents keep screens out of children’s bedrooms, maintain screen-free family mealtimes and consider setting aside screen-free days for the entire family. In a University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health conducted in March, 560 parents of children aged 1-5 responded to questions about how they managed screen time in their households. “In our poll, we found that one-quarter of parents of kids 2 to 5 years old are allowing more than three hours of entertainment screen time each day. That is more than recommended,” said Dr. April Khadijan Inniss, a pediatrician at University of Michigan. In addition, the poll found that: • Slightly more than half (53 percent) of parents limit entertainment screen time by
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location. • Twenty-eight percent of parents manage screen time using a combination of location and time limits. • Thirteen percent of parents limit neither screen time nor location for their youngsters. • Only 12 percent of parents of children younger than age 2 believe that no entertainment screen time is a reasonable recommendation. • Among parents of children aged 2-5, 88 percent think that two or fewer hours of daily screen time is reasonable. According to Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll, parents who disregard the AAP’s recommendations are putting their youngsters at a disadvantage. “When you get to three or four hours each day, that screen time crowds out other important activities that babies and young kids should be engaging in: looking at books, going for walks or playing outside,” said Davis, who admitted that in today’s world of TV, videos, smartphones and tablets, limiting screen time can be a challenge. Davis said he tells his own patients that a good first step is to limit entertainment screen time by location. “The most common approaches to limiting screen time have more to do with location than minutes,” he said. “That makes sense. It’s easier to say, ‘no smartphones at the table’ than to be watching the clock.” Inniss said that because there is growing evidence that how young children interact with screen media is at least as important as how much time they spend with it, future recommendations regarding entertainment screen time should consider quality as well as quantity.
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LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND DRINKS More Than 30 Acts Featuring Area Performers Of All Ages Take The Stage Starting At 2:30 p.m. Come And Enjoy This Fun And Free Event while you cheer on your favorites!
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Veteran rockers Kung Fu Caveman plays classic rock favorites from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and many more, along with new rock tunes. Kung Fu Caveman will perform two sets starting at 7 p.m.
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Plenty of open seating will be available in the amphitheater on a first-come, firstserved basis. Guests who prefer lawn seating should bring chairs and blankets. Parking details are as follows: • Limited parking is available on Veterans Place Drive; guests also are welcome to park at the nearby Chesterfield Aquatic Center, located in Central Park at 16365 Lydia Hill Drive. • For guests with disabilities or who require assistance, a drop-off spot will be clearly marked at the amphitheater entrance. • Parking will not be permitted in the
Chesterfield Valley YMCA or at the Samuel Sachs branch of the St. Louis County Library during open hours at those facilities. Important traffic reminder: Visitors should note that the Chesterfield Parkway West bridge remains closed over I-64, so the amphitheater cannot be accessed via that route. Drivers coming from the east should exit I-64 at Chesterfield Parkway East (Exit 20). Merge onto N. Outer Forty Road, then turn left on Chesterfield Parkway East. Turn left on Lydia Hill, then right on Veterans Place Drive to the amphitheater.
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People’s Choice Award
The 2014 Talent Bash winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of local judges. A Peoples’ Choice Award will be added this year for the first time, to give the audience members a chance to choose their favorite overall performer. Judges for this year’s competition include Mike Kociela, president of Entertainment St. Louis and founder of the St. Louis Blues Museum; Nikki Franklin of TalentPlus Entertainment; Jeannie Hood, owner of Three French Hens in Wildwood; Lisa Bobrzynski, communications specialist with the city of Chesterfield, Brian Vaccaro, director of music education at Mozingo Music, and Ben Nordstrom, award-winning actor. Here’s how the judging will work: • Acts are divided into four age groups – youth, teen, young adult and adult – and are categorized either as a solo/duo or as a group. Each judge will score the acts based on presentation, creativity, ability and
audience appeal. Judges will combine their scores to select a winner in each category for each age group. • To choose the winner in the new People’s Choice category, every act will have a designated voting box. Guitar picks will be available for purchase, at a cost of $5 for 10 picks. Audience members will vote for their favorites by dropping picks into the box of their choice. • After the category and Peoples’ Choice winners have been chosen, the judges’ scores, along with Peoples’ Choice consideration and the opinions of Talent Bash coordinators, will determine the Grand Champion. All of the winners will receive a trophy in addition to cash prizes, detailed below. The People’s Choice and Grand Champion performers will be featured in an upcoming issue of West Newsmagazine, interviewed live on KTRS Radio and invited to perform at this year’s Wildwood BBQ Bash.
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By DAN FOX firstname.lastname@example.org Adrianne Weber literally has her head in the clouds, but only when she’s flying. “I’ve loved airplanes since I was a little kid,” Weber said. “I would always just imagine myself flying.” Her fascination with aviation started when her father took her to her first air show at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. What started out as a child’s daydreams has turned into a passion for the 21-year-old O’Fallon resident, who is dead-set on obtaining her dream. In high school, when her fellow students were pursuing more typical hobbies, Weber got behind the controls of a plane. “I was never really a dancer or a cheerleader,” she said. At age 15, she took an introductory flight, the first step in attaining a pilot’s license, but the process and costs associated with attaining a pilot’s license intimidated her, and she took a break from pursuing her dream. In July of 2013, everything changed when she saw one of her longtime aviation heroes, stunt pilot Patty Wagstaff, perform. In 2013, Weber had never seen Wagstaff fly in person, but she had watched videos of her performances and had always admired her from afar. Without realizing Wagstaff would be in the air at the July 4 Fair St. Louis Air Show that year, Weber attended the event. “It was like a bomb dropped,” Weber said. “It inspired me right then and there to start back up. No more waiting. I thought, ‘This is my dream. I’m going to go and find a good flight school.’ And I haven’t backed down since.” Weber is currently halfway through the process of getting her pilot’s license, taking
lessons at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and is only a few lessons away from performing her first solo flight. Her father, Gregg Weber, said that while her hobby may make him nervous, he recognizes that his daughter always makes smart choices and her ability to do the right thing gives him some comfort. However, being careful doesn’t stop Weber from pushing her limits. “She makes the right choices, but as far as her fear side, she likes to test some boundaries in that area, but safely,” her father said. His daughter’s biggest fan, Gregg earned major brownie points with his daughter after the announcement of the 2014 return of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show was made. Wagstaff had been announced as a performer, and Gregg and his wife reached out to her to see if the pilot would meet with their daughter. Wagstaff ended up offering much more. “I looked up Patty’s website, and there was an email address, (so) I wrote a ‘sappy dad letter’ about Adrianne’s story and how she used to talk about Patty all the time,” Gregg said. “It wasn’t more than a couple hours later that we had a response, and things just went from there.” Adrianne was given the chance to work with Wagstaff’s crew at the May 3-4 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show. She helped by walking through the pre-flight routine on Wagstaff’s plane, wiping down, oiling and refueling the plane during the event. Getting to know her childhood hero, as well as Wagstaff’s machine, has been a heart-stopping, as well as eye-opening, experience for Weber. “We have a lot in common,” Weber said. “I was talking about how I loved huge roller coasters as a kid, and all my other friends were like ‘Adrianne, are you crazy?’” “I was exactly the same way, exactly,” Wagstaff said. “I said ‘Uh oh, we might have another airshow pilot here.’” Being involved on the performer’s side of an air show has put a missing puzzle piece into place for Weber, and given her a different perspective on an event she loved growing up. “I’ve always, always gone to airshows,” Weber said. “But I always felt like I wasn’t really a spectator. I did not connect with the spectator point of view, because I wanted something more than that. “Actually being a part of it, I’ll never want to be a spectator again. Just being a part of the crew, or maybe one day flying in air shows, too – that’s the side I want to be on. That’s where I know I’m supposed to be.” “It’s been said 1,000 times, but it’s so true,” Gregg said. “If you’re passionate about something, and you want that enough, you’ll find a way.”
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they were presented with scents of familiar humans, followed by the scent of familiar dogs. That, Berns said, suggests that dogs discriminate familiar humans’ scents and regard them in a positive way. “While we might expect that dogs should be highly tuned to the smell of other dogs, it seems that the ‘reward response’ is reserved for their humans,” he said. “Whether this is based on food, play, innate genetic predisposition or something else remains an area for future investigation.” America’s favorite vet The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is seeking nominations for its America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest. Anyone who knows a veterinarian who exhibits outstanding qualities, such as being a good listener, being heavily involved in the community or making a difference in some way, is encouraged to nominate that individual. Nominators have until June 6 to fill out and submit an entry form and explain in an essay of 250 words or less why the nominee deserves to be named America’s Favorite Veterinarian. The form can be found at americasfavoriteveterinarian.org. Nominees will be contacted for additional information. An AVMF committee will determine the finalists based on criteria such as interpersonal skills and professional involvement. Finalists will be announced in July at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention. Then, the public will vote to select the top finalist, and America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be announced in the fall. The winner and nominator will receive prizes. The contest was launched last week in conjunction with National Pet Week as a way to honor and recognize the relationship between veterinarians and animal owners. Pets for children with autism A researcher at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine who studied dog ownership in families of children with autism spectrum disorder found that in most cases, having a dog was beneficial for the children. “Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with others, which can make it difficult for them to form friendships,” said Gretchen Carlisle, MU research fellow. “Children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship to the children.” In interviews with 70 parents of children
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With new state learning standards on the horizon, districts stand ready to help students who struggle By MARCIA GUCKES email@example.com Did you hear that? It’s the sound of most students in West County breathing a collective sigh of relief as testing season – more specifically the annual Missouri Assessment Program tests, better known as MAP tests – comes to a close. MAP tests are designed to check on whether the state’s students are learning what they are supposed to be learning at each grade level. For students and educators, MAP testing is a big deal. So big that much of what students are taught throughout the year is geared toward hig achievements on MAP tests. Schools hold rallies and plan special activities around the tests. Students are encouraged to get enough sleep and eat well so as to perform well on the tests. But students who struggle in the classroom may find it hard to measure up against the state’s standards regardless of how much cheerleading, healthy eating and sleep they receive. And those students may soon find it even harder to measure up because the state standards are changing. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, Missouri will be including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math and English/language arts in its own set of educational expectations – the Missouri Learning Standards. At least that has been the plan since 2010 when Missouri joined 40 other states in adopting CCSS. Currently, Missouri lawmakers are considering changing their minds and dropping the national standards in favor of rewriting the state’s own set of learning standards. If that happens, the newly rewritten state standards would be implemented in the 2016-17 academic year. Either way, for at least the next two school years, Missouri Learning Standards will include CCSS. The change may make school more difficult for some students because the new standards require some concepts to be taught at an earlier grade than before and for all lessons to be taught in greater depth than they are now. Examples of grade level changes can be found on The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. For example, students finishing kindergarten were previously expected to count by rote up to 100. Under the new standards a graduating kindergartner should be able to count to 100 by ones and tens. Under the previous Missouri state standards, kindergartners would be expected
to recognize numerals up to 31. Under the new state standards, kindergartners also will be expected to write numbers from 0 to 20. The more difficult adjustments are the ones that occur in later grades. “We have had to adjust our curriculum and assessments to make sure the students are getting what they need at any given grade level,” said Kevin Beckner, Parkway’s coordinator for student assessment. “For example, adverbs may be learned at a certain grade level now but (with Common Core, will move) to another grade level.
curricular support, such as tutoring. For example, Rockwood’s “Tutor Connection” program maintains a list of Rockwood teachers and certified professionals on every grade level who will tutor a student for about $50 an hour outside of the regular school day. School district administrators also said some things will stay the same for students needing a slower-paced learning process. For example, Rockwood’s Algebra I class will still be offered as the standard full-year class or it can also still be taken in two parts over a two-year period,
We have to make sure that our curriculum in that grade level addresses those kinds of things.”
according to Math Content Facilitator Lisa Lingle. Beckner also said the new standards will not affect Parkway’s algebra program. He said the district will continue to help struggling students with extra support, ranging from an academic lab focused on math to more concrete “hands-on” ways to learn a concept or skill to taking a whole grade-level and forming flexible groups that move and change as needed. But despite a school’s best efforts to help, there will also be students who still will find themselves struggling with the changes in learning expectations. Those students may either be referred to or seek out the support of the Special School District of St. Louis County.
Moving at a slower pace Logically, it seems that children with learning challenges stand to face the most difficulty when adapting to the new standards. But Rockwood’s Director of Curriculum Matthew Frederickson told West Newsmagazine that the districts’ “schools have worked to provide appropriate support for the diverse learning needs of students through other instructional shifts.” According to Frederickson, the change in standards is helping teachers refocus their efforts to find ways to “differentiate their instructional practices so that students, who need a varied approach to master a skill or concept, receive that support and are not left behind. That approach might include in-classroom instruction or extra-
Challenges of Common Core Paul Bauer is the Special School Dis-
trict’s assistant superintendent of learning and assessment. He noted two aspects of Missouri’s new Common Core State Standards that may be a problem for many struggling students. One aspect is that the knowledge base necessary to do well with the in-depth learning expected under the new standards may be too deep for some students. “What you often see with students with disabilities is that they have missed out on some background knowledge or have gaps in their background knowledge which then affects their ability to use that knowledge,” Bauer said. On the other hand, some students may have the knowledge but not be able to express it in a way acceptable to meet the standardized learning expectations. “If you have students with difficulty expressing their thoughts, then responding to a lot of things in the Missouri Learning Standards or responding to the curricula that districts have that are based on the learning standards can be real difficult,” Bauer said. “That’s why we’ve told our teachers that some things they can do to help their students improve are to have their students read, read, read everything and to write, write, write all the time.” Even if a student can express his or her thoughts, the CCSS’ emphasis on deeper levels of thinking and knowledge may be a problem for some students, according to another experienced special educator. Joe Biondo is currently an educational consultant and advocate at the St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association. Seven years ago he retired after 37 years in education including serving as the director of related services for the Special School District of St. Louis County. “A negative aspect (of CCSS) for some students is the emphasis on ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘what happens next?’” Biondo said. “It’s not just rote memory that’s required and students with languagebased difficulties struggle with interpretation to begin with. They also often have difficulties with seeing relationships, holding ideas in long-term memory, and being able to associate one idea with another.” Biondo applauds the general educational interventions being used by Parkway and Rockwood for students who fall behind, but he thinks that waiting until all those strategies have been tried before using special education techniques may be too long for some children.
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“A kid who learns differently, for instance a child who learns best visually, may not get that differentiation (in instruction) until the other interventions have failed,” Biondo said. “There’s usually no special education until the team has enough data.” SSD’s Bauer would agree. “When we have students who do not score proficient on the state assessment, we look at where that student’s specific skills are, and we try to help the student develop skills that are in need of improvement. General education intervention is not special education,” Bauer said. “If a student continues to have difficulty (after general education intervention) and the teacher and the school have tried many different strategies to help that student master the material, one of the next steps might be a referral for evaluation for special education eligibility.” On the other end of the spectrum On the other hand, the shift in learning standards may also affect students on the opposite end of the spectrum, such as a student who is ready for higher math but who is stuck in a grade-level in which the new expectations require less. “We don’t want anyone to sit and be bored,” Beckner said, “We never want to be lock-step. We want to be flexible.” He said that’s when an intervention team of teachers may meet to figure out what to do if a student already knows what he’s supposed to know. According to Beckner, the answer might be that a sixth-grader is accelerated into seventh-grade math or a middle school student takes Algebra I, even though that is a level beyond the learning expectations set by CCSS. Rockwood’s curriculum director said that district also is ready to individualize students’ learning experiences. “For students that need to be accelerated, an increased focus on standards may assist classroom teachers in identifying when students have mastered a standard and are ready to be moved ahead of their peers,” Frederickson said. No matter where a student gets the help to meet CCSS or exceed them, Bauer sees the changes as a challenge worth working to meet. “I think that writing your curricula to Missouri Learning Standards is raising the bar for kids, but it’s a bar that kids can reach. I think we owe it to our students and we owe it to our families and our patrons and our community that our students learn as much knowledge and as many skills and as many tools as possible so that they can compete in the 21st century.” More information about Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core State
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Helping students succeed beyond the classroom In some cases, even special education or additional supports may not be the answer. For students already struggling with difficulties outside of school, the stress of trying to keep up with the new standards may be too much. Susan Robson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Ellisville. She counsels students whose school issues may stem from problems at home, such as the death of a parent, divorce, or abuse. Traumatic events like those can result in behavioral and emotional problems that may affect a child’s ability to do well in school. “Grief can overwhelm a child,” Robson said. “Sometimes a child’s emotions can be too much for them to regulate. The extra challenge of school can be the last straw for some students.” According to Robson, children experiencing emotional overload become less able to pay attention. They have difficulty remembering and recalling what they have studied. “When they can’t take it any more they may behave inappropriately,” Robson said. “The frustration often appears as anger. A child may become physically aggressive, stomp his feet, slam stuff down and disrupt the class.” Students who become this stressed out will find it difficult to meet the school’s behavior standards, much less the state’s learning standards. In those situations, Robson suggests that teachers and parents may want to seek help from agencies outside the school, such as the St. Louis chapters of the Learning Disabilities Association or Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD).
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PLACES Brightway Insurance, owned by Chesterfield resident Gary Silverman, has opened at 125 Long Road in Chesterfield. ••• As part of its community development initiative, Electro Savings Credit Union is having over one-third of its staff become Certified Financial Counselors. Electro Savings, which operates West County branches in Manchester and Wildwood, earned its Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation from the U.S. Treasury in 2013, and has received a grant to develop alternative products to high-interest predatory loans. •••
Employees of Chesterfield-based Reliv recently completed their sixth annual Week of Caring. Reliv employees visited four different charities and volunteered for the day, in some cases bringing money or donations with them. This year they visited Five Acres Animal Shelter, St. Louis Area FoodBank, Habitat for Humanity Restore and Covenant House. Since launching the Week of Caring, Reliv groups have visited 17 different charities in the St. Louis area, and volunteered more than 1200 hours of their time.
AWARDS AND HONORS Town & Country resident John Eilermann, Chairman of McBride & Son Companies, and Chesterfield resident Ken Stricker, CEO of Consort Homes, Inc., received Excellence of Achievement Awards from the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) on April 8. The award is given to members who have demonstrated more than 15 years of service to the HBA, the industry and the community. ••• For the second year in a row, Mosby Building Arts has received the “Best of Houzz” award for Customer Satisfaction by the leading national website for home remodeling and design. In addition, a detached garage designed and built by Mosby for the home of a St. Louis architect was a First Place winner in the Organized Space category of the 2014 Architect And
Designer Awards sponsored by St. Louis At Home magazine. ••• The team of Kristi Monschein-DeSantis and J.T. Monschein, of Prudential Alliance, Realtors in Chesterfield Valley, has earned the Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award, given to the top 1 percent of Prudential agents in both gross commissions and units closed. In addition, they received the PREA 100, placing them in the top 100 of the 50,000 agents with Prudential affiliates nationwide.
EVENTS AND NETWORKING The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Business Over Breakfast event on Thursday, May 15, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the St. Luke’s Hospital Auditorium, 232 S. Woods Mill Road. Join us to learn how to protect your company’s data in a “bring your own device world.” The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members; visit chesterfieldmochamber.com to register or call the chamber office at 532-3399. ••• The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m. at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. The event is free for chamber members and $15 for non-members. Register at chesterfieldmochamber. com or call 532-3399.
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••• Whole Foods Market hosts a Community Support Day to benefit Angels’ Arms from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at its Town & Country location, 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive. Guests can learn more about the nonprofit at stations throughout the store, create birthday cards for foster children and get their faces painted. ••• The Eureka Knights of Columbus BBQ is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 at the Wedge near the intersection of Hwy. 109 and S. Central/Augustine Road. Pork steaks, chicken, hamburgers, brats and hot dogs are available along with sides and drinks. ••• A 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 poverty-stricken areas of Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. The funds help establish neighborhood churches and maintain school scholarships. For information, call 227-7292 or visit westcountybiblechurch.com. ••• Matt Edmundson, music teacher from Wild Horse Elementary, and his band Eddie’s Munsters perform a Relay For Life benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. ••• Gordo’s Full Band performs a benefit concert for Wounded Warriors on Friday, May 30 at Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant, 16721 Main Street in Wildwood. Indigo Joe’s also is doing a 50/50 raffle all month to benefit the nonprofit. For more information, call 458-4900. ••• A Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis is on Sunday, June 1 at Creve Coeur Lake Park. Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from the digestive diseases Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. For more information about the walk, contact Emily DuBois at (314) 863-4747 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at cctakesteps.org/stlouis.
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Elaine Rosi Academy hosts an open house Hoedown from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at its Wildwood campus. Guests can tour the facilities, grab a hot dog and chips, or enjoy the 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. The first 250 children will receive a free safety bag. Other activities include bike safety and bicycle safety course, child ID kits and fingerprinting, food allergy awareness information, free child safety car seat inspections, summer safety tips from St. Luke’s Urgent Care Centers, and more. ••• Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center, 17300 North Outer Forty Drive in Chesterfield, hosts an open house on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tours of the facility will be available, as well as a meet and greet with Dr. Avi Domnitz Gebet and her staff. Topics of discussion will include autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, concussion syndrome and developmental delays. For additional details, call 778-9212. ••• Manchester American Legion Post 208 hosts a Spring Festival Celebration of Armed Forces Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the south parking lot of its headquarters, 225 Old Sulphur Spring Road in Manchester. The outdoor celebration includes food, vendors, children’s games, clowns, music and more. Admission is free. ••• The annual St. Louis County Greek Fest is on May 23-May 26 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road. The Greek Fest features live Greek music and dancing, a marketplace shopping experience and Greek food specialties. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit stlgreekfest.com. ••• The city of Ellisville holds a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, with the parade route running from Clarkson and Clayton roads to Bluebird Park. Following the parade is the annual Ellisville Memorial Day remembrance ceremony, a
farmer’s market and car show. For more information, call 227-9660. ••• Chesterfield Summer Movie Series Kicks off at 8 p.m. with Disney’s “Planes” on May 30 at Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran’s Place Drive in Chesterfield’s Central Park. Admission is free. Details at chesterfieldamphitheater.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 completely funded by donations and entry fees. Spectators are welcome; admission is free. Volunteers are needed and can contact email@example.com. ••• The 33rd Annual Ballwin Days 5K Run, 1-Mile Adult Race/Sprint and 1-Mile Walk/Youth Run is on Sunday, June 8 at Vlasis Park, 100 Vlasis Park Drive. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk and youth run begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed and encouraged to contact Matt Struemph at matt.struemph@ ballwin.mo.us. Entry fees are $25 through May 25 for the 1-Mile Adult Race, $10 for the Walk/Youth Run or $30 for both races. Register at ballwin.mo.us by May 25 to be guaranteed a participation T-shirt. ••• A sing-along version of Disney’s “Frozen” is at 8 p.m. on June 13 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran’s Place Drive in Chesterfield’s Central Park. Admission is free. Details at chesterfieldamphitheater.com.
LIVE PERFORMANCES The city of Wildwood hosts a Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, May 16 to benefit Circle Of Concern and kick off its Wildwood Concert Series in Town Center Plaza, 221 Plaza Drive. The Smashband is featured. Admission is free, but concert-goers are asked to bring peanut butter and jelly donations for families in need. ••• The annual West County Talent Bash is on Saturday, May 17 at the Central Park
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SPECIAL INTEREST The Green Speaker Series hosts a presentation on environmentally responsible investing by financial advisor Jake Barnett at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Longview Farm Park, 13525 Clayton Road, Town & Country. Barnett, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, presents an informational look at investments that can reflect the investor’s values. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••• A Policy Breakfast: 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up is at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20 at Show-Me Institute, 4512 West Pine Blvd. In St. Louis. Missouri Sen. John Lamping is the featured speaker. Admission is free. ••• The Historic Preservation Commission of the city of Wildwood hosts “The Underground Railroad and Slave Burial Sites in the St. Louis Area,” a lecture by Julie Nicolai at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at City Hall, 16860 Main Street. This event is free and open to the public. ••• The St. Louis Senior Olympics is May 22-27 at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Visit stlouisseniorolympics.org for event times and details. ••• The annual Mark Raiffie Memorial Lecture featuring Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein is from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 at Aish HaTorah, 457 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield. Milstein is the host of a weekly radio program in New York City and has appeared before thousands as senior lecturer for Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminars. For information, call (314) 862-2474 or email email@example.com. ••• The West County Swing Dance Club holds a dance that is open to the public from 8-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Moolah Shrine Center, 12545 Fee Fee Road. The not-for-profit social group offers basic to advanced swing dance lessons before the dance at 7 p.m. For details, visit wcsdc.com.
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Our Firm Focuses on Your Small or Mid-Sized Business Full-Service so You have Time to Focus on Your Business
Call Tom at 314-888-9630
Computer, internet headset, webcam and dedicated land line
$30 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour Day, evening and weekend appointments available.
Family Owned & Operated
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MBW & JWS Nursing Home Skills & In-Home Care
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Line ad: 8 lines of text, approximately 30-35 words in this size type. West Newsmagazine is direct-mailed to 68,000+ homes in St. Louis County and Mid Rivers Newsmagazine is direct-mailed to 62,000+ homes in St. Charles County. Call 636-591-0010.
ERIC'S ELECTRIC - Licensed, Bonded and Insured: Service upgrades, fans, can lights, switches, outlets, basements, code violations fixed, we do it all. Emergency calls & back up generators. No job too small. Competitively priced. Free Estimates. Just call 636-262-5840.
Top Notch Waterproofing & Foundation Repair LLC. Cracks, sub-pump systems, structural & concrete repairs. Exterior drainage correction. Serving Missouri for 15 yrs. Free estimate 636-2816982. Finally, a contractor who is honest and leaves the job site clean. Lifetime Warranties.
MOBILE WRENCH - On-site Small Engine Repair/Maintenance for Lawn mowers, ATVs, motorcycles, go-carts, etc. Quality service and reasonable rates. No hauling or waiting for equipment. I come to you! Buy • Sell • Trade. Contact Don @ 314-7496612.
Business & Real Estate • Business Formation • Contracts & Leases • Buy/Sell Agreements Litigation & Mediation Steven Erickson
314-608-0628 • www.JSErickson.com 400 Chesterfield Center, Suite 420 • Chesterfield, MO 63017
I BUY CARS - high miles - OK. Up to $3,000. 36 years in business. Chesterfiel home owner for 25 years. 314-434-1868 - home or 314-524-3200 -business.
We cut cost, not corners for 18 YRS! 1st time - 4 hrs. $90 ($120 Value) Locally owned, employees are bonded/insured w/bckgrnd checks. Pet-friendly. FREE ESTIMATES. Accept all major credit cards. 636-5488153. Check our our site at KeepingItClean.biz.
Executive income. A wellness company. Work from home. Expanding in this area. Call for interview. 800-478-7441.
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DSI/Door Solutions, Inc. Garage Doors, Electric Openers. Fast Repairs. All makes and models. Same day service. Free Estimates. Custom wood and Steel Doors. BBB Member, Angie's List. Call 314-550-4071.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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J & J HAULING
30 Years Trial Experience ~ Licensed in Missouri & Illinois
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WOOD FLOOR REFINISHING: Add instant equity to your home. Professional Floors of St. Louis' 33 year old fully insured company ser ving e nt i re m e t ro co m m u n i t y. Sanding, refinishing, repairs, new installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314-843-4348, profloorstl.com.
Computer, internet headset, webcam and dedicated land line
Email: ClassifiEds@nEwsmagazinEnEtwork.Com Computer Service
Weekly • Bi-Weekly • Monthly Move in & Move Out $10 OFF AFFORDABLE New Clients PRICING
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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.
Hourly wage plus performance bonus
Apply online Flexible Hoursat www.hudsonmanagementservices.net Work at home opportunity
Must have YMCA computer,isinternet The West County now and dedicated land line Home Improvement accepting applications for: • Facility Manager - Full Time, West County and Wildwood ($38 - $42 annual) • Lead Custodian Part Time PM ($9.12 to 11.41 hourly) • Custodian Part Time AM & PM Total Bathroom Remodeling ($7.50 to $9.38 per hour) Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical Benefit package includes a 20 Years Experience Free YMCA Membership. EOE M/F/D/V. Must pass criminal background screening. E-Verify All Around Construction LLC - All Employer. interior and exterior remodeling Mail resume/application to: and repairs. Historic restoration, HR, 16464 Burkhardt Place molding duplication. Finished Chesterfield, MO 63017 or basements, kitchens, baths and email: LLinck@ymcastlouis.org decks. Liability, workmens comp, and EPA certified in lead removal. 20 years exp. Call 314-393-1102 or WE ARE HIRING: American 636-237-3246. 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.
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.
Handyman Minor Repairs • Carpentry Electrical • Painting FREE Estimates West County Area
Help Wanted 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.
HIRING IMMEDIATELY HIRING IMMEDIATELY qualified appointments. Local growing company looking for results-oriented individuals Local growing company looking for results to assist clients in qualified appointments. o securing Permanent Part-Time oriented individuals to assist clients in securing o Paid Training • Permanent Part-Time • Flexible Hours qualified appointments. o Hourly wage plus performance bonus • Paid Training • Work at home opportunity o Flexible Hours Permanent Part-Time • Hourly wage plus performance bonus • Must have computer, internet and o Work at home opportunity Paid Training dedicated land line o Must have computer, internet and dedicated land line
SPECIALIZE IN DAMAGE CONTROL: Expert CAULKING APPLICATION/ PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE for showers, tubs, windows, doors and trim. STOP the LEAKS and DAMAGE. Also Carpentry & Deck Repair. - Call John Hancock today! 636-7952627.
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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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Mowing, Aeration and clean-up. Mulching, bush/tree trimming, edging, drainage work, fence repair and more! References available. FREE Estimates. Call TODAY! 636-237-5160.
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• Clean Out • Retaining Walls • Paver Patios • Mulch 1 FREE CUT w/1 year contract
MORALES LANDSCAPE LLC. Clean-Up, Mowing, Mulching, Aeration, Trimming, Edging, Weeding, Leaf/Tree Removal, Sod Installation, Planting, Retaining Walls, Paver Patio, Stone & Brick work, Drainage work! FREE ESTIMATES. 636-346-6923 or moraleslandscape@hotmail. com.
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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. .
Prof. Lawn Mowing & Maintenance
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CLEAN-UP! Trim Bushes • Sodding Mulch • Retaining Walls
2 CUTS FREE w/1 yr. contract
Tom Langley - Owner
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Kirkwood Roofing All types of Roofing • Repairs Fully Insured • FREE Estimates
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Tutoring Certified Dyslexia Tutor and Screening Specialist - Get your child to grade level or above in reading, spelling & math. 25+ yrs. experience. M.A.Ed.Brown University. Mbr.Int'l Dyslexia Assoc. Excellent ref. in Chesterfield, MO. Free consultation, call Heidi at: 207-522-0248. Email: email@example.com.
636.591.0010 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.
- 25 years Experience Fully Insured • Owner/Operator
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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.
Fully Insured • References
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10% OFF Lawn Service with Annual Contract
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.
Fully Insured • Free Estimates
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DRY WALL CONTRACTOR HANGING, TAPING, PAINTING: Patrick Interior Finish Co., LLC: www.patrickinteriorfinish.com. 25+ yrs. exp. Honest Day's Work for Honest Day's Pay. Ref. avail. Licensed/Bonded. Call 314-4150377. BBB member.
Tree & Brush Removal • Pruning • Dead-Wooding Deep Root Fertilization • Stump Grinding • Cabling Storm Clean-Up • Plant Healthcare
Sell your home
$75 Per Avg. Rm Size
Residential • Commercial Complete Tree Service
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Grass Cutting • Fertilizing Programs Tree & Shrub Care • Core Aeration De-Thatching • Seeding/Sod All Around Landscape Design & Installation COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL Serving St. Louis County Since 1978
(12'x12' Walls 3 Room Minimum)
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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Quality Painting Inc.
YOUR HOUSE could look this good!
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612 Nirk Kirkwood, MO 63122
Spring Cleanup • Mulching Edging • Mowing Turf Maintenance • Planting Sodding • Seeding • Weeding Pruning • Trimming Bed Maintenance • Dethatching Leaf & Gumball Cleanup Brush Removal • Retaining Walls Paver Patios & Drainage Solutions
We take care of Pets
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I have been buying and selling for over 30 years.
It doesn't cost to find out how much you can get.
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No commission. No fixing up.
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Complete Lawn Maintenence for Residential & Commercial
Reasonable rates • Free consultation All services available
Fully Insured • Free Estimates • Residential & Commercial
Installations & Renovations Trees • Shrubs • Perennials Annuals • Mulching • Bed Prep Call: Frank
I BUY HOMES ALL CASH - AS-IS
Full service grooming in your home...
(Larger amts. available)
Concrete & Paver Flat Work Hardscaping Angie's List
Grass Cutting • Mulching • Stump Removal Aerating • Seeding • Fertilizing Programs
WEST COUNTY PET CARE 636-394-6852 314-401-5516
delivered & spread
Retaining Wall Specialist
LYONS LAWN SERVICE
Pet Sitting & Dog Walking POOP'R SCOOP'R
12 cu. yds. $475
Ask about discounts for rescues!
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Home Improvement 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.
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SUMMER TUTORING! Certified elementary school teacher would love to help your child stay on top of his/her academics this summer for grades 1-6. I currently teach 5th grade at a private school in Town & Country. Call Heather at 847-903-6194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Call 314-983-0329 for more information
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May Is NaƟonal
Elder Law Month
NaƟonal Academy of Elder Law AƩorneys Elder Law is a specialized area of law that involves counseling, and assisting seniors, people with special needs, Veterans and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long-term care. Elder Law attorneys address the client’s needs and goals by discussing legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues. Using a team approach, an Elder Law attorney will work with professionals in a variety of fields to provide clients with the best possible plan. At Vouga Elder Law, we will provide you with comprehensive options that allow you to preserve assets while you are alive and well and provide for
Should I be Talking To An Elder Care Attorney? •
Is a loved one been exhibiting signs of memory loss?
Are you worried about a loved one driving?
and guide your loved ones should you become sick or disabled. Our goal is to give our clients the best financial and care benefit by making sure all of your “ducks are in a row.” Let us be your trustworthy guide through your Elder Care Journey. You will experience peace of mind once you have your plan in place. Join us at our FREE, educational workshops that are held monthly in our Resource Center. Our May workshops are listed below. Seating is limited, call us now to reserve your seat 636-394-0009!
Vouga Elder Law, LLC 1819 Clarkson Road, Suite 200 Chesterfield, Missouri 63017 636-394-0009 ~ www.VougaElderLaw.com Protect Your Aging Parents: What Every Adult Child Must Know
Discover: • How to make sure your parents don’t live on $45 a month in a nursing home • Do you have a loved one who is becoming increasingly • About little known Veterans benefit that will help pay for confused or who misplaces frequently used items? in home care • Are you “not talking about” some of these things with • How to make sure you can make financial and health care your loved one? decisions for your parents without having to go to Probate Court • Are you concerned about how to pay for care for you or • Is their Power of Attorney powerful enough? a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating disease? Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m.
Are you uncertain as to what you can and cannot do to protect assets? • Are you or your family already suffering financially, emotionally, and/or physically from meeting the increasing care needs of a loved one? •
If you answered “yes” to two or more questions, you owe it to yourself to call us at 636-394-0009 to see if you are eligible for a FREE, no-obligation, initial conference!
R.S.V.P. is required call 636-394-0009 now!
Growing Old Without Going Broke: It’s More Than Financial Planning
Learn: • How to protect the money you saved all your life • Protect your assets against your debts, divorce or disability • How to prevent your house from being taken by the state • Veterans benefit that help pay for high medical expenses
Thursday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Helping you get your “ducks in a row!”
R.S.V.P. is required call 636-394-0009 now!
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