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One of my earliest memories of revulsion against war came from seeing a photograph from the First World War when I was a teenager. It was nothing gory. Just a picture of a military officer, in an impressive uniform, talking to a puzzled and forlorn-looking old peasant woman with a cloth wrapped around her head. He said simply: “Don’t you understand, madam? The village is not there any more.” To many such people of that era, the village was the only world they knew. And to say that it had been destroyed in the carnage of war was to say that there was no way for them to go back home, that their whole world was gone. Recently that image came back, in a wholly different context, while seeing pictures of American seniors carrying signs that read “Hands off my Social Security” and “Hands off my Medicare.” They want their Social Security and their Medicare to stay the way they are – and their anger is directed against those who want to change the financial arrangements that pay for these benefits. Their anger should be directed instead against those politicians who were irresponsible enough to set up these costly programs without putting aside enough money to pay for the promises that were made – promises that now cannot be kept, regardless of which political party controls the government. Someone needs to say to those who want Social Security and Medicare to continue on unchanged: “Don’t you understand? The money is not there any more.” Many retired people remember the money that was taken out of their paychecks for years and feel that they are now entitled to receive Social Security benefits as a right. But the way Social Security was set up was so financially shaky that anyone who set up a similar retirement scheme in the private sector could be sent to federal prison for fraud. But you can’t send a whole Congress to prison, however much they may deserve it. This is not some newly discovered problem. Innumerable economists and others pointed out decades ago that Social Security was unsustainable in the long run, including yours truly on “Meet the Press” in 1981. But the long run doesn’t count for most
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letters to the editor Daily double To the Editor: Concerning the letters section of the 8 June edition, hoo-hah, looks like the daily double. I missed Mr. Covington’s letter of 25 May concerning Ann Wagner, but Mr. Kurtz’s rebuttal told me all I needed to know. I’m also a veteran – 24.5 years service, including a recall to active duty following the 11 September 2001 attacks – and it never occurred to me that all that time in uniform I was “living off the taxpayers’ money.” I salute my fellow veteran Mr. Kurtz’s service as well as the military service of Representative Akin. As for Mr. Covington, I strongly recommend he take some time, go down to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and contemplate how many of the thousands interred there lived off the taxpayers’ money. Second, Mr. Gordon’s letter (“Presidential achievement”) deserves a response. I will agree with him on one item: another letter writer’s reference to President Obama as an “incompetent clown” was highly inappropriate. Yes, the president is incompetent, a function of his lack of experience and his failed attempts to apply the “standards” of Chicago-style politics both domestically and internationally. However, referring to the president as a “clown” wasn’t called for. As for the president’s accomplishments, as listed by Mr. Gordon, facts are indeed a wonderful thing. For every source he cited, I could very easily come up with four or more counterpoints by equally esteemed and experienced political analysts and historians. I suspect the exchange would probably be pretty colorful. I will add that, as a professional historian myself, I fully expect that President Obama will probably go down in history as an effective president on the level of, oh, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan and perhaps even Warren G. Harding. I will draw the line with Mr. Gordon on this point: He, like so many others, invokes “prejudice and hatred” as reasons for opposing this president and this administration, along with the inference (also common) that people who don’t recognize this president’s accomplishments as having mental problems. His comments in the closing paragraph are a non-starter and sadly, typical of our current version of political “discourse.” But then again, maybe I’m not one of his “reasonable persons.” Oh dear, how on earth will I get any sleep tonight... Mark Morgan Manchester
Assessing the assessments To the Editor: According to this year’s St. Louis County assessment of my home, the assessed value of my home decreased by less than 2 percent. St. Louis County listed “comparable property” sales from 2009 and the first half of 2010 as the justification for the assessed value of my home. Home sales have significantly decreased in the past four years (ask any Realtor or title company, or check St. Louis County records). Foreclosures have dramatically increased in the past four years. I doubt that most homeowners that bought within the last four years can sell and get the price they paid for their home. Banks are selling foreclosed property at discounts of over 25 percent. That’s what the market deems to be fair value. According to the website Zillow, home values in St. Louis County have decreased over 12 percent in the last four years. I realize that not all homes lose value at the same rate, but more than 10 percent variance seems unreasonable. Therefore, I have to question whether or not the latest St. Louis County assessment is “reasonable.” It may have been done according to procedure, but is the result “reasonable”? “Reasonable” could be deemed such that St. Louis County would be willing to guarantee that it will pay the difference between what a house sells for and what they assess it at. After all, appraised value is supposed to represent fair market value. What is the solution to this problem? St. Louis County needs to recognize that times are different today from four years ago. Property values have significantly decreased in value. Homes cannot be sold at or above their assessed value. Thus, St. Louis County’s assessment process is flawed in that it does not result in reasonable fair market value. I recommend that St. Louis County reassess their processes so that the results are “reasonable.” If you agree, please call (314) 615-1500 and ask to speak with Jake Zimmerman, the St. Louis County assessor. Robert Cook Ellisville
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To the Editor: The strength of the letter by James Gordon in the June 8 issue of the paper is two-fold: One, he lists succinctly and with clarity achievements of the present administration; and two, he does it without demonizing those who see the matter otherwise. His letter is a refreshing relief from the sometimes sludge of personal abuse that passes today for political commentary. It is an instance of how our national debate of issues can be carried on much more maturely and for the good of our society than is now the case. The self-restraint and intelligence of what he says services the republic well. Paul Davis Valley Park
To the Editor: The financial problems of our U.S. Postal Service have received a lot of “publicity” over the past several years. Newspaper articles, radio and TV newscasts have Live and learn addressed the financial deficit facing our To the Editor: U.S. Postal Service. An article in the USA Upon receiving my notice for driver’s Today recently reported the post office license renewal, I find that in light of my system lost $8.5 billion last year. The documented age of 65 and older, I am Postal Service has proposed the eliminaexempt from presenting documents for tion of Saturday delivery, which would place of birth. However, if I were younger save $3.1 billion annually. I have also seen than 65, my requirements would be much a proposal to increase the first-class postgreater: name, date of birth, place of birth – age rate. I have seen nothing that addresses
the obvious problem. That is what is called “junk mail!” For every first-class letter, we receive at least one or two “political-related” letters, two requests for “financial support” from nonprofit organizations, veteran-related medical and/or memorial funds, one or two travel catalogs and numerous ads from local merchants. Last July, we received 32 travel brochures and letters from one tour company alone. Many of the brochures were beautiful, large glossy catalogs. I did write to that company regarding the matter, and they have reduced their mailings to their annual or semi-annual catalog and information about the tours (in which) we have expressed an interest. Last fall, we had our mail held during a 15-day trip. When I picked up our mail at the post office, it weighed 42 pounds. It was 90 percent junk mail! Recently, I have been noting the “U.S. Postage” on the mail we receive. I am amazed how little the sender pays for their postage, especially the politicians and the nonprofit organizations. I realize much of that bulk mail is “presorted” by the sender when it is delivered to the post office. But the local route person has to sort most of that junk mail before he/she leaves on their route to deliver the mail. One of the lowest rates is a letter I received from the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. It was 5 cents! The colorful “Sea Coast” stamp, for use by nonprofit organizations, is only 5 cents for a letter. Three recent examples we received are from: • Dick Morris, of Americans for Tax Reform • A “survey” requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) • Father Scott Donahue, of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls This 5-cent rate takes me back 60-plus years. Here are other examples of the postage letters we have received: • Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General – 9.8 cents postage • Hon. John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. – 10 cents postage • Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives – 10 cents postage • John Boehner, current speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives – 10 cents postage • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (a 9-by-12 enveSee LETTERS, page 62
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Bubblicious God Bless America; it really is a wonderfully optimistic place. Of course, sometimes that optimism can have disastrous consequences. At one time, we believed that every person should own a home. No real equity was necessary, no actual ownership, just the belief that the rising tide would lift all boats. That really did not work out very well for an awful lot of people and an awful lot of financial institutions. In the 1920s and 1990s, America became overly excited about technology. In the ‘20s, it was cars and planes and electricity; in the ‘90s, it was personal computers and burgeoning Internet saturation. Both of these self-inflated bubbles burst very quickly and very completely. Well, do not look now, but the tech bubble is blowing up again. Hot new companies are getting in line to take themselves public. Investment bankers are salivating. The buzz is growing almost deafening. This is always the first sign of the bubble. A company rarely decides to go public in order to get a “fair” price. Companies, especially tech companies, sell themselves to the public when they hit a tipping point where perceived value far exceeds actual earnings. The specific name of the technology this time around is “social media,” and it is carrying a lot of the baggage we have seen in bubbles before. LinkedIn, Groupon, Salesforce, and Pandora are either eyeing an IPO or have recently launched an IPO. Each of these companies has at least three things in common: First, they are all remarkably successful at getting massive numbers of people to try their service, which generates buzz. Second, they have all been around for a while (LinkedIn and Salesforce for more than seven years; Pandora and Groupon for more than three), but are just now looking to go public. Third, none of them have a particularly good history of retaining those massive numbers of people who try their service. Consider LinkedIn, which is the leading social media company for professionals. LinkedIn held their IPO in May of this year. The results were amazing. The stock, which investors predicted to go for around $45, screamed out of the gate at an astonishing $83 and rose to more than $100. This gave the company a worth of nearly $9 billion. For orchestrating this amazing deal, the investment bankers
working for LinkedIn earned nearly $30 million, according to the New York Times. What makes these numbers so amazing is that LinkedIn paid their investment bankers more to take the company public than the company had ever earned in its history. In 2010, this company now being valued at nearly $9 billion (with a “B”), generated only $15 million (with an “M”) in actual earnings. Possibly the most frightening of these bubble company examples is Groupon, a social couponing website. Groupon touts itself as “the fastest growing company in history.” From a revenue standpoint, that would seem to be true. The trick is that Groupon is spending around $1.43 for every $1 in revenue it generates. As it prepares to public, Groupon is starting to use very interesting accounting tricks to hide that fact. Groupon is attempting to discount its marketing and acquisition costs from its earnings in order to show a profit. How can a company, built solely on the value of its audience, attempt to discount the price they are paying to gain that audience? It is utterly nonsensical, but it is going to work – at least it will for Groupon and its bankers. The really sad part about this is that these all are really useful companies. Left to their own devices, left to grow organically and isolated from the hype, these could all be really great American success stories. Sadly, it is far more likely that they end up as more tombstones in the market bubble cemetery. There is an old adage that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. We simply must get better at remembering that.
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News Br iefs CHESTERFIELD Man dies from fall An elderly Chesterfield man fell from a window of his walkout, ranch-style residence onto the concrete below and died a short while later. According to Lt. Steven Lewis of the Chesterfield Police Department, the 85-year-old man was cleaning the windows of his residence on the 50 block of Forest Hill Drive on June 25 when the window somehow came open and the man fell about two stories. One of the victim’s children, who was home at the time, dialed 911, and Chesterfield police and a Monarch Fire Protection District ambulance responded to the home. Lewis said the man did not die at the scene but later passed away as a result of the fall. Citing medical privacy laws, police would not release the man’s name to the public.
CREVE COEUR Settling ‘out of court’ Creve Coeur Municipal Court now allows payment of court fines via computer or over the phone. The city’s court staff over the years
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Teens in Motion The West County EMS & Fire Protection recently hosted Teens in Motion, subgroup of St. Louis Arc, a nonprofit United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 area adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. Teens in Motion is a program for teens ages 13-15 that provides fun volunteer and leisure experiences in the community while focusing on preparing for future employment and identifying vocational and leisure interests for younger participants. The teens helped West County EMS & Fire officials with routine station chores. Pictured are Sonja Preston, of St. Louis Arc (center) assisting Adam Shih (left) as Brendan Sonnabend washes an emergency vehicle.
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tigation. According to Manchester Police Sgt. Dan Rehm, one of the investigators on the case, Hampe forged signatures of a member of the medical practice on checks to the clinic and deposited them into her personal bank accounts. Rehm said Hampe also took cash payments for patients’ visits and kept the money. To cover the crimes, Hampe allegedly rearranged patient records and doctored the clinic’s books to make it look like patients who had visited the clinic and paid for services did not show up for their appointments. Hampe was accused also of creating bogus claim applications in the name of the medical practice, submitting them to the insurance companies associated with existing patients and signing over to herself the payment checks. “Once we realized how deep this went, we contacted the FBI and they took over the case,” Rehm said. Rehm and a FBI agent arrested Hampe and in March, a federal grand jury indicted her on multiple fraud charges. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and/ or fines up to $250,000 per count. Hampe consented to the criminal forfeiture of a vehicle and a residence purchased in part with the proceeds of her crime. Sentencing was set for September 2011.
ELLISVILLE Veterans’ collection, re-sale site Some disabled veterans would like to use the location where a Jiffy Lube store once stood as a charitable club and collection site in Ellisville. John King, an attorney representing the Disabled American Veterans Missouri Chapter #2, last month told the Ellisville City Council the veterans are interested in the location at 32 Clarkson Road, at the intersection of Clarkson and Manchester
roads. Speaking on behalf of James Heyworth and Scott Blumquest, the veterans who requested the petition, King said the store would offer for sale clothes and some furniture. The items would be collected at the back of the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, he said. The organization has been picking up items with a truck, but the high cost of gasoline has made that a financial burden. If the request is granted, two employees would man the store, King said. The city is expected to vote on the matter at its next meeting, July 20.
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Cameras, collisions and controversy By BRIAN MCDOWELL Running a red light is among the most dangerous things a driver can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), incidents involving drivers who run right lights result in more than 800 deaths per year. Running red lights accounts for one-third of crashes at intersections. Nearly two-thirds of deaths and injuries from crashes related to running red lights happen to people other than the drivers who ran the red lights. According to Charles Territo, vice president of communications for Phoenix-based American Traffic Solutions – which for 20 years has been the leading producer of red light camera technology – those fatalities are reduced by 24 percent in cities that use red light camera technology. Red light cameras are mounted on poles at intersections and triggered by sensors embedded in the road. Footage of vehicles that run red lights is sent to a data center and double-checked for accuracy by trained technicians, then sent to the appropriate police department, where it is reviewed and tickets are issued to violators. More than 500 cities nationwide have sought out American Traffic Solutions to enter into a contract that generally costs $4,000 per month, per camera. The amount is fixed, meaning that all money over and above fees collected for red light violations belongs to the city. Territo said most of the company’s contracts include a clause stating the company never will collect more than what each camera costs. For instance, if a city only collects $2,500 from use of the red light camera in a month, $2,500 is all American Traffic Solutions will get paid that month. Territo said the policy protects taxpayers and ensures municipalities do not have to pay out-of-pocket costs. A study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found 815 lives would have been saved from 2004-2008 if the 99 largest U.S. cities had utilized red light cameras, but red light cameras are not without controversy. For example, in Los Angeles, where officials are debating whether or not to keep the cameras, critics have cited studies showing the cameras can increase instances of rear-end collisions at intersections where they are used. Territo said other studies have shown opposite results. “Really, rear-end accidents are caused by drivers driving too quickly and following too closely,” Territo said. “That can happen
at any intersection whether there are cameras there or not.” He said rear-end collisions generally are less dangerous than the right-angle collisions that generally result from someone running a red light. According to Territo, the issue in Los Angeles revolves around money. The city’s police board said most of the fines collected from red light cameras end up going to the company that installed them. Because judges were refusing to prosecute people who did not pay their tickets, a Los Angeles Police Department audit found the
the city of Ellisville since cameras were installed there in 2009. The city has cameras at four of its intersections, including two at the intersection of Clarkson and Manchester roads. According to Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello, the cameras have improved the driving habits of the public. He said instead of the usual “green – go fast, yellow – go faster,” way of following traffic signals, people are hitting the brakes when they see a yellow light. “We take safety very seriously, and that Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers extends to providing safer streets for our (right) talks with a district resident.
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cameras cost $1.5 million more a year to maintain than they were generating. “The critics of these cameras can’t have it both ways,” Territo said. “They can’t say that use of these cameras are just a cash grab by municipalities, and then, when cities don’t end up making a profit on them, point and say, ‘See, I told you so.’” Officials in West County municipalities that use the cameras said they increase public safety. For instance, there has been a 35-percent reduction in accidents within
By MARCIA GUCKES About 20 upset Rockwood residents came to the school board meeting on June 25 looking for answers to their questions about the controversial hiring of two of Superintendent Bruce Borchers’ former colleagues from Minnesota, but most left just as frustrated as when they arrived. The board for what was supposed to be a working retreat to discuss other matters, but President Steve Smith adjourned the meeting to give the residents 15 minutes to talk informally with Borchers and board members about their concerns. Some questions centered on the cost of consulting provided by Randy Smasal and Nancy Dubois. The school board had approved $250,000 for Borchers to use to get the help he needed to start his job. Asked why the consultants were hired, Rockwood Chief Information Officer Kim Cranston said, “They were hired to assist residents and every commuter that travels Dr. Borchers as he developed his plan for through Ellisville,” Pirrello said. “On any continuous improvement, and because we given, day 90,000-100,000 cars cross Man- were down three people.” chester and Clarkson roads. Your odds have Previously, the board had decided to wait dramatically improved, since the addition until they hired a superintendent before of red light cameras, of getting through it permanently filling three high-level posisafely.” tions. The job of associate superintendent Ellisville City Manager Kevin Bookout for school leadership and curriculum was said that after American Traffic Solutions left vacant for a year when Scott Spurgeon gets its portion of the fines the city left. The jobs of executive directors of secSee RED LIGHT, page 55
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By SARAH WILSON The Wildwood City Council at its June 27 meeting after 17 months of review voted for a motion to bring forth legislation to consider the city’s updated Town Center plan. Excluded from the plan were four properties, which will return to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for additional consideration. The four properties excluded from the plan were the Brown, Jones family, Slavik Trust, and Spanos properties, which opposed the Town Center update. The Town Center plan establishes goals, objectives and policies for the development of the Town Center area to create neighborhoods that are self-sufficient in terms of their mix of land-use activities, availability of green space and presentation and appearance of its public infrastructure to the community, such as streets and sidewalks. The Planning and Zoning Commission had previously adopted an updated plan, but the council later ratified that plan and failed to adopt the amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Plan, which requires a super majority of all members of the council. Those actions led to a second review by city council. At the most recent public hearing, the public weighed in on the updated plan. Resident Dan Topik said the citizens of Wildwood had spoken and “want the spirit and destiny of Wildwood to continue.” “They do not want to see commercial development just for the sake of development,” Topik said. In a memo to councilmembers outlining the updated Town Center plan, Wildwood Director of Planning and Parks Joe Vujnich said the plan is an improvement in that: • The number of land use categories associated with the Regulating Plan was
reduced to a minimum amount necessary to continue the success of the core area of Town Center and the office district along State Route 109. • The historic district in the Pond Area was modified to create a more defined zone of preservation and the potential number of allowable uses was increased to better foster growth in that area of the Town Center. • The Commercial and Neighborhood Center Districts were combined to form the new Downtown District, which is centered along the Main Street Corridor, from Taylor Road to Eatherton Road. • The amount of land designated for residential uses was increased overall within the Town Center area while encouraging more flexibility in these areas by allowing commercial activities on first floors of multiple-story buildings. • The Neighborhood Design Standards in certain categories were modified to add a block perimeter dimension to ensure buildings are reasonably sized and parking is placed to their side and rear. Provisions were added to address stormwater management, environmental protection, public space, and pedestrian connections and circulation. • The height of buildings in the proposed Downtown and Neighborhood General Districts was increased. • The boundary of the Town Center area was increased by six acres with the addition of two properties along its current southern boundary. Councilmember Tammy Shea (Ward 3) recommended that the council pass the plan and work out its details. “I cannot stress enough how important it is to have some action on this,” Mayor Tim Woerther said. “It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s the residents’ plan.”
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Wildwood to seek legal counsel for ethics violations By SARAH WILSON The city of Wildwood will hire an attorney to assist in matters regarding its possible violations to city charter and the Sunshine Law. At the June 27 Wildwood City Council meeting, councilmembers voted to hire Jeffrey T. McPherson, of Armstrong Teasdale, as special legal counsel. The action came in response to an incident on May 19, when Councilmember Holly Parks (Ward 2) sent a private email to seven councilmembers discouraging them to vote for Don Kozlowski as a councilmember for Ward 1.
For that action, Parks was accused of violating Missouri’s Sunshine Law and the city’s charter. Parks later apologized for “any confusion” her email created. “It was not my intent to embarrass the city, staff, council or Mr. Kozlowski with (the) email,” Parks told the city council. Parks defended her email and said sending it did not violate the Sunshine Law because she did not send it to a majority of the council. However, because Kozlowski was not yet a member of the council when Parks sent the email, other city leaders said
Parks did contact a majority of the council, thereby putting the city at risk of violating the Sunshine Law. At the June 13 city council meeting, councilmembers voted 11-2 to investigate the alleged ethics violations. Wildwood City Attorney Rob Golterman said he should not be advising the city on the matter and advised the city to hire special legal counsel. McPherson is a trial and appellate lawyer who handles all phases of commercial, tort, real estate, municipal and government litigation. He received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and
has represented clients in scores of appeals in the appellate courts of Missouri and Illinois, as well as the Eighth and Seventh Circuits. The firm’s proposal said that it would budget 40 hours of attorney time for the project, which will consist of party interviews, review of relevant legal precedents, phone conversations with the city’s representative for the project, preparation for a privileged report and handling of a two- to three-hour hearing, which will take place at the council meeting on Mon., July 20. The firm committed to a maximum fee to the city of $10,000.
MSD rates could double in five years By BRIAN MCDOWELL St. Louis County residents could see the rates they pay for Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) services almost double by the year 2016, and rates could go even higher if a bond initiative fails to pass in 2012. That is the message MSD Executive Director Jeff Theerman is delivering to groups and municipalities. He told the
Manchester Board of Alderman at its June 20 meeting that the rate increases are occurring as a result of a lawsuit brought about by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Theerman said the money garnered from the increased rates would be used to improve the system’s infrastructure and fix the overflows that were the basis of the
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By BRIAN MCDOWELL The Town & Country Board of Aldermen at a special work session on June 27 got a preview of Police Capt. Gary Hoelzer’s deer management report. As expected, legalizing bowhunting was among the suggestions for curbing the city’s increasingly problematic deer population. However, Hoelzer stopped short of recommending bowhunting as the ultimate solution. According to Hoelzer’s report, Town & Country’s deer population currently is at 66 for every square mile. By current rates of deer reproduction, that number could be as high as 104 deer by the fall of 2013. Biologists recommend an urban area deer population of 15-20 per square mile. The heavy presence of deer in Town & Country presents challenges to homeowners and motorists. Hoelzer said there were 350-500 collisions between vehicles and deer annually in St. Louis County, and 38 such incidents have been reported to Town & Country police so far this year. According to State Farm Insurance, the accidents average about $3,103 worth of automobile damage. Hoelzer said the city’s goal should be to cut the number of deer to 30 per square mile. Hoelzer offered several suggestions. Hiring sharpshooters from a company called White Buffalo to thin the deer population would be the quickest and most effective remedy for the problem, he said. Sharpshooters would work in the area, killing 510 deer over two years at a cost of $161,500. Following up with eight years of “maintenance” by White Buffalo would bring the city’s 10-year cost to $297,500. Hiring White Buffalo to train police officers and park rangers to do the sharpshooting would involve paying the company $35,000 for instruction, plus $11,000 for
rifles, ammunition and other equipment. Hoelzer said that plan would take five years to meet the goal, and the deer population would multiply during the time it took to train sharpshooters. Hoelzer said the board could vote to combine the two ideas, hiring White Buffalo to shoot deer while they train the police to do the same. Hoelzer said bowhunting would not cost the city anything but that other West County municipalities utilizing bowhunting report killing an average of only 35 deer per year. Bowhunting could not be combined with any of the other plans because it would be very dangerous to allow bowhunting in areas where sharpshooters were employed, he said. Hoelzer said once the city meets its goal of 30 deer per square mile, perhaps the ban on bowhunting could be lifted to help keep the population at an acceptable level. He said Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley have allowed bowhunting with virtually no problems. Those cities require participants to fill out an application, take a hunting safety certification course and get permission from someone who owns more than an acre of property to hunt on that property. All contiguous neighbors of the property must be notified and give permission. Areas where bowhunters are allowed to hunt are strictly regulated. The only non-lethal strategy Hoelzer mentioned was surgical sterilization of female deer. He said the difficulty of capturing female deer alive would prevent the city from reaching the stated goal and said the city’s deer population would actually multiply if the strategy were employed. The board of aldermen will be discussing deer control measures in upcoming sessions as they put together the city’s 2012 budget.
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By JIM ERICKSON The warm days of summer are a welcome relief for most West County residents, but not so welcome is another condition that usually comes as the temperature rises – an increase in burglaries and thefts, particularly from vehicles and residences. There is no guaranteed way to avoid being a victim of a burglary or theft, but some common-sense steps can greatly increase the likelihood that you will not be. At a recent meeting of neighborhood watch members in Ballwin’s Woodsmill subdivision, Sgt. Jim Heldmann and Lt. Kevin Bushery from the city’s police department reviewed what actions anyone can take to help avoid being a target for theft. • If there are things you want to keep, including small electronics, laptop computers, wallets, purses and other valuables, don’t leave them unattended in a car, even if the car is in your own driveway or garage. At the very least, make sure such items are out of sight. • Make sure your vehicle is locked and, if possible, in a garage. • Remove car keys from the vehicle even if you plan to leave it unattended for a short time. Police told the story of a resident who was packing his car to leave on a trip and left the keys in the ignition while he went inside his home for a few moments to get a cup of coffee. When he returned, the car was gone. • If your car is parked outside, removing any garage door openers is a wise precaution. • Lock all doors to your home, as well as all lower-floor windows. The same advice applies if you are at home but not actually
in the house. Some brazen thieves have been known to walk in an unlocked front door and make off with valuables while the home’s occupants were in the backyard enjoying a cookout. • Most burglaries and thefts are grab-andrun situations by unarmed thieves, but it’s wise to consider all thieves as being potentially dangerous. Call the police and let them handle things rather than confronting a suspicious person yourself. • Get any descriptive information possible whenever you spot unusual activity, such as approximate height, weight, sex, race and clothing of a person, and/or the make, model, color and direction of travel of a suspicious vehicle. License plate information is especially valuable. • Call your local police department if you see anything out of the ordinary in your neighborhood. “We’d rather you call and it turns out to be nothing than not to call and later find out someone has been victimized,” Heldmann said • Call 911 when the situation you want to report is time-sensitive, such as when you see a stranger prowling around your home or that of a neighbor. • Call your police department’s regular number when your information is not timesensitive; for example, when you noticed something unusual at night but decided to report it only after you arrived at work the next morning. Most burglaries and thefts are crimes of opportunity committed by persons looking for an easy opportunity. The best defense is to do everything possible to make sure your car, home and yourself are not in the “easy opportunity” category.
Man arrested in connection with West County crime spree By JIM ERICKSON A man wanted in connection with a wave of burglaries and thefts in West County was arrested early on the morning June 30 when Town & Country police spotted him driving a stolen car. Jeremy Burkhalter Police took Jeremy Burkhalter into custody near the intersection of Clayton and Ballas roads. Burkhalter, who at presstime is being
held in the St. Louis County jail, two days prior to his arrest and apprehension was named in a St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers news release as the person being sought in connection with felony stealing charges stemming from break-ins and thefts earlier this year in a number of West County communities. Ballwin police had said they also viewed Burkhalter as “a person of interest” in dozens of burglaries and thefts and wanted to talk with him about those crimes specifically. At presstime, a police spokesman said a Ballwin detective was scheduled to question Burkhalter regarding crimes committed in Ballwin.
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the Ballwin Golf Shop to receive the discounted rate, which is $12 on weekdays, $13 on weekends and $10 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and children (ages 17 and younger). For Ballwin residents to receive a discount in Creve Coeur, they can obtain a temporary Creve Coeur golf facility card by displaying a driver’s license with a current address as well as an unpaid utility bill to the Creve Coeur Recreation Complex. The discounted rate in Creve Coeur is $10 on weekdays, $11 on weekends and $9 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and children (ages 17 and younger). Both municipalities feature nine-hole courses. “Golfers seem to like to go to a bunch of different courses, so this was an idea to kind of keep it at home,” Thies said.
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By BRIAN MCDOWELL An extended middle finger is bringing plenty of attention to the city of Ballwin. National media outlets including CNN and NPR have devoted coverage to the case of Steven Pogue, of Florissant, who reportedly stuck his hand out the window and extended his middle finger to a driver who was blocking the intersection of Manchester and Holloway roads. A Ballwin police officer pulled Pogue’s vehicle over and cited him for violating an ordinance that states it is illegal for any occupant of any vehicle to extend any body part outside the window, “except for the hands and the arms for signaling purposes.” Since the city has no official fines for the
“extending body parts” law, Pogue will be required to appear in court late in August. Due to the pending trial, Sgt. Jim Heldmann, Ballwin’s community affairs officer, said he could not comment specifically on the case against Pogue. Heldmann said while the incident is not commonplace, he knew others had been pulled over for violating the same law. Heldmann said he has personally issued tickets to violators of the ordinance, including to passengers who stuck their feet out of the window and people whose children were standing up in the car and hanging out of the sunroof. Heldmann would not say whether Pogue was the first to receive a citation for extending a middle finger to another motorist.
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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in West County By BRIAN MCDOWELL The St. Louis County Department of Health has found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in communities all around the county, including in Manchester in West County. No human cases have been reported, officials said. Manchester Public Works Director Bob Ruck said he was not sure where in Manchester the mosquitoes were found. He said St. Louis County takes care of all mosquitorelated issues in the various municipalities, including setting traps, testing the bugs and spraying public areas. “The county has been in charge of that for us for a long time and always does a very good job,” Ruck said. According to a release issued by the Department of Health on June 23, department officials routinely collect mosquito samples to test and help determine where to focus their control efforts. The department’s Vector Control division monitors and treats standing water in public areas as part of its preventative larviciding program. A nightly spraying schedule can be obtained by calling (314) 615-4-BUG (4284). “Positive mosquito tests are a reminder that preventative measures are important,” St. Louis County Department of Health Director Dr. Dolores J. Gunn said. “Even
County seeks neighborlly drivers Volunteers are needed to help with the St. Louis County Department of Human Services’ County Older Resident Program’s (CORP) Neighbor Driving Neighbor program. Neighbor Driving Neighbor matches volunteers with older adults living nearby who need rides to medical appointments. Many older residents who never learned to drive or no longer are able to do so are unable to access public transportation and cannot afford taxis. Family members may live out of town, work full-time or have health issues that impact their ability to help. Through the efforts of volunteers, the program enables seniors to remain healthy and live independently in the community. Volunteers use their own cars for rides, which are scheduled at least five days in advance and are provided free of charge for the seniors. The program offers volunteers flexibility for designating preferred days, hours, and geographic areas to which they will drive. Orientation, defensive driving training, mileage reimbursement and other educational and social activities are available. To learn more, call CORP at (314) 6154516.
though serious West Nile virus cases in humans are rare, it is important to minimize our exposure. We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and protect ourselves by using repellants.” According to the health department, the following are some steps residents can take to reduce opportunities for mosquitoes to flourish: • At least once a week, drain water from garbage cans, buckets, kiddie pools, water
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Funding for final phase of Page Extension, new Boone Bridge approved The Board of Directors of the EastWest Gateway Council of Governments approved a $100 million plan Wednesday, June 29, to complete the Page Avenue Extension (Hwy. 364) project. This is Phase 3 of the highway project, the final nine miles from Mid Rivers Mall Drive to Hwy. 40/61 (I-64) in western St. Charles County. The plan to construct a new route between St. Louis County and St. Charles County has been discussed by local and state officials for the past 40 years. The Missouri Department of Transportation identified a corridor for a new route in 1985, from I-270 in St. Louis County to Hwy. 40/61 (now I-64) in St. Charles County. “If approved by the County Council and the Missouri Highway Commission, this agreement would provide funding for the final piece of this transportation puzzle,” said St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “When completed, the new highway would not only take traffic off of I-70, it would help ease the flow of traffic on all of the other roadways in that part of the county,” Ehlmann said. Under the proposal, funding for Phase 3
would come from a combination of county, state and federal dollars. Funds from the county’s half-cent transportation sales tax would contribute $25 million. Another $25 million would come from the federal Surface Transportation Program. MoDOT’s innovative financing program would kick in $20 million and another $30 million would come from MoDOT. Construction of Phase 1, from I-270 to Heritage Landing, included the new Page Bridge across the Missouri River. That was completed in December 2003. Construction of Phase 2, from Heritage Landing to Mid Rivers Mall Drive, should be completed in the fall of 2012. Under the proposal approved Wednesday, work on Phase 3 could begin late in 2012 or early 2013. Meanwhile, Hwy.40/64 is one step closer to attaining full federal interstate highway status. “The big news is, we know now we are getting a new bridge” to replace the circa 1930s Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River, according to MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Bill Schnell. Funding has been the hold-up. Now, after the approval of $128.7 million by East/ West Gateway Council on June 29, Schnell said everything is in place to get the ball
rolling. One thing Schnell wanted to convey was MoDOT’s determination to have Blanchette Bridge construction complete before Daniel Boone Bridge construction begins. “We just want to assuage peoples’ fears that both will be under construction at the same time,” said Schnell. The new Boone Bridge work would
begin in 2012. A separate bridge would be built “on or near the Research Park property” upstream from the current span, thus, no traffic disruption at all. “But that will be up to the design/build team,” Schnell said. “MoDOT will have to approve the final concept. Either way, we’re going to have four new lane westbound lanes with a bike path.”
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Councilmember calls for transparency when dealing with developers
By TED DIXON JR. A newly elected Creve Coeur city leader recently proposed having a city staff member always present when a city councilmember meets with developers. Councilmember Charlotte D’Alfonso (Ward 3) said the issue came up when she was a resident and now, as a member of the city council, she has been receiving emails from residents concerned about a lack of transparency in the informal vetting process of potential developments in Creve Coeur. “I would not feel comfortable meeting with a developer without a staff member present,” D’Alfonso said. Councilmember Jeanne Rhoades (Ward 4) said she received an email from a resident stating that several city officials met with a developer about a proposed development at the site of the old Walgreens on Graeser Road, and the developer got the feeling the proposal was met by the city “with open arms.” “This is how misunderstandings start to breed,” Rhoades said. The discussion centered around a potential Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in the city, and Councilmember Beth Kistner (Ward 3) said she was one of the city lead-
ers who met with representatives of the restaurant. “I don’t consider a meeting like that to be informal vetting,” Kistner said. Kistner said the restaurant chain’s representatives spoke about their feelings on locating in Creve Coeur and that she was willing to listen while not giving her support or rejecting the idea. “I can guarantee that nothing was said in that meeting that would indicate, ‘Come be here,’” Kistner said. Rhoades said she did not see a downside to having a staff member present at meetings with potential developers. “We need to avoid any sense of impropriety,” Rhoades said. D’Alfonso reiterated that it is important for the council to protect itself if there are rumors of a potential development floating around. “I think it’s bad business,” D’Alfonso said. Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said developers frequently contact the city. “We certainly encourage them to talk to residents early on,” Perkins said. Perkins said Chick-fil-A has made no formal request to the city.
Chesterfield makes low-interest loans available By MARCIA GUCKES The Chesterfield City Council has passed a resolution to enter a cooperative agreement with St. Louis County that allows residents to apply for low-interest loans to make their homes more energy efficient. City Administrator Michael Herring told the council at its June 20 meeting that at least three residents had asked about the program. The council passed the resolution 6-0 with two members absent. St. Louis County introduced The Sustainable and Verifiable Energy Savings (SAVES) loan program on May 23. Residents living in incorporated municipalities may apply for the loans, provided the municipality in which they reside has opted in to the program. The SAVES program makes available $10.4 million for loans of $2,500 to $15,000 at 3.5 percent interest and a 3 percent loan origination fee for three to 10 years. A payment estimator is available on the county website, stlouiscountysaves. com. It shows, for example, that a $2,500 loan for three years would cost $76 a month or a $15,000 loan for 10 years would cost
$153 a month. A list of 27 eligible improvements is also on the website and includes items ranging from attic insulation to furnaces to roofing. The loans are unsecured personal loans, and applicants must meet several requirements: • Must be an owner-occupied, singleresidence home • FICO score of at least 660 • Debt-to-income ratio of less than 45 percent The loans can be combined with utility rebates and federal tax credits for even more savings. A Chesterfield resident could get up to $850 off on a new energy efficient air conditioner by replacing their old energy-inefficient unit and also get another $300 in federal tax credits. During the first six months of the program, a resident may get a loan without a home energy assessment, but after November, an assessment will be required. The assessments and improvements must be done by a SAVES authorized contractor. Loan applications can be completed online at the county’s website.
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shopping, a silent auction, and food and drink in hopes of raising $50,000 to support the efforts of Faith that Works in St. Louis and in Ethiopia. Stipanovich’s interest in Ethiopia began in 2009 when she learned about the sex trafficking of girls there from a friend who was on the board of International Crisis Aid (ICA), a local nonprofit organization that rescues girls from the red-light district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “I have five daughters and thought, ‘This is modern-day slavery,’” Stipanovich said. Encouraged by ICA founder Pat Bradley and her husband, former NBA player Steve Stipanovich, she traveled last year to Ethiopia and says that trip changed her life. Today, Faith that Works partners with ICA in funding Mercy Chapel, a community center where girls rescued from sex trafficking can go to learn life and job skills. Although Mercy Chapel offers a safe haven during the day, “the girls in our program are going back to work in the redlight district at night,” Stipanovich said. That fact spurred Stipanovich to spearhead a capital campaign to raise $100,000 to buy an existing apartment complex in Ethiopia that could provide safe housing for up to 100 girls and their children. Closer to home, Stipanovich and Faith
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In addition, Faith that Works mentors one young woman at a time, already has helped one young woman move out of “Tent City” and is employing another in making soda-cap bracelets that Faith that Works volunteers sell for $10 apiece. The organization provides volunteer support to Mercy Ministries, a rehabilitative group home for girls in Fenton. Melody Human, owner of a Wildwoodbased online floral and gift company, magnoliasmarket.com, has been a Shop for a Cause vendor since the beginning. Human said that her Shop for a Cause “sales were higher than at any other bou-
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Ellisville committee makes dog park recommendations By TED DIXON JR. Faced with the task of coming up with ideas and locations for a dog park, the Ellisville Dog Park Committee at a recent work session presented its plan to the Ellisville City Council. In her presentation to the city, Deborah Grosz outlined several of the committee’s goals, including selecting a suitable location, creating a working budget, educating the community about the importance of a dog park, raising funds and establishing an off-leash dog park. Grosz told the council the committee zeroed in on five possible locations for the dog park and picked the old volleyball court in Bluebird Park as its first choice. Grosz said the site has excellent space for both large and small dogs, and water and parking spaces are readily available. She said the other that seemed the most feasible is the Davidson property, which is adjacent to Bluebird Park, but is down a steep hill. Placing the park there would require that a building be demolished, and a drainage ditch would have to be filled in. The committee estimated the total cost for the Davidson site would be $209,000 while the volleyball site would be around $39,000. Funding would come from donations and fundraising, and the dog park would be open to residents of all communities, Grosz said. Committee members said they would like to have the dog park up and running within a year. Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello lauded the committee’s efforts. “It’s a perfect example of a grassroots movement,” he said.
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Bu llet i n Boa rd National Merit Scholars Six Rockwood and four Parkway students will receive National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. The recipients include: • Megan Arnell, West High Newsmagazine • Michael R. Brown, Lafayette High Salesperson: • Christopher Carnie, North High Proof: • Marissa N. Fabbri, Marquette High • James J. Krafcik, Marquette High • Alex Maslev, Central High • Andrew Socha, North High • Matthew A. Thoelke, Lafayette High • Mitchell R. Von Hoffmann, Lafayette High • Alexander M. Wennerberg, Marquette High Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their respective institutions. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
Bus driver retiree After serving the Rockwood School District for 47 years, school bus driver Mary Cook was honored by peers at a surprise
retirement party. During her career, Cook drove bus routes primarily in the Ballwin attendance area. Most recently, she was responsible for transporting students Cook Date of issue: to the Rockwood Early Client: Childhood Center. “Mary has been the perfect Size:employee,” First Student Manager and Cook’s longColors: time friend Marilyn Brock said. “Not Pictures: only has she exhibited outstanding work ethic, but she has Logos: displayed genuine care and concern for her students.” Copy: Cook plans to spend her retirement with family and friends and working in her yard. “Mary’s house is along one of our bus routes, and we fully expect to see her outside, enjoying her yard,” Brock said. “We wish her a long, healthy and prosperous retirement.”
Firsthand robotics After studying robotics and actually designing a robot, second-grade students at Rockwood’s Center for Creative Learning had the opportunity to see firsthand robotics demonstrations at Intelligrated’s robotics research and development lab. Students visited the lab to enhance their understand-
Students in Dr. Jill Brown’s class explore the robotics lab during a field trip.
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Young and imaginative Five Parkway Central Middle students were among 18 published authors and artists who recently participated in the third annual “Grannie Annie Gathering” at Left Bank Books. The students read excerpts from their Pictured are participating Parkway Central published authors and family stories that their stories, including Travis Black for “The Bear That Read the Comics,” Shannon Flynn for “Hero,” Caitlin Magruder for “Extreme were published in the Makeover: Statue Edition,” Molly Newport for “Temporary Home” sixth annual “Gran- and Kaytlyn Sneed for “Sweet Home Alabama.” nie Annie” anthologies, which was released in May. “Grannie Annie” Vol. 6 includes work from 74 students in 15 U.S. states as well as Moldova. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, founded in 2005, is a St. Louis-based nonprofit corporation with a mission of celebrating family stories and nurturing the writing skills of young people. Troop 567 and Lafayette High, spent the day going door to door collecting donations to support local foster youth. A requirement to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is to demonstrate leadership skills by planning and carrying out an Eagle Scout leadership service project. For Monash’s project, he organized a massive clothing drive to collect clothing for the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s [RE]FRESH store. Afterward, the group sorted the clothing at the Metro West Fire Protection District in Wildwood.
Just say ‘no’ In conjunction with “World No Tobacco Day,” the Rockwood School District joined the St. Louis County Department of Health’s “Let’s Face It” campaign to get the tobacco-free message out to the community. Eureka High student Jenna Witkowski in May represented the district and local teens on the steps of the World Trade Center building in Clayton, where she read and signed the St. Louis No-
Eureka High senior Jenna Witkowski reads the St. Louis No-Tobacco Treaty.
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Parkway to start sooner, have more school days in 2012-2013 By MARCIA GUCKES Parkway students are in for three changes in the 2012-2013 school year. First, students will be hitting the books four days earlier in August 2012. Second, they will lose two full days off. And third, they will be in class for two more days than they are in the coming school year. The Parkway Board of Education at its June 15 meeting approved the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board set the 2012-2013 start date for Aug. 14, compared to Aug. 18 for the coming school year. School will end on May 23, 2013, which is one day earlier than in 2012.
The board also approved changing two full days off for teacher professional development to eight days with two-hour delayed starts. The change was made to accommodate a new structure for teachers’ professional development. The new model, known as Professional Learning Communities (PLC), is intended to provide teachers with more frequent opportunities to learn from each other and experts, and create more opportunities for teachers to plan together and make more timely changes to their methods. The two-hour delayed start days will occur on the first Wednesday of every month, except in January.
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By MARCIA GUCKES The Parkway and Rockwood boards of education recently approved budgets for next school year. At its June 15 meeting, Parkway approved a budget of nearly $246 million, which is $2.65 million less than its 2010-2011 budget. Parkway made the budget cuts in order to accommodate a new full-day, tuition-free kindergarten program scheduled to start this fall. The district expects a revenue increase of about $6,000. Parkway’s total budget includes $210 million in operating funds and $36 million in debt service and capital funds.
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Eureka High sisters Tori, Allie and Manda Russom have for the past three years performed a trio and accompanied their mother, Tracy Russom, on the piano in the region-wide Solo and Ensemble Music Festival. This year they received a “1” rating for Pictured (from left) are Tori, Tracy, Allie and Manda their regional performances, Russom. enabling them to return in April to the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where they received a “2” rating. “I am not aware that three siblings have ever competed together at state, as my girls have,” Scott Russom, the girls’ father, said. “Even if it were so, did they do it with their mother as an accompanist? Doubtful.” Since two of the three Russom sisters graduated this year, this is the last year all three sisters had the chance to perform together. “It’s really been great,” Tracy said. “They’ve always had music in their lives ever since they were little and then just singing for fun. Sisters singing together is just a tone quality you just can’t match anywhere, especially with twins.”
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Rockwood programs give students sneak peak of school year By MARCIA GUCKES The Rockwood School District this summer is offering two programs to prepare students for the coming school year. Rockwood students making the move from elementary to middle school can get a sneak preview of what school will be like at the district’s “Welcome to Middle School” program. “Any time there’s a new school year, it’s both exciting and it can be an anxious time for a student,” Michael Seppi, Rockwood’s director of community education said. “The purpose is to give kids different tips and activities that will make their move to sixth grade a positive experience.” The district has been offering the program for several years and Seppi said this summer, it is already sold out but he has a waiting list and may open up another class. Each class enrolls 16 students. He said the program is a bit different this year because they have condensed it from a five-day to a two-day workshop. The program is set for 9 a.m. to noon on July 26-27 at LaSalle Springs Middle School in Wildwood and at Rockwood South Middle School in Fenton. The cost is $55. Seppi said the classes are designed and taught by Rockwood teachers who regularly teach sixth grade. Students will learn tips on how to organize for middle school classes, how the building layouts are different, to where and to whom they should go for help, how to find their lockers and how to open the lock. “It really gives students an opportunity to get any concerns or questions answered that they might have as they make that transition to middle school,” Seppi said. He said the summer class is an addition to what the counselors do at each school. “I know the counselors have some work that they do as they help students transition from fifth grade to sixth grade,” Seppi said. “It’s really to complement the curricular work that they’re doing at the building level.” For younger children, moving from preschool to a “big school” or from one grade
to another can be a scary thing, so Rockwood has a new program, “Preview for Success,” designed to help ease the anxiety for kindergarten to fourth-grade students. “We’re really excited about this,” said Seppi, adding that the program is similar in scope to the middle school program. “We’ll be covering general information on expectations … as well as highlight some of the curricular topics the students will be exposed to.” “Preview for Success” is a five-day, twohour long workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 25-29 at Ridge Meadows Elementary in Ellisville and at Stanton Elementary in Fenton. The cost is $85. Seppi said each class will be taught by a Rockwood teacher. He said the kindergarten program at Ridge Meadows has sold out, but he may open another class if there is enough interest. Michelle Shaffer, a kindergarten teacher from Kehrs Mill Elementary, said the workshop will be like a mini-version of a regular kindergarten day. “Many children have that fear about what big school is going to be like,” Shaffer said. “I thought if we could show them that it is fun and that they’re going to have a good time that this would help alleviate some of those fears.” Shaffer said the day will include activities such as table time, circle time, centers, and story time. She plans also to do miniprojects such as an exploration of bubbles and the different shapes that form. Seppi said he expects that as it gets closer to the opening of school, more people will be looking for experiences like those offered by “Preview to Success.” “The intent of putting this toward the end of the summer was to provide that opportunity for students to come on in and have some exposure to what they’re going to experience in the coming year,” Seppi said, “so they can ask any questions they may have and so that they can be ready to begin the year and have a successful year.” For more information, call 733-2017 or visit rockwood.k12.mo.us/communityed.
Education scholarships The Parkway School District Retirees Association (PRA) recently awarded scholarships to two 2011 graduated Parkway seniors who plan to pursue degrees in education. A $3,000 PRA scholarship was presented to Kaitlyn Erehard, who will attend the University of Missouri in the fall. A $1,500 scholarship from the “Joyce
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Swimming Two West County swimmers who swim for the Clayton Shaw Park Swim Team did well in the recent Open Water Championship at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Taylor Maurer and Sarah Finlay qualified for and participated in the 2011 5K Open Water National Championships. The event was held in the Atlantic Ocean and featured a field of 120 swimmers. The first day, the ocean was choppy with waves up to 5 feet. The top two finishers from the event advanced to the World Championships in Shanghai, which will take place later this summer. The event served as the first selection meet for the Olympic Trials competition for the 2012 Olympics. Mauer, who will be a junior at Parkway West High School this fall, finished 18th. Finlay, who will be in eighth grade at MICDS, came in 34th in the country. Maurer and Finlay qualified for the event by achieving the qualifying time in a previous swim meet. They both swim for the Clayton Shaw Park Swim Team under Coach Dave McCrary. Swimmers from the Rockwood Swim Club also competed in the event. Nick Davis, who will be a junior at Marquette this fall, finsihed 56th in the 10K race and 48th in the 5K race. “I did the best I could and will be more prepared for next year,” said Davis, who finished third in the 500 freestyle and 16th in the 200 free last year at the state meet.
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Kevin Poskin came in 83rd and Nathan Rahe 92nd in the 5K. Other competitors were Mae Riordan, who finished 33rd, and Raquel Porporis, who came in 55th in the 5K for girls. “I was very proud of each of them going from the pool with its clear water, walls and black line on the bottom to swimming a 2.5-K loop in the ocean which is huge,” Rockwood Coach Mary Liston said. “We will be back, and they will be better. It was a learning experience for all of us.”
High school boys’ golf Parkway South’s Jason Koehrer has had the interim tag removed and will be the boys’ golf coach next spring. He stepped up from the junior varsity when Coach Mark Wade suffered a fatal heart attack days after the district tournament. “I do very much wish the circumstances were different, but I am excited and ready for the challenge associated with the varsity coaching position,” Koehrer said. “I have worked closely with Coach Wade over these last six years. I know how he ran things and his coaching philosophies. Coach Wade gave me a lot of his time over the years, and I intend to manage the program as close to the way that Coach ran it. “In my mind, it would be a big mistake to make dramatic changes because the things that Coach Wade did worked very well. He had an unbelievable track record of success.” Wade led the Patriots to a state championship and had seven district championships; however, Koehrer said he is not intimidated by those achievements. “In terms of wins and losses, I really don’t feel the pressure to duplicate Coach Wade’s success,” Koehrer said. “He had an unbelievably successful run during his time with the golf team. With that being said, we do want to have a competitive program at South, and I feel that we certainly can and should be able to achieve that goal.” Koehrer will have two players – Jack Darland and David Arth – from last year’s
Westminster graduate David Everett recently won the 1,500-meter run in 4 minutes 1.63 seconds at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. At the same event, Everett ran the opening leg on the second-place 3,200 relay. At the Missouri Class 3 meet last month, Everett finished second in the 3,200 and the 1,600 and was part of the winning 3,200 relay. Everett will run for Belmont University this fall.
High school football Every year, the Huddle of Hope, a community service project formed through the Parkway North football program, does something for a deserving charity or group. This year, Parkway North Coach Bob Bunton said his wife, Stephanie, came up with the idea on what the project could be. The Huddle of Hope project will be benefiting the Joplin, Mo., football program. “My wife came up with the idea,” Bunton said. “She got me to email some other coaches and teams in the area. She prodded me to get this thing going.” Parkway North coaches are asking for small donations to support the Joplin football program as it deals with basic family, scholastic and athletic needs while recovering from the recent tornado. Huddle of Hope is a community service project formed through the Parkway North football program to serve those in need. It is four years old. “Usually, what we do at the end of the season is pick something,” Bunton said. “We have a charity or we collect for some kind of group in the area like Nurses for Newborns, which we did in the past.” In the last few years, other St. Louis area high schools have joined Parkway North as it supports the community. Bunton said Lafayette, DeSmet, Eureka, Parkway Central and St. Mary’s have teamed up with Parkway North to help out. Checks can be made payable to Joplin High School Football Program and mailed to Parkway North Football Huddle of Hope, 12860 Fee Fee Road, St. Louis, MO, 63146. “We’ve had a pretty good response so far, but we can always use more because it’s such a good cause,” Bunton said. “Money is trickling in.
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By WARREN MAYES “Undefeated” and “state champion” Both describe MICDS senior Charlie Curtis, who defeated Will Welte, of Pembroke Hill, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, to win the Class 1 championship in the 83rd Missouri state tennis tournament held at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. Curtis finished his final season with a spotless 29-0 record. “I knew I could do it,” Curtis said. “I don’t know if I was expecting to do it, but I felt I could. It was so nice to win it. … The last one point was a really long point. It was awesome when I got it. I saw a bunch of people cheering me on. My dad (Bob) was cheering. My mom (Sara) was crying. It was just great.” MICDS Coach Patrick Huewe said he was proud of Curtis. “He was just elated, and I was very happy for him,” Huewe said. “He has been working so hard his whole career to be the kind of player he is now. He’s focused so much on the team throughout his high school career. …He played No. 2 singles in his freshman and sophomore years. In his junior year, he was No. 1 and we went to the team finals and we finished second and he got third in individual competition. It was nice and fitting he had spent his entire career to make the team better but for one day, he could focus on himself and bring home an individual title for the team.” Curtis went to state as the front-runner based on his results during the season, Huewe said. He won the Tournament of Champions, which features the top teams in the state in both classes. “Going into the state tournament, he really had to kind of live up to the expectations that he would win state,” Huewe said. “He was under some pressure. He had a bulls-eye on his back. He was the guy to take down.” In his first match, Curtis beat Orobola Akinmoladun, of Grandview, 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, he bested Alex Kaczkowski, of University City, 6-3, 6-1, and in the semifinals he got past Christopher Frye, of Barstow – who finished second at state last year – 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. After losing the second set to Frye, Curtis continued to play his game. “I told him when you go to state, you have to expect you’ll lose a set,” Huewe said. “We knew going in it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. That’s part of it. You have to keep your composure and adapt to what your opponent is doing. I told him he’d be fine in the third set. I told him not to worry and just go out and play and he won 6-0.” Curtis said he was not concerned about
Charlie Curtis at the state championship tournament.
the third set. “I didn’t have any nervousness going into the third set,” Curtis said. “I just really buckled down and focused on what I had to do.” The win sent him into the championship match with Welte, who lost to Curtis in straight sets in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions earlier in the spring. Welte was very aggressive in the first set. “(Welte) wasn’t missing anything,” Huewe said. “He dominated Charlie in the first set. That rattled Charlie with that firstset win.” Curtis agreed. “I started off and I was playing fine,” Curtis said. “It’s just that he was just really playing well. What happened in first set was I got crushed pretty much.” Huewe talked with Curtis after that set. “I told him to weather the storm and not get flustered by it,” Huewe said. “I told him to keep the ball deeper so Welte couldn’t come in. Charlie did it. Welte made some unforced errors in the first game and that gave Charlie confidence. He played real consistent.” “The third set was close. It was 4-1 and he made it 4-3 and then I closed it out.” Curtis will continue playing in college at Trinity University in San Antiono. Huewe said he will miss his state champion. He supported and encouraged everybody on the team. He’s a real good kid. He’s respectful. He’s a good student and he’s got a good sense of humor. He’s a lot of fun to be around,” Huewe said.
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By WARREN MAYES A car ride home from last year’s state track meet in Jefferson City led to this year’s triumphant return for Lauren Waterbury and Jim Lohr, MICDS girls’ track and field coach. Waterbury won four events and the Rams won the Class 3 state title. Waterbury captured first place in the 200meter and 400-meter dashes. She placed first in the long jump and she anchored the 4x200 relay team that won first place. She is one of a select few athletes to win four golds in a single state meet. “Winning all four of my events was an amazing experience and a great feeling,” Waterbury said. “It was very humbling having the opportunity to stand on the top of the podium more than once. I could not have asked for a better way to end my senior year.” She remembers the trip vividly from last year. “We were in the car driving to McDonald’s when Coach Lohr looked at me and said that next year would be the year,” Waterbury said. “At first, the thought of winning three events, let alone four, seemed nearly impossible, but the more he explained it to me, the more I wanted it. I knew our team was capable of doing great things.” “We talked about it very seriously coming home from Jeff City last year,” Lohr said. “It’s not like we were joking – we were seriously believing she could win four gold medals. I told her she could do it.” Waterbury dedicated herself to the task. “I was very determined because I wanted to finish my high school career on a high note and I knew that the team had the possibility doing well overall,” Waterbury said. So dedicated was she to track that she stopped playing basketball to focus on her
training. During the regular season, Waterbury finished in the top two in each event. The team performed well, too. “Our team won almost every meet, including districts and sectionals this year,” she said. “I wanted to finish with as many points as possible so our team could bring home a trophy from state.” She won the 400 in 55.43 – her second fastest time ever and now the school record. She won three events on the second day of competition. Waterbury won the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 5 inches. She owns the school record with a leap of 18-8.5. The relay team won with a time of 1:42.24, a school record. Waterbury’s time when she was running was 24 seconds. In her last event, Waterbury captured the 200 with a time of 24.79, just ahead of Cardinal Ritter’s Ayesha Ewing. “It was the closest competition I’d had all year,” Waterbury said. “It was a tough, race because it was my last event of the weekend. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to muster up the energy to attack the curve, but I was able to push through and beat the competition.” It showed what kind of athlete she is, Lohr said. “That was outstanding,” Lohr said. “She’d already won three events. She was out of gas. She’s won three and is a veteran and I thought she would warm up more. She ran out there and won. She doesn’t like to lose. She doesn’t like to see people in front of her.” Waterbury values what Lohr has taught her. Lohr said he believes she will do well. “I think her really good races are in front of her,” Lohr said. “We haven’t worn her out. She’s a special athlete. We’re going to miss her. She’s one of a kind.”
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MGWA Junior Championship winner Caroline Rouse joins the ranks of past champions Susan Fromuth, Barbara Blanchar, McCall Christopher, Chelsea Schriewer, and Catherine Dolan.
Rouse wins MWGA’s Junior Championship By WARREN MAYES Caroline Rouse achieved a goal she wanted this summer – getting her name engraved on the Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s trophy. Rouse, who just graduated from MICDS and will attend Yale this fall, won the 51st Junior Championship that was held recently at Norwood Hills Country Club. Rouse shot 156 to win the tournament by two strokes over Jordan Chael, of Overland Park, Kan. “The tournament has been held for over 50 years,” Rouse said. “Having my name on the trophy is especially meaningful.” Rouse joins a roll call of such past junior champions that includes Susan Fromuth, Barbara Blanchar, McCall Christopher, Chelsea Schriewer, and Catherine Dolan. The championship was a two-day stroke play tournament for all girls in Missouri and Johnson County, Kan., through high school. The East Course at Norwood was set up at 5,799 yards and played to a par 70. The hilly course played even longer with tough, fast greens. Rouse finished the first round holding a two-shot lead over Chael, who is from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She was consistent throughout the second day of play with Chael, keeping within sight. Rouse maintained her two-shot lead as both girls shot 78. That enabled Rouse to take the 2011 Junior Championship title and earn an automatic spot on the Missouri Four State Team, which is comprised of five players and two alternates chosen from the top finishers at the Junior Championship. “Last year, I was the medalist the first day at Creekmoor Golf Club,” Rouse said. “Playing in the tournament was pivotal for me. This was my second year playing
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Chris Graville was sworn in by Ballwin Municipal Judge Virginia Nye at the June 13, 2011, Board of Aldermen meeting. Mr. Graville was appointed to fill the position of Prosecuting Attorney and Stuart O’Brien was selected to serve as the Provisional Prosecuting Attorney. Don Anderson serves as the city’s Provisional Municipal Judge. Pictured: Stuart O’Brien, Chris Graville, Judge Virginia Nye and Mayor Tim Pogue.
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He also pointed out that our year-end general fund balance as a percentage of expenditures was way above acceptable levels at 67%. The 2010 audited financial report for the City of Ballwin is located on the city’s website at http://www.ballwin.mo.us/ docs/2010_Audit-Final.pdf.
WARD 4 ALDERMEN Richard Boerner 207-2386 x 3380 Ken Mellow 207-2386 x 3390
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Keep vehicles locked with the windows up at all times when they are not occupied. Remove all valuables including purses, cellular phones, MP3 players, GPS systems, laptop computers, etc. when vehicles are parked. Many vehicles also contain an automatic garage door opener, which would allow a burglar easy access to your garage/home. Park your vehicles in a locked garage when possible and keep the keys inside your home.
Keep all doors closed and locked. This includes garages, sheds, and patio doors. Burglaries from open garages, sheds, and residences are more prevalent in the summer months, and sometimes even occur when the homeowner is in their backyard. Summer vacation plans? Stop delivery on mail and newspapers, or have a trusted neighbor pick them up. Set inside lights on a timer to turn on during the overnight hours. Set your burglar alarm, and have a neighbor watch your residence while you’re on vacation. Make sure to leave contact information with them on how to reach you by telephone while you’re away. Inform them to contact the Ballwin Police Department immediately, if they encounter any suspicious activities. If you do not have a neighbor to look after your home while you’re away, contact the Ballwin Police Department at (636) 227-9636 and ask to be placed on the Vacation Watch list. With your permission, officers will check on your house periodically to make sure everything is secure. This will also provide the police department with contact information should something happen while you’re away.
Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and an unfortunate increase in burglaries and other types of crime. The Ballwin Police Department is asking for renewed diligence from our residents to help reduce the occurrence of these incidents. There are many simple things you can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim.
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The City of Ballwin has entered into a cooperative agreement with St. Louis County, allowing Ballwin residents to apply for low interest loans. The financing program is designed specifically for energy efficiency improvements to your home, including insulation, energy efficient furnaces and central air conditioning, doors and windows among other eligible projects.
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The TIF bonds issued to financially assist in the construction of the Olde Towne retail center are paid from tax revenues captured from that development.
Pre-paying this partial debt will mean that Ballwin will be debt free from all bond obligations after 2013. General obligation bonds, originally issued in 1992 for major street improvements and construction of The Pointe recreation center, will be paid off in 2012.
On June 13, the Board of Aldermen authorized the prepayment of the final four years (20142017) of the City’s 2002 Certificate of Participation (C.O.P.S.) issue. This debt was originally issued to pay for the construction of North Pointe Aquatic Center.
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noncompliance were identified. Various charts representing the city’s growth of unreserved fund balance, change in net assets and other financial ratios for years 2007-2010 were presented for comparison. Mr. Gratza complimented the city staff for their prudent management. He noted that the city’s percentage of debt service (18%) to non-debt expenditures was particularly impressive.
City Receives Positive Audit Report
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The City of Ballwin’s 2010 financial audit was presented to the Board of Aldermen at their meeting on Monday, May 23. Rick Gratza, a partner with the firm of Kerber, Eck, & Braeckel, made the presentation. The auditors issued an unqualified opinion which is considered a “clean opinion.” It was also reported that no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or instances of
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Wildwood Run to Remember will commemorate events of Sept. 11 By CAROL ENRIGHT Captain Brad Shelton of Metro West Fire Station #3 in Wildwood was talking to a group of local middle-school students when he realized that “they had no idea what September 11 was.” “As a 35-year-old man, this is my D-Day,” Shelton said. “The number ‘343’ is forever ingrained in every firefighter’s life, because that’s how many firefighters died that day.” In an effort to keep that memory alive and honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, the Metro West Fire Protection District is sponsoring the second annual Run to Remember on Sept. 10, 2011. West Newsmagazine is a Gold Sponsor of the event. “The whole point (of the run) is for everyone to remember how lives were lost that day,” Shelton said. The 5K run and 1-mile walk will begin and end at Wildwood Town Center. About halfway along the 5K-route, runners will make their way through the apparatus room of Metro West Fire Station #3 where they will find a water station and the station’s fire trucks on display. Rick Brown, of Wildwood, ran the race last year with his 9-year-old daughter, Audrey. “It was the only race I’ve ever run where we ran through a firehouse,” Brown said. “That was a first time for me – and I’ve done a lot of races.” Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther ran the 5K in 2010 also and plans on running again
at this year’s event. “The run fits very well with what I see as a strength of the city,” Woerther said. Woerther said the run has special significance as this year marks the 10th anniversary of 2001 terrorist attacks. In addition to remembering 9/11, Shelton said sees the event as a way firefighters can connect with the local community. “I’m a big believer in the city doing things with the community,” Shelton said. “It gives you a little bit of a small-town feel in a big town.” Proceeds from the event, which last year raised $10,000, will be divided between two charities: BackStoppers, which provides financial assistance to the families of local police officers and fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty; and the Pujols Family Foundation, the charity of Cardinals player Albert Pujols that supports those living with Down Syndrome locally and those living in poverty in the Dominican Republic. While runners will follow the same race route as last year, Shelton said they can look forward this year to having the event chip-timed by Big River Running. In a chip-timed race, each runner is outfitted with a timing chip that starts when the runner crosses the starting line and stops when the runner breaks the finish line. For more information or to register, visit events.bigriverrunning.com/RunToRemember, email email@example.com, or call (314) 616-6080.
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Martin originally announced he was going to run for that Senate seat but decided to run for Congress instead. “The idea of trying to go all the way across the state of Missouri was interesting to me,” Martin said, “but I’ll admit that most of the concerns I have are really about this St. Louis region. I’m familiar with this area through all the work I’ve done through the local (Roman Catholic) archdiocese, and I know that St. Louis County is really the engine that drives the whole region.” Like Akin, Martin is unabashedly conservative on social and fiscal issues. He said he is running for Congress because he is fed up with Washington and concerned about the country and its future if the government continues on its current course. He has expressed opposition to President Obama’s health care plan, saying the government is trying to do things it was not set up to do. “Things that the government is trying to manage right now will eventually become unwieldy,” Martin said. “The government can’t care for everybody.” Martin said Congress must have the moral courage to make cuts to government programs. As ways to save the government some money, he mentioned the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Education and scaling back the amount of unemployment people are eligible to receive. He said he is sympathetic to individual businesses being harassed by the EPA and OSHAA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and vowed to stand up to those agencies and fight for the rights of local businesses. Ultimately, Martin said, he aims to make the federal government smaller and more accountable to constituents. “2012 is going to be a crossroads election,” he said. “Our country seems to be headed downhill. People are losing jobs, and we need to pick leaders who are willing to say, ‘It’s not going well, and here’s how we make it better.’”
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Anorexia and the brain Eating makes most people feel good, but eating makes people with anorexia feel anxious. At the University of California, San Diego, Walter Kaye looked for reasons for that by studying brain chemistry. Kaye thinks part of the explanation may involve the brain chemical dopamine, which normally is released when people eat. Kaye gave a drug that stimulates dopamine production to women with and without a history of eating disorders and found it made those with eating disorders feel anxious. “We’ve recognized that in people with anorexia, food makes them anxious,” Kaye said. “This is the first bit of biologic evi-
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Chesterfield Arts ‘adopts’ Joplin art classrooms Items needed for teacher’s wish list Chesterfield Arts is reaching out to the local community for help in restoring some of what was lost to students in Joplin, Mo., as a result of the May 22 tornado, and the city of Chesterfield is helping. Chesterfield Arts has officially “adopted” the art classrooms at Irving Elementary and Emerson Elementary, both of which were completely destroyed by the tornado and have established an “Art Heals” program. Throughout the summer, the organization will be collecting new and gently used art supplies and cash donations to replenish Jessica Halstead’s art classrooms at the two schools. The goal is to fully restore the classrooms with art supplies by Aug. 12 so they are ready in time for the 2011-2012 school year. “The Joplin schools have suffered major losses, and many teachers will have to set up their classrooms from nothing for the upcoming school year due to the loss of their building,” Chesterfield Arts Executive Director Stacey Morse said. “This is just a small way our community can help the Joplin community have a small bit of
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Old Route 66: Lebanon, Mo. Take a ride to Lebanon, Mo., and detour on to Old Route 66 to revisit the 1950s. Missouri has one of the best collections of Route 66 sites in the country. Follow the Mother Road to discover vintage motels, eateries and shops, such as the Munger Moss Motel (pictured on the cover) a blast from the past when cars had fins and signs were neon. Check in and check out Munger Moss’ retro rooms, complete with powder pink and blue bathroom tile. Across the street and down a block is another surviving Route 66 outpost, Britts Rt. 66 Grill, once known as Wrink’s Market, which honors its roadhouse tradition by providing meals for hungry road warriors. To understand the importance of the historic route, visit the Route 66 Museum and Research Center housed in the Lebanon-Laclede County Library, which hold a collection of memorabilia that includes a recreation of a gas station, motel room and a diner, complete with menus listing 25-cent burgers. Admission is free. After cruising up and down the hillsides, follow the road to nearby Bennett Spring State Park and float down the Niangua River, where you can relax and recharge your batteries. Big Cedar Lodge and the Bass Pro pilgrimage You don’t have to fish, hunt or camp to enjoy a weekend in the Ozark Mountains on Table Rock Lake at Bass Pro’s Big Cedar Lodge, a destination resort 10 miles south of Branson, Mo. Destination resorts are excellent choices for families because of their no-charge extras, like dockside fishing, swimming, paddleboats, tennis, mini golf and, of course, lakeside lounging. Anglers can cook the fish they catch in cabins equipped with kitchens and outdoor grills; or, for those wanting a vacation from the kitchen, there are multiple on-site dining choices. Top picks are the Devil’s Pool Restaurant, which features home-style c o o k - ing, or The Worman House where you can splurge on a prime-cut steak. Missouri’s No. 1 visited tourist attraction is Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, which offers more than fishing lures and camouflage hats. The place is world famous for its collection of fresh
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FALL OF 2011 gRAdE LEvELS: 1st and 2nd Grade .......................... 19 openinGs 3rd Grade ......................................... 12 openinGs 4th Grade ......................................... 10 openinGs The brick sidewalks of Nashville in Indiana’s Brown County are lined with craft shops, eateries and rustic inns.
and saltwater aquatic exhibits complete with waterfalls and underwater shows. Live exhibits include fresh and saltwater fish, native ducks, alligators and turtles exhibited alongside mounted wildlife displays. Undergoing expansion is Wonders of Wildlife’s American National Fish and Wildlife Museum with additions planned to reopen later this year. Until then, Bass Pro has entertainment options: Take a class on cast iron cooking or how to tie a fly, eat at one of its restaurants, play at the arcades or pistol ranges. Oh yes, you can shop, too. Victorian villages of McHenry County Woodstock, Ill., is the McHenry County seat and may look familiar to fans of Bill Murray’s 1993 “Groundhog Day” film. Woodstock welcomes thousands of “Groundhog Day” fans each year who visit locations featured in the film, such as its town square and gazebo. Woodstock Square draws visitors to its farm markets and summer concerts. Woodstock’s Victorian architecture combined with entertainment venues, such as its historic Opera House, have earned Woodstock recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Use Woodstock as your home base while exploring McHenry County’s other quaint villages, such as Union and Richmond. Enjoy Richmond’s original buildings that house specialty stores, restaurants and antique shops. Richmond is home to one of the few surviving Dog n Suds drive-ins. Union is a haven for railroad buffs who come to explore the Illinois Railway Museum, America’s largest railroad museum. The collections include horse-drawn cars, electric trolleys, steam and diesel locomotives, and hundreds of
5th Grade ......................................... Full engines and cars in various stages of restoration. Hop onboard – trains run on weekends during the warm-weather months. Eat up in Kansas City Kansas City has enough to keep your plate full. For starters, KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. Beyond barbecue, the Kansas City metro area has a smorgasbord of creative cuisine by award-winning chefs at farm-to-fork restaurants that cook up everything from comfort food and ethnic food to haute cuisine. When planning your culinary encounters, consider these foodie-favorite destinations: The Corner Pharmacy Old Fashioned Soda Fountain, voted No. 1 soda fountain in the Kansas City area. Guy and Mae’s Tavern is a must stop to experience what was voted one of the eight wonders of Kansas cuisine. Fiorella’s Jack Stack is rated the No. 1 barbecue in the country by Zagat. If you’re craving a white-tablecloth experience, The American Restaurant has been satisfying hungry gourmands since the 1990s. The American occupies the Crown Center’s penthouse and offers a spectacular, panoramic view of downtown in addition to cuisine that has earned a Mobil FourStar rating, the AAA Four Diamond Award and Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. Indiana’s Brown County Indiana’s Brown County is a place where time has stopped. Its hillside villages resonate country charm, especially in Nashville, the historic county seat. Nashville has drawn visitors to Indiana’s southern hills since the early 1900s and is reminiscent of what Branson was 50 years ago. Follow its brick sidewalks lined with crafts shops, See GET AWAY, page 52
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GET AWAY, from page 51 eateries and rustic inns. Nashville is home to the Hoosier Group of impressionist plein air (open air) painters that was founded by renown Indiana artist T.C. Steel. Amateur and professional artists still travel with easel and paints to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site at the House of the Singing Winds. Would-be artists are welcome to paint the same Brown County landscapes Steele sketched and painted at his retreat. Those arriving without paint and brush can tour the site’s historic buildings and gardens. Five miles north of Nashville is Bean Blossom, home of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Bill Monroe, considered the father of bluegrass who fell in love with the Indiana hills after an appearance at the legendary Brown County Jamboree. Bean
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City of Ballwin, Missouri notiCE of PuBliC HEaring august 1, 2011 A public hearing is scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Ballwin on August 1, 2011 at the Donald “Red” Loehr Police and Court Center, 300 Park Dr, Ballwin, MO, 63011, at 7:00 P. M. upon the following: 1. a petition from Kris a. Kauffenbarger, sVP of Business Development for wendy’s old fashioned Hamburgers of new york, inc., 1 Dave thomas Blvd., Dublin, oH, 43017, for the approval of an amendment to the site development plan approved by ordinance 10-43, which granted the MrD overlay zoning of the property commonly known as 14799 Manchester rd., Ballwin Mo, 63011, to allow the construction of a wendy’s restaurant with a drive through window. 2. a petition from Dan gross, Construction Manager of the McDonalds Corporation, 281 Veterans Memorial Parkway, #11, warrenton, Mo, 63383, for the approval of a special use exception site development plan amendment to allow the construction of a second drive through ordering station at a location commonly known as 15204 Manchester rd., Ballwin, Mo, 63011. 3. a petition from Michelle yan liu, of ailins llC, dba Kabuki, 754 w. Canterbury rd., #a, st. louis, Mo 63132, for the approval of a special use exception to allow establishments for the distilling, brewing, preparation and sale of beverages containing alcohol of any kind by the drink for consumption on the premises where sold at a location commonly known as 15015 Manchester rd., Ballwin, Mo, 63011. The City of Ballwin will consider the zoning ordinance or district regulations as provided herein, or may adopt different changes or provisions, without further notice or hearing, as the Board of Aldermen may deem to be in the public interest. The public hearing may be continued, by announcement at the public hearing, from time to time, as deemed necessary by the Planning and Zoning Commission, without publication of the time and place of the continued public hearing. Petitions of protest against zoning district boundary changes, duly signed and acknowledged, must be submitted by owners of thirty percent or more of either: (1) the area of the land (exclusive of streets and alleys) included in the proposed change(s), or (2) within the area determined by lines drawn parallel to and one hundred and eighty-five feet distant from the area proposed for a zoning district change, public rights-of-way excepted. These petitions will be considered in determining the percentage of favorable votes by the Board of Aldermen necessary to make the zoning district change in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ballwin. Residents of Ballwin are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services of the City of Ballwin regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, national origin or political affiliation. If you are a person requiring an accommodation, please call (636) 227-8580 V or (636) 527-9200 TDD or 1-800-735-2466 (Relay Missouri) no later than 5:00 P.M. on the third business day preceding the hearing. Offices are open between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM RED LIGHT, from page 13 collects, Ellisville makes about $200,000 a year off the cameras. He pointed out that police work and the courtroom procedures the tickets demand do not pay for themselves.“The money we make is continuing to go down as people change their driving habits,” Bookout said. “I really hope the amount of fines goes down to zero. That’s what we want.” Creve Coeur has been using the cameras to watch over the Olive Blvd. and I-270 intersection since September of 2007. According to Creve Coeur City Manager Mark Perkins, that interchange is difficult for officers to enforce. “There is no safe effective location for an officer to position him/herself and watch these signals without being exposed to moving traffic,” Perkins said. “The cameras provide a safe alternative to this issue.” From 2008-2010, Creve Coeur police officers issued 14 citations to red light violators at Olive and I-270. In the same time period, the cameras caught 16,123 violations at the intersection. Perkins said fines through the city’s red light program were estimated to total $750,000 for fiscal year 2011, which ended on June 30, but that $525,000 of that will be paid to American Traffic Solutions and another $150,000 to administrative costs, such as police and the municipal court, which leaves the city with about a $75,000 profit. Perkins said Creve Coeur has seen a reduction in crashes of up to 59 percent in areas with the photo enforcement program in place. He said photo enforcement violations have been reduced by more than 40 percent since the first full year of the red light camera implementation. Other West County municipalities have considered using the cameras but ultimately decided against it. “Several years ago, our Public Health and Safety Committee studied the issue,” Chesterfield Mayor Bruce Geiger said. “They concluded there was conflicting information but not enough clear-cut evidence to suggest the cameras would reduce accidents or improve safety.” Geiger said there was concern also regarding the legality of the cameras and the possibility the Missouri Legislature might pass legislation prohibiting them. Similarly, Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said Wildwood considered installing red light cameras about five years ago but found that there were not issues or traffic volume to necessitate further investigation. The state of Missouri has declared violations caught on red light cameras to be non-moving violations, and no points are assigned to a person’s driver’s license as a result of getting caught. That leaves many motorists with the impression that they do
not have to pay their red light tickets. But David Rubin, an attorney with offices in Creve Coeur and Ellisville, said he advises those with red light tickets to pay their fines. “With a traffic ticket, an attorney can negotiate a deal that makes it not a moving violation so it doesn’t put points on your license,” Rubin said. “However, they’ve already done this with red light tickets, so an attorney really isn’t necessary.” Rubin said there are constitutional problems with the use of red light tickets because there is no way to verify who was driving the car at the time of the violation. “They are aware of these issues,” Rubin said, “so this current policy of making it a non-moving violation and putting fines on it that are quite low is a compromise struck to make it easier for motorists to pay without confronting some of the issues that bringing this to court would bring up.” Rubin said the typical fine for being caught on camera running a red light in West County is about $100. He said he advises clients to pay red light camera tickets promptly. “It is really not worth the time to turn it into some type of big deal,” he said. Plenty of local motorists apparently are doing what Rubin recommends. Perkins said Creve Coeur has more than a 90-percent pay rate on tickets generated there. He said the court issues summonses for those who fail to either pay their tickets or show up in court. He said he did not think anyone had been arrested in Creve Coeur for not paying a red light camera ticket but that the ordinance gives police the right to make an arrest. Creve Coeur City Prosecutor Dennis Beckley said he used to oppose the use of the cameras on civil liberties grounds but has since changed his mind. “When I actually saw how well they worked, I had to eat my words,” Beckley said. “They’ve changed the way that we approach intersections, and that makes us all safer. People slow down on yellow and stop on red now like they should. It’s had wonderful effects, and I don’t know many people who have received more than one of these tickets.” According to Beckley, some people have successfully challenged red light camera tickets based on details like mistaken license plate numbers. However, Beckley said he had not seen anyone found not guilty by arguing against the validity or the constitutionality of the cameras. One woman who was found guilty in a Creve Coeur court managed to get the decision appealed by the Missouri Court of Appeals, where her case is pending. Beckley is currently working on arguing the city’s side of the case and said it is the only time he has seen Creve Coeur’s use of the cameras successfully challenged.
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BENEFITS Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital sponsors a Horseback Poker Run at 8 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.) on Sun., July 10, at Greensfelder Park on Allenton Road. Proceeds benefit MERS Large Animal Rescue. A bake sale, silent auction, “horse wash,” chair massages and live music also are featured. The cost of $20 per registrant includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch. To participate without a horse, cost is $8. Call 458-6569. ••• The ninth annual Monarch Firefighters Golf Tournament to benefit the National
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SPECIAL INTEREST GriefShare is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 18 at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church (14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield). The weekly Bible-based seminar/support group is for those grieving the death of someone close. Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The seminar is free and people can start at any time. Call Sandra McKay at 227-1109 or Clair Allyn at 537-3658, or visit GriefShare.org. ••• Westward Hoe Garden Club hosts “Creating a Fairy Garden” at its 7 p.m., Tues., July 12, meeting. For more information, call 391-6469. ••• Progress 64 West hosts “An update and Overview of Metro” presented by Metro CEO and President John Nations is at 11:45 a.m. on Thurs., July 21 at Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center (16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield). Admission is free to Progress 64 West members and $15 for non-members. For reservations, call Jim Susman at (314) 997-3390. ••• Chesterfield Arts presents the 2011 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest with entries due by 5 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 24, sent by email to nancy@chesterfieldarts. org. The contest is open to Missouri and Illinois residents aged 18 and older. The genre is non-fiction, and the topic is “A Beginning” – any beginning that transformed the writer’s life and touched him/ her on an emotional level. The entry fee is $10 per entry, and there will be cash awards of $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place, plus honorable mention certificates. For rules and specific guidelines, email Bud Hirsch at hirschwrites@ sbcglobal.net. ••• The St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash is Sat., Sept. 24, and Sun., Sept. 25 at the Town Center of Wildwood. Amateurs and professionals compete for the grand prize in several categories, including ribs, brisket, chicken, chili, pork steak, People’s Choice, chicken wing eating, best-decorated booth and more. Call Frank Schmer at 256-6564.
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Good news for new- home shoppers hoping to get a better price for their old homes: Prices got a boost from the traditional spring buying season. Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed a monthly increase for the first time since last August. Before we get too giddy, it’s important to know that average home prices across the United States are now at the same level as they were in the summer of 2003. In Missouri that year, the median price for an owner-occupied home was $106,763. Today it’s $141,000. And here’s a bit of déjà vu: Like 2011, 2003 was the year mortgage rates plunged to 30-year lows and homeowners rushed to refinance. Also in 2003 some economists worried that home prices were in a dangerous “bubble” - similar to over-inflated technology-stock prices in the late 1990s - which could abruptly pop, hurting homeowners. Back to the news of today, the National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales also improved in May. Even better, the Census Bureau and HUD last week both noted that single-family housing starts rose in May. Unfortunately, tightened lending standards in the past year have made it hard for home buyers to qualify for mortgages, despite those record low interest rates. The large number of foreclosure properties also continues to be a drag on prices. Existing home sales are being held back by “restrictive loan underwriting standards,” said NAR chief economist Martin Yun last week. “There’s been a pendulum swing from very loose standards which led to the housing boom to unnecessarily restrictive practices as an overreaction to the housing correction - this overreaction is clearly holding back the recovery.” David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Index Committee, was cautious: “It is much too early to tell if this is a turning point or simply due to some warmer weather. For a
real recovery we would need to see several months of increasing home prices.” The NAR’s Yun said the long and painful drop in home prices “could be diminishing” as some buyers look to take advantage of what he called the highest affordability conditions in 40 years – or at least since 2003. Here’s what else is happening: Clark Gable is coming to The Meadows of Wildwood on July 9. No, really, that’s the name of the newest model being offered in this 55-and-better active retirement community just off Highway 109 and Highway 100. All of the floor plans are named for famous stars. Builder E-404 LLC is planning a celebratory barbecue, so don’t miss the premiere. And while the Gable doesn’t have a mustache, this sexy, 1,840-square-foot plan offers two bedrooms, two full baths, a formal dining room, a large kitchen with angled multi-level counter that looks out on the breakfast room and great room, and a two-car garage. Fit for a Hollywood movie queen, the master suite includes double vanities, separate tub and shower and an epic walk-in closet. A large walk-in kitchen pantry and full-sized laundry room keep everything conveniently on the main floor. Only 20 homesites remain at The Meadows of Wildwood, a private enclave in the heart of Wildwood which features luxurious, maintenance-free detached villa homes priced from the mid $290’s and guest-starring an unbelievable clubhouse. You have to see it. To visit, take Highway 100 to south on Highway 109 to right at the New College Avenue stoplight next to the West County YMCA (Meadows homebuyers get a free membership!). Turn left at Generations Drive and follow to the entrance of Meadows of Wildwood. The sales center and clubhouse are on the right. Call community sales manager Jo-Ann Tucker at 636-273-5300 for details or visit www.meadowsofwildwood.com.
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM The fireworks are still going off at Greater Missouri Builders’ Queensbrooke Townhomes where they’ve lowered prices on all of the existing inventory homes. Townhomes at Queensbrooke start at $138,900. If single-level living is your choice, all remaining condominium units at Queensbrooke have been reduced to $97,900. “These are all 1,000 square feet in size and in an elevator building with covered parking space,” says Kim Whalen, sales and marketing director for GMB. To visit Queensbrooke, take Highway 94 (First Capitol) to north on Harvester Road to left on Queensbrooke Boulevard to left on Queens Court Place and follow signs to displays. Buyers also will find price reductions at GMB’s Crown Square where all units are priced at $99,900. That small sum buys you two big bedrooms 2½ baths and a two-car garage. Crown Square is located within walking distance of Mid Rivers Mall. Take I-70 west to south on Mid Rivers Mall Drive to right on McMenamy Drive to the entrance on the left. For information on Queensbrooke and Crown Square call Debbie Terwilliger at 636-9363615. Luxury detached villa homes with no exterior maintenance chores are priced to sell at Brunhaven on Olive Boulevard two miles north of Highway 40 and Clarkson. A two-bedroom, two-bath Carlton model
is ready now at $329,900. At Barrow Ridge in Ellisville, GMB has a two-bedroom, twobath Ashley inventory detached villa ready for move-in at $324,900. Call Suzanne Bishop at 636-394-8890. You can also call Suzanne for info on the five remaining inventory homes - all with reduced prices - at fashionable Fountain Plaza on Clayton Road in Ellisvile. Visit www.greatermissouribuilders.com Payne Family Homes is holding its first-ever “Summer Signing Sale,” reports Shawn Arterburn, Payne’s vice president of operations. “This is for July only and we are offering our best incentives ever to join the family at Payne Family Homes,” Shawn said. “It’s a great time to buy a home with interest rates at incredible lows. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to purchase a new home now with very few completed homes ready for occupancy or reserve your homesite and build the home of your dreams.” Payne Family Homes has expanded to 10 distinctive neighborhoods from Eureka to Fenton to St. Charles and Wentzville, Shawn noted. “New home sales are up and we are on pace to surpass last year’s closing goals.” For more information visit any Payne Family Homes community, call Payne’s online sales consultant at 314-477-1218 or visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com.
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Royal Buffet’s Bountiful Feast By SUZANNE CORBETT Royal Buffet has taken the old adage “variety is the spice of life” to heart with its creation of one of the largest themed buffets in West County. Unlike other all-you-can-eat operations, Royal Buffet combines Chinese, Japanese, American and International foods along with a hot grill feature allowing guests to fill a bowl with fresh meats and veggies in addition to their sauce of choice for a custom stir-fry. “It’s fun being able to pick out exactly the stuff you want stir-fried together,” Royal Buffet customer Jay Traxel said. “After you pick what you want, just hand it off to the chef and he cooks it for you while you wait.” Besides the stir-fry grill options, Royal Buffet’s chefs create sushi throughout the day. Located next to the grill station, sushi masters prepare an assortment of sushi rolls and sashimi, featuring the popular California and tempurastyle rolls that are excellent selections for those trying sushi for the first time. Those who are not sushi fans can begin their meal with one of the appetizers from the 150-item buffet. Steamed dumplings, crab rangoon, won tons and the delicately flaRoyal Buffet Sushi and Grill 15425 Manchester Road #38 Ballwin (636) 527-7988 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday MoMoYaMa
vored cream cheese crab-stuffed mushrooms are regularly found on both the lunch and dinner buffet. Or, guests can indulge in an all-you-can-eat shrimp cocktail. Other favorite first courses are hot soups, such as the hot sour and egg drop served with a side of crispy wonton strips for garnishing. And for traditionalists who love salad bars, Royal Buffet offers a classic assortment of mixed greens, romaine and spinach with veggies and crouton toss-ins and a choice of dressings. Entrée picks can vary from day to day. On a recent afternoon, spicy pork, honey chicken and Mongolian beef were among the Chinese entrees that shared the multi-line buffet with spaghetti and garlic bread, steamed mussels, roast beef and crab legs. With so much choice, one might decide to opt for the menu. A la crate orders are available for those who prefer made-to-order custom plates from Royal Buffet’s menu, which is divided into 25 sub categories. While many of A Royal Buffet grill chef prepares a custom stir-fry dish for a the dishes listed on the menu are found on the buffet, other customer. specialty items are menu exclusives, such as the Dragon & Phoenix (a mix of chicken and shrimp) and Orange Beef, a and dinner combination menu specials, priced less than creation of spicy-hot, crispy-fried beef strips flavored with the buffet and designed for lighter appetites. Each combo orange peel. plate features one entrée from a select list with choice of Found on both the buffet and menu is Egg Foo Young, rice and either an egg roll or crab rangoon. a retro dish that was popular in the 1950s and has made Royal Buffet’s service includes dining in with a limited a comeback. Royal Buffet makes five different varieties bar, take-out and catering designed as party trays for easy of Egg Foo Young with the chicken and mushroom being pick-up and serving. Royal Buffet encourages customers listed among customer favorites. Other popular retro who still are looking for another service or item to ask. dishes are Moo Goo Gai Pan and Chow Mein. As its menu states: “If not on the menu, you can ask the Cost-conscious customers will appreciate the lunch cashier.”
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55 Chesterfield Lakes
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Carla & Carmen's Sales Activity since 1/01/2011 PENDING Properties (Under Contract) City sAle PriCe Address 1744 Topping Rd. Town and Country $1,950,000 927 Arlington Oaks Terrace Town and Country $799,900 652 Wyndham Crossings Circle Des Peres $699,900 32 Lynnbrook Rd. Frontenac $499,900 Total $3,949,700 SOLD Properties
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13021 Masonview Court Town & Country • $2,200,000 6 Bd - 6 Ba - 1.5 sty - Pool - 1.5ac
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305 Remington Way Dr. - Ballwin - $425,000 Pristine “like new” one owner 2sty in Remington Place! First class upgrades, huge mstr suite, bonus room. Over 3600 sq. ft.!
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262 Cleta Ct. - Ballwin - $189,900 Meticulously maintained ranch on private Ballwin cul-de-sac! Vaulted ceilings, new roof, new appliances, updated baths and kitchen!
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580 Highland Ridge Dr. - Ballwin - $185,000 Charming ranch in Parkway school district. Finished lower level, large lot, tons of potential!
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1351 Arbor Bluff Circle - Ballwin - $330,000 249 Vistaoak Ct. - Ballwin - $188,900 Fabulous 2-story in Arbor Bluffs subdivision! Ideal ranch in heart of Ballwin! Gleaming Huge kitchen and bfast room with bay win- wood floors, first class kitchen, finished LL, dows, wood floors. Must see! and large level corner lot! Call today for your Financing Needs: Wendy Wallach Cell: (314) 374-0737 Wendy.Wallach@wellsfargo.com
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18238 CANYON FOREST CT CHESTERFIELD Newly completed custom ranch. Lovely wood flrs on main level. Gourmet kitchen w/granite. $899,000
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16427 BRANDSFORD POINT CHESTERFIELD 2 sty w/full brick front exterior, quiet cul-de-sac, level lot w/ingrnd pool. Updated kitchen. $579,000
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145 PETITE ROYALE CT CREVE COEUR Fabulous location. Large 2 sty 4BR, 2.5ba on 1/2 acre lot with inground pool. Great upates. $437,900
16262 LONE CABIN DR WILDWOOD Stunning 2 sty on level treed lot, screened patio & deck. T-staircase w/2sty foyer,dining rm. $374,900
16407 RANCHESTER DR WILDWOOD 4BR 2 sty sitting on a parklike lot. Spacious family rm w/fireplace. Wood floors in kitchen. $369,900
561 PROSPECTOR RIDGE DR WILDWOOD Stately center hall plan 2 sty with 4BR, 2F/2H baths and 3 car gar. Fin LL, 3 seasons porch. $364,900
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841 SURREY MEADOWS CT ELLISVILLE Beautiful ranch home on a cul-de-sac lot. Vaulted GR, 3BR, 2ba. Great deck, fenced back yard. $217,000
1865 SEVEN PINES DR WEST COUNTY Updated 3BR/2ba home priced to sell. Great ranch home with finished lower level and large lot. $204,900
200 AMBRIDGE CT #201 CHESTERFIELD Gorgeous updated 2BR, 2ba condo in Baywood! Great open floor plan, huge master suite. $195,000
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160 JUBILEE HILL DR #C (ST LOUIS CO) Must see updated ground flr condo priced to sell. Well kept . $97,500 10367 OXFORD HILL DR #5 (ST LOUIS CO) Great price. Secured bldg 1BR/1.5ba plus 1 reserved garage space. $73,000 720 STIFEL RIDGE CT (TOWN & COUNTRY) Prestigious 2-story brick 5BR/4.5+ba residence. $949,000 440 KILLEARN LN (TOWN & COUNTRY) Beautifully appointed throughout, meticulousloy maintained 1.5 story. $699,900 715 AUBER RIDGE CT (UNINC STL CO) Lovely 2-sty loaded w/updates. 4BR, 3.5ba W/O LL. Cul-de-sac. $234,900 395 LARIMORE VALLEY DR (WILDWOOD) Custom 1.5 sty, 2.4 acre lot, ingrnd pool, gazebo, porch. $1,549,900 1506 QUAIL HOLLOW CT (WILDWOOD) NEW price. 1.5 story on premium 1+acre. Panoramic views. Tall ceilings. $650,000 1309 KATSURA CT (WILDWOOD) 1.5 sty, quiet cul-de-sac, backs to trees, open flr plan, 2sty great rm. $509,900 2145 MINT SPRING LN (WILDWOOD) Wonderful brick front 5BR atrium ranch on 3 ac. Granite countertops. $499,900 1645 BENTSHIRE CT (WILDWOOD) Wonderful 4BR 2sty on level cul-de-sac lot. Kit with 42 cabinets. $444,500 3801 TAMARA (WILDWOOD) Gorgeous ranch home on 10 acres in Wildwood. Features an updated kitchen. $399,900 1426 EAGLE RIDGE RD (WILDWOOD) Move-in ready 4BR, 3ba custom-built greatroom ranch. $249,900 2508 ELM FOREST CT (WILDWOOD) Great room ranch, open floor plan, 3BR, 2ba. Beautiful fenced level yard.$184,000 216 WATERSIDE DR (WILDWOOD) Spacious 3BR, 2 full bath, 2 car garage end unit overlooking lake. $164,900 123 IMPERIAL CROWN WAY #J (WILDWOOD) Fabulous 2BR, 2ba condo w/carport. Cathedral ceiling. $108,900
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