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Red Herring Politics In an election year, this is the time for an “October surprise” – some sensational, and usually irrelevant, revelation to distract the voters from serious issues. This year, there are October surprises from coast to coast. There are a lot of incumbents who don’t want to discuss serious issues – especially their own track records. This year’s October surprise that is getting the biggest play in the media is the revelation that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman once employed a housekeeper – at $23 an hour – who turned out to be an illegal immigrant. It is great political theater, with activist lawyer Gloria Allred putting her arm protectively around the unhappy-looking woman. But why anyone should be unhappy at getting $23 an hour for housekeeping is by no means clear. Maybe she is unhappy because Meg Whitman fired her when she learned that her housekeeper was an illegal immigrant, despite false documents that indicated she was legal when she was hired. What is Meg Whitman supposed to be guilty of? Not being able to tell false documents from real ones? Is that what voters are supposed to use to determine who to vote for as governor of California? A far more important question is whether voters can tell false issues from real ones. October surprises are especially phony when they are used on behalf of someone with a long track record in government, like Jerry Brown, who has held government jobs ranging from state attorney general to mayor of Oakland to governor of the state. What did Jerry Brown do the last time he was governor? That ought to tell us a lot more than whether Meg Whitman is a document expert. She is not running for a job as a document expert. One appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown ought to tell us a lot about his ideology. His most famous – or infamous – appointment was making Rose Bird chief justice of the California Supreme Court. She over-ruled 64 consecutive death penalty verdicts and upheld none. Apparently, no judge or jury could ever give a murderer a trial perfect enough to suit Rose Bird. To hear Rose Bird and her supporters tell it, she was just “upholding the law.” But, fortunately, the California voters saw right through that pretense, and realized that she was doing just the opposite – imposing
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her own personal opposition to the death penalty in the guise of interpreting the law. No California chief justice appointee had ever been voted off the bench by the voters before Rose Bird, but she was roundly defeated when 67 percent of the voters voted against her in a confirmation election required by California law. Two of her like-mind colleagues on the California Supreme Court were likewise voted off the bench. They, too, were appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The question is not whether you are for or against the death penalty. If you don’t like the death penalty, you can vote to repeal it. But it is not the job of judges to deprive the voters of their right to choose the laws they want to live under. This is part of a much larger arrogant political ideology, in which anointed elites impose their own notions, in utter disregard of the laws passed by the people’s elected representatives. At one time, Gov. Jerry Brown was riding high in the Democratic Party, and was considered a rising prospect for that party’s nomination for President of the United States. Then something happened that told us all what kind of man he was. There was an infestation of Mediterranean fruit flies out in California’s agricultural heartland in the interior valleys. Despite being urged to allow spraying of insecticide out in the valleys, to nip the infestation in the bud, Gov. Brown pandered to the environmental extremists and refused. The net result was that the “Med flies,” as they were called, spread from the valleys out into cities and towns as far west as the San Francisco Bay Area. Faced with a major political disaster, Jerry Brown finally authorized spraying – over a vastly larger area than when he was first asked. That fiasco spared us a Jerry Brown administration in Washington. No wonder his supporters have sprung an October surprise about Meg Whitman’s housekeeper. They need a distraction from his record.
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letters to the editor Chesterfield Police terminations To the Editor: As the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15, I would like to express my opinion of the unfortunate terminations of police personnel in the city of Chesterfield last week. In this recession, many cities have been hurt economically and forced to take actions affecting their police personnel. While the city of Chesterfield is not immune from the effects of a down-turned economy, its decision to “eliminate the positions” of seven police department personnel is questionable at best. The city alleges that the terminations were necessary because of budgetary constraints due to the bad economy, lower tax revenue, and stagnant population growth. First of all, the city claims that it “eliminated” the positions of the police department personnel that were terminated. For some of the officers that were let go, their rank was that of a patrol officer, a position held by a large majority of the police department. Rather than terminating the newest officers first, the city chose to terminate officers that had many years of experience with the city. Currently the city has four probationary officers, officers who have worked for the city for less than one year, one officer still in training, and even an officer that is in the Police Academy sponsored by the city of Chesterfield. The more reasonable and impartial decision would have been to eliminate the positions of these employees. In no way am I advocating the firing of any employee; I am merely suggesting that if layoffs must occur, the city should have made the more appropriate decision to terminate the most recently hired employees. It has also been alleged that the city knew of these budget constraints for some time, so actually the most logical decision would have been to not hire these new employees in the first place. Bringing logic into city government may be asking too much. The city claims that the terminated employees’ pay and benefits will continue until the end of the year. In order to secure those benefits, however, the terminated employees must sign a severance agreement which releases the city and its officials from any liability relating to the officer’s employment including, but not limited to, discrimination claims and Missouri Human Rights Act violations. The employees will only receive a positive letter of recommendation for future
employers if they sign the agreement. Also, by signing the agreement, the employees agree not to speak disparagingly about the city, its officials, or their employment. In fact, if the terminated employee is asked about his or her employment, he or she is to respond with, “No Comment” or repeat the following statement provided explicitly by the city: “My employment with the City has ended due to the elimination of my position and several other positions. The City provided me a fair and generous severance package. The City of Chesterfield is a great place to work and I have enjoyed my association with the City. I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished.” If a terminated employee fails to sign the severance agreement, their pay and benefits will end almost immediately and they will not receive positive letters of recommendations in their search to secure new employment through no fault of their own. Regardless of the employee’s decision to sign the agreement, he or she will still lose any and all sick time accrued during the many years that he or she was employed by the city. In addition, the city of Chesterfield has been engaged in a lengthy legal battle with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15, since the beginning of 2009. Fraternal Order of Police brought suit on behalf of its members because the city refused to allow its police officers and sergeants the right to collective bargaining as guaranteed by the Missouri Constitution. In July of this year, Honorable Colleen Dolan of the St. Louis County Circuit Court issued her judgment in the case ordering the city of Chesterfield to take the necessary steps to allow its police officers and sergeants to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing. Instead of abiding by the order, the city has chosen to appeal it to the Missouri Court of Appeals. Instead of allowing its employees to negotiate with their employer, the city of Chesterfield continues to fight against the officers’ constitutional rights and spend taxpayer dollars on attorneys. The city could have saved huge amounts of money that it spent on attorneys’ fees and used it to continue to employ its police officers. In essence, the city has chosen to give a paycheck to its attorneys rather than its police officers. Further, if the city’s officers and sergeants had been able to exercise their constitutional collective bargaining rights, decisions such as lay-offs and position eliminations would be discussed with the
officers’ representative. The very collective bargaining that the city is fighting against could have helped the city solve its budgetary issues with a solution that could be beneficial to both the city and its police officers. If you are a citizen of the city of Chesterfield, let the city know how you feel on this subject. You are a citizen, you pay taxes and you deserve to know how your city is being run. David W. Owens President, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15
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To the Editor: I’ve thought for months about Prop B. As a veterinarian, I have devoted my entire career and also roughly one-third of my life to animal welfare. Growing up on a farm in southeast Missouri has allowed me to be exposed to all aspects of companion and domestic animal husbandry. Having said that, let me make one thing perfectly clear: Animal cruelty is wrong, regardless of species. If I didn’t feel very strongly about the previous statement, then my whole life’s work as an animal caretaker would be meaningless. As an animal lover, I tried to look at this issue as objectively as possible. This is a very emotional issue and I felt it required very rational consideration. I feel that Proposition B would in no way benefit the dogs of Missouri. The current Animal Care and Facilities Act, as regulated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, clearly outlines rational, achievable guidelines for breeders to follow. As with many things in today’s society, there is not enough money or manpower to properly enforce these regulations. If the Humane Society of the United States doesn’t have an anti-agriculture agenda (as they claim), I challenge them to put the issue to rest. Prove to the citizens of Missouri that the HSUS genuinely cares for the welfare of our animals by donating 1 percent of their yearly budget to the Missouri Department of Agriculture. If the Department of Agriculture had the resources it needed, the inspectors could properly enforce the current regulatory standards. As Karen Strange (spokesperson for the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners) pointed out, the current provisions, under the Animal Care and Facilities Act, are
more stringent and the penalties for violating are more severe than Prop B. Another problem is the funding. No one (including the Attorney Generals Office) will comment on who will be responsible for enforcing this law. Invariably, your policemen and women will be using valuable time and our tax dollars to arrest a person with 11 breeding female dogs, versus pursuing the drug dealer that lives next door. That, to me, is sobering. I would rather my tax dollars be spent on providing the families of Missouri with a safer place to live, versus pursuing someone with more than their “allowable” number of breeding female dogs. Again, I challenge the HSUS to donate just 1 percent of their total annual budget to the Department of Agriculture so the animal inspectors can do their job the right way. In 2008, the HSUS donated just 0.5 percent ($450,000) of their total budget for animal welfare. How could a veterinarian be opposed to the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act? Puppy mills are horrible and need to be properly regulated, but Prop B is not the answer. It’s the dog’s quality of care versus the quantity of dogs that should be the issue. If you look at just the facts, and not the emotions associated with the topic, it becomes crystal clear that this proposition will weaken current penalties and will provide no solution for needed enforcement. Aarah L. Craig, DVM St. Louis County
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Where are the new jobs? By John Stossel “Corporate profits are soaring. Companies are sitting on billions of dollars of cash. And still, they’ve yet to amp up hiring or make major investments.” So writes The Washington Post about the recession’s stubborn refusal to go away. The statisticians at the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the Great Recession over -- but tell that to people who can’t find jobs. Today, businesses replace equipment and inventory, but they are reluctant to hire new workers. Investment that does occur aims at replacing the use of labor by adopting advanced technology. In a growing economy, that’s a sign of progress. Freed-up workers are then available for new projects. But lately, those new projects aren’t being launched. The two wings of the establishment offer their usual remedies. Governmentoriented types want more tax-financed “stimulus” spending, claiming last year’s nearly trillion-dollar dose wasn’t enough. That’s dubious. As economist Mark Skousen writes, “(P)roduction and investment lead the economy into and out of a recession; retail demand is the most stable component of economic activity.” Business-oriented types want tax cuts. I’m sympathetic, but cuts should be accompanied by spending cuts, or the deficit will grow even uglier. There’s no free lunch. Deficit spending must be covered by government borrowing, which takes capital that could be used for investment out of the private sector. Why isn’t the economy recovering? After previous recessions, unemployment didn’t get stuck at close to 10 percent. If left alone, the economy can and does heal itself, as the mistakes of the previous inflationary boom are corrected. The problem today is that the economy is not being left alone. Instead, it is haunted by uncertainty on a hundred fronts. When rules are unintelligible and unpredictable, when new workers are potential threats because of Labor Department regulations, businesses have little confidence to hire. President Obama’s vaunted legislative record not only left entrepreneurs with the burden of bigger government, it also makes it impossible for them to accurately estimate the new burden. In at least three big areas -- health insurance, financial regulation and taxes -- no one can know what will happen.
New intrusive rules for health insurance are yet to be written, and those rules will affect hiring, since most health insurance is provided by employers. Thanks to the new 2,300 page DoddFrank finance regulatory act, The Wall Street Journal reports, there will be “no fewer than 243 new formal rule-makings by 11 different federal agencies.” These as-yet unknown rules will govern lending to business and other key financial activity. The George W. Bush tax cuts might be allowed to expire. But maybe not. Social Security and Medicare are dangerously shaky. Will Congress raise the payroll tax? A “distinguished” deficit commission is meeting. What will it do? Recommend a value-added tax? Who knows? But few employers will commit to a big investment with those clouds hanging over our heads. “As much as I might want to hire new salespeople, engineers and marketing staff in an effort to grow, I would be increasing my company’s vulnerability to government,” Michael Fleischer, president of Bogen Communications Inc., wrote in The Wall Street Journal. Nothing more effectively freezes business in place than what economist and historian Robert Higgs calls “regime uncertainty.” “(A)ll of these unsettling possibilities and others of substantial significance must give pause to anyone considering a long-term investment, because any one of them has the potential to turn what seems to be a profitable investment into a big loser. In short, investors now face regime uncertainty to an extent that few have experienced in this country -- to find anything comparable, one must go back to the 1930s and 1940s, when the menacing clouds of the New Deal and World War II darkened the economic horizon.” Uncertainty created by Obama’s legislative “successes” are comparable to the Depression and World War II? This does not bode well for job growth. Higgs says: “Unless the government acts soon to resolve the looming uncertainties about the half-dozen greatest threats of policy harm to business, investors will remain for the most part on the sideline ... consuming wealth that might otherwise have been invested.” © 2010 Creators.com
Area students on Oct. 7 unveiled at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts their design for a 550-foot mural to be painted on the levee wall at Baxter Road and Edison Ave. in Chesterfield. The mural will be painted during a community painting project scheduled for June 4, 2011. Pictured are Parkway West student Rigel Robinson (left) and Parkway Central student Jimmy Flug.
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TOWN HALL LISTENING SESSION Thursday, October 21st 7:00 p.m. Chesterfield City Hall State Representative Cole McNary District 86 (Chesterfield) invites you to discuss local and statewide issues and hear results from this year’s district survey. Please bring your comments and concerns and be heard. For more information contact our office at (573) 751-4183 See you on the 21st!
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News Br iefs CHESTERFIELD Park plans progress The Chesterfield City Council on Oct. 4 passed an ordinance to change the zoning of Eberwein Park. The 18.78-acre tract of land has been changed from “NU” NonUrban District to “PS” Park and Scenic District. In passing the ordinance, the city took the first step toward planning and developing the park. Located at 1627 and 1657 Old Baxter Road, the land previously owned by the Eberwein family was acquired last year by the city in hopes of developing the land into a public park. The land will continue to carry the Eberwein name. Lee Erickson of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee also on Oct. 4 put forth a Municipal Parks Grant Commission application to provide funding for construction of a trail around Eberwein Park. The new trail and talks of a dog park are in the early stages of development.
Recycling and medication take-back drives The city of Chesterfield will be hosting citywide recycling drives in October and November.
Chesterfield will hold a free recycle drive from Oct. 23-Oct. 31 Dierbergs Marketplace, located at 1730 Clarkson Road. There will be collection bins designated for single stream recycling items – such as plastic, paper and glass – and textiles, including blankets, clothing, towels, linens and shoes. For more unusual items, the Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment will hold its 14th annual Chesterfield/Missouri/America Recycles Day on Sat., Nov. 13. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a free recycling drive and medication take-back will be held at the Parks Administration and Maintenance facility located at 17891 North Outer 40 Road. Items that will be accepted include single stream recycling and textiles, as well as electronics, light bulbs, plastic planting pots, up to five boxes of shredded documents, and expired medications and prescription drugs. The medication take-back program is sponsored by the Chesterfield Police Department along with the Chesterfield Alliance for Positive Youth and is being held to ensure legal and proper disposal. For more information, guidelines, and a complete list of acceptable items for both drives, visit chesterfield.mo.us.
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Area police officials made quick work of arresting two suspects in connection with the robbery of a Town & Country bank. At 11:30 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 5, an offduty St. Louis County Police officer traveling in his resident officer vehicle heard the broadcast of a bank robbery that had just occurred at UMB Bank located at 13969 Manchester Road in Town & Country. According to St. Louis County Police, the off-duty officer saw the suspect vehicle traveling nearby and advised the police dispatcher that he was following the bank robbers. Police officers from the city of Chesterfield and the Metro Air Support Unit joined the off-duty officer when the car was pulled over at the Circle K service station located at 15530 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Two adult male suspects were taken into custody by the St. Louis County Police and later released to the city of Town & Country.
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WEST COUNTY EMS and fire funding The West County EMS & Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors approved a residential tax rate of $0.7030 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation to be distributed between general, ambulance, dispatch and pension funds. The board also approved a debt service rate of $0.2100 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation to retire voter approved bond issues. In assessing the debt service tax rate, a voluntary rollback of $0.2020 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation was mandated by the board. As such, the 2010 residential tax rate was set at $0.9130 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation. Debt service is the fund maintained to retire voter approved bond issues. Voter approved bonds have built two new fire stations and an administrative building;
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Breaking ground Ground was broken on Oct. 4 on the West County EMS & Fire Protection District Advanced Center of Excellence and the Safety House. Officials from the District and from several municipalities were on hand for the ceremony, which marked the start of construction on the 10,551-square-foot educational facility that is the first of its kind in the Midwest. The space will Artist rendering be used for training firefighters and paramedics and educating the general public on fire prevention and disaster preparedness. The Safety House will include classroom space, a broadcast facility, and an area where children can climb on retired fire trucks and ambulances equipped with actual working sirens. It will also include a virtual tour of a house, complete with simulated smoke and fire effects, designed to teach children how to properly react to fire hazards and emergencies. The adjacent training facility will be a place where firefighters from around the area can practice and improve their skills and where the general public can receive CPR certification. The facility will wrap around the back parking lot of the existing West County Station 2 at 13790 Manchester Road. The project is expected to cost just less than $4 million and will be paid for with a taxpayer-approved capital improvements bond. The facility is slated to open in the fall of 2011. purchased new, technologically advanced fire trucks and ambulances and rescue equipment; and improved communications, public education and community outreach efforts, District officials said. According to District officials, the District for the last three years has maintained the second lowest blended tax rate of any fire protection district offering EMS in St. Louis County.
Flu shot clinics The nonprofit Visiting Nurse Association will offer flu shot clinics throughout October and part of November at various locations in the St. Louis region, including the following in West County: • From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 14 at Bethesda Meadow, 322 Old State Road in Ellisville. • From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 19 at Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has increased its recommendations for the flu shot to all people 6 months of age
and older. The previous recommendation focused on higher risk persons — children 6 months through 18 years of age and people with close contacts of higher risk persons. The new recommendation seeks to remove barriers to influenza immunization and signals the importance of preventing influenza across the entire population. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine protects against three strains of the flu virus deemed most prevalent by the Food and Drug Administration. The flu vaccine for 20102011 will protect against an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. Even those who received an H1N1 vaccine last year will need a vaccination this year to ensure they are protected. VNA accepts Medicare Part B, certain Medicare advantage plans and commercial insurance plans to cover the cost. For those paying cash or check, the cost is $30. For more information about the seasonal flu, all of VNA’s flu clinics and which insurance plans qualify, call the VNA flu hotline (314) 918-9090 or visit www. vnastl.com.
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School districts fund ACT tests; some call program unfair By BRIAN MCDOWELL Parkway and Rockwood School Districts now are paying for juniors at their high schools to take the ACT college entrance exam. Traditionally, students who wanted to take the ACT paid $30 and had to show up at a school on a Saturday. Now, Parkway and Rockwood have set aside a weekday on which students may take the test at school, with each district footing the bill. Parkway started the program last year, and Rockwood will introduce it into its schools this year. Parkway pays $42,000 per year for its juniors to take the test, while Rockwood shells out $60,000. Not all local residents are happy about the development. Diane Lute lives in the Parkway district, but her son attends a private school. Lute said she thinks it is unfair that her tax money goes for Parkway students to take the ACT test when her son has to pay to take it. “I think if they are going to do this, all kids that live in the district should be included,” Lute said, adding that she thinks Parkway residents should have been alerted to the new development. Lute said she is bothered by the fact that the ACT is an optional test, and she does not think taxpayer money should go toward a test that is not mandatory for students to take. Addressing those concerns, Parkway Assistant Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer said the district will use test results as part of its assessment of how well it is serving students. “We just want an accurate picture of how well our students are doing,” Kirchhofer said. He said paying for students to take the ACT will encourage more students to take the test and to try to get into college – the ultimate measure of the success of Parkway schools. Funding for the program came from a $300,000 budget already set aside for district assessments, Kirchhofer said. He said Parkway offers many optional programs that are funded by taxpayers, including bus service and after-school activities.
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“Not every student is going to take every class we offer,” Kirchhofer said. “That doesn’t mean that these classes shouldn’t be funded.” He suggested that residents who want the benefits that Parkway offers enroll their children in Parkway schools. Rockwood officials issued a similar defense of the policy, indicating the test helps assess the performance of their high schools and guide graduates toward college and career readiness. “As our district mission states, we have a responsibility and obligation to ensure that every student has the opportunity to realize their potential,” Rockwood Director of Data Analysis and Quality Management Erik Graham said. “Administration of the ACT District Choice State Testing (DCST) to all juniors is one of the many steps we believe are critical to ensure we meet the needs of every student in Rockwood. “Furthermore, we routinely collaborate with our college and business partners to ensure our academic programming is preparing graduates for their next steps after high school. It will assist us and our students in ensuring Rockwood has the academic programming See ACT TESTS, page 15
Four arrested for car break-ins in West County Four adults recently were taken into custody in connection with several thefts from vehicles in West County. Arrested on federal charges were Melvin Brooks, Ida Horton, Keith Lee and Kathryn Stephens. St. Louis County Police began conducting surveillance in Queeny Park, located at 550 Weidman Road, due to a sudden increase in thefts from vehicles. Two male subjects were seen during the surveillance looking into vehicles and then left the scene in separate vehicles, police said. Police stopped one of the vehicles and discovered a GPS system that had information about other parks and businesses stored in the system. Upon contacting the police agencies that patrol the parks stored inside the GPS, it was discovered that similar larcenies from vehicles occurred in those parks, police said. The driver of the vehicle stopped by police was transported to the West County Precinct for further investigation. A key to a local hotel was found on the
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driver’s person. St. Louis County Police responded to the hotel, where three occupants were discovered inside a hotel room. A consent to search the room disclosed stolen items in the form of checkbooks, driver’s licenses, credit and debit cards, and numerous electronic items. According to police, the perpetrators were responsible for 10 incidents of theft in West County as well as for 30 reported incidents in the St. Louis metropolitan area that affected approximately 75 victims. “I commend the actions of the officers
from the West County Precinct,” St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch said. “Their dedication and investigation skills led to the removal of perpetrators from our streets.” Police are looking at other larcenies from vehicles to determine if they were committed by the same suspects. Anyone with any information on the case or who has been a victim of similar unreported larcenies in West County should contact St. Louis County Police at (314) 889-2341 or the St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
By TED DIXON JR. The city of Ellisville has received a proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter at Clarkson and Manchester Roads. Through Sept. 24, Ellisville was accepting proposals for ideas for the revitalization of the area near Clarkson and Manchester. Ellisville’s planning efforts had revealed that poor access to businesses greatly contributed to the declining economic performance along Manchester Road, according to a request for proposal (RFP) recently issued by the city. Ellisville city leaders have envisioned a new town center, such as the Fountain Plaza development at Clayton and Clarkson Roads, that would encompass all four quadrants of the Manchester/Clarkson intersection. St. Louis-based Sansone Group responded to the RFP with a proposal for a Walmart, and according to Ellisville City Manager Kevin Bookout, that proposal has been sent to the City Council for review. “We will place it in a future work session,” Bookout said. “That date has not been confirmed.” Bookout said the work session potentially could take place at the next Ellisville City Council meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 20. He said no specifics about the proposed development are known at this time. “It’s just a proposal,” Bookout said. “This is the first phase of a multi-phase proposal.” The area involved is comprised of 37 parcels located principally along the southern right-of-way of Manchester Road. It encompasses 27.6 acres, excluding the Manchester Road and Kiefer Creek Road rightof-way. The area currently contains nine commercial structures, including the West County Nissan automobile dealership, four small businesses and an apartment complex. At press time, West Newsmagazine’s efforts to reach a representative of Sansone Group were unsuccessful.
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By BRIAN MCDOWELL The controversy is growing over a Manchester police officer’s resignation. Speaking at the Sept. 20 Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting, Suzie Everingham said her husband, Charlie Everingham, after 29 years as a Manchester police officer was pressured by Acting Police Chief Timothy Walsh and City Administrator Ed Blattner to resign or be fired. Blattner has denied that Everingham was forced to resign. “I will say that he resigned on his own free volition after he was presented with some information, and we accepted his decision,” Blattner said. “I have a great deal of respect for Charlie Everingham.” Blattner would not say what information Everingham was presented with, or what prompted the action. “This is a personnel matter and shouldn’t really be discussed in public,” Blattner said. A memo Charlie Everingham gave to Manchester Mayor Dave Willson prior to his resignation containing unspecified allegations about Walsh and other officers put the police department on the defensive. At the Oct. 4 Board of Aldermen meeting, Walsh praised the integrity of Manchester police officers and denied any wrongdoing within the department. “There is no illegal activity going on within the police department, and everyone who has in the past or is currently working here is always treated fairly,” Walsh said. “Regardless of what Charlie Everingham might contend, he also was treated appropriately when he decided to resign his position with this organization.” Walsh said his agency always has investigated complaints against department personnel. “Charlie Everingham was well acquainted with this fact and has not contacted me with any allegations of wrongdoing or criminal acts,” Walsh said. “I find it convenient for him to now simply suggest the occurrence of wrongdoing without recognizing any personal responsibility for identifying some related set of facts which would provide some basis for support.” Walsh invited Everingham, who was not present at the meeting, to provide him with specific facts about the alleged illegal activity of the department. Three Manchester police officers defended Walsh’s integrity and denied illegalities within the department. Officer Dave Ebert said not one day that he worked with Everingham was enjoyable. “The department is better off without him,” Ebert said.
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Officer Cherie Waterhouse said she wondered why Everingham would not directly confront officers he was accusing of misdeeds. Everingham’s wife attended the meeting, along with some of her husband’s supporters, and requested an outside investigation so that the city could “get an honest cop back on the job.” She gave the aldermen copies of the memo her husband gave to Willson and said it contained names of police department employees whom her husband accused of wrongdoing, including Walsh. Willson previously told West Newsmagazine the memo he read contained no names or dates connected to alleged lawbreaking by members of the police force. Manchester resident Lee Sanguinette, a 26-year law enforcement professional, during the meeting confronted Willson with an e-mail that the mayor sent him in which Willson claimed to have no knowledge of the memo from Everingham. When reached for comment about the discrepancy, Willson said, “Since we found out that Charlie is retaining an attorney, we’ve decided that we won’t be commenting any further on this matter.” Alderman Bob Tullock (ward 1) introduced a resolution that any employee who resigns should be able to rescind their retirement within a year. Speaking after the meeting, Tullock said he does not know why Everingham resigned but that he read Everingham’s memo to Willson, which he characterized as unspecific and hard to follow. Claims made in the memo should be investigated by the city, Tullock said, adding that he plans at the next Board of Aldermen meeting to suggest a committee be formed to determine the validity of Everingham’s claims of dishonesty and lawbreaking within the Manchester Police Department.
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Rockwood sets tax rate at higher level The Rockwood Board of Education rates before final assessment information recently approved the 2010 tax levy at was available from St. Louis County. Last $4.2752, which represents an increase of year, the Missouri legislature passed SB711, 26.69 cents from the 2009 rate of $4.0083, a bill requiring school districts to establish but a cumulative decline of 35.82 cents their 2009 tax rates before final assessment from the 2004-05 levy of $4.6334. results were available. According to Shirley Broz, Rockwood’s That legislation resulted in a $2.7 million chief financial officer, the rate increased for loss in annual operating revenue for Rockseveral reasons: wood. • Recalculation of the 2009 tax rate and In 2010, a new law was passed (HB1316) related revenue. that corrected the situation allowing school • Recoupment of tax levy pennies for districts to set their 2010 rates after the revenue lost in the 2009 levy. final assessment figures are released. It • Increase in tax levy pennies due to the reduction of assessed valuation in real estate and personal property. Districts across St. Louis County are experiencing similar rate changes because in 2009, districts were required to set tax
League of Women Voters to host County Executive candidate forum The League of Women Voters will moderate a public forum for candidates running for St. Louis County Executive. The Holden Public Policy Forum will co-sponsor the event at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 14 at the Brentwood School District Conference Center, 1201 Hanley Industrial Court, 63144. The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the candidates seeking election by hearing them speak and answer questions in a public forum. The candidates are Charlie A. Dooley (Democrat), Bill Corrigan (Republican), and Theo (Ted) Brown, Sr. (Libertarian). According to the League of Women Voters, Dooley, Corrigan and Brown have confirmed their intent to attend the forum. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and the event is open to the public. ACT TESTS, from page 13 in place that best meets the expectations of our college and business partners.” Another Rockwood spokesperson said that assessing students on college and career readiness and responding to areas of need help ensure that students can enter the community prepared to be productive citizens. “The ACT results are already one way the school district is judged on our effectiveness in making students college-ready,” Roxanna Mechem, Rockwood director of assessment and school climate, said. “By providing the opportunity for all students to test, we have a more accurate picture of our success. It allows us to gain valuable information about our students and our instructional programs.”
also allowed school districts to adjust their 2010 rates to compensate for the 2009 revenue loss. The auditor for the state of Missouri controls the calculation of tax rates throughout the state. The calculation was created to maintain level local revenue for taxing authorities and consists of two parts: assessed valuation and the levy pennies (tax rate). When assessed values increase, the district is required to roll back the pennies of the levy to create revenue similar to the prior
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B&B Theatres brings Hollywood to Wildwood By SARAH WILSON At the new B&B Theatres Wildwood 10 – which opened officially on Oct. 1 – movies are only a part of the magic. Located in the Wildwood Town Center, the theatre is designed and constructed with an Art-Deco style of hand-painted, movie-themed murals, but some of the theatre’s most unique and impressive features are the Marquee Suites, which include a private lobby and lounge an entrance dedicated exclusively to patrons ages 21 and older. Two auditoriums contain wall-to-wall curved screens, and each seat is comfortably designed to be larger than the standard movie theatre seat, with plush, leather recliners. A granite tabletop separates every two seats, which guests can use to place their wine, beer, cocktails or food purchased from the full-service bar. An extensive wine list and top shelf alcohol selections are available, as are catered foods – such as fresh flatbread, pizzas, sandwiches, cheese platters, and more – from Table Three in Wildwood. “Waiters won’t come into the theatre and disturb the movie, but buzzers are available to let guests know when their food is ready,” B&B Theatres Director of Marketing Bobbie Bagby said. Seating can be reserved ahead of time, and the suites are available for private parties, corporate meetings and events. “The suites are great for a relaxing adult night without the kids,” Bagby said. “Make a night out of it with dinner and a movie.” For a bigger experience and more expansive view of the screen than a typical movie theater, the B&B Grand Screen features the largest house in the theatre with a 56-footwide screen and seating that contains more legroom and high-back rocker seats. Screens are equipped with Christie digi-
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entities should be minimal. Revenue to the state blind pension fund may be Proposition C – Sales Tax reduced by $1,200. Shall the City of Creve Coeur, Missouri, impose an additional sales tax at Fair Ballot Language: a rate of one-quarter of one percent? A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to exempt from property taxes all real property used as a homeMISSOURI Constitutional Amendment 1 – stead by any Missouri citizen who is a former prisoner of war with a total Elected Assessor Shall the Missouri Constitution service-connected disability. A “no” vote will not add this exempbe amended to require the office of county assessor to be an elected posi- tion to the Missouri Constitution. If passed, this measure will decrease tion in all counties with a charter property taxes for qualified citizens. form of government, except counties with a population between 600,001Constitutional Amendment 3 – 699,999? Real Estate It is estimated this proposal will Shall the Missouri Constitution be have no costs or savings to state or amended to prevent the state, counlocal governmental entities. ties, and other political subdivisions from imposing any new tax, including Fair Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend the Mis- a sales tax, on the sale or transfer of souri Constitution to require that homes or any other real estate? It is estimated this proposal will assessors in charter counties be have no costs or savings to state or elected officers. This proposal will local governmental entities. affect St. Louis County and any county that adopts a charter form of Fair Ballot Language: government. The exception is for a A “yes” vote will amend the Miscounty that has between 600,001souri Constitution to prevent the 699,999 residents, which currently is state, counties, and other political only Jackson County. A “no” vote will not change the cur- subdivisions from imposing any new rent requirement for charter counties. tax, including a sales tax, on the sale If passed, this measure will not have or transfer of homes or any other real estate. an impact on taxes. A “no” vote will not change the Missouri Constitution to prevent the state, Constitutional Amendment 2 – counties, and other political subdiviProperty Tax Exemption Shall the Missouri Constitution be sions from imposing a new tax on the amended to require that all real prop- sale or transfer of homes or any other erty used as a homestead by Missouri real estate. If passed, this measure will have no citizens who are former prisoners of war and have a total service-connected impact on taxes. disability be exempt from property Proposition A – Earnings Tax taxes? Shall Missouri law be amended to: The number of qualified former • repeal the authority of certain cities prisoners of war and the amount of each exemption are unknown, how- to use earnings taxes to fund their ever, because the number who meet budgets; • require voters in cities that curthe qualifications is expected to be small, the cost to local governmental rently have an earnings tax to approve
continuation of such tax at the next general municipal election and at an election held every 5 years thereafter; • require any current earnings tax that is not approved by the voters to be phased out over a period of 10 years; and • prohibit any city from adding a new earnings tax to fund their budget? The proposal could eliminate certain city earnings taxes. For 2010, Kansas City and the City of St. Louis budgeted earnings tax revenue of $199.2 million and $141.2 million, respectively. Reduced earnings tax deductions could increase state revenues by $4.8 million. The total cost or savings to state and local governmental entities is unknown.
• prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets; and • create a misdemeanor crime of (puppy mill cruelty) for any violations? It is estimated state governmental entities will incur costs of $654,768 (on-going costs of $521,356 and onetime costs of $133,412). Some local governmental entities may experience costs related to enforcement activities and savings related to reduced animal care activities.
Fair Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, Fair Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend Missouri clean water, housing and space; neceslaw to repeal the authority of certain sary veterinary care; regular exercise cities to use earnings taxes to fund and adequate rest between breeding their budgets. The amendment further cycles. The amendment further prorequires voters in cities that currently hibits any breeder from having more have an earnings tax, St. Louis and than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose Kansas City, to approve continuation of selling their puppies as pets. The of such tax at the next general munici- amendment also creates a misdepal election and at an election held meanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” every five years or to phase out the tax for any violations. over a period of ten years. A “no” vote will not change the A “no” vote will not change the cur- current Missouri law regarding dog rent Missouri law regarding earnings breeders. taxes. If passed, this measure will have no If passed, this measure will impact impact on taxes. taxes by removing the ability of cities to fund their budgets through earnings taxes. The only exception is that voters in cities that currently have an earnings tax may vote to continue such taxes. Proposition B – Dog Breeders Shall Missouri law be amended to: • require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles;
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By BRIAN MCDOWELL Chesterfield Mayor John Nations on Oct. 18 will attend his final Chesterfield City Council meeting as the city’s mayor, a position he has held for 10 years. The following day, he will take over as president and CEO of Metro. “This was a difficult decision to make,” Nations said. “I love being a mayor and I enjoyed this job every single day. I was blessed to work with the finest staff, great employees, and wonderful volunteers from all around the city.” But Nations has been interested in transit for a long time. In fact, at the height of Metro’s financial problems, when it was cutting a third of its bus routes, Nations negotiated a financial deal that kept buses running to Chesterfield. “I think that really energized them – that someone cared that much about the services they offer,” Nations said. Nations was heavily involved also in the recent campaign to increase funding for Metro. “People were surprised that a West County mayor would be involved in an effort like that,” Nations said, “but I thought that it was so important to the economic growth of this area.” The campaign was successful, as the ballot measure passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. Such efforts explain why when Metro’s board of directors offered Nations the job of heading the agency, he accepted. “I was very excited,” Nations said. “I knew it would give me the opportunity to actually do the things we talked about during that campaign.” Nations hopes to bring to Metro the financial expertise he gained while running Chesterfield. “I govern by the three Rs,” Nations said. “Government should be responsible, responsive and representative. And I’m proud of the fact that I’ve achieved all three of those here (in Chesterfield).” He credited Chesterfield’s success to city officials’ ability to attract the best professionals they could retain and to its government successfully providing all of the municipal services it could. “We are in the service business,” Nations said. “We’re judged by the quality of the services we provide. I’ve always felt like the people that live here just want to be able to work hard and raise their kids. They just want to be sure their trash gets picked up, their streets are maintained and repaired, their kids have parks to play in, their taxes
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are kept low, and they have a government that listens to them and works with them.” To meet those expectations, Nations said, there were certain things that Chesterfield could not finance. “People ask why we don’t have things like leaf pick-up,” Nations said, “and the first reason is because it’s very expensive, and to pay for it, we’d have to take the money from something else. So I always ask the person what services they’d like to see cut so we can afford to do that, and of course, they never answer. It’s the same thing with a community center. People ask why we don’t build one of those the same way that other cities in West County have done. I answer, ‘Why do we need to? We already have the JCC and the YMCA. We don’t really want to compete with them.’” Nations said such financial decisions have allowed the city to acquire public art and build trails and amphitheaters, all without raising residents’ taxes. “We’re a city that looks at long-term ways to save money,” Nations said. Nations said he felt that during his time as mayor, he has given the people of Chesterfield a city and a city government of which they could be proud. “There has been a change in how we build consensus to move things forward,” Nations said, “and those efforts have built
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That’s a winner! Children had the opportunity to color and help out our troops by entering a contest held Sept. 25-26 at the St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash in Wildwood. BBQ Bash attendees who paid $1 per ticket to vote on their favorite coloring page determined the winners. Onehundred percent of ticket sales benefited Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit assisting injured troops and their families by financing the building of a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. Winners of the contest, which was sponsored by Electro Savings Credit Union and West Newsmagazine, were Stephanie Cheney (ages 10-12), Kelley Maeda (ages 6-9) and Cian Slattery (5 and younger). Each winner received a $100 savings bond and a $100 gift card to Unique Toy & Game. Contest winner Cian Slattery
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Dred Scott’s great-great granddaughter to speak in Manchester By BETSY ZATKULAK Ask, “Who is Dred Scott?” and many will say they know the name and they remember studying something about him in history class. But who he was and what he and his wife Harriet accomplished is, for many, a bit of a blur. There is one person in particular, however, who is committed to keeping their story alive in the hearts and minds of all Americans. This month, Lynne Jackson, of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, will present the story of her great-great grandparents’ long legal battle for their freedom from slavery, which began in St. Louis. When Jackson was 5 years old, she sat in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis and witnessed a reenactment of her greatgreat grandparents’ case. More recently, she spent more than 10 years studying the Dred Scott case, and according to Jackson, the Dred Scott story is anything but boring. “They really changed history,” Jackson said of her ancestors. “Their case was a catalyst for the Civil War, so people really need to understand what that means and what that means to them personally. There really is a great story there.” Dred Scott was a slave whose petition for
freedom began in St. Louis and repeatedly between 1847 and 1857 was struck down, fueling national abolitionist fervency that inflamed with every pound of the gavel. The case at the time created a division in the country, and while that division still resonates today, Jackson said that she believes the Dred and Harriet Scott story and the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation have roles to play in mending the rift. The Foundation currently is working also to develop, finance and install a rendering of Dred and Harriet Scott in the city of St. Louis. “Reading a paragraph or a byline in a history book isn’t enough,” Jackson said. “You really need to get out there and dig deeper to find out who lived before we did and how they believed in what they were trying to do for this country.” The program featuring Jackson is sponsored by the Old Trails Historical Society will get underway at 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 20 in the Community Room of the West County EMS and Fire Protection District, 223 Henry Ave., in Manchester. Admission is free. For additional information, call Carole at (314) 517-7430 or visit thedredscottfoundation.org.
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More than 500 students from Fairway Elementary in the Rockwood School District recently used their own wheels to get to school as part of a program that revisits the past and promotes health, safety and a clean environment. The students with the help of school staff and the community on Sept. 28 participated in Walk/Bike to School Day. Police, firefighters, Fairway teachers and parent volunteers were visible on every corner to support students as they walked or rode their bikes to school. Other Rockwood schools will host similar events throughout the school year. The events tie into Trailnet’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which creates pre-determined, adult-led walking routes for children to travel to and from school.
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High school seniors in the Parkway, Rockwood, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, and Wentzville School District areas, or private and home schools within the area, who intend to pursue a college degree are encouraged to apply for Progress 64 West’s Louis S. Sachs Scholarship Award, a $5,000, two-year award that will be divided into $2,500 each year. Students must compose a 700- to 800-word essay on the topic, “How Commerce Contributes Favorably to a Community.” Include personal experiences or examples that pertain to the topic. The essay must be typed and double-spaced. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.1 to receive the second year of the scholarship. The application and essay must be postmarked by Fri., Oct. 22. The winner must be able to attend an awards luncheon on Wed., Nov. 24. Send the application and essay to: Progress 64 West, Attention: Louis S. Sachs Scholarship Award, P.O. Box 630, Chesterfield, MO 63006. For more information or an application, contact Jim Susman at (314) 997-3390 or e-mail email@example.com.
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dents on Sept. 30 welcomed Chesterfield Mayor John Nations, who spoke to the students about the role of local government as part of Gateway’s “Leadership for Life” program. Mayor Nations’ speech consisted of offering students advice to always base their decisions on what is right and to always be responsible, responsive and representative of the people they are governing. The “Leadership for Life” program addresses topics such as public speaking and communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, and leadership and service to others.
State AP Scholar Alex Creely, a 2010 graduate of Lafayette High School, was named State AP Scholar. The College Board presents the award to a male and female student in each state with scores of three Creely or higher on the greatest number of AP exams. The recipients then must have the highest average score on all AP exams taken. “Alex had amazing credentials throughout high school,” Chris Ramsey, college specialist at Lafayette High, said. “He is a
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Canines in the classroom By BRIAN MCDOWELL The most popular member of Ms. Kammon’s fourth-grade class at Carman Trails Elementary in the Parkway School District is a black female who often naps during lectures in a plastic crate behind the teacher’s desk. Golden Ticket, a 2-year-old black lab, is being trained as a service dog for children, so Kammon can have the dog in her classroom. “The plan is to work her in slowly so she can be conditioned to working with children,” Kammon said. Throughout the typical school day, kids read to Golden Ticket, write about her and try to teach her math. Kammon uses time with the dog as a reward for kids who finish their work in a timely fashion or behave well. There are random raffles in which kids can win time with Golden Ticket. “It’s really proven to be a wonderful reward system,” Kammon said. “She really helps calm these kids down, and I can tell that she makes everyone more excited about coming to school.” The way students have reacted to having the dog in their class has surprised Kammon. “They are so protective of her,” Kammon said. “They have really become her guardian angels. She really has been a blessing to the whole class.” The kids love Golden Ticket so much that soon, she will have her own blog, written with a little help from Kammon, on the school’s Web page, which will feature things students have written about her and pictures of activities she does with the kids. Kammon got the idea to include a service dog in the curriculum from Sylvia Bronner, a former first-grade teacher at the school who now is an interim administrative intern. Bronner acquired a black lab named Calvin to help her in her first-grade class. “I just read an article about another teacher that had a support dog and how big a difference it made in her class,” Bronner said.
Service dogs learn to follow instructions, be calm around children and not to be distracted by loud noises. Calvin, 8, is qualified to help in hospitals and other work settings. Calvin spends most of his days in Bronner’s office. Every morning, he waits next to Bronner by the bus unloading area, where he greets children on their way into school. He has gone onto buses to help lure out children who were distressed about being at school. He also helps kids during fire drills and calms down those who visit the office. Several kids go to the office to read to Calvin on a daily basis. Bronner joked that Calvin’s usual reaction to the books is to go to sleep. “He is trained to lay his head down flat whenever the children are around,” Bronner said. “Ten kids can pet him at a time, and he stays totally calm and never makes a sound to them or shows his teeth to them.” Every day, Calvin and Golden Ticket play together, when no are children around, taking part of their mandated break together so they both can feel like dogs. “I’ve had kids ask me when the two dogs are going to get married,” Kammon said. For their service project this year, the students in Kammon’s class are helping in the training of service dogs. They have worked at a lemonade stand to raise money for the program; parents have donated money and items for the dogs, and some students help train dogs in the evening. “Service is a huge part of our curriculum,” Kammon said, “and I think having the dog around has helped get kids inspired to participate.” Local groups that train support dogs are monitoring Golden Ticket to see what academic benefits her presence in the class can bring. If results are good, there are plans to extend the program. Bronner and Kammon think every class in the elementary school needs a dog. “The kids that really need extra emotional support go to him,” Bronner said.
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The Fulton School At St. Allbans Kara Douglass, Head of School
The Fulton School offers a complete toddler through 12th grade experience, preparing students for higher education and a lifetime of learning. They believe that children learn best by touching, hearing, tasting and experiencing life. Everything students experience is purposeful, from the work the preschool teachers set on the shelves to the sixth-graders running the school store to community services planning by the upper school students. Fulton School students are always absorbing, growing and learning. They believe students should love school, and their students do. New lower tuition rates were made possible through donors who believe in The Fulton School’s philosophy of educating the whole child.
636.458.6688 • 123 Schoolhouse Road • St. Albans www.fultonschoolstalbans.org
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Gateway Academy Denise Cress, Principal
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If you are looking for a school with an advanced academic program in an environment built on traditional Catholic principles, then I invite you to take a look at Gateway Academy. State-of-the-art computer and science labs, Spanish, Latin, Kindergarten violin instruction and our new Middle School Leadership program are just a few of our outstanding academic offerings. But more importantly, our love for Jesus Christ is evident in all that we do at Gateway Academy. Your child will learn in an atmosphere of kindness, respect and generosity of spirit. Your child can excel at Gateway Academy!
636.519.9099 • 17815 Wild Horse Creek Rd. • Chesterfield www.gatewayacademy.org
Chesterfield Montessori School Anita Chastain, Head of School
What do Julia Child, Princes William and Harry of England, Amazon.com founder Jeffrey Bezos, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have in common? All were Montessori educated. Since 1981, Chesterfield Montessori School has provided children with “passion for learning…success for life.” CMS provides the full spectrum of Montessori materials and curriculum to a culturally diverse community of toddlers through sixth grade. “The cornerstone of CMS is our committed and dedicated staff,” says Anita Chastain, Head of School. “Our faculty members are highly trained professionals. Each holds a diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale, recognizing the completion of a full year of intensive training beyond a university degree.” CMS offers each child an individualized curriculum in a peaceful, respectful atmosphere that is the hallmark of good Montessori schools worldwide. “From the first day a child enters a Montessori classroom, he or she begins developing the skills for success in life,” says Chastain. “In our classrooms, the motivation for learning comes from the children’s own innate desire to master skills, not because of an external reward. Our graduates not only excel academically, they also have developed integrity, collaboration skills, and the excellent work ethic needed for continued achievement.” Chesterfield Montessori School will hold its fall Open House on Thursday, November 11, 2010, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, or call to schedule a personal tour.
314.469.7150 14000 Ladue Road • Chesterfield www.chesterfieldmontessori.org
The Goddard School
Scott & Sheila Rinaberger, On Site Owners We would like to introduce you to The Goddard School located in Chesterfield, a nationally and state accredited school serving children six weeks old through Kindergarten. The opening of our school was inspired by our experiences in obtaining child care for our two children. After using various in-home and day care centers, we felt there had to be a better option to develop our children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities. After a lot of research, we found it and the answer is The Goddard School. Each day, our 33 degreed teachers engage children six weeks to kindergarten in educational activities in the eight areas of our core curriculum. Games and activities in math, science, music, art, foreign language, B.A.S.E fitness, and cooking will enrich your child’s experience unlike any other school in the area. Just 4 minutes from I-64, our 10 acre campus is physically not like any other early childhood school. Our facilities offer your child a spacious environment to learn. Besides our oversized classrooms, our round building offers children the opportunity to go visit the library, the music room, the children’s cooking experience, the technology lab, the garden in the courtyard, or the 8,000 square foot gymnasium to learn through play. Call 636-519-0808 today to schedule a personal tour and meet your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you. Sheila & Scott Rinaberger
636.519.0808 1633 Kehrs Mill Road • Chesterfield www.goddardschools.com
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Countryside Montessori School Jenifer Hanser, Administrator
Anne Otto, Owner
Kids International provides a warm, nurturing environment that encourages the development of the whole child. Their curriculum integrates Project Construct and the Reggio Emilia approach to education. These innovative teaching methods allow the children’s ideas, interests and insights to guide classroom projects and learning experiences. Children are encouraged to follow their own curiosity which helps develop a lifelong love of learning.The teachers are professional, dedicated educators who see the potential in each child. They are committed to creating an inspired learning environment designed to unleash each child’s individual potential. Age–appropriate Chinese and Spanish language instruction is part of their curriculum.
636.391.6061 • 412 Old State Rd • Ellisville www.kids-international.com
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Circle of Friends Early Childhood Center Kandace Herring, Director
For 46 years, Countryside Montessori School has been dedicated to the education of the whole child. Countryside’s goal is to meet each individual child’s need for intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. The learning environment is designed to cultivate independence, individual responsibility, freedom of choice, concentration, problem-solving abilities, social interaction, competency in basic skills and a love of learning. By offering a superb Montessori education in a nurturing environment, Countryside strives to help children reach their full potential and become independent, lifelong learners. Countryside offers Fall Programs for children ages ten months through Kindergarten. Call today to schedule a tour.
314.434.2821 • 12226 Ladue Road • Creve Coeur www.countrysidemontessorischool.info
Living Word Church Amy Johnston, Director
For over 40 years, the Circle of Friends Early Childhood Center has offered a variety of preschool programs for children ages 1 to 5. They believe all children should have the opportunity to grow and learn to their fullest potential. They recognize each child as special and unique. They enhance the development of a positive self-concept by providing developmentally appropriate activities and experiences for success. They encourage young learners as they grow toward independence, confidence and responsibility. Registration for the 2010 /2011 school year begins Monday, January 25th.
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Living Word Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, Christian environment where young children, ages 15 months to 6 years, learn through play and planned activities while growing in faith. Our staff of experienced and caring teachers encourages children’s natural excitement for exploring, discovering and learning. A variety of learning units are introduced and discussed to increase curiosity, interest and understanding. The whole child is nurtured through literacy, math activities, art, music, movement, writing, and science experiments. Come experience our preschool by scheduling a tour; contact the director at (636)230-0089 or email@example.com.
636.230.0089 • 17315 Manchester Rd. • Wildwood www.livingwordecc.org
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St. John Lutheran School Spencer Peregoy, Principal
Focusing on academic excellence, spiritual growth, leadership development and a quality learning environment, St. John Lutheran School impacts students at all levels. “We provide an excellent Christian education that focuses not only on academics in the classroom, but also on the ability to become strong Christian leaders in our world today,” says principal, Spencer Peregoy. Children are challenged and encouraged daily by a dedicated staff that is passionate about teaching and making a difference in students’ lives. “It’s the personal relationship teachers have with students and parents that makes St. John more than just a school, but a community of families working together,” Peregoy said. As a Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School, St. John is dedicated to providing the latest tools to engage students in learning. With Smartboards in all classrooms and technology integrated throughout the curriculum, students are able to interact and learn in ways that are meaningful to them. Combined with Spanish, champion-caliber athletics and a focus on character development, St. John educates the “whole” child to drive future success. St. John provides an excellent education starting in Preschool through 8th grade. See the difference St. John can make for your child. Join them for a Visitation Day the first Wednesday of each month or their Open House on January 20th. Contact the school office for more information.
636.779.2325 15800 Manchester Road• Ellisville www.stjohnslutheranschool.org
Andrews Academy Joe Patterson, Head of Schools
Andrews Academy in Creve Coeur is a private, independent school for students in junior kindergarten (4 year olds) through sixth grade. They encourage students to maximize their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth by offering an advanced curriculum in a traditional setting. Special classes include art, music, computers, library class, physical education, Spanish and public speaking. Private piano, violin, cello, viola, bass, band and Chinese lessons are also offered on campus. The average class size is 15 students, ensuring a low student-teacher ratio. In an atmosphere of respect and compassion combined with an advanced curriculum and the latest technological tools, their internationally diverse student body has the unique opportunity to reach unlimited goals both academically and socially. Before and after school care is offered at no additional charge. The Lake Saint Louis campus currently offers kindergarten through sixth grade, with the seventh grade being added in 2011. An additional grade will be added the following year to complete the kindergarten through eighth grade program. Mr. Patterson, Head of Schools, has been the only headmaster of Andrews Academy in Creve Coeur since its inception in 1979 and successfully launched Andrews Academy of Lake Saint Louis in 2005. Mr. Rob Ciampoli is the current headmaster of the Lake Saint Louis location. Call today to schedule a tour and see first hand the many benefits Andrews Academy offers your family.
888 North Mason Road • Creve Coeur (314) 878-1883 www.andrewsacademy.com
Lakeside Child Care Center Sue & Dana Hockensmith, Owner
Every parent wants quality child care! At Lakeside Child Care Center, children are cared for in a clean, safe and happy environment. Lakeside places a priority on allowing children to develop at their own stages and foster positive experiences for them every day. Lakeside Child Care Center has been locally owned and operated by Sue and Dana Hockensmith since 1992. Sue and Dana are co-founders of the Pony Bird home and active in the community. Sue is a past President of the Parkway School Board. Lakeside is licensed by the State of Missouri for children six weeks through twelve years. Lakeside emphasizes education by providing programs, which include Pre-school, Kindergarten readiness and Summer Camp Extravaganza for School-Age children. All teachers at Lakeside have their CPR training. Lakeside has experienced and loyal teachers. Lakeside is open Monday-Friday 6:00 am- 6:30 pm; only closed six major holidays. Full-Time, Part-Time, Before and After School, and Drop-In tuition available. Transportation is available to local schools. Call to take a tour of Lakeside and hear more about the exciting educational programs available.
636.225.4800 1230 Dougherty Ferry Rd. • Valley Park www.lakeside-childcare.com
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I educational choiceS I 31 Milder Musical Arts Beverly Milder, Owner
Milder Musical Arts, well known for being on the forefront of music education since 1978, has over 600 students, from infants to seniors, beginners through advanced. The 12 full-time, university-degreed professionals work as a team to keep the focus on learning in a supportive, loving atmosphere. Attesting to the quality of the school, the St. Louis Business Journal named Milder Musical Arts one of the Best Places to Work in 2010 and named Beverly Milder one of the 25 Most Influential Women in 2009. Newest to the staff is “Ms. Holly,” a specialist in infants, toddlers and preschoolers, who is well known and loved throughout the area for teaching Music Together®.
314.469.6646 • 14288 Ladue Road • Chesterfield www.mildermusicalarts.com
Lord of Life Lutheran Preschool & Kids’ Day Out Elaine Robertson, Director The Christian curriculum sets them apart from most schools in the west county area. “Daily prayers, weekly Bible stories, and bi-weekly Chapel Times keep us connected to Jesus.” In addition to classes for 2, 3 and 4 year old children, they offer a 5 day “time to grow” (called Jr. Kindergarten) class for children who choose to stay in Preschool an additional year. Each week the children enjoy a music class and Fit Friends p.e. class. Lunch bunch is available every day of the week. They take pride in preparing the children for Kindergarten: academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. “ Kindergarten teachers recognize the Lord of Life kids by their good manners and readiness to learn.” 636.532.0400 • Corner of Baxter & Clarkson Roads • Chesterfield
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Visitation Academy Rosalie Henry, Head of School
Visitation Academy is an independent, Catholic school offering a coeducational early childhood program and an all-girls environment in grades 1-12. The Lower School educates Toddlerthrough Kindergarten-aged boys and girls in the Montessori method while also providing the area’s only all-girls program in Grades 1-6. The early childhood program includes a morning program for toddlers, morning or afternoon enrollment for students ages 3 to 4, full-day enrollment for students ages 2 to 4 and full-day Kindergarten. The Upper School offers a rigorous, six-year college preparatory curriculum for young women in Grades 7-12. The Class of 2010 boasted an average ACT score of 29, and 46 percent of the class scored a 30 or higher on the test. Fourteen percent earned National Merit recognition, and 100 percent were accepted into four-year colleges and universities. Visitation’s commitment to academic excellence is complemented by a welcoming environment, a vibrant fine arts program and an array of extracurricular, athletic and service opportunities. Founded in 1833 by the Sisters of the Visitation, the Academy teaches its students to “Live Jesus” and emulate the virtues of joy, humility, simplicity, reverence and respect in everyday life. See why you should Choose Viz during “Discover Viz” on Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m. (Grades Toddler-12) or during Upper School Open House on Sunday, November 7 from Noon to 4 p.m (Grades 7-12).
314.625.9103 3020 North Ballas Road • St. Louis www.visitationacademy.org
The Elegant Child Campus Kathy Wolfe, Director
Since 1992, The Elegant Child Campus has grown from accommodating 60 children to more than 400 families. The Elegant Child is a privately owned, accredited school and proud recipient of St. Louis Magazine’s A-List award, “The Best Full-Service Preschool.” The state of the art campus is designed for infants through kindergartners and offers a premiere curriculum for every age group. Along with a core curriculum, a typical day at the Elegant Child includes special classes such as Baby Gym, Baby Music, Spanish, Physical Education, Music or cooking in the Kid’s Cooking Kitchen. Kathy Wolfe, Elegant Child Director, has over 30 years experience in early education and believes the key to children’s success can be found in the teachers that surround them. The Elegant Child employs over 100 enthusiastic, creative, degreed and experienced teachers, 11 administrators and 4 registered nurses, many of whom have been with the campus for over ten years. “We surround the children in our care with happy, loving staff members that make a higher level of learning a natural part of each day.” Wolfe said. Yoga, Computer Classes, Soccer, Martial Arts and Dance, as well as a new Lego Building class, are extra-curricular activities that enhance this one of a kind program. Stop by anytime for a personal tour with one of our enrollment coordinators. You have to see it to believe it!
636.458.4414 513 Strecker Road • Wildwood www.elegantchildcampus.com
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Lafayette and Marquette met recently and dedicated their game to raising awareness to breast cancer. Marquette rallied for a 10-8 victory at the Ellisville Sports Complex, where the game was moved to accommodate a larger crowd. The Mustangs were down 7-5 but scored five runs in the sixth inning to take command and go on to win. Marquette Coach Chris Meador said his girls know the importance of a game with their archrivals. “A win against Lafayette is always big for the girls,” Meador said. Emilee Skyles drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single for Marquette. Ashley Elliott and Sydney Ozersky each hit two-run homers for the Mustangs. “It was a great team effort,” Meador said. “We never gave up. I keep preaching to them about playing a full game and com-
peting to the last out.” Lafayette Coach Scott DeNoyer said Ellisville did a good job hosting the event. “There was music between innings with an announcer introducing every player,” DeNoyer said. “The crowd was pretty big with many of the JV players and parents sticking around to watch and several alumni that continue to show their support by filling the stands.” More importantly, the event raised a total of $410. The Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires donated $60 as well. DeNoyer was happy with the figures. “We’re very pleased,” DeNoyer said. “It just shows the kind of community Chris and I are so fortunate to be coaching in.” DeNoyer said Marquette’s rally went along with what the girls were trying to show. However, there was disappointment. “Losing to Marquette had a little sting,” DeNoyer said. “We know all the games that count most are the ones in postseason. I also reminded the team of our objective to play for a bigger cause and in that aspect, we too were victorious.”
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Teams: St. Joseph’s Academy 325, Parkway West 388, Incarnate Word 389, Parkway Central 416, Parkway North 417. Local sectional qualifiers: Gina Della Camera, St. Joseph’s, 74; Rachel Thompson, St. Joseph’s, 80; Emily Goldenstein, Parkway West, 85; Nikka Vazzetta, St. Joseph’s, 85; Colleen Dorsey, St. Joseph’s, 86; Kelsey Thompson, St. Joseph’s, 87; Mary Kate Stewart, Incarnate Word, 88; Karli Grazman, Parkway Central, 90; Alex Vietor, Parkway West, 91; Catherine Terbrock, Incarnate Word, 95; Polly Barclay, Parkway West, 91; Stephanie Mazzoni, Parkway North, 99; Rachel Yeom, Parkway North, 101; Sarah Paunicka, Incarnate Word, 102; Remi Gavlick, Parkway Central, 102; Laura Kohmen, Incarnate Word, 104; Toni Pennington, Parkway Central, 106; Gretchen Gregory, Parkway North, 108; Erica Chan, Parkway North, 104 (72) Class 2, District 4 at Innsbrook Teams: Francis Howell 385, Marquette 403. Local sectional qualifiers: Anne Govern, Marquette, Marquette, 83; Maya Horsford, Marquette, 97. Class 2, District 2 at Aberdeen Teams: Ursuline 332, Nerinx Hall 354, Cor Jesu 390, Lindbergh 414, Webster Groves 414, Kirkwood 421, Oakville 428, Mehlville 452, Seckman 507, Parkway
South and Fox–no team scores. Sectional qualifiers: Andrea Frankiewicz, Ursuline, 79; Abby Manley, Ursuline, 80; Laura Switzer, Nerinx Hall, 84; Hannah Schmitz, Ursuline, 85; Ashley Karl, Nerinx Hall, 86; Sam Sproull, Kirkwood, 86; Lauren Essmyer, Ursuline, 88; Colleen Garvey, Nerinx Hall, 88; Lauren Redmond, Parkway South, 89; Jordan Thompson, Webster Groves, 91; Amanda Baebler, Ursuline, 91; Michelle Baumann, Cor Jesu, 91; Lauren Buschhorn, Oakville, 96; Courtney Schaper, Lindbergh, 96; Gretchen Benkendorf, Nerinx Hall, 96; Melanie Book, Cor Jesu, 97; Jackie McGarrahan, Cor Jesu, 99; Nicole Neely, Parkway South, 100; Claire Rainford, Nerinx Hall, 101; Kirsti Meyer, Lindbergh, 102; Emma Flick, Webster Groves, 102; Rachel Hennessey, Kirkwood, 103; Rachel Dean, Cor Jesu, 103; Kayla Luber, Lindbergh, 104; Jocelyn Wallinger, Mehlville, 106; Sarah Witte, Oakville, 106. Class 2, District 1 at Camdenton at Deer Chase Teams: Camdenton 379, Lafayette 383, Summit 416, Eureka 418, West Plains 433, Lebanon 456, Farmington 463, Waynesville 474, Northwest 492, Marshfield 494, Rolla 534. Sectional qualifiers: Kelly Lamarche, Lafayette, 82; Lindsey Eishenreich,
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Windy City winners Parkway South’s Mary McCain is following in the footsteps of Patriot Sarah Haskins, McCain is a triathlete like Haskins. McCain, 16, wakes up each morning at 4:30 a.m. to swim laps. Later in the day she rides her bike followed by a run workout around the Parkway South track. All her hard work paid off when McCain became one of the youngest athletes to finish the 2010 Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon and win her 15-19 age division. The 31.93 mile race was accomplished in 2 hours, 49:38 minutes. Two other triathletes from St. Louis competed in the pro circuit, with winning times. Haskins won the Chicago Triathlon with Mary McCain time of 2:02:02. Jillian Petersen, a Francis Howell and University of Missouri graduate, finished second with 2:07:36. The swim along Chicago’s lakefront was a 1.5K. The bike portion was a 40K, and McCain finished 80th overall with the 10K run. More than 10,000 athletes competed. “I was really nervous before the triathlon started, but when I began swimming, I felt in my element and was able to do what I trained for and have fun,” McCain said. For McCain, it was something to be remembered. “I am glad that I had a great experience for my first Olympic distance triathlon because now I am motivated to beat my time and win the Chicago Triathlon again next year.” Summit, 82; Brennan Pfeil, Eureka, 89; Maddie Van House, Lafayette, 98; Ashton Goldammer, Lafayette, 99; Alexendra Kaemmerlen, Eureka, 104; Clair Norfleet, Lafayette, 104. Class 1, District 1 at The Landings at Spirit Team: Westminster 348 (won tie-breaker on lower fifth-best score), MICDS 348, Villa Duchesne 349, Visitation 364, Barat Academy 392, Borgia 439, Duchesne 474, Lutheran South 494. Local sectional qualifiers: Caroline Rouse, MICDS, 79; Margaret Moore, Westminster, 83; Campbell Torchin, MICDS, 83; Jordan Wolf, Westminster, 83; Brooke Cusumano, Westminster, 86; Addie Harris, MICDS, 90; Darby Hobbs, MICDS, 96; Maggie Mauze, Westminster, 96; Rachael Gantner, Westminster, 98; Maddy Fendell, MICDS, 101. Suburban West Tournament Lafayette captured the recent Suburban West Conference golf tournament. The Lancers were undefeated in conference matches going, 10-0. The Lancers won the conference tourney by 11 strokes over Marquette at Aberdeen Golf Club. “It is always great to win the conference title, but as I told the girls, we still have unfinished business as the goal is always to get to the state tournament as a team,” Coach Gaylen Laster said. Claire Norfleet shot an 81 to finish in
second place, while Kelly Lamarche shot an 86 to come in fourth. Maddie Vanhouse shot a 92, and Ashton Goldammer shot a 105. “I think overall we played a bit higher than where we have been this year, but overall it was good,” Lester said.
High school girls’ tennis The Lafayette Lancers defeated last year’s Class 2 state champion Ladue 4-3 recently in a dual match and followed that with a 7-0 win over Marquette, the fourthplace team in the state in 2009 “I felt so proud of the entire team,” Coach Donna Stauffer said. “It is truly one of the biggest wins in our team’s history.’ Topping Marquette is always important for Lafayette. “The girls were very excited to beat their archrival,” Stauffer said. “Marquette is always a tough match for us, and we have great respect for their coach and their players. Their team made it to state and came in fourth last year, and even though they lost a lot of players, we have to play our best against them.” Lafayette ended the regular season 14-0 in dual matches. Lafayette had two players at No. 2 doubles who were undefeated throughout the regular season: senior Chelsea Coleman and junior Megan Mange.
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Two-sport star back on the field Marquette senior quarterback Matt Seevers leads the surprising 5-1 Mustangs By WARREN MAYES It took a while, but Marquette senior quarterback Matt Seevers returned to the gridiron. He immediately made his presence known, helping Marquette knock off visiting Lindbergh 35-21 and following with a 35-7 victory over Mehlville. The Mustangs improved to 5-1 overall and to 4-1 in Suburban West action. Marquette’s victory over Lindbergh was Seevers’ first game since the first game of the 2009 season. It was the first loss of the season for the Flyers, who had not lost a conference game since 2008. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Seevers sparked Marquette, completing seven of 13 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 23 times for 175 yards and two more scores. Against Mehville, Seevers rushed 13 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. He completed four of 11 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. “It was great. I’ve been waiting for a while to play,” Seevers said. “It felt good to be out there. I knew I would eventually, but I was hoping it would come a little sooner.” Seevers was injured playing defense in last year’s opener against Francis Howell. “Matt had a heck of a first quarter with around 100 yards passing, 30 yards rushing and a TD,” Coach Ryan Thornhill said. “In the beginning of the second quarter, Howell had the ball and the quarterback broke containment. Matt was playing free safety for us, and he came up and put a big shot on their quarterback.” That shot dislocated his left shoulder. “He was done for the season,” Thornhill said. “Matt is also a very good baseball player and they told him if he ever wanted to play baseball again, the shoulder would require surgery. Matt elected to have surgery on his shoulder.” Seevers, who has verbally committed to playing baseball for Southern Illinois University
Matt Seevers and the Marquette Mustangs are enjoying a winning season.
Edwardsville, admitted it was rough. “It was a long rehab,” Seevers said. “I started stretching and getting all the muscles strengthened. It was time consuming, like 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day. “I just knew I had to do that to be able to play sports again. That’s what kept me going.” Seevers played outfield in baseball last spring and came to football practice in August, looking forward to this senior season. But calamity struck again, as Seevers broke a bone in his wrist. He worked on being able to throw with a cast. When he was cleared, he came back. Thornhill said Seevers has all the qualities he wants in a quarterback. “Matt was a born leader. He is the best leader on the field that I have coached,” Thornhill said. “He commands our offense extremely well. Matt has a large lower body, and surprising agility and quickness. He is rarely tackled by one defender. He throws well, but he puts teams in bad spots because he is always a threat to run the ball.” The Mustangs were 3-1 without Seevers and played well in that stretch. The lone loss was to Eureka. “Our team was confident without Matt, because our second-string quarterback A.J. Dudley and the rest of the team did very well in our first four games, but he brings some intangibles that not many athletes have,” Thornhill said. “Our team is definitely elevated when he is in there for us.” A veteran team is behind the fast start for the Mustangs.
“We have a lot of seniors on this team that have been starting for the last three years,” Thornhill said. “Those seniors have a ton of experience and have led the way for us. Also, this is the first set of players to make it through four years of our new program that our coaching staff has set. “We have an extensive off-season program, and our kids have done extremely well with it over the last four years. We believe that our off-season program has a lot to do with our early season success.” Last year, Marquette struggled, going 2-8. Two years ago, they won two games in districts to reach the postseason in a 4-7 campaign. In 2007, the Mustangs were 1-9. This season is a welcome turnaround. “The past is the past,” Thornhill said. “We have gone through a lot of adversity over the last few years that has brought us together and prepared us for the success that we are having now. Have we turned the corner? We haven’t proven anything yet. We have a ways to go, but I know our kids are ready for the challenge. We can’t get ahead of ourselves and worry about the playoffs with so many good teams left on our schedule.” Marquette begins districts this week. The Mustangs host CBC and then play at Lafayette and close the regular season with a game against Parkway South. “It’s going to be a big game against Lafayette for sure and we want to get a win against them,” Seevers said. “We’d like to win and get in the playoffs. Hopefully, we will win one or two playoff games. That’s our goal.”
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Prep football: Week 8 By WARREN MAYES District football time is here. Everybody is 0-0, and how teams do in the next three games determines if they can proceed into the playoffs. The pressure throttles up a little more. The action is more intense. In a word, this is what the boys have been preparing for since August. Make the game be between two rivals, and it will make for a marquee matchup. Such is the case, as Parkway North will open district play at Parkway Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday. Last year, the Vikings scored a 41-10 victory, but that was not a district game. From Parkway North’s point of view, this is its big rivalry game. “The Parkway North-Parkway Central rivalry is probably bigger for us,” Parkway North Coach Bob Bunton said. “Parkway Central was Parkway North’s first rival because that is where our school originated from. Back in the 1971-72 school year, while Parkway North was being built, the students shared Parkway Central’s building, and a real intense rivalry developed. “Parkway Central was the first game for Parkway North in the history of the school and it was always ‘the game’ for Parkway North. I know Parkway Central’s big rival
is Parkway West. The rivalry has become civilized under Mark Goldenberg’s staff and our staff. There is a lot of mutual respect there.” The districts were changed this year, and the two schools are in Class 5, District 2 along with Webster Groves and Chaminade, currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the recent state poll. “It should be a wild last three weeks in our district,” Bunton said. “I don’t think this district can be defined by Webster Groves and Chaminade. Quite frankly, if one of those two teams looks past a Parkway Central or Parkway North, they will be running the risk of having their seasons ended, too. It is just four very good football teams going to be going at it.” Each team in the state can play 10 games, but only two teams will advance. “I love this time of the year,” Goldenberg said. “That’s what it’s all about in high school football. I think whoever comes out of our district will have earned it and will have a good chance to do well in the playoffs.” The reality in the season sometimes is determined by how well the districts go, Bunton said. “I honestly look forward to every game
each week. We are having another nice season, and we are very proud and pleased with our kids,” Bunton said. “However, in Missouri, it is the district playoffs that determine your postseason fate. This year, it may be the toughest challenge our program has ever had with the road that is in front of us. “We will have to play our best each week or our season will come to an end in a few short weeks. The first week is extremely important in this district. A win puts you, potentially, one more victory away from the postseason.” Goldenberg and Bunton go way back. The two respect each other. “I know Coach Bunton very well,” Goldenberg said. “We’ve been competing against each other since we were both coordinators. I guess that’s about 13 years now.” All Goldenberg remembers is what happened last year. “He got the better of us last year, so he’s got the bragging rights now,” Goldenberg said. “I’m sure they’re going to come here and be ready to go. They always are extremely well prepared to play.” Bunton complimented Goldenberg’s program as well.
“I think Mark Goldenberg and his staff are one of the best in the area,” Bunton said. “There is never a year where you can count out the Colts. I know that is a credit to Mark and his staff and their ability to get their kids to play up and fundamentally sound each and every year. If you beat Parkway Central, you have earned it.”
Other area games on Fri., Oct. 15: CBC at Marquette, 7 p.m. Webster Groves at Chaminade, 7 p.m. Lindbergh at DeSmet, 7 p.m. Kennedy at Park Hills Central, 7 p.m. Parkway South at Lafayette, 7 p.m. Parkway West at Washington, 7 p.m.
Other area games on Sat., Oct. 16: Westminster Christian Academy at Jennings, 12 p.m. MICDS at Ladue, 1 p.m. Grandview at Principia, 1 p.m. Priory at Imagine Prep Academy, 1 p.m.
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Jumping for joy Local boy soars at trampoline competitions By WARREN MAYES Henry Baer just returned from representing the U.S. in an international trampoline competition in Loule, Portugal. Baer, of Town & Country, finished 20th in his event – individual trampoline. Here is the amazing part: He is only 13 years old. The trip to Portugal and competing were things he enjoyed. “Portugal was overall a positive competition for me,” Baer said. “I placed 20th of about 40, which was just like Russia; right in the middle of everybody, which I was happy with. The total number of athletes that attended is about 900. “I was very pleased with placing 20th, especially since I am only 13 years old.” Baer, an eighth-grade student at Whitfield School, and his synchronized trampoline partner, Nick Piontek, brought home a gold medal at the Pan American Championships. Baer for three years has been a USA Olympic Development athlete and in 2009 was part of the USA Team to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the World Championships. Baer and Piontek are ranked 16th in the world for synchronized trampoline in their age group. USA Gymnastics sponsors the program. More than 1,600 qualified for the Junior Olympics, a number representing only a portion of those competing. “I was first introduced to the sport at around age 8 when, at the same facility that I played indoor soccer, there was a trampoline gym and team in another section of the building,” Baer said. “After watching them train for awhile, I decided to start taking classes there. Soon enough, I was on the team.” Baer quickly became a world-class athlete. “I’ve earned dozens of gold medals at competitions. The two biggest competitions were the ones that took place in Portugal and Russia,” Baer said. The sport has taken him to too many places to list, including about 30 states. Baer is a member of The Kansas City Trampoline Club and is coached by Paul and Mary Swafford. “I became involved with Henry when he competed in synchronized trampoline with Nick Piontek as a partner,” Paul Swafford said. “Synchronized trampoline is an event where two partners do an identical routine on side by side trampolines. It’s a mirror image if done correctly. “Although Henry had accomplished becoming a Missouri state champion,
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empty Politicians make a pittance but keep on plugging By MARY ANN O’TOOLE HOLLEY The pay is low, the hours long and the criticism and complaints are constant. That, however, is all in good fun for those with “fire in their belly,” as one candidate for state representative said. The political season is upon us, and as we change TV channels to get away from the ads, most wonder why people throw themselves into the midst of political madness – and do so for petty cash. Our first president, George Washington, in 1789 made $25,000; from 1949-1964, presidents made $100,000 per year, plus a $50,000 expense account. It was not until 1969, when Richard Nixon became president, that the salary was bumped to $200,000, plus a $50,000 expense account. President Barack Obama now makes $400,000 per year, but that still is less than he would make doing a book tour. Nonetheless, candidates keep on coming, gearing up, going door to door campaigning, kissing babies and making promises, giving it their best shot hoping they get the votes to put them into office. Undeniably, politics has a strong appeal only to a few. But what motivates politicians? What keeps them on track? What outlook divides them from the man and woman on the street? Matt Pirrello has served as mayor of Ellisville for four and one-half years, and prior to that, he served on the Ellisville City Council. “Technically, I’m part-time, but I’m always on stage,” said Pirrello, whose monthly stipend as mayor amounts to about $600 per month. Pirrello said a lot of people wonder why someone gets involved in politics, and the simple answer is not realized until you are actively involved and realize you are making a difference. “That’s when you see the bigger picture. Anyone who is genuinely interested in the community in which they live can easily
throw themselves into the mix,” Pirrello said. Those who see something going on that they do not agree with usually are prime candidates, Pirrello said, adding that he became involved because of a local project. “It was what they call a ‘NIMBY’ – Not in My Backyard,” Pirrello said. “It came down to, if you can’t beat them join them and then beat them.” Pirrello said in the first six months on the council, he and fellow councilmembers rectified the situation. “Everything I set out to do was accomplished in the first six months on the council, and in the remaining two and a half years on the council, I learned the importance of being an advocate for the city and an active member of a group that shapes the day-to-day lives of people.” Pirrello said most of the public fails to realize that their local politicians have the most impact on their day-to-day quality of life and their day-to-day interface with their municipalities – more than any state or federal official. “Actively being involved in your community serves a greater purpose, whether you’re volunteering or speaking out about something you oppose,” Pirrello said. “I ran for mayor after I witnessed Ellisville moving in the wrong direction. I took a position that we’d get things done, and within the first nine months of being elected, we (he and the council) had accomplished more than we had in the previous nine years. We finished two major projects, like the new public works facility and the new pool.” Pirrello said it is not unusual for a resident to stop and speak with him about an issue as he shops for groceries or dines at a local restaurant, and that does not bother him. “I didn’t get into this to be left alone; I
got into it to be the go-to guy,” Pirrello said. “We put out a newsletter and I ask people to call me. The people who talk to me at the grocery store or a local restaurant are about a 50/50 split. Everyone is polite and respectful, but they have a place where they can go and get an answer; a place to go where they can speak their mind and not be judged.” Pirrello said he does not believe being involved in politics demands any certain type of character, just someone who wants to get involved for the right reasons. “The right reasons are to represent those who elected you,” Pirrello said. Chesterfield Councilmember Bob Nation (ward 4) first was elected in April 2007 after some friends urged him to run. “I was asked to consider running, but I actually didn’t make up my mind to run until the last day of filing,” Nation said. “I thought and thought, and wasn’t really excited about it. I just didn’t think I could do something like that. I don’t know if I was intimidated, felt unqualified or was just not interested. Maybe I was reluctant to devote the time.” But Nation ran, was elected and ran for a second term, which he currently is serving. Chesterfield councilmembers make $500 a month, and Nation says that stipend is just not comparable in terms of how much time he spends at council meetings twice a month and reading packets of documents prior to meetings. Then there are committee meetings and budgets and trying to make ends meet during a decline in tax revenue to cities, Nation said. “It’s been an educational experience that’s frustrating at times,” Nation said. “I’m a retired airline pilot and now a Realtor, but I have the time to do the council work
and attend the meetings. I don’t know if someone who held a fullt i m e job and had a growi n g family could cope with the demands of political office.” Nation said that overall, the residents are respectful and rarely bombard him with complaints or unreasonable phone calls, so that is a benefit for him. On a local level, politics is much easier to deal with because you know you can affect change, Nation said. Nation says it is politics at the national and state level that frustrate him. “I guess I should be glad I hold an office at the local level,” Nation said. “Being in office at a local level allows me to work to make things better in my own backyard.” As of 2010, Missouri lawmakers – state senators and state representatives – are paid $35,915 per year. Per diem is $103.20 tied to the federal rate, paid only to those who answer the legislative session roll call. The figures are contrary to what most whine about when it comes to politicians. They are not rolling in cash, and if time spent working counts, they certainly are not doing it for the dough. Most Missouri senators and representatives have “day jobs.” Occupationally, the Senate has 15 businessmen engaged in real estate, insurance, finance, etc.; one publisher, one physician, two educators, four farmers, six attorneys, one caseworker and four public servants. At least 42 Missouri senators went on to attain higher statewide office or became a U.S. senator or congressman for Missouri. Researchers found that a politician who makes politics the source of his/her income yet has to face re-election every few years
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“For too long, many of us have stood idly by and watched as the will of the people has been trampled by special interests and personal agendas of those elected,” Bahr said. “I am standing up to do what I can to return our country to the kind of place our founders would be proud of.” Bahr, married with four young children, said he is not running to become rich but to serve the people. “The legislature is only in session for five months,” Bahr said. “I will have seven months to work in my small business, and provide for my family through the rest of West News Magazine the year. It would be irresponsible to ask Oct.taxes 13 so I could my neighbors to pay more - color be paid more when the 3/8 No. 1page concern right now is jobs and the economy. In a time 4.92 x 8.493 when far too many people are unemployed, it is not unreasonable to also ask our elected officials to tighten their belts.” Bahr said he does not know if it is all worth it and that only time will tell.
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the discovery of more than $2.4 million of taxpayer money spent for questionable purposes over eight years, including purchases made at bakeries, beauty salons, bra stores, coffee shops and pictureframing galleries, among others. The state of Missouri spent $15,482.57 at Ann’s Bra Shop from 2000-2008 for “professional services” and “clothing supplies.” Over the same period, government employees used taxpayer dollars to the tune of $1.6 million at coffee shops, $387,210.14 at framing stores, $278,053.46 at florists and nurseries and $70,849.02 at donut bakeries. Other expenditures found by NTU include $936.75 at The Corsage Shop, $232.00 at Doris’ Beauty Shop, $1,651.27 at The Jean Shop, $348.70 at the Budget Rose Shop, $6,964.55 at Susie’s Bake Shoppe and $3,803.00 at the Westside Barber Shop. In 2000, $12 was spent at Ann’s Hair & Nail Shop for “other professional services.” Then-Gov. Matt Blunt responded by asking the state’s Office of Administration to review the expenditures. The Administration found that the Ann’s Bra Shop purchases were legitimate Department of Corrections expenses for specialneeds products for female inmates in Missouri’s prison system. “This is exactly what we expected and envisioned when we created the MAP site,” Blunt said in a press release. “Transparency and openness help root out wasteful spending, and we welcome this scrutiny.”
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Couple ‘flocks’ pink flamingos for breast cancer By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES A husband and wife are raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research in a novel way. In order to help find a cure, they are “flocking” neighborhoods with pink flamingos. For a $25 donation, Alexandra (Alex) Erb and Brady Erb, of Lake Saint Louis, will place 50 plastic pink flamingos on a chosen residential lawn. “We are raising $5,000 and training to walk 60 miles during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 4-6, 2011,” Alex said. So far, the flamingo flocking project has raised almost $1,000. The flamingos remain in place until 7 p.m. the following night, at which time they are moved to their new location. The Erbs thus far have flocked lawns in Ballwin, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, Wentzville, St. Charles and St. Peters. Alex’s fundraising inspiration came from her grandmother’s experience of suffering with breast cancer. After she was informed of her co-worker’s diagnosis with the disease, she said she wanted to do what she could to help find a cure. “I especially want to do the walk again after finding out that my neighbor is also fighting this disease,” Alex said. As captain of their walking team – “Got Twins?” – Alex said, “I already walked this event in 2007. My husband is joining me on my second, but certainly not last, walk. He sees how addicting this fundraising is, and I can’t wait until we are actually on the walk so he can experience the same feel-
ings, emotions and love that I felt on my walk in 2007.” The Erbs are parents of four children, including a set of 20-month-old boy/girl twins, Landon and Brighton, plus 8-yearold Nicholas, and 5-year-old Carter. Brady works for Citigroup in O’Fallon. Alex is a nurse at SSM St. Joseph Health Center Wentzville in the Adolescent Psych unit. “We were looking for something fun that would include our whole family, leave a lasting impression on those we touched and provide a positive impression of service for our kids,” Brady said. “I was initially skeptical, but it only took our first flock to realize how quickly this could take off, and it has.” The couple wants to do their part because so many others cannot. “We don’t want our daughter affected by breast cancer,” Alex said. “We want cancer to be a thing of the past. I can’t believe how much support we are getting from friends and strangers alike. I’ve met such amazing people already who have helped me feel like we are making a difference through something fun like flocking. The generosity of strangers is amazing. Every dollar donated will get us that much closer to our $5,000 goal and closer to a cure for breast cancer.” To order a flamingo flocking, call the Erbs at 578-8897 or visit gottwins3day.blogspot. com with the address of the individual to be flocked. Readers may also make online tax-deductible donations. All donations directly benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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Food-allergic kids celebrate safe Halloween at ‘Walk for Food Allergy’ By SHANNON F. IGNEY For many little ghosts and goblins, Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. But for children suffering from food allergies, it is another experience entirely. In the U.S., roughly 3 million children are affected by food allergies. For them, Halloween can be scary and stressful. Trick-or-treating is often an unsafe activity, as they may ingest, or in extreme cases, merely come in contact with an unsafe treat. The “Walk for Food Allergy” provides kids suffering from such allergies a safe environment to participate in alternative Halloween fun. “Trick-or-Trinket,” games and costume competitions are all part of this year’s festivities. The walk aims to increase awareness about food allergies and to raise money for research and education in the St. Louis metropolitan area. A national nonprofit organization, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has more than 27,000 members and is considered the world leader in food allergy information. It hopes to raise $70,000 at this year’s event. “I volunteered to organize this walk in support of my 6-year-old daughter who has life- threatening food allergies so severe that even her daily activities are impaired by the potential for a reaction,” Tammy Thum, this year’s FAAN-St. Louis walk chairperson and area resident, said. Thum is not alone. Honorary Medical Chairman Dr. Michael R. Borts, of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Care Center, is just as passionate about helping those with food allergies. “Nearly 4 percent of children are affected by food allergies,” Borts said, adding that in recent years, the number has increased substantially. “My practice has mirrored the national statistics. While we have much to learn, there are many resources to help people lead a safe and healthy life. It is important to rely on good resources like FAAN for information and tools for management of food allergy.”
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Food allergies are the leading cause of anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. “Unfortunately, a food allergy becomes known after it has occurred,” Borts said. “While tests exist that can demonstrate the presence of allergic antibodies to foods, the presence of the antibody alone is not proof of a food allergy. The proof is in the eating.” Chesterfield mother and FAAN member Allison Izsak knows this firsthand. “We had no reason to suspect a food allergy until our daughter took a bite of a peanut butter granola bar and immediately had a severe reaction,” Izsak said. “Joining FAAN and attending other informal support groups has really helped our entire family balance the fine line of safety and normalcy.” The “Walk for Food Allergy” is at 10 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 30 in Creve Coeur Park at the Tremayne Shelter. Registration begins at 9 a.m. To register or sponsor a walker, visit foodallergywalk.org.
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Heating the home safely By SHANNON F. IGNEY Sitting by a crackling fire with a cup of warm apple cider is a sure sign fall is here. As the temperature drops, many homeowners are looking forward to warming up by the fire. However, before starting a gas fireplace or burning a wood fire, there are a few precautions to consider. More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. According to the National Fire Safety Protection Agency, 49 percent of all home fires occur in December, January and February when home heating equipment is in use. Thirty-six percent of those fires ignite due to poor fireplace and chimney maintenance. “The most important thing a homeowner can do to ensure safety when burning a fire in their home is to have a professional inspect and sweep the chimney each season,” Frank Schmer, owner and operator of St. Louis Home Fires in Manchester, said. “Regular maintenance to ensure proper ventilation is paramount.” Routine chimney and fireplace maintenance removes harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide, smoke and creosote. The USFA recommends 10 steps to reduce the chances of a residential fire. 1. Annually inspect and clean chimney or wood stove by a certified chimney specialist. 2. Keep fireplace area free of debris, decorations and flammable materials. 3. Always use a metal screen with fireplaces. 4. Keep the flue open. 5. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
6. Use only seasoned hardwood. 7. Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke. 8. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in a fireplace or wood stove. 9. When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate. 10. Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Always extinguish a fire before leaving the house. In addition to an inspection by a certified chimney specialist, homeowners should install a metal mesh screen spark arrester, keep branches and leaves clear of the chimney, flues and vents, and keep flammable materials in the home to a minimum. “Gas fireplaces should be inspected for black carbon build-up on the logs each year,” Gregg Boss, owner of English Sweep in Ballwin, said. “Homeowners don’t want to try and clean the carbon themselves. If they do, they will end up with black soot all over their home.” Boss, who is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, suggests also routine checks of the embers in a gas fireplace. Jesse Cox, owner of Dr. Soot Magic Chimney Sweep in High Ridge, said the process of how to build a fire is an important aspect of fire safety as well. “Paper should be obsolete,” Cox said. “The safest fires start with a starter log and small pieces of dry kindling. Once it gets going, gradually add bigger pieces to your fire.” Fireplace safety is a smart and easy process for homeowners. To find a certified professional in the area, visit the National Chimney Sweep Guild at csia.org.
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Do-it-yourself spookers This year, why not get creative with do-it-yourself Halloween activities? Kids will have a blast helping, too. Just stir in a few items around the house and add some spray paint to create bewitching, inexpensive pieces for the home and yard. Here are three project ideas to inspire and help put some extra spookiness to Halloween.
Ghoulish gravestones Turn a couple of old boxes into a chilling graveyard to keep the goblins and vampires at bay. • Supplies: black granite textured “stone” spray paint, spray adhesive, glow-in-the-dark paint, boxes (old shipping boxes work well), foam or wood letters, various Halloween decorations, hot or super glue, packing tape, newspaper, large nails or ground stakes, and scissors. • How to do it: Set up a spray paint area in a well-ventilated area by covering a table with newspaper. Assemble a box and tape over folded seams leaving one end open, as that will serve as the bottom of the gravestone. Cut a name plaque to fit the box from the cardboard of another and affix with spray adhesive. Glue letters onto the plaque. Embellish the top of the gravestone with glued-on Halloween decorations, such as a bat or skull. Paint the entire gravestone with two to three coats of “stone” spray paint, letting it dry between coats. Once it is dry, highlight areas with glow-in-the-dark paint. Place a stake in the ground, prop up the box and enjoy scaring the neighbors with a ghoulishly gorgeous graveyard.
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Elegant New Display Home Available Now at The Estates at August Tavern Creek in Wildwood Grover Crossing - Greater Missouri Builders going to be this low again - and it’s not just me saying that. I asked one of our customers at closing why they had decided to buy a home now and that’s what they told me.” What’s more, because of the down market, McKelvey has been able to acquire new homesites at a reduced cost and is passing the savings on to homebuyers in the form of lower prices, and McKelvey recently re-engineered many of its most popular plans in order to be able to offer them at lower prices. At the same time McKelvey has opened new displays at several communities: The Sterling ranch at the Manors at Quail Ridge, the Glenbrook at the Manors at Deer Creek and West Hampton Woods, the Turnberry at the Manors at Magnolia, the Muirfield at Bellemeade and the Trevi at the Villas at Westmeade. Visit mckelveyhomes.com for more information. With the weather beginning to change, you can “fall” into some great savings at Falcon Crest by Helmut Weber Construction. Puns aside, buyers have the opportunity to build a new home with some great discounts, said Sales Manager Sheila Knutson. “First, homebuyers get $10,000 off the base price across the board on any model. Second, buyers have their choice of $10,000 in free options.” But that’s not all, she said. “We’re waiving all lot premiums including those lots that back to treelines or woods. And we have several choice homesites still to choose from.” Falcon Crest, on Emge Road off Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon, features homes with Craftsman styling for an authentic Americana ambience. An example is one of the two available inventory homes now priced at $199,900. The McKinley two-story on lot 35 over 2,000 square feet and is loaded
with options like hickory wood floors in the foyer, great room, kitchen and breakfast room and powder room; Craftsman design including a stone front and extended front porch with columns; a garage door with windows and coachlights; arched doorways and three-panel Craftsman doors. Meanwhile, at Locksley Crossing Helmut Weber has three lots available to build on at customers’ request, or lots can be purchased individually for them to build on. Call Sheila Knutson at 636-379-2009 for details or visit hwcstlcom. Celebrity sighting! Developer John Rooney and his team at E-404 Construction have grand-opened the new Humphrey Bogart display at the Meadows of Wildwood, an active age 55-plus neighborhood in St. Louis offering detached villa homes starting from the $290,000s. The community is located in the heart of Wildwood Town Center with homesites on a single street circling a lake with walking trails and a fountain. Many of the homes will sit directly by the lake, and others will back to the woods. What sets the community apart from others is the combination of services that allow people to transition from their old home to their new one, and stay in their new home for the rest of their lives. The Meadows offers individual care assessments by social workers and nurses, bill-paying services, private duty care, inhome security monitoring, meal preparation, medication setup, personal care and more, so that people are able to remain in their home as they age. The sales center is open daily. Take Highway 109 south to right on new College Avenue at the YMCA to left on Generations into the community. Call 636-273-5300 or visit meadowsofwildwood.com.
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information, call (314) 374-4079. • • • The second annual Fall Fest at the Barn is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 17 at The Barn at Lucerne (930 Kehrs Mill Road in Ballwin). Pony rides, magic, games for kids, live music, food and drink, artists, local and organic produce booths, an antique tractor and engine display, artwork from the Fall Fest at The Barn Young Artist Competition and a canned food drive to benefit Operation Food Search are featured. Admission is free; games and pony rides require tickets. Call Nancy Pino at (314) 432-8484. • • • The All Porsche Auto Show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 17 at Kemp Auto Museum. Admission to the museum is reduced to $5 during the show. Entry fees paid by exhibitors benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Call 537-1718. • • • A “VolleyFest” is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 20 at The Club at Chesterfield. The cost is $75 and includes tennis, lunch, a T-shirt, towel, goodie bag, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Proceeds support the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program at Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Visit thesportofgiving.org.
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• • • The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds the Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run, a 5K and 10K run/walk and children’s fun run, at 8 a.m. (run/walk) and 9 a.m. (kids’ run) on Sat., Oct. 23 at Chesterfield Towne Centre (Long Road and Edison Ave. in Chesterfield Valley). A portion of proceeds benefit Wings of Hope. For registration fees and more information, visit active. com or chesterfieldmochamber.com. • • • Old Trails Historical Society hosts a Trading Post Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 23 at the Bacon Log Cabin in Ballwin. Crafts, collectibles, antiques and flea market items are sold; a barbecue and bakery goods also are available. Cabin tours are free of charge. Interested vendors may purchase a space for $15. Proceeds are used for the preservation of the Bacon Log Cabin. Call Irene Wirsing at 527-2522 or Virginia Rogan at 2305039. • • • The Fall Four-Footed Frolic is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 23 at The Frolic Inn (16932 Rodgers Ave. in Wildwood). Behavior demonstrations, a pet costume contest, face painting for kids, pet photos, hayrides and more are featured. Rescue dogs are on site for potential adoption. Admission is $5 per family or one bag of pet food to support Stray Rescue, Dent County Animal Welfare Society, and Canines in Crisis Inc. Visit frolic-inn.com or call 458-3090.
• • • The “Free to Breathe” 5K Walk is at 10 a.m. (registration is at 9 a.m.) on Sun., Oct. 24 at Creve Coeur Park. Proceeds support the National Lung Cancer Partnership. For fees and registration information, visit freetobreathe.org. • • • A craft fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 6 and Sun., Nov. 7 at Parkway North High School (12860 Fee Fee Road). Proceeds benefit the Parkway Alumni Association. For more information or to download an application to participate as a vendor, visit parkwayalumni.org. • • • Maryville University presents a “Baseball in the Fall” Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m. (doors open) on Sat., Nov. 6 in the Maryville University Monsanto Room. Tickets are $250 for a VIP table/$200 for a regular table of eight. A silent auction, raffles and door prizes are featured. Proceeds benefit the Max Vogl, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Call Barbara Petzall at (314) 529-6829. • • • The Rockwood Swim Club hosts a trivia night and silent auction for adults aged 21 and older at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Sat., Nov. 6 at St. John Lutheran Church (15808 Manchester Road in Ellisville). The cost is $160 for a table of 8/$20 per person and includes light snacks; guests may bring their own food, and a cash bar is available. Call Tish Kirchhoefer at 5305969 or Karen Crimi at 938-9226.
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM • • • The American Cancer Society holds “Guessaroo Trivia Night” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sat., Nov. 13 at the Edward Jones Corporate Office Atrium (12555 Manchester Road in Des Peres). Guests may decorate their tables and dress in costume for their favorite decade, TV show, rock band, etc. Prizes are awarded for best-decorated table/costumes and for the top team. A silent auction, raffles and entertainment also are featured. Tickets are $20 per person, $160 per table and $650 for a VIP table. Call (314) 286-8157 or visit celebaroo.org. • • • Assistance League of St. Louis hosts “A Jazzy Affair” Cabaret at 7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 19 at Kemp Auto Museum (16955 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield). Vintage automobiles, a speakeasy, entertainment by The Benefit Blues Band and Angela Keeton, an auction, and a cocktail buffet with cash bar are featured. Admission is $85 ($60 is tax-deductible) and funds remain in the St. Louis community to support philanthropic projects of the Assistance League. Call 227-6200.
FAMILY & KIDS The Chesterfield Alliance for Positive Youth sponsors “Be A Positive Light,” its annual Family Forum, at 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 13 at the Chesterfield Government Center (690 Chesterfield Parkway West). Laura Logsdon, a local mother, addresses bullying and harassment in schools. Registration is not required. Call Valerie at 3463651 or Rico at (314) 565-6612. • • • The West County EMS & Fire Protection District Fall Festival is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 16 at West County Station No. 1 (223 Henry Ave.). Strolling musicians, fire prevention and safety tips, trick-or-treat bags, firefighters in costume, games, fire trucks and much more are featured, and everything is free, including pumpkins while they last. Call 227-9350. • • • A Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct 21 at the Daniel Boone Library in Ellisville. A showing of “How the Earth Was Made,” a DVD produced by the Smithsonian, is featured. Guests, including children aged 10 and older, are welcome. Call Dianne at 346-5305. • • • Eureka Legion Post 177 hosts a fall baseball workout from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (freshmen and sophomores) and from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (varsity) on Sun., Oct. 24 at Ellisville Athletic Association Field 1. For more information, visit eurekalegionbaseball.com. • • • An open house is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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HEALTH Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital hosts “Passport to Wellness: A Journey for Women” from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 15 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. Women learn from health professionals about important health issues. Admission is $10 and includes a chance to win a set of luggage. To register and learn more, visit bjsph.org or call 928-9355. • • • St. Louis Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 16 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country. “Addressing Hoarding in Housing” is the featured topic. Admission is free and open to all ages. Call (314) 291-7556.
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The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday through Oct. 31 at 327 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. Pumpkins and gourds are available. The Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 23, where there will be games, crafts, story time, snacks, face painting, a bake sale and pumpkins. Visit goodshepherdlutheran.com. • • • Grant’s Farm’s 9th Annual Halloween Festivities are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 14-16, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 28-30 at Grant’s Farm. Guests are invited to get in the spirit for Halloween by dressing up in their favorite costumes. The event includes moonlight tram rides through the dark Deer Park, Halloween-themed animal and Mad Science shows, a DJ spinning spooky hits in the Bauernhof Courtyard, and non-scary classic Halloween characters. Walk-ins are $5 a person. Call (314) 575-9665. • • • Friday Night Live Halloween Edition is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 15 at The Lodge Des Peres. Middle school students ages 10-14 are invited to enjoy a night of music, spooky swim, games, and more. Tickets are $5. Participants should remember to bring their swimsuit, towel, and tennis shoes. Call (314) 835-6155. • • • A Fall Festival is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 16 at Des Peres Park. Activities include a bonfire, hayrides, ghost stories, bluegrass music, and a movie in the park, featuring “Monsters, Inc.” The event is free. Call (314) 835-6155. • • • The annual Family Hayride is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 16 at Castlewood State Park in Ballwin. The hayride starts at the park and ends on the banks of the Meramec River. After dinner, a bonfire and a local entertainer are featured. Regular admission is $12, and VIP is $12. Call Ballwin Parks and Recreation at 227-8950 or visit ballwin.mo.us for more information. • • • “Pumpkins in the Park” is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 21 at The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. Once a month, toddlers and their parents can get out of the house for a play date. Children cost $3 and
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parents are free. Register online at ballwin. mo.us. • • • The 10th Annual “Not-So-Haunted House!” is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday from Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31 (with extended hours Oct. 22 and Oct. 29) at the Magic House. Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their most “bootiful” Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the museum. This year’s event will include a visit from more than 15 storybook characters from favorite children’s tales. The event is free with the price of admission. Call (314) 822-8900 or visit magichouse.org. • • • “Booterflies” Halloween Party is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 23 and Sun., Oct. 24 at Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. The party features non-scary activities and crafts designed for families with children ages 3-10. Admission cost is included in price of Butterfly House ticket. Call 530-0076 or visit butterflyhouse.org. • • • “Ghouls in the Garden” is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 24 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Families are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes to enjoy a daytime trick-or-treat experience. Admission is $5 for children. Adults are included with garden admission, and garden members are free. Advance reservations are required by Oct. 21. Call (314) 577-9570 or RSVP online at mobot.org.
• • • “Trunk-or Treat and PipeScreams!” is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 24 at Manchester United Methodist Church at 129 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. Kids wear a costume and bring a bag to collect goodies. From 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., kids go from car to car, filling their sacks to the brim with treats. From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., families are invited inside for the Halloween concert, “PipeSqueaks!” The older crowd will want to attend “Pipe Screams! from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 394-7506 or visit manchesterumc.org/trunkortreat. • • • “Halloween Scarefest!” is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 26 at the Missouri History Museum. Wear a costume. Activities, candy, spooky stories and more are featrued featured. A surprise Disney Channel star will make an appearance as well from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free. Call (314) 746-4599. • • • Preschool Pumpkins is from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 27 and Thurs., Oct. 28 at the St. Louis Carousel in Faust Park. Children are given a mini pumpkin to create their own jack-o-lantern. The fee is $10 per child and includes a carousel ride for child and parent. Registration is required. To register, call (314) 615-8383 or visit the St. Louis Carousel Gift Shop. • • • A Halloween Concert and Costume Contest is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27 at New Ballwin Park. Ballwin’s Sunset Concert Series will finish the year with live
music by “Hillbilly Authority.” Costumes are judged for children ages 12 and younger. Beverages, picnic baskets and lawn chairs are allowed. The event is free. Call Ballwin Parks and Recreation at 227-8950 or visit ballwin.mo.us for more information. • • • A Halloween Festival is at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 29 in Schroeder Park in Manchester. The evening includes a variety of games with prizes, a hayride, pumpkins and pony rides. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale in the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department’s office. Everyone over the age of 2 needs a ticket. Tickets are $3 per person for Manchester residents and $4 for non-residents. Call 391-6926. • • • A Halloween Hayride and More is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 29 at the Wildwood Family YMCA at 2641 Hwy. 109. Experience haunted hayrides, pony rides, “The Reptile Experience,” a cakewalk, spooky crafts and more. Costumes are encouraged. Advanced registration is suggested. Admission is $20 in advance for families or $25 at the door. Call 458-6636. • • • “Creatures of Halloween” is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 29 at the World Bird Sanctuary at 125 Bald Eagle Road in Valley Park. Learn about bats, owls and spooky creatures. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 per child younger than 12. Advanced registration is required. Call 225-4390. • • • St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital’s “Boo at the Zoo” is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 30 at the St. Louis Zoo. Mummies and daddies are invited to bring their little ghouls and goblins for safe trickor-treating, entertainment, games and a costume parade along the Pumpkin Trail. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Trick-or-treating is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call (314) 781-0900 or visit stlzoo.org. • • • The Living Word Church Youth Halloween Party is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun, Oct. 31 at Living Word Church at 17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood. The event is for students in grades 6-12 and includes a costume contest, pumpkin bowling, games, and more. Be home early enough to trick-or-treat. Call 821-2800.
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without the church ladies,” Pappas said. “They’re here every week using authentic family recipes for everything – the baklava, galaktoboureko and the other pastries and foods we serve. These ladies are fantastic and the most dedicated people you’ll find anywhere.” Confirming the authenticity of the recipes used, Bellos is quick to note there never are any shortcuts taken or ingredient substitutions. Everything is prepared using traditional ingredients and methods. “We made 1,000 Greek butter cookies this week, which took 26 pounds of butter – real butter,” Bellos said. “When it comes to baklava – I’ll put our baklava next to anyone’s – it’s the best. And when we have lamb shanks on the menu, we’ve Assumption Greek Orthodox serves up authentic Greek specialties on Fridays. been known to sell out in 45 minutes.” “I come every week; have been for years,” Dan Viehmann, whose favorite is the fried fish and homemade tarter sauce, said, adding that “We put the sign up in the front of the church on Thursthe tartar sauce is so good it can be eaten with a spoon. day evening, and people just began to come,” Tharenos “It’s a wonderful assortment of food here, and there’s said. “And they keep coming back.” something for everyone,” Viehmann said. “But what As Tharenos explained, Assumption’s Greek lunch is a brings me back week after week, besides the food and the community outreach that allows the church an opportuaffordable prices, are the people. I admire their hard work nity to share its heritage and passion for life through its and dedication.” cuisine. Tony Tharenos volunteers and serves on Assumption’s “Everyone is welcome,” Tharenos said. “Come enjoy the building committee and is amazed by how successful food and take a tour of the church if you like. We’re proud Assumption’s kitchen has become over the years. of our heritage and our food.”
By SUZANNE CORBETT Greek mythology called ambrosia the food of the gods. At Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town & Country, heavenly food fit for the gods is served on Friday. “Each Friday we serve Greek lunch, which is our main fundraiser for the church,” Dessie Bellos, parish council member and volunteer cook and baker for Assumption’s lunches and famed Greek festivals, said. “We’ve been cooking here since the 1980s, but I remember the old days when our parents made the pastries at home and brought them to church. Today, we meet at the church once a week to bake and help make whatever needs to be done.” Overseeing Assumption’s kitchen operation is Pete Pappas, affectionately called the CEO of cooking by some parishioners. Pappas, in essence, is Assumption’s executive chef, planning, and organizing the 800 to 1,500 meals that are served each Friday. Meals include Greek culinary classics such as as pastitsio (ground beef and macaroni casserole) gyro sandwiches, spanakopita (spinach pie) and dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) as well as American specials such as fried cod, pork chops and meatloaf. “No matter what’s on the menu, I couldn’t do any of this
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105 Royal Gate Dr.- Creve Coeur - $435,000 Pristine ranch in great location! Almost an acre of level yard, possibly 4 BDs on main level, updated throughout! Must see!
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906 Palmer Ct – Lake St. Louis - $214,900 Carefree lifestyle ranch condo on beautiful 15th green of Lake Forest Country Club! Finished LL, updates everywhere.
305 Remington Way Dr. – Ballwin $440,000 Pristine “like new” one owner 2sty in Remington Place! First class upgrades, huge mstr ste, bonus rm. Over 3600 sqft!
684 Rustic Valley Dr. - Ballwin - $155,000 Great ranch with lots of potential! Finished lower level, large master bedroom, 2 full baths.
1445 Whispering Creek Dr. –Ballwin - $115,000 Prime location, maintenance free condo with pool and clubhouse! 2BD, 2 full baths, and great view from deck!
338 Bellestri Dr. – Ballwin - $210,000 5 bds & 3 baths! Updated kit, bay window, sunroom, wet bar, patio & lrg fenced bkyd! Grt nbrhd & Pkwy schools.
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249 Vistaoak Ct. – Ballwin - $188,000 Pottery Barn Decor, Awesome Updates, Finished LL, Private, Fenced yard.
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