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Great Scott! Some of the most melancholy letters and e-mails that are sent to me are from people who lament that there is nothing they can do about the bad policies that they see ruining this country. They do not have any media outlet for their opinions and the letters they send to their Congressmen are either ignored or are answered by form letters with weasel words. They feel powerless. Sometimes I remind them that the whole political establishment - both Democrats and Republicans, as well as the mainstream media - were behind amnesty for illegal immigrants, until the public opinion polls showed that the voters were not buying it. If politicians cannot do anything else right, they can count votes. It was the same story with the government’s health care takeover legislation. The Democrats have such huge majorities in both houses of Congress that they could literally lock the Republicans out of the room where they were deciding what to do, set arbitrary deadlines for votes, and cut off debate in the Senate. The mainstream media was on board with this bill, too. To hear the talking heads on TV, you would think it was a done deal. Then Scott Brown got elected to the “Kennedy seat” in the Senate, showing that that seat was not the inheritance of any dynasty to pass on. Moreover, it showed that the voters already were fed up with the Obama administration, even in liberal Massachusetts, as well as in Virginia and New Jersey. The backtracking on health care began immediately. Politicians can count votes. Once again, the public was not helpless. One seat did not deprive the Democrats of big majorities in Congress. But one seat was the difference between being able to shut off debate in the Senate and having to allow debate on what was in this massive legislation. From day one it was clear that concealing what was in this bill was the key to getting it passed. That is why there had to be arbitrary deadlines - first to get it passed before the August 2009 recess, then before Labor Day, then before the Christmas recess. The President could wait months before deciding to give a general the troops he asked for to fight the war in Afghanistan but there was never to be enough time for the health care bill to be exposed in the light of day to the usual Congressional hearings and debate. Moreover, despite all
the haste, the health care program would not actually go into effect until after the 2012 presidential election. In other words, the public was not supposed to find out whether the government’s takeover of medical care actually made things better or worse until after it was too late. Although even the members of Congress who voted on this massive legislation did not have time to read its thousands of pages, just the way it was being rushed through in the dark should have told us all we needed to know. For many voters, that turned out to be enough. Even after Scott Brown came out of nowhere to make a stunning upset election victory, there still were some cute political tricks that could have been pulled to save the health care bill. But enough Democrats saw the handwriting on the wall that they were not going to risk their own re-election to save this bill that Barack Obama has been hell-bent to pass, even when polls showed repeatedly that the public did not want it. President Obama’s desire to do something “historic” by succeeding, where previous presidents had failed, was perfectly consistent for a man consumed with his own ego satisfaction, rather than the welfare of the country or even of his own political party. As for the public, it does not matter if your Congressman answers your letter with a form letter, or does not answer at all. What matters is that you let him know what you are for or against and, when enough people do that - whether in letters, in polls or in an election, politicians get the message, because they know their jobs depend on it. As for what is likely to happen to health care, neither the bill passed by the House of Representatives nor the Senate bill can be expected to be enacted into law. Meanwhile, Obama’s reaction to his political setback has been to respond rhetorically and to call on the political operatives who helped engineer his successful election campaign in 2008. But the public did not know him then, and his rhetoric may not fool them again, now that they do. © 2010 Creators.com
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letters to the editor Upholding the law To the Editor: I read with a great deal of concern that the new Wildwood City Councilman, David Geile, is unaware of public meeting laws or, as it is called, the “Sunshine Law.” He is quoted as saying, “I really enjoy the behind-the-scenes negotiations that are necessary for the development of the city.” A reminder to Mr. Geile: Public business by law must be conducted in public, not behind the scenes. In another article, Bart Cohn, as a City Councilman, is reported to have “inquired via e-mail to City Council members regarding the city’s charter related to investigations, specifically Section 3.7.” I call upon the city’s attorney to advise the City Council members that a City Council member’s use of e-mail to communicate with other City Council members is a violation of the Sunshine Law. If the practice continues, I would assume that the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney could get involved to enforce state laws. Geile, in the same article, states that he enjoys the benefit of living on 4 acres of wooded property. He also is an advocate of using tax dollars to fund the development of high-speed Internet for those who have chosen to isolate themselves in semi-rural areas. This is a basic problem with Wildwood. Wildwood is a “Tale of Two Cities.” One city is made up of those who live in high-density zoned homes, small lots and another city where people live in lowdensity zoning, large lots. The large lot owners enjoy the protection of restrictive zoning ordinances enforced by a city that is financed by redistributed sales tax dollars. These sales tax dollars, to a great extent, come from the small lots (more people per acre), therefore, more money per acre as it is distributed on a per capita basis. There will always be a conflict when tax dollars are spent for the benefit of the few. Bill Eggers Wildwood
To the Editor: In one short year, the people of this country have been given a clear example
of what happens when their government elected by millions of taxpayers to repreand the legislation it puts forth are driven sent them, and during this unconstitutional by a politically correct, power hungry and process we are not being represented. ideologically-focused group of individuals. The leaders of this sneaky reform, No longer are the citizens represented, no Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority longer are the fiscal and security interests Leader Harry Reid, have denied our rights of the country paramount, and no longer as citizens to know and understand what are the foundational values of the nation is evolving. The public has the absolute esteemed. divine right to know what is being and has Manifest of the failures of this myopic been construed with this lack of transparpolitical ideology are crushing national ency. debt, historic and sustained levels of And how about those promises Obama unemployment, and a emboldening of our made repeatedly to broadcast via C-Span enemies. what is transpiring to the public? It cerWe can only hope to reverse this cata- tainly should be unconstitutional to force strophic trend in the next few election an unread, voluminous health care reform cycles by electing wise and selfless indi- bill down our throats with our own money, viduals who are interested in listening to taxing us for eternity. the people and doing what is right for the How dare Pelosi say that there never has country and not themselves. been so much transparency? She insulted Carl Schroeder the intelligence of grassroots protesters, Wildwood calling us “Astroturf.” Home Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wanted to list us as disgruntled rabble-rousers and even had the audacity to include returning military To the Editor: personnel on her extremist lists. DisgraceFollowing the inauguration of President ful. Barack Obama, the year of 2009 quickly These people are so out of touch with became a disaster for the economy, the thinking patriotic Americans, they should people and has shaken the very foundation be run out of office. Napolitano has no prior of our fair and wise U.S. Constitution of expertise background in terrorism. She has America. The national deficit has reached made too many faux pas and should be fired incomprehensible numbers through now. That also goes for Tim Gaithner, who unprecedented stimulus packages Obama was OK’d in spite of not paying his taxes has coerced and signed. and now is involved in shady dealings with When President Reagan entered office, AIG, and Kevin Jennings, obscene school he had to seek ways to lower the deficit. As safety czar who advocates homosexuality a wise man, he knew the key ingredients teaching to grade-school children. to obtain that goal was by lowering taxes The administration and their ilk have to allow people to spend their own money been deluged by communications protestand freedom to use their ingenuity. He ral- ing their handling of issues. The protesters lied the nation to strong feelings of patrio- have been ignored, insulted and treated as tism and optimism. And he will go down in incompetent children. history as a great president. Do they understand that the government In direct contrast to Regan’s methods has no money? And that all money comes are the divisive methods of Obama, his from taxpayers? That we employ them and administration, Democrats and liberals in that we do not work for the government? Congress. We do not want the government to usurp The most expensive, high-taxing bills our freedoms and dictate how we live. This in Congress are being formed into laws will come to roost in the voting booths in absolute secrecy without participation across America next November. They of the Republican Party. In hindsight, the should get clobbered. opposition should have stormed the halls It is a tragedy that we have to contend of Congress, pounded on the “closed with daily bad judgments that add to the doors,” shouting, “Open these doors!” The misery that ruined 2009. They still have Republican members of Congress were not received the message that no, we do
not want health care reform in the manner it has been conducted, loaded with pork projects (most rejected in the past by their home states), using our hard-earned tax money on frivolous pursuits while the unemployed suffer and the economy is still in a mess. Nothing this government has proposed has worked. How will the elderly on fixed incomes survive when Medicare is cut to the bone? Why punish the elderly who reared their generation? Obama is supposed to represent the majority of the American people. He is not a king or dictator as he seems to portray himself. One cannot turn on a TV any day of the week without hearing another lecture from him. He must stop trying to punish people who work hard and live their lives honestly. Our rights are being trampled. We are not about to give up our freedoms that we deserve under the laws of the Constitution. No party can do that to America. In the past, we believed that all presidents were on the side of “right” and wanted to protect America’s freedom. We have always been there to help other nations in need. What gives Obama the right to bow, be subservient and placate leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Japan, ad nauseum? And why is he treating our ally, Israel, so abominably? He should behave properly as befits the Office of the President of the United States. Joann Hopkins Town & Country
To the Editor: Regarding the Question of the Week, “Did the recent ClimateGate scandal change your mind about global warming?”: No, not yet; wait until there are polar bears in Wildwood. Jim Hagan Wildwood
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Business, unusual In his annual State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue called upon leaders in government, business, labor, and across society to unite around the ambitious goal of creating 20 million jobs over the next decade. “Our nation faces many big challenges, but no priority is more important than putting jobless Americans back to work,” Donohue said. “Over the long term, only a strong private sector — backed by sensible government policies with rational levels of regulation and taxation and a reasonable degree of certainty — can create 20 million jobs.” Donohue covered five key areas where both government and business can work to achieve economic growth and job creation. • Expand U.S. exports around the world: “We need a bold and aggressive trade policy that opens markets and eliminates the barriers that stand in the way of our workers, businesses, and farmers. If we fail to approve pending deals with Korea, Colombia, and Panama we will not only miss opportunities to create new jobs— we will lose existing jobs.” • Rebuild the nation’s infrastructure: “Expanding both private and public sector investments in our transportation, energy, water, and broadband systems will help reemploy many jobless Americans. The private sector can be the main driver of new, innovative projects in transportation, energy, water systems, and our communications capacity.” • Ensure investment in all American energy resources, including traditional and renewable sources: “We must enable technology breakthroughs and produce more American energy - especially clean, safe nuclear power - by removing regulatory impediments and addressing excessive costs. More than 380 promising energy projects - including wind, solar, coal, nuclear, and others - are currently
being delayed. It’s time to end the unnecessary barriers that cost jobs and threaten our energy diversity, security, and leadership.” • Expand credit across our economy and revitalize our capital markets: “We must ensure that businesses, especially small businesses, can readily access credit by preserving and strengthening credit choices and capital access across the economy. We will achieve that only if Congress and regulators improve rather than strangle our capital markets in their current reform efforts, and if productive capital is left in the economy rather than taken away through massive tax increases.” • Address economic uncertainties — in tax, health, environmental, labor, legal, and fiscal policies — that are hampering economic growth: “We must recognize that our weak economy simply could not sustain all the new taxes and mandates under consideration including those in current proposed health care legislation. At the same time, preserving the reduced rates on capital gains and dividend income, addressing the AMT for both businesses and individuals, and other tax reforms could provide businesses with needed certainty and capital incentives.” “Free enterprise breathes life and energy into the American Dream,” Donohue said. “Sadly, today the American Dream seems like an impossible dream for millions of workers and their families. We must pull together as a country to change that. We must stand up for our economic freedoms and ensure that all Americans can share in freedom’s bounty.” Often, the best ideas for public policy come from the private sector. Donahue’s common sense approach to job creation is worthy of more than just a read - it is worthy of action. West Newsmagazine supports the efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its plan to create 20 million new jobs.
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Landmarks Preservation Commission seeking applicants The Chesterfield Landmarks Preservation Commission, in cooperation with the city of Chesterfield, announced that nominations for the fifth annual Chesterfield Ancient History-Leonard Blake Award are being accepted. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the understanding of the area’s ancient past. “Ancient” is defined as prehistoric; that is, the cultures that existed in this area prior to European contact. It is named in honor of the late Leonard Blake, who was an amateur archaeologist whose work documenting prehistoric
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ensures rides for next generation
By SHANNON F. IGNEY The historic St. Louis Carousel in Faust Park sits in pieces on the floor. Currently undergoing a renovation to replace the main bearing, the treasured antique is scheduled to be back in business in early March. Housed in the Ohlendorf Building at Faust Park, the carousel is one of the oldest fullyoperating carousels in the nation. Originally installed at the Highlands, an outdoor amusement park in the city of St. Louis, the carousel was purchased by Howard C. Ohlendorf after surviving the 1963 fire that ravaged the Highlands. Ohlendorf donated the carousel to St. Louis County Parks and had it relocated to Sylvan Springs Park in 1965. After 15 years of use and exposure to the outdoor elements, the aging carousel was in desperate need of repairs and relocation. To ensure the carousel remained an entertainment attraction, the St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission, in partnership with Faust Cultural Heritage Foundation (now named Faust Park Foundation) began raising restoration funds in 1980. After seven years of hard work, the newly minted carousel was moved to the climatecontrolled Ohlendorf building where it has attracted more than 100,000 ride-seekers each year. Carousels and Carvings, a carousel maintenance and restoration firm, has inspected the carousel for the past eight years. In
addition to conducting mechanical and electrical reviews, the firm renovates the carousel’s external components. A few horses are removed each year and sent to Marion, Ohio, for repairs. “Thirty-six of the 65 horses have been completed so far,” said Jim Foley, cultural site manager for Faust Park. Foley has managed Faust Park and its properties for the past 15 years, overseeing multiple upgrades and renovations to ensure the park, its buildings and attractions remain in premier condition. “St. Louis County has been upgrading the facilities over the last six years,” Foley said. “We have installed new HVAC units, painted the exterior of the building, installed natural gas to reduce heating costs, replaced the carpeting, installed new entrance doors and renovated the restrooms. Everything is in really good shape.” But last year’s review results indicated the carousel was in need of a major tuneup. Todd W. Goings, owner of Carousels and Carvings and an industry expert, determined the main bearing needed replacement. Because the main bearing is located in the center of the structure, complete disassembly of the carousel was required. Disassembly of the 89-year-old carousel began on Jan. 11. Goings and his crew transported the bearing and its associated parts to their company headquarters for repairs. More than 900 parts, all labeled and
Carousel horses await the repair of the carousel’s main bearing. The ride is scheduled to be back in operation in March.
sorted, sit on the floor of the Ohlendorf Building awaiting reassembly. “As soon as Mr. Goings tells us a day, we will remobilize our crew and begin the reassembly,” said Foley, who will oversee the effort. “It should take about three weeks.” The associated repairs and renovations
will ensure the next generation a ride on this St. Louis gem. The $50,000 project is on schedule, and so far, on budget. “Everything has gone great so far,” Foley said. “I hope everything keeps going this well.” A ticket to ride costs $1.
Local education leaders cautiously support education overhaul proposal Plan includes federal grant money to overhaul state’s academic standards By Diane Plattner Local school district officials said they generally support Missouri education leaders’ proposal to make major changes in the states’ supervision of schools. The Parkway and Rockwood School Districts are among more than 500 Missouri districts that have expressed preliminary support for the state’s application to Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion federal grant competition. Missouri, which is one of at least 40 states that have applied for the program, has asked for $750 million of this grant that would enable a major overhaul to state schools. The overhaul would include adopting new national standards for classroom teaching content and developing teacher evaluations that consider student
test scores. “We support national standards as long as they are rigorous and consistent with Missouri’s academic standards, which are quite high when compared nationally,” Parkway spokesperson Paul Tandy said. Still, Tandy said Parkway officials want to ensure that local school districts retain control. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials said this plan marks a major change in the former model, which, for years, had granted local control to the state’s approximate 525 public school districts. “We hope to preserve local control and creativity in the classroom,” Tandy said. “The state or federal government can establish standards for what should be taught, but local school districts should still be allowed
to decide how best to teach it, based on the unique needs of each community.” The Missouri State Teachers’ Association has expressed opposition to the plan, including pay tied to students’ standardized test scores. Rockwood officials also expressed cautious support for the plan. Superintendent Craig Larson said Rockwood officials have the right to withdraw their support for this plan if the final agreement between Missouri and the federal government includes aspects Rockwood opposes. “In general, I believe the initiative will encourage districts to hire and supervise teachers carefully and to use data on student achievement to understand how well teachers are performing,” Larson said. “Rockwood does support that effort,
at least in a general way.” Larson said Rockwood officials already teach to a “standard-based” curriculum, which aligns teaching throughout the district, which is one key idea in the state’s grant proposal. “Aligning ourselves with the state’s efforts to improve student achievement should help Rockwood students and help more Missouri students leave high school prepared for college and the world of work,” Larson said. “However, ‘the devil is in the details’ and the final details of the grant Missouri submitted are just now available and may be modified as they negotiate with the federal department of education. Rockwood believes strongly in local control of education and reserves the right to decide to participate.”
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Wildwood officials send City Hall proposal to voters in April By Julie Brown Patton The Wildwood City Council on Jan. 25 voted to place a proposed City Hall building project on the April 6 ballot. Voters will determine if the municipality will receive a new, permanent building. After more than 18 months of various evaluations from a citizens’ City Hall Steering Committee, a consortium of local architects, residents at multiple public engagement meetings, and the city’s Architectural Review Board, the City Council voted 10-2 to schedule the $8 million proposal for the upcoming election. Many of the group’s recent discussions included a concern about how many other topics will be included on the same municipal ballot, such as the Rockwood School District’s Proposition 5 bond issue; a St. Louis County transit sales tax measure to help fund the Metro public transportation system; and possibly a measure related to the St. Louis Special School District. The Wildwood City Hall proposition will read as follows: “Shall the Wildwood City Council, with no new or increased taxes levied, be authorized to expend City funds to construct, furnish and equip a new City Hall, including Wildwood County Police precinct facilities,
on land in Town Center owned by the City for an amount not to exceed Eight Million Dollars?” City officials have leased facilities since the city was incorporated in 1995. Wildwood City Administrator Dan Dubruiel said the project cost is expected to be paid for in a manner that will not require any new or increased taxes, with $5 million paid from city cash reserves and the remaining $3 million financed through long-term debt paid from existing city revenue sources. “There’s never a perfect time to put items on ballots, but we believe we should move forward while we have all of this positive momentum and all of these details researched by experts and helpful citizens,” said Dan Topik, a Wildwood resident who served on the City Hall Steering Committee. Topik said building a permanent structure for City Hall “makes economic sense all the way around.” Another Wildwood resident, Don Koslowski, said it is time to move forward. “Last time we talked about a new City Hall, we had to demand that the citizens of Wildwood be allowed to get involved,” Koslowski said. “That’s been done. Let’s
get on with it now. There’s no reason to procrastinate.” John Gragnani, another Wildwood resident who served on the City Hall Steering Committee, agreed. “This time, it was the citizens who asked for some of the items that led to increases in the overall costs,” Gragnani said. “After a year and a half of macerating, we should put it out there and let them vote. We can waste our money renting or invest it into a prideful place.” The Wildwood Architectural Review Board issued a report that indicates they did not believe the importance of a building such as a City Hall was shown in the current proposed design.
They commented that an “identifier” was needed on the building, because the proposed design “did not create the proper impression as a government building.” The report stated that they “did not dislike the building design in general, but rather thought it inappropriate for the end user as a City Hall and its location in Town Center.” Some representatives were quick to comment that residents who attended the public input sessions voiced that they did not want a standard, boxy type of City Hall. Dubruiel said a modest budget of $7,500 has been allocated for public information materials and activities regarding the proposed City Hall building initiative.
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Wildwood, state lawmakers consider stricter Clean Air Acts By Julie Brown Patton The Wildwood City Council on Jan. 25 held a follow-up discussion regarding the city’s previously proposed Clean Air Act. The discussion related to the recently introduced bi-partisan Missouri bill that recommends a statewide smoking ban. Wildwood City Administrator Dan Dubruiel reminded officials that they had decided not to move forward with a clean air ordinance unique to the municipality when the St. Louis County anti-smoking ban vote was looming. “The Administration Committee has had the Clean Air Act as an agenda item, and needs to know how to dispose of the matter,” Dubruiel said. “Right now, they’re in limbo, so to speak.” Wildwood City Councilmember Ed Marshall (ward 2) said the topic was left on the docket even after the recommendations from more than 200 people at three public input sessions. “Out of 240 speakers coming forward, only 31 opposed our Clean Air Act and 219 were supportive,” Wildwood City Councilmember Jean Vedvig (ward 4) said. Wildwood City Councilmember Rick Wise (ward 4) asked Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther if he would still insist on the city’s Clean Air Act going to a citizen’s vote, if it were to be reconsidered. “Either way, I think it should go to the people,” Woerther said. Wildwood City Councilmember Tammy Shea (ward 3) said everyone needs to know that the anti-smoking bill pending at the state level is stricter than the one passed in St. Louis County. “If we in Wildwood were considering bringing it (city’s customized Clean Air Act) back, oddly enough, Missouri finds itself in a more progressive mood now,” Shea said. Missouri Rep. Walt Bivins (R.-Dist. 97) is sponsoring House Bill 1766 geared
toward a statewide smoking ban. It has 19 co-sponsors. It was introduced Jan. 21. “The ordinance that passed in St. Louis County was fairly liberal in that it doesn’t cover entities such as casinos or entities with less than a certain percentage of food sales,” Bivins said. Bivins’ proposed legislation, as introduced, states that smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed public places within Missouri without exception, including places of employment, common work areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairs, restrooms, vehicles and all other enclosed facilities. He said he believed perhaps it was the right time to give a statewide clean air ordinance a try because three of the surrounding states - Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa - have statewide smoking bans. “I have relatives who have had serious issues due to smoking,” Bivins said. “And when in restaurants where people are smoking, everyone else is essentially smoking, too, through second-hand smoke.” He said a statewide smoking ban also would level the playing field for businesses. “For example, St. Charles County does not have a smoking ban while the businesses in St. Louis County do have related rules,” Bivins said. Bivins, who is chair of the state’s Energy and Environment Committee, has asked that the proposed bill be assigned to his committee. He said that Wayne Cooper (R.-Dist. 155), chair of the Health Care Policy Committee, also has requested that the bill be assigned to that committee. The bill would have to be passed out of the committee and voted on by the full House of Representatives before being sent to the Missouri Senate for consideration.
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Ballwin voters may vote on property tax proposal By Casey Godwin
Ballwin residents could vote on a proposal to establish a 10 cent city property tax in November. At a work session on Jan. 25, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen discussed the possibility of asking residents for the tax to cover costs of street repairs, street lights and leaf collection service. Ballwin City Administrator Bob Kuntz said the current leaf collection program currently balances residential expectations against cost. In an effort to cut costs and due to the military deployment of one employee, the leaf collection crew consists of four full-time workers. Last year, employees were able to work overtime, but due to lack of a budgetary cushion this year, that option may not happen. “We’ve probably got leaf collection as efficient as we’re going to get it,” Kuntz said. Ballwin spends about $400,000 a year on the residential street light program, in which the city rents street lights from AmerenUE. The city currently is involved in a mass effort that includes several municipalities and the St. Louis County Municipal League to intervene in the AmerenUE rate case before the Missouri Public Service Commission. AmerenUE is requesting an 18 percent rate hike on customer bills. While the decision is not official, Kuntz said AmerenUE is negotiating with the intervening cities to drop their intervention in exchange for a dramatic cut in costs to the street light program. “The utility would like very much to see municipalities drop their objections,” Kuntz said. “Not only are we looking at a freeze in street light rates, but a 10 percent rollback and possibly getting rid of the $13 maintenance fee, which is a significant reduction in our street light program (costs).” Street maintenance is another area where Ballwin faces cutbacks. Kuntz said that with the absence of funding, the city will have to reconsider what it is doing for street maintenance. Ballwin has maintained a property tax rate of zero since 1987. A 10 cent per $100 of assessed valuation property tax would generate about $532,000 a year. “My concern is the timing,” Ballwin Alderman Jane Suozzi (ward 2) said. “I think until the economy improves, we’re going to have to monitor things, but it is something I think we need to do.” Another alternative that city staff sug-
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gested was to earmark money in the reserve fund by establishing separate funds for designated purposes, such as creating a street or equipment sinking fund. Kuntz said that by setting money from the reserves aside for specific needs, the board could draw from those separate funds whenever the need arose instead of everything drawing from one “unrestricted pile of cash.” At the work session, the board discussed the reserve fund policy and whether or not changes are necessary. According to Moody’s Investor Service, which performs financial research and analysis on commercial and government entities, the city holds the third highest rating of Aa2, signifying a very low credit risk. Even in a recession, Ballwin has managed to uphold the rating due to its management of reserves, not overspending and due to being a point-ofsale city it has the ability to feel upward mobility quicker in a rocky economy, officials said. The city’s policy has been to maintain a minimum unreserved fund balance of no less than 15 percent of general fund operating revenues. Over the past decade, the city has managed to keep this near 45 percent. “The feasibility and the application of our policy right now have been tested and it’s come up with a good grade,” Ballwin Alderman Press McDowell (ward 1) said. “If we look at where we’re standing right now in a recession, it has actually worked out pretty good.” Ballwin Alderman Frank Fleming (ward 3) said he supported keeping the minimum low. “If you ever imagine the worst-case scenario happening, you don’t want to handcuff yourself,” Fleming said. “The reason not to change is to avoid handcuffing yourself if something really did come up.” No decision was made to pursue earmarking reserve funds for specified uses or to change the reserve fund policy.
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The Rockwood School District presents the Healthy Family Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 6 at Wildwood Middle School (17401 Manchester Road in Wildwood). This free district-wide Expo offers families an opportunity to participate in health screenings, demonstrations and interactive fitness activities suitable for all ages. “In addition to featuring more than 50 school and community health exhibits, the Expo offers families the tools and educational information they need to improve their health,” said Kim Litzau, Partners in Education (PIE) supervisor. The Expo is based on a national initiative, “Coordinated School Health Program,” that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created, featuring all eight school health components that collectively work toward health promotion, centered on students. These components include health education, physical education, health services, nutritional services, counseling, psychological and social services, healthy
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Parkway selects Teachers of the Year Officials for the Parkway School District are pleased to honor the following 2010 Teachers of the Year for their dedication, leadership and commitment to excellence. These teachers were selected by their peers for this distinction: • Dorie Cannon, Barretts Elementary • Debbie Kirby, Bellerive Elementary • Teresa Zoroufchi, Carman Trails Elementary • Deb Koenen, Claymont Elementary • Cynthia Fahs, Craig Elementary • Nancy Winkler, Green Trails Elemen-
tary • L aura Teal, Henry Elementary • Stacey Schuler, Highcroft Ridge Elementary • Mollie Krazl, Mason Ridge Elementary • Robyn Boling, McKelvey Elementary • Raoul Campa, Oak Brook Elementary • Cheryl Devaney, Pierremont Elementary • Ryun Deckert, River Bend Elementary • Jill McCallister, Ross Elementary • Katie Cochran, Sorrento Springs Elementary • Laura Heitert, Wren Hollow Elementary • Amy Harness, Central Middle • Tina Blanton, Northeast Middle • Darlene Self, South Middle • Jill Loyet, Southwest Middle • Chris White, West Middle • Diana Schumacher, Pathways • Mike Prange, Fern Ridge • Kurt Lehmann, Central High • Jeff Gaw, North High • Claudia Doty, South High • Ruth Knop, West High A district-wide selection committee will choose an elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year, one of whom will be named District Teacher of the Year to represent Parkway in the Missouri com-
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Annual Barbecue Bash arrangements honed for 2010 By Julie Brown Patton After spending more than Wildwood city officials budgeted for the 2009 St. Louis Home Fires Barbecue Bash annual competition, Wildwood city staffers took steps to tighten budget arrangements with the organizer. Officials recently presented a new plan to the Wildwood City Council for the 2010 event. At the Jan. 11 City Council meeting, Wildwood Director of Planning and Parks Joe Vujnich told officials that he and Wildwood City Administrator Dan Dubruiel had met with Frank Schmer, organizer of the bash, on Dec. 21. He said all respective roles and responsibilities were discussed. The city of Wildwood now is expected to handle electrical contractors, toilets and sinks, contracting, overtime of city employees and trash collection. Schmer is expected to handle the shuttle service, electric generators, sound system, overnight police security, and bands and entertainment. Schmer and city representatives contacted a number of service providers to seek firm commitments related to 2010 potential costs to eliminate overruns. “Based upon agreements with certain providers, the city’s commitment in terms of funding for three of the proposed five city responsibilities would initially be about one-half of the cost from last year,” Vujnich said. “The city’s estimate of cost for the electrical contractor, Gaehle Contracting, and overtime for employees, is approximately $13,000. This amount is well below the costs for the 2009 version of this event. If current trends were to continue, the city’s financial participation in this event could be somewhere in the range of $20,000 to $22,000, which is less than the amount of funding currently set aside in the Department of Planning and Parks budget for this event, which again is $40,000.” Both groups said they reviewed many of the issues that arose during the 2009 event. Six particular actions are recommended: requiring a trash collection deposit from each vendor; relocating portable restroom
facilities to a single location; implementing an improved shuttle bus policy to mandate its use for certain attendees, such as vendors and contestants, as well as expanding the number of shuttle locations; improving parking access for special needs groups; using a service for collecting and disposing of trash associated with the event (rather than paying city employees for overtime to handle it); and addressing the parking situation by including more personnel assistance from the Missouri National Guard. Schmer said he is glad to already be dealing with preliminary arrangements for the bash, due to concerns that have never had to be dealt with in the past, such as the event’s overall large size. “Realizing the financial obligations, it’s good to keep the dialogue open so we can apply savings in one area to some other area that needs it,” Schmer said. “We’re still negotiating various categories of services, but I’m trying to get as big a bang as possible within the budget.” Schmer said half a dozen municipalities call each year to request hosting the bash. “It’s popular and bigger than Taste of St. Louis now,” Schmer said. To address local business owners’ concerns about the impact of the event on their business that weekend, Dubruiel and Vujnich said they plan to meet with the Wildwood Business Association members and other interested Town Center businesses on a regular basis as the event schedule develops. “We will seek their input while also soliciting their participation,” Vujnich said. Vujnich said a number of issues remain from last year’s barbecue bash, but that the department is confident it can better manage the event’s costs this year, with the caveat relating to weather. “Even with a rain contingency, the cost of this event to the city can be reduced,” Vujnich said. Dubruiel said he is planning to prepare a more formal accounting of the remaining cost issues. This year’s bash currently is slated for Sept. 25 and 26.
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High school wrestling The 10th annual Marquette Mustang Wrestling Invitational saw the host Mustangs finish second with 209.5 points, just behind Fox’s 215 points. Newsmagazine The other team scores included Alton Salesperson: (199.5), Ritenour Proof: (191), Lee’s Summit (185.5), Eureka (180.5), Mascoutah (144.5), Waynesville (132.5), Cape Central (127.5), Rockwood JV (99.5), Parkway North (82.5) and Mehlville (63). Marquette Coach Joe Wier said the tournament featured 19 state-ranked athletes in Illinois and Missouri. “Our team really rose to the challenge with seven individual medals,” Wier said. “We would have liked to crown a champion, but this was a total team effort. Three of the kids who placed for us - Tommy Makowsky, Chad Gellner and Jimmy Gallagher - have only been wrestling one and a half years and dominated 10-year or more wrestlers.” Weir said he “thought that we had a good chance to win the event. We have never earned a horse head trophy and the guys were pumped up to finally earn recognition at our own event.” Wier said this might be the last Marquette Invitational because of the possibility of an
All-Suburban Conference Tournament that will take place in early January next year. “If that tournament happens, then our tournament will no longer occur,” Wier said. “It is nice to go out with a trophy.”
High school hockey Date of issue: Client:AssociaThe Mid-States Club Hockey tion play-offs begin this week. Size:Last year’s champions were Christian Brothers ColColors: lege (CBC) in the Challenge Cup and Mary Institute and SaintPictures: Louis County Day School (MICDS) in the Wickenhauser Logos: Cup. Copy: CBC, 17-1-1, won 13 in a row before DeSmet earned a 2-2 tie last month. CBC lost in November 2-1 to Saint Louis University High (SLUH). The Cadets have won the Challenge Cup seven times in the past nine seasons and have 11 titles in 38 seasons. Coach John Jost is in his 12th season leading CBC. He said his club is ready for another run in the post-season. “I think as a team we are always excited for the play-offs when it’s time to kick it in to high gear,” Jost said. He also said he tries to reduce the pressure on the Cadets to win another championship to add to their resume. “There is always pressure on the boys, but the one thing we tell them is do what it takes to be prepared every game as we
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The Chesterfield Falcons Squirt A1-1 team, coached by Jim Giacin, took home top honors at the Chesterfield Hockey Association Arctic Blast Hockey Tournament. The team went 4-1 in the tournament and beat the Winnetka Warriors in the championship game to avenge their only loss in the tournament. The score of the winning game was 3-1. The team of 9- and 10-yearolds plays out of the Hardee’s Ice Complex in Chesterfield. Bottom row (from left): Kevin Wahle (goalie), Evan Hubert and Parker Townsend. Middle row: Michael Drbul, Spencer Giacin and Nick Callier. Top row (players): Alex Mellas, Hunter Blake, Jacob Matthews, Jon Koester and Will Carter. Top row (coaches): Michael Blake (assistant coach), Jim Giacin (head coach) and Rick Koester (assistant coach). approach the play-offs,” Jost said. “Everything will fall into place if you are prepared.” While the season has been a good one, Jost said his club is capable of taking their play to another level. “I think we have had a good year so far, but we can be better,” Jost said. “We are looking for more consistency as we approach the play-offs.” It would be a mistake to pencil in the Cadets just yet for another championship before the games are played.
“I think there are a handful of teams capable of winning it this year,” Jost said. “So the key will be what team is prepared and truly wants to do what it takes to win a championship.” While CBC is an old hand at winning championships, last year was the first for MICDS. Coach John Mattingly said his club has dealt with some injuries this year. At press time, the Rams were 9-6-2. “We have been dealing with some major setbacks this year,” Mattingly said. “Three of our key players have faced season-
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NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM ending injuries. We lost our starting goalie due to a school transfer out of state. Combine that with an already limited bench depth due to school size, we’ve had our early season difficulties. Recently we’ve had some significant success beating two top-tier Challenge Cup contenders in Kirkwood (6-5) and Chaminade (4-1), but we are far from where we want to be so far this season.” So, Mattingly is a little concerned heading into post-season play. “Our chemistry is not there yet,” Mattingly said. “We have a lot of work to do to be successful this year in the play-offs. We have been dealt some early setbacks, but we will not make excuses.” As the defending champion, MICDS has had a bulls-eye on its back all season after winning the Cup last year. “We certainly don’t fly under the radar screen anymore,” Mattingly said. “Better schools want to play us, and we took the challenge. We wanted to put some great programs on our out-of-district schedule to prepare for another play-off run. When you put teams like Chaminade, Webster, Kirkwood, Francis Howell Central and DeSmet on your schedule, no one can accuse you of trying to pad your stats.” That said, Mattingly is looking forward to seeing his Rams defend their title. “We are probably not the favorites right now, but these boys know what it takes,” Mattingly said. “We will be prepared. We may not have as an impressive record so far this year, but I don’t think many teams will be too excited to see us come February. If we are there at the end, we deserved it. If we are watching from the stands, we will be disappointed. These boys expect to win when it counts and that is in February. The rest is preparation.”
High school wrestling The prep wrestling districts will be held Feb. 12-13. Wrestlers must place in the top
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four out of 16 teams in order to qualify for the state tournament in Columbia. There are four districts that feed the 16-man state brackets and the top six in the state place. In Class 1, District 1, Whitfield will host. Whitfield is the two-time defending Class 1 state champions. Teams in the district include Barat Academy, Brentwood, Central (New Madrid County) High, Centralia, Cleveland NJROTC High, Herculaneum, John Burroughs, Lutheran (St. Peters) High, Maplewood, Missouri School for the Blind, Principia and Trinity Catholic. In Class 2, District 2, Mexico will host. Teams in the district include Priory, Westminster Christian Academy, MICDS, Boonville, Chillicothe, Clayton, Fulton, Kirksville, Marshall, McCluer SouthBerkeley, Missouri Military Academy, Moberly, and Winfield. In Class 3, District 2, Timberland in Wentzville will host. Teams in the district include Chaminade, Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt North, Hannibal, Ladue, Normandy, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, St. Charles, St. Charles West, St. Mary’s, University City and Warrenton. In Class 4, District 1, Lindbergh will host. Teams in the district include Eureka, Fox, Jackson, Kirkwood. Lafayette, Marquette, Mehlville, Northwest, Oakville, Parkway South, Seckman, SLUH and Vianney. Marquette Coach Joe Wier said Lafayette will be the favored team in the district. “Lafayette is nails this year,” Wier said. “My Marquette guys have a goal to be No. 20 this year. Our slogan is to earn the 20th state wrestling medal for the school. We keep saying, ‘Who is going to be No. 20?’ It will be tough, but with the right amount of effort, the sky is the limit.” In Class 4, District 2, Hazelwood Central will host. Teams in the district include CBC, DeSmet, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell, Francis Howell North, Fort Zumwalt South, Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West, McCluer, McCluer North, Pattonville, Ritenour and Riverview Gardens.
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Ex-son-in-law concerned about his children living with former Ballwin prosecutor By Gretchen A. Harman In August, Dick Fox, the former prosecuting attorney for the city of Ballwin, was arrested and released on an undisclosed amount of bond for charges related to possession of child porn. According to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s office, from Feb. 26, 2008, to March 24, 2009, Fox had images on his computer of a young girl or girls involved in sex acts. Fox’s trial was set for Feb. 8, but was expected to instead plead guilty on Jan. 28 to the charges. However, court officials said that Fox did not enter a plea and now the original date of Feb. 8 stands. If convicted, Fox could face up to 10 years in prison. Local resident John Andrews has a personal interest in the current situation and outcome of the case — his children currently live with Fox. “My ex-wife and three children (ages 6, 7 and 11) live with Dick,” Andrews said. “Dick is my ex-father-in-law. My concern is for my children. He was released on
bond in August with several stipulations, one being that he could not be around children.” Andrews said that Fox has violated the judge’s order that he not be alone with any children. He cited an example from last fall in which Andrews said that he was not happy when Fox took his son to a St. Louis Rams football game. “In October, Fox took my son to a football game alone, without supervision,” Andrews said. “According to the conditions of his bond, he is to be with no one under the age of 18 without supervision.” Since August, Andrews said he has been trying to gain custody of his children for fear that something will happen to them. “I am trying to get them out of the home,” Andrews said. “The situation is like a kid in a candy store as it relates to Fox.” Andrews said he also is concerned for his children’s safety and well-being. “I have found out that Fox has stated that he will not go to jail and will kill himself before that happens,” Andrews said. “I am scared for my kids being in that environ-
“The situation is like a kid in a candy store as it relates to Fox.” -John Andrews ment.” Andrews said his main goal, as well as his own attorney’s goal, is to get the word out about Fox and the situation with his children. Fox was a long-tenured prosecutor for the city of Ballwin and, until recently, also was the prosecuting attorney for Clarkson Valley, a back-up municipal judge in Eureka and a private attorney at the law firm of Curtis, Heinz, Garrett and O’Keefe. Fox’s biography states that he was the founding partner of the firm, which specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. As of West Newsmagazine press time, Fox’s lawyer, Paul D’Agrosa, had not returned any phone calls for comment.
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Bu si ness PEOPLE David Haynes, of Chesterfield, has been named president and CEO of Delta Dental of Missouri. • • • The general membership of Circle Of Haynes Concern, the Valley Park-based charity, reelected to its board for second terms Jerry Caesar, of Chesterfield; Sally Edmiston, of Chesterfield; and Barbara Staniszewski, of Clarkson Valley. Brad Burton, of Oakville, and Ted Heitmeyer, of Fenton, were elected to three-year terms. • • • Cheri Napoliton has been promoted to assistant manager of Surf Dogs in Chesterfield.
PLACES Des Peres Hospital has announced the opening of geriatric emergency rooms to serve patients aged 65 and older. • • • Saint Louis Bread Co. at 17132 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield Commons recently added a drive-thru service. • • • The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has relocated its operations from Rock Hill
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AWARDS & HONORS St. Louis- and Kansas City-based Commerce Bank was ranked third on a Forbes’ list of America’s Best Banks. • • • Upon special invitation by Re/Max International’s Chairman Dave Liniger, a Market Leaders Breakfast was recently attended by a select group of Re/Max top producers for open discussion on local market conditions affecting home sales in the St. Louis region. Invited agents from Re/Max Properties West included Tom Bassler, Janet Judd, Barbara Woodham, Sheryl Deskin and Delynn Klosterhoff.
meetings & networking The Jobnewsstl.com Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 11 at the Doubletree Hotel Westport (1973 Craigshire). Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to interview on the spot. For more information, including a list of employers, call 489-5400 or visit jobnewsstl.com. • • • The e-WomenNetwork, Inc. holds “The 2010 Women’s Success Imperative” from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 11
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888 North Mason Road • St. Louis (314) 878-1883 www.andrewsacademy.com Andrews Academy Summer Program is a summer day camp for children entering Kindergarten through grade six in the fall. The camp is located on a wooded campus with an air-conditioned building and an in-ground pool offering campers a multitude of activities administered by experienced camp counselors. Activities include selected sports, outdoor education as well as performing arts and crafts. Karate is offered as an optional activity. Two five-week sessions are offered, running from mid-June to midAugust. Extended daycare is provided at no extra charge, both before and after camp hours.
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Baskin Farm Summer Camps offer a great opportunity for children to spend all day with horses. With two convenient West County locations, campers learn hunt-seat riding as well as how to care for horses and riding equipment. The experienced staff provides quality instruction with an emphasis on safety. Sessions are offered for beginner and intermediate riders. Call or e-mail today, as space is limited. Questions should be directed to email@example.com or call. Register by April 30th for a discount.
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Camp Taum Sauk is a family owned coed overnight camp on the Black River in Lesterville, MO., dedicated to creating positive, lasting impressions on children ages 8 to 15. With a strong concern for safety and an emphasis on individual attention, the experienced staff leads campers through a wide, exciting variety of experiences including horseback rides, mountain biking, caving, zip wire, giant swing, ropes course, wilderness skills, archery, riflery, creative arts, tennis and more. Children learn confidence in the water through Red Cross swim instruction in the pool. Other water activities include canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing,
snorkeling and fishing. Transportation to and from St. Louis is provided.
Carol Bowman Academy of Dance, Ltd. #16 Clarkson-Wilson Centre Chesterfield (636) 537-3203 For over 10 years, Carol Bowman Academy of Dance has offered a summer program that is an ideal time to introduce children of all ages to the different disciplines of dance. Daytime and evening classes/camps are offered to accommodate everyone’s schedule. For their younger students ballet, tap, and tumbling are incorporated to encourage coordination, rhythm, and creativeness. For the experienced dancers, classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and tap are structured to help maintain technique, flexibility and tone. Call for details or to request a schedule.
Chesterfield Arts 444 Chesterfield Center Chesterfield (636) 519-1955 www.chesterfieldarts.org For your budding Picasso, Van Gogh, J.K. Rowlings or just artistically curious child, Chesterfield Arts presents Art Camps 2010, offering drawing, painting, pottery, illustration, writing and more. Camps are half-day, one week at a time. Take one, two or more! Camps are for grades PreKeight and there are advanced classes for teens. Spring art classes are available now. Call to register or check their website for more information.
Children’s Theatre Workshop (636) 227-4267 www.beckviola.com Becky Viola’s Children’s Theatre Workshop presents 4 – one week drama camps for students 7 ½ to 18 years of age. The shows this year are Broadway Lullaby, Annie, Suessical and Godspell. Plus a camp for 3 ½ to 7 ½ year olds of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s incredible to see, but in one week’s time Ms. Becky brings to life a full production with sound, lights and costumes. Camps sizes are limited. Camp size is limited and fills quickly. Call now to reserve a spot. Becky teaches musical theater and drama at Wildwood Dance & Arts. She tutors privately in drama, vocal music and piano. Becky has directed over 150 shows since 1989.
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Countryside Montessori School 12226 Ladue Road • Creve Coeur (314) 434-2821 www.countrysidemontessorischool.info Countryside Montessori School offers an 10-week summer program (Five 2-week sessions) for children ages 1-8. Your child will enjoy Montessori class time, arts & crafts, daily pony rides, swimming instruction/water play and more! Hours are 8:15 to 12:15 (snack included) or 8:15 to 3:15 (lunch included). They also offer a full extended day program from 6:30 to 5:30. Summer camp dates are June 7th-August 13th. Please call for registration materials.
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(636) 394-0023 www.dance-inc.com www.midwestperformingarts.org Dance Incorporated hosts two exciting and affordable dance camps. Children receive instruction from highly trained professionals in a wide variety of fun activities and art forms. "Passion for Fashion and Dance" (July 12-16, ages 3-10) includes ballet, jazz, poms, musical theatre, makeovers, glamour hairdos, manicures, pedicures and dress up! "Dance Intensive" (July 19-23, ages 6-12) includes ballet, jazz, contemporary lyrical, poms, hip hop, musical theatre and cheer dance. Both camps have guest entertainers throughout the week and end in live performances for the parents. There is a $10 discount for registering by April 30th. Camps are open to all levels so bring your friends!
Fazio’s Rock AcademySummer Camp Fazio’s Frets & Friends 15440 Manchester Road • Ellisville (636) 227-3573 www.faziosmusic.com Fazio’s Rock Academy Summer Camp is a unique rock & roll band experience for guitarists, vocalists, bassists, drummers and keyboardists between the ages of 9 and 17. Two sessions occur Monday July 12 through Friday July 16 and Monday July 19 through Friday July 23 at the DoxaArts Center (on the campus of West Hills Community Church in Chesterfield). Students attend camp from 8:50 AM until 3:20 PM each day with break for lunch. Students then return on Friday evening for the Fazio’s Rock Academy Concert.
Curriculum includes band placement and rehearsals, innovative songwriting classes, rock music theory classes, stage use, and much more! Tuition is $369 per week (if student is enrolled both weeks, 2nd week tuition is reduced to $339). Price includes songbook and Fazio’s Rock Academy T-Shirt!
JCC Day Camps (314) 442-3423 www.jccstl.com Brand new line-up includes gymnastics in Chesterfield and a brand new outdoor recreational swimming pool with slides and aqua rock climbing wall in Creve Coeur! Everything a kid wants in summer camp -- fun activities, great programming and lots of friends. Plus your camper will swim everyday and enjoy the benefits of having access to both of the J’s stateof-the art indoor facilities. Call for early bird pricing information. An ACA accredited camp.
Kennedy Farms Equestrian Center 1122 Deep Forest Drive • Chesterfield (636) 532-7274 www. kennedyfarms.com Kennedy Farms Equestrian Camps & Clinics are now enrolling: Coed, ages 6-16. Weekly sessions are available for all riding levels. Intermediate and advanced riders have the opportunity to attend sessions that focus on the equitation, hunter and jumper skills necessary for the show ring. Beginner sessions provide hours of riding experience which is enhanced by fun, hands-on-activities covering horse safety, grooming, care and much more. Contact Kennedy Farms today for more information about opportunities for all ages or e-mail them at kennedyfarms@ kennedyfarms.com.
Kidsplay Dierberg’s Plaza • Manchester (636) 227-1800 Hwy. K & N • O’Fallon (636) 379-9494 www.kidsplayfun.com
“Kamp Kidsplay” offers loads of fun featuring arts and crafts, sports, storytellers, magicians, musicians, clowns, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, picnic lunches and water fun. Adventure “Kamp” for kids aged See CAMPS, page 28
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day camp & enrichment classes for boys and girls age 4 - grade 12 Art • Drama • Swimming Volleyball • Fencing • Crafts Technology • World Cultures • Cooking Digital Photography & More
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Countryside Montessori School 12226 Ladue Road Creve Coeur
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2-4 features weekly visitors; Explorer “Kamp” for those aged 5-10 includes three to four field trips every week. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 7 through Aug.13, with an extended day option available from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Halfday, daily and weekly enrollment is offered.
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17315 Manchester Rd. • Wildwood (636) 821-2800 www.livingwordumc.org Living Word Church offers fun summer programs for children in preschool through 5th grade. In June, the Living Word Early Childhood Center is sponsoring a zoo themed four week summer camp for children ages 15 months to 5 years. Registration begins in March. Contact the ECC director, Amy Johnston, at (636) 230-0089 for enrollment information. Children entering 1st through fifth grade can sign up for a week of VBS Sportslife Camp. This camp is offered from 9:00 a.m. – noon during July 19-23. Registration begins in March. Contact Sara Cleary at (636) 821-2800 for registration information.
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Baskin Farm Summer Camps Summer camps at Baskin Farm provide a great opportunity for horse-loving kids to spend their day riding and learning horsemanship. We offer beginner and intermediate camps at two convenient West County locations. For more information and a free brochure, call today or download a registration form at www.baskinfarm.net
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of Life kids by their level of knowledge and good behavior when entering Kindergarten.” They like that reputation. They make sure that the children learn to love Jesus as much as He loves them. Weekly Bible lessons and monthly Chapel Times keep them connected. Their children enjoy a weekly “Fit Friends” class and Music class. Optional computer classes are offered after school. Lunch bunch every day with lots of flexiblilty. Classes for 2’s through 5’s, including the popular Gift of Time Jr. Kindergarten class. Summer camp weeks of June 7 & 14. (636) 5320400.
Pegasus Camp Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) (314) 995-7342 www.pegasuscamp.org Pegasus campers (students entering grades K-9) explore science/technology, the arts, sports, swimming, and a variety of unique hobbies on the state-of-the-art campus of MICDS. Three two-week sessions will be offered in 2010 (June 14-25; June 28-July 9; July 12-23). Professional teachers, coaches, and counselors guide campers as they engage in fun summer activities. Hot lunch served cafeteria style is included and before and aftercare are available (for an additional fee). For more information or to register visit www.pegasuscamp.org or call 314-995-7342.
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Andrews Academy Summer Camp Andrews Academy Day Camp is a challenging program designed to help children thrive and discover their unlimited potential for success. To do this, the camp offers several activities packages tailored to your child’s interest or needs. Plan now to make this coming summer, one that your child will always remember. Availability is limited. • Kindergarten - 6th Grade • Two, 5-week sessions • Lunch, snacks provided • Before - and after - camp care provided (at no charge) • Low counselor - camper ratio
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Lord of Life Lutheran Preschool & Kids’ Day Out • Christian curriculum • Providing a safe, loving, stimulating and nurturing environment • Degreed and experienced teachers • Small class sizes • Classes for 2-5 year olds • Gift of time class • Family events scheduled periodically • Special Music, PE and Computer classes • Lunch Bunch
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CAMPS, from page 28 facility. The love of horses has been responsible for the beautiful grounds and amenities. Ridgefield has three lighted arenas, (one indoor for all year riding), six wash racks, a tack room, trails and a fabulous viewing room. They offer boarding for your horse, sales if you need a horse and a great riding academy to learn about horses. Ridgefield has a range of activities such as summer camps, horse clinics and horse shows in May, June and September. Check the web site or call for dates of all the events!
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Public input results in draft longrange plan for Metro’s future By Casey Godwin After months of public input, Metro officials have developed a draft long-range plan. The public transit agency held one last round of public hearings at the end of January proposing the draft plan and taking last-minute comments from residents throughout the St. Louis region. In February, the planning team will present the draft plan to the Metro Board of Commissioners for approval before seeking adoption of the plan from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCOG). The finalized plan is expected to be released in March. Metro officials have developed a 30-year plan that focuses on restoration and expansion of service, MetroLink extensions, and the addition of new forms of transit, including bus rapid transit and commuter rail. While EWGCOG ultimately determines the location of new routes of public transit, future light rail expansion includes extending MetroLink from Clayton to Westport, extending from Shrewsbury into South St. Louis County, and developing a line in St. Louis City that would connect the north side of the city to the south side. “Light rail today is about $60 million per mile,” Metro’s Chief of Planning and System Development Jessica MeffordMiller said. “It is the most expensive form of transit service we’re talking about.” Bus rapid transit, a system St. Louis does not currently use, is a higher speed, higher capacity and less expensive form of transit. At current costs, bus rapid transit costs about $30 million per route. “While it’s not a light-rail alternative, it allows us to expand the offering of higher speed transit service to more places across our community,” Mefford-Miller said. Bus rapid transit typically features larger buses that stop only at designated stations, similar to light-rail stations. Buses can operate in an urban environment or on a highway-based system, are bi-directional unlike Metro’s express route buses, and can incorporate features such as signal priority, which allows bus drivers to keep stoplights green for uninterrupted service. Possible future bus rapid transit routes would include lines connecting St. Louis City to Chesterfield via Interstate 64; Eureka via I-44; South County via I-55; and Earth City via I-70. Metro also anticipates the first priority route would be along Grand Ave. in St. Louis due to the high volume of MetroBus users along that route. While not specified in the long-range plan, Metro officials hope to one day piggy-back off intercity initiatives to improve high-
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Former Blues find rewards in coaching others By Warren Mayes Once a member of the St. Louis Blues hockey team retires, it is a good bet he will stay around town. He also might end up coaching, too. Jeff Brown, for example, is coaching the St. Louis Bandits, a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League’s North Division that is comprised of 17- to 20-year-old athletes. Todd Ewen is an assistant coach at Saint Louis University; Jim Campbell is the head coach at Whitfield High School. Others who are coaching at the youth level include Al MacInnis, who led his team to a national championship last year along with Gino and Paul Cavallini, who coach independent teams. In the past, former Blues Mike Zuke, Rick Zombo and Rob Ramage have coached. “I wanted to give something back,” said Brown, who retired from professional hockey in 2000. The defenseman played for the Blues from 1989-94. In all, Brown played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL. He suited up for the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, the Toronto Maple Leafs and finally the Washington Capitals. “I started coaching right away with a minor team,” Brown said. “I wanted to get back in the game and I wasn’t doing anything. There was a spot to coach the 1988 birth year team so I took it and I enjoyed it a lot. Hockey is what I’ve done since I was 3 years old. It’s what I know. I just wanted to give something back.” This is Brown’s second year with the Bandits. He led them to the Roberson Cup championship last year for their third consecutive title. Brown also briefly coached the United Hockey League’s Missouri River Otters. He also has coached his son’s team. Brown has two sons, 11 and 6, as well as a daughter. “Coaching young players, what I teach is 100 percent skill,” Brown said. “I enjoy teaching the game to them. It’s fun watching that skill develop. It’s very rewarding.” With the Bandits, Brown has an older crew to teach. “These kids who are 17 to 20, they’re like sponges,” Brown said.” I help guide them off the ice and help them to make great decisions. The reward is helping them get a scholarship in Division I hockey. We have five off this year’s team who will be getting scholarships. I believe we had eight off last year’s team.” Right winger Jim Campbell was with the Blues from 1996 to 2000. He played
285 games in the NHL and played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim before finishing his career in Europe. Campbell is the vice president of sales for the St. Louis Bandits and is a part owner of the John P. Fields restaurant in Clayton. He is enjoying a successful season coaching at Whitfield. “I just like seeing other kids enjoy hockey,” Campbell said. “Hockey’s given me everything I have. I’ve been a hockey player since I was 2 years old. I had a chance to play for my country in the 1994 Olympics and then have a pro career. I’d like to give something back and this is one way I can do it.” Ewen played right wing and primarily was known as an enforcer. He played parts of four seasons for the St. Louis Blues. He also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and San Jose Sharks in a career that lasted from 1986 to 1997. Ewen retired with 1,911 penalty minutes, putting him 58th for all-time minutes in his career. Ewen has made several coaching videos with Championship Productions on “How To Buy Equipment For Your Child,” “Break Out Basics” and “Checking.” He also has been the coaching director for the Chesterfield Hockey Association and was the head coach at Lafayette High School coach before becoming the assistant coach at SLU. “I heard so much about the program when they were in the NCAA and I wondered what happened,” Ewen said. “We’re playing Division I and Division II teams. This is a great opportunity here in the St. Louis area to get some competitive hockey at the college level.” It is important to help young kids learn the game. “I got into coaching because I had kids,” Ewen said. “Hockey gave me a great life and I wanted to give back and this was a way to do that. It’s hard not to stay involved in hockey once it’s been your life. You always want to dabble in it. There’s a lot of untapped talent that doesn’t get tapped here in St. Louis and we’re all here to try and see that it gets recognized.” Brown estimated that there are more than 30 ex-Blues who live around the area. “I think St. Louis is a great place to raise a family,” Brown said. “It reminds us Canadians where we came from I think. Everything is so convenient. The Blues fans still love us and take care of us. The fans are great to us. It’s a real homey feeling here in St. Louis.”
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Bicyclists look forward to another tour of Wildwood By Julie Brown Patton One West County outdoor event that draws bicycle enthusiasts of all ages now is set to occur again this year with the sixth annual Tour de Wildwood. The Wildwood City Council voted on Jan. 25 to contract with a local organization, Trailnet, to handle the bike ride for $7,500. Ryan Thomas, Wildwood’s director of Public Works, said the fee is the same as the event for last year. Trailnet staffers will begin promoting the ride in April through online and print materials. For the event, a Trailnet team will mark the routes prior to the ride; develop a detailed map of the routes and distribute to participants; operate rider registration; supply bananas and cookies at the ride start; and provide three support vehicles during the ride to offer encouragement, cold water, air pumps, or lifts due to physical bike breakdowns. Wildwood staffers will provide snacks and drinks at the beginning of the ride; secure parking and restrooms; and sell shirts. Kathy Arnett, Wildwood superintendent of Parks and Recreation, said that in 2009 there were 506 registered participants, with
the youngest being 6 years old and the oldest at 73 years old. The route has remained the same for the past several years, and is not anticipated to change for this year’s event, Arnett said. “The ride consists of four routes,” Arnett said. “The shortest route is ‘family friendly’ and uses the trail system. The other three routes are along the roadway system.” The bike ride currently is scheduled for Aug. 29. Thomas said the event was moved from September to help eliminate any overlap with the St. Louis Home Fires Annual Barbecue Bash. One minor point, as Wildwood City Councilmember Patricia Thibeault (ward 1) asked that Trailnet staffers use paint that fades more quickly than in years past.
Town & Country adopts ‘GreenPrint for Action’ By Diane Plattner The beginning of the new decade kicked off in Town & Country with officials’ eyes on a green future. The Town & Country Board of Aldermen on Jan. 11 approved a resolution to adopt a GreenPrint for Action. “The GreenPrint for Action was developed by the Town & Country Green Team Foundation as a road map for the implementation of city goals and programs designed to further eco-awareness and environmentally responsible practices throughout the community,” Town & Country Mayor Jon Dalton said. “A fundamental element of this action plan is to start with a clear understanding of our baseline activity so that sustainable and measurable advancements can be implemented and monitored over time.” Dalton said the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement encouraged this approach. He also said the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted the agreement to ensure
the protection of the environment for future generations by pledging cooperation in the reduction of greenhouse gases. “My execution of this pledge is intended to demonstrate Town & Country’s support for this cause,” Dalton said. “Moreover, by ordinance of the Board of Aldermen last spring, we elevated the Green Team Foundation to the commission level to ensure all appropriate resources were being brought to this important effort. It is our goal to evaluate all facets of municipal services and operations over time to guarantee we are good environmental stewards while discharging our duties to the community.” The board also considered an ordinance authorizing the execution of the Climate Protection Agreement, which the board may finalize at its Jan. 25 meeting, after West Newsmagazine press time. “We are continuing our active participation in this growing movement,” Dalton said.
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Glenn Beck delivers his ‘feel good’ message on Feb. 5 in St. Louis
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lenn Beck’s stated mission when he started out in talk radio still rings true for him today: “I hope people feel goodness from my show and accept me for who I am, flaws and all.” Beck, one of America’s leading radio and television personalities, hopes to spread some of that “feel goodness” when he comes to St. Louis this week. The Constitutional Coalition presents “An Evening With Glenn Beck” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (1 S. Compton). Beck has become popular with the masses as host of the nationally-syndicated radio show and Fox News Channel’s “The Glenn Beck Show.” His program is the thirdhighest rated radio program in America and he has one of the most successful shows on the Fox News Channel, which debuted just a year ago. Beck entertains his audiences, whether live or in the studio, with a quick wit, candid opinions and an engaging personality. His storytelling ability also has earned him three No. 1 New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. If that is not enough to make others feel like they are under-achievers, he also is the publisher of Fusion magazine and the editor of GlennBeck.com. He travels across the country twice a year on a live stage tour and has attracted more than 100,000 fans in nearly 40 different markets. Beck began his career at the age of 13 as a DJ and was on radio until he was 30, when, according to his Web site, he lost a passion for everything as a result of a drug and alcohol addiction. After coming to terms with his past, Beck found a new love and religion and decided to pursue talk radio. In 2002, he launched his talk radio show, “The Glenn Beck Program,” on just 47 stations with the mission to make listeners “feel goodness from my show and accept me for who I am, flaws and all.” Today, his radio show is heard on 400 stations. Beck, who is married with four children, has an uncanny ability to connect with his fans because he shares honest, real-life stories about his own life, to which his fans can relate. He presents his programs in an entertaining fashion and adds humor to his storytelling. But he also can pull off the hard-hitting interviews. Most importantly, he is the poster child for the First Amendment, promoting freedom of speech as he is not afraid to give his opinion, whether it is popular or not.
Beck recently responded to some questions from the Newsmagazine Network in advance of his appearance in St. Louis. Here is an excerpt: NEWSMAGAZINE NETWORK: You have the ability to connect with people, particularly on radio and now TV, but also with live performances and with your books and Web site. How have you been able to do that? BECK: There is no formula; just be who you are. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t worry about the political ramifications. Worry about the truth. NN: What can we, as citizens, individuals who are likeminded, do to forward the causes that you support and promote? How can we take action and truly feel like we are effective and creating change? BECK: I’m going to leave the political organizing to someone else. I’ve suggested the 912 Project (9 principles, 12 values – visit the 912project.com), but that’s for you and your community to gather. I’m focused on empowering the individual through reconnecting with who America and Americans truly are. Make sure your own house is in order, reduce your debt, reconnect with your family, be honest in all your business dealings, read as much history as you can and make a decision. Don’t worship God halfway — we need Him now more than ever. Fully reconnect. NN: In your opinion, what is the most effective way to create jobs again in this country? BECK:Stop looking to and listening to Washington. Get the tax burden and special interest framework off the backs of the American Dreamer. The government didn’t invent the light bulb, elevator or the automobile. The individual will be responsible for our renaissance. NN: Is ObamaCare just derailed or is it truly dead? BECK:It is derailed. Watch the other hand. They will either push it through in total or if they are as reckless as I think they are, or they will bury it as Progressives always do, and build it one piece at a time. This is extraordinarily dangerous and we’ll never truly know how close we are to losing our freedom until it’s too late.
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Feeding the fans on Super Bowl Sunday By SUZANNE CORBETT Tackling the menu for Super Bowl Sunday? If so, there is no need to search for a new game plan; instead, look for a previous winner. Draft a menu featuring fan favorites: finger foods that are easy to serve and designed for fans to pick up between plays. Chicken wings – the veritable, versatile and affordable snack armchair quarterbacks love - are MVP on my menu. Easyto-munch classics, like popcorn, are easy menu add-ons that are easy to dress up with seasonings and toppings. Another menu tactic is to take advantage of time saving commercial sauces and spice blends. Try combining a few tablespoons of your favorite spice rub with a bottled barbecue sauce and mop over pre-cooked baby-back ribs, the ultimate finger-food. Before serving, cut the ribs apart with extra sauce for dipping. Here are my draft picks for cooking up a winning Super Bowl party:
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By Ted Dixon Jr. Representatives from Walgreens drug store were at the Jan. 20 Ellisville City Council meeting to request conditional use permits to allow them to sell alcohol at their two stores in the city. The two stores are located at 1302 Clarkson/Clayton Center and 16101 Manchester Road. Ross Mitten, an attorney representing Walgreens, said the pharmacy chain once had a full liquor store, but discontinued it several years ago. Now the desire to sell alcohol at these two stores and others has utes. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, brown returned. During a public hearing on the matter, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; Mitten said the store plans on selling only simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. beer and wine on a limited basis. Walgreens District Manager Ed Catani Stir in almonds. If the sauce seems too thick, stir in 1 tablespoon of hot water. Transfer to a bowl; garnish with chopped cilantro. Arrange chicken wings on a platter and serve immediately with the dipping sauce and a bowl of the extra chopped almonds.
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From left: Glenn Koenen, West County Chamber of Commerce chairman; Verletta Cole, director of Development for the St. Louis Area Foodbank; Everett Moore, CVS/pharmacy Area vice president; St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley; Lauren Hines, Ellisville CVS/pharmacy store manager; Greg Quinn, St. Louis County Councilman; Troy Taylor, CVS/pharmacy regional manager.
CVS Pharmacy opens in Ellisville with donations to St. Louis Area Foodbank With Ellisville city officials, the West County Chamber of Commerce and store executives on hand on a chilly and rainy day, the grand opening of the CVS Pharmacy at 15846 Manchester Road finally came to fruition on Jan. 21. The Rhode Island-based pharmacy got the go-ahead in August 2008 to build the store at the site of the torn-down Agostino’s restaurant. The site is in the Bradford Hills Shopping Center (at the intersection of Clarkson and Manchester Roads). “We’re excited about them being open,” Ellisville Mayor MattPirrello said. “It’s going to bring big value to the community.” As part of the grand opening celebration in Ellisville, CVS/pharmacy announced a $10,000 donation in funding and products to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the
region’s largest non-profit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. The donation includes a $5,000 gift in January and a $5,000 match in personal care products in February as part of a collection drive. Throughout the month of February, CVS’ four St. Louis stores will have collection bins for customers to donate to the Foodbank non-perishable food and personal care items, such as hygiene and baby products purchased at CVS/pharmacy. CVS will match the amount of product donated by customers with an additional product donation of up to $5,000 in value. “The St. Louis Area Foodbank is delighted to partner with CVS/pharmacy,” said Verletta Cole, director of development for St. Louis Area Foodbank. “We appreciate CVS/pharmacy for recognizing the need and for responding so generously.”
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ART “In Space of Color,” an exhibit featuring the works of Kathryn Neale and Mario Trejo in an exploration of color, space and technique, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday now through Sat., March 6 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts (444
BENEFITS Chesterfield Arts presents Art Feast at 6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 6 at Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield. The fundraising gala features a diverse range of live performances, artwork from regional artists, a silent auction, food, cocktails and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 519-1955. • • • The 11th annual trivia night to benefit the Eureka High School orchestra program is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sat., Feb. 6 at Pacific Eagles Lodge (522 W. Congress). Cash prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a table decorating contest are featured. Admission is $160 per table of eight. Call 938-5970 or 827-3444. • • • The seventh annual Sports Trivia Championship presented by Budweiser is at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at Chaifetz Arena. More than 100 teams of 10 compete for prizes in the world’s largest sports trivia contest, which is broadcast in the following weeks on Fox Sports Midwest. A tailgate party precedes the game from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $3,000 for a VIP table of 10 and $1,000 for a standard table of 10. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick Center.
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Food samples from more than 30 area restaurants, beverages priced at $1 each and a silent auction are featured. Tickets are $10 each with children aged 5 and younger admitted free of charge; family special pricing features four tickets for $35. Proceeds benefit the Lafayette High School Class of 2011. To order tickets, mail a check made payable to LHS to Lafayette High School, 17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood, MO 63011, Attention: Junior Office. For more information, call Heidi Aslin at 458-6855. • • • The West St. Louis County Kiwanis Club Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at West County Lanes (15727 Manchester Road in Ellisville). There will be cash prizes for first and second place teams; snacks are provided and food is available for purchase from the West County Lanes menu. Admission is $20 per person with a minimum of four persons/maximum of eight persons per team. Teams of six to eight players registering in advance save $10. For reservations, call Paul Eckler at 273-5398. • • • The “Uncorking a Cure” Wine Dinner and Auction to benefit the Gateway chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 at Norwood Hills Country Club. A gourmet dinner with fine wines from around the world and live and silent auctions are featured. Tickets are $250 per person with tables for eight available for reservation. Call Allison Starling at (314) 878-0780.
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FAMILY & KIDS Assumption Greek Orthodox Church holds a Friday Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 5 and every Friday at Assumption Parish Center (1577 Des Peres Road in Town & Country). Volunteers prepare and serve a variety of Greek delicacies and pastries. Call (314) 966-2255 or visit assumptiongoc.org. • • • A junior high trivia night is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 5 at Incarnate Word Elementary School (13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield). Admission is $10 per student/$100 per table. To register, e-mail Lisa Bersett at firstname.lastname@example.org. • • • “Heart of the Family” is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 6 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in Town & Country. In celebration of American Hearth Month, Missouri Baptist presents a program designed to teach the entire family about heart health, including the latest treatments available and the best ways to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Attendees learn about atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rates and heart attacks; explore educational exhibits that promote healthy eating, regular exercise and other preventive measures; participate in health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure; and take a guided tour of the hospital’s Heart Center. Admission is free. Call (314) 996-5433. • • • The Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood. Participants learn to identify maple trees and the proper technique for tapping them, boiling sap and filtering it into syrup and sugar on their own to enjoy at home. Guided hikes, a raffle and kids’ activities are featured. Call 458-2236. • • • A Daddy-Daughter Dance for girls aged 2-13 and their fathers is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at Eureka Community Center. Crafts, music, dancing and prizes are featured. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets are $18 for a father and one daughter, and an additional $2 for each additional daughter. For more information or to register, call 938-6775. • • • “FamilyLIVE!” is at 5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville. Guests are invited to come for worship and stay for dinner. Call Pastor Ryan at 7792320 for details. • • • The 2010 Rockwood Summer Expo is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14 at Marquette High School (2351 Clarkson Road). Parents and students preview summer program offerings from Rockwood Community Education and more than 50
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LIVE PERFORMANCES The Lafayette High School Theater Company presents the musical “Footloose” at 7 p.m. on Thurs, Feb. 11, Fri., Feb. 12 and Sat. Feb. 13 at Lafayette High School Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 527-9429. • • • Shen Yun Performing Arts performs classical Chinese dance and music at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 11 and Fri., Feb. 12 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13 at the Bezemes Family Theater at the Lindenwood University J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (2300 W. Clay Street in St. Charles). Tickets are priced from $30 to $120 and are available by phone at 949-4433 and online at telecharge.com. For more information, visit shenyunperformingarts.org. • • • The Marquette POMS Mystique Showcase is at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 in the Marquette High School Theater (2351 Clarkson Road in Clarkson Valley). Routines from halftime performances, competitions, small group and individual performances and special guests are featured. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, if seats remain. Call 227-6063. • • • Harbinger, a contemporary Christian band, launches the release of their new CD at a concert at 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 12 at St. John Lutheran Church (15800 Manchester Road in Ellisville). Admission is free. Call 394-4100. • • • The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra presents a Valentine’s Day Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14 at Parkway United Church of Christ (2841 N. Ballas Road). Admission is free. Visit tcsomo.org. • • • Chesterfield Arts presents “Fridays Uncorked” featuring Los Flamencos and The Reventones at 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26 at The Gallery at Chesterfield Arts. Flamenco performers are joined by guitar duo Lliam Christy and John Knight. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and dessert. Call 529-1955 or visit chesterfieldarts.org.
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Local radio host Dave Glover is enjoying rare success By Amy Armour Radio personality Dave Glover had planned to be a rock star. As the lead singer in a band, the thought of becoming a lawyer never entered his mind. “I did not have a single ounce of interest in the law,” Glover said. That is, until he made a drunken bet in the downtown bar, Boomers, in 1987 that he could beat the LSAT score of what he calls “a drunk nerd.” “I took the LSAT on a drunken bar bet,” Glover said. “I took it and forgot about it.” But he started receiving scholarships based on his outstanding test scores. Glover said his family had ‘an intervention’ to encourage him to attend law school. And he did. Glover graduated from Washington University law school with honors in 1990 and soon went to work for a large St. Louis firm. “I was then hit with a big dose of reality,” said Glover, who found he did not enjoy being a lawyer. He bounced around to a few different law firms before getting fired repeatedly. “I was told ‘everyone just loves you, but you don’t seem to know a lot about the law,’” Glover said.
In 1997, Glover branched out on his own as a divorce attorney which he describes as “a soul crushing job.” “I just detested it,” he said. He started advertising on the Steve and DC radio show in 1997 and appeared on several St. Louis radio shows as an “Ask the Attorney” guest. In 2000, Glover picked up girlfriend Maureen — who is now his wife — for lunch from her work at KYTK-FM. He later pitched a free-form radio show idea to the executives at 97.1 FM and they gave him a chance to prove himself. And the Dave Glover Show was born. “It never happened before in the history of radio and it probably will never happen again,” Glover said. “Now that it happened to me, I push people to do what they love.” Jeff Allen, program director, said the Dave Glover Show brings variety, entertainment and a very local profile to the radio station. “Dave’s show is a bit different than most of the other shows on the station by design,” Allen said. “On the way home from work Dave offers the listeners a little relief from the day while still supplying information in a very funny and sometimes thought provoking way.” Glover said when he was a radio listener
he liked when real people sat down and talked. “It’s sort of like when my friends and I go to happy hour. We spend time laughing, gossiping, sometimes we talk about something sad that happened,” Glover said. In addition to Glover, listeners tune in to hear the rest of the show’s cast - producer Becca Mathiesen, Mark Klose and Tom Terbrock. Glover said about 80 percent to 90 percent of the show is comedy. “Nothing is scripted. We turn on the mikes and we talk,” Glover said. “You never know what Dave is going to say, which is what makes every day unique,” said Mathiesen, who has worked with Glover for a year and a half.” And it works. Glover has been awarded “Best Air Talent” by the Missouri Broadcasters Association in 2004, 2005 and 2006; The Riverfront Times Reader’s Choice Award for Best Air Personality in 2005; the Missouri Broadcasters Association “Best Spot News” Award in 2007; West Newsmagazine and Mid Rivers Newsmagazine Best Radio Personality; and has made frequent appearances on CNN Headlines’ “Glenn Beck Show” as guest host and commentator. Glover spreads his message of doing what you love to local groups throughout
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Doubletree is a triple treat for dining By SUZANNE CORBETT Dining out is all about choices, which usually are limited by menu and location. To maximize dining choices in West County, think the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, which houses three different restaurants: Chaucer’s, Gulliver’s Lounge, and Racquets Bar and Grille. Each offers a different menu and unique dining style. “We have options because we are a full-service hotel,” said Doubletree Director of Sales and Marketing Andy Ellis. “Each of our restaurants is unique.” Chaucer’s has a warm, relaxed ambiance with a touch of polished brass. Its claim to fame is its breakfast, which Ellis calls “the best breakfast in the (Chesterfield) Valley.” “Breakfast is popular here,” Ellis said. “Chaucer’s has a full menu or has a breakfast buffet. It’s a great place to start your day. You can do something quick and light or eat a full, American-style breakfast.” The buffet is a guest favorite, but those looking for something more traditional might try the Belgian Waffles with berries or opt for a three-egg omelet whipped up to
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626 Dartmouth Crest Dr. Wildwood • $479,900 Beautiful 5BR 4.5BA 2sty! Cul de sac lot, comm grnd! Upgr galore! Hdw flrs, vltd clngs, upgr appl, granite counters, remodeled mstr BA. Fab fin LL! Sweeping deck, patio! Much more! Call Chris Ronberg 314-922-4358 ChrisRonberg.com
18180 Bent Ridge Dr. Wildwood • $359,900 1/2 Acre lot! Fabulous GR Ranch! Updates include granite kit, carpet, lighting, paint, siding & more. Palladian windows, screened porch & deck. Gourgeous fin. LL! Call Mike Leeker 314-435-4040 www.MikeLeeker.com
2628 Rockwood Pointe Wildwood • $305,000 Brick and vinyl 2sty with 3.5 baths (one Jack and Jill), walkout basement, t-stair & 3-car garage. Huge private rear deck with hot tub. Close to Wildwood Towne Center! Call Robin Williams 314-401-0155 www.CallRobinWilliams.com
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759 Woodside Trails Ballwin • $227,000 IMPECCABLE 3bd, 3 full ba RANCH VILLA in Desirable Woodside Trails! Huge Fin. W/Out Lower, Main Floor Laundry, Screen Porch, Direct Kit Access from 2 Car Gar & More! Call Stephanie Thompson 314-479-4555 stephaniethompsonrealtor.com
459 Burns Ave. Kirkwood • $169,000 Cute full brick/vinyl 3bd bungalow! Beautiful hdwd flrs, white kit, newer flrg! W/O bsmt. Best deal in quiet Kirkwood! Great opp for 1st time buyer, claim the $8,000 tax credit! Call Janet Bourne 314-941-7633
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13345 Buckland Hall Road 1238 Shepard Oaks Ct 12805 Bellerive Springs Drive $1,974,500 $1,750,000 $1,250,000 Town and Country Wildwood Creve Coeur Magnificent estate on nearly 2 acre DeShetler Homes masterpiece! El- Exceptional 1.5 sty home boasts private wooded lot! Elegant custom egantly appointed French Country over 5300 sq ft with finishes & dehome! estate like home! tail throughout!
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17263 Windsor Crest Blvd.• Wildwood This unique, executive-style ranch sits on one of the most beautiful lake lots in Kehrs Mill Trails. Open floor plan, with many updates and fantastic kitchen, coincides with a fabulous setting on three wooded acres. Private boat dock! Gorgeous views!
921 Delvin Drive 16339 Wilson Farm Drive 620 Willow Lake Ct $989,000 $499,900 $699,000 Town and Country Chesterfield Saint Charles Stately 1.5 sty w/grand 2sty entry Spectacular open floor plan 1.5 sty Handsome 2sty, 4BR, 3.5BA, spaw/marble flr, lots of wood flrs, fin atrium! Custom features and ame- cious newer kitchen, screened porch W/O LL & much more! overlooks deck & private yard! nities galore! Must see!
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567 Malinmor Drive 633 Pine Rise Drive 803 Stone Meadow Drive $499,900 $475,800 $399,750 Weldon Springs Town and Country Chesterfield Whitmoor Country Club! Fabu- Spectacular home in the heart of Beautifully maintained villa! 2BR on lous updated spacious 4BR, 3.5BA Town & Country! Elegant & rich ap- main level! Amenities galore! Finranch! Fin LL & more! pointments! Gated community! ished LL! Privacy!
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603 Charbray Dr. - Ballwin - $270,000 Stately 2-story in great neighborhood. Side entry garage, formal living room and separate dining room. Families will love level backyard, screened sun room, and swimming at nearby Ballwin Water Park. Tons of space and new carpeting.
259 Falling Leaves Ct. - Creve Coeur - $593,000 Fabulous home in Ladue Lake Estates! This stunning 1.5 story greets you with large pillars and circle driveway. Over 4,400 sq. ft. of finished living space. Almost an acre of land overlooking a beautiful lake. Very private!
1532 Candish Ln. - Chesterfield - $395,000 First Class 2- Story. Meticulous care & attention to detail is evident throughout. Lots of space incl. formal dining and 4-season rooms! Professionally finished lower level and great neighborhood.
1526 Sommet Lot 2 Kehrs Mill Glen Ct 333 Summer Ridge Dr $349,000 $249,900 $349,000 Kirkwood St Charles Chesterfield New construction in Kirkwood! Last lot left in a 4 luxury homes Beautiful 4BR, 2.5BA updated home! Villa carefree lifestyle! Must see! subdivision on cul-de-sac! Level lot Wonderful amenities! Great curb backs to trees! appeal! Screen porch!
626 Painted Vista Dr 2333 Sandalwood Creek Ct #D 5446 Sutherland Ave $149,900 $99,000 $173,500 Ballwin Glencoe St Louis City Beautiful South Hampton Home! 2 sty townhome w/finished W/O Fantastic condo in a great complex! Wood floors, upgraded kitchen, LL! Fresh & ready for you! Lots of Lots of updates! 2BR, 2BA, wood updates! 2BR, 2.5BA. burning fireplace! finished LL! Must see!
102 Caravel - Ballwin - $195,000 Great home in fabulous school district! New look with a new price. Entry with double doors, etched glass and plant shelves. Open floorplan with vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen, bfast room opens to large deck in rear.
1282 White Rd. - Chesterfield - $320,000 Beautiful 2-story with circular driveway! Grand entry through leaded glass door, formal dining room, separate living room and family room with cozy brick fireplace. HUGE bedrooms all with either double or walk in closets! New deck, updated kitchen, must see!
327 Brightfield Dr. - Ballwin - $184,000 Great opportunity! Meticulously cared for ranch with wood floors, brick fireplace, built in bookshelves, large formal dining room, beautiful park-like backyard with large deck. Anderson windows and shades, newer furnace and A/C, and huge clean/ dry unfinished walkout basement begging for your touch.
503 Arbor Meadow Dr. - Ballwin - $334,000 Spacious family home with bedroom on main level and 4 more bedrooms upstairs! Family room boasts fireplace and built in bookshelves. Updated kitchen and breakfast room with glass doors to large deck in rear. Your family will love the finished basement with full bath and huge rec room.
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705 Cliffside Dr. - St. Clair - $230,000 Lakeside living! Enjoy the good life in this one of a kind ranch on a 15 acre fishing-only lake (no motorboats) which adjoins to a 35 acre all recreational lake! Vaulted ceilings, custom cabinets, French doors and many more first class touches. Enjoy sunsets on your TimberTech deck under a Sunsetter awning! Dock and concrete RV pad are yours too!
1248 Marsh Ave. - Ellisville - $180,000 Updated ranch on half acre park setting! Gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless appliances, granite counters and tile floor. Family room with brick fireplace, large picture window overlooking backyard, and rear double doors leading outside. Huge deck!
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