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exercised, that arbitrary power steals upon a people.” People who do not like “the rich” or “big business” or the banks may be happy that President Obama is sticking it to them. But such arbitrary powers can be turned on anybody. As Robert Burns said: “Send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.” There was a lot of wisdom in the 18th century. The Constitution of the United States set out to limit the powers of the federal government but judges have greatly eroded those limitations over the years and the dispensing of bailout money has allowed the Obama administration to exercise powers that the Constitution never gave them. Edmund Burke understood that, no matter what form of government you had, in the end the character of those who wielded the powers of government was crucial. He said: “Constitute government how you please, infinitely the greater part of it must depend upon the exercise of the powers which are left at large to the prudence and uprightness of ministers of state.” He also said, “of all things, we ought to be the most concerned who and what sort of men they are that hold the trust of everything that is dear to us.” He feared particularly the kind of man “whose whole importance has begun with his office, and is sure to end with it” - the kind of man “who before he comes into power has no friends, or who coming into power is obliged to desert his friends.” Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and others came to mind. The biggest challenge to America - and to the world - today is the danger of Iran with nuclear weapons. President Obama is acting as if this is something he can finesse with talks or deals. Worse yet, he may think it is something we can live with. Burke had something to say about things like that as well: “There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” Acting - not talking. © 2009 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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Suckered To The Editor: I read the letter from Val D. Turner once and then re-read the letter to my wife with equal amounts of disgust and amazement. Believing the letter to be some sort of an attempt at luring a response I jumped at the bait. Even as I sit down to write my response I can only imagine what type of scenario played out which prompted him/ her to write this letter. The first and most obvious scenario from a reader’s perspective is that he/ she must have been dropping off or picking up a child at school and was busted for not ensuring all of his/her passengers were wearing their seat belts. This is a law for which he/she had full and absolute accountability for enforcing with his/ her passengers (children) for the primary safety of his/her passengers (children). I would then assume that Officer Powers did what he was “trained and paid to do,� which was to write out either a warning or a citation for his/her accountability failure. Hopefully the scenario also played out whereby the children were instructed on the reasons for wearing their seat belts every time they climbed into a car with a sucker for their time and attention. The second might well be a driving teen he/she knew and who may have been the recipient of Officer Powers’ training and attention. We all know that newlypermitted and licensed drivers need all of the help and reinforcement when stepping behind the wheel for the first several years. I know I sure did. Or lastly, his/her agenda may actually

be concerned with the dental welfare of the students that Officer Powers comes into contact with while attempting to teach our children that wearing a seat belt is as important as saying no to drugs. My daughter received this training more than once during school hours by our neighborhood D.A.R.E. officers utilizing their time on the “job they are trained and paid to do.� Children being killed for using of drugs is different than being killed in an automobile accident? I really do not know what prompted Turner to write such a meanspirited and demeaning personal attack in our local paper against one of our city’s police officers performing the “job they are trained and paid to do� which was done in support of every parent I know. Officer Powers, I feel the need to apologize for Turner’s letter which was obviously directed at you. With that said, you e-mail me and I will buy you a month’s supply of whatever type of sucker you wish to use in your training endeavors. The city of Chesterfield and their police department should take pride in knowing that you care enough for our children to teach them what they need to know about this small part of their life. If your actions prevent only one child from being seriously hurt or killed once in a lifetime or their entire lifetime you did the “job you were trained and paid to do.� You can be proud of that. Keep up the good work. Dan Hoag Chesterfield

Wear a helmet To The Editor: “Let those who ride decide.� What a bunch of crap that statement is. This is a statement commonly used by some motorcyclist who opposes mandatory helmet usage. As reported in your May 13 edition of West Newsmagazine, the Missouri Legislature recently passed the repeal of the mandatory helmet law for motorcycles and only needs the governor’s signature. What a disaster in waiting. I have been riding a motorcycle for just shy of 40 years now. I love the feel and control of the power of a high-powered motorcycle. To motor down the road and lean into the corners responsibly with the wind in my face is exhilarating. For those who do not ride motorcycles, you may get a faint sense of what it is like if you have ridden in a convertible with the top down. Motorcycling is a truly beautiful experience.

I also have removed my helmet and driven a short while without it to cool off at times. I also know the dangers of riding. In 40 years, I have been in four motorcycle accidents, one with a car running me down from the rear where I received 16 broken bones and a 4-inch skull fracture with a helmet on. All four accidents would more likely than not have been fatal, or near fatal, without a helmet. The worst fear here is “near fatal.� What if someone “who rides, decides� not to wear a helmet, gets in an accident, receives serious head and/or brain injury and is permanently in a hospital? Even real high-limit health insurance will run out. Who is going to pick up the tab? Can the rest of us responsible people “decide� to say, “No, pull the plug. They were an idiot. They decided.� Even though I understand that “the government� should not force me to protect myself, like demanding seat belt use, if we are to live in a society where we are all in close proximity and share common services, then we cannot act as though we are an island and what we do does not affect anyone else. What I fear, as the motorcycle fatality rates start to climb as well as the cost to Missouri taxpayers, is that the boomerang will come back with even more regulations on me as a motorcyclist requiring safety bumpers to surround my motorcycle or for me to wear a motorcycle jacket with flashing lights or other ridiculous regulations. Mandatory helmet use will have seemed like such an easy solution in the future that was thrown away. Noel LaVanchy Wildwood

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The honor system Every summer, a bit of trust is harvested in West County but every year, that yield of trust seems less and less. Just 20 years ago, roadside vegetable stands dotted the more rural landscape of the area. There was one on Olive Blvd., a few on Wild Horse Creek Road, several along Manchester Road - among countless others. Many of those stands operated off the heartening - some might argue naïve - honor system. The small farmers or backyard growers did not have the ability to man their stands, so they would leave a small metal or wood box next to the stand with a note that would generally read something simple, such as “Pay Here.” Customers would pull alongside the stand, select their vegetables, check the price list, and slip some money into the box. It was an early, and very rudimentary, version of the self-check lines that now populate local grocery stores without the constant reminder to place the last item scanned into the bag and wait. And the food from these stands was amazingly delicious. Perhaps it is just nostalgia, but was there ever a juicier tomato or a sweeter ear of corn than the ones bought at the stand near home? Those stands are fewer now. It is nice to think that it was development and not a failure of the honor system that forced these stands to close. Perhaps the farmers have simply moved their stands into some of the many area farmers’ markets. Perhaps they sold their ground to allow for a new neighborhood and simply are enjoying retirement somewhere nearby. Right now, there is a strong movement among small farmers to sell the benefits of locally-grown, sustainable and organic foods. Restaurants are eagerly promoting the source of their menu items and there is a real sense of community amongst the “foodies” towards these local eats. These small farms and ranches make up the modern version of the roadside vegetable stand, competing every day with the massive agri-business conglomerates that dominate the supply chain. Their version of the honor system is the partnership they have entered into with the eateries and markets who help maintain their sales. There is a bill currently in the U.S. House of Representatives that could threaten all of this. HR 875, touted as a food safety bill, would immediately and completely threaten the ability of small farms to operate. This bill would create a new bureaucracy called the Food Safety Administration that would require a new level of registration and inspection for all “food establishments.” It would effectively criminalize organic farming and would threaten even the smallest backyard grower - even the ones who are only growing for themselves. Chances are, eliminating small farmers is not the intent of the bill. But the bill is written so poorly and so broadly that it does exactly that (and we all know how well Congressmen read bills before voting). There are still a few of those vegetable stands operating in the West County area. Some even still use the honor system. It would be a shame to see more disappear as another harvest season begins. HR 875 could make these stands disappear, and there simply is no honor in that.

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Quotable: “Having a presence on both social networks is another way that the city can reach its residents and post information about meetings and events.” - Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther on the city now using Facebook and Twitter.

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are biodegradable, carcinogen-free, heavy metal-free and less toxic. Other savings would be lower environmental compliance and waste disposal costs and increased productivity. Creve Coeur City Councilmember Beth Kistner (ward 3) said she was impressed with the proposal. “It is suited to what we are,� Kistner said. “I think we’re the first municipality (in the St. Louis area) to do this. Creve Coeur deserves some attention for that. It’s a good thing for Creve Coeur.� Creve Coeur City Councilmember Tara Nealey (ward 2) said she is “deeply excited� about it. The amendment contains one provision that the city promotes environmentallysustainable practices by purchasing environmentally-preferable products when cost, quality, variety, quantity, delivery time and any other defined specifications are not significantly inferior to competing commodities and services. The amendment is scheduled for a vote at the City Council’s meeting on June 22.

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Big break Potential photo-journalist Elise Kostial, a young lady from West County who is home-schooled, took this photo around noon on June 9 of a water main break on New Ballwin Road near Manchester Road. masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in management from Fontbonne University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and is an adjunct instructor for Lindenwood University and the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. Fitch also is a graduate of the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection program. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Police, Missouri Police Chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, FBI National Academy Associates (2006 Chapter President), Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis (2007 Treasurer), the Backstoppers and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Crusade Against Crime. Fitch is a certified Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEAÂŽ). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to working cooperatively with all of the citizens and other law enforcement agencies in the St. Louis County area,â&#x20AC;? Fitch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This a great opportunity for me to lead the fine men and women of this Department who protect and serve our community.â&#x20AC;?

WEST COUNTY In battle of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Click Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vs. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ticket,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; many choose ticket The Ballwin Police Department and the Chesterfield Police Department recently reported results from their participation in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization

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conducted May 18-31. During the enforcement effort, Ballwin police officers issued a total of 124 traffic tickets including: 115 safety belt tickets, two child restraint tickets and seven hazardous moving violations. Chesterfield police officers issued 81 traffic tickets and warnings, including 16 for seat belt violations, 31 speeding violations and nine uninsured motorists. In addition, one felony arrest was made as a result of the crackdown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety belts save lives, and are the single most effective prevention of injuries in a traffic crash,â&#x20AC;? Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our officers will continue their enforcement efforts to encourage drivers to make the simple choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive.â&#x20AC;? Funding for this effort was provided through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highway Safety Division in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center.

WILDWOOD City wins recycling award The Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) presented its 2009 award for Outstanding Government Recycling Program to the city of Wildwood. Wildwood captured the award by developing a recycling program that ultimately increased the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling rate 108 percent in one year. From 2007 to 2008, Wildwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling rate rose 108 percent via a program that provided residents what they needed to recycle greater volumes of waste with less effort. The program began with a requirement for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new waste hauler, Meridian Waste Services, to supply recycling services at no additional cost to subscribing residents. Meridian provided residents 65-gallon, wheeled recycling carts with hinged covers. The new carts held more, allowed the convenience of comingling recyclables, and the lids kept recyclables from blowing out of carts and cluttering up streets. A second prong of the program was a very successful electronic recycling event held in May. The city of Wildwood and the Garden Society of Wildwood sponsored the event, and Web Innovations & Technology Services (WITS) coordinated it. The joint efforts of the groups enabled residents to easily and responsibly dispose of computers, printers, television sets and other electronic waste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real credit for the outstanding increase in recycling goes to the citizens of Wildwood and their efforts to reduce the tonnage sent to our diminishing landfills,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan Thomas, Wildwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of public works.

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Hidden Valley, Wildwood working towards positive development By CASEY GODWIN Hidden Valley Ski Resort General Manager Bill Brandes has plenty of positive things to say about the city of Wildwood these days. It is a far cry from the turmoil of last year, when a request for a snow tube and an expanded parking lot turned into threats of shutting down the popular ski resort. “I think it’s pretty clear that they know Hidden Valley wants to stay in the area and I do believe the majority of the city of Wildwood wants us to be here,” Brandes said. Last March, Hidden Valley approached the city with a request to add a snow tubing run and an additional 250 parking spaces in order to draw in customers who do not ski. Wildwood responded with a list of 39 complaints about the request. After addressing the entire list of problems and resubmitting the request, the city added two new requirements. Wildwood wanted Hidden Valley to donate 1.65 acres of land for public use or to pay the city more than $251,000 in exchange for the parking lot. The city also wanted the ski resort to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Outraged about the requirements, Tim Boyd, president of Peak Resorts Inc. and owner of Hidden Valley, threatened to close the facility altogether. However, residents turned out in droves in support of the ski resort and a compromise was reached. Hidden Valley agreed to design a 10-year master plan and create a conservation easement around the ski area. Wildwood agreed to let the ski resort, which pre-dates

Hidden Valley expects to have 250 new parking spaces and a snow tube run by the 2010-11 season. The golf course remains closed.

the incorporation of the city, to skip having to go to the Planning and Zoning Commission for every change so long as the proper building permits are obtained. Lost in the process was Hidden Valley’s golf course, which closed Nov. 30. Brandes said spring, which typically would keep the resort busy with golfers, has been fairly quiet, with the exception of a few callers lamenting over the closure. “It’s different without (the golf course), but the wildlife loves it,” Brandes said.

Former football coach’s hearing postponed in alleged shoving incident By JULIE BROWN PATTON A certification hearing slated for June 11 in St. Louis County Court regarding an alleged shoving incident involving a youth football coach was postponed. The hearing regarding former Marquette Junior Mustangs football Coach Anthony “Tony” Warneke was delayed because of the power outage that shut down most of the proceedings and trials scheduled at the courthouse in Clayton for the week of June 8-12. Officials said that Warneke was videotaped shoving the face mask of an 11-yearold player of the opposing team during the high-five reception line in a game last October. The incident happened after that player allegedly directed disrespectful language to Warneke’s team. The hearing will determine whether the case should be allowed to proceed as a trial

in the St. Louis County court system. Warneke’s attorney, Charles “Ed” Brown, said it is “a crazy case,” and that they hope to work out a resolution with the prosecutor. Chesterfield Police Department Lt. Steve Lewis said they presented the case to the Chesterfield Municipal Court. He said the matter then “was turned over to the St. Louis County Court for a jury trial.” Warneke, of Ballwin, was charged with assault to a minor after shoving an 11-year-old player, Wesley Deavenport, of Wildwood, after a football game on Oct. 4, 2008. Warneke resigned from coaching shortly after the incident. Park-Rock Football Association representatives placed a lifetime ban on Warneke related to the ParkRock league.

“Just recently we’ve had some baby fawns delivered on the golf course and we had some baby turkeys and geese born here, too.” Movement on the snow tube and parking lot has been slow as well. Both are still on the drawing board with city approval expected before the 2010-11 season. The 10-year plan also is in the development stage. “That is not a reflection on the city, it’s our design plan,” Brandes said. “With the

way the economy has been lately, we had to push that back until at least the fall.” The snow tube is expected to offer 10 to 12 lanes, each approximately 12 feet wide. The entire tubing run will be approximately 800 feet in length. The paved parking lot will replace some of the gravel lot that will be lost due to the development of the snow tube. “The city has been really cooperative, so this has turned out to really be a win-win situation,” Brandes said.

Several people injured when deck in Wildwood collapses By JULIE BROWN PATTON Nine women attending a bridal shower on June 11 in Wildwood were injured when the elevated wooden deck they were on for the gathering collapsed. The deck was located at the residence of former St. Louis Blues hockey player Larry Patey, on the 2700 block of Autumn Run Court. Metro West Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Ed Beirne said rescue workers arrived at the scene about 3 minutes after the emergency call was received. Extra firefighters and paramedics from the West County EMS and Fire Protection District as well as the Monarch Fire Protection District were called to the scene to assist. St. Louis County Police Sgt. Tracy Panus said that nearly 20 people were on the deck when it fell approximately 14

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Officials give final approval to deer management contract By DIANE PLATTNER Town & Country officials have given final approval to a contract with a company to provide deer management services within the municipality beginning this fall. The Town & Country Board of Aldermen at its June 8 meeting unanimously approved a contract between the city and White Buffalo, Inc. The company will receive up to $149,850 from the city to perform both innovative, non-lethal deer sterilization and lethal sharp-shooting to manage the municipal deer population. The contract states that the provider, Anthony DeNicola, of White Buffalo, will capture with drop nets and remote darts up to 100 female deer, which will be surgically sterilized by a licensed veterinarian. All sterilized animals will be fitted with livestock ear tags and one mature doe in each matrilineal group will be radio-collared to facilitate future management efforts. The sterilized, marked animals then will be released. The contract also calls for killing by sharp-shooting up to 100 unmarked deer, which includes up to 15 antlered deer. The contract further states that the provider can shoot deer by daylight or night with the use of bait and a stationary vehicle. The contract states the deer management activities will occur only on public, cityowned lands as authorized by the city and/ or other Town & Country public or private lands for which the city has the consent of those landowners and some of their neighbors. The contract, which begins Oct. 1 and expires April 15, 2010, requires the provider to notify the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) officer when and where capture, sterilization and euthanization activities are scheduled. It requires the provider to notify the city and MDC by voice mail each day sharp-shooting will occur. “I’m fine with the voice mail notification each day of sharp-shooting because of weather and other factors,” said Joel Porath, of the MDC. In addition, the contract requires the provider to give 24 hours notice to each consenting property owner or tenant and all neighbors within 50 yards of the sharpshooting location. Such notice is a safety element, said Town & Country Mayor Jon Dalton. Some residents say all Town & Country residents should be notified of such details. Porath said the sharp-shooting will be safely conducted by experienced, trained

professionals using suppressed gun shots. “But I understand there is a fear of the unknown,” Porath said. In addition, residents expressed concerns about the possible combination of the sterilization process with the killing phase. The contract requires the provider to attempt to complete 70 percent of the sterilization phase before the killing phase. While the contract requires the provider to keep data and submit written deer management activity reports to the city, it does not include any provisions for public viewing of the deer management activities in the field. However, Town & Country resident Mariette Palmer and several other citizens said they have the right to monitor the taxpayer-funded, government deer management program in the field. “Anything that is tax-funded must be open to the public,” Palmer said. She and several residents said that at least one independent observer is needed to confirm that the provider observed proper protocols in all deer management procedures, including treating and killing the authorized number of deer in an authorized manner. Porath said he hopes MDC officials will be in the field monitoring up to 80 percent of White Buffalo’s deer management activities. He also said he wants to ensure the deer management activities are not disrupted by outsiders. Dalton agreed. “We need to balance the public’s right to know with city’s interest in implementing an effective program,” Dalton said. While Dalton said public viewing of the deer management activities in the field is not necessarily prohibited, citizens must adhere to trespassing laws when the deer management activities are occurring on private properties. Palmer said citizens still have the right to view the activities. Dalton said a city staff person will oversee DeNicola’s deer management activities. Dalton also announced his intent to appoint a Deer Herd Management Program Implementation Task Force, comprised of at least five people, including citizens and board members. Several residents said they want to ensure the task force is comprised of citizens and board members who reflect diverse views. The contract binds the provider to cooperate with that task force and all other city officials during implementation of the program, Dalton said.


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Cities, banks learn to cope with ‘orphaned’ neighborhoods By CASEY GODWIN Builders who go bankrupt are leaving some homeowners in orphaned neighborhoods, stuck with problems that will not go away easily. Unfinished subdivisions are experiencing a form of blight due to abandoned properties, weed-filled lots and unkempt common ground. Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri media representative Shelly Stengel said the group does not track bankruptcies among builders, and does not have information on the number of builders who have bailed in the past year or two. Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said escrows are the best guarantee in the event a builder abandons a subdivision. Builders must set aside funding in an escrow account in order to ensure public improvements are made in the event of foreclosure. “When the developer comes in and the plan is prepared, an estimate of the cost of all those improvements is made and we establish the escrow at 110 percent of that value,” said Mike Geisel, director of planning and public works for Chesterfield. “If at any time we find out that the escrow was insufficient to finish the subdivision, we have the ability to go in and demand they increase the amount of escrow being held.” Public improvements include streets, sidewalks and infrastructure, but when it comes to aesthetic issues like neighborhood pools or park-like settings, neighborhoods that builders have abandoned are up a creek. “(The escrow) does not have anything to do with completion of homes or building of lots, but at least the public improvements are financially backed to require completion,” Wildwood City Administrator Daniel Dubruiel said. Dubruiel said the city has not had problems with half-completed homes, but has seen just one builder recently abandon a subdivision project. Levinson Homes abandoned the Windsor Crest subdivision in Wildwood after owner Edward A. Levinson was indicted on bank fraud charges while attempting to beef up his failing business. Dubruiel said the city has been working with the bank to get funding in order to complete “nominal public improvements” still left in that project. The local government can go after the homeowners’ association to tell them they have to maintain the property. If they do not do it, the county goes after the subdivision and a lien is placed against the homeowners’ association, which is paid back in property taxes. Geisel said developers are required to

set aside a separate financial pot to maintain the subdivision during construction, but does not recall issues with vacant lots being entirely abandoned. “We have seen some developers default and the bank take over, but the bank readily jumps in and performs as the builder in that case,” Geisel said. Still, uncertainty looms over new subdivisions Kendall Bluffs in Chesterfield and The Enclaves at Cherry Hills in Wildwood after builder Mayer Homes announced it was going out of business earlier this year.

Officials said the company intends to close without filing for bankruptcy. A spokesperson at the company said it was unclear what would happen to any of the subdivisions the company currently is developing as they are in negotiations with the company’s banks. To new homeowners at the Arbors at Sugar Creek development in Des Peres, the subdivision almost appears to have been abandoned by developer Evolutions Development LLC. After the developer neglected to com-

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Des Peres gives hospital green light to make improvements By CASEY GODWIN The emergency room at Des Peres Hospital may soon be more accessible, provided funding for an additional building can be obtained. Representatives of the hospital and the architecture firm designing the addition met with officials for the city of Des Peres to help clear a pathway to the future development in the event of economic improvement. “It’s the worst of economic times, but what we can do is go down this path with the municipality so that once there is funding, there would be nothing preventing us from starting construction,” said Michele Meyer, president of Des Peres Hospital. The Des Peres Board of Aldermen on June 8 granted the hospital, located at 2345 Dougherty Ferry Road, a special use permit to build a 90,000-square-foot addition on the south side of the hospital. The building would add two new levels of parking, bringing the current parking of 1,139 spaces to almost 1,200 spaces, and move the emergency department to the third floor, putting it in on the same level as other services, including operating rooms and radiology. “Keeping everything on the same horizontal elevation will mean (they) won’t have to get on the elevator in a crisis situation,” said Mark Tinsley, an architect with

ACI/Boland, the firm who designed the site plan. Currently, ambulances access the emergency department by going under the existing medical office building. Both ambulances and other vehicles with emergency drop-offs amass in a 45-by-100-foot pit underneath the office building. “Cars can’t even make a U-turn in that kind of space and the ambulances, which are much larger, have a very difficult time turning around once they get in,” Tinsley said. “From the standpoint of business for the hospital, if (ambulances) don’t need to come here, sometimes they don’t come here. They’re making choices about that.” The top floor of the new addition would align with the uppermost floor of the existing hospital building and provide separate drop-off points for ambulances and other vehicles. The new driveway would allow for easy turnaround and create better access for emergency room parking. The hospital anticipates a roughly 50 percent increase in business once construction is completed. The addition would also create room for 64 new hospital beds in private rooms, more nursing rooms and a new diagnostic and testing facility. Construction could begin on the addition as soon as funding is in place.

Parkway approves 25-cent hike in meal prices By DIANE PLATTNER Parkway School District officials recently approved an increase in meal prices for the 2009-10 school year. In May, the Parkway School Board unanimously approved a request from the district’s food services department for the meal prices increase. The department asked for an increase in breakfast and lunch prices of 25 cents for both students and adults. That will result in the following adjusted meal prices: • Student breakfast - $1.75. • Adult breakfast - $2. • Student lunch - $2.50. • Adult lunch - $2.75. Milk and juice prices will not change. Parkway’s meal prices have not increased since the fall of 2006. In addition, the Wellness policy, now in its fifth year, has caused a significant loss of revenue because popular snack and drink items are no longer offered and more nutritious foods are more expensive, officials said. District officials said periodic meal

price adjustments help fund food, supplies, equipment, salaries and benefits. The new meal price adjustments will increase funding by approximately $310,000 annually, officials said. A survey of other area districts found those districts, not their food services departments, pay for employee benefits, with Rockwood offering no health benefits. Parkway’s food services department conversely pays the full cost of benefits. That will cost more than $900,000 this year, which is three times the amount the meal prices increase will generate, Parkway officials said. While the food services department has covered employee benefits for the past 25 years, revenue flow has decreased because of fewer students with the same number of schools. Any further meal price increase in the next few years will not solve the problem, which is why officials asked the school board to consider paying for employee benefits in the future.

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Ellisville strengthens its door-to-door soliciting regulations By TED DIXON JR. The city of Ellisville has expanded its ordinance regarding regulations concerning peddlers, solicitors and canvassers. Ellisville City Manager Kevin Bookout said more and more solicitors are making their presence known in the city. He said the ordinance, which was passed in May, puts a little more control on what they can and cannot do. Bookout also said it does not apply to a specific type of canvasser. “We have been hearing from the residents that they’ve been coming around more,” Bookout said. According to the ordinance, others are willing to suffer such interruptions for causes believed to be worthy of financial support or to canvas for the non-financial support of particular religions, ideological

or political causes, or for reasons of commerce. General prohibitions that are deemed as unlawful for include: • Leaving or attaching any handbill or flyer at or to any sign, utility pole, transit shelter or other structure within the public right-of-way. • Remaining on any property where a notice in the form of a sign or sticker is placed on any door or entrance leading into a home at which guests would normally enter that contains the words “no soliciting” or “no solicitors.” • Leaving or attaching any handbill or flyer at any home in a manner that causes damage. • Peddling, soliciting or canvassing on private property is not allowed before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.


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Wildwood gets social City creates Facebook page, starts using Twitter By ADAM LAMPEL What do most teenagers, college students and now the city of Wildwood have in common? Nearly all of them have a Facebook page. The social networking site that has exploded in popularity over the past year now is a tool that Wildwood city officials intend to use to communicate with residents. Wildwood officials also will start using Twitter. The city of Wildwood has decided to go mainstream and digital as part of the initiative to stay connected with residents and keep residents in the loop on the city’s current events. Facebook now provides the opportunity for residents to become a “fan” of Wildwood so they can keep up with their city’s upcoming events, ranging from City Council meetings to recycling activities. “Having a presence on both social networks is another way that the city can reach its residents and post information about meetings and events,” Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther said. “The thought, too, was that using these services would reach a different group of residents who don’t normally hit our Web site or subscribe to the newsletters.” Woerther said the city is tracking the services and looking at ways of making them work for the city by defining the type of content that the city will post and who is responsible for that. Woerther has also had a personal Facebook page for about a year. “It’s been interesting to connect with people across the city and around the coun-

try,” Woerther said. “I haven’t considered using it in a purely political way, but I am using it at a personal level right now. That may evolve over time as more and more people link up in that manner.” Wildwood City Councilmember David Sewell (ward 6) said he too uses Facebook personally, mainly to stay in touch with family members, but he has had residents express interest in being kept abreast of the city’s activities via Facebook. “The challenge that we have in ward 6 is that a large number of residents do not have access to high-speed Internet,” Sewell said. “So needless to say, as we utilize social media more and more to stay in contact with citizens, a high-speed Internet solution for the un-served areas becomes critical.” Officials said this alternative method of communicating is intended to provide a supplemental line of communication and not replace the traditional methods.

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scholarships to high school seniors. This year, 17 young people earned awards. They will share $28,000 in scholarship funds. The top award honors the late Walter Beranek. After a long career as an educator, Beranek was Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president for most of the 1970s and 1980s. This year, Kelly Eaton from Parkway South High School earned the Walter Beranek Scholarship. Other 2009 scholarship winners are: â&#x20AC;˘ Anika Arties, Parkway North High School, The St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scholarship (a special award sponsored by St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Ellisville). â&#x20AC;˘ Bianca James, Parkway West High School, the Arlene Frazier Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Jennifer Lancaster, Valley Park High School, the Jane Bedell Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Billie Robinson, Valley Park High School, the Fannon Thompson Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Plamen Kostadinov, Marquette High School, the Rockwood Teachers Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Corbin Presson, Parkway South High School, the Bob Stone Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Ryan Schott, Valley Park High School, The Bruce Cranston Scholarship. â&#x20AC;˘ Shanay Anderson, Marquette High School. â&#x20AC;˘ Genesis Harsley, Lafayette High School.

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Wildwood committee agrees to draft clean air ordinance By JULIE BROWN PATTON All eight members of Wildwood’s Administration/Public Works Committee voted at its June 9 meeting to pursue creating a new, city-wide indoor clean air ordinance. The action came after a group of Rockwood middle school students on May 11 requested that committee members consider a smoking ban for all public places in Wildwood. Wildwood legal department employees now will be asked to draft recommended ordinance language to be submitted to committee members for review at their July 7 meeting. If the committee gives approval, then Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther would review the ordinance and set a public hearing date. At the committee meeting, a group of 12 Rockwood Valley Middle School students and a variety of citizens presented data, recommendations, comments and support for plans to ensure that Wildwood considers becoming a clean air municipality. Approximately 60 people attended the meeting. Committee Chair Ed Marshall first emphasized that the goal of the June 9 meeting was for committee representatives to listen and to gather information. He reiterated the proper legal process for all ordinance considerations and that it was not a public hearing. The mayor and additional City Council members also attended the meeting. Public comments were initiated by the middle school students, with Lucas Meyrer discussing the extent to which government entities should go to protect public safety. He drew comparisons about how clean air regulations are the same as guidelines that govern booster seats and safe roads. “Helping public safety is one of the reasons that people pay taxes,” Meyrer said. “We’d really like you to consider this clean air act to make Wildwood a better, cleaner

and safer place for all.” Nina Theibald and Ryan Mueller emphasized the documented dangers and risks from the Centers for Disease Control 2006 national toxicology program associated with any and all levels of secondhand smoke, particularly from the “250 chemicals in cigarettes that are toxic to people.” “For several years at school, officials educate us about the effects of smoking and teach us that smoking is bad, especially in the D.A.R.E. program,” Emily Altic and Alexis Gilner said in their statement. “Then we go out to restaurants with our families and see people smoking. People are setting bad examples and sending us confusing messages by allowing smoking in public places where we go.” Pointing out that employees should not have to risk their health just to have jobs, Emily Weinhold cited U.S. statistics from the American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation that indicate food service workers have a 50 percent greater risk of dying from secondhand smoke exposure. “People who work in restaurants should have the same health protection as people who work in offices,” Weinhold said. Taylor Cohen and Shelby Foley said that according to several industry publication sources they have researched businesses that have converted from smoking to nonsmoking establishments do not lose money in the long term. “We’d like Wildwood to be safe and enjoyable,” said Alison Walasinski and Phillip Underwood. “We don’t see clean air rules as being any different than speed limits, stop signs or building construction standards. We have health inspectors for restaurants, and this would be another way of maintaining public health.”

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Lafayette sophomores show well at state championships The Lafayette sophomore tandem of Mick Lyons and Jake Goodman captured the consolation state championship match in Class 2 doubles held in Springfield. “I was very pleased with their efforts,” Lafayette Coach Mark McAllister said. “We were in one of, if not the toughest, district in the state. Making it to state is something to be proud of itself, but they never settled for any less than what they knew they could accomplish once they got there.” In the first round, Lyons and GoodPhoto courtesy of Gliff Photo man defeated the Springfield Kickapoo team of David Simon/Michael Wolski Mick Lyons (left) and Jake Goodman 6-0, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, the Lanc- (right). ers ran up against the pair who would go on to win the state doubles championship. Blake Buchert/Aaron Skinner of Columbia Rock Bridge stopped Lyons and Goodman 6-1, 6-4. “Mick and Jake got a tough draw and ended up playing the eventual state champions in the second round,” McAllister said. “That was the only match they lost all weekend. I believed Mick and Jake could compete at a high level with any team and I think they proved that.” The pair came back through the loser’s bracket. In the consolation quarterfinals, the duo stopped Rock Bridge’s Jimmy Hunter/ Sam Johnson 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, (5). In the consolation semifinals, Lyons and Goodman got past Oak Park’s Preston Coughlin/Shauheen Mohoutchian 7-5, 6-3. “Mick and Jake reacted from their loss to Rock Bridge remarkably well,” McAllister said. “They knew when they saw the draw that Rock Bridge’s first doubles team would be a tough second-round match. I’m very proud of the resiliency they showed in bouncing back from that to win their next three matches. Those three matches were against solid teams. Mick and Jake played together and truly showed remarkable teamwork.” In the fifth-place match, the sophomores defeated Parkway Central brother duo Andrew Zhang/Tony Zhang 6-1, 6-3. It marked the fourth time this season they defeated the Zhang brothers. “I would say it is tough because Andrew and Tony Zhang are great players,” McAllister said. “Mick and Jake didn’t go into any of those four matches taking them lightly. I believe Mick and Jake’s teamwork and level of play increased with each match they played in the post-season. That was the key to beating a team like the Zhangs each time.”” played at 5,408 yards. Beattie has been a United States Golf Association (USGA) Senior Amateur qualifier several times and has held a recent National Club Champion title. In 2007, she was runner-up in the Women’s Western Golf Association Senior Championship in Naples, Fla. Beattie was a professional tennis player from 1964-1972 and was ranked in the top 10 in the United States, playing against such greats as Martina Navratilova. She played in five Wimbledon Championships, five U.S. Opens and one Australian Open. After switching to golf, she qualified for several years in the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur championships and won the St. Louis District Champion title.

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Men’s amateur golf Ballwin’s Skip Berkmeyer defeated Tom Barry 5 and 4 recently at Old Warson Country Club to win his third consecutive and fifth overall Match Play Championship. The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) puts on the tournament, which has been held for 14 years. The semi-final matches held before the final match each came to the 18th hole allsquare. Berkmeyer made par at the 18th to defeat Mitchell Gregson 1 up after Gregson hit a great shot from the right rough at 18. Barry also made par to overtake Darren Lundgren 1-up, who could not get up and down from the front bunker.

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Football camp gives fans a taste of high school ball in summer By WARREN MAYES Are you ready for some football? High school football, that is? Well, that wish has been granted, sort of. The fourth annual East Central Football Camp will be held this Friday and Saturday (June 19-20) at the football fields of Parkway West High School in Ballwin and St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Mo. The following is a list of the teams coming to the camp: • Class 6: Christian Brothers College (CBC), Fort Zumwalt West, Lafayette, Marquette, Troy, Riverview Gardens and Ritenour. • Class 5: Pattonville, Vianney, Waynesville, Eureka, Parkway West, Washington, Rockwood Summit, Wentzville Timberland and Webster Groves. • Class 4: Festus, St. Mary’s, St. Clair, St. Dominic, Fort Zumwalt East, Union and Pacific. • Class 3: Borgia, Lutheran St. Charles, St. James and Winfield. • Class 2: Orchard Farm. Each team will play three games each evening. Friday’s games will be a situationaltype scrimmage and Saturday’s games will be more of a jamboree-style scrimmage. The players will be in full pads. Certified Missouri State High School Activities Association referees will officiate the scrimmages. Brian Kessler, Parkway West’s activities director, said it is good for Parkway West to play a part in putting on the camp. “This is a great opportunity to see several high-profile, top-level athletes and schools in the St. Louis metro area,” Kessler said. New Parkway West football Coach Jeff Duncan and St. Francis Borgia Coach Dale Gildehaus will host the event. Duncan formerly coached at Washington High where he spent 11 seasons, including the last eight as the head coach. Duncan built a 54-27 record that included a trip to the state championship in 2001. His team also won five conference championships. Now he is at Parkway West and is bringing the football camp that he helped start. The job at Parkway West became open when Mike Roth left at the end of the school year to be the athletic director at Parkway Central. “I just think it was a unique and a good opportunity for me,” Duncan said about taking the job at Parkway West. “It’s a different challenge. Don’t get me wrong, it has been a great situation at Washington, but I was ready to get a new challenge in my life and something new to take on. I can’t say enough about the Parkway School District and Parkway West High School. They

have quality programs academically and athletically.” Duncan said he used to take his football team to the college camp in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri. However, he said he got to thinking he could put one together just as well and save the travel and let local fans see the kids working and playing in the summer. “There are team camps all over the state; some good and some bad,” Duncan said. “You do these camps because you take your kids to a camp like this and you can watch them compete against somebody other than yourself. Maybe you’ll find a couple of kids you weren’t looking at or maybe some kids you were looking at, you might find out they can’t do the job. It gives you a unique perspective over the summer where you can look at your kids and evaluate your kids and see where they’re going in the fall.” In the Friday night workouts, each team gets approximately 16 plays at a time, Duncan said. The officials move the ball around and the offenses go to work. “You might start taking some plays from the 35-yard line and they work their way toward the goal line,” Duncan said. “It’s not necessarily about moving the chains.” On the second night, it is more of a realgame scrimmage situation. Both days feature full squads on the field with pads. It is not just a 7-on-7 passing drill. Duncan said he is excited about local fans getting a chance to see their team in action. “What we’ve done is to take the college team camp and localized it,” Duncan said. “I’m a fan of that. It’s a good deal and it’s cheaper for the schools. We feed the kids each night and give them a T-shirt. You get six scrimmages for each team, so a lot of work gets done.” The camp has grown from 16 teams to 28 teams. “I may be biased but I think it’s the best camp in Missouri,” Duncan said. “It’s not about us doing it but the quality of the teams we have. We have officials as well, so it’s a good deal. We’re pretty excited about moving part of the camp to Parkway West High School.” Fans are encouraged to come out and watch for just $1 admission. “It’s used to help offset the costs,” Duncan said. “We have had good turnouts. When you have good quality teams with a good fan base, people come out to watch. They can get a taste of football in the summer now and that’s rare. We want some good football in the St. Louis area, and I think this will be good for the area. I think it’ll be a great deal for Parkway West, too.”


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 Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 - in Vlasis Park A letter from the Mayor Dear Friends and Neighbors, I invite you to join me on June 26-28 to celebrate our 32nd annual Ballwin Days Festival in beautiful Vlasis Park. Since this community event was first introduced in 1978 with the theme of “Way Out West,” five mayors have penned this welcome message. Over the years, the venue has remained basically the same, the events and dates have been changed, but many of the original volunteers continue to support this endeavor. I would like to recognize the long-time members of this committee. As you patronize the 2009 Ballwin Days festival, be sure to seek out remaining founding members Dick and Dot Andrews, Jerry and Ginny Halloran, Bud and June Brown, Dibby Rodgers, and Pat Ferris. Other long-time members still on the committee include Roy and Peggy Duenke, Don and Pat Essen, Mary Schlemeier, Jackie Holt, and Jim and Ann Drewes, as well as Bob and Helen Pisarkiewcz, this year’s Outstanding Seniors. Check out the new rides, expanded food options, spectacular fireworks displays, and a wide variety of entertainment that is sure to offer something for all ages and interests. This complete package of fun would not be possible without the dedicated and tireless commitment of our co-chairmen, Tim Vincent and Pat McDermott. Their efforts, together with those of an army of volunteers, will once again make this a must-do highlight for your summer social calendar. I hope to see you there! Sincerely, Tim Pogue Mayor City of Ballwin

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;What to eat? What to drink? There are so many choices!â&#x20AC;? Ballwin Days plans to have guests asking those questions as they work their way through the main midway and food court. Many of the not-for-profit groups are back with even more tasty treats for guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enjoyment. There will be the traditional festival fare, including hamburgers, bratwursts, funnel cakes, ice cream, pork steaks, hot dogs and pepperbellies. More specialized items, including egg rolls, chicken wings, pizza, and kettle corn also will be featured. New items hitting the midway in 2009 include ribs and fire-roasted ears of corn. Those who arrive hungry will not be disappointed. Game booths will return also to the Ballwin Days midway, challenging festivalgoers to feats of skill and rewarding them with prizes.

Please note: Per city ordinance, coolers are not allowed in Vlasic Park during Ballwin Days.

Arts and crafts This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ballwin Days Arts and Crafts area will include many exciting exhibitors. Merchandise will include jewelry; American Girl doll clothes, accessories and furniture; votive candles; pottery; decorative wall sayings; wood shelves and quilt racks; purses; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furniture; wine bottle night lights; dog clothing and toys; neck coolers; and much more. Local artists will be in attendance, as will a caricature artist. The Arts and Crafts area will be located in the promenade area on the west side of Vlasis Park Pond. Booths will be lit in the evenings and will remain open for the duration of the festival.

ATM returns Have you ever been at Ballwin Days and found yourself a little short on cash? Your need has been taken care of. An ATM will be on site so guests will be armed and ready to hit the midway, rides, and arts & crafts.

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will be available to transport those who need assistance. Guests can be picked up at the handicapped lot or the shuttle dropoff site and be transported to the midway. Return transportation from the midway to the handicapped parking lot and shuttle site will also be available.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;What to eat? What to drink? There are so many choices!â&#x20AC;? Ballwin Days plans to have guests asking those questions as they work their way through the main midway and food court. Many of the not-for-profit groups are back with even more tasty treats for guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enjoyment. There will be the traditional festival fare, including hamburgers, bratwursts, funnel cakes, ice cream, pork steaks, hot dogs and pepperbellies. More specialized items, including egg rolls, chicken wings, pizza, and kettle corn also will be featured. New items hitting the midway in 2009 include ribs and fire-roasted ears of corn. Those who arrive hungry will not be disappointed. Game booths will return also to the Ballwin Days midway, challenging festivalgoers to feats of skill and rewarding them with prizes.

Please note: Per city ordinance, coolers are not allowed in Vlasic Park during Ballwin Days.

Arts and crafts This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ballwin Days Arts and Crafts area will include many exciting exhibitors. Merchandise will include jewelry; American Girl doll clothes, accessories and furniture; votive candles; pottery; decorative wall sayings; wood shelves and quilt racks; purses; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furniture; wine bottle night lights; dog clothing and toys; neck coolers; and much more. Local artists will be in attendance, as will a caricature artist. The Arts and Crafts area will be located in the promenade area on the west side of Vlasis Park Pond. Booths will be lit in the evenings and will remain open for the duration of the festival.

ATM returns Have you ever been at Ballwin Days and found yourself a little short on cash? Your need has been taken care of. An ATM will be on site so guests will be armed and ready to hit the midway, rides, and arts & crafts.

www.ballwin.mo.us/ballwindays â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Allen Roofing & Siding, we focus on providing exceptional customer service,â&#x20AC;? says Lee Allen, President Since 1972, locally owned and operated Allen Roofing & Siding has become known for top quality material and workmanship. Depend on their team of specialists to accommodate all your roofing, guttering and siding needs.

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At the end of the races, all frogs will go into retirement and reside at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Also new for 2009 will be the introduction of the Kid Safe Kit program, presented courtesy of American Income Life. Parents will be able to sign up to participate in the children’s safety effort free of charge. Coloring books and balloons will be available for the children. Kids Korner will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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BALLWIN DAYS 2009 Recognizing Ballwin’s Outstanding Seniors The Ballwin Days Committee is pleased to recognize two of the city’s finest senior citizens as Ballwin’s Outstanding Seniors: Bob and Helen Pisarkiewicz. They were selected from a pool of nominees, who must have lived in Ballwin for at least 25 years and be at least 75 years of age. Both Helen and Bob grew up in south St. Louis. Bob attended CBC High School, and Helen attended Cleveland High School. In 1955, Bob graduated from Washington University with an engineering degree and an officer’s commission in the U.S. Air Force. That same year, the couple married. The early years of their married life sounds like a tale of too many cities. Due to his commission as an Air Force pilot and subsequent employment with the General Electric Management Training Program, Bob and Helen moved 13 times in 10 years. Bob left General Electric and the couple planted themselves in Ballwin. After a time, Bob purchased Plastic Plumbing Products in St. Louis, which he subsequently moved to Grover. He still remembers when there were only two stop lights between his home near Clayton and Kehrs Mill and the business across the street from the Grover post office. Helen and Bob have three children: Karen Karleskint, Diane Manning and Craig Pisarkiewicz. They have four grandchildren and a great-grandson. The Pisarkiewiczes have been members of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church since moving to Ballwin. Helen has been active with the St. Patrick Center parish food donations, funeral outreach, and other activities. Bob is a member of the Men’s Club and involved in church hospitality. For several years, Bob has mentored

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BALLWIN DAYS 2009 Saturday blaze Metro West Fire Protection District and the St. Louis Fire Sprinkler Alliance will amaze festival guests with a true lifesaving demonstration at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday on the lower ball field of Vlasis Park. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately

4,000 people tragically loose their lives in fires each year and 82 percent of those lives can be saved in homes that have a working smoke detector and fire sprinkler system. The live fire experience will render Ballwin Days guests speechless as they see just how quickly fire consumes a life-sized college dorm room without fire sprinklers.

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Ballwin Days 2009 marks the 29th anniversary of the festival’s Pretty Baby Contest, which has raised more than $60,000 for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Since the first contest in 1981, more than1,600 babies have been nominated. June Brown has chaired the contest since its beginning. “People are very generous,” Brown said. “They love to be able to contribute to the hospital.” The contest is open to children aged 3 and younger. To nominate a baby, handdeliver a photo (sized 5-inch by 7-inch or smaller) to the Ballwin Government Center by June 24. The child’s name, address, phone number and age should appear on the reverse side of the photo, as well as the

nominator’s name. Voting will be held at the Ballwin Days Pretty Baby booth on June 26, 27 and 28, ending at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Each penny donated will be counted as one vote, and special sponsor-donated prizes, including a savings bond for first place, will be awarded to the top four winners. All money will go to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Ballwin Days Beautification winners The Ballwin Days Committee and the Kehrs Mill View Garden Club congratulate and recognize the following area businesses for the beauty they have created in their plantings, flowers and landscaping: This year’s winners are: • Schrader Funeral Home – 14960 Manchester Road • Dent Devil – 14949 Manchester Road • Old Towne Plaza – Manchester Road

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5K and mile runs The 2009 Ballwin Days 5K Run starts at 8 a.m. sharp on Sun., June 28. At approximately 9 a.m., the Adult 1-mile Sprint/Run gets underway. The traditional Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run will take place 5-10 minutes following the completion of the adult miler. Online registration is available by following the link to the Ballwin Days Run at ballwin.mo.us/ballwindays. The registration form and course maps can be downloaded. Registration in person is at the Pointe at Ballwin Commons; between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sat., June 27 at the run

registration booth at the fair; or from 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. on race day at the park. The 5K course is the same as in 2008, flat and fast. The 1-mile course for both adults and children follows part of the 5K course, making it equally fast – no big hills. There will be plenty of post-race fruit available, and a water spray to help cool off will be supplied by Metro West Fire Protection District. There are lots of great awards and a cool T-shirt while supplies last. For more information, visit the Ballwin Days Web site or call 207-2388, ext. 7.


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COMMERCIAL REZONING FOR SCHNUCKS IS NOT OVER Parents and Citizens Although the Planning & Zoning Commission rejected the rezoning request, it is far from certain the plan for the Schnucks supermarket will be defeated. Your attendance is needed on Monday, June 22 at 7 P.M. at the Pointe in Ballwin, at 1 Ballwin Commons Circle. The Board of Aldermen will decide on the commercial rezoning request for the Schnucks supermarket at the SE corner of Clarkson and Kehrs Mill. It is IMPERATIVE that you, family members, students and neighbors attend this meeting to show your concern about rezoning this residential property to an intensive commercial use. On May 27, Ballwin’s Planning & Zoning Commission by a vote of 5 to 2 recommended rejecting the development proposal, but a supermajority of the Aldermen could overrule their recommendation and allow commercial rezoning. The two votes favoring the development came from two members of the Board of Aldermen who sit on the planning commission: Tim Pogue, the mayor and James Terbrock, the alderman from Ward 1. We believe there are serious issues with the proposed rezoning and Schnucks development, such as increased traffic to an already congested intersection, creating a precedent for permitting incompatible commercial intrusions into residential areas and disregarding the clear recommendations of the City’s comprehensive plan, safety issues for Marquette high school students and decreasing values of adjoining and nearby residential properties, to name a few.

Susan Lynn’s celebrated the grand opening of its boutique at 1122 Town and Country Crossing on June 10. A portion of grand opening sales was donated to the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Pictured are (from left) Ebonee Shaw and DiAnne Mueller, of St. Louis Crisis Nursery; Susan Lynn’s owner Susan Luina; Sheila Sellenriek, of Susan Lynn’s; Bonnie Define, of St. Louis Crisis Nursery; and Alicia Tlapek, of Susan Lynn’s. energy and net zero wastewater facility, the 2,900-square-foot building was constructed to meet the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s (CRGBC) Living Building Challenge, designed to be the most stringent green building rating system in the world. No building has met the CRGBC standard yet, but the Living Learning Center is in the running to be the first in North America. Maplewood-based Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects designed the building; Bingman Construction Co., in Pacific, served as the general contractor for the project.

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West County Chamber of Commerce holds a First Friday Coffee Club from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Fri., July 3 at Orchard Village Apartments (115 Pineycliff Lane) in Manchester. To register, call 230-9900 or visit westcountychamber.com by July 1.

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Do those things really work? AS SEEN ON TV PRODUCT REVIEWS Admit it– everyone is intrigued by infomercial products. At some point in life, people have purchased a set of Ginsu knives or a Pocket Fisherman or a Thigh Master. Maybe there currently is a tomato plant growing upside-down, right outside the back door. Need a hole dug in rocky terrain? At some point, the purchase of an Awesome Auger has been considered. Is there an ever-increasing bald spot? Perhaps just once, on a long weekend, some of Ronco’s spray-on hair was tried. The commercials themselves oftentimes are far more satisfying than the actual products. The pitchmen make it seem like people actually can transform their lives for just $19.95 (plus shipping and handling). But do any of these products actually work? Being the curious lot that we are, the West Newsmagazine staff took it upon itself to test the following famous infomercial products. Be warned, there was nothing very scientific about these tests; we just tried to use the products the way an ordinary person would.

Five best, five worst The product: Listen The product: Shamwow The claim: “You’ll say ‘wow’ every time you use the Shamwow.” The results: While we are not sure if we will actually say “wow” every time we use the Shamwow, we definitely said it the first time. The bright orange super-towel is remarkably absorbent on both hard surfaces and carpeted areas. The only real issues are the facts that the Shamwow takes forever to dry after use and it just cannot seem to sop up the last bit of water on hard surfaces (which some around the office claimed was how it prevents streaks). Our opinion: The Shamwow is no sham, but it brings the wow. The

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The claim: “Turns ordinary hearing into extraordinary hearing.” The results: Listen Up is a miniature, portable, low-quality sound amplifier- and it works exactly like one. It amplifies sound, all sound. This means that when the user is in a crowded situation, such as sitting in church on Sunday, it simply makes everything going on that much noisier. The preacher gets louder, but so does the crying baby and the guy at the end of your row who just keeps tapping his feet. With that kind of amplification, a certain amount of garble is unavoidable. Our opinion: Listen Up turns somewhat annoying background noise into a cacophonous symphony of annoyance - and it also makes what you are trying to hear louder. The product: Slap

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The claim: “You’re gonna be in a great mood all day because you’re gonna be slapping all your troubles away.”

The results: Mighty Putty clearly has a different definition of “easy” than we do. In order to get this two-part epoxy to work properly, one must knead the putty together for what seems like forever (the instructions say “until a consistent color is achieved”). Also, the product works considerably better when applied to roughed-up surfaces rather than smooth surfaces.

The results: Well, as Vince Offer, the pitchman for Slap Chop and Shamwow, learned the hard way it actually is illegal to slap all your troubles away (Offer was arrested in February following an altercation with a prostitute). And the Slap Chop honestly just added to our troubles anyway. The onion we tried to chop became repeatedly and hopelessly stuck to the blades of the contraption. The Slap Chop did, however, work perfectly well on almonds and peanuts.

Our opinion: Mighty Putty works, it just does not work easily.

Our opinion: After a few uses, you are going to want to slap the inventor.

All-time infomercial products Compiling these lists of the five best and worst infomercial products of all time was remarkably difficult. It turns out that the line between a great infomercial product and a terrible infomercial product is razor thin - and completely subjective. Here they are (along with their slogans):

Five best 5. Shamwow – “It’s like a chamois, a towel, and a sponge!” 4. Pocket Fisherman – “The best gift you can give any kid or adult!” 3. Life Alert – “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” 2. The Clapper – “Clap on, clap off... clap on, clap offThe Clapper!” 1. Chia Pet - “Ch-ch-ch-Chia!”

Five worst 5. Big Mouth Billy Bass – “Take me to the river!” 4. Thigh Master – “Squeeze your way to a shapely figure!” 3. Flowbee – “The home hair cutting system that delivers hundreds of precision layered haircuts!” 2. Spray-On Hair – “Instantly covers thinning hair and baldness!” 1. Snuggie – “The blanket with sleeves!”


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Rockwood officials seek options for bus transportation By DIANE PLATTNER Rockwood School District officials recently reviewed the district’s transportation program, which has shown much progress, but some areas still need improvement. On June 4, Rockwood Director of Transportation Bill Sloan presented to the school board an evaluation of the district’s transportation program, which carried approximately 11,000 Rockwood students during the 2008-09 school year. Rockwood’s bus carrier, First Student Transportation, which has a contract extension through 2012, provided nearly 200 bus drivers who transported Rockwood’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students nearly 10,000 miles daily, Sloan said. He also said state bus inspections qualified for the Total Fleet Excellence Award in 2008 and 2009. Rockwood’s fiscal year 2010 transportation budget of $7.36 million is only slightly larger than the prior year’s budget of $7.33 million. Economic conditions played a role in delaying the implementation of Bus Radio with which district officials signed a contract in April 2008, Sloan said. Still, officials have installed on each bus digital cameras that monitor student activity on the bus. That is important to the Rockwood

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Rockwood to consolidate its current threetier bus transportation system into two tiers to allow for later middle school start times. But that would require a reduction in bus service, including the reduction of some bus stops, which is not popular with many Rockwood parents. The change also would cost Rockwood an estimated $725,000 annually in a challenging economy, Sloan said. For now, Sloan said district officials are focusing on improving the efficiency of high school routes.

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The cast of St. Luke Follies’ “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

Getting their kicks By SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES Like fine wine, some people just seem to get better with age. Last month, the St. Luke’s Follies proved it with humor, song and dance in their latest production, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” Every few years, St. Luke’s Follies, a group of talented adults who currently range in age from 55 to 93, creates its own musical spoof. Although several performers in the 60-member cast have been professional singers and/or dancers, most have not. “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” may have been the best of St. Luke’s Follies’ six productions so far. On opening night, the sold-out variety show packed St. Luke’s Hospital’s Emerson Auditorium and spilled into a nearby viewing room, where the overflow audience viewed the show on a big screen. “We may be mature adults, but we sure don’t act like it,” said St. Luke’s Follies Director Herb Duncan, 78, of Chesterfield. “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was the first Follies production for Chesterfield resident Don DuPerrett, 77, a former bandleader who felt right at home portraying four characters, including a washtub-playing Branson Baldknobber. “It’s a real thrilling experience to be with

so many talented seniors,” DuPerrett said. “The cast gets so excited, and their big grins actually give me chills.” Ballwin resident Ginny Halloran, 77, tap-danced her way through the show. “It’s my third time with the Follies,” Halloran said, “Our group is the best because it offers a lot of comedy – not strictly singing and dancing.” Four-time participant Rita Milke, 79, of Ballwin, said, “At this stage in life, if we can get on stage and entertain people, that in itself is remarkable.” The Follies always come up with an original script, blending songs and dances from yesterday. This year’s storyline followed the Whacky Family as they traveled Route 66 cross-country in a pink Cadillac. At their Hollywood destination, Creve Coeur comedian Jerry Novack, 84, did an incredible impersonation of Jimmy Durante. “I got a million of ‘em,” Novack said. “Next show, I’ll do George Burns.” Chesterfield resident Mary Jane Lyons, 72, was delighted to be in the chorus and said, “We’re all oldsters and sometimes we miss our lines, but it’s all in fun and a laugh riot.” Follies member Ida May Schmich, 93, put it this way: “We’re just a bunch of hams.”

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Remarkable St. Louisan, Conrad said, “I still feel like I’m someplace I shouldn’t be.” • Alexandra Zaharias, 80, is director of Alexandra School of Ballet – the longest continually-run ballet school in St. Louis – which she established in 1949. For the past 40 years, the school has been in Chesterfield. Zaharias also has served since 1984 as artistic director of her non-profit performing organization, Alexandra Ballet. Early in her career, Zaharias chose to teach ballet rather than dance herself. “I always knew that I’d be a teacher,” Zaharias said. Zaharias studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City under George Balanchine and attended the National Academy of Ballet under the direction of Thalia Mara, founder of the International Ballet Competition held each year in Jackson, Miss. “It’s a double honor for me that Alexandra Ballet will perform this year in this competition, started by my own teacher,” Zaharias said. St. Louisans enjoy her annual holiday productions of “The Nutcracker.” Zaharias is an honorary member of Dance St. Louis.

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troops; suggested items and additional information can be found at theroadhouseband.net. • • • A Steak Night is at 5 p.m. on Sat., June 20 and the third Saturday of each month at Ellisville Elks Lodge (1007 New Ballwin Road). Dinner includes a 12-ounce rib eye, two sides and dessert for $10. Live music begins at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 2270404. • • • “Armed Services Night” is the theme of the St. Louis Imperial Swing Dance Club dance at 7 p.m. on Sat., June 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church (Clayton Road and Hwy. 141). Guests are asked to bring old cell phones for donation to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and canned goods for area shelters. Admission is $5 for club members and members of sister clubs and $8 for guests. Call (314) 434-4812 or visit slidc.com. • • • “Best of Chesterfield,” a food and music event to benefit the children of Howard Park Center, is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., June 27 on the grounds of the Herman Stemme Office Park in Chesterfield. Food from 20 Chesterfield area restaurants, live music by local and regional musicians and activities for kids are featured. Samples and tastings are priced from $2-$7, and

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PUBLIC NOTICE The CITY OF ELLISVILLE will hold a public hearing to discuss the allocation of $20,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds which will become available after January 1, 2010. The public hearing will be held at 2pm on Monday, July 6th, 2009 at Ellisville City Hall, 1 Weis Avenue. To further its commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, the CITY OF ELLISVILLE has enacted and/or enforces the following: A Fair Housing Ordinance prohibiting unlawful discrimination against any person because of race, sex, color, religion, disability, familial status or national origin; A Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in the admission or access to, or employment in, its federally assisted programs or activities; A Policy of Equal Opportunity to Participate in Municipal Programs and Services regardless of race, color, religions, sex, age, disability, familial status, national origin or political affiliation; A requirement for bidding on CDBG activities that promotes employment opportunities created by HUD funding and that these opportunities be afforded low-income community residents and business. If you would like information regarding the above policies or Section 3 opportunities or if you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, contact the following individual designated to coordinate compliance with equal employment opportunity requirements referenced above. Caroline Ban, Intern {y‹ˆ City of Ellisville Ellisville, MO 63011 (636) 227-9660 If you are a person with a disability or have special needs in order to participate in this public hearing, please contact Caroline Ban no later than June 29, 2009. For more information call: (636) 227-9660 VOICE (636) 227-9660 TDD 1-800-735-2466 RELAY MISSOURI Equal Opportunity Employer

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With All The Trimmings This 1929 LaSalle will be among the rare antique and classic automobiles on display at the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri’s Father’s Day “Cars with Class” show at the Museum of Transportation.

Family fun Whole Foods Market in Town & Country (1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive) celebrates Father’s Day a day early with special events from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., June 20. Activities include a free family scavenger hunt (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.); samples of beer, brats, burgers, birthday cake and other items that dads enjoy; and a drawing that dads may enter to win four tickets to a Cardinals baseball game. For more information, call 527-1160 or visit wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/townandcountry.

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Fox Theatre: metrotix.com, (314) 534-1111 Missouri Botanical Garden: mobot. org, (314) 577-9400 The Muny: muny.org, (314) 5341111 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: opera-stl.org, (314) 961-0644 The Pageant: thepageant.com, (314) 726-6161 Powell Symphony Hall: slso.org,

(314) 534-1700 Robert G. Reim Theatre: stagesstlouis.org, (314) 821-2407 Saint Louis Science Center: slsc. org, (314) 289-4424 Scottrade Center: ticketmaster. com, (314) 241-1888 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: livenation.com, (877) 598-8703

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Lorenzo’s Trattoria brings Northern Italian to The Hill By SUZANNE CORBETT When Lorenzo’s Trattoria opened in The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis almost a decade ago, it was the equivalent of the North invading the South. Lorenzo’s specializes in Northern Italian cuisine; The Hill traditionally has offered Southern Italian fare – mostly Sicilian. “When I was planning the restaurant, I wanted to do something different,” said Larry Fuse, Lorenzo’s owner and chef. “I first thought about a place that just served pizza and a good glass of wine, then decided on Northern Italian cuisine. I knew the food; I grew up with it. My grandparents were from Northern Italy.” Northern-style Italian cooking is a littler heartier and is known for dishes like polenta, risotto and gnocchi, all of which are on the Lorenzo’s Trattoria menu. Polenta is a creamy, cornmeal pudding some describe as Italian grits, but unlike grits, polenta is made from yellow cornmeal and is richer and creamier. Lorenzo’s polenta is flavored with fresh herbs, mixed with mushrooms, sausage and truffled oil and served as a side or as

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an appetizer. An elegant dish that few restaurants make is gnocchi (loosely translated as “lumps”) – a home-made, dumplinglike pasta. Two versions are served at Lorenzo’s: a spinach gnocchi tossed with portabellas, pine nuts and turned in an olive oil tomato sauce, and a potato gnocchi, served in a gorgonzola/fontina/ parmesan sauce studded with luganiga sausage and arugula. Both have gained rave reviews from customers and local food critics. “Dishes like gnocchi use simple ingredients,” Fuse said. “We keep it simple. We’re not going crazy trying to reinvent the wheel – we don’t have to.” That is precisely why Fuse’s menu Lorenzo’s Trattoria owner Larry Fuse. includes Italian culinary classics, like ossobuco – veal shank slowly braised with vegetables that Lorenzo’s serves plated with saffron depending on the catch of the day, which might be grourisotto and orange gremolata (an herb garnish combo of per one day and sea bass the next. Alaskan halibut is on parsley, garlic and citrus). It has become a house spe- the menu as a regular item. And while a drop of marinara cialty sauce cannot be found, one still can order spaghetti in “Another simple menu item people go crazy for is our beef bolgnese. liver and onions,” said Fuse, whose chefs have given the Incidentally, pizza – Fuse’s first professed restaurant American standard an Italian accent by sautéing provimi concept – is listed on Lorenzo’s lunch and dinner menus. calves liver and placing it on a bed of herbed polenta Any pizza can be served as a calzone – a Neapolitan spebefore topping with caramelized pearl onions, crispy pan- cialty that basically is a pizza turned inside out. cetta and a balsamic reduction. As Fuse said, Northern Italian cooking is simple, but Lorenzo’s entrees also include fish, and varieties vary the flavor is superb.

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WEST CLASSIFIEDS Assisted Care

Cleaning Services

Computer Services

CLEAN AS A WHISTLE

Home Helpers is your #1 source affordable, dependable care by compassionate caregivers. hSenior Adults h Recuperative Care hAlzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s / Dementia Care hBathing/Personal Care hTransportation h Meal Preparation hHousekeeping hOn Call 24/7 Insured/Bonded and Carefully Screened West County 636-391-0000 www.homehelpersstl.com

Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly Emergency Cleaning, Move in & Move Out

$5 for New Clients Your Satisfaction is Our Goal Insured & Bonded Call 314-426-3838

"We Have An Eye To Locate Dirt"

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$10 OFF

First Time Clean for $60 and above Bonded & Insured

CALL: 314-852-9787 Computer Services

Concrete Services SJS INC CONCRETE Driveways. Sidewalks. Porches. Patios. Pool decks. Stamped Concrete. Exposed aggregate. Foundations poured/repaired. Epoxy injection. Water proofing. Basement Floors. Walls. Stone Work. Walkways. Steps. Bobcat work. Grading. Residential-Commercial. Free Estimates. Specializing in St. Louis Counties Finer Properties. 314-353-5555

Electrical Services Service at your home or office for: PC problems or set-up Spyware and adware, virus removal Hardware and software upgrades New computer set-up $25 diagnostic charge only for first ½ hour Day, evening and weekend appointments available. Serving West St. Louis County 10% discount for Seniors (60+)

636-394-7085

Automotive Sales/ Service Save $500.00 on any In-Stock 2009 MINI

Hurry in for a test drive today.

Please present ad for discount. MINI of St. Louis. Visit us at 8455 Maryland Ave in Clayton or shop online at HYPERLINK http://www.miniofstlouis.com www.miniofstlouis.com

HOME COMPUTER SERVICES We destroy viruses and spyware, fix slow or crashed computers, perform software and hardware upgrades, install and troubleshoot any wired or wireless network, recover/ move data and install new computers. 12+ years experience working on home/corporate computers and networks. To schedule an appointment call Matt at 314.226.4279 o r w w w. y o u r p c d o c s . c o m

Computer Service & Support for Small Business & Individuals

Autos Wanted

We Buy Cars

Trucks, SUVs, late model or older lower mileage vehicles in running condition. Free pick-up, cash payment.

Computer Problems? Computer Support Needs? Computer Training Needs? Website Needs or Questions? Moving to a MAC? For Economical On Demand Service and Support Since 1995

Call 636-532-0859 Ask about our special offers for new customers!

Flooring Services WOOD FLOOR REFINISHING Add instant equity to your home Professional Floors of St. Louis 25 year old fully insured company serving entire metro community Sanding, refinishing, repairs, new installation, most manufacturers available. Free estimates 314-843-4348 profloorstl.com

Daycare opening in July, ages 1 to 5, friendly Manchester residence near Big Bend and Hwy. 141. References available. Call Mindy at 314-761-7246.

For Sale. 120, 50, 30 gallon fish tanks, filters and stands included. Excellent conditions. Call 636-519-9464

Garage/Rummage Sale

CONSTRUCTION/LANDSCAPE company seeks experienced non-union carpenters, landscape installers, flatwork finishers and general laborers. Call between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays: 314.398.7101

Holy Infant Church Sale. New Ballwin Rd. June 20 7am to 3pm; June 21 9am to 3pm. Early Bird Sale 5 to 9pm. $5 admission to early bird only.

State Farm Agent in Ellisville. PT Office Sales Representative. License a plus. Call 636-391-7788 / fax 636391-9829

Hauling Services

PT/FT earn 75K+ Mortgage Protection Specialist. Great opportunity for Insurance Agents, Mortgage Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Teachers and more. Leads provided, will train. Call 636-778-0592

Eco Cycle LLC Hauling Recyclable Household Junk for $35 per pick up. Call for delivery.

1-888-YECOCYCLE 1888-932-6292

J & J HAULING

WE HAUL IT ALL Service 7 days. Debris, furniture, appliances, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks. Garage & Basement Clean-up Neat, courteous, affordable rates. Call: 636-379-8062 or email: jandjhaul@aol.com

Lake Of Ozarks, Parkview Bay Condominium (19 mile marker), lakefront, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fully equipped, 3 swimming pools. Parkview Bay is located in the heart of Osage Beach. Condo views the lake & State Park tree line. 10 minutes from the outlet mall, restaurants, golf courses, go-kart tracks, miniature golf; nearby boat launch ramps, boat/ Jet Ski rentals, Big Surf Water Park and more. To view pictures, go to http://www.vrbo.com/236066 or call 636-530-1015.

For Rent Vacation Destin Florida Area. Beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo or home, Gated Gulf Front community. Includes beach front cabana, 3 pools, tennis courts & more. Call for Special Spring/summer rates and availability. To view pictures please go to www.vrbo.com /127089 or /148365. For Additional info Call 314-922-8344.

RN's, LPN's and CNA's

We Need Nurses In Your Area We are the leading private duty nursing company in St. Louis. Work when you want. All shifts available. Applications accepted Tues/Wed/Thurs. from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. We are located in Clayton at 141 N. Meremac, Suite 102. Questions call us at 314-863-3030. We're looking forward to working with you.

On-Call Scheduler

Private Duty Nursing Company is looking for EXPERIENCED On Call person to answer calls Mon-Fri 4:30pm - 8am and 24 hours on weekends Fri 4:30pm thru Mon 8am. Blackberry provided whie you do on call. Every other week rotation. Medical Knowledge a plus. only experienced applicants need apply. Fax resume to 314-863-3070 or email to Contact@advancenursing.org

Window Services

REPLACEMENT WINDOWS AND DOORS INC.

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Home Improvement Power Washing. Staining/ Sealing. Decks, fences, siding, brick, concrete. Free Estimates DECK MASTERS Call 314-744-1883

JS Home Services Handyman â&#x20AC;˘ Carpenter All odd jobs my speciality 20 Plus Years Experience Free Estimates! Siding, Termite Damage & Decks $50 OFF $200 labor cost with this ad 1 time use Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Call Jim at 314-420-3562 K Pro Home Improvement LLC Kitchens, Baths, Basements, Decks 12x12 from $3500. Granite tops from $25 sf., Hardwoods from $6 sf., Ceramic, Painting. 25 yrs experience. Call 636-443-3015

DAVIS HOME REPAIR & MAINTENANCE Painting, Carpentry, Interior & Exterior Door Installation. Plumbing, Bathroom Remodel, Handyman Services. No Job Too Small. References Available. Call Waid

(314) 277-7891

Home Improvement

For Rent Vacation

Carpet Sales/Services

Child CareServices

Help Wanted

Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hauling: Service 7 days. We haul construction debris, furniture, appliances, tree limbs, household trash, yard debris, railroad ties, bagged leaves, etc. Neat, courteous, professional, competitive rates. (314) 434-6837

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CARPET REPAIRS. Restretching, reseaming & patching. No job too small. Free estimates. (314) 892-1003

For Sale

Help Wanted Caregivers Wanted. Experience with all aspects of home care. Must have good communication skills. Work where you are appreciated! Call 636-391-0000 Acting & Modeling Agency is accepting applications for ages 3mo to 80yrs. Beginners Welcome. Images Agency's people have appeared in Ads, TV Shows & Commercials such as: Build-A-Bear, Sears Portraits, Six Flags, Wal-Mart, McDonalds & BJC Hospitals. We develop, market & place all sizes & heights. Apply Online At www.stlcastingcall.com OR Call 314-372-0512 State Licensed

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CARPENTRY--DOORS AND INTERIOR TRIM--WINDOWS AND SIDING--STORM AND GENERAL HOME REPAIRS. 25 PLUS YEARS EXPERIENCE. 636-394-7927 Building Maintenance Services Powerwashing & deck staining, most decks $500. AC service and cleaning starting at $45. Painting, carpentry, drywall, plumbing & electrical. Your home improvement and repair specialist! Residential & Commercial. Insured and bonded. Call us today at 314583-5250

DECK REPLACEMENT & REPAIR visit our website at: www.314229decks.com Celebrating 11 YEARS ,Vinyl Siding Specials

Painting, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Door replacements, all Odd jobs, No job too small! Very Reasonable Prices! Free Estimates! All work Guaranteed! 636-791-2079


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WEST CLASSIFIEDS Landscaping/Lawn Care Morales Landscaping LLC

Professional Lawn Mowing Grass Cutting $30 and up! Leaf, Bush & Tree removal. Retaining Walls, Patio, and Much More!

Call 636-699-5189

SHEARN LANDSCAPING. Reliable Lawn Service by Shearn Landscaping. Chesterfield Residents we will beat current service by 10% on mowing. Shearn also offer total maintenance services. Call Dennis at 636-530-1998 or 314-591-2787

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS & NURSERY SPRING DIGGING SPECIAL ON LARGE SHADE TREES ASSORTED VARIETIES PRICES STARTING $25 TO $100

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Spring Clean-up, Edging, Mulching, Grass Cutting, Fertilizing, Spraying, Sodding, Seeding, Planting, Weeding, Trimming, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Patios & Draining Work

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Tuckpointing Services

OUTDOOOR SOLUTIONS Now offering mole trapping services. 636-296-5050.

GUITAR LESSONS Now Accepting New Students. Lessons in your home. Experience includes: band leader, music composer, vocalist, references available, CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s published (CASANOVA)$30/hr.

ANYTHING IN PLUMBING. Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051

MILBOURN TUCKPOINTING Chimneys, Walls, Spot & Solid Waterproofing, Caulking Do Own Work â&#x20AC;˘ No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted 314-484-1548

Mulch Services Premium mulch or topsoil delivered to your home. All types of Bobcat work also available. All major credit cards accepted. Call Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse at 314-739-2476. Double Ground Oak Mulch, All Natural. Buy by the pick-up or dump truck load. Spread prices and dump prices available. Call 314-808-3330

Painting Services

Interior and Exterior Painting Window and Gutter Cleaning Power Washing www.painting-pros.com

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Painting Services

Upholstery Services St. Francois Upholstery Co.

House Painting

Deck & Siding Restoration Reasonable, References

636-390-8532 35 Years Experience Cliff Byrd Jr. - owner stfranuph@aol.com local references

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A-1 Custom Painting & Wallpapering, we handle your design needs, professionally trained. Faux finishes, texturing, marbling, graining. Interior & exterior, insured, free estimates. All work done by owner. Call Ken or Hugo at 636-274-2922 or 314-640-4085. 24 years experience.

CORNET PAINTING

Meeting all of Your Interior Painting needs at an ECONOMICAL PRICE! Only the FINEST MATERIALS for Your Home Free Estimates/No obligation cornetpainting@sbcglobal. net 636-458-7720

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Wanted To Buy. Baseball Cards, Sports Cards. Cardinals Souvenirs and Memorabilia Pre-1975 Only. Private Collector 314-302-1785

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Sell your Old or Unwanted Jewelry, Diamonds & Watches. Top Cash Paid! Diamond & Jewelry Brokers

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Pet Services

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Wedding Services

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Jim's Paint & Trim Service. Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decorative moulding, wallpaper removal, texturing, drywall and rotten wood repair. Call 636-778-9013

West County Pet Care. Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. We take care of Pets in your home where Pets prefer. Daily, Weekly Rates. Insured 636-394-6852 314-401-5516

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Serving West County Since 1989

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Affordable Plumbing Repairs and bathroom remodeling. Call Craig 636-458-1161 or 314-614-4840

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Spring Cleanup! Leaf r e m o v a l , mulching, tree & brush removal, stump removal, trimming, planting, garden tilling, and gutter cleaning, mowi ng! Snow Removal. Valley Landscape Co. (636) 458-8234

Music Lessons

636-527-2501

FREE ESTIMATES - GREAT PRICES! Craig's Lawn Maintenance LLC Spring cleanup, weekly mowing, trimming & blowing, aeration, seeding fertilization, mulching & more! Insured / Workmen's Comp. Senior discount. Call Craig at 314-3307883 or 636- 394-9978

Mole Services

DECK STAINING â&#x20AC;˘ BY BRUSH ONLY You've seen the mess now call the best! Specializing in Brazilian & Other Hardwood Decks

Work Guaranteed â&#x20AC;˘ Insured â&#x20AC;˘ References

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Tree Services COLE TREE SERVICE Tree and stump removal. Trimming, deadwooding. Free estimates. Insured. 636-475-3661 Website www.cole/tree/service.biz

Marriage Ceremonies Renewal of Vows Commitment Ceremonies

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To Advertise In HELP WANTED The Newsmagazine Network, St. Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest group of West Newsmagazine Classifieds direct mailed newspapers, is looking for qualified applicants for Call 636-591-0010 ext 109 Sales Executive 314-610-3313 U Able to multi-task/meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. U Generate advertising revenue from existing and new clients. email: U Have strong communication and closing skills. classifieds@westnewsmagazine.com U Tremendous income potential. Freelance News Reporter

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REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE

Grand Opening of the Villas at Fountain Plaza Provided by West Newsmagazine’s Advertising Department

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he much anticipated Grand Opening of The Villas at Fountain Plaza is here. West County’s move into the next phase of lifestyle, the Lifestyle Home®, is now a reality at the intersection of Clarkson and Clayton Roads, and the brand new display homes by Greater Missouri Builders are incredible and ready to view. “What makes the Villas at Fountain Plaza different and exciting is the fact that we’re a Lifestyle Community,” explained Greater Missouri Builders Sales Manager Kim Whalen. The homes are fabulous, but it isn’t all about the house…its about your lifestyle and all the things you can do outside of your home.” The Lifestyle Home® concept was borne out of the increasing demand for efficient, manageable homes full of upscale features and appointments within an overall community plan featuring shopping, recreation, restaurants and conveniences within walking distance. As an apparent counter to “urban sprawl”, a large movement of today’s home buyers are seeking new home opportunities in the neighborhoods they’re currently living in. But they are moving away from the large house on a large lot, and are instead looking for high-end quality in a smaller home. The trends indicate they want to stay close to familiar shopping

and stores, and if given the choice, would desire to be able to walk there. Shared outdoor amenities, such as walking trails or quiet mini-parks take the place of expansive lawns that require much maintenance and yardwork. A more intimate community atmosphere where neighbors see each other and get to know each other is winning out over the individual “estate” isolated and secluded from neighbors and visitors. The Villas at Fountain Plaza is part of the exciting Fountain Plaza development, and offers new home buyers exactly what exemplifies this trend. “Our new designs haven’t been seen before in this area,” explains Whalen. “When visitors see the way this community is designed and look at the unique floorplans of our Lifestyle Homes®, they fall in love with them.” Early response to the community has been tremendous, and the 73 homes are expected to be rapidly claimed. “We had people wanting to reserve homes before we even had the plans finalized,” said Whalen. The location on Clayton Road at Clarkson is a big draw according to Whalen, and most of the interested buyers are com-

ing from within a 3-5 mile radius of the site. “They love the concept and the lifestyle being offered here,” she explained. “They can simply walk along the pathways to the coffee shop, to Straubs for groceries, or work out at the new Lifetime Fitness center. They can stroll over and grab lunch at the Q’doba Grille and do their banking on the way. In the evening they can take a quiet walk on the lighted walking path that meanders through the neighborhood.” For many, the lifestyle includes the ability to lock up and leave for a while without worry. The intimate neighborhood provides protection and security for your property and since the exterior areas are maintained for you, the worry of lawncare while you’re gone is eliminated. “This is definitely the wave of the future, and we’re excited to be one of the first to recognize the demand for this style of living and to be able to provide it in this unique location,” explained Whalen. The villas range in price starting from the $400’s. With the Grand Opening finally here, activity is a constant at the new sales center. Helping to keep the pace of visi-

tors brisk is the fact that GMB is offering a $10,000 Grand Opening bonus for a limited time. For more details about the community and to see an overview map of the entire Fountain Plaza development, visit the website at www.fountainplazavillas.com, or visit the display center Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a personal tour. For information, you can call Kim Whalen at 636-394-8890.

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Condo for Sale - $178,500 Move-in condition! 3B/2B, 2car garage, finished LL Elfa® shelving, new carpet 1st fl., Windows & doors replaced New 50 gallon hot water heater, Parkway South Big Bend & Hanna Rd. Call Kathy, Owner/Broker,

758 Stone Meadow Drive

…iÃÌiÀvˆi`ÊUÊfÎÇx]äää $25,000 REDUCTION. Stunning Ranch Villa w/2+BR’S. Over 2700sf Liv Space. Granite, Wd Flrs, Fin LL w/lookout windows. Backs to Common Ground. EZ Access to Hwy 40/64. CALL “BLAZE”

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Bennett Springs Niangua River 12 acres on river with deeded access, 1 mi. upstream from Bennett Springs, 2 mi. via Hwy 64. Great floating and fishing! Stone foundation remains from original settler's cabin; electric and well. Asking $95,000. Additional acreage available. Owner/Broker 636-230-0600 peades@charter.net

FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS? TRY LITTLE BIT O' COUNTRY House For Lease and/or with Option To Buy/For Sale by Owner

St. Louis County: Rustic 7 room Cedar ranch, vaulted ceilings,3 BR 2 full baths. 2224 sq ft. huge rock fireplace, plus 1 gas fireplace, all appliances, central vac system, large deck and detached 3-car garage. Nestled between trees, on 6+ beautiful acres, perfect for horses. Lease$1990/ month /Option to buy-return of 20%/-Priced to sell at $339,900 by owner. View pictures:http://www.realtor.com/ realestateandhomes-detail/5871Hill-View-Dr_Pacific_MO_63069_ 1107520273 Call owner at 314.608.0456.

Chesterfield Condo for sale/ lease

OPEN HOUSE 0SDIBSE5SBDFt8JMEXPPE Elegant display worthy 4 bdrms, 4.5 bth w/nearly 4300 sq ft will impress the discerning buyer! 2sty foyer & 2sty greatrm w/gas frplc, gourmet vaulted kit open to sunroom, vaulted mstr w/ lux bth w/2 walk in closets,surround sound

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244 CARLYLE LAKE DR. Tremendous 5 bed villa with many updates, 6100 sq. ft. of living space, gorgeous views of lake. Call Cathy ShawConnely 636-346-4960

499 MELANIE MEADOWS LN. Extraordinary 4 bed, 4.5 bath home on park-like lot in sought after area.

18823 CLIFFVIEW LN. One of a kind custom built atrium ranch with top of the line features, nestled on 7.4+/- private acres.

7416 HEATHERMOOR LN. Beautiful 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 1.5 story, open floor plan, beautiful yard.

18746 BONHOMME CREEK RD. Beautiful horse ranch in the heart of Wildwood on 4.7+/acres, beautifully updated home, inground pool, barn.

4750 HWY D Fantastic place to raise a family! 5 bed 1.5 story home on 27.6+/- acres, barn, pasture, pool, tremendous views.

16638 EQUESTRIAN LN. Beautifully updated villa w/approx. 2552 sq. ft. of living space, deck overlooking common ground, great location.

33 WHARTON WAY CT. Gorgeous ranch villa with loads of upgrades nestled on premium cul-de-sac lot. Call Cathy ShawConnely 636-346-4960

1210 Hickory Run Wildwood 63005, 5 bd, 3.5 bth 2 sty on 3 acs. Incredible theatre room. $449,900

18556 Bridlespur Estates Dr, Wildwood, fire damaged home, 48x80 barn, 3 acs $249,900

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