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West Newsmagazine 4-11-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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McKnight Place assisted living 3 McKnight Place • St. Louis • 314.993.3333 • www.mcknightplace.com McKnight Place Assisted Living has a new look and it’s bigger and better than ever before. With 90 spacious new apartments and suites, the McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion offers even more of the upscale amenities and uncompromised service for which McKnight Place has become known. This expansive addition to The Gatesworth communities is now open and brings more of the very best in assisted living to the St. Louis area. The new McKnight Place Assisted Living offers a true home-like setting for its many residents. Every apartment includes beautiful crown molding and wood style flooring, kitchens with custom wood cabinets and granite countertops, full-size refrigerators, spacious bathrooms, large Pella® windows that provide natural light, and 9- or 10-foot ceilings. Residents are even encouraged to customize their living spaces with the help of McKnight Place staff to feel more at home. The McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion offers all-inclusive services and amenities, like a theater, fitness area, greenhouse, beauty salon, lush gardens, walking paths and more to enhance its already robust calendars of activities, events and social outings. Additionally, McKnight Place continues to provide supportive services for residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including a wide range of on-site physical and occupational therapies and nursing care. Residents at McKnight Place also enjoy some of the finest restaurantstyle dining available, with fresh, flavorful options for every meal— which also means no cooking and cleaning! Their award-winning chef, Anthony Lyons, CEC, prepares classic recipes and creates new favorites while ensuring a variety of healthy and delicious dining options are available to please every discerning palate. Residents can choose from a variety of freshly prepared and wellbalanced menu options at breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Taste is never compromised, and every dish is approved by a registered dietician to ensure both residents’ health needs and our high standards are met,” Chef Lyons said. “We use the freshest ingredients possible to create meals that make eating well a treat.” Catering by Chef Lyons and his talented team is also available for both on- and off-site events. McKnight Place understands how important familial support can be for residents. That’s why McKnight Place staff encourages residents to have loved ones visit as they please. Their caring staff are always happy to welcome friends and family for meals, special events and more. In addition, McKnight Place takes care of daily tasks like laundry, housekeeping and meal preparation, so you and your family members can spend more quality time together. Staying social is a great way for older adults to stay happy and healthy. Luckily, maintaining an active social life at McKnight Place is easy with daily calendars full of exciting social, educational and entertaining activities, events, presentations, performances and trips. The community regularly welcomes special guest speakers from the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and much more, who share fascinating, interactive presentations with residents and their guests. Every month they feature an all-new schedule of activities and learning opportunities! As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, McKnight Place Assisted Living continues The Gatesworth tradition of excellence in senior living, providing independent retirement and senior living, assisted living, dementia and Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing services. Their dedicated team is proud of its reputation for unrivaled service and quality care across the St. Louis region. To learn more about McKnight Place Assisted Living’s exciting new expansion, or to schedule a tour, call 314.993.3333.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, from page 11 bridges she’s seen. “How can any of us want to wait until there is a major accident and people lose their lives because we didn’t step up to the plate and do what we need to do for funding transportation infrastructure?” But she questioned whether the legislation would be “revenue-neutral” meaning it would not lower state revenue appreciably. Schupp pointed out that the state already implemented two tax cuts in a gradual tax reduction in 2014 and that a federal income tax cut signed by President Donald Trump could affect general revenue moving forward. Schupp said she didn’t want to take money out of the general revenue, which funds public education, and leave children with less than they deserve. “General revenue neutrality will at least ensure that we have the money we currently have in the budget to support public education, and that includes higher education, and some of the other elements that are funded out of our general revenue budget,” Schupp said. “I don’t want to walk down the yellow brick road to becoming Kansas and that’s one of my concerns.” Schupp said all of these pieces – higher education, public education and infrastructure – have to be looked at together “before we start putting into place continued tax decreases, as much as my constituents would love to see and that and I would love to give it to them.” “We have to make sure we fund those things that we know are important for the economic growth and the growth of the people of the state of Missouri,” Schupp said. She added that she looked forward to working with her fellow senators in achieving that goal. In regard to other bills being considered to raise transportation funding, Schatz said there are several other bills being heard by the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee, of which he is chairman. One bill, Senate Bill 734, would allow a 10-cent increase in gas and diesel fuel taxes. Another bill, Senate Bill 1050, would authorize a four-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax. If approved, the sales tax would fund the Missouri Highway Patrol, allowing $250 million in road funding currently used to fund the patrol to be shifted to roads and bridges. Both measures would require a vote of the people. Schatz said a 10-cent increase didn’t do well in polling among voters. Like Schupp, he voiced concern about deteriorating roads and bridges. “We’re committed to trying to find a way, we obviously cannot continue to ignore the problem and kick the can down the road,” Schatz said. Burns told those gathered that everybody coming to Jefferson City talks about the importance of education and fixing roads and bridges to spur economic development. He added that he hoped it wouldn’t take a tragedy to spur something getting done. He noted that hotels, like the DoubleTree in Chesterfield where the legislative update was held, now are required to have sprinkler systems above the first floor. He said that requirement stems from a 1982 fire in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas that prompted a national outcry. “I hope we never have a road or bridge collapse and a bunch of people get killed like what happened in Florida a few weeks ago to get us to get something done on this,” Burns said in regard to transportation funding. Meanwhile, Nations noted that other transportation issues have the potential to impact the state’s economy. He pointed to a report published by a statewide transportation task force in January that talked about funding and changing technology such as Uber, alternative fuels and self-driving cars. Nations also noted that the state’s transportation system is critical to the movement of freight, which is another economic factor for the state. He noted that Bi-State and the St. Louis Regional Freightway announced on March 27 that they had signed memorandums of understanding with the Port of Plaquemines in New Orleans and American Patriot holdings with the goal of increasing freight movement along the Mississippi River. Burns, who sits on a legislative transportation subcommittee on barges and docking facilities, said that the state has a “big economic advantage because barges moving upriver from Louisiana don’t have to be broken down” when traveling on the Mississippi until they reach the locks and dam at Alton. He said some issues being worked on by the subcommittee include dredging rivers to keep them deep enough for barge traffic and the replacement or repair of the 127-year-old Merchants Bridge across the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. Schatz noted that an increase in the present fuel tax is the right way to go today, but in “15 to 20 years from now we may have to look at something that is more technology driven” as alternative fuels and the possibility of driverless vehicles come into play. He also sees more pressure on state roads as ports get more developed. More and more items being be shipped there will be placed on trucks for delivery, he said. About a third of the present fuel tax is paid by nonresidents, Schatz said as an argument for increasing that tax. “It’s the smartest way to do it; it doesn’t put the whole burden on the citizens of Missouri,” he said. Although opinions differed on the panel and around the room regarding the best approach to transportation and road funding, one thing everyone agreed on was that legislators must work together and be open to resolving the debate over the long haul. April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I 43 TLC Cemetery Grave Care “We Honor The Memory of Your Loved One” Services: Inspect gravestone Grass trimming and removal of litter around headstone Minister will say a blessing prayer at the gravesite Placement of flowers, flags, angels, etc The Act of Heritage laying of stone or pebble on the gravestone Birthdays Anniversaries Mother's Day Father's Day Before and after photo emailed to you Veteran's Day Special Occasions Honor • Respect • Care or Just Because Call Today For More Information 314-703-7456