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Vol. 29 No. 7 • April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I OPINION I 3<br />

Recapturing our lost<br />

and disillusioned youth<br />

Our nation’s Declaration of Independence<br />

begins with the famous statement that “all<br />

men ... are endowed by their Creator with<br />

certain unalienable Rights, that among these<br />

are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”<br />

But according to the latest Gallup World<br />

Happiness Report, Americans’ success in the<br />

“pursuit of happiness” is diminishing.<br />

For the first time since the annual report<br />

was first compiled in 2012, the United States<br />

is not among the top 20 happiest countries in<br />

the world.<br />

In this latest 20<strong>24</strong> report, the United States<br />

ranks 23 in the world, down from number 15<br />

in 2023.<br />

A large factor influencing the drop in happiness<br />

in the United States is particularly bad<br />

results among young Americans. For those<br />

age 30 and below, the United States ranks 62<br />

in the world. This compared to those age 60<br />

and above, for whom the United States ranks<br />

number 10.<br />

What’s going on with our youth?<br />

A recent Wall Street Journal article about<br />

so-called Gen Z, those born between 1997<br />

and 2012, identifies members of Gen Z who<br />

are 18 and up as “America’s Most Disillusioned<br />

Voters.”<br />

The headline continues, “Young adults are<br />

now more skeptical of government and pessimistic<br />

about the future than any other living<br />

generation before them.”<br />

Per Wall Street Journal polling reported<br />

in the article, “More than three-quarters of<br />

voters under 30 think the country is moving<br />

in the wrong direction – a greater share than<br />

any other age group. Nearly one-third of<br />

voters under 30 have an unfavorable view<br />

of both Biden and Trump, a higher number<br />

than all older voters. Sixty-three percent of<br />

young voters think neither party adequately<br />

represents them.”<br />

In the 18-25 age group, 28% say they have<br />

“hardly any confidence” in the Supreme<br />

Court, 34% in Congress, 37% in the executive<br />

branch and 52% in the press.<br />

A young USA Today columnist named<br />

Sara Pequeno shared her views about what’s<br />

going on and why.<br />

The explanations she ticks off are a generation<br />

coming of age during the COVID<br />

pandemic, an explosion of the worst inflation<br />

in years and, she adds, the impact of<br />

the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v.<br />

Wade, which she calls “the loss of a right<br />

that our parents had – the right to an abortion<br />

nationwide.”<br />

She cites Gallup showing that 89% of<br />

those 18-29 years old support legal abortion<br />

under any or certain circumstances.<br />

We’re talking here about our nation’s future,<br />

and this dismal picture should trouble us all.<br />

Let me suggest a different perspective on<br />

this problem.<br />

This youngest generation is also coming of<br />

age during a time of unprecedented expansion<br />

of government, meaning an unprecedented<br />

incursion into the individual freedom<br />

of every American.<br />

The federal government is now taking onequarter<br />

of the American economy.<br />

Federal debt, equal to our entire GDP, is<br />

projected by the Congressional Budget<br />

Office to keep growing. This is all on the<br />

shoulders of these young Americans.<br />

Regarding the impact of the COVID pandemic,<br />

a new study published by the Committee<br />

to Unleash Prosperity, authored by<br />

scholars from the Hoover Institution, Johns<br />

Hopkins University, the University of Chicago<br />

and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity,<br />

shows the costs of the shutdowns in the<br />

way of added deaths, massive economic costs<br />

and damage caused by school shutdowns<br />

overwhelm any benefits that were gained.<br />

Regarding abortion, we must note that<br />

these young Americans are growing up in an<br />

environment of the collapse of the American<br />

family, traditional marriage and birth rates.<br />

Let’s be aware, as we enter the season of<br />

Easter for Christians and Passover for Jews,<br />

that the growth of government tracks the<br />

diminishing of faith.<br />

To go back to the Declaration of Independence,<br />

the rights the founders noted<br />

were sourced in our Creator. The founders<br />

who signed the Declaration did so “with a<br />

firm reliance on the protection of Divine<br />

Providence.”<br />

This was meant to be a free nation under<br />

God. As we destroy these conditions, we are<br />

losing our young people.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center for<br />

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.” To find out more about<br />

Star Parker and read features by other<br />

Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists,<br />

visit the Creators Syndicate website at<br />

www.creators.com.<br />

© 20<strong>24</strong> Creators.com<br />

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4 I OPINION I<br />

April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />





RE: A broken<br />

socialist dinosaur<br />

Parker penned “Social Security: A<br />

broken socialist dinosaur” to instill fear.<br />

Her view is inaccurate.<br />

While Social Security needs attention,<br />

it’s not “broken.” Like any annuity, risks<br />

and benefits must be regularly analyzed<br />

and adjustments made. We’ve seen insurance<br />

premiums regularly increase due<br />

to inflation. This is no different. Taxes<br />

collected must match projected benefits.<br />

Social Security trust fund reserves are<br />

projected to be depleted by 2034. Without<br />

prompt Congressional action today, 2034<br />

benefits may be reduced by 20 percent.<br />

Congress must act today to address<br />

the expected shortfall in 10 years. How?<br />

Options exist. First, raise the Social Security<br />

tax rate. The last increase was in 1990<br />

– 34 years ago. Second, raise the retirement<br />

age. Third, increase the taxable maximum<br />

income limit. Currently, 19% of the population<br />

earns an income greater than the<br />

$168,600 maximum. Fourth, allow the<br />

Treasury to invest reserves in assets with<br />

higher risks and yields. Currently, the<br />

Treasury is restricted to investing reserves<br />

in Treasury securities.<br />

Republicans are critical of Social Security<br />

and propose cutting it altogether. Yet,<br />

they’ve offered no alternatives for a popular<br />

program – one for which 20 percent of<br />

Americans are dependent. While $1.5 trillion<br />

will be paid out in 20<strong>24</strong> benefits, most<br />

of those dollars will be put right back into<br />

the economy for essential purchases. Program<br />

termination is untenable as Congress<br />

would need to set aside funds to cover<br />

embedded liabilities.<br />

Parker’s calling Social Security “socialist”<br />

is a dog whistle. Conservatives wrongly<br />

label those who disagree with their views<br />

as “socialist” without understanding<br />

socialism and equate socialism with communism.<br />

Socialists argue for a safety net<br />

and the equitable distribution of resources.<br />

Because our country has programs for the<br />

needy does not automatically equate to<br />

socialism. While conservatives forcefully<br />

seek to embed Christian values in policy<br />

decisions, they conveniently forget the<br />

principle of “love thy neighbor” and the<br />

directive “whatever you did for the least of<br />

these, you did for me” when it comes to<br />

caring for our most vulnerable Americans.<br />

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Betting against sports gambling<br />

The planet’s most famous basketball player will make betting picks for<br />

the planet’s biggest sports betting app starting this football season. LeBron<br />

James says to bet big with DraftKings. Pete Rose and Joe Jackson shake their<br />

heads.<br />

A short time after James’ deal with DraftKings was announced, NBA player<br />

(and Mizzou alumni) Jontay Porter came under investigation for alleged<br />

suspicious betting activity. The NFL suspended ten players for betting last<br />

season, the first in which they fielded the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. Earth’s<br />

wealthiest baseball player, global sensation Shohei Ohtani, is caught up in<br />

a dubious betting scandal involving his long-time interpreter and an illegal<br />

bookmaker.<br />

ESPN, the self-proclaimed “global leader” in sports journalism, now has<br />

its own branded sports betting app. Journalistic integrity, meet economic<br />

necessity.<br />

We can blame the Supreme Court. In 2018 the court overturned the Professional<br />

and Amateur Sports Protection Act. PASPA had effectively outlawed<br />

sports betting except in a few states. The Supreme Court, citing the 10th<br />

Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, said that the federal government should<br />

stay out of the state’s business.<br />

The states, by and large, decided that their business was sports betting (Missouri,<br />

so far has not allowed this). In the six years since the ruling, sportsbooks<br />

have brought in some $300 billion in wagers and paid out some $2<br />

billion in taxes to the states. Social responsibility, meet political expediency.<br />

We are now a nation of gamblers. Historically, that has worked out pretty<br />

well for us. Back in the day, it meant we were gambling on this new form of<br />

government in this new land.<br />

It meant that we were betting we’d find gold out west, or betting that this<br />

whole internet thing might really take off. Being a nation of gamblers meant<br />

that we were taking a risk that resulted in tangible benefit and public good.<br />

That is not what we are talking about anymore. In professional casino gambling<br />

and sports betting, the house always wins. There is no public good.<br />

The best you can say about a casino is that it creates jobs and tax dollars.<br />

You can’t say the same thing for a sports betting app. It’s just an app. It’s an<br />

ATM for the gambling industry. It sucks in your money and spits it out to a<br />

corporate boardroom.<br />

In the meantime, it threatens the integrity of every single sport. In the days<br />

of Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson, sports wagering was largely limited<br />

to who wins and who loses. Information moved very slowly, so to maintain<br />

their advantage, the bookmaker had to set the odds and hope for the best.<br />

Nowadays, you can bet on almost anything during a sporting event and the<br />

bookmaker can update the odds (and maintain the advantage) in real-time.<br />

The scandal currently surrounding Jontay Porter involves what are called<br />

“prop bets,” or proposition bets. These bets allow gamblers to make wagers<br />

on increasingly specific outcomes, such as how many points a player might<br />

score. In the case of Porter, a contingent of large bets were placed on his<br />

performance coming in under where the odds makers had placed it. Porter<br />

played poorly. The gamblers beat the house. The incident is being investigated.<br />

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Tara Ridge development<br />

moving forward<br />

Now that the Barat Academy campus has<br />

been torn down, McBride Homes is moving<br />

forward on its Tara Ridge development.<br />

The Sterling Company, on behalf of Tara<br />

Ridge Development, LLC, submitted a<br />

record plat for the 35-acre site on the north<br />

side of Wild Horse Creek Road, across<br />

from Savonne Court.<br />

It has been the site of Barat Academy<br />

since 2011. It was rezoned in 2021, and<br />

site development and improvement plans<br />

were approved last year.<br />

Grading has already begun at the site.<br />

The record plat would establish 35<br />

single-family lots, common grounds and<br />

public roads. Once a plat is recorded, the<br />

lots can be sold to individual owners.<br />

Common ground areas will feature amenities,<br />

including an onsite pickleball court<br />

for residents, butterfly garden, neighborhood<br />

library box and pavilion. An educational<br />

monument and benches will be<br />

placed at the historic Blake Mound.<br />

A mulch trail proposed around the<br />

mound that was previously approved has<br />

now been removed at the request of Mark<br />

Leach, to mitigate impact to the mound,<br />

said Shilpi Bharti, planner. Leach served<br />

as the coordinator of Chesterfield’s Blake<br />

Mound and Cave site and promotes ongoing<br />

professional archaeological research.<br />

According to McBride’s website, Tara<br />

Ridge will offer luxury homes from the<br />

$710’s with floorplans that have three-car<br />

side-entry garages, oversized homesites<br />

and onsite amenities.<br />

At the Planning Commission meeting<br />

on March 11, the record plat was recommended<br />

for approval. It will next go before<br />

the Chesterfield City Council.<br />


City updates Capital<br />

Improvement Program<br />

with more park details<br />

On March 11, City Administrator Mark<br />

Perkins led a detailed explanation of Creve<br />

Coeur’s 2025-2029 Capital Improvement<br />

Program. Just two weeks later, Perkins<br />

offered some important updates prior to<br />

the regular City Council meeting.<br />

With so much attention being given lately<br />

to Millennium and Venable parks, Perkins<br />

began by addressing potential changes in<br />

Lake School Park. The main focus was<br />

not only on the new playground, but also<br />

a major parking lot expansion due to an<br />

anticipated number of future visitors.<br />

“I wanted to point this out because we<br />

have a really large number projected for<br />

2028 of $2.6 million,” Perkins said. “This<br />

is for the tennis and pickleball center we<br />

talked a little bit about over the years for the<br />

multi-parks master plan. But we’re looking<br />

at that to provide a couple other options to<br />

present to the City Council because it’s a<br />

lot of money. We’ve already come up with<br />

a variety of options, and that would be a<br />

high-end one. We have a lower cost option<br />

such as not as many courts because the<br />

parking lot expansion will be really expensive,<br />

as will the retaining walls.”<br />

Regarding the playground, there used to<br />

be one years ago, but it became aged and<br />

was removed. It was also small, and would<br />

be replaced by a larger one per neighbor<br />

requests, but not as big as the Venable Park<br />

one. Perkins added that they’d be talking<br />

to the council about possible demolition if<br />

Chesterfield chooses not to acquire it.<br />

Replying to a question from Mayor<br />

Robert Hoffman, Director of Public Works<br />

Jim Heines said Lake School Park is just<br />

seven acres in size with a different configuration<br />

than most parks. Perkins added<br />

that one consideration with that park is the<br />

walking path around its perimeter.<br />

Also, the city sold Fountain Park for<br />

$750,000 a few years ago, and that money<br />

still has not been appropriated. Council<br />

member Joe Martinich (Ward 4) suggested<br />

that some of that money could be allocated<br />

for a biking trail.<br />

Regarding Creve Coeur parks spending,<br />

Council member Dan Tierney (Ward<br />

4) added, “I was just wondering about<br />

some of the outrageous costs of $120,000-<br />

$400,000 for new park bathrooms. Have<br />

we ever gone back to see if prices have<br />

become a little more reasonable?”<br />

Perkins said that because of those prices,<br />

Creve Coeur has renovated some of those<br />

instead.<br />


City announces inaugural<br />

Civic Season<br />

The city of Manchester is preparing a<br />

series of interactive experiences from<br />

April to July that are focused on the values<br />

of civic engagement, patriotism and community<br />

connectedness.<br />

Dubbed “Civic Season,” this inaugural<br />

set of events is planned to offer a wide<br />

variety of activities to heighten citizens’<br />

sense of belonging, civic responsibilities<br />

and to encourage acts of service.<br />

“This Civic Season is not just a list<br />

of events; it’s a call to rediscover the<br />

joy of community and the strength we<br />

gain from one another,” said Manchester<br />

Mayor Mike Clement. “Through a variety<br />

of events, we are engaging citizens<br />

of all ages in our collective civic life,<br />

nurturing a culture of care and seeking<br />

to spark a renewed spirit of neighborly<br />

collaboration.”<br />

Kicking off the season is Civic Saturday,<br />

a gathering focused on “Care” and<br />

how people build trust and relationships by<br />

looking out for one another. It takes place<br />

on Saturday, April 6, 20<strong>24</strong>, from 10-11 a.m.<br />

at the Parks Building in Schroeder Park,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road. This Civic<br />

Saturday gathering features music, readings<br />

and conversation planned by a team<br />

of area residents.



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The full schedule of events can be found<br />

at manchestermo.gov/civicseason<br />

City doubles traffic fines<br />

around proposed site of ECC<br />

As progress continues towards a proposed<br />

early childhood center between Wren<br />

Hollow Elementary and Southwest Middle<br />

in the Parkway School District, nearby<br />

residents have repeatedly expressed concern<br />

about traffic safety. Those concerns<br />

were addressed at the city of Manchester’s<br />

Board of Aldermen meeting on March 18.<br />

The board passed an ordinance that<br />

would double fines for certain traffic violations<br />

from the intersection of Wren Avenue<br />

and Sulphur Springs Road to the Parkway<br />

School District Southwest Middle School<br />

property line. Fines will also be increased<br />

from Canary Drive from Wren Avenue,<br />

including the intersection at Cardinal Lane<br />

and Big Bend Woods Drive. Violations subject<br />

to the ordinance include speeding, following<br />

too closely, careless and imprudent<br />

driving and failure to yield for stop signs or<br />

pedestrians. Manchester resident Dan Miller<br />

said he is pleased that the city is implementing<br />

these measures to slow down drivers,<br />

but was concerned about capacity issues.<br />

In addition to traffic concerns, residents<br />

have raised concerns about flooding, school<br />

safety and the use of green space.<br />

“I have raised responsible and capable<br />

children who I trust to walk to school,”<br />

said Manchester resident Kayla Nenenswander.<br />

“But I do not trust the people<br />

that cut through at 2:30 p.m. Every day<br />

(my children) have to move to the backyard<br />

because the high school gets let out<br />

and those kids are wild (drivers). I can only<br />

imagine what that will do with the early<br />

childhood center and how much more traffic<br />

that will be in our backyard.”<br />

Parkway is conducting a traffic study of<br />

the area and is expected to submit an official<br />

site development proposal to the city<br />

when it’s finished. The district’s initial<br />

goal is to start the permitting process this<br />

spring, construction by late summer or<br />

early autumn and open in October 2026.<br />

Residents had a chance to hear about Parkway’s<br />

plans for the early childhood center<br />

at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on March<br />

26 at Southwest Middle. Manchester will<br />

also hold a public meeting with the police<br />

department and the public works department<br />

on April 3 to hear from residents.<br />


Pavement contract awarded<br />

The St. Louis County Council approved<br />

at its March 19 council meeting a contract<br />

with Pace Construction Company LLC<br />

for the New Ballwin Avenue resurfacing<br />

project in the amount of $1.76 million, not<br />

to exceed $1.8 million. This project will<br />

provide pavement rehabilitation, enhancements<br />

to pedestrian and ADA access routes<br />

and traffic signal upgrades on New Ballwin<br />

Road from Twigwood Drive to Oak Leaf<br />

Manor Court. Five bids were received by<br />

the county for this project, with Pace being<br />

the lowest bid, officials said.<br />

County Council Chair makes<br />

new proposal to fund ARPA<br />

grants for nonprofits<br />

Legislation was introduced on March<br />

26 at the St. Louis County Council meeting<br />

by Council Chair Shalonda Webb<br />

(D-District 4) that would use a portion of<br />

the county’s NFL Settlement Fund to pay<br />

$1.65 million to a handful of nonprofits<br />

that were awarded American Rescue<br />

Plan Act (ARPA) funds in 2022 and<br />

have not yet been paid. The council and<br />

county administration are at an impasse<br />

on whether or not the ARPA funds can<br />

be granted while the county’s budget is<br />

in a deficit. County Executive Dr. Sam<br />

Page has said in the past that the administration<br />

doesn’t have the funds to ensure<br />

the ARPA funds are spent according to<br />

federal guidelines after they are distributed.<br />

Council members said the funding<br />

to oversee the grants was accounted<br />

for. Kyle Klemp, deputy chief of operations<br />

in the office of the county executive,<br />

attended the March 19 committee<br />

of the whole meeting on behalf of the<br />

Page administration and said that if the<br />

council restored $12 million to the 20<strong>24</strong><br />

budget, then the funds would be released.<br />

The ARPA funds must be allocated by<br />

December 20<strong>24</strong> and spent by December<br />

2025, or they must be returned to the<br />

federal government. There is a possibility<br />

that the funds could be reallocated to other<br />

parts of the county’s budget, but that would<br />

require a vote by the council.<br />

The same bill also proposes funding<br />

other projects with NFL Settlement<br />

Fund money totalling $8.1 million.<br />

These projects include $5.6 million to<br />

the Child Care Aware of Missouri to be<br />

used for programs or projects to support<br />

the WAGE$ Program that supports the<br />

early childhood workforce and access<br />

to high-quality, safe childcare; $800,000<br />

to Family Forward for support of Child<br />

Care Aware of Missouri, to be used on<br />

projects that improve access to therapeutic<br />

and educational services to support<br />

biological, foster and adoptive families<br />

in St. Louis County; and $85,000 to<br />

fund the implementation and first year of<br />

the county’s senior citizen property tax<br />

freeze program.<br />

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Residents react to legislation “blighting” former Bayer Campus<br />


The 96-acre Olia Village mixed-use project<br />

received mixed reviews at the March<br />

25 public hearing held at the Creve Coeur<br />

Government Center.<br />

Detailed discussions regarding the<br />

17-phase development have spanned some 18<br />

months. It has filled many of the city’s Planning<br />

& Zoning Commission meetings, City<br />

Council work sessions and regular meetings.<br />

This time, City Administrator Mark<br />

Perkins kicked off the lengthy discussion<br />

by quickly describing the initial readings<br />

of three bills regarding the former Bayer<br />

properties just southwest of the Olive and<br />

Lindbergh intersection.<br />

Bill 6112 would use the Missouri Chapter<br />

353 designation of the area as blighted for<br />

tax abatement purposes. Bill 6113 would<br />

create a Community Improvement District<br />

(CID) designation to the Olia Village<br />

Development site. Bill 6114 allows the city<br />

to issue Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds<br />

in an amount not to exceed $135 million to<br />

aid in the construction of the project.<br />

The first of five spokespeople representing<br />

the Olia Village plans was Matt Pfund<br />

of Jack Matthews Development, LLC.<br />

“We’re here to talk about an exciting<br />

opportunity for Creve Coeur with an<br />

upscale live, work, play destination on the<br />

former Bayer-Monsanto campus,” Pfund<br />

said. “This will be an important piece of<br />

the 39 North District – a walkable, urban,<br />

mixed-use site with a Main Street that’s<br />

closable for city public events.”<br />

The project also includes redoing Pavilion<br />

Drive and parts of Old Olive and the<br />

Lindbergh cloverleaf. It would include a<br />

change from Bayer’s private utilities to<br />

totally public ones, plus addressing challenges<br />

in topography of an 85-foot drop<br />

from Olive Boulevard heading south<br />

toward the new development site.<br />

Like speakers who followed him, Pfund<br />

used the term ‘extraordinary costs’ of<br />

$80.6 million, referring to unique expenses<br />

caused by the challenges of redeveloping<br />

the site.<br />

“This plan requires incentives to offset<br />

extraordinary costs that the project can’t<br />

move forward without,” Pfund said. “We<br />

negotiated an incentive plan that requires<br />

zero dollars in upfront investment. It maintains<br />

the current tax revenue in all districts<br />

as it stands today. It only produces incentive<br />

assistance if the project is successful.”<br />

Shayla Meehan, senior real estate project<br />

manager at Steadfast City Economic<br />

& Community Partners, said in lieu of<br />

those extraordinary costs and to attract<br />

private investors, the developer is seeking<br />

a reimbursement value of $61.8 million in<br />

discounted incentives, or 6 percent of the<br />

roughly $984 million project. There is also<br />

a tax abatement requested for real estate<br />

property tax revenues in the amount of $86<br />

million.<br />

On the Chapter 353 designation, Meehan<br />

said the definition of “blighted” includes<br />

the predominance of unsanitary and unsafe<br />

conditions that endanger life or property by<br />

fire or other causes, and a menace to public<br />

health, safety or welfare. That included<br />

water seepage of an existing building due<br />

to poor stormwater management. She<br />

added that environmental reports found<br />

asbestos-containing materials in three of<br />

the buildings intended for reuse, creating<br />

an inability to occupy the site until it’s<br />

been remediated.<br />

“There’s also been damage to utility lines,”<br />

Meehan said. “The project aims for these<br />

utilities to be placed underground, which<br />

are also the goals of the city and Ameren.<br />

There’s the deterioration of roadways and<br />

the site superintendent has highlighted<br />

criminal activity which includes trespassing,<br />

vandalism and theft. Also, over time, the site<br />

in its current use is not keeping pace financially.<br />

Since 2018, property assessment has<br />

depreciated by more than 12%.”<br />

Robert Klahr of the Armstrong Teasdale<br />

See CREVE COEUR, page 45<br />

Mutant cockroach has Butterfly House, scientific community all aflutter<br />


The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly<br />

House in Faust Park is beautiful. Attractive<br />

architecture, lovely lake, gorgeous<br />

gardens, and of course, radiant Rhopalocera!<br />

That’s the scientific name<br />

for butterfly – and science is literally<br />

behind everything at the Butterfly<br />

House.<br />

Behind its tropical conservatory and<br />

8,000 square feet of living exhibits,<br />

classrooms and visitor amenities are<br />

unassuming laboratories where the<br />

magic happens. It’s not just caterpillars<br />

forming chrysalides and morphing into butterflies.<br />

The Butterfly House is an insect zoo<br />

and its labs are crawling with well-contained<br />

bugs, including a remarkable cockroach<br />

named Harvey.<br />

Named after Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face<br />

of Batman fame, this hissing cockroach is a<br />

mutant that is exciting scientists around the<br />

world. It appears that Harvey may have two<br />

sets of male DNA. The reason for that conclusion<br />

and his nickname is that Harvey has<br />

two distinct colorations: one side of him is<br />

golden brown, the other is dark brown. The<br />

colorization indicates that Harvey is a chimera.<br />

Horns on his head indicate that he is<br />

male.<br />

Chimeras are mutations in which one<br />

animal possesses two sets of DNA. This type<br />

of mutation is rare, estimated to occur in one<br />

out of every 250,000 insects. However, insect<br />

(Nathan Kwarta photo)<br />

chimera mutations that contain two sets of<br />

male DNA are incredibly rare and an insect<br />

with two different colorations is unique.<br />

Invertebrate Keeper Nicole Pruess, who<br />

discovered Harvey, described doing so as “a<br />

once-in-a-lifetime experience.”<br />

Tad Yankoski, senior entomologist at the<br />

Butterfly House, said his jaw dropped when<br />

Pruess sent him Harvey’s photo. It didn’t take<br />

long for Yankoski to alert other scientists,<br />

who he says are “arguably the world experts<br />

on this type of mutation.”<br />

“What is consistent is that they are all<br />

excited and say they’ve never seen anything<br />

like this before” Yankoski said. “The frustrating<br />

part is that they’ve never seen anything<br />

like it before.”<br />

DNA testing could unlock some of the<br />

mystery but collecting DNA from a cockroach<br />

isn’t easy. The best chance could come<br />

if Harvey molts again.<br />

Cockroaches shed their skin as part<br />

of their growth process. With Harvey<br />

sequestered, Butterfly House scientists<br />

might be able to collect his DNA the<br />

next time he molts – if he molts. Once<br />

a cockroach reaches its adult size, it no<br />

longer needs to shed its skin. Madagascar<br />

hissing cockroaches typically reach<br />

full length between two and four inches.<br />

Harvey is on the small side of that scale,<br />

but Pruess said he may be fully mature.<br />

Given his size, it’s clear that he’s<br />

been around for a while, perhaps as<br />

many as six to nine months, living<br />

undetected in a colony of cockroaches.<br />

“Some of our colonies have thousands of<br />

roaches, so it’s potentially easy for one to go<br />

unnoticed,” Yankoski said. “Harvey’s mutation<br />

also may not have appeared until a later<br />

life stage, so it wasn’t noticeable until his<br />

most recent molting.”<br />

For now, Harvey is living his best life and<br />

being watched carefully as scientists theorize<br />

about his mutation and what it might mean,<br />

including in regard to their research into<br />

human conditions such as multiple sclerosis,<br />

lupus and more.<br />

“It probably isn’t a fair comparison to draw<br />

a direct line from Harvey to a human medical<br />

patient,” Yankoski said. “But we’re not as<br />

different as you think. So if you learn what<br />

causes a cell mutation in a cockroach, it’s not<br />

that big of a step to apply that knowledge to<br />

what’s happening with humans.”<br />

He said the Butterfly House is always<br />

trying to contribute in some way to science.<br />

Typically, their efforts are more in the realm<br />

of conservation but, as Harvey proves, you<br />

never know what will turn up.<br />

“There are millions of hissing cockroaches<br />

in captivity in the United States,” Yankoski<br />

said. “Every insect zoo, every zoo and a lot<br />

of elementary schools have these in their<br />

classrooms. There are probably billions that<br />

people have set their eyes on and to see one<br />

out of the billion that stands out, that no one<br />

has ever seen before is really exciting. When<br />

something is so well studied and the norm is<br />

so established as it is with the hissing cockroach,<br />

to see something that’s totally different<br />

is breathtaking.”<br />

Tad Yankoski and Nicole Pruess with Harvey<br />

(Kate Uptergrove photo)


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The Old House at Hog Hollow<br />


(Laura Brown photo)<br />

Old House at Hog Hollow owner Scott<br />

Ririe attended the Chesterfield City Council<br />

meeting on March 18 to provide an<br />

update about the property, sparking a brief<br />

back-and-forth about the hours of operation<br />

and uses of the historic building.<br />

The establishment is operating under a<br />

zoning ordinance from 1993. Retail use<br />

is permitted to operate seven days a week<br />

from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and restaurant use is<br />

allowed seven days a week from 7 a.m.-4<br />

p.m.<br />

For nearly 30 years, the Old House operated<br />

as a tearoom and antique store. But in<br />

2022, Ririe and his wife purchased the Old<br />

House, which sits on two acres in a residential<br />

neighborhood.<br />

Since it needed interior and exterior renovations,<br />

they began a series of improvements,<br />

Ririe said. The Old House was<br />

originally built in 1859.<br />

With the failure of the septic system,<br />

there was extensive damage to the backyard<br />

and rather than replacing the lawn,<br />

they decided to put in a patio, Ririe said.<br />

Other improvements included painting<br />

the shutters, adding a wooden fence and<br />

having a mural painted on the back side of<br />

the house.<br />

Initially, the Riries wanted to make the<br />

Old House an event venue with outdoor<br />

seating and music. The patio was designed<br />

to have seating for 15 tables. They proposed<br />

hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 9<br />

p.m., Thursday through Sunday.<br />

A rezoning of the property would have<br />

allowed for additional permitted uses and<br />

revised hours of operation.<br />

However, residents of nearby subdivisions<br />

objected to the zoning change which<br />

would have allowed for additional permitted<br />

uses, revised hours of operation and<br />

updated development criteria. Ultimately<br />

the city council denied the rezoning request.<br />

Instead, the Old House has hosted events<br />

like birthday parties and company functions.<br />

But, Ririe says they miss out on other<br />

opportunities.<br />

“We’ve had multiple examples of people<br />

coming in and walking out because it was<br />

after 4,” he said. “We’re struggling with<br />

what we need to do to proceed forward. At<br />

present, it’s very difficult to conduct business<br />

at the Old House.”<br />

Several residents spoke at the council<br />

meeting in support of the Old House.<br />

Lynne Strasser is a frequent visitor to the<br />

business. She has held two family birthday<br />

parties there, with one of them interrupted<br />

by police due to a noise complaint, she said.<br />

“It’s needed in Chesterfield,” Strasser<br />

said to the council. “It’s beautiful. It’s<br />

relaxing. It’s very quiet. You can’t hear the<br />

music from outside. As a resident, I really<br />

hope you let them function.”<br />

Joseph Foley, who lives next door to the<br />

property, said he started visiting the place<br />

when it opened. He has gone to music sessions<br />

on Thursday and Sunday afternoons,<br />

as well as wine tastings.<br />

“I don’t hear the music at all (from<br />

home),” Foley said. “I haven’t seen anything<br />

that would be disturbing, so to speak,<br />

to the residents.”<br />

But council member Barb McGuinness<br />

(Ward 1) was not swayed and said Riries<br />

should have found out the requirements<br />

tied to the property before doing any<br />

improvements.<br />

“The concern is, you put this like party<br />

house right next to a residential neighborhood,”<br />

McGuinness said. “You went ahead<br />

and made all kinds of changes to this without<br />

checking with city hall, so you were<br />

not in compliance for months and months.”<br />

Mike Geisel, city administrator, noted<br />

that the hours of operation was a hotly<br />

debated issue during public hearings<br />

because of the proximity of adjacent residents.<br />

Since a rezoning of the property was<br />

never issued, the hours are restrictive, he<br />

said.<br />

The council took no action at the meeting<br />

to change the hours.



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Chesterfield Y begins renovations while continuing to seek capital funds<br />


The Gateway Region YMCA is moving<br />

forward on an $8.5 million expansion and<br />

renovation of the Chesterfield Family YMCA<br />

at 16464 Burkhardt Place.<br />

The facility is on land that Executive<br />

Director Tim Peters described as sitting in<br />

the middle of a cornfield when the Y opened<br />

in 1989. Today, however, it is at the epicenter<br />

of Chesterfield’s growth with Wildhorse<br />

Village to the north and the Chesterfield Mall<br />

redevelopment across Chesterfield Parkway<br />

to the east.<br />

To meet the demand for its services, the Y<br />

transformation will include:<br />

• An 11,000-square-foot fitness center<br />

addition with state-of-the-art equipment,<br />

functional training with digital coaching, and<br />

enhanced programming for adults, seniors<br />

and youth.<br />

• Specialty studios for mind and body<br />

classes, such as yoga, guided meditation,<br />

pilates and more.<br />

• Enlarged cycling and group exercise studios.<br />

• An intergenerational lobby and open<br />

spaces that will be available for informational<br />

workshops, family engagement activities and<br />

older adult activities.<br />

• A more logical layout of service areas,<br />

including relocating Child Watch to make it<br />

more convenient for caregivers.<br />

• New community gathering spaces,<br />

including a new Community Cafe that will<br />

feature a commercial kitchen for cooking<br />

classes, nutrition lectures and community<br />

health planning.<br />

• Expanded inclusive and adaptive programming<br />

to allow more children and adults<br />

with disabilities to participate in integrated<br />

fitness and sports.<br />

Services also will be expanded for individuals<br />

struggling with high blood pressure,<br />

diabetes and other chronic diseases as part of<br />

an accessory agreement with a local medical<br />

partner. To that end, KAI Design, on behalf<br />

of the Y, submitted a request to the Chesterfield<br />

City Council on March 18 to amend the<br />

site development plan for a 5.61-acre tract<br />

that would modify its specific development<br />

criteria and allow “office-medical” as a permitted<br />

use.<br />

The council approved the expansion<br />

and renovation with conditions that would<br />

restrict the medical office’s hours to those<br />

of the Y.<br />

Speaking on March 21 to a group gathered<br />

for the launch of the project’s final $2<br />

million public fundraising campaign, Peters<br />

noted that the generous support of the community<br />

through the Y’s five-year capital<br />

campaign had laid the foundation for the<br />

project to date.<br />

Project construction will begin April 1<br />

and last until early 2025. The Y will remain<br />

open during that time and will keep its<br />

members and the public up-to-date on its<br />

progress and any disruptions on its social<br />

media sites and at gwrymca.org/locations/<br />

chesterfield-family-ymca.<br />

“The renovated facility will reimagine the Y<br />

for the community, providing a modernized<br />

fitness and wellness experience, expanded<br />

programs for youth and adults, critical new<br />

spaces for community health and nutrition<br />

programs, and youth education and support,”<br />

Peters said.<br />

Community members<br />

interested in support or learning<br />

more about the project<br />

can contact Peters at tim.<br />

peters@gwrymca.org.<br />

A rendering of the planned<br />

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(Source: City of Chesterfield)<br />

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80-home Woods Mill Center development proposed in Town & Country<br />

By DAN FOX<br />

A proposed 80-home and one-restaurant<br />

development for Woods Mill Center came<br />

before the Town & Country Planning &<br />

Zoning Commission (P&Z) on March 20.<br />

After over an hour of discussion between<br />

the commission and the developers, the<br />

item was continued to a future meeting.<br />

The McBride Berra Land Company, LLC<br />

is seeking to rezone the 11.58-acre site from<br />

Commercial (C) Zoning to a Planned Non-<br />

Residential Development District, and for<br />

the approval of a preliminary site development<br />

plan.<br />

The homes would be $600,000-$700,000<br />

single-family detached houses, either two or<br />

three stories, with a two-car detached garage<br />

hidden at the rear of the home serviced off<br />

shared alleys. Artistic renderings show a variety<br />

of external stylings, and Jake Eilermann,<br />

CEO of McBride Homes, said that only three<br />

of the same elevation would be allowed per<br />

streetscape. Homes would be placed 8 feet off<br />

the street, with 6 feet of space between them.<br />

The restaurant would feature a 600-squarefoot<br />

patio and 98 parking spots.<br />

In preparation for the presentation to the<br />

city’s P&Z commission, Eilermann said<br />

developers have met with trustees from<br />

neighboring communities including<br />

Cedar Springs, direct adjacent<br />

homeowners and members of<br />

the current office park. In particular,<br />

Eilermann said a group of<br />

residents has been working with<br />

McBride to isolate concerns or<br />

challenges with the project.<br />

“There are three main concerns<br />

I think we should address from<br />

the start,” Eilermann said, listing<br />

those as traffic and roadway<br />

improvements, the potential for<br />

rental property in the development<br />

and density and greenspace.<br />

Eilermann said a traffic study<br />

conducted by CBB Transportation and given<br />

to the city showed a negligible impact on<br />

traffic in the area. Regarding fears of the<br />

development turning into a rental community,<br />

Eilermann said, “McBride homes does not<br />

build rental communities,” adding that standard<br />

covenants prohibit short-term rentals<br />

and that McBride would be “absolutely willing<br />

to review further restrictive covenants for<br />

rentals” within the bounds of the law.<br />

The final point, density and greenspace,<br />

was what drew the most attention from the<br />

commission members.<br />

“The idea of putting 80 homes on less than<br />

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12 acres of property is totally out of context<br />

with this community,” said commission<br />

member Fred Meyland-Smith.<br />

Commission member Dennis Bolazina<br />

raised a concern about parking, noting<br />

there are no driveways, only the rear-facing<br />

garages. At the meeting representing the<br />

project, George Stock of Stock and Associates<br />

Consulting Engineers, Inc replied that<br />

the streets are 26 feet wide and would be<br />

striped with no parking on one side, with<br />

street parking on the other.<br />

Commission member Will McKnight said<br />

he struggles with the proposal. More affordable<br />

housing options would be<br />

welcome, he said, but that’s not<br />

what the current proposal represents.<br />

“I look at our comprehensive<br />

plan, it talks about a hotel, a<br />

restaurant, office, medical office,<br />

local neighborhood retail, I don’t<br />

see anything about 80 houses<br />

being needed in Town & Country<br />

in this space,” McKnight said.<br />

Eilermann replied to the<br />

concerns, pointing out that the<br />

property is a commercial site<br />

with a commercial price tag,<br />

and said it’s important to note<br />

this development proposal is “transitional,”<br />

bridging the gap between pure commercial<br />

and residential use.<br />

Only two residents spoke on the proposed<br />

development. Kathy Bridges, who lives adjacent<br />

to the site, said she was concerned about<br />

the upper level of three-story homes being<br />

able to see into her home. Eilermann had said<br />

earlier in the meeting that McBride would<br />

work with the nearby homeowners to try and<br />

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April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I NEWS I 15<br />


Senior citizens in St. Louis County are<br />

still waiting for the implementation of the<br />

property tax freeze ordinance passed last<br />

year by the County Council. While the council<br />

approved the bill last October, funding to<br />

implement the program was not presented<br />

until last month, but discussion is ongoing<br />

as to how much money it will take to implement<br />

and maintain the new program. Two<br />

bills have been introduced by council members<br />

to fund the program, each proposing<br />

very different amounts. A committee of the<br />

whole meeting on the topic is scheduled for<br />

2 p.m. on April 9 in the council chambers at<br />

41 S. Central Avenue in Clayton.<br />

Council member Ernie Trakas (R-District<br />

6) first introduced a bill on March 5 that allocated<br />

$1.6 million to administer the tax freeze<br />

for seniors. On March 19 Trakas introduced<br />

a substitute bill that reduced the amount by<br />

$300,000, but the substitute bill failed while<br />

the original bill was held. Then at the March<br />

26 county council meeting council member<br />

Dennis Hancock (R-District 3) introduced a<br />

bill that would allocate $85,000 to the program.<br />

The bill says that amount would cover<br />

the purchase, installation and storage costs,<br />

along with first year maintenance of Fidler<br />

Technologies software.<br />

Council Member Mark Harder (R-District<br />

7) said he felt $1.6 million was too much<br />

money for the program. Harder said he and<br />

Hancock met with officials in the county’s<br />

Department of Revenue twice to come up<br />

with a number, along with comparing what<br />

nearby counties are allocating to implement<br />

the program. Harder said the council voted<br />

down Trakas’s bill because they still think<br />

the number is too high.<br />

“We disagree about what this really is<br />

going to cost compared to other counties<br />

in the region,” Harder said in an interview.<br />

“Even though we are the biggest county and<br />

we have the most seniors, the proportions,<br />

yes we are going to need some people and<br />

computer support and we understand that<br />

this is something new. There will be a cost.<br />

We just need to figure out what a reasonable<br />

cost is for the first year, second and third<br />

year and so on.”<br />

Harder said he is planning to meet with<br />

representatives from the department of revenue<br />

to compare costs.<br />

Each of the 114 counties in Missouri is<br />

responsible for passing its own version of<br />

the bill in order to give its senior citizens<br />

the tax rebate. The senior citizen tax freeze<br />

ordinances came last year after the state legislature<br />

passed Senate Bill 190 with overwhelming<br />

bipartisan support. The bill cuts<br />

state taxes on Social Security benefits and<br />

essentially freezes a homeowner’s property<br />

taxes for residents who qualify for Social<br />

Security benefits, which is now 62.<br />

St. Louis County’s bill sets the minimum<br />

age of eligibility at 67, which is the age<br />

one must be to receive full Social Security<br />

benefits, by Jan. 1 of the tax year. The bill<br />

also caps those eligible for the tax credit to<br />

those who own homes that do not exceed<br />

$550,000 in value. The taxpayer must apply<br />

for the rebate; it will not automatically be<br />

given. Additionally, the county’s bill sets<br />

a sunset date at five years in order to give<br />

the county a chance to review the impact<br />

of the rebate. Senior citizens still will have<br />

to pay property taxes, the rate will just be<br />

frozen from the year they turn 67 as long<br />

as they live in their home. The legislation<br />

was designed to help older adults on fixed<br />

incomes who struggle to keep up with rising<br />

real estate reassessments and subsequent<br />

tax increases. Seniors in St. Louis County<br />

cannot apply until the county implements<br />

the bill, and for that the council needs to<br />

approve funding.<br />

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man said he was part of a group of residents<br />

in support of redeveloping Woods Mill Center<br />

if that development was beneficial to the residents.<br />

Hellman recalled a previous proposal<br />

by Maryville University, which would have<br />

entailed building a 3,000-seat esports and<br />

events venue, a 400-bed residence hall, a<br />

1,168-car garage and a mix of retail and restaurant<br />

space at Woods Mill Center, which<br />

that group of residents had opposed.<br />

In interacting with McBride on this<br />

current proposal, Hellman said he was<br />

impressed with how responsive the developers<br />

were. On the topic of density, Hellman<br />

encouraged thinking about it from two<br />

perspectives.<br />

“One is the number of buildings, which is<br />

obviously an issue,” Hellman said. “Number<br />

two, and maybe more importantly, is the<br />

number of people. With 80 homes, if you<br />

assume that there’s 2.5 occupants per home,<br />

that’s about 200 people for the entire project.”<br />

Compared to the Maryville proposal,<br />

Hellman said McBride’s planned development<br />

was “quite a reduction” in density.<br />

Before the commission voted on the<br />

request to rezone the property and site<br />

development plan, Stock requested a continuance<br />

to the next P&Z commission meeting<br />

on April 17.<br />

The commission voted in favor of continuing<br />

the topic.

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St. Louis County Council members<br />

met recently to discuss the possibility of<br />

using funds from the Ram’s NFL settlement<br />

agreement on fixing roads throughout<br />

the county, but their plans hit a bump<br />

after hearing the Director of Transportation<br />

and Public Works (TPW) Stephanie<br />

Leon Streeter explain just how dire the<br />

need for funding road repairs across the<br />

county is. The committee of the whole<br />

meeting was held on March 19 in Clayton<br />

to discuss council member Mark<br />

Harder’s (R-District 7) proposed bill,<br />

which would transfer $20 million from<br />

the NFL settlement fund to the Special<br />

Road and Bridge Fund to repair arterial<br />

and subdivision roads. The NFL settlement<br />

fund balance is $180 million, and<br />

it is earning interest for the county while<br />

it’s not being spent.<br />

Harder had thought applying for<br />

matching funds from the federal government<br />

would help the money go further,<br />

but Streeter explained in the meeting that<br />

the application process for the federal<br />

matching funds is a lengthy and competitive<br />

one. Applicants are evaluated on a<br />

point system and the more amenities the<br />

project has, the more likely they are to<br />

win the matching funds. Streeter said this<br />

also makes the projects more expensive<br />

and concluded that with $20 million the<br />

county might be able to complete just<br />

two projects.<br />

Subdivision streets also are not eligible<br />

for federally matched funding,<br />

so the county would have to pay 100%<br />

of the costs for those projects, and the<br />

county doesn’t have subdivision money<br />

in the budget, Streeter said. County officials<br />

reported that there is a $200 million<br />

backlog in arterial road projects and<br />

$50 million backlog for subdivision road<br />

projects.<br />

The council members present at the<br />

meeting questioned how the tax dollars<br />

that fund road projects are collected and<br />

spent. The Transportation Trust Fund is<br />

generated from a half cent sales tax that<br />

the county splits with Metro. The split<br />

is adjustable and currently is 53%/47%<br />

between the county and Metro respectively.<br />

A half cent sales tax in the county<br />

generated $104 million last year. Streeter<br />

advocated for a new half cent tax where<br />

all of the proceeds go to the TPW department.<br />

“We need $125 million a year, every<br />

year,” Streeter said. “Not just NFL<br />

money. To address our needs of working<br />

toward getting the infrastructure up to<br />

good and fair condition (we need more<br />

funding every year).”<br />

Council member Dennis Hancock<br />

(R-District 3) suggested the county take<br />

a look at the current tax structure.<br />

“There are a lot of little taxes,” Hancock<br />

said. “What are the fund balances?<br />

If they’re healthy, how much of that can<br />

we use to solve our problems?”<br />

Harder speculated that maybe a percentage<br />

of an internet usage tax, if passed,<br />

could be allocated to the road fund. He<br />

mentioned the county’s sales tax has been



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flat in recent years and that is likely due to<br />

consumers buying products online rather<br />

than in brick-and-mortar stores. Council<br />

Chair Shalonda Webb (D-District 4) said<br />

some of the problem might stem from the<br />

county’s stagnant population, which has<br />

not grown since 1973. Webb added that<br />

she would like to see the NFL money help<br />

with the subdivision roads, as opposed to<br />

arterial roads, because they don’t have<br />

funding. Harder agreed.<br />

“If we want some immediate success<br />

and impact, we probably need to be<br />

focusing on the unincorporated St. Louis<br />

County subdivision streets,” Harder said<br />

in an interview after the meeting. “If you<br />

look on the map that’s on the county website<br />

there’s a chunk of subdivision streets<br />

in almost every district, including the<br />

7th (district) of <strong>West</strong> County. There are<br />

some subdivisions around Castlewood<br />

State Park that need a lot of work. Some<br />

Fenton subdivisions need a lot of work.<br />

They’ve been put on the back burner and<br />

they just keep putting asphalt over potholes<br />

because we’ve never had the extra<br />

money to devote to these and the streets<br />

are breaking up more and more on a daily<br />

basis.”<br />

Harder said he is not in favor of introducing<br />

any new taxes and he would like<br />

the county to work within its means.<br />

Harder said he would hold the bill until<br />

he is sure he has enough council support<br />

to pass it, or he might even adjust the<br />

number allocated to address the roads<br />

if that will help get it passed. The bill<br />

would need five council members to vote<br />

in favor of it to ensure it can’t be overridden<br />

by County Executive Sam Page,<br />

Harder said.<br />

“I’m hearing rumblings that some<br />

council members might want to allocate<br />

more (than $20 million from the<br />

NFL fund), which would be fine with<br />

me,” Harder said. “I don’t know what the<br />

number is going to be. It was important<br />

to have that meeting for us to understand<br />

the complexity of the issue and for residents<br />

to understand the sheer size of the<br />

problem. We’ll try to solve it as best we<br />

can right now.”<br />

Webb is on board with looking for a<br />

solution.<br />

“We want to create stability, not a<br />

Band-Aid,” Webb said. “But maybe we<br />

can get to stability with a Band-Aid.”<br />

At the meeting Streeter shared an<br />

interactive map from the county’s website<br />

of roads and ratings on the condition<br />

of those roads. Updates on construction<br />

projects are also available on the<br />

St. Louis County website. Meanwhile,<br />

Harder said he plans to keep working<br />

on this issue to move it forward with the<br />

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Rollout of new playground projects continues in Town & Country parks<br />


Construction on a new playground is<br />

now underway in Longview Farm Park in<br />

Town & Country.<br />

The project is the second of three playgrounds<br />

planned by the city. The construction<br />

at Longview, located at 13525<br />

Clayton Road, began March 5 and the<br />

playground is expected to be completed<br />

and open this summer.<br />

“Longview Farm Park is the largest and<br />

busiest park in the system,” said Anne<br />

Nixon, director of Parks and Recreation.<br />

“One of the most unique features of the<br />

park is the red barn and horses. Equine<br />

Assisted Therapy manages the barn and<br />

horses and offers therapeutic classes for<br />

children with special needs. The desire<br />

for this park was to be the most traditional<br />

style and an inclusive playground, as well<br />

as serve kids of all ages.”<br />

Planned for the park are a flush-mount<br />

merry-go-round, spinning rope pyramid,<br />

climbing net, ground-level sensory play,<br />

slides, a hillside slide, a horse for climbing<br />

and swings.<br />

“Longview will be the largest playground<br />

in the system and serve all ages,”<br />

Nixon said. “Longview Farm House,<br />

The new playground at Drace Park opened in 2023.<br />

(Tracey Bruce photo)<br />

tennis court, barn and the trails will<br />

remain open during construction. We will<br />

have construction equipment in the park<br />

for the next two to three months.”<br />

Playgrounds became a focus for Town<br />

& Country in February of 2021 when the<br />

city began the master planning process for<br />

new playgrounds in the parks because the<br />

former playgrounds were deteriorating.<br />

“The playgrounds were all around 20<br />

years old and the ‘pour in place’ surfacing<br />

was starting to fail,” Nixon said. “The<br />

playgrounds were ADA compliant, however,<br />

in the past 20 years we have progressed<br />

from ‘compliant’ to ‘inclusive’<br />

playgrounds. Inclusive playgrounds have<br />

greater accessibility with features such as<br />

a flush mount merry-go-round and ground<br />

level play features.”<br />

The city engaged SWT Design to<br />

develop a park system playground assessment<br />

and replacement master plan.<br />

Residents participated in the process<br />

with three open houses and two surveys<br />

to express what they would like to see for<br />

children in the city’s parks. Originally,<br />

the playgrounds in each of the parks had<br />

a cohesive look and feel which served<br />

to brand the parks. This time, however,<br />

residents wanted different types of playgrounds<br />

in each of the three parks, and<br />

no playground at Town Square which<br />

they preferred to keep for adult activities<br />

like “walking, concerts and dinner on the<br />

patio,” Nixon said.<br />

Drace Park, located at 2310 Cedar<br />

Valley Road, was considered a priority,<br />

she said.<br />

The city contracted with Ideal Construction<br />

for construction and utilized SWT<br />

Design and city staff for project management.<br />

The budget for the Drace Park<br />

project was $525,086; the cost came in at<br />

$479,694.69.<br />

“There were no change orders on this<br />

project,” Nixon said. “It was accomplished<br />

on time and under budget.”<br />

The city applied for a municipal park<br />

grant for the project from the Municipal<br />

Park Grant Commission of St. Louis<br />

County and was awarded $416,686 toward<br />

the project. The commission is funded by<br />

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a sales tax approved by voters in St.<br />

Louis County in November of 2000 to<br />

help fund park projects.<br />

Construction on Drace Park was<br />

completed in the summer of 2023.<br />

“Drace Park has log cabins and a<br />

nature explore natural area, so that<br />

playground has a natural design with<br />

real wood posts,” Nixon said.<br />

The park has a large saucer swing,<br />

a log bridge and a treehouse-inspired<br />

tower with slides and climbing<br />

entrances. Areas are designated to<br />

serve 3-5-year-olds and age 6 and<br />

older.<br />

The city is following the same protocol<br />

to replace the Longview Farm<br />

Park playground, currently under<br />

construction. The cost estimate for<br />

Longview Farm Park is $594,000<br />

with a municipal park grant award<br />

of $465,000. SWT and city staff will<br />

supervise the project with construction<br />

by Landesign, which won the bid<br />

this time.<br />

Once Longview Farm Park is completed,<br />

the city will then move on to the<br />

third project, Preservation Park playground,<br />

Nixon said.<br />

The city will apply for a municipal park<br />

grant this year. If awarded, construction<br />

will begin in the spring of 2025.<br />

Planning continues for this park. The<br />

scope of the playground master plan<br />

for Preservation Park, located at 13625<br />

N. Forty Drive, currently includes two<br />

pickleball courts; a pump track for bikes,<br />

scooters, and skateboards; and a small<br />

hillside play area.<br />

“Pickleball is an exploding sport,”<br />

Nixon said. “Our residents wanted a place<br />

where adults can play along with the kids.<br />

The new courts and play features backup<br />

to a wooded area with hiking trails. Interest<br />

was shown to include mountain bike<br />

jumps in the wooded area, which could<br />

be accomplished through a future grant<br />

cycle.”<br />

Alderman David Murphy, chairman of<br />

Work has begun on the playground at Longview Farm Park<br />

Jude Walker, 4, center and Edward Lancia, 4,<br />

right enjoy the new playground equipment.<br />

(Tracey Bruce photo)<br />

the Parks and Trails Commission, said<br />

Town & Country is just beginning to reap<br />

the benefits of the playground initiative.<br />

“One of our city’s most valuable and<br />

visible assets is our park system,” Murphy<br />

said. “As the warmer weather comes our<br />

way, we’ll see more families enjoying<br />

walks, activities and the playgrounds. Our<br />

parks and trails Commission and city staff<br />

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South High’s inaugural Day of Service on<br />

April 18 hope it will spark a movement<br />

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organized by the service committee of<br />

the school’s student organization Patriot<br />

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Parkway South students and 140 staff<br />

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PREPS service committee members<br />

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Pierremont Elementary in Manchester and<br />

Fort Zumwalt South High in St. Charles<br />

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The assembly at Chesterfield Elementary<br />

also served as a culmination event for the<br />

school’s current service learning project<br />

honoring former Chesterfield Elementary<br />

and Lafayette High graduate Kate Johnson,<br />

who was diagnosed with sarcoma last year.<br />

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Kate Johnson at a Chesterfield Elementary<br />

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learning about sarcoma and raising funds for<br />

St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Johnson’s<br />

foundation, Kate’s Krew, through a “penny<br />

war.” A total of about $2,200 was raised<br />

with $1,200 spent on toys, books, crafts and<br />

plush animals for Children’s Hospital. The<br />

school’s Student Lighthouse team – about<br />

80 third- through fifth-grade students – also<br />

made cards for Johnson and posters to place<br />

in her yard during treatment.<br />

Career exploration begins<br />

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Rockwood School District eighth-graders<br />

explored their futures at the annual<br />

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The three-day event gave students the<br />

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students with opportunities for career<br />

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classroom presentations and special events.<br />

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The Crestview Middle team of seventhgrader<br />

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Valley sixth-grader Tong Zhou earned<br />

second place as an individual in his grade.<br />

Jay (first) and Akshu (third) also placed in<br />

the top three in their grade as individuals.<br />

Whitfield student advances<br />

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projects at the National History Day competition<br />

held at the University of Missouri-<br />

St. Louis, representing the St. Louis area<br />

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Katrina stood out, clinching victories in both<br />

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the opportunity to advance to the statewide<br />

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Students studying Chinese had<br />

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Students on The Simunye Project<br />

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“They were come-from-behind ties, with<br />

either team scoring in the last minute to<br />

tie the game,” Cappelletti said. “We knew<br />

going in that we had to play a full 45 minutes<br />

right to the final buzzer to get the win.”<br />

De Smet scored in the first period when<br />

sophomore Jackson Fox netted a goal.<br />

“We knew we needed to have a strong<br />

start and set the tone of the game the way<br />

we wanted to play it,” Cappelletti said.<br />

“Scoring the first goal halfway through the<br />

first period was also a key into helping us<br />

accomplish that. We knew we had to stay<br />

disciplined to our system after that goal and<br />

I felt we responded well to any pushback<br />

Marquette had.”<br />

In addition to Fox, Cappelletti said goalie<br />

Alex Rivolta stood out with the shutout.<br />

He also credited Noah Stutzer and Patrick<br />

Dowling with good execution on “a sweet<br />

2-on-1” rush for an insurance goal. Defensively,<br />

he liked what he saw from Augie<br />

Eisenbeis and Joey Buzzetta.<br />

“(The) celebration after the game will<br />

always be etched in my memory,” Cappelletti<br />

said. “I would like to thank the student<br />

body, De Smet faculty and alumni that created<br />

an unbelievable atmosphere at Centene.<br />

Spartan Country showed up and showed<br />

why they are the best fans in the region.”<br />

Of the 30 varsity players, 21 could be<br />

back for next season, Cappelletti said.<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Christian<br />

Academy in Founders Cup final<br />

The <strong>West</strong>minster Christian Academy<br />

Wildcats reached the Founders Cup championship<br />

game but lost 6-1 to top-seeded<br />

Liberty Wentzville.<br />

Senior John Schweppe scored the Wildcats’<br />

only goal in the championship game.<br />

The Wildcats, the No. 3 seeded team in<br />

the eight-team tournament, earned a spot in<br />

the final following a 6-2 victory in Game<br />

Two of the semifinals against Northwest.<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster won the first game of the semifinal<br />

series with a 4-1 win over Northwest.<br />

The Wildcats secured their spot in the<br />

Founders Cup Championship thanks to an<br />

undefeated playoff streak, boasting four<br />

wins with an average margin of victory of<br />

over three goals per game.<br />

In Pool B play, <strong>West</strong>minster scored a 6-2<br />

win over Holt, a 5-2 victory over Duschesne<br />

and tied Fort Zumwalt North 9-9. That<br />

advanced the Wildcats into the semifinals.<br />

The Wildcats finished with a 10-14-1<br />

record for the season.<br />

High School Hockey<br />

All-Star Games<br />

The Mid-States Club Hockey Association<br />

held their annual senior All-Star<br />

Games recently. The games were held at the<br />

Maryville University Ice Center.<br />

In the North Conference game, Blue<br />

defeated White 6-2. Marquette coach Gary<br />

Tockman and Fort Zumwalt <strong>West</strong> coach<br />

Aaren Romeril coached the Blue team. Fort<br />

Zumwalt North’s Zac Schuler, St. Louis<br />

University High’s Steve Walter and Vianney’s<br />

Kevin McGlynn coached the White.<br />

Skaters for the Blue team were CBC’s<br />

Matthew Jost and Carter Clemons, De<br />

Smet’s Jack Gissy and Dominic Carapella,<br />

Fort Zumwalt East’s Ethan Tierney and<br />

Tyler Tierney, Fort Zumwalt <strong>West</strong>’s Drant<br />

Diel and Reed Martin, Francis Howell<br />

Central’s Seeger Trendley and Jay Wynn,<br />

Marquette’s Cole Eckert, Trent Lewis and<br />

Brad Odman, St. Dominic’s Landon Miller<br />

and Evan Hotfielder. The goalies were De<br />

Smet’s Alex Rivolta, CBC’s Rick Struckhoff<br />

and Francis Howell Central’s Dylan<br />

Gonz.<br />

Skaters for the White team were Chaminade’s<br />

Joey Dinkelman and Miles Watson,<br />

Duchense’s Logan Kelsey, Fox’s Kyle<br />

Glover, Fort Zumwalt North’s Connor<br />

White and Kylan Clark, Kirkwood’s Alex<br />

Nolfo and Andrew Coombes, St. Louis University<br />

High’s Dean Lyon and Will Peterson,<br />

Vianney’s Kyan Brown and Evan Smarko,<br />

Holt’s Jesse Kopp and Dallas Kersting and<br />

Liberty’s Cole McCune and Luc Girard.<br />

The goalies were Kirkwood’s Mitchell<br />

Scott, Chaminade’s Carlie Carr and SLUH’s<br />

Brock Whalen.<br />

“It is an awesome experience and honor<br />

to play in this game, a culmination of four<br />

years of your life,” Tockman said.<br />

He had three Mustangs on the team. He<br />

was happy to see them earn a spot on the<br />

roster.<br />

“They had smiles on their faces and had<br />

fun playing with guys that they normally<br />

spend a Saturday night competing against,”<br />

Tockman said. “We just rolled the next five



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guys off the bench so the defensemen were<br />

playing forward and the like. I think they<br />

had a blast.”<br />

The game was what you would expect,<br />

Tockman said.<br />

“Like any all-star type game, it was all<br />

offense and little defense,” Tockman said.<br />

“Hard to play any defense when you are not<br />

hitting. Everyone has fun except maybe the<br />

goalies. They see more shots than normal<br />

without any defense being played but am<br />

sure they also enjoyed the experience. I was<br />

just having fun watching all the boys have<br />

fun.”<br />

It was a memorable time, Tockman said.<br />

“You could not tell who won or lost.<br />

Everyone was just having fun,” Tockman<br />

said. “For me, it is fun to stand on a bench<br />

and talk with kids that I would not normally<br />

get to be around. It was lots of really good<br />

kids and fun to see them in a non-competitive<br />

environment, where they can just be<br />

themselves.”<br />

In the South Conference, Blue scored a<br />

9-0 win over White.<br />

Coaching the White were Clayton’s Cory<br />

Cannon and Parkway South’s Jim Taylor.<br />

Skaters for the Blue were Clayton’s Blake<br />

Feinstein and Braden Mitchell, Ladue’s<br />

Nick Zitzmann and Luke Lockmoeller,<br />

Lindbergh’s Blake Houston and James<br />

Kleber, Northwest’s Fletcher Kovacs and<br />

Joshua Collins, Parkway South’s Connor<br />

Stiefer and Fonz Craig, Priory’s Gabe Kraus<br />

and Cole Clinton, Webster Groves’ Thomas<br />

Leahy and Farrell Browne and Summit’s<br />

Colin Markotay and Dylan Knop. The<br />

goalies were Clayton’s Ben Lucas, Ladue’s<br />

Matthew Zitzmann and Priory’s Cody<br />

Schoweppe.<br />

Skaters for the White team were Eureka’s<br />

Reis Duerfahrd and Ben Heuerman, Francis<br />

Howell’s Erik Anderson and Will Sirimaturos,<br />

John Burroughs’ Nick Martin and<br />

Gavin King, Lafayette’s Drew Robinson<br />

and Aidan Nosovitch, MICDS’ George<br />

Williamson and Ameer Hajji, Oakville’s<br />

Justin Walker and Johnny Guy, Parkway<br />

<strong>West</strong>’s Quinn Waddell and Caleb Lindley,<br />

Seckman’s Colin Ammel and Trey Sinak<br />

and <strong>West</strong>minster’s Logan Swenson and<br />

Cody Kilgore. The goalies were Parkway<br />

<strong>West</strong>’s Spencer Ursy, John Burroughs’ Will<br />

Duncan and Webster Groves’ Ryder Risko.<br />

Taylor said the game is “meaningful<br />

to these seniors as recognition” for their<br />

careers.<br />

“They’ve either been an all-star with<br />

regard to points or they’ve been a really<br />

good teammate or a leader in their career,”<br />

Taylor said. “Often times, coaches allow the<br />

players to vote guys into these games which<br />

means they’re really being recognized by<br />

their peers.”<br />

Team Blue won going away with a 9-0<br />

verdict.<br />

“I think Blue happened<br />

to be a group of guys who<br />

knew each other fairly<br />

well and it was just fun<br />

for them to go out and<br />

make plays together, put<br />

a few pucks in the net,”<br />

Taylor said. “And they<br />

got excellent goaltending<br />

from all three goalies.<br />

These games are pretty<br />

loose, very little coaching,<br />

very low pressure.”<br />

It was a good evening<br />

for all involved, Taylor<br />

said.<br />

“It’s always a fun night<br />

of hockey and photo ops<br />

for the family,” Taylor said. “This year was<br />

no exception.”<br />

Principia Girls reach Final Four<br />

The Principia Panthers girls basketball<br />

team made history this season.<br />

The Panthers reached the Final Four for<br />

the first time in school history.<br />

Principia fell 61-47 to the Skyline Tigers<br />

in the Class 2 state championship game at<br />

Mizzou Arena. The Panthers reached the<br />

championship game with a 47-35 win over<br />

Norwood in the semifinal game.<br />

In the championship game, freshman<br />

Principia fell 61-47 to the Skyline Tigers in the Class 2 state<br />

championship game at Mizzou Arena. The Panthers reached<br />

the Final Four for the first time in school history. (Photo provided)<br />

Dasia Scott, a 6-foot-2 center, produced<br />

19 points and pulled down a whopping 18<br />

rebounds.<br />

Scott ended her first state tournament with<br />

43 points and 32 rebounds in two games.<br />

“We really made a name for ourselves this<br />

year,” Scott said in the postgame news conference.<br />

“We made history and everyone is<br />

going to remember everyone on this team<br />

for what they did this year.”<br />

Coach Josh Spuhl liked what we saw<br />

from his squad.<br />

“I think we showed what we were capable<br />

of – even though we lost,” Spuhl said.<br />

Principia ended its season at 23-8.<br />

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John Burroughs School has not one, but<br />

two national squash champion squads.<br />

Both the boys’ and girls’ squash teams<br />

won their respective divisions in the U.S.<br />

High School Squash Championship, which<br />

was held recently in Philadelphia.<br />

First-year head coach Chris Brennan<br />

went into the season with a lofty view<br />

about his two Bombers teams.<br />

“I had high, if possibly unrealistic, expectations,”<br />

Brennan said.<br />

The teams met those ambitions. The<br />

result was two national championships.<br />

The girls scored a 4-3 victory over the<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Schools of Atlanta to claim<br />

the Division V title.<br />

The boys claimed the Division VI crown<br />

with a 6-1 victory over Millbrook School<br />

of Millbrook, New York.<br />

It is the first division championship won<br />

by any Missouri boys’ team. It was just the<br />

second by a girls’ team since the tournament’s<br />

inception 20 years ago.<br />

John Burroughs is the first Midwest<br />

school to achieve a sweep in both divisions<br />

at the national level, a feat accomplished<br />

only once before in the competition’s history.<br />

The national tournament saw participation<br />

from 203 teams and more than 1,600<br />

players from 17 different states.<br />

“The student athletes that represented<br />

the Bomber squash program displayed a<br />

remarkable level of poise under pressure<br />

and athleticism,” Brennan said. “From<br />

the first day of the season to the last point<br />

of the match, they maintained their focus<br />

while just enjoying playing together. To an<br />

individual, they should be extremely proud<br />

of the grit, classiness and determination<br />

they displayed.”<br />

Athletic Director Peter Tasker agreed. He<br />

said the school’s athletic program encourages<br />

students to compete with “honor,<br />

chase greatness and find joy in the journey.”<br />

The Bombers followed that edict.<br />

“These squash players exemplified these<br />

goals admirably throughout the season,”<br />

Tasker said.<br />

Brennan was an assistant coach for<br />

squash and water polo at MICDS for 12<br />

years before coming to John Burroughs.<br />

Burroughs had an “unofficial” squash<br />

program begin in 2015. Students used<br />

MICDS’ courts for late-evening practice.<br />

In late 2020, four squash courts opened<br />

in the former swimming pool space at Burroughs<br />

after a substantial redevelopment,<br />

but the teams did not face competition until<br />

2022 due to COVID-19.<br />

This year, the program had more than<br />

70 kids come out for squash, with 62 staying<br />

throughout the season on five separate<br />

teams.<br />

Helping Brennan was assistant coach<br />

Muhammad Tahir, who brought a wealth<br />

of experience to the team, having previously<br />

coached in Bahrain, and competed as<br />

a British Open player.<br />

“My primary goals were to bring some<br />

continuity, competitiveness and structure<br />

to the entire program. I wanted students<br />

to buy into the idea that this sport that is<br />

played individually is very much a team<br />

one, with the burden of winning and losing<br />

falling on each player’s shoulders equally,”<br />

Brennan said.<br />

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against seven from the other team. Each<br />

individual matchup is a best-of-five game,<br />

played to 11 points. Players must win by<br />

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Creve Coeur Golf Course is a municipal<br />

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Located in the heart of St. Louis County,<br />

Creve Coeur Golf Course is suitable for all<br />

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Birch Creek Golf Course<br />

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St. Peters Golf Club<br />

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calling ahead to check on availability, pricing and course conditions.<br />

St. Louis County<br />

Aberdeen Golf Club<br />

4111 Crescent Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-5465<br />

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Birch Creek Golf Course<br />

499 N. Service Road • Union<br />

(636) 584-7200<br />

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Crescent Farms<br />

745 Lewis Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-6200<br />

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Family Golf and Learning Center<br />

3717 Tree Court Industrial Blvd. • Kirkwood<br />

(636) 861-2500<br />

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Landings at Spirit Golf Club<br />

180 N. Eatherton Road • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 728-1927<br />

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Pevely Farms Golf Club<br />

400 Lewis Road • Eureka<br />

(636) 938-7000<br />

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The Quarry at Crystal Springs<br />

1 Crystal Springs Quarry Drive • Maryland<br />

Heights<br />

(314) 514-0154<br />

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Tapawingo National Golf Club<br />

13001 Gary Player Drive • Sunset Hills<br />

(636) 349-3100<br />

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St. Charles County<br />

Bear Creek Golf Club<br />

158 Bear Creek Drive • Wentzville<br />

(636) 332-5018<br />

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Heritage of Hawks Ridge Golf<br />

235 Pigeon Drive • Lake Saint Louis<br />

(636) 625-3836<br />

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Links of Dardenne<br />

7000 Brassel Drive • O’Fallon<br />

(636) 978-7173<br />

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Missouri Bluffs Golf Club<br />

18 Research Park Circle • St. Charles<br />

(636) 939-6494<br />

mobluffs.com<br />

Pheasant Run Golf Course<br />

205 Sports Circle • O’Fallon<br />

(636) 379-0099<br />

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Longer Drives<br />

Fore Honor Golf<br />

5300 Dulin Creek Road • House Springs<br />

(636) 671-0447<br />

forehonor.com<br />

Forest Park Golf Course<br />

6141 Lagoon Drive • St. Louis<br />

(314) 367-1337<br />

forestparkgc.com<br />

Incline Village Golf Course<br />

10220 Fairway Drive • Foristell<br />

(636) 463-7274<br />

inclinevillagegc.com<br />

Paradise Valley<br />

1055 Lochmoor Drive • High Ridge<br />

(636) 225-5157<br />

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JOHN BURROUGHS, from page 28<br />

on a team is assigned points based on the<br />

number of matches they have played, the<br />

level of the tournament they’ve participated<br />

in, last round achieved and finishing<br />

position.<br />

“We are unable to play the number of<br />

matches required to be in higher divisions<br />

without significant travel,” Brennan said.<br />

“While our teams traveled to Chicago to<br />

compete, as well as competing in St. Louis<br />

against teams from New York, Georgia,<br />

Tennessee and Kentucky, we were only<br />

able to play in around 10 matches this<br />

season.<br />

“Most East Coast schools, in general,<br />

might play 30- 40-plus matches a season.<br />

With this win at nationals and only a few<br />

players graduating, I envision that we will<br />

be in Division 4 next year, but it will be difficult<br />

to ascend higher without much more<br />

competition in St. Louis.”<br />

The girls opened play in the tournament<br />

with a 7-0 win against Brookline High<br />

School of Brookline, Massachusetts.<br />

The Bombers earned a 4-3 victory over<br />

Lancaster Country Day School of Lancaster,<br />

Pennsylvania. In the semifinal<br />

match, Burroughs scored a 5-2 win over<br />

Greenwich High of Greenwich, Connecticut.<br />

The girls completed their 4-0 sweep in<br />

the tournament by beating <strong>West</strong>minster.<br />

Brennan liked how his squad reacted to<br />

winning.<br />

“They were understandably ecstatic, but<br />

also pragmatic after each match,” Brennan<br />

said. “Once they won the semifinal, it sank<br />

in that they might win the entire thing, and<br />

talk turned to how they could support each<br />

other during matches, what they should do<br />

to support the boys team.<br />

“They requested a stop at CVS on Saturday<br />

night so they could buy posterboard<br />

to create signs to support the boys in their<br />

match. To a player, they each came off<br />

court and thanked their opponent and the<br />

referees, and then came over with a bit of a<br />

shell-shocked look that said, ‘Did that just<br />

happen?’”<br />

The boys matched the girls by winning<br />

every match as well.<br />

The Bombers began with a 7-0 triumph<br />

over Fordham Prep of the Bronx, New<br />

York. They followed it with a 4-3 victory in<br />

the quarterfinals against Canisius of Buffalo,<br />

New York.<br />

Burroughs earned a 4-3 win over Buckingham<br />

Browne & Nichols of Cambridge,<br />

Massachusetts.<br />

The Bombers clinched the championship<br />

with their win over Millbrook.<br />

One Bomber got hurt in the final match.<br />

Senior Joseph Kisiel, the No. 5 player, did<br />

not finish his match.<br />

“He was hit in the face with his opponent’s<br />

racket hard enough to cause substantial<br />

blood and a concussion,” Brennan<br />

said. “Thankfully, this was not a deciding<br />

match.”<br />

Like the girls’ team, Brennan got contributions<br />

from all of his Bombers. Youngsters<br />

helped push the Bombers to the<br />

championship.<br />

Freshman Frankie Dunn played at No. 2.<br />

Freshman Tom Schlottmann played at No.<br />

4.<br />

“He (Dunn) played exceptionally well<br />

and was the deciding game for several<br />

matches,” Brennan said. “It is highly<br />

unusual for a team with limited match experience<br />

to win at the No. 2 spot, yet he did<br />

it three times against higher-ranked competitors.<br />

Tom had struggled with a litany of<br />

losses in the latter part of the season that<br />

had him questioning whether he could win<br />

at the No. 4 spot. Truthfully, for two freshmen<br />

to have the mental stamina to win at<br />

such a high level is incredibly impressive.”<br />

The boys tried to take winning as no big<br />

deal, Brennan said.<br />

“They tried their best to be nonchalant<br />

about it, but they were more incredulous<br />

than the girls and thankful for that team’s<br />

support,” Brennan said. “They also realized<br />

that they were the first Midwest team<br />

to win nationals in any division and were<br />

justifiably proud of that accomplishment.”<br />

Brennan is happy to see the team succeed.<br />

“I am incredibly proud of the accomplishment,<br />

mostly due to helping the players<br />

realize that something that seemed<br />

ephemeral was actually within their grasp,”<br />

Brennan said. “My wife’s collegiate field<br />

hockey coach used to tell her, ‘On any<br />

given day, any team can beat any other<br />

team,’ and this was a refrain throughout<br />

the weekend.”<br />

Brennan is hopeful the victories by Burroughs<br />

means more schools will travel to<br />

St. Louis to play in tournaments. That will<br />

provide more match experience and more<br />

exposure to Midwest teams.<br />

“One of my goals for our program and<br />

squash in St. Louis in general is to find<br />

ways to make the game more accessible<br />

for more diverse student bodies,” Brennan<br />

said. “While we have four beautiful courts,<br />

there is a dearth of places to play in the St.<br />

Louis area which limits access. I want to<br />

partner with schools in typically underserved<br />

communities to offer court time,<br />

equipment, and instruction on Burroughs’<br />

campus, and eventually hope to field more<br />

than two teams at nationals – those from<br />

JBS, and others from public or charter<br />

schools within St. Louis.<br />

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New research focuses on early detection,<br />

‘hidden’ literacy<br />

This week kicks off World Autism<br />

Month in the U.S. and around the globe.<br />

Perhaps now more than ever, the race is<br />

on to find more effective ways to diagnose<br />

this neurological and developmental disorder<br />

earlier, and to help the one in every 36<br />

children dealing with some form of autism<br />

live as fully as possible.<br />

Two recently published studies, both from<br />

American university researchers, may help<br />

to advance the world’s knowledge around<br />

autism in both of these critical areas.<br />

Eye test may simplify diagnosis<br />

Scientists at UC San Francisco may have<br />

discovered a new way to test for more<br />

severe forms of autism simply by measuring<br />

how children’s eyes move when they turn<br />

their heads. It could help to diagnose kids<br />

earlier and faster, by requiring them to put<br />

on a special helmet and sit in a rotating chair.<br />

While studying genetic links to autism<br />

in both mice and humans, the researchers<br />

discovered that children with a certain<br />

gene variant called SCN2A – which is<br />

associated with severe autism – also have<br />

an unusual form of a brain reflex called the<br />

vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), which stabilizes<br />

the gaze while the head is moving.<br />

They found that children with autism are<br />

hypersensitive to this motion, and that<br />

sensitivity can easily be measured with a<br />

simple eye-tracking device.<br />

In early mouse studies, they also tested<br />

whether this abnormal reflex could be<br />

reversed in young mice using gene editing<br />

technology. They were able to return<br />

the eye reflexes of 3-day-old mice with the<br />

SCN2A genetic variant to normal … which<br />

could potentially lead to future therapies to<br />

get the developing brain back on track in<br />

children with autism, they said.<br />

Although it’s too early to know whether<br />

this approach could someday be used to<br />

directly treat autism, they said the eye<br />

reflex text could clear the way to more<br />

expedient autism diagnoses for children,<br />

saving their families the long diagnostic<br />

journeys they typically experience today.<br />

Nonspeaking vs. noncommunicative<br />

About a third of people with autism are<br />

unable to communicate using speech, so<br />

it’s often assumed that they can’t understand<br />

written words either. But this is not<br />

the case, say scientists from the University<br />

of Virginia. Their new study suggests that<br />

many nonspeaking individuals can recognize<br />

letters, words and sentences, raising<br />

the possibility that they could learn to<br />

express themselves through writing.<br />

The study, published in the journal<br />

Autism, reported that five times more<br />

nonspeaking autistic teenagers and adults<br />

demonstrated knowledge of written language<br />

conventions than would be expected<br />

from previous estimates of their abilities.<br />

The finding has important implications<br />

for the millions of autistic people around<br />

the world who have little or no speech and<br />

who are often assumed to be incapable of<br />

acquiring more advanced literacy skills.<br />

“Our study shows that nonspeaking<br />

autistic people’s capacity for language,<br />

for learning, and for literacy has been<br />

seriously underestimated,” said Vikram<br />

Jaswal, a professor of psychology and the<br />

study’s lead author. “Learning to express<br />

themselves through writing would open up<br />

educational, employment and social opportunities<br />

that nonspeaking autistic people<br />

have historically not been given access to.”<br />

Young kids now at risk of<br />

excessive noise exposure<br />

Everywhere you go, it’s common to<br />

see young adults and teens wearing headphones<br />

and earbuds. But it’s also becoming<br />

a widespread and potentially alarming<br />

trend among younger children, a new<br />

nationwide survey suggests.<br />

Two-thirds of parents who participated in<br />

the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s<br />

Hospital National Poll on Children’s<br />

Health said their child between the ages of<br />

5 and 12 uses personal audio devices, and<br />

half with kids under age 8 said they use<br />

these devices.<br />

Among young children who use headphones<br />

and earbuds, half of their parents<br />

estimate it’s for at least an hour a day; and<br />

for about 20%, at least two hours a day.<br />

Often, these parents don’t set limits on<br />

their child’s audio device usage time or the<br />

volume at which they’re listening – which<br />

may set the stage for long-term health<br />

issues such as hearing loss or tinnitus.<br />

“Over recent years we’ve mostly been<br />

concerned about teens overusing audio<br />

devices. But earbuds have become increasingly<br />

popular and prevalent among younger<br />

kids, exposing them to more intense noise<br />

on a regular basis,” said Susan Woolford,<br />

M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician and co-director<br />

of the poll.<br />

“Noise exposure risks to young children<br />

have historically involved loud singular<br />

events like concerts or fireworks, but parents<br />

may underestimate the potential harm<br />

from excessive use of listening devices,”<br />

Woolford added. “Young children are more<br />

vulnerable to potential harm from noise<br />

exposure because their auditory systems<br />

are still developing… Their ear canals are<br />

also smaller than adults’, intensifying perceived<br />

sound levels.”<br />

Woolford offered four tips to parents to<br />

help reduce the risks of noise exposure to<br />

their young children who use headphones<br />

and earbuds:<br />

• Monitor volume levels: Parents should<br />

follow the 60/60 rule – children should<br />

be limited to no more than 60 minutes of<br />

audio devices a day, at no more than 60%<br />

of their maximum volume.<br />

• Use noise-cancelling or volume-limiting<br />

headphones: When purchasing audio<br />

devices for a young child, identify products<br />

that limit the volume to 70 decibels, which<br />

is considered a kid-safe level.<br />

• Require listening breaks: Parents<br />

should require that their kids have daily<br />

“device-free” time. They may also encourage<br />

kids to listen to music on a low volume<br />

from a speaker in their rooms instead of<br />

using earbuds, to reduce noise intensity.<br />

• Be mindful of early signs of hearing<br />

loss: These may include asking for rep-<br />

Kids as young as 5 are now frequently<br />

using headphones and earbuds, which<br />

may be putting their hearing at risk.<br />

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I HEALTH I 35<br />

etition, hearing frequent ringing noises,<br />

speaking loudly to others, delayed speech,<br />

or failure to react to loud noises.<br />

Bariatric surgery may result<br />

in better diabetes control<br />

To be sure, making the choice to undergo<br />

bariatric surgery for weight loss is a serious<br />

one for people who struggle with obesity.<br />

These procedures are only considered<br />

when diet and exercise haven’t worked, or<br />

when severe weight-related health problems<br />

become imminent. However, it’s a<br />

choice made by nearly 300,000 Americans<br />

every year.<br />

For people with type 2 diabetes who do<br />

opt for bariatric surgery, the positives can<br />

include far better long-term control of the<br />

disease, according to a recent study funded<br />

by the National Institute of Diabetes,<br />

Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).<br />

The study followed up on four independent<br />

trials conducted in the U.S. between<br />

2007 and 2013. Researchers compared two<br />

groups of type 2 diabetes patients from<br />

those trials over a subsequent period of<br />

12 years: one group of 166 adults between<br />

ages 18 and 65 who had undergone one of<br />

the three most common bariatric surgery<br />

procedures, and a second group of 96 who<br />

received medical management plus lifestyle<br />

interventions.<br />

In addition to maintaining greater weight<br />

loss – an average of 20% compared to 8%<br />

in the medical management group – participants<br />

who had bariatric surgeries were<br />

more likely to be able to reduce or stop<br />

diabetes medications, and also had higher<br />

rates of total diabetes remission over the<br />

12-year period.<br />

“While there are many factors involved,<br />

and not all of them are completely understood,<br />

bariatric surgery typically results in<br />

greater weight loss that effects a person’s<br />

metabolic hormones, which improves the<br />

body’s response to insulin and ability to<br />

maintain healthy blood glucose levels,”<br />

said Dr. Jean Lawrence, NIDDK project<br />

scientist. “These results show that people<br />

with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes<br />

can make long-term improvements<br />

(in) their health and change the trajectory<br />

of their diabetes through surgery.”<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

Session on Monday, April 15<br />

from 5:30-6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join<br />

a Washington University bariatric physician<br />

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options available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital<br />

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St. Luke’s Hospital offers Let’s Cook!!<br />

Herbs and Spices on Tuesday, April 23<br />

from 4-5 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Cardiac<br />

Rehab Kitchen, 121 St. Luke’s Center<br />

Drive in Chesterfield. Join a St. Luke’s<br />

dietician for a free, live cooking demonstration<br />

and sample some fresh herbs along<br />

with a delicious chicken dish prepared with<br />

whole grains and cherry tomatoes. Register<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

A St. Luke’s Nutrition Class is on<br />

Wednesday, April <strong>24</strong> from 2-3 p.m. at<br />

Schnucks Eatwell Market, 220 THF Blvd.<br />

in Chesterfield. A St. Luke’s Hospital dietitian<br />

will discuss how to find and make<br />

healthier choices at the grocery store, how<br />

to read a food label and nutrition recommendations<br />

for optimal health. The registration<br />

cost is $5; all participants will receive a<br />

$10 Schnucks gift card. Register at stlukesstl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Make<br />

Peace with Food: Basics of Mindful<br />

Eating on Wednesday, April <strong>24</strong> from 6:30-<br />

7:30 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient Center,<br />

121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield,<br />

in classroom 3 of Building A. Join us for<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Mom &<br />

Baby Expo on Thursday, April 25 from 5-8<br />

p.m. at the hospital’s Institute for Health<br />

Education, 232 S. Woods Mill Road in<br />

Chesterfield, in the North Medical Building.<br />

Join us for this event designed to help<br />

parents in pregnancy planning through the<br />

transition to parenthood. The free event<br />

also features vendor booths, tours of St.<br />

Luke’s Birth Care Suites, light refreshments<br />

and attendance prizes. Register at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers<br />

a Helmet Check event on Saturday, May 4<br />

from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Parkway Early Childhood<br />

Center, 14605 Clayton Road in Ballwin.<br />

Children may bring their own helmets to<br />

this check, where a trained professional will<br />

ensure that it is an approved helmet and fit<br />

it correctly. Appointments can be scheduled<br />

at 10-minute intervals. Register for this free<br />

event at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Good Sleep<br />

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Sleep on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30-8<br />

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Ageism and appearance<br />

Helping older adults look younger has<br />

become a billion-dollar industry in the U.S.<br />

From products like hair colors, teeth whiteners<br />

and skin care creams to procedures<br />

including Botox injections, hair transplants,<br />

wrinkle fillers and facelifts, just over a<br />

third of Americans over 50 have invested<br />

time and money into looking more youthful,<br />

according to a survey by University of<br />

Michigan researchers.<br />

Working with social scientists from the<br />

University of Oklahoma, they recently took<br />

a deeper dive into how appearance impacts<br />

older adults’ perceptions about aging and<br />

ageism, as well as how their feelings about<br />

how they look affect both their physical<br />

and mental health.<br />

Overall, 59% of the adults between ages<br />

50 and 80 who participated in the study said<br />

they believe they look younger than most<br />

others their age. Just 6% said they look<br />

older than their same-age peers, and the<br />

remainder said they look about the same.<br />

Women, people with higher incomes and<br />

those with more education were slightly<br />

more likely to rate their appearance as<br />

more youthful.<br />

In addition to comparing their appearance<br />

to others, the poll asked older adults about<br />

both positive and negative experiences<br />

related to aging and ageism. Examples<br />

of positive ones included being asked for<br />

advice and wisdom, while negative aspects<br />

included having others assume they had<br />

difficulty seeing, hearing, remembering or<br />

using technology because of their age.<br />

Those who rated themselves as youngerlooking<br />

than other people their age were<br />

more likely to score higher on the scale of<br />

positive age-related experiences, and lower<br />

on the scale of negative experiences of<br />

ageism. Those who said they had invested<br />

time or money in looking younger were also<br />

more likely to score higher on the positive<br />

scale, especially if they were married or had<br />

a partner. But the latter group also scored<br />

higher on the negative ageism experiences<br />

scale, although not as high as people who<br />

said they looked older than others their age.<br />

Those who had more positive and fewer<br />

negative experiences related to ageism were<br />

also more likely to rate both their physical<br />

and mental health as good or very good. On<br />

the other hand, the higher someone’s score<br />

on the negative ageism experiences scale,<br />

the more likely they were to rate their physical<br />

and/or mental health as fair or poor.<br />



Taking steps to look younger may also have<br />

a positive impact on seniors’ experiences<br />

of ageism, a recent study found.<br />

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“Taken together, these findings suggest a<br />

complex and nuanced relationship between<br />

how older adults feel about their age-related<br />

appearance and the experiences they have,<br />

both positive and negative, related to their<br />

age,” said first author Julie Ober Allen,<br />

Ph.D., adding “Feelings and experiences of<br />

ageism, which are rooted in our society’s<br />

emphasis on youthfulness and bias against<br />

aging, appear to indirectly have a relationship<br />

with health, both mental and physical.”<br />

Microplastics in arteries<br />

Tiny particles called microplastics, produced<br />

by the breakdown of plastic waste<br />

in the environment, are now seemingly<br />

present everywhere, from the oceans to the<br />

atmosphere to our food and water supplies.<br />

Recently, medical researchers based in Italy<br />

discovered microplastics in another disturbing<br />

location: inside the arteries of patients<br />

diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.<br />

Their new study, recently published in<br />

the New England Journal of Medicine,<br />

involved about 300 Italians who underwent<br />

a type of surgery called carotid endarterectomy,<br />

which is done to remove the buildup<br />

of fatty plaques detected in the carotid<br />

arteries. Over time, these plaques can accumulate<br />

and block blood vessels, leading to<br />

heart attacks or strokes.<br />

Researchers analyzed the plaque<br />

extracted during these procedures, and<br />

were surprised to find that nearly 60% of<br />

the patients had microplastic particles<br />

embedded within their arterial plaque.<br />

Most often, it was identified as polyethylene,<br />

the plastic used in shopping bags,<br />

bottles and packaging materials.<br />

“There’s already a big awareness that<br />

microplastics are everywhere, in every geographic<br />

locale,” said Sanjay Rajagopalan,<br />

a study author and chief of cardiovascular<br />

medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland<br />

Medical Center, which cooperated with the<br />

Italian researchers. “What we don’t know is<br />

do they have significant health effects, and



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should we really worry about them?”<br />

While Rajagopalan and his co-authors<br />

cautioned that the study doesn’t prove the<br />

plastic pieces definitively caused a greater<br />

risk of problems, it did point to a link<br />

between microplastics and cardiovascular<br />

complications. Over the three years following<br />

their surgeries, patients in the study<br />

whose arterial plaques contained microplastics<br />

experienced a 4.5 times greater<br />

risk of major complications including heart<br />

attacks, strokes or death compared to those<br />

with plastic-free plaques.<br />

Yoga’s brain benefits<br />

Kundalini yoga is a form of this Eastern<br />

discipline that has been practiced for centuries.<br />

Its benefits are generally considered to<br />

be more mental and spiritual than physical.<br />

A combination of movement, breath work,<br />

meditation and chanting, it is believed to<br />

focus and quiet the mind while freeing the<br />

flow of energy throughout the body.<br />

According to scientists at UCLA Health,<br />

reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease<br />

should be added to the list of Kundalini<br />

yoga’s benefits, at least for women. Their<br />

recent study found Kundalini yoga provided<br />

improvements in cognition and<br />

memory in a group of older women at risk<br />

of developing Alzheimer’s, compared with<br />

a similar group who received standard<br />

memory training exercises.<br />

Practicing Kundalini yoga could actually<br />

reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease for<br />

older women, according to scientists at<br />

UCLA.<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

In their new study, a group of more than<br />

60 women ages 50 and older who had selfreported<br />

memory issues as well as risk factors<br />

for stroke were recruited from a UCLA cardiology<br />

clinic, and divided evenly into two<br />

groups. The first group participated in weekly<br />

Kundalini yoga sessions for 12 weeks, while<br />

the other received weekly memory enhancement<br />

training – consisting of specialized<br />

exercises developed by the UCLA Longevity<br />

Center to help preserve or improve memory –<br />

over the same time period.<br />

Researchers assessed the women’s cognition<br />

and subjective memory after the<br />

first 12 weeks and again 12 weeks later to<br />

measure changes. Blood samples were also<br />

taken at both points to test for genetic markers<br />

of aging and for inflammatory markers<br />

which contribute to Alzheimer’s. Randomly<br />

selected participants were also assessed<br />

with MRIs to study changes in brain matter.<br />

These evaluations showed several<br />

improvements in the Kundalini yoga group<br />

participants not seen in the memory enhancement<br />

training group. They included significantly<br />

fewer subjective memory complaints,<br />

prevention in brain matter decline, increased<br />

connectivity in the hippocampal region of<br />

the brain, and improvement in the expression<br />

of anti-inflammatory and anti-aging molecules.<br />

The memory training group did show<br />

more improvement in long-term memory.<br />

“That is what yoga is good for – to reduce<br />

stress, to improve brain health, subjective<br />

memory performance and reduce inflammation<br />

and improve neuroplasticity,” said<br />

Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a UCLA psychiatrist<br />

and the study’s lead author.<br />

Since women have about twice the risk of<br />

men of developing Alzheimer’s over their<br />

lifetimes, Lavretsky added, yoga could be<br />

used together with memory training to provide<br />

protection against the disease for older<br />

women, especially in the years following<br />

menopause when its incidence begins to rise.<br />

Recently published in the journal Translational<br />

Psychiatry, the study is the latest in a<br />

series of studies Lavretsky has led over the<br />

past 15 years comparing the effects of yoga<br />

and traditional memory enhancement training<br />

exercises on slowing cognitive decline<br />

and addressing other risk factors of dementia.<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Medical Center<br />

sponsors Healthy Living for Your Brain<br />

and Body on Monday, April 8 from 10:30-<br />

11:30 a.m. at McClay Branch Library,<br />

2760 McClay Road in St. Charles. Attendees<br />

at this in-person class with learn about<br />

research in the areas of diet and nutrition,<br />

exercise, cognitive activity and social<br />

engagement, and use hands-on tools to<br />

help you incorporate these tips into a plan<br />

for healthy aging. The free program is<br />

presented by St. Louis Oasis. Register at<br />

classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Powerful<br />

– Know Your Heart on Wednesday,<br />

April 10 from 6-7 p.m. at the St. Luke’s<br />

Hospital Institute for Health Education<br />

Auditorium, 232 S. Woods Mill Road in<br />

Chesterfield. Your heart is the powerhouse<br />

of your body, and you also have the power<br />

to reduce your risk of heart disease. Join<br />

this free session to discuss the steps to<br />

better heart health and have your questions<br />

answered by St. Luke’s physicians. Register<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Coffee and<br />

Conversations on Wednesday, April 17<br />

from 10-11 a.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive, in<br />

Building A, Conference Room 3. Join us<br />

monthly for a cup of joe and conversation<br />

with St. Luke’s health professionals about<br />

health and wellness topics. This month’s<br />

topic is Grief Support; whether you are<br />

new to loss or grieving a loss from the past,<br />

join this session which will be moderated<br />

by a St. Luke’s bereavement coordinator,<br />

director of spiritual care services, and a<br />

Roman Catholic priest, to learn about the<br />

process of grief, the tasks of grief, and the<br />

importance of processing grief so we may<br />

find comfort, healing, and hope. The program<br />

is free. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers a Bone Builders<br />

class on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7<br />

p.m. in Desloge Outpatient Building A, 121<br />

St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield,<br />

Conference Room 3. According to the<br />

National Osteoporosis Foundation, 60% of<br />

adults age 50 or older are at risk of breaking<br />

a bone due to osteoporosis. Do you<br />

know your risk? Join us for this free class<br />

to learn more about exercise, nutrition and<br />

medication for bone health and osteoporosis<br />

prevention. The class is facilitated by a<br />

physical therapist, a dietitian and a pharmacist.<br />

Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers an Empowered<br />

Caregiver Series designed to help<br />

families living with dementia, beginning<br />

on Tuesday, May 7 from 6-7 p.m. presented<br />

online via Zoom. The three-part series will<br />

also include sessions on May 14 and May<br />

21. In partnership with the Alzheimer’s<br />

Association, St. Luke’s experts will discuss<br />

how caregivers can navigate the responsibilities<br />

of caring for someone with dementia<br />

while also caring for their own well-being.<br />

The series covers the following topics:<br />

• Building foundations of caregiving<br />

• Supporting independence<br />

• Communicating effectively<br />

• Responding to dementia-related behaviors<br />

• Exploring care and support services<br />

This free class is intended for family and<br />

friends caring for a loved with memory<br />

loss; it is not appropriate for people living<br />

with memory loss or paid professionals or<br />

caregivers. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

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Today’s Grandparents class on Thursday,<br />

May 23 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Missouri<br />

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Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. This handson<br />

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On Fire For Good: The power of saying yes<br />


John O’Leary, Jack Buck, William<br />

H. Macy – some of those names may be<br />

familiar to you. After all, Jack Buck is a<br />

St. Louis legend, not only as the Cardinals’<br />

longtime broadcaster but as a good man<br />

with a heart for the community. William H.<br />

Macy, as you probably know, is a critically<br />

acclaimed actor. John O’Leary is a motivational<br />

speaker, author and podcaster. But if<br />

O’Leary’s name is unfamiliar to you, he’s<br />

OK with that. While his story is remarkable,<br />

he’s quick to tell you that he’s just an<br />

ordinary man – a husband, father, brother,<br />

son. Oh, and a baseball enthusiast.<br />

That’s where these three names and stories<br />

become intertwined.<br />

When O’Leary was 9, a tragic accident at<br />

his parent’s home in Town & Country left<br />

him burned on 100% of his body. He was<br />

expected to die. But his mother told him if<br />

he wanted to live he would have to fight –<br />

and someone, O’Leary doesn’t know who,<br />

told Buck that a badly burned boy, a baseball<br />

fan, was in the hospital fighting 1%<br />

odds to survive.<br />

Buck showed up and he kept showing up.<br />

“What Jack Buck did so brilliantly was,<br />

when presented with an opportunity to<br />

make a difference, he said yes, he showed<br />

up, he came back and he brought friends,”<br />

O’Leary said of Buck’s involvement in his<br />

life. That involvement included sending<br />

Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Andy Van<br />

Slyke, football coach Gene Stallings and<br />

St. Louis Blues forward Gino Cavallini to<br />

the hospital to encourage O’Leary. Later,<br />

Buck and his friends motivated O’Leary to<br />

learn how to write despite the loss of his<br />

fingers on both hands. The two became<br />

lifelong friends.<br />

But John never intended to share their<br />

story. He lived. Life went on. Then, his<br />

parents wrote a book called “Overwhelming<br />

Odds.” It was meant as<br />

a gift for family and friends<br />

who had supported the<br />

O’Learys during their long<br />

journey of healing. But one<br />

person told another person,<br />

and soon it was O’Leary’s<br />

turn to say yes.<br />

He was asked to share<br />

his story with a third-grade<br />

Girl Scout troop. There<br />

were only three Scouts in<br />

the audience, but that led to<br />

another, larger group. And<br />

so it went. With the help of<br />

friends, O’Leary continued<br />

to show up, and today his<br />

Live Inspired team he says<br />

has “gone on to influence<br />

2,600 organizations around<br />

the world, millions and millions of<br />

people.”<br />

Last year, O’Leary did something<br />

he never dreamed he would do. He<br />

wrote a letter to Macy asking the actor<br />

to portray Buck in a movie based on<br />

O’Leary’s life. It was Macy’s turn to<br />

say yes.<br />

The movie, titled “On Fire,” was<br />

filmed earlier this year at locations<br />

throughout St. Louis. Its release will<br />

not be until next fall at the earliest,<br />

or more likely next spring. However,<br />

sometime this year, O’Leary will<br />

release a podcast he recorded with<br />

Macy in the actor’s home. He’s already<br />

teased it on Facebook. In that post, he<br />

eludes to why Macy was such a good<br />

choice to portray Buck.<br />

“... as we sat around his kitchen island<br />

and before even hitting record on the<br />

podcast, we had already received a<br />

masterclass in what makes William H.<br />

Macy one of the most beloved actors<br />

in the business: his genuine care for<br />

others, his humility regarding the gifts<br />

he has received, his passion for the<br />

work he does, and his joyful gratitude<br />

for the family he has and the life he<br />

leads,” O’Leary wrote.<br />

O’Leary shared how the first thing Macy<br />

did after ushering O’Leary, his wife, Beth,<br />

and son Jack into his home, was to brew a<br />

pot of tea.<br />

“In asking my son how he takes his tea, he<br />

learned Jack had never had a cup,” O’Leary<br />

wrote. “Playfully acting aghast that Jack<br />

had never enjoyed tea, Bill insisted he’d<br />

make it his favorite way: with a little maple<br />

syrup and fresh orange squeezed into it.”<br />

These are the stories O’Leary loves<br />

to share – ones that illustrate the simple<br />

beauty of connection, of little actions that<br />

ignite sparks that lead people to strive to be<br />

the best version of themselves.<br />

O’Leary (right) suffered burns on 100% of his body at age 9. Now, at 47, he<br />

is an author and motivational speaker.<br />

(Photo courtesy of Patrick Barry)<br />

John O’Leary poses next to his chair on set of “On Fire.”<br />

(Photo courtesy of Patrick Barry)<br />

The power of people<br />

On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, at an event<br />

to launch O’Leary’s newest effort, On Fire<br />

For Good, he said he received “500 stunning<br />

stories of individuals who people<br />

believe personify someone who is on fire<br />

for good.”<br />

“In our terminology, it means they’re<br />

grateful for the gift of their life, they’re<br />

joyful in every engagement, and they’re for<br />

their community,” O’Leary said.<br />

Now, his goal is to share those stories<br />

and, in so doing, change the narrative that<br />

too often gets associated with life today –<br />

that things are bad and the world is broken.<br />

Instead, he wants to shine a light on people<br />

who are identifying what<br />

is bad and broken, moving<br />

toward it, and redeeming it<br />

in small and mighty ways.<br />

“What we’re trying to<br />

create is a movement …<br />

where we get to celebrate<br />

people in the community<br />

who are doing good work.<br />

These overlooked and<br />

unsung heroes who quietly<br />

are going about work, or<br />

charity, or their own personal<br />

walk in ways that are<br />

elevating the lives of people<br />

around them,” OLeary<br />

explained. “Turns out, Jack<br />

Buck isn’t the only good<br />

person to have ever lived in<br />

St. Louis.”<br />



The making of a movie<br />

In a very real way, it was one<br />

person inspiring another and<br />

a few more people saying yes<br />

that sparked the making of the<br />

“On Fire” movie.<br />

According to O’Leary, a<br />

woman approached him after<br />

a speaking engagement and<br />

asked if he had ever considered<br />

turning his life story into<br />

a movie. He said others had,<br />

but he had not. She asked if<br />

she could try, and he said yes.<br />

A year later, they met again.<br />

She told him she had found<br />

a screenwriter and begun the<br />

process of raising funds.<br />

“So Gregory Poirier writes<br />

this beautiful screenplay, but<br />

still it’s like, ‘Now what?’ It<br />

took six years, and ultimately<br />

an act of the governor to<br />

allow movies to be made in<br />

Missouri and get a tax rebate<br />

packet – the Motion Media<br />

Production Tax Credit,”<br />

O’Leary said. “So then ‘On<br />

Fire’ can be made right here<br />

in our own backyard.”<br />

But movies cost money.<br />

“We still had to raise millions and millions<br />

of dollars. This is where the St. Louis<br />

community stepped in, and check by check,<br />

dollar by dollar, they invested in this film,”<br />

John said.<br />

They said yes.<br />

“Now, we were able to recruit talent. So<br />

we started with our main talent and landed<br />

William H. Macy … he’s a perfect fit for<br />

Jack Buck,” O’Leary said. “He’s humble,<br />

he’s fun, he’s spirited … he’s outstanding.”<br />

Three men. Three opportunities to say<br />

yes. Millions of lives elevated by the experience.<br />

O’Leary says that’s what it means<br />

to live on fire and it’s happening all around<br />

us.<br />

“To a person, whether it’s the director,<br />

the associate director, the crew of 200 or<br />

the 49 actors, including William H. Macy,<br />

walked onto set assuming this would be<br />

just another movie and they all walked<br />

off saying that this was unlike anything<br />

else they’d ever participated in. There’s<br />

a lot of reasons for that,” O’Leary said.<br />

“The love, community, faithfulness and<br />

spirit that was invested into a little boy<br />

who was dying 36 years ago … is the<br />

same love, faithfulness, generosity and<br />

spirit that was invested into these individuals<br />

when they arrived on set. That<br />

saved my life 36 years ago, but I think it<br />

elevates our lives today and I think it’s so<br />

cool that they felt it.”<br />

That’s the power of saying yes.

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Timberwinds features rare and collectible trees and shrubs for your landscape<br />



Michael Curran<br />

(Timberwinds photo)<br />

For those looking for trees and shrubs<br />

that can set their landscape apart, stop<br />

by Timberwinds in Ellisville to see their<br />

wide selection of unique varieties and<br />

collectible specimens. From trees to<br />

shrubs to miniatures and perennials, Timberwinds<br />

has something for every taste.<br />

Trees and shrubs naturally come in<br />

an amazing number of species, and<br />

each, it seems, brings its own special<br />

gift. Some brighten the autumn with<br />

glorious color. Others bloom with fragrant<br />

blossoms in the spring. There are<br />

tall trees, small trees, wide, narrow and<br />

everything in between.<br />

Even more amazing however, is that<br />

within each species are variables with<br />

the potential to exponentially expand<br />

the choices with lots of varieties, creating<br />

trees and shrubs customized<br />

for specific spaces, color preferences,<br />

textures, climates, pest and disease<br />

resistance and much more, as well as<br />

perennials with flowers that come in<br />

almost every color of the rainbow.<br />

Just ask Michael Curran of Timberwinds<br />

about their unique varieties. He<br />

and his father, Mike Curran Sr. both<br />

look for varieties of trees with attractive<br />

characteristics and collect trees<br />

that have traits that fill needs and preferences<br />

in landscapes as well as those considered<br />

rare specimans.<br />

It’s something that Timberwinds is<br />

known for by collectors of trees all across<br />

the Midwest.<br />

“They know we’re one of the few nurseries<br />

that travels to hand-select quite a few<br />

of our miniatures and collectible trees,”<br />

Michael said.<br />

Adding unusual cultivars creates a wide<br />

and interesting selection of trees and<br />

shrubs at Timberwinds.<br />

At Timberwinds, for example, they carry<br />

collectible Mugo Pines which are available<br />

in different varieties – Carston’s Wintergold,<br />

Winter Sonne and Laarheide. Each have the<br />

characteristic that they display green in the<br />

summer months and turn gold through the<br />

winter. Michael explained that for a variety<br />

of Mugo pine, the genus is pine, the species<br />

is Mugo and the variant or cultivar would<br />

be Winter Sonne, for example. The difference<br />

in the varieties in this group is that<br />

each grows to a different size which can be<br />

useful when designing a landscape, he said.<br />

Varieties of trees and shrubs are created<br />

from plants that display a mutation of growth<br />

for a certain characteristic. Take for example<br />

a shrub or tree with a variegated leaf, perhaps<br />

white and green or yellow and green.<br />

That variegation, began as a mutation,<br />

Michael said.<br />

“Someone saw that and said ‘Hey that’s<br />

different. Let’s see if we can grow that.’<br />

The way they do that is with a graft from<br />

the original plant or through tissue culture.”<br />

They must use part of the original plant<br />

because a seed would encompass all the<br />

genetics of the species and would not likely<br />

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That is one reason why some cultivars are<br />

quite rare, he said.<br />

Both Mike Sr. and Michael are collectors<br />

themselves. Mike Sr. is a member of the<br />

American Conifer Society.<br />

“He has a collector garden that has been<br />

revolving throughout the years from at<br />

least 2000, with other plants moved there<br />

from a former garden,” Michael said. “I<br />

collect Japanese maples; I have 120 varieties.<br />

I also collect Japanese white pines.”<br />

In addition to collections for tree connoisseurs<br />

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Barrel House owners Stephen and Denise Henschel announce the opening<br />

of a new craft whiskey blending house. Stephen has been brewing and<br />

distilling from home for more than 25 years. Paired with Denise’s background<br />

in industrial engineering, architecture and interior design, the two want to<br />

share their craft with the public.<br />

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BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

Now open, the Barrel House is a<br />

craft whiskey blending house. Located<br />

at 14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin, customers<br />

can taste from its large selection<br />

of handpicked rye, wheat, barley and<br />

bourbon whiskey barrels. They also offer<br />

cocktails crafted with whiskey, and offer<br />

customers the experience of becoming<br />

a master blender of whiskey, allowing<br />

them to create and bottle their own unique<br />

blend or single barrel. They also offer a<br />

flight experience with a tasting of the four<br />

corners of whiskey: rye, wheat, barley,<br />

and bourbon. For more information visit<br />

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• • •<br />

Side Project Brewing, located at<br />

7458 Manchester Road in Maplewood,<br />

announced Adam Altnether as its new<br />

executive chef. The brewery has three<br />

locations in Maplewood, Side Project<br />

Brewery, Side Project Cellar and Side<br />

Project Patio, as well as a food program,<br />

which features takes on classic American<br />

fare. Recognized as the 2nd Best Brewer<br />

in the World by Rate Beer, Side Project<br />

Brewing is known for its rustic saisons,<br />

wild ales and spirit barrel-aged ales, but<br />

also approachable lagers and IPAs. For the<br />

first time, guests can now order in-house<br />

food at the brewery.<br />

• • •<br />

Alloy Personal Training Claymont<br />

held a ribbon cutting hosted by the <strong>West</strong><br />

St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce<br />

earlier this month. The new location of the<br />

personal training facility is at 15491 Clayton<br />

Road in Ballwin. Alloy offers personal<br />

training programs that include exercise and<br />

nutrition plans tailored to individual goals.<br />

For more information call (636) 422-6010.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Two Parkway staff members received<br />

awards recently. Nathan Burch, principal at<br />

Parkway’s Claymont Elementary School, was<br />

selected as the 20<strong>24</strong> Missouri National Distinguished<br />

Principal by the Missouri Association<br />

of Elementary School Principals (MAESP).<br />

The MAESP honors school leaders who set<br />

high standards for instruction, student achievement,<br />

character and climate for the students,<br />

families and staff in their learning communities.<br />

Burch will be formally recognized at the<br />

National Distinguished Principals awards banquet<br />

in Washington, D.C. in October. Peggy<br />

Plesia, a music teacher at Henry Elementary,<br />

received the Outstanding Cooperating Teacher<br />

Award from Lindenwood University. A cooperating<br />

teacher plays a critical role in supporting<br />

and guiding student teachers. The award<br />

recognizes excellent cooperating teachers who<br />

prepare teacher candidates for their careers as<br />

future educators.<br />

Parkway also announced several new<br />

hires recently who will begin serving in<br />

their new positions on July 1. Tony Arnold<br />

has been selected as the executive director<br />

of human resources. Arnold is currently the<br />

assistant superintendent of human resources<br />

for the School District of Clayton, where he<br />

has served since 2019. Kristen Harms has<br />

been selected as the next principal of Parkway’s<br />

Sorrento Springs Elementary. Harms<br />

has been with Parkway since 2018 serving<br />

in different positions. Currently, she is the<br />

assistant principal at Claymont Elementary.<br />

Carrie Nunn has been selected as the new<br />

chief financial officer. Nunn has 18 years<br />

of accounting experience, including eight<br />

years in public education as the director of<br />

accounting with the Mehlville School District.<br />

Before working in education, Nunn<br />

was a material and program accountant for<br />

the Boeing Company.

April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Step into The Foyer to find a style that is uniquely yours<br />



Entering the foyer is the first<br />

peek into the soul of a home. The<br />

foyer is the place where guests are<br />

welcomed into the home. More<br />

than just an entryway, foyers feature<br />

artwork, seating and other<br />

decorative accents that reflect the<br />

homeowner’s style.<br />

From the moment you enter, you<br />

know whose home you’re in.<br />

That was the vision Carrie Keipp<br />

had when she opened The Foyer in<br />

Chesterfield in 2022. The Foyer is<br />

not your typical home décor and<br />

furniture shop. Its emphasis is on<br />

décor with the furniture serving as<br />

accent pieces.<br />

“We’re not going to have your couch,<br />

we’re not going to have your bedroom<br />

furniture, but we’re going to have your<br />

statement pieces. It is the one piece in<br />

a room or in your home that will stand<br />

out,” Carrie explained.<br />

The décor and accent pieces are only<br />

the beginning of all that The Foyer has<br />

to offer. From décor pieces like lamps,<br />

vases, trays, mirrors and pictures to<br />

contemporary florals and statement<br />

pieces, The Foyer’s staff can help<br />

homeowners customize their spaces<br />

to showcase their unique style. Adding<br />

Carrie Keipp and Chantell Gibson are waiting to help<br />

customers at The Foyer.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

lighting to the statement piece is one of<br />

The Foyer’s specialties.<br />

According to Carrie, “Lighting gives that<br />

extra glow!”<br />

Carrie and her team know how to add<br />

lighting to perfectly accentuate dining<br />

room tables, mantels, floral displays, artwork<br />

and more.<br />

Need inspiration? Carrie and designers<br />

Chantell Gibson and Lori Lofton offer free<br />

in-store design consultations. Sometimes it<br />

takes a new point of view to help freshen up<br />

or reimagine a space. Carrie, Chantell and<br />

Lori know all the questions to ask to help you<br />

express your style. But here’s an insider’s<br />

tip: Appointments are encouraged<br />

to guarantee availability in-store<br />

for your favorite designer.<br />

Carrie also recommends bringing<br />

in a picture of the space to be<br />

redecorated, along with its dimensions.<br />

That advice holds whether<br />

it’s a shelving unit, mantel, buffet,<br />

island, dining room table, a blank<br />

wall, or a whole room. If you<br />

have an existing piece, such as<br />

a tray or vase, that you want to<br />

work around you are invited to<br />

bring it into the store.<br />

Plus, the results can be instantaneous.<br />

Because of The Foyer’s<br />

large inventory, design pieces can<br />

go home with the customers the same day.<br />

Then, all the homeowner has to do is confidently<br />

recreate the décor arrangement or<br />

custom piece placement in their own home.<br />

Traditional, industrial, modern and boho<br />

pieces to accent your home – The Foyer<br />

has it all. And right now, they also have a<br />

selection of fall accents.<br />

Rather than carry holiday-specific pieces,<br />

with the exception of Christmas-themed<br />

inventory, The Foyer focuses on fall, winter<br />

and spring/summer collections in addition<br />

to its everyday pieces.<br />

“We see what’s fresh, what’s new and<br />

what we think fits our vibe and meets the<br />

interest of our growing clientele,” Carrie<br />

said.<br />

This year, Carrie has noticed metals<br />

making a comeback, but these metals are<br />

softer, such as brushed gold and silver.<br />

“Even the blacks and blues are softer, as<br />

are the natural woods,” Carrie said.<br />

The Foyer is also the perfect place to find<br />

an array of great gift items ranging from<br />

statuary and vases to picture frames, candles<br />

and candle sticks. New are personal<br />

items like small handbags and jewelry for<br />

that special gift.<br />

So whether it’s for something large or<br />

something small, Carrie welcomes guests<br />

to step into The Foyer. You’ll always be<br />

warmly greeted by a team who is ready to<br />

help you find exactly what you need.<br />

“We work really hard to find those<br />

unique statement pieces that you won’t<br />

find anywhere else,” Carrie said. “We want<br />

your home to not only be unique but to be<br />

uniquely yours.”<br />

The Foyer<br />

1649 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 778-1400 • thefoyerhomedecor.com<br />


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Building within Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, Missouri,<br />

63021, on Wednesday, April 10, 20<strong>24</strong>, at 7:00 P.M. to consider a Cityinitiated<br />

petition for text amendments to Title IV: Land Use; Chapter 400:<br />

Zoning Regulations; Article IX: Antennas and Antenna Support Structures,<br />

of the Code of the City of Ellisville, Missouri, to revise regulations regarding<br />

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Regulations; Article IX: Antennas and Antenna Support Structures, of the<br />

Code of the City of Ellisville, Missouri, to revise regulations regarding<br />

telecommunications antennae, towers, or support structures within the City<br />

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These public hearings are in compliance with Title IV, Land Use, of the<br />

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42 I EVENTS I<br />

April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


All My Sons is at 7:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday,<br />

April 7 at The J’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2<br />

Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur.<br />

Tickets start at $27. Season tickets and<br />

flex passes are available through the<br />

box office by calling (314) 442-3283 or<br />

online at newjewishtheatre.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Art Fair at Queeny Park is<br />

from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, April 5; from<br />

10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6; and<br />

from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7<br />

at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex<br />

at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road in<br />

Ballwin, featuring over 100 juried artists<br />

from 20 states, live music, children’s<br />

activities and more. $10 entry fee. For<br />

details, visit greaterstlouisartists.org/artfair-at-queeny-park.<br />

• • •<br />

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival<br />

is through Thursday, April 18, at B&B<br />

Theaters, 12657 Olive Blvd. in Creve<br />

Coeur. Discussions with the filmmakers<br />

are included. Festival passes are $65, and<br />

individual tickets are $15 per film. Opening<br />

night is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April<br />

7 and celebrates Israeli filmmakers from<br />

Sapir College. Tickets for opening night<br />

are $20. Purchase tickets and passes at<br />

jccstl.com; search “Jewish film festival.”<br />

• • •<br />

Focus Photography Exhibition is an<br />

open-theme competition and exhibition<br />

open to all residents of the greater St.<br />

Louis area, ages 5 and up. Submissions<br />

open May 1-31. Entries for those under<br />

age 21 are free. Ages 21 and up have a $5<br />

entry fee per image. All images must be<br />

submitted electronically. The exhibition<br />

will be on display in the park from June<br />

14-July 8. For details, dates and submission<br />

link, visit manchestermo.gov/focus.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Plein Air Art Event is<br />

from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4<br />

at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main St.<br />

Artists and photographers working in all<br />

accepted media and photography will<br />

capture special places on location, while<br />

outdoors. All levels, mediums and ages<br />

are welcome. Prizes will be awarded.<br />

The cost is $40 before May 4 and $50 for<br />

participants registering on the event day.<br />

For students 18 years or younger, the<br />

cost is $10 before May 4 and $20 on the<br />

event day. For details, visit cityofwildwood.com/pleinair.<br />

• • •<br />

Music on Main Concert Series is at<br />

6:45 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at City Hall,<br />

16860 Main St. in Wildwood, featuring<br />

Dr. Zhivegas. Bring lawn chairs; no glass,<br />

no pets. For details, visit cityofwildwood.<br />

com or call (636) 458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

The Bach Society of Saint Louis<br />

Chorus and Orchestra presents The<br />

Heart of Bach, Choral Motets and<br />

Organ Chorales at 3 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

May 19 at Peace Lutheran Church, 737<br />

Barracksview Road in St. Louis. Tickets<br />

start at $27. To purchase tickets, visit<br />

bachsociety.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Community Band Concert<br />

is at 6:30 on Sunday, June 16 at<br />

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Pack a picnic<br />

and a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds<br />

of summer. All concerts are free to the<br />

public. For details, visit manchestermo.<br />

gov.<br />


Spring Bible Drive is now through<br />

the end of April. Drop off used Bibles,<br />

Sunday school materials, Christian<br />

books or DVD/CD’s on the front porch<br />

of 114 Edward Drive in Eureka. Call<br />

Rocky Nethercot at (636) 575-3334 to<br />

arrange for larger-sized donations. Love<br />

Packages is a non-profit organization<br />

that annually ships Christian literature<br />

to people in need in English-speaking<br />

countries. For a list of needed and<br />

accepted materials, visit lovepackages.<br />

org/needed-materials.<br />

• • •<br />

Wyman’s Amplify Gala is at 6 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 6 at The Reverie, 17089<br />

N. Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Cocktails,<br />

dinner, a celebration with DJ Charlie<br />

Chan and more are featured. Tickets<br />

start at $250. For details, visit wymancenter.org/get-involved/gala<br />

or call (415)<br />

812-0554.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Young Republicans Trivia<br />

Night is at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30<br />

p.m.) on Friday, April 19 at St. Louis<br />

County GOP HQ, 794 Gravois Bluffs<br />

Blvd. in Fenton. Purchase tickets, tables,<br />

and round sponsorships at stlyrs.com.<br />

• • •<br />

National Day of Prayer is from<br />

noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, with<br />

prayer gatherings at city halls in Ballwin,<br />

Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Des<br />

Peres, Ellisville, Manchester, Town and<br />

Country, Valley Park and Wildwood. For<br />

See EVENTS, page 44




For 50 years, Jack Massa has wanted one<br />

thing above all else for his family of restaurants.<br />

“I want people to come back again and<br />

again,” Jack said. “I want them to enjoy<br />

good food, good times and the people who<br />

work for us.<br />

“We have great cooks. Everybody says<br />

that, but ours really are. And our managers<br />

and restaurant staff are just the best. That’s<br />

why even new customers become regulars<br />

and keep coming back.”<br />

Jack was working as an engineer for<br />

McDonnell-Douglas in 1974 when he and<br />

his brother, Bill, decided to turn their past<br />

restaurant experience and Jack’s cooking<br />

skills into a new enterprise, affectionately<br />

known as “the old place” in Bridgeton.<br />

“We decided to open for dinner and said<br />

when we got the hang of things, we’d open<br />

for lunch. We’re still just open for dinner,”<br />

Jack said, laughing.<br />

But don’t think for a single minute that<br />

Jack and Bill, who passed away in December<br />

2020, didn’t know what to do as restauranteurs.<br />

They just traded longer hours at<br />

one location for more hours at more locations.<br />

Currently, Massa’s has four locations:<br />

Ballwin and Bridgeton in St. Louis County<br />

and New Town and Winghaven in St.<br />

Charles County. Each place has its own personality<br />

and slightly varied menus.<br />

“New Town is also the only location with<br />

Sunday hours,” Jack said. “Of course, every<br />

location offers fair prices, generous drink<br />

pours and the best cannelloni in town.”<br />

Keeping prices reasonable so customers<br />

can come back frequently is important to<br />

Jack. As for those drinks, he has a word<br />

of advice for customers: Make sure you<br />

have a ride home and watch the ads in<br />

April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Celebrating 50 years of good food and good times – it’s Massa’s, of course!<br />

Massa’s of course! • massasofcourse.com<br />

Ballwin • 15310 Manchester Road and Bridgeton • 4120 N. Lindbergh Road<br />

Hours: 4-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday<br />

Winghaven • 3072 WingHaven Blvd.<br />

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday<br />

New Town • 3761 New Town Blvd.<br />

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday<br />

Jack Massa<br />

I 43<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>.<br />

“I really haven’t decided how<br />

we’re going to celebrate our 50th,”<br />

Jack admitted, “but when I do, I’ll<br />

put it in my <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

ad. Maybe I’ll offer a second drink<br />

on Bill! The main thing is that I<br />

hope people will come in and celebrate<br />

with us, share their stories<br />

and enjoy their favorite meals.”<br />

Jack said his current favorite<br />

entrée is Cajun Tortellini.<br />

“It’s so good! We did a lot of taste<br />

testing to find just the right blend<br />

of cajun seasonings, which we get<br />

from McCarthy Spice & Blends.<br />

They’re a St. Louis company and<br />

just the best. The same goes for our tortellini.<br />

We get it from Louisa Foods, which is<br />

another St. Louis company that thinks like<br />

we do that freshness matters. But we make<br />

our own cannelloni,” Jack said. “A company<br />

tried to sell us cannelloni<br />

once, and their own<br />

employee said, ‘Don’t<br />

bother. Massa’s makes<br />

the best cannelloni in St.<br />

Louis.’ And we do.”<br />

The only steak served<br />

at Massa’s is tenderloin.<br />

Perhaps the most popular<br />

way to enjoy it is as Pepe Medallions<br />

paired with a rich pepper cream sauce.<br />

“But if you’re in the mood for chicken,”<br />

Jack said, “we’re noted for our Chicken<br />

Bianco, which is a lightly breaded chicken<br />

breast served in a white wine and mushroom<br />

sauce. We make our sauces fresh<br />

every day with the really good stuff like<br />

heavy cream and parmesan cheese that we<br />

grate in-house.”<br />

Of course, Massa’s makes its signature<br />

dressings in-house.<br />

“Everything we do,” Jack said “is because<br />

we want our customers to keep coming back<br />

and having a good time with us.”<br />

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EVENTS, from page 42<br />

details, visit gatewayndp.net.<br />

• • •<br />

The Knights of Columbus Spring Fling<br />

Bingo is at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)<br />

on Saturday, May 4 at Ascension School<br />

(cafeteria), 230 Santa Maria Drive in<br />

Chesterfield. Win over $500 in cash prizes<br />

with a $25 advance fee or $30 at the door<br />

for 15 Bingo games, including free water,<br />

soda, beer and wine. Must be 21 to attend.<br />

Hotdogs and candy will be available for<br />

purchase. For details, call (314) 303-6250<br />

or email at bingo@ascensionkofc.org.<br />


Little Explorers is from 9-10:30<br />

a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of<br />

the month at various parks in Ballwin.<br />

Themed activities change weekly and<br />

include a craft and snack for ages 2-5.<br />

The cost is $8 for residents; $10 for nonresidents.<br />

Parents and guardians are free.<br />

For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tumbling Tots is from 10-11 a.m.<br />

monthly on the second Thursday and<br />

third Wednesday at the Eureka Community<br />

Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. Features<br />

mats and foam climbing pieces, balls,<br />

building blocks and other gross-motor<br />

equipment for ages 6 months to 5 years.<br />

The cost is $9 for residents; $10 for nonresidents.<br />

Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is monthly<br />

from 10 a.m.-noon on the second and<br />

fourth Saturdays at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Price is included with<br />

museum admission. Details at tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner - Garden Party is<br />

from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 at<br />

The Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park<br />

Lane. This is a creative, messy program,<br />

focusing on exploration, science, sensory<br />

skills, crafts, snacks and more for ages<br />

2-5. An adult needs to stay with the child.<br />

The cost is $10 for residents, $11 for<br />

non-residents. Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Bricks and Beyond: Star Wars Edition<br />

is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 20 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons<br />

Circle. Gather your lightsabers and<br />

bring the whole family to dive into the<br />

iconic world of Star Wars through the<br />

medium of LEGO bricks. Every child<br />

takes home a custom-made mini-figure.<br />

For ages 5-12. Resident cost is $15; nonresident<br />

cost is $18 per person. To register,<br />

visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Big Truck and Safety Day is from<br />

10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at<br />

Eureka High (Parking Lot), 4525 Hwy.<br />

109. Explore different modes of transportation<br />

and learn about safety with the<br />

Eureka Police Department. Free event.<br />

For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Puzzle Palooza is from 5:30-8 p.m. on<br />

Friday, May 3 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin<br />

Commons Circle in Ballwin. For teams<br />

of up to five people. Race against each<br />

other to finish the same 500-piece puzzle.<br />

The first team to assemble theirs will win<br />

a prize. All other teams will get to keep<br />

their puzzle. Light snacks and drinks<br />

will be provided, but feel free to bring<br />

your own. No alcohol. Pre-registration is<br />

required. $25 for residents; $30 for nonresidents.<br />

For more details, visit ballwin.<br />

mo.us/Ballwin-Parks-and-Recreation.<br />

• • •<br />

Rockwood Parents As Teachers<br />

Vehicle Day is from 9:30-11:30 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, May 18 at Lafayette High<br />

School, 17050 Clayton Road in Wildwood<br />

for a huge display of trucks. $5 per<br />

family, cash only. For details, call (636)<br />

891-6200.<br />

HIKES & RUNS<br />

Bee Dash 5K is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

May 18 at La Salle Retreat Center,<br />

2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive in Wildwood.<br />

Celebrate World Bee Day with a 5K run/<br />

walk. Enjoy the festivities afterward<br />

including food, drink, live music and<br />

local beekeepers. Cost is $35. For details<br />

and registration, visit lasalleretreat.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Green Rock Trail Challenge is at<br />

8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Greensfelder<br />

Park, 4515 Hencken Road in Wildwood.<br />

The hike can be enjoyed by all ages, but<br />

does require a reasonable fitness level.<br />

Boxed lunch will be provided after the<br />

hike. Registration is $20 and includes<br />

snack, lunch and a giveaway. For details,<br />

visit cityofwildwood.com/2085/Green-<br />

Rock-Trail-Challenge or call (636) 458-<br />

0440.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Triathlon is from 5-10:30<br />

a.m. on Sunday, July 21 at North Pointe<br />

Aquatic Center in Ballwin. This is a 300<br />

yard swim, 9 mile bike and 3.4 mile run.<br />

The event fills fast, secure a spot early.<br />

No race day registration. Pricing starts<br />

at $60. For details, visit mseracing.com/<br />

ballwin-triathlon.<br />

• • •<br />

Shaw Nature Reserve’s Hiking Club<br />

40-hike Challenge continues at Shaw<br />

Nature Reserve, 307 Pinetum Loop<br />

Road in Gray Summit. Build muscle and<br />

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enjoy nature’s beauty. Open to everyone.<br />

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GriefShare meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on<br />

Fridays at Living Word Church, 17315<br />

Manchester Road in Wildwood. This<br />

seminar and support group is designed<br />

for people who are grieving the loss of a<br />

spouse, child, family member or friend.<br />

The 13-week course includes video seminars<br />

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as well as real-life stories of people who<br />

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• • •<br />

Taxes for Vets is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.<br />

on Saturdays, March 30, April 6 and<br />

April 13 at the Creve Coeur American<br />

Legion Post #397, 934 E Rue De La<br />

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veterans file their tax returns for free. W2<br />

forms,1099 forms, business records and<br />

proof of residence for dependents being<br />

claimed will be required. To schedule an<br />

appointment, email TKFTaxPrep@gmail.<br />

com or call (314) 530-9182.<br />

• • •<br />

Adult Art Class is from 5:30-8 p.m.<br />

on Thursday, April 11 at the Ballwin Golf<br />

Course, 333 Holloway Road in Ballwin.<br />

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on 16x20 stretched canvas. Resident<br />

cost is $50, non-resident cost is $55. For<br />

details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Stargazing Night is from 7:30-9 p.m.<br />

on Tuesday, April 16 at Fussner Field,<br />

910 Hazel Falls Drive in Manchester.<br />

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from the St. Louis Astronomical Society<br />

will be on site. Restrooms are not available<br />

in this park. Free and open to all<br />

ages. No registration is required.<br />

• • •<br />

Herb Your Enthusiasm with horticulture<br />

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p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday<br />

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• • •<br />

Maker’s Mart & Arbor Day Festival<br />

is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April<br />

20 at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. The treeplanting<br />

ceremony is from 9:30-10 a.m.<br />

Free seedling giveaway, free event. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov/319/<br />

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• • •<br />

Glow Golf is from 7:30-10 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 26 at the Ballwin Golf<br />

Course, 333 Holloway Road. Play golf<br />

in the dark with LED golf balls. The<br />

cost is $40 per person and includes the<br />

round, the cart and the LED golf ball. For<br />

details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Mega Event is from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 27 at Reber Park, 109<br />

Lindy Blvd. in the city of Winchester.<br />

Free electronics recycling, document<br />

shredding, Arbor Day tree giveaway and<br />

food drive. Rain or shine. For details,<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Martin’s Auto Show and Festival<br />

is at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at<br />

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15764<br />

Clayton Road in Ellisville, featuring cars<br />

on display, family games, BBQ and a<br />

car contest. A percentage of sales goes<br />

toward the Circle of Concern. Free event.<br />

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• • •<br />

Manchester Book Club meets at 11<br />

a.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month<br />

at the Manchester Parks Building. For<br />

details, call (636) 391-6326 or email,<br />

rpate@manchestsermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Advice for Life is at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays<br />

at The Jewish Learning Institute in<br />

the Chesterfield Mall, featuring a 6-week<br />

course of Rebbe’s guidance for leading<br />

a more purposeful life. The cost starts at<br />

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• • •<br />

Manchester Craft Beer Festival is<br />

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samples from over 20 breweries, Lily’s<br />

Cafe Dessert Truck and live music.<br />

Admission includes unlimited tasting and<br />

a souvenir-tasting glass. Tickets are $35<br />

in advance; $42 the day-of. For details,<br />

visit ManchesterMo.gov/RegisterNow.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Farmers Market is from<br />

8 a.m.-noon every Saturday beginning<br />

May 25 and continuing through Oct. 5 at<br />

221 Plaza Drive in Wildwood. For details<br />

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• • •<br />

Green Rock Trail Challenge is at 8<br />

a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Greensfelder<br />

County Park, 4515 Hencken Road in<br />

Wildwood. Experience National Trails<br />

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April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I 45<br />

CREVE COEUR, from page 10<br />

law firm noted that any sales and use tax<br />

exemptions granted for the project would<br />

only be used for construction materials.<br />

Lindsey Evans of PGAV Planners, presented<br />

a tax impact statement, displaying<br />

data claiming the project would have little<br />

effect on the tax revenues of the Ladue<br />

School District, the city or its fire department.<br />

Finally, Mark Grimm of the Gilmore<br />

& Bell law firm spoke of the incentives of<br />

real property tax abatement that would be<br />

replaced by a CID special assessment.<br />

Without a break, 10 Creve Coeur citizens<br />

expressed their views on the three bills<br />

next. The first was Glenn Wilen, resident<br />

and chair of the Board of Adjustment.<br />

“Since the property is already owned by<br />

the developers and all the risks are already<br />

well-known to them, what would happen to<br />

the build scenario if there were no abatements<br />

and they had to move forward at the<br />

market rate?” Wilen said. “I would encourage<br />

the city to look at a higher risk component<br />

because things don’t always work out<br />

the way people think they will.”<br />

Resident Brett Berger is in favor of the<br />

development but was the first of many to<br />

question the means of receiving the tax<br />

abatement.<br />

“It’s unjustifiable to consider it a blighted<br />

property,” Berger said. “It’s a strategic<br />

maneuver to qualify for the tax abatement.<br />

Water seepage and issues with electricity<br />

and utilities are common maintenance.<br />

Properties that were built in the 60s are<br />

probably going to have some asbestos, utility<br />

and maintenance issues. I would think<br />

the developers would anticipate those<br />

types of issues. The important thing for us<br />

to understand as citizens is why the abatement<br />

has to be so much money.”<br />

Former council member Pati Trout<br />

agreed that the word “blighted” should<br />

not be used for this bill or any case like<br />

this. She said term will burden neighboring<br />

owners by devaluing their properties and<br />

making them harder to sell in the future.<br />

“I really like development…but I want<br />

ones that benefit the residents more than<br />

the developers,” Trout said. “I want oversight<br />

by informed residents who understand<br />

the full impact of this development.<br />

I don’t think we have that. When I go and<br />

buy things, I have to pay the sales taxes<br />

to whatever municipality I’m in. We don’t<br />

have hardware stores, plumbing supply<br />

stores or cement companies here. So,<br />

they’re not going to buy anything in Creve<br />

Coeur for this construction. If you approve<br />

this, they don’t pay taxes here on their construction<br />

materials, either.”<br />

Gene Rovak, former chair of the Planning<br />

& Zoning Commission, also had trouble<br />

with the abatement based on blighting.<br />

David Caldwell, a Creve Coeur resident<br />

since 1976 and owner of an area office<br />

warehouse building, added that in the 23<br />

years he’s owned his commercial building,<br />

its value has increased 75%, but the property<br />

tax has more than tripled.<br />

“I was shocked to learn at tonight’s hearing<br />

that we’re paying approximately 95%<br />

in property taxes of what they’re paying for<br />

a whole 96-acre complex,” Caldwell said.<br />

“That’s ridiculous. Our property tax keeps<br />

increasing despite numerous appeals over<br />

the years. Why did this happen? Because<br />

the recipients of property taxes want more<br />

money and the recipients of some property<br />

owners were given special treatment,<br />

which reduced the amount of money to be<br />

distributed. This is highly unfair to longtime<br />

property owners and businesses.”<br />

Other residents mentioned more concerns<br />

regarding the “blighted” wording,<br />

and on the use of tax incentives. Wedged in<br />

between comments from residents seeing<br />

potential negatives from the Olia Village<br />

bills, Barry Glantz shared a different view<br />

of the development.<br />

Glantz, former Creve Coeur council<br />

member and mayor, is a member of the<br />

Olia Village development team, having<br />

served as a consultant to the developers for<br />

18 months.<br />

“Remember that vacant property serves<br />

no one in the community well,” Glantz<br />

said. “This proposed new development is<br />

a logical and ideal use of the property. It<br />

offers the community an opportunity to<br />

revitalize the East Olive corridor and most<br />

importantly, is an asset and is complementary<br />

to the 39 North Innovation District<br />

which is such an integral component for<br />

future economic vitality in Creve Coeur.<br />

The financial incentives being discussed<br />

this evening provide a critically important<br />

tool to alleviate some of the extraordinary<br />

costs in the development of a project of<br />

this magnitude. There is no upfront public<br />

investment and it only provides assistance<br />

when the project itself is successful, creating<br />

a long-term benefit for all stakeholders<br />

in Creve Coeur.”<br />

All three bills were passed by the council<br />

on first reading. The final readings, anticipated<br />

further discussion and voting on the<br />

trio of Olia Village bills will take place at<br />

the April 8 council meeting. If passed, the<br />

anticipated start time for the project would<br />

be this summer with completion time estimated<br />

for March 1, 2030.<br />







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