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Staying safe in the water recently received the national spotlight when the 19-month-old daughter of Olympic skiing champion Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck Miller, drowned in a neighbor\u2019s pool. The couple have spoken publicly, warning parents of how these situations can spiral out of control faster than one can finish a sentence during conversation with a friend.

\u201cIt shows you how quickly it can happen to anyone,\u201d says Birch McMullin, franchise owner of the British Swim School. \u201cOn TV shows, like Baywatch, we see people, who are flailing [as they drown]. In reality, drowning is silent and fast. There will not be a scream for help. They\u2019re not going to flail. They will lie there for seconds, and then they will sink.\u201d

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is responsible for more deaths among children, ages 1 to 4, than any other cause except birth defects. And for children up to age 14, drowning remains the second-leading cause of death.

Swim lessons sometimes are seen as optional or just a fun activity, stresses McMullin. As the numbers show, though, learning to float and swim can be as important as using car seats, baby gates or smoke alarms. Mastering survival skills in the water is just as important to the family who only visits the beach yearly as it is to the family who owns a pool.

The British Swim School\u2019s program, which is growing fast across the nation, teaches children how to roll on their backs and float, a survival skill one can learn at an early age, and helps them to feel comfortable in the water. Parents\u2019 engagement is also encouraged, because it can be an important element for younger children throughout the learning process.

\u201cThis is something that has affected me and my family,\u201d confides McMullin. \u201cWhen I was 5, my 22-month-old brother drowned at a pool party. With most accidents, there\u2019s a progression between the moment of the accident and your response to it [that can influence the outcome].\u201d He describes how drowning can occur in less than two minutes, so every second is critical. Even if a child is rescued, the sad reality is many suffer from brain damage and long-term disability. McMullin\u2019s family believes that, had his brother known how to roll over and float on his back, his life might have been saved.

While learning to swim is a necessary skill, it can also be a fun activity. The British Swim School highlights that enjoyment, while providing first-rate instruction, by selecting instructors who, first and foremost, are good at interacting with kids. In addition, instructors receive intensive training and must have strong swimming skills.

\u201cWe want kids to feel comfortable and to establish trust before moving on to survival skills,\u201d says McMullin. \u201cWe sing songs, play games and end each class with playtime. That way, kids are not fearful of the water as they learn how to swim. They leave on a positive note and look forward to coming back.\u201d

Tragic accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. Many, including children\u2019s hospitals, agree that drowning is a preventable death. By starting with the most valuable skills \u2013 learning how to float on one\u2019s back \u2013 British Swim School gives hope that even the littlest can survive.

British Swim School, St. Charles at the Best Western Plus, 1425 S. 5th St., St. Charles; Webster Groves at Laclede Groves, 800 Eckrich Place, St. Louis; West County at Cape Albeon, 3380 Lake Bend Drive, Valley Park; 314-312-1878, britishswimschool.com/stlouis

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Adulthood takes on a unique shape for everyone. For some, a parent or mentor will act as guide during this transition. For others lacking such support, the passage is likely rockier. For more than 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has stepped in to bridge the gap, offering a spectrum of programs \u2013 from counseling to emergency shelter to full-time housing \u2013 that help St. Louis-area youth build confidence and achieve independence.

In addition to its clinical and preventive services, which include psychological testing and in-home therapy for children, youth and families, Epworth runs several supportive housing programs for older youth grappling with behavioral health issues, homelessness and unsuccessful placement in foster care.

Epworth\u2019s Transitional Living and Independent Living Programs (TLP/ILP) offer so much more than a safe and secure place to live, however. As part of TLP, Epworth places up to 11 young adults, between the ages of 16 and 19, in rent-free apartments in University City. The nonprofit not only provides TLP teens with financial support, but also instills in them fundamental life skills.

\u201cWe teach them how to do very basic things, like cook and manage money,\u201d details CEO Michelle Tucker. \u201cWe infuse them with support and prep them for the future. Although we pay the rent, we want them to know that the next step is independence.\u201d

Depending on individual needs, participants in TLP transition to ILP after about a year. \u201cILP affords more independence,\u201d Tucker says of the initiative, which is designed to serve youth aged 17 to 23. Because Epworth maintains relationships with nearly 80 apartment buildings across the area, the organization is better able to assist youth with locating and securing lodging of their own. \u201cWe pay the lease and provide additional case management support, but our goal is self-sufficiency, with dignity.\u201d

Epworth recently expanded its supportive housing services, with the opening of Intrada, an intergenerational residential community in the City\u2019s Holly Hills neighborhood. For the project, Epworth partnered with the Vecino Group, a Springfield, Missouri-based developer committed to \u201chousing for the greater good.\u201d

Twenty percent of Intrada\u2019s reduced-rent, completely-furnished units \u2013 a mixture of studios, one- and two-bedrooms \u2013 are reserved for Missouri youth aging out of the foster care system, while the remaining apartments present affordable housing for area seniors and families. \u201cIntrada is a completely new model,\u201d declares Tucker. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing out there exactly like it.\u201d

Through the support of grants and the generosity of the St. Louis community, Epworth is able to bring pioneering concepts like Intrada to life. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the organization will host its 16th Annual Wine Dinner & Auction at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, St. Louis. Proceeds from this year\u2019s event will benefit the 10,000-plus youth and families whose lives are improved by Epworth\u2019s dynamic programming.

\u201cThe success of our clients is the most rewarding aspect of my job,\u201d shares Tucker. \u201cEpworth is a pillar agency, with a tremendous effect across the region. And we will continue to better the community.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0

Epworth Children and Family Services, 110 N. Elm Ave., Webster Groves, 314-961-5718, epworth.org

16th Annual Wine Dinner & Auction

6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Tickets and tables range from $325 to $4,500. A variety of sponsorships are available.

Join event co-chairs Dr. Gregg J. Berdy and Jason Main, certified sommelier and owner of The Wine Merchant, for a black-tie evening of fine wine, five-star food and first-rate entertainment from saxophonist Tim Cunningham and emcee Rick Horton.

During the live auction, attendees will be able to bid on rare and premium wines, plus luxury wine trips and tasting excursions. A silent auction and tax-credit paddle raise will also take place, with all proceeds from the event benefiting Epworth\u2019s vital youth development services.

Call 314-918-3321 or visit epworth.org/wine-dinner for more information.

Special thanks to the Centene Corporation, this year's Cabernet sponsor.

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Transformation is a word loaded with possibilities. It promises potential, growth and necessary change. The literal reinvention of one\u2019s space can be a natural extension of this desire to recognize and embrace personal transformation. And for Savvy Surrounding Style, an award-winning local design firm, redesigning its own showroom has made the transformation process even easier and more accessible for all who enter.

\u201cWe do both residential and commercial [projects],\u201d says principal and owner Diane Fogerty, whose team of designers boasts more than 30 years of experience in the industry. \u201cThe majority of our projects are now referrals, which is a testament to our work.\u201d

Savvy\u2019s new showroom houses artwork and rugs, plus accessories for one\u2019s mantle, bookcase or table. Clients will also find fabrics and floor coverings, decorative throw pillows and the occasional furniture piece, including chairs and side tables. The space has been carefully curated to introduce St. Louisans to new concepts in home d\u00e9cor. \u201cWe carry unique items, not found in the St. Louis marketplace,\u201d describes Fogerty. \u201cI travel all over to find different lines. Our clients are generally looking for a unique aesthetic, and we wanted to give it to them. So, that\u2019s what we did.\u201d

The revamp is evidence of Savvy\u2019s evolution from being a source for local home goods to solely focusing on commercial and residential design services. The showroom is only a taste of what Savvy has in store for clients, though. The real treat arrives once the design process begins.

\u201cEvery designer has a little bit of a different process,\u201d details Fogerty. \u201cWe have project managers assigned to every job. So, when you hire a designer, you get at least a two-person team. The entire company is client-based and results-driven [in its approach to each project].\u201d

Savvy proves distinctive in one other regard: its management of and respect for each client\u2019s budget. \u201cCreatives aren\u2019t always known as \u2018numbers people,\u2019 but we do a great job of adhering to a budget,\u201d assures Fogerty. \u201cOur office manager is an accountant by trade. We work with clients to manage their budgets and help them [to establish] reasonable allocations that will get them the [desired] end result.\u201d

The designers at Savvy really shine when pinpointing each client\u2019s unique style, based on their wide range of likes and dislikes. \u201cWe know which questions to ask and what to show a client,\u201d says Fogerty. \u201cDesigners look at both form and function. We look at how a space is used, its purpose, and then help focus a client on what they like, whether they know their aesthetic or not.\u201d

By guiding each client through the design process, Fogerty and her team of designers at Savvy can transform any space into its best version.

Savvy Surrounding Style, 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-432-7289, savvyladue.com

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It\u2019s 11:30 a.m. on a humid summertime Saturday. You promised the kids a special, midday frozen treat, but you must run to the bank before it closes at noon. What do you do? Disappoint the little ones, or risk delaying an important transaction?

If you\u2019re a Reliance Bank customer, then the problem is moot. At the bank\u2019s Rock Hill branch, you can fulfill all of your banking needs, while the kids grab a shake or a rainbow sprinkle-dusted concrete from the St. Louis Frozen Custard Factory next door. Debuting in June 2017, this branch is simply another example of Reliance Bank\u2019s commitment to partnering with local businesses to maximize building space, plus boost income and foot traffic.

\u201cWith the availability of mobile banking and the internet, banking is done a lot differently these days,\u201d declares Thomas H. Brouster Sr., chairman and CEO of Reliance Bank. \u201cIt\u2019s difficult to get customers to come into branches. For the most part, banks end up with branches that are far larger than they need to be.\u201d

Reliance Bank, however, is not one of those banks. Together, Brouster Sr. and Gaines S. Dittrich, vice-chairman and chief credit officer, are pioneering a new path for community banking in the age of digital displacement.

\u201cWe decided to take the extra space in our branches and find tenants with whom we could have cooperative relationships,\u201d explains Brouster Sr. \u201cThis allows us to generate rent revenue, which helps offset some of the costs of owning and operating these buildings. Leasing to a tenant also gives us the ability to draw people back into the bank, and creates an opportunity for us to sell our services.\u201d

So far, Reliance Bank has converted nine of the 22 branches it has scattered across the bi-state area, leasing space to businesses ranging from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in Des Peres to Edward Jones in Wildwood to the United States Post Office in Manchester.

Reliance Bank also uses the arrival of each new tenant as an occasion to modernize its own spaces. Stepping into the lobby of one of its branches is more akin to entering a boutique hotel than a standard financial institution. And, each renovated branch is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, including tech bars and integrated teller machines (ITMs). Like an upgraded ATM, the touchscreen-capable ITM connects customers with a teller working remotely from the bank\u2019s corporate headquarters, thereby streamlining and centralizing operations, without sacrificing personal interaction.

This novel formula of adapting branches to better serve and support area communities has proven remarkably successful for Reliance Bank, which formed 19 years ago.

\u201cThe bank is having a great year, and we\u2019re not done yet,\u201d proclaims Brouster Sr. In early July, Reliance Bank debuted its newly-renovated O\u2019Fallon, Illinois branch, which brings with it the first Lion\u2019s Choice in the Metro East. In just the initial two weeks of opening, the new restaurant has already posted the highest sales record \u2013 of any location \u2013 in the chain\u2019s history.

In mid-August, the bank\u2019s main branch, situated at the bustling corner of Clayton Road and Lindbergh Blvd. in Frontenac, will welcome Park Avenue Coffee as a new tenant. With a grand opening scheduled for September 10, the local coffee shop will serve beverages, sandwiches and salads, as well as various flavors of its signature gooey butter cake.

\u201cWe hope to continue fitting the right business with the right building,\u201d says Brouster Sr. \u201cIt\u2019s a winning partnership for the bank, for the tenant and for customers. As a community bank that\u2019s locally owned and managed, we\u2019re dedicated to serving the communities where our branches are located.\u201d

Reliance Bank, various locations, 314-569-7200, reliancebankstl.com

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Tucked away in Town and Country, a beautiful campus spreads across 21 acres of lush landscaping. Its residents appreciate a luxurious lifestyle that caters to the aging population. It is Mari de Villa \u2013 and to many, including the senior living community\u2019s owners, it is home.

\u201cWe strive to make our guests\u2019 admission and stay at Mari de Villa as seamless as possible,\u201d says Fred Wiesehan, CEO of Mari de Villa. \u201cOur all-inclusive skilled nursing allows us to tailor care around the needs of each of our guests, even as those needs increase.\u201d

First opening in 1960, Mari de Villa has undergone several expansions over the decades, most recently in 2010. As the amenities and facilities have evolved, the core concept remains ever the same.

\u201cThe underlying theme for all of us at Mari de Villa is care,\u201d explains Wiesehan. According to him, that takes on many forms: \u201cThe way in which we care for our staff, many whom have been with Mari de Villa for decades. The way in which we care for our buildings and 21 acres. The way in which we care for our larger community of Town and Country, with whom we co-sponsor Fourth of July and Christmas celebrations, and stay involved year-round. And most importantly, the way in which we care for our guests and their families.\u201d

This incredible level of dedication to Mari de Villa\u2019s residents, team and campus is only natural, given that the family at the helm has lived on the property since 1984. Wiesehan and his wife, Mary Kay, took over three decades ago and have raised their children on the campus, teaching them lessons of compassion and the meaning of family. Their two sons are now federal- and state-licensed long-term care administrators, who also serve the senior living community.

\u201cOur commitment is to continuing the tradition of offering dignity and quality care to all our guests, within a beautiful environment,\u201d shares Wiesehan. \u201cServing the families of St. Louis for as many years as we have, we have seen the expansion of senior living options. It can be very confusing to navigate residential care, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehab care, independent living and memory care. We welcome the opportunity to provide tours to families and to answer any of their questions.\u201d

Mari de Villa keeps itself accessible to families through all-inclusive rates. \u201cThe Villa East and West buildings are each staffed with nurses and certified nurse\u2019s aides, who provide 24-hour care, adjusting that care as needs may increase,\u201d notes Wiesehan. \u201cAll accommodations are private rooms or suites. No cost is arbitrarily added to a bill. With a full complement of therapies and daily activities, Mari de Villa truly is a home where someone can age in place.\u201d

The independent living community, dubbed The Villa Estates, offers elegant surrounds. \u201cBeautifully appointed homes range in size from 1,200 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet, with hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and more,\u201d describes Wiesehan. \u201cThe villas offer a number of activities and events for residents to participate in, including outings in a 15-passenger Mercedes motor coach to places like The Fabulous Fox Theatre, The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, the Missouri Botanical Garden, historic Kimmswick and many of St. Louis\u2019 finest restaurants.\u201d

With endless enjoyment at their fingertips and caring individuals at every turn, the residents seem to have it made. And the Wiesehans will happily roll out the welcome mat to anyone who wishes to explore their home and consider making it their own.

\u201cResidents and their families trust our family at Mari de Villa,\u201d says Wiesehan. \u201cWhether you are familiar with Mari de Villa, having had loved ones here in the past, we still encourage you to come and see the enhancements made over the years. And if you are visiting for the first time, we feel strongly you will be pleased with what you see.\u201d

\u201cMary Kay said it best,\u201d adds Wiesehan. \u201cWe keep getting better with age.\u201d

Mari de Villa, 13900 Clayton Road, Town and Country, 636-227-5347, maridevilla.com

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On occasion, Nancy Schapiro enjoys a doubleheader \u2013 not of baseball games or movies, but rather fitness classes.

Schapiro has found numerous ways to stay active since moving into an apartment at The Gatesworth nearly 2 \u00bd years ago. During the week, she regularly takes group classes, sometimes even challenging herself by attending two separate sessions within a single day. \u201cI take them every day that they are offered!,\u201d she says proudly. And on the weekends, she catches up on cable news programs while logging miles on the treadmill in the community\u2019s top-of-the-line fitness center, which is outfitted with Keiser equipment specially designed for seniors.

\u201cFrom its inception and opening in 1988, The Gatesworth\u2019s philosophy has been to provide an environment where active seniors are invigorated both mentally and physically,\u201d maintains Kathy Davis, resident program director.

At The Gatesworth, residents can choose from a wide variety of instructor-led fitness classes that target balance, endurance and strength. Offered five days a week, classes range from line dancing to water aerobics and water ballet, held in the community\u2019s indoor saltwater pool. The Gatesworth also marries mental and physical fitness through offerings like chair yoga, meditation and a twice-weekly adapted Tai Chi class, which counts Schapiro as a devotee.

For William Richter, who joined The Gatesworth community with his wife this past winter, developing and sticking to a fitness regimen has become crucial to recovery. After undergoing cardiac bypass surgery last October, Richter spent four months in rehab at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. Once his stint was complete, he sought to continue the exercises that he had learned on his own, and The Gatesworth\u2019s well-equipped fitness center has allowed him to do just that.

\u201cThey have a very nice fitness center here,\u201d says Richter. \u201cI\u2019ve been able to put together a routine that tracks my rehab program quite well.\u201d Three times a week, Richter hops on the NuStep cross trainer to work his upper and lower body, then moves on to free weights and freestanding balance exercises, before winding down with stretches.

For seniors living at The Gatesworth, however, staying active doesn\u2019t necessarily mean staying indoors. The community\u2019s picturesque grounds offer walking paths that are perfect for a casual stroll or for more serious exertion.

In addition to participating in fitness classes, Schapiro also goes for daily walks around The Gatesworth campus, soaking up the scenic surroundings and breathing in the restorative fresh air.

\u201cI don\u2019t drive any longer, but it\u2019s good to get out for a bit,\u201d she says. \u201cSometimes I walk by myself, or with friends. It\u2019s so pretty here. There are lovely flowers planted all around, and two ponds with baby ducks. We all watch out for the baby ducks.\u201d

If golf is more your game, then The Gatesworth\u2019s putting green is the ideal spot to spend an afternoon. An avid golfer, until he was sidelined by arthritis in his hand, Richter frequently grabs his putter and joins his wife on the green. He has even taken to entering into The Gatesworth\u2019s monthly putting contests, triumphing on his first attempt. \u201cI only won by a stroke!,\u201d he quips.

Because The Gatesworth cares equally about residents\u2019 mental engagement, the community also runs a host of programs, like its weekly current events discussion group, designed to stimulate ideas and conversation. Residents interested in more global affairs can join The Questers, a rotating group of area university professors and academics who lead hour-long symposia about pressing international issues.

\u201cWhat\u2019s most gratifying about these two offerings is the stimulation our residents bring to the meetings,\u201d shares Davis. \u201cThe academics frequently comment that the questions and observations from The Gatesworth\u2019s lecture audience are as challenging as any university classroom!\u201d

Davis sees the same level of enthusiasm during the community\u2019s St. Louis Icon Series, themed luncheons spotlighting notable members or experts from the city\u2019s myriad arts, cultural and educational institutions. \u201cThe love of learning amongst our residents is apparent,\u201d she affirms.

\u201cThat\u2019s really why I came here,\u201d says Shapiro of The Gatesworth\u2019s programming. \u201cAfter my husband died, I became kind of isolated in my house. But there are so many activities.\u201d

\u201cPeople can be as active as they want here,\u201d Richter adds. And that\u2019s the beauty of independent living at The Gatesworth: the freedom to live as you wish, on your own terms.

The Gatesworth, 1 McKnight Place, located at Delmar and I-170, 314-993-0111, thegatesworth.com

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In this modern day and age, inspiration hits you everywhere you look, from television to magazines to social media apps. While some places like to spoon-feed you concepts for your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, one furniture store encourages you to take back the wheel in the design process.

\u201cExpressions Furniture primarily designs custom furniture, which was an original concept in St. Louis when we opened 30 years ago,\u201d owner Anne Tipton says. \u201cIn a world that is being taken over by the big-box stores that dictate styles and trends, we are and always will be unique. We design for the individual.\u201d

Style is fluid, trends fade \u2013 but personality prevails. That logic forms the foundation of Expressions Furniture, which is why its clientele revisits year after year, with some even reupholstering items they bought two decades ago.

\u201cCustom doesn\u2019t have to be expensive,\u201d claims Tipton. \u201cThe [high] cost is a big misconception. Custom simply means that you get what you want. We have a nice range of the latest and greatest fabrics, and are not limited to one style. Whether you\u2019re more traditional or transitional or modern, we can make anything to fit your lifestyle and personality.\u201d

The shop proves a great resource for any design need, with services that range from designing a single piece to making over an entire room. Expressions Furniture can also create slipcovers and window treatments for clients, as well as reupholster furniture. Whether or not you have a project on the horizon, there is one time of year you simply must visit Expressions Furniture.

\u201cWe redo the showroom every year in August, selling things off the floor to make room for new items,\u201d explains Tipton. \u201cIt is an awesome time to shop here. Our annual floor sample sale is in its 30th year, beginning on Aug. 1, with discounts starting at 50 percent. By Labor Day, our showroom is all new again.\u201d

Tipton admits she sees some clients only around this time of year, proving the event\u2019s popularity. It\u2019s evidently one worthy of marking the calendar. \u201cWe have an incredible, loyal customer base,\u201d she shares. \u201cWe\u2019re now starting to assist the children of our customers [who have been coming here for years]. We feel very blessed to still be here \u2013 and we would not be, without that loyal base.\u201d

What brings them back 20 or 30 years later? One simple concept that still rings true after three decades in the business: Expressions Furniture has the ability to express its clients\u2019 individual, unique tastes through finished design.

\u201c[We offer] a personal experience in today\u2019s world,\u201d reminds Tipton. \u201cWe truly think outside of the box. It\u2019s important to support your local stores, and from the first moment you walk in here, you\u2019ll know there is something definitely different about Expressions Furniture.\u201d

Expressions Furniture, 7817 Clayton Road, Clayton, 314-567-6200

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Founded in 1988 by a group of local Scottish Rite Masons, led by Earl Walker and Les Denney, Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University provides speech and language therapy services to children ages 2 to 6. This year, the clinic celebrates its 30th anniversary. Although it has evolved considerably throughout its history, the clinic\u2019s original mission \u2013 to help children with speech and language disorders thrive by improving their communication skills \u2013 remains unchanged.

One of the hallmarks of the clinic is that it offers therapies at absolutely no cost to children and their families. \u201cAll of our services are free, and include speech and language therapy and evaluations, plus audiology screenings,\u201d explains executive director Jacob Gutshall. \u201cWe also provide parent training, which is an important part of the process, and helps to keep our lessons going when children are at home.\u201d

Since its inception, the clinic\u2019s footprint has grown considerably, making it possible for the organization to serve even greater populations across the area. \u201cOur goal is to reach children near where they live, to find underserved communities and partner with locations in those areas,\u201d emphasizes Gutshall.

To that end, the clinic now operates a total of seven sites that stretch across the St. Louis region to reach rural, city and county communities. In addition to its original headquarters in the City at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the clinic offers Spanish language therapy programs at the SouthSide Early Childhood Center. Working closely with respective health departments, the clinic also runs outposts in Arnold, Troy and Union.

This spring, the organization opened its newest satellite at the YWCA Head Start North County Center. This new outreach program is the result of productive conversations between the clinic\u2019s therapists and YWCA Head Start staff members.

\u201cWe conduct a lot of free screenings at day care facilities and preschools around the region,\u201d explains Gutshall. \u201cAbout 22 percent of the children we screen would benefit from speech and language therapy intervention. While we were in North St. Louis County [performing screenings], teachers and support staff began asking us about the next steps. And we realized that there wasn\u2019t a resource in that area.\u201d Now, with the support of a multiyear grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, the clinic will be able to offer individual speech and language therapies to children living in and around the community.

In 2015, the clinic joined forces with Maryville University, becoming a fully-integrated program of the university. With a new headquarters on its campus in West St. Louis County, the clinic now adds a teaching component to its mission, providing clinical education to students enrolled in the university\u2019s newly formed Speech-Language Pathology graduate program.

While the clinic\u2019s other branches primarily offer one-on-one treatments, plus screenings, to children and their families, the Maryville University headquarters also operates group programs, like the KidTalk Language Group, for so-called \u201clate talkers,\u201d and the summer KidTalk Social Group, for children who struggle with social interactions and making new friends.

With the clinic\u2019s big anniversary this year, Gutshall has been hearing more and more from children and families positively impacted by its services. Recently, a former \u201clate talker\u201d decided to give back to the community that made such an impact on his growth. As part of his Eagle Scout project, this young boy \u2013 now nearly a teenager \u2013 launched a Little Free Library at the clinic\u2019s Arnold site.

The organization will highlight more inspiring stories like this one during its annual KidTalk Celebration, taking place on November 10 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. \u201cIt\u2019s an evening full of excitement and fun,\u201d Gutshall describes of the black-tie event, which will include a formal dinner and silent auction. Joined by special guests, singer Theo Peoples, of the Temptations and the Four Tops, will also regale attendees with Motown tunes. \u201cThere\u2019s always a lot of positive energy in the room.\u201d

As its largest fundraiser of the year, the KidTalk Celebration generates crucial funding for the clinic that not only supports its existing programs, but also allows it to plan for the next 30 years. In the future, Gutshall would like to see the clinic continue to expand its reach. For instance, he envisions growing its Spanish language programs.

\u201cWe hope to keep reaching children where the resources just aren\u2019t available for them to receive the therapies that they need,\u201d Gutshall states. \u201cWe want to help the kid who may fall through the cracks because he or she can\u2019t afford therapy, or doesn\u2019t qualify for services.\u201d

Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, 314-529-9200, srclinic.org

KidTalk Celebration

6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

Tickets are $100 per person. Sponsorships begin at $500.

For more information, contact Ebonee Shaw at 314-529-9349 or eshaw@maryville.edu.

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\u201cWhether you think you can or think you can\u2019t, you\u2019re right.\u201d Henry Ford\u2019s famous words about the power of the mind are echoed in the actions of Charles D\u2019Angelo, who helps realign a person\u2019s thinking as they set out to resolve their unhealthy relationships with food.

\u201cThe only thing separating most people from what they want is their belief that they can\u2019t do it,\u201d says D\u2019Angelo, who works with countless individuals seeking to lose significant amounts of weight. \u201cOften, we see only limits, instead of opportunities. My program is designed to assist clients in disconnecting from the things they feel control them, so they can reclaim their lives.\u201d

Tim Blattel knew well that D\u2019Angelo\u2019s approach could be effective, which is why he sought out his help. \u201cMy mom, my sister and some family friends were [successful] clients of Charles,\u201d he says. \u201cHe gives you the confidence that it can work for you, too.\u201d

For Blattel, the day-to-day commitment proved his only real point of struggle. However, his promise to pursue a healthier path was worth the necessary dedication. \u201cFor me, it\u2019s about the quality of time I get to spend with my kids,\u201d he shares. \u201cI\u2019ve got four little girls, ages four, three, two and one. By dropping [so much] weight, I have much more energy and am able to physically do more.\u201d

Blattel came down a total of 150 pounds during his time with D\u2019Angelo, and he continues to work with the coach to maintain his success.

\u201cCharles was supportive, nice and encouraging,\u201d describes Blattel. \u201cIf anybody is thinking about going to Charles, I say definitely do it. Other than my wife and kids, seeing Charles was the best decision I have made. It has been the most rewarding [experience and] has made everything so much better.\u201d

Allison Thomas shared similar motivations for connecting with D\u2019Angelo. \u201cAs a newly single mom, I need to be able to care for myself, so that I can take care of my kids,\u201d she says. As an early childhood special education teacher, Thomas also requires the stamina necessary for keeping up with her students. \u201cMy students, ages three to five, primarily have significant behavioral issues,\u201d she explains. \u201cI need to be faster, to be able to get up and down off the floor.\u201d

When she began working with D\u2019Angelo, Thomas was trying to lose weight on her own. Shedding only 15 pounds over the course of six months, though, proved to her that she needed more clarity on how to succeed. \u201c[With D\u2019Angelo\u2019s approach,] I had to face how I got here,\u201d she admits. \u201cAnd come to the realization that, yes, I eat when I am stressed or bored. People wonder, \u2018How do you manage to be in the gym seven days a week?\u2019 That has been the easiest part because food isn\u2019t there. When I\u2019m not in the gym, though, I always feel a little off.\u201d

Thomas nevertheless rose to the challenge. \u201cThe most rewarding part is the impact I have made on other people,\u201d she confesses. \u201cI set out to do this for myself, my kids and my students. Many people have come to me and asked, \u2018How did you do this with everything else going on in your life?\u2019 It\u2019s a lot of dedication and hard work. And now, I\u2019ve given others inspiration.\u201d

Having shed 85 pounds while working with D\u2019Angelo, she is now in maintenance and down 100 pounds total.

Cathy Ptacek is thankful to have connected with D\u2019Angelo in a serious effort to improve her health. After seeing the authentic transformations of his clients on KSDK\u2019s \u201cShow Me St. Louis,\u201d she decided to find out for herself if D\u2019Angelo could help her realistically manage weight loss, while balancing her on-the-go schedule. She describes the process as simple and easy, having learned to make her needs and desires a priority. Fifty-five pounds later, Ptacek\u2019s new routine continues to work for her.

D\u2019Angelo recognizes the magnitude of motivation that pushes his clients to success. He remains purpose-driven in his own life and in business because of something even greater. \u201cWhen you have a mission and compelling goals, motivation isn\u2019t really something you need to think much about,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s implicit. Many people think of me as a trainer or nutritionist \u2013 I\u2019m neither. My job is helping people come to understand and love themselves, and developing the habits to live the lives they want.\u201d

\u201cI think of myself as a coach,\u201d D\u2019Angelo explains. \u201cIn my experience, the only things that need to change in your life for it to improve are your daily choices. I take great joy in accompanying my clients through the self-discovery process.\u201d

Charles D’Angelo, 314-495-3228, charlesdangelo.com

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No denying\u2026There is just something about the sight of a diamond\u2019s sparkly substance that immediately thrills. Luckily for St. Louisans, Genovese Jewelers can get you that quick fix, as most of its manufacturing happens right here.

\u201cWe can get a piece of jewelry to a customer a lot faster than most,\u201d buyer Katie Kelly says. \u201cEverything is done in-house, starting with the design, and then going into the computer rendering, casting and setting the stones.\u201d

Now, as to how a woman can incorporate diamonds into her daily life, Kelly\u2019s got some excellent advice.

\u201cThe first and most important piece of jewelry every woman should have is a pair of diamond studs,\u201d explains Kelly. \u201cIt\u2019s something you can wear every day, whether you are running around while wearing flats and pants, or going to a meeting with clients. You can throw them on and not have to think twice.\u201d

Genovese Jewelers is unique in offering clients an upgrade program, which allows them to acquire bigger diamonds at any point after an initial purchase of studs. The money they\u2019ve already put down is then applied to the new cost, thereby allowing customers to build up their jewelry wardrobes without breaking the bank.

\u201cThe basics [of your wardrobe often] include diamond studs, hoops, a bracelet, like a tennis bracelet or a bangle, a pendant and a right-hand ring,\u201d details Kelly. \u201cStart with the basics that will never go out of style.\u201d

Once you have those down, how do you rotate them into your daily wardrobe, from day to night and work to play?

\u201cAs far as diamond studs go, you can always add a jacket to it,\u201d notes Kelly. \u201cThe circle of diamonds fit around the stud and dress it up. And, you can take them on and off. Another thing we recommend is intermixing [metals, like] yellow and rose gold with white gold.\u201d

Kelly\u2019s current favorite trend is stacking bracelets. \u201cThere are so many different styles,\u201d she says. \u201cWhether the stones are set the same or different, it all goes together. Any shape, any size of diamond. Everything now is so intermixed. You can really do anything with your jewelry.\u201d

Another popular trend is layering necklaces of varying lengths. Pairing a 15-inch necklace with 17-inch and 18-inch strands can highlight a uniform style or effortlessly blend fashion-forward pieces, with geometric shapes, to ensure a uniqueness in every combination.

\u201cYou can do so much now with your jewelry wardrobe,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cThere\u2019s always room for more.\u201d

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

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The majority of homes entering the market need little more than \u2018crisping,\u2019\u201d shares Kathy Beilein, president of Laura McCarthy Real Estate. \u201cI like to call it accessorizing.\u201d

While many sellers may feel compelled to undertake major renovations before listing their homes, Laura McCarthy\u2019s experienced agents know that there are far simpler ways \u2013 from wallpaper and paint colors to lighting and hardware \u2013 to inject a fresh dose of style that will appeal to interested buyers.

The team at Laura McCarthy recognizes that there isn\u2019t a single style that fits every home. Rather, a successful sale is about marrying the right buyer with the right property. \u201cAs we prepare a home for the market,\u201d Beilein explains, \u201cwe conduct a needs assessment with the sellers and ask them what they\u2019re trying to accomplish. Ninety percent of the time, it\u2019s about getting the best value for their home. So, we also get a sense of who the buyer will be and ready the home with them in mind.\u201d

\u201cProspective buyers come to look at a home because it\u2019s in a style they like,\u201d agrees Laura Hollingsworth, a local interior designer who consults with the agency on design matters. \u201cSellers should really honor the style of their home when making design decisions.\u201d

\u201cThe goal is for a home to look fresh in today\u2019s market by taking easy, simple steps,\u201d advises Beilein. Some of these measures include rearranging, decluttering and streamlining the home in order to maximize the visual flow between rooms. Seemingly minor d\u00e9cor upgrades, like adding an eye-catching light fixture or switching out knobs and handles, can also pack a major punch.

For instance, a Briarcliff home in Ladue recently sold by the agency makes clever use of built-in bookshelves in multiple rooms. Marbled, forest green wallpaper lining the office bookshelves lends vitality and color, while intricately-set brass shelving imparts an Art Nouveau flair to the bookcases that flank the living room fireplace.

\u201cAlthough too much personality can be distracting,\u201d says Beilein, \u201ccolor and texture are important in giving a space a look.\u201d Hollingsworth also suggests that sellers be judicious when making bold design choices. \u201cMake sure that it can be easily reversed by the buyer,\u201d she offers. \u201cAnd if it\u2019s done well, it will only add to the appeal of the house, whether it\u2019s in the buyer\u2019s style or not.\u201d

As a homeowner, it can be difficult to view your home with fresh eyes, and to determine which enhancements will make it most competitive in today\u2019s market. That\u2019s why the Laura McCarthy team consistently strives to keep a pulse on what buyers are looking for across the St. Louis area, from the Central West End to Clayton, Kirkwood and beyond.

\u201cWe meet each week to talk about which houses sell,\u201d relays Beilein. \u201cAnd we have a huge resource book. All real estate agents are expected to know a good building inspector, but we try to go a step beyond that.\u201d Laura McCarthy regularly brings in top decorators, lighting companies and other design and construction professionals to update its agents on new products and trends.

Some of Laura McCarthy\u2019s agents possess a natural curatorial knack and are able to work with sellers directly on design improvements. Other agents instead refer clients to one of the agency\u2019s skilled consultants, who can assist with everything from determining what needs to go into storage to finding the perfect accent pillows to make a room pop.

Beilein also believes that photography is key. \u201cGreat photos are critical to getting buyers and agents through a home,\u201d she adds. \u201cNothing maximizes online presence more than good-looking, cohesive spaces.\u201d

Laura McCarthy Real Estate, 29 The Boulevard, St. Louis, 314-725-5100, lauramccarthy.com

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After you\u2019ve said \u201cyes!\u201d and bragged to all you hold dear, it\u2019s time to get down to planning the big day. And while the process can seem daunting at times, Butler\u2019s Pantry is here to assure you that you\u2019ve got a friend to guide you.

\u201cIt\u2019s that overall, elevated experience that we want to give our clients and their guests,\u201d says Maggie Barton, chief development officer. \u201cWe can be a one-stop-shop for clients.\u201d

Social media, Barton notes, has revolutionized the wedding industry, with endless inspiration and more ways to share event experiences.

\u201cEveryone wants something that hasn\u2019t been done before,\u201d claims Barton. \u201cThey want guests to be wowed and to share their experience on social media. We take pleasure in working with clients to figure out how to customize and personalize their event.\u201d

Butler\u2019s Pantry seeks to become more than just a vendor. \u201cWe prefer the term \u2018friendor,\u2019 because who do you turn to when planning your most important occasions? Your friends and family,\u201d explains Barton. \u201cWe dig deep to figure out what is most important, so we can deliver on that experience.\u201d

Those key questions focus on moments of meaning and happiness, zeroing in on favorite restaurants or what the couple likes to do together, such as cooking at home. Whether it is crafting custom cocktails or a Champagne display, Butler\u2019s Pantry latches onto the details that stand out and most reflect each couple\u2019s unique connection.

\u201cThe venue plays a big part,\u201d describes Barton. \u201cIf the couple likes the formal opulence of, say, The Coronado, we might look at a multi-course, seated dinner. If they like the modern, somewhat raw and industrial feel of, say, Joule, that tells us the couple may be open to a station-style cocktail reception. The venue amplifies the couple\u2019s personality and everything else trickles down from that.\u201d

This discussion often drives the venue selection, based on what proves the most pivotal component for each couple. If state-of-the-art technology is a necessity, Barton suggests that Palladium Saint Louis might do. If the clients met at Saint Louis University, The Coronado may prove a perfect locale, as it is located near campus.

\u201cWe can be as little or as much assistance as a client needs,\u201d says Barton. \u201cWe are the caterer, but we can also help with venue selections and overall event design. We have been in business for more than 50 years. We have adapted and become a \u2018friendor\u2019 for all generations.\u201d

From treasured partnerships with outside vendors to its own furniture rental and equipment department, Butler\u2019s Pantry has everything you need to make your event memorable for generations to come.

Butler’s Pantry, 1414 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-664-7680, butlerspantry.com



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It\u2019s evening rush hour and you\u2019re trying to change the SiriusXM channel from \u201cClassic Rewind\u201d to \u201c90s on 9,\u201d when a phone call pops up on the screen via Bluetooth. Fingers fumble and, all of sudden, you\u2019ve not only dropped the call, but also landed on the \u201cOutlaw Country\u201d station.

While the technological bells and whistles that have now become standard in new car models offer a host of benefits, they also bring an extraordinary level of distraction. The 2019 RDX \u2013 Acura\u2019s redesigned, mid-size luxury SUV \u2013 combats these complications with a streamlined interior and high-tech features that prioritize the driver\u2019s comfort, convenience and safety.

\u201cThis is one of Acura\u2019s first from-the-ground-up designs to feature the new Precision Crafted Performance mindset,\u201d states Brad Galibert, general sales manager at Mungenast St. Louis Acura. \u201cFor the client, that means they\u2019re getting the very latest Acura technology, which is even more advanced than that of our competition.\u201d

\u201cFor the past year and a half, Acura has shown a prototype cockpit at various auto shows,\u201d explains Bill Dauben, the dealership\u2019s general manager. No longer just a prototype, the cockpit now achieves full form in the new 2019 RDX. \u201cEverything, from the seating configuration to the comfort of the seats to the layout of the steering wheel and buttons, is designed so that drivers can easily interact without taking their eyes off the road,\u201d he explains.

One highlight of this newly-reconfigured cockpit is the True Touchpad Interface, which splits the display screen from the touchpad. The display screen is now positioned nearer to the driver\u2019s field of vision, with the touchpad lower down and easier to control by hand. Touch anywhere on its surface, and the \u201cabsolute positioning\u201d will be reflected at the corresponding spot on the display in front of you. The first system of its kind to appear in any Acura model, the True Touchpad technology allows drivers to engage more seamlessly with the car\u2019s infotainment system, while also minimizing the potential for distracted driving.

It\u2019s not just the interior of the 2019 RDX, whose previous model was in production from 2013 to 2018, that\u2019s received an upgrade. \u201cThe ideal consumer for this vehicle is someone who is looking for cutting-edge technology, yet also appreciates sleek design,\u201d stresses Dauben. \u201cThe 2019 RDX is aesthetically pleasing, and is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from clients.\u201d

As a mid-size luxury SUV, the 2019 RDX meets \u2013 and exceeds \u2013 the needs of single buyers and families alike, and the team at Mungenast St. Louis Acura is excited about its potential for consumers. On Wednesday, July 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the dealership will host a launch party, complete with live music and entertainment, plus hors d\u2019oeuvres and cocktails. While guests mix and mingle, the artist Vesna Delevska will paint a live portrait of the SUV from start to finish. Attendees will not only be able to test drive the new model or ride along with a salesperson, but will also be eligible to win a grand prize: a choice between a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes or a bespoke J. Hilburn suit, both valued at $1,000.

\u201cIt will be an evening of entertainment, without pressure,\u201d assures Dauben. \u201cWe just want people to come out and look at the all-new RDX.\u201d Perhaps most importantly, Dauben and Galibert would like to introduce customers to Mungenast St. Louis Acura, the only Acura dealership in the nation to be honored with the brand\u2019s Precision Team Award for 26 years running. \u201cIt\u2019s the highest honor a dealership can receive in the areas of customer service and sales performance at a national level,\u201d emphasizes Galibert. \u201cAnd, we\u2019re a family-owned, family-style dealership.\u201d

Mungenast St. Louis Acura, 13720 Manchester Road, Manchester, 314-714-4567, stlouisacura.com

2019 Acura RDX Launch Party

Enjoy an evening of live music and entertainment, plus delicious hors d\u2019oeuvres and drinks.

Test drive the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, and enter to win a luxurious grand prize: your choice of a custom-tailored J. Hilburn suit or a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mungenast St. Louis Acura

To RSVP, visit gatewayareaacuradealers.com/msla.

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For Alex Fairbanks, who admired his family as they bought and sold properties throughout his youth, the housing industry held a promising future. \u201cI saw real estate as an avenue that I wanted to pursue from a young age,\u201d he says. \u201cI jumped at the first opportunity [to join], halfway through obtaining my marketing degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.\u201d

The young man continues to feel confident in his decision, even as he encounters tougher aspects of the industry. \u201cMost challenges come from a lack of communication,\u201d Fairbanks believes. \u201cI rise to meet that challenge by maintaining a constant line of communication with all parties, so that if issues arise on the horizon, we can address them accordingly.\u201d

Fairbanks shadowed leading real estate agents at Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty, learning much from their expertise and guidance. He recognizes his colleagues at the agency are, in great part, the reason for his success. \u201cIt takes a team to make the client\u2019s goal a reality,\u201d he states. \u201cThere are many tasks, items and professionals involved throughout the process that ensure the purchase or sale of a home is done promptly and correctly.\u201d

According to Fairbanks, the real estate industry rests on a foundation of trust, which is constructed through due diligence. \u201cThe best piece of advice I can give in business is that real estate is a relationship disguised as a transaction,\u201d describes Fairbanks. \u201cFor me, the most rewarding part happens a few weeks after closing, when I visit the home to see the client and their family settling in. I know [in that moment] I have been an influential part of their life story.\u201d

Contact Alex Fairbanks by phone at 618-444-1119 (direct) or 314-725-0009 (office); by e-mail at alex.fairbanks@sothebysrealty.com; or online at sothebysrealty.com.

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Featured Listing: 5700 Montebello Road

This 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom home is listed in Imperial.

As the double gates open to the residence dubbed the \u201cCastle of Montebello,\u201d you will feel a great release from the day\u2019s troubles at the sight of this fortress of luxury. Resting on the hills above the Meramec and Mississippi rivers, the stone estate, built by a Magic Chef heir, shows no expenses were spared.

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Meeting new people can still induce jitters, no matter your age. But, sometimes all it takes is a little music to ease the tension and allow new friendships to form. At least that was the case for Ken Alexander. In January, Alexander and his partner of 26 years, Jerry Calcaterra, moved from a condominium in St. Louis into their new apartment at The Gatesworth.

Beyond wanting to find a community where they could flexibly age in place, the pair sought a more active social environment. \u201cYour social network changes when you\u2019re no longer working,\u201d shares Alexander. \u201cWe were becoming more and more cloistered in our condo.\u201d Since joining The Gatesworth community, however, Alexander and Calcaterra have kept plenty busy, frequenting the myriad book groups, lectures and musical concerts on offer to residents.

Several months ago, the pair attended their first Spring Fling dance, where Alexander let loose and cut a rug. \u201cI\u2019m not the best dancer the world,\u201d he humbly states, \u201cbut I\u2019m sure willing to try!\u201d Alexander\u2019s dancing shoes hardly had time to gather dust as he and Calcaterra also attended The Gatesworth\u2019s recent June dance. And, once again, Alexander found dancing to be an ideal icebreaker. \u201cThe music, and the willingness to dance, really freed people from their cares,\u201d he proclaims. \u201cIt was a fun evening, and a great way to meet a variety of people!\u201d

Fellow resident Vita von der Lancken couldn\u2019t agree more. After several months of traveling back and forth between St. Louis and her native Argentina, von der Lancken took a leap and moved permanently to the states \u2013 and into an apartment at The Gatesworth \u2013 to be nearer to her children and grandchildren.

Since arriving at The Gatesworth, von der Lancken says she \u201chas never been busier.\u201d She maintains an active exercise regimen that includes swimming, group classes and a once-weekly personal training session. She also spearheaded the formation of the Spanish Table, a group of Spanish speakers who meet monthly to practice their language skills over lunch. The Spanish Table joins the French Table, a similar group for Francophiles, as one of the community\u2019s many activities devoted to culture.

Like other residents, von der Lancken saw the June dance as an opportunity to meet more of the diverse, vibrant people who call The Gatesworth home. Sipping a flute of champagne while the jazz band played in the atrium, she initially watched from the sidelines. \u201cThen, I was taken by surprise,\u201d she shares. \u201cA gentleman asked me to dance, and it was like a little flame.\u201d Pretty soon, almost 90 percent of the attendees were dancing alongside von der Lancken and her new dance partner. \u201cIt was an experience I wouldn\u2019t have even imagined in a hundred years,\u201d she raves.

Ted Weiner, on the other hand, could well imagine the scene. Weiner and his wife, Doris, have lived at The Gatesworth since 2009. For him, the June dance brought back fond memories of when he was a student at Soldan High School in the 1940s. On Tuesday nights, Weiner and his friends would head downtown to the famed Tune Town Ballroom to dance the jitterbug and catch bands like the Glenn Miller Orchestra play. Although he never encountered his future wife, also a St. Louis native, at the dancehall, music and dance would occupy a special place in their nearly 63-year love story.

\u201cOn our second date, we went to a jazz club on DeBaliviere Avenue,\u201d he recalls. \u201cMarion Miller played \u2018The Nearness of You,\u2019 [a 1938 tune popularized by the Glenn Miller Orchestra].\u201d They married a short five months later, and the song has remained their song ever since.

For the Weiners, life at The Gatesworth brings experiences both old and new, ones that stir memories and others that create them. For several years, the pair supervised the community\u2019s Welcoming Committee, reaching out to new residents and inviting them for coffee or lunch. Though the Weiners have since passed this baton, Ted Weiner remains the head of the Fraud Squad, a group that educates seniors about potential security risks and scams.

With Doris Weiner by his side, Ted Weiner has everything he could need at The Gatesworth. \u201cOur philosophy is that it\u2019s a great day if we wake up in the morning together,\u201d he declares. \u201cAnd, all we have to do is walk out of our apartment, and there are so many activities to enjoy here.\u201d

The Gatesworth has likewise become home for von der Lancken. \u201cWhat is home?,\u201d she muses. \u201cHome is being surrounded by people that care about me.\u201d

If home is indeed a feeling, then The Gatesworth\u2019s residents have certainly found it.

The Gatesworth, One McKnight Place, St. Louis, 314-993-0111, thegatesworth.com

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