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Elizabeth Mannen was 26 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. \u201cIt was a very difficult time for me,\u201d she says. \u201cI was single, living in Jackson Hole [Wyoming] and away from my family. All my friends were getting married and having babies when the doctors gave me six months to live. It was quite the juxtaposition for me. Thankfully, I found physicians who gave me great care and were willing to offer more positive odds.\u201d

Twenty-six years later, Elizabeth Mannen calls herself a \u201cthriver.\u201d Thriving on her positive thinking and upbeat attitude, Mannen has survived three separate ovarian cancer battles and two against breast cancer, and is now in remission.

Never wanting others to feel sorry for her contributed to Mannen\u2019s dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. \u201cWe all have cancer \u2013 your cancer might be taking care of a parent in hospice or living in a home where you don\u2019t feel safe,\u201d she says. \u201cWe all have crosses to bear; mine are no heavier than anyone else\u2019s. The difference is that mine have a scarier name. In reality, cancer has given me a lot more than it has taken. It has given me a great perspective and courage and has taught me how to accept and not just give. It has taught me how to be patient and realize that I am not in charge. Cancer has given me my joie de vivre.\u201d

Mannen was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from both Cornell University, where she studied economics and Japanese and was a member of the swim team, and Ithaca College, where she majored in music and communications and played the viola in its symphony orchestra.

She is fluent in four languages including Japanese, and she worked in Japan for five years after graduation. \u201cIt was during the time that many people felt Japan was going to take over the world; I wanted to be in the middle of it,\u201d she says. \u201cWhen I became frustrated with ageism, sexism and xenophobia there, I decided it was time to move to Jackson Hole and be a ski bum for a year. I have always loved the Wild West and its wide-open spaces.\u201d In Jackson Hole, she started a business that exported western goods to Japan. All went well for a year, until she began feeling ill. \u201cIt took five different doctors to diagnose my ovarian cancer,\u201d she says. \u201cDuring the process of surgery, I realized that I needed to sell the business. But I also realized that I needed to do something besides watch my hair fall out. I looked for a part-time job and answered an ad for a file clerk job at A.G. Edwards [now Wells Fargo]. That\u2019s what led me to my career, my husband, my children and the past 27 years in St. Louis.\u201d

Today at 52, Mannen is managing director of investments at the Mannen Financial Group, a wealth-management group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Clayton. She is listed on Forbes\u2019 list of America\u2019s Top Women Wealth Advisors. Mannen manages $346 million in total assets.

\u201cI love what I do,\u201d she says. \u201cI am passionate about making a difference in people\u2019s everyday lives. I believe that what I do as a financial professional is a noble calling. I say that because I\u2019m dealing with one of the things most people hold in high esteem in their lives. People treasure their family, friends, health and wealth. I help them with their wealth and sit in a privileged spot. There\u2019s a great reverence in that, and I don\u2019t take it lightly. When I go to work each day, it never feels like work. I am there to listen, understand and solve problems. I help people understand how decisions made today will affect your tomorrow.\u201d

Aside from her day job, Mannen has many other passions. \u201cMusic is vitally important to me,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s an expression of who we are. Music is a healer and an inspiration; it\u2019s my muse and is central to every part of my life.\u201d Serving as a trustee of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, she believes music is the great equalizer. In St. Louis, she has played her viola with different chamber groups and quartets for various events. Mannen says she likes \u201canything live\u201d and has season tickets to jazz, country, opera, rock, indie and alternative music events. \u201cAny kind of live expression makes my soul sing.\u201d

To that end, it\u2019s not surprising that Mannen was selected two years ago to be a member of the steering committee and to serve as honorary chair for Sing for Siteman, an annual musical evening each June that raises funds to benefit the Siteman Cancer Center. \u201cIt\u2019s such an impressive event because of the passion of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis singers,\u201d she says. \u201cTheir talent is incredible, and the venue is outstanding. I love the fact that all monies raised stay in St. Louis for research.\u201d

Passionate about the causes she serves, Mannen was honored as a St. Louis Woman of Achievement in May. \u201cThrough my challenges in life, volunteering has always helped me get through difficulties,\u201d she says. \u201cMy motto is \u2018When I feel low, I go.\u2019 I enjoy going and being of service to others.\u201d During her years at Wells Fargo, she has been an active participant in its corporate philanthropy efforts. She helped lead the charge for the United Way campaign six times and provided leadership for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the five years that Wells Fargo was the presenting sponsor. She was also instrumental in starting a mentoring program in the Saint Louis Public Schools for Wells Fargo employees.

Her charitable and civic boards and foundations have included the Missouri Baptist Hospital Foundation, Marian School for Girls, Lydia\u2019s House, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness and the Berges Family Foundation, which she helped create in 2013 and for which she\u2019s the managing trustee. She\u2019s also a proud leadership giver for many nonprofits. She sees herself as a connector, bringing people, resources or dollars to each organization she serves.

Her hobbies include bird hunting, fly-fishing, running, riding bikes and horses, golfing and traveling internationally. She also speaks to new graduating classes about her unique life challenges and accomplishments, and she has been read or heard nationally in Barron\u2019s magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and CNBC.

\u201cIf you get up every day and believe it will be a better day, you will get where you want to go,\u201d Mannen says. \u201cIf you have people who believe in you, it certainly helps your future. I was a file clerk, and my superiors recognized that I had potential and stewarded me along the way. Today, I have more wonderful mentors in St. Louis. I have always had the great fortune to be surrounded by quality individuals in both my work and personal environment and am proud to give back to others. Whether at work, at home or as a volunteer, I want to make a difference in other people\u2019s lives. That\u2019s what keeps me motivated.\u201d

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PALM Health in Ladue operates on a mission to promote health, proactively prevent lifestyle and stress-related disorders, amplify therapeutic results and cultivate well-being for members, employees and the community. The facility brings together a wide spectrum of medicine and wellness professionals to care for the mind, body and spirit all under one roof.

Two members of the PALM Health team work on treating individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Dr. Sita Kedia, PALM Health\u2019s chief medical officer and a neurologist, and Ashley Wiegand, a neurotherapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, work closely with ADHD and neurotherapy patients.

Kedia defines ADHD as a neurobiological disorder of executive functioning where patients may have difficulty inhibiting their behaviors, focusing, as well as regulating themselves.

\u201cThere are two predominant subtypes: inattentive and hyperactive,\u201d she says. \u201cAt PALM, we look at it from a whole-person approach. We step back and look at all the factors that could possibly be affecting that individual, whether there are genetic factors, social factors \u2026 even diet and nutrition. We look for the root causes and contributing factors of the symptoms.\u201d

PALM Health has a multidisciplinary team composed of physicians, counselors, therapists and psychiatrists who help tailor an individual\u2019s treatment based on what factors are most prevalent for him or her. One such treatment is neurofeedback.

Wiegand says neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback, a form of behavior therapy that can facilitate self-regulation of one\u2019s physiology. Neurofeedback is learning self-regulation of one\u2019s brain wave patterns, which correlate with brain function. Using sensors on the scalp, an individual can be rewarded with positive feedback for certain shifts in his or her brain waves.

\u201cADHD can be difficult to diagnose,\u201d Wiegand says. \u201cHowever, there\u2019s a specific brain wave marker. Approximately 90 percent of the cases where people have had ADHD, they\u2019ve had the marker. Ninety-four percent of those who don\u2019t have [ADHD] don\u2019t have the marker.\u201d

To help diagnose disorders like ADHD, anxiety and concussions, PALM Health has an assortment of practitioners all in one place.

\u201cWe work together in a collaborative nature in coordinating care for individuals so they don\u2019t have to go to multiple providers,\u201d Wiegand says. \u201cSome come here for medical care; some have made PALM their gym. Individuals can take different avenues to best take care of their health.\u201d

PALM hosts educational seminars each month. Next month’s seminar is Neurofeedback: Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD, Concussion, Anxiety and Other Mood Disorders. The seminar, designed for parents, teachers and counselors, is scheduled from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on November 2. It is free of charge and also open to the general public. To sign up, email events@palmhealth.com or call 314-801-8898 ext. 1.

PALM Health, 9160 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-801-8898, palmhealth.com

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Imagine floating in saltwater, basking in infrared light or experiencing subzero temperatures, all to promote your physical and mental well-being.

Now St. Louisans can immerse themselves in these natural therapies and more under one roof at Radiance Float + Wellness, which opened in August in Brentwood.

The wellness center offers float therapy, cryotherapy, salt therapy (halotherapy), an infrared sauna, a hydromassage lounge chair, an oxygen bar, whole-body vibration, aromatherapy, IV nutrient therapy and vitamin D light therapy.

Radiance is a family business that was founded by a father-and-daughter team: Dr. V.J. Thomas, a geriatric and adult psychiatrist who formerly practiced in Fairview Heights, Illinois, for more than 40 years, and Dr. Zinia Thomas, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who most recently practiced at Spectrum Psychiatry in Frontenac for five years.

Through treating local clients and performing her own research, Zinia Thomas began to see a need in the St. Louis region for natural, safe therapies that complement traditional medicine to improve physical and mental health, as well as prevent illness. \u201cStress is increasing in our society,\u201d she says. \u201cWe need a way to recover from the effects, and we know that St. Louisans are looking to improve their overall well-being in more natural ways.\u201d

Radiance clients, who can book services through the company\u2019s website or by phone, are welcomed into a relaxing and friendly atmosphere upon arriving at the center, Thomas says. Walk-in clients are also welcome. Each guest is provided with custom recommendations for natural therapy sessions from the staff and Thomas, who also continues to offer psychiatric consultations upon request. \u201cWe\u2019re all about education,\u201d she notes. \u201cWe will give tours, and the staff will let you know what to expect and direct you during each session.\u201d

Among the center\u2019s natural-therapy services, float therapy entails a 60-minute session in a float room, in which 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts keep a client afloat. Floating removes stimuli, such as light and sound, allowing the client to redirect physical and mental energy inward, Thomas explains. \u201cFloating has been shown to improve sleep and cognitive function and decrease inflammation, stress and symptoms of anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.\u201d Float sessions are open to adults, as well as children upon consultation.


Another service, cryotherapy, involves one to three minutes of exposure to subzero temperatures (minus 130 to minus 184 degrees) that triggers the release of endorphins for better mental well-being, Thomas says. \u201cCryotherapy also can activate circulation, decrease inflammation by clearing toxins, enhance anti-aging collagen production and stimulate cellular regeneration for faster healing,\u201d she explains. \u201cAthletes use cryotherapy to improve muscle and injury recovery time.\u201d

The center\u2019s infrared sauna offers 30- to 40-minute sessions that help detoxify the body, improve circulation and cardiovascular health, and reduce pain and stress. \u201cInvisible light penetrates the body and detoxifies it through sweating,\u201d Thomas says. Private hot yoga sessions are also available in the infrared sauna.

And Radiance\u2019s salt room (halotherapy) allows guests to experience a 30- to 60-minute session of breathing in aerosolized pharmaceutical-grade salt and a pink Himalayan salt wall, which helps alleviate symptoms of allergies, asthma, depression and stress, as well as skin ailments, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. \u201cIt\u2019s good for your lungs and skin,\u201d Thomas notes. \u201cWe also hold yoga and meditation classes in the salt room.\u201d Halotherapy is safe for both adults and children, she adds.

To relieve more stress, clients can recline in the center\u2019s hydromassage lounge chair for a relaxing and healing massage or inhale essential oils during most services or at its oxygen bar.

The center also offers a whole-body vibration service, which uses sound waves to produce vibratory forces that transmit energy to your body to help improve muscle and bone density, Thomas says.

Additionally, Radiance guests can experience vitamin D light therapy and receive IV nutrient therapy. \u201cOral absorption of vitamins is only 20 to 30 percent, whereas IV treatments get 100 percent of the nutrients directly into the bloodstream, where they\u2019re more quickly used and last longer,\u201d Thomas notes.

Since it opened, Radiance has seen fellow healers, physical trainers, chiropractors, athletes and even kids taking advantage of its services, she says. \u201cWe have had a few kids do float sessions, and it has calmed their hyperactivity and helped them sleep,\u201d says Thomas. \u201cAnd many of our chiropractors and personal training clients have commented on how our center is not only a place that promotes health but also heals, such as muscle recovery following sports injuries.\u201d

Because frequent sessions are important to maintain positive results, Thomas says Radiance has weekly and monthly memberships that provide 20 to 35 percent discounts on its services. And the center also offers regular specials, which are promoted on social media. For October, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the center is offering free float sessions for domestic violence survivors, who can discreetly use the code \u201cSURVIVOR\u201d when booking online or by phone. \u201cPeople want to maintain their health and prevent illness,\u201d Thomas says. \u201cWe want to make these natural therapy treatments accessible to everyone.\u201d

Radiance Float + Wellness, 1760 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314-736-4736, radiancestl.com, facebook.com/radiancestl

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"}, {"id":"5d1a234a-96b9-5ee3-9968-bd2157c6236d","type":"article","starttime":"1507222800","starttime_iso8601":"2017-10-05T12:00:00-05:00","priority":35,"sections":[{"columns":"business/columns"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Breast-Feeding Tips for Moms","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/article_5d1a234a-96b9-5ee3-9968-bd2157c6236d.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/breast-feeding-tips-for-moms/article_5d1a234a-96b9-5ee3-9968-bd2157c6236d.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/breast-feeding-tips-for-moms/article_5d1a234a-96b9-5ee3-9968-bd2157c6236d.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Dr. Joseph Kahn","prologue":"Here are four things to remember when deciding whether to breast- or bottle-feed your baby.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["kids md","breast-feeding","breastfeeding"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":1766,"hiresheight":1173,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/12/012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822/59ce9a8bd6243.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"760","height":"505","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/12/012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822/59ce9a8bd566d.image.jpg?resize=760%2C505"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"66","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/12/012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822/59ce9a8bd566d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C66"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"199","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/12/012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822/59ce9a8bd566d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C199"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"680","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/12/012cf274-b759-5377-bc70-76b230f19822/59ce9a8bd566d.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C680"}}}],"revision":6,"commentID":"5d1a234a-96b9-5ee3-9968-bd2157c6236d","body":"

Moms have breast-fed babies for centuries. So it must be easy, right? In reality, breast-feeding can be a big challenge for new moms. Here are four things to remember when deciding whether to breast- or bottle-feed your baby.

Don\u2019t be afraid to ask for help. There\u2019s no shame in admitting you need help. So many people assume breast-feeding is an intuitive process, but like many things, it takes some instruction. Ask your postpartum nurse or the hospital\u2019s lactation consultant for advice. Once home, don\u2019t be afraid to follow up with the hospital\u2019s lactation office for either phone support or an in-person consultation. Lactation consultations, often covered by insurance, can assist in proper latch and getting into a comfortable feeding position. It\u2019s difficult to address questions and concerns before they become problems.

Look for your baby\u2019s cues. For the first few weeks or month, most babies feed every two to three hours. Keep an eye out for signs of hunger, like sucking on hands and rooting around. On-demand feeding is important until a schedule is set to help establish a good milk flow.

Be sure your baby empties your breast. Things can get uncomfortable when your baby doesn\u2019t fully empty your supply. Doing so also helps your milk supply come in well. This may take 15 to 20 minutes on each side. If your baby takes only one breast, that\u2019s OK. Just make sure to start the next feeding on the other side. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that you hold off on offering a pacifier to your baby \u2013 if you plan to offer one at all \u2013 until breast-feeding is well established. This usually takes three to four weeks.

Take care of yourself. Take gentle care of yourself. Keep clean, but use a minimal amount of soap. It\u2019s also important to keep yourself dry, which nursing pads can certainly help with. Eat a healthy diet. Drink plenty of fluids, and keep well hydrated. Get as much rest as possible. I know it\u2019s hard to get rest when feeding your baby 10 to 12 times daily, so the adage \u201cSleep when your baby sleeps\u201d is a good one to try. Before taking any medications, reach out to your doctor and pediatrician, and of course, do not smoke.

Getting to know your newborn and feeding him or her is one of life’s great joys. Don’t make it too stressful. Enjoy this time. For more breast-feeding resources, visit mercy.net/lnbreastfeedingtips.

Dr. Joseph Kahn is president of Mercy Kids (mercykids.org), an expansive network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.

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VDOH 100617

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (VDOH) is dedicated to creating, supporting, nurturing and celebrating a diverse community. This mission directly reflects the institution\u2019s core values as a Sacred Heart school, established by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart. Her vision of educating the whole child and preparing students for lives of faith in God, integrity, leadership and service to others is at the center of the school\u2019s ideology and how its students and staff view the world.

Marty Rubio, a Villa Duchesne social studies teacher, says it\u2019s important for his students to realize they\u2019re a part of a global economy that\u2019s continuing to grow.

\u201cAs a college preparatory school, our students are going on to universities and out into the world after that,\u201d he says. \u201cWe want them to be oriented to that mindset after high school. We want [our students] to break down barriers and think about humans in general: their dignity and their worth. That\u2019s all part of the Sacred Heart philosophy.\u201d

Since VDOH is part of an international network of Sacred Heart schools, its students and teachers are able to connect with other parts of the world beginning as early as elementary school.

\u201cGrade school kids early on establish pen pals in other countries and do Skype discussions,\u201d Rubio says.

As students go through VDOH, they are presented with travel opportunities and the chance to learn more deeply about other cultures. The school has an international festival, where students each study a country and all come together to celebrate the countries\u2019 cultures. Middle school and high school students are able to participate in an exchange program that both brings in international students and sends VDOH students out into the world.

\u201cNext semester, I\u2019ll have students from Ireland, Hungary, France, Japan and Taiwan in my classes,\u201d Rubio says. \u201cIt\u2019s always amazing to have perspectives outside the American bubble.\u201d

Villa Duchesne\u2019s course offerings are as diverse as its programs. Students are able to take classes like the history of the Middle East and a summer seminar in global studies where they can travel abroad.

\u201cAll the summer travel programs have an academic component \u2013 it\u2019s not just traveling to see monuments and landmarks,\u201d Rubio says. \u201cTeaching our students to be tolerant and accepting of people around the world flows directly out of our mission.\u201d

Visit vdoh.org to discover more about the educational experience at VDOH. Schedule a private tour by calling 314-432-2021 or emailing admissions@vdoh.org.

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bonnie soloman

Bonnie Solomon has devoted most of her professional and volunteer life to \u201ctaking care of those who took care of us.\u201d As a 40-year advocate of quality housing and services for the elderly, Solomon has been lauded as a community hero. This month, she adds another accolade to her list of accomplishments as she assumes the role of chair of women\u2019s philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Saint Louis.

A 1961 graduate of Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois, the young Bonnie Morrison came to St. Louis to attend Washington University. But instead of a college degree, she jokingly says she \u201cgained an M.R.S. degree.\u201d Eleven years later, she was a divorced stay-at-home mom caring for her two sons when she received a call offering her a part-time position at the newly constructed Covenant House (now Covenant Place), a senior living facility in Creve Coeur that provides affordable housing for seniors. \u201cI was their first employee; the job offer was random and serendipitous,\u201d Solomon says. \u201cCare of the elderly became a joy to me and my lifelong passion.\u201d

She met her husband, Norman, several years later, and he was supportive of her continuing her college education. After taking classes at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Saint Louis University, she earned a degree in gerontology and psychology from Lindenwood University. The couple, now married for 41 years, have four grandchildren and have made Chesterfield their home for the past 13 years.

At Covenant, Solomon began the kosher meal program and organized volunteers from B\u2019nai B\u2019rith Women to cook there. \u201cPeople were interested in eating together in a congregate setting,\u201d she says. Later she worked with the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) to fund the kosher meal program, eventually becoming president of both MEAAA and its foundation. Mary Schaefer, executive director of MEAAA, says: \u201c[Solomon] worked for many years with the breakthrough coalition to encourage and enhance senior services in our community. She is well known and respected in the aging network in our community.\u201d

After six years as executive director at Covenant, Solomon became executive director of Garden Villas, an independent-living community of Delmar Gardens Enterprises, where she worked for almost 30 years before retiring. \u201cDelmar Gardens had heard about Covenant ... , and they were interested in building a market-rate senior living facility,\u201d she says. \u201cMy heart never left Covenant. To this day, I am past president, a life member of its board and still involved with its operations.\u201d

At Garden Villas, Solomon brought her gerontology experience to care for more independent seniors and earned many certifications in the fields of senior living and nursing home care. She became active both locally and nationally, teaching multifamily management and senior-housing marketing and management through the Homebuilders\u2019 Association. She was named Town and Country Business Person of the Year and served as president of its Chamber of Commerce.

In demand for her expertise about the active aging community, she began working as community relations director for the Brentmoor Retirement Community three years after her retirement. While there, she developed a series of programs that she presented to senior, charitable and women\u2019s groups that took a positive spin on aging.

In her newest role as chair of women\u2019s philanthropy, Solomon says she plans to connect the dots. \u201cJewish Federation is the foundation for so many opportunities to make an impact locally, nationally and internationally in both the Jewish community and the community at large,\u201d she says. \u201cWomen\u2019s philanthropy provides a way for women to connect with other women, learn about the agencies and programs that Jewish Federation supports and inspire social good in St. Louis, Israel and around the world. We want to encourage women of all ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and income levels to support the work of the Jewish Federation by making a difference in the lives of others through community service efforts.\u201d

Solomon recently co-chaired CommUnity, a program that brought together 27 local Jewish women\u2019s organizations to a concourse at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. More than 300 women heard a dynamic and inspirational speaker from Israel, who had spearheaded a project in Africa bringing solar power and water to people. \u201cWe\u2019re a total Jewish community; the more we think like that, the bigger the impact we\u2019ll have,\u201d she says.

Her volunteerism has included serving as a vice president of leadership of National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis (NCJW-St. Louis). She has also volunteered with numerous other organizations including Jewish Women International, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children\u2019s Service and Congregation Shaare Emeth. Her volunteer commitment has earned her a Lifetime Achievement award from the Older Women\u2019s League, and she was lauded as an Unsung Hero by the St. Louis Jewish Light newspaper.

Ellen Alper, executive director of NCJW-St. Louis, says: \u201c[Solomon] became a member of NCJW in 1980 and never hesitates to step up when asked. She oversaw the development of our leadership roundtable three years ago.\u201d

Andrew Rehfeld, president and chief executive officer of Jewish Federation, says: \u201c[Solomon] brings vast experience to the position of chair from both her professional and volunteer life. She has been a true visionary in the area of community service and, as a result of her vast experience, brings a multi-lensed perspective to community building and collaboration. She brings professionalism and passion to her position and the desire to make the world a better place.\u201d

Solomon keeps volunteering because she cares about people. \u201cEach time I give of my time and talent, I know that what I do touches the lives of others,\u201d she says. \u201cThis enriches me in very meaningful ways.\u201d

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Frank Cusumano

Here are half a dozen things on my mind this month:

1. I think the worst idea in the history of the world is to buy a personal seat license (PSL) for the Los Angeles Rams. At $225,000 a pop, how could anyone think that\u2019s money well spent \u2013 especially considering the Rams are the worst team in the league? The amazing thing is that Stan Kroenke\u2019s sincerely counting on these funds to pay for a big chunk of the stadium. Good luck selling those PSLs, Stan.

2. It appears the dream of Major League Soccer (MLS) in St. Louis isn\u2019t quite dead yet. The potential St. Louis owners came out to say they\u2019re still willing to invest about $270 million to make this happen, but they still need $60 million from the public. I certainly agree the city has more important things on its plate, but I also don\u2019t think crime will go down and test scores will go up if the MLS doesn\u2019t happen.

3. I spent some time with Mark McGwire when he was enshrined in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. I\u2019ve never been an advocate for steroid users getting into Cooperstown, even though most of them will. The voting percentages of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are rising every year, but voters seem to be more accepting nowadays. Although McGwire won\u2019t get into Cooperstown, the fans wanted him in, here in St. Louis. McGwire once told me he used steroids to get on the field again \u2013 injuries limiting him to 74 games during the duration of two seasons. I\u2019m not making excuses for him \u2013 but rather explaining.

4. Who\u2019s the most important sports father in our state? The answer is easy: Michael Porter Sr., the father of Michael Porter Jr., who is maybe the best basketball player in America, and his 6-foot-10 brother, Jontay Porter, who could very well join his older brother in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft. Porter Sr. has three more sons at home who will all likely be absolute studs on the court: Coban, Jevon and Izack. We\u2019re talking about a possible run of 10 more years of Porters playing basketball for Mizzou. No family is perfect, but the impression I got is that mom and dad worked hard to raise these boys with a lot of humility and kindness.

5. The Cardinals may be living in a Cubs world \u2026 The Cubs are the first team in history to have five guys under the age of 25 with 20 homers. Translated: They are really good and really young. However, I think the Cardinals have something unique at shortstop: Paul DeJong. DeJong had a Pujols-like beginning to his career in terms of power. Aledmys D\u00edaz looked the same way last season. I think DeJong could be the starting shortstop and an All-Star for years to come. The Cardinals have never had a power-hitting shortstop. DeJong could be the first.

6. Underrated things in life: Dan McLaughlin broadcasting Cardinals games, Mike Claiborne hosting a radio talk show, popcorn from Garrett Popcorn Shops out of Chicago, Dennis Beckett teaching kids how to shoot the basketball at the Saint Louis Basketball Academy, bread dipped in great Greek olive oil with pepper and Parmesan cheese, a Lion\u2019s Choice sandwich, a Smoothie King shake and the incredible work done at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.

Frank Cusumano is a 17-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on The All New 590 the Fan from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @frank_cusumano.

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Maria Walls

Fall is officially here. Unfortunately with the cooler temperatures and colorful leaves comes sneezing and stuffy noses. Every year there are things we can do to protect ourselves, and it\u2019s a good idea to brush up on the latest advice, courtesy of Nurse Practitioner Maria Walls, a member of BJC Medical Group who practices at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

It\u2019s that time again. Pharmacies and clinics are promoting the flu shot. Yet every year there are people who refuse to get vaccinated. What are people's primary concerns, and what would you tell them to allay their fears?

Patients\u2019 primary fears tend to be that they think they get the flu from the flu vaccine and that they never get the flu, so why should they get the vaccine? Patients cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. Some people do experience an immune reaction afterward, which can cause some aching, fatigue and even [a] low-grade fever. This is by no means the flu. Also, although a patient may rarely get the flu, getting the vaccine is important so that they do not. It also helps to protect our most vulnerable patients \u2013 elderly, small children and immunocompromised patients.

What is the time frame in which people should get a flu shot, and are there age parameters or other recommendations that people should be aware of?

The start of flu season varies, but we usually start seeing our cases start in October. We recommend to start vaccinating in mid-September. It is recommended that people of all ages get the flu vaccine [but especially those] with children younger than 5, pregnant women and elderly [as they are] at the highest risk for complications.

Each year the flu vaccine is slightly different to protect people from the influenza strains that scientists expect will be most common. How many strains are covered by the flu shot?

The World Health Organization is recommending vaccination for four flu strains in the northern hemisphere this season.

Some people claim that the flu shot is just a \"shot in the dark\" when it comes to which strains of influenza will infect people, and therefore it's not worth bothering with a vaccine. Can the flu shot help prevent or decrease the symptoms of a strain of influenza that isn't specifically covered by the vaccine? Can it help reduce the chances of getting a cold or a flu-like illness?

Studies show that the flu vaccine reduces risk of contracting influenza by 40 to 60 percent. Matching flu virus strains is definitely one factor that affects effectiveness but also characteristics of the person being vaccinated can affect it as well. Those that are vaccinated may have decreased symptoms if they do contract the flu and be at lower risk for complications. It would not decrease the chances of getting a cold.

If someone does get a the shot and still comes down with what they think is the flu, what should they do? When is it time to go to the doctor?

Symptoms of flu include quick onset of high fever (more than 101 degrees), dry cough, fatigue and body aches. If you develop these symptoms stay hydrated, rest and contact your primary-care provider. If you are having any concerning symptoms, such as shortness of breath or worsening of your symptoms, be sure to see your primary-care provider or go to an urgent care center for evaluation.

Are there any really effective home remedies you recommend for people with cold or flu symptoms?

The best home treatments for flu are staying hydrated and rest. Some over-the-counter medications may help to relieve some of your symptoms.

What are other ways we can reduce our chances of getting sick?

Frequent hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of getting flu or any other infection. We should be washing our hands each time we use the restroom, before we eat and frequently throughout the day.

If you could give our readers just one piece of advice for staying healthy through cold and flu season, what would it be and why?

The best advice for reducing your chances of getting sick are getting adequate sleep, staying hydrated, eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress in a healthy way.

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Tim Schlesinger

Tim Schlesinger has spent more than 30 years helping clients through the legal maze of family law, divorce and issues related to assisted reproductive technologies. Couples seeking legal advice regarding egg, embryo and sperm donation, in vitro fertilization and gestational surrogacy have relied on his valuable expertise, and Schlesinger\u2019s most high-profile case centered on determining parental rights for frozen embryos. LN asked Schlesinger about that case and his work in general in this month\u2019s Law Speak.

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in law, and what path has your career taken?

I became interested in law [when] taking a constitutional law course in college. I was a sportswriter for a short period of time, but I knew then I wanted to go to law school. I did a wide variety of interesting work early in my career, from corporate litigation to death penalty appeals, but for the most part, I have been a traditional family law attorney. In the last 10 years, my family law practice has included the fascinating field of assisted reproduction \u2013 surrogacy, egg and embryo donation and, yes, disputes over frozen embryos.

Surely, McQueen v. Gadberry has been the most high-profile case you\u2019ve worked on, regarding the disposition of frozen embryos. The Missouri Court of Appeals sided with you and your client, Justin Gadberry, that embryos constitute joint property. Was this also your most intriguing case? Why or why not?

I\u2019ve been practicing law a long time, and I\u2019ve been fortunate in that I have handled several fascinating and high-profile cases but, yes, McQueen v. Gadberry is the most controversial and interesting case I have ever handled. The fundamental issue in that case stands at the intersection of science, religion, morality and fundamental constitutional rights. It doesn\u2019t get much more intriguing than that.

The disposition of frozen embryos is an issue that affects hundreds of thousands, potentially millions, of people in the U.S. If the decision in my case had gone the other way, it could have had an adverse effect on tens of thousands of people in Missouri who are seeking treatment for infertility. It would have seriously impacted the private, personal decisions they would have to make about their treatment. I know there are people of good faith who disagree with me, but I am very proud of the decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals in McQueen v. Gadberry.

In addition to your work with clients, you speak at conferences across the United States. What topics do you cover? Are you going to be sharing your expertise this way again in the next few months?

At conferences, I am usually speaking about surrogacy, embryo and egg donation and, of course, frozen embryos. I have been asked to speak frequently in the last couple of years. I imagine that will continue for a while.

What are your goals as an attorney? What do you most enjoy about your work?

My goals are simple. I want to help people move forward in their lives. If it\u2019s traditional family law, I want to help my clients get through the divorce process in the least damaging way possible, with the best results. If it\u2019s surrogacy or another form of assisted reproduction, I want to help them grow their family.

I enjoy seeing the babies that are born and the happiness of the parents. There is no greater reward for me as an attorney.

If you were to offer one piece of legal or simply personal advice to individuals based on your experiences and background, what would it be?

Don\u2019t take shortcuts. Do things the right way.

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Akande Headshot

The St. Louis region recently lost one of its legendary leaders: Emerson CEO Chuck Knight.

As a businessman, Knight built a global powerhouse at Emerson, one of St. Louis\u2019 enduring success stories. However, his contributions to our region went far beyond the boardroom. Through personal and corporate philanthropy, as well as a willingness to take on civic causes, he worked tirelessly to make his adopted hometown a better place for all of us.

I\u2019ve been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of leadership and its purpose in our world. When reading the flood of tributes to Knight that stress honesty, passion and commitment, I fear those qualities too often appear to be sorely lacking in America today \u2013 yet they remain vital components of leadership.

The times we live in demand our leaders possess not only vision and the ability to expand the bottom line but also equal parts integrity and trustworthiness. The lack of trustworthiness among today\u2019s leaders has become both pervasive and pernicious. We may trust the system, the data and the (hopefully not \u201calternative\u201d) facts, but we just don\u2019t trust one another anymore. That has fostered a growing fear and increasing suspicion of our leaders \u2013 corporate, political, educational and religious \u2013 whose intentions and actions are routinely questioned. Add to that a growing \u201cintegrity gap\u201d in which leaders don\u2019t always do what they say and say what they do, and we\u2019re left with a leadership crisis of sorts.

Meanwhile, the leaders who do embody the right qualities and embrace new ways of doing things are viewed as threats to the system. Rather than embrace those leaders who seek to take measured risks and create dynamic new opportunities, we tend to question their loyalty and true intent.

The very definition of leadership demands that a leader possess the courage and conviction to overturn the status quo if doing so benefits an organization\u2019s best interests. Knight understood that. He lived in two worlds \u2013 the present and the future \u2013 and both were equally important. Effective leaders like him comfortably challenge conventional wisdom.

A leader must be authentic and believable. Leadership based on hope is no leadership at all. A transformational leader must convey, with confidence, the path to the future. Leadership should be measured not by how many followers a leader has, but by how many of those followers eventually become leaders themselves. Such true empowerment, built on trust and commitment, yields an unshakable foundation.

I studied leadership for decades. I am more keenly aware than ever that we need leaders who willingly put the good of their individual organization, community, state or country above the security of their own position. Leaders like Knight have shown us that integrity, compassion, courage and commitment remain essential qualities in those we entrust with our work, our votes and even our lives.

Isn\u2019t it time we demand nothing less?

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is the president of BOA Consulting and former president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in economics and previously served as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University. Find him on LinkedIn here.

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Missouri state champs

The summer just past continued eventfully for St. Louis golfers showing how well they can play.

In August, for instance, at the 23rd annual Fore State Championship, Missouri\u2019s golf team defended its title. Clinging to a two-point lead after the first day\u2019s better ball and alternate shot matches, Missouri earned nine of 12 possible points in singles play on the competition\u2019s second day, extending its team title status in the meet at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Joplin.

Missouri finished with 17 points, followed by Kansas and Oklahoma with 11.5 apiece and Arkansas with eight.

That title, Missouri\u2019s eighth in tournament history, ranks the team second only to Oklahoma, with 10 crowns.

Junior Amateur Golf

Max Kreikemeier of Wildwood\u2019s Lafayette High School and Crimson Callahan of St. Louis\u2019 Chaminade College Preparatory School played in the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship at the Country Club of St. Albans; however, neither made the cut in the PGA event.

Kreikemeier finished his two rounds in the PGA Junior with a 6-over 150. He was 5-over 77 in the second round after opening with a 1-over 73 in the first round.

\u201cIt was a great experience,\u201d Kreikemeier reflects. \u201cIt was one of the best fields that junior golf sees. It shows I can compete with most of these guys when I\u2019m playing well, but [it] also shows I have a long way to go to be able to really contend with the top juniors in the country.\u201d

Callahan, of Chesterfield, shot a 10-over 156 during the first two rounds. He posted a triple bogey on the 18th hole in the second round and failed to make the cut.

Meanwhile, Saint Louis Priory School\u2019s Peter Weaver belonged to the Missouri team competing in Southern States Junior Cup matches.

Weaver and Ozark\u2019s Dawson Meek ranked as the youngest players for Team Missouri, with the other golfers either incoming seniors or recent graduates.

Team Missouri finished with 7.5 points, for fourth place, while Team Alabama took the trophy.

Weaver picked up two points for Missouri. He won the alternate shot match with Amber Wilson, who will be a senior at Camdenton High School. The duo defeated Alabama\u2019s Connor Newton and Jordan Susce 2-up. Weaver won his singles match 6-and-4 against Josh McNulty of Arkansas.

Weaver and Allison Bray, who will be a senior at Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, lost 4-and-3 to Arkansas\u2019 Josie Roberson and Josh McNulty in a four-ball match.

Wallis Tournament

In June, the Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation\u2019s 16th annual Bill Wallis Classic again raised money for scholarships to deserving students.

The classic took place at Country Club of St. Albans. A total of 288 golfers, vendors, sponsors, colleagues, friends and family assembled for a day of sports, auctions, fun, food and friendship \u2013 all celebrating Wallis\u2019 life and legacy.

\u201cThis annual golf event is a fitting tribute to Bill, who lost his battle with melanoma in 2001,\u201d says his wife, Lynn Wallis. \u201cThe Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation was established at that time. To date, we have awarded more than $222,000 in scholarships to 82 deserving students.\u201d

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High school seniors, it\u2019s crunch time for those college application essays \u2013 so what better time to share tips on how to be most effective? What you write in your essay has become increasingly important in terms of admission. Some colleges are blunt when saying a real person will be reading this. But remember, colleges truly want to know who you are and why you are interested in attending them.

Tip 1. Resist the urge to sound too formal. Good grammar and thoughtful writing count. However, make sure your true self shines through without too many toots to your own horn. It is important to instill confidence while remaining humble.

Tip 2. Have a focus. You are not going to explain your whole life in 650 words, so don\u2019t try. Choose a topic that reflects who you are while sharing your goals as a student on the college\u2019s campus. What inspires your intellectual curiosity?

Tip 3. Focus on the message, not the word count. Unnecessary worry about word count can be self-defeating, sometimes leading to a self-imposed writer\u2019s block! I commonly hear: \u201cBut Mrs. Murray, if I try to tell that story, it will be too long!\u201d Baloney. Write the real story first, then we\u2019ll cut it to the necessary word count, whatever it may be. Nine out of 10 times, it\u2019s better shorter, anyway.

Tip 4. Don\u2019t get bogged down with too much grammar right out the gate. Remember, you can always edit later. Prove early on you can write a simple declarative sentence with active verbs, then start mixing it up: Vary sentence length to add suspense, use exclamations to show emotion and use semicolons sparingly.

Tip 5. Avoid clich\u00e9s. If your essay is the 20th essay a recruiter has read that day, he or she likely doesn\u2019t want to hear about how you gained independence when learning to drive or how bad you felt when your dog passed away. Everybody feels that. Surprise the recruiter instead. Grab his or her attention and keep it for increased chances.

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, résumés, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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Driving the latest and greatest from around the world, I\u2019m used to hearing, \u201cWhat is that?\u201d Typically I\u2019m met with nodding approval and possibly a follow-up conversation, but when the answer was \u201can Alfa Romeo,\u201d I had to wonder if I was speaking Latin, because every time, I received blank stares. I get it \u2013 Alfa Romeo hasn\u2019t been sold in North America, really, since 1995. Forget the 50 8cs the company sold in 2008 and 2009, so rare and exorbitantly priced were they that the vehicles might as well have never existed. And even when Alfas were being sold here in the \u201980s and \u201990s, they had received such a (well-deserved) reputation for unreliability that only the most masochistic buyers dared consider ownership.

No doubt, Alfa Romeo is facing an uphill battle in the hypercompetitive U.S. market. Younger buyers have never heard of the brand, while older buyers remember the vehicles as four-wheeled time bombs. Even among my group of well-heeled automotive-enthusiast friends, discussions about the Alfa I was driving always began with an obligatory \u201cWho the heck is Alfa Romeo?\u201d preface.

But the truth is that Alfa Romeo is as storied a brand as any, founded in 1910 in Milan, Italy. Enzo Ferrari, founder of you-know-what, was even an Alfa Romeo employee and motor sports manager before spinning off his own marque. So why has Alfa failed to grab a foothold in the U.S. market? As it\u2019s completely open to debate, I\u2019ll just state my opinion \u2013 historically poor distribution channels and unreliable (albeit quite soulful) product offerings. Now that Alfa is a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, at least the first issue has been resolved. Any other questions can be answered only with time behind the wheel, and thanks to the eager staff at Jim Butler Alfa Romeo at 3050 S. Hanley Rd., I was able to do just that.


Alfa Romeo 4C

Being the first car Alfa chose to introduce to the U.S. market in 2014, the 4C, I feel, is very important to drive, as it speaks to where the soul of Alfa Romeo lies. One could make the argument it\u2019s not important to drive because it\u2019s sold in such low numbers, around 50 a month, but I believe that\u2019s the wrong case to make when trying to evaluate just what Alfa is as a company today.

When the 4C was first introduced, I\u2019d be lying if I didn\u2019t admit instant love for it. In concept, it\u2019s almost as if the designers and engineers chose their course after a mind-meld with yours truly. An extremely lightweight, ultrarigid-chassis, rear-engine, two-seat, no-compromise sports car with looks that cause nonstop rubbernecking from traffic-light passersby. The idea of what would happen if a Mazda MX-5 and a Lamborghini spent a weekend snowed in at a cozy bed-and-breakfast with too many bottles of wine is one I can get behind. And if the 4C didn\u2019t exist, I likely wouldn\u2019t have been as eager to drive the full Alfa line.

So what\u2019s it like to drive the 4C? First off, there\u2019s no preconception of practicality. Getting in and out of the carbon-fiber-tub chassis with deep door sills is nothing like any car you\u2019ve likely ever driven. Imagine driving your bathtub. There\u2019s no glove box, in fact, no area in the passenger compartment to store anything. My wallet and phone went in the larger of the two cup holders, the smaller of which would be a tight squeeze for a Red Bull can. There\u2019s no center console armrest, rear visibility is a challenge and the lack of power steering gives you an excuse to skip arm day at the gym. But if you\u2019re a driver, one always searching for that perma-grin experience behind the wheel, all these compromises are ones easily accepted, assuming the experience delivers.

And boy, does the 4C deliver! I hate having a word-count limit when trying to describe the experience of something like the 4C, as I could lay out pages of superlatives. This is a car that reminds me of everything I love about driving: The communication between driver and machine blurs the line between when one ends and the other begins. The aforementioned lack of power steering was a bold decision but one deserving of a standing ovation. As I said to a 16-year-old car-obsessed friend, \u201cYou\u2019re growing up in an era where all cars have a boring, dead-steering feel, so you probably wonder why we old fuddy-duddies talk about steering feel at all.\u201d Well, the 4C reminds us why it\u2019s so important. In short, it\u2019s perfection.

The 4C isn\u2019t about numbers, even though it posts impressive ones: 0 to 60 in four seconds, a quarter mile at 12.8 and more than 1 G of road holding on the skidpad. No, the 4C is all about the intangibles, feel and emotion. And if you\u2019re one of the rare breed of drivers who put those intangibles above all else, there\u2019s literally nothing else available in the U.S. market that can give them to you in the same way.


Alfa Romeo 4C: $67,022


Giulia and Giulia Quadrifoglio

If the 4C represents Alfa\u2019s passion, the Giulia represents the company\u2019s understanding of what people want. As great a place as I think the world would be if all cars were rip-snorting thrill rides, I\u2019m the outlier. For most, practicality must come first. And Alfa took its time with the all-new Giulia platform, knowing full well the company\u2019s ultimate success or failure hangs in the balance.

I drove two models of Giulia. Think of it as a competitor to the BMW 3 series, with most models sold being the lower-powered version. The base Giulia and the Giulia Ti both have the same engine, and there\u2019s very little difference between the two other than trim packages. In Giulia-land, the entry level is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 280 horsepower and 306 foot-pound of torque. That\u2019s a lot of grunt for a small and efficient (33 mpg) engine. Combined with the Giulia\u2019s extensive implementation of weight savings, under 3,500 pounds in even the most option-laden trim, this base engine gives a snappy 0 to 60 of 5.1 seconds. That\u2019s impressive, but even more is how smoothly power is delivered. There\u2019s none of the on-off feeling many small turbo fours give, just a linear delivery. My opinion is this is the best turbo four-cylinder on the market today.

But where the Giulia in base and Ti trim stands above the sports sedan market is in its soul. Steering is precise and direct, and the chassis feels eager to respond. It changes direction like a cat on carpet and communicates to the driver while doing so. It\u2019s a wonderful addition to the market landscape of family-haulers and draws stark contrast to the flaws of cars like the BMW 330i and Audi A4, where the steering is lifeless and disconnected, and the suspension conveys no feeling to the driver. When for the same price you can get the same practicality and economy, just with a big heaping of fun on top, it seems the choice would be easy.

In the Giulia line, it\u2019s the Quadrifoglio that has been receiving all the praise from the motoring press, just as the M3 does for the BMW 3 series line. For decades, other manufacturers have been aiming to topple the M3 from its perch as king of sports sedans, and while some have come close, all have ultimately fallen short. I\u2019ll save the suspense: It\u2019s time to crown Giulia Quadrifoglio as reigning supreme.

Under the Quadrifoglio\u2019s carbon-fiber hood is a Ferrari-built 2.9-liter V-6 sporting a pair of IHI turbochargers, making 505 horsepower and 440 foot-pound of torque. Gobs of power combined with a lightweight platform do just what you think they would; the car rips off numbers like 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and a quarter mile in just 11.8. The Quadrifoglio employs a whole host of other go-fast trickery, as well, active aerodynamics, an electronic torque-vectoring rear differential, carbon brakes and a race mode that allows maximum turbo-boost pressure of an insane 35 psi.

Numbers and specs never tell the story of how a car is to actually drive, however, and it\u2019s here the Quadrifoglio shines. Daily driving is comfortable and composed, but as a driver turns up the wick, it responds with eagerness. Even the seemingly most ridiculous requests are answered without drama: The harder you push, the lighter and more responsive it feels. With all that power and only two wheels putting it down, there\u2019s certainly plenty of electronic trickery to thank, but it happens without the driver ever being aware. This has to be as close to a Ferrari sedan as you can buy today.


Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti AWD: $47,585

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: $77,195



Just as the Giulia line is Alfa\u2019s future, so is the Stelvio. After all, they\u2019re very much the same car underneath. But as buyers move more and more toward SUVs, the importance of the Stelvio cannot be understated. And since they share the same underpinnings, logic serves that the Giulia\u2019s excellence will be on display here, as well, and it is. Whatever differences you would expect if a car grew larger and taller to become an SUV, those changes are very much what you\u2019d find here. The Stelvio is a bit softer, has a smidge more body roll and is just an inkling less involving to drive than the Giulia. That\u2019s to say, it\u2019s still very good, good enough to easily be the most driver-involving SUV at its price point.

I could go on and on (and on) about just how far out of the park Alfa has crushed it with its new lineup. Want a rational four-door sedan? Go buy a Giulia. How about rational and rewarding? Sign the paper for a Quadrifoglio. Need a weekend perma-smile endorphin release? The 4C has you covered. The Stelvio is the best option for a couple of kids and a pile of soccer gear. And soon shipping will be a Stelvio Quadrifoglio, in case you\u2019re always late to soccer practice.

I\u2019m going to make a prediction: I know it\u2019s asinine to judge a car\u2019s potential reliability based on its reputation from 30 years ago, but those worries do linger. My prediction is that if Alfa Romeo\u2019s lineup bears out even class-average reliability, you\u2019ll start seeing its trademark triangular grille everywhere. In fact, if that happens, I predict Alfa Romeo will be the fastest-growing brand in the U.S. for the next five years. Incredibly, just like that, Alfa Romeo has become the new high benchmark.


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti AWD: $55,095


To learn more about Alfa Romeo’s new lineup, visit alfaromeousa.com.

LOANERS FROM: Jim Butler Maserati/Alfa Romeo, jimbutlermaserati.com

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Jack Feivou

\u201cPay no attention to that man behind the curtain!\u201d

A lot of us know that famous line from the 1939 cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz, and we know that in the Emerald City, \u201cthat man\u201d was the Wizard himself. At The Fabulous Fox Theatre, the man behind the curtain is president and CEO Jack Feivou.

\u201cI absolutely feel like we are putting magic in front of the guests every day, and my goal is that every time somebody comes to see a show, it made them feel different than when they arrived,\u201d Feivou tells me.

Feivou gives most of the credit to the dozens of people behind the curtain who make the magic happen onstage. He started at the theater in January 2016, but from the first time he walked into the Grand Boulevard marvel, he knew it would make the perfect place for him to work his behind-the-scenes sleight of hand.

\u201cThis place still awes you when you walk in,\u201d Feivou says. \u201cYou are in this unbelievable, beautiful theatrical palace, and I would say it\u2019s equal to any of the great opera houses in Europe. The care that is given to this place by the people is amazing.\u201d

Feivou takes me on a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater, through dressing rooms and backstage hallways whose walls have been signed by some of the titans of show business who have performed here. He points out the autographs of Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and Liberace, just to name a few of the greats who have penned their names on the walls.

We then literally take a peek behind the curtain at a stage that, when empty, looks cavernous. A big part of the stage is actually an elevator that leads to the theater\u2019s catacombs and allows scenes to disappear like magic.

The entire orchestra pit and the historic Wurlitzer organ are also on elevators. I can almost see legendary organist Stan Kann rising through the stage floor playing \u201cMeet Me in St. Louis.\u201d

Then Feivou takes me to the theater\u2019s upper reaches and the rafters, where we look down on its famous chandelier. We\u2019re on catwalks behind the gilded fa\u00e7ades of elephants and winged creatures that circle the rings above the seats. I imagine this is where you could find a phantom or maybe even the Wizard looking for ways to keep audiences amazed and mystified.

But up here is also where Feivou recognizes the immensity of the job. \u201cThere\u2019s pinch-yourself moments in both ways \u2013 the \u2018Holy crap, I\u2019m responsible for all this,\u2019 and then the \u2018Holy crap, I\u2019m responsible for all this!\u201d he says with boyish surprise.

Every time he walks around the theater, Feivou notices something he hadn\u2019t seen before. \u201cYou see lions here and elephants there and snakes here,\u201d he says. \u201cThe designers of the building had a plan. Even in the carpeting throughout the building, the elephants\u2019 trunks are all pointed toward the stage, no matter where it is. Who thinks of that?\u201d

Those not-so-subtle details always amaze him. Feivou started his career behind the curtains in \u201clegitimate\u201d theater as a technical director and stage manager, and he eventually ran the Boston Ballet, but he came to The Fabulous Fox from Walt Disney World in Florida, where he was in charge of all entertainment and stage productions \u2013 and 800 cast members. It was a job that required a lot of focused coordination on a huge scale, and he\u2019s trying to bring more of that to The Fabulous Fox and what he calls the \u201ctotal guest experience.\u201d

Since he arrived in St. Louis, the number of season ticket holders (or subscribers) has gone up dramatically. A big part of that success is because The Fabulous Fox landed the touring company of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, which plays here next April. Feivou says it\u2019s a great chance to get new theatergoers in the door but also presents a big challenge.

\u201cHamilton is such an amazing theatrical experience,\u201d he reflects. \u201cIn one year, we went from about 20,000 to 32,000 subscribers. Our goal now is to keep them all wanting to come back the year after Hamilton.\u201d

To keep them coming, he\u2019ll try to conjure a lot more of his magic tricks, but the difference between this \u201cwizard\u201d and most magicians is that Feivou says he doesn\u2019t mind when the audience sees how the magic works.

\u201cMost people just see the actors, and they know they rehearsed, but they have no idea what goes on behind the scenes that makes it all happen,\u201d he says. \u201cOnce you tell people how you do the trick, they are even more amazed!\u201d

But please \u2013 pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Paul Brown is a longtime journalist on radio, on television and in print as a reporter, an anchor, a talk show host and a columnist. He\u2019s also a media and public relations consultant with Paul Brown Media.

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When a loved one is having emotional struggles, family and close friends will do anything they can to help. For many situations, a caring conversation is all one needs to place things in perspective. For other adolescents with more serious, ongoing concerns, professional counseling, visits with a psychiatrist or residential treatment may be the correct course of action.

Determining the intensity of a teen\u2019s distress forms the first step in deciding the appropriate level of assistance. It\u2019s normal to feel overly depressed after a difficult breakup or angry because of a bad grade. Sometimes, life gets disrupted, and one temporarily reacts in an emotional manner; empathetic support is all that\u2019s needed.

Other adolescents may feel ongoing depression or anxiety. These types of mood issues come from a chemical imbalance in the brain that\u2019s further influenced by one\u2019s personality traits. With professional assistance including therapy as well as understanding family members, these students can productively manage their day-to-day needs, do well in school and have an engaging social life.

There is, however, a small group with severe mental health concerns such as bipolar disorder, personality disorders or substance addiction who disrupt not only their own lives but also the lives of those around them. These kids feel acute distress and often rationalize, deny and make excuses for their bad behavior.

It\u2019s a truly caring parent who understands when circumstances are out of control. Oftentimes, both the troubled individual and his or her family members have visited multiple doctors and seen a variety of therapists. No matter the reason, nothing seems to be help. Unfortunately, in these situations, it may be time to consider an intensive outpatient program or residential treatment facility.

Many parents often avoid or deny a child\u2019s acute distress or feel as if they\u2019re bad caregivers when a child suffers from extreme emotional issues. In reality, many situational and biological factors beyond Mom and Dad\u2019s control contribute to a child\u2019s downward spiral into severe mental illness. Reach out to a knowledgeable professional to determine the level of intensity your child is experiencing and what type of assistance is needed.

Don\u2019t wait for your child to \u201chit bottom.\u201d If you think your son or daughter needs professional help \u2013 he or she probably does! Debilitating mental health issues can result in harm to oneself and to others. Psychological and medical issues are, in many ways, the same. The earlier a problem can be identified and treated, the better chance one has to successfully recover.

Prior to going into private practice as a psychotherapist and learning-disabilities specialist, Russell Hyken, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A., LPC, NCC, worked for more than 15 years as an English teacher, school counselor and school administrator. Visit him online at ed-psy.com.

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