There’s a new ‘mang’ in town: A new largerthan- life bronze statue of Cardinals superstar ALBERT PUJOLS has been unveiled. The 10-foot, 1,100-pound likeness, created by acclaimed sculptor HARRY WEBER, hovers above Westport Plaza, where a dedication took place earlier this week. In attendance were Pujols, his wife, DEIDRE, Weber and TODD PERRY of the Pujols Family Foundation. The statue was commissioned by an anonymous donor who wanted to recognize the All-Star first baseman for his dedication to the game, as well as his philanthropy to the St. Louis community.

The merger between SOLOMON SCHECHTER DAY SCHOOL and SAUL MIROWITZ DAY SCHOOL—REFORM JEWISH ACADEMY is official. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the new school will be called the SAUL MIROWITZ JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOL. It will begin operations with approximately 175 students at the Schechter campus in Creve Coeur.

The new NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN (NCJW) Resale Shop is poised for its grand opening. The new location, at 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd. in Creve Coeur, will hold a grand opening couturier sale Nov. 11 and 12. Regular business hours will resume Nov. 14. The shop is the single largest source of revenue for NCJW to fund critical programs for women and children in the St. Louis area.

What’s being hailed as a new concept in boutiques is coming to a car dealer near you: CHA BOUTIQUE 2 has found a home inside the West County Nissan car dealership in Ballwin. Cha’s SARAH GARLICH tells us the ‘satellite’ store offers active wear, accessories and gift items. The original boutique is located in Ladue.

Dielmann Sotheby agent JAN THOMAS has been installed as the 2012 Missouri Women’s Council of Realtors president. The council works to promote educational and leadership opportunities to their members.

MERCY has announced $2.4 billion in investments to the St. Louis area, including the creation of a first-of-its-kind ‘virtual care center’ in Chesterfield. The center will allow Mercy to expand its telemedicine capabilities to outlying care centers in four states. Also in the works is a new hospital in St. Charles County.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE will establish a new diabetes research center, thanks to a 5-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. The new center is charged with developing better ways to prevent and treat Type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, who have the highest diabetes prevalence rates of all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

Desperate Housewives star JAMES DENTON is coming to St. Louis this month to promote his latest film, Karaoke Man, which will make its debut at the St. Louis International Film Festival. The festival runs Nov. 10 through 20, at locations across town, including the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium and Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium.