Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary PEABODY DUCKS to St. Louis and the UNIVERSITY CITY CHILDREN’S CENTER (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.

Effective this week, longtime St. Louis executive and philanthropist ARNOLD DONALD takes the helm as CEO of the world’s largest cruise company. Donald, who has served on the board of directors of Miami-based Carnival Corp. for more than 10 years, replaces Micky Arison, the son of company co-founder Ted Arison, who will remain chairman of Carnival’s board.

St. Louis County Library employee LAURA NOWLIN will be the library’s featured author on Thursday, July 11. That’s when she’ll read and discuss her debut novel for young adults, If He Had Been With Me, which describes a friendship between two St. Louis teens. The event at Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

A Wildwood resident has been named the Co-Survivor of the Year at the annual Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference in Dallas. The award recognizes an individual who has helped a loved one dealing with cancer and has made a lasting impact on others. BEN DUMONT’s wife, Bridget, was 30 years old with two young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dumont hosted multiple parties in his wife’s honor, including a ‘head-shaving’ party at her salon and a surprise ‘Ta-ta to Your Ta-Tas’ party before her masectomy. Dumont also has helped support other men whose wives are battling breast cancer, including writing a book about his experiences entitled, Pathway to Peace.

Reality roundup: Resale Royalty’s mother-and-daughters team of SUE McCARTHY, DIANA FORD and LAURA MAURICE made an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show last week to officially launch the Women’s Closet Exchange online store ( The trio also went ‘hunting’ for fashion gems among the audience. Resale Royalty, showing on Style network, premiered in late April.

Also new to the reality show circuit is local personal trainer VAN BECKER of Wellbridge in Clayton. Becker is a cast member on TNT’s 72 Hours, which premiered last week with an episode set in Tasmania. The show follows competing teams into the wilderness; and—left with only a single bottle of water and a tracking device—the contestants have three days to battle the elements in search of a hidden briefcase with $100,000 cash.

LN is looking for families with GREAT-GRANDPARENTS! Our upcoming ‘Across the Generations’ special section will feature a photo spread of local families with their ‘greats.’ If you’d like to participate, send us a recent photo, complete with names and contact information, by Wednesday, July 10. We’ll publish as many photos that include ‘greats’ as space allows in LN’s July 19 issue. Email submissions (at least 1MB in size) to Julia Christensen at