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‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
Circle of Concern
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
For 2013, Circle Of Concern elected new directors, officers and executive directors: president NANCY PARKER, VP DOUG SCHAEFFLER, treasurer ROD BISHOP, secretary CALVIN HOLDERBY. New directors are SUE HOFFMAN, HARRY LEMAY, JUNE SCHROEDER and GREG SHOEMAKER. CHRIS PALLOZOLA was promoted to executive director.
Dr. SHARI COHEN opened her new practice at 555 N. New Ballas Road, in Creve Coeur. The practice shares office space with medical psychotherapist BRUCE SCHMIDT.
Be a part of goodwill and good cheer! LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive for NURSES FOR NEWBORNS continues through Monday, Dec. 24. The organization, which helps at-risk young mothers and their babies stay healthy, as well as offering other means support to their families, is experiencing even greater need this holiday season. Suggested donation items include boys’ and girls’ clothing (infant to size 8), toys (newborn to age 8), non-perishable food, diapers, infant formula, baby wipes and grocery/Walmart/Target gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. For the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
During this time of year, it is an LN tradition to salute local charities and nonprofit organizations that have commemorated milestone anniversaries in 2012. In celebration, we've asked a sampling of them to share some favorite memories, as well as even bigger future plans.
Most back-to-school articles tend to talk about preparing kids for the first days of school—and this is an important, attention-worthy topic. I, however, want to focus on us, the parents, and how we deal with the freedom that September brings. While many are excited to reclaim their homes and their free time, some actually dread the start of school and experience significant stress about their child’s academic success, social circles and self-esteem.
One in seven kids in St. Louis County is living in poverty, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the city, that number skyrockets to a staggering 40 percent.
Private donors keep the shelves stocked at Circle of Concern.
MARILYN SPIRT (1) has been named executive director of the Lifelong Vision Foundation.
Emerson gave a multi-year commitment to Circle of Concern�s capital campaign? Through the efforts of Emerson and others, the organization was able to build and move into a new building for its food pantry and other operations. Circle of Concern honored Emerson with a plaque authorized by the charity�s board of directors. Pictured: Pat Sly, Glenn Koenen, Bob Cox, Jerry Caesar
So many of our pets are living longer lives: 17 years old is the new 12. And living 20 years is not out of the question, especially for cats.
Local artist MICHELLE ‘MIKE’ OCHONICKY is headed to Washington in a few weeks to take part in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Ochonicky was selected by Gov. JAY NIXON to design an ornament representing Missouri. The artist recruited Hazelwood West Middle School students to sculpt, paint and assemble the 26 ornaments that will hang from the official Missouri tree. Each features the state’s official bird (bluebird), tree (dogwood) and flower (hawthorn blossom).
> Chef LIZ SCHUSTER, who left Racket Club Ladue last October to join Brian Hale’s culinary team at the Chase Park Plaza, shared the news that she’ll be working on a cooking show tentatively titled ‘Farm to Fork with Chef Schuster’ for a local TV station. She couldn’t reveal the station, but says it’s not a cable network. The show will concentrate on Midwestern cuisine—what Schuster deems HOTH (High on the Hog). Each one-hour episode will feature local chefs and food purveyors. If all goes well, the initial six episodes will air in June. As if that’s not enough to fill Schuster’s plate, she’s officially become the culinary event chef for L’École Culinaire.
There have been times in our history when we have marveled at the work of brothers who altered the way we look at things: Orville and Wilbur Wright, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Parker Brothers, The Ringling Brothers and, of course, the Greene brothers! Charles Sumner Greene (1868-1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870-1954) literally changed the course of architecture on the West Coast.
'To whom much is given, much will be required.’ National City, now part of PNC Financial Services Group, has taken that to heart since entering the St. Louis banking scene five years ago, donating nearly $5 million to local causes ranging from health and human services to education and the arts.
So if you’re ready for a little ‘face-lift,’ so to speak, should you go non-invasive or consider a longer-lasting procedure that most certainly would entail surgery? “We can do a lot with lasers to erase sun damage, and there are some very good skin products available, but surgery is still the gold standard,” says Dr. Michele Koo of the Aesthetic Surgery Institute.