I met Michael Staenberg the same day Stan Kroenke announced his plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles. Staenberg and Kroenke co-founded THF Realty and built it into one of the biggest property development companies in the country.
The Missouri Wine and Grape Board has recognized Chef LOU ROOK III, exec chef at Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield, as the 2014 Friend of the Industry for his support and dedication to the state’s wine industry. Rook was presented with the award at the 45th Annual Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture last month. Congrats, chef!
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
Story: It’s the holiday season in small-town Indiana. And, while it’s cold and snowy outside, young Ralphie Parker’s heart is warm with the thought that has motivated him this particular Christmas in the 1940s: To have an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
A few months ago, we were visiting with a friend at The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City. What started out as pleasantries about weekend plans turned into a serious discussion about communicating with and mentoring teenage boys.
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Story: Ariel, mermaid and youngest daughter of Triton, king of the sea, yearns to learn more about the humans above water who fascinate her so much. Her aspirations are different than those of her six mersisters, who are content frolicking in the ocean.
There was no three-peat at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for St. Louis native Ellen Port.
The St. Louis Association of REALTORS recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its REALTORS Housing Assistance Fund. The Fund has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to local charities that work to end homelessness and provide transitional housing.
Whitey Herzog will turn 83 next month, but you wouldn't know it. The man is everywhere: You see him at Cardinals games, you hear him on the radio, and you can meet him at the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation Golf Tournament.
Skip Berkmeyer is one of three players chosen to represent the State of Missouri at the USGA Men's State Team Championship. The other two are Brad Nurski of St. Joseph and Phil Caravia of Belleville. The event will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.
If anyone can outwit Father Time, it just might be Ellen Port, who recently won her ninth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.
REBECCA FELDMANN, a staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, has been named chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Missouri-Kansas chapter.
On a recent calm, cool spring evening, St. Louis Union Station was all aglow, as it officially heralded a new era in its glorious history. The Muyco-Tobins found themselves among local ‘glitterati,’ dressed to the nines and prepared to embark on an historic excursion. Outside, a line of vintage luxury passenger cars awaited, ready to take us on a two-hour ride through town for a preview of what’s in store this summer: the return of train service to what was once one of America’s grandest terminals. Soon, passengers departing from Union Station will have their choice of excursions to Chicago, Kansas City or Missouri Wine Country.
TOM VOSS has been appointed to Grand Center’s board of directors. Voss is retiring from his position as executive chairman at Ameren Corporation on July 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cone of Chesterfield are excited to announce the arrival of Oliver Keller Cone, the youngest brother of Brady and Aubrey. Oliver is the grandchild of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Cone of Easton, Maryland, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keller of Town & Country.
Busch, Danforth, McDonnell—these are some of the names that put St. Louis on the map. And then, there is Imo, the barons of provel, and the name that’s synonymous with St. Louis-style pizza.
Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, has made this year’s Open Table 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America list, the only local restaurant in town to garner the honor. The list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners for 15,000-plus restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Congrats!
When school’s out for summer, these local students have big plans for their vacation. Join in the fun as they tell LN the sports, camps, trips and more they'll be enjoying in their free time.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945, is one of the titans in American politics. Roosevelt, the blueblood, Democratic governor of New York, defeated Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover in 1932, as the nation struggled to survive in the Great Depression.
Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield is going through some more changes. It's been announced that the restaurant has been purchased by an investor group and will be reopening on Friday, May 9, as Bishop's Post. The moniker is a combo of the names of managing partner BEN BISHOP and Chesterfield pioneer Justus Post, who once owned the land the eatery sits on. Chef DAVE ROOK, who recently took over the Oceano kitchen, will remain in the post of executive chef. The new menu is described as being classic, traditional fare. The Clayton Oceano Bistro was not affected by the sale and will remain as-is.
It's been announced that Chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI has been tapped to replace Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI as executive chef at Cielo and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. A native of Turin, Italy, Colucci most recently served as executive chef at Starwood Hotel & Resort Danieli in Venice. He's expected to take the reins later this month. Benvenuto, Signore!