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Story: Tommy DeVito is a small-time musician with big-time dreams, taking along his guitar and combo partners, brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, wherever he can line up a gig. Problem is, the lads from the tough streets of New Jersey have a penchant for trouble, causing all three of them to spend time in the state penitentiary in the 1950s.
Janice Thompson is back to her daily routine shortly after undergoing major brain surgery. The 71-year-old made history with SLUCare neurosurgeon Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf as the first patient to ever experience a new type of brain surgery without general anesthesia.
Story: Two one-act plays bridged by a common theme and title, Lovers takes place in small-town Ireland in the mid-1960s. The first vignette, Winners, pertains to a pair of 17-year-olds, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. Joe has gotten Maggie into the family way, which necessitates a hasty marriage at the end of the school year three weeks hence.
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
To quote the actors (I’m guessing) right before they shot the pie-baking scene, Let’s just get this over with! Here is my list of grievances:
As one of St. Louis’ oldest restaurants, Kemoll’s is a tradition not only for the family that runs it, but for countless other local families, as well. “We have some families who have been celebrating Christmas Eve at Kemoll’s for 50 years,” says fourth-generation owner Mark Cusumano. “They first came in here when they were little babies, and now they’re adults in their 50s, and they still celebrate here.”
The Sher household is always buzzing with activity. And it’s not just because of the Shers’ own biological and adopted children (ranging in age from 4 to 32) and the two grandchildren for whom Linda Sher helps care. It’s also, in large part, due to the 59 children she has fostered in the past 18 years as a volunteer through Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
When Fathers' Support Center president and CEO Halbert Sullivan recounts a timeline of his life, he names just as many miracles as he does jail stints.
With the Christmas season now just sweet memories dancing in our heads, the kitchen at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier continues to hum with activity as the next big ‘chocolate’ holiday approaches: Valentine’s Day.
From innovative education and world-class restaurants to one-of-a-kind gift shops, St. Louis is home to a broad range of successful companies. Ladue News congratulates all of the businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, and wishes them many, many more.
Story: Buddy the elf believes he has lived his entire life at the North Pole, working with other elves making the toys that Santa Claus delivers to children around the world very early on Christmas Day. Even though he’s normal height, he’s surprised to learn from Santa that he is human and was an orphaned child who crawled into one of Santa’s empty bags one Christmas. He ended up living at the North Pole after Santa learned that Buddy’s mother had died and that her son had been put up for adoption.
Who doesn’t love a year-end fashion countdown? Here’s my list of top items, and how you can transition them easily into spring or all year long!
It’s right before the big event: the Veiled Prophet Ball. For those final crucial beauty steps, local experts share the best in hairstyling, facials, makeup, manicures and pedicures, to ensure you’ll look your most radiant.
Despite the immense variety of gowns being prepared for the Veiled Prophet Ball, each of the Maids of Honor will have exactly one thing in common this year, according to area dress shop owners: They will all look fabulous.
Some 100 guests attended the Jewish Family and Children’s Service 12th annual Tree of Life Society event celebrating the organization’s high-level donors. Attendees at the event, held at Edgewild Restaurant and Winery, enjoyed wine-tasting, a learning session about wine selections and a buffet of food pairings.
‘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.
The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
The diversity found in St. Louis neighborhoods brings a variety of holiday traditions to the table. Here, area families share recipes, music and festivities that have been preserved through the generations.
Story: Deloris van Cartier, a lounge singer who adapted her name from the famous jewelry, is hoping that her married boyfriend, producer Curtis Jackson, will surprise her with a breakout gig for a Christmas present. Instead, he gives her one of his wife’s old coats. When she goes to his office for an explanation, she sees him kill a man. Curtis then orders his thugs to kill Deloris as she runs away.
Story: The well-to-do Duncans of Main Line, Philadelphia seem to live in a TV sitcom from the ‘50s. Arthur is a bank president, his wife Grace spends her days dressed in heels and jewelry on shopping sprees and daughter Emma is a bundle of frazzled nerves from her wide eyes down to her bobby socks. She desperately longs for boyfriend Tommy to pop the question so they can get married and she can start her own idyllic family. Instead, Grace orders Tommy to put on a maid’s uniform and get busy with his new chores, since she’s unimpressed that he’s a waiter.
In the 1960s, Col. Ben Robinson was serving a tour of duty in Germany when his mother became seriously ill. His commanding officer was notified by the American Red Cross, which, by congressional mandate, is the only organization authorized to provide emergency communications to the armed forces. Robinson was given leave to visit his mother, who hadn’t spoken for two weeks due to her illness, according to Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “When she heard his voice, she said, There’s my baby,” Erickson says. “The colonel really believes it was his presence—and the doctors do, too—that motivated her recovery. She lived another 30 years.”
As leaders of their households and in the community, women play a vital role in the health of those around them. Each year, St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award celebrates women who not only stay active in improving their own health, but also inspire better health in others. Here, read more about what makes this year’s winners healthy role models.
You could say that timing is everything when it comes to the romance between Megan Sclaroff and Daniel Katz.
Ted Wight has a fervor and talent for real estate.