Story: In a comfortable, old-fashioned home, Frank Gianelli talks about “tengo famiglia.” That’s Italian for “I support a family,” but Frank says it means even more than that, it means that a man “is doing well for my woman and my children. I have a reason for being alive.”
Story: Young Oliver Twist survives on gruel and grit at a London orphanage workhouse in the mid-19th century. When he’s sold by overbearing beadle Mr. Bumble to the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry, Oliver is forced to sleep in a casket. After he gets into a fight with Sowerberry’s apprentice, he escapes into the streets of London.
Story: The stage manager welcomes the audience to the fictional village of Grover’s Corners, New Hamsphire, and introduces us to various residents who make up the community. The play he presents is divided into three acts, titled Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity.
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
Story: Sarah is a photojournalist who has been on assignment covering the Iraq War. When she is severely injured by a roadside bomb, she is flown to Europe, where she is met by her partner, James. A reporter himself, James had left Iraq earlier after suffering a mental breakdown brought on by his own coverage of the war.
Story: In the spring and summer of 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress, presided over by John Hancock of Massachusetts, debate endlessly various issues set before them. One subject they haven’t discussed, though, is independence from Great Britain, a point of increasing agitation to delegate John Adams of Massachusetts.
Story: Novelist George Schneider has recently returned from a vacation to Europe, which he had taken to help ease the grief he experienced at the death of his wife. George hasn’t yet come to terms with that death, which followed what he considered an idyllic 12-year marriage.
Marsha Mason’s horizons have expanded significantly from her childhood in St. Louis. The one-time Catholic schoolgirl attended Holy Rosary grade school in North St. Louis and later Mary Queen of Peace when her family moved to Crestwood. She became interested in theater while attending Nerinx Hall High School and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before embarking on her illustrious stage and film career.
CITY ACADEMY received a $1 million gift from the Crawford Taylor Foundation for endowment. The gift supports the school’s efforts to offer an expanded Early Childhood Program. With the help of this grant, plans to expand to a total of 175 students by 2014 are in place. Pictured: D’Niya Ammons, Chantell Johnson and Chontell Johnson of City Academy's new Early Childhood Program.
Becca Edwards & Peter Jordan
Sitting down to talk about Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ programs to avert bullying, the first obvious question is, What does Shakespeare have to do with bulling? As it turns out, the connection runs deep.
Sports today has become specialized—too specialized. Because of the popularity of select sports, kids are forced to quit sports they are proficient in so they can make that fifth select hockey, soccer or basketball practice of the week. That's why stories like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders don't happen much anymore. In high school, it's tough to be really good at two sports. In college, the two-sport athlete is almost non-existent.
RANDALL BATEMAN was recognized as the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine.
It's hard to believe, but the golf season has run its course for another year. Doesn't the time go by much too fast? Still, there has been plenty of news.
Unless you’ve graduated from a particular school, you may not know how or why it got its name. We delve into the history behind some local schools and the meanings of their monikers.
Chesterfield Montessori School
Chesterfield Montessori School
Story: Small-town attorney Atticus Finch is a respected leader in his community, the hamlet of Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. Widower Finch is accustomed to being paid in food, kindling wood or anything else that his impoverished clients can give him in exchange for his legal services.
The Nerinx Hall High School motto: Educating young women to make a difference
Perfect! We applaud Nerinx Hall senior LILLY WEBSTER, who recently earned a perfect score on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Only approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test receive a top score. Lilly, an accomplished pianist, is a founding member and current president of the Academic Teams at Nerinx, and also has served as head of the set building crew for numerous musicals and plays. Proud parents are ALBERT WEBSTER and KRISTINA STIERHOLZ.