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Just a few short weeks ago, students were filled with anticipation about the start of school. Some were excited to see their friends and share summer stories, and others were dreading their loss of freedom and prematurely missing those lazy August mornings. Now, however, vacation memories have faded and school structure is everyone’s reality. Summer is firmly in the rearview mirror, and it is time to look forward.
After 150 years of helping families build brighter futures, Epworth Children & Family Services continues to grow its footprint. Through merging with Progressive Youth Connection (PYC) this year, Epworth has expanded its preventive programs. “We are helping families before they unravel,” notes CEO Kevin Drollinger.
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.
Mission Taco Joint is the latest from brothers Adam and Jason Tilford. Unlike their other restaurants, Mission concentrates on simpler fare, serving up both classic and unique takes on Mexican street food with impressive results.
Many children don’t listen to their parents, especially when asked to engage in some tedious task like emptying the trash or cleaning their rooms. When Mom and Dad argue; however, most kids will stop what they are doing and—for better or worse—seriously listen to their parents’ impassioned conversation. While family conflict is inevitable, many wonder if it is ever acceptable to argue in front of the kids.
Story: Spanning a period from 1815 to 1832, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean against the backdrop of revolution in 19th century France. Imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving son, Valjean is freed from a slave labor camp only to be branded as an outcast because of his criminal record.
An upcoming trip is a great reason to buy a new camera—and the items currently on the market offer more than ever before. LN asked local professionals to share their digital camera favorites for travelers.
Anyone can talk about making a difference in teens’ lives, but at Wyman Center it’s the numbers that do the talking. Take, for example, Brittany Woods Middle School in University City, where Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program is being offered to all seventh grade students. At the end of the first semester this year, school principal Jamie Jordan looked at the students’ comportment data, explains Wyman president/CEO Dave Hilliard. “Among the 200 sixth-graders, she had 40 referrals to the office for disruptive behavior,” he says. Among the seventh-graders, who had gone through half of the Wyman program, there were half as many referrals. “Among the eighth-graders, who had gone through the entire program, she had only four referrals to the office in the entire semester. There was a 95-percent difference among kids who had the program and learned how to use skills to be successful and avoid conflict.”
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.
Story: George Bernard Shaw is a force to be reckoned with in late 19th century London; you need only ask him for verification. The vain scribe, confident of his own intellectual superiority, is a firebrand in the Fabian Society, a group dedicated to the transformation of society with improved social conditions for all. Shaw meets regularly with his close friends Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb to advance their common cause.
The headline for this column sounds like a dreadful (or possibly entertaining) reality television show. Unfortunately, it is something that every parent has experienced. In fact, many may say that you have not earned your parenting stripes until you have suffered the pain of a problematic play date.
Story: Ten-year-old Joe Shostak has a problem with anger management. His Little League baseball manager tells him so after seeing him get in a fight with a loud-mouthed player from another team. There are problems at home, too, as Joe’s parents have separated over money issues.
Story: Boy Willie Charles has lived his entire life as a sharecropper in Mississippi on the same land where his grandfather was a slave of a white man named Sutter. When Sutter’s last remaining descendant down South puts the land up for sale, Boy Willie is determined to buy it. The time is 1937, in the Great Depression, and Boy Willie journeys north to Pittsburgh to convince his sister Berniece to sell their family’s heirloom piano so that he can buy the land with his share.
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As you may have heard, the former home of Busch's Grove will finally get a new tenant this year. The folks from EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery will be opening a second location in the space in early summer. The restaurant will offer more than 20 local microbrews on tap, a full cocktail list and an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass, including EdgeWild label wines and non-EdgeWild label wines. The menu will focus on smaller plates, and will also have a selection of entrees similar to those on EdgeWild’s current menu featuring plenty of local purveyors.
If there’s one thing almost everyone wishes for in the new year, it’s good health. And almost everyone has room for improvement when it comes to the lifestyle choices that support our health and well-being. We turned to several local experts for their top tips to help make 2013 a healthy new year.
As we enter the cold, dark winter months, there are those among us who become S.A.D. And this isn’t just a passing episode of mild winter blues: Thousands of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a condition in which people become depressed and lethargic between late fall and spring.
Local nonprofits are giving underserved St. Louis students a leg up on the college competition.
As two rival outlet mall developers square off in the Chesterfield Valley, the stakes have rarely been higher. Both the Simon Property Group and Taubman Centers, Inc. are moving forward with plans to build upscale outlet malls in the valley.
Every divorce is different, and, more often that not, difficult, lengthy and costly. So when it comes to confronting legal separation, local divorce lawyers look to give their clients options tailored to their needs.
When Susan Hais started her family law practice in 1979, she knew it would be both an opportunity and a challenge. With recent changes in the divorce statute, the field was encountering more litigation, and as one of the few women practicing divorce law, she relished the chance to work in an area that truly appealed to her. “Divorce work is the kind of practice where you can relate to your clients, make them feel better about their lives and really make a difference. It was the right fit for me.”
Story: Picking up where Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches ended, Prior Walter copes with his diagnosis of AIDS in early 1986. His lover, Louis, has abandoned him in his critical condition and taken up with Joe Pitt, a conservative, Mormon, Republican attorney who struggles to come to terms with his own homosexuality. Joe’s wife, Harper, a depressive agoraphobic, relies on pills and her own hallucinations to cope with the imposing and impersonal vastness of New York City, thousands of miles from the Salt Lake City of her youth. Joe’s mother, Hannah, has moved from Salt Lake City to her son’s home in Gotham, at first to deal with his stark confession but eventually to care for her mentally ill daughter-in-law.
After working as an R.N. in cardio/medical intensive care and then leaving the hospital setting to be a stay-at-home mom, Alison Allman knew when she reentered the workforce that she would rather focus on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. “I wanted to work on the preventive side of health and wellness, so that’s when I became a personal trainer, certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association,” Allman says. Allman, who also has an advanced certification as a health specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, has been in the industry for the last 10 years, eight with Wellbridge as a personal trainer.