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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
The self-proclaimed ‘living laboratory’ that is Laumeier Sculpture Park is focused on uniting contemporary artwork with the Missouri landscape. Throughout its 105 acres, the park welcomes some 300,000 visitors annually.
To say the least, it’s not the standard phone message. Hello, this is Maya. I am a seventh-grader at De La Salle Middle School, and I am somebody. You’re somebody, too, and your call is very important to us. When phoning De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew’s (DLS), callers immediately experience one of the foundational messages of the program, making it easier to see how this inner-city institution is changing futures, one somebody at a time.
Food, fun and fireworks will highlight Fourth of July celebrations throughout the St. Louis community. Here, find out the festivities your neighborhood has planned for Independence Day.
EarthDance has breathed new life into Missouri’s oldest organic farm. The nonprofit is sustainably growing food, farmers and community one person at a time, through hands-on education and experience at the former Mueller Farm.
Neighborhood farmers markets are re-opening and welcoming back local producers—a very exciting time for those of us who enjoy the bounty of our bi-state area!
Just when it seems like the ethnic design trend has run its course, these out-of-the-ordinary patterns demonstrate their staying power. In fact, designers say ikat, susani, and batik-inspired patterns are so enduring, they’ve become staples in American design, just like traditional and modern.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Elaine Blatt welcomes guests into her contemporary Ladue home with a warm smile and cup of frothy cappuccino. The day she welcomed me was particularly cold and snowy. She was busy packing for an upcoming photo journey, destined “to get out of the cold.” She also was completing work on From Field to Fork…The Plants We Eat, her photography exhibit opening March 15 (through May 31) in Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It the first time I have seen the petite and stylish redhead casually dressed without one of her signature hats atop her head.
Teresa Borbonus has a long history with Des Peres, having moved there with her family when she was just 2 years old. Later in life, after living in University City, Teresa and her husband, John, an associate circuit court judge for St. Louis County, returned to Des Peres, moving into her childhood home. The couple lived there with their children, Bella 11; Evie, 9; and Gia, 7, before moving to a new home in a different part of Des Peres last year. Teresa took a few minutes recently to discuss her family’s love for the neighborhood.
After St. Louis native Terry Ross met her future husband, Neal, in San Francisco, the couple moved back to her hometown in 2000. They were looking for the same quality of life they enjoyed in California and found it in University City, where they appreciate the urban setting and walkability of the neighborhood, while still living in a larger home. Their children, Finnegan 9, and Charlotte (better known as ChiChi), 7, are able to walk to school and parks; and Terry, who works in marketing for College Bound, and Neal, who works in merchandising for CCA Global, enjoy the closeness of The Loop for date nights. We spoke with Terry to learn more about her family’s love for University City.
When the Walker family moved to Frontenac five years ago, they immediately were greeted with a friendly welcome. Stephanie, a North Carolina native, is a former attorney and homemaker; and her husband Chip, originally from Virginia, is a managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors. The couple has two children, 9-year-old Thornton and 8-year-old Emmi, who attend Conway Elementary. Simon, a yellow Labrador; Macie, a Goldendoodle; and a cat, Trixie, are the family pets. Stephanie told us more about what she and her family enjoy in Frontenac.
There are plenty of restaurants around town that make one wonder just how they've been able to stick around on the dining scene so long. Pomme Restaurant is definitely not a part of this group. The Clayton mainstay just turned 10 this year, and our recent visit drove home just why they've succeeded for a decade in one of the most competitive dining neighborhoods in town.
The year 2012 was tumultuous in many respects, so perhaps fittingly Wicked is the title of the production that brings down the curtain on the last 12 months. A record drought plagued the St. Louis area, temperatures sweltered in an elongated summer and the area’s economy staggered toward a slow but steady recovery. All of this took place in the face of impending doom predicted centuries ago by the Mayan calendar.
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.
For many, the holidays mean big family dinners with tables full of delicious food. But for others, a meal at any time is hard to come by, much less during the cold weather months when limited budgets dictate heat over turkeys.
Spring training is an apt description of this month’s pet discussion, prompted by the incredible weather we’ve been experiencing these past several weeks. It also refers to the rash of injured dogs we have run across coinciding with this early spring. By injury, I mean limping or lame dogs with one or more sore limbs showing varying degrees of severity.
When twin boys (Jack and Matt, now age 11) came along for Julie and Jeff Brooks, the new mom and dad decided it was time to head west in search of a larger home and outdoor play space for their growing family. And it’s a good thing they did, because two years later, the Brookses welcomed Ben, now 9, to their family.
Drawn by the beautiful old homes and an opportunity to try something different, Rob and Katie Holton moved to the Central West End four years ago. Katie is a stay-athome mom to the couple’s two children, Robert, 8, and Greta, 5, while Rob works in real estate development private equity fund management with Holton Capital.
Esther and Doug Cohen just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, and have spent the last seven years as Olivette residents. As a child, Doug attended Old Bonhomme Elementary, and now some 40 years later, his 8-year-old son, Ethan, and 6-year-old daughter, Noa, attend the same school. Esther is a marketing manager at Love Funding in Clayton and Doug is the owner of Douglas Properties.
Stanley and Arlene Browne, owners of Robust Wine Bar, have lived in University City for eight years. Arlene works as marketing/public relations professional and Stanley, a certified sommelier, is the wine columnist for Ladue News. The couple has two children—Molly, 6, and Max, 3.
Twelve years ago when Rick and Peggy Strelinger decided it was time to downsize, they set their sights on Brentwood. “We found a lovely home on a charming street, two blocks from the park,” Peggy says. The couple has three grown children—Betsy, Richard and April, and two grandchildren, William, 3, and Abby, 2. Peggy is the director of Outreach Ministries at St. Michael and St. George and Rick works for the State of Missouri in the Division of Family Services.
Native St. Louisans, Jeff and Mary Gentsch, who have been married for 25 years, have lived in New York City and Chicago. In 1992, they returned to their hometown when Jeff joined a St. Louis-based private equity firm. Their two sons, Clayton, 22, and Chris, 20, are both graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. In 2005, Mary received her real estate license and joined the Ladue office of Coldwell Banker Gundaker. Both Jeff and Mary are active volunteers in the community focusing on health care and the welfare of young adults.
Describing his family as ‘tennis nuts,’ Dan West says it’s not unusual to see a net strung across the driveway of their home, practice shots lobbing through the air. The Wests’ current residence is just a few blocks from their first one, and the family has called Webster Groves home for 20 years. Other tennis nuts include Dan’s wife, Peggy, and their sons Joe, a student at the University of Dayton; and Peter, a freshman at Chaminade. Asked if he thought Joe would return to Webster after graduation, Dan laughed, “Isn’t that what St. Louis people do?”