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Ready to help with donations to Jewish Family & Children’s Service are (from left) HKJFP Director Judy Berkowitz (left) with Lori Zeid, Ellen Abramson and Kelly Latreille, of Weight Watchers; and Jewish Family and Children’s Services Executive Director Louis Albert.

Ready to help with donations to Jewish Family & Children’s Service are (from left) HKJFP Director Judy Berkowitz (left) with Lori Zeid, Ellen Abramson and Kelly Latreille, of Weight Watchers; and Jewish Family and Children’s Services Executive Director Louis Albert.

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Ballwin resident Matt Schindler has been named executive director of Gateway Greening, a St. Louis nonprofit that promotes urban community gardening. Schindler most recently worked at Downtown STL, Inc., (formerly the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis) where he served as director of community development. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Webster University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and German from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.

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RE/MAX Properties West has named Josie Robison as executive assistant to Senior Sales Executive Mike Grasso. Robison  holds a degree in interior design and has an extensive background in design and marketing, along with 12 years of administrative experience.

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Frontenac Bank has added Steve Lierman to its Board of Directors. Lierman is a partner at Stonebridge Senior Living, which owns and operates 14 senior communities in Missouri and Arkansas. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and has worked in the industry since 1987.

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Midwest BankCentre has promoted Danny Pogue to executive vice president-commercial lending and head of its commercial banking division. Pogue joined Midwest BankCentre in 2010 as regional president of the bank’s south region, later expanding his responsibilities to include its southeast and west regions. He has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial banking and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University.

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Murphy Company has added Susan Maurer as a purchasing agent and Kenny Schroeder as a safety engineer. Maurer, a mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience in HVAC design, plumbing design and energy modeling, will specialize in mechanical equipment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. Schroeder is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he received a bachelor’s degree in safety management.

 

PLACES

The participants of multiple Weight Watchers groups that meet at the Creve Coeur location joined forces recently to donate approximately 1,000 pounds of food and household items to Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP). Each group competed against one another to see which could bring in the most canned and non-perishable food and household products for the pantry. The groups collected enough items to completely fill five shopping carts.  The Weight Watchers in Creve Coeur has been donating to the HKJFP for the past few years.

“We feed 7,000 people each month, almost half of whom are children,” HKJFP Director Judy Berkowitz said. For generations, JF&CS has offered compassionate support and practical solutions to guide people through life´s ups and downs. Today 11 JF&CS programs serve clients from more than 110 different zip codes throughout the greater St. Louis area. For more information about Jewish Family & Children´s Service, call (314) 993-1000, or visit www.jfcs-stl.org.

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Garden View Care Centers has contracted with Family Partners Adult Day Services to run the adult day program for its Chesterfield facility, located at 1025 Chesterfield Pointe Way near Faust Park.  The Family Partners program was recognized by the Missouri Adult Day Services Association with its Excellence Award in both 2012 and 2013, and is recognized as a model for best practices in the adult day care industry.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Frank Leta Acura has earned the Acura Environmental Leadership Award, recognizing the dealership as a leader in the company’s effort to reduce its environmental impact nationwide. Frank Leta Acura earned the award for achieving specific environmental targets based on a rigorous points system that included reducing total energy use at the dealership by at least ten percent.  Conservation steps included installing solar panels, LED lighting both indoors and out, motion-sensing light switches which conserve lighting in vacant rooms, advanced thermostats, and various other high-efficiency solutions.

 

EVENTS AND NETWORKING

West St. Louis County Working Warriors, a networking group open to past and present military service members and the businesses that serve them, holds a networking meeting on Wednesday, October 14, from 9-10 a.m. at Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville in the upper level community room. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com; for more information, call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900.

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Chesterfield Young Professionals hosts an Oktoberfest networking event on Thursday, October 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Itap, 161 Long Road in Chesterfield. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests; attendees will receive food and drink tickets with registration. Register online at www.chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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The West County Chamber of Commerce sponsors Coffee Talk, a morning networking and educational program, on Friday, October 23, from 7:30-9 a.m. At Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville. Members and non-members are welcome. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com; for more information, call Deb Pinson at 636-230-9900.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, October 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Crown Vision Center, 162 THF Blvd. In Chesterfield. The event is free for members and $15 for guests. Register online at www.chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds its Fall Golf Classic on Monday, November, 2, from noon-6 p.m. at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club, 180 N. Eatherton Road in Chesterfield. Entry fees of $85 per player include golf and lunch. Register online at www.chesterfieldmochamber.com, or call the chamber office at 636-532-3399 for more information.

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