Art Educator of the Year

Winifred Crock, orchestra director at Parkway Central High, has been named the Art Educator of the Year by the Arts and Education Council. Presented since 1992, the St. Louis Arts Awards honors individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community. Crock will be recognized at a benefit event ...

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Local schools raise thousands for American Heart Association

The Fort Zumwalt School District made history in 2014 by raising more money for the American Heart Association than any other school district in Missouri. “This year the Fort Zumwalt School District raised $100,017,” said Barb Reyering, youth marketing director for the American Heart Association. She also noted that “almost all of these donations stay in our area for research, ...

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Regional Scholar Bowl winners

For 10 points, name the Parkway high school that just took second place in a regional Scholar Bowl competition in Washington, Mo. If you answered South High, give yourself 10 points. The South High Scholar Bowl team recently ranked second in this Jeopardy-style academic challenge. To play, students answer questions from moderators on a wide range of subjects, using buzzers ...

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Thomas Sowell – Irresponsible Choices

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is ...

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Cash receipts software approved for Rockwood School District

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Aug. 21, approved one-time and ongoing costs totaling $96,142 for new cash receipts software from InTouch Receipting that will go into effect as a pilot program in five schools this school year and for all schools by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Rockwood will be the first school district in the state to ...

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Wildwood to pursue agreement for use of Belleview Farms property

Despite an arsonist recently burning down a historic home on the site, Wildwood’s City Council has approved continuing the pursuit of an agreement with St. Louis County on the use of the county’s Belleview Farms property. Joe Vujnich, the city’s director of planning and parks, told the council during a work session on Aug. 25 that, over the past year, ...

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Villa Farotto offers something for everyone

When Villa Farotto debuted in Chesterfield Valley 10 years ago its chef was given a few restrictions from Jim Parrott, patriarch of the original Farotto’s on Manchester. “Don’t mess with my pizza; don’t mess with my sauce, dressing or dough. Anything else is fair game,” Proprietor and Executive Chef Gerard LaRuffa recalls his father-in-law saying – and he took that ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Grandparents Day In 1970, Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife and mother of 15, launched a campaign to set aside a special day for grandparents. She wanted to honor the nation’s elderly folks confined to nursing homes and encourage children to realize that older people can offer them wisdom, strength and guidance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal ...

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Business: The Little Gym under new ownership

Under new ownership Spouses Devi Devarajan and Suresh Jegadeesan have assumed ownership of The Little Gym of West County, located at 15825 Manchester Road in Ellisville. The Little Gym offers a variety of physical development classes and programs for young children, including gymnastics, dance, sports skills and karate, and also hosts parties, camps and Parents Survival Nights. The location may ...

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