Chesterfield-based Balaban’s serves award-winning wines, catering and more

Recognized as an up-and-coming caterer by the St. Louis Business Journal, Balaban’s, led by managing partner Brian Underwood, has realized a growth in its catering operation of 1,000 percent over the last two years. Underwood saw the demand for catering after Balaban’s, a staple on the St. Louis dining scene in the Central West End from 1972 until 2006, reopened five years ago in Chesterfield. By 2012, Underwood had spearheaded the move to nearly double the restaurant and wine store’s footprint by adding a private Wine Room, which seats eight and houses the Library Wines from the original Café Balaban ...

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Business: Better Living Expo on Sunday, Oct 12

PEOPLE St. Louis native Tyler Thomas, director of winemaking for The Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards team assembled by Jim and Mary Dierberg, has produced a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2013 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc is now available at select West County Dierbergs locations including Wildwood, Ellisville and the Marketplace in Chesterfield, as well as at Truffles, The Wine & Cheese Shop and the Wine Merchant Ltd. • • • Veteran banker David B. Warning has joined Midwest BankCentre’s commercial lending leadership team in Chesterfield as the firm’s regional president. Warning is a former Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce President who ...

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Pet Corner

Comfort food for cats Cats eat more during the winter months than they do when the weather is warm, recent research revealed. A four-year study at the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science monitored the food intake of 38 cats. The animals’ collars were fitted with microchips that enabled them to eat all they wanted from a dispenser that opened only for them. The chip also and recorded how much each cat ate and when. Overall, the cats’ food consumption was roughly 15 percent less during the summer months. “Cats, like many humans, are more inclined to comfort eat ...

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Health Capsules: Addicted to phones

Addicted to phones A Baylor University researcher said he was astounded at the findings of his study on college student cellphone use:  College women spend an average of 10 hours a day and male students spend nearly eight hours a day on cellphones. Researcher James Roberts’ survey of 164 college students found that overall, students spend the most time texting (about 94 minutes per day), sending emails (nearly 50 minutes), checking Facebook (nearly 40 minutes), surfing the Internet (about 35 minutes) and listening to music (about 26 minutes). In addition to asking about specific cellphone activities, the survey measured possible ...

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Forest Park XC Festival yields strong showing for local runners

Eureka’s Hannah Long won the Green Division of the ninth annual Forest Park XC Festival. Long, a senior, raced the 5-kilometer course at Forest Park in 17 minutes, 7.7 seconds for a personal best time. It was her first win in the race since she was a freshman. Long finished second the last two years to Ste. Genevieve junior Taylor Werner. Wildcats coach Kally Fischer expected her star runner to do well despite a strong field with more than 200 runners and 40 schools competing. “She’s been exceptional,” Fischer said. “She opened up the season with a full 2-mile run ...

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Backstoppalooza returns in support of the BackStoppers

Fresh from the city’s success with its inaugural event last year, Chesterfield’s Police Department is setting the stage for its second annual Backstoppalooza. The concert will be held Oct. 4 from 5-10 p.m. at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran's Place Drive.

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Body cameras arrive in Ellisville; other municipalities investigate device

Police officers in the city of Ellisville will soon be sporting body cameras, and other local police departments may not be far behind them. After a City Council meeting on Sept. 17, Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate said the department’s shipment of 20 Taser AXON body cameras was due to arrive Sept. 18. The department is currently working on an operational policy for the cameras, and should have the devices in service within the next few weeks, according to Felgate. The cameras plug into a charging dock and upload their recorded data to a cloud server. The 20 cameras cost ...

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Former De Smet Spartan makes the NFL

For Ray Agnew III, it was the moment he had been waiting for since his days at De Smet Jesuit. It was the season opener for the Cleveland Browns. The situation was third and one. The call was for Agnew, a fullback, to get the ball.

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Chaminade ranked No. 10 in the nation in high school boys soccer

The Chaminade Red Devils soccer team is nationally ranked. Chaminade is 8-0-1 and are ranked at No. 10 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in their recent poll. After opening the season with 3-0 victories over Metro Catholic Conference rivals St. Louis University High and CBC, the Red Devils are fresh off a trip to Milwaukee. Chaminade scored a 2-1 victory over Marquette High School and a 2-0 victory over St. Viator. Last week, Chaminade tied De Smet 1-1 and defeated Vianney 3-1. That gives the Red Devils at least a tie for the conference ...

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Pinwheels for Peace

On Friday, Sept. 19, after a prayer service for peace, the students of Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka planted 600 pinwheels on the north side of the church grounds, facing Hwy. 44. The pinwheels were covered with drawings, paintings and messages for peace in the world and in our city and county. The pinwheels were made by students in every grade and are part of a worldwide initiative of the Peace Project in honor of its International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.  

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