Apathetic voters

To the Editor: Now that the braying of political office seekers has died down, the national, state and regional electorate is going to have to take a long, hard and honest look at itself. By electorate, I mean me, you, us. National exit polls put voter turnout at 34 percent – out of 100 percent. Let’s look at that number another way. Out of all the people that could vote, 66 percent did not. That is a shameful, disgraceful number. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, or even if you don’t have one. Sixty-six percent of the nation ...

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Expansion brings Massa’s, Of Course! back to Town & Country

“Lots of people wanted us to come back to the area so we are,” said Jack Massa, co-owner of Massa’s Of Course!. Jack admitted that he had been searching for the right location around the Route 141/Town & Country area for awhile when the space at Woods Mill Center, 14312 South Outer Road, became available. Now, all that’s left to do is add the finishing touches to the new location. “We’re still hanging pictures and getting ready but we’re shooting for the first part of December to open,” Jack said. The franchise’s solid reputation has allowed its continued expansion since ...

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Business: Progress 64 West hosts 27th Excellence in Community Development Awards Banquet

PEOPLE Paul Goldblum, of Ballwin, has been named  president of  Ultra-Color Corporation, a full service printing company located in St. Louis. A third-generation leader of the company, Goldblum began his career at Ultra-Color Corporation in 1985. • • • Laura Davidson has joined St. Louis Community College-Wildwood as director of student services. Davidson holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in postsecondary counseling from the University of Kansas. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital’s Board of Directors has appointed Christine M. Candio as the hospital’s new president and chief executive officer, effective in January 2015. For ...

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Cyberbullying has to stop – pin it on

Clothespins are showing up all over Rockwood with an important message: Cyberbullying has to stop. The “Character Goes Viral: Students Stop Cyberbullying” campaign started at the CharacterPlus Student Summit when 80 students from regional high schools met and collaborated on the campaign, including students from Lafayette High. They created the hashtag #StartsWithUs to use on social media and spread the message by taking the “Clothespin Challenge.” Students write #StartsWithUs on a clothespin and “pin” it on a backpack or shirt of a friend. A photo or video of the “pinning” will be uploaded on social media, and everyone who gets ...

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Health Capsules: Walking at work

Walking at work Besides providing the physical benefits one might expect, working at a walking workstation can give mental health a boost, too. Faculty and students in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) recently evaluated 180 people who were working on computers either while seated, standing, cycling or walking. Researchers looked at workers’ levels of boredom, task satisfaction, stress, arousal and performance in each workstation scenario and found those working at walking workstations had better satisfaction and arousal and less boredom and stress than those at sitting and standing workstations. Comparatively, those at the cycling workstation ...

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Lafayette Lancers win fourth consecutive state volleyball title

The Lafayette volleyball program stands in elite company. The Lancers became only the third school in state history to win four Class 4 girls state championships in a row. West Plains did it first from 1984-87. St. Joseph’s Academy accomplished it from 1990-93. Now, it’s Lafayette’s turn. Lafayette (27-7-2) defeated St. Joseph’s Academy 25-20, 25-20 at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau Nov. 1. It was the third title for coach Zach Young. Assistant coach Steve Burkard won the first championship before stepping down to become an assistant. The Lancers had four starters back from last year’s (38-1-2) squad . ...

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Rockwood teams up with others to combat bullying

Members of the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, met with Selvidge Middle students in October to talk about bullying. “We picked bullying because it was something we all felt passionate about,” Kerstyn Larash, chapter president, said. “We all had seen or knew people who had been bullied and we felt it was something we could do that would make a difference. We also thought it would be a good opportunity to work closely with younger students.” The students participated in small group discussions and games that were facilitated by the chapter members. The games were intended ...

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Marquette again wins Suburban West Conference

The Marquette Mustangs won their second consecutive Suburban West Conference swim meet and set a record doing it. The event was held at Lindbergh. The Mustangs finished first with 539 points. That set a school record for points scored in the conference meet. Eureka was second with 390 points. Lafayette placed third with 359 and Parkway South came in fifth with 187. The conference title capped a season to remember for Marquette. The Mustangs finished 11-0 in duals. The team also was the Marquette Relay champion and the Lindbergh Invitational champion. “I’ve been particularly proud to coach this group of ...

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‘Mini-Mudder’ brings hundreds of kids to Barat Academy

Barat Academy, a faith based college preparatory high school located in Chesterfield, held its first Mini-Mudder event on Oct. 4. This event was the first of its kind exclusively for kids age four to 14. Over 500 kids participated from as close as St. Louis and St. Charles counties to as far away as Lake of the Ozarks; Quincy, Illinois; Kansas City; Louisville, Kentucky; and even Minnesota and Arizona. “It was a fabulous event that spread like wildfire through social media conversations,” said Debby Watson, president of Barat Academy. “Over 500 kids ran the 1.2-mile course in teams, helping each ...

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Editorial: Walk on by

On Nov. 6, a woman named Alice made an impassioned plea on Facebook: “Please do not do business at the Chesterfield Mall Bath & Body Works!!” She went on to say: “I was very disappointed today while on a field trip with my Special Education students. They were given an assignment to find stores on their own and locate a product and write down information about the product.” She explained that, while the task seems easy, it “is an important skill these students are still learning.” “As we got ready to walk into Bath & Body Works we were met ...

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