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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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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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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Editorial: Ferguson affects us all

It was difficult to watch the outburst that was the Sept. 16 St. Louis County Council meeting and not have a strong reaction to it. Protestors from Ferguson filled the room. For two hours they ranted and raved as the council sat – mostly in silence. The wrath of the protestors was largely directed at Steve Stenger, the Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Executive. At one point, St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid approached the dais and came uncomfortably close to Stenger. Hangmen’s nooses around his neck, Shahid made demands of Stenger, but would not let him speak. Whether you ...

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Managing ISIS

To the Editor: I find it both outrageous and humorous in a macabre sort of way that President Obama’s idea of dealing with ISIS or ISIL is to “manage” them. Really? Consider if you had cancer and your doctor told you he was going to “manage” it instead of going all out to kill every cancer cell before it metastasizes.You would stomp out of his office and find another doctor who understands how to deal with this killer disease. Substitute ISIS or ISIL for cancer and Obama for the doctor who would “manage” this and you will plainly see that ...

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Declaring war

To the Editor: Why is it so hard to “declare” war on ISIS (or ISIL)? Hell, we declare war on everything else. There’s the war on women, the war on the wealthy, the war on poverty, the war on religion, and the war on Christmas. We declare war on everything but the enemy of our nation. And why do so many people casually use the term “war”? What happens with war? Sure, heroes arise in war, sometimes there’s gallantry, and true leadership is exposed in war. But mostly, war leaves dead and mangled bodies. It’s destructive, it’s violent, it’s scary, ...

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Police misconduct

To the Editor: It is a fact that a problem will never be solved if it is not clearly identified and understood. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent protests and demonstrations resulted in widespread media coverage, including international coverage. However, this was not an isolated event. Around that period police killed unarmed African-American males in St. Louis, California, Ohio and New York, most with multiple gunshots. There is a historical pattern of police in the U. S. killing unarmed African-American males. Most of the time the killings are found to be justified and there are no ...

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Skyway/subway 109

To the Editor: It seems strange that two pedestrian passes across Hwy. 109 within such close proximity made sense to the project planners. One is a bridge (north of the south roundabout), the other a tunnel (south of the north roundabout); that doesn’t seem to give anyone a safety advantage of not having to cross the east/west-stretching roads from the roundabouts. It probably takes less than 5 minutes to walk from one crossing to the other. If we spent money like it was ours, I’ll bet we’d have neither of these, but certainly not both. Also, the new road’s pavement ...

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Renaud Spirit Center 10th Anniversary celebration, Sept. 27

The Renaud Spirit Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an  Art & Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle. RSC Art & Family Festival activities include a bounce house and a rock climbing wall, the Bubble Bus, face painting, a balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, T-shirt tie-dyeing, music by Get Back, an acoustic Beatles band, and the St. Charles County Symphony Orchestra, artist demonstrations, original art for sale, free raffles, giveaways, drawings and prizes. All annual memberships purchased on Sept. 27 will receive a ...

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