NCI eNews
March 2014

Rebecca Zoll
Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

2014 is already proving to be a very active and exciting year.

NCI in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce is hosting our Annual North County Legislative Reception this month; as usual we are expecting a full house. A big THANK YOU to Christian Hospital for generously providing their wonderful Atrium Room at the Detrick Building, along with lots of great food and drink. The St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, again this year, helped us out with our invitations. The support of both of these NCI members in making the reception possible is very much appreciated. At the reception, Workforce Solutions at St. Louis Community College’s Ann Brand will provide a brief update on the Partnership’s legislative priorities. NCI and the North County area Chambers represent more than 1,000 business, civic and community members. For a copy of our 2014 North County Legislative Agenda please go to our website at I would like to thank the area Chambers for their participation again this year.

You will want to mark your calendar for NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Tickets for the event are available now and cost $45 per individual. We are currently looking for award nominations and sponsors for the event. You can find all of the information on our website at This is NCI’s largest event of the year with nearly 600 business, civic and community leaders coming together to celebrate North County’s accomplishments. To be a part of this exciting event and not miss out on the summer’s largest networking event for our community be sure to get your sponsorships in soon.


As always we are seeking business development, community development, public service and leadership award nominations. Please think about who you could nominate to be honored with one of our prestigious recognition awards. For details on criteria and to see who has been honored in the past click here. The deadline to nominate someone is Thursday, March 17, 2014.

Please be advised that the North County Incorporated (NCI) Board of Directors, in February, voted to support the transfer of jurisdiction oversight of the West Lake Landfill to the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). Transferring the jurisdiction oversight to FUSRAP will allow experts in this area to assess the site, provide action plans for the containment or remediation, and long-term management of the site. We have sent letters to our legislators respectfully requesting their support in this matter. A full press release can be accessed here.

I want to congratulate NCI board member Mayor Tom Schneider and the City of Florissant for offering a unique new housing program for potential home buyers. The program will match their down payment on the purchase of a home within the Florissant city limits up to $6,000. This Homeownership Assistance Program is a forgivable loan after 5 years of residency in the home. They also offer assistance to improve the home, as well. You can visit the City of Florissant’s website or click here for more information on this program and how to take advantage of the loan or call Carol O’Mara. North County is already a terrific place to call home and this program will make it a little easier for some to purchase the home of their dreams. If you are aware of other housing programs that are offered to purchase homes in our area, be sure to let us know here at NCI and I will happily mention them our eNewsletter.

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On May 17, 2014, Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County. Check out all the different ways to participate in this family friendly event at Now is the time to get registered!

If you are a regular reader of the NCI you know that for several years we have been participating with MoDOT on studies looking at needed improvements along the I-270 Corridor. MoDOT would like your input and is hosting a public open house event on Tuesday, March 18th at the Hazelwood Civic Center East at 4:30pm as part of the Interstate 270 North Environmental Assessment. The event is free and open to the entire community. Click here for more information or click here for the flyer. I encourage all of you as investors in the North County community and provide your feedback.

As part of our joint Legislative Agenda with area Chambers, North County Inc. has taken a position in support of Medicaid Reform. Here is a quick take on the economics around this issue:

Expanding Medicaid in Missouri will be paid with federal funds completely for the first 3 years so FY2014, FY2015 and FY2016. According to a new report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) expansion of Medicaid eligibility for adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) is expected to result in the creation of 23, 868 jobs, $9.9 billion in new wages, and $14.6 billion in new Gross State Product (GSP) from 2015-2022. Expansion would also generate $402 million in new state general revenue from 2015 to 2022, including $53 in new general revenue in 2015 alone.

In 2015 alone, the State will save $77.3 million and will see a net positive impact of $94.2 million dollars in general revenue. Even when the state match is at its highest at 10%, the state will still see a positive impact on general revenue of $73 million dollars and will be saving about $33 million a year. Every day we do not expand Medicaid we lose out on these savings and $5 million a day goes to other states that chose to expand last year. Our tax dollars are being sent to other States.

MERIC’s study can be found at

Expanding Medicaid means an additional 300,000 Missourians will have access to health care and an addition 35,000 in St. Louis County.

Please consider calling on our State Legislature and expressing your concerns regarding this critical issue for the State of Missouri and our local community. Contact information can be found at for the Senate and at for the house.


Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County on May 17, 2014. In 2010, the race was a community event to encourage fitness and healthy living in a fun way. Now, it's a premier, family-friendly event for runners and walkers - still focused on fitness, fun and health. For more info click here.
Old Town Donuts is offering specials for the month of March. For more information, please click here.
Valley Industries 7th Annual Shamrock Ball event to be held on March 8th has been sold out. No walk up tickets will be sold at the event. North County Inc. is a proud sponsor of this event.
Jennings School District is hosting an Educator’s Institute on April 3rd and 4th at the Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMSL. The event is a conference that will empower young educators with strategies to eliminate achievement gaps and transform schools. Space is limited. To register or for more information click here.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery is hosting its Annual Razzle Dazzle Ball on April 12, 2014. The event is an elegant evening featuring cocktail, dinner, live music and dancing and the coveted H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awards to individuals, groups, organizations and corporations that strive to improve the quality of life for children. This dazzling event also features the popular Champagne and Diamond Extravaganza, in which guests have the opportunity to win a one-carat diamond, and a unique silent and live auction cap off this fun-filled evening. Contact Ebonee at (314) 292-5770 or for more information.

Hendel's Café has a special event coming up called the 4 Hands Beer Dinner (4 course dinner & beer pairings). The event takes place on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm at a cost of $45 per person. Reservations Required - Call 314-837-2304.

City of Dellwood is offering an Amnesty Day Event that will run from February 28th, 2014 thru March 28th. Simply by posting a $100 cash bond you will be granted a court date and your warrant will be lifted. For more details, click here.
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Career and Employment Services would like to invite you to attend our Career and Networking Fair. The Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room from 10:00 a.m. – 1pm. For more information, click here.
Trinity Catholic High School and The Titan Alumni Players, featuring alumni from Mercy, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy, Rosary and Trinity Catholic High Schools, will team with current Trinity Catholic students to perform the musical Annie on March 14-16. Performances will be held at Trinity Catholic - 1720 Redman, Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138. For more information on tickets and times click here.
City of Florissant Police Department and The Friends of Florissant and Overland Police Explorers are once again hosting their annual Trivia Night to benefit both Explorer Posts. The Trivia Night is on Saturday, March 29th starting at 6:30pm at the JFK Community Center. The cost is $160 for a table of 8, which includes the trivia, beer, wine, soda, water, and snacks. Raffles, silent auction, 50/50, and attendance prizes will be awarded as well. Maryland Heights Police Lieutenant and Florissant Councilman Joe Eagan will be our Master of Ceremonies. For more info click here.
MoDOT is hosting a public open house event on Tuesday, March 18th at the Hazelwood Civic Center East at 4:30pm as part of the Interstate 270 North Environmental Assessment. The event is free and open to the entire community. For more information click here and click here.
The Bridge at Florissant is hosting a Party on the Patio March 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30 at their facility at 110 Garden Plaza Drive, Florissant, MO 63031. For more information or to RSVP for this free event call 314-831-0988.
Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce is hosting a golf tournament on Tuesday June 24th at Whitmoor Country Club. For more information click here.
Christian Hospital is hosting a number of community events in the month of March. For more information click here.
SSM DePaul
SSM Depaul Hospital’s March event calendar can be found by clicking here.
SSM DePaul
SSM Depaul Hospital’s SSM Weight-Loss Institute has once again been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS BSCOE). This is a three-year accreditation. The recent evaluation noted that the hospital was committed to providing quality improvement and patient safety for bariatric surgery patients. For full release click here.
SSM DePaul
SSM Depaul Hospital’s Stroke Center has been named a Joint Commission Stroke Center and is St. Louis County’s first and only Stroke Center awarded as such. The Joint Commission created this highest level of certification to recognize the significant resources that stroke centers awarded this honor must have to provide it’s patients with the highest level of care.
Pattonville School District had two choirs raise more than $2,000 to benefit children in need by caroling in the community in December. The performances were arranged by the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association to raise funds to benefit children's charities in the region. The Pattonville High School choir raised more than $2,000 by caroling at Lambert St. Louis Airport and the Metropolitan Square Building in downtown St. Louis. The Willow Brook Singers from Willow Brook Elementary School raised more than $260 while singing at Lambert.
Pattonville School District graduate, Kim Thompson of the class of 99’, was named the new drummer for the band on the brand new Late night with Seth Meyers show on NBC. For more information click here.
Hazelwood School District teacher Chris Link won a Peabody Leader In Education Award. He earned a $1000 dollar award and was presented a ceremonial check.
Hazelwood School District teachers Kevin Martin and Emily Knight, both math teachers are recipients of a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the National Education Association. They will use the grant to help improve problem solving and group work in Algebra I classrooms. Click here for full release.
Hazelwood School District school, Cold Water Elementary, was named an exemplary school by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Cold Water was one of only 15 schools in the state to receive this distinction. For more information click here.
City of Hazelwood Fire Chief Dave Radel, with assistance from Mayor Matthew Robinson, presented the “Chief’s Award” to two of his firefighter/paramedics at a recent City Council meeting, Hazelwood Both Amanda Boyer and Kevin Marshall were recognized and honored for actions that exemplify the ideals of the Hazelwood Emergency Services after delivering a baby on the side of the highway. For full release click here.
The Bridge at Florissant celebrated its second anniversary in January. City of Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider and Councilman Pat Stinnett helped the Bridge celebrate with cake and balloons and drew the name of the Referral Giveaway winner. Located off of New Florissant and Parker Road, The Bridge at Florissant is the only Continuing Retirement Care Community in the City of Florissant. For full release click here.
Ritenour School District is pleased to announce NCI 30 Leader in their Thirties’ Dr. Mike LaChance has been appointed as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He has served as the interim administrator in that position since July 1. Prior to this position, Dr. LaChance was principal at Marion Elementary in the Ritenour School District for three years. He joined Ritenour in 2002 as a sixth-grade teacher at Hoech Middle School and then served as an assistant principal at Ritenour High School from 2006 to 2010. For more information click here.
Riverview School District’s Central Middle was recognized by Operation Food Search recently for their phenomenal job collecting cans during Red Ribbon Week. Central Middle School students, faculty and students collected 1604 pounds of food estimated at $2711 dollars that will go to families in need within the St. Louis community.
LFCS – Hilltop Child Development Center is now enrolling children from the ages of 2-10 for their school age and summer camp programs as well as their Head Start program. They are currently offering FREE registration which is a $30 savings. For more information call 314-389-1001 or see the attached flyer. Click here for more info.
Jennings School District has started using distance learning to partner with a School in Ghana. Jennings is encouraging their students to become global leaders through community service projects while also learning about other cultures. For more information click here.
City of Pagedale’s Board passed an ordinance establishing the “E – Transit Oriented Development Form Based Zoning District” in the City of Pagedale Zoning Code on Feb. 13 at their meeting. This process was made possible through a unique collaboration of community stakeholders and local organizations that see the value in building around the St. Louis light rail system. For more information click here.
The Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC) is looking to hire an Executive Director for its organization. The SL-CDC focuses on stabilizing the Spanish Lake area of North St. Louis County. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life and to increase the socially and economically healthy living environments in Spanish Lake, by promoting and engaging in neighborhood improvement projects and other related activities, including the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low-and moderate-income residents. For job description click here.
Randall’s Wine and Spirits is offering a deal on “Chateau Peugeais Bordeaux, 2011” at all of its Missouri stores. This is a high quality wine for an affordable price. To order this and to see all of their other wine offerings you can visit their website by clicking here.
Christian Hospital announces that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. If you are 50 or older (sooner if a first degree relative has a history of colon cancer or you have certain conditions affecting the colon), you should get a colonoscopy. It could save your life! Help change the statistics on this preventable disease and don’t delay, get tested today! Call 314-747-WELL (9355) today to schedule your colonoscopy.
Ferguson-Florissant School District has announced that its Kindergarten registration for the upcoming school year will begin on March 3rd. Registration will take place at District’s Admissions Office, Room B-11, located at the Administration Center, 1005 Waterford Drive in Florissant. For more information click here.
SSM DePaul
SSM Health Care – St. Louis hosted an open house and ribbon cutting on February 28th to celebrate the grand opening of the Integrated Distribution & Services Center – a new facility that will boost efficiency and enable SSM to cut costs by eliminating duplication in receiving and storage in seven hospitals. This new venture is expected to save $11 million over the next three years.
City of Florissant has announced that Dressbarn, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has signed a lease to open a store in The Shoppes at Cross Keys in Florissant. The City has also announced that Culver’s restaurant will be adding a restaurant to the area soon.
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley is offering continuing education courses on caregiving in the home environment. The workshop is full of great information that will benefit the caregiver and the person(s) that they are assisting. For more information on the workshop click here.
City of Hazelwood has made the decision to implement the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Emergency Communications Network following an extensive and thorough review process of alert systems after an EF2 tornado hit the Hazelwood area on April 10, 2013. For more information on how this system will serve the community click here.
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce is offering scholarships to seniors attending high schools in member school districts. The documents may be emailed back to the Chamber office at All Required Documents Must Arrive by Deadline of 4:00 pm on Friday, Apri1, 2014. For more information click here.
City of Florissant offers a program for potential home buyers that will match their down payment on the purchase of a home within the Florissant city limits up to $6000. This Homeownership Assistance Program is a forgivable loan after 5 years of residency in the home. For more information and an application click here.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery reminds parents that crisis care is always available for children, birth through age 12. Five Crisis Nurseries located throughout St. Louis City and County, St. Charles and Wentzville remain open 24-hours a day. Crisis Nursery’s North County location is 11037 Breezy Point Ln., St. Louis, 63136 24-Hour Helpline: 314-953-8030.
Challenger Learning Center is now enrolling for summer camp. Despite the cold temperatures and snow it’s not too early to sign up. To register online click here.
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