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‘Shop North County Day’ encourages residents to shop local

As the movement to shop local continues to grow, the North County Inc., Regional Development Association (NCI) and the Regional Business Council (RBC) are encouraging consumers to shop local this holiday season at Dellwood, Ferguson and Jennings area businesses. NCI will be acknowledged as Neighborhood Champions for Shop North County Day, scheduled for Saturday, November 28, 2015, by American Express. The all-day event will highlight products and services from small North County business owners located in those communities and will promote the importance of shopping local.

“Shop North County Day celebrates small businesses that offer local character and prosperity and enrich the whole region. By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service; you’re helping build the community,” said Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of North County Inc.

Information about the type of businesses that shoppers and diners can support can be found at or on the Shop North County Day FaceBook page. Consumers will also enjoy a diverse list of discount offers in the “Shop Local” coupon book that supports NCI’s new marketing initiative “North County Now, North County Proud”. If you are interested in a copy of the coupon book please call NCI’s office at 314-895-6715 and ask for Evan.

“This is truly an innovative way to bring customers back to the community,” said Kathy Osborn, executive director for the Regional Business Council. “We need these business owners to succeed. The RBC and the Reinvest North County Fund are happy to participate and support this effort. So let’s shop North County!”

NCI is also launching a new marketing campaign to highlight the many and varied assets of North St. Louis County that our community and all of St. Louis can be proud of. Our focus through December will be focused on celebrating our small businesses.

“Our new marketing initiative has a fundamental goal of growing the reach and reputation of the area businesses throughout North County, while increasing sales and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage,” said Zoll. “The ‘Shop Local’ coupon book highlights our diverse shopping opportunities, encourages consumers to visit participating businesses, while saving them a little money. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this event and see what our great community has to offer!”

Additionally, those who shop that day will be able to enter a special drawing which will feature numerous prizes such as a flat screen television, a Day Spa certificate, dinner for two to an area restaurant, and gift cards from local stores throughout the area.

A Shop North County kick-off event is being planned for November 28th to encourage the St. Louis region to come out bright and early and enjoy what the North County community has to offer. For more information on the Shop North County Day event and how you can win big this holiday season, visit

Steve Robbins, CFP will be presenting a free class and dinner event "10 Mistakes That Could Derail Your Retirement" on Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Complimentary meal will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or
The Christian Hospital Foundation will host the seventh annual Legacy Leaders Dinner on November 5. This event is held to celebrate our community by honoring those who make a difference. As a member of our community, we invite you and your organization to join us! Sponsorship packages are available. ONLINE REGISTRATION & SPONSOR INFO
The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will be holding Over the Top for Tots Luncheon on Friday, November 6 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Ameristar Conference Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available. MORE INFO PURCHASE TICKETS
The City of Bellefontaine Neighbors invites the public to attend their Home, Health, and Energy Resource Fair on Saturday November 7th, 2015 from 10:am til 2:pm in the Bellefontaine Neighbors Community Center, 9669 Bellefontaine Road, Bellefontaine Mo 63137. Events will include free workshops and information as well as free flu shots and kids activities.
Trinity Catholic High School will be holding an Open House on Sunday, November 8 from noon to 4:00pm. Trinity High School is located at 1720 Redman Road, St. Louis MO 63138. Contact Admissions at (314) 741-1333 ext. 223 or
Steve Robbins, CFP will be presenting a free class and dinner event "Boeing Employees: Do You Take It... Or Leave It? How to decide which penson option is right for you" on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Complimentary meal will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or
City of Bellefontaine Neighbors will host Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335's Veterans Day program November 11, 2015. The event will begin at 10:00 am at the MO Veterans Home at 10600 Lewis and Clark Blvd. After the ceremony food and refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities to visit with many of the Veteran Heroes residing in the Home. Everyone is welcome.
Mary Ann Mennemeyer, Certified Life Mastery Consultant, is offering a F.R.E.E. WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN AGES 50+ on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9am until noon at the Ferguson Community Center, 1050 Smith Ave., Ferguson MO 63135. Limited Seating. Please RSVP to or (314) 973-3262. MORE INFO
East-West Gateway will be celebrating 50 years of service to the region at their annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon to be held at noon, Wednesday, November 18, at Union Station. In addition to the luncheon, there will be morning sessions including: the Great Streets Initiative, the Regional Freight District, Where We Stand, and a conversation among regional leaders offering their vision of the future of transportation in St. Louis. Morning sessions are free and open to the public. MORE INFORMATION
St. Louis Crisis Nursery will be holding their 2015 Napoli Night on Thursday, November 19 from 5:30-8:00pm at Bar Napoli in Clayton. TICKET & SPONSOR INFO
The Rotary Club of Florissant will be holding their annual "Thanks To Rotary" Annual Charity Auction on November 21 at the Atrium in the Paul F. Detrick Building on the campus of Christian Hospital. The evening includes dinner, silent and live auction, raffles and more. Generous sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Contact Wayne Williams at for more info. SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING FORM
The Touhill Performing Arts Center presents four time grammy award winner and platinum recording artist, Stanley Clarke on November 21. Known for his intense dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke was the first fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide with hit recordings like “School Days” while simultaneously redefining how the electric bass was played. TICKET INFO
The City of Ferguson has big plans underway for their annual holiday celebration, Northern Lights. The event takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at Victorian Plaza, 20 S. Florissant Rd. This year’s theme is "Home for the Holidays." They are seeking parade participants, volunteers, food and gift vendors and sponsors. Please call Toni Roper at (314) 524-5197. MORE INFO
Steve Robbins, CFP will be presenting a free class "Tax Update" on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:00pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center presents the Ambassadors on Harmony on December 11 - 13. The Ambassadors of Harmony chorus will once again rekindle the joy and magic of the holidays with its always popular Sounds of the Season concert. TICKET INFORMATION
Chairman and chief executive officer at Express Scripts, UMSL alumnus George Paz, BSBA 1982, was named among the world’s top-performing CEOs.  Paz, who graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, came in at No. 64 on a list of the 100 best-performing CEOs in the world, published by the Harvard Business Review. PRESS RELEASE
Ferguson-Florissant School District's Duchesne Elementary School teacher Juanita Phillips House recently received a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Association.  The grant will be used to supplement a writing program House uses in her second grade classroom.  As part of the program, each student is encouraged to write a book that will be published by the end of the school year. MORE INFO 
Ferguson-Florissant School District's Jay Boleach, career and technical education coordinator at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, has been named the recipient of two awards for outstanding service. Boleach, who is also McCluer South-Berkeley’s A+ Coordinator, received the Construction Forum STL Building Tomorrow Award and will also receive honors ras the 2015-16 Outstanding Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Administrator. PRESS RELEASE
Ferguson-Florissant School District's Halls Ferry Elementary School has received an extension from Gateway Greening to expand their Falcon Garden. The garden beds are used to teach students about food growth and its correlation to various subject areas. PRESS RELEASE
Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education president, Paul Morris, has been selected to receive the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) Outstanding Education Award.  The award recognizes Morris for his continuing support of NCCU, his work to promote understanding in the community and for his longtime commitment to education in North St. Louis County. PRESS RELEASE

Tonya Barnes

Tracy Hoesli
Hazelwood School District's Tonya Barnes and Tracy Hoesli have been named the 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for the Hazelwood School District (HSD). PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District's Ann Gibbons, Master Certified Board Member, is this year’s recipient of the Education Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU). Gibbons has dedicated more than 34 years to the Hazelwood School District. She was elected to the Hazelwood School Board in 1981. PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District's Dr. Gary Jansen, principal of Hazelwood East Middle School, was honored as state middle school principal of the year at the NASSP Principal of the Year Institute, a Washington, DC event hosted annually by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). During the Institute, Jansen formally received his award and discussed the needs of local schools with federal policymakers. PRESS RELEASE
Jennings School District is proud to announce that Fairview Primary will be receiving a $2500 Grant, along with eight laptops, as part of the award for being honored as a Monsanto School of Excellence. Fairview Primary, a school with 100% poverty, has demonstrated by recently released performance scores that all high poverty students can excel and meet high levels of achievement.


Challenger Learning Center has scholarships available for the 2015-16 School Year. Limited funds for teachers to help off-set the cost of participating in a Challenger Learning Center program for the current school year are still available. To be considered for a scholarship, please fill out the 2015-16 Challenger Educator Scholarship Fund Application.
The City of Ferguson held a Ferguson Community Day in October. The event was jointly sponsored by the City of Ferguson and Lindenwood University as a renewed effort to continue the move forward in unity. More than 200 people attended the event which was held at the Ferguson Community Center. PRESS RELEASE
The City of Florissant's Annual Fall Festival was a great success with more than 30,000 attending. Beautiful autumn weather kept the large crowds busy from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. sampling a wide variety of food, beverages, crafts and musical entertainment along Rue St. Francois in the heart of the city’s historic Old Town district. PRESS RELEASE
The City of Florissant hosted boy scouts from all over the area who participated in the annual Fall Camporee that was held at Sunset Park in October. Approximately 260 boy scouts from 18 units participated and used scout skills such as cooking over an open fire, First Aid, Geo-Caching and more. PRESS RELEASE
City of Florissant residents will be voting on Prop S on Tuesday, November 3. Prop S is a 1/4 cent sales tax that will only be used for street maintenance and improvements by ordinance or joint resolutions. A $100 purchase will only cost 25 cents but will generate over $1.6 Million a year for safer streets. FIND OUT MORE
The Ferguson-Florissant School District's McCluer South-Berkeley High School now has a new, modern and easy to read scoreboard on its football field which was donated by the Electrical Connection, a partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). PRESS RELEASE
The City of Hazelwood welcomes NorthPoint Development, a Kansas City-based developer, who has acquired the Hazelwood Logistics Center industrial park. NorthPoint is moving forward with the park’s development by constructing a number of industrial buildings. North Point and the City of Hazelwood are excited about their partnership in the development of the park and its potential to bring investment and jobs into Hazelwood and North County. PRESS RELEASE

Bob Lindsey at his desk at the Independent News office
Independent News celebrates its 28th birthday with a 28th anniversary edition. Editor-Publisher, Bob Lindsey, founded the cherished hometown newspaper that documents the life and times of the Florissant Valley in 1987. PRESS RELEASE
The Jennings School District has announced the opening of Jennings Hope House, a foster home for children. A house family, who are residents of Jennings, will serve as foster parents to incoming children. The house will be able to serve 8 people. Foster services are made possible through a partnership with Missouri Baptist Children's Home, with additional support as needed from Youth In Need and Epworth. MORE INFO : PRESS RELEASE

St. Louis Community College is participating in a statewide grant program – MoSTEMWINs – which allows qualified individuals to enter a no-fee MoSTEMWINs Portal program to discover your interests and select a STEM Career Pathway in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). MORE INFO

St. Louis County Police held a kickoff celebration for the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). VIEW THE VIDEO
St. Louis Crisis Nursery is looking for some Holiday Angels to spread Holiday cheer! Volunteer opportunities range from 2-8 hours, from December 7-22. They have Holiday Hearts programs in St. Louis, North County, St. Charles and Wentzville and need helpers in each post. There will be two informational meetings with brief orientations so that you can learn more on Monday, November 2nd at 5:30pm or Friday, November 13, at 10am at the Administrative office, 11710 Administration Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146. For more information, please email Katie Corrigan at or call (314) 657-7866.

UMSL held an opening house for its newly renovated University of Missouri-St. Louis Planetarium. The $250,000 renovation includes a brand new projector and all new seating and carpet. In addition to community outreach, the planetarium will be used for astronomy and astrophysics courses at UMSL. Visits are free and open to the public. MORE INFO
UMSL has partnered with IBM to host a workshop for 29 junior and senior girls from Normandy High School. The focus was to spark an interest in information technology careers. The high school students spent the day on UMSL’s campus learning IBM’s Bluemix software, and heard from several female IBM executives and had a chance to network and gain insight into IT jobs. PRESS RELEASE






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