NCI eNews
APRIL 2016


NCI invites you to be part of the 39th Annual Leadership Breakfast.

North County Incorporated (NCI) invites civic, business, community leaders and residents to celebrate our 39 years of service to the North County community at our Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 13th, 2016 at the Marriott St. Louis Airport at 7:30 am. Individual seats are available for purchase at the NCI office. The cost for an individual ticket is $45.00.


Breakfast sponsorship and table sponsorship packages are also available. Cancellation deadline is April 29, 2016. Special meal requests should be made a time of reservation.

Sponsorship Packages Available

Take advantage of this marketing opportunity for your organization, city or business. 500+ business, civic and community leaders attend NCI's Annual Breakfast each year. Our sponsorship packages will showcase your name and draw attention to your organization's commitment to the North County community. Please use our online sponsorship form or our printable sponsorship form to purchase sponsorships and tickets for this event.


We will once again present awards to those individuals who have shown a strong commitment to the North County region through their business, civic, and humanitarian acts.

2016 Honorees will be:


  • Centene Corporation
  • Materials Lifecycle Management Company
  • SKF


  • Metro North County Transit Center
  • Rev. Cedric Portis, Sr.
  • Zykan Family Partnership


  • Ron McMullen, FACHE


  • Great Streets - Natural Bridge Corridor Partnership


  • Doug Baum
  • Ruby Curry
  • Bob Russell


  • Jennings School District, under the leadership of Dr. Tiffany Anderson


  • Dr. Rance Thomas


NCI Endorses Proposition R - Please Vote

Please be advised that North County Inc.’s (NCI) Board of Directors endorses Proposition R, for Black Jack Fire Protection District. NCI is proud to support this very important issue for our firefighters.

Basics for Proposition R

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Black Jack Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional annual tax rate of not more than fifteen cents per one hundred dollars valuation, the revenues from which shall be used for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics pension program of the district?

Summary: The proposition would increase the district's property tax rate by 15 cents per $100 assessed valuation. If passed, the tax for a home worth $75,000 would increase by about $21 a year. District officials say the additional revenue would allow it to increase its level of service and to deal with an increase in call volume by more than 200 a year. Plans call for certified EMTs on every fire engine, advanced life support for personnel and additional training in schools on CPR and dealing with disasters and active shooter incidents. MORE INFO

NCI Endorses Proposition B - Please Vote

NCI Board of Directors endorses Proposition B is on the ballots in the cities of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Berkeley, Bridgeton, Charlack, Florissant, Maryland Heights, Moline Acres, Northwoods, Overland, Pagedale, St. Ann, St. John, Village of Bel-Ridge, unincorporated St. Louis County and Villages of Bel-Ridge, Glen Echo Park and Uplands Park. Villages of Bellerive Acres and Calverton Park are calling this Proposition A on their ballots and the City of Cool Valley is calling it Proposition V on their ballot.

Basics for Proposition B

Ballot wording: Shall the City of fill in city’s name continue applying and collecting the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer? Rejection of this measure will result in a reduction of local revenue to provide for vital services for the City and it will place Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats, and trailers at a competitive disadvantage to non-Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats, and trailers?

Summary: The measure would allow the city to continue collecting a sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outdoor motors brought from dealers outside Missouri or from individuals who aren't licensed dealers. The tax had been thrown out by a 2012 court ruling. In 2013, the Legislature reinstated the tax but required affected cities to seek voter approval to keep it.

St. Louis Metro Celebrates Completion of North County Transit Center

(Right to left) BiState Development John Nations, County Councilman Mike O’Mara, NCI’s Rebecca Zoll, County Exec. Steve Stenger, County Councilwoman Hazel Erby, Ferguson Councilwoman Laverne Michom, (back row right to left) Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, Metro’s Ray Friem, Ferguson Councilwoman Ella Jones.
Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the City of Ferguson, NCI, and St. Louis County joined Metro at a ribbon-cutting event to commemorate the completion of the North County Transit Center. Located at 3140 Pershall Road in Ferguson, MO, this newest addition to the Metro system is a key transit hub for the region that will make it easier and more efficient for MetroBus riders to get jobs, schools and other important destinations in North St. Louis County and throughout the region. PRESS RELEASE

Mark Your 2016 Calendar for these NCI Events

Welcome New Members:

Meghan Mueller
2705 Mullanphy Rd, Florissant, MO 63031
Phone:(314) 830-6201
Complete Auto Body & Truck Repair
Kurt Barks
6041 N Lindbergh Blvd, Hazelwood, MO 63042
Phone:(314) 731-7999

The Valley – A Stonebridge Community
Arthur Williams
6768 N. Highway 67
Florissant, MO 63034
Phone: (314) 741-9101


Steve Robbins, CFP will be hosting a free shredding event and complimentary fish fry on Friday, April 1 at 2:00pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or
Jennings School District will be holding The Friends of Jennings School District Scholarship & Awards Gala on Friday, April 1 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Please save the date. Sponsorship packages are available. EVENT FLYER

St. Louis Community College and the St. Louis Regional Chamber are sponsoring "Bring on Breakfast: Making Connections on the Corridor" training event on Thursday, April 7 at the St. Louis Community College. Discover how to build your company's skilled workforce with cutting-edge training programs. REGISTER ONLINE
Trinity High School's Drama Club presents the musical "Oklahoma" on April 8 - April 10. TRINITY WEBSITE
The City of Florissant will be holding Tea with the Princesss at the Enchanted Sunset Park Nature Lodge on Saturday, April 9 from 11:00am-12:00pm. Cost is $11 for residents and $15.50 for non-residents. For more information contact the JFK center 314-921-4250 or JJE center 314-921-4466.
Marygrove has 50 participants in the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend on April 9-10th. Their team (many are residents of North County) has already raised over $8,000 for kids in our community. FUNDRAISING PAGE
The City of Florissant will be hosting a "Aging My Way Resource Fair" for senior citizens on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the James J. Eagan Center. For more information contact Peggy Hogan, Senior Citizen Coordinator at 314-839-7604.
Marygrove will be hosting a Spring Fling luncheon on Thursday, April 14th at Norwood Hills Country Club. This year’s event includes door prizes, free Marygrove swag and silent auction. MORE INFO
The Touhill Performing Arts Center will be presenting The Second City, on April 15 and 16. This funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.TICKET INFO
The Touhill Performing Arts Center will be presenting Ensemble Espanol: Spanish Dance Theater on April 15 and 16. Chicago’s celebrated Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures from around the world. TICKET INFO
The City of Florissant will host an Electronic Recycling event on Saturday April 16 from 9:00-1:00 at St Ferdinand Park.  Staff will be available to unload your equipment. Limit ONE TV per vehicle.  For more information call the Health Dept. at 839-7655.
Steve Robbins, CFP will be offering a free class, "Health & Wellness: Pain Management" designed to provide comprehensive and cost-effective alternatives to help alleviate chronic pain. The class will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at the Robbins Conference Center at 4:00pm. RSVP ONLINE
Hendel's Restaurant will be holding Sips in the Spring on April 21. $15 per person includes glass of spring wine, Hendel's wine glass, and happy hour appetizers. No reservations taken; first come, first serve basis. Call (314) 837-2304 for more info.
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce will be holding an Earth Day Networking Picnic & Kickball Tournament on Friday, April 22 beginning at 11:00am at Howdershell Park. MORE INFO
The Touhill Performing Arts Center will be hosting the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival featuring the John Pizzarelli Quartet on April 22 and 23. TICKET INFO
Challenger Learning Center will be holding a Family Rocket Workshop on April 23 where parents and kids can work together to build and launch their own Estes rocket. The workshop costs $20 per parent/child and is geared towards kids ages 6 and up. Call us at (314) 521-6205 to register. MORE INFO
The City of Florissant will also host a Document Shredding event on Saturday April 23 from 9:00-noon at St Ferdinand Park.  There is a limit of 5 bags or boxes of documents per person.  
The Federation of Catholic Schools has invited Tina Meier, founder of the Megan Meier Foundation, to present to parents and educators on Monday, April 25th at 7pm at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne about cyber safety. This presentation provides an overview of the technology that students are using in today's world. MORE INFO
Steve Robbins, CFP will be offering a free class, "Downsizing Your Garden," tips and tricks to make your garden less work and easier on your joints as you and your garden mature. The class will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at the Robbins Conference Center at 4:00pm. RSVP ONLINE
The City of Florissant will be holding their 6th Annual Florissant Garage Sale at the James J Eagan Ice Rink on April 30 2016, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. All of the usual garage sale items can be found throughout the sale as well as some unusual items. Residents who wouldl like a booth must fill out an application and return it by April 22nd. MORE INFO
Steve Robbins, CFP will be offering a free class "The 10 Biggest Retirement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" on Tuesday, May 3 at the Robbins Conference Center at 4:00pm. RSVP ONLINE
Trinity Catholic High School will be holding their Spring Concert & Art Exhibit on Thursday, May 5, from 7:00-9:00pm. TRINITY WEBSITE
UMSL will be hosting the St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair presented by the St. Louis Mercantile Library on May 6-8. MORE INFO
Christian Hospital Foundation will be holding their 2016 Golf Outing on Monday, May 16 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Proceeds from the outing will help the foundation continue in its mission to provide compassionate care and clinical excellence to more than 160,000 patients who visit Christian Hospital each year.
The St. Louis Crisis Nursery will be holding their annual Golf Tournament on May 23 at Norwood Hills Country Club. REGISTRATION PACKETS
The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 3 at the Florissant Golf Club. Sponsorships available. MORE INFO & ONLINE REGISTRATION
Spanish Lake Community Association will be holding a swap meet at the General Daniel Bissell House on June 4-5 from 10:00am-3:00pm. $20 for outdoor display space; free admission. Sellers must register in advance. Call (314) 615-8888 or email for information.
The City of Florissant will be holding their Summer Playground Program for children 6-12 years old from June 6 - July 15 at the James J. Eagan Center. A current resident card is required to complete registration. MORE INFORMATION
The St. Louis County Police Athletic League will be holding their inaugural Golf Tournament on June 10 at Eagle Springs Golf Course. All proceeds to benefit the St. Louis County Police Athletic League and the programs PAL provides in assisting St. Louis' youth. MORE INFO
Marygrove will be holding their 23rd Jeff Clinton Memorial Golf Classic and Dinner Par-Tee on Monday, June 27 at Norwood Hills Country Club. $1200 for foursome includes cocktail reception and dinner party. Sponsorship packages are available. EVENT INFORMATION
Challenger Learning Center will be holding their summer training camps in June and July. Programs include Astronaut Training, Rocketeering, Inventors' Workshops,and Aquatic Robotics. Registration is available now. MORE INFO
The Federation of Catholic Schools received a $10,000 grant from the Koch Foundation for sacramental preparation retreats in the 2016-17 school year.
The Ferguson-Florissant School District has named Sheila Carves as its 2016 Teacher of the Year and Thomas Miller as the Support Employee of the Year. PRESS RELEASE
The City of Ferguson welcomes Laverne Michom to the Ferguson City Council to replace late councilman Brian Fletcher. PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District had 120 students participate in the 30th Annual University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Bridge award ceremony. Parents, administrators, teachers, and elected officials gathered to support HSD students along with other students who represented school districts from across the state. PRESS RELEASE
Normandy Schools Collaborative students have collected an estimated 11,000 bottles of water help residents facing the environmental crisis in Flint, more than three times their original collection goal. The school has received donations school and district staff, area residents, businesses and churches nearby, and as far as St. Charles, MO. PRESS RELEASE
Pattonville School District students, Junior Mihir Boara and Sophomore Joseph Kasprzyk, earned medals during Gateway Chess League tournaments in January.

Public Policy Research Center Director Mark Tranel wrote an essay, entitled Poor Education,  that is being featured in the most recent edition of St. Louis Currents. MORE INFO

Chris Kilbride

Ritenour School District Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride was named the 2016 Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) for his outstanding support of Ritenour High School’s student journalism program. PRESS RELEASE

Riverview Gardens School District super spellers participated in the district level competition proceeding 19 rounds before the three top finalists were placed. RGSD WEBSITE
Riverview Gardens School District winners of the Westview Middle School History Fair competed in the National History Day regional competition for the third year in a row. RGSD WEBSITE
Riverview Gardens School District NJROTC earned a third place trophy in the local Sea Perch Competition held at Pattonville High School. The event evaluated teams on three areas including an obstacle course, maneuverability exercise and a presentation to 5 Boeing engineers. RGSD WEBSITE

Fletcher E. Wells II, St. Johns Bank & Trust Co., Sean Hogan, SSM Health DePaul Hospital, Rebecca Zoll, North County Inc., Councilman Mike O’Mara, St. Louis County Council, Carolyn Marty, Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Sherry Huibonhoa, Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce.
SSM Health DePaul Hospital recently invited community leaders to help celebrate the unveiling of the hospital’s newly renovated lobby. Designed to be welcoming, accessible and comfortable for visitors, the lobby has two information desks, bright lighting, seating arranged in conversation areas, and a soothing water feature. Plus, a proudly-serving Starbuck’s kiosk with café-style seating and convenient work surfaces is located in the lobby.
UMSL has recognized two North County students among the region’s best junior-level high school science students for good grades, talent and success in the sciences with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science from UMSL’s College of Arts and Sciences. PRESS RELEASE

Challenger Learning Center matched Boeing Engineers with area classroom teachers and students to lead a design challenge that was kicked-off during Engineer’s Week. The activity allowed the engineers to work closely with students in the classroom and see the positive impact they have to inspire the students in a meaningful STEM experience.

Muhammad Yasin, MD
Christian Hospital made surgical history as Muhammad Yasin, MD, BJC Medical Group surgeon and surgical teammates Beverly Foster, Dan Frey, Ben Meydam and Elisheva Sykes successfully performed BJC HealthCare and BJC Medical Group’s first da Vinci Single-Site cholecystectomy procedure in the St. Louis area. PRESS RELEASE

Emerson’s Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat is now compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. Sensi is one of the first thermostats to work with Echo, which enables users to simply say their desired climate conditions aloud using the trigger word “Alexa.” PRESS RELEASE
The City of Ferguson's planned Community Empowerment Center will now be triple the originally planned size thanks to three new donations that total $2.15 million and bring the overall funding for the project to over $3 million. PRESS RELEASE

The City of Florissant's 8th Annual Confluence Trash Bash was a great success. Volunteers collected roughly 8 cubic yards of trash and this year nearly 3 cubic yards of the trash will be recycled. PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District students recently donated more than $600 to Hazelwood School District (HSD) Bright Futures initiative. The students made sandwiches and sold them to West High staff members. These funds will benefit HSD families experiencing crisis. PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District students recently reached out to help residents affected by the water crisis in Flint, MI. Students collected 35 cases of water in one week from faculty members and fellow students. PRESS RELEASE
Hazelwood School District students hosted a Special Olympics basketball event. Over 200 athletes participated in the event. PRESS RELEASE

Lafayette Industries welcomes Kristine Kuehl-Johnson as their new project coordinator. Kristine has extensive professional experience in supply chain management, project management, customer service, training and as a logistics systems analyst.  
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will place two ballot propositions before voters in the April 5 election: Proposition Y - Wastewater Bond Authorization and Proposition S - Stormwater Equalization. FACT SHEET

Old Town Donuts' donut special for April is a dozen donuts for $6.49. ONLINE COUPON

Debbie Green

Pattonville School District gifted education teacher, Debbie Green, was elected to the 2015-2016 Gifted Association of Missouri Board of Directors as GAM Conference Chairman. Green has been an active leader in the gifted education field.

Craig Thurman
Ritenour School District has announced the appointment of Craig Thurman as assistant principal at Marion Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. Thurman moves to Marion from Ritenour Middle School, where he has been an English language arts teacher since 2012. Prior to his experience in Ritenour, he was a teacher in Poplar Bluff. PRESS RELEASE

Dwight Lindhorst
Ritenour School District has announced Dwight Lindhorst as the district’s new chief financial officer, effective July 1, 2016. Lindhorst currently is the assistant superintendent for facilities and finance in the Hazelwood School District. PRESS RELEASE

St. Louis Community College instituting a Strategic Planning process to assure that they continue to meet the needs of the region, including businesses. As part of that process they are holding open public forums at each campus to give the public an opportunity to let them know how they are doing and what they could be doing better. MORE INFO
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has signed into law the bill creating the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. County Council unanimously passed the bill. PRESS RELEASE

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has directed the St. Louis County Division of Workforce Development to partner with the United Auto Workers on a free program to train county residents for careers as machinists. The program is aimed at the unemployed, especially workers who recently lost their jobs. PRESS RELEASE
STL Youth Jobs is proud to be able to provide summer job opportunities in North County this year. There will likely be between 80-100 jobs available with a target start date of June 13th. Youth between the ages of 16-24 and living in 63135 and 63136 will be given priority.  ONLINE APPLICATION

UMSL is offering a sneak peek into the new UMSL Patient Care Center going up next to Natural Bridge Road. PRESS RELEASE


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Christian Hospital Christian Cares - Winter Edition

Federation of Catholic Schools Northeast Deanery Newsletter - March 2016
Ferguson Times - March 2016

FloValley News - April 2016

Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - April 2016
Incarnate Word Academy Website
Lutheran North News & Events - April 2016
Spanish Lake News - Winter/Spring 2016
SSM Depaul Health Classes, Events and Seminars - April 2016
St. Louis Crisis Nursery Upcoming Events - April 2016
St. Louis Community College Nursing and Allied Continuing Education Spring 2016 Catalog
St. Louis Regional Chamber Event Calendar - April 2016
Trinity Catholic High School Parent Newsletter - April 2016
University of Missouri-St. Louis Daily - April 2016
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