NCI eNews
May 2014

Rebecca Zoll
Rebecca Zoll

Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

Be sure to mark your calendar for NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. 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.

There is still time to participate in the summer’s largest networking event in our community. There are limited sponsorship packages available and only 2 tables left so act quickly to ensure your organization doesn’t miss out on this opportunity.

Just want to attend? This is possible, as well for only $45.00 per person, reservations are required and only a few single seats remain available at this time. So call us quickly to reserve yours at 314-895-6241.

Considering joining these companies and organizations that support the work NCI is doing on behalf of the community by taking advantage the following very generous sponsorship packages:

Supporting Sponsors

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
Bommarito Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen, Ford
Independent News
Kent Miller Photography
Hazelwood School District
Lindenwood University
Lutheran North High School
Negwer Materials
Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc.
Trinity Catholic High School
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Valley Industries
Workforce Solutions Group – St. Louis Community College

For sponsorship and ticket information you can click here.

A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered on the UMSL campus April 17 for two celebrations, including NCI bard chair Chief Mike Gantner and I, NCI board member’s Kim Bakker, Mayor Patrick Green, Dr. Mark Tranel, and Bill Ray. The first was to launch University Square, a new economic development initiative with communities in the Normandy area and the second was to dedicate Metro’s latest Arts in Transit installation, a towering sculpture called “Changing Identities.”

University Square is a community development corporation and an urban redevelopment corporation that will facilitate the revitalization of the area bordered by St. Charles Rock Road, Interstate 170, Interstate 70 and Lucas and Hunt Road. I, along with NCI Board member Mayor Patrick Green, City of Normandy, Betty Van Uum, former NCI Board member Rita Days, St. Louis County Elections Board, Chris Krehmeyer, Beyond Housing serve on the Board of Directors for University Square. Start-up funding for this initiative has been provided by the St. Louis Port Authority and St. Louis County Economic Partnership.

The impetus for University Square began with the Great Streets–Natural Bridge Initiative. Construction begins this summer to transform Natural Bridge Road between Hanley and Lucas and Hunt Roads into a pedestrian friendly, landscaped boulevard. More than $14 million will be invested in reducing vehicular lanes from four to two, new lighting, on-street parking, along with landscaped medians, and a roundabout and plaza at the intersection of Florissant and Natural Bridge roads. Completion is scheduled for December 2015.

You can review the full event program by clicking here.

NCI is a proud supporter of University Square and on May 4th they are hosting an open house that will be your opportunity to visit and tour the many homes available for sale in the area. The event takes places from 1-4pm beginning at the Hunt House at 7717 Natural Bridge Road. More information is available by clicking here.

Congratulations to NCI Chairman of the Board, Chief Michael Gantner on being presented with the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award by the Old Jamestown Association. The presentation will take place at the Association’s Spring General Meeting on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30.

NCI is a proud supporter of East-West Gateway and they are inviting the public to comment on their new Public Involvement Plan. East-West Gateway has revised its plan for 2014 as part of an on-going planning process designed to ensure continuous improvement in East-West Gateway's efforts to maintain its strong commitment to public involvement. For more information go to; the comment period ends on May 19.


The NCI sponsored Ferguson Twilight Run is on May 17, 2014; it is not too late to participate. Register today, click here, for more information.
Old Jamestown Association’s Spring General Meeting is on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30pm. NCI’s Board Chair, Chief Mike Gantner will be honored with the Citizens of the Year Award. The meeting will take place at the Black Jack Fire Protection District office at 5675 N. Hwy 67. For more information call 314-653-9229.
MoDot is hosting a forum on Freight Priorities and Investments on May 2nd. The event is being hosted by the World Trade Center – St. Louis on the 22nd floor from 9-11:30am. The discussions will revolve around how to best prioritize scare existing funds how to best use funding to invest in new freight projects. To RSVP please send an email to
City of Florissant’s Valley of Flowers Festival will take place this weekend, May 2-4.. 2014 marks the 52nd year the festival will be held. For more information on this family-friendly event please visit their website by clicking here.
SSM DePaul
SSM Rehabilitation Hospital invites you to attend the Stroke Prevention Health Fair on May 3rd. The event runs from 10am to 3pm and is being held at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. For more information on the event please click here.
Spanish Lake Community Association in coordination with St. Louis County and the Hazelwood School District will be hosting the 8th Annual Spanish Lake Youth and Family Resource Fair on May 3rd, from 10am to 1pm at Twillman Elementary School. There will be health screenings, prizes, free books and other activities. For more information click here.
The Bridge at Florissant is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 5 at their facility on 1101 Garden Plaza Drive and everyone is invited! The event will run from 4:30 – 6:30pm. To RSVP call 314-831-0988 or to see the event flyer click here.
SSM DePaul
SSM DePaul Health Center’s Pain Care center is offering an educational seminar on back pain treatment. The event, “Treatments for Relieving Back Pain”, will be held from 6-7:30pm, Wednesday, May 7, in the May Center at DePaul Health Center. The program is free and does include a light dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 1-866-776-3627 to register for this event.
Delmar Gardens North is hosting a “Triple Crown” business after hours event on Wednesday, May 14, from 4:30 to 7:00pm. The event will take place at Delmar Gardens North facility. All North County Inc. members are invited and welcome to attend, feel free to bring a guest. For more info click here.
Christian Hospital is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association to present an educational program that helps prepare people caring for a loved one with dementia for a hospital stay. Learn how to prepare and get the most benefit from either an emergency or planned hospital visit. The event takes place on May 15th at Northwest HealthCare. For more information call 314-747-9355.
Old Town Donuts is offering specials for the month of April. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis County is hosting their first “Imagining Tomorrow for St. Louis County” policy forum on May 30 from 9am-12pm at the MET Center in Wellston. The forum event will discuss the topic of, “What can be done at the local level to create strong communities for all in St. Louis County. There will be speakers followed by a panel discussion. No reservations are required but arrive early as seats may fill up quickly.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery is hosting a 5k Fun Run & 1 Mile Wellness Walk at 9am, Saturday, May 31. The event is being held at St. Louis University High School. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Crisis Nursery’s North County Nursery. For more information on the event and to register click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis is offering a Free Electronic Recycling Day on Saturday, May 31. The event is being held at the UMSL South Campus Parking Lot SS and will run from 10am to 2pm. They are collecting working or non-working equipment, both electric and battery powered at no cost. For more information click here.
Christian Hospital is hosting its 10th Annual Hats Off to Women – HATtatude event on Thursday, May 29. The event will take place from 5:30-9 at the hospital. The event will include several different health screenings as well as guest lecturers on several health topics. The event fills up fast so if you are interested in registering call 314-747-WELL to grab your spot.
Northwest Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 2nd. The event will take place at Innsbrook Golf Course and will begin with a shotgun start at 11am. The event is $150 per golfer and includes lunch, dinner and much more. For more information on how to be a part of this great event click here.
Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 6 at The Golf Club of Florissant. There is a noon shotgun start for the event with a cost of $99 per golfer. Sponsorships are available. Please click here or call 314-831-3500 for more information.
Christian Hospital is hosting a golf tournament on June 9 to raise money for its foundation. The event will take place at Glen Echo Country Club with registration beginning at 11:30 and the tournament starting at 1pm with a shotgun start. For more information on how to register or get involved contact Jayme Brown at 314-653-4410 or
Emerson Family YMCA is now accepting registration for its 2014 Summer Camp. The camp will run from June 9 through August 8th. There are a variety of activity and registration options to fit even the craziest of schedules. For more information on the camp and how to register click here.
Trinity Catholic High School is hosting its annual Alumni Golf Challenge on Monday, June 9th at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River, Illinois. The event begins at 1pm with a shotgun start. Cost is $95 per player or $380 per foursome. All proceeds benefit the Trinity Angel Fund for tuition assistance. For more information call 314-741-1333 or click here.
Marygrove is hosting their 21st Annual Jeff Clinton Memorial Golf Classic at Norwood Hills Country Club on Monday, June 23, beginning at noon with a shotgun start. The event helps 170 children and young adults each day recover from abuse, neglect or other early childhood traumas to gain foothold on a happy and healthy life. For more information click here.
Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 21st Annual MHCC Golf Classic at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles on Tuesday June 24th. The event begins at 12:30pm and finishes at 7pm. For more information on how to sponsor or on registering to participate contact Tessa at 314-576-6603 or click here.
Boain Dental Care recently welcomed a new member to the family. On March 22 at 11:55pm, Doctors John and Jennifer Boain celebrated the arrival of Corban Arnold Boain. He tipped the scales at 9lbs 11oz. Both baby and mother are doing fantastic.
Challenger Learning Center was awarded a $200,000 grant for the renewal of the Emerson Success Through Aligning Resources in Science (STARS) program. The program, which is being funded over the next three years, provides intensive, hands-on classroom activities to 7th and 8th grade students at FFSD as well as support for programs like the FIRST Robotics team at the District
City of Woodson Terrace was honored with an Annual Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement from MO/KS Chapter of the ACPA. This award is designed to honor quality concrete pavements in US and Canada annually. Mayor Bessmer accepted the award at a ceremony on March 20 at the Council Meeting.
Ferguson-Florissant School District recently had 2 McCluer High School seniors, Micheala Intverd and Olivia Rivers, honored by the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce as 2014 scholarship recipients. The pair received their $1,000 scholarships at the Chamber’s April luncheon.
Pattonville School District Superintendent, Dr. Michael Fulton was honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) as the recipient of its annual Robert L. Pearce Award for 2014, given annually to the outstanding Missouri Superintendent of schools. Fulton was selected to receive the honor by a committee of his peers.
Pattonville School District High School band members earned top awards during the Performing Arts Consultants 2014 Big Apple Classic Music Festival in New York City on April 3rd through the 6th. Pattonville’s Jazz Ensemble was named Grand Champion of the festival. The 19 members of the ensemble also collectively earned a Gold Medal rating and a first-place award in their division.
Ritenour School District celebrated the recent accomplishments of 07’ graduate, Cal Heeter. Cal made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on April 13 for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Carolina Hurricanes becoming the first Ritenour graduate to play in the NHL.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery raised $300,000 at its recent Great Gatsby themed Razzle Dazzle BallOver 600 guests decked in 1920’s inspired glad rags helped the Crisis Nursery raise the money that will go to help protect vulnerable children in need.
Trinity Catholic High School learning consultant, Mrs. Beth Lappe, will receive the 2014 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award for her outstanding service and performance at our school. Mrs. Lappe will receive her award from Archbishop Carlson at a reception on May 6th. This is a special honor for us in that Mrs. Lappe is the third Trinity faculty member to receive this award.
Trinity Catholic High School retained full accreditation for the next 5 years following a visit of the AdvancED External Review Team on March 26 & 27. The review team interviewed 102 people during the visit, including administration, teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members. Over 25 classroom observations were also conducted as well before the team made their recommendation.
University of Missouri – St. Louis Chancellor Dr. Thomas F. George is being honored at the Northern St. Louis County “Community for Scouting” dinner on May 28. He is being honored as a local hero for his incredible dedication, commitment, and service to the community.
Bommarito Automotive of Hazelwood has continued its partnership with the City of Hazelwood Police Department by donating news vehicles to the department. Bommarito donated a set of new Volkswagen Beetles for use by D.A.R.E. officers and members of the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit.
City of Bellefontaine Neighbors is looking for a full-time Court Assistant Experience and job qualifications are essential. Please call the City Clerk, Deni Donovan, if you have any questions. Resumes may be sent to Deni at or brought to City Hall at 9641 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, MO 63137.
City of Berkeley is seeking a qualified engineer to function as the Director of Public Works. This position will supervise a department of 19 employees including Streets Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance and the Inspections Enforcement Divisions. To view the full job posting or to apply click here.
City of Ferguson has several job vacancies with the city that they are looking to fill with qualified applicants. The positions available range from Library Director and Lifeguard to Police Dispatchers and Code Enforcement Officers. For more information on the available positions or to apply online please click here.
City of Florissant Mayor Thomas P. Schneider and the City’s Foresters Doug Shelley and Larry Gerst attended the 2014 Arbor Day Recognition Ceremony to honor the St. Louis area Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA and Tree Line USA recipients. This marks the 25th year that the City of Florissant has been recognized as being a member of Tree City USA.
City of Hazelwood welcomes Nature’s Bakery of Reno, NV into town. They purchased Theodoro Bakery in Hazelwood and plan to add as many as 200 new jobs over the next two years.
Christian Hospital’s Child Development Center Summer Camp enrollment is under way. The Christian Hospital Child Development Center (CDC) Summer Camp registration packets are now available. The Summer Camp runs from June 2 - August 15 and is for students aged 6-14. The program includes a variety of activities and field trips. The CDC is state licensed and accredited, and professionally staffed with ongoing programs for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years and includes a full-day kindergarten. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call the CDC at 314-653-5600 or click here.
Ferguson-Florissant School District hosted Cardinals great Al Hrabosky and Fredbird at Robinwood Elementary School on April 24. They were part of an exciting and dynamic assembly on the schools “Doin’ it Right” program and the positive difference it has made for students.
Hazelwood School District’s Garrett Elementary School celebrated the opening of a brand new playground on April 24. After two years of fundraisers and planning with students, parents and staff at Garrett they cut the ribbon on their new playground. This is the first of three phases, of which a Sky Wheel, Bongo Jungle Climber and other pieces of equipment will be added.
Hazelwood School District students at Lusher Elementary School celebrated Autism awareness month with a celebration on April 28. The students took part in activities, played games in an effort to raise awareness for Autism. The students also created a large puzzle print ribbon to show their support.
Jennings School District welcomed St. Louis Rams Offensive Tackle, Rodger Saffold to Northview Elementary School on April 23. Rodger attended a pep rally to kick off the state MAP testing which started on April 28th. Rodger was kind enough to donate his time to the students to discuss the importance of staying in school and to always strive to do their best academically.
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.
Ritenour School District was visited by alumni and renowned U.S. Army Ranger, Cory Remsburg. Sgt. First Class Remsburg, a 2001 Ritenour graduate, was an honoree at President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, receiving the longest ovation of the night. Cory visited with his former teachers and current students at Ritenour High School during the visit.
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley’s Continuing Education Summer 2014 catalog has been released. Registration opens on May 5th. The summer program offerings provide many opportunities to further your education. For more information on how to register and to review the catalog click here.
St. Louis County has several job openings available for qualified applicants. Positions available range from Corrections officers and Bailiff’s to Project Manager’s and a Dentist. If you have interest in seeing more information or in applying for any of these positions please click here.
Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Centers Event Calendar
Inside Ritenour Newsletter
Federation of Catholic Schools – Northeast Deanery Newsletter
Trinity Catholic High School Newsletter
Christian Hospital May Events
St. Louis County Direct Newsletter
City of Hazelwood Summer Newsletter
Pattonville @ Work Newsletter
Community News – April 23rd
Our Town – March/April
Workforce Solutions Group April Newsletter
Greater North County Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Heights Chamber Newsletter

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