December 2017 Around Town 9

COLDWELL BANKER GUNDAKER HELPS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES

Staffers at Coldwell Banker Gundaker Town & Country office hosted a mouse race event this fall to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses. The races were held at the St. Nicholas Family Life Center. The event included a silent auction and mouse roulette. Through charity, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home environment and resources to families who are in St. Louis receiving medical attention for their children’s life-threatening health situations.

CHESTERFIELD PARKS, RECREATION & ARTS DEPARTMENT ONE OF FIVE IN STATE REACCREDITED

City of Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts Department became one of only 153 U.S. park and recreation agencies accredited this year by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, making it one of only five parks and recreation agencies in Missouri to receive this designation. Chesterfield’s department actually achieved reaccreditation in 2017; its first accreditation was received in 2011.

Thomas McCarthy, Parks, Recreation & Arts director says going through the CAPRA reaccreditation process assures Chesterfield’s residents that the department’s staffers are working at the highest and most efficient professional manner.

“Being judged by our peers from across the country assures and validates our professionalism, accountability, financial practices and customer service,” he says. “This review takes a very dedicated team and lots of cooperation from all the departments in the city.”

The accreditation program is an extensive, multiyear process, which includes completing an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by a committee of experienced park and recreation professionals, and a final assessment completed by the agency and the commission. Accreditation requires agencies to respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. Agencies must fully meet 140 standards to become accredited.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies; accreditation is valid for five years.

LICENSE OFFICE OPENS IN THE VALLEY

As previously reported in the October issue of Chesterfield Lifestyle, the Chesterfield License Office closed operations. A new Missouri Department of Revenue License Office has since opened at 100 Chesterfield Commons East Road. Hours of the new office are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The management contract for the Chesterfield License Office was awarded to License Office Services LLC. All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. Each license office is operated by an independent contractor but overseen by MDR staffers.

In fiscal year 2016, more than 100,000 transactions were conducted at the Chesterfield office, generating $343,056 in contractor processing fees.

MOBILE CHORE APP TAKL 
COMES TO CHESTERFIELD

Representatives of Takl, a pre-priced mobile app that connects users with providers of on-demand chores, expanded into Chesterfield. Providers are self-employed and offer services in 12 categories, such as gutter cleaning, removing tree limbs, installing dog doors, hauling away old appliances, detailing vehicles, assembling furniture, house cleaning, IT assistance and household organizing. The company’s website states providers have passed background checks. Compensation occurs through the app as well.

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES 
CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY

Owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes at 159 Lamp and Lantern Village in Chesterfield celebrated the 20th birthday of the store’s parent company. In 1997, founders Debbie Shwetz and Dena Tripp created cakes from the freshest ingredients, and Chesterfield’s operators, Paul and Jannette Neely, are continuing with those offerings through bundt cakes, bundtlets and bundtinis.

FIRST WINE GRAPES 
GATHERED AT THE INNS

Grapes that will go into making a port or a norton wine at Mt. Pleasant Winery were harvested for the first time at The Inns at St. Albans. David Herzog, whose wife, Datra, owns The Inns, planted and developed the vineyard with her assistance. In its fourth year, 
the vines matured to allow the harvest of the first crop of 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of grapes. Vines and their fruit take three years to mature. Wine made with these grapes is expected to be available in 2020.

LOOK AT PHANTOM VIII

St. Louis Motorcars and Rolls-Royce St. Louis team members revealed the eighth generation of Phantom at an exclusive event this fall at their Chesterfield dealership at 1 Arnage Blvd. Phantom VIII is a thoroughly contemporary interpretation of true modern luxury, designed and crafted by the House of Rolls-Royce for those who aspire to own the pinnacle member of the Rolls-Royce family.

NEW OUTDOOR SCULPTURE 
ADDED TO CENTRAL PARK

Chesterfield’s latest outdoor sculpture was erected in Central Park. Called “Flow,” the piece was created by St. Louis-based sculptor Leland Drexler-Russell, who was selected as the winner of the Public Art Contest held by the city’s Parks, Recreation & Arts Department in December 2016. He has an architectural and mechanical engineering background.

“Flow” is located near the park’s bridge and contains four broadleaf cattail clusters, as well as a large lotus flower with solar panels in the petals. The solar panels, powered by sunlight, enable the flower to glow at night.

LOCAL VP NAMED BEST RADIO MANAGER

Chesterfield resident and Hubbard Radio-St. Louis Vice President and Market Manager John Kijowski was named one of Radio Ink magazine’s “Best Managers in 2017.” He was the only St. Louis radio professional recognized with the 2017 award.

“I am humbled and fortunate to be surrounded by incredible colleagues. This honor reflects their o-going exceptional team effort at Hubbard Radio-St. Louis,” Kijowski says.

Kijowski was recognized, along with a small group of radio’s other top managers across America, for Hubbard Radio-St. Louis’ years of success within the St. Louis market, and specifically the stations/properties he manages: New Country 92.3, 101 ESPN, 106.5 The Arch and 2060 Digital.

YOUR PET CAN CO-STAR WITH GRUMPY CAT

Looking for a unique holiday gift for a pet lover? Pets now can become published celebrities, along with the world’s greatest living sourpuss, Grumpy Cat, in a new, personalized storybook. Cats and dogs take a road trip across Petlandia with Grumpy Cat in a custom-made, hand-illustrated, 36-page storybook. Using an online tool, pet owners create lookalikes of their pets. Then the details are transformed into a book called [Your Pet] meets Grumpy Cat in Petlandia. Details can be found online at Petlandia.com.