CHESTERFIELD IN TOP FIVE FOR RAISING FAMILIES
After evaluating a sample of 86 Missouri cities regarding the four key dimensions of family life and fun; education, health and safety; affordability; and socio-economics, WalletHub’s analysts recently ranked Chesterfield as the fifth best city in the state for raising families.
The WalletHub team compared the four dimensions using 21 relevant metrics such as weather, commute times, graduation rates, number of entertainment attractions and violent crime rates per capita. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most suitable conditions for family life. They then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank the cities.
Wildwood garnered the top Missouri city in this analysis, followed by Dardenne Prairie, Eureka and Creve Coeur. St. Louis was listed as the 86th city.
Data used to create this ranking of Missouri cities were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, County Health Rankings, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Renwood RealtyTrac, SchoolDigger.com, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Areavibes and WalletHub research.
WalletHub is owned by Evolution Finance Inc. and is based in Washington, D.C. The company’s main goal is free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY
The winter Learn to Play Hockey session within the Chesterfield Falcons Hockey Association program just concluded this month. This coed Little Blues introductory program is held at the association’s rink at 460 Indian Warpath Drive in Pacific. Three more introductory sessions are slated to be offered this year.
Hockey equipment can be rented. The program is designed for children 4 years old and older.
Due to Missouri Hockey guidelines, players must live within the following certain ZIP codes to participate in the Chesterfield Falcons Hockey Club: 63005, 63025, 63038, 63040, 63069, 63011 and 63017. Those living in the following “open” state ZIP codes also can join: 63019, 63026, 63028, 63103, 63104, 63106, 63107, 63113, 63115, 63118, 63120, 63121, 63137, 63140 and 62236.
For details, visit ChesterfieldHockey.com/Learn-To-Play-Info.
GOODBYE, AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS
American Girl officials closed the Chesterfield Mall location as of February 21. Now the closest American Girl locations are in Kansas City, Chicago and Indianapolis.
‘ADVANTAGE’ LOCAL TENNIS CENTER
Chesterfield Athletic Club managers named the facility’s tennis courts the Paul Tobin Tennis Center in honor of the club’s tennis director. The more than 90,000-square-feet club is located at 16625 Swingley Ridge Road. It has indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, racquetball and pickleball courts, a yoga studio, coffee/pro shop, and fitness, cardio and weight rooms.
THE EYES HAVE IT
Representatives of Eye Care Charity of Mid-America, which is based in Chesterfield, partnered with local nonprofit The Berges Family Foundation to purchase a mobile vision clinic that supports 30 exams in four hours. The clinic includes a pretest area and fully equipped optometric exam lanes.
Eye Care Charity was founded in 2004 by Bill Jehling. Since its launch, 8,767 eye exams have been conducted, and 8,118 pairs of eyeglasses have been issued.
During 2017, the charity delivered 2,011 pairs of glasses to children at 101 schools across the St. Louis region.
GUESS WHAT MAJESTIC SYMBOL WAS SEEN ABOVE
Chesterfield Parks, Recreation and Arts department staffers recently saw bald eagles in Central Park. Bald eagles are typically observed near lakes, rivers and marshes as they forage for fish or carrion. The bald eagle’s return to the lower 48 states is a conservation success story: Although historically about 20,000 pairs nested in the United States, by the 1950s only approximately 3,000 pairs were nesting. Today, more than 10,000 pairs nest in the United States annually, including about 200 couples in Missouri, according to the most current Missouri Department of Conservation records. An eagle pair produces one to three eggs annually, but rarely do all three chicks reach maturity.
CHESTERFIELD GOT MORE SEOUL!
The food truck team of Seoul Taco recently put down some permanent wheels at 46 Four Seasons Shopping Center in Chesterfield. Seoul Taco founder and chef David Choi now has brick-and-mortar locations in University City, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri; Champaign, Illinois; and Chicago, in addition to this new local site.
“I was born and raised in Chesterfield, and am a proud graduate of Parkway Central High School,” David says. “Opening this store is a homecoming for me. I’m excited to get back to my roots and have Seoul Taco become a part of the Chesterfield community.”
The 3,600 square-foot Chesterfield restaurant space formerly housed a St. Louis Bread Co.
The new menu offers tacos, burritos, nachos, gogi bowls, quesadillas, nachos and kimchi fried rice or slaw. David applies techniques from his family’s Korean barbecue recipes and mixes in a Mexican flair.
The Chesterfield restaurant features work by both St. Louis- and Chicago-based artists. Chicago’s Alex Morales of Smartmouth Design created Seoul Taco’s signature street-art inspired interior, and David Stavron of St. Louis-based Shellback Iron Works designed the furniture.
David launched Seoul Taco in 2011 in St. Louis as a food truck, then opened the first storefront location in the Delmar Loop in 2012. Seoul Taco in Chesterfield will be open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
LOOK FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES ON DIGITAL BILLBOARD
Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce staffers partnered with DDI media on behalf of chamber members for advertising opportunities on a digital billboard located at Manchester Road, about a half-mile west of Mason Road, with the billboard facing west.
This billboard’s advertisement slots will show for 10 seconds 1,200 times a day for a cycle of 28 days, meaning each ad will show 40 times a day.