Chesterfield Advocate Joins Board of Crisis Nursery

Chesterfield resident Michele Bailey is a new board of director for the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, a group who provides a 24-hour, 365 days/year safe haven for children, birth through age 12, whose families are facing crises. 

Michele, a sales manager for KMOV-TV, says she’s looking forward to working with such a great organization.

“It’s my hope and mission that we raise greater awareness about our efforts to keep kids safe and build strong families within our community,” she says. “Having been fortunate to have come from a strong family, I believe that having the right support system and tools enables children and families to achieve personal goals and strengthens the family.”

At the nursery, children can receive free medical exams, therapeutic activities, nutritious meals and take-home necessities. Parents receive crisis counseling, in-home visits, parent educational groups and community outreach. In 32 years, the Nursery’s staffers have served 112,000-plus children.

New Salon Opens in Stonecrest

Stonecrest of Wildwood retirement and assisted living facility staffers recently conducted grand openings of private apartments and studio suites at 251 Plaza Drive. Meghan Schmitz, Stonecrest community relations manager, says three associated services are open to the public: a media/conference room, Aegis physical therapy outpatient treatments and a new beauty salon.

Salon Bellissimo, which opened adjacent to Stonecrest at 237 Plaza Drive, is an upscale, full-service salon launched by stylist Michele Johnson. The salon carries only Monat products as a nature-based anti-aging hair care line and offers manicures and pedicures.

Sharks in the Lou

Saint Louis Zoo guests took a bite out of summer by celebrating annual Shark Week in July. The event was presented by candy maker Swedish Fish.

Youth who came dressed as sharks got in free to the Caribbean Cove station. Guests learned about bonnethead, white-spotted and brown-banded bamboo sharks. Kids received a shark-themed activity guide.

Sharks living within Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish. They range from 2.5 to 4 feet in length, and prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates.

Parkway Librarian Named One of 10 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year

Danielle Stilts, Highcroft Ridge Elementary librarian and Parkway School District’s teacher of the year, was selected as one of 10 recipients for the Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis area. She will compete for the Missouri State Teacher of the Year.

Danielle was chosen by her peers as a teacher of excellence and selected by an elite panel of educators for one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon anyone in the profession.