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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated October 18, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Thousands of participants in the Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll Marathon St. Louis 1/2 Marathon, including a group from Evansville, IN, were greeted at mile 11, located at the intersection of Mississippi and Russell Boulevard in South St. Louis, with a high energy routine by members of the Silver Stars Dance Team from Rockwood Summit High School.

Rungevity Rock 'n' Roll Marathon St. Louis 1/2 Marathon
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 18, 2015 - Thousands of runners took to the streets to run or walk the fifth anniversary of the rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Half Marathon presented by The Quinn Family Foundation.

Temperatures in the high 30s at the start were a bit cold for spectators, but the crisp autumn air was welcome for participants who rocked out to live bands along the scenic 13.1-mile course through the neighborhoods including Shaw, Compton Heights, Fox Park, McKinley Heights, Lafayette and downtown.

Zach Meineke was the men's winner, coming across the finish line in 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 10 seconds. Michael Quick (1:13:55) came in second, while Nicholas Heller (1:14:18) was third.

The women's race went to Anissa Angelosante of Columbia, Missouri. The 28-year-old ran 1:19:53 and gapped her rivals by nearly two minutes. Lauren Versweyveld (1:21:33) came in second, and Kathryn Brake (1:23:44) was third.

Besides the half marathon, St. Louis celebrated other races this weekend, including a 10K. Fifty-four-year-old Tim Francis of Rock Port, Missouri, showed that age is just a number by breaking the tape in it with a 36:39. Second and third place were awarded to Rodney Radcliffe (40:24) and Tim Melly (41:38) respectively. Michele Marcus won the women's 10K, clocking 44:56 for the 6.2-mile race. She was trailed by Angela Sabo (45:15) and Chelsea Klunick (47:06).

The rungevity Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis was followed by a finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series. Billboard-chart topper Eric Hutchinson appeared on stage and sang for runners and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Annual Gala
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 11, 2015 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) annual gala, the Great Futures Gala, formerly known as All That Jazz, will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch in downtown St. Louis.

The Great Futures Gala is the largest fundraiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis with close to $300,000 being raised for our community's youth. Rebranding the yearly gala allows BGCSTL to focus on the Youth of the Year process and the great futures our kids attain through their Club experiences.

The Gala will showcase the youth who embody the ideals of the Club's mission to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Funds from this event are crucial to continuing programs such as Diplomas to Degrees, Mentor St. Louis, Keystone Clubs, Money Matters, and Career Launch.

Co-chairs for the event are Paul and Laura Miller and Rich and Stacey Liekweg. For ticket information, visit

City of Bellefontaine Neighbors Receives 2015 MML Innovation Award
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 4, 2015 - The city of Bellefontaine Neighbors is the recipient of a 2015 Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award, presented Sept. 22, 2015 at MML's 81st Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

The City was honored for a youth life skills recreation program.

Due to the many adult and youth misconceptions regarding the police in the north St. Louis County, Missouri, area, the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department's Youth Life Enrichment Skills/Recreation Camp was introduced. This camp was created and suggested by the police department's school resource officers who work in the Riverview Gardens School District.

The primary objective of the program is to encourage, inspire, motivate, and challenge youth to excel on all levels of social and personal growth. Additional objectives of this camp are to build and develop youth self-confidence as well as teach respect for themselves and others. Participating youth gained a better understanding of the core function of policing as it concerned protecting and serving the community. Overall, the program encouraged youth to become achievers, role models and effective leaders in school and community.

This award is also has deeper meaning for the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors because on Aug. 24, 2015, Sergeant Peggy Vassallo, who has been instrumental in creating and implementing the youth life skills recreation program, died after being hit by a car while on duty. She was an active police officer who served her community with enthusiasm and strong dedication. A moment of silence was held in her honor at the awards presentation.

The MML Innovation Awards program showcases municipal projects that demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges. The awards recognize and celebrate successful programs, spotlighting those that could benefit other communities.

Jenifer Lewis
"Blackish" star Jennifer Lewis is a St. Louis-born actress, singer, community activist and Webster University alumna. Photo courtesy Webster University
"Blackish" Star Jenifer Lewis Returns to St. Louis for Webster University's Centennial Gala
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 16, 2015 - "Blackish" star Jenifer Lewis '79, is returning to St. Louis for Webster University's black-tie Centennial Gala. Lewis is a St. Louis-born actress, singer, community activist and Webster University alumna. "Blackish" is a hit ABC television show that was recently renewed for a second season.

The Gala will top off the 100th Anniversary year at the historic and newly remodeled St. Louis Union Station on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

"The Centennial Gala will present not only our very talented alum Jennifer Lewis, but also showcase many of the students who are impressive emerging artists and up-and-coming stars," said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. "We encourage everyone in the region to come celebrate with us."

Born and raised in the St. Louis County suburb of Kinloch, Lewis is the youngest of seven children. After graduating from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a bachelor's degree, she launched a successful entertainment career spanning more than 35 years and resulting in more than 200 television appearances, 60 films and four Broadway shows. Lewis received the Doctor of Humane Letters this year for her career accomplishments and many international community engagement efforts, most notably as an AIDS activist and mentor to children and as a Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality. She also served as Webster University's Commencement Speaker during the May graduation ceremony.

Gala proceeds will benefit the Webster University Next Century Leaders Scholarship Fund, LINK which provides critical support to Webster students and helps to set them on a path to success. These scholarships help to relieve students of the need for second jobs and excessive financial aid loans, allowing them to devote more concentrated attention to their academic work.

For more information about purchasing Centennial Gala tickets, donating as a Centennial Gala Sponsor or donating to the Webster University Next Century Leaders Scholarship Fund, please visit or call the Webster University Office of Advancement at (314) 968-7148.

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Opens with Bernanke, Diamant, Ross
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 16, 2015 - The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, November 1 - 15, will open this year with three Keynote Conversations:

Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, takes the stage at 7pm on October 13 to celebrate her newest novel, The Boston Girl.

Ben S. Bernanke, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, makes his only St. Louis appearance on Thursday, October 22 to discuss his forthcoming memoir, The Courage to Act.

Dennis Ross, known for his work in Middle East peace negotiations will speak on Sunday, November 1 at 7pm. His new book is, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. - Israeli Relationship from Truman to Obama.

"We are honored that Mr. Bernanke included the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival as part of his very limited book tour," said Scott Berzon, Festival Director. "The complete author line-up came together in a remarkable way so that we know we'll please our dedicated attendees and attract new audiences, too."

Additional highlights of the 37th annual Festival include authors David Gregory (formerly of Meet the Press); the Kellerman Family - Jonathan, Faye and Jesse; Leigh Steinberg, on whose story the feature film Jerry Maguire was based; Naomi Ragen and Judith Viorst.

The popular Women's Special Event, Sports Night, Missouri's Own and collaborations with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Saint Louis Ballet will all return, as well as a "politically" themed evening with Brian Abrams, author of, Party Like a President: Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office.

All three of the Keynote Conversations and more than 30 additional authors (including all theme nights) can be enjoyed with a Premier Pass for just $85. Tickets are available at the J's Box office, or by calling 314-442-3299.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Reinvest North County Fund: One Year Later
 Local VA Leaders Discuss State of Affairs for Missouri Veterans
 Webster Groves Family YMCA Facility Closing
 ADA Celebrates 25th Anniversary Using Direct Video Communication
 ATSU and Affinia Healthcare Open St. Louis Dental Clinic
 Taylor Family Donates $22 Million to St. Louis Area Charitable and Educational Organizations
 Scammers Using Ameren's Name Illegally
 Boys & Girls Clubs to Open New Club in Ferguson
 Annual MLK Day Marchers Clash with Ferguson Protesters
 West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project Gets Boost
 Reinvest North County Fund Issues Second Round of Funding
 St. Louis Marathon Rock 'n' Rolls Through the Neighborhoods
 Monsanto Commits $1 Million for North St. Louis County
 President Reed Teams with Forest ReLeaf with 'Trees for Peace'
 Webster University Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Old Post Office Plaza
 Reinvest North County Fund Announces First Round of Awards
 City of Clayton Municipal Court to Hold Amnesty Day Court Docket, October 6
 VA Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson Addressed Issues at Hospital
 'Food for Fines' Program During July at St. Louis Public Library
 St. Louis Fire Department to Receive Grant to Enhance Training
 Painted Articulated MetroBus Spotlights South Grand
 Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
 Newly Rebuilt River des Peres Greenway Trail Opens at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station
 St. Louis City Introduces 'Milkweeds for Monarchs'
 Heat-Up St. Louis Hits A Record High of $165,000 To Date
 stl250 to Install 250 Cakes for the "Cakeway to the West"

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