The Week That Was: Parkway OKs Full-Day Kindergarten, Chesterfield Arts Hosts Two Events
A weekly roundup of the top stories on Chesterfield Patch for Jan. 10 to Jan. 16.
Here's a wrap up of the top stories in the last week:
- The Parkway Board of Education approved full-day, tuition-free kindergarten at Wednesday’s board meeting. The board heard from parents who both approved and disagreed with the proposal by a Project Parkway task force and district staff. In the end, they voted 6-0 (board member Helen Casteel was absent) to approve the program for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Things were busy at Chesterfield Arts this week. They hosted the latest installment in their author series. This month, they featured Bob Baker, who talked about self-publishing and marketing. Next month, they’ll feature Western romance author Bobbi Smith. They also opened a new gallery, Paper Chase, which features work from artists Chris Day and Meredith Foster.
- Construction on Baxter Road is slated to begin in March. The St. Louis County Highway and Traffic department held a public information meeting Wednesday to discuss the changes with those that lived along the road. The reconstruction aims to make the road safer by creating a continuous two-way center turn lane and fixing other stretches of road neighbors said were dangerous. Baxter Road from Manor Creek Drive to Country Field Drive will be closed for three months over the summer.
- Pending a city council vote on a zoning change, an adult day care center could open in Chesterfield. The center, which would be located at Olive Boulevard and River Valley Drive, will have a country club feel, the owner said. Services will cost about the third of the cost of nursing care.
- Subdivisions will be reimbursed less this year for snow removal. Neighborhoods hire a contractor to plow the streets and have been reimbursed based on a formula that takes into account the number of miles of streets within the neighborhood or the number of homes. That formula has been reduced by 25 percent and capped at $75,000 this year.
- A new book created by the Chesterfield Historical Commission traces the history of the city back to Native American villages. The book includes information on settlers, early churches, Thornhill Mansion and the city’s incorporation. It should be available for sale by the end of April.
- There’s still time to nominate your neighbors for Chesterfield’s Citizen of the Year, a Pillar of Parkway Award or Rockwood’s ROSE award. The awards are given to community members who have demonstrated outstanding service or accomplishments within the city or the two school districts. Nominations are due to Rockwood on Jan. 26 and to the city and Parkway on Feb. 4.
- Parkway West girls fell to Lafayette, 59-28. Lafayette also took down the Marquette girls in a battle down to the final minute of the game.
- Our columnists detailed deals on exercise in town and introduced you to an entomologist at the Butterfly House. Our mom columnist rallied for breastfeeding in public. We took a look at tax rates in Chesterfield Mall at the Valley and brought you a recipe for prime rib.