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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 17, 2008 - St. Louis Jews, as well as Jews around the world, will soon celebrate Hanukkah, (sometimes spelled Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah -- the word means "dedication" in Hebrew -- is an eight-day Jewish holiday that begins on Monday, Dec. 22 this year. Jews observe the holiday starting on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which can occur anytime from late November to late December. According to Jewish tradition, holidays begin at sunset the previous day, so Jews will begin the celebration this year on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 21.

Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Construction of the Loop trolley could begin this fall and be completed next year -- despite the withdrawal of the Missouri History Museum’s $1 million pledge to help fund the line between the Delmar Loop and Forest Park.

Businessman Joe Edwards, the force behind the development of the Delmar Loop and leader of the effort to build the trolley line, said the loss was only a slight bump in the road.

The St. Louis area could create more jobs if a greater portion of its transportation funding went to mass transit rather than to building roads and highways, a new study by the Public Policy Research Center of the University of Missouri-St. Louis shows.

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When Chesterfield mayor John Nations took on the job earlier this of running the campaign for Proposition A to help an ailing Metro, he had no idea that a few months later he would become the agency's new CEO.

"It was the furthest thing from my mind," he says.

On Monday Metro will restore much of the service it cut in March 2009 -- but if you assumed your bus will be back, you might be disappointed. The "restoration" won't be a time warp back to March 29, 2009, the day before Metro made massive service cuts in the face of a major budget shortfall.

Ray Friem, Metro's chief operating officer of transit services, prefers to call Monday's change a "redefinition" of Metro's service.

Nearly a month into the restoration of Metro service, some Metro riders have jumped back aboard while others are still waiting for their bus.

The June 28 restoration, which Metro called a "soft launch," mainly increased frequency on MetroLink and the most crowded bus routes, said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Metro's chief of planning and system development.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 2, 2009 - When economic times get tough, the wise get going -- to the public library, that is. As the economy squeezes many St. Louisans' budgets, area libraries are reporting increases in usage: More people are visiting and more material is circulating.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - What do MetroLink, a child-care facility in Wellston and the Danforth Plant Science Center have in common?

They are all -- in some form or other -- on St. Louis County's "wish list" for President-elect Barack Obama's national economic recovery program.

This article first appeared in th St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - Christmas might come early in 2009 -- or at least that's what local and state government officials are hoping, and planning, for.

Many of them have been busy putting together what St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls laughingly called a "Christmas wish list," a compilation of projects they hope they can get funded from the federal recovery program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 18, 2008 - Metro's Board of Commissioners made it official today. By a unanimous vote, the board decided to shrink MetroBus, MetroLink and Call-A-Ride service beginning March 30.  Their decision eliminates all service, including Call-A-Ride, west and south of Interstate 270, abolishes express bus routes and reduces MetroLink service -- and saves about $36 million in operating costs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When crews closed part of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) in January, MoDOT and much of St. Louis held their collective breath waiting to see whether the predicted gridlock would indeed occur.

Thanks to good planning and the public's willingness to take MoDOT's advice to stay home, take Metro, travel early or late and find alternative routes, life — or at least vehicular traffic — went on.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 26, 2008 - The economic ill wind that swept Barack Obama into the White House may also be the reason St. Louisans will be paying more for their bus and MetroLink rides after the first of the year.

"What helped make Obama the president was probably our undoing," a senior adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said, referring to the narrow defeat of Proposition M on the Nov. 4 ballot.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 21, 2008 - The Metro board of directors today made good on one promise it made during the recent Proposition M campaign -- it raised fares by 50 cents a ride over the next 22 months.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 22, 2008 - Thanks to two of the area's most popular fall events -- ARTstravaganza and Kimmswick's Apple Butter Festival -- art and apples have become synonymous with fall in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 14, 2008 - When St. Louis County voters go to the polls on Nov. 4, they will vote on Proposition H, a measure to allow goods purchased online, by catalog or mail order from out-of-state vendors to be taxed. Currently St. Louis County residents and businesses don't always pay county sales tax on these purchases. With 93 percent of the votes counted, 55.79 percent had voted no and 44.21 percent voted yes. (updated 11:30, Nov. 4)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 14, 2008 - Metro, the St. Louis area's public transit system, went to St. Louis County voters and asked for a half-cent sales tax to fund the agency's operations and expand them. With 93 percent of the vote counted, it looked like county voters weren't buying. Prop M was failing: Almost 52 percent of the voters opposed the tax, while 48 percent voted for it. The tax's prospects had widely been considered shaky.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 14, 2008 - Updated late on Nov 4 -With 93 percent of the vote in, Proposition 1, a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund mental health and substance abuse programs for children, was winning with a healthy 61 percent of the vote. Nobody could be more jubilant than Kate Tansey, campaign manager for Putting Kids First and clinical director of Catholic Family Services, who praised St. Louis Countians' concern for children. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 10, 2008 - The Missouri Department of Transportation announced last week that crews will finish work on the first half of the reconstruction of Interstate 64/Highway 40 -- a section from Interstate 170 west to Spoede Road -- before the Dec. 31 deadline. When that happens, MoDOT will close Highway 40 from I-170 to Kingshighway to begin work on the eastern end of the project

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 6, 2008 - If Wall Street's woes are hitting "Main Street," you couldn't tell it at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Best of Missouri Market over the weekend.

The Market showcases artisans and food vendors from Missouri and nearby Illinois communities who sell crafts, home furnishings, jewelry, garden ornamentals, food and other items. Vendor participation is by invitation only.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 1, 2008 - While experts speculate about how Wall Street's woes will trickle down to mythical "Main Street," Nora Stern frets about its possible impact on something a lot closer to home: the Missouri Botanical Garden's Best of Missouri Market.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 24, 2008 - If you want to know what it’s like to live in a “green house,” or just how much it costs to “go green,” you’re in luck.

You can find out at the Third Annual Green House Tour, part of the Green Homes and Renewable Energy Festival this weekend. The tour is 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday starting at the EarthWays Center, 3617 Grandel Square in midtown St. Louis. The festival with more than 70 exhibitors will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the 3600 block of Grandel Square. 

Green in Kimmswick

Sep 24, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 24, 2008 - Jill Crary has only praise for the green home at the edge of Kimmswick she’s living in. “It’s wonderful. I love it,” she said.

But it’s not hers to keep. Crary and her husband, Don, are guinea pigs of sorts. They are the first people to live in the Energy Star 5 Plus, LEED-Platinum certified house her father Jordan Heiman and his partner built to educate people about green homes.

Green in Benton Park

Sep 24, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 24, 2008 - When developer-contractor Patty Maher was picking out the flooring for a historic home she was rehabbing in the Benton Park neighborhood, she opted for oak from Missouri over bamboo from Asia.

Her reason was practical as well as philosophical. Maher, president of Tiger Lily Development and Clover Leaf General Contracting, wanted to garner points that would help get her project certified as green. “I got a point for using Missouri oak wood floors and not shipping in bamboo from Asia,” she said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 23, 2008 - Just in time to help with high energy costs, the 2008 Green Home and Renewable Energy Festival brings together a slew of energy efficiency experts Saturday to show you ways to "go green" and soften the blow of soaring prices.

The seventh annual festival, which showcases practical ways to incorporate renewable energy and sustainable practices into everyday life, has something for everybody whether you're planning to build a new home and want to go solar, retrofitting a house to make it energy efficient or considering options to a gas guzzler.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 19, 2008 - Metro's top official is hoping that an audit on the agency Missouri Auditor Susan Montee released this week won't dissuade St. Louis County voters from passing a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 20, 2008 - If -- some experts say when -- the "big one" hits the middle of the country, local leaders should be prepared to be on their own for the first 72 to 96 hours.

That's the message an emergency preparedness official had for those who would be in the forefront of response and recovery following an earthquake in Missouri.