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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. 6, 2009 - Like swallows returning to Capistrano, the eagles are returning to the area north of St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2009 - The Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is putting a new twist on that pastime that's become a winter tradition in the St. Louis area: eagle watching.

Thanks to the CVB, eagle watchers can use their GPS units to find geo cached treasures with an eagle slant in a new sport called eagle-caching.

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