Posts Tagged ‘Geoff Whittington’
“The building business might be tougher than the business of schools,” said St. Louis Public Schools overseer Rick Sullivan, who is former chief of McBride Homes. Sullivan gave an example of Atlanta, which he said is a city with the worst residential construction in the nation. He said, “In 2005 more than 60,000 were built there; in 2009 only 3,500 went up. This year, McBride built 4,300 homes.” With Sullivan was CSI Leasing’s Ken Steinbach.. . .Doug Morgan has been tapped as board chairman of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance. . .Gary O’Neil has been beckoned as board member of Commercial Banks. . . Score is the name of Raymond Slay‘s soon-to-debut alternative bar in The Grove. . .. Ginger Bistro, an Asian fusion dinery, is poised to bow on Delmar Boulevard in The Loop on Oct. 4. . .Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, prof of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt U, will present lectures on Oct. 18-19 at the Second Presbyterian Church in the CWE on “The Jewish Jesus; Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus” and “How and Why Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” – all part of the 2010 Pfautch lecture series. . .More than 500 enjoyed the sights and sounds of the inaugural “Light the Town Pink” trivia night at the Kemp Auto Museum to benefit Siteman Cancer Center. There were 10 rounds of challenging trivia, helmed by radio personalities Guy Phillips of Y98, Mark Reardon and Doug McElvin of KMOX, Dana Daniels and Eric Kane of KEZK and Kelly Corday and Kevin – The Intern of Y98. . .Operation Brightside is celebrating a $250,000 grant from Pepsi “Refresh Everything”. . .The husband-wife team of Todd Stone and Kim McGuire have exited the Post-Dispatch and have moved north. Stone was the enterprise team editor, while McGuire was the paper’s environmental reporter. Stone is now the business editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune; McGuire has stepped away from journalism to become a stay-at-home mom with the couple’s new baby. . .A lavish, four-generation family saga, “A Matter of Happenstance,” chronicles the fictional Reinhardt family of retail princes and financiers across a century of St. Louis history. A launch of the novel by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick will take place Oct. 24. The author was a reporter and copy desk staffer at the old Globe-Democrat in the 1970s. . . Jim Hubbard reminds us that tickets are on sale for the Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event Nov. 24 at Scottrade Center. The event is presented each year by the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Assoc. and sponsored by Grey Eagle Distributors. . .Vel Green and the Spa at Winghaven have parted company. . .Sole, vendor of fashion comfort shoes, is bowing at Des Peres Plaza. . .Mo. Sec. of State Robin Carnahan‘s appearance at a fundraiser for her U.S. Senate race drew 100 deep-pocketed types at the St. Louis C.C. manse of Carole and Dr. Fred Gaskin. Carole, a member of the prominent Dowd family, said Robin’s late dad, Gov. Mel Carnahan, endorsed Carole’s dad, the late Ed Dowd, for Mo. Guv. in 1972. “Robin’s a clear choice for the people over big business,” opined Dr. Gaskin. As for the Tea Party, Gaskin said, “All of its members do is let off steam. They obstruct everyone trying to do something”. . .Trattoria Branca owner Sam Kacar and his wife, Becky, are getting separate mail these days. Seems that Sam became a player; Becky has hired tough barrister David Lacks. Meanwhile, Becky has taken over the Frontenac trattoria, one of three in the dinery chain. Chef is Erwin Agastra, whose signature dish is halibut palermitano. . .Lewis Rice barrister Jack Pruelage and glammy jewelry consultant Taylor Pollock were a newsome-twosome at Bistro 1130 t’other night, along with Norbert Siegfried and his love, “B.G”. Nearby was jeweler-to-the-stars Joe Genovese with his wife Nicole and daughter Sabrina. . .Rumor #1: State Rep. John Diehl will head the committee responsible for redistricting in which Missouri and Illinois might each lose one Congressional seat. Rumor #2: Mike Jones may be out at County Exec Charlie Dooley’s office..And Geoff Whittington has been named sports editor of Brian Timpone‘s Blockshopper Enterprise, which has partnerships with Hearst newspapers, Tribune Co., Sun-Times Media and provides content for major newspapers. Timpone’s brainchild has just been profiled in Forbes magazine…
Kudos to Geoff Whittington, who has settled in a challenging job at BlockShopper.com, where he conducts computer and reference book research throughout the U.S. He focuses on where notables once lived and writes about them. His byline was recently found in the San Francisco Chronicle real estate section in which he wrote about a house, where the photographer of the Iwo Jima flag raising once lived. . .
Having developed a specialty in communications strategy using social media tools, Allison Collinger has been up and running her AHC Consulting business that has been booming. The former Rams exec is now facing audiences in packed rooms to hear her seminars on the topic and speaking/training engagements in the area. . .
Hometowner Steve Church is tub-thumping his kids television series project, “Safe at Home,” “starring and co-produced by Joe Torre and co-created by myself and John Goodman.” Church, now on the left coast, says Penny Marshall is directing and it is co-developed by Ed Goren, prez of Fox Sports. He added that he and Goodman are partnered with Tony Ponturo‘s Leverage Agency. . .
Another L.A. talent and hometowner, Lara Csengody, has struck success as a comedienne and writer and is fielding countless offers these days for her stand-up routines. . .
According to an email from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, the City of St. Louis’s Public Safety Dept. is now sending emergency text messages to subscribers of the data service Nixle.com.