Interview with Brian Fletcher

Former Ferguson Mayor Continues Crusade to Promote City’s Virtues

By Tom Anselm

If ever there was a guy who is bullish on the future of Ferguson, it would have to be Brian Fletcher. The Independent News recently talked with the former mayor of that city. He is currently spear-heading the extensive activities of the “I (Heart) Ferguson Committee”. This organization has risen in prominence as an enterprise that has reached 16 countries and 42 states with sales of its yard signs, coffee mugs, cozies, tee shirts and other items emblazoned with the committee’s signature logo. Sales may be the wrong word to use here, since all items are acquired through donation.

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Men, Women & Children: Not So Smartphone Society

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children chronicles what changes smartphones and constant connections done ot not to modern life. However, the changes feel like the 1960s sex farce that attempted to negotiate the societal changes wrought by greater mobility and greater availability of telephones, such as Boeing, Boeing (1965), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and The Facts of Life (1960).

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The Book of Life: is Both Entertaining and Educational

By Sandra Olmsted

Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge R. Gutierrez, who makes his feature directorial debut, use the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead as the basis for a romantic fairy tale with elements of universal myths.

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Fury Bring Big Action, Evokes Big Questions

By Sandra Olmsted

Historically, any war film serves a number of functions: inspire the home front, revisit past victories and times of national spirit, honor the sacrifice and the men, renegotiate the war’s rationale, teach history, and question the nature of war.

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Ferguson residents are offering a “Pumpkin Walk” for area children celebrating
Halloween. The event was created to offer a safe trick-or-treat activity
amid the ongoing unrest in Ferguson. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 25

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. – midnight. All profits go to support Veterans. For more information, call 831-6121.

Homecoming at Little Creek Nature Center, 2295 Dunn Rd. from 9 a.m. – noon Rehabilitied bird release with World Bird Sanctuary, guided tours of nature trails (ADA accessible), St. Louis County Library storytime, Audubon Society Bird Watching Tour, Scavenger Hunt, refreshments. Free outdoor fall family fun.

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Ozzie Smith Basketball Clinics at Eagan Center

 The Florissant Parks and Recreation Department will offer the Ozzie Smith Hoops Clinic.

Ozzie’s clinics offer a combination of expert training and fun. Clinic consists of training in jump stop, cross over dribbling, between the legs, fitness drills, quickness drills, defensive positioning, reaction drills, mid-range shooting, 3 point shooting, finishing drills, reading passing lanes, and defensive anticipation. Scrimmages enable every camper to learn into practice immediately, helping to reinforce daily lessons and fostering confidence.

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