Bigelo’s Bistrow to close in downtown Edwardsville

Bigelo’s Bistrow, a downtown Edwardsville institution, will close this month, the restaurant announced Monday night. “So much has changed since we first opened our doors in 2000 with determination and a dream to offer our customers excellent food in a laid-back atmosphere. Our own families have grown while downtown Edwardsville has experienced dramatic transformation,” said…

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Convent to celebrate 150th anniversary of founding in Metro East

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of their religious community by hosting a convent open house on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1 Franciscan Way, Alton. “We invite the community to join us in gratitude for God’s fidelity over…

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Attorney to address marijuana, drug issues in workplace

The community is invited to a free chat with attorney Thomas E. Berry Jr. about emerging employment-related issues and effective human resources procedures. Among expected topics are recreational marijuana and workplace drug testing “While many Illinois employers are aware that Illinois will legalize marijuana usage next year, the impact of this change in law, as…

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Photo gallery to adorn planned Moeller Cancer Center in Alton

PHOTO: This image, “Jesus Through Water,” is part of the photo gallery of art in the new OSF HealthCare Moeller Cancer Center in Alton, by Southern Illinois artist Tracy Sayers Trombetta. BELOW: A centerpiece of the gallery, “Footprints in the Sand.”   Heather Jones spent Christmas of 2011, recovering from breast cancer surgery. She spent…

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Holland names senior pre-construction manager

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services, announced that Brian Wheeler has joined Holland’s pre-construction team as senior pre-construction manager. Wheeler comes to Holland with an architectural skill set and background that will help the team develop, analyze, and coordinate the best possible solutions to fit the clients’ needs. “More clients are coming to us…

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Newest ‘Duck Pluckers’ ambulance ready to roll at Alton Memorial

The rubber now meets the road with another new Alton Memorial Hospital ambulance, thanks to the $110,000 raised at the 11th annual Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners & Fish Hookers Ball earlier this year. EMS manager Jason Bowman showed the new vehicle to AMH senior leaders, sponsors and members of the Duck Pluckers Committee during a…

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Winter heating assistance program begins Oct. 1

Madison and St. Clair counties will start accepting applications on Tuesday for their  home energy assistance program that helps residents with the cost of winter heating bills. The counties have obtained funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Illinois Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to assist citizens by offsetting the…

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Metro East optometrist reaches career milestone

Performance Eyecare optometrist Dr. W. Kevin Wright has reached a major career milestone with 35 years in practice. Wright, a Cahokia native, has been serving the Greater Alton/River Bend area for 34 of those years, out of the same offices at 2865 Homer Adams Parkway. Wright began working at the office in 1985 after graduating…

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S.M. Wilson promotes pair to senior project managers

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski and Kerry Lorts to senior project manager. Gasawski (left) joined S. M. Wilson in 2010 and has worked on a variety of projects including Ladue Schools, Link in the Loop, Metal Container Corporation Line 5, multiple Target stores and Von Maur in Grand Rapids. Most recently, he…

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Job applicants can no longer be asked for wage history

SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 29, Illinois employers and employment agencies are prohibited from asking about job applicants’ past wage and compensation histories or using such information to screen candidates for a position. The idea behind the wage history ban is to help break a cycle where predominantly women and people of color have received…

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