The Insider

The Insider: 6.5.19

Lift for Life Academy has been educating students in grades six through 12 for nearly two decades, and it’s gearing up to expand its reach. This fall, the area’s first charter school is adding elementary grades in a newly purchased and renovated building next to its campus in Soulard. It hopes to reach students at the earliest possible age to help them prepare for success. A dedication ceremony for the new facility (pictured at top) is slated for Aug. 29, and applications are being accepted for the upcoming school year.


CBC grad Charles Ryan, one of the last known Army Ranger survivors of D-Day in Normandy, France, recently passed away at his home in Ladue. Wounded that day in 1944, he went on to earn several distinguished honors such as the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Croix de Guerre. Ryan later became an entrepreneur, founding Cutting Tools Inc. in 1956 and C.S. Ryan Aerospace in 1963. He and his wife, Joan, had six children.







The historic Lafayette Square neighborhood is set for a significant commercial boost—a 12-acre, $160 million redevelopment of its northern section. Construction is under way on the mixed-use project, which will include townhomes, apartments, an office building, a hotel, and retail and entertainment spaces. A 200-year-old candlemaking shop on the property will be restored as part of the plan. The site formerly housed a Praxair gas facility that was destroyed by an explosion in 2005.




Inner Power Now, a new book by St. Louis author Vicki Atlas Israel, aims to help families be healthier and happier by reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It discusses topics like guided imagery, meditation, spirituality and breathing techniques. Available at








Stepping up to the mic for the 2019-2020 St. Louis Speakers Series are former Secretary of State John Kerry, journalist Bob Woodward, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and actor/comedian Jason Alexander, among others. Presented by Maryville University, the series kicks off in October and draws many famous faces and voices to St. Louis.









The Potamkin Prize, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize of Alzheimer’s research,’ recently was awarded to Washington University neurologist Dr. Randall Bateman. He is known for his more than two decades of work researching and screening for the disease. Bateman received the award at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Philadelphia. On a related note, St. Louis philanthropists Rodger and Paula Riney recently signed a $15 million check to Wash. U. to support Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research.