Vocational Education Teachers Getting Antsy
Berger, Jerry, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
VOC FOLK: The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association has asked its St. Louis lawyers to request a meeting "as soon as possible" between anxious local vocational education teachers and John McDonnell, chairman of the group planning the future of vocational education in St. Louis and St. Louis County. Several hundred current St. Louis teachers, aides, assistants and staffers have no idea where they will be working in 1996.
TREASURES LOST & GAINED: Outgoing Jenny Wolkowitz, finance director for state treasurer Bob Holden, is . . . going. Wolkowitz, one of the region's most popular political operatives, is taking some time off to teach her firstborn the lessons of female candidacy. . . .
Garavelli's on Lindell Boulevard in the Best Western Inn at the Park is shuttering to make way for The Green House restaurant, which will be operated by Dubro Catering & Corporate Services. Garavelli's opened in 1976 under the banner of the late Byron Tompras. His son, George, has operated the restaurant since Byron's death. Said Tompras, "We are leaving under amicable circumstances. One reason for leaving is to focus on our crown jewel - Kreis' Restaurant & Bar." . . .
Ramon Gallardo has taken over DockRockers Restaurant & Bar, 12653 Olive Boulevard, for conversion into another of his Ramon's Jalapeno concepts. . . .
Gene Weissman of 905 Stores fame and his son-in-law, Amos Kedmey, will bow their third Cheese Place in the yesteryear Famous-Barr building in Clayton in late February. . . .
Dentist Michael H. Edlin and his wife, Channel 5 reporter Leisa Zigman Edlin, became the parents of a daughter, Micaila Leigh Edlin, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces at St. Luke's Hospital. Grandparents are Nancy Kurimay and the late Michael Edlin; and Lynn Kupfer and the late Leonard Zigman of Miami.
HOLIDAY BITS: Tongues are still wagging over the first-rate holiday party tossed by Channel 2 Saturday night at the Adam's Mark Hotel. That's where recognition was paid to Dennis Riggs, the beloved personality who is still on the mend from a brain aneurysm at Christmas 1993, and sportscaster Bill Davis, who resigned in June 1994 after undergoing a heart bypass. Sports director Pete Peterson played his harmonica with the hot Rhythm Rockers, to standing ovations. The buzz was that former Channel 4 news reporter Steve Jankowski may be heading for greener pastures at Channel 5. …