I'm the editor and publisher of 40 South News. Previously I was an editor for the AOL-owned Patch.com in St. Louis. At various times I edited Patch sites in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Shrewsbury, Affton and others. Before that I shot and wrote for the Principia School, in St. Louis. I live in Maplewood with my wife, Nancy.
Last week’s most-read posts, led by Thai Table’s delayed opening, caused by a broken air conditioner. Restaurant opening reported delayed by broken A/C
Permit pulled for Boland Place apartments construction
Night Out Against Crime coming in October; 10-year-old wins Maplewood T-shirt contest
MRH board member Nelson Mitten hospitalized, district says
Balloons over Maplewood
Landlord takes Richmond Heights renter to court; she calls him a ‘total slumlord’
Thai Table to open on Wednesday
Richmond Heights to rededicate streets named for WWI soldiers
Shrewsbury Shop n’ Save among 19 to be bought by Schnucks
Maplewood History: Will the Real James C. Sutton…
Charles Hinderliter, 39, of Maplewood, spent 58 days in a hospital and 21 days in a skilled nursing facility with the flu. After the experience, which he said almost killed him, he described it on Twitter to encourage everyone to get a flu shot. He started feeling sick after a conference in Jefferson City in January, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hinderliter went to the doctor where he tested positive for influenza a few days later but it was too late to start anti-viral drugs.
Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights are posting sport news on Twitter this fall. Brentwood softball is having a good season so far, with a 5-6 record. MRH volleyball is undefeated, at 11-0. https://twitter.com/BHS_AD/status/1043278256215142400
Softball with the walkoff win vs. McCluer South Berkeley, 18 – 17. Despite recent injuries, girls played their hearts out. So proud! #waytogoming
The former Maplewood Pawn shop location, at at 7407 Manchester Road, is set to become a women’s clothing boutique, property owner Dan Slavin has said. Slavin said the new store will be called Leopard Boutique. Contacted through Facebook, the owners said they live in Maplewood and hope to open in early November. The location was formerly Maplewood Pawn, opened in 1958 by Jerry Bearman and managed by Fred Schuver. The last owner of the shop, Gian Vianello, shut it down last year.
Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights residents will again take part in the St. Louis Regional Night Out Against Crime, this year on Tuesday, October 2. Maplewood held a T-shirt design contest for the event, which was won by 10-year-old Stella Sullivan, in the 7300 block of Flora. The judges were from the city of Maplewood staff. Stella’s prize for designing the winning T-shirt will be for her entire block to receive a one-hour visit from Murry’s Shaved Ice Snow Cones.
A preliminary permit has been pulled for the Boland Place development at Boland Place and Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights. A ‘Land Disturbance Permit’ was pulled with the city for the 3.05 acres in the northwest corner of Boland and Dale, which includes a ‘Special Use Permit’ to install a new sidewalk, sod and parking garage entrance on Dale Avenue; and a sidewalk and sod on the Boland Place side. The permit says the work being performed is for construction of a 74,000 square foot multi-story mixed-use building and that the anticipated start date is October 2018. See the permit – Boland Place Permit PIR
City officials approved the apartments in February 2016. In June this year, Cyr told the city council that he could begin work in September.
The Brentwood Middle School students’ float won first place in this year’s Brentwood Days Parade. The school announced it on Twitter this week. From the post: “Check out this collaborative effort from our PTO, NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) and entire student body! This is the 1st Place Float in the Brentwood Days Parade!!! Well done, everyone!
Thai Table had reported on Instagram that it’s grand opening would take place on Wednesday. On Tuesday they said their air conditioner is broken and would not open Wednesday and that the AC would be fixed “very soon.” https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn42uBLnaaP/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1s5lgl5azk29v
Schnuck Markets on Monday announced that the company has agreed to buy 19 St. Louis-area Shop ‘n Save stores (14 in Missouri and five in Illinois), the company said in a press release. Among those is the one at 7057 Chippewa Street, on the border of Shrewsbury and the city of St. Louis. The transaction is expected to begin on October 7 and be completed by late October 2018.
On the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, this year, on November 11, the city of Richmond Heights will rededicate five streets named for Richmond Heights men who died in World Ward I, city attorney Kenneth Heinz said in the council meeting on Monday. The streets are Lile, Rupert, Goff, Gray and Winzenburg avenues. At 1 p.m. a commemorative street name, with the veteran’s full name, will be placed under the city’s street sign. A ceremony at the Mid County Veterans Memorial on the grounds of The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue, will follow that, at 2 p.m.
City Manager Amy Hamilton also said in the meeting that a resident with a home with an appraised value of $250,000 would pay $360 in city taxes in the coming year, 47 cents lower than last year.
Thai Table restaurant (7403 Manchester Road), led by executive chef and owner Natthinee Teerakawanid has announced on Instagram that it is opening on Wednesday. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnzyKOYnURp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
The heads-up that the Maplewood council would be considering an agreement with the ACLU over its nuisance ordinance was the top-read post of the week. News from the press followed that and a Richmond Heights renter going to court vs her landlord was third. Maplewood officials set to vote to change nuisance law; settle with woman who lost occupancy permit
In the press: Tropicana Lanes bought, MRH teacher, motorcyclist hit in Maplewood
Landlord takes Richmond Heights renter to court; she calls him a ‘total slumlord’
Maplewood names new Director of Community Development
Townhomes planned for Dale Avenue
Maplewood Taco Bell to open in October – November
Thai Table gets an ‘A’
Maplewood officials move to amend nuisance ordinance; approve settlement with Rosetta Watson
Contractors say not part of decision to eliminate elevator from Brentwood firehouse
Maplewood pool opens to the dogs
The Richmond Heights School District posted on Facebook Sunday that long-time school board member Nelson Mitten has been hospitalized following a cardiac episode.
To the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District community,
Our dear friend Nelson Mitten is hospitalized today after suffering a cardiac episode on Friday. Mr. Mitten, a long-time member of the MRH Board of Education, is showing signs of improvement this afternoon. The Mitten family appreciates your prayers and good thoughts as they endure this trying time.
Maplewood’s agreement with the ACLU which led to a council meeting where officials took action to amend the city’s nuisance ordinance, was covered in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and on KSDK and St. Louis Public Radio. ACLU of Missouri — A Missouri Town Will Finally Stop Banishing Residents for Reporting Domestic Violence
KSDK — Proposed changes to Maplewood’s controversial nuisance law
My Plainview — Man charged with killing chef outside Missouri Walmart store
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Man charged with St.
The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, which took off from Art Hill on Saturday, was blown right over Maplewood as everyone was out enjoying the day. Photos below taken by Shelly McBurnett at Myrtle and Hazel avenues.
Linda Webb on Facebook: Today I just looked up to see the balloons from the Great Forest Park Balloon Race as they flew over Maplewood! From Deb Elkin on Facebook: The balloons are crossing Big Bend at Manchester. They’re so low you can hear the flames!
A Richmond Heights resident, formerly in the 7400 block of Warner Avenue, moved out because the landlord, Robert Tufts of Columbia, MO, never fixed problems like mushroom-like mold in the basement and water dripping through the ceiling eventually causing it to fall. He’s taking her to court for not paying the last month’s rent, plus damages. The resident, who wanted her name withheld, recited a long list of grievances in a chance meeting at Richmond Heights City Hall on Thursday. She called him a “total slumlord.” She stopped paying rent, telling Tufts i she’ll pay rent when the house is up to code — “when things aren’t falling and breaking.”
Maplewood Fire Lieutenant Matt Wilcox was deployed with Missouri Task Force 1 to provide disaster aid in the areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, the department reported on Thursday. Thirty-seven Missouri personnel, 10 ground support personnel and more than 100,000 pounds of equipment were deployed. The task force was also authorized to bring additional swift water rescue equipment, including 14 swift water rescue technicians. The group will assemble in Raleigh, North Carolina and await orders for assignment locations based on the areas affected most by Hurricane Florence.
Thai Table restaurant in the 7400 block of Manchester Road in Maplewood passed its county health inspection Thursday morning with an ‘A’. “Get ready,” they said on Instagram. See also: Restaurant ownership changes, before it opens
The Richmond Heights Plan and Zoning Commission is set to hear comments at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 for a development of townhomes on Dale Avenue. According to the agenda Rothmark LLC is asking permission to build eight single-family townhomes at 7715-7729 Dale Avenue. The development would be on what is now an empty lot and two existing residential structures west of the lot. The commission will also hear comments on:
The Phillips 66 gas station at 2200 S. Big Bend is requesting a permit to sell packaged liquor.
The new Taco Bell coming to the west end of Hazel Avenue, at S. Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood, could open in late October according to a construction worker on the site, or early to mid-November according to Bell American Group Director of Real Estate Bob Lach. The new Taco Bell was announced in April. It will replace Tim Hortons, which closed its doors in December 2017, along with all other St. Louis locations of the franchise. http://40southnews.com/hopefully-big-rock-is-the-solution-to-traffic-problem/