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.
The St. Louis ice cream shop, Clementine’s Creamery, plans to open a new location in Maplewood. It was confirmed to 40 South through Instagram. The planned location is the now vacant space on the southeast corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard. The space is part of what was previously The Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar.
Maplewood resident Alice Hezel went to a town hall meeting hosted by St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman in June for residents who might have felt their recent reassessment was too high. Many had an increase of more than one hundred percent. See the St. Louis Post-Dispatch post on the issue.
A small farm that uses compost to grow flowers is seeking your residential food waste. Subscribers get finished compost in return. They sent information to 40 South. BLH Farm grows the flowers on a city garden plot leased through the Land Reclamation Authority program as well as on family land west of the city. They also have a small but growing apiary, producing raw, unfiltered honey.
July 3 marks the 97th anniversary of the death of Richmond Heights City Marshal George McCready. McCready was shot on July 2, 1922 while attempting to locate suspicious suspects at the intersection of Del Norte and La Veta avenues. He succumbed to his wounds at the hospital on July 3. On May 30th of this year Richmond Heights Police dedicated and renamed the department’s sally port (the department’s new secure entryway that allows prisoners to be safely transported into their jail) in the memory of two Richmond Heights officers killed in the line of duty. The sally port was named for Marshal McCready and Patrolman George Louis Johnston, who died in the line of duty in 1953.
Reeds American Table, 7322 Manchester Road in Maplewood, said on its Facebook page Wednesday that its last service will be July 3. The announcement on Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart that I must write and announce our decision to close Reeds American Table. Our last service will be held this upcomng July 3rd. It was an extremely difficult decision to make but one that unfortunately had to happen. We have had an amazing 4+ years here in Maplewood.
Maplewood resident, Jaime Mowers, runs a “kindness project” called Buzzing Love, which encourages random (or not-so-random) acts of kindness! Buzzing Love is gearing up for their big day of kindness,“Buzzing Love Day,” on Saturday, June 29, including a celebration of kindness that day in Sutton Loop Park. From Mowers:
Buzzing Love encourages acts of kindness every day, but June 29th is our special day to encourage people all over the world, wherever they may be, to join us in participating in acts of kindness, then share it with us on social media using the hashtag #buzzinglove … because the world could use a lot more KINDNESS. We’ve been featured on the local news highlighting our big day, which has encouraged hundreds – and possibly thousands – of people to participate in acts of kindness on Buzzing Love Day. People have volunteered at or donated to countless nonprofit organizations in St.
Club Fitness opened on Saturday in the Deer Creek Center, the St. Louis Business Journal reported. St. Louis Business Journal — Tarlton acquires Richmond Heights construction firm
St. Louis Business Journal — Local photographer shares guide to St.
A dental office, Aspen Dental, is building an office on Hanley Road next to Buffalo Wild Wings, the city of Brentwood reported. According to Wikipedia: “Aspen Dental Management, Inc. is a dental support organization — a dental practice management corporation that provides business support and administrative services in the US. Its headquarters is in DeWitt, New York.”
Richmond Heights council members Monday voted down an amendment that would have given 13 city staffers who have “topped out” a 1.5 percent cost of living stipend in the 2019-2020 budget. Rick Vilcek started the discussion by saying that it wasn’t “fair and equitable” to not give the 13 employees (unnamed in the meeting) at least a 1.5 percent cost of living raise. In the discussion Mayor Jim Thomson, and council members Danny Hebenstreit and Reginald Finney agreed. Finney saying that next year 23 city employees will also have been working for the city that they too will top out, and that a plan should be in place. Member Megan Moylan though pointed out that the budget isn’t healthy, and some positions, like city clerk, are going unfilled.
Maplewood butcher Chris Bolyard heads for The History Chanel, and local folks caught celebrating the Blues’ win: in the news. KSDK — Maplewood butcher to appear on ‘The Butcher’ on The History Channel
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Lawmakers dragging down the state’s reputation
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — How to celebrate the Stanley Cup? Some fans choose ink
Some Blues players, including Patrick Maroon, Ivan Barbashev, and Vladimir Tarasenko, went to OB Clark’s in Brentwood with the Stanley Cup on Friday, and ended up on social media. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByqU1DAgnzB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
A 40 South reader asked recently why a tree had been removed from the front lawn of Brentwood High School. Actually two trees have been removed from there in the past couple years. A large post oak, once near the intersection of High School Drive and Bridgeport Avenue, near the auditorium, which had graced the BHS campus since the 1930s, expired in the fall of 2015 and was removed by a Davey Tree crew in the spring of 2016. Another tree, a new swamp white oak that Davey Tree donated and planted several years ago also near the auditorium has been moved, according to Brentwood resident, Barry Williams. He said the school district is preparing to build a new loop driveway in front of the high school (“the 1927 building with the classical columned portico”), and the new oak tree was in its path so Williams arranged for Davey Tree to move it to another location on the BHS campus. See also:
Ailing oak at BHS: class of ’74 seeks help to save it
Brentwood High post oak dies, is removed
Brentwood’s Louise Charboneau is remembered, as trees are dedicated to her
Oak once marked entrance to Woodside, resident says
The new pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood sent in an introduction and photo. From Pastor Jaime Nava:
On the corner of Sarah and Marshall (behind Foundation Grounds coffee) Concordia Lutheran Church has received a new pastor to serve. Previously they had been served by Pastor Matthew Wood since 2012. In July of last year, Pastor Wood took a call to serve with his family in Indonesia. Concordia Lutheran Church was established in 1892 and moved to its current location in 1954.
Four Maplewood Richmond Heights High School students have earned the school district’s Seal of Biliteracy, MRH reported on Facebook. The Seal is an award given by a school district or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. These students earned the award this year: Anabel Parreno (Spanish), Anastasia Juracsik (Spanish), Reilly Tucker (Spanish), and Ibrahim Majeed (Arabic).
A source has told 40 South News that former Brentwood mayor, Christopher Thornton, is trying to sue the city of Brentwood for information on the city’s GPS systems, used to track city vehicles. Thornton lost access to the data when he left his position with the city. He contends it is public record. Data from city vehicles was used then-mayor’s company, Geocompile, to manage and improve the delivery of public safety services to the residents. When asked for comment, a representative said the city does not comment on pending litigation.
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A spokesperson for First Watch told 40 South Tuesday that construction has begun on a new First Watch in Brentwood Square. The 4,430-square-foot space will seat 145 people, and will be the first location in the St. Louis metro area to include a bar/beverage counter serving specialty coffee drinks and alcoholic brunch cocktails. A summer opening is expected. Brentwood city officials approved the new restaurant in April.
Maplewood Ward 2 council member, Eleanor Pardini, reported on Facebook that this week’s city council meeting was cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.
The council met last Tuesday in a closed session to discuss a ‘personnel matter.’ It’s possible the subject could have been the hiring of a new city manager. City Manager Marty Corcoran has announce his retirement. Pardini’s report on Facebook:
First, city council for tonight, May 28, is cancelled due to lack of agenda items. We are working on the city manager hiring process and up soon will be the budget review process. Second, last week, along with a few neighbors, I attended a public meeting with Anthony Traxler, our director of public works, along with two representatives from Frontenac Engineering, about the upcoming road construction that will take place in Ward 2.
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Booster Club president David Barton posted the results from the Blue Devils at the state track and field meet — the MRH boys took fourth. See all the results at Mile Split MO. The Brentwood boys took 17th at the state meet last weekend, also reported by Mile Split MO. Barton reported the MRH results:
4×800 – 6th — Dylan Boyd, Logan MacDonald, Micah Grawer, Malik Stewart
1600 – 2nd — Malik Stewart
800 – 1st — Malik Stewart
4×400 – 3rd — Josh Clark, Malik Stewart, Dylan Boyd, Logan MacDonald
The city of Maplewood announced on Facebook Friday that Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran was presented with the Buzz Westfall Excellence in Local Government Award by the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis. Also, Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse accepted a MUNI Award in the category of Citizen Engagement for the First Responders Meal Program. Corcoran has been the Maplewood city manager since 1983. He’s announced his retirement; his last day on the job will be July 14.