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 owners of Woodside house are continuing to renovate the house. Some 170-year-old doors from the house are now (as of Dec. 5) available for purchase. https://twitter.com/refabstl/status/1070364053296558081
Scott Criscione has filed to run for Maplewood City Council, Ward 3. He sent his thoughts on economics, race, LGBT and education. He’ll be running against incumbent Jennifer Schmidt in the April 2019 municipal election. From Criscione:
Economics: We spend more in taxes than in food and clothing combined in the US. We have record high taxes and even worse, record high spending.
A Maplewood business owner hopes to become a medical marijuana dispensary when it becomes possible, KSDK has reported. Voters approved the sale of medical marijuana in November. Kelly Christensen has been in business about a year selling hemp products at Canvas Boutique and Dispensary in Maplewood, in the 7100 block of Manchester. Many of her products contain CBD — or Cannabidiol; it comes from the hemp plant, a close relative to marijuana. Both plants contain Cannabinoids, but marijuana is high THC, while hemp is rich in CBD.“Business has been awesome.
The reading of the warrant list — bills paid by the city — in Brentwood Board of Aldermen meetings doesn’t normally raise red flags, but it did at the Dec. 3 meeting when Alderman David Dimmitt, who is also chairman of the ways and means committee, pointed out that Mayor Chris Thornton had made purchases larger than the city code allows without board approval. It was all related to the city’s Brentwood Bound project, to alleviate flooding on Manchester Road between Brentwood Boulevard and Hanley Road. Thornton said that he was preparing for a meeting of the Brentwood Bound task force and the materials being prepared were good but he needed an ‘elevator pitch version, something like the video for Brentwood Days.’ He said the public relations firm, Unicom, agreed it was a good idea.
The ‘Always Changing’ show, at 2506 Sutton Boulevard (next to Stone Spiral Coffee), features paintings, digital art, furniture with an ecological twist, hand-woven goods and more. And as the name implies, it WILL be changing throughout the run. It’s open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 3 p.m.
In the press this week: Sauce features Maplewood restaurant, Ladue News features Richmond Heights woman, video of car break-in, and more. Fox 2 — Police called to Galleria parking garage for shots fired
Fox 2 — Cardinals organization volunteers as bell ringers for Salvation Army
Fox 2 — Police: Day care restrained toddlers in playpens
Ladue News — Movers & Shakers: Sheri Sherman
KSDK — 3-month-old dies at unlicensed home daycare in Maplewood
KMOV — Man attacked by emotional support dog in Maplewood Walmart parking lot
KMOV — Former Webster Groves doctor accused of sexually abusing patients to serve 90 days in jail
Sauce — St. Louis’ Best New Restaurants of 2018
St. Louis Business Journal — On the market: The most expensive homes in Richmond Heights
St. Louis Magazine — The best soups and sandwiches in St.
The Maplewood (now Mid County) Chamber of Commerce was Friday. It was chilly but stores were open, Santa was in business at Citizen National Bank and the carriage rides circled the block. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrG-C6Ojhsh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
A supervisor with St. Louis County has reported that the right turn lane from northbound Big Bend Boulevard to eastbound Manchester Road will open to traffic by the end of the day on Friday, December 7th. Also the sidewalk on the southeast corner (CVS) will be opened so that all four corners of the intersection can be used. He continues: “The plan from there is to hold off on any work in the intersection until after the new year. Sometime early next year, Spire will begin their gas main relocation in the southwest corner, immediately followed by our contractor completing their work at that location to wrap up the project. At the time in which Spire begins their work, the sidewalk on the southwest corner of the intersection will be closed and a pedestrian detour will be put in place. We will give you advance notice and a revised pedestrian detour plan when I know when that work will begin.” Gregory K. Poppitz, P.E.Supervisor, Project Managers
See also: ATT, Spire holding up road work at Big Bend & Manchester
Brentwood officials heard the first reading of a bill Monday to approve a new conditional use permit and site plan for Lion’s Choice, on Hanley Road. The permit would replace the original permit approved in 1996, Asst. City Administrator Lisa Koerkenmeier said in the city’s board of aldermen meeting. The new plan would update the restaurant to chain’s new look and replace the single-lane drive-thru with a double lane. Koerkenmeier said planning and zoning voted to approve the permit 9-0, and the city’s traffic engineer approved the plan.
Richmond Heights Police have reported that an Apple iPad Pro was stolen from a car on Dec. 1 and shared a dash cam video. If anyone recognizes this individual, call the Richmond Heights Police Department’s detective bureau at 314-655-3610. https://youtu.be/169_ChL3x9A
Last December, John and Pat Hendel, the owners of the house on Ellis Avenue in Maplewood known for its Christmas lights display (for almost 30 years) said that would be the last year. They said they were moving. It hasn’t been confirmed yet that they no longer live there, but so far no lights are up. Below is the house and the Hendels in 2017. Also in December 2017 the Hendels shared copies of an article about their house published in 1979 and a photo from long before that.
Brentwood Police Major Angela Hawkins, hired by Brentwood Police Chief Joe Spiess in August 2018, is facing a lawsuit brought by a woman who says Hawkins, as a St. Louis city police detective in a 2012 strip search, “dragged her behind a trailer, shoved her hard enough to injure her shoulder and then, during the actual search, pulled down her underwear and touched the “inside” of Robinson’s labial lips,” the Riverfront Times reports. A federal judge has denied requests to dismiss the lawsuit. The case will go to trial. The woman, Kayla Robinson, and her lawyer says the invasive search was illegal and violated her Constitutional rights.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police found an infant in cardiac arrest in the 3600 block of Cambridge Avenue at an unlicensed home day care in Maplewood. Police found toddlers in playpens with heavy shelving and crates on top to keep them from “escaping,” according to police and court documents. “Firefighters and paramedics found the girl “cool to the touch,” with blue lips and “compression marks” on her face,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday afternoon.
The northbound lane on S. Big Bend at Manchester is set to open by the end of the week, St. Louis County Departments of Transportation and Public Works Public Information Manager David Wrone emailed all St. Louis County employees Monday afternoon. One of those forwarded it to 40 South News. There were two emails.
The former People’s Health Center in Maplewood, at 7200 Manchester Road, is set to be a new location for Indigo Massage & Wellness massage studio. A Maplewood city staff member said the signage was approved at the recent design and review meeting. He said the business owner, Anne Childers, said she has bought the building. An employee at at the studio’s location at 1901 Arsenal said the Maplewood location might open in about a year.
The Brentwood school board of education and board of aldermen will meet on Tuesday at the school district’s conference center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court to talk about things that might be in interest to both, the city has posted on its website.
Fox 2 featured Airedale Antics in a spotlight on Small Business Saturday and Ladue News highlighted Thai Table, in the press this week. Fox 2 — Business owners in Maplewood take advantage of ‘Small Business Saturday’ Airedale Antics feature)
Fox 2 — Space heater caused early morning fire in Richmond Heights
Ladue News — Dinner & A Show: Thai Table
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — St. Charles Tipoff Classic: Lutheran South 67, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 58 (photos)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Lutheran South passes early test against Maplewood-RH, stays undefeated
MRH Boy Scout Troop 362 is again selling Christmas trees at the VFW Post 3500. Hours are 5 – 9 p.m. M-F, 10:30 a.m – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays. Also, again, Christmas trees are available at Mr. Wizard. In Brentwood, the Brentwood Optimists are once again selling trees in front of Gene-Del Printing. Details, from Facebook: “Balsam and Fraser firs from 5′ to 12′.