MRH grad Skip Watkins honored for 50 years as MSHSAA wrestling official

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has honored Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate Skip Watkins for his 50 years as a high school wrestling official. His last service as an official was at the District Tournament in St. Clair. Watkins was inducted in 2017 into the Missouri Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service to Wrestling. He was a 2016 inductee into the Maplewood Richmond Heights Hall of Fame.

Chairwoman Lisa Clancy endorses Elizabeth Warren, to canvas on Sunday

 St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy has announced she is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for President of the United States, and invites an anyone to canvas with her on Sunday, Feb. 23. Clancy’s announcement:

Dear friends and neighbors,
As the Chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council, I’m focused on local government and I know you’re counting on me to make the right decisions on policy issues that impact our everyday lives right here at home.

Richmond Heights resident seeking info on old photo

Richmond Heights resident Ed Notter wants to know if anyone has any information on this band, from the 1930s or ’40s, he guesses. His grandfather in the photo. From Notter: “Any of your readers have any info on this band?  I’m guessing sometime in the ’30’s, maybe ’40’s.  The seated violinist is my grandfather, Robert Guitteau. He and my grandmother lived in Brentwood at that time. Their youngest daughter, Joyce, my mom, went to St.

Add your input to Maplewood city manager hire decision

Maplewood Assistant Public Works Director Tiffany Hyde said by email that anyone interested in discussing the city manager hire with the consultant hired to facilitate the process can get on the schedule to do that. Hyde said to let acting city manager, Anthony Traxler, know by email ( or phone (314-646-3635) and he can arrange it. Time slots are available to meet the consultant at city hall next Monday at 7-8 a.m. or 8-9 p.m; Tuesday 3-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; or Wednesday 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon, 12-1 p.m. or 1-2 p.m.

See also: Marty Corcoran honored for 36 years as Maplewood City Manager



Maplewood brewery rated #2 in the world

The Rate Beer reviewers have ranked Maplewood’s Side Project Brewing the #2 brewery in the world. The ranking was decided by compiling over 4.2 million customer and industry reviews. More than 33,000 brewers were considered worldwide, Feast Magazine reported. RateBeer founder Joe Tucker said in a press release, “Our winners are big and small, urban and rural, highly specialized or brewing a myriad of styles. RateBeer Best judges them on equal footing, with many of our reviewers traveling extensively, so it’s not uncommon to see a brewery that some people see as their local gem recognized as a global best.”

Protestors return to Brentwood, demanding that Trump resign

Protestors assembled in Brentwood in summer 2017, shouting, ‘This is Not Okay” and now they’re back at it. This time demanding that President Trump and Attorney General William Barr resign.

Maplewood man named a Westminster dog show judge, Boys Hope Girls Hope in RH featured: in the news

A Maplewood gas station sold a $1 million Lottery ticket and more local news covered in the press. KMOV — Traffic signal outage impacting drivers in Richmond Heights
KMOX — Richmond Heights police car drops off homeless man downtown
Ladue News — Neighborhoods Near You: Maplewood
Sauce — Kitchen Conservatory will move to Brentwood next year
St. Louis American — Boys Hope Girls Hope helped African immigrant succeed in St. Louis
St. Louis Business Journal — Life in Balance: What Lisa Clancy does no matter how busy things get

1 business opening, another closing in Maplewood

A new business is moving into the space formerly occupied by Larder & Cupboard in Maplewood, and Get The Word Out — vintage, antiques and global goods — plans to close its doors on Feb. 22. Tale to Table had a soft opening on Saturday at 7310 Manchester Road. The owners are Brian Pelletier (owner of Kakao Chocolate) and Katie Hannan (manager at Kakao for the last five years). They plan to stock specialty food items similar to what Larder & Cupboard offered, and hold food and cooking-related classes, as well as being a place to share recipes.

MRH Elementary School principal accepts position at Webster Groves district

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced that MRH Elementary School Principal Dr. Jason Adams is stepping down from his position this summer. Adams has accepted the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning position for the Webster Groves School District. Adams joined MRH in July, 2012. He served as an assistant principal in the Parkway School District and a classroom teacher in the Kirkwood School District. Through Maryville University, Jason has a B.A. and M.A. degree in Elementary Education, an M.A. degree in Educational Leadership, completed graduate programs in literacy and gifted education and completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Brentwood School Board places Proposition E on April ballot: school district

In 2018, the Brentwood community supported a no-tax increase bond issue to deliver necessary renovations to the middle and high school. The middle and high school project was the first phase in a two-part effort to provide all Brentwood students with access to safe, comfortable learning areas equipped to face the challenges of 21st century learning, the school district reported. On January 21, the Brentwood School Board voted to place Proposition E on the April 7, 2020 ballot. Prop E is a 47-cent per $100 of assessed valuation bond issue. The funds from this bond will be used to upgrade elementary school facilities by completely rebuilding McGrath Elementary and renovating Mark Twain.

Chase bank opens first Brentwood branch

JPMorgan Chase announced the opening of its second consumer and community bank branch in the state of Missouri and first in the city of Brentwood, according to a press release. “Brentwood is a vibrant, growing neighbor to St. Louis and we’re so proud to have this branch serve as a home for Chase customers in the area,” said Donny Carver, Market Director, St. Louis at Chase. “We look forward to building new relationships, help our customers during life’s most important moments, like opening their first savings account, buying their first home, planning for retirement, and more.”

The bank celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, February 5 at its new location at 1 Brentwood Promenade Ct., which included Brentwood Mayor David Dimmitt, County Executive Dr. Sam Page, business leaders and area Chase executives.

Steak ‘n Shake robber gets 9 1/2 years; Teens rob homeless man at Metrolink stop: in the press

MRH’s Malik Stewart averaging 27.2 points per game, new coffee shop is featured, Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake robber gets years in jail, and more in the press. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri — Saint Louis City Man Sentenced to 114 Months in Prison for Robbing Maplewood Steak and Shake at Gunpoint
Fox 2 — Family mourns the loss of 14-year-old murder victim as police announce arrest
KMOV — Clayton police use ‘Find my iPhone’ to capture Galleria shoplifting suspect after chase
KMOV — Pizza delivery companies taking extra precautions after recent crimes against drivers
Ladue News — C. Oliver Coffee + Flower Bar Blossoms In Maplewood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Teens attack, rob homeless man at Maplewood MetroLink stop, police say
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake robber gets 9 1/2 years
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood residents talk about local concerns and use of Prop P revenue

MRH places $30 million bond issue on ballot, no increase in tax rate if passed

The Maplewood Richmond Heights school board has voted to place Proposition E on the April 7 ballot, allowing the sale of $30 million in bonds to pay for necessary  infrastructure upgrades at all district buildings. Residents’ property taxes will not increase if Prop E is passed. Informational town hall meetings are planned at the MRH Elementary on Feb. 12 and at the ECC on March 24. Both are 7 – 8:30 p.m. Information is also online at

Brentwood School District places $29 million bond issue on ballot

On January 21, the Brentwood School District Board of Education voted to place Proposition E on the April 7, 2020 ballot. Prop E is a $29 million bond issue to rebuild McGrath Elementary and renovate Mark Twain Elementary. Passage of Prop E would see an additional forty-seven cents per one hundred dollars of assessed value on residential property taxes, according the district. To help provide additional information on Prop E and what it means for Brentwood School District, the district is hosting an information night on Thursday, February 6 at 6 p.m. at the Conference Center, 1201 Hanley Industrial Court.

Fire destroys medical building, Maplewood tiny house, mentions in list of munis with grad degrees: in the press

Richmond Heights and Brentwood are among the top 10 area municipalities with residents with graduate degrees, and a tiny Maplewood house for sale is highlighted. Fox 2 — Well known sports medicine doctor vows to carry on after devastating fire destroys office
Fox 2 — Smoke and smell from Richmond Heights business fire carry for miles
KMOV — Thieves break into couple’s South City home, steal $3,000-worth of family heirlooms (the thieves’ car was found dumped in Maplewood)
Riverfront Times — This Tiny House in Maplewood Has Everything You Need
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Clayton, Ladue lead area for earning graduate degrees (Richmond Heights is #4, Brentwood comes in at #10)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Photos: Fire guts medical building in Richmond Heights

Maplewood residents attend city’s first town hall meeting; city facing tight budget

Approximately 50 residents got involved in their city government at Maplewood’s first ever town hall meeting Tuesday night in the council chambers. It was organized to bring out residents’ concerns on topics such as traffic and parking, housing, public safety and parks. Acting city manager, Anthony Traxler, started the meeting by reviewing some highlights. Former city manager, Marty Corcoran, retired in Sept. after 36 years with the city.

Maplewood bus stop project seeking local artist

A call has been issued for artists from across the St. Louis area to submit proposals for a public art installation that will be featured as part of the Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project, located at the corner of Manchester Road and Marshall Avenue. Interested artists can view the request for proposal at and must submit their ideas and qualifications by Feb. 7, 2020, to be considered.

Elizabeth Warren campaign office opens in Maplewood

The Elizabeth Warren campaign has opened an office at 2721 Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood. 

The Missouri state organizer John Clancy said Tuesday they’re always looking for volunteers. He’ll be in the office Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 – 6.