Brentwood School Board considering combining elementary schools, resident says

Brentwood resident Lois Marie Truman added a comment on 40 South that the Brentwood School Board is considering consolidating the two elementary schools into one. She reports that residents may want to attend the Brentwood School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7 p.m. in the BSD Conference Center, 1201 Hanley Industrial Court. “A recommendation is being presented to combine our two elementary schools into one consolidated school and many of the citizens are not in favor of this decision,” Truman says. “I’m trying to get the word out to citizens to attend and hear what is being recommended prior to this going on the April, 2020 ballot.”

Well known ‘Walking Man’ has died; Mass to be at Immaculate Conception

The man known to many in the area for the great distances he walked every day, in later years hunched over, and always at a fast clip, died last month, a relative said. His name was Murray Cantwell. A relative, Sally Cantwell, said he was 88. She shared this notice. Murray Cantwell, who was known to many as “the walking man”, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2019.

Press release: Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center welcomes new doctor

Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center announced: “Beginning November 1 we are very pleased to welcome Dr Pam Waske to our office. Dr. Waske, a graduate of Logan University, has a strong interest in women’s health, pain management and athletic performance. She credits chiropractic care for her ability to overcome headaches, neck and low back pain and her pursuit of chiropractic as a career. “Dr. Waske’s presence will enable us to extend our hours to include Thursday, Saturday afternoon and Monday evening. Call our office at 314-645-8805 to make an appointment with Dr. Waske.”

Maplewood P&Z votes to approve medicinal marijuana shop

The Maplewood Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday voted positively, 4-0, to send a request for a medical marijuana facility on to the city council for its consideration. The request is to locate the facility at 7238 Manchester Road, the former location of The Fantasy Shop, which has moved to Maplewood Square.

In the press: Post-Dispatch writer recommends Maplewood restaurants, St. Mary’s designated as ‘baby-friendly’

KMOV reports that Maplewood residents who served during WWI will be honored in Richmond Heights at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. The special ceremony will be at the Mid-County Veterans Memorial Gazebo, on the front lawn of The Heights. Also in the news, Telle Tire won a family business award. Alive — Two Maplewood Art Studios Offer Creative Outlets for Artists of All Abilities
Ladue News — Meet Maplewood Artist Maxine Thirteen
KMOV — Maplewood PD warns of man tampering with cars, charging owners to fix them on the spot
KMOV — Your guide to Veterans Day celebrations around the metro this weekend
News and Record — Workers at large GM plant in Michigan approve contract [photo caption]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Sick of your supper?

New Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream floor plan revealed

Owner of Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Eric Moore, is set to move his shop from 7326B Manchester Road to the southeast corner of Manchester and Sutton, a Red Brick Management property. He posted the floor plan on Facebook. Moore posted on Wednesday that “the architectural plans are finished, stamped, sealed, and delivered. Construction on the flagship Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream location starts next week..” See also: Boardwalk Waffles to move to Manchester & Sutton

MRH volleyball wins district tourney in straight sets

MRH won the Class 2 District 5 championships on Tuesday, downing Crossroads and Brentwood both in two sets. MRH stands at 24-2. Brentwood finished its season 8-14-1. The Blue Devils will play Fatima (17-5-4) in the sectional game on Saturday, Nov. 2, at either O’Fallon Christian or Whitfield.

MRH cross country team wins record number of medals

The MRH cross country team in a meet on Saturday won the most medals in one day in the program’s history, taking second out of 16 teams, MRH posted. According to MRH:

The varsity boys (Malik Stewart, Micah Grawer, David Marino, Josh Helle, Josh Clark, Andrew Robinson) earned the program’s first ever Invitational trophy, with a 2nd place team finish out of 16 teams at the Hancock Invite. They had to beat much larger schools in order to accomplish this. Varsity Boys Medalists: Malik Stewart, Micah Grawer, David Marino, Josh Helle
JV Boys Medalists: Jacob Cummings, Lucas Conkling, Alan Lowery, Blake Morris
Varsity Girls Medalists: Nastia Stetskiv, Katherine Barron

Photo via Twitter

New Maplewood library director began as a shelver at Brentwood

The Maplewood Public Library director of the past 29 years, Terry Donnelly, is retiring from the job later this month and is being replaced by a librarian who began as an after-school shelver at Brentwood Public Library. Maplewood Library posted comments from both online.

Brentwood, MRH school districts comment on Annual Performance Report

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education earlier this month released its annual review of the state’s school districts. In past years schools were ranked; this year’s report focuses on the data to help districts improve. Both Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts summarized their results. Brentwood School District

Brentwood School District has earned a place in the top 4% of school districts in the State of Missouri. According to the newly released Annual Performance Report (APR) for the District, Brentwood is one of only 20 districts in the state to earn “target” status in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

In the news: Teller at Richmond Heights Post Office pleads guilty to abetting robbery, Brentwood to study McKnight Road traffic

A teller at the Richmond Heights Post Office pleaded guilty to helping in its robbery. Also, a former MRH football coach is fired following a MSHSAA rule infraction. Fox 2 — Woman pleads guilty to her role in robbery of Richmond Heights post office
KMOV — Ladue and Brentwood studying safety concerns on McKnight Road

St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Cardinal Ritter suspends football program, dismisses coaching staff
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Photos: Surgeons and chefs compete in Pumpkin Wars

And a couple from Twitter..

Boardwalk Waffles to move to Manchester & Sutton

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream is planning a move to a high-profile space in Maplewood, but one that has seen some turnover in past years. The waffle and ice cream shop plans to move from 7326B Manchester Road, where it opened in early 2017, to 7376 Manchester Road, the corner of Manchester and Sutton, an employee said. The most recent tenant there was The Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar, which closed in 2017. Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery tried unsuccessfully to sign a lease for the spot, but that fell through in September. The new buildout — in the space much larger than its current location — will begin in November, according to the employee.

Resident commissions Artists First artists to paint sunflowers on her fence

Artists from Artists First were commissioned by Maplewood resident Mary Taylor to paint a mural of sunflowers on a portion of her backyard fence. Artists at the Artists First studio, collaborated on the design including composition, colors and techniques. The painting is in progress. Artists First Executive Director Sheila Suderwalla said the project has been a rewarding experience for the artists. “Participating in the larger community is important to some of our marginalized artists such as those with disabilities.

MRH softball advances in district tourney

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Lady Blue Devils (#4 seed) won their first District game 18-4 over Metro (#5 seed) in Herculaneum on Wednesday. It was MRH’s first ever District win in softball, MRH Boosters reported on Facebook. MRH is in the Class 2 District 3. MRH will play Hancock (#1 seed) Thursday at approximately 5:15 p.m. also at Herculaneum. Brentwood, in their Class 2 District 4 game, lost to the #1 tournament seed Elsberry by a score of 10-0.

Maplewood resident, Wash U grad student, wins on Jeopardy

Erin Barry, a graduate student in history at Washington University in St. Louis, and   Maplewood resident, was on the Jeopardy game show Monday, winning $20,400. See more about her winning day on the game show at The Jeopardy Fan.

Bus stop transformation planned

Residents, business owners and transit riders are invited a discussion on how to create a fun, artistic place in Maplewood at the MetroBus Stop at the southwest corner of Manchester Road and Marshall Avenue. The city of Maplewood is teaming up with AARP, Citizens for Modern Transit and KaBOOM! with support from Citizen’s National Bank to provide the community an opportunity to weigh in on a new vision for the transit stop by Foundation Grounds. Two dates are planned: Oct. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. and Oct.

In the news: Vaping is a serious problem at BHS administrators say; Saratoga Lanes named Best Bowling Alley

Brentwood High School student publication The Eagle reports on vaping at the high school, an MRH student will play on an all-star golf team, and more in the news. The Eagle — Vaping: Is Brentwood Hooked? Fox 2 — UPDATE: Missing 3-year-old boy found safe in Brentwood
KMOV — Police searching for suspected bank robber outside of St. Louis Galleria Mall
Metropolitan Golf Association — 2019 Mid America Junior Cup
Riverfront Times — Best Bowling Alley – Saratoga Lanes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood man charged with stabbing mother in face with kitchen knife

In the news: Jean Ponzi, MRH runner, Richmond Heights Post office burgled, Maplewood fire & much more

Quite a bit of news items covering our area recently. Alive Magazine — ‘Green Jean’ Ponzi Invites a Radical Rethinking of Negativity at TedxGatewayArch
Fox 2 — No injuries reported following three-alarm apartment fire in Maplewood
KMOV — Person hit by train at Maplewood MetroLink station (editor: This photo doesn’t look like the Maplewood station, which is all above ground level)
KMOV — Water main break closed SB Hanley near I-64
KMOX — Julio Zegarra-Ballon (Zee Bee Market)
KMOX — MetroLink service resumes after pedestrian accident causes temporary shut down 
Ladue News — Maplewood’s Home Décor Haven: Big Bend Antique Gallery
Ladue News — PAINT Nail Bar Offers Fume-Free, Natural Nail Treatments
News Tribune (Columbia, MO) — Cross Country: Distler takes second at Gans Creek (Malik Stewart of MRH come in first of 216 runners)
New York Post — Missing Missouri homeless man also happens to be a millionaire
Riverfront Times — Turpentine-Drinking Homeless St. Louis Millionaire Missing, Might be in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — First Look: C. Oliver Coffee & Flower Bar in Maplewood
St. Louis Business Journal — Maplewood restaurant closes. Here’s what’s next for its owner. 

3 Maplewood restaurants make RFT best-of list

Elmwood, Thai Table and Reeds American Table all won spots in the Riverfront Times annual Best of St. Louis 2019. Reeds’ win was posthumous — the best restaurant to ‘die’ in 2019. Riverfront Times — Best Thai Restaurant 
Riverfront Times — Best New Restaurant 
Riverfront Times — Best Bartender 
Riverfront Times — Best Restaurant to Die in 2019 

Elmwood posted about their win on Instagram:

Maplewood Police corporal promoted to sergeant, detective to corporal

Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse announced on Tuesday that Corporal Steven Jamerson is promoted to the rank of police sergeant and Detective Erika Vargas is promoted to the rank of police corporal. In Feb. 2018 Artists First artist Danny Speck wanted to honor the Maplewood Police Department, so he painted a picture of a Maplewood police car. Maplewood Police Corporal Steve Jamerson liked it so much he surprised Speck and bought it. Jamerson was honored in a city council meeting in Feb.