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.
Maplewood’s Heidi Barks has been in the hospital for more than a week following a stroke and is expected to be there at least another 6-8 weeks, according to a relative on Facebook. They don’t know if or when she will be able to return to work so a Go Fund Me page to help with the bills has been set up. At this time, she has asked for no visitors. For many, Barks was one always seen selling hot dogs for Knights of Columbus at Maplewood events. From the Go Fund Me site, she is “more than a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend.
In the press this week, Maplewood restaurant Elmwood is set to open soon, and Sauce Magazine went there for a look. The Chicago Tribune mentioned Schlafly Bottleworks and Benevolent King in an article featuring St. Louis highlights. Riverfront Times gave Thai Table a good review. Alive — Zee Bee Market: It’s Never Been More Fun to Shop Fair
Chicago Tribune — St.
MoDOT reports that The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded an emergency contract to make repairs to the Hanley ramp to eastbound I-64. A portion of the shoulder pavement collapsed in December. The commission awarded the $700,000 repair contract to Above and Below Contracting LLC. Work is expected to start as early as next week and may take up to two months. One lane will remain closed through the construction.
For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America will be open to young women, BSA says on its website. MRH Troop 362 needs a total of five young women to move the process forward — three have signed up already. The troop posted on Facebook: “BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in fifth-grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves. “In Scouting, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else. “MRH Troop 362 is now ready to begin accepting young women ages 11 through 17.
Police reported that a pedestrian received minor injuries in an accident Friday afternoon near MRH High School. It was soon after Maplewood Richmond Heights school district was let out early due to the snow. Resident, Rona Chandler, told 40 South on Monday she saw it happen. She said a young driver’s car skidded and hit a woman and child. Chandler said: “I was driving on Rannells Avenue to pick up my daughter from the high school, and saw a kid (I presume a high schooler), try to go around a car that was stopped across from two parked cars. As he was doing this a woman and elementary aged child were crossing the street.
Union Pacific Railroad has placed warning markers on both sides of the tracks at Sutton Boulevard. That’s following a January 5 incident when a man accidentally turned onto the tracks and narrowly escaped before a train came. See also: Foley’s patrons pull man from car stuck on tracks just as train comes
Dr. Amy Peach, a longtime Maplewood Richmond Heights district resident and mother to an MRH high-schooler, is the fifth candidate to file to run for the two open seats to be voted on in April, the school district has reported. She is a consistent supporter of the school’s Weekend on Wheels food pantry. The district shared her Linkedin profile. Also running:
The terms of directors, Nelson Mitten and Brandi Herndon-Miller will expire on April 2. The two candidates with the most votes will win a seat.
Last week’s posts were led by the story of the Foley’s Bar patrons who rushed out Saturday night to pull a man out of his car just before a train hit it. They’ve been called heroes. Posts on a Brentwood development plan and the city officials’ idea to help fund it with a tax. Foley’s customers pull man from car stuck on tracks just before the train comes
Brentwood encourages residents to complete ‘Brentwood Bound’ project survey
Brentwood officials consider sales tax for flood mitigation plan
Confused driver turns onto RR tracks, exits car before train hits it
Barbara Gill, known for her community service, passes on
Great Rivers Greenway to share progress on Maplewood route
Elm tree stuck by lightning thriving; no sign of Dutch elm disease
Snow, snow, snow
Maplewood city council moves forward on Burgess parking restrictions
Maplewood History: Emma Thomas Grumley
I normally only report on BHS athletics/activities, but today I give a huge shout out to the hard working street crew for the City of Brentwood. Brentwood streets are in incredible shape compared to neighbors all around us. Bravo!!!!
These and more in the press this week: Foley’s Bar patrons save a man whose car was stuck on the tracks, a proposed new tax in Brentwood, county officers exposed to fentanyl. Fox 2 — Police investigating train accident in Maplewood
Fox 2 — Officers exposed to fentanyl following car accident in Brentwood
KMOV — VIDEO: Man rescued by Good Samaritan seconds before train hits car in Maplewood
Ladue News — Leopard Boutique is the Spot to Shop
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Elderly man mistakes railroad tracks in Maplewood for road, is pulled to safety before train hits car
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — County officers in Brentwood exposed to ‘unknown substance’ – possibly fentanyl
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Man who spent New Year’s Day robbing gas stations in Ladue and Richmond Heights charged, police say
The Immigrant Justice group at Christ Church is hosting a Film Festival beginning in January thru February. Festival del Cine Dignidad Latinoamericana will feature stories that center on the experiences of Latin American immigrants and refugees. Each evening will begin with soup and empanadas at 5 p.m. and the films, both documentaries and narratives, will start at 5:30 p.m. Please join us to learn more about our Latinx neighbors’ experiences in our pursuit of justice for all! Christ Church is located at 2200 Bellevue Avenue in Maplewood. See more information on Facebook.
The city of Brentwood is trying to convince residents to take a survey on the ‘Brentwood Bound’ project designed to alleviate flooding on Manchester Road. City officials have heard the first reading of a measure to place a one-half percent sales tax on the April 2 ballot to provide funding for flood control and economic development activities along Manchester Road, and connect Brentwood’s trails to the Gateway Greenway network. Residents are asked their opinions on various features of the plan, how long they have lived in Brentwood, age group, and other questions in the survey that the city says will take five minutes to complete. See the survey here.
Maplewood resident Luke Havel has an elm tree in his yard that was struck by lightning in 2014 and was recently worried it has Dutch elm disease. An arborist he called to look at the tree on Wednesday told him it’s healthy. In addition to the scar on the trunk from the lightning, some branches appear dead and some bark is peeling off the tree. Havel estimates the tree is about a hundred years old, planted not long after his house was built.
The lightning hit the tree in the crown damaged it all the way down to the base. Arborist, Bryan Davidson, with Gamma Tree, said the tree is healing well from the lightning strike as well as from some pruning cuts.
Saturday night, when an elderly man unfamiliar with the area turned right off of Sutton Boulevard onto the Union Pacific tracks instead of Greenwood Boulevard and got stuck there, he was pulled from his car by Foley’s Bar customers a minute before a train slammed into it. On Monday, two of those who helped, Richard Sykora and Jeff Summers, were back at Foley’s and told what happened. According to Sykora: “Jeff Summers and I, we were standing here inside the bar, playing the Golden Tee game, I happened to walk outside the door. I saw that there was a car that had turned onto the train tracks — came down Sutton, turned right early and went on the train tracks, and the car was smoking, and I could tell it was stuck there. “So I turned around, the door was still open, and I said, ‘car on the tracks,’ or ‘help,’ or whatever.
Great Rivers Greenway met with residents in November to hear ideas about potential intersection options along the proposed greenway extending the Deer Creek Greenway, connecting to the River des Peres Greenway through Maplewood. Now Great Rivers Greenway is set to share what residents shared with them. Great Rivers Greenway is planning to share the info at the Maplewood Firehouse on Jan. 24. The complete open house info:
Brentwood wrestlers defeated 10 other teams in the 52nd Annual Vianney Tournament Saturday, scoring 103 total points. The Eagles placed in nine weight divisions. In the JV tournament Brentwood wrestlers placed first, second and fourth. The Brentwood girls wrestling team (in the first year for MSHSAA girls wrestling) finished in the top half of the Wonder Women Tourney. Maplewood Richmond Heights wrestler Colin Skaggs took second at the Vianney Tourney, scoring MRH’s eight points.
A driver apparently was disoriented and turned onto the train tracks instead of the road at Sutton and Greenwood boulevards Saturday night, according to Maplewood Police. Police said the car got stuck on the tracks. The driver got out, and several people tried to move it off but a train came and couldn’t stop in time and hit the car. The train finally came to a stop as the engine — pushing the car in front of it — was on the bridge over Big Bend. See also: Foley’s customers pull man from car stuck on tracks just before the train comes
Reported in the press: an onramp onto Interstate 64/40 washed out, a woman was charged with assault after stabbing and beating her ex-girlfriend, and a man apologized as he robbed a store. Fox2 — St. Louis County woman charged with assault in Maplewood
Fox4KC —Man apologizes after robbing Missouri store
KMOV — ‘I’m sorry I don’t want to do this’; suspect apologizes to store owner as he commits robbery
KMOV — Road collapse along I-64 impacting Richmond Heights building, commuters
KSDK — Hanley ramp to I-64 eastbound closed due to partial road collapse
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood woman accused of stabbing, beating ex-girlfriend with an iron
Brentwood city officials on Monday will consider placing a sales tax on the April ballot, according to the meeting agenda. It would be used for: ” including but not limited to the Brentwood Bound projects.” Brentwood Bound is the flood mitigation project on Manchester Road between S. Brentwood Boulevard and Hanley Road. See information on the project here. See the Community Task Force Final Report.