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.
KSDK recalls the Parkmoor, Riverfront Times reports on immigrant Alex Garcia taking sanctuary in Christ Church, basketball and wrestling in the news. KSDK — Remembering St. Louis’ “Lost Restaurants” — The Parkmoor
Riverfront Times — Alex Garcia Is Still in Sanctuary, Defying ICE, as Support Grows
St. Genevieve Herald — Valle Wrestling: Warriors Sending Two To State; Huck, Bieser Third At Districts
St. Louis Business Journal (MRH news – paywall) — St.
An employee at Big Bend Liquor (3600 S. Big Bend Boulevard) said the store could open late next week. He said the shop would carry beer, wine and liquor. Signs posted at the location in January had misspelled liquor, spelling it ‘liquior.’ The new sign has the correct spelling. Next door, the previous laundromat is empty.
The Richmond Heights Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night discussed allowing residents to use their homes to operate an Airbnb short-term rental business, and according to a resident they were unfavorable to the idea. Update: apologies for this now being the third update. A Richmond Heights resident reported that the commission voted against Airbnbs 8-0, which was reported here. Then city manager, Amy Hamilton said no vote was taken — the plan was to just listen at the Feb. 15 meeting, a public hearing, and vote at the next.
John Coveyou, 33, a Wash U graduate, former engineer and U.S. Army Veteran, with a family including two small children, quit his day job to design board games about four years ago. It’s turned out pretty well. He and his wife are now owners of Genius Games, LLC with a house in Maplewood. He got the idea to design science themed games while teaching a science class at St. Louis community College.
Maplewood Police reported on social media Wednesday that the department has received complaints about traffic at the Sutton Boulevard / Greenwood Boulevard intersection. Greenwood drivers aren’t yielding to southbound Sutton traffic, according to reports. Sutton traffic has right of way at the intersection because it crosses the railroad tracks.
Despite hearing grave concerns about traffic and parking from residents and business-owners of the Greenwood neighborhood about routing a greenway through the area, Maplewood officials on Monday OK’d a plan for a Great Rivers Greenway route down the south side of Greenwood Boulevard — it took some doing. Council members Ray Crader, Shawn Faulkingham and Jennifer Schmidt were worried that MoDOT and St. Louis County — larger partners in the project — would bulldoze over Maplewood’s concerns, such as maintaining at least 8-foot wide parking on Greenwood. When Mayor Barry Greenberg polled the council; Schmidt, Ray Crader and himself were for allowing the Greenwood route to go be planned; Karen Wood and Tim Dunn were for the southern route, along Deer Creek, or no greenway at all; Faulkingham was for neither route, at the time. Four votes were needed for it to go ahead.
The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce sent two press releases: Metro Lighting’s 50th anniversary celebration; and announcements of the 2017 Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Most Improved Property, and more. Metro Lighting, a locally-owned family business, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the award-winning Brentwood location. The ceremony will be performed by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 15 at 11:30 am with the attendance of Mayor Christopher Thornton and Me’Shel Riedel, president of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the Brentwood community,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting. “We are thankful for the continued support of all our customers.”
Starting as an electrical supply distributor in 1968, Metro has grown into eight electrical supply houses and six lighting showrooms – in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Ballwin, O’Fallon, Arnold and Cape Girardeau.
Members of the Maplewood Planning and Zoning Commission got a tour of Maplewood’s new firehouse after their meeting on Monday. They met in the building’s meeting room because the council chambers were being used for court. The building is designed for energy savings, and has LED lighting throughout. The firefighters’ mattresses came from Mattress Wholesale and the closets from Saint Louis Closet Co., both Maplewood companies. The firehouse garage doors were made in Switzerland — see video of them opening and closing below.
The Maplewood Plan and Zoning Commission on Monday approved another Airbnb in the city and also additional food trucks to use Christ Church as a commissary. The commission met in the meeting room of the new Maplewood firehouse. The short-term rental — an Airbnb — was approved at 7553 Woodland Avenue. The owner, Ellis Athanas, said he would be at the house when it is rented, which is required by the Maplewood ordinance. He said he would be renting one bedroom and the use of a bathroom and kitchen.
Brentwood is sending seven wrestlers to the state meet in Columbia next weekend. The top four in each weight group qualified for State at the district tournament at Whitfield on Saturday. These Brentwood wrestlers are going to State. Owen Brotherton, 3rd at 106
Louis Song, 4th at 113
Xavier Lane, 3rd at 132
Chase Lynch, 2nd at 138
Nathan Butler, 4th at 152
Tayveon Brown, 2nd at 170
Richard McQuay, 3rd at 285
The Eagles finished in fifth place. Maplewood Richmond Heights is in a rebuilding year, and is sending no wrestlers to the state meet.
Six candidates are running for the Brentwood School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. There are two openings with three year terms. The district has arranged a forum for the candidates. The forum, to be moderated by the League of Women Voters, is set for Monday, March 19 at the Brentwood District Conference Center from 7 – 9 p.m.
Running for the board are:
Joseph C. Missey
Lois M. Truman
Christopher B. Pulliam
Mark T. Womer (incumbent)
Jamie D. Allen, III
Jason M. Mayer
The terms of Johanna Winfield and Mark Womer will expire in April 2018.
From the 40 South News events calendar: martial arts at The Heights, Ashes to Go at Christ Church, and a variety of programs at the Maplewood Public Library. Discover the exciting Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira — Discover the exciting Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira! Local martial arts group Capoeira St. Louis will give an all-ages, all-skill-levels demonstration and workshop beginning at 7 pm, Monday, February 12, 2017, at The Heights. Ashes to Go at Christ Church — Christ Church is having “Ashes to Go’ on Ash Wednesday again this year.