Schnucks to open Wednesday the 22nd at 7 AM

The new Schnucks store in Maplewood, at 7355 Manchester Road, is set to open on Aug. 22 at 7 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow at 9 a.m.

The store’s regular hours will be 6 a.m. – midnight. Schnucks is hiring approximately 100 positions for the new store. Interviews are taking place two doors east of the store, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Job seekers should complete an online application at before interviewing.

Restaurant sign posted, plus spaces for lease at Manchester and Sutton

Spaces at the southeast and northwest corners of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard are up for lease. At the northwest corner, 7401 Manchester Road, Schlafly Corporation has the 1,685 square feet space offered at $20 per square foot. Goebel & Company Furniture was there for a year. The last day for that lease is Aug. 24, Martin Goebel said.

Wong’s Inn future uncertain

Wong’s Inn, at 2666 S Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood, is closed with a future reopening date unknown, if ever. A sign posted last week on the door said it’s closed until further notice. According to a resident, the sign a couple weeks ago said closed until August 1. No one answers the phone. The Maplewood city clerk said Wednesday the business hasn’t renewed its business license yet for the next fiscal year.

Rachelle L’Ecuyer hired by Delmar Loop business district

Rachelle L’Ecuyer, who resigned as the Maplewood community development director last month, is the new (and first) executive director of the Delmar Loop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday. L’Ecuyer joined Maplewood in 2005. She was responsible for establishing the events: Let Them Eat Art, Women Making History, The Sweet Tooth Tour, The Maplewood Coffee Crawl and Stringfest (formerly the Harp Attack and Fiddlefest). Her appointment in University City is effective Aug.

Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy wins county council seat

Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy soundly defeated incumbent Pat Dolan for the St. Louis County Council District 5 seat, winning more than 57 percent of the vote to Dolan’s 40 percent. Both were running as democrats. Michael Burton had dropped out of the race but was still on the ballot. He took 6 percent.

Richmond Heights city manager’s contract extended 2 years

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton’s employment contract with the city was extended for two years, according to Mayor Jim Thomson on Wednesday. Thomson said the city council approved the extension in a closed session following Monday’s city council meeting. He said Hamilton got the same raise as other city workers — “about three and a half percent.” In May Hamilton received the Jay T. Bell Award, given to one city manager in the state of Missouri each year by the Missouri City/County Management Association. The award recognizes high standards of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct.

Richmond Heights officials OK doubling mosquito spraying

Richmond Heights city officials on Monday approved covering the cost for added equipment and personnel to increase spraying for mosquitoes from once to twice a week. City Manager Amy Hamilton said the city had received requests. She said the increase would be from $1,500 to $3,000. After the meeting, Hamilton said each summer when mosquitoes increase the city has requests for more spraying. She said this year, with reports that mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus (no humans affected), the city decided to increase spraying to twice a week.

Record-breaking Sophia Rivera transfers to MIZZOU

Brentwood’s Sophia Rivera, who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in javelin, after two years as a Wisconsin Badger has transferred to MIZZOU. Rivera broke the Wisconsin record for women’s javelin on her first throw as a Badger. She won multiple national championships when in high school. Rivera’s mother, Michelle Hassemer, shared the news of her transfer on Twitter. See also: Brentwood grad breaks University of Wisconsin record on 1st throw, Sophia Rivera wins national championship

In the press: Lisa Clancy, Del Pietro’s, Vitality Bowls, burning trash dump

Found in the press this week covering our area. Call Newspapers – UPDATED: Dolan now faces single challenger Aug. 7; Burton drops out
KMOX – Burton Withdraws from County Council Race
KSDK – Eat your smoothie with a spoon at Vitality Bowls in Richmond Heights
KSDK – Gross! Trash truck dumps load in Maplewood
Riverfront Times – Vitality Bowls Brings ‘Totally Instagrammable’ Smoothies to Richmond Heights
Riverfront Times – Del Pietro’s Is a Delicious Reimagining of the Restaurant That Launched a Family Empire 
Riverfront Times – Smoldering Garbage Truck Dumps Hot Load of Trash On St. Louis Street

Maplewood artist’s work selected for Gateway Arch grounds

Maplewood artist, Margaret Keller, was recently awarded a commission by Critical Mass to create an public art work and installation for the St. Louis Gateway Arch grounds. The installation, Riverbend, will represent the navigable Missouri River, under the Gateway Arch. It will be approximately 90 feet long x 25 feet wide overall, made of  aluminum substrate, according to Keller’s website. It will be completed on September 21- 22 and open to the public outside the entrance to the new Gateway Arch Museum and be on display thru early December.

Join the 2018 Brentwood Days Parade and celebrate the “Totally Awesome ‘80s” – also see last year’s video

The City of Brentwood invites local groups, organizations and businesses to be part of the 2018 Brentwood Days Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon. Interact with the Brentwood community while celebrating the parade theme, “Totally Awesome ‘80s.”
It was the decade of Madonna and Michael Jackson, Dallas and Dynasty, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros., neon clothes and big hair, Valley girls and righteous dudes. Show off the awesomeness of the ‘80s to the max, and your parade entry may win a cash prize! Participation in the parade is free.

Hearing set for Schnucks liquor licenses, Update: store opening date set

At the August 14 Maplewood City Council meeting a hearing is scheduled for the new Maplewood Schnucks for a packaged and a Sunday packaged liquor license and an original package tasting license, which would allow Schnucks to conduct wine, malt beverage and distilled spirit tastings on the premises. The new Schnucks, at 7355 Manchester Road, is set to open in late August. Update: the store is set to open on August 22, according to signs on the front door. See also: Schnucks hiring for new Maplewood store

Hot mess: trash truck catches fire, dumps load

An Aspen Waste truck caught fire after picking hot embers Thursday morning in the 3100 block of Sutton Boulevard, and the driver dumped the whole load of smelly, burning Maplewood trash out onto the street. Rachel Garavaglia and her five-year-old son had an view from their front porch. “We looked outside and this guy had flames coming out the top of the trash truck and parked,” she said. “They made us go inside and look through a window. It got really smoky really fast.” She said the hot pick-up was made south of the railroad tracks. Garavaglia said first they put the fire out on the top of the truck, but then had to dump all the trash out and rake through it to make sure the fire was completely out.