On behalf of Taylor Swift, America’s Center makes donation to Joe’s Place

Officials from America’s Center on Thursday provided a $10,000 donation to Joe’s Place on behalf of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation Stadium Tour’ that came to The Dome at America’s Center on Sept. 18. The donation was made as a gesture of gratitude to Swift who requested a local worthy charity for foster children be identified and provided the funds on her behalf, according to a press release from Explore St. Louis. Joe’s Place is a residence which offers homeless teenage boys in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District a caring home environment that supports them for high school graduation, self-sufficiency, and positive transitions into their adult lives.

‘Brentwood’ to be removed from dealership name in Maplewood

A staff member of the city of Maplewood’s public works department convinced the former Volvo Cars Brentwood to remove ‘Brentwood’ from the exterior of its building, soon to be renovated. The dealership, at 7700 Manchester Road in Maplewood, is undergoing renovations to its interior and exterior. The exterior design was approved, minus ‘Brentwood,’ by the Design and Review Commission in May. It began in Brentwood but moved to Maplewood approximately than 20 years ago. The building east of the current showroom will become a separate showroom for luxury cars; it’s now being worked on.

Brentwood softball over MRH in 1st round districts

Brentwood softball won over Maplewood Richmond Heights Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the MSHSAA Class 2 District 3 fall softball tournament at Hancock. The Eagles (12-5) will face Hancock (16-2) in the semis on Thursday at 4 p.m. The District final is on Friday. The Blue Devils finish their season (their inaugural season) and 5-12. https://twitter.com/michellehasseme/status/1050234987310710784

Eagles volleyball and soccer won recently too:

Mattress Firm to close in Richmond Heights

The Mattress Firm store at 1142 South Brentwood Boulevard, in Richmond Heights, is set to close according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The company filed for bankruptcy on Friday, and the Richmond Heights store is one of 200 in the U.S. and two in St. Louis set to close in the near future. See also: Why all the Mattress Firm stores?

Most read posts: Total Access; RH officials talk dogs, fences

Last week’s most popular posts — at the top was the Total Access Urgent Care president’s explanation why they’re not coming to Maplewood for now. Total Access Urgent Care president explains why they’re now not coming to Maplewood
Richmond Heights officials talk possible ordinance for dogs, electric fences
City of Brentwood buys house for $0: county records
Party in the streets on National Night Out
Maplewood brewery again chosen for international honor
Renter sued by ‘slumlord’ landlord loses case – owes $5,300 – not giving up
Dale Avenue townhomes, café, restaurant on RH P&Z agenda
Deer Creek Greenway extension to open Oct. 13
Earthmovers prepare Boland Place site
In the press: Maplewood man almost dies from flu, Alex Garcia a year in sanctuary

BHS celebrates homecoming, softball wins senior night

Brentwood High School celebrated homecoming on Friday, as football played Red Bud. Students also danced and named their homecoming kings and queens. The Eagles lost the football game 46-24, making the team’s record so far two wins and four losses, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Also, on Thursday, Eagles senior softball players were honored at their home game, which they won 16-6 over Cleveland, to finish their regular season at eight wins and five loses.

City of Brentwood buys (acquires) house for $0: county records

The city of Brentwood has purchased the house next to the firehouse (8746 Eulalie Avenue) on June 11 for $0, according to St. Louis County real estate information. The ‘Sale Validty Code-Name’ is listed as CERTIFICATE OF VALUE (UNVERIFED). Brentwood aldermen OK’d the purchase in May, then, for a cost of $200,000. The city bought the property to build an elevator on the outside of the firehouse so the building can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MRH team, BHS blue & gold photos, plus a historical Maplewood shot

Maplewood resident and MRH track and field/cross country fan Anne Arias posted this photo of the Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School cross country team on Twitter, after what she called a great team effort. https://twitter.com/anneebarias/status/1047639324173459456

The Brentwood photo, from BHS principal, Dr. Johnson:

Here’s the Maplewood historical shot from Twitter, which first appeared in 40 South in this Doug Houser post from 2015: Maplewood History: The Maplewood Planing Mill and Stair Company Part 3

Business damaged by downtown Maplewood fire holding benefit concert

Harmony, Health & Healing, a business damaged extensively by the fire in the 7300 block of Manchester Road on Aug. 20, is holding a benefit concert to help them rebuild. The concert is Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Boulevard. The suggested donation is $20.

Renter sued by ‘slumlord’ landlord loses case – owes $5,300 – not giving up

The woman who lived in a rented house in the 7400 block of Warner Avenue in Richmond Heights, and whose former landlord took her to court for non-payment of rent, lost her case, she reported on Thursday. She had said the landlord, Robert Tufts of Columbia, MO, never fixed problems in the house like mushroom-like mold in the basement and water dripping through the ceiling, eventually causing it to fall. She had called him a ‘slumlord.’ She wanted her name withheld for this article. She stopped paying rent, telling Tufts she’ll pay when the house is up to code — “when things aren’t falling and breaking.”

Contacted Thursday, she said the court appearance went ‘awful,’ and that Tufts is suing her for $5,300.

Dale Avenue townhomes, café, restaurant on RH P&Z agenda

Richmond Heights Plan and Zoning Commission will consider eight new townhouses proposed at 7715 – 7729 Dale Avenue at its October 18 meeting. The public hearing for the townhouses was held at last month’s meeting. A building department employee said the comments were positive. The project was continued by a month because rezoning was required, and that has now happened. Also in the Oct.

Earthmovers prepare Boland Place site

An excavator and other heavy equipment was moving dirt at the proposed multi-story Boland Place apartments at Dale Avenue and Boland on Thursday. The project was approved in 2016. The building is set to have 187 apartments and 358 parking spaces. See the site plans here.

2nd drive-thru lane at Brentwood McDonald’s to go before P&Z

A second drive-through lane at the McDonald’s on N. Hanley Road in Brentwood will be heard at the plan and zoning meeting on Oct. 10. The additional lane will increase the car stack from 11 to 18 cars in the order station line, according to the plan views at the city.

Deer Creek Greenway extension to open Oct. 13

The new 1.5-mile Deer Creek Greenway segment, connecting Deer Creek Park, Barnickle Park and Lorraine Davis Park in Webster Groves, will officially open on Saturday, Oct. 13, according to Great Rivers Greenway. A community celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the northern section of Lorraine Davis Park, located between Waymire and Thornton avenues, and will feature a ribbon-cutting, a live blues music performance, free fitness classes, yard games and the opportunity to explore the new greenway. Sarah’s Cake Stop Food Truck will be on hand with free sweet treats for the first 125 visitors. The project extends the existing 0.7-mile paved greenway that runs through Deer Creek Park, creating a continuous 2.2-mile connection between Deer Creek Shopping Center at Big Bend Boulevard and Lorraine Davis Park.

Party in the streets on National Night Out

Residents in Brentwood, Richmond Heights and Maplewood all took part in the St. Louis Regional Night Out Against Crime block parties, blocking off streets and picnicking with their neighbors. Maplewood partiers enjoyed burgers and hotdogs with condiments courtesy of the police department. They also received T-shirts for the event designed by 10-year-old  10-year-old Stella Sullivan. Richmond Heights residents were given a bag of Richmond Heights swag, City Manager Amy Hamilton said on Monday.

Richmond Heights officials talk possible ordinance for dogs, electric fences

Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson at the council meeting Monday said a resident had reported that two dogs in a yard on Rankin Avenue charged him, barking aggressively as he walked by the house, stopping short when they reached the electric fence boundary. Thomson then drove down Rankin to see for himself and found one dog out in a yard — “calm and collected,” he said. He asked the council members about their experiences with aggressive dogs and electric fences, with the thought of possibly adding an ordinance to set a minimum distance from a fence to the sidewalk, and to require warning signs. Reginald Finney said there are certain classes of dogs “that get that hunger, that drive — they’re going to go through these [electric fences], and that’s what I worry about.” Ashley Metcalf said she had been attacked by “a group of tiny dogs” once, and would be hesitant to target a specific breed in an ordinance, but any dog that’s aggressive.

Maplewood brewery again chosen for international honor

For the third consecutive year, Side Project Brewing in Maplewood was chosen to be one of the breweries worldwide to share in Zwanze Day. Once a year a brewery in Belgium makes a unique beer and ships a cask to locations around the world. Side Project Brewing, in Maplewood (7458 Manchester Road) was again selected for the honor. This year 28 breweries in the United States were chosen. Side Project Brewing was the only brewery in Missouri. https://twitter.com/SideProjectBrew/status/1046140263608045570

Top posts: Urgent care business backs out; car lot back in

Total Access Urgent Care president decided Maplewood’s sign laws would hurt business so he pulled out of a plan to come to the city. Three of last week’s top five posts covered that issue. Mayor: dispute caused Total Access president to ‘take his toys and go home’
Urgent care is out on Maplewood lot; it’s to be a car lot again
Flu nearly kills Maplewood man; now he’s preaching flu shots
Lily, cancer survivor, is celebrated in Brentwood
Brentwood committee OK’s McDonald’s double drive-thru
Total Access Urgent Care president explains why they’re now not coming to Maplewood
Women’s clothing boutique to take former pawn shop spot
Citizens voice concerns over newly amended nuisance ordinance
Permit pulled for Boland Place apartments construction
2nd-grader begins work on ‘scariest yard on the street’

In the press: Maplewood man almost dies from flu, Alex Garcia a year in sanctuary

In the press from the week:

Fox 2 — Police looking for ‘nail gun’ thief who hit local Home Depot
Fox 2 — SSM Health offering free flu shots next month
KSDK — Maplewood man: ‘The flu nearly killed me’
Riverfront Times — Alex Garcia’s Future Still Uncertain One Year After Taking Sanctuary From ICE
St. Louis Business Journal — Richmond Heights apartment project moves forward
St. Louis Magazine —  The 16 best Italian restaurants in St. Louis
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood man nearly died from flu last winter, now he’s a flu shot fan