Coming events, from the 40 South event calendar

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.

In the news: Christ Church, new businesses

The man facing deportation at Maplewood’s Christ Church since October 2017 continues to make headlines, as far away as San Fransisco. New businesses in Richmond Heights made the news too. CBS — Man Facing Deportation Takes Refuge in Missouri Church
Riverfront Times — How Nate Larson of Living Room Stumbled Into Cooking — and Found His Calling
San Francisco Chronicle — Man facing deportation takes refuge in Missouri church
St. Genevieve Herald  (Brentwood, MRH wrestling)— Valle Wrestling: Valle’s Three Ready For Districts
St. Louis Business Journal — St.

The Book House has a deadline to vacate children’s section — seeking volunteers Feb. 15 and 16

Owner of the Book House bookstore, at 7352 Manchester Road, Michelle Barron, has said that Red Brick Management, the owner of her building, has given her until March 1 to vacate the space in the front of the store, which is now the children’s section. Barron is using the space behind the children’s section for storage — many boxes of cataloged books which she says isn’t a simple thing just to hire movers to move. That will have to be emptied not long after the front. The children’s books will be moved to the basement, where additional florescent lights and shelves have been installed. The store is planning to move books on the afternoons of Feb.

Brentwood announces new library director

Gina Gibbons, who served as acting library director since August 2017 following the retirement of Vicki Woods, has been named director of the Brentwood Public Library. According to a Jan. 25 release from the city, Gibbons joined the Brentwood Public Library staff in 2007. She was previously an assistant supervisor at a St. Louis County Library branch following nine years in the bookmobile department.

Car stolen while warming up

A resident of the 3500 block of Cambridge Avenue in Maplewood reported to 40 South that his car was stolen from his driveway Friday morning. He said that at about 7:30 a.m. he left it running, unlocked, like he’s always done, while he went inside for 10 minutes. When he went back out it was gone. He said the car, a 2015 Toyota Rav4, was a work car and loaded with expensive work-related equipment. When he reported the theft to police they told him he should have locked it.

Brentwood School District bond issue on April ballot

The Brentwood School is putting Proposition B on the April 3 election, asking voters to approve the district borrowing $16 million for renovations to Brentwood Middle and High schools. The ballot lists: constructing, renovating, repairing, expanding, improving, furnishing and equipping, for the schools. According to the ballot language (below), “the adjusted debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged from the current debt service levy of 42.9 cents” per $100 of assessed valuation. The school district has been contacted for a clarification — wondering what “unchanged” means here. Is there a current tax?

Maplewood man sues his kidnappers

Maplewood man, Ellis Athanas III, who was kidnapped from his home by a former local fitness executive and others in 2016 has sued his kidnappers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Athanas was kidnapped from his home on Nov. 21, 2016, in an attempt to recover $15,000 and 24 pounds of marijuana that was stolen from a marijuana dealer working for former fitness executive Todd Beckman, according to Beckman’s guilty plea. The lawsuit seeks the $3,000 ransom the parents paid, and for property the kidnappers took from Athenas’ father. It also seeks at least $25,000 for the assault of Athenas, and his parents for emotional distress.

Mosaic house stones help bring a block together

Two retired Maplewood residents, Amby Stevenson and Bob Weidenbenner, have made mosaic address stones for every house on their block. It’s a hobby that Stevenson says has an additional purpose. Residents of the block — the 7600 block of Jerome Avenue — know and look out for each other. Stevenson started making the mosaics 20 years ago when she and her sister wanted to do something together other than go to restaurants. She met Weidenbenner at the community garden.

Joint fire command plan update: Richmond Heights would save, not Brentwood, Maplewood

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton reviewed at the city council meeting on Monday what the updated joint fire command looks like now with Rock Hill and Clayton having dropped out. Rock Hill opted out for financial reasons: it would have cost the city about $100,000 to buy in to the program. Clayton’s fire chief retired in October 2017 so that city’s command situation is in flux. According to Hamilton, Richmond Heights is the only one of that city, Brentwood and Maplewood that would come out in the positive in the plan. She said Richmond Heights would save about $34,000 in the collaboration but Brentwood and Maplewood would pay more for fire services costs.

Top January posts: Crossing at Richmond Heights, new Maplewood restaurant

The post on who’s coming to the Crossing at Richmond Heights was the most popular in January. In addition to a Marriott Courtyard: Red Robin, Starbucks, Cyclebar, Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe, Firehouse Subs and Blaze Pizza. Crossing at Richmond Heights: what’s coming
Award-winning chef set to open restaurant in Maplewood
Landlord drastically cutting Maplewood shop’s space
Snack shop coming to Maplewood; work begins on Elmwood
Car stolen in Maplewood contained 500 donuts
Maplewood restaurant to close
Maplewood Aldi will be super busy for 5 weeks
Misspelled signs may not be sign-maker’s fault
‘Hippies’ study names Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Brentwood
‘Puncture hazard’ on Commonwealth explained


In the news: missing boa constrictor dominates; hippies, meat doughnuts too

In the news this week: hippies, Del Pietro’s restaurant opens, and a snake that got loose at Brentwood high and middle schools. CBS/KMOX — Snake Escape Prompts Early Dismissal for Brentwood High
KCTV (Kansas City) — Missing 9 foot snake prompts early release at Brentwood High School
KMOV — 9-foot-long snake’s escape leads to school early dismissal
KMOV (in St. Louis city, not Maplewood) — Steel spikes in Maplewood yard raise questions
KMOV — St. Louis-area best in Missouri for hippies
KSDK — Missing 70 pound snake cancels school
KSDK — Meat donuts and more at Acero in Maplewood
KTVI — Search for missing snake prompts early release of Brentwood students
Sauce (Larder & Cupboard) — 2018 Readers Choice Awards
St. Louis Business Journal — Del Pietro’s to open this week in Richmond Heights