Top posts from 5 years ago: pizza restaurants opening, Brentwood politics, Maplewood history

Five years ago in 40 South News: Blind Tiger and A Pizza Story were set to open, Maureen Saunders/Glenn Jamboretz in the news, Edward J. O’Brien owner of O’B Clark’s dies, and what the heck happened to the north side of the Maplewood business district? The top 10 posts from December 2013:

Blind Tiger to open with party on Friday: “We aren’t messing around”
Jamboretz on Saunders: The woman has a temper issue
Suspected drunk driving accident closes Big Bend
Once-owner of Maplewood’s Eddie’s Restaurant and Lounge meets new pizza place owner
Maplewood police release video of robbery suspects
3 new houses in mixed residential-commercial development approved by P&Z
Jamboretz says group will share $1000 fine for breaking election laws
Glenn Jamboretz found guilty of breaking campaign laws prior to Brentwood 2012 municipal election
Maplewood History: What the Heck Happened to the North Side of our Business District? Edward J. O’Brien, owner of O’B Clark’s dies at 77


Dollar Tree armed robbery attempt unsuccessful, police seeking suspect

On Monday at 9:21 p.m., Maplewood police officers responded to Dollar Tree in Deer Creek Plaza for a reported armed robbery, the police department reports. A man showed a firearm and demanded money from an employee. The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and the man fled before police arrived.  The investigation is ongoing. Maplewood Police supplied this description of the suspect:

– Black male
– Approximately 6 feet tall
– Approximately 30-45 years of age
– Medium to stocky build
– Black/brown ski mask
– Wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt
– Gray sweat pants
– Wearing black leather gloves
– Carrying a large framed semi-automatic black handgun

Please contact the Maplewood Police Department Detective Bureau at 314-645-3000 with any information that will help this investigation.

Enter the Maplewood Gingerbread Competition

Enter the 2nd Annual Maplewood Gingerbread Competition at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship (2640 Oakview Terrace), co-sponsored by Joe’s Place. Build your own and enter by December 5. Voting for the best gingerbread house takes place during the Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, December 7, 6-9 p.m.
The Gingerbread entry drop off night is December 6 between 6 – 8 p.m. at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship. Details and registration at
Entries by individuals, organizations or businesses are encouraged. There will be prizes for the top four winners (judged on by the visitors to the event on the night of the Christmas tree walk).

Wednesday’s glowing sunrise from Maplewood

For a few minutes the sunrise on Tuesday was bright orange and other glowing shades. This was the view from a house on Marietta Avenue, which included Immaculate Conception Church.

Girls wrestling arrives

It’s the first year for girls wrestling teams in Missouri, and Brentwood’s team of nine (pictured below) won on Tuesday in a meet at Brentwood against MRH, Clayton and Principia. The girls teams are part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association but don’t yet have class or district assignments. The Brentwood Athletics Twitter feed also reports that the Eagles boys beat Priory and Principia.

Ballot is set for Maplewood council election: challenger in every ward

The incumbent in each of Maplewood’s three wards will be running for their seats April 2, 2019 General Municipal Election, and each will have a challenger. Filing to run for Maplewood City Council closed on November 20. The incumbents and challengers for each ward:

Ward 1 — Karen Wood (incumbent), Jason Goldkamp
Ward 2 — Eleanor Pardini, Tim Dunn (incumbent)

Ward 3 — Jenny Schmidt (incumbent), Nicholas (Scott) Criscione

Jason Goldcamp announced his run in April 2018. Eleanor Pardini filed to run in October. Scott Criscione announced earlier this week that he had obtained the needed signatures.

Resident: Retired show pony takes up residence in Maplewood neighborhood

40 South News received an unsolicited photo on Monday of a large (almost four feet tall) toy pony at the corner of Lowry Street and Moller Avenue with a description of how it (“she”) “magically appeared one day,” and that it’s been a “cheery addition to Maplewood in these uncertain and troubling times,” plus more. Hello Doug: Retired Show Pony, Choo-Choo Larue, has recently taken up residence in Maplewood at the corner of Lowry Street and Moller Avenue. She magically appeared one day last week and has been stoically on-point near the R/R tracks every and night to the delight of the neighborhood (especially the kids). Andrew, a neighborhood admirer likes checking on her from his window. Some of us have taken to grooming her and picking her up after a high wind.

Stormy skies, rainbow on Sunday: some photos

Sunday afternoon’s stormy weather resulted in dramatic skies, a tornado warning in parts of St. Louis and a rainbow. Some folks took photos.

Maplewood city council member Sandi Phillips posted her photo of the rainbow on Facebook.

MRH Middle featured in US Dept of Education blog, and more in the press

Area news in the press this week, including MRH Middle School featured as a ‘sustainable school success,’ the Richmond Heights farmers market going big, and an officer-involved shooting. Fox 2 — Schlafly brings back “Cans for Cans” for holiday season
Fox 2 — Officer-involved shooting near Brentwood Drury Inn leaves one injured
Homeroom, official blog of the US Department of Education — Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State
KMOV — Police searching for suspect who they say stole a man’s electronic tricycle
KMOV — EB 64 at Big Bend reopens following accident involving tractor-trailer, overturned car
KSDK — Man charged in connection with officer-involved shooting in Brentwood
KTRS — Officer Involved Shooting
Riverfront Times — Boulevard Farmers’ Market Going Big in Richmond Heights in 2019
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Suspect shot by officers near Brentwood shopping center after firing gun at police is charged
St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis aldermen make it easier for growers to sell at farmers markets

Mid-term election results certified; almost 78 percent turnout in Hadley Township

The election results from the Nov. 6 election have been certified and are posted on the St. Louis County website. In Hadley Township, which incorporates Maplewood and Richmond Heights, 77.63 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the mid-term election — just slightly under the 78.86 percent that voted in the 2016 presidential election. In losing efforts statewide, in Hadley Township, Clare McCaskill (D) won 76 percent over Josh Hawley (R) for US Senator and Cort Van Ostran (D) won 61 percent over Ann Wagner (R) for US Representative Dist.

Brentwood, Richmond Heights officers involved in chase, shooting

A man is facing charges after an officer officer-involved shooting Tuesday night in Brentwood. The suspect, Trey Cockrell, 24, of St. Louis, fired toward Brentwood Police Officer Joshua Bowersox, according to court records. Bowersox was not struck; neither were other officers on the scene from Brentwood and Richmond Heights. Cockrell was in a car at the Drury Inn parking lot at approximately 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when Brentwood officers ran the plate and found it was wanted for a traffic offense.

Maplewood resident announces run for Ward 3 council seat; Update: he has the signatures

Scott Criscione announced this week on Twitter that he would be taking a petition with 65 signatures to Maplewood City Hall to file to run for a Ward 3 council seat in April. Criscione is a Realtor. Update: Criscione posted on Twitter on Monday that he officially has enough signatures to be on the ballot to run for the council seat.

Eleanor Pardini has announced she is running for Ward 2 in April. Ward 2 council member Tim Dunn’s term expires in April, 2019 and Ray Crader’s expires in 2020.

Sole Survivor to open in new location, other relocations and openings

In Maplewood, Penzeys Spices has moved temporarily to 7345 Manchester Road (three-month lease, an employee said) and Fantasy Shop has moved to 7329 Manchester Road — both in the mall with Schnucks on the north side of Manchester Road. Also in Maplewood, Sole Survivor is set to open in its new location at 7401 Manchester on Friday, and Taco Bell opened two weeks ago at the former Tim Hortons location (2750 S. Big Bend Boulevard).  

First responders visit Artists First

Maplewood city first responders recently visited Artists First, and Artists First (at 7190 Manchester Road) posted the photo on Twitter. From the Artists First website, the non-profit: “provides a safe, welcoming, accepting, professional, expansive studio where people of all ages and abilities, and from all walks of life, can come together to explore and create art individually and collaboratively.” Go to the Artists First website to order Christmas cards too.  

Dale Ave townhomes get first reading

City of Richmond Heights officials on Monday heard the first readings of three bills that together would give the go-ahead for eight single-family townhomes on Dale Avenue. The project, at 7715 – 7729 Dale Avenue, has gone through multiple iterations as the developer has worked to design the townhomes to work with the neighboring houses. The site plan below is from October and may not be the latest version.

“Upper upscale” hotel financing comes through

Greg Mullenix, chief development officer for Equis Hotels, told Richmond Heights city officials Monday at the city’s council meeting that the company’s hotel project at the corner of S. Brentwood Boulevard and Clayton Road is moving forward. The council met in the city’s courtroom above the police department because the elevator in city hall needed repair. Mullenix said a large portion of the financing is in place and design and development is moving forward, also that renovation of Homewood Suites is planned. In all it’s a $60 million project. He said he’s meeting with representatives from two different hotel brands beginning next week.

Police report assault at Metrolink station on Sunday

Maplewood Police report that on Sunday, Nov. 18 at approximately 12:28 p.m., Maplewood Police officers responded to the Manchester Metrolink Station for multiple 911 calls regarding a fight in progress. 

Two subjects were charged with assault and disorderly conduct. One subject involved was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Investigation revealed that no robbery occurred.