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.
The Brentwood Debate Team qualified for state competition with their reader’s theater performance about “rape and how society often doubts or shames the rape victim after the fact,” coach Robyn Haug said. She said the team is small, and they were the underdogs at state, but were proud of their district championship and qualification to state and the fact that they were able to take their message to a larger audience. They didn’t advance to finals, but had a great time, Haug said. Also, a sophomore and new team member, Madhu, had a successful year competing, and qualified for state competing in prose interpretation. https://twitter.com/DebateRhaug/status/855430167380070400
Three Maplewood residents have now picked up petitions to run for the Ward 3 city council seat that will open up when council member Barry Greenberg becomes mayor. Jenny Schmidt is one of those hoping to serve on the council. She has sent in this information about herself:
My name is Jenny Schmidt and I am a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. I am a sole practitioner who represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, worked in the field of social work, was a substitute teacher in the City of Chicago, and was a legal assistant in a small law firm. I have two daughters, Lucy (9) and Beatrice (6), who attend MRH Schools. I have coached my daughter’s MRH soccer team for the last three years and I also enjoy volunteering at school and PTO activities when possible.
As part of the Shakespeare Festival in St. Louis, there were 38 performances of Shakespeare scenes throughout the city last week. One of those was an performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Maplewood Richmond Heights students at The Book House (7352 Manchester Road) in Maplewood. https://youtu.be/hsBpQTtD5Bk
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorialized on Maplewood’s ‘nuisance’ ordinance, a ‘suspicious’ package shut down MetroLink in Maplewood and the Blue Duck restaurant is looking for front of house and back of house employees. Fox 2 — No leads after expensive art display vandalized outside Maplewood bookstore
KSDK — Suspicious package shuts down parts of MetroLink
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Editorial: Maplewood’s ridiculous solution to 911 domestic-abuse calls: Ban the victim
Craigslist — BLUE DUCK-MAPLEWOOD FOH & BOH (Blue Duck restaurant help wanted)
The Richmond Heights Police Department softball team (The Pounders) fell to 2-0 recently. A report of the 13-11 game on the department Facebook page features two team standouts. Last Monday, the Richmond Heights Pounders softball team lost 13 to 11 falling to 0-2 on the season. A star player was found in Officer Amy Loftus as the new mainstay at the hot corner. Detective Anthony Hayden homered for the 2nd straight game and demonstrated an outfield glove that can only be compared to a giant trout net.
Maplewood Richmond Heights students and teachers on Friday took part in a GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) day designed to bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools, according to a student-produced video. Science teacher, Kathleen Dwyer and coordinator of educational exploration and apprenticeship, John Capuano (not speaking) explained the purpose of the day in the video. https://youtu.be/viJ1_Wej-pg
Charges were made for rape, and driving while intoxicated recently, according to court and police records. Davion Howard, 19, of St. Louis city, was charged with second degree rape in Brentwood on April 13. According to records, Howard had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent on February 15. Howard admitted to police that the victim told him ‘no’ multiple times.
As in most St. Louis County municipalities, Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights will receive less from the distribution from the recently passed Proposition P (for police and public safety), than the cities contribute to the program through an increased sales tax. St. Louis County voters on April 4 approved Proposition P, a half-cent sales tax going to county police. The earliest the sales tax could begin is October 1, but could be later, depending on when St.
According to the city of Brentwood, Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald has decided to retire from the city. He has accepted a position as associate director of CYC sports with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fitzgerald is been a life-long Brentwood resident. Mayor Chris Thornton and the board of aldermen thank Fitzgerald for his dedicated service to the city and his leadership of the Brentwood Police Department, according to the release.
Caroline Barron netted two and Lauren Wismann added one for Maplewood Richmond Heights, as the Blue Devils shut out Brentwood at MRH on Wednesday. Each had an assist. Following the 3-0 win, MRH stands at 5-6-1 and Brentwood at 5-3, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Emma Sabath had the shut-out in the goal for MRH, playing the full 80 minutes.
Last fall the cities of Clayton, Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill began a study to determine the feasibility of combining the administrative and support functions of the five fire departments. The study has been released — Command Staff Cooperative Study. The study covers staffing levels and assignments, compensation including cost savings, and how the plan would be implemented, if approved. To move toward implementation, the study recommends that elected officials of all five cities meet together for the first discussion of the study’s options and outcomes. According to the study: “The purpose (of the meeting of city officials) is to weigh the strategies, advantages, fiscal outcomes, and potential impediments of the feasibility to determine whether to commit local resources, and move the process forward.
Maplewood Raising Cane’s construction manager, Jerry McClain, said by email on Thursday that the opening date for the new restaurant is June 6. The new Raising Cane’s is at 2707 S. Big Bend Boulevard, at Manchester Road. Officials discuss Raising Cane’s: setbacks, signs, scrubbing the smell
Officials OK Raising Cane’s
Schaefer Shell demolished — Raising Cane’s coming