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.
Brentwood School District was established on March 3, 1920 — less than a year after the City of Brentwood’s incorporation in 1919. One hundred years later the school district is promoting Prop E, seeking authority from voters to issue $29 million in bonds to update the district’s two elementary schools. The district sent out this update last week:
“We are incredibly proud to continue the tradition of excellence that has distinguished Brentwood for the past century,” said Superintendent Brian Lane. “A lot has changed in 100 years, but our dedication to student success and well being has not.”
The district has seen a lot of changes since its inception. Most recently, Brentwood High School and Brentwood Middle School are undergoing major renovations to provide better building accessibility, improved safety features, and modern learning spaces to keep students competitive in a changing educational landscape.
Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center will become Maplewood Chiropractic & Wellness Center (www.mwchiro.com). The change reflects the addition of Dr. Pam Waske to the staff, as well as well as continued commitment and pride in the community, Dr. William Madosky has announced. Waske is an exercise enthusiast and brings eight years of experience in athletic training and community development. About the changes:
Additional hours – We have extended our appointment hours to include early morning, lunch, evening, Thursdays and extended Saturday hours. Expanded acupuncture services – We will increase availability of our acupuncture services. Acupuncture is an excellent technique for improving overall health, athletic performance, injuries to spine and extremities, chronic health conditions and addictions (especially nicotine). Dr Madosky will lead this effort.
Maplewood Richmond Heights multi-sport standout Malik Stewart on Tuesday signed his letter of intent to St. Louis University for track & field. See also:
MRH runner Malik Stewart repeats 2nd at State
MRH cross country team wins record number of medals
Blue Devils take 4th in state meet
MRH cross country runner is Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week
MRH runner named All-Metro Newcomer of the Year
MRH track relay team wins state title
A resident of Brentwood Place Apartments, off Manchester Road near Van Mark Way, says a contested entrance change to the apartment complex there is a result of the planned pedestrian tunnel under Manchester Road for the Brentwood Bound project. The proposed apartment entrance is being moved off Manchester Road to a small residential street. According to the resident the mayor said this change, from the known plans, had been communicated, but none of the alderman were aware of it. The apartment owner and neighborhood has concerns with safety, traffic flow and the removal of a playground with no planned replacement. The board set to make a final decision at the Brentwood Board of Alderman meet Monday.
Maurice K. Muia is running for Richmond Heights City Council representing District 2. His mission: “A fresh vision for us to build a progressive and connected community together for our children.” Muia’s introduction and bio:
My name is Maurice K. Muia and I am running to be your next District 2 Councilperson for the City of Richmond Heights, MO. Please reach out to me with your ideas. Let us craft a fresh vision and build a progressive and connected community together for our children.
An MRH theater teacher is in the news, more on the local brewery named 2nd best in the world, and the refugee living in Christ Church UCC has “exhausted his due process,” an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official has said. Brewbound — Schlafly Sold Again: Sage Capital Sells Controlling Stake in Saint Louis Brewery Back to Family (news from last year, just seeing it)
Feast Magazine — Side Project Brewing Is the No. 2 Brewery in the World, Says RateBeer
KPLR — Richmond Heights road rage – vehicle hit four times by angry driver
KMOV — Maplewood area brewery named 2nd best in the world
KMOV — Richmond Heights police, Mike Duffy’s serve up all you can eat pancakes with a purpose
KMOV — Activists vow to keep fighting for undocumented immigrant who takes sanctuary in Maplewood church
Lake News — Versailles wrestling’s Rademann walks away with fifth place state medal in final match (MRH wrestler Collin Skaggs at State meet)
Riverfront Times — Hot Damn, Side Project Brewing Named No. 2 Brewer in the World
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Transformation of Maplewood bus stop includes public art event
On a St. Louis history-related Facebook page a woman shared a photo her father took of John F. Kennedy when he visited Maplewood before he became President. The photo is similar to another one of Kennedy the same day in a convertible on Sutton Boulevard near Greenwood. The city of Maplewood on its website says the photo was taken in 1960. Kennedy became President in January 1961.
Lifelong Maplewood resident — at the same address — Mildred “Millie” Ruth Hardy passed on on Feb. 13, according to an obituary from J. B. Smith Funeral Home. She was born August 29, 1928. From the obituary:
… Her parents, Harry and Rosie Gracey moved to 7540 Ellis Ave.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has honored Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate Skip Watkins for his 50 years as a high school wrestling official. His last service as an official was at the District Tournament in St. Clair. Watkins was inducted in 2017 into the Missouri Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service to Wrestling. He was a 2016 inductee into the Maplewood Richmond Heights Hall of Fame.
St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy has announced she is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for President of the United States, and invites an anyone to canvas with her on Sunday, Feb. 23. Clancy’s announcement:
Dear friends and neighbors,
As the Chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council, I’m focused on local government and I know you’re counting on me to make the right decisions on policy issues that impact our everyday lives right here at home.
Richmond Heights resident Ed Notter wants to know if anyone has any information on this band, from the 1930s or ’40s, he guesses. His grandfather in the photo. From Notter: “Any of your readers have any info on this band? I’m guessing sometime in the ’30’s, maybe ’40’s. The seated violinist is my grandfather, Robert Guitteau. He and my grandmother lived in Brentwood at that time. Their youngest daughter, Joyce, my mom, went to St.
Maplewood Assistant Public Works Director Tiffany Hyde said by email that anyone interested in discussing the city manager hire with the consultant hired to facilitate the process can get on the schedule to do that. Hyde said to let acting city manager, Anthony Traxler, know by email (email@example.com) or phone (314-646-3635) and he can arrange it. Time slots are available to meet the consultant at city hall next Monday at 7-8 a.m. or 8-9 p.m; Tuesday 3-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; or Wednesday 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon, 12-1 p.m. or 1-2 p.m.
See also: Marty Corcoran honored for 36 years as Maplewood City Manager
The Rate Beer reviewers have ranked Maplewood’s Side Project Brewing the #2 brewery in the world. The ranking was decided by compiling over 4.2 million customer and industry reviews. More than 33,000 brewers were considered worldwide, Feast Magazine reported. RateBeer founder Joe Tucker said in a press release, “Our winners are big and small, urban and rural, highly specialized or brewing a myriad of styles. RateBeer Best judges them on equal footing, with many of our reviewers traveling extensively, so it’s not uncommon to see a brewery that some people see as their local gem recognized as a global best.”
Protestors assembled in Brentwood in summer 2017, shouting, ‘This is Not Okay” and now they’re back at it. This time demanding that President Trump and Attorney General William Barr resign. https://www.instagram.com/p/B8pOTFpj3iJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
A Maplewood gas station sold a $1 million Lottery ticket and more local news covered in the press. KMOV — Traffic signal outage impacting drivers in Richmond Heights
KMOX — Richmond Heights police car drops off homeless man downtown
Ladue News — Neighborhoods Near You: Maplewood
Sauce — Kitchen Conservatory will move to Brentwood next year
St. Louis American — Boys Hope Girls Hope helped African immigrant succeed in St. Louis
St. Louis Business Journal — Life in Balance: What Lisa Clancy does no matter how busy things get
A new business is moving into the space formerly occupied by Larder & Cupboard in Maplewood, and Get The Word Out — vintage, antiques and global goods — plans to close its doors on Feb. 22. Tale to Table had a soft opening on Saturday at 7310 Manchester Road. The owners are Brian Pelletier (owner of Kakao Chocolate) and Katie Hannan (manager at Kakao for the last five years). They plan to stock specialty food items similar to what Larder & Cupboard offered, and hold food and cooking-related classes, as well as being a place to share recipes.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District announced that MRH Elementary School Principal Dr. Jason Adams is stepping down from his position this summer. Adams has accepted the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning position for the Webster Groves School District. Adams joined MRH in July, 2012. He served as an assistant principal in the Parkway School District and a classroom teacher in the Kirkwood School District. Through Maryville University, Jason has a B.A. and M.A. degree in Elementary Education, an M.A. degree in Educational Leadership, completed graduate programs in literacy and gifted education and completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
In 2018, the Brentwood community supported a no-tax increase bond issue to deliver necessary renovations to the middle and high school. The middle and high school project was the first phase in a two-part effort to provide all Brentwood students with access to safe, comfortable learning areas equipped to face the challenges of 21st century learning, the school district reported. On January 21, the Brentwood School Board voted to place Proposition E on the April 7, 2020 ballot. Prop E is a 47-cent per $100 of assessed valuation bond issue. The funds from this bond will be used to upgrade elementary school facilities by completely rebuilding McGrath Elementary and renovating Mark Twain.
JPMorgan Chase announced the opening of its second consumer and community bank branch in the state of Missouri and first in the city of Brentwood, according to a press release. “Brentwood is a vibrant, growing neighbor to St. Louis and we’re so proud to have this branch serve as a home for Chase customers in the area,” said Donny Carver, Market Director, St. Louis at Chase. “We look forward to building new relationships, help our customers during life’s most important moments, like opening their first savings account, buying their first home, planning for retirement, and more.”
The bank celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, February 5 at its new location at 1 Brentwood Promenade Ct., which included Brentwood Mayor David Dimmitt, County Executive Dr. Sam Page, business leaders and area Chase executives.