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 40 South post about four Brentwood city employees being fired in one day was November’s most read post. The closing of Maplewood Little Caesar’s Pizza followed, and a planned Brentwood apartment complex being nixed came after that. The top 10:
4 Brentwood city employees fired in one day, sources say
Maplewood Little Caesar’s closes
Once-planned apartment complex is no more
Liquor license being requested for former piano bar location
Man shot dead in Richmond Heights, woman charged
MRH parents continue to block driveways: police
Brentwood officials consider sales tax for flood mitigation plan
Maplewood police seize guns, marijuana
Man shot at Brentwood Metrolink: Fox 2
Maplewood Walmart has more police calls than any other Maplewood business: Fox News
Maplewood Planning and Zoning on Monday will review a request to consolidate two lots in the Sunnen business park for condominiums, according to the agenda. The minor subdivision condominium plat is at 3267 S. Big Bend Boulevard.
A follower of 40 South News, Dave Mell, recently shared four views of the Maplewood Theater — obviously from at least a couple decades — possibly from the 1950s and 1970s. Editor’s note: At least three of these photos — shared on Facebook by Dave Mell last week — were gleaned from previous Doug Houser posts in 40 South News. See also: Maplewood History: A Surprising Discovery About Our Long Forgotten Theater District
A seasonably warm night brought a large crowd out to the Mid County Chamber of Commerce Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk on Friday. After the tree lighting ceremony at Citizens National Bank Park downtown was open for business. In the window decorating contest, Scheidt Hardware, Vom Vass, Stone Spiral Coffee, and Tiny Little Monster all tied for first place.
Found in the news this week: Carl’s Drive In, Galleria shut-down, woman found dead on a porch, Tim Hortons, and more. Includes nine posts from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and one each from the Kansas City Star and Seattle Times. Good Food St. Louis — Carl’s Drive In: An Old Hwy.
Maplewood Richmond Heights recently sent out news of employee generosity, Blue Devil athletes honored for performance in classroom and competition, MRH reducing its carbon footprint, and more.The MRH posts:
Annual MRH Employee Giving Campaign Demonstrates Major Generosity
More than $10,000 for charity raised by MRH staffers. MRH Athletes Shine On and Off the Field
Four Standout Students honored for classroom and competition performances. MRH Reducing its Carbon Footprint
District purchases renewable energy credits. MRH Speech and Debate Teams Racks Up More Awards
The Club is breaking out in its inaugural season. MRH Principal Saluted by National School Redesign Group
Dr. Kevin Grawer will speak at the organization’s annual meeting in 2018
Democratic fundraiser, Matthew Lieberman, has been charged with felony gun crimes after allegedly firing a handgun and shouting racial slurs at eyewitnesses at at the Amoco station on Skinker Boulevard on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. Lieberman pointed a handgun at someone at the gas station while using racial slurs just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Post-Dispatch. He then allegedly fired shots at the building from his car. Less than 15 minutes later Lieberman shouted racial epithets at maintenance workers at the Jack in the Box on Hampton Avenue and fired a gun several times from a Mercedes sedan, court documents say, the Post-Dispatch reports.
Richmond Heights Police say they don’t suspect foul play in the death of a 29-year-old woman found Thursday morning on a porch in Richmond Heights, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Chief Doug Schaeffler said the woman was discovered Thursday at about 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Bredell Avenue, near Dale Avenue. When first reported by the Post-Dispatch, Chief Schaeffler said the medical examiner’s office was on the way to the scene, and an officer was consoling a person nearby.
Santa plans to pose for photos with pets this weekend at Maplewood business Airedale Antics (7316 Manchester Road) to benefit Furry Ferret Rescue and St. Louis Huggs service dog group. Santa will be there Saturday Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For $15 you will receive a professional high resolution digital photo. All proceeds will support Furry Ferret Rescue and the St.
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg reported on his mayor’s blog that he and his wife Deni went to the National League of Cities City Summit in Charlotte, NC, Nov. 15-18. He said he covered Deni’s expenses. Greenberg said he talked with other city mayors, council members and staff about issues they face and how problems are solved in their communities. He reported: “My conclusion is that we are fortunate to have so many involved citizens, great city staff, school district, business community, and elected officials that work together to make Maplewood such a fantastic city, but there is always more work that needs to be done to keep us moving forward.
The Mid County Chamber Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk is Friday, beginning with the Christmas Tree lighting at 6 p.m. at Citizen’s Park, at Manchester and Marshall. Maplewood Police report that carriage rides, running until 9 p.m. will impact traffic. It will be the usual route, around the block on Marietta Avenue. These and possibly other businesses will be open for the evening. Airedale Antics 7316 Manchester Rd.
Richmond Heights Chief of Police Doug Schaeffler and Major Craig Mueller hosted several retired Richmond Heights officers for lunch on Wednesday, the department posted on Facebook. There was “well over 200 combined years of service” gathered around the table, the department said.