Brentwood School District to survey patrons

From the Brentwood School District: Phones will be ringing across the Brentwood School District over the next few weeks as a comprehensive survey of patron opinion takes place. Brentwood School District officials said the survey of 400 households will provide insight into what residents think about the district’s strengths, challenges, and priorities. “This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our patrons their opinions about our performance, and what our priorities should be for the future,” said Brian Lane, superintendent. “We’ll hear from all geographic parts of the district, people of all different ages, and everyone from newcomers to long-term residents.”
The 10- to 15-minute survey will touch on a wide variety of topics and allow residents the opportunity to share their comments. The survey was designed by ExcellenceK12, a Missouri-based market research organization that has worked with many school districts across the Midwest on similar research.

Convent is now mostly piles of rubble

The demolition of the former convent on the grounds of SSM Health appears to be almost complete. A parking lot is planned to be completed on the site next year. Read more: Surface parking planned for SSM Health convent site

Photos were taken on Friday, Sept. 6.

Bystander’s report: woman drives onto sidewalk at Foundation Grounds

Saturday around noon, a 90-year-old woman (per police report) made a right turn from Marshall Avenue onto eastbound Manchester, missed a parked car, and swerved onto the sidewalk in front of Foundation Grounds, according to a witness who was driving two cars behind the car as reported to 40 South. The description of the accident: “There were a lot of people sitting outside and a bunch of them had to jump out of the way. She flattened a street sign, one of those things that is shaped like the Arch, plowed/sideswiped into the building. I think that there was a hole in the side of the building. It all happened so fast!”

Brentwood resident dismayed that basketball courts planned to replace tennis courts in park

A Brentwood resident emailed 40 South that he is dismayed to find out that basketball courts are replacing some of the tennis courts in Hanley park. The Brentwood Parks  master plan called for those tennis courts to be upgraded, he said. “The existing tennis courts get a lot of use, even though they are in very poor shape. In contradiction to that, there is a basketball hoop in Oak Tree park that very rarely gets used. If the tennis courts are redone, as called for in the master plan, they would get a lot more use and be of great value to the community,” he said.

Reader asks what post has the most comments: a list

A reader asked what 40 South post has received the highest number of comments. Here’s some of the top commented posts. The recent post — ‘Maplewood officials advance rezoning for house’s use as MRH after-school care’ — has 65 so far. These are the top commented posts to date:

Maplewood Shop ‘n Save to close, Union Local 655 says – 85 comments
Schnucks to take over Maplewood Shop ‘n Save location: St. Louis Business Journal – 76
MRH students, staff to protest Parkland shooting, joining nationwide walkout – 71
MRH Prop K: cost to home owners – 66
Brentwood mayoral candidates face crowd, answer questions: video – 66
Maplewood officials advance rezoning for house’s use as MRH after-school care – 65
Maplewood Aquatic Center lifeguards fired over social media use – 64
Maureen Saunders to withdraw from election – 64
Brentwood resident livid after city cuts down oak – 60
Council members, MRH board member responds to councilman’s opposition to Prop Y – 55
Maplewood officials talk Tim Hortons hours, traffic – 55

News from Brentwood School District’s director of communications

Brentwood School District Director of Communications Sam Rayburn sent the following information to be shared on 40 South News. It includes information about a coming tax rate hearing, a tour of the middle and high schools, a new school resource officer and construction updates. Tax Rate Hearing
Each September, Boards of Education throughout Missouri are required to set their district tax rate for the coming year. Superintendents work with the State Auditor and County Assessor to get the  information they need to set the new tax rate. The Brentwood School District tax rate hearing for FY 2019‐2020 will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court.

Maplewood artist’s work is ‘dystopian tribute to nature devastated by climate change’

Maplewood artist, Margaret Keller, has new exhibit on display at the Contemporary Art Museum; set in an imaginary future after climate change has forced most living organisms toward either mutation or extinction. The work, Botanica absentia, creates a fictive memorial and archive dedicated to lost trees.  serves as a commemoration to the extinct trees, according to Keller’s information. Also from Keller: Multi-hued refractions transform the somber black walls of the space into a dystopian tribute to nature devastated by climate change. This installation emerges out of Keller’s belief that at this precise moment, we are at the tipping point of a world gone wrong. Teen Museum Studies participants selected Botanica absentia from twenty-two artist proposals, choosing Keller’s proposal, in part, because of the students serious concerns for the fate of the Earth in the wake of climate change.

Officer involved shooting at Galleria dominates news reports

A man who had a firearm raised, according to police, was shot dead by police at the Galleria last week. Two people were arrested as a group protested the shooting on Monday. Call Newspapers — Affton High gets new principal for 2019-2020 school year
Fox 2 — Two arrested after protesting fatal officer-involved shooting near the Galleria
Fox 2 — Police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting near the Galleria Mall
Fox 2 — Man shot and killed after fleeing from Richmond Heights police officer
KMOV — First Watch to open new restaurant in Brentwood
KMOV — Downed wires prompt closure of Richmond Heights road
KMOV — Reports: Shots fired near Galleria Mall, investigation underway
KMOV — Scene images of officer-involved shooting near Galleria Mall
KMOV — Police: Tillman had his ‘firearm raised’ when officer shot him dead near the Galleria
KPLR — Police: Man raised a gun at officer before fatal police shooting in Clayton
KTRS — Officer Involves Shooting
St. Louis American — Jamelle Newsome named a Distinguished Teacher
St. Louis Magazine — First Watch opens new “concept” restaurant in Brentwood

The Maplewood Shuffle seeking teams: event to support Joe’s Place

Gather your team of 4 – 8 players and register today for The Maplewood Shuffle on Saturday, September 21st, 3 – 7 p.m.

This event is for the 21 and over crowd.  Teams roam downtown Maplewood competing in trivia, games, and challenges while having access to promotional specials at local pubs, restaurants, and businesses. All proceeds benefit Joe’s Place, because every kid should be able to expect a warm place to sleep, regular meals, and someone to provide guidance and affection. For more information on Joe’s Place and to register for the Maplewood Shuffle, visit

Maplewood resident is world champion whistler

Brad Gassner said he’s been annoying people with his whistling his whole life. Now in his first year of competitive whistling he has won the Classical World Champ title at the 2019 Masters of Musical Whistling International Festival and Competition in Pasadena in August. He said 100 competitors auditioned and 62 competed, representing 12 countries from around the globe. Gassner won the title of Classical Division World Champion with his performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement).

Sunflowers again fill Maplewood corner

A front yard on a corner in Maplewood is again full of sunflowers — nicely contained to the perimeters of the lot. The city has made sure in past years that the residents — as they are enjoying watching goldfinches swoop from flower to flower — keep the flowers clear of the sidewalk and street. See also: ‘Bumper crop’ of sunflowers this year for Maplewood couple; city again says cut them back, Maplewood couple, city see sunflowers differently

Maplewood firefighters replace bike stolen from porch

A Maplewood boy’s birthday bike was stolen from his front porch on Marietta Avenue, and not long after that he was visited by Maplewood firefighters in a fire truck who brought him a new bike from Maplewood Bicycle. The Professional Firefighters of Maplewood shared photos of the occasion on Facebook. 

In the news: gas station robbed; bank opens

A masked suspect robbed a Brentwood gas station, where to go for a dinner and movie, and a new  bank branch opens in Maplewood. Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Maya Cafe’s celebrates 18 years with Rock-N-Roll Shrimp Boil
KSDK — Brentwood gas station robbed at gunpoint by masked man
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — One year after acquisition, St. Louis Bank plans new branches in Maplewood, Edwardsville
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Dinner and a movie?

St. Mary convent coming down, parking lot due next year

Demolition of the former convent on the grounds of SSM Health is underway, to make way for a surface parking lot due to be completed in 2020. The convent has been closed for eight years. All religious relics and stained glass were previously moved out of the building, City Manager Amy Hamilton said after a Richmond Heights City Council meeting in February. Read more: Surface parking planned for SSM Health convent site

Changed bus route to no longer serve area stops

Bi-State is rerouting and renaming a bus route, which will affect riders in Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. From Bi-State Metro: Changes: Renamed, formerly the #59 Dogtown, will operate between Big Bend at Clayton and Central West End Transit Center. Will no longer serve Brentwood I-64 Station, Maplewood Commons, Dale, Kraft or other areas south of Clayton Road. Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton noted the change on Twitter.

New Club Fitness opens in Maplewood

Club Fitness invested $3.0 million in the new 40,000 square foot facility recently opened in the Deer Creek Shopping Center, according to the company. Eric Schreimann, Club Fitness CEO, cut the ribbon for the Mid County Chamber of Commerce. From Club Fitness: The club features a Pulse Studio (vitural and coach training), a women-only training studio, a cardio theater, a burn zone studio, and a cycle studio. Amenities include a free kids club, a recovering zone with tanning and hydro massage lounges and a smoothie bar.

In the news: MRH grad, Black Rep actor dies; Kakao Chocolate featured

A 1970 Maplewood Richmond Heights grad who went on to a decades-long acting career died last week. A Club Fitness has opened in Maplewood. Fox 2 — Metro East business owner recognizes suspect seen stealing from Richmond Heights nursery
KMOV — Water main break temporarily closes Richmond Heights road
KSDK — Celebrate the Grand Opening of the 24th Club Fitness location
Laredo Morning Times — Police news for Saturday, Aug. 17
St. Louis American — Beloved St.

MRH grad Linda Alton Randall Kennedy dies at 68; dedicated actor at Black Rep

Linda Alton Randall Kennedy, of Richmond Heights, died Friday, August 16, 2019, at age 68, according to several sources. 40 South News reader and Maplewood Richmond Heights classmate (1970) Lynn Kretchmar Goode said in an email to 40 South that Kennedy spent about four decades as a dedicated local shining star in St. Louis theater and dance, mostly with the The Black Rep in St. Louis. The St.

Brentwood School District responds to criticism following removal of trees

Some large trees were recently removed from the front of Brentwood High School, though some alumni had tried hard to save them. After 40 South published comments by one of those alumni, the school district responded to a previous request for information on the project. Sam Rayburn, director of communications, said in an email that the primary reason behind the changes to the front lawn and parking area is to make the building ADA accessible. The front entrance and parking lot were not accessible before the construction. See also: Driveway and parking plan claims trees in front of BHS

Also, the changes to the front lawn will allow new entryways that “meet modern safety and security standards,” Rayburn said.

Maplewood officials advance rezoning for house’s use as MRH after-school care

Maplewood city council on Tuesday took the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District’s request to rezone a house on Laclede Station Road a step closer to completion. The district wants to use the house, at the corner of Laclede Station and Burgess Avenue, for its Discover Zone, a popular after-school program. In a meeting one school board member described later as lively, with many resident comments, city officials voted 7-0 to rezone the house (2812 Laclede Station Road) for the school district’s use. The final vote will be taken at the next council meeting. Plan and zoning voted 5-1 last week to recommend rezoning to the council.