MSD to restart work on Bellevue

The Metropolitan Sewer District has restarted its work on Bellevue Avenue, according to  a letter from the MSD a resident of the street received from the contractor this week. The work was delayed due to ‘utility conflicts’ on Manchester Avenue, the letter says. The work will continue up Bellevue to Stanley Avenue. During that time, Bellevue will be open to local traffic only (‘local traffic only’ is in bold in the letter.)

‘There will be some congestion and inconvenience; please bear with us,’ the letter says. The project is expected to be finished by June 15.

Presten Pinnell obituary published; memorial balloon release planned

The Valley Morning Star of Harlingen, Texas, on March 22, published an obituary for Presten Pinnell, 2015 graduate of Maplewood Richmond Heights, who died on Sunday. His sister posted the funeral service arrangements on Facebook. Presten’s sister, Paige Pinnell, posted the funeral service arrangements on Facebook: The wake will be this Saturday, March 25 at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, 7456 Manchester Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From there everyone will proceed to the MRH High School auditorium for the life reflections service from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then we will all gather on the MRH field for a memorial balloon release, and then to the MRH cafeteria for the repass. She said: “My family and I would like to thank each and every person for all the love and support. Please keep us in your prayers.

MRH band wins national recognition

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has been named one of 15 honorable mention winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program for its Blue Devils Rhythm and Blues Band, the school has announced. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” the school says. From the Magna Award website: Over several decades, the student population steadily declined, causing enrollment in music classes to decline as well. The school board recognized the need to restore student interest, increase student achievement, and reconnect with the community. The district created and developed in the fine arts curriculum the Blue Devils Rhythm and Blues Band, a modernized, nontraditional, and cutting-edge music and dance ensemble to replace the larger concert band…”

The winners were selected by a panel of school board members, administrators and other educators from more than 200 submissions in three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.

Brentwood needs a new clerk

The city of Brentwood is looking for a new deputy clerk. The previous clerk, Dusty Hosna, was hired to replace Octavia Pittman, who retired from the city on September 30, 2016. Pittman was hired in April 2012. She is now the clerk for the city of Ferguson, according to her LinkedIn page and the city of Ferguson website. The city clerk position was posted on the Brentwood city website on March 3, 2017.

Brentwood officials OK plan to slow down traffic

Brentwood officials Monday night passed a resolution aimed at slowing down traffic on residential streets, with the Brentwood Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. The the Brentwood Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) is planned as a collaboration between city residents, officials and staff to identify traffic problems and fix them, according to the plan, in the meeting agenda. The goal is to put people ahead of traffic, making safer, more livable streets. The process begins when a resident living within one block of the area of concern fills out a request to the city for traffic calming. A petition with signatures from two-thirds of the residents on the street is also required.  Then the city will visit the site, looking at the streets, signs, sidewalks, traffic volume and other factors.

March 22 real estate listings from Zillow lists home for sale in Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights. These are some of the more recent. Brentwood — 63144

8502 Henrietta Ave, $329,000, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,479 sqft, built 1939
2711 Bremerton Rd, $139,000, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,818 sqft
2100 S. Brentwood Blvd, $339,000, 4 beds, 2 baths, 2,270 sqft, built 1929

Maplewood — 63143

7215 Arsenal, $179,900, 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,400 sqft, built 1919
3258 Walter Ave, $54,990, 2 beds, 1 bath, 941 sqft
2031 Hiawatha Ave, $179,900, 3 beds, 1.5 baths

Richmond Heights — 63117

7758 W. Bruno, $160,000, 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,008 sqft
2028 Del Norte Ave, $330,000, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,900 sqft, built 1941
7336 Arlington Dr, $249,000, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,600 sqft, built 1924



Louise Charboneau friend compiled a tribute; “Be kind,” Louise said

Friends of Brentwood stalwart, Louise Charboneau, who passed on in February, got together in the St. Mary Magdalen basement on Sunday to remember her life. Alderman Steve Lochmoeller and his wife, Mary Jo — Madge Avenue neighbors — hosted. Neighbor to Louise Charboneau, Cathy Hwang Zahniel, compiled clips from 40 South News to share and sent 40 South a copy. Tribute to Louise Charboneau’s Engagement as a Citizen in Brentwood Government – Compilation from 40 South News

Brentwood officials honor Louise Charboneau
By Doug Miner | March 8, 2017
Brentwood resident, Louise Charboneau, who passed on last month, and who was known for her passionate activism for Brentwood’s trees, was recognized in a new city tree guidelines manual on Monday.

Dog found in Richmond Heights

Messaged to 40 South: This little guy was found in Richmond Heights on 3-21-17 at 9:30 a.m. on Yale Ave. Puppy, not chipped. He’s been brought to the APA on Hanley waiting for his owners. He was well loved on and was left in good hands. Please share.

MRH baseball honors grad, Presten Pinnell

Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball honored MRH 2015 graduate Presten Pinnell, who died on Sunday while on a spring break trip. He was a student at University of Central Missouri. Before the team’s home opener on Monday there was a moment of silence in honor of Presten Pinnell. The tribute ends with a quote from Pinnell. The audio is a little hard to hear — here’s what was said: “Over the weekend the MRH community suffered a tragic loss.

Maplewood to resurface these streets

Maplewood City Council at its March 14 meeting approved the lowest bid, from four received, to resurface the streets selected for the 2017 Capital Improvements Project. E. Meier Contracting won the decision with its bid of $668,442. The high bid was $985,730, according to the meeting agenda. Meier will put down new concrete surfaces on Moller and Rule avenues and Laclede Station Road from Manchester to Burgess. Alicia Avenue, Alicia Court, Circle Drive and Williams Court will receive new asphalt. New sidewalks and handicap ramps will be built on Lohmeyer Avenue, Oakland (near the ECC), and Marshall and Lanham avenues.

Puppy stolen at adoption event

A puppy was stolen at an adoption event at the Brentwood PetSmart store on Saturday, KSDK reported. The animal rescue group, All New Hope Rescue, is looking for three men accused of stealing a beagle-mix puppy from the Brentwood store. The group posted notice of the theft, with a photo of the puppy, on Facebook. According to the report, a man ran out of the store with the dog under his coat after being turned down for an adoption then jumped into a white or silver Impala and took off. If you have information in this case, you can send an email to

Maplewood lawsuit, evolution/creationism are top posts

Here’s the weekly roundup of the most-read 40 South News posts of the past week. Maplewood sued for discrimination, targets ‘nuisance’ ordinance
School board candidates asked to rethink creationism vs. evolution
The Heights: major expansion in 2018-2020
Brentwood residents knock down gas station plan
How MRH handles evolution/creationism; Brentwood to follow
Brentwood School Board candidates asked to clarify: creationism vs. evolution
Twin Peaks cuts the ribbon
River Des Peres Greenway construction begins
Maplewood city denies racism; willing to defend itself in court
Hawk? falcon?