Brentwood residents knock down gas station plan

About 55 to 60 Brentwood Ward 1 residents told some Brentwood Boulevard property owners Tuesday night at city hall they don’t want another station. Ward 1 aldermen David Dimmitt and David Plufka invited the owners — a father and son, with SGE, Inc. — to speak to residents before proceeding with the project. It hadn’t reached city hall yet. Ward 1 resident Barry Williams was there and reported to 40 South that the owners of the Milton Building (2025 S. Brentwood Boulevard) had bought the Brentwood Bible Church on Lawn Avenue and the parking lot in-between, planning to build a 24-hour gas station on the three lots. Williams said lots of people spoke in the meeting and none were in favor of the project, but it was civil; the property owners were given a chance to present their plan.

Brentwood mayoral candidates meet in a forum

The two candidates for mayor of Brentwood, Barbara Clements and Chris Thornton, met Monday at the Brentwood School District conference center in a congenial League of Women Voters forum. There was often agreement in  the 28 questions posed by audience members, read from cards by a LWV moderator. Around two dozen residents came, maybe a few less than attended the forum for the Brentwood School Board last week. The moderator alternated who answered first. Some of the questions, and answers:

Brentwood’s biggest challenge?

Brentwood Radio Shack to close

After 41 years in business, the Brentwood Radio Shack (2518 South Brentwood Boulevard) is closing. The corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday for the second time in two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The store survived the first round of cuts, but not the second. An employee there on Saturday said its last day is March 31.

School board candidates asked to rethink creationism vs. evolution

Brentwood resident, Robin Duntze D.V.M., said in an email to 40 South that she was dismayed to learn that all but one of the candidates in the Brentwood School Board candidates forum on Thursday supported teaching creationism in Brentwood Public schools. The majority of candidates in the forum said they supported teaching both creationism and evolution, when asked. Lindsay Spencer was the only one who said teaching should be exclusively “science-based.” She concluded, “Teach evolution.” Duntze said she has been a Brentwood resident since 1989; both her sons attended Brentwood schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Brentwood School Board candidates answer community questions

Five of six candidates for the three open seats on the Brentwood Board of Education took part in a League of Women Voters forum Thursday night at the school district conference center. They answered 16 questions from the audience, read by a LWV moderator, in about one hour and 45 minutes. About 25 attended the forum, including the mayor and a couple aldermen. The election is April 4. The candidates sat on the stage in ballot order:

Keith Rabenberg (incumbent)
Dannielle Joy Davis
Daniel Brouille (incumbent, served one year)
Lindsay M. Spencer
Cindy Watson — (not at the forum, a seat there for her)
Lois Truman

There was often agreement on questions, with variations.

Brentwood senior in talent competition finals at Fox

Brentwood senior Evan Adams has made to it the final round of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, on April 8, according to a release. The finals are free and open to the public. There are 17 acts (29 students, from Missouri and Illinois) competing in the finals. A complete list of final acts can be found here.

Brentwood officials honor Louise Charboneau

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. Charboneau spoke often at board of aldermen meetings and was active in other city commission meetings. She was a candidate for mayor of Brentwood when she died. Brentwood City Administrator Bola Akande reported in an email to 40 South that city officials OK’d prefacing the city’s new Tree Policies and Guidelines Manual with a recognition to Charbonneau. Parks and Recreation Director Eric Gruenenfelder and Parks Superintendent Peter Van Lin updated the department’s ‘Policies and Procedures Manual’ by including a new chapter entitled ‘Arboricultural Specifications.’

Man steals vodka, drives off in brother’s Cadillac: police

According to court and police records, Gregory Hickman, 42, of St. Louis, was charged with a third stealing offense. On Nov. 21, 2016, at the Brentwood Schnucks, Hickman selected six bottles of vodka and placed them in a shopping basket. He carried the basket out of the store without making any attempt to pay for the vodka, and drove away in a gold Cadillac.

Lois Truman running for Brentwood School Board

Candidate for Brentwood School Board, Lois Truman, sent the following biographical information to 40 South News for publication. She is one of six running for three open seats on the board. A League of Women Voters candidates forum will be held at the Brentwood School District Conference Center on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

From Lois Truman:

I am excited to be on the April 4, 2017 ballot as candidate for the Brentwood School District Board of Education. I am a lifelong educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Counseling and Psychological Services, and a Doctorate in Child and Family Studies. In early 2014 my husband (currently on the Brentwood Library Board) and I returned from Dubai to live near our family where we have three grandchildren attending the fabulous Brentwood schools.