Police detective named Brentwood Citizen of the Year

Brentwood Police Detective Craig Eisenbeis was named Citizen of the Year by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s holiday party Thursday night. Eisenbeis is devoted to many causes, according to the Brentwood city website, including Missouri Special Olympics, National Night Out and BBQ for Backstoppers. He is the DARE officer and school resource officer for Brentwood schools. Brentwood Chamber board member, Dr. Kyle Kuhlman of Complete Care St. Louis, presented the award.

Brentwood resident has GoFundMe to sell her photos

Brentwood resident Maureen Wheat is a dedicated photographer, and now is selling 8×10 copies through a GoFundMe campaign. Wheat says she has been shooting for 50 years, and would like to get her photographs into ‘retail circulation.’ “In my life, I have never spared my dignity to get the photo. I’ve laid on tracks to shoot oncoming street cars and laid down on the sidewalk to get 200-year-old trees. I have stopped  traffic, requested people to move aside,” she says on the site.

Brentwood woman recovering after slip into ravine in Washington state

Brentwood resident Lacy Endicott, 24, is recovering after spending two nights trapped in a ravine in Mt. Rainier National Park, KPLR reports. Endicott told friends she slipped off a trail while trying to take a photo. She spent Sunday night in a hollow tree after trying unsuccessfully to climb back up. National Park Ranger Kevin Bacher said a 26 person team began searching Monday after she was reported missing.

Rivera All-American again

The 2016 MileSplit All-American Girls Team, presented by New Balance, was announced on July 4, and Brentwood’s Sophia Rivera topped the list of javelin throwers honored. Rivera was a MileSplit All-American in 2015 as well. Rivera is in Eugene, OR, at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials with her parents as a spectator. She qualified for the trials with a throw in Brentwood of 180 feet 4 inches, but injured her elbow and withdrew. She has her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Rivera withdraws from Olympic trials

Sophia Rivera, the Brentwood javelin thrower who qualified for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials with a throw of 180 feet, 4 inches at Brentwood, “tweaked” her elbow at the Missouri state meet and has decided to withdraw from the trials, her mother, Michelle Hassemer, reported on Facebook on June 19. “It’s bittersweet – Sophia tweaked her elbow back at the state meet and it has been healing way better than expected. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very proud that after consulting with the NSAF medical staff she decided to withdraw from the Olympic trials next month. Sophia doesn’t want to risk serious injury by competing before she is 100% ready. Tokyo2020…

Brentwood athlete named Gatorade Player of the Year

Brentwood’s Sophia Rivera, who has qualified for the 2016 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team Trials has received yet another honor. She’s been named the Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year for Missouri. Gatorade quotes Brentwood High School coach, Scott Long: “Sophia Rivera’s work ethic, in my opinion, exceeds her tremendous natural abilities. Having the opportunity to work with her has been an absolute pleasure. She is a rare combination of size, strength, speed, coordination and the willingness to work tirelessly on her techniques.

Man charged in Brentwood graduate’s murder

An Oklahoma man has been charged with the shooting death of Jocelyn Peters, 30-year-old teacher at  Mann Elementary in the Tower Grove neighborhood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Peters was also a graduate of Brentwood High School. Peters’ boyfriend found her dead in her Central West End apartment in March. She was seven months pregnant at the time.

Someone found this cockatiel in Brentwood, more lost too

A Brentwood resident found what looks to be a cockatiel in the area of Pine Avenue and Brentwood Boulevard and posted a photo on Facebook looking for the owner on Monday. She didn’t say if it has been claimed so far. The post led to others commenting on the thread that they had lost their birds. Another said she lost her cockatiel over the weekend but this one isn’t hers. “Went out today looking and put up more flyers and posts.

Brentwood’s Rivera qualifies for Olympic Trials

In a track meet Monday at Brentwood High School, senior Sophia Rivera launched a javelin throw that qualified her for the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in July in Eugene, OR, at ‘historic’ Hayward Field. The throw came in her third and final attempt, hitting 180 feet, 4 inches. It’s the longest throw by a high school girl in the nation and qualified Rivera for the United States Olympic Trials, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It puts her in contention for a spot on the US Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro this August.

Rivera ranked #1 going into Kansas Relays

Brentwood High School senior Sophia Rivera — Wisconsin signee and three-time state champion in the discus and shot put — is returning to the elite national meet, the Kansas Relays, this month as the defending champion in javelin and shot put. She will also compete in discus, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer on Twitter. Update: Rivera withdrew from the Kansas Relays following her javelin throw of 180-4 that qualified her for the Olympic Trials, for a new training and competition schedule, Hassemer said on Twitter. She is ranked #1 in the country in javelin going into the meet with a posted throw of 160’6″ though her personal record, thrown on April 13, is 176’3″, recorded by Hassemer, on Twitter (below). Brentwood’s Rivera qualifies for Olympic Trials

Rivera took second in discus and fourth in shot put at the Acadia Invite, in Los Angeles, this month.

Brentwood resident, ‘Minnie’ Weise, dies at 100

Erminia ‘Minnie’ Weise, who was born on Rose Avenue in Brentwood in 1915, died Jan. 18, 2016, according to the Brentwood Historical Society and  Jay B. Smith Funeral Home. According to the Brentwood Historical Society, Weise was born Erminia Stefanoni to Italian immigrants. Her father, Eugene Stefanoni, came from Milan. He married Angela Pastori in 1914.

Chaney Elementary sign preserved: the whole story

Tim Sauer, a 40 South News reader, shared a photo of a table he made incorporating the sign for the old Chaney Elementary School in Richmond Heights. His stepdad’s grandfather was William Chaney, who was given the plaque, which had stood outside Chaney School from 1971 to 2002. Sauer’s stepdad, Randy Seagrist, sent the whole story:

I’m sending this to you in regards to an email my stepson Tim Sauer sent to you. He made a wonderful table incorporating the sign for the former Chaney Elementary School in Richmond Heights, part of the MRH School District. It sat on the site of the present MRH Elementary School at Glades and Princeton.

Brentwood track star picks Wisconsin

Red and white balloons decorated the Brentwood High School assembly room as Sophia Rivera’s classmates filed in to see her announce where she had decided to attend college. Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Texas A&M — her top choices, according to her dad, Ed Rivera — are all red and white, so is Stanford, which she had turned down, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer. Friday afternoon the international  shot put and javelin competitor from Brentwood announced she would attend the University of Wisconsin. See also: Sophia Rivera wins national championship, Brentwood’s Rivera throws best-in-US shot put, Sophia Rivera takes gold in national meet – again

Brentwood assistant principal/athletic director, Stephen Ayotte said, “You absolutely are what all of us want to see in our kids, in our friends. You do the right thing when people are watching.

Leon Golfin, former Brentwood alderman

Former Brentwood Ward 4 alderman Leon Golfin died Monday, November 9, according to the City of Brentwood. The city had this remembrance of Mr. Golfin. It is with deep regret that we share the passing of former Ward 4 alderman Leon Golfin. A notable, well respected and much loved long-time resident of Brentwood Forest. Leon had a common sense approach on all matters that came before the board of aldermen.

On Veterans Day, WWII vet wears Army cap to The Heights

Once again, World War II veteran, Charlie Stefanoni, wears his Army cap with his medals on Veterans Day. He says he can’t remember what they’re all for. He was at The Heights for his workout Tuesday morning. Stefanoni is 89; he’ll be 90 next month. Thanks to Charlie and all our veterans. 2015 update: Originally published Veterans Day 2014 — missed 90-year-old Charlie at The Heights this year.

St. Mary Magdalen kids trunk-or-treat

As a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and all the scary stuff, Saint May Magdalen celebrated Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is like classic trick-or-treating where kids still dress up in costumes and ask for candy, but it was held in the church parking lot. Cars opened their trunks or the backs of their vehicles and decorated them. Then parents pass out candy from their trunks. This provides a safe family environment for the trick-or-treaters.

Brentwood Scouts help celebrate Gateway Arch

Mike Horton, of Brentwood, reported on some Brentwood Scouts that helped at the recent ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the placement of the final piece of the Gateway Arch on Oct. 28, 1965. At 11 a.m. the St. Louis Fire Department Honor Guard struck a bell five times in honor of the five decades of the Arch’s existence. An honor guard from Boy Scout Troop 313, Cub Scout Pack 656 and Girl Scout Troop 1047 raised the American flag on the new flagpole at Luther Ely Smith Square, the first part of the CityArchRiver 2015 project to be completed.

Donated Maddenville map now on display

Charles Ault, a 62-year Brentwood resident donated a map of Maddenville — part of Brentwood before it was called Brentwood — to the city at the Oct. 19 board of aldermen meeting. “It shows all of the detail of what was the beginning, and then what became a small portion of the greater city of Brentwood,” he was quoted in 40 South News on Oct. 22. Ault said he always intended to hang it in his home, but could never figure out where to hang it.

62-year Brentwood resident donates 1896 map of Maddenville

Charles Ault, who lived in Brentwood 62 years before MSD took possession of his house, at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting Monday donated a 1896 map of Maddenville to the city. 

He said he had this map of his neighborhood made some years ago. “It shows all of the detail of what was the beginning, and then what became a small portion of the greater city of Brentwood.” He always intended to hang it in his home, but could never figure out where to hang it, he said. “I first walked into that house when I was seven years old, because that was where my best friend lived, and after getting the entire tour of the four rooms, I went to his mother, and in my most diplomatic manner said, ‘Mrs, Meyer, …I don’t want to be pushy, but when you don’t want to live here anymore, let me know, because I want to live here,’ and 40 years later I got the house. So now they’ve (MSD) got the house, and I wanted to give this map of Maddenville to my city,” Ault said.