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.

St. Mary Magdalen holds first Fall Food Fest

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Council held their first annual Fall Food Festival. The Council wanted to build community in the Brentwood area. A decision was made to have a Fall Food Festival and invite food trucks to Saint Mary Magdalen. The council advertised in many neighborhood papers and online calendars hoping to get folks from around the area to spend the evening at Saint Mary Magdalen enjoying food, music and meeting new people. The event began at 5 p.m. with the arrival of Pie Oh My, Gioia’s, Hacienda Catering, B.J.’s Gul-licious BBQ, and M.K.’s Rolls and Wraps.

Butterfly photobomb

Brentwood resident Andy Moeckel took a picture at the Brentwood Days Parade last week, and was surprised to discover he had been photobombed by a monarch butterfly. He sent sent the photo to 40 South News with permission to use. See also: Maddenfest Parade 2015

Maddenfest Parade 2015

It was a perfect day for the 2015 Maddenfest Parade in Brentwood on Saturday. Local businesses, scout troops, Brentwood city officials and departments, and others marched down High School Drive toward Brentwood Park and the second day of Maddenfest, the annual city festival, formerly known as Brentwood Days. https://youtu.be/ak5xYvHIyHI

Brentwood resident, Post-Dispatch reporter beaten, robbed in Ferguson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, and Brentwood resident Paul Hampel was “beaten, bloodied and robbed by a group of attackers” Sunday night as as covered the Ferguson protests on the anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9, 2014, according to the Post-Dispatch. Hampel said he was rushed from behind as he was taking photos of break-ins along West Florissant Avenue. See some of Hampel’s videos and photos from Ferguson Sunday night on his Twitter feed at @phampel.

Brentwood HS athlete is All-American

Brentwood High School senior Sophia Rivera has capped off her summer by being named a Milesplit All-American, she announced on Twitter (@sophia_rivera13) on Friday.  Milesplit covers prep track and field nationwide. Rivera won both shot put and discus in the state championships her freshman, sophomore and junior years. This summer she competed internationally in shot put and javelin. Milesplit has covered Rivera in these and other articles:

Sophia Rivera Makes IAAF History
Michael Biddle, Sophia Rivera Victorious At JavFest
Sophia Rivera On Historic IAAF Field Event Double
Sophia Rivera over 50 feet in shot at University of Washington! Rivera Qualifies for Pan Am Juniors

Visitation for Joe Williams, who died Sunday

Brentwood resident and St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams, who died Sunday in an automobile accident, will be remembered at a visitation Saturday, August 1, at Kutis Funeral Home South County, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, according to the Post-Dispatch. Friends and family are invited to the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to share stories and memories. Mr. Williams died in a one-vehicle accident about 7 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson County. See also: Brentwood resident, Post-Dispatch reporter dies in one-car crash