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.

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

Brentwood resident, Post-Dispatch reporter dies in one-car crash

St. Louis Post-Dispatch movie critic, and Brentwood resident, Joe Williams was killed Sunday night in a one-car crash in Jefferson County on Highway 67, the Post-Dispatch reports. Williams over-corrected after veering to the left and drove his 2000 Lexus into a ditch about 6:35 p.m. It came to a rest on its roof. He was wearing a seat belt, officials say. Williams’ mother, Marie Williams, told the Post-Dispatch she believed her son was on his way to the Starlite Drive-In Theater in Cadet, MO.

Dottie Higginbotham remembered

Dorothy “Dottie” Higginbotham, a long time Brentwood resident and city employee died last Friday, the Brentwood Historical Society reports. From the Brentwood Historical Society:

“…She was 98 years young. She was a gem. Always a smile, a laugh and a good story. She worked in many capacities for the City of Brentwood over the years. Dottie enjoyed being with other people.

Brentwood student athlete makes history

Brentwood High School senior Sophia Rivera made International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) history by becoming the first athlete at any level to compete in two field events simultaneously at a world championship, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer, on Facebook. “And she did it with style, finishing eighth in javelin and bringing home the SILVER MEDAL in shot put home to the USA! Congratulations!” Hassemer reported. The shot put and javelin finals at the IAAF World Youth Championships, on Thursday, started within five minutes of each other in Cali, Columbia.

Sophia Rivera at New Balance Nationals

Brentwood athlete competes in simultaneous events

Brentwood High School senior, and National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) javelin thrower Sophia Rivera has announced she will compete in both the shot put and javelin finals at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships on Thursday, scheduled to start within five minutes of each other in Cali, Columbia, NSAF reports. Rivera is the first at any level of IAAF championship competition to attempt two field events simultaneously, IAAF officials have said. “I look at it as an adventure,” Rivera told the NSAF. She also threw the shot and javelin together at this year’s Kansas Relays. According to the NSAF, Rivera led the nation in shot put for both indoors and outdoors this year.

Julius Bestman

Brentwood HS senior selected for Bank of America student leaders program

Julius Bestman, a senior at Brentwood High School, is one of five St. Louis area teens selected to be part of the 2015 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer, according to a press release. The program awards the students a paid, eight-week summer internship at a local nonprofit and a trip to Washington, D.C. in July to participate in the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit. Bestman is interning at United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Sophia Rivera at New Balance Nationals

Brentwood athlete makes 2 national teams

Brentwood High School senior (coming year) Sophia Rivera won both shot put and discus at the state meet for the third year in a row this spring, and already has had a busy (amazing) summer, her mother, Michelle Hassemer reports.  So far she’s:

Competed in Havana, Cuba and won gold (shot put), silver (javelin) and bronze (discus)
Won the High School National Championship in shot put and javelin
Placed sixth at High School Nationals in discus
Placed second to a 2x NCAA shot put champion at the under-20 National Championships to make team USA for Pan Am Juniors in Canada
Is US#1 in high school shot put, and US#2 in high school javelin
Won the 3k shot put and 500g javelin and set national records at the World Youth Trials and made the under-18 team to represent the USA at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia. “Yes, she made TWO National Teams this summer! Way to go!!” Hassemer said. “She leaves tomorrow (Saturday) for a training camp for the World Youth team…

Brentwood’s Rivera throws best-in-US shot put

Brentwood junior Sophia Rivera has competed in track and field since middle school, and in December threw a best in the US shot put—high school girls so far this indoor season—with a 48 feet, 2 3/4 inches throw at the Throwing and Growing competition at the YMCA’s Youth and Family Center in St. Louis. The throw was a PR (personal record) for Rivera by almost a foot. See a video of her throw below. Rivera had a good summer throwing, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer.

8833 Powell Avenue, Brentwood MO, which was demolished on October 2014.

Brentwood house sold, demolished

A Brentwood house built in 1925, at 8833 Powell Avenue, was recently demolished. It was sold to Prestige Custom Homes Inc. on Oct. 1 for $90,855, according to county records. The Brentwood Historical Society reported incorrectly that 8825 Powell Avenue was the house that was demolished. That house still stands and is for sale.

Protesters target Brentwood shopping center, Updated

The unrest in St. Louis continued last night and a group of protesters arrived in the Brentwood Promenade before moving on. According to Brentwood police chief Dan Fitzgerald, between 20 and 25 cars of protesters arrived at Target at around 11:15 p.m. The store had closed at 11 p.m. but not all the employees had left the building. Brentwood officers saw the protesters arrive, called for assistance and numerous area police responded. Brentwood police officers escorted some Target employees to their cars.

Brentwood enjoys Maddenfest parade

Brentwood’s annual Maddenfest (formerly Brentwood Days) parade Saturday wound down High School Drive to Brentwood Park, where carnival rides entertained for free Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. The festival finished with fireworks that were easily heard in Maplewood.

Saint Mary Magdalen School honors first responders

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School students from preschool to 8th grade gathered at Mass Friday to honor first responders in the area and to thank them for dedicating their lives to ensure the safety of the community, according to a press release. “These everyday heroes are models of how selfless actions can improve our world,” the release stated. Father Jack Siefert, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen, gave a blessing to the public servants. Father Siefert expressed his gratitude for all of the members of public safety who make such a difference in each of our lives. Following Mass students and first responders enjoyed breakfast, songs by the children, and a basketball game.

Brentwood woman named to board

Citizens for Modern Transit has named Jennifer Obertino, of Brentwood, a member of its board of directors. Obertino is vice president and operations manager of the Missouri-Kansas operations for URS Corporation. Obertino will spend the next three years helping guide Citizens for Modern Transit as it works to fulfill its mission of expanding the light rail system in order to build more sustainable, accessible communities in the St. Louis region, according to a press release.

A service dog for Fr. Siefert

Next week, Fr. Jack Siefert, of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church will receive a new best friend. Francis, a black Labrador retriever service dog, will arrive to help Siefert manage his type 1 diabetes. Fr.