Blues players celebrate at OB Clark’s

Some Blues players, including Patrick Maroon, Ivan Barbashev, and Vladimir Tarasenko, went to OB Clark’s in Brentwood with the Stanley Cup on Friday, and ended up on social media.

Trees removed, moved at BHS

A 40 South reader asked recently why a tree had been removed from the front lawn of Brentwood High School. Actually two trees have been removed from there in the past couple years. A large post oak, once near the intersection of High School Drive and Bridgeport Avenue, near the auditorium, which had graced the BHS campus since the 1930s, expired in the fall of 2015 and was removed by a Davey Tree crew in the spring of 2016. Another tree, a new swamp white oak that Davey Tree donated and planted several years ago also near the auditorium has been moved, according to Brentwood resident, Barry Williams. He said the school district is preparing to build a new loop driveway in front of the high school (“the 1927 building with the classical columned portico”), and the new oak tree was in its path so Williams arranged for Davey Tree to move it to another location on the BHS campus. See also:

Ailing oak at BHS: class of ’74 seeks help to save it
Brentwood High post oak dies, is removed
Brentwood’s Louise Charboneau is remembered, as trees are dedicated to her
Oak once marked entrance to Woodside, resident says

New pastor introduces himself

The new pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood sent in an introduction and photo. From Pastor Jaime Nava:

On the corner of Sarah and Marshall (behind Foundation Grounds coffee) Concordia Lutheran Church has received a new pastor to serve. Previously they had been served by Pastor Matthew Wood since 2012. In July of last year, Pastor Wood took a call to serve with his family in Indonesia. Concordia Lutheran Church was established in 1892 and moved to its current location in 1954.

William Lyman Thomas – Found Amongst his Personal Effects – Part Two

Just in case you missed Part One here’s a link. Found Amongst his Personal Effects

You might notice that there is no “Part One” in the title.  That’s because I’m never sure how many parts there will wind up being.  As I write these words, I have no idea how many images I’ll be able to turn up to attach below.  Those of you that follow this space know that this is the twenty somethingth post I have done from this mother lode of Sutton/Thomas memorabilia that we have been lucky enough to witness firsthand.

4 MRH students certified biliterate

Four Maplewood Richmond Heights High School students have earned the school district’s Seal of Biliteracy, MRH reported on Facebook. The Seal is an award given by a school district or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. These students earned the award this year: Anabel Parreno (Spanish), Anastasia Juracsik (Spanish), Reilly Tucker (Spanish), and Ibrahim Majeed (Arabic).

Former Brentwood mayor trying to sue the city: source

A source has told 40 South News that former Brentwood mayor, Christopher Thornton,  is trying to sue the city of Brentwood for information on the city’s GPS systems, used to track city vehicles. Thornton lost access to the data when he left his position with the city. He contends it is public record. Data from city vehicles was used then-mayor’s company, Geocompile, to manage and improve the delivery of public safety services to the residents. When asked for comment, a representative said the city does not comment on pending litigation.

Ameren Missouri with advice to stay cool and safe, and save money in the process

From Ameren Missouri: The power to control energy use is as easy as the flip of a switch or the turn of a dial – and every customer has multiple opportunities to save money. An easy, inexpensive step everyone can take is to replace the bulbs in your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures. This one simple step can save $45 a year. Customers can find various cash back offers, energy-efficiency programs and discounted lightbulbs online at There is also an opportunity for homeowners needing a new air conditioning system to save.

Brentwood First Watch to serve specialty coffee drinks and alcoholic brunch cocktails

A spokesperson for First Watch told 40 South Tuesday that construction has begun on a new First Watch in Brentwood Square. The 4,430-square-foot space will seat 145 people, and will be the first location in the St. Louis metro area to include a bar/beverage counter serving specialty coffee drinks and alcoholic brunch cocktails. A summer opening is expected. Brentwood city officials approved the new restaurant in April.

Maplewood History: Famous Maplewoodians – Willard McGregor

Any lineup of famous Maplewoodians would have to include Willard McGregor.  I have to include him even though I posted every single piece of information that I have about him last year on March the 19th.  Even so he truly is worth taking another look at. Like Ray and Tom Kennedy, he became known in his spheres of interest, painting and music, in a far wider community than our small one here.  All three hobnobbed with other artists who were also widely known. Is that part of the definition of being famous?

Summer road work, Maplewood meeting canceled: council member reports

Maplewood Ward 2 council member, Eleanor Pardini, reported on Facebook that this week’s city council meeting was cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.

The council met last Tuesday in a closed session to discuss a ‘personnel matter.’ It’s possible the subject could have been the hiring of a new city manager. City Manager Marty Corcoran has announce his retirement. Pardini’s report on Facebook:
First, city council for tonight, May 28, is cancelled due to lack of agenda items. We are working on the city manager hiring process and up soon will be the budget review process. Second, last week, along with a few neighbors, I attended a public meeting with Anthony Traxler, our director of public works, along with two representatives from Frontenac Engineering, about the upcoming road construction that will take place in Ward 2.

Maplewood History: Famous Maplewoodians – Ray and Tom Kennedy

In 1934, Ray and Tom Kennedy opened the Kennedy Conservatory of Music in downtown Maplewood.  They sold musical instruments and taught students how to play them. They and their instructors gave singing and dancing lessons.  They also taught dramatics. Tom Kennedy took an interest in photography and opened his own studio.

Blue Devils take 4th in state meet

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Booster Club president David Barton posted the results from the Blue Devils at the state track and field meet — the MRH boys took fourth. See all the results at Mile Split MO. The Brentwood boys took 17th at the state meet last weekend, also reported by Mile Split MO. Barton reported the MRH results:

4×800 – 6th — Dylan Boyd, Logan MacDonald, Micah Grawer, Malik Stewart
1600 – 2nd — Malik Stewart
800 – 1st — Malik Stewart
4×400 – 3rd — Josh Clark, Malik Stewart, Dylan Boyd, Logan MacDonald


Maplewood city manager, police chief awarded

The city of Maplewood announced on Facebook Friday that Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran was presented with the Buzz Westfall Excellence in Local Government Award by the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis. Also, Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse accepted a MUNI Award in the category of Citizen Engagement for the First Responders Meal Program. Corcoran has been the Maplewood city manager since 1983. He’s announced his retirement; his last day on the job will be July 14.

Keeping Up With St. Louis House Maintenance Laws

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a suburban St. Louis man whose number of political yard signs conflicted with the amount the municipal government allows. The limit is one sign, but Lawrence Willson had three. The ACLU filed a First Amendment lawsuit in January 2018 on behalf of Willson, who had been threatened with jail time and fines for the number of political signs in his yard. Breaking the law for the number of political signs on your lawn is easily done if you’re unaware of the rules, and it’s just one example of the laws around the outside of your property.

Jeff City tornado damages State track meet venue: new venues, schedule

The tornado that hit Jefferson City Wednesday night also damaged Adkins Stadium on the campus of Jefferson City High, the host of the state championship meet. The venue and schedule has changed as a result.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the meet will go forward Saturday, but at three different locations and with an adjusted schedule. MRH High School Booster Club president, David Barton, shared screen shots with details and photos of the damage on Facebook.

Barton also posted the MRH athletes competing in the state meet:

– 4×800 -Logan MacDonald, Dylan Boyd, Josh Helle, Malik Stewart
– 4×400 – Josh Clark, Malik Stewart, Dylan Boyd, Logan MacDonald
-800 – Malik Stewart
-1600 – Malik Stewart
-High Jump – Logan MacDonald
-Javelin – Xavier Sykes

Brentwood posted its state-qualified athletes on Twitter:

Elmwood cocktail; MRH golfer, girls soccer; In the press

Richmond Heights is among area municipalities whose population has grown, some area reviews and opinions, and more in the press. KMOV — ‘Hole in my heart;’ Mother who lost son to a drug overdose holds inaugural walk on Mother’s Day
KMOV — Apparent sinkhole forces EB Manchester Road down to 1 lane in Maplewood
KSDK — He’s a one-man team and he’s on his way to the state golf championships
Riverfront Times — Elmwood’s the Suze Is What We’re Drinking Right Now
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Communists would approve of ‘In God We Trust’ ban
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Grumpy Cat, the grouchy-faced furball that launched a thousand memes, is dead
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Annual art fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Richmond Heights officials OK demolitions for additional Heights parking

Richmond Heights officials Monday approved going ahead with the demolition of three city-owned houses adjacent to The Heights for additional Heights parking, near the library entrance. City Manager Amy Hamilton confirmed that the contract for the demolition was approved.

Maplewood History: Our Most Famous Maplewoodians

Who are our most famous Maplewoodians? Who are the folks that have resided in our lovely village and then gone out and done well for themselves in the wider world?  I have a few names in mind but I am going to keep them to myself until the readers of this space have had a chance to respond. Let there be no misunderstanding, George Clooney made a movie here but that doesn’t count. He never lived here.

District play: Brentwood, MRH meet; MRH golfer goes to State

Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer and Brentwood baseball advanced to the finals. A Blue Devil golfer went to State. Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer beat Brentwood 8-0 on Tuesday in the Class 1 District 2 district semis. They’re set to play Metro for the championship Wednesday at 5 p.m. at MRH. Brentwood Eagles baseball outlasted the Blue Devils 4-2 in the Class 3 District 5 tournament, also on Tuesday.

Cars broken into at Brentwood condos; police seeking suspects

A city of Brentwood spokesperson confirmed on Monday that Brentwood Police are trying to find suspects who broke into multiple cars in the city last week. The break-ins took place at the condos on Hanley Station next to Buffalo Wild Wings, a resident there responded to 40 South on Twitter. She also said, “It’s the same place where the woman was pistol whipped and car jacked last year. And there have been multiple other cars hit here (several at a time) over the last 2 years or so.”