Coming events, from the 40 South event calendar

From the 40 South News events calendar: martial arts at The Heights, Ashes to Go at Christ Church, and a variety of programs at the Maplewood Public Library. Discover the exciting Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira — Discover the exciting Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira! Local martial arts group Capoeira St. Louis will give an all-ages, all-skill-levels demonstration and workshop beginning at 7 pm, Monday, February 12, 2017, at The Heights.  Ashes to Go at Christ Church — Christ Church is having “Ashes to Go’ on Ash Wednesday again this year.

Brentwood announces new library director

Gina Gibbons, who served as acting library director since August 2017 following the retirement of Vicki Woods, has been named director of the Brentwood Public Library. According to a Jan. 25 release from the city, Gibbons joined the Brentwood Public Library staff in 2007. She was previously an assistant supervisor at a St. Louis County Library branch following nine years in the bookmobile department.

Maplewood man sues his kidnappers

Maplewood man, Ellis Athanas III, who was kidnapped from his home by a former local fitness executive and others in 2016 has sued his kidnappers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Athanas was kidnapped from his home on Nov. 21, 2016, in an attempt to recover $15,000 and 24 pounds of marijuana that was stolen from a marijuana dealer working for former fitness executive Todd Beckman, according to Beckman’s guilty plea. The lawsuit seeks the $3,000 ransom the parents paid, and for property the kidnappers took from Athenas’ father. It also seeks at least $25,000 for the assault of Athenas, and his parents for emotional distress.

Mosaic house stones help bring a block together

Two retired Maplewood residents, Amby Stevenson and Bob Weidenbenner, have made mosaic address stones for every house on their block. It’s a hobby that Stevenson says has an additional purpose. Residents of the block — the 7600 block of Jerome Avenue — know and look out for each other. Stevenson started making the mosaics 20 years ago when she and her sister wanted to do something together other than go to restaurants. She met Weidenbenner at the community garden.

Brentwood Boy Scout troop celebrates 75th year

This year, 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 361 at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish. The troop was first chartered on January 15, 1943 by the Holy Name Society. For 75 years our Boy Scout Troop has provided countless opportunities for personal growth, outdoor adventure, character development and religious commitment. This Sunday, the scouts honored parishioner Norm Krumrey who was an original charter member of Troop 361 at its founding in 1943. Father Jack Siefert congratulated Norm and presented him with a scout neckerchief embroidered with the troop name and number on the back.

Eagle spotted in Maplewood

A bald eagle flew over John Harbaugh on Margarette Avenue in Maplewood on Friday. He got a photo when it landed in a tree.

Maplewood’s groundhog saw her shadow

Maplewood had its own groundhog for Groundhog Day. It’s Maplewood Molly and she’s been residing at Traveling Tea. She saw her shadow on Friday, meaning six more weeks of winter. Traveling Tea owner Kateri Meyer took votes for whether Molly would see her shadow for donations to Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center, which rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Meyer raised a little more than $100.

Water main break slows morning traffic

A water main break and the work to repair it in the middle of the intersection of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard slowed traffic Thursday morning. Maplewood resident Robert Chandler took some photos.

Apartments above Waldbart Florist abandoned, before demolition

The building that once housed Alex Waldbart Florist and Jon Paul Designs is set for demolition to make way for a new Total Access Urgent Care, to open in September. See also: Waldbart Florist moving to Clayton

Four apartments were on the second floor. They’re now abandoned.

Del Pietro’s opened on Wednesday: St. Louis Magazine

Del Pietro’s restaurant opened in Richmond Heights for dinner on Wednesday, St. Louis Magazine reported. Though weeks ago wall board was just freshly up, the restaurant had a soft opening Monday and Tuesday, and opened for business Wednesday night. Stuffed artichokes, Spaghetti alla Angela, piccata, saltimbocca, and modega were served, St. Louis Magazine reported.

MRH named a 2018 State School of Character

Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School has been honored as a 2018 State School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. MRH Elementary is one of only 65 schools nationwide to receive this recognition, according to a press release from the school. Several of the initiatives that contributed to MRHE receiving this recognition are:

The MRHE Way, “Who We Are and What We Do” – Common language across the school that encourages respect, responsibility, empathy, perseverance, cooperation, and honesty. Home Visit Program – Teachers arrange for and then visit the homes of MRH students. Usually in the evenings, they meet with parents or guardians to better understand the dynamics the child brings with him or her to the classroom.