Big Bend turn lane, sidewalk to open Friday

A supervisor with St. Louis County has reported that the right turn lane from northbound Big Bend Boulevard to eastbound Manchester Road will open to traffic by the end of the day on Friday, December 7th.  Also the sidewalk on the southeast corner (CVS) will be opened so that all four corners of the intersection can be used. He continues: “The plan from there is to hold off on any work in the intersection until after the new year.  Sometime early next year, Spire will begin their gas main relocation in the southwest corner, immediately followed by our contractor completing their work at that location to wrap up the project.  At the time in which Spire begins their work, the sidewalk on the southwest corner of the intersection will be closed and a pedestrian detour will be put in place.  We will give you advance notice and a revised pedestrian detour plan when I know when that work will begin.” Gregory K. Poppitz, P.E.Supervisor, Project Managers

See also: ATT, Spire holding up road work at Big Bend & Manchester

Lion’s Choice seeks to add dual drive-thru

Brentwood officials heard the first reading of a bill Monday to approve a new conditional use permit and site plan for Lion’s Choice, on Hanley Road. The permit would replace the original permit approved in 1996, Asst. City Administrator Lisa Koerkenmeier said in the city’s board of aldermen meeting. The new plan would update the restaurant to chain’s new look and replace the single-lane drive-thru with a double lane. Koerkenmeier said planning and zoning voted to approve the permit 9-0, and the city’s traffic engineer approved the plan.

Brentwood High School wrestlers win — both teams

Brentwood wrestlers were victorious on Tuesday at home. Both boys and girls teams won in dual meets.

Girls meet: Brentwood 36 — Normandy 18, more details here

103: Skylar Schoenberg (BRENTWOD) (forfeit)
110: Zoe Arrindell (BRENTWOD)  (forfeit)
116: Murphy Jones (BRENTWOD) over (NORMANDY) (forfeit)
121: Double Forfeit
126: Shamya Walker (NORMANDY) over Lexi Shackelford (BRENTWOD) (Fall 2:29)
131: Penelope Herrera (BRENTWOD) (forfeit)
136: Double Forfeit
143: Anne Wagner (BRENTWOD) over Celicity Wright (NORMANDY) (Fall 3:05)
152: Christa`nae Wright (NORMANDY) over Isabella `Bella` Lancaster (BRENTWOD) (Fall 1:08)
167: Double Forfeit
187: Shekinah Reed (BRENTWOD) over genesis gregory (NORMANDY) (Fall 1:03)
235: Takeira Steen (NORMANDY) over Samantha Morton (BRENTWOD) (Fall 2:00)

Brentwood vs. St. Francis Borgia @ Brentwood/Borgia/Normandy on 12/04/2018.

Maplewood’s Christmas house dark this year, so far

Last December, John and Pat Hendel, the owners of the house on Ellis Avenue in Maplewood known for its Christmas lights display (for almost 30 years) said that would be the last year. They said they were moving. It hasn’t been confirmed yet that they no longer live there, but so far no lights are up. Below is the house and the Hendels in 2017. Also in December 2017 the Hendels shared copies of an article about their house published in 1979 and a photo from long before that.

Brentwood Police major facing lawsuit for strip search done in 2012

Brentwood Police Major Angela Hawkins, hired by Brentwood Police Chief Joe Spiess in August 2018, is facing a lawsuit brought by a woman who says Hawkins, as a St. Louis city police detective in a 2012 strip search, “dragged her behind a trailer, shoved her hard enough to injure her shoulder and then, during the actual search, pulled down her underwear and touched the “inside” of Robinson’s labial lips,” the Riverfront Times reports. A federal judge has denied requests to dismiss the lawsuit. The case will go to trial. The woman, Kayla Robinson, and her lawyer says the invasive search was illegal and violated her Constitutional rights.

Infant dies in unlicensed day care in Maplewood: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police found an infant in cardiac arrest in the 3600 block of Cambridge Avenue at an unlicensed home day care in Maplewood. Police found toddlers in playpens with heavy shelving and crates on top to keep them from “escaping,” according to police and court documents. “Firefighters and paramedics found the girl “cool to the touch,” with blue lips and “compression marks” on her face,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday afternoon.

Northbound Big Bend at Manchester to open by end of week

The northbound lane on S. Big Bend at Manchester is set to open by the end of the week, St. Louis County Departments of Transportation and Public Works Public Information Manager David Wrone emailed all St. Louis County employees Monday afternoon. One of those forwarded it to 40 South News. There were two emails.

7200 Manchester Road to be a new massage studio

The former People’s Health Center in Maplewood, at 7200 Manchester Road, is set to be a new location for Indigo Massage & Wellness massage studio. A Maplewood city staff member said the signage was approved at the recent design and review meeting. He said the business owner, Anne Childers, said she has bought the building. An employee at at the studio’s location at 1901 Arsenal said the Maplewood location might open in about a year.

Brentwood school, city boards to meet

The Brentwood school board of education and board of aldermen will meet on Tuesday at the school district’s conference center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court to talk about things that might be in interest to both, the city has posted on its website.

Airedale Antics, Thai Table, MRH basketball in the press

Fox 2 featured Airedale Antics in a spotlight on Small Business Saturday and Ladue News highlighted Thai Table, in the press this week. Fox 2 — Business owners in Maplewood take advantage of ‘Small Business Saturday’ Airedale Antics feature)
Fox 2 — Space heater caused early morning fire in Richmond Heights
Ladue News — Dinner & A Show: Thai Table
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — St. Charles Tipoff Classic: Lutheran South 67, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 58 (photos)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Lutheran South passes early test against Maplewood-RH, stays undefeated

Christmas trees the usual locations

MRH Boy Scout Troop 362 is again selling Christmas trees at the VFW Post 3500. Hours are 5 – 9 p.m. M-F, 10:30 a.m – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays. Also, again, Christmas trees are available at Mr. Wizard. In Brentwood, the Brentwood Optimists are once again selling trees in front of Gene-Del Printing. Details, from Facebook: “Balsam and Fraser firs from 5′ to 12′.

‘Small’ fire closes Robata restaurant a few days; Update: it’s reopened

A fire at Robata in Maplewood (7260 Manchester Road) on Tuesday will close the ramen and sushi restaurant for a few days, according to a posting on the window. A witness said there were six fire trucks, a couple of ambulances, and at least four police cars on the scene — from a total of four different municipalities. Update: Robata reopened on Friday, an employee said Friday night.

Top posts from 5 years ago: pizza restaurants opening, Brentwood politics, Maplewood history

Five years ago in 40 South News: Blind Tiger and A Pizza Story were set to open, Maureen Saunders/Glenn Jamboretz in the news, Edward J. O’Brien owner of O’B Clark’s dies, and what the heck happened to the north side of the Maplewood business district? The top 10 posts from December 2013:

Blind Tiger to open with party on Friday: “We aren’t messing around”
Jamboretz on Saunders: The woman has a temper issue
Suspected drunk driving accident closes Big Bend
Once-owner of Maplewood’s Eddie’s Restaurant and Lounge meets new pizza place owner
Maplewood police release video of robbery suspects
3 new houses in mixed residential-commercial development approved by P&Z
Jamboretz says group will share $1000 fine for breaking election laws
Glenn Jamboretz found guilty of breaking campaign laws prior to Brentwood 2012 municipal election
Maplewood History: What the Heck Happened to the North Side of our Business District? Edward J. O’Brien, owner of O’B Clark’s dies at 77


Dollar Tree armed robbery attempt unsuccessful, police seeking suspect

On Monday at 9:21 p.m., Maplewood police officers responded to Dollar Tree in Deer Creek Plaza for a reported armed robbery, the police department reports. A man showed a firearm and demanded money from an employee. The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and the man fled before police arrived.  The investigation is ongoing. Maplewood Police supplied this description of the suspect:

– Black male
– Approximately 6 feet tall
– Approximately 30-45 years of age
– Medium to stocky build
– Black/brown ski mask
– Wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt
– Gray sweat pants
– Wearing black leather gloves
– Carrying a large framed semi-automatic black handgun

Please contact the Maplewood Police Department Detective Bureau at 314-645-3000 with any information that will help this investigation.

Enter the Maplewood Gingerbread Competition

Enter the 2nd Annual Maplewood Gingerbread Competition at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship (2640 Oakview Terrace), co-sponsored by Joe’s Place. Build your own and enter by December 5. Voting for the best gingerbread house takes place during the Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, December 7, 6-9 p.m.
The Gingerbread entry drop off night is December 6 between 6 – 8 p.m. at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship. Details and registration at
Entries by individuals, organizations or businesses are encouraged. There will be prizes for the top four winners (judged on by the visitors to the event on the night of the Christmas tree walk).

Wednesday’s glowing sunrise from Maplewood

For a few minutes the sunrise on Tuesday was bright orange and other glowing shades. This was the view from a house on Marietta Avenue, which included Immaculate Conception Church.

Girls wrestling arrives

It’s the first year for girls wrestling teams in Missouri, and Brentwood’s team of nine (pictured below) won on Tuesday in a meet at Brentwood against MRH, Clayton and Principia. The girls teams are part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association but don’t yet have class or district assignments. The Brentwood Athletics Twitter feed also reports that the Eagles boys beat Priory and Principia.

Building community a cup at a time: SMM after-Mass coffee helps out

Recently, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church started serving coffee after Mass. This is not a new idea but new to building community among Catholics. Each Sunday after 9:30 a.m. Mass a coffee bar is set up in the portico outside the church or in the lower level of the church in colder weather. The idea is to build community beyond Mass… and who doesn’t like a nice cup of coffee. Saint Mary Magdalen has partnered with Switch Coffee Collective, a company that connects talented men from under-resourced communities and provides them with work opportunities.

Resident: Retired show pony takes up residence in Maplewood neighborhood

40 South News received an unsolicited photo on Monday of a large (almost four feet tall) toy pony at the corner of Lowry Street and Moller Avenue with a description of how it (“she”) “magically appeared one day,” and that it’s been a “cheery addition to Maplewood in these uncertain and troubling times,” plus more. Hello Doug: Retired Show Pony, Choo-Choo Larue, has recently taken up residence in Maplewood at the corner of Lowry Street and Moller Avenue. She magically appeared one day last week and has been stoically on-point near the R/R tracks every and night to the delight of the neighborhood (especially the kids). Andrew, a neighborhood admirer likes checking on her from his window. Some of us have taken to grooming her and picking her up after a high wind.