Rachelle L’Ecuyer hired by Delmar Loop business district

Rachelle L’Ecuyer, who resigned as the Maplewood community development director last month, is the new (and first) executive director of the Delmar Loop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday. L’Ecuyer joined Maplewood in 2005. She was responsible for establishing the events: Let Them Eat Art, Women Making History, The Sweet Tooth Tour, The Maplewood Coffee Crawl and Stringfest (formerly the Harp Attack and Fiddlefest). Her appointment in University City is effective Aug.

Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy wins county council seat

Maplewood resident Lisa Clancy soundly defeated incumbent Pat Dolan for the St. Louis County Council District 5 seat, winning more than 57 percent of the vote to Dolan’s 40 percent. Both were running as democrats. Michael Burton had dropped out of the race but was still on the ballot. He took 6 percent.

Richmond Heights city manager’s contract extended 2 years

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton’s employment contract with the city was extended for two years, according to Mayor Jim Thomson on Wednesday. Thomson said the city council approved the extension in a closed session following Monday’s city council meeting. He said Hamilton got the same raise as other city workers — “about three and a half percent.” In May Hamilton received the Jay T. Bell Award, given to one city manager in the state of Missouri each year by the Missouri City/County Management Association. The award recognizes high standards of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct.

Record-breaking Sophia Rivera transfers to MIZZOU

Brentwood’s Sophia Rivera, who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in javelin, after two years as a Wisconsin Badger has transferred to MIZZOU. Rivera broke the Wisconsin record for women’s javelin on her first throw as a Badger. She won multiple national championships when in high school. Rivera’s mother, Michelle Hassemer, shared the news of her transfer on Twitter. See also: Brentwood grad breaks University of Wisconsin record on 1st throw, Sophia Rivera wins national championship

In the press: Lisa Clancy, Del Pietro’s, Vitality Bowls, burning trash dump

Found in the press this week covering our area. Call Newspapers – UPDATED: Dolan now faces single challenger Aug. 7; Burton drops out
KMOX – Burton Withdraws from County Council Race
KSDK – Eat your smoothie with a spoon at Vitality Bowls in Richmond Heights
KSDK – Gross! Trash truck dumps load in Maplewood
Riverfront Times – Vitality Bowls Brings ‘Totally Instagrammable’ Smoothies to Richmond Heights
Riverfront Times – Del Pietro’s Is a Delicious Reimagining of the Restaurant That Launched a Family Empire 
Riverfront Times – Smoldering Garbage Truck Dumps Hot Load of Trash On St. Louis Street

Maplewood artist’s work selected for Gateway Arch grounds

Maplewood artist, Margaret Keller, was recently awarded a commission by Critical Mass to create an public art work and installation for the St. Louis Gateway Arch grounds. The installation, Riverbend, will represent the navigable Missouri River, under the Gateway Arch. It will be approximately 90 feet long x 25 feet wide overall, made of  aluminum substrate, according to Keller’s website. It will be completed on September 21- 22 and open to the public outside the entrance to the new Gateway Arch Museum and be on display thru early December.

Join the 2018 Brentwood Days Parade and celebrate the “Totally Awesome ‘80s” – also see last year’s video

The City of Brentwood invites local groups, organizations and businesses to be part of the 2018 Brentwood Days Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon. Interact with the Brentwood community while celebrating the parade theme, “Totally Awesome ‘80s.”
It was the decade of Madonna and Michael Jackson, Dallas and Dynasty, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros., neon clothes and big hair, Valley girls and righteous dudes. Show off the awesomeness of the ‘80s to the max, and your parade entry may win a cash prize! Participation in the parade is free.

Hearing set for Schnucks liquor licenses, Update: store opening date set

At the August 14 Maplewood City Council meeting a hearing is scheduled for the new Maplewood Schnucks for a packaged and a Sunday packaged liquor license and an original package tasting license, which would allow Schnucks to conduct wine, malt beverage and distilled spirit tastings on the premises. The new Schnucks, at 7355 Manchester Road, is set to open in late August. Update: the store is set to open on August 22, according to signs on the front door. See also: Schnucks hiring for new Maplewood store

Hot mess: trash truck catches fire, dumps load

An Aspen Waste truck caught fire after picking hot embers Thursday morning in the 3100 block of Sutton Boulevard, and the driver dumped the whole load of smelly, burning Maplewood trash out onto the street. Rachel Garavaglia and her five-year-old son had an view from their front porch. “We looked outside and this guy had flames coming out the top of the trash truck and parked,” she said. “They made us go inside and look through a window. It got really smoky really fast.” She said the hot pick-up was made south of the railroad tracks. Garavaglia said first they put the fire out on the top of the truck, but then had to dump all the trash out and rake through it to make sure the fire was completely out.

Construction at major intersection closes sidewalk for students; major Big Bend work coming

While St. Louis County Department of Transportation works to construct a right turn lane from northbound S. Big Bend onto Manchester, the sidewalk there will be closed, forcing changes for some MRH students walking to school. The school district has a recommendation for those students:
Dear MRH families,
As the new school year draws near, we want you to have this update on the timeline for the road/sidewalk improvement project which is still ongoing at Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The current phase of the project allows pedestrian crossings between QT and White Castle, and between QT and Raising Cane’s. Electronic signals are in place for pedestrians.

City manager pushes for hiring new police officers

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran wrote a memo to the mayor and city council on July 20, detailing why the city should use funds from Prop P to hire two new police officers. He says in the memo that hiring the officers is “critical for the safety of our citizens and our police officers.” He says it’s important for visitors coming to Maplewood businesses to feel safe. He doesn’t want Maplewood to return to 15-20 years ago when visitors didn’t feel safe in the city. Corcoran says both the 2014 and 2017 CALEA reports on the Maplewood department recommend hiring more officers.

Restaurant ownership change, before it opens

When Maplewood City Council approved the permit for Thai Table in October 2017, it was for Nathinee Hughes, and Somying Fox, owner of Basil Spice Thai. Since then Somying Fox has left the start-up to open a different restaurant in the Central West End. Fox has said she found a “better location” in the CWE closer to her home. She said it’s already open, and called My Thai. Someone helping Natthinee Hughes with the build out for Thai Table in Maplewood, Patrick Gerau, said she bought out Somying Fox’s ownership months ago and is now the 100 percent owner.

Richmond Heights resident elated over mosquito spraying: it’s twice a week

Richmond Heights resident Mike Jones is happy that the city now sprays for mosquitoes twice a week with its own equipment, rather than depending on the county to do it, which he said in an email was “hit and miss.” Jones sent a letter to the editor about it:
This is what a city should be! A BIG thanks to our Mayor and City Council seeing a need to make and keep our city number one in the area. For our residents and their pets, Richmond Heights has again showed that safety and health come first. Our city staff as always will do a great job helping to keep the Mosquito problem down.

In the press: Area men die in crash; RH man charged with promoting child porn; Ryan Hummert remembered

Area news from in the press in the past week. Fox 2 – Moosylvania opens co-working space for millennials in Maplewood
Fox 2 – Superfood cafe opens in Richmond Heights
Fox 2 – Remembering fallen firefighter 10 years after murder
KMOV – 10 years later, community honors memory of Maplewood firefighter killed in line of duty
KSDK – A luxury garage sale going on in Richmond Heights
St. Louis American – Lisa Clancy for St. Louis County Council
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Westbound Highway 40 shut down near I-170 in Richmond Heights after truck overturns