City of Brentwood buys (acquires) house for $0: county records

The city of Brentwood has purchased the house next to the firehouse (8746 Eulalie Avenue) on June 11 for $0, according to St. Louis County real estate information. The ‘Sale Validty Code-Name’ is listed as CERTIFICATE OF VALUE (UNVERIFED). Brentwood aldermen OK’d the purchase in May, then, for a cost of $200,000. The city bought the property to build an elevator on the outside of the firehouse so the building can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MRH team, BHS blue & gold photos, plus a historical Maplewood shot

Maplewood resident and MRH track and field/cross country fan Anne Arias posted this photo of the Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School cross country team on Twitter, after what she called a great team effort. https://twitter.com/anneebarias/status/1047639324173459456

The Brentwood photo, from BHS principal, Dr. Johnson:

Here’s the Maplewood historical shot from Twitter, which first appeared in 40 South in this Doug Houser post from 2015: Maplewood History: The Maplewood Planing Mill and Stair Company Part 3

Saint Mary Magdalen Church honors first responders

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and School celebrated the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Saint Michael was the main focus of the liturgy because Michael is the patron saint of police officers and others who keep us safe. More than twenty-five First Responders from surrounding areas joined us at 8 a.m. Mass. During the Mass Father Jack Siefert, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen blessed Saint Michael medals and offered a special blessing for all First Responders in attendance. There was a large round of applause to thank those who protect and serve us.

Business damaged by downtown Maplewood fire holding benefit concert

Harmony, Health & Healing, a business damaged extensively by the fire in the 7300 block of Manchester Road on Aug. 20, is holding a benefit concert to help them rebuild. The concert is Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Boulevard. The suggested donation is $20.

Renter sued by ‘slumlord’ landlord loses case – owes $5,300 – not giving up

The woman who lived in a rented house in the 7400 block of Warner Avenue in Richmond Heights, and whose former landlord took her to court for non-payment of rent, lost her case, she reported on Thursday. She had said the landlord, Robert Tufts of Columbia, MO, never fixed problems in the house like mushroom-like mold in the basement and water dripping through the ceiling, eventually causing it to fall. She had called him a ‘slumlord.’ She wanted her name withheld for this article. She stopped paying rent, telling Tufts she’ll pay when the house is up to code — “when things aren’t falling and breaking.”

Contacted Thursday, she said the court appearance went ‘awful,’ and that Tufts is suing her for $5,300.

Dale Avenue townhomes, café, restaurant on RH P&Z agenda

Richmond Heights Plan and Zoning Commission will consider eight new townhouses proposed at 7715 – 7729 Dale Avenue at its October 18 meeting. The public hearing for the townhouses was held at last month’s meeting. A building department employee said the comments were positive. The project was continued by a month because rezoning was required, and that has now happened. Also in the Oct.

Earthmovers prepare Boland Place site

An excavator and other heavy equipment was moving dirt at the proposed multi-story Boland Place apartments at Dale Avenue and Boland on Thursday. The project was approved in 2016. The building is set to have 187 apartments and 358 parking spaces. See the site plans here.

2nd drive-thru lane at Brentwood McDonald’s to go before P&Z

A second drive-through lane at the McDonald’s on N. Hanley Road in Brentwood will be heard at the plan and zoning meeting on Oct. 10. The additional lane will increase the car stack from 11 to 18 cars in the order station line, according to the plan views at the city.

Deer Creek Greenway extension to open Oct. 13

The new 1.5-mile Deer Creek Greenway segment, connecting Deer Creek Park, Barnickle Park and Lorraine Davis Park in Webster Groves, will officially open on Saturday, Oct. 13, according to Great Rivers Greenway. A community celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the northern section of Lorraine Davis Park, located between Waymire and Thornton avenues, and will feature a ribbon-cutting, a live blues music performance, free fitness classes, yard games and the opportunity to explore the new greenway. Sarah’s Cake Stop Food Truck will be on hand with free sweet treats for the first 125 visitors. The project extends the existing 0.7-mile paved greenway that runs through Deer Creek Park, creating a continuous 2.2-mile connection between Deer Creek Shopping Center at Big Bend Boulevard and Lorraine Davis Park.

Party in the streets on National Night Out

Residents in Brentwood, Richmond Heights and Maplewood all took part in the St. Louis Regional Night Out Against Crime block parties, blocking off streets and picnicking with their neighbors. Maplewood partiers enjoyed burgers and hotdogs with condiments courtesy of the police department. They also received T-shirts for the event designed by 10-year-old  10-year-old Stella Sullivan. Richmond Heights residents were given a bag of Richmond Heights swag, City Manager Amy Hamilton said on Monday.

Maplewood brewery again chosen for international honor

For the third consecutive year, Side Project Brewing in Maplewood was chosen to be one of the breweries worldwide to share in Zwanze Day. Once a year a brewery in Belgium makes a unique beer and ships a cask to locations around the world. Side Project Brewing, in Maplewood (7458 Manchester Road) was again selected for the honor. This year 28 breweries in the United States were chosen. Side Project Brewing was the only brewery in Missouri. https://twitter.com/SideProjectBrew/status/1046140263608045570

Top posts: Urgent care business backs out; car lot back in

Total Access Urgent Care president decided Maplewood’s sign laws would hurt business so he pulled out of a plan to come to the city. Three of last week’s top five posts covered that issue. Mayor: dispute caused Total Access president to ‘take his toys and go home’
Urgent care is out on Maplewood lot; it’s to be a car lot again
Flu nearly kills Maplewood man; now he’s preaching flu shots
Lily, cancer survivor, is celebrated in Brentwood
Brentwood committee OK’s McDonald’s double drive-thru
Total Access Urgent Care president explains why they’re now not coming to Maplewood
Women’s clothing boutique to take former pawn shop spot
Citizens voice concerns over newly amended nuisance ordinance
Permit pulled for Boland Place apartments construction
2nd-grader begins work on ‘scariest yard on the street’

MRH Cross country coach updates the season: breaking records, personal bests

Maplewood Richmond Heights cross country and track coach Ryan Rzeszutko posted an update on the cross country team’s season on Facebook recently. Yesterday’s meet marked the halfway point of our season, and our kids did an incredible job. Several noteworthy accomplishments are included below:

— Sophie Roy shattered our school record, running an impressive 22:08 for her 5K, and finishing in 10th overall. Our previous girls’ record was a 23:22

— Lydia Grawer, Liana Van Zen, Kyla Walker and Edyth Seymour all received medals for finishing in the top 100. All 4 ran their best race of the season so far.

St. Mary Magdalen food fest is Friday night

The Saint Mary Magdalen Fall Food Festival is 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Enjoy wings, shaved ice, Hawaiian food, BBQ, pizza and more from food trucks. The Bob Kuban Band will be playing, too.

Register to vote at the library on Saturday

Mid-term elections are Nov. 6, and the last day to register to vote in that election is Oct. 10. The League of Women Voters will be at most libraries in the area on Saturday to help register voters. That includes the Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights libraries.

4 Maplewood businesses celebrating 5 years, plus more from Oct. 2013

Maplewood businesses Traveling Tea, The Book House, Great Harvest Bread and La Cosecha Coffee Roasters celebrating five years in Maplewood. It’s all day on Saturday, October 6. At The Book House on Saturday, local authors will be signing copies of their books, including St Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh with his new memoir, young adult/scifi author George Sirois, romance/suspense author Maggie Adams, and children’s author J.E. Nelson. The Book House will also be throwing a ‘Booktober Anniversary Bash!’ with a book sale throughout September.

Mayor: dispute caused Total Access president to ‘take his toys and go home’

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg said Thursday that Total Access Urgent Care president, Dr. Matthew Bruckel, didn’t get his way on signage for a proposed new Total Access at 7469 Manchester Road, and that’s why it’s now not coming to Maplewood, and a new car lot is planned instead. The Total Access Care sign plan didn’t pass Maplewood Design and Review because it didn’t conform to the city ordinance. Greenberg said Bruckel then called him about wanting a sign facing Big Bend Boulevard. See also: Total Access Urgent Care president explains his view on Maplewood sign ordinance, why they’re now not coming to Maplewood

Bruckel told Greenberg that 80 percent of their business comes from signs and that they had to have it. Greenberg said Thursday that he told him business should come from delivering good service.

Maplewood Veterans Memorial completed

The Maplewood Veterans Memorial — a patio in front of city hall with the veterans’ names on marble, stone benches and flowing water is completed.Maplewood City Council approved the memorial by resolution on August 8, 2017 at a cost of$150,000.

10th Mosaic Services 5K Run/Walk planned

The tenth annual Mosaic Services 5K Run/Walk is set for October 6. The all-ages 5K will begin behind the MRH High School at 9:00am.  There will be a 100 meters event for ages 0-4, 400 meters for ages 5-7, and an 800 meter for ages 8-12 on the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School track beginning at 10 a.m.

Post race activities include snacks, a bouncy house, face-painting and a balloon artist. Registration is available at Mosaic Services | Support for the Whole Child or 2018 Mosaic Services 5K Run/Walk 

All profits go to support Mosaic Services’ mission, which is to educate and empower vulnerable MRH families to attain stability and self-sufficiency.

Urgent care is out on Maplewood lot; it’s to be a car lot again

The former used car lot in Maplewood at 7469 Manchester will remain a car lot. A Total Access Urgent Care planned for the spot didn’t work out after Total Access and the city couldn’t agree on signage, according to a partner with the car lot. See also Mayor: sign dispute caused Total Access president to ‘take his toys and go home’

Jim Michaels and Eric Andrews plan to open Maplewood Motors on the lot in 15 to 20 days, Michaels said on Wednesday. “We both gave up our careers to make a run at Maplewood Motor Company,” he said. Michaels said they’ll specialize in imports — Toyotas, Nissans, and some domestics and SUVs.