Author: Ben Striker

City officials, residents question proposed senior living facility in Clayton

PHOTO: A conceptual rendering of the Clarendale of Clayton senior living facility looking northeast on Clayton Road.  Some city officials and residents questioned the proposal of a plan to build a senior living facility at a busy intersection in Clayton Monday night. The project is still in the early stages and will need several public hearings and approvals from the Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board and Board of Aldermen before any development takes place. The 15-story […]

City of St. Louis to look into forming its own bank

The city of St. Louis could soon be exploring the idea of establishing a public municipal bank to address some of city’s most pressing issues — such as affordable housing, small business growth and financing for municipal projects. St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed introduced a resolution that would create a 13-member task force to study the idea on March 9. “It’s meant to set the stage for us to begin to get some […]

Two new candidates emerge in Clayton’s open Ward 3 Aldermanic race

By this time next month, Clayton residents will see at least one fresh face on the Board of Aldermen, with one of its six current members not seeking re-election. With a little over three weeks to go before Clayton’s municipal elections on April 3, and one open seat up for grabs in Ward 3, here’s a look at who’s running and what they’re promising. Clayton’s Ward 3 (Downtown district: includes Maryland Ave., Brentwood & Forsyth Blvds. and […]

Hansen’s Tree Service’s Russ Talley receives certification of Master Arborist

O’FALLON, Mo. — Hansen’s Tree Service announced Friday that through his years of hard work and dedication, Hansen’s own Certified Arborist Russ Talley received his accreditation as a Master Arborist. A Master Arborist is the highest level of certification offered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and not an easy rank to achieve. In addition to passing an extensive exam, a Master Arborist must have 20 hours each of Continuing Education Units in Science, […]

Centene expansion project to get bigger under new plans filed with the city of Clayton

The planned $770 million expansion of Centene Corporation, located across the street from its main headquarters, has been bulked up, according to the latest architectural plans filed with the city of Clayton. Initial plans, as the Clayton Times reported in August, called for the residential tower to reach a maximum height of 150 feet. Clayco, the local construction company behind the building expansion, announced Wednesday that tower will now include five more floors, bringing its […]

Clayton High School senior one of three students in the world to land perfect score on AP Chemistry test

Clayton High School Tong Zhao was pretty confident he could get enough correct answers to earn the highest possible score when he took the Advanced Placement Chemistry test last May. Nearly one year later, Zhao, a senior at Clayton High School, was stunned to learn he had accomplished something quite a bit more rare — he was one of three people in the world to to get a perfect score. “I was honestly pretty surprised,” […]

Clayton approves expansion of St. Louis Veterinarian Animal Clinic of Clayton, Oak Knoll Park site improvements and parking lot project

A Clayton veterinarian looking to expand his clinic got final approval Tuesday from the Clayton Board of Aldermen. The board voted 6-0, with Alderman Ira Berkowitz absent, to grant a conditional use permit to the St. Louis Veterinarian Animal Clinic of Clayton (ACC) and approved a text amendment allowing veterinary clinics to operate in commercial districts. According to the plans filed with the city on Feb. 21, Dr. Dan Fraser wants to add on to his […]

St. Louis Alderman arrested again for driving with a suspended license, six warrants

(Updated at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 13: Alderman Collins-Muhammad is currently still in custody, however he is in the process of being bonded out, according to police.) ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Metro police arrested a St. Louis alderman Monday for the second time in six months after he caused an accident and failed to display proof of insurance or a valid driver’s license. According to St. Louis Metro police spokesman Sgt. Keith Barrett, John Collins-Muhammad […]

Centene invests in cloud-based pharmacy benefit manager to to create next generation pharmacy management solution

Centene Corporation announced Tuesday it has invested in RxAdvance, a cloud-based pharmacy benefit manager based in Massachusetts. Clayton-based Centene said it will “use its best-in-class technology platform to improve health outcomes and reduce avoidable drug-impacted medical and administrative costs.” In addition to the investment, the deal includes a customer relationship. Centene has the right to expand its equity investment in the future. Financial terms in the deal were not disclosed. “Centene has established a transformative partnership […]

Just like grandma used to make: Duo behind popular Italian restaurants brings Anthony’s Italian Eats to Clayton

A new Italian restaurant started by a couple of popular St. Louis restauranteurs recently opened its doors in Clayton. Anthony’s Italian Eats, tucked away at 7641 Wydown Blvd in a small space that was formerly Manhattan Express, is a new endeavor from the Gianino family of restaurants, which owns Joey B’s, Frankie Gianino’s, Frankie G’s, Bill Gianino’s, Billy G’s and Aero Hawk Catering. A third-generation restauranteur in the family, Tony Gianino and his childhood friend […]