Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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Woodbury City Council member-elect Steve Morris knocked on so many doors during his campaign that he completely wore out a pair of sneakers. "This town is a lot bigger than I remember," he said, laughing. Morris, along with Jennifer Santini, won two City Council seats vacated by Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs, who both announced their departures earlier this year. Anne Burt won the mayoral seat left open by Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, who announced in June she would not run for re-election after eight years in office.
The city of Woodbury's Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 honored and recognized veterans as well as the 100-year anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Because of cold weather, the ceremony was held in City Hall, next to the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial.
Heather Ditzler first met Chris in seventh grade. Even then, he was the love her life, she said. But they both moved onto other things, and it wasn't until several years later, after both of their first marriages had ended, that they caught up on Facebook and agreed to meet for drinks. As the meetup drew closer, Heather said she was surprised at how nervous she was. "This is an old friend, this is no big deal," she said she told her herself — but out of that meetup grew a relationship, and the blending together of their two families.
WOODBURY — The Ojibway Park playground structure, removed Oct. 31 to make way for new park development, will be donated to an organization that builds playgrounds in impoverished countries. The city has donated used play structures to the organization, Kids Around the World, several times before, including the Timberlea play structure to a Syrian refugee camp in 2015, the Edgewater play structure to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in 2016 and the Evergreen West play structure to Iraq in 2017.
WOODBURY— A haunted cornfield made from crowdsourced corn stalks? Gravestones aplenty? A 14-and-a-half-foot pumpkin-headed monster with a body made of branches, twine and rope? Check, check and check. Woodbury resident Steve Schefsky has always loved Halloween, and for years has slowly transformed his front yard in the month leading up to the holiday. Schefsky and his wife, Adina, used to throw Halloween parties when they lived in a townhome, but couldn't go all-out with decorations in their front yard without getting into trouble with a landlord.
WOODBURY — A Chicago man was arrested Oct. 30 in a Woodbury hotel for possessing more than 28.2 grams of meth. James Martin Pickett, 50, is charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and $500,000. According to the criminal complaint:
With all precincts reporting, City Council candidates Jennifer Santini (23.57 percent) and Steve Morris (14.89 percent) have won the two open seats.
With all precincts reporting, Anne Burt has won the mayoral seat with 48.04 percent of the vote. Burt, a 14-year Woodbury resident, currently serves on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Task Force. She was previously a member of the city's Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.
WOODBURY — As of Nov. 1, parking on city streets will be prohibited from 2-6 a.m. to allow space for snow plowing, according to a news release. The rule is in effect until April 1. City ordinance also prohibits on-street parking when two or more inches of snow have accumulated until after the street has been completely plowed. The 2-inch guideline applies to any hour of the day, any time of the year. Residents and guests who violate the ordinance will be issued an administrative citation.
Over the past decade, Woodbury has seen the demolition of several structures linking it to its days as a farming community. The Bielenberg farmhouse was demolished in 2010. The Woodbury Community Club Hall, in the 1920s home to a women's-only club that was the center of community life, is now a grass parking lot. District 28's Schilling School on Bailey Road, which opened in the 1860s, is also an empty lot. Bill Schrankler wants to make sure this doesn't happen anymore.