Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Housing Authority Chief Is Outta Here in a Hurry

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Housing Authority Chief Is Outta Here in a Hurry

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IN ONE EAR: Outgoing St. Louis Housing Authority director Brenda Drain-Williams has turned down a last-minute request by the Housing Commission to remain at the authority until Mayor Boz can be consulted about his choice for her successor. Drain-Williams, who plans to keep her St. Louis home and hairstylist, begins work Monday at the New Orleans Housing Authority. . . .

Mike Keenan, the Blues' coach-general manager, has bought a house on Davis Place, which he'll rehab. (An ice rink in the basement?). . . .

Bill Maritz is slotted as next prez of Civic Progress, succeeding Andy Newman. . . .

Anthony Sansone's Sansone Group is negotiating for a parcel of about 40 acres, near I-64/U.S. 40 at Brentwood Boulevard, to construct a shopping mall.

GAINS/LOSSES: Trattoria Marcella is where Joe Mazzola was toasted on his wrap of "The Mob in Las Vegas" for the A&E cable network. Mazzola, with wife Nancy and son Julian, said his Cimmarron Productions handled the St. Louis footage, under the eagle eye of attorney David Helfrey. Nearby, Muny singer/dancer Gia Valenti, who will appear in "Singin' In The Rain," and architect Brian Tierney, got gladhands on their nupts. They were married Saturday at Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church, followed by a bash at Creve Coeur C.C. . . .

Channel 4 vet camerman Jim Viehman has clocked out to join the payroll at Channel 5 for its "new afternoon entertainment show." . . .

John Cook, former project manager at St. Louis Bread Co., and Steve Finn, former GM of Houlihan's at the Galleria and West County, have teamed up to open an American contemporary steakhouse, Dakota's, in the spot vacated by yesteryear's Randy's at Lamp & Lantern Village. Premiere is set for mid-September. . . .

Longtime St. Louis Building Commissioner Marty Walsh is being urged by Steamfitter Union big-wigs to retire and throw his hat in the ring as candidate for St. Louis County deputy works commissioner. Walsh's retirement would be a major loss for our town. . . .

After a 40-year run, Blitz World Wide Travel Service Inc., has folded its tent. Said Beverly Blitz, "I need to retire." . . .

Ditto for World Gym on Olive Boulevard. If you try the number listed in the telephone book, you'll get an answering service that identifies "Visualized U - personalized training."

FAST FORWARD: Former San Diego Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow, who is headed for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29 in Canton, Ohio, visited with old classmates last weekend as the East St. Louis Senior High School Class of '75 celebrated its 20-year reunion. Winslow, now a Kansas City barrister and a commentator on Missouri U. football broadcasts, told fellow Flyers that they played an important role in his success, and should share in his moment of glory. …

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