John and Pat Hendel, on Ellis Avenue in Maplewood, have again lit their house for Christmas, something they’ve done for about the past two dozen years. Monday night they couldn’t say exactly how many it’s been.
On a warm weekend in the middle of last September and in the middle of Sutton Avenue, the theater department of St. Louis University presented their Maplewood/Shakespeare adaptation play, “Remember Me”. The very large audience (I heard 1700 on just Saturday night) was charmed by an all Maplewood cast and the many ghosts of Maplewood portrayed by giant puppets and conjured by the playwright, Nancy Bell. A couple of my favorite ethereal personalities, the Maplewood Spectre (she of the variable height of whom I have written several times) and the ghost of Charles Rannells, the builder of our most historic piece of property, Woodside, were among the spirits roaming the stage those nights. Nancy also borrowed details from a tragic story concerning a very old St. Louis family, the Clamorgans. Some of them including a young woman named Clara once lived just beyond our border in the City of St.
A walk Monday morning revealed an ‘A’ on the front door of the yet to open Side Project Brewing on Manchester Road in Maplewood, which means its OK to open when ready. Owner/brewer Cory King hasn’t responded immediately when that might be.
Following a busy Small Business Saturday — one Maplewood merchant reported a 75 percent increase in business over last year’s event — hordes came out for the Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk Friday night.
A car hit a utility pole on Big Bend in Maplewood early Saturday morning, Nov. 26, which caused the road to be closed between Manchester and Flora for the day. A witness to the damage sent a picture to 40 South.
Maplewood resident Eileen Duggan’s father, Les Duggan Jr., a B-17 co-pilot in World War II, was scheduled to fly a combat mission to Germany, but another pilot took his place. The bomber was shot down, and Lt. Duggan was spared.
Arch City Defenders, a non-profit legal group, filed a suit against the city of Maplewood in November alleging the city enforces a racially biased bail system that “exploits poor people to generate revenue.” Now one of the plaintiffs has spoken out, according to KMOV.
Candidate for mayor of Maplewood, Barry Greenberg, has launched a Facebook page “to list my qualifications for office and what I plan to do if I am elected.” The page is call Barry Greenberg for Mayor.
Maplewood Ward 3 council member, and candidate for mayor, Barry Greenberg, is working on getting five different venues for seniors to learn how to use their tablets/laptops, have internet access, socialize with other seniors, and get coffee and pastries.
Last week’s top post was on Penzeys Spices owner (in Milwaukee, not the manager of the local store) speaking his mind on president-elect Donald Trump. Following that: a post on Brentwood and MRH school districts doing well in statewide rankings.
The deadline to turn in signed petitions to Maplewood City Hall to run for office in Maplewood was last week. On the ballot in April, there will be one candidate for each open ward seat and two for mayor, according to City Clerk Karen Scheidt.
It is these old photographs and old buildings that have gotten me into this history business. I’ve been called by others the Maplewood historian and have introduced myself that way. Truth is I’m a history broker. If you have pictured me spending long hours in dusty basements of public buildings or hour after hour in our fine libraries, well I’m afraid I don’t do enough of that.
Part of the mission of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School is to provide a foundation in Christ through serving others. [On Nov. 22] we demonstrated SERVICE to others and the whole school participated: we decorated bags, wrote notes, made sandwiches, and bagged cookies and chips for Saint Patrick Center.
On-duty Maplewood firefighters helped the Maplewood Richmond Heights Boy Scouts Troop 362 collect food donations on Nov. 19 for Scout for Food. Nearly 500 boxes of canned goods and other foods were collected, the firefighters reported on Facebook.