I'm the editor and publisher of 40 South News. Previously I was an editor for the AOL-owned Patch.com in St. Louis. At various times I edited Patch sites in Clayton, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Shrewsbury, Affton and others. Before that I shot and wrote for the Principia School, in St. Louis. I live in Maplewood with my wife, Nancy.
The Jones family of Maplewood family left last fall on a multi-country tour that has culminated in a three-week-long hike in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp, KSDK has reported. The family is mom and dad — Amy and Ronnie, and two boys — Ayden, 11 and Bastian, 9. On the way went to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. From the KSDK report. “It’s a serious thing and you can’t just say we’re going to grab the fam and head out there, you’ve got to really be careful because people have died on this trek,” said Ronnie.
In the press recently: Maplewood city council meeting, Maplewood Richmond Heights runner Malik Stewart, and Shop ‘n Save owner Supervalu proposes restructuring. Fox 2 — First responders urging people to download app and save lives
KMOV — Life-saving PulsePoint app launches in 8 St. Louis County communities
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Newcomer of the Year: Malik Stewart, sophomore, Maplewood-Richmond Heights
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood residents speak out on use of Prop P funds, revised parking plan for Marietta Avenue
Maplewood Police posted on Facebook and Twitter on Friday that Jason Smith, 32, was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, following an incident that took place on Feb. 2 in the 1800 block of Maplewood Commons Drive.
A well-photographed rainbow followed Thursday’s storm. Maplewood resident Robert Chandler got a full-rainbow photo over Maplewood. Another shot — from Twitter — shows Andy’s Frozen Custard, in Richmond Heights, at the bottom of the arc. Some St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographers posted some nice photos on Twitter too.
Thai Table recently installed their sign outside its yet-to-open location at 7403 Manchester Road. They say on Instagram that ‘Maplewood’ will go under that.See also: Maplewood officials talk greenway options; OK Thai restaurant, Coming restaurants: updates
Here’s some recent progress from Instagram. https://instagram.com/p/Bj2jRVfnkNw/
Maplewood city officials on Tuesday in a voice vote in the first readings, unanimously approve a proposed tattoo studio at 2801- 2803 S. Big Bend Boulevard. The third and final vote will take place at the next council meeting. Council member Ray Crader asked owner asked about age restrictions, and owner, Alan Thompson, said state regulations allow no one under 18 to get a tattoo without parental consent. He said 16 is the minimum age; also that minors aren’t allowed in the shop. Council member Sandi Phillips said she was at the planning and zoning meeting where it first approved, and that parking was the number one issue there.
About a dozen of approximately 30 in the audience at the Maplewood City Council meeting on Tuesday came from Marietta Avenue. Their block carries higher than average traffic for a residential street according to a city study, and a percentage of those are speeding. The residents who are also parents see it at the bus stop on Marshall Avenue. They said drivers don’t yield to pedestrians, cut through a parking lot on the corner, exhibit road rage, and swipe parked cars as they come north on Marshall and turn left on Marietta. The city had sent a letter to the residents with a suggestion from a traffic consultant to allow parking on the north side of the street to discourage the cut-through traffic. Not one resident or council member liked the idea.
Maplewood Police have reported that a woman is missing:
Update: Maplewood Police posted on Facebook and Twitter that Barbara Johnson, 62, last seen on May 15, is still missing. MISSING PERSON: Attempt to locate Barbara Johnson, 62, 4’10”, 85 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. Last seen on 05/16/18 at 3:00 p.m. in the 7200 block of Manchester Rd. wearing black hat, black blouse and black pants. If seen please call us at 314-645-3000.
In the past Brentwood has used a city-owned 2008 Chevy heavy-duty dump truck to tow the city’s band wagon, which weighs approximately 17,000 pounds. The city points out in the agenda that the truck wasn’t specified for pulling a bandwagon. Taking into account the weight of the truck and the wagon, the combined weight could cause damage to the truck. The staff recommends selling or trading one of its current trucks and buying a new one capable of towing the bandwagon. The cost would be approximately $90,000.
Maplewood city officials on Tuesday will have the first reading for an ordinance to allow a tattoo studio on S. Big Bend. Also they plan to discuss adding parking to Marietta Avenue as a measure to control traffic. Planning and zoning last week approved sending a positive recommendation for the tattoo studio, at 2801- 2803 S. Big Bend Boulevard, to city council with a 4-1 vote. Parents and other residents on Marietta are concerned about the volume and speed of traffic there, especially on school mornings. Last week the residents received a proposed plan from the city to add parking to the north side of the street to slow traffic.
Maplewood Richmond Heights sophomore Malik Stewart has been named the All-Metro Boys Track Newcomer of the Year, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In Stewart’s first state meet he won the Class 2 1,600-meter state championship in 4 minutes and 31 seconds and took second in the 800 to help the Blue Devils finish second as a team, their highest finish since 2011. He also anchored MRH’s winning 4×800 team, running the team’s final 800 meters in 1:58.3. In fall 2017 Stewart took second in the state cross country meet.
The most popular post in 40 South last week was on Maplewood Planning and Zoning’s approval for recommendation to city council of a tattoo studio. The post on Richmond Heights mayor giving a developer more time followed. Maplewood P&Z votes to recommend tattoo studio
Developer given another chance in Richmond Heights; growlers could be OK’d for RH Schnucks
Coming restaurants: updates
Maplewood considering on-street parking to discourage cut-through traffic
Shop ‘n Save sign is gone
The shelves are staying: Shop ‘n Save employees
June 10 Open Houses
Co-working space opens in Maplewood
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Wild turkey spotted in Maplewood: it was photographed then it flew away