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.
Maplewood businesses that remained open throughout the stay-at-home order — ‘essential businesses’ — did well enough to offset losses from the closed businesses, so the city is projecting flat sales tax revenues for the remainder of the year, interim city manager, Anthony Traxler said in an email to 40 South on Wednesday. Traxler said in an online City Council budget work session meeting Tuesday that sales for Lowes were better than ever for April — “booming” even. Lowe’s sales numbers are usually higher later in the spring, he said, so it’s good to see April sales so high. Following Lowe’s, sales from other essential businesses, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Aldi and Schnucks filled in for the city. He also said in the email that the city is down seven employees but expects to slowly rehire the employees as the workload increases as things start opening again.
An MRH principal leaves to be assistant superintendent of the Webster Groves school system, the farmers market in Richmond Heights reopens, and more in the news. KMOV — While bike sales are up, supply remains low amid pandemic
KMOV — Maplewood-Richmond Heights principal gets big send-off before taking new job with district
KMOV — 2 of 4 Tower Grove Farmers’ markets reopened with precautions
KSDK (via MRH) — MRH seniors parade video
St. Louis Jewish Light — Treating COVID-19 patients presents myriad challenges, says ICU director
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — New schools, upgrades on the June 2 ballot in nine St. Louis area school districts
Maplewood Public Library will begin taking returns through its outdoor book drop today and begin conducting curbside pickup on Wednesday, June 3, after more than two months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is also the start date for MPL’s “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program. Babies through teens are asked to log 30 minutes of reading a day. Adults should simply record the title and page count of the books they read. Reading logs are available for printout on the library website.
Brentwood Ward 3 alderman, Andy Leahy is helping out with a local food drive taking place on election day, June 2, 2020. He sent this information. Brentwood voters go to the polls on June 2nd to cast votes in the recently postponed April municipal election. The current events of the past two months have changed all our lives. As the Brentwood Community we have an opportunity to make the “City of Warmth” an active physical example of a sharing and caring community for those in need.
Saint Louis Closet Co. is proving that giving back is still a main priority to their company through a donation of $3,144 to Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL). The nonprofit plans for the funds to be used on the life-changing programs and resources they provide. The company provided a press release with the information.
Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson addressed COVID-19 issues and commented on some reopenings — The Heights will remain closed — in a statement to the community, published online. We have been on a long and winding road. As of Thursday, May 14th, there has been 11 days of decline in local COVID-19 hospital admissions. The goal was to begin phase one of reopening after a decline of 14 days. Some relief is coming Monday.
Some St. Louis County businesses will be allow to reopen on May 18, though not all will. Twin Peaks restaurant, at 2351 Maplewood Commons Dr., will reopen its dining room on Monday, May 18, according to a press release. In addition to adhering to all federal, state and local guidelines, Twin Peaks has implemented new sanitation and safety processes. Some of the new measures include:
Personal protective equipment will be provided to all employees. All staff temperatures will be checked upon arrival.
In the press: A Maplewood woman who has lost many family members from Covid-19 helps out her community; some MRH students are going to the regional spelling bee. St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Channeling grief into creating a community of kindness
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — After losing loved ones to virus, Maplewood woman makes her yard a lifeline for others
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Photos: City, county businesses cautiously reopening Monday
Maplewood Design and Review Board on Thursday is set to consider proposed designs for new homes at 7396 Flora Avenue and 7272 Sarah Avenue. Both properties are empty lots. See the meeting agenda including the house designs, here: D&R staff report
7396 Flora Avenue is at the corner of Flora Avenue and Sutton Boulevard. It is the site of a house that burned down in 2012. 7272 Sarah Avenue is behind Schlafly Bottleworks.
Jason Goldkamp, a candidate for Maplewood City Council, Ward 1 in 2022, according to an email, speaks out against a Missouri State bill. We need to hold Missouri politicians accountable. While the world is preoccupied by a global pandemic, MO politicians are trying to undo the will of the people by passing SJR38, a bill that would revoke our state’s powerful anti-gerrymandering laws passed in 2018 under the Clean Missouri Amendment 1. Voters passed Amendment 1 in 2018 by a nearly 2 to 1 margin— a commanding 61% of the vote. Most Missourians approved of and voted for these measures across party lines.
In the news: A child in Richmond Heights ate up their parents’ marijuana stash, and a RH man was killed in a boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks. Also, an MRH football lineman was named to All-Decade team. CNN — She lost 8 friends and family members to Covid-19. But she hasn’t lost her will to help others
KMOV — Richmond Heights man killed, 3 injured in boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks
KMOV — 3 of 4 Tower Grove Farmers’ markets to open in coming weeks
KMOV — Child eats parent’s entire stash of edible marijuana in Richmond Heights
Lake Expo — When A Boat Exploded On Lake Of The Ozarks, Young People Became Heroes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Richmond Heights resident killed, 3 hurt when boat explodes at Lake of the Ozarks
The Dubliner has closed its doors permanently, due to the Covid-19 quarantine. What should take its place? Some comments on Facebook have suggested it could be replaced by a family-friendly restaurant focused on the local residents. Schlafly Corporation is the landlord. It’s 4,134 square feet, according to St.
Large trees were taken down on Maple Avenue in Maplewood Thursday to make way for sidewalks, a resident reported. The resident said the city cut down several “old growth trees” on Maple Avenue rather than find a way to route sidewalks around them. Also that residents were given no say and are extremely upset. In addition, resident said, the city contracted Gateway Tree Care, and one of their employees “is working in front of my house right now with a swastika tattoo on his arm. I feel this reflects poorly on the company and the city.”
Restaurants PF Chang’s and The Dubliner closed, a Richmond Heights man employed as a Registered Nurse in Farmington, MO passed on, and more in the news. Daily Journal Online — Jason Brandon Helvey obituary
Fox 2 — PF Chang’s permanently closes its Richmond Heights location
Fox 2 — Dubliner shutting doors for good in Maplewood
Fox 2 — Woman ‘showing kindness still exists’ after 8 family members die of coronavirus
KMOV — Local hospital discharges 100th COVID-19 patient
KMOV — Pub that re-opened last year in Maplewood to close for good due to COVID-19
KMOX — Local hospitals are celebrating the release of COVID-19 patients
KSDK — Popular bar in Maplewood closes, citing COVID-19 as the reason
Norfolk Daily News — Mizzou defensive lineman Antar Thompson arrested, suspended
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — A Sunday scooter joy ride — with the pooch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Two more St. Louis area school districts suspend food service for students, citing risk of coronavirus exposure
Candidate for Maplewood Ward 2 Sarah Crosley has written a letter to Maplewood residents. The election is June 2. To my Maplewood neighbors,
Over the last few months, COVID-19 has introduced many new challenges for us all, whether you’re a working parent, who is now also a homeschool teacher; a small business owner finding creative solutions and navigating federal relief programs; or someone just trying to move forward day-by-day. Everyday I see more uplifting, positive stories about how our community in Maplewood is finding ways to support each other and our favorite local businesses. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked for St.
The empty lot at the corner of Sutton Boulevard and Flora Avenue in Maplewood is for sale. It was the location of Dr. Wayne Fischer’s dentistry office, which burned down in 2012. St. Louis architect Lucy Williams bought the property but never built on it. It is zoned single family residential, and is being offered at $175,000, according to Redfin.
The Maplewood restaurant The Dubliner will not reopen, according to a post on Facebook on Tuesday. The cause is the extended closing due to the COVID-19 virus. The Dubliner opened at 2733 Sutton Boulevard in March 2019 in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Facebook post:
The COVID-19 virus has caused The Dubliner to close for good.
A letter went out to Maplewood block captains to spread the word that the Immaculate Conception Church Community Food Pantry needs food. They help out low income families in the 63143 Zip Code. With the current economic crisis more and more people can’t afford food for themselves and family, according to the letter, also: “If you have anything to spare, please consider contributing to the pantry. They are also accepting monetary donations.” The pantry is in the back church parking lot at 2934 Marshall Avenue.
On Sunday a homemade sign was placed in the middle of Bellevue Avenue in Richmond Heights with orange pool noodles sticking up like McDonald’s fries for good measure requesting drivers to slow down. A resident said motorcycles were racing were racing on the street on Saturday. Richmond Heights Police were told of the sign and asked the owner to remove it from the street. In the afternoon it was on the sidewalk.