Maplewood resident notices ‘enormous’ jump in newly appraised property values

A Maplewood resident said in an email to 40 South that he’s noticed that his property values have gone up an ‘enormous’ amount for 2019. He says, for example, that his appraised home value went from $325,000 (2018) to $478,400, an increase of 47 percent. Also, his empty lot, on Bruno, went up from $62,300 (last year) to $90,000, an increase of 44.4 percent. And also, the appraised value of a home on Marietta Avenue that the editor here has an interest in went up 19 percent. The St.

A Century of Art in Brentwood

The celebration of Brentwood’s Centennial year is turning to the world of art in March. As part of the year long celebration of Brentwood’s 100th year, the Brentwood Century Foundation is presenting a “Brentwood Sons and Daughters Centennial Art Exhibit” on Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Drury Hotel in Brentwood. Drury Hotels is sponsoring the event and there is no admission charge. Toni Bowman, coordinator for the event along with Lois Eggers, said: “We had a similar exhibition last year and it was very well attended. We’re looking forward to an even bigger crowd at our Centennial event.”

Lois added: “We have a real variety of art forms being exhibited and our artists are from several generations.” Art mediums to be displayed include stained glass, quilting, wood sculpting, acrylics, watercolors, photography, and other mixed media.

Courtyard by Marriott to open in May: Richmond Heights Council meeting

Richmond Heights City Council met Monday night and live-reported the meeting on Twitter. https://twitter.com/RichmondHghtsMO/status/1107808525852520449

MRH elementary students compete in FIRST LEGO League expo

Maplewood Richmond Heights third grade girls competed over the weekend at the Chaifetz Arena in the FIRST LEGO League Jr expo, Jennifer Phillips has reported. The team met each week since the fall researching life on the moon, designing a space habitat, and programming a robotic rover. They then presented their work to an audience and panel of judges. The team, “The Galaxy Girls,” received the “Presentation Sensation” award for their work. This is the team’s second year participating in the nationwide event.

George Jacob “Jake” Nuernberger passes on

George Jacob “Jake” Nuernberger, United States Marine Corps veteran, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was the son of John (Sherry Hartnett) Nuernberger and Kathleen (Stephen Waite) Taylor-Waite. From his obituary:
Jake was a great son, brother, friend and Marine. His smile and silliness were contagious and would light up a room. Jake was a guy you could count on in times of need with either a funny Mel Brooks movie quote to cheer you up, or a helping hand for any project.

In the press: Maplewood to fix 10 streets, fish fry photos, Dubliner opens, Pie Oh My on Pi Day

In the press recently from Fox 2, KSDK, KMOV, Riverfront Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fox 2 — Making sleep a priority after daylight savings time
Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Pie Oh My ! bakeshop celebrates National Pi Day
KSDK — Pi Day deals in St. Louis
KMOV — News 4 steps in to help veteran who was almost homeless
KMOV — The Dubliner will re-open in Maplewood in time for St.

Brandi Herndon-Miller MRH board candidate statement

Candidate for Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education, Brandi Herndon-Miller, submitted a statement for publication on 40 South News. The election will be held April 2. Herndon-Miller’s statement:
Hello my Maplewood and Richmond Heights Neighbors. My name is Brandi Herndon-Miller, and I am an incumbent running for the position of Director on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board on April 2. As a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights, with a family rooted in the MRH School District, I have seen the transition of our district first-hand into the exceptional district it is today.

Winds down trees, wires in Maplewood

Maplewood Police reported Thursday afternoon that high winds had downed trees and power lines Thursday in Maplewood,  at Sarah at Limit and Elm at Arbor. Police reported the streets will be closed until Ameren crews can untangle the power lines from the trees. After everything has been deemed safe by them, Maplewood Public Works can begin their work.

Maplewood mayor announces endorsements in city council elections

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg, for the first time in his 16 years serving as a city official, has endorsed candidates for the Maplewood City Council.Mayor Greenberg’s letter of endorsement:
In my 16 years in Maplewood city government I have never publicly endorsed candidates for City Council, until now. These are challenging times as Better Together threatens the existence of Maplewood as an independent city and we are making preparations to replace our City Manager, Marty Corcoran, who is retiring after 35 years of serving our city in that role. The role of the council has never been more important than now. We are also losing Tim Dunn, who has served as a council member for the last 25 years. In my tenure on the Council, I have had the opportunity to work with many committed citizens who have invested a great deal of time and effort to help make Maplewood the community it is today.

MRH School District Board of Education candidates take part in forum

About 50 residents went to hear the candidates for for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education Wednesday night in the MRH High School auditorium hosted by the Hadley Township Democratic Club. The election for the board positions will be on the April 2 ballot. There are two available board positions up for election. The top two vote-getters will be elected. Candidates at the forum were:
• Dale Chambers
• Nikylan Knapper
• Brandi Herndon-Miller (incumbent)

Each candidate gave an opening statement, then current board member Nelson Mitten read questions to the candidates submitted from the audience.

16-floor office building planned in Richmond Heights

A $70 million, 16-floor, Class A+ office building is planned to replace the Burger King (just 50 years old), at 1200 South Brentwood, CityScene STL reported Monday. According to plans, the building will have street-level retail along Brentwood Boulevard. 1200 S. Brentwood will have seven floors of offices on top of a nine-floor podium base. The lobby area will feature a café and elevator lobbies. The 16th floor will have a private terrace with views of St.

Irish pub, The Dubliner, moves into Muddled Pig space: St. Louis Magazine

The Irish pub, The Dubliner will reopen at 3 p.m. Thursday in the former Muddled Pig Gastropub location (2733 Sutton Boulevard), which closed Saturday night, St. Louis Magazine reported Monday. The downtown location of The Dubliner closed in 2015 after a nine-year run. St. Louis Magazine says the Maplewood location will feature pub staples from the downtown location: “…fish and chips, bangers and mash, and “a simple roast chicken.”

Brentwood P&Z to consider new restaurant, hotel

Brentwood Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday is scheduled to consider a new 3-story office building at 200 Hanley Industrial Court, a second restaurant at 1507 S Brentwood Boulevard and a site plan for a new 7-story hotel at 1695 S. Hanley Road.  

15-year-old hit on Big Bend trying to cross Big Bend: police

Maplewood Police reported that on Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. officers responded to Big Bend and Manchester for a pedestrian struck. A 15-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle while trying to cross Big Bend Boulevard north of Manchester Road. The15-year-old was not in the crosswalk at the intersection when he was hit. He sustained minor injuries, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with investigators, and no charges were filed.

Maplewood Council Member Karen Wood answers questions on LGBT issues

Maplewood Ward 1 Council Member Karen Wood — running for re-election in April — responded by email to 40 South to questions from a resident on her current position on LGBT issues. The question referred to the fact that in 2012 Wood voted against a bill that protects Maplewood citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. Council member Wood’s response:
This is a response to a letter posted last night by 40 South News from Andrew Herbig. Dear Mr. Herbig,

This is a response to your letter posted Friday evening by 40 South News regarding the gender identity Bill 5877. In answer to your question, I am not personally aware of any unintended consequences that occurred as a result of how this ordinance was written and if I were to vote on it today I would vote in favor of it.

Resident asks Maplewood council member running for re-election her position on LGBT issues

A Maplewood resident writes to Maplewood Councilwoman Karen Wood, asking her position on LGBT issues, almost seven years after Wood voted (in the minority) against a bill that protects Maplewood citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. Wood is running for re-election to represent Maplewood Ward 1 on the city council. The resident’s letter:
In September of 2012, the City of Maplewood became one of the few cities in Missouri — and, practically, in the entire country — to outline explicit protections for its citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in Bill 5877. The bill passed with a majority but was opposed at the time by then Mayor James White, Councilman Fred Wolf, and Councilwoman Karen Wood. Of these, only Karen Wood remains on the Maplewood City Council.  At the time, Wood stated she voted against the measure for fear of “unintended consequence from the law” and that it may have “unintended ramifications.”

Seafood place, coffee shop to open in Maplewood; Bagel shop closes

Blue Crab Juicy Seafood, at 3248 Laclede Station Road in Deer Creek Center, is ‘coming soon,’ according to the sign on Thursday. Also in Maplewood, Alyssa Schuler posted on Facebook: “We are the proud owners of C. Oliver Coffee +Flower Bar! Today was such a special day, we had @brightlydawn style us for our lease signing! We have been planning this for such a long time!! Alyssa has loved making flower arrangements for years and I (Olivia) have loved Coffee forever!

Woman says Brentwood Police chief is protecting former corporal accused of sexual assault

A woman from Rock Hill at Monday’s Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting said a Brentwood Police major refused to show up for a meeting Friday at the police station. The meeting was about about a complaint she had with Brentwood Chief of Police Joseph Spiess. She began her time with the aldermen: “…as you know, I was the woman who was sexually assaulted by Dan Retzlaff, one of your former police officers.” She also said the officials couldn’t have done proper due diligence when hiring the chief given a legal ruling that Spiess had deprived a man of his civil rights. The mayor or none of the aldermen had a response.

‘Better Together’ representative to speak at Richmond Heights council meeting

A representative from ‘Better Together,’ the group promoting merging St. Louis city and county will speak at the April 1 Richmond Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Thomson said Monday in the council meeting. He said he didn’t know if the representative will take questions but assigned each city council member the task of coming to the meeting prepared with one question and possibly a follow-up. “I’m hoping they will come professionally, and so will we,” Thomson said. The April 1 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. instead of the regular 7:30 p.m. start time.

Maplewood council member stumps for for re-election

Jenny Schmidt, Maplewood Ward 3 Councilwoman is running for re-election on April 2, and posted her accomplishments and plans for the future on Facebook. Hi Friends and Neighbors! I have really enjoyed serving as one of your Ward 3 Councilpersons over the last year and a half.  I am up for re-election on April 2 and would love the opportunity to continue to serve you.  Over the past 18 months I have worked hard to be informed on every issue brought to the council, big or small, and to ask thoughtful and challenging questions.  During my time so far on council I have:

• Traffic and Safety- Worked with residents and city staff to identify and resolve traffic and parking issues, resulting in the placement of solar powered cross walk signs on Marshall and Sutton, as well as speed bumps on Marietta, thereby enhancing walkability and safety on some of the busiest streets in Maplewood. • Community- Participated in meetings presented by Maplewood Community Builders, a community organization dedicated to building an inclusive resident network, reviewed the results of their public safety study and researched their proposed “asks” of the city, and advocated for the formation of a public safety commission to hear residents’ concerns about issues of public safety affecting our community. • Great Rivers Greenway- Researched and reviewed proposals by GRG to put a path in Maplewood, attended community meetings and listened to public feedback on the proposals and successfully advocated for a safety review of the three major intersections that would be involved in the path to ensure the safety of those walking, biking, or driving on or near the path.