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.
A fire reported to have started from a barbecue on Sunday afternoon made a total loss of a four-flat apartment building in Maplewood. Residents of the building, on Greenwood Boulevard, said everyone got out safely, also that the building was a total loss. After the fire was out all windows in the building, including the second floor in the front, were broken out and the inside appeared to be damaged by fire. Several residents said the fire started from a barbecue. It was reported on Twitter that the barbecue was on a second-floor balcony in the back.
In addition to the local resident waiting for results of their coronavirus test previously reported, another local resident (also wanting to remain anonymous) told 40 South News that they’re waiting too, and that their whole family is self-isolating. They said, via Twitter message:
“I don’t want to be identified either. But I am extremely frustrated. I got tested on the 17th (of March) and I’m still waiting for results. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be day 11.
The local resident who had flu-like symptoms, then tested negative for flu and then was tested for coronavirus now says they have to wait four more days on top of the five they were originally told. The results for the coronavirus test were supposed to be back Thursday. The resident said they weren’t contacted with the results, so they called and was told it would be five more days. “Very aggravating,” they said. See also: Local resident with flu-like symptoms tested for coronavirus, waits for results, Another resident also waiting for coronavirus test result: today is day 11
They said the only symptoms they’re experiencing now are headaches and a difficulty concentrating.
A local resident told 40 South News (by phone) Wednesday that several days ago they woke up at around 2 a.m. with body chills and a temperature of 101.4, though no sore throat. (Using pronouns they, their, for anonymity)
They set up an appointment to be tested for flu at a nearby clinic, then couldn’t
get back to sleep because they were worried. They took test, in in their car, and tested negative for flu types A and B.
Because they were in a high risk category it was suggested they also take the test for the coronavirus. They drove directly to a clinic in Maryland Heights. A technician dressed in full protective gear gave them the nasal swab test.
More than 200 Maplewood residents aren’t concerned about the current public health crisis. They’re the dogs registered to take advantage of the Maplewood dog park. Take a look at their faces and names.
Due to the current need for social distancing many restaurants and other small businesses have gone to curbside delivery, or have closed down totally for now. It’s evident all over downtown Maplewood. Maplewood City Hall will also be closed and remain closed until further notice, the city announced on Sunday—the result of a a stay at home order in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis beginning Monday, March 23.
A group of Maplewood residents (MapleGOOD) are offering assistance for anyone who may need help with deliveries such as groceries and medicine. This is a legitimate act of kindness from Maplewood residents. Neighbors helping neighbors! The city of Maplewood posted this online, while adding that the city isn’t sponsoring it. MapleGOOD contact info for those in need:
Call or text Dessa Somerside, Maplewood resident (se habla espanol)
In the press recently. Crux — Priest gets probation for stalking St. Louis-area woman
Fox 2 — Tims Travels: Grab the neighbors and head over to Tale to Table in Maplewood
Fox 2 — St. Louis man gets Valentine’s Day surprise with $1 million Powerball win
KMOV — Man who killed minister at Richmond Heights bowling alley sentenced to 30 years
KMOV — Busy intersection with no working lights a safety concerns in the Maplewood, Brentwood
KOAM (Joplin) — Priest gets probation for stalking St. Louis-area woman
NTD — Missouri Joker Impersonator Live-Streams Terrorist Threats and Gets Arrested
Riverbender.com — Maplewood Business Earns Award for Best Customer Service
The MRH Social Distancing Shamrock Hunt is taking place in Maplewood on Tuesday. Participating residents are putting up a ‘shamrock’ (or a few) in the windows of their homes and apartments to allow for the kids to go out and ‘hunt’ for them. Anyone wanting to add their address (anonymously) can sign up on this Google sheet. As the Google doc says, “keep your distance when you run into friends and neighbors!”
The then-director of the Maplewood Public Library who took over after the retirement of the long-time director, Terry Donnelly, has left the post for a position with the St. Louis Public Library system. Kathy Condon-Boettcher took over in October 2019, said via Facebook messenger the job wasn’t a “good fit.” Condon-Boettcher said Maplewood has a wonderful staff and a great library board and she knows the library is appreciated by the community. “I truly wish everyone there the best of luck and know the next Director will do good things there.
While some area fish fries may be called off due to the new coronavirus, Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood never planned to have one this year. A member said for this year, there was no one to take on the job. The church is planning a pancake breakfast on March 29, 9 a.m. – noon. The fish fry at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood is on — the next one is scheduled for Friday, March 20.
Brentwood School District was established on March 3, 1920 — less than a year after the City of Brentwood’s incorporation in 1919. One hundred years later the school district is promoting Prop E, seeking authority from voters to issue $29 million in bonds to update the district’s two elementary schools. The district sent out this update last week:
“We are incredibly proud to continue the tradition of excellence that has distinguished Brentwood for the past century,” said Superintendent Brian Lane. “A lot has changed in 100 years, but our dedication to student success and well being has not.”
The district has seen a lot of changes since its inception. Most recently, Brentwood High School and Brentwood Middle School are undergoing major renovations to provide better building accessibility, improved safety features, and modern learning spaces to keep students competitive in a changing educational landscape.
Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center will become Maplewood Chiropractic & Wellness Center (www.mwchiro.com). The change reflects the addition of Dr. Pam Waske to the staff, as well as well as continued commitment and pride in the community, Dr. William Madosky has announced. Waske is an exercise enthusiast and brings eight years of experience in athletic training and community development. About the changes:
Additional hours – We have extended our appointment hours to include early morning, lunch, evening, Thursdays and extended Saturday hours. Expanded acupuncture services – We will increase availability of our acupuncture services. Acupuncture is an excellent technique for improving overall health, athletic performance, injuries to spine and extremities, chronic health conditions and addictions (especially nicotine). Dr Madosky will lead this effort.
Maplewood Richmond Heights multi-sport standout Malik Stewart on Tuesday signed his letter of intent to St. Louis University for track & field. See also:
MRH runner Malik Stewart repeats 2nd at State
MRH cross country team wins record number of medals
Blue Devils take 4th in state meet
MRH cross country runner is Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week
MRH runner named All-Metro Newcomer of the Year
MRH track relay team wins state title
A resident of Brentwood Place Apartments, off Manchester Road near Van Mark Way, says a contested entrance change to the apartment complex there is a result of the planned pedestrian tunnel under Manchester Road for the Brentwood Bound project. The proposed apartment entrance is being moved off Manchester Road to a small residential street. According to the resident the mayor said this change, from the known plans, had been communicated, but none of the alderman were aware of it. The apartment owner and neighborhood has concerns with safety, traffic flow and the removal of a playground with no planned replacement. The board set to make a final decision at the Brentwood Board of Alderman meet Monday.
Maurice K. Muia is running for Richmond Heights City Council representing District 2. His mission: “A fresh vision for us to build a progressive and connected community together for our children.” Muia’s introduction and bio:
My name is Maurice K. Muia and I am running to be your next District 2 Councilperson for the City of Richmond Heights, MO. Please reach out to me with your ideas. Let us craft a fresh vision and build a progressive and connected community together for our children.
An MRH theater teacher is in the news, more on the local brewery named 2nd best in the world, and the refugee living in Christ Church UCC has “exhausted his due process,” an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official has said. Brewbound — Schlafly Sold Again: Sage Capital Sells Controlling Stake in Saint Louis Brewery Back to Family (news from last year, just seeing it)
Feast Magazine — Side Project Brewing Is the No. 2 Brewery in the World, Says RateBeer
KPLR — Richmond Heights road rage – vehicle hit four times by angry driver
KMOV — Maplewood area brewery named 2nd best in the world
KMOV — Richmond Heights police, Mike Duffy’s serve up all you can eat pancakes with a purpose
KMOV — Activists vow to keep fighting for undocumented immigrant who takes sanctuary in Maplewood church
Lake News — Versailles wrestling’s Rademann walks away with fifth place state medal in final match (MRH wrestler Collin Skaggs at State meet)
Riverfront Times — Hot Damn, Side Project Brewing Named No. 2 Brewer in the World
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Transformation of Maplewood bus stop includes public art event
On a St. Louis history-related Facebook page a woman shared a photo her father took of John F. Kennedy when he visited Maplewood before he became President. The photo is similar to another one of Kennedy the same day in a convertible on Sutton Boulevard near Greenwood. The city of Maplewood on its website says the photo was taken in 1960. Kennedy became President in January 1961.