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.
Richmond Heights city council on Monday approved a contract with Midwest Pool Management to manage lifeguard staffing for the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center and The Heights pool. According to the contract, the cost for management at the Maplewood pool for 2018 is $26,875. The cost the for The Height for 2018 is $18,197. See the contract here. https://twitter.com/RichmondHghtsMO/status/975894878969323521
A group of Maplewood residents — Maplewood Community Builders — is working to make Maplewood stronger through relationship-building and civic engagement, they say. They’re conducting a survey, which is included here. The point of the survey, they say, is to assess the relationship between the police and the community, and better understand people’s experiences with and perceptions of Maplewood city law enforcement. Take the survey here, and find out more about it too. According Maplewood Community Builders, the group: “Is not affiliated with the City of Maplewood.
Chef Robert Rusan has retired from the Maplewood Richmond Heights kitchen with a plan to continue to work with students, while opening a restaurant.Rusan posted on Facebook:
Today was one of the most bittersweet moments in my life. I retired from Maplewood Richmond Heights school district. What an amazing experience I am so thankful and grateful for the district for giving me this great opportunity. It has truly help me to develop into the chef that I am today. As I stated to my staff, teachers, support staff, students and parents if I can take the love that I received through my time at MRH and share it with the world Oh what a HAPPY JOYOUS place it would be.
The MRH school walkout on Wednesday was the most-read post last week. Posts on restaurants that said no to straws were in the top five. MRH students, staff to protest Parkland shooting, joining nationwide walkout
3 restaurants say no more straws
Stolen car found: totaled, with chicken bones, Vess bottles inside
Maplewood restaurants go strawless; others use compostable, paper
Website names Richmond Heights, Brentwood as top US places to live
In the news: Blaze Pizza, Brentwood carjacking, Del Peitro’s
Thai Table buildout underway
Next steps on GRG trail, restaurant liquor licenses, new 911 system: Maplewood council meeting
Church in old Maplewood Theater building can stay
MRH students gather to remember 17 shot
St. Louis Public Radio covered the Maplewood Richmond Heights student walkout. Maplewood’s Traveling Tea and its owner Kateri Meyer was profiled in a South County publication, and more, in the news. KLPR — 3 of the 2018 Best Places to Live are in St. Louis County
KPLR — Maplewood police warn about car thieves’ parking lot scam
Leader Publications — Tea time: Brewing alternative to coffee
Riverfront Times — In Belleville, Students Risk ‘Consequences’ for Joining March 14 Walkout
Maplewood police say a man and woman in a dark colored pick up have been seen in area parking lots trying to scam people to steal their cars. Police say the couple tells drivers their wheel is broken but it’s an attempt to steal their car. Police also think a white car is involved. Police warn not to speak with these people and to call the department immediately at (314) 645-3000. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/974763266827268099
When The Crows Nest posted on Instagram that straws would be given out on request only, the owner challenged other Maplewood restaurants to do the same. Now, so far, The Blue Duck, Thai Table (opening soon), Robota, and Reeds American Table have joined The Crows Nest in giving out straws only on request. Other Maplewood food establishments offer compostable (made from corn, not plastic) or paper straws. Traveling Tea has used only compostable straws since the day it opened, according to owner Katerie Mayer. Schlafly Bottleworks also uses compostable straws, Meyers said.
Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary student, Drew Moylan will represent MRH in the Scripps Spelling Bee regional finals on March 17 at McKendree University. This is Drew’s second time competing in the regional semifinals (2016). His sister Claire represented MRHE in the 2017 bee, according to MRH. The winner(s) for the regional finals will go on to compete in Washington, D.C.
Six candidates are running for the Brentwood School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. There are two openings with three year terms. The district has arranged a forum for the candidates. The forum, to be moderated by the League of Women Voters, is set for Monday, March 19 at the Brentwood District Conference Center from 7 – 9 p.m.
Running for the board are:
Joseph C. Missey
Lois M. Truman
Christopher B. Pulliam
Mark T. Womer (incumbent)
Jamie D. Allen, III
Jason M. Mayer
The terms of Johanna Winfield and Mark Womer will expire in April 2018.
The city of Richmond Heights and the Richmond Heights Historical Society plan to dedicate the Ashe-Hudlin Park on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
The new park, northeast of 1221 Laclede Station Road, honors tennis great Arthur Ashe and his coach Richard Hudlin, as well as the Bennett Avenue Historic District. The park was completed in February to create a welcoming memorial at the corner of the grounds where a young Arthur Ashe once practiced. With two benches, native landscaping, and a colorful plaque, the park is intended to complement the historic neighborhood and remind future generations of the significance of the area. A reception will follow at The Heights. The ceremony will be held at The Heights in case of inclement weather.
A League of Women Voters forum is being held for the Maplewood Ward 1 candidates on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Maplewood Salvation Army. A League of Women Voters volunteer will moderate, asking the candidates questions submitted that night by those attending. The candidates are, in ballot order:
The owner of the vehicle stolen while warming up from the 3500 block of Cambridge last month was reunited with it on Monday at the St. Louis city tow lot on Hall Street. All four air bags were blown and it was full of trash, he reported. The owner said it was found in St. Louis city.