1st free lunch to be served Saturday at Branch Outreach on Yale

The Branch Outreach and Resources will serve its first lunch to the public, at 2150 Yale Avenue, on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meals will always be free. Maplewood Pentecostal Church of God Pastor Philip Centers, and his wife, Mary, have transformed their fellowship hall into “The Branch Outreach and Resources” to help those in need. “Our goal is to make life easier for those who could use a little help,” Centers said. “We have street parking in front, and a parking lot in back on Bruno. All are welcome, donations are accepted but not required!”

Stringfest, Bookstore Day, Airedale Antics 10th on Saturday; Active Aging Expo Monday

Dodge the rain this Saturday for these fun events in Maplewood. The Active Aging Expo is Monday at The Heights. Saturday, April 29

Stringfest in downtown Maplewood — 4 to 7 p.m. — More than a dozen roaming musicians and maverick harpists will perform on the streets of Maplewood. Enjoy food and drink sold on the sidewalks by Maplewood’s award-winning food purveyors. Visit your favorite shops for open houses.

Schnucks customer tells on thief — results in arrest

Michael Lee Hurst, 49, of St. Louis, was caught in the parking lot of the Richmond Heights Schnucks with four bottles of tequila he hadn’t paid for, and was subsequently charged with stealing, according to court and police records. On March 25, Hurst selected the bottles and hid them in his clothing. A customer saw him do this and told a store employee. By this time Hurst had walked past all points of sale without paying; he was apprehended outside the store and the stolen property was retrieved.

MRH wins national honor for 2nd time

For the second time, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School has been recognized for the academic success of its students in the face of challenges resulting from student poverty rates, according the school. The last time was in 2013. MRH has been recognized as a 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Breakthrough School” as a result of the hard work of the students, teachers, and school community, the school says. The Breakthrough Schools program, initiated in 2007, identifies, recognizes, and showcases middle and high schools that serve a large number of students living in poverty, and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and in over 35 countries around the world.

Internet business moves within Maplewood

Seafoam Media, an internet marketing company, is moving its office from a second floor in the 7300 block of Manchester Road to a larger space on Sutton Boulevard. Owner, Nikki Bisel, said on Thursday that the company has grown from five to ten employees in a year and that there’s room for growth in the new location — the former Once Upon A Bash spot at 2732 Sutton Boulevard.

Watch for an open forum for vacant council seat — could be 5 running

Maplewood’s new mayor, Barry Greenberg — sworn in on Tuesday, told 40 South he’d like to have an open forum where the candidates for the now vacant Ward 3 council seat will have an opportunity to communicate their views and qualifications. Currently, of the five that have picked up petitions at city hall, three have been returned with signatures. Greenberg also said he’s planning on personally meeting with everyone running for the vacant seat to find out what their vision for the city of Maplewood is and what qualifications they would bring. He said he’s met one of the candidates so far. He hopes to see all of them serving Maplewood in some way.

New Maplewood restaurant set to open in May

Tapped, the new restaurant moving into the former A Pizza Story space in the 7200 block of Manchester Road, is set to open in early May, St. Louis Magazine reports. Tapped will make use of the wood-fired pizza oven they inherited. Also on the menu: chicken artichoke sautée, bourbon-glazed wings, meatloaf, toasted ravioli with tomato-bacon jam, fish ‘n chips, and sandwiches, according to St. Louis Magazine.

Car stolen from Flora Avenue resident

According to court and police records, Eric Wallace, 38, of Blackwell, MO, stole a 2002 Toyota Highlander from a Maplewood resident in the 7300 block of Flora Avenue. The victim reported that his car, containing tools and other property valued at $6,610, had been stolen while it was parked overnight outside his house. The car was recovered two days later being driven by Wallace in Jefferson County. The victim said Wallace was an acquaintance of his, but had no explanation as to how Wallace had the key to the car. Wallace claimed that he had taken the car not realizing that it belonged to the victim because hew was angry with the victim’s house mate.

‘Loud bang and a flash’ reported Wednesday morning

‘A loud bang and a flash’ was reported on Wednesday at around 5 a.m. in the area of Greenwood Boulevard. The Maplewood Police night shift supervisor said the cause was a blown transformer. At the same time, lights that were on in the area flickered momentarily, including at Great Harvest Bread Company (7360 Manchester Road), Forward Fitness (3111 Sutton Boulevard), and Shop ‘n Save. A strong wind was blowing at the time.

Win a native landscaped yard

Each year one St. Louis area homeowner is chosen to receive a front yard makeover – transforming excess turf into a native Missouri landscape. Since 2006, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter, Grow Native! and Shaw Nature Reserve have sponsored the Landscape Challenge, which encourages homeowners to landscape with native plants.

Richmond Heights Police officers promoted

According to the city of Richmond Heights, Police Major Doug Schaeffler was promoted to chief of police on April 10 after serving as interim chief. Roy Wright retired as chief in December. Schaeffler promoted Captain Craig Mueller to major/ assistant chief on April 12, and  Detective Sergeant Gerry Rohr to captain on April 14. The department will begin the process of filling the vacancies left by the promotions. Richmond Heights first responders promoted, hired