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.
The Maplewood building inspector said last week that he had inspected Thai Table restaurant’s buildout and that they were ready to begin hanging drywall – good progress! Thai Table also posted the news on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlGGaocntxh/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1e4sv1p1qtuqr
The pedestrian killed Monday at around 2 p.m. on S. Big Bend had stumbled and fell into the back of a truck, then continued on, not knowing the man had been hit, according to Maplewood Police in a press release on Tuesday. Police identified the victim as Albert Johnson, 62, of Maplewood. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police reported that preliminary investigation shows that Johnson crossed S. Big Bend just north of Manchester Road in an attempt to walk west towards QuikTrip. Johnson was not crossing within the marked crosswalk at the intersection.
Area artists, musicians, and Maplewood food purveyors brought crowds to Maplewood’s tribute to Bastille Day Friday, the 13th annual Let them Eat Art. See also: Maplewood community development director leaving her post; applications being accepted
At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday a man in his 60s crossing S. Big Bend Boulevard just north of Manchester Road was struck and killed, according to Maplewood Police. Maplewood Police Lieutenant Matt Neighbor said the driver of the car was apprehended south of the area by another police department and was being questioned. The accident is being investigated as a crime scene by police. No other details were available. Traffic was moving through the intersection on Manchester, but S. Big Bend is closed from Rannells to Flora avenues until at least 5 p.m.
Rachelle L’Ecuyer, Maplewood’s community development director, is leaving the position with the city, according to sources connected with Maplewood businesses. L’Ecuyer joined the city in 2005 and has been a big part of downtown Maplewood’s comeback. She marked her 10-year anniversary with a summary of her accomplishments, among them, establishing the events: Let Them Eat Art, Women Making History, The Sweet Tooth Tour, The Maplewood Coffee Crawl and Stringfest (formerly the Harp Attack and Fiddlefest). The position is posted on the Maplewood city website, and some well-qualified applicants have applied, according to a source. The deadline to apply is July 27.
The windows at the former Shop ‘n Save/future Schnucks in Maplewood are papered over. So far no jobs are posted at the Schnucks website for the Maplewood store. The press release announcing the opening said about a hundred new employees would be hired. This is the Schnucks jobs openings page.
Fox 2, KMOX, KSDK, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio were among the outlets reporting on a meeting on Maplewood’s nuisance ordinance.
Fox 2 – Maplewood residents learn making too many calls to 911 can lead to eviction
KMOX – Maplewood Evictions, Smoking Bans & Snuff
KSDK — Police: Treasurer confesses to stealing from PTO bank account
KSDK – Ordinance allows Maplewood to evict for calls to 911
KSDK – Fight against Maplewood nuisance ordinance
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Community meeting set on Maplewood nuisance ordinance that prompted ACLU lawsuit
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood officials say Shop N Save departure left budget hole
Drawings of a Total Access Urgent Care are with the Maplewood building department and will be considered by the Design and Review Board on Thursday. Brian Herr, Maplewood building inspector, said that the drawings are conceptual — not a site plan. It will still need to go through planning and zoning and the city council. The building is in consideration for 7469 Manchester Road, site of the former Rafferty Auto Sales. The board will also consider:
Just Practice Yoga, 3518 Greenwood – window display sign
Taco Bell, 2750 S. Big Bend – wall and pole sign
Schnucks, 7355 Manchester – wall and ground sign
Messenger Church, 2150 Yale – wall sign
Chateau Maplewood, 7326 Manchester Road – window display sign
Her also said Thai Table restaurant (7403 Manchester Road) is ready to begin hanging drywall on its buildout.
On Wednesday the ACLU Missouri and Equal Housing and Opportunity Council hosted a discussion on on Maplewood’s nuisance ordinance laws at the Salvation Army in Maplewood. The law allows the city to revoke a tenant’s occupancy permit for “more than two instances within a 180-day period of incidents of peace disturbance or domestic violence resulting in calls to the police,” according to the ordinance, in part. St. Louis Public Radio, KSDK, KMOV, 550 KTRS and Fox 2 were among the outlets covering the meeting. https://twitter.com/ehocstl/status/1017198323936169984
“I was scared to call for help. Sometimes, I was scared to leave home.” Former @ehocstl client, Kathy, shares her story of how Maplewood’s Nuisnace Ordinance negatively impacted her. See her story tonight at 6p on @KMOVpic.twitter.com/mFbU5L6g64
— Metro St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (@ehocstl) July 11, 2018
A letter went out to family and friends of the Brentwood School District in May asking for donations to cover the disappearance of thousand of dollars from the PTO account. On Tuesday Tamara Denise Jenkins, former treasurer of the BHS PTO, was charged with stealing more than $8,000 from the group, according to court records. Jenkins, 44, of the 9000 block of West Swan Circle, was charged with stealing $750 or more, a class D felony, according to court records. Brentwood Police made the arrest. The St.
Maplewood City Council on Tuesday in a meeting scheduled to work on the city budget ended up discussing how to use its Proposition P funds — funds meant for public safety. About 14 members of Maplewood Community Builders, a group pushing the city to use the funds for ‘community policing’ were there. The meeting was a work session so public comments weren’t permitted. Maplewood will receive $400,000 from Prop P, and is planning — in the draft budget — to use $214,000 of that for items such as data terminals for patrol cars (10), portable radios (2), Sig Sauer duty pistols (2), vehicles (3) and body cameras (25). The department also plans to hire two new officers with the funds.
Construction on the Boland Place apartments, originally approved by the city in March 2016, will begin in September 2018 according to the last word from developer Joseph Cyr. A resident sent this photo of the current residents on the lot with the caption: “The first tenants at the stalled project.”