Renovated MRH ECC unveiling date set

The newly renovated Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center will be open to the public, along with a ribbon cutting, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 2801 Burgess Avenue. The $9 million-plus building features a remodel of all classrooms, including nine new ones. Features include a large multi-purpose room, dozens of new parking spots, enhanced sprinkler and HVAC systems, and improved sidewalks and streets to make drop off/pickup easier. The ribbon-cutting will feature remarks from MRH Superintendent of Schools Karen Hall, ECC principal Dr. Cynthia Hebenstreit, school board president Katie Kaufmann, and musical entertainment by ECC students.

View the eclipse in Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights

The Heights, the Brentwood Recreation Complex and the Maplewood Library will host events to view the total eclipse of the sun on August 21. The Brentwood Parks and Recreation, the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brentwood Public Library will host an event at the Brentwood Recreation Center. Free solar sunglasses will be available for the first 250 guests. The Heights will host an event on its front lawn beginning at 12:30. The Richmond Heights Library has been handing out viewing glasses — they’ve run out but are ordering more.

Maplewood’s Focal Point sets a record

The Focal Point can now say it ranks — in one way — with Strange Donuts and Side Project Brewing. It had a line around the block. After 42 years as a venue for folk (and related) music, Maplewood’s Focal Point, on Sutton Boulevard, set a record at its July 28 show with singer/songwriter Chris Smither. The show sold out four and a half months in advance — that’s the record. More Chris Smither shows would have sold out too, but just one was planned.

Maplewood’s special election: 15 percent turnout; cost to city $4,000

Approximately 15 percent of registered voters came to the polls from Maplewood Ward 3 for Tuesday’s special election to fill the ward’s vacant city council seat. Maplewood pays the St. Louis County Board of Elections to conduct elections. Board director Eric Fey told 40 South the city will be billed approximately $4,000 for Tuesday’s election. According to an election official there are 2,073 registered voters in the ward; 313 votes were cast.

Conoco station, laundromat changes in Maplewood

The pumps and awning at the Conoco station at 3600 S Big Bend Boulevard were removed on Tuesday. On Wednesday just the station remained. So far, no information to share on the plans. The Big Bend Coin Laundry, next to the Conoco, at 3620 S. Big Bend Boulevard, is still in operation, while its replacement (Maplewood Wash House), at 3010 S. Big Bend is under construction. An employee with the general contractor said it might be finished in one or two months.

Man arrested for fraudulently obtaining oxycontin

Larry D. Hollins, 54, of St. Louis, has been charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance — oxycontin — in Maplewood. According to court and police records, on Nov. 11, 2016, at the Sam’s Club pharmacy in Maplewood, Hollins presented a prescription for oxycontin and asked for it to be filled. A pharmacist filled it, although he was suspicious of the prescription, and confirmed after the fact that the prescription was fraudulent.

‘Chateau Maplewood’ wine bar passes P&Z

Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road. Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission. Hobbs plans on calling the new wine bar Chateau Maplewood, he said after the meeting. It will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine — a “full wine experience,” he said.

Jenny Schmidt wins Maplewood Ward 3 race — updated with statement

Jenny Schmidt, a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood won the open Ward 3 council seat in the special election on Tuesday. Schmidt won with 163 votes (52.08 percent), Kristen Spencer was second with 105 (33.55 percent) and Steve Terelmes was third with 42 (13.42 percent of the votes). The seat was vacated when Barry Greenberg left it to become mayor. Schmidt is a 12-and-a-half-year resident of Maplewood with a law office located in downtown Maplewood. She represents investors in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits.

Richmond Heights passes fire command consolidation: a resident reports

Richmond Heights city officials Monday night passed a bill to consolidate the command structure for the fire departments of  Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Rock Hill and Clayton. It was the first of the five cities to approve it. Richmond Heights resident Peggy Terrell spoke against the idea at the meeting, and also wrote a report, which she gave permission to be used in 40 South:
I have lived in Richmond Heights, Missouri for over 18 years and I have loved living here.  Tonight was the first time I felt that the Richmond Heights Mayor and Council let down their constituents by voting for the 5 municipality fire department consolidation, known as East Central Fire Command Participation Agreement (Bill 5503/ECFC).  The administrative staff of Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Rock Hill and Clayton will consolidate IF the 4 other municipalities’ council agree upon it. Tonight Councilman Dan Sebban of District 4 abstained from voting because he was unaware they were voting tonight and he wasn’t fully informed of the Bill because he has been out of town. Councilman Danny Hebenstreit of District 4 hadn’t spoken to his constituents but voted yes anyway.

Planned wine bar, Trump protest, papered windows most popular last week

Here’s the most popular stories in 40 South last week. Maplewood P&Z to consider restaurant/wine bar
100-plus protest Trump in Brentwood: KMOV
Papered windows a test
Papered-over windows — a guess as to why
Carjacking on Southwest in Maplewood Sunday night
Maplewood’s speed trailer: data shows where speeders are
AB Green entrance may be reused on new building
Rush-hour protest planned for Brentwood Boulevard & Eager
Maplewood Police Department awarded international accreditation
John, who traveled Maplewood in a motorized wheelchair, has died

John Wichmann memorial service planned

A memorial service is planned for John Wichmann, a well-known Maplewood man who traveled around town in a motorized wheelchair. On Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood (7291 Sarah Avenue) will hold a memorial service for John Wichmann. There will also be a free luncheon after the service in the church basement. All are invited to attend both the memorial and the luncheon. According to Pastor Wood at Concordia Lutheran, John Wichmann was born on December 27, 1953.

Election in Maplewood Ward 3 is Tuesday

Residents of Maplewood Ward 3 will vote on Tuesday to elect a council person to replace  Barry Greenberg, who was elected mayor in April. In ballot order, the candidates are: Jenny Schmidt, Steve Terelmes and Kristen Spencer. The poling place for the election is the usual poling place for the ward, 7240 Anna Avenue, at Immaculate Conception Church. Jennifer Schmidt (Elm Avenue)

Maplewood council hopeful Jenny Schmidt
Ward 3 candidate Jenny Schmidt follows up

Steve Terelmes (Hazel Avenue)

Ward 3 Candidate Steve Terelmes to hold get-togethers at Muddled Pig, shares more info
More about Ward 3 council hopeful Steve Terelmes

Kristen Spencer (Oxford Boulevard)

Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 1
Ward 3 candidate Kristen Spencer’s interactions with residents: part 2
Candidate Kristen Spencer to hold get-together, shares Maplewood info
Council candidate Kristen Spencer to meet residents Monday, shares info

See also:

Maplewood Ward 3 candidates answer questions in forum
Maplewood Ward 3 candidates forum: opening and closing remarks