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.
Class pets are pandemic houseguests, and more COVID-related local news. KSDK — This Richmond Heights business requires everyone to wear a face mask
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — With local tax revenues hit by COVID-19, state offering loans to small cities across Missouri
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out
The New York Times — Does Your Local Doctor Have a Coronavirus Test for You?
On July 4, MRH Middle School Principal Mike Dittrich was traveling north on I-55 in central Illinois and saw a car traveling south lose control and spin multiple times for about 50-75 yards taking out the cable barriers, he reported on Facebook. Dittrich stopped and crossed over to help the three passengers out of the car. All three were OK but shaken up. He stayed until EMS arrived. By that time all three were up and walking around.
Tyler Merkel is running for Missouri’s House District 83 seat, held by Gina Mitten, who has hit her term limit. He has shared this press release and photo:
Friends and Neighbors,
If we have not yet met, my name is Tyler Merkel and I am running for House District 83, which spans from Rock Hill in the west to Clifton Heights and Franz Park in the east. After living in Maplewood for over a decade, I have witnessed our community change and prosper over the years. However, despite our progress, the majority in the Missouri legislature has failed to address our needs or pass legislation that reflects our values. When St.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 18 Richmond Heights full-time city employees are being laid off because sales tax receipts are down 50%, according to City Manager Amy Hamilton. Here’s more in the news, most of it is COVID-19-related. Fox 2 — Richmond Heights Police Department deploys body cameras to officers
Fox 2 — Gyms, casinos, and more large venues reopen in St. Louis County
KMOV — Pools in St.
The Richmond Heights Police Department announced on Facebook Wednesday that after nearly two years of research and testing, the department will be using body-worn cameras. The cameras were implemented on Monday. Officers will be required to activate cameras when engaging in patrol duties, such as crimes in progress, vehicle stops, searches, and arrests. Recordings will be retained for a minimum of 30 days, or longer if the recording is involved in court proceedings, investigations, departmental needs, etc. The department says body-worn cameras will aid in its mission to perform law enforcement duties fairly and impartially and to increase transparency.
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg said in a letter emailed to residents that he has been asked what safeguards are in place in Maplewood to ensure that the disturbing police actions we have seen around the country will not take place in Maplewood. Greenberg said he has reviewed the policies and procedures the Maplewood Police Department utilizes to serve the city. He summarizes the policies on the city’s website. He noted that in Maplewood last year the police department made 1,557 arrests and there was not a single allegation of excessive force filed against Maplewood officers.
A social-distancing (wear a mask), kid-friendly “March for Black Lives” is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Maplewood, meeting in Sutton Loop Park. According to the event listing on Facebook: After brief remarks in Sutton Loop Park, the march will travel north on Sutton Boulevard, east on Manchester Road, north on Oakview Terrace, west on Zephyr Place, and south on Sutton back to the park. Any with limited mobility or who want to join from a distance are encouraged to participate from anywhere along the route, including on Manchester or in Ryan Hummert Park. An organizer said on Facebook that this event grew out of the “small, leaderless action that has been ongoing at Big Bend and Manchester since June 1.” See the Facebook event
The recent protests in the area received quite a bit of coverage in the media. Call Newspapers — Three charged with assault after throwing fireworks at police officers during protests
Fredericksburg Freelance-Star — After losing loved ones to virus, Missouri woman makes her yard a lifeline for others
Fox 2 — Black-owned businesses seeing support with an influx in patrons
Fox 2 — 3 charged with attempting to injury police officer at the Galleria
Fox 2 — Protesters hold ‘I AM George Floyd’ march in Brentwood, Richmond Heights, and Maplewood
KMOX — Police: 3 arrested for allegedly shooting fireworks at officers in St. Louis
St. Louis American — Protest energy continued throughout St. Louis region on Saturday, June 6
For almost 20 years Matthew Bowman’s family has put up with the occasional flooding on Dorothy Avenue near Manchester Road in Brentwood. He’s looking forward to a solution which the city’s Brentwood Bound project might offer, but he says a change in the plan reroutes an apartment entrance down a hill, and aimed at his house. He has started an online petition to ask the Brentwood Board of Aldermen to stick with the original plan, which he says is nearly complete, safer, more economical. There are currently more than 600 signers. He has spoken at alderman meetings to explain their safety concerns but Brentwood is still only considering this plan, referred to as the Van Mark Way Dorothy plan, he said in an email to 40 South.
The self service car wash at Big Bend and James Avenue has closed permanently. The business next to it, Central Auto Body Paint Shop, bought the car wash to add stalls for its business, an employee said Saturday.
Several thousand (according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) gathered Thursday in The Promenade at Brentwood and Maplewood Commons to protest for police and criminal justice reforms. They ended up on Brentwood Boulevard, avoiding Interstate 40/64. Local photographer BB Elkin took pictures. Others posted on Instagram and Twitter. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCJ7EADAAr/?igshid=1m6znft6pzcc6
I recorded this video minutes ago after a man in a truck drove right into the crowd of protestors in Brentwood. Protestors say he was waving a gun at them and then after he drove away he shot into the air. No one was hurt. pic.twitter.com/SrjqAofAl0
A Maplewood Schnucks employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from Schnucks sent out at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. The employee last worked at the store on Wednesday, June 3. The area where the employee worked was disinfected (the specific area isn’t noted), and also all common areas. The store is remaining open and will continue to follow COVID-19 guidance from local and state agencies, according to the email. Following is a screen shot of the letter.
On Tuesday Maplewood voters passed Proposition E for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, and Proposition F for the fire department — both by large margins. Voters said yes to Prop E by over 81 percent and Prop F by over 75 percent. Also in Maplewood, Sarah Crosley defeated incumbent council member Ray Crader in Ward 2. Sandi Phillips won a second term unopposed in Ward 1 and Shawn Faulkingham also won unopposed in Ward 3. The three incumbent candidates for the MRH school board were re-elected with no challengers: Maria Langston, Kathryn Kaufman and Francis Chmelir.
Maplewood businesses that remained open throughout the stay-at-home order — ‘essential businesses’ — did well enough to offset losses from the closed businesses, so the city is projecting flat sales tax revenues for the remainder of the year, interim city manager, Anthony Traxler said in an email to 40 South on Wednesday. Traxler said in an online City Council budget work session meeting Tuesday that sales for Lowes were better than ever for April — “booming” even. Lowe’s sales numbers are usually higher later in the spring, he said, so it’s good to see April sales so high. Following Lowe’s, sales from other essential businesses, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Aldi and Schnucks filled in for the city. He also said in the email that the city is down seven employees but expects to slowly rehire the employees as the workload increases as things start opening again.
An MRH principal leaves to be assistant superintendent of the Webster Groves school system, the farmers market in Richmond Heights reopens, and more in the news. KMOV — While bike sales are up, supply remains low amid pandemic
KMOV — Maplewood-Richmond Heights principal gets big send-off before taking new job with district
KMOV — 2 of 4 Tower Grove Farmers’ markets reopened with precautions
KSDK (via MRH) — MRH seniors parade video
St. Louis Jewish Light — Treating COVID-19 patients presents myriad challenges, says ICU director
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — New schools, upgrades on the June 2 ballot in nine St. Louis area school districts
Maplewood Public Library will begin taking returns through its outdoor book drop today and begin conducting curbside pickup on Wednesday, June 3, after more than two months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is also the start date for MPL’s “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program. Babies through teens are asked to log 30 minutes of reading a day. Adults should simply record the title and page count of the books they read. Reading logs are available for printout on the library website.
Brentwood Ward 3 alderman, Andy Leahy is helping out with a local food drive taking place on election day, June 2, 2020. He sent this information. Brentwood voters go to the polls on June 2nd to cast votes in the recently postponed April municipal election. The current events of the past two months have changed all our lives. As the Brentwood Community we have an opportunity to make the “City of Warmth” an active physical example of a sharing and caring community for those in need.
Saint Louis Closet Co. is proving that giving back is still a main priority to their company through a donation of $3,144 to Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL). The nonprofit plans for the funds to be used on the life-changing programs and resources they provide. The company provided a press release with the information.
Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson addressed COVID-19 issues and commented on some reopenings — The Heights will remain closed — in a statement to the community, published online. We have been on a long and winding road. As of Thursday, May 14th, there has been 11 days of decline in local COVID-19 hospital admissions. The goal was to begin phase one of reopening after a decline of 14 days. Some relief is coming Monday.