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 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.
Some St. Louis County businesses will be allow to reopen on May 18, though not all will. Twin Peaks restaurant, at 2351 Maplewood Commons Dr., will reopen its dining room on Monday, May 18, according to a press release. In addition to adhering to all federal, state and local guidelines, Twin Peaks has implemented new sanitation and safety processes. Some of the new measures include:
Personal protective equipment will be provided to all employees. All staff temperatures will be checked upon arrival.
In the press: A Maplewood woman who has lost many family members from Covid-19 helps out her community; some MRH students are going to the regional spelling bee. St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Channeling grief into creating a community of kindness
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — After losing loved ones to virus, Maplewood woman makes her yard a lifeline for others
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Photos: City, county businesses cautiously reopening Monday
Maplewood Design and Review Board on Thursday is set to consider proposed designs for new homes at 7396 Flora Avenue and 7272 Sarah Avenue. Both properties are empty lots. See the meeting agenda including the house designs, here: D&R staff report
7396 Flora Avenue is at the corner of Flora Avenue and Sutton Boulevard. It is the site of a house that burned down in 2012. 7272 Sarah Avenue is behind Schlafly Bottleworks.
Jason Goldkamp, a candidate for Maplewood City Council, Ward 1 in 2022, according to an email, speaks out against a Missouri State bill. We need to hold Missouri politicians accountable. While the world is preoccupied by a global pandemic, MO politicians are trying to undo the will of the people by passing SJR38, a bill that would revoke our state’s powerful anti-gerrymandering laws passed in 2018 under the Clean Missouri Amendment 1. Voters passed Amendment 1 in 2018 by a nearly 2 to 1 margin— a commanding 61% of the vote. Most Missourians approved of and voted for these measures across party lines.
In the news: A child in Richmond Heights ate up their parents’ marijuana stash, and a RH man was killed in a boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks. Also, an MRH football lineman was named to All-Decade team. CNN — She lost 8 friends and family members to Covid-19. But she hasn’t lost her will to help others
KMOV — Richmond Heights man killed, 3 injured in boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks
KMOV — 3 of 4 Tower Grove Farmers’ markets to open in coming weeks
KMOV — Child eats parent’s entire stash of edible marijuana in Richmond Heights
Lake Expo — When A Boat Exploded On Lake Of The Ozarks, Young People Became Heroes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Richmond Heights resident killed, 3 hurt when boat explodes at Lake of the Ozarks
The Dubliner has closed its doors permanently, due to the Covid-19 quarantine. What should take its place? Some comments on Facebook have suggested it could be replaced by a family-friendly restaurant focused on the local residents. Schlafly Corporation is the landlord. It’s 4,134 square feet, according to St.
Large trees were taken down on Maple Avenue in Maplewood Thursday to make way for sidewalks, a resident reported. The resident said the city cut down several “old growth trees” on Maple Avenue rather than find a way to route sidewalks around them. Also that residents were given no say and are extremely upset. In addition, resident said, the city contracted Gateway Tree Care, and one of their employees “is working in front of my house right now with a swastika tattoo on his arm. I feel this reflects poorly on the company and the city.”
Restaurants PF Chang’s and The Dubliner closed, a Richmond Heights man employed as a Registered Nurse in Farmington, MO passed on, and more in the news. Daily Journal Online — Jason Brandon Helvey obituary
Fox 2 — PF Chang’s permanently closes its Richmond Heights location
Fox 2 — Dubliner shutting doors for good in Maplewood
Fox 2 — Woman ‘showing kindness still exists’ after 8 family members die of coronavirus
KMOV — Local hospital discharges 100th COVID-19 patient
KMOV — Pub that re-opened last year in Maplewood to close for good due to COVID-19
KMOX — Local hospitals are celebrating the release of COVID-19 patients
KSDK — Popular bar in Maplewood closes, citing COVID-19 as the reason
Norfolk Daily News — Mizzou defensive lineman Antar Thompson arrested, suspended
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — A Sunday scooter joy ride — with the pooch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Two more St. Louis area school districts suspend food service for students, citing risk of coronavirus exposure
Candidate for Maplewood Ward 2 Sarah Crosley has written a letter to Maplewood residents. The election is June 2. To my Maplewood neighbors,
Over the last few months, COVID-19 has introduced many new challenges for us all, whether you’re a working parent, who is now also a homeschool teacher; a small business owner finding creative solutions and navigating federal relief programs; or someone just trying to move forward day-by-day. Everyday I see more uplifting, positive stories about how our community in Maplewood is finding ways to support each other and our favorite local businesses. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked for St.
The empty lot at the corner of Sutton Boulevard and Flora Avenue in Maplewood is for sale. It was the location of Dr. Wayne Fischer’s dentistry office, which burned down in 2012. St. Louis architect Lucy Williams bought the property but never built on it. It is zoned single family residential, and is being offered at $175,000, according to Redfin.
The Maplewood restaurant The Dubliner will not reopen, according to a post on Facebook on Tuesday. The cause is the extended closing due to the COVID-19 virus. The Dubliner opened at 2733 Sutton Boulevard in March 2019 in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Facebook post:
The COVID-19 virus has caused The Dubliner to close for good.
A letter went out to Maplewood block captains to spread the word that the Immaculate Conception Church Community Food Pantry needs food. They help out low income families in the 63143 Zip Code. With the current economic crisis more and more people can’t afford food for themselves and family, according to the letter, also: “If you have anything to spare, please consider contributing to the pantry. They are also accepting monetary donations.” The pantry is in the back church parking lot at 2934 Marshall Avenue.
On Sunday a homemade sign was placed in the middle of Bellevue Avenue in Richmond Heights with orange pool noodles sticking up like McDonald’s fries for good measure requesting drivers to slow down. A resident said motorcycles were racing were racing on the street on Saturday. Richmond Heights Police were told of the sign and asked the owner to remove it from the street. In the afternoon it was on the sidewalk.
Owner of The Book House in Maplewood, Michelle Barron, said on Facebook yesterday that she’s applied for several loans and has heard nothing, also that her landlord said he needs to be paid soon. Barron’s post:
Well I haven’t gotten any stimulus check. I’ve also applied for the CARES Payroll Protection Fund for “small” businesses. The Gateway Relief Fund, SBA loan, Binc bookseller fund, unemployment.. and all I hear are crickets …..
In the press recently. Fox 2 — STL Moms – The benefits of prenatal yoga, even if it’s not in a traditional class setting
Fox 2 — Importance to maintain social distancing as temperatures warm
KMOV — Maplewood-Richmond Heights bus drivers parade through neighborhoods to see students
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — St. Louis-area cities furlough staff in effort to stem virus’ financial impact
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Three St.
With some chalk, paint, markers and extra time Maplewood residents are using public spaces to cheer their neighbors on these days. Here’s a few examples. From the Perry family on Bruno Avenue: “For the last ten years, the Perry family has maintained a hopscotch court, painted on the sidewalk along Bruno Avenue. This year the hopscotch court, through the passage of many happy feet, and the inevitable ravages of the weather, was completely worn away, so, having a wealth of time to do such things, the Perry family repainted it, and you can once again happily play hopscotch on your daily walk through Maplewood.” See the joke of the day at the corner of Hazel and Marshall avenues.
Maplewood Richmond Heights bus drivers missed their passengers, MRH posted, so they hung flags and balloons on their buses and wound through the district honking horns. Students and parents watched and waved from porches and sidewalks – keeping the ‘social distance’ required. https://youtu.be/-7S28sQdcAg
Maplewood restaurant Tapped said on Twitter that its wood-fired pizza oven trailer was stolen, and wants everyone to look out for it. KMOX reported the story too. Fox 2 — Maplewood caterer providing quality meals for medical staff on the frontline of COVID-19 fight
Fox 2 — SSM Health Medical Minute – Hospitals changing visitor policies amid pandemic
KMOV — Delivery driver accused of breaking into Maplewood customer’s home, demanding sex
KMOV — Local nurse resigns after being told she can’t wear a mask around patients
KMOX – 5,000-pound, wood-fired pizza oven trailer stolen from Tapped STL
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Three St. Louis area school districts suspend food service for students, citing risk of coronavirus exposure