Maplewood couple launches raw pet food business

Maplewood resident Stephanie Ojeda and her husband have launched a raw pet food business — Raw Paw Feast, according to a press release. Raw Paw Feast, a premium raw pet food company, underwent its official launch in September after a successful soft rollout in late August. Founded by husband and wife team Danilo and Stephanie Ojeda, this Hispanic and Black-owned business aims to change not just how, but what dog and cat owners feed their pets. “The majority of pet owners feed either dry kibble or canned wet food,” Stephanie said. “Most pet owners don’t even realize that raw pet food is an option – and even fewer understand the true benefits of a raw diet.”

While their company may be new, their experience with raw feeding is not.

Parents Scouting info event planned with social distancing at Ryan Hummert Park

Typically every fall leaders of Maplewood/Richmond Heights Cub Scout Pack 362 spend time in the schools recruiting youngsters to join, according to the MRH Pack 362 Cubmaster. That won’t be happening this year, so as an alternative they’re planning a meeting in Ryan Hummert Park. Join the leaders of Pack 362 at Hummert Park in Maplewood on September 15 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Scouting, the MRH pack, and how your son or daughter can benefit from outdoor experiences, fun, and learning through Scouting. This is a parent’s meeting, children are welcome, but there will not be kid-friendly programming at this event.  Please RSVP at as we will provide a Zoom link in case of inclement weather. Be sure to maintain social distance and wear a mask.  Also please bring your own chair or blanket to comfortably spread out at the park.

Asador Del Sur to open Wednesday in former Reeds American Table spot

Rob Birenbaum, the owner of the location where Asador Del Sur plans to open soon in Maplewood, says the restaurant owners had planned to open in the Spring. Birenbaum said on Facebook that the restaurant plans to open Wednesday. Q: What’s more nerve-racking than owning a restaurant during the pandemic? A: Trying to open one!!! My newest tenants, wife and husband team, Maria Giamportone and Daniel Gonzalez, made the decision in late 2019 to move from Miami to St.

Fox 2: Mauhaus Cafe is struggling, more in the news

Fox 2 reports that Maplewood’s cat cafe, Mauhaus, is close to shutting its doors. Also in the news, Boardwalk Waffles has relocated, and two were killed in a crash on Friday. Fox 2 — St. Louis area’s first-ever cat cafe on the brink of going out of business
Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Ways to celebrate National Vinyl Record Day
Fox 2 — Maplewood man claims $100000 Missouri Lottery scratchers ticket  
KSDK — Retro vibes, more flavors and a bigger space at the new Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
KSDK — 2 killed after car crashes into building in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Delivery driver’s car stolen outside police station in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream opens tomorrow in bigger, brighter space in Maplewood

Shop selling ‘everything sweet’ to take former Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream location

On Friday, two days after Boardwalk Waffles moved out of 7326B Manchester (to relocate to its new spot at 7376 Manchester), a new owner was beginning work for the small location’s new business. Shannon MacMiller plans to open a shop selling “everything sweet,” she said, including pies, cakes and cookies. Her sons and a friend were beginning the buildout work. MacMiller hopes to open in the middle of September.

City asks group helping food-insecure neighbors to remove mini pantries on city property; they start a petition

The group calling itself MapleGOOD, started to help food-insecure residents of Maplewood during the pandemic, is being asked by the city to removed three of the mini-food and hygiene pantries they stock around the city. The pantries were discussed at a recent city council meeting and council members were concerned about liability to the city. MapleGOOD started a petition to tell the city the pantries should stay. Sign the petition here. The deadline to sign is 1 p.m. Aug.

In the press: Boardwalk Waffles to move to prime Maplewood corner, famous STL chef selling Richmond Heights home

Maplewood’s Boardwalk Waffles moving to Manchester and Sutton; St. Louis County restaurants learn to deal with new restrictions, and more in the news. Feast — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream to Reopen in Larger Space in Maplewood on Aug. 15
KMOV — ‘Seems like we’re battling our own government;’ Restaurant owners react to new StL Co. restrictions
KMOV — Safety of shopping malls questioned after deadly shooting inside St.

Immaculate Conception again not a polling place

Maplewood residents with Immaculate Conception Church as their polling place in the past will cast their vote at Maplewood City Hall on Aug. 4, as they did in recent elections. The reason is COVID-related. An official at the election commission said Monday that fewer of past election workers are willing to work the polls in the current situation, so countywide, the number of polling places has been reduced by almost 50%. Polling places that are privately owned, such as a church, can also decide not to participate.

Gina Mitten endorses Jo Doll: her letter

State Representative for the 83rd District Gina Mitten previously endorsed Jo Doll as her replacement. Doll’s campaign forwarded Mitten’s endorsement letter on Thursday. Mitten’s endorsement:

First, thank you to every resident of the 83rd for their trust in affording me the opportunity to serve as their State Representative for the past eight years. It has been an honor to be of service by representing you in Jefferson City. I am forever grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors all these years.

Maplewood city council discusses food pantry boxes, and potential liability

The Maplewood city council met on Tuesday via Zoom, and the subject of the various food pantry boxes around the city came up. Maplewood resident, Donna Parks Ratkowski, summarized on Facebook a portion of the meeting where council members discussed the food pantries (boxes stocked by residents for anyone needing food) found in various parts of the city. The group called Maplegood organizes stocking the boxes, some with food and some with personal care items.

Ratkowski noted that some of the council members’ biggest concern about the food pantries seem to be about liability. Her notes are below:

Big concern about attracting homeless folks to our community, especially as they are driven out of locations in the City. They said until a couple of weeks ago we had 2-3 unhoused folks that camped at Kellogg Park, and now there are more like 15 people.

MRH, Brentwood schools decide how to begin coming year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing in the area, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board decided on July 23 to begin the 2020-2021 school year with full-time virtual instruction, beginning August 25. The plan is for students to transition back into the buildings when it is safe to do so. Below is the statement from the school district. MRH Staff, Families and Community,
Leaders of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District believe the current scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area at this time will prevent us from starting the school year safely with in-person learning. When students resume learning on August 25, our District will launch the school year with full-time virtual instruction for grades K-12.

In the news: School reopening plans, Galleria shooting

In the press lately:

Fox 2 — Galleria Mall shooting: Person of interest in custody
Kansas City Star — Police ‘investigating an incident’ at Galleria Mall in St. Louis
KSDK — Grab your rafts: Maplewood aquatic center hosting 2 ‘dive-in’ movies
KSDK — St. Louis County school districts release reopening plans
KSDK — Police searching for suspects in robbery at Maplewood CVS
KSDK — Restaurants, religion and doctors: See which St. Louis industries led the way for PPP funding
Riverfront Times — Galleria Mall Shooting Under Investigation in Richmond Heights
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — School reopening plans across St.

MRH board member announces plan to vote for remote start for the fall

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District board member, Nikylan Knapper, announced on Facebook Tuesday her intention to vote for a remote start to the upcoming school year. The Board will hold a special work session at 6:30 p.m. on July 23. This is the video link, supplied by the school district. From Nikylan Knapper:
Transparent. During my campaign for MRH School Board, I told community members I would be transparent and tell you what I would vote for and why.

Maplewood resident, city Sustainability Commission member, chosen for scholarship

Maplewood resident Jonathan Spencer has been chosen for a scholarship from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Project Dragonfly (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio) made the announcement on Facebook. The award is designed to help students pursuing degrees and/or relevant credentials in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, or clean technology. From Project Dragonfly: (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio) student Jonathan Spencer, was honored with the The Midwest Renewable Energy Association & Straubel Foundation Clean Energy Leadership Award for his work to empower citizens to launch sustainability commissions in their own municipalities. Spencer is a member of the Maplewood Sustainability Commission and an AIP student through his home institution, the Missouri Botanical.

In the press: Ice Cream Month, CVS manager wrestles robber, Covid

Area news found in the press:

Fox 2 — Police suspect same individuals behind pharmacy robberies Sunday night
KSDK — Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with ‘The Great Ice Cream Chase’
KSDK — Windows smashed, gun stolen from car in Galleria parking lot Wednesday
KSDK — Blackout Day highlights Black-owned businesses in the St. Louis area
St. Louis Business Journal — Employee at Richmond Heights Schnucks tests positive for Covid-19
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Surveillance video: CVS store manager punched while trying to stop Maplewood robbery
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Photos: Swimmers hit the pools as the temperatures rise into the 90’s

Local press mentions — it’s all Covid, masks, etc.

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?

MRH principal is first to arrive, and helps out, at crash site on I-55

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, candidate for House District 83

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.

In the news: Richmond Heights laying off 18 city employees

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.