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.
A writer to the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has criticized the city of Maplewood, which approved the ‘We Are Still In‘ environmental initiative in a resolution at its recent council meeting, telling the Post-Dispatch to “please spare me this mindless drivel.” We Are Still In is a group of city officials and other leaders who have declared they support the Paris Climate Agreement in spite of President Trump’s rejection of it. The Post-Dispatch reported the Maplewood Council’s decision on Wednesday. “A population of 8,000 people is not a city.
Howard Wight Marshall, author of the new book Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, will hold a book signing on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at The Book House, 7352 Manchester Rd. The program will feature live fiddle music from local musicians, according to a press release. Howard Wight Marshall is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center. He is also the author of Play Me Something Quick and Devilish. This book explores and documents the heritage of traditional fiddles and music in Missouri, with emphasis on the 1920s-60s, decades of great change in cultural traditions, in daily life, and in styles and repertoires of fiddle music.
Boardwalk Waffles and Toasty Subs, both in Maplewood, got shout-outs on Twitter with some nice photos; a couple on Brentwood High School’s Skylar Sappington too. https://twitter.com/bentriola/status/875508504735477761
Angela ‘Gee,’ receptionist for Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Richmond Heights, is also an artist with her work now displayed at an exhibit at the Kranzberg Art Center (501 S. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis). She’s also visually impaired — she’s an Artists First artist. The Kranzberg exhibit, “Variation and Adaptation,” celebrates diversity through individuality, according to a press release from Artists First. “I was excited to be included in the proposal and to have my work shown in such a prestigious place,” Angela said.
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg gave a report by phone to 40 South about the city council meeting on Tuesday (editor was out of town). After hearing comments from residents promoting using the Community Development Block Grant funds for a path through Kellogg Park to make the Maplewood Metrolink station more accessible, the council approved instead to use the $64,000 federal grant to improve the Yale bus shelter ($15,000), fix sidewalks ($15,000), and the remaining $34,000 for the home improvement program for low-income residents. Greenberg said using almost half of the funds for a bus shelter and sidewalks better takes into consideration residents who aren’t homeowners. He also said that he’d like a path through Kellogg Park to be part of a comprehensive plan for the park, and a plan considering public safety should be coordinated with Metro. The entire council voted to approve the ‘We Are Still In’ environmental initiative, which Greenberg had previously signed as mayor.
Two Maplewood businesses that operated out of 7346 Manchester Road plan to combine their services at a Bellevue Avenue location, according to a press release. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC have expanded operations from 7346 Manchester to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at 2104 Bellevue. Though operating as three businesses, the owners plan on working toward the common goal of offering a safe, client-focused space to assist in alleviating and easing various types of pain. By providing a variety of tools for care, this collaboration hopes to reach a wide spectrum of the community. “Each client is the expert on their own life and experience, and building a good working relationship means honoring each individual’s expertise and hard-won knowledge,” says Kathryn Stinson.
Joan Carollo, who grew up in Maplewood, emailed some remembrances to 40 South. Her grandparents lived in a house that now borders the MRH Early Childhood Center, according to Google Maps. From Joan Carollo:
My grandparents lived on 2816 Burgess Avenue in Maplewood, and raised four children (my mom, one sister and two brothers). They owned a business on Manchester west of Laclede Station Road. My mom was born February 5, 1912.
Courtney Boyd, 22, of St. Louis, has been charged with robbery in the October 26, 2015 strong-arm theft of a car in Maplewood, according to court and police records.Boyd robbed the victim at gunpoint of his cell phone, vehicle and keys at 7218 Zephyr Place, in Maplewood. Maplewood police reported multiple carjackings, which took place on Sunday, June 4. Police are still investigating those crimes.
Maria Arobasso lived in Maplewood until the fourth grade. She now lives in Affton, but is returning to Maplewood as the owner of Modesta Salons. Arobasso has been a hair dresser in a rented space at Salon Lofts in Clayton for 10 years. Starting July she’ll have her own address, at 3528-1 Greenwood Boulevard in Maplewood. She said one of her old employees returned and said he wanted to work with her, and that gave her the motivation to start looking for a space of her own.
Brentwood’s Skylar Sappington and Maplewood Richmond Heights’ Michael Langston played in the annual Delta Dental Tobacco-Free Nation All-Star Game, played Monday at Busch Stadium. All players were selected by their coaches to participate. Sappington and Langston were on the same team; the first time MRH and Brentwood have been on the same team for the game, according to Langston.
A roundup of local items that made the news recently. CirdecSongs (blog) — Planet Score is Aptly Named
Feast Magazine — Salume Beddu Now Open Inside Parker’s Table, Featuring Sandwiches and Cured Meats
Fox 2 — A car slams into a store in Richmond Heights
KMOV — Maplewood police investigating multiple carjackings
KMOV — Car crashes into furniture store Richmond Heights
KSDK — Maplewood police investigating slew of carjackings
Riverfront Times — Review: The Blue Duck Lays a Goose Egg in Maplewood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Former St. Louis County judge receives probation for DWI offense
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — After 2 armed carjackings in Maplewood, police tracking leads but have made no arrests
Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg covered a few items coming for the city in a call to 40 South on Friday. He first mentioned an environmental initiative he supports. Greenberg said there are several environmental initiatives he could support. He has signed is the “We Are Still In” — mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors who continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. He said it won’t obligate Maplewood to any more than what the city already does.