‘Mr. Brentwood’ passes away

The Brentwood Historical Society posted the following on the event of Earl Brown’s death. When Earl Brown visited the Barlow House on Friday morning’s, he would head to the kitchen, grab his cup, pour some coffee, and sit down and catch up on Brentwood happenings.  We always kidded Earl about the cup.  We said, “I guess you think you’re special”.  Honestly, to call Earl Brown “special” is an understatement.

Former Maplewood mayor passes away

Former mayor of Maplewood Josef J. Hammes passed away on Fri., Nov. 6. He was 89. Hammes served as mayor from 1973 to 1979 and is credited for starting Maple Days, a carnival at which proceeds were raised to help senior citizens pay for lawn care, snow removal and home repair. A visitation will be held at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, 7456 Manchester Road on Mon., Nov.

Maplewood Police Department

Clothing, dog collars stolen, lost purse returned

The Maplewood police reported activity for Aug. 1 through Aug. 9. August 1 – A business in the 3200 block of Laclede Station Rd., reported that a male suspect between the ages of 20 and 27 stole approximately $400 worth of clothing. After canvassing the area, police were unable to locate the subject.

Brentwood Police Department

Water company issues alert

Brentwood police chief Dan Fitzgerald posted an alert from Missouri American Water on Fri., Aug. 14 warning of people posing as company employees in order to gain access to homes. The press release states that the water utility company and police have received reports from West County cities of people impersonating Missouri American Water employees in order to enter homes. Real Missouri American Water employees will be driving a vehicle bearing the company’s logo and will have official identification. Customers should always look for properly identified company vehicles and ask for identification.

Roads take center stage at mayor’s happy hour

Mayor Chris Thornton held his monthly happy hour meeting with residents on Thurs., Aug. 13. He announced that roadwork had begun on Brentwood Blvd. The curbs on the main thoroughfare will be replaced between Eager and Marshall roads with work expected to be complete by the end of the year. Also top of mind for the recently elected mayor is fast tracking other street repair within the city.

Richmond Heights wins financial award

For the second consecutive year the city of Richmond Heights has won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The prestigious award recognizes cities that achieve high levels of popular financial reporting. In order to win this honor, cities must publish a Popular Annual Financial Report. This specific type of report is meant to clearly inform taxpayers of the financial position of the city. Awards are given when the report meets program standards of creativity, presentation, understandable language and reader appeal.

Gun found on Clayton Road, three men shot

Three men in their 20’s arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds on Wed., Aug. 12 and after investigating, police recovered a gun but no shell casings near The Cheshire on Clayton Rd. according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The incident was reported around 8:20 p.m. and police say that the men arrived at the hospital in a stolen car.

Maplewood City Hall

Maplewood to bid two veterans memorials

The Maplewood City Council decided at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 11 to send out two plans for a new veterans memorial for estimates. Ralph Bicknese of Maplewood architecture firm Hellmuth & Bicknese presented three options to the council. The budget for the memorial, to be constructed in front of Maplewood City Hall and feature a memorial wall, benches and trees is $75 thousand. The council liked a version presented last year but the estimated cost was over budget.

Maplewood City Hall

Airbnb ordinance defeated in Maplewood

Following debate, an ordinance that would have allowed short term vacation rentals (Airbnb and similar rentals) was defeated at the Maplewood City Council meeting on Aug. 11. Councilpersons Karen Wood, Fred Wolf and Mayor James White opposed the ordinance while councilpersons David Cerven, Timothy Dunn and Shawn Faulkingham voted in favor of the ordinance. Councilman Barry Greenberg was absent and since the vote was tied, rules state the ordinance fails automatically. Maplewood Planning and Zoning unanimously approved the ordinance in July.

Drop, swap and crawl

There’s more than one way to get out and meet your neighbors this weekend. There will be a Drop and Swap of gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing along with the annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl. Bring your donations to the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center (ECC), Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School or Crossroads Community Church at 2640 Oakview Terrace from now until Friday, March 27. Then come back to Crossroads Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon and refresh your wardrobe while enjoying free La Cosecha Coffee. Don’t miss the 6th Annual Maplewood Coffee Crawl also on Sat., March 28.

Maplewood kicks off the holidays this weekend

Grab your mittens and the family and head to downtown Maplewood this weekend as the city lights up with holiday cheer. Whether you’re in the mood for music, book signings or even more shopping, you’ll find it all. Friday, Dec. 5

Join the chamber of commerce in celebrating the annual Christmas Tree Walk. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. in the Citizens National Bank parking lot, followed by Santa’s arrival and carols.

Bolyard’s opens on Plaid Friday

Businesses continue to fill the 2800 block of Sutton Blvd. in Maplewood and on Friday, Nov. 28, Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions became the newest business to open between Hazel and Maple avenues. Bolyard’s is also one of three culinary businesses to open in the last month, adding to Maplewood’s expanding food scene. It joins new comers Larder and Cupboard, Side Project Brewing and soon-to-open Living Room.

Protesters target Brentwood shopping center, Updated

The unrest in St. Louis continued last night and a group of protesters arrived in the Brentwood Promenade before moving on. According to Brentwood police chief Dan Fitzgerald, between 20 and 25 cars of protesters arrived at Target at around 11:15 p.m. The store had closed at 11 p.m. but not all the employees had left the building. Brentwood officers saw the protesters arrive, called for assistance and numerous area police responded. Brentwood police officers escorted some Target employees to their cars.

Local Police: Response plan in place

As the fall out from the Grand Jury decision continues to affect the St. Louis region, 40 South reached out to local law enforcement for comment. Maplewood police detective sergeant Matt Nighbor reported that there have been no incidents reported relating to the situation in Ferguson. He went on to say, “Our emergency response plan is in place. We have additional man power available.”

Maplewood Police: triple-shooting at party

According to a press release from Maplewood police chief Steve Kruse, officers responded to a call of a reported a shooting in the 7200 block of Sarah Ave. The call came in around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Police arrived at an apartment where several people were attending a party. Officers discovered three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

MRH Middle Schoolers talk race, rights with area students

More than 80 students from five area middle schools gathered at The College School in Webster Groves on Friday to discuss diversity and equality though active learning. The all day event included 15 students from Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, as well as an inspiring opening speech by Dr. Charles Pearson. Pearson is the former assistant principal at Wydown Middle School in Clayton, former principal at MRH Middle School and former assistant superintendent for MRH. He told students that to change anything they must have moral purpose, allies and courageous conversations – even if those conversations are uncomfortable or not completely resolved. “Today I hear yelling and screaming but nobody’s talking,” Pearson told the diverse group of 7th- and 8th-graders from Wydown Middle School, Hancock Middle School, South City Prep, The College School and MRH Middle School.

Fitzgerald, residents talk speeding

A small (around 20) but engaged group of residents met with Brentwood Police Wednesday night at the Recreation Center to talk about speeding and traffic problems. Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald invited residents to the meeting after receiving an increased number of complaints about cars speeding in neighborhoods. While residents want police intervention, they agreed that reworking traffic patterns and educating neighbors may yield the best results. “It’s the world we live in now days,” Fitzgerald said. “Everyone wants to get where they’re going in 1.6 seconds.” In addition to a perceived increase in cars speeding on residential streets, residents also voiced concerns about increased volume on neighborhood streets and the disregard for stop signs posing a safety hazard for children walking to school and people walking their dogs.

MRH staff pedal Issa’s cause: fighting cancer

It may be rare, but it’s also real, and Issa Alovor has been bravely fighting it for almost five years. It is Pilocytic Astrocytoma grade I, a brain tumor located on Issa’s brain stem and spine. But he isn’t fighting alone. Last weekend, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Principal Mike Dittrich, choir teacher, Nick Urvan and director of Career Exploration and Apprenticeship Program, John Capuano jumped on their bikes and rode for Issa in this year’s Pedal the Cause. Part of the 66-member Team Keeley, Dittrich, Urvan and Capuano each rode the 100 mile route which stretched from downtown St.

Maplewood council tackles seat belts, texting while driving, stop signs

Maplewood City Council faced a 27-item agenda and a closed session Tuesday night. Seven ordinances received first and second readings, three bills were approved, the council heard two presentations and presented an award of excellence to police sergeant, Michael Martin. By unanimous vote the council approved a bill for final reading which would allow police to pull a vehicle over for the “sole purpose of issuing a citation for violation of the city’s seat belt ordinance.” Also passed was a bill that makes it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes and vaporizing products to people under the age of 18. During the public comments, Maplewood resident Jennifer Suits supported the bill and said, “These products are meant to be adult products.”