Forum planned for Ward 3 council seat race

The Hadley Township Democratic Club is planning a forum for the Maplewood Ward 3 Council candidates, and it’s open to the public. The race is for the vacant Ward 3 seat — Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg’s seat before he was elected mayor. The special election is on August 8. The forum is set for Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, on Monday, July 24 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The club is working out the details of how the forum will be run. After the forum, the club members will vote on which candidate they would like the club to endorse.

Yoga studio opens new location in Maplewood

Calliope Massage Studio, which has operated out of 7346 Manchester Road, has moved to 2104 Bellevue Avenue. Shanti Yoga first opened at 7346 Manchester Road (upstairs). Now other businesses are sharing the space. Calliope Massage Studio and Kathryn Stinson, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) have both made the move, to join Foundations Massage and Wellness at the new location. See also: Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

Maplewood armed robbery suspect charged

Maplewood police reported on June 19 that on the evening of June 16 detectives with the department arrested Charles C. Ackerman in Creve Coeur, who was developed as the suspect responsible for committing numerous armed robberies in the 2800 block of Sutton Boulevard. Ackerman, 30, of Cape Girardeau was charged with numerous armed robberies, including a home invasion in the 7300 block of Hazel that occurred on June 4, 2017. According to the Post-Dispatch, the man’s  crime spree unraveled partly because he left hotel receipts behind in a Prius he tried to carjack but couldn’t figure out how to drive. On June 17 warrants were issued through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on the charges of first degree robbery (3 counts), armed criminal action (4 counts), first degree burglary (1 count) and attempted robbery (1 count).

Maplewood mayor honors immigrants

Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg has signed a proclamation recognizing the month of June 2017 as Immigrant Heritage Month. It is a nationwide movement. Immigrants have built our economy and created unique social and cultrual influence, and yet have been overlooked and undervalued, to the present day, the proclamation says. The city of Rock Hill is also set to approve the proclamation at its meeting this week.

P-D reader says Maplewood ‘wastes its time on kindergarten theatrics’

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.

Live fiddle music in Maplewood, and a book for sale

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.

Council allocates funds to bus station, sidewalks; not path to Metrolink

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.

Business combine purposes at new Maplewood location

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.

Man charged in 2015 carjacking

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.

Salon owner moving from Clayton to Maplewood

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.

Mayor Greenberg signs open letter supporting climate action

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.

Two suspects in multiple carjackings in Maplewood; updated with suspect descriptions

Maplewood Police are investigating carjackings and attempted carjackings that took place during the day on Sunday, according to KSDK. Maplewood Detective Sergeant John LeClerc told KSDK the first attempted carjacking happened around 4:30 p.m. outside Urban Breath Yoga on Sutton. A man asked a woman to use her phone then displayed a handgun and demanded her car keys. She went into the yoga studio and the suspect followed her inside, displaying the handgun to everyone in the studio. That’s when she handed over her keys.