Backyard Christmas haven

Kurt and Beth Heidrich’s Maplewood backyard is full of raised beds, which are full of tomato plants in the summer — they call it K&B Micro Urban Farms. For Christmas they fill the beds with lights. They started decorating their backyard three years ago when their nieces came to visit and continued because their neighbors told them how much they enjoyed it. The front of the house was already decorated in a more traditional way and the back seemed better for the whimsy and the LED lights, Beth said. Merry Christmas, Maplewood

Beth is a ‘culinary evangelist’ according to her card. She runs STL Culinary Tours.

Merry Christmas, Maplewood

John and Pat Hendel, on Ellis Avenue in Maplewood, have again lit their house for Christmas, something they’ve done for about the past two dozen years. Monday night they couldn’t say exactly how many it’s been. John said it takes him about two weeks to put it all up. When it’s not December the decorations are in their garage, attic and various other storage spots in the house. The house is easily seen, to the southwest, from the intersection of Manchester and Big Bend.

Approximately 20 car windows broken: police

Maplewood police have reported that multiple car windows were broken on three streets over the weekend. While on patrol, Maplewood officers discovered approximately 20 car windows broken on Weaver Avenue, Richmond Place and Sutton Boulevard at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, and began investigating and notifying the victims.

It appears the windows were damaged by BB/pellet gun(s); also that the cars weren’t entered, according to police. Vandals shatter car windows, leave valuables untouched
Multiple break-ins in Maplewood Friday night

Approximately seven car windows were broken in one block of Sutton in September. Windows were shot out in Brentwood and Clayton also, according to posts on Facebook.

MRH grad has found photography, wants to travel the world

Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate Nick Coulter (class of 2011) played football at the Edward Jones Dome in the state final in 2010. They lost, but said in an interview recently that things he learned then he’s using today. He’s is now a photographer, which he said takes as much work as football. “The cold nights in Philadelphia, down by the bridge, it does not come easy (taking photographs). I played football – this takes work too.

Maplewood ‘weeds lady’ headed to circuit court

Alice Hezel, cited for weeds in her yard on Cambridge Avenue in Maplewood, had a date in municipal court Monday night; it didn’t happen. Before her case was called, her attorney, Bruce Morrison, successfully lobbied for a venue change to the circuit court of St. Louis County, with a trial and jury, CBS News reported. Morrison told CBS News it will be a “more formal, on-the-record proceeding” than Hezel would likely receive in the Maplewood Municipal Court. “We’re going to see what evidence the city wants to put on,” he said.

Donny’s Cuba photos

Donny Blake, known around Maplewood as a promoter and DJ — seen occasionally at Tiffany’s Diner and Stone Spiral Coffee — has returned from a trip to Cuba with Doctor K Stone (Stone Kraushaar) and a film maker to shoot a movie on the Cuban Olympic boxing coach. Doctor K Stone is known for promoting hugging between strangers. Blake posted photos from the Cuba trip, with some comments, on Facebook:

Pilot with ‘clipped wings’ flies at Ryan Hummert Park

George Tronicek once flew gliders out of Highland, IL, but stopped when he got married; now he flies radio controlled gliders. He was at Ryan Hummert Park Saturday evening with a small model and his little dog Piper. Tronicek said he defected from Communist Czechoslovakia 30 years ago. He works at Erwin F. Schwarz, Ltd., European cars specialists. He’s is the father of Maplewood Richmond Heights 2016 graduate Chris Tronicek, and Joey and Steve, class of 2017.

Police charge suspect with possession of child pornography

Maplewood police reported on Wednesday that on May 31 the department received  information from an eye witness that a family friend possessed child pornography. The department investigated and a search warrant was executed on the suspect’s residence where he was apprehended and later confessed to having large amounts of child pornography. Michael Nelson Minter, 33, of the 2000 block of Bellevue Avenue, was charged with possession of child pornography, first offense. The investigation was presented to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where they issued a warrant, however even though warrants have been issued the investigation is ongoing as numerous computers, mobile devices and DVD/CDs are being analyzed for evidence.

Corrections made on Ryan Hummert memorial

Contract workers preparing to sandblast Ryan Hummert’s biography onto a memorial in Ryan Hummert Park have corrected some misspelled words on the monument that were there Monday. ‘Persue’ has been corrected to pursue and ‘athelete’ corrected to athlete. Also, every ampersand (&) is being replaced with an ‘and’. Another good catch — Zephyr Ave. will been corrected to Zephyr Pl.

Maplewood man wins beard contest

Matt Chulka, Maplewood resident, and manager of the acoustic guitar department at Eddie’s Guitars, took first place in the Full Beard – Styled Mustache Category in the third annual Meet Me in St Louis Beard & Mustache Club Competition over the weekend at The Old Rock House. Chulka said Monday others were more into the stage presentation, “but I was like, well, here I am.” He said he had considered going to spectate, but Brad Jackson, owner of Roughneck Beard Company — newly opened in Maplewood — convinced him he had a chance to do well. Chulka said Jackson styled his mustache for the contest. He said he had a clean-shaven face two years and four months ago.

Church mission to feed hungry running on low, still hopeful

A Maplewood church set to open a soup kitchen for the neighborhood is running into financial struggles after a running start with seed money from a former member. It’s now due to open in April. The Pentecostal Church of God Pastor Philip Centers and his wife, Mary, are transforming the church’s former fellowship hall, at 2150 Yale Avenue, into “The Branch Kitchen” all through with donations. Seed money paid for an architect and some of the construction. They set up a Go Fund Me page for additional construction expenses and hiring a director to run the non-profit.