Taste of Maplewood Street Festival-Community Stage Performers Sought

The Mid County Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation to local performers to apply for a spot in the 10th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival community stage line up on Saturday, May 19. One applicant will be selected and earn the opportunity to perform on the community stage, along with the other volunteer entertainment. No compensation is offered to performers on the community stage. The performer selected will have access to a covered bandwagon stage, sound, and sound technician. Performances may include music, storytelling, dance, magic, or any other special talent or skills.

Public Works Department Efforts, Like Clockwork

Next month, the Mid County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the hard work and tremendous efforts of the Public Works Department in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. They are the community’s “angels in orange”. The Public Works/Parks Department keeps our streets, sidewalks, and parks landscaped, plowed, salted, mowed, clean, and watered. In the blazing heat and bitter cold, their work continues- hanging holiday lights on busy streets, planting trees in residents yards, and putting out logistical fires throughout our communities. If we compare our city operations to a clock, the Public Works Department serves as the inside gears, wheels, and springs, the stuff that makes the clock tick.

Last year for Maplewood’s Christmas house

John and Pat Hendel, on Ellis Avenue in Maplewood, have again decorated their two-story home for Christmas. It’s visible from the Manchester – Big Bend intersection. But they say this is the last year. They’re planning on moving in 2018. They also said this is also a big year because their house turns 150 this year.

Chess Tournament

MRH Hosts 2nd Annual Gateway Chess Tournament

MRH will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Fall Gateway Chess Tournament this Saturday! Last year’s tournament brought over 30 schools to Maplewood, and over 300 student + faculty.   Volunteers are needed to help setup tables and chairs Friday (5 – 7 p.m.), if you can help please show up at the high school cafeteria around 5pm or shortly after, though we will always welcome help a little later if you can’t make until after 5:30 or so. This is a great way to show off our district and community – let’s pull off another successful tournament this year! More information on the fall tournament, this Saturday, November 4th can be found at Gatewaychess.org



Farewell to Mayor Jim White

I don’t know how many times that I have heard some version of, “Why would anyone want to serve on City Council?” in recent months. I think most of us would agree that serving in local government is a relatively thankless job. The two vacant council seats that went unopposed seem to speak volumes. Collectively, the Council dedicates hours and hours of time on issues that affect the lives of citizens and businesses, listening and researching every possible angle before making decisions. Ninety-nine times out of 100, their efforts go unnoticed.

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.

View From The Wood; Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: a resident’s view

A Maplewood resident with neighbors who burn yard waste and trash in their back yards finally got fed up and called the police. Here’s his story, told to 40 South News on the last day in January. There’s an old saying that “good fences make good neighbors.” Thoughtful people through the ages have disagreed with this: The poet Robert Frost, in “Mending Wall,” pointed out that sometimes barriers are installed and maintained when there is no need, and the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., pointed out that people are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. Nevertheless, we are imperfect people in an imperfect world, and ‘fences,’ in the forms of laws, zoning ordinances, municipal codes, etc. can help to keep the peace.

Church to open kitchen to feed those in need

A Maplewood church is preparing to bring free meals to their neighborhood. Maplewood Pentecostal Church of God Pastor Philip Centers, and his wife, Mary, are transforming their former fellowship hall, at 2150 Yale Avenue, into “The Branch Kitchen,” and it’s all with donations. Pastor Centers said last year a former member of the church gave them money to start a kitchen to feed anyone who might need an occasional free meal — the unemployed, those having trouble making ends meet, the homeless. That donation and donated kitchen equipment, paint from Home Depot, a cargo van from a Fenton church and architect Barry Greenberg’s services — Centers estimates comes to $175,000. See also: Church mission to feed hungry running low on funds, still hopeful
“We’ll have a drop ceiling with all new lights, and the old duct work will all be torn out, new electrical, the floor will be painted with little glitter sparkles in there.

Eagle Scout pinned

Maplewood Richmond Heights Boy Scout Troop 362 scout, Nick Gantz, became a Boy Scout in 2009 — after beginning as a Cub Scout — and on Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church earned the highest rank. He became an Eagle Scout. Gantz is going on to earn an additional five merit badges more than what’s required for Eagle (21), to earn a Bronze Palm. For his Eagle Scout project, Gantz replaced wooden retaining walls with cinder blocks on about 20 raised beds in a community garden. The job took a day, with the help of other Scouts in the troop and some adult leaders.