Barnes & Noble picks up resident’s book

Maplewood resident, Bill Perry’s fold-out book of a road trip from Maplewood all the way to Hawaii is set to be enjoyed by by many more road-trippers — it’s getting picked up by Barnes & Noble. Road Trip began as a fold-out book for his then three-year-old son to drive a toy car along its pages. In 2014 he raised $17,000 to have it published. Now it’s in every independent bookstore in St. Louis except one on South Grand.

Chaney Elementary sign preserved: the whole story

Tim Sauer, a 40 South News reader, shared a photo of a table he made incorporating the sign for the old Chaney Elementary School in Richmond Heights. His stepdad’s grandfather was William Chaney, who was given the plaque, which had stood outside Chaney School from 1971 to 2002. Sauer’s stepdad, Randy Seagrist, sent the whole story:

I’m sending this to you in regards to an email my stepson Tim Sauer sent to you. He made a wonderful table incorporating the sign for the former Chaney Elementary School in Richmond Heights, part of the MRH School District. It sat on the site of the present MRH Elementary School at Glades and Princeton.

Cold weather moves in…

Cold weather and maybe some precipitation is on the way to Maplewood, in this photo Maplewood resident, Robert Chandler shot Friday evening from Shop n’ Save.  

And later that evening at Shop n’ Save…

Maplewood’s fly rod team’s rep is growing

Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson are growing their national reputation. The Jordan-Mills Rod Company carries one of their fly rods in its Spring 2015 catalog, and says their rods “may be the nicest rods made by any contemporary maker today.” From the catalog:

“Rod has a brisk semi parabolic feel and is a virtual casting machine for either 4 or 5 wt. lines – I like it with a 5. The reputation of Amelia Tufts and Gabe Batson has virtually exploded in the world of emerging makers and I am proud to be one of their earliest brokers.  Their rods are spectacular for performance, structural integrity and appearance.”

Fun, photos from Night Out Against Crime

Dozens of Maplewood blocks — more than a thousand residents — took part Tuesday evening in the St. Louis Regional Night Out against Crime. The fire and police departments visited each one. Kristen and Jonathan Spencer, Block Party Captains of the 3400 block of Oxford Boulevard send these photos of their party. The last two are from the Professional Firefighters of Maplewood Facebook page.

Maplewood Night Out is Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 6 neighborhoods throughout Maplewood are joining forces with communities regionwide for “St. Louis Regional Night Out” to bring neighbors together to make their communities safer. Join Your Neighbors at a Block Party on Tuesday, October 6 starting at 5 p.m. See also: Maplewood to hold 4th National Night Out

View a map of the 2015 Maplewood block parties

St. Louis Regional Night Out block parties create an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other more closely. One of the most effective crime deterrents is to have neighbors looking out for one another, according to the City of Maplewood.

Serve 2015

Lawn Party! Free food & entertainment!

Join us this Saturday (September 12th) from 11am – 2pm at Maplewood United Methodist Church for our annual SERVE lawn party.  We are located at the corner of Sutton & Flora in Maplewood. Hotdogs, snowcones, a bouncy house for the kids and more!  Join us for the lawn part from 11am – 2pm on Saturday.  All are welcome!

Home for people with intellectual disabilities has one Maplewood location, wants a second

A home for “people with and without intellectual disabilities,” in Maplewood, wants to expand. L’Arche St. Louis, on Marshall Avenue in Maplewood, is the 17th L’Arche community in the US. It hosted an ice cream social Saturday afternoon. L’Arche (French for “the Ark”) are “communities of people with and without intellectual disabilities, as members of an International Federation,” according to its website.

Unofficial Maplewood reunion at St. Louis music venue

Link Barton, co-owner of America’s Tavern, a music venue on S. Vandeventer is also a Maplewood Richmond Heights graduate, and on Saturday is throwing what is “essentially a Maplewood reunion from the 1970s to the present day,” according to a press release. See event info. Common Jones, Madam Cleary’s Original boyband Orchestra and Bryan Ranney will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ranney is currently on his ‘Not a Ukelele’ tour. All groups have “some sort of Maplewood connection,” the release states. America’s Tavern is at 1449 South Vandeventer Avenue.

Angela Grispon was on the NPR show Ask Me Another

Maplewood receptionist onstage on NPR quiz show: update

Madosky Chiropractic receptionist, Angela Grispon, was a contestant on the National Public Radio quiz show Ask Me Another in April when the show came to St. Louis. The show was recorded in April at The Pageant. Update: Grispon was notified by Ask Me Another that the St. Louis episode she was on will air Saturday, July 25 at 12 noon on 90.7 FM KWMU (St.

Maplewood group for artists with disabilities changes name

The Turner Center for the Arts, in Maplewood, has gone through such a transformation in the past 18 months that they’ve decided to change their name. “We see every day the inspiration, the courage, the growth, and that’s why it’s a natural unfoldment to change our name to what it truly represents — Artists First — disabilities second,” Artists First executive director, Sheila Suderwalla said on Tuesday. The group has moved a larger studio at 7190 Manchester Road, added staff members and new programs. Their board and group of volunteers is growing, according to a press release. Maplewood resident, Jeannine Henry, runs the supported employment program. She teaches life skills, independent living skills and employment skills through the arts.

Romelle Person

MRH wrestling coach: help send MRH state finalists to national tourney

Due to budgetary cut backs and a prior scheduled out of town trip for the team Maplewood Richmond Heights wrestling coach, Cory Reichert, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the two MRH 2015 state finalists to make the trip to the Walsh Ironman Tournament in Ohio. It’s an invitational tournament, and they’ve been invited. “It would allow them to showcase their talents on a national stage,” Reichert says in the fundraiser. “All the funds raised will go towards the trip. Funds leftover will go towards the program.”

Also in the GoFundMe description:

“In addition, Romelle Person, 2015 Missouri State Champion, has just entered the Super 32 tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lions Auxiliary Ladies Karen Bish, Eileen Lencz, Kathy Lubbers and Heidi Barks (left to right) fed Maplewood firefighters and police dinner Wednesday night.

Knights of Columbus ladies serve dinner to firefighters, police

Every year in July the Maplewood Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary plan a meal for the police and fire department, member Heidi Barks said. “Since Ryan Hummert passed (July 21, 2008), this is a bad month for all in Maplewood, especially them,” Barks said. Wednesday night at the fire department the ladies served dinner to the Maplewood firefighters and police to show their appreciation.

Maplewood business owners plan to open a ‘cat cafe’

Ben Triola and Dana Huth, co-founders of Rampant Interactive in Maplewood, are partnering with other locals to bring a ‘cat cafe’ to St. Louis. Triola said Friday morning they’re popular in Asia, and the cafe coming to our area will feature 10-12 cats. It will be called Mauhaus, according to St. Louis Magazine.

Maplewood food blogger bags a book deal

Maplewood resident Stephanie Shepard said she had no idea a book deal would come out of a hobby she started five years ago. Shepard, 30, has covered St. Louis food and restaurants since March 2010 with her blog, “Off the Eaten Path.”

“My degree is in chemistry,” she said. “Right now I work in the consumer goods industry, so I’ve always been very sciencey.” She started the blog to give her something non-work related to do. “I was thinking about the things I like to do, and I like to eat and take pictures and write.