Maplewood Ward 1 candidates take questions in League of Women Voters forum

Close to 30 Maplewood residents attended a candidates forum moderated by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday in the Salvation Army gym. Candidates Owen Skoler, Kyle Oberle and Sandi Phillips (ballot order) took questions from the audience, who submitted questions on cards. A LWV volunteer moderated. On the role Planning and Zoning could play in encouraging business development, Phillips, who is on the commission, said they are now reviewing zoning codes, changing business definitions, which eventually could be less restrictive; Skoler said if a business meets the code it should simply be allowed — not on a case by case basis; Oberle said it goes back to updating the city’s comprehensive plan. All three said if residents don’t vote for them, vote for trash, meaning that they support Maplewood’s Proposition T, a tax to cover the increased cost of trash and recycling pickup in Maplewood.

Maplewood police arrest juveniles for theft; felon with handguns and marijuana

Maplewood Police arrested three juveniles who they say broke into unlocked cars on March 26, according to a Tweet from the department. The post included aerial photos of the areas of Manchester Road and Yale Avenue, and of Lyle and Margarette avenues. In another Tweet the department said in a routine traffic stop on March 25, an officer found a felon in possession of handguns and marijuana. Charges are pending. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/979402939428155392

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Time for nominations for award for police officer who has shown compassion; Maplewood officer won last year

Last year the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri awarded Maplewood Police Officer Levonston Hall the John J. McAtee Award, which recognizes officers who have shown compassion, concern and understanding when interacting with a person who has mental illness. It’s time for this year’s nominations. The award has been given since 1987 to a police department, sheriff’s office, National Park Service, campus police department or a Missouri State Trooper assigned to or located in the City of St. Louis or the counties of St. Louis, St.

Tour Maplewood’s new firehouse

Maplewood firefighters will host the public on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. in an open house for the new firehouse. The city is asking visitors to  park behind the firehouse (north side) and enter through the main lower level doors. The building is designed for energy savings, with LED lighting throughout. The firefighters’ mattresses are from Mattress Wholesale and the closets from Saint Louis Closet Co., both Maplewood companies. See also: Maplewood’s new firehouse: Maplewood-made closets, Swiss-made garage doors

The Maplewood Market Is Hot

 

With record-low inventory and demand on the rise, now is the time to sell in Maplewood. If you’ve ever considered selling your Maplewood home, there’s no better time than now. Buyers are vying to get into the award-winning MRH School District, but with so few homes on the market (currently there are only 9 active listings) it’s not an easy feat. (To search all active listings, click here.)

Not only are buyers faced with the challenge of low inventory and high competition, but home values are on the rise. This means if you’re serious about buying in Maplewood, you must be willing to pay at or above listing price.

Rafferty Auto to leave Maplewood

Rafferty Auto Sales is moving from 7469 Manchester Road to 6855 Manchester Road, in St. Louis city, according to a banner at the business, and an employee. ‘Al’ at Rafferty Auto, speaking for owner Ted Rafferty, said they had a lease at the Maplewood location and wanted to buy, but found a better deal at the former Roger Wilson Motors location.

Shop ‘n Save closes pharmacy

The pharmacy in the Maplewood Shop ‘n Save closed permanently on Monday, an employee said. All prescriptions have been transferred to the Maplewood CVS. One customer said she got a call from Shop ‘n Save about the change. It hasn’t been announced what will go into the space.

Police warn of car theft scam

Maplewood police say a man and woman in a dark colored pick up have been seen in area parking lots trying to scam people to steal their cars. Police say the couple tells drivers their wheel is broken but it’s an attempt to steal their car. Police also think a white car is involved. Police warn not to speak with these people and to call the department immediately at (314) 645-3000. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/974763266827268099

Maplewood restaurants go strawless; others use compostable, paper

When The Crows Nest posted on Instagram that straws would be given out on request only, the owner challenged other Maplewood restaurants to do the same. Now, so far, The Blue Duck, Thai Table (opening soon), Robota, and Reeds American Table have joined The Crows Nest in giving out straws only on request. Other Maplewood food establishments offer compostable (made from corn, not plastic) or paper straws. Traveling Tea has used only compostable straws since the day it opened, according to owner Katerie Mayer. Schlafly Bottleworks also uses compostable straws, Meyers said.

MRH students gather to remember 17 shot

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. a couple hundred Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and Middle School students gathered on the soccer field for a 17-minute remembrance of the 17 high school students and staff shot in Florida last month. They gathered around 17 white folding chairs, each with a white rose and a photograph of one of the victims.

After hearing about each of the victims, as students held up their photos, assistant high school principal, Deann Myers asked three questions, which she said came from the students: how they can impact the climate and culture in their own school, who do they talk to if they’re concerned about someone or something, and what do they do when they see someone not fitting in. “There were a lot of conversations about how to avoid any political talk, while expressing their concerns for everyone’s safety,” Meyers said. She said the feeling of not belonging and loneliness, which has seemed to be a constant in each of the shootings, is very critical to everyone at the school. Principal Kevin Grawer said the students had three or four meetings to plan the 17-minute meeting to respect the lives lost and possibly create some change.