Bus stop transformation planned

Residents, business owners and transit riders are invited a discussion on how to create a fun, artistic place in Maplewood at the MetroBus Stop at the southwest corner of Manchester Road and Marshall Avenue. The city of Maplewood is teaming up with AARP, Citizens for Modern Transit and KaBOOM! with support from Citizen’s National Bank to provide the community an opportunity to weigh in on a new vision for the transit stop by Foundation Grounds. Two dates are planned: Oct. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. and Oct.

In the news: Vaping is a serious problem at BHS administrators say; Saratoga Lanes named Best Bowling Alley

Brentwood High School student publication The Eagle reports on vaping at the high school, an MRH student will play on an all-star golf team, and more in the news. The Eagle — Vaping: Is Brentwood Hooked? Fox 2 — UPDATE: Missing 3-year-old boy found safe in Brentwood
KMOV — Police searching for suspected bank robber outside of St. Louis Galleria Mall
Metropolitan Golf Association — 2019 Mid America Junior Cup
Riverfront Times — Best Bowling Alley – Saratoga Lanes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Maplewood man charged with stabbing mother in face with kitchen knife

Former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan & Fredbird visit Saint Mary Magdalen class

Saint Mary Magdalen enjoyed time with Fredbird and former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan.  The Cardinals organization is committed to spreading the message of teamwork and Fredbird and Kyle came by to educate and entertain us. Our assembly included students from grades K-5 and helped the students answer the very important question, “What makes a good teammate?”  The key message was:  Be Active, Be Responsible, Be Yourself!  Fun was had by all while learning a lifelong lesson that the students can carry with them now and into the future.  


Maplewood History: For Sale – Our Earliest Settlers

Not our actual earliest settlers, of course. They’re happy right where they’re at, we hope.  What I am referring to is my annual limited edition photographic print. This year’s offering, titled Our Earliest Settlers, will go home with the highest bidder at the Mid County Chamber’s Awards Gala and Auction.  Their event happens this Friday evening, October the 11th. Click here for the details. The generous folks at the Frame of Mind picture framing shop at 2900 Big Bend have once again agreed to donate an example of the fine work they do.  If you haven’t used their service, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Maplewood History: George Shields and his Maplewood Subdivision

The age we live in is simultaneously fascinating and terrifying.  There is no clear indicator as to whether our technological advances will save or sink us.  Wonderful tool that it can be, the internet is both a boon and a curse. There is plenty written every day about the curse side of it.  This post is about the boon. The boon in this instance is my internet subscription to Newspapers.com.  From this I was able to learn some very interesting details about my neighborhood.  It is identified as Shields Subdivision on the Maplewood map in the 1909 Plat book of St. Louis county. That is all I knew about it.  The boundaries are Big Bend on the west, Sutton on the east, Elm on the north and the railroad tracks on the south.

In the news: Jean Ponzi, MRH runner, Richmond Heights Post office burgled, Maplewood fire & much more

Quite a bit of news items covering our area recently. Alive Magazine — ‘Green Jean’ Ponzi Invites a Radical Rethinking of Negativity at TedxGatewayArch
Fox 2 — No injuries reported following three-alarm apartment fire in Maplewood
KMOV — Person hit by train at Maplewood MetroLink station (editor: This photo doesn’t look like the Maplewood station, which is all above ground level)
KMOV — Water main break closed SB Hanley near I-64
KMOX — Julio Zegarra-Ballon (Zee Bee Market)
KMOX — MetroLink service resumes after pedestrian accident causes temporary shut down 
Ladue News — Maplewood’s Home Décor Haven: Big Bend Antique Gallery
Ladue News — PAINT Nail Bar Offers Fume-Free, Natural Nail Treatments
News Tribune (Columbia, MO) — Cross Country: Distler takes second at Gans Creek (Malik Stewart of MRH come in first of 216 runners)
New York Post — Missing Missouri homeless man also happens to be a millionaire
Riverfront Times — Turpentine-Drinking Homeless St. Louis Millionaire Missing, Might be in Maplewood
Sauce Magazine — First Look: C. Oliver Coffee & Flower Bar in Maplewood
St. Louis Business Journal — Maplewood restaurant closes. Here’s what’s next for its owner. 

3 Maplewood restaurants make RFT best-of list

Elmwood, Thai Table and Reeds American Table all won spots in the Riverfront Times annual Best of St. Louis 2019. Reeds’ win was posthumous — the best restaurant to ‘die’ in 2019. Riverfront Times — Best Thai Restaurant 
Riverfront Times — Best New Restaurant 
Riverfront Times — Best Bartender 
Riverfront Times — Best Restaurant to Die in 2019 

Elmwood posted about their win on Instagram:

Maplewood Police corporal promoted to sergeant, detective to corporal

Maplewood Police Chief Steve Kruse announced on Tuesday that Corporal Steven Jamerson is promoted to the rank of police sergeant and Detective Erika Vargas is promoted to the rank of police corporal. In Feb. 2018 Artists First artist Danny Speck wanted to honor the Maplewood Police Department, so he painted a picture of a Maplewood police car. Maplewood Police Corporal Steve Jamerson liked it so much he surprised Speck and bought it. Jamerson was honored in a city council meeting in Feb.

25 Maplewood blocks partied in the street

It was a warm evening, but that didn’t stop 25 blocks in Maplewood from taking part in the St. Louis Regional Night Out on Tuesday. The photos below are from the Marietta Avenue party and from the Maplewood Police Facebook page.

ATT and/or contractor fails to resolve 7-week old mess: business owner

William Madosky has said that ATT or one of its contractors needs to fix a mess blocking a sidewalk at his chiropractic office at at the corner of Big Bend and Alicia in Maplewood. He posted that it has been going on for seven weeks and is still not resolved, “which means that ATT and/or its contractors have not done anything since a water main was fixed one day after it burst.” Madosky said Trevis Brewer at ATT has “reached out” to the contractor more than once and is awaiting a reply.

Group helping #MeToo individual who seeks a home: Update

A group of concerned citizens contacted 40 South asking to help get the word out that they’re trying to find a house for a #MeToo individual. The group is trying to help the individual relocate to a house in the Maplewood or Richmond Heights area, and say they can pay about $80,000. Update: The group is still seeking a house for the individual, and now says they can pay approximately $90,000. Anyone with a lead on such a house can send an email to: savesarah0120@gmail.com

The #MeToo movement is against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Maplewood History: A Look at Downtown Shortly Before the Demolitions Began

The photographs of Maplewood’s business district that I have been running for the last four or five blogs have generated a lot of interest and a few requests. This post is what amounts to a file dump. Due to the difficulty most readers would have searching my old posts, I am posting some images that I have used before and some that I haven’t. To be honest, I’m not absolutely sure which is which. And I found the text below in the same file with the photographs.

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church honors First Responders

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Archangel Michael.   Saint Michael was the main focus of the liturgy because Michael is the patron saint of police officers and others who keep us safe. First Responders from surrounding areas joined us at Mass. Students from Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School greeted the First Responders as they entered the church. During the Mass Father Jack Siefert, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen blessed Saint Michael prayer cards and offered a special blessing for all First Responders in attendance.  There was a large round of applause to thank those who protect and serve us.  After communion, Mrs. Kathy Wiseman, principal of the school presented a check for $1,000 to BackStoppers.  The students collected the money for a two week period during their annual penny challenge.

Big Bend Blvd. work planned to be done by end of year

David G. Wrone, public information manager for St. Louis County Departments of Transportation and Public Works, responded to a question about the progress on the Big Bend resurfacing:

“We’re improving Big Bend from Manchester north to Delmar – a total of three miles of roadway. Work began this spring on the $3.58 million project. Concurrent with our work, Missouri American Water – this summer – removed and replaced 10,000 feet of water main beneath Big Bend’s southbound curb lane – a project resting largely within the parameters of our own job. The water company’s work is complete.

Marty Corcoran honored for 36 years as Maplewood City Manager

Marty Corcoran was recognized for his 36 years of service to the City of Maplewood at the Sept. 24 Maplewood city council meeting. From the city of Maplewood on Facebook: ‘Marty has served the City of Maplewood staff, residents and businesses with dignity and respect. We wish him all the best in his retirement!’ Photos via Maplewood City Hall Facebook.

Bank of Maplewood sign being offered online

The piece of stone with the word: ‘BANK’ carved into it — a remnant of the bank at Manchester Rd. and Sutton Blvd. demolished almost 40 years ago — is being offered on Craigslist. It was previously in the back yard of a Marietta Avenue house, but was sold in an estate sale. The seller, unidentified, is asking $2,500.

In the news: politics, MRH, a glassblower

There have been plenty of mentions of Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights news in various media lately. The Call Newspapers — Stenger’s ‘right-hand man’ sentenced to 15 months in prison
The Edwardsville Intelligencer — Free flu shots at SSM Hospitals
Fox 2 — New climate-controlled pet shelters offer cool place to leave your pet while you shop
Fox 2 — Man shot outside of popular bar in Maplewood
Fox 2 — The benefits of adding superfoods to your daily diet
Fox 2 — Terry Tillman’s family demands evidence in officer-involved shooting
KMOV — Employee charged in shooting sister’s boyfriend outside the Post in Maplewood
KMOV — Family of man fatally shot by police officer near Galleria demanding answers
KMOX — Missing ‘million dollar’ homeless man might be roaming Maplewood
St. Louis Business Journal — Family Business Profile: Orlando’s grows from in-home operation to one of the largest caterers in St. Louis
St. Louis Business Journal — Chase hires St.

Maplewood named “Missouri’s most underrated place to visit”

Using data from Niche.com, TripAdvisor and Google Maps, NetCredit crunched the numbers to identify 50 hidden gems across America, with highly rated landmarks and activities. They named Maplewood as: “Missouri’s most underrated place to visit” and highlighted Schlafly Bottleworks as a ‘must-visit’ attraction in Maplewood. See the full article here.  

Maplewood History: Startling Pre-debacle Images of Buildings on Manchester

Man. What I won’t stoop to in order to have an eye catching headline?  As you may suspect the images in this post shot by Glenn Haley and submitted by Mike Jones aren’t exactly startling.  Well, maybe. You let me know if they are. I have looked at these and others like them so many times that I’m numb. I don’t know how those of you unfamiliar with them will react.

Shooting result of domestic dispute: Maplewood Police

Maplewood Police press release:
Maplewood police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 7300 block of Manchester Rd. at approximately 4:08 pm. Upon their arrival, they found a 26-year-old north St. Louis County man lying on the sidewalk who had sustained gunshot wounds. Paramedics conveyed the shooting victim to an area hospital where he is undergoing surgery.