‘A loud bang and a flash’ was reported on Wednesday at around 5 a.m. in the area of Greenwood Boulevard. The Maplewood Police night shift supervisor said the cause was a blown transformer. At the same time, lights that were on in the area flickered momentarily, including at Great Harvest Bread Company (7360 Manchester Road), Forward Fitness (3111 Sutton Boulevard), and Shop ‘n Save. A strong wind was blowing at the time.
Last fall the cities of Clayton, Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill began a study to determine the feasibility of combining the administrative and support functions of the five fire departments. The study has been released — Command Staff Cooperative Study. The study covers staffing levels and assignments, compensation including cost savings, and how the plan would be implemented, if approved. To move toward implementation, the study recommends that elected officials of all five cities meet together for the first discussion of the study’s options and outcomes. According to the study: “The purpose (of the meeting of city officials) is to weigh the strategies, advantages, fiscal outcomes, and potential impediments of the feasibility to determine whether to commit local resources, and move the process forward.
Brentwood hosted Maplewood Richmond Heights and others in the conference track meet on Monday. The results are still being tabulated. In the meantime, here’s a few items shared on Facebook and Twitter. Update: The MRH boys and girls teams won the conference meet. Boys team scores:
Valley Park 58
Girls team scores:
Valley Park 28
Zachary D Barton ran his first high school 100-meter race.
The St. Louis County Proposition P, the half-cent tax for county police voted on in the April 4 election, passed in Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights, but by a smaller margin than countywide. The April 4 municipal elections are now certified with the results posted online. Countywide Prop P won by 63 percent. Brentwood — Prop P passed by 60 percent (1032 yes, 664 no), overall turnout was 28.94 percent.
Over the next few weeks, Ameren Missouri be upgrading transmission lines. They say with the help of an aerial team, what would take months will now only take a matter of weeks. It’s scheduled to last into May. Heads up for helicopters
This video was taken of the power lines that run over Sunnen. https://youtu.be/_AxpawgUuVE
Helicopters with workers hanging from them may be spotted in the area. The city of Maplewood reported on Facebook that beginning April 11, Ameren Missouri has contracted PAR Electric to work on high voltage lines running through Maplewood, mostly parallel to the MetroLink line, using helicopters. Ameren’s taxi to the top
The work is scheduled to be completed within the next two weeks, depending on the weather. https://twitter.com/rockstarima/status/851873081245274115
Brentwood senior Evan Adams, competing in the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, won the Capes Sokol Musical Theatre Scholarship Award. See the competition’s website with the complete list of winners. Adams was featured last year in the Brentwood Spirit. The Finals were videotaped by The Nine Network to be aired on May 22 at 7 p.m.
The first meeting of Brentwood and MRH baseball this year, at Brentwood Park, was postponed due to a downpour. The rain came in the top of the fourth with the Eagles ahead 16-0, with senior John Bischoff on the mound. See more photos on Facebook. While the varsity teams played at Brentwood, JV met at Deer Creek. The JV Blue Devils won in a comeback win 8-6 over Brentwood.
A new Facebook page, Maplewood Community Action Network, has launched. The plan is to work to build “an inclusive resident network focused on building a brighter future for all of our community members.” The page’s organizers hope to build “a broad coalition with many diverse voices. Right now we are focused on building an inclusive resident network to set priorities as identified by those affected by discriminatory policies in our community,” the page states. Also: “We are fact finding, collecting stories, and networking with local partners and other organizations working on similar issues regionally.
With a 14-run fourth inning, Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball overwhelmed Hazelwood East Saturday morning 18-0. Junior Garret Andersen had the complete game shut out. Senior Michael Langston announced on Facebook that he hit the only home run of his career in the game: “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, I must announce that I, Michael Langston, have finally done the impossible: hit a home run in my high school career. A 3-run shot to center field at Deer Creek, a true Deer Creek home run. That is all.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan, writes about excuses for minor charges, and touches on Maplewood, recently and long ago. In the column, McClellan writes about his wife being pulled over in Maplewood for expired plates (driving their daughter’s car). He says he likes Maplewood because once, several years ago, he wrote about a custody dispute over a dog. The boyfriend was an overnight cook at Tiffany’s Diner and had some pull — all the cops knew him.
A reader at Lyndover and Bellevue avenues sent a photo of a jug uncovered by the MSD work. She said last week, the J. Berra crews working on the sewer line pulled this slightly damaged jug out of the ground about six feet under the street level. The crew gave it to her and her husband after they asked to see it. In February, workers uncovered streetcar tracks on Manchester at Bellevue Avenue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdfxn7cLQkw
The Mid-County Chamber of Commerce has announced its band lineup for the 2017 Summer Concert Series, held the last Wednesday of the month at Ryan Hummert Park through the summer, beginning in May. The concerts are free, and always brings a good-sized crowd out to enjoy the evening. The Provels, stacked with Maplewood talent — including Spanky Piano Man, co-owner of The Live Juke Joint Dueling Piano Bar — kicks off the series with its ‘soul R&B funk fusion.’ Maybe they’ll even play one of their Talking Heads covers. May 24: The Provels
June 28: All Roostered Up
July 26: The Retro Band
August 23: The Hot Flashes (Concert for a Cause – Recipient TBD)
September 27: The Tony Campanella Band