New Maplewood Library events posted: June and July

The Maplewood Public Library, at 7550 Lohmeyer Avenue, regularly schedules events for many interests and age groups. Coming up: coloring for adults, Maplewood stories of the past, volunteering opportunities, DIY around the home, discovering St. Louis public parks, and lots more. Coloring—Not Just for Kids Anymore, June 14
The Story of Maplewood: Reflections on the Past, June 15
Family Game Night, June 22
The Four Pillars of Health, June27
Architecture of St. Louis: Styles Over Two Centuries, June 29
Relaxation for a Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body, July 5
D.I.Y. Around Your Home, July 6
Making a Difference: How Can I Become Involved?

Baby raccoon cries and cries when left behind

Maplewood resident Liza Repaso-Horton was woken Sunday morning by a crying baby raccoon who apparently had been left behind by his mother. She shot some video of the drama. She said it looked like the mother raccoon was trying to get the rest of her family away from the crying racket as quickly as possible.

70 lose power in Maplewood

Sunday at 5:45 a.m. Ameren Missouri was reporting 70 customers without power. A resident said he “heard and saw what looked like a large firework go off near the ground” on Lyndover Place near Big Bend Boulevard. Robert Chandler, another resident, reported police and fire personnel had shut down Big Bend in the area at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Update from a later comment (below): A witness said car heading north on Big Bend,  veered off the road, drove through a yard on Lyndover and hit a pole with a transformer. The transformer fell from the pole and landed on the car.

MRH Booster club donates $8,000 this year

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Booster Club, at the spring sports banquet, donated $3,000 to the MRH Athletic Department. In addition the club gave $5,000 to the athletic department at the Fall Sports Banquet. They held two fundraisers — Felix’s Pizza Pub party and a washer tournament at Deer Creek Park. They also ran concession stands at at all high school games.  

President of the club, David Barton, said the club enjoys great support from its volunteers, the board of education and the parents. 

Brentwood debate goes to state

Brentwood Debate didn’t advance out of preliminary rounds, but the team’s young group of girls who competed  had amazing experience, team coach, Robyn Haug said. It was a “very impactful piece that all of the girls really bought into. It was a pretty life changing experience for most of us,” she said. The team also had a party for Sophie Breitmeyer, a junior on the team that just joined this year and graduated early. She was the team’s only graduate this year.

Boy Scout directs fixing park benches for Eagle project

Eagle Scout candidate Andrew McCandliss directed other Boy Scouts in Troop 362 in the work disassembling and reassembling with new planks, the four benches in Citizens Bank Park. They ran into some rusted bolts, then rain came in the afternoon, so the project wasn’t finished in one day, as they hoped.

Mid County Chamber concert series begins in Ryan Hummert Park

The Provels kicked off the Mid County Chamber of Commerce summer concert series Wednesday night at Ryan Hummert Park with their brand of soul, R&B, and funk fusion.

The concerts will continue through September on the last Wednesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.

June 28: All Roostered Up — rock, blues, and classic country
July 26: The Retro Band — tribute to Million Dollar Quartet
August 23: The Hot Flashes — rock, oldies, and variety (Concert for a Cause – Recipient TBD)
September 27: The Tony Campanella Band, electric blues

‘March for Truth’ is June 3, Maplewood woman helping to organize

Beth Newman, a Maplewood resident, is one of the organizers for the upcoming ‘March for Truth,’ on Saturday, June 3, in downtown St. Louis. She says the issue affects all Americans and looks forward to a peaceful and energizing event. 

“We are extremely excited to join with fellow citizens on both sides of the aisle,” she says. Marchers will meet at the corner of 18th and Market streets at 10 a.m. then walk to the Arch to rally and hear speakers. Marches are being planned in 90+ cities worldwide.

MRH seeks candidates for board vacancy

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill the vacancy of former member, Ray Crader, who resigned on April 24 following his successful run for Maplewood City Council, representing Ward 2. Residents wishing to be appointed to the vacancy should send a letter to the board with their qualifications and their reason for wanting to be on the board to:

Maria Langston
Secretary, Board of Education
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
7539 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

The letter must be received in Central Office (7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143) by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.

BMW driver shoots truck driver following crash

Maplewood detectives are trying to determine if a shooting on Wednesday at the corner of Lohmeyer Avenue and Sutton Boulevard was a case of road rage or the result of an ongoing dispute, Fox 2 has reported. Witnesses said that around 1:30 p.m. the driver of a white pickup truck crashed into the back of a BMW. The BMW driver then shot the pickup driver, who then drove up over the curb. The the suspected gunman was still there and the wounded man was still in the truck when police arrived. Officers arrested the suspected gunman and recovered the weapon.