Some Maplewood business people and others were among those who got out Monday afternoon to look up at the total eclipse as it passed through St. Louis.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights class of 2021 gathered for a photo (shared on Twitter). Their t-shirt was also posted on Twitter — “Eclipsing all expectations”
See also: Where to find (or not) eclipse glasses – Updated
It’s much easier to list where not to find eclipse glasses, than where to find them available. Some calls found just two locations with eclipse glasses:
Ferguson Public Library (35 N Florissant Road, Ferguson) — “a few left, come early”
Left Bank Books (399 N Euclid Avenue) — $8.99
Where they’re not available:
Brentwood Public Library
Home Depot, Brentwood – online only
Maplewood Public Library. An employee said all the libraries in the system are out. Eclipse viewers are invited to watch on the library grounds. Menards, Richmond Heights
Richmond Heights Public Library gave out 3,000. The Heights will host an event on its front lawn beginning at 12:30
Schiller’s Camera, Rock Hill – sold out on Wednesday, at $14.99 a pair
Shop ‘n Save, Maplewood
Target at the Promenade
The Book House, free with purchase of “Missouri Total Eclipse Guide,” now out
Scheidt Hardware in Maplewood had them until they posted it on Facebook (ad on 40 South) — sold out on Saturday.
A neighbor of a family in critical need, living in an apartment at 7232 Sarah Avenue, contacted 40 South hoping something could be done to help.
The mother, Kimberly Jones, is on a fixed income, getting only disability and social security checks. She pays the rent, which takes it all. She lives there with her two boys: Zack and Josh Kottkamp. The boys’ father just had back surgery and is in rehab in the hospital. Jones said on the phone Friday she is disabled and wheelchair-bound. She has to crawl down the steps because the elevator has been broken for six months.
The newly renovated Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center will be open to the public, along with a ribbon cutting, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 2801 Burgess Avenue. The $9 million-plus building features a remodel of all classrooms, including nine new ones. Features include a large multi-purpose room, dozens of new parking spots, enhanced sprinkler and HVAC systems, and improved sidewalks and streets to make drop off/pickup easier. The ribbon-cutting will feature remarks from MRH Superintendent of Schools Karen Hall, ECC principal Dr. Cynthia Hebenstreit, school board president Katie Kaufmann, and musical entertainment by ECC students.
The Heights, the Brentwood Recreation Complex and the Maplewood Library will host events to view the total eclipse of the sun on August 21. The Brentwood Parks and Recreation, the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brentwood Public Library will host an event at the Brentwood Recreation Center. Free solar sunglasses will be available for the first 250 guests. The Heights will host an event on its front lawn beginning at 12:30. The Richmond Heights Library has been handing out viewing glasses — they’ve run out but are ordering more.
The Focal Point can now say it ranks — in one way — with Strange Donuts and Side Project Brewing. It had a line around the block. After 42 years as a venue for folk (and related) music, Maplewood’s Focal Point, on Sutton Boulevard, set a record at its July 28 show with singer/songwriter Chris Smither. The show sold out four and a half months in advance — that’s the record. More Chris Smither shows would have sold out too, but just one was planned.
A memorial service is planned for John Wichmann, a well-known Maplewood man who traveled around town in a motorized wheelchair. On Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood (7291 Sarah Avenue) will hold a memorial service for John Wichmann. There will also be a free luncheon after the service in the church basement. All are invited to attend both the memorial and the luncheon. According to Pastor Wood at Concordia Lutheran, John Wichmann was born on December 27, 1953.
Ahh, what a wonderful respite we have had this week of the hot and humid St. Louis summer. As we have enjoyed the break, so have our animals, but the summer is bound to return so here are a few thoughts to continue to enjoy the rest of it before the back-to-school crazies and last minute summer vacation times swoop down upon us. My new working Border Collie, PennDragon, is in herding training to become a Canada goose management dog. We went to learn on some interesting Turkish sheep and also out to Purina to work with some sheep out there.
David Schlafly, owner of 7401 Manchester Road, has said the paper on the windows above the front door on Tuesday was a test. Drivers have noticed that the windows reflect the opposite traffic light approaching the intersection on Sutton Boulevard from the south, in the left turn lane, resulting in seeing both lights simultaneously — red and green, or visa versa. Schlafly said the Maplewood building department is either installing a louver on the light on Manchester, or relocating it. He said they were assisting in the city’s tests. 7401 Manchester Road was once Katz Drugstore, and more recently the Monarch restaurant.
Tuesday morning, two windows in the building under renovation at the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard were papered over. Some drivers have noticed that when stopped on Sutton while facing north and looking at the traffic light, the now covered windows reflected the light from the opposite direction, so a driver would see both green and red lights. Maplewood police said they can’t comment on why the paper has been applied, and that there has been no traffic accidents near that intersection for some time, and nothing regarding the reflection of traffic lights. Building owner David Schlafly hasn’t responded immediately at to why the paper is there. Update: Schlafly said the paper was a test, working with the city, to minimize the reflection of the light.
Anyone driving near the Drury Hotel or Whole Foods in Brentwood late Friday afternoon, early evening, would have seen and heard the ‘This is Not Okay: Take Action’ protest, KMOV reported. More than a dozen organizations came together to protest President Trump and what’s happening in Washington, D.C.
News 4 estimated more than a hundred people at the corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Eager Road, which started at 5:30 p.m. and lasted until 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve had enough, there are so many things that are happening right now in the current administration that are not ok,” Annie Danis with Indivisible St Louis told KMOV. Rachel Parker said, “I want people to feel like these are safe and comfortable place to come and part of the privilege of being an American is being able to gather in public places when we feel that things are not going our way.”
See the KMOV report, including video, here. 40 South was there at approximately 7 p.m. and saw close to a hundred protesters, mostly at the corner with the Brentwood fountain. No one was blocking traffic.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan will record a Catholic Channel radio show from Maplewood’s Steak ‘n Shake, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. Dolan’s segment will be recorded from 5 to 6 p.m. and then broadcast at 1 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 129 of Sirius XM satellite radio. The recording session is not open to the public. Dolan was baptized at Immaculate Conception.