Stormy skies, rainbow on Sunday: some photos

Sunday afternoon’s stormy weather resulted in dramatic skies, a tornado warning in parts of St. Louis and a rainbow. Some folks took photos.

Maplewood city council member Sandi Phillips posted her photo of the rainbow on Facebook.

Maplewood History: William Lyman Thomas’ School and Home Magazine

The Garden Arbor – Illustrated Family Journal or Die Gartenlaube – Illustriertes Familienblatt according to Wikipedia was “the first successful mass-circulation German newspaper and a forerunner of all modern magazines.” Die Gartenlaube was founded in 1853 in Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony with an objective to enlighten the entire family. The founders intended to accomplish this “with a mixture of current events, essays on the natural sciences, biographical sketches, short stories, poetry, and full-page illustrations.”  

Die Gartenlaube became widely read across the German speaking world. With an estimated two to five million readers, the publisher at one time claimed to have the largest circulation of any publication in the world. There is, of course, much more to this story. Those interested should definitely read the article in Wikipedia.

MRH Middle featured in US Dept of Education blog, and more in the press

Area news in the press this week, including MRH Middle School featured as a ‘sustainable school success,’ the Richmond Heights farmers market going big, and an officer-involved shooting. Fox 2 — Schlafly brings back “Cans for Cans” for holiday season
Fox 2 — Officer-involved shooting near Brentwood Drury Inn leaves one injured
Homeroom, official blog of the US Department of Education — Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State
KMOV — Police searching for suspect who they say stole a man’s electronic tricycle
KMOV — EB 64 at Big Bend reopens following accident involving tractor-trailer, overturned car
KSDK — Man charged in connection with officer-involved shooting in Brentwood
KTRS — Officer Involved Shooting
Riverfront Times — Boulevard Farmers’ Market Going Big in Richmond Heights in 2019
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Suspect shot by officers near Brentwood shopping center after firing gun at police is charged
St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis aldermen make it easier for growers to sell at farmers markets

Mid-term election results certified; almost 78 percent turnout in Hadley Township

The election results from the Nov. 6 election have been certified and are posted on the St. Louis County website. In Hadley Township, which incorporates Maplewood and Richmond Heights, 77.63 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the mid-term election — just slightly under the 78.86 percent that voted in the 2016 presidential election. In losing efforts statewide, in Hadley Township, Clare McCaskill (D) won 76 percent over Josh Hawley (R) for US Senator and Cort Van Ostran (D) won 61 percent over Ann Wagner (R) for US Representative Dist.

Brentwood, Richmond Heights officers involved in chase, shooting

A man is facing charges after an officer officer-involved shooting Tuesday night in Brentwood. The suspect, Trey Cockrell, 24, of St. Louis, fired toward Brentwood Police Officer Joshua Bowersox, according to court records. Bowersox was not struck; neither were other officers on the scene from Brentwood and Richmond Heights. Cockrell was in a car at the Drury Inn parking lot at approximately 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when Brentwood officers ran the plate and found it was wanted for a traffic offense.

Maplewood resident announces run for Ward 3 council seat; Update: he has the signatures

Scott Criscione announced this week on Twitter that he would be taking a petition with 65 signatures to Maplewood City Hall to file to run for a Ward 3 council seat in April. Criscione is a Realtor. Update: Criscione posted on Twitter on Monday that he officially has enough signatures to be on the ballot to run for the council seat.

Eleanor Pardini has announced she is running for Ward 2 in April. Ward 2 council member Tim Dunn’s term expires in April, 2019 and Ray Crader’s expires in 2020.

3rd-graders donate jammies

Saint Mary Magdalen third grade got in the spirit of giving early this year! Together, they collected 23 pairs of pajamas. The pajamas will be dropped off to local children who do not have warm jammies throughout these winter months. In addition, Scholastic will match each PJ donation with a book, making sure all children have a positive nightly routine.

First responders visit Artists First

Maplewood city first responders recently visited Artists First, and Artists First (at 7190 Manchester Road) posted the photo on Twitter. From the Artists First website, the non-profit: “provides a safe, welcoming, accepting, professional, expansive studio where people of all ages and abilities, and from all walks of life, can come together to explore and create art individually and collaboratively.” Go to the Artists First website to order Christmas cards too.  

Dale Ave townhomes get first reading

City of Richmond Heights officials on Monday heard the first readings of three bills that together would give the go-ahead for eight single-family townhomes on Dale Avenue. The project, at 7715 – 7729 Dale Avenue, has gone through multiple iterations as the developer has worked to design the townhomes to work with the neighboring houses. The site plan below is from October and may not be the latest version.

“Upper upscale” hotel financing comes through

Greg Mullenix, chief development officer for Equis Hotels, told Richmond Heights city officials Monday at the city’s council meeting that the company’s hotel project at the corner of S. Brentwood Boulevard and Clayton Road is moving forward. The council met in the city’s courtroom above the police department because the elevator in city hall needed repair. Mullenix said a large portion of the financing is in place and design and development is moving forward, also that renovation of Homewood Suites is planned. In all it’s a $60 million project. He said he’s meeting with representatives from two different hotel brands beginning next week.

A thanks to Kim at Brentwood Public Works for taking care of dead opossum

A Brentwood resident gave a shout-out to ‘Kim’ at Brentwood Public Works recently for being responsible for getting a BPW truck out to pick up a many-days-dead opossum. The resident’s post on Nextdoor:
Shout out to Kim in Brentwood Public Works! There was a big, dead opossum in the middle of our street. Bless its heart. I started calling around to find out who could come pick up and dispose of the furry victim.

In the press: Police search for ‘brazen’ robber; Maplewood interest in medical marijuana shop

Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing game and phone stores, Maplewood has already had interest in someone running a medical marijuana dispensary, and more in the news. Feast — Thai Table Brings Authentic Northeastern Thai Fare to Maplewood
Fox 2 — Gun-toting serial robber targeting stores from Maplewood to Granite City
KSDK — Police believe same man robbed 3 GameSpots, 2 cell phone stores
Progressive Grocer — Schnucks Launches Curbside Pickup
Riverfront Times — 35 St. Louis Italian Restaurants Better Than That Crap Over at Olive Garden
St. Louis Business Journal —  Club Fitness to open $3 million Maplewood studio
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Brazen robber has hit five game or phone stores across St.

Church plans Thanksgiving giveaway

Anointed Hands Christian Church, inside Christ Church at 2200 Bellevue Avenue, is set to help more than a hundred families with food this Thanksgiving, according to Rose Washington, co-pastor of the church. On Nov. 20, from 9 – 11:30 a.m., Anointed Hands will help unfortunate families with food for their Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the third year in Maplewood and the 13th at other locations. “We are so thankful to be able to help those in need in the Maplewood community with spiritual and physical food,”Washington said.

Blue Devil Zach Barton signs to play college soccer

Maplewood Richmond Heights senior Zach Barton signed a letter of intent Wednesday to attend Southern Indiana University. Barton’s dad, David Barton posted that USI will be offering Barton a student-athlete Grant-in-Aid for the 2019-20 school year, and that Barton has been a standout on the MRH soccer squad, helping take the team to post-season play during numerous seasons, and was among the fastest runners on the MRH track team as well. Barton won the 100 meter dash state title in May 2018, as the Blue Devils took second in the state meet.

Barton wins the 100 at the state meet:

Interest in opening a medical marijuana shop in Maplewood, and more from council meeting

Maplewood could ending up being one of the cities in Missouri with a medical marijuana dispensary. Following statewide passage of Constitutional Amendment 2 earlier this month, once the governor sets up the process, at least one person is interested in opening a shop in Maplewood. The city “can’t not allow it,” City Manager Marty Corcoran said. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t come to the forefront in the next six months. He also said it will be on the upcoming planning and zoning commission agenda, which will need to determine which zoning district would be appropriate for the business.

Speed humps installed on Marietta Avenue

Maplewood city employees were installing the first of two speed humps (more gradual that speed ‘bumps’) Wednesday morning on Marietta Avenue. Maplewood officials OK’d the speed humps in August. Marietta residents have said the number of children on the block has increased to 17 in the past 12 years, and are worried about speeders, especially during morning rush hour. A traffic study showed that Marietta qualified for speed bumps — both in the number of cars going over the limit and total number overall. Update: the crew installed 0ne half of one of two speed humps on Wednesday (shown in photo).

Former Wilkinson School under contract: apartments planned

The former Wilkinson School, on Arsenal in the Ellendale neighborhood, is under contract and will be redeveloped into apartments and mixed use, St. Louis aldermen Scott Ogilvie posted on Twitter Tuesday. St. Louis Public Schools had listed it for sale at $602,500 and now says it’s under contract. Also according to the school district: “Wilkinson School was dedicated on January 3, 1928.

Brentwood Police Department Accreditation Assessment – Public Information Session planned

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will conduct an on-site assessment of the Brentwood Police Department to determine the Department’s compliance with the standards required for international law enforcement accreditation by CALEA. The assessors will arrive at the Brentwood Police Department on Monday, November 26, 2018. They will examine all aspects of the Police Department’s policies, procedures, operations and support services to ensure the Brentwood Police Department is in compliance with best practices and standards in those areas. The CALEA assessors conducting the on-site assessment are Sharon Massey, assistant chief of police in Deer Park, Texas, with over 35 years of experience. Also Pamela Kunz, retired from DeKalb County Police Department in Tucker, Georgia.