Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School has been honored as a 2018 State School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. MRH Elementary is one of only 65 schools nationwide to receive this recognition, according to a press release from the school. Several of the initiatives that contributed to MRHE receiving this recognition are:
The MRHE Way, “Who We Are and What We Do” – Common language across the school that encourages respect, responsibility, empathy, perseverance, cooperation, and honesty. Home Visit Program – Teachers arrange for and then visit the homes of MRH students. Usually in the evenings, they meet with parents or guardians to better understand the dynamics the child brings with him or her to the classroom.
Maplewood Richmond Height Cub Scout Pack 362 Cubmaster Mark Langston, was honored with the Pathfinder District Award of Merit at the recent district dinner. The Award of Merit is the Pathfinder Districts highest award and is given to the Scouter who has rendered service of an outstanding nature at the district level; above and beyond the expectation of the Scouter’s assigned duties. Langston was recognized for being the longest serving cubmaster in the history of Pack 362. He also volunteers as the advancement chair for Boy Scout Troop 493 and serves as district commissioner for the Pathfinder District. Mr. Langston’s recent passion has been working with the Greater St.
Lois Truman is running for a seat on the Brentwood Board of Education. Two seats will be open in the election in April. Truman ran last year, and came in fourth; the top three won the three open seats. See also, from last year: Brentwood School Board candidates answer community questions
Truman sent this statement for publication in 40 South:
The Brentwood School District Board of Education makes decisions for critical issues affecting our community: student transportation and safety, textbook adoption, funding for extracurricular activities and other school-related projects, new curriculum standards and cutting-edge trends in education, construction/renovation of school facilities, etc. Remember, in addition to producing outstanding productive young citizens, highly rated public schools maintain or increase property values in our vibrant community.
Maplewood Police shared photos of two shoplifting suspects on social media:
“Anybody know these two gentlemen? They were apparently so excited about the items they selected from CVS that they forgot to pay. Please let us know if you know who they are because we would love to chat with them about the incident.” Reach Maplewood Police at (314) 645-3000.
Ben Poremba, a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist, plans to open the The Benevolent King restaurant at 7268 Manchester Road, the location of Water Street Cafe, closing at the end of January. There will be a public hearing at the February 13 city council meeting on a request by Poremba for a full liquor license by the drink at the location. Acording to Ben Poremba’s website: he’s “the Chef/Owner of Bengelina Hospitality Group, the St. Louis-based, award-winning operator of Nixta and Bar Limón, Elaia, Olio, Parigi, and La Patisserie Chouquette. Poremba is a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist in the category of Best Chef-Midwest, and he continues taking the St. Louis dining scene by storm.”
According to a recent study, our area is a hot place for ‘hippies’ — in the top 10 in the state. The website, Home Snacks, says the number of yoga studios, organic markets, and liberals in each city was used as data, and that the results are ‘spot on.’ I’d say that’s up to debate. Here’s the list:
In 2015 Maplewood historian Doug Houser encouraged 40 South readers to use the Maplewood Post office in his article — Maplewood History: Our Maplewood Post Office – Use it! Here’s another thought, at the end of every transaction the employee hands hands out a receipt and encourages participation in an online survey at the bottom. I did it today. It was quick and easy with questions about the service, and with the rumor about two years ago that the Maplewood office could close I figure it can’t hurt. The survey is at postalexperience.com/pos
Corey D. Bell, of the 7200 block of Lyndover Place in Maplewood according to St. Louis County records, was charged on Tuesday with first degree robbery. Maplewood Police posted the charging, with photo, on Facebook and Twitter. https://twitter.com/MaplewoodMOPD/status/955903893854212096
In the April 3 municipal elections, Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights residents will vote on city officials. Brentwood — all incumbents
Ward 1 — David Dimmitt
Ward 2 — Sunny Sims
Ward 3 — Andy Leahy
Ward 4 — Kathy O’Neill
Maplewood Ward 1 special election for Ward 1
Maplewood residents will also vote on a proposed tax to cover the city’s trash/recycling pickup costs. Richmond Heights
District 1 — Lisa Eppert — (Eppert has never been on the council. Matt Casey is not running for a third term.)
District 2 — Reginald Finney — (incumbent)
District 3 — Don Droege, Ashley Metcalf — (Ed Notter will finish his third term and is termed limited out.)
District 4 — Dan Sebben (incumbent)
Maplewood’s Larder & Cupboard, at 7310 Manchester Road, which specializes in locally produced food and drink last week received national recognition. Larder & Cupboard received a 2018 Good Food Award for its Strawberry Lemon Verbena Preserves and Apricot Lemon Thyme Preserves in San Fransisco last week. The 199 winners were chosen from over 2,000 entrants for their “vibrant, delicious, sustainable local food economies.” The winners were announced at the San Fransisco War Memorial Herbst Theater on January 19. Kakao Chocolate won the award in 2015 for its Turkish coffee truffle and in 2014 for its lavender truffle.
Water Street Cafe, at 7268 Manchester Road, in Maplewood, announced on Facebook today that they plan to close the doors on January 30. The owners say they’ve been in Maplewood for seven years and the time is right to close the restaurant and start something new.