Maplewood History: From Blind Date to Fifth Generation by Bill Jones

Five generations began with a blind date on Friday in early 1945.  My two buddies at Maplewood High invited me to a Friday supper at the Candle Light Supper Club at Clayton and Hanley.  I said, “I work Fridays on my dispatcher job at Missouri Pacific and am not dating because of school and my 40-hour evening job.”  My buddies said “BLIND DATE, pretty lady, top student at Rosati Kane Catholic High”. I was a bit shy but couldn’t resist. I called my fellow dispatcher and traded shifts.

Richmond Heights Police report death from gunshot outside Tropicana Lanes

Richmond Heights Police have reported on Facebook: At about 11:20 p.m. on Friday the Richmond Heights Police Department was called to the Tropicana Bowling Lanes (7960 Clayton Road) for a fight in progress. Police found that a patron argument had ended and spilled out onto the parking lot. Donte Lorenzo McGary, the 24-year-old suspect, then retrieved a gun and, after firing on another patron and missing, he fired on the victim, a 45-year-old man, who was sitting in his car. It appears from the investigation that the victim was an innocent bystander. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Restaurant has 4 valet parking spots; city council OK’d 2

Maplewood City Council on Jan. 24 overruled a request from Elmwood restaurant for four valet parking spots (Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.) on the east side of Sutton Boulevard next to the new restaurant at 2704 Sutton, suggesting they reduce the number to two, after nearby business owners asked the council to deny the request, claiming it would hurt other area businesses. On Friday signs marked four valet parking spots next to the new restaurant (opened Jan. 22). The city hasn’t responded to a request for a comment.

Edward Jones company to open Maplewood office

An Edward Jones investment company office is set to open at the first floor of 2714 Sutton Boulevard following the buildout, real estate agent William Barnes has confirmed. See also: Hearing planned for ‘vintage boutique’ in Maplewood; update: it’s been postponed

Maplewood Lions Club donates band aids, pounds of gum to cancer patient kids

The Maplewood Lion Club donated many band aids, sticks of gum, and books to kids being treated for cancer, Verneal Barlow, Lions Club service coordinator, reported. Maplewood Lions club president, Judith Yingling and club service coordinator, Verneal Barlow delivered all these items to Jennifer Brandt, senior child life specialist, to be used by the Siteman Kids patients receiving cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital. Maplewood Lions Club shopping list:

980 latex free cartoon-character band aids
1400 sticks of flavored chewing gum
2 pounds of bubble gum
5 copies of the book “The Famous Hat”
5 copies of the book “The Puddle Jumpers Guide to Kicking Cancer”

It’s a part of the pediatric cancer program of the Maplewood Lions club. Ms. Brandt said the delivery was “very timely” as they had just ran out of flavored chewing gum. According to Ms. Brandt, when the kids get a shot they like to pick their own cartoon-character band aid, and during treatment they get a bad taste in their mouth and chewing flavored gum helps a little bit.

MRH senior takes 2nd in statewide welding contest, another signs to wrestle in college; Eagles hoops beat Blue Devils

Maplewood Richmond Heights and Brentwood schools report on Twitter; also a report that a Maplewood establishment was rated best in the state. https://twitter.com/mrhhighschool/status/1091010386697035778

Also from Twitter: Side Project Cellar, on Marietta Avenue in Maplewood, has been rated Missouri’s Best Brewery Tap Room (for the 4th year in a row). https://twitter.com/SideProjectBrew/status/1090653793673510915

Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake employees in the dark, without jobs

A friend of a cook at the Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake reported to 40 South that her friend the cook told her the restaurant could be closed “a couple of days, a week, two weeks, maybe even a month.” She said her friend was told last Wednesday before she got off work that the Steak ‘n Shake would be closing on Friday to install new equipment and would reopen on Monday. Then she was called at home on Friday, and her manager, “Steve,” told her that they didn’t know how long the closing would be. It could be a couple of days, a week, two weeks, maybe even a month, he didn’t know. She told him that she couldn’t go a month without a paycheck and she needed to know something.

Nikylan Knapper, running for MRH School Board

Nikylan Knapper is one of five candidates running for two seats on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board in April. She sent this statement for publication. Hi! My name is Nikylan (Niky) Knapper and I’m running for the position of Director for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board on April 2nd! I am running because I want to help further propel the progressive excellence our district is known for – by serving the MRH community and always striving to lift every student in our district up.

Brentwood Forest board of managers spends $30k in suit to disqualify board member candidate, and fails

According to a Brentwood Forest resident, last year the Brentwood Forest Board of Managers and office staff tried to disqualify a candidate for the association board who had won a seat in the election, seating another candidate who had fewer votes. The board said Jeff Forrler had put out his campaign signs too early, seating Robert Bolay instead, according to a court document. Forrler took the board to court and won. The Brentwood Forest board of managers spent $30,000 on the law suit according to the resident. The resident called it “a total waste of the association members’ money.”

Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake among 6 in the area closed recently

The Steak ‘n Shake in Maplewood recently posted a sign that it’s closed for remodeling. Five others have also closed. Steak ‘n Shakes in Maryland Heights, Overland, the Ballwin area and two in Chesterfield have also closed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. A notice on the company’s website said the restaurants are “temporarily closed.”

Operator of Maplewood home childcare charged following death of child

A woman who ran a home childcare in Maplewood has been charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree (Class A Felony, due to the death of a child), and six counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree (Class D Felony). Maplewood Police announced the charges on Monday:
On 11/16/2018 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Maplewood Police detectives commenced an investigation regarding the death of a three month old female in the 3600 block of Cambridge. Relative to this investigation, the toxicology report pertaining to suspect Laura Minnick, as well as the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s report was recently completed. These reports, accompanied by the findings of this investigation were presented to the St.

Maplewood under Boil Water Advisory; MRH cancels all classes for Monday; Update: it’s been canceled

Missouri American Water issued an Emergency Boil Water Advisory for parts of Maplewood, Webster Groves and Shrewsbury Sunday morning. The water company is advising customers to boil water for three minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. UPDATE: The boil water advisory was canceled Monday afternoon. As a result, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has canceled all classes for Monday. The announcement:
This is a message from Missouri American Water.

Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran set to retire

Though unannounced to date by the city of Maplewood, Maplewood City Manager Marty Corcoran told the city this week that he intends to retire, a source has told 40 South. Corcoran has been running the city of Maplewood since September 1983. He graduated from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in 1966. From the Maplewood website about Corcoran:
Mr. Corcoran was instrumental, along with the staff and elected officials, in major redevelopment projects including the 62-acre Sunnen Business Industrial Park; Maplewood Square, housing one of the area’s most popular grocery stores, Shop N Save; Maplewood Commons that boasts Walmart, Sams Club and Lowe’s; and The Schlafly Bottleworks Brewery and Restaurant. Mr. Corcoran has served as President of the St.

In the press: Maplewood flock quits Pentecostal denomination in protest over racism; Elmwood restaurant opens in Maplewood

Elmwood opened this week on Sutton Boulevard just south of Manchester. (The restaurant asked the city council for four parking spots on Sutton to be dedicated to valet parking for the restaurant, Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., but was denied.)

ACLU blog — A Disturbing Number of Missouri Towns Evict Residents for Calling the Police
FOX 2 — Police investigating shots fired St. Louis Galleria
KMOV — Boil order issued for Maplewood, advisory issued for other parts of St. Louis County
KSDK — New restaurant opens in iconic Maplewood spot
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Jan.

Go Fund Me set up for Maplewood woman in need

Maplewood’s Heidi Barks has been in the hospital for more than a week following a stroke and is expected to be there at least another 6-8 weeks, according to a relative on Facebook. They don’t know if or when she will be able to return to work so a Go Fund Me page to help with the bills has been set up. At this time, she has asked for no visitors. For many, Barks was one always seen selling hot dogs for Knights of Columbus at Maplewood events. From the Go Fund Me site, she is “more than a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend.

Maplewood restaurants featured in Chicago Tribune, RFT, Sauce

In the press this week, Maplewood restaurant Elmwood is set to open soon, and Sauce Magazine went there for a look. The Chicago Tribune mentioned Schlafly Bottleworks and Benevolent King in an article featuring St. Louis highlights. Riverfront Times gave Thai Table a good review. Alive — Zee Bee Market: It’s Never Been More Fun to Shop Fair
Chicago Tribune — St.

MoDOT awards contract to repair Hanley Road ramp

MoDOT reports that The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded an emergency contract to make repairs to the Hanley ramp to eastbound I-64. A portion of the shoulder pavement collapsed in December. The commission awarded the $700,000 repair contract to Above and Below Contracting LLC. Work is expected to start as early as next week and may take up to two months. One lane will remain closed through the construction.