MRH named a 2018 State School of Character

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.

MRH Cub Scout Pack 362 Cubmaster is awarded

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 running for Brentwood Board of Education

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 seeking CVS shoplifting suspects

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.

Award-winning chef set to open restaurant in Maplewood

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.”

6 running for Brentwood School Board

Six candidates are running for the Brentwood School District Board of Education in the April 3 election. There are two openings with three year terms.

Joseph C. Missey
Lois M. Truman
Christopher B. Pulliam
Mark T. Womer (incumbent)
Jamie D. Allen, III
Jason M. Mayer

The terms of Johanna Winfield and Mark Womer will expire in April 2018.

‘Hippies’ study names Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Brentwood

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:

Richmond Heights
Des Peres

Fill out the post office survey — can’t hurt!

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

If you’ve been recently just enter the date.

Maplewood man charged with 1st degree robbery

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.

Who’s running for office in April

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

Owen Skoler
Kyle Oberle
Sandi Phillips

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)


Larder & Cupboard wins national honor for preserves

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.

Maplewood restaurant to close

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.