A Message from Mayor Moeller - September

It's hard to believe that summer is already coming to an end. As the kids head back to school, please keep safety in mind. Officer Mancusi has provided an excellent diagram of road rules here.

And while I am hopeful that one day we can all go mask-free, it seems that with the variant spreading and an increase in hospital visits, we still have more time before that can happen. Please remember that businesses and facilities are able to put their own restrictions on whether or not you need a mask, show your vaccination card or proof of a negative test. These decisions are driven by advice from the Department of Public  Health and it is the right of the businesses and facilities to put such restrictions in place. 

Simultaneously, it is also your decision whether or not to get the vaccination. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a GLOBAL pandemic. People in countries all over the world are experiencing the loss of loved ones over this virus. We need to stop the spread of this virus and everyone has to do their part. I ask that you please put your differences aside and do what you can to protect yourself, your loved ones and the people around you who are not yet able to get the vaccine. 

The kindness and generosity of our little town never fails to impress me. This past July, we gathered together to unveil the Maria Lucas memorial, a statue of two children reading sitting atop the earth. This statue encompasses the childlike wonder and bright spirit that everyone loved about Maria. It was an extremely moving and beautiful tribute to a wonderful soul we tragically lost in 2020. If you happened to know Maria, you knew how she was able to reach out and share her wonderful energy with others. We are inviting members of the community to join us at the Fall Family Fair on October 16 at Vago Park. Staff will have all supplies available to decorate a stepping stone that will be placed around her memorial. Click here for details.

We have been amazed at the amount of school supplies that are being collected in Maria's memory. I am always impressed at the response from our community when our neighbors are in need. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause. We are looking forward in getting the supplies into the hands of our local school districts. At the time of print, the collection was nearing its deadline so look for an update in the next newsletter.

Towards the end of the month, the City will be celebrating our neighborhoods with our annual Maryland Heights Night Out (MHNO) block parties. I encourage everyone to host and/or attend your closest neighborhood block party while following CDC guidelines for public safety. Please visit www.marylandheights.com/MHNO or call (314) 738-2497 for more information. It's really a fun night for the entire town and remains a strong tradition for the City. 

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day!