Jahlysia, accompanied by her aunt Annie Her, shows interest in the toys in the room for youngsters during the Toys for Tots event at Trinity Baptist Church in Maplewood Dec. 16. In addition to the Marine Corps toy drive, the church, with community partnerships, also provided hats, gloves, socks, personal care items, books, and Bibles, as well as an evening pasta dinner, music and entertainment. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Church a welcomed resource for immigrants
Enjoying a complimentary pasta dinner at Trinity Baptist Church, Fabiola Widing and her 10-year-old son, Max, get into the holiday spirit.
"It's pretty cool because there's music and there's food here and you can shop for toys," Max says, enamored with the Christmas songs filling the dining room.
This breakdown of Maplewood’s population is based on the 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. (submitted graphic)
Maplewood's new immigration law enforcement policy aims to enhance public safety
In the wake of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's statement on preventing Muslim immigration to the United States, as a matter of national security, a newly approved policing policy in Maplewood takes a far different approach to achieve a similar outcome.
Seeking to enhance public safety, Police Chief Paul Schnell, along with the support of the Maplewood Human Rights Commission, will be implementing the department's first official immigration law enforcement policy early in 2016.
Many local parks have seen improvements with updated playground equipment, including the newest colorful creatures- bugs at Playcrest Park in Maplewood and the work in progress fun features of a gigantic fish at Joy Park at Silver Lake.
Maplewood resident Sandy Dicke joined Nextdoor, an online neighborhood platform, just a few weeks ago and she doesn't quite know what to make of the barrage of information she's receiving from other users in the Gladstone neighborhood.
Human Rights Commission to review, community input welcomed
For folks like 37-year-old Daniel Deltoro, a Maplewood resident and an undocumented immigrant, a call to local police to report a crime can feel like a bit of a gamble.
"I have called the police. But in the back of mind there's always [the question]: 'Is the cop they send to my house a person who likes immigrants or not?'" he says.