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Events in Blue Springs this weekend–July 29-31, 2011

clock July 28, 2011 11:37 by author Jeff Quibell

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Events in Blue Springs this weekend

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition – Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.) Boys and girls ages 8-15 compete in a fun and engaging forum. The free event is held at Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Valley View Road.

Farmers Market – Saturday, July 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11th and Main Street.  The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand.  For additional information visit

Paper Shredding Event – Saturday, July 30 from 9-11 a.m. at 11th and Main Street. Participants should enter this drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.  You will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled. For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at

City Auction – Saturday, July 30 at Pink Hill Park, 1400 NW Park Road; doors open at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 10 a.m.  This inside auction features seized or unclaimed property.  Just about everything is on the block, including bicycles, lawn mowers, DVD players, stereos, video games, electronics and tools.

Radio Disney Splash Party at Centennial Pool-Plex – Saturday, July 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Centennial Pool-Plex.  Don’t forget that you are eligible for employee passes!  Contact Parks & Recreation today at (816) 228-0137 to learn how to get your employee pass.

Centennial Pool-Plex – Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 31 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week Loose Change (variety) takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available. To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, see the attached flier.

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.


GAGE Center Grand Re-opening Bash

clock July 27, 2011 16:42 by author Jeff Quibell

imageGage Center’s Grand Re-opening Bash scheduled for July 30, 2011 (Saturday) 2:00PM to 5:00PM in the building at 1101 NW Jefferson.

For a schedule of events and other information go to

Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

clock July 27, 2011 10:19 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 | P: 816.228.0150 | F: 816.228.0147 |


DATE: July 27, 2011

CONTACT: Allen Kintz, Blue Springs Police Department

Phone: (816) 228-0178

Email:, or

Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: (816) 655-0497


Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

13th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs, Free Food, Games and Safety Information

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department’s Community and Youth Outreach Unit are sponsoring its twelfth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at 11th and Smith Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CodeRED, Let’s Move! Blue Springs and many more.

Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event’s main stage. Entertainment includes a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a musical performance by the Holy Hill Baptist Church Youth Choir and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.

“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our officers to personally interact with our community,” says National Night Out Coordinator Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s the perfect family outing, with information about crime prevention, health and safety, as well as free food, games, prizes, live entertainment featuring local performers, and much more.”

Mayor Ross encourages residents to take part in this year’s National Night Out activities saying they are, “an important step to strengthening the crime prevention partnership between police, residents and the community at large.”

“National Night Out is a free event that gives residents the opportunity to meet Blue Springs officers and civilians working to keep our community safe. By stepping out on a unified front, we’re sending a message to criminals letting them know that Blue Springs’ neighborhoods are organized and fighting back to prevent crime in our community.”

Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors include: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Sonic, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 3 Suns Cruise and Tours, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Blue Springs Fitness, China One, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Rancho Grande, Family YMCA Blue Springs, Union Station, 1st Bible Baptist Church, The Cake Pan and Lamar’s Donuts.

For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, visit or call (816) 228-0178.


National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch to spotlight the role of the community in crime

and drug prevention. The first event took place 27 years ago. Last year, an estimated 34 million people attended National

Night Out events in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases

worldwide. For more information about National Night Out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit


KC Scout Eases Traffic Flow

clock July 27, 2011 09:31 by author Jeff Quibell

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We have all seen them. Motorist Assist vehicles frequent our highways, helping stranded motorists disabled by a flat tire or someone simply running out of gas. They seem to show up at the right time somehow. I had often wondered about that and recently learned a little more about how the process and how Motorist Assist functions so successfully.

KC Scout has cameras that watch the ebb and flow of traffic on major highways. The Missouri and Kansas departments of transportation provide funding for the system.

Published on electronic signs all over the area, the information from this system updates drivers on how long it will take to get to a specific destination ahead of us. Those same signs also provide guidance involving an accident ahead, giving basic detour information to assist us in avoiding a traffic jam.

The KC Scout system also sees when a car has stopped along the highway. When that occurs, the nearest Motorist Assist vehicle is dispatched to see if the driver needs any assistance.

When an accident occurs, the Scout system sees that incident and Motorist Assist is deployed to put out signs and provide protection to our emergency responders. This helps traffic flow and enables lanes to reopen as quickly as possible. This support technique has resulted in an average 90-minute reduction in traffic tie-ups due to serious accidents, compared with the situation before the implementation of the Motorist Assist program.

Data from KC Scout are fed to companies that provide navigation information for automotive GPS systems. If you have a traffic module with your navigator, you are benefiting directly from the KC Scout system when your GPS routes you around a traffic tie-up.

I recently visited the KC Scout center and was very impressed with the “war room” style monitoring system that provides the KC Scout personnel with all the information they need to keep traffic flowing as safely and smoothly as possible throughout the region.

For more information about KC Scout, go to

Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock July 25, 2011 08:58 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015  —  P: 816.228.0110  —  F: 816.228.7592  —  W:


DATE:              July 25, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on July 30 from 9 -11a.m. at 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.  Participants should enter the drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at​


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Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592


Little things lead to big things–Maybe a New Restaurant Coming to Town?

clock July 20, 2011 12:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Maid-Rite restaurantLocation, location, location. We’ve all heard how the right location can make or break a business. So, how does a new business choose where to locate? How does it decide if a city has the right demographic mix to make a business successful? In reality, every situation is different, with a variety of issues to evaluate prior to making any commitments.

As a City Council member, I am always looking for opportunities for the residents of our city. As my wife Wanda and I travel the country, we enjoy dining at new and different restaurants. When we discover a restaurant I think it might be a good business to have in Blue Springs, I simply ask for corporate information and contact their home office to let them know about our great city. Frustratingly, most of the contacts never bear fruit, yet I believe it’s important to continue to try. You never know when a great opportunity may come along.

Recently, an opportunity came to me in an unusual way. Many of you know that I am an active user of a smartphone application called FourSquare.  FourSquare allows you to “check-in” and let your friends know where you are. One feature of this application is to publish your check-ins on Twitter. Twitter is an Internet service that shares 140 character “tweets” with anyone who is out there watching.

Here is where the story begins: Growing up, my parents and I frequently traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to visit family. Along the way, we always stopped at Taylor’s Maid-Rite in Marshalltown, Iowa, to have a Maid-Rite sandwich. If you are unfamiliar with Maid-Rites, you’re missing something wonderful. They may very well be one of the healthiest hamburgers you can eat. Frankly, healthy has nothing to do with it. They are just great.

On a recent drive down I-35, I noticed a sign for a Maid-Rite store along the highway and couldn’t resist. I pulled in and we had a couple of Maid-Rites. Like always, I “checked in” and sat down for dinner. By the time we were back in Blue Springs, I had a tweet from Maid-Rite Corporation thanking me for dining at one of its restaurants. I tweeted back “you’re welcome” and suggested the company locate a store in Blue Springs and provided contact information for the city.

Imagine my surprise when this week’s council packet contained information regarding negotiation for locating a Maid-Rite in Blue Springs. It is seeking a franchise owner to run a Maid-Rite store in our city!

In a struggling economy, with more people looking for work than the number of jobs available, entrepreneurship flourishes. Somewhere in Blue Springs, someone willing and eager to start their own business may be waiting, eager to provide work for themselves, their family and friends. This is an opportunity looking for a connection. If this sounds like the business you are looking for, contact Tania Burt, executive vice president of Maid Rite Corporation at 515-276-5448. She can help you explore the possibility.

Entrepreneurship and small business is the foundation of our economy. Many believe the best solutions to our economic troubles will rise from our entrepreneurial spirit. Could a simple “check-in” actually create jobs for our city? Stranger things have happened.

Citizen Workgroups move forward on initial eight Let’s Move! project ideas

clock July 20, 2011 12:05 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Release (reference follows:

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – By the end of 2012, citizen workgroups of Let’s Move! Blue Springs plan to increase physical fitness activities for residents, plant community gardens, and provide additional food resources for children in need in the Blue Springs School District.

On July 9 Citizen Summit, participants prioritized more than 150 ideas that were generated in the June 18 Summit. Through a multi-voting approach the group narrowed the list to eight initial project ideas.

The project ideas are:
• Community-wide fitness event
• Community Gardening
• Expansion of the Blue Springs School District Back Snack program
• Girls on the Run
• Healthy Foods in Schools/Nutrition Classes in the Schools
• Let's Move! Saturdays
• Livable Streets with Walking Trails
• Let's Move! Signage/PR

Residents are encouraged to join these workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or emailing Each workgroup is seeking to recruiting additional members. Several groups already have their first meeting scheduled.

“The commitment of those who participated in the summits is evidence that citizens want to focus on building generations of healthy citizens. Now we are asking the community to respond by helping us accomplish these citizen-driven goals,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Already moving forward are plans to present a “Livable Streets” policy to the Blue Springs City Council for consideration by the end of this year to ensure that safe places to walk, bike and hike are integrated into future city planning. Addressing infrastructure policy in Blue Springs is only one of many ideas that citizens attending previous Let’s Move! summits.

“I applaud the residents who attended the Let’s Move! Summits and invite anyone who is interested in becoming involved in any or all of the project ideas to contact StandUp Blue Springs,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “Workgroups like these demonstrate how just working together we can help solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

These are just the first round of projects selected during summits held this summer by StandUp Blue Springs, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and other local community partners. Nearly 100 residents of Blue Springs participated in the summits.

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011 and has taken an innovative approach to engage all citizens through its “summit process.” The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children. This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses. The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars: 1) make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.


Waste Disposal Task Force Continues Meetings and Encourages You To Attend

clock July 20, 2011 12:02 by author Jeff Quibell


The Waste Disposal Task Force is still in the process of monthly meetings and the next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2011.  This meeting is located on the City’s Events Calendar and can be seen at  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage any resident to attend! 

The Waste Disposal Task Force information has been posted to the City’s Home Page since November of last year.  To see who serves as members of the Task Force, I encourage you to visit their Web page:

You can also see all the Waste Disposal Task Force Minutes on via their page or by clicking here

To contact all the Waste Disposal Task Force members via email, send a note to

If you have any more questions, please let me know!

Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592