News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Merry Christmas to my many friends & neighbors

clock December 24, 2011 11:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Tree by Mike Ransdell of KC StarOur lives are a collection of experiences; joys and sorrows seldom shared publicly with those around us. Many of my friends know that I was adopted shortly after my birth. My parents, Don & Trudy Quibell of Warrensburg, gave me an excellent childhood and a wonderful life. They helped me to achieve the path in life described in the once secret adoption records that documented my birth mother’s goals and aspirations for me.

This week, details of my life story were revealed in a very public way, and the response I have received is both amazing and humbling. In 2002, after forty-four years of secrecy, I found Ann Padmos, the incredibly courageous woman who is my birth mother. Our reunion has been marvelous and uplifting, and it has been my honor and privilege to share our story publicly. Following are links that will take you to both the KMBC video and the Kansas City Star articles that tell the story of my Christmas Ornaments.

May God bless you and your families this Christmas season as we all gather together and add to the stories that make up each of our lives!

Adopted Man Gets Box Of Christmas Joy From Birth Mother

clock December 21, 2011 17:21 by author Jeff Quibell

See my Christmas Ornament Story on KMBC Channel 9’s website at

Now followed by an article in the Kansas City Star:

Transit could transform area–Blue Springs would gain under rail plan

clock December 14, 2011 11:17 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResCommunity and elected leaders in Blue Springs are consistently looking for opportunities to provide better services to our residents. Several years ago, as a downtown revitalization plan was developed for Blue Springs, we identified a number of key items that would advance development in the downtown corridor. A rail station that would act as a transit portal to the rest of the Kansas City region was an integral piece of the plan, as it would bring people into downtown Blue Springs and act as a catalyst for new development.

Recently, the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance held a number of public forums to share information about the new Regional Rail initiative supported by County Executive Mike Sanders and many of the Mayors in the Kansas City region. These forums provided an opportunity for the public to view a variety of potential plans for regional transportation, including a rail system that would encompass much of the Kansas City region.

Kansas City has a long history with railroads and has a significant amount of unused or underutilized track all over the metropolitan area. Utilizing these existing rails allow a regional rail system to be constructed quickly and cost-efficiently.

While no final determination has been made on rail stop locations, Blue Springs is anticipating a stop in downtown and hopefully an additional stop near the new Missouri Innovation Park (MIP). This would encourage redevelopment downtown and facilitate the development of MIP.

This regional rail proposal is an exciting development that has the potential to transform public transportation not only for Blue Springs, but the entire Kansas City region, bringing with it enhanced employment and tourism opportunities. The rail infrastructure already exists, which reduces the cost and shortens the implementation timeframe. Many community leaders and elected officials throughout Jackson County are eager to support the proposal including our own Mayor Carson Ross, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and County Executive Mike Sanders, just to name a few.

I am excited about the opportunities that a regional rail plan can bring to the residents of Eastern Jackson County. I encourage everyone to take the time to examine the proposals and support expanded regional transportation alternatives. As Mayor Ross likes to say, “Blue Springs is On the Move!”

Information about the Kansas City Regional Transit vision can be found at

Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

clock December 14, 2011 11:00 by author Jeff Quibell






DATE: December 14, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will participate in the second “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” at 7 a.m., Saturday, December 17, at the Target Store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, Mo.

Thirty Blue Springs Police Department officers will volunteer their time by spending it with thirty students from Blue Springs School District. This program allows disadvantaged children to shop with an officer and purchase $125 worth of holiday gifts for their families.

The “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program is an opportunity for children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce the fact that police officers are friends in the community.

“This is the second year that we have been able to do this event and we are amazed by the community support for the program here in Blue Springs. These types of events help build relationships between area kids and police officers,” said Officer David Brotherton of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help make sure these children and their families have a great Christmas this year.”

Following the shopping event, participants will join officers at the Adams Dairy Pointe Conference Center for a gift wrapping session and lunch with the officers.

This year’s event is sponsored by: Target, Olive Garden, Adams Pointe Conference, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, City of Blue Springs Police Department, Ad Trends, All Star Awards, Autumn Place, Belfonte Ice Cream, Blue Springs Baptist Temple, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Landlord Group, Boyd Midwest, Brockman Family, CherryBerry, Mayor Carson Ross, Cooks Hams, Blue Springs Business League, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Cornerstone Church, David Bowerman Family, Daylight Donuts, Dena McLean, FIKE Corporation, Fun House Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Highway Trailer Sales, Inc., House of Heavilin, Hy-Vee, Kwik Kopy, LaMar’s Donuts, Laura Brennan, Lunar Bowl, Memories on Main Tea Room and Café, Missouri Mavericks, Minsky’s Pizza, Moreland Ridge School, Special Events on Main Street, Shriners International, Steve Steiner, Visual-Concepts LLC and Zeke’s Paint & Design Centers.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.


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Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park

BSSD Radio has free holiday music

clock December 13, 2011 15:26 by author Jeff Quibell

It's the holiday season! Many longtime Kansas City stations have dropped their holiday music format this year. We have received many requests to bring back the traditional music that can be heard throughout December.

BSSD Radio will not let you down! This week, listen to for
commercial free holiday music, Noon - 5 PM.

Listen Live 24/7!

Listen now and then forward our link to friends:

Thanks for listening, and Happy Holidays!

-The BSSD Media Network Staff


Jag TV #14

clock December 11, 2011 17:33 by author Jeff Quibell

Dennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

clock December 9, 2011 11:42 by author Jeff Quibell




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


DATE:              December 9, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


DennisDennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

Blue Springs, Mo. – Dennis Dovel has been named as the new Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blue Springs effective Tuesday, January 17.  Steve Willman, operations manager, has been serving as interim director since long-time director Roscoe Righter retired in September 2011.

“Dennis is a proven parks and recreation professional with great experience,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.  “I am confident he will provide the vision and skills necessary to lead the Parks and Recreation Department established by Roscoe into its next chapter of excellence.”

As the director, Dovel will direct, plan and oversee the work of the Parks and Recreation Department, including 19 parks consisting of 816 acres of land and an annual budget of over five million dollars.  In addition to the highly utilized and widely recognized parks system, Dennis will also serve as the liaison to the City’s Public Art Commission.  The Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Buildings & Grounds Divisions for the City.

“I am very excited to be able to serve a vibrant and growing community like Blue Springs,” said Dovel.  “Over the years, Blue Springs has created an excellent parks system and I look forward to working with the City Administrator, City Council, the Park Commission, staff, and many other community stake-holders to continue its tradition of high-quality parks and recreation services.”

Prior to accepting this position, Dovel served as the Director of Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Liberty, Mo.  Over the course of his 23 year parks and recreation career, Dovel has served as the Sports Complex Manager for the City of Liberty, Mo., the Superintendent of Recreation for Jackson County, Mo., and held various recreation program coordinator roles.

Dovel is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.   He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional by the National Recreation and Park Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.


Rainbow Center Fall/Winter Newsletter

clock December 6, 2011 17:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Greetings!

This holiday season brings much appreciation for your commitment to the students and adults of Rainbow!

We would like to share with you the latest news of what has been happening and invite you to visit our website for the

Fall/Winter Newsletter at

If you feel moved to include Rainbow in your end-of-year giving,

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

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