News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs City Theater Presents A Tomb With A View

clock October 2, 2012 16:32 by author Jeff Quibell

A comedy Thriller by Norman Robbins

Directed by Tom Nail

October 5, & 6, 11, & 12 at 7:30 pm, October 13 at 1 pm, October 7 and 14 at 2:00 pm

Blue Springs High School Auditorium

2000 NW Ashton, Blue Springs, MO

Adults $8.00, Seniors (65 and over) and Children (12 and under) $7.00

Tickets available online:

Blue Springs Parks & Rec (816) 229-0137, or at the door

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, INC

A portion of the proceeds from this show will go to the

Jeremiah Dawson Nail Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jag TV #5

clock October 2, 2012 16:15 by author Jeff Quibell

Bryan Busby host Wreaths & Wits for Rainbow Center Nov 17

clock October 2, 2012 16:11 by author Jeff Quibell

October 2, 2012


BRYAN BUSBY will be back again as the entertaining master of ceremonies for Wreaths & Wits 2012! If you like fun, food and friendly TRIVIA competition then mark your calendar for November 17 at Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. All this and more are in store for you during the 6th Annual WREATHS & WITS event to benefit children and adults with special needs.

Guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction of holiday wreaths & decor along with gift baskets when the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The trivia competition begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist, as the TRIVIA OFICIONADO! Your table of eight will compete as

a trivia team. Tickets are only $35 for this evening of fun!

Back by popular demand is the “white flag” to assist each team! A new addition this year is a Piccadilly auction between one of the trivia categories. The five trivia categories are; Advertising Slogans, Athletic Cups, College Mascots, Famous Sidekicks and Groups of Five’s.

Join us as we seek to make a significant educational difference for children and adults with disabilities. Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders provides specialized day school programming for children from 18 metropolitan school districts, and day habilitation for adults from Eastern Jackson County. Rainbow Center is a non-profit, nationally accredited, private agency for persons with disabilities.

For more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship and donation opportunities visit, call 816-229-3869 or check out our Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders Facebook Page.

Tables fill quickly, so reserve your spot today!

St. Mary’s Medical Center Invests in “Smarter” CT Scanner

clock October 2, 2012 15:13 by author Jeff Quibell

News Release

For immediate release Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565
September 28, 2012

St. Mary’s Medical Center Invests in
“Smarter” CT Scanner

Blue Springs, Mo.– St. Mary’s Medical Center has added a new, 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner—the only one like it in Kansas City area. The new CT scan has several advantages over older-model CT scans. It provides higher-quality images with as much as a 40 percent reduction in the radiation dose and uses less contrast for exams.
The scanner, General Electric’s Optima 660, provides fast, high quality imaging that will be used in many clinical areas including interventional radiology, cardiology, neurology, oncology, vascular—even routine CT. It can scan the entire body in just eight seconds. It allows physicians a non-invasive way to see inside the body—showing a 3-D image.
“The new scanner will give us the best view we’ve ever had of the body,” says James Bergh, MD, Interventional Radiologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “And it does it faster, with less radiation and less contrast. Plus, it’s easier to use.”

Members of the media are invited to learn more about the scanner at a Blessing and Open House in the CT Suite of the Radiology Department at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, October 10, 3 p.m.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an active organization in the community offering our patients a caring environment with a wide range of services and expertise. With 146 licensed beds and over 340 active physicians, U.S. News and World Report named St. Mary’s one of the 10 best hospitals in Kansas City.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in eastern Jackson County earning the Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care. St. Mary’s also offers a full range of services for women. This includes the Women’s Health Institute composed of the Birthing Center, the first in Missouri, and the Breast Center, complete with Certified Breast Patient Navigators for more personal patient care. Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Mary’s provides 24-hour cardiac care, diagnostics and interventions. In a National Quality Award, St. Mary’s was named top performer.

Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

clock October 2, 2012 14:48 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: October 1, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

Blue Springs, Mo. – Chief Wayne McCoy and the Blue Springs Police Department have selected Bob Muenz to become the first Deputy Chief of Blue Springs.  Muenz has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the Police Chief of Oak Grove, Missouri for over 13 years.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Bob's experience and talents on board,” said Chief Wayne McCoy.  "His extensive experience in police operations will make him a tremendous asset for our department and our community."
The Deputy Chief position was created as part of the voter-approved Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax initiative in 2011.


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Upcoming GU Institute “Lunch and Learn” Workshop

clock September 25, 2012 11:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Virtual Workforce Issues and Solutions

“Lunch and Learn” Workshop

Sept. 27 | 11:30 – 1:30 | Graceland University | $35 (includes lunch)

Learn how the ‘new world of work’ functions and how to be more productive and connected.  The Virtual Workforce is now and it matters because your business work includes:  Multiple office locations, Flextime working from home and Global companies with the home office overseas. Facilitated by Doreen Best.

Register now to learn how to work together across geographic boundaries with shared responsibility for business outcomes.

Nona Cady, Program Coordinator
Institute for Professional Development, 1401 West Truman Rd., Independence, MO  64050
800.833.0524 ext 4708


Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

clock September 21, 2012 11:55 by author Jeff Quibell


DATE:              September 17, 2012

CONTACT:      Todd Pelham, Deputy City Administrator

                        Phone: 816.228-0110, Cell: 816.935-7732


Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

Blue Springs, Mo. It is with extreme sadness, that the City of Blue Springs, Missouri announces the passing of Public Works Director, Dr. Oliver De Grate III.  Dr. De Grate, a native of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on Friday, September 14th from a recent illness, and will be missed by family members, fellow employees, citizens, and the entire professional engineering community.  Dr. De Grate was a key member of the city’s management team, and a licensed Professional Engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in city government.  Dr. De Grate began his career with the City of Blue Springs in 1993, and provided leadership and oversight for many of the city’s major infrastructure projects including Adams Dairy Parkway, Sni-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chapman Farms Neighborhood Improvement District, and most recently transportation improvements to Woods Chapel Road, among numerous other projects.

Our sincere condolences go out to Dr. De Grate’s wife, Deborah Ann and his eight loving children. Dr. De Grate will be sorely missed, but his commitment to improving the quality of life in Blue Springs will be celebrated for years to come due to the legacy he leaves behind.

A memorial service, hosted by the family, will be held to honor the memory and service of Dr. De Grate on Friday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Watchtower-Relief, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201.


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Blue Springs Fall activities and classes are open and ready for your call, register now!

clock September 21, 2012 10:49 by author Jeff Quibell

Fall activities and classes are open and ready for your call, register now! Check them out in the Fall Activity Guide and call us at 228-0137.  
Or register online with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover card.

Stuff to do this weekend–9/21-9/23

clock September 21, 2012 10:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Sept 22, from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand.

Paper Shredding Event –  Saturday, Sept 22, 9 a.m. - noon.  City Hall parking lot area, 903 W. Main Street

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gage Gymnastics Center 1101 NW Jefferson and 2 – 4 p.m. at Lunar Bowl, 2001 NW Highway 7.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Sept 22 for lap swimming 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

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

Jag TV 2012 #4

clock September 21, 2012 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell