News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Call To Artists for the Blue Springs Fine Art Show

clock January 7, 2013 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

DATE: January 6, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Blue Springs Art League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Call To Artists for the Blue Springs Fine Art Show

The Blue Springs Art League and its co-sponsors, the City of Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department and ImageMakers Photo Club invite artists to submit entries in the Blue Springs 35th Annual Fine Art Show. This very popular and unique art show will take place March 9 & 10, 2013 at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, Missouri. Admission is free to the public.

All artists must preregister. The entry fee is $35 per artist for a maximum of two pieces. Early registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Artist registration forms are available at the Vesper Hall information desk (400 NW Vesper), Blue Springs Parks and Recreation desk (City Hall, 903 Main) and both Blue Springs Mid-Continent Libraries (850 NW Hunter Drive and 2220 SW 7 Highway). The deadline for entries is February 22, 2013.

For additional information, please call one of the Fine Art Show Co-Chairs: Teddy Jackson (816-224-4634) Joanne Sutherland (816-697-2908) or Phyllis Wilkins (816-229-0742).

There are eleven categories: Transparent (watercolor), Opaque (oil or acrylic), Pastel, Mixed Media (2 or more mediums), Drawing (pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencil), Animal/Wildlife (all mediums, no photography), Portrait (human only, all mediums, no photography), 3-D Sculpture (free-standing), Photography-Color, Photography-Black & White, and Photography-Wildlife.

Cash awards will be given: Best of Show ($150), Best of Show–Photography ($150), Second Best of Show ($100), Third Best of Show ($75), and First ($50), Second ($35) and Third ($25) Places in each category.

Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

clock January 6, 2013 16:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Mayor Ross and the City Council of Blue Springs are considering the feasibility of building a Community Center. On Tuesday, January 8th, our citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the process. I encourage each of you to consider attending if your schedule permits. Following is the press release from the city:

Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City Council and Park Commission invite residents to attend the second community center feasibility meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2013 NW Vesper Street. The meeting will be in the Commons area.

This meeting will feature a presentation to the Park Commission as to the status of the feasibility study. The presentation will include information regarding market analysis, final survey results, preliminary center features and next steps. After the presentation, residents are invited to participate in a question and answer session.

This public meeting is part of a feasibility study conducted by SFS Architecture partnering with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to examine options related to size, amenities, programming and community support. A final report, expected in April, will also include a market analysis, construction cost estimates, projected operating expenses and potential facility locations.

For more information on the feasibility study or other issues related to a potential community center, contact Dennis Dovel, Director of Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0265.


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clock January 6, 2013 15:23 by author Jeff Quibell


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Carondelet Heart Institute Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

clock January 2, 2013 16:16 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

January 2, 2013                                                                                Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

Carondelet Heart Institute

Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Kansas City, Mo.—The Carondelet Heart Institute has earned a three-year accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The inpatient and outpatient services for the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and its Lee’s Summit clinic all earned the accreditation in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Transesophageal. It shows the Carondelet Heart Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The accreditation is earned only by those facilites found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a conprehensive application process and detailed case study review.

Echocardiography is a painless tests that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart. The skill of the sonographer, the type of the equipment used, and the knowledge of the interpreting physician are critical to quality testing. In earning the accrediation, patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can rest assured the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations.

“The accredition is a ‘seal of approval’ from the commission,” says Amy Mehaffy, Director of Cardiology Services for Carondelet Health. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Echocardiography is one of the tools we use to diagnose heart disease and patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can know they can rely on us.”

The IAC encourages patients to inquire about the accreditation status of the facility where their examinations will be performed.

Cyndi Fahrlander

Sr. Marketing and Communications Specialist

Carondelet Health

816-943-2565 (St. Joseph)

816-655-5361 (St. Mary’s)

Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

clock January 1, 2013 17:56 by author Jeff Quibell


For Immediate Release

December 18, 2012


Gregory Minchak


Ally Freeman


Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

Washington, DC – Jeff Quibell, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Blue Springs, Missouri, has been appointed as vice chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Information Technology & Communications Committee in 2013.  Quibell’s appointment was announced today by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ. 

The Information Technology & Communications Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities. These positions are considered annually by NLC membership and incorporated into the National Municipal Policy. They also help guide NLC’s federal advocacy efforts.

Working with Quibell on the committee are Larry Kitchens, Chair, and Beth Humenik, Vice Chair.

“Our committee leadership plays an integral role in shaping NLC’s policy positions. I look forward to working with these dedicated city leaders as we advocate NLC’s message and priorities on Capitol Hill, with the Administration and in our cities and towns across the country,” said Mayor Lopez Rogers. 

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to assist in the formation of NLC’s technology policy positions.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Information Technology & Communications Committee,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Quibell.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.


Eat at Joe’s and Support Rainbow!

clock December 6, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell


Eat at JOE’S CRAB SHACK today through Thursday, December 6th

and Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders will receive a donation!

Simply print the attached flyer and present to your server when you order.

Pass it along!

Thank you for considering the mission of Rainbow . . .

To Provide a safe, nurturing and social environment in order

to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.


Holiday Market, Under $50 Gallery Party in Blue Springs

clock October 29, 2012 11:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Date: This Saturday, November 3rd

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: BSAC gallery (1023 S Hwy 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014) Near Olive Branch

Tell your friends and join the party!


Blue Springs names Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director

clock October 25, 2012 15:04 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: October 25, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs names Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director

Blue Springs, Mo. – City Administrator Eric Johnson has recently named Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director. Sandie will work in an Interim role for the next six months, due to the passing of long-time Public Works Director Oliver DeGrate last month. Sandie has over 28 years of public works experience with the City of Blue Springs and has served as the Assistant Public Works Director since 2006.

“While saddened with the sudden loss of Oliver De Grate, we are very fortunate to have someone in our organization with the experience and knowledge to fill this critical role in our organization and community at this time,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.  "His extensive experience in all areas of public works operations, broad working knowledge of Blue Springs’ infrastructure, and long-standing commitment to the community make him the perfect fit to guide our department over the next few months.”
Mr. Sandie will have oversight of both the Engineering and Operations sections of the Public Works Department and will continue to serve as the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Mr. Sandie has lived and worked in Blue Springs since 1973, and is a graduate of Blue Springs High School and the University of Central Missouri.


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Weekend Activities in Blue Springs 10/16-10/28 plus 5k Run/Walk Coming Soon!

clock October 25, 2012 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Oct 27 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale locally grown or made by hand.

Trick or Treat Main Street – Saturday, Oct 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs.  Mini Parade at 10 a.m. Trick or Treating, games, Haunted Maze & inflatable following.

“Boo” Springs Trick or Treat Night Wednesday, 10/31, 6 – 8 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Trick or Treating, crafts, not-so-spooky room for kids 10 and under.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Oct 27 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

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free Anterior Hip Replacement Seminar

clock October 24, 2012 15:26 by author Jeff Quibell

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

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free

Anterior Hip Replacement Seminar


Blue Springs, Mo.— Many people suffering with arthritis, hip pain and limited hip movement find relief through hip replacement. However, after traditional hip replacement procedures patients are often restricted to limited hip movements for six to eight weeks after surgery. Now a new minimally invasive procedure, anterior hip replacement, is gaining popularity and allowing patients to recover and return to normal activities much faster.

The Joint and Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center will host a free anterior hip replacement seminar on Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7 p.m., in St. Mary’s Education Center located at 201 NW R.D. Mize Road,
Blue Springs, Mo.

Robert F. Paul, DO, with Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc., will share information on the advantages of anterior hip replacement and who may be a good candidate. Dr. Paul earned his medical degree at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also completed his residency. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register by 816-228-3335.

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.