News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Parkside Books June Anniversary Sale Extended

clock June 24, 2009 17:39 by author Jeff Quibell

We have extended our Anniversary Sale through June 26. 

50% off used books (no credit required)

25% off of new  books

The sale includes all inventory except books and merchandise on consignment.

The Store will be closed June 27th and July 4th.

Have a safe 4th of July!!

Beth King / Marilyn Miller
Parkside Books
208B N 7 Highway
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Mayor Ross deserves some praise

clock June 11, 2009 00:59 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04409While dining recently with friends at the new Panera Bread on Coronado Drive, the discussion turned to how vibrant our city has become since the addition of just a few new restaurants and shops.  The parking lots were almost full and each of the nearby establishments was hopping with business.  

We all agreed that it was encouraging to see busy shops and restaurants, and exciting to see them succeeding. As new stores and restaurants continue to open we will have even more opportunities to be proud of our city as we see quality growth, in spite of the national economic situation.

Several friends have recently commented to me that they were surprised that my articles seemed to be very complimentary of Mayor Carson Ross. While Mayor Ross was my opponent in the last election, I have a great deal of respect for him, and have found that he and I have similar goals for our community. Both of us want to see Blue Springs prosper and under Mayor Ross’ leadership, that common goal is coming to fruition. For that I am very thankful and very supportive.

By writing about what is happening in Blue Springs, I hope to encourage our elected leadership and to help our citizen’s stay informed about the good things that are happening in our town.  While we, as citizens, may not always agree with the decisions made at city hall, it’s important that we engage our elected representatives in respectful, productive dialogue regarding our views and our goals.

From my discussions on the doorsteps of thousands of Blue Springs homes, I know that our citizens desire leaders that are willing to make changes to the outdated policies of the past. Over the last five years you, our citizens, have made many changes in our elected leadership.  These choices have changed the nature of decision making in our city and improved the process of governance in Blue Springs.

Televising council meetings and broadcasting them on the internet has made our city council’s actions much more transparent than in the past.

Our citizens are watching our council meetings and see firsthand how their leaders are performing. The leaders who are flexible, open minded and fiscally responsible are moving our community forward.  By watching the council meeting broadcasts, it’s easy to tell who is making a difference. Remember, our next city election is only 10 months away and we will each have a choice to make.

We all want a city that will weather the nation’s current economic storm and come out stronger in the end.  It remains an honor for me to participate in some small measure in that process. I look forward with anticipation to the bright future of our city.

StandUp Blue Springs looking for a Program Coordinator/Office Manager

clock June 10, 2009 20:31 by author Jeff Quibell

StandUp Blue Springs is pleased to announce that it has received funds to hire a full-time Program Coordinator/Office Manager.  The PDF of the job description is attached.  Please help us distribute this so that we have a great pool of candidates!  Thanks so much! 

Please note, no phone calls or emails please.  Thanks so much!

Monica Meeks
Executive Director
StandUp Blue Springs
P.O. Box 614
Blue Springs, MO  64013
816-478-4502 fax

An award-winning agency helping Blue Springs residents live healthy, safe and well-balanced lives.

Recipient of a community model Innovation Award from the Missouri Municipal League.



Blue Springs City Council considers bond issuance for Adams Dairy Landing & changes for a possible grocery store on Woods Chapel

clock June 1, 2009 14:50 by author Jeff Quibell

This evening (June 1, 2009) the Blue Springs City Council will be considering the early issuance of bonds to allow the Adams Dairy Landing project to continue to progress towards completion.  They will also be considering changes to the Planned Unit Development for the Oaks at Woods Chapel where a possible grocery store is again in the works for western Blue Springs.  I am looking forward to the debate!

There's a new catering company in town

clock April 6, 2009 21:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Ron Phillips, a member of The Circuit Riders singing group that I perform with, recently brought to my attention that there is a new catering company in town.  It's called "That Catering Company".  To find out more information call Niccole Young at 816-289-4485.

Exciting days ahead for Blue Springs

clock March 5, 2009 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04409 I remember how I felt the first time I heard the city was building Adams Dairy Parkway. It was exciting to learn that the future of our city would include businesses with high-paying jobs that would allow our citizens to work, live and play in our own city. I could see the positive impact that this development would have for all of us in Blue Springs.

When I joined the City Council in 2005, I was excited about the prospect of helping realize that vision. The job required identifying existing obstacles and proposing solutions to move development forward and create an environment that would raise interest in this special asset that our city had created. To realize the vision that was Adams Dairy Parkway, we had to focus the City Council’s diverse interests and bring consensus to our goals.

Last week I attended the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation quarterly luncheon. Brian Foster, provost of the University of Missouri-Columbia, was the keynote speaker. He talked about the plans the university has for the Missouri Innovation Park and painted a picture of how the park will be developed. The park will be a place where doctoral students can interact with cutting-edge research facilities to solve the questions of human and animal health and promote the field of life sciences.

The crowd sensed the excitement that the convergence of high-quality research surrounding the life sciences will bring to our community, the region and our state. Looking forward to thousands of new, high-paying jobs and their economic benefit cemented the feeling that we were now taking the right steps to bring prosperity to our community.

I congratulate Mayor Carson Ross for the active role he has played in bringing the Missouri Innovation Park plans together, and I urge all members of the council to be aware of the possible ramifications of their actions as they evaluate projects in and around this growing area. National developers and employers are already seeking information about this project, and it’s important that our city council representatives fully understand the project. I was encouraged to see that Councilmen Lauer, Edmondson, Reed and Shaver attended the luncheon to hear and experience first-hand the excitement surrounding this unique opportunity.

Today, as you drive Adams Dairy Parkway, the promise of progress surrounds you. The excitement of seeing our investment in the parkway finally realized brings a sense of accomplishment, as we look to the bright future that will include the Missouri Innovation Park in our community.

Our state Senate is considering legislation to help fund this project. Please contact Senator Matt Bartle at 573-751-1464 to encourage his support of the Missouri Innovation Park provisions of this important legislation.

Check Out Parkside Books Monthly Newsletter

clock March 4, 2009 09:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Check out our March Newsletter!

There's a great recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies with Irish Cream. We tested the cookies here at the store and got rave reviews.

Beth King / Marilyn Miller

Parkside Books

208B N 7 Highway

Blue Springs, MO 64015


Blue Springs sees new opportunities

clock February 26, 2009 00:58 by author Jeff Quibell

I would like to compliment Mayor Ross and Council members Lauer, Edmondson, & Reed on their continued support of positive progress in our city. It is encouraging to see that a majority of our elected leaders have a vision for our future and are working together to help overcome the challenges that the current economic situation entails. Many people have worked diligently for years to improve all areas of our city, and I am excited and optimistic about the future of Blue Springs.

clip_image002Development of new restaurant opportunities continues to move forward. The planning commission reviewed and recommended approval of the site plan design for the new Panara Bread that will open soon in Coronado Place. RED Development continues to move forward with the Adams Dairy Landing development, bringing minor changes to the restaurant/retail section of their development between I-70 and Coronado Drive to the commission for approval.

Other restaurants that have recently opened in Blue Springs include Harley HotRods Bar & Grill on north MO-7, Colorado Pete’s BBQ on Hwy 40 and Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in the Mall at Fall Creek. I recently spoke with the owner of Side Pockets and he expressed excitement that the Mall at Fall Creek is now fully leased, with the addition of Club 7 Fitness as the final anchor location in the Mall.

With so much happening in our city we should all be encouraged that perhaps the worst of the recession will pass by us. That is not to say that there won’t be challenges, but by pulling together and continuing to patronize our area businesses, we can weather the storm and find ways to prosper. I believe that our city is facing a much brighter financial picture than most municipalities in our country.

My wife Wanda and I are hosting a community “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast on Saturday March 14, from 8am to 11am to celebrate progress in our community and raise funds to support the website. The Steamin’ Bean has graciously agreed to allow us to have the breakfast in their coffee shop. I hope you will come join us and bring your neighbors for a festive celebration of all that is good in Blue Springs! Tickets are $6 at the door and $5 in advance. Check the website for details about advance ticket purchases.

New Businesses for The Mall at Fall Creek!

clock February 19, 2009 19:41 by author Jeff Quibell

For over a decade our citizens have waited for The Mall at Fall Creek to fill with businesses.  Recently a Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar named Miyabi opened in the mall.  Wanda and I have had dinner there several times and would recommend it as a great place to dine.  I would encourage you to visit them and thank the owners for bringing their business to our city.

Yesterday, when having lunch at Miyabi, I noticed that the doors to the main anchor space in the mall were open and there was construction work going on inside.  Club 7 Fitness is opening a second Blue Springs location in this 43,000 square foot space in the mall.  They plan on opening sometime this spring.  At last, the mall will be full of businesses and can take its place as a thriving participant in our city's economy!