News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

St. Mary’s Manor is sponsoring Safe trick or treating for children

clock October 26, 2009 09:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Trick or Treat

Come join us for

Spooky Boo at the Manor

St. Mary’s Manor is sponsoring

Safe trick or treating for children

12 and under, October 31st

6:00-8:00 PM

111 Mock Ave,

Blue Springs, MO



Community Foundation Program, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, presents 1st annual “Scopes for Hope” event

clock October 16, 2009 11:03 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Foundation Program, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, presents 1st annual “Scopes for Hope” event

HEARTLAND NEWS (October 16, 2009) – What began nine years ago as a localized initiative of the Community Foundation to meet the health needs of those underserved in our communities has now grown to a regional effort. Staffed by a newly hired Executive Director, Tracye Laun, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic will host its first-ever annual “SCOPES for HOPE” event on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex.

Throughout the past nine years, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic (JCFHC) has been working to assist low-income, underserved adults living in Eastern Jackson County. With the goal of forging partnerships with patients, medical staff and the local community to provide quality health care and medications to uninsured adults, area citizens are able to live healthy, productive lives without the complications of chronic illness. The Free Health Clinic provides services specifically to those who suffer from diabetes, asthma and hypertension and is open every Tuesday evening.

Tracye Laun shares, “The issue of those without health care is a very complicated one, but we can work together to address it in our community. Our upcoming benefit will help solve a national problem on a local level by expanding public awareness and medical services to the communities that we will serve.”

The evening will include a dinner, a silent and live auction and special entertainment by medical professionals throughout the region. For reservations, donations, and support or general information: Please visit for more information on this event or contact

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $23 million and annual grants surpassing $6.7 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to more than 1,000 donors who plan to leave lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about. To learn more about the Community Foundation and charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary Holiday Fair and Cookie Baking Contest

clock October 16, 2009 10:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Cookie contest

St. Mary's Auxiliary Holiday Fair

St. Mary's Medical Center Education Center (new vendors, new location)

DATE: Friday, November 13th

TIME: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

MORE: Shop for holiday gifts and baked goods from more than 25 vendors featuring crafts, jewelry, children's toys and much more.

St. Mary's Cookie Baking Contest

Anyone can enter! Tell your friends.

Cookie baking contest entry categories:

  • Employee Department Entries are FREE
  • Individual - $5 per entry
  • Business - $10
  • Professional - $10

Prizes will be awarded in each category.

Proceeds benefit medical student scholarships.

Turn in form to the foundation office at 201 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64114; or email to; or fax to 816-655-5371 by November 9. Cookies will need to be turned in November 13 by noon. Bring one dozen and your entry fee to the information desk at the main entrance to St. Mary's Medical Center

Cookie Baking Contest Form

Name: ___________________________

Phone Number: ____________________

Cookie: ___________________________

Entry Category: ____________________

Copy this this form and paste into e-mail to:


Come join us at the 2009 Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

clock October 16, 2009 10:21 by author Jeff Quibell

2009 Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

For more information, visit


Pitch in with Area Organizations

clock October 7, 2009 09:46 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 Sacrifice – selfless good deeds for others, or a loss in return for a greater gain.

It is important to remember the sacrifices made by those who serve in our military and their families. Their selfless good deeds, and at times their ultimate sacrifice, are the foundation of our freedom. We have so much to be thankful for in this country.

We have so much to be thankful for in our city, as well. Our local civic and non-profit organizations, through generous community donations and the willingness of our citizens to donate their time, are providing very necessary assistance to those in need. Many non-profit organizations in the area hold their annual fundraisers in the fall, and Wanda and I attend as many as we can.

Recently, we attended the Truman Heartland Community Foundation “Toast to Our Towns” Gala, which promotes private giving for public good. We are so fortunate to live in communities filled with such amazingly generous people. The Truman Heartland Community Foundation helps donors turn charitable dollars into major investments, creating a lasting legacy for generations to come. By working together, we build the necessary support network that makes our communities strong.

There are many nonprofit organizations that need our help. If financial support is not an option, there are many opportunities to give a little bit of our time. If you would like to become involved with a local community organization or would like to know more about volunteer opportunities, a list of community organizations can be found at

My Web site has information about many upcoming fall events. Check out for additional information about area nonprofit organizations that can use your help.

Community Services League Hosts Fall Gala – 10.22.2009

clock September 24, 2009 14:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Join CSL as they celebrate the past year with their annual fundraising gala, Seasons of Hope, on October 22, 2009 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO. This year’s event will provide special guests, unique food and drink options as well as a silent and live auction that will surely impress! Don't miss out on a chance to celebrate, enjoy a great evening with friends and support a most-worthy cause as they promote self-sufficiency for all who reside in Eastern Jackson County. A special thanks to Commerce Bank, presenting sponsor; Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics/Annette Beck, MD, beverage sponsors; Trudy Beard CPA PC, live auction sponsor; and Barton, Hall & Schnieders, silent auction sponsor. For more information on patron sponsorships, auction item donations (new items only, please) or tickets to the event, please contact Marg McAdams, special events manager, at 816.254.4100 or at

Michael A. Levine
Director of Development & Marketing
Community Services League
300 West Maple Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
816.254.4100 (P)
816.252.9906 (F) (W)
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Development group is working well

clock September 23, 2009 16:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007small During my time in office I had the pleasure of corresponding with thousands of Blue Springs residents regarding city business. On Saturday’s Examiner opinion page, one of those residents raised some good points that should be considered when talking about the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation.

It is true. I have a bias in favor of the Blue Springs EDC. It is also true that I am one of the investing partners in the Blue Springs EDC. When the public/private partnership of the Blue Springs EDC was formed, the City Council continued the $300,000 annual budget allocation that had previously funded the city’s Economic Development Department as the public side of the venture.

The city then solicited businesses and private individuals to partner in the formation of the EDC, to be advocates for growth in Blue Springs. Those investing partners may be found at

From 2005 through 2011, Wanda and I have paid and/or committed $15,000 of our own personal funds through our company, CPros. As local IT professionals and custom software developers, we believe in giving back, and this is just one of the ways we choose to support our community.

Each of you living in Blue Springs is committed by the City Council to an annual contribution of approximately $5.45 (or a total of $32.70 over six years) through the taxes that you pay to the city each year.

So what is the return on the investment that Mr. Comerford is referring to in his letter, which he believes will benefit me financially? That return is economic growth for our city. And the great thing about this return is that each Blue Springs resident receives exactly the same return on your investment as I do.

Let’s talk about what that means to each of us. Is that investment worth having a new Target store in town? Is it worth getting a shopping center with Gap Outlet, Staples, Petco, Famous Footwear, Gordman’s, Maurices, Olive Garden, Chipotle, Gamestop, Arby’s, Sally Beauty Target, Lowes and Books-A-Million? Is it worth seeing three tired old strip malls totally refurbished? Is it worth capturing a science and technology park that will bring thousands of 21st-century, high-paying, quality jobs to our city and position Blue Springs as an international research destination?

I believe my investment is justified, and I’m proud to support the EDC in its efforts to provide quality growth for Blue Springs. Each one of you can communicate your belief to your councilmen. There is much more work to do, but each of you should feel confident that our EDC is effectively and professionally promoting our city and bringing new retail and employment opportunities to Blue Springs!

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation is non-profit, and its investing partners receive no direct financial benefit.

Fund Raiser to Benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing

clock September 23, 2009 15:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Fund Raiser to Benefit

Hillcrest Transitional Housing

All you can eat dinner buffet and wine tasting.

When: Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Where: Atlanta Bread Company (in the Summit Woods shopping center)

Cost: $30 per person with $15 going to Hillcrest Transitional Housing plus $5 from each bottle of wine purchased.

Our Mission: To be a transitional housing program providing a Christian environment that helps homeless families become self-supportive, self reliant contributors to society.

clip_image001Transitional Housing's primary program focus is moving families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days. In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey the program guidelines, and attend volunteer taught classes in life skills, employment, community living, and budgeting. In addition to housing and life-skills counseling Hillcrest provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. Although Hillcrest Transitional Housing provides a supportive Christian environment, it places no religious requirement on any resident, and no volunteer, resident, or donor is discriminated against because of race, creed, ethnicity, or religion.

Hillcrest’s accomplishments are best seen through our 95% success rate of transitioning graduate families to self sufficiency. However, Hillcrest has also been recognized for “best practices” in transitional housing with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

We are non-profit 501c3 with four affiliate locations in the greater Kansas City Metro area (Clay County, Eastern Jackson County, Platte County and Kansas), supported by the local community and community service volunteers.

More information about HTH is available at

Please RSVP to “manager” by e-mail, or phone, 554-1100

Boy Scout Troop 692 Helps Support Community Services League at Fall Fun Festival

clock September 18, 2009 09:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Contact: Vince Barreto
Parents Club of boy Scout Troop 692
Phone 816 -914-4782
Community Food Drive
Press Release

Food drive in support of the Community Services
League at the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival

Blue Springs Missouri, September 2009:
Every year the Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 692 coordinates a fundraiser at the Blue Springs Fall
Fun Festival. Understanding the current economic conditions and recognizing an urgent need in our
community, this year the Troop also plans to promote a food drive in support of the Community
Services League during the festival held September 18th through September the 20th on Main Street in
Blue Springs, Missouri.

Collection boxes will be placed at every entrance into the festival to gather non-perishable food items.

Debbie Benner, the coordinator at the Community Services League’s Blue Springs office commented
that “Demand has been very high and we have had difficulties keeping food on the shelves” she
further stated that” while all non-perishable food items are needed and appreciated, we are in
particular need of dry good items like breakfast bars and pasta mixes” .

A more detailed list of their specific needs include:
Please help families in need by bringing a donated item to the Festival, your kind support can make a
difference in our community.

Dry Goods
Macaroni & Cheese
Hamburger Helper
Dry Beans
Cereals-Oatmeal, etc.
Breakfast Bars
Canned Goods
Canned Chicken
Canned Ham
Peanut Butter
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits