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clock April 9, 2013 15:57 by author Jeff Quibell
 
 
 

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Memories is getting back in the groove

 

 

Soups, Specials and Such

 

 

Summer Fun and Downtown Activities

 
 

Memories Tea Room & Cafe

 

1105A W. Main St Blue Springs, MO 816)229-3311

Hours of Operation

Tues. -Thur. 9a-4p

Fri. 9a-7p

Sat. 8a-3p

 
 
 

Memories is getting back in the groove

Hello Friends and Guest....the past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy for our family due to our lose, but we are getting back to a normal routine and appreciate everyones condolences and understanding.

This week Memories has some fun things going on like....Downtown Main St. First Car Cruise, this Friday evening from 6pm until 8pm.

Memoires will be grilling up Burgers and Hotdogs for our dinner special.

Mark your calanders and dont miss a single show. Downtown Merchaints and Memories will be adding some fun activites and themes to our New Car Cruise Nights to mix it up a bit.

Our Car Cruise in May is our Mothers Day Week.

All of our downtown shops will be open and stocked with new merch for Moms, Wives and Ladies of all ages,( Men this would be a great time to listen close)

Memories will be hosting a variety of artisans that dont have a shop front and cant be found everywhere in our banquet room that evening as well.

Mark your calander with these dates!

*Car Crusies*

every second friday night...yes we moved them to Friday Nights.

April 12th

May 10th (Mothers Day week)

June 14th

July 12th

Aug. 9th

Sept. 13th

Keep your Eyes and Ears open for our Themed Cruises. There will be give aways, live music and plenty of fun to be had this season with our New Cruise Nights!

 

Soups, Specials and Such

Well Friends, with the "cool" weather peaking through this week we will be stewing up some hearty soups but later this week the warm will be back....so, Memories will start showcasing some summer flavors like our famous South West Chicken Wrap and Tuna Salad, or maybe Taco Salad. Yum Yum!!

 

Summer Fun and Downtown Activities

Just a reminder, Downtown Alive Host and Contribute to many Events, Activities and Fundraisers this Summer.

Just to name a few.....

*Friday Night Car Cruise*

(every second Friday Night of the month April-Sept. from 6-dark)

~Memories will be Open Every Car Cruise with a Different Dinner Special and will be Grilling Outside too!!

Blue Springs Historical Society Arts and Antique Show

April 27th, starting @ 10am

(Memories will be promoting this Event and Fundraiser by Selling our Yummy Made by Grandma, Homemade Desserts at our own Booth...come by and see us)

*Blue Springs Farmers Market*

Starts back up this May, every Saturday moring @6:30am

(Dont forget to Grab some yummy Breakfast across the Street with us, Memories after your weekly Market Shopping)

*Downtowns Corks and Canvas*

Art and wine FREE event Saturday June 22nd, from 2pm-8pm

Downtown Blue Springs Street Flicks

(Free and Fun for the Family)

Friday June 28th, @7:15

&

Friday July 26th, @7:15

Support your Local Downtown by joining us in these Events. They are FREE and help promote your Local Community.

 

 
   
         
 


Downtown Post Office Closing–Help with the Appeal By Feb 22

clock February 18, 2013 12:23 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello Friends of Downtown Alive!

I am forwarding an email to you from Todd Pelham with the City regarding the decision of the Postal Service to close the Main Post Office located in downtown Blue Springs and relocate to the Carrier Annex on South Avenue.  Please review the email below and a copy of the attached letter to Mayor Ross from the Postal Service representative.

  

Because of the potentially negative impact this will have on downtown, it is an important issue that all Blue Springs Citizens must be made aware of.  Any member of the community may appeal the decision.  If you choose to prepare a formal letter of appeal, please forward your letter directly to:

            Mr. Russ Rainey

            Vice President, Facilities

            US Postal Service Facilities Office

            7500 E. 53rd Ave., Room 1108 

            Denver, CO   80266-9918

The formal appeal letter from Downtown Alive has been prepared and approved by your Board of Directors and is also attached for your review. At a minimum, if the decision is final and the Main Post Office must be closed, our collective letters of appeal may be enough for the Postal Service to consider a “Village Post Office”, which would benefit downtown and continue to provide a draw for traffic that might not otherwise come downtown.

Thank you for your continued support of Downtown Alive!

Cindy Miller

DTA President

Cindy Miller

Executive Vice President

America's Community Bank

1100 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

P - 816-228-2300

F - 816-220-0005

cmiller@amcommbank.com

NMLS MLO #931365

Institution NMLS #795385

From: Todd Pelham [mailto:tpelham@bluespringsgov.com]

Subject: Formal Appeal of Post Office Relocation

Dear Community Partner,

Yesterday, Mayor Carson Ross received the attached letter from the Postal Service stating that they were proceeding with the relocation of the Downtown Post Office to the Carrier Annex located at 500 SW South Avenue.

The City has 30 days to appeal this decision from the date of the letter - February 1, 2013.  We received the letter on February 6th.

Mayor Ross has indicated a strong desire to formally appeal the decision and has instructed staff to develop a response. 

Please note that the attached letter is currently displayed in the lobby of the Main Downtown Post Office for 30 days and "any member of the community may appeal the decision" within the next 30 days.   We believe that we should make the public aware of their ability to individually send a formal appeal directly to the Post Office and we will be notifying our citizens through our social media channels.

We would also like to have your organization be a part of our appeal by providing us an appeal letter that we can include in our formal response.

If you so choose, we would like to have those appeal letters by February 22, 2012.  You can either email me the letter at this address or send it to my attention at:

Todd Pelham, Deputy City Administrator

City Hall, 903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

The cities formal response has not been developed yet, but will focus on the impact to Downtown, and highlight site limitations at the Annex site such as lack of parking,  traffic counts, and possible impacts to our capital budget should infrastructure improvements be necessary to the adjacent streets. 

Please let me or Mayor Ross know if you have any questions.  Please feel free to distribute this email to any community partner or individual that might be interested.

Thanks so much, we appreciate your attention to this very important Downtown issue.

_____________________

If you are interested in watching the City Council meeting video where the relocation was discussed please go to the cities website:

www.bluespringsgov.com

and click on "City Meeting Webcast"

click on City Council Meetings

and choose the December 3, 2012 meeting.  The presentation starts about 8 minutes into the meeting and ends around the 30 minute mark.


Hatteys on Main is having a moving sale

clock February 14, 2013 12:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Just a reminder that our moving sale for Hatteys on Main 1005 W Main, Blue Springs, Mo begins Thursday February 14th and runs through February 23rd.  Here are the dates and hours.  February 14th and February 15th 10-4pm.  February 16th – Saturday 10-3pm.  Next week…same days and same hours.  Entire shop is 25% off of listed price.  Any furniture purchased must be removed from shop by 3PM February 23rd.  Thank you and we hope to see you. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Hatteys on Main and Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son.

--

Bonnie, Rusty and our Great Team

Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son


Weekend Activities in Blue Springs

clock October 11, 2012 16:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Oct 13 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.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, Oct 13 from 11 a.m. to noon at Club 7 Fitness, 1241 SW Hwy 7. Kids Fit Boot Camp and open gym for adults.

Blue Springs City Theatre production A Tomb With a View –  Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday 1 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Oct 11 – 14 at the Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Oct 13 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 www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137


Blue Springs Downtown Post Office May Be Relocated

clock August 21, 2012 13:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Following is a letter from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber Members.  The information is relevant for all of our citizens, so please forward to your friends or let them know they can read this on the www.aboutbluesprings.com website.  Note that the contact information didn’t format well because this page is not wide enough. 

Dear Chamber member,

It is my understanding from my contacts that the Blue Springs Downtown Post Office is planning to close in 6-8 months.  I believe this will have a negative effect on our community.  I understand that there will not be nor is it required to have a public hearing because they are NOT closing the post office, just moving the location or consolidating.  They plan to move the office to the current annex off 7 Highway.

The advice that I was given is that the squeaky wheel gets the oil so we need to make as much noise as possible to let the post office know the location is important to us and that we want it to remain.  Below are the steps outlined that we need to get as many people as we can to do all of these and ask for a response with each contact.

  1. Use www.usps.gov to file a complaint.  Once you log into the website, click customer service on the top bar; under email us, click send us an email; once it loads, click the Inquiry type:  Problem; you will then need to choose an area for the encounter of the problem.  I would say customer service because if this happens, we will not have customer service.  Then you will need to choose from several drop downs, the first I picked Support, then Community Issues and finally Other, click Continue, you will then have a box you can type additional information but are limited to 4000 characters so make it count.  You can then continue and it will ask for your contact information.
  2. Leave a complaint call at 1-800-ASK-USPS
  3. Mail a letter of complaint to:  Eric Henry, Manager of Postal Operations                 ALSO:  Gail Hendrix, District Manager

                                                                 United States Postal Service                                                     United States Postal Service

                                                                                300 W. Pershing, Ste. 207                                                           300 W. Pershing, Ste. 207

                                                                                Kansas City, MO  64108                                                               Kansas City, MO  64108

  1. I was told for us to each contact our Congressman and tell them the USPS is planning on closing the post office between 11th/12th Streets and why we don’t want it to move.  This means our congressman that represents us in Washington as well as our State Representative and State Senator.  If our Congressman, Representatives and Senators get enough contact on the matter, they will contact the post office as well.

Here is there contact information:

State Senator                                    State Representatives

Will Kraus                                                               District 54                                              District 55                                                              District 56

(573) 751-1464                                                       Jeanie Lauer                                          Sheila Solon                                                          Mike Cierpiot

will.kraus@senate.mo.gov                                   (573) 751-1487                                      (573) 751-8636                                                       (573) 751-0907

jeanie.lauer@house.mo.gov sheila.solon@house.mo.gov mike.cierpiot@house.mo.gov

Federal

Senator Roy Blunt                                                 Senator Claire McCaskill                                      Congressman Sam Graves                                  Congressman Vicky Hartzler               Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II

(573) 634-2488                                                       (816) 421-1639                                                       (816) 792-3976                                                       (816) 884-3411                                       (816) 833-4345

Roy_Blunt@Blunt.Senate.gov http://mccaskill.senate.gov www.house.gov/graves www.hartzler.house.gov

REMEMBER AFTER EACH POINT  OF CONTACT, ASK FOR A RESPONSE!  Don’t just send the correspondence or phone call and be done with it.  Make them do their work and respond to each of us.  Each member in all of our organizations can do all these steps individually.  Our organizations themselves and the City can draft proper correspondence to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE as well.  We need to make a huge impact if we are going to get any attention.  We need letters from the City, the Chamber, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Business Association and any other organizations willing to contact the post office to keep this office open.

I am working on making my contacts now.  If we want to keep the post office in our downtown area, we must show them how much it means to us as a community.

Hope this helps.  As I learn any additional information, I will keep you all informed.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 622-3122 or dbest@firstam.com.

Thanks,

Donna

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Donna Best
Kansas City, MO Area Escrow Manager

Chair of the Board, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

816.229.8558 Office         816.204.5048 Cell 1000 W Main Street   Blue Springs, MO 64015

www.bluespringschamber.com www.buybluesprings.com www.bluespringsfallfestival.com www.discoverbluesprings.com

The mission of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is to develop, promote and facilitate a strong economic environment in which the business community can grow and prosper.

Fall Fun Festival

September 14th, 15th, and 16th 2012

Downtown Blue Springs

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Stuff to do in Blue Springs this weekend 7/12-7/15

clock July 12, 2012 12:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, July 14 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. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to noon at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW Highway 40. Hip Hop Dancing and 11 a.m. to noon at the MU Extension Office, 1106 W Main St. for Tai Chi class with Nina Chen.

Blue Springs City Theatre Presents Willie Wonka– Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15 at the Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets available on line at www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or at the box office one-half hour in advance of each performance.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the band, Albert Flasher (classic rock) will perform from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. 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 www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

 

Pam Buck

Recreation Superintendent

City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

office 816-228-0238

cell 816-645-0287

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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Weekend Activities through July 4th in Blue Springs

clock June 28, 2012 13:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 30 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. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 Northwest Park Road for “Firefly Adventure”.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, July 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Cover Me Bad alternative/classic rock band will perform from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

United States Air Force Band Concert – Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. Please come and support the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble at Rotary Park as Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

City Fireworks Display – Wednesday, July 4 from Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium. Loose Change performing from the football field from 8 - 9:30 p.m.  Fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tailgating in BSHS, Freshman Center, and Centennial Pool-Plex parking lots

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. 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 www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.


City Considers Allocation of Block Grant Funds

clock May 30, 2012 16:21 by author Jeff Quibell

When the Federal Government provides funds to local government, there are always strings attached and requirements that must be met to receive those funds.  

When the population of Blue Springs reached 50,000 residents we met the eligibility requirements to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the federal government.  The 2012-2013 budget that begins October 1st includes an estimated $211,866 from this program.   Following a presentation by city staff regarding previous use of CDBG funds at the most recent council meeting, the City Council began the discussion regarding the best use, as allowed by the program, of those funds.

From the time when Blue Springs began receiving CDBG funds we have received nearly one million dollars from the Federal Government and have allocated those funds in the following manner:

  • Parks - $65,000
  • Streetlights - $166,884
  • Sidewalks - $563,299
  • Programs
    • Minor Home Repair - $84,093
    • First Time Home Buyer - $46,837
  • Administration - $5,556

This year we are considering the following opportunities:

  • Historic District Sidewalks - $50,000
  • Main Street Lighting -$75,000
  • Main & 15th St Crosswalks - $50,000
  • Missouri Main Street (Downtown Alive!) - $5,000
  • Downtown Commercial Façade Grant Program - $50,000
  • Historic Building Restoration - $100,000
  • Minor Home Repair Program - $60,000
  • First Time Home Buyer Program - $39,000
  • CDBG Administration Funds - $6,000

As you can see, there are substantially more opportunities than anticipated funding would support, requiring the council to evaluate each opportunity and decide the best options for our community.  This is one of the responsibilities of the city council and, with input from our constituents, the council is able to direct funding to the programs and infrastructure enhancements that meet the goals of the residents of Blue Springs.

Councilman Fowler’s comments Monday evening raised the issue of the importance of balancing the funds between commercial and residential uses.  Balance is a word we frequently hear in politics today, especially at the federal level.  Balance is important, but to be meaningful it must be clearly defined both on the federal level and locally.   Finding the appropriate balance for all funds the city administers within its budget is a complex and lengthy process, as we carefully consider all aspects of balancing the needs and wants of government and residents.  

Utilization of CDBG funds can provide benefits to our residents and businesses both directly and indirectly.  As the council evaluates and decides on the best use of these funds, I am confident we will find an appropriate balance, and your input is an important component in the process.  Please share your thoughts with your city council representatives; contact information is available at http://bit.ly/BSCouncilContacts

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