News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Are YOU Ready for a Disaster? Free Community Preparedness Classes Offered

clock February 7, 2013 17:35 by author Jeff Quibell

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. In a large-scale disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Will your family be ready?

The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) is offering a series of free community preparedness classes throughout Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo.

“These presentations will cover what disasters are most likely to happen in our area, how emergency response works in our region, and what steps you can do to better prepare your family for disasters,” said Todd Farley CJCEMA emergency manager. “As we head into severe weather season, I invite you to attend one of these free community classes and meet your local emergency management team.”

Class Schedule:
• Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs North Branch, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs
• Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Tapawingo Club House, 244 Dockside Drive, Lake Tapawingo
• Tuesday, March 12 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S Highway 7, Blue Springs
• Tuesday, March 26 from 7-8 p.m., Grain Valley City Hall, Board Chambers, 711 S Main Street, Grain Valley

The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


Gov Bobby Jindal to address MO Lincoln Days

clock February 7, 2013 09:39 by author Jeff Quibell

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Gov Bobby Jindal to address MO Lincoln Days

Dear friend,

We are excited to announce that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will serve as the keynote speaker during our Saturday evening banquet at the 2013 Missouri Lincoln Days celebration.

Governor Jindal brings a unique perspective on how we move forward as a party—and at a time when Republicans are searching for answers, it is important that we hear and consider every idea.

Currently in his second term in office, Gov. Jindal has amassed an impressive conservative record: he has cut the state budget by 26%, signed the largest income tax cut in state history, championed some of the strictest ethics requirements in the nation, and enacted historic education reform.  In October 2011, Gov. Jindal was re-elected to his second term with an overwhelming 66% of the vote.  Throughout 2012, Gov. Jindal traveled the country on behalf of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

If you haven’t already registered, please sign up today at

As a reminder, the 2013 Missouri Lincoln Days celebration will take place February 15-17 at the Renaissance Grand in St Louis.  US Senator John Barrasso (WY) will keynote the Friday evening banquet.

We look forward to seeing you in St Louis.

All the best.

Ed Martin

Paid for by the Missouri Republican State Committee, 105 E. High
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 (573) 636-3146, Richard C. Peerson, Treasurer. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

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St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts Healthy Heart Celebration

clock February 5, 2013 15:42 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

February 5, 2013                                                                         Contact:  Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts

Healthy Heart Celebration


Kansas City, Mo. – You may already know that dark chocolate and red wine are good for your heart—that’s just one reason to celebrate Heart Month at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The No. 1 reason to celebrate heart month is learning about heart health to enjoy a longer life with those you love.

Enjoy an evening with friends at St. Mary’s Healthy Heart Celebration, Thursday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.,

in the Education Center at St. Mary’s.

There will be a heart healthy cooking demonstration, an educational presentation from St. Mary’s Stroke Navigator and a fashion show featuring the color of the month—RED—and the new spring line from

Dress Barn.

            6      p.m.         Social Time—with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages

            6:30 p.m.         Save Your Heart; Save Your Brain—Angela Hawkins, Stroke Navigator

            7      p.m.         Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration

            7:30 p.m.         Fashion Show—featuring Dress Barn of Blue Springs

            8      p.m.         Door Prizes

The event is free, but registration is limited. Call 816-228-3335 to make your reservation.


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Annual Jackson County Lincoln Days

clock February 1, 2013 16:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Please save the date

Friday Evening March 22, 2013

Annual Jackson County Lincoln Days

Lakewood Oaks Country Club

Reception, Dinner, Speaker, Auction, Fun

Watch this website for more information to follow.

Chili Dogs, Let’s Move, Etc. Things to do in Blue Springs this weekend!

clock January 31, 2013 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Chili Dog Dinner & Auction (Fundraiser for Blue Springs Dog Park) – Saturday, Feb 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Lots of food, DJ music, raffles, dog tag game & over 40 silent auction items.

Let’s Move! Saturdays Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 to noon. Dance Party at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW 40 Highway.

Centennial Pool-Plex - Lap Swim – Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 a.m. – 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.

Pam Buck

Recreation Superintendent

City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

office 816-228-0238

cell 816-645-0287

Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

clock January 22, 2013 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: January 17, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the Downtown Historic Survey on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.

The Historic Preservation Commission will oversee this survey effort with the assistance of a professional consultant, Rosin Preservation, LLC. Over the next month, the project team will be conducting in-depth archival research and fieldwork to document historic properties including taking photographs of the building’s exterior and documenting physical condition and alterations. The survey area will concentrate on structures from Highway 7 to 19th Street and Main to Walnut Streets.

The survey and inventory work plays a critical role in historic preservation. This research will provide the city with a record of its historical development, as well as help identify potential historic resources and/or historic districts within the survey area.

The City received a service-based grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office to update its existing inventory and survey for the first time since 1986.

If you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to share any information such as historic photographs or maps, please contact Michael Peterman, principal planner at (816) 228-0142.


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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.


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!