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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.

 

 
   
         
 


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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The Examiner Cancels Columns Written By Area Elected Officials

clock June 5, 2012 17:23 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResFor the past four years it has been my honor and privilege to share my thoughts and opinions with you by submitting my articles to the Examiner for publication. It has truly been an enjoyable experience for me and I hope that many of you have found the information beneficial.

My writing began in the middle of 2007 in this online newsletter and website at www.AboutBlueSprings.com, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to share those articles with so many people by expanding them to the readers of the Examiner. Unfortunately, The Examiner has changed their policy and notified me that they will no longer publish articles from elected officials. As a result, you will no longer see my articles published in The Examiner for the foreseeable future. However, I will continue to write my email Newsletter and publish articles on my website at www.AboutBlueSprings.com.

Please share this article with anyone interested in keeping up with the good things happening in Blue Springs. To automatically receive my email newsletter, sign up at http://bit.ly/SignupAboutBlueSprings, or send me an email at jeffq@cprosinc.com with Newsletter in the subject line, and I will add you to the list. Of course, you may always read my latest articles, city press releases and announcements about local events and businesses at http://www.AboutBlueSprings.com.

Thank you for allowing me to continue to share my thoughts with you, and for all the encouraging letters, emails, and appreciative comments over the years. I will strive to continue to be a source of worthwhile information regarding the many positive opportunities that make Blue Springs such a wonderful community.


Downtown Alive! New and Upcoming Schedule of Events

clock February 29, 2012 15:25 by author Jeff Quibell
 

Downtown Alive!

News and Upcoming

Schedule of Events

Downtown Alive is a group of stakeholders consisting of downtown merchants, the City, EDC, Chamber, Blue Springs Business Association, Historical Society and business outside downtown area. 

We appreciate your support as we work to revitalize YOUR downtown!


Chili Lunch Fundraiser

March 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Life Center, 1301 W Main St.

We are hosting our second annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Life Center, 1301 W Main Street.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the beautification of our downtown area.
Lunch includes a bowl of chili, drink and dessert.  Carryout and pre-orders are also available.  Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and available at any downtown merchant or at the Parks & Recreation counter at City Hall.
For more information, pre-orders or carryout options, call Donna at (816) 220-1233.


[down] Town Hall Meeting

On Monday, January 23, Missouri Main Street Connection hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the future of Downtown Blue Springs.  We had a great turnout at the meeting and many of our work groups were able to recruit new members!

Downtown Alive has four work groups consisting of Promotions, Organization, Economic Development and Design.  If you missed the meeting, but would like to join one of the four work groups, please let Cindy Miller know at (816) 228-2300.

'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17 starting at 9 a.m.

Parade starts at the Soda Fountain

1112 W. Main Street

Join us for the 35th year of the 'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade in the nation!  The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain and crosses the street to the Keg. 

The whole parade is 66 feet in distance. Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. at the Soda Fountain.

Scheduled Events

 

Chili Lunch Fundraiser

[down] Town Hall Meeting

And Beyond...

Join Our Mailing List!

Upcoming Events

Blue Springs Art & Antique Show

April 28

Spring Fling - Fashion Stroll & Home Tour of the Brownfield House

April 30, 5-8 p.m.

To see a complete list of events, check out the Downtown Alive! calendar by clicking here.

Contact Information

 

Cindy Miller, President

(816) 228-2300

   
 


Exciting Development in City

clock February 22, 2012 19:29 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResMayor Carson Ross likes to say Blue Springs is a city “on the move,” and it’s obvious throughout our city that his statement is accurate.

With the exceptionally mild winter we’re experiencing, commercial development at Adams Dairy Landing is progressing at a brisk pace. Ulta Beauty is now open and the buildings for TJ-Maxx/Home Goods, Ross Dress for Less and additional lifestyle shops are close to completion.

The city recently began requesting bids on the long anticipated improvements for Woods Chapel Road, continuing to fulfill the promise of redeveloping this important north-south corridor. At the most recent City Council work session, the council agreed to request assistance from the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation regarding recommendations for a strategic plan to redevelop our Missouri 7 and U.S. 40 corridors. We also agreed to complete the formal review of our city’s comprehensive plan, a review that is significantly overdue and will ensure the city is better prepared for future development efforts.

Not all politics were local last week. I had the great pleasure of going to Jefferson City to talk with our state legislators regarding a variety of issues of interest to our city.

I met with many representatives and senators and experienced a great deal of pride as I frequently heard how well our city is represented by District 54 Rep. Jeanie Lauer. Over and over again her colleagues spoke of what an effective, strong leader she is for Blue Springs. Having worked closely with Jeanie in recent years, this confirmed what I already knew about her dedication to the residents of our city and her genuine concern for the best interest of our community. It’s gratifying to know that others recognize her integrity and sincerity. We are fortunate to have her in Jefferson City!

We began interviewing candidate development teams last week, one of which will partner with the city and University of Missouri for the design and development of the 50,000- to 80,000-square foot Mizzou Center building. The Mizzou Center will focus on research, continuing education and community outreach functions in Missouri Innovation Park and will serve as the anchor tenant for this important project.

The land for the first phase of development in the park is now under control of the city, and we are on track for visible development before the end of the year. The location is just south of Adams Dairy Landing, at the corner of R.D. Mize Road and Adams Dairy Parkway.

Jackson County’s regional rail proposal now includes two potential stops in Blue Springs – one downtown and one at the southern edge of the Innovation Park. These two stops will assist Main Street Alive in downtown redevelopment efforts and help to accelerate the development of Missouri Innovation Park. This proposal is likely to be a November ballot issue in Jackson County.

Blue Springs is “on the move?” Yes, mayor, we certainly are!


Blue Springs Parks & Rec February 2012 Newsletter

clock February 20, 2012 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell

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Parks & Recreation

February 2012

Issue: # 2

 

Walking trail at Rotary Park

Add a Little Spring to Your Life

We are planning activities and events to help you stay active and fit this winter. Take this time to prepare for spring and be ready when it arrives, it's just around the corner.

 

In This Issue

From the Director

Valentine Dance

Transportation Service

Winter Activity Guide

Centennial Pool Under New Management

Bits and Pieces

Photos of the Month

From the DirectorDennis Dovel

By Dennis Dovel

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is as diverse as the community it serves. As in so many other aspects of life, the key to running a successful department is having the ability to strike a balance between young and old, tradition and innovation, and the needs of one versus the needs of the community. Keeping this in mind, we will continually strive to honor the past while embracing the challenges of the future, and to serve an entire community while maintaining meaningful connections with individual participants.

Blue SpringsParks and Recreation has a long standing reputation for providing the citizens of Blue Springs with quality park facilities, trails and programs. As I start my tenure as the Director of Parks, Recreation, Building and Grounds for Blue Springs, I do so with a passion to advance the department and expand on the tradition established. We will continue to work with our residents, council, park commissioners and city staff to determine what improvements will not only further the department, but the city as a whole. 

Read more.....

 

Daddy/Daughter and Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Friday, February 10 &

Saturday, February 11th

February is Valentine's month and love and affection is blooming at Vesper Hall.  Mothers and sons are kicking off the month of love with a Valentine Dance on Friday, February 10th and fathers and daughters follow on Saturday, February 11th, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  Boys and girls ages 4 and older, along with their mothers and fathers, are invited to an evening of entertainment, DJ music, dancing, and a catered full-course dinner.  Professional pictures to commemorate the event will be available for an additional cost. 

This special event will be held at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Deadline for registration is February 6th, so call 228-0137 to register today.  There is a maximum of 60 couples per night.

 

Transportation Service

Transportation service is provided within the city limits of Blue Springs on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  This service is available to Blue Springs residents with a disability or for those age 60 years of age or older.   Popular destinations are grocery stores, shopping centers, beauty shops, food pantries, doctor appointments and restaurants.  Cost for this service is $3.00 for each one-way ride. 

Transportation is also available to and from Vesper Hall, Monday - Friday at no cost.  Pickup is usually between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with a return time between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Transportation is provided by OATS.  To make an appointment for either of these options call 816-380-7433 (OATS Transportation) at least one day in advance. 

 

Winter/Spring  Activity Guide

The 2012 winter/spring issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. The 23 page activity guide has been mailed to every Blue Springs resident along with the City's Blue Springs Magazine. All 50-Plus activities and programs occurring at Vesper Hall Community Center are also included in the Parks & Recreation activity guide.

Please click on the activity guide cover above to see the many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities we have to offer during the next few months.

 

Centennial Pool Under

New Mangement

Centennial Pool-Plex

Meet Me At The Blue!

Daily operations of the Centennial Pool-Plex are now managed by the Blue Springs School District. Bill Shalley is the new pool manager and has a long time affiliation with the Pool-Plex.

Registration for classes and events will take place at the Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 229-3459.

Find out more...

 

Bits and Pieces

  • Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Valentine Dance
  • Rock Climbing
  • Introduction to Martial Arts
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Ceramics for Kids
  • Fencing
  • Knitting
  • Aqua Aerobics, Swimnastics,& Therapeutic Swim
  • Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park
  • Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 

Photos of the MonthChili Dog Dinner

January Photos

 

Quote to Live By :

"To enjoy the glow of good health, you must execise."

Gene Tunney

 

Our Mission:

It is the mission of the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing quality leisure opportunities through the research, establishment, implementation and maintenance

of a comprehensive parks, recreation, buildings and grounds system.

 

We hope you have found this issue informative. If you have questions about any of the articles from this issue, please email or call us at (816) 228-0137. We look forward to seeing you at some of the activities and programs we are offering this month. Go out and enjoy your parks. 

Sincerely,

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks

Upcoming Events

Mother/Son Valentine Dance

Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dance

Indoor Garage Sale

Hot Shot Contest

Blather, Blarney & Balderdash 

Blather,Blarney & Balderdash

March 9-10 and 15-17

7:30 p.m.

March 11 & 18

2:00 p.m.

Blue Springs High School Auditorium

2000 NW Ashton Dr.

$8 Adults

$7 children 12 & under & seniors 65 and over

www.bluespringscitytheatre.com

Featured Links

Activity Guide

Register for Programs

Park & Recreation Web site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe 
Golf Club

 


Fair Share? That’s a Long Debate–Misleading Comparisons Don’t Help

clock February 1, 2012 11:30 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResMost people agree that everyone should pay their ‘fair’ share of taxes. The disagreement starts when we attempt to define “fair”. Webster’s dictionary defines ‘fair’ as a situation in which everyone is treated equally and in a reasonable way, and states further that ‘fair’ is reasonable and morally right. President Obama raised the issue of fairness in his 2012 State of the Union address, with the implied message that our tax rate tables are unfair because Warren Buffet is paying a lower income to tax ratio than his secretary.

Our current tax code doesn’t treat each taxpayer equally. That would be a flat tax where each taxpayer pays the same percentage of their income in taxes, including the income received from investments and capital gains. Our tax code is knee-deep with exemptions, credits, and deductions that reduce the amount of taxes we pay from the full amount owed based on our gross income, and capital gains are taxed differently than wages. It’s not equal; it wasn’t designed to be equal. However, unequal doesn’t necessarily mean unfair. A taxpayer with a large mortgage paying higher amounts of interest will pay less in taxes than another taxpayer with the same income and no mortgage. Many self-employed taxpayers take full advantage of the deductions available to them, reduce their taxable income and pay far less in taxes than the employees. When President Obama compared Warren Buffet’s tax rate to his secretary, far too much detail was omitted to fully understand the comparison. Does she have a spouse with taxable income as well? At close to 36% tax rate, she is likely to have income greater than 97% of the population. Not bad for a middle class secretary. They call it spin for a reason and it’s disappointing to me that our President would attempt to mislead our nation on such a transparent issue.

I think we can all agree that millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes. The top 1% of taxpayers pays more taxes than the entire bottom 95% combined. Should they pay more? What is a ‘fair’ share? Fundamental tax reform may be necessary, but it will take fundamental change in how our government, Federal and State, operates and functions. In the meantime, I’ll finish my tax return and send in my fair share.


Parks & Recreation Newsletter January 2012

clock January 4, 2012 09:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Logo

January 2012

Issue: # 1

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

The staff at  Parks & Recreation wishes you a very Happpy New Year. We look forward to working with you to take advantage of the opportunities and to meet the challenges ahead.

 

In This Issue

Winter Activity Guide

Centennial Pool Under New Management

Chipping of the Green

50-Plus Fitness & Wellness Week

Chili Dog Dinner

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

Bits and Pieces

Photos of the Month

Winter/Spring  Activity Guide

JUST OUT:  The 2012 winter/spring issue of the Parks & Recreation of Blue Springs activity guide is now available. The 23 page activity guide has been mailed to every Blue Springs resident along with the City's Blue Springs Magazine. All 50-Plus activities and programs occurring at Vesper Hall Community Center are also included in the Parks & Recreation activity guide.

Please click on the activity guide cover above to see the many fun and exciting activities, services and facilities we have to offer during the next few months.

 

Centennial Pool Under

New Mangement

Centennial Pool-Plex

Meet Me At The Blue!

Beginning January 1, 2012 daily operations of the Centennial Pool-Plex will be managed by the Blue Springs School District. Bill Shalley is the new pool manager and has a long time affiliation with the Pool-Plex.

Registration for classes and events will take place at the Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 229-3459.

Find out more...

 

Chipping of the Green

Drop off your Christmas tree after the holidays at the designated area in Pink Hill Park's west parking lot. Only trees with tinsel and ornaments removed will be accepted.

Recycle Your Cardboard

Don't throw away all those Christmas boxes, recycle them. The recycling center is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept your cardboard boxes and other recyclables.

Find out more...

 

50-Plus Fitness and Wellness Week

Weight Room

Get fit in the New Year during our Fitness and Wellness Week at Vesper Hall Community Center!  All new visitors, ages 50 and over, can exercise for free.  New participants will receive free weight room passes that are good for the week of January 9th through January 13th.  Try the elliptical rider, the dual use strength machine, bicycles, treadmills, and/or free weights.  A regular month pass is $15.00, a regular day pass is $3.00 and a year pass is $120.00.  Try it all for free this one week!

Free exercise classes are available with a canned food donation during Fitness and Wellness Week.  Check out any drop-in exercise class in exchange for a can of food per class. All donations benefit the Midwest Foster Care Food Pantry. Classes include, Crosstrainer Aerobics, Stretching Exercise, Tai Chi, Yoga for Beginners and Beyond, as well as Wii Sports. Call Vesper Hall at 228-0181 for class dates and times.

Available during regular business hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 9 pm, Wednesday and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

 

It's For the Dogs - Chili Dog Dinner & Silent AuctionChili Dog Dinner

R.U.F.F. (Responsible Unleashed Fun for Fido) Blue Springs is holding a Chili Dog Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, January 21st from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Come and feast on chili dogs with assorted toppings, desserts, and beverages. This will be lots of fun for the whole family with a live Deejay and entertainment included.  Other activities include a silent auction, door prizes, raffle drawings, and a demonstration by the Missouri Search & Rescue K-9 Unit. All proceeds benefit the Blue Springs off-leash dog park located in Gregory O. Grounds Park. Cost is $6.00 per adult and $4.00 per child 12 years of age and under. Children 3 years and under are free.

You can pre-register with Blue Springs Parks & Recreation, City Hall, 903 W Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015.  Call the Parks & Recreation Offices at 228-0238 for additional information.

More Information.....

 

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

Youth Sports & Recreation ExpoThe Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the 20th Annual Youth Sports and Recreation Expo, Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  This event will be held at Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive.  The Expo is a great opportunity for kids, parents, coaches and area residents to register for spring and summer programs. Some of the participating programs are baseball, softball, football, basketball, BMX, martial arts, gymnastics, fencing and there are a variety of activities and resources to learn about.  It also gives everyone involved with sports and recreation a chance to meet with the various representatives.  One of the biggest attractions is the appearance of T-Bones Mascot Sizzle and Chiefs KC Wolf.  We hope to see your family and friends out at Adams Pointe Conference Center enjoying this time saving and informative family event.  Don't miss this opportunity to see new products and to meet with the representatives of the various youth athletic organizations.

 

Bits and Pieces

  • Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance
  • Ballet & Jazz
  • Social Dance
  • Belly Dance
  • Aqua Aerobics, Swimnastics, & Therapeutic Swim
  • Vesper Hall New Years Eve Party
  • Chipping of the Green
  • Recycling Center
  • Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....

 

Photos of the MonthHoliday Exprss

December Photos

 

Quote to Live By :

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

John F. Kennedy

 

Our Mission:

It is the mission of the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing quality leisure opportunities through the research, establishment, implementation and maintenance

of a comprehensive parks, recreation, buildings and grounds system.

 

We hope you have found this issue informative. If you have questions about any of the articles from this issue, please email or call us at (816) 228-0137. We look forward to seeing you at some of the activities and programs we are offering this month. Go out and enjoy your parks. 

Sincerely,

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks

Upcoming Events

50+ New Year's Eve Party

50+ Fitness & Wellness Week

Chili Dog Dinner

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo

50+ New Year's Eve Party 

Saturday,

December 31

7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Vesper Hall

400 NW Vesper Street

$10 in advance

$15 at the door

Call 228-0181

Featured Links

Activity Guide

Register for Programs

Park & Recreation Web site

Past Newsletters

Adams Pointe 
Golf Club