During National Young Readers Week, Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Danielle Miles accepted the “BOOK IT” reading challenge, taking to the roof of the school to read “Apples to Oregon” by Deborah Hopkinson. Principal Miles accepted the challenge as a way to encourage students to become readers, and according to BOOK IT, “Research shows that the single factor in raising a reader is reading aloud.” Principal Miles later came inside the building dressed as TV’s famous mystery solving dog, Scooby Doo, and continued to read to students.
On October 17 and 18, first year students were at Winnetonka. Top finishers were: Jessica Madrid, Semifinals of Dramatic Interpretation, and Blythany Locascio, 8th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Varsity debaters were at Park Hill, and top finishers were: Katelyn McAlister, in Super Session of Student Congress, and Romeo Bagunu, 5th in Student Congress.
On October 31 and November 1, first year debaters competed at Grandview. Top finishers there were: Madie Hill,15th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Allyson Behymer, 14th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Forensic students competed at Truman High School. Top finishers there were: Jessica Madrid, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Anisah Marshall, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Larissa Wilson, 4th in Storytelling; Isabella James, 3rd in Storytelling; and Anisah Marshall, 2nd in Storytelling.
On November 7 and 8, the Talking Blue Jays competed at the Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North Invitational Tournament. First year top finishers were: Isabella James and Larissa Wilson, Semifinals of Storytelling and James, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Madie Hill, Semifinals of Original Oration and 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Varsity top finishers were: Doyne Dodd, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress, and Hanke with Tamela Hill, 1st in Public Forum Debate.
On November 14 and 15, the squads competed at the Raymore-Peculiar Invitational.Top finishers were: Yermeya Bagunu and Isabella James, Semifinals in Storytelling; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress; Blythany Locascio, 10th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Josh Beary, 9th in Lincoln- Douglas Debate; and Katelyn McAlister, 6th in Student Congress. The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be
Covering the GOP’s attitude about women’s rights
We will also be voting on RDA Board members for 2015
Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue
President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
Next meeting is January 15th
Mid-afternoon on Nov. 15th a vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic as it tried to make a left hand turn from 65th St. onto Elm. This is a bad intersection. It has many elements working against it.
A hill/depression to the South hides oncoming traffic.
Drivers on Elm routinely speed and use Elm as a shortcut between 350 Highway and 63rd St.
Drivers heading East on 65th often speed though the intersection, as it angles into Elm allowing for little to no speed reduction.
That aforementioned angle also makes it hard to see oncoming traffic from the South.
HERE IS ONE RESULT
City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator
Development & Public Affairs
The Development and Public Affairs Department understands the importance of community service. Being a part of Raytown organizations helps us understand our community better. Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer and John Benson, Director of Development and Public Affairs were sworn in as President and President-Elect of Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club. Both Brenda and John were also added to the Shepherd’s Center Board of Directors. Both clubs contribute to the community in many ways. It is a privilege to serve them.
Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer, has been named Missouri Chair of E-RAPIO (a group of regional PIOs who respond to regional emergency situations) and will have a seat at the Regional Homeland Security Committee. She and Scott Peterson, Permit Technician also have been trained on the regional WebEOC (Emergency Operation Center). This Website helps connect communities during emergency situations.
Planning & Zoning Commission met November 13, 2014 and recommended approval for auto repair within a new tire and wheel store called Rent and Roll at 8910 E. 350 Highway. They also continued an application for a conditional use permit for auto sales at Rick’s Auto Repair at 8216 Westridge Road.
Raytown EMS will be hosting a Community Center Blood Drive at the EMS station on December 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You may sign up for an appointment at esavealifenow.org and use the sponsor code raytownems. Please call Kim at 737-6030 if you have questions. Thank you for saving a life!
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
November 17 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
November 18 – Board of Aldermen – 7:00 p.m.
November 19 – Municipal Court – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Sat. Nov. 15th from 6 am to midnight. 1 to 3″ of snow is expected.
“I just want to be entertained,” the Man in Chair states in this hilarious musical comedy produced by Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments November 20 through 22, 2014. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is an entertaining show within a show that ran on Broadway in 2006 and received more Tony awards that year than any other show, including Best Musical.
“THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a musical gift to those who love theatre. Out show is particular helps remind me why I do what I do. As the Man in Chair says, ‘Theatre gives you a song to carry in your head when you are feeling blue,” Director, Katie Kolster, states.
As eventful as the show is, the story takes place completely within the Man in Chair’s mind and manifests itself inside his apartment while he listens to the record of the 1928 fictitious show. Watch as he continuously takes the audience in and out of his fantasy and become lost in this glamorous comedy.
The principal cast consists of Caleb McCarroll as Man in Chair, Hannah Treat as The Chaperone, Mosha Clyma as Janet Van de Graff, Zach Kujath as Robert Martin, Julianna McCarroll as Mrs. Tottendale, Demetrius Hampton as Underling, Alex Gicinto as George, Alejandro Reliford as Gangster #1, Gabe Sawyer as Gangster #2, Austin Hardiman as Feldzeig, Gi Gi Willett as Kitty, Melody Olvera as Trix the Aviatrix, Braden Best as Aldolpho, as Leah White as the Superintendent. The ensemble is comprised of Hope Romero, Emma Drace, Bailey Shaw, Abbie Braley, Raynesha Green, Sydni Embry, Hannah Steele, Rachel Miller, Leigh Ann Beam, Jessica Madrid, Raheem Fielder-Bey, Chris Solomon, Jacob Alvarado, and John Dickmann.
The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with THE CRUCIBLE showing February 26-28, 2015 and MOON OVER BUFFALO April 16-18, 2015. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 to reserve for adults or $8 at the door.
KANSAS CITY REGION RESPONDS, LAUNCHES “KC RISING”
TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL ECONOMY
Nov. 11, 2014 – Announced today, the Kansas City region’s business, civic and government leaders are launching KC Rising, a new effort that will:
• Build capacity to bring existing businesses to greater scale
• Synchronize and optimize initiatives supporting existing businesses
• Fully realize the KC region’s potential through business growth
KC Rising is initially focused on building capacity within three economic drivers: globally competitive sectors, innovation and entrepreneurship, and human capital. The planning process will be completed in three phases with regular reporting to the community: Issue Definition and Vision Setting; Strategy Prioritization and Development; and Plan Roll Out.
“While many of our peer cities have bounced back from the Great Recession, the KC region is not keeping up – and the gap is growing,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Scott Smith, former CEO of HNTB Infrastructure. “Now is the time for a sustainable, strategic vision for the economic future of our entire KC region … we are all in this together.”
KC Rising is a strategic, business-led, long-term vision that is global in perspective and regional in focus. This community initiative is focused on three measurable outcomes:
• High growth in the Kansas City region’s Gross Metropolitan Product
• High-paying and sustainable, quality jobs
• A thriving innovation and business-creation environment
“A recent Brookings Report made it clear the KC region must be better positioned for success in the areas of job growth, global market share and commercialization,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “We are kicking things off today and realize the tremendous task ahead of us. I am confident that the promise of KC Rising will become a reality.”
Groups comprised of business and civic leadership from across the two-state region will support, implement and sustain this collaborative initiative. KC Rising is led by a steering committee with input on the development of strategies led by work groups focused on the initial three economic drivers.
KC Rising is supported by active engagement of the leadership and staff of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and the support of many regional chambers of commerce including the KC Chamber, our great educational institutions, and elected officials across the region, among others.
About KC Rising
KC Rising is a regional, collaborative, business community-led effort to develop a path for the KC region to reach its full economic potential. KC Rising will develop strategies for accelerating the region’s economic growth and ensure its continued competitiveness in the global economy. www.kcrising.com.
Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch announced today that Raytown Police Sergeant Michael “Mike” McDonough, will be retiring after serving the residents of Raytown for 40 years. Sgt. McDonough’s retirement date is 01-02-2015.
Sgt. McDonough first started working for the City of Raytown in the Street Department, in 1974. In August 1975, Sgt. McDonough started his police career as a district patrol officer, later becoming a detective, a fire investigator, and has been the Sergeant over the Detention Unit, Investigations and then Traffic, where he currently serves. He has worked in almost every facet of police work. Among his career accomplishments, are Raytown Police Officer of the Year and the Lifesaving Award from the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. Sgt. McDonough also received the Raytown Fire District James Schneider Award for Lifesaving.
Sgt. McDonough was the recipient of a 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award. The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work.
Sgt. McDonough is the Secretary of the Raytown Police Benefit Fund. During his tenure, the Fund has been involved in many fundraising events. In the last ten years, nearly $150,000.00 has been raised for local charities including Hope House, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), Raytown Educational Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, and Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Sgt. McDonough is a past Board Member of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home and current Board Member of REAP, and remains very involved with REAP’s events and efforts.
Sgt. McDonough, nearly lifelong Raytown resident, was elected to the Raytown Charter Commission, where he has joined other Commissioners in writing, and later proposing, a Charter for the City of Raytown.
RaytownOnline.com recorded the event using 2 cameras and a digital audio recorder. The event has been divided to allow easier viewing of the portions most interesting to our readers. The short video presentation has been excluded, as it stated in the credits that it was copyrighted and that all rights were reserved.
The first video features patriotic music performed by the Raytown Community Symphonic Band directed by Eric Eckhoff.
The second video is primarily Kansas City Men’s Chorus directed by Noel Fulkerson, but also includes an Armed Forces Color Guard and the National Anthem.
The third video contains speeches by Mayor Bower and State Representative McDonald.
The fourth video features the individual Rayt0wn Vets and finished with the Stars and Stripes Forever.
The missing leaves on the right side is not one of the 5. It is a cropping error.
Election duties precluded RaytownOnline.com taping the last charter meeting. Click HERE
for the unapproved minutes of that meeting as a PDF file. approval by the Commission will take place at the Commissions next meeting.
This press release was dated Nov. 7th, 2014 and received by RaytownOnline.com in mid-afternoon.
Based on the ruling from the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri, the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Beginning at 2 p.m. today, licenses will be issued at both the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City and the Truman Courthouse in Independence.
“Courts are ruling that marriage is a fundamental right of every citizen,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “Given that marriage is such an important right, sound public policy dictates that right be applied uniformly across the state.”
“Marriage affords couples important legal protections, ranging from family leave, the ability to care for or visit a sick spouse, the opportunity to secure inheritances, or file for joint insurance,” said County Executive Sanders. “I am pleased that our staff is working expeditiously to accommodate applicants.”
Given the historic nature of this decision, retired Judge Vernon E. Scoville will be available to perform marriage ceremonies starting at 2 p.m. today. These ceremonies will be conducted in the Legislative Chambers of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City.
Raytown’s 6th Annual Tribute and Thank You to All American Veterans and Veteran widows will take place on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
We will honor our veterans with a fantastic color guard and presentation of a memorial wreath in memory of those veterans who have left us. Missouri State Legislator Tom McDonald and Raytown Mayor David Bower will spotlight all veterans. The Kansas City Men’s Chorus directed by Noel Fulkerson and the Raytown Community Symphonic Band directed by Eric Eckhoff will perform. A social hour will immediately follow.
Sponsored by: Raytown Council on Aging, Raytown Arts Council, Raytown Retired Teachers Association and Marguerite McNair Chapter DAR.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Raytown High School Auxiliary Gymnasium
The Raytown Community Band Plays from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Program Begins at 2 p.m.
Archive video of the musical programming from the 2013 Annual Tribute to Veterans and Veteran’s Widows
Amendment #3 would take control away from locally elected school district and apply a flawed formula for teacher evaluation and retention. Any formula that relies solely on student test scores and does not take into account what the students abilities were when they started the class is unfair. Teachers working with students who are far behind in grade level performance would suffer. Districts with an influx of below average students from neighboring districts would suffer.
Individual progress is a better indicator of teaching skill, rather than group test results.
No on #2 : Allows evidence from instances where the individual was found innocent to be introduced
No on #6: Does not actually increase voter access and leaves early voting subject to the legislatures willingness to fund it.
No on #10: It is a power grab by the legislature away from the Governor.
The subject of this meeting was a revisit of the issues of the last meeting… recall, referendum, and initiative. The required numbers of signatures was lowered by lowering the percentage of registered voters required for placement on the ballot. Recall was lowered from 30% of registered voters to 17.5%. Referendum and initiative were both lowered to 8%.
The speeches were short and the mood was joyous at Raytown South High for the official Ground-Breaking for the new football stadium. The future promises new bleachers for the home crowd on the West side, the relocation of the old bleachers for the visitors on the East side and restrooms a plenty. The short video starts with the speeches, then pictures of the multitude of officials and students posing with the obligatory gold shovels. The Raytown South High School Drum Line finishes the ceremony off with some spirited percussion.