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Archive for March, 2012
Mar 31 2012
RaytownOnline.com will be broadcasting live this morning from garage sales in Raytown and the Retired Raytown Teachers scholarship fundraiser at Raytown South High. Click on the live video tab to check it out.
Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is hosting the 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Families can look forward to the Easter Egg Hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, food, and entertainment. Westridge Gardens is located at 11901 Jessica Lane, Raytown, MO 64138
Mar 29 2012
Ann Weaver and Dianne Saltzmann, teachers from Little Blue Elementary in the Raytown School District, have been selected as Most Valuable Teachers by Pearson Science and Humanities for their work in the teaching of science.
Weaver and Saltzmann will be guests of Pearson at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in late March. Teachers from all grade levels, kindergarten through college, will be represented at the conference, sharing ideas about the teaching of science.
Weaver and Saltzmann were recognized by Pearson for their superior efforts in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mar 28 2012
Ray-South High School Cafeteria
Saturday, March 31
11-2:00 SHOP and EAT!
400 Buy-It-Now Items:
Fundraiser for college/trade school scholarships & dual enrollment tuition for RAYTOWN students
Sponsored by Raytown Retired Teachers & School Personnel Association
Grand Drawing @ 2:45—tickets $1 each or 6 for $5
These photos come from School Board member Jerome Barnes. They were taken last week at the NCAA games in St. Louis.
The Democratic Caucuses will be held tomorrow (March 29th) at the meeting room in Hi-Vee. The caucus is open to Raytown Democrats and starts at 7:30. The doors will open at 6:30 and will close at 7:30. To participate, you must be there by 7:30.
Mar 28 2012
Music students from the Raytown School District participated in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 24th.
Band students from Raytown High School who earned a Superior I rating and who will be competing at the State Music Festival at the University of Missouri on April 27 are as follows: Jessica Aguilera, Clarinet Solo; Iwalani Rafaele, Horn Solo;Jonny White, Tenor Sax Solo; Cassy Mais, Flute Solo; Logan Anderson, Trumpet Solo; Joseph McCutcheon, Snare drum Solo; Michael Frojd, Snare drum Solo and Marimba Solo; DJ Plesser, Marimba Solo; Carl Von Sirls, Timpani Solo; Tristan Young, Jonny White, Crista Pinkston, Joseph McCutcheon, Saxophone Quartet; and Logan Anderson, Crosbie Jarrett, Iwalani Rafaele, Corey Prochaska, Mitchell White, Brass Quintet.
Students who earned an Excellent 2 rating are as follows: Audrey Drace, Horn Solo; Hannah Treat, Horn Solo; Crosbie Jarrett, Trumpet Solo; Sally Farrand, Alto Sax Solo; Jade Elliot, Marimba Solo; Joe Straws, Marimba Solo and Snare Drum Solo; Reid Marple, Snare Drum Solo; Brandon Williams, Marimba Solo;DJ Plesser, Timpani Solo; Madison Barrett, Piano Solo; Hunter DeLaMare, Snare drum Solo and Marimba Solo; Nick Peterson, Marimba Solo and Snare Drum Solo; Nick Peterson, Snare Drum Solo; Shannon Xu, Xylophone Solo; Maurice Bruce, Snare drum Solo; and Iwalani Rafaele, Audrey Drace, and Hannah Treat, Horn Trio.
Students from Raytown South earning a Superior I Rating were as follows:
Deja Higgins, Clarinet Solo; Austin Hornbostel, Alysa Orchard, and Zach Shupe, Trumpet Trio; Elisha Ruhman, Tuba Solo; Austin Hornbostel, Trumpet Solo; Allison Freed, Flute Solo; and Jacob Adamson, French Horn Solo.
Students receiving an Excellent 2 rating were as follows: Michael Keightley, Alto Solo; and Zach Shupe, Trumpet solo.
Raytown High School Orchestra students who earned Superior I ratings and who will compete at the State Music Festival on April 27th are as follows: Zakiah Marshall, viola solo; Larry Hernandez, cello solo; Melody Olvera, violin solo; Monica Hernandez, viola solo; Hannah Scheerer, violin solo; Alex Accurso and Noel Miller, violin duet; and Hannah Scheerer and Emma Givens, violin duet.
The following students received an Excellent II rating: Erin Konomos and Erin Kelly, violin duet; Briena Frost and Shona Young, string duet; Blake Shepheard and Samantha Causey, violin duet; Alexis Hartenstein and Megan Leuty, violin duet; Alex Accurso, Noel Miller, Monica Hernandez and Larry Hernandez,string quartet; Tristen Caudle, viola solo; Emma Givens, violin solo; Andrea Layton, violin solo; Rachel Propst, viola solo; Blake Shepheard, violin solo; and Evan Steele, piano solo and viola solo.
Larry Edwards submittted photos from a car wreck on 350 Highway last week. The location is in front of the Dairy Queen.
Mar 28 2012
The Missouri State Supreme Court has finally made a rulling that the State House District map is valid.
Raytown is almost totally in the 28th District now and three candidates have filed for that seat, one Republican and two Democrats. Ward II Alderman Jim Aziere has filed as a Republican, State Representative Tom McDonald and former Alderman Pat Reihle have filed as Democratic candidates. Both Aziere and Reihle have run for State legislature in the past. Aziere lost in the general election and Reihle did not make it past the primary.
Raytown has been hit with a wave of recent home break-ins. Four homes were broken into on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday the thieves broke the front door of a home on the 5300 block of S Hunter Ave. On Monday three more homes were broken into in the 5800 block of Harvard Ave, 5300 block of Laurel, and the 8600 block of Kentucky.
Click HERE for a channel 9 story and video on this subject.
Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is hosting their first monthly Community Coffee Club on Wednesday, April 4th from 8:00 – 9:00 am. There is no cost to join the coffee club, and it is open to the public. The coffee club is an opportunity for you to mix and mingle with others from the community. Please join us at Westridge Gardens, 11901 Jessica Lane, Raytown, MO 64138.
Mar 28 2012
Kris Baughman, Raytown C-2 Library Media Specialist for Eastwood Hills and Southwood Elementary Schools, along with Rebecca Marcum Parker, Kansas City Missouri School District Librarian have had their third book chapter, “Programs, Signage, and the Kitchen Sink: Attracting Multicultural Patrons,” accepted for publication in Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use with Scarecrow Press. A publication date has not been announced.
7329 Hardy Ave, Fri & Sat March 30-31, 8-3
Mar 27 2012
Raytown High School Seniors Alexandra Accurso and Anthony Gonnello have been selected as Honorable Mention 2012 Missouri Scholars 100. Missouri Scholars 100 is a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2012.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) sponsors the program. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated has to first meet the criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the students must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1900, be ranked in the upper ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program.
Jim L. King, Executive Director of the MASSP said, “Students who are selected to this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards. The MASSP wants to celebrate the achievement and success of these students and their schools.”
A 27-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in drive-by shooting in Raytown last month in which another man was shot in the head, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Augustus T. Webb III was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action.
According to court records, in late February, the suspect chased a car filled with people who had had an encounter with him at a nearby park. On 55th Street near Blue Ridge Cutoff, the suspect fired a number of shots at the vehicle, striking the victim in the left temple. He survived the injury. The suspect’s vehicle was noticed weeks later and police later arrested the suspect.
Prosecutors recommended a $200,000 cash bond.
Mar 26 2012
City Administrator’s Report
The building permit for construction of the third house that will be built through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program No. 3 (NSP3) grant was issued this week. The structure to be located at 5428 Sterling Avenue will be a ranch style house, replacing the house that was demolished in February.
The City has received formal plans for Phase 2 of the Gregory Square Development. A 5,500 square foot building will be constructed at the corner of 350 Highway and Gregory Boulevard adjacent to the recently opened Aldi store. The new building will feature three retail tenants. To date, two of the three tenants have submitted interior finish plans to the City. Those tenants include GameStop – a national retailer specializing in console and computer-based video games and Chipotle Mexican Grill. The building shell is anticipated to begin construction in April 2012 with tenant move-in and opening to occur this fall. An announcement of the third tenant is anticipated to occur in the coming months.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has been, perhaps, the most requested restaurant suggested by our residents over the previous two years. After many months of contacting the firm and local development companies, we are pleased to have successfully garnered the attention of Chipotle and their desire to establish a presence in Raytown.
After 38 years of service Steve Wright will be retiring at the end of the month. Staff will be hosting a reception for Steve next Friday starting at 2:00pm, at the Public Works Building located at 6417 Railroad Street, please join us in recognizing Steve’s years of service and wishing him a wonderful retirement.
Public Works attended a training session regarding alternative fuels for vehicles. Compressed natural gas is gaining support from manufacturers and aftermarket vendors as a preferred fuel choice due to cost considerations and clean burning nature of natural gas. The cost to equip a vehicle to run on compressed natural gas is not insignificant but is generally offset by the savings in fuel cost. The payoff time period varies upon the vehicle and usage of the vehicle but is generally between 2 and 6 years. The major issue that must be resolved is the high initial cost of the refueling equipment because there are very few public accessible refueling stations.
Today staff attended the second Community Advisory Group meeting regarding the study of improvements to I-70 from Paseo Boulevard to Blue Ridge Cutoff. An opportunity to submit comments and participate in on-line town hall meeting is available at www.metroi70.com. Interested parties can participate in the discussions regarding ideas for improvements.
The area has received over 2” of rain in the last two days and Public Works is glad there have been no reported backups in either the sanitary or storm sewer systems. This is a result of the efforts the city has made to improve the physical capacity and the maintenance of both the storm and sanitary sewer systems. Just a statistic for maintenance: Public Works has removed 600 cubic yards, or 60 cement trucks, of debris from the storm sewer system so far this year.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
March 27 – Planning and Zoning Special Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
Mar 21 2012
Raytown, Mo Police made 2 DUI arrests during the March 16th through 18th, 2012 Drunk Driving Crackdown. Officers also issued 5 speeding citations, 2 drug arrests, 1 Careless and Imprudent Driving, 2 seatbelt and 1 No Insurance ticket. There were also 6 violation warnings given.
Law Enforcement agencies throughout the State participated in getting drunk drivers off the streets, making Missouri roads safer.
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
Editorial: Drunks kill more people every couple months in this country than we lost on 9/11. Maybe we need to expend more in support of our local police catching drunk drivers.
Simon Messmer, MSW, Senior Director, Advocacy & Recovery Services has worked for Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH) for six years. He has played a critical role in the development of specialized housing programs for persons with mental illness, while also overseeing MHAH’s consumer-run programs and providing training and support to the agency’s many consumer staff members. Simon holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both history and psychology and a Masters of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas.
WHAT: 1.5 hour educational program
WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2012; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 9349 E. 65th Street, Raytown, MO 64133
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop will be of benefit to
persons with depression and related mental health conditions, their families and significant others, as well as care providers. The community and healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.
After attending this program the participant will be able to:
Explore the definitions of hope and recovery and their implications for those with depression
Describe ways that persons with depression and techniques can combat stress.
Understand firsthand the disabling power of a psychiatric diagnosis and wisdom gained from a lived experience of recovery
REGISTRATION: Program is free. CEU’s (Certificate of Attendance) available.
Click HERE for the brochure that includes a registration form.