The Raytown Parks and Recreation Dept. (5912 Lane, 358-4100) will be showing a free movie on Friday May 17, ‘The Princess and the Frog’, will show at dusk, for free at Kenagy Park (79th & Raytown Rd). This is a great film for young and old alike and is sure to put a smile on your face. Bring your lawn chairs, or blankets to enjoy this event at Raytown Parks.
This show is being donated by Players Paradise (9628 E 350Hwy, Raytown MO 64133) and concessions will be for sale through the Friends of the Park Foundation. For more information on the Movie in the Park call the Raytown Park Office (5912 Lane) 358-4100.
Madeline (Maddie) Lugenbeel, has recently signed to play volleyball next fall at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She is a homeschooled senior. She has also received several scholarships to attend Cottey College including a Fine Arts Theater Scholarship, Cottey Grant, Founder’s Scholarship and P.E.O. State Scholarship. Maddie will be pursing a degree in Theater and Business Management.
Maddie has played volleyball since 5th grade for Kansas City East Christian Academy. For the past three years she was varsity team captain and received All American Awards at the National Christian HomeSchool Volleyball Championships in Springfield, Mo. She has also played club volleyball for several clubs in the KC area. This year she played for Summit Volleyball Club. The directors are Eric and Dan Wilson.
Maddie’s parents are Frank and Michelle Lugenbeel of Raytown Grandparent’s: Paul and Rosemary Davidson of Raytown and Dick and Dixie Crutcher of Liberty, MO
Pictured left to right: Back Row: Coach Marla Kannady Foreman- Cottey College, Eric Lugenbeel and McKenzie Lugenbeel (siblings), Frank Lugenbeel (father) Front Row: Michelle Lugenbeel (mother), Maddie Lugenbeel
The comments by Google at the meeting have been clarified in an email to the city concerning taxes and revenues. The following is from that email.
Upon clarification from our Google tax advisor, he provided the following details on the VSPF:
· Google pays the 5% VSPF only on our TV revenues (not internet), per our Video Service Provider franchise
· The VSPF only applies to premium TV Fiber customers, and the VSPF (in addition to applicable MO taxes) does show up on the premium TV Fiber customer’s bill. However, the 5% is assessed only on the $50 tv portion of the Premium TV customer monthly bill of $120. The customer is also responsible for paying applicable local sales tax
· We do not assess the VSPF for our Free or 1Gig-only Fiber customers (though the customer still has to pay sales tax per local tax laws, on top of any of our monthly fees)
· VSPF is also applied to Video on demand and premium TV channels (such as ESPN 3D), and the VSPF will also show up on the customer’s bill
The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Judith Jordan Campbell as the principal for Spring Valley Elementary. Dr. Campbell replaces Greg Owen, who has been at Spring Valley since 2008.
Dr. Campbell holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, a Masters of Arts & Teaching in Varying Exceptionalities/EEL from the University of South Florida, an Education Specialist Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate of Science in Education from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Campbell most recently served as the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership and Development for The Kansas City division of Teach for America. Prior to that, she served as the principal of Troost Elementary in Kansas City for 4 years.
Raytown Central Middle School Counselor Sandy Playter (left) was selected as the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.
Playter taught pre-school and spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom before starting her career in counseling. In 1988, Playter began as a counselor at Boone Elementary School in the Center School District.
She joined the Raytown School District as a counselor for Raytown Middle School in 1996. In 2008, Playter moved to her alma mater, Raytown Central Middle School (CMS), after it reopened as a middle school.
“I attended CMS when it was in junior high school from 6th through 9th grade,” Playter said. “I love to brag that my 9th grade class raised the money for the mural to be painted.”
In Playter’s nomination packet, Central Middle Secretary Carmen Sambursky (right) said, “Sandy makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as School Counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, and she willingly shares her talents and gifts and lets her expertise shine through helping others. She has a strong commitment and dedication to students, parents, and staff.”
Playter extends her time and talents beyond counseling. She directs the Spotlight Singers; a group of approximately 20 students who meet twice a week to sing and perform. Each winter and spring she takes the Spotlight Singers to various retirement homes in the area to perform for the senior citizens. Each year, the students are told how much enjoyment their performance brings to the residents.
Playter has also been the secretary of the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association since 2005.
“I have had a wonderful career with many amazing colleagues in my buildings and in the Greater Kansas City and State organizations,” Playter said. Though she is nearing the end of her career, Playter believes that she is “beginning to become a good counselor.”
Mahesh Sharma, Raytown City Administrator, has announced the promotion of Doug Jonesi to the position of EMS Director. “Mr. Jonesi has demonstrated an impressive aptitude of leadership in the department. Along with his wealth of emergency medical services experience, his excellent technical skills and dedication I am confident that he is the right person to head this department.” said Mr. Sharma
Mr. Jonesi has been with the city for the last 28 years. He began his career in Emergency Medical Services in 1979 in Patterson, California. He has stated that his love for EMS comes from the unique challenges EMS workers face each day.The department consists of a physician medical director, paramedics and EMTs including in-house continuing education, making sure that all staff is always on top of the latest and best methods.
Doug has been married to Susan for 23 years. They have one son, who is studying computer science at the University of Missouri before joining the United States Air Force. Outside of work Doug enjoys music and can be found playing blues throughout the metro area.
The May 7th meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen will have items on it that are controversial. The main item of interest is the first reading of a proposed change to allow Wal-Mart to build a store in the downtown area known as the Green Space.
Before the 7:00 pm meeting there will be a work session at 6:30 to hear a report on the Downtown Streetscape and Bike/Pedestrian Trail Update form Andy Noll, Public Works Director.
The Wal_mart requested zoning change is the second to last item on the agenda and reads as follows.
10.Public Hearing: A public hearing to consider a Change in Zoning for property located at 6200 Blue Ridge Boulevard, 10016 E. 63rd Street and 10028 E. 63rd Street.
10a.FIRST Reading: Bill No. 6318-13, Section XIII. AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A CHANGE IN ZONING FROM NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL AND TOWN SQUARE OVERLAY DISTRICT TO NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL AND PLANNED ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICT ON LAND LOCATED AT 6200 BLUE RIDGE BOULEVARD, 10016 E. 63RD STREET & 10028 E. 63RD STREET IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI. Point of Contact: John Benson, Director of Development and Public Affairs.
Little Blue Elementary students enjoyed“muffins with mom” on April 19th. The festivities concluded Little Blue’s spirit week which included days such as wacky hair day, pajama day, hat day, and Relay For Life Jeans Day.
The Raytown South Middle 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band went on “tour” visiting Westridge, Southwood, and Spring Valley in March. In addition to performing, the students gave a presentation about band and read books with 5th graders at Westridge and Spring Valley.
The Jazz Band traveled to Maryville, Missouri to participate in the Northwest Jazz Festival held on the college campus of Northwest Missouri State University. The band received 1st place and TaMiya Strickland received the Outstanding Middle School Jazz Soloist Award.
“I am very proud of the students for their stellar performances and for acting a great citizens while on tour this past Friday,” Director of Bands Brenda Kueck said.
* This article is another of my missed press release emails.
Raytown High School’s Family, Career, and Community Leader of America (FCCLA) group participated in Region 14 Students Taking action with Recognition (STAR) events on Tuesday, February 5.
Josie Friebohle (left) and Rebekah Walker-Main (right) received a Gold rating for their Environmental Ambassador Event concerning technology recycling at RHS. These students will represent Raytown High School at FCCLA MO State Leadership Conference in April this year. Raytown High’s FCCLA is led by Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Theresa Delich.
* RaytownOnline apologizes for being tardy in publishing this story. A group of emailed press releases went to the wrong folder and were overlooked until now.
RAYTOWN ALDERMEN TO CONSIDER GOOGLE FIBER AGREEMENT Residents would experience TV and jet speed internet.
Raytown, MO? On May 7, 2013, the Aldermen of Raytown, Missouri will consider adopting an agreement with Google Fiber for the installation of high speed internet. This will be the first reading of the agreement. The second reading and vote would occur on May 21, 2013. The two week interval gives the Raytown citizens a chance to read the agreement and make comments to their aldermen.
Raytown would be the second city in Missouri to get the service. Kansas City, Missouri has already inked a deal with the provider. The city staff have been diligently working with Google to get the agreement in place. “We are absolutely thrilled with the opportunity that this could bring the residents of Raytown.” Said Mahesh Sharma,City Administrator.
Google Fiber will provide an Internet connection speed of one gigabit per second for both download and upload. This is 1,024 megabits per second, or 128 megabytes per second (there are 8 bits in a byte), or roughly 100 times faster access than what most Americans have. Obtaining the full gigabit speed will require a wired Ethernet connection to the supplied router, which currently supports only the 802.11a/b/g/n wireless protocols. The best of these, 802.11n, has a maximum net data rate of 600 Mbit/s.
Google Fiber offers daily tours of their facility at 1814 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
Board of Aldermen meetings are held at Raytown City Hall’s Board Chambers, 10000 E. 59th St., Raytown, Missouri. The agreement will be available for viewing the afternoon of May 3 on the Raytown Website at www.raytown.mo.us.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet tomorrow (May 2nd) at 7:00 pm. The last meeting ended in a tie vote on the Wal-Mart issue. There have been recommended changes that include not being open 24 hrs. a day, reducing the size of signage, and the elimination of the parking lot extending to 63rd Street.
Wal-Mart is not asking for tax abatement for this project, but members of the community are worrying that the downtown area is already designated a 353 tax abatement district.
To read the city document on the downtown 353 district, click HERE.
Ashley Schmidt, a former Raytown South High School standout is a Freshman at IWCC taking General Studies. She has signed her Letter of Intent to return to Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) next year and hopes to play for a Mid-Major D1 College her Junior and Senior years.
Ashley picked up 2 more Wins (22-5) at the Regional Tournament. Ashley 22 Wins is currently tied for 10th as the most Wins by a Pitcher in the NJCAA Division 1. In establishing her 22-5 record Ashley registered 162 Strikeouts in 173 innings in her 28 Games Started and has an ERA of 1.98.
Ashley captured 2 ICCAC “Scholar-Athlete of the Week” Awards in just 3 weeks! For the week of Apr 9, 2013 and for the week of Apr 23, 2013. (Click on link for full story).
Ashley also received two 2013 NJCAA Region XI D1 Softball Awards – “1st Team All-Region” and “All-Region Pitcher of the Year”!
The #12 Iowa Western CC Riever’s (39-11) will advance to the District J Championship Series May 3-4 where they will host Jefferson College, MO (46-6). Winner of the 3 Game Series will advance to the D1 National Championship in St. George, Utah May 15-18, 2013.