ST. MATTHEW’S CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL’S COMMUITY SYMPHONIC BAND
AND ST. MATTHEW’S RESURRECTION ENSEMBLE
2:00 PM, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013
The Raytown Arts Council and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church invite the community to an afternoon of symphonic music (with a little seasonable jazz thrown in) at the Christmas Celebration Concert presented by the Raytown Community Symphonic Band under the direction of Bob Cochran
The concert will be presented at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 9349 E 65th Street, Raytown, MO. The festivities begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 7, 2013, A Reception follows. Come enjoy the season’s best. There is no admission charge.
The Resurrection Ensemble, led by drummer Bill McVey, the band’s percussionist (AKA the rector of St. Matthew’s), will also play some “jazzy” Christmas favorites, and a surprise guest will contribute to the festivities.
This is the third annual St. Matthew’s Christmas Musical Festival, and the 2011 and 2012 versions were very well attended and received by the community. We look forward to another wonderful concert this year.
Raytown, MO Police Department Joins National Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers
Raytown, MO – From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, will include high-visibility enforcement throughout the Kansas City Metro area and will run from December 13 through January 2, 2014.
The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the winter holidays.
Raytown Police said its Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators according to National Highway Traffic Safety. In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days.”
State Senator Kiki Curls, who represents a large portion of Raytown, was the featured speaker at the Raytown Democratic Associations November meeting. Senator Curls spent a major portion of her presentaion taking questions from the audience.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp also spoke to the group on unified dispatch, the new radio system, CSI needs and the replacement of an automated licence plate scanner.
Raytown South boys soccer had a great season and made it to the Final Four in the post season tourneyment. That season ended today with a 2 to 0 loss to Carthage at the Blue Springs South High School field.
City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator
The White Oak West Sanitary Sewer Line A construction project contractor will soon start the large diameter underground bore necessary for the project. One boring location will place the sewer under the creek and the other will place the sewer under 83rd Street.
Public Works took possession of the new bucket truck this week. Staff is excited for the delivery as the order was approved by the Board of Aldermen on January 15, 2013. The new truck can reach slightly higher than the old truck and has several safety and operational improvements that will make operations more efficient and safer. The old and new truck will be on display in the parking lot of City Hall at the next Board of Aldermen meeting on December 2, 2013.
As the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is tasked with developing and updating plans and policies that direct the future of the transportation network in the Kansas City region. MARC is seeking public input on the update to the Transportation Outlook 2040; the regional planning document for transportation. The vision of the planning document is “Together, we envision: A safe, balanced, regional multimodal transportation system that is coordinated with land-use planning, supports equitable access to opportunities and protects the environment.” The Transportation Outlook 2040 policy framework includes:
• Climate change/energy use
• Economic vitality
• Place making
• Public health
• Safety and security
• System conditions
• System performance
The public is encouraged to take a survey that can be found at www.to2040.org to voice their opinions and thoughts for the transportation network in the Kansas City region.
Development & Public Affairs
On Thursday, November 14th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture performed their annual inspection of the City’s animal control operations. The visit included an inspection of the City’s animal control vehicle, animal control records and animal control record keeping practices. At conclusion of the inspection, the inspector concluded that all aspects of the city’s animal control operations were approved.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
November 26 – Legislative Committee 6:00 p.m.
November 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday City Hall Offices Closed
Raytown Mayor David Bower will proclaim November 22 as Raytown South High Boys’ Soccer Team Day in a pep assembly at Raytown South High at 9:10 a.m. The proclamation comes in observance of the team’s advance into the final four of the MSHSAA Class 2 State Championship for the first time in Cardinal history.
Photo from the proclamation ceremony.
Left to Right ( Superintendent of Schools Dr. Allan Markely, Mayor David Bower, Assistant Principal Shunton Hammond, Head Coach Dan Porter, Assistant Coach Rob Murdock, Volunteer Coach Whitney Wright)
The Raytown South varsity boys soccer team has advanced to the State Class 2 Playoffs by defeating Liberty North , 1-0. The Cardinals will play Carthage on Friday at 2:00 at Blue Springs South High School. The other semi-final matchup will feature St. Mary’s (St. Louis) vs. St. Dominic in the game preceding South’s at 12:00. The Cardinals are coached by Dan Porter.
I have just received a message that Joseph has been found.
It is not from any official source.
Joseph Eversoll was last seen in Raytown on Sat. He is described as 5′ 9″ to 6′ 0″, brown hair, hazel eyes, 175 lbs. You are asked to contact the Raytown or Independence Police with any info. A report is on file in Independence, but as of this report no report was found in Raytown.
Selections for All-District music programs have been made, and the Raytown District is well- represented.
All District Orchestra selections for RaytownHigh School were Hannah Scheerer, violin; Ashton Yoder, alternate cello; and Skylar Thompson, violin. The orchestra is directed by Amy Sadler.
All District Orchestra selections for Raytown South High were Megyn Payne, viola; and for String Orchestra, Rosie Schauffler, violin; Jacinda Godfirnon, violin; Issac Barkley, violin; Kaitlyn Barley, violin; Austin Shults, cello; and Ellis Moore, bass. The orchestra is directed by Suzannah Smith.
All District Band selections for Raytown High were Crosbie Jarrett, trumpet; Laura Geeting, trumpet; and Christa Pinkston, saxophone. Jarrett was also selected as first chair trumpet for All-District Jazz Band, and Pinkston was selected for tenor sax for All-District Jazz Band. The band is directed by Joe Hill.
All District Band selections for Raytown South High were Alyssa Orchard on trumpet. The band is directed by Michelle Dake.
All District Choir selections for Raytown High were Christa Pinkston, Women’s Honor Choir; and Hannah Treat, Women’s Honor Choir. The choir is directed by Roxanna Brown.
RaytownSouthMiddle School band students honored were Josh Blew, for alto saxophone first chair in the Kansas City Metro All-District Middle School Band. Blew will perform with the District Band on December 14 at ParkHillHigh School. The SMS band is directed by Brenda Kueck.
Sutherlands sells a truckload of fruit and nuts twice a year at a very low price. The sales are right before Thanksgiving and Christmas and are a one day Friday sale. The Thanksgiving sale this year will take place on November 22nd. If you need fruit and nuts for your holiday celebration, this is a way to get it wholesale.
RaytownSouthHigh School’s Chester McIntyre, senior, recently starred as Usnari Dela Vega in the school’s musical production of In the Heights.
The musical by Lin-Manuel is set over the course of three days, and involves an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of WashingtonHeights in New York City. The production was directed at South High by Brent Martin.
Cuzzins is gone, the new establishment is calls Stumbles. The bad news is that the decor is still 70s local bar. The good news is the food is very very good and the beer selection is large for a operation this size.
The pork tender was excellent as were the sweet potato fries and the slaw was good. Nice crunchy breading over a thick moist large pork loin, crisp large sweet potato fries, which are best eaten quickly as all sweet potato fires tend too loose the crisp faster than plain potato fries, and a coleslaw that was homemade and neither sweet or sour, with a dressing more ranch like in nature with celery seeds. The hamburger was described to me by my luncheon companion as very good. The only down note was that the size of the tender was way to large for the bun and the bun was not any better than burger chain quality.
The menu is slightly more exotic than old school bar. Your normal appetizer fair has mini tacos and hummus added to the more common potato skins and other common choices. The only unusual sandwich is a gyro. Stumbles does seem to have a large salad selection, with 6 meal class salads like grilled steak and asian chicken. The main entrees are the standard steak, grilled pork loin, and grilled chicken. Click HERE for page 1 of the menu and click HERE for page 2.
Stumbles is located on 350 Highway, just East of Quick Trip and across the street from Church’s Chicken.
Amy at the bar
Pool and darts room
Pork tenderloin without the bun
Cheese burger with bacon
English teachers Marlee Stempleman, Raytown High School, and Jessica Kendall, Raytown South High School, will present as members of the panel, “FROM POETRY GROUP TO PUBLICATION” at the annual National Council of Teachers of English conference on November 22, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The conference is designed for elementary and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators, and other education professionals from around the world, and is filled with four days of professional learning programming. Attendees share best practices, test latest teaching materials and hear speakers from around the country. NCTE has over 35,000 members worldwide, and proclaims as its mission dedication “to improving teaching and learning of English and launguage arts at all levels of education.”
The office of economic development at RaytownCity Hall has received three responses to its request for proposal (RFP) to develop an approximate 3.4 acre property owned by the city in downtown Raytown. The property is located at 6200 Blue Ridge Boulevard and is bounded by East 62nd Street on the north, Raytown Road on the west and Blue Ridge Boulevard on the east. The responses received are from Flaherty & Collins in Indianapolis, Indiana, Carr Baier Crandall (CBC Real Estate Group) in Kansas City, Missouri and from the Raytown Main Street Association.
The RFPs will be reviewed by city staff within the next 60 days. City staff will then present the proposals and staff recommendations to the Board of Aldermen. Proposals will be available to the public after the Board of Aldermen have reviewed them per Missouri State Statute 610.021 (2) dealing with the sale of real estate.
The RFPs were initiated by the City of Raytown in September to gauge interest in developing the property after a previous plan for a Neighborhood Market grocery store from Walmart Corporation pulled their plan off the table.
goodbidding.org Thrift and Flea is located at 10227 East 61st Street, next to Raytown High School.
goodbidding.org Thrift & Flea is an organization dedicated to connecting charities with the funds raised from resold items. Goods are offered for sale via the store and website. When items are purchased from goodbidding.org Thrift & Flea, proceeds are directed to local charities. By donating to us (donations are tax deductible), you will help to raise awareness of a local charities and provide them much needed funds.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Donate items to stock the shelves. Nominate eligible charities. Buy it for good. Visit the store or website today! Please visit the flea market booths that are also making a difference. Together we can make a difference in our community.
Additionally a grand opening event will be held Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 – 4:00.
The video has a special pre-recorded guest appearance by Mayor Bower.
Raytown South High School’s varsity boys soccer team has advanced to the top 8 in Class 4 in the state by defeating Harrisonville 2-1. The Cardinals will play on Saturday, November 16 in a Quarterfinal matchup with Liberty North at 4:30 p.m. at Raytown South High. A win Saturday advances the Cardinals to the State Semi-finals.
The Cardinals are coached by Dan Porter, and assistant coaches are Ryan Murdock and Whitney Wright.
“We are very proud of the Cardinal team and coaches,” District Activities Director Bob Glasgow said. The team made history by claiming the school’s first ever quarterfinal advancement.
Norfleet Elementary 3rd grader Andrew Porter is the Punt, Pass, and Kick Champion for his age group in the Kansas City area. Andrew is pictured here with his PE teacher, Darryl Duncan. Andrew is the son of Dan and Kendra Porter, teachers at Raytown South High and Raytown Middle School respectively.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to rob Blue Ridge Bank and Trust at gunpoint, after being foiled by a bank guard and a federal agent who was a customer at the bank.
Eric L. Smith, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 31 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.
Smith was found guilty at trial of attempted armed bank robbery, using a firearm during a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug. 14, 2013.
Smith attempted to rob Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, 6202 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown, Mo., on June 23, 2012. Smith entered the bank and pointed a firearm at a security guard who was seated in the lobby. Smith walked straight to the guard, still pointing the firearm at him, and demanded that the guard give him his weapon. Smith fled from the bank without taking any money when the guard fired three rounds from his 9mm Glock handgun in Smith’s direction. A bullet fired from the guard’s gun shattered the glass in one of the doors through which Smith exited the bank.
The only customer in the bank, a federal agent who was dressed in plain clothes, drew his weapon, pointed it at Smith and pursued Smith out of the bank along with the guard. Smith stopped in the parking lot and turned and fired one shot toward the bank, guard and federal agent. Smith continued running through the parking lot and around the western corner of the strip mall. Smith ran to a red four-door sedan he had parked behind the mall and sped away.
An anonymous tipster saw a surveillance photo of Smith and called the Crime Stoppers TIP Hotline on June 26, 2012. The caller reported that Smith had a bandaged right hand since Saturday but no hand injury on Friday night. The tip led law enforcement officers to the home of Smith’s mother, where he was staying. Smith was at home and was arrested on outstanding warrants.
When agents searched the house, they found a loaded .40-caliber Ruger under a cushion of the couch. The Ruger matched the firearm used by Smith in the attempted bank robbery. The brand of ammunition found in the firearm matched the live round and the shell casing found in the parking lot of Blue Ridge Bank and Trust. Additionally, a forensic expert determined that the .40-caliber shell casing recovered from the parking lot was fired from the Ruger found under the couch cushion. The Ruger contained live rounds of ammunition that matched the shell casing and bullet recovered from the crime scene. Law enforcement officers also identified a Ford four-door sedan parked at the residence that matches the vehicle in which the robber fled.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Smith has two prior felony convictions for aggravated robbery.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speaker will be
Shalonn “Kiki” Curls
State Senator, 9th District
President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
STEM in the Gym is finally here! On Thursday, November 7 elementary students can visit RaytownCentralMiddle School from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of Science, Technology, Enginieering, and Mathematics activities. Among the featured stops will be Mad Science from 6:05- 6:35 (limited to 110 attendees) and a weather demonstration from KMBC’s Bryan Busby from 6:45-7:30 (limited to 110 attendees), and special demonstrations from Ken-A-Vision. The Bio Bus from Missouri Western, where students can work in a real lab, will be open in the parking lot.
The school with the highest percentage of attendees will receive a donation of microscopes from Ken-A-Vision. QR codes will be used to track students for their respective schools. With the assistance of faculty and high school student volunteers, students will also be able to visit experiment stations, including Vanishing Stirring Rods, Tornado Twist, Candy Cars, Sink or Float, Oil and Water, and Super Strong Bubbles.
The National Society of Black Engineers, LakesideNatureCenter, the American Society of Civil Engineers Young Members K.C. Group, General Mills, the UMKC Society of Physics, Learn Science and Math Lego Build, the Raytown High School Math Club, and the Kansas City Archeological Society, and the Kansas City Zoo will all be represented with displays and demonstrations. Students will even get to see a fire truck outside the gym.
The event is sponsored by the Raytown PTA Council, under the direction of programming vice-president Kenya Pieters. Major sponsors for the event include the Raytown Educational Foundation and Ken-A-Vision, and sponsors include General Mills, the American Association of University Women, Christy Garnett, and the Raytown Lee’s Summit Community Credit Union.
Students will have the chance to enter gift raffles with donations from CoCo Key Water Resort, the Kansas City Zo, ParadisePark, ScienceCity, Union Station, and the Union Station Planetarium.
Fleetridge Elementary second grader Briona Weston gets help with the Vanishing Stirring Rods display from Eastwood Hills Behavior Interventionist Mr. Cleathus Waddy. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the first STEM in the Gym event for Raytown elementary students.
Robinson Elementary third grader Allison Zaiser’s hair displayed the effect of static electricity at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Lucas Mayo, Norfleet 3rd grader, engineers a structure from spaghetti and marshmallows at the first STEM in the Gym night for Raytown Elementary students. The Society for Young Engineers sponsored the building table.
Calli Hoffman, 5th grader at Little Blue Elementary in Raytown spends time looking at pelts and “scat” , samples from the Lakeside Nature Center which were on display at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Lucas Mayo, 3rd grader at Norfleet Elementary in Raytown looks for the charged energy at the first STEM in the Gym for Raytown elementary students. The demonstration was one of over 20 activities for students focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
All photos were taken by John Billings
Football All-Conference honors have been announced for the Raytown South and Raytown High School Football teams.
Casey McDermott, Raytown South senior, was selected Conference Defensive Player of the Year. First team selections for the Cardinals are Raymond Chase, Offensive Line; Casey McDermott, Defensive Line and Punter; and Jabril Cox, Linebacker. Marshall Purtee was selected for Second Team, Offensive Line.
Honorable Mention All-Conference selections were Malcolm Bowden, Linebacker; Justice Burks, Linebacker; Reigis Canady, Defensive Back; Cameron Henderson, Running Back; Lance Lewis, Defensive Back; Ellis Moore, Defensive Back; Cordell Rodriguez, Defensive Line; William Samuels, Offensive Line; Tim Strickland, Offensive Line; Deallon Walton, Quarterback; and Dion Williams, Wide Receiver.
Bluejay First Team All-Conference selections are Josh Drake, Offensive Athlete; and Eric Sylvan, Linebacker. Second Team
Wilmore, Tight End.All- Conference selections are Ozzy Hoversten, Defensive Line; Sam King, Defensive Line; Brandon White, Linebacker; Eugene Walls, Defensive Back; Michael Young, Defensive Athlete; Aaron Spradley, Kicker; Emeril Hart, Offensive Line; and Devin
Honorable Mention All- Conference selections are Malcolm Talifero, Defensive Line; Jeff Byrd, Defensive Back; Theo Smith, Linebacker; Truman Steehn, Offensive Line; Joe Straws, Quarterback; and Aaron Spradley, Punter.