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Sports Crusaders Camps!

Sports Crusaders Basketball and Volleyball Camps!
July 23-27, 2012

For Students from 6th* grade thru 12th* grade, (*as of May 2012) camp will be held at the ROC on July 23-27, 2012.

Each camp will cost $59, if registered prior to July 16 and $69 after that day or on the day of camp

Camp Options:

1st Camp
High School Basketball & Volleyball Camp will be from 8:30-11:30am.

2nd Camp
Junior High Basketball & Volleyball Camp will be from 12:30-3:30pm.

3rd Camp
Junior High & High School Combined Basketball camp will be from 4:00-7:00pm.

July 30-Aug 3, 2012

For Children 5 years old* thru 6th* grade (*as of May 2012.)
$60 full day $35 half day, before and after care $2.50 a session

Create-A-Camp is a mash up of all things kids love! It is Vacation Bible School, Camp Applause (Fine Arts Camp),and Sports Camp all rolled into one. No more running all over town week after week, paying fee after fee to get your kid involved in summer activities. You have spoken and we have heard you. We’re having one awesome weeklong camp July 30-August 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. This all day camp for 5 year olds through 6th graders has strong Biblical teaching as well as quality instruction in sports and arts.

Your child will get to create their own camp experience by choosing two activities to Excel in everyday. They will also get the added bonus each day to Explore four other activities. Create-A-Camp includes daily age graded small group Exalt Bible study classes. Opening and closing worship rallies will Excite kiddos, and campers will Express themselves in a musical performance the whole family will enjoy.


Camp Details:

Both Camps will be held at First Baptist Raytown, 10500 E. 350 Hwy, Raytown, MO 64138

For more details or to register for a camp visit http://www.rocfitness.org/sportscamps/

Question can be directed to Carmen Kraus, ckraus@rocfitness.org, or 816-268-1526.

Bennett and Summers win debate championship

The Raytown South and Raytown High School Speech and Debate teams competed in the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Tournament on April 20-21, 2012 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The tournament does not divide schools by class (1A though 6A), and all competitors from all levels are interspersed for the competition.

Raytown South Seniors Joseph Bennett and Joseph Summers won the state Championship in Public Forum Debate defeating Springfield Central on a 3-0 decision in the final round. Bennett and Summers have both qualified for the National Debate Tournament to be held in July.

Joseph Bennett

Joseph Summers

Other All-State winners for Raytown South were: David Easley and Amanda Mesa, 4th in Policy Debate and Garrett Poorman, 4th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking. The Cardinals are coached by Matt Good.

The top finishers for Raytown High School were Junior Jackson Bonifield with Sophomore Claire Robins, who finished 11th place in Policy Debate. The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Karnesha Brown signs Letter of Intent

Raytown South High School Senior (2012 graduate) Karnesha Brown recently signed a Letter of Intent with Penn Valley Community College for a full tuition paid scholarship to play basketball.

Raytown Parks: Adult Coed Kickball!

raytown parks logoStarting June 5th on Tuesday evenings, Adult Kickball, at Kenagy park (79th & Raytown Rd.). The league will be six weeks long, $160 per coed team up to 20 people per team. Raytown will provide equipment, and umpire at each game. This will be a fun, recreation league, for folks looking for a nontraditional sport. Games will be held in the evenings for 55 minutes per game, no limit on runs scored. Raytown Parks will be taking team, and individual registration, so come and give us a try. All regular kickball rules apply with some safety rules added to ensure a fun and safe atmosphere. Games will be held at Kenagy Park, at 79th and Arlington.

Call for any more details, this league is sure to be a riot! For more information about the upcoming kickball leagues call the Raytown Park Office (5912 Lane) at 358-4100.

Raytown Fishing Derby

raytown parks logoThe Raytown Parks & Recreation Dept. (5012 Lane, 358-4100) is sponsoring the 37th annual Raytown Fishing Derby at Kenagy Park (79th & Raytown Rd.) The Fishing will be held on June 2nd at 9-11am. registration will start at 8am. This is a free activity to with prizes in several categories and age groups. All prizes have been donated by Raytown area businesses. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning competing for yourself, or with the kids. For more information call the Raytown Parks & Recreation Office at 358-4100.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/1/2012

Blotter for 5/29/2012

Blotter for 5/30/2012

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

City Administrator’s Report for 5/25/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

 Community Development
After 14 years of service to the City of Raytown Dave Batson, Neighborhood Services Specialist will be retiring. Dave has served as a code enforcement and animal control officer during his time with the City. Please join city staff on June 1st from 2-4 in the council chambers to celebrate Dave’s 14 years of service to the city and wish Dave the best of luck in his years to come.

The city has received over 50 applications for the Neighborhood Services Specialist I position. Staff has interviewed five persons for this position. It is anticipated that an offer will be extended to the selected person by June 1st and they will begin work for the City in mid-June.

The Missouri Safe Routes to School Network along with the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation has taken notice of the bicycle and pedestrian improvements that the City has made over the past few years. As such, Staff was invited to give a presentation as part of their monthly state-wide teleconference on May 23rd to members of both of these organizations as well as the Missouri Department of Transportation. The presentation and discussion focused on the various bicycle and pedestrian improvements the City has made, further bicycle and pedestrian improvements that are planned in the future, planning efforts that led to these improvements, and how the City made these improvements a reality.

Information Technology
Computer tablet training sessions are currently underway for Senior Staff and members of the Governing Body. The Administration/IT initiative to provide electronic (paperless) agenda and meeting minutes has been designed and implemented to provide improved distribution of city business meeting information and to reduce the expense and time consumption in the creation of City agenda and meeting minutes.

City E-mail Server Services has completed the migration of all City e-mail accounts onto the new City e-mail server. The new server provides greater virus and spam protection as well as increase management capabilities with smart phones and remote computer access to City e-mail through smart phones and web access.

Public Works
The Downtown Streetscape Design project is nearing a substantial milestone. The construction documents for first phase improvements are nearing completion and will be submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation in the coming week. Once the plans are approved by MODOT and the Federal Highway Administration the project will be advertised for construction bids with construction projected for this fall.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources has notified Staff that the construction plans for the White Oak West Line A Sanitary Sewer Project have been approved. The approval allows the city to release the plans for construction bids.

The asphalt crew has completed several patches this week in preparation for the Light Weight Aggregate Seal project. The crew spends approximately two months repairing deteriorated pavement in preparation of the seal project. The repairs help provide a smoother ride and minimize future pavement issues.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

Memorial Celebration, May 28.

The City of Raytown Council on Aging is hosting a Memorial Celebration, May 28. Kenagy Park. 9:00 am-Noon
In celebration of Memorial Day and May as National Older American’s month.

Program includes:
Short Memorial Service – Mayor Protem Michael Lightfoot
Patriotic music – RAC’s Polished Brass
Flag Ceremony – Sons of American Revolution Color Guard
Complimentary Continental Breakfast – Bickford House
Walk for the Health of It – For all ages on the park’s trails

Co-sponsors, Marguerite McNair Chapter DAR and Raytown Arts Council.



Here is a list of the Raytown School District schools in the City Limits of Raytown, that will be in session for Summer School:

June 4th thru June 29th, 2012

Laurel Hills- 9:05 AM to 4:10 PM

Robinson- 8:30 AM to 3:35 PM

Spring Valley-8:30 AM to 3:35 PM

Central Middle School-7:55 AM to 2:55 PM

Raytown High School- 7:15 AM to 2:15 PM

The School speed zones will be enforced during the above dates that the schools are in session.

Raytown Police are reminding motorists that the Raytown School District will be in session for Summer School and urge motorists to look out for the safety of our young pedestrians walking to schools and getting on and off school busses. Raytown Schools will be in Summer Schools Session starting June 4th, 2012 through June 29th, 2012. The school zones in Raytown are in force from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, when school are in session. In the interest of the safety of our children, Raytown Police will be enforcing these school speed limits. In addition to the normal fines for speeding, violations in a school zone carry an additional $50.00 dollar penalty. It only takes a second for a child to run out into the road after a toy or windblown item and the results can be forever tragic. Please slow down and help us save lives

High Hope Living Series

High Hope Living Series
Depression Support Group (see attached support group flyer)
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
9349 E. 65th Street
Raytown, MO 64133
Meet 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact 816-353-4582

Authentic Happiness Workshop
Thursday, June 7, 2012
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
9349 E. 65th Street
Raytown, MO 64133

Go to www.mhah.org and click on “Calendar of Events” or contact Stacy Davis (sdavis@mhah.org or 913-281-2221, ext. 112

Help Send Juvi To Peru Garage and Bake Sale

Help Send Juvi To Peru Garage and Bake Sale

When: Saturday, May 26, 2012 9am-4pm

Monday, May 28, 2012 9am-4pm

Where: 8801 E 73rd Street

Raytown, MO (corner of 73rd St & Blue Ridge Blvd)

We will everything imaginable! From Hot Dogs & Drinks, Cookies, to

Clothes of all sizes, Nick Knacks, and Pictures, to Furniture.

Raytown School News: South Middle School Jazz Band

The Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band school participated in the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 14, and received a 1 Superior rating.

According to Director Brenda Kueck, “The band played with an energy and correct groove for each style of music performed, which is generally above middle school level playing.”

Outstanding musicianship awards were awarded to Callan Searcy on guitar and Savaria Goodman as vocalist. The Jazz Band will open the noon time concert series at the United Missouri Bank in downtown Kansas City on Thursday, April 19, and will perform May 3, at the Raytown School District Retirement Celebration, honoring retiring staff.

Raytown Garden Club Refurbishes Police Memorial Monument Site

Several members of the Raytown Garden Club refurbished the site of the Raytown Police memorial monument this morning, 05-22-12. The site was located on the west side of City Hall. After the site had fallen in a state of disrepair, Raytown Police Officers Association President Michael Boessen contacted the club for assistance. The project was presented to the club for consideration and was quickly approved.

Garden Club members, including Project Chairperson Linda Dick, refurbished the site by removing the rock ground cover, and then planted flowers, bushes and trees.

The memorial was originally dedicated on May 15th, 1994, during National Police Week, to honor police officers that have fallen in the line of duty.

Man reports hearing shot after traffic dispute

The Raytown Police were notified on 5-21-12 at about 4:50 P.M. that a motorist reported hearing a gunshot in the area of 6500 Blue Ridge Blvd in Raytown after a verbal dispute with another vehicle. The motorist said that the driver of the other vehicle yelled something about being “cut off” and then sped around his vehicle. At that time the motorist said he thought he heard a gunshot and believed the driver of the other car was shooting at him. The suspect vehicle was described as a light blue older model large car, possibly a Chevy Caprice, with chrome rims and the driver was described as a black male. There was no damage to the motorist’s vehicle and no injuries. If you have information about this incident please call the TIPS Hotline at 1-800-474-TIPS. There was no indication that this incident was related to the homicide that occurred in this area on 5-13-12.

Raytown Schools recieves “What Parents Want” award

RaytownSchools receives “What Parents Want” award.

Twenty-nine Missouri schools have received the 2012 “What Parents Want Award” from SchoolMatch, an independent school selection consulting firm.

Schools are chosen for the award based on qualities parents desire for their child’s school. The information is gathered through a nationwide survey of parents.

Police Blotter for the week ending 5/25/2102

Blotter for 5/21/2012

Blotter for 5/22/2012

Blotter for 5/23/2012

Blotter for 5/24/2012

Blotter for 5/25/2012

The Raytown Police SWAT team helps capture murder suspect

Felix Turner
Felix Turner

Friday May 18th,  Raytown Police Swat Team along with the St. Joseph Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives captured Felix Turner in a Raytown apartment complex.  Turner is wanted in the murder of Brian Ulmer, 28 of  St. Joseph, Missouri. Ulmer was shot in a robbery at his home in St. Joseph and died August 22.  Ulmer leaves behind three daughters Harlie, Breanna and JeriLyn.  Multiple other suspects have been arrested and Turner is not believed to be the actual shooter.

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

Funeral services for Harry Stone

Funeral services for Harry Stone are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 9420 James A. Reed Road in Kansas City.

PWSD #2 approves pipeline replacements

The Board of Directors of PWSD #2 has approved the following pipeline replacements:

77th Terrace between Raytown Road and Arlington Avenue will receive new six inch in diameter, ductile iron pipe. Three new fire hydrants will be added to the current two, giving this neighborhood greater fire protection. This job will start after Memorial day and is expected to be completed in approximately 60 days.

Sterling Avenue between 350 Highway and 83rd Street will receive new eight inch ductile iron pipe, replacing the current six inch cast iron. A new six inch waterline connecting Harvard Avenue and five additional fire hydrants will all provide more water to the area, increasing pressure, flow and fire protection. This job will begin as soon as school lets out at Raytown South High School and is expected to be completed in approximately 60 days.

Pardon our progress; please drive carefully in construction zones. Every attempt will be made to limit lane closures and detours. All projects are scheduled to last less than 90 days.

The District will continue improving the water system for our customers, providing great tasting, safe water, now and for generations to come.

Steak & Shrimp fundraiser for REAP

Raytown Emergancy Assistance Program Fundraiser

A steak and shrimp dinner provided by the Daily Double Lounge at Woodson Villiage Shopping Center. There will also be a band playing. So great food and great music. The best part of this fundraiser is that the whole cost ($20) goes to REAP. The Daily Double picks up the whole cost of the fundraiser.

When: Saturday, May 19th
Dinner is from 6-8
Silent auction 6-7:30
Band plays from 7-???
Where- Daily Double
11509 E 63rd St
(Woodson Village Shopping Center)
Raytown, Mo 64133
Reservations would be appreciated but not necessary

Free Movie at Raytown Parks

The Friends of Raytown Parks and Recreation will be showing a free movie on Friday May 18th, the movie will be ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’, and will be shown for free at Kenagy Park. The show starts at sundown. 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.

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.


Rainbow Girls’ Round-Up

On Saturday, May 19, the Rainbow Girls in Raytown will be hosting a Rainbow Girls’ Round-Up. This is an informational membership event for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Do you know a girl…who wants to have fun; make new friends; learn new things; make a difference; be a leader? ALL girls ages 6-10 are welcome for the Rainbow Pledge group and ALL girls ages 11-19 are welcome for the Rainbow Girls’ group. These are the ONLY girls’ clubs that teach what matters most: leadership, confidence, character-building, service and FUN! Please explore www.gorainbow.org for more information, call Mrs. Lorraine Gieringer (Jurisdictional Marketing Liaison) at 816-353-3788 OR come to the Round-Up held on May 19 from 9:45pm to 10:45pm at the Raytown Masonic Lodge, 6309 Overton Ave.