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Farmers Market opening postponed

Vegetables_clip_art_mediumRaytown Main Street Association would like to announce that it is postponing the opening of Raytown Farmers’ Market until Thursday, May 29.  In order to ensure a quality market we have decided to move the date to allow more growing time since many of our vendors do not have sufficient cool weather crops to bring to market.

We would also like to announce our new Community tents These will allow for multiple small farmers to share a space under one tent for a nominal fee. We have listened to feedback from smaller farmers and have taken their input into consideration.  We hope to see many more applications for these spots. They are available on a first come first serve basis.

We are always looking for more vendors, volunteers and entertainers, to fill the market season schedule.  We hope the extra time will allow those interested to contact us at RaytownFarmersmarket @gmail.com

Thank you for your support of the Raytown Farmers Market as we continue to grow.

Elisa Bedsworth
Raytown Farmers’ Market
Market Manager

Free Community Carnival at First Baptist

headerSave the date for FBR’s FREE Community Carnival on Saturday, May 3, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. We’ll have over a dozen rides and inflatables for all ages, midway games, live entertainment, food, and more! Admission, rides, and games are free, making it FBR’s gift to the community. The only thing that costs is the delicious carnival food. The Community Carnival is open to everyone, so start inviting your friends and family to an event where they will have a blast!



Here are just some of the rides and inflatables your family will enjoy:rides


Police Blotter for the week ending 5/2/2014

Blotter for 4/28/2014

Blotter for 4/29/2014

Blotter for 4/30/2014

Blotter for 5/1/2014

Blotter for 5/2/2014

Letter to the Editor about Google Fiber

I noticed a few posts on your website on Google Fiber and thought I would share what I learned about the process and how this qualification/sign up process worked. First you posted that to qualify that areas had to get 50 sign ups. That was not the case. Each area had a different number of sign ups required. For example, my area is Village Gardens. Our area required 164 sign ups to qualify. That seemed like a lot and in fact so many that there was no way for us to qualify. I was right.

I ask about Google Fiber two years ago at a Raytown Board of Alderman meeting. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. So finally the day comes and Google unveils the “Fiberhoods“. I noticed a few odd things right off the bat. For example the Fiberhood Shalimar Park was shown to need 50+ sign ups. Yet that area is pretty much park and golf course. There weren’t much more than 50 homes in the entire area. On the face it looked like it was impossible for them to reach their goal and in fact for the first three weeks they sat at 75th or 76th.  They looked to have no chance.

So after about two weeks it started to look pretty bad for my area Village Gardens and at one point I e-mailed Aldreman Greene and asked him what he might know. He said he was seeing the same thing I was which were areas that seemed to have no chance to qualify. So the next day I called Google Fiber’s customer service and asked. They were very nice and told me that the reason the number seemed so high for my area was because of the large number of high density apartment
complexes in my Fiberhood. The only problem is there are no apartment complexes in Village Gardens. For some reason they thought there were and thus the required number of sign ups reflected that.

So the next day I went down to Google’s little shop down near Sutherlands and talked to a very nice lady. She told me that Village Gardens had 71 sign ups but needed 164 total. She agreed something was not right and told me she would send her supervisor a note on the matter. Two days later I got a phone call from a lady with Google in Tulsa Oklahoma of all places. Just by chance she grew up in Raytown and told me she could see there was something wrong because she knows
the area. She promised to call me back in a few days. A few days later she called me back and told me to check online and I would see all was fixes and Village Gardens was now qualified.

Since then I’ve noticed several Fiberhoods go from needing 50+ to suddenly qualified.  Shalimar Park for example went from 75th needing almost 50 more sign ups to #1 and qualified. It seems Village Gardens was not the only area where the numbers needed to be adjusted. I have a feeling there were a number of people in the area calling Google and telling them something was amiss with their numbers.

Mind you I think this speaks well for Google. They listened. Usually when you deal with a company like this and someone says “I’ll send a note to my supervisor” that’s short hand for you’ll never hear from anyone. In this case however I had an answer back in 48 hours and they admitted something was wrong and fixed it. I’m impressed.

Brian Morris

Raytown Farmers Market looking for volunteers

Vegetables_clip_art_medium We have a job for any age group. Possible duties will include set up tear down, flier distribution, assistance in children and adult education areas and much more. Is your group or organization looking for a community service project? Please contact Elisa our Market Manager at RaytownFarmersMarket@gmail.com to get yourself or your group’s time setup

Attention local musicians, do you want to expand your exposure? Raytown Farmers Market is looking for all types of musical entertainment, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rap, polka, and many more. Family friendly musicians who would like to play during one of our market days should visit our website raytownfarmersmarket.com for our entertainer application. Please send this along with a CD that has a sample of the music you will be performing to:

Raytown Farmers Market
6222 Raytown Trafficway.#254
Raytown, MO 64133


Home Skillet Ribbon Cutting

Home Skillet located at 6225 Blue Ridge Blvd (Raytown Plaza), 816-503-9146, opened in February and celebrated their 60 day anniversary with a ribbon cutting. Chair of the Board  Loretha Hayden presented Joshua Bennett a plaque and Mayor ProTem Bill Vanbuskirk provided greetings from the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and the City of Raytown.
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Richest Productions ribbon cutting

Richest Productions held their ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 17.  Loretha Hayden, Chair of the Board and Mayor David Bower were on hand to congratulate Bobby Richest on his new business.  Richest Productions is located at 8801 E. 63rd Street, #102 and can be reached at 816-308-1495.  He provides video and picture services.Richest_Prod_004

Photo provided by the Raytown Chamber of Commerce

The Raytown Arts Council announces Summer Musical AUDITIONS

The Raytown Arts Council

announces their 2014

Summer Musical AUDITIONS




Performance Dates & Location: July 18-19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee: July 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m. Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center @ Raytown High School 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd,   Raytown, MO 64133

AUDITION DATES: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 7-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 7-9:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm @ Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd Raytown, MO


Open auditions for all parts will include singing, dancing and readings from the script. Please bring 32 measures of a prepared BROADWAY song to perform for your vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided for the auditions. You will need to provide the sheet music in your vocal range for your audition number. Please do not select a song from the show,  and bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. Please be prepared to perform a basic movement/dance audition by wearing appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes.

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul with some gangsters.

For more information:      www.raytownarts.com

Raytown Night at the Royals

Raytown Night

at the Royals


Friday, May 16 -7:10 pm
Kansas City Royals
vs. Baltimore Orioles

Tickets $ 25.00
(Field Plaza – $30 value)

Tickets $ 11.00
(HyVee Outfield – $13 value)

Stop by the Chamber to pick your seats!

Ticket sales end May 2!

after the Game!

 Don’t miss the fun and
excitement – join your
community for a great evening!

« Raytown Police Dept.
will present the Color Guard

« Businesses and groups
selling 20+ tickets get their
name on the Royals Video Board.

You may also order discounted
tickets online through the
Royals website.

To order online go to www.royals.com/raytown
You may choose from several
sections online for the
May 16 game.

Youth DWI Enforcement Campaign May 1st thru 12th, 2014

raytown-police-looking-for-graphic-designer-to-design-new-logo-badgeFrom May 1st thru 12th the Raytown Police Department will be taking part in a Statewide Youth DWI Enforcement Campaign. They will be paying extra attention to youth DWI enforcement during the time period of May 1st through 12th, 2014 during the Prom season. Many youth are killed or seriously injured this time of year and the Raytown Police Department will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the Enforcement Campaign and will be arresting anyone caught driving impaired.

Every year about one-third of all traffic fatalities involve one or more impaired drivers according to National Highway Traffic Safety numbers.

Please remember to drive sober or get pulled over. Drive Safe and Arrive Alive

Senior Expo 2014

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City Administrator’s Report for 4/25/2014

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

 Development & Public Affairs

The City now has124 roofing companies that have opened business licenses to do work on residential homes. Over 400 roofing permits have been purchased.

Our Code Enforcement Officers and Building Official have been busy picking up illegal signs that have been placed in the right-of-ways of the City. As of Thursday, April 24th, they have picked up over 250 illegal signs within the past three weeks.

The Development & Public Affairs Department welcomed their newest department member, Allyn Harvey. Allyn’s title is Neighborhood Services Specialist I. Her duties include codes enforcement and animal control issues. Allyn comes to us from the Great Plains SPCA in Independence, Missouri where she worked as a Veterinary and Animal Care Technician. She graduated from Metropolitan Community College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and is currently working on a degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of Missouri Animal Control Association and Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Allyn received the John Rhodes award from the Missouri Animal Control Association in 2010. This prestigious award is for the Animal Welfare Professional that goes above and beyond the call of duty, who exemplifies the role of the animal control profession and has made great changes that better the profession. The DPA department is excited to welcome Allyn to Raytown.
John Benson, Director of Development and Public Affairs and Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer along with MARC employees attended a focus group comprised of several

Raytown area residents on Tuesday, April 22nd, which the City hosted. The purpose of the focus group was to continue work identifying and discussing what makes communities such as Raytown livable for all ages now and in the future. This work is in conjunction with the KC Communities for All Ages (KCCA) initiative that Raytown, Gladstone, Mission and Prairie Village are working with MARC on how to create a Kansas City region of vibrant communities, building on the strengths and serving the needs of individuals of all ages. The older adult population in the great KC region will double in the next 20 years and KC Communities for All Ages is intended to help identify measures that communities can undertake to ensure that older adults are valued, understood, respected and involved in creating and sustaining a high quality of life. For more information about this project visit www.kc4aic.org.

Brenda and John also attended the quarterly First Suburbs Coalition Meeting in Mission, Kansas on Friday, April 18th. Alderman Melson was introduced as Co-Chair of the First Suburbs Coalition at the meeting. The coalition discussed neighborhood reinvestment and redevelopment efforts, rental licensing and continuing to work with KC Communities for All Ages to develop strategies that support age-friendly communities. The mission of the First Suburbs Coalition is to promote sustainable communities with healthy environments, vital economies and high quality of life for all current residents and future generations by promoting the preservation, reinvestment and revitalization of first suburb neighborhoods, commercial areas and infrastructure. The group is made up of the ring of suburbs around Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS (19 communities).

The Human Relations Commission met on Thursday, April 17th. Several members will be attending a Human Relations Commission Forum that is being hosted by the City of Lee’s Summit Human Relations Commission on Monday, April 28th as well as the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 1st as a group.

Just a reminder that the April Sewer Bill has a new look. To see what the new bill looks like visit the City’s website at www.raytown.mo.us.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

April 30 – Sales Tax Oversight Committee – 5:30 p.m.
May 1 – Senior Expo – 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Raytown Charter Commission Swearing in and Meeting

The first Raytown Charter Commission meeting will be held April 29, 2014 in the Raytown City Hall Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Raytown City Hall is located at 10000 E. 59th St, Raytown, MO. 64133. The commissioners will be sworn in at that time by the City Clerk. The meeting is open to the public.


2nd Bank Robbed in Raytown Today

The Raytown Police responded to the 6200 block of Raytown Road, on 04-24-14, at about 3:15 PM, on a reported bank robbery. Witnesses told police that two men entered the UMB Bank and gave the teller a demand note. The men then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

One of the men was described as a black male of unknown age, about 6’1”, weighing around 220 pounds, with a beard and green or hazel eyes. He was wearing green safety glasses and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers ball cap.

The second man could only be described as weighing 190 pounds and about 6’1”. He was wearing a ball cap with an unknown logo and white or light gray sweatpants.

There was a threat of a weapon but no weapon was displayed. No one was injured during the robbery. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 474-TIPS.

Bank Robbery Update

first federal robberThe Raytown Police were called to a bank robbery in the 9300 block of Gregory Boulevard, on 04-24-14, at about 11:30. It was reported that a white male entered the bank and gave the teller a demand note. The man then fled the bank on foot walking to the west with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was described as being 28 to 33 years old, around 6’00” tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a long sleeve dark colored shirt, tan work pants, tan work boots, a neon green construction style vest, sunglasses and a white hard hat.

No weapon was displayed and no one was injured during the robbery. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 474-TIPS.

Weather Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy rain, hail and wind warning for Jackson County until 1:00 pm today.

Raytown Bank Robbed

Just before 11:30 am on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 the First Federal Bank located at 9300 Gregory Blvd. Was robbed. More details on this when they come in.


Egg-Extravaganza Races – Reading – Eggs

The Dachshund Dash, Story time with the Mayor and the main event, the Egg Hunt are all featured in this short video.  As always, change the settings to 720 and open it in youtube to see the highest detail version of the video. RaytownOnline.com videos are shot in 1920 by 1080 and uploaded to youtube in 1280 by 720 mode. 

At the Library – Identifying a Scam

April 30, 2014, Wednesday at 7:00 PM Identifying a Scam People from all over the world are trying to get your money. Scammers prey on senior citizens, the unemployed, or uninformed in an attempt to gain money. With information learned in this class, you will have a better understanding of what a financial scam is, how they work, and what to do if you feel you have been scammed.(For adults) Registration is required

Garage Sale

Friday,  April 25 & Saturday,  April 26.
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (no early sales, please)
3 family sale.

furniture, many Coca Cola collectibles, dozens of collector Barbies, household items, some tools, some electronics, 2 10-speed bikes.

9802 E 79th ter
Raytown Mo

Police Blotter for the week ending 4/25/2014

Blotter for 4/21/2014

Blotter for 4/22/2014

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Blotter for 4/24/2014

Blotter for 4/25/2014

One Spirit United Methodist Church Annual Rummage Sale

One Spirit United Methodist Church Annual Rummage Sale
7900 Blue Ridge Blvd
Wed. Apr 30, 8am to 6pm
Thurs.& Fri. May 1 & 2, 9am to 4pm
Sat. May 3, 9am to noon
Clothing, household items, furniture, toys, books, etc.
Lunch served daily ($), soups, sandwiches, pies
All proceeds go to help women and children’s missions


Egg-Extravaganza Parade

Street footage of the parade. The stiff breeze and gusts were a challenge to both getting an acceptable sound recording and recording from RaytownOnline’s Eye in the Sky video drone. A soundtrack has been dubbed to avoid viewer suffering. 

Egg-Extravaganza Car Show Photos

If your car is pictured here and you want the larger original version, just email editor@raytownonline.com, you can also email more information about your car to be added to the photo.


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The Sunday Funnies