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Honoring Our Heroes
2016 Women of Distinction
OpenGov Data Launch
Purple Heart Recognition
100 Years of Giving
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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
Saturday, April 16
 8 a.m. to noon (or first 300  vehicles)
Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Dr. 
This event continues to be one of the most successful recycling programs in Blue Springs. Materials collected this year include automotive fluid, batteries, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, pesticides, paints and related products. Residential waste ONLY.  
Blue Springs is a member community of the MARC Regional HHW Collection Program. Residents can use the HHW facility in Kansas City or Lee's Summit
year round, free of charge. For more information, click here
FUNd-raising with Blue Springs LEADership Class
Saturday, April 23
5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Side Pockets 

Come out to Side Pockets in Blue Springs during the  UFC 197 fight and support the Community Services League.

Attendees can bid in a sports memorabilia auction and enter to win a cash prize in a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to the league. 

Each year the Blue Springs Chamber's LEADership class has the opportunity to lead a project that will positively impact the Blue Springs community.  The 2015-16 class has partnered with the Blue Springs CSL in an effort to raise funds to offset project expenses including exterior work on the CSL building interior and exterior and to provide financial support to assist CSL help local families in need.   

Special thanks to 2015-16 LEADership sponsors: Side Pockets, Haldex, First American Title and  ACI Boland Architects
Arbor Day Celebration  
Saturday, April 23
1-3 p.m.
Rotary Park

Community members of all ages are invited to attend this event! 

Come out to celebrate Arbor Day (4/29) and Earth Day (4/22) by learning more about trees and the important habitat they provide with family-friendly activities, demonstrations and more!
The Parkway Job Fair
Tuesday, April 12
3-6 p.m.
The Parkway Senior Living

This job fair is for position openings within The Parkway community including: Care Partners, Certified Medication Aides, Cooks, Servers and Dishwashers. 

Applicants must schedule and interview time and bring a resume, references and photo ID.
Xceligent April Hiring Event
Wednesday, April 20
4-8 p.m.
Xceligent's Blue Springs Office
101 SE Magellan Drive

Come to this hiring event with your resume in hand, professional attire and prepared for on-site interviews. Attendees will need a completed application, cover letter and resume to receive an on-site interview.

You can click here to apply online. To view all openings, please click here
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter/spring schedul e,  click here .

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
April 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance class, ages 6+

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Dr
April 9, 7-9 p.m.
Open Roller Skating

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
April 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, open gym for adults
City Government on CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here.
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

As we close another local election, I would like to thank the residents of Blue Springs for electing Councilmen Carter, Councilman Lievsay, Councilman Culpepper and myself to office for another term. Our Oath of Office ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Council Chambers located inside of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.  It is my honor to serve and be a part of this great community.

Speaking of a great community, I am glad to share that you can read more about how Blue Springs and some of its outstanding members have been recognized in this edition. You can also read about ways to give back to the community and what's new with the City.  

I also invite you to view the fifth annual Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) by clicking here 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Honoring Our Heroes

On Tuesday, March 29 I had the honor to speak at the Honoring our Heroes - Reflections on the Vietnam War program to recognize our nation's 50th Anniversary welcoming home our veterans at the end of the Vietnam War.  The event was presented by the Blue Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, City of Blue Springs and program partners and dedicated to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. I was joined by more than 300 community members as we gathered at Veterans Way Memorial and heard from veterans Jim Maher and Chuck Lear. 

Wreaths were placed in memory of those lost including a wreath for SP4 William Arthur Michael, the sole Blue Springs resident killed in action during the Vietnam War. Following the program, Vietnam Veterans were given a Commemorative Lapel Pin provided by the U.S. Department of Defense. 

As a US Army Vietnam Combat Infantry Veteran, it was a pleasure to see the large number of fellow veterans and community members who came out for such a meaningful event. 

To view more photos from this event, click here. You can also view a video of the entire event by clicking below. 
Honoring Our Heroes 2016
Honoring Our Heroes 2016
2016 Women of Distinction
From left: Mary Potter, Councilman Susan Culpepper, Deb Ohnoutka and Lara Vermillion

On Thursday, March 24 a total of 20 Eastern Jackson County women were celebrated for their successes at The Examiner 2016 Women of Distinction Award Luncheon. 

The focus of this event is to highlight the impact these women have made locally in both society and in the economy. Honorees included representatives in the business field, government, education and non-profit organizations.  

Blue Springs Honorees Include:
Thank you to each of these women who have made Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County an even better place to live and work.
OpenGov Data Launch
On Tuesday, April 5 the City launched a new digital platform that allows the public to easily view and share City financial data. 

The public can now view the past ten years of our City's financial data using interactive charts powered by OpenGov.

This program also allows users to view how the City spends and receives money and gives the option to save the data using  Excel so it can be viewed offline.  

                                                             Click here to get started. 
Purple Heart Recognition

During the March 29 Honoring Our Heroes program, the City of Blue Springs was given a special recognition by  The Military Order of The Purple Heart.

I was honored to receive the plaque and flag that were presented for our City's dedication honoring America's combat wounded veterans. 

100 Years of Giving

Celebrate 100 years of giving with the Blue Springs branch of t he Community Services League. 

You can donate at your convenience by dropping off goods at one of the more than 100 barrels around town. Donating in Blue Springs and emptying the barrels at our location allows the good to remain local and help more area families. 

Click here
for a list of locations and a list of current needs
I wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the readers of this enewsletter.  Thanks to you, the Mayor's 'News Happenings Around Town' has again won the Constant Contact All Star Award.  
This award is given to the top 10% of Constant Contact's customer base for frequency of enewsletters, high open and click through rates and high social media shares.
This would not have been possible without you, so thank you for helping us win this award.  
I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 


Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.