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Veterans Way Memorial Update
"My Blue Springs" Photo Contest
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Red Ribbon Week
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Around Town
 
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Greetings!  
 
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.

 

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Daylight savings time is fast approaching (Nov. 4) and winter is around the corner.   It's hard to believe that we will soon be preparing for thanksgiving festivities and getting out the winter coats.  
 
I would like to welcome Bob Muenz, the first Deputy Police Chief of Blue Springs.  Muenz has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the Police Chief of Oak Grove, Mo., for over 13 years.
The Deputy Chief position was created as part of the voter-approved Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax initiative in 2011. 

 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
Upcoming City Events

 Trick or Treat on Main Street

Saturday, October 27

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main Street, between 10th and 12th Streets

 

Show off your costume in the Halloween Parade at 9:30 a.m.!  Meet at 12th and Main Street and be ready to wave.  Beginning at 10 a.m., Trick-or-Treat at outdoor booths and the Main Street merchants.

 

Be sure to enter our costume contest!  There will be four categories: Kids, Family, Pet and Pet and Owner.  Children can have fun jumping in the bounce house and playing games for prizes.  This event is free and open to the public.   

 

This event is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs and Downtown Alive! 

  

Trick or Treat Boo-Springs

Kids (10 and under) can trick-or-treat and enjoy safe activities at Vesper Hall on Halloween.  Be sure to wear your costume!  This event is co-sponsored by the Sunset Optimist Club of Blue Springs.

 

 

Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run

 Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 

p.m.

 Downtown Blue Springs

 

Join us for our first annual Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run on November 10!   The run/walk will start and finish at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. 

 

Participants will receive T-shirt with race logo, and chip timing.  Awards for the top male and female finishers in different age groups. A Kids Dash event will take place after the 5K for ages 3-7, and 8-12.  All finishing participants will recieve a ribbon. 


Register by Nov. 7 to guarantee a T-shirt.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race begins at 9 a.m. 

 

For registration fees and information, click here.

Veterans Way Memorial Update
 

I am excited to report that construction has begun for Veterans Way Memorial located in Pink Hill Park.  This memorial would not be possible without the generous donations from our community.  Fundraising for the memorial is still underway and trees are available for purchase through the 'Render Honors' program.  

 

This 'adopt-a-tree' style program allows you to purchase one of the 24 flowering trees along the memorial trail to honor a loved one.  To participate or for more information, call (816) 655-0490 or send an email by clicking here.

 

Letters Home

If you are looking for another way to support the Veterans Way Memorial, the Chicago Griffin Theatre Company is presenting "Letters Home" on Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Blue Springs South High School Performing Arts Center.  This production put the wars of Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers in the Middle East. Proceeds from this production will be donated to the Veterans Way Memorial.  

 

For tickets to this moving performance, click here.  For more information, call (816) 228-8833 or click here.

"My Blue Springs" Photo Contest
2011 'My Blue Springs' Winners.  Top: Overall - Wallie Winholtz ;
Bottom from left to right: Youth Category - Sara Adams,
Adult Category - Tina Rehfeldt , Senior Category - Shirl Quick

 

We are proud to announce the third annual 'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest! Pictures can include cityscapes, wildlife, events, parks and community life here in Blue Springs.

There will be one winner in each age category and one over all winner. Winners will be published in the Blue Springs Winter 2013 Magazine. 

 

To enter, email photos to photos@bluespringsgov.com or prints can be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to Photo Contest, 903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Contest Rules: 

  • This contest is for Blue Springs residents only.
  • All photos must have been taken inside Blue Springs city limits.
  • Limited to 5 entries per person.
  • Each entry must have the category you are entering and your contact information.
  • All photos must be original work of the contestant and never been the subject of a copyright.
  • Digital Photos: jpg files at least 300 dpi at 5" x 7."
  • Standard Prints: must be at least 4" x 6." Photos will not be returned.
  • All photos submitted shall become the property of the City of Blue Springs upon submission and may be used in future publications. 
To see all the photos that were submitted in the 2011 contest, click here.  Open the 2011 'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest folder.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Red Ribbon Week

I presented a proclamation to the Blue Springs High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group declaring October 20-28 "Red Ribbon Week." 

 

"Red Ribbon Week" is a drug prevention event that is recognized annually all over the country in memory of Enrique Camarena, who died while working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

 

SADD's mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. 

 

I would like to commend the efforts and commitment of SADD to make their organization, families, school and community a better place.

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 for our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
 
Sincerely, 
 Ross sig
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
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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.