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Fallen Officer Memorial
St Luke's Specialty Clinic Groundbreaking
Community Services League
Blue Springs Ranked Number One
Parks Master Plan
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Art & Wine Walk 

Saturday, June 4
10 4 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs 
Artists and Wineries still being accepted*

National Public Works Week Celebration
Thursday, May 19,  5-8 p.m.
Public Works Facility
500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road

Come out to celebrate the hardworking men and women of the Public Works Department  and learn how they maintain the city.
* Demonstrations
*Equipment Displays
*Face Painting
*Free Food
Attendees will have the chance to win prizes.   
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 816-228-0195.  
Department of Labor Overtime Pay Ruling Information Session

Friday, June 10
Noon to 1 p.m. - Bring Your Own Lunch
Speaker Jim Holland of Fisher & Phillips
CJC Fire District Training Facility
4715 E US Highway 40

This meeting will be hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber to provide you with information abut the proposed regulations from the Department of Labor on overtime pay. If adopted, the change could impact salary thresholds and exemption statuses for some hourly employees. 

This event is free and you do not have to be a Chamber member to attend. Please let the Chamber know you will be attending by calling 816-229-8558. 

To read more about the proposed change to overtime pay, click here. To see the event flyer, click here
Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events

Movies in the Park 
Friday, June 3
7:30 p.m.- Activities
Movie at Dusk

Summer Day Camp

May 31- August 12
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Blue Springs Fieldhouse

Join Parks at the Fieldhouse for a summer filled with fun, field trips, games, crafts, swimming and more! Flexible enrollment available. Before and after care included! Pricing is $120/ Week Per Child
$85 Registration Fee
Online registration code: 1250101
Click here for more information. 
Girls on Fire Summer Camp 
The Blue Springs Police Department's Community and Youth Outreach Unit, in partnership with the Blue Springs Fitness Center, is offering a FREE, half day, week-long workshop for girls ages 12 to 17 for residents or students of the Blue Springs School District.

The Girls on Fire Camp addresses the unique set of challenges facing young girls by encouraging healthy relationships, discipline, self-esteem, and health and wellness. Through a series of interactive presentations and physical fitness activities, girls will be introduced to concepts and healthy practices that enhance their self esteem.

Summer Camp dates are July 13-17 or August 1-5.   Click here  to learn more!
Business Resource Guide 
The May/June edition of the Blue Springs Business Resource Guide is now available! This one-page reference includes information on free business training and resources in and around the Blue Springs area.  

Click here to view.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

IBEX Climbing Gym
801 NW South Outer Road
May 21, 10-11 a.m.
Call 816-228-9988 to resigter

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
May 21, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
May 28, 11 a.m. to Noon
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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 on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

There are a number of things for Blue Springs residents to celebrate this week including a number one ranking by HomeUnion and the groundbreaking for the St. Luke's Specialty Clinic which will be located by Adams Diary Landing. Keep reading for more details on both. 

Memorial Day is fast approaching and so is summer. We have events around the city for residents to enjoy including our Public Works Week celebration this Thursday, May 19, Movies in the Park and Music in the Park to name a few. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Fallen Officer Memorial

On  Friday, May 13 the Blue Springs Police Department hosted their 15th annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service.  This year's theme was "Heroes of Another Kind" and the program was dedicated in part to the memory of Detective Brad Lancaster of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department who was killed in the line of duty this year. Members of our own Police Department were proud to escort the slain detective's body during his funeral services earlier this month.
I was honored to speak at this event and commend our dedicated officers who serve our community daily as well as paying respects to those officers who paid the ultimate price protecting us.  In 2015, the lives of 128 families were changed forever by the death of an officer. We remember them and their families.   
To see more photos from this year's event, click here .

Special thanks to the Police Memorial committee: Cpt. Stacey Edwards, Sgt. Jeff Sargent,  P.O. Alex McIntyre, Sgt. Matt McLaughlin, Sgt. Brandon Claxton, Chris Flathers, Sgt. Shannon Humphrey, SRO Van Fredrickson, Tammy Kunkel, Raquel Stark, Det. David Johnson, P.O. Everett Jewett and David Watson. 
St Luke's Specialty Clinic Groundbreaking

Top Row: St. Luke's East CEO Ron Baker welcomes the crowd.  St. Luke's President and Chief Executive Officer Melinda L. Estes, M.D. talks about the future of St. Luke's and the importance of health care.  Second Row: St. Luke's Senior Vice President, Non-Acute Services & Business Development Bob Bonney discusses the building's function and design.  Mayor Carson Ross welcomes St. Luke's to the Blue Springs community.  Third Row:  Councilman Dale Carter presented a proclamation on behalf of Representative Jeanie Lauer.  Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Chair Elect Yvonne Hall presented Ron Baker with a groundbreaking gift.  Bottom Photos: Groundbreaking Ceremony.

On Wednesday, May 18 a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new St. Lukes Specialty Clinic located on the southeast corner of Adams Dairy Parkway and RD Mize Road. 

Once complete, this clinic will offer patients in Eastern Jackson County convenient access to a wide range of primary care and specialty treatment options under one roof. It will also be the first of its kind in the area. Completion  is set for mid- 2017.
Community Services League

On Friday, May 20 the   Community Services League  will be presented with the Excellence in Impact Award at  'Better Together' the Thirty-Second Annual Philanthropy Award Luncheon.  This fundraising luncheon is hosted by Nonprofit Connect in an effort to  recognize extraordinary leaders in philanthropy. 

Support Opportunity
If you are unable to attend the luncheon but would like to celebrate the successes of the Community Services League, you can click here to purchase tickets for their Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 11 at Paradise Park.  
Blue Springs Ranked Number One

HomeUnion, a US real estate investment management company, has identified Blue Springs as the number one place (zip code) in the US where home buyers can find an affordable home with access to good schools. 

Blue Springs schools were ranked at the 88th percentile and a median price for homes at $143,000; this was one-third lower than the national median price according to this CBS news piece. 

It's great to see that our Blue Springs community has earned this recognition!

Parks Master Plan 
On Thursday, May 12 the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department hosted their second public meeting for community input on the creation of the Parks Master Plan. At the meeting, GreenPlay, LLCshared results from the citizens surveys along with additional findings allowing residents the chance to comment on the information and share their ideas. 

If you were unable to make the meeting, but would like to review the presentation and survey findings, please click on the links below: 
Parks & Recreation is set to complete their Master Plan in late 2016 and will present the final finding to the City Council in a public meeting set for mid-2017.
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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.