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Blue Springs South High School Student Plays Carnegie Hall
Blue Springs Police Department Citizen's Police Academy
"Connections" 2012 Temporary Public Art Exhibit
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April 11
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
105 SE Magellan Street
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Staff along with the EPA and Renaissance Planning Group invite you to a neighborhood walkability audit. As many of you will recall the City of Blue Springs was awarded this technical assistance through the EPA's Building Blocks Program for Sustainable Development. 

 The walking audit will be focused in the neighborhoods around James Walker and Thomas Ultican Elementary Schools. Staff along with members of our partner organizations from the Blue Springs School District, Let's Move and KC Healthy Kids will participate in the day long workshop. 

If you would like to participate please contact James Holley at 816-228-0124 or by e-mail at jholley@bluepsringsgov.com. 
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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.
Last weekend I presented the Rotary Club of Blue Springs with a proclamation celebrating their 50th Anniversary.  You might be interested to learn that in the last fifty years, the City has received over $100,000 in grants and contributions back tot he community, but we realize the overall value they have brought to our community far exceeds any financial contributions. The Rotary Club of Blue Springs is building a legacy by investing in people and the fivers that make our community vibrant.


I hope you will join me tomorrow afternoon for my annual "March with the Mayor" event in Downtown Blue Springs.  KC Wolf will be joining me as we take a brisk 30-minute walk around the downtown corridor starting at noon.
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.
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I wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the readers of this newsletter.  Thanks to you, the Mayor's News Happenings Around Town enewsletter won the 2011 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 social media shares.


This would not have been possible without you, so thank you for helping us win this prestigious award.

Blue Springs South High School Student Plays Carnegie Hall


Johnny Rotolo recently played at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Taylor Braun.

Our school district is known for for many things, but at the top of the list would be its commitment to excellence.  


Recently, Johnny Rotolo, a junior trumpet player at Blue Springs South, got a chance to show the world that great things come from Blue Springs.  


His band instructor Melissa Goff nominated him to play at Carnegie Hall in New York.  After submitting an audition tape he was accepted along with around 100 high school students around the country to play at this special event.


Congratulations to Johnny and great job representing Blue Springs!  Jag News ran a great story on this amazing student, to see the article, click here.

Blue Springs Police Department Citizen's Police Academy



The Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy has been a remarkably successful program here in our community.  The academy just graduated its 11th class and now has over 200 graduates!  


Participants engage in a number of activities related to public safety including:

  • learning more about the operations of the Police Department
  • police reporting
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • gun safety and firing range practice
  • and the Blue Springs K-9 units.

Many graduates of the academy join the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program and the Blue Springs Police Department Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.  The alumni association was formed as a partnership for academy graduates and the Police Department.  The alumni association is responsible for the "Shop with a Blue Springs Cop" program that helped 50 kids and their families this past Christmas.


If you are interested in joining the Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy, contact Sgt. Allen Kintz at (816) 228-0178.

"Connections" 2012 Temporary Public Art Exhibit 


Public Art Commission Chair Eleanor Frasier and I watched as Parks & Recreation employees installed "Jet Stream" by Chicago artist Nicole Beck.

 The Blue Springs Public Art Commission proudly presents "Connections," a temporary public art exhibit featuring four original artworks.

This exhibit is located along major corridors throughout Blue Springs.
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
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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.