In This Issue
Congratulations Royals!
National Night Out Against Crime
Volunteers in Police Service Appreciation Lunch
Dedication of Jet Stream
Happy Third Birthday, Let's Move! Saturdays!
Happy Third Birthday, Let's Move! Saturdays!
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Shop With a Blue Springs Cop Fundraiser Dinner
Saturday, October 18, 5-8 p.m.

Moreland Ridge Middle School

900 SW Bishop Drive

Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door
Tickets available at City Hall
Free Flu Shots
      Drive Thru Flu Clinic
Saturday, October 18
9 a.m. to noon
Shelter House #3, Lake Jacomo

Every Friday starting October 3
9 a.m. to noon
Jackson County Health Department
313 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO

The Jackson County Health Department is offering free Flu Vaccines to healthy adults 19+ regardless of insurance status.

No appointment necessary, but they do ask that you fill out a pre-registration form, click here, and bring it with you.  For more information, click here or call (816) 404-6415.
Around Town

Jaycee Pummill, Blue Springs High School senior long snapper and a 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selectee, is presented his jersey by Mayor Carson Ross, Thomas Gafford, Kansas City Chiefs long snapper, and Sgt. Maj. Johnnie Hughes, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Kansas City sergeant major, at Peve Stadium Oct. 3, 2014. 

Pummill is the only player selected from Kansas or Missouri to participate in next years bowl game. The Semper Fidelis Bowl is slated to be played Jan. 4, 2015 in Carson, Calif., at the StubHub Center and will be broadcast live at 6 p.m.

I recently attended the Chamber of Commerce's Ribbon Cutting for Blue Springs Dentistry located at 1205 NE Coronado Dr.   Welcome to Blue Springs!

I stopped by one of Blue Springs' newest businesses, Pine Tar Sports Cards, LLC.  Located at 621 Mock Avenue, they specialize in authentic sports cards and memorabilia.
Community Prayer Breakfast

  Friday, November 7

6:30 a.m.
Adam's Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $18 per person, $165 per table of 10

 I invite you to join me for the annual community prayer breakfast.  Our key note speaker is Carey Casey, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering.   I will also honor members of the Missouri Patriot Guard.


To reserve your tickets, call Judy Q at (816) 228-8888 or click here. 
Farmers Market

  Blue Springs Farmers Market

October 18, 7 a.m. to noon

October 25, 7 a.m. to noon



 11th & Smith Street, 

Municipal City Parking Lot


The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand.  For more information about the market, 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
October 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join us for Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym.

Metro East Tennis Center
3109 Vesper
October 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Join us for tennis activities, tennis shoes required.

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
October 25, 11 a.m. to noon
Jon us for Musical Theater.

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
October 25, 4-7 p.m.
Monster Mash Dash & Party, games and activities for kids, 5K & 1 mile run, fee-based.
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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.

Did you see that Royal's game yesterday?  WOW!  Good luck to the Royals as they head to the WORLD SERIES.  #TakeTheCrown

Congratulations to our very own Sheryl Morgan who was recently named as the new City Clerk effective December 13, 2014.  Congratulations on your new role!


I would like to welcome Downtown Alive's new executive director, Niki Fatout-Waltonen!   Niki will assist in opening the Downtown Alive! office located at 1124 W Main Street, Suite 206, beginning November 3, 2014.  The Downtown Alive! office will be open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon  and by appointment.  To make an appointment, contact Niki Fatout-Waltonen by calling (816) 863-5555 or email  Welcome Niki to the Blue Springs community!


I hope to see you at the Shop With a Blue Springs Cop Fundraising dinner this Saturday.  This event is sponsored by Rancho Grande and funds the annual Shop With a Blue Springs Cop event that benefits 30 families right here in our community.  Tickets are only $5 and you can pick up your ticket at City Hall.


While you are visiting City Hall, you can also pick up a ticket for the CSL Christmas Concert that benefits the Community Services League.  To learn more about the Blue Springs CSL office, click here to visit their Facebook page.


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.

Congratulations Royals!

WOW!  I would like to congratulate the Royals for winning the American League Championship yesterday.  The Royals are going to the World Series (actually, they are coming to US - the first game is here at Kauffman Stadium!)   


The first game is October 21 and of course we will be wearing our BLUE (Springs) to cheer them on.  Congratulations again, and good luck Royals!!!

National Night Out Against Crime

I hope you were able to join us at National Night Out Against Crime on October 7.  We had beautiful weather and a great turn out.  I would like to thank Councilman Dale Carter who emceed the event's main stage and 94.1 KFKF special guest 6 Degrees West.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Blue Springs Police Department STAT Team, Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation and many more.
Special thanks to the Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors: Target, UMB Bank, Country 94.1, KFKF, Price Chopper, Rancho Grande Cantina, Sonic, Wing Stop, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Family YMCA, Panera Bread, Blue Springs McDonald's, Odd Fellows, Science City and Kennedy's Custom Jewelers.

To see more photos, click here.
National Walk to School Day


On Wednesday, October 8, students, parents and administrators from the Blue Springs School District walked to school to celebrate National Walk to School Day.  


The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the brisk walk to Thomas Ultican Elementary School.  To see more photos, click here.

Proposed City Charter Amendments


On Tuesday November 4, Blue Springs residents will be asked to consider five (5) amendments to the Blue Springs Home Rule Charter.


The City of Blue Springs Home Rule Charter, much like the U.S. Constitution, contains the rules which describe how the city functions, organizes itself, and makes the decisions that affect residents' daily lives.  The Charter sets parameters for what laws and rules may be adopted by City Council, what kind of services the public receives, and how tax dollars are collected and spent.

In April 1993, Blue Springs overwhelmingly voted to create a Charter Review Commission that is mandated to review and recommend changes to the Home Rule City Charter no less than ever 5 years.  


To see the five questions and what would change if approved or not change if denied, click here.

City Employee Cook-Off Event
Top: Cook-Off judges left to right:  Judge John Jack, Councilman Susan Culpepper and Mayor Ross.    Middle: Cook-Off winners and judges left to right: Kim Nakahodo, Councilman Susan Culepper, Susan West, Mitzi Angarita, Wally Meyer, Joyce Grubb, David Watson and Mayor Ross.   Bottom: Cook-Off committee members and judges left to right: Karen Findora, Councilman Susan Culpepper, Susan West, Raquel Stark, Mayor Ross, Kathy Richardson and Gail Porter.

On Friday, October 10, I had the pleasure of joining Judge John Jack and Councilman Susan Culpepper to judge the annual employee Chili, Soup, Wings & Dessert Cook-Off event!


The entries were wonderful and congratulations to the winners.  Judges Choice: Joyce Grubb, Chili; Kim Nakahodo, Spicy Thai Chicken Soup; David Watson, Asian Chili Thai Wings; Mitzi Angarita, Mandarin Orange Pineapple Cupcakes.   Peoples Choice: Wally Meyer, Chili; Susan West, Tortellini Soup and a mystery contestant, Heath Bar Cake.


Thank you again to the coordinating committee for inviting me and I look forward to next year's event!

'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest
2013 'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest Winners.   Top: Overall Winner Kristi Branstetter; Bottom Left: Youth Winner Mackenzie Walls; Adult Winner Chris Mancini; Senior Winner Diana Hughes.


We are proud to announce the fifth 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 2015 Magazine. 


To learn the contest rules or for more information, click here.  To see all the photos that were submitted in the 2013 contest, click here.

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.