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Blue Springs named one of the 'Best Places to Live' by MONEY Magazine
Pink Hill Park Recycling Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Reverend Doctor Ed "Doc" Golden awarded the Civic Leadership Award
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The Wall That Heals Benefit Concert

KFKF Country 94.1 is hosting a Summer of Freedom Concert Event on Monday, August 2 at Whiskey Tango in Grain Valley, with Chris Young, Lee Brice, Danny Gokey and Six Degrees West.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Whiskey Tango (reserve tickets at (816) 847-5650). You can also purchase tickets at the KFKF studios, Blue Springs City Hall, Gail's Harley-Davidson, the Kansas Country Store in Leavenworth at 728 Cherokee and Schlotzsky's in Overland Park at 120th and Metcalf and Olathe at 122nd and Strang Line Road.
All proceeds will go to The Wall That Heals.
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National Night Out
August 3, 6-9 p.m.
11th and Smith Street
Downtown Blue Springs
Join us for the 12th Annual Blue Springs National Nightout!
This family event is designed to celebrate neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.
For more information, click here.
City Blood Drive
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Blood Center Blood Drive!

Thursday, August 12
1-5 p.m.
Blood Vessel

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100 SW Smith
Downtown Blue Springs

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the "Hotel for Dogs" movie on Friday night despite the threat of bad weather.
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Mayor Carson Ross
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.

I am extremely proud that our city has been recognized by MONEY Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the country. This recognition by MONEY Magazine places a national spotlight on Blue Springs and validates the efforts of our resident, businesses, elected officials and many other community partners to make Blue Springs an attractive place for families, businesses and visitors.

Our residents recognize the high quality of life that is offered through our affordable homes, beautiful neighborhoods and excellent community partners like the highly acclaimed Blue Springs School District.

Blue Springs benefits from extraordinary residents that enable positive growth and community partnerships in Blue Springs. I had the pleasure of recognizing 'Doc' Golden as one of these residents recently.

Blue Springs residents continue to look for ways to improve our quality of life in our community. Thanks to community-lead groups like Renew the Blue and the Solid Waste Commission, we are opening our first recycling center here in Blue Springs this weekend. Recycling is important to the future of our city and shows that Blue Springs is a committed to being a 'green' community.
I hope you will join us for National Night Out on August 3 in Downtown Blue Springs. This event is a great way to get information about crime prevention, safety, health and the importance of being a strong community.
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.
Blue Springs named one of the 'Best Places to Live' by MONEY Magazine

The City of Blue Springs has earned a place on MONEY Magazine's, "Best Places to Live" list, which ranks America's best small cities in 2010.

Blue Springs, ranked 49th out of a total of 100 cities recognized. MONEY Magazine partnered with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis, to select cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000. The initial list consisted of 746 candidate cities; the selections were then narrowed by looking at housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure, safety, health care, diversity and several ease-of-living criteria.

In the report, Blue Springs was praised for its low cost of living, nationally-recognized schools, low tax rates and a central location among other things.

For more information about MONEY Magazine's 2010 "Best Places to Live" list, click here.
Pink Hill Park Recycling Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I hope you will join me at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center on Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m.

The center will accept common recyclables such as glass, plastic, aluminum, tin cans, paper and cardboard materials.

The Recycling Center hours are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reverend Doctor Ed "Doc" Golden awarded the Civic Leadership Award

I am proud to announce that the 2010 Missouri Municipal League Westgate Division's recipient of the "Civic Leadership Award" was Blue Springs residents, Reverend Doctor Ed "Doc" Golden.

The Civic Leadership Award celebrates the work of outstanding business and civic leaders and their contributions to the improvement of their communities.

Golden was honored at the Missouri Municipal League's Civic Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, Missouri.

Ed currently serves as Chaplain for the Blue Springs Police Department and Inter-City Fire Protection District in Kansas City. He is also the Volunteers In Police Service volunteer supervisor, managing the day to day operation of the program under the guidance of the Crime Prevention Supervisor. Golden is the founder of the Community and Youth Outreach Unit (CYOU) Scholarship that awards college scholarships to Unit graduates. Ed has been a constant supporter, mentor and volunteer with the CYOU since 1994.

I was honored to recognize 'Doc' Golden for his amazing commitment of service and the contributions he has made to the City of Blue Springs. It is with gratitude that I extend this honor for his many years of work to make our City one of progress and promise.
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.