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Blue Springs EDC EMPOWER Business Award Winners
Volunteers in Police Service Appreciation Lunch
Dedication of Jet Stream
Happy Third Birthday, Let's Move! Saturdays!
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Cpl. Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive

Cpl. Michael E. Webster

Memorial Blood Drive

October 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7415 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy (Highway 40)


On October 2, 1993, Cpl. Webster was killed by a drunk driver while he was making a routine traffic stop. This year marks the 20th anniversary blood drive in his honor. 

CJCFPD will be a host site at their Training Facility, 4715 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy, Blue Springs, Missouri. To make an appointment, click here and enter the sponsor code CJCFPD.
St. Jude Block Party
      Sunday, October 5, Noon to 5 p.m.
St. Jude Dream Home
8808 SE 1st Street

You're invited to a St. Jude Block Party! Bring the family and enjoy food trucks, music, a special visit by Elsa from Frozen, and more! 

While at the block party, visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house for your free tour of the home and sign up FREE to win a $10,000 shopping spree courtesy of Crowley Furniture. 
National Night Out Against Crime
      Tuesday, October 7
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

I invite your family to join us as we celebrate the 16th Annual National Night Out (NNO) event in Blue Springs!

Hundreds of families, elected officials and neighboring businesses will be stepping out in the streets of downtown Blue Springs on October 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to take a stand against crime and drug abuse.


Come join us for refreshments, entertainment, give aways and games!
Shop With a Blue Springs Cop Fundraiser Dinner

Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, October 18, 5-8 p.m.

Moreland Ridge Middle School

900 SW Bishop Drive
Blue Springs, MO  

Tickets are $5 in advance,
$6 at the door
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.  He serves on several White House and national task force committees and is the author of the book, "Championship 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 4, 7 a.m. to noon

October 11, 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. 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events

Blue Springs Amazing Challenge
Saturday, October 4
Activities begin at 9 a.m.

Sign up for the first Blue Springs Amazing Challenge! Teams of 2 get clues and race through several mental and physical challenges. Less than an intense run but more than a scavenger hunt, this race is sure to have something for everyone. All participants get a custom finishers medal, t-shirt, and breakfast from Chris Cakes! 


There is an adult only division and an adult/youth division! Click here for more information or to register.


Trick or Treat on Main Street

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7
October 4, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for boxing activities for kids ages 8+ with a signed waiver.

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
October 4, 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 
October 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Join us for a morning in Bump City!

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
October 11, 10-11 a.m.
Join us a morning of hip-hop dance for kids ages 6+.
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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 last night?  WOW!  Good luck to the Royals as they continue their Post Season schedule.  #TakeTheCrown


Congratulations are in order!  The Blue Springs Police Department recently completed and announced several promotions.  These promotions include:


Captain:  Stacey Edwards

Lieutenant:  Don Rapp

Sergeant:  Brandon Claxton, Jeremy Dickstein, Shannon Humphrey & Matt McLaughlin


September is National Preparedness Month.  If you have not done so already, I encourage you to sign up for our CodeRED Emergency Notification Service by clicking here.   To learn more about how to better prepare your family in the case of an emergency, click here.


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 EDC EMPOWER Business Award Winners
Top:  Mayor Ross giving opening remarks; Tanya Mitchell and Chuck Kopoulos, CEO of Fike accepting the Large Business of the Year award; Dr. Alan Foster and Rebecca Swank of Foster Dental Care accepting the Small Business of the Year award; Todd Johns and Audrey Johns of Plowboys Barbeque accepting the Entrepreneur of the Year award; and Lyle Shaver accepting the Civic Leader of the Year award.

At its inaugural EMPOWER Business Awards celebration held on September 25, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) recognized the following companies and individuals:

Plowboys Barbeque: Entrepreneur of the Year
Foster Dental Care: Small Business of the Year
Fike Corporation: Large Business of the Year
Lyle Shaver: Civic Leader of the Year


I would like to congratulate not only the winners, but all of the nominees as well!  The nominees were:


Entrepreneur of the Year: Bellezze Alte and PlowBoys Barbeque

Small Business of the Year: Bean Counter Cafe', CJ Real Estate, DataPros, Foster Dental Care, and sys-tek

Large Business of the Year:  ATK Small Caliber Systems, Courtyard by Marriott/Adams Pointe Conference Center, Fike Corporation, Summit Custom Homes and Xceligent

Civic Leader of the Year:  Ken Billups, Jr., David Chinnery, Kim Deveney, Scott Fullerton and Lyle Shaver

The EMPOWER Business Awards celebrate the importance of business and entrepreneurship in Blue Springs and highlight the unique business and civic spirit that flourishes in the community. The award recipients were selected based on economic factors such as growth, development, capital investment, job creation and retention and leadership. 

Volunteers in Police Service Appreciation Lunch
On Saturday, September 20 the Blue Springs Police Department held an appreciation lunch for the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) to recognize their amazing dedication and service to our community.  I would like to thank Blue Springs Christian Church for hosting this event.

At the luncheon, our very own Doc Golden announced his retirement from the Blue Springs Police Department effective December 19.  Doc mentioned that he will be retiring from the Blue Springs Police Department so he can become more involved in the Missouri Peace Officers Association and Vietnam Veterans organizations.   Doc will be greatly missed as he serves and not only as the VIPS day-to-day supervisor, but one of our Chaplains and instructors.  Doc has been volunteering for 20 years and I will personally miss seeing him around the Police Department.

To learn more about the VIPS program, click here.
Dedication of Jet Stream
On September 18, Blue Springs Public Art Commission hosted a dedication ceremony for "Jet Stream." 

Crafted by artist Nicole Beck, "Jet Stream" is located on the NW quadrant of I-70 and Highway 7. "Jet Stream" was originally displayed as part of the 2012 Temporary Public Art Exhibit "Connections." The Blue Springs Public Art Commission selected "Jet Stream" to join the City's permanent public art collection and raised private funds to facilitate the final purchase price of $7,500.   

I would like to thank the Blue Springs Public Art Commission for their hard work adding this piece to the City's permanent collection.   You may be interested in knowing that since the inception of the Public Art Commission, the City has acquired 30 permanent public art pieces through purchases, commissions and private donations. The City's public art collection has added almost one million dollars in economic assets to Blue Springs.

For more information about the Public Art Commission, click here.  To see more about the 2014 Temporary Art Exhibit "Voices," click here.
Happy Third Birthday, Let's Move! Saturdays! 
Top: Mayor Ross welcomes the crowd and recognized Carol Journagan for all of her work with Let's Move! Saturdays & StandUp Blue Springs; Top Middle: Blue Springs Police Department Girls on Fire Camp representatives talk with event guests about their program; Dynamic Dancers entertain the crowd; Event attendees explore the GAGE Center's Bump City.

On Saturday, September 20, I had the pleasure of joining Let's Move! Saturdays celebrate their third birthday in style at the Gage Center.

This program has been wildly successful here in Blue Springs. What you may not know is that it is operated on almost a full volunteer basis. The businesses donate their time and facility, local volunteers and StandUp Blue Springs coordinate the events. The City of Blue Springs helps to promote these events.

To see the 2014 Fall Let's Move! Blue Springs Calendar of Events, 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.