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Global Entrepreneurship Week Recap
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Dr. Oliver De Grate III Bridge Dedication

Monday, Nov 30
2 p.m.
1512 Woods Chapel Road 
(former Pizza Hut parking lot)

Please join the De Grate family, City of Blue Springs and MoDOT for a special ceremony to rename and dedicate the diverging diamond bridge at the intersection of  Woods Chapel Road and I-70 in memory of the late Public Works Director Dr. Oliver De Grate III.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Municipal Annex located at 1304 W. Main Street. 
Holiday Events
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m.
City Hall, 903 W Main Street

Join me as I throw the switch that lights this very special Christmas Tree just outside City Hall.
There will be free refreshments, craft projects for the kids and entertainment by local schools and community groups. Visitors can record a special holiday greeting for CTV-7, see  Santa and enjoy holiday cheer. 

Brunch with Santa
Saturday, December 5
10 a.m. to Noon
Vesper Hall
$8 per person (children age 1 and under are free)

Enjoy a festive brunch with Santa and skip the long lines! This is a great event for children to get a picture taken with Santa and enjoy crafts, Christmas stories and hot chocolate. 

Parents, please bring a small, wrapped $5 gift prior to the event for your child to receive from Santa. Contact Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137 for more information.  
Receipt Reward Contest
November 23 - December 1
Throughout Blue Springs
Buy Blue Springs and WIN!  Every original receipt from a purchase or service at a Blue Springs business within the city limits of Blue Springs counts as an entry in the contest.  No minimum purchase is necessary.  Entries may not include returns, utilities or lottery tickets.  Participants must be 18 years or older.  
Receipts can be brought to the Blue Springs Chamber office at 1000 W. Main Street Monday - Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
For more information, click here.
Holiday Lights Recycling Program
Nov 14 - Jan 16
Various Locations

Safely dispose of your old and/ non-working strands of holiday lights.

Lights can be dropped off at several locations including: Pink Hill Park Recycling Center, Mid-Continent Library, both Blue Springs North Branch and Blue Springs South Branch, as well as Westlake Ace Hardware. 

Click here for more information.
 Let's Move! Saturdays

These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
December 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, open gym for adults

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
December 5, 1-2 p.m.
Dance Class, ages 6+
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 one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
The month of November is almost over and the weather is already preparing us for a chilly December. In this edition, you can find information about upcoming holiday events you and your loved ones can enjoy around Blue Springs. 

You can also read more about the honorable actions of our Blue Springs Police Officers and how the City will celebrate the legacy of late Public Works Director Dr. Oliver De Grate III, and his numerous efforts to improve the City of Blue Springs.

I would also like to say a special goodbye to Bonnie Clark who recently left the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Bonnie will soon be moving to Colorado so she can be closer to her grandchildren.  Thank you for all that you have done to support our business community and you will be missed!

On November 11, we graduated the 21st Citizen's Police Academy class.  We now have almost 400 academy alumni in our community!  To learn more about the academy, click here.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Valor Award Recipients
Left: Officer Martin Blahut,  Right: Officer Steven Emberton

On Saturday, No v 21, two members of the Blue Springs Police Department were honored at the annual Awards for Valor, hosted by the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. 

Officer Martin Blahut received the 'Life Saving Award' for his quick-thinking and CPR efforts that saved a man's life in early March of this year. Fellow officer Steven Emberton, received the 'Bronze Award' for his efforts rescuing a Blue Springs resident and her pet from a house fire. 

Each year, first responders who have demonstrated bravery and quick thinking are honored at this luncheon for their courage on the job. Congratulations to our officers and thank you for your service! 
April 2016 Elections

Residents interested in becoming a Blue Springs Councilmember or who would like to apply to become Mayor of Blue Springs can pick up application packets from City Hall beginning Tuesday, Dec 1.

The following terms expire in April 2016:
Mayor - Carson Ross
Councilmember District 1 - Jeff Quibell
Councilmember District 2 - Chris Lievsay
Councilmember District 3 - Susan Culpepper

The dates for candidate filing are Tuesday, December 15 through Tuesday, January 19. For more information about current councilmembers click here . For questions about filing, call 816-228-0110.
Global Entrepreneurship Week In Review

November 16-22 marked the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week and we kicked-off our first time participating in this event with there were quite a few happenings around Blue Springs. 

Business Owners having Coffee with the Chamber

On Monday, Nov 16 the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce held their kick-off event with a morning networking session allowing local entrepreneurs, small business owners and community members to mingle. 

'How to Open and Grow a Business in Blue Springs" Expo

Tuesday, Nov 17 marked the fourth 'How to Open and Grow A Business in Blue Springs' Expo where  current and prospective business owners got together in one location to discuss their business plan with professional coaches, speak with financial institutions and connect with local resources.

We kicked off the Holiday season with a Holiday Open House i n downtown Blue Springs. Downtown Alive! partnered with home-based entrepreneurs who had the opportunity to sell their products in a retail setting. 
I am pleased to say that Blue Springs celebrates our entrepreneurs year-round and it was excellent to be able to highlight our efforts during this global celebration. 
Upcoming Winter Weather
Blue Springs snow plow

Colder weather is already here and snow will be here before we know it!   Do you know what snow route your street is on?   Click here  to view the  City's snow removal maps and  click here  learn how streets are prioritized and cleared during our snow removal process.
MoDot put together this great video to show you how to avoid snow piles at the end of your driveway.

Help us help you!  Please move vehicles off the street whenever possible.  Parked cars pose an obstruction to snow removal operations during the storm, then leave snow packed areas after they are moved.
For more Q&As about snow removal, click here.
City Government on CTV-7

Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. 

You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

If you want to catch up on videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by  clicking 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 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.