Take extra precautions during heat blast

Posted August 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Northeast News
Aug. 22, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Although Kansas City has had a mild summer so far, high temperatures have returned.

City officials want to remind residents how to beat the heat during especially high temperatures by following these tips:

-Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling on extremely hot days. If your home does not have air conditioning, please go to an air-conditioned location such as the city’s community centers, which are open as cooling centers during regular business hours. Please visit www.kcparks.org and click on the “Centers” tab for information on community centers.
-Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
-Never leave children alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a car can quickly reach more than 140 degrees, which can be fatal within minutes.
-Avoid the heat of the day by engaging in outdoor activities and games early in the

Read Full Story…

    Most recent photo of Troy Duckworth. Submitted photo.

    KCPD asking for help with missing person

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 20, 2014

    UPDATE:

    Troy Duckworth was found safe earlier today in Independence. The KCPD thanks you for your assistance.

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Police Department is asking for your help locating a missing man.

    Troy V. Duckworth, 69, was last seen at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, walking in the area of Topping Avenue and 23rd Street.. Duckworth suffers from dementia and other medical issues. He was last seen wearing black jeans, black loafers, a navy jacket, glasses and carrying a purple and white Harrah’s Casino umbrella.

    If you see him, contact 9-1-1 or the KCPD’s missing

    Read Full Story…

    City Hall will be closed Friday morning, Aug. 22, for emergency drill

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 20, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., will be closed to the public from 8 – 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, as it conducts an emergency drill for employees.

    The 311 Call Center will also be closed during this time. Residents may still submit requests for service to 311 via other contact methods including email at 3-1-1.Call.Center@kcmo.org, on Twitter @KCMO311, online at www.kcmo.gov/311 , fax to 513-1303, or by the 311 mobile app.

    The drill will help prepare city employees for an emergency, while also training employees on how to help City Hall visitors during

    Read Full Story…

    Final Concept Rendering 022414.tif

    Changes coming to intersection of Benton and Independence

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 20, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Improvements at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard are slowly getting closer to becoming official.

    At last week’s Neighborhoods, Housing and Healthy Communities meeting, Scott Overbay, project manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, gave a short update on where the project stands. After the presentation, the committee approved 3-0, minus an absent Jim Glover, to allow the director of Parks and Recreation to enter into a cooperative grant funding agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation

    Read Full Story…

    Sgt. James Gottstein of the KCPD demonstrates how to use the new care trak system. Submitted photo.

    Police using new tool to find those who wander away from their caregivers

    Northeast News
    Aug. 18, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Police Department has added another tool to help them protect and serve the community.

    The care trak system allows officers to locate people who have diminished mental capacities, including those who suffer from autism, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and dementia. The tool was purchased by the Police Foundation of Kansas City for $10,000. The money was donated the day after a five-year-old boy with autism went missing in Cass County and was found dead in a pond. The KCPD is the first agency in the metropolitan area to deploy Care Trak.

    In

    Read Full Story…

    Open house at East Patrol station

    Northeast News
    Aug. 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Missouri Police Department invites all East Patrol Division residents to attend a community open house and forum at the station from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. The East Patrol station is located at 5301 E. 27th St.

    Residents are invited to come meet the commanders and officers who serve their geographic area. Police will share information about what they’re doing in residents’ neighborhoods, including community interaction, crime free multi-housing, Impact Squads and more. There will be plenty of time for residents to ask questions and to meet and mingle

    Read Full Story…

    City launches program to better connect residents with their government

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 16, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Curious about how the city government works? Do you want tips from city staff on how to improve your community?

    Then consider Community Engagement University, a free city program designed to connect residents of Kansas City, Mo., with their government. The goal of the program is to build a better Kansas City for everyone.

    The program begins kicks off from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at city hall, 414 E. 12th St. Program sessions will then continue on every Tuesday for eight weeks, through Oct. 28, at the same location and time.

    Read Full Story…

    Mayor Sly James announces at the results of a citywide survey. Submitted photo.

    Citizen Satisfaction Survey results reveal major improvements

    Northeast News
    Aug. 14, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The overall imagine of the Kansas City, Mo., is improving.

    At least that’s what residents said in a recent citywide survey. On Thursday morning, Mayor Sly James and city manager Troy Schulte unveiled the city’s 2013-14 Citizen Satisfaction Survey results during its Big 20 event. The survey results show statistically significant improvements in 61 categories, including resident satisfaction with the “overall image of the city,” which has increased 20 percentage points over the past four years.

    This year’s survey, which was administered between July 2013 and May 2014, revealed statistically significant improvements in 61 categories,

    Read Full Story…

    DSCN6647.JPG

    Pho returns with a flourish.

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    August 13, 2014

    Spike and Jessie Nguyen are back at the corner of Independence Blvd. and The Paseo full time now with the second location of the Vietnamese-French Bistro concept restaurant i-Pho Tower. Nguyen, his wife Jessie and local dignitaries cut the ribbon this morning celebrating the grand opening of their second i-Pho Tower location. The menu is smaller but promises many of the same favorites including

    Read Full Story…

    eleos.tif

    More intimate space at Eleos

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    August 13, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More space to relax in the Northeast.

    This past Friday, Eleos Coffee House, 3401 Independence Ave., opened its doors to its new, expanded seating area. The room, which has been under construction for several months, includes extra tables and chairs in a rustic decor with burlap sacks in lieu of drapes and curtains, a serving bar and more room for its coffee.

    Eleos knocked out an adjacent wall to the current space to

    Read Full Story…