Streetcar voices get day in court

Posted April 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By JOE JAROSZ
Northeast News
April 9, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Some were for the streetcar. Others were against the streetcar. But everyone, though, was respectful of the process and grateful of the opportunity to speak.

During last Tuesday’s public forum before Marco Roldan, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge, nearly 50 community members had a chance to voice their opinions on the recently announced phase two of the Transportation Development District. On Thursday, March 27, the Kansas City city council unanimously approved the streetcar phase two expansion plan and budget. The expansion includes additional service lines along Independence Ave. from downtown to Benton Boulevard, Linwood Boulevard East to Prospect Avenue and South on Main Street to the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The cost estimate for the expansion is around $500 million.

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    What’s in a question? Council members clear up ballot

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    April 2, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On Tuesday, April 8, Kansas City, Mo., residents will head to the polls for the latest election.

    This spring’s ballot includes Kansas City Public School Board of Education seats and various city measures residents will need to approve or deny. But do the voters know what they’ll be asked to vote for?

    Scott Wagner and Jan Marcason, Council members who represent the First District and portions of

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    Area youth getting the chance to ride

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 26, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Inner-city youth are now able to go mountain biking in style, thanks to the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

    The Police Athletic League of Kansas City recently received a grant from Epic Bike and Sport of Kansas City, Mo., that awarded the group eight new mountain bikes for its Trail Blazers mountain bike club. The PAL also partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Area for free helmets for the youth in

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    Kansas City's City Market goes greener

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 26, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – One of the greenest areas in Kansas City is getting a little greener.

    The River Market, located in northeast Kansas City, Mo., has installed solar panels on the east side of the market. The River Market is home to one of the largest public farmers’ markets in the Midwest.

    In a partnership with Kansas City Power and Light, as well as Mark One Electric, two 25 kilowat solar systems are being installed on

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    Northeast boy safe with after found wandering area streets

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    March 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A northeast Kansas City, Mo., child is safe with the city’s Division of Family Services after being found wandering unsupervised near the 100 block of White Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

    Around 11 a.m. KCPD officers were dispatched to the area of St. John’s and White Avenues for a call of a juvenile wandering alone. The boy, who Sgt. Harold Headrick said was around two or three-years-old, was found by area construction workers less than a block away from his house.. Northeast patrol officer and a neighbor sat with the boy in a

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    ESL Center helping newcomers learn lay of the land

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – In Historic Northeast Kansas City, Mo., lies a school that houses roughly 700 students.

    But this isn’t any normal school. Not when its student body represents over 75 countries from around the world, including eastern Africa, central America and Asia.

    The English as a Second Language Center, located at the St. Anthony’s Parish at 309 Benton Blvd., assists refugees in learning English. The Don Bosco Center, in partnership with the Independence School District,

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    Texas teens visit NEKC for community outreach

     

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Most teenagers and young adults spend their spring break having fun, either at a beach or an exotic location, to emphasize on the “break.”

    But some use their break to help others and do good for a community. Even if that community is over 500 miles away from home.

    On Sunday, March 9, about 30 teenagers from the Mansfield Bible Church, in Mansfield, Texas, arrived in Kansas City, Mo., for a week of

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    What to do with those unwanted leaves and brush

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas City, Mo., has announced dates for collection and drop-off of leaves and brush.

    Drop-off

    The city’s three leaf and brush drop-off centers -11660 N. Main St., 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway and 10301 Raytown Road – re-opened 8 a.m. Friday, March 15. The centers provide residents with the opportunity to recycle yard waste as well as pick-up discounted mulch. The centers are also equipped to handle trees that have been affected by the

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    Former KCPD leaders throw support behind Rea for city council

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    March 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Two former Kansas City, Mo., public safety leaders have endorsed Crispin Rea for the third district at-large city council race. Rea, currently the vice chair of the Kansas City School Board announced his candidacy this past February.

    Former KCPD Chief Jim Corwin said Rea has his endorsement because of his track record of listening to “stakeholders, finding common ground and weighing competing interests to find a solution that works.” Former Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega said he’s endorsing Rea because

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    Dates for Mattie Rhodes Art Camp set

    Northeast News
    March 12, 2014

    Make your child’s spring more artful with the help from those at the Mattie Rhodes Center.

    For four days, March 18-21, classes will be available for children ages 5-12 years old. Every day, children will experience a different art theme. The camp, which runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. costs $35 per child per day and children can sign-up for one day or all four.

    On Tuesday, March 18, the camp kicks off with “create a rainbow day.”

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