Experience a world of culture in NEKC

Posted October 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
October 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – If you’re building a park or touring historic homes and need a break, then Don Bosco might have an option for you.

From noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, the Don Bosco English as a Second Language Center at St. Anthony’s, 309 Benton Blvd., will host its first Multi-Cultural event.

Leslie Gasser, fund development director for the Don Bosco Center, said the ESL Center has been partners with Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan., for a while. Last year, the college invited students and faculty to their multi-cultural event.

“It was completely free and a great way to raise awareness about different cultures in the community,” Gasser said. “It’s a great way to invite the community

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    Streetcar spending breakdown

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    October 8, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Earlier this year, the Kansas City City Council approved contracts with two engineering firms, HDR and Burns and McDonnell, for the possible KC Streetcar expansion.

    The two contracts totaled roughly $8.1 million and would have been used for route planning, studies of construction obstacles and communication with the public.

    At last week’s business session, Ralph Davis, an engineer with the city’s public works department, told the council members that the amount spent on

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    Residents invited to suggest names for the KCPD East Patrol Campus

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    October 1, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Think you have the perfect name for the soon-to-open police station for the East Patrol Divison?

    Residents are invited to a public hearing to consider whether the East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Campus, or an individual part of the campus, should carry a name other than East Campus. The campus is currently under construction at 27th Street and Prospect Avenue. The public hearing will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Robert

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    Beautifying a neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood is now one step closer to becoming more artistic.

    At a press conference at the Kansas City Museum on Sept. 8, Héctor Casanova, instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, announced initial plans for the project of painting the window panels and doors that are currently covering the walls of the closed Scarritt Elementary School, located at 3509 Anderson Ave.

    During the semester, the

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    Down to three options for Cliff Drive

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The options are there.

    Now it’s a matter of figuring out which would be best for business along Cliff Drive.

    At the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee’s quarterly meeting last Wednesday, committee members, Northeast neighborhood association representatives and area stakeholders discussed the three options presented for the future of Cliff Drive.

    Kansas City parks superintendent Forest Decker laid out the options that will be presented to area

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    New store in the East Bottoms showcases American products

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – There’s nothing general about this store.

    On Aug. 29, Savannah Northcraft and Britton Turnbull opened Urban Provisions General Store in the East Bottoms, 2616 Guinotte Ave. The store features a hodgepodge of American-made products, each described with vigor and excitement by Northcraft.

    The store’s opening came after some time as a pop-up general store, opening for one or two days on weekends in the space next to the Local Pig, where Northcraft’s husband

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    Church has big plans for its community

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Michael Mayberry has big goals for the Grace United Community Ministries.

    Mayberry, the executive director for the church, set forth those plans last November when he contacted The Land Bank of Kansas City to request ownership of the former Tropics Car Wash located behind the church, at 801 Benton Blvd.

    “They liked the proposal that we presented,” Mayberry said, adding it took about 10 months to complete the process and paperwork. “We closed

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    Better Block KC celebrates Pendleton Heights

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – What better way to get people outside than to schedule an entire day’s worth of activities in your neighborhood?

    From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association is hosting the first Better Block event in the Northeast. The event has been held several times around the Kansas City area in the past. The daylong event includes temporarily transforming a block of Lexington Avenue into a more active, outdoor-friendly area.

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    Hispanic grocery store opens second location in NEKC

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Tortilleria San Antonio has been a staple in Kansas City, Kan., since 2005.

    After opening a second location in Northeast Kansas City, Mo. over Labor Day weekend, management hopes to transfer the excitement of the original to their latest store.

    Esmeralda Gonzalez, one of the managers of Tortilleria San Antonio, said the KCK store first opened in 2005, primarily selling just tacos and tamales, as well as making homemade tortillas. The

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    District cuts ribbon on new Middle Schools

    By Michael Bushnell
    Photos by David Remley
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    The Kansas City Missouri School District on Saturday cut the ribbon on two brand new Middle Schools, ushering in a new era for mid level students in the KCPS. While both schools, Central and Northeast have been in the District for decades, both have recently undergone extensive renovation to meet the unique academic needs of middle school age students. According to Lead Principal Dr. Cynthia Johnson who oversaw the projects, both schools are designed to equip students with 21st century

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