The life of an intern

Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By MICAH WILKINS
Northeast News
August 13, 2014

Within the past two months I’ve tried, both literally and figuratively, to throw myself into the Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City.

Eight weeks ago, I accepted a position as the editorial intern for the Northeast News. Five weeks ago I moved into a house in Indian Mound. Last week I drew up preliminary plans to build a chicken coop in my tiny yard. I’m getting settled.

I grew up in midtown Kansas City and for years the Northeast was a mystery to me. Even after this short stint at the Northeast News, the neighborhood is still somewhat of a mystery. Sometimes I’ve been

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    Letter to the Editor: Car Cheap sign is not acceptable

    Northeast News
    July 23, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    In the July 16 edition, Bunny the Newshound asked: “where’s the outrage” as related to yet another tacky used car lot on Independence Blvd. Personally, I AM outraged.

    As a neighborhood association president, I have enough tasks and challenges to keep me busy full time. I would imagine that is the case for all the neighborhood presidents who have communities that are, at times, hanging on by a thread. Therefore, I must depend on the Northeast Chamber

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    Letter to the Editor: Reoccurring problems

    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    Dear Editor,

    We have lived in Northeast for 19 years and are so frustrated that we are about ready to move. We have had to keep our big dogs in for the last week because they are afraid of the fireworks and gun shots.

    Again tonight people? This is July 6th already. One of the dogs isn’t house trained, so I have to coax him out and stay with him, but it’s not a good thing when I wake

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    Letter to the Editor: Fire hydrants need to be updated

    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    The fire hydrants on the western end of Gladstone Boulevard are painted a beautiful red, but this improvement only goes to Mersington Avenue. The hydrants on the rest of Gladstone Boulevard toward Indian Mound have not been maintained in this manner.

    Who is responsible for this work? Is it the city or the neighborhood association? Shouldn’t the whole scenic byway be included?

    D. Marra

    Northeast

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    Letter to the Editor: The Airing of grievances

    April 30, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    My child attends the Paseo Academy Of Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. They are currently in the three week process of taking the M.A.P. test. They have reported to me that for three hours a day, they have to go to an assigned classroom for the testing.

    In my child’s case that classroom is room number 327, which is on the third floor of the facility.  This room has no

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    Letter to the Editor: The little streetcar that could

    Northeast News
    April 23, 2014

    Five hundred million to build eight miles of streetcar line. Huh? Let’s see, that’s roughly $1,000 per inch.

    We used to have streetcars in this city. They took them out of service many years ago and replaced them with more modern forms of transportation. Buses! The new streetcars must be far more advanced than the old ones were. They probably run silent, no overhead ugly powerlines and computer controlled.

    I just can’t wait to ride one. Well, maybe not,

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    Glad to be here NEKC

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    February 26, 2014

    Some of you might have noticed the bylines have changed over the past week. No longer are readers seeing the name Leslie Collins above stories that concern the historic northeast Kansas City. The name that now appears is Joe Jarosz.

    Hi, I’m Joe.

    On Feb. 17, I took over as managing editor for the Northeast News as Leslie departed for the Kansas City Business Journal. From the few people I’ve met so far, I’ve learned I have

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    Dear Editor: Prostitution is not a victimless crime

    Northeast News
    February 19, 2014

    Dear Editor:

    A few words on prostitution in our area.

    First of all, this is not a so-called “victimless crime.” The victims are the sex workers themselves in many ways. How do we know they are not being forced into the sex trade? They may have been lured by some drug dealer, forcibly hooked on drugs and made to work the streets.

    Prostitution brings other crime to our area such as drug dealers

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    Dear Northeast: Be proud

    By LESLIE COLLINS
    Northeast News
    February 19, 2014

    Driving down Independence Avenue, I felt slightly apprehensive. It was Christmas Eve and bitterly cold, and the bold, multicolored buildings glaringly stood out against the pale sky. Signs and advertisements in foreign languages plastered the storefronts of businesses, and careless graffiti marked its territory. Did I belong here? Could I work here?

    More than anything, I wanted to work in a city, to be a part of something bigger.

    But Historic Northeast?

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    Dear Editor: KC comes through for Operation Christmas Child

    Northeast News
    February 5, 2014

    Dear Northeast News,

    I’m writing to thank Kansas City residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 58,601 shoeboxes—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

    Although drop-off locations in Kansas City are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or by using

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