Blue Springs issues scam alert
Blue Springs officials say scammers have been calling residents to demand money while claiming to be affiliated with the city.
The scammers “spoof” a city phone number, 816-228-0135, which shows up on caller IDs. An automated female voice claims the victim owes the city money.
Blue Springs says it doesn’t use an automated call service for delinquent accounts, but mails reminder notices instead.
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Potential victims are advised to hang up without providing any financial or personal information. Some scammers have called repeatedly.
Anyone who gets such a call can dial 816-228-0151 to make a police report. Victims may be able to block the scammers by notifying their phone company.
Lee’s Summit namespublic works director
Lee’s Summit has named Dena Mezger as director of the Public Works Department.
Mezger, a deputy director and city engineer, has been acting director since Chuck Owsley retired in May.
“Dena is a proven leader in the public works field for both the public and private sectors,” said City Manager Steve Arbo.
Mezger has more than 37 years of public works experience, and she is in charge of about 110 employees.
Blue Springs fills high-level job
Blue Springs has hired Adam Norris, who has been an assistant city manager in Overland Park, to be deputy city administrator. He starts work Monday.
Norris will oversee the public works and community development departments and manage the city’s initiatives to create a business-friendly environment in Blue Springs.
“He brings expertise in the area of economic and community development that will strengthen our efforts in attracting quality development and new businesses to our city,” City Administrator Eric Johnson said in a news release.
The city said that in Overland Park, Norris assisted with adoption and implementation of Vision Metcalf, a long-range planning tool for one of that city’s key corridors. He also has worked for Dallas and Mission Hills.
Free soccer clinic at Swope
In conjunction with the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship, FC Kansas City will host a free youth clinic Saturday at Swope Park Soccer Village, 63rd Street and Lewis Road. It’s for boys and girls ages 6 to 12.
The session runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. It includes a new component where parents can learn the importance of concussion awareness and how to create a positive environment for their athletes. Pre-registration is required at www.sportkc.org.
FC Kansas City won the 2014 chamionship in the National Women’s Soccer League.
KC community centers closed Nov. 11
Kansas City Parks and Recreation is closing its community centers on Nov. 11 because of Veterans Day, the department announced.
Trivia Night for Grandview schools
It’s almost time for the sixth annual Trivia Night at Grandview High School, which raises money for the Grandview Education Foundation.
This year’s event starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 13, with doors opening at 5 p.m..
More than 600 community people are expected to compete in the event or watch it. The emcee will be broadcast journalist Krista (Martin) Klaus, a 1985 graduate of Grandview High.
All proceeds help provide scholarships, special programs and teacher grants for Grandview students. Last year’s event brought in about $6,500. Visit www.grandviewedfoundation.org or call Cindy Bastian at 816-765-2347 for more information.
2014 grads needed for survey
Lee’s Summit school officials are encouraging 2014 graduates to participate in a short online survey that will help the district make improvements and report required information to the state.
The survey will be available in November at www.lsr7.org/district/gradsurvey/.
Breakfast for veterans in Belton
All Belton veterans are invited to a pancake breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Belton High School, 801 W. North Ave. The breakfast runs from 7:45 to 9 a.m., and veterans can stay if they like for an assembly featuring Navy veteran Everett Loughridge. Call Brad Batchelder at 816-489-7500 if you want to attend.
Musicians salute veterans
The “Men of Note” will perform “Honor and Remember” at a free Veterans Day Celebration this week.
All branches of the military will be recognized in a musical tribute at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Gamber Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave.
“Guys and Dolls’ at Belton High
The Belton High School Theatre Department presents the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” this weekend starting Thursday.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 6-8 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Belton Middle School/Freshman Center Forum Theatre.
Tickets are $6 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at bhspiratetheatre.weebly.com.
Free memory tests at John Knox
John Knox Village enourages people to be proactive about memory health and invites the community to take free, confidential memory screenings.
John Knox Village health-care professionals will administer private screenings from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the John Knox Village Ambassador Room, 500 NW Murray Road.
Screenings include a series of questions and tasks, which will take five to 10 minutes.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors National Memory Screening Day.
John Knox Village health-care services – including Village Home Health, Village Hospice and Village Helpers – will have information available. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 816-347-2700.
Traffic disruptionsin Jackson County
The Missouri Department of Transportation will constrict traffic on two eastern Jackson County highways:
▪ In Independence, Missouri 7 will be reduced to one lane, a half-mile south of Route 78 (23rd Street) and the Lake City Army Ammunitions Plan, starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 12. The lane closures will last through Dec. 17.
▪ In Lee’s Summit, the southbound Missouri 291 bridge over Interstate 470 will be reduced to one lane for more than a month because of bridge repairs. The closure will last from 9 a.m. Nov. 10, through Dec. 15. Different lanes will be closed as work proceeds.
| Compiled by Elaine Adams and Russ Pulley