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State Sen. Mike Cierpiot among volunteers for Comcast Cares Day

More than 100 employees and their families along with a few dignataries — including (from left) Lenexa City Councilman Andy Huckaba, State Sen. Mike Cierpiot from Lee’s Summit, and Comcast Director of State Government Affairs Tom Krewson — participated Saturday in the annual Comcast Cares Day.
More than 100 employees and their families along with a few dignataries — including (from left) Lenexa City Councilman Andy Huckaba, State Sen. Mike Cierpiot from Lee’s Summit, and Comcast Director of State Government Affairs Tom Krewson — participated Saturday in the annual Comcast Cares Day. Photo provided

More than 100 employees and their families along with a few dignataries participated Saturday in the annual Comcast Cares Day, which benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of Independence locally this year.

Billed as the largest single-day volunteer event in the nation, the group spent the afternoon painting, mulching and landscaping around the club. Lenexa (Kansas) City Councilman Andy Huckaba, State Sen. Mike Cierpiot from Lee’s Summit, State Reps. Jerome Barnes, Bill E. Kidd and Rory Rowlands and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir were among those who pitched in.

Comcast Xfinity Sales Manager Jeff English served as event coordinator.

Students fill truck with food drive

The Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council collected more than 40,000 items April 21 during its annual Fill Those Trucks event.

Students from 14 area high schools collected nonpreishable food and hygiene items for the Community Services League, Lee’s Summit Social Services, and Raytown Emergency Assistance Program at various locations in eastern Jackson County communities.

Drug Take Back Day is April 28

Lee’s Summit will participate in the national Drug Take Back Day on April 28, encouraging residents to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications. Proper disposal prevents substance abuse and keeps the water supply free from contamination.

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and animal medications will be accepted through the free and anonymous service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

▪ Lee’s Summit Police Department, 10 N.E. Tudor Road;

▪ Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 4001 N.E. Lakewood Court;

▪ Saint Luke’s East Diagnostic Center, 100 N.E. Saint Luke's Blvd.;

▪ Lee’s Summit Medical Center ER entrance, 2100 S.E. Blue Parkway;

▪ Places Restaurant at John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road.

Both hospitals will offer drive-through service, so residents won’t even have to exit their vehicles. Needles and inhalers will not be accepted.

Residents unable to participate April 28 can drop off medications anytime at permanent drop boxes in the lobbies of the Police and Sheriff’s offices or either hospital’s emergency room.

Three Lee’s Summit students earn math awards

Three students from Lee’s Summit were awarded scholarships April 3 during the University of Central Missouri’s Mathematics Awareness Week Banquet.

Peter Gossell won the Harold and Marjorie Cooper Scholarship, Amanda Tubbs received the Mary Anne Kennedy Mathematics Scholarship for incoming freshmen, and Justin Kelleher was awarded the Mildred I. Harmon Scholarship.

Gossell is a sophomore computer science and mathematics major. The Harold and Marjorie Cooper Scholarship for Computer Science is awarded based on superior academic performance.

The Mary Anne Kennedy Mathematics Scholarship awarded to Tubbs, who plans to major actuarial science, goes to a student entering the field of mathematics and computer science.

Kelleher is a freshman computer science major. The Mildred I. Harmon Scholarship is reserved for a computer science student.

MCC-Longview announces open house

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about Metropolitan Community College’s transfer and degree programs during a series of presentations April 28 at the MCC-Longview campus.

It’s all part of MCC Community College Day, which includes an open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests should check in at the Robert H. Martin Campus Center’s Enrollment Center, 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit

They can then learn about the academics, financial aid and other programs at MCC-Longview. There will be refreshments and giveaways, including a $500 scholarship for one lucky participant chosen at random.

“We want potential students to know that we are here to help them succeed,” MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty said in a release. “Whether the goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or quickly land a good-paying, in-demand job, we can save students time and money.”

More work at U.S. 50, Missouri 291

Several ramp and road closures are planned in the coming weeks along U.S. 50 and Missouri 291 highways in Lee’s Summit to accommodate bridge demolition and concrete work by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The ramp from eastbound U.S. 50 to southbound Missouri 291 will close at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and remain closed through the weekend for concrete work. Drivers will have to find an alternate route.

One week later, U.S. 50 will close in both directions underneath the overpass at 9 p.m. on May 4 until 5 a.m. May 7 as crews remove the former bridge. Traffic will be diverted along the exit and entrance ramps during that time.

The Missouri 291 overpass will be rebuilt as a diverging diamond interchange with the intersection of Blue Parkway, the north outer road to U.S. 50 and Jefferson Street being reconstructed as a roundabout.

Road work also coming to I-470

Interstate 470 will be reduced to one lane in either direction between 39th Street and the Little Blue Rivers, south of U.S. 40, from 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, until late Sunday evening.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be preparing pavement for bridge repairs, which are scheduled for August 2018, at the I-470 and Interstate 70 interchange, U.S. 40 and Little Blue River.

Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route and be patient as the work will significantly slow traffic. MoDOT also stressed the importance of using the zipper merge, wherein drivers use all lanes up to the merge point and take turns funneling into the work zone to reduce the impact on traffic.

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