Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Computer recycling event set for April 11

NEWS RELEASE: 
Help your community and the environment! Drop off used computers on Saturday April 11. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Do you have an older, unused PC in your closet? Are you planning to upgrade your desktop or laptop computer this year? Is your office upgrading? We need your old technology to help bridge the ‘digital divide’ in the Kansas City Metro area!

We are very, very excited to announce the 2nd Tech Mob Technology Recycling Event! On Saturday, April 11th, we’ll be taking any and all e-Waste you can give us and refurbish it and recycle it in a responsible, mother-earth-approved way. The best part? We’ll do it for FREE!

All this recycling goodness will go down at:

Connecting for Good
NE Wyandotte Co. Community Tech Center
2006 North 3rd Street Kansas City, Kansas 66101

WHY:
  • The Digital Divide is very real in the Kansas City Area. We believe it is one of the most important social justice issues of our day.
  • 25% of Kansas City area residents don’t have Internet access at home.
  • 42% of those who don’t use the Internet have annual household incomes of under $25,000
  • 46% of nonusers are minorities.
  • 70% of Kansas City Public Schools students do not have the Internet in their homes.
  • It’s estimated 60 to 65 million computers become obsolete every year in the US, some estimates show 3 to 5 percent of material in landfills is e-Waste.
Another report estimated between 315 and 680 million computers are waiting in peoples garages and homes, waiting to be disposed of properly, which is why we are hosting the Tech Mob.

HOW:

Show up to the Tech Mob drop off your old technology and it will be professionally refurbished. What Connecting for Good can’t use will be professionally recycled. With your help, we can see many lives changed simply because they will be able to connect to all the resources available through the Internet.

Won’t you help? This is a great time to give us your unused PC equipment and get a tax deduction at the same time. What is no longer useful to you can be turned into something that can change the life of a child in an under resourced urban core family.

Acceptable items include computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, speakers, hard drives, tablets, Netbooks, flat televisions, DVDs, VCRs, stereos, camcorders, cameras, games systems, printers, scanners, surge protectors, telephones, typewriters and adding machines. Large appliances – including refrigerators, washers, dryers, ovens and microwaves – will not be accepted.

Take care of your health at 2015 KCKCC Health Fair

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College wants to give students, staff, faculty and the community a chance to maintain their health during the college’s 2015 Health Fair.

“This will be my third health fair, and I am looking for a wonderful turn out,” said Kim Morgan, college nurse at KCKCC. “These individuals will assist in all areas of health from oral health and diabetes education to insurance and home health. In past years, we have had up to 40 exhibitors.”

The Health Fair is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 15 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Entrance into the fair is free. However, there is a fee associated with some activities.

These include:

· 20 Chemistries and Lipids with CBC. This includes electrolytes, lipids, hemoglobin and hematocrit. $40
· Glucose and Lipid Profile. $25
· Cancer Antigen 125 (for women). This is a possible indicator for ovarian cancer. $55
· Prostate specific antigen PSA (for men). This is possibly indicative of prostate cancer. $35
· Thyroid stimulating hormone TSH. $25
· Hemoglobin A1C. This will tell the average level of glucose. $25
· T4, Total T3, TSH. $65

The health fair will feature a variety of exhibitors including those about alcohol and drugs, spinal flexibility, oral health, wellness and fitness and HIV/STD information. There will be HIV testing offered from Good Samaritan and KC Care Clinic.

In addition, there will be free blood pressure checks as well as weight, height and vision plus giveaways by local companies such as Chick-Fil-A, Quick Trip, among others.

“I know that students will benefit from learning how to improve their overall health and health practices, for they are the ones in charge of their bodies,” Morgan said. “Let the knowledge they obtain from this event empower them to grow and achieve great things within our community and within themselves.”

For more information on KCKCC”s Health Fair, contact Kim Morgan at 913-288-7683 or by email at kmorgan@kckcc.edu.

Dystopian novel The Testing chosen as April selection for KCKPL’s online book club

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Join Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s Youngbloods Online Book Club to discuss this month’s thrilling selection, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. 

The book can be found in streaming audiobook and ebook on the Youngbloods site at http://ecommunity.kckp.org/youngbloods.html.

The Testing is a griping, action-packed tale: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating.

All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization.

When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Youngbloods is KCKPL’s first ever completely online book club.  Designed for book-lovers who want to enjoy the books and discuss at their own pace, the book club is solely hosted on the library’s eCommunity site and has no scheduled meetings. 

It features video introductions to the books, interactive elements, and easy online commenting.   The book club features popular and engrossing young adult titles that are sure to appeal to adult readers. All books are available for instant download as audiobooks through the eCommunity site. 

The library also carries print copies and one ebook copy for most of the books.  To join Youngbloods, visit http://ecommunity.kckp.org

VIDEO: UG District 4 candidates debate

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Courtesy of Kansas City Kansas Community College, here is a candidate forum debate between the two candidates in the District 4 race.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Burn permits available for Kansas City, Kansas residents in April

News Release from the KCK Fire Department:
KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Residents in Kansas City, Kansas are allowed to apply for a burn permit for the time period of the month of April 2015 and the time period of October 16, 2015 through November 15, 2015 at any of the Fire Stations currently staffed by the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department.  Kansas City, Kansas residents are limited to one 3-day burn permit per burn period that allows for the combustion of one 10 foot by 10 foot or smaller pile of naturally occurring residential organic yard waste generated onsite.   If you operate a business out of your home you are classified as a business and cannot participate.  Applications must be received and approved at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of burning.  Open burning with a permit is allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The resident doing the burning must be at the burning site at all times.  Residents shall maintain a copy of the burn permit on site, an adequate water supply and/or fire extinguisher while conducting open burning.  In no circumstance shall open burning occur within 15 feet of any building or within 15 feet from any one's property line.  Piling of brush, tree limbs, grass and other organic materials are limited in size to 100 square feet at the base.

Each Burn Permit allows for one organic pile per permit, one permit per residential property.   (yard waste generated such as tree limbs, leaves, weeds, brush and grass) All organic materials burned within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas are limited to organic materials and/or burning without a permit shall be subject to Section I-7 (General Penalty, Continuing Violations) of the general provisions code of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK.

At no time shall wire insulation, tires, rubber products, plastic, automobile products, paper, cardboard, construction chemicals, household chemicals or any other material that normally emits dense smoke, noxious odors or hazardous air pollutants be burned.

At any time, the Fire Chief or his designeemay revoke burn permits or ban open burning.  Weather conditions (high winds, low humidity) may make open burning too dangerous.  Open burning may also be suspended when air pollution "Red Alert" days are declared by the Mid America Regional Council, MARC, and the Unified Government.

Sen. Moran Now Accepting 2015 Service Academy Applications

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced that he is accepting applications for nominations to the United States Service Academies.

The academies include the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2016.

Selections are based on SAT or ACT test scores, class rank, grade point average, school records, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, motivation, recommendations and interview evaluations.

Applicants must meet the individual admission requirements of each academy in order to receive Sen. Moran’s nomination: applicants must be legal residents of the state of Kansas, at least 17 years of age but not past their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year of admission, citizens of the United States, unmarried, not pregnant and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

The application deadline is Sept. 4, 2015. Applicants will be required to interview with Sen. Moran’s Service Academy Selection Board on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.

Academies will make the final decision on who will receive an appointment of admission in early 2016.

Interested applicants can request application materials on Sen. Moran’s website at moran.senate.gov under the “Services” menu, or by calling Sen. Moran’s Olathe office at 913-393-0711. Additional information is also available online at moran.senate.gov.

State's rejection of Medicaid expansion putting hospitals at risk

By JIM McLEAN
KHI News Service

Several factors, including the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion, are conspiring to put some Kansas hospitals at risk.

Two southeast Kansas hospitals — one in Independence, the other in Fort Scott — are among several that might have to close their doors.

To prevent that, both are actively negotiating potential partnerships with neighboring hospitals. Officials at Mercy Hospital Independence and the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center are talking.

Similar discussions are under way between Mercy Hospital Fort Scott and Via Christi in Pittsburg.

Even if agreements are reached, Medicaid expansion will remain a crucial issue, said David Steinmann, chief executive of the Independence hospital.

Monday, March 30, 2015

KCKCC students see success with tutoring services

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Students at Kansas City Kansas Community College who are struggling in English or mathematics have no need to worry. There are services on campus designed to help them excel in the classroom and correct any academic problems they might be having.

The Tutoring Services Program at KCKCC is led by Amanda Williams, assistant director of the Academic Resource Center and two coordinators – Dave Jones, Math Tutoring Coordinator and Carrie Dimino, Writing Tutoring Coordinator. The coordinators are brand-new positions added to expand and strengthen tutoring services on campus.

“We have been offering tutoring since 1986,” Williams said. “But we wanted to be able to provide full-time support in both areas and be more involved with the campus community. With two coordinators we have a better sense of the needs of our students.”