Friday, October 31, 2014

Unique VB-BB doubleheader at KCKCC Tuesday

Kansas City Kansas Community College will put its two nationally ranked teams on display in a unique volleyball-basketball doubleheader Tuesday night.

The No. 8 ranked Lady Blue Devil volleyball team will host Longview at 6 p.m. while the 18th ranked KCKCC women’s basketball team opening its home season against Missouri Valley JV at 8 p.m.

The volleyball game will be KCKCC’s final regular season match before hosting the NJCAA District N Tournament Saturday, Nov. 8,  starting at noon.

The KCKCC men’s team will open the season this Saturday, hosting Livin’ The Dream at 4 p.m., and then entertain Saint Mary’s JV Monday at 7 p.m.

The Blue Devils warmed up for their opener with a scrimmage with Whiteman Air Force Base Thursday. Four Blue Devils scored in double figures and 13 in all scored in a 91-55 win.

Join KCKPL for a Free Concert by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- As part of the second annual Bop in the Dotte, Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is hosting a free concert by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra on Thursday, November 20. 

The concert will take place at 7 pm in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center. Prior to the concert, there will be a reception with punch and cookies in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

No tickets necessary; seating is first come, first served. The library invites all jazz lovers to attend this exciting event! For more information about the concert, visit or call 913-627-0306.
The library will also be hosting a toiletries drive for homeless students in KCK during the concert. 

To help, simply bring in a new-full-sized toiletry item to leave in one of the donation boxes.  For a list of preferred items, contact one of the library branches.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895.  In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today.  

It serves a population of 159,129.  The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. 

The library can be found online at

KCKCC Campus Child Care Center celebrates veterans

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Kansas City Kansas Community College Campus Child Care Center hosted a celebration Oct. 23 to recognize the men and women who have and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Attending the event were community members such as Joe Jennings, Joseph Borror, Daniel Graham,  James Madison (the oldest living Buffalo Soldier living in the Leavenworth, Kan. area) John Drew Sr. and Vohn Drew.

Other attendees included Brian Bode, Chief Operations Officer at KCKCC; Cherilee Walker, Dean of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences; Criminal Justice Professor Don Alsdurf; Online Support Services technician Ruben Nogura; Reference Librarian Joseph Grasela and Electrical Technology Professor George Crump, among others.

The program started with a slide show of the friends, family members, college community faculty and staff who have served in one of the branches of the U.S. military. There were also pictures of the recent dedication of the Colin Powell bust. Music was provided by Professor Spencer Huston, of the KCKCC music department.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the children who attend the Campus Child Care Center, showed their patriotism in a series of marches and cheers. The School Age program demonstrated a series of mock drills, which honored all branches of military and two students - Angelica Linares-Smith and Camora Heggie, read letters they had written to the troops.

“This is a great occasion to honor our veterans and our current students that are serving our country,” said Doris Holleman, director of the KCKCC Campus Child Care Center. “This is what this is about - honor, recognition and praise to those men and women.”

Commander Carlton Philpot, retired U.S. Navy, was one of the guest speakers during the event and spoke about the importance of teaching children patriotism and protecting their future.

Sporting Kansas City eliminated from MLS Playoffs

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sporting Kansas City's 2014 season came to an end with a 2-1 loss on Thursday at the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Dom Dwyer scored his team-record 24th goal of the year across all competition, but Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the game in the 90th minute to complete the comeback.

In the postseason for a fourth straight year and returning to the playoffs as the reigning MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City fell to the Red Bulls for a third time in 2014 and suffered their second such defeat in a five-day span.

New York, who earned their first playoff victory at Red Bull Arena and snapped a postseason home winless streak that dated back to 2005, now advances to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against No. 1 seed D.C. United.

The two sides -- meeting for the first time in the playoffs in their 19-year history -- played to a scoreless first half that saw scoring chances on both ends of the field. Australian international Tim Cahill sent his shot over the crossbar from six yards out in the 17th minute, as did Wright-Phillips with a header 15 minutes later.

Thierry Henry found space on the left side of the penalty area in the 34th minute only to push his shot wide of the far post. Sporting Kansas City responded less than a minute later as Dwyer chased down a long ball from Aurelien Collin and picked out Paulo Nagamura, whose first-time shot was saved by Luis Robles.

The second half started emphatically with New York nearly finding the breakthrough goal in the 48th minute. Henry's free kick into the area was punched away by Eric Kronberg and fell to Dax McCarty at the top of the 18-yard box. The eight-year MLS veteran directed his header narrowly wide of the empty net.

Instead it was Sporting Kansas City that recorded the game's opening goal in the 53rd minute. Benny Feilhaber forced a turnover at midfield and ran at goal before slipping the ball centrally to Dwyer. The Englishman made no mistake, burying a first-time shot with his left foot past Robles for his second career postseason goal.

The Red Bulls rally would commence immediately as the East's top scoring team forced three saves in a four-minute span. Kronberg made his best save of the night in the 55th minute to tip an an Henry header over the crossbar, followed by a save on Jamison Olave's header on the ensuing corner kick and finally a stop on Lloyd Sam with two New York players looming.

The equalizer came in the 77th minute courtesy of Wright-Phillips, the MLS Golden Boot winner who matched the MLS single-season record with 27 goals in the regular season. Henry put the ball into his path and his right-footed shot took a deflection off Matt Besler before hitting the back of the net to set the stage for the last-minute dramatics.

In the final minute of regulation, Wright-Phillips rose to meet a cross from second-half substitute Ambroise Oyongo and directed his header off the inside of the far post for the game-winning goal. Wright-Phillips goal was his sixth against Sporting KC in 2014, including braces in back-to-back games over the past week.

The loss snapped Sporting Kansas City's 45-game unbeaten streak (43-0-2) in MLS competition (including playoffs) when leading in the 75th minute dating back to 2011 and brings the 2014 campaign to a close after 43 competitive matches.

With Thursday's elimination, Sporting Kansas City will hold the 11th position in Major League Soccer's various player acquisition mechanisms (i.e. MLS SuperDraft, allocation order, etc.) for the upcoming 2015 season.

Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue

By Jim McLean
KHI News Service

TOPEKA — A once-obscure effort by a group of states to get out from under federal health care regulations has become an issue in the final days of the Kansas governor’s race.

On Wednesday, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jill Docking teamed with Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger at a Wichita news conference to criticize Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for signing a bill authorizing Kansas’ membership in a multi-state health care compact. Docking, Democrat Paul Davis’ running mate, said the compact could put the “Medicare benefits of Kansas seniors at risk.”

If the compact is approved by Congress, its nine member states could suspend federal health care regulations within their borders and take over several programs now administered by the federal government.

Docking, Praeger and other critics of the compact charge that it opens the door to a possible state takeover of Medicare, the health care program that serves approximately 450,000 Kansas seniors.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shepherd’s Center of KCK’s Next Chapter Kansas City program presents: Aligning Passion and Purpose in the Next Chapter of Life

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- “Aligning Passion and Purpose in the Next Chapter of Life” is a Life Planning class for persons who would enjoy exploring options for work, service, and learning. You will have the opportunity to explore, evaluate, and experience the thinking and tools that will assist you in achieving a productive and satisfying life, or transition from retirement to your “Next Chapter”.

This is a non-financial class; in other words, we aren’t selling you financial services, we are equipping you with tools you can use to enjoy a rich and productive retirement!

 Two Wednesdays, November 5 and 12 from 9am to noon.  Plan to attend both dates. (This is a two-session, six-hour course.)

Place: Welborn Community United Church of Christ
5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66104

Cost: $20 per person/ $10 for Next Chapter Kansas City members
The class size will be limited to 20; enrollees will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of $10 scholarships are available, thanks to generous support from the Jewish Heritage Foundation and Leadership 2000 ***

How to Enroll: email Melissa Bynum at

Call the Shepherd’s Center office at 913-281-8908 or send your $20 check ($10 if you are requesting a scholarship) to:

Shepherd’s Center of KCK

757 Armstrong Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC ALERT: New I-435 and Roe Avenue interchange to open tonight

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- At approximately 7:00 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, October 30, the new I-435 and Roe Avenue diverging diamond interchange will be FULLY OPENED and operational for all traffic.

Click on the following link to view a video simulation on how drivers will navigate through the new DDI:  (Note: This video depicts travel through the I-35 and Homestead Lane DDI which is comparable for drivers as they navigate through the new I-435 and Roe Avenue DDI.)

To view the video, users will need to have the QuickTime video viewer software downloaded on their computer. If they do not have QuickTime on their computer, they can download it for free at: