Monday, May 25, 2015

Lincoln overpowers T-Bones early in game one

By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- After rain postponed Saturday night’s game, the Kansas City T-Bones opened the first game of a doubleheader with a 7-5 loss to the Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Sunday night.

Kansas City spotted the Saltdogs seven runs in the first two innings and trailed 7-1, when the T-Bones made things interesting in the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest.

Alex Marquez led the inning off with a double down the right field line. Following a walk to Ryan Cavan, Nathan Tenbrink managed to find a hole between first and second base with a base hit that scored Marquez.

Another run came in due to a mishandled throw to second by Saltdogs shortstop Mike Gilmartin.

Kyle Robinson stepped to the plate later in the inning with two runners on and doubled to left-center field, bringing in the last two runs on the night for Kansas City.

T-Bones starter Kyle Brady struggled to find the strike zone Sunday night, which was reflected in his pitch count (29 balls, 25 strikes). Brady walked three and allowed five hits, as Lincoln scored four runs against him in 4 2/3 innings.

‘Our Stories, Rosedale’s History:’ One Kansas City, Kan., community celebrates its past

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - On May 29, Rosedale Development Association (RDA) will be hosting, "Our Stories, Rosedale's History," a special historical exhibit featuring photographs and artifacts from Rosedale's past.

Rosedale, the community at the southeastern end of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. has seen a lot of change in the past 100 years. What once was a small town on the outskirts of Kansas City is now a vibrant and diverse part of the urban core.

With the new businesses and construction sprouting up around the University of Kansas Medical Center and near the borders of Rosedale, now is a fitting time for the exhibit.

“Learning about local history strengthens community identity by helping people see how they fit into the larger picture of Rosedale’s story,” said Adrianne Matlock, program evaluation specialist at RDA. “Our hope is that holding the exhibit and developing partnerships with the Wyandotte County Historical Society and University of Kansas Medical Center Archives will be the beginning of making historical photographs and documents more accessible to the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan.”

"Our Stories, Rosedale's History" will provide a special look at the many ways things have changed in the 66103 zip code and some of the ways Rosedale has retained its special identity. Development around the medical center has drastically changed the look of the area, but community favorites like Strasser Hardware and Dagwood's Cafe provide a sense of familiarity and stability. Plus, community members will have a chance to add their personal memories, photographs and mementos to the exhibit.

“This is not an exhibit about Rosedale Development Association,” Communications and Program Coordinator Andrea Steere said. “It’s a chance to remember the past of our entire community. In an effort to get the whole picture, we are putting together an interactive timeline where Rosedalians will be able to add the moments that meant the most to them.”

The historical exhibit will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 29 at 1401 Southwest Boulevard. For more information about "Our Stories, Rosedale's History," contact Adrianne at 913-677-5097 or at adrianne@rosedale.org.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom To Take Part in FBI Youth Forum Wednesday

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will take part in a Youth and Law Enforcement Forum Wednesday in Kansas City.

“Every young person in America should have the opportunity to grow, succeed and contribute to their community,” Grissom said. “Building trust between law enforcement and the community is one way to help ensure that all our young people can reach their full potential.”

Grissom’s office is helping to sponsor the event, which was organized by the FBI, with support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, the Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., police departments and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. The forum is open to high school and college age youth from Kansas and Missouri.

It will provide an opportunity for teens to talk openly about challenges and obstacles facing law enforcement and the teen community and how they can work together.

The forum will be kicked off by the Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey at 5:30 p.m., (check-in begins at 5:00 p.m.) Wednesday, May 20. Following a period of questions and answers with leaders of area law enforcement, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with law enforcement and learn first-hand about law enforcement capabilities, tools and potential career opportunities.

The first portion of the program from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is closed to the media to encourage an open exchange of dialogue between the attendees and law enforcement.
For more information on the event, contact FBI Public Affairs Officer Bridget Patton at 816-512-8833.

Kansas Attorney General Schmidt sues ‘cancer charities ’ alleging fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has filed a federal lawsuit against four “cancer charities” and their operators, who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers across the country.

Schmidt, along with law enforcement partners from every state in the nation, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission, filed the lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

The complaint alleges that the defendants, including Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and the Breast Cancer Society, portrayed themselves to donors as legitimate charities with nationwide programs whose primary purposes were to provide direct support to cancer patients, children with cancer, and breast cancer patients in the United States.

Kansas City Kansas Community College ESOL Students Celebrate Graduation

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Graduation came early for 11 students in Kansas City Kansas Community College’s ESOL program when they were recognized for completing the program’s required classes.

“We are always very proud to see students complete their studies and progress to the next step in their life journeys,” said Liz Holloway, ESOL instructor at KCKCC. “Knowing English is the key to success in the United States. Students gain the confidence that they CAN succeed through their improved language skills.”

Denia Baide from Honduras and Novie Iraman from Indonesia spoke during the May 12th graduation ceremony. Both have been attending classes at KCKCC-Leavenworth.

Kansas City Kansas Community College to Host Senior Health & Fitness Day

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Kansas City Kansas Community College Wellness & Fitness Center is hosting the National Senior Health & Fitness Day event later this month.

The theme of the event, which is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 27, is “If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving.”

“This day is meant to help encourage older Americans to live a healthy and fit life,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the Wellness & Fitness Center. “We will start the day with some healthy breakfast snacks, and there will be lots of information and handouts available.”

·         The Senior Health & Fitness Day features a variety of different workshops including:
·         Making the Most of Your Joints – Adaptive Equipment
·         Stretch and Flexibility Exercises
·         Strength Training to Enhance Activities of Daily Living
·         Nutrition to Master your Memory
·         Protecting Your Assets
·         Recommended Plants for Kansas City and Controlling Invasive Plants
·         Mind Fit Exercises

Participants do not need to attend every session. People are welcome to attend any workshop they want. In addition, there will be a walk through the Cooper-Foreman Heirloom and Native Gardens.

For more information, to get a schedule of workshops or to make a reservation, contact Hall at 913-288-7368 or by email at pjhall@kckcc.edu.

KCATA boosting transit service for Memorial Day event this weekend

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Leave your car behind -- and worries about traffic and parking -- for the popular Celebration at the Station concert and fireworks display this weekend.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority wants to make it easier to attend the event, offering more frequent service on its Main Street MAX bus rapid transit line for the event scheduled for this Sunday, May 25.

From 5 p.m. until the start of the concert, MAX will increase its service, operating every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes between the Waldo Park-and-Ride and the 3rd & Grand Park-and-Ride.

After the fireworks display, MAX buses will be waiting to serve concertgoers on the return trip. Customers traveling to Celebration at the Station catch and can get off the bus at Pershing & Main.

Regular fare on MAX and Metro buses is $1.50.
       
About Celebration at the Station

The FREE outdoor concert featuring the Kansas City Symphony starts at 8 p.m. between Union Station and Liberty Memorial. The Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, will perform patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City's historic Union Station. The fireworks display begins after the concert.

For more about Celebration at the Station and the concert program, visit www.celebrationatthestation.com.

For more information about MAX and Metro service, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.kcata.org.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Digital comics and ebooks now available to KCKPL cardholders through hoopla

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Kansas City, Kansas Public Library cardholders can now access hundreds of ebooks and digital comic books instantly through hoopla. 

These two new collections are joining the streaming audiobooks, movies, music, and television shows already available. 

The comics feature hoopla’s groundbreaking Action View, built-in technology that enables full-page and panel-by-panel views for immersive reading experiences.

The ebooks offer the ability to enlarge text, search within the text, and bookmark.

To access this great new content, visit http://ecommunity.kckpl.org.  Comics and ebooks can be checked out and read immediately.

Unlike many other ebook products, hoopla allows multiple users to access them at the same time, resulting in no wait time.  

Anyone who does not currently have a KCKPL library card or eCard can sign up for an eCard on the website.