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  • 07 Mar 2016 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    Neighborhood leaders, community volunteers and government employees who go above and beyond their required duties will be recognized at the first annual awards breakfast sponsored by the South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA) on May 24.

    A good neighbor award will be given to a neighborhood volunteer who has provided a high level of service to his or her neighborhood in south Kansas City for an extended period of time. Awards also will be given for lifetime service to the area, good corporate citizenship, and outstanding community, government and public safety service.

    An outstanding neighborhood organization and an outstanding educational achievement program also will be honored.

    “Recognition of persons who make south Kansas City a better community is long overdue,” said Stacey Johnson-Cosby, SKCA president. “We plan to make this an annual tradition.”

    The awards breakfast will be at Whitfield Center at Avila University. Individual tickets are $25 and discounts are available for tables of eight.

    Persons wishing to nominate individuals or organizations for any of the awards may email SKCA awards committee chair John Sharp at or mail nominations to him at 8401 East 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Mo., 64134. Persons also may call 816-876-1687 for more information. Applications may also be found on the website:  The deadline for nominations is March 18.

  • 16 Feb 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    During the 2014-2015 school year, the Hickman Mills C-1 School District (HMC-1) underwent a district-wide facilities assessment. This process uncovered that HMC-1 has nearly $67 million dollars in deferred maintenance needs. As a result of this assessment, the district began developing long range facilities plans and, last spring, began exploring options with the greater community. With the HMC-1 Board of Education’s support, the district has already begun addressing issues of HVAC, lighting, and plumbing per a $13.4 million dollar performance contract. In addition, the district hopes to further erase current deferred maintenance needs by way of a no tax increase bond issue on the April 5, 2016, general election ballot.

    Two years ago during the district’s community-wide strategic planning process, an assessment of all district facilities was called for. Through this process, it was noted that aside from Freda Markley Early Childhood Center, the district’s newest building was built 45 years ago. Furthermore, it was noted that most of the other buildings were built in the 1950s and 1960s with minimal mechanical replacements or updates being done since that time.

    In order to begin addressing this level of need in a meaningful way, the district needed to utilize multiple funding sources: the district’s capital funds, the Board’s approved performance contracting bonds, and a no tax increase bond being placed on the April 5th ballot.

    Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D., superintendent of schools explained, “The district has so many pressing facility needs. It’s for this reason we are addressing facility needs on multiple fronts. In addition to the Board’s approval of over $13 million in performance contracting work, we are also employing capital dollars in our general fund budget to begin addressing our needs. If the community chooses to support the no tax increase bond we are placing on the April ballot, we will be able to infuse $19 million into our facilities over the next five years. These dollars would go toward much needed facility improvements in each of our elementary schools, plus major improvements at Ruskin High School, Baptiste Educational Center, and the Hickman Mills Freshman Center.

    We do not have enough funding available to address the entire $66 million in deferred maintenance needs in our district. Therefore, in an attempt to update learning spaces for our students, protect the community’s investments (our schools), and foster additional community engagement, we are maximizing every funding source available to us. The good news is that we are able to accomplish this in a fiscally responsible manner at no additional cost to our tax payers.”

    In addition to moving toward facilities that students and the community can be proud of, the district is also excited about the fact that 47% of construction costs associated with the Board’s recently approved performance contracting work has been awarded to a minority business. This aligns with the Board’s goals/direction and drastically exceeds the nearly 10% in disadvantaged business participation on the Ervin Early Learning Center project.

    For additional information regarding this plan and facts about the April 5th no tax increase bond, the community is invited to attend an upcoming town hall meeting with Superintendent Carpenter on March 29, 2016. District patrons may also attend their homeowner’s association meetings where administration and the community’s committee supporting the bond will be presenting. This information, along with bid opportunities for the project, can be found at

  • 16 Feb 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Kingswood Senior Living Community, a leader in the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) concept and one of the region’s premier senior living destinations -- today announced plans to break ground on a $34.7 million redesign and expansion project to meet the evolving needs of current and prospective residents.

    Kingswood has been rooted in the community for more than three decades providing the highest quality continuum of care. Kingswood is located on 30 acres in south Kansas City and, with the redesign, will continue to lift the senior living experience to new levels – expanding residential choices, promoting increased wellness and social engagement and improving physical and mental health services.

    From more assisted living residences to a new rooftop dining venue, Kingswood’s redesign promises comprehensive change while maintaining its inviting, neighborhood-like setting.

    Plans include a major overhaul of the Clubhouse, the hub of the Kingswood community. The main lobby will be completely refurbished and feature a grand entrance with an elegant staircase and a new elevator. This will be done by lowering the entire front entrance a full story to create a more accessible and inviting reception area. First-floor amenities will include a new bistro dining venue, convenience store and library. The second floor will be updated with new interior décor, accessibility improvements in dining areas and new rooftop terrace dining to enable residents to take meals overlooking the property. The second floor also will feature a new art studio, a movie theatre complete with silver screen and plush seating, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The new performing arts center, with its Steinway grand piano, is expected to remain a recurring recital stop for students from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance who have performed at Kingswood for years. More assisted-living and memory care suites to meet increasing demand One of four apartment buildings on the property will undergo a significant redesign to keep pace with new and future residents’ assisted-living and memory-care needs. Kingswood plans to convert 47 independent living apartments on three floors of the North building into 30 assisted living residences and 23 memory

    care suites. The conversion will feature new dining areas, activity rooms, a beauty salon and more common areas for residents to gather or greet outside guests. All will be designed to create a comfortable home-like feel. Construction completion of the North building redesign is expected in the fall of this year.

    “The intent of these changes is to stay ahead of the expectations curve of our current and future residents and the increased demand for memory care and assisted living services,” said Terri Moore, Kingswood Executive Director. “In addition to redesigning our community, we’re repositioning Kingswood as the modern alternative in senior living with a sharpened focus on delivering services that seniors will increasingly need.”

    Moore added that residents’ health and fitness will rise as a priority at Kingswood with the addition of new and expanded offerings at the community’s Wellness Center. New suites will be added for physical therapy and occupational therapy, cardiovascular and strength training, group fitness activities, wellness classes and spa treatments. The spa will be part of a new high-end salon. The entrance to the community’s zero-entry swimming pool will be adapted for increased accessibility. Kingswood’s redesign plan, which has been in the works since 2012, also includes an on-site clinic that would serve as a future one-stop shop for residents’ medications and visits with nurse practitioners and doctors. New villas planned for maintenance-free, independent living Kingswood recently acquired land adjacent to the campus on which it will build 11 new 1,500- to 1,800- square foot villas, increasing the villa total to 65. The villas offer independent living in a quaint neighborhood of maintenance-free, single-dwelling and duplex homes consisting of two-bedroom floor plans with attached oversized two-car garages and spacious basements, which could be finished by residents to significantly increase their living space. Villa residents select their choice of cabinets, countertops, flooring, interior paint colors, and other interior finishes, and they can add porches and decks to fit their lifestyles. Pre-sales for the new villas begin this month.

    Independent living is also offered in apartment homes with over 20 different floor plans. Large studio, one- and two-bedroom style apartments are available. A new marketing suite, resident selections gallery, and furnished model apartment with state of the art finishes is also a part of the project.

    “From studio apartments to villas, Kingswood offers residents the complete spectrum of residential choices,” said Jason Jorgenson, Senior Project Development Manager of LCS Development, which leads the development team for the Kingswood project. “Each comes with spacious floor plans, appealing neighborhood settings and easy access to the entire community and additional health services as needed.”

    Kingswood’s location in the Kansas City area offers residents easy access to area sites and attractions. Situated blocks from the I-435 corridor near the Kansas state line, residents can travel effortlessly to and from Kansas and Missouri from the Kingswood community. Suburbs like Leawood, Overland Park, and Lee’s Summit are just minutes away. Trips south for dining and shopping at Town Centre Plaza are a short drive or bus ride; the same applies for trips north to the Country Club Plaza or downtown Kansas City. Kingswood is also strategically located close to some of the area’s finest hospitals and medical centers. Kingswood’s transportation services are a convenient way to access the greater Kansas City area from its superb location.


    Groundbreaking scheduled for Feb. 17

    Kingswood will celebrate its redesign and expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony and reception at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10000 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo. Expected to attend the celebration are local dignitaries, Kingswood Board Members and staff, representatives from its project team and representatives from its managing company, Life Care Services.

    The Kingswood redesign is a collaboration of industry experts led by LCS Development, a leader in senior living community development. The project team assembled by LCS Development includes Paric Construction, AG Architecture, AMAI Architecture, Spellman Brady and Company interior design and Cain Brothers. Cain Brothers has been a long term capital access consultant for Kingswood most recently leading the finance working group to assist Kingswood to close the financing for the redesign project on January 6, 2016.

    Many phases of the project will be completed in 2016, with the final project completion expected in April of 2017.

  • 04 Feb 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    St. Thomas More will soon be having registration for the 2016-17 School. Registration dates will be February 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th. Returning students and new students may choose any time, either week, to register. School and Parish staff will help parents through the process during the following times: Tuesday-Thursday 8:15am-10am and 3pm-5pm. Wednesday 8:15am-10am and 3pm-7pm If you are not able to make one of these times for registration, you will need to make an appointment with the school office 816-942-5581 to complete your registration. If you would like a tour of school please contact the same number 816-942-5581. If you would like to discuss fees for the 2016-2017 school year please contact Tim Waris at the Parish office at 816-942-2492. 

  • 29 Jan 2016 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Grandview C-4 Board of Education has selected Mr. Kenny Rodrequez as the next Superintendent of the school district.

    The school board voted unanimously to approve a three year contract that will start July 1 of this school year.

     “We are pleased to have Mr. Rodrequez accept our offer of Superintendent.  His leadership skills and ability to motivate is something we admire.  He has an extensive background in districts with diverse populations and his passion for our district shows,” said Wayne Terpstra, BOE President. 

    Mr. Rodrequez is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Grandview C-4 School District.  He has held the position for nearly two years. Previously, he was the Director of Secondary Schools for the Kansas City Public School District.

  • 12 Jan 2016 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Grandview High School would like to announce the formation of the inaugural GHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Nomination forms can be found on the district website (, GC-4’s central office, the high school office, and the athletic department office at GHS. Nomination forms are due to Steve Robertson, district athletic director by March 31st for consideration into the 2016 hall of fame inaugural class.

    For more information, contact

    Steve Robertson
    GC-4 Athletic Director


    Sheba Clarke
    Coordinator of Communications & Community Relations
    Grandview C-4 School District
    (816) 316-5021

  • 12 Jan 2016 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    John Shuchart, author of the humorous, new book “You are not the brightest of my four sons”…and other depressing things that have been said to me, will appear at the Kingswood Senior Living Community on February 4th at 7:00PM. Shuchart’s presentation is entitled “How to use humor to reframe what’s depressing us.”

    Shuchart, a successful entrepreneur and founder of The Shuchart Foundation for Mental Health Awareness, will share his moving story about growing up in an emotionally abusive home, suffering through life-threatening accidents and an addiction to prescription painkillers, and ultimately planning his suicide before starting his recovery from depression. Audiences across the Midwest are laughing, tearing up and praising Shuchart for his wit, passion and candor in revealing the traumatic events from his past and how he uses humor to move past them.

    Shuchart is on a mission is to help end the stigma associated with mental illness and its negative impact on people seeking treatment. His funny, inspiring presentation will include:

    • Stories from his life that led to his depression and how he uses humor to reframe the traumatic events from his past and “unstick” the negative emotions tied to them.
    • A personal account of what mental illness is, the stigma associated with it, and why we should not be embarrassed when talking about our mental illness.
    • A call-to-action on how we can help those with a mental illness and what we can do to help end the stigma.

    Shuchart’s message is informative, moving and reassuring that with the proper treatment and support, most can successfully manage their mental illness. You will not want to miss this MHA event!

    Shuchart will be signing books following the presentation, and each book sold will result in 30% of the proceeds being donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas organization.

    For more about John Shuchart, visit his website at

  • 05 Jan 2016 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    MarksNelson LLC accounting and consulting firm is pleased to announce the promotions of Brandi DiGiorgio, CPA, CGMA and Sara Stubler, CPA to partner.

    DiGiorgio who leads the firm’s Manufacturing and Distribution niche team has dedicated her more than 15 year career in public accounting to the service of the business industry. Her depth of experience includes managing audits, reviews, compilations, agreed-upon procedures and consulting for a variety of companies.

    Prior to joining MarksNelson in 2004, DiGiorgio worked in the audit department at a Big Four accounting firm and also served as a financial reporting manager for a publically held company.

    “Brandi’s attention to client service as well as her significant expertise has been instrumental in the continued growth of our firm, especially in our Manufacturing and Distribution niche,” said Mark Radetic, managing partner of the firm. “She is a great example of our firm’s culture and will be an integral part of the future of MarksNelson.”

    DiGiorgio is on the Kansas Society of CPAs Board of Directors and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    Sara Stubler not only leads the firm’s International Tax Consulting group but was instrumental in its initial formation. She has nearly two decades of experience working primarily in the Manufacturing and Real Estate Industries. Her expertise in Corporate and International Tax includes planning, consulting, research and compliance for public and private companies.

    Stubler joined MarksNelson in 2009. Previously, she worked as a Tax Manager at a Big Four accounting firm, as well as a local firm.

    “We are honored to bring Sara into our partner ranks,” said Managing Partner Mark Radetic. “This is a reflection of both her current and future leadership within the firm, as well as the tremendous resource she offers for our clients’ success.”

    Stubler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  • 20 Nov 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    MarksNelson accounting and consulting firm is expanding for the second time this year through the acquisition of Overland Park, Kan., accounting firm Marsh & Company. Marsh & Company employees will be integrated into MarksNelson’s Kansas City, Mo. headquarters on January 1, 2016.

    “This acquisition is right on target with our strategic growth plan. We are eager to welcome our new colleagues as we join forces to provide our clients a broader level of expertise to realize their business and financial goals,” said MarksNelson Managing Member Mark Radetic. “With our expanded range of services, we are able to give our clients more resources while providing assurance they’ll still be working with the same people and receiving the same high level of service they’ve always received.”

    Led by Managing Partner Michael Marsh, CPA, Marsh & Company has become a leading tax credit consultant and audit service provider to real estate professionals, developers and historic preservationists in the region.

    “Combining our team’s extensive experience in working with developers and owners of historical and low-income housing tax credit properties, and MarksNelson’s significant state and local tax and real estate expertise, we’re able to provide current and future clients with an unparalleled level of service in the region,” said Marsh, who will become a Member at MarksNelson along with Christine Johnston.

    Earlier in 2015, MarksNelson acquired the once St. Louis-based Community EDGE firm and launched its Location Strategies Practice which encompasses a wide variety of services, including business location, economic development and credits and incentives strategies.

  • 13 Nov 2015 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Kansas City accounting firm MarksNelson LLC is pleased to announce that Member Angie McElhaney, CPA, CCIFP, has received the Women to Watch Award presented by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). McElhaney was recognized at the MSCPA Awards Celebration today at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    McElhaney was included in the Experienced Leaders award category, which recognizes women with more than 10 years in the profession and/or has achieved a high level position in her organization. The award highlights the accomplishments of women in the accounting profession, and is evaluated by examining each nominee’s community involvement, major or unique contributions to the industry, mentoring and leadership of workplace improvements.

    “Angie is committed to maximizing the opportunities of her colleagues at MarksNelson and has become a role model and mentor for many women in the firm,” said Managing Member Mark Radetic, CPA, CGMA. “We are proud of her recognition as a ‘Woman to Watch’ and owe her a debt of gratitude for making her mark on the firm, and for the many contributions she has made to clients and the community.”

    McElhaney joined MarksNelson in 2003 and was named a Member in 2010. This year, she was appointed to the firm’s three-member executive committee while also continuing to serve as the Chair of the Assurance and Business Advisory practice. McElhaney specializes in working with clients in a variety of industries that are traditionally male-dominated, such as construction companies and auto dealerships.

    McElhaney has served as the Steering Committee Chair for the Construction Leadership Council (CLS), a Board Member for Associated General Contractors and belongs to the Associated Builders and Contractors organization. She has been instrumental in the development of women’s initiatives at MarksNelson, which has received national recognition in Accounting Today and by the National Accounting MOVE Project for its high percentage of women partners and owners.

    “It is truly an honor to receive an award like this,” McElhaney said. “I want to help more women succeed and attain high ranking positions in this business. I hope my influence can inspire not only the women in our firm, but also in our community to help us achieve gender equity in the workplace and secure an even better future for working women for generations to come.”

    McElhaney received a Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Accounting from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is active in the Kansas City community through volunteer work for the Xi Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for the past 20 years, as well as donating her time to the Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, McElhaney is a Stephen Minister Leader at her church, where she facilitates and provides one-on-one counseling to those going through challenging times.

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