Hedges Street Painted! by Greg Walters
Thanks to the timely intervention of two Raytown Aldermen, Hedges Street has had messages painted on it reminding motorists of the speed limit and that the neighborhood has many children playing in the area.
Kudos to Ward 4 Aldermen Pat Ertz and Bill VanBuskirk for stepping up and taking care of business. We know the parents along that busy roadway appreciate your efforts.
City Council to Hold Open Budget Hearings
The Raytown City Council will conduct two consecutive days of budget hearings on Wednesday, September 22nd and on Thursday, September 23rd. The hearings will be held at Raytown City Hall located at 10000 East 59th Street. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.
Budget hearings are the Public’s business and are open to anyone who wishes to attend the meetings.
Extraordinary Pantene Commercial
Normally I do not post commercials on this page, but this one was done so well I thought you would enjoy it.
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Creamer Brings Rental Property Discussion
Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer recently published a letter announcing his intent to bring legislation to regulate rental housing in Raytown. For those that are keeping track, this is the third consecutive year in which Creamer has proposed such legislation. Earlier attempts began in the same manner – and then – nothing happened.
According to Creamer, 25% of the housing stock in Raytown is rental. To our knowledge the statistic has never been qualified. And no, using estimates from real estate agents is not a good way to qualify the figure.
But what we find disturbing is that while Creamer decries the state of housing in the Raytown rental market. But he also recently voted to expand the area in which rental units could be built.
In other words, he is talking the talk. But he is not walking the walk.
Recently the Raytown Board of Aldermen rezoned a large tract of land on 63rd Street (just east of Blue Ridge Elementary School) from single family residential to multi-family residential. Alderman Creamer was right in there with his seatmates creating more apartment zoning for Raytown!
Is that what the Alderman wants? His letter suggests that property values decline when rental property is in the neighborhood. We would agree.
So why did he recently vote to create rental property zoning (on 63rd Street, just east of Blue Ridge Elementary) in the middle of a single family residential area?
That is a question only Creamer can answer if he wants his statements to have any credibility.
Running Up Quite the Bill by Jenn Walters
Now that I’m a couple of weeks into my marathon training, I’ve begun to notice a few things: 6 miles is now a “short run” to me, the days are getting insanely shorter (my 6:30 a.m. runs are no longer in the daylight—sad face) and my neighborhood is much, much more hilly than I ever realized.
Oh, and I’m broke. Broke. Broke. Broke.
I know that running shoes are pricey. Heck, I bought two pairs for my half marathon. But I got them online and on sale. They fit, mostly. I rotated the two pairs for my thrice weekly runs and by the end of training had big calluses on both of my big toes, a toenail that feel off and MASSIVE blisters on the outer sides of both of my heels. Ew, I know. But it was all worth it because I ran 13.1 miles!
But now a 13.1-mile run is just a training run, and not even a long one at that. After all, I’ll be running double that come January 10. (I know that the difference of mileage between a half marathon and a full marathon is very simple, straightforward math, but some days my brain has a hard time comprehending the idea of running 26.2 miles at one time.) And there is no freakin’ way that my feet can endure another pair or two of shoes that fit me “okay.” I need perfect shoes with a perfect fit and a perfect support and a perfect cushion. I need absolute perfection.
Turns out perfection will run you $146.19 a pair with tax. Multiply that times two and you can see why my husband is now requesting that we remove the 60s neon daisy bedroom wallpaper ourselves instead of paying someone else to do the hellacious task. I haven’t told him about the $10 pouch to hold my Nike+ sensor (I got one pair of Nikes and one pair of Mizunos, so I needed the pouch for the non-Nike shoe), the $100+ entry fees to the Disney race or the $35 fuel belt that I’m planning to buy. Soon I’ll also have airfare to Orlando and hotel reservations, too. I guess the jig will be up now though if he’s reading, eh? Sorry, honey. Love you.
But unlike the dress at Target that I couldn’t resist or the bracelet at Forever 21 that just jumped in the cart, these are worthwhile purchases. Purchases that will give back and make my training more about training and less about being uncomfortable. Sure, I could have gotten cheaper shoes that were on sale, but I went to arunning store, had a professional fit me and didn’t settle for anything but perfection. (I highly, highly recommend going to a running-specialty store if you can.)
And because I am prone to blistering (you should have seen my feet in high school from tennis…), I got two pairs to rotate. It was seriously one of the first times that I could care less about what my footwear looked like—although I lucked out that they are pretty cute and funky. When I started trying on shoe after shoe (literally like 20 pairs) and rejecting them on feeling instead of cuteness, my husband said, “Now I know that you’re really a runner.”
Now that’s a compliment worth running up a bill for.For more of Jenn’s musings go to Fit Bottomed Girls
Raytown South Soccer gets big win over William Chrisman
By Ryan Murdock
The Raytown South men's soccer team defeated William Chrisman on Thursday night 1-0 in the their conference opener. It was a huge victory for the Cardinals as they finally were rewarded for their hardwork.
After dominating the game for the first 30 minutes, the Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard when Kyle Turley put home a left-footed shot from about 20 yards in the 32nd minute.
For the rest of this story go to Raytown South High School
O’Hara 14 / Smith Cotton 31
The O'Hara Celtics football team led Smith-Cotton until 1:10 left in the first half, but couldn't regain the lead the rest of the game as the Sedalia Tigers went on to win 31-14.
With their first possession, the Celtics went up by a touchdown and extra point. Raphael Spencer broke through the Tiger defense for a 56 yard TD and Julian Gidley tagged on the extra point.
It took the Tigers ten plays, but they knotted the score on a 12 yard run by Raymon Arias and an extra point by Dominque Smith.
For the rest of this story go to O'Hara High School