Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPatty MarkleyFormer Prairie Village City Council member files for Kansas House race. Patty Markley, who served on the Prairie Village City Council from 1999 to 2003, filed on Tuesday in the Republican primary for the District 8 Kansas House seat occupied by incumbent Craig McPherson. The district covers parts of south Overland Park and Olathe. In her announcement, Markley said she was running “to help restore Kansas to a place where my teenage daughters will want to stay to further their educations, work, and raise families.” [Patty Markley to challenge incumbent Craig McPherson in GOP primary for House seat — Blue Valley Post]Democratic operatives eyeing challenge to Yoder in Kansas 3rd. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reportedly looking to recruit a candidate to challenge Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District. The group believes that if Donald Trump gets the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, it could make Republican incumbents on the November ballot vulnerable. [National Democrats see Yoder as vulnerable with Trump as nominee — Topeka Capital-Journal]Municipal election report in 913. The Kansas City Star ran its preview of the three municipal elections in NEJC which includes interviews with the candidates in contested races. The elections are in Praiire Village, Mission and Westwood. [Mission council candidates putting focus on Gateway project – The Kansas City Star][Prairie Village council seats draw focus – The Kansas City Star][Questions about development area big topic in Westwood – The Kansas City Star]Alcohol sales approved for Merriam food truck events. The Merriam City Council this week paved the way for alcohol to be served by caterers at three food truck events that will be held in conjunction with the Wednesday evening farmers markets at the Merriam Marketplace this summer. The special food truck Wednesdays will be held on June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3. The council waived caterer’s fees for city sponsored events for the vendors and approved alcohol service on those days. Councilor Al Frisby voted against the move.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

What It’s Like Now: Tom Coffman, WCA trash representative and baseball book author

first_imgDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re shifting our Shawnee Mission Faces to focus on folks in roles that have been profoundly effected by the virus and response: What life is like now with social distancing, a stay-at-home mandate and the need for essential workers.While most segments of the economy shuddered to a halt during the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, many essential workers continued business, though not as usual. Though trash and recycling pickup services often go unnoticed, these companies were no exception. For Tom Coffman, a municipal representative with WCA, a trash/recycling pickup company that serves parts of Johnson County, things have certainly changed for his fellow coworkers working their pickup routes. A lifelong baseball and Royals fan, Coffman is close to publishing a book he co-authored with a friend, Pat O’Neill of Kansas City, Missouri, a biography of Ted Sullivan, an Irish-American immigrant and one of the first people to organize minor league baseball. Coffman lives in Mission with his wife, Patti Peters, and their dog, Mick, and two cats, Chopper and Frank. Tom and Patti have a son who lives with his wife in Houston.Our perfect world is people put their stuff out on their trash day, they leave the house, they come home at night, it’s gone, they don’t even think about it. They don’t think about us, and we’re just part of the atmosphere, that’s fine.You might not see us, and we’re glad you don’t see us, and we’re glad that our essential service is something that you don’t have to worry about, but our job’s been a lot harder. But we don’t make a big deal out of it. We just do our job and go forward.Since the scale of this pandemic became apparent, and then particularly since the stay-at-home order and the shutdown orders became in effect, all of a sudden we had 300-plus WCA employees, and we’re having the same concerns and anxieties as everybody else. Like what’s this mean? What are we going to do? How are we going to do our job?Trash still has to get picked up, doesn’t it? How do we do that safely, and then go home and keep our families safe?We wanted to remain committed to keeping an uninterrupted service if we could, and we’ve been able to do that, and we’re actually pretty proud of that.But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenging, it hasn’t been stressful and there hasn’t been some anxiety associated with it. But the company, from the very beginning, from the first minute, stressed employee safety. So they gave us all the tools we needed, and that means the ability and the equipment you needed to work from home for people who could, and then the eye protection, the gloves, the hand sanitizer, the masks, whatever people in the field needed so they can work safely and complete their daily routes and be safe when they get home.At least initially, we were just taking whatever was out, and that made the days a lot longer, and in the initial weeks… you didn’t know. I mean, there was talk that you’re handling this stuff, and perhaps that could enhance your likeliness of getting infected. But they’re doing it anyway because there’s a lot of stuff outside the cart that you just grab and go.It’s an individual thing, how tolerant are you of risk. The work is harder, and there’s more anxiety around all of that work, that’s for sure. But again, those guys step up, and whatever uncertainty or anxiety they deal with, they put it aside and they do their job.They don’t get to congregate together like they always did. It used to be they’d meet in a group in the morning and receive their route sheets and and whatever information they needed for that day. Now they just go straight to their trucks and receive that individually from the supervisor, and then they go out and work their routes safely and completely.That continues to be the case, and it’s going to be for the foreseeable future. I mean, you’re used to doing your job with your guys and a certain level of camaraderie, and that’s not really there anymore. You can’t make those personal connections as readily as you used to be able to.And we have all of our dispatchers and customer service people, right? Call volumes are way up, residential trash volumes are way up with everybody at home. But they’ve got kids at home they’re supposed to home school, and now they’re not in summer programs. Sometimes voicemail boxes get filled and you’ve got way more emails to return than you’re used to, and then people get frustrated.But still, they work as a team, and they generally have pretty good spirits. They haven’t gotten down yet. And so I really think that’s a testament to their professionalism. We’re proud of them, and we’re really proud of the guys who are out in the field on the routes, because they’re dealing with these greater volumes.And every once in a while, something happens. Not long ago, guys were running a residential route, and there were two little boys standing at the end of their driveway waiting for them. These little fellas had some baked goods and drinks for them and told them how much they appreciated them coming out, being an essential service and all that. These were guys like 6 and 8 years old.Everybody’s seen the video of it now, in the company, and everybody’s like that’s really cool, it gives everybody a little bump. It just reminds you that people appreciate it, so that helps.last_img read more

Our Lady of Lourdes captures state championship

first_imgOur Lady of Lourdes captures state championship March 1, 2012 Regular News OUR LADY OF LOURDES ACADEMY in Miami again captured the state championship in “We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution” program and will represent Florida in the national finals in April in Washington, D.C. “We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution” is a constitutional education program administered in Florida by the Florida Law Related Education Association. The team is composed of 21 students and their teacher, Rosalie Heffernan. The team members include Paula Abarca, Emily Bezold, Michelle Bueno, Gabriela Corzo, Oliva Diaz de Villegas, Amelia Garcia, Patricia Garcia-Linares, Gabriela Hildalgo, Anne-Marie Hunter, Alexandra Lazcano, Maria Mendoza, Fabiola Navarro, Caitlin Opperman, Rachel Perez, Kelsey Quigley, Brigette Quintana, Cristina Sanchez, Veronica Sanchez, Kiara Taquechel, Tiffany Valenti, and Clarisse Vamos.last_img read more

The flip side of dietary supplement use

first_imgThe Washington Post:You know those people who take a million dietary supplements a day and act kind of healthier-than-thou about it?A study to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, might take some wind out of their sails.In a set of small but clever experiments, researchers from three educational institutions in Taiwan worked to examine whether people who take dietary supplements might treat that behavior as a kind of safety net that entitled them to indulge in foods and activities that aren’t so conducive to good health.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Can playing World of Warcraft make you smarter?

first_imgLos Angeles Times:World of Warcraft, the world’s most popular multiplayer role-playing game, can definitely help you kill time, but can it also make your brain work better if you are of relatively advanced age?That was the suspicion of Anne McLaughlin and Jason Allaire, psychology professors at North Carolina State University. They run the Gains Through Gaming Lab, which examines how the playing of video games improves cognitive ability in older adults.To test their theory, the researchers asked 39 adults ages 60 to 77 to play World of Warcraft for roughly two hours a day over a two-week period. They gave the test group a cognitive exam before the two-week period began, and again after the two weeks were up. They also had a control group of adults who did not play the game.Read the whole story: Los Angeles Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

JLL record 13% European investment drop in 2007

first_imgAccording to the firm’s latest research, investment in Europe declined by 25% to E100bn (£74bn) in the second half of 2007. This was the main reason for a final estimated total figure for the year of E220bn (£163bn). Slump According to Tony Horrell, CEO of European Capital Markets at JLL, this slump is set to continue while a wide-scale price correction, that began towards the end of 2007 moves on through the first half of this year, spreading from the UK across to Europe’s more mature markets. This will result in investment volumes dropping a further 20% on 2007’s figure in 2008. ‘The sub prime market induced credit crunch of early August came at a time when commercial real estate markets were riding high,’ he said. ‘That said, background concerns about the diminishing risk premia for all property types and the sustainability of yields at record lows were evident.’ Key issueHe said: ‘The key issue going forward is the health of the overall financial markets and the availability of debt; at the moment there is a discord between the financial and the real estate markets. Real estate fundamentals remain healthy and we think that the economic backdrop in 2008 will be strong enough to generate positive demand in Europe’s occupier markets.’ ‘So it really is a case of waiting to see how quickly lenders will come back into the market. Although the equity players, such as sovereign funds and institutions, are still looking to buy real estate, once some of the debt backed investors come back into the market we should see a greater momentum of activity.’last_img read more

Will-writing and property firms bring ABS total to seven

first_imgTwo niche firms specialising in will-writing and property respectively have become the latest two organisations to be accepted as alternative business structures (ABSs). Parchment Group, based in Buckinghamshire, and three-partner firm Plainlaw, based in Oxfordshire, had their applications confirmed this week by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The granted licences bring to seven the number of ABSs regulated by the SRA, with around 100 more at stage two of the application process. Parchment was a founder member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters and is the first non-solicitor firm to be granted the ABS licence by the SRA. Plainlaw, which specialises in property, housing and construction law, has an associated ‘corporate member’, Ltd. Under the conditions of the licence, the sole purpose of is to hold an interest in the licensed body and it cannot be held out as providing any type of legal service. Head of legal practice Philip Horn must be paid any profit share directly and not through Horn said the ABS licence ‘gives us additional flexibility in terms of structuring our business going forward. Our interest in the concept of ABS is driven more by the potential it offers us for the future, than by our current circumstances (where we not intending any immediate change). ‘Our focus will remain on providing a City of London-style real estate service but at provincial fee rates. We have developed a niche in providing an on-demand real estate support service to other leading law firms, many of whom will themselves be considering the benefits of converting to ABS status.’ Parchment, founded in 1989, has since branched out from will-writing to include lasting powers of attorney, probate and inheritance tax planning.last_img read more

INSIDE AFCON 2019: “It’s too early to talk about winning title” – Gyan

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan has stated that talks about winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt are premature as they prepare to play Tunisia in the Round of 16 on Monday. The Black Stars are set to face the Carthage Eagles after finishing top of Group F after the first round. Following a 2-2 draw with Benin and a 0-0 stalemate with Cameroon, the four-time champions handed Guinea-Bissau a 2-0 defeat in their final group fixture on Tuesday to set up a date with the North Africans. “It is too early to talk about winning the Cup because we still have some games to go and we are focused on our next opponent,” Kayserispor forward told journalists in Egypt.“We will give it our all to get to our target but we need to be ready and focused for our next game, then gradually we will be making headway.“Ghanaians should keep on praying for us and we will make sure we do our best.“We have a long journey and will give our best.”Ghana, who are seeking to win AFCON for the first time since 1982, have progressed to the knockout stage at the tournament for the seventh time in a row – 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.In 2010 and 2015, they went on to reach the final where they lost to Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire respectively.Relatedlast_img read more


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