Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Deb Settle congratulated Keith Krieger of Johnson County Community College at the Leadership Northeast graduation Thursday.
Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Deb Settle congratulated Keith Krieger of Johnson County Community College at the Leadership Northeast graduation Thursday.

Leadership Northeast graduates 25th class. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday honored the Leadership Northeast class of 2014 — the 25th group to go through the program focused on “identifying and strengthening the leadership skills of participants and putting that knowledge into action in the Northeast Johnson County Communities.” This year’s graduates are: Abbie Aldridge, city of Fairway; Beth Bernier, Turning Point Home Solutions; Brian Brown, Sharon Lane Health Services; Amy Brozenic Kimbrough, Lathrop & Gage, LLC; Lisa Cummins, Midwest Transplant Network; Chief Michael Daniels, Merriam Police Department; Danielle Dulin, city of Prairie Village; Stefanie Estes, Johnson County Library; JoElla Hoye, city of Mission; Councilor Teresa Kelly, city of Roeland Park; Keith Krieger, JCCC; Natalie Lucas, Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center; Councilor Steven Lucas, city of Mission; Lt. Daniel Madden, Mission Police Department; Austin Madenwald, Arvest Bank; Sari Maple, city of Mission; Councilor Amy Miller, city of Mission; Juliana Pinnick, city of Merriam; Emily Randel, city of Mission; Jessica Ranger, UMB Bank; Rob Simpson, Mission Planning Commission; Erin Smalley, NEJC Chamber; Adam Terrill, American Family Insurance, Paul Ridgeway Agency; Julie Timmins, Johnson County Library.

SM East, Kansas City Christian, Bishop Miege all favorites heading into state tennis play. The Kansas City Star’s preview of the boys state tennis tournaments this weekend had good things to say about three northeast Johnson County high schools. The Star put in plugs for KCC’s Johnny Goodwin, who is looking to win his second Class 3-2-1A title as a junior; SM East’s team as it looks to threepeat at 6A champions; and Bishop Miege’s prowess in both doubles positions. [Kansas boys tennis state tournament: Five things to watch — Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park is a Tree City again. For the 21st straight year the Arbor Day Foundation has named Roeland Park a Tree Ctiy USA and a Growth Award Winner for the 19th straight year. Roeland Park has the third longest streak of winning the growth award and the fifth longest record of being designated a Tree City within Johnson County. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Fairway pool opens next Saturday, May 24. Fairway will continue its long tradition of free admission to the pool on Memorial Day weekend. Regular admission rates apply beginning Tuesday, May 28. A Doo Dad’s Concert will start at 4 p.m. Memorial Day when it will be $1 for snacks.

Roeland Park looking for summer help. Seasonal laborers are needed at the Roeland Park Public Works Department this summer for work such as cutting grass and maintaining infrastructure. Candidates must be 18 years old. More information is available by calling public works at 913-722-5435.

Kansas Board of Regents approves new policy regulating social media use by professors. The Kansas Board of Regents, chaired by northeast Johnson County resident and Prairie Village-based attorney Fred Logan, approved a policy that outlines regulations on how professors at the state’s universities are allowed to use social media. From NPR: “The new policy says that faculty and staff of the state’s six universities, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges may not say anything on social media that would incite violence, disclose confidential student information or release protected data. But it also says staffers are barred from saying anything ‘contrary to the best interests of the university.'” [In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet — NPR]