Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The advantages of living in Fairway from former East Coast resident. Fairway resident Nick Benjamin is the focus of this week’s Star Magazine’s “Conversation” feature. Benjamin is the executive director of the Power & Light District and a former New York lawyer who lived in Baltimore before coming to KC. On living in Fairway, Benjamin said, “There’s space, it’s green, and it’s just 10 minutes from downtown.” [Kansas City Star Magazine The Conversation: Executive director of Power & Light District talks about the new residential boom in downtown KC] 

Rainbow and Shawnee Mission Parkway was a four-way stop Sunday as crews did scheduled work on the signals.
Rainbow and Shawnee Mission Parkway was a four-way stop Sunday as crews did scheduled work on the signals.

Signal work causes only small traffic ripple. Work on the traffic signal at Rainbow Blvd. and Shawnee Mission Parkway Sunday made the intersection a four-way stop for much of the day, but for all appearances, it was only a small blip on the traffic scene.

Calling for sustainable success stories. The Mid-America Regional Council is again calling for nominations for its Sustainable Success Stories. Past honorees have included the Prairie Village geothermal project, the Mission solid waste program and the Shawnee Mission School District cafeteria waste diversion project which started at Briarwood Elementary. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 22. Projects will be selected on how well they advance the three pillars of sustainability: social equity, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

Welcome back to Shawnee Mission video message. A welcome back video featuring Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson and Board President Deb Zila covers some of the changes greeting patrons and students at the start of Hinson’s second school year in the district. The video can be found here.

Brownback friend not a certain choice for bench, Brownback says. Gov. Sam Brownback said his friend and legal adviser is not a certain choice for the Kansas Court of Appeals seat, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Brownback said he would interview the three nominees and that he takes the judicial selections very seriously.