Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

New street signs going up in Westwood.
New street signs going up in Westwood.

Westwood getting new street signs. Westwood residents will notice new street signs going up around the city that show the city logo. The new signs will meet federal highway regulations that require signs to meet standards for reflective abilities and size and style of letters to make them more uniform from city to city. The height of the lettering even changes depending on the speed limit along the street, so signs along Shawnee Mission Parkway, Rainbow, State Line, 47th Street and Mission Road will be larger. Lettering also can no longer be in all caps. A full explanation of the Westwood change can be found here.

New York Times profiles Joyce DiDonato in wake of World Series appearance. Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato’s appearance before Game Seven of the World Series serves as the focal point of a New York Times story on how digital media is influencing the arts world. [On the Infield or Onstage, a Diva Is but a Click Away — New York Times]

Advance ballots issued down this election. The Johnson County election site shows that 32,420 advance ballots were issued by Nov. 1 for the current election with 22,141 returned. In 2010, a total of 75,477 advance ballots were issued. Already 34,309 people have voted in person by machine ballot.

SM North Chamber Singers perform at benefit. The SM North Chamber Singers were guest performers of UMKC Conservatory Choirs at a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. They performed three pieces and sang the finale with the conservatory choirs. The Chamber Singers men wore hot pink ties for the event.

Prairie Village church welcoming choir from Africa. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village this month with welcome a group of singers from Rwanda and east Africa who will perform a free choir. The Asante Children’s Choir includes many children orphaned by the region’s civil strife. They will sing 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the church. You can find out more about Asante here or see a video of the choir in action below: