Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Donna Ziegenhorn / PV Post file photo
Donna Ziegenhorn / PV Post file photo

Donna Ziegenhorn writes about perceptions of Islam. In the wake of the Paris terror attack, Fairway resident Donna Ziegenhorn wrote an opinion piece in the Kansas City Star that talks about the misperceptions of the Islamic religion and its views on peace.  She suggests that much more information about and exposure to Islam is needed to expand understanding. [As I See It – Donna Ziegenhorn: Huge misperception of Islam requires more understanding – Kansas City Star]

SM East grad Olivia Harlan featured with father Kevin on Kansas City Live. SM East graduate Olivia Harlan and her famous father, NFL and NBA announcer Kevin Harlan, did a joint appearance on Kansas City Live this week to talk about the family business. [Sports Commentator, Kevin Harlan’s daughter follows in his footsteps — Kansas City Live]

Ballots pouring in by mail for school elections.  Thousands of ballots each day are coming in to the Johnson County election office for the mail election for most of the county’s school districts on extending their local option budget assessments. Shawnee Mission voters also are being asked to approve a $223 million bond issue. Ballots must be received in the election office by noon on Tuesday in order to be counted. [Ballots flood in for Johnson County’s school funding election – KMBC]

After 13 years, first absence is his reception.  Martin Rivarola, Mission’s longtime Community Development Director, is leaving to take a job at the Mid-America Regional Council.  The Mission City Council had planned to hold a reception for Rivarola after the council meeting Wednesday night. However, Rivarola was home sick with the flu and missed his first council meeting for illness in his career with the city. City Administrator Laura Smith said of Rivarola, “he’s had vision and patience and made us better people … we will miss him as part of the city hall family.” Council members also praised Rivarola’s work during his tenure with the city.

More coverage of fire pit controversy. The fire pit constructed on a traffic island in Prairie Village has drawn more attention with television coverage of the neighborhood issue and the city council’s response. [Prairie Village says neighbors overstepped boundaries in fire pit construction – KCTV 5 News]  Our original story on the issue ran Wednesday.

Prairie Village schedules International Student Reception. The city of Prairie Village is inviting the public to attend a reception for the group of international exchange students who will be staying with host families in the area this year, including students from Georgia, Kosovo, Germany and Belgium. The reception will be Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Village City Hall.