Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt and Police Chief Ben Hadley presented Gertrude Stern with a birthday cake.
Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt and Police Chief Ben Hadley presented Gertrude Stern with a birthday cake.

Turning 105 calls for cake. As noted previously, Mission’s Gertrude Stern turned 105 last Friday, a milestone worth noting. She was surprised by a visit from a delegation from the City of Mission including Mayor Steve Schowengerdt, Police Chief Ben Hadley and City Councilor Suzie Gibbs. The visitors came bearing cake and flowers.

Akshay Dinakar makes National Youth Orchestra again. SM East violin virtuoso Akshay Dinakar will again be representing Kansas in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Dinakar is one of 39 musicians to return to the group, which is organized by Carnegie Hall. Dinakar traveled with the group two years ago, but did not apply to be part of the 2014 orchestra. The orchestra, which features 114 of the top young musicians from across the country, will give two performances in New York before a seven stop tour of China. [High School Violinist From Prairie Village To Tour China With National Youth Orchestra — KCUR]

Prairie Village Exterior Grant Program fills up in a day. Demand for Prairie Village’s Exterior Grant program was so high this year that city officials reported Monday evening — just hours after the application period had opened — that it was already full for 2015. More than 20 residents submitted applications Monday, prompting the city to start a waiting list. The most common projects this year are roofs and driveways, reported Assistant City Administrator Kate Gunja.

School board calls special meeting. The Shawnee Mission School Board has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. next Monday in the administration building. An agenda for the meeting has not yet been released.

Listening session in Roeland Park. KCUR is holding a listening session at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center to hear what matters most to Roeland Park residents. The session is part of the station’s Beyond Our Borders project.

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