Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Fairway looking for help naming its frog toddler slide. Renovations on the Fairway pool are nearing completion, and city parks staff are looking for help naming one of the pool’s new features. The city is soliciting names for the new toddler slide, which looks like a frog. Fairway residents with ideas should email Parks and Recreation, which will be selecting finalists for a vote. The winner will receive $20 worth of Fairway Pool Snack Bar vouchers.

Committee holding public meeting on proposed Prairie Village Homes Association architectural guidelines tonight. Prairie Village Homes Association residents interested in learning more about the proposed overlay district architectural guidelines being promoted by a volunteer committee should attend a community meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Prairie Village Community Center, 7720 Mission Road.


More than three dozen PV residents victims of tax filing scam. Prairie Village Police report that 39 residents of the city have alerted them that someone else fraudulently filed their tax returns before they did, using their social security numbers to try to get refunds. [Tax scam targets people who file online — KCTV]

Shawnee Mission principal writes novel. Steve Loe, principal at SM West and a former assistant principal at SM East has written his first novel, The Glimpsing Book. It is aimed at an elementary age group and he will discuss the book and answer questions from students at Comanche Elementary, where he was formerly principal, next week at an author event. The book  is in the genre of magical realism, following the story of twelve-year-old Sebastian who is struck by the similarity of several historical photographs that hold clues to a mysterious book. Meanwhile, seventh grader Henrietta discovers a book that changes every time is it read. As Henrietta and Sebastian’s lives collide, they discover that reading, like life, is not a spectator sport, and the power of a great story has the magic to make the seemingly impossible possible.

Roeland Park community forum next week. The quarterly community forum for Roeland Park will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Roeland Park Community Center. A presentation on the strategic plan for the city, called the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Strategic Plan, will be the topic of the forum. The plan was put together by a citizen volunteer group, which will be making the presentation and answering questions.

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