Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Five northeast Johnson County departments taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday. If you have unused or expired prescription drugs that you’ve been looking to safely dispose of, you’ll have several convenient options on Saturday. Five northeast Johnson County police departments are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police from Prairie Village will be stationed outside the department at 7710 Mission Road to collect any medications people would like to drop off. During the same time, Roeland Park Police will be set up at the Roeland Park Price Chopper, 4950 Roe Ave; Fairway Police will be set up at the Fairway Hen House, 2724 W. 53rd St.; Merriam Police will be set up outside the Merriam Hen House, 5800 Antioch Rd.; and Mission Police will be set up at the Mission Farmer’s Market at 5600 Johnson Drive.

Gateway plans considered next week. The Mission Gateway project is slated to be before the planning commission next week. Mayor Steve Schowengerdt is quoted by the Kansas City Star as saying the newest plan from developer Tom Valenti “on paper … doesn’t look that bad.” The latest proposal is $145 million development that still includes a Walmart. [With more diversity and density, Mission Gateway redevelopment project goes back to planners – The Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park’s Ardie Davis tells history of sauce competition. Arcie and Gretchen Davis of Roeland Park helped organize a barbecue fundraiser last year to help the R Park citizens initiative. But in The Kansas City Star this week, Ardie tells how deeply his connection to barbecue runs and the history of the sauce competition that he founded and later merged with the American Royal. [How the American Royal sauce competition started as the Diddy-Wa-Diddy contest – The Kansas City Star]

Hillcrest Covenant hosting regional conference on sex trafficking. Experts and advocates will be gathering at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village today for the EMPOWERKC conference on preventing youth exploitation. The conference will focus on what both youth and adults can do to keep young people from becoming vulnerable to sex trafficking. More information available here.

Sushi, Japanese grill restaurant coming to Westwood. The Star’s Joyce Smith reports that Blue Sushi Sake Grill will be coming to Westwood as a part of the Westwood Village project in late spring 2016. The Omaha-based chain has eight other Blue Sushi restaurants. [Omaha’s Blue Sushi Sake Grill opening in Westwood — Kansas City Star]

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