Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Senators Moran, Roberts to take part in Johnson County Veterans Day observance. U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts will be on had in Lenexa today for Johnson County’s Veterans Day observance, to be held at the Lenexa National Guard Armory, 18200 West 87th Street Parkway. The ceremony will include special recognition for World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of that war. The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [Johnson County Annual Veterans Day Observance — Johnson County Government]

Lee Cross named to Top 40 under 40 list. Northeast Johnson County attorney and Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees member Lee Cross has been named to The National Trial Lawyers list of the top 40 civil litigation plaintiffs attorneys under the age of 40. Cross owns the Cross Law Firm which is based in Westwood.

New Mexican restaurant coming to Kokopelli space. The Kansas City Star’s Joyce Smith reports that the founder of Frida’s Contemporary Mexican Cuisine in the Blue Valley area is a partner in an operation that plans to bring a new Mexican restaurant called Cacao to the space vacated by Kokopelli on 95th Street in Prairie Village last year. [Retail and restaurant updates — Kansas City Star]

Merriam hears differing views on outdoor burning. Merriam resident Bruce Rainey told the city council this week that he wants the outdoor burning that Merriam still allows to stop. “Something’s got to be done about this in this city,” he said. “We’re going to kill ourselves. I hope you wake up and realize that we are killing ourselves out here.” He complained about smoke from a property next to him which he said “affected me a lot” and talked about the dangers to asthmatics and pregnant women.  He was followed by Sam Matier who said most people in Merriam want the open burning and added that “there would be a lot of people unhappy if you did it (ended open burning).” Merriam is the only NEJC city that still allows burning of leaves.

Shawnee Mission reportedly also looking at Brookridge for aquatics center. The Shawnee Mission School District is now in talks with the new Brookridge development over the possible placement of the district’s new aquatics center, according to the developer. The district had been looking to place the center in Lenexa after moving the focus from SM South. The district says it is in talks over a partnership with Brookridge. [Shawnee Mission schools eye city developments for aquatics, wellness centers – The Kansas City Star]

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