Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Block donates money to Overland Park Fire Department to replace equipment damaged in CityPlace blaze. Block Real Estate Services company last week delivered a check for $16,000 to the Overland Park Fire Department to help replace equipment that was damaged in the 8-alarm blaze this past March. Heat from the fire was so intense that parts of one of the department’s fire trucks melted. “We believe the fact that there was no loss of life is directly attributed to the heroic efforts of first responders and those who worked around the clock to bring the fires under control,” said Ken Block. “We owe them a debt of gratitude and hope that the funds raised through the Block Cares Fire Relief Fund will help all of those affected to recoup some of their losses.”

Former Shawnee Sen. Nick Jordan announces retirement from Brownback administration. Nick Jordan, a former state senator representing parts of Shawnee who went on to challenge Dennis Moore for the 3rd District Congressional seat, has announced he will leave the Brownback administration in early January. Jordan served as the state’s secretary of revenue during the 2012 tax cuts. He moved into a role as interim secretary of commerce earlier this year after Antonio Soave resigned. [Former revenue secretary during Brownback tax cuts to leave administration — The Kansas City Star]

SM West student performs with national honor ensemble. SM West senior Caroline Schmidt recently performed in the All-National Honor Ensemble at a convention of the National Association for Music Education. Schmidt, who plays the clarinet, traveled to Florida for the performance. [SM West Student Performs with National Honor Ensemble — Shawnee Mission School District]

Chiefs players to serve patrons at Urban Table Monday to benefit Albert Wilson Foundation. Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson and teammates Charcandrick West, Ron Parker, Cam Erving, Terrance Smith, and Chris Conley will serve as waiters at Urban Table tonight as part of a fundraiser for the Albert Wilson Foundation. Half of the evening’s sales will go toward the foundation’s work to improve the lives of kids in the foster system. The Chiefs players will be serving diners from 5:30 to 8 p.m.