Grandparents Against Gun Violence urges safe firearm storage at homes during pandemic; Lenexa-based Filti making face masks for COVID-19 responders

Grandparents Against Gun Violence shared concerns in late March about the rising sales of guns and ammunition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured above are members of the nonprofit at a past Lock It For Love event. Photo courtesy Grandparents Against Gun Violence

Grandparents Against Gun Violence urges safe firearms storage at homes during pandemic

With the rising sales of guns and ammunition across the country, local nonprofit Grandparents Against Gun Violence has raised concern for the increased risk in homes with unlocked arms, especially while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As members of the Gun Violence Prevention community, we are concerned about the potential for an increase in gun violence, including homicide, suicide, domestic violence, hate crimes and people (especially children) being in a home with improperly secured firearms,” members of the organization wrote in a press release. “It’s a challenging and potentially volatile situation that requires responsible gun owners to practice safe firearm storage.”

Resources for mental health, suicide/crisis prevention and reporting domestic violence are available on the nonprofit’s website.

Lenexa-based Filti making face masks for COVID-19 responders

Lenexa-based company Filti is producing and providing face masks to meet the need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Filti is using its patented material used in washable home air filters to create hospital-like quality face masks and can produce 1.5 million masks’ worth of material in a day. [Lenexa based home air filter company turns out material for masks for front line heroes — KCTV]

WaterOne to replace water main in Fairway, to cause part of Fairway Road to close

The city of Fairway on Friday announced WaterOne will be replacing a water main along Fairway Road between Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Park Road. For the duration of the project, which was to start in mid-March and last until June 2020, that portion of Fairway Road will be closed. Additionally, all parking along Fairway Road is prohibited during the project.

Residents who live in the area have received a postcard from WaterOne about the project. Those who received a postcard and have sprinklers or other underground systems need to contact WaterOne’s project contact Ryan Sirridge at or at (913) 895-5774. Residents can track the project’s progress at

Merriam closed city playgrounds, asks residents to stop breaking tape

The city of Merriam is asking park goers to stop breaking caution tape at city playgrounds, which are closed, according to a Merriam Facebook post.

Merriam originally advised residents to not use the playground equipment at city parks due to coronavirus concerns. Residents asked the city to physically block off the playground areas, which the city did with caution tape.

“BUT everyday — someone breaks the tape at our playgrounds,” the Facebook post reads. “IT’S NOT A GAME. Our resources are limited. HELP US KEEP PEOPLE SAFE.”

The city asks that people continue to stay off the playground equipment, and stop breaking the tape.