Overland Park to host first Wednesday Farmers’ Market June 3; JoCo motor vehicles with May expiration dates can now renew online

Overland Park to host first Wednesday Farmers’ Market June 3

The Overland Park Farmers’ Market will host its first Wednesday market on June 3 at the Overland Park Convention Center parking lot, 6000 College Boulevard.

The market will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will have the same rules as the Saturday market: A socially-distanced walk-up market. There is no entertainment or activities, and merchandise will not be for sale.

Shoppers are asked to use digital payments if possible, though tokens will be available and sanitized after each use. Those who need to use cash are asked to use exact change. Additional information about the farmers’ market can be found here.

JoCo motor vehicles with May expiration dates can now renew online

The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices are now allowing residents with registrations that expired in May to renew online via an online payment portal.

The portal was launched on May 22 for those with March and April expiration dates due to impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Residents who previously tried to renew their registration online and were not eligible can now renew at jocogov.org/residents/vehicles. Residents must have their plate number and VIN available.

Penalties will not apply, but the portal will be open temporarily. Additionally, Motor Vehicle Offices are still operating at a limited capacity. Residents are encouraged to use online, drop-off or mail-in options rather than going into an actual office. Residents must secure a place in line at jocogov.org/residents/vehicles in order to be served in-person.

For additional questions, email dmv@jocogov.org or call (913) 826-1800.

Father of son shot by OP police cites ‘lack of transparency and excessive use of force’

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests across the country, Steve Albers, the son of a teen who was shot by Overland Park police, called out police forces for a “lack of transparency and excessive use of force.”

In an editorial piece published by The Kansas City Star on Monday, Albers urged police forces to be more transparent and have more accountability to their communities.

“It is time that communities demand total transparency from government and community-driven use-of-force policies for our police,” Albers said. “These are crucial steps to establish trust between law enforcement officials and the public they are supposed to serve.” [Police shot and killed my white son. I understand the outrage over George Floyd — The Kansas City Star]

St. Joseph hosting blood drive for Community Blood Center

St. Joseph Church in Shawnee will host a blood drive for the Community Blood Center from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive.

The number of donors is limited, and appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

Anyone who wants to make an appointment may contact Virginia Wiedel, St. Joseph Parish blood drive coordinator at vrwiedel@sbcglobal.net or 913-268-3874.

Blood drive coordinators ask donors to wear a face mask when coming to donate. Anyone who does not have a mask will be provided with one upon arrival. Anyone experiencing coronavirus-related symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing — or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days — is asked not to attend.

The Community Blood Center staff members are also taking extra precautions to disinfect tablets and donor beds in between each use and to space out chairs and beds where possible.