Crews and well into tearing down Somerset Elementary school, having demolished the majority of the north side of the structure, though the south side of the building along Somerset Drive was still intact as of Thursday evening:
Somerset is being removed to make way for the new Benton House assisted living community. Here’s a shot of the latest rendering of that project:
And, at long last, the abandoned Tippin’s building at Corinth Square is no more. Crews had it almost entirely demolished as of Thursday:
We’re still waiting to hear back from the construction company about how long shoppers can expect that the fencing blocking off two entrances to the Corinth parking lot will remain up.
A new program at Colonial Church in Prairie Village helps people stay in touch and stay sane during the Coronavirus epidemic.
Called Care Partners, the program matches interested people with a partner, both of whom agree to check in on one another every 48 hours. The program is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a Colonial member to join.
Julie Luttman, Colonial’s Engagement Coordinator, runs the initiative. She says the program is unique in that it doesn’t provide the kinds of help churches usually provide, like food aid or financial assistance. Instead, it simply keeps people connected at this anxious, uncertain time. “A person’s care partner might be that one thing they need to stay grounded and know everything’s going to be okay,” she said. “It’s a concrete way to reach out that doesn’t put anyone in danger.”
Church member Linda Moses says the support she gets from
The Shawnee Mission School District is providing free breakfast and lunch to kids even though schools are closed. Merriam residents are staying updated on closings and news from all across the region.
These are all stories we share on our City of Merriam webpage about COVID-19. We frequently update our page on news specific to Merriam as well as the Shawnee Mission School District, Johnson County, and the State of Kansas.