Bridge project on 134th rescheduled for April 7

A bridge project on 134th Street over I-70 in Wyandotte County has been pushed back to Monday, April 7.

Rescheduled for the second time, the bridge project was supposed to start March 31, and then April 2. But rainy weather has caused it to be canceled again, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The project will require the road to be closed from Kansas Avenue to Riverview Avenue from 8 a.m. Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11.

There is no marked detour. Drivers are asked to find another route.

Project Safe Celebrate aims to keep youth safe during prom and graduation season

This graphic illustration will be used on social media and posted in schools as part of Project Safe Celebrate announced today by Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman. The project encourages youth to celebrate prom and graduation safely. The project received some design funding assistance for several promotional illustrations from the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the project is a joint effort of several agencies.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office is partnering with various organizations in Project Safe Celebrate.

This project is a joint effort to encourage high school students to celebrate safely during the prom and graduation season. Proms start this weekend at some Wyandotte County high schools.

Unfortunately, risky behavior has become an integral part of some teenagers’ prom and graduation celebrations, according to local officials.

Each spring District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman prosecutes teens who commit crimes such as: minor in possession of alcohol, driving under the influence, open container violations, and criminal damage to property.

“Even worse, we know that the use of alcohol heightens the chance of sexual assault.  In fact, approximately half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim or both,” Gorman said.

“This is such an important season for our youth and we want them to know that we value them and we take these matters seriously,” Gorman said.  Gorman believes that educating and protecting the youth of Wyandotte County is a community effort. Here are just a few of the ways his office is uniting with other groups to reach as many people as they can, in as many different ways as they can:

– The District Attorney’s Office is increasing its presence on Facebook and Twitter and will link all high schools and partnering organizations together through #safecelebrate.

– The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department will perform “saturation patrols” on the prom nights of all Wyandotte County high schools.  Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office will ride with officers to assist law enforcement with any needs that may arise, and to hold “tweet-alongs” under the Twitter handle @WYCODAoffice.

– The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Police Department and the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department are teaming up to identify and seek out parties where drugs and alcohol may be present.

– Liquor and cereal malt beverage retailers across Wyandotte County will be especially mindful of attempts to purchase alcohol by teens or by others on their behalf and will refuse to sell to these people.

– Hotel managers have been informed of the prom dates for Wyandotte County high schools and will report all unsupervised prom activities to the police.

– The Kansas Department of Transportation has funded the creation of several posters to be displayed in Wyandotte County high schools.

Gorman has designated Candace Golubski as project manager for Project Safe Celebrate, as this is a large undertaking.

“We have a number of organizations involved in the project.  A lot of work has gone into coordinating all of the events and activities associated with Project Safe Celebrate,” Golubski said. “Our hope is that next year and the years to come, the project will continue to expand, possibly even into the surrounding counties.  We’ve got big ideas, and the more support we have, the more we can do for the students.”

For more information regarding Project Safe Celebrate, visit: www.facebook.com/projectsafecelebrate.

 

Mayors recognize Hillcrest transitional program

Kansas City Kan., Mayor Mark Holland, Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart and Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington today recognized the Hillcrest Transitional Housing Center program with a joint proclamation. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Three mayors got together today to make a proclamation on behalf of Hillcrest Transitional Housing Center, 728 N. 31st St., Kansas City, Kan.

The event was packed with kids and community members who heard the proclamations from Kansas City Kan., Mayor Mark Holland, Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington and Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart.

The Hillcrest program, according to information from the center, is designed to move families and youth from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It is designed to give homeless families and youth the motivation and training needed to break the poverty-welfare cycle and lead an independent life.

The program offers tough love with a caring environment, according to information from the center. It meets housing needs with a furnished apartment, and provides professional services such as medical, auto repair and legal assistance, weekly counseling sessions for problem-solving, employment, budgeting, and parenting.

After the homeless get on their feet with a new job and a new place to live, they are provided with continued counseling and encouragement, according to information from the center.

For more information, call 913-400-2573 or 913-827-8464 or visit the website, www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org.