Law enforcement meets with community at event

by William Crum

Donnelly College, in conjunction with the Downtown Shareholders, held a meeting recently at the college. The meeting was about community policing. On hand were members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement officials.

The officers talked about how the police can work within the community.

According to Special Agent Eric Jackson, the law enforcement officers try to identify who is committing a crime and what is their purpose for committing the crime.

“By getting the involvement of the local citizens within the community, this helps decrease crime within the community,” he said. “This is our third meeting and I am proud to say that it has been highly successful.”

After the meeting was over local citizens had a chance to ask questions.

CABA, other groups launch Central Avenue beautification program

The Central Avenue Betterment Association is joining with The Hispanic Chamber of Greater Kansas City, the Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Army to launch a beautification project May 1 for Central Avenue and the parks in the area.

May 1 is the beginning of many special summer events held by CABA. The community beautification project is just one of the many upcoming events to enhance the image of Central Avenue to make it a more family-friendly atmosphere, a spokesman said.

The Central Avenue beautification project goals: Beautify Central Avenue from 5th to 18th Street and enhance Bethany Park, Simpson, Lally, and Trolly Park, plant roses, and repair all hazardous openings in the parks.

The schedule on May 1:
• 8 a.m. Breakfast provided by the Waffle House for community leadership, beautification volunteers and special guests.
• 8:30 a.m. Welcome to Central Avenue, remarks by Mayor Mark Holland.
• 8:40 a.m. Opening program remarks by Carlos Gomez and Edgar Galicia.
• 9 a.m. Work begins in cooperation with the Unified Government’s Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Army Forces.
• Noon beautification work completion.
• 12:30 p.m. Flag ceremony by U.S. Army at Lally Park (10th Street and Central Avenue).
• 12:55 p.m. Closing statement by special guest.
• 1 p.m. Lunch provided by La Placita’s Vendor Coalition for community leadership, beautification volunteers and special guests.

For more information about this program, contact CABA at 913-707-4622.

With most storms out of the way, tomorrow’s forecast looks dry and windy

Storms moved through Wyandotte County this morning, leaving about a quarter-inch of rain behind.

There is a slight chance of rain this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The rain will end by tonight, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47, the weather service said.

Sunday, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 61, the weather service said. An east wind will be from 11 to 16 mph, with gusts up to 24 mph on Sunday.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low around 43, according to the weather service. An east northeast wind of 8 to 15 mph, will gust as high as 21 mph.