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Sixth Annual Sly’s Rock The Block Celebration Saturday

The sixth annual Sly’s Rock the Block celebration is set for this Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Washington Square park.

The event will offer a variety of entertainment and family-friendly activities to mark another year of successful summer programs.

“All summer long Club K.C. and Mayor’s Nights provide our young people with an opportunity to have fun in a safe and caring environment,” said Mayor Sly James.

“Saturday’s event is about the community as a whole and bringing people together to celebrate the end of summer with good food and family-friendly activities and entertainment,” he said.

This free event, produced by the Mayor’s office, Kansas City Parks and Recreation department, and the Kansas City Police department, is open to the public and will feature family-friendly activities live music, cultural performances, and community resources.

The first 1,500 attendees will receive tickets for free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Several food trucks will also be on the premises offering various food items for sale.

Parking is free at the Blue Cross Blue Shield parking lot, on the north side of Washington Square park.

Live entertainment will begin at approximately 10 a.m., featuring the Jamil Family band; Little Troy Lee Sanders; Los Bailadores

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18th And Vine Improvement Plan Hits One-Year Mile

Councilman Jermaine ReedOne full year since July 16, 2016, when the City Council approved funding for Phase 1 of a larger $27.6 million, three-phase plan to improve the 18th and Vine Historic District, and allocated $7 million for Phase 1 projects, Third District Council members Jermaine Reed and Quinton Lucas, together with the City Manager Troy Schulte presented at a news conference the newly published 18th and Vine Improvements Plan Update and Year-in-Review, a 20-page report that provides highlights on the vision, momentum, and improvements that are part of the 18th and Vine Improvements Plan.

Councilman Reed, who also is Chair of the 18th and Vine Development Policy Committee, shared with news conference attendees that 18th and Vine is not just about history and what happened here a long time ago. “It is about opportunity and evolution, and what we are doing right now to ensure a sustainable future. It is about where we are going and our collective vision for how we get there.”


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Board Appoints Major Rick Smith As The New Chief Of Police

MajorSmithBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On Friday, July 28, the Board of Police Commissioners for the Kansas City, Mo., Police department, named Major Rick Smith as the new Chief of Police.

Smith who has served in the Department for 29 years became the 45th Chief of Police in the City’s history. He will be sworn-in on August 15.

Smith edged out, by a vote of 3 to 2, Tulsa Oklahoma Chief of Police Keith Humphrey.

Smith inherits the position as the City records its 86th homicide and in spite of what citizens hear crime is on the rise.

Smith campaigned on the platform of hiring more Police officers and placing more officers on the street, especially in hot spots such as Westport and in the Northland where he alleged that he spoke with someone who stated that they had to wait an unreasonable amount of time for Police to finally arrive.

Smith will oversee a $250 million budget and 1,800 Police officers.

Smith wasn’t a slam dunk for the position.


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