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Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens in Lee’s Summit

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced and fresh grilled subs, opened in Lee’s Summit at 940B N.W Blue Parkway in early December according to franchise owner Michael Spiegel.

“We are really excited to finally be in Lee’s Summit” says Spiegel. “It’s been a long time in the making but we’re glad it’s here.”

Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s now has 1,500 restaurants open and under development nationwide. In 2015, the company was named the fastest growing chain and continues to win best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.

The growth is fueled by passionate fans who crave their subs made with the freshest vegetables topped off with an exquisite zing of “the juice”– red wine vinegar and olive oil.

The restaurant’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. This is Spiegel’s second store. He has one other location in Olathe.

LSHS Youth in Government 
Students Earn Honors

Lee’s Summit High School Youth in Government (YIG) students earned a number of honors at the 2015 Missouri YIG Conference. LSHS students Sean Atkins, Ryan Outersky and Peyton Reeves were named outstanding statespersons. Just six students from across the state among the 200 attendees received this recognition.

An important achievement at the state convention is succeeding in passing a bill, which is a lengthy and complicated process. More than 150 bills were submitted by students attending the conference with just eight passed into Youth in Government law this year. Three of these eight bills passed were from LSHS students, a new record for the local program. Bills passed from LSHS included Aubrey 
Burkholder’s bill regarding blood types on driver’s licenses, Sean Atkins’ bill regarding paid maternity leave and Ryan Outersky’s bill regarding a small business sales tax exemption.

John Knox Village Expansion 
Takes Shape

John Knox Village, the Kansas City region’s premiere retirement lifestyle community, is undergoing a $90 million expansion that will redefine and transform its retirement living experience. John Knox Village President and CEO Dan Rexroth shared details about the project’s progress at a recent Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council’s advisory board luncheon.

“This expansion will redefine the Village experience, while enabling John Knox Village to continue to offer today’s seniors the lifestyle, freedom and convenience they demand and expect, for many years to come,” Rexroth says.

A centerpiece of the redevelopment project includes construction of The Meadows Apartments and The Meadows Commons, a $60 million multi-phase project located in the heart of John Knox Village. The apartments will include 112 units ranging in size from 760 to 1,350 square feet, with lake, golf course and Westminster Meadows park views. The Meadows commons will include an aquatics center and spa, as well as a fitness center and full-service restaurant. A number of unoccupied cottages and two apartment buildings are being prepared for demolition, to make way for The Meadows. This complex is expected to be complete in mid-2017.

LS CARES To Present Love And Logic Parent Courses

Lee’s Summit CARES will present two popular parenting courses in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit School District and ReDiscover.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at Prairie View Elementary School. This class is designed for parents of any age child(ren). Parents will learn how to end arguing, whining and backtalk as well as how to raise children who are respectful, responsible and fun to be around.

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 8 at Lee’s Summit Christian Church. Child care will be available during this class.

Cost for each class is $42 per participant. Scholarships are available for residents of the Lee’s Summit School District.

For more information, to pre-register or to apply for a scholarship, visit

Mike Cierpiot Supporters Host Reception

Missourians supporting Mike Cierpiot recently hosted a fundraiser for the House Majority Floor Leader at The Rebecca Grille in Lee’s Summit. Representative Scott Fitzpatrick of Cassville, Mo., was a special guest and speaker at the event. Approximately 100 individuals from the local business community and organizations serving individuals with disabilities 
attended the event. Co-hosts for the event included Jeff and Rebecca Case, Ray and Carol Adams, Batts Communication Services, William H. Brown, Bud and Betty Hertzog, Derek Holland, Dana and Joyce Johnston, Senator Will Kraus and Carmen, MARF, Flip Short, Stu May, Dan Mehan, Russ and Shirley Simmons, Dave Cook, Dave and Sharon Stackelhouse, and Ray and Beverly Worth. The reception was hosted to thank Representative Cierpiot for all of his hard work on behalf of the Lee’s Summit community and to raise funds for future efforts.

Budget Blinds Supports 
Our Troops

Budget Blinds Lee’s Summit supports the Homes For Our Troops program. By helping provide blinds for a home for Sgt. Dustin Johns in Lee’s Summit, they have helped make a “home sweet home” for one of our local veterans.  The Homes For Our Troops program’s mission is to build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Meadow Lane Elementary 
Students Participate in Girls on the Run

A team of fifth- and sixth-grade girls from Meadow Lane Elementary recently completed a metro-area 5K race as part of the National Girls on the Run program. The girls, accompanied by teachers Becky Mallen, Christina Meachum and Diane Keeney and school counselor Deanna Walter, trained for 10 weeks in preparation for the Girls on the Run 5K, held Nov. 21 at Arrowhead Stadium. Girls on the Run focuses on physical fitness and also includes lessons that build confidence and self-esteem, prevent bullying and address peer pressure.

New Price Chopper 
Opens In Lee’s Summit

Price Chopper opened its newest store in Lee’s Summit December 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Located at 1600 SE Blue Parkway, this will be the 51st Price Chopper in the Greater Kansas City Metro.

“With 90 years as part of the Kansas City family, we are constantly looking for ways to better our service to the community,” says David Ball, third generation owner. “We are thrilled to bring a new state-of-the-art Price Chopper to the Lee’s Summit community.”

Amenities include:

• Fresh sushi and smoked meats
• Premium deli meats and cheeses, sliced 
to order
• Made to order chopped salads
• Chopper Chicken: Fresh, never frozen, fried and rotisserie chicken
• World-class pies and cakes custom-made 
to order
• Comfortable seating area with access to wifi
• Drive-thru Pharmacy

    Lee’s Summit Voted a Top 10 Midwest Community

      There are lists you want to be on and lists you’d rather avoid, but Lee’s Summit and several other Kansas City suburbs recently 
landed on a great one! looked at the 100 most populated cities in the Midwest, as well as a great deal of statistical data, and determined that our very own Lee’s Summit was one of the best communities in the Midwest for making a place your home.

        In fact, three of the top four on the list are in the greater Kansas City area. Besides Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, and Olathe were also highly ranked.

          That ought to put a smile on your face!

          LSNHS Senior Earns Top Score On ACT

          Vance Kelley, a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT college admissions exam. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students achieved a composite score of 36.

          The son of Mitchell and Cynthia Kelley, Vance is active in debate and National Honor Society at LSNHS. After high school graduation, he plans to attend college and double major in mathematics and philosophy or political science.

          Just a handful of Lee’s Summit students have achieved a 36 on the ACT over the past several decades.