Due to the weather forecast, the Brookside St Patrick’s Warm Up Parade has been rescheduled to Saturday March 18, 2017 at 2pm.
It’s time for the second annual Waldo Week, celebrating the unique neighborhood of Waldo and it’s friendly, locally owned small businesses. Sponsored by Feast Magazine, Waldo Week gives you 25% off at participating merchants in the area, from Gregory to 85th St; State Line to Holmes. You must mention Waldo Week to receive the discount.
Waldo Week is Saturday, February 25 through Friday March 3, 2017.
Here is a partial list of businesses that are participating this year:
Please support our locally owned Waldo businesses…and receive a special discount during Waldo Week! More information at the website.
Today is one of those days I will always remember…similar to the birth of my two girls; when I found out my best friend had AIDS; my husband proposing; 9/11; seeing U2 at the Uptown Theater. A significant day no matter what the outcome.
I’m thinking today of my grandfather, Angelo Ferrante. He immigrated from Sicily when he was twelve years old. I remember large family dinners in the basement of his house in St Louis–kids running around, adults smoking, women preparing the food. We would sit down (of course I was at ‘the kids table’) to large bowls of pasta with meatballs and pork neckbones, fresh Italian bread, Schlitz beer, watermelon. After everyone was seated, Grandpa was at the head of the table. We would say prayers. He then stood up, banged his fist on the table and said “God Bless America!”. Then we would eat.
Because of my grandfather’s deep love of the USA, the stories he told of being so poor “back in the old country” and the way he never complained about working long hours as a barber–all of his grandkids grew up with a strong appreciation for being born in the USA. I feel so fortunate, so lucky to be an American. Growing up around these Italian immigrant relatives, seeing their strong work ethic –it’s seared into my soul what the American Dream means and why so many others want to live here.
So especially today, I am very, very grateful to be a US citizen and have all the privileges of living in a democracy.
Dr. Mark Bedell, the Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent (who started his job in July), is hosting “Listening and Learning Tours” throughout the city this fall. Tonight he will be at the Waldo Library–wanting to hear from Brookside/Waldo area residents.
Following a brief presentation, attendees will gather into small groups and discuss ideas for how KCPS can improve and better serve the community. If you are supportive of re-opening Southwest High School as a project based STEAM school (science, technology,engineering, art and math), here’s an opportunity to share your views.
A group of local educators and parents have teamed up with area philanthropists to create Uniting at Southwest, a proposed “hybrid governance” authority that would re-open the now vacant school, focusing on the STEAM topics for middle and high school students. Details of their goals for Southwest can be found on their website.
The meeting starts at 6:30pm tonight, November 1, 2016 at the Waldo Library, 201 E 75th St.
Be prepared for very long delays if you must leave the Brookside/Waldo area tomorrow Oct 15 2016 from early morning through 1 or 2pm.
The race route effectively blocks any vehicles trying to move outside of these boundaries:
Wornall and Ward Parkway from 51st south to 75th and east to The Paseo.
It will be extremely difficult to head west into Kansas, south past Gregory/75th or north through the Plaza towards downtown.
You can see details of the route on the website www.sportkc.org/marathon but you have to click around several tabs to actually get to the map information. It would be helpful if there was a one-click tab to the route from the website’s first page.
Checking home sales for Armour Hills August 2016…a drop in prices compared to last year. However, year to date– home values continue to rise. Here are the stats with commentary!
August 2016: August 2015:
Median list price: $250,000 Median list price: $277,500
Median sales price: $242,000 Median sales price: $280,000
Number of homes sold: 7 Number of homes sold: 4
Days on market: 47 Days on market: 11
You can see median sales price for last month was considerably lower than August 2015. However, in August 2016, all homes but one sold under $280K. In August 2015, fewer homes sold but at a higher median price.
Checking year to date figures:
2016, Jan-August: 2015, Jan-August:
Median list price: $269,700 Median list price: $267,450
Median sales price: $268,500 Median sales price: $266,750
Number of homes sold: 54 Number of homes sold: 60
Days on market: 13 Days on market: 29
Homes in Armour Hills are selling faster this year, and for more money.
Currently there are 5 homes for sale in Armour Hills, with a median list price of $319,000 and 11 days on market.
(All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)
Fall is probably the most popular time for festivals in Kansas City…and this Saturday you can celebrate all things Waldo at the Waldo Fall Festival, now in it’s 24th year!
Location is in the CVS parking lot at the very busy intersection of 75th and Wornall; time is 10am-5pm Sept 17, 2016. A few other details:
*Games, rides, face painting for the kids
*Live music and local vendor booths
*Brought to you by the Waldo Business Association
There’s easy access to the festival via walking or biking on the Trolley Track Trail–parking is very tight in this area so if you must drive, please park a few blocks away and walk to the festivities. Enjoy your weekend in Waldo!