Advance voting under way for Johnson County primaries. Registered voters who would like to have their ballots filed before the August 5 election day can take part in advance voting. For the next two weeks, the county will be accepting advance voting ballots via mail or at one of four sites throughout the county. The nearest sites to northeast Johnson County are the location at 9800 Metcalf, across from Metcalf South Mall; and the Johnson County Northeast Office at 6000 Lamar in Mission. Advance voting hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The advance voting offices will be closed Monday, August 4. For more information on advance voting, check out the Johnson County Election Office website.
Leawood seeking replacement for departing councilman. The city of Leawood announced this week that current Ward 3 councilor Tom Robinett will be stepping down from his seat effective July 31 because his new employer has a personnel policy that does not allow employees from holding elected office. A committee of Councilors Carrie Rezac and Julie Cain along with Mayor Peggy Dunn will begin accepting applications to fill Robinett’s seat in early August. Ward 3 covers the southeast portion of the city.
Roeland Park budget open house tonight. Roeland Park’s “Touch a Budget” open house offering insights and input on the pending 2015 budget will be held tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center.
Mission Hills native publishes essay on Jewish life in hometown. SM East and Tulane University graduate Sophie Unterman has an essay in the current issue of The Jewish Daily Forward that explores the experience of being Jewish in Mission Hills. “Jews used to be outsiders here, even though Mission Hills was not one of the suburbs to outright ban them,” Unterman writes. “The first Jewish families to move here were also the first Jews to buy their way into the decidedly goyish Kansas City Country Club. They blended in quickly, adopting the neighborhood’s dress code and sending their kids to Pembroke Hill and the Barstow School. And they stuck together — they still do.”
[Actually, Toto, we are still in Kansas — The Jewish Daily Forward]