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Tweet Fairway wasn’t the only local community getting an early start on Halloweening this weekend. The Prairie Hills Homes Association put on its first-ever Haunt in Windsor Park on Sunday, with approximately 50 residents gathering to decorate the park’s trails with lit jack-o-lanterns. Residents then cast votes for their favorite pumpkin, with pumpkin of the [...]
Tweet Fairway’s Peterson Park was packed Sunday with a ghoulish gathering of kids making their way through the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Trail of Tricks and Treats. Kids wound their way through a path pocked with games — and the opportunity to fill their Halloween bags.
Tweet Fairway’s Peterson Park will be a not-so-frightening Halloween destination for area children on Sunday evening. The city’s “Trail of Tricks & Treats” will wind through the park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The trail is designed for children 10 and under. The cost is $3 per person (ages 2 and under free) and [...]
Tweet Mike Babick would usually be out tinkering in his garage this time of year, cleaning off the animatronic elves and animals that light up Santa’s Workshop in his annual Christmas display. But this October, he’s refinishing some antiques out back instead. And he doesn’t have any plans to work on his Christmas display. Any [...]
Tweet In coverage sure to promote a thoughtful, measured debate about the need to balance individual rights with those of one’s neighbors and community safety, the Prairie Village City Council’s recent passage of an ordinance that would require Mike Babick to get a permit for his annual Christmas display has made it onto the homepage [...]
Tweet The Prairie Village City Council on Monday passed a measure that will require all residents operating “special events” — including popular holiday lighting displays — to get a permit from the city and pay any costs incurred by the city’s police to go “above and beyond” their normal duties to ensure public safety. By a vote [...]
Tweet Happy Labor Day, everyone. Just a quick reminder that today is the last day the Prairie Village and Fairway municipal pools will be open for the season. And with predicted highs around 95 degrees, it couldn’t be a more perfect day to take a final dip! The pool will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. [...]
Tweet Prairie Village holiday lighting luminary Mike Babick may have a fight on his hands if he wants to keep operating his popular display in the same manner in which it’s been run the past several years. The Prairie Village City Council on Monday directed city staff to draft a new ordinance that would regulate [...]
Tweet Assistant City Administrator Dennis Ensligner on Monday told the Prairie Village City Council that the city had received word from Falmouth Street resident Mike Babick’s attorney that Babick would be contesting the citation he the city issued in January over code violations related to his annual Christmas display. Enslinger said the attorney, Frank Gilman, [...]
Tweet Happy MLK, Jr. Day, everyone. We’ll be back tomorrow with fresh posts.
Tweet Prairie Village resident Tim Dorr and the city of Prairie Village’s collaboration to move Dorr’s synchronized holiday music and lights display onto municipal ground appears to have paid off not just for holiday lights enthusiasts, but for two local non-profits as well. Dorr and the city announced last week that the display had attracted [...]
Tweet The holiday season may have been officially over for a few days now, but a behind-the-scenes back-and-forth between the city of Prairie Village and Falmouth Street decorating stalwart Mike Babick came to a head Tuesday. After having communicated with Babick since November about potential code violations posed by a new structure he built for [...]
Tweet Complaints about Mike Babick’s increasingly popular Falmouth Street lights display may have tapered off somewhat this year — but that doesn’t mean the neighbors who face the seasonal increases in traffic and noise got to enjoy any silent nights. Of particular offense to some was the steady stream of limos and busses that made their [...]
Tweet Vandalism in general is lame. But vandalism targeting the unique artistic expression that is exterior holiday-oriented illumination is just sickening. A reader who lives in Corinth Meadows sent along the above photo of a string of Christmas lights that had been unceremoniously clipped, rendering his entire setup dark. And this wasn’t an over-the-top, Griswold-esque [...]
Tweet The gifts have been unwrapped. The tureen full of egg nog has been drained. The plate of Santa’s cookies has been rendered but a pile of green and red crumbs. Christmas is officially behind us. So how are you spending this day after?
Tweet Just a brief note this morning wishing all of you Villagers, Fairway-ians and Mission Hillpeople a very merry Christmas. We’ll be back tomorrow with the gift of fresh posts. Now, present time!
Tweet We know that limousines are supposed to project a certain status for their riders. But what is it with the jerky behavior of limousines that have been circling around Prairie Village’s Christmas lights hot-spots? They seem to rub just about everyone the wrong way. The Star’s Barb Shelly wrote earlier this week about how [...]
Tweet I think it’s fair to say we’re officially on the map, Villagers. Santa Claus, the ancient bearer of Christmas gifts sometimes referred to as Old Saint Nick and Kris Kringle, made an unprecedented second public appearance in Prairie Village Saturday. And this is a busy man, okay? I saw him in an iPhone commercial [...]
Tweet Fifteen Prairie Village police officers took some time yesterday to make the holidays a little happier for seven area kids. As part of the department’s inaugural “Shop With a Cop” program, the officers helped seven kids pick out presents for their families — and themselves — at the Target in Mission. The Prairie Village Municipal [...]
Tweet Last Christmas season, the Braly family suffered a disheartening loss: Someone stole the Cindy Lou Who cutout that had been part of their Whoville display on Candy Cane Lane (otherwise known as the 7900 block of Outlook) for a dozen years. Even after Christmas passed, the family held out hope that the metaphorical Grinch [...]
Tweet Alright, kids: Break out those Big Chief tablets and your Crayolas (or your iPad…whatever is you all write on these days), ‘cause you’ve only got 12 hours to polish off those Christmas lists for Santa. The elf – who has been previously described as right, jolly and old – will be at Corinth Square [...]
Tweet Unfortunately, some technical difficulties prevented us from posting information yesterday about the opening night of Prairie Village’s most trafficked holiday lights displays. But better a day late than never, we suppose. Tim Dorr’s popular choreographed lights and music display has moved from his Fontana Street home to the grounds of the Prairie Village pool. [...]
Tweet If you were hoping Mike Babick and his Falmouth Street neighbors would be coming together in the spirit of the season and singing carols to one another in the weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ve got some disappointing news. The city of Prairie Village has received formal complaints from Falmouth Street residents regarding a [...]
Tweet We thought the cuteness saturation levels at last year’s Village Shops trick-or-treating approached dangerous levels. But this year the dial went even higher, with things getting about as close to cuteness overload as possible without causing a full on meltdown. Let’s start with the animals, from this forlorn shark…: …to this befuddled caterpillar: This [...]
Tweet Nearly 400 kids and parents came out for the seventh annual Trail of Tricks and Treats Halloween celebration at Fairway’s Peterson Park Sunday night. Costumed kids got to decorate pumpkins, play games, and enjoy food and drinks. As you might imagine, there were some pretty creative costumes. Among them, this Missouri River noodler: And [...]