Stolen Property Recovered Help Sought to Identify Victims

crime prevention communityDetectives from Metro Property Crimes have recently identified a suspect in numerous package theft cases in and around the Brookside area; Leawood, Kansas; and Prairie Village, Kansas.  During the investigation into these thefts, numerous items were recovered.  The items shown in the attached pictures are believed to be stolen but KCPD is unable to determine from whom the items were stolen or where.  To assist in the investigation, these photos are being shared with the community for identification.

Review property photos here

If you or someone you know was a victim of a package or other property theft in recent months, please review the photos.  If you recognize items that belong to you, even if they have already been replaced, please contact Detective Harris at (816) 581-0669 or Darla.harris@kcpd.org.

To complete the identification process, a copy of the order from the sender, like Amazon, will be needed.  This is an important step in the process of holding someone accountable for the thefts.  Even if your property was replaced by the sender, taking the time to assist in the investigation will help law enforcement on both sides of the state line keep our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

2015 Annual Holiday Lighting Contest

holiday_lightingDeck the Halls with your best Holiday Lights Display and you just might win the traditional honor of Best Holiday Lighting in Armour Hills.

Judges from Armour Hills will pick the top three houses decorated nice and bright with holiday cheer. New winners are selected every year (sorry no repeats).

Decorations and lights should be in place by Friday evening, December 11th and the judging will occur over that weekend.

Questions: Mistie Calvin-Caestecker: 816-518-0309 or hjmhpm@yahoo.com

2015 Board Candidate Bios

Two board positions are up for election this year: Tiffany Moore, current President and Bill Kalahurka, Director. Current nominations include Tiffany Moore (running for reelection), Steve Kidwell, and David Pucci. We will also be taking nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 17th. Below are the bios for each of the candidates currently running.

Tiffany Moore was initially elected to fill a vacant board seat in 2010 and is now running for her second full term on the Armour Hills Board of Directors.  She is the founder and owner of Built Kansas City, LLC, which provides consulting services to the design and construction industry.  In addition to serving on an advisory panel for contractor licensing and education, she also participates as a neighborhood leader on the First Suburbs Coalition, an organization focused on the City’s earliest developments outside of the urban core.

Tiffany has served twice as Vice President and as President since 2013.  Her work as board member includes specific efforts to formalize neighborhood contracting, develop a Capital Improvements Program, and address some of the neighborhood’s most troubled properties.  Additionally, she continues to work directly with the City to present PIAC projects prioritized annually by the Board of Directors and develop neighborhood-friendly policy language such the digital sign ordinance and 6th District sidewalk petition program.

Fun fact:  Tiffany recently began graduate studies in Community Development at Iowa State University through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA).

Steve Kidwell is the Public Affairs Director for Eagle Materials, a role that allows him to combine expertise in public affairs and environmental responsibility to plan and implement a variety of rewarding projects.  His work includes brand development, stakeholder and media relations, and social responsibility and addresses topics related to sustainability and environmental compliance.

Steve has lived in Armour Hills with his wife, Jill, and their children for more than 10 years.  Prior to living in Armour Hills, Steve lived in Oak Meyer Gardens and is no stranger to community service.  He served as President of the Oak Meyer Gardens Board of Directors for four years and as a board liaison to Bridging the Gap.  He currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Energy Center and as an advisory council member on the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

Steve is a native of Leavenworth, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.  Professionally, he has earned multiple awards for excellence in environmental protection, innovation, and community outreach.

Fun fact:  Steve plays smallpipes (bagpipes) and shares his music with patients and families each week at the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care facility in south Kansas City.

David Pucci and his wife, Christina, are long-time Armour Hills residents.  He is a Senior Vice President for UMB Bank, where he has worked in Corporate Treasury Management for over 26 years.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Rockhurst University and serves as President of the Kansas City Association for Financial Professionals.  Additionally, David previously served on the Armour Hills Board of Directors, holding offices of Treasurer, Vice President, and President before his most recent term ended in 2013.

Fun fact:  David has been an avid tennis player at the Arbor Villa courts and frequently travels to Italy to visit family members.

2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

annual_meetingThe Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 7pm at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served and there is a play room for children adjacent to the meeting room. Arrive early to check in and get to know your neighbors.
The agenda will include Troy Schulte, the City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri, as guest speaker.

The meeting agenda is online as a PDF for your convenience >> 2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

There are two board positions up for election this year: Tiffany Moore, current President, and Bill Kalahurka, Director. Tiffany will run for reelection, Bill’s seat will be open. Biographies of current nominations can be viewed below. We will also be taking nominations from the floor the night of the meeting.

The seat(s) are open to any bona fide member of the homes association in good standing (i.e. dues must be current).

Check armourhills.org/board-positions on our website for more information on board position responsibilities.

Tiffany Moore was initially elected to fill a vacant board seat in 2010 and is now running for her second full term on the Armour Hills Board of Directors.  She is the founder and owner of Built Kansas City, LLC, which provides consulting services to the design and construction industry. Tiffany has served twice as Vice President and as President since 2013. In addition to serving on an advisory panel for contractor licensing and education, she also participates as a neighborhood leader on the First Suburbs Coalition, an organization focused on the City’s earliest developments outside of the urban core.

Steve Kidwell is the Public Affairs Director for Eagle Materials, a role that allows him to combine expertise in public affairs and environmental responsibility to plan and implement a variety of rewarding projects.  His work includes brand development, stakeholder and media relations, and social responsibility and addresses topics related to sustainability and environmental compliance.
Steve has lived in Armour Hills with his wife, Jill, and their children for more than 10 years.

David Pucci and his wife, Christina, are long-time Armour Hills residents.  He is a Senior Vice President for UMB Bank, where he has worked in Corporate Treasury Management for over 26 years.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Rockhurst University and serves as President of the Kansas City Association for Financial Professionals.  Additionally, David previously served on the Armour Hills Board of Directors, holding offices of Treasurer, Vice President, and President before his most recent term ended in 2013.

Fun fact:  David has been an avid tennis player at the Arbor Villa courts and frequently travels to Italy to visit family members.

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

93rd ANNUAL MEETING | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015 | 7PM | COUNTRY CLUB CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH | 205 WEST 65TH ST

annual_meeting

The Armour Hills Homes Association Annual Meeting is your chance to engage with neighbors and board members, participate in elections, and provide feedback on neighborhood services and activities.

The 2015 meeting will provide a detailed review of the year’s activities and present the 2016 budget for neighborhood approval.

Board members will also present topics focused on the coming century mark for Armour Hills (2022), the value of preparing and protecting our housing stock, and the tools available to homeowners as they invest in their homes.  Additional topics will  include our role in the larger community fabric, including the Gregory Boulevard commercial corridor and the Country Club District as a whole.

Your attendance and input is critical to fulfilling the mission of the Association. Please plan to attend and provide input on the important issues that affect the quality of the entire Armour Hills neighborhood.

2015 Annual Meeting Board Elections

2015 Annual Meeting Board Elections

annual_meetingTwo board positions are up for election this year: Tiffany Moore, current President and Bill Kalahurka, Director. Current nominations include Tiffany Moore (running for reelection), Steve Kidwell, and David Pucci.

If you are interested in a position on the board, please send your resume to Tiffany Moore at President@armourhills.org. The seat(s) are open to any bona fide member of the homes association in good standing (i.e. dues must be current).

Check armourhills.org/board-positions on our website for more information on board position responsibilities.

Armour Green Fountain Island Improvements RFP

The Armour Hills Homes Association in Kansas City, Missouri, is seeking proposals for repairs and improvements to the Armour Green Fountain Island. This project will make repairs and improvements to the fountain, existing stonework, and both the plumbing and electrical systems in the Armour Green Fountain Island.
All qualified contractors will be considered, please email president@armourhills.org to receive a set of contract documents.

Caring for Your Trees

The Armour Hills Homes Association (AHHA) and its new tree board are seeking out credible, professional information that can help us all take better care of our neighborhood’s beautiful canopy. The good news is that taking care of your trees is not complicated. One of the most important and inexpensive things you can do for your trees – new or established – is mulching.

Mulch, and the proper mulching of your trees, is important to the long-term health of your trees. There’s a great 2-page guide sheet from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on our AHHA website armourhills.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ MDC-Mulching-Guide.pdf. There are many benefits to mulching your trees: mulching helps maintain soil moisture (less irrigation!), controls weeds, improves soil structure and drainage, and protects the trunk and surface roots from mower damage. It’s low-cost and high-impact.

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City and the MDC recommend you use organic materials (things that will decompose over time) for mulching the trees in your landscape. These include, but are not limited to: wood chips, pine needles, shredded bark, and leaves. Think about shredding and using your fall leaves to mulch around your trees this year.

It’s also important to apply your mulch properly. DO NOT be fooled by most of the “professional” mulching work that you see around town. Many of our professionally-installed and maintained trees are mulched improperly. Mulch should NOT be piled against the trunk of the tree; this can lead to bark damage (it stays too wet) leaving your tree vulnerable to insect and disease damage. It can also lead to roots that grow around the tree trunk (called girdling roots) and will eventually kill the tree. So, apply mulch more like a donut or a disc around your tree, not a volcano. This is a small step that all of us can take to make a big, long lasting impact on the trees in our yards and public spaces.

See the MDC guide sheet on our website for illustrations and more detailed information about mulching your trees.

~ Karen Conley AHHA Tree Board

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