SHNA will meet at 7 p.m. on April 14 at Union Hall!
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Monthly Meeting on April 14
Neighborhood Clean Up
Know Your Neighbor
Report street lights and structures
Feb. 11 Meeting Minutes
Museum 5K on April 23
Curbside glass recycling option
SHNA March Meeting Minutes
Burn Permits
Hazardous Waste Collection
Open Call to Artists
Dates to Note
SHNA will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at Union Hall, 319 Orchard St. Please note the change in location.

Monthly meeting on April 14

The Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Union Hall, 319 Orchard St. – please note the change in location. The meeting will include a presentation from Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) about pocket parks and other initiatives.  

Neighborhood Clean Up on Sat., April 16
Help us clean up the neighborhood for spring and summer. We will meet up at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Holy Family Park. We’ll hand out trash bags provided by Operation Brightside and have some gloves too if you need them. If we can, we’ll form some teams to split up the work. Special attention will be paid to the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Garden and the route of the Strawberry Hill Museum’s 5K, which will be April 23.
Know Your Neighbor
Learn a bit more about Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Assn. Board Member Cheryl Sostarich.
Name: Cheryl Sostarich
Occupation: Elementary School Teacher
Originally from: Strawberry Hill
What drew you to Strawberry Hill? I was born on the Hill. Our family home was on Ann Avenue. When I was 1 year-old, our house was one of many that they tore down to make way for I-70.

“I always laugh at …” Principal Gerry Brooks' videos on YouTube.
“I just read …” The Novel Habits of Happiness 
The best advice I ever got: Always be yourself.
My sidekick: My corgi, Sawyer.
What is your favorite word? Positively
What is your least favorite word? Can't
Most recent triumph? Helping one of my students become a better reader!

Cheryl Sostarich
Report burned out street lights and vacant structures
Commissioner Brian McKiernan still would like your help with the following:
  1. Let him know where you see streetlights that are out by emailing him at
  2. Let him know about houses/structures that are vacant by emailing him at
  3. Take care of your property. Pick up trash. Take care of lawns and plants.
If you have other concerns, you can contact Commissioner McKiernan via email at or leave a phone message at 913-573-5040.
Keep your eyes out for runners and walkers April 23

Please remember that the Strawberry Hill Museum’s First-Ever 5K will be on April 23. Race registration will begin at 7 a.m. and have a start time of 8 a.m. This will mean an increase in vehicles in the area along with many walkers, joggers, and runners.
Interested in curbside recycling for glass?
A new curbside glass recycling service, Glass Bandit, has launched in the Kansas City area and Strawberry Hill has the opportunity to become one of the next neighborhoods for service rollout. Approximately 25 households will need to register to reach the customer capacity needed to add our neighborhood to the service schedule. The service is by subscription with an approximate cost of $7 a month and participation is NOT mandatory. Service will only be provided to households that have registered and a glass recycling bin will be provided. To pre-register, click here: Strawberry Hill Glass Bandit Pre-Registration.
Resident Bryce Workman has been in communication with the Glass Bandit team and has offered to be our neighborhood ambassador. You can direct any specific questions to him directly via email at

March 10 Meeting Minutes

The following is the meeting minute overview for the SHNA March 10 meeting.
I. Call to Order
II. Financial Report – Francie provided the sum total for each of the Association’s accounts.
III. Open issues
  • Discussed the First-Ever Strawberry Hill 5K
  • Gave status of Strawberry Hill Pub Crawl –
  • Discussed the progress on the Neighborhood Rising Fund grant offered by CCF.
  • IV. New business
    1. Discussed CHWC’s $300 event grant. Requires some event be tied to the funding. Group agreed to tie the event to the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Garden. If people have suggestions on how to involve more neighbors and specifically community youth, let us know.
    2. Upcoming Events
      • April 14 SHNA Meeting – CHWC will be presenting on pocket parks
      • April 16 - Neighborhood Work Day/Clean Up Day – April 16
        • Bags being supplied by Operation Brightside – focus of clean up will be along the 5K route for the Museum’s 5K on April 23 and the Neighborhood Garden.
        • If there are places to patch alleys, let Ross Stewart know at
        • We will meet at 9 a.m. in the Holy Family Park on Saturday, April 16 to distribute bags and break into teams.
    3. Team Establishment
      • Association would like to start establishing and building teams. Here are teams in place with point people. If you have an interest in Event/Party Planning, we could use help as well.
        • Neighborhood Beautification – Justine Underwood-Jones
        • Neighborhood Garden – Andrew Pollock
        • Pub Crawl – Ross Stewart
      • Additional Information from the Board
        • From Ross Stewart – Met with a KU Student involved with the Dotte Agency who is looking to find some projects to work on and is interested in helping the Association with blighted property. Has some ideas and may have more to report on this at a later date.
        • From Ross Stewart – Met with a person who wants to do fundraisers in the neighborhood for a grassroots group trying to help homeless veterans. Discussion held about this during the meeting resulted in a decision to have Ross ask for more information.
        • Parking issues – Ross contacted the UG’s parking group and then ended up speaking with Traffic Control. Person with Traffic Control said the group would be willing to listen to suggestions. Some concepts discussed during the meeting included: Stickered parking, limits on cars per home, diagonal parking on some streets (which is done during various festivals through special permitting). These ideas may require additional research as there were and are questions about how they would work – especially sticker parking. Continued discussion will be needed.
V. Report from Officer Hopkins
  • Discussed working with DA and U.S. Marshals on a two-week program that resulted in 53 felony cases, which were not necessarily tied to Strawberry Hill. Strawberry Hill neighborhood has general been quiet, but did mention two armed robberies in the area that look to have the same suspect. Followed up on some complaints from the February meeting. Members present brought up a few additional concerns at the meeting and Officer Hopkins said he would follow up on them.
  • Hopkins noted that he and other officers have received the question of when it is appropriate to call about suspicious people. “If you have a bad vibe, call. If something doesn’t feel right, call. If something seems like not “normal” behavior, call. You can call the non-emergency number at 913-596-3000, but it’s only one person manning that line so you can call 9-1-1 if that activity is happening when you call. You also can contact Officer Hopkins, but be aware that sometimes his hours change a bit so he may not be able to respond immediately.
VI. Open Forum
  • Edgar Galicia from the Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA) spoke about the efforts of and reached out to let us know that the door was open for partnerships. Also spoke about La Placita, which is a program to help reinvigorate Bethany Park.
  • Question was asked if anyone knew about something happening at St. Mary’s Catholic Church because there was a crew of people there not long ago. It was noted that a clean-up was happening to keep in compliance with codes.
2016 KCK Burn Permit Process
From the Unified Government of Wyandotte County's ENews Source Newsletter

Residents in Kansas City, Kansas are allowed to apply for a burn permit for the time period of the month of April 2016 and the time period of Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2016 at any of the Fire Stations currently staffed by the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department. KCK residents are limited to one 3-day burn permit per burn period that allows for the combustion of one 10 foot by 10 foot or smaller pile of naturally occurring residential organic yard waste generated onsite. If you operate a business out of your home, you are classified as a business and cannot participate. Applications must be received and approved at least 24 hours prior to burn. Open burning with a permit is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

At any time, the Fire Chief or his designee may revoke burn permits or ban open burning. Weather conditions (high winds, low humidity) may make open burning too dangerous. Open burning may also be suspended when air pollution “Red Alert” days are declared by the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and the Unified Government.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Wyandotte County residents will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. The collection site is located at 2443 South 88th Street in Kansas City, Kan. The site is located south on 88th Street from K-32) or east of I-435 using Woodend exit near Kaw River. Please label or identify all items being dropped off at the site. Items accepted include tires (limit of 10 tires and rims need to be removed), motor oil, batteries, antifreeze, degreasers, paints, varnishes, solvents, lawn and garden insecticides/pesticides, and household cleaning products. For additional information call 573-5400.

Open Call to Artists
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library has openings available to artists to show work at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota. If you or someone you know would be interested in showing, please contact Louisa Whitfield-Smith at 279.2107 or Available dates are June 10-Aug. 10, Aug. 10-Oct. 5, and Dec. 8-Feb. 6.
Dates of Note
  • Saturday April 9 – Cabbage Roll Class from 10 a.m. to Noon at Strawberry Hill Museum. Cost is $35. Call ahead to register- 913.371.3264.
  • Saturday, April 16 – Neighborhood Clean-Up – 9 a.m. meet up in Holy Family Park.
  • Saturday, April 16 – 11th Annual WYCO Ethnic Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KCKCC Athletic Field House, 7250 State Ave.
  • Saturday, April 23 – Inaugural Strawberry Hill 5K to benefit the Strawberry Hill Museum.
  • Saturday, May 7 – 32nd Annual Polski Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the All Saints Parish, 811 Vermont Ave. For more information, go online to or call 913.721.0081.
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