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Dentistry for Children Claims Second Consecutive Title

For the second year in a row, Louis Pollina, DDS, PC of Dentistry For Children was voted the “Best of Northland” Pediatric Dentist from 4 northland newspapers–The Liberty Tribune, The Gladstone Dispatch, The Kearney Courier, and the Smithville Herald.

Pollina was born and raised in the northland. He graduated from Oak Park High School and attended college at UMKC (University of Missouri at Kansas City). He completed his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree at UMKC and did his pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He graduated with honors and was in the top of his class. He is now married with four children and still living in the northland.

Dr. Pollina has been practicing with Dentistry for Children since 1999. When Dr. Victor Rodman retired several years ago he sold his pediatric dental practice to Dr. Pollina.

Dentistry for Children has two convenient locations, Liberty, MO and Gladstone, MO. The Gladstone location caters to teens as well.

Kansas City Heroes Unite to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research

Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. These everyday superheroes will be meeting at the Kansas City Free to Breathe 5 Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on October 2 at Theis Park. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

It’s easy to join the ranks of these lung cancer heroes. Simply register, raise funds, and run or walk.

This year’s event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk. The day will also include music by a local DJ, kids’ activities, a health and wellness fair and fun for the whole family. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraising heroes. Gather your superhero squad, and join us for an inspiring day focused on doubling lung cancer survival. To register and begin fundraising, visit

Northland-based Grout 
Cleaning Company Uses 
Proprietary Technology

KC Grout Works is a new northland-based entity that seeks to save people money by simply cleaning and sealing tile grout, as opposed to replacing perfectly good tile. They utilize a patented grout cleaning and color-sealing technology developed to assure customers never have to clean or seal their grout again. It’s a surprisingly affordable procedure, and amazing how simply re-grouting can make your kitchen, backsplash, entryway or bathroom look fantastic again. Additionally, they perform grout repair, shower restoration, tile installation/repair, and natural stone care. KC Grout Works is fully licensed and insured, seeking both commercial as well as residential work.

City Plan Commission Approves Rezoning of Metro North Crossing

The City Plan Commission has approved the rezoning of the district UR urban redevelopment for the new Metro North Crossing development plan presented by Metro North Crossing L.L.C.  The plan calls for a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly mixed use development with 734,000 square feet committed to retail.

The developers are working closely with the anchor tenant, Macy’s, who will remain in their current location.  In addition to Macy’s, the redeveloped 92-acre site will include 125,000 square feet of junior retail anchors, 89,500 square feet of small shop space with prime locations surrounding Macy’s, a 100-room hotel and 150 apartment units. The plan also provides for a 40,000 square foot grocery concept and 60,000 square feet of office space.

The developers have been contacted by and are in discussions with a variety of restaurant offerings including quick service, fast casual and high-quality dining experiences with a focus on attracting a unique blend of local and national concepts. Metro North Crossing will also offer an entertainment district, anchored by a dine-in cinema on the east end of the development.

The developers are taking an environmentally conscious approach to the demolition of the one million square foot mall. The vast majority of the 175,000 tons of materials generated from the demolition will be recycled and reused on site.

The development will include a “Main Street” experience with an outdoor gathering area for local concerts, special events and other attractions.

Kansas City Author Group Partners with National Hometown Reads Program

Hometown Reads, a website that showcases authors by hometown, now features 15 authors from the Kansas City area.

Local author Joyce Brown belonged to a group in Kansas City called the Write Brain Trust. Since 2011, the group of several dozen writers had been sharing mutual support and guidance on the publishing process—but had moved beyond the ‘how-to’ stage and into the intricacies of marketing.

That’s when Write Brain Trust member Joyce Brown found Hometown Reads and reached out to the program, asking to make Kansas City the ninth hometown represented. In a matter of weeks the site went live, featuring one published title from each Write Brain Trust member.

Hometown Reads  now invites all Kansas City-area authors with published books to join the network and the site will prominently feature these authors on the program’s main website. Additionally, Hometown Reads staff will also provide authors with ideas for effectively marketing their work, while working to support each local community of authors.

Kansas City authors can still sign up to participate in the program at Follow Hometown Reads on Twitter and Facebook for more news.

Park Hill Graduate Serves in U.S. Navy

A 2013 Park Hill High School graduate and Kansas City, Missouri native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Maine.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Alpers is a machinist’s mate nuclear serving aboard the Bangor-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

“I enjoy all the educational opportunities my job provides, as well as the technical expertise and prestige of the position,” says Alpers.

The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles if directed by the President. The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major overhauls.

Alpers is part of the boat’s Blue crew, one of the two rotating crews, which allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted sailors.

The ReSALE SHOP Receives 2016 Best of Gladstone Award

The ReSALE SHOP Operated by Assistance League of Kansas City has been selected for the 2016 Best of Gladstone Award in the Thrift Store category by the Gladstone Award Program.

Each year, the Gladstone Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Gladstone area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Gladstone Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Gladstone Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Governor Celebrates Clay County Achievement

Clay County recently became the largest county in Missouri and one of the largest in the U.S. to earn Certified Work Ready Communities recognition. Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement to more than 100 leaders of business and education who gathered at iWerx in North Kansas City.

“This sends a clear signal to the people who want to invest here that we have what it takes to succeed,” Gov. Nixon says. “This is an important step.”

Economic Development Council Executive Director Jim Hampton said CWRC is one of several goals Clay County is pursuing as part of its Strategic Plan. He cited everything from the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) to the recently announced branch of Missouri University of Science and Technology in Gladstone. Even the business incubator, iWerx, plays a role.