First Baby of 2018! 

North Kansas City Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2018 at 12:09 a.m. on 1-1-18. She is the first baby born in the Northland for 2018! Baby girl Jade Bodine was born at 12:09 a.m. weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 21” long to parents, April and Jared Bodine. Big sister Reese is 19 months old, and the family lives in Kansas City, MO. Even though it was a few days before her due date, Jade was ready to make an entrance. She was born within an hour of her mother’s arrival at the hospital!

“We think she came into this world with a bang, being the first baby, and we’re excited to get to know her and see who she is,” April says. She added, “Definitely the funnest New Year we’ve had!”

Developmental Youth Flag Football Enrollment Open

Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts has opened enrollment for its Spring Youth Flag Football League. This eight-week program offers instruction in the fundamentals of flag football and organized team participation for boys and girls of various skill levels in the first through eighth grade. The games focus on learning, sportsmanship and fun.

All practices will be from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., beginning Monday, March 12 on Mondays at Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Road. Games will start on Saturday, April 7. The fee is $70 per player and includes a uniform T-shirt. Teams will practice twice weekly for two weeks before games begin.

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 23 or when the leagues are full (whichever occurs first).

This youth program offers participants the option to register using the “buddy system,” which guarantees two players the same team placement when both registration forms are turned in together. Register online at and be sure to place the buddy’s name in “buddy’s name” location.

Synergy Services Announces New Development Director

Synergy Services is pleased to announce Jennifer Hurst has joined the staff as the agency’s new director of development. She brings with her more than 10 years of fundraising experience for non-profits and has the unique perspective of having direct service experience as well.

Hurst has worked with an array of impressive local service agencies. She came to Synergy from Cornerstones of Care where she served as Senior Donor Relations Manager. Prior to her work with Cornerstones, she gained valuable experience and insight in multiple capacities at Newhouse and Gillis.

In her new role as Synergy’s director of development, Hurst is responsible for leading and expanding Synergy’s fundraising efforts, connecting donors to Synergy’s mission to overcome family violence.

Hurst is married and a proud mom to two children. She resides with her family in Independence.

Labor of (Friend’s) Love

JC Gregg, a star Kansas City baker who recently appeared on ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show,” gathered his foodie friends on January 14, 2018, to benefit three children who lost their parents during a fatal home invasion in Kansas City, Mis. on November 10, 2017. Gregg, who has made it his personal charter to share his baking for good causes, knows the aunt of the children, ages 8 to 12 years old. Their grandmother has been raising them since the tragedy and has applied for custody.

“When I learned about this unthinkable situation I knew I wanted to help. I have many friends passionate about the power of food and how it positively impacts others, so decided to gather them for this fundraiser. The response was overwhelming. Kansas City has a huge heart for helping others,” he says.

Kansas City Celebrity Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr. and his wife Lisa donated food, along with Lisa Brotheron, Tyler Widener, Chad Tillman, Cindy Dobbins and Liz Handlen. The Kansas City Northland Elks Lodge donated the venue and the menu included homemade biscuits and donuts, eggs benedict and beef tenderloin; prime rib; and more. More than $4,500 has been raised with the brunch proceeds and donations on a GoFundMe page:

Summit Grill officially 
announces expansion to The Heights at Linden Square Development

Restauranteurs of the Year, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy announce the expansion of Summit Grill into Gladstone’s newest mixed-use development in downtown Gladstone. Summit Grill will occupy the newly renovated 10,000 square foot space located on the ground-level of the Heights at Linden Square mixed-use apartment building located at 601 NE 70th St. in Gladstone, Missouri.

Summit Grill’s soon-to-be third and largest location serves as the anchor tenant in creating a vibrant downtown in Gladstone with an up-and-coming mixed-use project which includes active, high-end retail, entertainment and luxury living. The new Summit Grill location is within walking distance of the Gladstone Community Center and Linden Square, featuring an amphitheater that offers weekend concerts and movies, a skating rink and festivals and events throughout the year like Whiskey Fest, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Food.Art.Drink. 

The Gladstone location will seat up to 300 guests with an option for outdoor dining and is expected to open late summer of 2018.

Indigo Wild Launches 
Perfume Line

Indigo Wild® recently launched Eau de ZumTM, a plant-based, all-natural perfume line. The phthalate-free scent foundation follows the company’s philosophy of developing eco-friendly products for body and home. Unlike many perfumes on the market that contain synthetic phthalate chemicals and fragrances—linked in human epidemiological studies to headaches, nausea and sperm damage—Indigo Wild’s Eau de Zum line is made from essential oils.

“Our customers expect natural when they purchase an Indigo Wild product, whether it’s Zum Bar goat’s milk soap or our laundry soap,” says Indigo Wild founder Emily Voth. “Eau de Zum is our newest creation and we think the fresh scents speak for themselves—for instance, the lavender isn’t made by combining chemicals to smell like lavender. It’s actually made with lavender essential oil.”

The Eau de Zum line is modernly designed and packaged in slim roll-on bottles and features four roll-on perfume scents and one cologne, including Sea Salt, a fresh, airy and citrusy scent; the essence of Lavender, which helps to reduce stress and increase relaxation; Frankincense and Myrrh roll-on perfumes and cologne that boast Indigo Wild’s best-selling signature scent with woodsy, camphoric notes; and Patchouli, which boasts a refreshing sweet but earthy scent. Eau De Zum scents are available in two sizes: 33 fluid-ounce bottle ($14.50) and 1.3 fluid-ounce bottle ($26.50). The Eau de Zum line is available at and the Zum Factory in Kansas City, Missouri.

 For more information on Indigo Wild’s full line of all natural, eco-friendly products, visit