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KC leaders, celebrities on New Year’s Day hopes

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For this New Year’s Day, the entire newsroom fanned out to ask sources what they’re wanting ahead to within the coming yr, personally in addition to professionally. Here’s what we discovered:

Kansas City Mayor Sly James: “I’m looking forward to several really frosty things in 2017. I’m looking forward to the opening of the Urban Youth Baseball Academy.” (It’s beneath development in Parade Park subsequent to the 18th and Vine Jazz District.)

“I’m looking forward to Hilary Stuver’s wedding.” (She is a senior adviser for communications within the mayor’s workplace.)

“I’m looking forward to mini-ME growing up into adulthood.” (That is the little look-alike in his workplace, a present from a relative for James’ birthday, created by Kansas City artist Taylor Triano of Lil Bits Textile Arts.) (Lynn Horsley,


Donald J. Hall Jr., CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc. (and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Kansas Citian of the Year): “This has been a year when so many people are feeling fearful or not heard. We all sense an ‘empathy deficit.’ For 2017, I’m hopeful more of us will reach out to others and express caring more powerfully. It will make our world a better place and each of us more fulfilled.” (Diane Stafford,


Joyce DiDonato, opera star and Prairie Village native: “I am elated to be debuting my next Rossini role, Semiramide (Queen of Babylonia) in Munich and then taking it to London with my ‘Grammy partner,’ maestro Tony Pappano. I am certain it will be music-making at the very highest level, which will likely rock my world.”

Any occasions DiDonato is wanting ahead to attending as a spectator? “Game 7 of the World Series, again, at Kauffman Stadium.” (Patrick Neas, pneas@swbell.internet)


Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City defender and Blue Valley West grad: “In 2017, I’m looking forward to playing in front of our fans at Children’s Mercy Park. I’m also looking forward to watching my newborn daughter, Parker, walk for the first time.” (Sam McDoproperly,


Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, on the Sprint Foundation: “2017 will be an incredible year as we will start providing free internet access to underprivileged kids, and because of this they will have a fair chance to compete with privileged kids — and that will make my year.” (Mark Davis,


Josh Earnest, White House press secretary (and KC native): “After 2  1/2 years in a job I typically describe as the chance of a lifetime, my schedule might be pushed much less by world occasions and extra by the ‘domestic’ agenda at house. It gained’t appear as glamorous, however it’s going to nonetheless be demanding (my spouse and I’ve a 2-year-old and one on the best way).

“I’m enthusiastic about having extra time with my son and hopefully extra common journeys to the fitness center and home-cooked meals. Starting on the 20th of January can be a yr of transition for me, and I’m wanting ahead to capitalizing on it.” (Colleen McCain Nelson,


Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford: “I’ll be beginning my basis, so what I need to give again to is the youngsters. I personally care about youngsters’ upbringing, and with my basis, I need to do seminars. Lots of people need to achieve success, however they don’t know the right way to. But it’s the identical method you need to apply to something you need to do.

“So I need to begin self-help offers, the place I’m working with youngsters and simply educating them alternative ways to consider life. It’s exhausting to interrupt dangerous habits when you grow old.” (Terez Paylor,

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County prosecutor: After a busy 2016, what’s she wanting ahead to in 2017? “Many things. But I am most looking forward to my commitment to eating lunch (and) breakfast every day, and exercising.” (Donna McGuire,


Rapper Tech N9ne: “I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction to this wonderful album.” (He launched his 17th studio album, “The Storm,” on Dec. 9 and can tour on the album in 2017.) “When you’re writing these songs, you can only hope your fans feel the same way you do when you listen to every song. My very first album was ‘The Calm Before the Storm.’ To wait 20 years to get to ‘The Storm,’ I hope and think people are going to say it was worth the wait.”

And another factor: “Big plans in 2017? I’m going to lose more weight so I can take off my shirt onstage.” (Timothy Finn,

Secret Santa, the nameless native businessman who arms out hundred greenback payments every Christmas season. After spending a current day with households in Kansas City, Kan., he provided this: “My needs for the brand new yr? For the household of the little woman who died at this time at 10:02 a.m. of mind most cancers in a poor residence, that the household heals and that they find the money for to hold on.

“That the mom of two young children (about 1 and a couple of years previous) finds a spot to stay with a roof over their heads. (KCK cops put the household up in a motel, after studying that the mom was going to purchase a tent for a house.)

“For the 12 homeless veterans I met at the moment, that this New Year’s they’ll have locations to reside and that they’ll have higher lives in 2017.

“That each police officer within the Kansas City space is protected this yr, and that none experiences what occurred to Capt. David Melton and Detective Brad Lancaster (who have been killed in 2016 in Kansas City, Kan.).

“That the little mom we met right now in 20 diploma temperatures carrying slightly boy who had no socks — who one of many officers purchased garments for — that she is going to sleep in a heat mattress together with her youngsters.

“That the aged grandparents who’re elevating seven youngsters, who don’t have anything, may have a great Christmas and that their new yr might be full of blessings and stability and peace.

“That each American will commit one random act of kindness, and in the event that they do, their spirits will mild up the world.” (Donna McGuire,


Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: “We have been getting ready for the opening of the Bloch Galleries that may home the Henry and Marion Bloch assortment of impressionist artwork together with our assortment.

“Thanks to the Bloch Family Foundation, we have now been restoring virtually 1 / 4 of our museum inside in order that once we open this within the spring, you’ll uncover many works that you simply’ve already recognized that have been jewels of the museum assortment — like our ‘Water Lilies’ or our van Gogh — however then joined by the good artistic endeavors which might be coming from Henry’s assortment. So that’s going to be the spotlight of 2017 for us.” (David Frese,


Morgan Dameron, filmmaker and assistant to J.J. Abrams: “Happiness in 2017 for me means ending my movie, ‘Different Flowers’ (shot right here this summer time). To sit behind a darkish theater as an viewers watches it for the primary time and to see Kansas City on the large display can be a thrill.

“I can’t wait to cheer on my littlest sister as she graduates from highschool. And a brand new pet can be nice too.” (Sharon Hoffmann,


Chiefs receiver Chris Conley: “I’m trying to get again into some filmmaking. I’ve taken a yr and a half to 2 years off from that, simply getting settled up right here and focusing on Kansas City soccer and getting established. Now is the time to start out getting my thoughts on some tales and making an attempt to formulate a few of these. You by no means know, there could possibly be numerous issues I provide you with.

“I’m actual fascinated with working with my sister; she’s about to graduate school with a movie diploma, so she’s actually sensible. She’s lots higher than me. If I can get her to work on a few of my tasks with me, she’s received the concepts, the technical know-how and stuff like that, whereas I kinda have the foot-in-the-door factor, the place I can get places, gear and other people. I need to discover a solution to open some doorways for her.” (Terez Paylor,

Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.: “In 2017, I plan to work toward my goal of reading every 20th century work of fiction that received the Pulitzer Prize. I am also going to recommit myself to balancing work with my spiritual and family life. Getting more exercise will be an important part of achieving that balance, especially since 2017 will be a re-election year.” (Steve Vockrodt,

Eric Rosen, inventive director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre: “It’s going to be an enormous yr for Clay (husband Claybourne Elder) and I. We’re making an attempt to have a child within the subsequent yr. That’s going to vary our lives an terrible lot. We’ve been making an attempt for a very long time. We’ll hopefully discover out some excellent news quickly. We’re going via a surrogacy course of, and we’re hoping to be pregnant quickly.

“I’m additionally at some extent the place I hope to focus extra on writing. The Rep could be very secure proper now. I’m working proper now on a pilot for a tv present. An concept I’ve been kicking round for a very long time. Stuff from my childhood. Now it’s time to truly get it down on paper. It actually feels good to have gotten the Rep to a really safe spot so I can assume extra about artwork and fewer about enterprise.” (David Frese,


Randy Wisthoff, government director of the Kansas City Zoo: “I all the time check out our bucket listing and see if there’s something we’ll be capable of cross off this coming yr. Barb and I all the time attempt to deal with a minimum of one biggie, and with luck, a number of of these not so biggies. We’ve been making an attempt to plan a go to to the Tuscany space of Italy for a number of years; perhaps 2017 is lastly the yr we get there. Or can we simply watch ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ once more?

“We sit up for enjoying golf, at the least as soon as every week if potential. I’d wish to say I look ahead to decreasing my handicap a stroke or two, however that’s in all probability the ‘Impossible Dream.’

“I all the time sit up for having fun with just a little quiet time, perhaps discovering a brand new restaurant or simply spending time in our yard doing slightly novice gardening, cooking on the grill or bird-watching. Whatever comes our approach we’ll take pleasure in; we all the time do.” (Matt Campbell,

Shirley Helzberg, philanthropist: “I work diligently on behalf of many areas of the community that are of the utmost importance to me personally, as well as (holding) a premier position in the region. May they all continue to achieve even greater success in 2017. Several of these are University Academy, the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, redevelopment and greater density in the Crossroads, continued artistic growth for the Kansas City Symphony and greater relevance of our beloved Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.” (Diane Stafford,

Eric Zahnd, Platte County prosecutor: “I’m an optimist by nature, so I’m excited that 2017 will be a great year. I’m especially looking forward to my oldest son’s senior year of high school and my youngest son’s sophomore year. I can hardly believe they will turn 18 and 16 this year. I now know what my mom meant when she said time moves more quickly every single day. For that reason, I intend to focus on appreciating the moments my wife, Tracy, and I have left with our boys before they move on to college and their own lives, hopefully not to return to our basement.” (Glenn Rice,


Sophie Cunningham, star sophomore guard for Mizzou and reigning SEC ladies’s basketball freshman of the yr: “In 2017, I think I’m most looking forward to continuing this fun season with my teammates, especially alongside my sister, who’s a senior (point guard Lindsey Cunningham). It’s been such a blessing playing with her at the highest level.” (Tod Palmer,

Eric Jackson, particular agent in control of the Kansas City workplace of the FBI, seems ahead to persevering with to construct robust relationships with group youth. Jackson can also be eagerly anticipating a Super Bowl LI matchup between the Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. He’s a lifelong Cowboys fan and a transplanted Chiefs fan. “I’ll always cheer for the Chiefs,” he stated. “Until that game.” (Tony Rizzo,

Chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts, house owners of Bluestem in Westport and Rye in Leawood: “We’re excited about expanding our business next year,” Colby says.

“Personally,” Megan provides, “we’re looking forward to remodeling our home kitchen. We’ve never had a chef’s kitchen in our house.” Initial plans embrace a butcher block island, quartz or marble counter tops, skilled home equipment, a hidden cocktail bar and more room for his or her youngsters Madi, 10, and Colin, 6, to study to prepare dinner.

“They’re getting more interested in making pastas and doing prep work,” Colby says. Adds Megan: “They’ll taste everything, which is great.” (Sarah Gish,

Susie DeRouchey, counselor and rider of Chiefs spirit horse Warpaint: Her skilled objectives embrace increasing her remedy follow and taking Warpaint to the Super Bowl. Personal objectives: “1. Practice mindfulness. Live within the second, take pleasure in and recognize it. Slow down! 2. Pray daily. Pray​ for the hopes and goals of others and myself. Give because of God for the blessings he has given us. three. Maintain a wholesome way of life. Work out 5 occasions every week. Prepare wholesome meals at house. Get eight hours of sleep at night time. four. Donate as a lot time and ​do as many ​good​ deeds​ for individuals as potential​ to make our group a greater place​. 5. Have neater handwriting. This is a recurring objective, however I all the time need to work on it!” (David Frese,


Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: “I’m looking forward to 2017 bringing continued growth for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with an emphasis on two key projects: the opening of the first floor of the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center at the site of the Paseo YMCA (birthplace of the Negro Leagues) and the call to ‘play ball’ at the new Urban Youth Baseball Academy in Parade Park,” behind the museum.

“Both projects are transformative in nature and will have a positive, long-lasting impact on the NLBM and those who reside and play at historic 18th & Vine.” (Aaron Randle,

Stephane Scupham, movie and media supervisor at Visit KC: “In 2017 we look ahead to the NBC present ‘American Ninja Warrior’ filming (they got here first in 2015), we sit up for a KC-based TV collection filming 12 episodes for DIY Network (produced by Reality Road from KC and Conveyor Media out of L.A.), we sit up for a movie tourism part of the Visit KC web site, we sit up for representing KC at Sundance, Locations Tradeshow and our L.A. and NYC business meet-ups this yr.

“Personally I’m focusing on gratitude! And I’ll take the time to see extra music in 2017 and go dancing.” (David Frese,

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chiefs defensive deal with: “Actually I’m going back home (to Belize) for the first time in many years. I’ve actually got time, and everything is looking good right now. I plan to do a couple things back home as far as my charity goes. Marcus (Peters) wants to donate, and (Dustin) Colquitt wants to do some dental hygiene with his Cool Smiles (Foundation) when I go back.” (Terez Paylor,


Jason Chanos, Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s affiliate inventive director: “I’m wanting ahead to 2 issues within the subsequent coming yr greater than something: spending a while with my 4 boys — Deuce, Cooper, Max and Gabe — and their newly retired grandfather and going on an exquisite summer time trip with my spouse, Jessica. And a task on the Kansas City Rep of their upcoming manufacturing of “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” (Sharon Hoffmann,


Danny Clinkscale, sports activities journalist for 810 AM WHB: (In 2016, his ebook, “Leaving Cancer for the Circus,” detailed his restoration from most cancers that included a visit by way of the Midwest.) “I’m not somebody who makes New Year’s resolutions, however I’m very resolute in making annually a superb one. That was the case even earlier than I used to be recognized with most cancers in late 2014, nevertheless it maybe got here into sharper focus following my surgical procedure, radiation remedy and eventual restoration.

“2017 may have a particular occasion personally as my spouse, Jayne, and I in June can be replicating the (Black Hills) journey I took solo after recovering from most cancers. … It can be a thrill two years later to share one thing comparable with the lady I trusted to know my whimsy. (Blair Kerkhoff,

Frank Byrne, government director, Kansas City Symphony: “I all the time look ahead to the upcoming live shows, which we plan greater than a yr prematurely, and the belief of plans we made a yr or two in the past — whether or not it’s to have a visitor conductor we’ve by no means had earlier than or a Kansas City premiere that we’ve not carried out earlier than. Seeing all of our plans realized and are available to life in Helzberg Hall is a tremendously thrilling factor on an ongoing foundation.” (David Frese,

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