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G Line Train Horns Won’t Go Quietly
Ernie's Reopens as Food Hall
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Trains running from the 41st and Fox Street Station south down the Gold Line commuter rail and adjacent freight train tracks toward downtown Denver blast their horns hundreds of times a day as they pass a privately owned fuel depot crossing. One neighbor has taken on the city and Regional Transportation District, and the city has begun issuing fines to RTD for violating noise regulations.
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By David Sabados hile Blueprint Denver sets overarching planning and development goals for the city, small area and neighborhood plans are more focused efforts in specific communities. The city split Denver into 19 regions; one of the current priorities is the West Area Plan, including the West Colfax, Sun Valley, Villa Park, Valverde, Barnum and Barnum West neighborhoods. The planning process often takes 18 months to two years, according to Senior City Planner Eugene Howard. While the city began its research for the West Area Plan in March 2019, the public launch was last October. The city will do in-depth analysis, hold community meetings to receive feedback throughout, and then present recommendations. Planners said those recommendations could be in front of city council for review in Spring 2021. Still in the earlier planning stages, the city has held two large community meetings and presented at a dozen smaller ones. There are also monthly meetings with community members on a steering committee that are open to the public. “We’re asking very broad, general questions” at this stage, said Alexandra Foster, the communications program manager for Community Planning and Development, adding that they are
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By Sabrina Allie ust about a year ago, on April 26, 2019, many in the community came to celebrate the opening of the Gold Line (or G Line) at the 41st and Fox Street Station in Sunnyside. But that same day, neighboring resident Dan Mahony realized that RTD (the Regional Transportation District) had not made good on its promise in a press release issued April 17 that “quiet zones would be in effect along the entirety of the G Line corridor on April 26, 2019, when the line opens for passenger service.” After many months of testing the Gold Line between Union Station and Arvada during which horns are required to sound, neighboring residents were weary of the constant noise and had hoped, in vain, for relief. In the August 2019 Gold Line Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) required by the federal government, one resident quipped, “I just want to know when the loud, obnoxious quality of life affect of the train horns is going to stop. I have had enough of getting woke up at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m. and so on and on and on
and on. Prior to July 2007, there were no train horns. I just would like to know if at some point in the real near future they will be quieted.” The EIS indicates that a quiet zone is planned to mitigate noise along the G Line, and that both commuter rail trains on the G Line and freight trains would no longer sound their horns. It indicates that local municipalities would have to apply for the quiet zones, and that in areas where they are not feasible, the fallback mitigation would be to use wayside horns (which are much quieter) at crossings. Neither has happened, and neighbors have been subjected to almost constant horns for three years. In February, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed that it has issued three administrative citations to RTD for violating the city’s noise ordinance, which have included fines that increased from $250 on Jan. 2 to $500 on Jan. 14 to $999 on Jan. 29. RTD has appealed the citations and the issue is now headed to a hearing in late March or early April – which may just
be music to the ears of Sunnyside residents. THE BNSF FUEL DEPOT CROSSING Just south of the 41st and Fox Street Station and the I-25 overpass, the RTD B and G lines share a rail alignment before they split to serve Westminster and Arvada. Both lines pass by a private maintenance yard and fuel depot owned by BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway. Each day, the 194 trains that pass the fuel depot sound their horns four times before they cross, or 776 times per day. The 194 trains would pass by an average of one train every seven minutes, but the trains are more frequent during the day, sounding their horns ev- See PLAN, Page 3 ery three to four minutes – for the past three years, with no reprieve in sight. The horns are estimated to be 110 decibels, engineered to alert bystanders ¼ mile away – roughly as loud as a rock concert or thunderclap. The trains sound their horns between 300 and 400 feet from the long-standing neighborhood just northwest of the crossing and the new Westend apartments to the south, See TRAIN, Page 2
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Train Horns which were constructed after the EIS. Continued from Page 1
The fuel depot is only used by BNSF employees and contractors who have right of way access onto the commercial freight lines. It is used infrequently and only by passenger vehicles, not trucks or hazardous materials vehicles, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation crossing inventory form on file for the crossing. Mahony, who lives just around the block from the crossing, said he couldn’t stand the constant noise anymore. So, in May 2018, he started reaching out to various agencies trying to figure out who could help him and his neighbors. WHAT ENTITY REGULATES TRAIN HORNS? Mahony reached out in May 2018 to then-District 1 City Councilman Rafael Espinoza, where aide Gina Volpe (who now also works for City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval) responded, "The City has very little control over train horns in general, as that is regulated at the federal and state levels. It is recommended that you start with contacting Region 6 of the Federal Railroad Administration or contacting RTD directly – they have updates on the [EIS] testing, their own Quiet Zone process with the CPUC [Colorado Public Utilities Commission]."
Mahony did his research and found that there are no Federal Railroad Administration regulations that require horns to sound in the vicinity of a private crossing and the regulation of private crossings is left to states and municipalities. He then reached out to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Public Utilities Commission which confirmed via email that “Colorado has no state statutes or rules related to the sounding of horns at crossings.” Mahony said that, in August 2018 at a Highlands United Neighbors Inc. meeting, he asked Councilman Espinoza’s chief of staff (now City Councilwoman) Amanda Sandoval what the city was doing about the train horn noise. Mahony said Sandoval advised him to work directly with RTD. Between May 2018 and the commuter line opening in April 2019, Mahony reached out to RTD more than six times asking for confirmation of whether a quiet zone would be installed along the G Line. RTD responded that a quiet zone could not happen during testing. BROKEN PROMISES That’s when RTD issued the press release stating quiet zones would be implemented along the entire G Line, including in Denver. It states that, starting on April 26, when the passenger lines open, “commuter rail and freight trains traveling within the es-
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Dan Mahony stands outside the fence across from the BNSF fuel depot crossing where trains sound their horns every three minutes during the day, despite RTD's prior announcement that the entire G Line would be a quiet zone. Mahony lives a couple of blocks away and is determined to get the city and RTD to quiet the horns.
tablished quiet zone area are not required to sound horns at each of the G Line’s 16 at-grade crossings,” of which the BNSF fuel depot is one. The release does state that horns can still be used at the train operator’s discretion, “under circumstances requiring additional safety precautions.” Further, supplemental EIS documents dated August 2019 indicate the City and County of Denver warned RTD that any noise occurring within the city is subject to the Denver Revised Municipal Code Chapter 36 noise control ordinance. RTD acknowledged that it and its contractor(s) would operate within those constraints. But after the G Line opened and horns continued to sound, Mahony continued reaching out to RTD, where he was met with an array of different but seemingly unhelpful responses. As soon as April 29, Dave Genova told Mahony the fuel depot was not considered for a quiet zone. On May 2, Joseph Christie said that ambient noise meters had tested the area during the EIS and determined the horns had “no impact” and a quiet zone was therefore not warranted. On May 24, Mahony met with Doug Tisdale at RTD, who Mahony said was surprised the horns were still sounding and said they shouldn’t be. Mahony was then asked to work with Eulois Cleckley, who connected Mahony back to a contact at the city to assist him. On Oct. 25, the city informed Mahony that RTD had asked for an engineering diagnostic review of the crossing, a preliminary step to ensure the necessary automated safety equipment is installed and working at the crossing in order to eliminate the need for horns in the area. After months of continued work with contacts in multiple departments at the city and RTD and still no progress, Mahony was relieved to hear that DDPHE had issued multiple citations to RTD for violating the noise ordinance, and was not terri-
bly surprised it is appealing. SAFETY ISSUES In response to questions about the citations and ongoing neighborhood concerns, RTD spokeswoman Marta Sipeki said, “RTD recognizes and does not dispute the undesirable impact of the use of the train horns on residents near the crossing. The horns, however, are in use for safety concerns.” The statement says the angle of the I-25 overpass at the crossing restricts views and makes it challenging for tractor-trailer rigs to maneuver, which increases the potential for a collision with a commuter rail vehicle. “RTD has been working diligently with representatives of the BNSF Railway Company and Denver Transit Operators (the commuter rail operator) to work out a solution to identify and implement an alternative to use of train horns at the crossing,” the statement reads. “But upholding safety will always be of our utmost concern.” Mahony challenges the assertion that safety is RTD’s priority. “RTD has changed their story along this journey from referencing a defunct ambient noise measurement to now a geometry issue,” he said. “Bottom line: the safety equipment is already in place and if it is good enough for the public at high speed highway crossings, then it is good enough for railroad employees professionally trained and certified to work in and around a track right of way. … It is inconceivable to think that emergency vehicles have to refrain from using sirens, but we have to listen to empty trains blast their horns 24/7.” Mahony notes that RTD and the city are both aware that crossings can be moved, trains can slow down before proceeding at a particular crossing or, RTD could follow its own EIS filing that states, "In the event Quiet Zones are found not to be feasible in certain areas, the fallback mitigation would be to use wayside horns at the grade crossings." “They’ve had three years to take action on this,” Mahony said. The Denver North Star
West Area Plan seeking more community input. Continued from Page 1
Within the West Area Plan, the West Colfax and Sun Valley areas are specifically highlighted in a green to red priority system. “Red is not necessarily bad — it means there’s a lot happening,” Howard stressed, noting that the redevelopment of the former St. Anthony’s Hospital brought more rapid changes to those neighborhoods than those farther south. The majority of the area is represented by District 3 City Councilwoman Jamie Torres. District 1 City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval and City Council President Jolon Clark also represent smaller portions of the area. Torres said her office is actively seeking community feedback and believes the process can be positive in shaping the future of an area. When asked about her vision for West Colfax, Torres said her goal is for it to be “full of places people want to be,” adding that “all my life it’s been oriented to cars. I would like it to be more about human access.” Torres is encouraged by some of the changes in the area, such as new delis and other local businesses. She also joked she’s seen more films than ever before since the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opened. Alamo and much of the nearby residential and commercial development was part of a large infill project when the St. Anthony’s Hospital campus closed. Regarding current and future hous-
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ing development in the area, Torres said, “it’s positive if it’s accessible,” noting that some of the rapid changes have priced out some of her constituents. “Growth, yes — if it’s affordable. Density, yes — if it’s affordable.” Torres said she wants to see better pedestrian and bicycle transportation opportunities along West Colfax Avenue and is watching to see how the new Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) differs from previous agencies in that regard. North and West Denver residents interested in giving feedback are encouraged to review information online or attend a community meeting. Community members can sign up for email updates on the West Area Plan page, and city planners are expecting their next large community meeting at the end of April. The city is also surveying the community online; the current
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Charges Filed in Chaffee Park Killing Murder Rates in North Denver Change Little Over Past 5 Years
By David Sabados he Denver District Attorney’s Office has filed first degree murder charges against 52-year old Charlene King for the shooting death of Terance Longo, age 67. On Feb. 9, Denver Police officers responded to a 911 call King placed from a home in the 4900 block of Clay Street in Chaffee Park. Officers found Longo dead on the scene and the medical examiner later an-
nounced that Longo had died from a gunshot wound. Homicides are relatively rare in North Denver compared to several other neighborhoods, according to statistics available from the Denver Police Department. The February killing marks the first murder in the Chaffee Park neighborhood in over 5 years. In the 10 neighborhoods that comprise The Denver North Star’s coverage area, 21 murders have been reported since the start of 2015,
with an average of 4 per year. Across the city, the Montbello neighborhood had the highest number of murders during that time (21), followed by Five Points (20), while the Union Station and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods had the highest murder rates by population density. The lowest homicide rates were in South Denver neighborhoods, several of which report zero homicides in the past five years.
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The Denver District Attorney’s Office has charged 52-year-old Charlene King with one count of murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Terance Longo.
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Harkness Heights Conservation Overlay Underway By The Denver North Star Staff orthwest Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval hosted two community meetings Feb. 27 and March 3 to discuss a proposed conservation overlay district in the works for the Harkness Heights neighborhood, a small community within the Berkeley neighborhood. The Harkness Heights Neighborhood Association has been working with Councilwoman Sandoval and Denver Community Planning and Development over the past year to create an overlay they say will “preserve the unique character of the neighborhood.” The meetings were intended to collect community feedback on the latest version of the plan before submitting the final draft to the city for adoption. A conservation overlay district is intended to “help conserve or revitalize specific areas that have distinctive features, identity or character worthy of retention and enhancement,” according to the city. Area-specific zoning standards are adopted to facilitate maintenance and protection of the area’s character, and are also applicable to the development of vacant or underused lots. Buildings with a conservation overlay must meet the overlay’s zoning standards as part of any exterior remodel, addition or new-build.
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Two meetings were hosted at Skinner Middle School to gather community input on the proposed Harkness Heights conservation overlay.
The overlay may also be used to establish design guidelines that are more detailed than the standards of the Denver Zoning Code. The Potter Highlands neighborhood has a conservation overlay that maintains and protects side setbacks, shorter bulk planes with allowances for taller dormers, shorter heights for flat‐roofed
buildings and the absence of rooftop decks. Residents who wish to comment on the proposal will have another opportunity at the Planning Board and the Denver City Council public hearings, which have yet to be set. You can learn more about conservation overlays at denvergov.org/zoning. The Denver North Star
Iconic North Denver Pizzeria Reopens After Two Year Closure Ernie’s Returns with Expanded Offerings as Earnest Food Hall
By David Sabados hat began as a three month temporary closure to fix hail damage and do minor updates in April 2018 turned into a two year renovation project for one of North Denver’s iconic restaurants. When Earnest Food Hall opened its doors at the end of February, the name change wasn’t the only difference. Longtime customers of Ernie’s may be struck by the new open floor plan of the restaurant — the fireplace is gone, the canvas walls on the patio have been upgraded to include that space into the main room, and the old booths have given way to long communal tables. For Joe Vostrejs and Sterling Robinson, two of the owners, the changes reflect what they believe the space has always been: a community hub for North Denver. The new tables “function like picnic tables in a park,” Vostrejs said.
Food service and a full coffee bar are now at the counter. Customers have traditional full meal offerings, but can also now pick from an array of freshly made small plates available throughout the day. The classic bar is still there as well, but it’s been shortened to add more seating. Back in the 1940s, the land was going to be used as a Dodge dealership, but instead, Ernie Capillupo opened Ernie’s Supper Club in 1948. While the restaurant changed
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hands over the years, it was always known as a place people from across North Denver would congregate, and in recent years, it was also known as one of the best pizza places around. Today, Ernest Capillupo’s picture still hangs on the wall, a reminder of the restaurant’s long North Denver history. While the restaurant looks a bit different, Robinson wants longtime and new customers alike to know that pizza is still one of their top priorities. The old ovens have been replaced with specialized pizza ovens that increase their capacity from 40 pies an hour to 240 and, yes, they will be delivering soon, as well. The change from a conventional restaurant to a food hall isn’t just cosmetic or slick branding though. The owners hope residents come for meals, but also believe the food hall layout broadens its appeal. They welcome the work-from-home crowd to buy a cup of coffee or snack and use one of the new electrical outlet-equipped tables. They welcome business meetings and community gatherings and they otherwise want North Denver residents to know they are welcome to enjoy the space throughout the day and evening without the time pressures of a traditional restaurant. The reopening should come as a relief for the throng of residents who have been posting on social media asking for updates during the closure. The longer the restaurant was closed, the more people started to ask whether it was being sold, something the owners did consider, according to Vostrejs. He said they had a “very lucrative” offer and discussed the idea with the other owners, but they didn’t want to see the building scraped and instead decided to dedicate the time needed to reopen the restaurant in a new configuration to fit the wants and needs of North Denver, settling on the food hall format.
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A full service coffee bar, popular cocktails and new menu items join classics like pizza on Earnest Food Hall’s new menu
Whether you have been salivating, missing Ernie’s pizza for two years, or never stepped foot inside the old restaurant, check out the new Earnest Food Hall — you won’t be disappointed. Earnest Food Hall is located at 2915 W. 44th Ave. in Sunnyside. Call 303-955-5580 or visit earnesthalldenver.com.
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Leave the Dishes, and Other Tips for Spending More Time Together
had a fantastic childhood growing up at the base of the foothills with the sun and outdoors JILL CARSTENS playing a key role in our lives. My mother tempered our household with an elegant harmony of order and chaos. There was an underlying schedule and sense of order, but we freely messed. My brother and I put on shows, experimented with art supplies and constructed Legos. Mom regularly took us to the mountains or downtown to museums. We were happily busy children. Perhaps, this is why our house was not the neatest in the neighborhood. But despite random complaints from my hard-working father about the state of the house, my mom never seemed stressed. When we were in the zone of play and creation, she might’ve been doing laundry, but I also witnessed her partaking in art herself, or catching up on paperwork from various organizations she volunteered for. She had a life too, and modeled a wonderful balance. As my son grew into early childhood, I yearned for such a breezy household. As a single mom, that was difficult to achieve. If I gave all of my “free” time to Jack, when would the darn household chores get done? I shared this dilemma with an older woman in line at a coffee house once and she answered simply, “Leave the dishes, hon. They grow up so fast.” So, I channeled my mom and, especially in the summertime, when I had the fortune of time off as a teacher, Jack and I flowed through our days seamlessly. We slept and watched PBS Kids together. He created with Legos or Hot Wheels tracks while I casually cleaned up the kitchen and maybe read a few pages of a book. We then got outside and did whatever we wanted. I took him to the mountains and the museum and the swimming pool. It was heaven. I am sharing this simple epiphany because I observe many parents struggling with time: stressing to do your part if you are a stay-at-home parent or feeling even more helpless if you work full time. I did both and I do not regret having a less- than-perfect household. I did learn some tricks though. Here are some of them. They all worked on
a teacher’s budget: I randomly have the laundromat do my laundry. I make lunches the night before and a big pot of something on Sundays that will last most of the next week for dinner. We often use a delivery meal plan; two meals each week were less than $50/week. This lessened my trips to the grocery store and the time I spent planning dinners. These meals also helped my teen try some different foods and experience more portion control. When he was young, I provided my kid just a few choices for clothing so getting dressed on school days was a simple endeavor for him. Jack made lots of messes and, unless they were really in the way, I let him leave them out if he was working on a specific project. One day, he spontaneously decided to sew his own sock monkey at the kitchen table – it was really cool. My son engaged in sports: soccer for several years and then fencing. There are many views on the importance of sports for kids, but we were not hardcore enough to continue when games required driving a distance of an hour and a half. Instead, since he was about age 9, we began mountain biking together and now he enjoys a sport he does well, that he can do the rest of his life, alone or with others, while enjoying the mountains. We get up early during the week so we have time to eat breakfast without rushing. I use a big paper calendar with two months up at a time. Making a ritual of going over it a couple times a month keeps everyone on the same page. He is mostly grown now, but Jack and I have our own groove, our flow. Our home is our haven where we get to establish the state of being, our speed, so that we can go out into the world having been comforted, not stressed. Leave the dishes. They grow up so fast. For inspiration, I love the book “The Art of Family” by Gina Bria. Jill Carstens is a proud Denver native, a passionate mom and a teacher. She picked North Denver as her home base in 1997, and has run Milestones Preschool since 2011. If you have ideas for an article or further questions for Miss Jill, you can email her at email@example.com. The Denver North Star
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Boys School Closing After First Continuing Class T
By Sabrina Allie ly unique model and there’s nothing he Boys School of Denver like it in DPS. Those families final(BOYS) board of directors vot- ly found a place their kiddos could ed Feb. 18 to close the school at the thrive at a small school with [lots of end of this school year, the same support] and many don’t feel they year it’s first complete class will con- will be able to find that in a bigger, tinue on to high school. The all boys more traditional school.” middle school (grades 6 through BOYS parent Corey Silverman 8) first opened in 2017 in the West echoed that sentiment, saying his Highland Neighborhood. eighth grade son Tobin has “beThe decision came the same night come emboldened and confident Denver Public Schools’ SchoolCho- in his knowledge and how he exice enrollment numbers came in, presses himself thanks to the BOYS showing projected enrollment for the school staff.” Silverman said that, 2020-21 school year would dip below while there has been what he re100 students. ferred to as heavy turnover in the Families, students and faculty ex- teaching staff, the remaining teachpressed sadness, while some com- ers have come together to help the munity members expressed shock students. “It’s really a shame there that the school had waited until will only be one graduating class,” after families made their School- Silverman said. Choice for next year to make the Bowar said BOYS did more than announcement. DPS did extend the ever to recruit students this year, SchoolChoice window for families but added, “It’s hard to recruit in a that had selected BOYS as their first church with no gymnasium.” choice for next She said the school year. env ironment Because pub- IT'S HEARTBREAKING... in Denver right lic school fundnow is “just not IT'S ONE THING ing is tied to friendly to small enrollment, the schools: enrollAFTER ANOTHER school said the ment zones are STACKED UP combination of not friendly below enrollment cause families AGAINST YOU, and increasing have to choice AND IT MAKES IT expenses made in, and there’s continuing to enJUST ECONOMICALLY declining operate the rollment, and school “unsusthat DPS can’t NOT FEASIBLE. tainable.” provide a faThe school cility. So, it’s had also struggled with finding a one thing after another stacked up long-term location, opening three against you, and it makes it just ecoyears ago in the Riverside Church at nomically not feasible.” I-25 and West 23rd Avenue and reThe school’s statement said locating this school year to Renewal the school had not anticipated a Church at West 32nd Avenue and Ir- scheduled increase to PERA (Pubving Street. lic Employees Retirement AssociaA statement to families reads: “A tion) contributions in January and robust BOYS middle school expe- it had experienced sudden signifirience of high academic quality re- cant increases in the cost of essenquires the space to effectively execute tial services the school purchases and grow our movement-based cur- from the district. riculum. It also requires a sufficient It also said that BOYS’ sister school, student population to be able to pro- the Girls Athletic Leadership School vide strong programmatic supports. (GALS) has been sustainable because Since opening in 2017, BOYS has of its location, economies of scale and struggled in each of these areas.” financial resources. Bowar said that Executive Director Carol Bowar the difficult decision to close BOYS said simply, “It’s heartbreaking.” She will make GALS more financially said her own son goes to BOYS and sustainable because they will be opis fortunate he’s in eighth grade and erating just two schools instead of will be continuing on to high school three, one of which was “very much next year. But for some families, she in the red,” but she said it’s not a silsaid that BOYS school offered “a real- ver lining. “It’s still heartbreaking.”
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North High School to Host Chess Tournament Open to All North Denver Students By The Denver North Star Staff orth High School, the North High School Alumni Association and the Optimist Club of Northwest Denver are hosting a chess tournament April 11 open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade across North Denver. Students from all public and private schools are welcome, along with homeschooled students. The tournament is open to the first 110 students who register. Participants will be split into four divisions. Parents and guests are welcome to come enjoy the atmosphere and friendly competition. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the North High School library. For more information, contact Joe De Rose at joederose4000@comcast. net or 303-477-8808, or sign up at tinyurl.com/NorthHighChess2020.
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How a North Denver Saint Could Offer an Alternate to Columbus Day
teve O'Dorisio, Adams County Commissioner, has family roots that run deep in North DENNIS GALLAGHER Denver. He has been talking to the angels asking the legislature to embrace a new subject in place of Columbus for commemoration of an Italian holiday, an immigrant saint and a humble nun, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Tom Noel, in his 1989 definitive history of the Denver Archdiocese, “Colorado Catholicism”, recalls the legend that "a flock of white doves came to rest on the home of Agostino and Stella Cabrini on July 15, 1850, the day their thirteenth and last child was born." That home was near the town of Lodi in Lombardy in Northern Italy.
At 24, she began her career teaching orphans and at age 30, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart whose mission was to teach and care for orphans. She opened a school in Rome and, when she met him, told Pope Leo XIII that she wanted to go to China and convert the vast throngs there. Leo asked her to go west instead of east for her order's apostolate. He thought she could do better to care for the many Italian immigrants who were com-
ing to America facing economic and social prejudice as every set of newcomer has experienced. Traveling 67 times across the world, Mother Cabrini first worked in New York in 1889, where she opened an orphanage and a hospital. She first came to North Denver in 1902, opening a school in the home on loan from Michael Notary on West 34th Avenue and Navajo Street, still there and a Denver landmark. The home stands one block south of Mt. Carmel Church at West 36th Avenue and Navajo Street, also a Denver landmark and still there. Mickey Lava Clayton, North Denver activist, told me that as kids learning their math lessons at the Notary house, they would put their breaths on the cold windows of the house to do their sums with their fingernails. In 1904, Mother Cabrini bought an old farm house at West 48th Avenue and Federal Boulevard where the restaurant McCoys is now, not a Denver landmark. A year later, she opened Queen of Heaven Orphanage for girls from age 2 to 16. The orphanage's old wall is all that remains of the campus along West 49th Avenue to Grove Street. In 1957, the orphanage was forced to sell 16 of its 43 lots to the voracious and insatiable Colorado Department of Transportation for I-70, which has wrecked North Denver ever since. Some 12 years later, the sisters closed the stately neoclassical orphanage, which was demolished to make way for the restaurant. Mother Cabrini would actually defy mining superstition and climb into cage hoists to go down to the depths of mines to uplift the lives of Italian miners working long hours for slave wages. Somehow, she managed to purchase 900 acres of land in Mt. Vernon Canyon in Jefferson County along I-70. She wanted her orphans and nuns to have a pleasant mountain retreat. The seller warned her that the land had no water under it. Mother
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Father Hugh Guentner stands proudly in front of a statue of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who has deep roots in North Denver.
Cabrini hit a rock with her walking stick and up popped an sumptuous well, full of holy water which flows at the Cabrini Shrine property to this day, even during droughts. The shrine hosts a staircase of 373 steps to the top of a mountain on the campus. Exercise anyone? Cabrini became an American citizen in 1909 and was always proud of her connection to America. She is patron of immigrants and our first American citizen immigrant saint. The Mother Cabrini Shrine today offers a Spanish language mass at 2 p.m. on Sundays for immigrants continuing their founder’s mission to assist newcomers to America. Saint Frances Cabrini was buried at her shrine, Mother Cabrini High School in New York City. A petite
statue of her likeness can be seen at Mt. Carmel Church on West 36th Avenue and Navajo Street. Her large, piercing brown eyes ask you to be a person for others, a good appeal in this age of political selfishness, narcissism and vaulting ambition. If she was with us today, she would be fighting for the immigrants, the least among our social structure. Congratulations to Commissioner Steve O'Dorisio for talking to the angels about the proposed civic feast day transfer to Mother Cabrini. I hope the angels answer "yes." The Honorable Dennis Gallagher is a former city auditor, city councilman, state senator and state representative sharing thoughts and stories from North Denver’s past and future.
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Local Developers Preserve Chapel, Plan Next Chapter By Sabrina Allie n Feb. 20, local preservation group Historic Berkeley Regis announced that the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel it’s been working for months to preserve via landmark designation has been sold to a new owner that has committed to keeping the historic building as it redevelops the property. The chapel, a former Olinger Moore funeral home that closed in January 2019, and the 2.05-acre lot it sits on were sold to GM Development for $4.5 million according to public records. The company is owned by Northwest Denver residents Charles Moore and Ben Gearhart, who have experience in the rehabilitation and repurposing of historic buildings, and who also own MODUS Real Estate in Sunnyside. Historic Denver honored the duo with a Community Preservation Award for their work on The Essex in North Capitol Hill in 2019. The new owners have big plans for the chapel on the northeast corner of Tennyson Street and West 46th Avenue to include retail facing the park with housing above, activating the north end of the Tennyson shopping district. Moore said he and Gearhart are thrilled that the chapel’s first new tenant will be Redemption Church Denver, which is expected to start services in the building as early as March. The church will utilize most of the west side of the building, including the chapel, a couple of offices and likely space for their daycare. He said GM Development hopes to utilize the space for events, like weddings, in connection with the church. Moore said they need to determine what all the uses in the chapel will be so they can determine parking needs before they can determine how they want to develop the rest of the land. He acknowledged that an architect working on their behalf submitted an early-stage development proposal to the city that would essentially wrap
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The Howard Berkeley Park Chapel, previously home to the Olinger Moore funeral home that closed in January 2018, was purchased by GM Development for $4.5 million. The local developers have announced that Redemption Church will fill part of the space, and they're looking to build retail and housing around the historic chapel.
the chapel with a three story, 140unit apartment building, but said that is not their intent and he doesn’t believe it would be permitted. “We submitted very preliminary plans for the highest use – and that doesn’t always mean best use – but we wanted to understand what the restrictions would be because there’s a pretty good slope and a sewer system,” Moore explained. “We really need to understand the long term use of the chapel will be and that will dictate what we can do with the rest of the site as well. There were far more units on the initial plan submission than you could really do given the parking restrictions. It’s probably not possible to do more than 90 units, and likely even less once you account for parking for the church.” SCI and Koebel’s initial development proposal called for 58 townhomes and later dropped to 40 with 3,000 square feet of retail. Moore said the plans GM Development is considering include retail end caps overlooking Berkeley Lake Park and activating the north end of the Tennyson shopping district. He said they anticipate about 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of retail with housing above – and a historic chapel preserved with landmark status. GM Development has advertised an additional 8,000 square feet of divisible space on the east side of the
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he question I get most often regarding exercise is, "What is the best kind of exercise I ERIKA TAYLOR can get?" Which I often answer with something like, "Well, that depends on your fitness level and your personal goals," which isn’t definitively true. There is, in fact, one form of exercise that doctors, trainers and other health professionals all agree is the single best method for improving overall health and wellbeing. Today, I will reveal the answer to this age-old question. But before we get to that, I want to talk about one of my favorite runners up to the winner of the award for Best Exercise of All Time: walking. Walking costs nothing and can be done anytime, just about anywhere. Walking or wheelchair rolling is technically affordable and easy if your neighborhood has accessible sidewalks and crosswalks, and people generally feel safe being outside. Our cities and counties, along with our transportation authorities, parks and recreation districts, businesses, schools, health care centers and local nonprofits all have a role in working together
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to increase access to safe and convenient places to walk and roll. Whether you live near a park, have a walking route to school or make time to walk the halls and stairs of your apartment complex, walking isn’t as much about the setting, the pace or the distance as it is about taking those steps to move your body, which in turn moves your soul. There are so many things that we as individuals and grassroots groups can do to get walking. If you take the bus, get off a stop early and walk to your destination. When you can, walk on your errands. If you drive, park farther away from your destination. Make a standing walking date with a friend. Put a walk on the family schedule after dinner. Start or join a community walking group. (Check out the details of our local EverWalk group at the end of this column!) Join advisory boards, nonprofits and community planning processes to support safe and convenient places to walk. One in two Americans don’t know their neighbors. Remedy that today by taking a walk around your block. You might be surprised by how many friendly faces you meet. Walking just 20 minutes a day can reduce your risk of premature death by 30 percent. Walking for 15 minutes after meals helps regulate blood sugar levels. Walking briskly for 35 minutes can have a significant positive influence on depression symptoms. Walking at a brisk pace for 45 minutes or longer will result in burning stored body fat, including the harmful internal belly fat that accumulates around your heart and liver. And, if you’re walking at a clip where it feels comfortable to talk, but not comfortable enough to sing, then your heart is getting a great workout — plus, everyone around you will be entertained by your trying to sing. Of course, everyone knows that in the ranking of best-for-you exercises, running is better than walk-
ing, right? Not necessarily. Walkers who cover the same mileage as runners enjoy comparable reductions in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease. It takes longer for walkers to cover the distance but may be a more sustainable and accessible activity for many people. This brings us back to that ageold fitness question: What is the best exercise you can do to improve your overall health? The definitive answer agreed upon by all experts without exception? The best form of exercise is… the one that you will actually do. So, if running puts a smile on your face, get out and run. If it's yoga you love, namaste. There may even be room in our wellness lives for weightlifting, HIIT, Zumba, Aquacize, pole dancing, rock climbing, Pickleball, rodeo, waltzing, boxing, Tai Chi, paddleboarding, soccer, fencing, cycling, Judo or swimming. And if it's walking you choose, I hope you'll choose to come walk with our North Denver EverWalkers the first Saturday of every month at Sloan’s Lake. We meet on the playground by the parking lot at West 26th Avenue and Tennyson Street. All ages, abilities and walking paces are welcome! You can learn more about EverWalk and its mission to ignite a walking revolution at EverWalk.com and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about our community walks or how you can add walking to your wellness journey. That’s what I’m here for. Erika Taylor is a community wellness instigator at Taylored Fitness, the original online wellness mentoring system. Taylored Fitness believes that everyone can discover small changes in order to make themselves and their communities more vibrant, and that it is only possible to do our best work in the world if we make a daily commitment to our health. Visit facebook.com/ erika.taylor.303 or email erika@ tayloredfitness.com. The Denver North Star
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THE GRAY ZONE: STORIES CONNECTED TO NORTH DENVER’S OLDER ADULTS
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Advocates Attend Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol F
lat on the couch with a terrible cold, I decided to spare our state’s civil servants — and dozens of enKATHRYN WHITE gaged community members at the state capitol — from the germs by joining Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol, Feb. 19, from behind my computer screen. I watched as The Colorado Channel (coloradochannel.net and Comcast Channel 165) broadcast a live tribute by Rep. Michaelson Jenet that acknowledged the impacts of dementia and Alzheimer’s on our state’s 73,000 people living with
the disease and their quarter million caregivers. Representatives from both sides of the aisle in the Colorado State House of Representatives took part in the Alzheimer’s Association’s trademark “promise garden ceremony,” a display of various colored, flower-shaped garden pinwheels meant to represent myriad connections to the disease. North Denver Rep. Alex Valdez stood alongside Rep. Jenet as she led legislators through the ceremony that, toward the end, demonstrated how widespread the impacts are. In the end, one white flower made a statement: We do not yet have a survivor from this disease.
Three bills then became the focus of the day: one to create a staff position focused on dementia in the state’s public health department (no bill number yet); a second to expand the Health Corps Service program to allow for student loan assistance to nurses and physicians’ assistants who practice in geriatrics (SB20-022); and a third to authorize Medicaid to cover routine costs associated with qualified clinical trials, enabling Coloradans on Medicaid to participate in them (HB20-1232). Advocates witnessed the promise garden ceremony from the House gallery and afterward requested one-on-one conversations with their
elected officials in the House and Senate. North Denver Rep. Valdez and Sen. Julie Gonzales received visits from constituents and were reported to be receptive to bills they advocated for. According to Rachel Minore, manager of State Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, 25 advocates held 18 meetings with legislators that day. By day’s end, another 129 advocates besides me had joined the effort, sending 262 messages through the Alzheimer’s Association online tools.
Invisibility and Ageism: How We Can Change the Narrative I
walked with a spring in my step along Perry Street toward Highland Recreation Center that morning when I was to teach my first SilverSneakers fitness class. A neighbor waved hello and quipped about the clipboard in my hand, so I slowed for a minute to chat. “We have seniors left in the neighborhood?” she chuckled, “Or do they have to drive from across town to take your classes?” Months later, I announced to my class that The Denver North Star had agreed to the idea of a column focused on older adults in the neighborhood. The class was delighted. I welcomed ideas. They picked up the latest issue of the paper and a few stayed after class to share their thoughts. I wasn’t prepared, though, for what would come next: “Write about invisibility,” one student said, looking me squarely in the eyes. “Write about how when you turn 68 or 69, people just don’t see you anymore.” A septuagenarian fellow student stood next to her and nodded, “Mmm hm. Yes. Write about that.” Over the weeks that followed, I let the request settle in. I mentioned it to friends, observed my mental patterns
about age (my own and others’) and started noticing when I showed disregard for an older person at a restaurant or when out for a walk. And then, I reached out to Janine Vanderburg, long-time North Denver resident and director and chief catalyst at Changing the Narrative in Colorado. Changing the Narrative focuses on the flipside of the invisibility my students and so many others experience: ageism. She reminds us that exploring ageism allows us to focus on where solutions are possible. It invites each of us into reflection and creativity around the type of community we want for ourselves and one another. Last fall, Changing the Narrative spurred on 60 “on the same pAGE” cross-generational conversations across Colorado, and beyond, bringing circles of friends, neighbors and coworkers together to talk about ageism. And it is getting ready to start the next round of conversations. One solution Vanderburg was sure to highlight: look at people for who they are, and not through the many filters of assumptions and stereotypes you may have picked up over the years. This advice, neighbors, we can absorb on a great many levels.
ARE YOU AGEIST? Asking yourself where you fit in the invisibility/ageism problem? Tune in to the resources below. Notice what biases come up, consider sharing your own story, or volunteer to host one of Changing the Narrative’s “on the same pAGE” cross-generational conversations. Be part of making our neighborhood’s social fabric stronger for everyone. AARP #DisruptAging www.aarp.org/disrupt-aging Changing the Narrative in Colorado www.changingthenarrativeco.org
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Drag queens, dinner and bingo helped raise funds Feb. 13 for North High School’s upcoming presentation of “9 to 5: The Musical.”
North High Black Masque Theatre presents “9 to 5: The Musical” Don’t miss the frivolity at North High School March 19, 20 and 21 By Basha Cohen he North High School Drama Department presented a wacky fundraiser to help fund the upcoming spring musical production of “9 to 5: The Musical” on March 19, 20 and 21. Drag queens, dinner, bingo for cash (50/50 splits for winners and the drama department), silent and live auctions and student performances punctuated the packed event at the Elks Lodge on Feb. 13. The North Denver community banded together to make it a very special night with dinner and dessert donated by eight local restaurants, including Dimestore Delibar, Fire on the Mountain, el Camino, Lechuga, Santiago’s, Local 46, Happy Cakes and Little Man Ice Cream. In spite of all of the food, an emergency Pizza Alley reorder was needed to feed the overflow crowd of 200-plus guests. The Elks Lodge donated the venue, bingo games and tips from the bar. Plus, an array of philanthropic drag queens donated their time to the cause. Megen Gilman, the theatre teacher and director of the play noted, “We need to raise more than $20,000 for the production of the show “9 to 5” and to buy a new sound system for the stage that is desperately antiquated. It doesn’t do justice to the student performers who work tirelessly to create top-rate entertainment,” she said. “We know it’s a big
ask, but this community continues to astound me with their generosity and support.” And give they did, raising close to $15,000 at the event. With ticket sales for the show, Gilman hopes to attain the ultimate financial goal. “9 to 5: The Musical”, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. It will be performed at 7 p.m. March 19, 20 and 21 at North High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she? The school has been nominated by the Denver Center for Performing Arts to compete for its prestigious Bobby Gee awards for the last three annual productions of “In the Heights”, “Rock of Ages” and “Chicago”. The Denver North Star
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North High School music students held a jazz cabaret fundraiser Feb. 27 to help fund their competition in the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival this April.
North High School Jazz Cabaret Raises the Roof
By Basha Cohen he arts are alive and well at North High School. Allyson Olsen, John Jonas and Katy Lushman — the music department’s formidable teaching trio — presented a fundraiser for the vocal and instrumental department on Feb. 27 at the Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 W. Colfax Ave. All proceeds from the event benefit North's honor choir, concert band and orchestra's competition in April at the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival. The event brought the house down with a rich performance of student and professional jazz musicians. Students dressed in their flapper best welcomed guests through the back alley with a secret password, “All that Jazz.” Beer donated by Ratio Brewing Co. and wine courtesy of North High School parent Michael Kiley and family brought the speakeasy vibe to life. Students served hors d'oeuvres to the proud parents and community supporters who filled the factory to the brim. Set to the sounds of a bygone era, musical numbers like Moon River, Fly Me to the Moon, Moon Dance,
Mack the Knife and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy permeated the air. More than 65 students performed beautifully in a two hour concert that once again highlights North High School’s rise in the arts. Paddle raises, live auction items and a unique topspin on fundraising had parents tipping the performers. The majority of tips went back to the school, however, the winning team — which performed “Valerie” — was awarded by keeping its earnings. The group was comprised of students Sof Turner, Emma Gentry, Sofia Diaz, Jaqueline Speth, Hope Scott and Avi Lopez. As the musical director of the upcoming North High School production of “9 to 5: The Musical”, Olsen was elated about the results of the evening and the fact that so many of her vocal students and Jonas’ instrumental team will also be performing in the upcoming musical production. Watch for three of the leads — Amber Kiley, Sophie Scholl and Teresa McManus — to sprinkle some of North High School’s musical magic dust on the stage March 19, 20 and 21. Go Vikings!
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n a small Indian village, an unnamed surgeon receives the most unlikely of evening HANNAH EVANS visitors: a teacher, his pregnant wife and their young son, all of whom are dead. So begins Vikram Paralkar’s “Night Theater” (2020, Catapult). These unexpected guests explain to their host that he alone can save them: if he agrees to perform surgery on the family and fix their wounds, they will receive another chance at life, but he must complete the task before dawn. While the premise sounds gruesome, Paralker’s writing allows his novel to walk the lines between being magical yet realistic, detailed yet mythical, and thrilling yet philosophical. After listening to their plea, the aging and curmudgeonly surgeon reluctantly agrees to help the family, but his challenges in doing so seem insurmountable. Most obviously, attempting to bring the dead back to
Night Theater life is uncharted territory. Despite the impossibility of the task before him, the surgeon must do so within the confines of a decaying clinic that is lacking basic supplies and machinery. Earlier in the day, leading up to the arrival of the dead, the surgeon grapples with a corrupt government official who fails to take advantage of him, but whose feeble attempts at threats and potential bribery manage to fill the surgeon with anger and disgust well into the evening. A scandal in the surgeon’s past has forced him to finish out his career in this destitute and remote clinic, despite his extreme dislike for the town and just about everything and everyone in it. Wrestling with his anger toward the official and his disdain for his surroundings, the surgeon struggles with the proposition of helping the family – are they trying to trick him in some way? If they aren’t, how did they get there? Is helping them the right thing to do, or does it fly in the face of knowledge that the living simply shouldn’t possess? Is
choosing whether or not to help them a test in and of itself? What will happen if he can’t do what is asked of him, and what will happen if he succeeds? Throughout the many dilemmas the surgeon must face, both mentally and physically, Paralker delivers a narrative that is both poetic and extremely matter-of-fact, as the book’s opening line demonstrates so well: “The day the dead visited the surgeon, the air in his clinic was laced with formaldehyde.” Medical-sounding descriptions such as “the sun was a bag of blood sliced open by the horizon” and “the air seemed to clot, grow viscous” establish a setting that is both clinical, as well as palpable, while the dead family exist before the surgeon without any blood coursing through their veins. The surgeries performed are described in great detail and are not for the faint of heart, but their thorough accounts skew much more toward medical in nature than they do gory – Paralker is a physician, and his wealth of knowledge when
writing about the human body is evident. This short novel has an exciting plot that reads quickly, but its complexity requires time for consideration. Check out “Night Theater” at your closest Denver Public Library locations, and find more information about this title and its author at www. books.catapult.co/products/night-theater-a-novel-by-vikram-paralkar.
C OM M UN I T Y CAL E N DAR Do you have an event you want to share with the community? Send it to us! Our community calendar is completely free and regularly updated online. Please send your event with as much notice as possible, especially to appear in the print edition. Visit us online at DenverNorthStar.com for more information. Tuesday, March 17 9:30 a.m. HUNI Merchants/Members Meeting The HUNI board welcomes community members to our monthly board meeting. In addition to discussing HUNI activities, we have reports from the Denver Police Department and other partners in the community. Location TBD – check HUNI website – denverhighland.org/latest-news Friday, March 20 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community Office Hours with Councilwoman Sandoval District 1 City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval is holding monthly community office hours. These are times she will be out in the district and available to chat with you one-on-one about your concerns and ideas. The Noshery, 4994 Lowell Blvd. Saturday, March 21 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Northside Sustainability Alliance Meeting Monthly meeting with great speakers and re-connecting around our planning, energy and sustainability goals.
Coffee and snacks provided. Bring your travel mug. Group will discuss “Pay As You Throw” volume-based residential trash service proposal from 10 to 11 a.m. Elks Club, 2475 W. 26th Ave. Tuesday, March 24 6:30 p.m. NovelTEA Circle Enjoy a social evening tea party with other book lovers. We’ll sample teas and snacks, play games, and share our latest reads. Woodbury Branch Library, 3265 Federal Blvd. Saturday, March 28 8:45 a.m 11th Annual Day of Film For its 11th annual Day of Film highlighting women’s challenges and successes, the Zonta Club of Denver is pleased, courtesy of A&E, to show “I Was A Child Bride: The Untold Story.” No, it is not about forced marriages in developing countries. This is the story of survivors of childhood marriages in America who are coming forward to call attention to this hidden abuse. Tickets at zonta-denver.org include the screening, validated parking and a champagne brunch.
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Sunday, April 5 12 p.m. Mathnasium of Highlands Open House + Grand Opening Party We’ll have math games, puzzles, prizes, food and music to celebrate the opening of Mathnasium of Highlands. Families, come with your students to see our space and learn about programs. 3550 W. 38th Ave. #40
Thursday, April 9 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunnyside United Neighbors Planning & Community Development Committee The second Thursday of the month, we meet to review proposed development activity in the Sunnyside neighborhood. All residents welcome. Come and have a voice in how your community grows. Denver Police Department, District 1, 1311 W. 46th Ave. Monday, April 13 6:30 p.m. Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association Public Meeting The Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association, the Registered Neighborhood Organization of Chaffee Park, meets the second Monday of each month in the basement of the Chaffee Park Baptist Church. Our meetings are open to the public and consist of a mix of presentations, work groups and general neighborhood discussion. All are welcome and encouraged to get involved. Chaffee Community Baptist Church, 5001 Umatilla St.
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