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Volume 52, Issue No. 1

January 2013

A Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Publication

Smiley Middle School Program to Begin Two-Year Phase-Out 5 Choice Schools for Boundary 6th Graders, 2014 Programming Undecided By Erin Vanderberg Editor

Mixed Emotions About Community Engagement Process

On December 20, the Board of Education for Denver Public Schools voted 6-0 to close Smiley Middle School by 2015 through a phase-out process that will immediately curtail the school’s sixth grade program in the 2013-14 school year, 85 years after Smiley opened. The affected sixth graders will have a guaranteed place in and transportation to one of five middle school programs for the next three years: Denver School of Science and Technology–Cole, DSST–Stapleton, McAuliffe International, Morey and Bill Roberts. The seventh and eighth graders who will stay on at Smiley during the phase-out have been assured no change in instruction, electives availability, and will be provided additional support services. The 80 Percent “Over the years, Smiley has had a rather erratic performance,” DeVita Bruce, DPS Deputy Community Engagement Officer told a meeting on SchoolChoice at Park Hill Elementary. “Some years have been better than others. They’ve gone through years of school leadership changes, but over those years has been a consistent decline in enrollment, which signals to us that what is currently being offered in the Smiley building is not necessarily what families in the community are looking for.” Currently, Smiley is rated orange, or “Priority on Watch,” on the School Performance Framework rating due to issues of declining or flat test scores, declining enrollment and student and parent satisfaction. The previous year, Smiley was one point away from a green, or “Meets Expectation,” rating. According to the district, the community voted to shut down Smiley when it stopped sending its kids there. “80 percent of students aren’t going there,” DPS Assistant Superintendent Antwan Wilson told the GPHN. “It’s not a matter of us arbitrarily ending the program. We put in resources, provided additional teachers, supported the leadership there. Unfortunately, many parents have decided that there are other options already, whether we made a decision or not.” To Gary Sulley, a social studies teacher who is retiring from Smiley at the end of this school year, enrollment figures have more to do with geography than with school performance. “The issue is that all the choice schools were put in northeast Denver and they recruit out of Park Hill,” said Sulley. He was part of the effort to bring the IB program to Smiley, the application for which was paid for by a PTA fundraiser, not by the district. Recruiting resources were not something allocated to the school either.

Parents in Park Hill and Stapleton got a hint that change was coming to area schools last spring, when they were invited to participate in the DPS Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Community Committee, a facilitated six-meeting series held at the Odyssey School. The committee’s stated intent was to examine feeder patterns in the northeast region. “When DPS comes into your community and starts a process, something is going down,” said Mandy Hennessey, a Park Hill Elementary parent. “We were very skeptical but we went to every single meeting, did every single exercise and wasted a lot of time doing that.” Some in the community are drawing phase-out process parallels between Smiley and Montbello High School in 2010. Former DPS teacher, educational activist, and NAACP member Mary Sam is one of them. To her, in both instances, the district had a predetermined plan that was masked in community engagement. Happy Haynes, School Board Vice-President, said the hope for the process was that the Greater Park Hill and Stapleton communities would find common interests and see mutually-beneficial solutions for their area schools. “I think a lot of people felt that we weren’t addressing first the underlying issues of concern before we tried to leap to a solution or a set of shared goals that everybody could embrace,” Haynes told a meeting of concerned neighbors on the subject at the offices of the GPHC. “The Park Hill folks were much more focused about what was happening at Smiley. And the people at Stapleton were asking why should we go to a school when people in your own neighborhood don’t go to it.” While the format of the next community committee, this one focused specifically on deciding what program will come to the Smiley campus in 2014, has not yet been decided upon, the Office of Community Engagement is expected to announce and begin the process in January. In response to a letter from the GPHC stating its concerns that Greater Park Hill’s Registered Neighborhood Organization and other stakeholders outside the schools were not brought to the table, Superintendent Tom Boasberg responded with assurances that newly-hired Chief Community Engagement Officer Verónica Figoli, formerly with the Piton Foundation, will work to give all community stakeholders an “equitable opportunity to have their voices heard.” Future of a Historic Campus Designed by George Williamson, architect of East High School and the Daniels & Fisher Tower, Smiley was named for Dr. William H. Smiley, beloved 20-year principal at East (1892-1912) and school superintendent

(1912-1924). The school opened in 1928 with 350 students, a little over 100 more than currently attend the school today. Area schools seeking to grow their school’s enrollment levels and facing space constraints, have begun to set their sights on the newly available historic building. The school has the capacity for over 1,000 students, though Venture Prep’s small high school program, which graduated it’s first class of 17 seniors in the 2011-12 school year, is currently slated to continue on at the campus. Two schools made public their interest in the campus in December: McAuliffe International, an innovation middle school in its first year of International Baccalaureate accreditation currently sharing a campus with Swigert International elementary in Stapleton; and the Denver Language School, a K-4 language immersion charter school currently residing in Montclair which is seeking to add grades 5-8 to its program. McAuliffe Principal Kurt Dennis formed an exploratory committee in late November to get feedback from the Park Hill and Stapleton communities. At a December 17 meeting at Montview Presbyterian Church, led by Dennis, that discussion turned practical: What if both communities were guaranteed equal minimum seats at the school? Could Park Hill boundary students continue to feed to East High School, even if Stapleton boundary students did not? Should McAuliffe maintain its innovation status, but amend it to include a broader preference for the new boundary students? How would people feel about Venture Prep being relocated so that McAuliffe could expand to 840 students and maintain its IB program? Could parents organize to make a decision happen sooner? In a conversation with the GPHN, Dennis outlined the reasons that McAuliffe is courting Smiley: “33 percent of our families currently live in the Park Hill neighborhood so we already have strong ties to the community; Park Hill has a diverse student population and it has always been our goal to have a diverse student body that reflects all of northeast Denver; the Smiley Campus is a beautiful facility that would allow for McAuliffe to deliver a rich middle school experience for all students; and Park Hill needs a high quality middle school program and Stapleton needs additional capacity for its growing student population. If we do this right, it could be a win-win situation for both neighborhoods.” The Denver Language School took a different tack. Principal Dr. Sara Amodio, DLS PTA president Dr. Dan Baack, and a large group of DLS parents made a presentation directly to the Board of Education, the same evening public comment was accepted about the recommendation to phase-out Smiley. Like McAuliffe, DLS has a number of Park Hill and Stapleton children at the school already. While their program isn’t a middle school yet, See End of Smiley Era on page 3

City Council: 2012 Accomplishments, 2013 Priorities Park Hill’s district and at-large representatives discuss the issues with GPHN By Erin Vanderberg Editor

Denver’s City Council kept busy in 2012. In addition to the tasks of general city and county governmental administration, including everything from land use to sanitation, economic development to urban planning, council passed an urban camping ban, secured the National Western Stock Show, took Walmart out of the equation for the TIF-funded redevelopment at 9th & Colorado, and saw

Denver voters resoundingly passed its referred measure, 2A, which freed up $68 million to restore city services. Said Robin Kniech, At-Large, “It feels very affirming that the people of Denver love this city and want this city to be moving forward. We can actually talk more about governing and what our priorities are instead of simply stemming the losses, trying to go from one crisis to another.” While redistricting changes decided in 2012 will unify Park Hill under one council member in 2015, for the next two years, the neighborhood will continue to have

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three district representatives: Council President Mary Beth Susman, District 5; Councilman Albus Brooks, District 8; and Council President Pro-Tem Chris Herndon, District 11. Additionally, Denver has two At-Large representatives, Debbie Ortega and Robin Kniech. The GPHN met with these five City Council representatives to discuss their reflections on the year behind and their priorities for the year ahead. The common theme among them was a desire to work together on making Denver a better city for their constituents. See City Council Priorities on page 9


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Continued from page 1 they are seeking to add four grades to become one and need space in which to grow the program. “We are working closely with DPS to ensure an appropriate facility exists for DLS’s growth trajectory,” said Amodio in an email to GPHN. “We trust that it will be a collaborative process and look forward to future conversations with DPS.” These and other program candidates for the Smiley building will participate in the district’s annual Call for Quality Schools proposal submittal process. The final decision on programming is expected at the School Board’s meeting in June. According to Assistant Superintendent Wilson, no decisions have been made about the future of Smiley. “This process really is about what you want,” Wilson told the GPHN. “The building is going to be there. We want a program inside that represents what that community is all about. Park Hill has a strong and proud history. It should expect a high performing middle school.” The Difficulty of Uncertainty

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Mandy Hennessey and her husband Michael were among them. They were there mainly to express their concerns that programming would remain intact for the 7th and 8th grade students who would remain at the school until 2015. In the Board of Education’s resolution, these concerns were addressed. Smiley parent Karen Roberts, whose son is one of the 28.9 percent of Smiley’s population with special education needs, believes that careful thought needs to be put into programming for students who run the risk of being disenfranchised. While her son will not be affected by this phase-out, he had to transfer to Smiley when his former classroom at Skinner Middle School was closed due to budget cuts. “We need consistent and predictable programming,” Roberts wrote in an email to the GPHN. “Kids in special education are the last kids that should be shuffled from school to school.” While the majority of Smiley’s teachers will be needed to teach 7th and 8th grade, DPS has a process outlined in the teachers’ agreement. It will involve job re-application and an interview process. “I don’t know that any of us have a guaranteed job,” said Wilson, speaking generally. “We’re committed to quality teachers having opportunities. We’re go-

ing to help teachers have every opportunity to do what they enjoy doing.” During the concerned citizens forum at the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., offices, Mary Brice, who is active in the Democratic Party, said her concerns about this local school closure were about the broader national agenda of school reform and school privatization. “When you’re spreading your resources out and using choice, you are forcing schools to compete against each other, to fight for students, to spend money on PR, to be gimmicky,” said Brice. “Choice is mathematically impossible. And it’s usually the poorer and most struggling families who are left to try to find a school somewhere in the city and then figure out transportation.” Mourning the Loss For members of the community who have been working for Smiley for years through PTA involvement, fundraising and public relations efforts – Pam Sweetser, Pam and Andrew Marsh, and most recently, Denon Moore and Jason Malec, who briefly formed Park Hill 4 Smiley this year in an effort to boost enrollment – there is nostalgia, a little bitterness and concern for the neighborhood kids in whom they have invested so much. Sweetser, a Smiley alum, whose parents and now college-graduated children attended the school as well, remembers the period in the late 1990s when she and a group of committed parents worked together to recruit for Smiley through mailings, phone calls and open houses; then to bolster its programming as aides, teaching art classes, organizing science fairs and fundraising. “I was a loudmouth,” said Sweetser. “I’m sure I offended a lot of people right and left, because I would say things like, ‘We’re living in an integrated neighborhood, this is our neighborhood school, what’s your real reason that you aren’t sending your kids to Smiley? It can’t be the teachers, because they’re outstanding.’” Like others in the community who have had generations of their families matriculate through the school, Sweetser is concerned about the loss of a great legacy. “The legacy of William H. Smiley, all the bussing for integration that went on and the fight around that, and sort of the excitement around it, that was very historical, and very Park Hill,” said Sweetser, “Smiley is part of what makes our community what it is,” said Sweetser.

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The 5 “Neighborhood Schools” for Smiley Boundary 2013-14 Sixth Graders Due to the phase-out of Smiley Middle School, incoming 2013-14 sixth graders in the Smiley boundary are guaranteed a seat at and transportation to one of five area schools or a school they prefer more for the next three years: Denver School of Science and Technology – Cole 3240 Humboldt Street Jeff Osborne, Principal 303-524-6310 School Performance Framework (SPF) Rating: Distinguished 125 Choice Seats Denver School of Science and Technology – Stapleton* 2000 Valentia Street Mark Heffron, Principal 303-320-5570 SPF Rating: Distinguised 70 Choice Seats

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According to DPS’ SchoolChoice office, 295 Park Hill students will be affected by the Smiley phase-out and 430 choice seats are available. SchoolChoice selections must be made by January 31st. The lottery process is conducted via software which weighs entries on seats offered, how school prioritizes, and rank of school preferences (up to five). Students who don’t receive their first choice school will be on the waitlist for every school that they ranked above the school that was chosen for them, at least until mid-first semester. For more information about the SchoolChoice process, call the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services at 720-423-3493 or email The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

GPHC UPDATE By executive director robyn fishman In December, GPHC was able to give away 30 remaining coats to families in need from our Coats for Colorado drive. We also provided holiday food baskets for 45 people, and found sponsors for 10 families needing help for gifts for their children. Thank you so much to the generous families who agreed to take care of our neighbors in need this holiday season. It was heartwarming to know that so many people wanted to help make a difference. As one grateful food box recipient of a holiday ham, milk, eggs, oranges, rolls and a variety of canned goods put it: “No matter what we’re going through, it’s always a Merry Christmas when we can gather together for a good meal!” This time of year is about new beginnings and fresh starts. January marks the beginning of my official tenure as the Executive Director of GPHC. After serving on the Board of Governors for over a year and filling in as the Interim E.D., I am pleased to accept the position on a permanent basis. My entire career background is in non-profit management, and fundraising for a variety of organizations, including food pantries. I love working with volunteers from all walks of life, and I look forward to working with our members and our Board to enhance community offerings and to serve the needs of Park Hill residents. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback or ideas. I hope in 2013 you will make a resolution to get more involved with Greater Park Hill Community too! Our community meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 1st Thursday of each month (except July and December) at 2823 Fairfax St., and are a great way to learn about events and programs of interest. It’s also a way for us to gather vital feedback about issues of concern, such as the proposed changes to Smiley Middle School. GPHC memberships, starting as little as $20 per year, help us continue and expand our work on behalf of Park Hill residents. Do you have more time than money? We need regular volunteers for our food pantry to sort & shelve food. We need someone to help take care of our building maintenance, and we need more representatives from our faith community to serve on the GPHC Board and represent the many local churches who’ve been a foundation of GPHC since its inception. If you are interested in community issues and can commit to attend meetings and volunteer for GPHC projects such as the Park Hill Home Tour, we also need neighborhood representatives for District 1 (residing between Colo Blvd. & Elm, north of 29th Ave); District 8 (Niagara to Quebec, north of 29th Ave.), and District 9 (Magnolia to Quebec, 19th Ave. to 29th). Call me at 303-388-0918 or email for more information about how you can help. We need your input and expertise to help keep Park Hill the vital neighborhood we all love. I look forward to a prosperous new year both for GPHC and our community as a whole. Thank you for your ongoing support in 2012, and best wishes for 2013! -Robyn GPHC would like to say THANK YOU to the following people and groups for recent food donations and volunteer time: • The Ulbrich Family • Sharon Steadman & Christopher Dunn • Geri Reinardy • Megan Nyce of My Teenage Angst • Marsha Woodward • Dave Pilarowski • Mike Brown & Melissa Kostic • Colorado Yoga Events • Don Steward • Barb McKee • Yesenia Pasillas • Alisa Wood • Patty Shapiro, Susan Hadlock, Madeleine & Mason Whitney & Olivia & Sam Cech • Roberta Locke, Kim Tighe and Bernadette Kelly • Birgit Kieft Family • Numerous anonymous food donors, and the many individual and family members of GPHC

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GPHN: Thanks for taking the time to chat with Park Hill readers about homelessness in Denver. Tell us a bit about your background and involvement in this issue. Katie Symons: I am a Denver native – I grew up in Capitol Hill. I now live on Leyden St. in North Park Hill. In 2005, when Denver came out with its 10-year plan to end homelessness, I worked at the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning. In partnership with the City over the next three years, DU co-hosted emergency winter shelters and hosted three Project Homeless Connect events. In 2009, I went to work for the City as Program Manager for Denver’s Road Home. For the past two years, I have been an Independent Consultant on issues related to homelessness. What current homelessness project are you working on? As part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign (100khomes. org), I am working with communities to help them utilize the Vulnerability Index tool to determine the medical vulnerability of people experiencing homelessness. Through the Governor’s office, we’ve taken this tool to six regions around the state to help communities identify and prioritize their most at-risk populations. You were at City Council for hours watching the deliberations on the Camping Ban. What can you say about that evening? It was pretty h e a r t b re a k i n g to see the City Council vote in favor of a camping ban when more than twothirds of the citizens in the room were opposed. How has the

ban on urban camping affected Denver’s homeless population? We can’t just ban “camping” when we don’t offer reasonable alternatives for people to be inside. We have to figure out better alternatives until folks are able to return to work and find affordable housing. There is an increase in homelessness, not just in Denver but in the entire front range. Are there any positives that have come out of the camping ban? We have seen the faith community step up in a big way in Denver. Through the Women’s Homeless Initiative, seven churches take turns offering nightly shelter and meals to single women. Also, Denver’s Road Home just committed money to have a 50-mat facility open for women during the winter at the Minoru Yasui building and there are recreation centers that open for 90 days at a time as temporary shelter sites for single men. There have also been conversations about creating a 24-hour shelter, or “rest and resource center,” which would offer shelter, case-management, mentalhealth and substance-abuse services to men, women and families. There are stop-gaps that the City has created, such as a voucher program where women or families can get a voucher from the Police Department or other human services locations late at night if shelters are full so they don’t have to be on the streets. But this is far from a permanent solution. We still lose more homeless people than we ever should on the streets each year due to exposure to the elements and other conditions that just beat a person down over time from being homeless. The annual Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil took place December 17 on the steps of the City & County of Denver building honoring the 140+ people who have died this past year. For many, that was the only memorial service conducted in their honor. This December, Denver’s Road Home released an independent shelter assessment completed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The Denver Shelter Assessment states that the city is doing well with limited resources. Would you agree?

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guidelines into place with shelters in Denver, I believe that most shelters still continue to function in silos and not with a coordinated intake system such as NAEH recommended. How well is Denver doing at creating permanent housing for the homeless? Denver’s Road Home has struggled for years to come up with a comprehensive evaluation strategy to determine how well the city is doing with creating permanent supportive housing. Since 2005, 2,373 new housing units have been created. However, so much more should be taken into consideration: Denver’s overall population growth, the economic downturn, and an increased number of people who cannot afford to buy or rent. So, it’s complicated, to say the least. The NAEH report stated, “People are in the shelter system for longer than is necessary... Addressing this need should be the city’s first priority.” Can you explain this issue? When Denver’s Road Home came out with its eight goals, permanent housing and supportive services were at the top of that list. That was long before anyone could have imagined what the last two years would have looked like. We now see that over a third of the homeless population are families. It also takes someone much longer than one might think to navigate all of the necessary “systems” to exit shelter and enter into transitional or permanent housing. HUD’s $1.5 billion Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), a program funded by President Obama’s Recovery Act, focused on housing search and financial assistance (or you could say, it focused on preventing people from becoming homeless and then quickly re-housing people who had recently lost their homes). It spared more than 1.3 million people from homelessness. This is a good model and it is the path that we need to go down in Denver. Besides the urban camping ban, what other 2012 developments took place in Denver on the homeless front? In early October, Denver and other communities around the state committed to the goal of housing 100 Veterans in 100 days. This brought folks together from local housing authorities, the VA, and community providers to figure out how make the process more efficient. The group is over half way to getting these Veterans housed. Finally, how will you continue to work on the issue in your career? I’m certainly passionate about the issue of homelessness, and have decided that my efforts are probably best directed toward working with communities from a strategic, grassroots level. Change can occur when leaders from all ends of the spectrum are brought together so that we don’t continue to have so many people living in dismal conditions. The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

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City Matters by Dave Felice value all opinions, says council president District 5 Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman’s technique of careful listening to resolve controversy appears to be working as she moves through issues facing Council. Only in her first term, Susman’s colleagues selected her Council President and she gets favorable ratings from both opponents and supporters. “I hope it is because I am a good listener,� says Susman in a Greater Park Hill News interview. “When someone is giving me their viewpoint, I try to see (the situation) the way they do. That can go a long way to working out solutions together.� In spite of some high profile issues, Susman says she actually expected more controversies when she sought election about two years ago. “I spent years planning Lowry (redevelopment) and the controversy was hot and divisive. Then I spent time on the Denver Planning Board when we were limiting the height of buildings on the 16th Street Mall, and we were viewed as limiting property rights. It’s where I learned from (former mayoral candidate) Don Bain that one of the better definitions of ‘consensus’ is ‘we’re feeling surly, but not rebellious.’� Susman’s district ranges from central Park Hill south of 23rd Avenue, east to Yosemite, south through Montclair, Mayfair, Cranmer-Hilltop, Lowry, George Washington, and Virginia Vale, and west to Colorado Boulevard and Alameda. She says the district is really more diverse than most people think it is, with differing incomes, political affiliations, ages, and ethnicities. “In a group of six of us, you’ll have eight opinions. You stay in touch, and you listen hard to those who disagree with you. I fear ‘group think’ in political decisions.� Perhaps one of the tougher issues Susman faces is redevelopment of the old University of Colorado Hospital at 9th and Colorado. When it recently became clear through community opinion and financial analysis that a Walmart store was not the right approach, Susman and District 10 Councilwoman Jeanne Robb said they would not support Tax Increment Financing (TIF). “We need more rooftops, mixed use, and density,� say Susman. “You’ve got to have the new base that supports retail, instead of just drawing spending away from other areas. We have to use good urban planning, focus on best practice, determine what’s good and what’s possible, and keep the community well and prosperous.� Susman would like to see “a Brooklyn kind of neighborhood� at 9th and Colorado, with mixed use smaller retail and denser low-rise housing. “High density housing is really more ecological,� explains Susman. “And restoring the street grid actually reduces traffic congestion.� The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recently rejected a proposal to de-designate nine acres of Hentzell Park

Natural Area in far southeast Denver. Mayor Michael B. Hancock wanted to trade the parkland for a Denver Public Schools office building downtown. Calling the proposal a “complex� matter, Susman says she wants to make sure she hears “all thoughts� on the subject if it ends up at Council. An advocate of libraries, Susman is pleased with recent voter approval of new tax revenues. “It’s very exciting that every (branch) library will now be open at least 48 hours each week,� she observes. “I am pleased we didn’t make a (library) district and we voted for funds to increase access.� The ban on urban camping was “a soul searching issue� says Susman. “That was hard, but in the end, I felt the ban (on outdoor sleeping) would produce more humane solutions.� According to Susman, the ordinance is working and the city is trying to find ways of sheltering homeless people. “It’s a problem that’s not going away, and is not going to be solved easily,� says Susman. She says Council has an important role in helping to create new jobs with livable wages. “We need to spend our incentive dollars as much as we can on primary industries that produce wealth in our economy. As Council, we need to support opportunities for primary industries. Service industries only absorb consumer dollars that need to be created elsewhere. For example, if primary industries create new jobs, the employees can earn livable wages to spend on goods and services.� Government and business must work closely with educational institutions to provide the right kind of education at the right time, according to Susman. “We need to look at the criteria for family sufficient jobs. We can’t continue to educate people for jobs if there are no openings.� She speaks with expertise about education. Before going into government work, she was instrumental in creating three nationwide online colleges in Colorado, Kentucky, and Louisiana. She retired as vice president of the Colorado Community College System in 2004. In an unusual move, Susman appointed her campaign opponent as the District 5 representative on the Parks Advisory Board. “In keeping with my previous philosophy statement, one needs to give voice to those who may differ. Leslie Twarogowski and I became friends on the campaign. She is a thoughtful, committed advocate for Denver and a future leader for us.� Susman has lived in the same house in Hilltop for 37 years. She comes from a military family and spent much of her childhood in Goose Bay, Labrador. She is a graduate of Creighton University of Omaha in Philosophy, later earning her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University of Denver. Contact Dave Felice at

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The 2012 Garden Walk this summer was a great success. Twelve gardeners participated in the tour this year and shared their beautiful gardens with over 400 people. Many folks learned more about what to plant and what not to plant in their gardens. Our sponsors were very generous with both time and donations. Volunteers did a fabulous job of making sure that the day of the walk went off without a hitch. At the end of the evening, we all celebrated together and got to know our neighbors even better. On top of all that we raised almost $6000 for the Greater Park Hill Community. And now on to 2013! We are already in the process of planning another wonderful garden tour. Our committee had its first planning meeting in September. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 10 a.m. We would love to have more of you join in the fun to help make this fun

The Baseball Stadium District is proposing to build a parking garage at 27th and Blake Streets on Coors Field Parking Lot B, staffed and operated by Central Parking Systems. RTD has acquired property from the Stadium District for the East Corridor rail line from Denver Union Station to DIA, resulting in a loss of 629 parking spaces. The Stadium District also states that development of nearby surface parking lots will result in a total loss of 4,000 parking spaces within the next two years. The new parking garage will park 589 vehicles at an estimated cost of $14M. RTD will pay for the new garage in reimbursement for property acquired via eminent domain. The lease between the Stadium District and the Colorado Rockies requires that the parking be replaced. The River North Neighborhood Organization (RINO) does not support the proposed parking garage and feels that more inclusive and comprehensive planning should be done to

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An update on the citywide survey of Denver’s historic structures, landmarks and districts included the presentation of information on the Architects Small House Service Bureau Mountain Division (ASHSB) formed in 1921. Led by William E. Fisher, twelve Denver architects produced a book entitled How to Plan, Finance and Build Your Home, which included 62 plans for small homes with information on building materials and systems, finance options and other helpful information. Many of these homes were built along trolley lines and can be found throughout Denver neighborhoods. The ASHSB will be Discover Denver’s first pilot study area. For more information, visit Bernadette Kelly is a Denver native, a 12-year Park Hill resident and has served on the board of the Greater Park Hill Community for five years. For more information about the InterNeighborhood Cooperation, visit The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

Park hill roots by marne norquist january in the garden The holidays have come what has struggled also arises. and gone. The Christmas trees So, too, does the chance to are set out for mulching and notice other elements that can the decorations are on their way contribute to the beauty of the back to storage. The sidewalks outdoor space. might have snow lingering on Before any plans are drawn them in between the much-too- up, however, it is best to evalumild days. The air is chilly and ate the needs and wants of your the days short. exterior space. Create a list of We are in the thick of win- what your outdoor space will ter, turning inward and setting be used for. What edibles will goals for the new year ahead. you be eating next season? Do While it looks like the gardens you want to decrease your turf are asleep, they are quietly gearing up for the next season. With a fresh season before us, we Their roots are spreading. can begin to cultivate our ideas for Now, as we our little slice of Park Hill. walk through our beloved Park Hill, or look out our windows, we begin to see the skeletons of areas and install more sustainour landscape – the deciduous able plant material? Is a patio in tree’s awesome form, the an- order? Do you want a water feachor that the evergreens pro- ture? If prepared early enough, vide, the plumes from our orna- the plans can be executed in time mental grasses, the brick wall, to enjoy the space for the season. In Park Hill, we are blessed the flagstone. With a fresh season before us, we can begin to with beautiful, mature trees cultivate our ideas for our little and old homes – perfect subjects to incorporate into the slice of Park Hill. In Colorado, we don’t typi- designs for our outdoor space. cally think of our landscapes in Inspiration takes hold. Ideas the winter months. But, as our begin taking shape, concepts winters become milder and less are quickly sketched and a final snow falls, our gardens are more plan is born! Now, we can look exposed. Without the snow’s deli- out, from within, and plant our cate and fluffy groundcover, the seeds of intent. Marne Norquist is a profeswinter garden can be a sight of sional horticulturalist with 12 unorganized shapes and sizes. Or, it can be a marvel of years of experience designing structure, form and repetition, and installing gardens. A nasprinkled with the personal tive of Park Hill, she now cultouch of art. We can integrate tivates a plot on Dexter street, hardscapes and create additional where gardens – edible and orliving spaces – little nooks for a namental – and two kids grow. morning cup of coffee or a place She can be reached at marnunder a thick shade tree to read on a hot afternoon. Winter January gardening tasks is an ideal time to de• deep water trees, shrubs and perennials sign outdoor • restock the bird feeders spaces. Not • browse seed catalogs only can you • check stored bulbs and tubers; discard see the bones of the landany spoiled ones scape, the • pile the snow on tender plants (semiopportunity hardy perennials, Redbuds, Japanese to see what Maples, etc.) – it’s the ideal insulator has been sucagainst the cold cessful and


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The Unsung Sculptor Park Hill artist Reven Swanson offers levity through heavy metal By Erin Vanderberg Editor

their mom, Dell, all the boys want to do when they come to Kearney street is to play on the sculpture. For Swanson, who has sculpted metal for nearly 30 years and requires spreadsheets to keep straight which sculptures are where and on what terms, satisfaction is derived

A few years back, a colorful sculpture cropped up on the corner of 23rd and Kearney, planted in the same spot where a garage signpost once stood. The artist, Reven Swanson, wanted only for Dancing Moon Spinning to be enjoyed by the neighThe sculpture at 23rd and Kearney borhood she lived in, and saw opporwas originally designed to resemtunity in that void ble a tree ornament for South Gayof the Art Garage parking lot. lord Street’s holiday celebration. “This was my “The reason I do these public art inopportunity to stallations, rather than pushing to add to the wonderful efforts of be in galleries and museums, is bethe Art Garage,” cause 90 percent of the people who said Swanson. “Barb (McKee) is see that work on the corner might doing a wonderhave never seen it if it were in a ful thing, bringgallery,” said artist Reven Swanson. ing art classes to the community. “It’s a way to take artwork to the I don’t have time streets and to the people.” to give classes, so this is my way of giving back. It brought some culfrom having the art out in the open ture to the corner.” Not everyone has discovered air to be enjoyed by the public and that the sculpture actually moves. moved by the wind. “The reason I do these public But those who have can’t seem to get enough of it. Take, for example, art installations, rather than pushSam and Alex Shikiar. According to ing to be in galleries and museums,

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The multicolored metal sculpture in the parking lot of the Art Garage at the corner of 23rd and Kearney has become a vibrant piece of the Park Hill cityscape – not to mention a favorite piece of play equipment, as brothers Sam, left, and Alex Shikiar demonstrate (above). Artist Reven Swanson (left) created the sculpture in her Park Hill art studio on Dexter Street. It is mounted on a 1983 Chrysler LeBaron hub and weighs about 400 pounds.

is because 90 percent of the people who see that work on the corner might have never seen it if it were in a gallery,” said Swanson. Armed with a special toolbox, Swanson can yank the parts she needs for a sculpture – in the case of Dancing Moon Spinning, a 1983 Chrysler LeBaron hub – in ten minutes time. “The part is designed to go around a corner, at speed, with a car on it, so it makes a great hub for sitting pieces,” said Swanson. She also has two trucks for hauling metal, a diesel truck rated for 12,000 pounds and a pickup.

“It’s not as easy moving a sculpture as it is a painting,” she said. She measures weight in how many people it takes to move a sculpture. For Dancing Moon Spinning, it was four people – 400 pounds. Swanson grew up in Denver, graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in journalism. She worked in advertising and newspaper production out of college, evolving into a graphic designer as the field was emerging. But her passion was always fine art, and so she embarked on a self-guided “Masters program”

as an artist’s apprentice in Italy. Before she quit the “W2 earning” for good, she bought her house on Dexter in the early 1990s. The property itself is evidence of her gift. She turned a rundown property into an urban oasis, doing nearly all the work herself, while planting a garden from seed as she went. A visit with her today will have you clucking at her beloved chickens and tasting her preserves while marveling at the tools of her trade in her indoor and outdoor art studios. Everything touched with art. Online at:

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Priorities for Park Hill’s City Council Representation ALBUS BROOKS District 8 Lives in Cole

CHRISTOPHER HERNDON District 11 Lives in Stapleton

ROBIN KNIECH At-Large Lives in Berkeley

DEBORAH ORTEGA At-Large Lives in Highlands

MARY BETH SUSMAN District 5 Lives in Hilltop

Councilman Albus Brooks, an L.A. native, intended to spend his career playing football professionally, but a knee injury led to a life in the public service -- through youth ministries, then Governor Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial campaign. Thirtynine candidates vied for the District 8 council seat after Councilwoman Carla Madison passed away; Brooks beat Wil Alston by 2,000 votes in a run-off election and assumed the seat in July 2011.

Councilman Chris Herndon, President Pro-Tem, hails from Kansas City, Miss., and graduated from West Point in 1999. He moved to Colorado after nearly seven years in the Army to be closer to his brother in Cheyenne, Wyo. In the Army, he spent three years based in Germany, conducting peace-keeping missions to Kosovo, and four years based in Fort Sill, Okla., leading over 100 troops on a logistics mission in Iraq – and returning with all his people and equipment. He started his post-military career at United Airlines-DIA, leaving as Operations Manager to manage a Walmart in Englewood. Missing public service, he quit in April of 2011 to make his successful bid for now Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s former council seat.

Councilwoman Robin Kniech, At-Large, grew up in a working-class family in the Midwest and put herself through college through a combination of work, scholarships and loans, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Drake University and as a Public Interest Scholar from the Northeastern University School of Law. Her first job in Colorado was working as the Program Director at the Front Range Economic Strategy Center (FRESC), and now has a cumulative 15 years of public policy experience.

Right out of business school, Councilwoman Debbie Ortega, At-Large, went to work as a staffer for Lieutenant Governor George Brown, who served with Governor Dick Lamm. She continued on with U.S. Senator Floyd Haskel, then City Councilman Sal Carpio. When Carpio decided not to seek reelection, Ortega decided that she knew the issues, had a working relationship with the community and a commitment to the work, and put her name in the hat at the age of 30. She served 16 years as the District 9 representative (1987-2003), and returned in 2011 after working on affordable housing and human services issues through the state.

Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, President, grew up traveling in a military family. She came to Colorado by way of the University of Denver to earn her Master’s degree. She retired as the Vice-President of the Colorado Community College System in 2004, and then started her own business helping state college systems create online colleges. Her involvement in the PTA as a young parent precipitated her community activism, and the implications of the closure of Lowry AFB led her to become active in the city planning realm. She chaired the Lowry planning committee and served on the Denver Planning Board before running for council in 2011. Susman holds “office hours” on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – noon at Cake Crumbs.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: On assuming office, Councilman Brooks set out on his Imagine8 listening tour, which covered 10 neighborhoods and 450 residents. While he expected to hear primarily about schools and jobs; instead, the number one thing people expressed on his listening tour was a desire to feel a greater sense of community. “That gave us our marching orders to try as best as we can to engage the community.” District 8 is now the city’s test kitchen for community engagement recipes – like the San Rafaelpalooza event of last summer. URBAN DEVELOPMENT: “I’m most passionate about urban development, because it creates jobs and improves community,” said Brooks. In District 8, there are large-scale redevelopment projects slated for Five Points and Arapahoe Square, and smaller developments on Colfax and Holly streets. Brooks actively writes inquiries and letters of interest to foster development in the district. One such letter has led to the construction of a Walgreens grocer, a new prototype for the drugstore, which will break ground in the “food desert” at 35th and Colorado on January 9. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Brooks is concerned with the school drop-out rate and encouraged by his work on the Mayor’s Denver Children’s Cabinet. “We have 2000 kids dropping out every year. If they drop out of school, they drop in to something: jail, unsavory activity – it’s not good,” said Brooks. “We as a city need to figure out youth development -- to get ‘em motivated, excited and contributing citizens.” The Denver Children’s Cabinet was formed by Mayor Hancock in fall 2012 to organize the city’s programs and services to better serve children. According to Brooks, the cabinet is using an assessment tool that combines crime rates, poverty, third grade reading levels and teen pregnancy to target areas in need of support. “We’re tracking (the school dropouts) all to low income neighborhoods who have not received the investments that others have. We are taking charge of disparities.” North Park Hill is one of the communities of concern, according to Brooks. “The Holly Square redevelopment will be a seismic shift for that community.” HOMELESSNESS: Brooks made headlines last year when he sponsored legislation to ban urban camping, which passed City Council 9-4 in May and went into effect in June. “Our district bears the burden of 90 percent of Denver’s shelters and homeless populations,” Brooks said. “If we don’t create a path for individuals who have fallen on hard times toward opportunity, it will kill the trajectory of where our city is headed.” The 24/7 shelter concept would be an “innovative opportunities” for the homeless population. “Most shelters are only open overnight. You turn individuals out and back into their addictions,” said Brooks. “At a 24-hour shelter, people could dropin, receive services, connected with job training, mental health counseling.” The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

REDISTRICTING COMPLETE: Councilman Herndon served as cochair of the redistricting committee; the task was to evenly divide the city council districts according to 2010 census data. “My mantra was: Communities Stay Whole. There was no way you could draw the map without significant changes,” said Herndon. “Park Hill, for instance… has had multiple representatives for years. Who’s your councilperson? Well that depended block by block.” All of Greater Park Hill and Stapleton along with parts of East Colfax and Montbello neighborhoods were drawn together into the newly established District 8, which will be represented by Herndon effective January 2015. GANG PREVENTION: Recently, Herndon visited Stedman Elementary School to award students for participation in Gang Resistance Education and Awareness Training. “I give kudos to DPS and the Denver Safe City Office, which is currently serving 3,000 youth through GRID (Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver). Also the GREAT (Gang Resistance and Education Awareness Training) program,” said Herndon. “As a councilmember, I want to support those kids.” CITY SERVICES: Services are Herndon’s number one priority and, he says, the number one priority of everyone on the nonpartisan council, including: libraries, parks and recreation centers, trash pick-up, 3-1-1. “We need to equitably maximize what we do for this city.” STAPLETON TOWER: Herndon has teamed with a group of community members in Stapleton to assess the feasibility of having a cultural center move into the Stapleton Tower. “It’s iconic,” Herndon said of the tower. “It’s something people see when they first arrive to this city, against the skyline, and I am really hoping we can move forward.” AIRPORT: Herndon believes the DIA is essential to the Denver conversation. “Our airport is absolutely wonderful,” said Herndon. Having been in the military, Herndon has been to his “fair share” of airports; and having worked at United Airlines, he is intimately familiar with DIA. “Today, we have nonstop to Mexico City and nonstop to Tokyo,” said Herndon. “That is jobs and business attraction.” Herndon believes that the processes around developing the DIA property, Airport City, and the greater Aerotropolis, which includes the East Rail line stations, need community input to be successful. “Denver is the number one destination that young people are coming to. They need jobs and modes of transportation. We have a lot of opportunities to meet those needs.”

PERMANENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING: “Shelters save lives, permanent housing cures homelessness,” said Kniech. With affordable housing her number one priority, Kniech is working to connect private partners and the city to problem-solve areas of the system, find funding sources and work on fixing the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance. “A lot of being a Councilperson is being a matchmaker,” she said. As a member of the Housing Task Force, which convened in the early part of 2012, she is working to address “a whole range of commitments,” from creating a city housing plan, to improving rental financing and working on retention of affordable housing. TRASH TALK: Kniech’s research priority for 2013 is working to solve the issues

“(TIF) is basically taking funds that would have been government dollars and using them to make the development possible in the first respect...The joke I have made not so jokingly aboutTIF is it’s like fire: it can warm your house or it can burn it down. It’s all in how you use it.” -Robin Kniech around the city’s trash. The epiphany came when she learned that the city recycles less than half of the national average. “This is Denver, we’ve got this green consciousness… and we’re burying our recycling in the landfill,” said Kniech. “I saw a disconnect. The data didn’t match what I felt was the Denver culture.” Additionally, Kniech says that an estimated 58 percent of the city’s garbage is compostable. “It is an enormous waste of money and our landfills will fill up 58 percent quicker,” she said. While a fee could lend itself to a culture change, Kniech believes there has to be a corollary improvement in services. She is also thinking about simple answers, like weekly instead of biweekly recycling. MANUFACTURING: Behind affordable housing is Kniech’s second priority, encouraging the manufacturing community to come into dialogue with the council to help bolster and attract growth in that industry. “Manufacturing is not an industry that is part of the associations that we see down at council all the time,” said Kniech. “Those are folks who have their noses to the grindstone; they’re not on our email lists or in breakfast clubs.” COMMUNITY PRIORITIES: Kniech is working with Groundwork Denver to create an open space out of a blighted area in Globeville near Argo Park called the Platte Farm Open Space, at 49th and Grant. She is also working to address crime by having her staff engage with police districts and attend prevention strategy trainings, in order to bring information back to the community. “An arrest is great,” said Kniech, “but the crime has already occurred.”

MARIJUANA REGULATION: As the state finalizes its rules around Amendment 64, cities will be having “interesting conversations about marijuana.” Ortega focuses on “bigger picture, public policy issues” from her At-Large seat. She helped push through the citywide ban on medical marijuana advertising, “which was in large part started by trying to protect our kids by keeping that away from schools and parks & rec centers.” BRIGHTON BLVD CORRIDOR: Ortega is working with Councilwoman Judy Montero, Mayor Hancock and the city’s new Planning Director, Rocky Piro, to do a comprehensive master plan for Globeville, Swansea, Elyria, the Platte River and the River North development. “We have a chance to do it right,” said Ortega. “It’s like a puzzle: they all have many sides but they fit together and interface with one another.” COUNCIL WORKFLOW: Ortega has a unique, veteran perspective on the city council organism. “I come in a different way, with an institutional memory,” said Ortega. “It’s not to say change is not good, but at the same time it allows me to question why are we doing things this way?” A consent agenda has made the processing of routine issues more efficient. But for those matters that require review and discussion, Ortega has helped to create a form for agencies to provide consistent information to council from contract to contract. These safeguards help ensure that council is doing thorough review, said Ortega. “That’s what the public expects us to do, not be a rubber stamp.” DEVELOPMENT: A number of development projects are on the table at City Council, the majority of which would seek Tax Increment Financing. Ortega believes in careful consideration of the city’s debt capacity when analyzing TIF projects and “ensuring that we’re always cognizant of what that capacity is and ensuring that we never overextend ourselves,” said Ortega. HOMELESSNESS: While council is still seeking a location, Ortega is encouraged by the $1 million dollar budget line for a 24/7 shelter. “Obviously it’s not enough, but it demonstrates commitment,” said Ortega. Along with Councilwoman Kniech, Ortega serves on the Housing Task Force. “Part of the continuum is ensuring that as we get people into housing, that we have a range of housing options for all folks who live in the city of Denver… An array of affordable housing is vitally important to the vitality and diversity of our city.”

“I grew up as a military dependent… After moving around in childhood, I knew Denver was where I wanted to stay the rest of my life… Perhaps because I never had a “home town”, the opportunity to take care of my adopted home town of Denver has profound meaning for me.” -Mary Beth Susman

9TH AND COLORADO: The redevelopment at the former University of Colorado Health Science Center, which is germane to council because its use of tax increment financing, or TIF, became controversial when a Walmart was part of the proposed development. Now that Walmart is no longer part of the equation, the development plan is back in the discussion phase, with tentative plans for a senior housing complex on the north end of the site and a hotel. “We have more pocketbooks and a little more density and mixed use in the plan,” said Susman. “We’re in the phase where CU, the developer and DURA are working out the finance details and we’ll have a public meeting about those when completed. We expect that to happen in January.” If everything goes well, Susman says that demolition is expected to take about a year, and development would follow over the next one and a half to two years. HOMELESSNESS: Susman said that council is working steadily toward finding the resources to provide a 24-hour shelter. “Homelessness is a Hydra though,” said Susman. “Shelter is one thing, but services for mental illness and drug addiction are as important and in as much need of stable funding.” LAND USE: According to Susman, Council’s bread and butter is land use. “The council is intent upon making Denver a walkable, bikeable city and is taking steps in every new development, whether in-fill or green field, to insure that there are safe walking and biking opportunities, that we build housing and job opportunities near the several light rail stations going in and that we construct areas that have various prices of housing so that Denver always remains affordable to a wide distribution of income level.” Pg. 9


Farewell to Ann Long GPHC’s Blockworker Coordinator Retires Ann Long knows it has been around nine years since she took over the position of Blockworker Coordinator from Marge Gilbert, because that’s when her handwriting begins to appear on index cards in the organizational system. For the job, she inherited a map of Park Hill with red pins marking the blocks with current blockworkers and two boxes of index cards – one with current volunteers and one with former. Because there were “Welcome” letters and “Thank You” postcards to mail, Ann moved the list from the index cards to a spreadsheet. She came to count on a group of good friends who consistently helped to bundle the monthly papers at the

GPHC offices: Philip Fields, Jo- ing, birding, dining, gardennah Bradley, Chuck Holum, Art ing), elections of all kinds, Rosenblum, Barbara Cavendar, and the latest books and films. Dennis Pearl, Jewel Wegs, Pat “We came to know each other Quinn, Jack Farrar, Marcia Rath and Peggy Roberts, to name a few. “It appealed to me to have a As the team worked reason to meet my neighbors...” together over -Ann Long the years, the job went from taking over three hours to under two. While they worked, they talk- quite well,” said Ann. While there were always ed about articles in the current or previous issues of the transitions in the blockworker paper, personal interests (bik- ranks from month to month, Ann

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Ann Long, second from right, works with some of GPHN’s regular volunteer newspaper bundlers on the December 2012 issue, from left, Barbara Cavender, Jack Farrar, Dennis Pearl, and Peggy Roberts. Ann Long is retiring this month after nine and a half years as GPHC’s Blockworker Coordinator.

found that blockworkers are very generous with their time – the average volunteer keeping up their route for around seven years. Ann’s quick (but not all inclusive) list of the longstanding blockworkers includes: Marge Gilbert (mid-70s), Greg & Vicki Anderson (81), Wiley Daniel (89), Vicki Earnest (80), and Anna Jo Haynes (82). Ann moved to Park Hill in the spring of 2004, just months after the so-called summer of violence. Accordingly, the GPHC was encouraging blocks to organize by getting acquainted and making phone trees. “It appealed to me to have a reason to meet

my neighbors and I became a block captain,” said Ann. From there, she came to wear many hats with the GPHC, including board member, Secretary, Garden Walk organizer, Home Tour volunteer, Blockworker Coordinator and Executive Committee member, as well as bundler and blockworker. While Ann will miss the many opportunities to meet members of the community that the Blockworker Coordinator position has afforded her, coming to know so many in Park Hill has been a reward in itself. “It’s time to learn what’s on the other side of the next open door,” said Ann.

The blockworker beat highlights “blockworkers” - residents who volunteer to deliver the Greater Park Hill News to their neighbors each month. There are currently 367 blockworkers delivering to 408 of the 516 residential blocks that comprise Greater Park Hill. GPHC is seeking volunteers to cover blocks that are not currently receiving the GPHN. For more information, contact Bernadette Kelly at

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A Yearlong Geocaching Adventure Series from Alphabet Denver Author Kitty Migaki Geocaching is a hunt for hidden treasure. What began as one enthusiast testing the accuracy of new global satellite positioning software from his home in Oregon in May of 2000, went viral as people realized the fun that could be had by participating in a free, real-world, outdoor treasure hunt. Today, there are almost 2 million active geocaches – 20,000 in Denver alone – and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. The Greater Park Hill News is hosting its own

geocaching game, with the help of Kitty Migaki, local photographer and author of the Layered Learning Series of GPS Alphabet Hunt Books. Alphabet Park Hill is a geocaching adventure of her creation that began last issue and will continue through December 2013. Each month, the Greater Park Hill News will print whimsical clues to two “letters” – images in the neighborhod that form the shapes of the alphabet – with GPS coordinates. It is up to you to use your handheld GPS

device to track down the location and find the letter hidden in the cityscape. The letters can be anywhere: on buildings, in various structures, even on the ground. There’s more! The first participant to take their photo next to an Alphabet Park Hill letter and submit it to the GPHN editor at will have their photograph printed in the subsequent issue of the Greater Park Hill News. Happy hunting, Park Hill!

“Can you find me?” asks letters B, C and D Don‛t tread on me, I am the B! N39˚95.068‛ I look white, W-104˚56.016‛ but am not quite So white as shirts from the shop nearby me. I know a letter named C Who has big wishes does she. C may help you in, but sadly she‛s never been Inside where the books will be. Mr D wants to be inside the shop. But he must stop, at the door. never inside will he see. Poor D. Last month, the first two letters of the alphabet were published. The Letter A was discovered on Sunday, December 2 by Lucy Walker and Hazel Nyce. The Letter B has yet to be found! Hunt, find and take your photo next to letters B, C and/ or D in January, and you too can have your photo printed in the pages of the GPHN. Photos must be submitted electronically to evanderberg@

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N39.7493 W-104.9173 Alphabet Park Hill creator, Kitty Migaki, has loved photography and dreamt of publishing children’s books since she was a young girl. But it wasn’t until she took a creative photography class that the inspiration to combine the two pursuits came together. After retiring from sales and marketing at AT&T/ Lucent two years ago, she began working on the Layered Learning Series of GPS Alphabet Hunt Books. She has published two books, Alphabet Denver and Alphabet Chicago. The GPS Alphabet Hunt Books feature her photography, whimsical clues written in ten different styles of poetry and an introduction to geocaching through GPS coordinates. A Colorado resident for 22 years, Kitty moved frequently when she was growing up – living in ten different states. To quickly adapt to her new surroundings, she became attuned to subtle situational details which she thinks helped to develop her “alphabet eye” – her ability to spot visual patterns that other people miss, including seeing letters in everyday objects. In addition to the books, Kitty exhibits and sells her photographs in galleries in metro Denver and throughout Colorado. She shares her home in northern Douglas County with her husband, Ken; two kids, Preston and Kayle; Oreo, the papillon; Sushi, the beta fish; Braille, the lizard; nine alpacas; and too many chickens to count. Learn more about Kitty and her books at or

Geocaching: An American Invention By Erin Vanderberg Editor

At midnight on May 2, 2000, 24 satellites stationed around the globe processed new software instructions, and instantly all the world’s GPS devices began receiving much more accurate location details. GPS enthusiast Dave Ulmer wanted to test the accuracy of the new system by hiding a navigational target in the woods near his home in Beavercreek, Oregon. Dave called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted the necessary information on May 3 to an Internet GPS user’s group. He hid a container and noted the coordinates N 45º 17.460 W 122º 24.800 with his handheld GPS unit.

The finder would then have to use a GPS receiver to locate the container. Then the finder would open the container, take out a small “treasure” and leave a new trinket in the box for the next person to find. Within three days, two different readers who read about the hunt on the Internet used their own GPS receivers to find the container. They shared their experiences online. Throughout the next week, others excited by the prospect of hiding and finding stashes, began hiding their own containers and posting coordinates. Like many new and innovative ideas on the Internet, the concept spread quickly. Today, there are nearly 2 million active geocaches worldwide.

The name for this new hobby is a combination of words. The prefix, geo, meaning earth, was used to describe the global nature of the activity. Cache has two meanings: the original definition refers to a hiding place for temporarily storing items; the second meaning has a technology reference – memory cache is computer storage that is used to quickly retrieve frequently used information. Today, it is easy to create a geocache. Simply hide a treasure, mark the coordinates and register with Watch as others find your location and trade your “hide” for a replacement treasure they have brought with them. Geocaching is great fun and captures the imagination of young and old alike. Find out more at and start having treasure hunting fun today!

Historic District Homes Qualify for Rehabilitation Tax Credit By Annie Robb Levinsky Executive Director of Historic Denver with Historic Preservation Specialist Gene Green of Ekman Design Studio

Historic preservation has been a key revitalization and economic development strategy in Denver for nearly four decades. Historic resources downtown and in LoDo contribute significantly to our tourism industry while our historic residential neighborhoods make living in central Denver more than just convenient, adding a strong sense of place, identity and community to our daily lives. Denver is home to more than fifty historic districts, affecting nearly 10,000 property owners. However, the majority of these owners don’t realize they are missing out on one of the great benefits of living in a designated home – the Colorado State Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The Colorado State Rehabilitation Tax Credit is a 20 percent tax credit for projects with qualified rehabilitation expenditures totaling $5,000 or more, with a maximum credit of $50,000 per property. Qualified properties include locally designated landmarks, landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places or State Register of Historic Places, and contributing structures in both local, state and National Register Historic Districts. Qualifying structures must be at least 50 years old. While only one such district exists in Park Hill, it includes more than a hundred properties. The Park Hill National Register Historic District is bounded by Montview

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Boulevard, 26th Avenue, Colorado Boulevard and Dahlia Street. Few owners inside the district are aware of the tax credit and even fewer understand how many home improvement projects can qualify. So what types of projects qualify? The answer: a wide variety of home improvements you are likely to consider. Like all properties, an older home may have a leaky roof, deteriorated gutters, drafty windows, an inefficient furnace, original knob and tube wiring, rotting wood, masonry walls that need maintenance or foundation issues. These repair and/or replacement projects will typically qualify. Efforts to make an older home energy efficient and some interior upgrades that bring a home to 21st century living standards may also qualify. Typical qualifying projects include: • The addition of historically sensitive storm windows • The rehabilitation of existing windows, including repairs and tightening of seals to improve energy efficiency • Masonry repairs, including tuckpointing, cleaning or paint removal • Wood trim repairs or restoration • Plumbing and electrical upgrades • Roof repair or replacement • Some sensitive interior renovations It is important to note a few things that do not qualify for the credit. Perhaps, most importantly, new additions. However, this does not mean you could not choose to do an addition without the help of the tax credit, nor does it mean a historic home with a more recent

addition is ineligible for the credit. A great example of effectively used tax credits is a home in the Country Club Historic District. The owners of the home successfully applied for and used the tax credit for multiple projects. In 2009, the owners remodeled two of the home’s bathrooms. While using the historic finishes and materials as inspiration, and retaining some key original elements, the updated bathrooms include new fixtures, improved use of space and modern upgrades. Additional projects at the home included rehabilitating wood floors and repairing windows. The project also included the installation of pocket doors, found unused in the basement, as appropriate dividers in a newly opened master suite. The tax credit made it possible for this family to complete the projects at a level commensurate with the historic quality of their home and make upgrades that improved their comfort, as well as the condition, of their home. An additional successful example is a home in the 7th Avenue Historic District. Once home to the city’s Candy Queen, over the last two years the home was extensively remodeled, including a fully updated kitchen and reconfigured bedrooms. The owners were able to take advantage of the tax credit for some phases of the project, including extensive repairs to the unique tile roof, examples of which exist in Park Hill as well. The Colorado State Rehabilitation Tax Credit isn’t just good for your pocket book, it’s

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In the 7th Avenue Historic District, owners were able to take advantage of the Colorado State RehabilitationTaxCredit for extensive repairs to the unique tile roof, examples of which exist in Park Hill as well.Credit: Historic Denver.

also good for the economy. Since determination has yet been made. 1991, there have been 951 tax However, the tax credit can be credit projects statewide for a to- carried forward over ten years, tal of $98.5 million in rehabilita- so property owners will see the tion costs. The Colorado Histori- benefits of the credit despite the cal Foundation recently published delay. The State Office of Archethe Economic Power of Heritage ology and Historic Preservation & Place report, which documents can answer questions about the that 32 jobs are created for every tax credit and abeyance. Links to million dollars spent on a preservation or rehabilitation projThe Park Hill National Register Hisect. Additionally, city studies doctoric District is bounded by Montument that propview Boulevard, 26th Avenue, Colerty values inside orado Boulevard and Dahlia Street. historic district rise at a greater Few owners inside the district are rate than in areas aware of the tax credit and even outside districts and indicate that fewer understand how many home there are seven improvement projects can qualify. times more investment in historic districts than in other areas of the city. Applications for the Colora- the city and state websites can be do State Tax Credit are reviewed found at the Denver Landmark Pres- sources/tax-credits. No one expects you to live in ervation Commission (LPC), a board appointed by the Mayor the 19th or early 20th century – and managed through the Depart- our homes are not frozen in time. ment of Community Planning & There is reasonable latitude in the Development. LPC staff checks to tax credit guidelines to allow for ensure that a project qualifies for 21st century upgrades and imthe credit, and uses federal guide- provements that ensure the lonlines known as the Secretary of gevity of your home and its charthe Interior Standards for Reha- acter-defining features. Plus, the bilitation to determine whether a tax credit makes it easier for ownproject is sensitive and appropri- ers of historic homes to ensure ate for a historic structure. Staff that another generation can enjoy will also check that the rehabilita- the Denver we all know and love. tion costs are at least $5,000, that As a private, non-profit organizathe project is completed within tion dedicating to preserving and a twenty-four month period and promoting historic places, Histhat an application for the credit toric Denver, Inc., is a resource was submitted and given prelimi- for owners of historic properties. nary approval before the work beIf you have additional gan. The LPC staff can be reached questions about the tax credit at 720-865-2709. program, whether your home or It is important to note that, project is eligible, or for suggesdue to state budget constraints tions on contractors and vendors in the past two years, property with experience working on owners can earn the tax credit but historic homes, please visit our must wait to take it until the state website at or general fund grows by at least 6 call our office at percent. This level of growth is 303-534-5288. expected in 2013, but no official The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

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Denver is seeking input on its five-year plan for housing and community development funding. The city will receive federal dollars during the next five years (2012-2017) to create affordable housing, assist people who are homeless, make improvements in neighborhoods and to create jobs. A copy of the proposed Consolidated Plan funding goals and allocations is available at:

At the National Convention of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. (KOPC), Cure d’Ars Parishioner Donna Auguste was honored for her international service work through her foundation Leave a Little Room. For more information on the KOPC, visit: or call Helen Parry, 303-377-1413.

BE A SNOW BUDDY The city of Denver and Volunteers of America are still seeking Snow Buddy volunteers who will help shovel walkways and driveways for elderly neighbors. Currently, 60 people have volunteered so far this year, but there are still 150 elderly residents in need. For information on how to become a Snow Buddy, visit:

DENVER DIGS FREE TREES All Denver resident can apply for free trees to plant along the street in the public right-of-way or for shade on the west side of their homes to reduce energy consumption. Limited availability, apply no later than February 15. For more information and to apply for either free tree program, visit: before the deadline or call 303-722-6262 to request a paper application.

TREECYCLE, DECEMBER 31 – JANUARY 11 Denver Recycles’ Treecycle program chips holiday trees for a mulch giveaway in the spring. Dumpster service customers should place their trees in the alley at least four feet away from dumpsters either Monday, December 31 or Monday, January 7 for collection during that week. Barrel service customers should place their trees out with their trash on their scheduled pick-up day. Mark your calendars for mulch giveaway and compost sale on Saturday, May 4. For more information about Denver Recycles programs: call 311 or visit denvergov. org/denverrecycles.

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL GAVE BIG TO SMITH RENAISSANCE SCHOOL By Elizabeth Rittiman As part of their “New Duds for the New Year” program, St. Joseph’s Hospital employees bought every student at Smith Renaissance School new clothes, and the hospital bought them all new backpacks. The hospital also paid for the transportation to take the kids to the hospital to receive their gifts. “It was amazing how much time and effort was put in to everything. I’m so thankful they chose us,” said Assistant Principal Dawn Salter. It also happened to be Spirit Day at the school. The theme was pajama day, so making the event even more adorable were the kids showing up in their pajama’s to get their gifts. The event was a complete surprise for the students. This is a big deal for Smith students and their families. 98 percent of the school is on reduced or free lunch. Smith has 415 students in Early Childhood Education through 5th grade.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOMINATE A BLACK EDUCATOR TheEduCtr has extended the deadline to Nominate a Black Educator to January 7. Nominee must teach in any public, charter, religious, an educational organization or private school in the State of Colorado. Save the date for the Awards Gala, Friday, March 1. To participate, contact: or 720-4473358. For more information, visit: The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

CHRISTMAS LIGHT RECYCLING PROGRAM BENEFITS KIDS WITH CANCER Lights for Life recycles old or broken string lights and extension cords for the benefit of families who have children with cancer. Donate your old lights and extension cords to any Ace Hardware store through February 15. In 2011, local Ace Hardware retailers collected about 15 tons of lights generating $13,500 for Lights for Life. This year, funds will go to a 16-year old girl battling acute lymphoid Leukemia and a 15-year old boy with osteosarcoma. For more information, visit:

EAST SENIORS RECEIVE AIM HIGH SCHOLARSHIPS Louis Aldridge, member of Athletics & Beyond, and Jaycee Floyd, member of Project Greer Street, received the Asfaw Family Foundation International Aim High scholarship. The AFFI Aim High scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement, academic potential, extracurricular activities and community involvement in African-American males. The scholarship was created in response to the national crisis of declining attendance and increase college enrollment for this segment of the student population. The awards ceremony was held on Sunday, December 9, at Manual High School. The keynote address was delivered by Terrance Carroll, former Colorado Speaker of the House of Representatives, with an introduction by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. For more information on Athletics & Beyond, contact Narcy Jackson at For information on Project Greer Street, contact Ron Sally at

LAW SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON PARK HILL SCHOOL DESEGREGATION CASE The Denver University Law Review is hosting its annual symposium, “Forty Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1: Equality of Educational Opportunity and the Legal Construction of Modern Metropolitan America.” The symposium will begin with a welcome reception hosted by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, January 31, with panels to continue on Friday, February 1 – Saturday, February 2, at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Denver, Colorado. Emanating from Denver, Colorado, and specifically the Park Hill Neighborhood, Keyes was the first school-desegregation case from “a major city outside of the South” to reach the United States Supreme Court. The symposium will accordingly work to re-center Keyes’s importance in American law by looking back at how the city, the metropolitan area, and the state’s public school systems have evolved over the past forty years as well as consider the challenges they face today and in the future. However, we plan on exploring Keyes not solely as an education case, but one that speaks to the particular challenges facing families, and their children as they move, settle, and go to schools in a fractured metropolitan America. If you are interested in attending please register for the event at: For more information, visit: or contact Abby Brown at

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New Manager Takes Reins at Park Hill Community Bookstore

Sandra Niemi has big plans for the small community bookstore at 23rd and Dexter.

By Jack Farrar

The nonprofit Park Hill Community Bookstore recently faced a daunting two-pronged task: finding people to fill the shoes of Manager Mike Stickney and Inventory Manager Sue Weinstein, both of whom retired from their duties, and addressing a severe financial crunch. A special search committee, after interviewing 10 outstanding candidates, decided to hire Sandra Niemi as the new manager, a paid position. The board of directors is looking at various ways to find volunteers who can help fill the void left by Weinstein, who managed inventory on a volunteer basis. A recent postcard mailing to members was a huge success, producing a number of day-to-day sales records, a significant increase in members and generous donations. Niemi, who recently retired after eight years with the University of Denver Financial Aid Office, has volunteered at the bookstore for more than 30 years, a key factor in her hiring. A native of Montreal, fluent in French, Niemi attended the University of Montreal and went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution at the University of Denver. Niemi’s husband, T.J., is retired from a 50-year career in advertising/public relations. Their daughter, Mary-Ross, also lives in Park Hill.

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“I’ve always wanted to own a bookstore,” says Niemi. “Managing one, especially one that has a unique heritage, is the next best thing. My goal is to make sure that the store lasts at least another 40 years.” The struggles of independent bookstores are well-documented, but Niemi has short- and long-term plans to broaden the bookstore’s customer base and visibility in the community: Expansion of the children’s and young adult sections; a general upgrading of the store’s appearance, and rearrangement of some sections to provide a more customer-friendly experience; workshops for local aspiring writers; relationships with other independent bookstores (Niemi and former Manager Bettina Basanow recently reached an agreement with The Bookies to buy their overstocked books at a discount); providing some wall space to local artists; a book search service that will help Park Hill readers find rare and out-of-print books for customers; and an annual silent auction event. Niemi urged Park Hill residents to drop by the store and take advantage of special sales on hardcover mysteries and calendars. The Park Hill Community Bookstore is located at 23rd and Dexter and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 303-355-8505.



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Pary’s on 28th to close restaurant Catering and special events to continue at venue

Newlyweds DougCross and JodyO’Callaghan, ofStapleton, had just discovered Pary’s the day before it was closing. “We do brunch when we’re together on the weekends. We were looking for something else.The mimosas were great.Then the food came out, then we were really bummed they were closing.

Pary’s on 28th, which cousins Gary Fink and Pam Read began renovating two years ago and opened June 2011, served its last brunch Sunday, December 23, at its location at 28th and Fairfax. Regulars, friends and a few walk-ins came to enjoy the huevos rancheros, croque madame, corned beef hash, chorizo and eggs and other brunch favorites for which the restaurant had quickly gained local notoriety. For Fink and Read, it was more a lifestyle choice than an economic necessity. “We’re too old for this,” they quipped, citing the late nights and weekends spent working at the restaurant as the reason for the decision. However, the restaurant will not close entirely. The sign will stay up and the liquor license will stay active. Read will use the kitchen for her catering venture, Goddess Catering. Fink and Read will team up on a somewhat regular monthly basis to host wine tastings or wine pairing dinners, which they will advertise through their newsletter or on their Facebook account. To keep current on Pary’s new incarnation, visit, sign-up for the newsletter at and like Pary’s on Facebook. GPHN Photos by ErinVanderberg

Regular waitressSamanthaTaylor, left, stands in the bar area with her sisterAmanda Peña who came to help for the restaurant’s last day.

Polly Penna and Randy Hunt, of Eudora street, considered Pary’s their go-to neighborhood place. Penna found Pary’s a comfortable place to have dinner and work when Hunt was away.They are looking forward to the special events.

Crystal Alderfer, left, Mark Golden, Leslie Belfor and Lorrie Jamison are friends of Fink, the ladies have known him since elementary school.

Kathy Livingston and Marc Most came from Lowry. Most, a finance manager, met Fink when he started Pudge Brothers Pizza. “Of the non-family, I’ve been here more than anyone,” said Most. He had also been there for the opening, where unforgettable goat tacos were served.

Annie Forsyth, left, Joann and Bill Jordan and Paul Forsyth, came to support their friend Pam. The Jordans live in Park Hill, the Forsyths live inObservatory Park.

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Pete Sawyer and his wife Charis of Kansas City were visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Paul Fink. Paul isGary’s nephew. The Greater Park Hill News | Jan. 2013

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Six-week series of physical fitness and nutrition classes begin the weeks of: October 22, 2012 January 7, 2013 February 18, 2013 April 1, 2013 May 13, 2013

Class Descriptions & Program Calendar Physical Fitness Sessions A 6-week physical activity program packed with fun & energizing activities. Reach your fitness goals fast. Must register for entire 6 week series at one Center. Nutrition Sessions

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Days/Frequency Mondays

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A 6-week nutrition program will teach low-cost and healthy cooking to individuals and families. Must resgister for the entire 6 week series at one Center. Shopping Matters

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Central Park


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At a local grocery store.

1st Wed. & Sat. monthly. Call a Center to register.

10 AM - 11:30 AM

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2nd Saturday Monthly

10 AM - 1 PM

Central Park

2nd Tuesday Monthly

2 PM - 6 PM

Hiawatha Davis

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12n - 4 PM

Central Park

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2 PM - 6 PM

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A guided grocery store tour to help families by healthy, affordable foods. Heart Health Screenings: Know Your Numbers Blood pressure, height, weight, glucose, and cholesterol screenings with direct connections to treatment if needed. No registration necessary. Hunger Free Colorado Application Assistance Receive outreach, referrals, and application assistance to a number of important programs such as Food Assistance, WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), summer food, foodpantries, senior programs, and more. Affordable Care Act & Me! Learn how changes in our health system will impact you and your family at be well share sessions where health policy experts explain new opportunities available through the Affordable Care Act.

be well centers are closed the following weeks: 2012: July 1, September 2, November 18, December 23 2013: January 30, May 26 The be well Centers are a free public service. Participants engage in all activities at their own risk. The Stapleton Foundation for sustainable urban communities, its be well Health and Wellness Initiative, the City and County of Denver, nor any of its partners or affiliates will be responsible for any liability related to or arising out of participation in any of the activities of the be well centers.

|news in brief| City Launches Website for Business Taxpayers On December 6, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the launch of the eBiz Tax Center, a website designed to streamline and modernize the way that city businesses file their city taxes. “The ‘eBiz Tax Center’ will save you time, it saves the city money, it’s just smart business,” said Mayor Hancock. The online system includes functionality to: file sales, use, lodger’s, occupation privilege, facilities development admissions and telecommunications business taxes online; pay taxes via electronic check or credit card; manage tax accounts; update address information; add third party access; register a new business; claim and view status of a refund; and send and receive communications with the Denver tax department. The site also includes options for going paperless and offers a resource guide for members of the business community. Online at:

Phone App Advisory from Denver DA Mitch Morrissey More consumers are relying on the convenience of mobile phone apps to get quick information. Mobile phone apps are software programs that offer ‘information-at-your-fingertips’ and can be accessed directly from a smart phone or other mobile device. The use of phone apps is exploding in popularity and is expected to surpass computers as the information source most often used by consumers. As widely accepted as apps have become, there are important privacy and security risks that every user should know before downloading these products. App developers earn money by selling advertising space which allows them to offer the app for free, or at a reduced cost. It is an effective way for companies to market their product to more users and to promote new products. Before downloading an app, users are usually given a privacy policy that explains how their personal information will be used by the company. By agreeing, the user gives the company permission to access the information that is stored on the user’s phone, such as phone and email lists, call logs, internet data, phone location and other information. App users may not be aware that such data is often used to explicitly target them for future advertising of select products. Consumers should read all privacy policies so they are aware of how this personal information is being used and why it is being stored. Apps that don’t include privacy policies should alert the user to the possible threat of a malware infection. Malware infections are introduced when the app is downloaded, therefore allowing criminals to retrieve personal information from the user’s phone. Signs of a malware infection include any app that appears on the phone that the user didn’t install. To avoid this risk, users should routinely upgrade their apps. Upgrades include the additional benefit of providing updated security patches that protect

the phone from the latest malware. Security apps that detect and remove malware are also available. Mobile phones can also be hacked, and telltale signs include email or text messages that the user didn’t write. Consumers should notify either their mobile phone carrier or the manufacturer of the mobile device to resolve a security breach. To reach Denver DA’s Fraud Line, call 720-913-9179 or follow @DenverScamAlert on Twitter.

DRCOG Singles Out the SOV You’ve seen the billboards and done a double-take at the tagline: “Stop being an SOV”. At the end of November, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) launched a campaign to reduce Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) travel. The campaign is not a new idea, it is essentially a rebranding campaign for RideArrangers. The new brand, WAY TO GO, is aimed at reducing traffic, air pollution and personal transit expenditures by encouraging alternatives to SOV car commuting including carpooling, mass transit, walking, biking, as well as telework and flex work schedules. DRCOG has spearheaded local efforts to help commuters find carpool partners since the 1970s gas crisis, using the name RideArrangers since 1987. “In the beginning, we identified matches by putting pins on a giant map,” said DRCOG Executive Director Jennifer Schaufele. “Of course we now use online software, and our ridematching service has expanded well beyond just carpool matching for work commutes to include school carpools for busy parents as well as vanpools for larger groups.” For more information or to sign-up, visit WayToGo or call 303-458-7665.

borhood leaders to join EveryBlock, a neighborhood news website that issues daily news updates on crime, real estate, community forum issues, as well as aggregating neighborhood-related content. Sign up at As featured in this issue, every City Council representative writes a monthly newsletter. You can sign up for those through the by visiting the relevant district pages and clicking Subscribe Now. In addition, two GPHC board members maintain a web presence to keep neighbors apprised of goings-on in the community: Melissa Davis, At-Large, maintains golocalparkhill. com. Featured in the April issue, the site set out to make it easy to support the local Park Hill economy by listing local businesses, maintaining an events calendar and providing a community message board. Ryan Hunter, District 2, maintains the Park Hill Neighborhood group on Facebook. 766 members strong, the wall is visible to all, but you need to be invited by a member to contribute. Most everyone in the Facebook community should have one degree of separation from it, so that shouldn’t pose a problem. Finally, for parents, there is the Park Hill New Parents Group, featured in the July issue of the GPHN. Hosted at, active members are expected to pay dues of $10, but any parent in the Park Hill, Montclair, Hilltop, Crestmoor, Mayfair and City Park neighborhoods may peruse the community forum before making that choice. If we are missing any online neighborhood resources, please let us know! evanderberg@

Stay Connected through Park Hill-based Websites We know that news, even neighborhood news, happens on a daily basis. That is why the Greater Park Hill News hosts a website at, a Facebook page at, and a Twitter account at Last month, the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., GPHN’s parent organization, also launched a Facebook page at to discuss issues specific to the registered neighborhood organization and its charitable works. Our websites have made every effort to follow and like relevant community accounts, and we encourage you to use them as a channel to other neighborhood websites. In November, the city urged neigh-

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resolution for a healthier kitty new year 2013 is the year of Dragon in the Chinese calendar, but I want to see pet owners make it the year of the Cat. And, more specifically, make it the year that you commit to your kitty or kitties getting regular veterinary care. Why? Because several large veterinary studies over the past seven years have shown a huge decline in cats receiving preventive veterinary care, such as annual nose-to-tail physical examinations, screening for infectious diseases and regular preventive diagnostic screening for changes indicative of loss of kidney function and more. During the same time frame, we have seen a significant increase in the diagnosis of feline diabetes, an increase in severity of dental disease and that we are seeing sicker feline patients at presentation, often giving us less options for supportive care and treatment. All cats, including indoor kitties, need regular veterinary care. Being an

indoor cat protects against many of the killer risks of being outdoors, but it does not mean that your cat cannot or will not get sick from a variety of causes. An indoor cat has the same risk for developing several infectious diseases or cancer as an outdoor cat and has a much higher risk for the development of diseases associated with obesity such as diabetes. Preventive care means having your feline friend or friends get at least an annual veterinary check-up and, if older than 10 years, twice yearly. Cats are masters of hiding symptoms and compensating until they just can’t – so often by the time we notice changes at home, they have been ill for a while. What regular examinations allow is the detection of changes much earlier and open up more treatment options, including many that are significantly less costly than when the pet is really ill and may need aggressive care or even emergency treatment.

Yes, sometimes getting to the vet with a recalcitrant cat is a challenge, but you can do it. Your veterinarian can give some help in the best way to load up to come to the hospital. And, for the really stressed cat, a house call vet can come to your home for an examination and early detection blood work. Lastly, all cats need vaccinations – municipal laws in every city and state require all cats to be vaccinated and regularly reboostered against Rabies. Other vaccinations should be tailored to each cat’s risks and lifestyle to help maintain appropriate immune protection. So get that furry dragon…um, ur, cat scheduled for their preventive care examination today. You will have a happier, healthier companion for this year and more. Dr. Margot Vahrenwald is the owner of Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center at 2255 Oneida St. For more information, visit

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erately modified to enhance the natural bowl shape and allow filling of it by stormwater, with the outlet being located at the northeastern corner. Once the bowl is full, excess water will flow north to the intersection of Locust Street and 1st Avenue on its way to Hale Parkway and City Park. The detention of stormwater in Crestmoor Park lessens stormwater flows to the north and west on the Hale Parkway Branch, reducing flooding of streets, houses and hospitals downstream. Stream restoration projects could be implemented along the drainages in Buckley Annex, with streamside trails integrated into the riparian corridors. Constructing those projects and extending the restoration efforts to the existing drainages in Lowry and East Montclair to the north and in Crestmoor Park to the west could create strong greenway linkages. The potential is there to initiate the revitalization of both branches of Montclair Creek and to create an eastwest link tying those two branches to each other. In addition, there is an opportunity to link with Westerly Creek, the next watershed to the east.



The site is a rectangle, ½ mile (E-W) by ¼ mile (N – S). Monaco and Quebec are, respectively, the western and eastern boundaries. 1st Avenue and Bayaud Avenue (or its extension) are, respectively, its northern and southern boundaries. The northern and eastern parts of Buckley Annex drain north to the Park Hill Branch of Montclair Creek. Stormwater from Fairmount Cemetery and nearby higher ground passes through Buckley Annex, trying to find the historic channel of the Park Hill Branch. It flows north across 1st Avenue, generally toward the intersections of Magnolia and Niagara with 6th Avenue Parkway. From those intersections, stormwater then flows north and northwest through East Montclair, and on to City Park. From the southern and western portions of Buckley Annex, stormwater coming from as far away as George Washington High and Cranmer Park flows toward the Hale Parkway Branch of the creek. It flows west and northwest through Buckley Annex, crosses Monaco and enters Crestmoor Park. Besides that stormwater flow from Buckley Annex, tributary drainages convey stormater into Crestmoor Park’s bowl-shaped depression from the southwest, the west, and the northwest. The park was delib-



Mother Nature provides us continuous opportunities to see the difference between the control of nature and harmony with nature. One way for humans to pursue harmony in place of control is to restore and revitalize streams whose natural topographic features have previously been obliterated and whose channels and adjacent floodplains have been replaced with concrete channels and underground pipes. Montclair Creek has been “controlled” to the point of major abuse. If redevelopment of the Buckley Annex at Lowry were to incorporate stream restoration, such an effort could enhance at least one part of the Montclair Creek watershed, possibly inspiring similar work elsewhere in the watershed. The watershed is generally referred to as “the Montclair Basin”, without the word “Creek”. From its source in the higher terrain at Fairmount Cemetery, in the northern part of the George Washington High School site and in Cranmer Park, through the middle of the watershed in and around City Park, to its confluence with South Platte River in Globeville, today’s Montclair Creek is not remotely like other creeks in Denver. 19th century settlers in Greater Park Hill and neighborhoods to the northwest apparently saw little value in Montclair Creek and quickly made it “disappear”. Although the creek has been piped and covered over, any time that it rains hard enough (like July 7, 2011 and July 7, 2012), we are reminded it’s still there; in between those rain events, we, like our predecessors, can act as though the creek doesn’t exist. It has been made into a barely recognizable and essentially invisible part of our city’s storm sewer, street and park infrastructure. It is even an unintended component of Denver’s medical infrastructure, encompassing parts of three hospitals (which it occasionally floods). Buckley Annex is east of Crestmoor Park, across Monaco Street Parkway.

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Resolve to visit your local library By Tara Bannon Williamson Senior Librarian, Park Hill Branch Library

No matter what your New Years’ resolutions may be, the library has materials to support you in your goals! (Of course, we love you just the way you are, too!) If you resolved to eat healthier, try the book Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) by Peter Kaminsky. If you resolved to stretch every day, try the DVD Yoga for Beginners & Beyond: Stretch, Strengthen, Be Stress Free! If you resolved to spend more time with your kids, try the book Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen or coming to one of our many programs at the library! If you resolved to eliminate unhealthy habits, try the book You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution to Changing Bad Habits, Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life by Jeffrey Schwartz. If you resolved to travel more, try the book The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips by the Editors of Reader’s Digest. If you resolved to save money, be sure to take advantage of all the library has to offer! With almost 2.5 million items in the Denver Public Library collection we are sure to have the all the latest bestsellers, blu-rays, DVDs, magazines, and CDs that you are looking for! Add to that the free programming available to you every week, and your library card might be the most valuable piece of plastic in your wallet! The Staff of the Denver Public Library wishes you a Happy 2013 and supports you in all your hopes for the New Year! Upcoming holiday closures for all Denver Public Libraries: New Year’s Eve Monday, Dec. 31 All libraries will close at 4 p.m. New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Closed

January Events at the Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. at Dexter, 720-865-0250: Saturday, January 5, 11-12 p.m. Lit Wits Book Club A different type of book club for 4th, 5th and 6th graders! No requirements! Just come and talk about the books you love! Offer expires January 31.

Tuesday, January 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Students in 6th-12th grades are invited to join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan library events and projects at the Park Hill Branch Library and have your voice heard.

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Saturday, January 12, 11-12:30 p.m. Winnie the Pooh Picnic Join us for a special Winnie the Pooh storytime! We will have games to play like pin the tail on Eeyore and Pooh Bingo. Please bring your own snacks and a blanket to sit on for this indoor picnic.

Summer Camp 2013 June 10August 16 Denver Montclair International School (DMIS) offers day-camps throughout the summer for children ages 313.

Tuesday, January 15, 5-7:30 p.m. eBooks 101 class Learn how to find, check out, download, and transfer eBooks and audio eBooks to your computer or e-reader. Feel free to bring devices you already own or come and test drive devices. Thursday, Jan 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Genre Chat Book Club Join our new book club for grades 2-4! We will explore a variety of book genres; participate in discussions, crafts, activities and snacks related to what we read. Registration is suggested but not required. Please call 720-8650250. Our first genre we will be exploring is animal stories, enjoy yogurt covered raisins while we discuss the book: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. After our discussion we will decorate a bookbag!

Summer Camp Online Registration will open February 2013.

DMIS offers language camps in French, Spanish or Mandarin, sports such as basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or fine arts including drawing, dance and drama.

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|events listing| ART GARAGE Art Garage’s DPS School Days Out half- and full-day art class options for ages 4–12. Wednesday–Friday, January 2–4 from 9 a.m.–noon and/ or 1–4 p.m. at 6100 East 23rd Avenue. Info: or 303-377-2353.

COLORADO PRESERVATION, INC. Colorado Preservation, Inc., hosts the annual Saving Places Conference February 6-8 at the Colorado Convention Center to address trends in historic preservation. Info:

DENVER ART MUSEUM DAM will host the traveling exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land from February 10–April 28. Organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the exhibition features O’Keeffe’s paintings of New Mexico’s Hispanic and Native American architecture, cultural objects and her New Mexico landscapes. Info:

DENVER ENERGY CHALLENGE Denver Energy Challenge’s free energy education workshop is designed for those looking to make energy improvements to their homes or businesses but who don’t know where to begin. Tuesday, January 8 at the Center, 1301 East Colfax Avenue from 6–7 p.m. RSVP to Must live or own a business in Denver to participate. Info:


The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. Info: or 303-370-6000. Third Thursday Science Lounge, “Flavor 01-103_4C 2 Ways 091912.pdf 9/19/2012 9:28:02 PM

Tripping,” features flavor-bending plants and savory science. Thursday, January 17, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

planning your block cleanups now. Complete information (drop sites and collection details) will be announced after the new year. Info:

Digital Earth: Explore the Rocky Mountain West offers satellite vantage of local ecosystems. Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m.


Babylon and Beyond: Preserving Iraqi Cultural Heritage program with Diane Siebrandt, U.S. State Department’s cultural heritage liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m.

The GPHC hosts its monthly community meeting on the first Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC Offices at 2823 Fairfax. January’s meeting will be on Thursday, January 3. Info: or 303-388-0918.



As part of the SCFD Free Day program, the DCPA offers 10 tickets for $10 each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Ten seats for every Denver Center Theatre Company performance in the coming week will qualify (up to 25 shows per week). These pro-rated tickets are available by phone (303-893-4100) or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby at Speer & Arapahoe.

DENVER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM The DPP presents its first-annual Preschool Showcase on Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. Over 250 preschools will be tabling at this free event. Free haircuts, tuition support tips and a variety of educational health activities also provided. The DPP is a tax-funded tuition support initiative approved by Denver voters in 2006. RSVP to or call 303-5954377. For more information, visit

GREAT DENVER CLEAN-UP Denver Solid Waste Management’s Keep Denver Beautiful effort will offer free hauling from five drop sites around the city at the 2013 Great Denver Cleanup, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Start

HOPE Center’s Million Lights of Hope 1920’s Hollywood-themed Casino Night fundraiser will benefit their low income ECE efforts 51 years in the making. March 9 at the 1770 Sherman Events Center. Info:

HISTORY COLORADO History Colorado presents FWD: 1963 – 2013, five evenings of film, theater and conversation looking at fifty years of civil rights in America beginning January 28 with Dr. Vincent Harding, AfricanAmerican scholar, historian, and activist best known for his writings about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom he drafted speeches. Harding serves as chair of the Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal, based at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Following a clip showing the events of 1963 from the award-winning documentary Eyes on the Prize, Winston Grady-Willis, chair of African and African American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, joins Dr. Harding for a community conversation. 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. For more information, visit: or call 303-866-4686.

MISHA MAY FOUNDATION Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Res-

cue ( hosts two dog training classes at Playful Pooch, 4000 Holly St., on Saturday, January 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, January 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m. RSVP preferred to or 303-239-0382.

NORTHEAST PARK HILL COALITION The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 10 (second Thursdays) at 6 p.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St. Info: Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492.

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Denver OEM’s Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT) includes coursework on how to plan for an emergency and teach basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and emergency/disaster medical operations. At the completion of this free training, participants are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in the community. January 4, 6 – 9 p.m.; January 5 and January 12, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Class exercise on March 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (this location to be announced). Denver Police Dist. #3, 1625 University. Information and registration:

PARK HILL SCHOOL’S ANNUAL PARTY & SILENT AUCTION Park Hill Elementary’s biggest, most important and extremely fun fundraiser will take place Saturday, February 2 from 6–10 p.m. at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E. 35th Avenue. This year’s theme is the Bid Easy. Money raised at the auction helps pay for essential school services such as para-





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|events listing| professionals in the classroom, literacy and math intervention/support, resources for the library, art and music rooms and more – supporting the school that has supported Park Hill for over 100 years. Live music by Committed and emcee Josh Goodman of 93.3 KTCL. Sponsors include: Cake Crumbs, The Elm, UMB, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bank of Denver, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Living 1/4’s, Thurman Homes and The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Free admission, adults only. For more information, visit


(see Park Hill Branch Library on Page 19) Info: 720-865-0290 January events at the Pauline Robinson Branch Library, 5575 E. 33rd Avenue. Twilight Tales Family Storytime: Monday, 6:30–7:00 p.m. Families are invited to celebrate stories, songs, and more. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blanket. Then, stay to read and play together. Free.

net, create an email account, and much more. Classes are free and no registration is required. After School is Cool: Mon–Thurs. 4–5 p.m. Crafts, board and video games, performances, and more for children in grades K-12. Free.

ment for 2013, as recently elected officials prepare to start new terms or take office for the first time. Grueskin was named “best elections lawyer in Colorado, bar none” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.


The Pauline Robinson Book Club meets at the Park Hill Branch Library on the 4th Saturday of each month, 12–1:30 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. All are welcome to attend. Please call 720-865-0290 for the monthly book title.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. – Panelists including Elaine Cartwright Levy, Dr. Gina Kessler and Christina Pope will talk about their experiences as non-Jewish members of a Reform Jewish congregation and as non-Jewish spouses in their interfaith families. Irving Levy, a member of Temple Micah’s Board of Trustees and Elaine Levy’s husband, will moderate this program.

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TAI CHI PROJECT The National Martial Arts Academy and the Tai Chi Project will host a Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 10, 10a-12:30p at the Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview. Celebration includes pot luck meal, tai chi demonstrations and drives for the GPHC Food Pantry and the Bike Depot. RSVP: Info:


Computer Basics: Mon. 5:30–7 p.m. In this six weeks series, you will learn how to power the computer on and off, use a mouse, highlight and select, minimize and maximize your screen, perform basic word processing, work with Microsoft Word documents, use tool bars to change font, text size and color, cut and paste, save documents, navigate the Internet, create an email account, and much more. Classes are free and no registration is required.

Tattered Cover-Colfax Travel Lovers Book Club announces 2013 schedule of books. January: Country Driving by Peter Hessler. February: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. March: Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk. April: Walking the Gobi by Helen Thayer. May: I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuekaush. June: TBD. Meets monthly on the second Monday, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Info: cktanner@

Preschool Storytime: Wed. 10:30–11:00a.m. Stories, songs, and fun for 3-6 year-olds with an adult. Free.


Computer Basics: Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. In this six weeks series, you will learn how to power the computer on and off, use a mouse, highlight and select, minimize and maximize your screen, perform basic word processing, work with Microsoft Word documents, use tool bars to change font, text size and color, cut and paste, save documents, navigate the Inter-

Several Shabbat speakers will present their remarks during services in January 2013 at Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden St., Denver: Friday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. – Mark Grueskin, an attorney and a past president of Temple Micah, discusses “Pharoah on Facebook: Lessons in Political Followership.” He will share his perspective on politics and govern-

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Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. – Lauren Chance Boyd, a minister at Park Hill United Methodist Church and its director of programming and membership, will share her story of being unable to be ordained in the Methodist denomination, but choosing to still serve in that denomination – in a church that chooses to “buck” that directive. Temple Micah’s Shabbat Sampler Supper at a nearby restaurant directly follows this service; inquire for details and RSVP by Monday, Jan. 14.


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University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law discusses the Supreme Court case on school desegregation that began in Park Hill over a three-day Review Symposium entitled “Forty Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1: Equality of Educational Opportunity and the Legal Construction of Modern Metropolitan America”. Agenda: January 31, The Urban Crisis and Public Education Forty Years Ago; February 1, Deconstructing the Context of Public Education in Metropolitan America; and February 2, Imagining the Possibilities and Understanding the Limitations for Equality of Educational Opportunity in the Post-Metropolis. Info: keyes-symposium.

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|faith community| Check out our website for info on: • worship times • concert schedule • classes for all ages

303-388-4395 2201 Dexter Street, Denver 80207

Agape Christian Church 3050 Monaco Pkwy., 303-296-2454 Bethsaida Temple Christian Center 3930 E 37th Ave., 303-388-7317 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 4900 Montview Blvd., 303-355-7361 Center of Light 2300 Forest St., 720-308-9944 Christ the King Missionary Baptist Church 2390 Olive St., 303-355-5556 Cure d’Ars Catholic Church 3201 Dahlia St., 303-322-1119 East Denver Church of Christ 3500 Forest St., 303-322-2677 East Denver Church of God 6430 MLK Jr Blvd., 303-333-5911 Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Debreselam Medhanealem Church 5152 E 17th Ave., 303-333-4766 Gethsemane Trinity Temple 2586 Colorado Blvd., 303-388-2304 Good Shepherd Baptist Church 2814 Ivy St., 303-322-3369 Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church 4821 E 38th Ave., 303-333-3325 Graham Multicultural Church 33rd and Elm., 303-393-1333 House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church 3082 Leyden St., 303-388-9060 King Baptist Church 3370 Ivy St., 303-388-3248, Loving Saints Christian Fellowship Zion Senior Center, 5150 E 33rd St. 303-377-2762

Messiah Community Church, ELCA 1750 Colorado Blvd., 303-355-4471 Ministerios Pentecostales 3888 Forest St., 720-941-8433 Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia St., 303-355-1651, New Hope Baptist Church 3701 Colorado Blvd., 303-322-5200 Park Hill Congregational Church 2600 Leyden St, 303-322-9122 Park Hill Presbyterian Church 3411 Albion St, 303-399-8312 Park Hill United Methodist Church 5209 E Montview Blvd, 303-322-1867 Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 6100 Smith Road., 303-355-0353 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 3301 Leyden St., 303-322-5983 Shorter Community A.M.E. Church 3100 Richard Allen Ct., 303-320-1712 Solomon’s Temple Missionary Baptist 3000 Holly St., 303-377-2249 St. Thomas Episcopal Church 2205 Dexter St., 303-388-4395 Temple Micah 2600 Leyden St., 303-388-4239, Union Baptist Church 3200 Dahlia St., 303-320-0911 Unity on the Avenue 4670 E 17th Ave, 303-322-3901 Contact Erin Vanderberg at to add or update a listing.

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JH Edwards Plumbing & Heating: Large or small jobs, quality work at fair prices. From repairs to remodeling, bath, kitchen upgrades, &

problem solving. Lic & insured. Jim 303-883-9030.

Housecleaning: It’s all about the details! Providing service in the Denver Metro area since 1993. Gold Star BBB Member. www.toptobottom Diane 303-668-4014.

Residential reroofing and repairs: 17 years experience,

licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. www.accurateroofingand masonry. com. Call Shawn 303-907-9223.

Masonry Services: Brick, Stone, Concrete, restoration, tuck pointing, chimney’s, retaining walls, city sidewalks. licensed, bonded, and insured. www.the brickandstoneguy. com References. Call Shawn 303-907-9223.

G r e a t e r Pa r k H i l l C o m munity Wish List: Donations to GPHC of needed in-kind gifts & talents helps us offset expenses to serve the community more e f f i c i e n t l y. P l e a s e c o n t a c t R o b y n Fi s h m a n a t g p h c @ or 303-3880918 if you can help with any of the following: 1. Label Maker that can accommodate a variety of label widths

2. Laminator 3. Commercial scale 4. Spanish interpreters to translate documents 5 . Vo l u n t e e r s o r g r o u p s to help collect, sort and shelve food 6. Microsoft Office Suite licensed software (2 copies) 7. A carpet protect mat for under a rolling desk chair 8. 2 rubber-backed floor mats, any size.

Dreaming of a new home for the new year? If you are thinking of buying or selling, now is a great time!

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Living And Working Together

That’s Park Hill

In this spirit, we Park Hill Realtors consistently communicate and cooperate, broker to broker, company to company, and have a proven success record in helping you reach your real estate goals and needs. We strive to make Park Hill a better place, day by day. As a way of giving back and continuing to support the Park Hill Community, we each pledge to donate $50 to the Food Pantry at GPHC from every closing we have in the neighborhood throughout 2013

Anastasia Williamson Kentwood City 303-523-2037

Corrie Lee Perry and Co 303-817-9266

Jay Epperson Re/Max Cherry Creek 303-886-6608

Roberta Locke Cherry Creek Properties 303-355-4492

Steve Hetterich Re/Max Cherry Creek 303-331-1556

Dave Roush Re/Max Cherry Creek 303-331-4511

Judy Wolfe Re/Max Cherry Creek 303-331-4524

Cherry Creek Properties

Porchlight Real Estate Group

Emily Roet Roet Realty 303-717-4216

John Neu


Mary Gerwin Nina Kuhl Kentwood Cherry Creek Cherry Creek Properties 303-619-3150 303-913-5858

Marcy Eastman Re/Max Cherry Creek 720-436-5494

Steve LaPorta

Cherry Creek Properties


Devon Combs Kentwood Company 303-547-0848

Kim Tighe Cherry Creek Properties 720-840-9791

Jane McLaughlin

Cherry Creek Properties


Keith Combs Kentwood Company 720-218-9614

Thank you Park Hill! We are sincerely grateful for your past business and look forward to serving you in 2013. Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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2013/01 January Issue of the Greater Park Hill News