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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1960 • Volume 58, Issue No. 12 • December 2019

By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN

Highlights, and Lowlights, of 2019 Compiled by Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN

What a year. Municipal elections, wrangling over the Park Hill Golf Course land and the East Area Plan, a teachers’ strike that was followed, months later, by a historic DPS school board election (see page 5 for more on that). Throw in world class ice climbing, a 50th anniversary neighborhood blowout, drunk skunks and a wild turkey roaming Park Hill. The following are highlights of the year that is quickly drawing to a close.

January

ing universal healthcare, social justice and civil rights.

Marade Honors MLK, Jr. On Jan. 21, thousands of Denverites turned out for the 35th annual marade to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 90th birthday. As happens yearly, crowds gathered at the MLK, Jr. statue in City Park before marching three miles up Colfax Wilma Webb. Photo by to the state capiCara DeGette tol. Said former state Rep. Wilma Webb, the marade’s founder, “We’ve got a lot to celebrate, but we’ve got a lot to work on.”

Several months ago, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. contracted with National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to administer a survey of Park Hill households to gauge residents’ opinions about current and future decisions impacting the community and to inform the Board’s strategic prioricontinued on page 16 stretched well into January, the owners of Oblio’s Pizzeria on 22nd Avenue and Kearney Street offered free meals to employees who had been furloughed, and their families. They also launched a Go Fund Me effort to provide assistance to seven families who were financially strapped as a result of the shutdown. Their efforts to help generated much coverage, including a mention in the New York Times.

Womxn’s March On Denver For the third year, crowds gathered in Denver, across the nation and globe on the third Saturday of the month to mark the movement dedicated to the power and importance of women. In Denver, crowd estimates were at 80,000. This year’s event was renamed the Womxn’s March to recognize non-binary identity designation. Participants carried and waved signs and banners opposing President Donald Trump, and promoting a range of other issues, includ-

Oblio’s Opens Its Arms In response to the federal government shutdown that began in December and

Six Decades Of Park Hill Action: Just What Do They Do? Close Encounters With Bighorn Sheep In Waterton Canyon Bibliophiles Unite! Park Hill Library Turning 100 in 2020

UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS There is no monthly meeting in December. The next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 2. at 2823 Fairfax St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

whole child but cannot afford to live in the communities where we teach. We are committed to doing our very best by each child and yet are underpaid and disrespected. We deserve a living wage and Denver’s kids deserve respected educators.”

Green Space Disappearing In her monthly column, GPHC board chair Tracey MacDermott highlighted recent reports that green space in Denver is disappearing faster than most other cites and that the dwindling of nature in Denver could lead to potentially overwhelming increases in storm-water runoff, and is causing worsening heat-wave impacts.

February

Talk of the Neighborhood The campaigns for Denver Mayor and City Council elections started revving up in a big way. In a season of discontent, no fewer than 52 candidates jumped into the races for mayor, city council, clerk and recorder and auditor. Though the election was still four months away, George Mayl, president of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), attended the January meeting of GPHC to remind people to, “get out there and vote – I don’t care who you vote for, but vote!”

It’s Always Been Personal: What It Means To Flip The Board

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The Year in Rearview

Survey Background and Summary

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In November, Maxwell Bresler’s ElectroPop Space Club beamed down to the Mile High City in a big way during Denver Fashion Week. Check out page 19 for more of the Park Hill native’s intergalactic designs from the catwalk, along with an interview with Bresler about his inspiration and unconventional approach to fashion. Photo by Reid Neureiter

(Note: The following is the summary of the survey and results as presented by the Boulder-based National Research Center.)

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In September, the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. contracted with the Boulder-based survey research firm National Research Center (NRC). Specifically, GPHC was interested in conducting a scientifically sound survey to gauge the opinions of the 30,000 residents of the neighborhood on several hot topics. According to GPHC Treasurer Heather Shockey, the reason for the survey was twofold: “The Board felt that now would be a good time to invest in a statistically valid survey in order to, one: ensure that the Board’s positions are aligned with resident expectations – not just the loudest voices – and two: use data to inform the Board’s strategic priorities.” Of 2,000 invitations mailed to a random selection of households, 308 completed the survey, which was conducted by the NRC. (Note: The research firm anticipated a 10 percent response rate; the actual response was much higher, at 16 percent.) Among the findings from the respondents:

• Three-fourths want the Park Hill Golf Course land to remain entirely green space/park or golf course. • 9 in 10 support increased parks and green spaces and preserving the architectural character and style of the community. • Three-quarters would like the community to focus on improving traffic safety over the coming two years. • More than 8 in 10 prefer keeping Park Hill a mostly residential community. • Only 1 in 10 feel they have excellent or good access to affordable quality housing.

Raw Politics Returns: Penfield Tate’s Take On The Power Reset At City Hall

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Community survey shows overwhelming support for parks, open space, affordable housing, improving traffic and preserving the residential character and architecture of Park Hill.

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Results Are In

PARK HILL CHARACTER

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Ice Climbing World Cup Finals On Feb. 23-24 Denver hosted the finals of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation’s ice climbing World Cup series. More than 70 competitive ice-climbing men and women athletes descended on Denver from around the world. A 50-foot tall competition scaffolding was erected on the south side of Civic Center park, with downtown Denver providing a stunning backdrop to the remarkable feats of balance and strength on display.

What’s Happening At City Park Photo by Cara DeGette

Teachers On Strike

On Feb. 11, some 2,600 Denver Public School educators went on strike for the first time in 25 years. At the end of three days, an agreement was reached, and teachers returned to class. Numerous educators shared their views in the February issue, including Amy Maes, who teaches kindergarten at Park Hill Elementary. “We are working with the children who will some day run our country. We are teaching the

GPHC board member Ryan Hunter provided an update during the monthly community meeting on several projects at City Park. The Denver Zoo was moving forward with improvements to the Gate 15 area, behind the elephant compound near Duck Lake on the north side of the park. Updates were underway at the Dustin Redd Playground, and once those were completed the smaller playground near the Denver Museum of Nature & Science was slated for improvements as well. continued on page 2


Year in Rearview, continued from page 1

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March

Is The Skunk Drunk? During the monthly GPHC community meeting, Julian Wolff, outreach coordinator for the Denver Animal Shelter, highlighted many resources available at the shelter. Audience members asked several questions, including what to do about skunks and raccoons. Wolff said if you see a skunk that seems drunk, call animal enforcement at 311, as it is likely the skunk has rabies. For general wild animal sightings, he said, it’s generally best to accept the fact that “they are wildlife, and we are [living] in their habitat.”

April

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After a contentious election season Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock emerged victorious over five challengers. But he didn’t land enough votes to keep him from a runoff election against a newcomer to Denver politics, Jamie Giellis. City Councilman Chris Herndon, whose district includes Park Hill, held off five challengers and won a third term. Other council incumbents, including Albus Brooks, Mary Beth Susman and Wayne New, were not as lucky. They were bested by newcomers who

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For the fourth time, East senior Arria Minor won the 100-meter dash at the state championship meet on May 16-18, tying a 32-year old record at 11.31. Minor also won the 200-meter for the fourth time, and contributed to East’s 4x100 meter relay winning team. Minor now holds the Colorado state records for the 100, 200, and 400 meters.

June

Greater Park “Over the” Hill Party On June 1, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. celebrated turning 50 in a big way, with a celebration that included a block party at 28th and Fairfax, video storytelling from longtime residents, food trucks and a silent auction. continued on page 8

The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteerbased registered neighborhood organization that: promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill; provides resources, information and advocacy; and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation.

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vowed to challenge the status quo. Also on the May 7 ballot was the Right To Survive initiative, to repeal Denver’s urban camping ban that allows police to cite and remove property belonging to homeless people in public areas. With an opposition campaign that was funded with more than $2.4 million in campaign cash – largely from developers and business groups – Right To Survive was defeated with 81 percent of the vote. Denver voters, however, did approve a second initiative to make psilocybin mushrooms (aka “magic mushrooms”) the lowest law enforcement priority for Denver police - the first ordinance of its kind in the nation.

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December 2019


BIRDLAND | Mark Silverstein

Cheers To You

The song of the Buff-throated Saltator is, well, cheery. Males engage in melodious duets that sound like this: “Cheery cheery,” one will warble. The second will answer, “Cheery to you.” Once thought to be cardinals, Buff-throated Saltators are now considered part of the tanager family. They have stout, finch-like bills, slate-grey heads and greenish crowns. Their habitat covers a wide geographic range, from Mexico south to Brazil. This Buff-throated Saltator was photographed in Ecuador by Park Hill resident Mark Silverstein.

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RAW POLITICS | Penfield W. Tate III

Power Reset

Denver City Council Seeking Plenty Of Changes It is that weird political season that form – in 2017 the Department of Environcomes every four years. mental Health was changed to the DepartWe’ve ended this year’s municipal elecment of Public Health and Environment. tion season, and will see what changes the In 2011 we allowed the Auditor to appoint newly elected officials will – or will not – a Deputy Auditor. bring. We’re readying for another Some changes have been more convening of the Colorado Legissignificant. In 2004 Denver votlature next month. And we are also ers made the Clerk and Recorder bracing ourselves as next year’s naan elected position rather than a tional elections – presidential and mayoral appointment. In 2005 votcongressional – will focus the lens ers gave council the authority to through which all of these things approve intergovernmental agreeoccur and are viewed. Be ready. ments and revenue contracts. In For this month, let’s focus lo2006 the Department of Revenue PENFIELD W. became the Department of Fically. The outcome of this spring’s city nance. And in 2016, in response to TATE III elections reflected the voters’ deperceived abuses in the Department sire to make development more equitable of Safety and the administration’s failure and compatible with the city’s wonderful to correct them, voters put the Office of and diverse people and neighborhoods. the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Denver’s five new city council members Oversight Board into the charter. have talked about doing things differently Typically the process is done by the adand bringing change to city government. ministration working with the city counThey have also shown a willingness to cil, because only the council can place proback up their talk with action. They have posed changes to the city’s charter on the already voted to not renew contracts, and ballot. This time, it is clear that the council they have embraced the “Special Issues City is leading the charter change process. Some Charter” committee as a venue to institucouncil members have said privately – and tionalize change. sometimes not so privately – that many of the currently proposed charter changes are Redefining the relationship needed to redefine the relationship between the mayor and council due to perceived exLet’s be clear, Denver has periodically cesses of the current administration. adjusted the charter for needed updates or A review of a few of the proposals seems improvements. Many have been a matter of

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to evidence this perception. One, sponsored by Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, would make the Denver sheriff an elected position instead of a mayoral appointee. From approximately 1902-1911 and 1915-1920 the Sheriff was elected. It is believed that the elected position was eliminated by then-Mayor Ben Stapleton, openly a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as a way to consolidate his power. That protocol has continued to the current day. Ongoing issues within the Department of Safety over the years are well known. The city has paid millions to settle lawsuits and claims of excessive force that have caused injury and death. CdeBaca has noted, among other reasons she supports the change, that the Sheriff’s Office “continues to be plagued by cost overruns, rising assaults, inadequate services, low staff morale, multi-million-dollar settlements, overcrowding and mismanagement.”

Lessons from the Great Hall A second proposal, sponsored by AtLarge Councilwoman Debbie Ortega, would allow the city council to hire outside professional expertise as needed within the scope of its duties. Ortega was an outspoken critic of the fatally flawed Great Hall Project at the airport, and now-unraveled contractual relationship with Great Hall Partners. As city council was seeking to review the particulars of the 30-plus year arrangement and analyze the complicated financial structure, five of its members sought to hire outside legal assistance using pooled funds from their own office budgets to help review key sections of the complex contract. That request was denied by the administration. Instead, council was given one week to try and digest and understand the agreement. Ortega voted against the project, citing the fact that council only had one opportunity to discuss the contract in committee. As she has repeatedly said, she never (and perhaps no council member ever) saw the full financials even after she signed a nondisclosure agreement. Correcting this situation is one of her highest priorities. The language of the proposal has already been drafted and is straightforward: “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the city council as a whole may, from time to time and without executive branch approval, contract for professional services that the city council determines necessary to aid the city council in carrying out its duties and responsibilities under this Charter and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.” A third proposal, sponsored by newlyelected Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer, would give council the authority to consent to mayoral appointments. That would include the managers of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Finance, Safety, General Services, Human Services, Aviation, Pub-

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lic Health and Environment, Community Planning and Development, the City Attorney and the Director of Excise and License. As drafted, once the mayor nominates candidates for those positions, the council would have 30 days to consent to the appointment. If a candidate is rejected, the mayor must submit a new nominee to go through the same process. Once consent occurs, the appointee serves, as they do now, at the pleasure of the mayor.

As seen on TV A final proposal, also sponsored by Councilwoman CdeBaca, would convert the position of the Independent Monitor to a position elected by city council rather than a mayoral appointee. A committee appointed by the city council would include one person from the Citizens Oversight Board and recruit candidates for the position that would be publicly advertised. Three top candidates would be recommended to the full council. Once appointed, the Independent Monitor would serve for a term of four years and could only be removed for gross misconduct, incompetence or failure to perform their duties. The Independent Monitor would be required to request reappointment at least 120 days before the end of the term. Neither the Independent Monitor nor any member of the office could be former members of the police, sheriff or fire departments. The committee’s work is not concluded. It is anticipated that all of the 13 members of council will have at least one proposal for consideration. Meetings are held every other Monday and are open to the public. As part of her commitment to transparency, Councilwoman Ortega has required all of the meetings to be televised on the city’s station, Channel 8. All of the meeting minutes, agenda and videos are available on the council website (go to denvergov.org and click on the link to city council). Just reviewing these four proposals makes clear this councils’ desire for significant changes. Many in the community have expressed desires for just this type of resetting of the power dynamic in city government. Hold on – it appears that you are about to get your wish. See you in January when we will talk about the General Assembly, which reconvenes on Jan. 8. Happy holidays to you and your families. Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney in Denver. He represented Park Hill in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate from 2001 to February 2003. His adult daughter was born and raised in Park Hill, and Tate and his wife Paulette remain in the neighborhood. Tate’s regular political column resumes this month after a brief hiatus while he made a bid for mayor earlier this year.

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EDUCATION UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas

It’s Always Been Personal What It Means To Flip The Board That Oversees Denver Public Schools In 2006, Michael Bennet, then the newly berg was supported by the group Demoappointed superintendent of Denver Public crats for Education Reform, and many Schools, in full embrace of the top-down other national pro-reform groups. national movement known as education Money, from both local and outside reform, shuttered Manual High School. sources, poured into Denver to keep the What has become the catch-phrase “edreform agenda moving forward and to tell ucation reform” is a market-based system its story. that seeks competition between schools, A powerful documentary series, Standembraces co-locations and school closures ing in the Gap, was produced in 2015 by as remedies for “failing schools.” Rocky Mountain PBS, chronicling Its supporters promote charter and glorifying the reform narraschools and alternative methods tive in Denver. Funded in part by of certifying teachers, and evaluatthe Gates Family Foundation and ing students, teachers and schools the Piton Foundation, the series based on student performance on included the voices of the usual standardized tests. suspects advocating for reform Money, both from inside and – including Boasberg and foroutside Colorado, has poured into mer and current board members systems and organizations to push Theresa Peña, Nate Easley, Landri LYNN data, collect and analyze it. Taylor and Barbara O’Brien. Also A January 2007 New Yorker ar- KALINAUSKAS appearing were parents associated ticle made Bennet the focus in a with the pro-reform group Stand story on the closure of Manual for Children – but not identified High School – crafting Bennet as such. Former state Sen. Mike as the poster child for Denver’s Johnston, who crafted Senate Billreform movement. The article 191 that evaluates teachers based was written by Katherine Boo, a personal on student performance, had a role, along friend of Bennet’s brother, the journalist with Patrick Hamill of Oakwood Homes James Bennet. (interestingly the series did not highlight By portraying the superintendent as gothe fact that Hamill had given at least ing door-to-door to reclaim the 558 stu$18,000 to pro-reform school board elecdents left in the lurch by the closure of Mantion candidates in 2013). ual, in north Denver, Boo made Bennet the The documentary was artfully crafted to personal hero and savior of our schools. She elevate these individuals and their roles in made the story about him. Little is known Denver’s social and educational fabric. But about how – 12 years later – most of those little was said about the city’s achievement students have fared. gap between whites and students of color, which was steadily increasing. Deals and appointments Not represented in that documentary were those displaced by school closings, Another story, however, was taking place those who opposed high-stakes testing, at the headquarters of Colorado’s largest those who continued to wait their turn to school district. In 2008 Bennet and Tom have their designated three minutes to adBoasberg, then chief operating officer for dress the board with their grievances. DPS, persuaded the board of education to The resistance was silenced. embark on a financial deal with a variable interest rate as a fix to the district’s underElection night 2019 funded pension fund. In August, 2010, Pulitzer prize-winning On Nov. 5, those voices were heard. In a journalist Gretchen Morgenson docustunning shock to the reform movement, mented the transactions in a New York none of their candidates won in three open Times story titled “Exotic Deals Put Denver school board races. The election was not Schools Deeper In Debt.” The story detailed without its controversies, as non-reform how the deal had been profitable for the activists advocated for different candidates banks, but not for Denver taxpayers. That in three-way races and feared splitting the misguided decision has impacted Denver’s vote. But final results were a decisive blow educational budget every year for more to the reform movement. than a decade and will continue until 2038. Of seven elected board members, proThe year before, then-Colorado Gov. Bill reform officers have held a majority on Ritter had appointed Bennet to the U.S. the board since 2009. That was the year Senate. At the time of the appointment, Nate Easley, after he was elected, reversed there had not been much public vetting of his pro-neighborhood platform and supthe “exotic” financial deal that Morgenson ported the pro-reform agenda. The teachlater detailed. ers’ union, which had supported him, was When he was appointed to the Senate, betrayed. Bennet successfully encouraged the school This year, newly elected board directors board to replace him with his childhood include Scott Baldermann who won the friend, Boasberg – the man who had been District 1 seat representing southeast Deninstrumental in the pension refinance deal. ver. Brad Laurvick, was declared the victor Boasberg proceeded to aggressively furto represent District 5 in northwest Denver. ther the reforms that were launched by Tay Anderson won the at-large seat to Bennet. He did this until he stepped down replace the term-limited Allegra “Happy” from his position a decade later, in 2018. Haynes. At 21, Anderson is a recent graduOutcries came from those who were ate of Manual High School – which was reunhappy with the changes brought about opened in 2007. He is the youngest elected by these education reforms. But they often official in Colorado’s history. seemed like lone voices, sometimes standAll three winning candidates were ing singly on a street corner, protesting. backed by the teachers’ union. They were hushed by a loud public relations Chances for change machine advancing the reform agenda. In turn, most media outlets in Denver ampliFor Mia Anderson, this election was perfied the pro-reform PR message. sonal. She voted for the first time ever, for her son. My DPS This election was also personal for many Boasberg published a weekly newsletter others. For families affiliated with Manual, titled My DPS. His attempt to make it pernow co-located with a McAuliffe middle sonal belied the fact that he neither lived school and in danger of being closed again, in Denver nor sent his children to DPS it was a vote of support for their school and schools. But his message was consistent: community. More than 50 schools have reforms were successful and needed to conbeen impacted by closures. In Park Hill that tinue to give more students the opportunihas included Smiley Middle School, Philips ties needed for their futures. Elementary and Roots Elementary. Boasberg was supported by the group For the parents who have wanted to send A+ Denver (now A+ Colorado), which was their children to a neighborhood school founded in 2006 at Bennet’s urging. Boasbut could not because their neighborhood

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school has been closed, or put in a larger enrollment zone, this was their chance to ask for change. For Hasira Ashemu, who has been spearheading education and social activism and who stepped up to help rescue Denver

ibly personal. The teachers lost three days’ worth of wages to make a statement about their profession, advocating for salaries that reflect their true and hard work. But the general outcry was more profound. Students and parents joined the striking teachers, and the personal became communal. A call to flip the board took flight. Education reform left a trail of collateral damage, especially impacting communities of color. On Nov. 5, voters in Denver stepped-up to say, no more.

The pendulum swings

When Boasberg stepped down in 2018 for personal reasons, he may have been reading the writing on the wall. Since his departure (Boasberg is now the superintendent of the Singapore American School, a private school in Singapore), the reform movement in Denver has steadily receded as being the star of the schoolyard. For the newly-elected board members and those remaining – Jennifer Bacon, Angela Cobián, Barbara O’Brien and Carrie Olson – it was a vote that carried the voices of those who have called for more equity, better resourced schools, stronger community involvement, financial transparency, Newly-elected DPS School Board Member Tay An- respect for teachers and students, more derson, after voting in the November election with his thoughtful student evaluations, choice mom, Mia Anderson. Photo courtesy of Tay Anderson that is fair, and strong neighborhood schools. Our personal stories are now in their Discovery School when DPS threatened to hands. Godspeed. shutter it last spring, it was personal. For activists Brandon Pryor and Gabe Lynn Kalinauskas is the education chair for Lindsay, who repeatedly went to the board Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. on a monthly basis to explain that students in the Far Northeast were being treated inThe following are links to the stories referequitably because of policies put into place enced in her column: by DPS, Nov. 5 was a redeeming night. For The New Yorker, Jan. 8, 2007: Expectations Pryor, whose seven-year old son was hand- Can the students who became a symbol cuffed in his school last year, it was espeof failed reform be rescued? newyorker. cially personal. com/magazine/2007/01/15/expectationse For the thousands of teachers who in New York Times, Aug. 5, 2010: February walked out of their classrooms Exotic Deals Put Denver Schools Deeper and onto the picket line wearing T-shirts in Debt nytimes.com/2010/08/06/ emblazoned “red for ed,” it was incredbusiness/06denver.html?dbk

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WE PHNEE’D TO TALK | Erin Pier

Brilliant, Thoughtful... And Struggling The Inequities Of Zero Tolerance

If you’ve happened upon my column over system. This is called the School-to-Prison the past year in these pages, then you may Pipeline. already know I’m a Stedman parent and an When he stopped caring active participant in Park Hill Neighbors For Equity in Education, which is working When a fifth-grade student can’t read at to achieve exactly what its name suggests. a fifth grade level, it would be abhorrent to I also work as a school psychologist at a reshame them for failing to learn. Instead, markable small alternative high school in supports should be put in place to ensure Northwest Denver, called Academy the student’s needs are being met, of Urban Learning (AUL Denver). and to help bring them up to grade Our kids at AUL are a brilliant, level. thoughtful, and introspective Somehow we have forgotten that bunch, though many have strugchildren come to school to learn not gled to feel successful in their edujust how to read, but how to behave cational careers up until now. and socialize as well. Motive for a I recently sat talking with one of child’s behavior can often be comthose brilliant kids, and asked him plex, and related to circumstances ERIN PIER when he first experienced trouble such as poverty, abuse, neglect, or in school. Without missing a beat, other factors contributing to toxic he replied, “Second grade. That’s stress. But instead of receiving when I got suspended for the first time. To compassion, support, and intervention, be fair though, I probably deserved it.” children with problem behaviors are often “What made you think you deserved pushed out of school. it?” I asked. “I hit a kid, and they had one When removed from the school enviof those, what’s it called, zero-tolerance ronment, these children (the most in need things,” was his response. of behavioral support) lose access to learnIn the mid-90s, schools began to roll ing from positive peer interactions that are out “zero-tolerance policies” nationwide. supervised and facilitated by trained eduSchools that have adopted these policies cators. Further, when the student returns won’t tolerate any kind of misbehavior to school, they are stigmatized for their or violation of school rules, regardless of “bad” behavior, both by peers and adults circumstance. There’s no asking why the alike, impacting their ability to form strong behavior occurred, or working with the connections at school, and increasing their student to remedy their actions. Instead, risk for criminal activity. students are suspended or expelled, and After my student told me about his first often receive immediate contact or consesuspension in second grade, I asked him quence from school-based law enforcement what happened when he returned to school. officers (SROs), thus funneling children diHe replied, “They just sat me in the back, let rectly from school into the criminal justice me do me, and then called my mom every

day after school.” He says that’s about when he stopped caring for school – because that’s when school stopped caring for him.

Check out these numbers It should come as no surprise that students most impacted by zero-tolerance policies are children of color and children with disabilities — and it starts early. In September, I shared with you this data from the U.S. Department of Education: black children represent 19 percent of preschool enrollment, but 47 percent of the out-ofschool suspensions . . . in preschool! In DPS, the school board implemented a policy in the 2017-2018 school year to reduce the number of early childhood (preschool through third grade) suspensions and expulsions. In 2015-16 alone, there were 500 of these early childhood incidents. The new policy is certainly a step in the right direction. But, during the 2018/2019 school year, a total of 431 white students were suspended, compared to 2,040 Hispanic/Latino students, and 1,185 black students. Despite accounting for a quarter of the DPS student body, white students made up 11 percent of the total out of school suspensions, compared to 52 percent of Hispanic/ Latino students and 30 percent of black students (who only account for 13 percent of the DPS student body). In Colorado’s general population, 70 percent identify as white, 21 percent identify as Hispanic, 4 percent identify as black, and 1 percent identify as American Indian. Within the Colorado incarcerated population, however, 44 percent identify as white, 33 percent as Hispanic, 18 percent as black, and 4 percent as American Indian. In other words, white people are significantly underrepresented within the prison system, while people of color are significantly overrepresented.

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when children of color are suspended and expelled at a rate three times that of their white peers. It escalates when those same children are ostracized from school, and are unable to make healthy connections. And it culminates when those same children are handed over to the juvenile justice systems by their own educators, or, they eventually drop out. As I shared with you last month, 84 percent of Colorado state prisoners never graduated high school. According to the ACLU, the School-to Prison Pipeline begins with inadequate resources in public schools. While funding shortages affect schools across the board, the impact is greater at schools impacted by poverty, whom often have higher needs and can’t supplement their budgets with PTA fundraising. These schools often struggle to find money in their budgets to provide physical materials to students (updated textbooks, paper, pens, calculators), access to support (social workers, psychologists, paraprofessionals), art and music instruction, or field trips. These inequitable education environments lead to disengaged students, low graduation rates, and increased risk of court ¬involvement. While all of our Greater Park Hill neighborhood elementary schools are making strides and working hard to provide highquality education to all students, the truth is, there is a gap in the distribution of resources among them. We can do better for our children, and your voice matters in making that change. Join us at one of any number of upcoming Imagine One Park Hill Community Engagement Sessions. Dates and times can be found at PHNEE.org/oneparkhill. Erin Pier is a mother of three, Stedman parent, and school psychologist at AUL Denver. She is an active member of the Park Hill Neighbors For Equity In Education, which works toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in all schools in the neighborhood. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/phnee, or send an email to info@phnee.org.

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Year in Rearview, continued from page 2 firmed, if there was any remaining doubt, that everyone loves a parade. Park Hill’s 4th of July parade turned 10 this year. The parade, which was founded by the Breslers (Justin, Alison, Max, Ellie and Charles), has grown from an informal gathering of kids on bicycles riding up 23rd Avenue to a

King Davis, 3, enjoying an ice cream bar at the GPHC birthday party. Photo by Cara DeGette

Garden Walk

Denver Geese Kill Sparks Controversy Under orders from top officials from Denver Parks and Rec, 1,662 geese were rounded up from several city parks, including City Park just west of Park Hill. The molting geese and their goslings were killed and, according to the city, some of the meat was given to organizations to distribute to people in need. Deputy parks director Scott Gilmore defended killing the geese, saying the goose populations had become untenable. However the pre-dawn roundups enraged animal rights activists, who pointed out that other cities have successful programs to deal with goose poop and overpopulation in more humane ways. In addition, the roundups occurred the same month the city adopted a policy for managing geese. One of the top recommendations was the critical need for public outreach and support – which notably the city had not done. Photo by Cara DeGette

The Dahlia Campus for Health & WellBeing was one of the featured gardens in the annual Park Hill Garden Walk. The Dahlia Campus, at 34th and Eudora Street, opened in 2016, to provide mental health and other services and programs. More than an acre of the three-acre campus is devoted to farming and gardening, with 100 or so varieties of food-producing plants.

Photo courtesy of the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

Hancock Wins Third Term

In the municipal runoff election, Michael B. Hancock trounced Jamie Giellis, winning a third term as Denver mayor. In the clerk and recorder’s runoff race, former City Councilman Paul Lopez beat public interest attorney Peg Perl.

Brown Cloud is Back Springtime is in full swing and getting outdoors is a priority. Denverites are blessed with an incredible view of our city skyline and stunning snowcapped mountains, and yet again, that view is tainted by the brown cloud.

July

Parade Turns 10 Justin Bresler and his family have con-

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September

Pushback On East Area Plan

rollicking party of thousands, cheering on parade participants who come by foot, on floats, on motorcycles, in cars, trucks and golf carts.

‘No Park Is Safe’ Former Mayor Wellington Webb wasted no time making his views known on the future of the Park Hill Golf Course land after a surprise deal surfaced that the development company Westside Investment Partners was closing on a contract to buy the 155-acre parcel for $24 million. In a heavily-attended press conference, Webb urged Denver residents to contact their council representatives and register opposition to any development on the land, which is protected with a conservation easement that city taxpayers paid $2 million to secure in 1997. “What I hope to get out is the message to people to contact their city councilmembers and the mayor and tell them you want to save Park Hill,” Webb said. “If we allow this golf course in Park Hill to be sold and redeveloped into a concrete jungle, I believe no park in Denver is safe.”

Goose couple with their goslings, taken last year at Ferril Lake in City Park. Photo by Mark Silverstein

A city plan to dramatically increase the density in residential areas close to Colfax from Colorado Boulevard east to Yosemite has drawn fierce opposition from many residents who fear their modest neighborhoods are at risk of the same type of intense development that has radically altered other areas of Denver. The public outcry coincided with an early August announcement that a $125 million funding shortfall for the city’s planned Bus Rapid Transit

August Oneida Park Center Near Capacity Two years ago, Denver commercial real estate broker Todd Snyder and partner Rick Firmine purchased the Oneida Park Center, on Oneida between 22nd and 23rd avenues. Now, the once-sleepy business block is booming. Built in the 1950s, the center has undergone a multi-million dollar facelift, including repairing the iconic mid-century-style sign that towers over the block. Esters Neighborhood Pub, Torpedo Coffee, The Local Butcher and DANG Soft Serve, opened this year. A weekly farmers market was held during summer months. An Illegal Pete’s Mexican restaurant is expected to open on that block in 2020. As business has boomed, parking headaches and the accompanying increase in noise and traffic, has become the new normal

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(BRT) along Colfax could delay that project for a decade or more. City planners, along with a committee of volunteers appointed by members of the city council, have been working on the plan for two years. However, many residents had no idea of its farreaching impact on their properties and neighborhoods. Most reported they had just learned about the plan when recommendations were rolled out in the spring. City planners have since revised the draft recommendations. Planners scheduled another public workshop for review and response on Nov. 23, after the print deadline for the December issue. Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

Home Tour and Street Fair The 41st Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair, on Sept. 8, featured homes built from 1926 to 2016 in various architectural styles, including Craftsman, Georgian, Tudor, and English Cottage. The daylong free Street Fair on the parkway at Montview and Forest featured vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, wine & beer, kids activities, and a sustainability zone.

October

Line In The Sand In the latest twist to the ongoing tug-ofwar over the Park Hill Golf Course land, the group fighting to keep its 155 acres open

Photo by Cara DeGette

November

which Daniel Weinshenker rejoined, “This is a perfect example of why I love Park Hill.”

Turkeys On The Loose Wild Turkeys were once hunted out of large parts of their range. But they have been reintroduced and sightings are no longer as rare as they were. A female turkey wandering around the neighborhood this year created a huge stir. For weeks she was the source of much merriment on social media, with Justin Bresler, accepting the Babbs Award at the anmultiple people weighing in daily nual GPHC meeting. Every year the Babbs Award is with updates and GPS coordinates. given to someone – in this case an entire family – who A turkey-naming competition soon has made a lasting contribution to Park Hill. Bresler followed. Katherine Smith Kuhn and his family founded the Park Hill 4th of July Parade. took home a trophy for her awardPhoto by Cara DeGette winning entry: Stuffany. The turkey space highlighted a new state law that they was last seen high-tailing it toward Staplesay makes the land off-limits to developton, where it was rumored she took a partment. Specifically, the law now requires time job leading Cory Gardner’s reelection anyone who wants to terminate a consercampaign. To which someone quipped, vation easement to take it to a judge. Previ“That seems a fitting job for a turkey.” To ously, city officials and developers have said that terminating the existing easement on the property could be done with a simple majority vote of the Denver city council. In a press conference to highlight the new law, former Mayor Wellington Webb called for open space advocates to “draw a line in the sand” to oppose development.

Quality Inn Becomes Quality Housing Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has purchased the former Quality Inn at 37th Avenue and Quebec Street, and is converting the former hotel into 139 apartments for people who currently have no home. Denver has a critical shortage of 27,000 lowincome housing units, and the coalition has a current waiting list of 3,600, CCH director John Parvensky said he and his team jumped at the chance to acquire the propoerty. The rooms are being retrofitted into 300 square-foot micro-unit apartments designed to be long-term, low-income housing for singles and possibly some couples. The apartments were slated to be ready for move-in by the year’s end.

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Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood. The GPHC, Inc. board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the 10 districts within the neighborhood, as well as at-large representatives. They are elected during the October annual meeting of GPHC, Inc. The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at the GPHC office at 2823 Fairfax St., except for December and July. Everyone is welcome to attend

about Park Hill? Big mature trees, our parkways, the sense of community living in a small town in a big city. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? More parks and open space; natural solutions to decreasing stormwater runoff quantity and increasing its quality, i.e. trees, plants, permeable surfaces, mulch, rain barrels. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead with GPHC? Community input on the proposed East Area Plan; Zoning text

When my husband and I bought our home 10 years ago we were attracted by the treelined parkways, architecture and embedded history. Being active in the community has brought with it many friendships, a wealth of conversations on current neighborhood events, and the desire to retain our diverse and unique character. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? With the increase in traffic, pedestrian and biker safety needs attention, especially surrounding

Take Me To Your Leader

Meet The Board Members Of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. these community meetings. Unless otherwise indicated, the board members can be contacted via the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St. or at 303-3880918. If you are interested in an appointment to a vacant chair, or want to volunteer your time and expertise in another way, contact contact board Chair Tracey MacDermott at the GPHC office. Additional information about the Registered Neighborhood Organization and its history can be read at greaterparkhill.org. Check out page 20 for additional information on how to sign up for membership and how to get involved.

Board Officers Board Chair: Tracey MacDermott Occupation: Clinical Trials Manager for the department of surgery at the CU School of Medicine. What is your favorite thing about Park Hill? The many individuals who are not afraid to speak up. Park Hill has been presented with many challenges, and every time someone from this neighborhood has been a voice and a set of working hands to work through the issue.

Treasurer and District 3 Representative: Heather Shockey

Occupation: Human Resources Professional What do you love about Park Hill? The people, the architecture, the history, and the proximity to downtown and the mountains. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead with GPHC? Becoming more involved in being a neighborhood leader with the Sustainable Neighborhood Network. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.

Board Secretary and Property Use Chair: Bernadette Kelly

Occupation: Construction Project Manager for JeffCo Public Schools What do you love

amendment concerning Group Living in all residential zone districts. Best contact: Via GPHC

Districts 1. LaMone Noles Occupation: Medical Support Administration, Denver VA Medical Center; Women & Fair Practices Coordinator, AFGE Local 2241, Denver VAMC What do you love about Park Hill? Park Hill is an established neighborhood with a strong history of community activism. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? Explore opportunities for revitalization of businesses and new housing on Smith Road and re-route traffic away from Albion Street between Smith Road and 40th Avenue. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead with GPHC? Engage the residents of Northeast Park Hill to be the leading voice in any plans concerning the Park Hill Golf Course and set up resident groups to study the Near Northeast Neighborhood Plan. Looking forward to a great and challenging new year! Best contact: 720-273-6920 or lamone4denver8@gmail.com

2. Ryan T. Hunter

Occupation: Chief Operating Officer for GCH What do you love about Park Hill? I love the history, the diversity, the small-town in a bigcity feel, and the trees! What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? Better-managed property development to ensure long-term socio-economic diversity of our residents. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? I will focus on supporting GPHC’s efforts to feed Park Hill’s families that are challenged by hunger. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.

3. Heather Shockey (see Treasurer) 4. Vacant 5. Blair Taylor Occupation: Graphic

Designer and Brand Strategist, MFA and MBA What do you love about Park Hill?

schools along thoroughfares like Montview and 23rd. The displacement and isolation of residents that have lived here for 30-plus years needs to be addressed. We need to balance housing developments, affordability, and open space. I also see an opportunity for a city-run program serving repair/replacement of sidewalks, which many other cities do and could help with the maintenance and overall safety. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? Safe street crossings, retaining diversity, preserving character and open space in Park Hill. Best contact: 646-584-1033 or blairntaylor@gmail.com

6. Vacant

7. Jon Bowman

Occupation: Works with Five Points News and BrotherJeff.com to keep the free flow of information alive in Denver. What do you love about Park Hill? Good neighbors, location, alleys, pocket shopping areas, and closeness to downtown, Cherry Creek, and to parks and recreation areas. Best contact: Phone: 720-448-5551; email Ibjb14@yahoo.com

8. Nam Henderson

Occupation: Healthcare Information Technology–Analyst at Children’s Hospital Colorado. What do you love about Park Hill? The size of the neighborhood, the diversity of residents (both in age, length of residence, race and more) and diversity of architectural forms/styles. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? I hope the community can shape discussions of the future of Park Hill Golf Course, new development and open space/parkland, in a way that results in our desired outcomes. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead with GPHC? Getting to know my fellow board members, neighbors and volunteering where I can with all the amazing GPHC programs. Best contact: namhenderson@hotmail. com

9. Stephanie Ceccato

Occupation: Attorney specializing in real estate litigation

In Memoriam

James King

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Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. mourns the loss of longtime District 6 representative James King, who passed away on Sept. 17. Deepest condolences go out to his family and friends, with much appreciation for his years of service and volunteerism in the community. As this newspaper was going to print, we learned of another loss. At-large board member Matt Bradford died suddenly on Nov. 18. Bradford’s contributions to the board have been tremendous for the past year. His energy, strong voice and passion for protecting Park Hill’s history and character, and his love of the neighborhood will be deeply Matt Bradford missed.

What do you love about Park Hill? Park Hill is a true “neighbor”hood filled with lots of diverse people. As I’m out walking, I always get a wave or a friendly hello from those sitting outside or working in their yard. On my block, we all check in on each other, and share pet sitting and goodies from the gardens. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? I would like to see cars slow down. There are people that speed in between two stop signs within one block of each other. The sidewalks in Park Hill are often narrow with no grass separation from the street. We should be encouraging safer driving so that children, pedestrians and bicyclists all feel comfortable. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? I want to continue meeting my neighbors and learning what issues matter to them. I will continue volunteering in the neighborhood and getting out the word about the good work that GPHC does, including the food access initiatives (food pantry, weekend food program and free farm stand) and the sustainability efforts. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.

10. Colette Carey

Occupation: Vice President, Marketing Operations – AXS TV What do you love about Park Hill? The strong sense of community and diversity. I love the fact that Park Hill is steeped in such storied history. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? I would like to see the community take on a more activist role in regard to some of the (sometimes unwelcome) changes creeping in on us – unnecessary or overblown development, increased traffic problems, etc. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? Keeping an eye on new development, ensuring that it makes sense for the community and helping keep Park Hill safe. Best contact: Through the GPHC office.

At Large Christine Caruso Biographical information: Christine Caruso is a recent graduate of MSU Denver, pursuing her path to becoming a registered dietitian. She also works as the walking movement leader coordinator for the Denver based co-op, Walk2Connect. She enjoys developing cooking demonstrations and classes in the Park Hill community. When she’s not walking or cooking, you’ll find Christine playing with her dog, Kimbo, reading multiple books simultaneously, and playing board games with her husband. Best contact: Via the GPHC office.

Jeanette Fedele

Occupation: Union-side labor law attorney What do you love about Park Hill? Our two wonderful branch libraries. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? More composting, less watering. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead with GPHC? Pedestrian/cyclist safety in our neighborhood; supporting the GPHC food pantry and farm stand; listening to neighbors about how we can be a better One Park Hill. Best contact: GPHCatlarge@gmail.com

Justin Petaccio

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the great architecture. I also love how it is a great blend of a quiet oasis while having access to what the city has to offer. Best contact: jpetaccio@spirefinancial. com

Louis Plachowski

Monaco St.

Ivy St.

Forest St.

Quebec St.

Niagara St.

E. 29th Ave

E. 29th Ave

Montview

Occupation: Newspaper manager, Greater Park Hill News What do you love about Park Hill? I love the mature trees, the diversity of people and homes, the proximity to City Park and the sense of community. Best contact: newspaper@greaterparkhill.org

Safety Chair: Geneva Goldsby

Occupation: Retired from the University of Colorado What do you love about Park Hill? Diversity Best contact: Through the GPHC office.

Church Delegate: James Groves Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Blockworkers Chair: Vacant Fundraising Chair: Vacant Health and Human Services Chair: Vacant Human Resources Chair: Vacant Youth Services Chair: Vacant

Executive Director – Lana Cordes Lana Cordes was hired as executive director of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. in 2019. She oversees the day-to-day operations at GPHC and engages in the long-term vision for the organization. Prior to becoming executive director, Cordes was a board member of GPHC, Inc., and served as fundraising chair and chair of the Home Tour & Street Fair. Her professional background is in event and operations management, as well as residential real estate. Contact Cordes at director@greaterparkhill. org or 303-388-0918.

Syracuse

E. Colfax Ave

Kearney St.

E. 19th Ave

Public Information Chair: Melissa Davis

Magnolia St.

Occupation: Works for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and teach Chinese civilization at UC Denver. As the Education Chair, Kalinauskas keeps abreast of Denver Public Schools’ policies and how they impact schools in our neighborhood. What do you love about Park Hill? It’s never boring. Best contact: 303-394-4627 or lkalinauskas@hotmail.com

Ivy St.

Occupation: Former At-large city council aide, currently a public outreach consultant What do you love about Park Hill? Park Hill is a great place to raise a family and is full of active, interesting people. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? I would like our community to have constructive conversations about affordability, walkability, and environmental sustainability. People seem to support these values, but change can be scary and difficult. I would like our community to have reasoned, fact-based conversations about how to support measured change in Park Hill. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? Our neighborhood is a “park desert.” I would like to help identify potential green space throughout Park Hill and work with the Parks & Recreation Department to acquire and develop public green space. I would like to help us all become more

Education Chair: Lynn Kalinauskas

Eudora St.

Lisa Zoeller: (Also Community Planning Development Chair)

Board Committee Chairs

Colorado Blvd.

Occupation: Retired What do you love about Park Hill? The people and the diverse community, the houses, the trees, the sense of neighborhood – pretty much all of Park Hill. What addition or change would you like to see in Park Hill? I would like to see Park Hill do a better job at preserving its history and its small houses. Also, it would be great if the neighborhood could lead the city in encouraging the provision of more affordable housing. Finally, I would love to help GPHC in its efforts to become more sustainable. What do you plan to focus on in the year ahead? I believe the two most important issues in Park Hill will be the Park Hill Golf Course and the East Area Plan. I plan on focusing on these two issues. I will do my best to represent all of Park Hill. Best contact: Tsutherland1962@gmail. com

E. 48th Ave

Elm St.

Shane Sutherland

E. 52nd Ave

Colorado Blvd.

Occupation: Owner/ Managing Broker of the real estate company, DenverWelcomeHome. com LLC. What do you love about Park Hill? I love Park Hill’s beautiful streets and charming homes. I enjoy my friendly neighbors who are from all different backgrounds and I like to shop at the lovely, quaint shops that are not part of corporate chains. I especially enjoy the close proximity to City Park. Best contact: 720-425-3768 or louis@ denverwelcomehome.com

factually educated about how zoning, land use and public infrastructure impact our housing, environment and general quality of life. We may have differing opinions but if we can operate out of a foundation of facts and remain respectful, we can make reasoned decisions. I would also like to increase the level of community participation in the decisions that we make as a board. Best contact: Lisamzoeller@gmail.com

This map shows the 10 district boundaries of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Six at-large representatives also currently serve on the board of the Registered Neighborhood Organization. Editor’s note: The Park Hill Action Committee was the precursor to Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Since the PHAC formed more than 60 years ago, scores of civicminded neighbors have joined forces to strengthen and improve the neighborhood – from human relations to schools to zoning, to capitol improvements and cultural activities. The description of the committee below, and illustrations to the right and elsewhere on these pages are reprinted from the Sept-Oct., 1961 issue of the Park Hill Actionews. 21st century Park Hillionaires who are interested in serving can contact current board Chair Tracey MacDermott at 303-388-0918.

Just What Does the Action Committee Do?

Six Decades Of Rolling Up Sleeves It is an ancient and valuable tradition in volunteer citizens’ groups that when a problem comes up and you don’t know what to do about it, you form a committee. This is how the Park Hill Action Committee, Inc., was formed. To carry on tradition, we have formed, from time to time, subcommittees. Generally, as anyone who has been a member of the average civic group knows, committees “study” a problem. That is, they don’t work. But PHAC’s subcommittees are different. They get things done. If there is something you’d like done in Park Hill, YOU, neighbor, should get on one of these subcommittees and see that it gets done. On this page is a light-heartedly illustrated lineup of each subcommittee and what it does. Take your pick.

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Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center

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EARTH IN CRISIS | Tracey MacDermott

Time To Kiss And Go Idling Cars Are Bad For The Environment, Bad For Kids

TREECYCLE COLLECTION SCHEDULE January 2020 SU MO 30 5 6 12 13 19 H 26 27

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Tree Collection Day Your tree must be set out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day.

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For more information, visit DenverGov.org/Treecycle or call 311 (720-913-1311).

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As each of my nieces and nephews were dren at school, the longer cars idle the more about to make their debut on this planet pollutants emit. Idling vehicles emit nitrous oxide and I watched my sisters and brother-in-laws volatile organic compounds. baby-proof their homes. They When mixed with sunlight, bought the newest educational toys and environmentally ozone is produced. Exposure to friendly baby lotions. They spent ozone over time leads to asthma hours researching schools and attacks, increased respiratory various extra-curricular activiinfections and decreased lung ties, and talked endlessly about function. The American Lung the future of their babies. Association also links this to a They were preparing for the higher risk of heart attacks. Chilbest possible future for their kids. dren, the elderly and those who Of course, there were things besuffer from lung disease are most yond their control, which caused impacted and at risk. restless nights and moments of Enter Park Hill’s own Liz Ruthelplessness when they realized ledge, founder of Sustainable TRACEY they wouldn’t be able to protect Three. Her company works to MACDERMOTT their children from everything. teach mindfulness about ourAir pollution contributes to selves, community and planet. 200,000 premature deaths each Specifically she has been workyear in the United States. The good news ing with area schools to make dropping is that regulations like the Clean Air Act off students more efficient and reduce the of 1963 have controlled pollutants in our exposure of pollutants to still-developing air and levied penalties on polluters. Aclungs. cording to the Environmental Protection At Park Hill Elementary, Principal Ken Agency, the Clean Air Act has avoided Burdette reports between 50 to 70 cars more than 160,000 premature deaths, prepass through every day. As other schools vented 13 million lost workhave, Park Hill has installed days and kept kids healthy. a “Kiss and Go” zone. The The Act has prevented some zones have reduced the 3.2 million school days that idling cars to generally less would have otherwise been than 30 seconds. In addition, lost to respiratory illness. school bus drivers turn off The Act also allowed inthe ignition when they wait dividual states to implement for their charges. stricter standards than fedAt McAuliffe Internationeral levels. In the 1960’s, al School, 8th grader Harper California was battling a Hargrove and 7th grader debilitating smog problem Madeleine Senger are workand the state passed laws to ing with Rutledge and with address the issue. President school leaders to install a Trump is now challenging similar program. Hargrove the standard that our neighand Senger recently detailed Sign at Park Hill Elementary. their efforts to the Greater bors to the west have set. In September, Colorado Photo by Ken Burdette Park Hill News. The stuSen. Michael Bennet, along dents say that currently at with California Senators Kamala HarMcAuliffe lines of cars sometimes idle for ris and Dianne Feinstein, proposed the as long as 10-15 minutes outside the school Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act in response while caregivers are waiting for students. to Trump’s executive order repealing “At my old school Park Hill, there was a President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Kiss and Go that helped solve most of the While the proposal addresses several enproblem of idling their cars,” Hargrove vironmental policies that Trump has been said. working to dismantle, it directly addresses The students hope installing a Kiss and the president’s effort to revoke California’s Go at McAuliffe will result in similar sucClean Air Act waiver, which allows The cess. They plan to install signs and notify Golden State to enforce emission standards parents and students via the school newsindefinitely. letter “We are going to try and find volunteers to help monitor the Kiss and Go,” she Kids and elderly most at risk said. Ideally, Denver Public Schools will imWhile the battles ensue in Washingplement a district-wide policy requiring ton, each of us can make changes in our minimal idling at all schools in the state’s own communities to combat air pollution largest district. and help our children breathe cleaner air. Case in point: School pick-up and drop-off 22 gallons every year zones. Think about it. As parents and other caregivers drop off and pick up their chilBeyond the school grounds, it is esti-

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mated that individual Americans waste 22 5. Warm up your engine by driving slowly, gallons of gasoline each year while their not by idling. cars are idling. This equates to 13 million Each of us can ensure a healthy future tons of CO2 annually being spewed into for our children, and for our planet. We our atmosphere. can commit to reducing our driving and The City of Fort Collins has stopping our idling. Reach out launched two separate camto the schools in your neighborpaigns to educate the public on The zones have hood and ask them to become the problem. The city notes that no-idling zone – if they aren’t unnecessary vehicle idling isn’t reduced the idling already. Contact your school good for our air, wallets, or cars. cars to generally board member and ask for a In order to reduce emissions, district-wide policy. less than 30 city officials there recommend Let’s give our kids the best seconds. the following: possible future for their health 1. Turn off your ignition if and their planet. you’re waiting more than 30 seconds (other sources recommend 10 Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board seconds). of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. She 2. Stop idling while the train is passing. was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 3. Stop idling at school drop-off zones. 2017, and is currently the Statewide Co4. Park and go inside instead of using Chair of the Climate Reality Project for the drive-thru lanes. 100% Committed Campaign.

Painting The Town Green

Use It Up, Give It Away. When All Else Fails, Recycle By Mark Kuhl

cool projects to use up that last bit of paint in the can.) The closest collection center to Park Colorado joined a paint stewardship Hill is Sherwin Williams at 5225 Leetprogram in July, 2015 to provide a S K U H sdale Dr. If you like your colors T’ convenient way for all residents and want to hang on to paint for to recycle paint. a long time, check out the Paint If you can’t think of someCare website for unique use and one who might be able to reuse storage tips to keep paint fresh. your paint (friends, family, or O L Check out handy tips for recycling local organizations) go to www. RECYC household items every month in paintcare.org to find a convenient these pages. Mark Kuhl is an environcollection center where you can drop off mental advocate who lives in Park Hill latex paint, oil based paints, and stains with his wife Nina and their two teenage for free. (The site also includes ideas for daughters.

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Survey, continued from page 1 ties, policies, and overall direction. The Greater Park Hill Community Neighborhood Survey was administered online to a random selection of households in the community. A total of 2,000 invitations were mailed; 308 surveys were completed online [and a few in person] for a response rate of 16 percent. Results were weighted using the population norms (based on Census data) to reflect the appropriate percent of all adults (18 years or older) living in Greater Park Hill. Weighting is a best practice in survey research to adjust for potential non-response bias and ensure that the demographic characteristics of the survey respondents mirror as closely as possible the overall population. The margin of error is plus or minus six percentage points around any given percent for all respondents. When a table for a question that only permitted a single response does not total to exactly 100 percent, it is due to the customary practice of rounding values to the nearest whole number.

Highlights: Traffic, Preservation, Parks According to survey results, the GPHC is a highly favorable a place to live and raise children. However, residents were cautious with their ratings for sense of community, especially among the youngest residents and Hispanic residents. Renters and residents in attached dwellings rated aspects of quality of life lower than owners and residents in detached houses. Residents in ZIP code 80220 tended to rate Park Hill as a place to retire and the sense of community higher than residents in other ZIP codes. Many residents expressed dissatisfaction with aspects of transportation in the community. Safety from traffic, speed of traffic, traffic flow and access to light rail were among the least favorable characteristics of the community.

being used as a park with amenities such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, recFittingly, almost three-quarters of rereation equipment or courts. Slightly more spondents would like the community to (about 3 in 10) were receptive to the land focus on improving traffic safety over the being used as open green space with trails coming two years. About three in five refor walking or biking, or mix of uses such as spondents felt improving traffic congestion a park or open space along with some kind and decreasing traffic speed and volume of development that would include housing should have focus as well. The oldest resiand retail. dents in the community placed more imOnly 1 percent of respondents would like portance on improving these traffic issues to see the land developed solely with housing and retail. Almost half of respondents would like to leave the land as 100 percent open Please rate the following qualities of your Park Hill neighborhood: green space with 0 percent de(Percent rating as excellent or good.) velopment. About one-quarter of respondents felt 75 percent open space and 25 percent development would be acceptable and a further 25 percent felt an even split of open space versus development was acceptable. Few differences of opinion in regards to changes to the Park Hill Golf Course land were Question: The Park Hill Golf Course land (located northeast of 35th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard) found by respondent subgroups, and its land was recently sold. If City Council were to take action to remove or modify the easement, though renters and the youngshould this land... est respondents (18-34 years old) were more likely to favor some kind of development with housing and retail than owners and the oldest respondents (55plus). Residents in ZIP codes 80207/80216 were also more likely to favor development with housing and retail than residents in 80220. It is important to note that, generally, those who voice “strong” support for or opposition to an initiative have a tendency to maintain their than younger ones. A similar pattern of nity yet fewer respondents (about three in stance regardless of other factors or inforassigning higher importance to improving five) supported increasing mixed-use demation. However, opinions of those who traffic issues was seen among residents in “somewhat” support or oppose an action velopment. ZIP codes 80207/80217 compared to those could be swayed by additional informaWhile only 1 in 10 respondents felt they in 80220. tion. Decision-makers will want to take had excellent or good access to affordable Preserving the architectural character quality housing, only 2 in 10 supported alinto consideration both the “extreme” and and style of Park Hill also was seen as eslowing the development of additional lux“persuadable” groups of respondents when sential or very important by three-quarters ury apartments and condos. In fact, at least deliberating possible courses of action. of respondents. Residents aged 35 years or three-quarters of respondents felt there Editor’s note: The complete 55-page surwere too few housing options for moderate vey results includes responses and compariand lower income workers in the commusons by age, race, ethnicity and housing type, nity. Instead, 6 in 10 respondents supported and methodology and can be reviewed at development of additional apartments and greaterparkhill.org. Check back next month condos that could be more affordable to for additional details, including how GPHC lower- and moderate-income households. leadership plans to incorporate the findings In regards to terminating or modifying of the survey into strategic priorities for the the easement and changing the zoning for coming year. Share your thoughts on the the Park Hill Golf Course land, three-quarfindings via a letter to the editor. All letters ters of respondents prefer the land remain should include first and last name and conentirely some kind of green space/park or tact number for verification and should be golf course. emailed by Dec. 15 to editor@greaterparkhAbout one-quarter were open to the land ill.org. older and those who were not white place a higher priority on this focus area. Looking toward the future of the community, about 9 in 10 respondents supported a future that increased parks and green spaces and preserved the architectural character and style of the community. More than 8 in 10 respondents preferred keeping Park Hill a mostly residential community. About four in five respondents supported bringing in business to the commu-

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Close Encounters With Bighorn Sheep Check Out The Wildlife In Waterton Canyon Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHN

November and December are rut season for the resident herd of bighorn sheep in Waterton Canyon, just 40 miles southwest of Park Hill in Littleton, south of Chatfield Reservoir. The canyon features a 6.5-mile dirt road with stunning views along the South Platte River and great hiking and easy biking. Fly-fishing is popular, and wildlife is abundant – including bear, beaver, mule deer, and osprey. But the canyon is perhaps best known for the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep that live there. In 1961 the Colorado Legislature designated the magnificent bighorn sheep as the official state animal, and they are usually only spotted above timberline in rugged mountain areas. So it’s pretty

neat to encounter a herd of them when you round a bend on foot or on a bike. To protect the Waterton sheep, dogs are not allowed in the canyon. As a result, the sheep are generally oblivious to the humans in their midst. Signs warn visitors to stay at least 20 feet away. During the rut, mature rams, which can weigh up to 300 pounds (their horns alone can weigh up to 30 pounds), demonstrate two types of characteristic behavior. The first (as seen in the photo above right) is the “flehmen” response. That’s when they curl back of the upper lips to reveal front teeth, seeking out the pheromones of potentially receptive females. The other behavior is the dramatic head-butting, during which males crash into each other in order to establish dominance and the right to mate.

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THIS MONTH AT THE LIBRARY

BUGLAND | Mark Silverstein

A Century Of Storytelling Bibliophiles Rejoice; Park Hill Library Turning 100 By Tara Bannon Williamson

Baby Storytime | Thursdays & Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

Park Hill Librarian

Did you know that the Park Hill Branch Library is the 5th oldest Carnegie Library in Denver that is still in use today? Built in 1920, the library, at 4705 Montview Boulevard, turns 100 in 2020! More fun facts: • $1,800: The price of the land the library sits on in September 1919 • 8,000: The number of books the library was designed to hold • 1985: The year the library received its first computer, an Apple IIe

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Play and social time immediately follow the program. Toddler Storytime | Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Play and Explore | Monday, Dec. 2, 10-11:45 a.m.

Play with us! Family members and caregivers are a child’s first playmates and teachers. Engage your child in play activities that can help build creativity, coordination, and problem-solving, strengthen muscles, increase social skills and encourage early earning. Ideal for ages 1-5 accompanied by an adult.

The library is a Spanish Renaissance-style building that was designed by lauded Denver architect Burnham Hoyt. Hoyt is also credited with designing the The library is planning The Man of 1000 Songs | Denver Press Club down- festivities for the entire Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. town, Montview Boulevard Rob Wivchar will enteryear of 2020. Presbyterian Church’s Edutain music-lovers of all ages cation Wing and Red Rocks with a guitar and harmonica Amphitheatre. while performing storytellThe library also houses ing songs with surprising backgrounds. a sculpture by Robert Garrison. A stone Coloring for Grown Ups | Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. plaque over the fireplace honors “The Rime Come for a nostalgic hour of coloring, of the Ancient Mariner.” Garrison’s other in or outside the lines. Use our supplies to notable sculptures are stone reliefs on the unplug and color your way to serenity. Sixth Avenue side of Rockefeller Center Looking Up, Looking Down: Images of Aviation in in New York City, and the gargoyles, also World War I | Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m. called medieval grotesques, at Denver’s An illustrated presentation on how the South High School. experience of airplanes in flight affected The official opening date of the library the course of The Great War and resulted is shrouded in a bit of mystery. The only in lasting changes to the very act of seeing. record of an opening date comes from a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, Dec. 10 at personal diary. According to the diary of 6 p.m. the first Park Hill librarian, Quantrille D. Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events McClung, the building opened to the puband projects, talk about your favorite lic on Dec. 23, 1920. books, music, movies and make your opinThe library is planning festivities for the ion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18. entire year of 2020. Do you have a suggesImmigrants, Ornaments and Legacies: The Story tion for how you’d like to see the library of American Made Glass Christmas Ornaments | celebrate? Do you have a story about the Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. library to share? Email Tara at tbannon@denverlibrary.org.

The Mighty Milkweed Borer

It’s fairly common knowledge that monarch butterflies depend on the milkweed plant to survive and thrive. But the winged beauties aren’t the only creatures that rely on the plant, which is really a complex ecosystem. Milkweed borers also live among the leaves, feeding on the sap and seeds of the plant. Like the monarch, these little beetles use the toxins from the plant as protection from predators, by advertising their conspicuous red markings. Photo by Mark Silverstein

Pauline Robinson Events

Tech Help Appointments | Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m.

Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720-865-0290 to schedule an appointment. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Together We Count: 2020 Census | Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The census is coming. Stand up and be counted. Participating in the 2020 Census will benefit your community, your children and the entire state of Colorado. Hear about how to participate and why the census matters to you.

Robert Garrison’s stone plaque over the fireplace honors The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library/Western History and Genealogy

Kwanzaa | Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m. Kuumba (Creativity)

Kwanzaa is a celebration that honors the African first fruits harvest tradition. Take part in a festive cross-cultural experience highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa by creating your very own vision board. Light refreshments served. Ideal for all ages.

Park Hill Branch Events All Ages Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. Craft activity immediately follows the program. Page 18

Travel from Germany to Corning Glass Works for a nostalgic Christmas history lesson. Still sold today, learn about Shiny Brite™ and George Franke Christmas tree ornaments passed through the generations. Holiday Cards | Friday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.

Get creative making holiday cards for family and friends. All ages: kids, teens and adults. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.

Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Rocky Mountain Aardvarks Family Music Program | Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Music for Aardvarks includes original

The Park Hill Library was designed by lauded Denver architect Burnham Hoyt. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library/Western History and Genealogy

songs, rhythms and chants. The music is appealing to kids and adults alike and may incorporate singing, dancing, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions and more. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m.

This month we won’t be reading a book but we will meet and play BINGO, win books and have snacks. Ideal for ages 6-9 but we will have some prize books for younger or older readers. Everyone is welcome! Underground Comedy Club: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald | Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

With a background that ranges from numerous tours as a bouncer with The Rolling Stones to a 25-year career in veterinary medicine (including 11 seasons on

the popular Animal Planet television series Emergency Vets) to more than 20 years of performing as a professional stand-up comedian, Kevin Fitzgerald is a true renaissance man. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen and over only due to adult content. Cute Coin Banks | Thursday, Dec. 26, 3 p.m.

Save your money with a cute coin bank.

Erica Sodos Presents Pirate Magic | Friday, Dec. 27, 3 p.m.

Arrrr mateys . . . Captain Rosebud will enchant you into her magical and hilarious world of wild pirates, stolen treasure, and fairy gold. Mini Doghouse Craft | Monday, Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m.

Design a doghouse for a miniature stuffed dog.

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PARK HILL CHARACTER

Maxwell Bresler’s Electro-Pop Space Club ‘Everything I do creatively is part of my own universe that I create in my head.’ Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHN

The word “clothes” is inadequate to describe the creations of Maxwell Bresler. Bresler, 19, grew up in Park Hill. When he was 15, the brother of a friend was making hoodies. Bresler was fascinated. He borrowed a sewing machine from a neighbor who happened to be a master seamstress. He taught himself to sew, and has been designing ever since. Currently a sophomore at Columbia College in Chicago, Bresler’s colorful three-dimensional objects look like wearable sculptures – some sprout pointy protuberances, like the fins of a stegosaur, or have the sharp spikes of an insect. Others are straight from outer space. On Saturday, Nov. 16, Bresler had his first runaway show. It was a coveted slot during Denver Fashion Week’s National & International Designers program at the McNichols Civic Center building downtown. In advance of the debut, the Greater Park Hill News caught up with Bresler, to ask about his artistic vision and his creations. (And yes, in case you were wondering, Maxwell is part of the Bresler family that was honored in October for creating and building Park Hill’s annual 4th of July Parade.) GPHN: Where do you get your ideas? Bresler: When I design clothes, I try to pull everything from my imagination. I have always looked up to people that create their own fantasy and sci-fi universes. Everything I do creatively is part of my own universe that I create in my head. The clothes are the garments worn by different beings across the galaxy. I really like to experiment when I create. I don’t like to put limitations on myself, and approach every project with the mindset of “this can be whatever I want.” This outlook allows me to create in depth conceptual projects. Everything I do is a lot deeper than just

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fashion. My goal is to create my own genre of fine art that merges fashion, sculpture, costume, film, and much more. I really like to experiment when I create. GPHN: Your work has been described as “a sculpture-based approach to fashion that uses volume, shape and unconventional construction.” Is that how you would describe it? Bresler: When looking at my work from a fashion perspective, that would be an amazing way to describe it. I started making clothes at 15, and had no one to guide me. Having to teach myself everything gave me a unique approach to fashion, because I did not know the design basics. This allowed me to experiment, and create my own way of making clothes. As I progressed, and learned the actual design process from pattern to finished garment, I combined the industry methods with my own self-taught methods, resulting in an individualistic approach to design.

ing planets, space pilots, and every conceivable alien species. The club is known for the expressive, colorful, and eye-catching [designs] its attendees wear. The collection is the garments seen on some of the ElectroPop Space Club goers. GPHN: Your clothes have been worn by alternative singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. What is it like designing for a celebrity?

have done that. Denver is such a special and amazing city. I think it makes my story more unique, coming from a place that is not thought of as a “Fashion City.” GPHN: One of the collections on your website is called “Sonic Teenagers,” which you describe as “the ostracized subculture of an alternate future” and wear unique, colorful clothing. Do you see yourself in the Sonic Teenagers?

Bresler: Designing for her was an amazing business opportunity. However, I don’t like that people constantly relate me to her. I have so much more to offer than who wears my clothes. I wish people could look past the hype into the complexity of my art. It really bothers me that so much of success in the digital world revolves around what celebrities wear what clothes. None of that really matters to me. My work is so much deeper than just success. It’s really personal because it’s my imagination come to life. Every piece writhes with emotion.

Bresler: “Sonic Teenagers” was another conceptual idea I had. Although it doesn’t really directly reflect who I am, a big part of the idea behind this mini collection comes from my deeply rooted feeling of being ostracized. I’m always the outsider, no matter where I go. It used to bother me, but now I feel like it is a part of who I am. Not fitting in anywhere just means that you are anomalous.

GPHN: When one thinks of cuttingedge fashion, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Milan come to mind, and usually not Park Hill. Is there anything about being from Colorado that allows you to think a little differently about fashion?

Bresler: I see too many kids these days trying to do fashion design just for the image that comes with it. I think that is stupid. My advice for anyone who is interested in fashion design for a career is: don’t do it unless you really, truly love it. It is impossible to create true art without a flaming passion. Along with that, if you really want to go into design, work every day at it to make sure your craft is perfect. Mediocrity is boring and unacceptable.

Bresler: Growing up, I used to hate Colorado. I felt stuck, and dreamed of living the fashion life in New York, or LA. However, as I have grown and matured, I have developed a strong love and appreciation for Denver. Growing up in Denver sculpted the person I am today. No other city could

GPHN: Do you have any advice for young people who might be interested in the fashion world as a career?

Check out more of Bresler’s work at his website, MaxwellBresler.com

GPHN: How did you come to be awarded one of the coveted spots in the Denver Fashion Week show? Bresler: Denver Fashion Week reached out to me and asked me to do the show. I immediately said yes. It was very important to me that my first official runway show was in Denver. I don’t let my age limit me. I have been designing for almost five years now, and even though I am 19, I just like to look at it as having a head start. GPHN: Your collection is called “Electro-Pop Space Club.” How would you describe the collection to someone who wasn’t able to attend the show? Bresler: “Electro-Pop Space Club” is a conceptual idea I came up with for the foundation of the collection. The ElectroPop Space Club is an intergalactic club floating in the middle of space. Here, you can find princesses, war heroes from vary-

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Maxwell Bresler overseeing his models while prepping backstage before the Nov. 16 debut of his Electro-Pop Space Club collection. Shown at top of the page are models walking the runway in his creations during during Denver Fashion Week’s National & International Designers program at the McNichols Civic Center building downtown.

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“Parent and Me” volunteers packing food Volunteer Cait Carolan, sorting and organizing doboxes at GPHC, Inc. headquarters at 2823 nations in the GPHC, Inc. community room. Fairfax St. All photos by Lana Cordes

COMMAND CENTRAL | Lana Cordes

Above and Beyond Feeling Gratitude For The Bounty

As of this writing, we are in the thick of the local chapter of the Sotomayor Inn of preparations for Thanksgiving. Court, and our neighborhood realtors for We’ve got, literally, tons of food sorted organizing groups of volunteers. and stacked in our community And all the volunteers and doroom here at Command Central nors listed below. (aka 2823 Fairfax), and in a matter And surely I missed someone of days, we’ll distribute about 300 because it is a little bit of chaos boxes containing full-on Thanksaround here! giving meals to our neighbors. As we come to a close on 2019, A multitude of organizations we hold our last fundraiser of the have really gone above and beyond year. Friday, Dec. 10 is Colorado this year, providing large donaGives Day. Worthy organizations tions, organizing food drives and LANA CORDES all over the state will be running collecting donations for us. online giving campaigns as a part Shout out to Anytime Fitness of this statewide effort to increase Mayfair-Park Hill, Bounce Stapleton, philanthropy. We hope you may considDank Dispensary, Mayfair Liquors, Meser making one final annual donation to siah Community Church, Montview ComGreater Park Hill Community, Inc. Just go munity Preschool, Montview Boulevard to ColoradoGives.org and search Greater Presbyterian Church, Park Hill ElemenPark Hill. You can also find information tary, REALGiving, Tables Restaurant and on our website and Facebook page. Urban Air. Happy holidays, everyone! And to McAuliffe International School,

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Above: McAuliffe student volunteers helped kick off the effort by doing the initial sorting of all the stored food. Left to right, standing: Felipe Marcus, Hunter Simonson, Grady Harden, James Garrison, Brody Goldsmith, Caden Prescott, Aiden Hoggan. Left to right, kneeling: Kate Denlinger, Paige Kalmes, Owen Reppucci.

Local attorneys and judges from the Sotomayor Inn of Court local chapter sorted and inventoried all the contributions. Left to right: Todd Macey, Sarah Wiedemann, Heidi Kutcher, Melissa Hart, Kevin Traskos, Talia Traskos-Hart, Carol Haller, Kevin Chen, Kevin Pauly.

Donors Kelly Ahmeti Kathie Atkins Estelle Bennett Kris Bergquist Monique Box Dina Clark Patty Cordova Heather Cronenberg Jean & Charlie Curlee Carrie Damoh Jericho Dorsey Millie Drumwright Jenny Dyer Jack Farrar Jeanette Fedele Rochelle Force Tas Frashure Kristin Hoagland Bob Hoffman Megan Jamison Will & Marcia Johnson Lynn Kalinanskas V. Manley Rich McClintock Diana McHale Jane McLaughlin Kathy Miller Jasper Mueller Bree Neely Mia Peterson David Phillips Mike Quigley Dave Roush Mary Salsich Doug Schuler Karen Simmons Karen Timmons Karen Timmons Sharon Wilkins

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Donor Organizations Anytime Fitness Mayfair-Park Hill Blessed Sacrament Bounce Stapleton Cake Crumbs Bakery Cure d’Ars Church Dank Dispensary DARE (Denver Real Estate Area) Group Denver Park Trust Mayfair Liquors Messiah Community Church Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church Montview Community Preschool Overlook at Park Hill Park Hill Congregational UCC Park Hill Elementary Park Hill United Church of Christ Park Hill United Methodist REALGiving Roet Realty St Thomas Episcopal Church Tables Restaurant Urban Air

Volunteers Janey Alpert Nancy Arko Ally Bailey

Amanda Becker Monique Box and Family Sue Bruner Stephanie Ceccato Caroline Carolan and Family Kevin Chen Melissa Cizmorris Stephanie Cooper Mary DeSimone Elizabeth Drummond Millie Drumwright Liza Eaton Steve Farley Judy Faught Kelly Ferraro and Family Claudia Fields Harold Fields Mary Gerwin Maria Goodwin Jay Grant Hope Griffin Carol Haller Leslie Hamdorf and Family Gretchen Hammer Lyle Hansen Adrienne Hill Leslie Hirsch and Family Raye Holab Sarah Hopkins Noni Horwitz Kelly Hudson Christine Hunter Ryan Hunter Erika Hutyra and Family Patricia Jamison

Nina Kuhl Heidi Kutcher Eric Leedom Debra Lovell Todd Macey Amy Makurumidze and Family Genice Massey Chuck Nelson Aileen Norton Allison Nuanes Kevin Pauly Traci Pichette Deb Rosenbaum Robert Rosenzweig Dave Roush Doug Schuler Karin Schumacher Tammi Scroggins Sam Seligman Alison Shah and Family Heather Shockey Heather Shulman Kiran Smart Tracy Spence and Family Shannon Spezialy and Family Julie Steiner McAuliffe Students Amy Sumner Shane Sutherland Kevin Traskus Kristen and Kevin Tulk and Family Tracy Urban and Family Kevin Vidal Sue Weinstein Sarah Wiedemann Judy Wolfe

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PET OF THE MONTH Nicky the Calico Nicky is a 12-yearold calico cat who is ready to relax in her new home. Shy at first, Nicky would do best in a quiet home filled with lots of pets and plenty of cuddling. She has lived well with other cats in the past and is ready to go home today. Meet her at the Dumb Friends League Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St. Her ID# is 0811707. To see other pets available for adoption, visit ddfl. org.

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PARK HILL VET | Dr. Margot Vahrenwald, DVM, ASVJ

I Caught It from My Pet How To Avoid Zoonotic Diseases

Our pets. We love them and they love us, urine. Use disposable gloves when cleanbut sometimes they can share more than ing the litter box or an aquarium. Use love. From the U.S. Centers for Disease poop bags or a scoop to deal with dog Control and Prevention (CDC), “infecwaste. tious diseases often and easily are spread 2. Keep the environment clean – pick up from animals to people.” These are called after dog on walks, at the dog park and zoonotic diseases. other locations. Keep your cat indoors. Now, before you give the hairy Cover sandboxes after use to preeyeball to your pet, know that most vent their use as an outdoor litter infections are preventable and/ box. or treatable. So, a fear of disease 3. Always wash your hands after should not stop someone from havhandling your pet, their food or ing a pet or pets. And, remember all bedding. Regularly launder pet the great benefits we receive from beds and blankets. Teach children our pets, including lower blood the same and also not to put their pressure, decreased stress and help mouths on any part of an animal’s DR. MARGOT body. with depression and loneliness. So how do we catch something VAHRENWALD 4. With classroom pets, make sure from our pet or another animal? that students are washing their There are four routes of infection: hands before and after handling the pet • Direct contact: Body fluids such as saliand their habitat or cage, especially repva, blood, urine, feces, etc. can transmit tiles. disease by direct handling of an infected 5. At animal events such as the National animal by petting, touching or bites and Western Stock Show and Rodeo – as well scratches. as petting zoos, barns, farms and other • Indirect contact: Occurs when we come animal sites – carry hand-sanitizer and into contact with areas clean hands between animals where animals live or and again after done visiting. roam. This can include Always wash your 6. Avoid contact with stray aquarium tank water; pet and wild animals for yourself food and water bowls; hands after handling and your pets. pet habitats indoors or your pet, their food or Lastly, from the Amerioutdoors such as chicken bedding. can Veterinary Medical Ascoops; plants, water sourcsociation, “healthy pets are es or soil. less likely to carry diseases • Vector-borne: Transmisthat can infect you. Taking your pet to the sion of disease by the bite of an insect veterinarian for regular check-ups, vaccilike a flea, tick or mosquito. nations and deworming is a simple way to • Foodborne: Consumption of contamikeep them healthy.” nated food affects one of every six Americans. This can include unpasteurized Dr. Margot Vahrenwald is the owner of milk, undercooked meat, unwashed raw Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center at fruits and vegetables. 2255 Oneida St. For more information, visit www.parkhillvet.com Among feline zoonotic diseases, Toxoplasma gondii is often mentioned as a potential risk for miscarriage, but there is more than one route of infection. Pregnant women should not handle litter boxes while pregnant to avoid contact with cat Check These Out For More Info feces. But the most common route of infection in people is not from cat to human, 1. cdc.gov/healthypets/ but from undercooked meat, shellfish and 2. pethealthnetwork.com unpasteurized goat’s milk. 3. kidshealth.org/en/parents/pet-inMuch zoonotic disease is prevented simfections ply by good hygiene: 1. Don’t directly handle your pet’s stool or

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Winter is Coming!

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Messiah

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Fair Trade Market December 7, 9:00-3:00 1750 Colorado Blvd

Various vendors selling great gifts and holiday decor, including Christmas trees. Come and Join the Fun! Parking and entrance on our east side

Art Garage

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Denver Police District 2

3921 Holly St., 2.Dist@denvergov.org, 720-913-1000 The District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings are on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.

Denver Public Schools

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Faith Community

greaterparkhill.org/faith Greater Park Hill’s faith community, home to over 30 places of worship in just four square miles, is as diverse and robust as the neighborhood itself. The GPHN maintains a list of Park Hill’s places of worship at the website above.

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2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for July and December. The meetings are free and open to all. There is no meeting in December. The next community meeting is Thursday, Jan. 2. at the GPHC, Inc. office at 2823 Fairfax St.

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HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:157:30pm. RSVP required to lsullivan@ denverfoundation.org.

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Libraries

denverlibrary.org See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue, for a complete listing of events and programs at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branch libraries.

Northeast Park Hill Coalition

The Northeast Park Hill Coalition hosts its monthly meeting at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St. Meetings are the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.

Park Hill Community Bookstore Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-3558508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.

Park Hill Peloton

A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week. Find them on Facebook.

Sertoma Club

303-370-0932 The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.

Sie Filmcenter

2510 E. Colfax, denverfilm.org, 303595-3456

Tai Chi Project

taichiproj@earthlink.net, 303-744-7676 Tai Chi classes Thursday mornings in City Park at 7-7:45 a.m. planned in conjunction with DMNS.

Tattered Cover Travel Lovers Book Club

The book club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax Ave.

Walk2Connect

www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Spinelli’s Coffee and Ice Cream at 23rd and Dahlia at 7 a.m. No cost. Walks are about one hour long, just under three miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email jonathon@walk2connect.com or call 303-908-0076. Northeast Park Hill Bilingual Walk take place the first Saturday of each month. Gather outside Hiawatha Davis Jr. Rec Center on 33rd and Holly at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour walk. No cost. The walk is family friendly and bilingual Spanish/ English led by Ana Luisa Gallardo. For more info contact maria@walk2connect.com or call/text Ana Luisa at 720298-0605. For text reminders, send CAMINANED to 33222.

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Hitch Corner sells & installs trailer hitches, towing accessories, van storage solutions, bike & ski racks, truck & vehicle accessory add-ons, and RV accessories. Call 720-277-772. Hitchcorner.com

BASEMENT FINISH • KITCHENS • BATHS • WHOLE HOUSE REMODELS

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SPRINKLERS Plumbing & Sprinklers - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler blow out, repair and install. www. vertecservices.com 720-298-0880

WINDOWS Double hung window RESTORATION includes replacing sash cords (ropes) and removal of excess paint on wood and metal plus lubrication for smooth opening and closing. Also restore metal casement windows. 40 year resident of PH. Contact David 720-550-2786.

A Positive Path for Spiritual Living

Honoring ALL Paths and ALL People Winter Solstice Concert: Sat. Dec. 21, 6:30pm, $20 at the door • Join us for music, Poetry and Celebration! • Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service: Tues. Dec. 24, 5:30pm Sunday Celebration 10 a.m. • 4670 East 17th Ave Parkway, Denver CO 80220 • 303.322.3901 Gong Bath Meditation 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm. For more info: www.unityontheavenue.org

TO ADVERTISE IN THE CLASSIFIEDS CONTACT MELISSA DAVIS newspaper@greaterparkhill.org • 720-287-0442 (voicemail) the deadline for submitting a classified ad is the 15th of every month

Bringing Color to Park Hill To keep our wonderful painters busy in the winter months, we are offering

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MAYFAIR VISION CLINIC

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Across from Safeway

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REDEFINE THE DAILY GRIND MEMBERSHIP | CoWork & CoWellness Yoga. Network. Bees. Garden. Workshops. FREE Parking. NOT Downtown. $150/month

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