All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 57, Issue No. 1 • January 2018
INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 2
2018 Is The Year To Engage The Community
Upcoming Legislative Session Likely To Be A Wild Ride
Effort To Rename Stapleton Relevant To Park Hill
PAGE 13 The Frustrated Dad’s Ride (FDR) cycling group rides out 56th Avenue east, with Mount Evans in the background. The FDR, along with the Park Hill Peloton group, is comprised of committed local cyclists who ride through the winter – some of whom will ride in temperatures down into the single digits. See story and additional photos on page 10. Photo by Reid Neureiter
7 Questions For Melissa Hart
TRACKS IN WINTER
A Frank Conversation With New DPS Board Member Carrie Olson
Words That Shaped Last Year: Complicit, Alternative Facts, #MeToo
UPCOMING GPHC MEETINGS Thursday, Jan. 4 and Thursday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are welcome to attend.
Colorado’s Newest Supreme On Law, Liberty And The Movies By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN
The second time was the charm for Melissa Hart, a Park Hill resident, East High grad, and Colorado’s newest Supreme Court Justice. In December, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Hart to the high court. Hickenlooper, who also calls Park Hill home, picked Hart from a field of three women finalists. The others were attorney Marcy Glenn (who also lives in Park Hill) and the Hon. Pattie Swift, a judge in Alamosa. Hart was also a finalist in 2015 for the state’s highest court. Hart is a 1995 Harvard Law School graduate, a University of Colorado Law School professor and director of the Byron R. White Center for the study of American Constitutional Law. A left-leaning Democrat, she replaces conservative Allison Eid, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals. The Greater Park Hill News caught up with Hart just before the holidays. Greater Park Hill News: When Gov. Hickenlooper was talking about your appointment, he was quoted describing you as having a reputation as a liberal academic, and also bringing a “pro-business sense.” What ideas did you mention during your interview, that puts you in the “probusiness” category as a Colorado Supreme Court justice? Melissa Hart: What I said to the Governor is that I would not be “pro” or “anti” any category of litigant but that I believed
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Matriarch Of Elm Street Ophelia Mejia: Educator, Innovator, Mom
that every litigant wanted a Justice who was committed to writing clear, consistent opinions that would provide predictability. For all litigants and district judges having rules that are understandable, that are easily applicable, and that allow parties to evaluate the risks and costs of litigation is essential. I believe that is what the Governor perceived as pro-business in my approach. continued on page 8
The gene pool of Ophelia Mejia, who has lived in Park Hill for 56 years, runs wide and deep. She is one of 11 siblings (six of whom are still alive). She bore 13 children. Most of her children went to Blessed Sacrament in Park Hill; all attended Gove Junior High and East High School. She has 30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Many still live in the Denver area and are educators, keeping alive the legacy of their now 85-year old matriarch. Despite living in poverty and extreme cultural prejudice, Ophelia beat the odds. She became one of the most respected educators in the metro area, teaching early childhood teachers how to work with young children, in particular at-risk minority students and students with disabilities. Mejia was raised in Weld County in Northern Colorado, the daughter of proud, hard-working migrant worker parents, Petra and Magdeleno (Mack) Garcia, who tended sugar beets and other crops from
sunup to sundown. Before landing in Colorado, her father fought with the rebel army of legendary Pancho Villa, instead of attending the University of Mexico, and was ostracized by his family. The Garcias moved frequently and lived in structures that could barely be described as homes. “It was very difficult. We had no electricity, no running water,” says Ophelia. “The ‘wallpaper’ often consisted of newspapers and magazines pasted on the wall. My brothers and sisters and I would play a game based on how many ads we could find on the walls. I did my homework by the light of a kerosene lamp. Racism was a daily reality in our lives. We were constantly reminded of how different we were, of our place. All of us were pressured in school to anglicize our names. So, I, Ofelia, became Ophelia. Belen became Betty. And so on. We were never allowed to speak Spanish in class. Discrimination made me shy.” continued on page 11
EARTH MATTERS | Tracey MacDermott, GPHC Chair
2018: The Year To Engage
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As we head into 2018 I hope each of you Fair qualified as a Certifiably Green Denhave had time over the last year to spend ver event. We conducted educational semwith loved ones. That you started a new inars during the street fair in September. hobby, accomplished your goals – and The Denver Water Trailer provided water, stepped out into our beautiful state and this reducing one-use plastic water bottles and spectacular neighborhood. helping us work toward a zero waste event. Here at Greater Park Hill Community we Also last year we achieved the designaaccomplished so many things in 2017, and tion of a Green Business with the city. We hope to build on that momentum next year. are the first Registered Neighborhood OrWe have continued to serve families ganization to receive this designation. We needing to utilize our emergency food are proud of it and hope you are too. We pantry. Last year, 172 households and 462 want to work with other Park Hill busiresidents stopped in for nourishment and nesses to help them reach this status as well. supplies. Our food pantry is only possible This year Park Hill will continue to lead through our collaboration with Food Bank on sustainability, taking care of our neighof the Rockies, and the work by Executive bors in need, work through zoning issues Director Sierra Fleenor and the many dediand partner with our city to improve the cated volunteers that keep the pantry runlives of all of our citizens. ning. I have seen our neighborhood work We have also grown the Weekend Food Program, which provides food to students. Last year we distributed more than 35,000 meals. The ability to serve so many of our neighbors has been made possible by generous financial contributions that so many within Park Hill make to this program. We can’t do this without you. If you are thinking about ways to volunteer in 2018 please consider helping via a donation of time or financial support to our food pantry or the Weekend Food Program. These programs will continue, as will the Free From left, Certifiably Green Denver Program Manager JaFarm Stand during the summer net Burgesser, Tracey MacDermott, GPHC Board Member and fall. Geneva Goldsby, GPHC Executive Director Sierra Fleenor Is it possible to build a network holding a certificate recognizing Park Hill as an “outstandof community gardens within ing” sustainable neighborhood, Sustainable NeighborPark Hill this year that will pro- hoods Program Coordinator Taylor Moellers. Photo by vide the ability to trade produce Cara DeGette and donate the extras to our food pantry? I think so! If you are inthrough some contentious issues recently. terested in helping or leading on this effort I’ve been shocked at the level of vitriol that please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. sometimes rears its head in social media. Last August, Greater Park Hill CommuSurely this is the time we must come tonity, Inc. was accepted into the city’s Susgether. There is too much work to do. tainable Neighborhoods program. Within Let us not be the victims of fake news, a couple months we achieved “outstanding” social media bashing and general bad bestatus – the highest possible. I am sure this havior. Instead of lashing out on social is a record! media, consider instead taking the time to This year we will continue our campaign understand the concerns of your neighbors to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use comand committing to work through it. munity wide, as well as help educate people Maybe 2018 is the year we stop posting, about storm water runoff and the need to and start engaging. In 2018 I hope that we prevent debris and chemicals from dumpwill be able to work through our differences ing into storm drains. We’ll conduct classes and find common ground. in bee keeping and seed starting. We want to hear from you about your Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of ideas on projects that make our neighborGreater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in hood more sustainable. There is such a large the Registered Neighborhood Organization pool of talent, ideas, skills and wonderful for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 folks in Park Hill, I believe we will become recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award the example throughout Denver of what is for Community Service. She was trained as possible. a Climate Reality Leader in 2017. The 2017 Park Hill Home Tour & Street
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Bird Of Peace Throughout history and among many cultures, doves have symbolized love, gentleness of spirit, and loyalty. Doves became a symbol for peace activists after World War II, popularized by the artist Pablo Picasso. Doves belong to the Columbidae family, which also includes pigeons. They mate for life and are excellent navigators, making them capable of delivering messages. The cooing of the Mourning Dove is one of the most familiar bird sounds, and their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. This Mourning Dove was photographed in Park Hill by Mark Silverstein.
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Setting The Stage For Dysfunction Upcoming Legislative Session Likely To Be A Wild Ride
The legislative session begins Jan. 10 and one instance, a political activist. The leaderthe stage has been set with a range of recent, ship intends to adopt new policies related surreal political events. I cannot recall the to reporting, investigating and punishing beginning of a session more defined by the inappropriate behavior by legislators. upheaval and dissonance in the system and Last month we talked about the resultsociety at large. ing tone that will likely serve as the The venomous and dysfunctional backdrop for the legislative session. tone has been set by national politics But just when you think things in Washington D.C. and the pall it couldn’t get any worse, they do. has cast over the rest of the nation. Reyher makes a splash The hotly contested Alabama U.S. Senate race is over. Doug Jones has Take Rep. Lori Saine, a Republibeaten Judge Roy Moore, the first can from Weld County. Last month Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate Saine was arrested for attempting from Alabama in 25 years. Moore’s PENFIELD W. to take a loaded firearm through campaign was rocked by scandals a security checkpoint and onto a TATE III of his involvement with underaged plane at Denver International Airgirls over the years. Though Donald Trump port. Although originally charged, they endorsed Moore, some Republican memwere dropped and the matter is closed. A bers of congress urged him to drop out of concealed carry permit holder, the lawthe race. Then they publicly expressed relief maker has not publicly said why she took when he lost. the weapon into the airport. For reasons confounding many, ColoComplete details of the incident have not rado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner responded by been released at the time we went to press, encouraging Jones to vote with the Repubbut it will be interesting to see whether the licans – insinuating that his election with General Assembly addresses this instance overwhelming African-American support of gun-toting at the airport by one of its was an anomaly and Alabamians really members. wanted a Republican in the seat, just not Also falling into the category of you can’t Roy Moore. We will see how Jones permake this stuff up, is the splash made by forms, but if his words on election night newly appointed state Rep. Judy Reyher, a are any indication, the Democratic opposiRepublican from Dacono. Reyher was aption in the U.S. Senate just got stronger, and pointed by a vacancy committee on a secret the Republican advantage shrinks further. 6 to 5 vote, to replace former Rep. Clarice Locally, the Colorado General AssemNavarro, who has taken an appointment in bly continues to be rocked by allegations the Trump administration. against four lawmakers who have publicalNo sooner than she was picked when ly been accused of inappropriate behavior Reyher made headlines with a series of with other legislators, with lobbyists, and in comments and Facebook posts reminis-
cent of 1840s America. She posted the long have discussed before, legislation to address discredited claim that “it’s never been provthe Colorado Public Employees Retirement en” that President Obama was born in the Association (PERA) funding situation are United States. Then, attempting to clarify certain to be presented. PERA’s board has that she is not a racist, Reyher told the loproposed a fix, which Hickenlooper has cal press that “the black community and criticized. the Democrats are the most racist group of It is well known that state Treasurer people that exists.” She also said that black Walker Stapleton has long been a critic of people “hate white people with a PERA. It is suspected that Repassion.” publican legislators, at his inReyher’s offensive and as- I cannot recall stigation, will propose other optounding statements were so the beginning of tions. All of this will be impacted over the top that state Republithe sudden and sad passing a session more by can Party Chairman Jeff Hayes last month of Executive Director defined by the Greg Smith, who was known as and House Minority Leader Cole Wist denounced the new lawupheaval and the driving force of change and maker. They also said racism and dissonance in innovation and working to imhatred has no place in the GOP. prove PERA’s financial position. Doubling down, Reyher then the system and The ongoing battle between shared more of her brand of wis- society at large. the environmental community dom, advising us that Muslims and the oil and gas industry “hate pork, beer, bikinis, Jesus continues. Rumors persist that and freedom of speech” and that “if they we may see additional legislation dealing hate everything we stand for, what the hell with fracking and/or the ability of munici(are) they doing here other than to destroy palities to regulate oil and gas exploration us as a country?” within their boundaries. Expect to see Like I said, you just can’t make this stuff more TV commercials from both sides. up. Transportation funding will certainly be on the agenda as Republican legislators Hickenlooper’s swan song have already begun to challenge the governor’s legacy – indicating that his failure Moving along, this session will also be to get transportation funding approved is remarkable as the final one for Gov. John among his most significant shortcomings. Hickenlooper. The Governor wants to finCurrent talk is that we will see competing ish what he calls “Colorado the Beautiful,” a ballot measures proposing sales or gas tax plan to get people outside and to make sure increases. there is a green space within a 10-minute walk of every kid, with an interactive perFelonies are up. Why? sonalized database of trails. This is something that the Governor has been pushing Several Colorado prosecutors have exfor years. pressed their concerns about a spike in Similarly, Hickenlooper hopes to gain felony crimes. approval for his program to expand opporFelony criminal filings across the state tunities for apprenticeships for high school have increased by almost 50 percent in the graduates in Colorado. Sharing the belief past five years. Although data is currently of many that people don’t need a college being gathered, senators Kevin Lundberg degree to get a high-paying job, (R) and Daniel Kagan (D) have the Governor is hoping that his discussed proposals to overhaul Just when you the state’s sex offender and habitprogram will enable high school students to work in banking, ual offender statutes to provide think things insurance, cyber security, ad- couldn’t get any more flexibility in sentencing to vanced manufacturing or other judges. fields. By the time students in the worse, they do. This effort appears to be a disprogram graduate, they would connect from several prosecutors, who attribute the rise in felhave high school diplomas, colony filings to more lenient drug sentencing lege credit, and real life work experience. since 2013, as well as efforts to place more He has raised pledges of $25 million to offenders on parole and probation rather support the effort but must obtain legislathan in jail. Others blame the 2012 legaltive support. ization of personal use of marijuana for an The Governor has lamented that he was increase in crime. The Governor’s office has not successful in establishing a sliding scale expressed an interest in continuing to talk, of scholarships for low-income students but reluctance to commit to a particular that would enable more students from course of action until data can more clearly working class families to attend college. He identify the causes of the spike. has however expressed pride about being a Happy New Year. At the Colorado Capipro-business governor who is now leading tol, get ready for a bumpy ride. a state out of the 2008-2009 recession into a top-five state for job growth. Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney with I think Hickenlooper’s legacy will not Kutak Rock and serves on a number of come down to specific legislative successes nonprofit boards. He represented Park Hill of bold individual initiatives. Instead, it will in the Colorado House of Representatives be as a governor who emphasized job crefrom 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate ation with small businesses, entrepreneurs from 2001 to February 2003, when he reand big businesses that create the opporsigned from the Senate to run for Mayor of tunity for more employment in Colorado. Denver. Penfield’s adult daughter was born Dueling TV commercials and raised in Park Hill, and he and his wife Paulette remain in the neighborhood. Recent press reports hint at what will be included in the legislative agenda. As we
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Efforts Underway For Equity In Education Strengthening Neighborhood Event Is Jan. 27 By Laura Lefkowits
and inclusive economic development. Finally, the committee recommends that Special to the GPHN DPS launch a meaningful public engageOver the past six months, I have served ment effort to increase awareness of the on the Denver Public Schools’ “Strengthenbenefits of socioeconomic integration, curing Neighborhoods Initiative.” rent and projected enrollment trends, and As I wrote in these pages in August, the the committee’s recommendations. initiative established a citywide committee Public engagement by the committee charged with making recommendations to over the last six months made it clear that the board that will “drive greater more needs to be done to ensure socio-economic integration in the community is engaged in our schools.” Since the return to solving these critical challenges. neighborhood schools in 1996, The goal is for change to happen following the end of court-ordered “with” the community, not “to” busing for desegregation, integrathe community. For more intion in Denver’s schools has deformation on the Strengthening creased. Research indicates that Neighborhoods Initiative, go to high-quality, integrated schools dpsk12.org/neighborhoods/. offer improved educational outA group of Park Hill neighbors, comes for all students and serve the Park Hill Neighbors for Eqa vital role in promoting vibrant uity in Education (PHNEE), has neighborhoods. been meeting during this same The committee’s recommendations were time period to address similar issues evipresented to the Board of Education on dent in Park Hill’s elementary schools. Dec. 18. They include four overarching On Jan. 27, PHNEE will host a commuthemes which set the stage for about 10 nity event featuring presentations from more detailed proposals. experts and neighbor-to-neighbor discusThe first recommendation is that DPS ession. It will highlight Park Hill’s history of tablish a quantitative target for increasing fighting for diversity, inclusion and equity; socioeconomic integration in every school. the benefits to all children of attending soThe target would identify the ideal percentcioeconomically integrated schools; and age of students in poverty in the current level of segregaevery school, and progress tion in our neighborhood toward reaching that goal The goal is for change schools. It will also be an would be reported annually to happen “with” the opportunity to learn about to the Board and the public. some of the great things hapcommunity, not “to” pening at our schools. Although the goal will be quantitative, the committee The solutions to these the community. also recommends monitorissues aren’t easy but, by ing measures of equity and working together, Park Hill inclusiveness in schools to ensure that an neighbors can find solutions that work for integrated school is one in which all stuus all. Join us on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to dents feel welcome, safe and valued. noon at McAuliffe International School at The second recommendation is that the 2540 Holly St. Speakers will include Nita district provides resources, incentives, and Mosby Tyler, Ph.D., Chief Catalyst, The Eqsupports for schools to use in creating a uity Project, LLC, and Alan Gottlieb, longmore integrated and inclusive environment. time journalist and director of Write.Edit. These could include assistance with school Think, LLC. The event is free and lunch and design and/or marketing to attract underchildcare will be provided. represented students, creation of additional This is the beginning of a conversation enrollment zones that offer transportation that could benefit generations of Park Hill of students to more integrated options, and children to come. the inclusion of new equity measures in the Laura Lefkowits served on the Denver School Performance Framework. Public Schools board from 1995 to 1999. The third recommendation is for DPS She is a nonprofit management consultant to address the impacts of gentrification on to educational organizations and an expert Denver families by partnering closely with on the history and impact of desegregation relevant city agencies and by advocating for efforts in DPS. affordable housing, access to public transit,
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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS Beekeeping 101
Have you been thinking about starting a hive of your own but don’t know where to start? On Tuesday, Jan. 9 join Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. and long-time beekeeper Colin Mann to learn some basic information about beekeeping. This event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. and is free and open to Denver residents. Learn more at facebook.com/events/256745384854905/
VIPs marching in solidarity at last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. marade. File photo by Cara DeGette
Denver Gentrification Summit Jan. 13
The Denver Community Action Network is hosting a summit in response to gentrification that threatens to displace longtime residents. The Denver Gentrification Summit: Our Communities Are Not For Sale is Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The summit is at Shorter AME Church at 3100 Richard Allen Court, just west of Park Hill at the corner of Colorado Boulevard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The summit is designed to bring together progressive organizers, leaders and impacted residents, as well as those who want to learn strategies to take back their neighborhoods. The organizers’ goal is to address affordable housing, justice reform, trans-
portation alternatives, environmental sustainability, food justice, educational equity, health access, and renaming/removing racist signage/symbol initiatives through the lens of gentrification. Summit registration is free, however contributions are appreciated. Check out the group Facebook page for more info and to sign up.
March For MLK On Jan. 15
Join thousands of your closest friends to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 89th birthday. This year’s MLK marade (parade/march) is Monday, Jan. 15. Partici-
pants gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue and I Have A Dream Memorial in the southwest part of City Park, just west of Park Hill, beginning at 9 a.m. Speakers take the stage at 9:30 a.m. At about 10:45 a.m., participants begin marching down Colfax Avenue toward downtown. The marade culminates at Civic Center Park with a rally commemorating the life of the slain civil rights leader. The total distance equals 5K. The marade is the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the United States. It is free and everyone is welcome. For more, check out drmartinlkingjrchc. org/, and on Twitter at #ColoradoMLKMarade.
Starting last month, all Denver residents ages 60 and older can access all recreation centers in Denver as part of the MY Denver PRIME program. Residents can sign up for their free membership by taking proof of Denver residency and a photo ID verifying age to front desk staff at any Denver recreation center, including the new Carla Madison center. Learn more about MY Denver PRIME at denvergov.org/mydenverprime.
The organization Boomers Leading Change is sponsoring a workshop to focus on Medicare and what people need to know about strengthening the federal health insurance program for seniors. The event is Monday, Jan. 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St. Henry M. Barlow, from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, will discuss Medicare’s financial status, actuarial projections and other related issues. The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit boomersleadingchange. org or call 303-426-6637.
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March On Colorado Jan. 20
Join fellow Coloradans to mark the oneyear anniversary of the powerful grassroots Women’s March On Colorado movement. Last year record-breaking crowds marched through downtown Denver and other cities across the country and globe the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. This year’s march is designed to highlight the grace and kindness of Colorado and a continuing advocacy for human and civil rights. The march is Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denver’s Civic Center Park downtown. The march starts at 9:30 a.m. with a rally and speakers starting at noon. Sign up and get updates by following the group March On Colorado on Facebook.
Carla Madison Rec Center Opens Jan. 8
The Carla Madison Recreation Center is set to open on Monday, Jan. 8. Denver’s newest state-of-the-art recreational facility is at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street, just east of Park Hill and across the Esplanade from East High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to mark the grand opening of the rec center at 3 p.m.
The League of Women Voters of Denver is hosting a panel discussion, Living in Denver Without Documentation on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The discussion will focus on issues faced by Denver residents who lack documentation, on the Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Enforcement Act, and on the sanctuary movement. The forum is at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. (The presentation begins at 6 p.m.) The event is free and open to all.
Get Ready For Preschool
The Denver Preschool Program hosts its annual Preschool Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dahlia Center for Health and Well-Being at 3401 Eudora St. to help Denver families explore early learning options for their 4-year-olds. The Preschool Showcase is a free event for parents to connect with representatives from numerous quality-rated programs and learn more about available resources, including tuition support. The event features food, dental screenings, story times and family-friendly entertainment, and photo ops with the Minions. Spanish translators also will be available. Families who are unable to attend the 2018 Preschool Showcase are encouraged to use the Denver Preschool Program’s “Find a Preschool” tool on its website, dpp.org, to search for nearby programs. Also available on the website is a “Tuition Credit Calculator” which allows parents to estimate their monthly tuition credit that can be used toward lowering the cost of preschool. For more information visit dpp.org/news/showcase or call 303595-4DPP (4377).
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Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to an overflow crowd outside Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 54 years ago this month. The civil rights leader was in Park Hill in part because the neighborhood was ground zero in the fight for fair housing and public school integration during the time. Park Hill was the first neighborhood in Denver — and was a model for the nation — to resist the blockbusting that occurred when black families started moving into neighborhoods that had been previously been inhabited mostly by white families. Rather than go along with what is also called “white flight,” many Park Hill residents worked to integrate the neighborhood. Photo by Mel Schlieltz, Rocky Mountain News collection/Denver Public Library
Time To Confront An Ugly Past Movement To Rename Stapleton Relevant To Park Hill By Jacqueline St. Joan and Genevieve Swift
Special to the GPHN
East of Park Hill there is a movement to rename Stapleton. That movement is relevant to Park Hill as well. Many people know that Stapleton Airport was named to honor Denver’s Mayor Ben Stapleton (who held office from 192331 and again from 1935-47). His is a name synonymous with the era in Denver when the KKK controlled the Mayor and his appointees, as well as the Governor and the state’s highest political offices. The Stapleton era was a reign of terror for minorities — Catholics, Jews, African Americans and immigrants. Here are just a few examples: • In 1920 when a black fireman bought a home on Gaylord Street, white homeowners from the Clayton Improvement Association threatened his life. • In 1921 a black post office clerk’s rental on Gilpin Street was bombed twice. • In 1923 eleven wooden crosses were ablaze around Denver. Regular Klan meetings occurred on South Table Mountain. There were weekly rallies near “Kastle” Rock. Ruby Hill, southwest of downtown, was often lit up. • In 1924 black students from Morey Jr. High were barred from swimming classes. When students from Manual Training High School tried to attend a school dance, the Denver school board ordered that social functions be segregated. The Park Hill Improvement Association advocated for racially separated schools. • In 1925 Shorter AME Church just west of Park Hill was burned down, many believe, by the KKK. • Klansmen harassed the Jewish enclave along West Colfax. Jewish-owned department stores such as Neusteter’s were boycotted. • Jewish activists and Catholic priests were terrorized by death threats. Crosses were burned at Catholic churches and at Regis University. • Judges were Klansmen and juries were drawn from Klan membership lists. It was an era of political power for those advocating white Protestant supremacy as a means to define who was a “true American.” Ben Stapleton empowered and enabled those KKK voices. Is it any wonder many feel the slight, the insult, the disregard, the old burn, when they see or hear that name – Stapleton?
He did what he promised Ben Stapleton was a duplicitous opportunist who took advantage of the populism organized by the Klan at a grassroots level. Estimates of Colorado KKK membership range between 40,000 and 70,000, (17,000 documented in Denver). • In 1923, during Stapleton’s first mayoral campaign, he accepted KKK support, January 2018
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White people can’t change the story of our collective past, but we can change how that story develops. but to appease Jewish and Catholic voters, distanced himself from the Klan with this statement: “True Americanism needs no mask or disguise. Any attempt to stir up racial prejudices or religious intolerance is contrary to our constitution and is therefore un-American.” Later it was discovered that Stapleton was a Klansman; through him the KKK infiltrated city government. • In 1924 anti-Klan opponents tried to recall Stapleton. Needing Klan support, he reaffirmed his commitment: “I have little to say, except that I will work with the Klan and for the Klan in the coming election, heart and soul. And if I am reelected, I shall give the Klan the kind of administration it wants.” With KKK financial backing, Stapleton won the recall against an unpopular opponent. Then he did exactly what he’d promised – appointed Klansmen as police chief, city attorney, manager of safety, and other key positions.
In the 1960s, Park Hill neighbors became part of that proud history. Activists like J. Carlton Babbs and Jules Mondschein and Dick Young and Marge Gilbert helped organize the initially all-white Park Hill Action Committee to fight for racial justice. The Greater Park Hill Community association was born of these efforts to make room for people of all races and classes. Today residents of Park Hill are often forced by economic circumstances and the absence of adequate assistance to sell their family homes to newcomers who have more income to spend on real estate and repairs. Tensions are building as a result of new residents not being respectful of local history and culture in vulnerable areas in the city. Forest City’s affordable housing prom-
ises at Stapleton are behind schedule and some worry they will go unfulfilled.
A trigger for conversation It’s time to take a stand. In a nation whose current president drew support from white supremacists and American nationalists, we must stay vigilant. We are losing ground on progress made in Park Hill in the 60’s. and 70s A proudly diverse neighborhood isn’t what it used to be. We need to push the community of Stapleton to, not only remove the name from its place of honor, but to realize the ideal vision of the “Greenbook”; an inclusive neighborhood that has seamless boundaries within the city of Denver. White people can’t change the story of our collective past, but we can change how that story develops. White supremacy has always been a part of our country’s, our state’s and our city’s history, and its ideas have not gone away. They go underground and simmer in the dark, sensing when they might survive in the light of day. This is one of those times. We must speak up, even when it is uncomfortable. We must have the courage to listen to each other, to be willing to fix what we can of the wrongs that have been done. The person and the name, Stapleton, is a trigger for this much needed conversation. Visit www.renameforall.com to see how the legacy of the KKK lives on in our communities and sign our petition change. org/p/denver-city-council-change-thename-stapleton. Join the Rename St*pleton for All conversation. If not now, when? Jacqueline St. Joan and Genevieve Swift are part of the Rename St*pleton for All leadership team. Editor’s note: In mid-December, the Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities announced plans to drop the word “Stapleton” from its name. The foundation will begin doing business as “The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities” effective this month.
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Tensions building anew African Americans who moved east out of Five Points risked crossing understood racial lines—first, Race Street, then Colorado Boulevard, then Park Hill, and past Monaco Boulevard, meeting resistance along the way. Mortgage companies “red-lined” certain neighborhoods. Real estate brokers “steered” blacks away from white neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations urged white homeowners to attach racially restrictive covenants to their property. Segregated housing patterns led to segregated schools, which led to the 1973 U. S. Supreme Court order to desegregate, which required 20 years of busing under court supervision. There have always been resisters along the way. In the Stapleton era it was Philip Van Cise and Phillip Hornbein, Father Matthew Smith, and others.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thoughts Turn To 2019
It’s a new year and time to begin thinking about the 2019 Denver municipal election. In 2015, District 8 Councilman Chris Herndon ran unopposed. So even if you voted you had no choice, and no role in the outcome. For the democratic process to be effective, we need both participation by voters and competitive races. Candidates who run unopposed have no reason to care about the community, either before or after the election. They don’t have to earn your vote, because they simply don’t need it. Here are some recent votes and policies of Mr. Herndon’s we find troubling: • Lame duck council approval of the I-70 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with CDOT. The vote came after the 2015 election but before the new council could be seated. The vote was scheduled by then-council President Herndon, who of course voted to approve the IGA. (See The Denver Post, July 6, 2015.) • Stormwater project that spends $383 million, the lion’s share ($270 million) for drainage to protect the I-70 highway as required by the IGA. Herndon voted for it. (See city council minutes from June 13, 2016.) • Closure and destruction of City Park Golf Course. Neighbors in Councilman Herndon’s District 8, which includes Park Hill and Stapleton, filed suit against this action. Mr. Herndon’s response to his constituents? He never spoke to them and voted to approve contracts to destroy the golf course before the trial even took place (Aug. 7 and 14, 2017). • A zoning change adjacent to Stapleton’s Central Park for a developer was approved by city council on July 24, 2017, despite requests by Stapleton neighbors for a modification to reduce its height and increase setbacks. Herndon shut down negotiation, and, of course, voted to approve. (July 24, 2017.) • Back door negotiation by the city to provide a land swap to a developer in the 2800 block of Fairfax Street in Park Hill, despite neighborhood requests to be kept informed. Facilitated and kept secret from the community by Councilman Herndon. (News story in the December issue of GPHN, December, 2017.) Herndon is up to run for reelection in Spring, 2019. We believe there’s untapped energy in our neighborhoods of Park Hill and Stapleton to support a competitive race for District 8. Now is the time. Citizens, please get involved. Candidates, please step forward. Hank Bootz and Nancy Francis, Park Hill
A Grave Harm To Democracy
On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] repealed net neutrality – the rules that require internet providers to allow access to the full internet and a protection against upcharging for access to specific websites or censorship of information. Without net neutrality, consumers will likely pay more for access to streaming websites, like Hulu or Netflix, social media websites, like Facebook or Twitter, and news websites, like the Wall Street Journal or the Denver Post. This means that some Americans will be able to afford access to communication options and information, but others would be left in the dark. In short, a repeal of net neutrality means higher prices for all of us and lower access for some of us. Net neutrality is not a purely progressive or conservative political issue; this issue should concern all of us. Access to information and the ability to communicate information is fundamental to our constitutional republic. By limiting access to news sources and social media platforms, internet providers limit access to the foundation of democracy. We need to urge members of congress to pass a law to re-establish net neutrality and educate our fellow citizens on this infinitely important issue.
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I can’t tell you what I know about the future of the land that is currently the Park Hill Golf Course, which happens to sit a stone’s throw away from the place my wife and I are proud to call our very first home. I can’t tell you, because that changes weekly. I’m involved. I’ve attended the meetings for months. I’ve read the news. I’ve received the countless emails. The speculation has already been exhausted. I can tell you, though, what I see. I see a large chunk of money sitting on 155 acres of incredible location in an amazing and booming city. I see land that speaks of community and rich history: A former dairy farm turned into what’s now Denver’s second oldest golf course. I see a struggle for survival: A dated golf club/banquet hall that could use a refresh, but also a priceless sanctuary where people come to relax, vent, celebrate, practice, compete with themselves, and strive to be better. I see loyal and hardworking employees who love what they do, but are desperate for the leadership to keep their vision of the land’s potential alive. I see opportunity. I see my adjacent neighborhood; a beautiful mix of diverse families, retirees, and young couples, of all different backgrounds, looking to simply maintain the peace – many of whom are unaware of the possible impacts. I see a group of people who are being told they have a voice, but find it hard to believe they’re being heard. I see a common, but fading story, a fight to keep natural space alive, to hold onto fresh cut grass, not artificial turf. Take away that space and you’re taking away something sacred we’re quickly losing – our connection with the earth, the community, and the importance of play. Spaces to calm our busy minds in, to let go in the warm sun, to enjoy stunning snow peaked mountain views and crisp fresh air. Spaces that teach vision, confidence, action, follow through, and consistency. With great city growth comes changes and compromise. No, I’m not an idiot. I understand the land is valuable and the city is in too much of a housing shortage not to be developed in some areas. I’m an openminded business owner after all. It’s clear a good amount of the 155 acres could be paved over to put up a parking lot. I see the hunger in the eyes of the developers. I see them licking their chops. But in this always sunny city that so many of us call our home, it would be nice to see some of paradise still remain natural. Let’s keep the Rocky Mountains in sight. To the powers that be, please keep one of Denver’s last outdoor adult playgrounds alive. In this crazy stressful world we live in, never before has it been more important to have spaces for play, disconnection, reconnection, and community - spaces of sublime open landscapes, which are essential in fighting depression, anxiety, and isolation. I will fight to protect the simple things we still need as a society, for the benefit of our mental and physical health, for my community, for my city, and for the future individuals that choose to call this little haven their home as well. I understand everyone has an opinion about what the space should turn into. No matter what that vision is, if you are simply against the entire space being developed, please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3N3ZKFD Jeff Romeo, Park Hill Editor’s Note: We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denver-specific. Send letters to editor@greaterparkhill. org, and include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue. Past issues can be read at greaterparkhill.org.
GPHN: You have a reputation as being committed to improving access to justice, as the costs of legal services have become unattainable for many. How can you address that from the high court? MH: The justices of the Colorado Supreme Court are responsible for administering both the court system and the legal profession. There are lots of innovative ideas around the country about how to increase access to justice. Colorado has been a leader in making services for self-represented litigants more user-friendly. We could explore many other ways to make the system more user-friendly and to make legal services less expensive. Among the many things that other states are looking at are: creating a second-tier professional legal status – like a medical assistant but in the legal profession; moving some uncontested disputes out of the legal system; and helping young lawyers build practices that are more efficient and can charge lower hourly rates. All of these are things that the Colorado system could explore, and my goal on the Court will be to support any exploration of new ideas to make our system work better for everyone. GPHN: Your grandfather was Archibald Cox, who holds a pretty important place in history as special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal and whose firing Richard Nixon ordered in what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. What would your grandfather think of the current state of affairs in Washington, and what would he say of the Robert Mueller investigation? MH: I have no doubt that my grandfather would be very concerned about the current state of affairs in Washington. He was a principled but practical man who truly believed in the power of law to ensure order and also to improve our collective circumstances. The attacks on the rule of law and the basic idea of a fair and impartial judiciary that we have seen this year would, I am sure, have dismayed him. GPHN: It’s my understanding that your mom was one of the first single moms to practice law in Colorado. What is the best advice your mom gave you? What is the worst? MH: My mom is one of my heroes in life. She worked so hard, and in such a pioneering time, to be a successful lawyer and a successful mom. I think she did both ex-
“Melissa Hart has all of the qualities needed to succeed as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Her expertise on how to ensure equal and fair access to justice will be of great value to the policy-making role of the Supreme Court. I look forward to watching her career as a justice unfold.” -- Mary Mullarkey, former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice and fellow Park Hill resident, sharing her thoughts with the Greater Park Hill News on Melissa Hart’s appointment. Mullarkey served as Chief Justice for 12 years, the longest term of any Colorado justice, until her retirement in 2010. tremely well. It is hard for me to think of specific best and worst advice, though I would say she always told me – and modeled for me – that you have to live up to your commitments and come through for people. I try to live by that principle. GPHN: Can you describe a defining moment or experience while you were a student at East High School that has stayed with you through the years? MH: I loved East. I am really thrilled that my daughter is now a freshman there. My fondest memories from East were in the theater and forensics programs. In midDecember, my daughter travelled to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a debate competition. I will never forget the competition I attended in Cheyenne, where I did the speech event called Original Oratory. I wrote and delivered a speech about self-reliance and independent judgment. The judge in Cheyenne ranked me rather low and said to me in the comments that my ideas just didn’t go over well in Wyoming. I remember thinking we had obviously had a total disconnect, as my ideas were rather conservative and probably just the thing that would go over in Wyoming. But somehow the way I expressed them came out entirely differently. I often remember that moment when I am interacting with people and realize we are perceiving the communication very differently. GPHN: You were at the top of your class at Harvard Law School. Where was Ted Cruz in the mix? (Also, can you provide any insight into Ted Cruz?) MH: I am going to skip this one! GPHN: What are Melissa Hart’s Top 5 all-time favorite lawyer movies? MH:In no specific order: To Kill a Mockingbird, My Cousin Vinny, Inherit the Wind, Philadelphia, and The Accused. Above: Gov. John Hickenlooper, announcing Melissa Hart as his pick for the Colorado Supreme Court in December. Left: Justice Melissa Hart, with the other six Colorado Supremes. From left, Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, Justice Nathan B. Coats, Justice Monica M. Marquez, Hart, Justice Brian D. Boatright, Justice William W. Hood, Justice Richard L. Gabriel. Photos courtesy of Melissa Hart.
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Growing Up A Bibliophile Park Hill Bookstore: Only 47 Years Old By Sierra Fleenor
uously operated nonprofit bookstore” in Denver, says Jack Farrar. The bookstore was initially operated as On a warm December morning, three a women’s cooperative. “There were books, volunteer leaders of the Park Hill Compottery, jewelry, and it was also a meetmunity Bookstore invited me to join them ing place for various women’s activism for a conversation about the origins groups,” Farrar says. The bookstore of the bookstore, what’s happening remained a cooperative until 2005, now, and what lies ahead. We sat when state laws changed and the in the middle of the first floor, surorganization became a nonprofit rounded by shelves full of books. business under Internal Revenue As patrons came in to look for Code 501(c)(4). something to read, they were diSome things have since changed rected through the middle of our – books are now sold on Amazon. conversation to the other sections com as well as in the store, for exof the building. My companions SIERRA ample. But much has remained were co-managers Jack and Pam same as ever. The business model is FLEENOR Farrar and interim president of the the same; though there was a period board John Krause. The trio made when the manager was a paid posieasy conversation with patrons and joked tion, the entire organization is again run about our “very important” conversation by volunteers. The biggest change has been that patrons were interrupting. From the the addition of air conditioning and an upmoment I stepped inside, I could tell why dated heating system, which have made the people love this neighborhood gem: books, bookstore far more comfortable. camaraderie, and laughter. Many of the current volunteers are the The Park Hill Community Bookstore is same stalwart bibliophiles who helped get on the business strip along 23rd Avenue it off the ground 47 years ago. Among the between Cherry and Dexter streets. It was longtimers: Co-founder and current volunincorporated on May 6, 1971 after a group teer used books manager Helen Wolcott, of residents pooled their money to buy new since 1971; volunteer Bettina Basanow books and asked neighbors to donate used who was manager of the bookstore for a books. “We’re certainly the oldest continseven year stretch, since 1974; and the FarExecutive Director, GPHC
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rars, since 1975. Of course, there are dozens more who were deeply involved during those founding years, and even more who have volunteered over the years. Volunteers get involved with the bookstore for a variety of reasons, but the recurring theme shared by my companions was best summarized by Jack Farrar: “We take care of books here.” Says Basanow: “If you have a book, you’re never alone.” Every month thousands of books circulate through, as donations, purchases, and swapped items. They find new homes with tourists, members, students, and teachers. The bookstore has had a longtime focus on education, with access to literature for
teachers and students. “We have a policy to give [teachers] ten free books,” says Krause. The bookstore recently launched a new program with five area high schools. “We’re giving five memberships [per school] to librarians to give to students who would like to come to the bookstore,” says Pam Farrar. The bookstore currently has about 400 members and 40 volunteers. Members pay an annual fee to join the bookstore and get book credits in return. In addition to books, the bookstore also carries greeting cards, journals, and other gifts. For more information, stop in to the bookshop or call 303-355-8508.
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Tracks In Winter
Stalwart Cyclists Unite To Clear The Mind, Get Some Exercise, Keep Warm And Stay Upright Story and Photos by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN
When the temperature drops and snow appears on Mount Evans, many Park Hillians trade their bicycle helmets and padded bike shorts for ski bibs and goggles, putting away their bicycles until springtime. But not all do. A number of stalwart cyclists, many of them current or former bike racers, feel the need to keep riding outdoors. And unless the roads are covered with ice, they will do so all winter long. Notably, this winter so far, with incredibly mild temperatures and virtually no precipitation, has meant no ice on the roads and safer riding. Riding through the winter does require extra clothing and some specialized gear. But properly equipped, winter cycling clears the mind and provides great exercise. Tara Dunn, who lives on Holly Street, is an attorney with her own corporate practice. When in college, Dunn rode on several University of Colorado National Championship race teams, including the Women’s Team Time Trial. Today, she rides yearround, putting in between 50-150 miles per week. “In the winter, this means more riding in the dark, but I have some Lezyne lights and only ride on quiet streets and often to
Wash Park,” Dunn says. “If I ride in the dark, especially in winter, I often ride my cyclocross bike with knobby tires.” Dunn will ride in freezing temperatures but, she says, “below 20 degrees starts to get challenging – it is just hard to keep fingers and toes functioning.” She’ll ride on packed snow or wet roads, but when the roads are ice covered, she stays home. “I have hardly ever been successful staying upright on a fully icy surface.” Two fast-paced group rides originating near Park Hill continue all winter long. Every Tuesday and Friday morning, the Park Hill Peloton (“PHP”) group leaves before dawn. Riders converge at the intersection of Holly and Cherry Creek and circumnavigates Cherry Creek State Park for a 30-mile loop. In the summer the PHP will have close to 50 riders. In the winter, the group dwindles to maybe 10. And on Saturday mornings, the FDR or “Frustrated Dad’s Ride” departs from Stapleton Town Center for a 40-mile loop south of Denver International Airport, returning on Smith Road. The FDR may have 40 to 50 riders in the summer and on a nice winter day, perhaps 25. The rides usually include a number of accomplished cyclists from the Cycleton, Primal-Audi, Palmeres, Rodeo, and other local race teams. Tom Miller, a Lincoln
Park resident, is a legendary participant in both the PHP and FDR rides He logs between 11,000 and 13,000 bicycle miles a year – 200 to 250 miles every week and will ride in temperatures down into the single digits.
“My cold weather gear is a combination of specifically engineered, wind and cold repellent base layers, long sleeved jerseys, bibs with leg warmers or tights, a light jacket or vest, toe or shoe covers, good gloves and a hoodie or balaclava,” Miller says. He’ll occasionally use hand warmers and has experimented with battery-operated electric gloves. “Cold hands and feet are the worst!” Miller, a sales manager with the oil and gas field services provider Schlumberger, bike commutes every day to work downtown. When there is snow on the ground he uses his mountain bike with wider tires. But even Miller waves the white flag of surrender to ice-covered roads, recalling one cold and icy PHP ride when every rider in the small group crashed at some point. “Some, multiple times.” Dan Recht, who lives on Ivy Street, has been an avid cyclist for more than a decade. Recht usually logs more than 100 miles a week. In the winter on weekdays, he will ride on his basement trainer. But on sunny winter weekend days you will usually find him heading east out Smith Road. Although Recht does have electric gloves for colder days, he advises the use of hand warmers seen on ski slopes. With the right equipment, Recht says, you should be able to ride your bike in the same conditions that people snow shoe or cross-country ski. Miller recommends Cherry Creek or Chatfield Reservoirs, or heading east from Park Hill out Smith Road for flat rides during the winter. He likes Lookout Mountain or Deer Creek Road for climbing, which he says are usually clear of snow and ice. But Miller cautions against Denver’s ubiquitous bicycle paths. “When they’re shaded or pass under overpasses, [they] often ice up and can be particularly dangerous,” he says. “Plus, on a path, ice often covers the entire path, so there’s no way to avoid it.”
Not For The Faint-footed Anyone can join Park Hill Peloton and Frustrated Dad’s Ride. You just need to show up. And, you need to be seriously fit. These two rides are not for the faint of heart. To keep up you need to be able to hold 20-22 mph on your own, with surges up to 28 mph. You must also be comfortable riding in very close quarters, getting the benefit of the “draft” created by the fast moving group of cyclists. These are close to race-pace rides. If you are looking to learn, by all means, come out and try. Introduce yourself and explain that you are new. But don’t get discouraged if you get left behind. Many a rider finishes alone. PHP cyclists meet at Holly and Cherry Creek at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday (leaving from Park Hill at 5:40). And the FDR leaves at 8 a.m. from the Cycleton bike shop in Stapleton during the winter months. You don’t have to be a dad, or male, to join Frustrated Dad’s Ride. The name stuck when a number of male riders first started the ride. They needed to get back home for early Saturday morning kid duty and were only given leave to ride for a couple of hours. -- Reid Neureiter
Top: FDR (Frustrated Dad’s Ride) passing snow covered farm fields on 56th Avenue on the way toward Front Range Airport, February, 2016; Left: The Park Hill Peloton group rides through Cherry Creek State Park during a pre-dawn group ride, March, 2016; Above: A 20-degree morning mandates neck and face protection, shoe covers, thick gloves and long cycling pants for members of the Park Hill Peloton; Right: Neoprene booties are used to cover cycling shoes for warmth and water resistance during winter rides.
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Character, continued from page 1 Overcoming low expectations from many of her teachers, Ophelia realized early in life that education was her ticket to a wider world. And she kept surprising people. “I was usually at the top of my class. I especially enjoyed English. Most of my teachers were encouraging, but I don’t think they thought I was going anywhere in life. A few saw my potential and challenged me.” Ophelia won numerous awards in school for her writing skills. After graduating from high school and enrolling at Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado), she applied for a job at the Greeley Tribune, a highly audacious thing for a young Mexican-American woman to do. Her editor, Floyd Merrill, was skeptical at first, but hired her at 96 cents an hour. Ophelia worked at the paper for a year as a general assignment reporter, covering a variety of beats. She was the only Hispanic on the staff. Ophelia’s career was interrupted when she married her longtime boyfriend David Mejia, who was drafted following his junior year at CSCE. He served with the Marines in the Korean War. When the war ended, he finished his education degree and went on to teach for 39 years, 29 of them at West High School. But Ophelia postponed her education to focus on her children: Mary, David Michael, Anne, Teresa (who has died), Patricia, Robert, Margaret, Pauline, James, Louise, Steven, Catherine and Thomas. All 13 are named after saints. She also helped raise many other neighborhood children, operating a home childcare business. “A lot of Park Hill kids grew up in my living room.” Not surprisingly, five of her 13 children ended up in the education field. All went to college, six received masters degrees and two have earned doctorates. James went on to a political career, which included a run for mayor in 2011. Ophelia is proud to point out that in Park Hill, James Mejia received more votes than the ultimate victor, Michael Hancock.
Back to school Ophelia went back to school when her youngest child was in sixth grade. She taught preschool at Wellshire Presbyterian Church and then became director of the church’s Parents Day Out program. After several detours, she eventually completed her bachelor’s degree at Regis University at age 54 and her masters in Language and Communication, also at Regis. She has held a wide range of positions in education, including coordinator of the Early Childhood Department at Community College of Denver, consultant for Head Start (where she was assigned to help 16 management and curriculum programs in a six-state region), and consultant for Worthy Wages, which advocates for fair pay for teachers, especially those who work in challenging schools. While teaching, she wrote grants to underwrite scholarships for teachers, and to fund full-time nursing positions in public schools. She is especially proud of her work helping teachers learn methods for dealing
with students with disabilities and longterm illnesses. “We came up with many strategies and creative activities,” she says. “We showed them how to help children with special needs gain confidence. We were coaches.” Ophelia also launched a Latino club. She joined the Community Development Institute in 1989 as a resource specialist for Head Start programs. Following a four-year stint at COI she was hired by the Piton Foundation to manage the Early Excellence program focusing on four low-income neighborhoods Emphasis was placed on helping monolingual parents gain their self-confidence and increase their interaction with their young children.
Teachers who listen As you might imagine, Ophelia has some strong political opinions. “Our nation is impoverished by our choice of a ‘leader,’” she says, shaking her head. “[The current president] reminds me of the bullies I dealt with when I was a child. Most MexicanAmericans certainly don’t feel he understands, much less represents them.” Retirement has slowed her down only a little. Ophelia spends much of her time helping her husband deal with the effects of a stroke. She works out regularly at a recreation center. And she is an accomplished watercolorist and oil painter. Why has she lived in Park Hill for more than five decades? “I like the diversity – language, ethnicity, the mix of different social groups, the schools.” What does she not like so much? “The traffic. It’s horrible. And I wish most of the motels on Colfax would disappear. They’ve been trying to ‘fix’ Colfax for years, and they’re still trying.” Any heroes in her life? “My mom was my hero. She was gentle, accepting, talented and smart, even though she never got past the third grade.” Political heroes include Cesar Chavez, the iconic leader who organized farm workers throughout the West. “With my background, I could really relate to him.” Ophelia and David agree on one political leader in Denver they never cared for: Corky Gonzalez, head of the Crusade for Justice. “When David taught at West, his students were threatened by Corky’s crowd if they refused to participate in his marches. One of them pulled a knife on David, but backed down when he said he would respond.” All of us can remember teachers who really listened, who didn’t judge, who helped us love to learn – teachers like Ophelia and David Mejia. At top, David and Ophelia Mejia. In the middle, the Mejias with their 13 children, circa 1979. Front row, left to right: Catherine, Thomas, Ophelia, David, Louise, Steven, Teresa. Middle row: James and Pauline. Back row: David Michael, Patricia, Robert, Anne, Mary and Margaret. The bottom photo is of Ophelia Mejia’s parents, Magdeleno (Mack) and Petra Garcia, in an undated photo. A 2014 photo of the Mejias with kids, their partners and offspring appears on page 1. Photos courtesy of the Mejias
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SCHOOLS UPDATE | Lynn Kalinauskas
Out Of The Classroom, Into The Boardroom Meet New DPS District 3 Representative Carrie Olson
in their eyes to create schools that match the needs of what they desire for public education. GPHN: In Park Hill, we have schools listed as red, yellow, orange and green, according to DPS’ School Performance Framework. What steps should DPS take to help those schools better perform in that rating system? Olson: Because so many decisions in the District are driven by the SPF ratings, I believe we need to re-examine the SPF weights and metrics. Many educators and many civic organizations are concerned that the SPF does not give an accurate picture of what is happening in our schools. Secondly, because the mission of DPS is to educate children, I would encourage meaningful supports for both students and teachers so DPS can live up to its core value of students first. The SPF shouldn’t be about colors and punishment in a flawed rating system. It should be about ways to help students learn what they need to be successful adults.
GPHN: What do you think are teachers’ biggest challenges right now? Olson: Many decisions are being made by individuals who have little or no background in education. These decisions affect the students and teachers learning and teaching environment. With so much emphasis on the data-driven business model, it often seems the value of real education is lost. We need to listen to our teaching professionals and refocus on supporting and elevating those dedicated individuals. More focus on a collaborative environment and less focus on competition would be a good place to start. Workload - as the negative factor increases and schools lack funding, teachers are left picking up the slack. Essential support staff continue to get cut, along with electives. The result is larger class sizes with less support. Meanwhile the pressure grows on high stakes testing; districts and administrators feel they must microman-
Following the November elections, Park whom they spoke and made personal conHill now has two new directors who repnections. I think of the one volunteer who resent the neighborhood on the knocked on a door and discovered Denver Public Schools Board of a grieving mother who had just lost Education. Carrie Olson represents her son. She asked my volunteer to District 3, which includes all areas sit with her and listen. They sat south of Montview Boulevard. Jenfor over an hour remembering the nifer Bacon represents District 4, life of her son. This is the type of which includes all areas north of outreach that won this campaign. Montview. Also, voters were interested in seeOlson, a 33-year teacher, defeating someone with classroom expecontinued on page 15 ed incumbent Mike Johnson, and rience who underLYNN Bacon, a teacher, lawyer, and parstands how school ent advocate, defeated incumbent KALINAUSKAS board policy imRachele Espiritu. This month Olpacts the students son weighed in with answers to a few of our and their teachers, famiquestions. (Next month, we hope to profile lies, and communities. Bacon on her philosophy and goals as a new Furthermore, they did not board member) approve of out-of-state suDuring her career, Olson has worked per PAC money coming as an elementary teacher, a middle school into our local school board teacher and more recently at West Leaderraces and agreed that the ship Academy on the West Campus. She is school board should be fluent in Spanish and much of her career under the control of local has been devoted to teaching English Lancommunities rather than guage Acquisition students. corporate interests who After her election, Olson had to resign stand to gain financially from her position due to a DPS policy that from the board’s decisions. prohibits district employees from serving GPHN: How do you on the board, due to conflict of interest. think the changing demoOlson can be reached at Carrie_Olson@ graphics in Denver and dpsk12.org. Park Hill are going to afGreater Park Hill News: Looking back at fect schooling in the area? the campaign, what takeaways do you have Olson: I think we’ll see about the journey? more proposals like the Carrie Olson: First, never underestimate enrollment zones from the power of a committed group of people! DPS as the neighborhoods I think my campaign demonstrated the change. I look forward to true power of grassroot activists. We did many conversations from not have big money backing our campaign. the families, students, What we did have were dedicated volunteachers, support staff, and For the first time in the school district’s 114-year history, women completely comprise the Board of Education for teers who came with a genuine interest and the community to think Denver Public Schools. From left: Barbara O’Brien, Lisa Flores, Jennifer Bacon, Allegra “Happy” Haynes, Carrie passion for improving public education. In about what makes sense Olson, Angela Cobián and Anne Rowe. Photo courtesy Denver Public Schools addition, they cared about the people with
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Logophiles Unite The Best (And Worst) Words Of 2017 By Tara Bannon Williamson Librarian, Park Hill Branch
If you are a logophile, a lover of words, you already know that the 2017 words of the year were announced in December. There are several words of the year, as many institutions and organizations declare their choice of the word of the year based on their own set of criteria. The tradition began in Germany in 1977. In 1991, the American Dialect Society brought the tradition to America. The American Dialect Society announces their word of the year after the end of the calendar year. The decision is made by the vote of independent linguists. The word of the year is meant to celebrate the changing and expansive nature of language. Words of the year are also meant to capture the year’s meaningful events, in 1999, the American Dialect Society declared the word was “Y2K” and in 2000, “chad.” While both words are not in much use today, they were part of our daily lives a short time ago. For 2017, Dictionary.com declared the Word of the Year to be “Complicit.” Their word of the year is determined by an increase in daily average lookups according to their website. Selected for similar reasons, MerriamWebster’s Word of the Year that just ended is “Feminism.” Other institutions and media groups picked the following for 2017: Fake News, Alternative Facts, Take A Knee, Resistance, Snowflake, Tribalism, and #MeToo. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2017 is “Youthquake” – something I must confess to not knowing the definition of prior to this article. (In fact, my spellcheck does not even recognize
the word) From their website, “The noun, Youthquake, is defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’.” Apparently, Youthquake has been around since 1965, though its use has surged in the past year. Words matter. The kind (or unkind) words we say to neighbors make an impact in our community. The words we choose not to say also matter. What word best embodies 2017 for you? What word would you like to guide you in 2018? For more fun with words, try one of these great books: • The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words by Paul Anthony Jones (2017) • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (2017) • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of
The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (1998) For the little logophile: • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant (2014) • You Talking to Me?: Discover the World of Words, Codes, Emojis, Signs, Slang, Smoke Signals, Barks, Babbles, Growls, Gestures, Hieroglyphics & More by Catherine Ham (2017) • Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Maurer (2017)
Pauline Robinson Library Events Tech Help One-on-One | Mondays and 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 720-8650290 to schedule an appointment. Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Cooking with Mo Betta Greens | Wednesday, Jan. 3 & Thursday, Jan. 4, 1 p.m.
We’ll be learning how to make healthy and yummy snacks. Ideal for ages 8-12.
Smartphone and Tablet Basics | Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1 – 3 p.m.
Your Income Taxes: What You Need to Know NOW | Saturday, Jan. 20, 11a.m.
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Join the Park Hill TAB. Help plan events and projects, talk about your favorite books, music, movies and make your opinion count. Plus snacks. Ideal for ages 13-18. No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Jan. 16, 3:30 p.m.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Activity:Sphero Robots ; Ideal for grades 2-3. Crazy 8’s Math Club | Wednesdays, Jan. 17, 24, and 31, 4 p.m.
Eight weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. A math club where you will build stuff, run, jump, and make music! Materials are limited so registration is suggested. Ideal for grades K-2.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George Activity: colored ice suncatcher The Haunts of Mayfair with Author Phil Goodstein | Saturday, Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m.
Phil Goodstein has written widely about the city of Denver. His latest book, The Story of Modern East Denver: Magnificent Mayfair, Beautiful Bellevue, Hale, Hilltop, Hospitals, is a look at the city south of Colfax, from Colorado Boulevard to Monaco Street Parkway to Sixth Avenue Parkway. Included will be a few ghost stories to add spice to the drama of the people, places and politics that have led residents proudly to call these neighborhoods their homes. Play & Explore | Monday, Jan. 29, 10 -11:30 a.m.
Let’s get together and mingle! Bring a dish you would like to share, and we will have some refreshments too! The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Jan. 27, 12 p.m.
This month’s selection: “Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat” by Pat Williams. Drop-ins are welcome
Park Hill Library 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. Baby Storytime | Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.
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. Dinosaur Diorama | Wednesday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m.
Magic Club | Monday, Jan. 8 and Monday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Tween Book Club | Thursday, Jan. 18, 4:30 p.m.
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Engage your child in play that helps strengthen motor skills, social skills, and encourages early literacy. This drop-in play session is recommended for children 12 months – preschool with their adult caregivers. Age by Design: The Process and the Players with Jane Barton | Tuesday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m.
The journey of aging presents a myriad of challenges for one and all—physical, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, financial and spiritual. By understanding the shared journey of aging, you can anticipate the inevitable changes and design a preferred plan for aging. Please join us for a thoughtprovoking chat about the process of aging and to imagine a life that you love. Let’s Talk About Gentrification | Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.
Gain insight to better understand the impact of gentrification on Denver’s neighborhoods. What societal structures support gentrification? Discuss possible actions we can take to create and retain diversity in our community. * Note: All libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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DPS, continued from page 13 age teachers’ planning time to meet the demands of these high-stakes tests. Salary - Often the salaries we pay teachers are not enough for us to live on in the long-term. Teacher “accountability” - In an era of “accountability,” we continue to introduce measures and standards that we feel will hold teachers accountable and encourage good performance. Unfortunately, rather than holding teachers accountable to their own performance, we are usually holding them accountable for the difficult issues we face in our society such as income inequality and racial disparities in academic achievement. When we look at test scores, we are even holding teachers accountable for lack of funding and mismanagement of schools and districts. Teachers can also be made victim to subjective evaluations and broken evaluation systems. The blame game of accountability systems and low salaries to compensate an unmanageable workload. I hear lots of teachers say, “They shouldn’t be able to take advantage of the fact that I care so much about my students. But they do. Why else would I put up with this?” Ultimately, the biggest challenges facing teachers are also impacting students. They have overworked teachers who do not have time to prepare engaging, creative lessons or give them personal attention. They lose incredible teachers who are not making enough money to continue in the career or who can not manage the added stress of evaluation systems
and high-stakes testing. GPHN: Thinking of your own schooling, which teacher made the biggest impression on you and why? Olson: It’s hard to select just one teacher because I have had so many outstanding teachers, from my elementary school years through my years working on my PhD. The first teacher who made an impression on me was my third grade teacher Mrs. Pepelnjak. I wasn’t a very good student when I was younger. Then, I missed almost a month of school due to surgery for appendicitis. She came to the hospital to visit me and came to my house. She brought me a little flower in a vase (which I still have) and cards from my classmates. When I came back to school, I was behind in my work and she went out of her way to help me get caught up. I remember clearly how she let me give the weekly spelling test one Friday instead of taking it because I didn’t know how to spell very well. I felt so smart. I knew she believed in me even though I didn’t always do well in school. I have carried that lesson from her to the classrooms I have taught in since 1985. I always remember that students, no matter what their age, need to know that I care for them. Four years ago at Christmas Eve services, I ran into her at church and thanked her for all she did for me in 1972! It was a very meaningful moment. Lynn Kalinauskas is education chair of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
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Ashley Trainer-Scott from Brandon J Scott Photography setting up for a family portrait at the GPHC office in December. Photo by Sierra Fleenor
Off To A Great Start Thanks To Donors, Members, Volunteers By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC, Inc.
A new year brings with it new energy here at GPHC. We are getting ready to bring our well laid plans to fruition and hopefully, to bring GPHC into this century technologically speaking. We’re investigating better ways of collecting and analyzing data, creating new partnerships and strengthening existing ones, and ensuring the longevity of our programs that serve our most vulnerable neighbors.
Our volunteers have been exceptional. Our Weekend Food Program and Food Pantry volunteers worked diligently the past several weeks to ensure our clients had access to food through the end of the year. I’d especially like to thank Brandon Scott and Ashley Trainer-Scott from Brandon J Scott Photography for their volunteerism in December. They offered their portraiture skills to our Food Pantry clients at no cost. We’ve heard from many people that they are often forced to decide between buying groceries and paying rent or utilities. Fam-
GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The 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 through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer representatives from 10 districts, as well as at-large representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at email@example.com for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303-388-0918 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Sierra Fleenor. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St., and Ms. Fleenor’s office hours are Monday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She
can be reached at 303-388-0918 or email email@example.com. • Board Chair Tracey MacDermott: firstname.lastname@example.org • Secretary and Zoning/Property Use Chair Bernadette Kelly • Treasurer Bob Homiak • District 1 Rep Roger Kilgore • District 2 Rep Ryan T. Hunter • District 3 Rep Heather Shockey • District 4 Rep Kevin Weigand • District 5 Rep Blair Taylor • District 6 Rep James King • District 7 Rep Jon Bowman • District 8: Nam Henderson • District 9: Stephanie Ceccato • District 10: Colette Carey • At-Large: Christine Caruso • At-Large: George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: email@example.com • At-Large: Keith Brown • At-Large: Rebecca Rogers • Community Safety Chair Geneva Goldsby • Education Chair Lynn Kalinauskas • Fundraising Chair Lana Cordes • Health and Human Services Chair Keith Brown • Human Relations Chair Beth Bean • Public Information Chair Melissa Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org • Youth Chair Justin Petaccio
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ily portraits are frequently low on the list of priorities. Last month 12 families and 60 people had their portraits made in Park Hill, who otherwise likely would have gone without. I’d also like to thank the volunteers who make our newspaper delivery system so unique every month. Volunteers bundle newspapers and serve as blockworkers delivering papers to neighbors and friends. If you’re holding a newspaper that showed up at your door (and you didn’t deliver it), you have your local volunteer blockworker to thank, too. And yes, volunteers are needed for many things we do. We need help with the Food Pantry and Weekend Food Program, both of which have ongoing year-round opportunities. We also need volunteers to serve on our Garden Walk and Home Tour planning committees – both of which, by the way, are also a great way to get to know neighbors and see some amazing gardens and homes. If you’d like to learn more, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 303-388-0918. Our donors have also been truly wonderful – including those of you who have made an in-kind or financial contributions to GPHC. Also to be thanked: the employees of Visual Interest, the birthday girls (Saavni Bhatt and Hannah Song), and our neighbors over on the 1700 block of Ivy Street for holding food drives to gather items for the Food Pantry. Each year, a team of realtors – the Greater Park Hill Cooperating Realtors (GPHCRe) – commits to donating $50 to our Registered Neighborhood Organization for each transaction made in the neighborhood. The realtors come from various companies and all either live in or have strong ties to Park Hill. Over five years they have donated roughly $15,000 to GPHC. Beyond their annual donation, members are deeply
Volunteers Jason Barth Barbara Cavender Jack Farrar Claudia Fields Harold Fields Tas Frashure Adrienne Hill Noni Horwitz Erika Hutyra Megan Jamison Rod Leman Debra Lovell Shannon McCure Jasper Mueller Chuck Nelson Alison Rabinoff Peggy Roberts Mary Salsich Tammi Scroggins Suzanne Stemmler Emily Straka Shane Sutherland Sue Weinstein Donna Westmoreland Jeannie Willis
Donors Karen Adkins Dan Ambruso Kathy Ambruso C Benoit Saanvi Bhatt Deborah Brackney Keith Combs JoAnn Congdon John Congdon Lana Cordes Tom Creighton Michael Day Bill Drummond Elizabeth Drummond Diane DuBois Wayne DuBois Anne Duncan Beth Duncan Robert Duncan
Jennifer Dyer Marcy Eastman Daniel Esquibel Larry Feinberg Margie Feinberg Sierra Fleenor Meg Freedman Theodore Gaensbauer Georgia Garnsey Aimee Geurts Geneva Goldsby Carrie Goodman Josh Goodman Andrea Gordon Phil Gordon Diane Hergott William Hobbs Jane Hultin Jody Igo David Johnson Sue Joralemon Bernadette Kelly Scott Kinnamon Sheri Lockhart Lucy Loomis Amy Malecka Fred Merten Brian Moore Harriet Mullaney Manuelita Mullins Rodger Naylor Ellen Reath Kurt Reisser Robert Rosenzweig Shelly Scales Stu Scales Karen Sercey Cheryl Solko Dan Solko Hannah Song Michele Sorensen Marekah Stewart Pamela Tarquin Jana Tompkins Ken Tompkins Gloria Valdez Sue Weinstein
involved in the Garden Walk, Home Tour, and other events and projects in our community. As you all know, Colorado Gives Day was in December. GPHC, alongside with 2,308 other nonprofit groups, fundraised on that very special day. We’re pleased we raised $5,195, nearly doubling the amount contributed last year. Last, but definitely not least, we’d like to thank our renewing and new members. Your annual membership supports the programming we offer at GPHC. Thank you for getting involved and we hope to see you at our monthly community meetings, which are the first Thursday of each month (see details for upcoming meetings on page 18). Heading into 2018, we could use some donations of food and household supplies. For our pantry we currently need hygiene products (including men’s deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, and razors – both regular size and travel size). We also need toilet paper and paper towels. For food, we continue to need canned fruit, fruit in jars, canned meats (especially tuna), corn, and black-eyed peas. Many of our clients have pets, so we need dry dog food and wet and dry cat food. For the Weekend Food Program, we need individually wrapped cereal bars, individual servings of instant oatmeal, individual cereal bowls, and regular size boxes of “kid friendly” cereals. Please remember that we cannot distribute expired items, so please check your cans before bringing them to GPHC, at 2823 Fairfax St. We can only distribute items dated 2018 or later. If you have any questions, including how to get involved as a volunteer, donor, or member, check out our website at: greaterparkhill.org or give us a call at 303-3880918. Joel Witter Roxana Witter John Wyszynski Marty and Patti 1700 Block of Ivy Stree Neighbors AARP #995 - Queen City of the Rockies Blessed Sacrament Brandon J Scott Photography Cake Crumbs and Patrons Clients of DANK Dispensary Cure D’ Ars Denver Food Rescue Employees of Visual Interest Food Bank of the Rockies Gerretson Realty Hampton Inn Speer and Zuni Messiah Community Church Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church Park Hill Congregational Park Hill Elementary School Park Hill Library and Patrons Park Hill United Methodist RK Foundation Roet Realty St Thomas Episcopal Church
Members Dan Ambruso Kathy Ambruso Barbara Armendariz David Baker Fred Bender Yvonne Bokelman Zana Brown Barbara Cavender Cherie Clark
John Clark JoAnn Congdon John Congdon Asa Darrow Jennifer Darrow Casey Dinger Jared Erwin Breckinridge Grover Mary Lynn Grover Doug Hazlett Jan Hazlett Pamela Hennessey Richard Hennessey Margerie Hicks Bill Hobbs Grace B. Horvat Jane Hultin James Jacobs Jon Kinning Jane Klever Frances Koehn Carolyn Laetz Thomas Laetz Lynn Maedel Carolyn Martyn Gary Martyn P Maureen McDonald Terri Morrison Dominic Paolucci Marilyn Paolucci Sean Pawlowski Susan Rein Mary C. Robinson Nancy Schoyer Doug Schuler Bob Smith Jody Allen Smith Andrew Sweet Jana Tompkins Ken Tompkins Aimee Truesdale Robert Vanderberg JP Young Susan Young Park Hill Community Bookstore RK Foundation
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“My dog ate something and is choking.” care cannot always prevent disease. But, “My cat’s breathing really strange.” regular pet check-ups means that we can “Can you tell me why my dog often identify things sooner. And it has been limping for the past four helps to manage for a longer, better months and now his leg has a really quality of life than if an undiagstrange, painful swelling that is getnosed illness is allowed to progress ting bigger, but I don’t want to pay unchecked. for a doctor to see him?” And, when your pet is presentThese are the starts of just a few ing with symptoms of illness, be in phone calls that we get regularly. touch with your veterinarian soonThe first patient had been cougher rather than later. Remember, being for four plus days, while the cat’s DR. MARGOT cause our patients cannot speak, we breathing (along with a swollen bel- VAHRENWALD veterinarians need to see them, put ly) had been abnormal for at least our hands on them and potentially two weeks. These bits of informaperform some diagnostic detective tion had to be teased out from the owners work to know what is going on and how to identify if a true acute emergency versus best to treat. something of longer duration. For the secDr. Google is great for research, but even ond dog, the owners were finally convinced better for misinformation, so use your vetto bring it in for evaluation. The pet had not erinarian’s expertise to help you help your seen a veterinarian for several years. pet. The outcomes were variable – dog No. Here are a few pet resolutions to make 1 had an upper respiratory infection – or right now: Kennel Cough. It was easily managed, and 1. When my pet is off in any way for longer the patient improved. The cat was diagthan 24 hours or symptoms appear to be nosed with cancer and had a belly full of progressing, I will call my veterinarian. fluid. With drainage of the fluid and sup2. Changes in breathing, painful swellportive treatment it lived comfortably for ings, swollen bellies, etc. are not waitanother five months. and-sees. I will bring my pet to the vet as The last patient had a much sadder outsoon as possible, or go to the emergency come. We diagnosed a painful bone tumor veterinary hospital. and the long-term prognosis was very poor. 3. When I get my reminder email or mail Had the patient come in sooner, we would reminders for preventive care, I will have been able to offer more comfort and schedule our appointment today so that time with good pain management to make my pet or pets are getting regular veterithis pet’s last days better, rather than the nary evaluations for their health, and my preceding weeks of pain. peace of mind. Why am I starting off with such depressHere’s to a healthy 2018. ing stories? Because for 2018, I want all pet owners to make a resolution to ensure that Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. their pets are getting regular examinacom. tions with their veterinarians. Preventive
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Commander Calo hosts the District 2 Community Advisory Board’s (2CAB) monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the D2 Police Station Community Room.
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Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.
Park Hill New Parents Group meetup.com/Park-Hill-Parents
Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings, Dad’s Night Out and Mommy Book Club.
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A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week.
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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The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month. The meetings are free and open to all. The next community meeting is Thursday, Jan. 4, from beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC office at 2823 Fairfax St. The February GPHC meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St.
Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St.
HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:15-7:30pm. RSVP required to email@example.com.
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
D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St., Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492 The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.
Sertoma Club 303-370-0932
The Greater Park Hill Sertoma Club holds a breakfast meeting every first and third Saturday morning at 8am at the District 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St.
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Sunshine Food Project
A nonprofit community collaborative seeking to provide healthy and sustainable food systems to Park Hill and surrounding food desert neighborhoods.
Tai Chi Project
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.
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.
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Thank You, Neighbors!
Over the past 5 years, participating Park Hill realtors have proudly donated over $15,000 to the Greater Park Hill Community. These realtors will continue that tradition in 2018 with a donation of $50 per transaction in Park Hill!
Keith Combs The Kentwood Company
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Team Hetterich RE/MAX Cherry Creek
Roberta Locke HomeSmart Cherry Creek
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Steve LaPorta HomeSmart Cherry Creek
Kim Tighe PorchLight Real Estate Group
Karen Nichols & Corrie Lee Perry & Co.
Anastasia Williamson Kentwood City Properties
Judy Wolfe RE/MAX Cherry Creek
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Published on Jan 2, 2018