All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1961 • Volume 56, Issue No. 11 • November 2017
park hill character | Cara DeGette
A Likely Love Story
Inside This Issue Highlights Of A Productive Year At GPHC, Inc.
Harold And Claudia Fields On Race, Justice, and Building Bridges
Fairfax Park Land Swap Heats Up
November Filled With Local Art, Pottery and Gift Markets
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Inc. on Oct. 5, she received the registered neighborhood organization’s highest accolades: Claudia is this year’s recipient of the Babbs Award, honoring the legacy of former Park Hill United Methodist Pastor, J. Carlton Babbs, who was a force for integration in Park Hill 50 years ago. Claudia’s efforts have been long and sustained in Park Hill. Her most recent project is founder and coordinator of the Weekend Food Program, which provides thousands of meals every year to young students in the neighborhood who likely would otherwise go hungry on days when school is not in session. In addition to her GPHC volunteer work, she works with Denver’s Youth Violence Prevention Center and the Northeast Park Hill community board. The plaque that Claudia was presented with stands on her small desk, in an alcove just off the kitchen. That’s where she says she does her work. In truth, for both Harold and Claudia, most of the work they do is conducted beyond the walls of their home, throughout the neighborhood, the city and the nation. Over the past 10 years, Claudia says, their work seems to have taken on more urgency,
The sculpture that was handed to Harold Fields stands discretely on a bookshelf. It’s in the corner of the dining room, in the tidy Park Hill bungalow he shares with his wife, Claudia. It joins several other statuettes, testaments to Harold’s decades-long quest for racial and social justice. In late September, Fields was honored by the ACLU of Colorado, presented with the organization’s highest honor. Named for founder Carle Whitehead, the award is bestowed annually to a person whose life has reflected unswerving devotion to the cause of human justice. (Notable past recipients include former Mayor Wellington Webb, former state Sen. Penfield Tate, DPS board member and civil rights trailblazer Rachel Noel and Tattered Cover founder Joyce Meskis.) ACLU board member Carolyn Love explained: “[Harold] advances civil rights by creating spaces for people to understand the effects of hierarchy, separation, and injustice of all kinds and the resulting consequences. [He] facilitates the healing of wounds resulting from a history of racial intolerance and injustice.” Exactly a week after the ACLU banquet, it was Claudia’s turn. At the annual meeting of the Greater Park Hill Community,
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Upcoming GPHC Meetings Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. All are welcome to attend. There is no meeting in December.
DPS Board Candidates Respond To East High Cheerleading Firestorm Reponses Range From Calls For Transparency To Hands Off By Lynn Kalinauskas GPHC Education Chair
In an October editorial, the Greater Park Hill News weighed in on the events that led to the retirement of East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg and the resignation of athletic director Lisa Porter. Their departures followed the cheerleading forced splits event that swept through East High School this fall. In the editorial, we highlighted several missing pieces in the investigation report, which was produced by the law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs. Rather than serving as an “independent” inquiry – as Superintendent Tom Boasberg has claimed – the details strongly suggested otherwise. Since Boasberg’s housecleaning at East, District Attorney Beth McCann has announced no criminal charges would be filed over the incident. On Oct. 16, Mendelsberg appeared in an emotional on-camera interview with Channel 7. Mendelsberg said that one of DPS’s in-house lawyers, Michael Hickman – who was part of the inquiry but has been restored to his position – had never asked
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Mendelsberg for the video of the cheerleading forced splits incident. That statement contradicts the DGS report claimed the DPS lawyer had claimed that “he asked Mr. Mendelsberg about the video, and Mr. Mendelsberg indicated he did not have it.” Mendelsberg’s attorney, Tom Kresl, issued the following public statement: “While we have faith in and trust the investigation completed by the District Attorney and Denver Police Department, we believe the investigation commissioned by DPS was neither independent nor representative of Mr. Mendelesberg’s actions in addressing the incident. We look forward to the entire story being made public in the near future.” Given this extraordinary series of events at East High, we asked eight DPS board candidates running for office, whose districts includes a portion or all of Park Hill, to weigh in. At-Large candidates Barbara O’Brien and Robert Speth did not respond. Here are the other replies:
Carrie Olson – Running for District 3 “Our number one priority should be to provide a safe and healthy environment for the students under our care. When this doesn’t happen, we have to ask why and how. Former continued on page 17
Tree’s Final Autumn: A golfer enjoys one of the last days at the City Park Golf Course
before it closes Nov. 1 for as long as two years while Denver reconfigures the course to add a stormwater detention pond at the site. The tree behind the golfer is tagged with yellow tape, one of 261 trees that will be chopped down as part of the project. A legal effort to stop the city failed in late October. See story on page 4. Photo by Cara DeGette
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the Vickers Boys and Girls Club. Since June 5, our Free Farm Stand has distributed more than 3,400 pounds of fresh, healthy food. The bulk of that is provided through our partnership with Denver Food Rescue (DFR). Volunteers with DFR pick up leftover food from the City Park Esplanade Farmers Market and bring it to our office at 2823 Fairfax St. Volunteer board members receive the food, which we distribute to neighbors every Monday. We also receive donations from local gardeners and community gardens, which has resulted in another 400 pounds of donations. More than 100 neighbors have come by the Free Farm Stand and taken home delicious, free vegetables and fruits.
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7,000 Hours This Year, And Counting Every October, GPHC celebrates our achievements, elects new and returning board leaders, and recognizes our outstanding volunteers at our annual meeting. This year, we met at Park Hill Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 5, for dinner and great conversation. If you were there, you know it was an amazing evening. Iâ€™d like to share a few highlights about the work weâ€™ve been doing, based on my presentation from that meeting. This year has been truly remarkable. I became executive director of the best Registered Neighborhood Organization in Denver on Jan. 9. Itâ€™s been nonstop Sustaining the neighborhood work and joy ever since. This very newspaper, the Greater Another successful program Park Hill News, has been publishing weâ€™ve been working hard on this since 1961, and continues to thrive. year is the Sustainable NeighborUnder the editorship of Cara Dehood Program. We joined the City Gette, this year we brought home and County of Denverâ€™s program in several prestigious journalism August. We set a goal to reach â€œoutSierra awards for news coverage, as well standingâ€? status in our first year. Fleenor as photography. This requires accumulating 100 The Greater Park Hill News emcredits based on the Cityâ€™s formula. ploys a unique delivery system in which OK, so hereâ€™s the news: Within two volunteers and blockworkers bundle and months we have already nearly reached that distribute newspapers to the neighborstatus. And weâ€™re just getting started. hood. We are lucky to have an exceptional Since August, we have hosted our Free staff running our paper, including NewsFarm Stand, Community Walks, Garden paper Manager Melissa Davis, Art DirecWorkshops, and more. We have identified tor Tommy Kubitsky, Advertising Repremeasurable goals to make a difference in sentatives Leif Cedar and Blair Taylor, and our community, including reducing waste of course, Editor DeGette. A big thanks to at our September Home Tour & Street Fair, the advertisers, who enable our newspaper reducing overall pesticide and fertilizer to produce important news and feature use, increasing enrollment in the Denver coverage of our neighborhood. Energy Challenge and more. To learn more about our program, check out our website: Food for everyone greaterparkhill.org/sustainability. Our food programs have continued to Membership continues to be a solid thrive, providing much needed nutritional foundation of support for GPHC and our support to Greater Park Hill neighbors and many activities in the neighborhood. We students. currently have more than 450 members, This year, our food pantry has served including individuals, families, and busi172 households and 462 residents. Each nesses. month in 2017, we have served an average To become an even more inclusive orof 40 households. We have received more ganization we are developing a nonprofit than 14,000 pounds of donations of nonlevel membership for faith communities, perishable items, and 600 pounds of fresh schools, and other nonprofits that are lofood. We are currently surveying clients, cated in or operate in our community. If volunteers, and donors so we can evaluate you are not a member, we hope you will how our food pantry is working and what join us as a supporter: greaterparkhill.org/ changes, if any, need to be made. get-involved/become-a-member/ During the 2016-17 academic year, our Rocking the special events Weekend Food Program served 175 students for 41 weeks. We provided 35,875 The annual special events that we sponmeals and 14,350 snacks to our students sor also performed very well. and their families. This school year we alOur Garden Walk took place on June 17. ready have 185 students enrolled, and that Almost 400 people attended and our amaznumber continues to grow. We currently ing volunteers raised over $8,000. provide meals to Park Hill Elementary, continued on page 16 Roots Elementary, Smith Elementary, and
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At left, the city’s design plans for a new City Park Golf Club. The existing club will be torn down as part of the stormwater drainage project. At right, design plans show where the detention pond will be, and the areas where trees will be removed and new trees planted. City officials say 261 existing trees will be removed, including an estimated 19 percent in poor and very poor condition. They estimate between 600-700 new trees will be planted at the golf course. Photos by Cara DeGette
City Park Golf Course To Close Nov. 1 Lawsuit To Halt Stormwater Project Fails, Judge Calls Loss Of Trees ‘Materially Detrimental’ by Cara DeGette A legal challenge to stop the city from proceeding with an extensive drainage project at City Park Golf Course failed in late October, giving the green light to the City of Denver to proceed with plans to redesign the golf course, including chopping down 261 trees on the course and bulldozing the existing golf club. The golf course is next to City Park, between Colorado Boulevard and York Street and 23rd and 26th avenues. It is scheduled to close as of Nov. 1, and will remain closed for as long as two years while the project, which is part of the Platte to Park Hill project, is underway. In a 24-page ruling, Denver District Court Judge David Goldberg noted “the loss of a mature (tree) canopy is materially
detrimental to the habitat and the neighborhood,” but that the Denver Parks and Recreation department, which is directed by Allegra “Happy” Haynes, has the legal right to make the decision to proceed with the project. An estimated two-thirds of the trees tagged for removal are mature. In a statement Aaron Goldhamer, the attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed disappointment. Goldhamer highlighted portions of Judge Goldberg’s ruling, including the possibility that regrading the golf course may result “in detrimental changes to the health of the soil and remaining trees.” In addition, the judge acknowledged the “significant detriment” to Denver residents should the course lose its historic designations – which he acknowledged is a real possibility. In the end, though, the judge found that
existing law allows city officials to proceed with their plans. “Judge Goldberg noted he was ‘loath’ to see the [golf] course close, but that his hands were tied under existing law to defer to our elected officials and their appointees,” Goldhamer said. “To ensure that Denver’s parks are protected in the future, we may need new laws or new elected officials.” In October, Denver officials held two meetings at the clubhouse at City Park Golf Course to detail the plans of the redesign of the course and what will be the new clubhouse. Also in full autumn display were the hundreds of mature trees on the golf course that had been tagged with bright yellow tape. The tape identified those trees that were designated to be chopped down and removed. City officials maintain that new
trees will be planted in the area as part of the redesign. However, opponents point out those trees will be saplings, and it will take decades to restore the tree canopy that will be lost. At the Saturday meeting, at least 20 people carried signs protesting the demise of the trees, mingling with city staff and contractors who were displaying their design plans for the stormwater detention and the new clubhouse. Louis Plachowski, who serves on the board of both City Park Friends and Neighbors and Greater Park Hill Community, carried a petition opposing the project that he said has been signed by 4,000 people. Nancy Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Denver Public Works, maintained that “there is a lot of support” for the project. The city, she said, plans to collect all comments submitted and respond to the feedback.
Protesters opposed to the stormwater detention project showed up in force at a city-sponsored open house at the City Park Golf Club on Oct. 14. The open house was designed to highlight the design plans for the new course. At right, Aaron Goldhamer, the attorney in the lawsuit to stop the project, stands outside next to one of the trees that is tagged for removal. Photos by Cara DeGette
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Dialing For DPS Dollars A Breakdown Of Money Flowing into School Board Races You know the saying. Follow the money. The candidates running for DPS Board of Education filed their first campaign finance reports with the Colorado Secretary of State on Oct. 17. What do they reveal?
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Julie Bañuelos has received $12,957, with Carrie Olson, a DPS teacher, received the largest chunk coming from a loan to $18,105 in contributions, compared to inherself. Her largest contribution is $300. cumbent Mike Johnson’s war chest Robert Speth, who ran for an of $81,888. Olson’s major donor was at-large position against Happy the Denver Classroom Teachers Haynes in the last election cycle and Association (DCTA), which gave lost by a margin smaller than 1 per$5,000. Johnson received major cent, has received a total of $21,615 backing from Sam Gary of Sam this year. That includes $1,500 from Gary & Associates ($5,000), David Public Education Committee, the Younggren of Gary Community teachers’ union. Investments ($5,000), Pat Hamill Incumbent Barbara O’Brien has of Oakwood Homes ($2,600), and Lynn received by far the largest donations Daniel Ritchie, former chancel- Kalinauskas of all candidates, totaling $101,291. lor of the University of Denver Notable donors include: Bruce Ben($2,000). son, president of the University of Colorado ($10,000); Developer Pat Hamill District 4 – Park Hill North Of Montview ($7,650); Daniel Ritchie ($5,000), Philip Boulevard Anschutz ($5,000); Sam Gary ($5,000); and Hexagon CEO Scott Reiman ($5,000). Tay Anderson reported $16,331 in conDFER also contributed $500 directly to her tributions, including support from Dencampaign. ver’s first African American mayor, Wellington Webb ($1,000). Both are graduates But wait, there’s more. A lot more! of Manual High School. The candidates will continue to raise Jennifer Bacon totaled $60,157 in conmore cash until the Nov. 7 election and tributions. She received $10,000 from the more money will certainly roll in. But they DCTA and $2,500 from Leadership for will not be required to report again until Educational Equity, Colorado, a politiafter the election. cal action committee. The latter is mostly In addition to the money the campaigns funded by out-of-state money and aims are raising directly, this year we have witto support current and former Teach for nessed huge amounts of what some term America teachers in new leadership roles. “dark money” directed into several of the Bacon taught as a TFA and is currently the races. The dark money comes from orgaregional director for the Colorado branch nizations that by law cannot coordinate of Leadership for Education Equity. directly with campaigns, but spend plenty Rachele Espiritu, who was appointed to of money promoting specific candidates. the Board in 2016 following Landri Taylor’s This year an organization called “Raising resignation, reported $73,847 in contribuColorado” has saturated mailboxes with flytions. They include $5,000 from Daniel ers supporting the incumbents. This group Ritchie, $5,000 from Scott Reiman of Hexahas received $300,000 from Education Regon, an investment company, and $5,000 form Now, which is based in New York City from James Crowe of Crowe Building Prodand is the political action committee arm of ucts. Espiritu also accepted a contribution Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). of $4,750 from Democrats for Education As of the last filing, Raising Colorado has Reform, a pro-reform political action compoured more than $226,000 into the DPS mittee. Additionally, she received $2,500 Board elections that affect Park Hill, with from Sam Gary, $2,000 from conservative more than $105,000 going to support Esbillionaire Philip Anschutz and $1,000 piritu, $82,950 for Johnson and more than from David Younggren. Espiritu has stated $37,000 for O’Brien’s reelection bid. Raising repeatedly, including recently at a debate Colorado is also supporting Angela Cobiat East High School, that 98 percent of her donations are under $1,500. However, 47 continued on page 17
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From left: Claudia and Harold Fields, on their wedding day; Harold Fields with his portrait as a young man in the law library of the Ralph Carr Justice Center; during his time at IBM, from the Charles Eames Collection at the Library of Congress. Photos courtesy of Harold Fields
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Above: Harold Fields, with the statuette he recently received from the ACLU of Colorado; Below: Harold and Claudia Fields with daughter Elisha Roberts, at the GPHC, Inc. annual meeting. Photos by Cara DeGette
Harold Fields grew up in Tulsa in the 50s and 60s. He got, he said, a great education in a school system that was socially and economically integrated, but racially segregated. The massacre of an estimated 300 mostly African Americans had occurred just a few decades earlier. Historians term it the “Tulsa Race Riot of 1921,” and it was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in the history of the United States. The horror of what happened was certainly still alive in the community’s collective memory by the time Fields came of age. But he said, no one talked about it. Much later, he learned, survivors included teachers and parents of some of his best friends. Fields studied civil engineering at Oklahoma State University, and was recruited by IBM. He had fallen in love with the mountains of Boulder, and the company gladly approved his move to its Colorado headquarters. But there was a glitch. He had also fallen in love with a white woman named Cyndy – this was not many years post-Loving v Virginia, the 1967 landmark Supreme Court case that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple made plans and eloped. Cyndy’s grandfather called the FBI and reported that Fields had kidnapped her; an uncle called IBM and demanded Fields be fired; her mother travelled to Denver to beseech their church to not marry the pair. “I felt like we were fugitives from the FBI,” Fields said. The couple endured. In 1978 they moved to Park Hill, a home at 22nd and Leyden. Of the four corner houses at that intersection, three were inhabited by families with varying skin tones. “This was a perfect place to raise a mixed family,”
Fields said. The couple had two sons. Claudia Fields, grew up in Oregon, Texas, and Littleton, the mostly-white suburb just south of Denver. She went to Western State College in Gunnison, and left Colorado for the University of Texas in Austin. A social worker, Fields witnessed poverty in south Texas that she had never seen before. In 1972 she adopted her son Sherman, who is black. At the time such adoptions were, in many quarters, unimaginable. The experience, she said, made her into a completely different person. “Because of many discriminating and threatening situations that we faced, I couldn’t trust white people,” she said. She and her son lived in a black neighborhood. She married a black man and that marriage ended in divorce. Claudia has two other biracial children. In the early 1980s, Claudia moved back to Denver with her family that defied a label. “Although we were a single parent family, an adoptive family, and a mixed-race family, we were just a regular family, she says. “When my son was young, he thought all dads were black, and all moms were white – regardless of how people actually looked.” Her girls were surprised when they met families where everyone looked alike, as they thought all families were mixed like their immediate and extended family.
The bridge on Star Trek Harold Fields, meanwhile, had been transferred to New York. He was a manager in the “Advanced Systems Division.” In plain English that means he was riding the cutting edge of some pretty astonishing inventions: His team developed the technology that eventually became the first computerized spreadsheet (you may recognize this as an “Excel spreadsheet.”). He developed the software for the first laser video disc (you may now know this as a DVD you
pop in the machine to watch a movie). He managed design teams that worked in robotics and artificial intelligence, and part of the IMB System 38 operating system. “My work environment looked like the bridge on Star Trek,” he says. After five years in New York, Harold returned to Denver and went to work developing computer systems for Frontier and United Airlines. In the early 1980s, he and Cyndy helped organize a support group, Multi-Racial Families of Colorado. Most mixed-race families, he had come to realize, shared the same experiences: teachers who would ask whether a parent was really the child’s parent, curious stares from strangers in just about any public setting. The Denver group grew into the hundreds. One of the families he recruited was Claudia’s. Nearly 20 years ago the Second Tuesday Race Forum formed, co-sponsored by Tattered Cover founder Meskis and Hue-man Experience Bookstore owner Clara Villarosa. Harold was tapped to facilitate the monthly gatherings, which he’s been doing since. The group – from 45-80 strong, gathers nearly every month in the basement of the United Methodist Church on Montview and Glencoe to burrow down on issues of racial justice. The model has since been replicated in other communities around the country Topics range from month to month, and yes, they can be provocative. There are hard truths to sort through. Recent discussions have highlighted the recovery from last year’s brutal election; Denver’s current racial justice landscape; and reports from last summer’s White Privilege conference in Kansas City. Harold was also the national training director for a 2008 PBS documentary about the most prominent slave trading family in America, called Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Another national initiative he helped launch, “Coming to the
Countless Hours For Kids Of Park Hill Claudia Fields Receives Babbs Award By Lynn Kalinauskas
Editor’s Note: On Thursday, Oct. 5, Claudia Fields was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Babbs Award during the annual meeting of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Lynn Kalinauskas, last year’s recipient, provided the following comments. It’s my honor to announce the recipient of the 2017 Babbs Award, which was created to honor the legacy of former Park Hill United Methodist Pastor and founding member of the Park Hill Action Committee, Dr. J. Carlton Babbs. Babbs was a minister at the Church from 1955 until his death in 1978. He helped organize the Park Hill Action Committee and was a key supporter of integration in Park Hill. The Park Hill Action Committee, organized and sponsored by Park Hill churches, subsequently became Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC). Historically, GPHC’s impact on integration, zoning, schools, justice and legislation for the community has been widely recognized. At the time of Dr. Babbs’ death, the clergy of Park Hill met and decided that a community service award in his memory would be a fitting tribute to one of the neighborhood’s outstanding leaders. Page 6
So with gratitude and admiration, I am pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Babb’s award is someone who has put in countless hours working for the children of Park Hill, Claudia Fields. Claudia is the backbone of our Weekend Food Program, which she co-founded in 2014, ensuring that kids attending schools in our neighborhood are adequately fed. Claudia arrives before any other volunteer, and leaves after all others have left. She ensures each student receives a variety of kid-friendly foods, managing a sizable number of donations and rotating stock in and out so that the children are supported by the program. Claudia researched and helped GPHC secure a partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies Totes of Hope Program, which provides the bulk of our food for the program. We are in our third year of serving the Boys & Girls Club, Roots and Smith Elementary, and our first year of serving Park Hill Elementary. Claudia brings people together. Her work on the program has increased the teachers’ and staff’ involvement because of the difference being fed makes in the lives of the students. Currently we have 185 children participating in the program. Claudia, for all that you do, thank you.
Claudia Fields is the recipient of the 2017 Babbs Award for public service. Photo by Cara DeGette
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Table,” brings together descendants of former slaves and slave owners, for conversation and reconciliation. For the past four years he has served on the board of the Denver Foundation, chairing the committee that oversees grants relating to basic human needs, education, economic opportunity, and leadership and equity. One way he views his work creating networks to promote social justice is this: “I see things from a systems perspective. Someone has to be the research and development arm of humanity.” Here’s another angle: “I spent 30 years working in high tech. Now I’m engaging in high touch.”
sogyny, the bullying of immigrants and the disabled, has been painful. “The racist, white supremacist stuff that is happening now is not unfamiliar to me,” Harold says. “I fear that we are leaving our kids in a worse world, and that’s not right.”
‘There was Harold’
A few weeks ago I heard Gov. John Hickenlooper say that if you take all the surfaces in Colorado, and flatten all of the mountain terrain, then Colorado would be larger than Texas. Think about how the landscape controls where water flows, where rivers form, where people gather to build communities, where food can be grown. The terrain impacts how resources are made available to some and are sparse to others. In a similar way the contours of our economic and social systems control how resources are distributed, whether we live together or separately. Unlike the mountains, these are decisions we have made over a relatively short period of time. And we can make different decisions so that different results are achieved. I want to thank the ACLU for its constant role in fighting to make space for those who are pushed to the margins, no matter who they are. There have been times when I could not easily accept an ACLU position that fought for protections for someone I felt opposed me. But the truth is, we all need each other. There is nobody who should be pushed outside the Circle of Human Concern. Maybe they shouldn’t be President, but are still part of the human circle. This is why I call on an important concept from African cultures: Ubuntu. It is at the foundation of the radical revolution of values called for by Dr. King. It means I am a person through other people. Whatever happens to the individual happens to the whole group, and whatever happens to the whole group happens to the individual. The individual can only say, “I am, because we are; and since we are, therefore I am.” If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want Harold Fields receives his award from Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of the to go far, go together.
‘We can make different decisions’ The Fields balance unavoidable pessimism with the hope that people are being awakened from a colorblind slumber. “We’re living with the decisions we’ve made,” Claudia says. “But we can make different decisions. “I would rather we focus on building our local community.” And yes, Harold and Claudia have a current to-do list: Stop violence in the community. Reinstall civility. Stop the displacement of people of color by gentrification – including and increasingly in Park Hill. Figure out ways to renovate and improve the neighborhood for people who are already living here, as well as those who are moving here. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Claudia says.
Harold’s first marriage ended in divorce. Years passed. He and Claudia knew each other from their common networks, where they sometimes worked side by side. For years, they sang spirituals in the same community choir. They were dating other people. “But,” Claudia says, “every time I turned around, there was Harold.” The couple has been together now for 10 years, six of them in marriage. The late Dr. Vincent Harding officiated their spur-ofthe-moment wedding. Harding was a historian, author, activist, and an associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was also their mentor, the faith leader they confided to about what is possible – in Park Hill and beyond – in the intersection of race, equality and social responsibility. Last November’s election of Donald Trump and the rise of white nationalism has reinforced the couple’s resolve, to continue to build strong networks across the country, filled with people who are working toward social justice and socioeconomic and racial equality. “That is what we are both trying to do, engage in a radical transformation of values,” Claudia says. Watching the near-instant transformation from having a son of a black man and a white woman in the White House to a president that openly displays racism, mi-
‘I Am A Person Through Other People’ Thoughts On The Struggle For A Democratic Society By Harold Fields Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Harold Fields’ speech accepting the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award during the ACLU of Colorado’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Sept. 28.
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The Mayor Says ‘Yes’
This mature pine is one of 261 trees slated to be removed from City Park Golf Course this month as part of a city stormwater drainage project. The 261 trees represent one-third of the total tree canopy at the golf course, which is bordered by Colorado Boulevard and York Street, between 23rd and 26th avenues. The city plans to plant new trees as part of the stormwater project. Photo by Cara DeGette
Bond Measures Would Help Zoo, Museums, Transit, Colfax By Michael B. Hancock Special to the GPHN
It’s no secret we live in one of the greatest cities in America. Our economy is booming, our neighborhoods are vibrant and we have the Rocky Mountains on our doorstep. To keep pace with the growth and opportunity we’re seeing, I hope you’ll join me and vote yes on measures 2A through 2G on Nov. 7. The measures were created with more community input than any bond in our history. Denver residents provided more than 4,000 suggestions, ideas and comments, and City Council voted unanimously to support the 460 individual projects that would benefit Park Hill and other neighborhoods across the city. The best part is, we can do all of this and keep your tax rates the same. And Denver voters can rest assured that the city has taken steps to avoid cost overruns. Park Hill residents would benefit from the measures. If approved by voters, funds from the bond measures would go toward maintaining and repairing Denver’s in-
frastructure. A major focus of the bond measures would see improved transportation and mobility around the city, and that means less time sitting in traffic. A rapid transit bus service along East Colfax would ultimately service an estimated 50,000 riders per year, and save travelers up to 15 minutes on their commute. The measures would fund the planning, design and construction of this new bus service, including exclusive bus lanes to speed up the ride, new passenger stops, and related traffic and roadway improvements. Another $20 million is slated to provide Colfax with new medians, curb extensions, enhanced crosswalks at key intersections including the strip from Colorado Boulevard to Quebec Street. This would contribute to the overall pedestrian safety of corridor while strengthening economic vitality along Denver’s storied and historic main street. At the Denver Zoo in City Park, the old animal hospital will be replaced to ensure the care for the zoo’s animals. 2A thru 2G would also provide funding for needed improvements to the Northern Shores exhibit – home to polar bears and sea lions. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, also in City Park, critical infrastructure improvements will keep the 109-year-old museum functioning and accessible for all Denver residents. To keep our arts and cultural scene as vibrant as any other, the Denver Art Museum, Red Rocks amphitheater, the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Denver Botanic Gardens would see funding that would keep these treasured institutions strong for years to come. Please join with me and help get projects – like East Colfax, the zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science – moving in the right direction. Vote yes on Measures 2A thru 2G. We need them all, and to do it, Denver needs your support. Michael Hancock is the mayor of Denver. He is pictured here with city Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, after his State of the City speech this summer at Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center in Park Hill. Photo by Cara DeGette
Letters to the Editor The Lungs Of Our City Regarding what is happening at City Park Golf Course: As a former 17-year member of the Denver Parks & Recreation Advisory Board back when it had solid participatory inputs from all council districts, it is extraordinarily painful for me to see what is happening to the very lungs of our city in the semi-desert ecosystem. And I’m a 70-year golfer, too. Past, present and future, the city is practicing clear-cut logging at Hentzell Park, now Globeville Landing, City Park Golf Course and next, Park Hill Golf Course. The latest related insult is the mayor’s rejection of the Green Roof’s initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot. It’s a sustainably sound measure that pays for itself in a few years, besides doing local small-scale urban drainage as a side benefit. The criteria that any property less than one acre does not require surface drainage is absurd. I refer you to the stateof-the-art new Natural Grocers solution on site at 38th and Brighton Boulevard. It was my good fortune to learn these techniques in the late 60s, when we were in the highly wet cycle, i.e. the 500-year flood in 1965. There is wisdom in the old adage, “The trees can live without us, but we cannot live without the trees,” especially in these once-prairie grasslands from the Flatirons through Iowa to the Mississippi. A modestsized tree produces the equivalent of onehalf ton of air conditioning per day. The U.S. Forest Service indicates that the life span of a mature tree is worth $100,000: the massacre of these trees in City Park represent a loss of more than $25 million of benefit to our city. Tom Bendelow’s design for City Park Golf Course was a low-water need, small-greens, high plains links layout with magnificent views over a city center that had 12-story height limits until the 1950s with two exceptions: The D&F Tower and Mountain States T&T headquarters. John Prosser, Denver
They Were Scapegoats
I am writing in response to the excellent editorial that appeared in the October edition of the Greater Park Hill News, entitled “Questions Linger Over East High Cheer
Report” (online at greaterparkhill.org). I have known Andy Mendelsberg, the former East High Principal, since 1999. I have known Lisa Porter, the former Athletic Director, since 1995. I admire and respect them. I believe Mendelsberg and Porter were not treated fairly by Tom Boasberg, the superintendent of Denver Public Schools. They were scapegoats. On June 6, videos were taken during an East cheerleading camp. On Aug. 23, 9News aired the videos. Young women were being pushed down into the splits, screaming in pain, held down by coach and teammates. The Denver Police Department immediately announced the launch of a criminal investigation and Boasberg announced that cheer coach Ozell Williams had been fired. The district hired Davis Graham & Stiubbs to investigate. Boasberg stated the police would “take the lead” … “While they are doing their own investigation we do not release information or perform our own interviews.” But on Sept. 22, before police finished its criminal investigation, Boasberg called a press conference. He presented a report from DPS. Boasberg announced Mendelsberg was retiring. Porter resigned. Why did Boasberg pay a law firm for an investigation his own staff could have concluded? I note that in the report (which is also available online) DGS indicated that three “internal investigators with DPS … witnessed some of the interviews.” Why did Boasberg release information before the police completed its investigation? Finally, it seems ironic that Mendelsberg and Porter, two longtime employees, were forced out by Boasberg. But later the cheer coach was not even charged by the district attorney. Earl Wylder, 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. Join the conversation and make your voices heard. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.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.
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RAW POLITICS | Penfield W. Tate III
Getting Ready To Rumble Early Political Hijinks A Harbinger Of What’s To Come
It seems that everything is early this year. on record on issues that one side or another Our first snowfall in the neighborhood believes may make them vulnerable in the came on Oct. 9. Everybody knows that in upcoming election. Denver it waits to snow until Halloween In the past the vulnerability to be exnight. The 2018 legislative session posed was typically tied to the started early, sort of, with a two-day general election. However, we are special session that yielded bupkis. in different and interesting politiJust as the early snow may porcal times. Next year expect to see tend a harsh and snowy winter, so a number of these message bills inmay the abbreviated special sestroduced by Republican members sion also foreshadow what may of the House and Senate purely be a difficult and unusual legisladesigned to put the more moderate tive session beginning in January. among them on the record – and Typically, when governors exercise Penfield W. on notice. The idea being, to create their authority to call for a special a path for a more conservative cantate III session of the Colorado legislature, didate to challenge the moderate, they usually not only have the subwin, and build a more conservative ject matter but also a range of proposed soRepublican majority. lutions in mind. Governors meet with legSimilarly, Democratic legislators will inislative leadership on both sides of the aisle troduce their own “message” bills designed to discuss the issues and possible outcomes. to expose moderate or conservative DemoThis process is not required crats and create a path for nor is it mandated by law. It more liberal Democrats to is simply good business and mount a primary challenge One has to ask if political sense. and build a more progresGovernor Hickenlooper the legislature is too sive majority. called the special session to divided to get much One-seat Senate swing address a fairly simple and done during the straightforward drafting erAll of this posturing ror in Senate Bill 267, passed becomes more important upcoming regular earlier in the year, that left given Colorado’s term session… certain special districts like limits. Control of the state RTD and the Scientific and Senate currently hinges on Cultural Facilities District one vote, with Republi(SCFD), unable to collect cans having an 18-17 edge. sales taxes on retail marijuana sales. The However, next year seven of Colorado’s word around the Capitol is that Hicken35 senators will be term limited, meanlooper or his team conferred with Republiing they cannot run for reelection. In all, can leaders, and that the legislative solution three Republicans and four Democrats are was identified. Then raw politics, with a bit term-limited. Other seats are also up for of theater, got in the way. reelection. A one-seat swing would change Contrary to their prior understanding control of the Senate. with the Governor, the Republican-led SenA similar dynamic exists in the state ate killed two bills in committee. They anHouse of Representatives, where all 65 nounced that any solution could wait until members are up for reelection. Five of January – shutting down the special session them – all Democrats – are term limited. scarcely 48 hours after it began. Currently the margin in the House is 37 In light of this two-day mess, one has to Democrats and 28 Republicans, so a sigask if the legislature is too divided to get nificant number of incumbents will have to much done during the upcoming regular lose in order for control of that chamber to session and, how the legislature will work change hands. However the number of the with the governor. House members who are currently running for Senate vacancies will likely create other Hard right, hard left opportunities for one of the parties to make Legislative sessions in election years, gains in the election. such as next year’s, are often difficult. LawConsider also, the long shadow over the makers from both political parties will inentire session: the election of a new govertroduce certain “message bills” designed nor. Look for some of the message bills of to articulate that party’s position on issues 2018 to be targeted at gubernatorial can– a woman’s right to choose, fiscal policy, didates – and don’t be surprised if one or transportation funding, education fundmore legislators starts making noise about ing, the environment, and most certainly mounting their own gubernatorial camhealthcare. paign. The vast majority of these message bills Given this context, one may ask whether will meet with a swift demise in their first there will be any time for the thoughtful committee of consideration. However, pasconsideration of substantive legislation. sage is not the intent of the sponsor. The The answer is yes. bills are instead intended to get legislators
Taxes, transportation and TABOR Several key issues will be profiled. First, expect several bills to address this year’s SB 267 – the subject of the brief special session. The reality remains that special districts and other entities are losing sales tax revenues because of the drafting error in the bill. Expect to see considerable wrangling around this issue as divisions between the parties become more apparent. Also the pro-Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) crowd has begun to lay the groundwork that the error can only be corrected by a vote of the people since a fix is a “tax increase.” The state’s budget and the money available to fund various programs will be a high point of the session. Based on a Sept. 20 Economic and Revenue Forecast by the Legislative Council staff, total funds available will grow approximately 4.6 percent for the next fiscal year to roughly $12.3 billion. However, this amount is approxi-
mately $549.1 million below the state’s spending limits, established by TABOR’s constitutional limitations as modified by Referendum C. Transportation funding will also be a pivotal issue. Senate Bill 267 not only dealt with the marijuana sales tax but also authorized up to $1.88 billion of funding for transportation projects. While many feel this was an important first step, others are concerned that it did not include a needed additional revenue stream or identify other money to pay for future transportation needs. Expect competing proposals for additional funding for transportation projects. The legislature may well refer a measure to the ballot for voters’ consideration. Independent efforts are also being considered by various interest groups to petition a proposal directly to the ballot. Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney with Kutak Rock and serves on a number of nonprofit boards. He represented Park Hill in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate from 2001 to February 2013, when he resigned from the Senate to run for Mayor of Denver. Penfield’s adult daughter was born and raised in Park Hill, and he and his wife Paulette remain in the neighborhood.
Can’t Wait To Vote
Election Nov. 7 For School Board, Denver Bond and Green Roofs Locally, this month Denver voters will elect four of seven members to the board of Denver Public Schools, and consider nine other measures. Seven of them – Questions 2A through 2G – seek voter approval to issue bonds to fund a variety of needs: transportation and mobility; cultural facilities; health and hospital authority; public safety systems; library systems; parks and recreation systems; and, public facilities. Totaling $937 million in capital costs, with a total repayment cost of approximately $1.7 billion, the bond election has been and will continue to be the subject of television ads, get out the vote efforts and some opposition. As in the past, Denver has structured a bond program that distributes the investment of money throughout the city for a variety of different needs with the anticipation that every
neighborhood will be touched in some way by money. Historically, Denver voters have been generous when it comes to the bond election packages. Two other measures also on the ballot include the rather simple name change from the Department of Environmental Health to the Department of Public Health and Environment, and increasing its board from 5 to 9 members. The final ballot question is a citizen initiative that would require every building and roof replacement of buildings with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or greater built after Jan. 1 to include a green roof or combination of green roof and solar energy collection component. It will be surprising to see how Denver voters receive the “green roof” initiative. -- Penfield W. Tate III
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Earth MAtters | Tracey MacDermott
At 28th And Fairfax, We Could Have Both Creative Solutions For Adding Parks and Greenspace
Across the street from Greater Park Hill stress, improved outlook, reduced risks of Community’s office at 28th and Fairfax, the health problems such as cardiovascular developer HM Capital has acquired and disease, diabetes and obesity, and a place torn down the east side of the block. to recreate. The developer, Ben Maxwell, has all but The process of developing parkland landed a deal with Denver Parks & should include the input of surRecreation director Scott Gilmore rounding neighbors. and city Councilman Chris HernWhat is happening in don to acquire the former Xcel substation lot on the west side of Baltimore the street, that has been slated for The City of Baltimore, through a city park. The land trade would the Parks and People Foundation give Maxwell the Xcel land and, in (PPF), has been active incorpoexchange, he would incorporate a rating pocket parks within the park space inside his development city. Their mission: “We adhere on the east side. Maxwell would Tracey to the following core values as we then use the former Xcel property seek to accomplish our mission MacDermott as a parking lot and for future deand achieve our vision of unitvelopment. ing Baltimore by ensuring that everyone Many neighbors have raised concerns is connected to nature, their community that, in this deal, they will not be getting and each other through vibrant parks and a city park, but instead a plaza that would green spaces.” serve more to enhance the developer’s Baltimore works with the Urban Reproperty. Neighbors have vocalized their sources Initiative (URI) to restore the concerns at recent community meetings, city’s urban parks, natural resources and including one in October sponsored by neighborhoods. URI started as a collaboCouncilman Herndon. ration between Yale University’s School of Addition of green space to city neighForestry & Environmental Studies, Rec & borhoods should be the goal of every city Parks, and PPF to bring interns from city planning process and every major developschools to help manage the city’s natural ment. There are multiple benefits, such as resources. reducing stormwater runoff and the heat Over the years, the project has expandisland effect, planting trees to absorb cared. The URI collaborates with interns bon, and a place for citizens to enjoy. The in conjunction with the city’s Parks and health benefits to humans include reduced Recreation Department, the PPF and area
Fairfax Land Swap Deal Heats Up by Cara DeGette A proposed land swap that would move a proposed neighborhood park inside a highend development project at 28th and Fairfax has drawn the ire of neighbors who say they were not properly notified of the plan and also fear gentrification of the neighborhood. In response to heated pushback during the September Greater Park Hill Community meeting, city Councilman Chris Herndon scheduled an Oct. 18 session at Stedman Elementary School. The city paid mediator Steve Charbonneau to facilitate. Also presenting were Ben Maxwell, the developer of the project, called Park Hill Commons, and Denver deputy parks manager Scott Gilmore. As part of the project, Maxwell wants to swap the land where the former Xcel power plant was on the west side of Fairfax (which was previously identified by the city as a future park). In exchange for that land, he wants to build a pocket park within his commercial and residential development project on the east side of the street. He would keep the west side property for future development.
Maxwell has developed design plans for what the park would look like, including a water feature, a climbing wall, planters and a grassy area. The park would be flanked by restaurants on either side, with patios looking out into the park. In addition to building the park, the developer has agreed to maintain it. Gilmore, of the Parks and Recreation department, is a strong proponent of the swap, and maintains the city would not be able to find the funds to develop the Xcel site anytime soon. Herndon has also said he supports the swap. The Oct. 18 meeting was attended by about 85 people. Timor Goldstein, who lives in Park Hill, said he also owns a rental property a block away from 28th and Fairfax. He said he strongly supports the swap. “It’s a win-win for both sides,” he said. Numerous people spoke in opposition. Many, including longtime black residents of the neighborhood, said they don’t
universities to enhance urban parks and natural resources, which in turn provides interns a bridge between classroom learning and professional success. For example, the Ambrose Kennedy Park is a 1.75-acre park in Baltimore in poor condition. In 2014 a revitalization effort began. It will include flowering shade trees, open grass playing field and walking paths, as well as other amenities. Another example: This April the Easterwood Park and Playground opened. It once was a place where illegal dumping existed. It now contains picnic and chess tables, barbeques, swings and raised garden beds, an area farmer’s market and a Little Library for children. The PPF worked to build the site as a community park with the help of the city’s Adopt-A-Lot Program.
Voices of the community Nonprofit partnerships of parks have been happening throughout urban areas – and not just in Baltimore. Studies have shown that a potential for a park project brings community revitalization is closely related to the genuine involvement of people living in the area. I had the opportunity to speak with Laura Connelly, the environmental park projects manager for PPF in Baltimore. She touted the involvement of the nearby community, which helps develop the vision of the park space. They review the concerns of neighbors and work on a formula for the park that will address those concerns. The pocket parks have mostly been placed in disadvantaged neighborhoods with the goal of creating a “best in class park” for the neighbors. I inquired if the organization had concerns about unsavory activity in the parks. Her response was yes, but, that it was important to show the community that they deserve a beautiful space. Her organization advocates for community accessible green space. Her view is that they are changing neighborhoods and
think they would feel welcome in a park that is in the middle of a high-end commercial and residential project. Others expressed frustration that they had not been notified about the development plan or the land swap. Still others said they fear the neighborhood will be compromised, and that gentrification will force out longtime neighbors. “I am concerned about inclusion,” said Shanta Harrison, who has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. “It seems more of a plaza for the development, not a park.” The city council will have to give final approval on the proposed land swap. Note: If you would like to express your views on the proposed land swap, email editor@ greaterparkhill.org.
long-term outlooks for citizens. She went on to discuss that a pocket park should not be a nuisance and instead work on crime deterrents. In turn you end up retaining residents, preventing vacancy issues and provide citizens access to a park within a half-mile.
It can be done here Is it possible to create this vision in Denver too? In 2015, ScienceLine, a project of New York University, published an article stating that urban heat islands form elevated temperatures in densely populated neighborhoods with black tar roofs and other impermeable materials. Heat maps and studies indicate that underserved communities in cities deprived of cooling centers and green spaces may be even more susceptible to the effect. One way to help mitigate the heat island effect is through green roofs and yes, the addition of pocket parks. This too can be done in Denver, right here in Park Hill. We have an opportunity with the former Xcel substation at 28th and Fairfax. We have an opportunity to partner with foundations and nonprofits to add this pocket park, and include the input of the citizens that live near the park. HM Capital is proposing green space within their development, which is great. However, the developer is saying a trade of the city’s land must occur for him to consider adding this green space. I am left wondering why we can’t have both – a green space in the development, and a pocket park on the west side as promised by Denver’s Parks and Rec department. Tracey MacDermott is chair of the board of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Active in the Registered Neighborhood Organization for many years, MacDermott was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award for Community Service. She was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017.
Above: This January, 2017 artist rendering depicts the Park Hill Commons project on the east side of Fairfax Street, between 28th and 29th avenues. The proposed park area is situated between commercial office space and restaurants, with residential townhomes and micro-units on either end. Developer Ben Maxwell of HM Capital wants to trade with the city to install the park space, in exchange for the former Xcel substation on the west side of the street. Rendering courtesy HM Capital Below: About 85 people attended the Oct. 18 meeting at Stedman Elementary, including longtime resident LaMone Noles. In photo at right, presenters included project developer Ben Maxwell, Denver deputy parks manager Scott Gilmore, and mediator Steve Charbonneau, who was paid by the city to facilitate. Photos by Cara DeGette
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Keep Denver’s Legacy Alive Woody Garnsey
Park Hill Golf Course Should Be Open Space By Alice Kelly, Maggie Price, and Woody Garnsey Special to the GPHN
In 1882, Denver’s elected officials had the vision to pay $57,000 (roughly equivalent to $1.27 million in 2016 dollars) to purchase 320 acres of land for City Park. This isolated land was in the prairie four miles east of the heart of the new cowtown of about 40,000 residents. This acquisition was consistent with the “City Beautiful” movement that in the early 20th Century inspired Mayor Robert Speer to lead Denver’s purchase and development of land for the many parks and parkways that today provide Denver with the core of much of its irreplaceable open space and beauty. In keeping with this Denver governmental drive to preserve city open space, in 1997 – some 115 years later – the Denver City Council and Mayor Wellington Webb negotiated an agreement with the Clayton Trust whereby the city paid $2 million for a perpetual conservation easement for
the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Course. This conservation easement granted the city “a perpetual, non-exclusive conservation easement … to maintain the Golf Course Land’s scenic and open condition and to preserve the Golf Course Land for recreational use.” (Note: the Park Hill Golf Course is between Colorado Boulevard and Dahlia Street, between 35th Avenue and Smith Road. It should not be confused with City Park Golf Course, which is nearby.) In 2000, the city and the Clayton Trust modified the 1997 conservation easement agreement pursuant to an “Agency Agreement.” The city conveyed the Park Hill Golf Course land to the Trust “as agent of the city, to hold for the benefit of the citizens of the city and the general public….” One purpose was for the Trust to avoid paying property taxes. The 2000 agreement released the recorded 1997 easement agreement. However, it also provides that if the Trust voluntarily terminates the agreement, the Trust would be obligated “to
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grant a conservation easement to the city … that will ensure that the (Park Hill Golf Course) land is used only for Golf Course and related activities.” Therefore, the land remains effectively encumbered by this conservation easement. Today, the need to preserve Denver open space is increasingly critical. As Mayor Michael B. Hancock stated on Oct. 3, describing the city’s new 20-year blueprint for park and recreational spaces, “[i]n a city nearing 700,000 people it’s never been more important to protect, preserve and grow our parks and recreational opportunities.” Nevertheless, the Trust and the city now propose a new agreement that would eliminate the Park Hill Golf Course open space conservation easement and potentially permit significant – if not full – real estate development on the entire 155-acres of land. As one of the Mayor’s senior managers recently explained, the proposed agreement could result in 100 percent development of the land. The city would pay the Trust at least $20.5 million, and potentially significantly more depending on land sale proceeds. The proposed agreement contemplates
an undefined “Visioning Plan” and “Master Plan” process for the land, to be led by the Trust “in collaboration with neighborhood stakeholders” with the city’s participation and facilitation. Thus, the Trust, as the leader of this process, has a vested financial interest in maximizing the money to be derived from selling the Park Hill Golf Course land. The Trust has retained high-powered consulting firms – including CRL Associates, the law firm of Brownstein, Farber, Hyatt, Schreck, and RNL Design – to assist in this “visioning” process. And, real estate developers are salivating to develop this land, which marks the northwest edge of Park Hill and is close to RTD’s 40th and Colorado Boulevard A-Line station. The Trust’s current “visioning plan” is driven toward significant economic real estate development. For example, a “board game” used at recent meetings to consider possible acceptable land uses that could produce at least $24 million, ascribes an exceptionally low dollar value for open space land. In this rapidly developing city, how can a legitimate “visioning” process allocate minimal value to preserving precious open space? The Clayton Trust’s early childhood education programs are valuable. If the city wants to provide additional financial support to the Trust’s programs, it should do so in a fully transparent manner through the appropriate budgeting and legislative processes related to supporting comparable programs. And, the Park Hill Golf Course land should be maintained as open space consistent with the purposes of the 1997 conservation easement, for which Denver citizens have already paid $2 million. Alice Kelly is a community activist who has lived in Park Hill for many years. Maggie Price is the co-chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee of Denver’s InterNeighborhood Cooperation (Denver INC). Woody Garnsey is a retired attorney and longtime Park Hill resident.
Don’t Shut The Doors To Newcomers Balance Green Space With Housing At Park Hill Golf Course By Andrew Sense
priate balance between housing and green space. An unwillingness to embrace new housAt the annual meeting of the Greater Park ing opportunities effectively shuts the door Hill Community on Oct. 7, the theme of the to anybody except those who can afford night was Park Hill’s history of to pay. At the end of the cominclusivity. Dick Young’s keymunity meeting, a neighbor note address provided a brief pointed out that because of the history of the practice of redA-line and the 40th and Cololining in Denver, and on how rado station, developers are salsome white activists in South Park Hill in ivating at the opportunity to turn the Park the 1960s fought to welcome black neighHill Golf Course into mixed-use housing. bors. They are. And we need to welcome them. Undoubtedly, there is a lot to be proud The 40th and Colorado station presents an of. But Park Hill is no longer inclusive, and important housing opportunity because of neighborhood concerns about the need for its proximity to legitimate transit with both open green space versus the need for housthe light rail station and a bus route along ing may make our beautiful neighborhood Colorado Boulevard that features frequent even less accessible. and reliable service. There are currently no plans to sell off The Denver Regional Council of Governparts of the Park Hill Golf Course to develments projects that Denver will be home opers, but neighbors are alto 300,000 new residents ready gearing up to oppose by 2040. This means that If residents of Park Hill want any changes to that properall neighborhoods have to continue to perceive our ty. In the midst of Denver’s to absorb some of those neighborhood to be welcoming housing crisis, this course and sustainable though, we should new people and neighof action is mean-spirited borhoods have to find a be fighting for mixed-use, transitand exclusionary. way to absorb them susadjacent, multi-family housing. The position the neightainably. There is no betborhood needs to take is ter place to add housing that any development of the Park Hill opportunities than near transit hubs like Golf Course needs to 1. Be consistent with the 40th and Colorado station. Transit Adjacent Development; 2. Include It sometimes seems that concerns about as much affordable housing as possible in Denver’s growth often boil down to a faila mixed-use form; and 3. Strike an approure of imagination. We can’t imagine a life Special to the GPHN
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in which we don’t have to depend as much on our personal vehicles. Indeed, the neighbor who was urging GPHC to take a hard line against any development of this space asked attendees to consider how bad traffic on Colorado Boulevard is now and how bad it would be with 7,000 new residents living there. Heads nodded in agreement and people grimaced at the thought. The problem, (or the opportunity), is that those 7000 new residents are coming, along with 293,000 of their fellows. If we keep shutting doors in Denver, those folks will have to sprawl out to the suburbs where their only mobility option will be their personal vehicles, which they will then drive, through our neighborhoods, to their jobs in the city. The question isn’t how bad traffic will be if 7,000 new residents find a home near the 40th and Colorado Station. The question is how bad traffic will be if they don’t. Many people at the GPHC meeting expressed concern about the changes our neighborhood has seen and the gentrification that has taken place. One of the primary drivers of gentrification is not enough housing stock in all neighborhoods. If Park Hill shuts to door to housing opportunities in our neighborhood, where housing makes sense and transit is available, there are consequences for that. We will be contributing to the gentrification of other neighborhoods without even leaving our own.
If residents of Park Hill want to continue to perceive our neighborhood to be welcoming and sustainable though, we should be fighting for mixed-use, transit-adjacent, multi-family housing. Green space obviously matters, but instead of identifying a large plot of land and declaring that it should remain only green space in perpetuity, the discussion we need to be having should be about the role green space plays within a multi-use neighborhood. Public green space matters. Denver needs housing. Neighbors and organizations in Park Hill should fight for both. Andrew Sense is a high school English teacher who lives in Park Hill. He is co-chair of the City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee, serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and is a member of the Blueprint Denver Task Force.
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Tips On Hiring a Contractor
Avoiding Construction Nightmares In Boom Times By Erik Carman
experienced this first hand. Last year, Ines hired a contractor that had remodeled a home down the street from one she was Jackie is a Denver homeowner who working on. She had inspected his work on wanted to update the tile in her upstairs the neighboring property and found it to bathroom. She called a conbe good. She also didn’t see tractor she had known for a any negative reviews of this while, one she had referred to contractor online, and hired friends in the past. him to help remodel one of Jackie’s contractor showed her projects. up the first day and removed The contractor Ines hired everything from the bathused “subs,” or subcontracroom – including the toilet. tors, to complete the work Jackie then spent the next on her home remodel projseveral weeks trying to get ect. While this is a common her contractor to return to practice in construction, big the job, without success. It problems can arise when the was around this time that contractor does not pay the she noticed the wooden subs for the work they have floorboards on her main level completed. The contractor were wet. The problem? Her Erik Carman Ines hired took her deposit contractor hadn’t shut off the check and disappeared, water when he removed the toileaving several disgruntled let from her upstairs bathroom, subs who filed a mechanic’s leaving water dripping down “Never pay more lien on her property. Some her walls and into her wood $15,000 in court fees and than 75 percent floors. What should have been many fixes later, Ines now has a quick tile job ended up costuntil you are 100 a lawyer, contract and pracing Jackie thousands of dollars tices for hiring contractors. percent happy.” in damages. She’s found that controlling Does this story sound fapayments affords her much miliar to one you’ve heard more control over the process, recently? The story of shoddy as well as avoiding misunderworkmanship is a tale all too common in standings such as the one she found herself Denver, where a limited real estate market in last year. has pushed construction demand – and its “Control the money” was the advice also prices – to a whole new level. The lack of given to me by Ken, a retired construction housing inventory has driven demand for industry veteran with more than 40 years both new construction and remodeling of experience. “Control the money, don’t into overdrive, leaving homeowners with let the contractor get ahead on money, and difficult choices. Is the contractor charging never pay more than 75 percent until you a fair price? Will they be reliable, and can are 100 percent happy.” you trust them with upfront costs? Being hard on money may seem like an Market value for construction has beuncomfortable concept to some homecome a flexible term in Denver, where owners, but in construction, where consomething as simple as installing tile tractors may disappear before a project flooring can cost three or four times what is complete, it’s important to withhold a it would in other states. monetary incentive to ensure the contracThen there’s the time issue. An experitor not only returns to the job, but does it to enced contractor can be booked these days your satisfaction. Many construction profor the next three or four months. Their exfessionals will want 90 percent of payment perience may also cost a premium. It tends prior to completing a job, but in practice, to be the case that the bigger and more exyou should never give them more than 75 perienced the construction company, the percent. more they will charge. When searching for a contractor, word of Ines McCanna, a Park Hill real estate demouth is worth more than online reviews veloper currently in the process of remodsays Ozi Friedrich, a Denver architect. For eling and selling four Park Hill Homes, more complex renovations, Ozi recomSpecial to the GPHN
mends hiring an architect, who can also assist in the search for a contractor. “Start interviewing [contractors] early, at the moment they are really busy,” Ozi says. On what to look for when interviewing contractors, he recommends avoiding those who seem pushy or evasive, and getting multiple bids from different contractors. He recommends making sure contractors are getting permits for work performed, as well as requesting copies of their liability insurance, so that the homeowner isn’t blamed for their mistakes. “It’s crucial for people doing work to be insured.” So if you are thinking of hiring a contractor to remodel your home, here are some key tips to remember: • Control the money: Don’t let the contractor get ahead on money – always retain 25 percent until the job is completed to your satisfaction. • Know who is doing the work and how they will be paid. This is particularly important if the contractor is using subs. • Online reviews aren’t good enough, get references: If you don’t have any on hand, request references from the contractor’s last three projects. • If the remodel is complex, use an architect. • Always get multiple bids. Interview often, and interview early. • Ensure your contractor is licensed and insured. Utilizing these strategies should help you avoid some of the construction nightmares many Denver homeowners find themselves in. Erik Carman is a Park Hill-based Realtor and owner of ParkHillPro.com. He can be reached at Erik@ParkHillPro.com or 720663-8999.
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Community Announcements Denver Now and Tomorrow
The League of Women Voters Denver is hosting first-term City Council members Jolon Clark (District 7), Kevin Flynn (District 2), Stacie Gilmore (District 11), and Paul Kashmann (District 6), to discuss the city of Denver’s current issues and to forecast how the city will need to prepare for future growth of our city. The discussion will include expanding the city’s infrastructure, incorporating transportation with walkability, affordable housing and homeless solutions, neighborhood preservation versus areas of growth, sustainability/conservation, and how to keep the city’s workforce relevant and employed. The free forum is Thursday, Nov. 16, in the McCollum Room at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Coffee and
networking at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to begin at 6 p.m.
One Hour to Change a Life
Reading Partners, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization, is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring in 10 under-resourced schools in Denver. Reading Partners is dedicated to making a meaningful education accessible to all children so that they can achieve their potential. The program is designed for K-4th graders who are reading one month to two and a half years behind grade level. Tutors attend a one-hour orientation and are equipped with structured lesson plans so they can provide a valuable learning experience for the young scholars they meet with weekly. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older
and volunteers over the age of 18 must be able to clear a background check process. For more info and to sign up, go to readingpartners.org and click “Volunteer,” or call 720-409-9909.
Park Hill Art Club Fall Show Nov. 3-5
The annual Park Hill Art Club is bringing its annual Fall Show and Sale to the community, showcasing a wide selection of artwork created by a talented group of member artists. The show this year runs from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5 and includes a collection of art in a variety of mediums ‒ watercolor, oil, and acrylic. The Park Hill Art Club is proud to present artists’ work that represents novice and professional skills alike. This annual show
Michael E. Gold: Artist in Oils, Quilts & Mosaics Michael E. Gold was raised in Park Hill in the late 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He attended St. James Catholic School, followed by four years at Regis High School and studied musical theatre at Loretto Heights College. Gold appeared at nearly every theatre company in Denver, including the Denver Center for the Preforming Arts, the Arvada Center, Country Dinner Playhouse and the Bonfils/Lowenstein Theatre. He headed off to the Big Apple and appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in top regional theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada before returning to Denver in 2000. He has continued his journey in the arts, adding to his repertoire with oils, quilts and mosaics. His art can be seen throughout Denver on canvas, murals and mosaics, including in the Ritchie Tower/DU, Cheyenne Mountain Elementary and Kaiser Permanente. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Gold returns to the old 80207 for a one-day art event at the Greater Park Hill Community Center at 2823 Fairfax St. The public is welcome to stop by between 4 and 9 p.m.
Oranges, on canvas
A failed coup attempt and a flood of refugees have challenged the leadership of Turkey’s President Erdogan. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world’s largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds to explore Turkey’s past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority, its role in the rise of ISIS, and what appears to be its warming relations with Russia. The program is Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. There is no cost, RSVP is not required.
History Of The Mayans
This program will provide attendees with a solid understanding of Mayan civilization, including history, culture, art, and science. Attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for one of the great civilizations in the history of the world. This event is Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way. There is no cost. RSVP at 303-751-1811.
Origin Of Buddhism
Buddhism is the fourth largest religion
in the world with some 500 million adherents. Join Active Minds for an examination of its origins, teachings, beliefs and practices. The discussion will include the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and the various types of Buddhism, including Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and others. There are two dates and places for this program in November: Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Ford Warren Library, 2825 High St. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. Cost is free, and no RSVP is required.
20 Million Veterans
Veterans Day originally honored the military personnel who served in WWI. Currently the holiday celebrates the contributions of all living U.S. veterans, of which there are over 20 million. Join Active Minds to explore the significance of this holiday and the issues and contributions of those who have served our country in war and peacetime. This program is Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. It is free and no RSVP is required.
Handmade Gift Market Nov. 24-25
Darren Skanson, the man behind the summer Park Hill Arts Show, is sponsoring a first-time holiday arts and craft market on the weekend post-Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. An added bonus to the arts show is the fact it will be inside the Park Hill Masonic Lodge – which is usually off limits to the public. The lodge is at 4819 E. Montview Blvd. The gift market will be open to the public on Friday from 9 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more info check out http://parkhillartfestival.com/holidaymarket.html
Denver Potters Show Runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3
The Denver Potters Association Fall Show will bring together more than 40 top local artists. In addition to one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural ceramics, the show and sale will feature the best in jewelry, glass and wood creations. This show opens Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 East Sixth Avenue (corner of 6th & Adams). As always, admission is free. Sale hours are Thursday, Nov. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (303) 377-5535 or www. denverpotters.com. Follow on Facebook @ castleclayartists
The Italian Gardener Master, on quilt
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is a popular way for the club to celebrate their artist members and instructors, and to offer the opportunity for everyone to purchase quality artwork at affordable prices. The show is at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd. Admission is free. The event kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Founded in 1974, the Park Hill Art Club provides educational opportunities, fellowship and support to members of the community who are interested in art, including art classes led by local professional artists. For more information, visit parkhillartclub.org or call Ru Ciel at 303-984-2424.
Conflict In South China Sea
S. Korea In The Spotlight
Afghanistan: Looking Forward
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The South China Sea is an incredibly strategic body of water located between China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. At stake is one of the busiest trade routes in the world as well as oil and fishing rights. Recently China has been pressing its claim to long disputed parts of the South China Sea, raising concerns as to what may happen as tensions rise. Join Active Minds for a closer look at this delicate situation. The program is Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. It is free. For info call 303322-7727.
In October of 2001, the U.S. led a coalition invasion of Afghanistan seeking to oust the ruling Taliban and find Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Join Active Minds for a look at the story of Afghanistan, both before and since 9/11. The discussion includes a look forward at what the future holds for this war-torn country. This event is Thursday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Windsor Gardens, 597 S. Clinton St. It is free and no RSVP is required.
The Korean peninsula is a challenging part of the world. While North Korea gets a lot of attention for their nuclear ambitions and anti-western rhetoric, their neighbor to the south is making headlines of their own. The recent election of Moon Jae-in as President of South Korea is likely to bring some significant shifts in regional policy and create ripples throughout the world. Join Active Minds for this discussion of South Korea, past, present, and future. This program is Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. There is no cost and RSVP is not required.
Join Active Minds to explore stories of the original inhabitants of Colorado. From Mesa Verde to the high plains, the discussion will detail the civilizations of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pueblo and other tribes and their history and legacy in Colorado. This program is Friday, Nov. 17 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. There is no cost, and RSVP is not required. For info call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359.
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Cristina de Palma-Vega and Carmen Curtis Basham will be at Helen Wolcott’s Fall Show with their fabric and paper art, and pottery.
Helen Wolcott’s Fall Show Nov. 18-19
As she has every spring and for more than 40 years, Helen Wolcott will open her Park Hill home on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 18 and 19, hosting a group of artists and artisans who show and sell their creations. Wolcott specializes in jewelry, costume, silver and more. Also lined up for the November show are Pamela Bliss and Jeanette Carter (Weavings, Knitting), Cristina de Palma-Vega (Fabric and Paper Art), Carmen Curtis Basham (Pottery), Anita Kienker (Quilted Creations), Ann Lederer (Hand-Dyed Silk), Katy Charles (Mini Paintings and City Park Photos), Alec Ellis (Woods) and David Claypool (Honey and Beeswax Products). Stop by 2309 Clermont St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Everybody welcome. Bring a friend and toast the season with a glass of hot mulled wine or herbal tea.
FRIDAY NOV. 24TH 9am - 5pm & SATURDAY NOV. 25TH 10am - 5pm Who wants to pay for parking at a mall or fight the crowds at a big box store. Shop for your gifts local in a relaxed and unique environment! The Park Hill Art Festival’s Holiday Handmade Gift Market will feature hand made gifts like paintings, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, foods, and more! And it is right in your neighborhood!
Inside the historic Park Hill Masonic Lodge. Don’t miss your chance to see the inside of this Lighting The Way
Chris Merman of Liv Sotheby’s real estate company has partnered with the YESS Institute, McAuliffe International School, Park Hill Elementary, Stedman Elementary and Spinelli’s Market to bring a holiday luminaria event to the neighborhood. Here’s how it works: By Dec. 10, all orders for the luminaries should be placed. Merman recommends luminaries should be spaced every 3-4 feet, or about 25 luminaries for a typical lot size. The total for that order would be $25, of which $17 is tax deductible. Once the order is placed, Merman supplies the bags, candles and sand. Pick-up of the luminaries is at Spinelli’s Market, at 23rd and Dexter, on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. Neighbors are urged to light the luminarias in front of their homes at dusk on Dec. 24. All proceeds benefit students at McAuliffe International School, Park Hill Elementary and Stedman Elementary, as well as Denver’s YESS Institute, a Denver nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students. Contact Chris Merman at chris. email@example.com to place orders. November 2017
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7,000 Hours, continued from page 2 The 4th of July Parade attracted 6,000 people in attendance—our largest year yet! Eight hundred people participated in the actual parade. The Home Tour & Street Fair, which took place on Sept. 10, sold almost 1,000 tickets. About 3,000 people attended the Street Fair, where 94 vendor booths were filled by 89 vendors. All told, the Home Tour & Street Fair raised more than $33,000 to benefit GPHC. Finally, our neighborhood-wide Yard Sale in May was a huge success. We had more folks involved than ever before. The one-day event included 88 individual yard sales. We had houses register until the very last minute. Thirty-seven yard sales indicated an interest in donating to GPHC from their proceeds. Twenty-one donations were ultimately made, totaling more than $500 in donations to benefit the Weekend Food Program.
Another group of volunteers we couldn’t continue our work without is our board of directors. These elected district and at-large representatives and our executive committee have collectively donated more than 1,000 hours to GPHC through attending board and executive meetings, as well as other community meetings. Our board members have also volunteered writing articles for this paper, letters to elected officials and others, conducting research, and engaging in other special initiatives. Board members have also been integral to our Free Farm Stand, as noted above. A group of board members and other interested neighbors have also been key in developing our sustainable neighborhood application and subsequent events. All together, these volunteers have donated more than 280 hours.
Enough to make your head spin
Volunteers with our special events also contributed a remarkable amount of time. Our programs are fantastic and impactThe Garden Walk co-chairs, Helen Quinn ful, but the true stars of GPHC are our voland Barbara Armendariz, contributed unteers, who have selflessly more than 200 hours. The dedicated thousands of committee also donated hours of service to our or200 hours and day-of volDuring the 2016-17 ganization and community. unteers donated an addiVolunteers with our tional 100 hours. academic year, our Food Pantry and Free Farm Our 4th of July Parade Stand have dedicated more Weekend Food Program chair, Justin Bresler, put than 800 regular volunteer served 175 students for in more than 100 hours to hours, 176 Thanksgiving make it happen. Volunteers volunteer hours (in only 41 weeks. We provided working the actual parade seven days), and 60 vol- 35,875 meals and 14,350 donated another 230 hours unteer hours from special time. The Home Tour & snacks to our students of opportunities like group Street Fair committee and and their families. volunteering and “parentday of volunteers donated and-me” volunteer days. a total of 600 hours. AdOur Weekend Food Proditionally, the Home Tour gram volunteers donated Chair and Street Fair Chair, over 680 volunteer hours, including 20-25 Lana Cordes and Rob Barber respectively, volunteer hours per week for regular voluneach donated over 100 hours to organizing teers. The lead lolunteer for our Weekend this event. Food Program, Claudia Fields, has dediAltogether, the total donated equals alcated more than 250 hours of her time just most 7,000 hours—an invaluable contribuas of this writing. tion to GPHC and our neighborhood. We are so grateful for each and every Hours and hours served volunteer who has made 2017 such an incredible year. Personally, I would like to While our food programs rely on a lot of thank each of you for making my job easivolunteer work, that’s not where the gener, helping me learn about our exceptional erosity stops. programs – and being a source of joy and Our newspaper volunteers have also been inspiration every day. exceptional in 2017. In all, 338 blockworker volunteers have collectively logged 1,338 Sierra Fleenor is the executive director of hours, and 12 monthly bundling volunteers Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., a Regishave logged 126 hours. tered Neighborhood Organization. She can If the paper you’re reading showed up at be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at your door, then you can thank these amaz303-388-0918. Editor’s note: Check out the ing volunteers for their work. If it didn’t, December issue of the newspaper for more think about joining our team of volunteers on new and returning board members, and and deliver papers. It’s a 20-minute comtheir goals for next year. mitment per month and a great way to get to know your neighbors.
Stars of the show
You’ve probably seen Mike Mackey in the vicinity of 23rd and Dexter. Browsing the literature at the Park Hill Community Bookstore, or licking an ice cream cone from Spinelli’s, or waiting for the No. 20 bus. A former substitute in the Denver Public Schools system and a telecommunications salesman, he says he’s now “basically retired and killing time.” I asked him what fictional character he would like to be sitting next to him on the bus bench. “Captain Ahab.” What would you ask him? “Why were you so hard on Moby? He was just being himself.”
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East Cheer Controversy, continued from page 1 principal Andy Mendelsberg’s statement on Oct. 16 appears to indicate that there was a cover-up at the highest level of DPS, appearing to involve Superintendent Tom Boasberg and the Board of Education. I wonder who knew what and when. If the superintendent did not know until August, why not? If this was such an egregious offense, why was it kept from him? And, did he tell his employer, the Board of Education? If so, when? If not, why not? The accountability for both the board and the superintendent seems lacking and both owe the public an explanation for the decisions to keep some employees and fire others. The district’s decision to use their own in-house law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs to ‘independently’ investigate the East High School Cheerleading squad casts further doubt on the legitimacy of the investigation and the rush to get this report out before key witnesses were interviewed. Why did the District not wait until the police report came out to make its final decision? We deserve an unbiased report of what happened and how it can be prevented in the future.”
Mike Johnson – incumbent Running for District 3 “The incident at East High School was extremely distressing to me, both as a father and as a school board member. Our first responsibility as a school district must always be the safety of our kids. I appreciate that our superintendent acted quickly to ensure the safety of the East cheer team once we became aware of the situation in August. I also believe it was appropriate for the superintendent to hire an outside law firm to determine what occurred. I have read the report and am sympathetic to the concerns voiced by cheer team members and their families. It’s also important to note that, under Colorado law, the superintendent is responsible for administering the affairs of the district, including the hiring and supervising of all other employees of the school district. I do not believe it is appropriate for board members to be directly involved in decisions regarding the hiring or supervision of district staff below the superintendent; these decisions should not be political because so much is at stake – people’s lives and livelihoods, and our children’s futures.”
Rachele Espiritu – incumbent Running for District 4 “As a parent of two teenagers and a mental health professional, it was distressing to watch the video of the East High School cheer practice. In my role as current board member for District 4, I take the physical and emotional safety of
our students very seriously and supported the quick actions of our superintendent to ensure the safety of our East cheer team. The engagement of an outside law firm was important to provide an investigation and review of what happened. I have read the report and can relate to the concerns raised by the cheer team members and their family members. My role and responsibility as a board member does not include decisions regarding the hiring or supervision of district staff below the superintendent. These responsibilities fall with the superintendent per Colorado law, and I would not want these decisions to become political issues. We need to stay focused on what is in the best interests of our students.”
Tay Anderson – Running for District 4 “I stand with Principal Mendelsberg. I believe he took the proper steps to ensure the safety for his students. I know that he would never do anything to put the safety of his students at risk. When I look at the report I personally feel like it only tells one side of the story. I want to hear from every single cheerleader, and how they felt with this issue. As a candidate I will be reaching out to the new principal to extend the olive branch so that he knows that I want to ensure all students voices are heard. This isn’t over. I am disappointed in the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, who not only threw one DPS principal under the bus, but he threw two under in one week. We need a leader who will uplift their employees, not tear them down. EA EA HALO HALO HEY!”
Jennifer Bacon - Running for District 4 “Like so many in our community, I was angered and saddened by the videos and reports coming from East High School cheerleaders. As a teacher, I deeply believe in the fundamental responsibility of schools to be safe spaces for all students and DPS failed in that respect. I’ve read through the Davis Graham & Stubbs report and followed the district attorney’s findings. As a lawyer, I believe situations like these call for thorough and transparent investigations that avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. The significant contracts Davis Graham & Stubbs has with DPS and the fact that the general counsel of DPS is a former employee of Davis Graham & Stubbs should have given pause to district leaders when they chose an outside investigator. This reflects the district’s larger challenge of a lack of transparency and communication with the community. From school closure, to funding, to scandals like this,
Campaign Cash, continued from page 5 an, who is running in southwest Denver. Students for Education Reform, from California, has supported Espiritu with close to $12,000. It paid for mailers and door-to-door canvassing, bringing in outof-state canvassers. (The one who recently knocked on my door was from Michigan!) Better Schools for a Stronger Colorado, funded by Stand for Children, a pro-reform organization based in Oregon, supported both O’Brien and Johnson with funds totaling more than $83,000. Brighter Futures for Denver, supported by the Colorado Education Association and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, has paid $139,000 in support of Jennifer Bacon’s run for the board. Every Student Succeeds, an independent expenditure committee backed mainly by teachers’ union money has supported Xochitl Gaytan, who is running against Cobian in District 2, with over $87,000 for canvassing and advertising. Our Denver, Our Schools, a smaller independent expenditure committee, has spent $1,600 on a mailer for both Speth and Gaytan. Scott Gilpin, who heads ODOS, says November 2017
that approximately $10,000 will be spent in support of their endorsed candidates – Speth, Gaytan, Anderson, and Olson – in the form of printed literature pieces, direct mail, and digital advertising. “We also have dozens of volunteers who have participated in activities such as phone banking, canvassing, and letter writing,” he said.
It’s up to you! It’s up to you to be an educated voter, to know if you support or not the goals and mission of these candidates and the various political action committees – from in and out of state. Be sure to return your ballot by Election Day, Nov. 7. Every vote counts. Editor’s Note: The Greater Park Hill News published an extensive Question and Answer survey covering several key issues with candidates running for seats representing Park Hill. The Q&A is available online at greaterparkhill.org/2017/10/school-boardelection-eight-candidates-three-seats/, as well as instructions for returning your mail ballot by the Nov. 7 deadline.
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parents and community members tell me over and over again that they want a board who will act with transparency and openness, and that’s the type of leader I would hope to be on the school board.”
Julie Bañuelos – At-Large Candidate “The cheer incident situation at East High School demonstrates the prevalent ‘accountability deficit’ culture in DPS’s administration. The public documents demonstrate a lack of staff supervision, apathy toward parent concerns and the ‘hands-off ’ approach by the athletic director, principal and DPS general counsel, which culminated in injury of several young women. State law considers anyone in direct contact with
youth as a mandated reporter who must take the required yearly training to appropriately handle situations like what transpired at East. It seems far-fetched to accept that Andy Mendlesberg, an educator with 20 years’ experience and district counsel Michael Hickman were uncertain on how to handle complaints from this practice of forced splits, though this technique was characterized by a doctor as ‘negligent at best.’ Tom Boasberg tapped a law firm already used to running interference for the district (see the Hentzell Park real estate deal) to attempt damage control by conducting an ‘independent investigation’ and lending the veneer of due process to the situation. In my opinion, the district failed the families at East, the latest episode in a continuing saga of incompetency of DPS’s leadership.”
$2 million is the new $1 millionAre you saving enough for retirement?
As an avid reader of Money magazine during my adolescent years, I often read that people should save $1 million by retirement age. Fast forward two decades and I’ve now turned my passion for investing and personal finance into a career. I recently started wondering if $1 million is still a sufficient goal for aspiring retirees. Let’s assume George and Susan are Park Hill residents in their mid-60s who plan to retire this year. They were both high earners and accumulated $1 million in retirement savings. Here’s how their income might look in retirement. Whether George and Susan can live their desired lifestyle on $90,000 a year is debatable, considering all the things they spend money on: travel, hobbies, financial gifts to charities and family, a ski condo, etc. If they had doubled their retirement savings to $2 million, they could expect to receive an additional $30,000 annually. So, it appears that the bar for achieving financial independence has been raised.
Your Savings Factor-Are you on Track?
Fidelity Investments recently published research on how much one should have saved by various ages in order to accumulate a sufficient nest egg. Here are the sobering results: Age Factor
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Source: Fidelity.com/viewpoints/retirement. Assumes you save 15% of your income annually from age 25 until 67. Your portfolio will be allocated at least 50% to stocks over your lifetime and you will maintain your pre-retirement lifestyle.
To illustrate this guidance, let’s assume Jill and Jason are 40 something year-old Park Hill residents who earn a combined salary of $250,000 annually and contribute 15% of their income to retirement savings. We’ll assume they hope to retire at age 67 and live a similar lifestyle in retirement as they do now. Jill and Jason should have amassed at least $750,000 in retirement savings by age 40 and be approaching $1 million by age 45. As with all general advice, remember that your personal and financial circumstances will determine your nest egg target. If you’d like to explore the appropriate retirement savings trajectory for you, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. Scott Ranby is a Certified Financial Planner® professional at Kuhn Advisors. The firm has provided investment management and financial planning since 1993. Contact Scott at email@example.com and learn more at www.KuhnAdvisors.com. Kuhn Advisors, Inc. is a registered investment adviser. More information about Kuhn Advisors, Inc., including its advisory services and fee schedule, can be found in its Form ADV Part 2, which is available upon request. The opinions expressed are those of Kuhn Advisors and are as of the date of publication and are subject to change. Past performance is not indicative of future results. This material is for informational purposes only and is not financial advice or an offer to sell any product. Nothing herein should be construed as a solicitation, recommendation or an offer to buy, sell or hold any securities, other investments or to adopt any investment strategy or strategies. The investment or strategy discussed may not be suitable for all investors. Investors must make their own decisions based on their specific investment objectives and financial circumstances. Information was obtained from third party sources which we believe to be reliable but are not guaranteed as to their accuracy or completeness
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Reading In Friendship, Reading In Joy Pauline Robinson Library Book Club Closing In On 20 Years
Pauline Robinson Branch - November Programs
By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Library
“It was a good book,” noted one club member. “I liked it, I read it all,” she said with a grin. “It was a little soap opera-y, but the author shows promise,” added another. “I’d call it a duty read,” said a third woman. “It was like a Lifetime movie, where you already know the ending.” These snippets of conversation are a few remarks captured during the September meeting of the Pauline Robinson Library Book Club, where members were discussing The Mothers by Britt Bennett. Along with good reading material and friendships, monthly book club meetings offer a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes, club members noted. One of the most important things about the club is that members keep an open mind about new topics, said club member Phyllis Kadison. Members take turns choosing the book for each month. This opens new avenues of conversation, Kadison said. Families, politics, and other sensitive topics can be discussed in a trusting environment. Someone might pick a book others wouldn’t normally like or choose, but this “opens up conversations we might not otherwise have. There is trust. We still come back the next month.” The book club was started in 1999 by then-librarian Deborah Hogue. Members have been coming together despite difficulties, including once having to temporarily move to another library branch to meet. When funding dictated Saturday closures for Pauline Robinson, the group met at the Park Hill branch, but moved back to Pauline Robinson once the branch reopened on Saturdays. “Members have moved into different cities and still we come back,” said club member Harriet Hogue. “We have lost two members to death. We gained a male reader and at one time had a millennial or two, so we are not just senior ladies. “Pauline Robinson Library Book Club has had members of all races, genders and ages,” Hogue continued, “and we are willing to read just about anything, written by anyone that is recommended as a good story: fact or fiction, romance or murder, scifi/fantasy or classic literature. We always welcome potential new members, even if only for a visit or one or two books. Come and get a cookie. Read in joy.” “It’s not often that libraries can sustain a book club for as many years as these ladies,” said Pauline Robinson Senior Librarian Leslie Williams. “So we thank them, and encourage others to come out. Even if they haven’t read the book. They will really enjoy the conversation, and want to read that book.” November’s book selection is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Call the library for other upcoming titles, 720-8650290. If you would like to attend a meeting, book club members stressed that they are open to having new members or drop-in attendees. Book club meets at noon on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Tech Help Appointments | Mondays and Tuesdays, 12 p.m.-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 720865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday.
unhealthy relationship. Pizza provided. Ideal for ages 13-18.
Laughter Yoga | Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson Activity: Design a pencil bag
Enjoy playful laughter exercises interspersed with gentle breathing and stretching. During this joyful practice, you’ll strengthen the immune system, increase tolerance to pain and combat the negative effects of stress. Simple, fun and accessible to people of all fitness levels. Shelvis Is In the Building! | Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Lori Muha, aka “Shelvis” transforms into the rock and roll superstar Elvis. Her tribute performance of Elvis gets the audience dancing and singing, and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile. Magic Club | Monday, November 13 and Monday, Nov. 27, 4:30 p.m.
Do you already play Magic: the Gathering, or are you interested in learning? Stop by two afternoons a month to play and meet
Tween Book Club | Thursday, Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m.
No Strings Attached Book Chat | Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between. The Great Divide, Documentary and Discussion | Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:30-5 p.m.
The Great Divide raises public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage while inspiring personal responsibility and informed discussion concerning the vital challenge confronting the state and region with increasing urgency — forging collaborative solutions for managing this most precious resource for a prosperous and sustainable future. Stay for the discussion following the film.
Preschool Storytime | Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for 3-5 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Saturday Storytime | Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for everyone. STEM: Paper Circuit Popup Cards | Monday, Nov. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn how circuits work while you create a greeting card that lights up. The Pauline Robinson Book Club | Saturday, Nov. 25, 12 p.m.
This month’s selection: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Drop-ins are welcome.
Park Hill Branch - November Programs 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.
Pauline Robinson Book Club members in attendance at the Sept. 23 meeting. The library’s namesake, Pauline Robinson, is pictured in the oil painting behind the book group. The discussion for September focused on The Mothers by Britt Bennett. November’s book is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Photo by Becky Corning
The Wriggling Book | Friday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.
other teens. Ideal for ages 10-17. *Join us for a special Draft Day on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 p.m.*
Stories, songs, rhymes and fun for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Children, bring your adults to this fun workshop. Grown-ups and children will learn how to act out stories TOGETHER. Let’s turn off the TV and let “The End” (of a good book) ignite the beginning of adventure - right in the library. Ideal for ages 3-8 with an adult helper. Can You Pass Your OWLS? | Friday, Nov. 3, 6:308 p.m.
Find out if you can pass your Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s) along with the rest of Hogwarts’ best and brightest. Organize a team, or sign up as an individual, to complete a series of puzzles and tests to determine if you have what it takes to become a certified witch or wizard. Ideal for ages 11-18. Registration and a permission slip are required, call or stop by. Gratitude Rocks! | Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Spread some kindness or express your gratitude by painting rocks. Rocks can be left around the neighborhood to be found by others or given as a gift. Great family activity. Storytime Yoga | Monday, Nov. 6, 10:30-11 a.m.
Join us for a unique and fun program that
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combines preschool storytime with yoga. Get ready to move and groove to songs and stories.
The Holiday Blues | Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.
Although the holidays are portrayed as the most joyous season of the year, the holidays are anything but joyous for those grieving the death of a loved one or another significant loss. Instead the holidays highlight the losses and intensify the subsequent grief. Please join us to explore ways to effectively navigate the holidays. Perhaps the best advice is to have realistic expectations of the holidays, yourself and others. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) | Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m.
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. Planned Parenthood: Healthy Relationships | Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
Join us for a valuable presentation from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains about healthy relationships. You’ll learn what healthy (and unhealthy) relationships look like, think about relationships in your own life, and learn how to assist someone who may be involved in an
Animals of the Wizarding World | Monday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m.
Some of the fantastical beasts from the popular books and movies are real life creatures. Nature’s Educators will introduce you to some of the animals featured in the stories. Learn about their role in the story, but also their habitat, diet and natural history. Ideal for ages 8-12 and their adults. Kids’ Book Club | Tuesday, Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m.
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami Activity: Decorate a book bag, Ideal for grades 2-3. Jim Butcher: Author Talk and Book Signing | Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author, is famous for his contemporary fantasy and science fiction novels that are full of thrills and excitement. Butcher is the author of The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Dresden Files, The Codex Alera and more. Readers can’t get enough of the heroes, magic and warriors that exist in his Cinder Spires series. This program is co-sponsored by Colorado State University and Barnes & Noble. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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East High Soccer: No. 1 and No. 1 Success Is A Continuation Of A Near-Flawless 2016 Season Photos and story by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN
On Oct. 10, Colorado’s No. 1-ranked Denver East Boys varsity soccer team won its 12th game out of 13 against the Far Northeast Warriors. The Warriors were ranked number five in Colorado and the match represented a battle between two top teams in the Denver Public School League. East’s one loss was to a very skilled Kennedy High, also a DPS team. East’s success this fall season is a continuation of their near flawless 2016 season, which featured a perfect 15-0 regular season and three playoff victories before a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Broomfield in the state semi-finals. That loss is motivator for this year’s group of seniors, a number of whom live within blocks of each other in the south section of Greater Park Hill. East finished the season with a 14-1 record, and was the No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seeded team going into the State 5A playoffs, which began on Oct. 26 at East’s home field versus Arvada West High School. East features a reliable high scoring offense led by All-State forward Senior CoCaptain Sam Carson. Through the game against Far Northeast, Carson has 13 goals
and five assists, approaching his 17-goal tally from last year. Complementing Carson on the offense is Senior Eli Miller, a Park Hill resident who has nine goals of his own. Sophomore Park Hiller Zion Wagoner, who lives off Monaco Parkway near 26th Street, has worked himself into the starting lineup as wing forward and has played an important role providing service to Carson and Miller. Wagoner has eight assists and three goals to show for his efforts. Although East does not lack for offense, the team’s signature characteristic is a tenacious defense led by Senior Co-Captain Luke Neureiter and fellow central defender Senior Nico Capella. Neureiter and Capella live just few blocks from each other near 19th Street in the east part of Park Hill. Neureiter and Capella patrol the center in front of the East goal both on the ground and in the air. For their height and aerial prowess, they are referred to as the “twin towers.” Their combined efforts have resulted in East giving up only six goals (against 44 scored) in 13 games with seven shut-outs. In addition to being Park Hill residents, Neureiter, Capella, Miller, and Senior midfielder Will Hughes have something else in common. All four (along with Carson and Senior defender Bennett Jonas) played their youth club soccer for the Colorado Fusion, which evolved into the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. These boys have spent literally years carpooling to youth soccer practices and games at Aurora Sports Park, Crestmoor Park, Lowry Sports Park, and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The years of playing together are evident on the high school field as the team demonstrates an unusual degree of cohesion and confidence. If East continues its dominating play in the two remaining regular season games against South High School and Lincoln High, the team will likely be given the number one seed for the state playoffs, which began in late October and will run through Nov. 12, when the State Championship match is scheduled at the Colorado Rapids’ home field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. East finished the season with a 14-1 record. On Oct. 26, Denver East won the neutral playoff game against Arvada West by a score of 2-0. The last of the three boys state championships for East High came in 2011, when Captain Luke Neureiter’s older brother Austin scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory against Heritage High. Neureiter hopes, with the help of his Park Hill friends and teammates, to repeat his older brother’s success.
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From top left, clockwise: Senior Goalkeeper Victor Yague Izquierdo; #15 Senior Luke Neureiter (C); Senior Luca Bravo (Forward, at left) and #11 Senior Eli Miller (Forward); #3 Sophomore Zion Wagoner (Forward); #10 Junior Marko Babiak (MF).
Giving Thanks For Our Volunteers Gearing Up To Share Thanksgiving Meals By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC
October was an incredible month here at Greater Park Hill Community. We had new volunteers, members and donors join us in our work, and we give thanks to each and every one of you. Early in October, we had master composter volunteers from Denver Urban Gardens join us for a workshop on composting. We learned how to care for our own compost bins here at GPHC and the six folks who attended learned more about composting at home. We’d like to thank Judy Elliot from Denver Urban Gardens for her help in organizing this event, as well as Dima Smirnov and Kathleen Ryan who facilitated our awesome workshop. We also had the pleasure of welcoming youth volunteers from McAuliffe International School twice over the last month. Students came with their chaperones and helped us assemble bags for the Weekend Food Program. They brought great energy and willingness to learn more about food insecurity in our neighborhood. Thank you, McAuliffe volunteers! Brandon J. Scott Photography volunteered time, energy, and free photos to our food pantry clients this month. Scott brought his photo equipment to take professional portraits of our clients, who enjoyed the opportunity to have free family
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photos made for their personal use (including prints). As you can tell, there are a myriad of ways to be involved. We have volunteer opportunities that involve working with clients and ones that don’t. We have regular commitments and one-off opportunities. We love to have groups, as with the McAuliffe crew, and we love to provide opportunities for the community to share gifts and professional talent, as with Denver Urban Gardens and Brandon J. Scott Photography. We hope you’ll consider getting involved. Right now, we especially need volunteers for our Garden Walk committee, the Weekend Food Program, the Food Pantry, and our Thanksgiving Giveaway. We always need blockworkers to help deliver the newspaper.
Turkey alert! It’s November, which means we are getting ready to distribute 300 complete Thanksgiving dinners. And yes, we need a few items – preferably dropped off to us by the middle of the month: Frozen (not fresh) turkeys, pre-cooked turkey breasts (for seniors), stuffing, potatoes (boxes and fresh), yams, cranberries, broth, cream of mushroom soup, gravy packets, fresh rolls, frozen pies, baking pans, turkey bags, green beans, peas, carrots, and corn. We accept any size of cans, but 16 and 24 ounces are preferred. Malia Heien Nam Henderson Adrienne Hill Noni Horwitz Erika Hutyra Megan Jamison Andrea Johnson Lynn Kalinauskas Bernadette Kelly Rod Leman Debra Lovell Tracey MacDermott Jasper Mueller Chuck Nelson Sam Perez Mike Quigley Alison Rabinoff Peggy Roberts Vanessa Roberts Alejandro Rodriguez Laura Rogers Kathleen Ryan Sofia Sandel Brandon J Scott Ashley Scott-Trainer Heather Shulman Dmitry Smirnov Myla Smith Kai Snyder Aidan Sobolevsky Suzanne Stemmler Shane Sutherland Samantha Veitch Taryn Veitch Sue Weinstein Donna Westmoreland
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For our regular food pantry, we also need some items: Jars and cans of fruit, canned meats, Ensure and other meal replacements, turkey chili, can openers, spatulas, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving supplies (razors and cream), baby wipes, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, lip moisturizer, deodorant (for men and women), toothpaste, and toothbrushes. We also need travel size items, so feel free to bring us any you have stashed in the bathroom closet, being unused. For the Weekend Food Program, we need individually wrapped cereal bars and granola bars, individual fruit cups and
applesauce, small boxes of raisins, boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxes of individual servings of instant oatmeal, and individual cereal bowls. We accept donations of fresh, frozen, and non-perishable food Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our office, 2823 Fairfax St. You can also donate non-perishable items for our food programs at the Park Hill Branch of Denver Public Library, 4750 Montview Blvd., or at Cake Crumbs, 2216 Kearney St., during their business hours. Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, and members listed below. We couldn’t achieve all we do if it weren’t for each and every one of you. If you would like to become a volunteer, donor, or member please visit our website at greaterparkhill.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-388-0918.
McAuliffe students helping out with the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Weekend Food Program in October. From left to right: Solis Falcon, Taylor Fahres, Aidan Sobolevsky, Ryan Hajek, Brandon Figueroa, Max Ficco, Reece Ferrufino, Taryn Veitch, Sam Perez, Mats Hegstrom, Malia Heien, and Jackson Faris. Photo by JoAllan Gehde.
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: Vacant • District 10 Rep. Colette Carey • At-Large Board Member Christine Caruso • At-Large George Dennis • At-Large: Louis Plachowski: email@example.com • At-Large Board Member Keith Brown • At-Large Board Member Rebecca Rogers • At-Large Board Member Rob Barber • 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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Watching The World Go By Mike Hat (get it?) is an adorable boy who is ready to find his new home. He enjoys being pet and lounging in sunny windows where he can watch the world go by. He can be shy at first and would do best in a quiet home. Come meet this sweet boy today. Mike Hat is at the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St. and his ID# is 0764067. To see other furry friends available for adoption, please visit ddfl.org.
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Caring for the Senior Alien Our Cats Own Us; Here’s What To Do
Seniors are special in all species, but tothe physiology of fat and its huge negative day we are going to focus on the felines. secretory capacity. Fat is not inert and seI hope you are all familiar with some crete pro-inflammatory and inflammaof the cat memes and jokes going around tory cytokines that lead to pain. And, where we humans are the alien captors, weight can have a significant impact on because those are the goggles I want you simple movement – it’s a vicious cycle, if to put on. (For those unfamiliar, a it hurts you don’t move much and few of my favorites are noted after then you gain weight. the article’s end.) • Environmental accommoCats are strange creatures. They dations: When something hurts, definitely don’t fit the same pleasing automatic changes occur, but our mold that most dogs fall into. We feline friends don’t do a good job own our dogs, but are owned by our explaining their new accommocats. With the huge improvements dation (pooping outside the litter in nutrition and veterinary care, we and we often attribute to Dr. Margot box?) are seeing our cats live longer lives malicious intent. But, if your back – meaning more years to manipu- Vahrenwald hurts from arthritis, are you going late us humans into serving their to want to take a trip from the top needs big and small. floor to the basement? For older kitties, We used to consider cats as seniors as much as your home space allows, have around age eight, but with the average life a litter box on each level. Also make sure span stretching from 12-14 years to 16-18 that the threshold of the litter boxes are years, true senior years may now begin a litnot hugely tall, making getting in to the tle later. However, the physiologic changes box more difficult if your back, knees that we associate with middle age do begin and/or elbows are sore. (We’ll focus on when a cat reaches eight to 10 years of age more aspects of litter boxes for happy, (about the human equivalent of 40 to 50). healthy cats in a future article.) Help So as human captors, what can we do them with access to cushy places with pet better to take care of our aging alien cats? stairs or strategically placed ottomans, to Cats are masters of hiding illness, so the allow access without big jumps. first key to senior care is regular veterinary • Pain Management: Once identified, examinations. Once over age eight, your there are many options, both non-medkitty should see their veterinarian every ication and medication, to help manage six months. I can see you rolling your eyes, pain. We are learning more every year but here’s why: Six months for your cat is about how pain works and its impacts on the equivalent of a human aging two to function in both humans and animals. three years. And, once a senior, an internal There is no one mode of pain managephysical evaluation via laboratory values of ment for a patient, but rather a personblood and urine should be performed. This ally tailored mix of supplements, medilets us screen for many changes of aging cation and physical management (laser, and disease that we can treat or support. acupuncture, physical therapy, etc.). Identifying pain in cats is a harder game. As the caretaking captor of a senior feline They don’t show pain as simply as we do. alien, take a look at their world from their More often they keep obvious signs of pain perspective, and seek partnership with quiet or we poor human captors may see a your veterinarian in developing the best behavior change to which we attribute othcare plan for these special creatures. er causes. But we know from recent large volume studies that more than 90 percent Favorite Cat-Captor Memes of senior cats have radiographic evidence of 1. Henri – le chat Noir: Google this arthritis in their back or knees. wonderful existential pondering of a So what can we do to help manage pain very sophisticated cat. and mobility issues? Again, see your veteri2. Cat Diary: Google this term and you narian to formulate a plan specific to your will find yourself in a highly entertaining cat, but here are a few: rabbit hole. • Weight management: More than 70 Dr. Margot can be reached at parkhillvet. percent of cats are overweight and that com. has a huge impact on mobility and pain. We are just learning in medicine about
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2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-3880918 The GPHC neighborhood association generally holds its monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of the month, except for the months of July and December. The meetings are free and open to all. The November GPHC meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. There is no meeting in December.
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Park Hill Community Bookstore Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-355-8508. Hours: Monday –Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits.
The NEPHC hosts its monthly meeting on the second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m.
HOPE Center, 3475 Holly St. HARP holds second Monday monthly meeting at the HOPE Center from 6:15-7:30pm. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries denverlibrary.org See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue, for a complete listing of events and programs at the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson branch libraries.
Northeast Park Hill Coalition D2 Police Station, 3921 Holly St., Michele Wheeler, 720-837-5492
meetup.com/Park-Hill-Parents Park Hill parents group offers playdates, outings, Dad’s Night Out and Mommy Book Club.
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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.
Sie Filmcenter 2510 E. Colfax, denverfilm.org, 303-595-3456
Sunshine Food Project sunshinefoodproject.org, 303-321-5231 A nonprofit community collaborative seeking to provide healthy and sustainable food systems to Park Hill and surrounding food desert neighborhoods.
Tai Chi Project email@example.com, 303-744-7676 Tai Chi classes Thursday mornings in City Park at 7-7:45 a.m. planned in conjunction with DMNS.
Tattered Cover Travel Lovers Book Club The book club meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Walk2Connect www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips set off every Tuesday morning from Spinelli’s Coffee and Ice Cream at 23rd and Dahlia at 7 a.m. No cost. Walks are about one hour long, just under three miles, and family and dog friendly. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-908-0076.
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