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VOL. 15 // ISSUE 04 // APRIL 2016

THE FUTURE BROOMFIELD

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As Broomfield Grows, What Forces Are Shaping the City’s Future?

A Look at Broomfield’s Comprehensive Plan

This month we take a look at some of the future plans that will guide the city’s evolution for the next decade and beyond.

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Broomfield Community Foundation Names Heart of Broomfield Winners

Creating the Future by Preserving the Past – How One Broomfield Church is Using Preservation as a Way to Expand its Musical Future Looking Into Broomfield’s Crystal Ball – From the Desk of the Mayor… FRIENDS of Broomfield Invites the Community to Join Them as They “Go West”

MONTHLY 06 From the Editor 08 Connect with The Broomfielder™ 10 Local Happenings

Fresh Spring Salads

16 Tips for a Healthier You

From Bullied to Beautifully Bold

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FROM THE

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roomfield’s Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is the new home of Colorado’s oldest pipe organ. Lena Sewall shares the story of the church’s 1869 Hook Brothers tracker organ and its nearly 150 year journey to Broomfield on page 14.

Bullied to Bold is the story of one local girl’s triumph over school bullies and the inspirational program that she has created to help other kids break out of the cycle of bullying. Legacy High School student Maya Claridge now tours area schools urging her peers to “Stop Hate Before it’s too Late.” Learn more about her journey and message on page 28. Both of these wonderful stories were sent through reader tips and inquiries and I would love to have more articles on similar topics in the future – stories that you and your neighbors want to read. If you know someone with a unique or unusual Broomfield story to tell, please let me know! Send your ideas to me at tina@loudmouthmedia.com. Mark Your Calendar This month is the Broomfield Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration of the special people who make up Broomfield’s heart. The Heart of Broomfield awards will be held on April 4 at the Omni Interlocken Resort. You can read about the event and this year’s winners on page 12. FRIENDS of Broomfield offers an integrated, accessible, and community-based environment that supports the idea of “a place to belong” for young adults with developmental disabilities. FRIENDS invites the Broomfield community to learn more about its programs and services at this year’s annual fundraiser, FRIENDS Go West! See page 24 for more on the May 6 hoedown and how you can support this valuable community organization. Taste It Returns I am thrilled to announce that once again this year The Broomfielder is proud to partner with the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce on their signature event, Taste It Broomfield. The Chamber’s Annual sampling of Broomfield’s best food and drink will be held at The 1stBank Center on June 9. This event sold out last year so don’t wait to buy your tickets! You can find details on page 29. Thank you for reading, Tina Eichner, Editor

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Enjoy a night of chamber music including contemporary works and masterworks from the Collage Ensemble, a group of dynamic, young chamber musicians, at 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. Trained at leading conservatories and schools of music in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Wisconsin, and Ohio, the Boulder, Colorado-based ensemble now brings high quality chamber music to the state of Colorado and beyond. The 2015-2016 season includes collaborations with the Colorado New Music Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos Chamber Music Collective. This is a free event. For more information visit www.attheaudi.com.

APRIL 9

Immerse yourself the “classic” sound of Tchaikovsky’s music from the ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as the Serenade for Strings. Both works will be performed by the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. Tickets are $6-$16 and can be purchased at the door, the Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.broomfieldsymphony.org.  

APRIL 16

The Aster Women’s Chamber Choir will present Poets, Patriots, and Pioneers, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium with a performance focused on women’s poetry. The concert will include music from two Colorado composers, Grace Asquith and Peter Simpson. Mr. Simpson’s cantata “Sacagewea” is a fourteenminute musical journey which tells Sacagewea’s story in first person narration along with choral movements, flute solo, and piano accompaniment. Grace Asquith’s “No Such Music” sets the words of May Sarton’s poem “Girl with Cello.” Other works will include settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Sojourner Truth’s “And Ain’t I a Woman” speech, Katheryn Lee Bates’ ode to America’s beauty, and lighter fare. Tickets are $8-$12 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2491293.

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he Broomfield Community Foundation will honor its Heart of Broomfield Award winners at a celebration in April. The awards recognize volunteers who contribute to making the Broomfield community a better place to live. The 16th-annual awards celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Citizens are invited to attend to help celebrate the award winners while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Individual tickets are $40, or $30 for those over 60 years old. Corporate table sponsorships are $1,000. During this year’s event, the Broomfield Community Foundation also plans to unveil its new brand and logo, which support its new vision and mission for the future. The foundation also will recognize its 2015 grant recipients and scholarship winners. Anyone in the community can nominate an individual to be considered for a Heart of Broomfield award. Winners from the previous year form the selection committee and choose the winners from the pool of nominees. Winners are selected based on their contribution to Broomfield County, including donations of time, talent, money or life’s work that have had an impact on the community. “We had a lot of nominations this year,” said Karen Smith, executive director of the Broomfield Community Foundation. “It was tough for the selection committee to choose the winners.”

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This year’s award winners include: Lynn Jeffers, Arts Award, recognizing a community artist or supporter of the arts. Jill Long, Education Award, recognizing a teacher, principal, counselor, volunteer or activist in education. Debra Meyer, Community Service Award, recognizing a volunteer or nonprofit staff member who has gone above the call of duty. Katherine and Ben Vagher, Philanthropic Award, recognizing an individual who opens up their heart and wallet to support a Broomfield nonprofit organization or program. Madelene Kleinhans, Youth Award, recognizing an outstanding community member aged 18 or younger. Nancy Clark, Gene Frank Award, recognizing a business person who has been a major community donor. The award is in memory of Gene Frank, a man who exemplified the term corporate citizenship

in Broomfield and was a vice president of Rocky Mountain Energy. Mike Hembd, Angel Award, recognizing an individual who has shown extreme passion and dedication for a Broomfield nonprofit organization/program. Renee’ Kozisek Sereff, Heart and Soul Award, recognizing an individual who quietly gives of themselves to their neighbors, local groups and even strangers, and whose actions are the epitome of a community with heart. William Greenewald, Walter P. Spader Leadership Award, a new award this year to honor the memory of former mayor and community leader Walt Spader. In the future, this award will be given to a proven leader whose energy, passion, sense of humor and wisdom have made Broomfield a better place. Sally Huffman, Senior Award, recognizing an outstanding community member, aged 65 or older.

“We encourage everyone to attend,” said Smith. “It’s a very uplifting and inspiring event.” For more information, visit www.broomfieldfoundation.org

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Join the Golden Eagle Concert Band for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Concert Band Music of the American West at 2:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. Transport yourself to a time of cowboys, cattle, campfires, and guitar music. The program will include concert music composed with a Western theme for motion pictures, television programs, and Broadway musicals. Take a journey with the music composed for Blazing Saddles, Oklahoma, How the West was Won, and much more. Tickets in advance are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students over 12, and under 12 free. All tickets at the door are $15. For tickets visit www. brownpapertickets.com/event/2503212.

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Creating the Future by Preserving the Past How One Broomfield Church is Using Preservation as a Way to Expand its Musical Future By Lena Sewell, Interim Director of Administration and Communications, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

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he oldest operating pipe organ in Colorado now makes its home right here in Broomfield. That’s right – a piece of history is right under our noses, and making its Broomfield debut this month at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. The organ, an 1869 Hook Brothers tracker organ, was completely disassembled, moved, and put back together in the choir loft at Holy Comforter, all under the skilled hands and watchful eye of Jim Steinborn of Steinborn Pipe Organ Services of Fort Collins. To understand the significance of having the oldest pipe organ in Colorado, we must first look at the history of the instrument itself. The organ was built by a cabinet maker’s sons, George and Elias Hook, in 1869 in Salem, Massachusetts. It is in a beautiful free-standing walnut case with Victorian-stenciled façade pipes. Originally purchased by the First Methodist Church in Salem in 1869, it remained there until 2009, when it was acquired by St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver. It was transported to Denver, restored, and served the Cathedral while their pipe organ was being refurbished. On January 22, 2016, the entire organ was disassembled and began the short journey up Highway 36 to Broomfield. After countless volunteer hours just to get the area prepped and all of the parts moved, Jim Steinborn began the painstaking process of rebuilding the historic organ onsite at Holy Comforter. Before the 777 pipes could be put back in place, the cabinet had to be rebuilt by hand, and the entire tracker mechanical action reassembled. As he rebuilt the instrument, Jim performed needed repairs to various parts of the organ, and took care to use materials and processes that mimic those used by the builders in 1869. Jim talked about why this attention to detail is so important.

There are so few organs that last for more than 50 years without some significant renovation, so it is important that we have [organs] that represent how they were originally built. This honors their history,” he said. On the receiving end of the beautiful instrument is Holy Comforter, and the members of the congregation are thrilled to house this piece of history in their Sanctuary. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor and St. John’s Cathedral, Holy Comforter was able to purchase the organ and give it a permanent home in Colorado. The city of Broomfield will also benefit greatly from this beautiful instrument. The Reverend Kim Seidman, priest at Holy Comforter, said, “Its magnificent sound will support our congregational singing and enhance our worship to God. Because of its

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historical significance, the Hook organ will draw accomplished musicians from all over the country, giving the people of Broomfield access to a variety of choral concerts and recitals for years to come.” You are invited to hear the 1869 Hook Brothers organ, the oldest operating pipe organ in Colorado, at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1700 W. 10th Avenue in Broomfield, every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. during weekly services. A dedication will take place on Sunday, May 22, beginning at 4:00 p.m., followed by a concert at 5:00 p.m., with guest organists from around the state. Plans are now in the works for a concert series, beginning in the fall of 2016, and details will be released on the church website, www.holycomforterchurch.net Lena Sewell is also the Artistic Director of the Broomfield Children’s Chorus


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Join the Broomfield Music Teachers Association (BMTA) for an inspiring, free, local event at 4:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium – Marvelous Musicales. This is a community recital including performers of all ages and abilities. A Musicale typically includes some singers, string players, and pianists performing, jazz, musical theatre, classical music, and everything in between. The event lasts approximately one hour. If you are interested in performing in a Musicale, visit the BMTA website at www. Broomfieldmta.org and click on “Events” and then scroll down to “Marvelous Musicales” and follow the instructions there. For more information visit www. broomfieldmta.org.

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Start your morning with Broomfield’s City Forester and Horticulture staff for a free demonstration of How to Prune Trees and Shrubs at 9:00 a.m. at Wildgrass Park. Learn what tools to use, how to maintain them, and when to use a professional arborist to prune your trees. Small groups will learn pruning techniques. Professionals will answer questions related to when, why, and how to prune that tree or shrub to keep it healthy and beautiful. Meet at the park shelter, located near Eagle River Loop and Sheridan Boulevard. For information call 303-438-6329.

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AS BROOMFIELD GROWS,

What Forces Are Shaping the

THE CITY’S FUTURE?

A Look at Broomfeld’s Comprehensive Plan By Dan Powers

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hat do we LOVE about Broomfield? city staffers, City Councilors and other experts are “I’ve been a What would we IMPROVE about part of an ongoing public process to clarify trends resident for 40 Broomfield? These are two big and ultimately new draft language with a vision years, and want to questions driving the Broomfield Comprehensive for Broomfield’s future. keep it the special Plan Update process – one of the most important “This is certainly the singularly most citizenplace it always engaged process I’ve seen in my career,” said brainstorming and future-focused efforts in the has been.” Broomfield’s Community Planning Director Dave city’s history. Building on prior years’ goals, City Shimmeman. Many City Councilors have been Council priorities and analysis of numerous coming to task force meetings in addition to the regular updates trends, a new plan will be approved later this year to guide the they hear, according to Dave. The task force receives deeply detailed city’s evolution for the next decade. reports on population, economic trends, demographic changes, Broomfield’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-term policy housing issues, utilities, open space, and more (all available online document with guiding visions and strategies relating to new to the public) and members have been making personal efforts to development, redevelopment, city programs, and services. The engage people to get their input. The overall process includes open Plan was last updated in 2005. According to the city, for the houses, public workshops, and events held in-person and online. Plan to remain valid and effective, it must be reviewed and These opportunities are designed to allow everyone to share their amended to remain current with changing conditions occurring opinions and vision for Broomfield. Residents are encouraged to both within and outside the community. Beginning in the sign up and get the latest news and event schedule by visiting the summer of 2015 a 17-member citizen task force was formed, website: www.broomfield.org/plan. representing a cross-section of Broomfield interests. Multiple

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The Vision Statement from the 2005 Broomfield Comprehensive Plan: “BROOMFIELD: A CITY AND COUNTY OF DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT INSPIRE IDENTITY AND UNITY; WHERE ITS CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE, LEADERSHIP, SELF DETERMINATION, AND INNOVATION IS NURTURED AND PRACTICED; AND WHERE ITS BUSINESSES THRIVE, AND ITS CITIZENS OF ALL AGES ARE PROUD TO LIVE.”

Along with a complete review of the Comp Plan, the update will focus on the following areas; transportation, housing, land use, economic development, social services, open space, parks, and trails, the 120th corridor and other redevelopment opportunities, and historic preservation. In addition to those practical issues, there are certain themes shaping public meetings and all the methods of input: •

Changing demographics and growth projections, and the resulting demands placed on City and County government and the community over the next decade.

Transitioning from a growth-oriented community to a community focused on maintaining and improving existing facilities and neighborhoods while continuing to accommodate anticipated growth.

Enhancing multimodal transportation throughout the community.

The impact of technology, the information it provides, and how this information affects how residents live, work, play, and move.

“I want to make sure that Broomfield becomes a place that people and businesses want to move to in 21st century.”

Broomfield has community “visioneering” in its DNA; the city was one of the first planned communities in Colorado in the 1950s and the County of Broomfield was scoped out and ultimately approved by voters in 2000. “From a planning standpoint, we have had a strong emphasis on all aspects of our growth including transportation,

housing, open space, parks, schools, all such elements,” said Dave. The materials and messaging around the Comp Plan Update build on Broomfield’s historic planning efforts with aspirational language. For example, in the category of Land Use, the vision is to “Create an appropriate and sustainable land use pattern anchored by great neighborhoods and vibrant community activity centers that are linked to create an economic and environmentally sustainable community.” The Resiliency concept said Broomfield will be “a leader in implementing policies that help to create a desirable, resilient, and sustainable community now and for future generations.” The Neighborhoods section said we “Promote a balanced mix of housing types that will meet both current and future residents’ changing needs and conditions and that will support the community’s overall economic development goals.” All this language is far from finalized. “We are in the process of the first drafts of the new plans now,” said Dave. On March 15th the City Council heard an update on the process; preliminary drafts will continue to come out for public review. “I expect by May we will have more clarified language, and through many public input processes we will be heading towards a final approval from Council in August. “In 2011 the City Council did a “I’m interested sustainability plan, and we are looking in a smart use of resources.” to shape the elements in our Comp Plan update to include those priorities,” said Dave. “Themes that we are addressing include water conservation, open space, parks, wildlife, energy efficiency, solid waste management – numerous efforts that can make Broomfield a leader in those types of environmental stewardship.” Dave described how there are a number of goals within the Comp Plan, and a critical caveat is that the city’s boundaries are essentially fixed. “One goal is to direct development to corridors and areas that can be served by a transportation network, which also leads to preserving open space areas.” Dave said a number of communities are doing innovative things, and that the city is also looking outward for best practices that can be implemented here. “How communities are linking water conservation to planning is an “Broomfield has done a good job with growth so far, and I hope to help it continue.”

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“Broomfield is my example of something we’re looking at. We are There are so many factors that need to be hometown, I would working with the Denver Regional Council of weighed together to make the city functional, like to retire here, Governments (DRCOG) to direct development said Tom. “How do we continue to entice and keep the small into high-growth areas and preserve natural businesses to come here, to stay here? What town charm” areas such that less water is needed for outdoor kind of housing do we need? How about health irrigation. “Similarly the 'green edge' concept of and human services – where do those need to preserving land between Boulder and Broomfield Counties be located? What transit is necessary? We have an entire with open space helps us direct growth to certain areas.” population with various particular interests, such as transit, Tom Silvers is the Chair of the citizen task force; he was multi-family housing, retail development, etc. There are also on the task force for the 2005 Comp Plan update. He opportunities for all citizens to comment and the Comp said the team of volunteers on the task force are reaching out Plan is intended to address all these concerns.” to make sure all areas of Broomfield are thoroughly analyzed “The effort of the citizen task force is commendable,” and considered. “I would like to see a better defined vision said Dave. They chose to create smaller working groups, and for Broomfield, a plan that shapes the next couple years and in addition to monthly meetings their smaller groups meet well out into the future – ten years and beyond. We have to more frequently to draft particular language for various think beyond today and consider issues that will face us ten, sections of the plan. “The task force members have taken fifteen, twenty years out. That’s always a challenge.” broad community input and are shaping new language Tom has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission for Council consideration. They have been a joy to work for many years and said he is motivated to volunteer in this with,” said Dave. “I haven’t seen a citizen working group this effort as a nearly 20-year resident. “I consider Broomfield engaged in my 30 years of planning.” my home. I live here, work here, play here, and it’s nice to be After what will have been more than a year of effort, able to give back to the community. One of the best parts is the goal is to have a clear vision and roadmap for the city’s getting to know the other volunteers. Plus I like pondering evolution this summer. With so many macro-economic the vision for our city over the next 20 years. Being able to forces shaping the metro Denver region, it is a lofty yet work with others and contribute to this process is rewarding.” practical and necessary policy effort. “I want to see a plan Tom said the biggest changes since the last Comp that achieves the goals of the community, that we are doing Plan process ten years ago are overall population growth, what the Council and the people of Broomfield say they demographic trends, and all the issues related to those topics. want guiding Broomfield now and into the future,” said For example – Broomfield’s population grew 46%, from Dave. “Ultimately this is a citizen’s plan, borne of many 38,272 to 55,889 between 2000 and 2010. Estimates being people putting in many, many hours,” said Tom. considered by the Task Force are for Broomfield’s population Find detail to the Comp Plan update process, the Task to be 82,081 in 2025. The Broomfield population over age Force, past meeting materials, upcoming meeting agendas, 65 will increase from 7,388 in 2015 to 14,811 in 2030. These and more at www.broomfield.org/plan. projections prompt further considerations regarding services, city expenses, retail “We need to demand, and numerous other factors. maintain the

character of the community.”

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The Future of Transportation

However Broomfield continues to grow and evolve, the transportation needs of our residents, employees, and visitors are at the foundation of how the city functions. Debra Baskett is Broomfield’s Transportation Manager, she said multiple corridors are going to see improvements to address existing and projected transit demands. “We’re looking at widening and adding multi-modal options on Dillon Road and 144th Av. It’s one of the longest continuous east-west corridors in Broomfield, and really over capacity.” A corridor that is high priority for City Council related to the economic development of Broomfield to the north and east is the Hwy 7 and I-25 interchange, as well as a stretch on Hwy 7 to the east known as North Park, with plans for a new town center. “That’s probably the largest


“This is how I’ve chosen to serve my community.”

single development on the radar for the next several years,” said Dave. “That whole area involves planning with Erie and Thornton, and getting that transportation corridor widened and developed will be a key part of the city’s evolution.” “We’re hoping to ultimately have that whole stretch on Hwy 7 widened from Brighton to Boulder,” added Debra. “One of the near-term efforts is a Bus Rapid Transit evaluation study, with the State Hwy 7 Coalition, spearheaded by Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens.” On I-25, the express lanes are being extended north from US 36 to 120th, then to E-470, and Broomfield is working on getting them up to Hwy 7. “On US Hwy 36, we’re working with RTD to fine tune the Bus Rapid Service, which will be ongoing as the region’s bus transit needs grow,” said Debra. “We’re focused on the ‘final mile’ connections which are critical to get people to the BRT stations.” There is also a major construction project that will complete Lowell Boulevard as a four lane arterial from the

recently completed 120th Avenue intersection to East Midway Boulevard. The project will also complete several other important improvements consistent with Broomfield’s Transportation Drainage and Trails Master plan:  

Construct a dedicated right turn at East Midway.

Complete curb sidewalks and landscaping along the Metzger Farm Open Space.

Complete a bridge over the frequently flooding Nissen Channel near 120th Avenue.

Provide a trail underpass to the Metzger Farm Open space.

Upgrade water and storm sewer facilities in Lowell Boulevard.

“Part of the challenge there is that we have to take the road under the railroad tracks, but when we’re done it will be a really good east-west connection,” said Dave. “We have good north-south connections already; we’re improving our east-west corridors now. The Civic Center on Main Street and 120th is also being discussed as a focus area to help create more of a town center.” “Another major coalition we are part of is WestConnect which is looking at the Jefferson Parkway and numerous roads that serve the northwest quadrant of the Metro Denver area,” said Debra. As part of the Comp Plan process, Debra says citizen input has strongly voiced support for more on-street bike lanes and trails for transit opportunities. “We have been prompted to take next steps towards adding more of these lanes and look into our aging neighborhoods to figure out how to integrate bike lanes.”

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Task 2: Visioning (completed) Task 3: Opportunities Task 4: Community Choices Task 5: Strategies + Plan Development Task 6: Draft + Final Plans Quotes source: Broomfield Comprehensive Plan Update citizen task force members’ comments, August 13, 2015 (not attributed by name)

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Looking Into Broomfield's

Crystal Ball FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR...

By Mayor, Randy Ahrens

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hen contemplating what Broomfield may look like in twenty years, several things come to mind. Being raised in the Star Trek era we have witnessed how once futuristic “communicators” become the gadgets of our current cell phone driven society. We’ve seen the emergence of large corporations looking to expand their offerings from iPads to iCars. Google plans to offer driverless automobiles perhaps someday eliminating the need for RTD-based Call & Rides. When Broomfield initially incorporated we had about 4,000 residents. Currently we are the 570th largest city in our nation. With a current estimated 68,000 residents and a build-out goal of roughly 125,000, we rank in the top 12 in Colorado for largest county population. In time, perhaps we will have high-rise community housing of 12 stories in transportation-oriented districts, pushing the estimated build-out even higher. Water is an issue our council has solved if we remain at the current goal, but new water conservation measures will certainly be enacted as the city grows. Soon we will construct the largest dam structure in the state called Chimney Hollow Reservoir near Lake Carter. High-tech firms are continuously pushing the envelope with new technologies and will greatly impact our city’s future. Contemplate real-time traffic coordination via satellites controlling driverless cars. Will we see the elimination of fossil-fuel based transportation giving way to nuclear – or solar-powered options? Amazon is testing home retail delivery via drones. With the development of driverless technology, perhaps home delivery of groceries and other goods will be the mainstay of the future. Due to increased Internet purchasing, communities face retail sales tax collection erosion. Recently some online companies have agreed to allow the state to collect a 2.9% sales tax but that leaves local municipalities short changed. I think that over time all corporate Internet sales will be taxed. If not, communities will have to investigate alternative methods of funding, such as an increase in property taxes. More and more we’ll be witnesses to machine-to-machine transactions eventually minimizing the need to carry any cash. Imagine typing in your order before you arrive at a fast food joint. Upon arrival your car will be identified by an RFID device and you will pick up your waiting order. In twenty years I predict we’ll have most of the missing links in our trail system

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complete. We will have constructed a new library and a Health and Human Services annex in the north area of town. We will have direct access to taxpayer funded Fast Track trains and will have implemented many Last Mile transit solutions for riders. Bus Rapid Transit will be a reality along Hwy 7. Plans for US 287 and I-25 systems will be in the works. The Civic Center retail area will be open and be one of many valued gathering places within our city. Additionally, we will enjoy plenty of youth ball fields and a classy dog park. I’m looking forward to enjoying the changes and to someday re-reading this article which will possibly be kept under glass at an expanded Depot Museum.


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FRIENDS of Broomfield

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FRIENDS of Broomfield will host its annual fundraiser Friday, May 6. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at the program’s facility at 11851 Saulsbury St. in Broomfield. FRIENDS previously hosted an annual wine event but has switched

to a western-themed hoedown this year called Friends Go West. All proceeds from the signature event will supplement the organization’s day, residential, social, and supported employment programs. The organization hopes to raise $80,000 during the fundraiser. Guests are encouraged to don their boots and bling and enjoy live country music, dancing, grub, old time poker and roulette, signature drinks, and favorite western characters. Several prizes will be awarded, including an Apple Watch, and a live auction will feature a Disneyland family getaway, a Caribbean cruise, a wine cellar, and more. Tickets are $100 per person until April 22 and $125 per person after that date. “It will be an exciting event and we hope to see many community members join us for the excitement at the FRIENDS’ Place,” said Gina Coufal, executive director of FRIENDS of Broomfield. FRIENDS of Broomfield was launched in 1998 as a grassroots parent advocacy network focused on families hoping to improve the lives of their children with developmental disabilities. The organization’s name stands for Fun, Recreation, Inclusive, Experiences, Networking, and Discovering the Spirit. Initially, the organization provided advocacy, support, information sharing, referrals, and assistance finding community resources. FRIENDS also was instrumental in establishing the local Special Olympics program and Therapeutic Recreation. The organization later became a nonprofit provider agency aimed at helping families navigate school-based assistance programs and the Medicaid system, as well as providing direct services for teens aging out of public school programs into adulthood.

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The organization provides several programs, including a day program started in 2005. Targeted at adults over 18 years old, the program engages participants in recreational, educational, and cultural activities, including swimming, gymnastics, weight training, art, cooking, computers, music, and dance classes. The organization also provides residential program models from host homes to independent living arrangements designed to transition participants to an independent lifestyle by teaching skills such as money management, shopping, meal preparation, routine household care, self advocacy, public transportation, and building social networks. Supported Employment is the newest program offered by FRIENDS of Broomfield. The program helps participants obtain work and provides support to ensure success in the workplace. Services include job development, assistance with job searches, help through the interview process, and on-the-job training and support. FRIENDS of Broomfield also provides opportunities for social engagement. More than 80 adults participate in the organization’s programs. The organization opened a new facility in 2013 that allowed it to modernize its services and create an integrated, accessible, and community-based environment that supports the idea of a place to belong for young adults with developmental disabilities. The organization is a state-certified, nonprofit, 501(C)3 charitable organization that counts on grants, donations, and fundraising. In addition to the Friends Go West fundraiser, the organization also is planning a variety show in October at the Broomfield Auditorium. Other fundraising events may include a benefit ride in cooperation with a local Harley Davidson Chapter in late summer.

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Spring Salads By Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

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ou know you should eat more salad, but sometimes salads are just so… boring. Bland iceberg lettuce, mealy out-of-season tomatoes, and chemical-laden dressing? No thanks. Fresh greens and other delicious and healthy spring ingredients are just coming into season, and it’s the perfect time to experiment with interesting salad combinations. Think texture, contrast, and color! Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make your own customized salad dressings: the general ratio is three parts oil to one part acid, but that allows for infinite variety. Try different oils, including avocado or sesame, and change up the acid between lemon juice, red wine vinegar or any other citrus or vinegar. Combine in a Mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, season generously with salt and pepper and shake well. The dressing will keep refrigerated indefinitely and a quick shake will recombine the ingredients if they’ve separated. Never buy expensive store-bought dressing filled with mysterious and unpronounceable ingredients again!

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Roasted Beet and Endive Salad with Walnut-Tarragon Vinaigrette

You can either roast or boil the beets for this salad, but roasting concentrates the vegetable’s sugars and imparts an earthier sweetness. Tarragon and vinegar are lovely counterparts to bitter endive and roasted beets. If you can find a variety of colored beets, by all means use them here.

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2 tbsp. chopped walnuts 2 tbsp. tarragon vinegar 2 tbsp. walnut oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or to taste) 4 Belgian endives, cut into bite-size pieces

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2 cooked beets, peeled and sliced 4 oz. soft fresh goat cheese Snipped chives Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: 1. Lightly toast walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat. Watch carefully; walnuts should turn golden but can burn quickly. 2. In Mason jar, shake together vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Divide dressing between two bowls. 3. Toss endive with dressing in one bowl and beets in second bowl. Arrange endive on individual plates, spoon beets over the top, garnish with walnuts, goat cheese, and chives and serve immediately.


Cucumber and Avocado Salad Ingredients:

Directions: 1. In medium bowl, combine cucumber with onion, garlic, oil and vinegar. Toss together, season generously with salt and pepper and set aside to marinate for 10-15 minutes.

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2. Just before serving, gently fold avocado and parsley into cucumber mixture. Taste again and adjust for seasoning – this salad should have a nice fresh zippy acidity to it. Serve immediately as is or over chilled salad greens. This salad is brighter in flavor if served at room temperature, but it can certainly be served straight from the fridge too. (Just be wary of adding the avocado too soon, as it will darken and change the lovely fresh spring green colors of the salad.)

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roomfield teenager, Maya Claridge, was bullied for more than two years in middle school and said it was the “darkest and loneliest” time of her life. Now a freshman at Legacy High School, Claridge, an actress and singer represented both locally and in Los Angeles, uses her talent to reach out to other kids who are being bullied via the Bullied to Bold tour. (www.BulliedToBold.com) On the tour, Claridge visits middle schools, youth groups, and a variety of youth organizations throughout the community, sharing her story and inspiring others toward both survival and change. Claridge’s message isn’t powerful because her experience with bullying was worse than what others face, but rather that it is similar to what thousands of kids are facing every day.  Those who are walking in her shoes are able to relate to her and are given hope that if she can overcome, they can too. Addressing such tactics as name-calling, exclusion, rumor-spreading, lying, and cyberbullying, Claridge speaks not only to

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victims, but to bystanders and bullies as well, urging them to “Stop Hate Before it’s too Late.” Bullying has become an epidemic in our schools and in our communities. According to the Center for Disease Control more than 4,400 young people (between the ages of 10-24) commit suicide every year.  For every one of those, one hundred more attempt it and bullying, in particular cyberbullying, is a huge factor. “Cyberbullying is powerful because it makes you realize you’re not safe anywhere.  Even in the privacy of your own home, where you should feel secure, the bullies can still reach you,” Claridge explained.  Bullying comes with side effects and Claridge talks openly about them. From self-consciousness, insecurity, low self-esteem, and inability to concentrate, to physical illness, truancy, slipping grades, nightmares, cutting, self-hatred, depression, and suicidal thoughts, to name a few.  Claridge points out that bullying victims suffer quietly, without anyone noticing because their bruises are on the inside where no one can see. “This makes you feel that much more alone,” she said. “You get to a point where you just want the pain to stop and you’ll do anything to stop hurting.” Claridge’s objective is to stop kids from getting to that point.  She encourages them to put down their fear, to put down the words and actions of others that hurt them and to put down the things they use to hurt themselves. “Don’t let the hurt keep you enslaved,” she sings in her new hit single entitled, PUT IT DOWN, released in January by Indasoul Records and available for download on iTunes. “I wrote the song to tell everyone that no matter what they are facing, no matter how awful it seems, they can overcome it,” Claridge said. In addition to the tour, which is booked through the end of April, Claridge has written a book entitled, Put it Down, in which she shares her story and how to go from bullied to bold.  Published by Global Publishing Group, the book will be released this spring. In it Claridge calls her generation to the mat, stating, “Bullying is our issue and we owe it to ourselves, our families and our friends to put an end to it.”


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Over the past two months I have had a chance to write about the Chamber’s past and present. But what does the future hold? For a Chamber that has been around for 56 years, the future must include the evolution of that business to mirror the growth and innovation of the community where it resides. A Chamber is a business. We face all of the same challenges as any other small business. Our customers, or clients, are the businesses that make up the Chamber and the residents that make up the community. Our product is access: access to connections, access to community, and access for businesses. While the Chamber is no longer the “only show in town” offering Leads Groups and Networking Events, we have developed lasting and valuable connections and resources that the community and members can leverage for their own success. Where it was once thought that Facebook and LinkedIn would provide an almost virtual Chamber experience, time has proven that nothing can be as powerful as faceto-face connections and relationship building. We will continue to strengthen the relationships we have with our strategic partners to sustain economic vitality locally and regionally. We have recently created a new partnership with the Boulder and Longmont Chambers, the Northwest Chamber Alliance, bringing together business leaders to focus on solutions for the northwest region. Some of the issues we are currently reviewing are transportation, affordable housing, and municipal broadband. The future direction of the Broomfield Chamber will also include representation of the private sector in regards to business and economic development. This is actually a role that was once part of the Chamber’s past, but as many areas are experiencing across the United States, business and economic development efforts are a perfect fit for a Chamber of Commerce and we are excited to once again have that focus as part of our overall efforts. So, while our focus is still on the immediate future of the Chamber, we can’t rule out arriving at a Member Spotlight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in a flying car.

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Apr16 The Broomfielder™  

This month we take a look at some of the future plans that will guide the city’s evolution for the next decade and beyond.

Apr16 The Broomfielder™  

This month we take a look at some of the future plans that will guide the city’s evolution for the next decade and beyond.