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FREE Olympus Junior High Students Earn Bank By Bryan Scott


wo teams of local students from Olympus Junior High earned top national finishes in the Lexus Eco Challenge. One team brought home $10,000, while the other received $25,000 for their performance. Each year, seventh-grade science teacher JoAnne Brown works with her gifted and talented students to enter the national contest, sponsored by Lexus. This year Mrs. Brown had seven teams compete. Two of the teams won their regional contests, earning each a $10,000 prize. Each of the teams chose a community project, best described as an “Eagle Scout-type” project. For example, one team spent the day cleaning up the area around Suicide Rock, while another promoted a cell phone recycling program. The Crushers, a team of five students, used old, recycled bikes to build a can crusher named Serk-E. The kids had identified that the school district only focused on recycling

paper and not other material. This, coupled with the fact that most students in the school and district were unwilling to participate in recycling programs, inspired the team to show that recycling can be fun. The second team to win the regional contest, and who eventually went on to win the national prize this year, was comprised of five seventh-grade students. The team consisted of Abigail Pederson, Nathan Delis, Kate Wiseman, Carson Barnes, and Josh Bonham. This team, recognizing a global concern that they thought they could bring local awareness to, chose to focus on cell phone recycling. Last year Apple launched their new iPhone 6; during the last three months of the year, the company sold 75 million of these phones. This was exciting for consumers and shareholders, but was less-

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Opening The Door to Fine Arts

e all remember that one teacher who opened our minds to a solution to a problem we hadn’t imagined we could solve, or recognized a talent we didn’t realize we possessed. I know if it wasn’t for my eighth grade English teacher, I might not have discovered my passion for writing. This was also the case with Granite School District’s fine arts specialist, Tamara Burnside. It was Burnside’s fifth grade year when her teacher, Miss Korn, displayed Burnside’s drawing on a bulletin board. Giving praise to her students for their hard work was not typical to Miss Korn’s teaching philosophy. But, by the simple act of recognizing Burnside’s work, her door into the world of fine arts had been opened. “Art is a personal reflection of

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one’s thoughts and feelings. When an artist receives recognition for their impressions on life, it is a validation of their worth. If I can, at 57, look back and remember having my art acknowledged when I was 10, I

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programs help to inspire students and open their hearts and minds to the fine arts.” would say it encouraged me to continue to draw and create art,” Burnside said. She continued to further her studies, double majoring in fine art and elementary

By Bridget James education at Westminster College. She studied art education throughout Europe, working as a teaching assistant in museums and in schools. She taught elementary education for 12 years then furthered her studies at BYU, receiving a Masters of Art Education. Following this, she accepted a teaching position at Olympus Junior High in Holladay. In November of 1994, Burnside began her teaching career at OJH. Following the extensive education in the fine arts and education, Burnside was able to apply her passion for the arts and her discipline in the studies and began working with OJH students. Throughout the eight years she taught at OJH, she traveled with art students to New York and Europe. For the OJH art students who were fortunate enough to go on these study abroad trips, they were experiences of a lifetime. In 2003, Burnside was hired on as the K-12 fine arts specialist in the Granite School District. For the next couple of years, she continued to teach ,while taking on her new role with the district. By 2006, she was hired on full-time with the district. It’s in this position where she developed curriculum “maps” for teachers to use as pacing guides for the state core curriculum. She also helped bring art programs into schools, such as the Beverly Taylor Sorensen Arts Learning Program and Tanner Dance, in which some Cottonwood- Holladay schools participate. In addition, she helped bring a Granite School District dance concert


Artwork by Tamara Burnside: Capri (far left), Making a Living in Agra, India (top right), and Corpus Christi Day in Granada, Spain (bottom right).

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to Cottonwood High School, which was held in February. (You can find more information about this on the Granite School District web site.) “I believe all of these programs help to inspire students, and open their hearts and minds to the fine arts,” Burnside said. Despite her busy career working with teachers and opening the minds of many aspiring young artists, she still continues to create her own art. After all, she understands all too well the importance of creating art and having that art be recognized by others. Theodore F. Wolff, art critic and author of “The Many Masks of Modern Art”, sums up Burnside’s vision: “What any artist wants most passionately is one other person on the face of this globe who will be able to share what is most precious and real to him through his art. This can be an ideal, a belief, a faith, a sense of fun, a tragic vision of life, a particular delight – or it can be his or her sense of the reality and texture of life.” l m i ss i o n s tate m e n t

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Students Earn Bank continued from page 1 than-awesome news for the environment. So, these five students decided that they could do something about the issue and created a schoolwide recycling program for cell phones. With the support of local businesses like Chick-fil-A (Sugarhouse), Cariloha and Del Sol, the students gave incentives to students and teachers to bring in their old cell phones. The incentive worked, and over 500 phones were collected by the students.

They were then able to sell the phones to a recycling company, earning nearly $500, which was donated to the Nature Conservatory. The team could have stopped there. Instead, they held another drive which brought in another 500 phones, creating an additional $400 in cash which was again donated to the Nature Conservatory. Mrs. Brown sees this challenge not only as a great educational experience for the students, but also as a great way to raise money for the school. Some of the funds earned from the winnings have been used to fund the

outdoor classroom. This year’s national winning team was the sixth team to win the national prize under Mrs. Brown’s tutelage. Since 2007, Mrs. Brown’s students have won over $330,000 in the Lexus Eco Challenge. However, Mrs. Brown doesn’t keep all the money; in fact, she doesn’t keep much of it at all. The majority of the money was split up and given to the students who earned the prize. When asked how they would use their winnings, most of the students said it would go toward saving for college. l

Eighth National Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks-Off! We know teenagers can be loud, but their small actions speak volumes. Committed young students from across the country have demonstrated that they can make an impact and make the world a better place, just by learning about the environment and taking steps to make it better for their communities and world. Through the Lexus Eco Challenge, more than 26,000 middle and high school students have earned over $4.5 million for themselves, their teachers, and their schools.  The challenge has opened up again and students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships.  Lexus and Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have joined together to create the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational program. In its eighth year, the Lexus Eco Challenge is an educational program and contest for teens across the U.S. in grades 6-12 that inspires and empowers young people to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.  Teams of students can enter one or both of the first two challenges, which are focused on Land & Water and Air & Climate, respectively.  New this year, the challenges will run simultaneously, allowing the teams a wider window to complete their action plans.  Winners from each challenge are then invited to go on to participate in the Final Challenge, with a top prize of $30,000 for both the winning middle and high school teams.


The Lexus Eco Challenge also includes supplemental educational materials created and distributed by Scholastic that support Common Core skills and encourage teachers to integrate creative lesson plans about the environment into their classrooms. For each challenge, the website (www. scholastic.com/lexus) has lesson plans and teacher instructions, including questions to help guide a discussion about the current challenge topic, facts about the topic, and guidelines for a specific classroom project. Competition to reward environmental action helps young people apply what they’ve learned in class through the program and empowers them to make improvements in their community by participating in the

eco-focused team challenges.          “It’s exciting to see year after year, the creative and inspiring action plans put together by these young students for the Lexus Eco Challenge,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager.  “These students show the incredible promise their generation has as they tackle environmental issues in their communities and around the world.”


Middle and high school teams, comprised of five to ten students and one to two teacher advisor(s), are invited to define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results. Each of the challenges will have 16 winning teams– eight middle school and eight high school teams. The winning teams will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants to be shared among the students, teacher and school.  In addition, the winning action plans will be featured on a special webpage to inspire other students to take action in their communities. In January 2015, the winning teams from the first two challenges were invited to participate in the Final Challenge.  Teams will be asked to reach beyond the local community and inspire environmental action around the world through innovative ideas that are communicated to a wide audience. From the Final Challenge entries, eight first-place teams and two grand-prize-winning teams were selected.  Each of the eight first-place teams received a total of $15,000 in grants and scholarships, and the two grand-prize-winning teams each received $30,000. The money will be shared by the students, their teacher advisors and their schools.


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Business Boot Camps To Be Held In Cottonwood Heights By Tom Haraldsen


otential business owners and leaders are invited to participate in a series of four sessions of Business Boot Camp on Thursday nights in May at Cottonwood Heights City Hall (1265 East Fort Union Blvd.). The city’s Community and Economic Development Department is offering the free classes for anyone operating or planning to start a business, in or out of Cottonwood Heights. Guest speakers with expertise in the business community will conduct the boot camp sessions that run from 6:30-8 p.m. each Thursday. On May 7, Annette Pieper, founder of Business Success Consulting and Vision 2 Reality Training, will give a class on creating a business plan. May 14’s session will feature Kathy Ricci, CEO and executive director of the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, speaking on finding funding for business. On May 21, Jaelynn Jenkins, an attorney, will discuss identifying the

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Cottonwood Heights Police To Try New Method For Hiring Officers By Tom Haraldsen


sk most any police chief in the state right now, and you’ll hear the same thing. Finding candidates to hire as police officers has become an ongoing challenge. So, Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo is taking a different, and very proactive approach, to finding new officers—he’s seeking after those who aren’t currently engaged in the profession and may not even be thinking about it. “The profession isn’t what it used to be in a lot of people’s minds,” he said. “It used to be that an officer could put in 20 years and retire at 50 percent of their salary, with an additional 2 percent for each additional year to a maximum of 70 percent of their salary. But under the retirement system now, that’s been changed to 35 percent after 25 years of service. Obviously, it’s not as lucrative as it once was.” Russo said that in addition to the pay, public sentiment towards police in general has also changed greatly. All of the recent media attention with regards to officer-involved incidents has cast a negative light on the profession.

So Cottonwood Heights City has posted a job announcement for a full-time police recruit (view the posting online at cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/human_ resources.employment). The recruitment is for Non-LEO Certified Applicants only… in other words, someone not currently on the road to becoming a police officer. “We want to recruit the most educated individuals we can, hire them, pay their way through the academy and training, then have them join the department,” he said. “The academy lasts for 16 weeks and our training for 14 weeks, so we’re offering to make a big investment in them. Essentially, we’re paying for them to get a college education, and then offering them a job right out of the gate once they get trained.” Russo said the candidate(s) hired through the program will be asked to commit to the city for three years. He said the city’s compensation package for officers is one of the best in the state, so such a commitment shouldn’t be hard for candidates to agree to. “I think we make it very attractive

for our officers to stay with us,” he said. “We’ve only lost one to another police department in the city’s history.” There are a number of steps in the application process, and the next POST training begins on July 6. All required application steps must be completed well

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in advance of that. “It’s been difficult to find qualified candidates through the usual methods we’ve used in the past,” he said. “This gives both potential candidates and us in the department a fresh new way of finding and hiring new officers.” l

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HOLLADAY CITY G O V E R N M E N T B E AT By Carol Hendrycks Holladay City seized the opportunity with Zion’s Bank to lock in a refinance rate at 2.5%, resulting in an average cost savings of $93,000/ year with no additional fees over the life of the 15 year bond term ,set to be paid off by December 2020. The savings and debt reduction offers flexibility towards housing funds, administrative costs, and is projected to accommodate new development growth through 2021. A vote on the RDA resolution is set for the next council meeting.

PLAYGROUND NEARING FUNDRAISING GOAL Excitement and community support are building for the new Holladay City playground. Another generous resident offered $2,000 in the past week, reaching the $200,000 mark. Donations continue to pour in from private donors and residents to help meet the $250,000 goal and opening set for the Fourth of July. The playground

equipment is funded by the Holladay City Foundation (nonprofit). Holladay City mayor Rob Dahle recently visited the Millcreek Recreation Center to observe the numbers of families and children at the Millcreek playground and how busy a central gathering place it has become. The mayor spoke with several residents there and notes their enthusiasm for the upcoming Holladay playground.

The comments came as a renewed vision for the Holladay playground and a confirmation that city government and community collaboration work. Site designs are underway as the council narrows down proposals with two local firms pending a final decision before April 9th.


CLARITY FOR SOLAR PANEL FEES There’s no doubt that building energy-efficient homes and businesses is a wise choice, and healthy for Utahns. However, a concerned Holladay resident sparked the question about the cost of solar panel installation fees on top of being environmentally responsible. Currently, her fee stands at $400, based on 1997 codes and permits. The average installation cost per resident in 2014 was $787. Permits can range from $40 to $400 Paul Allred, Holladay City Community Development Director, brought clarity to the council regarding fees for residents and commercial property. He explains Holladay charges a solar permit based upon the systems value, rather than

a fee per kilowatt or flat rate. Labor and inspection costs vary for the size property, which determine the size of the solar panel kit for the home or property. Commercial building permits for large construction sites are based on a sliding scale and scope of the project. This leaves room for new justification for lowering fees, particularly for smaller homes like a single-family dwelling. The council agreed that there is need for further discussion and study on scope or size of a project and related energy efficiencies. Recommendations were made for solar panel installation fees for residents at $112 and for commercial installations $262, which is based on the average time it takes for inspections, which take one and a half hours on average at $75 per hour. Councilman Lynn Pace calls for a better evaluation on this matter and for the council to look at other areas that are similar that may be affected by permit costs and codes. No change in fee was made at this time, and necessary research is being conducted and requires more discussion before a vote. Homeowners and businesses are encouraged to go solar, as projected savings are high for the return on investment. For more information about energy savings, visit energy.utah.gov

SEASONAL HELP NEEDED Holladay City is looking for parttime employees to weed, help with lawn cleanup and general maintenance. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Salary is $9 per hour and must be able to work four to five hours a day. For more information please contact Randy Fitts, Holladay City Manager at 801-272-9450 or rfitts@cityofholladay.com. l

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ount Olympus Senior Center is located at 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road. Phone 385-468-3130 for more information. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. The cost is $2; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Fridays, 1p.m. — Vital Aging: Coping with Pain. Living with chronic pain can be very difficult. This class will provide an opportunity for individuals suffering from chronic pain to share their stories in an atmosphere of support and empathy. Information and guidance for dealing with chronic pain will be discussed. We will explore the mind-body connection to help find relief from pain, practice relaxation and distraction techniques. April 2, 10 a.m. — What Do My Dreams Mean? Have you ever wondered why you dream or what your dreams might mean? Lis Jolley, a clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience in dream work, will be teaching a class to answer the questions you have and help interpret your dreams. April 6, 10 a.m. — Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions. April is Arab-American History month, so in honor of this, the center will be having Professor Asaad Al-Saleh to teach about the Arab culture and discuss his book: “Voices of the Arab Spring April 6, 20, 9 a.m.to Noon.; Suggested donation $10 — Massages. Appointments needed. April 7 — Birthday Tuesday. Come to the center for a special celebration lunch. The menu is meatloaf and gravy with birthday cupcakes while listening to the musical talents of Debbie Bowers. Suggested lunch donation $3. April 8, 1 p.m. — Beginning Flower Arranging. Frances Merrill will share her knowledge of flower arranging. Come learn this art and take home a beautiful bouquet.

Suggested donation is $7 for supplies, payable to Frances. Only five spots available, so be sure to sign up. April 9, 11 a.m. — Bataan Death March This April marks the 73rd anniversary of the Bataan Death March where 75,000 POWs were forced to march over 60 miles and thousands of lives were lost along the way. Author and historian Kenny Kemp will be here to share more about this tragic story. April 13, 9 a.m. — Canyon Hiking for the Active Participant. Participants will do a three mile hike in Hidden Hollow and around Sugarhouse Park. On April 27, participants will do a three mile hike in Parleys Gulch. For all hikes, participants carpool to the trailhead, leaving the center at 9 a.m. sharp. 10:30 a.m. — Master Gardner: Gardening 101. Leah, a Master Gardner, is coming to share with us basic vegetable gardening techniques, soil testing, watering methods and also to discuss landscaping and what plants are native to Utah that will flourish in your yard. 1 p.m. — Audiology. Brent Fox of Audiology Associates will be available to check your hearing aids. Please sign up for a time. April 14, 10 a.m. — If you Don’t Snooze, You Lose. Over 60 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders, so the center invited Mt. Olympus Rehabilitation Center here to teach a class on how to get a better night’s rest, why it is so important, what we can do to improve our sleep and give our body the rest that it needs. 11 a.m. — Essential Oils for Insomnia and Sleep. Essential oils can have many health benefits and sometimes replace over-thecounter drugs. Learn more about the oils that aid in insomnia and sleep. April 15, 10 a.m. — Blood Glucose Checks April 16, 12:30 p.m. — Memoirs of My African Safari. AYL TV’s Reece Stein, an outdoor enthusiast and world traveler, will be sharing his photos and experiences from his African Safari.

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April 17, 1 p.m. — The California Zephyr: From San Francisco to Chicago. Historian Daniel Kuhn will be back to present on the history, geography and railroad operations of this historic route. Come experience some of the west’s best scenery and most interesting railroad operations as seen from one of the nation’s most famous trains. April 20, 11 a.m. — Got junk? If you have clutter, old documents, or just want to simplify your life, then this class is for you. Sandra DeBry, a professional organizer from “Organize and Simplify Me” is holding a class on how to throw out what you don’t need and organize what you do. 11 a.m. — Attorney Appointments. Mike Jensen with Elder Law, will be at the center for free 20 minute appointments. Make appointments at the front desk April 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Podiatry. Dr. Robert Church will come to the center. Sign up for an appointment. $10 Donation payable to Dr. Church. April 21, 2 p.m. — Book Club. Come discuss “Ordinary Grace” by Kent Krueger.

April 23, 11 a.m. — iPad Class 11 a.m. — Healing with Energy. This class will introduce the concept of the use of our electrical fields and the power of our minds to enhance the natural healing abilities for our bodies. This class will also touch on the idea of color therapy and how it can be used in sync with energy to work to maximize the positive effect on the body. Taught by Mary Norton, TTP, CTP.

Aril 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; $20. — Wendover Trip. Please sign up for this trip by Friday, April 17. A sign-up sheet and box are available at the front desk for your payment, payable to advisory committee. April 22 11:30 a.m. — Volunteer Recognition. Invitations for the current and/or 2014 volunteers can be picked up at the front desk. Your lunch reservation with Cheryl will be your RSVP. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 14. New Fiddlers will be performing. Mt. Olympus volunteers will be thanked and recognized at the luncheon with a complimentary meal. April 24, 10:30 a.m. — Stem Cell Therapy. Dudley Medical and Wellness is sending a nurse practitioner to our center to talk about joint rejuvenation, joint health, nutrition and stem cell therapy. April 27, 11 a.m. — That’s Not Me. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. and every two seconds a new identity theft crime is committed. Bill Nieves from Black Dragon Self Defense will be teaching a class on precautions to take to prevent yourself from falling victim of this heinous crime. April 30, 12:30 p.m. — “The Wilderness Within.” Dr. Daniel Dustin from the U of U will be discussing his book, “The Wilderness Within”, which talks about life as being inherently risky and that to live life to its fullest, one has to learn to face one’s fears, embrace the risk, and give it a go. The discussion will also be about a variety of journeys he has taken in his life and what he has learned along the way. Fridays, beginning May 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Stepping On. Come for a seven week workshop where you’ll learn exercises and strategies to help prevent you from falling. This is a very important class for everyone. This workshop is proven to reduce falls in older adults. May 5, 11:30 a.m. — Cinco de Mayo Party. The West Side Dancers will provide authentic Mexican dancing. l

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FOX13 reported last month on progress being made toward future development of the Cottonwood Mall site. It referenced past announcements from Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC—the property owner) of agreements with Smith’s, Megaplex Theaters (The Larry H. Miller Companies) and Ivory Homes as future anchor partners for the project. They mistakenly reported that Smith’s was scheduled to break ground in 2016. We have received numerous calls and inquiries as a result of the broadcast. With the caveat that I am not an official spokesman for the HHC, I’ll do my best to address these inquiries. The city has been very careful to

communicate that though these agreements are reasons to be optimistic, it was not a formal announcement from HHC that the project is officially underway. I have never heard from them that Smith’s is scheduled to break ground in 2016; that is an unfounded rumor. We have every reason to believe that they are working diligently to put the requisite pieces in place that will allow them to begin the project. They are obviously not there yet. This continues to be the overriding topic of concern in our community. There is no doubt that the announcements last summer created confusion within our community. We’ll continue to update you on progress as that information is made available to us. But for now, there is nothing further to report beyond the initial announcements last summer. —Rob Dahle

EN PLEIN AIRE The Arts Council is excited to announce the artists for the En Plein Aire event this year. Tom Howard and John Hughes will be holding workshop at Olympus Hills Park on June 6th and 13th. Registration will be at 8:00 a.m. and the workshops will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will also be a competition and reception at Holladay City Hall in the Little Cottonwood Room on June 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate in the workshops and there will be a youth category for the competition. Please see our website for fee information and applications. The 5th Blue Moon Arts Festival is scheduled for July 31st this year. The Arts Council & Holladay City are making plans now so save the date. This event will be fun for the whole family. It will be filled with music, food, art, children activities, local vendors and it’s a Blue Moon that night. You can’t beat that. Visit us at www.HolladayArts.org

Improved Bike Route Facilities Coming Soon By City Staff Armed with $200,000 from two grants – one from Salt Lake County and one from the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Transportation Alternative Program – the City of Holladay is excited to implement improved bike route signage and facilities starting this summer. The project involves refreshing existing on-road bike lanes on 2300 East and Holladay Boulevard. The City will also demarcate more informal routes with wayfinding signage and pavement directional markings on 2000 East, Lynne Lane, Terra Linda Drive, 2700 East, Lincoln Lane, Holladay Boulevard, Murray-Holladay Road, Wander Lane, 4510 South, 5255 South, Fardown Avenue, and 6200 South. The City will not be changing vehicle lanes, adding new dedicated bike lanes, nor creating new parking prohibitions along any of the proposed routes. These improvements are intended to

provide our residents with safer, local bicycle routes – connecting schools, residential areas, economic centers, transit, surrounding communities, and regional recreational amenities. This project represents the first phase of a series of proposed bicycle network enhancements. Additional phases are planned for bicycle facilities in all corners of our community. We appreciate the assistance and recommendations of the City’s Bicycle Committee in this effort. For additional information, please contact Paul Allred, Community Development Director, at 801-527-3890 or pallred@ cityofholladay.com.

Holladay History Night Circle your calendars on Wednesday, May 27th for the 2nd Annual Holladay History Night presented by the Holladay Historical Commission at City Hall. A new DVD, Chapter 2 of Holladay's history, will be shown and coupled with displays, pictures, artifacts, pioneer entertainment, and refreshments.

City Of Holladay • 4580 South 2300 East • 801.272.9450 • www.CityOfHolladay.com

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Safety First . . . Use Common Sense . . . It is important to stay off of private property. Wear gloves, work clothes, and bring your own rakes, shovels, and brooms.


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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Jim Palmer, District 5 jpalmer@cityofholladay.com 801-274-0229 Randy Fitts, City Manager rfitts@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247

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GOAL $250,000


Thank you to all the donors who have given generously to the Holladay City Playground project. Current donations total about $190,000. The Foundation is so close to our goal of $250,000, and we need your help to ensure the playground has the very best features. The Foundation wants to include ADA-accessible elements to ensure all parents and children can enjoy play together, and install sun shades over the playground. The sun shades will provide critical sun protection, help prevent skin cancer, and regulate the temperature of the playground equipment to prevent injury or discomfort during play. If you would like to contribute to these important playground components, please make a donation online at http://holladayplayground.wix. com/holladay-playground. The Foundation, along with the City of Holladay, issued a request for proposals to potential playground equipment vendors in February. The bids are currently under review. The final vendor selection is expected in early April, followed by the playground design phase. The project is still on track for a June/July 2015 opening date. Help us make our City’s dream playground a reality —donate today!

$190,000 RAISED!


The 2015 Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K will take place on Saturday April 18th beginning at 6:00am so plan your day accordingly. The race will come through the City of Holladay starting at 3900 S. and 2300 E. The route will follow 2300 E. southbound to 4600 S. then back northbound on Holladay Blvd to 4500 S. and then west through Highland Drive. The runners should be through Holladay by about 11:30 am.

Super Fans Needed at SLC Marathon Holladay Aid Station The City of Holladay is happy to host an aid station for runners at 4611 S. Holladay Boulevard, just North of Burton Lumber. We want to make the runner’s experience of our community stand out amongst the rest - the City could win up to $1,000! Help us bring home the prize and welcome runners to our fine City. Super fans, Cub Scout groups, sports teams, clubs, and supporters of all ages are invited to come out and join in the fun. Come armed with signs of encouragement (“You can do it!”), dress up in costumes, paint your face, and bring noise makers. Runners will only be traveling through Holladay from about 8:00–11:00. You can come for a few minutes or stay until the last runner. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the action!

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SATURDAY, MAY 16TH 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. It’s that time of the year again! Spring cleaning. Time to clean up and clear out all that’s accumulated over these long winter months and prepare and beautify our homes for the summer. This year dumpsters will be located in the Holladay City Hall parking lot directly behind City Hall. Please direct any questions to Tosh Kano at 272-9450.

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Olympus Junior High Hosts Annual Play By Bridget James


t’s that time of year again when Olympus Junior High hosts a play that entertains an audience of all ages. And who doesn’t love musicals? With past performances including such classics as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Grease” and “The Little Mermaid”. “Annie Jr.” took center stage at Olympus Junior High on March 12, 13, 14 and 16. With the amount of time and effort put into this play, it’s no wonder the show was a hit.

“Over the past several months the students, teachers, parents, and families have worked together in rehearsals, after hours, or weekends, in helping create this uniquely collaborative project,” Zeke Totland, director of “Annie Jr.” said. Not only does the cast and crew spend countless hours rehearsing, but families and the community get involved to help make their shows a success. Teachers contribute to the show in multiple ways. They bring their own talents to the stage by aiding with producing, painting, costuming, lighting and sound. Parents donate their time and money to help with building sets, costuming the performers and supporting the cast and crew to help them achieve their performance goals. “It’s truly amazing how theater can bring people together and definitely one of the reasons I was drawn to the profession of directing years ago,” Totland said. And with the strong community involvement in OJH’s annual plays, no one can argue why. Totland began working at OJH four

years ago when, with music director Jayne Springman, set set out to make OJH and The Bulldog Theater Company the best junior high theater group possible. After completing four years of classic musicals, they have successfully involved and engaged the school and their community. “We love working with classic variety of shows that complement our young performers and entertain the community. Our shows will always be the ones that bring enjoyment to the whole family, young and old,” Totland said. And by the looks of it, they do. l


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Chinese New Year Celebration Makes Its Way To Ridgecrest Elementary


ach year, Ridgecrest Elementary School in Cottonwood Heights celebrates the Chinese New Year. Ridgecrest, a Chinese immersion school, brings the Chinese tradition into the school for all to learn and experience. With delightful food, traditional art, activities and special performances, Ridgecrest’s week long celebrations are a fun-filled experience. This year, the Chinese New Year fell on February 19. The entire school week was spent in honor of the new year. “Students across the school participated in classroom parties/celebra-

tions that included arts, crafts and food experiences,” Teri Mattson, principal of Ridgecrest Elementary, said. Students filled the school hallways with Chinese artwork while learning something new about the Chinese New Year every day. Chinese immersion students performed in a New Year program for the rest of the students, staff, faculty and parents to behold and to join in celebration of Chinese culture and tradition. And, donated by the Chinese Society of Utah, traditional lion dancers performed. What a week of fun! l

Holladay Scholarship Awards Sponsorship By Mayor Rob Dahle


he City of Holladay is proud to award $6000 in scholarships in 2015. That’s six $1000 general purpose scholarships to one male and one female student from each of the high schools that serve the city, including Cottonwood, Skyline and Olympus. The Holladay City Foundation will host the Fifth Annual Scholarship Awards and Fundraising Dinner on June 2nd, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Holladay City Hall. Thanks to local support, this event has served as a platform to

raise scholarship monies for exceptional Holladay students to help guide them toward higher learning and a path of success. We have honored the outstanding teachers that inspire them to develop their full potential and have recognized junior high students who show great promise on their path to a bright future. On behalf of the City of Holladay, the City Council and I would like to ask that you join in our efforts to raise money for future scholarships by considering a pledge of $1000 for a table at the banquet for eight guests of your choosing. We encourage individuals and small businesses to join us as well. Seating is available for a $125 pledge per person. Any additional donations you may wish to make directly to the scholarship fund will be accepted with sincere gratitude. All donations are tax deductible. I hope you will be able to join us this year for a memorable evening of awards, entertainment and purpose. Please RSVP by April 10th to Brandy Lund at 801-808-1583 or via email at brandyklund@gmail.com. Please don’t hesitate to call my office with any questions you may have at 801-272-9450. l


Cottonwood Heights officials joined with store staff and residents to welcome a new Trader Joe’s store into the city. The Feb. 6 ceremony included live music and giveaways for the second Trader Joe’s to open in Utah. The new store is located at 6989 South 1300 East. Photos courtesy of Cottonwood Heights City —Tom Haraldsen

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KUED Explores The State Of Utah’s Children


ew public issues command as much attention as the fate and future of our children. From education to health care, kids are at the heart of many public policy and spending decisions. Each election cycle promises voters their ballots will shape the lives and opportunities of the next generation. But, for all of the promises, where do Utah children stand? What programs make a difference in young lives? How do we measure success in the early years? KUED explores this challenging subject in The State of Our Kids: The Early Years, premiering Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED Channel 7 as part of its ongoing UtahNOW commitment to examine issues that shape our state. “When I met with Voices of Utah Children, a leading child advocacy organization, about what issues were facing Utah children from birth to age five, without missing a beat they said ‘poverty,’” says producer Sally Shaum. “When they told me the numbers, I knew this had to be a focus of my documentary.” Fifteen percent of Utah children, or an estimated 132,000, live in poverty.  “When this many children live in poverty, it has a profound impact on virtually every corner of society,” Shaum says. The State of Our Kids explores the compelling human side of those statistics, through three Utah lives:  a divorced LDS woman who faced the difficulties of being a single mother of four boys; a 14-year-old girl with a three-month-old baby, who is involved in a home visitation program aimed at helping vulnerable, first-time mothers; and a Utah family that is part of an early childhood program where the parent becomes the child’s most influential teacher.

The documentary profiles a handful of programs aimed at providing our youngest children living in poverty with productive learning and development opportunities. The film covers a spectrum of programs — from health-based initiatives to school-based outreach programs to innovative social investment programs sponsored by the private sector. Among those convinced of the importance of ensuring early childhood opportunities is the newly-elected Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives, Greg Hughes, who sponsored the bi-partisan HB96 in the 2014 legislative session. The bill provided funding for preschools and daycare for children most at risk. Hughes believes small investments early in a child’s life can produce greater opportunity in the long run, as well as a substantial savings for the state by making remedial or correctional programs less likely. Advocates of early childhood intervention caution against the staggering costs that build up over time, when childhood developmental problems associated with poverty are not addressed. “We help them when they’re young and get them ready for kindergarten or we pay later in special education and remedial services,” says Shaum. Also critical to the development of young children is the opportunity for families to gather in a safe learning environment.

In a modern and fast-paced world, community centers are an important gathering place for low-income families. Learning and bonding — from parent to child and from family to family — creates a supportive environment.


till, the demand for such programs outpaces the need. Many times, even well-intentioned parents face the stark dilemma of choosing between food and heat, medicine or daycare for their children. “All children begin with simple dreams of doing all they can imagine,” says Shaum.  “But sometimes the barriers can become bigger than the dream. Poverty presents significant barriers to success.”

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Desert Star Presents ‘Into The Hoods’


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Local Program Succeeds In Fighting Teen Obesity And Screen Addictions


recent study showed that children gain weight 2-3 times faster during summer months with Hispanic and African American children being at highest risk. Play Unplugged is a Utah-based company partnering with local chambers of commerce and is finding tremendous success in helping reduce the sedentary nature of a child’s summer months, while simultaneously helping local businesses experience a surge in foot traffic during that same timeframe. The program is free to join and offers kids tremendous opportunities of discovery and health. It’s no secret that obesity in children and especially with teenagers is at historic record levels. Award-winning NBC affiliate KSL News recently explained that the risk of gaining weight during the summer months is simply because it’s a time for kids that lacks structure and can be unhealthy for children as a result. Concerned with rising levels of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease among teens, two fathers joined forces three years ago to help their own community solve this issue. They soon discovered they were not alone since many single moms, parents, healthcare professionals and others were also very concerned with the issue of childhood obesity and the factors leading to this potentially deadly trend. After two short years of implementation of their idea named ‘Play Unplugged’, parents, schools and city leaders are partnering with local chambers of commerce who not only want to help these kids, but want to grow local business revenue as well. The results are impressive and have offered kids summer opportunities to get exercise. “We quickly learned that the Play Unplugged program

was very well received by parents in our community here in Heber City, Utah and interest has spread even more than we anticipated since our first year,” said Play Unplugged CoFounder/President Erik Rowland. “It has been fully embraced by the kids, and the local businesses who joined the Play Unplugged concept are telling us they have seen a significant rise in foot traffic by families into their stores in order to collect their badge.” Play Unplugged is a successful program which provides kids with fun and interesting physical activities in their local communities while school is out of session. To create structure and motivation during the slow summer months, children can earn plastic dog tags called ‘Brag Badges’ for doing official Play Unplugged activities in their cities. These activities and badges are sponsored by local businesses, civic groups and even law enforcement. This year the Play Unplugged program will be operating in all Draper Elementary schools, as well as Murray, Draper, Brigham City, Cache Valley, Provo, Spanish Fork, Cedar City, and the Granite School District. “Play Unplugged also addresses the issues of digital addiction, because what Play Unplugged offers kids is the real self-motivation needed for them to put their screens down, go outside and discover the many forms of recreation which have sadly fallen by the wayside,” said Play Unplugged Co-

Founder and CEO Corbin Gordon. “When Play Unplugged sponsors realize the program’s great marketing potential to the public, and the good they do in their local communities for these kids, it’s a win-win scenario.” Play Unplugged representatives first meet with local leaders and school representatives to determine the best ways to invite local businesses and organizations to sponsor the badges. Participation is entirely free for kids and their parents, and they can collect badges at various local businesses where they either perform the activity, or provide the necessary proof. Activities such as bike riding, bowling and night games (kick-the-can, sardines and hide-n-go-seek), or even walking/ running a mile are represented by the following Brag Badges entitled; ‘Bike Rider, ‘King Pin’, ‘Night Gamer’ and ‘Mile Master’. These are just a few of the 101 unplugged activities available for kids and families to perform in their local areas during the summer. There are also non-athletic Brag Badges inspiring learning and exploration. Over the course of one summer, participating organizations have found a greater connection with the community and increased foot traffic through their doors. The Play Unplugged program, entry into local summer drawings, Brag Badge Lanyard and other Play Unplugged activities (as well as access to articles and proven tips on how your family can unplug itself) are completely free for families and kids who want to participate this summer. If you are a chamber of commerce, school, PTA or group of concerned parents who wish to look more into the Play Unplugged program; visit www.weplayunplugged.com. l

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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

Wins and losses for Salt Lake County at the Utah Legislature


’m happy to report that the just-concluded session of the Utah legislature had what I believe are some big “wins” for the residents of Salt Lake County, as well as what I see as one major “loss”. Here’s a recap: 1. With passage of Community Preservation (SB 199), residents of the townships and unincorporated areas will vote in an historic election this November. Thanks to months of work by volunteers in the community, voters—depending on where they live—will be able to choose to become a metro township or city, or to remain unincorporated. It’s a resolution to decades of fighting—pitting neighbor against neighbor. When residents cast their ballots, they’ll ensure boundary protection for their communities, begin a chapter of greater local control and not be forced to sacrifice highquality, cost-effective services from Salt Lake County. This legislative action is an example of grassroots democracy at its best and would not have been possible without the good will generated by all sides coming together on this consensus bill.

bill is the result of a great deal of work by the Utah Commission on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. The measure seeks to reduce the time drug addicts stay in prison by dropping some crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, while enhancing drug and mental health treatment. As the operator of both the jail and as the local mental health authority, Salt Lake County will be able to pursue policies that result in better treatment for those in our criminal system due to drug abuse, to enhance public safety and to use scarce taxpayer dollars more efficiently.

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spotlight on: Highland Cove


ighland Cove, located in Salt Lake City, is an independent and assisted living retirement community offering residents community-style living combined with the benefits of personalized services. With an exceptional staff and a dynamic schedule of social activities, many seniors are proud to call Highland Cove “home”. “Highland Cove is Utah’s largest purpose-built senior living community,” explains Cody Tower, general manager & regional director of operations, “and with 35 years of service, it is also the most established.” Due to its unique and all-encompassing perspective on senior living, Highland Cove is keenly aware many seniors live alone and lack transportation resources for shopping. Because of this, many seniors rely on food assistance to subsist through the month. “Highland Cove would like to leverage our location and long-established reputation to help promote a wider recognition of [seniors in need], and to partner with others in helping to meet those needs,” said Tower. Highland Cove is hosting an ongoing food and supplies drive to collect specific items benefitting senior recipients of Utah Food Bank’s Food Box program. The boxes, delivered monthly, contain approximately one week’s worth of non-perishable items, along with milk and fresh produce when available. Last year, Utah Food Bank delivered 40,804 food boxes to homebound seniors

and people with disabilities. Any and all donations will be accepted, but these are the specific items Highland Cove is trying to assist the Food Bank in collecting: • High-protein food items such as canned meats, tuna, and peanut butter • Other non-perishable food items, such as canned fruit, stew, chili, boxed meals and pasta • Incontinence and personal care items • Laundry detergent and dish soap • Pet food (Many homebound seniors have pets whose care they place above their own needs) • Supplemental nutritional drinks (e.g. Ensure®) The food box deliveries provide not only nourishment for the body, but also a kind visit that warms the heart. For many recipients, this regular visit by a caring volunteer is often one of the few interactions they receive, offering a bright spot in their lives and a connection to count on. Along with the donation of food and personal care items, the Utah Food Bank gladly welcomes the donation of your time. Please visit www.utahfoodbank.org for further information. These seniors are not looking for public assistance, but Highland Cove is excited to step up and help support the individuals who have built our communities into the great

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PLAYING THE GIFT CARD GAME By Joani Taylor My hubby is on an organizing quest. Well… let me rephrase. He has decided it’s easier to spring clean the garage than it is to continue to listen to me babble on and on about it. While I maintain that the best way to go about this task is to simply host a yard sale and then take the money we gain to go buy some new shoes, the hubs has put the kibosh on that plan. Instead, he has determined that it will take multiple trips to the home improvement store for pricy organizing solutions, and may even require some specialized tools. This past weekend, he came home with a rather long list of supplies needed, with a very high estimate of what it would cost for him, to achieve my dream of an organized and tidy garage. While I don’t see how putting yet more stuff in the garage will solve the problem of too much stuff in the garage, I have hit a state of desperation from the embarrassment it causes when I park my car, should my neighbors get a glimpse inside. After much discussion, we compromised on a shorter list of supplies that did not include the purchase of yet another specialized tool, with the stipulation that we use a few of my special savings tricks. So, the hubs

was off to get started on his weekend project. “Make sure you use a gift card!” I shouted to him as he headed out the door. “Wait a minute, what did you say?” he asked. “What gift cards? No one has given us any gift cards.” “Stop by Smith’s first and buy one,” I instructed. “That way, you’ll get gas points for the gift card purchase and we’ll save some money the next time we buy gas. Plus, this week they have a coupon for 4x’s more points. You’ll need to load that coupon on the Smith’s Shoppers card first. You can do that from the mobile app. Oh, and remember to pay for the gift card with our credit card so we can get the travel points,” I added. “Plus, when you walk into Smith’s today, open the Shopkick app; you’ll get bonus points when you do. We are just 100 points away from getting a free Chili’s gift card. That

way we can go out tonight for dinner. Chili’s sent out coupons, so it’s a double dip.” “Let me write this down,” my hubby replied, with a confused look. “After loading the Smith’s coupon, I buy the Lowe’s gift cards and remember to open the Shopkick app to get enough bonus points to get a free Chili’s gift card, so that you can use a coupon at Chili’s to buy dip? Why don’t you just buy dip at Smith’s?” All kidding aside, learning to play the gift card game can be confusing, but it will save you a bundle and it’s fun when you know how. Next month, I’ll share some of my favorite tricks for getting discounted, and even free gift cards so you can play the gift card game, too. Until then, I’m off to admire my newly-organized garage. We saved so much money on it, I might use a gift card and go buy that new pair of shoes after all. Keep your frugal on, my friends. l




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Cottonwood-Holladay Journal - April 2015 - Vol. 12 Iss. 4  

Cottonwood-Holladay Journal - April 2015 - Vol. 12 Iss. 4