September 2015 | Vol. 12 Iss. 9
FREE Beau Babka: “Canyon Inn was a Target” By Richard Markosian
Left to right: Brandon Henderson, Jim Stojack (Canyon Inn owner), Lani Roberts (7/11 owner), Byron Lovell (Porcupine Pub owner), Dave Larsen (Lifthouse owner), and Bryan O”Meara (Porcupine Club owner)
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Blue Moon Festival Imagines Again By Rhett Wilkinson
In its fourth year, the Blue Moon Festival grew yet again after a quite successful first year. Photo courtesy KCPW
• Bark in the Park will be held Sept. 19, 2015 at Mountview Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents are invited to bring their furry friends to play in the splash pad and check out all the vendors that will be attending. • Whitmore Library will hold an art show on Sept. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. on the basement floor. • Cottonwood Heights is hosting a photography contest in September. Photographs must be taken within Cottonwood Heights city limits between Aug. 17, 2015 and Sept. 19, 2015. Images must be submitted to Whitmore Library between Sept. 21, 2015 and Sept.
Blue Moon Festival brought a Beatles cover band late last month to the Holladay City Hall Park. Photo courtesy KCPW ended the night. The festival, which did start on a blue moon, grows in attendance each year, as does the vendor list. Fortunately, dozens of volunteers help, which comprises what Richards described as a “large animal.” Some 60 persons, many of whom are from outside Holladay, help the night of the free event. That’s after seven months of planning by the City of Holladay, which starts planning seven months in advance. “People have grown to love the event so much they volunteer even though it’s not in their neighborhood because they don’t want it to die out,” Richards said. endors who participated included the following: Moyer Woodworks; Aprill Marie Fisher; Rugs by Diann; Fred Wilhelmsen; Bevy Knac; Jessica Jacob; Rodent Bonz Bindery; Marianne Vance; Colorbox; Parker Rose Mercantile; Steven Thomas; Luna Creations; Randy Laub Photography & Craft; Wood Wackers; Lawrence Adkinson; Perda Adkinson; Book Runners; Natalie Allsup-Edwards; Silver Wolf Artistry; The Silverschmidt; Steven May; Ardis Metcalf; Donald Prys; Glen Nelson; Cali Letts Mosaics; Rare Essentials Natural Perfume; Pretty Little Things; Grandma Sandino’s Sicilian Sauce; Tosh Kano “Passport to Hiroshima”; Wendy’s Beauty Quake; Jeniffer Deily; Ron Moulton Art; Caputo’s Market & Deli; A Guy & His Wife Grilled Cheese; Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island; Rubadue’s Saucy Skillet; Wing Nutz; Lizzy Lu Gelato; Avenue Sweets; Saturday’s Waffle; and Salsa Del Diablo. l
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26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Judging will be held on Sept. 28, 2015. All submitted images will be on display on the basement level of Whitmore Library through the month of October. The awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. Rules, regulations and other information are available at Whitmore library or on the Cottonwood Heights City website. Required forms for entry are available at Whitmore Library, Cottonwood Heights City Office or online at the Cottonwood Heights City website. • Cottonwood Heights invites all residents to take part in a Visual Preference Survey. The survey will help city planners begin the blueprinting process for new city streets in accordance with resident opinions. The survey includes 54 different pictures of city elements, which participants are asked to describe what they like and dislike about every picture. This will help with a city geared towards resident satisfaction. The survey can be found on the Cottonwood Heights website. • City council meetings are held every Tuesday at the city offices located at 265 East Fort Union Blvd. All residents are invited to attend. m i ss i o n s tate m e n t
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he Blue Moon Festival can’t always happen during, you know, a blue moon. Perhaps the best word to address that reality describes exactly what the festival needed. “Imagine” was the headliner on the big stage. The Beatles Tribute Band was invited back again because so many in the community didn’t get to participate the previous year due to rain. “And those that did thought they were so good that we should have them back,” said Margo Richards, Holladay Arts Council coordinator. At the ninth annual Holladay Arts Council festival – and fourth under the name “Blue Moon” – The Saliva Sisters and Strong Word got the crowd ready to “Imagine” late last month at the Holladay City Hall Park. Dozens of local artists and craftsmen displayed their works as an arts and crafts tent was provided for children. A fireworks show
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Beau Babka: “Canyon Inn was a Target” By Richard Markosian
ormer Cottonwood Heights police officer Beau Babka held a press conference, along with around twenty business owners and concerned citizens, telling members of the media (at least four major news outlets were in attendance) that officers in Cottonwood Heights Police Department were ordered to specifically target customers of the Canyon Inn. This was done in an effort to put them out of business, to make way for the new development project. The $57 million Canyon Centre development has been stalled now for nearly seven years, due to a series of both financing and PR problems. Canyon Centre is managed by politicians who are also developers. Chris McCandless and Wayne Niederhauser, and financed by Kevin Gates. Accusations of the targeted harassment of customers have been ongoing since Cottonwood Heights formed its own police department in 2008. The Canyon Inn’s owner, Jim Stojack, 7-Eleven owner, Lani Roberts, along with the owner, David Larsen, of the Lifthouse and Bryan O’Meara and Byron Loveall, of Porcupine Pub, have complained about the ongoing targeted harassment of their customers for the past seven years. Kelvyn Cullimore, Mayor of Cottonwood Heights, has denied any wrongdoing, and has
called Jim Stojack a “rabble rouser.” Cullimore has said that his intentions have “always and only been to help small business owners and the community of Cottonwood Heights by keeping the roads safe.” Yet, at this press conference, Babka said that orders came “directly from the city and from the developers.” The eventual closure and purchase of the Canyon Inn would make room for a new public transportation hub and entrance for the major development, which includes two hotels and a park. Plans were obtained by business owners that indeed showed their businesses gone and a UTA “kiss and ride” in the place of the Canyon Inn, 7-Eleven and Lifthouse. The mainstream media television and newspapers were present at this press conference, including Fox 13, Channel 4 and at least one major newspaper. Yet, they chose to give the story scant attention. Perhaps the reason they shy away from covering this story further is because Babka’s reputation was tarnished back in 2011, after he was discharged from the Cottonwood Heights Police Department for using a city credit card to fill his personal vehicle with gasoline. Babka was convicted of a felony and pleaded guilty to the wrongdoing under the charge of “misuse of public funds.” The severity of the punishment for this theft we address later in this story.
Residents and Business Owners Speaking Out
Mayor of Cottonwood Heights, Kelvyn Cullimore.
Besides Babka and the business owners at the mouth of the canyon, over 2,400 residents of Cottonwood Heights have signed a petition calling for Cottonwood Heights to “stop the heavy-handed treatment of residents and business owners.” The area is now recognized as a “DUI zone,” causing many residents to take their business elsewhere. Canyon Inn has
Cottonwood Heights residents and business owners: second from left Porcupine Pub co-owner Bryan O’Meara beside Clark Aposhian, Beau Babka, Lani Roberts, Janalee Tobias and Jim Stojack. seen their customer base decline by 70 percent. Dozens of residents and visitors to Cottonwood Heights have been victims of police harassment, and many specifically told Utah Stories of their ordeals involving officers accusing motorists of drunk driving. One area dentist who said, “I’ve never had a drop of alcohol in my life,” was forced to exit his car and undergo a sobriety test. Even after he was released, he was told he was pulled over for swerving out of his lane and given a warning and no apology for the unwarranted sobriety test and accusations. The dentist said that all of the accusations were completely false, and the harassment and mistreatment caused him to choose another way to drive home from work. Likewise, employees of Snowbird and Brighton told Utah Stories that they were also victims of harassment, when they were simply attempting to drive home from work.
Lack of Attention to Other Area Bars The CHPD spent very little or no time staked out at other area restaurants and bars that serve alcohol, such as the Market Street
Broiler or The Hog’s Wallow, which both reside less than about one mile from the mouth of the canyon. Neither have any complaints against CHPD. Besides the Canyon Inn, 7-Eleven’s beer sales plummeted after the police presence became oppressive. Even after Roberts attempted to tell officers to not loiter on her property, despite the formal complaints she has filed, Mayor Cullimore has never personally met with Roberts to address the issue. The issue of entrapment and fourth amendment violations are clearly documented from both Roberts’ video surveillance footage and Stojack’s personal recordings.
Evidence of Wrongdoing Canyon Inn Owner Jim Stojack has video footage showing officers waiting in both the parking lot of 7-Eleven and the park and ride to pull over a succession of his customers. Stojack also says that his employees were targeted and pulled over two to three times a week by the same officers, forcing several of his longtime staff members to resign due to the constant bullying. Utah Stories conducted a Freedom of Information Act request at the recommendation of local DUI attorney Tyler Ayres, who said that
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C ottonwood H olladayJournal.com the conviction record of Cottonwood Heights in his dealings must be far worse than any other city along the Wasatch Front, due to his defending and defeating many bogus DUI tickets issued from CHPD. Utah Stories found that Cottonwood Heights Police Department’s dismissal record was 19 percent for 2011. This means that 19 percent of motorists issued DUIs were overturned, because they did not blow over the legal limit for intoxication. The next highest overturned PD was Salt Lake at 4 percent. When we asked Mayor Cullimore what he has to say about his police department issuing nearly five times as many bogus DUIs compared to any other city, Cullimore said, “I’m proud of their record; they are keeping our roads safe.”
Constitutional Violations of Police Misconduct The issue of police pulling over and harassing residents without any probable cause to do so is a violation of the fourth amendment of the Constitution. There are few local laws that protect residents against unlawful probable cause, or unlawful stops, which has allowed Cottonwood Heights Police Department to get away with blatant violations for nearly seven years. The Department of Justice website states under their “Police Misconduct Provision” that it is “unlawful for local law enforcement officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights by the Constitution of laws of the United States” (42 U.S.C 14141). The types of misconduct include discriminatory harassment, false arrests, sexual conducts and unlawful stops, searches or arrests. And this must be proven to be a “pattern or practice.” Under these guidelines this certainly seems like a perfect case for the Department of Justice. In 2013, West Valley City was part of a Federal probe over a narcotics conspiracy where officers were found stealing seized money and drugs. It was the West Valley Police Department itself that asked the FBI for
help investigating the wide-spread corruption after the unlawful shooting death of Danielle Willard was suspected. The probe resulted in the disbanding of the narco unit and the resignation of the police chief and resignation of several officers. When Utah Stories asked Cullimore about how CHPD conducts their internal affairs investigations, he told Utah Stories that he is the head of internal affairs and anybody who has a complaint can issue that complaint directly to him. There is no state mechanism, other than the Attorney General’s Office, to file complaints against the targeted abuse of businesses by city police departments. Stojack and Roberts have written letters to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, the FBI and Department of Justice concerning CHPD. Attorneys are coming forward now, wishing to review their cases, based on their very strong evidence. Jim Stojack video recorded himself exiting his parking lot to document the abuse by the officers, but then Stojack found himself as the victim of CHPD harassment. In the video recording, the police officer first accused Stojack of “swerving out of his lane.” For which Stojack replied, “I did not do that, let me see your video tape.” Then the officer accused him of changing lanes without using his signal. Stojack again denied and asked to see the tape. Finally, after striking out on the first two accusations, the officer issued Stojack a ticket for not yielding to oncoming traffic. When Stojack said, “but nobody was behind me,” the officer said, “I was behind you.” The footage also shows that the officer, who was driving in front of Stojack, pulled over so that he could tail Stojack. The entire sequence of events clearly shows a violation of unlawful arrest. This video can be viewed on the City Journal’s website Stojack spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on attorneys and four delayed court dates fighting this minor infraction. After all the time and effort, the case was dismissed. Babka indicated that the targeting of custom-
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A New Way of Doing Business By Peri Kinder
fter looking at several options and talking with chamber of commerce leaders in neighboring communities, the Cottonwood Heights City Council decided to take the city’s business community in a different direction. The Cottonwood Heights Business Association was created after city officials held meetings with business owners to determine what programs and events would best serve local needs. A board of directors was selected to lead the group, with Ron Benson elected to serve as CHBA chairperson and Melody Wagstaff chosen to serve as vice-chair. “As a business owner, I feel it’s important to help improve and make a difference in my community,” Benson said. “You need to be willing to get involved in order to make change—and change is good. Most cities have a chamber of commerce; the CHBA is a new way of thinking, bringing business owners together in an open forum of communication between city officials, business owners and residents.” Membership in the CHBA is free and open to any business licensed through Cottonwood Heights. Events include networking activities, workshops, brainstorming sessions
and monthly get-togethers held at no cost to CHBA members. The mission of the business association is to promote economic development by supporting the business owners in the city. It serves as an advocate for success by providing a forum for members to share their best practices, facilitate networking and education, and create partnerships within the community. Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development director Brian Berndt said the city benefits when businesses do well, and it’s worth the time and cost to create a program that assists with business retention, promotion and expansion. “Everyone’s voice is important when defining and shaping a community,” Berndt said. “Businesses offer a unique perspective that allows us the opportunity to expand our focus. Our intention is to keep business owners apprised of important, constantly-changing issues and trends within the local marketplace.” CHBA board members have been proactive in getting the word out, and the group’s social media sites on Twitter (@CHBABiz) and Facebook are gathering new followers. The sites share info about Cottonwood Heights
Members of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association gathered at a luncheon to discuss ways to strengthen businesses in the city. businesses, helping residents know what types of services are offered in the city. To get involved with the CHBA, or for more information, contact businesslicense@ ch.utah.gov or 801-944-7067. “We want to build a strong association by representing and supporting our 1,500 businesses in the city. We can grow our
businesses by taking steps to bring recognition to our city and the opportunities we have for business owners to get involved in community activities,” Benson said. “If our community prospers and grows, so do our businesses. The CHBA is a way for us to work with each other and with city officials to create ideas that will generate growth.” l
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Cover Story continued from page 5 ers and issuing of ongoing bogus DUIs was intentional and even commended. UTCJ has found that Babka’s claims are corroborated by other former CHPD officers.
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Beau Babka’s Reputation Utah Stories and City Journals was recently contacted by another former CHPD officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, who said that Babka was only charged with the felony conviction for theft and “misuse of public funds” because he was speaking out against the practices of the CHPD. “Officers were using the city credit cards to fill their personal vehicles, but when they were caught, they would be reprimanded and asked to repay the money, but never convicted or charged with a felony... Babka was charged and fired because he was speaking up,” said the former CHPD officer. Our source is currently a police officer
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. in another state. He also corroborates that corruption and targeting of specific businesses at CHPD is done from orders by the mayor’s office. “The mayor said that he wanted them ‘driven out of town,’ and Chief Russo even offered $50 bonuses to officers who issued DUIs to Canyon Inn customers.” He says that he wishes to remain anonymous presently for fear of retribution, but he will consider publicly revealing his identity if more former officers and staff of Cottonwood Heights Police Department come forward. He provided USCJ with names of former staff members who also resigned because of the blatant abuse of power found at CHPD.
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Robby Russo, chief of police for the CHPD. Heights broke away from Unified PD and formed their own police department was an act of betrayal by former Salt Lake County Lieutenant Robby Russo. Russo was hired by the county to act as a liaison between the Cottonwood Heights mayor’s office and the Unified PD and County operations. Sheriff Winder said that instead of Russo doing his intended job—which was to improve communication and operations with the City of Cottonwood Heights —he betrayed Sheriff Winder by instead working on ways to build the case with Kelvyn Cullimore to break away police services from the county and form their own police department. Russo was promised the position of chief of police for the new CHPD, a position he has held since the inception of Cottonwood Heights PD in 2008. CHPD was formed and initiated without voter approval. Utah Stories, in an effort with the City Journals, would like to have your stories and interactions with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, both good and bad, that we can share with our readers. Even for those who wish to remain anonymous, we only require that readers can verify their identity with a Facebook account or e-mail. We offer everyone the opportunity to post their comments and stories attached to this ongoing story. l
Editorial Comment: We praise all of the excellent work that so many thousands of police officers do on a daily basis to improve the communities and lives of so many residents by doing excellent police work. We know that the vast majority of police officers take their job of public service very seriously, and we commend their efforts in keeping our neighborhoods, homes and roads safe. We would like to also reach out to readers to collect some comments and stories about officers who you have personally interacted with who are doing a great job. We would like to highlight a few of them in this paper. l
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Desert Star Delivers Galactic High Jinx with ‘Star Wards’
esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2015 season with a comedic take on all things nerdy in the pursuit of fulfilling a home teaching assignment in “Star Wards These Are Not the Elders You’re Looking For!”. Elder Kirtland and Elder Young are just trying to get their home teaching done for the month. While visiting with Doc, the duo discover he’s created a time machine to make genealogy easier. But when the elders start messing around with the family history helper, they get swept back to a time long ago and to a galaxy, far, far away! In trying to return to their own time, the elders intercept a distress call from Princess Alibama who has been captured by the evil Dark Knight and Empress Saltine. Eager to be of service, the elders enlist the help of the beautiful but tough space farmer, Raygun and Juan Cholo, a cool shoot-first-ask-questions-later smuggler. Will the eccentric group of heroes rescue the princess before she reveals the location of the rebel base? Will the elders make it back to their own time?
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Who Let the Dogs Out? By Rhett Wilkinson
t was about the canines (and the cats who showed up) at the first Dog Days of Holladay Celebration Saturday morning at Holladay City Plaza, as an animal shelter benefitted greatly. Salt Lake County Animal Services offered a number of services at no cost, including free microchips, free basic vaccine packages, free rabies vaccines, licenses, activities for kids and adoptable dogs. And Utah Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions (FACES) was given a $1,200 check. The many felines were a surprise, but welcomed. They
Dogs benefitted from many services offered Saturday at Holladay Dog Days. Photo courtesy Michele Bohling
received services as their counterparts did. Overall, the event was quite well-attended, said Joni Dahle, Dog Days of Holladay coordinator. “It was a great event, one I’m sure will become a Holladay tradition,” said Michele Bohling, events coordinator for the City of Holladay. Vendors who participated included Calling All Dogs, All the Raige Dog Salon, LeFur Grooming Studio, The Dog Stop and Intermountain Therapy Animals, Dahle said. Dog brag flags were sold, as photos of dogs were offered. Attendees didn’t mind waiting in a long line because they got in for free. And Tony Caputo’s was right there to offer those folks food and drink. Slices Pizza Joint handed out $5 gift cards, Dahle said. Mayor Rob Dahle and Twinkle Chisholm presented Utah FACES Chair John Gallegos with a $1,200 check, Dahle said. Utah FACES did not know that they would be beneficiaries even a week earlier. Utah FACES is an all-volunteer run, non-profit organization. Developed in 2008, it continues to provide much-needed funding for the care and support of the thousands of animals that come to the Salt Lake County Animal Services shelter each year. All of the money raised by FACES goes directly back to the shelter to support spay and neuter programs, microchips and vaccines and large equipment purchases, such as a digital x-ray machine, according to utahfaces.org. “We were very grateful and pleasantly surprised to receive that very generous donation from Holladay City,” said Joan
Mayor Rob Dahle and Twinkle Chisholm give a $1,200 check to Utah FACES. Photo courtesy Michele Bohling Gallegos, board president of Utah FACES. “Utah FACES will put good use of that money for our low-income spay and neuter program and our injured animal fund.” Also, because of Salt Lake County Animal Services, Utah FACES is now a no-kill shelter, Joan said. Salt Lake County Animal Services had a commitment to operating a “no-kill” facility for six years, and its live release rate surpassed 91 percent in 2013 and 92 percent in 2014. It is the largest shelter in Utah to achieve this status, according to its website. l
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Salt Lake County Moving Forward to Attract, Retain Conventions
ecently, I joined leaders from Visit Salt Lake and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for an exciting announcement: organizers for Outdoor Retailer are extending their contracts with the Salt Palace Convention Center through 2018. This is the largest summer and winter outdoor gear, apparel, accessories and technology tradeshow in the country. Outdoor Retailer has been here since 1996, except for 2002 when we hosted the Winter Olympics. Over time the winter and summer markets have grown to be the largest event hosted by the Salt Palace, with more than 6,000 specialty retailer attendees and exhibitors, drawing 15,000 additional visitors. They fill our hotels and restaurants, rent cars and go shopping during their stay. The total economic impact to us is approximately $45 million annually. That boost to our budgets represents money that does not have to come from local residents and taxpayers, but rather represents a “bonus” for our bottom line. Outdoor Retailer has become so successful that it has outgrown the exhibit and
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meeting space available. We have been able to get creative by putting up large tents next to the Salt Palace, and to encourage hotels to move other proposed events around on the calendar to free up lodging. I was encouraged that when Outdoor Retailer surveyed its members about whether to stay in Salt Lake or look elsewhere, over two-thirds said they preferred to keep the show here. Ultimately, the solution is to have more public meeting space and more hotel rooms. That’s why I’ve been pushing hard to find a private company to build a convention head-
quarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace, and include 100,000 square feet of additional meeting space. In mid-August, I was forced to discontinue negotiations with Omni, which had responded to our hotel bid request last year, because the company asked for too much by way of public participation. Salt Lake County needs and wants a private hotel, but not at any cost. My job is to negotiate a fair deal with a private sector partner—fair to the company and fair to taxpayers. Now that Outdoor Retailer has announced dates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for both the winter
and summer markets, I’ll redouble my efforts to secure a private sector partner. Soon, the county will have another request for bids out on the street. I believe we’ll have a private partner selected and a plan in the works within months. We know that having additional public meeting space as well as hundreds of rooms adjacent to the Salt Palace will be important not only to Outdoor Retailer, but to other prospective conventions who have told us that’s the only thing Salt Lake is missing to get their business. For a lot of us here in Utah, getting outdoors isn’t just a pastime, it’s a way of life. It’s how we spend time with our friends and families and –increasingly—it’s how we make a living, as employees and business owners of outdoor equipment and supplies, and as a tourist destination. It’s a unique package as we promote Utah to convention planners and to visitors, as well as becoming an important sector of our economic growth and prosperity. l
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Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon The focus of my August article was the retirement announcement of outgoing Chief of Police Christopher D. Bertram. I now have the privilege of introducing your new Chief of Police, Captain Don W. Hutson. Chief Hutson was selected from a list of nine highly qualified candidates. He took command on August 15th. Chief Hutson has twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience. His distinguished career includes assignments in Corrections, S.W.A.T. Operations, Gang Suppression, Drug Enforcement Interdiction, Budgeting and Asset Management, Public Information Officer for the Unified Police Department (UPD) and the Sheriff’s Office and most recently served as Commander of the Investigations/Professional Standards Division of UPD . Chief Huston has an equally impressive academic/professional resume: BS Utah State University, F.B.I. National Academy graduate, SLCC Adjunct Instructor, Salt Lake County Metro Gang Task Force Board and Clear Channel Communications Advisory Board. Chief Hutson has been married to his wife Lisa for 30 years. He has two
adult children, Vanessa and Ryley. When he is off duty you will find him with his family, volunteering in his church community or on a long walk spoiled—golfing. Captain Hutson has a reputation as a hands-on leader with exceptional inter-personal skills. We were seeking a leader with an impeccable reputation, superior communication skills, breadth of experience and a firm grasp of all aspects of community oriented policing. We’re confident we achieved our goal. I know you will all join me in welcoming Chief Hutson and his family into the Holladay community. Rob Dahle Mayor
2015 Municipal Election Congratulations to Steve Gunn and Mitchell Smoot on making it through to the Primary Election for Council District 4. The General Election will be November 3. Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for Districts 2, 4 and 5 City Council seats. This year the City Council has chosen to conduct the 2015 municipal election entirely by mail. Ballots will be mailed out in October. PLEASE watch the website and October newsletter for more information on the election.
It is again time for the REVEL Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon and Half-marathon, occurring during the morning hours on September 12, 2015. This race has been a very popular event over the last few years and it looks like this year will be no exception. The race involves a marathon, which begins at Guardsman Pass at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and a half-marathon, which begins at the Spruces Campground in the canyon. Both races run down the canyon and end in Cottonwood Heights, near 1300 East on Fort Union Boulevard. As is the case with any road race, there will be some impact to traffic during the event. Both the Unified Police Department and the Cottonwood Heights Police Department have been working diligently with the race organizers to mitigate the interruption of traffic during the race. That said, there will be some road closures in Big Cottonwood Canyon, at the mouth of the canyon, on Wasatch Boulevard, and down Fort Union Boulevard during the event. Specifically, the traffic plan necessitates escorting vehicles up and down the canyon during the time the runners will be
running on the roadway to ensure their safety. The runners will begin running at 6:45 a.m. and will be exiting the canyon all throughout the morning. The major traffic concern will be the closure of Wasatch Boulevard from 7:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Drivers approaching the intersection of Wasatch Boulevard and 6200 South from the north will be asked to turn around and find an alternate route to reach their destination. There will be NO traffic allowed through this area during this time period. Drivers approaching the mouth of the canyon from the south on Wasatch Boulevard will be offered alternative routes. After 9:30 a.m., the runners will be more spread out and some traffic may be allowed through this area. There will also be some impact to the residents of the Canyon Cove Community as they attempt to leave their neighborhood or return to their homes. Accommodations will be made to escort vehicles in and out of this area during the entire event. The event will be finished by 1:15 p.m. and there may be minimal impact to traffic on Fort Union Boulevard near the finish line for some time after the race is complete. We appreciate your patience and there will be officers posted at the closure points to offer information and alternative routes to motorists. We look forward to another very successful event.
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Talk Like A Pirate Day Ahoy! The Holladay Arts Council, Holladay Library and FantasyCon present this years “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” Kids of all ages are invited to join us for the Poetry Contest, Readings, Crafts and Photo Op. Come dressed up as your favorite Pirate and bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the City of Holladay Park! Poetry applications can be picked up at the Holladay Library and must be submitted at the Holladay Library by September 12th. Prizes will be awarded in 4 age groups with $50 cash prizes for first place. Aye, Aye, Matey!
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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.
New City Hall Park Playground is an enormous success! Thanks to the community for your support in bringing this much needed facility to Holladay.
Come out and play! Located at: 4580 South 2300 East and open to the public from dawn to dusk!
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“NO Feed” Ordinance The City Council is working with the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) on a solution for the deer issue in Holladay. Complaints that the deer are a threat to the safety of people and property are increasing. In order to help with the deer nuisance and proceed with any potential solution that the City discusses would require the passage of an ordinance “Prohibiting the feeding of deer within the city limits.” We want to hear from you with regards to this ordinance. Please contact your Council representative and let them know your thoughts and concerns about this type of ordinance being adopted by the City Council. The Council will take comments on the proposed ordinance at their meeting on September 17 at 6:00 p.m.
More Bus Service, Increased Frequency UTA has increased frequency and extended hours on several bus routes, including Route 220 (Highland Dr/1300 E). Residents can now enjoy 15-minute weekday service and additional Sunday service on the route, which runs through Holladay on its way from Sandy to Salt Lake Central Station. These service additions mean more access to shopping, dining, the University of Utah and downtown Salt Lake City, as well as more convenient connections to FrontRunner and TRAX. When you use UTA’s reloadable FAREPAY card, you can ride route 220 for just $1.50 each way. This 40 percent bus fare discount is good until December 31, so don’t wait.
You can learn more about FAREPAY at FAREPAY.rideuta.com and see route 220 times and stops at www.rideuta.com.
AREA CLEANUP PROGRAM:
We are excited to remind everyone about the Area Clean-up Program coming to Holladay. This program gives everyone the opportunity to properly dispose of large bulky items with large, open-top containers. We will start the program in Holladay on September 1st through September 17th. Reminder, if the container is in your area on the Friday prior to Labor Day weekend that we will be by to pick them up on Tuesday, September 8th.
FALL LEAF BAG PROGRAM:
As summer winds down into fall, it’s time to start thinking about Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District’s Leaf Bag program. Each year we provide bags for leaf collection as part of your monthly fee. Beginning October 1st residents in Holladay can pick up leaf bags at several locations including area libraries, recreation facilities, and senior centers. Please limit yourself to one bundle of ten per household. Leaf Bags can be found at the following locations: Holladay City Hall 4580 South 2300 East East Millcreek Rec. Center 2230 E. Evergreen Ave (3435 S.) Holladay Lions Fitness Center 1661 E. Murray Holladay Rd. (4752 S.) Holladay currently has 419 green waste subscribers and growing… Call our office at 385-468-6342, or our website www.wasatchfrontwaste.org to get your green can today.
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Music Comes to Howard R. Driggs Elementary
NEW DATE: Rescheduled from Sept. 12 Draper Amphitheater will play host to the best and most unique dance show in the State! With dance performers from most every college and university in the state along with some top dance companies and high schools, this is the dance spectacular not to be missed. It will be fast paced with lots of performances with a wide variety from contemporary to hip-hop, modern-jazz, ballet-clogging and everything in between. A jam packed show of group after group. Just look at a few scheduled to perform!
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tudents at Howard R. Driggs Elementary School will be adding music to their school days this year. Music teacher Jessica Smith will be joining the faculty through funding provided by the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). The BTSALP is an initiative started in 1995 by Beverley Taylor Sorenson as a way to integrate the arts in Utah schools. Since 2008, the Utah State Legislature has been providing funding for the program. The BTSALP uses a side-by-side teaching model that allows arts teachers to collaborate with classroom teachers to create arts-based lessons in core subjects. Principals can apply for a grant that provides 80 percent of the music teacher’s salary. The school is then responsible for the remaining 20 percent. Last year, Smith taught music part-time at Plymouth Elementary School through the BTSALP. This year she will be splitting her time between Plymouth and Driggs, each school covering 10 percent of her salary. In the Granite School District, there are only two music teachers working through the BTSALP. The district has other arts specialists in music, drama and art who are required to have a teaching certificate, but not necessarily be educated in the art that they are teaching. Teachers working through the BTSALP are required to be certified teachers educated in the art form that they are teaching. Smith has a music education degree from Arizona State University, where she studied voice and violin. At ASU, Smith studied both the Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály methods for teaching music to children.
Jessica Smith, the new music teacher at Howard R. Driggs Elementary, teaching at Plymouth Elementary last year. Photo courtesy of Jessica Smith Participating in the BTSALP requires a school-wide commitment. The principal applies for and then annually renews the grant, in addition to covering their portion of the teacher’s salary. Teachers communicate with the arts teacher about the things they are learning in the classroom on a regular basis. The arts teacher then uses those things as they plan their lesson plans. Teachers are required to attend the arts class with their students and be an active participant. Parents can also be involved in the program by attending the program’s required “informances,” informal performances. Smith is required to provide the students with an opportunity to perform what they have learned, either through assemblies or performances in the evening. The Driggs community is ready to take on the commitment. Smith enjoys the side-by-side collaboration with classroom teachers, and also includes
lessons related to the state music standards in her teaching as well. “We do a lot of singing. We also work on rhythm, movement, reading music and composition as well,” Smith said. Though Driggs does not yet have a set of instruments for the students to use, they will be holding a fundraiser in September to gather the funds to purchase the necessary instruments. Smith feels that the arts, music especially, are an important part of education. “The great thing about music is that it’s fun. It’s another way to present the information to the kids. I’ve always learned through music. Music uses parts of the brain that normally aren’t used, so when students learn music it helps them in other areas as well,” Smith said. For the entire Howard R. Driggs community, Smith’s arrival is a welcome one. Students will be enjoying the power of music as they learn their core standards. l
New Administration At Bonneville Junior High By Lauren Casper
ith an impressive resume and more than 30 years in the education field, Rocky Lambourne is the new principal at Bonneville Junior High School. Lambourne was a math teacher and coach at Skyline High School for 25 years before becoming an administrator. He was assistant principal at Olympus Junior, Valley Junior and Eisenhower Junior High Schools before moving to Bonneville Junior, where he has been the assistant principal for the past year and a half. Lambounre is joined by new Assistant Principal Cathy Thompson. Thompson comes to Bonneville from Jefferson Junior High, where she has been the assistant principal for five years. Thompson also has a long history
in education, having taught elementary school for 15 years before moving to administration in secondary schools. While students have been relaxing and
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interviewing prospective employees and have hired nine new staff members.” enjoying summer vacation, Lambourne and Thompson have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year.
“Summer is a busy time for principals,” Lambourne said. “There is a lot of work to be done. We have been interviewing prospective employees and have hired nine new staff members.” A major focus for both Lambourne and Thompson is communicating with the teachers in their school. “One of the biggest changes in transitioning from being a teacher to an administrator is talking to teachers about their goals and overseeing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs),” Thompson said. PLCs are groups of teachers that work
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New Principal At Ridgecrest Elementary School
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By Lauren Casper
idgecrest Elementary School welcomes Principal Julie Winfree for the upcoming school year. Winfree has a diverse background in the education field spanning 20 years. In the Canyons School District she has taught first, fourth and fifth grades at Lone Peak and Draper Elementary, worked as an achievement coach at Butler and Peruvian Park Elementary Schools, and spent time in the district office working on implementation of the new report cards as well as the French dual immersion program. Winfree has been working this summer to get the school ready for the students’ return. “Our school is growing. We are enrolling more and more kids, and we need places to put them,” Winfree said. Originally planning to have a portable, Winfree has spent considerable time rearranging the building and has managed to fit everyone inside. Winfree has also been getting specialists organized for the Brain Boosters program and preparing a master schedule for the year. She has hired five new teachers and three new aides that she is excited to welcome to the school. Winfree recognizes that as a principal it may be difficult to meet the needs of all the different groups she interacts with, including
the teachers, students, parents and others. “I always like a challenge,” she said, adding that she is looking forward to the “energy of being back in a building. I missed that being in the district office. I’m excited for the daily contact with the students and teachers.” In addition to the duties every school requires of its principal, Ridgecrest poses the additional challenge of being a Chinese dual immersion school. “I think my background working with the dual immersion programs in the district office is probably what landed me here at Ridgecrest. I always thought I was an organized person, but I am learning quickly to get organized,” Winfree said. The program has lots of pieces that need to be planned and handled, and “meeting the needs of the international teachers in the building is a special challenge that I take very seriously,” she said. In her short time at Ridgecrest, thus far, Winfree has been so impressed with the staff. “Teri Mattson, the previous principal here at Ridgecrest, was such an incredible leader. I want to keep what she built going,” Winfree said.
She has been especially appreciative of the kindness and flexibility the teachers have displayed with the rearranging of the building. “We have a community here in the school. Everyone works so hard. They are caring and welcoming. I feel lucky to have a staff that is willing to work with me and do what’s best for the kids,” she said. Winfree is optimistic about the upcoming school year. She plans to “focus on improving test scores. Our goal is to get all kids to benchmark.” In order to do that, she says they will look at the school as a whole, diving deeper into the data to see how they can help each student. She is excited about the district’s new Brain Boosters program and the time it will give teachers to do just that. Under the leadership of Winfree, Ridgecrest Elementary is ready for a new year. Winfree is thrilled to be at Ridgecrest and ready for the challenges she will face. “The parents and the community have been great,” she said. “It will be a great year! The Cottonwood Heights community has such a great partnership with schools. It’s really impressive how much they care and how involved they are. I am so excited to be a part of that.” l
collaboratively to improve teaching techniques and foster student learning and growth. At Bonneville, PLCs meet together every Friday. Lambourne and Thompson will be doing an in-service for teachers before school starts about how to most effectively run their PLCs. “Our hope is that teachers will use PLC time to go over student data and to make instructional decisions. The goal is to use the data we get from tests and other assignments to guide and drive decisions and discussions. We analyze students through data, not opinion,” Lambourne said. The upcoming school year will be one of transition for Bonneville, and not just because of the new administration. This year will be the last for Bonneville to host seventh through ninth grades. “Cottonwood High School will be taking the ninth graders next year,” Lambourne said. “We’re excited for the changes. Bonneville will thrive. We are a little gem hidden inside a neighborhood, and we want people to know what a great school we are. We have a lot of great patrons, and we hope they will continue to support us.” In the experienced hands of Lambourne and Thompson, both longtime educators and administrators, Bonneville Junior High School is ready for the 2015-2016 school year. l
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Bengals Break In Their New Field With a Pre-season Win By Sarah Almond
ugust 11, 2015 was a big day for the Brighton High School girls soccer team: they played on their brand new field and won their first pre-season game against Ridgecrest 2-0. “This is a happy day for the community, a happy day for the players, and a happy day for the city of Cottonwood Heights,” Bob Dowdle, deputy and assistant superintendent of Canyons School District, said. The school broke ground on the $750,000 project a year and a half ago, after the Board of Education unanimously voted to make the preserved open space near Butler Middle School a soccer field exclusively for Brighton High School. July 1, 2015 marked the field’s completion. “It was really important to us to have more green space and we are happy to have this facility for the school,” Nancy Tingey, 2nd vice president on The Board of Education, said. The gated field, which was formerly a parking lot, will be used solely by the Brighton High School boys soccer and girls soccer teams, and will not be used for rec-league games or practices. “We wanted to create a place that was just for our school,” Boardmember Amber Shill
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said. “All the schools we play have their own field, and we wanted our student athletes to have the same.” “We’re fortunate to have a very active community that is really valuable to our schools and our district,” Charisse Hilton, principal of Brighton High School, said. “This field has been a long time in the making and we are beyond happy to have this facility.” The girls soccer team couldn’t agree more. With Aug. 11 being the group’s first time playing on the field, the energy and excitement was undeniable. “This field is awesome,” senior captain Rachel Powley said. Powley, who was named 5A 1st Team All-State last year, has had a rough start to the 2015 season. “I shifted my kneecap out of place during tryouts,” Powley said, “but I’ll be fine once the official season starts.” After tryouts concluded on Monday, Aug. 3, just 54 girls were named players on the 2015 Bengals team. In years past, the team has only taken 36 girls from tryouts, but due to changes in the Utah High School Activities Association bylaws, the Bengals welcomed 18 more girls to comprise their JV, varsity
Brighton High School girls soccer team breaks in their brand-new field the right way with a win over Ridgecrest. Strong leadership and camaraderie show promise for the Bengals season
and junior teams. “We have really, really strong depth this season,” said senior captain Megan Turner. “Our underclassmen work so hard and that pushes us to work harder as upperclassmen.” The girls spend two hours a day, five days a week conditioning, shooting, running drills and focusing on passing. However, with the team now being split into three sub-teams, the girls’ biggest challenge is learning how to play with a physically divided team. “We have to be very competitive within our team, and that can be challenging,” senior Janessa Garcia said.
Though the team may be split on the field, their team chemistry is not lacking. Between team challenges, dinners, sleepovers and practices, the girls spend hours bonding both on and off the field. “Our group gets along really well,” said senior Felicia Caten. “We work hard and we compete even harder.” Though they play hard with the goal of making it to the state championships in October, they also play hard for the community. “This community is outstanding,” Garcia
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Football Buddies Are The Best Kind: Brighton High School Football Preview
By Sarah Almond
t’s only 8:30 in the morning and already the heat is almost unbearable. The Brighton High School Bengal football team has been practicing for two hours, with more than an hour of conditioning remaining. The team began practicing in full pads on Aug. 10, but has been working hard in helmet practice and weight lifting since July 15. “We’ve got a lot of returning guys for our varsity team this year,” head coach Ryan Bullett said, “and we’ve got a lot of hard workers.” The Bengals are competing to be the 2015 5A Regional Champions, a title they have yet to claim. “We have some pretty decent players,” Coach Bullett said, “but our goal is to get better week to week, regardless of wins or losses.” Coach Bullett, a member of the Cottonwood Heights community for more than 20 years, is beginning his 10th season as head coach for the Bengals. A graduate of Hillcrest High School, Bullett played on the offensive line for the University of Utah Utes in 1989 and 1990. He currently holds a 55-45 record with the Bengals. Through his years of leading the Bengals, Bullet has built a coaching staff rich with Brighton alumni. Twelve out of the 13 assistant coaches are all BHS graduates. Offensive coordinator Denny Crockett, who has also coached the Bengals with Bullett for 10 years, played for BYU in 2000 and wide receiver coach Reno Mahe played for the Bengals until 1996, when he signed to play with BYU. “I’m excited to see the offense get better all year long – all the way to the end of the season,” Crockett said. Mahe, who was a running back and return specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003 to 2007, is making his Bengals coaching debut in the 2015 season. “I didn’t think the team was going to be anything like this,” Mahe said, “but these kids work really hard and have a good attitude.” Positivity on the Bengals team is undeniable, as is the camaraderie. The team consists of 90 players and is comprised of an even number of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. “One of our greatest strengths is our tightknit group,” senior captain and committed BYU recruit Drew Jenson said. “Our group is growing, but we all still have each other’s backs.” After a season-ending injury in the 2014 season, Jenson is excited to get back on the field as more than just a verbal leader.
Affordable In-Home Care For Seniors • Meal Preparation • Bathing Assistance The BHS Football Team take a knee as Coach Bullett wraps up morning practice “I’m ready to step up and lead as best as I can,” Jenson said. For decades, group unity and leadership have been strong focuses for the Bengals; so much so, in fact, that the team created a unique breakdown to encourage and build team spirit. “Football buddies are the best kind, ‘cause nobody messes with a buddy of mine.” Between two-a-day practices and team building activities off the field, the Bengals are preparing to take the 2015 season by storm. “We have brand new turf, a brand new score board, and one of the nicest weight rooms in the state,” Bullett said, “and I think the guys are really excited about it.” Even with a large group of players, the coaching staff is aware of the difficulties that lie ahead of the team in terms of depth. “We’re low in numbers, so depth and staying healthy are going to be our biggest challenges,” Bullett said. Thankfully, the team has a strong, reliable offense. As one of the highest scoring offenses in the region last year, Bullett is hoping for the same results in the coming season. “Our offense will be clicking this year,” Bullett said. “I’m feeling really good about the season,” said senior captain Jackson Kaufusi, a starter on both offense and defense. “We have some really good athletes on the team this year.” The Bengals will play their first conference game at home against Herriman on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. l
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Flag Football Returns to Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center for Fall League By Sarah Almond
lag football is returning to Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center for a fall league, starting Aug. 29. This coed program ran a league in the spring, with much success and support from the Cottonwood Heights community. Nearly 60 percent of last season’s participants said they would be interested in playing in a fall season. “We had a great turnout last season,” said Warren Hallmark, program coordinator at CHRC. “We were able to make eight different teams out of about 80 kids from the community.” This non-contact form of football was first played in the 1930s, when it was originally called “Touch and Tail Football.” The game of flag truly developed a decade later, though, when members of military bases played for recreation. Today, both small and large organizations are springing up across the nation. The National Football League has sponsored a nationwide organization, NFL Flag, which allows children of all ages to engage in the sport of non-contact football. As an NFL Flag-sponsored event, players will get to select their desired NFL jersey to wear during the season. “We hope the jerseys will encourage the players, and we think it will be a cool opportunity for them,” Hallmark said. CHRC Youth Flag Football program, a league of NFL Flag, welcomes boys and girls in grades one through six. Games are played twice a week in Bywater Park and are open for the community to attend. “We had three girls sign up last season,” Hallmark said, “and they played great. They had a really good time.”
New Field continued from page 18 said, “and (coach) Mark always encourages us to give back to the community.” As part of their initiative to contribute and give back, the players are involved in several service projects throughout the year. The team recently traveled to Midvale to spend a day with students at Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and more. “We had such a fun time just hanging out, playing and doing activities with the kids,” said Powley, who was clad in a T-shirt covered in autographs of the JVS students. “Mark has this saying,” Turner said. “‘When you’re on the BHS team you represent
Members of the Steelers team give flag football a thumbs-up. This flag football league is an alternative to traditional tackle football. It’s designed to help children get comfortable with the fundamentals of football and for them to understand the importance of fair and fun play. “Competition is not the point of the league, and forced rules aren’t really a point of the league,” Hallmark said. “The point is for kids to learn the basics of football in a fun and safe environment. We want kids to come out of this with confidence and a positive outlook.” Alex Osborne, a student at Brighton High School and hockey referee, is one of the referees for the upcoming fall season. “I’m really excited about having fun with the kids this season,” Osborne said. “It was cool last season to watch the kids play and become better.” For information on Fall Youth Flag Football, visit CHRC. l much more than just yourself: you represent your family, your school and your community.’” Head Coach Mark Stoker is leading the Brighton Bengals for the fourth year in a row. Though many of the girls played under him at Utah Valley University Soccer Camp in June 2015, all of the players agree that having a coaching staff of Brighton High School alumni encourages camaraderie and school spirit. Coach Stoker and assistant coach Brett Rosen both played soccer at Brighton High School. The Brighton Bengals play their first conference game against rival Bingham Miners on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be held on the new field at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, just east of Butler Middle School. l
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We Don’t Need No Dreaducation By Peri Kinder
very summer vacation I ever had ended with the terrifying fear of going back to school. There’s even a name for that fear: didaskaleinophobia--because nothing describes the fear of school so aptly as a word you will never be able to pronounce or spell. My fears in elementary school included being in a class without my best friend, finding out I wasn’t smart, having a mean teacher and being forced to eat everything on my lunch tray. (The fear of school lunch is a whole different topic.) Boys were also a great fear. They were unpredictable, incomprehensible, disgusting show-offs—and that was on a good day. I continue to be afraid of earthworms after a stupid boy in first grade threw a handful down my shirt. I screamed for 23 minutes straight. As I got older, my fears increased exponentially. Entering junior high was akin to walking into the Roman Colosseum to face a hungry lion. A lion who had better hair than I did. And no pimples. Seventh grade was the year of deodorant, showering at school, Clearasil and the ever mysterious feminine hygiene products no one talked about. The anxiety of reeking with body odor sent me into a Love’s Baby Soft addiction. Even now, that scent reminds me of junior high locker rooms. Getting lost at school was a huge worry, as was finding and opening my locker. I would often scamper from class to class with my head down, clutching six textbooks across my chest because I couldn’t find my locker.
Increasing my fear of lockers, one afternoon my boyfriend was standing next to me with his arm casually draped over my open locker (it looked so cool). Then I slammed the door, accidentally cutting off the top of his finger. If you think it’s hard remembering a locker combination, try opening your locker when the boy you’re trying to impress is screaming and crying with his finger stuck in the door. He broke up with me soon after that. Then there’s the primordial fear of not being cool. I’d
be in the hall when a group of older, popular kids walked by (for some reason, in slow motion). The girls laughed and casually tossed their spiral-permed tresses over their shoulders. To a seventh grader, the mature age of 15 was the epitome of awesomeness. I stared dumbstruck, my mouth agape, displaying my uncool braces and wearing my first pair of Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans that my mom bought only after I convinced her I would NOT wear homemade clothes to junior high. In one of the most misguided rebranding campaigns of all time, I decided junior high would be a great time to change my image. I tried swearing for the first time. It was cool. I was determined to reinvent myself as a rebel who drank Coke and said “damn.” For a 12-year-old Utah girl, that’s akin to being a homeless wino who juggles bunnies on a street corner. But what scared me more than anything were the people who kept telling me that my school years would be the best time of my life. It was paralyzing to think that avoiding bullies, flunking geometry, dealing with no self-esteem and eating Funyuns and Coke for lunch everyday would be the highlight of my time on this earth. They were so wrong. There’s not enough money in the world to convince me to relive that hellish experience. For all you students facing these fears this year, trust me, it gets so much better. l
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THREE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON DINNER AND A MOVIE By Joani Taylor
t’s Friday. The office is restless and your friend in the cubicle next to you has been talking endlessly about their plans for the weekend. You can’t help but feel a little envy. It’s been ages since the two of you have had a real date; maybe you could go this weekend. Alas, you are snapped back into reality; your wallet is thin, the water heater went out last month and you need to come up with the cash for the kids’ soccer uniforms. It looks like it’s another weekend of cleaning toilets and catching up on laundry and yard work. Spending quality time as a couple can become difficult and seem like an unnecessary expense as life becomes hectic with kids. However, couples that spend time focusing on one another can improve their relationship, resolve communication issues and increase intimacy. It also provides the kids with a good blueprint by showing them the importance of investing time in a relationship. There are hundreds of creative date night ideas on the Utah-based website DatingDivas.com that can inspire a fun idea for a night out. But, what if you just want a good ole’ fashioned dinner and movie? Here are three money saving ideas you might not have thought of: #1 - Shopkick: Shopkick is a mobile app that awards users points for walking into stores and performing various other actions. There are many stores that participate, like JC Penney, Best Buy, Macy’s and even home improvement stores and warehouse clubs. Often the stores are all in a single mall
or shopping center, making it easy to walk from store to store. Simply download the app and walk in the door of the participating stores. After doing so, you’ll be awarded points called “kicks.” The kicks add up and convert to free gift cards for places such as Target, Lowe’s and even Fandango and The Cheesecake Factory. Did someone say free Cheesecake Factory and a movie? Users typically get $5 for every 1250 kicks, and they add up fast. Plus, as a sweet little bonus, Friday happens to be bonus kicks day, where you get 100 kicks for walk-ins, as opposed to 35-50 on other days of the week.
Some stores give even more points for scanning specific items in the store. Hubby and I can often be found on Shopkick dates and routinely bump into others doing the same. Make sure you both have the app to double your bonus. More info at Shopkick.com. #2 - Tuesday Date Night: Plan your date on Tuesday. Okay, it may seem a little out of the ordinary, but there’s a reason. On Tuesdays, Megaplex Theatres offers $5 movies. Plus, many restaurants with email clubs run special bargains for their subscribers during the week. Mimi’s, for example, is well known for sending out “buy 1 meal get 1 free” coupons to email subscribers during the week. As a bonus, many of these also send out additional freebie meals for your birthday. Visit Coupons4Utah.com/emailrestaurant for a huge list of restaurants with email rewards. #3 - Dinner and Movie at Home: Who said dinner and a movie has to be on the go? How about getting your little monkeys to bed first and having dinner and a movie at home. Make it fun by cooking together. Later, put out a picnic blanket or snuggle on the couch with your dollar store, theater-style popcorn cups. While you’re there, pick up theater candy for $1, too. You’ll also want to make sure you have joined Redbox’s text club. They often send text club members codes for free movies. You can subscribe by texting MOVIENIGHT to 727272 and then replying with “Y” to confirm. Now the only obstacle is agreeing on what to watch!
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spotlight on: Ulrich Realtors
Honesty, integrity, and dedication are three values Joe incorporates into his business dealings. He doesn’t believe in pressuring clients into buying something they might regret later. “I’m anxious to make people comfortable and to do the right thing,” he says. “I’ll assist them any way I can. I’m not there to push them into something they don’t want to buy.” For homebuyers, Joe suggests prequalifying for a loan in order to understand what their budget will be. He also advises not stretching that budget for a bigger home, but staying in a comfort zone and not being persuaded to overspend. Before he lists a home, Joe pays for a market appraisal so his clients will know what to expect. He doesn’t believe in inflating the cost of a home in order to make a bigger profit. Plus, with an accurate appraisal the home will sell faster. With real estate prices stable and interest rates hovering at around 4 percent, Joe says this is the perfect time to buy a home. His team specializes in homes anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley, and they do what they can to help their clients find the home that’s just right for them. A house is just a house until people make it a home. Joe Olschewski with Ulrich Realtors can help you find yours. To contact Joe, call 801-573-5056 or email him at email@example.com. Joe is available anytime to answer questions or to offer advice. l
eing a realtor is a tough job. Not only does one suffer the vagaries of a shifting economic climate, but the competition in a geographic area can be particularly fierce. Nevertheless, real estate agent Joe Olschewski with Ulrich Realtors is up to the challenge. Experience is a must when it comes to real estate. Knowledgeable realtors bring a vast amount of understanding to help their clients as they navigate the real estate market. Joe has over 30 years of experience his customers have learned to rely on. He and his partners work together to ensure a great home buying experience. Over the past six years, the Salt Lake County housing market has experienced historic levels of volatility. From 2007 to 2010, prices plunged 20 percent and sales fell more than 40 percent, according to local analyst Jim Wood. But in the ensuing four years, prices and sales have recovered, with low interest rates helping sustain the price recovery, and accelerating job growth supporting the increase in sales. Joe guarantees real estate is a great investment with some wonderful opportunities available. “I’ve been through a lot of cycles,” Joe says. “Real estate has always been good through those cycles.”
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