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Groundbreaking Begins on New Alta View Elementary By Julie Slama / julie@mycityjournals.com

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Students help dig dirt for the new two-story Alta View that will be built to the east of the current 53-year-old elementary school. It is being built with money from a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. — Robyn Curtis

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‘Beethoven: The Titan’ Presented by American West Symphony and Chorus By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

Soloists Stania Shaw and Doris Brunatti perform with the American West Symphony. —Kelly Cannon


n a night of both musical and vocal performance, the American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy presented “Beethoven: Titan” on May 7 at the theater at Mount Jordan Middle School. The nonprofit music group’s performance was divided into three separate parts, with the final number being a combination of the symphony, the chorus and four soloists performing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” The American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy was established in 1988 with the goal of bringing music to residents of the area. However, the chorus section of the nonprofit was disbanded a few years ago and has only recently begun to actively recruit new members. For the “Beethoven: The Titan” piece, there were not enough members in the American West Chorus to properly perform it. The chorus then recruited the help of the Park City Singers, who joined the chorus on stage to perform the final number. “Since we didn’t have enough singers, this was the best solution,” Charlotte Jordan, the chairman of the board for the American West Symphony and Chorus, said. The first performance of the evening was

Soloists David Saeur and Tyler Oliphant perform with the American West Symphony. —Kelly Cannon

“Piano Concerto No. 2” by Camille Saint-Saëns. The piece featured the symphony and headlined Edward Neeman as the piano soloist. Neeman is an Austrailian-American pianist who has won numerous international piano competitions and is currently a member of the piano faculty at Utah Valley University. The second piece was three sections of the “Firebird Suite,” a ballet by Igor Stravinsky. The piece was performed by the symphony alone. In the program, Jordan explained the piece was commissioned when Stravinsky was only 21 years old. Since its 1910 premiere, the piece has become one of the most popular Russian ballets. The final piece was Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” and included the entire symphony, singers from both the American West Symphony and Chorus and the Park City Singers and four soloists. The soloists were soprano Stania Shaw, mezzo-soprano Doris Brunatti, tenor David Sauer and bass Tyler Oliphant. Jordan said the purpose of the American West Symphony and Chorus is to introduce and preserve music. “The goal is to really preserve classical music, especially with young children,” Jordan


During the dress rehearsal the day before the performance, the nonprofit invited students from Mount Jordan Middle School to watch the performance for free. Jordan said many parents thanked her and other board members for the opportunity to introduce classical music to their young students. “Middle school is really the right age to show kids,” Jordan said. “The symphony is committed to bringing music to young kids.” Jordan also expressed appreciation to be able to have the symphony perform at the middle school in their large theater. “We used to perform in such small venues. Now we have bigger and bigger performances,” Jordan said. “We have such a high-quality work for such a small group, especially compared to bigger groups.” The next performance for the American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy will be the Pops Concert, a collection of patriotic and Broadway show-tune numbers. The concert will be at 8 p.m. on June 29 at the Sandy Amphitheater. The concert is free and open to the public. l

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‘Seussical Jr’. Brings Children’s Books to Life By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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n a stunning display of visual and vocal feats, this year’s youth theater production of “Seussical Jr.” brought the stories of Dr. Seuss to life. Produced by the Sandy Arts Guild and performed at Mount Jordan Middle School, “Seussical Jr.” was a fast-paced extravaganza of musical and technical talent. “Seussical Jr.” combines different elements from the children’s books of Dr. Seuss but focuses primarily on Horton the Elephant, played by Forrest Lorrigan. In the first act, Horton tries his best to protect the residents of Whoville, a tiny planet the size of a speck of dust. Because Horton is the only one who can hear them, he faces ridicule from the jungle animals, primarily Sour Kangaroo, played by Lizz Kartchner. In the second act, Horton is tricked into sitting on an egg laid by Mayzie La Bird, played by Grace Zito, while she goes off to Palm Springs. The play ends on a happy note with Horton finally noticing Gertrude McFuzz, played by Sabrina Wilhite, who is his neighbor and loves him, and together, they decide to raise the elephant bird who hatches from the egg together. The entire show is narrated by the Cat in the Hat, played by Matthew Maag. The show was produced by the Sandy Arts Guild and directed by Stephanie Chatterton. This is Chatterton’s fifth youth theater production with the guild. The others include “Once on this Island Jr.,” “Peter Pan,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” Chatterton received the script in December and held auditions in February.

Forrest Lorrigan (Horton) and Matthew Maag (Cat in the Hat) perform in “Seussical Jr.” —Karla Marsden

“We were looking for the best of the best. For some of the characters, we were looking for specific character traits. Horton, being an elephant, had to have a big presence,” Chatterton said. “But we also looked for kids who had that extra passion and sparkle.” This year, the cast had a lot of new faces to the productions of the Sandy Arts Guild. According to Chatterton, half of the cast was new to productions produced by the guild and a fourth of them had never done musical theater before. “The reputation the Sandy Arts Guild has for performances is really good,” Chatterton said. “Kids learn how fun it is and they come back year after year and they bring their friends.” The cast consisted of children between the ages of five and 18, with the exception of Melia Thompson, the girl who played the elephant bird, who is only four. Chatterton said she has known Melia her entire life and personally selected her for the small role. “I knew she’d give it her all, even if it’s a tiny moment that steals the whole show,” Chatterton said. While directing children may seem daunting, Chatterton said children are her favorite people to work with. “They are all so eager to please. You’ll give them a note about something and by next rehearsal, it’s memorized and perfect,” Chatterton said. “They put their absolute heart and soul into it. Chatterton’s favorite part of the show is the musical number “Solla Sollew,” a more somber piece where the characters dream of an imaginary place where everything will be better.

“Our interpretation of the song was it was about coming home to family,” Chatterton said. “That can either be your nuclear family or your chosen family.” The most difficult part of the play in technical terms was trying to create a separate space for the residents of Whoville in order to convey they were smaller than the rest of the cast. “How do you get kids who are all the same size to look smaller?” Chatterton said. This was achieved by having Whoville upstage and higher than the rest of the cast. Chatterton also attributed the success to the lighting designer Rick Martson. Sixteen-year-old Sabrina Wilhite, who played Gertrude McFuzz, has been doing productions with the Sandy Arts Guild for the past five years. She had been in “Seussical Jr.” before, playing Sour Kangaroo at Brighton High School. She described Gertrude as quirky and kind of out there. She gained inspiration for Gertrude by finding interesting and weird traits she liked. “I’d take that inspiration and I’d amplify it to suit her,” Sabrina said. Seventeen-year-old Forrest Lorrigan, who plays Horton, has been doing productions with the guild for the past two years and said he has loved every one he’s done. Forrest said there wasn’t really any challenge when it came to putting on this production. “It’s fun and it’s something I love to do,” Forrest said. “Everyone is involved in the same thing and you’re able to catch the characters of everyone on stage.” l

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Youth Fishing Teaches Children Fundamentals By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


very year, the Sandy City Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a youth fishing program, one of the most popular youth programs in the department. Children from ages six to 14 are taught the fundamentals of fishing during the six-week course. All the classes are taught at Grandpa’s Pond. “The hope is they will learn the basics at this pond and then they’ll go out and fish at bigger ponds,” Josh Allred, the recreational coordinator at Sandy City Parks and Recreation Department, said. Allred, who has been teaching the class for the past four years, said the goal of the program is to teach kids the value fishing can bring someone while also teaching them how to be responsible and how to protect natural resources. Each class is an hour and a half long. The first 45 minutes is devoted to instruction. Over the six weeks, the kids learn how to cast, how to tie knots, the biology of the fish, different techniques used to catch more fish and the different kinds of bait and hooks that can be used. The kids also learn the basics of how to clean and gut a fish. The second half of the class is devoted to the kids actually fishing. The Department of Natural Resources dumps fish into the pond every year, mostly trout and catfish. Allred said the program is extremely popular. In years past, they’ve had to turn kids away. One year when they didn’t cap the number of kids who could enroll, there were over 70 kids. “That’s just too many,” Allred said. Now the classes hover around 40 kids and the slots fill up fast. Allred said he believes it’s because of the value the kids get. “It’s only $15 for six instructional days,” Allred said. “That’s three to four hours of personal fishing instruction.” At the end of the course, the group hosts a fish fry. While the main course is hot dogs, the group does spend some of the money

on purchasing salmon, trout and catfish to fry up. Each kid can have a taste of the fish. “It’s a chance for them to try fish, sometimes for the first time,” Allred said. At the end of the program, the kids also receive a T-shirt, a tackle box and an instructional booklet provided by the Department of Natural Resources. Allred explained the booklet was to help refresh the concepts of fishing to the kids when they go out on their own to fish. The group demographic is varied with a wide range of ages and gender. Allred said he often finds it’s the girls in the group who are less squeamish when it comes to cutting worms in half and putting them on hooks, while the boys tend to be too grossed out to immediately try it. “It makes it quite funny,” Allred said. The youth fishing program is a parent-participation course, meaning parents are encouraged to stick around and help their kid with the fishing. Allred said the program is also great for teaching parents about fishing. “A lot of parents don’t know how to fish. They end up learning a lot about how to fish from coming to the classes with their kids,” Allred said. “For just $15, it’s hard to beat that value.” There is an additional cost if the kid is 13 years or older. The state of Utah requires anyone 13 years old or over to get a fishing license. These licenses can be purchased online at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), at a variety of retail stores or over the phone with the DWR. Allred said he hopes the kids who participate in the program enjoy trying something new. He also hopes the kids will continue to go fishing as they grow up. “There are those who really grab hold of it and it can be a real foundation for them,” Allred said. l

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Sandy City Fire and Police Departments Talk Budgets By Chris Larson | chris@mycityjournals.com


oth Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker and Fire Chief Bruce Cline claimed the youth of the their employees was both a strength and a weakness in budget hearings at the May 10 city council meeting. “Forty percent are at or below four years,” Thacker said. “We’ve hired 36 offaicers since 2012.” The challenge of hiring officers if compounded by increasingly negative perceptions of police, decreased applications for police jobs and decreasing ability to hire “laterals,” or officers of experience from other agencies. He also said this further compounds the problem of expenses of the police department. Thacker said it costs just under $118,000 to

evaluate, hire, train and equip new officers. Thacker said there is not an incentive for officers with experience in other agencies to work for Sandy City because of a diminished and drawn-out pay scale as compared to other police departments. Thacker also noted that about 30 percent of the police force could retire in the next three years and up to 50 percent of the force could retire in 10 years. The police budget increased to compensate for the addition of a new officer to the force, bringing the number of officers to 112. Councilmember Stephen Smith noted that with the retirements and the desire to increase the police force to 130 in the next 10 years means a 50 percent growth of new officers in

Sandy City to Study Its Public Safety By Chris Larson | chris@mycityjournals.com

“Our goal with the staffing study is to leave it to a professional to determine…our exact need.”


andy City administration is working on a request for proposals for a comprehensive study of public safety apparatus. Both the Sandy City police and fire departments face staffing challenges, with about 30 percent of the police force up for retirement in the next three years and the staffing of the fire department diminished to well below 2002 levels despite an increasing call volume. Councilmember Kristin ColemanNicholl said the study is the council is not equipped to make the appropriate predictions for staffing needs, as both Sandy’s daytime and nighttime populations increase the CAIRNS Project and expansion of highdensity housing in downtown Sandy. “Our goal with the staffing study is to leave it to a professional to determine, with our large amount growth in our downtown area and with our annexations, our exact need,” Coleman-Nicholl said. A request for proposals draft said a potential study would entail a “comprehensive assessment and evaluation” of the “needs and performance” of the police and fire departments and emergency medical service.

The potential study would also examine the effectiveness of the department’s abilities, ranging from training employees to keeping records; the city growth demographics and projections; and the community’s financial capabilities. The police department has experienced waves of retirements in recent years. Eight police officers retired in 2014 when former Police Chief Stephen retired. The police department in recent years has been down by as many as 17 officers according to ColemanNicholl. Coleman-Nicholl said the city hopes to detail the needs of Sandy’s public safety needs so the departments can stratify hiring the budgets of separate years, rather than straining any given year’s budget by hiring several employees at once. “We just need to get it out to the right people and wait for bids to come back,” Coleman-Nicholl said. The requests for proposals resolution was removed from the May 10 consent calendar and will be discussed on May 24 because Councilmember Steve Fairbanks said it required more time and discussion. l

Sandy. He also questioned the apparent policy to hire new officers when other officers leave rather than incentivizing officers to stay as an effective policy. Thacker said his budget proposes adjusting pay rates for new and slightly experienced officers as well as creating a master officer position to which experienced officers could be promoted to. “We have the best employees in the state,” Cline said. He also continued to note that the greatest strength of the fire department was its current set of employees. Cline said the city may not have to purchase a new fire ambulance for the next 15 years. The purchases of a dismountable ambulance box allows, Cline said, to essentially get a new

truck for an ambulance when the old one is no longer serviceable. Cline also said an opportunity and weakness for the department is the new wildfire bill, SB 122, which will provide funds for municipalities to fight wildfires only if they conform to certain requirements, including fire prevention and a “cooperative agreement.” He also hopes to engage in revitalizing the now defunct volunteer program. He noted that wildland in the Wasatch and Dimple Dell areas are a major threat and proposed a new 100-foot, single-axle truck. He wants this additional large truck as a way to provide some equipment for ladder trucks, which the fire department relies on other cities to provide. l


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Hale Centre Theatre Announces 2017 Line-up, Completion Dates for New Theater By Chris Larson | chris@mycityjournals.com

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ale Centre Theatre Vice President Sally Dietlein announced the 2017 performance schedule and estimated completion dates for their new theater at a media tour of the construction site on May 4. The 460-seat proscenium thrust currently titled “The Jewel Box” is slated to show “Forever Plaid” starting Sept. 1, 2017, according to a statement from Hale Centre Theatre. The theater will house 1,360 seats with six inches more legroom than the Hale theater location in West Valley City, Sally said. The larger, 900-seat “theater in the round” style main theater will open with the play “Aida” on Nov. 16, 2017, according to the same statement. “This kind of a world-class premier facility is being built for the actors who live, breathe and work here in Utah — where they reside with their families, where they learned their craft and where they want to be,” Sally said. Hale Centre Theatre Annual Fund Development Director Quin Dietlein said the nonprofit has the goal to pay back the $42.7 million bond in 10 years after the completion of their new theater at 10000 South and Monroe Street. He also said the “firm” price tag for the

new Hale Centre Theatre facility is $65 million, but acknowledges there is still a margin of error for exact costs as the project continues. “We look at it is a big mortgage. It’s a lot happier place to live if you are not living under a super heavy mortgage payment,” Quin said. City documents note that the Hale has 30 years to pay the bonds with 5.5 percent per annum back to the city. Quin said donors have already raised about $18 million and he is considering selling naming rights for both the theaters, in addition to ticket sales. Sally said the 2017 entertainment season was sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union. “We’re still chasing money,” Quin said. “The fun thing that we get to do is talk to people who believe in the project and believe in the benefit to the community.” The 130,000-square-foot theater will house year-round performances. Layton Construction Executive Vice President Jeff Beecher said the facility, designed by Beecher Walker and Associates, will require 970 tons of rebar, 1,617 tons of steel and 7,700 yards of concrete. Beecher said about 3,000 yards was poured Wednesday. The concrete exterior walls will be 18 inches thick and soundproof. l


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Albion Middle School Book Club Invites Community By Julie Slama / julie@mycityjournals.com


ince 2003, Albion Middle School students have met regularly to read and discuss books. “We sit in a circle where everyone participates, talking about the book,” Albion teacher librarian Marianne Bates said about the school book club. However, on April 19, students were joined by their parents and other community members, all wearing yellow stars with the words, “Jude and non-Jew: One in Struggle.” With the invitation extended to the community, about 35 members of the extended book club listened to author Eileen Hallet Stone lead the book club discussion of Jennifer Roy’s “Yellow Star,” a historical fiction book based on a young girl’s experiences in Poland’s Lodz ghetto. The program received funding from Utah Humanities. Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. Bates, who is the Utah Educational Library Media Association’s Teacher Librarian of the Year, applied for the $500 Utah Humanities grant in January and received it one month later. “It’s the first time we’ve had a guest speaker and invited the community,” she said. Stone, who is the living history columnist for the “Salt Lake Tribune” and has

interviewed Holocaust survivors, is the author of “The Hidden History of Utah.” She said she has personal experience growing up amongst Holocaust survivors — her grandmother ran a boarding home. “It was on this beautiful beach in Massachusetts, but every time I looked at him, he’d be staring at the beach and looked so sad,” she said. “The Holocaust was targeted at more people than just Jews,” Stone told students. “A lot of innocent people died. Those who were handicapped, black, Catholics and more. Yes, the Jews suffered greatly.” Stone asked the students why the girl in the story becomes scared. “She doesn’t know what is going to happen to her, to her family, where they are going. How would you feel if you were taken away from your family?” she said. Then, she asked students if it was fair if they were plucked from their families to perhaps never see them again, only to end in up in a labor camp, working without boots, with just enough food to stay alive. Going back to the book, Stone asked how the girl survives. “She becomes a believer, someone who has used her imagination to survive. When she was three years old, did she picture herself as hiding out, taken from her home to live in a

ghetto? She doesn’t have a doll or games. Her friends are gone. She uses her imagination to make up things and remember stories read to her. It kept her alive, kept her strong,” she said. Stone recalled a Jewish pediatrician she interviewed who survived the war. “The Germans taught him everything they knew without books. He memorized what he learned and that helped him to survive,” she said. After escaping, Stone asked students to put themselves in the shoes of the Russian soldier when he found the family. “He was crying because he didn’t know there were any children left. Here he was a Russian Jew and realized there was a spark of hope that his race and culture was not completely eliminated,” she said. Then she posed the question, “‘Why did the Jews wear the yellow star?’ It became a symbol where Nazis could discriminate against, be rude to, make fun of. And what does that sound like? Bullies. Bullies are taught to hate. If you don’t speak out, you’re part of the problem. We need to treat everyone with compassion, empathy, mindfulness.” Sixth-grader Megan Jacobsen, who regularly attends the book club, said she hadn’t read a lot of books about the Holocaust so she was looking forward to the monthly discussion. “I learned how scary it was and it was

Author Eileen Hallet Stone led Albion Middle School’s April 19 book club discussion of Jennifer Roy’s “Yellow Star,” a historical fiction book based on a young girl’s experiences in Poland’s Lodz ghetto. — Julie Slama

really sad how people got pushed around because of their religion or differences,” she said. Stone then asked students to participate in a role play that had immigrants come to a town who were different and did things in ways that weren’t customary. After an adjustment, they became friendly until another group came and another to make it a diverse town. “We need to talk to each other and embrace our differences. We need to accept each other, find our commonalities and not act better. We need to respect each other,” Stone said. l


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t was 1964 when Clark and Penny Steed moved into the Alta View Elementary neighborhood. Four Steed kids attended Alta View, Clark Steed volunteered several years with the school’s chess program and Penny Steed has worked most of her 40 years at the school as a literacy specialist. “There’s been very few structural changes to Alta View — until now,” Penny said. “I don’t have many complaints about the school other than the heat seems to always work. They put in coolers, but they only are in the halls so many of the children’s classrooms aren’t cooled off.” Major changes are in store for the 53-yearold elementary. On April 19, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to start work on the 83,000-square-foot two-story building, which will be built on the field just east of the current school. Completion is estimated for two years and it is being built with funds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. Third-grader Nathaniel Radke, who was at the ceremony along with his kindergartenage brother, Christopher, said he hopes when the school is done, fifth grade will be upstairs, as he will be a fifth-grader. “It would be cool to be in a class on the top floor and I hope there’s lots and lots of new computers in the new school,” he said. “I hope the water in my room won’t smell like it does now and that the heater works right.” Principal architect Philip Wentworth, with Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, said that with the new design and special features, every room will have a heat pump with all the controls that will operate an efficient boilercooler system. The design includes 24 classrooms and four rooms designed for its brain boosters program, all equipped with the ability to have computers in the classrooms as well as voiceamplification equipment for teachers. A grand staircase will lead upstairs to the media center and computer lab. Both upstairs and downstairs will have kivas for cooperative learning or smaller class performances. “It’s unique for the school district to have

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Mt. Jordan Eighth-Graders Learn About Careers By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


t. Jordan eighth-grader Cherlyn Sharp is thinking of possibly earning a degree in biotechnology, but definitely in the science field. That interest propelled her into making choices to listen to four guest speakers who have jobs in those areas during the school’s second annual “Pizza with a Professional” career fair that offered eighth graders an opportunity to learn about fields from marketing to audiovisual technology. “We want students to get broad, diverse information about careers which they may not know a lot about,” school counselor Whitney Bates said. School counselor Melissa Baker said students prepared questions for the speakers, such as to describe day-to-day responsibilities, pros and cons of the career and classes they should take to prepare for their careers. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Kristopher Cope gave students advice about entering law enforcement. “Students should know to keep up with their school work, hang with a good group of friends and learn to follow rules. It’s important students realize they need to make smart choices now,” he said. Cope said his English classes have helped with reading and writing reports as well as gym class since he has to be physically

fit. He suggested students earn a degree in communications, psychology or criminal justice. Third-year dental students at the Roseman University of Health Sciences talked about dental hygiene as well as tips to enter the field. “If students play instruments or are very artistic, they will become skilled and meticulous with their hands so that is very helpful to the field,” dental student Eddie Lee said, who became interested in the field after helping at a Costa Rican dental clinic. Dental student Greg Kang suggested job shadowing and volunteering. “It will give you an idea if this career is something that truly interests you,” he said. That is partially how Karli Healy, a Loveland Living Planet Aquarium keeper/ trainer, entered her field. “I was an intern when I realized this is exactly what I’d like to do,” she said. “I love my job. It’s fun to swim with the penguins and sharks, feed the otters, train the parrots, but there is a lot of work that people don’t often realize. We do a lot of research on the animals, we learn how we can stimulate and enrich their lives. We know their behaviors, how they may respond, what to do if they’re sick, come take care of them at all hours,” she said. She suggests students begin learning about the career, volunteering and studying

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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium keeper/trainer Karli Healy suggested Mt. Jordan Middle School students begin learning about careers, volunteering and studying college programs to help them pursue their interests. Here, she shows tools used to help train animals at the aquarium. — Julie Slama

thinking about being a pediatrician,” Jewel said. Classmate Joselyn Kump added, “As long as it’s our passion, I learned that the work will be worth it.” Math teacher Michele Snyder said she hopes students take the professionals’ advice seriously. “It can help them think about the future, see what options are out there and look where their education can lead them,” she said. l

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Altara Students Double Food Drive Goal By Julie Slama / julie@mycityjournals.com

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Altara Principal Nicole Svee Magann lived up to her promise of dying her hair pink when students doubled their canned food drive goal. She passed out Creamies to students and surprised them with her new hairdo. —Nicole Svee Magann


ltara Elementary students didn’t stop when they reached their goal of 1,200 cans to donate to the Utah Food Bank. The 560 students doubled their goal in about one week’s time. “The students were very excited to bring in can food and learned from student council why the Utah Food Bank needs donations all year, not just around the holidays,” Altara student council adviser Mary Jo Webber said. Students learned that one in every five kids are uncertain where their next meal is coming from and one in six Utahns are at risk of missing at least one meal each day. These and other reminders to bring in donations were on the daily announcements made by the nine-member student council. There were also reminders in the school newsletter, posters around school and on Altara TV. PTA President Alisha Harrison helped distribute flyers that were sent home with students and coordinated the school’s efforts with the Utah Food Bank. To give students an additional incentive,


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Sprucewood Fifth-Graders Win Engineering Contests By Julie Slama / julie@mycityjournals.com


t was their first time competing and it was against several teams of sixth-graders, but that didn’t intimidate Sprucewood Elementary fifth-graders who took first place at the Elementary Engineering Week at the University of Utah. More than 900 fifth- and sixth-graders from 15 schools participated in one of the three days of competition, March 1–3, sponsored by the U’s College of Engineering. Each day, a school was named champion after competing in four different contests, said Amanda May, U of U College of Engineering diversity and retention coordinator. “This really is a great opportunity to open their eyes so they can learn what engineers do and how engineering touches their daily lives,” she said. One of the four contests included bringing a catapult that was already student made. At Sprucewood, students were divided into five-member groups, and after constructing a catapult in their group, they competed against each other. The top three catapults advanced to compete against others at the U. Fifth-grader Isabelle Leininger asked her dad, Alta High physics teacher Matt Leininger, for suggestions for their group’s catapult, which was one Sprucewood took to the U. “There were specifics with how it had to be built and shoot,” Isabelle said. “We designed it so that it would launch a marshmallow and hit it 12 feet away.” However, at the U, it turned out to be too strong so Isabelle’s group pulled the catapult back as far as they could. Still, it overshot the target, she said. “They wanted us to figure out how to solve problems and even though we didn’t win that contest, it was still fun,” she said. Her team did win the straw tower competition by constructing the tallest structure that could withstand a fan blowing on it. “It took imagination. We bent straws and put them inside

each other to make it sturdier and used others that attached to the base so it wouldn’t fall. I thought we had a chance of winning since it was taller than me,” she said. In another rotation, fifth-grader Jennifer Butler’s team molded fish out of clay to pull through the water. There were two different contests: which fish could be fastest, and which would be slowest. Her group picked the slowest contest. “We studied other groups and saw what worked and what didn’t, then put several ideas of theirs and our own together to make it work,” she said. “We could test it and then change it up several times to see what worked best.” Her group didn’t win that contest, but they did win the strength of a paper boat competition. Each group was given a piece of cardstock and three feet of duct tape to construct a paper boat. Then the boats were placed in water and hex nuts were added. Jennifer’s group’s boat held 59 nuts. “We used the paper to make the boat into a nacho tray shape and covered it with duct tape. That way, the paper wouldn’t dissolve when it got wet. I was really surprised we won. I knew 59 was big, but still I wasn’t expecting we’d win,” she said. Winners in each rotation received certificates and small prizes. The overall winning school received a school certificate, which Sprucewood plans to display. Engineering Week was more than winning, Sprucewood teachers said. “Our kids were curious and engaged the entire time in these STEM-inspired activities,” teacher Debbie McDonald said. Teacher Karrie Wilbur said that students were encouraged to think for themselves. “They could ask, but weren’t given answers,” she said. “Instead, they were asked probing questions and tools so they how to think through the scientific method.”

Sprucewood Elementary fifth-graders place several hex nuts in a paper boat they made to determine how many it could hold before sinking. The school was one of the overall winners at the Elementary Engineering Week held March 1–3 at the University of Utah. — Karrie Wilbur

All the teachers agreed teamwork was the key. “They learned collaboration and teamwork,” teacher Julie Simmons said. “When they communicated and trusted each other, they worked together and were successful.” Lori Jones said the experience was new to many students who had never been on a college campus. “The students learned what a college was like and able to talk to students and instructors there,” Jones said. “The day allowed all students an eye-opening experience in the engineering field.” Steffi Lietzke, president of the Society of Women Engineers at the U of U, helped with the event. “Elementary Engineering week gives students hands-on opportunities to explore engineering that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” she said. “Students not only learn about engineering principles, but are also exposed to a university and get to see how much fun engineering is.” l


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Fiesta 5K Begins Sandy City Race Series By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he 2016 Fiesta 5K went off without a hitch on May 7 with over 120 participants running and walking to the finish line. The annual race is in its eighth year and is the first race of Sandy City race series. The race started and ended at Falcon Park, 9200 South 1700 East. Recreational Program Coordinator Dustin Jackson said it’s one of the city’s smaller races. “That same weekend, we had competition from other races,” Jackson said. “There was the BYU Invitational and the Race for the Cure in Salt Lake. We had groups who were going to run our race but they ran those instead.” The biggest race of the year is the 4th of July 5K, which draws over 500 participants. The second biggest race is the Midnight Moon Run, which takes place in August. The weather on May 7 was ideal for a race. While it was cloudy, Jackson said it was still great weather. But no matter if it’s rain or shine, the race still would’ve been held. “We still would have run the race unless there was thunder and lightning,” Jackson said. Each participant in the race received a T-shirt and was entered into a prize drawing. The timing company that officiated the race also provided racers with a card with not only their finish time but also where they placed in their age and gender division. The top three winners in each age bracket for both men

and women received a bronze, silver or gold medal respectively, leading to 32 medals being distributed. Staff members were placed throughout the race course to guide and encourage runners. Arrows were also strategically placed to help guide runners when staff were unavailable. Members of the Sandy City Police Department motorcycle squad were also present to bring up the rear and help with traffic and crowd control. Emergency medical personnel were available in case of any medical situation. Because the races offered by Sandy City are not sanctioned by the United States Track and Field, it’s an unofficial race meant to be either walked or run at leisure. Because of this, the races are fairly inexpensive. The Fiesta 5K cost either $20 for early registration or $25 for late registration. If three family members who live in the same household register for the race, they receive a discount — race entries are only $15. Since Sandy hosts a series of four 5Ks, runners can also receive a discount if they register for all of the races, each one only being $15. The money used for the 5Ks barely covers the cost of the staff, the T-shirts and the medals. These races are not meant to be a source of income for the city. “We pretty much break even,” Jackson

Runners start off the Fiesta 5K. —Dustin Jackson

said. “If there is any money left over, we’d probably use it to buy new equipment like arrows on a-frames.” In the bigger races, such as the 4th of July race, companies, especially start-up companies, will sponsor the event by providing both financial assistance and volunteers. Having these volunteers helps keep the cost of the race down. Jackson said the race series is a way to get people to be healthy in the community. “We want to get Sandy residents out there and running and healthy,” Jackson said. The next 5K is the 4th of July 5K, which

will take place at 7 a.m. on Independence Day just south of City Hall. Online registration ends June 30. The other races in the Sandy City race series include the Midnight Moon Run 5K on Aug. 19 and the Turkey Trot 5K on Nov. 12. Registration for these races end Aug. 17 and Nov. 10, respectively. Sandy City is also hosting a Fire Station Half-Marathon on Sept. 17. This is not part of the Sandy City race series and the race series registration is not valid. For more information about all the races, visit sandy.utah.gov/registration. l


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Shape Up Sandy Still Successful After Nearly a Decade By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


or almost 10 years, Healthy Sandy has sponsored Shape Up Sandy, a fitness program that encourages residents to become active. According to Nicole Martin, the communications director at Sandy City, the program has been very successful and well received over the years. “It’s no fun to try to lose weight by yourself,” Martin said. “If you do it with friends or family, it’s more enjoyable and people will participate.” Step Up Sandy is a free eight-week program that happens both in the spring and the fall where participants meet once a week for a long walk. The location rotates around different parks, allowing for people to see new parks, visit their favorite parks and enjoy the outdoors. “It’s much better than working out in your basement,” Martin said. Each time they participate in activities in the program, they accumulate points. This includes the Monday walks, the lectures also held on Monday, an additional weekly challenge and checking their blood pressure before and after the activity. Shape Up Sandy provides small incentives for accomplishing these tasks such as a cup or a salad shaker.

Martin said while the prizes aren’t big, they function as a rewards system for those following the program. “Losing weight and getting healthy is not easy,” Martin said. “It makes it that much easier to participate for those eight weeks,” she said. Martin said the participants love getting points and love getting them signed off. “It’s such a motivating factor,” she said. At the end of the program, all the participants are entered into a drawing for various health-related prices. Prizes include yoga mats or water bottles. One year, the grand prize was a new bike. For the past three or four years, a new component has been added to the program. Called “Walk with a Doc,” a medical professional from Alta View Hospital participates in the local walks. There, they are able to talk to the participants, answer questions and give health-related recommendations. Martin said this element of the program has been hugely successful and they will continue to have it be a part of Shape Up Sandy. Alta View Hospital is just one of the partners of Shape Up Sandy. Others include Salt Lake County, Alta Canyon Sports Center


Residents receive a treat while participating in Shape Up Sandy. —Sandy City

and Canyons School District. The program is for all ages and all fitness abilities. Participants can walk at their own pace and are encouraged to bring their families and even their dogs. The program wants to encourage the social element of the program because that helps get people to not only participate in the program, but to also stick with it through the eight weeks. The program draws around 100 participants, some of whom have been regulars for years.

“It’s something they look forward to every year,” Martin said. “It gives them a jump start on their fitness goals where it would’ve been far more difficult on their own.” Martin said she has felt the program has been successful because of its longevity. “It is absolutely the most successful program in Healthy Sandy,” she said. To learn more about Shape Up Sandy and Healthy Sandy, visit http://www.healthysandy. org. l

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Kids Learn Basketball Basics at Camp By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


or the past 15 years, former NBA coach Barry Hecker has taught kids the fundamentals of basketball in his own basketball camp. This year, the camp will be held from June 6 to 9 and is open to kids in grades three through nine. The camp is put on every year through a partnership with Sandy City. Recreation Manager Kevin Bybee said Hecker has a contract with the city. “He came to the city to use the facilities,” Bybee said. “The city does a 70/30 split with Hecker getting the 70. The city’s 30 helps pay for the facilities and the promotion.” Bybee said the camp seems to be popular, with around 30 to 40 kids each year. “The feedback is always positive,” Bybee said.

“People really seem to enjoy the camp.” The camp focuses on basketball skill development such as footwork, passing, dribbling and shooting. It also focuses on individual development of making the child’s game better. The camp is open to both boys and girls. Participants are asked to register for the camp by June 3 in order to get an accurate idea of how many will be at the camp. “It’s important when you run camps to have an idea of how many you’re going to have,” Bybee said. Hecker has previously worked with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the LA Clippers. He brings with him over 40 years of basketball experience at the professional, collegiate

and high school levels. He was also the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Westminster College for two seasons in the 1970s. The Barry Hecker Basketball Camp is just one of several sports and activities camps sponsored by Sandy City this summer. “We try to have all the important sports and individual sports so kids have the opportunity to play during the summer,” Bybee said. “We try to provide as much as we can for the residents of Sandy.” For more information about the Barry Hecker Basketball Camp and all the other sports and activities camps provided by Sandy City, visit http:// sandy.utah.gov. l

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he Girls State program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in each respective state of the country to educate youth about civic responsibility and government processes. For six days during the month of June, Weber State University hosts hundreds of girls selected throughout the State of Utah. This year thirteen girls comprised of students from Alta, American Fork, Hillcrest and Jordan High Schools were selected by the Sandy American Legion Auxiliary, Post 77 Unit. They represented their school as follows: Alta- Sydney Watkins, Ashley Jex, Rachel Pomeroy, Emory Springer Corner Canyon –Katie Bankhead, Abigail “Abby” Broadhead, Raquel Rhoads, Audrey Memott, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Ericksen JordanKari Schott, Audrey Pozernick Junior Girls

Auxiliary – Chiaura Champneys and Katelyn McBride These students participated, in an educational, hands on experience concerning government process through mock trials, elections, music, sports, and seminars with public officials. Each girl ran for offices on a city, county and state level. Girls State delegates selected two senators to represent them later this year at Girls State Nation in Washington, D.C. These girls have the opportunity upon completion of the program to earn 3 semester hours political science credit towards a university of their choice. In addition, to the girls gaining a greater understanding of our democratic political process, is a deeper appreciation for the men and women and patriotism for our country.l

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CrossFit Gym Raises Money to Help Victims of Human Trafficking By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


t’s CrossFit for a cause. CrossFit OUR, located just off Bangerter in Draper, is a CrossFit gym that raises money for Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), a nonprofit that rescues victims from human trafficking from all over the world. Gym manager Drew Rykert owns a CrossFit gym in Saratoga Springs where OUR founder Tim Ballard attended. Ballard approached Rykert, asking if he and his wife wanted to be a part of his newly founded nonprofit that rescued women and children from human traffickers. “Three months later, we found ourselves in Colombia rescuing children,” Rykert said. Rykert said Ballard and his team did the groundwork for the operation. It was Rykert and his wife’s job to pose as a host and hostess of a party in Colombia where three or four groups of girls and women were brought to the party to be prostituted. Rykert and his wife were in the back of the building with the girls while Ballard and his team were in the front of the building talking to the various pimps and “Johns,” or the men who wanted to purchase the women and girls. “Once money was exchanged, Tim signaled the local police and they were all arrested,” Rykert said. “We saw the girls go from being captives to freedom. It was eye opening and life changing.” While Rykert and his wife are part of the jump teams that only focus on the specific operations, OUR stays with the girls to help them recover, receive resources and help them break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Since then, Rykert has gone on another operation to Colombia and his wife has gone on to five more in South America. Rykert believes he was approached to help with operations because of his lifestyle and the CrossFit community, since

All of the throwdown competitors gather after raising money to help victims of human trafficking. —CrossFit OUR

CrossFit is about being in the best possible shape, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. “They’re taking healthy individuals who can handle themselves in uncomfortable situations and someone who is comfortable leaving the country,” Rykert said. He also explained the individuals need to have a level head in these situations because their covers can’t be blown until it is certain there is enough evidence to arrest the pimps and Johns. “You have to put yourself in a different frame of mind. You can’t have hot heads. You have to keep your wits about you,” Rykert said. “You also have to be optimistic about life, optimistic that these girls will accept the new life we can offer them.” Six months after his first operation, Rykert was approached

by Ballard about doing a fundraiser for OUR that centered on CrossFit. CrossFit OUR held a Slave Stealer Throwdown, a CrossFit competition where CrossFit champions from around the world, including the famous Rich Froning, would compete and raise money for OUR. All the proceeds from the competition went back to OUR. “Once the momentum was built up, the idea was how can CrossFit continue to work to help this cause,” Rykert said. CrossFit OUR is currently working toward a 100 percent model where the for-profit business would help cover the costs for the nonprofit. Any money donated to the OUR side does not go toward the businesses side; rather, the money used from membership fees at the gym go toward helping OUR. The gym is also used as a place where the operation members or “jump team” can work out and train. All the equipment in the gym was anonymously donated by an individual who wanted to see the 100 percent model come to fruition. CrossFit OUR continues to do quarterly events to raise money for OUR. These include 5Ks, local CrossFit competitions, bike rides and triathlons. The team also has a movie called “The Abolitionist,” which was screened in theaters across the country in May and showed what OUR is all about. Rykert believes having the OUR side of the business has really drawn people to his CrossFit gym. “It’s more than just getting a workout,” he said. “It’s a community united by a cause.” CrossFit OUR is located at 13648 South 200 West Draper. For more information about the gym and OUR, visit http:// crossfitour.com. l

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Sandy’s Healthcare Future


lta View Hospital has been a valuable community partner in Sandy for more than three decades, providing quality family healthcare, in addition to being a founding and continuing member of Healthy Sandy. In keeping with their commitment to our community, Alta View Hospital held a groundbreaking to unveil a multi-million dollar investment to renovate and expand their campus to ensure they can continue providing comprehensive medical care as our city grows. Given Alta View Hospital’s goal to set the standard for innovative healthcare, it was highly fitting to see robots doing the actual ribbon cutting at the groundbreaking of the hospital’s $100 million dollar renovation and expansion on April 13. The use of robots, built and designed by students at four area high schools, represents the Hospital’s goal to set the pace for enhancing a patient’s experience through the use of added technology and improved efficiencies. Alta View Hospital unveiled its plan to build a more modern, expanded and attractive facility with advancements in technology and design changes to improve the overall patient experience: Two new four-story patient/clinic towers to enable several departments to relocate and expand;

Co-locate the ER and urgent care for added patient convenience; New automated technologies to improve patient bedside care; Updated inpatient and maternity rooms; Digital whiteboards with touch screen monitors; State-of-the-art surgical suites; Real time location systems to help track assets, vehicles and other objects in real time. In addition to the four-story patient tower that will be added onto the north end of the women’s center, a second four-story tower will be built onto the south end of the existing Alta View Specialty Center. When completed, the building will be rebranded as the Intermountain Alta View Clinic, with 170,000 square feet of beneficial services for residents. Sandy City is transforming into a vibrant “Mountain Meets Urban” community and we could not be more pleased to have a healthcare partner willing and able to expand to meet our growing and changing needs. As the landscape of healthcare continues to technologically evolve, Alta View Hospital has wisely looked to the future to ensure they are prepared to meet our needs and exceed our expectations. l

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County Council Discusses Future of Equestrian Park


he Salt Lake County Equestrian Park may soon see some changes, thanks to the hard work of equestrian park users and the county’s parks department. During the county budget process last fall, I learned that the equestrian park operates with a roughly $1 million dollar subsidy from county taxpayers. I also learned of a litany of deferred maintenance items that hadn’t been funded and were causing problems for park users, including lack of adequate restrooms, and drainage problems near horse stalls. I started asking questions about whether this was the best use of taxpayer dollars and offered optimal value to our community. County voters have demonstrated that they value open space in our communities—a sentiment I share. Preserving places for our residents to enjoy outdoor activities is good for the physical and emotional health of those who call Salt Lake County home. The county subsidizes parks, on average, $5,000 per acre. The equestrian center on the other hand, is subsidized at about $7,500 per acre. Though the equestrian center generates some revenue (the operating budget is roughly $2 million, with about $1 million in revenue), it still is a significant cost to taxpayers each year to maintain. As I’ve worked to learn more in recent months, I’ve been extremely impressed with the users of the equestrian park who

have been helpful in outlining the value the park provides to the community, as well as working to identify ways we can improve the park and ultimately reduce the subsidy. We’ve been working through our public process to address the questions I raised, as well as the future of the park. The first part of that process is for the county parks department to finalize four different proposals for the future of the park. They include: status quo with maintenance improvements, an equestrian regional blend that removes the race track and adds soccer fields, an “enhanced” equestrian park that expands the functionality of the facility, and converting all of the land into a regional park with various sports fields. The council will review each of these scenarios and their corresponding costs, as well as ongoing operational costs under each scenario. This, coupled with a better understanding of the value the park provides, will equip the council to make the best decision regarding which scenario is best for the park’s future. We’ve been collecting a tremendous amount of public input thus far. I want to specifically thank each resident who has offered their perspective through the online survey as well as the town hall event we held at the park. Moving forward, I am committed to a few key principles. First, I remain absolutely committed to efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. With every project that this council

funds, we should ask whether the benefit to the community justifies the cost to the taxpayer. This principle was the primary motivator for my initial questions about the park, and remains a key focus. Second, we must maintain our practice of bringing key stakeholders to the table to work together to find a solution both the park users and county taxpayers find acceptable. The Equestrian Park Coalition has already shown tremendous initiative educating county officials—myself in particular— and offering possible solutions.The Mayor’s office has created an Equestrian Park Advisory board, comprised of county parks staff and equestrian park users. This board is instrumental in identifying viable options for the park’s ongoing future. Lastly, If this park is going to stay, then we as a county need to commit to investing in the park’s future. We will find areas to use taxpayer funds more efficiently, freeing up dollars for other needs, and ultimately reducing our ongoing subsidy of the park. Smart spending coupled with improved management will make a valuable difference​. This is a great example of how Salt Lake County residents, advocates, and elected officials can work together to find the best solution. I’m encouraged by the productive conversations we’ve had so far, and eager to see this important issue soon resolved. l

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The Printed Garden


ust like reading a good book can take you on a journey, so can working as a bookseller. Aaron Cance’s passion for the book industry goes back 20 years, to 1996, when he was offered his first bookstore job at Crossroad Books, an antiquarian bookseller in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. With a little experience under his belt, Aaron decided to forge out on his own, and in 2000 Aaron built his own antiquarian book business, Rupert’s Room, selling rare, signed, and unusual titles online. Aaron and his wife moved to Salt Lake two years later, bringing the book business with them. It was here he learned the ins and outs of the new book trade, working at Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse. In 2005, he went back into collectible,  rare, and antiquarian books working for Ken Sander Rare Books in downtown Salt Lake City. The next year Aaron graduated with a master’s degree in British and American Literature from the University of Utah and took an administrative position at The King’s English Bookshop. “Just when I thought I knew it all,” Aaron said, “I learned more about the new book trade than I ever could have imagined working [in that position] under Anne Holman, co-owner of The King’s English, and Betsy Burton, President of the American Bookseller’s Association and coowner of The King’s English.” After the great voyage Aaron had made in a booksellers world, he finally opened his newest store, The Printed Garden.

The Printed Garden is a unique business because what it has on its shelves is not just a product. The shelves are filled with thousands of years’ worth of thoughts, reflections, philosophies, experiences, and imaginings. The store offers both new and very-gently-used secondhand books. Also for sale are a wide assortment of books that have been signed by their authors, along with many rare titles.  The inventory is rounded out by book-related t-shirts, mugs, puzzles, and other fun and unusual gift items. One unusual feature of the store is a very comfortable reading room, available for book club meetings, readings, activities, or even just a quiet spot for guests to read.  The Printed Garden is focused on providing hospitality-based business model, making every effort to make visitors feel at home. Aaron said “As a lifelong reader and reading advocate, I strongly believe that reading is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle.  Reading helps us to step outside of ourselves and to better understand and identify with the people and world around us by teaching us empathy and compassion.  We learn when we read.  We feel when we read.  We think when we read.” The Printed Garden encourages young readers through a series of children’s story-times that are free and open to the public. These events include: a weekly general story-time, held


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There’s an app for that


f someone else tells me, “Here’s how to do more,” I might just rupture a spleen. (Someone else’s spleen, not mine.) I’m already trying to cram 29 hours of tasks into a 24-hour day. Experts recommend we spend our day evenly divided with eight hours of sleep, work and play. But experts are idiots. These Time Control professionals don’t take into account the 75-minute commute, the one hour spent finding lost keys and clothing items, the 10.5 minutes to make/eat breakfast, the 17 minutes showing my spouse some attention, and the one hour spent daydreaming about being rich, followed by 15-25 minutes of sobbing. And that’s not even dealing with kids. (Add an additional seven hours of chores to your day—per child.) Family apps are the latest thing everyone needs to keep their lives on track or you are so completely out of touch you might as well live in a Quonset hut on Neptune. If you don’t have at least five apps coordinating your daily activities, you are a failure. For new moms, Glow Baby tracks your child like a super-focused CIA agent, monitoring everything from how often your child poops (along with the consistency/

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