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Have A Blast Learning About The Past 2015 Review: Story originally ran in August 2015
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ll it takes is a matter of time before things start to change. Life will never be as it once was, but the coming years are sure to be full of countless possibilities. The future of South Jordan City is something residents can look forward to while holding on to traditions and memories rooted in the area’s past. The Gale Center of History & Culture in South Jordan is committed to preserving and sharing the rich history of the city and the prominent families who helped establish the area in 1859. “I think it’s important that kids learn what life was like back then and appreciate some of the values,” said Jana Kochevar, a volunteer docent at the Gale Center. Children and families are welcomed to tour the museum and experience another way of life by playing in interactive exhibits such as a schoolhouse, homestead and general store. “You come here to learn something [new] each time you come,” said Nedra Sproul, who is also a volunteer docent. Families’ original homesteads, called dugouts, were built into the sides of hills and the community had a one-room schoolhouse. Life in the late 1800s and early 1900s seemed to operate at a different pace, which was much slower than modern society. “It wasn’t about what was fun and entertaining all the time [back then]. Although, they did have fun,” said Kochevar about how children spent a great deal of time doing chores and helping to care for brothers and sisters. “In the 1870s, the mail for the whole end of this valley was delivered once a week to Sandy, and then one person would go and take the mail and drop it off [to the towns]. Before the 1940s, they didn’t deliver mail to people’s homes. They [families] would come to the post office and pick it up,” said Kochevar.
The Pioneer dugout is a replica of an original homestead built by South Jordan City and is located next to the Gale Center of History & Culture.
The learning opportunity to discover the past extends beyond the Gale Center with historical markers located throughout the city. Statues, plaques and other sites provide a guide to honor and remember significant people and events. The Gale Center of History & Culture is located at 10300 South Beckstead Lane. For more information, visit www.galecenter.org or call 801254-3048. l South Jordan Historical Sites – Pioneer Dugout: 10300 South Beckstead Lane – 1938 Bus Accident Memorial: 10800 South Redwood Road – Founding Families Statue: 10800 South Redwood Road – Samuel E. Holt Farmstead: 10317 South 1300 West – Veterans Memorial Statue: 10630 South 1055 West – White Fawn Flour Mill: 10702 South River Front Parkway
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Early Light Academy Students Keep Minds, Bodies Safe By Julie Slama
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Early Light Academy Students Donate Food To Benefit Local Pantry By Julie Slama
Early Light Academy ninth-grader Wes Johnson and eighth-graders Elise Porter and Raegan Schmidt add food to the food collection bins. As of press deadline, the school has almost filled two bins. Photo courtesy of Rabecca Cisneros
Early Light Academy eighth-grader Omar Khan ties a red ribbon as he pledges to be drug free. Photo courtesy of Rabecca Cisneros
n the past, Early Light Academy held traditional Red Ribbon activities, stressing the importance of alcohol and drug prevention, mixing it with fun dress-up days. This year, the weeklong event was extended to include internet safety, emergency drills, stranger danger as well as substance abuse prevention. “We decided just to run the whole gamut so students can make better connections of what it means to be safe,” school Assistant Director Rabecca Cisneros said. The theme, “Heroes Keep Their Minds and Bodies Safe,” ties in all the safety activities the week was expected to cover, Cisneros said. The activities kicked off Monday, Nov. 9 with students wearing red shirts for Red Ribbon Day. Stressing to students to not do drugs, decorating classroom doors and tying red ribbon around the school were slated. On Tuesday, Nov. 10 students were to wear hats and “use your head and be safe.” Many of the
emergency drill procedures were to be practiced. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, students were expected to learn about stranger danger and to come to school with mustaches as the day’s theme was, “we mustache you to be safe.” On Thursday, Nov. 12, it was “heroes keep their minds safe” and sixth- through ninth-graders were to learn about internet pornography from a Utah NetSmartz presentation. On Friday, Nov. 13, students could wear superhero clothing as they signed a safety pledge poster that would be hung in the hallway. “We want students to become proactive and be ready, make the smart choice and have practiced what to do if a situation occurs. We’re a Seven Habits school (referring to the Leader in Me program that was developed using Sean Covey’s “Seven Habits of Happy Kids”), so this falls under ‘I’m responsible for me,’ trait and in this case, ‘I’m responsible to make safe choices,’” Cisneros said. l
bout 400 gallons of food is what 1,000 Early Light Academy students hope to donate this fall to St. Andrew’s Pantry to help those families in need. Beginning the week of Nov. 9, kindergarten through ninth-grade students could bring in non-perishable items to the school’s fifth annual food drive, coordinated by the studentbody officers. Seven 55-gallon drums were expected to be in the school foyer until Nov. 24. “It’s part of our school culture and something we support to help our community,” said Rabecca Cisneros, adviser to the studentbody officers called Students Make a Change. However, Early Light Academy also ties the food drive into learning about mathematics. “We make a math connection with the weight of the food,” Cisneros said. “We have students calculate how much they bring in and each class reports the weight. From there, younger students are learning their numbers, elementary students learn unit of measurement and relate it to life, older students are learning comparative units, averaging and graphing the outcomes.”
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The results are then posted at the school in a thermostat to see which class has the lead. The class with the most donations will play in a dodge ball game against the faculty, she said. The school lesson isn’t just limited to math either, Cisneros said. “We want them to think about why they are donating it and if we have enough food in our own pantries, we can share with those who don’t,” she said. Cisneros said that they give students the context of how they are helping other Utah kids, teaching Early Light Academy students facts from the Utah Food Bank’s website: “About 23,000 Utahns, which equates to one in seven Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that one in five Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from.” “Food pantries need donations yearround. By helping out with one in our own community, we’re teaching our students how to be grateful for what they have and how to help give service and help those who are in need,” she said. l
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Ordinance Change Refines the Rules for Posting Signs
andidates for public office, real estate businesses and even residents holding yard sales may all need to be aware of some changes to South Jordan city sign ordinances. The city council passed Resolution 2015-41, Notice of a Pending Ordinance Change Regarding Signs, at the June 2 meeting. The 3-1 vote in favor of the resolution will put in place some new sign regulations and enforcement provisions, but the rules are temporary. Change to the city code requires a six-month notice period before becoming final. The ordinance changes will set new standards for signs posted around the city throughout 2015, impacting signs for political campaigns in this year with three city council positions up for election. The city has produced a map, available online, to clarify the areas where signs are not allowed. City staff has received instructions to remove all signs that are posted in violation of the resolution. “The goal has been to clarify enforcement,” said City Attorney Ryan Loose. He noted that after the six-month notice period, the council can address any concerns with the rules in the final ordinance. Loose noted that city employees are not authorized to tamper with campaign signs that are on privately owned property. “If something is unclear, we will be lenient in enforcement,” he promised, noting that this policy change applies to all types of signs, not just political signs. Section Three of the resolution defines enforcement. Under the new regulation changes,
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New rules govern placement of all signs on public property in South Jordan, with signs not permitted in park strips along 10600 South and 11400 South, among other areas.
all city staff are directed to remove signs from city property, not just the code enforcement officers who previously had sole charge over sign removal efforts in South Jordan. Signs found in violation will be taken to Public Works for storage and can generally be reclaimed by the owner. “I don’t think the problem has been erratic enforcement, just that staff is not always able to keep up with enforcement” under the exist-
ing sign regulations, noted Councilman Steve Barnes of district four, who is not running for re-election. He cast the opposing vote to the resolution authorizing the ordinance change. Some areas of South Jordan are tightly controlled. Most fencing and park strip areas are off limits to signs along most of 10600 South and 11400 South, for example, limiting sign-posting options to private property with permission of the owner.
“I feel that this resolution will make campaigning more difficult,” noted the lone incumbent council member who is facing a re-election campaign this year, Councilman Chuck Newton of district two. “While campaign signs are one issue, I worry that this might affect other businesses, such as real estate signs.” In light of his potential conflict as a candidate with the restrictions of the law, Newton abstained from a vote on the resolution. l
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Bingham High True Blue Art Show To Help Families By Julie Slama
he fourth annual True Blue Art Show and Action will give community members a chance to bid for art pieces and at the same time, raise money for others. The three-hour show and auction will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14 in the Bingham High media center. The artwork is donated by students and community members who want their pieces auctioned so the money can be provided to local families and charities in the community to provide Christmas for those who may have fallen on hard times, said Nikki Blandford, senior class secretary and art club vice president of activities. “Our most successful show raised about $1,000, and we are hoping to match or exceed that this year,” she said. Blandford said that the show involves students, families and community members as anyone could donate the artwork. Before the auction, pieces are grouped according to size, medium and difficulty. Opening bids begin at $5. “We hope that donating artists will sign their work and maybe even write a note about the piece,” she said, adding that she intends to donate a pencil drawing. “Putting time and effort in the work of art shows it is special to the artist and donating it shows they care about the community. It’s a humbling experience.” Blandford said that many of the families
are identified through the Jordan Education Foundation as well as other organizations that provide for those in need. Studentbody officer of service Andrew Boud said that it is a Bingham tradition to donate to True Blue to help the community. “True Blue is a helping hand, reached out by Bingham, to the community to help those who find themselves in need of support,” he said. “This year we hope to bring True Blue back to the basics. Every family deserves to have a Christmas. No parents should be put in the position of having to tell their kids that ‘Santa’ will not be coming around this year. We, at Bingham High School, would like to be that ‘Santa’ for families. A great portion of the donations we receive will be put toward helping give a Christmas to those who may not otherwise be able to afford one.” Other True Blue activities include a zumbathon at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2; a talent show at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10; an improv pay to play at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11; a winter dance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 in the cafeteria; and a dodge ball tournament at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. In addition, on Thursday, Dec. 3, about 120 Bingham students planned to take Starlight Foundation foster children to see the lights at Temple Square. l
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Students in South Jordan Elementaries Benefit from Arts Grants By Julie Slama
outh Jordan Elementary first-grader Zoe Session likes painting. “I like using purple since it’s my favorite color,” Zoe said. “I like painting rainbows, too.” Zoe and all South Jordan Elementary students are getting to paint and create art projects in several mediums this year, thanks to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program grant that is helping fund an art specialist in their school. At South Jordan Elementary, there has been a drama specialist and a dance specialist come part-time in recent years with the grant, but this year, it has worked out that the school would fund 20 percent of the full-time specialist’s salary while the grant picked up the rest, Principal Ken Westwood said. “We prioritized to have a full-time visual arts specialist in our school this year,” Westwood said about hiring Ali Owen this past summer. “I asked the SCC (school community council) and PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and they said, ‘we’ll do whatever we have to do to support having her in our school.’ It’s such a great opportunity that I can’t pass it up to have kids work with a dedicated and passionate art teacher every week.” The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in more than 100 Utah elementary schools. Working with the classroom specialist, the arts specialist will give students arts instruction that ties into the state’s fine arts core curriculum, said Mary Ann Erdmann, Jordan School District’s fine arts and physical education consultant. At South Jordan Elementary, Owen works with teachers to understand their core curriculum and “make it come alive through visual arts.” For example, first-graders learned which primary colors
mix to create new ones; they painted a flock of birds. Recently, fourth-graders were learning to incorporate emotions in their writing so they created paper-mache masks. Fifth-graders were learning about what makes them unique and created self-portraits. Sixth-grade students were studying geometrical shapes so they traced leaves in watercolors to better understand their formations, and others created a landform of Utah with salt dough formations to make the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. Owen, a former first-grade teacher who works with each class for about 45 minutes once per week, said teachers appreciate her understanding of the classroom’s needs while working with students to understand the curriculum. “The students’ eyes just light up. They love coming here to do art and I try to make it a positive and upbeat experience. They can’t say ‘can’t,’ but need to try and see what awesome things they can create,” she said. Erdmann said the one-year renewable Sorenson grant program not only brings music, visual arts, dance and theatre back into the classroom, but it also integrates it with language arts, math, social studies and science so it will reinforce the classroom core and provide students with a deeper level of understanding in grade-level core content that will enrich the learning experience. In addition to South Jordan Elementary, Eastlake Elementary has a full-time arts specialist, Jacquelin Webster, and Daybreak Elementary has a full-time dance specialist, Stefani Mortensen. Elk Meadows has a part-time dance specialist, Marlene Kay, and Welby Elementary has Chelsea Lindsay teaching music daily for three-quarters of the year. “All the teachers have a degree in their art form or are
A South Jordan Elementary first-grade student works on his art project. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program gave the school a grant to help fund an arts specialist. Several other South Jordan elementary schools also received the grant. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama
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South Jordan City Council Year in Review By Stacy Nielsen
ith the start of a new year comes an opportunity for residents to stay informed about what’s happening in South Jordan City and to be engaged with local city officials who spend countless hours making decisions for the growth, development and improvements around the city. The South Jordan Journal asked each city council member and the mayor to provide a brief biography, and to provide an update on two issues: What are major highlights from 2015? What is anticipated in the districts and the city for 2016? We received the following responses:
Mayor David Alvord It has been a wonderful year for the City of South Jordan! I am pleased with the progress on the new fire station being built at 10451 South 550 West. As our city grows, this new facility will help us to continue to provide excellent public safety. Our city has been fiscally disciplined, and as a result, we’ve been able to reduce your utility taxes by $300,000. Also this year, Mulligans became debt-free and then saw its biggest year in revenues! On a personal note, I will miss my association with three of our outgoing council members -- Mark Seethaler, Chuck Newton, and Steve Barnes. I am grateful to each one of them and their families. If you get the chance to thank them, please do so. I am equally grateful for each one of our public employees who work every day to make life better in South Jordan. My wish for 2016 is that it will be peaceful and prosperous year for all of South Jordan’s residents. l
District 1 - Mark Seethaler The South Jordan Journal did not receive a response by press deadline. District 2 - Chuck Newton 2015 accomplishments include: 1) Keeping South Jordan-West Jordan joint border off the State Prison Relocation list! 2) Parks. A new zone called “Open Space – Park” (OS-P) to protect our parks by changing them over from their current zoning of Agriculture-Residential. New signs for our parks that started popping up in late 2015 and into 2016. The first full season of the Splash Pad, and starting the process for a new park on 10200 South by the water tank and Bangerter. A start to the new Welby Regional Park, now grown to 160 acres, the largest regional park in the state. The next two years will see the start of massive improvements and projects. 3) Cemetery. The start of $800,000 in improvements and enhancements to beautify our cemetery. 4) New Fire Station. The groundbreaking of Station 63 on 10th West. 5) Historical Signs. Now you can find landmarks easier as you drive across the city. 6) Arts Council. Not just a new name, but a new expanded vision. 7) Roads. More 2700 West safety improvements, and the bidding of $1 million in safety improvements along 3200 West. A deal with UDOT for 10600 South improvements, and finally fixing Bangerter and 11400 South intersection and traffic oval starting 2017. 8) Mulligans. A survey of the residents, a $6 million dollar bond payoff saving $1.8 million in interest, a Commission to study improvements and enhancements to expand winter use, and food truck Wednesdays.
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Local Girl Scouts Earn Top Awards By Julie Slama
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irl Scouting’s highest award is the Gold Award and can be earned by a girl in ninth through 12th grade. Nineteen girls across the state earned their Gold Awards. The Silver Award is earned by middle schoolage girls and 114 Scouts earned that distinction. The Bronze Award is designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students and 374 girls earned that honor. Each award is based upon leadership, volunteer hours and a project that is sustainable that will improve the girls’ community. “Girls have hopes, ideas and dreams that when put into action can make an impact on society,” Girl Scouts of Utah Chief Executive Officer Janet Frasier said. “Girl Scouting’s highest awards provide a platform for girls to make a difference.” Three South Jordan Scouts received the Gold Award. Kacy Christensen’s project, “Let Freedom Sing: The Musical,” involved working with youth to instill self-esteem through theater. She put together a musical theater program for her community, complete with auditions, rehearsals, script-writing, costumes and music. Her project will be sustained by teachers at her local elementary school who are interested in getting the songs and script so they can perform the show. She also posted the script and songs online. Tiffany Ferrel taught underprivileged children in Ecuador about oral hygiene for her Gold Award project. She went to clinics around Ecuador and helped kids with oral hygiene while giving them a take-away piece to teach their families. Her project will be sustained by Timmy Global Health. Kayla Lyman collected hundreds of books and traveled to Kenya to deliver them in person to the Sean Michael’s School, which serves
South Jordan Donates Money to Homeless Assistance Fund By James Luke / 2015 Review: Story originally ran in August 2015
he City of South Jordan shared its burgeoning Redevelopment Agency (RDA) funds with two groups that work to address the needs of homeless and low-income people in the state. At a brief ceremony at the opening of the city council meeting on May 5, Mayor Alvord explained, "The South Jordan RDA collects a tax increment to promote economic development within the city. Under state code, the city is required to set aside 20 percent of the funds for low-income housing development."
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children with disabilities. Her project will be sustained by the Student Occupational Therapy Association club who has agreed to collect books for the Sean Michel’s School as an annual service project. Three local Girl Scouts earned their Silver Award, including Lora Huber and Weslee Kern, who provided supplies for students in Kliptown, South Africa. Lora gathered school supplies and donations of T-shirts and cleats from local soccer clubs for students while Weslee, who had helped at Kliptown School when her family vacationed in the area, realized they would need something better than plastic grocery bags to carry their supplies so she sewed and gathered 400 backpacks and bags for the school children. “It was really fun, knowing that every backpack we made was going to someone who needed it,” Weslee said. “I think that made collecting and working on them for all those hours completely worth it.” Shelby Marie Steffensen helped homeless teens along the Wasatch Front by gathering supplies and making hygiene kits for them as her Silver project. Fifteen South Jordan Girl Scouts earned their Bronze Award. Many of the Scouts helped at animal shelters, Tracy Aviary, and the Utah Humane Society while others made kits for an arts festival and helped children with disabilities. The Bronze recipients include Sadee Adamson, Ellie Denbleyker, Sophie Grizzle, Shiloh Hancock, Kamille Hare, Alice Hegarty, Grace Hegarty, Amanda Johnson, Karyssa Kemp, Tierra Kunz, Alesandra Price, Megan Roth, Lexi Smith, Kenna Snell and Mercedes Stauffer. l
The Garden Senior Living at 10800 South Redwood Road benefitted from a grant of $275,000 from the city’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) low-income housing fund.
Recognizing the good work of the two organizations that the city selected for the gifts, Alvord presented checks in the amount of $700,000 to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund and $300,000 to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund from the city's RDA low-income housing fund. Economic Development Director Brian Preece explained to the council at the March 3 session, when they approved the donations that the RDA low-income fund had grown to nearly $7,000,000. Under state law the city has a duty to spend money from the fund on projects to benefit low-income individuals. Due to high land values in South Jordan, it is not economically
feasible to create projects aimed at helping to house people who are in the 50 percent or lower categories of median income, Preece noted in presenting the proposal to donate money to the statewide housing assistance funds. The Garden Senior Living development at 10800 South Redwood Road is an example of a local project that benefitted from a $275,000 grant from the city's RDA fund. The condominiums have been added to South Jordan's supply of housing options for those who are in the 80 percent of median income category. The state encourages use of RDA funds to assist with regional housing needs, so the South Jordan City Council agreed to contribute money to two deserving groups. Both of the organizations work in Salt Lake County and throughout the state to address the needs of low-income and homeless populations. The Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund is one of the state's principal means of helping non-profit agencies to provide critical services to the roughly 15,462 homeless individuals in Utah (as of 2010). About a third of what the Pamela Atkinson Fund provides is transitional and permanent housing resources, with another third going toward emergency shelters for homeless people. Families make up more than 43 percent of the state's homeless population, many consisting of a single mother with young children. The Pamela Atkinson Fund focuses the final third of their efforts on helping this vulnerable group and others with services such as outreach, case management support, meals and day centers that provide critical services. The Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund was created in 1987 to help make safe and affordable housing available for people in Utah who live on low incomes. Money from the Olene Walker Fund serves as bridge financing for developers, in the form of grants and loans that they are able to leverage to get federal and private equity and tax credits to develop housing for people who are typically unable to access the housing market without some assistance. l
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By Aimee L. Cook / 2015 Review: Story originally ran in July 2015 iles of quilts, food, stuffed animals, warm clothing, books and toys- nation now has. He holds a master’s degree in public administration South Jordan Police Department officially welcomed their new Po- from Brigham Young University and is also a graduate of the FBI Nalice Chief, Jeff Carr on July 7 when he was sworn in. Carr’s career in tional Academy. Carr was also one of the original security planners for law enforcement began 32 years ago, with 24 of those in the Salt Lake the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, having been instrumental in writing the County Sheriff’s Office, starting in patrol. first safety draft. “I am excited to obtain a chief with the professional credentials “I am really excited about the opportunity to get back to my policthat Mr. Carr brings to our top law enforcement job,” South Jordan City ing roots at the local level and hopefully bring value to the city,” Chief Manager, Gary Whatcott said. “Mr. Carr’s background will afford the Carr said. “One of the challenges the city faces is growth, we need to encommunity the continued benefit of low crime through his strong lead- sure that through that we are able to provide the continued high quality ership and commitment to community. He’s innovative and personable police service that the citizens are accustomed to in the city. An initiative which will allow him to feel at home here. The future of our police de- that I really want to accomplish is connecting to the community. I want partment and the security of our community will be in good hands with to get out of the office and get out into the community and address the Mr. Carr as our new police chief.” problems that they see that are relevant to their lives.” Recently, Carr was a deputy commissioner with the Utah DepartCarr hopes to have a successful department by implementing ment of Public Safety. There he and his colleagues created the SIAC four words that are his mantra — character, competency, trust and (Statewide Information and Analysis Center), which every state in the transparency. l
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his year, Salt Lake County government led the way on economic growth and jobs, low taxes, public safety and responsiveness to residents. As Utah continues to rebound from the Great Recession, we have an opportunity to take charge of our future and work together to show how we can make a bright future. We’ve launched the Global Cities Initiative, which helps business and civic leaders in the metro region grow their business through exports and international connections. Evidence shows that it was the metro areas who led this country out of the recession and that when businesses receive support in learning how reaching new customers and global markets, their employees benefit, earning 17 percent more in salaries. We opened new treatment options for individuals who end up in jail due to crimes related to mental illness or substance abuse. With funding help from the Utah legislature, we opened a new community facility for adult women leaving incarceration. The 16-bed residential home allows these women to transition away from jail, get treatment, reunite with children and families and start establishing a more stable and productive path for their lives. Salt Lake County brought more than 31
homeless service providers together around an exciting plan to minimize homelessness. For the first time, everyone is on the same page about we want to accomplish, beginning with recognizing and meeting the distinct needs of at-risk and homeless populations. As a coalition, we’re asking the Utah legislature to support our plan by providing money to build several new, smaller shelters that serve the needs of families with children, homeless individuals who are working and other specific groups. A one-size-fits-all approach to this problem hasn’t worked in the past and we need to channel all the care, compassion, effort and money in a new direction. With a sizeable grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we’ve launched a community partnership in Kearns to improve child well-being throughout the township. Our framework—Evidence2Success—was developed by the foundation to collect data on the needs and the strengths of local youth. Granite School District will receive additional support to boost their educational programs and it will all be guided by the parents and community leaders who know their schools and neighborhoods best. Salt Lake County works every day to
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As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. During summer vacation, I spent some time reading several studies related to children and vision and thought I would share some of the high points from them with parents as they prepare their child to go back to school. One of the studies, which is not really very new, and is a repeat of a prior study done by Columbia University, looked at the various tasks performed in a classroom and how much of what is done requires vision. The number was over 85% of classroom tasks required vision, not just vision was nice to have, but was required to do the task. It follows in my mind, then, that not having good vision would handicap a child’s school experience. Hard to get things right when you are not sure if the teacher just wrote a 3 or an 8 on the board. Another study that I found interesting indicated that up to 40% of children with a tentative diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder actually had uncorrected vision and/or hearing problems that made it difficult for them to attend to tasks. It appears that a tentative diagnosis means that it was not confirmed by a positive response to medication. The authors of this study were recommending that a multi-disciplinary approach to these cases would be the best method of assuring proper treatment. The last study I am going to review related to school vision screenings and why they are not adequate as an eye examination. This study was done in Kentucky and all children in the study were given both a standard school screening and then a comprehensive eye examination. 1 out of 4 children who passed the screenings were diagnosed with an eye or vision problem that needed correction in the full examination. The worst part of this report was that only 1 out of every 10 notifications sent home to the parents advising them that they needed to take their child in for a complete examination were ever returned to the school. When they followed up to see how many had been taken to the eye doctor, only 1 out of 8 parents had done that. Many reported never seeing the note so maybe it never got home, but it did show problems in school to parent communication. If you have children in your home, whether you use my office or someone else, please make good vision a part of your back-to-school preparation. You can contact my office at 801253-1374. Dr. Hardy’s office is located at 10372 South Redwood Road, South Jordan.
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“We hope that students will learn to love service and learn to be life-long servants. We hope that they remember True Blue as the best time of year where they gave of their time, money, and efforts to support those who were less fortunate than themselves.” — Bingham High Studentbody President Brigham Jewkes
Bingham High studentbody officers help coordinate the school’s annual “True Blue” service project. Photo courtesy of Brigham Jewkes
iles of quilts, food, stuffed animals, warm clothing, books and toys were being shared with those less fortunate this holiday season, thanks to local school children. At South Jordan Elementary, there were several ways students could help the community. Through the school’s Student Lighthouse Team (similar to student government), students could participate in the annual food drive to benefit the Utah Food Bank. Lori Layne’s third-grade class and their parents sewed 10 quilts as part of an annual service project to benefit Primary Children’s Medical Center. After they were completed, students volunteered to deliver them. The school and community also engaged in an Angel Tree Project. Students and community members select tags off of a tree in the school’s office and bring in the requested items. Then, the items are then sorted, wrapped and packaged by teachers, students and volunteers for delivery to families in need. “It’s grown so large, with more than 60 families having 100-plus students benefitting last year, that South Jordan Middle and Bingham High School have joined forces with us,” Principal Ken Westwood said. “Our conference room and walk-in fridges/freezers fill with items leading up to Christmas. There are several reasons to engage students in service learning projects: We’re all in this together. There are people in our community who are in desperate need and we can help take care of each other. These projects remind us how fortunate most of us are and help us to be grateful (and) these projects encourage students to think of others at a time of the year when they might otherwise be absorbed in their own wants.” At Jordan Ridge Elementary the student leadership council lead a Project Teddy Bear drive as well as collected coats, gloves, socks and hats that were donated to the Road Home. “This same type of project has been done here for four years, now in the fifth year,” Principal Cathy Anderson said. “The students have given coats to St. Joe the Miracle Worker, the Road Home, the homeless shelter and have given shoes one year to the Jordan Credit Union. Each year there is a collection and then a new home for the items to go.” In addition, first-graders also held its ninth annual food drive, with donations delivered to the Utah Food Bank. Elk Meadows Elementary also held its 10th annual food drive, hoping to gather 10,000 pounds of food for the Utah Food Bank. “Our PTA has a theme for this year, ‘It’s going to be a sweet year’
Sherri Peisley (at right) originated and still coordinates South Jordan Elementary’s annual food drive. Photo courtesy of Ken Westwood
so our theme for this food drive is, ‘How sweet it is to fight hunger’ and we thought we’d continue to help Utah Food Bank,” Principal Aaron Ichimura said. “(I hope the students will) learn to help others who are in need.” Reaching others in the community through Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families was the way Elk Ridge Middle School students found a way to serve this holiday season. By donating books and hygiene kits for three weeks this winter, students were able to help many African refugees and others in the Salt Lake City area, earth science and honors biology teacher Vynessa Campos said, adding that the organization runs free soccer programs, reading programs, neighborhood cleanups and school support programs. “(I hope students learn a) sense of responsibility for others who are not as fortunate as themselves, a sense of leadership and community and awareness of some of the struggles going on in their own state,” she said. Bingham High students participated in the school’s three-week annual service project called “True Blue,” which raised funds to reach organizations such as helping grant a wish for a child through Make a Wish Foundation; giving food items to those benefitting from the Utah Food Bank; raising awareness about suicide prevention and counseling options with Quit Tripn; and helping families in need identified by Jordan Education Foundation. “Bingham High School has been helping the community ever since the Great Depression,” Bingham High studentbody president Brigham Jewkes said. “The students at this time held a Christmas dance, where all the proceeds went to local families who were struggling financially. Every year this service project has got bigger and bigger in order to make it the incredible program it is today.” Brigham said that they decided to help these organizations because “we felt like they were the closest to home.” The Jordan Education Foundation helps out students in the Jordan School District who are homeless, he said. “We wanted this charity because we want to take care of our own students that we are with everyday in the halls,” Brigham said. “We hope that students will learn to love service and learn to be life-long servants. We hope that they remember True Blue as the best time of year where they gave of their time, money, and efforts to support those who were less fortunate than themselves.” l
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Local Teen Awarded Fallen Law Enforcement Scholarship By Aimee L. Cook / 2015 Review: Story originally ran in June 2015
amilies of civil service members often follow in those footsteps in one way or another: giving back to their communities or to people in need across the globe becomes a shared calling. Such was the case for Austin Dial. To acknowledge his continual efforts of giving back, Austin was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Utah 1033 Foundation in Honor of a Fallen Law Enforcement Officer. Austin’s father is Lt. Wayne Dial of the Unified Police Department. Austin recently graduated from Bingham High School and is currently serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honduras until June. Austin gave countless hours of community service to the South Jordan Youth City Council and to the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he organized a service project that collected and sent clothing to families in need in Honduras. “I feel like I have great role models in my life that have taught me a lot about service,” Austin said in a press release. “My
parents have especially been great examples of service and leadership. They taught me to help other people and to be a leader in all that I do. Everyone should do community service in order to make the world a better place and most of all just to help others.” Austin received the Jared Francom Leadership award in honor of Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom who was killed in January of 2012 while serving a drug-related search warrant. Austin was one of four local students who received a leadership award presented by Senator Kevin Van Tassell. “There are six police officers in my family and I look up to each one of them,” Austin said. “I am honored and privileged to receive a scholarship and award in honor of somebody who gave their life trying to make a difference. It makes this award so much more personal knowing that it honors a man who dedicated his life to service and leadership” — and the principals, teachers and students are, too,” she said. l
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Summer kick-off successful despite weather’s attempt for a wash By Amy Teachman / 2015 Review: Story originally ran in July 2015
his year’s Country Fest headliner was supposed to be Wynonna Judd, but Mother Nature stole the stage and put on her own fireworks display. The Wayne Hoskins Band entertained eager Wynonna fans as she prepared for her highly-anticipated South Jordan debut. Melinda Seager, South Jordan special events manager, said, “The skies opened up and rain came pouring down, so they had to evacuate the park.” One concert goer posted her frustration with the weather on Wynonna’s Facebook fan page, stating she had been waiting several months for her to come sing at Country Fest but the weather just wasn’t having it. Despite the disappointing finale to the three-day festival held June 3-6 at North City Park, the overall turnout was significantly up from last year. According to Seager, approximately 9,000 people attended to enjoy the rides and attractions that were showcased. The carnival rides had a different layout to accommodate new rides and game booths. New events included a root beer garden (sponsored by the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce), a parade breakfast and a food truck roundup (in cooperation with Food Truck Underground). The food truck round up was such a success, it supported the city’s decision to revise regulations to allow them in city limits. Seager said, “Right now, food trucks are particularly sexy and the ‘it’ thing.” People of all ages are enjoying the convenience and variety provided by the well-known food trucks, such as Waffle Love, Rita’s and Melty Way, just to name a few. The City invites specific vendors to gather in the parking lot at Mulligan’s on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A complete list of vendors and event calendars can be found at www. foodtruckunderground.com. Since the city does not host a fireworks show for the Fourth of July or Pioneer Days, they are currently kicking around ideas for spectators to enjoy the much-anticipated display. To answer the question about “weather” Wynonna will return and take the stage for her fans, the City released a statement, that Z104 FM posted on their Facebook page: “Due to the severe weather that occurred on Saturday evening, South Jordan City cancelled the Wynonna and the Big Noise concert for safety reasons. At this point, no arrangements have been made to reschedule the concert.” Regardless of Judd’s possible return for the 2016 Country Fest, Seager said the city would like to have a high-profile performer to highlight the free “Where Summer Begins” concert. l
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Jenkins-Soffe is highlighting the second annual Christmas for Kids event hosted on December 19th at Gordmans of South Jordan. Christmas for Kids was started simply out of need. Child poverty and hunger are reaching alarming levels in Utah. Nearly 25% of Jordan School District students are on free or reduced lunch—a measurement of students identified as being at or below poverty line standards. Currently, there are 13,336 economically disadvantaged students, and over 1,500 who qualify as being homeless in the Jordan School District alone. Jordan Education Foundation, together with Gordmans and South Jordan Chamber of Commerce took it upon themselves to relieve some of the financial stress of some of these families. Thanks to the business and community effort, they were able to provide Christmas for 125 children who wouldn’t have had anything otherwise. “Gordmans doesn’t want to just be a business in South Jordan, but wants to give back to the Community,” says Brian Synan, store manager at Gordmans. “I take the community involvement part of my job very serious and want to help where I can.” The event was a success on all fronts. One hundred and twenty-five volunteers from the community came together to act as chaperones to the children, who were each given $100 to spend in the store. These chaperones included police, fire, and military forces, along with business leaders, and people from the community. A highlight of the event was Santa himself, arriving on a Fire truck along with one of his elves. Jenkins-Soffe would like to thank Gordmans, the Jordan Education Foundation, and the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce for their contribution to the community, and also Tim Dahle Nissan South Jordan, Market Street Grille, and Stonehaven Dental for their team donations that made providing for so many possible. Thank you for your service!
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o celebrate 10 years at their South Jordan office, Utah Dave will be donating his 100th home sale of 2016, and the 2000th home sale of his career to charity. Both clients and the public will have a chance to vote for the top four charities that will be recieving the funds. In order to get a full picture of Dave Robison, one must hear a bit from his past. Dave met his wife Country Dancing. She had just been hit in the head by someone who hadn’t taken the time to learn all the dance steps. “That guy lost out on an opportunity to marry an amazing girl,” Dave says with a smile. Dave had taken the time to learn all the right steps, to ensure he didn’t hit his date in the head. Dave asked his wife to dance that night, and the rest is history. Utah Dave has been in business for almost 17 years, but it hasn’t always been easy. The first three years of his real estate career were a real struggle for Dave. “I felt inadequate,” he explained of his story. “I struggled a bit, just like anyone,
and contemplated quitting because it was so difficult.” Luckily, he had a great mentor. His dad, Brent Robison, helped him along the way. He knew from meeting his wife that if he was going to succeed, he had to learn how to be the best at what he was doing. He had to learn to market homes for sale better than anyone; he had to learn how to implement systems and follow up better; he had to learn to negotiate better; he had to learn to network better. In short, he Had to know the real estate market better than anyone. With 17 years under his belt, Dave now spends his time focused on how to give people the best help they can receive. As a result, Dave has achieved what no other agent has achieved in South Jordan. In the short 10 years that Dave has had is office in South Jordan, he has become the number one South Jordan Agent. He has sold more listings in South Jordan than any other agent. “Utah Dave’s service is impeccable. He was very patient and focused [to make sure] that we were completely happy,” praises Dave Dufflin, founder of Zuka Juice, Rumbi, and Zao Asian Cafe. “[He was] not just interested in making the sale. He prides himself on creating lasting relationships with his friends and clients. He is my only choice if I’m buying or selling a home.” A few other feats he has accomplished follow. Dave once had a home appraised at $70,000 less than the asking price, but was still able to ssell it for full price despite the low appraisal. He was Salt Lake Board of Realtors President for 2015. He has won many awards with the Realtor association, including
“Sales Team of the Year”, “Presidents Award”, and “Hall of Fame” awards. Zillow has him as South Jordan’s number one agent at 400% above any other agent. Although they many not want to admit it, other real estate agents have trusted Dave to sell their personal homes. He has helped many builders and even the past CEO of Daybreak sell his personal home. Dave grew up in South Jordan and loves living currently in Daybreak, saying it is the best place in the world to live and raise a family. Visit Utah Dave at his South Jordan location at 10380 South Redwood Road. You can trust he has your best interest in mind. l
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I am Grateful for the Poor Man’s Casserole
t slapped me in the face, like an old Three Stooges movie. Last month my husband came home from work holding a large envelope. Handing it over, he simply stated, “Read this.” My heart sank. You see, every year in December, his company does their annual, “Merry Christmas layoff,” and I was certain it was his turn. I began to hyperventilate, sweat trickled down my forehead as my trembling hands opened the letter. How could they, after 26 years of company loyalty? They can’t! We are only four years from retirement! As I read and re-read the words on the letter, my mind began to compute: not a layoff letter, but a retirement letter. In two weeks, TWO weeks, my husband would be retired! Could we do it a full four years before we had planned? Yikes! Now, I have a confession to make. We have not always enjoyed a frugal lifestyle; in fact, in the early years of our marriage it was quite the opposite. We lived to the point of an extravagance that almost sent us bust. We lived right at the edge of our means, throwing caution to the wind, buying now and vowing to save later. Then it happened,
our turning point: my husband lost his job. It was the 80s. Remember those days? With 14 percent home interest rates, no jobs and two kids, we quickly discovered our skinny bank account and high debt had put us at the brink of disaster. What could we do? We had officially hit what we call our “Poor Man’s Casserole” days. One only needs to Google “Getting out of debt” to find a plethora of advice from financial savvy experts: refinance the house, make budgeting lists and spreadsheets to track payoffs, start by paying off the highest interest loan rate, etc. All good practices, but what if you don’t qualify for said refinance, or your budget doesn’t cover your bills, let alone allow you to make extra payments? How will making a list help when what you really need is money today? The fact is, finding immediate money in a set budget takes sacrifice, creativity, work and commitment. Here are some practical tips for increasing your finances that I’ve learned and used along the way. #1 – Ditch the luxuries. Cutting cable
TV, gym memberships, and eating out top my list of quick ways to save some serious cash. Brown bag it for lunch, discover Hulu for TV entertainment and take a walk instead of utilizing an expensive gym treadmill. #2 – Sell your stuff. Cleaning out the clutter not only can bring in some extra cash, but it clears the mind of clutter and helps you get organized. Utilize your local consignment store (check Yelp.com for a list of several), make use of online classifieds or give Ebay a try. #3 – Find alternative ways to travel. If you have two cars, sell one. Try taking TRAX or carpooling to work. #4 – Cut your grocery costs. Groceries can be a huge part of the family expenses. Instead of planning your shopping for the meals you want, plan your meals to what’s on sale. Clip or print coupons. You can check Coupons4Utah.com’s “grocery” section for a list of resources. Cut your meat portions in half. For years our mainstays were casseroles and Mexican and Italian dishes like lasagna and pizza. It’s easy to decrease the meat in those kinds of dishes. One of our
favorites was called Poor Man’s Casserole, a mixture of ground beef, green beans and mashed potatoes. #5 – Find contentment with what you have. This was a turning point for me, and one of the best pieces of financial advice I have. In my own personal experience, it took me years to feel contentment with what I have. Once I did, I found that the longing for things grew smaller, and I was able to learn to experience what life had to give. I am grateful for the Poor Man’s Casserole days and the contentment it brought me. Poor Man’s Casserole: Brown 2/3 lb. of ground beef or turkey with ½ an onion. Salt and pepper to taste and place in the bottom of a three qt. round casserole dish. Drain two cans of green beans and layer on top of the beef. Layer one can cream of mushroom soup on top of beans and top with about three cups of smashed potatoes (about five potatoes boiled in salty water and smashed with a little milk and butter). Microwave on high until hot (about 10 to 15 minutes). Enjoy. l
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s long as everything stays the same, I’m super cool with change. So when January rolls around with all its high-pressure resolutions and soul-destroying goals, I choose to decline. After years of making unobtainable promises, I know I won’t learn a new language, acquire the ability to run marathons or stop eating candy by the pound. But this year I decided it was time to get rid of the clutter that had infiltrated my home when I wasn’t looking. On January 1, my house seemed as organized as the shelves at Dollar Tree the day after Christmas, so I thought maybe it was time to clean things up. (FYI: Because Americans have so much junk, there’s a store that sells only containers to store our stuff. There are even boxes to store our boxes. Crazy, I know.) I’ve heard when you’re organized, you can be lazy. That was incentive enough to get
started. Once my mess was stashed away in designer bins, I’d have more time for napping, Pinteresting or sitting on the porch with a cold drink. (Well, not in January, but at some point this year.) My kitchen was the first place I tackled. I thought it would go quickly until I started throwing out cans of soup that had expired in 2009, quinoa I bought during my whole-grain phase and bags of organic kelp that were never opened. That’s when I realized this project could take longer than I anticipated. The freezer was next. I tossed out Ziplocs filled with frozen flesh from indeterminate sources (could be salmon, could be sausage) and Fudgesicles coated with ice crystals. Healthy Habit Tofu Extravaganza meals I couldn’t choke down were sent to the trash bin. After taking a breather to eat a bag of Almond Roca (Christmas clearance!), I headed
to the bedroom to sort through my clothes. Cleaning the closet is difficult, because I’m pretty sure I wear all my clothes every day. But I found the dress I wore to my mom’s second wedding, ballet shoes from dance class 35 years ago, the sequined skirt I swore I’d wear once I lost 25 pounds and a ketchup-stained T-shirt from my first major league ballgame. Gone. Then I attacked the bathroom. I thought it might be easier to throw a grenade into the bathtub, shut the door and walk away action-hero style, in slow motion. I’m truly not a hoarder. I just figure at some point I will use the dozens of hotel shampoos and travel-sized body washes I’ve saved for emergencies. I dug into my drawers (so to speak) and purged almost-empty hair spray bottles, driedup face masks, greasy lotions and anti-aging
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