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FROM PROMISE VOLUNTEER TO CENTER COORDINATOR By Holly Vasic | firstname.lastname@example.org
romise is an initiative that began with Mayor Cherie Wood, in collaboration with United Way and many other community partners, to help improve the lives of South Salt Lake youth. Throughout the year programming is available from after-school activities at locations like Lincoln Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary to summer programs such as the one at Central Park Community Center and Columbus Community Center. Program coordinators like Daniel McArthur put in a lot of heart so that Promise can continue to improve, expand and impact the youth of South Salt Lake. McArthur is not a new face to Promise, he began working with the program as a volunteer while he was a senior at Itineris Early College High School, a charter school in West Jordan that focuses on math and science. During his freshman year at the University of Utah he was hired on as a preventive specialist at the Promise Program Hser Ner Moo, tutoring high school math. Though he majored in English and Latin his time at Itineris contributed to his mathematical skills and ability to help high school students struggling with their math homework. At the time, the Hser Ner Moo program, which is now located at the Columbus Community Center, took place at the South Gate Apartments. “It’s mostly refugees,” McArthur said. “It was really fun, super different than growing up in Sandy, but good for me, very very good for me and it was there I fell in love with teaching.” While completing college, McArthur went from Hser Ner Moo to Historic Scott School, working as a program manager for two years. After graduating from the U he had the opportunity to teach high school English in Detroit with the help of Teach For America, a non-profit organization fighting education inequality by sending teachers to underserved communities. During his time, thanks to Teach For America, he took night classes at the University of Michigan and received his teaching certification. “They set me up, got me in the classes I needed to be in, helped me pay for them a little bit,” McArthur said about Teach For America. “It’s a two-year commitment, and then I stayed on an extra year.” His passion for teaching lead him next to Brazil, for what was supposed to be a few weeks, on a full ride scholarship with a program that gives teachers an opportunity to learn about different cultures to bring more diversity into their classrooms. “I loved it so much, I quit my job and stayed until my visa expired,” McArthur said. “After that initial month I taught English.” It is there he received his English as a Second
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The summer program taking place at Central Park Community Center is a new change this year. In the past attendees would go to Fitts Park in the morning and then spend time at another location in the afternoon. This is the fourth year of literacy programming during the Promise summer, which began as a pilot program at Woodrow Wilson. The goal is to help kids avoid, what McArthur called “the summer slide.” “If they don’t pick up a book for three months, they are going to forget a lot,” McArthur said. McArthur has experienced the impact of Promise first hand, recalling a student he tutored years ago during his time at the Historic Scott School. A high school boy would come twice a week for help with his math homework. “He needed calculus tutoring and not that many people could help him but I could, because I really liked my math classes,” McArthur said. “He is now at Duke, which is incredible.” McArthur elaborated that this student is now doing medical research and will be attending a program at MIT this summer. “He was smart before I met him,” McArthur said, Promise Center Coordinator Daniel McArthur and Promise Deputy Director Bonnie Owens “but I was glad I could help him finish his calc high-fiving at Central Park Community Center on a June day. (Holly Vasic/City Journals) homework.” l Language (ESL) teaching certification. McArthur returned to Utah not sure what to do but said it was serendipity that lead him back to Promise where he was hired as the Promise center coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Promise Deputy Director Bonnie Owens was excited to have McArthur back, first meeting him when he was an 18-year-old volunteer. The Promise summer programs come from the elementary schools, Owens said. “We have an after-school program in every school in the city and then every school also has, what we call, a sister site, which is in the neighborhood where the kids live.” Woodrow Wilson is large enough to have two sites, one at Central Park and the other at Columbus. McArthur clarified that the summer programming going on now is technically called the Woodrow Wilson Summer Program at Central Park.
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Explore a universe of stories at Salt Lake County Libraries this summer By Holly Vasic | email@example.com
One summer reading incentive occurred during June at multiple branches in partnership with Bad Dog Art, a nonprofit creative art organization for every age. The event, “Shaving Cream Universe” allowed kids a chance to create art with shaving cream among other items. (City Journals)
n June 1, Salt Lake County Library’s Hoecherl’s ages 2 to 8 book recommenda• “Word of Mouse” by James Patterson, summer reading program began. The tions with location info: JF Patterson theme, A Universe of Stories, will be high• “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine During her children’s story time lighted throughout the summer with different Hoecherl used a plethora of good reads but Applegate, JF Applegate activities and a summer reading challenge. she also had her favorites of those too. • “City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau, JF Partners like the Natural History Museum, DuPrau • “Bark George Bark” by Jules Feiffer, ZAP, my529, and Clark Planetarium will • “A Night Divided” by Jennifer Nielsen, JP Feiffer help challenge both kids and adults who will JF Nielsen • “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan receive incentives to read. • “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, JF Thomas, JP Thomas At Columbus Library branch, located on Brown • “Froggy Gets Dressed” by Jonathan 2530 S. 500 East, librarians Laurie Hoecherl • “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz London, JP London and Elizabeth Hanby have recommendations Ryan, JF Ryan • “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse for every age who want to participate in the • “A Boy Called Bat” by Elana Arnold, Rosenthal, JP Rosenthal challenge. JF Arnold • “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert • “The BFG” by Roald Dahl, JF Dahl Munsch, JP Munsch Hoecherl’s baby book recommendations • “Pie” by Sarah Weeks, JF Weeks • “Go Away Big Green Monster” by Ed and location info: • “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick, JF Emberley, JP Emberley As the youth librarian, Hoecherl takes Selznick • “The Wide Mouthed Frog” by Keith part in the weekly young children story time • “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila TurFaulkner, JP Faulkner that occurs during the school year. nage, JF Turnage • “Falling For Rapunzel” by Leah Wil• “Chomp Goes the Alligator” by Mat• “Rules” by Cynthia Lord, JF Lord cox, JP Wilcox thew Van Fleet, JP Van Fleet • “A Year Down Yonder” by Richard • “The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Piz• “Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings” by Matthew Peck, JF Peck zoli, JP Pizzoli Van Fleet, JP Van Fleet • “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier, JGN • “My Sister Ate One Hare” by Bill • “Baby’s Big Busy Book” by Karen Telgemeier Grossman, JP Grossman Katz, JT Katz • “Say Hello Like This” by Mary Mur- Hoecherl’s ages 8 to 12 book recommenda- Hanby’s Columbus Library feminist book club recommendations: phy, JP Murphy tions with location info: Hanby, the adult librarian, facilitates • “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Hoecherl also has ideas for 8- to 12-yearBrown, JP Brown old readers as well. “All of these titles were book clubs throughout the year and has found • “Spot’s Birthday Party” by Eric Hill, used in the Great Reads program,” Hoecherl favorites in her groups. • “Her Body and Other Parties” by CarJP Hill said of her recommendations. The Great men Maria Machado • “Hello, Day!” by Anita Lobel, JP Lobel Read program is a monthly book club with “In ‘Her Body and Other Parties,’ au• “Clip Clop” by Nicola Smee, JP Smee activities that correlate with the chosen book thor Machado mixes urban legend and • “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do in libraries throughout the valley. erotica throughout an original and wild You See” by Bill Martin, JP Martin • “The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart” collection of short stories. It was a fa• “I Went Walking” by Sue Williams, JP by Stephanie Burgis, JF Burgis vorite with the Columbus Library’s Williams
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feminist book club, the bizarre myths somehow speak to familiar, unspoken truths about being a woman in today’s world, even more so than realist writing would,” Hanby said. • “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” by Rebecca Traister New York Magazine columnist Rebecca Traister is the author of this book, which Hanby said many women in the book club said, “without a hint of irony, changed their lives.” Famous feminists such as Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks and others appear in the book. “What they all have in common is that they eventually found they could no longer tolerate the conditions under which they lived, and they got mad,” Hanby said. • “Song of a Captive Bird” by Jasmin Darznik Hanby said many book club members enjoyed this historical fiction read. “The book explores Forugh Farrokhzad, Iran’s most celebrated and controversial poet. Darznik, an Iranian-born author, recreates the poet’s sexual and creative liberation while exploring the threat she posed to social order in prerevolutionary Iran,” Hanby said. This summer a universe of stories awaits readers at Columbus Library, and other branches around the valley, with helpful librarians like Hoecherl and Hanby to help readers find a good choice. l
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South Salt Lake dodges budget standoff By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com
n a surprise move on June 13, Mayor Cherie Wood announced she approved all the passed budgets from the city council meeting on June 12. “The city has a legal obligation to approve a budget by June 30 and I don’t want to put our city at risk with a possible stand-off. As such, I have approved all fund budgets as presented and passed last evening at the city council meeting. I assure you we will continue to provide the best level of service possible with the funds allocated,” she said in a prepared statement. The statement also said, “Every year, the City Council and I come together to assess the city’s needs and budget priorities. In any city, it is common for a council and mayor to begin with different ideas about balancing a budget, but usually the two can come to a compromise for the benefit of the residents. “But last evening, despite dozens of committed staff members and engaged residents sharing their opinions and concerns – most of whom requested consideration of my budget proposal – the majority of the City Council made it clear that they are unwilling to compromise and seek sustainable funding options for our city. I remain convinced that the budget they approved last night is not sustainable and leads South Salt Lake down a path fraught with problems. Resident comments and staff concerns were not listened to and quite frankly, dismissed even before they were stated.” The statement concluded with this promise. “But I want our residents and city employees to know that I’ve heard you. I know that you desire stability and long-term solutions. There is work to be done and we need to get to it. The ideals of civility, discussion, compromise and real solutions are needed in our community – now more than ever.” The mayor’s actions results in no property tax increase, cuts across all departments, approved certified tax rate, and a 3% pay increase for all employees except first responders. They will receive a 9% cost of living adjustment and have a 4% merit pool. This came after various installments of “As the Budget Turns” aired in work and public meetings of the City Council. Imagine two speeding trains on different tracks heading to the same destination. On one track was Mayor Cherie Wood’s train. She called for a 31% property tax increase to pay for a 15 percent across-the-board pay increase for police officers and firefighters. On the other track is the band of four — Councilmembers Mark Kindred, Ben Pender, Corey Thomas and Shane Siwik. These councilmembers vowed no property tax increase. They believed a smaller pay increase was possible by cutting “fat” from the budget. The three remaining council members (Ray deWolfe, Sharla Bynum and Portia Mila) tried to find a way to get the two trains
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WHERE IT GOES ‐ GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES FY 2018 Urb Liv/Code Enforce 2.2% Afterschool Programs 8.5%
Transfers 5.9% Admin/Council/Legal 10.8% Court 2.5% Public Bldgs 2.8%
Parks/Rec/Events 3.7% Planning/Zoning 3.2%
Streets/Engineer. 11.4% Police 29.0% Pub Assets/Fleet 2.2%
Fire 17.8% A breakdown of where South Salt Lake City’s funds go. (Chart courtesy South Salt Lake)
WHERE IT COMES FROM ‐ GENERAL FUND REVENUE FY 2018 Grants/Assist. 13.6%
Other Taxes 12.4%
Sales Taxes 42.2%
Prop Taxes 18.5%
Service Fees 1.9% Misc. 1.9% A breakdown of where South Salt Lake City’s funds come from. (Chart courtesy South Salt Lake)
her feelings clear in a Facebook post on May 21. “I want everyone to know that I do not support the tax increase. SSL is 7% up in revenue plus SSL already has the highest sales tax in the State! It’s not right to ask 31% more from our residents, when we are the poorest city in the state with family income. When simple budget adjustments could be made to give public safety raises,” she wrote. Cutting the budget During the May 22 work meeting CounBefore any council public work was cilmember Siwik stated his position and that done on the proposed budget, Thomas made of the three others.
on the same track before the state-imposed deadline. According to Utah State Code 106-118, “Before June 30 of each fiscal period, ... the governing body shall by resolution or ordinance adopt a budget for the ensuing fiscal period.” Simply stated, the two trains needed to pass a budget by June 30 or the dominoes would fall.
“There are four of us committed not to raise taxes,” he stated. In the May 22 city council regular meeting, they heard from concerned residents who were opposed to the tax increase and concerned parties such as Matt Oehler, president of the South Salt Lake Fraternal Order of Police, who are in favor of the tax increase. “You are bleeding,” he said referring to the high turnover of first responders. After hearing comments and a short discussion, the council turned to other business. The May 30 meeting began with a dis-
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tainable. When asked if Siwik felt the mayor wasn’t managing the budget well and if there was too much fluff, he responded, “yes.” “Based on what I have seen this year, I would be hard pressed to consider a tax increase next year as well.” On June 12, the City Council’s “belt tightening” general funds budget was passed 4-3.
Residents and others prepare for the public hearing on the proposed budget on June 5. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)
cussion on the importance of funding storm water improvements, after the once-in-a-100year storm hit the area the previous Friday and resulted in localized urban flooding. Pender asked what is important to each council member. Funding a raise for public safety was a common response. Along with funding, the arts and storm water infrastructure were others. Pender brought up a cost for police services across the county survey. The numbers showed the cost for police services in South Salt Lake was the highest per capita. In a later meeting (June 5), deWolfe called it a “red herring” because it is not an accurate comparison. One fact that makes South Salt Lake unique to other cities is that during the day the population is 75,000, but at night around 25,000. A debate whether the police department budget should be based on the daytime population or the nighttime population ensued. Kindred said, “A tax increase is not on the table since money is rolling into the coffers.” Kindred was referring to revenue from sales tax being up 7% and there was a large increase in fees such as building permits. Mayor Wood pointed out they have had a shoestring budget for years and any additional cuts would cut services. “What services do you want to cut?” she asked. With that, Siwik pulled out his pen and started to go line by line in the budget. He didn’t view them as cuts, but “simply belt tightening.” The main strategy was to look over three years of spend totals and come close to the average. Throughout the process, department managers like Police Chief Jack Carruth, City Engineer Dennis Pay and Jim Hignite,
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building division manager, tried to slow the cuts/the tightening, but with little success. When the dust settled, the City Council found enough savings to offer the 9% acrossthe-board raise (aka a cost of living adjustment) and 4% merit pool for first responders. Providing a merit pool was important to Pender. The proposed code enforcement officer increase in staff in departments like Public Works and Building Inspection, the code update project, additional paving, and capital projects remained on the floor. Later in the week, Bynum offered her assessment of the meeting. “Though I was disappointed that other members of the council wouldn’t consider a hybrid of cuts along with a property tax increase, I appreciate that we were able to have discussion and a level of compromise concerning the cuts. “You’ll notice I kept coming back to the word sustainability. Our proposed budget doesn’t provide a sustainable pay increase for our first responders. In addition to this looming issue, we also have storm water funded with one-time money from excess building permit revenue. Both of these issues will be back in front of us next year.” In an interview with the City Journals, Siwik said a tax increase wasn’t necessary. “We have found a way to give raises to public safety without raising taxes,” he said, questioning why taxes need to be raised when “revenues and sales taxes are very high right now.” With the 9% raise for public safety coming through budget cuts, there is concern among officials and residents there is no sustainable source for the raises. But Siwik said if they continue cutting the way the band of four proposed each year, then it becomes sus-
Before hearing from the public in the June 5 meeting, Wood read her response to the City Council’s actions. “One of my administration’s priorities for this budget year was to identify a sustainable funding source for South Salt Lake’s Public Safety Departments. I believe that a safe community is the bedrock of a well-functioning city,” Wood said. She continued, “But last Thursday, the majority of the City Council proposed its own solution to this funding issue. Without asking about the impact, the majority of the council chose to cut $1.3 million from the city’s already tight budget—a move that does not solve our public safety problems—but instead threatens key services and reduces other valuable revenue sources.” The mayor outlined four ways the proposed budget impacts city services. • Cut in professional services results in less grant writing, which could result in the Promise program losing $1.4 million. • A $50,000 cut to Community and Economic Development results in city codes not being updated contrary to the city council direction to update codes and process applications in a more timely manner. • Eliminating funds for Parking Enforcement, which prevents solving residential parking issues. In addition, cuts don’t address serious infrastructure challenges like storm water. • The proposed public safety increase does not make South Salt Lake City Police Department competitive. Research indicates a 15 percent increase is needed. Wood concluded her prepared statement with, “South Salt Lake has been deferring investment in significant areas for years. This strategy of kicking the can down the road will not work — and worse — it will result in our residents becoming overburdened with extraordinary tax and fee increases all at one time. One has to ask, ‘What is the motivation for putting our city at risk like this?’ A suspicious or skeptical person might wonder if the majority of the council even cares about South Salt Lake remaining a city.”
During the June 5 and 12 meetings, the mayor and council heard from residents and concerned individuals about the proposed budgets. Those opposing the property tax rate increase and those who feel it is the right
step. A slight majority spoke in favor of the increase. Those who spoke in favor of the mayor’s 31% property tax increase and were against the council budget made statements such as: “Have to pay for a higher standard of living,” “What we lose isn’t worth the gain,” and “We shouldn’t be pitting other departments against public safety.” Residents who spoke against the proposed property tax increase and in favor of the city council proposed budget made statements such as: “In the private sector, an average raise is 2 percent — Let economics fuel the growth,” “Thankful for Pender and others who are standing up,” and “There is a resistance to accountability by the administration.” One touching plea came from Liz Romrell, Officer David Romrell’s widow. She said that David loved this city, but he felt it was too dangerous to live in. She pleaded for support for first responders and concluded by saying, “His life wasn’t worth $40,000 a year. That is all he got paid.” Many in the audience gave her a standing ovation. Kyle Kershaw, director of finance, clarified the city has not raised the property tax rate since 2006. Residents have seen an increase because the assessment on their homes has gone up. Some residents spoke about an anonymous letter sent to them. It spoke against the increase and made other claims against Wood. Councilmember Thomas was also the victim of a negative attack lead by a former employee of the Chamber of Commerce. A representative of the Chamber made a public apology to Thomas and said the employee was fired for their actions. There were also continued calls for the mayor and council to work together. One resident accused them of “acting like 2-year olds.” A few residents voiced concern about the council budget and handling growing issues with the future homeless resource center (HRC). These issues include hiring enough first responders and having funds to keep the Jordan River Parkway clean. During the Mayor’s comments, Wood said she was willing to compromise “for the good of public safety and the residents.” She also corrected some information given by the city earlier. It was reported the mayor’s salary is $87,000 annually. The mayor pointed out her new salary was $81,000 “since the RDA passed their budget earlier in the evening.” The RDA (See the article explaining what is an RDA in this issue), removed all stipends from the budget. This resulted in the Mayor losing about $600 a month. One item was well accepted by all members of the council. They agreed to have a quarterly budget review. They will also use the time to review a five- to 10-year plan. The hope is that any future necessary tax increases will not come as a surprise to the council or to the public. l
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hen you hear RDA, do you think of a band from the ’80s? Or, the latest supplement to prevent male pattern baldness? RDA or Redevelopment Agency is a separate and independent government body of the city. Since an RDA is an entity it can: • Sue or be sued • Enter into contracts • Buy, sell, hold and/or receive real or personal property • Borrow money from other public entities • Issue a bond to finance a project • Impose eminent domain under certain conditions (Think urban renewal) An RDA has its own budget. It holds their own meetings. It can have its own staff. This is all clear. The confusing part is who are members of the RDA? A city council acts as the board of directors and the mayor (or their appointee) acts as executive director. This means that, for example, at 6 p.m. council members and the mayor are wearing RDA hats and an hour later they are wearing city council and mayor hats. This begs the question, why an extra level of government? “An RDA is set up to promote economic development,” Randy Sant, economic development consultant working with the South Salt Lake City RDA, explained. State code allows an RDA to work quicker to create economic development. Sant provided the example of selling property. The RDA can sell it regardless of price. A city must prove they are selling at the same purchase value or with an increase value.
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Let’s use an example: There is a large parcel of land, such as where WinCo was built between Main and State streets. Acting as the city council/mayor, they decide the land should be used for economic development. In the next RDA meeting, acting as a board of directors and executive director, they create a Community
Reinvestment area. This designation is a carrot to developers. The RDA is advertising incentives to the developer. This can also work if a developer sees a piece of land and wants to develop it. They come to the RDA asking for the land to be designated a Community Reinvestment area. Thereby, getting some incentives to build. The incentive helps the builder complete financing for the project. Let’s say the cost for the project is $2,500,000. The developer through loans and capital can finance $2 million. They are $500,000 short. After a complicated process (described below), the RDA can guarantee the developer the $500,000 once the project is completed. This lowers the risk for the developer. Keep this notion of incentives as you read the next section. A community reinvestment area can be used for any development such as housing, retail, and industrial.
Tax Increment Financing
RDA are typically funded through tax increment financing. If there aren’t enough tax increment funds, a city can move some of the general funds of the city to the RDA budget. Currently, this is the practice in South Salt Lake. Tax increment financing means using the difference between the original tax amount and the increased tax amount because of the development. Let’s use a simple example: The property tax bill for a parcel of land is $100. There are many taxing entities, such as Granite School District or Salt Lake County or South Salt Lake, that get a piece of that $100 pie. The developer comes by and believes if they build on the parcel, the property tax bill will go to $500. Now the taxing entities get a piece of a bigger pie ($500 vs. $100) Sounds good? But, wait. It is a bit more complicated. Before the developer starts, the RDA speaks with each taxing entity. They tell them about the potential $500 pie, but to pay for their work of helping the developer and administrative costs,
they make a deal with the taxing agencies. They say, for example, “If you allow us to take 50 percent of the $400 increase (i.e., $200) for 15 years, the developer will proceed.” Still sounds like a good idea because the tax entities will slice up a $300 pie (original $100 plus the $200 increase) for 15 years and a $500 pie starting in year 16. In turn, the RDA will take, for example, $50 of their $200 to pay for administrative costs. The remaining $150 goes to the developer at the completion of the project. Remember the incentive discussed above? The incentive is paid with the RDA’s slice of the bigger $500 pie. There are safeguards in the process if the value doesn’t reach the projected value. One of the biggest safeguards is payments are made after the completion of the project.
South Salt Lake RDA and the budget
As part of the effort to cut the South Salt Lake budget, the RDA board reduced their budget by $400,000. One plus helping with reduction is the RDA is getting an infusion of $700,000. When WinCo was built, they had a concern about a possible subterranean issue. As a result, the RDA escrowed $700,000 from the sale to pay for any necessary cleanup. Since there was no issue, the money was released from escrow. “I told [Councilman] Mark [Kindred] I guess this year we will be okay ... but next year, if you are reducing our contribution so that you can pay for an ongoing expense which is salaries. If you do that to me next year, I am going to be in a world of hurt,” Sant said. The feeling of members of the city council is that the money is needed this year and with projected increase in sales taxes next year, they can restore the contribution level. Sant mentioned there are three community reinvestment areas, but he is not able to take any tax increment from them. Next year, the WinCo development will provide some tax increment funds. l
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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24, Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. • Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. • Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. • Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it.
• Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. • Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. • Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. • Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. l
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Cottonwood wins its second state baseball title in three years By Brian Shaw | firstname.lastname@example.org
ast year, the Cottonwood Colts baseball team was denied an opportunity to win their second state baseball title in two years. It was a stinging blow to a group many expected would not only win, they thought the Colts would dominate. This year, however, the Colts would not be denied, winning their second state title in three years with a 6-5 victory over Timpanogos on May 24. And the way in which Cottonwood went about getting it done will be talked about for decades to come. This time around, the Colts didn’t need to play small ball to win a state championship. Nope. Cottonwood brought its bats to the party as well as its gloves, allowing just seven total runs in the five games at the Utah 5A State Playoffs. The Colts didn’t lose a single game, winning all five games they played in convincing fashion. In the first two games of the tournament alone, Cottonwood won 10-0 over Woods Cross in just five innings and 7-1 against Maple Mountain to cruise into the Class 5A winners bracket. Once there, Cottonwood took a 4-1 win over Timpanogos — the same team it would later face in the state championship game. After the victory over Timpanogos the Colts would get all they wanted from a game re-
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gion foe in Jordan. The Beetdiggers would take Cottonwood all the way to their brink before the Colts answered with a two-run double from senior Daniel Gonzalez to launch them back into title contention. In the championship game, Cottonwood would rely on the arm of Carson Angeroth and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings — including a towering three-run home run from Dylan Reiser in the fifth — to help the Colts hang on for the trophy. l
Cottonwood defeated Timpanogos three times this year, the third victory meant a state championship. (City Journals)
Dylan Reiser, who was named Honorable Mention All-State, hit a three-run homer in the championship game to help Cottonwood win its second title in three years. (City Journals)
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n May 22, ChamberWest Women in Business hosted their eighth annual A Champion to Me Silent Hero breakfast at the Granite Education Center to celebrate silent heroes nominated by the eighth-grade students of Kearns, West Lake STEM, Bennion, and Valley junior highs who participated in an essay contest. ChamberWest represents the business communities of West Valley City, the City of Taylorsville, West Jordan City, and Kearns Metro Township. Their website states, “We serve as a Catalyst for business growth, a Convener of leaders and influencers, and a Champion for a stronger community.” ChamberWest has a Women in Business program that puts on bimonthly luncheons throughout the year, including the annual silent hero breakfast. The Women in Business Committee consists of different women from the community who put on events to connect and inspire. One of the committee members, Kim Gilbert, explained the breakfast is part of their community outreach, a way to honor silent heroes, and is also a part of the participating junior high schools’ eighth-grade English curriculum. Each school is allowed two students to attend the event, Gilbert said. The Women in Business Committee does not judge or decided which two essays will be a part of the breakfast but leave that up to the schools themselves. “Kudos to the teachers ’cause they’re the ones that make the whole thing work,” Gilbert said. If a student’s essay is chosen, they are picked up in a limo, thanks to Dignity Memorial, a funeral provider located in West Valley, from their school and brought to the breakfast. The students enjoy the experience of the limo ride from school to the event and back again. “That’s the coolest thing ever for them,” Gilbert said. Another sponsor of the breakfast, GRIFOLS Biomat, a plasma cen-
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ter in Taylorsville, rewarded all eight students with Beats headphones this year and the students were also entered into a drawing for an iPad, Gilbert said. Not only do the students attend the breakfast but teachers, local community leaders, parents and family members, and the silent hero themselves are invited as well. The chosen students get to read their essay during the breakfast, Gilbert said. Some stories are lighthearted, while other are heart wrenching, like the one about a girl whose mom was a drug addict but is now in recovery and thus was her hero. The first year they made a big mistake, Gilbert said. “There was no Kleenexes on the table, that is now our centerpieces.” Silent heroes come from all walks of life and all ages. “They go anywhere from grandparents to uncles, there was a church leader that was honored this year and a student,” Gilbert said. “Of course we have had parents and siblings.” The benefits of the breakfast extends beyond the honoring of a silent hero. Gilbert recalled one student who read his essay at the first silent heroes breakfast. “Three years later, his junior year, he came back to the breakfast and talked about how much it meant to him to come to that breakfast and speak.” Gilbert said his confidence grew from the experience and this year, now a college student, “that same young man, was hired by one of our board’s CEOs to work at his company.” She called it, “a full circle type thing.” Gilbert hopes the program will continue to expand, eventually being a part of every junior high in the Granite District. “We do have another school that’s interested next year,” Gilbert said. She would also like to see more involvement from local leaders. The more schools and people on board, “the bigger and better it is,” said Gilbert. l
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Police reach out to community through many programs By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com
aped on Sergeant Bill Hogan’s desk is the saying, “Prevent if possible, enforce when necessary.” Hogan heads up the Community Resources Unit of the South Salt Lake Police Department. He and his officers have put into place opportunities to help break down walls and build bridges. “Our programs have allowed us to build great relationships with residents and businesses,” Hogan said. Here are some of these programs:
Bowling with a Cop
If you drive by Bonwood Bowl (2500 S. Main St.) on a third Thursday afternoon of each month, you might think the police are investigating a crime. Nope, they’re bowling. Under the auspices of the Police Athletic League (PAL), South Salt Lake Cops have been bowling since 1998. With the support of Bonwood Bowl, the program moved in 2016. “It gives kids something to do, and they get to know us,” Officer Jerry Silva, PAL director, said. The program is open to kids and teenagers and is free. Maria Tello has been bringing her two children for two years. She commented, “My boys like first responders. They want to be one. They have lost their fear of police.” Between bowling strikes, Officer Chase Hermansen said, “Working with the kids is
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awesome.” Stephanie Koogle, a long-time South Salt Lake resident and a first-time attendee, summed up the point of the initiative. “There is a big divide. People are afraid of the police. Opportunities like this build better rapport with the police.”
Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop started about four years ago as a way for residents and businesses to talk with law enforcement in a casual atmosphere. “They (the police) go out of their way to help you rather than retain you,” said longtime attendee and 28-year business owner, Larry Holmes. After bouncing around for bit after the Village Inn closed, the event has found a new home. The event is held at Délice Bakery (2747 S. State St.) on the first Wednesday at 9 a.m. Often, Police Chief Jack Carruth attends and provides updates to the audience. The audience is about two-thirds business owners and one-third residents.
This event is run with help from the South Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The group meets monthly at different locations. The meetings allow business owners to bring their concerns directly to the police. In turn, the department provides crime preven-
tion tips and guest speakers. “The meetings have become great networking events,” Hogan said. One free service the police department offers to businesses is a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) survey. Officers use their CPTED expertise to help businesses prevent crime by the way the business looks such as having adequate lighting, security cameras and strong exterior doors. “It is one of the best things about any business organization,” Holmes, the business owner, remarked.
The neighborhood watch is also administered through the Community Resource Unit. Currently, the city is broken into six zones. However, a large apartment complex can request to be a neighborhood watch group. Meetings are held each month in all the zones. Just like with the Business Watch, officers will visit homes to give specific CPTED suggestions. The service is free. If you want information about Neighborhood Watch Meeting, call the Neighborhood Watch Hotline at (801) 412-3668.
A participant at the Bowl with a Cop offers advice to Officer Chase Hermansen. The advice worked since he threw a strike.
a program of PAL. In addition, they have a successful boxing program. They are starting a wrestling program and with cooperation from a local culinary school, a cooking program will start soon. The PAL Pete Suazo Boxing Gym is loPolice Athletic (& Activities) League (PAL) cated at 2797 S. 200 East. For information As mentioned, the Bowl with a Cop is about their programs call (801) 412-3650. l
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prepare for college talk” every day. our youth and “walks the Charlie the value of investing in is Charlie Inger. Last month, Another everyday hero Memorial at Fire missing from the 9/11 noticed that the ﬂag was a ﬂag with his own of his way to purchase Station 42. He went out on the Memorial. beloved money and installed it without mentioning our Salt And I can’t talk about heroes South serving life his who sacriﬁced Ofﬁcer David Romrell of service and leaves behind a legacy Lake. Ofﬁcer Romrell his son Jackson, his wife Elizabeth and courage, not only with force. you to but with our entire Police 243rd birthday, I invite to So as we mark America’s in our community and good the all at pause… to look around all do just a little bit more. and 4th think about how we can without our annual 3rd Finally, it wouldn’t be summer hope to see you there! of July Celebrations. I
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Lauren Merkley of Cottonwood High is Granite District’s Teacher of the Year By Heather Lawrence | email@example.com
ost high school students study Shakespeare. But when Granite District’s Teacher of the Year Lauren Merkley teaches his plays, she takes it up a notch. “My first experience observing (Lauren) was the day she was introducing ‘Macbeth’. She rearranged the seating, dimmed the lights and then slowly walked across the room quoting the lines in a Scottish brogue. Her students were completely star struck,” said Cottonwood Principal Terri Roylance. Merkley, who grew up in Chicago, has taught English classes at Cottonwood for four years. “I always wanted to be a teacher, but somehow I got sidetracked and worked for about 10 years in fundraising while I was living in New York,” Merkley said. When her husband moved to Utah for work four years ago, it provided the push she needed to look into teaching. “I found that Utah has the Alternative Routes to Licensure program. I got a job at Cottonwood using that program and have been here ever since,” Merkley said. Merkley is no stranger to recognition. “I can confidently say that Lauren is a truly gifted teacher. She was the Murray City Teacher of the Year from Cottonwood in 2017-18 and an Excel Award winner for 2018-19. She is fabulous!” Roylance said. Granite’s process for selecting a teacher of the year starts with a nomination process. Teachers who win the EXCEL award during the current year or in past years are eligible for Teacher of the Year. This year there were over 20 applicants. Merkley stood out at Cottonwood in
Surprise! Students and faculty at Cottonwood High School celebrate as English teacher Lauren Merkley learns that she has won Granite District’s Teacher of the Year 2018-2019. (Photo courtesy Granite School District)
many ways, one of which was by encouraging students to take more rigorous courses. “Lauren is a member of Cottonwood’s Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) team. Through her work, there was an increase in AP course enrollment of 150 students,” Roylance said. Merkley said, “When EOS came into our school for the first time this year, I was recruited to the team. I saw that the demo-
graphic of students taking AP courses was not representative of our Cottonwood population. We have a high refugee and immigrant population. They may not know what an AP class is or that you can get college credit while in high school,” Merkley said. Merkley assisted in administering a survey to every student in school. “We wanted to know what barriers were keeping under-
served students from signing up. Eventually, we met one on one with over 300 students that were good candidates and extended an invitation to be part of these classes,” Merkley said. Merkley’s experiences at Cottonwood have taught her something she was unprepared for: love. “I had no idea how much I would love these kids. I feel like it’s taught me a capacity for love. I did not know how much I could care about 186 squirrely 16 year olds,” Merkley said. Roylance said she sees the effects of Merkley’s student-centered teaching approach in her students. “I was speaking to a couple of athletes who were in my office to discuss graduation. The subject of inspiring teachers came up. Both boys spent the next 10 minutes telling me what an impact Ms. Merkley had in their lives,” Roylance said. In addition to being the AP English language teacher and the English 11 teacher, Merkley serves as a member of Cottonwood’s Leadership Team. “She’s very approachable and always makes positive contributions to our team meetings,” Roylance said. “Lauren is an invaluable asset to our school and has been from the minute she received the assignment to teach at Cottonwood.” Merkley said the recognition is nice, but for her it’s always going to be about the students. “There’s that magic moment when a student learns something or understands something; I could live off that for weeks.” Lauren Merkley is all smiles at Cottonwood High. The English teacher learned in May that she was named Granite District’s Teacher of the Year 2018-2019. (Photo l courtesy Granite School District)
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I love July. I love getting together with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate our nation’s independence. And something about the quiet of summer gives us the chance to really reﬂect on the good that is happening in our community. It’s a time to be especially grateful for the people Mayor Cherie Wood who protect us and inspire us every day. We’re fortunate in South Salt Lake to be surrounded by men and women who do little (and big) things to make our community a better place. One of those residents is Council Member Sharla Beverly Bynum who has spent the bulk of her career working with South Salt Lake youth. After spending some time working in a school outside our community, she requested to come back to Granite Park Junior High so she could work with students here – helping them
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prepare for college with the GEAR UP program. She understands the value of investing in our youth and “walks the talk” every day. Another everyday hero is Charlie Inger. Last month, Charlie noticed that the ﬂag was missing from the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station 42. He went out of his way to purchase a ﬂag with his own money and installed it on the Memorial. And I can’t talk about heroes without mentioning our beloved Ofﬁcer David Romrell who sacriﬁced his life serving South Salt Lake. Ofﬁcer Romrell leaves behind a legacy of service and courage, not only with his wife Elizabeth and his son Jackson, but with our entire Police force. So as we mark America’s 243rd birthday, I invite you to pause… to look around at all the good in our community and to think about how we can all do just a little bit more. Finally, it wouldn’t be summer without our annual 3rd and 4th of July Celebrations. I hope to see you there!
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City Council Corner – A Call for Compromise and Civility By Ray deWolfe, City Council At-Large The FY20 budget has been passed. The goal of this budget was to increase the wages for our public safety. Many of our dedicated public safety personnel are leaving South Salt Lake to join other cities offering more competitive pay. Finding the money to give our deserving public safety was not contentious, nor debated. However, ﬁnding a way to pay for the increases was contentious. The administration proposed a property tax increase, which would provide a sustainable revenue stream. House bill 235 recently passed the Utah legislature and provided a funding vehicle dedicating the increased revenues directly to our public safety. Most of the council agreed a property tax increase was off the table, and instead would look for funding by cutting line items from the proposed budget. In the end, a 13% increase was given to public safety (9% market adjustment, 4% merit) and approximately $1.2 million was cut from the budget. No property tax increase for South Salt Lake. Many residents/businesses opposed the tax increase. Many supported the tax increase. Everyone agreed the council and administration need to start working together. It’s true- we haven’t been a City working together. I share the blame. This budget year highlighted that. There are many
reasons for the contention, but only one path we must all take moving forward. We need to start listening and discussing openly. I’m calling on our council, administration, and the public to move forward on a path of compromise and civility. I believe we can do this by following three principles: 1. No personal attacks. 2. Focus on the facts. 3. Express opinions openly without fear of recourse. Personal attacks do nothing but create more divisiveness. Focusing on the facts allows for smarter decision-making, beneﬁting you and the City. We’re elected to act in your best interest. But we’re also elected for our opinions on how to best move the city forward. Making decisions behind closed doors is not serving you, our fellow council members, or the spirit of democracy. Our job is to research the issues, listen to all the facts and perspectives, then debate as a council in the public forum. At the end of the day, I hope we can compromise, accept the result, and continue to move forward. Remember, we’re all neighbors in our small City. Join me in committing to move forward with compromise and civility. Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.
South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary
Holiday Closures City Ofﬁces will be closed: Thursday, July 4 Wednesday, July 24 We wish you a safe holiday!
Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: sslc.com/city-government/council-meeting Date Agenda Item Subject Action 5/22/19 An Ordinance amending Section 17.11.020 to An Ordinance creating a Police Department Approved include and establish a new South Salt Lake Overlay District to allow the PDto include a City Police Department Overlay District new connex box (storage unit) 6/5/19 Public Hearing to receive public input Public Hearing to receive public input Moved to Unfinished Business regarding 2019/2020 South Salt Lake Budget regarding 2019/2020 South Salt Lake Budget for June 12th Regular Meeting 6/12/19 2019/2020 Certified Tax Rate Resolution adopting certified tax rate and Approved establishing the amount of revenues generated by said tax rate 6/12/19 2019/2020 City Budgets City Council to adopt each Fund Budget Approved separately by Ordinance 6/12/19 Public Hearing to receive public input Resolution Adopting Amendments to the Approved regarding proposed amendment to all Budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019 2018/2019 fund budgets 6/12/19 Resolution Granting Permission for the Police Police Department to appropriate bikes in Approved Department to Appropriate certain property their possession for public interest use in its possession for public interest use
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City Council Primary Elections Garbage and Recycling July Holidays Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Independence Day July 4. Service will be delayed one day starting with the holiday. Garbage and Recycling will be collected on Pioneer Day July 24.
There will be a Primary Election on Tuesday, August 13 for Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and one At-Large seat. South Salt Lake has contracted with Salt Lake County to conduct our 2019 municipal elections. This year’s election will be conducted using the vote by mail process. Ballots will be mailed to all active voters approximately 21 days before Election Day. Ballots can be returned by mail in the postage-paid return envelope and must be postmarked the day before Election Day. They can also be dropped off at any vote center, any ballot drop box located throughout the County, or the County Clerk’s Ofﬁce through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of drop box locations, early voting locations, and vote centers, please see the Salt Lake County Elections website. If they prefer, voters can also surrender their ballot at the vote center and vote on the voting machines on Election Day.
Citizens can register to vote or update their registration online at vote.utah.gov The ofﬁcial ballot includes the following candidates:
DISTRICT 1 Jared Fitts Paul Olsen LeAnne Huff Jeanette Potter DISTRICT 4 Portia Mila Addison Richey George E. Kellogg
DISTRICT 5 Shane Siwik Clarissa J. Williams Brent Hadley DISTRICT AT-LARGE Rosemary Card Mary Anna Southey Natalie Pinkney
Public Safety 2019 Fireworks Discharge Dates and Times
Fireworks and Discharge Restrictions FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS The ﬁreworks season is here. With this in mind, please pay attention to the legal dates of discharge (see sidebar) and restricted areas in South Salt Lake for ﬁreworks. DISCHARGE RESTRICTIONS It is illegal to ignite any ﬁrework: • in any area of the City west of 900 West • within (20) feet of any residence, dwelling or other structure • on property owned by South Salt Lake City
Please be careful with LEGAL Class C common ﬁreworks this season if you choose to enjoy them. Always be respectful of your neighbors while igniting ﬁreworks and keep your ﬁreworks away from property. Keep in mind the legal discharge times and have a safe, enjoyable ﬁreworks season.
Between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. except as noted: July 2nd – 5th (July 4th extended to midnight)
Interim Fire Chief Terry Addison
Open Burning and Recreational Fires I am frequently asked by residents if they can burn tree branches and debris to eliminate waste. It’s unlawful to burn vegetation in South Salt Lake. Because of the close proximity of homes and property lines to one another, open burning is not allowed in the City as it does not Fire Marshal meet code requirements. Russ Groves The Fire Department allows some small recreational ﬁres. These ﬁres shall be in approved ﬁre pits and used for cooking purposes such as hot dogs or marshmallows. Recreational ﬁres cannot occur within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions that could cause a ﬁre to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated before ignition. Recreational ﬁres shall be constantly attended until the
ﬁre is extinguished. A minimum of one portable ﬁre extinguisher or onsite ﬁre extinguishing substance such as dirt, or equipment like water barrel or garden hose shall be available. Recreational burning is prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make fires hazardous. Recreational fires cannot be conducted on yellow or red burn days. Where recreational burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation the ﬁre code ofﬁcial is authorized to order the extinguishment of the ﬁre. The ﬁre shall be extinguished if neighbors complain that the smoke is offensive. Have respect for your neighbors and tell them when you plan on having a recreational ﬁre in your yard. The Fire Department wishes you a safe and happy summer season!
Recognizing our Everyday Heroes this 4th of July South Salt Lake’s theme this years for Independence Day is “Everyday Heroes”. As I engage with our citizens and businesses I’m always meeting new people who help serve our community. We have several volunteers that are involved in City Initiatives and Police Chief programs directly connected to the Police Jack Carruth Department. Such as our Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Police Athletic/Activities League and our Victim’s Advocates. These individuals that volunteer are just a few of our community heroes. Teachers are the silent heroes of our community, they truly care about their students, your children, and they often step forward looking for ways to help our Police Department mission. Our ofﬁcers have the privilege of working in partnership with the educators in our schools and have always had their support with our D.A.R.E. and now N.O.V.A Program. I have often stated that connecting with our youth will only strengthen the future of our community. Our teachers, our heroes help us make this possible. Another group of heroes that often goes without recognition and often unnoticed are our own city staff. Departments across the City are full of skilled, hardworking professionals. These are our City Heroes that work hard in accomplishing the community needs and have always been true supporters of Public Safety. Each plays a critical role in providing effective policing; they are our city partners and have always been supporters of Public Safety.
Our Public Safety Heroes, Police and Fire! As the Chief of Police, I have a great deal of respect for our ﬁreﬁghters and I know that feeling is shared for our ofﬁcers by the Fire Chief. I truly believe that South Salt Lake is fortunate to have such a collaborative Public Safety group. Our SSL Fire Department, are our own heroes. Being the Police Chief I will, of course, recognize our own ofﬁcers. Police Ofﬁcers are a special group of people. They were given a calling to serve and protect and it’s ingrained in who they are. I don’t know of any ofﬁcer who would be happy doing anything else but police work. Many of our ofﬁcers have background and degrees in other ﬁelds, but yet have chosen police work. Or you could say it has chosen them. Police Ofﬁcers are that thin blue line between chaos and calm, the ﬁrst to respond to danger and to run towards violence. They are all heroes! In 2018, 144 police ofﬁcers died in the line of duty protecting the communities they served in our nation. All of them had families and all of them gave the ultimate sacriﬁce while doing what they loved. Sadly, the South Salt Lake Police Department experienced the loss of our own protecting our community. Ofﬁcer David P. Romrell’s life was violently taken while protecting our community. We must never forget his sacriﬁce and he will forever be our hero. So as we all celebrate this 4th of July, Independence Day, let’s not forget our own heroes here in our community as well as our nation. We might not know them all, but we owe them all for the daily freedoms we enjoy. Have a safe Holiday!
July 22nd – 25th (July 24th extended to midnight)
Business and Development Columbus Senior Center Highlights 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 • 385-468-3340
New Development and Construction UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The ﬁnal ﬂex industrial building is under way in the Riverfront Neighborhood. This building is located at approximately 900 West and Fine Drive. It will be the future home to a corporate branch of a multi-state supply company.
Ritz Classic Apartments located at 2265 S. State are fully completed and open for leasing. The total project investment is over $40 million. This 287-unit multifamily mixed-use transitoriented development is located along the S-Line. The project provides over 60,000 square feet of private open space located on top of the parking structure. The project also has one commercial unit located on the 200 East corner.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 9:30 a.m. EnhanceFitness Monday & Wednesday Modiﬁed Yoga - 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays - Tai Chi 10 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays U of U Exercise Class 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - Pickleball Wednesdays Movie w/ Popcorn - 10 a.m. Fridays - Line Dancing 10:30 a.m. Daily Lunch - Noon $3 suggested donation Come check out what the Senior Center has to offer! See us on Facebook: Columbus Senior Center
Beehive Distilling located at 2245 S. West Temple has completed renovations to its new business facility. Beehive Distilling adaptively reused and remodeled an existing warehouse. The business also participated in SSL Mural Fest increasing public art along the S-Line corridor.
Chartway Federal Credit Union located at 2210 S. State Street is open for business. This business is developed as part of the Crossing Master Plan. Chartway has 17 locations throughout Utah and is committed to the local success of communities.
July 15 – 19 Grades 2-4 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Grades 5-7 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $10.00 – Deadline July 5 Register at the Recreation Ofﬁce 2531 S. 400 E. SSL, UT 84115 Ofﬁce hours: M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information: 801-412-3217
Nominate a South Salt Lake Beautiful Yard Mayor Cherie Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beautiful Yard Award thanks SSL residents who have made exceptional efforts that positively impact their neighborhood. Beautiful yards make neighborhoods more attractive and vibrant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to nominate, please take a moment to contact the Urban Livability Department at 801-464-6712 or email@example.com to recognize a deserving yard.
Congratulations to the Hughes and Vielstich families! Thank you for your commitment to a Beautiful Yard!
Promise Westminster College’s Step Out Program The Woodrow Wilson summer program is very excited to have Westminster’s Step Out program at Central Park this summer. Step Out spends one day a week in teaching youth about the outdoors. Woodrow Wilson 5th and 6th graders will even have the opportunity of going on an overnight camping adventure with Step Out later this summer.
Central Park- 2019 PAL Banquet The South Salt Lake Police Athletics and Activities League hosted a 2019 End-of-Year Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of youth participating in the Boxing, Wrestling and Recreation programming at Central Park Community Center. The PAL Board of Directors, SSL Police Ofﬁcers and Promise South Salt Lake staff and volunteers came together to celebrate a year of program success. Each of the youth received certiﬁcates of participation. The Central Park youth and families, along with Promise staff, prepared a special farewell slideshow for Ofﬁcer Jerry Silva, a longtime PAL Director, to thank him for his hard work and dedication to our community.
In the most recent lesson, youth learned about what kind of food to take hiking and camping. The youth loved learning about and sampling dried fruits and trail mixes. The youth were excited to put their new knowledge into practice during their hiking ﬁeld trip. Woodrow Wilson youth have enjoyed Step Out’s activities and are always excited to have Westminster students working alongside them to build a love of outdoor-adventuring and a college-going culture.
Scales and Tails visits GPJH This summer, Granite Park Junior High’s Camp Grizzly program offers Reptile Club weekly in partnership with Scales and Tails, a local organization offering encounters with reptiles and birds. Each Monday, Scales and Tails brings 5-8 reptiles to entertain and educate Promise youth. One week youth meet reptiles who make great starter pets and the next kids coming face-to-face with crocodiles and alligators. The Scales and Tails team are passionate about their work and their enthusiasm is infectious. Weekly our students are captivated as the Scales and Tails team handle each reptile, teaching about their lifestyles and answering a wide variety of questions. Often, our students can pet or hold animals. Youth recently were able to feed cockroaches to Gordon, a Cuban Iguana who visited during week one! We’re excited to continue working with Scales and Tails through the summer and into the. com school year. S outh SaltLakeJournal
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Golf JOURNAL A golf publication covering recreational and competitive golf for men, women, and children in the Salt Lake Valley
Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | firstname.lastname@example.org What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”
While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the
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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in
1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.” l
Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)
Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)
Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals
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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | email@example.com
Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.
golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-
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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.
The Glenmoor score card
For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club
• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest
bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)
PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee
And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40. l
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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)
Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.
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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!
There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with
PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)
Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school. l
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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)
Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | email@example.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.
Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying
Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for
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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.
The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)
Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!
and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.
More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied busi- l nessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,
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Huck Finn Day a South Salt Lake Tradition going strong By Holly Vasic | firstname.lastname@example.org
he long-standing South Salt Lake tradition of Huck Finn Day did not disappoint this year, on Saturday June 8. Fitts Park had plenty of fish in the creek and kids eager to catch. South Salt Lake’s Myrna Clark said this urban fishing custom is over 20-years strong and has collected more traditions throughout the years. “I do not know where Huck Finn may have originated from, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s tied to the Calder’s Park” Clark said, the amusement park had once stretched between 500 and 700 East around 2700 S.outhand closed in the 1920s, “The park had water parks and ponds.” The event now takes place at Fitts Park, near the original location off 3300 South on 500 East. This year, the biggest fish that was caught was nearly 19 inches, 18 ¾, by Connor Robles Garcia and the smallest was a tie between two 8 and ¾ length catches by Viviana Garcia and Ricky Gomez. “We stock the spring creek with trout from a fishery from Payson” Clark said, “we have ordered the fish from this fishery in Payson for the past 15 years.” South Salt Lake resident, Melody Campos, said her husband has taken their oldest the last few years, “this is the first year we took the girls” Campos said referring to her
younger daughters. “We love activities that are for the whole family and allow us to bond as a community. It was great to see kids helping each other, sharing bait, and just having a good time” Campos said. The break from the rain made the morning even better, the event took place technically from 9 a.m. to noon but participants lingered to play at the park or fish just a little longer. Prizes were given for the biggest catch, the smallest catch, and the first catch. Prizes were also given for a tradition that moved to Huck Finn Day decades ago, “the water melon drop use to be part of the July 4th festivities back in the 60s” Clark said. “It is now part of the Huck Finn Day, for the past 20 years.” A fire truck bucket lift rises 100 feet in the air and a watermelon is dropped, whoever guesses how far the melon will splat when it hits the ground wins a prize, “the actual splat measured at 118.5 feet” Clark said, for this year. “We have had splat that have measured as far as 155 feet to short distance of 45 feet.” Guessers write how far the splat will measure on a piece of paper prior to the drop, the lucky guesser who gets the closest to the actual measurement gets their name on the Watermelon Drop plaque located at the Columbus Center, this year “the lucky guess came in from Liz and Jackson Romrell”
Some fished while others observed during Huck Finn Day at Fitts Park on June 8. (Courtesy of Ryan Brady)
Clark said. This year’s watermelon dropper was 6-year-old Lucy Massey who Clark said has attended Huck Finn Day her entire life. She rode up in the bucket with the firemen and her
dad, Travis, “at first it seemed the watermelon would be too big or too heavy for Lucy” Clark said, “but she, with the help of her dad, she was able to drop the watermelon.” l
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Competitive youth sports: Looking at ways to monitor workload By Catherine Garrett | email@example.com Anna Wright cuts the ball back during the Hillcrest High School girls soccer season last fall. Hillcrest coaches utilized sports science during the season to monitor player workloads in an effort to prevent injury and increase performance. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Common workload mistakes for young athletes • We Increase It Too Quickly – particularly following an off-season of minimal activity and a return from injury
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles discussing the current trends of competitive youth sports and ways to monitor workload, injury and burnout and wellness. The cost of youth sports over the past couple of decades has continually risen from a financial standpoint. During that same time span, a concern of equal importance has risen with the amount of injuries our young athletes are incurring from the intense trainings and competitions they are being exposed to in year-round competitive leagues and multisport and same-season situations. In the June 2019 issue, we discussed the changing landscape of competitive youth sports that have included high-level training and accelerated sports leagues at younger ages. Injuries have also skyrocketed throughout the past decade with the ever-increasing demand on young athletes’ bodies. In this issue, the City Journals will explore how to function within that system by improving communication between athletes, parents, coaches and trainers and understanding and using the evidence provided within the sports science and medical professions to monitor workload and wellness and avoid burnout and unnecessary injuries. These efforts can help young athletes be individually attended to so they can be on their field of play to keep participating in the sports they love by training hard and smart, while staying healthy.
• Not Being Aware Of Stressful Periods In Youth’s Lives And Noting Excessive Fatigue – whether it’s exam week or struggles at home
• The Weekly Amount Is Too Much – indicating that the weekly amount needs to be less in hours than an athlete’s age • We Don’t Adjust That Workload Daily – which enhances the need for careful monitoring and having purpose in repetitive trainings
• Not Making Training Enjoyable – which has often led to athletes quitting that sport or being unmotivated to train hard • Not Communicating • Not Monitoring The Correct Areas
“Athletes are not adequately prepared to sustain the imposed load,” Gazzano states. “They are often injured in the last part of a game, see their performance drop during multi-day events, make technical or tactical errors at the end of a competitive event, or catch the flu at the end of an intensive training camp. Finding and maintaining the delicate balance between training and competition loads, recovery and rest is both an art and a science.” Former BYU football player Jordan Pendleton, who trains athletes of all levels at P1 Performance, said the year-round emphasis on one sport is affecting the workload of young athletes. “These kids are getting more volume of practice than the professionals. Even NFL players have an off-season,” he said. “Evaluating athletes’ workload and then readjusting it to fit their individual needs is so crucial to watching the volume that every athlete’s body is managing. This will enable athletes to build strength, power, explosiveness and Workload In “The Relationship Between Train- speed instead of breaking them down.” ing Load and Injury, Illness and Soreness,” Injury Michael K. Drew said, “Quantification and Of the millions of youth across the counmonitoring of training load and athlete’s re- try that participate in competitive sports, 3.5 sponses to it is imperative to maximize the million children are injured each year, aclikelihood of optimal athletic performance at cording to Stanford Children’s Health. Many a specific time and place. The response to a injuries just simply happen and may not be load stimulus applied to an athlete can either prevented. Those injuries that can be, howbe positive (increased physical capacity) or ever, are increasing in volume and severity. negative (injury, illness and overtraining or Many of these injuries are the cause of higher underperformance).” workloads, poor endurance, lack of offseason Monitoring workload of young athletes and preseason preparation, lack of sufficient involves ongoing education and communica- recovery time, being overwhelmed and being tion among the athletes themselves, their par- overused. ents, coaches and trainers. Francois Gazzano, According to the article, “Overuse injua strength and conditioning and performance ries and burnout in youth sports: a position coach, said we make common mistakes con- statement from the American Medical Socicerning the workload of our young athletes. ety for Sports Medicine,” there is a particular
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need to balance the training loads and recovery in young athletes who have “immature musculoskeletal systems.” Utah-based Sport Ready co-founder Robin Cecil, a physical therapist of 25 years, said, “The current competitive system has taken training of young athletes to a new level, including training them like little adults, with high exposure rates and limited risk management in place. This is leading to young athletes who are dealing with a plethora of accepted, often life-altering injuries. Children are being placed in vulnerable positions. There is no other arena in which this would be deemed as acceptable. We have to remember that there is life after sports and we need to make sure our children are not left broken on our watch.” The NCAA has been monitoring this situation for years and, in 2016, implemented changes to preseason guidelines for football. They discontinued two-a-day practices and added one more week to its preseason while also limiting the number of practices and specifying contact and non-contact training times. Additionally, the NCAA also defines and limits countable athletic related activities, limiting the hours out of season during the academic year to eight hours per week and four hours per day and 20 hours per week in season. With the No. 1 risk factor for injury being a previous injury, injury prevention should be a primary goal.
R.E. Smith, an educational specialist, said there are different stages of burnout due to varying and excessive demands on young athletes and physiological responses from those that feel, among other things, over reached, over trained and underperformed. This “athletic stress” can counteract the very reasons young athletes participate – fun and satisfaction – while also leading to loss of sleep and appetite and withdrawal. Smith suggests an emphasis should be placed on skill development more than competition and winning. “The more fun and satisfaction the child perceives, the less anxiety they experience,” he said. “Worrying about failure and adult expectations and increased parental pressure to participate are associated with increased anxiety.” Burnout typically occurs less in multisport athletes than sport-specialized athletes simply with changes of paces offered by different sports, different fields of play, using different skill sets and being in different environments. With cross-training situations, movements can become less robotic and full of more energy and motivation which can lengthen athletic journeys.
Monitoring an athlete’s wellness includes identifying their fatigue, stress, sleep, hydration, nutrition and other factors. This wellness shouldn’t be ignored, according to
Carolyn Billings, BYU’s Director of Sport Medicine and head athletic trainer. “Athletes today are under a lot of stress,” she said. “We need to prepare our athletes and then make sure they are ready for the demands of the training to avoid vulnerability to injuries and burnout. As we continually evaluate the wellness, workload, injuries, and burnout of our athletes, we are able to more clearly see and understand their ability to perform from both a mental and physical standpoint. “As we continually evaluate the workload, injuries and burnout of our athletes, we are able to more clearly see and understand their wellness from a mental and physical standpoint. “We need to prepare our athletes and then make sure they are ready for the demands of the training to avoid vulnerability to injuries and burnout,” she said.
Monitoring athletes at the high school level
Utilizing sports science evidence to help athletes compete at their best, peak at the right times and keep them healthy has been proven to work at the elite, university and Olympic levels. Using this same evidence for the same purpose is seldom used at the high school or youth club levels. This past year, the Hillcrest High girls soccer coaches implemented sports science-based strategies while monitoring the athlete’s wellness and workload. Training loads were increased appropriately and athletes were monitored. Each athlete logged in each morning and responded to five questions about her current mental and physical health. Following training, each player would assess how hard they felt like they worked. It was no longer a guessing game. The Huskies coaches were alerted to any elevated risk factors, which improved communication and allowed them to individualize training loads, limit injuries and increase performance. “As coaches, our main goal for them was to enjoy what they were doing and be competitive, which included healthy athletes. We often forget that external stressors such as work, friends, school and family factor into an athlete’s recovery and performance,” Hillcrest head coach Kyra Peery said. “Monitoring athletes allows us to train a team and focus on the welfare of each athlete.” Peery noted the program gave her athletes “a voice without having to feel awkward, guilty or overwhelmed.” “It was a simple way that the girls could advocate for themselves and taught them how to self-evaluate,” she said. “This translated on and off the field as we witnessed our girls approaching hardships, setback and issues head on as a team and individually.” Perry said she also noticed improved trust between her players and her coaches. “They knew we were using their feedback to
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improve practices, change workouts and cater sessions to their needs,” she said. “We were more efficient in our planning and execution during practice sessions.” The implementation of these strategies for the Huskies squad also had a significant impact on the number of injuries and the time lost for those injuries. The two prior years, Peery said the team had multiple injuries, including four ACL tears, among her varsity players to the extent that many were not available to play by the end of the season. This past year, her team was fully staffed and earned a co-region championship by year’s end along with a UHSAA award for the highest combined GPA among 6A teams. “I can honestly say that these strategies were a key factor in helping the girls reach this achievement,” she said.
Developing athletes and winning teams is a worthy and fundamental goal. The “more is better” philosophy is not a proven development strategy. “Remaining injury and illness free is a fundamental component of ideal preparation for sporting performances,” Michael Drew stated. “To train smart, one must choose to train with organizations and coaches who utilize the evidence and are concerned with the welfare of their athletes, not win at all costs.” Billings and BYU women’s soccer coach Jen Rockwood had been concerned for years about the load of their athletes and the lack of recovery time. “We started monitoring heart rate during drills and found that some of the drills that we thought would really work the girls weren’t as hard as we thought and some of the easier ones actually got their heart rates up,” she said. “By monitoring our athlete’s workload, wellness and injuries we were able to assess the performance abilities of the Cougars soccer players. For the first time in program history, all players were available to play at the end of the season so it made a huge difference in keeping track of how every individual athlete was really doing.” Also, parents are a child’s most invested advocate. Understanding the landscape is essential at both the club and high school level. Currently, there is a lack of data on the number of injuries occurring at the club level and the number of overuse injuries at the high school level. Sport club associations limit their risk management and defer it to individual clubs. Most clubs do not have much in place as it is not being demanded by parents or associations. Scheduling of club games and tournaments does not always take into account proper workload management causing high-risk environments. Off-season training seems to be rarely scheduled, if at all, as there
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no longer seems to be an off-season in year-round sports. High school preseason is short with limited regulation of and education on training loads.
While it’s a fine balance between not training enough and overtraining in trying to reach top performance in youth competitive sports, it is crucial to find tools and organizations to help each individual athlete, their parents, trainers and coaches manage their workload and have open communication within their programs. The Aspen Institute has studied the competitive sports issue for years and provides eight recommendations to the solution for fixing the system that has been created. These include: • Revitalizing In-Town Leagues • Reintroducing Free Play • Encouraging Sports Sampling • Training Coaches, Particularly In Safety and Injury Prevention Measures, Basic First Aid and Motivational Technique • Asking Kids What They Want • Think Small • Design For Development • Emphasize Prevention Sport Ready, an organization that works with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and other medical and sports science professionals, promotes a #TrainSmart campaign with key messages of injury prevention, monitoring the health, wellness and injury rates of athletes, and improved communication through the use of evidence-based tools and services. “Playing as many sports as possible will always be my recommendation for young athletes, but if you’re fixated on one sport, I would make sure you seek out the proper training and care to make sure you are moving correctly and recovering properly,” Pendleton said. “Monitoring your own volume and having data on your own body is so critical to grow and improve correctly.” From a compilation of sources of medical professionals and studies on youth competitive sports come these suggestions to individualize with each young athlete based upon the sport and each athlete’s age, growth rate, readiness and injury history: • Set limits on participation time and sport-specific repetitive movements to avoid overtraining • Carefully monitor training workload during adolescent growth spurts (due to an increase in injury rates during this time) • Schedule rest periods and optimize recovery
• Ensure vitamin intake • Use appropriate equipment, particularly shoes • Have realistic goals and expectations of young athletes, understanding sport readiness based on motor skills • Adapt daily loads • Notice issues quickly and respond appropriately • Advocate appropriately for your child • Ensure that preseason conditioning is gradual following limited activity levels
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The current landscape of competitive sports has created high-level opportunities for athletes to hone natural abilities and learn and develop within the sports they enjoy. Participation in athletics brings a variety of benefits to our youth from mental and physical standpoints – with everything from health, fitness, regular exercise, weight control, strength, socializing with peers, improving self esteem, developing leadership qualities, improved sport performance and goal setting. In order to function within this system, education and communication processes should be continually used to monitor these athletes’ workload, injury and burnout and overall wellness to continue to play for as long as they are able and still have fulfilling lives after athletic careers are over.
Sport Ready is working to gather overuse injury data, free of charge, and would like to invite male and female athletes ages 10-22 who play any kind of sport at the club, high school or university levels to participate. If you are willing to have your child participate, or if you are 18 or older and would like to participate in this injury surveillance project that will be completed through a weekly questionnaire starting on Aug. 1, 2019 and continuing for eight weeks, go to rusportready.com/injury-surveillance-sign-up to register or email info@ rusportready.com for more information. The deadline to submit requests for participation is July 26. l
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• This year, the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park (350 S. 300 West). For more information, visit: www.slcfarmersmarket.org • The People’s Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Peace Gardens (1000 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: 9thwestfarmersmarket.org. • New Roots of Utah Neighborhood Farm Stand is held every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyvale Park (4013 S. 700 West) in Millcreek. • The Sugar House Farmers Market is
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