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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: Homeless shelter site selection By Kelly Cannon & Travis Barton | email@example.com
he events and decisions that led up to the selection of the various homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake County are filled with frustration, confusion and outright hostility. The issue of what to do with the growing homeless population in the county and where to put them has been met with several different solutions, none of which everyone seems to agree upon. However, the final decisions on where to put homeless resource centers were made and many neighborhoods and communities are about to change.
Sugar House Rebuts Instead of empathy, the decision was met with outrage, most vehemently in Sugar House where one site was set for 653 E. Simpson Ave.—across the street from a residential neighborhood that would replace four local businesses. Residents poured into city council meetings, open houses and the Sugar House Community Council meeting to voice opposition to a decision made behind closed doors. City officials maintained they did so to avoid pitting neighborhoods against one another. “The way the city’s handled this, it’s building nothing but resentment from most of the community,” said Chris Sveiven, who lives 75 feet away from the proposed site. Biskupski pleaded with residents to embrace the resource model that would disperse the homeless population and “stop subjecting them to easy access by drug dealers.” She also urged compassion for “families that need to be embraced by us, that need a little bit of help.”
Residents from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City provide reasons they oppose having homeless shelters in their community during public comment at the state capitol. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
Residents, however, felt the model was too risky. “You’re asking us to take a leap of faith,” resident Shane Stroud told Biskupski during the community council meeting. “This isn’t a leap of faith, this is a gamble and the costs of that gamble are extremely high.” Stroud added if the center didn’t work as intended, repercussions would last decades. Legislative Take Over On Feb. 24, the four shelter plan was scrapped with two proposed sites dropped—including the Simpson site—and a plan was developed to build a third site somewhere in Salt Lake County. Legislation was passed on March 9 that appropriated more than $10 million to help build the resource centers and removed local cities from having any formal say on the mater. That legislation also required Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to recommend a site to the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, or risk losing the money. March 10 saw five homeless sites selected—three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake, with two additional South Salt Lake sites added on March 21.
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Announcement of New Homeless Resource Shelters On Dec. 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council announced the locations of four 150-bed homeless shelters around the city that would also serve as resource centers. The locations were: 653 E. Simpson Ave. (2300 South), 275 W. High Ave. (1400 South), 131 E. 700 South, and 648 W. 100 South. The selection was announced without any public comment and are the result of a two-year selection processes. The mayor and council said the decision was made without public input because they wanted to avoid pitting neighborhoods against each other. However, they promised to hold open houses to gain feedback from the community. “A process that would pit different communities in our city against each other and tear our city apart as we try to affect change, was not something we felt comfortable doing,” Biskupski told residents at a Sugar House Community Council meeting. The idea behind the four sites was to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and job training while drawing people away from The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to be closed. City officials said the smaller shelters would have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods with no drug dealing allowed near the sites and high levels of security. However, not everybody was happy with the decisions.
What ensued was three weeks of what McAdams deemed would be a “robust but abbreviated” process to include public input with four open houses and one public comment session. West Valley City and South Salt Lake Fight Against Site Selection West Valley City officials repeatedly decried the sites selected, citing the stress it would place on fire and police departments, the unproven service model and overall rushed process. “It’s complete vapor,” said WVC City Manager Wayne Pyle of the planned service model during an open house on March 18. He said these resources being talked about are “great ideas and we’d love to see them implemented” but doesn’t feel they are fully formed with no plans, funds or specifics. “In our mind what we have is this shelter being moved from downtown to West Valley or wherever with a lot of good intention, but not anything in terms of an actual plan to prove that it’s gonna be any different than where it is right now,” Pyle said. The county has studied homelessness reforms for over two years according to McAdams. Resource centers are designed to serve specific populations such as single women or single men. continued on page 4…
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Kids search for Easter eggs, parents complete important survey during Tiny Tots Fair By Brian Shaw | firstname.lastname@example.org
outh Salt Lake always puts on a great show at its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Fitts Park, and this year was no exception. But this year, the city added a new and interesting wrinkle to its event—a Tiny Tots Fair. The Tiny Tots Fair kicked off all the holiday festivities early on April 15, giving those who are less in stature and weight the opportunity to feel big. Family Liaison Coordinator Edward Lopez of Promise South Salt Lake added that while his department handed out candy to the kids and Promise volunteers played games with them, their parents answered important open-ended questions in a paper survey vital to their children’s development. For years, the Easter Egg Hunt has taken place in conjunction with a health fair. But, this year Lopez said South Salt Lake was one of three Utah cities awarded a grant by the state of Utah to provide developmental screenings for kids ages 0-3. “It all comes through building reciprocal and equitable relationships with parents; are they [their children] hitting those marks?” said Lopez. “We’d like to help them achieve their goals.” Promise, in coordination with Head Start, Help Me Grow, Utah Community Action and Upstart—the latter a preschool program of The Waterford School—had volunteers hand out short surveys to parents asking open-ended questions in the following areas: communication, sign motor, growth motor, problem solving and personal/social skills. In years past, the city has been successful building healthy relationships with area parents, added Lopez. And, in filling out this survey, which was available to parents at the Lions Club pavilion at Fitts Park, Lopez felt this screening was another way to continue the growth process with these parents. Meanwhile, as the fair reached its conclusion, the Easter egg hunt went off without a hitch, according to Deputy Recreation Director Myrna Clark. The park was cordoned off into areas serving kids in the following groups: 0-2 years, special needs, 3-5 and 6-8 years. “The [plastic] eggs were filled with toys and candy,” added Clark, who said that 60 pounds of candy and 8,000 eggs were hidden in the park—along with 20 special baskets—all handed out to all attendees. Also, many eggs were stuffed with tickets for free items courtesy of other
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Cottonwood High music students aim high at Seattle competition By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
hroughout the school year, Cottonwood High music students have a chance to perform for their community, but in early April, they took their talents on the road to Seattle. As part of the World Strides Heritage Festival competition April 4 through April 9 in Seattle, 134 musicians in four choirs and three instrumental groups performed for judges. As of press deadline, results from the contest were not known. “Our goal is always to perform our best, to be the No. 1 program like last year,” instrumental director Amber Tuckness said. Last year, the musicians came back with a two-foot-tall trophy for winning the sweepstakes award, which named them the best music program at the festival in San Francisco. They also were extended an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, which they weren’t able to attend as Granite School District’s policy limits the distance students can travel, she said. This year, the choirs were to perform April 7 and the jazz ensemble, orchestra and wind ensemble with soloists juniors Anna Anderl and Abby Smedberg taking the stage on April 8. “Our students will listen to one another as well as hear all the other groups perform. It’s a chance to support each other and listen to remarks from a clinician after the performances. The students also hear other high school students to see what they’re
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Parts of the design also include sleeping areas, on-site case managers to help with specialized services such as job or behavioral needs, food services and security space for a police officer. All would be provided inside the center. The plan would be different from The Road Home shelter on Rio Grande where occupants must leave to utilize surrounding services. Shaleane Gee, director of special projects with Salt Lake County, told residents at an open house that the center would be like an “emergency room facility. A resource center in the sense that it teaches you how to leave homelessness.” West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow said if the model’s different from past ventures, why wasn’t that sold to the public. “We’re all reasonable people, and if it’s so great, why can’t you do it at Rio Grande right now? And prove to us that it works. We’ll line up asking for it, may even bid for it,” Bigelow said. McAdams told media and residents on March 21 that the model is similar to Volunteers of America’s Youth Resource Center or the YWCA, both in Salt Lake City, that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. City officials continually stressed the burden WVC already carried with its 33,000 affordable housing units and Kelly Benson Apartment complex which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless. “It’s unethical to ask our residents to carry even more. We happily carry our burden, but we can’t do it all,” said WVC councilman Lars Nordfelt at the March 18 open house. On March 22, residents and representative from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City met with the members of the Homeless Coordinating Committee at the state capitol to argue their cities were not suited to handle the proposed homeless shelter sites. McAdams began the meeting by trying to assure residents that they are listening to the public and understand their concerns. “I know the news about this effort to find a location for the homeless resource center has been unsettling and stressful to homes and businesses in South Salt Lake and in West Valley City. I know there are concerns about drugs and crime and property values, loss of economic opportunity,” McAdams said. “I know this is not because of your lack of compassion for people who are met with the crisis that comes with not having a roof over your head or a safe place to sleep at night.” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood addressed the committee, saying her city and its residents are compassionate and solution oriented but the homeless shelter site selection process has forced them to oppose the shelter in their community for several reasons. Wood said the site selection process has been too rushed, less than fair and less than transparent. “What’s the point of public meetings and site evaluation committee if the sites have already been chosen behind closed doors?” she asked. She also pointed out that as one of the smallest cities in the county, South Salt Lake is already overburdened with regional and county services residents are forced to support. This includes two
county jails, two juvenile detention centers, an 88-bed facility for the chronically homeless, a regional sewage treatment plant and a solid waste transfer facility. Wood reminded the committee none of these services pay property tax toward the city. Wood also opposed the resource center model because there is no guarantee it will work. “We have no confidence that the new location will solve the problem. In fact, it feels like we are simply moving the problem south,” Wood said. “The resource center model is too new and there is no funding arrangement in the legislation to offset the community impacts.” Many residents who spoke at the public hearing explained how neither South Salt Lake nor West Valley City would be a good fit for the homeless shelter sites. One South Salt Lake resident said that unlike other cities, this is not a case of “not in my backyard.” Rather, their yard is already full. Another South Salt Lake resident said the city is a great place for the county to put things they don’t want. Residents have been very accommodating but “enough was enough.” Disaster in Draper On March 28, two days before the committee was set to make a selection on the new sites, Draper Mayor Troy Walker shocked residents by announcing he was offering two potential sites for consideration within his city limits. One site would be a portion of the Utah State Prison location, which is scheduled to be moved to Salt Lake City. The other site was at 15001 Minuteman Drive. Draper was the first city to willingly offer sites for a homeless shelter. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the thing that will set us apart and make us the people we are,” Walker said. However, the Draper residents were having none of it. Nearly 1,000 residents showed up to an open house on March 29 at Draper Park Middle School. The meeting was supposed to be an open housestyle meeting where residents could fill out cards with their comments and learn more about the sites. When residents found out there was no public comment to be made, a handful hijacked the meeting, forcing the school to open the auditorium and provide a microphone. The majority of residents who were opposed to the homeless shelter sites cited concerns over increased crime and drugs, putting strains on the police department and lowering property values. Residents took turns airing their grievances, shouting at anyone in support of the site. This included Lawrence Horman, a homeless man who asked for compassion for people like him. He was booed off stage when he called for patience. Another resident who explained she had worked with homeless teens in the past said she was mostly angry because she felt the decision was sprung upon residents but she was in favor of the sites in Draper. She was also booed and yelled at. The meeting turned hostile when Walker and McAdams took
the stage, with many residents screaming abuse at the public officials. Walker tried to explain his point of view but was met with only screams of derision. Residents threatened Walker with impeachment and lawsuits, claiming corruption and deals made behind closed doors. Others called Walker out for the alleged mistreatment of Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who claimed to be left out of the announcement. Weeks told the crowd she had only found out about the sites during the press conference and she was just as shocked as residents. “They have not included the Draper residents,” Weeks said. “We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we volunteer two sites.” The nearly four-hour meeting, which mostly consisted of Walker and McAdams sitting silently on the stage while residents spoke their minds, ended with Walker rescinding his offer of the two sites. “You folks don’t want it,” Walker said, “so we can’t in good conscience say we want it here.” Final Decision On March 31, McAdams announced the decision to put the third homeless shelter in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. That day, Wood held a press conference to address residents about the decision. She said there are concerns about the site, including the fact it’s close to the Jordan River, a newly developed community on the west side of the river and longtime residents along 1000 West who have fought to keep the nearby agriculture zone intact. “Needless to say, we are disappointed. We are frustrated and we are angry. Our neighbors and businesses have stood together, residents have come out and we have fought this fight together. I thank you for that,” Wood said. “As a community, I think we expressed our concerns well. I think we had a compelling reason as to why we were not the site for the homeless resource center. I’m not quite sure where the communication breakdown was or why it didn’t matter.” Wood explained McAdams made commitments to South Salt Lake to help ease the blow. These commitments included significant investments in open space and transportation, improvements to the Jordan River and new amenities like a library. Most importantly, McAdams told Wood that construction would not begin until legislation was passed next session that would provide some kind of continued funding source for the resource center. “We feel that gives us some time and we’re going to take advantage of that time to address some critical issues to make sure the impact on our community is as small as it can be,” Wood said. Wood also told residents she and the council are promising not to raise taxes. “You are not subsidizing another undesirable regional use in our community,” Wood said. “That’s a commitment that we’re making right now.” Wood called the selection a “lethal blow” to the community of South Salt Lake. “We are angry and we continue to be angry,” Wood said. l
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Mother-son game night aims for success with Pinewood Derby By Brian Shaw | email@example.com
or years now, the father-daughter dance held every year at the Columbus Center has become the main attraction for area residents. That wildly popular dance has even spawned copycats across the Salt Lake valley. It also spawned a 60s-themed senior ball last month at the center that was heavily attended. With that in mind, South Salt Lake Deputy Recreation Director Myrna Clark—who started the dance craze as well— continues to find ways to bond family members even closer.
“There will be softball throws, inflatables, soccer kicks, food and other fun games like a watermelon eating contest.” Clark’s latest idea? Hold a family game night at the Columbus Center complete with some of the events you might see at a Cub Scout outing or even at the family home. This year, she said she decided to introduce a Pinewood Derby. “I’ve got four boys and I helped them make their cars,” said Clark regarding her idea. She added that she wanted to include in the invitation all mothers and sons, and that dads are also welcome to attend the mother-son event. The Pinewood Derby—a race usually reserved for scouting
events—is bound to be a success, said Clark. She added that the first 50 boys to pre-register at the center will receive a Pinewood Derby car kit complete with everything they will need to build their speed demon at home, in time for the big race. On the day of the event, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., Clark will get her first opportunity to see whether this novel idea will fly. As the flier that Clark’s department distributed online and in city offices clearly states, there will also be “music, friendly games, food and lots of fun.” For $4 per mother-son duo and $1 per each additional son, Clark added that you get a lot out of the experience. “There will be softball throws, inflatables, soccer kicks, food and other fun games like a watermelon eating contest,” she said. “It gets very competitive.” Another interesting twist to this event is that Clark is urging all attendees to wear a shirt featuring their favorite college sports team. The reason for this, she added, is that she’s invited several college athletes to attend the event. “I wanted to invite the college players to come to further educational opportunities for these kids,” said Clark, who added that players from University of Utah and BYU have accepted— among other schools. “They’re great role models and you don’t just get to watch them on TV; now you can come over and mingle and get to know them in person. They will hopefully get a chance to race a car, too.” l Kids participate at mother-son game night. (Myrna Clark)
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Council approves change in crosswalk funds
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he South Salt Lake City Council approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with Salt Lake County to build a pedestrian crossing. The unanimous decision was reached during the March 23 meeting. The idea for the agreement was proposed by City Engineer Dennis Pay. Pay explained in 2014, the county was planning a route for Parley’s Trail that would go from 300 West to the Jordan River. “They had a convoluted crossing at 300 West as part of the plan. It went to 300 West and Haven Avenue to the signal that goes into the RC Willey parking lot. It crossed there and then went back up north up to Andy Avenue,” Pay said. “Looking at that, it was apparent to me that no one would do that. They would get to 300 West and they’d take their chances crossing there.” Pay approached the county to give them his idea. The county agreed with Pay’s observation but said they didn’t have the budget for a good crossing at that intersection. Pay was then
approached by another division of the county who told him they had funds for the cross walk but the funds have to be spent by a local government and not the county. “We applied for the funds and they were given to us,” Pay said. “We have $135,000. That was the original estimate for the crossing.”
“Looking at that, it was apparent to me that no one would do that. They would get to 300 West and they’d take their chances crossing there.” However, as design and construction of that particular section of Parley’s Trail continued, Pay approached the county and asked how the city was supposed to pay for the plan.
“I asked the county, ‘Are you going to invoice us? How do we pay this?’ And a couple of months ago, I asked again and they said, ‘We found other funds to pay for that,’” Pay said. “In the meantime, they had given us a check and we had the funds in place.” Since the funds were no longer needed for the crossing at 300 West, the county asked South Salt Lake to use the funds to build a similar crossing at 900 West. “I said we could do that there. It’s the same thing. They went back to the county and they said legally, we have to change the agreement so it’ll say 900 West instead of 300 West,” Pay said. “And that’s why it’s here tonight. It’s kind of a procedural matter.” The 900 West pedestrian cross walk will have a rectangular, flashing beacon. Pedestrians will push a button and the beacon will begin flashing, notifying drivers they need to stop. “That’s what they’re going to install on 300 West and it’s been installed in other locations successfully,” Pay said. l
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City adds fingerprinting service charge to fee schedule By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
he South Salt Lake Council added a $10 fingerprinting fee to the consolidated fee schedule during their March 23 meeting. The item was first brought up during the March 8 meeting but was tabled. Hannah Vickery, the deputy city attorney for South Salt Lake, explained the staff at the courthouse proposed adding the administrative fee as part of their fingerprinting services. Currently, the court staff through bailiffs who are contracted out, provide fingerprinting when ordered by a judge. “There’s an OTN, an offense tracking number where the court has an obligation when people are arraigned on certain charges, and sentenced on certain charges that they assign this number and attach this number with fingerprinting,” Vickery said. “The purpose of it is to match the individual with their criminal history so that can be verified and tracked.” The court has been doing fingerprinting during court time. However, Kristen Reardon, a court administrator, had concerns over court security and began looking to set up a system where individuals could come in during a prescribed time to be fingerprinted. It would be staffed by the bailiffs who would run the fingerprint machines. “It is rather technical and these bailiffs are trained in getting the fingerprints. Given the new technology that is out there, the fingerprint machine will now let you know if the fingerprint is valid or rejected for not
having enough of the verifiable ridges,” Vickery said. “Back in the olden days when you used to print on a card with ink, sometimes they would send it in it would get rejected because the number of points wouldn’t match up. So that’s been fixed but they still need to be trained on the machine.” The purpose of the $10 fee would be to recoup some of the costs of staffing the bailiffs and the cost of the equipment, which was purchased last November. When Vickery discussed the idea with Councilman Ben Pender, he suggested the court also offer fingerprinting services to the general public and charge for the service. Residents whose work required fingerprints to be on file could come to the South Salt Lake courthouse and have their fingerprints taken. Vickery talked to Reardon, who explained in order to offer that type of service to the general public, the court would need to be able to print the fingerprints so residents could take them with them. Currently, the court does not have the printer or the software to accomplish that. The printer would cost $3,500 and additional training would be $1,000. The council unanimously approved adding the $10 charged to the fee schedule during the March 23 meeting. The council will have to amend the budget in a future meeting in order to purchase the equipment but the resolution allowing the fee to be implemented was approved. l
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Elementary students drop eggs, make slime creations at STEM festival By Aspen Perry | firstname.lastname@example.org
The imagination playground helped exercise student’s engineering and architecture skills. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).
he halls of Central Park Community Center were filled with laughter as elementary students from the Promise South Salt Lake afterschool programs engaged in STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) influenced activities during the third annual STEM Fest on April 7. In one hallway of the Central Park Community Center, learning came to life as students worked in teams to create a safe carrier for the egg drop challenge. “It’s interesting to watch the way they think and how they put it all together,” said Melanie Lance, a first-time STEM Fest volunteer and a paramedic with South Salt Lake Fire Department. Student enthusiasm grew as they were ushered outside to see which group’s egg carriers would work successfully after being dropped from the top of a fire truck’s ladder. As the firefighters gathered the carriers, students excitedly chanted, “throw it, throw it” from below, followed by claps as their carriers smashed into the ground. “I think in the last group there were two out of 10 (eggs) that survived,” said Lance. Back inside, the gymnasium of Central Park Community Center was divided into two sides. The imagination playground where giant blocks filled one side of the gymnasium, encouraged students with hands-on engineering-themed experiences. “This was my idea,” said one boy, as he rushed from one connection point to another. He and the other students tried to build a bridgetype structure that would allow a ball to flow through from start to finish. In addition to providing hands-on engineering and architecture skill building, students in imagination playground could also try to recreate neighborhoods. As Brandis Stockman, Lincoln Elementary coordinator, explained the City of South Salt
Students worked in groups for the egg drop challenge. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)
Lake provided aerial photographs for students to recreate small versions of their neighborhoods. On the other side of the gymnasium, University of Utah volunteers helped the students make their own slime creations, a favorite amongst the students. The kids noticed the food coloring they had mixed into their slime was dyeing their hands. “My favorite part of the STEM Fest is seeing students get excited about STEM subjects and seeing the impact this exposure can make in their lives,” Stockman said. In another large room, The American Chemical Society held a presentation, complete with experiments related to food science. Though the preference is to hold the STEM Fest outdoors when weather permits, the Central Park Community Center was well utilized by the elementary afterschool programs including Lincoln, Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Moss, and Kearns-Saint Ann, as well as four community center-based afterschool programs including Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, Central Park Community Center, Historic Scott School, and Meadowbrook STEM in attendance. “At STEM Fest this year, we had about 200 students,” said Stockman. Luckily, there were many volunteers to help with the event from various areas in the community including; Promise SSL staff, City of South Salt Lake employees, SSL Firefighters, and community volunteers. Before STEM Fest was created, there were no other STEM-themed events for South Salt Lake elementary-aged children, as all STEMthemed events in South Salt Lake were geared toward older students prior to STEM Fest’s inception. Exposing students to STEM events early in their life, also meets the criteria from Promise SSL, Cradle to Career Pipeline, in an effort to fulfill the education aspect of the three promises
Slime station was a favorite for students. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)
at the foundation of all Promise SSL programs. Stockman explained why Promise SSL felt holding an event for elementary students was so important, as she said, “STEM (activities) are a very hands-on way of showing students how fun
and interesting these subjects can be.” Stockman added, “When students get inspired at such a young age, this can lead to a lifelong love for science and STEM-based careers.” l
The final test for the egg drop was which eggs survived being dropped from the fire truck’s ladder. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)
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Cottonwood’s regional champion theatre students to perform “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
ottonwood High School’s recently crowned regional champion theatre department will take the stage in May to present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The Charles Dickens unfinished manuscript was discovered after his death. In the 1970s, it was completed with multiple endings so each performance of the musical could have a different character as the murderer, said Adam Wilkins who is co-directing the Cottonwood production with Madison Howell. “There’s five endings so the audience can vote every night, ‘whodunit,’” he said about the mysterious circumstances of Drood’s disappearance. “It’s a fun, slapstick British comedy with a play within a play of mistaken identities that is very entertaining and family friendly.” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will be performed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13 and again on Monday, May 15. At noon on Saturday, May 13, there will be a matinee performance, where mothers can purchase tickets at the door for half-price. Tickets are $7 online or $8 at the door and the show will be performed in the school’s Black Box Theatre, 5715 S. 1300 East. The role of Edwin Drood, a female who portrays a male, is played by senior Karin Allred. The Chairman is senior Jeremy Black with John Jasper portrayed by senior Preston Rowland. Junior Anna Anderl is Rosa Bud; senior Emmalee Petrick is Princess Puffer; and junior Seith Howell is Bazzard. The roles of Neville Landless and Helena Landless are played by junior Jared Evans and junior Sophia Morrill, respectively. Sophomore Nami Eskandarian portrays Rev.
Cottonwood High theatre students, who won the regional title, will perform “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” in May. (Adam Wilkins/Cottonwood High School)
Crisparkle; sophomore Andrew Sollis is Durdles; junior Aubrey Low is the Deputy and junior Paige Ney plays Horace. “We’ve had some serious and heavy shows this year with ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Henry V’ dealing with issues of redemption and forgiveness, so this is a lighter piece from the turn of last century that’s a lot of fun. Plus, we’re able to see we aren’t defined by where we’re born or how much money we have, but how you can be the best you. It ties in with these kids who are learning who they are and
where they fit in the world,” he said. It also comes off the hard work students had put in preparing for regional competition where they earned 388 of the 390 points possible to win the overall first-place trophy. “Our region is really tough, but we qualified every kid to go to state so we couldn’t be happier of the success,” Wilkins said of his 39 students who participated at region. “In theatre, we learn that everyone is important and everyone’s part is vital to the whole of the group’s success. We’ll be going over the judges’ notes and incorporate them in our pieces to learn from them and prepare for state.” The state contest was slated April 15. Their one-act competition, “Women of Lockerbie,” had 10 students portray the aftermath of the PanAm flight that crashed near Lockerbie, Scotland, when women who were inspired to obtain and wash the clothing from the victims so they could return the items to the victims’ families. “It’s a really heart-warming piece where these women are determined to make this an act of love, but it’s a real emotional and hard piece to perform,” Wilkins said. For judging, their ensemble was required to be under one hour and be judged by three professionals. Cottonwood took first place. The individual events, ranging from dramatic monologues to musical theatre, was the second day of the regional contest. “All our students received superior ratings,” Wilkins said. “There’s so much pride they put in their pieces and it has paid off.” l
Flipping out over the cost of summer entertainment
re you at your wallets end when it comes to family entertainment? It can be hard to find something all age ranges can enjoy. Plus, for some of our area’s more popular theme parks, it seems as if we have to mortgage the house just to gain admission, and on top of the high prices, they add insult to injury and charge just to park the car. If your wallet is already having a panic attack over the expense of your upcoming summer vacation, now is the time to discover the latest craze that is catching on at your favorite park. It’s disc golf. It’s easy to try; it’s fun for all ages---and it’s my favorite word---FREE. As more and more Utah parks are adding courses, it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy a pleasant afternoon at a nearby of location or take a journey to see some of our amazing scenery. I recently I stumbled on a course at Brighton Resort. To make the most of this experience, here are some things to keep in mind when gearing up to flip out. 1. Take a look at a map: As the popularity of disc golf expands, many online sites offer detailed maps of courses and distance markers. Some sites include scorecards, too. 2. Bring extra discs: At the risk of sounding a tad irreverent and even insulting to regular players, my dollar store Frisbee worked just fine when a water hazard was likely to
claim my Frisbee. So, while a Google search will offer an enormous amount of fast, slow, left and right turning discs, they are somewhat expensive. It’s around 24 dollars for a set of three discs, while its helpful to own disc golf gear, and there are a large variety of recommended discs, a few extra bargain discs won’t detract from the game. 3. There are no amenities at disc golf courses: Keep in mind you will be at a public park. The services are limited. If you are hoping for a cart or a snack shack, you will probably be disappointed. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring plenty of water and plan a picnic lunch for your game. 4. Bring your friends: This is an occasion where the more involved creates a merrier time. It’s a good idea to honor the foursome format, but the sky is the limit on how many groups can be a part of the fun. Keep in mind, however, the rules of golf etiquette are still in full swing. Don’t barge into the games of other people, be quiet when players tee off, don’t allow your dog to sniff around other people’s stuff —you get the idea. I have found disc golf to be a good way to relax, get exercise and enjoy areas of Utah I would not have visited otherwise. Oh, and did I mention it’s free. Visit the www.discgolfscene.com for a list of Disc Golf locations.
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Principal Lambson awarded Education Leader of the Year
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rincipal Afton Lambson was awarded Education Leader of the Year by the South Salt Lake Mayor’s Office in April. Lambson was recently moved to Spring Lane Elementary in Holladay. “I was surprised and humbled to think about the many people that make our work at Lincoln (Elementary) possible, from parents to community partners who are so gracious… I felt it was a great honor for our school,” said Lambson. “There are so many dedicated educators in the South Salt Lake area who are so deserving,” Lambson continued. Lambson is one of nine siblings who grew up on a 70-acre farm in St. Johns, Arizona, with a family who held education and a strong work ethic in high regard. Lambson’s work ethic shows through to the teachers he works with, as Benjamin Peters, assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary said, “Mr. Lambson is extremely hard working and relatable to students, staff, and the Lincoln community. He is well intentioned in his work and strives to put students first.” After watching five of his siblings start out with careers in education, only to leave shortly after, Lambson had originally planned to study medicine and become a doctor. It wasn’t until he discovered a love for teaching while he was serving on a mission in Brazil, that he changed his college major to education when he returned. “Although I didn’t always want to be a teacher, I look back now at the influence dedicated teachers had on me,” said Lambson. Lambson has been in education for 14 years, three of those as the principal at Lincoln Elementary where he values the relationships he has built. “I love the relationships with children and caring adults. Everyone has something to contribute. Learning is the hope of our families and our nation,” Lambson said. In accordance with Lambson’s appreciation of those around him, some teachers in turn appreciate what he brings to the school. “Afton is a kind person. He is very approachable and a good listener. He encourages collaboration, which has been very beneficial to our students and staff,” said Morgan Hunt, a second-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Much like teachers play many roles to meet the needs of their students, principals have many responsibilities in ensure the
Principal Afton Lambson, Lincoln Elementary. (Afton Lambson)
success of educating young minds. In addition to setting the standard as the instructional leader, Lambson explained it is also the role of principals to engage with the community and advocate for the various needs that arise within a school. One example Lambson provided was in regards to the teacher shortage, which has been a hot topic in recent months with several news outlets reporting on the potential reasons Utah schools struggle with teacher retention. “Teacher shortages have made it challenging to sustain growth as a learning organization, so we do our best to change the narrative about education and our school… we want more than anything to meet the needs of our community,” Lambson said. According to Peters, the knowledge and dedication Lambson shows plays an important role in the way Lambson supports both students and staff. “He asks a lot of his staff and students, but does so in purposeful ways so everyone can know the importance of their role at Lincoln,” Peters said. Lambson described feeling grateful to be able to play a part in the success of Lincoln students, and feels his teachers are the “real champions.” For Lambson, the ultimate reward is being part of the success of his students, as he said, “The best reward is that I get to be with beautiful, happy, intelligent children every day.” l
“Afton is a kind person. He is very approachable and a good listener. He encourages collaboration, which has been very beneficial to our students and staff.”
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CITY NEWSLETTER ARTS & COMMUNITY EDITION
May 2017 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757 email@example.com
South Salt Lake City Council Members Ben B. Pender, District 1 801- 580-0339 firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Rapp, District 2 801-485-5817 email@example.com Sharla Beverly, District 3 801-803-4127 firstname.lastname@example.org Portia Mila, District 4 801-792-0912 email@example.com L. Shane Siwik, District 5 801-548-7953 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark C. Kindred, At-Large 801-214-8415 email@example.com Johnny McConnell, At-Large 801-712-4837 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Ofﬁces Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 801-483-6000 220 East Morris Ave SSL, UT 84115 Animal Service 801-483-6024 Building Permits 801-483-6005 Business Licensing 801-483-6063 Code Enforcement 801-464-6712 Fire Administration 801-483-6043 Justice Court 801-483-6072 Police Administration 801-412-3606 Promise 801-483-6057 Public Works 801-483-6045 Recreation 801-412-3217 Utility Billing 801-483-6074 Emergencies 911 Police/Fire Dispatch 801-840-4000
City of Creative Industry Our city is building a culture of creativity. We see it all around us with new creative businesses, murals, and people of all ages taking part in creating art. It is becoming a part of our identity and I have been actively supporting it as a part of our Arts Council Board of Directors and a part of the Salt Lake County ZAP Board. Our investments in staff, artists, programs and facilities are paying off. Now we are encouraging residents and businesses to get involved. With leadership from our Arts Council Director, Lesly Allen, we are developing master plans for a “Creative Industries Zone” and an “Arts Hub” in South Salt Lake. This picks up speed this month as we host our 2nd annual Night on Commonwealth in our Mayor Cherie Wood downtown, and as we host the ﬁrst ever “Creative Industries Conference.” We invite anyone who lives, works or creates in our city to be a part of our visioning as we create the foundations for a thriving arts and creative industries zone. There are so many businesses already thriving in and around our downtown and water tower. We are bringing them together to help us create a reputation for creative industries, and to help us better understand how we can support artists and creatives in South Salt Lake. Help us build more momentum – join us for the Creative Convergence on May 19th and 20th and help us make plans for a more beautiful, inspiring, and creative city. Our proud city tag line for decades was “City of Industry”. I see a bright future for South Salt Lake as the new city of “Creative Industries”.
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SSL City Council Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor
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Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m.
South Salt Lake Stands Together
SSL City Planning Commission Meetings
“It’s very clear that no city wanted this resource center. That’s very obvious, but I want to commend South Salt Lake. You opposed it the right way. I want to commend you for your humanity, for your kindness. You are not just a light to the rest of the state, but to our country as well.” – Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox. (April 10, 2017)
220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.
Columbus Senior Center Highlights 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 385-468-3340
Monday thru Friday at noon *A lunch donation of $3.00 goes directly back into the meal program
Ladies’ Day Party
Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. Entertainment by the wonderful Decibells –25 voice women’s chorus
National Senior Health and Fitness Day Wednesday, May 31 Viridian Event Center 8030 S. 1825 W. West Jordan
11:30 a.m. – Sack lunches for the ﬁrst 150 people in the park pavilion 12:30 p.m. – “Healthy Cooking for Brain Health” by Celebrity Chef Katie Weinner from Top Chef Boston
Information Tables: • Salt Lake County Senior Centers • Alzheimer’s Association • Wasatch Mountain Club • AARP • SLC Track and Roadrunner Club • Salt Lake County Library Services • Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services • Salt Lake County Health Promotion for Older Adults • Salt Lake County Animal Services • SPLORE – Adaptive Adventures of Utah **For more Senior Events stop by the Columbus Senior Center!
As you all know by now, South Salt Lake was selected as the third site for a new homeless resource center. We are disappointed and frustrated but we will continue our efforts to improve quality of life for our residents and business owners. Thank you to South Salt Lake City Council, residents and business owners for standing together in the ﬁght to keep the homeless resource center out of South Salt Lake. The selected site at 3380 S. 1000 West will be a challenge to for us to deal with going forward. But South Salt Lake leaders must switch gears and focus our attention on ensuring the facility will have the least possible impact on residents and businesses. My commitment to residents is that we will do everything we can to mitigate and keep our neighborhoods safe. We are also committed to not raising property taxes to subsidize the homeless resource center. My priorities will be: 1. I will ﬁght to make sure that appropriate funding is in place before construction begins. 2. I will ﬁght for safety and quality of life for our existing residents. 3. I will work with our partners along the Jordan River to continue our rehabilitation efforts. 4. I will hold Salt Lake County and the State of Utah to their word, and make sure South Salt Lake receives some of the services that everyone wants, like libraries, parks and new developments. Words cannot express how proud I am to be your Mayor, as I stood with you in the ﬁght against the homeless resource center. I was touched by your commitment and love for our City. Like Lieutenant Governor Cox said, you opposed this process with humanity and kindness. I urge you all to stay involved because the process is not over and the need for your voices will continue. Stay informed by visiting http://www.southsaltlakecity.com/ or following us on Facebook and Twitter. Sincerely,
Mayor Cherie Wood
On March 27 South Salt Lake celebrated the ground breaking for our new downtown at 2200 S State. Watch for Winco and new housing to rise up from this site!
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Neighborhood Center Spotlight: Utah International School This school year Westminster College held their Walkways to Westminster program at Utah International Charter School. This program provides the after school program with small ratio college prep tutoring for the youth at Utah International. Last year was the ﬁrst year that the school had graduating seniors and it was a small graduating class of eight youth. The school and the afterschool pro-
Partnership Highlight: University of Utah Afterschool STEM CLUB at Woodrow Wilson Elementary One of our most popular clubs in the Woodrow Wilson Afterschool Program is the STEM Club. Over the last few years, different people and organizations have led some version of an afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math club. This year a new partner stepped up. Students in Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen’s “Science Methods in Education” class at the University of Utah come
South Salt Lake has 14 neighborhood centers serving our community: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center 479 East 2250 South South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-828-7245 Roosevelt Community School 3225 South 800 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106 801-828-8219 Historic Scott School and Arts & Community Center 3238 South 540 East South Salt Lake, UT 84106 801-803-3632
gram knew that this year there would be many more graduating seniors and they would all need help to afterschool once a week to lead hands-on science experiments preparing for life after to a group of excited 3rd and 4th graders. Each lesson is not only high school. Many of engaging but also academically aligns to the common core and the youth in the after grade-level curriculum. Academic alignment means children have school program come the chance to clarify and expand on what they’re already learning from immigrant and in the classroom. These opportunities can be especially meaningful refugee families who for our English-language learners, many of whom are interested in have never navigated science and beneﬁt from the extra time and focused attention on the higher education system in the United States. These youth need science topics the club provides. So far this spring, children in the assistance ﬁlling out college applications, the FAFSA, taking the ACT club have explored magnetism, laws of motion, states of matter and or SAT, and ﬁnding and applying for scholarships. Westminster Colecosystems. One of the best elements of this science partnership is lege was able to provide 10 consistent mentors to help the youth with that it is appropriately symbiotic. While our children build their unwhatever they needed to get to a post-secondary institution. derstanding of important scientiﬁc concepts, the education students One of the youth they were able to help greatly was Jabir Nasir. from the University of Utah build their science teaching skills which Jabir is a senior at Utah International. He came to the United States they will hopefully use throughout their teaching careers. last year from Uganda. When Jabir heard about the Walkways to Westminster program he was excited to have someone to help him prepare for college. The mentor who worked with Jabir helped him study to take the ACTs for his ﬁrst time. Because of this help Jabir scored well enough to get into Westminster. He was so happy to Definition: the state or be accepted into his ﬁrst choice college, however, the tuition cost soon made his dream seem less realistic quality of being loyal; for him and his family. faithfulness to commitments In February Westminster received money to award or obligations. scholarships to youth in South Salt Lake and Jabir’s name instantly came up. He was already accepted in You give loyalty, you’ll get to Westminster and looking for a way to pay tuition. it back. You give love, you’ll Westminster decided he would be one of the recipients get it back. of a full ride scholarship, including housing, to the college. In March a representative from Westminster and the afterschool coordinator went to his home to present - Tommy Lasorda his family with the scholarship letter. Jabir plans to begin attending Westminster College this Fall. He plans to live and work on campus Iris and will be studying computer science.
Lincoln Community School 450 East 3700 South South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-657-0416 Utah International Charter School 350 East Baird Circle South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-520-7175 Central Park Community Center and PAL Boxing Program 2797 South 200 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-466-3143 Columbus Center 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-412-3217 Woodrow Wilson Community School 2567 South Main Street South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-386-0589 Granite Park Jr. High 3031 South 200 East South Salt Lake, UT 84115 801-440-4499 Meadowbrook STEM & Community Center (SLCC Campus) 250 West 3900 South South Salt Lake, UT 84107 801-518-5502 Cottonwood High Promise 5715 South 1300 East Murray, UT 84121 385-630-9748 Kearns Saint Ann Promise 430 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84115 385-630-9754 Commonwealth Performing Arts & Youth Entrepreneurial Center
2530 So. 500 East (@ Columbus Center) South Salt Lake, UT 84115 385-630-9753
Moss Elementary 4399 South 500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107 385-258-6360
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On The Move CRIME TIPS – May is National Family Month!
Plan for Pets
Here are a few tips to help keep your Children Safe:
Due to health regulations, most emergency shelters cannot house animals. Find out in advance how to care for your pets and working animals when disaster strikes. Pets could be taken to a veterinary ofﬁce, family member’s home or animal shelter during an emergency. Also be sure to store extra food and water for pets. For more information, visit the Animal Safety section on www.redcross. org or visit the Humane Society website at www.hsus.org.
• Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
Coffee With A Cop Coffee with a Cop is part of a national initiative to create a place for community members and police ofﬁcers to come together. There are no agendas or speeches; just the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and the chance to get to know the ofﬁcers in their local neighborhoods. The South Salt Lake Chamber supports the program to help businesses increase their involvement in the community’s safety. The event takes place on the ﬁrst Wednesday of each month from 9-10 a.m. at Village Inn, 2929 S. State St. The next session is Wednesday, May 3.
• Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you. • Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don’t want your children to go to?
• Get to know your children’s friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can’t meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised. • Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor’s house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help like stores, libraries and police stations. • Teach children to settle arguments with words, not ﬁsts. Roleplay talking out problems, walking away from ﬁst ﬁghts, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies. • Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.
Best Public Art: Lars Call — Inside SSL
Best Diner: Left Fork Grill
Our city is becoming a home for the arts, artists and people who create and make things with their hands. The South Salt Lake Arts Council decided it was time people noticed and created the “Inside South Salt Lake” project last year with photographer Lars Call. Artists and creators of every type were invited to have their photograph taken and wheat-pasted onto walls around the Commonwealth District in Downtown South Salt Lake. Lars Call hosted an epic photo shoot with 50 local artists and creators. The photos brought out the personalities of these creators and brought to light to the artistry and energy behind the doors and walls in the warehouses in our city. Thank you, Lars for bringing our city to life through art. You earned this year’s Best Public Art award!
What makes a good diner? It is a mix of things, including good food, friendly service, and of course, great pie! Left Fork Grill is all that with a touch of class. Owner Jeff Masten is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and spent years as chef of notable Salt Lake restaurants before venturing out in 2006 to open Left Fork Grill. The diner is a landmark along West Temple and 3900 South, and is still the only restaurant in the booming neighborhood by the Meadowbrook TRAX station. Their classic sandwiches melt in your mouth and they have built in a pie shelf at every table to make sure you don’t leave without savoring a slice of homemade pie. Left Fork Grill lives up to its motto, “Where Café Meets Gourmet,” making it the Best Diner in South Salt Lake!
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May 2017 Plant a Tree - For Free! South Salt Lake Community Connection is offering donated trees and volunteers ready to plant a tree in your front yard or park strip. Trees and nature are proven to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health and of course make homes and neighborhoods more livable. A single healthy, mature tree adds an average 10% to a property’s value? It is FREE, no strings attached. We promise. Simply contact us to sign up or contact us to suggest someone who qualiﬁes: Urban Livability at 801.464.6712 or email@example.com
FOR A SAFER, CLEANER, MORE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH SALT LAKE.
Grant Funds awarded for Mill Creek Trail in Fitts Park South Salt Lake was selected to receive funding to help expand and improve Fitts Park and get one step closer to the master plan that residents supported during the parks planning process last year. The city has received two grants to help construct a bridge across Spring Creek, opening up access to a whole new park area. $50,000 was awarded from the State of Utah Outdoor Recreation program and $100,000 was awarded from federal Community Development Block grants through Salt Lake County. Construction will start when bridge design and additional fundraising are complete. The Ofﬁce of Outdoor Recreation and Governor’s Ofﬁce of Economic Development (GOED) increases access to outdoor recreation opportunities, makes recreation more sustainable and ultimately helps Utah residents enjoy our state’s many natural assets. $929,815 in grants were awarded to support outdoor recreation infrastructure and youth programs across 31 applicants in 14 counties. The top ﬁve funded infrastructure requests include multi-use paths, special needs, off-highway vehicles, boating and climbing. The Fitts Park Master Plan shows the potential to expand west onto land that was formerly a city-funded housing project. This bridge would connect into that area, and be the catalyst to develop 2 blocks of the Mill Creek Trail and greenway within Fitts Park. Neighbors strongly supported making the change to the property and making a trail connection through the neighborhood. The Mill Creek Trail would continue west to the TRAX station, connecting to a section that is currently under construction to the Jordan River. To show your support for this project, contact your city council member. If you have questions, contact Sharen Hauri, Urban Design Director, at 801.464.6771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are saving water
YOU CAN TOO! South Salt Lake and Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District teamed up to install a new water-wise irrigation system at Central Park. It will be finished in May 2017.
What are we doing at Central Park? • Replacing old galvanized metal pipe with couplers with a modern system with water-saving spray heads • Using a timer to water at night when evaporation is minimized (7 pm to 9 am) • Using a rain sensor • Using an efficient layout of heads to water evenly
Business and Neighborhood Watch Meetings May 2017: There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, located at 154 East Ford Ave (3415 South)
• Installing park strip irrigation designed for that purpose
What can you do? • Water after 7 pm or before 9 am • Adjust your sprinklers to water only plants • Turn sprinkler off when it is rainy or windy • Adjust your timer with the seasons • Water deeply in several short cycles • Set your lawnmower to 3” for greener grass • Visit the Conservation Garden Park for ideas www.conservationgardenpark.org • Find more tips at waterwiseutah.org
The following Neighborhood Watch Meetings will take place in May: Tuesday, May 9 Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 3-4
Every drop counts!
Thursday, May 11, Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 1-2 Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Waverly Townhomes Clubhouse, 7:00 p.m., Waverly, Plymouth and Huntly Manor Townhome communities, Community Policing Zones 5-6 A recording with updated information on Neighborhood Watch Meetings can he heard by calling 801-412-3668.
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Troy Perkins has been with the City for nearly four years. In this relatively short time, he has become a valued member of the Public Works Department and made a positive impact, particularly with the Streets Crew. Troy started as an equipment operator and has since been promoted to Streets Crew Supervisor. He has shown a dedicated work ethic and is proving to be a valued leader and supervisor. Troy is a dependable employee who is always available when called upon. He is very knowledgeable and trustworthy with the City’s equipment, including the newest mini-excavator – the Dynamo! He has also worked on many projects to help other city departments get the job done during Community Connection and other efforts. Troy has a professional and positive attitude and that’s why he is the Public Works Rock Star!
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Cottonwood boys soccer team learns life lessons with new coach By Brian Shaw | email@example.com
OF TRUST Taking Care of YOUR FAMILY’S NEEDS
The Cottonwood boys soccer team for 2017. (Stephanie Wynder)
fter a promising preseason, the Cottonwood Colts boys soccer team has seen its share of struggles on the pitch in region play. As new Cottonwood boys soccer coach Dominic Minutello learns the nuances and tendencies of his players, so too does he want them to understand losing is part of the journey. “It’s a process. Each practice and every game. We have a good group of kids that is very talented,” said Minutello. “But, figuring out where they best fit with each other is a process.” A tough 3-2 loss in double overtime to Jordan in the Colts region opener March 17 followed impressive season opening victories over Springville and Kearns. However, taking life one day at a time as Minutello often stresses to his Colts team helped them overcome that tough region opening loss to Jordan. In that next match on March 22, a hard-fought, 1-0 win over Taylorsville signaled a change in momentum for the Colts, who got the game winner from senior Aidan Newsome early on—his only goal of the season thus far. Fellow senior Miguel Aviles got the shutout in goal for the Colts, who evened their region mark to 1-1 with the victory. The Colts have since lost three straight region matches in successive fashion, each loss becoming more painful than the other. But, Minutello still likes what he sees out of his team. “A good sign of a team that’s on the rise is one that gets neither too high or too low. And, so far, we’ve been able to do that,” he added. According to Minutello though, he’ll take most of the blame for the Colts 5-1 loss to Bingham on April 4. That said, however, he still thinks the Colts can do some things to right the ship. “In some of the recent losses we were right in it,” said Minutello, whose Colts lost 2-1 to West Jordan and 3-0 to Copper Hills before that loss to Bingham. “The last game against [Bingham], we tried a new formation and so that loss was 95 percent my fault, but I feel like we learned a lot from that,” said the former Salt Lake Sting star. “I tell the kids there’s really no bad thing in taking a loss when you’re learning.” To that end, Minutello added that freshman Rylee Penny scored a big goal—his first as a varsity player—against Bingham. And so the new coach had something to say to the other Colts players who might read this. “I don’t care what color of skin you have; I don’t care what club team you came from,” Minutello said. “If you can produce and you’re fit and you can keep your grades up, we’ll reward you
with a spot in the varsity lineup.” Upon Minutello’s arrival, he said the kids had to really learn and readjust their thinking. In the past several years for example, the Colts hadn’t even qualified for the state tournament. Minutello knows what it’s like to be new to a situation. He first came to Salt Lake City back in 1990, signing a professional contract with the now-defunct Salt Lake Sting. In his first game with the Sting against the Albuquerque Chiles though, he scored a hat trick. Coming out of a storied college soccer program at UNLV, Minutello said upon his arrival almost two decades ago he fell in love with Salt Lake, married a local woman and the rest is history. Now, he’d like to make a little history of his own at Cottonwood with the boys he’s now in charge of coaching. “At the beginning of the season, we set our standards really high,” said Minutello, whose team currently sits at 1-3 in region play, 3-4 overall. “We want to give ourselves a chance to play in the last games of the season. “As the season goes on though, we need to see who can step up. I have so many seniors this season, so it’s hard to get them the minutes they want because they’re all really talented,” he said. But, Minutello added that he’s getting a good idea as the season nears its midway point as to who will play the majority of the minutes and how his team will play from here on out. “We’ve kind of used the first half of the season to experiment,” said Minutello. “As we move forward now, we need to get to a lineup of 12-13 guys that we feel are going to carry us. To be honest, there isn’t one guy who can carry us through the rest of the season. We’ll need to do this together.” With kids coming from all walks of life to Cottonwood, Minutello said he knew what he was getting himself into when he took the job. He understands that coaching the Colts comes with its own challenges and rewards. And he said he’s tried to instill that mindset in his players. “Our slogan this year is we have to be all in with one vision. We need to come together as a unit. We need to focus on having players go out together off the field,” said Minutello. “Some of the best teams I played on growing up did things together. So, I’m trying to instill having fun in the kids, and tell them that you really have to care about your teammates. It’s all about chemistry for us. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you don’t have chemistry it’ll be difficult. But, when—not if—we get there, I’ll be with them 100 percent of the way.” l
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Nationals, here we come! Youth bowlers bound by familial love for the game By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Briggs unleashes a ball down the lane at Fat Cats in April. Briggs will be heading to nationals in July. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
yler Pullman’s grandparents had a dream to open their own bowling alley. As they built the center, the first lane to open was number 16. Pullman was 6 at the time and the first person to bowl that lane. “As I let go of the ball, something just clicked that’s what I wanted to do. Been bowling ever since, about 13 years now,” Pullman said. Pullman is one of 13 bowlers from the Salt Lake Youth Travel League that will be lacing up their multi-colored bowling shoes at nationals in Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the bowlers have similar beginnings to Pullman. Craig Briggs’s uncle used to co-own Fat Cats, Alexis Lake mother owns Orchard Lanes in North Salt Lake, Midvale natives Duncan Kesler and Emily Pulzer went bowling with their families at a young age and have played ever since. Now, all of them are headed to the Junior Gold and Open Championships this July. “I’m kind of speechless,” Pullman said of going to nationals. “I’ve been trying for years to go, honestly. I finally have my spot this year and it’s just amazing.” Many of the 13 bowlers qualified at various city tournaments. Pulzer won the Pepsi Championship in American Fork. They’re now raising the necessary $15,000 for all 13 bowlers. A fundraiser night is being held at Fat Cats on May 17 with all proceeds going towards the trip to nationals. Sherry Harding, Fat Cats employee and Pulzer’s mother, said they’re also selling
Tyler Pullman bowls at Fat Cats in April. The Holladay native is headed to his first nationals competition in July. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
Hillcrest High freshman Emily Pulzer practices at Fat Cats in April. Pulzer qualified for nationals by winning the Pepsi Championship in American Fork. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
Arctic Circle cards and $500 sponsorships to have a company name placed on the bowlers’ shirts for the nationally televised event. “They’ve worked hard and if there’s anybody willing to help out, [the kids] are very talented,” Harding said. For many of them, this will be their first nationals chance and they plan to soak up the event. “I see it more as an experience. A way to kind of grow,” said Kesler, a member of the Weber State varsity team. “It’s just a great opportunity to just learn to take my game to the next level…and be able to shoot some of these high scores that I need to win these competitions.” Pullman and Briggs both echoed those sentiments. They’re not expecting to win, but they plan on enjoying every falling pin. “There’s 4,500 boys in my division,” Briggs said. “The chances of me winning are very slim, but I’m taking it as an experience, going out there to have some fun.” Lake heads back to nationals for her second time with a little redemption in mind after missing the semifinals by two pins. “[Last year] was just for the experience. This year, I’m more familiar with the set up so I’m going down to hopefully make semifinals,” Lake said. The experience, joy and hopes for this summer is what the bowlers said they intend to cherish, but it all started with their families introducing them to the sport. For Kesler, it makes sense that bowling be family oriented. “When you hear a bowling alley, it usually involves ‘family
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Cottonwood cheer finishes 8th at nationals with song/pompom routine By Brian Shaw | email@example.com
very year, nationals culminates the end of the season for the Cottonwood High School cheerleading team, according to head coach Camille Crawley. But, the manner in which the ladies got to that point is not only an interesting one, it was fraught with speed bumps and danger, she added. “It all started in September when the squad was formed,” said Crawley, who selected 20 kids for the varsity team and then split them into four-person groups. Once you get these four-person teams, she said, that’s where the fun begins. “When you form a routine you’re basing it off the skills you have,” she added. There are different levels you can compete against, but there is one common thread that links it all together, according to Crawley. “Everyone has to stunt,” she added, stating that everyone has to perform different kinds of jumps, cartwheels, tricks and, of course, flips. Crawley also pointed out that in this group, two people at the bottom of the pyramid keep the four-person foundation together and upright by holding the feet of those performers above them—facing each other. At the top of this four-person formation stands one person who is a flier while the other aloft is called a back spot—the latter probably the most important in Crawley’s opinion because the back spot is the person in charge of making sure nobody falls and gets seriously injured. Once the four-person routines are perfected and practiced at Cottonwood football and basketball games, that’s when the real fun begins, Crawley said. “The United Spirit Association hosts a regional competition to qualify the routines,” said Crawley, who added that there are usually
The Cottonwood High cheerleaders pose in front of iconic Disneyland castle during their trip to nationals. (Camille Crawley/Cottonwood Cheer)
three to four high schools in Utah at the event that was held Jan. 7 at Roy High School. At regionals, the cheer team was put in an awful predicament, she said. “We had a girl dislocate her elbow doing a back handspring, and so we had to change our routine with her being out of it.” Even so, Crawley added that they are “very resourceful kids” and so despite the injury to one of her top tumblers, the team qualified three routines for nationals in California—held March 24-26. “So from there, we brought in a choreographer and got feedback
from judges [at regionals] and worked on our cheering at games and worked on our stunts in practices,” said Crawley, who urged the team to stay positive as they prepped for nationals. Once the basketball season ended, she added that the team put on a big showcase at Cottonwood’s main gym in early March to show off to the students what they’d learned—and to recognize all the seniors who had helped make a trip to nationals happen. “It was the last time the team would be together locally so we wanted to make it a night to remember,” said Crawley. From that point forward, the team held a special tryout and had girls audition separately for a song and pompom routine, locked those spots down and headed to California for nationals. At nationals, the team took three different routines. One routine was a show cheer routine by the whole team that didn’t place, said Crawley. “The stunts didn’t hit and some of the other things didn’t go as well as we’d hoped,” she added. The second routine was done by a group of five girls that was a stunt routine—and that also didn’t place. But, the song/pompom routine that was cobbled together through an audition at the school later in the process garnered an 8th place finish—one place off of a trophy finish, according to Crawley, who said the top seven teams at nationals received hardware for their hard work. Nevertheless, Crawley added it was a great year. During nationals, the kids were able to visit Disneyland and chill with Mickey Mouse and gang and build memories that would last a lifetime. “I was really impressed with this team,” she said, looking back on the experience. “Being able to push themselves like they did despite the injuries, I really think they did a great job.” l
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Cottonwood baseball rolling through season so far By Brian Shaw | email@example.com
The Cottonwood boys baseball team. (Jason Crawford/Cottonwood baseball)
or the Cottonwood Colts baseball team, this is the year in which they intend to make serious noise. Highly touted pitcher Hayden Rosenkrantz happened to move into the school’s boundaries from Las Vegas, a defector from the Cuban Junior National team joined the team, and a returning cast of others taking their lumps last season en route to a third place state tournament finish are all ready to make it happen. “We’ve got a lot of players that have worked hard all year and become better as the season’s gone on,” said head coach Jason Crawford. To that point, Rosenkrantz is 2-1 on the season as pitcher, and three other pitchers have winning records on the mound—including senior Jeff Borquez, who is a sparkling 4-0 as the team’s ace. In the season opener, however, the Colts found out that growth sometimes comes the hard way as they lost 5-0 to defending state champion Lone Peak on March 11, squandering in the process the opportunity to avenge last season’s state tournament loss that ended their season. After that though, the Colts opened their preseason with impressive wins over Fremont and Alta—the latter an 11-1 pasting of a good Hawks team. On the week of March 21, the Colts opened region play with three wins in a row over Copper Hills. Their schedule then took them on the road to California for a tournament, in which they opened play with a 19-0 pummeling of Savanna (Calif.) before putting up 25 runs against Roosevelt (Calif.) in another shutout victory. That brought them to a showdown with nationally ranked Tustin (Calif.). The Colts stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning until
the second inning arrived, at which point Tustin put together two runs and followed that output up with another four runs the following inning. Cottonwood made things interesting with a two-run home run by senior Hunter Blunt in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t quite manufacture the tying run, losing 6-5. Upon their return to Utah, the Colts faced off against powerhouse Bingham in a critical region tilt. While the Colts battled hard, they came up short in all three meetings against Bingham— their first region losses on the young season. In the first game against Bingham, the Colts trotted their ace Rosenkrantz out to the mound. He only gave up two hits, which also happened to be the only runs the Colts gave up in a 2-0 loss. Bingham then went on to win the second game— but only after the Colts were outlasted in 10 innings, 11-6. The final game of the series—the last time the two teams will meet this season— was also one to remember. Cottonwood stormed out to an early lead in the last game of the series, but Bingham’s bats erupted for six runs through the second and third innings to hand the Colts a 7-4 loss. Going forward, the Colts baseball squad will have to continue to prove it has what it takes to hang with the likes of Bingham and Lone Peak—two teams they’ll likely see in the state tournament later this May. It started out the week of April 10 with two impressive wins over Brighton in the midst of their three-game series. Later, three-game series with Jordan, West Jordan and Taylorsville will close out the regular season. Currently the Colts stand at 5-3 in region play—10-5 overall. l
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Cottonwood softball, tennis teams are young but ready to battle on By Brian Shaw | firstname.lastname@example.org
fter playing a promising preseason tournament in St. George in which the Cottonwood Colts girls softball team got its only win of the season, the reality of being such a young team set in fast when they returned home. The Colts held Timpanogos scoreless at home for two innings on March 15, but a nine-run third inning by Timpanogos left the Colts tasting a 12-2 loss. In their final preseason game of 2017 though, the Colts welcomed Provo to Murray on March 16 and battled Provo to the bitter end. If not for a four-run fifth inning, the Colts may have left the field with their second victory, according to Alissa Smith, the team’s head coach. “We’re young but we still have fight in us,” said Smith about her team. Never was that more apparent than in the next game when the Colts traveled to West Jordan in their region opener March 21 to take on the Jaguars. At West Jordan, the Colts fell behind early thanks to a three-run home run. But, three runs in the top of the sixth inning for the Colts narrowed the gap in a 6-4 loss. A much-needed Spring Break came about the next two weeks for the Colts, who despite having such a young team are doing some good things, according to Smith. As expected, sophomore Carlie Roberts is taking her lumps on the mound, carrying a 1-4 record as the team’s pitching ace. She also has the only win in what looks like a tough region for the Colts. The real test for them came right after the break on April 4 as the Colts welcomed powerhouse squad Bingham to their campus.
The Cottonwood boys tennis team for 2017. (Andrew Marks/Cottonwood tennis)
The Miners bats pummeled the Colts for eight runs in the first three innings of play—then exploded for nine more in the fifth inning— ending the game with an 18-0 win per the UHSAA runs rule. Two days later on April 6, the Colts jumped on the bus and headed west for Granger for a non-region date with the muchimproved Lancers, who opened a tight game with seven runs in the fourth inning en route to handing the Colts a 10-0 loss. On the season, the Colts are now winless in region play—with one win overall. But, Smith said not to count out her Colts yet. There’s still plenty of play left to go for Cottonwood, who as of press time on April 14, is one of three winless teams in the region (Jordan and Brighton are the others).
Cottonwood Tennis On a team loaded with freshmen and sophomores, the goal for Cottonwood tennis coach Andrew Marks in 2017 is to “win a few” games. “Our varsity and JV teams graduated last year so we’re in rebuild mode. We have four returning seniors who comprise our varsity doubles teams,” said Marks, who is also a teacher at the school. “All other positions are played by freshmen and sophomores.” Easier said than done with only four returning seniors, but Marks has done this kind of thing before. Last year, for example, the Colts served up a few victories after losing 5-0 to Bingham in the season opener. As the season wore on though, the Colts resolve strengthened and after losing 5-0 to region power Brighton 5-0 they began their climb. In the next match, the Colts knocked off Taylorsville 4-1 and nearly upset a tough Jordan squad, losing 3-2. In the next three matches in succession, the Colts tennis team was all aces, blasting West Jordan 5-0 and Copper Hills 4-1 before again defeating Taylorsville. In the return match against Bingham, the Colts even won a match, falling 4-1 but nevertheless impressing against the mighty Miners to close out region play last year. This year, the tennis team will work towards getting back to what they did last year. The region slate is loaded with teams to watch. According to Marks, Brighton, Bingham and Jordan all present challenges to his young team. It will all hopefully culminate in a trip to the 5A Utah State Tennis Championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City in May. l
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