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welve catholic and protestant teens left their homes in Northern Ireland and travelled to Utah for a monthlong peace project aimed at unifying their nation. Northern Ireland’s conflict between its mainly protestant unionists and mainly catholic nationalists, referred to as “The Troubles,” officially came to an end through the Belfast Good Friday Agreement of 1998, but when the divide between the two sectarian groups continued, Reverend Kerry Waterstone founded the Ulster Project, a program designed to bring future catholic and protestant leaders together through association with religious teens in the United States. Utah’s been part of the project for 30 years. “You can definitely tell at the start of the month they are in the ‘impress phase,’” Adam Dahlberg, director for Ulster Project Utah, said of the 12 Irish and 12 American teens who are part of the project. “They are just getting together, so they want to be cool, but by the end of the month that has faded and they are able to be themselves which is really hard for teens to do. It’s fun to see that transition.” The Irish teens–six Protestant and six Catholic–roomed with an American teen of the same religion and similar background from June 27 to July 22. The 24 participants had their monthlong schedule filled with service, outdoor and faith-building activities each day. Maddie Bossarte, of Taylorsville, and Emma Hagan, of Omagh, Northern Ireland, barely spoke to each other when they first met, but by the second day Emma was braiding Maddie’s hair and Emma was helping Maddie to put on her shoes, said Ann Charat, Maddie’s godmother. The two teens bonded as the group of 24 visited historical sites, rode roller coasters and slides at Lagoon and Seven Peaks, camped, went rafting, attended a REAL Salt Lake game, and volunteered at the Utah Food Bank, Humane Society and at Kauri Sue Hamilton

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Americans teens hold up posters to welcome teens from Northern Ireland into Utah for the Utah Ulster Project. The Ulster Project is a peace project designed to bring Protestant and Catholic teens together despite their differences. –Utah Ulster Project

School for students with disabilities, among other activities. “We’ve become best friends,” Maddie, 14, and Emma, 15, said simultaneously when asked how they’ve changed since the first day of the Ulster Project. “It’s like everyone here became best friends,” Maddie added. “I’ve really learned to talk with other people and be confident in what I say and to accept the differences in others.” Emma, a Protestant, said she didn’t associate with Catholics very often before she came to Utah’s Ulster Project, but after a month of spending time with catholic and protestant teens from her own country and the United States, she said she’s ready to accept people no matter where they come from. “At home we have separate schools for protestants and Catholics, and they don’t really interact much, but now when I get home, I’ll try to make an effort with the Catholics,” Emma said. JP Murray, a 15-year-old Northern Ireland resident, said he believes the prejudice between Catholics and protestants will die off as his generation ages. While older people are prone

to think of the divide between the group, the teenagers are “more chill” and want to get to know each other, he said. JP’s American roommate for the duration of the project was PJ Mannebach from Salt Lake City. The directors must have had a sense of humor to pair them together, JP said. Despite the similarity in their names, the two 15-yearolds had many different interests that made their situation ironic, PJ said. “At first, it was just really awkward, and I was thinking about what I got myself into,” PJ said. “Then I started talking with all the people in our groups, and I realized that all of these guys were pure fun. I used to avoid talking to people in group settings, but now I enjoy it, and that’s something that I’ll always carry with me.” Aaron Smithson, a counselor from Ireland, said it was amazing to see JP and PJ’s selfconfidence increase through the project. “They used to be some of the quietest kids around here, but then they started being the loudest and most annoying, and that was a good thing to see,” Smithson said. “All of them have really opened up and have been able to see past religion and their cultural differences.” l

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Fresh Produce Arrives for South Salt Lake as Farm Stand, Farmers Market Begins By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


resh fruit and vegetables displayed on tables, attracts the attention of curious, and often hungry, onlookers Luckily, for those who enjoy looking at and buying from bountiful farmers stands, South Salt Lake offers two. In partnership with Westminster College, South Salt Lake will run a farmers market every Tuesday in September from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Historic Scott School, 3238 S. 540 East. While a farm stand will run Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the 500 East streetcar stop. “People should come check it out,” said Esther Daranciang, a community connections intern with South Salt Lake. This will be the second year Daranciang has run the farm stand where fresh produce such as peaches, tomatoes, apples and squash, is offered for sale. “September’s a big month for growers so we have a lot of harvest,” Daranciang, also a Westminster student, said. Also responsible for the farmers market, Daranciang said they try to bring in a diverse selection of vendors for the market, not just food. “A lot of them are small and more local which is kinda cool,” Daranciang said. Some of which includes a 20-year-old artist selling prints or a high school drama teacher who sells beets. Parts of South Salt Lake aren’t necessarily close to a location where fresh food is readily available. Daranciang said having this garden-fresh produce nearby gives members of the community an option in close proximity. “We have some [produce] that is reasonably priced and allows people access to that and hopefully build a healthier community,” Daranciang said. It’s a community involvement that usually surprises as some people will stumble upon the stand or market and get fruit for the road. The stand and market will run only through September. l

Throughout September, a farm stand will run Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the 500 East streetcar stop. The South Salt Lake Farmers Market will run every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Historic Scott Community Center. –Stephanie Barton



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South Salt Lake Restaurants Serve Up Sizzling Deals During Restaurant Week By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


or many South Salt Lake residents, driving down State Street for about 10-12 blocks in either direction between 2100 and 3900 South will give you a clear picture on what to eat and drink. So when these area restaurants open up their doors a little wider for the residents they serve and offer some sizzling hot deals for a week in August, well, you know you’d better get down there while the getting’s good. “We started doing this event in 2013 when we were doing [the city’s] 75th anniversary,” said Leslie Jones, event organizer for the city of South Salt Lake. “At the time, we were doing 75 events in 75 days to celebrate [our 75th anniversary] and so this event came out of that thought process and just seemed to happen organically.” And so, this writer began his own organic journey, heading into South Salt Lake with his wife in tow. Certainly no stranger to the city—having been former residents— we started off Restaurant Week like anyone looking to start their morning: at IHOP on 2100 South and just off 300 West. Their “breakfast anytime” menu hit the spot. After filling up with their bottomless coffee and a few menu items at IHOP, we popped on over to Best Chicken and Ribs a few blocks to the south on 116 East 2700 South for $7.99 lunch specials like their gyro plate and quarter-pound chicken—which comes with one side dish and drink for one low price. For dessert, we visited Village Inn, south of Best Chicken on State Street, offering— since it was on a Tuesday--$2.00 off any pie slice you choose. The next day, we continued south along State Street, sampling Ho Mei BBQ House—where we got a free drink with our purchase—as well as Ichiban Sushi where the wife gorged on her favorite, the California Roll while getting the roll at half price. Meanwhile this writer waited patiently for his turn to eat--then sampled a ½ turkey sub and soup for only $6.99 at East Coast Subs cause he’s a soup-and-sandwich guy and even got a free drink to go with it. After we finished our meals at those fine establishments, we needed something nice and smooth to wash it all down, so we headed over to my former haunt, Bad Ass Coffee on 3530 South State, going—once again—for a BOGO free deal the establishment was offering during Restaurant Week. For dinner, we headed to Mi Ranchito Grill and took advantage of their BOGO free entree deal, which was delicious. She got the chile relleno platter while I had the chile verde. Outstanding, on both accounts, and the wait staff were as friendly as always, making

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the occasion more enjoyable. “We went there not too long ago and I was highly pleased with the friendly service. It was really festive in there and all of their food is made fresh and natural,” said Jones. The next day, this writer got back in his family truckster and we headed on down 3300 South a few blocks, landing our gaspowered vehicle at Mano Thai Diner, where we sampled the Pad Thai, getting both meals half off. Considering it comes with stir fried rice noodles w/ egg, green onion, tofu and bean sprouts, tamarind juice and ground peanuts and is also served with fresh lime on the side, well, you’d better come hungry is all this writer is saying. To that end, Jones urged people from all over Salt Lake to sample next year’s Restaurant Week. “People don’t often realize that South Salt Lake is here. We wanted to do a couple things with this event: first, to draw people’s attention to South Salt Lake. Second, we have a lot of some really good rests, we want people to know we have some diversity. There are all kinds of foods here in South Salt Lake, and so for us, it’s really a win-win situation,” added Jones. Other restaurants along 3300 South offering deals that this writer wasn’t able to sample due to time constraints during Restaurant Week were Navajo Hogan, a landmark across the street from the old Granite High building and Sweetaly, a newer establishment with its authentic Italian gelato you can’t find in many places around town; and The Med and Zabb Noodles, both featuring fresh food from local markets. All had specials going on as well during Restaurant Week. Also, a little off the beaten path on 155 West Commonwealth Avenue but well worth a visit according to Jones, is Pat’s BBQ and Catering—which has been featured on Food Network. Another restaurant offering a special along State Street was the Asian eatery Red Mermaid Bistro, as well as the longtime locals favorite, the Left Fork Grill just west of Harman’s KFC on 3900 South State. l



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Flute Making Heals Hearts, Minds By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


hile musical instruments create harmony together, Native American flutes impart that harmony to the mind and soul. At the Pioneer Craft House you’ll find a woodshop run by Bill Hughes where he teaches willing students how to fashion Native American flutes out of wood. He’s been doing so for nearly 10 years. “Flutes are one of the few instruments that an ordinary person can make and have real music come out of it,” Hughes said. Native American flutes are different from silver flutes in that silver flutes have keys on it with a differing sound mechanism where the user has to move their lips a certain to produce any sound. With the flutes Hughes makes, the sound is engineered inside the flute requiring only the blow of the user. “This lends itself to people who have little or no musical background,” Hughes said. As opposed to flutes being made in a factory “barely touched by human hands,” Hughes said he feels flutes should be handmade. “These are very organic instruments…if you do a good job with hand tools you cannot tell the difference,” Hughes said. Hughes, who holds a doctorates in family therapy from BYU, made his first flute almost 20 years ago after undergoing a life-changing heart surgery. A consequence of that operation left Hughes missing parts of his memory. “I couldn’t remember very well the dynamics in a family and sometimes couldn’t even remember my client’s names,” Hughes, a native of Shreveport, La. said. Hughes turned in his therapy license wondering what was next. Having always loved the sound of flutes, Hughes did research, experimenting with making flutes before eventually becoming skilled enough to make how-to DVD’s. Hughes still receives phone calls regarding his videos requesting his presence to run workshops. In Hughes’ woodshop at the Pioneer Craft House, he generally teaches people in a oneon-one environment. “Which makes [the process] move faster,” Hughes said estimating it takes one person approximately 12 hours to create a flute. While Hughes owns three flutes, he has made about 8,000 since he started. Six of those were used to play in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Two Japanese drum troupes use his flutes in their performances. But for Hughes, all of that pales in comparison to working with veterans. “The thing that’s nearest to my heart is the vets. They have been through so much and gotten so little back,” Hughes said. For a few years, Hughes holds discounted classes for veterans as part of the Veterans Healing through Art program. The process

Bill Hughes teaches a Native American flute making class at the Pioneer Craft House at 3271 S. 500 East. –Travis Barton

of making the flutes along with the sounds those flutes create has proven very helpful, especially for those with PTSD. “There’s something about that sound that just brings them down,” Hughes said. Hughes teaches 10 veterans, one of whom has made nine flutes. A social worker from the Veterans Affairs Hospital said the mindfulness of other senses helps the veterans take away focus from what’s going on in their heads. “[The sound] lends itself to like playing in caves, or an outdoorsy kind of a feeling to it, and they like that,” Hughes said. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment, the social worker said. “When someone says, ‘Did you make that?’ they can answer, ‘Yes I made it,’ and they know what that means,” Hughes said. Hughes spent years working in private practice with youth corrections. He said he believes there is a correlation between therapy and flutes. “I get far more therapy done with the flutes than I ever did running my mouth,” Hughes said. “All this therapy coming out of your mouth comes from your brain and flutes don’t. We call it playing from the heart.” Hughes said he thinks that evokes more in a person than “talking psychology.” “It comes straight out of your physical consciousness of the world, of yourself and of other people,” Hughes said. l


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This month, we are highlighting our city’s efforts to improve our community’s safety. I see safety as one of the cornerstones of our community’s well-being and success. In fact, it was the first of the seven Promise South Salt Lake target areas that we started working on, over a decade ago, with a holistic perspective and collaborative solutions. I am proud to say that under the direction of South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth and Fire Chief Ron Morris, community partnerships are working together to help prevent crime and to address the

safety needs of our community. These departments work together with everyone in our municipality - our businesses, residents, schools, nonprofit partners, and other local and regional safety entities to make our city safe. In this edition of On The Move, Police Chief Jack Carruth and Fire Chief Ron Morris are outlining a few of the efforts they make to ensure our community is using the very best tools and techniques to improve community safety. The Promise South Salt Lake Safety Council convenes monthly to gather all stakeholders to network, share ideas, promote coordination and collaboration, assess goals, and look critically at safety in South Salt Lake. Their commitment and vision have a tremendous impact on making South Salt Lake a safe place to live, work, and worship. Thank you to our public safety chiefs, sworn officers, firefighters, staff and community safety groups!

Police Chief’s Message I would like to recognize the community of South Salt Lake, both residents and businesses for their support and involvement in making our city a better place to live and do business. This past year we have collaborated in strategies to reduce crime, share common goals, ideas in creating more efficient programs and forging partnerships that make us an effective police department. Providing effective police service’s requires more than just a strategy, it also requires common philosophies with the community it serves. We wouldn’t be the police department we are without our community’s support. Your safety is a priority for the men and women of the South Salt Lake Police Department (SSLPD). With the inception of Mayor Wood’s three Promises, the police department has remained steadfast in ensuring Promise #2 “Every resident has a safe, clean home and neighborhood.” I’m proud to announce to you that the City of South Salt Lake hasn’t seen any significant changes in our overall crime rate in the past year. SSLPD offers several programs to the community, that provide education and tips on how to prevent crime. Our officers are continually reaching out to our residents, businesses and schools with programs such as; DARE, RadKids, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Coffee with a Cop and our P.A.L program as a few examples. Our department also offers several resources such as; CPTED Inspections, online Extra Patrol check requests, and a crime tip hotline. We encourage you to visit the SSLPD’s webpage at www.sslc.com to

better review all our available programs. It is the mission of the SSLPD to enhance the quality of life in our city by providing quality police services. We are dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards while serving the comPolice Chief Jack Carruth munity. We are committed to the enforcement of laws to protect life and property, while also respecting individual rights, human dignity, and community values. We are committed to maintain a partnership with our community and assisting citizens in identifying and solving problems to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. All of our employees are excited to move forward as the city grows, as new residents and businesses move in, our school programs glean new faces and our partnerships and community spirit become stronger. We look forward to your future input and support; it is working together that makes the difference.

On The Move Meet the New School Resource Officer

Officer Chad Leetham has been a police officer for the City of South Salt Lake for 11 years. He grew up in Hyrum, UT and has been married to his wife, Laura, for thirteen years. His hobbies include officiating basketball at various local and professional levels and collecting model trains. He is excited to be the new School Resource Officer at Granite Park Junior High. He looks forward to not only providing safety and security for students, but also working with parents, teachers, administration and community members. His goal is to help every student succeed and achieve their goals and prepare for the career of their choice. Officer Leetham appreciates the confidence placed in him and is looking forward to the upcoming school year.

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Fire Chief’s Message Our family of firefighters is proud to serve this great community of ours. Every day we get the opportunity to assist you with what may possibly be the greatest time of need in your life. As Fire Chief of this dedicated group of men and women who diligently go about their duties on a 24 hour basis, we’re all pressing forward with vision and action to create safety for all. Some of our goals include improvement of firefighter safety through quality training and equipment, accessible fire and life safety programs for our citizens, and business fire safety inspections to ensure safe workplaces. Additionally, we provide fire hydrant inspections, review and inspection of new business plans and buildings, and topnotch patient care through our ambulance service. Each of these goals requires steadfast attention and teamwork and contributes to Mayor Wood’s three Promises to our community. Every shift Captain works with their crews to seamlessly initiate our goals at ground level, where we meet you in your homes, businesses or even when passing through our city. Our Chief Officers meet on a monthly basis to bring about solutions using information received from crews and interaction from the field. South Salt Lake is a very active community. We are the busiest fire department within the state (per capita). In 2015 we responded on scarcely fewer than 5,500 calls for service, employing 66 people (of which 25 are part-time employees) counting administrative staff, and operate out of three stations. Every person has an integral role in providing the highest quality service possible. We respond on numerous types of calls including fire and medical emergencies, which make up for approximately 78% of our calls and hazardous materials response. Training is an integral part of keeping every one of us safe. Our firefighters receive some of the finest training in the state under the supervision of Fire and Medical Training Officers. We cooperate with

departments and businesses throughout the valley to conduct hands-on training in fire tactics, extrication, rescue, building construction, extensive medical training and many other areas of expertise. In turn, we bring our knowledge Fire Chief Ron Morris back to you through community training opportunities and provide the utmost quality service possible. Many of our businesses participate in fire extinguisher and fire safety training. Schools from private to public are recipients of fire safety training with a dedicated Fire Prevention week held each October. Our C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) provides emergency response and preparation training. Our fire prevention safety trailer is state of the art and is often present at community events throughout the year. We may even see you at fun events like Huck Finn Day during the watermelon drop. We live in our stations 48 hours at a time. That means we live here, in South Salt Lake and are a part of your community. The support you show us means everything. We know a community isn’t a bonded community without us all working together. Our stations are your stations. You are welcome to visit us anytime. After all, that is why our motto is “Our family serving your family”.

In preparation for a disaster, the goal of many is to recognize what education and planning is needed; whether to shelter the family at their residence, where temporary shelter is located if needed, and reuniting family members who are not at home. Answer for yourself these questions: • Have I prepared an Emergency Supply Kit with items like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place at home? • Do I have a small kit with emergency supplies in my car or at work? • Have I prepared a plan for how my family and I would communicate in an emergency if we are separated? • Is there a specific meeting place to reunite if we cannot do so at our home? Planning together with your family will give you a greater chance of properly handling an emergency situation. If sheltering in home is an option, it is important to know how to render your home safe for habitation. If needed, know how to shut down electrical power, natural gas and water. This should only be done if you determine that it is necessary for your safety. Prepare by storing food, water and a means of sanitation (if sewer system is compromised). Staying at your own home, even though you may not

have electrical power or natural gas capabilities, is what most people would like to do. Your home provides a familiarity to you and has all your personal items needed. It may be necessary to evacuate your home due to major damage after a disaster. You may also be asked to leave your property depending on hazards in your neighborhood. Over time, the recommendation has increased to have a 96-hour kit available to take with you. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do if these plans need to be altered. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call then to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate between separated family members. Ask an out-of-state family member or friend to be your contact. Be sure every member of your family knows the out-of-state phone number to the emergency contact person. You still may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient. Another option is text messaging. Once again, the system may be down or delayed due to numerous messages, so be patient. Choosing a meeting place could be vital if communication systems are down and you have no way to contact family members. Several locations should be identified as places to meet in your neighborhood. Some areas may be easier to get to than others, and some may become restricted areas. Whatever you decide, make sure all family members know these areas and are familiar with the places. Take the time to walk to these locations and show them to your family. A visual memory will last longer. Just a reminder that walking may be the only way you can get from place to place.

September 2016 An Introduction to: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Crime impacts the way most of us live our lives, whether in ways real or perceived. It can be managed but also can bleed the social, economic, and physical life out of neighborhoods. Criminal activities are ever-changing and require responses that minimize the opportunities for their occurrence. Some argue that today’s environment of “doing more with less” reduce the possibilities for effective crime prevention. However, creative thinking, long-term commitments (not necessarily in monetary terms), multi-disciplinary/inter-agency partnerships, and community involvement can go a long way in enhancing the safety of places. What is CPTED? Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED (pronounced “sep-ted”) is a crime prevention planning tool that focuses on the proper design and use of the built environment. CPTED is quickly becoming a measure for proactive crime prevention planning—one that can help reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and improve overall quality of life. By no means is CPTED a “catch all” system to rid crime from our community. It is however, one strategy among many others that can be fully employed in all types of existing and proposed development. A CPTED property review looks at five overlapping strategies: 1) Natural Surveillance 2) Territorial Reinforcement 3) Natural Access Control 4) Maintenance 5) Target Hardening

Seattle, St. Paul, Tempe, Louisville, Mesa, New Orleans, and New York are among the hundreds of cities employing CPTED strategies. Businesses, too, have been active in the use of CPTED. Convenience stores and gas stations, in particular, have led the private sector’s implementation of CPTED strategies; better lighting, uncluttered store fronts, signage, and other features have significantly reduced the occurrence of crime on the properties of these businesses. The building industry has been integrating CPTED principles into new developments as well. Property managers are subscribing to CPTED to improve safety and reduce liability. Since crime is often the number one public concern, it is important to seek approaches that can help eliminate the conditions that contribute to crime. Throughout the country, the public and private sectors are recognizing that police departments cannot successfully deal alone with the twin issues of responding to crime and correcting the conditions that contribute to crime. A wide range of city departments, businesses, neighborhood associations, and other groups are joining the efforts to address crime, by forming partnerships, coordinating resources, and providing outreach. One of the tools central to these efforts is CPTED. With the increase in participation and coordination, and the application of CPTED principles, the fight against crime is developing into a proactive—rather than reactive—process which leads to neighborhood reinvigoration, infill development, and improved community image.

Cities across the country and throughout the world are making CPTED a household name in planning, development, and policing circles. For example, Phoenix, Dallas, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Sarasota,


First two weeks of November Boxed, Bundled and Bagged Curbside Cleanup The citywide cleanup program is available to all South Salt Lake City residents who currently receive City garbage service. Curbside pickup will be provided for approved items that are boxed, bundled or bagged. The intent of this program is to reduce pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes and will keep our city clean. When utilizing curbside collection, residents are reminded that hazardous materials such as oil, batteries, paint, tires and other pollutants will not be collected. Ace Recycling and Disposal, the city’s garbage and recycling contractor, will be collecting bulky waste items during the first two weeks of November. Properly prepared items must be placed on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. The pickup schedule will be delivered to your home in advance.

Include Neighbors and Friends in the Assessment and Expansion of Plans, Roles and Skills Discuss with your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency. Make note and start inventorying specialized equipment like a power generator and supplies. Determining roles and assessing skills can save time and lives in an emergency. Decide who will conduct wellness checks on elderly or disabled neighbors. By creating contingency plans, a neighborhood can create several plans of action in the event of an emergency. By combining or sharing plans a neighborhood can be better prepared.

Make sure emergency responders can find you! Is your home or business address visible from the street? In order for fire and police personnel to find and aid residents in an emergency it is necessary that the address be displayed on the home or business in numerals, at least 4-6 inches in height. Additionally, it is important to display them in a color that contrasts with the exterior background. This will enable emergency responders to find and assist residents in the shortest time possible. This small action helps your South Salt Lake emergency personnel save lives!

Meet the New Community Resource Officer

Officer Chad Keller is both proud and honored to have worked for the South Salt Lake Police Department since June of 2010. During his six years here, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Traffic Unit. Prior to joining the department, he worked for twenty years as a Deputy for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office where he held various assignments including Patrol, Narcotics Investigations, Detective, School Resource Officer and Training Coordinator. His current assignment with SSLPD is in the Community Resource Division. He is specifically assigned to the residential areas, including coordination of the Neighborhood Watch Programs. He is also working with the city and residential property owners with reference to the Good Landlord Program (Crime Free Multi-Housing). Recently at the Night Out Against Crime event, he was grateful to meet several residents and able to hear some concerns about our neighborhoods. Officer Keller is excited to work with community members and looking forward to continuing our success with the Neighborhood Watch program. If you have any questions, he can be reached at 801-412-3654.

SSL City Council Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

On The Move Promise SSL Safety Council South Salt Lake has 14 neighborhood centers serving our community: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center 479 East 2250 South South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 801-466-3238 Roosevelt Community School 3225 South 800 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 801-828-8219 Historic Scott School and Arts & Community Center 3238 South 540 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84106 801-803-3632 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 385-290-1306 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 New Address: 250 West 3900 South South Salt Lake, UT 84107 801-518-5502 Cottonwood High Promise 5715 South 1300 East Murray, UT 84121 801-828-8678 Kearns Saint Ann Promise 430 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-518-9523 Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center Opening August 31, 2016 Address-TBA 801-828-8678 Moss Elementary 4399 South 500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107 801-828-8678

The Promise South Salt Lake Safety Council is not comprised of one group, but rather is the compilation of information, activities, and actions of many groups within the city for whom safety is a main concern. Community involvement in public safety issues in South Salt Lake occurs through the South Salt Lake Police Department in general, and specifically through the Department’s Community Resource Division, South Salt Lake Fire Department, Neighborhood Watch, South Salt Lake Police Athletics/Activities League, Honorary Colonels Association, South Salt Lake Coalition for Drug Free Youth, and South Salt Lake Public Works. Representatives of these groups will hold an annual Safety Council Assembly, to be held each year in September. As one of the seven Councils of the Promise South Salt Lake Initiative, the following goal and objectives have been established, and steps toward tracking the progress of each are being taken. The Promise South Salt Lake Safety Goal is to positively impact issues related to crime and neighborhood conditions: 1. Decrease the crime rate in South Salt Lake in both # and % 2. Decrease in the # and % of youth who have gang involvement 3. Increase civic involvement efforts that prevent crime, specifically Neighborhood Watch, Honorary Colonels, Afterschool Programs, SSL Community Character Initiative, Community Resource Partnerships, etc. 4. Ensure that every home is livable 5. Ensure that every neighborhood is safe and clean

Historic Scott School Arts & Community Center 3271 S 500 E 801-803-3632 writeheresslc@gmail.com Monday - Thursday 3-7 p.m. Write Here Community Writing Center offers free writing assistance to people of all writing levels and staff members can discuss ideas with participants even if individuals haven’t yet started writing. The writing doesn’t have to be for school or work as any form of writing is welcome. In the past, people have sought assistance on short stories, family histories, résumés—just name it!

Promise SSL Afterschool Program Registration - Fall 2016

To apply for an afterschool program, English, Citizenship Class, or other program: 1. Find the South Salt Lake Neighborhood Center program that you or your child would like to attend from the sidebar. 2. Call the center phone number listed or call Emily Mead, Promise SSL Business Manager at 801-483-6057. 3. Request program application forms, complete and return to the site you want to attend. Note: Available slots in youth and adult programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing an application does not guarantee acceptance into a program. The City of South Salt Lake Youth City Council is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year! Become the next generation of leaders by learning about and participating in your local government. Build a great resume and college application while investing in your community. Students who are in 9-12th grades and live in South Salt Lake can apply. Visit southsaltlakecity.com or sslneighbors.com for more information and to submit your application. Make friends, have fun, and be a Youth On The Move! The deadline to apply is September 30.

September 2016 United Way Day of Caring A big thank you to all who helped out at the United Way Day of Caring! Nearly 450 volunteers accomplished home repairs and yard work at six homes in this year’s South Salt Lake Community Connection Neighborhood. The volunteers also gave their time to the Central Park Community Center, Fitts Park, Millcreek Trailhead, Parley’s Trail/S-Line, Historic Scott School and Jordan Parkway. Thank you to BARD, Williams, Enterprise Rent-A-Car , Savage, O.C. Tanner, Love Communications, Swire Coca-Cola, Chase, Holland & Hart, Les Olson Company and Zions Bank for providing volunteers at this successful event!

Neighborhood Watch

Rock Star: Joe Cummings Officer Joe Cummings has been a traffic and motor officer for over three years. Recently, with our challenges recruiting new police officers, he has been the only member of the traffic unit. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing a stellar job. Officer Cummings has risen to the occasion multiple times by handling special events and meetings by himself that would have normally been staffed by a total of five other officers. Officer Cummings always approaches these situations as opportunities and never as burdens. Officer Cummings handles these extra tasks efficiently and with a smile. He never makes excuses or shows frustration – he just gets the job done. As every police department in the valley struggles to hire enough staff, officers like Joe Cummings show we can make it through a tough time and still serve our city with pride. Officer Cummings is a ROCK STAR for the police department and for all of South Salt Lake.

Join fellow South Salt Lake residents to help keep our city safe. New Neighborhood Watch groups are being established all throughout the city. For more info or to participate contact: Chad Keller at ckeller@sslc.com or 801412-3654. Additional information on meeting times is available by calling the Neighborhood Watch Hotline 801-412-3668.


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.

Mayor Cherie Wood and Officer Joe Cummings.

The next session is Wednesday, September 7.


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Your Text isn’t Worth It!

Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

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Photo Murals Project Just The Start By Orlando Rodriguez | orlando.r@mycityjournals.com


he South Salt Lake Arts Council began their photo mural project in April, photographing creative minds in the South Salt Lake area. These life-size black and white portraits were wheat pasted on the sides of participating businesses, most belonging to the artisan displayed. The council wanted this project to be able to feature these people in hopes that it creates awareness and builds relationships with artisans and artists who take pride in their work and want to share it with the community. Now with funding from Utah’s ZAP (Zoo, Arts and Parks) program, which helps small cities build their cultural or recreational organizations, this latest project is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come. Lesly Allen, the director of the South Salt Lake Arts Council, spearheaded this project. She said she understands and has studied how public art such as this can engage communities through the arts and raise consciousness on contemporary issues. “What we wanted to do was feature these artists and creative business owners so that people can become really aware of what the city has to offer. The project was a success because it created relationships and brought a lot of buzz to what we do here,” she said. The project got its inspiration from French artist JR’s “Inside Out,” a global art initiative utilizing the same large black and white photographs of regular people all over the world. The council’s version of the coalition is naturally more centralized in artists. In this case, a networking platform for artists in the Salt Lake area allowed

Dozens of creatives volunteered for the project. –Orlando Rodriguez

to create excitement for the project in its early stages. This coalition meant Allen already knew many creative minds who would want to be featured. But apart from those already invested, these social events that take place also allowed to bring more of these creatives into the fray. Among those featured are musicians, photographers, painters and dancers who all share a passion for artistic expression and content creation. This latest exhibition has helped the council’s continuing growth in scale and ideas. It’s this enthusiasm that has sparked a second phase to the concept. “We want to keep this going, our phase two would be a traveling gallery,” Allen said. Not only that, but the council hopes to receive proper funding for a festival based on the project slated for next summer.

They’ve partnered with Fred Conlon, a local artist recognized nationwide for his one of a kind repurposed metal art. “In the next couple of months, we want to install handmade mailbox geocaches around the city,” Allen said. What they are calling “robot mailboxes” will serve as a beacon for participants to find. They’ve enlisted five business in South Salt Lake as placeholders for these sculptures. With this latest project, the council continues to grow and hopes that residents become more engaged in what the city has to offer. The council has launched a new website, sslarts.org, where people can find more information on these projects. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. l



Six-by-eight murals were pasted on the sides of businesses in the area. –Orlando Rodriguez

The diverse group included brewers, painters and even motorheads. –Orlando Rodriguez

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PAL: Officers Forge Bond with Youth By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


n a world where the relationship between law enforcement and community constantly borders on chaotic, a program in South Salt Lake has helped achieve harmony. The South Salt Lake Police Department runs a program called the Police Athletics/ Activities League (PAL) where officers and youth interact through various athletic endeavors and after-school activities. “The program as a whole, is awesome I can’t say enough about it…we’ve won awards from the FBI as one of the best after-school programs in the country,” Officer Jerry Silva, PAL Director, said. PAL runs programs such as flag football, baseball, street hockey, mentoring and boxing— the highlight of the program—in an effort to create trust and understanding as well as connect youth to strong and positive role models. Leonardo Sanchez Salazar, 13, has been with the PAL program for three years. “[The police officers] have helped me so much, they really have. At first I just thought they went out and caught bad guys, but they help little young people and that’s good for me,” Salazar said. Silva has been with the program since its inception. Former SSL officer Robin Wilkins founded the program, a nationwide undertaking, in 1998. After a few years the program started to taper off with the city government’s focus directed elsewhere. Silva said the program rebooted around 2007 and with the creation of the community center building in 2010, has continued to flourish. The center is one of 14 different outreach centers throughout the city as part of the afterschool Promise program, something the city has been recognized nationally for.

“It’s very unique, [the city] did research, went to New York City, all over, to figure out the best way to structure this program the right way for our community,” Silva said. “We’re giving kids opportunities that they would’ve never had if it wasn’t for the PAL program and Promise.” PAL falls under the umbrella of the Promise program. The after-school efforts, which include tutoring and mentoring from law enforcement and community partners, helps keep kids focused and preoccupied during those afternoon hours. Silva said they have about 50 to 60 kids attend every day. “I have people to help me here [with homework] and everyone here is just so nice,” Salazar said. Since 2007 when the program rebooted, Silva said the city’s juvenile crime rate between 3 and 7 p.m. has dropped 60 percent. “Keeping kids motivated and active during those latchkey hours, you’re going to do some good and that’s what we’ve done,” Silva said. Kids are regularly sent to youth conferences in California or boxing matches around the country. One boxer went to the Junior Olympics in Dallas while others participated in the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City where Salazar won in his weight class. “You just gotta give kids [positive] opportunities and choices and they’re going to realize they have potential,” Silva said. Besides Kansas City, Salazar also boxed in California, something he said he never imagined. “I never thought that I would go to Kansas City or Oxnard, [Calif.], maybe when I was older, I thought I was just going to stay in Utah the whole time. I’m proud that I went to other places,” Salazar said.

A coach speaks with his boxer inbetween rounds at the Pete Suazo Boxing Invitational on Aug. 19. Boxing gyms from Orem and Ogden to Colorado and California brought their boxers to compete. –Travis Barton

The South Salt Lake Police Department runs a program called the Police Activities League (PAL), an after-school program where law enforcement and youth interact through various activities. Boxing is one of the more popular aspects of the program. –Travis Barton

Leonardo Sanchez Salazar (right) is named winner after his boxing match at the Pete Suazo Boxing Invitational on Aug. 19. The event was presented by the South Salt Lake Police Activities League at the Central Park Community Center. –Travis Barton

Building bonds through the PAL program, Silva said, has improved relations between law enforcement and the community. “Anytime a kid or a family recognize that a police officer is a person too, you take those barriers down,” Silva said. Silva said a trust has been built where kids and parents are contacting them when issues arise. With the tragic events of recent months hovering over law enforcement, Silva said there will always be people who speak ill of law enforcement, but his community experience has

been predominantly positive. “I’ve probably seen more support for police officers in our community than I’ve ever seen,” Silva said. Salazar said he used to think cops were just mean to other people, but the program has changed that. “I just thought they were these guys that were mean to other people, like ‘you mean cops,’ but when I met [Officer] Jerry [Silva] he was nice, nice to everyone. Any police officer who comes is just friendly,” Salazar said. Boxing is the popular aspect of the program. PAL presented the Pete Suazo Boxing Invitational at the Central Park Community Center on Aug. 19 and 20. Former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield visited the boxing program last year. Silva said they are always looking to improve the program. Discussions have been held to partner with the University of Utah STEM program to educate kids on the physiology of their boxing. Boxing equipment, along with everything else in the program, is community donated. Silva said South Salt Lake is such a unique community that he would like to see more people volunteering whether it’s as a reading buddy or just an hour a week. “Getting more people to volunteer at these centers would be the best thing to do,” Silva said. Salazar said the program has inspired him to assist young kids when he’s older. “When I’m old enough, I’d like to give back to the program and help other kids,” Salazar said. “I want to help other people.” l


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Promise SSL Adds Four After-School Programs

“Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!”

By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com



esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2016 season with a comedic take on the supernatural, “Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!” The show opens Thursday, August 25th. Dr. Stanley Bonkers is busy putting together a new exhibit of priceless artifacts at the city museum, but his colleague, Dr. Polly P. Pratt is busy trying to catch his eye! When Dr. Bonkers gets possessed by the evil sorcerer Drool, there’s only one group she can call on for help, Ghostblasters! Supervised by their inventive leader, code name A-1, the Ghostblasters have added the clairvoyant I-15 to their ranks; but will she be accepted by her fellows? On the other side of town, Ghostblaster 401K is sent to investigate strange disturbances in journalist Fanny Berrett’s apartment (aside from all his failed

attempts at getting her to go out with him!) And with the increase of supernatural activity, can the Ghostblasters save the day without divine intervention? Find out in our hilarious new show! Directed by Scott Holman, Ghostblasters runs from August 25 to November 5, 2016. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Monster Rock ‘n Roll-io will feature some new and classic rock music favorites with a dash of Halloween fun, and always hilarious Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks and smoothies while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.

CALENDAR: “Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!” Plays August 25 - November 5, 2016 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm Saturday at 2:30pm, 6pm and 8:30pm And some Saturday lunch matinées at 11:30am, and Friday late shows at 9:30pm

Tickets: Adults: $22.95, Children: $12.95 (Children 11 and under) 4861 S. State Street, Murray, UT 84107


Call for reservations For additional information, visit our website at www.DesertStarPlayhouse.com

ith a new school year on the horizon, Promise South Salt Lake, with help from the grant programs that help fund its initiatives, has added four new after-school programs to its roster to meet the needs of its residents. Chief among those that Promise SSL wants to continue to help are children ranging from grades K-12, who, according to Emily Mead, Promise SSL Business Manager, need more resources available to them in order to get what they need after they leave their homes. “We really try to spread these programs evenly around South Salt Lake. We try to hit everybody,” said Mead. “If parents need an after-school program in their particular area, we try to have something convenient for everyone.”

said the city needs to reach in order to meet its community initiative of helping everyone. According to information received on its website at southsaltlakecity.com, Promise’s aim in part is to “offer youth and family services including homework help and small group tutoring, mentoring, field trips, recreation, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, college and career coaching and planning (including elementary programs).” “The aim is to keep these kids off the streets and out of trouble. We’re trying to cover all the age ranges we need, in the areas of the city where they live and work,” said Mead. The centers also offer a nightly dinner to its students, courtesy of the Utah Food Bank. It provides a safe learning environment for the

“The aim is to keep these kids off the streets and out of trouble. We’re trying to cover all the age ranges we need, in the areas of the city where they live and work.” Mead likened the program’s initiative to being that of an octopus, having many tentacles with which it can target several areas at once. At present, the city currently has 10 after-school programs in operation: Hser Ner Moo Community Center (named after the young girl murdered near her South Salt Lake apartment several years ago), and there is the Roosevelt Community School as well as the Historic Scott Arts School and Community Center. Other programs already in operation include Lincoln Community School, the Utah International Charter School, Central Park Community Center and the PAL Boxing Program, the Columbus Center, the Community Center at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Granite Park Jr. High and Meadowbrook. By the time school begins in late August, however, Mead added that with the new additions there will now be 14 total afterschool programs in operation, including four new centers at Cottonwood High, the KearnsSt. Ann Catholic Church, the Commonwealth Performing Arts Center and at Moss Elementary. At Cottonwood, for example, Mead said there was a specific need for a high school program serving South Salt Lake residents—because the city didn’t have one. The Commonwealth Performing Arts Center will also serve those students, she added. At Kearns-St. Ann and at Moss, those were areas that Promise SSL hadn’t yet reached, but Mead

children it serves, according to Mead. The cost to enter the after-school program is free, added Mead, who urges residents with any questions or interest in joining any of the 14 after-school programs to give her a call at 801-483-6057 or email her at emead@sslc.com. Slots in the programs provided for youth and adults are granted on a first-come, firstserved basis and require a three-step process in order to be considered for enrollment. First, please see page 2 of the city’s newsletter for August 2016 (accessible here: http://www.southsaltlakecity.com/uploads/ SSL_August_2016_OTM.pdf). On the left sidebar is a list of programs available to city youth and adults. After choosing from one of the programs on the list, all you need to do is call Mead at 801-483-6057 or the center phone number listed. Then request the forms, complete them and simply return them to the site you wish to attend at your earliest convenience. Please allow several days for the application to be processed, according to Mead. Also, she added that “completing an application does not guarantee” a resident entry into a program, but she did say that Promise tries to find a program for every child or adult in South Salt Lake. “We’d love to serve every single kid and that’s our goal. This is Mayor [Cherie] Wood’s promise that she wants every resident taken care of. It’s about focusing on the kids and the families. It’s an entire community initiative.” l


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South Salt Lake Kids Hit the Links at Golf Camp


olf is a sport normally reserved for those with a lot of loose change in their pockets. But, in South Salt Lake, a few individuals and companies are trying to change that mindset and make it more accessible to more than just the rich. Known for being ridiculously expensive once you buy or rent golf clubs and equipment, those paisley knee-high socks and spiky shoes and then rent a golf cart and pay for 18 holes of play, the good folks at Golf The Round at 3300 South and 500 West have teamed up with the city of South Salt Lake and The First Tee of Utah to provide an annual, affordable, golf camp for kids ages 7 to 18. The event takes place during the first two weeks in August along the links at Golf The Round. With the city’s Central Valley Water Treatment Facility serving as a backdrop, you might not know that a golf course existed in this part of South Salt Lake. Well, it most certainly does, and after welcoming over 15 boys and girls to its facility, you would be hard pressed to say that the annual golf camp wasn’t another success. After hosting 10 kids last year, the camp continues to grow, according to SSL Recreation Coordinator Dustin Permann. First Tee of Utah in partnership with Golf The Round provided all the equipment and expert know-how while the city helped coordinate the event in order to give the participants a well rounded, yet enjoyable introduction to golf. “In the camp, we start the kids off by playing with Velcro balls that they hit into plastic targets. Over the two weeks (of camp), we kind of progress to the point where the kids can play real threehole golf,” said Permann. The camp was very reasonable for South Salt Lake residents, costing them anywhere from $10 to $25, depending on their

By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com financial need. For all involved, the camp meant a lot to not only its participants, but also the folks who helped put it on at a considerable cost. Perhaps the neatest part of the camp though is the opportunity it provides to those who want to continue playing golf, added Permann. According to Permann, if the kids fall in love with the sport and want to keep playing after the two-week camp in August, The First Tee will help them to continue to progress through the curriculum. “Of course, we’ll be there along the way to help in any way we can,” Permann said. The curriculum is dependent on age, he added. For example, if they’re older they can speed through the curriculum, while younger kids may take longer to learn the game. So far, one person from the golf camps has taken advantage of the opportunity that The First Tee provides for further learning, and Permann said he’d like to see that continue. From weekend programming to other more advanced golf camps, The First Tee will fund most of the other curriculum—and once you get into their program there are some smaller fees you pay, Permann added. The nice thing about the program is that The First Tee is really easy to deal with and they’ll work with kids and parents interested in furthering their golf career on a needs basis. “A lot of kids would never have the opportunity to golf if it wasn’t for this program,” Permann said. “So we’re really grateful to the good folks over at First Tee to provide our community with this opportunity and we hope they’ll continue to take advantage of it.” For more information, contact the SSL Decreation Department at 801-412-3217. l

Jaron Moon hits balls on the driving range at Golf the Round golf course. —Kimberly Roach

LOCAL LIFE Westminster Freshmen Lend Helping Hands to Beautify Jordan River


any hands make light work and, with that in mind, Westminster College freshmen used their hands to help beautify an area along Jordan River. As part of the college’s annual Helping Hands Day service project, Westminster’s Class of 2020 spent the morning of Aug. 23 at General Holm Park cleaning and improving the trails along the Jordan River. Westminster partners with Promise South Salt Lake to give its students community service opportunities. “It grows every year so that’s awesome,” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood said of the partnership. It’s a partnership that not only continues to deepen, but also provides opportunities for students. Westminster students contribute over 95,000 hours of community service every year. “The goal of Westminster and Promise South Salt Lake’s (SSL) partnership is to foster authentic, relevant and transformational experiences,” Julie Tille wrote in a press release. Tille is the director of Westminster’s Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement. Promise SSL is made up of three promises, one of which is that every resident has a safe, clean home and neighborhood. The Helping Hands event aimed to fulfill that promise. “You guys helped with that today by

By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Westminster’s Class of 2020 gather for a photo after beautifying the area at General Holm Park along Jordan River as part of the annual Helping Hands Day service project. The incoming freshmen participate in the project as part of orientation. –Travis Barton

cleaning our community,” Wood told the students at the event’s conclusion. Helping Hands Day was part of Westminster’s orientation program for incoming first-year students. It gave the freshmen a chance to familiarize themselves with the surrounding community. “It’s nice to get to know the community you’re helping out,” freshman Andrew Luo said. Luo spent the morning with dozens of other students picking up trash, spreading seed in necessary areas and pulling weeds along the trails. “I hope it kind of inspires people to come

out and keep things clean,” Luo said. Roxy Ervin, a freshman from Colorado, said she wants to be proactive by approaching service opportunities and she’s learning from experiences like Helping Hands. “Over the next four years, students will connect with the community and create lasting reciprocal relationships that lead to meaningful change,” Tille said. Those interpersonal bonds are forged through Promise SSL’s after-school programs where staff and students can serve as tutors, mentors and coaches to the city’s youth. Wood said she wants the city to have a

college-going culture for kids, no matter the college type. “What’s cool about it is that [Westminster’s] youth sit next to our youth and our kids get to hear their stories,” Wood said. “Just having someone sit next to them and help them with homework is huge.” Luo, who intends to major in computer science, said that experience is twofold. “It’s good for personal development, you get to grow as yourself while you’re helping them out and it’s a good feeling too,” Luo said. Promise SSL has added four new afterschool programs this year bringing its total to 14. Wood said this is the first time they can say every kid has the choice to attend. “We’re in every neighborhood and every school that our youth are supposed to attend,” Wood said. Crime rate in the city is down 64 percent during the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. with the majority of kids occupied by the after-school programs. Wood said Promise SSL is run by grant funds, philanthropic dollars, volunteers and partners. Those partners have services Promise can then utilize. “It’s huge because I think we put all the right pieces together for our community to really address every issue,” Wood said. l


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Pickle ball is All the Rage in South Salt Lake By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


ickleball. What is it, exactly? Is it a sport where you actually strike pickles? That would be messy but rather interesting, right? Or, is it similar to that Whac-A-Mole game you played at carnivals as a youngster where you took out a mallet and lashed at some foreign object? Why are people even trying to play a sport revolving on violently striking dill pickles? What did the pickle do to you, to cause such mayhem and destruction? That doesn’t make any sense. Are they trying to make a pickle out of the ball? Is that what it is? Not exactly, but pickleball appears to be soaring in popularity in South Salt Lake. Nobody seems to have a definitive answer as to why so many South Salt Lake residents jam the gym at the Central Park Community Center Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. playing the sport. Open only to adults, you would think the sport wouldn’t be as popular being that it’s happening in the middle of a work day. But that’s where you’d be wrong. It’s all the rage. Men and women, seniors, average Joe’s and even city employees fill the Central Park gym three days a week to take a few whacks at this game. In America alone, over two million people play pickleball, which isn’t actually a sport in which you’re hitting pickled cucumbers. It began back in the summer of 1965 when, according to Pickleball.com, three congressmen from Washington state “came home from a round of golf to find their kids bored and restless.” So, the three Washington congressmen sent their kids

A resident reaches down to send back a shot at a recent pickleball game. —Marcia Conner

outside with ping pong paddles and a Wiffle ball. In a rather genius move, probably since they were dealing with kids, they lowered the badminton net to accommodate the childrens’ lack of height and so, pickleball was born. Since that time, the sport has evolved. In its current incarnation, the rackets look more like over-sized ping pong paddles made out of any material you can think of, ranging from carbon composite to graphite to every kind of wood imaginable. The ball still appears to be something akin to a Wiffle ball—that confounded, holey contraption you might have tried and sometimes failed, to hit home runs with as an adolescent—

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but it’s also slightly smaller than the first version. According to SSL Recreation Coordinator Dustin Permann, despite its rather unique name and origin, the sport couldn’t be more popular in South Salt Lake than it is right now—kosher or not. “It’s kind of weird, because it kind of died here two years ago when we started it. But, about a year ago, when we started playing it one day a week, it grew,” said Permann. “We went from having six players, to 10. Now, we’ll get about 12 to 15 on any given day.” The game is similar to ping pong in that the ball must bounce once on the opposite end of the court before your opponent can send it back over the net. Then, the madness begins—just like ping pong and tennis. The only difference, according to Permann, is that there’s a volley zone seven feet from the net-- from which players can strike overhand beauties at their opponent if they wish. In other words, no overhand smashes from point-blank range like in tennis. “It’s a little less taxing for seniors. A lot of it’s underhand stuff. The ball is a little slower, and it’s similar to a Wiffle ball,” said Permann. “I explain it as life size ping pong, a lot of volleying back and forth. Doubles gets really strategic.” Permann said that everyone plays on two courts in doubles formats and rotates after each game. He added that the city is building a new outdoor court at Central Park due to its popularity. For more information on the sport, go to http://www. utahpickleball.com/what-is-pickleball.html. l

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Council Invests in Equestrian Park’s Future


fter many months of meetings and ongoing communication between horse owners, county staff, and community members, the future of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park is now set. We recently voted as the Salt Lake County council to keep the park in it’s current form but also to invest in a litany of deferred maintenance needs in the park. This park has been a long-standing fixture of our South Jordan community, and the county as a whole. Unfortunately, many maintenance needs of the park had not been adequately funded and addressed over the years. In addition, as a county we lacked good information about the actual use of the park among members of the community. In essence - the county was not investing in the park properly, and was not understanding the full value of the park sufficiently. I first posed questions about this park in the fall 2015 budget process, and then again in a blog post in January 2016. My position was clear - if we as a county are going to have an equestrian park, we need to be willing to invest in it, as well as measure the actual use and value to the community. For the past six months, a dedicated group of equestrian park advocates (known as the Equestrian Park Coalition) worked diligently to provide good information to me as well as other council members. They shared new information about the

various events at the park, the level of use, and most importantly shed light on the many maintenance needs of the park. Thanks to their hard work in collaborating with our county parks department, we now have a clear vision for the future of the park. This group also recommended some fee increases to users of the park. Some of the deferred maintenance repairs include things like: new restrooms for park users, entry gates with controlled access points that will give us more precise data on park use, upgrading or renovating some of the barns for the horses, and upgrading footing (dirt) where applicable. These are just some of the many deferred maintenance needs that will be addressed through this investment. In addition, the fee structure adjustment will help enhance the park’s revenue stream to better fund its operations. The controlled access points will give us precise data on the number of users of the park, as well as let us better collect appropriate usage fees. We are also creating an ongoing Equestrian Park User Advisory and Oversight Committee, which will be an official mechanism through which users can provide valuable feedback to county staff as well as the park’s management. I’m excited about these improvements and the positive

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The Crunch, Crunch, Crunch Under My Feet


h, It’s here, fall. Here come the treasured foods of warmth, kids back in school, Halloween and that wonderful sound of crunching leaves under your feet when you head outside. There is nothing like the splendor of our amazing canyons with their fiery colors this time of year – anywhere else. Enjoying our canyons in the fall season is not only beauty to the eyes; it can be as cheap as a few gallons of gas and a picnic lunch too. Whether you’re leaf watching consists of a quick scenic drive on a Sunday afternoon or a weekend stay amid the trees, we can agree that, when the conditions are right, autumn time in Utah is worth celebrating. Here are a few ideas of where to see fall leaves that won’t disappoint. Lets start with The Grand Prix of Leaf Watching (Heber, Midway, and Sundance) By picking a central location; you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful colors and a variety of fun activities in all directions. Midway If you are looking for a unique adventure amid the fall foliage, Homestead Resort in Midway welcomes you. The sprawling cottages provide the perfect setting and destination for the most devoted leaf watcher and a place we try to visit yearly. When the day is done, take a dip in the Crater where the temperature is always a balmy 90-96 degrees. You can find a discount for Crater swimming on Coupons4Utah.com/ Heber No matter where you are coming from, Heber always feels like home. Heber’s small town charm is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life. When it comes to fall activities, Heber is the one of the best destinations for family fun. For many, the Heber Valley Railroad is a longtime family tradition for every season. Come ride the Pumpkin Train, but be sure to stay and celebrate the Annual Scarecrow Festival or brave through the spine-tingling Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride. More adventurous visitors may choose to soar from above and take in the views on one of two different courses with

Zipline Utah. The Flight of the Condor course spans 4 zipline and a suspension bridge. The Screaming Falcon is the world’s longest zipline course over water! It consists of over 2 miles of 10 ziplines and 7 suspension bridges, while also showing you some of the most amazing views Utah has to offer Visit coupons4utah.com for news about available discounts on the train and/or the Zipline.

Silver Lake at Brighton Ski Resort The good news, the easy access for people of all ages doesn’t detract from the beauty. The lake is just large enough to provide amazing colors and scenic views and small enough for the littlest of fans to enjoy the stroll. Guardsman Pass This is a beautiful and quiet drive offers breathtaking views. The winding road takes you from Deer Valley over to Park City and Midway. Mirror Lake Highway Reaching north from Kamas, Utah, to Evanston, Wyoming, traverses nearly 80 miles through the Uinta Mountains. The highway has panoramic views of the alpine landscape from the road’s high point at Bald Mountain Pass. There are also numerous lakes that offer splendid view including its namesake Mirror Lake. Red Butte Gardens It may seem cliché to suggest visiting the gardens. But if you are stuck in the city and need a quick change in environment to recharge your spirit, Red Butte doesn’t disappoint no matter the season. Take a sack lunch with you; there are some wonderfully tranquil little hideaways for lunching at the gardens

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Sundance Nestled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, Sundance Ski Resort places you right in the middle of the fall splendor. After a day of enjoying the fall colors, you can savor wonderful cuisine made special from local and organic growers. For as low as $29.00 you can enjoy a fabulous adventure on the Bearclaw or Halloween Zipline Tour at Sundance or choose to ride the tram up for some amazing views from above. Details are on coupons4utah.com. Emigration Canyon Take Sunnyside east past the zoo where you’ll find dozens of trails full of fall color. Make a day of it and stop by the historic Ruth’s Diner for a lunch on their fantastic patio.

Wheeler Historic Farm Wheeler Farm is a kids favorite with its mature leafy trees, open grassy space, and rustic buildings, and don’t forget the super cute farm animals Wheeler Farm is a great place for the family to visit. Remember to take your camera for this one. Wheeler farm is a photographers dream. Last, I want to share with you a secret little stop in Draper. Beautiful Leaves can be as close as the next neighborhood over. Go east on Wasatch Blvd. until you reach Hidden Valley Park. Follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail as it wraps around the east bench where you’ll find amazing views of the valley. These are just a few of the magnitude of places Utah offers for enjoy fall. Where is your favorite place to see the beauty of fall? l

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Survival of the Fittest


’ve always associated Yellowstone Park with abject terror. A childhood vacation to this national park guaranteed me a lifetime of nightmares. It was the first time we’d taken a family vacation out of Utah and we were ecstatic. Not only would we stay in a motel, but we’d see moose, bears and cowboys in their natural habitat. We prepared for a car ride that would take an entire day, so I packed several Nancy Drew mysteries, and some Judy Blume and Madeleine L’Engle novels just in case. Because my parents couldn’t hand us an iPad and tell us to watch movies for six hours, we brought our Travel Bingo cards with the transparent red squares that you slid over pictures of silos, motor homes and rest areas. For more car fun, there was the license plate game, the alphabet game, sing-alongs, ghost stories and slug bug. Even then, we got bored. Dad decided he’d prepare us for the Yellowstone Park adventure that lay ahead of us. That’s when the trouble started. He told us how beautiful the park was. Then he explained if we fell into a geyser, the heat would boil the flesh off our bones and bleach those bones bright white, and those bones would never be found. He told us when (not if) we encountered bears, we had to play dead or the bears would eat us. We even practiced drills in the car.


Dad would yell “Bear!” and we’d all collapse across the station wagon seats (we didn’t wear seat belts) until the danger had passed. (It usually took an hour or so.)

He said if we wandered away, it would take just a few days until we died of starvation—unless the bears got us first. He warned us to stay away from every animal, describing in detail the series of rabies shots we’d need if a chipmunk bit us. We were cautioned to avoid high ledges (we’d fall to our deaths), moose (we’d be trampled), buffalo (again with the trampled) and the requisite stranger warning (we’d be kidnapped). By the time we reached Yellowstone, dad had thoroughly instilled us with horror. When we arrived at the motel, we frantically ran to our



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