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ARTS CENTER PROGRESS, NEW VOLUNTEER committee highlight city’s 2018 By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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ay back in December 2016 — long before he decided to challenge and defeat Utah lawmaker Mia Love, to claim her 4th Congressional District seat — Ben McAdams made an exciting announcement outside Taylorsville City Hall. The recently departed Salt Lake County mayor told a frigid audience of arts lovers and media members, the city and county had reached an agreement for the construction of a new $39 million amenity. Then the planning and waiting and designing and waiting and bid-letting and waiting and anticipation and waiting began. Without question, the excitement and anticipation of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center has been the dominate arts, entertainment and leisure story in Taylorsville for three years running. And finally, in 2019, residents driving along 5400 South, across the face of city hall, will be able to see heavy equipment and hard-hatted people bringing the project to reality. “It’s been a long wait but well worth it,” said Taylorsville Arts Council Treasurer Gordon Wolf. “It is going to be absolutely fantastic. The Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be the jewel of the west side. I can’t express how excited the arts council is.” Officials originally scheduled an Oct. 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the project, until some last-minute glitches forced a delay. As of press deadline, those same officials were hoping to carry out the ceremony during the holiday season. Salt Lake County officials are funding nearly all of the construction (and will operate the facility), while Taylorsville City officials donated the land and a smaller portion of the money. The 67,500-square-foot facility will feature a 440-seat main (or “proscenium”) theater, along with a so-called “black box” theater with seating configurations ranging from 50 to 225. The main theater will include a 38-foot-by-85-foot stage, along with an orchestra pit, technical support booths and balcony seating. Rehearsal and dressing rooms also promise to be spacious — possibly the nicest amenities Taylorsville Arts Council performers will have ever used. “I am so excited and so ready for this to happen,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “We (city representatives) have been involved in every decision. So many hands have been on this project. With everyone working together and communicating well, I don’t think we have missed any important details. I can’t wait to see the first performance.” Barring more unforeseen delays, that first use of the new

More than two years after its announced construction, work was finally set to begin on this $39-million Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, southeast of Taylorsville City Hall. (Salt Lake County)

center is still expected to occur in late 2020. Though continued progress on the arts center project has been the dominant Taylorsville entertainment and leisure story in recent years, it certainly was not the only one in 2018. New Cultural Diversity Committee created For the first time in several years, Taylorsville City became home to a brand new volunteer resident service committee in 2018. And one of its members believes the new Cultural Diversity Committee made Utah history in the process. “I’ve done a lot of research on this, and I believe Taylorsville is the first Salt Lake Valley city to establish a cultural diversity committee, designed to strengthen relations between the different people who live here,” said committee member Thomas Reams. “I’m a born-and-raised Utahn, but marrying into a different culture has been very rewarding. I’m excited to be involved.” Thomas Reams is treasurer of the American Venezuelan Association of Utah, while his wife, Maria Liliana, is the association’s vice president. They, along with AVAU President Carlos Moreno, were among the driving forces getting the new committee launched last spring. Shortly after the Taylorsville City Council voted to establish

the new committee, the Cultural Diversity group transformed its first official meeting into an open house. “Our goal is to try to bring our minority communities into contact with city government,” Moreno said. “I feel we can do so many good things to support local government. I love to serve and do not expect any payment. We simply want to help improve our community.” City Councilman Curt Cochran was named the council adviser to the committee. As one of its first acts of business, the new committee elected Moreno as its chair. “This is your committee,” Cochran said. “I’m just here to lend a helping hand. This needs to be a two-way street, where members of the committee learn more about government, and we learn more about the great diversity of people living in our city.” One of the first things the committee discussed was the possible creation of a brand-new Taylorsville community celebration. “Salt Lake has hosted its annual Living Traditions Festival for many years,” Moreno said. “And I believe Taylorsville is every bit as culturally diverse as Salt Lake, maybe more so.” As a sort of warmup to something they may do on their own in 2019, Cultural Diversity Commit- Continued on page 4...

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tee members joined forces with the Taylorsville Preservation Committee and the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee to host last month’s “Saturday with Santa” at the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Museum. The group coordinated some of the games at the event — and created an international menu for guests to sample — as the annual activity was renamed “Christmas Around the World.” Summer food trucks debut at city hall A chance meeting between a young entrepreneur and a member of the Taylorsville Planning Commission resulted in another significant development in the city’s 2018 leisure life activities. The “Food Truck League era” dawned not long after Anna Barbieri, Taylorsville Planning Commisioner, met Taylor Harris. “I attended an economic development luncheon, sponsored by Bank of Utah, and went looking for people to network with,” Barbieri said. “So, I just randomly sat by a stranger for lunch. He turned out to be Taylor Harris, who owns and operates the Food Truck League.” “It was purely a coincidence, Anna joining me at the luncheon,” Harris said “I told her about how our food trucks go to many different locations along the Wasatch Front — as a group, normally once a week — allowing families to come out to dine with everyone getting to choose what they want.” That chance meeting led to weekly food truck events, from Memorial Day to well past Labor Day, in front of Taylorsville City Hall. “The city was great to work with, and it was a huge success,” Harris said. “We had food trucks visit from more than 50 different companies. I haven’t talked with city officials about returning again this summer. But if they are up for it, I know our companies will be as well.” Harris said Taylorsville could again have Saturday nights, which would be beneficial for another of the city’s family activity developments in 2018. Outdoor movies return Soon after she was elected to the city coun-

Thai, BBQ and pizza in a cone were among the many food items served outside city hall on Saturday nights last summer. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

cil, Meredith Harker volunteered to serve as the council liaison to what was then the Leisure Activities, Recreation and Parks Committee. Soon thereafter, the group simplified its name to the Parks and Recreation Committee. And not long after that, they brought back a popular summertime community activity that had gone by the wayside in recent years. “Our committee is just about having fun and doing family activities,” Harker said. “So, it only made sense to look at bringing back outdoor summer movies. And they turned out to be a big hit.” The city invested in a new projector, DVD player, screen and audio speakers. Free movies “Wreck it Ralph,” “Wonder” and “Coco” were shown on separate Saturday nights, all with a variety of mobile eateries parked nearby for snacks. “The city has had outdoor movies in the past; but they became pretty rare in re-

cent years,” Harker said. “This year, once we learned the food trucks were going to be here (parked outside city hall) on Saturday nights, we thought it was a no-brainer to bring the movies back and have them on the same nights, so people could buy whatever food they wanted and then enjoy the show.” With an average of about 200 people attending each movie, the Parks and Recreation Committee has every intention of bringing them back this coming summer, possibly on more nights. Of course that may be a bit trickier in 2019 — or a completely new location may be required — because rest assured the dominant leisure activities story of this year will be the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center construction, on the same lawn where movies were shown just a few months ago. l

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Capturing Taylorsville 2018 in pictures

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f a photo says a thousand words, then the following pages could write a book capturing some of Taylorsville’s memorable moments in

2018. From special sports seasons at SLCC to Taylorsville Dayzz, 2018 was one to remember. l

Superintendent Martin Bates surprised Lori Linford, a teacher with a loving heart, with an Excel Award. Linford, a Bennion Elementary teacher, received the award in spring 2018. (Photo courtesy Granite Education Foundation)

Student choirs from all eight Granite District high schools blend into one to perform songs of patriotism for the Utah National Guard Veteran’s Day Concert. (Utah National Guard)

The women’s soccer team at Salt Lake Community College finished their season ranked 11th overall in the country. (SLCC Bruins)

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Reagan Walk pitches against Bingham in the second round of the state tournament in May. The Warriors started the season 1-7, but closed with a flourish going 9-1 to finish second in Region 3. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Caytie Brinkerhoff became involved with the Taylorsville-based Utah Down Syndrome Foundation to help her learn how to better care for her son Max. (UDSF)

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Miguel Anguiano holds tightly to his sister Sophia as they have a great time on the rides at Taylorsville Dayzz. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Kids were introduced to different types of emergency response gear at this year’s third annual Family Safety Fair, hosted by the Utah Department of Public Safety. (Utah DPS)

Taylorsville High’s football team runs through its warm up prior to the season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Members of the United Utah party tweaked their group’s constitution during their state convention. Many Taylorsville residents liked what they heard at the convention in May. (Richard Davis)

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Bubble-mania is tougher than it looks, just ask this little girl at Taylorsville Dayzz. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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New Taylorsville elected officials learn on the go in 2018 By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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ew faces — and, in one case, a familiar face in a new position — guided Taylorsville city government through the rewards and challenges of 2018. Along the way, the new city council and mayor witnessed unprecedented determination and professionalism from their city planning commission, pledged support for their oft-maligned police department, and watched the city’s youth council expand its aspirations and commitment to the community. In short, it was another busy year for those who lead Taylorsville and those who support them in making the community a better place to live. New mayor and council members govern After serving on the city council six years, Kristie Overson ran for mayor 14 months ago and defeated one-term incumbent Larry Johnson, 57 to 43 percent. Her election was part of a post-Donald Trump presidential election that saw many women voted into a variety of municipal offices, in Utah and across the country. “I’m really excited (to be elected),” Overson said on her election night. “I got to hear so many concerns from our residents (during the campaign). I look forward to serving them all as best I can.” A second Taylorsville female celebrated victory that same night, as Meredith Harker earned 62 percent of the vote in her race to replace eight-year councilwoman Dana Barbour, who chose not to seek a third term. “I am excited, overwhelmed, relieved and surprised the vote was not closer,” Harker said at the time. The only Taylorsville incumbent to earn re-election was councilman Dan Armstrong who upended a 19-year-old challenger to win a second term. “All I can do is wipe the sweat off and be happy about my win,” he said on election night. Then, just after the holidays, in early 2018, there was yet another election. Because Overson was elected mayor while serving on the council, her District 2 seat had to be filled. On a busy night of voting, Jan. 10, former Taylorsville Planning Commission Chairman Curt Cochran outlasted eight others vying for the post to win the city council seat. “I feel all of my previous volunteer work in the city has prepared me for this position,” Cochran said. In addition to his years on the planning commission, Cochran also served on the city’s budget and economic development committees. So, with half of the city’s five council and mayor’s posts filled by new people, Taylorsville leaders hit the ground running in 2018. In addition to the re-elected Dan Armstrong (District 5), two other council members made the transition from 2017 to 2018: Council Chairman Brad Christopherson (District 3) and Ernest Burgess (District 1). They must each now decide whether they will seek re-election this fall.

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Planning commission refocuses with new members Another group that saw nearly a 50 percent turnover in membership this year was the Taylorsville Planning Commission. New to the commission in 2018 are Kent Burggraaf, Marc McElreath and Becky Scholes. The chairmanship of the planning commission changes each year. Curt Cochran’s 2017 term in that position was expiring at the same time he was elected to the city council. He was replaced by Lynette Wendel, who was elected to the post in her fourth year on the commission. “I think 2018 was a great year for the planning commission,” Wendel said. “We worked hard to be the best-educated and best-trained commission the city has ever had.” As a part of their effort to learn more about city planning issues, Wendel and planning commission member Anna Barbieri (the longest-tenured member of the group) attended a University of Utah course on urban planning, taught by Taylorsville Community Development Director (and the city’s planning commission coordinator) Mark McGrath. Wendel and Barbieri were also the commission’s primary organizers of a joint training session with members of the Herriman Planning Commission. “I have been doing this 25 years, and this planning commission is the most dedicated and diligent I have ever seen,” McGrath said. “This group is unbelievable.” City formally endorses Unified Police Is the service provided by the Unified Police Department worth the amount of money various Salt Lake Valley cities are charged for it? In 2018, perhaps more than ever before, the answer to that question varied wildly depending on which city council you were asking. While the often-beleaguered UPD was being left behind by the likes of Herriman and Riverton, the law enforcement agency received a full-throated endorsement from the Taylorsville City Council. “The so-called ‘thin blue line’ (separating law-abiding residents from lawlessness) is getting thinner,” Council Chairman Christopherson said, as he encouraged his fellow council members to pass a resolution endorsing Unified Police. “I don’t think I really have the words to say how critical I believe this is to our citizens. Law enforcement is an honorable profession.” As the council passed the endorsement resolution, they also made it clear a property tax increase may be necessary in 2019 to fund anticipated UPD rate increases. “We are very honored they drafted and passed this resolution,” UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant said. “It clearly displays the council’s support of our agency, which I have always felt since taking this position six years ago.” As the agency struggles to keep all of its police officer vacancies filled — particularly

Taylorsville Planning Commission members led a field trip last fall, for a tour and training session with Herriman officials. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

Even as other cities have abandoned the Unified Police Department, Taylorsville City Council members unanimously pledged their continued support of the law enforcement agency. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

as several other departments in the valley have boosted their wage and benefit packages — UPD also spent 2018 actively encouraging Taylorsville residents to form neighborhood watch programs. Youth council expands its focus The Taylorsville Youth Council — under the direction of advisor Kris Heineman — took on a new look this year, starting with the ambitious effort of their 2017–18 mayor, Bryn Gale. For the first time ever, the youth council endorsed a city ordinance amendment, as Gale earned city council support for a change to crack down on smoking and vaping in parking lots adjacent to city parks. “It has been illegal to smoke cigarettes and cigars in Taylorsville parks and other public areas for a long time,” the Murray High School senior said last spring. “But the ordinance did not make vaping illegal, and it also didn’t include smoking other things, such as marijuana. My ordinance amendments dealt with that.”

Then later in the calendar year, after the 2018–19 youth council was selected, that group decided to do away with its traditional SubFor-Santa participation, in lieu of helping more people. “In my seven years at (the Taylorsville Golden Living Center), I have never had a group come forward to offer to do as much for our residents (as the youth council),” said center Activities Director Taunia Southworth, after the students agreed to do several activities there over the holidays. Additionally, last fall several Taylorsville Youth Council members also volunteered time to clean up at the Little Confluence picnic area and trailhead (4800 South along the Jordan River). They are considering making that an annual event for the group as well. Throughout 2018, changes abounded in Taylorsville government, although those involved say their commitment to the public remains unwavering. l

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Silly is on the menu By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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lementary school students are required to take fruits and vegetables in the lunch line — but they don’t have to eat them, said Amy Wilkins. They often just throw them in the garbage or put them onto the “sharing table.” It’s often up to cafeteria workers such as Wilkins to encourage kids to actually eat them. As kitchen manager at Fremont Elementary in Taylorsville, she has discovered the recipe for encouraging healthy eating is to mix in fun. “I find that when we do fun stuff, the kids are a lot more excited to try it,” said Wilkins. Sometimes, kitchen staff members write positive messages on the peels of bananas or Clementine oranges with food-safe markers. Students have responded to the fun messages on the fruit — smile, be happy, you are awesome, have a fantastic day — by eating more of them. “I watched to see, and they actually ate more of them than putting them back on the sharing table,” Wilkins said. “They were actually eating them.” Wilkins encourages students to give vegetables a try by presenting them in a visually appealing way. When she mixes broccoli with tomatoes and ranch flavoring, students are more likely to put it on their tray. “That seems to go better because colors mixed together make it look prettier,” she said Wilkins also advertises healthy food visually by peppering the cafeteria with posters to familiarize students with and promote a fun connection to healthy food. For example, students waiting in the lunch line can contemplate, “How do you turn soup into gold?” (Answer: Add 24 carrots.) Fun and silly labeling also wets the students’ appetites. “I’ll name the food fun things to try to get them to try it,” said Wilkins. “They get pretty excited; they like to see the fun labels.” Her students are more likely to give “awesome apricots,” “crisscross applesauce,” “have

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a grape day” or “lettuce do our best” a try. At Fremont, the kitchen staff occasionally turns up the heat on creativity with a theme day, complete with special food and music. They are planning a super hero menu later this year. Last year, they served up a “Star Wars” Day. The out-of-this-galaxy menu included Darth Vader salad, Tie Fighter carrots, Jyn Erso BBQ sandwich and K-2SO nuggets. “The ‘Star Wars’ day was a huge hit,” said Wilkins. “I had more kids eating school lunch that day than home lunch because they were excited for the ‘Star Wars’ theme.” School menus are developed by Felipe Guerra, registered dietician for Granite School District, which provides nearly 65,000 meals — including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks — to students and staff each day. “All our programs encourage healthy eating by offering healthy items,” said Guerra. Menus are based on the guidelines and regulations established by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National School Lunch Program. Requirements dictate that meals use only whole grains and lean protein, and include at least a half cup fruit or veggies, and are reduced-sodium. Guerra also takes into consideration the amount of sugar, fiber and calories in a school meal. One of the perks of his job is taste-testing the dishes. “Everything we put out there we first make in the central kitchen, and until it meets certain standards, it’s not going to go out to schools,” he said. Guerra’s favorite menu item is the newly updated chicken patty sandwich. The lightly breaded chicken is served on a whole grain bun. Guerra experimented with different brands until he found the bun with the best taste and texture. “Everything we have is whole grain, but the way you make it makes a lot of difference,” he said. “Also, the type of flour used will change the taste, the appearance and the texture.”

Kids go bananas for talking bananas. (Amy Wilkins/Fremont Elementary)

Even if kids aren’t picky eaters, Wilkins said they are often reluctant to try foods that look different from what they are used to. The district regularly exposes students to variety of locally grown, in-season produce. This year, students have been introduced to fresh cantaloupe, strawberries and jicama at the Nutrition Station (formerly known as the salad bar). Many schools in the district also participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, schools purchase fresh fruits and veggies from local growers for students to sample during snack time. The program is a way to present students with foods they may never have had a chance to taste before. “We try to get things that are not very common so the students can have a different experience,” said Guerra. “Students can get used to trying new foods, and it keeps them excited to eat healthy.” Items this year have included exotic and tropical fruits such as mangoes, pineapple, rambutan, jicama and various types and colors of pears and apples. Granite District’s Department of Nutrition

is currently cooking up new ways to post future school lunch menus on an interactive app, making it more accessible, informative and adaptable to special dietary needs. “Instead of having a paper menu on the fridge or crumpled in a backpack somewhere, it will all be interactive,” said Carla Dalton at Nutrition Services. “Students can get involved in their own nutrition and understand more how important it is to have a cup of vegetables and fruit. It makes it more appealing to the kids and more interactive and friendly.” The district currently engages students in taking charge of their own healthy eating through education programs such as the presentation Colleen Norris, wellness specialist for the district, targets to fourth-graders. Students are encouraged to focus on eating a healthy diet, cut back on junk food and exercise at least one hour a day. The presentation includes visual demonstrations of the amount of sugar in and the actual portion size of common foods they eat. Norris helps students think about how their choices today will impact their quality of life over time and how exercise impacts not only their overall health but their ability to learn as well. l

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, The start of a New Year always provides the perfect opportunity to look ahead. It is a chance to set new goals, plan for the future and, of course, make some resolutions. It is a time for planning and purpose and forward-thinking. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter Mayor Kristie S. Overson in a book, waiting to be written,” says author Melody Beattie. “We can help write that story by setting goals.” We have been doing a lot of that lately at City Hall, and it is so important. One of my highest priorities as Mayor is planning for Taylorsville’s future while building on both the success and lessons of the past. Such planning is the key to securing a strong future for our community. Of course, these efforts don’t just happen. It takes all hands on deck. It depends on discussion and conversation – and the involvement – of everyone. At a recent Priorities Meeting, the City Council and I, along with City administrators and staff, worked to hone our city’s vision for the future. This 20/20 Vision focuses on what we would like to see for our community over the next decade. We are calling it a 20/20 Vision because, of course, perfect eyesight is 20/20 and we are looking to the Year 2020 and beyond. The vision reflects what all of us living and working here want for our city and focuses on areas of Economic Development, Transportation, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Community Building (see accompanying story). One part of that vision that I am particularly looking forward to is the opening of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. We have been working in synergy with Salt Lake County officials and architects for nearly two years on planning the facility, and broke ground for it this past month in a ceremonial Groundbreaking event. So many hands have touched this project, with everyone working together and communicating well. This beautiful addition to Taylorsville fits right in to our 20/20 Vision, as well as our continuing focus on the arts. With its scheduled opening in 2020 and location adjacent to the Taylorsville City Hall, the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will provide an anchor to the City Hall campus. We are planning to incorporate design elements in making a cohesive City Center that not only will bring the arts closer to home but provide a larger gathering place for the community. I cannot wait to see the first performance. As we start this New Year, please continue to stay involved in making our Taylorsville home the wonderful place that it is. Your involvement makes such a difference. “Make New Year’s goals,” Beattie says. “Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen.” –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

WHAT’S INSIDE – January 2019 Frequently Called Numbers, Page 2 Council Corner, Page 3 Heritage Remembrances, Page 4 Public Safety, Pages 6-7 Environment, Page 8

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Leaders Hone City’s 20/20 Vision for Year 2020 and Beyond Taylorsville’s Mayor and City Council are keenly focused on the future. They are working to bring sharpness and clarity to the direction of the city. You might even say they are working on a perfect vision for Taylorsville – a 20/20 Vision. “We want everyone to come together and not only define what they want for Taylorsville but work to implement that vision,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “There is so much happening here. My hope is to continue to build on all of the city’s successes in making our city even stronger.” Mayor Overson, City Council members, city administrators and staff met at the end of the year in a “Priorities Meeting” to hone that vision. The goal is to implement priorities of the city’s elected and appointed leaders based on the input and feedback of their constituents. Efforts include bringing new business and housing to the city, and plans for prime development locations, transportation and land use. Toward that end, the vision depends on collaboration and involvement. “We have been working with key stakeholders, as well as elected officials and government colleagues with shared constituencies, to maximize resources in meeting these goals,” Mayor Overson said. “Our vision focuses on new business and economic growth taking place across the city, as well as development opportunities and projects on the horizon.” City leaders are calling their efforts a “20/20 Vision” because, of course, perfect eyesight is 20/20 and they are looking to the Year 2020 and beyond. The vision reflects the five main areas of Economic Development, Transportation, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Community Building. City leaders defined goals and projects in each of those areas during their Priorities Meeting. Some details include:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. The Groundbreaking for the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center was held this past month and the new $39 million center adjacent to City Hall is scheduled to open in late 2020. The venue includes the 400-seat Mainstage Theater, 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater and a multi-use rehearsal space. • Summit Vista. The first-of-its-kind Summit Vista Retirement Care Community opened in fall 2018. It features a 62,000-square-foot clubhouse, four restaurants and other amenities, and is expected to bring 1,000 new jobs to Taylorsville. The next residential building at the 1,800-unit campus will open around April of this year. • Business Support. Sorenson Research Park, Utah State University Campus, and new stores at The Crossroads of Taylorsville continue to thrive – as do area businesses such as Nelson Laboratories, Unified State Laboratories and restaurants like the popular Penny Ann’s Café. • Tech 27. Plans have been drawn and the city is working to bring the Tech 27 Research and Development Park to Taylorsville.

TRANSPORTATION • The Midvalley Connector/Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Taylorsville City—in coordination with Murray City, West Valley City, Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake County and Wasatch Front Regional Council—helped prepare an Environmental Study Report and design for a new bus rapid transit facility. The BRT line will run from Murray Central Station to the SLCC Redwood Campus in Taylorsville to the West Valley Central Station. Citizens could comment on that report through the end of December and the city continues to seek funding for the project. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

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UPCOMING Taylorsville Events Jan. 1 – All day New Year’s Day, City Offices closed Jan. 9 & Jan. 16 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall Jan. 8 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall Jan. 21 – All day Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City Offices closed Jan. 30 – 6 p.m. Let’s Talk Taylorsville @ City Hall. The City Council and Mayor will be available every 5th Wednesday to talk oneon-one about any issue. Come meet with your Council Member. See more information on this page, at right.

City of Taylorsville Newsletter Improvements Coming for Valley Regional Softball Complex The Valley Regional Softball Complex will soon see major improvements thanks to a contribution from Larry H. Miller Charities. The organization is granting $5 million to the Taylorsville complex and Larry H. Miller Softball Complex in Holladay. The donation was announced at a meeting of the Salt Lake County Council on Dec. 4. “Larry H. Miller’s love of sports and commitment to building the community delivers another wonderful benefit to our residents,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. A world-class fast pitch softball player and an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame inductee, Miller played for three decades, pitching more than 1,000 games and recording 819 victories in professional fast pitch. “This will be a great tribute to Larry, our family and the game of softball,” said Gail Miller, Larry’s wife and chairwoman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “I look forward to seeing more memories created for years to come on these fields.” Both facilities feature four softball fields each, one little league baseball field, a press box and stadium seating. Both facilities have played host to numerous tournaments and league play since their construction in the early 1970s. The new facilities will feature the same number of fields with new bleachers, shelter and press box. Construction at the Valley Regional Softball Complex at Valley Regional Park is set to start work in 2021.

Let's Talk Taylorsville Come meet with the City Council and Mayor every 5th Wednesday to talk one-on-one about any issue

Wednesday, January 30th, 6 pm City Hall Council Chambers 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd


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Thank You to All the Elves Who Made Our City Event a Success

By Council Member Curt Cochran “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” That is because the mice and elves had been scurrying for the last couple of months to prepare for the annual Saturday with Santa event hosted by the Taylorsville Historical Preservation Committee. This has been a much-anticipated event for many years and seems to get bigger each year. This year, Santa received some extra elf assistance in the form of additional Taylorsville volunteer committees who wanted to help in their own special way with a first ever joint committee event. The Parks and Recreation Committee as well as the Cultural Diversity Committee, formed in 2018, both wanted to bring some additional Christmas cheer to the event. And suddenly, Saturday with Santa included Christmas Around the World. (See Page 6 for a photo gallery of the event). The committees’ elves met in the workshop several times each month starting in August. With each meeting new ideas were presented, refined and finalized right up to the week prior to the event. Since this was the first time Taylorsville volunteer commit-

tees worked on a project of this magnitude together, you can imagine the planning involved to make sure everything went off without a hitch. The Historical Preservation Committee convinced Santa and Mrs. Claus to take a break from the North Pole to attend. Mrs. Claus even took pictures of each little good boy and girl. In addition, the Historical Preservation Committee also provided hot chocolate, candy canes and wassail. Wassail is a hot, mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, topped with slices of oranges. This tradition dates back to the days of Shakespeare. The Historical Committee arranged for Member Curt Cochran some local talent, which included the Calvin Smith Elementary represents District 2 School Choir. The Parks and Recreation department provided their own spice on the event including Reindeer Games, painting rocks, blow-up displays, and a paper snowflake cutting activity. I personally really enjoyed watching the kids hopping on the east lawn in their reindeer colored gunny sacks trying to keep the sack up while at the same time trying to keep their reindeer antlers on their heads! We in Taylorsville also have some excellent, inspiring artists, based on the rocks I saw painted and the paper snowflakes that were created by these masters. The Cultural Diversity Committee, organized this last spring, provided some excellent ethnic traditions. There was a live Nativity scene where kids and parents could dress up as the characters for pictures or act out the story read by a narrator. They provided some cultural musicians who played well known Christmas songs and some country specific holiday songs. The food provided for tasting included tamales, a Latin American cookie and tres leches cake. Pastel de Tres Leches or "Three Milks Cake" has become a traditional dessert all over Latin America. Overall, the event was a big success and everyone enjoyed themselves. Much appreciation and thanks go out to all the volunteers from all committees from this Councilman. I know how hard all of you worked and the efforts you made to make this event a success. So … now is the time for us to settle down for a long winter’s nap, sip on some of that delicious wassail, and take a well-deserved rest as it won’t be long until it’s time to plan Santa’s visit for next year. And as the story goes, “And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight—‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!’”

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center Taylorsville City leaders, dignitaries from the state and Salt Lake County, architects and construction representatives broke ground this past month on the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. The $39 million center brings new performance and rehearsal spaces to the mid-valley, fulfilling a long-held dream and well documented need for purpose-built arts spaces in this fast-growing section of the county. The venue includes the 400-seat Mainstage Theater, 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater, a multi-use rehearsal room and support spaces, and professional theater services including ticketing, technical direction, event management and guest services. Two public art pieces and planned professional landscaping will finish the venue and give it a personality and sense of place. “We are thrilled to see the construction of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center moving forward,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “The center is such an important part of our vision for Taylorsville. It will be a cultural hub for generations where not only Taylorsville residents can come and enjoy a play or a concert but all those from across the Salt Lake Valley. The Taylorsville Arts Council also is eagerly anticipating moving into their new permanent home. For years, its members have been rehearsing and holding auditions in the City Council chambers at Taylorsville City Hall and performing at Taylorsville High School, the Taylorsville Senior Center and other locations.

The center will be located adjacent to Taylorsville City Hall and is scheduled to open in 2020. “It will be a home for both large and small local-arts organizations as well as national and regional shows,” Mayor Overson said. “We so look forward to rolling out the red carpet and welcoming everyone to Taylorsville.”


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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES Llewellyn Mantle Sr. was born Aug. 23, 1808, in South Wales. He moved around as a youngster. He desired as a trade to become a weaver. At age 27, he met and married Miss Catherine Watkins of Herefordshire, England. Over the next 25 years, they would have 12 children, four of whom would die as babies. Upon baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842, they took their leave for America, with aid of the Perpetual Emigration Fund. They left Liverpool on the ship “Emerald” on Oct. 29, 1842, with a group led by Church Apostle Parley P. Pratt, and landed in New Orleans 10 weeks later. The group then boarded the “Goddess of Liberty” riv- Catherine Watkins Mantle erboat for the trip up the Mississippi River. They made a short stay in St. Louis until spring, and then moved on to Nauvoo, where they lived for three years. “Nauvoo the Beautiful” became a dangerous place to be, so they decided to head west “by ox team,” traveling “three long months” in the company of Capt. Morris Phelps. After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, they immediately went to the Church Farm in Sugar House, but then decided to relocate to the West Jordan Ward area, into the English Fort. There, Llewellyn taught school for a time in the fort school. They lived in a small adobe house in the fort with houses very close on each side. A square of houses built closely together was surrounded by a thick wall of mud and Llewellyn Mantle Sr. rocks and had only one gateway. This fort was built upon the pattern of the Old Fort in downtown Salt Lake City. Llewellyn eventually acquired a little piece of land from Joseph Harker and took up farming again. Their closest neighbors on the north side of 4800 South were the Pixtons. Suffering a loss of his eyesight, Llewellyn kept near to his home, always happily and contentedly busy at cleaning ditches, sawing wood, drawing water for the stock and churning butter to the music of his own voice. His granddaughter Mabel Cook Swensen quotes him as having a “rare gift of music.”

TAYLORSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Start the New Year with Plenty to Do • Center Closures: Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 21. • Beginning Spanish: This course is starting from the beginning and will be held Wednesdays at 9 a.m. First class Jan. 9. • Dignity Funeral Presentation: Planning for the future. Monday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. • Exercise with U of U Students: Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. Beginning Monday, Jan. 14. • Emergency Preparedness Presentation: By Linda Milne, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. • Super Bowl Tailgate Party: Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. Best dressed, games and root beer floats. • Taylorsville Senior Center is hiring a new Kitchen Employee. Monday through Friday, four hours a day. See slco.org/jobs for details.

Drop by the center at 4743 Plymouth View Drive, or call 385-468-3371 for details.

City of Taylorsville Newsletter Taylorsville High Student Receives $25,000 Scholarship Thanh Le, a senior at Taylorsville High School, was surprised during his statistics class with a $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship from national finance company Sallie Mae. Taylorsville High School principal Emily Liddell, school counselor Claire Dukatz, who nominated him for the scholarship, and Le’s father were also on hand for the announcement. “He is a constant source of light at our school,” Dukatz said. Le is one of seven $25,000 Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship recipients nationwide. The scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors who excel in academics, athletics, community service, or school activities, but may face personal or financial challenges when looking to fulfill their college dreams. After experiencing a series of personal challenges, including the loss of his mother, Le has juggled multiple Taylorsville High School senior Thanh Le was surprised jobs to support himself financially. He doesn’t let this get in the way of excelwith a $25,000 scholarship from Sallie Mae, whose ling both in academics and extracur- representatives Shawn Murphy and Martha Holler (pictured ricular activities. He serves as a senior at left and right) were on hand for the presentation. class senator, is a member of the cross country and track teams, and has been practicing martial arts since he was nine; Le shares his passion by teaching kids at a local studio. Le provides tutoring to students, and is a member of both the Key Club and National Honor Society. “My mom taught me how to be kind and give back to others, so I’m really focused on volunteering and helping others throughout the community,” said Le. “Thanh is the epitome of a well-rounded student, succeeding academically and in his community work, despite significant setbacks personally that might hinder a student’s ability to thrive,” said Dukatz. “Students like Thanh are the reason the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program is so successful,” said Shawn Murphy, Sallie Mae director. “He is the perfect example of a person who has overcome adversity and thrived, paving the way for others to succeed, too.”

Excited to see those spring flowers? The Conservation Garden Park is offering free classes to inspire, educate and empower our communities to create and enjoy water-wise landscapes. Located on 10 acres in West Jordan, the Garden Park is easily accessible from all Wasatch Front communities. The Garden began with six examples of water-wise landscaping in a mock residential setting. It has since expanded to include interactive exhibits for educating the public on water-wise design, planting, and irrigation—becoming one of Utah’s premier water conservation teaching and demonstration gardens. Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District, as a member agency of Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, encourages its customers to explore this valuable resource. Sign up for classes by going online to conservationgardenpark.org. If you have any questions, please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. Follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.


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• Neighborhood Meetings. The city recently hosted a meeting for the Heather Glen neighborhood, seeking ideas, reactions and feedback from neighbors. It plans to hold similar information-gathering meetings for neighborhoods across the city.

• Bangerter Highway. The 5400 South interchange at Bangerter Highway is complete and work on the 6200 South interchange is slated to begin later this year. By 2025, all interchanges will be completed southbound from 4700 South.

• Gateway Signs. New sign markers are in place at Vista Park and T. John Labrum Memorial Park, and more are planned for other areas. The signs are part of plan, approved by the City Council, to bring a complete and unified system of public signage to the city.

• Flex Lanes. The lanes at 5400 South marked the first flex lanes project in Utah, and they continue to be working well—improving travel time, reducing traffic congestion and increasing peak-hour roadway capacity without the need to widen the roadway and impact existing property. About 40,000 vehicles drive the twomile stretch along 5400 South each day.

• Partnerships. The city continues to work in close collaboration with city partners including Salt Lake Community College, the Taylorsville Senior Center, the Taylorsville Bennion-Heritage Center, Salt Lake County’s Taylorsville Library and Taylorsville Recreation Center, and our neighborhood schools including Taylorsville High School.

PARKS AND RECREATION • The Jordan River. The city, with assistance from Salt Lake County, recently led a large clean-up effort along the banks of the Jordan River, including vegetation removal and trash cleanup. The Youth Council and ChamberWest also have organized service projects that resulted in the planting of hundreds of trees. In addition, the city is supporting efforts by Salt Lake County to build a new regional Jordan River Park that will include Tracy Aviary.

PUBLIC SAFETY • Unified Police Department. For the last two quarters, crime in Taylorsville has dropped significantly, with overall general offenses down an average 11.3 percent. Also of note, despite national police shortages, including in the state of Utah, the Taylorsville Precinct is fully staffed. This is a credit to the Unified Police Department’s aggressive recruitment process, focus as a full-service police organization and vast opportunities for advancement and professional growth. • Unified Fire Authority. The new Taylorsville-Plymouth Fire Station #117 is fully operational. The flagship station is seven times larger than the old one, features 10 individual sleeping quarters and has the largest bay area of any of UFA’s facilities, enough room to park 10 large emergency response vehicles.

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• Trail Improvements. The city’s Community Development Department is focusing on trails and trail improvements. A grant application has been submitted to help fund trail maps, wayfinding signage, park improvements and design elements.

“We are thinking about what makes people want to live and be in Taylorsville,” said Council Member Curt Cochran. “The big picture is in the details.” “It’s the little things that make a community,” echoed Council Member Meredith Harker. Mayor Overson agreed. “We are a team, working together,” she said. “We celebrate our strengths while working to make things even better.”

• Valley Regional Park Softball Complex. The complex will soon see major improvements, including new bleachers, shelter and press box, thanks to a multi-million donation from Larry H. Miller Charities. Work is set to start in 2021.

BUILDING COMMUNITY • City Events and Volunteers. The city plans to continue its tradition of supporting community-wide events with the reliance on a vast network of volunteers. These events—including the recent Saturday with Santa: Christmas around the World and, of course, the city’s premier Taylorsville Dayzz—bring our community together.

Exchange Club Recognizes Historic Preservation Committee’s Joan White Each year, the Taylorsville Exchange Club awards its Book of Golden Deeds Award in recognition of volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their community better places to live. Joan White was recognized as the most recent honoree for her tireless contributions to Taylorsville City’s Historic Preservation Committee. White is a native of Portland, transplanted to Taylorsville in 2003. Upon arriving here, she promptly joined the Taylorsville Arts Council, and then waited her turn to join the Historic Preservation Committee. She tried doing them both, but the Historic Preservation Committee won out. White has a degree in Museum Services, so it is a perfect fit for the committee.

As a committee member, Joan has worn many hats: She served as Committee Chair for 6 years-plus, worked as the committee’s grant writer, and she organizes school tours during the months of April and May. In addition, she has single-handedly catalogued and assigned a number to each artifact and relic at the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center museum, including all of the outbuildings. Joan has two children and three grandsons. She likes to keep busy, joining a Bonko group, a TOPS group, a bowling league, and she makes the best homemade soap. “There’s no job Joan is afraid to tackle,” says Renee Sorensen of the Taylorsville Exchange Club. “How fortunate the Historic Preservation Committee is to have her around.”


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Fire Hydrants Require Some Care during Winter Months By UFA Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowski Maintaining a clear and workable space around fire hydrants during the winter months is vital. In general, this responsibility falls on the residents who own or occupy property nearest a hydrant. When responding to structure fires, time is of the essence. Fire departments strive for acceptable response times, and it is frustrating when a fire hydrant needs to be cleared of snow or debris before firefighters can engage in water supply and suppression tactics to extinguish a fire. If you have a hydrant on or near your property, here are the things you can do to ensure firefighters can connect to the UFA Assistant Fire hydrant when needed: Chief Jay Ziolkowski • Shovel or snow-blow three feet of space on each side and in the back of fire hydrants. • Maintain an open corridor from the street to the front of fire hydrants. • These clearings should go all the way to the ground whenever possible, but not less than one foot below the hydrant caps at a minimum. Some neighborhoods organize an Adopt-A-Hydrant program. This creates the awareness for residents to take note of clearing snow from hydrants and maintaining space around them and to help each other with those tasks throughout the winter months. These things can be done when you are already out shoveling or using a snow-blower on your driveways and sidewalks. For more information on how to keep fire hydrants clear, go to blog.allstate.com/firehydrants-clear-of-snow Thank you to all who work and serve to make our community safer!

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of property abutting on a paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and any existing curb ramp all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within twenty four (24) hours after the hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling. 14.32.100

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

A special thank you to the Taylorsville Preservation Committee, Cultural Diversity Committee and Parks & Recreation Committee.


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Over 100 Children Draw Pictures for Card Contest

The artwork of fifth-graders who entered the UPD-Taylorsville’s holiday card contest was displayed in Council Chambers. Plymouth Elementary fifth-grader Joselyn Padilla’s colorful drawing shows the mountains decorated in holiday lights and Santa’s footprints from his sleigh pulled by Rudolf to a house where he goes headfirst down the chimney. It was selected from among 110 pictures as the winner of the Taylorsville police precinct’s Christmas card contest. “These kids are doing such great work inside our schools,” said Unified Police Department Det. Scott Lloyd said. “For them to take the time to create a picture for our police department, that’s pretty impressive.” The art contest is held each year by the Taylorsville precinct for fifth-graders. “We have the kids in schools design their best idea of Christmas and what would be a good Christmas card,” Det. Lloyd said. As the winning drawing, Joselyn’s picture was placed on the front of the UPD-Tayorsville’s holiday card. “That Christmas card went out to the City of Taylorsville, the Governor’s Mansion, to Washington, D.C., to all the UPD precincts around the valley,” Lloyd said. “It goes anywhere and everywhere.” Mayor Kristie Overson, Chief Tracy Wyant and UPD staff members helped pick the winning card. “It was very, very hard to narrow down,” Det. Lloyd said. Joselyn was recognized by Det. Lloyd and Mayor Overson at the City Council’s December meeting. As winner, Joselyn also received coupons to Chick-fil-A and will have lunch with Mayor Overson and Chief Wyant. Extra cards were printed so that she could send her artwork to friends and family. Joselyn attended last month’s City Council meeting with her family and friend Dixie, one of 12 children who received honorable mention honors, and their teacher. Joselyn and Dixie are both students in Ms. Alexis Van Etten’s fifth-grade class at Plymouth Elementary in Taylorsville. Mayor Overson presented the children with pins from the City. “In Taylorsville, we are all family,” she said. “We all pull for each other, and we all root for each other. Congratulations!”

Plymouth Elementary students Joselyn and Dixie are joined by their teacher Ms. Alexis Van Etten and UPD Det. Scott Lloyd at last month’s City Council meeting.

Fifth-grader Joselyn Padilla was recognized by police Det. Scott Lloyd as winner of the precinct’s holiday card contest.

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Police Officers Shop with Children, Donate Money for Gifts Unified Police Department officers in Taylorsville made the holidays brighter for several children and their families through donations to a “Shop with a Shield” event. Det. Scott Lloyd and Officer Mikel Archibeque joined Mayor Kristie Overson and City Council Member Meredith Harker on a recent Saturday before Christmas to shop with children buying gifts and other needed items for their families. “Our officers care deeply about our community and their commitment to serving all of us goes unmatched,” Harker said. “This was an amazing event.” In all, the program raised enough money to buy gifts for 100 children and their families in Salt Lake County, which was twice as much as was raised last year.

Taylorsville UPD Officers Recognized for Good Work Police Det. Jason Albrecht, Sgt .Vaughn Allen and Officer Mikel Archibeque were recognized this past month for their good work by Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant. Det. Albrecht was recognized with a Precinct Chief’s Award, while Sgt. Allen and Officer Archibeque were honored as Officers of the Month. Chief Wyant presented the awards at the Dec. 5 City Council meeting. Det. Albrecht was initially assigned a seemingly routine, burglary case. The target residence was burglarized by several masked individuals, who were caught on camera by a home security system. Det. Albrecht began to investigate the way the burglary occurred and learned that there was another similar burglary in Taylorsville as well as three similar burglaries in West Valley City. “Jason began diligently investigating the cases and learned they were being committed by a group of five individuals who were members of an area gang. During the course of the investigation, it was also revealed that these same offenders were also responsible for stealing numerous cars at the Salt Lake City Airport and throughout the valley.” Det. Albrecht was able to locate all five of the suspects, which resulted in Det. Jason Albrecht, Sgt .Vaughn Allen and Officer Mikel full confessions. In all, three stolen fireArchibeque (pictured left to right) were honored. arms and eight stolen vehicles were recovered, and four burglaries were solved. The suspects were charged with first-degree felonies. “Detective Jason Albrecht should be commended for his investigative tenacity and his commitment in keeping our community safe,” Chief Wyant said. Sgt. Allen was honored as November’s Officer of the Month. In nominating, Sgt. Allen, Officer Mikel Archibeque of the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, described his colleague as “one of the best leaders and supervisors I have worked for. In my law enforcement career, he is frankly the best. He truly believes in his Officers and cares for them.” Sgt. Allen was honored for his work mentoring officers and for his leadership. For the month of October, Officer Archibeque was recognized for his work leading 38 officers from three separate police agencies, as well as several civilian staff from two agencies, in conducting a DUI Checkpoint in Taylorsville City. “Officer Archibeque’s planning, implementation and ultimate supervision of this very successful operation, clearly had a safety impact on drivers and passengers alike throughout the Salt Lake Valley,” Chief Wyant said. “Officer Archibeque is to be commended for his professionalism, resolve and commitment to the residents of Taylorsville City.”


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UTA Begins Work on Final Midvalley Connector Report The process involving the proposed Midvalley Connector-Bus Rapid Transit project in Taylorsville is moving forward. The Draft Environmental Study Report is complete and public comment on it was taken through the end of last month. A public open house also was held. The proposed project extends along Murray, Taylorsville and West Valley City. The proposal includes a bus rapid transit line that travels from Murray Central station, through Taylorsville with connection at Salt Lake Community College on Redwood Road, to West Valley Central station. It is approximately seven miles in length with 15 proposed stations. The project includes approximately 1.4 miles of center-running exclusive bus lane along 4700 South. The primary purpose of the project is to provide a frequent, efficient connection between Murray Central station, SLCC and West Valley Central station, improve transit service, increase mobility and enhance the local economy. The draft Environmental Study Report was written is accordance with Utah Transit Authority (UTA) environmental procedures for environmental studies and in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws. With the conclusion of the public comment period, UTA will now process all comments received and prepare the Final Environmental Study Report, anticipated to begin in the spring. As the design advances, capital and operating costs will be estimated and sources of construction funding identified. Right-of-way purchase and construction would begin no sooner than this year, depending on funding. For more information, go to: midvalleyconnector.com

WFWRD UPDATES HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District will not be collecting on Christmas Day nor on New Year’s Day. Since these holidays are on Tuesday this year, it impacts the schedule in all areas for the rest of the week. All collections will be delayed by one day to accommodate for these holidays. Taylorsville collections will occur on Fridays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, during those two weeks, instead of Thursday.

CURBSIDE CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION WFWRD will be collecting Christmas trees during the month of January. For collection, place your undecorated tree on your curb. The trees will be collected the day after your regular collection day. If your tree is not collected one week, workers will be back the following week. Please call WFWRD for additional information. • Trees with decorations, lights, tree stands or flocking cannot be accepted, nor artificial trees. • Do not place the tree in your garbage, recycling or green waste can. • If the tree is over eight feet tall, please cut it into smaller sections.

CAN SETOUT A reminder to all residents to place your cans on the street by 7 a.m. the day of your normal collection. Salt Lake Valley Health Department Regulation 7, Ordnance 4.3.2 also requires that the cans be taken off the street the same day they are emptied. WFWRD asks all residents to keep this in mind and to have their cans ready for collection in time, and to also ensure they are taken off the street in time, for the health and safety of our neighborhoods.

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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down

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he long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts Twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper

fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slowly. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In driver’s education courses, prospective

drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l

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Students should set resolutions for leading balanced lives By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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he top New Year’s resolutions may be to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get more sleep, find a job and join a club to start a new hobby. These resolutions are similar to what school officials say students should look at for setting their goals toward leading balanced lives. “Research shows that to lead a happy and well-balanced life, little things do matter,” said McKinley Withers, Jordan School District’s health and wellness specialist. “Diet, sleep, exercise — with those three, there can be a significant improvement in students’ lives.” While that may sound obvious, sometimes students can’t see it, said Canyons School District’s Corner Canyon High School counselor Misty Jolley. “With tests, papers, assignments and, for seniors, college applications and scholarships, all due at the same time, it’s easier said than done,” she said. “Even increasing just a little sleep and exercise and eating more healthy than soda and junk food will help.” Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District’s school counseling program specialist, said students can reduce stress in their lives by taking a break. “By setting goals and exercising daily habits of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said, adding that eight or nine hours of sleep is recommended. “Just as your phone needs to be plugged in to recharge, your brain is the same way. It needs to recuperate.” Some ways that is possible are through meditation, relaxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes each day for a mindfulness app will help take away panic and anxiety feelings, she said. “Even a walk without technology gives good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Gillett said. At a recent Granite School District parent liaison meeting sponsored by the Utah Parent Center, mindfulness handouts were distributed, with examples of how to breathe deeply, stretch and relax. Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director, said district officials work with students to help them lead a well-balanced life. “We are always focusing on prevention and making every effort to help students develop good coping skills and strategies in the areas of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationships,” she said. “In K-6 (kindergarten through sixth grade), social workers do this with growth mindset curriculum and in grades seven through 12, a social emotional skill of the month is delivered through advisory classes, health classes and in other settings.” At Corner Canyon High, student Luke Warnock started the focus group, Stress Less, when he realized a friend was struggling with

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anxiety and depression. Stress Less meets twice each month and is open to anyone who wants to attend and learn about coping skills through activities and speakers. In January, he plans to kick off new ideas, whether it be addressing learning to cope through exercise, meditation, music or other ways. “The goal is to positively impact kids, the more the better,” he said. “Stress is universal, and if we learn how to cope, it lessens the burden and that can be monumental.” This may be one method students are able to connect with others, something Withers recommends. “When there is face-to-face interaction, students are able to connect more,” he said. “There’s a social piece to being well balanced. If they can connect, share a hobby or find some way to interact, even with their family, it will provide more support and comfort.” Gillett agrees that personal positive relationships are a key. “During family dinner time, spend time talking,” she said. “Put away the device. Be in the present moment, where you are. Balance is the key in everything.” She also suggested giving service to others. “It’s a way to build a connection to someone or give to a cause and see a bigger picture,” she said, adding that many schools participate in service learning or community service projects. Corner Canyon’s Jolley agrees. “Volunteering helps to develop character, and for college applications, it’s huge,” she said. “It also gives us a feeling of gratitude, and we realize we have things that others don’t. Even a small act is rewarding.” Jolley recommends for all high school students, especially seniors, in January — midway through the year — it’s a good time to refocus. “Seniors have senioritis and aren’t always focused,” she said. “They should look at what they want to achieve the end of this school year and where they see their future. It’s a time where they will be opening a new chapter in their lives, and they need to prioritize what they’re doing now and what’s next.” Warnock agrees. “I’m not a super stressed person, but with all the activities I do and attend, I realize I need some me time and need to prioritize,” he said. “I’m a high school student just like everyone else here.” Jolley suggests students decide what is important and then set time to accomplish those priorities. “Students should look at what’s going to affect them long term and focus on what is important to them — whether it is good grades to get accepted into college or getting the training they need for a career,” she said. “Organizing will help just to reduce their stress.”

Doing activities with friends, such as playing basketball, develops strong relationships and skills in teamwork, which contribute toward balanced lives for students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Healthy eating is one factor that helps students lead balanced lives. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Some students may need to learn to set boundaries, including saying no to things that aren’t as important. They may need to ask for help. “Having other people help you shows great strength, and it can be fun to share the load, not do everything yourself,” Jolley said. However, other students may need to become more involved in activities that are meaningful to them or even get a part-time job, she added. Jolley said through various high school and community involvement, students are learning essential lifelong skills. “By being involved, we develop leadership

skills, work together and are more productive,” she said. Even so, Jolley said there is a balance of those activities and just “hanging out with friends.” “With balanced living, it encompasses school, work, activities, volunteering, family and playing — whether it’s being with friends, reading, hiking, biking or doing what you enjoy,” she said. “It’s great to set and work toward goals, and we need to, but we also need to live in the moment and be able to appreciate it.” l

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Test? Fitting in? It’s more than that as anxiety increases among students, By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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t may be that an elementary student is fearful to come to school, and once there, he is afraid to enter the school. If that student makes it to the classroom, often he is unable to cope or focus. In secondary schools, feelings can be internalized, leading to disengagement and depression. “There is likely an equal distribution of anxiety and stress K (kindergarten) through 12 (12th grade); however, associated behaviors will manifest in different ways,” said Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director. “Younger students are more likely to act out and struggle to regulate their behavior. Older students tend to internalize their struggles until they manifest as selfharm and/or suicide ideation.” Veteran teacher Karen Larson, who instructs English at Canyons District’s Brighton High, learned that firsthand. “The anxiety level is off the charts,” she said. “Students worry about paying for college, competing in the global marketplace for a job to support themselves, failing, being on their own and having that responsibility, what’s going on in the world. Larson, who has students keep a journal that she tells them she reviews, has read those entries and more, including a student trying to harm himself. “I immediately let people know. By looking through his phone, they learned there were more pressures coming at him. What is happening in the world — shootings, climate change, cyberbullying — just adds to anxiety,” she said, adding that before reading the journal entry, she had no idea that the student attempted suicide. Sometimes, teachers and counselors recognize anxiety, such as being nervous before a test, but other times, it can be disguised as anger, illness, apathy or other behaviors that look entirely different, said Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District school counseling program specialist. “Everyone will feel a level of stress in their lives,” she said. “Anxiety is when that stress becomes a point at which the person can no longer accomplish their everyday tasks. Therefore, it is often that a student may not be able to concentrate and participate in academic learning nor complete assignments.” Anxiety in the classroom isn’t just hitting students locally, said Jordan School District Health and Wellness Specialist McKinley Withers. “Nationwide, the suicide rates have increased,” he said. “Hopelessness, depression, anxiety all contribute. This is a generation needing different support than we’ve seen in the past. Much of their social world is fragile, contained to a device. There is a definite biological need to be face to face, to have that human interaction and touch, that is being reduced by technology. Now, some peers are lacking self-confidence, and anxiety grows as they text their peers next to them and sit isolated with

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The Zitting family attended Park Lane Elementary’s STEM Night, where counselors recommended families spend time together to help build bonds to make students feel safe and valued. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

their earbuds.” The Child Mind Institute reported in 2015 that more than 17 million U.S. children and adolescents have or have had a diagnosable mental illness — and 80 percent of the kids with anxiety don’t get treatment. According to the National Education Association, nearly two-thirds of college students reported in 2016 “overwhelming anxiety,” up from 50 percent just five years earlier. For seven straight years, anxiety has been the top complaint among college students seeking mental health services, with nearly one-quarter saying it affects their academic performance. Petersen said social workers report a higher number of students with behavior issues related to anxiety. “Students seem to be more anxious about safety at school, away from their parents, especially in K (kindergarten) through 6 (sixth grade), by negative influence of social media and issues related to their status — and their family’s status — related to immigration,” she said. Gillett said that anxiety at a young age often centers around separation, being worried about their parents when they’re at school, or being anxious in school, speaking to teachers or in front of a classroom. Sometimes, children worry about a variety of everyday things and

are filled with stressful thoughts, Gillett said. “Some worry is excessive and not normally warranted,” she said. Testing and academics also may play a factor, said Granite School District parent Robyn Ivins, who has taught in a classroom. “Teens today are really pressured from a young age to succeed, so by the time they’re in high school, there’s real pressure to get a 36 on the ACT (college standardized test) and have a 4.0 [grade-point average],” she said. “It’s really taken a toll. Students are struggling to get the best classes, the best teachers, the best of everything. Sometimes, they feel the pressure from parents or their peers. Sometimes, it’s pressure they put on themselves.” The National Education Association said these teens grew up in classrooms governed by No Child Left Behind, the federal law that introduced high-stakes standardized testing to every public school in America. Starting in elementary school, instead of making art and new friends, the NEA said they learned to write fullon sentences in timed tests. These are the same students who instead of having hours of art and recess, attend pep rallies to pump them up for state testing. Even the stress of teachers needing to meet certain standards may be adding to the picture, wrote University of Michigan professor Daniel

P. Keating in “Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety.” Ivins said certain anxiety issues, such as families struggling, may impact a number of Cottonwood High students, with some of the 1,700 students coming from refuge families. She and others try to take away that anxiety by providing food and needed items through the school pantry, which is open to all students. “In high school, there are all sorts of pressures from sleeping with a boyfriend or getting asked to a dance and wearing the cutest clothes to where their next meal will come from and how their family will cope with pressures,” she said. Ivins, who said she’s not an expert, has seen the effects of social anxiety maximized through technology, such as social media. “There is a false look of the world when something is posted on Snapchat,” she said. “Whether it’s students posting or the parents, what’s there is not the whole story. They’re only posting the best. They see that their friends are succeeding, but what isn’t posted is a child having a tantrum or getting a C on a test. It becomes a struggle to lead the perfect life they see their peers have.” Gillett said sometimes, youth can’t fully understand messages and posts on social media. “A friend may say something, and your

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child takes it as a harsh rejection, when it’s not meant that way at all,” she said. “Or, they see all the great things that people do, but that’s only one percent of their life that is posted. We tend not to post our whole stories, just great accomplishments, not our normal days. Often, that results in feelings of not measuring up when they compare themselves on what they see posted.” Withers agrees. “Social media sucks kids in and creates anxiety in who sees what or how they measure up,” he said. “Kids bullied at school feel less anxious nowadays than those who have been cyberbullied. Online, you don’t know who has seen what and you feel your whole life has been broadcast. You have no idea how far it went or who talked about it.” The accessibility of having a smartphone also has led to more concerns beyond social media. “The increased screen time affects students,” Gillett said. “Constant access to the world can be a good thing, but it also means that the young are no longer sheltered from troubles, the next school shooting, bombing or even bullying, as we were when we young. Sometimes, they can’t process it at a young age. We need to build in escape time daily.” She said even adding meditation, relaxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes each day for a mindfulness app will help take away panic and anxiety feelings. “Even a walk without technology gives good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Gillett said. She also recommends that having family time as well as putting away devices at dinner will help build bonds to make students feel safe and valued. Sleep, about eight or nine hours nightly, is one the best things for students as well, Gillett said. “Just as your phone needs to be plugged in to recharge, your brain is the same way,” she said. “It needs to recuperate.” Gillett isn’t anti-technology. “It’s a factor of the world we live in, and we need to find a healthy way to navigate through it,” she said. “Technology developed super quickly, and now we’re seeing the adverse effects and are understanding them. We need to help students make healthy choices that will support and protect them in the world they live in.” Teachers are becoming more aware of how students cope with anxiety and how their relationships are critical, Gillett said. “Some anxiety, such as their ACT scores or fitting in the crowd, is normal, but it’s when there is hysterical crying or depression, those are warning signs and having a positive, strong relationship where a student can talk to and trust an adult is important,” she said, adding that secondary schools have become more proactive in sharing the SafeUT app or suicide hotlines with students. “We’re taking away the barriers in talking about mental illness. Any mental illness is a risk factor for suicide.” Suicide prevention education begins in seventh and eighth grades in Canyons District

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from warning signs to recognizing where to get help to good coping skills. Hope squads, students who are “the eyes and ears” of secondary schools who help identify warning signs and seek help from adults, are in place in a number of secondary schools across the state. In September, Canyons showed, “Angst,” a movie about students dealing with anxiety and had a panel discussion afterward. More than 500 families attended, Gillett said. “Anxiety has become a hot topic for parents, and we have seen an increase in discussion and in seeing students who previously didn’t know where to get help,” she said. Olympus High in Granite School District also showed the movie in October, and Skyline High held a suicide night Oct. 16. Several parent outreach meetings on mental health and suicide prevention are held throughout Granite School District. In Jordan District, where Herriman High community experienced seven student suicide deaths last year, 36 psychologists were added this year, so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. Petersen said there also has been an increase in the number of students — and their parents — reporting that they feel anxious and stressed. “We do not track this specifically, but we have seen an increase in ‘anxiety and stress’ used as reasons for not attending school and an increase in the number of students — and their parents — requesting a home instruction placement for the same rather than a traditional school schedule,” she said, adding that all Granite District staff members are trained on what to look for and how to talk with struggling students. Murray School District Director of Personnel and Student Services Darren Dean said school personnel do not diagnose anxiety but help with resources. “We train administrators and teachers to work with the parent on accommodations in the school setting that will help the student to be successful,” he said, adding that services include meeting with school counselors or extending referrals to an outside agency for counseling services. Withers said while school districts aren’t designed to treat mental health, Jordan District officials and programs support students and provide families with resources, including Jordan’s Family Education Center where students can receive eight weeks of free counseling services. Withers said there is even an anxiety group that meets regularly. Gillett said that some immediate changes such as healthy eating and sleeping can help. “By setting goals and exercising daily habits of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said. “If those are already in place, then that routine will help when anxiety or depression comes. Balance is something we need to learn for ourselves and for our children.” l

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Changing schools for sports: Is it good or bad?

s Carolyn Fotu and her husband, Tevita, debated on where they thought their two sons should attend high school and play football, they never anticipated the windfall of emotion that the decision would involve. “Hard is an understatement,” Carolyn Fotu said. “We uprooted them from what they knew and put them in a whole new environment. The backlash that came with it made it even harder, but looking back at it now, it was all worth it.” The Fotus broke no rules when deciding through open enrollment where their children should attend school. In fact, initially they transported them to their chosen school and eventually they moved into the school boundaries. They enrolled into Bingham as part of the open enrollment program outlined by the Utah State School Board. According to state code 402, a school is open for enrollment of nonresident students if enrollment level is at or below enrollment threshold. The Fotus applied for their children to attend Bingham and were granted permission by the Jordan School District. “It surprised us that friends were offended when we went through it,” Carolyn Fotu said. “Tevita had attended Bingham’s summer workouts and gotten to know the coaches. He liked the way they ran their program. That is what sold us on Bingham.” The investment the Fotus made in research for the future of their children paid off. Their oldest, Malachi, was recruited and earned a football scholarship to Southern Virginia University. Sione is currently a junior and has received several college offers, including the University of Utah, potentially saving the family thousands in college expenses. “Playing sports in high school helped teach them things they can use in everyday life situations,” Carolyn Fotu said. Scholarship offers can come to athletes no matter where they play their games. “We found the good players no matter what,” former Southern Utah University assistant men’s basketball coach Drew Allen said. “Honestly, where the student plays in high school means nothing. We found the kids in the offseason camps and tournaments anyway. We could not come watch the high school games because we were playing at the same time. If the kid was good enough, we found them no matter what.” Noah Togiai starred at Hunter High School as a basketball and football player. He was heavily recruited in both sports and ended up at Oregon State playing basketball for one season before later becoming a football-only athlete. He has been rated by ESPN as one of the top 25 tight ends in the country and may enter the NFL draft this spring. Hailee Skolmoski, a graduate of Riverton High School, signed and played soccer at the University of Utah. She scored 26 goals in her four-year career for the Utes. She is part of the Real Salt Lake women’s developmental program.

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Riverton High School’s football team has endured three coaching changes recently and still managed to qualify for this year’s state tournament. (Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com)

Atunaisa Mahe, from West Jordan High, is a freshman at BYU and has earned his way as a defensive lineman for the Cougars. These are some of the many examples of players who made it despite not playing at the powerhouse school, but players and parents still try to manipulate the system in their best interests. “It happened to me once,” Cyprus head boys basketball head coach Tre Smith said. “A student came to me and asked if he transferred into our school if I would give him a spot on the team. I told him he would need to try out just like everyone else. I never heard from him again. Honestly, tryouts is the toughest part of my job. I try to keep the best players. One year, I kept a senior that I cut as a junior. He got better.” The Utah High School Activities Association indicates undue influence and recruiting rules to be an important part of their jurisdiction. The violation of the association bylaws can be followed with penalties such as reprimands, probation, suspension, fines and vacating wins. In 2015, allegation were made against Summit Academy High School that one of its assistant football coaches was recruiting players. The UHSAA suspended the program from the 2016 state football playoffs and fined the school $3,000. The assistant football coach, Jeff Callahan, lost his position at the school. Callahan was accused of contacting then-current Copper Hills players and encouraging them to transfer to Summit. Then-Copper Hills Principal Todd Quarnberg presented copies of text messages as proof to the allegations to the UHSAA. Initial eligibility is established by a student attending a high school or trying out for a high school team (whichever comes first). After eligibility is established, a student must submit a transfer request with the UHSAA if they want to change schools. A request by the City Journals

for a number of transfer requests reviewed by the association was denied. Former Summit Academy and current Wyoming long snapper Jesse Hooper transferred from Copper Hills. “Some of my old friends were not very happy at the moment,” Hooper said. “They understood what was best for me and my family. My old school and my new school were both very professional and welcoming. Wyoming has been everything I could have dreamed about. I started all 12 games. I finished the season healthy. I am truly blessed.” The UHSAA governs high school athletics and fine arts activities in the state. It includes 154 member schools and more than 100,000 participating students. The association sanctions 10 girls sports and 10 boys sports, along with music, theater/drama and speech, and debate. The UHSAA recently finalized its region realignments for 2019. The association has the responsibility to assign its member schools into classifications and regions. According to its bylaws, it takes into account any factors that promote fair competition. Every two years, it arranges the schools into competitive regions. “For a lot of kids to be involved in something outside of the classroom it is a good thing,” Hunter High School Principal Craig Stauffer said. “Some of these kids, because they get involved, they know that they have to keep a certain GPA so they can play. It is like a huge insurance policy. To think they could be out on the streets doing something else makes it all worth it. Winning is not the most important thing, although it is nice to be competitive.” Rob Cuff, the UHSAA executive director, told the City Journals in a recent story, “Winning teams and competitive balance is not the goal of the association. Our mission is about participation.” l

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Addresses: Bell’s 48th Street Deli 1207 Murray Taylorsville Rd Taylorsville Lone Star Taqueria 2265 Fort Union Blvd Cottonwood Heights Cous Cous Mediterranean Grill 5470 South 900 East #1 Salt Lake City Guras Spice House 5530 13400 S Herriman Fav Bistro 1984 E Murray Holladay Rd Holladay Shaka Shack 14587 750 W Bluffdale Spudtoddos 7251 Plaza Center Dr #120 West Jordan

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his summer, we took the best parks around the valley and pitted them against each other in head-to-head contests with winners determined by social media voting, until we had a victor. Now, we’re turning our attention to local restaurants, diners, grills and cafes. This is Lunch Madness. We started by selecting one restaurant to represent each city in the Salt Lake Valley, using

a variety of criteria. First and foremost, it had to be a locally owned and operated restaurant. As a chain of local newspapers, we’re all about supporting small and local business. Second, we wanted to have a diverse tournament so we selected a broad range of types of restaurants. From classic burger joints and taquerias to Thai-fusion and potato-centric eateries, there’s something for everyone in this competition.

Voting will begin the week of January 22. As with regular voting, we encourage all participants to be informed voters. So go try a few of these restaurants, especially if there’s one in your area that you’ve never been to before. Find a favorite, then help vote them on through the tournament. Voting will take place on the City Journals Facebook page. l

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(Cottonwood Heights) Joe Morley’s BBQ

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The Break Sports Grill

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Pat’s BBQ 155 W Commonwealth Ave, South Salt Lake Sugarhouse BBQ Company 880 E 2100 S Salt Lake City Tin Roof Grill 9284 700 E Sandy Salsa Leedos 13298 S Market Center Dr Riverton

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Cous Cous Guras Spice House

Garage Grill 1122 East Draper Parkway Draper Joe Morley’s BBQ 100 W Center St Midvale

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Mediterranean Grill (Murray) Garage Grill

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Taylorsville Youth Council revamping holiday community service to focus on seniors By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

130 Years OF TRUST Taking Care of YOUR FAMILY’S NEEDS

EVERY STEP Mayor Kristie Overson (third from left) joined seven members of the Taylorsville Youth Council for their volunteer cleanup effort at the Little Confluence along the Jordan River at 4800 South. (Kris Heineman/Taylorsville City)

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year ago, when Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson relinquished her city council seat to assume her new post, the one duty she refused to give up was her role as the city’s youth council mentor. “They keep me young, and I love helping and watching them develop into leaders,” Overson said at the time. The new group of 19 Taylorsville Youth Council members (14 girls, five boys) has hit the ground running — since their selection in September — under Overson and the group’s adviser, city council coordinator Kris Heineman. “We have a good group (of student council members) this year; 10 of the 19 are returners from last year,” Heineman said. “And they quickly set the tone that they want to be active in serving the community. For one thing, they have decided to revamp what we have traditionally done at Thanksgiving and Christmas.” In her five previous years as the youth council adviser, Heineman said the group has always done “Sub-for-Santa,” where a single family is selected to receive a Thanksgiving meal followed a month later with Christmas gifts. “But last year the group said they wanted to do something different — something that served more people and gave them more of a feeling of giving,” Heineman added. “The students decided just shopping for people wasn’t fulfilling enough. They thought they could do more.” And there is no one happier about this year’s course change than Taylorsville Golden Living Center (2011 West 4700 South) Activities Director Taunia

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Southworth. “In my seven years here at the center, I have never had a group come forward to offer to do as much for our residents as (the Taylorsville Youth Council) has pledged to do,” Southworth said. “We currently have 86 residents, and I think their plans will touch just about all of them.” Southworth spoke with Heineman, who explained the students first wanted to visit the center over Thanksgiving weekend to read stories, play bingo and chat with seniors. Then their plans for Christmas are a bit more extravagant. “The youth council wants to gather donated items like mittens, hats and scarves — as well as candy — for the seniors, and then do a ‘secret Santa’ activity at the center,” Heineman said. “Students also plan to spend more time with the residents talking and playing games. I think this builds a sense of community for them. It teaches the next generation how to better appreciate those who did things for the community before them.” Taylorsville Student Council members placed a donation box at city hall to accept donated clothing or candy. “This definitely makes me feel good the students want to do this,” Southworth said. “I feel like our seniors have lived their lives; they’ve done hard jobs, and they have worked to improve their communities. It seems appropriate to me these young people learn about what they have done and share a sense of gratitude. So, I think it’s a wonderful idea.” Before the holiday season arrived, several Taylorsville Youth Council members also volunteered time helping to

clean up at the Little Confluence picnic area and trailhead (4800 South along the Jordan River). With Overson on hand to assist, the youth dug holes to plant 60 small trees, while also pulling weeds and clearing dead brush and overgrowth. “This was the first time the youth council volunteered at the Little Confluence,” Heineman said. “But after they discovered all that needs to be done there, they are now considering making it an annual activity.” One of the 19 Taylorsville Student Council members has taken on more than the rest, by also volunteering to serve as a Student Ambassador. And while there have normally been three or four students filling that role, this year Taylorsville High School Senior Lucas Carpenter is the only one who will be present at ribbon cuttings and fulfilling other ambassador duties. “This is my third year on the student council,” Carpenter said. “I was council recorder last year and am pleased to be the mayor and a student ambassador this year. I think (student council) is an awesome opportunity to learn how government works. I have also loved the job shadowing opportunities I have had.” In addition to serving on the council, Carpenter is also a cross country and track runner, plays first trombone in the school play and has applied to be the Taylorsville High School Sterling Scholar representative in seven different scholastic categories. Just the kind of student Overson and Heineman have come to expect. l

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Setting smart resolutions

elcome to 2019! As we all begin to realize the consequences of those holiday snacks and dinners, pesky New Year’s resolutions nip at the frontal lobes of our brains. As we set goals to help us achieve those resolutions, it’s important to remember that we need to set goals that can be completed. Setting a resolution like “lose weight” ends up in a spiral of money lost into programs, diets, gym passes, specialty foods and more. George T. Doran publicized his theory on how to set attainable goals in November 1981. His theory was aimed toward individuals working in the business world, since his original paper was published in “The Management Review.” However, it was such a great idea that today his theory is widely used and almost universally recognized. Doran recommends setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’ll be easy to remember right? Let’s walk through each of those letters, and illustrate them through one of the most common resolutions last year: losing weight. A resolution of “I want to lose weight this year” is not considered to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal. S stands for specific. Doran suggests targeting “a specific area for improvement,” even identifying who is

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involved and what the action is. For our example, we could identify a loss of pounds, a healthier BMI, or reducing inches around your waistline. M stands for measurable. Doran proposes quantifying “an indicator of progress.” Luckily, for our example, this specific part of our S.M.A.R.T. goal overlaps a bit into measurable. We can measure how many inches around our waist or arms we have lost or see if our body fat percentage has gone down. A stands for achievable. Doran states that “the objective must be attainable with the amount of time and resources available.” In other words, we may think about this point as living within our means. If we know we will be able to set aside only three hours for exercise per week, and two hours for food preparation per week, our goal should not be to be as skinny as Keira Knightley or as bulky as Hulk Hogan. R stands for realistic. Doran advises creating “an objective that is reasonable to ensure achievement.” Health science research has found that an average human being can lose one to two pounds per week, healthily. So, our goal should only be to lose between four and eight pounds per month. T stands for timely. Doran recommends “specifying when results can be achieved.” Make sure to set time stamps

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f you heard a loud groan echoing through the stratosphere, it wasn’t our planet finally imploding, it was the sound of millions of people rolling off their couches to start an exercise program for the new year. Maybe they want to lose 10 pounds, run a 5K - or maybe even a marathon if they think they’re some kind of freakin’ super hero. Some people hit the ground running. (I hit the ground every time I run. That’s why I stopped running.) Others might take a gradual approach, adding an extra five minutes each day until, like me, they’re exercising for five minutes each day. But some folks lunge directly into extreme exercise—trying to punish themselves into health, beating muscles into submission and then talking about it NONSTOP. There’s no one worse to talk to than someone who just discovered CrossFit. And people who do Parkour?? Intolerable. They jump from buildings, swing from trees, climb walls and don’t touch the ground for 24 hours. When I was a kid, this was called, “Don’t step in the lava” and we’d jump from couch to end table to piano bench to bookshelf to the safety of the kitchen floor. Now, it’s

basically an Olympic sport. There’s always a new health fad that promises to SHRED fat, BURN calories, BUILD muscles and DESTROY abs. (And they mean destroy in a good way.) Spokespeople are usually tree trunks with heads and are as hyped as a toddler mainlining Mountain Dew. If you trace exercise craziness back to its roots, you’ll find Jack LaLanne, the great-grandfather of fitness, and the first person to make everyone feel super crappy about their bodies. Jack LaLanne didn’t wear a shirt for 40 years. Before that, humans were basically doughy people who didn’t give a rip about biceps. Then, Jane Fonda high-kicked her way into the fitness industry, wearing high-cut leotards, leg warmers and terry-cloth armbands to fashionably wipe the sweat from her brow. She had a gajillion housewives burning calories with her VHS tapes, starting the workout-athome phenomenon. She’s 125 and will still kick your butt Now we’re obsessed with high-intensity fitness. (“We” meaning someone who isn’t me.) We throw down $50 to sweat through an excruciating hot yoga class, cycle like we’re being chased by stationary zombies and do hundreds of burpees to remixed hip-hop tunes.

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