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FREE PARALYZED: WHAT ONE COUPLE IS DOING TO REACH THE FINISH LINE By Kathryn Elizabeth Jones | k.jones@mycityjournals.com


wo months after their marriage (last June 15), Jill Patten’s husband, Austin, was hit by a car while riding his bike. The date was August 17. Weeks before the accident, Jill remembers sharing her biggest fear with him. And now she was living it. “I was actually getting ready to go meet my students when the call came,” Jill said. A second grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary, she was getting things ready for a doughnut breakfast day. “It was Saturday morning, probably around 7:45 a.m., 8-ish, and I was just about to leave. I get a phone call from Austin. And I think, that’s weird. He doesn’t ever call me when he’s riding — ever. I immediately knew something was wrong.” “Your husband was in an accident,” she heard. She asked where she lived and if she needed a ride, she was relieved when told that her husband was breathing and talking. “‘OK, he’s alive,” she remembers thinking. “Thank goodness. Because I was immediately like, ‘he’s gone.’” A fire truck, ambulance and a few police cars were at the accident scene when she arrived. “I was shaking, crying,” she said. “They had to calm me down for a second.” “I went to say hi to him and just let him know that I was there,” she said. “And I just said, ‘Honey, are you OK?’ And he’s like screaming, ‘I’m in pain, I’m in pain,’ and I’m thinking, ‘He’s got a broken arm and leg’ – nowhere did I think, ‘He’s paralyzed.’” Jill and Austin pose in their kitchen. (Kathryn Austin takes a spin at therapy. “This is similar to what my new bike will look like. It feels good to get a good workout in and know its therapy. I can’t wait until I can really train.” (Photo courtesy Austin But her husband knew immediately what had happened Jones/City Journals) Patten)

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Iraqi immigrant earns $550 scholarship from Taylorsville Exchange Club By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


med Jabbar is lucky to be alive. It’s not often you hear about someone completely recovering from a broken neck, but his son, Taylorsville High School senior Mohammed Jabbar, said that’s what happened after his father broke his neck when he dove into a swimming pool, not knowing it was only 4 feet deep, while teaching his mother how to swim. “It happened in January 2019, and they raced my dad to the hospital,” Mohammed said. “I was not there when it happened. My sister told me, and I didn’t believe it. The doctors were surprised he did not die. Instead, he was able to return to work after three or four months. The doctors called it ‘incredible’ and ‘unbelievable.’ We were all so happy.” All of that is the good news. The bad news is, while Amed was laid up, Mohammed, then a high school junior, had to essentially drop out of school to help financially support his parents and a younger brother and sister. Jabbar’s hard work to support his family — and then scramble to make up his missed school work — prompted the Taylorsville Exchange Club to present him with the organization’s prestigious Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award and the $550 scholarship that goes along with it. Club member Fred Jepsen coordinated the award selection. “Our board selects scholarship winners based on nominations from school counselors,” Jepsen said. “We want a student who — for physical, social or other reasons — has had to overcome challenges. Mohammed had to basically drop out of school to become his family’s breadwinner. We considered that to be a challenge most kids would not overcome.” Taylorsville High School counselor Claire Dukatz nominated Jabbar. “I believe he is a great candidate because of the numerous hurdles he has overcome,” Dukatz wrote. “I have been incredibly im-


pressed by his determination. He has been working all year to make up for his missing credits. One thing that stands out about Mohammed is his positive personality and perspective on life. He is also very polite and respectful. He has big dreams of helping people in his community. I have no doubt he will be successful in college.” Jabbar received his recognition and $550 scholarship check at an early morning Exchange Club meeting at city hall. Among the attendees were Jepsen, Dukatz, Taylorsville High Principal Emily Liddell, Mohammed’s father and Mayor Kristie Overson. “I was so impressed with Mohammed and his story; the Exchange Club made the right choice,” Overson said. “He went from thinking he would have to drop out to earning this scholarship. I hope other kids learn from this. Even if you get behind [in your schoolwork], there are options and people who will help you succeed.” After his father’s life-threatening injury, Mohammed found a job at the Salt Lake City International Airport. “I worked at the airport pushing people in wheelchairs,” he said. “I earned $9 per hours, plus tips, which were usually pretty good. I was working from 3 p.m., sometimes until 2 a.m. It was five days a week, sometimes six. I tried for a while to get up and go to school, but I could not keep up.” Mohammed is now on schedule to graduate with his Taylorsville High School classmates. The school’s graduation date is Friday, May 22. However, because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is not yet clear whether a graduation ceremony will be held. “I want to attend [Salt Lake Community College] for my first two years, then go to the University of Utah to study Engineering,” Mohammed said. “I just love math, and I think I am good at it. It would also be good money. I am ready for it.”

Jepsen is thrilled to see Jabbar honored. But he is also hopeful an individual or business might step forward in the future, financially, to help restore the A.C.E award scholarship to what it once was. “For years and years this award was sponsored,” he said. “Two years ago, the A.C.E winner received a $3,000 scholarship. We hope to be able to do that again in the future.” Any business or individual who would like to sweeten the pot for the Taylorsville Exchange Club A.C.E. Award can contact Jepsen for more information at 801-712-8708 or fredjepsen@gmail.com. A handful of Exchange Clubs populate the Salt Lake Valley. The Taylorsville chapter also distributes American flags during the Taylorsville Dayzz parade, installs the annual pinwheel garden at city hall to support child abuse prevention and assists the local food

Taylorsville High School Counselor Claire Dukatz, Amed Jabbar, his Exchange Club A.C.E scholarship-winning son Mohammed, THS Principal Emily Liddell and Mayor Kristie Overson (L-R). (Taylorsville City)




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Bennion wrestlers win west divisional By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com


t the junior high level, wrestling can be a fun and entertaining experience. The goal of the coaches, parents and participants is always to learn to love the sport. “My mom bet me 10 bucks that I could not pin him in under 10 seconds,” Bennion Junior High eighth grader Mason Kartchner said. “I was trying to pin him as fast as I could. I shot at him and then went for a half-nelson and just couldn’t get it fast enough.” In his first match, the whistle blew and he shot directly at his opponent’s legs, grabbing hold and driving him to the ground. The pin came 13 seconds later, not fast enough for him to win his mom’s money though. Kartcher won first place at the Granite School District West divisionals “I started wrestling when I was 6 years old,” he said. “My dad wrestled; my grandpa wrestled in college. When I started to play football, I decided to wrestle too. It is a fun contact sport, and I like it. It teaches me to work hard and keeps me in good shape. It also teaches me to do the best I can.” His experience has been valuable on his junior high team. “He is almost like another coach out there,” Bobcats assistant wrestling coach Mason James said. “He is a leader in the room for sure, a captain. He is a super-hard worker. He has experience as a club wrestler.”

Bennion Junior High eighth grader Easton Ney finished second at the Granite School District west divisionals. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)

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“It is always nice to win, but our goal is to get the boys interested in wrestling,” James said. “We try to give them skills to compete and get them hooked on the sport. Then we can feed them off to the high schools.” The Bobcats’ coaches, Ash Porter and Mason James, volunteer their time four to five days a week. Porter is a social studies teacher at Bennion, and James works for the Gran-

ite School District maintenance department. They find that many junior high athletes have never had any wrestling experience. That is OK, they said. The Bobcats had as many as 52 kids participate this season. They won the west divisional over Matheson Junior High and would have contended at the District Finals (postponed because of COVID-19). The Bobcats are defending district champions. Individually, the athletes find many ways the sport can help them. “Conditioning in wrestling helps me in football,” Kartchner said. “It is a fun sport.” “In wrestling, you can control your destiny,” Lindy Kartchner (Mason’s mother) said. “I worry about all of the injuries that could happen, but the conditioning and the way he learns to care for his body make him healthier. The coaches do a good job of making him safe.” The junior high season ends after the district championships. “Wrestling is hard,” James said. “We push the boys; it is tough. We drill and teach them how to shoot and make the moves. Wrestling helps with lots of things. At the junior high age, boys are starting to figure out themselves and it can give them confidence. It is an awkward stage of life. They can make friends.” l

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Design work finalized for the Taylorsville ‘front yard’ By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com


formal entryway, complete with yearround cascading water; an amphitheater and performance stage for outdoor concerts; an open, grassy area the size of a football field; and benches, a concession building, pathways, picnic tables, restrooms and more are all coming in the months ahead, outside Taylorsville City Hall. Since the city office building opened in 2003, several different mayors and even more city council members have wanted to do something with the open land between the building and 5400 South. But they also wanted to wait, until “just the right plan” came along. The first domino in that process fell in December 2016, when city leaders announced a partnership with Salt Lake County to construct the new $36 million Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center southeast of city hall. After two years of design work, ground was broken on that project in December 2018. That set the clock ticking to complete plans for the open area west of the new arts center. Now, after more than a year of anticipation, design work has been completed on the $3-million landscaping and construction project, intended to compliment the new arts center and tie the entire area together into one visually appealing, pedestrian-friendly area.

“With designs finalized for the open area, our next step will be to hire a contractor to do the work,” said Taylorsville Community Development Special Projects Director Mark McGrath. “We are cautiously optimistic the work will all be completed when the theater opens, Nov. 1. Until we come up with a better name, we are simply calling the open area the ‘Taylorsville City front yard.’” McGrath presented design plans for the open area at the March 4 city council meeting, which turned out to be the only meeting of the month after coronavirus precautions forced the March 18 meeting to be cancelled. The plans, completed by Salt Lake company Blu Line Designs at a cost of about $180,000, earned rave reviews from city council members. “It’s been a long time coming, and I love it,” said Councilman Curt Cochran. “I think it’s great and the community should be extremely happy with it. I believe the new area will be used a lot. In fact, I like the designs so much, I showed them to my boss at eBay. They may do some similar work outside our building (in Draper).” The most visible change for people driving past city hall on 5400 South will be a new formal, stone wall entry, featuring cascading water running behind raised lettering. The

walls will go up east and west of the city hall entrance (Centennial Way), with TAYLORSVILLE CITY lettered on one side and something else (not yet decided) on the other. One council member asked McGrath whether it would economical to have the water feature operating during the winter months, while another wondered how much water loss there will be, given our arid climate. “Our design team determined heating the water to 40 degrees and circulating it year-round is actually more economical than draining and winterizing the pipes each year,” McGrath said. “The water will continually flow, with only minimal loss due to evaporation.” New shrubs and trees will also be planted along 5400 South, to each side of the stone entryway, somewhat concealing the improvements that lie within. The majority of the acreage west of Centennial Way will be a large, grassy area, roughly the size of a football field. North of that, an amphitheater and stage will face southwest. The summer evening sun — setting to the northwest — will not be in the direct line of sight for performers or audience members. The stage is also where the screen will be placed for the city’s popular series of free outdoor summer movies. “I think it will be great,” Councilman Dan Armstrong said. “I think it will really add to our city.” A small dining area with picnic tables and landscaping will be situated “behind” the amphitheater. A more intimate, smaller performing stage will be oriented in that direction as well, facing city hall. The design also calls for a children’s playground area at the northwest corner of the improvements, along with a seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink at the northeast corner, closer to the new arts center. Each of these areas will be about 50 feet by 120 feet. However, city officials say budget constraints will likely push those amenities down the road a year or more. “Construction costs are so unpredict-

able; there is so much building going on and such high demand,” McGrath said. “We have already made some cuts due to budget and more may be necessary. We want to do what we can afford and delay parts of the project if necessary.” The initial $3 million for the project is evenly split between city and county funds. The city earmarked its $1.5 million portion for the improvement project when it sold the southwest corner of the acreage years ago, where the St. Mark’s Hospital Taylorsville Emergency Center is now located. The Salt Lake County portion of the money came in the form of grants, authorized by its Tourism, Recreation, Culture & Convention Board, funded through the popular Zoo, Arts & Parks tax. If financial corners have to be cut on the project, that could be a source of additional revenues, to add more amenities, in the future. Additionally, city officials may also consider selling naming rights for various portions of the project. The children’s playground area, the amphitheater or the ice-skating area, for example, could all have paid sponsor names. Salt Lake County officials, meanwhile, are also considering naming sponsorship for the arts center. “We are right on track to have this new area open at the same time as the arts center,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “I like the plans. It will be wonderful to have a finished front yard.” As a 19-year Taylorsville employee, McGrath was early in his city career when he made the move from their old strip mall location to the current building in 2003. “We have been discussing what to do with this land ever since then — for 17 years,” he said. “The one thing everyone seemed to agree on was that we didn’t want to do anything until we had a great plan and could do it right. I think this new area will draw dozens of people on weekend nights, just to stroll through. Or when kids are rehearsing shows in the new arts center, we want their parents to have a nice place to hang out waiting for them. It is extremely exciting.” l

This drawing shows the type of open-air performing stage that will be a part of the makeover coming to the open space west of the new performing arts center, in front of city hall. (Courtesy Taylorsville City)

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Taylorsville couple first to participate in Project Empathy meal provided by Applebee’s and ‘Good Morning America’ By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com


t’s not every father and son who get an all-expense paid trip, to fly to New York City, stay in a Times Square hotel and make an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” But John Hansen and his 10-year-old son Chase aren’t just any father and son. They are the founders of a two-person movement to help serve Utah’s homeless population, called “Project Empathy.” “When I was 4 years old, I saw a homeless man on the street and asked my dad why he was there,” Chase recently told the Taylorsville City Council. “When he explained a little bit about homelessness, I told him, ‘We need to help them out.’ It’s been pretty fun serving the community.” Chase has Taylorsville roots, as John Hansen’s parents, Suzanne and Mike Hansen, live in the city, and he has spent a lot of time here. More importantly, he and his father plan to spend more time here in the future, thanks to “Good Morning America” and the Applebee’s restaurant chain. “When I appeared on ‘Good Morning America,’ I explained how Project Empathy encourages people to sit down and have a meal with a homeless person to learn more about them,” Chase said. “Then, Applebee’s surprised us by donating 100 meals for the homeless. That is great because I love Applebee’s, and there is one in Taylorsville.” About a month after the GMA appearance, John Hansen recruited his Taylorsville parents to be the first to dine and chat with a homeless man at the city’s Applebee’s restaurant (5678 South Redwood Road). It was a busy day for William Wright. “William has a job now but is still homeless,” Hansen said. “He slept the night before his Applebee’s lunch in a laundromat. I picked him up and, before lunch, I took him to get a haircut at The Barber School in Midvale. William said it was the best haircut he had ever received. He was there nearly two hours.” After receiving his shave, haircut and wash, Wright rode with Hansen to Applebee’s to enjoy lunch with his (Hansen’s) parents. “He sat with my folks and almost immediately it was like they were old friends,” Hansen said. “They talked a lot about genealogy and family history. The lunch was a success, and we can’t wait to arrange more meals at the Taylorsville Applebee’s. Sharing a meal is such a great way for people to better understand what homeless people are going through.” That was the same message Chase shared with Taylorsville City Council members a couple of weeks earlier. “What an amazing young man you are,” Councilman Dan Armstrong told Chase, as he stood before the body, barely tall enough to see over the podium. “You have such a good

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grasp on reality and are doing some wonderful things.” Normally, Chase’s father would have been with him at the council meeting, just as he has been for Project Empathy, everywhere from the Salt Lake Valley to Times Square. But since he was under the weather that night, Chase’s mother Torrie took him to Taylorsville City Hall. “John has made a lot of sacrifices to do this with Chase, and it has been such a good father and son activity,” Torrie said. “It is great to see Chase learn about the world and about compassion. And I have learned so much from this also.” The father-and-son Project Empathy effort has drawn lots of media coverage as well.

The duo has been featured in Utah newspaper and television stories. An article in The Washington Post is what put their campaign on GMA’s radar. “It was very beautiful,” Chase said of their trip to New York. “We stayed in a Times Square hotel right next to the GMA studios. After the show, we walked all around Central Park.” In the months ahead, Chase and his father hope to line up more volunteers to share a meal with homeless people at the Taylorsville Applebee’s. Anyone interested in volunteering their time can learn more about Project Empathy at medium.com/kid-labs or facebook.com/ProjectEmpathyL3C. l

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Chase Hansen explains to the city council how Project Empathy serves Utah’s homeless. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

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Residential glass recycling arrives; coronavirus postpones annual Earth Day Clean-up By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com

We’re Expecting! We are excited to announce the renovations of our Women’s Center! A child’s birth is a special experience. Our goal is to provide a comfortable, tranquil atmosphere for women and families to celebrate this joyous occasion. The project, completed in two phases, will transform and modernize our Women’s Center. The first phase involves our postpartum unit and started January 6, 2020. We are expected to complete the project Summer 2020.

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Taylorsville is now the first westside Salt Lake Valley city with residential curbside glass recycling pickup. (Courtesy WFWRD)


t’s a milestone month for Taylorsville City’s modest effort to protect Mother Earth, as curbside residential glass recycling comes to the community for the first time. However, ongoing coronavirus health concerns have forced the city’s Green Committee to postpone its fifth annual Earth Day Clean-up. On Tuesday, April 14, Momentum Recycling will collect all sizes, shapes and colors of glass jars from those Taylorsville homes that have paid the $45 start-up and their first $8 monthly fee. Eleven days after that, the citywide cleanup event was to be held in the northwest parking lot at Taylorsville High School. Now, organizers hope to reschedule it for a later date. “We had to make the same disappointing decision as many others have, because of the coronavirus, to postpone our annual cleanup day,” Councilman Ernest Burgess said. “At this point, we don’t know when we will be able to reschedule it.” Burgess is the city council member who liaisons with the Green Committee. He was also one of three Taylorsville City Council members who joined Mayor Kristie Overson on a recent tour of Momentum Recycling (658 South 4050 West). Starting this month, Taylorsville becomes the first westside Salt Valley community to have curbside residential

glass pickup. “We have a threshold we have to reach in order to make it economically viable to do residential glass pick-up, and we are excited Taylorsville is the first westside city to reach that number,” said Momentum Recycling General Manager Jason Utgaard. He, along with Momentum President and CEO John Lair, led a tour of the facility for Burgess and Councilmember Curt Cochran, Council Chairwoman Meredith Harker, Overson and Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District General Manager Pam Roberts. “We’ve been working with Momentum for glass processing since 2014,” Roberts said. “In 2015, we started working with them on curbside residential recycling. It’s been going well in Murray, Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights and Holladay. We’re excited to see it expand to Taylorsville now.” The question is, with that $45 start-up fee (to purchase the 35-gallon glass collection bin) and the $8 monthly fee, will Taylorsville residents want to foot the bill? Overson is confident they will, perhaps while being creative. “Some residents may decide to share a glass recycling bin with a couple of neighbors to split the cost,” Overson said. “People have told us in surveys they are committed to recy-

cling, so I believe it will succeed. It’s not about the pennies; it’s about saving our globe.” Until participation forces them to expand, all Taylorsville glass recycling will occur on a single day each month. Once the glass arrives at the Momentum facility, it undergoes a multi-step procedure. We process the glass at our facility near the (Salt Lake City International) Airport,” Utgaard added. “We separate out contamination, remove metals, cardboard and anything else. Another step in the process removes labels from the glass. Next, it is separated into brown and everything else. Brown glass has iron oxide in it, so it has to be separated. Then it is crushed down to tiny particles called cullet.” According to the Glass Processing Institute (gpi.org), “Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity — something few food and beverage packaging options can claim.” “Touring the processing plant was really interesting,” Overson said. “I did not know Momentum is the only glass recycling facility in the state. It is a very interesting process. I learned we really should be buying products packaged in glass. It makes more sense than plastic. I was really impressed with their operation.”

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Ask about special cash back options at home closing! Momentum Recycling GM Jason Utgaard (center) shows Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson (L) and three city council members around their glass processing facility. (Courtesy WFWRD)

Harker also called the tour enlightening. “Honestly, I have never thought about recycling glass,” she said. “It was really eye-opening to see their operation — very educational. I was impressed by how clean and efficient it is. You would think there might be pieces of glass all over the place, and you would have to be careful where you step. But it is very clean. I also thought it would be bigger. They get a lot done in not all that much space.” Like the mayor, Harker is confident Taylorsville residents will embrace the home glass recycle bins, perhaps by sharing them with neighbors. “We may even have a whole street share a glass recycle bin,” Harker said. “I think any resource we can provide to the community to help protect our environment is important. So, I hope people do it.” Momentum officials say, unlike many other recyclable materials, glass recycling has not been impacted at all by the recent move in China to begin more carefully scrutinizing the loads of materials that country accepts from the United States. “Glass is so heavy, it is not economically feasible to ship it very far,” Utgaard said. “Most of the glass we recycle never leaves

Utah. Most of it goes to an Owens Corning plant in Nephi that manufactures fiberglass insulation. Glass recycling creates Utah jobs.” Momentum Recycling employs about 40 people. Officials say about 20% of their workers are recovering addicts affiliated with the Salt Lake Odyssey House, a nonprofit rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health. For more information on the Taylorsville residential glass recycling program, visit the Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District Website, wasatchfrontwaste.org/glass. For employment opportunities with Momentum Recycling, visit utah.momentumrecycling.com. Meanwhile, city officials and Green Committee members are disappointed the unprecedented coronavirus health scare has forced them to postpone the annual spring cleanup drive. Like countless other organizations and entities, they are now monitoring news developments to determine when it might be rescheduled. To keep abreast of Taylorsville City scheduling changes due to the coronavirus outbreak, visit taylorsvilleut.gov. l

GM Pam Roberts (WFWRD), GM Jason Utgaard (Momentum Recycling), Councilwoman Meredith Harker, Councilmen Curt Cochran and Ernest Burgess, Mayor Kristie Overson and Momentum Recycling President John Lair (L-R). (Courtesy WFWRD)

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, It has been a strange month for all of us as we have worked together to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. In an effort to minimize the number of people infected by this viral disease, some unprecedented steps Mayor Kristie S. Overson have been taken. Our Taylorsville Library, Senior Center and Recreation Center were temporarily closed. Schools were dismissed for two weeks and students learned at home through digital platforms. Events with large gatherings like our Taylorsville-SLCC Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert and popular Earth Day Collection were canceled, while other events like our 2020 Taylorsville Art Show and production of Peter Pan Jr. were postponed to this fall. Dine-in seating at area restaurants also was no longer available during this time. Still, I like to focus on the positive and what we can do, instead of what we can’t. There is still so much to do in Taylorsville. All of our parks are open. You can take a walk and enjoy the open space; delight in your children as they run and play. Our Millrace Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk all week, except Tuesdays when it is closed for maintenance, and the Jordan River Parkway is always beautiful this time of year, as spring begins to bloom. Even as precautionary measures remain in place, most restaurants still have provided drive-thru, take-out and/or delivery options. Enjoy a meal in Taylorsville. You might also consider purchasing a gift certificate to your favorite restaurants for a sit-down meal once things get back to normal. Or, you might opt for a gift card to your favorite stores or for your favorite entertainment to enjoy later. There is a lot we can do now to support our local businesses. You can also still shop at your grocery stores, which have remained open with supply chains intact. During this time, simply practice social distancing, putting at least six feet between you and others, when you shop so as to minimize contact. There’s no need to overreact; our tap water is safe and refreshing to drink, for instance. You can still check out ebooks, music and lots of other materials with your library card online, and the Senior Center has been serving seniors with drive-thru meals (See Page 7). We have taken steps to continue to provide all city services, while allowing some employees to work from home during this period. While it’s been a challenging time, I am proud of our Taylorsville family, including our employees at City Hall, all of our residents, and our business owners and workers. You all have made the best of a tough situation and we are better because of you. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

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City Center Design Brings Cohesive Community Space

City officials are moving forward with plans to create a beautiful community space that will tie City Hall and the adjacent Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center together into a cohesive setting featuring open space, vertical landscaping, a stage and amphitheater, water wall with signage, a plaza and picnic tables, even an ice skating rink. The City Center design for the space in front of City Hall was detailed this past month in a presentation to the City Council by Planning Director Mark McGrath. “We want to create a community gathering space here – a community family room so to speak,” he said. “We have these two very different buildings – City Hall and the Performing Arts Center. We want to make sure what we do is compatible with both of those areas.” The design plans also were shared in a separate presentation to officials with Salt Lake

County, which will manage the new Performing Arts Center. The arts center is an “extremely contemporary, modern building,” McGrath said. “But the architects have done a good job of bringing elements to the building to warm it up a little.” On both the outside and inside of the building, for instance, there is extensive use of wood material, and the lobby is shaded by a “veiled” entry way. The City Center design incorporates some of the same features. “We’re trying to pull all those individual materials together that define both buildings so it doesn’t look like a bunch of individual parts and creates a cohesive design,” McGrath said. The city is in the process of securing a contractor, and plans to complete the opening of the City Center space at the same time construction of the Performing Arts Center is complete, in late fall this year.



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TAYLORSVILLE EVENTS APRIL 2020 Several events planned for this month have been canceled or rescheduled due to social-distancing measures put in place in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and to keep people healthy. They include: • The 2020 Taylorsville Art Show (originally scheduled for April 10 and 11) has been canceled. It will be rescheduled this fall. • The Taylorsville Arts Council's production of Peter Pan Jr. (originally scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6) has been rescheduled to September. Details to come. • The Annual Earth Day Clean-up (originally scheduled for April 25) has been canceled. Area clean-up dumpsters are scheduled to be delivered to Taylorsville neighborhoods May 15 to June 9. Please check the city’s website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov, for scheduled City Council and Planning Commission meetings. Some recent meetings have been canceled; the city may hold other meetings electronically. Electronic meetings will be posted under the same requirements as regular meetings, including public noticing and the publishing of agendas. Also view the City Calendar online for the latest event details.

Mayor Kristie Overson joined Taylorsville police Chief Tracy Wyant, Lt. Brady Cottam and Det. Scott Lloyd in reading to students at Arcadia Elementary for Dr. Seuss week. The national reading observance is held each spring in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2. The American artist Theodor Seuss Geisel is best known for authoring over 60 children’s books. "We had a great time reading to the students," Mayor Overson said. "It is so much fun seeing their faces light up as they hear the words of these brilliant books and their delightful tongue-twisters." Mayor Overson and some of the city’s employees also were among those reading to the children during Dr. Seuss week at Taylorsville Elementary this past month. "We love to support our Taylorsville schools," she said.

Clean-up Event is Canceled but Dumpsters are Coming The Taylorsville Earth Day Clean-up event (originally scheduled for April 25) has been canceled in keeping with gathering limits aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Keep your eyes on the city website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov, for other ways to dispose of the items you were planning to bring to the event. Area clean-up dumpsters, for example, are scheduled to be delivered to Taylorsville neighborhoods May 15 to June 9. For more information, go to wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-clean-up. Residents will be notified by mail of their specific day of collection, a few weeks before containers are delivered. If you need a dump voucher, don’t forget that you can get two per year from City Hall. Just call 801-955-2013 to request one.

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COUNCIL CORNER By Council Member Ernest Burgess Neighbors helping neighbors. Challenging times often have a way of bringing people together. We definitely saw that this past month as we have worked to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and then felt a 5.7-magnitude earthquake centered in Magna shake our nearby community. These difficulties, I have to say, have been met with resiliency, patience, understanding and generosity. Each of us who make up the City Council have witnessed small acts of kindness that have made all the difference, and we are so thankful for your efforts. From checking in on a neighbor, to dropping a meal off, to doing yard work for another, the residents and businesses in our community have risen to the occasion. We have weathered these challenges together and will continue to do so as long as they last. As we work toward resolution, I know, too, that we as a community will emerge even stronger. In addition to the small kindnesses of individuals, a couple of community programs also come to mind that I would like to highlight. The United Way’s 2-1-1 program was created to bridge gaps and it has worked just as it should at this time. It’s been a particularly good resource during this period for residents who are "food insecure" or in need of food assistance. The 2-1-1 app and website provide people with ways to get help, and give help. By simply dialing 2-1-1, callers can connect to health and human resources they need, as well as find meaningful volunteer opportunities.


Taylorsville Once More Rises to the Occasion Even though it was temporarily closed in keeping with limits to large gatherings and “social distancing” recommendations, the Taylorsville Senior Center also has still provided meals to our seniors. Salt Lake County centers, including Taylorsville’s, have had staff on hand to run a to-go meal out to seniors. It has truly become a “meals on wheels” service. Granite School District has continued to serve breakfast and lunch, as well, offering grab-and-go meals during its two-week student dismissal that was put in place to quell spread of the coronavirus. In situations where a National Emergency is declared, the Emergency Food Service sponsored by the Summer Feeding Program, is made available to all children. See more at: www.graniteschools.org In addition, the Utah Food Bank has held a weekly distribution event in the parking lot of the Bennion Utah Stake Center in Taylorsville. The food bank uses its mobile pantry program to distribute essential groceries to those in need. The food is donated from grocery stores, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other donors. A few videos from Italy and Spain that have been widely shared via social media also illustrate the point perfectly. Residents there have been taking to their balconies, singing from their apartment buildings with other neighbors also isolated on their balconies. Quarantine has forced the neighbors apart but they still find a way to come together. Their songs and collective spirit are really quite moving. Here in Taylorsville, one resident posted on social media about how she was trying to find things for

Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2) Ernest Burgess (District 1) Dan Armstrong, (District 5) Meredith Harker, Chair (District 4) Brad Christopherson, Vice Chair (District 3) her children to do while they were kept home during the two-week soft closure of local schools. She had her children create shamrocks cut out of paper and colored with markers and crayons. They then taped them on neighbors’ windows to bring a little joy on St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for all you are doing. These small gestures mean the world to us and make us so grateful to be a part of our Taylorsville community.

City Officials Tour the Momentum Glass Recycling Plant City officials, including Mayor Kristie Overson, City Council Chair Meredith Harker and Council Members Ernest Burgess and Curt Cochran, toured Utah's only glass recycling plant and came away with a new appreciation for the detailed process and its benefits. "It was fascinating," said Mayor Overson. "I had no idea what an involved operation it is and of all its intricacies."

Momentum Recycling, which also has a facility in Denver, Colo., recently partnered with Taylorsville City to provide curbside glass recycling for residents to conveniently recycle their glass at home. For $8 a month and a one-time $45 activation fee, residents receive their own 35-gallon gray cart specifically for collecting glass recyclables that Momentum Recycling services once a month. No sorting is required, and there is no need to rinse with water or remove labels. You can sign up for the curbside service at utah.momentumrecycling.com/taylorsville The carts have been delivered to those who have signed up, and the first collection is set for Tuesday, April 14. Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District and Momentum Recycling work in partnership to provide the service. There is also a free public drop-off location for glass at the Taylorsville Senior Center, 1628 W. 4800 South. Watch a video of the tour at www.taylorsvilleut.gov


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CITY CENTER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Among the elements of the City Center project: The main entrance at 5400 South will feature signage on both sides, along with heavily planted shrubbery and grasses, McGrath said. “There is a lot of verticality that I think will define the space really well.” Water will cascade down a wall behind the lettering on the signs that will be lit from the bottom. The water for the wall will be heated to 40 degrees so it can operate yearround, throughout the winter theater season. “By keeping it going all year long, we won’t have to go through the maintenance of shutting it down and starting it back up in the spring,” McGrath said. It will appear similar to the fountain at the Hale Center Theater in Sandy. “When the water freezes, it will create interesting shapes on the face of the sign. It’s quite beautiful, actually,” McGrath said. The space will also feature an amphitheater and stage, places to eat such as a shaded patio area and picnic tables, generous landscaping including a couple of arbors and canopy of trees, and an ice rink that will extend 120 feet by about 50 feet. A playground is included in the design but it may have to be delayed and completed later as funding permits. “It’s a visionary design,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “We’re excited for all of the possibilities, and most especially that it will be a gathering place. It is a place where residents will want to take in an event, unwind or just spend some time.” “I think it’s beautiful,” echoed City Council Chair Meredith Harker. “We’re excited to actually see it happen and for work to start soon.”

Coronavirus Update: Let’s Flatten the Curve By UFA Capt. Richard Rich As of the time of this printing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is developing rapidly and remains very dynamic. To get the most up to date and factual information, there are several websites you can visit, including: • taylorsvilleut.gov/services/coronavirus • coronavirus.utah.gov • slco.org/health/covid-19 • cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov • who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 As the situation develops and the virus spreads the goal is to “flatten the curve.” In other words, we are trying to prevent a large spike in infections that will overwhelm our health care system. As with any other contagious outbreak, good hygiene is the best defense. Washing hands vigorously and often has been anecdotally able to reduce your chances of contracting the infection by almost 50 percent. Hand sanitizer is becoming difficult to find but the good news is washing with soap and water is just effective. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the common cold and flu with subtle differences. Unfortunately depending on your underlying health, if exposed, your risk of infection and the severity of your symptoms can vary widely. Because of this, we should treat this pandemic with the seriousness it deserves. It is anticipated many will become carriers of the virus and will not show signs or symptoms. At this time, carry on as normally as possible but avoid the large crowds, keep good hygiene (avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth) and increase the amount of personal space to avoid possible exposures. Continue to stay up to date through trusted media sources and governmental agencies that are monitoring the situation closely. If you believe you have been exposed and may have contracted the virus, it is advised that you contact your health provider and please consider using telehealth or phone conversations rather than visiting your doctor’s office in person to minimize the exposure of others. Thank you and as always, stay safe!

Earthquake Rattles Taylorsville, Neighboring Communities A 5.7-magnitude earthquake centered in nearby Magna shook the Taylorsville community the morning of March 18. Residents definitely felt the quake but the city appeared to have sustained little to no initial damage, according to city officials. "We are still assessing bridges, buildings and other infrastructure to ensure all is fine," said Mayor Kristie Overson on the morning of the earthquake. "But so far, everything here seems to be OK." The earthquake rattled the Salt Lake Valley just after 7 a.m. It was the largest earthquake to hit Utah in 28 years. Following the earthquake at 7:09 a.m., a second 3.7-magnitude aftershock hit about 7:15 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey, and another 3.5-magnitude aftershock hit shortly after. As of 7:30 a.m., at least 10 aftershocks were recorded, ranging from magnitude 2.5 to 3.9, according to the USGS. The Utah Transit Authority halted TRAX trains immediately following the earthquake, and city officials across the valley were assessing damage. Taylorsville City Emergency Services Coordinator Donny Gasu said the seismic activity offers a good reminder about earthquake safety. "First, stay calm," he said. "If you are indoors during an earthquake, stay inside, crouch under a desk or table, move away from any windows or other glass divider or brick walls where falling debris could harm you. Do not use the elevators. If you need to evacuate the building, do so calmly and get others to do so as well. Do not re-enter the building unless you are notified to do so. "If you are outside, stay away from buildings, parking structures, trees, telephone and electric lines. If you are on the road, drive away from underpasses/overpasses; stop safely in an area and stay in your vehicle for at least three minutes." You can find many emergency resources and additional information at www. taylorsvilleut.gov/government/emergency-preparedness

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Taylorsville City Regroups amid COVID-19 Gov. Herbert also issued additional recommendations notice, including the cancellation of Sunday services and Taylorsville City residents as well as those across the state are grappling this month with the measures put in in a statewide address this past month in conjunction midweek activities. place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that with the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force and local City events that have been canceled or postponed: health departments. They have included: causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease. • The 2020 Taylorsville Art Show (originally scheduled for April 10 and 11) As Mayor Kristie Overson said in her letter to the com• Recommendation that individuals over 60 should not participate in has been canceled. It will be rescheduled this fall. munity: "We appreciate your patience and kindness to gatherings with more than 20 people • The Taylorsville Arts Council's production of Peter Pan Jr. (originally those around you during this time. We are Taylorsville; • Recommendation that individuals who are immunocompromised not scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6) has been rescheduled to September. we are a community, and as we do, we will get through participate in gatherings with more than 20 people Details to come. this together. Please stay healthy and safe." • Restricting visitor access to long-term care facilities and monitoring Read the Mayor’s full letter and see the latest updates • The Annual Earth Day Clean-up (originally scheduled for April 25) has employees and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 about the virus at www.taylorsvilleut.gov. been canceled. Area clean-up dumpsters are scheduled to be delivered • Approving recommendations by the Utah Systems of Higher Education to Taylorsville neighborhoods May 15 to June 9. Among the steps taken this past month: and the Utah State Board of Education to move public college and Salt Lake County Health Department declared a pubThe Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center also has university campuses to online instruction and remote teaching. lic health emergency and issued a health order, effective closed, effective March 17 through April 22. March 16, regarding business operations in the county, Emergency Declaration by Taylorsville City Mayor Overson signed a proclamation declaring a state Two-week Dismissal of Area Schools including specifics for the food and beverage industry. of local emergency and invoking emergency powers. “The Dine-in and sit-down restaurant options were prohibited, The Taylorsville -area Granite School District declaration is necessary as a precursor to access federal implemented a districtwide two-week dismissal. while takeout, curbside, pickup, drive-thru and mobile food (trucks/carts) were allowed with some modifications. funding and aid should the need arise,” Mayor Overson Students were dismissed from daily attendance said. It followed similar proclamations by Gov. Herbert and through Friday, March 27. A school dismissal was Limits to Mass Gatherings defined as students not reporting to school, but Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recommended that mass gath- Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson on March 6. erings exceeding 100 people be canceled as of March 16. The Centers for Disease Control also recommended that for eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events consisting of 50 people or more. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities.

Closures and Cancellations As a further precaution, Salt Lake County closed its senior centers, libraries and recreation centers, effective March 13, and until further notice. This has included the Taylorsville Senior Center, Taylorsville Library and Taylorsville Recreation Center. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also announced that it would not hold meetings until further

facilities remaining open and staff report to work as normal. School has continued for students, but on a digital and distance platform. “We are so grateful for the understanding of everyone in the community under these unusual circumstances,” Mayor Overson said. “I know that by pulling together we will be able to move past these trying times and continue to operate at full strength and capacity.”


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Elementary Students Make Toys for Dogs and Cats Students at Calvin Smith Elementary School tackled a big service project, making 700 toys for cats and dogs at the Taylorsville-West Valley City Animal Shelter. The service project was organized by representatives from the shelter, the Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) and Humane Society. Taylorsville City Mayor Kristie Overson also joined in, even helping the children make some of the toys, and a representative from First Lego League assisted a few of the older students in making an instructional video on caring for animals that was shown at the presentation. "We are so appreciative of all the help," said Maranda Weathermon, director of Animal Services for Taylorsville and West Valley City, which manages the shelter. She explained to the children that the toys will help the animals at the shelter stay active and cut down on boredom. She also brought her own pet, Hermes, to greet the elementary school children. She rescued the 8-year-old border collie from a shelter in Texas after he had been abandoned at a park. The dog sat patiently as children lined up to pet him and give him a pat on the head at the end of the service project before heading back to class. The service project was meant to provide a meaningful activity for the children while also being instructional, Weathermon said. "Anytime Animal Services is involved it's a fun project. It's also a great social service and way for children to know they can contribute and make a difference. After all, they really are the next leaders of the community." "We are able to come up with solutions by working together," echoed Lynette Wendel, of the local volunteer rescue group CAWS, who brought the organizations together in spearheading the project. Each class spent about 10 to 15 minutes in the school's gymnasium, making the toys throughout the day on Feb. 25. Children of all ages were involved, from kindergarten to sixth grade. The toys were crafted from water bottles, old socks, toilet paper rolls and jingle bells. Mayor Overson commended the organizers for their efforts and thanked the children for all their help. "I am so impressed that an idea can be turned into a service project for the whole school," she said. "Listen, learn and do. The whole school is making a difference for the community and the animal shelter." Watch of video of the project at www.taylorsvilleut.gov

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES This month’s historic article is about a Taylorsville couple named Vern and Bessie Jensen, who lived at 4800 S. 1130 West. They married in 1934 and then started a fox ranch. They went to many fox and mink shows and won numerous awards. (It was a very profitable adventure!)

Vern ventured into the mink business around 1947. He was one of the men who started the Fur Breeders Co-op in Midvale. He served on the board of directors for years. He and Bessie had children who helped with the family business, including mainly sons George, Keith and Leon during the 1940s and ‘50s. Their sons married, and only George eventually stayed in Taylorsville to help with the business. George married Betty Alice Jacobson on Oct. 31, 1950, and they had five sons: George Jr., Steven, Michael, Randy and Jack. All the children had jobs working at the fox ranch. George loved the business, and he and Betty were very active in the community, especially with sports involving their five sons. George himself was a prankster and while attending Granite High School, he put mink scent bags under the heaters; needless to say, he was in deep trouble. Some of George’s closest friends were Donald and Jerry Frame, Bob Wallace and Reed Smith, who all excelled in sports. George and Betty considered themselves blessed to raise their sons across the street from Grandpa Vern and Grandma Bessie Jensen’s influence and love. (This edited article was provided to the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center Museum by granddaughter, Rebecca Jorgenson of Taylorsville.)

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Upcoming Events for April: Taylorsville Senior Center Offering Drive-thru Meals While the Taylorsville Senior Center has been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, seniors can still receive meals. Salt Lake County centers, including Taylorsville’s, have staff on hand to run a to-go meal out to seniors. Current participants can contact their regular center for ordering and pickup details. Seniors who have never been to a center but would like a meal can call 385-468-3200 during regular business hours to get signed up. For seniors, to receive a drive-thru meal: 1. Email LButterfield@slco.org or leave a voice message at 385-468-3370 by 3 p.m. one business day before you want to receive a meal. Please include your name and how many meals you will be picking up. Participants can get a meal for themselves and a meal for another senior in the same household. 2. Drive-thru meals will be served Monday-Friday from noon to 12:45 p.m. 3. To pick up your meal, drive up to the front door and a staff person will deliver your meal(s) to you in your car. 4. Please give the food runner your name and let them know if you will be requesting a meal (or two) for the next business day. If you let the center know at the drive-thru pickup that you’ll be needing a meal for the next day, you won’t need to call or email ahead. 5. Please do not exit your vehicle at any point during this process. Please check the Senior Center webpage for the current online newsletter at slco.org/taylorsville-senior-center. You can register at the front desk for a program when the Taylorsville Senior Center reopens or by calling 385-468-3370.

Access eBooks, Music and Other Library Materials Online Check back for events at the Taylorsville Library. The library was closed, effective March 13 until further notice as a precautionary measure to prevent potential spread of the coronavirus disease. You can still access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and other materials through the Salt Lake County Library website with your library card at www.slcolibrary.org. The online resources are a great way to stay busy and cut boredom at this time! Please hold on to your checked out materials; the library will not be assessing fines, and the book drops are closed.


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Waiting to Water Brings a Healthier Lawn Sometimes it’s hard to wait. Whether it is a teenager waiting for that 16th birthday to be able to get behind the wheel or that special vacation, it is sometimes hard to wait. But waiting is a good practice in the spring when it comes to landscape watering. By delaying watering your lawn before Mother’s Day, roots will have grown deeper and your lawn will be healthier. This delayed watering benefits the lawn in hotter months when the surface dries out quickly but the roots can access water deeper in the soil.


WFWRD is still seeing many situations where residents are placing their recycling materials in plastic bags. The recycling processing facilities will not accept plastic-bagged materials, and they often forward them to the landfill, unopened. Please do not place anything in your recycling can that is wrapped in plastic bags. Contact Sustainability Coordinator, Ethan Morris (EMorris@wasatchfrontwaste.org or 385-468-6337) if you have specific recycling questions.


Earth Day is April 22. Help celebrate our beautiful planet and practice conservation efforts by reducing the use of disposable plastics, recycling your e-waste and buying local produce. More information and suggestions can be found at www.earthday.org.


Utah Administrative Code R315 requires all waste to be disposed of at a properly designated disposal facility. It is illegal to dispose of any waste at any other location. If residents see any illegal dumping, they should contact the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-4100

QUESTIONS? Please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. You can also follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.


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ver look down at your umpteenth slice of plain pizza and wonder if there’s something tastier? Bhinda Singh can relate. After 10 years of serving authentic Indian food, Bhinda discovered a food relationship that began a restaurant. In a fit of inspiration, Bhinda created curry sauces to use as a base for pizzas. He soon opened Bhindas Curry Pizza Palace in Southern Utah. And it was a hit! So much so that he has since opened multiple Curry Pizza locations: South Jordan (1086 W. South Jordan Parkway), West Valley (2927 S. 5600 West), and Bicknell, Utah (125 N. SR 24). Opening soon are locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sacramento, California. Upon entering a Curry Pizza restaurant, you pause momentarily to breathe in the smell of fresh-baked pizza and a wave of fresh spices. As you make your way up to the counter, your eyes glance over the menu on the wall: it’s three pages long. As your eyes wander for a landing spot to start reading, they notice the specialty curry pizza options like the Chicken Tikka Masala, Glazed Paneer, Mushroom Goat Curry, ManSALT LAKE VALLEY JOURNALS 7.73x5.49.eps go Korma, Thai Peanut Chicken Curry and

the Bhinda Special. After reading through the specials, you wonder if you should trust the chef or craft your own pizza. The construction options are tempting, as you can choose from the signature naan crust, vegan or keto crust, or a cauliflower or broccoli crust, slathered with sauces such as honey curry, tikka masala curry, makhana curry, buffalo, pesto, sweet and spicy mango, and so on. The toppings list is two long columns of offerings like chorizo, bacon, tofu, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, ginger, pickled jalapeño, serrano pepper, goat cheese, vegan cheese, fenugreek, almond slivers, and fresh chopped basil. But, maybe you’re not feeling adventurous today, so the classic pepperoni or supreme pizza are always an option.   After making your final, or close-to-final decision on what to order, you make your way toward the friendly pizza assemblers who have been waiting for you to soak in the menu. A quick exchange of words and they pull out a small metal plate with a freshly-rolled out naan, waiting to be topped and baked to lightly-charred perfection. A ladle of sauce is swirled evenly on the uncooked 1 10/6/2014 2:38:03 PM naan. As the rest of the toppings are assem-

bled, you notice Guy Fieri’s face spray painted onto a pizza stone, a memento to Curry Pizza being featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on Season 29. The “Cultural Twist” episode is still airing. As your personalized pizza is transferred from its prep tray and skillfully slid deep into the blazing oven via a long pizza peel, you can see garlic naan breadsticks and a tray of chicken cooking next to the open flames. After finalizing the transaction, you sit at a small table, leaving the big tables for groups and admiring the outside patio space. While doing so, you notice the artwork placed carefully on the walls. The world map made of spices is both interesting and beautiful. Finally, you’re united with your food. Perhaps, you ordered the Bhinda Special. As you take your first bite, the balance of bold and fresh flavors from the red and green onions, ginger, garlic, and jalapeños with the more delicate flavors of cauliflower and umami-punching mushrooms bring the entire flavor profile together on the comforting curry and naan base. Or perhaps you ordered

the Mango Korma. As you go in hastily for your second bite, you notice how the curry base helps accentuate the sweetness of the candied bacon, while the butternut squash and chicken tikka lend a savory complexity that will keep any fruit-on-pizza-hater deeply satisfied.   Curry Pizza is a restaurant designed to get customers acquainted, or reintroduced, to Indian food. As recommended by many happy reviewers, this is quickly becoming a must-try for Salt Lake diners. Curry Pizza is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To order online, visit their website at: www.currypizzautah.com. Curry Pizza has both carry-out and curbside options as well as delivery through GrubHub.


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Volunteer organizes Kearns Junior High girls basketball team By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com Kearns High School had only 30 girls try out for the girls basketball team this season. Josh Sanders, a substitute teacher at the junior high wanted to increase those numbers and make a difference in a group of girls’ lives. The only way he knew how was to invite girls to give the game a try. “I grew up in Kearns,” Sanders said. “I wanted to give back, so when coach (Andrew) Walker told me that Kearns Junior did not have a coach, I went and asked if I could do it.” At the first practice, 27 girls showed up; 17 stuck around the entire season. “Most of the girls had never played,” Sanders said. “I had to teach them from the ground up. In fact, I think some of them had never touched a ball.” The Granite School District offers intramural style athletics for participating schools. It is designed to provide exercise, recreation, competition and fun for the student-athletes. The team lost all five of its games this season. “They got better every day at practice and our games,” Sanders said. “We spent most of two months practicing. At the end of


the season, the girls wanted more.” At that point, Sanders looked for and found another opportunity for the girls to continue playing. He asked the team if they would like to play in the county’s Junior Jazz program. “I asked my Facebook friends for donations,” he said. “We earned about $1,000 to pay fees and buy a few of the girls shoes and shorts.” The recreation season lasted seven games. The girls were divided into two teams. Sanders, his daughter, a friend and another parent (Kenzee Paredes) coached the teams. “These girls made friends that will last a lifetime, and now they call a total stranger coach,” Sanders said. “I think one of the girls plays football, but most of them don’t have the money or opportunity to play many sports. They are really great kids who face a lot of challenges. It was a way for them to stay busy, get involved and have fun.” His ultimate goal is to increase the number of girls that want to play the game, as many as 50. The Cougars finished this season with 12 wins.

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he pennies are counted. The numbers are in. Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society was a rousing success at Bennion Elementary. It all began Feb. 3 with plenty of collection boxes for each student. These boxes were kept on student desks, and as small change was brought from home, the boxes were filled. Pennies and other coins were collected by the students and “parents [were even allowed] to donate at the SEP conferences as well as online,” said Yamira Jolley, sixth-grade teacher and SALT advisor. The fundraiser, which ended Feb. 13, totaled just “a few cents shy of $2,950,” Jolley said. “We are super proud of our students and the enthusiasm they showed in supporting this great cause.” Jolley, who works with



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co-advisor Angela Jacobs, is grateful for all of the hard work that went into making this year’s ‘share the love’ theme a success. “We felt it was important to donate our resources to members of the community who are truly in need,” Jolley said, noting the Pennies for Patients program was a “good option.” Because of the “financial milestones” attained by students, students who donated to Pennies for Patients will be receiving “little prizes” from the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, as well as from the school itself. “Students who donated are receiving incentives (little prizes) from the LLS,” Jolley said, and the school itself is providing some well-deserved activities in the future, such as a 30-minute ‘tech time’ on Chromebooks, a treat/pajama day, and an opportunity to eat lunch with homeroom teachers. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, “everything has been turned upside-down in our little school world! School dismissal, indefinite field trip cancellations, no assemblies, etc., [means] reward days previously scheduled for March will be rescheduled[ed] for the students once we figure it all out!” l

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Continued from front page to him. As soon as he got hit, “I knew I was paralyzed,” he said. “I couldn’t feel my legs.” “But I didn’t know,” Jill said. “I was just thinking, ‘He’s fine; we’re just going to see what’s going on.’ It was probably about an hour, 45 minutes later, that the doctor came in and told us how serious it was. And then they sedated him for four days.” Austin said he hasn’t been afraid since the accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. “I just think about it; I wonder if I could have seen it coming,” he said. It was like a bad movie playing over and over. Austin has some “what if’s” and wonders if he could have “seen the driver, made the turn sooner” or “stopped earlier.” “But it’s not like I’m having nightmares about the actual accident,” he said. In fact, although Austin admits his depression today is unlike anything experienced prior to the accident, he doesn’t believe in giving up. “As soon as I woke up, we started talking about what to do with this new situation,” he said. Would the new plans include speaking to the youth about his experience? Would it be writing a book? Would it be some speaking engagements? “Everyone has challenges,” he said. “Hard is hard. Hard for me might be easy


for you; hard for you might be easy for me. We just need to be patient with each other, kind to each other. We can’t take things for granted because everyone’s fighting their own battle. I’ve had to start telling myself that this is the way it is. Either I do it or I sit here and complain about it. Instead of cycling, I’m hand cycling. Instead of running, it has to be a racing wheelchair. Instead of swimming with my hands and feet, now it’s my arms and hands. Everything’s different. Everything feels like a marathon.” Jill, who continues as a teacher, knows what it’s like to feel the energy, excitement and independent spirit of her first grade class. She now comes home not only to her husband as his wife but as her husband’s caregiver. “It’s hard to differentiate between the wife and your caregiver hats,” she said. “For me, I have to say, ‘Right now, I’m a wife, and right now I’m a caregiver.’” “I have to do the same thing,” Austin said. “Right now, I’m a husband. And right now, I’m a patient, someone who needs care.” There have been times Jill has said, “I’ll trade you; I’ll trade you because [you’re] way more athletic.” (Just three months before the accident, Austin finished the St. George Half Iron Man.) And there are times Austin has said, “If I could get rid of the depression, I could figure out the physical stuff.” Still, at the beginning of this, their newest stage of life together, they are making their marriage work, and faith plays a big

part in it. “It has definitely been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to deal with,” Austin said. “It’s also been a great blessing. We’ve been able to meet some really great people, and we’ve allowed others to serve us. We’re not so used to that.” While Jill continues to teach second

grade, Austin is dedicated to his work at Costa Vida as a data analyst. One day soon he hopes to get himself to and from work — he is practicing — but until then, both husband and wife say they are grateful for the many hands, known and unknown, who have reached out and continue to reach out to help them through their difficult journey. l

Austin practices getting into the car. Driving himself to work and back is the goal. (Photo courtesy Austin Patten)

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pring is upon us, summer is on the way; and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels. Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone will appreciate it. Others want to know what you are planning. Likewise, if you see a blinker come on indicating your lane is that car’s desired destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is common courtesy, if we want people to use their blinkers, then we should reward them for doing so. Remember the blinker doesn’t automatically assume safe passage to the next lane. And while your car’s sensors in the rearview mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. Tire pressure This one is almost as simple as the first. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels.

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It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so does the pressure in your tires. Drive defensively This means keeping distance between you and the car in front of you. Touching their bumper does nothing for you. And if you need to get that close to read their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving. It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.




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A Woman’s Place As the mother of four daughters, and grandma to several granddaughters, I’m frequently asked (okay, twice) what advice I’d give to young women. Women are stronger than ever before, yet many men try to drag us back to the Victorian Era. Men keep gettin’ up in our bizness, drafting regulations about our bodies, creating rules about everything from prom wear to breastfeeding, and making sure we’re slutshamed if we behave out-of-line. We’re called hysterical. We’re labeled as trouble-makers. We’re branded as unreasonable. We’re given a warm glass of milk, a pat on the head and sent to the kids’ table. Men have had thousands of years to run the world – and I’m not impressed. Maybe it’s time they step aside and let women do the heavy lifting. (Which we can totally do.) Here’s what young women (of every age) should know:


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wo months after their marriage (last June 15), Jill Patten’s husband, Austin, was hit by a car while riding his bike. The date was August 17. Weeks before the accident, Jill remembers sharing her biggest fear with him. And now she was living it. “I was actually getting ready to go meet my students when the call came,” Jill said. A second grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary, she was getting things ready for a doughnut breakfast day. “It was Saturday morning, probably around 7:45 a.m., 8-ish, and I was just about to leave. I get a phone call from Austin. And I think, that’s weird. He doesn’t ever call me when he’s riding — ever. I immediately knew something was wrong.” “Your husband was in an accident,” she heard. She asked where she lived and if she needed a ride, she was relieved when told that her husband was breathing and talking. “‘OK, he’s alive,” she remembers thinking. “Thank goodness. Because I was immediately like, ‘he’s gone.’” A fire truck, ambulance and a few police cars were at the accident scene when she arrived. “I was shaking, crying,” she said. “They had to calm me down for a second.” “I went to say hi to him and just let him know that I was there,” she said. “And I just said, ‘Honey, are you OK?’ And he’s like screaming, ‘I’m in pain, I’m in pain,’ and I’m thinking, ‘He’s got a broken arm and leg’ – nowhere did I think, ‘He’s paralyzed.’” Jill and Austin pose in their kitchen. (Kathryn Austin takes a spin at therapy. “This is similar to what my new bike will look like. It feels good to get a good workout in and know its therapy. I can’t wait until I can really train.” (Photo courtesy Austin But her husband knew immediately what had happened Jones/City Journals) Patten)

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Taylorsville City Journal | April 2020  

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