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Colorado Mills Opens After Hail Forces Closure n By

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ireya Velazquez walks around Colorado Mills on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with her hands full of packages. Helping her with equally loaded arms are her mother and three children. “We wanted to see the stores,” Velazquez said. “I wanted to buy some things before I go home to Mexico.” The young mother and her family were visiting Denver from Durango – not the Colorado city, but the place south of the United States border. Velazquez was one of hundreds of shoppers to attend the grand re-opening of the Colorado Mills shopping mall in Lakewood on Nov. 21. The site had closed this past May after a hail storm damaged the roof and inventory. Many of the stores were waiting for Black Friday on Nov. 24 to open – and some will not re-open until 2018 – but the dozens of stores that did greet shoppers on opening day welcomed the life flowing through the halls. “We’ve had great traffic,” said Mike Manning, assistant Continued on page 5

ROBERTA’S CHOCOLATES IN EDGEWATER prepares for the holiday rush. December is the busiest season for local chocolate vendors; see story on page 10. PHOTO BY GWEN CLAYTON

Volunteers Make Meals on Wheels Go Round – But Funding’s in Peril n By

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ack R. Russell likes to talk. But living alone in a small apartment in Lakewood means there isn’t always someone around to listen to the 87-year-old U.S. Marine veteran. That’s why Russell happily greets volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program at his front door. Run for the last 43 years in the metro Denver area by Volunteers of America Colorado, the program is one of a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs. Russell has received meals for the last 8 months and said he appreciated the “overall assisting” the program provides. “I can’t get around as much due to my legs, and it really helps financially,” he said.

will only increase if current funding levels are not adequately boosted. This would, in turn, cause a far greater taxpayer burden through costly Medicare and Medicaid expenses.” The Older Americans Act has supported senior nutrition programs for 45 years and provides 35 percent of the funding for Meals on Wheels nationally. Backers worry about this “foundational funding source” if Congress does not reach a bipartisan budget agreement “with realistic caps on defense and nondefense discretionary spending.” In September, Meals on Wheels America and Care2 delivered more than 112,000 petition signatures to Congressional leadership and members who sit on key legislative committees, urging Congress to avoid cuts to federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs. Supporters also

shared more than 1,000 paper plates with personalized messages from recipients, volunteers and supporters about the impact of Meals on Wheels, part of a nationwide #SaveLunch campaign.

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The metro Denver program area includes seven counties included in the Denver Regional Council of Governments, or DRCOG. Last year, the program served 100,615 noon meals to senior citizens in Jefferson County, according to Dale Elliott, division director of aging and nutrition services for Volunteers of America Colorado. That compared to 94,000 in the 2015-16 fiscal year and 98,000 in 2014-15, Elliott noted. Another 3,400 “emergency” meals (six meals delivered at one time in case of

weather-related program closures) were also handed out last year. “The demand has been pretty steady most of the time,” Elliott said. “There’s a little up and down movement at times.” The Jefferson County program runs on a $700,000 budget, with VOA contributing $4 million to programs across Colorado, Elliott said. Statewide, the program had nearly $15 million in expenditures last year. Unlike some Meals on Wheels programs across the country, Elliott said the state of Colorado has been “extremely proactive” in funding senior services. “That makes up a very large chunk of our funding,” Elliott added. Most of the local program’s federal funds - 46 percent - come through the Older Continued on page 2

Federal budget cuts proposed

The national program drew attention in March, when President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 “skinny” budget included the elimination of the Community Services, Community Development and Social Services block grants. Some Meals on Wheels programs rely on those funding sources to deliver nutritious meals to atrisk seniors, either to homes or in group settings, such as assisted living and senior care centers. In a May statement, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander noted the primary source of federal funding – the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program – would see a $3 million decrease from current levels under Trump’s proposed budget. “This is taking place at a time when these nutrition programs are already serving 23 million fewer meals than in 2005,” Hollander added in the statement. “While waiting lists mount in every state, the number of seniors threatened by hunger


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his month West Colfax Sketches turns its attention to Christmas. Modern Christmas is a holiday of extremes. One extreme aspires to have “peace on earth among men of good will,” the other end of the spectrum is a maze of tinsel and materialism. The first extreme is given less time every year while the second extreme will be encroaching on Labor Day in the near future. Nowhere is this more evident than small town newspapers of the 20th century, including our own East Jefferson Sentinel. In 1938, the East Jefferson Sentinel was published weekly on Thursdays, claimed a circulation of 15,000, and limited its coverage Continued on page 2




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Americans Act. Around 85 percent of the program’s money comes from those state and federal sources, Elliott said, with 9 to 10 percent from fundraising. “That’s very much a large segment of funding, so it would be hard to continue to run things as we have if that took a major hit” from Congressional budget cuts in the coming fiscal year, Elliott added. “We’ve had conversations with DRCOG and some of the other agencies (about funding help in case of federal cutbacks), but we have not changed our ask from the state, just because they’ve been so very proactive.”

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In metro Denver, around 150 volunteers deliver hot meals to senior citizens five days a week, along with frozen meals for Saturdays. Each volunteer delivers an average of 670 meals a year, Elliott noted. Each hot or frozen meal costs the program an average of $7. Nancy Collier of Golden has organized the delivery program at Montair Christian Church, 1390 Benton St. in Lakewood, for 37 rosivdA nayears. oL .rShe S –joined neerthe G .program M niveafter K seeing a story in a local newspaper. Her main duty gninnur sraey 6 enizagaM 0825 ni lanoisseforP ratS eriF dedrawA is to transfer the hot meals from coolers to paper bags - “They call me the packer,” Collier said with a laugh – for delivery by volunteers to seniors in need. Anne Robinson of Arvada has delivered meals for two years and got involved when she was close to retiring and considering volunteering. “I wanted something like this, something

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ach month, HEALthy Edgewater is bringing you tips, stories and more about healthy eating and active living in Edgewater. This month HEALthy Edgewater interviewed Edgewater’s favorite kids dance teacher Jackie Oxford (a.k.a Ms. Jackie)

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In 1999 I earned my BA in Dance & Teaching from Columbia College, Chicago where I began teaching dance for a seniors group and a middle school youth group. Soon after, I started teaching toddler dance and musical theater classes. Upon moving to Edgewater in 2010, I began searching different children’s dance teaching programs and was ever so delighted to discover a teaching opportunity right here in my own community through the Edgewater Parks & Rec. Earlier this year I created Local Motion Dance, LLC and currently teach Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Jr. Hip-Hop, and Parent-Tot. What do you think are some of the benefits of dance education for children?

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and coordination. Repetitive movements in dance can improve muscle tone, correct posture, balance, and overall cardiovascular health. Dance class is a social activity that inspires musicality and imagination. Dancing encourages a child to express their self-confidence and creativity through a fun and energetic way. Watching a child experience the JOY of dance is one of the many reasons I love to teach! How does my family stay healthy?

For the health of my family and as a parent, I often strive for balance. We live in a busy, fast-paced, technology-filled world where we can often forget the simple yet necessary beauty of slowing down, resting, and breathing. Practicing yoga and stretching combined with good restful sleep habits have become so important. On the same hand, it has been said, “A body in motion stays in motion.” Regular exercise can often be as effective as medication. The mind and body are intimately connected. One of our favorite family activities is walking in our beautiful community. It is accessible and fun and gets your heart pumping. Daily doses of laughter is also essential for my family and can indeed be a stress reducer, improves the mood, and enhances creativity. And of course, there’s lots of dancing at home. Lee Stiffler-Meyer is a member of the HEALthy Edgewater Committee.

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EDGEWATER COLLECTIVE Edgewater and Gentrification n By

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his past month, the term “gentrification” hit the national news. You might have seen the ink! Coffee sign that read “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” The New York Times even ran a story on the sign and the uproar that it brought to the neighborhood just north of downtown Denver. Once again people are discussing the idea of gentrification. One side of the debate speaks of gentrification as a good thing because of the new businesses coming into the area and the redevelopment of rundown properties. The other side of the debate says that gentrification is pushing out long-time residents who are people of color and have lower incomes. The Business Dictionary defines gentrification as: “The process of wealthier residents moving to an area, and the changes that occur due to the influx of wealth. As wealthier inhabitants move into an area that is already populated with lowerincome residents, the neighborhood begins to change as well. Often this will spark an urban renewal process, which cleans up the town, but often leads to an increase in rent, taxes, and other items. Sometimes this change means that the previous residents can no longer afford to live in that neighborhood, which is why gentrification can sometimes be used in a negative context. However, many good changes also historically accompany gentrification, such as decreased crime rates and increased economic activity.” It seems as though many neighborhoods around Denver are in the midst of this gentrification struggle and Edgewater is not immune. Since 2011, home prices and rental rates in Edgewater have skyrocketed. The current Zillow Rent Index for Edgewater is $1,963 per month and according to REcolorado, the median home price in Edgewater is now $320,600. These increases in rent and home values have brought new wealth into our city. Since 2011 new businesses have sprung up in Edgewater to meet this new demographic. A run down liquor store on 25th Avenue became Bottles and Bitters. The vacant pawn shop at 25th and Sheridan became Joyride Brewing Company. A hair salon became Wine Beer Fat. Edgewater Coffee Company became Coda Coffee. Even our McDonalds and Burger King are being remodeled following the remodel of King Soopers. The next few years will bring even more redevelopment to 20th and Depew as well as the city-owned properties on 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Our housing stock around town is also changing. As houses sell new owners come in and scrape houses that were in disrepair especially on the east side of town. Now when you look across Sloan’s Lake at the skyline of Edgewater you can see three story

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duplexes peaking above the businesses on Sheridan. One-story houses are being replaced by two-story houses to meet the tastes of a new generation. This rise in housing costs and new business development in Edgewater fits the definition of gentrification. There are many things to celebrate especially if you have owned a home in Edgewater for years and have seen the value of your home increase. But what are the other costs of this gentrification? Who is being displaced? How will Edgewater change over the next 10 years? In Edgewater and the surrounding Jefferson County, there are not well established advocacy groups like in Denver for those who are being displaced. As lowerincome families and people of color can no longer afford to rent at the Terra Village Apartments on 26th Avenue, they disappear from our city. As Latino families who send their children to our local schools can no longer afford the rents at the duplexes along 20th Avenue, they have to move away. Who is the voice for the displaced? What is the role of the city government in housing affordability? What will be the racial makeup of Edgewater when the next census occurs in 2020? In the midst of a booming Edgewater economy, we must continue to ask who is being left behind and what can be done to make sure that they have a pathway to enjoy the same success.

Native Roots Partners with Bienvenidos for Food Drive In this season of giving, Native Roots collected more than 1,800 pounds of food to benefit Bienvenidos Food Bank in northwest Denver. Food was collected at various Native Roots locations around the Denver area, including the Edgewater location, during the month of November. “Hunger is a devastating world issue that needs support from organizations of all sizes and at all levels of a community,” said Native Roots Dispensary CEO, Ryan Brown. “We are thrilled to partner with Bienvenidos Food Bank in Denver doing our part by donating the food we’ve collected over the last month at our nearby locations with the help of staff, customers and patients who share our commitment to help those in need.” Bienvenidos Food Pantry has been serving families for more than 41 years at their location at 38th and Pecos. “We are grateful to Native Roots for their support and generosity,” said Greg Pratt, Bienvenidos Executive Director. “Although our Northwest Denver neighborhood continues to grow and change, we still have a significant number of families who depend on us for food each week. We greatly appreciate the food donations – especially this time of year.” eateries, such as J. Crew Factory, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Victoria’s Secret and Yard House. Six retailers with exterior entrances to Colorado Mills opened earlier this fall, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Super Target and United Artists Theatres & IMAX. The common areas of Colorado Mills still have some construction left to be done, but construction firm, The Beck Group, plans to have all work completed by early 2018. Colorado Mills is owned by Simon Property Group. The company has premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and is an S&P 100 company. Colorado Mills is located at 14500 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood. For more information on store openings and hiring opportunities, visit, or on social media at @ColoradoMills.

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ate dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year. Symbolically, the solstice is a time of turning inward, into the darkness, into the depths of the unknown. It’s a time of tuning into a deep sense of intuition – trusting your inner voice. In a sense, it is a time of feeling your way in the dark when you cannot see where you are going. Join Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., in Lakewood, for a Winter Solstice Class, Thursday, Dec. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to reflect on what has been and what will be through intention setting, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Learn more at

Taoist-Style Sitting Meditation Group, Dec. 28 Join 40W artist and creative Richard Eversley for a sitting meditation that will help to center and relax the mind, relieve mental stress and increase oxygen flow to the body, Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a pillow and/or a mat. $5 suggested donation. This course is held at 40W Studios, located at 1615 Reed St., in Lakewood. For more information, visit www.40

Mark Your Calendars for ‘About the Body’ 40 West Arts, Lakewood’s state-certified arts district, invites the public to celebrate its newest exhibition titled “About the Body.” Opening in February, this exhibit explores the multiple aspects of the human body including cycle of life, birth and aging, wrinkles, scars, markings and more. The exhibit will also focus on things that can be ascribed to the physical self such as attitudes toward bodies and topics of selfesteem, body size, and body acceptance among others. The body is a topic that is fundamental to both art and human existence. We’re excited to kick off our 2018 exhibition schedule with this show because it’s a recognizable and accessible topic for artists, but it also has so many fresh and unique opportunities, especially with topics like body size, body acceptance and gender issues gaining a large and profound voice in recent years. The opening reception for “About the Body” will take place First Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 40 West Gallery, located at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Beer and wine and light bites will be served. Additionally, multiple galleries in the arts district will be open to the public with exhibitions and opening receptions. Liz Black is the 40 West Arts Executive Director.

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house fire, a dumpster fire, a car crash, a medical emergency. The calls were coming in one after the other. Almost as soon as the recruits were cleared from one incident, they were on their way to the next. It was a long day, filled with challenges and designed to test the skills of soon to be firefighters – on track to graduate in early December. “This is the first time the recruits have taken everything they’ve learned during Academy and put it all together,” said Lieutenant Dan Fahrney, West Metro Fire Rescue. “They’re teamed up with experienced firefighters on fire engines and ambulances and running calls from beginning to end. We think this gives them a real life look at what it’s going to be like after they graduate.” Over the course of 12 plus hours, the recruits of Class 17-02 would respond to nearly two dozen calls, most on the grounds of West Metro’s Training Center. The class is the second academy of the year with 13 recruits from three fire agencies – West Metro, Tri-Lakes Monument Fire and Castle Rock Fire. “During Academy, we’ve had subjectmatter experts from all three agencies on hand teaching the skills required to be a firefighter,” said Fahrney. “On Field Day, the recruits show how well they’re able to put it all together.” Pairing the recruits with experienced crews was a strategic decision meant to lay the groundwork to prepare them for what would be expected of them as new firefighters. And, it was an opportunity for the experienced crews to once again mentor the younger firefighters.

WEST METRO FIRE ACADEMY RECRUITS put put their rescue and firefighting skills to the test on the grounds of West Metro’s Training Center during “Field Day.” PHOTO: WEST METRO FIRE. On scene at a Field Day car crash, it’s up to the recruits to talk to the victims and determine injuries. In one car, a father and son are both bruised and bleeding, lending a bit of authenticity to the incident. “We try to make the medical calls as realistic as possible and we use makeup to give the recruits something to look at and diagnose,” said Lieutenant Mike Binney, West Metro Fire Rescue. “It’s important to replicate as closely as we can some of the patients they’re going to come into contact with.” After they graduate from the 17-weeklong Academy, the new firefighters will go “on line,” or be assigned to a fire station. “It’s our goal that when they leave Academy, they’re more than ready to respond when people dial 9-1-1,” said Binney. Ronda Scholting is West Metro Fire Rescue’s Communications/Media Relations Specialist. – DECEMBER 19, 2017 – JANUARY 15, 2018 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE


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Fine Art at the Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe What an amazing 2017 this has been for the Wheat Ridge Business Association!!! And our packed Holiday Lunch today just proved that. Thank you to everyone who joined us and showed their support.

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Edge Gallery, at 7001 W. Colfax, is a joy to visit, because the art shows such variety. The “Small Wonders” exhibit just ending is a wonderful mix of all types, sizes and mediums of art with something every visitor would love. The Edge Gallery will celebrate the new year with an open show from Jan. 5 through 28 and will be exhibiting artwork of any medium. The opening reception for the show will be Friday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Lakewood Arts Council in Lamar Plaza will begin the new year with a show called “Inspiration in Color.” The show will run from Jan. 3 through 26. Artists can present work in any medium, two-dimensional or three-dimensional. Lakewood Arts sponsors an Open Studio every Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Participants have a quiet classroom to work in with other artists for a minimal charge of $3 for members or $6 for nonmembers. The Edge Theater, at 1560 Teller St., is celebrating the season with a brandnew production. “Resolution,” written by local playwright Josh Hartnell, will be performed through Dec. 31. The play tells the story of six couples who meet yearly in Vail to celebrate the holiday. Each year they make resolutions together, but this year is something different. Visitwww. to find out more or Continued on page 11

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The Alamo Drafthouse in Sloan’s Lake will wrap up the year and holidays with screenings of seasonal films like “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” For those interested in a little more audience participation, the theater also will host movie parties for “A Christmas Story,” “Gremlins,” “Home Alone” and “The Polar Express.” The new year starts off with a movie party for Jonathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense,” a legendary film from 1983, covering a three-night concert in which the band Talking Heads played at Hollywood's Pantages Theater (Jan. 6, 9 p.m.). Also on tap for January at the Alamo Drafthouse are movie parties for “The Princess Bride” (Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.), “Zoolander” (Jan. 20, 7:45 p.m.), “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (Jan.

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26, 8 p.m.) and “The Wiz” (Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.). Other special screenings coming to the Alamo Drafthouse in January include Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” presented by the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (Jan. 10, 7 p.m.), “Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life,” a silent film from 1925, which will be presented by the Denver Silent Film Festival (Jan. 14, 6 p.m.) and “(500) Days of Summer” (Jan. 22, 7 p.m.), featuring a live performance of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret's “First Date.” Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Denver Actors Fund. One notable screening that will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Oscar-nominated film “Selma” (Jan. 15, 7 p.m.). To see what else is showing at the Alamo Drafthouse, or more information, visit

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BE SURE TO HANG YOUR STOCKING by the chimney with extra care, because Saint Nicholas might just have stuffed some melty, yummy cacao product inside. PHOTO BY GWEN CLAYTON of Roberta’s Chocolates. Living only a few blocks away, the group stopped in to the store to pick up some jams and dairy-free/ gluten-free gifts. “They have a lot of unique knick-knacks and presents and gift ideas, all local-made stuff,” Sean said. “It’s great.” When they got to the counter, the trio ended up doing some extreme chocolating as they dared to sample Roberta’s chocolatecovered jalapeños. Jessica just bit off the chocolate coating, but Cindy chomped down the whole piece. “I tried it as well,” Sean said. “It’s phenomenal.” “What’s great is that they have so many adventurous flavors,” Cindy added. Even without a spicy, green vegetable under its shell, chocolate can actually be healthy. “Chocolate is one of the highest antioxidants on the planet,” said holistic health coach Amira Watters, owner of The Wild Flower Alternative & Holistic Health Service in Lakewood. “The darker, the better. Chocolate is very high in ORAC value.” ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. So this year, be sure to hang your stocking by the chimney with extra care, because Saint Nicholas might just have stuffed some melty, yummy cacao product inside. entering the contest. And, the family told the reporter, they were already planning for 1965. The biggest news of 1964 was Santa Claus. He worked regular eight-hour shifts handing out free candy at the JCRS Shopping Center. At Smilin’ Sebern’s Food Market (5690 W. Alameda) visitors could ride Santa’s Sled and there were more free treats for the kiddies. Meadowlark Shopping Center had the “same Jolly Santa that you visited with last year,” who also gave every child a free bag of candy. Santa paid a special visit to the Edgewater Firemen at their firehouse. In fact, Santa was so busy that year that he had to go by helicopter to the Alameda National Bank (5500 W. Alameda), where he gave candy canes to the children. The ad notes there would be coffee and cookies for Mom and Dad who could open up their 1965 Christmas Club accounts while they were there. I think I prefer the 1938 version. What do you think my aunts in Chicago will say when they get their celery? – DECEMBER 19, 2017 – JANUARY 15, 2018 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE


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reserve your tickets. Have you visited the 40 West Art District on First Friday and enjoyed the interaction with street performers? Are you creative and outgoing? Would you love to be part of the performance art happening on First Fridays? The art district is looking for creative people with fun ideas and may pay up to $500 per event. To find out more, go to Scroll down to “Open Call for Creative Experience Makers.” 40 West Studios, at 1615 Reed St., will be the site for a meditation to relieve the mental stress many of us feel at this busy time. Richard Eversley, a 40 West artist, will guide participants in a meditation to center to mind, to relieve stress, and to increase oxygen flow, Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants should

neighborhood. Please consider inviting your neighbors to participate in Nextdoor Edgewater and contacting our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Lorenzo at volunteers@ to get more information on Neighborhood Watch and making your neighborhood safer.

New Jeffcolibrary.Org Website Offers Patrons an Improved Online Library County Public Library’s new website gives residents an improved online library to enjoy. Library users can discover, explore, search, connect and do more online with the new The site has many new features patrons have asked for, including the ability to create reading lists and manage reading history. It also makes it easier to discover all of the resources the library offers. New features include: • More access to new books and other materials • Improved search, especially for formats like DVD and e-books • Options to keep track of what you’ve read, watched, or listened to • Sharable lists, reviews and ratings • An easy-to-remember username • Options to send books and other materials to your nearest library with one click. • Mobile-friendly and ADA-compliant Jefferson County Public Library collaborated with Toronto-based software company BiblioCommons to build the new website, online catalog and events system. Visit the Jefferson County Public Library’s website at

Prevent Porch Pirates From Hijacking The Holidays The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has tips to help keep porch pirates from stealing the booty being delivered to doorsteps during bring a pillow or mat and a $5 donation is requested. The city of Lakewood is looking for this spring’s new Earth Day poster. The deadline is Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. The winning poster design will become part of the Earth Day festivities on April 21 and will be included on Earth Day Marketing materials. The selected artist receives $200 and a lot of exposure. The poster must include in its design: Earth Day Celebration, Lakewood, and April 21, 2018. The focus this year is on how we can make a impact on the earth by taking action in our community. Up to two designs may be submitted. For more information visit C2 Gallery and Mercantile, a Handmade Collective at 1522 Teller St., is seeking submissions from all creators of unique handmade work. Art, jewelry, soaps and lotions, toys, sculpture, or anything unique and handmade could be showcased and sold in their new mercantile. If you are interested or have questions contact Rosie Taylor at

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the holidays. Remember, report suspicious activity – such as an unfamiliar vehicle is following behind mail/package delivery trucks or an unknown person is hovering around mailboxes in the neighborhood – by calling local law enforcement. • Don’t leave mail or parcels unattended, especially overnight. Being left alone even for a few hours on the porch can put packages at risk of being stolen. • Ask a neighbor to help. A stay-at-home neighbor may be willing to have packages delivered to their address or at least pick up and keep secure packages that expected to arrive on a given day. • Consider an alternate shipping address. Employers may allow a small number of personal items to be delivered to a work address. • Use the USPS tracking system. USPS and other delivery services provide realtime tracking for a wide-range of products. Registered users of can also receive status updates via text alerts delivered to mobile devices. • Change of plans? Change the package’s delivery address while it’s in transit! USPS Package Intercept allows domestic packages to be redirected to the sender, a new address, or to the Post Office to be held for pickup. The service is fee-based, but charges only apply if the package is successfully redirected. • Customize delivery. Provide the Postal Service personalized instructions Provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location. Visit, track packages, and select Delivery Instructions. Request that a package be left with a neighbor or held at a Post Office for pickup. • Ship using “Hold for Pickup” to the local Post Office. Priority Mail Express Hold for Pickup service lets customers claim

packages on their schedule, at more than 30,000 USPS locations, where packages are kept safe and secure. Automatic notifications via e-mail or SMS text messaging are also available. • On vacation? Hold mail at the Post Office. If out of town for a period of time, use the Postal Service’s Request Hold Mail service. Letters and packages will be held securely until retrieved. • Secure shipments using USPS Signature Services. The Postal Service’s Signature Services requires a signature at time of delivery. • Protect packages and insure valuable contents. Opt for Registered Mail service – the Postal Service’s most secure form of mail delivery. Registered Mail receives specialhandling from tender to delivery. Electronic verification of delivery or attempted delivery is available upon request. Insurance may also be available to protect against loss or damage. • Control the package delivery date using Priority Mail Express. Priority Mail Express is the Postal Service’s fastest domestic service (with limited exceptions), available 365 days a year. It offers a moneyback guarantee and overnight scheduled delivery to most U.S. addresses – including post office boxes. Proof of delivery signature record, tracking services, and $100 insurance (most shipments) is available with this service. • Upgrade the security for all mail, not just parcels. Consider renting a post office box at the local post office. Mail remains secure within the post office, accessible only when using the right key or combination. Many post offices lobbies are open 24/7, allowing convenient retrieval. For more information on USPS products and services, visit

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Who’s Your Farmer? Laura Harper 2012 – Medical Student “Wheat Ridge gave me the educational foundation to build upon and was where I learned my study skills that got me into Medical school! WR is where I learned what I was capable of, made friends, and had the time of my life.”

Maribel Gallegos Rivera 2009 – Software Engineer/ Charles Schwab “I cannot be more grateful for the teachers and coaches that I had while at WR. Their continuous support and encouragement to push my limits was the root of all of my successes today. Wheat Ridge prepared me day in and day out by challenging me academically, letting me explore. Having options and a clear path made it easy for me to continue to further my education.”

Mark Landes 2000 – VP Technology/Green Chef “From being a Farmer I learned about achieving my goals, the work needed to achieve my goals and the rewards that can come from that hard work. I learned about being part of a team – invaluable as nothing great can be done alone. “

Wheat Ridge High School has a long legacy of producing leaders. From business owners to Broadway celebrities, NFL stars to nurse practitioners, many highly accomplished professionals in all kinds of fields began their journeys as Wheat Ridge Farmers. Our school may be smaller than some of those around us but we see that as a benefit. When a student comes to Wheat Ridge, they are embraced by our community particularly the adults in the building. Truth be told one of our key strengths is our amazing staff – including teachers, administrators, counselors and paraprofessionals – who come to work every day committed to do what’s best for our students. Wheat Ridge offers its students plenty of “big school” opportunities to shine. We have a broad selection of Honors and AP classes designed to keep students challenged. If that’s not enough, our Gifted and Talented Center is nationally recognized; our award winning STEM/STEAM program is the envy of the district, and our unique Career Explore program prepares students to succeed in today’s dynamic, ever-changing jobs scene. The innovative spirit that gave rise to these exceptional programs permeates throughout our school, even with our more traditional classes where teachers leverage their knowledge to craft innovative lessons intended to bring out the best in individual students. Of course, not all learning is confined to a classroom. Wheat Ridge offers dozens of clubs and varsity sports so students are able to round out their high school experience and even try something new. The options for learning and growing are virtually endless. Interested in finding out more? Please stop by the school, send me an email or give me a call. I’d love to talk with you about how WRHS can meet the needs of your student and then some. Farmers Forever, Josh Cooley, Principal


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Neighborhood Gazette – December 2017  
Neighborhood Gazette – December 2017  

The December 19, 2017 – January 15, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighbor...