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Edgewater Invites Developers to Buy, Reuse Old City Hall for Retail ■ By

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veryone’s anxiously watching the City of Edgewater build its new civic center, but we may see changes in ownership, use or even appearance of the current city hall, 2401 Sheridan Blvd., and the old city hall, fire station and library at 5845 W. 25th Ave. The city sent out Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the Sale and Redevelopment of the two cityowned properties on March 6. Proposals are due by noon on April 6. In its request, the city said it wants a qualified, experienced developer to purchase the city hall property, which includes 10,000 square feet of land, an office building and parking area, and redevelop it as a retail salestax-generating use. Offers are expected to be at or near fair market value. While the city said it is willing to consider retail property uses that may not maximize sales tax generation, Continued on page 2

PERFORMANCE ARTIST TROUPE THE BAD ASSTRONAUTS brought their jellyfish installations – back by popular demand from last year – to dance, march and swarm the 40 West Arts District’s March 2 First Friday Art Walk. PHOTO BY DAVE REIN.

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hile this winter has been mild, save for a bit of wild wind, the arrival of spring on the calendar is itself enough reason to rejoice. Easter celebrations and egg hunts in the community give an all-faith opportunity to connect with neighbors and create some adorable photo opps – and even the pups can get in on the fun. Edgewater and Wheat Ridge are staging events, but Lakewood is not.

Citizens Park Youth Egg/ Dog Treat Hunt Edgewater doesn’t mess around – they offer something for both children and dogs. The Saturday, March 31, Citizens Park Youth Egg/Dog Treat Hunt starts 10 a.m. at Citizens Park, 5440 W. 24th Ave. (24th and Chase) and includes something for the whole family (unless you’re a cat person, of course). The kids collect in different waves based on their age, and the pups get in on the fun shortly after the kiddos, gobbling up treats donated from area businesses. Children ages 0 to 3 years will be allowed to collect first with their parents. Children in age groups 4 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 will collect on their own. Adding to the fever-pitch excitement will be a golden egg hidden for each age group. The finder of the golden egg will be the recipient of a special basket. Of course there will be obligatory photo opps with bunny. While last year’s youth choir will not be performing, there will be music. Patrick Martinez, City of Edgewater recreation manager, recalled only postponing the event once in his sevenyear tenure, but should snow or rain arrive,

Martinez will update the Playedgwater.com website and post a sign at the park. The Edgewater Rec Center is also offering an Easter Floral Arrangement class on Thursday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To register for the $10 class, visit playedgewater.com.

Mayor Bud Starker will be there to count the hunt down and get the crowd going. The Wheat Ridge Kiwanis volunteers helped scatter the eggs throughout the search area. The hunt begins at 10 a.m. and there will be four different age zones for children to search in, so everyone can begin together. The city has been hosting this event for decades and Stephen Clyde, recreation supervisor of general programs and marketing, said this year’s event will be it’s biggest yet. “It’s a simple and lighthearted event,” said Clyde, “And it brings more and more people out each year.” Rain date, if necessary, will be the following Saturday, March 31.

Panorama Park Egg Hunt Wheat Ridge Park and Rec hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, at Panorama Park, W. 35th Avenue and Fenton Street. This year it’s bigger than ever, with more than 5,000 eggs to find. Not only will there be a bunny on hand for photos and music, but Wheat Ridge

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Beulah Trout: ‘She’s a Former Music Teacher Too’ ■ By

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t was her name that first caught my eye. In early January 1938, the East Jefferson Sentinel business directory includes “Beulah Trout, teacher of Piano, Elements of Music. Studio 5221 West Colfax. Phone La458.” This may be the first studio on West Colfax. And like so many of our modern artists, her studio was in her home. Childhood piano lessons are stressful. Do you remember the old upright, Mrs. Pianoteacher noting your insufficient practice time, the dread moment when Auntie suggested you entertain the family? Which was worse: only your mother at your recitals or the whole family? Why would an otherwise sane adult be a piano teacher, torn between childhood indifference and parental educational duty? The historical record does not shout why the former Miss Beulah Bloyd became a private music teacher, but we can guess. After graduating in 1923 from Canon City High School, Beulah went off to teach school in Silver Cliff, about 47 miles southwest of her hometown.

BEULAH I. BLOYD, 1923 NONAC, Canon City High School Yearbook.

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Her marriage was announced in the June 11, 1926, issue of the Wet Mountain Tribune, a paper which has been published This CANny fellow is hiding somein Westcliffe weekly since 1883. Fred Trout where in this issue. Find him and was a “prosperous young farmer of Hillside,” send an email to puzzle@ Publisher: Tim Berland and the couple honeymooned in northern Managing Editor: J. Patrick O’Leary ngazette.com and tell us where Colorado. William was born in 1928 and he is at. We will draw a winner out of © MARCH 2018 Mrs. Trout’s public school teaching career All rights reserved. the correct responses and was over. The publishers assume no send them a cool prize. The marriage didn’t last and Beulah responsibility for representations, claims or opinions by any advertising Good luck! relocated to Mountair to be closer to her or article in this publication. parents. Cyrus and Daphna Bloyd moved to Lakewood in about 1928. Beulah’s father, along with her uncle William, sister Lola and Lola’s husband Herman Mann, operated a truck farm at 1590 Harlan St. Daphna Bloyd opened the Eagle Cafe at 5225 W. Colfax around 1935. By 1938 the cafe was in a newly constructed building, open 18 hours a day, employing seven waitresses, and one cook – Charles L. Meade. A notice in the East Jefferson Sentinel of Feb. 10 states, “The piano class of Mrs. Trout will join the class of Miss Florence Kaltriter in a recital and Valentine’s party at thgir eht tceleS rosivdA nathe oLlatter’s .rS –home neeron G Feb. .M n19.” iveK It wasn’t just the children making a ruoy – redneL also that gninnur sraey 6 enijoyful zagaM 08noise. 25 ni lanoThe isseforpaper P ratS eriF dedrareported wA *robhgien the home of Mrs. Trout “was the scene of a delightful pinochle party Saturday, Feb. 5…. Following the games there was music Select the by the crowd and lovely refreshments were – ecivreright S taerLender G served.” The guests included Lola and your neighbor! Herman, and Charles Meade. The Trout and Kaltriter classes gave a ✔ Great Service spring recital in April, and another party✔ Integrity ytir✔geGreat tnI Rates recital in June. The recitals and student Select the right r. Loan Advisor Sr. Loan Advisor parties were generally “at the studio of Lender – your Whether upgrading, downsizing, relocating, or just want to have some extra Mrs. Trout.” Students are listed along with 80 Magazine 6 yearsyou’re running izisnwod ,gnidargpu er’uoy rehtehW spending cash from a refinance. The quick and easy place to check out your options, their,gnpiece. The spring recital ended with neighbor* give me a call, stop on by and see for yourself! I’m your neighborhood lending expert. artxe emos evah ot tnaw tsuj ro ,gnitacoler setaR taerG Mrs. Trout and Miss Kaltriter playing “The dna emoC .ecnanifer a morf hsac gnidneps Nut Cracker” by Tchaikovsky. Then a May Come and knock on my door... or give me a call 303-865-3952 anytime. -303 llac a em evig ro ...rood ym no kconk 19, 1938 headline.emran “Mrs. Beulah Trout ityna 2593-568 Awarded Five Star Professional in 5280 Magazine 6 years running receives Scholarship.” The scholarship Great Service nwo yrev ruoy morF was for a summer term at Washington University in St. Louis and Miss Kaltriter CHECK ME OUT! loansbykevin.com !ROBHGIEN would teach Mrs. Trout’s students for the duration. Mrs. Trout’s summer was packed Integrity with technical courses to improve her own playing as well as classes on the latest educational theories. Classes titled zing, “Music Literature,” “Aural Theories” and ome extra “Piano Principles” were balanced with Great Rates

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“Observation of Children’s Work” and “Studio Administration.” The instructors were from the St. Louis Institute of Music faculty. SLIM, as its alumni call it, was founded in 1924 as the Progressive Series Teachers College. One of the instructors was Austrian-born Gottfried Galston (1879-1950). Mr. Galston performed extensively around the world between 1906 and 1926, the year he joined the faculty of SLIM. Mrs. Trout and her fellow teachers would have considered him a living great. Two circa-1912 Galston performances are available through the twin miracles of piano rolls and YouTube. Mr. Galston is best remembered for his arrangements of Chopin and Bach. This summer program was open to Progressive Series Society members who could pass an entrance examination. This non-secret society was associated with the St. Louis Institute of Music. The first two chapters, Alpha (Canon City) and Beta (Denver) were both organized in 1926. Once home, the combined classes held their annual Halloween party with 30 guests present. In mid-November, in a quiet ceremony Beulah Trout married Charles Meade at the home of the justice of the peace. A Sentinel article on Nov. 24 tells us that the bride wore black velvet, the couple would purchase the Eagle Cafe, and Mrs. Meade would continue to teach music in her West Colfax Studio. Eventually the Meades sold the Cafe and moved to 29th and Benton. In 1956, Charles retired as head of the priest’s dining room at Regis College, and became caretaker of his then invalid wife. They settled into a new routine. Every morning Charles made pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast and then read the Rocky Mountain News (RMN). Charlie's 1958 RMN obituary records his last day. After dinner, he cashed a check at the Edgewater Drug Store, bought eggs and milk at the Cowette Creamery, and stopped at the Edgewater Inn on his walk home. Sitting at the bar, Charlie called over co-owner Nick Domenico to show off a picture of Beulah. “‘Isn’t she a beautiful woman?’ Charlie asked Domenico. ‘She’s a former music teacher too.’” Charlie returned photo to his breast pocket, as a gunman entered and ordered Charlie to put his head on the bar. Instead, the otherwise “jovial Irishman” punched the gunman in the face, who responded by firing twice. The beautiful, beloved, former music teacher died in 2004, age 99.

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it wants the property to remain zoned C-1, 147542 SLMN and does not want mixed-use. Development proposals must meet commercial parking requirements, comply with the 25-foot height limit along Sheridan Boulevard, and meet other applicable zoning and design standards. The same criteria applies to the other parcel. The city will hold an open house and site visit for developers interested in the city hall site on March 26, 10 a.m.; an open house and site visit for the old city hall, firehouse and library takes place the following day. For more information, visit www. edgewaterco.com and click on the links under “RFQP for Sale/Redevelopment of Properties.” Lawsuit Over Lakewood Growth Initiative Stalled Half a year after Lakewood resident Steve Dorman filed a lawsuit challenging a citizen petition to place a growth restriction initiative on the November 2017 Lakewood municipal ballot, no trial, hearing or mediation dates have been set to settle the matter, according to public court documents. As the Neighborhood Gazette went to press, the judge had yet to rule on Dorman’s motion to kick the entire matter back to Lakewood City Clerk Margy Greer to rule on the petition’s validity after one of the two required petition proponents withdrew her name. Dorman filed the legal challenge on Sept. 19 last year, after Greer ruled the

THE EDGEWATER MUNICIPAL BUILDING’S FOR SALE, according to a Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the Sale and Redevelopment for that and another city property, both being replaced by the new, under-construction civic center. petition met city requirements, and seeks to overturn her decision. Greer, the City of Lakewood, and the two proponents of the initiative – Cathy Kentner and Anita Springsteen – were named in the lawsuit. Springsteen notified the city clerk that she had withdrawn as proponent of the petition sometime after the lawsuit was filed. Now making an additional argument that the city code requires a petition to have two proponents to be valid, Dorman filed a Motion to Remand (send back) to the City Clerk on Nov. 16, and moved to dismiss Springsteen from the lawsuit on Dec. 6. A flurry of responses and replies were filed through Dec. 20. Nearly three months later, no ruling has been issued on the Motion to Remand, and no case management conference, hearings or trial have been scheduled.


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we look forward to celebrating and learning alongside you this spring: • Tuesday, March 20, 7-8 p.m., Composting Seminar at the Edgewater Library on 25th and Grey Street. • Saturday, April 7, 10-11 a.m., Basic Organic Gardening at the Jefferson Community Garden on 24th and Pierce. • Tuesday, April 24, 7-8 p.m., Food Waste Seminar at the Edgewater Library on 25th and Grey Street. • Saturday, May 5, 10-11 a.m. TBA at the Jefferson Community Garden on 24th and Pierce. • Tuesday, May 15, 7-8 p.m., TBA at the Edgewater Library on 25th and Grey Street. Lilly Steirer volunteers with HEALthy Edgewater, she is a Master Community Gardener through Denver Urban Gardens, and is a co-leader for the Jefferson Community Gardens. She occasionally speaks at the Edgewater Sustainability Seminar about topics ranging from local food to simple living.


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Iron Sculptor Has a Heart of Gold n By

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hat kind of energy do you want to put in the world?” says Dennis West, founder and owner of 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio and Gallery. West not only puts his soul into every piece of art he creates, he puts it into his community. He proclaims, “Through the power of art, together, we can begin to unfold the myth. The myth is what life is, the journey we’re on, and what a passion does to your heart. “I’m a big believer in God, in being a Christian and helping people out. I have people walk into my studio everyday who need something fixed – their favorite dandelion digger, or a wheelbarrow, or the chair they broke when they were yelling at the Broncos.” He stops everything he’s doing to make the fix, at no charge, “because these people are my neighbors. I only ask them to pay that favor forward to someone else who needs one.” The studio is at the corner of W. 23rd Avenue and King Street, in a 1950s, fourbay, former Texaco filling station. For 27 years, West has taken on building everything from handrails to fences – work that helps to financially support his artistic side – and it’s all fashioned from metal. “I’m selling out a little bit, but, you know, we live in a tough world; I have to pay the bills,” West said. A current project is “some cool furniture” and a series of iron planters and flower boxes that will surround the rooftop deck of a new three-story house in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. “The hardest thing about my art,” West said, “is not being able to sell it all the time. But the easiest thing is being my own boss. I never have any same ol’ same ol’. It’s always different. I’ve built spiral staircases

IRON SCULPTOR DENNIS WEST LAYS OUT A PROJECT DESIGN at his 23rd Avenue Studio. PHOTO BY KEN LUTES. and heart-shaped cookie cutters for dog biscuits.” A lifelong resident of north Denver, West grew up at 42nd and Clay, in Sunnyside; he attended St. Catherine’s and Holy Family High School. “The Sisters of Loretto at Holy Family couldn’t offer me art classes,” West said, “so when I graduated they gave me a scholarship and said, ‘Go follow your dream.’” In 1976, he received a fine arts degree from Loretto Heights College. Artistic talent runs in West’s family. His grandfather was a painter and an illustrator for the Bureau of Reclamation. “We have a lot of his old etchings,” West said. He also discovered his mother was a closet painter. “After she died, we found many unfinished paintings stashed away. But raising four boys and girl by herself, she didn’t have time for that kind of stuff anymore. She was a good mentor in that she encouraged me to follow my dream – same as the Sisters at Holy Family.” West said he kind of knew in grade

school that he wanted to be an artist; by high school, he was certain. “I was recruited to be the art editor of the newspaper and the yearbooks. In those days, that was the best the nuns could give me other than recruiting me to design bulletin boards for every classroom.” West didn’t realize until he got to college that he’d take interest in being a sculptor and a welder. “It’s spontaneous for who I am as an individual. [In college], I didn’t like carving stone; I didn’t like carving wood. I’d seen the oxygen and acetylene tanks sitting in a corner of the art studio, and I asked my instructor if he’d teach me to weld. “I didn’t have to wait for glue to dry or for 10 other techniques to get in the way. When casting a bronze, you’d have to make a wax and then a mold. I always felt that after you made the wax, the sculpting part was over. With welding, I could put a piece together without all those other steps. I have a propensity to be able to find scraps of steel and iron that speak to me and make them into something that actually looks like a sculpture.” Metal sculpting is West’s passion. His design influences range from abstract to contemporary to traditional – even figurative, or representational. Among his favorite artists are Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Vincent Van Gogh; many of the sculptures in the studio gallery reflect those influences. West’s gallery is unusual in that it’s part of an outdoor garden that surrounds a yearround koi pond stocked also with goldfish and turtles. “There are eight turtles in there,” West said. “We wanted one, then people started dropping them off because they didn’t know [turtles] could live 50 years.” With no website, and an unlisted phone

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number, work comes to West by word of mouth. “I shake people’s hands and look them in the eye and say, ‘Do we have a deal?’” He doesn’t take credit cards. “I’ve had people come to buy with only a credit card, and I tell them to load their truck and send me a check when they get home. And you know what? I always get a check. “I’m grateful to God for giving me abundance, so I like to give back. The nuns used to tell me the one word I needed in my vocabulary was ‘no.’ I maybe say ‘yes’ too often, but I might need an extra gold brick to get into heaven. I just know that when I get there, St. Peter’s going to say, ‘You’re half a brick short, West.’” West said that if he weren’t an artist he’d probably be growing plants, like his brother, who owns Southwest Gardens in Wheat Ridge. “I like to be close to the earth. I receive a lot of energy from plants. Knowing how to care and cultivate plants helps me care and cultivate my art and my life.”

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‘I, Too, Am Qualified’ Takes On Age Discrimination n By

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ot even 50 years of age, Nancy Fingerhood and Michael Lindenberger found it much harder to land jobs in Colorado than unemployment statistics show. After months and months and hundreds of job applications without success, the Westminster couple came to believe they were victims of age discrimination. Eventually, Lindenberger found a photography job, while Fingerhood works part-time for a title insurance company and is a substitute teacher. But their experiences led to the formation of a group to work against ageism, and a Saturday, Feb. 24, meeting with U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Arvada) at Natural Grocers on Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge. They asked him to co-sponsor a bill to help prevent age discrimination in hiring and other employment decisions. Perlmutter agreed several days later. HR 2650, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, was introduced in May 2017 by U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va). A companion bill, SB 443, was introduced in February 2017 by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-Penn.). Both bills were assigned to committees but were not considered. The bills amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to establish an unlawful employment practice when the complaining party demonstrates that age or participation in investigations, proceedings or litigation under the act was a motivating factor for any unlawful employment practice, despite other possible factors. Dec. 15., 2017, was the 50th anniversary of the act, aimed at protecting people over 40 from unfair treatment by employers and preventing age-related bias. “People are not even aware what the (act) is all about,” Fingerhood said. “Age discrimination isn’t like race, sex or religion.

Most people are aware when racial or sexual discrimination happens but not when it comes to age. You can still say things about someone’s age that you can’t say about their race or their gender.” “Older Americans should be celebrated for their experience and knowledge,” Perlmutter said in a March 2 statement. “Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and this bill would re-establish needed protections for older Americans and ensure they are competitive in the current job market.”

Starting a movement?

In October 2017, Fingerhood and Lindenberger launched a website and a Twitter account called “I, Too, Am Qualified.” With photographs and statements from people who believe they are victims of age discrimination, it is similar to the “I, Too, Am Oxford” effort that used photography to grow awareness of racism. The group is taking a three-pronged approach to ageism, Fingerhood said: Social awareness, legislative change and changing overall attitudes and culture. “We really want to let people know they’re not alone,” Fingerhood stated. “We always hear how low Colorado’s unemployment rate is, but there are a lot of people who have been looking for jobs for a long time and suspect they are victims of age discrimination.” Lindenberger said his job applications failed to generate any responses until he removed his high school graduation year. Some of the people on the website live outside Colorado, showing the issue is national in scope and in need of addressing at the federal level, Lindenberger added. Statistics show that age discrimination complaints are fairly high in Colorado, but few cases are found to have probable cause. And older workers make up a high percentage of the long-term unemployed. In fiscal year 2017, 27 percent of all

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During their research, a company that trains business managers about ageism told Fingerhood and Lindenberger younger managers worry older workers “won’t have respect for them or maybe think they know it all,” Fingerhood said. Older workers expecting to be paid more than a company can afford is another worry, she added. But many older workers don’t have that expectation, Fingerhood said, especially if they are trying to change careers. Continued on page 10

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adolescents from dabbling in drugs and alcohol, programs that focus on positive n a daily basis, the opioid epidemic peer interactions, on-going family support is in the news. Also on a daily basis, and engagement, and basic education more people die in the United States from around the effects of substances on the body overdose than they do from motor vehicle and the developing mind have proven to be accidents. In Colorado, 224,000 people successful. misuse prescribed medications a year, two There are other proven early thirds of which are opioids. intervention strategies. Opioid use and abuse Colorado has participated in has reached an all-time high. two five-year Screening Brief State and federal governments Intervention and Referral have recognized the use of to Treatment (SBIRT) pilot opioids – from prescribed pain programs, and SCL Health, medications, to heroin – as a through West Pines Behavioral public health crisis. The Colorado Health, has applied for the State Legislature established the program. Through screening “Opioid and Other Substance Use of emergency department and Disorder Interim Committee” primary care patients, SBIRT in 2017 to consider strategies seeks to educate the average Brad Sjostrom to combat addiction – from patient about dangerous levels looking at laws to curtail opioid prescribing of alcohol consumption and drug use, and practices, to considering changes to how refer those who have developed a substance Medicaid reimburses treatment facilities. use disorder into treatment. Opioids have historically been Treatment consists of intensive services prescribed to treat acute pain; some of in a contained environment, to outpatient the more commonly used opioids are services, to medication-assisted therapy, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, Codeine which has proven to be the most effective and Vicodin. To diminish the use of in diminishing cravings and preventing substances, interventions can occur on many relapse. After successful intensive levels: changing of prescribing practices, treatment, there is a large and robust prevention in the form of education and recovery community for support. early screening, treatment and recovery. Prevention, early detection, changes The Colorado chapter of the College in prescribing practices, treatment of Emergency Physicians recently issued and recovery support are all essential guidelines for emergency departments that components in helping people heal and in recommended alternatives to opioids. Ten combating the addiction epidemic. There pilot hospitals in Colorado implemented is no cure for addiction, but many people the guidelines and experienced a 25 percent do get better and learn to live healthy and decrease in the number of patients prescribed productive lives. an opioid for pain. Pain management clinics Brad Sjostrom, LCSW, MAC, is the are also using alternative treatments for manager of Addiction Services at West pain – such as nerve blocks, physical Pines Behavioral Health at Lutheran Meditherapy and acupuncture. cal Center, and can be reached at 303 To help prevent children and 467-4080. n By

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for our local schools, depending on how the funds are divided up. As funds from Initiative 93 would be ongoing, our schools Do you remember your dad telling you to would use these resources for expenses such do something because “he said so?” It seems as paying our teachers more and adding that we are slipping into that place again staff to our classrooms. where support for a new bond initiative Outside of Initiative 93, the Jeffco Public is being circulated. Why do we need more Schools Board of Education also money? Because it’s good for us. has some options to consider The requests are very in terms of putting questions specific in regards to who would on the ballot. School districts pay, how much they would pay in Colorado can only put forth and how the funding would be property tax proposals in one of collected. Yet, no mention of two formats. what would be accomplished The first is called a mill with the additional funds, who levy override, which allows would benefit and why? Lastly school districts to get (with there is no mention on how we voter approval) an additional 25 would measure the bond’s goals percent more in funds on top of and define it a success. Dr. Glass will you please share with Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. what they receive from the state. Jeffco could ask for a maximum us what you hope to achieve of around $80 million through a mill levy with this additional funding? Thank you. override. In 2016, Jeffco Public Schools To be clear, Jeffco Public Schools has asked voters for a $33 million override, proposed no tax questions for this fall, so which failed at the polls by a 53-47 margin. it would be premature for me to say what As would be the case with Initiative 93, we might do with additional funding from a these would be ongoing dollars so they most ballot proposal. However, as we look forward likely would be used for staffing levels and to this fall’s election season, there are a few compensation for educators and other staff. school funding ideas the community may The second possibility is called a bond. consider. A bond is a request from the voters for The first is being put forth at the state the school district to borrow money for level by a group called Great Schools construction purposes, and then for the Thriving Communities and is called voters to pay off the loan, with interest, over Initiative 93. This effort seeks to change the a period of usually 20 years. Jeffco Public Colorado state constitution so an additional Schools was also on the ballot in 2016 with a $1.6 billion is added to school funding. The bond proposal for $568 million, which also funds would be raised through a progressive failed at the polls by a 54-46 margin. These income tax on Colorado filers making over funds would have been used to improve and $150,000 annually and on corporate taxes. update facilities, improve schools safety Backers of the proposal say it would actually and security systems, and add on classroom lower residential and commercial property space for growing parts of Jeffco. tax rates. Initiative 93 faces some tough In my professional opinion, three hurdles as amending the state constitution questions will determine if Jeffco Public is more difficult than it used to be. The effort Schools is on the ballot this fall. The first is needs signatures from 2 percent of voters in whether or not 2018 is the right year to be every state senate seat to get on the ballot. on the ballot. Even years favor high turnout, From there, it will need to pass in November which also favors school elections, so that is with 55 percent (instead of just 50 percent) a factor. A second question is whether or not of the vote. we are able to put together a compelling and Initiative 93 would provide a substantial positive package that the community will increase in school funding in Colorado. The support. Related to this is how a local mill proposed $1.6 billion would move Colorado levy question can or should occupy the same close to (though not actually at) the national ballot as a potential statewide measure with average in terms of school funding. Here in Jeffco, it would mean between $120 million Continued on page 10 and $160 million in additional revenue

her prescriptions mailed to their home. But her parents are then forced to turn around or too long, insurance companies have and mail medicine to their daughter, further been able to restrict how a patient delaying the delivery of that medication. All may receive his or her medication. By because their insurance company raises fees drastically raising fees and or copays for in-person pickup copays for in-person pickup at at her local pharmacy. a pharmacy, many patients are Navigating the systems effectively forced to receive their required by the insurance prescriptions in the mail. companies to get your That is why I am sponsoring prescriptions through the HB18-1097, Patient Choice in mail is often difficult and time Pharmacy. This bill will allow consuming. It typically requires the patients – not the insurance spending time on an automated companies – to decide what is phone system, or navigating best for them when accessing their a website. Many seniors have prescription medications. Last difficulty with these systems month, my bipartisan legislation Jessie Danielson and would rather take a quick passed the House and similar bills drive or walk to visit with their have passed in 27 other states. We can’t allow pharmacists in person. big insurance companies to dictate our critical Coloradans from Jeffco, rural plains and health care needs. mountain communities, and urban centers For example, many people with diabetes have brought this issue to my attention. need immediate access to insulin. At times, They need to access their prescriptions in when that expensive insulin prescription is person from their local pharmacists, and delivered through the mail it is left to spoil should be able to do so without penalties in the sun or freeze in the cold. This is lifefrom their insurance company. That’s saving medication that a patient cannot do why the Senate needs to pass HB18-1097, without. In these cases, the patient is forced my measure to increase patient choice in to pay out of pocket to quickly replace the pharmacy. spoiled medication. Jessie Danielson serves as Speaker Or if a person is traveling – for work or Pro Tem of the Colorado House of Repfor fun – and gets and infection, how is resentatives. She represents State House that person supposed to obtain their mail District 24, which includes Golden, Wheat prescriptions through the mail in a timely Ridge and other areas in Jefferson County. manner? Rep. Danielson’s legislative office phone is Another example is a young woman 303-866-5522. Her website is www.jesattending school out of state. She is on her siedanielson.com. Please reach out any parents’ insurance and is required to have time with ideas, feedback or questions.

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Initiative 93. The final question relates to organizational credibility, and if Jeffco Public Schools has the confidence of the community – meaning that people won’t vote to give their tax dollars over to an organization they don’t trust. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be engaging with the community to find answers to all these questions. Ultimately, the Board of Education will need a majority vote to put a question on the ballot this fall. Until then, I’d encourage members of the community to engage in these discussions and provide feedback on whether or not Jeffco Public Schools should be on the ballot in 2018 and what package should be brought before the voters.

Fingerhood said younger workers think older workers can’t – or maybe won’t – adapt to technology. The reality is many older workers realize the value of technology and its importance in nearly every industry, she noted, so they are adept. Hoping to find a more tangible way to address ageism, Fingerhood and Lindenberger plan to host a March 24 discovery session in their Westminster home, then reach out to businesses, chambers of commerce and other organizations. “Right now, it’s like we can provide a place for people to vent, but can we go a little further and see if we can make a positive change,” Lindenberger said. If nothing changes, Lindenberger added, “We’ll start to see the weeding out of the older generations of workers and they’ll have no choice but to take social security and cause bigger demands on taxpayers. When you start to look at the long-term ramifications of this, it seems like it could really get out of control.”

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D., is Superintendent & Chief Learner, Jeffco Public Schools. If you have a question for our new superintendent please submit it to Guy@ NostalgicHomes.com or call it in to 303999-5789.

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t first the fire was small, a flickering orange flame skittering along the floor of the bedroom. Within seconds, it began to grow, greedily consuming the rug, the bedspread and then the bed. Within just three minutes, the entire room was fully involved, smoke rolling up into the blue sky while a group of firefighter recruits watched. Today’s lesson – how quickly fire can grow and the different factors that affect its behavior. Two weeks before they burned them down, the recruits built the three small buildings, using different construction methods and filled them with furniture, wall hangings and rugs. One was built using new construction methods and materials and filled with newer furniture. Another was built using what are called legacy materials – dimensional lumber and furniture covered in natural materials, like cotton and wool. The third represented an unfinished basement. “These are all examples of the homes and businesses that we see in the West Metro district,” said Lieutenant Dan Fahrney, West Metro Fire Rescue. “What we want the recruits to see are the differences in how building materials and furniture react to fire, how quickly fire can grow and how dangerous it can be for firefighters to enter structures that are on fire.” Before each small building is intentionally set on fire, a 250-pound plate is positioned on the roof. The plate represents the weight of a firefighter, fully dressed in protective gear. As the fire grows, the recruits count the minutes and seconds until the fire weakens the structure just enough so that the plate falls through,

crashing to the floor below. “From when we get that 911 call, to when we arrive on scene, usually averages about four to five minutes,” said Fahrney. “If the roof is questionable after just five minutes, then our crews going inside to search for victims have to have an idea of what they’re facing.” The 29 recruits in this academy are from four different fire agencies: West Metro Fire Rescue, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, Littleton Fire Rescue and TriLakes Monument Fire Protection District. The academy runs for 16 weeks and in the coming days, the recruits will go through several live fire trainings, where they will learn how to enter buildings, rescue life-like dummies and extinguish fires, among many other skills. “Everything they will learn over these next weeks is designed to help them operate safely, while protecting the community,” said Fahrney.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING Lakewood Kicks Off Recycling Initiative The City of Lakewood’s Sustainability Division kicked off an educational initiative to help residents recycle more at home and in their community. Dubbed “Recycle! It’s good for Lakewood,” the initiative has been developed after talking with Lakewood residents, including a focus group, for ideas and suggestions. While the effort is designed to build awareness, Sustainability Manager Jonathan Wachtel said the effort is designed to build awareness but is also an opportunity to continue the discussion about ways to increase recycling in the community. Residents will see fliers, posters and ads in the coming months to remind them about recycling options. Residents can get a bin and join in by signing up for curbside recycling at home with their trash hauler. While shopping or being outdoors, residents are encouraged to use recycling bins provided in stores and in Lakewood’s parks, instead of throwing items in the trash. A survey that the Sustainability Division conducted two years ago found that more than 90 percent of Lakewood residents who answered the survey said they wanted more recycling options and to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. The city’s citizen surveys conducted every few years also has found that Lakewood residents consistently cite Lakewood’s parks, open spaces and quality of life as their top reasons for living in the city. For more information on the initiative, visit Lakewood.org/WeRecycle.

Policy Analyst, Lakewood Mayor Discuss the Economics of a Changing Community, April 7 Population dynamics have changed in Jefferson County, and the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County will sponsor a free community meeting to address the impacts of these changes on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Hospital, south entrance, 11600 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood. Natalie O’Donnell Wood, Senior Policy Analyst at The Bell Policy Center, will explore the effects of demographic changes on the economy – for individuals and governments – including government revenues and expenditures, a changing job market, income inequality, retirement security, healthcare costs and others. Lakewood mayor Adam Paul will address the city’s approach to the impacts of population changes, and how a local government plans and prepares for changes in population demographics, revenue, needed services and an evolving job market. The meeting is one in a series based on

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the results of a 2017 review of demographic changes in the county by the League of Women Voters Jeffco. A Health Care meeting was presented in March and a Transportation meeting is set for May. The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Visit www.lwvjeffco.org, call 303-2380032 or email info@lwvjeffco.org for more information.

Sunshine Home Share Seeks Sponsors for May 21 Fundraiser Mark your calendars – and consider a sponsorship – for Sunshine Home Share’s second fundraising event, set for May 21 at Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge. “Sunrise is growing quickly as the need for affordable housing keeps growing,” said Executive Director Alison Joucovsky. “We need home seekers and home providers and have made seven matches.” Joucovsky said the new, small nonprofit needs community support to be sustainable, and is seeking sponsors and donors. For more information, call 303-9158264 or visit Sunshinehomeshare.org.

No More Fines For Kids’ Materials, Says Jeffco Library Jefferson County Public Library has eliminated of overdue fines for kids’ materials. According to a March 5 release from JCPL, the change increases access to books

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and materials for its youngest patrons: Studies show that imposing fines on overdue materials is not an effective method for ensuring the prompt return of materials, but that it can create barriers to using the library. “We want to increase access, availability and awareness of library resources to help every child in Jefferson County be ready to read when he/she enters kindergarten,” said Pam Nissler, executive director. “We know that our youngest patrons benefit from early exposure to reading, singing and speech and by removing potential barriers that might make families reluctant to check out materials for their children, we can better promote a culture of reading.” To encourage timely returns, all children’s items now have regular due dates, and reminder emails are sent. Several other library systems in Colorado have implemented this with considerable success, including Denver Public Libraries, Arapahoe Library District and Boulder County Libraries. Eliminating fines on children’s materials will not have a material impact on the Library’s budget, according to the release, as those fines represent less than one half of one percent of the budget.

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Explore Tax Simplification at League of Women Voters’ Book Club, April 21 The Jeffco League of Women Voters Nonfiction Book Club will examine various options for simplifying our federal tax system for its April meetings. “A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System,” by wellknown journalist and author T. R. Reid, is a comparison of taxation systems around globe. Using a similar style to his previous book on health care, “The Healing of America,” after visiting several European and Latin American countries and New Zealand, Reid explains in lay language, differences between how they deal with raising sufficient revenue to fund their government using methods that are seen as fair to their citizens. The nearest meeting take place Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. For more information, call Lynne at 303-985-5128.


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Spring Welcomes Visitors to the Art District

Special Film Screenings, New Play Coming to Town

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re you ready to start enjoying Colorado’s beautiful spring weather while visiting the Art District? The 40 West Art District is filling with new shows and new happenings for all of us to enjoy. The current exhibit at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., is “Colfax Avenue: Past, Present, and Future” continuing until March 24. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. There are extended hours on First Fridays. On April 6 there will be a reception from 5 until 8 p.m. for the opening of a new exhibition – the Member’s Showcase. Members are not restricted to theme or to materials. Visit and you may see sculpture, paintings, collage or photography, which makes the exhibit interesting and fun to view. Check it out during the reception and enjoy a complimentary beer or wine. 40 West Studios is affordable space for artist and other creatives a block off Colfax on Reed Street. A new gallery space, called Reed Street Gallery, is now open in the 40 West Studios lobby. Check it out! Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax in Lamar Plaza, will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 16. Stop by to enjoy the fabulous variety of artwork, the Joyful Soles Irish Step Dancers, and Irish Tacos. The food will be available and the dancing performed from 6 to 8 p.m., for $15. Edge Gallery, 7701 W. Colfax, opened their “Month of Printmaking” on March’s First Friday. You still have time to visit and enjoy until Easter, April 1. The next show, “On Edge,” has its opening reception on April 27. “On Edge” is a juried show of contemporary Colorado artists creating

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work that challenges the boundaries of ideas and materials. The Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, closed their show, “Pink Palace,” art of all kinds in homage to Casa Bonita on March 11. The Opening Reception for the next show is on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. This show of Richard T. Anderson’s paintings and Leah Swenson’s collages will continue until April 1. Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., has a spring bounty of activities. A “Spring Equinox Celebration” will welcome the season with sun salutations and setting intentions for spring on March 26 at 7 p.m. If you want to find out more about essential oils, the second Thursday and fourth Monday of each month there will be discussions, answers to your questions, and great scents. Monday’s classes are from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday’s from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information about yoga classes, book club, and bamboo bicycles drop by and chat or visit online.

n addition to showing the industry’s latest box-office hits, the Alamo Drafthouse Denver will present a number of notable films between mid-March and mid-April. Included in the lineup are Girls Rock, presented by and benefitting Girls Rock Denver, (March 18, 3 p.m.) “Haunters: The Art of the Scare,” which is a documentary about the Halloween haunted house subculture (March 19, 8 p.m.), Celine Sciamma’s 2014 coming of age film, “Girlhood” (March 20, 7:45 p.m.), “The Road Warrior” (March 21, 9 p.m.), “Revenge of the Nerds” (March 26, 7:30 p.m.), and “My Brother’s Keeper: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” presented by Ill Se7en and benefitting My Brother's Keeper Alliance and La Napoule Art Foundation (March 25, 6 p.m.). The April installment of the Film/STILL series at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver will feature “BEUYS,” a documentary by filmmaker Andres Veiel about the life and work of the 20th-century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys (March 21, 7 p.m.). Additional special screenings on deck include Icelandic LGBTQ double feature: “Heartstone” (April 7, 12 p.m.) and “Rift” (April 7, 3 p.m.) and RMCAD’s presentation of “All This Panic” (April 11, 7 p.m.), a coming of age documentary about teenage girls. For details on these and other special screenings or films playing at the Alamo Drafthouse, visit https://drafthouse.com/ denver/theater/sloans-lake.

‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Opens at the Edge Benchmark Theatre’s production of “A Kid Like Jake” concludes on March 24, at which time, the space Benchmark currently shares with the Edge Theater will be made ready for the Edge’s production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which opens on April 13. Running through May 5, this is one of the Edge’s two remaining shows scheduled for 2018. For information or tickets, visit www. http://www.theedgetheater.com/

Rodents’ April Show to Benefit Giving Day Denver As part of its Comedy for a Cause series at the Grange in Wheat Ridge, the Rodents of Unusual Size will benefit Giving Day Denver on April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The show is free, a $5 donation is suggested. (Families with three or more pay only $15 total.) For details, visit www.coloradoimprov. com

Neighborhood Gazette – March 2018  

The March 13 - April 15, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Gazette – March 2018  

The March 13 - April 15, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

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