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hether it’s a scrape or rebuild, we just want the right development,” said Edgewater deputy city manager Dan Maples, on the sale and repurposing of the city’s present municipal building at W. 24th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Maples hosted a half-dozen potential developers and architects at a March 26 open house and site visit inside the municipal building. Discussion at the meeting centered on the city’s planning process and physical design issues and emphasized a keen preference for a business that will generate strong sales tax revenues. “Edgewater is 100 percent sales tax driven,” Maples said, stressing the importance of retail business along the Sheridan corridor. “We don’t have property taxes here that would come back to the city.” The municipal building is zoned C-1, “and we anticipate it’ll stay that. We’re very protective of our commercial corridors.” On March 27, developers inspected the second property Continued on page 2

NEW CIVIC CENTER MEANS OLD CITY HALL FOR SALE: The City of Edgewater is searching for the right buyer to make the best use of its city hall, old city hall and old fire station, which will no longer be needed after the completion of the new civic center, currently under construction. PHOTO BY TIM BERLAND

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he new Jefferson County 911 dispatch center, called Jeffcom 911, will provide shorter response times and better service for emergencies throughout Jeffco. Over 65,000 emergency calls are expected by the center each month. What to do in an emergency hasn’t changed – call 911. So, what is the advantage of this central dispatch center? Smaller, localized 911 centers can be overwhelmed with calls. The biggest problem had been people calling for non-emergencies. Many people don’t know the numbers to call for a non-emergency, but everyone remembers 911. The lines become tied up, so a person with a real emergency can’t get through and gets only a busy signal. A genuine emergency, also, results in a flood of calls. When every call taker is already on a call, the response to emergencies can be delayed. When the emergency is genuine, those busy lines can be a hazard to people in danger, also. How do you decide whether to call 911 or the non-emergency line? A 911 emergency is a situation that requires a firefighter, medical help, or a police officer right away. A fire breaks out – call 911! Someone has chest pain, is choking, threatening suicide, or has sudden severe pain – call 911! You see a burglary or an assault happening – call 911! You see a car crash – call 911! Do not call 911 if the neighbor’s dog is barking, if the power goes out, or to discuss paying a fine. If you are alone and hear someone break in your home – call 911. If you come home and someone has broken in your home, call the non-emergency number. If you aren’t sure, call 911 and let the 911 operator help you decide. Stay as calm as possible, give the call taker all the information, and answer all questions. Once you have done that, the operator will let you

know if it is an emergency. When you call 911, listen and follow the directions the operator gives you. Be ready to provide the address, cross streets, or another way to identify the location. This is very important if you are on a cell phone, because the operator can’t pinpoint your location. What if you realize you have dialed 911 by mistake? Stay on the line. Explain your mistake to the call taker. Why? This ensures that no time is wasted calling you back or even sending emergency vehicles. Who do you call with a problem if it isn’t an emergency? Police and fire departments have non-emergency phone numbers. Your

town’s website probably provides the nonemergency police department number, as well as other commonly requested phone numbers. There are several fire stations in most towns, so check for the non-emergency number of the one nearest to your home. Once you have the non-emergency numbers, make note of them or put them in your phone. Edgewater’s website (www.edgewaterco. com) provides a link to the City of Edgewater Police Department on its home page. The page for the police department provides Edgewater Police Department’s non-emergency number, 303-322-7273;

Jefferson County non-emergency dispatch, 303-277-0211; victim outreach, 303-2022196; rape assist and awareness, 303-3227273; and crime stoppers, 720-913-7867. Additional links to contact forms, safety tips, the school resource officer, traffic enforcement, and other topics of interest are listed. The Edgewater Police Department recommends Neighborhood Watch programs as a way to keep neighborhoods safe. More information on the program is available at volunteers@edgewater.com. Two Creeks and the West Colfax corridor are both served by the Lakewood Police Continued on page 2

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Robert Autobee – Journalist and Historian ■ By

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obert “Bob” Autobee, journalist and historian, age 56, of Lakewood died in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 18, following a short illness. At the time of his death, he was deployed with FEMA to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts as an historic preservationist. That he found the most obscure job in the federal government is not a surprise because my brother Bob was as unconventional as he was smart. His first love affair was with journalism and it started 1964. At age three, he read the newspaper out loud for family and friends, leaving them absolutely amazed. He pursued every topic that interested him. He could not casually read a book and move on rather he totally immersed himself. Bob was our answer-man. Now we have to use Google like everyone else. Bob always had a unique way of looking at things. He shunned the established and popular. While most kids were playing football, Continued on page 2

LAKEWOOD JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN BOB AUTOBEE, 56, died in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 18, following a short illness. He and his wife Kris wrote two books on the history of Lakewood and one on the lost restaurants of Denver, articles for scholarly journals, local newspapers, and city and county historical societies. PHOTO COURTESY KRISTEN AUTOBEE


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for sale at 5845 W. 25th Ave., the site of Edgewater’s old city hall, its former fire department and a Jefferson County library. It is also the city’s desire to retain the C-1 zoning for this property, to further establish the retail character of 25th Avenue. “We like retail, and we’d like something to contribute for the long term,” Maples said. The 25th and Gray property is mixed with residential, making it different from the municipal building property, which is on a high-density commercial corridor. “There’s a lot of neighborhood community we have to be aware of,” Maples said. “As far as what we want with [these properties], we really just want the right

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recently we received a donation of year-old fruit saplings and we planted them with dreams of a food forest. As we get closer to the start of the season, we are looking at a garden that is already ripe with baby weeds threatening to take over, but this year we are determined to not only grow plants, but to cultivate community. We are eager for this to be a garden where surrounding neighbors and citizens of Edgewater can come to learn, socialize and grow. Throughout the season, mark your calendar for our continuing gardening classes on the first Saturday morning of each month. The entire community is welcome to join these classes as well as the weekly evening potlucks where we will eat and chat about gardening. On April 21, join our Earth Day Work Day from 9 a.m. to noon as we come together to re-start a successful garden by digging in the earth. On May 5 from 10 to 11 a.m., join our hands-on class about composting led by Edgewater urban farmers Jason and Debra Bump. Following the composting class, we will continue to work in the garden preparing it for the season. We will provide a free lunch for all of the volunteers supporting us that day, too. If you want to stay up to date on all of our events that are open to the public, please email saintsgarden@gmail.com to get on our list. In addition, check out the edgewatercollective.org for more information and updates.


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ndrea Liggett’s tattoo studio is a bright feast for the eyes, with artwork of all kinds on the walls. Featured large are images of Marilyn Monroe and a corner shelf full of figures and buildings from “Nightmare Before Christmas,” a 1993 stopmotion animated musical by Tim Burton. “That movie is special to me because Jack [the main character] tries to be something he’s not, and he fails miserably,” says Liggett, co-owner of Illustrated Gypsy on West Colfax at Perry Street. Liggett, who goes by the nickname “Andee,” is all about authenticity in her art. Her tattoos express her individuality, as well as the individuality of the people who wear them. “When someone comes for a tattoo, I get them to open up about who they are and what they identify with. We break it down symbolically and I design a tattoo for them,” she says. Andee’s detailed, polished work reflects her interests in the art nouveau style, botanical illustration and fantasy art. Her fine-artist-caliber technique is even more impressive because she is mostly selftaught. “In elementary school it became clear that I could draw, and I kept at it,” says Andee. “I took a figure-drawing class at community college, which helped with tattooing since tattoos are all about bodies.” Though she created art in many media – watercolors, colored pencils, graphite and jewelry – Andee never thought tattooing would be her career. “I worked in a corporate setting for 10 years and I knew I wouldn’t stay in that purgatory. I was getting tattoos myself and friends asked me to design theirs. When anyone suggested that I do tattoos I said ‘Never,’ but then it hit me: I could make money and make art.” Owning the tattoo shop with five other artists since 2009 is a decent living, said Andee, who charges $150 per hour for her services. “I make enough money but I’m not all about money.” She said greater numbers of fine artists are finding their livelihood in tattoos these days. “Recent art school grads are jumping into it because it’s lucrative. It’s a craft that traditionally drew journeymen. The new technology makes it more attractive to real artists instead of just troublemakers who can draw.” Andee designs many of her tattoos on an iPad with a stylus. To apply the tattoo, she uses a coil tattoo machine, a hand-held device that uses electromagnetic coils to move a bar up and down. Connected to the bar is a group of needles that push ink into the skin. “It’s like a tiny sewing machine,” she said.

She chooses from about 60 colors, which she often blends or layers to get the desired effect. The color is deposited under the dermis, down about the width of a nickel. It can take a year or more to complete a large tattoo because it is done in stages, allowing time in between for the skin to heal. The line work defining the image comes first, then the colors. “I use lots of saturated color,” Andee said. One of Andee’s biggest influences is Alphonse Mucha, an early 1900s Czech art nouveau painter with an ornate and sensuous style. “His art is tattoo-friendly because everything is outlined,” she says. She is drawn to ancient architecture, including the pyramids, and she loves flowers. “Once you know how flowers are structured, like that a lily has six petals, then you can play with the form.” People want tattoos for a variety of reasons and their requests are sometimes surprising. “People memorialize their pets that have passed, or they want to cover spider veins,” Andee said. “Sometimes it’s weird, like the girl who got a grilled cheese sandwich tattoo. “I try to give good advice up front so that they’ll make good decisions and won’t end up getting sick of their tattoo. If they want something wordy, I get them to think about that. Do you really want people reading you in the grocery store line? And if you memorialize a pet, think about how many times you’ll have to explain it.” She said the pain of getting a tattoo can be a point of pride for people. “Tattoos give people confidence because they can show their friends and say, ‘Look what I endured.’ It’s like a badge of honor.” The pain of getting a tattoo varies with the placement and the individual. “Getting a tattoo hurts the most in areas with lots of nerve endings or near a joint,” said Andee, displaying a tattoo on her pinkie finger that she says was particularly painful. “I think it feels like cat scratches. People react differently to the process: some go to sleep, while others are nervous. I try not to go more than four hours on a person because they go into a mild shock. We both know when enough is enough.” Shane Haberland was in Andee’s tattoo chair getting the next phase of his “Beetlejuice” (a 1998 movie) collage, a large tattoo covering most of his lower leg. Andee has been working on the tattoo for about a year. “The tattooing can hurt,” Haberland said, “but you also get high from it because all your endorphins kick in.” In addition to completing his new tattoo, Andee is also concealing one of Haberland’s old ones, an homage to an ex-girlfriend featuring a bomb with the label “In Love.” “Never again,” said Haberland.


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ave sunny days made you impatient to work in your garden? It’s hard to know what to do, when the Rockies home opener reminds us that warm days are here one day and snow back the next. Experts from Young’s Market and Garden Center at 9400 W. 44th Ave., Southwest Gardens at 4114 Harlan St., and Abner’s Garden Center at 12280 W. 44th Ave., agreed that now is the best time for clean-up and soil preparation. But, we don’t even have to wait for planting. “If you can get a shovel into the ground, you can start preparing the ground for new plants or seeds,” said Tammy, the sister of Cary West, the owner of Southwest Gardens. Loosening the soil and adding compost are ways to get the garden ready for plants or seeds. Weeds are easy to pull from the wet ground. General cleanup, also, makes your garden look ready for spring. She also pointed out that outdoor cacti and succulents are fine blanketed in snow. “But, watch out after a big snow. Don’t plow heavy heaps of snow on them when you plow the driveway or the sidewalk. That is a death sentence.” Cary West has variety after variety of succulents and cacti in the outside garden that have poked through the snow. Even more will be arriving soon. Ed Becerra sat in a toasty warm Young’s Market with every entry covered with plastic curtains on a very cold day. He suggested that now is a good time for soil preparation. You can rototill in compost and bone meal. Now is a good time to clean up around perennials. Leaves and other debris can be cleaned out of garden beds and be composted. Dead branches of perennials can be removed. Ornamental grasses need to be cut as close to the ground as possible. “You can start planting on about St. Patrick’s Day, though,” said Becerra. “All your root vegetables – yams, beets, onions, turnips, rutabagas – can get started while

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the ground is still cold.” Many plants are fine if they get covered in snow. “Remember,” Ed says, “Snow is a blanket. Frost, though, can be dangerous, so cover young plants with lightweight fabric.” Reed Becerra at Abner’s Garden Center, surrounded by a wonderful assortment of houseplants and fun garden art, said loosening the soil and adding fertilizers or natural enrichment is a great beginning. Also, early spring is a great time to spread grass seed in any bare patches and overseed thin areas in your lawn. “You can even plant some hardy flowers, like pansies and violas,” he said. “Pansies are tough. You can plant them outside as soon as we get them. You can plant a bowl of lettuce that you can bring in if a freeze is coming.” Reed suggested kits for planting seeds inside, if you just can’t wait. Then, seedlings can be transplanted into the garden later in spring. Spring cleanup sounds a lot more interesting with pansies, a lettuce bowl, and some hardy vegetables decorating that clean garden.

ustainability comes in many forms, and while most of us think of it as a natural lifestyle with recycling goods and repurposing objects, it is also about helping a person adapt to their changing environment and living conditions. Maybe even repurposing an actual home. Almost 22 percent of our population in Wheat Ridge is older than 65; in fact just over 4 percent are 85 and older. Now think about that person that might have lost a spouse along the way and was used to walking or driving to the market for groceries and paying their bills and maybe even attending a few social events. Age and health tend to work against us the longer we live. We find ourselves living alone in a house that once was a home to many people. What do we do with the empty rooms and how did we continue to get our groceries and maybe even visit with a few friends? Now look at the other side of the cycle, the much younger generation that is struggling in finding a place in the community, a home to live in and work to sustain and maintain a livelihood. People who are physically and mentally capable, and just a lack of opportunity to settle down and begin the cycle of a family and integration into our community. Even college graduates and

those just starting out in a new career, facing the challenges of home affordability. Introducing Sunshine Home Share Colorado, a community driven nonprofit organization that connects seniors with empty spaces in their homes with those needing affordable housing. Our senior home providers have the option now of not only avoiding the expense in home care and challenges of maintaining that large home by bringing in a prescreened young person who will help with chores, grocery shopping and drive the senior homeowner to movies and social occasions. Rigorous interviews and background checks are done to make sure both are a perfect fit for one another. With Colorado having the third fastest growing (over 65) population and 90 percent of seniors wanting to remain in their homes, this can be the solution we need to help young people looking for a place to live. Sunshine Home Share is holding a fundraiser at Right Coast Pizza, 7100 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, on May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. Get a pint and a slice for $20; proceeds go to the program. For more information please visit SunshineHomeShare.org . I will definitely be there and look forward to seeing you all support this wonderful and very timely program.

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heater 29, located at 5138 W. 29th Ave., is set to produce its first play May 17. Theater 29 is the brainchild of Lisa Wagner Erickson, local Denver playwright and West Highland resident. The primary purpose of this new theater will be to shine a spotlight on the works of Colorado playwrights. “People will have a chance to see new works by Colorado playwrights,” Erickson said.” At present, it’s typical for local playwrights to send their work to a contest or a venue in another city, where you might be competing with 500 people and not know much about the venue or what they’ll do with your work. At Theater 29, playwrights can have a seat at the table, if they want to, and see their vision come to light.” Erickson is excited to have “Burnt Offering,” by Denver playwright Dakota C. Hill, be the theater’s first offering, as it were, presented by theater collectives Feral Assembly/Chase & Be Still Stage. The play will run May 17 through 26 (except May 20). “Theater 29 won’t be a company, per se,” Erickson said. “It’ll be more of a space where companies or collectives like Pandemic, Rough Draft, Feral Assembly and Dirty Fish can use the space for their productions.” In addition to play productions, the space may be used for stage readings, improv shows, literary events, classes and workshops. “I wanted a theater that would 99 percent provide a space for Colorado playwrights. Other [Denver area] theaters and companies do produce shows by Colorado playwrights, but there are none I know of that do that exclusively. Theater 29 won’t be able to produce every single play locally, but it will at least promote that vision.” The theater building, the former site of a martial arts studio, now meets ADA requirements and will seat about 40. The basement contains an open space for set building, costumes and storage, and actors will have dressing rooms and their own restroom in the basement, with access directly to the stage area. Erickson estimates the entire space at 3,500 square feet. Erickson’s vision for a local theater had its roots early on. “In elementary school, I was in a show for the World Wildlife Fund. I was always interested in acting, so writing became sort of a sidebar. In fifth grade, I was in a play

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where I got to write my own part. I didn’t really write much until I got into an MFA program a few years ago at Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” While at Leslie University, she developed an idea for a 10-minute play about a woman trying to give up her bathroom scale [portrayed by a male actor], because she has a new boyfriend, and she’s been over-relying on the scale for validation and approval. “She’s trying to meet less and less with the scale,” Erickson said. The title of the play is “Step on Me.” While working on her low-residency MFA program in playwriting, which she finished in 2013, Erickson discovered that “I really liked the camaraderie of hanging out with other playwrights and hearing work aloud.” Returning to Denver, she attended a workshop about self-production at the Denver Center [for Performing Arts] led by Gary Garrison, who at the time was the director of the Dramatists Guild. “I had the idea in the back of my head that it would be great to have a theater at some point.” Erickson then became interested in forming a development or production group and fell into a playwrights group that was starting one. “The group they formed that I got into ended up being Dirty Fish Theater. It’s a local playwrights collective. We did a show three years ago of 10-minute plays and got ‘Best of Westword.’ I had fun with that experience.” Erickson believes there’s a greater sense of community when attending a live performance, versus other forms of entertainment. “The experience of live theater is always different. There’s a shared experience you don’t necessarily get from, say, a movie. For theater to work, both actors and audience are needed. It’s exciting, it’s never the exact same performance. Each performance is a collaborative experience between the actors,

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he Alamo Drafthouse Denver has a jampacked schedule of movies playing in theatres nationwide, combined with special screenings that are sure to delight a wide range of filmgoer tastes. In partnership with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF), the Alamo Drafthouse Denver will commemorate Earth Day with three short films, “The Shaman,” “Rising Vines” and “How We Grow.” A Q&A session will follow (Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.). On Wednesday, April 25, Greg Sestero returns to the Alamo Drafthouse to present his latest film, “Best F(r)iends: VOL 1” (8 p.m.) That weekend, the theater will host the Denver Silent Film Festival (April 27 through 29). The Alamo Drafthouse Denver will have a special screening of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” featuring a live performance from the Edge Theater Company. (Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.) Proceeds benefit the Denver Actor’s Fund. Movie parties taking place at the Sloan’s Lake location include screenings of “Mean Girls” (Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.), “La

Bamba” (Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.) and “Clue” (Friday, April 20, 7:45 p.m.) For details on these and other special screenings or films playing at the Alamo Drafthouse, visit drafthouse.com/denver/ theater/sloans-lake.

Edge Theater’s Production Of Glengarry Glen Ross Runs Through May 5 The Edge Theater opened its production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross” 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. theedgetheater.com.

Rodents Benefit Locally Based Dolls For Daughters On Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m., the Rodents of Unusual Size will perform their Comedy for a Cause, which will benefit Denver-based Dolls for Daughters. The show, which takes place at the Grange in Wheat Ridge, is free, with a suggested donation of $5 or a total of $15 for families of three or more. For details, visit www.coloradoimprov. com.


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he 40 West Art District is celebrating spring’s appearance with fabulously creative and unique shows and activities. From Japanese calligraphy to block printing with a steamroller; there is something for everyone in the art district! Visit on May 1, First Friday when the district celebrates with evening hours and special activities. At the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., on Saturday, April 21, huge, carved wood blocks will be inked. RMCAD students and artists from the area created the blocks. Each block will be inked and then printed by a two-ton steamroller rolling over it. This all happens at RMCAD between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to watch the giant prints appear. 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will have a May 1 opening for the RMCAD Steamroller Print exhibit. The First Friday Opening Reception will feature beer, wine, snacks and a first look at the steamroller wood block art. 40 West Arts will, also, offer two classes in Japanese calligraphy. Students in the May 5 or 12, 1 to 5 p.m., classes will learn the brushstrokes to create Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. They will practice the brushstrokes to create lovely black and white art. The $75 fee (with a discount for members) includes the sumi ink block, rice paper and the use of the brushes. For more information or to reserve a spot, go to info@40westarts.org. The Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, will host “On Edge2018,” a juried exhibition of Colorado artists, from April 27 to May 13. The contemporary art using any media in this show will challenge the margins

PHILIP RADER "Unique Play" at Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax. of material, content, artist, process and technology. The Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, will host an exhibit of Virginia T. Coleman’s work through April 22 called “An Accelerated Skyline.” Coleman described her work as “an examination of our built environment,” the human figure, and the fleeting moments of our lives. On April 27, a new show of Betsy Rudolph’s work will begin. Her work is bright, colorful, and three-dimensional, with both a sense of humor and an edgy touch. Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax, in Lamar Plaza by Casa Bonita, will host a new show from April 29 to May 25. The theme of the show is “For the Love of Nature.” The artwork can be of any media the artists wish to use to express the theme. Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., has a fun class coming up. “Bring a Dude to Yoga” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., on April 30. This flow class by Jackie Bissell is designed to help all participants feel strong, flexible and rejuvenated. Sounds like just what we need coming out of a long winter.

Making The Mundane Look Exotic: Woody Hirsh This month the Neighborhood Gazette spotlights photographer Woody Hirsh. His work will be featured through the month of April at the Gallery of Everything, co-located with Red Herring Art Supply at 6719 W. Colfax Ave., just west of Casa Bonita. You can meet him at the gallery, Saturday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

It happened a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I shot my first roll of Tri-X and I was hooked on photography. Learning with black and white film, and working in professional lab gave me a solid foundation. I came to understand how the camera records light and how the printer records color. Today, I re-combine elements such as color, highlights and shadows that come from different parts of an image. I use the principles of light refraction to lead the viewer’s eyes to a specific place in an image. If you remember playing with a prism on a sunny day, then you understand the process. I take a one- to two-inch source of color light and then by changing the position of a piece of rippled glass, or Fresnel (multi-faceted) lens, create new colors, shapes and patterns. It has been said that I take the mundane and make it look exotic. Look hard at my mandalas and you can see remnants of the original image. The mandala’s “pielegs” start with an image borrowed from a photograph. Usually these snapshots are uninteresting in and of themselves. I look for details that are dismissed as unimportant and from them a new image blooms. I invite custom work.

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hen medical researchers are almost always bickering about their opposing findings, we often find ourselves filtering through the mess to find our own best answers or conclusions. One hot subject of debate in the past couple decades has been our ultraviolet friend, vitamin D – bearing issues of topic such as how much each person needs, what is the best source for it and whether its benefits live up to all the hype. Living in Colorado, it may be easy to assume that we get enough sunshine to cover our vitamin D needs. This may be true for some, but not as many people get outside on a regular basis as we may think. Seniors also need more than the average amount of vitamin D that an adult needs. According to VitaminDCouncil.org, “As you get older, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.” There has been some dispute about just how much vitamin D a person of average health needs per day. However, it is the maximum amount per day that is usually more a concern than the average. In an article by the Parkinson’s Foundation, it is recommended that seniors get at least 600 International Units (IU) per day for those who are 50 years old and up and 800 IU per day for those 70 and over. This is the minimum amount and pretty much in line with recommendations from other medical associations and studies. However, some people may need more if their body is not producing enough due to a disease or condition they may carry. This is where supplements or food-based vitamin D come into play. It is also where much of the debate begins. It is arguable that vitamin D can help with bone frailty and, apparently, even lung infections. In a small study conducted by colleagues of the University of Colorado Hospital, they found that “…among seniors of an average age of 81 who live in metro Denver longterm care facilities (LTCs), high doses of vitamin D reduced acute lung infections by an astonishing 40 percent over a 12-month period.” They also found there was a “higher

rate of fall without an increase in fractures.” Still, that was a small study and more research needs to be done. On the flip side, last year the New York Times posted an article entitled, “Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?” The article pointed out that “Medical organizations, too, have repeatedly found that there is no reason to assess vitamin D levels in healthy adults, and recently two rigorous studies failed to find that high doses of the vitamin protect against heart disease or cancer.” There is still much conflict and ongoing studies about just what vitamin D is good for and how much of it is good for you. Debates aside, there are a few minimal recommendations that probably won’t hurt to follow. As long as your concern is not to exceed average amounts of vitamin D for one reason or another, then there are a few generic guidelines to help you navigate your way to a basic intake of vitamin D, daily. If you are looking for adequate amounts of vitamin D while basking in the sunlight, the Vitamin D Council, on its website, suggests timing can help make a difference: “The closer to midday you expose your skin, the better this angle and the more vitamin D is produced. A good rule of thumb is if your shadow is longer than you are tall, you’re not making much vitamin D.” Of course, variations such as genetic history, skin color, location and length of time can have an impact as well. Don’t find yourself in the sun as much as you used to? That’s OK. The Parkinson’s Foundation suggests, “For people who do not get outside enough in the summer, best things to eat are “fortified foods such as milk and milk substitutes, milk products, margarine and cereals; fatty fish, such as salmon and fish; liver oils; liver and eggs.” Finally, some medical associations suggest that wearing long sleeves and clothing can be better than sunscreen when you are in the sun for short periods of time. While there is still much research to be done about vitamin D, we at least understand that it holds a significant importance to humans much like the world around us.

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e all love springtime. With March behind us, April ushers in sunny skies and warmer weather. But April is also widely anticipated by baseball fans – it’s the start of the Rockies’ spring training season. Not only is it a great time to head to Coors Field, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about spring sports for your children, grandchildren or even yourself. There’s something to be said for individual sports, but you can’t beat the friendly competitive spirit of playing with others. Luckily, a variety of programs are available to children and young adults in our community. So many, in fact, that the options can be overwhelming. Where should you start? Consider checking out the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Activity Guide. Available online (ci.wheatridge.co.us) and at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center (4005 Kipling), it is a great resource for all sorts of programming, including sports. Programs include tee-ball, soccer, basketball, track and even skateboarding. Dates vary by program, but they run spring through summer and can accomodate children as young as 3 years old (depending on the sport). Jim Spaulding, the Athletics Supervisor for the City of Wheat Ridge, is proud of the city’s commitment to quality programming. What makes Wheat Ridge so special? “I think the big attraction to our sports programs is our emphasis on fun,” Jim

shared. “If our participants aren’t having a good time, then we’ve missed the mark.” Clearly, the mark isn’t being missed – hundreds of residents participate in the programs every year. In fact, the youth soccer program alone brings in over 600 kids annually. “If folks are having fun, they’re going to keep coming back for more,” Jim explained. “[That] means healthier, happier and more socially engaged people. And all of that is really important, especially for kids!” Other youth sports clubs, such as Wheat RidgeAvalanche(wheatridgeavalanchesoccer. org), Wheat Ridge Girls Softball (wrgirlssoftball.com) and Wheat Ridge Youth Basketball (justplaysportscolorado.com) are also popular – each serving 150 to 400 kids each season. These programs are separate organizations but often utilize city parks and facilities. Looking for something for yourself? Consider joining the Senior Softball League (co-ed) which runs April 18 through Aug. 1 in Randall Park (advanced registration required). Different leagues are offered for all skill levels and age ranges (50+). For questions about this particular program, contact Jim Spaulding directly at 303-2311310. If you are interested in learning more about the other programs offered by the City of Wheat Ridge, contact the Recreation Center at 303-231-1300. The friendly staff can also put you in touch with other leagues offered in partnership with the city.


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exercise, talking to a friend or reading a book. A calendar of free activities is on the website, denverrap.org. “We increase their chances of making better choices, instead of self-medicating their stress,” said Holien. Five Jeffco middle- and high schools – Lakewood and Wheat Ridge high schools, Jefferson Junior High/High School and Everitt Middle School – share the services of three full-time nurses. Creighton Middle School, though not under the grant, has an SEL who has been trained  in drug intervention and prevention services.  The nurses offer SEL support as well as working on school culture and climate. “The nurses support after-school activities and facilitate academic support,” said Munro. “Problems can arise when kids sit around after school, so we help them get involved in something that makes them feel good about themselves and interacting with their peers.” The nurses also help with intervention if a student reports that she or he is struggling with substance abuse, or if a student is referred or caught possessing drugs. “The nurse can work with the student on setting goals and connecting with community resources,” Munro said. If a student is ticketed for possession of drugs, the court may require that they attend a treatment program. “The school nurse can help them, and their family, navigate the system. In some cases, if they take a class, the charge can come off their record, which is important to their future,” said Munro. One Jeffco schools nurse, who prefers her name not be used, shared her experience. “I had two students that were so nervous about going to court that they asked me to go with them for support. I was able to help them and their parents through the process and alleviate some anxiety. Just the fact that they wanted me there says a lot about the trust-building that is happening.” Munro, a mother of two, said legalized marijuana is a big challenge for drug deterrence programs. “My son asked me, ‘How can marijuana be bad if it’s legal?’ The answer for youths is marijuana’s effects on the developing brain. “People don’t know that the effects of marijuana on youths is different than with adults,” she continued. “Studies show that marijuana use in the developing brain can affect learning and memory and can cause mental illness and psychosis. Marijuana strains are stronger than in the past. The part of the brain that’s looking for pleasure develops before the part that makes good decisions. The more we get this information out to parents, the better chance of them teaming with us. “Also we help students and parents understand the law itself, like around driving. And we encourage students to think about the impacts on their future lives – about what happens to their chances for college, sports and employment. We help them build a skill set for responsible decision-making.” How will the schools know the program is working? “We’re collecting data on expulsions, academic achievement and other measures; our goal is use the data to drive future practices,” said Munro. Munro hopes to see the program expand. “There needs to be a comprehensive K-12 substance abuse program. I’d like to train all teachers to know what happens in a child’s brain, to recognize what a child might look like if they are using, and what they might be using. “If I had a magic wand, I’d see to it that no one falls through the cracks.”

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raveling on a major, four-lane city street last week, just ahead of me, I saw cars stopped on both sides of the road. As I got closer I could see that it wasn’t an accident. It was three Canada geese waddling across the road from a pond on the other side. And, as if to prove their point, on my way back home on the same street and in the same spot, there were four geese slowly making their way across the road. And they did this while yelling as loudly as possible at the waiting drivers. Geese can certainly fly. Some have been reported flying over Mount Everest. They can reach speeds of almost 60 mph. So why are they walking at 1 or 2 mph across a very busy street? I know they can’t fly when they are molting. But that is usually from midJune to mid-July. This is early spring. The answer I found is that they are grazing. When they are grazing, they walk from their water site to their feeding site. And walking uses far less energy than flying. According to the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, “Canadian geese prefer to walk or swim. They do not like to fly.” And, it seems, they don’t feel they need to fly in order to avoid cars weighing many tons more than they do. (By the way, most experts, but not all, say they are Canada geese, not Canadian geese.) A couple of days later, I stopped at a local bank to make a deposit. The bank is nowhere near water and is at the intersection of two very busy roadways. Greeting me outside the front door was a very loud and very large goose, who thought this was his territory. When I asked my banker, she confirmed my suspicions and told me that this guy does indeed believe this is his property and they are not exactly sure how to get rid of him. (Actually, I read that female geese have the lowest and loudest voice, so this may have been a “she.”) This is nesting time for geese, but I only

saw one goose and, certainly, no water, no grass, and no safe place for a nest. Hopefully, this silly goose will soon realize this and move on. Because they are so common in our parks, lakes, ponds or golf courses, we think we know geese. You may be surprised at some of the things I found out. Population: You may not believe this because you see them so often, but there was a time, not so long ago, that Canada geese were an endangered species. The U.S. and Canada have laws protecting these birds and their efforts have been widely successful. After decades of decline, the number of Canada geese in North America has grown from less than 500,000 in the 1980s to more than five million today. Travel: Most, but not all, do migrate each year. They will travel thousands of miles to return to their birthplace. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than flying solo. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes over as the lead. They keep from tiring because they have the advantage of the lifting power of the goose immediately ahead of them. The V formation also helps them keep track of each other, communicate about navigation, and honk to encourage each other to keep up the speed. They are constantly on the move. You may think the geese you saw yesterday are the same geese you are seeing today, but that, usually, is not the case. So even if they don’t make an annual journey to Canada and back each year, they often take to the sky to look for new lakes, ponds, parks or golf courses. Once they are in the air, a 300mile round trip is no big deal for them. Mating: These geese look for mates when they are around 2 years old. Geese, in the wild, typically live 20 to 25 years. (Some in captivity have lived to almost 80 years old.) When they find a mate, they mate for life. Interestingly, they seem to pick mates

that have their same body size. If one mate is killed, they may find another, or they may not. If they don’t find another mate, they remain celibate. No mate, no sex. However, they may babysit and help family members raise their goslings, aka baby geese. Habitat: It seems we have done the best we could to provide them with lovely parks, lakes and golf courses with water features. Canada geese are adaptable to many habitats and tend to thrive wherever grasses, grains or berries are available. They look for grass to eat, water to drink and unobstructed views to help them spot danger before it gets too close – in short, most of our parks or recreation areas. In Fort Collins, some of the parks have installed fake coyotes to ward off geese. It seems to be working, at least temporarily. However, geese are no dummies and eventually recognize that these coyotes are immobile and, therefore, no threat. In some areas, like airports, they can be a real hazard. If they are not afraid of cars, they are also not intimidated by planes. But being sucked into a jet engine is not good for either the goose or the plane. Health: In our parks and golf courses, they can provide another hazard. Just 50 geese can produce 2-1/2 tons of excrement in a year. They need to eat about 4 pounds of grasses or grains a day and will produce 3 pounds of poop. With the goose’s digestive system, food literally goes right through them. When geese poop gets in water, it creates a health risk for humans in the form of swimmer’s itch organisms. They also carry E. coli in their digestive tracts. The presence of E. coli can also mean there are other nasty parasites in goose poop. Gangs: Where there are a great many geese, they form what are called “gang broods,” groups of 20 to 100 goslings from different parents, that move around and feed together accompanied by a few adults.

This is good for the “gang” goslings since larger groups can control the best feeding spots. In addition to “gangs,” other groups of geese have specific names: on the wing, a group of geese is called a “skein;” in the water, a group of geese is called a “gaggle.” A friend of mine, a former Navy man, also sees the orderly swimming of geese as a “flotilla.” While we often treat geese as though they are outdoor pets, it is usually best not to mess with geese. During the nesting season, which is happening right now, we should stay clear of possible nesting sites. If there are eggs involved they will attack. Besides avoiding their nests, there are other steps we can take to avoid conflicts with these birds at other times. According to Sid Andrews of Canada’s Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, “Don’t make eye contact with the geese, keep your voice low and move slowly.” Good advice! Particularly, if you bank at the same place that I do.

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est Metro Fire Rescue has been awarded a Class 1 ISO rating, the highest level recognized nationally by the Insurance Services Office. The rating is a gauge of a fire agency’s ability to serve its residents and business owners, and is awarded based on a number of key factors that relate to the overall effectiveness of fire protection services. For business or homeowners in West Metro’s district, the Class 1 rating is expected to result in millions of dollars in savings on property insurance. “Our new ISO rating was driven by West Metro’s commitment to our district – to always be looking for opportunities to improve our service,” said Don Lombardi, Fire Chief, West Metro Fire Rescue. “The new rating is validation for our firefighters and staff that what we’ve been doing is creating a safer community.” The ISO system ranks for a Class 1 (the best) to Class 10, which is no fire coverage at all. Generally, the higher the rating, the less costly the property insurance. In West Metro’s district, with the new Class 1 ISO rating, a typical homeowner, with a home valued at $300,000, could

see annual insurance savings of around $200. The new rating will save business owners approximately 3 to 5 percent on commercial insurance premiums depending on building construction. The Insurance Services Office evaluates fire-response agencies nationwide (around 46,000), about every 10 years. The ISO bases its independent rating on a number of factors, including staffing, apparatus, training, 911 communications, water supply and response times. “The ISO review is very detailed,” said Lombardi. “They look at dozens of areas, including items like the number and placement of fire hydrants and how far our fire stations are from the neighborhoods they serve. The ISO rating focuses specifically on fire response and does not rate any of our special teams.” Only 0.5 percent of approximately 46,000 fire agencies across the country earn a Class 1 rating. And, only 60 of the 239 internationally accredited fire agencies have a Class 1 rating. Insurance companies will be informed of West Metro’s new rating, beginning May 1. Homeowners and business owners should check with their carrier to see how the new rating will affect their property insurance.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING 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 well-known 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 takes 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.

Lakewood Electronics Recycling April 21 Get your old computers and TVs recycled during an upcoming event put on by the Rooney Road Recycling Foundation, Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parking lot of the Irongate Office Complex at 777 S. Yarrow St., next door to Lakewood’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Details and fee schedule for electronic recycling can be found at Lakewood.org/ EarthDay.

Lakewood Drug Take-Back Day April 28 It’s spring, and time to clean out your medicine cabinet of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications. The Lakewood Police Department will host a drop off site for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the upper parking lot at the Lakewood Police Department, 445 S. Allison Parkway. Police will be on hand to collect meds for proper destruction. Items that cannot be accepted include needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters, illicit drugs, and chemotherapy/radioactive substances. For details, visit Lakewood.org/news.

Edgewater Volunteers Needed for Day of Service, Alley Cleanup, April 28-29 Spring cleaning in Edgewater begins in earnest the weekend of April 28 and 29, as the city stages its Spring Day of Service and

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director, and the lighting, sound and set designers. That happens in movies, too, but then it’s fixed on film and never changes.” Of her own works, which she says are usually slightly absurd, she’s considering producing “The Mrs. Greenland Pageant” next year. It’s about a bored woman who lives in a small town on the eastern plains of Colorado. Mrs. Greenland and her husband make up and roleplay different sitcoms. The wife is almost 30 years old and becomes convinced by friends and the local PTA that her eggs will soon dry up. She becomes fixated on the 1950s and believes she can

Alley Cleanup Day. On Saturday, April 28, volunteers are needed to provide qualified senior homeowners with basic outdoor chores like raking, window washing, sweeping and small outdoor projects, as part of the annual Spring Day of Service. Community alley cleanup day follows on Sunday, April 29. Volunteers are asked to meet at 2 p.m. in Memorial Park, on the corner of 25th Avenue and Chase Street, to be assigned alleys to cleanup within the city. The Monday after, Republic Services and the city will again be offering alleyway pick-up, with the dumpster drop off scheduled the following Saturday, May 5. See the city website for what can be picked up or dropped off, volunteer signup, and more details: www.edgewaterco. com.

40 West Wants You…In The Dinosaur Flash Mob Do you have a dinosaur costume, or are able to buy or make one, and want to join a dinosaur flash mob on First Friday, June 1? If so, you’re needed as part of the ArtLine outdoor block party and District Art Walk, which will also feature art-making, live music, food trucks. The 40 West ArtLine is a 4-mile, walkable and bikeable route in the heart of northeast Lakewood and 40 West Arts that will feature park art sculptures, ground murals, fence art and more. Email liz@40westarts.org for more information and to sign up.

League of Women Voters Hosts Transportation Expert, May 4 The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County will host a community meeting to address the impacts of changing population dynamics on transportation in the county, Friday, May 4, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post #161’s Round Table Breakfast, 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. Guest speaker Steve Durian, Transportation and Engineering Director for Jefferson County, will discuss transportation funding challenges and alternative modes of transportation in the county. He oversees the county’s transportation planning, traffic engineering and major project budgeting and construction, and also serves on the Denver Regional Council of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee. Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and is $8; coffee is $1. Speaker presentation is at 7:20 a.m. The meeting is the third in a series based on the results of a 2017 review of demographic changes in the county. Meetings on Health Care and Economics were held previously. 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 become perfect; once she’s perfect, her husband will be, too. “As time goes on, I’ll have a better idea of what I may want to host personally – possibly something like ‘Theater 29 Presents,’” Erickson said. She is confident about regularly scheduling Theater 29 with theater companies, collectives and playwrights. “A lot of companies are looking for space.” The space at 29th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard was still getting some finishing touches, as of this writing. “It’s been a slow process, but it’s finally ready,” Erickson said. Get tickets for “Burnt Offering” and more information about Theater 29 at theater29denver.com.

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Free Mulch For Lakewood Residents Starting May 5 Lakewood residents can pick up free mulch on three Saturday mornings – May 5, 12 and 19, 7 a.m. to noon – at the City Greenhouse, 9556 W. Yale Ave. Staff will be available with a loader to assist residents. Mulch is the byproduct of Lakewood’s tree-trimming operations and limb drop-off events. The city claims the reground mulch makes for excellent ground cover in shrub and tree beds, and helps landscaped areas retain water, reducing the need for watering. Other benefits are keeping soil temperatures consistent, which helps the establishment of root systems, creating a weed barrier, and helping beautify landscaping. For more information, please call 720963-5240.

American Legion Post 17’s Bingo Tournament is May 5 Join American Legion Post 17 on Saturday, May 5, for its Jackpot Bingo Tournament, a perfect opportunity to have fun and support local heroes – veterans. “All proceeds from the Jackpot Bingo Tournament go towards our mission to assist and help veterans and active military when they return home,” according to the Post’s Kim Davis. “It’s a fun event and everyone loves a chance to win a jackpot! The more that play, the bigger the pot!” Held at 1901 Harlan St., Edgewater, doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament starts at noon. A series of five games will be played, with the first four paying $50 to the winners. The fifth is a “black out” in which the winner goes home with the jackpot. There will be a free raffle between games, and food and drinks will be available. Bingo cards are $1 or a sheet of six for $5. Participants must be 18 years of age to

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.

League of Women Voters Book Club Discusses ‘Independence Lost’ For those of us with the traditional concept of the Revolutionary War, that of Minutemen, Lexington, and Concord, “Independence Lost,” by Kathleen DuVal, will be an eye opener. The Jefferson County League of Women Voters Nonfiction Book Club’s May selection covers the mosaic of activity along the Gulf Coast around the time of the Revolution, outside the 13 rebelling colonies. DuVal uses composite characters to explain the role of the British loyalists, the French, Cajuns, Choctaws and other tribes, free blacks and slaves in the struggle, which resulted in major British defeats at Baton Rouge, Pensacola, and Mobile. Two meetings to discuss the book will be held: Wednesday, May 16, at 1 p.m., at the Lakewood Public Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; and Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome at either meeting, which are the last of this season. Book club meetings will resume in September. For more information, call Lynne at 303-985-5128, email info@lwvjeffco.org, or visit www.lwvjeffco.org.

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Neighborhood Gazette – April 2018  

The April 16 — May 14, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Gazette – April 2018  

The April 16 — May 14, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Edgewater, Sloan's Lake, West Colfax and Two Creeks neighborhoods.

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