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andidates running on the November 2017 ballot were required to file paperwork with their respective city clerks or school board offices by close of business Aug. 28. The following week, the Neighborhood Gazette emailed questionnaires to the hopefuls, along with a request for a high-resolution headshot photo. In this edition we published responses from candidates running for Edgewater mayor (page 5), Lakewood City Council Ward 2 (page 4) and Jefferson County Board of Education (page 7); responses from candidates running for Edgewater City Council will be published in the October issue due to space limitations. We asked each candidate: • How long have you lived at your current address? • How long have you lived in Jeffco? • Current occupation? • Previous occupations? • Previous public service experience, if any? • Community involvement and experience? Continued on page 5

MORE THAN 2,100 PEOPLE took part in the ninth annual Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 11, to remember the first responders who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – see story on page 8. PHOTO BY WEST METRO FIRE RESCUE.

10 Candidates in Edgewater City Election: What’s in The Water? ■ by

Jennifer LeDuc


hen Edgewater residents cast their ballots in November they’ll be deciding between not just two candidates for mayor but four, and choosing among six candidates for three council seats (one council member is running for a second term). In a town with a population just over 5,300, that works out to about one in 500 residents running for a seat in city government. In Lakewood, a city about 30 times larger than Edgewater, there are 11 candidates, or about one in every 14,000 residents campaigning. In Wheat Ridge, a town with a population of approximately 32,000, again, 11 candidates, or one in 2,800 residents. Arvada has seven candidates for three positions, two of which are unopposed, and that works out to about one candidate per 16,700 residents. So what is going on in Edgewater that is drawing out such a disproportionately high number of candidates compared to its larger neighbors, you might ask. Surely there are some angry, fed up folks with pitchforks and torches ready to take on Edgewater city hall, right? Not exactly. “What I think is going on is Edgewater is growing in a positive direction and when residents see that it draws you to want to get involved,” suggested council candidate Cory Reid-Vanas. Indeed, when asked about their thoughts on what such a disproportionate number of residents getting involved says about the state of Edgewater, the sentiments expressed by Reid-Vanas quite succinctly summarized the sentiments of other current council members and some of this year’s candidates. For Councilor Kate Mulcahy, it was the feeling that she really could make a

difference in her community that spurred her decision to run in 2015. “I know noone is ever 100 percent happy,” Mulcahy said. “But I know for me when I ran there was no animosity, it was purely ‘I love this city’ and I wanted to be involved, and this is a city I thought I could make a difference in.” “It’s great when the city can generate so many candidates who honestly have a love for the community rather than because the local government isn’t doing their job,” said Councilor Todd Riddle, who is also one of four candidates for mayor. Having lived in other Colorado communities before settling in Edgewater, like other residents Reid-Varas sees the city optimally sandwiched between Denver and the foothills, although not just in terms of prime access to amenities, but socially. “My experience in Edgewater,” he

said, “is you have room for very diverse population and citizenship. I know people highly involved and engaged, and people who are very private, and Edgewater supports that, and each individual gets to decide what they need and can experience that in Edgewater.” Councilor Myra Keeble recalls several elections where candidates ran unopposed, and recognizes issues have changed since she was first elected, but so has public interest. “There’s a lot of interest in what we’re doing now,” Keeble said, and like her peers cited the planned civic center as a particularly magnetizing project in the community. “I think because things are going pretty well, people want to be a part of that process. They like our city, it feels lively, and we’re doing exciting things and they want to be apart of it.”

Outgoing mayor Kristian A. Teegardin isn’t surprised at the number of candidates on the ballot, nor is he surprised to hear such positive and cohesive sentiments echoed amongst current and prospective council members. Why? “I think over the last three or four years we’ve made concerted efforts to engage our citizens and people are becoming more involved,” said Teegardin, reflecting on his tenure and collaboration with city council. “As mayor I've made concerted efforts to have citizens involved and at the very least have citizens informed as to what’s going on.” Originally from a small town in Indiana, Teegardin, who is a candidate for state House District 24, said those small town Continued on page 2


Oliver’s Army: A Cartoonist’s View of a Forgotten Battlefield ■ By

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O THE WORK OF LAKEWOOD CARTOONIST Oliver Pedigo and his fellow artists were captured in "Windblown and Dripping" from 1945. COURTESY KRIS AUTOBEE

liver Pedigo spent most of his adult life within a few blocks of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue. His participation from June 1942 to October 1945 in the second world war was the reason for his long absence from Lakewood. He created his best known art during that time. In 1915, Joseph and Mildred Pedigo moved to Yuma, Colo., with their sons, Merrill, Farland, Oliver, Raymond and Willie. The Yuma Pioneer reported on April 9, 1915, “J. E. Pedigo and family arrived Continued on page 2




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from Kentucky yesterday, and expect to reside here permanently.” Joseph made his This is super secret saver is hiding living as a carpenter. As a 12 year old, Oliver somewhere in this issue. Find him worked as a “helper boy” on the Yuma and send an email to puzzle@ Dispatch Post. and tell us where he As an adult, Oliver moved to Denver is at. We will draw a winner out of the and is listed as an interior decorator on the correct responses and © SEPTEMBER 2017 All rights reserved. 1930 Federal Census. None of these official The publishers assume no send them a cool prize. records say why someone moved, but we find responsibility for representations, claims or opinions by any advertising Oliver Pedigo, living at 1400 Wadsworth Good luck! or article in this publication. Boulevard in the 1932 XL Directory of Lakewood & Mountair. His address stays the same in the 1933 XL Directory of North East Jefferson County, but he identified himself that year as a Commercial Artist. 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Time at current address, Jeffco: 5 Years; 5 Years. Current/Previous occupation: NCIC Agent for the Denver Police Dept.; I have also previously worked in construction working on concrete infrastructure projects and various service industry jobs. Public Service: 10 Years working for Local Government. Worked on infrastructure projects worked in permitting and now I work for the Denver Police Department. Community Involvement: I have worked on many community issues since I was 16 years old. I currently regularly volunteer for the St. Francis homeless shelter. I volunteer for the handicap parking enforcement unit. I volunteered for the emergency neighborhood snowplow program. I’ve worked on registering people to vote in underserved communities. I worked on a walking study in the Two Creeks neighborhood. I worked on outreach to spread awareness on environmental issues, I advocated to get funding for infrastructure projects done around the state. I was apart of successfully advocating for the Colorado General Assembly to help turn Metro State College into a University. I fought to keep college tuition lower and to protect K-12 funding against amendments 60, 61, and 101. I served on Metropolitan State University of Denver's Board of Trustees. I served on the Associated Students of Colorado and the Yess Institute’s Board. I also earned the Mayors and Commissioners Youth Leadership Award and others. So, when I ask for the voters support. I am asking them to believe that I will do, what I have always done. I will work for the community. I was raised in Castle Rock, but now that I call Lakewood home. I will be your champion and if you give me the tools I will be even more effective. Thank you for the support you’ve shown. Board/Committee Memberships: Current Teamster. Former Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Board of Trustees. Former Associated Students of Colorado Board member Former CCHE Student Fee Working Group member. Former Yess Institute Boardmember. Key issues/how address: Managing growth, affordability, and infrastructure. I have the most experiencing in activating voters, working with the community, and getting things done in government. If elected, this role will help me be a better advocate for the voters. We will address these issues by making them community priorities and activating residents. With the voters support: We’ll hit the ground running to make our city even better. Contact:;; 6700 W. 11TH Ave., Unit 210, Lakewood CO 80214;

Charles K. Davis Time at current address, Jeffco: 3 years and 4 months; 5 1/2 out of 22 in area. Current/Previous occupation: Director of two Tech. Dept’s for a large law firm; Owner of an IT outsourcing and Design company. Public Service: This is my first foray into public service. Community Involvement: I have participated the Lakewood Citizens Planning academy, which is highly recommended. I’ve been involved in numerous neighborhood organizations and committees. I’ve been on the board of directors of my church and have attended many many citizen driven events and was involved, from the beginning, with the direction of the A line east of Denver and through established neighborhoods. Board/Committee Memberships: Art Line Champions Group (Current), Board of Directors - IT Summit (Current), President of Unity on the Avenue Church (former), Roxborough Village Board of Directors (former). Key issues/how address: Transparency in Government, Growth and Impact on Infrastructure, Lack of Parks and Open Space in Ward. I am a consensus builder and a communicator. I believe in open and honest and forthright communications. I will approach each and every topic and issue presented with an open mind, attain the facts, ask questions and research to fill the gap of knowledge and work hard to bridge both sides of the issues. Contact:;; 790 Crescent Lane, Lakewood CO 80214;


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Grant Babb Time at current address, Jeffco: 8 years; 8 years. Current/Previous occupation: Owner, Joyride Brewing Co.; Chemical Engineer for various environmentally friendly cleaning companies that support the brewing & food processing industry. Public Service: Board of review & appeals, Riverside, OH. Community Involvement: President of Edgewater Collective. Our current focus is on investing in our local schools and making sure every child can succeed from cradle to career. Also supporter of ALS, Prostate Cancer Awareness, American Heart Association & Breast Cancer Awareness. Director of Operation Stimulus. Previously VP of Denver Transportation Club. Key issues/how address: As an unaffiliated candidate with 15 years of business leadership I will work through the politics to bring everyone to the table to ensure decisions are for the best of everyone in Edgewater. I will ensure the City Council has all the tools & information necessary to make the best decisions for our citizens. Change is inevitable but responsible change is imperative. Learn from the past. Live in the present. Plan for the future. Contact:;; 2095 Newland St., Edgewater, CO, 80214.

Laura Keegan Time at current address, Jeffco: 18 years; since I was a child. Current/Previous occupation: Writer, Editor; Business owner, Finance director, Office manager. Public Service: City Council 8 1/2 years, Planning & Zoning Council Liaison Community Involvement: Co Founder Edgewater Arts Project, bringing culture and arts to Edgewater citizens with minimal or no cost; Co Founder Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater – focusing on family entertainment and highlighting our city to the metro area and beyond; council attendee for 15+ years, Active interest with Parks & Rec. Board/Committee Memberships: Council Liaison to Planning & Zoning Key issues/how address: 1. Economic Growth: Continue development of revenue generating properties maintain balanced budget 2. Conscious Development: Balance community and business. Respect residential community concerns 3. Communications: Ensure citizens are heard. Open gov. process, working knowledge of issues facing our community, experience and success in solving past issues. Contact:; 2277 Lamar St. Edgewater CO 80214;

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taste. The Neighborhood Gazette will not be endorsing candidates or ballot initiatives. Individual staff members may be involved in political campaigns, but they do not speak officially for the newspaper.

Time at current address, Jeffco: 50 Years; 54 Years. Current/Previous occupation: Retired; Administrator/Owner of a Child Placement Agency. Public Service: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA); Peer Coordinator, Colorado State Institutional Abuse Review Team (IART), Child Fatality Prevention Review Team, Consultant to the Dept. of Human Services, Colorado State Foster Parent Association: Charter member, National Foster Parent Association Board of Directors member (Governance Chair) Edgewater Optimist Club. Community Involvement: President of Jefferson County Board of Health - member for 19 years. Appointed to the Urban Drainage. Key issues/how address: Key issues for the Mayor are very different than key issues for council members. While I hear a lot of concern regarding Code Enforcement, a stronger police presence, and the redevelopment of R-1 Zone Districts, it is council who creates the legislation to address those issues. As Mayor I feel my key responsibilities are to provide an environment where council can debate the issues, where citizens will be heard, and where Edgewater will have a strong presence beyond our boundaries. I have fostered a large network of people throughout the region as a result of my extensive experience with various state and county boards, commissions, and departments. Having served four terms as Edgewater’s Mayor I fully understand what the Mayor can do, and what the Mayor can not do. That understanding is important to providing Council the support they need to serve the community. Contact:; 2490 Depew St., Edgewater, CO.

Todd Riddle Time at current address, Jeffco: 20 years this Halloween!; 20 years. Current/Previous occupation: Transportation Visualization Lead; Creative Director. Public Service: 1.) 2 Term Mayor Pro-Tem, City Council 2.) Planning & Zoning 3.) Edgewater Redevelopment Authority. Community Involvement: Former Charter President of the Edgewater Optimist Club – Our goal was to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; inspire respect for the law; promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world. Board/Committee Memberships: 1.) Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors 2.) Metro Vision Issues Committee. Key issues/how address: • Pedestrian Safety – Exploring traffic calming methods, updating crosswalks, and more enforcement. • Land Use –Revisit portions of the Land Use code to address restrictions related to expanding residences. • Responsible Development – Retain our Edgewater identity by making decisions that are grounded in the City’s values. While serving two terms as Mayor Pro-Tem I have made thoughtful and informed decisions for the benefit of Edgewater's citizens. Contact:;; Depew Street, Edgewater CO;


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locations open later). Join our district and enjoy this undiscovered gem in Northeast Lakewood. With seven primary galleries and multiple creative businesses and studios, our arts district is emerging as one of the places to be on First Friday. We’ll have beer & wine and light bites, live music, live demos and tons of artwork available for viewing and purchase. Visit for details.

Youth Autism Exhibit Opening Reception 40 West Arts partners with autistic youth for a youth autism exhibit at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., that showcases the depth and talent of these young artists. Art is an outlet for creative expression for all individuals, providing a voice for emotions and experience. The exhibit will showcase works from multiple mediums and provide both insight to autism, but also the simple expression of the day-to-day experiences and passions of these individuals. At the Friday, Nov. 3 opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., we’ll have beer and wine and light bites, and tons of artwork available for viewing and purchase. For more information, visit www.40

Dia De Los Muertos Reception & Celebration Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 W. 16th Ave., is a gallery with a 30-year standing in the Denver community. Each year their Dia De Los Muertos exhibit grows in size and participation from the surrounding community. This exhibit will feature altars from multiple groups including local schools and professional artists. Additionally, the exhibit will showcase work that ties to this theme, and host a luminary procession from the gallery to a local park. The color, beauty and culture of this opening reception is not to be missed. Visit for more information.

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Jefferson County Board of Education Candidates n Compiled

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Director District 1 Brad Rupert Who: Brad Rupert; Jefferson County School Board, District 1; I am an attorney in private practice; I have lived in Jefferson County for 33 years; my children are Jeffco graduates. Public Office: I have served on the Jefferson County Board of Education for two years. Volunteer: Habitat for Humanity volunteer since 1994. President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce 2002, Board six years. President, Arvada Community Food Bank four years, Board eight years. President, A-J Kiwanis. Most Important Issues: • The ongoing issue is K-12 funding in Colorado has failed to keep up with growth and inflation. Repeated cycles of budget cuts have reduced our ability to attract and retain the best teachers and prevented us from properly maintaining our schools and other facilities. As a District we must continue to improve and deliver on our promise of an excellent education for every child and thereby earn appropriate funding from voters. I am hopeful that voters want and are willing to pay for highly effective schools. We must reform TABOR to allow this to happen. • We must continue to reduce achievement gaps for children living in poverty. We should provide high quality preschool and kindergarten for all children so all children start their formal education on equal footing. We must improve our family engagement so families can support the work done at school. We must expand alternative career pathways for the majority of graduates who will not be attending college. We can prepare these graduates for the many honorable and lucrative careers that don't require a college degree. • After many years of cuts, our schools are showing the neglect. We must build capacity in the growing areas of the District while we maintain and renew the facilities we already have an investment in. Contact:; facebook Brad Rupert for Jeffco Kids;; Friends of Brad Rupert, 303-456-1100

Matt Van Gieson Who: Matt Van Gieson; Jeffco School Board; Systems Engineer. Born in Jeffco and went through Jeffco public schools. I married another A West grad, we have four children ages 7 yrs old to 12 wks. Public Office: I have not run for public office before. Volunteer: I have volunteered in our schools providing food and supplies to at risk students. I coach my children’s sports teams and I was the President of our PTO, leading fundraising efforts. Most Important Issues: • Jeffco spends a billion dollars a year but only 50% of 3rd graders end the school year reading at grade level. That means every other 4th grader arrives unprepared for fourth grade work. We must do better. I will bring balance to the board, setting achievement goals, and asking tough questions about which programs are working. I will only support spending dollars to help more students succeed. • I volunteered at Pleasant View and experienced the

devastation the school closure caused. We also experienced the anxiety of closure threats at Fitzmorris, our neighborhood school, and Swanson which my wife attended. I do not support closing small schools and splitting communities. We also have enrollment growth in parts of Jeffco and need cost effective solutions for those overcrowded schools. • Many middle schools don’t have room for 6th graders; adding capacity will cost about $50 million. We may lose teacher who don’t have the certification to teach in middle school. Schools like Manning won’t be able to take as many students per grade. Special needs students will lose a year of services. More elementary schools become “small” and subject to closing. I don’t support moving 6th graders. Contact: Visit my website: Matt4JeffcoSchoolBoard. com to find links to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Email me at Candidate committee: Matt4JeffcoSchoolBoard; Chairperson Brian DeLauro.

Director District 2 Susan Harmon Who: I am Susan Harmon and I am running for re-election to the JeffCo School Board in District 2. I own a family law practice in Lakewood. I have spent my career working for families and kids. Public Office: I am current serving on the JeffCo School Board for District 2 Volunteer: Rooney Ranch Elementary PTA- two years as President; 3 years as 2nd Vice President. I served for two years as the PTA Parent Representative for Elected Officials in my district. More on my website. Most Important Issues: I decided to run in 2015 to address the loss of teachers in our district, and plan to continue to work to attract/retain more great teachers for our classrooms. When we are planning for the success of future JeffCo students, we must continue to work on creating greater equity in our programs and facilities for all students, while addressing the diverse needs of our student populations. This will continue to be imperative as we look to support facilities in high-growth areas. We need to ensure that all students have opportunities and access to multiple pathways for success, while they are in school, and after graduation. We have increased the supports for mental health in our schools, and need to continue to work on this, as well as focusing on the achievement gaps that continue for our student populations. The board must work to strike the right balance with testing in our schools by making sure we have wellrounded accountability systems, without excessive emphasis on standardized testing. The board must continue, despite differences in opinion, to maintain the civility that has been restored within the board room. I look forward to working on these solutions with the community. Contact: Friends of Susan Harmon; Campaign Contact Number/Campaign Staff 303 667-9289; www.; www.susanforjeffcokids. com;; susan forjeffcokids/.

Erica Shields Who: My name is Erica Shields, and I’m running for Jefferson County School in District I have lived in Littleton a little over 10 years. I am a married mom of four children who have all gone through Jefferson County public schools. Public Office: I have never been in or run for public office before.

Volunteer: I have volunteered in my children’s schools over the years as a parent mom as well as PTA mom. I have worked with several organizations to help provide everything from food, school supplies, socks, and other items to those in need. Most Important Issues: • The most important issues I am hearing from my community are student achievement, the threat of closing schools, and moving 6th graders to middle schools. • Providing the opportunity for EVERY student in EVERY Jeffco school to succeed is one of the major issues facing Jeffco. Although recent test scores show that Jeffco is doing better than Colorado on the whole, only 50% of Jeffco students are meeting or exceeding state standards. Many students are so far behind academically it is nearly impossible for them to graduate with the skills they will need for college or career. Although test scores don’t paint the picture of a student’s learning or capabilities we need to do a better job investing the billion dollars we spend each year to ensure our students are achieving at a higher level. • The threats of closing schools is another big issue facing Jeffco families. Far too many communities are concerned and stressed because the board has threatened to close dozens of schools. Placing a school on the potential closure list makes families nervous and often leads to declining enrollment making the school even more vulnerable to closure. Closing a neighborhood school breaks up a community and has devastating effects especially when the school primarily serves low income families. Contact:; Website:; Twitter: @EricaFor Kids; FB: @EricaForKids; No committee chairperson.

Director District 5 Ron Mitchell (uncontested)

Who: Ron Mitchell. I am running for District 5 Jeffco School Board. I am a former Jeffco High School Principal, lifelong Jeffco resident, and graduate of Arvada High School. Public Office: Yes I am currently a Jeffco School Board member. Volunteer: I have spent my life giving back to the community through educating our children. Most Important Issues: • Expanding career pathways for students. Not all students are college bound. By providing vocational, technical, and apprenticeship opportunities to our students, we better prepare our students to thrive in life after school. • Attracting and retaining quality teachers for every classroom. Quality teachers are simply the key to our success in providing education to our children. There is no single tactic that will achieve this goal, but elevating teachers and the teaching profession to ensure they receive the respect and support of the community is an important step. • Focusing resources on updating and remodeling our older school buildings to ensure a first-class learning environment for students. Many of our schools were built 30-50 years ago. It is important to protect the investment previous generations made in these facilities. Contact: Website: &; Facebook:; Email: ron@; Phone: 720.588.2174.



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Frameworks for schools across Colorado. Schools are assigned plan types based on their performance. Performance is based on academic achievement and longitudinal academic growth. Based on performance, CDE assigns one of the following plans to schools: Performance Plan: The school meets or exceeds statewide attainment on the performance indicators and is required to adopt and implement a Performance Plan. Improvement Plan: The school is required to adopt and implement an

Improvement Plan. Priority Improvement Plan: The school is required to adopt and implement a Priority Improvement Plan. Turnaround Plan: The school is required to adopt and implement a Turnaround Plan. This year all three Jefferson Area elementary schools (Edgewater, Lumberg and Molholm) improved and moved up to the next plan level. Molholm Elementary School made the largest jump, moving from Priority Improvement Plan to Performance Plan. Great work teachers, staff, parents and students! Contact Edgewater Collective Executive Director Joel Newton at or 303-658-0779.



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ore local movie theaters have embraced the trend of serving food and alcohol. A few of them actually bring food right to your seat; however, most theaters provide a limited variety of snacks or appetizers. At Alamo Drafthouse, they offer not only popcorn, nachos, pretzels and candy, but the Austin-based company also serves a variety of freshly made entries, deserts and delicacies, prepared by an executive chef. While the idea of a chef in a movie theater kitchen may conjure a burly fellow shuffling processed food from the walkin, to the microwave, and then spooning it onto a plate, the executive chefs at Alamo Drafthouse theaters are a far cry from burger flippers wiping grease from their sweaty brows. To become an executive chef requires significant cooking experience and a lot of creativity. And while an associate’s degree or BA in culinary arts is not essential, it definitely enhances the chef’s credibility and expands his/her career options. Seth Rexroad, who is the executive chef for Alamo Drafthouse Denver got his start as a commercial cook at age nine. A self-described “hippy kid,” Rexroad spent summers working with his father, who was an operations manager for a company that catered meals on film and TV show sets, as well as back stages at concerts. One day, while working in the kitchen at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the younger Rexroad, who was in his 20s at the time and triple majoring in sculpture, film and fine art, discovered that he and his Colorado-based girlfriend were going to be parents. With that news, Rexroad refocused his plans for a career as an artist and moved out west to be

there when his child was born. When that relationship ended, Rexroad continued his cooking career to support himself and his child, working his way up from line cook to chef. After receiving his associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Colorado, Rexroad worked as an executive chef at an upscale restaurant in Longmont. Within a few years he remarried and relocated to Texas when his wife was transferred there for a job. While in Texas, he learned about Alamo Drafthouse and applied for an executive chef position with the theater company’s flagship location in Austin. It took six months to get his foot in the door, but once the company recognized Rexroad’s talent, they welcomed him as employee. In 2013, Rexroad returned to Colorado as the executive chef for the first Alamo Drafthouse in the state. Rexroad transferred to the Alamo Drafthouse Denver location and recently celebrated his fifth anniversary with the company. While many of the dishes at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver are the same as those on menus at all Alamo Drafthouse locations, a number of them are dishes Rexroad developed specifically for the Colorado market. Among the clever and mouthwatering recipes Rexroad has created is the Blucifer, a sort of pizza homage to the “demon horse” sculpture at DIA. Not all who go to movies care whether or not they can eat a full meal or fresh food while watching a film. For many, a bucket of popcorn and a large drink fit the bill, but for certain foodies or for those who appreciate the all-in-one package of dinner and a movie, the Alamo Drafthouse and its team of personable, talented and creative executive chefs, provide a convenient and tasty option. – SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 16, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE


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hysical activity is a way of life for Benton Street residents Mark, Sarah, Myles and Ben Krick. Biking, volleyball, baseball and swimming are just a handful of activities the Krick family does regularly to stay active. This month, HEALthy Edgewater caught up with the Krick family, to hear about their favorite physical activities and their thoughts on opportunities for healthy living in Edgewater.  Neighbors say your family loves the outdoors and participating in sports. What are some of your family's favorite activities? “We have fun biking and golfing together and playing wiffleball or football down at the park. We also like to combine hiking with a little fishing in a stream when we have time to get a little further away from the neighborhood. “We have our individual activities and sports we like to participate in, too. We like going to the gym for a workout, participating in cross-country, basketball or baseball at school and playing lunch time volleyball. Your family has participated in the Edgewater Walks challenge each year. What motivates you to get your family out the door to these community walks? “We have always enjoyed getting back outside after dinner time, but it seems like that hasn’t been as consistent lately with homework or just wanting to relax after a busy day. However, having something like Edgewater Walks set up and a scheduled

event has re-motivated us to take the time to get back outside and enjoy visiting with neighbors.” With working parents and school agedchildren sometimes the schedule gets really busy, how do you balance family time, school/work time and other obligations? “Physical activity has always been a stress reliever for us. It isn’t always easy to do, but we realize we need to take the time to fit in some exercise to keep that balance. Sometimes it is just a matter for taking a break from homework and playing outside with neighborhood kids, shooting some baskets or playing four-square in the driveway.” How does Edgewater support your goals for a healthy lifestyle? “Living in Edgewater gives us the option to walk or ride a bike instead of always getting in your car. We love that we can walk to the grocery and hardware store, library and post office, pick up prescriptions and pick out glasses, go out to eat or meet up for coffee, and more, all without getting into the car. Also, having Sloan’s Lake right here gives so many options for activity and gives you a destination.” Thanks Krick family. Stay up-to-date on HEALthy Edgewater activities and profiles of our very own right here on The Neighborhood Gazette or visit and the HEALthy Edgewater Facebook page.

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SCHOOL VISITOR PASS The Transformation and Hope of Rose Stein International n By


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ransformation is defined as a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. A transformation of hope is exactly what has occurred at Rose Stein International Elementary. Over two years ago this 65-year-old building was neglected, filled to overcapacity and in serious disrepair. Jeffco made the decision to close the school and relocate the students to a neighboring school building. A creative use of capital reserve funds and a dream to bring an innovative school to this poverty-impacted and neglected school building became a reality. Our school represents over 60 percent of students learning English as a second language and over 90 percent of our students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. This diverse thriving community deserves to be heard. This community deserves this investment. I see my role as principal here as an “unexpected gift” and I enthusiastically came on board to lead this renovation and complete redevelopment of this school. In the process of designing innovative instructional areas with a flexible learning environment, a partnership with the community began designing and envisioning a true centerpiece in the neighborhood, which included an in-house preventive care health clinic partnership with MCPN, preschool services and JCMH mental health resources for families and students all accessible right here in the building. Additionally, our efforts to design an academically focused learning environment, led us to consider the globally minded citizens we are striving to develop.  

This process further guided our decision to adopt the Primary Year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. We are a candidate IB school seeking to embed internationally minded action into all our academic learning. Understanding the balanced well-rounded educational experience we are striving to provide all our students helped us expand our renovation to include an athletic field, a new playground and a community garden with outdoor classroom learning areas. We are holding community meetings with neighborhood associations, faith organizations, city government, and various District and community leaders to develop a true neighborhood school. The outreach of support for this vision to bring a true community school back into this neighborhood has quickly moved from dream to reality. I actively welcome all visitors, volunteers and families to invest your time and energy in this transformational school that is thriving on bringing hope to our community.   In summary, I’d like to share our school mission/vision statement, which reflects our school priorities: Rose Stein International is a community of learners empowered to embrace curiosity, collaboration and diverse perspectives. Our actions create a better world! We believe that all students are empowered to embrace curiosity, collaboration and diverse perspectives as global citizens. Come see this magic for yourself.   Thank you, Esther Valdez Esther Valdez is Principal of Rose Stein International Elementary. Questions for this guest writer or suggestions for future guest writers should be sent in to




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Get outside, some beer and prizes on the Sloans Lake Bike 'n Brew Loop Tour, the weekend of Sept. 22 through 24, presented by the West Colfax Business Improvement District. Guided by a map, participants pedal to seven breweries and are eligible to receive free schwag after purchasing an 8-ounce pour (or more) at each, between Friday, Sept. 22 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Or, meet up do the loop as a group on Sunday, 2:30 p.m., at Sloans Lake Tap & Burger, finishing 5 p.m. at the Alamo Theater’s BarFly. Breweries include Sloans Lake Tap & Burger, 1565 Raleigh St.; Joyride Brewing Co., 2501 Sheridan; Hogshead Brewery, 4460 W. 29th Ave.; Little Machine Brewery, 2924 W. 20th Ave.; Strange Craft Beer Co., 1330 Zuni St.; Seedstock Brewing Co., 3610 W. Colfax Ave.; and BarFly at Alamo Theater, 4235 W. Colfax Ave.

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Your Input Wanted for New Edgewater Library, Sept. 28 & 30

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Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and Humphries Poli Architects are cohosting two community meetings to seek input on the design of a new library in Edgewater. JCLP is partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a 10,000-square-foot library in the new Edgewater Civic Center, opening next fall. At the meetings, representatives from Humphries Poli Architects will present initial design concepts using a highly interactive presentation that invites resident input. The first meeting is Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Happy Leaf Kombucha, 5700 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater. The second takes place Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Recreation Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater.

The League of Women Voters Jeffco will present a free panel discussion on local efforts toward sustainable communities, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., Golden. Focusing on renewable energy, panelists will discuss what’s been accomplished, what’s in progress and why it’s important. After review by League members and if time permits, questions will be answered. League Sustainability Committee member Pat Mesec said the committee began asking communities nine years ago what their plans were to work toward a sustainable community. “Now we have gone back and asked the same question with the hope that some

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Are you 55 or older and have crafts or wares to sell? Sign up for the fourth annual Stitch ‘n Chatter Fall Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale, hosted by Edgewater’s American Legion Post 17, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1901 Harlan St. The one-of-a-kind event features the handiwork of senior-aged, older adult crafters – great gifts for the coming holiday season – plus a bake sale and door prizes. Booth rental is just $15; admission is free. Sponsors include Colorado Senior Connections in Edgewater, City of Edgewater, and Jewish Family Service.

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s a hazy sun rose over the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a small crowd of people, dressed in blue t-shirts, grew to more than 2,100. All were there to take part in the ninth annual Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb, to remember the first responders who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And, as the sun battled with clouds overhead, each pair of feet would take nearly 2,000 steps – the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center, a total of nine laps around the amphitheater. The climbers came from 16 states, representing 60 fire agencies from Colorado and across the country. “It’s amazing to see the support we have each year for this event,” said Shawn Duncan, a lieutenant with West Metro Fire Rescue and co-coordinator of the climb. “We had people here just after 6 am, waiting in line to register.” Duncan and Cody McGinnis, an Aurora firefighter, are the co-coordinators of the event and rely on an army of volunteers and sponsors to turn their idea into a reality each year. “We wanted to do something to both remember the 343 firefighters who died trying to save lives that day, and to help the families they left behind,” said McGinnis.

The climb benefits the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support their families. So far, more than $2 million has been raised through stair climb events around the country. The Red Rocks event is the largest of its kind – this year participants raised nearly $70,000. And while most climbers wear t-shirts and shorts during the moderately strenuous event, in the crowd, you can see firefighters, dressed completely in “bunker” gear – heavy coats and pants – with helmets on their heads. Some even are “on air” – with face masks, connected to air tanks, breathing compressed air as they climb. And, as the tanks begin to run dry, you can hear the alarms sound – warning the wearer that air and time are running out. “As a firefighter, we’re trained for the worst scenarios,” said Duncan. “Even so, it’s hard to imagine what they saw that day as they climbed the stairs of the World Trade Center. They had to know it was likely they were not going to make it out. That’s why we do this – to remember their sacrifice.” Registration for next year’s Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb opens early next summer. Watch for details. Ronda Scholting is the Communications/Media Relations Specialist for West Metro Fire Rescue; contact her at or 303-941-8317. – SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 16, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE


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Sustainable Edgewater Seminar Series, Oct. 17 Learn how about sweeteners and local honey in “Sugar, Honey and Sweet Stuff,” next in the Sustainable Edgewater Seminar Series, held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Edgewater Library 5843 W. 25th Ave. For more information, call the Edgewater Library, 303-235-5275.

Dia de los Muertos, Star Wars Reads Day at Edgewater Library Edgewater Library, located at 5843 W. 25th Ave., is offering a continuing cavalcade of free classes and activities for children, teens and adults. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the whole family are invited to “Raise A Reader,” featuring simple and fun activities, snacks and prizes, Saturday, Sept. 30, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bookstores, retailers, libraries and fans all over the world will celebrate the love of “Star Wars” and reading on Star Wars Reads Day, Thursday, Oct. 5. In its sixth official year, Edgewater Library is celebrating with fun galactic crafts and Star Wars books for the whole family to enjoy, from 6 to 8 p.m. Suitable for all ages. Plan to celebrate Dia de los Muertos – The Festival of Bones – Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Library staff

and patrons will honor the contributions of all of their ancestors by learning the traditional techniques of decorating sugar skulls. The skull represents death while the sugar represents the sweetness of life. Get in the spirit! Presented by the CHAC Gallery & Cultural Center, it’s limited to 25 participants and registration is required, starting 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 11. Suitable for all ages. Book Group meets Oct. 14 (second Saturday) to discuss “The Beekeeper’s Daughter” by Santa Montefiore. Suitable for adults. Play and build with LEGO bricks every Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., during LEGO Play and Build. Suitable for all ages. All events are free. For more information, call 303-2355275 or visit

Senior Connections Offers Free Classes, Social Events Colorado Senior Connections hosts a continuing series of fun events for seniors. Join Colorado Senior Connections

for Classical Connections Music Class, an amazing musical tour through the classical music world, taught by Betsy Schwarm, a college professor and noted music historian. Tuesdays, Oct. 3 and 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Pay $5 upon arrival. Beginners are welcome in “An Afternoon of Bunko,” a fun dice game with lots of action that is easy to learn; $6 per class. Held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Call 720-763-3042 for more information. Stitch and Chatter, a free, drop-in handcrafts group meets every Wednesday, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 2250 Eaton St. Anything you want to work on in your lap is welcome, from knitting, crochet, to embroidery. All ages and levels are welcome. The Historical Society Quilting Circle next meets inside the Wheat Ridge Historical Park Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of Wheat Ridge and bring a project to work on – it doesn't have to be quilting! There is a show-and-tell time to see what everyone is working on. All levels are welcome, and others can help you get started if you want to learn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

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Men’s Group meets twice a month to discuss sports, politics and current events. No subject is off limits, but members are expected to behave appropriately. Each member will take a turn leading a group discussion. Men from Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and around are welcome. Next meetings are Thursday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. For more information, visit

Emerald Ash Borer information Available From Lakewood The emerald ash borer, a highly destructive, non-native insect that kills all true ash trees, has been detected in Boulder. As a result, Colorado experts want to be sure consumers are receiving accurate information about the pest, which is difficult to detect. Information and resources for Lakewood residents can be found at



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