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SCL Health Buys Into Clear Creek Crossing ■ By

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video showcasing how the Clear Creek Crossing project might look in Wheat Ridge includes an SCL Health sign, signifying the end of a short but controversial conflict between two medical care providers. Project developers and SCL Health signed a contract for the sale of a 25-acre parcel of the project to the parent company of Lutheran Medical Center, after word spread earlier this year of a potential new hospital or medical care facility operated by UCHealth at the site. That prompted a flurry of emails from Lutheran staff and Wheat Ridge medical care officials to city officials, opposing a rezoning request from the developers, Evergreen Development Co. of Denver. A large crowd of Lutheran staff and supporters turned out for a Feb. 12 Wheat Ridge City Council hearing, where Evergreen was granted a continuance of the matter to March 26. The company held a community meeting March 22, where the sales contract with SCL Health was announced. After a lengthy public hearing March 26 – which included the video –council approved the rezoning request of the 109Continued on page 2

WHEAT RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL’S STEM PROGRAM RECEIVED THE HORIZON AWARD from the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation. Left to right: Mayor Bud Starker, Thomas Arbuckle, Gabriella Cordova, Principal Josh Cooley, Jacob Morley, Ali Helton, STEM/Engineering-Shell Instructor Charles L. Sprague, Andy Yutzy. PHOTO COURTESY WRHS

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pringtime marks the return of some of the Wheat Ridge community’s most popular activities, the 44th Avenue Rumble – Cruise and Poker Run among them. Now in its fourth year (or sixth, if you count the two years it was called “the Harlan Street Rumble”), the event will take place on May 12. Whether someone collects cars or simply enjoys looking at them, this event is always a hit. In previous years, the Rumble has taken place on a Sunday, but because this year’s event would have conflicted with Mother’s Day, it will be on Saturday. Registration for participants and vendor set-up starts at 7 a.m. at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., in Wheat Ridge, with the park opening to the public at 8 a.m. As with years past, there will be about 200 automobiles, including classics, hot rods and muscle cars on display. The Poker Run begins at 11 a.m., during which, participants will draw playing cards at each stop along way. At the end of the Poker Run, the individual with the best hand wins. Restaurants along the route will offer food and drink specials until the event ends. Following the Poker Run, which is expected to end around 1 p.m., prizes will be awarded at Anderson Park. There will also be a variety of prizes for winners of the car show. Grammy’s Goodies will be on hand to provide food and beverages for purchase. Additionally, there will be live music and vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wheat Ridge High School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programs. While there is no entry fee, participants are required to register.

For more information on the 44th Street Rumble, visit www.44thrumble.com.

44th Avenue Rumble Schedule (subject to change) 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Vendor set-up/Cars arrive/Registration Anderson Park opens to the public Judging starts 1st Cackle Car Demonstration Release cars to cruise up and down 44th Ave. & Begin Poker Run Judging complete Cars return from Cruise & Poker Run 2nd Cackle Car Demonstration Begin drawings (every two minutes) Winners announced and trophies awarded

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“EVERYBODY NEEDS TO FIND THEIR PASSION, have a sense of community and get involved, get to know people,” said Wheat Ridge resident, community leader and promoter Dominick Breton. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WHEAT RIDGE CARNATION FESTIVAL.

itting at a fairly new, locally-owned coffee shop in Wheat Ridge with Dominick Breton is an interesting experience. I am here to interview him, yet what he wants to talk about is what is happening in Wheat Ridge. And he should know, because he is on the board of no less than four important organizations in Wheat Ridge. He is President of the Kiwanis, Program Director for the Wheat Ridge Grange, Board Member for the Carnation Festival and new Board Member of the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce. While we are having coffee, he points out several people who are involved in helping Wheat Ridge thrive. And, this is obviously what he wants. As the coffee shop becomes busier, he points out how well the coffee shop is doing and reiterates that, whenever possible, he makes a point of supporting and buying from Wheat Ridge-based businesses. He is clearly delighted when the coffee shop becomes so busy that we give up our seats to other patrons. He then takes me to see the Wheat Ridge Business Coop, where he goes to work on projects, and to show me what he has planned for the front area of the Wheat Ridge Grange Hall. He is an enthusiastic promoter and loves being part of helping Wheat Continued on page 2


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Ridge grow and thrive. He went to school in Wheat Ridge. He used the food share program when he was a kid. His parents still live in Wheat Ridge. His service in Boy Scouts was honored by the Wheat Ridge Kiwanis youth recognition program. He and his family were, and still are, active members of the Wheat Ridge Grange. From an early age he was volunteering at the Grange. He credits these youthful experiences with his interest in giving back to his community. Both Kiwanis and the Grange are near and dear to his heart, because they promote programs for children and for families. He affirms several times during the interview that Wheat Ridge is unique with lots of things that you can do. He then talks about the Carnation Festival. He joined the board because it offers an event that is uniquely Wheat Ridge and, as he says, “It gives back so much to Wheat Ridge.” He also notes that this all-volunteer board works for a whole year to plan the event that benefits service clubs and the Wheat Ridge schools and their extracurricular activities. When I ask about himself, he talks about how important the Grange is to him. He wants the Grange to become a vital part of the community, particularly for families in the community. There are several organizations, including the 4-H Club, that are currently renting out the Grange Hall. He sees the Grange Hall as a great place for the community to come together. That’s why he wanted to show me how he wants to redo to

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acre site on the west side of Interstate 70, between approximately 34th Avenue and Clear Creek, from planned commercial development to planned mixed-use development. The change gives Evergreen a broader choice of residential, employment, retail, hotel, restaurant and entertainment uses, including a medical campus. Lutheran officials have said they will study their options for the site and were conducting due diligence on the property. The contract is expected to close by the end of May, according to Evergreen Executive Vice-President Tyler Carlson. “This is the largest undeveloped property in Wheat Ridge,” he told council members. “I would never expect we would all agree on what we do with the property, but we hope to have a baseline level of civility as we move forward. We want to see an all-inclusive, multi-use community.” Whatever use Lutheran proposes for the parcel will need city planning and zoning commission approval, possibly council as well, city Community Development Director Ken Johnston noted. Part of the parcel SCL Health plans to buy is in the 500-year floodplain of Clear Creek, Carlson noted, but the company plans to build that portion of land up out of the floodplain.

Highway improvements to start soon

As part of the project, a $10 million highway improvement project has involved the city, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. An environmental assessment determined necessary improvements to the surrounding local street network and I-70. Bids on that work will be sought in May and will take about a year to complete, Carlson said. It will include an exit off I-70 directly into the project, he added. No single-family homes are planned for the project, Carlson said, only 300 apartment units. One half will be one-bedroom units, the other half two-bedroom units, he added. Residents expressed concerns to council about protecting wildlife and open space along Clear Creek, the loss of views of the Flatirons and the Front Range and a lack of affordable housing in the project and city as a whole. Other concerns came from residents of the nearby Applewood community over property taxes and public safety due to

front to include a handicapped ramp, a neon sign and a fenced-in patio with comfortable seating under a pergola. He would like to increase the Wheat Ridge Kiwanis membership to 25 members. He loves that they are out in the community making a difference, having an impact. He thinks they can do even more. Kiwanis members develop leadership skills, meet other great people, and meet people who have a sense of purpose. There are a large variety of projects, so people can find something that matches their passion. In other words, he sees no reason for people not to join him at the Wheat Ridge Kiwanis club. Dominick is excited to have the Chamber back up and running. He says the Chamber is another great resource for the community and can be a big help to the small businesses that he loves in Wheat Ridge. He knows that he personally would like to see more small businesses in Wheat Ridge. Amazingly, this young man is only in his early thirties. In addition to all his other duties, he also believes that he can recruit more young people to join him in supporting his community. “Wheat Ridge is becoming younger, but those my age have not become involved in service clubs,” he says. “Everybody needs to find their passion, have a sense of community and get involved, get to know people.” If there is anyone with a sense of community in Wheat Ridge, someone whose passion is Wheat Ridge, it would be Dominick Breton. If you would like to know more about any of Dominick’s activities, he says he is accessible to communicate with any Wheat Ridge resident. This enthusiastic Wheat Ridge promoter can be reached at 303-9192680 or at dom.e.breton@gmail.com. increased traffic, while others worried about the height of buildings in the project. Mixed-use zoning allows certain nonresidential buildings to be 90 feet tall, said Johnston.

Council members hope project moves forward

Councilman Tim Fitzgerald said the project would give the city “something unlike anything else in the city and the near area.” “I’m extremely impressed how the developer has carefully listened to our citizens,” he added. “He’s been considerate of Clear Creek and the trail system there.” Councilwoman Leah Dozeman – a Lutheran employee – said her main concern was to ensure a major employer at the project site was not a nonprofit and would produce sales tax for the city. Lutheran and UCHealth are nonprofit operations. She added when city voters approved funds for “hook ramps” off I-70 into the project site several years ago, it was with the assumption of a major “big box” store anchoring the project. “We were going to have major commercial and retail sales tax generators at that time,” Dozeman said. “I hope we will see that in some shape or form.” Earlier plans for the property included a Cabela’s store in 2005, which were dropped when the Great Recession happened several years later. The site was also considered for a Super Walmart before the company bowed out last year. Carlson said Evergreen was glad those two companies bowed out of the project. “Those plans were made before Amazon was the Amazon we have today,” he noted, referring to the huge online company that has made large inroads into the retail industry. “I think it was a blessing in disguise that Cabela’s pulled out. If they had built a 1 million-square-foot, big-box retail store, right now it would be filled with things like churches and trampoline places. Nothing against those establishments, but that’s not what you bargained for back in the day.” The city collected $27,175 from Evergreen for the rezoning process, and the city expects to reach a tax increment financing agreement with the developer to fund portions of necessary public infrastructure, using a portion of city tax revenues generated from the project. Carlson said Evergreen hopes to have enough retail business commitments to start groundwork on Clear Creek Crossing this fall and the first businesses could open in 2020.


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our classrooms, to read to the younger grades and share their life experiences act: 53 percent of our population is over with our high-school students. Meaningful 45 years old. Fact: 21 percent of our contributions and time spent inside our population is over 65 years old. Fact: Only schools will help them see first-hand why 6.6 percent of our population brings home teachers have been paying out of their own more $150,000 per year. That’s about 950 pockets for pencils and supplies for some families. Fact: Just over 50 percent of the students. See why we are on the bottom of population earned less than $50,000 per the list in per-student dollars in this country. year. These are some of the statistics you can Only then will they finally understand why supporting a bond initiative is pick up from the City of Wheat crucial to our education system. Ridge website. On the other hand, Why have Wheat Ridge Superintendent Jason Glass voters been hesitant to support and his team have to be crystal any kind of funding initiatives? clear in how dollars will be For years, school closures in spent right here in Wheat Jeffco have been focused on Ridge. Vague promises loaded our city. Wheat Ridge Middle, with buzz words simply have Wheat Ridge 5-8 and Martinson no effect on the majority of have all been closed down. This our voters. Sometimes it’s not past year Pennington and Stober about Jeffco. Sometimes it elementary were on the closure Guy Nahmiach has to be about right here in list, but were spared for the time Wheat Ridge. I’m not suggesting a direct being. While Golden, Lakewood and Arvada link between scores and dollars. Simply a have all been awarded new schools, Wheat list that includes growth scores, graduation Ridge has been left behind with old buildings rates, increased enrollment, home values like Prospect Valley that has classrooms with and other achievements directly tied to no doors and carpet that dates back to the education inside our schools. 1960s. In fact, Wheat Ridge schools have not There needs to be accountability when asking for more money. There needs to be had any remodeling in decades. Standing with homemade signs on a show of some kind of regular updates via Wadsworth will not convince our voters, the Neighborhood Gazette, “did you know” and outside marketing firms have simply postcards, maybe even another knock on been focused on our sporting history instead the door from the same person who asked of our academic success stories. Like Isaac you for more money in the first place. over at WRHS who, despite challenges in We’d also love to see a Student his personal life has, with the help of great Engagement Program where our students teachers, won the prestigious Daniel’s become more visible and active in our own Foundation Scholarship. We also know community. Activities like park clean-up that while our younger generations love to days, being nature stewards, volunteering share their opinions by clicking “like” on at our senior centers and hospitals. Reading and writing letters for our seniors and Facebook, it is the seniors that actually vote and shape the direction of our town. Continued on page 7 We need to invite senior neighbors into n By

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walked into Wilmore Davis Elementary and was greeted by the wonderful sounds of their music class in full rehearsal mode. This was my first formal meeting with new principal Janace Fischer. Like many of our new neighborhood schools, this one too was making changes and I wanted to hear all about them. Our conversation began with Fischer sharing her philosophy about today’s education by describing a day in a life of a student as “an interwoven experience with math and literature crossing over from subject to subject.” “We don’t use math only 46 minutes in a day, Guy,” she added. “So why should students be confined to that in the classrooms?” Fischer is clearing a path once defined by age and grade level to ability and passion. Where kindergarten through second grade share one side of the school and third through fifth share the other., shared resources and team collaboration among the students will create a great learning environment. Students are still held to the required curriculum, but not held back by the same grade-level boundaries. The Wilmore Davis community is changing. With new families moving into the neighborhood and home values rising, the free and reduced lunch rate is quickly dropping, as we’ve seen in north Denver schools such as Brown Elementary and Skinner Middle. As an increased level of

parent involvement and access to resources increases, so will the level of energy and enthusiasm inside the school. With the sixth grade moving to middle school, Wilmore Davis is projecting a loss of 100 students next year. While the move does make room for pre-K, the dollars per student each school receives will be missed. Though clearly the focus of this once New York social worker is to provide an excellent education to every student no matter what socio-economic background they come from. Opportunities to discover what they are passionate about and demonstrate their learning skills through these very passions. As for the advanced learners, Fischer acknowledges the small number but wants to provide a challenging environment where those on ALP (Advanced Learning Plans) can thrive and attract more GT families to the school. Fischer is one of the of new school leaders in our community who uses social media to help communicate with not only her enrolled families but the entire social media community, in and out of Wheat Ridge. Providing regular updates on the wonderful events, achievements and innovations happening inside her school. It’s not only helping to inform and retain her presently enrolled families, but helping attract families that would have never considered Wilmore Davis as a viable option for their kids. While I expect to hear more great things from Wilmore Davis, I urge you to go visit with Fischer in person and see for yourself.

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progress in compensation to attract and retain quality teachers and staff, we’re still at a comparative disadvantage when it comes to competing districts nearby. On the facilities side, the reality is that we have ince I started as Superintendent for significant inequities and problems when it Jeffco Public Schools last July, I’ve comes to our buildings that have only gotten asked a bunch of questions to try and better worse since 2016. understand the community, the I believe these two context, and the history of this focus areas are tightly related. place and its schools. While I see The issues of organizational a major element of my role as an credibility and trust play education leader to look to the right into whether or not future and prepare our students the community will support and schools to meet that, I’ve tax proposals. People do not always found that the journey voluntarily separate themselves to that future place is informed from their own tax dollars if they and shaped by the community’s have low trust that the receiving history and culture. organization is on stable footing A major focus for me in this and will do good things with first year was to re-establish Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. those resources. trust between Jeffco Public So, I have two questions Schools and the community. The district for our community. has been no stranger to controversy and First, are we doing the right work to political divisiveness over the past few years rebuild trust and credibility that Jeffco and I believed one of my major goals was Public Schools is headed in the right to move us past this, and get our schools direction, and what else could we be doing and community re-focused on the work of in order to further rebuild that trust and teaching and learning. credibility? A second major focus was considering Second, is 2018 the right time for the when and if it was the right time to go district to bring forward a tax proposal of back to our voters and ask for financial some form to improve our schools? Under supports for our schools. When I came what conditions would you support that into the community last summer, Jeffco and what specific elements do you think we Public Schools was still reeling from the should include? budget and facilities impacts of failing its Responses can be sent directly to me bond (for facilities improvements) and at Jason.Glass@jeffco.k12.co.us. I will read mill levy override (for ongoing expenses and respond to each one. Thanks in advance such as teacher compensation) requests in for engaging! November of 2016. The needs that drove the district to place these questions on the If you have (other) questions for Dr. ballot in 2016 have not gone away. While Glass please send them to Guy Nahmiach we’ve been able to make some incremental at guy@NostalgicHomes.com.

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arah Albright has served as the Town Clerk and Treasurer of Mountain View since March 2015. In a recent conversation, Albright shared her education, work experience, professional challenges and goals while conveying her commitment to public service. Albright acknowledges that her interest in public service evolved during the 14 years she worked for the municipality of Granby, Colo. While living in Granby, she assumed the positions of administrative assistant, court clerk and deputy clerk. In 2013, Albright completed the Clerk Institute program from the University of Colorado, Boulder, to earn the distinction of Certifi ed Municipal Clerk, or CMC. “My years of administrative experience in the private business sector, customer service background, organizational skills, and professional work ethic are skills that I apply in my job. As the Town Clerk and Treasurer of Mountain View, I wear many hats,” refl ects Albright. In addition to attending to the daily operations of the town hall, Albright is the custodian of the municipal records, which means all town fi les, purchase, license and contract agreements, building permits, town resolutions and ordinances. The work day routine includes interaction with the community, staff , council members, local vendors and business owners. “Although I plan a daily to-do list, my responsibilities and schedule usually causes me to adjust my attention to something not on my list,” declares Albright. “This is a challenge, but a chance to see what I can get done during the work day.” In her position, Albright assists as the clerk for the town council. She schedules meeting dates, prepares the agenda and meeting materials, takes and transcribes the minutes for regular, special or study council sessions and periodic public hearings. During an election year, Albright coordinates the election calendar with Jeff erson County authorities. For the Mountain View mayor and council elections, she initiates community notifi cation, generates candidate nomination and petition information, verifi es petition signatures and organizes new council member training. “The transition after a community election has always been interesting to me. This is an opportunity to become aware of diff erent leadership styles and council

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patients. Playing music in our hospital lobby, becoming youth commissioners in our city. It will be their active involvement that will tighten the bond between their generation and the one that established this city in the fi rst place. I am all for increased funding in our classrooms. But it’s only because I see the need every day fi rst hand. If you are a person that doubts the need for funding and requires proof, I would love to personally invite you into any of our schools in Wheat Ridge and experience for yourself not only the amazing things we are doing with so little, but listen to principals, teachers and students tell you what more we can do and be with additional funding.

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member personalities,” notes Albright. As the town treasurer, Albright administers, maintains and retains the municipal fi scal records. This requires overseeing the daily cash receipts, bank transactions, accounts payable and receivable, payroll and quarterly residential maintenance billing. Albright meets monthly with the town council fi nance committee and quarterly with the town accountant to review the town’s fi nancial status. Presently, Albright is taking courses for certifi cation as a Masters Municipal Clerk, or MMC. “Public service off ers me the feeling of accomplishment. My professional goal is to serve as a mentor so I can share my knowledge and my enthusiasm for public service.” As a fi nal thought, Albright adds, “I invite residents to attend the council and community meetings or drop by the Town Hall at 4176 Benton St. This is the best way to become involved in the Mountain View community.”

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e know that drug use among students is an issue in our state, especially where marijuana dispensaries are close to schools,” says Micah Munro, a student services coordinator with Jefferson County Public Schools. Munro was hired in 2017 under a grant from the Colorado State Board of Education aimed at drug abuse prevention efforts. The $9 million grant from state recreational marijuana revenues was divided among school districts and Jefferson County was awarded $825,164 per year for three years, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Jeffco schools used the money to hire nine new school health professionals: six elementary school social-emotional learning specialists and three full-time nurses to serve middle- and high schools. Fifteen schools in Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Lakewood are implementing programs to help students and families make good decisions about marijuana use. “In the elementary schools we’re all about upstream prevention,” said Munro, a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in education. “In middle schools and high schools, we add drug intervention services.” The individual schools were chosen based on their proximity and access to marijuana dispensaries, as well as their commitment to drug prevention programs. Edgewater Elementary School, at W. 24th Avenue and Depew Street, is the only elementary school to have its own dedicated social-emotional learning specialist (SEL). Edgewater has seven marijuana dispensaries within its 0.7-square-mile area, according to coloradopotshops.com. Nine other elementary schools in Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Lakewood share one SEL per every two schools. SEL specialists work with teachers from once a week to three days per week, as well as working with students. Social-emotional learning is the process of learning how to understand and manage emotions, as well as set positive goals, show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. “It’s about self-awareness and selfmanagement, which is critical to upstream drug-use prevention. It’s about learning the skills necessary to have a productive life,” said Munro. The framework for SEL educators includes both classroom instruction and practical tools. Problem-solving is a big component. “Research shows that good decisions require good skills in advocating for yourself,” Munro said. “In the elementary schools it’s mostly classroom learning. Starting in middle school we include practicing scenarios because drugs are in their world. We’re not just providing a lesson but practicing how to use our skills throughout the day.” Denver Public Schools’ substance use prevention program (SUP) serves 28 schools including Lake Middle School in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. The social-emotional learning component teaches students protective life skills like coping, resilience, and dealing with stress and conflict. “We practice skills in relationships and stressful situations; then the kids report back on how it went,” says Michel Holien, LCSW, supervisor of the program. “‘Just say no’ does not work. So we are not preachy, we just educate about the impact of substances and teach skills. What works best are the protective factors and relationships with safe adults.” SUP also encourages alternatives to engaging in unhealthy behavior, like

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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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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To Call Or Not To Call, That Is The 911 Question n By

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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 nonemergency, 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. The Wheat Ridge website (www. ci.wheatridge.co.us) has a link on the opening page for the police department. That link provides the address of the Police Department at 7500 W. 29th Ave., the nonemergency phone number 303-237-2220, and Chief of Police Dan Brennan’s phone number. There is, also, a menu of topics that are not emergencies, but are topics often of interest. Code enforcement, animal control, fingerprinting, suspicious activity, and reporting graffiti are a few of the choices. Residents calling the non-emergency phone number will be given a similar menu of choices, so that they can be directed to just what they need. The town of Mountain View’s website (www.townofmountainviewcolorado. org) provides information on town codes and activities. Police contact information and other information is on Mountain View Police Department’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ mountainviewpolicecolorado). The Mountain View Police Department is at 4176 Benton St. The main phone number for the police department is 303-425-1748 and non-emergency dispatch is 303-2710211. 911 has made a huge difference and saved many lives in emergencies. Knowing the non-emergency numbers or how to find them can open a line for a person trying to call 911 in an emergency.

WEST METRO FIRE New Rating to Save Homeowners, Businesses Millions n By

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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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Wildlife in the City: Geese n By

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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 fl y. Some have been reported fl ying 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 fl y 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 fl ying. According to the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, “Canadian geese prefer to walk or swim. They do not like to fl y.” And, it seems, they don’t feel they need to fl y 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 confi rmed 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 eff orts 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 fi ve million today. Travel: Most, but not all, do migrate each year. They will travel thousands of miles to return to their birthplace. By fl ying in a “V” formation, the whole fl ock adds 71 percent greater fl ying range than fl ying 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 fi nd 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 fi nd another, or they may not. If they don’t fi nd 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 diff erent 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 specifi c 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 “fl otilla.” 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 confl icts 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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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 Ridge Avalanche (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 303-231-1310. 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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heat Ridge High School’s varsity baseball team got the special experience of playing on Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, for a nonconference exhibition against Monarch High School on March 23. Both baseball programs were asked to sell Rockies tickets in exchange for a funfi lled day that all levels got to enjoy. “Every player in the program is supposed to sell 25 tickets,” said the school’s head coach Adam Miller. This will be the 16th year Miller and WRHS have worked with the Rockies. Players off ered tickets to four diff erent Rockies games: May 29 vs. San Francisco Giants, June 1 and 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, and June 19 vs. New York Mets. For all the players who sold their required tickets, they were granted the day off from school, a bus ride to Coors Field, a tour of the big league locker room, and even got to take pictures and play catch on the fi eld. “The Rockies, weather depending, may curtail the lower level activities or some of our pregame, but unless it’s raining or snowing the varsity is good to go,” said

Miller. The weather ended up being a factor as the game was originally scheduled for Monday, March 19, but was pushed back to that following Friday. The seven-inning game ended in a 3-3 tie. Senior Payton Dietrich played his last inning on Coors Field, at least in a Farmer uniform. “Playing on a big league fi eld was an awesome experience, having no bad hops was great,” exclaimed Dietrich who gathered nine putouts during the game, to prove he’s qualifi ed. “My favorite part of the game was actually getting my fi rst hit of the season,” continued Dietrich on his one-for-three day with a walk and a stolen base. “I sold my Rockies tickets by taking them to my sister’s games and selling them to parents there and also my mom and dad helped sell them at their work,” said Dietrich, who has become an expert salesman over the past four years. The program works as an excellent trade as players get a rare opportunity to see a big league fi eld at the ultimate perspective, and the Rockies in turn get a great look and some seats fi lled.

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he Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s May Festival on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature an antique appraisal booth, may pole dancing, craft demonstrations and sales, musicians providing songs to sing along, and lunch heated on the wood stove in the Soddy. It won’t be as fancy as the “Antiques Roadshow,” but it should be fun to learn what grandma’s things are worth today. Local appraisers will be at the Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., in Wheat Ridge to give values to your family treasurers. To make the appraisals go faster we are requesting that participants post a picture or two on our Facebook page with a description of the item. We are requesting a $5 donation for each appraisal at the festival. The May Pole Dance is a spring favorite and this year we will have a dance at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate those who can only make it in the morning or afternoon. Our 14-foot may pole has ribbons that were donated by local fl ower shops in the 1970s, making it almost as old as the City of Wheat Ridge! We have local musicians join us monthly and we now have two groups to enjoy. Our recorder musicians play a variety of tunes and will have lessons later this year. Our guitar musicians also play a variety of tunes for our visitors to sing along. Bring your instrument or voice and join in the musical fun. If you’re feeling crafty this spring, bring your items to show, tell and sell. Local crafters are encouraged to bring their handmade items to the May Festival. You can show your items, give demonstrations of your craft and/or sell your crafty wares. If you started too many plants this year you can sell your extra starters here as well.

The May Festival is at the Historic Park where we have a collection of several buildings that tell the story of the community begun by a handful of farmers. One of the buildings is our implement shed, fi lled with old-time hand tools that were once used on the area’s truck farms. Come see how our members have cleaned out the shed and displayed the hand tools of the past – this was a member’s project this April. Lunch in the Soddy is only $6, $4 for kids, cash or check only. Bring your questions about the Wheat Ridge area to our historians and bring the whole family to learn a little Wheat Ridge history. If you can’t make the May Festival you can take a tour of the Historic Park when it is open, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are only $2 per person, cash or check only. Please call our museum hostess at 303-421-9111 for groups of 10 or more. Our Historical Society Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at the Red Brick house at the Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., starting with a social at 7 p.m. and meeting at 7:30. Snacks provided. Committee meetings are the fi rst Friday of the month at the Red Brick house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Historic Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $2, cash or check only. The Quilters are working on a quilt for the Historic Baugh House now and all crafters welcome. The Historic Baugh House, at West 44th Avenue and Robb Street, is open every second Saturday of the month from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303-421-9111 for more information. Check us out on Facebook – The Wheat Ridge Historical Society – and watch for our website coming soon.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING ‘Pass The Pinwheel’ Raises Awareness, Funds For Child Abuse Prevention The Wheat Ridge Police Department is planting a pinwheel garden outside City Hall to help raise awareness of child abuse during April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. The department’s fundraising goal for the Ralston House Pinwheel project is $60,000, and the $5 sales of individual pinwheels go to support the services Ralston House provides children and their families. “Bright blue pinwheels are a symbol of child abuse prevention awareness across the nation and serve as a beacon of hope for children, youth and adult survivors of child abuse in our community,” said Detective Cheri Ells. “Anyone who wants to support this month’s fundraising for Ralston House can stop by City Hall to make a $5 donation and receive a pinwheel or go online.” Community members are also encouraged to use the hashtag #PassthePinwheel in social media posts and to change their Facebook profile picture to one taken with a pinwheel to help raise awareness and funds. To donate online or more information visit www.ralstonhouse.net/child-abuseprevention-month.

Missed The Wheat Ridge State of the City Presentation? Summary Available Online Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff gave the annual State of the City presentation to the Wheat Ridge Business Association in early April, setting out the priorities and expected progress in development for the

coming year. If you missed it, you can get an outline of the city’s priority projects and development in the works through a PowerPoint presentation available on the city’s website, at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/121/CityManager – click on the “State of the City Presentation” link in the last paragraph. The city’s “priority strategies” for 2018 are: to update the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS); develop an I-70/Kipling Corridor strategy to address crime, aesthetics, and redevelopment opportunities; finalize design for 38th Ave streetscape; work with CDOT to prioritize I-70/Kipling improvements; and set a policy on “shared housing.” Outlines and artist renderings of developments around Ward Station, the terminus of the G Line, are included in the presentation. An update on the four projects funded by the city’s voter-approved “Investing 4 the Future” initiative is also included.

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.

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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.

Free Resource Fair For Older Adults And Caregivers April 27 At Lutheran Experts from Seniors Resource Center, Lutheran Medical Center and other local nonprofits will provide a morning of free health screenings, health and safety assessments, resource booths and educational talks in “Aging Together,” a resource fair for older adults and caregivers. The free event takes place Friday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon at Lutheran Medical Center, 2nd Floor Balcony, 8300 W. 38th Ave. The fair will provide valuable information to help seniors and caregivers find what they need today and plan for the years ahead. Panel discussions include “Aging at Home: Options for You & Your Loved One,” from 9:15 to 10 a.m.; and “Taking Control of Your Health: Important Screenings You Need to Know About,” from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The event is free, but registration is required: call 303-689-4595 or visit www. SeniorResourceFair.org.

Police, DEA, Lutheran Medical Host Drug TakeBack Event, April 28 Here’s an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs: On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., pills and patches can be dropped off for disposal at Lutheran Medical Center’s main entrance at 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked. Presented by Wheat Ridge Police

Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” said Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. “We are proud to work with the DEA to bring this important event to our community twice a year to help keep out-of-date and unused medications from being misused and from contaminating our water system.” Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

‘Murder, She Writes!’ Benefits Library Foundation, April 27 Former local investigative journalist Paula Woodward’s in-depth account of events surrounding the JonBenét Ramsey murder case will be the focal point of “Murder, She Writes!” a fundraising luncheon and audience-interactive conversation hosted by the Jefferson County Library Foundation. Woodward is the author of “We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey, Twenty Years Later,” unveiling the evidence, interviews and police reports – including details she claims the crime-scene investigators missed. The benefit will be held on Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Club at Rolling Hills, 15707 W. 26th Ave., Golden. Tickets are $65, and Woodward’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the luncheon.

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Outside Agency Contributions Applications Now Being Accepted through Monday, April 23, 2018 The Outside Agency Contributions Program is one way the City helps support those non-profit organizations providing valuable local services to those in need. Eligible organizations must be non-profit, non-denominational, and able to demonstrate that the services they provide directly serve Wheat Ridge residents. The Citizen Review Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to City Council on funding amounts. Please be prepared to give a 10-minute presentation on May 10, 17, 24, or 31 to the review committee about your organization and be available for questions. Applications can be found at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/831/Outside-Agency-Contributions

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting Jefferson County Public Library programs and events, such as Summer Reading, Early Childhood Literacy and STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets through April 23 at www.jeffcolibraryfoundation.org. For more information, call 303403-5075.

Community Wellness Fair April 28 The Rotary Club of Golden has organized a Community Wellness Fair to be held at Golden High School, 701 24th St., on Saturday, April 28, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair provides resources for children and teens who are dealing with mental health issues, particularly within their own family, as well as anyone interested in learning more about mental well-being. Twelve classes, designed for both children and parents, will be presented by mental health professionals on subjects such as anxiety, bullying and substance abuse. The Fair also includes a keynote address and presentation by J.C. Jackman, a showing of the Disney film “Inside Out,” food, entertainment, games and prizes. For more information, visit goldenrotary.org/fair.

‘Meet Your Farmer’ Potluck and More At Four Seasons Market Four Seasons Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, will offer a variety of workshops and events in the coming weeks. Learn about the future of farming in

the “Meet Your Farmer” panel, potluck and community conversation on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. A panel of Colorado farmers, both rural and urban, will share why they farm, about their farms, their land stewardship, their production techniques, the challenges they face as farmers, and innovations and changes on their farms. Bring a dish to share for the potluck, and stay for conversation with the farmers over dessert. Panelists include Wheat Ridge’s Sarah Tamura, Ikigai Farm LLC; Jonathan Rodrigues, UPDIG Farm + Pop.up Grocer, Denver; Margaret Barkey, Colorado Wise Acres Farm, Ft. Lupton; Jeni Nagle, Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss; Roberto Meza, Emerald Gardens, Broomfield; Leda Viart, Harvest Acres Farm, Bennett; and Roy Pfalzgraff, Pfz Farms, Haxtun. The following Saturday, April 28, is Kids Activity Day, featuring a 10 a.m. reading of “The Hungry Honeybee” by author Jessica Goldstrom of The Bees Waggle (free, but RSVP on Eventbrite) and a 11:30 a.m. Microgreens workshop for kids with Emerald Gardens ($12 per child/teenager plus $2.72 Eventbrite fee, limited to 20). Parents/guardians should plan to be in the market while their children are attending activities. On Sunday, April 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., create an organic body scrub while sipping complimentary wine or beer in “Make Your Own Organic Body Scrub.” Seats are limited, tickets $30; register on Eventbrite or stop by Four Seasons Market. The Spring Bee and Honey Festival will take place Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Spring Bee and Honey Festival at Four Seasons Celebrate bees, beekeeping, pollinators of all kinds and – of course – honey. Learn about beekeeping, setting up hives, and how to help pollinators thrive. For more information, visit www. fourseasonsfam.com or call 720-560-6648.

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 and advocacy. Visit www.lwvjeffco.org, call 303-2380032 or email info@lwvjeffco.org for more information.

Sunshine Home Share Seeks Sponsors for May 21 Fundraiser Mark your calendars – and consider a sponsorship – for Sunshine Home Share’s

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

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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Celebrate all things West Colfax at the 4th annual West Colfax Lately Luncheon! Join us to honor this year’s LEGEND Award recipient, the honorable Steve Burkholder. Also, find out who will receive this year’s Momentum Awards. Mark your calendar to attend the luncheon on Thursday, April 26th from 11am-1pm at Lakewood Country Club. Buy your tickets now before they sell out!

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Neighborhood Gazette – April 2018  

The April 16 — May 14, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.

Neighborhood Gazette – April 2018  

The April 16 — May 14, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.

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