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Wheat Ridge | Edgewater | JANUARY 17-FEBRUARY 13, 2014

38th Avenue Plans Proceed Under New Council


By J. Patrick O’Leary

heat Ridge’s new City Council voted to keep controversial back-in parking on 38th Avenue, and has slated a citywide public meeting on the 38th Avenue Corridor project. City staff also reported a generally positive picture of the project’s impact. The future of back-in parking on 38th Avenue was considered at council’s Jan. 6 study session. Commenting on agenda items at the start of the session, Wheat Ridge businessman Jerry Nealon questioned why money should be spent on studying the controversial program if it were to be discontinued in the future; Mark Eskow opined that people were getting used to the practice, and money would be better spent on the overall project; and Wheat Ridge volunteer fireman Steve Prose called back-in parking horrible and asked that it be stopped. Later in the meeting, councilmembers

George Pond and Jerry DiTullio proposed having city staff research alternatives to back-in parking. Pond said it would be a simple and inexpensive task, and DiTullio said it would remove discussion of the controversial feature from the overall project. Pond’s request for council consensus on the proposal resulted in a tie, with Tim Fitzgerald, Genevieve Wooden, Bud Starker and Tracy Langworthy against, and Pond, DiTullio, Zachary Urban and Kristi Davis for. Mayor Joyce Jay broke the tie with a no vote, nixing any further study of the matter, essentially keeping the back-in parking in place in the near future. Prior to the holidays, at council’s Dec. 16, 2013, study session, Community Development Director Ken Johnstone briefed members on the impact of the 38th Continued on page 7

A FRESH BLANKET OF SNOW COVERED RESTING GRASSES as Wheat Ridge and Edgewater entered the depths of winter quietly, interrupted only by the theft of illegally idling cars (see story pg. 6) or chicken coops bursting into flame (see story pg. 7). PHOTO BY HEATHER LEE.

Grant to Help Wheat Ridge Seniors Connect With Services


By J. Patrick O’Leary

heat Ridge is about to become a big, fat NORC – although some say it’s already one, unofficially. Don’t be offended. NORC is an acronym for naturally occurring retirement community, a term coined in the 1980s describing neighborhoods and housing developments, originally built for young families, in which 50 percent of the residents are 60 years or older and have aged in place. Jefferson County Community Assessment and Jefferson County Aging Well has identified Wheat Ridge as having the greatest number of seniors of any city in Colorado. So Wheat Ridge was chosen to be the site of a NORC pilot project, which will become a model for other communities, if successful. Funded by a $1 million grant from Colorado Health Foundation, Jewish Family Service of Colorado will partner with Seniors’ Resource Center, HealthSET and Jefferson Center for Mental Health to design and implement high-quality, costeffective and person-centered long-term services and supports (LTSS) system, that will ensure that seniors have choice, control and access to a quality services, resulting in “optimal outcomes.” Essentially, it will bring Colorado Senior Connections Edgewater’s model for senior services to Wheat Ridge, says Alison Joucovsky, Program Coordinator for the new Colorado Senior Connections Wheat Ridge as well as CSC Edgewater. Both are programs of Jewish Family Services of Colorado. Of course, Wheat Ridge isn’t lacking in services for seniors. Joucovsky says that Colorado Health Foundation funded this initiative because there are a great number of seniors who should be getting food stamps, health care and other benefits, but aren’t, because they don’t know they are qualified or how to apply. “We’re looking for innovative ways to

improve access to health care, increase community, and see how community impacts overall health,” she says. A traditional NORC model has significant numbers of seniors who have chosen to age in place, and promotes selfsufficiency, alleviates isolation, reduces health care costs and allows the elderly to maintain their social networks. Seniors take an active role in the planning and implementation of the program, and are empowered to be responsible for their own health and wellness as well as for their community at large. The Wheat Ridge program is different in that it will be delivered in a larger geographic area (it will include surrounding communities in Jefferson County); will place a greater emphasis on wellness, healthy living and access to health; and can be copied and used in similar communities. It will also develop an objective way to measure results. Although there have been many arguably successful NORC programs in the U.S. – including CSC Edgewater’s – none have been successful in measuring their impact on seniors’ lives. In this new program, partners will work closely with TriWest, an evaluation firm with experience evaluating senior programs, to formally assess the outcomes for seniors as well as how closely it follows the NORC model. The first few months of the project will involve identifying the gaps in services provided and services needed, which will require personal contact with the community. “We are going to be reaching out to the seniors for their help on forming and starting this program,” she says. “This is your program, tell us what you need. It does us no good to come in and tell them what we think we need.” To take the pulse of the retiree community, CSC Wheat Ridge will host four “Community Brain Storming Sessions”

next month: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m., at Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave.; Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St.; Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m., Wheat Ridge Town Center Apartments, 4340 Vance St.; and Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Highland West Senior Citizens Apartments, 6340 W. 38th Ave. (RSVP requested, 720-248-4591). Finding seniors who need help is the hardest task, says Joucovsky. For example, at a recent senior service

day in Edgewater, she received requests from 14 seniors who had never contacted her before. Although each called because they needed help with yard work, they also had formidable laundry lists of other needs. “It was the day service – they couldn’t rake leaves – that brought them out, otherwise we may never have known about them,” says Joucovsky. “I’m guessing in Wheat Ridge we’ll have to do something like that…finding those isolated folks is tough. They’re not the ones who go to the senior center. We need to find out about them from a neighbor. It really takes a village.” For more information, contact Alison Joucovsky at 720-248-4591.

Edgewater Collective Keeps Coffee House Alive


By Laura Poole

isitors to Edgewater might notice there’s a distinct feel about the place and its people. A strong sense of community holds them together, and what many of them hold dear is a locally owned coffee shop, Edgewater Coffee. So when the recent owner had to step down, one man stepped up to the plate to keep the place running until a new owner could take over. Joel Newton, the executive director of the nonprofit Edgewater Collective and local coffee lover, couldn’t stand the idea that his go-to neighborhood coffee shop would be going out of business last month, so he brought in volunteers to help keep the place running until a new owner can be found. “I said ‘We gotta keep this open’. It’s kind of the community place to be… this is where you find out what’s happening in Edgewater and so I knew I wanted to keep that community shop going,” said Newton. Although the hours are now mornings only and food is no longer served, people are still

drawn in and evening events continue. Edgewater Coffee’s previous owner, Gina Hartley, has stepped down due primarily to family and health concerns but is looking for a new owner to take her place before the lease is up at the end of the year. But it has to be someone who “has the desire to keep [this] community café feel going” because her shop is about more than just coffee: it’s a multi-purpose meeting place for kids, adults, musicians, and anyone needing to get in from the cold. “It started on a whim of wanting a community café,” said Hartley about how she came into ownership. “I purchased this because I feel that every community needs a neighborhood coffee shop... it’s been an amazing journey.” Hartley saw her shop flourish in the last year even though she was struggling with her health, and she says that while it’s hard to have to leave she’s happy to see how Continued on page 7






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appy New Year to our readers and advertisers. I am happy that I have had my 2014 resolution in place months before the start of the new year. For the past two years, I have been a regular practitioner of the ancient art of yoga. Not a small feat for a not-so-limber 50-year-old. I recently made a commitment to step up my practice, and I am truly seeing the benefits that good yoga can bring about. I am particularly fond of a yoga program called Destination Satori. (www. Satori is a Zen Japanese word for the instant awakening that occurs when the body, mind, heart and spirit are in their natural state of balance and harmony. It has given me the tools to help bring about order and balance to my own life. As part of this practice, we do salutations to the moon. It is believed that through this type of yoga, we can bring about powerful change in our lives. New Year’s Day 2014 greeted us with a new moon, signifying a year of vast opportunities and growth. My new year’s wish for myself, family and the community as a whole is to be able to tap into this amazing opportunity for growth. A new year brings about incredible potential.

With the recent elections, the Wheat Ridge and Edgewater communities begin 2014 with new leadership – a chance for growth. There is renewed interest in developments surrounding 38th Avenue, the Wadsworth corridor, 38th & Kipling, even corporate giant Dunkin Donuts has set up shop in the heart of Edgewater…all strong chances for growth. And a new year also brings out renewed entrepreneurial spirit in many. It is a chance to take on new ventures, celebrate successes, re-evaluate missteps and to truly tap into what makes small business great in America. The Gazette is committed to promoting our community’s small businesses, either through advertising or by bringing our readers the most up-to-date local business news that we can gather. We ask our readers to support this relationship. Patronize our advertisers, use their coupons, let them know that you read about them in the Gazette. This small step will not only help us survive as a small business, but also enable us to continue to provide the community with a tool to help grow and expand. We appreciate your support in 2013 and look forward to being a part of your new year. Neighborhood Gazette publisher Tim Berland can be reached at tberland@ or 303-995-2806



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et me take you back just a few months ago when our newspaper was full of ads with smiling faces with slogans. Some promise to take you back in time, while others preached an optimistic future. There were bumper stickers, yard signs and thousands of messages on Facebook and Twitter. About angled reverse parking, the road diet and taxes. Some shook hands and made speeches. Some even made false accusations while others simply tried to avoid the whole thing. The sounds of democracy in Wheat Ridge could be heard for miles around. Votes were cast, breaths were held, no doubt some fingers were crossed, and then – I’m not sure if an official announcement was ever made – the noise was gone. The posters were down. The ads disappeared and, thankfully, so were all the negative messages on all the social media sites. It was as if a soft blanket of silence had been gently draped over our town. Where were our politicians? Was anyone going to say, “Thank you for your support”? A bit of a let down, don’t you think? Very anticlimactic, though comforting in knowing that the reasons for my clients’ moving to Wheat Ridge were not going away. In fact people were now being vocal. Not afraid to voice their support of the Ridge at 38th. Lining up in front of city council to testify and vouch for the wonderful progress on 38th. An excerpt from the city council meeting minutes read like this: Jerry Nealon (chairman of the Leadership Committee) representing 30-40 businesses and residents along the avenue thinks 38th Avenue is going in the right direction. There is a buzz out there; people are talking about it. Eric Wilson, also a local resident thanked council for their work on 38th and encouraged them to maintain the road diet east of Pierce. He believes the two-lane road makes for a more pleasant neighborhood. Businesses have succeeded because of the road diet. Wheat Ridge Liquors says their business is up due to the road diet, and

Mama Sannino’s and Care Bear Bakery are new businesses on 38th Avenue. Janeece Hoppe (Wheat Ridge) opened her business in 2011 based on the plans for 38th Avenue and later bought a house here. She said the plans look great for what’s planned in front of her building. Mark Eskow (Wheat Ridge) lives, works and plays on the 38th Ave corridor. It is growing and people are coming from nearby cities to support the corridor. Others were present at the council meeting to voice their concern over the planned spending, Larry Merkl (Wheat Ridge) asked that if council is going to spend $5 million shouldn’t it go to a vote of the people. As expected some did speak of the slowdown in traffic in that neighborhood, though I have a simple observation for them. The same person who is driving 25 in a 35 mph zone is doing so everywhere, not only in that section of 38th. Not everyone is a fan of the reverse angled parking. Two-thirds of those polled recently would like to see the return of parallel parking. It’s all about compromise. Though I am sure some would rather keep working on their time machines and go back to a past era. Adding to the exciting plans for our town is the possible relocation of Clancy’s from their Kipling and 38th address to somewhere up on 38th between Sheridan and Wadsworth. In fact that whole area is on the drawing table, with wonderful plans for Sprouts to build a new store in place of the old Safeway. I hear that Starbucks is in need of a larger space with room for a drive through. Brace yourselves, Wheat Ridge: amazing things are going on right under our noses. A few nights ago, I was at Right Coast enjoying a slice of pizza and a beer. The place was packed. After chatting with Crystal and Caesar for about 30 minutes, I realized that the conversation never approached any political issues. Everyone around us was doing what we were: just enjoying an evening out in Wheat Ridge. That’s something we should do more of in the new year. Guy Nahmiach can be reached at 303999-5789 or – january 17 – FEBruary 13, 2014 – neighborhood gazette




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e’ve finally ended our longest-running holiday season, which involves all kinds of activities including shopping and parties. It seems now what most people want is to take a breath, relax and stop spending money for a minute. It is generally a time to reflect on the past year, look at how we might change the holidays next year, and what we would like to change about our lives going forward. It is no coincidence that after we’ve spent the past two months eating and shopping that our New Year’s resolutions include diet and money management. It may be the reason that we often fail at our resolutions because it’s like being determined and motivated to go on a diet after eating a large meal. Resolution making has been on hold in my life. I gave up making resolutions because it seemed senseless since I very rarely accomplished them. My thought process was that it was better to not have any resolutions than to have them and fail. But this year we found an old storage tube that we had once used to collect written New Year’s resolutions. It had been our tradition to write resolutions at our family’s New Year’s Eve dinner and save them to review the following year. We had dropped the tradition, but we had so much fun reading those old resolutions and seeing what we had wished for 5 and 10 years ago that I saw the additional value of doing them: seeing how your life and priorities change. I am now of the opinion that a time

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he “puffer” theft season has arrived, right on the tail of the holiday theft season. On the morning of Jan. 2, the Wheat Ridge Police Department received three separate vehicle theft reports. All of the vehicles were referred to as “puffers” or cars left running and unattended by the owner as it warms up. Of the 22 vehicles stolen in Wheat Ridge since December 2013, four were puffers, and two were also left running and unattended. “It’s a crime of opportunity,” explains Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. “Leaving your car running and unattended poses the perfect opportunity for any thief to drive off in your car. We understand that drivers want to de-ice or warm up their cars on these cold mornings, but leaving your car idle just isn’t worth the risk.” Or the risk to others. And possible embarrassment. Edgewater Police Chief John Hough reports that one “puffer” theft in the 2200 block of Ingalls Street in the early morning of Jan. 6 caused headaches for police and the public. “The owner left the vehicle running unoccupied but interestingly he was still in the area of the vehicle when the vehicle was stolen,” said Hough. “The car thief was dropped off in another vehicle, then stole the “puffer” vehicle and drove toward Lakewood. There is some indication that this vehicle may be involved in a liquor store ‘smash and grab’ burglary on West 23rd Avenue in Denver at 4 a.m. on Jan. 9.” The vehicle, a white Pontiac G6 with the Colorado license 265 YUB, was involved in multiple burglaries during the following the weekend, according to Hough. “It has been pursued at high rates of speed by Denver Police at least two times,” he adds. “Both pursuits were terminated due to high speeds.”

Asked if the vehicle’s owner ever imagined so much trouble could come from leaving an unattended car idling, Hough said “Probably not.” “He just phoned us today to request a copy of the report and commend the officer for the treatment he received from him. I suspect the owner of the vehicle probably would not get the same response from the business owners.” Leaving a car running and unattended is illegal in both cities. Wheat Ridge officers will be patrolling neighborhoods, looking for puffers. “If you are found to be leaving your car running and unattended by one of our officers, you will be cited,” says Brennan. “The Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, a combined agency task force, will be conducting puffer operations and enforcement around the city as part of our crackdown on these types of crimes.” Hough said Edgewater does not have a dedicated special enforcement program regarding puffers, “but we do aggressively and pro-actively enforce the Municipal Code violation when we observe it.” It is legal for an owner to leave their running vehicle unattended if they have a remote start system. With a remote start system, the vehicle is not drivable until the doors are unlocked and keys are put into the ignition. As for “puffers” of a different type, it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public, despite the opening of recreational marijuana stores on the first day of 2014. But that didn’t create problems for Edgewater’s police. “The only issue we had on Jan. 1 … was an accumulation of litter on the sidewalk in front of one of the dispensaries, deposited by persons waiting in line. When I advised the owners of the dispensary … they immediately cleaned it up and the litter has not re-appeared.” – january 17 – FEBruary 13, 2014 – neighborhood gazette



Mulch Your Tree at Prospect, Panorama Parks


s your Christmas tree still up? Wheat Ridge residents can turn their discarded trees into garden mulch by dropping them off before Feb. 15 at either Prospect (44th Avenue and Robb) or Panorama (35th Avenue and Fenton) parks. The program accepts only natural trees, which must be stripped of all ornaments, tinsel and supports. The trees will be ground into mulch, available at the drop off sites, for use in lawns and gardens. Sorry, residents only, and trees are not accepted from businesses.

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dgewater Colorado Senior Connections and Feldman Mortuary are sponsoring a free, five-part series on rituals, legalities, proprieties and preparations surrounding death. All presentations are held Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at the Edgewater Recreation Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Your End of Life Documents explains the power of attorney, living will, “Five Wishes,” MOST form, and last will and testament, Feb. 6. Whether the documents can be drafted by laymen or best left to a professional will also be discussed. Remaining classes include “Funeral Planning 101” on Feb. 27, “There Are No Magic Words” (how to talk to people in grief) on March 6, “How to Have a Good Death: Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care” on March 20, and “The Customs, Rituals and Practices Around Death in Other Cultures” (panel discussion) on April 24. (The first class, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Dying but were Afraid to Ask” was offered Jan. 16.) ONE FREE DRINK valid until 03/31/14 To register, call or email Alison at 720248-4591 or ajoucovsky@jewishfamilyser3834 Tennyson St.

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last month in Wheat Ridge. The blazes took Lisa Sanchez – owner place in chicken coops and other animal outbuildings over a two-week period, and 303.594.6010 prompted Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Kelly Brooks to issue a stern safety message to the urban-farming public. “Heating chicken coops can be extremely dangerous if not done properly,” according to the press release. “Most all bedding, insulation, and bird feathers are Busy Bee when in proximity to a heat easily ignitable source such as a space heater or heat lamp. Accounting Service “If you determine Lisa Sanchez – owneryour coop must be heated, please consult a knowledgeable and 303.594.6010 reputable dealer for heating accessories, such as coop specific radiant heat mats, that are safe to use with your chickens or other outdoor animals.

“If you intend to utilize electrical or gas heaters be sure to contact the City of Wheat Ridge Building Department for a list of licensed contractors and for any permits that may be necessary in order to ensure the work is conducted in a safe and appropriate manner.” Brooks acknowledged chicken ranching as an ecologically and economically beneficial practice, provided some shelter advice, and directed people to hobbyfarms. com and for tips. – J. Patrick O’Leary

Wheat Ridge Wants YOU on Boards and Commissions


he City of Wheat Ridge is recruiting residents wanting to participate in their government by volunteering on the City’s Boards and Commissions. Applicants must live in the district for which they are applying. Openings include: Parks and Recreation Commission – one Youth Commissioner opening in District I; call 303-231-1307 for information. Animal Welfare and Control Commission – openings in District I and III Board of Adjustment – three At-Large openings Building Code Advisory Board – one AtLarge opening Cultural Commission – openings in District III and IV Parks & Recreation Commission – one opening in District I Planning Commission – one opening in District III Renewal Wheat Ridge – one opening in District III Applications for Boards and Commissions can be found at ci.wheatridge. Completed applications can be scanned and emails to broome@; faxed to 303-234-5924 (attention Bruce); or mailed to City Clerk’s Office, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

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Make Time for Your Health


ridges Integrative Health and Wellness at Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave., is offering affordable community health and wellness services and classes this month and next, including: • “Taming the Anxiety Monster,” Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m., $30. (Part of the monthly Stress Relief Monthly Workshop Series.) • “Basic Foam Rolling” (improves

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Avenue Corridor “road diet” to date: traffic counts are up and down, with an acceptable amount of diversion; speeds are down with slightly longer travel times; bike and pedestrian usage is up; accidents are up, but at an acceptable level; and no substantial changes in response time reported by fire and police departments. Essentially, it was what staff predicted, with no trends. Economically, business openings and closings were trending positive, and sales tax receipts were trending up. He reported the pop-up cafes were “wildly successful” in

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much the community wants it to stay. Many people have offered to buy the place but the rent has shot up so much that it wins out over the most passionate community members, and that unfortunately has been the biggest obstacle for her. Even so, she holds out hope that something and someone will come along in the next eight months. “It’s all in the landlord’s hands at this point, if they can negotiate a reasonable lease to new owners,” said Hartley. “But we’ll continue on doing what we’re doing until my lease ends in September.” Hartley and Newton share the idea that small local business is an important part of any community, but especially for theirs. Hartley’s mother opened the first coffee shop in town 25 years ago and it has survived its neighbors time and time again. She hopes her coffee shop will share the same fate. “I’m blessed with having the ability to continue out my lease with volunteers helping me, keep that what it started as; a place for community to gather,” said Hartley.

e it sharing a simple meal or learning something new, Senior Connections Edgewater has free or low-cost activities for everyone this month. All programs are held at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave., unless otherwise noted Bring a small pot of soup to share or $3 for lunch at “SoupTastick,” Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11:30 a.m. Bread provided. Please FREE or DRINK valid until 03/31/14 RSVP Felica at 720 ONE 763-3042 fgoett@ Shampooch Moving On and let her know 3834 Tennyson St. what you’re bringing. hampooch LLC, which has provided College professor and noted 303-495-3508 music self- and full-service pet washing and historian Betsy Schwarm brings her long-7am-2-am grooming for nearly seven years, will be time “Classical Connections Music Class” to moving from its 7250 W. 38th Ave. Wheat days Senior Connections, first and third Tuesdays365Ridge location in February. of the month (Jan. 21, Feb. 4), from 10 to Owner Helen Turner had planned 11:30 a.m.; $5 perBusy class. Call Beeor email for to add a full-time employee, open doors specific class topics.Accounting Service seven days a week with extended hours, Learn the art of arranging flowers and expand retail sales, and provide more social Lisa designed Sanchez – walk away with a vase byowner you in networking for pets and their humans this “Valentines Flower Arranging,” Thursday, year. 303.594.6010 Feb. 13, at 1 p.m.; $7. RSVP by Feb. 10. However, on Jan. 10 her landlord A program of Jewish Family Services, notified her to vacate on or before Feb. 15, Senior Connections is a program due to remodeling plans. committed to changing the way people “This amount of time leaves me age, helping them to actively engaging in little chance to take the necessary steps their community, and offering services that to re-establish and notify my beloved support independence. customers,” wrote Turner in an open letter

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flexibility and prevents injury), Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m., $20. • “Chaos to Calm – A Mindfulness Course” (grounding and empowering activities), Mondays, Feb. 3-March 3, 6-7:30 p.m., $85. • “Aromatherapy – Intro to Natural Plant Oils,” Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-7:15 p.m., $20. Bridges comprehensive wellness services also include acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, healing touch and nutrition counseling. Free parking is available. For more information or to register, go to or call 303-425-2262. Space is limited.

terms of increasing economic activity and pedestrian traffic. However, public feedback on back-in parking and planters was mixed, and that staff would in the future recommend traditional parallel parking due to lack of space. Even earlier, at its Dec. 9, 2013, regular session, council scheduled a citywide, public meeting on March 31, as part of Langworthy’s motion to add three, fifth-Monday meetings to council’s 2014 schedule. The original proposed city-wide date was Sept. 29, but when Davis suggested that moving it to March would allow the public an opportunity to comment on 38th Avenue plans, the motion was amended by a 7-1 vote, with Fitzgerald voting no. The amended calendar was passed unanimously. to the Neighborhood Gazette. “I hope this announcement reaches many people because I would like the community that I call family [to] know that it is not by my choice that I am gone from this location.” Turner has a temporary location lined up for full-service grooming, but its plumbing will not accommodate self-service patrons. “The year 2014 marks my seventh year of ownership and operation at Shampooch. My deepest appreciation goes out to all of the people who have supported Shampooch and have made this such a happy and beautiful opportunity.” She also asks for assistance in relocating. Contact Turner at 303-420-9220 or

Golden Anniversary Celebrations


wo local businesses will mark major milestones in 2014. Pietra’s Pizzaria has been a fixture at 9054 W. 44th Ave. since owner Joey DeMott’s parents bought it in 1964, when I-70 ended at Garrison and 44th Avenue. DeMott’s parents lived right behind the restaurant. The family is planning a series of gifts, specials and prizes for loyal customers who are rewards card members as well as events open to the public. For information visit or call 303-421-4100. Highland West is also marking its fifth decade at at 6430 W. 38th Avenue with a celebration later in 2014. The 11 story high-rise reigns as the tallest building on 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, built in 1964, before height restrictions were passed. Highland West is beginning major renovations this spring and is offering specials on move-ins prior to the spruceup. For details call 303-424-8132 or visit

Look for additional news about both golden anniversary celebrations in future editions of the Neighborhood Gazette.

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Neighborhood Gazette January 2014  

The January 17-February 13, 2014 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.

Neighborhood Gazette January 2014  

The January 17-February 13, 2014 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.