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Wheat ridge | Edgewater | JUNE 13 – JULY 16, 2013

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heat Ridge City Council members Joyce Jay and Mike Stites have announced their candidacies for mayor of Wheat Ridge. Mayor Jerry DiTullio, elected in 2005, steps down from that post at the end of the year, having served two, four-year terms, the maximum allowed. Stites, a life-long resident who has served the last 10 years on city council, told the Neighborhood Gazette he is “excited about Wheat Ridge and its future. Working with citizens and businesses is the key to our growth within the city in the next few years.” Stites is the owner of B&F Tire Co, a family owned business for over 56 years in the Wheat Ridge community. He and his wife Juanita have two grown children, their daughter Breana and son Korey, along with two Boxers, Rudy and Jake. Stite’s father Frank “Hank” Stites, is a past Mayor of Wheat Ridge. To contact Stites, call 303-423-8360.

Jay is a Wheat Ridge resident of 29 years and a successful business owner, now retired, “and ready to further serve our city.” In addition to serving on city council, she is a board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Wheat Ridge Business Association and Wheat Ridge Business District, and volunteers with the Jeffco justice system. “I am running for mayor because the City’s potential is staggering,” Jay told the Neighborhood Gazette. “I look to our ingredients of location, easy access, parks, greenbelt and a leadingedge major hospital. Add the 2016 arrival of a commuter rail station and it is easy to see the ‘discovery’ of Wheat Ridge is about to be handed to us. This opportunity needs our best planning and development. We have the possibility to move from a grocery store economy to providing a higher quality of life in an attractive city – yet we can insist on retaining our small town values and charm.” To contact Jay, email or visit Joyce Jay for Mayor on Facebook.

SPrING HAS FINALLY SPrUNG, and one can enjoy the fresh smells and vibrant colors of local gardens at the Third Annual Wheat Ridge Garden Tour on Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided home-garden tour starts at 9 a.m. at Wheat Ridge 5-8 School, 7101 W. 38th Ave. The $15 ticket is available on the day of the tour on the green at Wheat Ridge 5-8 School. This year lunch is included in the ticket price. All ticket proceeds benefit Wheat Ridge charities. A new addition is the Lunch Stop, which will be at Anne Brinkman’s garden at 7420 W. 34th Ave. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, visit wheatridge; contact Milly Nadler, co-chair, 303-319-0690 or e-mail wheatridgegarden; or Vicki Ottoson, co-chair, call 303-777-6144 or e-mail wheatridgegarden PHOTO BY HEATHER LEE

A Humble Hero – Wheat ridge Vet receives WWII Medals By Cyndy Beal


sa “Ace” G. Hodges is a modest man. He needn’t be, but he is. Hodges, 91, is a decorated World War II veteran of 31 combat missions as a flight engineer and top turret gunner in B-24 Liberator bombers. The Wheat Ridge resident was also a successful businessman, who spent the post-war years working in steel fabrication, including owning his own steel-fab shop in Redmond, Calif. Today, he likes to fish and golf. Between his work and building a life for himself and his first wife, Dorothy, Hodges hasn’t had much time to think of his war

A DAY OF DECORATIONS for Wheat Ridge resident Asa “Ace” Hodges. In January, Hodges received five of the six medals he was awarded close to 70 years ago. He now has all six awards. PHOTO BY JOYCE JAY

service or medals. In January, Hodges received five of the six medals he was awarded close to 70 years ago. The awards and citation were received through assistance from the Forgotten Heroes Campaign in a public ceremony. He now has all six awards. Hodges, a tech sergeant in the Army Air Force (the Air Force became a separate branch of service after the war), downplays his war service. “It wasn’t personal,” Hodges said, pointing out that he was engaged in aerial missions, not hand-to-hand combat. The bulk of the awards are for his service as a flight engineer and top turret gunner in B-24s, in the European Theater. Most notably, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the Air Medal with Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. The DFC, one of the nation’s highest awards for valor, was awarded after a mission on which Hodges’ pilot was killed and he assisted the co-pilot in flying the plane. The DFC is awarded to those who distinguish themselves in combat “by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight,” from the U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet. The Air Medal with Four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters was awarded for completion of the then required 30 missions. Hodges completed 31 missions. Hodges’ other awards include the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. He also received the Carbine Expert Rifle Badge with ribbon, which is a qualification rather than a decoration. Hodges’ generation is often called “The

Greatest Generation,” in reference to Tom Brokraw’s book of the same name, and for good reason. Characteristic of the generation is a sense of responsibility and humility regarding their accomplishments. They served their country because it was the right thing to do, either at home in countless ways toward the war effort, or in foreign lands fighting for freedom and humanity. Then when they came home, they further contributed and transformed the country

into an economic powerhouse, constructing commercial buildings and residential homes, the Interstate Highway system, and much of the America we know today. Without this generation and their children, the Baby Boom, to follow, Wheat Ridge wouldn’t have many residents or its 1950s and 1960s brick homes and schools – and never would have had any reason to incorporate as a city in 1969. Continued on page 5

Mark Calendars For Carnation Festival, Zoppé Circus By Dana Butler


he 44th Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival will be held in Anderson Park off 44th Avenue, August 16, 4 pm–11 pm, and August 17, noon–11 pm. Each day will include a variety of food, music, fireworks, rides, games, children’s activities, and more. The main attraction is the Zoppé Italian Family Circus. New this year will be a community fine arts sale, a nonjuried show of approximately 20 vendors in media such as glass, wood, and textiles available for viewing – and purchasing – from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The 2nd Annual Pie Bake-Off Contest is set for Friday evening, with prizes for best taste, best looking, best use of the most locally grown and sourced ingredients, and best overall. The carnival midway will boast new rides and games including inflatables,

jousting, climbing walls and balloon darts. Other attractions include a midget race car demo, classic car show and model plane flight demonstrations. Returning, popular features include festival fare from food vendors, a juried art show, spaghetti dinner and chili cook-off. Under the big tent, the seventh generation of the Zoppé family will present 13 circus performances over the course of the 10 day run, Aug. 16-25, in addition to the grand tent raising on Thursday, Aug. 15. VIP (chair seating) tickets for the circus are $20, or $15 for general admission (bleacher seating). Circus tickets are available for sale at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and online (enter coupon code “Gazette” for a $5 discount). For more information on the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival and Zoppé Family Circus, visit http://thecarnationfestival. com.


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appy summer everyone. Hopefully you can get out and enjoy what makes this state such a spectacular place to live. Remember that people come to Colorado from all over the country and the world to enjoy their summer vacations. We are privileged to live here. First, a couple of housekeeping items. You may notice that the Neighborhood Gazette feels a little tighter than usual. This is due to some fabulous support from our local business community in the form of advertising. We really appreciate it. Part of the growing pains of any publication is increasing in size. Due to press limitations, we need to grow in fourpage increments. We were almost there this month. It’s both a blessing and a curse, so bear with us. We hope to grow in the next issue and expand our local editorial content, including extended coverage on the 44th

Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. I would like to also acknowledge our fabulous writing and editing team, which has grown in the past year. I first worked with Cyndy Beal close to 20 years ago, and since our reunion in 2011, her contributions have been significant and she has been an invaluable editorial asset. Sarah DiTullio joined our team just after previous owner Charlie Holcer’s passing. Sarah helps not only with editing and proofreading chores, she is also trying her hand at a budding photo career. And I would like to extend thanks to our regular columnists Guy Nahmiach, Zach Urban and Meredith Thaler, my editor J. Patrick O’Leary, and all our other contributors for their outstanding commitment to producing the Neighborhood Gazette on a monthly basis. Couldn’t do it without them. Contact Publisher Tim Berland at

lEttErS to tHE EdItor 38th Ave. revitalization: the road is not the Problem In last month’s front page of The Neighborhood Gazette was an article “Support Shown for 38th Avenue” written by J. Patrick O’Leary, [regarding] the endorsement letter signed by 18 regional businesses and organizations in support of the roadway on 38th Avenue. Let’s take a look at some of the ones who signed it. Colorado Department of Public Health, Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, 1st Bank, Regional Institute for Healthy Environmental Leadership, Live Well Colorado, Jefferson County Public Health and Aging Well in Jefferson County. All have a right to support the project. Now the problem – none of these groups have a business or home in the location of 38th Avenue that the changes on 38th have affected. The new roadway design has severely affected our business and several other businesses on 38th. Citizens are refusing to drive 38th, vehicle back-up, cannot turn left, trash, cars running into planters and lately a lot of road rage and swearing that in the 60 years of having a business on 38th, I have not seen or heard before. As I am 100 percent for the revitalization of 38th Avenue, I feel the road is not the problem, it is what is on each side of 38th that is the problem with the older buildings and vacant lots. It is the area in Wheat Ridge that will attract new businesses – not a two-lane road. Thank you Mike Stites

More Supporters of 38th Avenue Improvements Due to an editorial oversight, the names of nearly half the signatories of a “38th Avenue Retrofit Endorsement Letter” to Wheat Ridge City Council were omitted from last month’s edition of The Neighborhood Gazette. We erroneously reported that 18 entities had signed on to the document. There are 32. The 14 supporters left out are:

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And We Left Out School Garden Sponsors Due to space limitations in last month’s edition of The Neighborhood Gazette, we left out the names of sponsors who made the Prospect Valley Elementary School Garden a reality. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the school on May 10. They are: WholeKids Foundation, Jeffco Healthy Schools, Pavestone, JSC Fence, Timberline Gardens, Toro, O’Tooles Garden Center, Home Depot, Echter’s, Burpee Seeds, and most of all Root Landscape and Design. Also, Amy Root and her crew designed and constructed the garden. Send your letters and comments to – JUNE 13 – JULY 16, 2013 – neighborhood gazette



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Edgewater City News Getting and Staying in the Loop water bill it often brings information about special events and city services right to your mailbox. he Edgewater City Council has made All city meetings are open to the public. improving communications with the The process for filling vacancies takes citizens one of their goals. And yet it has been several weeks, if not months, and requires pointed out to me that the opening on City the openings to be publicly Council was not communicated posted. If you are interested in to the community as well as serving on one of our Boards might be expected. This made and Commissions, or on me wonder: just how well is Council, attending meetings is the city communicating to the the best way to learn how each community? group serves the community Edgewater recently and when openings come up for implemented a new website, appointment. which is being enhanced all the Communication is a twotime. The site lists, among other way-street, and I hope this helps things, all vacancies for Board, everyone understand how to Commission and City Council. Bonnie McNulty stay in touch with what your city Along with information about government is doing and, most Edgewater, our website also importantly, how you can be a part of it. If includes “Community Links” to regional, you are interested in serving as an elected county and federal websites to help citizens official, remember that elections are coming find resources and services. If you have up in November. any questions, don’t hesitate to click on City Council and staff have greatly “Contact Us” to find out how to reach any improved public communications over of Edgewater’s service departments. The the last few years, but we’re not perfect. I “Inside City Hall” tab will help you get would like to hear from you. If you have any in touch with all of your elected officials. suggestions on how the city can do a better To visit Edgewater’s website go to www. job let me know. I’m available by phone, email and in person. A popular means of keeping up with Don’t forget to come to coffee on what’s going on about town is the Town Wednesday mornings from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Cryer. Through this email notification at the Edgewater Coffee Company, 5224 system, the City Clerk is able to email you as W. 25th Ave., and I will buy your coffee (or much or as little information as you would tea) just for stopping by to chat. If you can’t like. You select the type of notices you want make it on Wednesdays, call me and I will to receive when you sign up – just click make arrangements for a time that does on the “Enewsletter Sign Up” on the city’s work for you. home page. Another effective communication Edgewater mayor Bonnie McNulty can program has been our water billing system. be reached at 303-233-6216 or bjmcnulWhile getting bills isn’t something most people look forward to, if you get the

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WWII veterans are dying at an estimated rate of 600 to 1,000 per day. “At the end of the war, the nation was the proud home to nearly 16 million veterans. Today, that number stands at just over a million. By 2036, it is estimated there will be no living veterans of World War II left to recount their experiences,” according to the National WWII Museum website. Hodges was born in Hugoton, Kan., in 1922. He had two brothers and one sister. He survived the Great Depression in the 1930s and the dust bowl years in Kansas. One of his brothers was denied entry into the service because of a lung condition he developed during those years. Hodges enlisted in the then named Army Air Corps, on April 4, 1941, at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. By the end of the year, on Dec. 7, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Three days after Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. After basic training, he attended Aircraft Mechanics School at Keesler Field in Mississippi. He was then assigned to the 15th Air Force, 454th Bomb Group, 738th Squadron. During his deployment in Europe, January 1944 to September 1944, Hodges flew 31 missions on B-24s from the airbase in Fogia, Italy. The name of his favorite B-24 was “Hairless Joe.” The 738th Squadron also had planes named “Ginny,” “Easy Take Off” and “No Love-No Nothing.” Many of Hodges’ missions were flown through heavy anti-aircraft fire (flak). On at least two occasions, the plane limped back to base at altitudes of only about 2,000 feet. Typically, B-24s flew above 20,000 feet. “It was like a cloud,” Hodges said of the heavy flak around the target on one particular mission. That B-24 was so severely damaged that it had to be scrapped afterward. He served in many battles and campaigns: Southern France, Air-Offensive Europe, North Apennines, Rome Arno, the Balkans, and the Ploesti Oil Fields. The

Edgewater Fireworks Prove Too Much Bang For The Bucks By Matthew Lily


or the second consecutive year, Edgewater will not be having its July 3rd fireworks display. The event was canceled last year at the state level because of high fire risks during last summer’s drought. This year, however, it is strictly for budgetary and public safety reasons. Edgewater was spending more and more on additional security and traffic management for the event than on the fireworks alone – almost twice as much for the 2011 event according to some estimates. Edgewater’s fireworks celebration was simply too much of a draw for viewers from around the Denver metro area, said Dan Maple, Parks and Recreation Director for Edgewater. This leads to extra costs for the city for security and crowd control, not to mention headaches for motorists and residents. “We’re 5,200 people in Edgewater,” Maple said. “That event brought 15,000 to 20,000 people here. That was just too big for us.” Edgewater resident and community volunteer Pauline York agreed: “It’s got out of hand, a lot of the viewers are not even Edgewater people.” And while drawing visitors and business is usually something most municipalities would desire, the fireworks display was an example of costs outweighing benefits, Maple said. “When we have to barricade the whole city, that’s not good for business,” he said. The Target parking lot at 20th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard was parked up from fireworks spectators in 2011, Maple said, noting that probably didn’t help with business.

The Edgewater City Council voted 3-2 in February to cancel the celebration. While there are no immediate plans to resume the Independence Day Eve event, the door is not shut entirely for the city to cook something up in future years. Something a bit more modest, a bit more Edgewater-sized. Nevertheless, Independence Day festivities will go on in backyards and neighborhood businesses throughout Edgewater. Fire marshal Kelly Brooks of the Wheat Ridge Fire Department, which includes Edgewater in its fire protection district, is encouraging fire safety, noting that fireworks caused an estimated 9,600 injuries in the United States in 2011. “The best way to protect your family is not to use fireworks at home – period,” Kelly said in an email. “The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals.” Finally a quick note about another popular summer activity: Garage sales. “We are starting the process of putting together a city-wide garage sale in the late summer or early fall in coordination with an alley cleanup day,” said Edgewater councilwoman Myra Kreeble. She said the city would promote all the sales and that items remaining unsold from the sale could go to Goodwill, who agreed to pay 5 cents per pound for donated items to go toward a Jefferson High School vocational scholarship fund. More information, including dates of the coordinated sale and alley pick up day, will be forthcoming. Matthew Lily can be reached at editor@


Ploesti oil fields in Romania supplied most of Germany’s crude oil. Bomb groups on these missions encountered some of the heaviest flak in the war. After one such mission, Hodges found a small piece of shrapnel stuck in his lower hip. The wound wasn’t serious, and he didn’t bother reporting it. He simply pulled out the piece of metal, cleaned up the wound and put on a band-aid. Hodges was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force on Sept. 3, 1945. He began his new life then as a newlywed in Chicago. He and his first wife, Dorothy, were married for 65 years before she passed in 2010. He and Dorothy moved to the Denver area for his work. One of the two companies he worked for, Zimmerman Metals, is still in business today. They resided in the Denver area for 20 years before moving to California and returning to Colorado in 2010. Hodges and his new bride, Rosetta, were married on March 31, 2012. In March, the couple flew to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial. The trip was arranged through Rocky Mountain Honor Flight. Rocky Mountain Honor Flight is a Denver-based nonprofit organization. “Our goal is to fly every able and willing World War II veteran to Washington, D.C., to visit ‘their’ World War II Memorial,” states the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight website. When asked what lessons he learned from his service that have been the most valuable to him over the years, Hodges said: “Authority. There are people who are your bosses. The service teaches levels of command and to respect the person who’s your boss.” If he met the men he flew with today what would he say? “I don’t think we would talk about the service, but instead of family and perhaps fishing and golf,” he said. For more information about Veterans Organizations mentioned in this article, visit:, www. and Questions, comments and future story ideas please e-mail Cyndy Beal at cdbea22@gmail or editor@ngazette

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The series features both evening concerts for families and daytime programs for children. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Children’s Morning Performances, Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m., include: children’s music by Richard Shine, June 26; comedy, animals and magic by Magic Rob, July 3; silly songs with Beth Epley, July 10; stories and songs with Helen Trencher, July 17; interactive music, puppets and play with Wee Noteables – Music Takes Flight, July 24; performance poetry and sound art with TVs and TwoFingers, July 31; and stories, comedy and silly songs with Katherine Dines, Aug. 7. Family Evening Performances, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., feature Tropical Coyotes, calypso & island friendly rock, June 26; Wendy Woo Band, poly ethnic power pop, July 3; Rheinlanders, traditional German oompah music, July 10; Felonius Smith, traditional blues, July 17; Cool Shooz, classic rock a capella, July 24; Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, bluegrass/ classic jazz, July 31; and Hot Tomatoes, big band swing, Aug 7. For more information on the Performances in the Park series, visit

Meet Sculptor Pattie Parkhurst at robb Studios, June 20 Pattie Parkhurst, a sculptor specially trained in the 2000-year-old technique of anticlastic raising, will be the featured artist at the Thursday, June 20 Wheat Ridge Meet the Artist gathering, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Kevin Robb Studios, 7001 W. 35th Ave. Light

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WrHS CArEEr EXPLOrATION CLASS rEVIVES THE GrEENBELT Wheat Ridge High School students and adults, including teacher and Mayor Jerry DiTullio, worked with city staff, arborists and horticulturists in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt on April 27, the Friday before Arbor Day. Students planted 10 trees, prepared more than 100 planting sites with dirt and mulch, and cut wire used to protect the trees from beavers and other animals. Thanks to all who supported this educational and fun project! – Jerry DiTullio. PHOTO BY NATHAN MOSLEY

refreshments will be served, and Parkhurst will give a short presentation at 6 p.m. Parkhurst’s quirky and unique work has been featured at various museums and studios around the world, including Denver Art Museum, Tour de Fashion in Denver, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mich., and at The Workhouse Studios in Kilmacthomas, Ireland, where she was an artist in residence in Fall 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and has taught and studied under worldrenowned artists through the nonprofit Colorado Metalsmithing Association. The Meet the Artist event series will take a hiatus during the summer and resume in September, when Carol Till will be featured at Swiss Flower and Gift Cottage. Meanwhile, a call for artists interested in participating in 2014 events has been issued at For more information on the Cultural Commission or the Meet the Artist events, contact Milly Nadler at millynadler@gmail. com.

Governor Signs Elder Abuse Bill at Senior resource Center Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse Bill (SB-111) at the Wheat Ridge Senior Resource Center, 3227 Chase St., on Thursday, May 16. Rep. Sue Schafer was a prime sponsor of the legislation, which establishes greater protections for people 70 and older in Colorado, and asked the governor to come

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Summer Full of Free Fun for Grandparents and Grandkids Continues Jewish Family Services continues to offer free summer programs in Edgewater, select Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Grandparents can hobnob with others who care for their grandkids during the summer and get out of the house for a grand time. “Brown Bag Picnic and Tie-Dye at Sloan’s Lake” is set for July 10 at Sloan’s Lake, Utica St. and 17th Ave. Bring a lunch and grandkids and talk with other grandparents while the kids enjoy summer play at the park. Bring a white T-shirt to create summer tie-dye. “Dance Time” takes place Aug. 14 at Edgewater United Methodist Church, 2497 Fenton St. Bring dance shoes and grandkids for line dancing, salsa, mamba, and more. All grandparents must be supervised by a kid, and all kids must be supervised by a grandparent. Free, but sign up. In addition, all are invited to the “Edgewater Community Picnic and Scavenger Hunt,” featuring free hotdogs, music and fireworks, Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m., at Citizens Park. To make a reservation, or request transportation, contact JFS at 720-7633042 or

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Healing Waters Family Center will host produce and health fairs on Friday, July 12 and Aug. 9, for low-income residents and seniors who may not otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Jefferson County Public Health Nutrition Services is organizing the Friday morning fairs, held at 6475 W. 29th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. There is no income or residential requirement to participate, but participants are asked to respect and support the goal of providing nourishment and education to low-income residents. For more information, contact JCPH Nutrition Services’ Nancy G. Obrien at 303-239-7126.

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Hot Issues To Keep Us Busy Through The Summer Yes, I understand the privacy issue, yet are we not constantly reminded by Google just how much they know about us? Do hank you for all the phone calls and we not allow eBay or Amazon to keep our emails after last month’s column. I was mailing address for future shipments? What glad to hear from readers who had questions about the last four digits of credit cards for for our superintendent, Cindy Stevenson. ease of ordering? We even post pictures of Many shared the inefficiencies our families on social media they witnessed at their own for the world to see. But when schools while some were more it comes to the school district concerned about the water tracking and storing scores restriction issue. Of course my for the purpose of improving favorite was a caller that offered programs our children can to help gather news from more benefit from, it’s “not so fast,” it schools in our community. seems. It is important to keep in The same argument about mind that when we talk about personal privacy is going on with waste in our schools, the focus is our government and, of course, not on the person, organization my own children. Funny how or school itself. It is simply a Guy Nahmiach that conversation as a kid always reminder of yet another area we ended up with my dad reminding me who’s can look at in making our schools more roof I was living under, while today things efficient. When PTAs have to raise money have morphed into a much more democratic for staplers and other basic equipment for environment. our classrooms, you know that every dollar Next month, I’ll be writing about counts. the newly voted-in federal program: With school out, it’s been great to see neighborhood schools opening their families eating out in our local restaurants. cafeteria doors for anyone under 18. Free Especially along 38th Avenue. Although meals for those in need is wonderful, even I have definitely noticed an indirect if they don’t attend that particular school. correlation between the increased number I do, however, have some questions. Call of restaurants and shops and decreased or write me with yours, and I’ll try to find speed at which traffic crawls along that answers for us all. street. When did the speed limit drop to 20? Summer sure feels early this year. The chatter about In-Bloom is quickly Whether you’re filling your pool or pond, or gaining. It’s an electronic system that just watering your new garden, please make would gather and store test scores for each sure you are aware of the water restrictions student. Results are instantly be fed into in your particular neighborhood. programs designed for learners of all levels, As always...thanks for reading. as opposed to the manual system now Guy Nahmiach can be reached at 303being used that forces us to wait until the 999-5789 or following year.

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Answers to Questions Posed to School Superintendent Cindy Stevenson

Q: Why does homework vary from school to school? Are expectations different for kids that attend Wilmore Davis and Prospect Valley? A: Thank you for the question on homework and on expectations. I know this question comes up frequently with parents. First, expectations for classroom instruction and for student achievement are the same at every school. Parents can see the expected curricula by going to the public website and clicking on “Curriculum, Academics, and Testing”. Second, homework is a local school decision. Many schools discuss homework in their accountability committees and develop guidelines for their schools. Below is a summary of what we know about homework. The research today talks about homework being purposeful and directly related to the student’s work in the classroom. Quantity of homework is not related to learning. Homework should provide authentic ways for students to practice what they are learning in school and provide a path toward mastery of the standards at the end of the year. Schools in another era focused on quantity and frequency. Today parents should look for their children understanding the homework and being able to practice skills and concepts. Parents should expect that their children are reading and writing every day and having meaningful experiences in math, science and social studies. Many of our schools are trying to move away from worksheets and towards writing and reading at home. So, if parents are concerned about homework, their first stop is a conversation with the teacher. Second conversation is with the principal. Third, they can request that their school accountability committee have a conversation about how homework is assigned and what students are doing at home. Not every school will have the same policies and practices, but all schools should have meaningful experiences that can be taken home and shared with families. Please direct your questions for Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson to Guy@NostalgicHomes, or call 303-999-5789.

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Ridge, along with any other Wheat Ridge printers or sign makers, would be willing to heat Ridge rumor mill would not run echo my request of candidates to purchase so smoothly without Wheat Ridge their campaigning materials in Wheat Ridge. politics. Whether you realize or not, the In complying with this request, irrespective city’s political set are gearing up for the next of the outcomes from this election cycle, citywide election. This fall we will elect our Wheat Ridge small business will win. Whether you are running next mayor, and one city council for mayor, or you just want to member within each of the four have a good time, make your districts. way down to the Saints Peter The rumor-mill surrounding and Paul Summer Festival on the question “Who’s running?” June 28, 29 and 30. This festival has produced a few names so promises to be a great time for far. Michael Stites, current the whole family. We will have District I city-council person, Right Coast Pizza and Colorado has thrown his hat into the ring beer from local breweries. We for mayor. Joyce Jay, current will have hamburgers, hot dogs District II city-council person, and sausage sandwiches. We is also running for mayor. The Zachary Urban will also have a booth serving District I city council race is the Vietnamese food. We will have only one to heat up so far. Davis Reinhart was the first person in any race to a classic car show on Saturday night. There file his paperwork to run for the District I will be midway rides for the kids. For the city council seat way back on Jan. 23, 2013. adults we will have bingo, pull-tabs, cash Monica Duran also filed her paperwork to raffles, and other games. Friday night the run for the City Council District I seat. Due big band Serenade in Blue will be playing, on to term limits, current mayor Jerry DiTullio Saturday night the Duke Street Kings will be is not able to run for mayor. The rumor on the main stage, and on Sunday night the mill suggests Jerry would do good to stay Bluzinators will be rocking the festival. This is the fifth year Saints Peter and involved. If Jerry jumps into the race for city council, one thing is certain, it will be tough Paul Parish will play host to this festival. for any opposing candidate to overcome his We aren’t as crowded as some of the larger solid track record for getting things done. festivals out there. If you bring out the whole The city council races for districts II, III and family, you are sure to have a good time. IV are wide open with the expected entry of And remember folks, you don’t need to be sitting city council member Joe DeMott into Christian to know how to have a good time at a parish festival, all are welcome to attend. the race for the District IV seat. Zachary Urban can be reached at 720Regardless of who is running for what, I’d bet Scott Walker of Vinyl Works in Wheat 252-5930 or



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Neighborhood Gazette June 2013  

The June 13 – July 16, 2013 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.

Neighborhood Gazette June 2013  

The June 13 – July 16, 2013 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.