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44th Annual Carnation Festival see pages 6-11

38th Avenue– What Do You Think? see page 12

Golden Spilling into Wheat Ridge see page 16


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council Oks $50k ‘Streetscape’ Study for 38th avenue By J. PaTrick O’Leary


heat Ridge City Council approved a $49,905 supplemental budget resolution for the next phase of the 38th Avenue plan, over the objections of council members Mike Stites and Joseph DeMott, at its June 24 regular meeting. As a result, design consultant Entelechy was selected to prepare a 38th Avenue Streetscape Concept Design to provide guidance for the future construction of the streetscape element to the corridor. Council adopted the Corridor Plan in October 2011, and amenities and roadway reconfiguration in April 2012. Purchase and installation of banner poles were approved this spring. “I do not think we should spend any more money on 38th until we get done with the test on this thing,” said District III Councilman Mike Stites, adding that he doesn’t believe it’s working. He also noted that “Four of us won’t be on council” next year and that the decision should be left until then. “I just think this is a bad investment,” said District IV councilman Joseph DeMott, saying that the money is being spent “in

the wrong place” instead of “incentivizing” programs, such as business district grants and bubble loans from Wheat Ridge 2020, to “jump start” businesses. The majority of council disagreed. District III’s George Pond called it a “reasonable investment” even in light of traffic studies and data received last month on the 38th Avenue “Road Diet.” He called the planning necessary to be “ready to go forward” with the next steps, and pointed out that the study would investigate some of the contentious aspects of the plan. In answer to Mayor Jerry DiTullio’s query on whether the Design could be “tweaked” if the city chose to change the number of traffic lanes, staff said the design will give “a theme, irrespective of the road diet,” and that number of lanes would be immaterial to the design. City staff said that no changes will be made to the eastern end of the 38th, and the overall design will incorporate those existing elements and concept, in response to a question by District II’s Kristi Davis. District II’s Joyce Jay, referring to the “mish-mash” appearance of improvements Continued on page 12

The chiLi WaS cOOkiN’ at the 2012 Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival’s Third Annual Chili Cook-Off. In this photo from last year’s cook-off, Ron Rau (right), who took second place in the green chili category, dishes up his chili for a taster. All chili awards are people’s choice. Got a great chili recipe? Come prove it at the 2013 Cook-off. Signup details on page 8. For a complete rundown on what to do at the 44th annual Carnation Festival, Aug. 16-17, in Anderson Park on 44th Avenue., please see the special pullout insert on pages 7-10 of this issue for schedules, maps and the latest festival info available. PHOTO BY BLU IRON PHOTOGRAPHY

Long-term Outlook key To easing Wheat ridge Water Woes By maTTheW J. LiLLey


erald Wheeler surveyed his lawn on Eaton Street. The summer had taken its toll. While not yellow by any means, the lawn, like his neighbors, lacked the healthy green vitality that he would prefer. “This has been a bad year; a very bad year,” he said. After 50 years in Wheat Ridge, in the same house watering the same lawn, Wheeler has experienced a dry spell or two. The drought of the last two years is on par with some of the worst, he said. “This terrible hot summer, each day the heat just beats every one’s yard to pieces.” The good news is a wetter spring this year has Denver Water slightly easing its watering restrictions, now allowing watering three days a week instead of just two. For this Wheeler expressed some relief, “I’m glad I can go for three days now instead of just two.” While local water utilities distribute water to Wheat Ridge residents, that water is supplied by Denver Water, and they set the rules, according to Barry Hudson, of Wheat Ridge Water District, one of the three providers in Wheat Ridge. Valley Water District and the private Consolidated Mutual Water Company are the other two. After a very hot and dry 2012, Denver Water — which provides water for 1.3 million residents in the Denver area — adopted stringent water usage rules in April 2013, but a wet spring has helped replenish water stores. “Our customers have responded very well to the call to use even less water, and we can finally be confident that enough water from the late-season snows has reached

our reservoirs to bring them to reasonable levels,” said Greg Austin, president of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners in a press release. “While the drought is not over, conditions have improved enough that customers may water a third day, if their lawns need it. We all still need to do our part to protect against the possibility of another dry winter, and we ask everyone to continue to use even less.” Wheeler and his yard might be getting some relief, but the Denver area and much

of Colorado are still in a serious drought and the need to conserve is not diminished. “Reservoir storage is only one indicator of drought, and our reservoir levels can drop quickly when we don’t get much rain and snow,” Denver Water CEO Jim Lochhead said in a press release. “If this summer continues to be hot and dry, we will be vulnerable if there is low snowpack in 2014. To manage our water supply, we must consider the long-term outlook.” That long-term outlook includes

moderate restrictions and suggestions with consumer fines adding some teeth. While there are no restrictions on watering gardens and trees and shrubs, lawns can only be watered three times per week, for instance. Watering times are important as well. During the heat of the day water mist from watering quickly evaporates, which is why watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. Continued on page 5

Wheat ridge Business: a caring community By cyNDy BeaL “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela


ore than 200 children in Wheat Ridge need assistance with nourishment on the weekends and local businesses are stepping up to the plate. In Wheat Ridge there are three public elementary schools and one junior high that have a high percentage of students on the free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. On Sunday, July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., members of Wheat Ridge Business Association (WRBA) are having a Summer Gala for the Feed The Future Backpack Program. The event will feature appetizers, music, door prizes and a cash bar. The entire community is welcome. The Feed The Future Backpack Program

provides food and snacks for school students on the weekends in backpacks. The Summer Gala fundraiser and community event will be at the newly opened West 29th Restaurant • Bar at 5560 W. 29th Ave., now open nightly for dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. All ticket proceeds go towards the Feed the Future Backpack program. “We need to help children. They can’t speak for themselves, “said Loretta DiTirro, board president of the WRBA. DiTirro said she isn’t doing this alone and wanted to express her gratitude and thanks to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who have donated time, resources and are participating in this event, as well as to all those who support and volunteer for the Feed The Future Backpack Program. Those interested in attending the event must RSVP by July 19. To purchase tickets to the Summer Gala or to donate to the Feed the Future Back program, and for additional event information, go

to or contact Loretta DiTirro at 303.594.1520, or e-mail

10Th aNNuaL WheaT riDGe BuSiNeSS aWarDS Know of a business or two in Wheat Ridge that exceeds your expectations? Now is the time to recognize and vote for your personal favorites. The City of Wheat Ridge and the WRBA are requesting nominations for the 2013 Business Appreciation Awards. In 2012, three local businesses received these awards from the city. This year the city and the WRBA have combined their awards and events. Awards fall into two categories, Business of the Year and Reinvestment Award. Descriptions from the city of Wheat Ridge and the WRBA for both categories are as follows: Continued on page 15






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espite a brief bought with an unsual (but welcome) monsoon weather pattern, summer is starting to heat up with activity in the Wheat Ridge and Edgewater. Beginning with two important inaugural events. The Summer Gala, a fundraiser to benefit the Feed The Future backpack program. The festivities start at 5pm at the newly opened West 29th Restaurant • Bar at 5560 W. 29th Ave. Tickets are $35 per person. The second event to debut this month is the Wheat Fest. Celebrating all things wheat, the event promises music, food and family-friendly activities. The fun starts Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Ridge on 38 and the Wheat Ridge community in general welcome all to celebrate what makes Wheat Ridge a wonderful place to live. The 44th Annual Carnation Festival

returns Aug. 16 & 17. Expanded coverage of the festival with maps, schedule and and a the latest scoop on the festival takes place in this edition of the Gazette starting on page 6. It is my second year as a volunteer with festival, (chairing the chili cookoff) so come join us and sample some of the finest chili in the state! And don’t forget the wonderful Farmer’s Markets. The Edgewater Farmer’s Market, now the Market & Music, is every Thursday (July 11th – Sept. 12th) from 5-8p.m. on 25th Ave. between Benton and Chase. Also on Thursdays, The Wheat Ridge Farmer’s Market displays its wares at 4252 Wadsworth Blvd. from 10 am until 3 pm or sellout Still a little ways out, plan to attend The Celtic Harvest Festival in Citizen’s Park, Edgewater on September 21st & 22nd. Stay cool. Contact Publisher Tim Berland at

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Edgewater Community Asset Poorly Portrayed Let’s talk. Let’s talk about Pauline York who works very hard for the city and people of Edgewater doing so much to help the community. What would we do without her. Myself I think that it is so unfair to say that she is a gadfly. In a recent article written in The Gazette on page five about Edgewater fireworks. Not only do I blame the reporter who wrote this about her I also blame The Gazette for allowing this to be printed. Let’s print about what she does and has done for the city and the people of Edgewater. Thank you. Larry Agan The editor responds: Our apologies to Ms. York for any offense. Matthew Lilley’s story was about the City of Edgewater cancelling its fireworks show, and he referred to Ms. York – who was quoted once, and deep in the story – as “Edgewater resident and community gadfly.” Ms. York does many things in Edgewater: she’s a captain for the local Democratic Party, volunteers on community projects, and attends and comments at city meetings and hearings. (She even helps distribute The Gazette.) We’re not sure how to describe her, but that’s what Mr. Lilley chose. Again, our apologies.

Wheat Ridge Liquor a 38th Avenue Supporter Dear Editor: Mr. Stites offers his “opinion” as fact. He obviously has missed the point of the road diet completely. The new alignment has had a positive affect on my business and many of my customers are in favor of it. I’m in favor of it and I do have a business on 38th. As do many of the other supporters. Once again Mr. Stites speaks out of opinion, not fact. He only produces comments that agree with his subjective opinion. Mr. Stites should check with City staff about the facts concerning the 38th Ave. project. He might find he is missinformed

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Of Stites and Streets – 38th Avenue Wrangling Dear Editor: I read The Neighborhood Gazette today when it arrived and found myself talking to the newspaper. I agree wholeheartedly with Mike Stites, the gentleman that pointed out the problems with the narrowing of 38th. I was born and raised here, and I no longer drive on 38th between Harlan and Pierce. As soon as it was reduced to one lane, all kinds of traffic snarls ensued and I refuse to drive that part of 38th any longer. If a new business opens west of Harlan on 38th, I’ll never see it. Narrowing 38th was an expensive mistake in my opinion. Cindy Owens

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School’s Out.....Time To Play! lawn and dirty clothes? Was that door to door sales person was eyeing my grass. I just have wonder how green are the lawns he dog days of summer are upon us and in Castle Pines? for some, this means a time to head to As I am writing this, the “emergency” the mountains to bike, fish or camp. I find has been downgraded and we can now water camping tougher with the lack of trees any three days of the week. in the state and national park As alarming as Consolidated campgrounds. made this situation to be, I’m However we’ve discovered curious as to why the change was the joy of tubing down Clear buried in their website followed Creek. Trading in my tube for by a letter some seven days later, a queen size blow up mattress, while Denver celebrated their turned the lazy voyage down the 91 percent filled reservoirs with creek into a thrilling scene right a public announcement a week out of Deadliest Catch. prior to ours. The summer evenings, This summer has also seen of course, are great to spend an explosion of garage sales. in the many relaxing patios While I’m certainly not a fan right around us. From the ever Guy Nahmiach of the perpetual garage sales popular Tellers and Right Coast at some houses, I do love the estate sales. to the always fun Cooler overlooking Sloan’s Always a great place to find mid-century Lake. furniture and really great records for my I know the smoking issue on the patios collection. While the city tries to enforce the is brewing again, but it’s really simple for 4 per home limit, you are allowed more if me. Unlike parks and green spaces, pubs you apply and pay for the permits. and patios are private properties. If I don’t It sounds like the 38th Avenue issue is like it.....I just don’t go there. There is plenty heating up again. Did you know that we’ve of choice for everyone. had more than 40 incidents of drivers hitting For some, the heat has meant dealing those flower boxes sticking out on the road? with a brown lawn. After that hostile letter I just wish we could move forward and from the water police, it became quite a work on the rest of 38th to add consistency. challenge to keep my lawn green. Setting my As a realtor I can tell you that my clients alarm for 7 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. love having a main strip to walk or bike to, But wait, what if it’s windy, or raining? instead of driving to another town. Maybe if I can figure out the rinse cycle in As always, thanks for reading. my washing machine, I can water my lawn Guy Nahmiach can be reached at 303for that same number of minutes. Have the 999-5789 or under cover water police noticed my happy

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and 6 p.m. Drought Patrol will continue to comb the city to warn violators, and, if it’s a repeated offense, fine them. “The purpose of our drought patrol is as much about educating customers as it is about enforcing Denver Water’s rules,” Lochhead said. “The most frequent violation we see is customers watering in the middle of the day, which is wasteful because the water just evaporates. We ask everyone to be mindful of when they are watering.” Wheat Ridge, like the rest of the Denver area and much of Colorado, is a semi-arid climate, averaging less than 15 inches of water per year. Much of the water used on the Front Range actually falls on the west side of the continental divide and has to be diverted in a series of tunnels. The combination of heavy population in a water scarce region has led to calls for conservation and water restrictions since 1936, according to Denver Water’s web site. The water that ended up on Gerald Wheeler’s lawn took a labyrinthine route to get there: perhaps falling as a snow in Breckenridge, stored as melt water in Dillon Reservoir for a decade as water levels fluctuated with weather conditions before finally being piped out of the vast and contested Colorado River basin to serve thirsty consumers and their lawns in the Denver area. Once there, the water is stored, treated and distributed. Wheat Ridge has large storage facilities at 32nd Avenue and Harlan Street and Ashland Reservoir tanks at 29th Avenue and Fenton Street. Denver Water’s Ashland Station pumps water for west Denver and nearby suburbs. Denver Water supplies much of the water for Wheat Ridge. But some of Wheat Ridge’s water comes from Consolidated Mutual Water Company, which in addition to distributing water from Denver Water,




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State Rep. Sue Schafer is working for good jobs, strong education, a clean environment, and common-sense solutions to Colorado’s problems! 303-918-2660 PHOTO: HEATHER LEE

“It is a privilege and honor to serve the great citizens of Wheat Ridge in Senate District 20.”

Congratulations and Thank You to the Carnation Festival Committee and the City of Wheat Ridge A special thanks to all the volunteers who have made the 44th Annual Carnation Festival a success. Enjoy the Zoppe’ Italian Circus, August 16-25th. For circus information contact Have a safe and peaceful summer! Questions? Please feel free to contact me at City Hall at 303-235-2800.

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“Thanks to all the volunteers for making a fun and safe Carnation Festival”


FESTIVAL UPDATE aUgUSt 16 & 17, 2013  anderSon ParK

What To Do at The Wheat ridge carnation Festival By maureeN keLLer


his year’s 44rd annual Carnation Festival, Aug. 1617, in Anderson Park on 44th Ave., will be the biggest and best ever. In addition to the usual fun, food, music, excitement and TWO NIGHTS OF FIREWORKS, this year will include: ZOPPE’ ITALIAN FAMILY CIRCUS: The circus ( will be back for the second year. The antique-style circus performance showcases acrobatic, equestrian and canine acts plus lots of laughs from Nino the Clown. Giovanni Zoppe’ is the driving force keeping his family circus, one of the last traveling circuses touring the United States, on the road entertaining families from coast to coast. The circus is a special engagement and runs through Aug. 25, 2013. Tickets are now on sale at and at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling Street. Opening performance is Aug.16 at 7 p.m. BUTTERFLY PAVILION: Saturday, August 17th from 1-5 p.m., representatives from the Butterfly Pavilion will be on hand with some of their most interesting insects. PETTING ZOO: This year’s fun will include a petting zoo from Morning Star Miniatures of Brighton. They teach children about touching animals and how the animals are special. The animals are miniatures. The zoo will be open both days until 8 p.m.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN QUARTER MIDGET ASSOCIATION: This midget race car association will provide race car demonstrations. Kids ages 5-17 will have the opportunity to ride in quarter midget race cars. CARNIVAL FUN: This year’s our carnival is provided by Amberg Entertainment who will have a Climbing Wall, Bounce Houses, Joust Unit, Jacobs Ladder, Bungee Run, Giant Hamster Ball obstacle track, Sports Play Combo Inflatable, and miscellaneous carnival games with prizes. KIDS CRAFT CENTRAL: The Wheat Ridge High School Music Boosters will man the Kids Craft Central area both days. ARVADA ASSOCIATED MODELERS: This group of airplane enthusiasts will demonstration their model planes Friday and Saturday from 1- 8:30 p.m. SHUTTLE BUSES: The festival will once again provide a shuttle bus parking opportunity, see below for details. Watch our website for additional info ( The Carnation Festival will also have a midway with food and vendor booths, the annual art show, live music both days, the chili cook-off, spaghetti dinner and all the other fun activities the community has come to expect. There are also many volunteer opportunities still open to work at both the festival and the circus. Contact Cheri Jahn at Whether you’re interested in participating in one of the events, or just attending, mark your calendars for Wheat Ridge’s biggest event of the year.

Wheat ridge carnation Festival art League Show

Free Shuttle is Back! Parking is at St. James Episcopal church at 8235 W. 44th Ave. ( just a few blocks east of the park). The Shuttle runs approximately every 8-10 minutes from 5-11 p.m., Friday and 1-11p.m., Saturday. Last Shuttle departs at 11p.m. each night. Shuttle service is free and available to all festival goers.

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he 39th Annual Wheat Ridge Art League members’ art show at the Anderson Community Building Gymnasium, 4355 Field St., is free, open and welcome to the public. Show hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The more than 200 pieces of artwork on display are buyer ready and may be purchased during show hours. The varied media includes oil, acrylics, watercolor and Prisma pencil. You might even enjoy meeting the artist in person. The Wheat Ridge Art League is in its 39th year of sharing artwork in the community. The organization is sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Department and meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave at 7:30 p.m., except August and December. Visitors are welcome.

how Good is your chili recipe?


an your chili recipe stand the heat of competition? Come prove it at the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5-7 p.m. Great awards (and bragging rights) will be presented for the best chili in two categories, red and green chili. Winners are selected by people’s choice and announced at 7:30 p.m. There is no entry fee, but chili cooks are responsible for all equipment set-up, which includes: six-foot table (to share with one other entrant), canopy, and tablecloth. Chili cooks provide: chili pot/crockpot, two to three gallons of your prize-winning chili and a ladle or serving spoon. Electricity is provided. If using electricity please bring at least a six-foot extension chord. We are looking for the best of 20 entries. Act early. To enter, send an e-mail to If you have any questions, please contact Tim at 303-995-2806


rotary Supports The 44th annual carnation Festival Offering “craft Beers” in The Beer Garden


nce again the Wheat Ridge Rotary Club will sponsor the “Rotary Beer Garden” at the Carnation Festival. A new addition this year is local “craft beers” from Wheat Ridge brewery, Rickoli’s. Back this year are a wide selection of beers including: Coors, Corona, Blue Moon, Fat Tire and Pabst Blue Ribbon, as well as Mike’s cocktails and ass’t wines and non-alcoholic Rickoli’s creamy Schrute Beer, Root Beer soda. Proceeds from the Carnation Festival Beer Garden help fund local high school scholarships, the Wheat Ridge “Feed The Future” backpack program and other community programs. Rotary International supports worldwide efforts to provide clean drinking water and the eradication of polio. The Wheat Ridge Rotary Club, whose motto is, “Service Above Self,” is one of more than 30,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary is committed to improving the quality of life in our community and around the world. This year’s rotary theme is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Our club welcomes professional men and women who are interested in making Wheat Ridge a better community and the world a better place for all to live. The Wheat Ridge Rotary Club meets Monday’s at noon at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly and to enjoy the 44th Annual Carnation Festival.

Wheat ridge carnation Festival & Zoppé circus Staff board oF direCtorS Cheri Jahn - Chair Walt Pettit - Vice Chair Reef Abbott - 2nd Vice Chair Ann Allen - Treasurer Michelle Patrick - Secretary MeMberS at Large: Mick Brungardt, Joey DeMott, Monica Duran, Keith Gray, Maureen Keller, Steve Keller, Audrey Kline, Loretta Paul, and Michael Snow CoMMittee ChairS Art Show - Charlotte Talbert Beer Garden - Walt Pettit Chili Cook Off - Tim Berland

Circus - Gina Hallisey Circus Intern - Nicole Maes Communications - Michelle Patrick Entertainment - Reef Abbott Facilities - Walt Pettit & Keith Gray Food - Joey DeMott Logistics - Audrey Kline Midway - Milly Nadler & Monican Duran Parade - Steve Keller & Adam Mueller Parks & Rec Liason - Julie Brisson Pie Contest - Katie Crouse Spaghetti Dinner - Loretta Paul Sponsorships - Cheri Jahn & Ann Allen Website - Mick Brungardt

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Festival Volunteers Needed! If you have a couple of hours or want to spend the day, we can use your help. Contact Cheri at To volunteer for one of the circus performances contact Gina Hallisey at



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The Zoppe’ italian Family circus is coming Back To Wheat ridge!


ack by popular demand, the vintage Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus will return to Wheat Ridge as the main attraction of the 44th Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. With humble beginnings that date back to 1842 in Venice, Italy, the 7th generation of the Zoppe’ Family continues to entertain audiences in the same grand tradition as their ancestors. The antique style circus performance showcases trapeze, acrobatic, equestrian and canine acts plus lots of laughs from Nino the Clown. Giovanni Zoppe’ is the driving force keeping his family circus, one of the last traveling circuses touring the United States, on the road entertaining families from coast to coast. The show this year is jam packed with new, exciting acts but not to worry… your

congratulations To The 2013 Parade royalty grand MarShaLL – tara Jahn CoUnt – ron benson CoUnteSS – bea Slingsby Watch for more information about these valuable members of our community in the August issue of the Neighborhood Gazette!

2013 chili cookOFF sat. Aug. 17 • 5-7pm anderson park 44th & field

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favorite family acts will be returning also! Additional we will have an Italian/European Exotic Car Showcase on Sun, August 18th and Sun, August 25th staged around the piazza fountain in front of the Big Top so check out the Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Masarati’s plus several other great models of beautiful cars. Bring the whole family – it’s fun for all ages! New acts joining the Zoppe’s this year bring talented artists performing on the teeter board, high wire and a unique double trapeze act called the Daring Jones Duo. The Daring Jones Duo consists of the married couple, David Jones and Blaze Birge. They both trained separately with the Dumitrascus, a 5th generation Romanian circus family in the U.K. After their initial training, they returned to Northern California. Rigging trapezes in majestic redwood trees on the remote Flynn Creek Pottery Ranch, they refined their skills. The Daring Jones Duo first combined their skills to form a dynamic double trapeze act in 2004. The isolation of their environment contributes to the originality of their choreography and lends a quality best described as “heart in throat”. Combining speed, grace, and power they strive to inspire audiences with disciplined artistic and athletic risk. The Daring Jones Duo has

been featured in both traditional and nontraditional circus all over the world, often preferring exotic location and adventure to name profile. The Zoppe’ Big Top, named Veneto after the region of Italy they are from, will arrive in Wheat Ridge August 14th with a tent raising expected on Thursday the 15th. Opening performance is Friday, August 16th at 7pm at Anderson Park located at 44th Avenue and Field Street with 12 performances to follow during the 10-day run. General Admission tickets (bleacher seating) are on sale for $15 each and VIP tickets (ring side chair seating) are on sale for $20 each. Children 2 and under are free. Advanced tickets are available at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center located at 4005 Kipling Street or online at www.zoppecolorado. com. On-site tickets will be available at the Anderson Park circus box office one hour prior to each performance. Circus Bucks are available now – save $5 per ticket (one coupon allowed per ticket). Group rates are available for reunions, company picnics, etc – contact Zoppe’ tour director Gina Hallisey at 303-726-6111 or gina@ for group sales or sponsorship opportunities. Join us in welcoming the Zoppe’s back to Wheat Ridge!

Zoppé Performance Dates/Times Friday, August 16th – 7pm Saturday, August 17th – 1pm, 4pm, 7pm Sunday, August 18th – 1pm, 4pm Thursday, August 22nd – 7pm Friday, August 23rd – 7pm Saturday, August 24th – 1pm, 4pm, 7pm Sunday, August 25th – 1pm, 4pm

CHILI COOKS! We need entrants!

Please contact Tim at 303-995-2806 or No fee to enter – great prizes!

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The circus Fun is Back and So are The circus Bucks! Redeem your Circus Bucks online at (using online code on bucks) or at the box office to SAVE $5.00 on each ticket purchased! Circus Box Office is the Wheat Ridge Rec Center located at 4005 Kipling St. On-site Box Office at Anderson Park is open one hour prior to every performance time. You only need one of the Circus Bucks to get the $5.00 discount on every ticket purchased and multiple tickets can be purchased at one time. Bring the whole family and SaVe BiG! GeNeraL aDmiSSiON TickeT (BLeacher SeaTiNG) regular Price $15, with Circus Bucks discount is $10 ViP TickeT (chair SeaTiNG) regular Price $20, with Circus Bucks discount is $15 – JULY 17 – AUGUST 13, 2013 – neighborhood gazette

2013 CARNATION FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday, Aug. 16

Saturday, Aug 17

4-8 p.m. Petting Zoo Open 4-8:30 p.m. Cooling Station South End of Midway 4-9 p.m. Annual Art League Membership Show Anderson Community Building Gymnasium

7-9 a.m. Grange Pancake Breakfast Behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery 10-Noon 44th Annual Carnation Festival Parade 38th Ave between Ames Street and Upham Street Noon Midway Open Noon-8:30 p.m. Cooling Station South End of Midway Noon-8 p.m. Petting Zoo Open Noon-9 p.m. Annual Art League Membership Show Anderson Community Building Gymnasium.

Presented by the Wheat Ridge Art League

4-9 p.m. Zoppé Circus Box Office Open For Pre Sales 4-11 p.m. Beer Garden Opens Hosted by the Wheat Ridge Rotary Club

4-5 p.m. Band (To Be Determined) 5-7:30 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner/Pie Bake Off Pavilion, Anderson Park 5:00-5:45 p.m. Band Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic 6-7:30 p.m. Silver Foxes vs. WR Police Dept Softball Game Ball Fields, Anderson Park 6:30-7:30 p.m. Band The Last Flight Out 7 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 8:30-11 p.m. Band The Nacho Men 9:15-9:30 p.m. Fireworks

Presented by the Wheat Ridge Art League

Noon-11 p.m. Beer Garden Open Hosted by the Wheat Ridge Rotary Club 1-5 p.m. Butterfly Pavilion Open 1-8:30 p.m. Arvada Associated Modelers Model Airplane demonstrations 1 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 1:30-2:30 p.m. Band Strange Radio 3-4 p.m. Band Cruisin’ Cats 4 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance

4:30-5:30 p.m. Band Margarita Brothers 5-7 p.m. Chili Cook Off 5:45-6:15 p.m. Parade Awards Main Stage 6:30-7:30 p.m. Band Jim Hyatt Band 7 p.m. Zoppé Circus Performance 7:30 p.m. Chili Cook Off Awards Main Stage 8:30-9 p.m. Arvada Associated Modelers Special Lighted Demonstration 8:30-11 p.m. Band Dean Bushnell Orchestra 9:15-9:30 p.m. Fireworks

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38th Avenue Road Diet Results – So Far By J. Patrick O’Leary


fter one year, the 38th Avenue “Road Diet” has resulted in traffic speeds reduced to nearly the posted speed limit, with slightly increased travel times between Wadsworth and Sheridan and minimal traffic diversion to parallel roadways, according to Wheat Ridge Community Development Director Kenneth Johnstone in a June 12 memo to the mayor and city council on implementing the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan. That’s generally what was predicted in a 2011 traffic study. Johnstone, the mayor and council discussed results at council’s June 17 study session. Remaining unchanged, or without a significant increase or decrease, are bike and pedestrian activity, accidents and emergency vehicle response times. However, “certain components of the temporary road diet have received mixed reviews, including differing viewpoints on

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so far, said this was the way to come up with a consistent theme. “I’m wondering if we should have done this a long time ago.” City staff responded that everything was done in the “proper sequence.” “We jump-started by putting the road diet out as a test case…but again if you come back to the corridor plan you approved, the plan has always been to move forward with redevelopment, and this is one of those steps of that redevelopment.” Pond jumped back in the discussion to point out that the design project was not all theme, pointing to curb realignment language in the proposal. “There’s a lot more going on here, it’s more robust than that,” and would provide residents for additional

the safety and ease of use of the back-in parking,” according to the report. “Two of the temporary pop-up cafes are seeing good use and one has been used less frequently. The temporary planters have provided some visual appeal and interest, but they clearly do not provide the desired long term impact of having significant landscape amenities along the street.” The memo identified plan accomplishments, including: • New brand/identity of Ridge at 38 with ongoing marketing/branding efforts • Corridor rezoned to MU-N, allowing a streamlined development review process • Numerous new business openings and generally positive sales tax and building vacancy trends Capital investments to come this year include two sets of large banner poles to be installed this month, and two sets of pedestrian activated signal crossings at either end of the corridor.

opportunities to provide input. District I’s Davis Reinhart called the overall 38th Avenue process “an imperfect beginning to what most of us want to do, which is to find a way to incentivize investment and regrow the corridor,” and said the lane issues need to be discussed. “But I don’t think we can even talk about that without a better overall plan of what we’re going to do.” Stites made the final comments, stating the “this whole thing has been an experiment,” alleging that changing the flow line of the street was a violation of the city charter, and calling out the dollar amounts of planter purchase, installation and maintence as, “a waste of money.” He further stated that the money should have been put into buildings, for refurbishment. No one responded to his comments. The resolution passed 6-2.

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Wheat Ridge City News 38th Avenue Improvements – What Do You Think? June 2013: Since the implementation of the twolane road diet, at least three retail businesses ince 2010, a majority of City Council has have gone out of business. They include, but been on a mission to change the look are not limited to, the Cebiche Restaurant, and feel of 38th Avenue from Sheridan Blvd. the Dragonfly Coffee Shop and Mucilli to Wadsworth Blvd. In 2012, a majority of Shoes. City Council directed city staff to re-stripe As your Mayor, I have always made it a 38th Avenue and create what is now called priority to listen to citizens’ comments and the two-lane “road diet”. This change concerns, and pass them along to City Council included the controversial back-in parking or city staff for consideration and spaces on the south side of 38th action. What do you think about Avenue along with planters and the 38th Avenue two-lane road the “pop-up patios” being placed diet pilot project approved by in the right-of-way. The twoCity Council? What do you think lane road diet has been in place about the current traffic data? for about a year. City Council Please visit my website at considers this project to be an and click 18-24 month pilot program. the “Survey” button to speak your As your Mayor, I believe mind - pro and con. Please keep you should be informed of your comments professional how your tax dollars are being and relevant to 38th Avenue. I spent. Below is a timeline and will pass the survey results onto a breakdown of the taxpayer Jerry DiTullio City Council and city staff. Please money that has been approved complete the survey by August 15, 2013. and spent by a majority of City Council on Questions? Comments? Please call me at this two-lane pilot project. City Hall at 303-235-2800 or email me at Below are the 38th Avenue speed and traffic counts conducted by the City as of

BY Jerry DiTullio


2010 38th Avenue Corridor Plan


2011 City Council adopted the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan in October 2012 Amenity zones Striping                                   Traffic signal upgrade             Signs and banners Traffic warning light                Traffic counts                              Payment to the Art Fund      Total 

$157,977 $125,117 $5,002 $3,905 $2,845 $700 $1,687 $297,233

2013 Street banner poles Striping                                   Cross walk signs                   Wheat Ridge 2020 – 38th Avenue marketing Streetscape concept design Total

$49,905 $267,905

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*Traffic has increased by 12.2% on 32nd Avenue from Pierce St. to Wadsworth Blvd. which indicates to me that westbound motorists are bypassing 38th Avenue at Pierce St.

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edgeWater city neWs This and That with your neighbors. If you are a local vendor of homemade goods, or grower of local produce, and are First off I’d like to welcome Edgewater’s looking for a great outlet for your products, newest Council Member Janka Flaska. please contact the Parks and Recreation Janka was appointed by Council on June Department at 720-763-3012. We are always 6th to fill a vacancy and will serve until the looking to grow this great event. next election; maybe even longer The Edgewater Community if she is elected by the people in Picnic will be August 24th at November. You can contact all Citizen’s Park. There will be lots of your Council members by of activities for you and your visiting family to enjoy including jumpy and clicking City Council under castles, hot dogs, demonstrations the Inside City Hall tab. and live music. The Community New streets! Edgewater Picnic will be held from 6pm – has officially started our 9pm. The City will provide the street-replacement program. hot dogs (supplies limited) and You have probably noticed we encourage you to bring your the construction on Pierce Bonnie McNulty own side dishes, yard games, Street and 20th Avenue. and any other fun picnic stuff Going forward, the City will be your family enjoys. replacing and maintaining our streets on a The Celtic Harvest Festival is back more regular basis. again this year. Join us in Citizen’s Park on Edgewater recently established a fiveSeptember 21st & 22nd for a weekend of year cycle maintenance/repair/replacement Celtic music, dance, kid’s activities, vendors program that will assure better streets long and demonstrations. into our future. The Celtic Harvest Festival is FREE to The City of Edgewater has a number of attend. For a detailed schedule of events please great events this summer and we welcome see www.celticharvestfestivaledgewater. any and all to participate. com. As we do each year, we are always Once again, I’d like to thank Dan looking for volunteers to assist with this Maples, Edgewater’s Community Service wonderful, and growing, event. If you are Director for providing some highlights of interested in volunteering please call 720this year’s events. 763-3012. Enjoy your summer and join me for coffee eVeNTS and conversation on Wednesday mornings The first of our events is the Farmers from 9a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Edgewater Coffee Market, now Market & Music, which is Company, 5224 West 25th Ave. I’ll buy your every Thursday (July 11th – Sept. 12th) coffee (or tea) just for stopping by to chat. If from 5p.m. - 8p.m. on 25th Avenue between you can’t make it on Wednesdays, call me Benton Street and Chase Street. and we can make arrangements for a time We have re-vamped this year’s market that does work for you. with new vendors and music each and Edgewater mayor Bonnie McNulty can every week. You can buy local produce be reached at 303-233-6216 or bjmcnuland homemade goods, while enjoying the wonderful music and relaxing atmosphere

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s the heat cranks up this summer, we cannot forget to educate and remind pet owners about the safety of our fourlegged friends. No matter how tempting it may be, or how quickly you think you may run into a store, you should never leave your pet in a car (even with the windows cracked). It only takes minutes for a vehicle to act as an oven and for temperatures to soar upwards to 120 degrees. Shade and fresh clean water should be provided for all animals outside in warmer weather. However, if you can, please keep pets inside where they are safest. Another good rule of thumb is to not over-do-it with exercising your pets when it’s extremely hot. If you typically walk your dog, be sure it’s during the coolest part of the day (early morning or later in the evening). Pads on the feet of your pet can burn with hot pavement. You can test the street or sidewalk by putting your bare hand or foot on it to make sure it’s cool enough for them.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Wednesday Performances in the Park Continue at Anderson Cool Shoes, Hot Tomatoes and Pete Wernick & Flexigrass close out the eclectic lineup of the free Performances in the Park series, playing in Wheat Ridge’s Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., through August. The series features both evening concerts for families and daytime programs for children. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. On July 24, classic rock a capella by Cool Shooz is the featured Family Evening Performance, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Remaining acts in the Wednesday evening lineup include Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, bluegrass/classic jazz, July 31; and Hot Tomatoes, big band swing, Aug 7. Children’s Morning Performances are offered Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m., and continues this month with Wee Noteables – Music Takes Flight, interactive music, puppets and play on July 24; performance poetry and sound art with TVs and TwoFingers, July 31; and stories, comedy and silly songs with Katherine Dines, Aug. 7. For more information on the Performances in the Park series, visit

Jeffco School Summer Food Program Providing Free Breakfast, Lunch Free daily lunch and breakfast for children 1 to 18 is being offered through the Jeffco Public Schools Summer Food Service Program through at select schools through Friday Aug. 2. Children do not have to be registered Jeffco students to participate. The program, which is paid for with federal funds, helps provide students with needed nutrition during the summer when school is out of session. Local sites and times include: Edgewater Elementary School, 5570 W. 24th Ave., 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wheat Ridge 5-8 School, 7101 W. 38th Ave., 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A mobile Summer Lunch Bus will visit Jefferson High School and another location yet to be determined. For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, contact Holly Camp, Food and Nutrition Services, at 303-982-6761 or hcamp@

Help Make Wheat Ridge More Friendly to Bikes and Peds on July 23

related to bicycle/pedestrian travel and facilities. There seems to be a growing level of community interest in biking and walking as viable modes of getting around and some good projects have been constructed.” Participants will discuss ways to make Wheat Ridge an even more bike/pedestrian friendly community, includeing group rides, socials, guest speakers and advocacy. “We’re waiting to see what participants come up with,” says Heyd. “The vision is that this will really be community driven.” LiveWell Wheat Ridge most visible efforts to make Wheat Ridge more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly have been on The 38th Avenue corridor has been the most recent, visible focus of LiveWell Wheat Ridge’s efforts to make the city more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly, says Heyd. “Two others that we’ve engaged in within the last year are the I-70 and Kipling Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study, as well as advocacy for new on-street bike lanes on Pierce Street between 26th and 44th avenues,” he said. “The Pierce concept is ranked No. 1 of approximately 48 projects in the city’s adopted 2010 Bicycle/ Pedestrian Master plan and we’re hoping that council will include funding for it in the 2014 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget, which will be released within the next two to three months.” Sign up at www. LiveLocalWheatRidge/events/126402112/. For more information on the Wheat Ridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Advistory Team or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Ted Heyd at or 303-9538470.

Women’s Business Leads Group Accepting New Members Businesswomen from Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Edgewater who want to grow their business are invited to join a women’s business networking group in Arvada. Prospective members must be willing to commit to weekly Wednesday morning meetings. For details, email info@ourconnection. org or call 303-438-6783.

Tips & Treats at Carnival of Safety July 23 Seniors can enjoy hot dogs with all the trimmings and have fun playing carnival games – replete with prizes – while learning about safety in “Carnival of Safety,” Tuesday, July 23, 1:30 p.m., at the Jefferson County

District Attorney’s Conference Room, located at 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. The free community event is sponsored by TRIAD, a cooperative venture of senior community members, the district attorney, law enforcement and senior service providers concerned about the safety and security of seniors living in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. For details of “Carnival of Safety” or more information on TRIAD, call 303-2716980.

CACI Spokesperson at August Wheat Ridge Business Association Breakfast Wheat Ridge Business Association breakfast on Tues Aug. 13 will welcome Loren Furman, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Senior VP to speak on CACI, Who they are, What they do to protect Colorado businesses and legislative updates. 7-8:45 am, Wheat Ridge Rec Center. $12 WRBA members, $15 non members, RSVP by Aug. 9 at www. The next Wheat Ridge Business Association breakfast meeting will take place Aug. 13, 7:00-8:45 a.m. at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center, 4005 Kipling St. RSVP’s are required by Aug. 9. WRBA members $12, non members $15. Register online at php. Info 303-594-1520.

Last Chance for Yoga in the Park, Cruiser Crawls The last of Live Local Wheat Ridge’s free Summer Yoga in the Park and Cruiser Crawls take place in mid-August. The final Yoga in the Park event, led by Santosha Yoga, takes place Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on the Wheat Ridge 5-8 School Green, 7101 W. 38th Ave. Participants are encouraged to bring a mat or blanket, and water. Live Local will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Wheat Ridge Food Bank. The final Cruiser Crawl, themed Hippie v. Hipster, takes place Thursday, Aug. 18, and starts from Wheat Ridge 5-8 School Green at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the side of the theme who have the most dressed up. Participating businesses include Right Coast Pizza and Wheat Ridge Lanes. For more information, search for Live Local Wheat Ridge on Facebook; or call Tara Jahn at 802-318-7191.

Produce & Health Fairs for Low-Income Residents and Seniors Aug. 9 Healing Waters Family Center will host a final summer produce and health fair, for low-income residents and seniors who may not otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, on Friday, Aug. 9. Jefferson County Public Health Nutrition Services organized 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.

Summer Full of Free Fun for Grandparents and Grandkids Continues Jewish Family Services wraps up its free summer programs in Edgewater with “Dance Time” Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., 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

Drive-By Garden Tour Explores Interest Have a flower-ful or feature-ful front yard you would like to share with the community? Email your home address to to be considered for inclusion on the Drive-By Garden Tour. Date to be determined. Additional information to follow. Contact: Vicki Ottoson, 303-777-6144

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TUNDRA by Chad Carpenter

The walkers and wheelers of Wheat Ridge are invited to meet for a fun and interactive brainstorming session hosted by LiveWell Wheat Ridge to help shape the community’s inaugural Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Team, Tuesday, July 23, 6-7:30 p.m., at Wheat Ridge City Hall (second-floor training room), 7500 W. 29th Ave. “The July 23 meeting is intended to serve as a kick off meeting,” says LiveWell Wheat Ridge Coordinator Ted Heyd. “The drive behind it is to sustain the momentum built up in Wheat Ridge over the last 3 to 5 years

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Where’s The Wheat? Wheat Fest 2013 By Cyndy Beal


heat Ridge is going with the grain and celebrating the grain of wheat. On Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Ridge on 38 and the Wheat Ridge community in general will host their First Annual Wheat Fest. The festival pays tribute to Wheat Ridge’s agricultural past and general wheatness with local foods, drinks, crafts, entertainment and a host of familyfriendly features. This all-day free festival is courtesy via the City of Wheat Ridge and Wheat Ridge 2020. It will be on the Green at the Ridge on 38 located on West 38th Avenue between High Court and Upham Street. Similar to other “taste of” events throughout the area, with one main kernel of difference, this event is wheat-centric, with peoples’ choice awards for Best Wheat Beer, Best Wheat Dish and Best Wheat Free Item. The vendor offerings, as well as cooking demonstrations are aimed to please the palette of wheat lovers and non-unlike, as well as those that require gluten-free diets. Tickets for food and drinks may be purchased at the festival. A $5 ticket will buy one beer or wine; other prices will vary in range per vendor. Tented table areas for comfort, shade and ease of consumption will also be available. A diverse mix of musical entertainment for all ages and tastes, with some sound breaks throughout the day, will accompany

the event. The Irish/Scottish traditional folksong band Gobs O’Phun is the headliner and last musical act of the day. In addition, Wheat Fest in collaboration with the Colorado Folks Arts Council’s International Festival, will feature ethnicmulticultural dance, music, visual arts and storytelling.

Additional Wheat Fest Features For All Ages An Artisan and Ag Marketplace with multiple vendors will showcase and sell their local products and services. Ag Market selections include, produce, jams and other farmer’s market-type selections. Artisan Marketplace items include arts, crafts and fine art creations. For the Adults The Beer, Wine and Cider Garden will feature locally crafted drinks such as beer, wine and cider. For The Kids The Kids’ Activity Zone will include a range of wheat-inspired art, face painting and varied other projects and other kidfriendly fun activities. For more information or questions about Wheat Fest 2013, go to the Ridge at 38 website at, or e-mail or contact Wheat Ridge 2020 directly at 720259-1030 For comments and questions on this article or suggestions for future articles please e-mail

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• Business of the Year - This award recognizes a business that exemplifies the ‘Best in Business’ and represents the values of our community. • Reinvestment Award - This award recognizes a business that has demonstrated one or more of the following: made a significant investment in its property, improved the overall appearance of the site, maintained property at the highest standards, or updated their building in a manner to make it more marketable. Award recipients for the 2013 Business Awards will be honored at the Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast on Sept. 25 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. To download and print a nomination form, go to the city’s website at www. Nomination forms are also available at City Hall, Senior’s Resource Center, Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, Recreation Center and other places in Wheat Ridge. Nomination forms for the 2013 Business Awards must be returned by Friday Aug. 16, to City Hall at 7500 West 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, Attention Steve Art.

In its second year, the business walk aims to get direct feedback from local business owners and managers on the city’s business environment. On Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon volunteer and city staff member, teams of two to three people, will be assigned to certain areas in Wheat Ridge. They will enter the chosen local businesses and ask four questions to the owners and managers: • How’s business? • What do you like about doing business in Wheat Ridge? • What do you foresee in the future of your business? • What can the City or WRBA do to improve business? The Business Walk is coordinated by the Economic Development Division of the City Manager’s Office and the (WRBA). The goal is to contact over 200 businesses during the two-hour period. In 2012, 150 businesses were contacted. For more information or to volunteer in the August 21st Business Walk contact Steve rt at 303-235-2806 or sart@ci.wheatridge.

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beer has got to stop. Once again on July 5th, 2013 a Coors Beer truck laden with Rocky f I were one of the candidates running Mountain Frost brewed cargo careened for Mayor of Wheat Ridge, this is the one out of control spilling the load of Coors issue that I would make my top priority. beer all across the highway. Initial reports Before I go into the details of this issue, let suggest that the driver was unharmed. I me just say this, I am glad it’s being spoken guess this latest accidental spillage of beer was the tipping point for the about publicly. For awhile it Wheat Ridge police. According just seemed like the police knew to spokesman John Romero, what was happening, but just they will now be reaching out didn’t want to talk about it, or to Coors Brewing management they weren’t allowed to discuss to see what can be done to keep it. While I know for a fact this this from happening again. It happens in other cities, this is was also suggested by Wheat case unique to Wheat Ridge. Ridge police that a reduction in This is an issue that affects many the speed limit would reduce the adults. According to Wheat likelihood of these beer trucks Ridge police, there is a ongoing tipping over in the same spot problem with a Golden based Zachary Urban on the highway. It doesn’t take a multi-national corporation civil engineer in highway design spilling their products in Wheat Ridge. In a recent 9news interview, Wheat to figure out that a speed limit does not Ridge Police Spokesman John Romero said actually reduce the speed of vehicles, rather this has been happening in Wheat Ridge since the drivers of vehicles have to slow down. at least 1996. I have some friends who think Maybe Wheat Ridge could erect a special that it started well before that year. Same sign on Highway 58 that said something like Golden company, same product, just spilling “Attention Beer Truck Drivers: Welcome to into Wheat Ridge, year after year, after year. Wheat Ridge! Total Beer Cans Lost to Date I’m going to give the officers involved in this :1,234. Our highways may appear sober, but case a little slack because, I can’t say I would after so many beer trucks have spilled their be able to do their job. It’s just unfathomable load, they can be a little tipsy. Slow down to the courage these guys have to be able to save your load.” This may not be the only issue facing carry on year after year knowing that this multinational corporation is getting away Wheat Ridge, but it’s one we can all agree with spilling their products into Wheat on. Beer tastes better when it is poured into Ridge. The citizens of Wheat Ridge deserve a cold mug rather than spilled onto a hot dry better than to have another Coors Beer Truck highway on-ramp. Zachary Urban can be reached at 720spill it’s load coming on to Eastbound I-70 from Highway 58. The senseless spilling of 252-5930 or

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Neighborhood Gazette July 2013  

The July 17 – August 13, 2013 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.

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