Ground Breaking Plants Seeds for New Sprouts, Starbucks

Dignitaries and developers broke ground on Kipling Ridge, the future home of a Wheat Ridge’s first Sprouts Market, on Friday, Oct. 10. Denver-based Millennium Venture Group Development’s 6.3-acre redevelopment, located on the corner of W. 38th Avenue and Kipling Street, will include a 27,000-square-foot Sprouts market, an updated Starbucks Coffee shop and a 64-unit assisted living center built by Morningstar Senior Living.

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Dentists Succumb to Pumpkin Madness

There’s nothing like a toothy jack-o-lantern, and who else but dental professionals would attempt to artfully carve cavities into a Cucurbita pepo? Dental offices around town are competing in Speaks Orthodontics’ first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, and aficionados of the orange gourds of October can vote for their favorite example on Facebook this month. The contest ends on Halloween night. READ MORE

Exhaust Tips: When Is Something Wrong?

How do you know if something is wrong with your car’s exhaust system? As a general rule, it is always more efficient to make car repairs early before small issues turn into large ones, but your muffler can be tricky. Sometimes, it is tough to tell if you have an issue or if something is just stuck beneath the vehicle and causing a ruckus.   READ MORE

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GOBLINS, GHOULS & GHOSTS are not the only participants in the annual Trunk or Treat, held this year on Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. in the Wheat Ridge Middle School parking lot, 7101 W. 38th Ave. The safe and family-friendly event has grown into a tremndously popular community celebration, with over 800 children trick or treating at the creatively decorated trunks. PHOTO COURTESY WR 2020  

 

Ballot Battle Begins for 2A, 2B in Wheat Ridge

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By J. Patrick O’Leary

Ballots are in the mail and winging their way to Wheat Ridge voters, who will decide whether to raise the city sales tax to pay for capital improvement projects, including storm drainage upgrades and the revitalization of Anderson Park, 44th Avenue and Field Street, as well as approving a street width designation on West 38th Avenue, a part of the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.

        Ballots for the mail-in only election must be returned by Tuesday, Nov. 4.

        Wheat Ridge City Council voted 7-0 on Aug. 25 to ask its residents to approve a one-cent sales-and-use-tax increase, plus a bonding question, and a change in street width designation to widen of portions of 38th Avenue. Although the $6.4 million from the tax increase would fund a wide variety public works projects, it is unclear whether it could be used in the implementation of the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.

        Ballot Question 2A asks voters to increase taxes up to $6.4 million annually via the sales tax increase, increase allowed debt by up to $40 million.

        The revenue and debt can be used for “Critical facility, infrastructure and economic development projects to allow Wheat Ridge to operate, maintain and improve roads, bridges and storm water and flood plain drainage systems” and “Construction, installation, operation and maintenance of parks and recreation improvements including revitalization of Anderson park to improve its overall effectiveness and efficiency as a multi-generational family activity park including improvements to the outdoor pool and facilities and the Anderson recreation building.”

        Fielding questions at the Aug. 25 meeting, City Attorney Gerald Dahl said that city council would determine which projects are “critical.”

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Trunk or Treat Hands Out Fourth Year of Fun Oct. 25

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By Laura Poole

Four years ago Kim Harr and a group of friends decided to put together their own Halloween celebration in place of the party her kids’ school used to throw. With only a handful of decorated cars and kids coming over to the secured parking lot of Wheat Ridge 5-8 Middle School, the tradition of Trunk or Treat was born.

        Trunk or Treat was a simple event between friends that has since grown into one of Wheat Ridge’s fun community family events. This year’s Halloween celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m., and will build on previous success and hold a world of fun for little ones in the safety of the Wheat Ridge Middle School’s parking lot, 7101 W. 38th Ave.

        “There were 200 kids the first year and a handful of cars that were my friends’,” said Harr, now a committee member of Trunk or Treat. “When [they] showed up we knew we were on to something good.”

        Two years ago Wheat Ridge 2020 took over and last year had over 1,000 people show up, 800 of which were children trick-or-treating at the trunks, according to Events and Communications Coordinator Mara Owen. As well as the traditional candy being handed out, there were 37 trunks, a haunted house, a zombie dance led by local Wheat Ridge cheerleaders, a costume and pumpkin parade, a pie contest, awards for best decorated trunk, and crafts. This year the committee plans to add six carnival games, yet to be disclosed but sure to be as much fun as everything else.

        “It’s something that just exploded,” said Owen about the increasing popularity of the event. The idea, like many of community events in our town, was to start small and see how much it could grow.

        And it has easily doubled in size in four short years, quickly jumping from 200 to 500 to over 1,000 mostly by word of mouth, flyers and promotion within schools.

        This ‘looks what in our backyard’ feel is not only convenient but it’s a great alternative to taking smaller children trick-or-treating because of the proximity of the trunks and the safety of the location.

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Wheat Ridge Artist Has Vision

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By Cyndy Beal

If artists have the ability to see what others do not, then visual artist Jim Stevens is seeing more than most of us will ever see.

        He creates images through a process, which he pioneered, of painting on individually strung monofilaments (fishing line) that results in detailed black-and-white portraits. He also does scrimshaw. His art is remarkable – and made even more so by the fact that Stevens has been legally blind since 1993, due to a war wound.

        As Stevens says, “A man with a vision is never truly blind.”

        The acrylic monofilament idea came to Stevens about a year ago, while helping his grandson untangle fishing line. They were outside, and as some clouds moved overhead, he noticed a rippling light effect on the fishing line.

        He then thought, “This could be very interesting if I can figure out how to do it.”

        It took him five months, working on it every day, to complete a piece. There were numerous failures. “It’s been a year, and I’m still learning,” he said.

        He also commented that his location in Wheat Ridge – and he’s lived and been many places – inspires him.

        “There’s just something about the way the light lands on the top of this hill,” said Stevens. He often takes a piece that he’s working on outside to get a different perspective.

        Stevens was part of the Wheat Ridge series “Meet the Artist” in April 2013.

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