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FRONT PAGE NEWS: A Challenging, Fun Ride – WRPD’s 50 Years

Wheat Ridge Police Department badges have changed since the department began in 1969. At left is the first of nine badges, worn by acting chief Jack Bramble, issued in 1969-70. Numbered 1-9, these badges had no rank designation. At right is a special anniversary badge with a likeness of the first badges, surrounded by a circle with banners stating “50th Anniversary” and “1969–2019,” the U.S and Colorado flags. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF WHEAT RIDGE.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: A City Mapped On A Ping-Pong Table Turns 50

One of the first City Councils of what is now Lakewood posed for this Lakewood Sentinel photo. Back row, left to right: Robert Clement, William Brown, Bill Stepp, Betty Miller, Robert Bailey, Gene Fortier and Galt McClurg. Front row, left to right: Charles Whitlock, Theodore Eaker, Mayor James Richey and Mel Flowers. Flowers replaced Gilbert Gfell, an original councilman representing the Green Mountain area with Bailey, after Gfell moved from his ward and resigned in 1972. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF LAKEWOOD.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: David Kueter: ‘Everybody’s Voice Is Worth Hearing’

NEW WHEAT RIDGE DISTRICT 1 CITY COUNCILMAN David Kueter, wife Dawn Kral-Kueter, and Wallace the hound. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID KUETER. An avid cyclist, Kueter is a leading member of the Wheat Ridge Transport Advisory Team and has established himself as an active member of the community. So, when Monica Duran declared her candidacy for state representative, Kueter’s name was among those considered to take her spot.

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Save Our Youth: Coming Alongside Kids In Need

TRUDY SWAIN AND RUSSEL DAINS with photos of kids mentored through Save Our Youth. “For an at-risk kid, a positive relationship with another adult can be a big fix,” says Dains. PHOTO BY LAURIE DUNKLEE. Save Our Youth matches struggling kids one-on-one with long-term mentors, who provide support with life skills and school pressures. “The bottom line is that kids who are lonely and failing in school need hope. So, we come alongside them,” said Trudy Swain, associate director, who co-founded Save Our Youth in 1994.

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By Joel Newton

Did you know that there is a ghost town right behind Casa Bonita known as Spivak? Ever wondered why the shopping center, now known as Lamar Station Plaza, was formerly known as JCRS? Behind the grounds  and buildings of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) lies a story of the Jewish community and their deep desire to care for those who were struggling against tuberculosis. 

The Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society (JCRS) was founded in 1904 as a sanatorium to treat patients with tuberculosis. Tuberculosis was the top killer of Americans at the turn of 20th century and doctors believed that the fresh air and sunshine of Colorado could help fight the disease. Even Doc Holliday of Tombstone fame sought the sun of Colorado in hopes it would cure his tuberculosis. 

Dr. Charles Spivak and Dr. Philip Hillkowitz, both Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, were the early leaders of the society in Lakewood. JCRS was located north of Colfax Avenue from Pierce Street to Kendall Street. The campus grew to 148 acres and included 34 buildings with its own post office, synagogue and dairy farm. Throughout its 50-year history, JCRS provided free tuberculosis treatment for over 10,000 people

With the growth of antibiotics, tuberculosis ceased to be a widespread health crisis and so in 1954 the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society changed its focus to cancer research and became known as the American Medical Center.

In 1957, the property from Pierce Street to Kendall Street that sat on the north side of Colfax was sold to become the JCRS Shopping Center where Casa Bonita would open in 1974. In 2002, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design purchased the JCRS campus north of the shopping center. Finally, in 2014, Broad Street Realty purchased most of the JRCS Shopping Center and renamed it Lamar Station Plaza, reflecting the name of the RTD’s West Rail Line stop at Lamar Street.