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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Stevens Elementary Rubik’s Cube Club

The Stevens Elementary Rubik’s Cube Club is run by their principal TJ McManus and funded through Federal 21st Century Learning Grant. See “School Crossing." PHOTO: TJ McManus

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: TIF Money Helps Improve Longtime Local Business

A nearly half-century-old Wheat Ridge business hopes to welcome customers in a new building this spring, thanks partly to city urban renewal district funds and a lot of money, time, effort, number crunching and headaches for the owners.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Integrating Art and Fun

Several Painted Metal Sculptures Stand at Mountair Park, including these neighborhood helpers. Sculptures of happy cows and a farmer and two young men pumping gas also add life and fun to the park. See “Integrating Art and Fun...” on page 6. PHOTO: TIM BERLAND

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Berkeley Inn Turns 85 – More or Less

Believed to be one of the oldest bars in Denver, the Berkeley Inn, 3834 Tennyson St., opened in or around 1934 in the Berkeley neighborhood, a 4.2-square-mile unincorporated community in Adams County.

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The saddest part of the holidays is of course, the teardown. It’s hard to watch those glistening lights go dim and be stuffed into boxes for the next 11 months (unless you are one of those who keep your lights up until March – you know who you are). What’s even harder is saying goodbye to strings of holiday lights whose time on the tree or the house have expired.

We can’t take the emotional wear of taking down holiday decorations any easier, but maybe providing you with the places to recycle the non-boxed decorations can. Lakewood residents can rest easier knowing that they have a place to take their live Christmas trees when the holidays are over.

Lakewood Greenhouse, located at 9556 W. Yale Ave., will be accepting live, decoration-free Christmas trees only (no garland or wreaths) from Lakewood residents from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Any type of holiday string lights can be taken to the recycling center on Quail St. through Jan. 21. There will be collection totes for the lights. Feel free to bring wrapping paper along with you to put in the paper bin while you are there. However, foil-lined wrapping paper cannot be recycled. –Tawny Clary