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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Farmers 5000 Fosters Community

BRANDY MARTIN AND THE FEED YOUR SOUL FITNESS TEAM sported the largest group at the 2018 Farmers 5000 road race, held Sept. 16 at Wheat Ridge High School. The distinction earned them the coveted “Fittest on the Farm” award. The event is a major source of funds for the school’s clubs, activities, sports and groups. PHOTO COURTESY OF FEED YOUR SOUL FITNESS

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: 2018 West Colfax MuralFest

FLORIDA-BORN STREET ARTIST STEVEN TELLER APPLIES THE FINISHING STROKES to a large installation created for the 4th Annual West Colfax MuralFest. The event featured live painting, local entertainment, food trucks, craft beer and creative activities in the 40 West Arts District at Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W. Colfax Ave. PHOTO BY KATHRYN ZEIGLER

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Jazz Vocalist Overcame Challenges To Succeed As Full-Time Musician

A JAZZ VOCALIST ON DENVER’S MUSIC SCENE for 40 years, Sloan Lake resident Tina Phillips says singing has always brought her joy. PHOTO BY KEN LUTES

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Chief Jim Lorentz Training First Responders To Deal With Dementia

IN ADDITION TO HIS WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, Wheat Ridge Police Division Chief Jim Lorentz trains first responders around Colorado on identifying people with dementia. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF WHEAT RIDGE

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  The City of Lakewood’s Sustainability Division kicked off an educational initiative to help residents recycle more at home and in their community.

  Dubbed “Recycle! It’s good for Lakewood,” the initiative has been developed after talking with Lakewood residents, including a focus group, for ideas and suggestions. While the effort is designed to build awareness, Sustainability Manager Jonathan Wachtel said the effort is designed to build awareness but is also an opportunity to continue the discussion about ways to increase recycling in the community.

  Residents will see fliers, posters and ads in the coming months to remind them about recycling options. Residents can get a bin and join in by signing up for curbside recycling at home with their trash hauler. While shopping or being outdoors, residents are encouraged to use recycling bins provided in stores and in Lakewood’s parks, instead of throwing items in the trash.

  A survey that the Sustainability Division conducted two years ago found that more than 90 percent of Lakewood residents who answered the survey said they wanted more recycling options and to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. The city’s citizen surveys conducted every few years also has found that Lakewood residents consistently cite Lakewood’s parks, open spaces and quality of life as their top reasons for living in the city.

  For more information on the initiative, visit Lakewood.org/WeRecycle.