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Fireworks Laws Strictly Enforced Over July 4th Holiday—Edgewater

As the July Fourth holiday approaches, do you have a hankering to use combustion, deflagration or detonation for visible and audible entertainment? Best leave that to professionals at public shows, as it is illegal just about everywhere.

In the City of Edgewater, it is illegal to possess any fireworks while in any park, parkway, street, recreation area or open space in the city or to use or explode any fireworks on any public or private property, unless you have obtained a permit for the supervised public display of fireworks.

Edgewater has an extensive list of what constitutes fireworks, including: toy cannons or toy canes in which explosives are used, blank cartridges, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, Roman candles, Day-Glo bombs, aerial shells, sparklers, trick matches, torches, fountains or other fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other devices containing any explosive substance.

If you are caught with fireworks in Edgewater, the police or fire department may seize, remove and destroy, at your expense, any and all fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored, held or possessed. Penalties imposed by Edgewater Municipal Court can be up to $900, 180 days in jail, both.

Fireworks are also illegal to possess, sell or use in Denver. Penalties for violations are up to $999 in fines and up to one year in jail.

Same for Lakewood, where it is illegal to have or use such inflammables as sparklers, Roman candles and smoke bombs. Fines for illegal fireworks can reach $2,650. The Lakewood Police Department will have extra agents on patrol throughout Lakewood to focus solely on fireworks issues.

To report illegal fireworks in Lakewood, call police dispatch’s non-emergency reports number, 303-980-7300.

However, regardless of where you live, call 911 for urgent cases of injury or fire that threaten life and property.

Contact West Metro Fire Rescue at 303-989-4307 or visit www.westmetrofire.org for more information on fireworks safety.

Tips For Protecting Your Pets From Fireworks

Fireworks can be disturbing to some animals. Lakewood Animal Control provides the following tips to protect pets when things begin to pop on the Fourth:

  • Dogs can jump fences when startled by fireworks, even if they have never jumped one before. Keep your pet in a quiet and secure location during fireworks.
  • Make sure your pet’s ID is current. Dogs? identification tags should have current information in case they get away.
  • Keep pets indoors during fireworks. Closing curtains, turning on the TV or radio, or keeping your pet in a carrier may provide them a distraction and sense of security during these noisy celebrations.
  • If you must be outside with your pet, keep them on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

Action Center Seeks Donations As Shelter Programs Shut Down

The Board of Directors of The Action Center voted to suspend services of their shelter programs on June 12.

The 50-year-old nonprofit is a human-service organization offering a range of services to struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless.

According to a press release, it is facing a budget shortfall and the Board and Executive Director needed to take immediate measures to keep the organization financially stable. The operational costs of the shelter had a great impact on the resources for the organization’s other services.

“We will work closely with other community partners to help the individuals and families using our shelter find a place to go,” new Executive Director Pam Brier was quoted in the release. “Taking care of people is what we do, so this is a tough decision for us. Seeking out partnerships to continue to provide critical services to the homeless is our priority.”

President of the Board Ben Wiederholt stated that “Leadership transition and changes on our development team over the last six months have led to missed donation goals, and that is taking a toll on our cash flow.

“Cutting this expense will allow the organization to regroup and continue to provide food, clothes, and other critical support to those in need in Jefferson County.”

The Action Center serves about 20,000 people. In 2017 in addition to services at the shelter, it provided: 628,410 meals; $235,000 in utility assistance; 230,000 clothing items; $186,000 in financial assistance; school supplies for 5,019 children; Thanksgiving meals for 4,898 people; nearly 4,000-holiday gifts for children; and case management services.

A group of volunteers is seeking to raise $1 million in the next six months. Donations are being accepted at 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood.

For more information, visit theactioncenterco.org or call 303-237-7704.

Rabid Bat And Skunks Prompt Safety Advice From Jeffco Public Health

Jefferson County Public Health is encouraging residents to take precautions after more than a dozen wild animals were found to have rabies.

A bat found in Lakewood, near Morrison Road and Wadsworth Boulevard, tested positive for rabies on June 13 – the first in Jefferson County this year. In 2017, eight bats tested positive in the county.

Skunk rabies continues to be a concern across the metro Denver area, with 14 skunks testing positive for the disease this year in Jeffco, the most recent the week of June 8 in Lakewood.

This year Colorado has seen more rabies-positive animals than in all of 2017, and peak rabies season is far from over.

Though the bat had no known human exposures, one dog was exposed. The dog is current on its rabies vaccine and will be advised to get a rabies booster shot and placed under a 45-day home observation period.

The rabies virus, which is transmitted from infected animals through contact with their saliva or through bites, is nearly always fatal to animals and can be fatal to humans if left untreated.

Jefferson County Public Health recommends the following precautions to prevent exposure and minimize harm from the deadly virus:

  • Vaccinate all domestic pets and valuable livestock against rabies and ensure vaccines are kept up-to-date. Now that rabies has been found in both skunks and bats within the county, a domestic animal encounter with any wild animal will be treated like an exposure to a rabid animal. Domestic animals without up-to-date rabies vaccinations will be classified as high risk and be required to undergo a 120-day quarantine.
  • Avoid contact with any wild animals, especially those that act unusually. A healthy wild animal will generally avoid human contact. Do not feed wild animals, since this reduces their natural fear of humans.
  • Teach children to stay away from all wild animals, stray domestic pets or dead animals, and to tell an adult if they are scratched or bitten. Remind children of all ages that a sick, dying or dead animal may carry diseases that humans can contract – trying to help an animal can cause more harm than good.
  • Do not allow pets to roam free, since this can increase the chance they could be exposed without your knowledge. Do not leave pet food or livestock feed outside or feed your outdoor pet more than they can finish, as this will encourage a wildlife presence.
  • If your pet comes into contact with a wild animal, wear gloves while cleaning them to minimize your risk of exposure to the virus.
  • If a person has been bitten or scratched by a wild mammal, they should wash the area thoroughly with soap and water, seek immediate medical attention and notify their local animal control agency. Prompt medical treatment is key to preventing rabies after a possible exposure.

To report a suspicious or dead animal or an animal bite, contact your local animal control agency, or Jefferson County Animal Control at 303-271-5070. For more information about rabies, contact JCPH’s Animal Borne Disease Program, part of the Environmental Health Services Division, at 303-232-6301, or visit www.jeffco.us/2365.

Free Summer Workshops At Elitch Theatre Academy

Elitch Theatre Academy is offering a free filmmaking workshop for ages 12 and up, Saturday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m., at 4309 W. 44th Ave., Denver.

The Theatre Academy was created in the Spirit of Mary Elitch to provide fine arts education and a center for cultural events, while engaging with the community. 

Students will learn how to transform their story idea into a film fit for the big screen with filmmaker Mark Roeder, and follow the life of a film from the seed of an idea, to storyboard, to production, to visual effects. They will watch Roeder’s “Fire Ripples,” a behind-the-scenes video about the stunts and effects, and an animatic (an animated storyboard).  

Roeder received Writing/Directing and Acting Certificates from Colorado Film School. 

Other Elitch Theatre Academy offerings include:

  • First Friday Tenn Street Coffee and Books Wildlife Photography Exhibit and Photo Walk, Friday, July 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Tenn Street Coffee and Books, 4418 Tennyson St., Denver. Check out the exhibit by Front Range Wildlife Photographers then take a stroll on Tennyson Street to see the beauty and culture the street has to offer and take photographs along the way. Best photographs will be displayed in the Gallery Exhibit for First Friday in August. Free, open to all ages.
  • Denver Open Media Tour, Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at 700 Kalamath St., Denver. Learn about the vision of the Open Media Foundation while touring the public access TV station, see the user-driven channels, the HD facilities and professional equipment they offer the community so that everyone can make a TV show and have a voice. Free, for ages 12 and up.
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn from Front Range Wildlife Photographers’ Lauren Lang what gear you need to photograph wildlife, the best places in Colorado to find animals, and what you can do with those images after you take them. Free, all ages.

For more information or to enroll, visit www.etfest.com/academy.