BY GUY NAHMIACH
Is someone playing a joke on me or are there really only 30 days left to our summer vacation? I am not even halfway down the list. We all have that list of activities we wanted to get done over the summer. Some lists were on paper, some in our heads and please, let’s not forget the digital version. These days, it’s all about digital.... Danielle has given up on printed books and reads strictly off of her iPad or nook. Dylan has traded his Lego building skills for a virtual construction site called MindCraft.
Speaking of building, our city has been super busy on our streets this last month. Re-coating roads and painting new lines. I love it! Though it is now technically illegal to turn into my own driveway, after the double yellow line was painted 6ft longer than the previous one. I keep imagining one of Chief Brennan’s officers waiting around the corner to write me up. Of course I am kidding as our police department has been in the headlines for all the right reasons lately. Especially when we had a strange man approach our son at King Soopers, trying to engage him in conversation, offering unwrapped candy. The WR officer was great in providing assistance, reassurance and taking down the description to share with the rest of his team. Thank you for being so helpful.
Our schools are beginning making their registration day plans. With the district still pushing for an all on-line format....most schools however are trying to make on site registration still available for those parents preferring the more personal approach.
Prospect Valley Elementary PTA held an emergency meeting on July 12 to discuss and vote on the additional technology funds requested by the school. As our class sizes keep growing due to budget cuts, our need for additional equipment per classroom will increase. It’s a catch 22, cut from end and we have to supplement from the other.
Speaking of heat, I was fortunate to finally get my pool up and running in time for my Canada Day and July 4th celebrations. The weather has also pushed more families to our water feature over at Discovery Park as well as to tubing down the creek over in Golden. Anything to keep cool. I can tell you that with my AC running for hours, I have been extremely thankful for all those solar panels on my roof these days.
All our parks have all been busy this summer. Especially with our new skatepark that is packed every afternoon and evening. I’ve finally figured out that skaters and boarders all sleep in because that place is empty in the morning.
There is a movement in wheat Ridge right now trying to get enough support to ban smoking from all public areas including parks. The issue is not so much the person smoking in the park, but about the kids being harmed by the second hand smoke. If you are looking for more info on this issue please log onto www.breatheeasywheatridge.com
Finally, the changes on 38th are really taking shape and attracting more people to our restaurants on the strip. Another area that has been growing is the west side of town on Youngfield. We had a great time at Tellers last week with the Millers, and noted how full that place was every night of the week. People are really proving that if “they build it” they will come out. Also on the west side, are parents hoping that the city will complete the sidewalks along 38th Ave (Ward to Kipling). With schools about to start again, kids will be criss crossing the busy street to stay on the walk and avoid the dirt patches that cars drive by.
One month left to summer vacation.......make it count!
Thanks for reading