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Community

New Air Quality Program Helps Wheat Ridge Stay Healthy

Those that call Wheat Ridge home love that the city is so convenient. The proximity and ease of a commute to the city or the mountains or anywhere between makes life a breeze. The downside to that is the fact that the geography of our city places us at some risk for poor air quality. 

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Education

Back To School, Back To Normal?

As my eldest son Hudson and his lifelong friends embark on their senior year of high school this year, I cannot help but reflect on their journey. How have the remarkable amount of changes around what all of our students and educators went through in a COVID-19 world impacted them?  Fast forward to today, going

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Community

Hidden Treasure On The Ridge: Peter Damian Fine Jewelry And Antiques

Peter Damian Jewelry and Antiques is nestled along the West 38th Avenue corridor behind the old classic market truck that has a residency at 38th and Upham. Peter has a real passion and enthusiasm for his business stating, “I can’t wait to come to work every day and see what walks through the door!” Peter

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Community

Clear Creek Makerspace Finds A Home

Wheat Ridge is on the verge of becoming a destination for all crafts people from artisans to mechanics to wood workers and welders to sewists and beyond. Even more exciting is the opportunities it will avail to those looking to learn any or all of the above and more.  Localworks has officially moved offices into

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Wheat Ridge

Bobitsky Family Carries On Butcher & Market Tradition

Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats is a locally family-owned and operated butcher and indoor market located off 29th and Depew. The history of the shop as well as the Bobitsky family is deeply rooted in the community. The Bobitskys are the third family to own the business since it opened 80 years ago. Many items

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Education

Following The Bond Money On The Farm

The Neighborhood Gazette, in an attempt to do a meaningful story about the bond project at Wheat Ridge High School, has stumbled upon some questions that remain yet to be answered.  A Feb. 13  tour of “The Farm” revealed some troubling issues within the walls of a building that should be considered one of the

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Community

Tadd Overstreet & His Family Coffee House

Just west of 38th and Pierce sits Stylus & Crate, the newest locally owned and operated coffee house in Wheat Ridge. In conjunction with the coffee, the shop also prides itself on its offering of waffles and vinyl records.   Tadd Overstreet owns Stylus & Crate. Being a fourth generation Colorado native, he has always loved

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Education

Brandon Wilkes’ Coaching The Farmers Was ‘Clearly Meant To Happen’

Wheat Ridge high school is proud to welcome Brandon Wilkes to the Physical Education team and coaching staff for the Farmers Football team.  The Wilkes family rolled into Wheat Ridge on July 30 of this year. At the time the family consisted of Brandon, his wife Jessica, Bennett (who is currently a sophomore at Wheat

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Community

Paige Piper, Local Works’ Executive Director

Only a few weeks ago Paige Piper became, in her words, “…the biggest cheerleader of the Localworks organization. One of the reasons that I love non-profit work is because I get to do a little bit of everything.” She began her work at Localworks as the new Executive Director on June 6.  Localworks is a

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Health

A Glimpse Into Morning Star Assisted Living & Memory Care

On the site where Clancy’s pub stood for years and adjacent to Sprouts Market, you will find Morning Star Assisted Living & Memory Care. It opened about five years ago and, according to Executive Director Chad McGlothlin, it has become a “community within a community” Chad came onboard two years ago, the week before the

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Community

Community Policing, Up-Close And Personal

Wheat Ridge Police Chief Chris Murtha followed Officer Alan Hernandez and I to Lutheran Hospital on April 14. As we rounded the corner, we were met with a line of first responder vehicles with lights flashing that easily spanned the half mile to the hospital entrance. I was scheduled to meet with Murtha and interview

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Community

Russell Baron – Boldt Athletics

The Ridge at 38 has a face that continually changes. Now there is a new face that is sure to be a permanent fixture. At 7172 W. 38th Ave., just east of Audacity and west of Clancy’s, You will find a great new space to start or fine-tune your fitness goals. Russell Baron is the

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Community

Learning And Serving At Everitt

Learning in Jeffco changes more every year and Everitt Middle School is keeping pace. There is a new class offered at Everitt this year. Angela Neve just began an elective course called Service Learning. “This is the second semester at Everitt for the class… I have high hopes for its continued success. This experience is

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Marketplace

Heidi Haas Sheard – Swiss Flower And Gift Cottage

Situated in the heart of Wheat Ridge at 44th and Jellison is the Swiss Flower and Gift Cottage. At this corner you will find the modern building with the larger than life blue bird mural that is the new and improved shop. This building replaced the smaller unit that served the business for nearly 50

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Edgewater

Meet Our City’s New Mayor

There is a new mayor in town in Edgewater, but he is no stranger to this vibrant, historic, innovative and growing community. John Beltrone has been active in the civics of Edgewater since 2017. He and his wife Hannah bought their house in Edgewater in 2015 and quickly made the town their home. In those

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Community

Behind The Scene: Cara Jakab

Cara Jakab has been a blessing to the Wheat Ridge community and beyond for years. She has an infectious passion for loving on the children and families of this community that will leave a mark here for generations to come. If you have kids between the ages of 5 and 25, to say that your

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