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106-Year-Old Wheat Ridge Resident Shares Story, Reflections

When Frances Vendena graduated from high school in 1935, her classmates declared her “happy-go-lucky”, and the phrase even appeared below her smiling yearbook photo.  Born on January 1, 1918, she was the first baby of the year welcomed into Alma, Nebraska. Now, at 106-years-old, Frances still smiles and laughs her way through conversations, recounting fond

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Green at 38th Prepares to Break Ground in June

The Green at 38th, the proposal for an outdoor gathering space outside Stevens Elementary School on 38th Avenue near Upham Street, will carry on a centuries-long tradition of community togetherness in Wheat Ridge.  Stevens Elementary is on the oldest continuous education site in Colorado, and since the 1800s, the land just outside the school has

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New City Map Project Offers Dirt On Dirt-Moving Work

The next time heavy equipment and workers in yellow vests start moving dirt in a Wheat Ridge neighborhood, try looking online to find out what’s being built. The city’s projects and properties map offers residents and businesses a place to find updates on city and private developments. In an introductory video posted on the city’s

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Localworks Revives Legislative Lowdown by Popular Demand

In response to overwhelming demand from the community, Localworks is delighted to announce the return of Legislative Lowdown! This eagerly anticipated event, in collaboration with Wheat Ridge community partners, aims to equip business owners with comprehensive insights into the key facets of the upcoming legislative session.  Scheduled for February 22, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30

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Wheat Ridge Grange Heats Up with Annual Chili Cook-Off

Amidst the savory aromas and steadfast crockpots, fourteen contestants showcased their culinary skills at the Wheat Ridge Grange’s annual chili cook-off on Thursday, Jan. 18. More than 50 attendees escaped the dropping temperatures outside to taste, evaluate and vote for their favorite dish.  First-time entrant and Wheat Ridge City Council member Jenny Snell captured the

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Taste of the Town – Breakfast

This one took some time to get off the ground — very much like a dreary morning in Wheat Ridge. We asked for readers’ favorite breakfast places. We had many suggestions like Stylus and Crate in Wheat Ridge, Syrup in Edgewater, Apple Ridge Cafe was a crowd favorite, Mercedes was mentioned, as was one reader’s kitchen.

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Victorian’s Heart Landscape Could Charm or Frighten

Along with fashions popular in the Era, the Victorians ushered in all sorts of societal change. One lasting convention was the new idea that marriage should be based on romantic love instead of by arrangement or for “convenience.” With the new societal dynamic, references to and descriptions of love appeared frequently. A popular mid-century lithograph,

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In the Absence of Truth

It was announced as an “emergency town hall meeting” to discuss the thousands of Venezuelan migrants transported to Denver from Texas. With facilities at capacity, Denver was considering moving some families to the Motel 8 on Kipling right here in Wheat Ridge.  The application for the room rental at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center was

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Newly Elected Officials Share Goals For 2024

Wheat Ridge, Mountain View and Edgewater representatives will connect with residents, businesses and partners tomake effective changes in the new year. After being elected in November 2023, newly sworn-in city officials in Wheat Ridge, Mountain View and Edgewater are initiating plans and projects that will support community goals in 2024 and beyond. The Neighborhood Gazette

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Reducing Recidivism In Jefferson County

JeffCo sets its criminal offenders up for success with new programs, resources In Jefferson County, several community partners have teamed up in efforts to give its residents second chances. By seeking to curb recidivism — the tendency of criminal offenders to relapse into illicit behavior — this coalition aims to cut costs to taxpayers and

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Edgewater Magician Carries On Casa Bonita Tradition

Family interest in magic led Gerald Robinson to achieve professional goals Like most Colorado natives, a young Gerald Robinson and his family enjoyed meals, cliff divers and magic shows at Casa Bonita. Now, the adult Robinson is part of the tradition at the recently reopened Lakewood restaurant. Robinson, 24, of Edgewater, now works as a

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Community

Ritzman Family Gift Passes the Torch to Future Generations

Vernon Ritzman, MD, cared for the Wheat Ridge community for over 40 years through his family medicine practice. Starting his career in 1966 at Denver General Hospital, now Denver Health, Ritzman then served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war.   He joined Lutheran Medical Center’s medical staff in 1970. In 2010, he retired

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Wheat Ridge embraces Pickleball, America’s Fastest Growing Sport

When Wheat Ridge resident Mark Bassignani went to the doctor for his back pain, he left the appointment with an unexpected prescription.  “You don’t seem to hurt when you play pickleball,” Bassignani recalls the doctor saying. “So keep playing and come see me when you can’t play anymore.” He’s been playing seven days a week

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Taste of the Town – Winner of Best Mexican Food Restaurant

For most of our “best of” contests, we had been receiving lots of votes but on just a few submitted names. Meaning that there were not many opinions or that everyone agreed on a handful of choices. But when it comes to Mexican food, the names of Mexican restaurants  submitted just kept coming. Evidently there

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Business-Friendly Wheat Ridge Spurs Economic Growth

“I’m here to help businesses succeed,” says Steve Art, economic development manager for the city of Wheat Ridge. “I help the city council fulfill their goal of making Wheat Ridge an economically viable community. “A lot of what I do is marketing, [promoting] the city with the benefits we have to open a business here,

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An Evening Of Joy And Remembrance At The Green’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Despite cold and windy weather, hundreds of people gathered at The Green on 38th Avenue for the Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. Described by organizer, Beth June as a Hallmark-movie type of event, it featured an abundance of holiday-themed activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, crafts, s’mores and refreshments, photos with Santa

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Taste of the Town – Best Chinese Food

The results are in: Best Chinese food in our area with the most votes was New China on 38th and Kipling in Wheat Ridge. Customers raved about New China’s fresh dishes that were still “steaming hot by the time you got home,” said Ondrea Matthews. Though a few were sad that they still only offered

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Perfect Pairings – Advice from the Wine Cellar

Holiday season is upon us, and no one likes to show up to a party or gathering empty handed. Instead of grabbing a bottle of your regular cabernet or merlot, get a little creative this year when picking out wines to give to your host. Instead of the popular Sauvignon Blanc, why not pick up

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Enjoy The Fun Of Photography At Your Neighborhood Camera Store

We first opened our Wheat Ridge location in November 2012 on Wadsworth Blvd. After many good years there, we saw an opportunity in the Youngfield shopping center and moved to a new location in the Fall of 2022. Mike’s Camera re-energizes the way you think, feel, and practice and enjoy the fun of photography. Established

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Giving Where She Works to Make a Difference

Shelley Miller began her nursing career in 1980. This November marked 33 years of serving patients at Lutheran Medical Center, with more than two decades dedicated to hospice care. Shelley has watched the development and growth of hospice care over her career and has appreciated witnessing its advancing significance and presence in healthcare. She believes

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Community

Subsidized Housing Project Causes Neighborhood Worries

Concerns include the presence of low-income and homeless residents and lack of notice from the city A low-income and homeless apartment building in Wheat Ridge has stirred up nearby residents who said they were left out of the loop before construction began. On April 25, city and Jefferson County officials broke ground on The Ives

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Paige Piper Leads Localworks to Renewed Success

Paige Piper stood on the Applewood Golf Course on Sept. 21, watching the sun rise behind dozens of players gathered for Localworks’ first-ever golf tournament, and knew she had succeeded.  A year and a half since Piper had taken over as Localworks executive director, it was a huge victory to see so many people come

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New Arrivals To Wheat Ridge Discover A Historic Map

In remodeling their home, new arrivals to Wheat Ridge discovered a historic map folded up within the walls. Lauren convinced her husband Will to try a move to Colorado for three years just to “scratch that itch.”  Moving from Kansas to Jefferson Park, they recently moved again to what Will describes as their “forever home”

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