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Christie Mayer Elected To Blues & BBQ For Better Housing Foundation Board Of Directors

The Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Foundation has named Christie Mayer to its Board of Directors. The board provides leadership to carry out the mission of raising funds for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver.

“Christie Mayer is a graphic designer and creative director whose talent for clean, efficient design has garnered national recognition,” according to a press release from the foundation. “With more than 20 years experience, Christie knows there are no shortcuts, but plenty of options for quick, effective design solutions. As one half of the creative team that re-positioned a Fortune 400 company’s stodgy, manufacturing-oriented, and dated marketing efforts into an award-winning, industry leading branding campaign (still being emulated throughout the water management industry), Christie brings an emotionally powerful perspective to everything she does. It is that passion and perspective that made her the perfect fit for the Blues & BBQ Board of Directors.”

“After moving to Edgewater, Colorado nearly seven years ago, I found ways to get involved in my community as much as I could from the start,” said Mayer. “I recently was approached by an Edgewater City Council member, for she thought I would be a good fit for this organization based on my previous involvement with the business owners and residents of our little, but tight community here in Edgewater. I am honored to be a part of the Blues & BBQ project here in my own backyard to help hard-working families and will give all I have to help make this event even more successful this year and the years to come.”

“We are happy to have this mover and shaker from the City of Edgewater join our Board of Directors,” said Ranger Miller, President of the Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Foundation Board of Directors. “Christie comes armed with lots of energy, enthusiasm and great ideas. We are fortunate to have her join our Board.”

Mayer opened SloHi Coffee Co., a coffee shop, in Denver in 2014. In 2015, she partnered with the firm Think Global and built a world-class creative agency within that offered extraordinary branding and design talent to small women entrepreneurs all around the world at affordable rates.

Her latest socialpreneur project was co-founding XceptionalED, an edtech startup in Phoenix, Ariz. Its mission is to inspire and empower professionals, teachers, and parents to help more people with special needs through online learning such as conferences, online courses and podcasts.

Mayer co-founded Business on the Edge, a networking group of business owners in Edgewater. She has also volunteered on the Wheat Ridge Business Association.

Edgewater Library Celebrates Black History Month With Community Role Model Panel

An inspiring panel of leaders will discuss their personal experiences living and working in Colorado in “Inspiring the Next Generation: Our Black Role Models in the Community,” Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St.

Hear about their role models and discover your own during this celebratory forum on Black History Month, leadership and community. The moderated panel discussion is followed by a question-and-answer session.

Panelists include Brian M. Argrow, Ph.D., University of Colorado; Grant Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Floyd Cobb, Ph.D., Colorado Department of Education; Ashuan Drumgo, Denver Fire Department; Suandria Hall, MA, LPCC, My Choice My Power; Rochelle Johnson, Rochelle Johnson Studio; Charleszine “Terry” Nelson, Denver Public Library; and Thomas Russell, Falcon High School.

Free. No reservations necessary. Suitable for all ages.

For more information, call 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Lakewood Passes Ordinance To Keep Tobacco Away From Youth

Lakewood City Council unanimously passed a non-cigarette tobacco retailer licensing (NCTRL) ordinance designed to protect youth from tobacco on Jan. 28, according to a release from Jefferson County Public Health.

The ordinance requires that any business selling non-cigarette tobacco (including vape) products in the City of Lakewood purchase an annual license. Non-cigarette tobacco includes any tobacco product that is not a cigarette, such as e-cigarettes, chew or spit tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, snus and pipe tobacco.

Tobacco retailer licensing is a proven strategy used to ensure responsible retailing, prevent illegal sales and reduce youth initiation of tobacco, according to the release.

The new ordinance will become effective March 2 and makes Lakewood the 12th, and largest, community in the state of Colorado to license tobacco retailers.

In addition to requiring that tobacco retailers purchase a license, Lakewood’s ordinance further supports youth tobacco prevention by including the following provisions:

• Tobacco retail businesses must examine customer identification to confirm that individuals purchasing non-cigarette tobacco products are at least 18 years of age.

• Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to sell, stock, retrieve or handle non-cigarette tobacco products.

• Self-service displays of all tobacco products are prohibited, except for in tobacco businesses with age restrictions for entry.

• Tobacco retail businesses are prohibited within 500 feet of a youth-oriented facility.

While fewer youth are smoking cigarettes, the rapidly growing popularity of e-cigarettes has the potential to undo decades of declining youth tobacco use, according to the release. In Colorado, one third of high school students are currently using at least one form of tobacco – including 14 percent who currently use some form of non-electronic tobacco product (cigarettes, chew or spit tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, etc.) and 27 percent who currently use e-cigarettes. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and current e-cigarette use among high school students nearly doubled from 2017-2018. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially declared youth e-cigarette use as an epidemic and the Jefferson County Board of Health has declared it a public health crisis.

The release states that despite existing legislation which prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors, compliance inspections conducted in Lakewood under the FDA’s authority between 2017-2018 found that 17 percent of tobacco retailers in the City of Lakewood sold tobacco to a minor. According to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, over half of Colorado high school students under the age of 18 reported that it is “easy” or “very easy” to get cigarettes/vape products. The NCTRL ordinance is intended to lower these statistics and perceptions.

The annual license fee paid by retailers will be used to fund administration of the license and strong enforcement, including local compliance checks, to ensure that retailers do not sell non-cigarette tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. Licensing will also help to identify non-cigarette tobacco retailers that have not previously been identified and require that they comply with the law. Without licensing, authorities do not have a reliable tracking mechanism to know where tobacco is being sold.

When the ordinance goes into effect, any retailer who wishes to sell non-cigarette tobacco products must obtain a license from the city, and those found in violation of any state or local tobacco-related law could have their license suspended or revoked.

New Fiction, Family Favorites And Historical Fiction Discussed At Book Clubs

Book some time to discuss great reads with the Edgewater Library Book Group, meeting monthly at the new Edgewater Library, 1800 Harlan St. On Saturday, March 9, 1 to 2 p.m., they’ll discuss Luke Allnutt’s 2018 novel, “We Own The Sky,” the tale of a man who takes solace in photographing the skyscrapers and cliff tops his son and he once visited after a devastating illness takes his family from him. Suitable for adults.

On Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the BYOB(ook) Club takes the traditional book club out of the library to WestFax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave. – where the beer is liberated and the dogs are welcome! Read any book that falls into the monthly theme – Read a Book a Family Member Loves – and show up to share, imbibe and receive great book recommendations. Happy hours prices are available for attendees.

Across the border in Wheat Ridge, a rival BYOB(ook) Club meets Monday, March 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., to share and receive recommendations on historical fiction books – this month’s theme. Monday is BOGO on some delectable beers, including an aptly named choice from Fiction Beer Company. Service animals are welcome, but please leave other four-legged friends at home.

For more information, call the Edgewater Library at 303-235-5275 or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

‘Lakewood Speaks’ Allows On-Demand Participation In Public Meetings

On-demand participation is now available for government, as Lakewood has rolled out a website for participating in city council meetings and discussions without needing to attend a meeting or public hearing.

Lakewood Speaks provides residents and community members the opportunity to review council agenda items and comment on-demand when it’s convenient to them. Material for agenda items on the regular city council meetings is available for review and comment now at LakewoodSpeaks.org.

Lakewood Speaks offers the following options:

• Watch recorded videos of staff and other presentations.

• Read staff reports and other documents.

• Review any maps and other materials related to an agenda item.

• Ask questions of and receive responses from staff.

• Submit comments to City Council to be included in the public record.

• Use mobile smartphones, tablets or computers for all these options.

• View materials for public hearings 10 days prior to the meeting and make comments online until 24 hours prior to a meeting.

Visit LakewoodSpeaks.org.