Every summer, the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival gives royal titles to three community members who’ve positively contributed through their participation or service in the city. This year’s 2023 Royal Court honors Countess Janace Fischer, Count Scott Shields and Grand Marshal John Bandimere, Jr. The 2023 Carnation Festival takes place Aug. 11 through 13 at Anderson
Edgewater 2040 ~ Planning Our Future Together is the new name of our 2023 Comprehensive Plan. The name captures the important task we have in front of us: to design a community road map that empowers Edgewater to build a more vibrant community. The next phase of this all-encompassing comprehensive plan process will include in-depth
Methodical. Intentional. Thoughtful. It’s both how Chris Mora speaks and how he welds. He’d much sooner lapse into minutes-long silence than say something he doesn’t mean. And he’ll sure as hell never commit a weld that is messy, rushed or anything short of beautiful. Mora is a metalworker and artist. He makes robots, primarily, along
I’ll have a barbecue sandwich with a side of lively music and proceeds to a good cause, please. The Blues and BBQ Festival drew a crowd of approximately 1,500 to Citizen’s Park in Edgewater for its 26th year of music on Saturday, July 15. The nonprofit event raised $30,000 for affordable housing initiatives in Denver,
When you retire, you’ll experience many changes – should one of them involve your living arrangements? The issue of downsizing is one that many retirees will consider. If you have children, and they’ve grown and left the home, you might find yourself with more space than you really need. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean
Attention golfers: this Sept. 21 Localworks is hosting its first-annual golf tournament and spots are filling up fast! The scramble is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Applewood Golf Course, 14001 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. It is a fundraiser for Localworks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the City of Wheat Ridge, our
My job requires me to attend countless meetings with various stakeholders. In the morning I’ll be chatting technical details with technologists. Next, I might be presenting to executive staff about vision/mission statements. Later that afternoon, I am scheduled with a cross functional team about facilities maintenance. So I can attest, different teams adopt different attitudes.
Hail season in the Front Range begins in April and extends through September. This year has been a particularly pounding season; gardeners are mourning multiple losses of tender annuals and nursing devastating injuries, especially to big-leaved perennials. Established perennials and woodies usually bounce back from early-season hail without too much intervention, but storm damage caused
Kristi Davis is a fifth-generation native of Wheat Ridge, having served the community in many capacities including two terms on the Wheat Ridge City Council. She follows a long family line of public servants who have dedicated their time, talents and treasures to our community. The Davis family is certainly no strangers to Wheat Ridge.
It has been over 50 years since there has been a case of smallpox anywhere in the world. It remains the only human disease to be eradicated worldwide thus far. Through surveillance, contact tracing, education and vaccination, a disease that has killed and maimed hundreds of millions of people for over 3,000 years is no more. Three out of
Caregivers from Lutheran Medical Center, now a part of Intermountain Health, exchanged stethoscopes and scrubs for paintbrushes and carpenter belts as they joined Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to bring the excitement of new homeownership to families in Wheat Ridge. Caregivers from a variety of departments at Lutheran volunteered on July 13 and 21, working
Despite the staffing challenges faced by police departments across the country, local departments have managed to weather the storm more effectively than many of their counterparts. The Wheat Ridge Police Department has experienced staffing fluctuations due to ongoing training programs and new hires. According to an interview with Joanna Small, the department’s public information officer,
“I recalled the places I had seen with my mother when I was a little boy – the mountaintop Buddhist retreats. There in the Colorado mountains, I tried to listen to the silence again – just as my mother had taught me. The investigation of the place became a kind of religious experience for me.”
Each phase of my education has provided several building blocks to the foundation of the person that I am today. As a college student, I often reflect and refer to these building blocks to better assess academic and personal matters. While I learned many useful lessons that I will continue to carry with me, I
You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. This invisible pollutant even accumulates the most on hot and sunny blue-sky days, when the Colorado air appears clear. Yet, ground-level ozone is the Front Range’s most pressing air quality problem, impacting our health and environment each summer. Ozone is simply three oxygen atoms stuck together.
The expression of “be careful for what you wish for” was never as right as that Saturday when I set up the Neighborhood Gazette booth at the Blues and BBQ Festival in Edgewater. Displaying a banner that reads “I will talk to anyone about anything” brought on more attention than I expected. The festival began
Not sure what got into the water last weekend, but I must have seen a hundred screamin’ neon landlubbers milling around Sloan’s Waterway making pouty-fish faces into their camera boxes at sunset. Things got even stranger the next day when I heard rumblings about some kind of powerful siren or cult leader called “Taylor” who
A sinkhole at 37th and Independence streets that formed on April 28 is likely caused by the storm system beneath the street and the higher-than-average rainfall in Denver this spring, said Maria D’Andrea, Director of Public Works for The City of Wheat Ridge. The city assessed the sinkhole with an underground camera and found debris built
A few days ago my boyfriend, his mom and I dove into the adventure of laying hexagon tile sheets in his fixer-upper house’s gutted kitchen. Before adhering them to the floor, it was critical to ensure we all felt good with the placement. His house is circa 1920s and most things were either built unevenly
The results of our resident survey are in! And the feedback we received was no surprise. Overall, Wheat Ridge residents enjoy a high quality of life, with all the amenities of being located next to a major city without the major cost. Residents said in the survey they like living in Wheat Ridge and would
As Heritage Day at the Baugh House (West 44th Avenue and Robb Street) approaches, volunteers are readying examples of the Historical Society’s vintage quilt collection for display at the event, to be held Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day was created to recognize the long and colorful history of the actual
At the beginning of this year, the town council began the process of engaging our community in order to update the Comprehensive Plan. A plan with robust input from the community articulates a shared vision for the future and guides the town in decision making. The shared vision must be rooted in shared values. And
Welcome to the beautiful City of Edgewater, where we all take pride in our picturesque surroundings. One of the essential programs that help maintain the cleanliness of our community is street sweeping completed by the Edgewater Public Works Department. From April to October, our city has a scheduled street sweeping program to keep our streets
Wheat Ridge Reduces Parking Requirements For Affordable Housing Developments Wheat Ridge City Council recently passed a resolution lowering minimum parking requirements for affordable housing developments, to reduce building costs. At its June 26 regular session council approved, 7-0, an ordinance changing parking requirements for deed-restricted affordable dwelling units. Near transit, the one parking space per