January 2024

Sustainability

Where Does The Bag Money Go?

In July 2021, Governor Polis signed House Bill 21-1162 into law. The Plastics Pollution Reduction Act began phasing out single use plastics on Jan. 1, 2023 by requiring retailers to charge 10 cents per plastic bag, with the goal of reducing pollutants in Colorado.  While the law has certain exceptions for small and Colorado-based retailers

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Community

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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Health

Complete Guide To Holistic Oral Health In The New Year

As we step into a new year, many of us set resolutions to prioritize our health and well-being. At Reclaim Dentistry, we believe that embracing holistic oral health is a powerful and transformative way to start the year. In this guide, we will explore the crucial role of nutrition, especially during significant dental procedures, and

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Community

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

Supporting Edgewater’s Local Restaurants

As the winter chill settles over Edgewater, the local restaurant scene continues to serve up warmth and community spirit. With the ongoing challenges faced by businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, supporting our beloved local eateries becomes more crucial than ever. Here are some delightful ways to indulge in Edgewater’s culinary offerings while keeping

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Edgewater

Winter Weather Safety

Winter storms bring a multitude of challenges, posing risks such as car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite and heart attacks from overexertion. As winter storms unleash extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds, it becomes crucial to prioritize safety and take preventive measures. Winter storms can last for hours or several days, cutting off heat,

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Marketplace

The Changing Times Of Workplace Flexibility

When a loved one is looking for work, it’s all hands on deck! We support them by proof-reading their resumes and improvising mock interviews. I recently went through these motions with a family friend. Her requirements for employment were reasonable enough. A certain wage, medical insurance and the ability to work remotely — but only

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Arts

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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Wheat Ridge

Thank You Wheat Ridge!

Localworks extends a heartfelt thank you to all of you who joined in and participated in our Bar Stool Bingo event, made online contributions and supported us along the way! This Colorado Gives Day, our community rallied together, and we’re thrilled to share that Localworks raised an incredible $8,630! Your generosity has truly humbled us.

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Arts

Art Groups Work Together To Promote Local Artists And Programs

The Wheat Ridge arts community is growing rapidly, and this growth can largely be credited to its interconnectivity and diversity.  “This is really just a group of artists that support one another,” said Sandra Davis, a local Wheat Ridge artist, member of the Wheat Ridge Art League, and board member of the Wheat Ridge Cultural

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Mountain View

The New Year is a Good Time to Renew Our Commitment to Work Together

Happy New Year to you. May the new beginning bring you a fresh perspective and renewed energy. This past year, the Town of Mountain View has engaged in many important discussions, and in the coming year, we will again be handling some issues that are critical to the future of our town. I would like

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Health

A Cure For Obesity?

Happy 2024! January is that time of year to look back and take stock of our accomplishments in the prior year. A time to look forward and plan our upcoming goals. The most popular New Year’s resolutions are health related. With obesity rates near 42% in the U.S. and reaching 25% in Colorado, according to

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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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Community

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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Outdoors

Exploring Lair O’ The Bear

Lair o’ the Bear Park is a beautiful mountain retreat for those looking for a serene day out amidst the beauty of the Rockies. The park is 30 minutes from Wheat Ridge, 4 miles west of Morrison, near Idledale.  The park comprises 394 acres with 8.2 miles of easy-to-moderate hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Bear

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Mountain View

Mountain View News

Good Neighbors Congratulations to Dale Martinez, the owner of 24/7 Towing who lives on Benton Street, for his recent “Good Neighbor Award” from the Mountain View Police Department. Dale saw the Police working to help the driver of an RV who got stuck at the very busy intersection of W44th Avenue and Sheridan, and was

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Education

Embracing Challenges, Changes and Cheer at Peak Expeditionary School

On the evening of Dec. 6, I pulled onto Independence Street, heading to Peak Expeditionary School’s Festivus Celebration. Midway up the road, cars were lining the sidewalks, and as I turned into the school’s driveway, the parking lot was completely full.  Having gone to Pennington Elementary (now Peak) myself and having kiddos there since 2015,

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Opinion

Who’s On Your A-List?

Let’s make 2024 the year we identify our true friends and build on that list. Take stock of who’s around you. That is my New Year’s resolution.  I have more than 2000 contacts on my phone and yet don’t stay in touch with nearly as many as I’d like to.  Your sphere is made of

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Health

One Small Change

As you read this article you’re likely in as much disbelief as I am that it’s 2024. The end of 2019 feels like yesterday, yet the pandemic feels decades away and yet still very much here. Einstein had a hunch that time was not linear. Life has a funny way of proving him right.  The

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Community

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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Community

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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Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker
Wheat Ridge

New Nature Playground at Anderson Park

The City of Wheat Ridge is delighted to announce the completion of a new Nature Playground at Anderson Park, a transformative addition that promises to elevate the recreational experience for children in the community. This cutting-edge playground, developed by GameTime, integrates seamlessly with the natural surroundings, fostering higher levels of physical activity, social interaction and

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Wheat Ridge

Pockets: Such A Simple Concept, Such An Elusive Garment Addition

Pockets. They seem like such a simple concept, so practical, so necessary!  Yet, they have been the focus of debate for centuries, particularly for women.  The word  pocket comes from the French “poke” or “pouque,” which meant pouch. I suppose Ötzi, aka “the Iceman,” is the earliest link to pouch pockets. He lived around 3000

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Community

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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