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The process has begun to fill the vacant seat created by Herb Atchison’s move from former city councilor to the new Westminster mayor. Fourteen people applied for the open position, but only will be appointed and sworn in during the Dec. 9 city council meeting.
What started as a small pet food drive, has turned into a major, much needed program for senior citizens in Adams County. This month is the Senior Hub Volunteer Caregivers’ Companion Care Program’s fifth annual Season of Suppers Holiday Pet Food Distribution.
Taking the tradition of holiday lights up a notch, the Butterfly Pavilion’s Living Lights is sure to impress all ages. The exhibit is an indoor and outdoor journey taking people through the pavilion’s indoor tropical rainforest and outside through glowing gardens. On display are life-sized sculptures made from 95 percent recycled steel and LED lighting.
Supporting nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster is hosting a Dine Out event to help families across Colorado learn the skills to cook healthy meals on a budget.
For 28 years, Sean Ellis has been in the fire and ambulance service, 12 years in the Federal Heights Fire Department. Always focused on improving his skills and career, Ellis' dedication paid off with the promotion to fire chief was sworn in during a badge pinning ceremony during the Nov. 19 Federal Heights city council meeting.
Around this time, most city councils and school boards are welcoming newly elected officials. But in the Adams 12 Five Star School district, one position still remains unoccupied.
Ryan McCoy is sworn in to the Adams County School District 50 board by District Judge John Stipech during a special meeting on Nov. 21.
Joseph Davidek is sworn-into the Adams County School District 50 board by District Judge John Stipech during a special meeting on Nov. 21.
The Adams County School District 50 school board welcomed two new board members during a special meeting and ceremony on Nov 21. Taking their seats for the first time, Joseph Davidek and Ryan McCoy experienced their first board meeting, just one of many more to come over the next four years.
Longtime comedian and magician Ann Lincoln is coming to the Westminster Libraries in two performances of the Wonderful Winter Magic Show. The show will feature juggling, magic and of course comedy, with a special appearance from Snow Bunny, a real-live rabbit.
James Hondrogiannis is the owner of Goody’s Eatery in south Westminster, a breakfast and lunch restaurant that opened in early September.
James Hondrogiannis has been in the restaurant business since age 6.
Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council, TASHCO, is partnering with the Adams 12 Five Star School District in an effort to bring art education to the STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) program to provide a well-balanced learning experience for students. The program is called Full STEAM Ahead and promotes critical thinking skills through a variety of upcoming educational community events lead by students in all grades.
Since 1911, the Hometown Christmas celebration has brought people together for an evening of lights, caroling and Santa Claus. First celebrated after the city’s incorporation, the community event is a tradition marking the beginning of the holiday season.
Through mid-December the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District is offering a free arthritis class to help ease and manage the pain for people with the debilitating disease.
Far left, Ismael Dominguez, a receptionist at Clinica Colorado checks in a patient, as Diana Crespo, another receptionist, looks up information for a patient over the phone. Clinica Colorado in Westminster is a safety net clinic that provides preventative and primary care for people without health insurance. The clinic does not base care on a patient’s ability to pay.
Dr. Jim Williams take the blood pressure of a patient during a routine visit at Clinica Colorado in Westminster. The nonprofit organization provides primary and preventive care for people uninsured.
For those uninsured, Clinica Colorado in Westminster is filling the gap. The nonprofit organization provides low-cost, quality health care for the uninsured in Adams County and other surrounding areas.
Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway.
Alberto Garcia, on left, is sworn in by Commerce City Municipal Judge David Juarez as a new Westminster city council member during the Nov. 11 city council meeting.
Herb Atchison, center, listens with his wife Erika as Westminster Municipal Judge John Stipech reads his certificate after being sworn in as the new Westminster mayor during the Nov. 11 city council meeting.
It was an evening of memories and new beginnings during the Nov. 11 Westminster city council meeting. The meeting featured the closure of one chapter for four longtime community members and the start of a new a one for four more.
Gart Properties LLC recently purchased the Willow Run Shopping Center at 128th Avenue and Zuni Street in Westminster.
Gart Properties out of Denver recently purchased the Willow Run Shopping center in Westminster for a price of $11 million. The shopping center at North Zuni Street and West 128th Avenue is home to businesses like Subway, Allstate Insurance, McDonald’s and Chase Bank and is anchored by Safeway.
Visiting Angels in Westminster is offering free confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
With the help of a grant from Great-West Financial students in the Adams 12 Five Star School District will get a jump in personal financial literacy. The $207,000 grant will provide resources and economic professional development across grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, and for the past seven years, the students and staff of Standley Lake High School have done their part to help feed people in need in their community.
Based on unofficial election results were released Tuesday night, three Westminster residents will now call themselves city councilors. Emma Pinter, Bruce Baker and Alberto Garcia were the three candidates who earned the most votes for Westminster city council. Pinter came out on top, receiving 8,641 votes, followed by Baker who received 6,861 and finally Garcia who earned 6,160 votes.
It was a close race for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District 3 position. After unofficial results were released, Kathy Plomer was the top earner, receiving 38.82 percent of the votes, just beating out fellow candidate Debbie Christensen who earned 37.1 percent of the votes.
It was a close race, but after unofficial results came in around 8 p.m. Tuesday it appears Herb Atchison will be the next mayor of Westminster earning 41.38 percent of the vote.
When it comes to running for office, the term “it takes a village” comes into play. For most candidates the help from family, friends and the supporters is crucial, whether it’s through monetary contributions or help putting up campaign signs, the extra hands and dollars can go a long way.
Federal Height residents had the opportunity to hear from three of the six city council candidates during an Oct. 24 candidate forum before making their final voting decision.
Another step forward to the development of the Westminster Center was made during Monday night’s Westminster city council meeting. A unanimous vote approved a zoning change to Planned Unit Development, PUD for the former Westminster mall site.
Reaching out to the community in hopes to bring students back to school, the Adams 12 Five Star School District conducted a districtwide Home Visit Day in September. Along with Thornton and Northglenn police officers, district administration and staff visited 133 homes of students currently in truancy court who have inconsistent attendance with a goal to ensure students are connected to a school and that families have the necessary resources to support their student’s learning.
Just days before the election, the Adams 12 Five Star School District released information that candidate Amy Speers is ineligible to run for the district’s board of education Director 4 seat.
Last updated in 2004, the changes in the new version of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, CLUP, were approved Monday after a unanimous vote by Westminster City Council. The CLUP will integrate all aspects of physical planning into one cohesive document with direction for land use, parks and open space, community design, economic development, infrastructure and resource management.
Leroy Drive Elementary art teacher Teri Kutsko works with students Alondra Reyes-Vega, on left, and Brenna Bostock on their human body systems project in March. If Amendment 66 passes, school districts will look at using the additional funding to increase learning time, and integrate technology into learning. Photo by Ashley Reimers and provide greater enrichment opportunities.
Colorado voters are being asked to overhaul how public schools are funded by raising taxes, change how the state distributes funding and requiring that a fixed percentage of revenue from certain state taxes be annually set aside for schools.
Members of the Raging Harmonies, the a cappella group at Westminster High School, perform during the Hy Five for Kids Luncheon on Oct. 18.
The mission of the Hyland Hills Foundation is simple: promote and support the recreational and cultural opportunities of the residents of Hyland Hills. The volunteer-run foundation pays special attention to children in the district offering recreation and sports scholarships to children, free activities and the signature Be-A-Fish program, which offers free swim lessons to every child in the district.
With mail-in ballots out the door, Adams 12 Five Star School District residents had an opportunity to learn about the school board members during a candidate forum, before deciding who to vote for in this year’s election. The forum, Oct. 17, was hosted by the District School Improvement Team, DSIT, and was attended by school board candidates Joshua Bastian, David Elliott, Kathy Plomer, Rico Figueroa and Amy Speers. Debbie Christensen was unable to attend. Each candidate gave a five-minute introduction followed by an open-forum layout giving parents and community members the opportunity to speak one-on-one with each candidate.
There’s a new chamber in town: the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. With five businesses already in the directory, the new organization was developed to promote, support and connect member businesses and organizations to the residents of Westminster through technology, cooperation and community, according to the website, http://westminsterchamber.biz.
This year’s Westminster Library Westminster Reads project is Jack 1939, a fiction thriller about John F. Kennedy’s European adventures in 1939. Part of the project includes a display at College Hill Library asking patrons to write down and post what they remember about John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
For this year’s Westminster Reads project, the focus is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally speaks during the celebration of the opening of the new Uptown Avenue and Wadsworth Parkway Bridges on Oct. 15. The Uptown Avenue Bridge, formerly known as Olde Wadsworth/112th Avenue, is the second bridge of five to be replaced on the US Express Lanes Project.
Members of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation District and city officials from Westminster and Broomfield came together on Oct. 15 to open the new Uptown Avenue bridge, formerly known as the Olde Wadsworth/112th Avenue bridge. The new Wadsworth Parkway bridge, the first completed replacement bridge which opened on Oct. 5, was also celebrated during the event.
Jim Lavallee, center on left, and Christopher Pratt, center on right, lead a free art class for children and their parents on Aug. 19 at the Rodeo Market Gallery in Westminster. Sponsored by the South Westminster Arts Group, the classes take place the first and third Saturday of each month through January.
The South Westminster Arts Group (SWAG) is providing free drop-in art classes for children ages 7-17 with the help of a grant from the Legacy Foundation. The classes are being offering the first and third Saturday of the month at the Rodeo Market Community Art Center in Westminster.