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Safety First -- Holiday Tips from the City of Westminster

Sign up for Smart911 — Westminster residents are encouraged to create a safety profile for their household using the Smart911 program. Individuals can provide information about themselves and their families before an emergency occurs – information emergency operators can access if you ever call 911. Smart911 is free, private and secure, and is already protecting millions of lives during emergencies. With Smart911, emergency operators and dispatchers will have additional location information about callers which will help decrease response time. To sign up, go online and create a safety profile for your household. Participation in Smart911 is voluntary; however Westminster police and fire departments encourage all citizens to take advantage of this service. Get more information about Smart911.
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Park renamed Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park

— On Nov. 26, Westminster City Council voted to rename Chelsea Park, 10765 Moore St., to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Local citizens and the Ridgeway family expressed a desire to have Chelsea Park renamed in Jessica’s honor. The Parks, Recreation and Libraries Advisory Board and staff supported the request. The park sign has been removed and will be replaced in approximately two weeks. Majestic Metals is replacing the sign at no cost to the city. The park is in the process of being redesigned and will be rededicated in 2013. Parks, Recreation and Libraries design staff is working with the Ridgeway family who requested that the theme be joyous, in celebration of Jessica’s life and the fun she and her friends had in the park. For more information on the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, call 303-658-2192....
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Westminster Fire team wins “Olympics” of firefighting

— A relay team from Westminster Fire Department took first place in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Nov. 17. Firefighters from the U.S. and other countries competed in the event, considered the Olympics of firefighting. ESPN billed it “the toughest two minutes in sports....
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Provide your input on Westminster rail service

— What do you feel are critical commuter rail segments for the Northwest Rail? The voter-approved 2004 FasTracks plan includes a 41-mile Northwest Rail line from Denver Union Station to Longmont. Due to financial challenges, a study will commence in 2013 to look at building the commuter rail line in segments, constructing a different commuter rail alignment to Longmont, and considering other transit improvements in the corridor other than commuter rail. How will building the commuter rail in segments impact how you use the rail? Are all segments necessary? Is it critical to get to Denver, Boulder and Longmont?...
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City of Westminster -- Economic Development News

Historical marker placed at Church’s Stage Stop — A bronze plaque was recently installed at the Church’s Stage Stop historic site, located on the west side of Wadsworth Boulevard, north of 103rd Avenue on City of Westminster open space. The site was a stagecoach stop operated by the George and Sara Church family, beginning in 1864. The stop was halfway between Denver and Boulder along the Cherokee Trail (later called the Overland Stage route). The plaque is mounted on a large boulder near the brick well, which is the only remaining remnant of the stage stop. President Ulysses S. Grant and his daughter stayed overnight at the stage stop in 1868. In 2002, City Council budgeted funds to fabricate 24 plaques to commemorate Westminster history. To date, 19 of 24 plaques have been installed. The locations of the plaques and the inscriptions can be found on the city website....
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City of Westminster Holiday Calendar

City Hall illuminates on Dec. 2 — Join us as Westminster City Hall is illuminated with thousands of lights. Bring the whole family on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. Enjoy holiday music by local school choirs and professional choral groups, complimentary refreshments, hay rides, a bon fire and visits with Santa Claus....
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Westminster Activity Schedule

Join us for the opening celebration of Metzger Farm Open Space — Metzger Farm Open Space is ready to open its gates to the public and everyone is invited to a celebration to mark this milestone from 2 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Metzger Farm is located on the northeast corner of Lowell Boulevard and 120th Avenue. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy improvements made to this property including two miles of new trails, a trailhead with parking, a fishing dock, wildlife viewing deck and bridge connection to the Big Cry Creek Trail. This autumn celebration will be held rain or shine and will include hot apple cider, pumpkin muffins, music and opportunities to learn about local wildlife. Parking is available at the trailhead or across the street at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. This 150-acre open space is owned by the Broomfield/Westminster Open Space Foundation and was acquired in 2006 from the Metzger family. Read more about Metzger Farm. Call 303-464-5803 in Broomfield or 303-658-2415 in Westminster for more information....
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Input needed for city improvement plans —

The City of Westminster’s Community Development Department will hold a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at The MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave., to obtain input on the city’s 2013 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funds, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Area Plan for South Westminster. The 2013 Action Plan describes projects proposed to be funded by 2013 CDBG and HOME. These funds are allocated each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are available for projects that benefit the city’s low- and moderate-income residents, and to alleviate blight. The South Westminster NRS Area Plan describes the city’s proposed strategies, actions and benchmarks to reinvest in the area. For more information, visit the city’s website or contact Community Development Program Planner Signy Mikita, at or 303-658-2111....
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Westminster Impacts of US 36 Express Lanes Project

— Following are U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project closures impacting Westminster for the week of Nov. 11:...
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City of Westminster -- Parks, Rec & Library News

Swim and Fitness Center closed for annual maintenance — The Swim and Fitness Center will be closed Monday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 4, for annual maintenance and repairs. Pass holders may use any of the city’s other recreation facilities during this closing. The facility will re-open for normal business hours beginning Monday, Nov. 5....
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