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Call for entries of artwork for 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Art Show

The 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team and the Victim Services Unit of Brighton Police Department are currently seeking artists who either are, or work with, survivors of sexual abuse/assault and would be interested in having their artwork on display for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

The art show is intended to bring awareness to the communities within Adams and Broomfield Counties regarding the issue of sexual assault/abuse.  Art selected will be displayed at The Armory located at 300 Strong St. Brighton CO from April 11 to April 30.

 

The themes for this show are focused on recovery and healing after an assault.  Artwork may include all 2D forms of painting, drawings and photography.  Images should be appropriate for all ages.

 

Entry submissions are accepted via email only, now through March 29, 2013. If a submission is accepted the artist will be notified by March 31, 2013.

 

Artists or art groups interested in displaying their work please email submissions in .jpeg format to both contact persons at the following addresses:

KDressel@brightonco.gov AND Wolffdenpress@gmail.com

 

For more information, please contact: 

 

Kim Dressel, Victim Services Coordinator, City of Brighton Police Department

303.655.2308  kdressel@brightonco.gov

 

Michelle Wolff 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator

303.835.5499   mwolff@da17.state.co.us **It is very important NOT to send images to Michelle Wolff at the District Attorney’s office email as they will bounce back and I will not know that you sent them. Please use the Wolffdenpress email listed above for images**

Fourteener Fest / Celebrating the beginning of a school district’s turnaround.

Adams-14’s new Principal, Brian Wright, ushers in a new era of respect, culture, and accomplishment at Adams City High School.

By Karl Emmerich

Principal Brian Wright meets the Freshman Class at Adams City H.S.

You could call it a ‘first order agenda’, or “0100 Hour”.  Either way, it’s going to be a wake-up call for the Adams-14 high school teachers and staff this coming Monday morning

“The first thing we are doing,” said Adams City High School’s new Principal Brian Wright in my ‘invocation interview’ with him, “is getting our entire staff on board.”   And with that I was slid an 8 ½ x 11 across the table, entitled, “A Vision of Multicultural Unity”.

“What this is,” explained Mr. Wright, “is our first order agenda for this Monday (School starts this coming Monday, August 13th) because it builds into pride and culture, the basis for achievement.  Self-respect, respect for others, and respect for our past and our culture is indispensable….  we need it to teach accomplishment and we [as a united staff] need to walk the talk first.”

Mr. Wright leaves nothing for chance.  He knows that to bring his students on board he needs to first recruit the patronage of his trusted teachers and staff:  “This is about giving back to the community and they need to be on board.”

My questions for Mr. Wright, however, were cut abruptly short with a sudden message from his assistant and a reflexive spring to his feet by my interviewee.   And as he bolted from his office, I wasn’t really sure if the echo of his words down the hallway were intended for my ears or those of a fire crew coming up from behind.”

But with “follow me”, I responded in militaristic fashion, grabbing books, camera, and managing not to trip over myself in an attempt to keep up with an obvious olympic champion.

Catching only one further gimpse of the large frame administrator as he rounded the second school corridor, up, I walked the balance of pursuit blindly, nearly giving up the chase before hearing a quiet hush turned roar as I approached the school gymnasium.  My steps inside were definitely an after-the-show-starts experience and one that was hardly noticed by anyone in the gym.

I am also sure that I was the last of the balance of 500 people crowded into neatly ordered rows of bleacher seats and that Mr Wright was definitely a ‘just-in-time’ #499, in a perfect a sync as is possible with his V.I.P. loudspeaker introduction as no less a Sony recording artist than Principal of Adams City High School.

And without further adieu, the mike was his as much as was the gymnasium ‘stage’.  And Mr. Wright certainly was no stranger.  His first order was the welcoming of the 2012 Freshman Class and second order was the assurance of the student body that theirs was the best and most qualified teachers anywhere.  He handled it all as a bit of a rockstar but with a few additional solemn yet supportive admonitions:

“I welcome you as the Freshman Class … but remember.. This is all about respect.  When I’m talking, I expect you to listen and when you talk, I will extend the same courtesy.    I will tell you right now, that 80% of you are going to college.   You’re going to stay out of trouble, you’re going to graduate and we’re going to get you scholarships.”

Short, sweet, and less static than a Sprint cell phone.  But with words as profound and as well-spoken, I almost expected an encore.  But instead, ACHS’s new principal finished his address and left the stage.  A thought flashed in my head of a toy I’d been kept busy with as a kid, sitting in the back seat during hot summer vacation trips.   It was this magnet and a bunch of metal shavings inside a plastic window.  When I brought the magnet near, all the filings lined up in a perfect row.   I easily imagined the Freshman class with as much magnetic polarization that moment.  It really was as profound.   I had always thought the acquisition of student respect as something that takes at least a semester or so, at least as long as the first homeroom bell.  I had never seen it done in a few minutes flat.  But there it was.

The prospect of change at Adams-14 is more than a mantra for Principal Brian Wright, who credits his staff and Superintendent Patrick Sanchez with their ‘extraordinary’ skill and support and for his opportunity to act as a “change agent”.

But if change can’t happen in an instant (and obviously it can) than it will be only refined, enhanced, and expanded community wide in an even more profound way by ACHS Principal, Brian Wright.

Turning around performance –the new Adams County School District 14

You might say Adams County School District 14 is in the turnaround of its life.   The ‘forced mandate’ by the State of Colorado is all about performance standards and the district’s need to measure up – within just two years.  And if it doesn’t?  The State of Colorado isn’t pulling any punches.  It would then assume management control over the district.

Patrick Sanchez is Adams-14’s new Superintendent, duly committed to initiate a complete academic turnaround.  Referred to by some as a ‘turnaround director’, Patrick is fully aware of some very tough decisions that need to be made to bring an entire district into state compliance.

“We are [re]opening the district to the community and letting them know that we are all about change and improvement,” said Mr. Sanchez, as he reaffirmed his points on a bulletin board display in his office.  “Academics, alignment, and sustainability are three goals that we are addressing in the process.”

Patrick Sanchez, whose turnaround efforts have had proven successes in other school districts, offers a few suggestions regarding ‘why’ the district fell behind in the first place, academically.  According to Patrick, standardized testing – a basis upon which the State of Colorado evaluates the district–has not been aligned with the day-to-day classroom curriculum.  In other words,  students have not learned in class, the skills they needed for standardized tests and that has been a large problem.

Mr. Sanchez, admits the controversial nature of his role in the district.  But his mantra is clear, even empathetic to a community that has supported the district in the past.  “We need to fix [the district] or its not worth investing in.  It’s morally wrong for kids to graduate with a diploma that doesn’t mean something…. and the urgency of this is why I’m here.”

But if “success” truly “breeds success,” as Patrick Sanchez espouses, we must hold the greatest hope and optimism for a district with as many new qualifications as its leadership under its  Superintendent, Patrick Sanchez.

“A time to Celebrate” — Parting words of retiring Adams County Human Services Director, Donald Cassata, PhD

DONALD M. CASSATA, PH.D.

March 31, 2012

FIRST OF ALL I WISH TO THANK EACH OF YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.  I THANK MY WIFE AND STAFF.  IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE (ITC):

IN SOME WAY EACH OF YOU HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ACCOMPLISHING OUR MISSION.  IT IS ONE THING TO BE A LEADER BUT A LEADER ONLY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IF THERE ARE COMPETENT AND DEDICATED PEOPLE WHO LEAD THE WAY.

IN MY OPINION ADAMS COUNTY IS A LEADER IN IMPLEMENTING HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR THE STATE OF COLORADO.

 

ITC:  FOR HERE IN ADAMS COUNTY WE HAVE FOLLOWED A BUSINESS MODEL THAT HAS ADDED EFFICIENCY AND POSITIVE OUTCOMES IN SERVING THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY.  WE HAVE UTILIZED EVIDENCE BASED DECISION MAKING, CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, AND PERFORMANCE BASED CONTRACTS IN OUR GOVERNMENT MANDATED PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

PUBLIC SERVICE IS A VERY NOBLE ENDEAVOR, THAT WHICH WE ARE INVOLVED.

 

ITC:  FOR ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED IS THAT GIVEN THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND THE INCREASED CASELOADS, AND MORE DIFFICULT CASES, STAFF HAVE MAINTAINED A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, HIGH MORALE, AND A CAN DO SPIRIT IN BEING THE SAFETY NET FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE COUNTY.

 

ITC:  FOR HOW MANY OF THE “BEST PRACTICE” PROGRAMS WE HAVE IN THE STATE. WE ARE RECOGNIZED FOR OUR TANF PROGRAM, WORKFORCE AND BUSINESS CENTER, CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT, CHILD WELFARE, LEAP, FOOD ASSISTANCE, OUR MILITARY PROGRAM, THE SPECIAL WAY WE IMPLEMENT THE CHILD ONLY PROGRAM, MEDICAID ACCURACY AND TIMING, A STRONG HEAD START AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND ONE OF THE BEST ADULT PROTECTION TEAMS, ADULT SERVICES, AND FRAUD AND RECOVERY UNITS IN THE STATE.

 

ITC:  FOR OUR EFFORTS IN PROVIDING CHILD CARE SERVICES THAT ARE TIMELY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTERED.  OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION PROVIDES A MARIAD OF GRANTS AND FUNDING TO AGENCIES THAT ASSIST US IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOODS.  THE FINANCE/BUSINESS OFFICE IS TOPS IN COORDINATING OUR MISSION IN CHILD WELFARE, ELIGIBILITY PROGRAMS, CHILD CARE AND SO FORTH.

ITC:  FOR OUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION THAT WE PROVIDE THE CITIZENS OF ADAMS COUNTY, IF IT IS PROTECTING CHILDREN, KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE, AND KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER OR FINDING PERMANANCY AND ADOPTING CHILDREN, OR IF IT IS KEEPING FAMILIES FROM BEING HOMELESS, MOVING THEM FROM WELFARE TO WORK, OR HELPING THEM GET A JOB, PROVIDING TRAINING, APPROPRIATE CHILD CARE, OR PROVIDING FOOD AND HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO ARE HAVING HARD TIMES.  OUR PROGRAM TO HELP THOSE THAT HAVE DISABILITIES OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THE STATE.  OUR PHILOSOPHY HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOCUSED ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HELPING THOSE WHOM NEED OUR HELP AND BE ABLE TO ASSIST THEM IN HELPING THEMSELVES.

 

ITC:  FOR WE ARE THE SAFETY NET IN PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR LONG TERM CARE, THOSE WHO ARE IMPAIRED AND DISABLED, THOSE WHO NEED CHILD AND ADULT PROTECTION, AND FOR THE PAST 24 MONTHS THE CONDUIT FOR DEALING WITH THE CRISIS FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE FOOD ASSISTANCE OR FOR THOSE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE IN GETTING A JOB AND A PLACE TO LIVE.

 

WE COULD NOT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT WE HAVE WITHOUT OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:  COMMUNITY REACH, TRICOUNTY HEALTH, OUR HOUSING AGENCIES, OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH AGENCIES, GOODWILL INDUSTRIES, FAMILY TREE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF AURORA, ALTERNATIVES FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE, AND ALL OF OUR NUMEROUS CHILD WELFARE PROVIDERS AND AGENCIES SUCH AS SHILOH HOUSE, AND CASA. ETC.  LASTLY, A STRONG PARTNERSHIP HAS EXISTED BETWEEN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE 17TH JUDICIAL COURT.

 

OUR ULTIMATE GOAL, WHEN IT IS POSSIBLE, IS TO MOVE PEOPLE TOWARDS SELF SUFFICIENCY AND HAVE THEM BECOME LESS DEPENDENT UPON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE, AND GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE A SAFE AND SUBTAINABLE LIFE.

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ALL SHOULD CELEBRATE—THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT MADE MY WORK NOT WORK AND THE WORK OF STAFF AND OUR PARTNERS MOST NOBLE, THIS IS BECAUSE GIVEN OUR MISSION WE ARE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND I THANK YOU, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, FOR MAKING ALL OF THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS POSSIBLE AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THESE PAST 16 YEARS.  IT HAS BEEN A POSITIVE JOURNEY AND I THANK EACH OF YOU.

IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE

The answer is, ‘one bite at a time’

That being said, I am happy to report that tonight (only moments ago) the Commerce City Council has passed the 1st reading of Ordinance 1891which amends the city’s land development code to revise and add regulations relating to subsurface extraction and oil and gas exploration.  Colorado Oil and Gas made their anticipated appearance to express their dissatisfaction with our attempt at keeping our city safe.  This happens to be a huge bite out of the elephant we know as the oil and gas industry, showing them that our city council finally has some chutzpa and is willing to stand up to them.  Of course we were there along with an amazing group of fellow fracktivists from ALL over the front range….it was truly awesome to be in the company of good people fighting for “right.”  We wore white t-shirts with sky blue name badges so as to show a large, unified front….the entire left side was filled with white t-shirts and blue name tags!   Truly a force to be reckoned with as we and the many children spoke to the council.  This is a great START and a foot in the right direction for sure.  For the second reading of this ordinance you can bet your bottom dollar that oil and gas as well as COGA and COGCC will be there with reinforcements to counter our attempts at curtailing their damaging effects.  The pressure will be placed squarely on our city council’s shoulders….we’re watching!  As always you can watch the festivities on our Commerce City website under the video section.

The second bite that could envelop the entire elephant in one fail swoop is attached.  The Protect Colorado Water initiative are the brainchild of our beloved Phil Doe and Wes Wilson from Be the Change.  There is a fund raising gala and silent auction at the Mercury Café this Wednesday (details contained below and attached).

These initiatives would:

Reclaim public ownership of water, as originally asserted in our CO Constitution and grant right of public access to the rivers

 

  • Clarify that water use rights don’t include the right to completely contaminate our water, rendering it unusable.

By passing the two water initiatives we would deliver the final blow to oil and gas and their suitcases full of money for good.  Hydraulic fracturing requires millions and millions of gallons of water that can never be re-introduced hydrologically.  I personally have petitions that I am circulating and want every single one of your signatures on them!  If I don’t come knocking on your door, please come to my door and knock!  We need A LOT of signatures!  To learn more, volunteer or donate please go to : www.protectcoloradowater.org

 

Stay tuned……..

 

Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

Jodee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodee Brekke

King Soopers’ 104th Avenue Megastore goes on display for the Press

June 22, 2012.  Commerce City North.
You’ll have to continue to remind yourself of your whereabouts the first dozen or so times you visit the new King Soopers Marketplace location at 104th & Chambers Road in northern Commerce City.  Built in the spirit of just several other stores like it, this sprawling 123,000 square feet of space has the ‘usual’ King Sooper’s products you’ve come to love plus a whole lot more including a complete furniture and home furnishings merchandise center, a premium jewelry store, and some brand new market extras like a premium on-premise sushi store.

King Sooper’s new store opens Wednesday, June 27th along with some magnificent grand opening specials – including a free cultured pearl bracelet to the first 100 people in the store.
Look for a whole lot of everything you’ve waited for the last decade for.  And was it worth the wait?  (Just maybe).

Open Letter of Endorsement for Kaarl Hoopes — by Jan Pawlowski

Letter to the Editor:

As the time for the Primary balloting draws near  for Adams County candidates,  I am writing to ask a special favor of my many Republican friends. Please mark your

ballots for Kaarl Hoopes (pronounced Carl Hoops) for District 1 Adams County Commissioner.

 

Kaarl comes from a diverse background that includes a “works hard” ethic. His education includes a degree in political science and economics. He used the “earn

as you learn ethic” with such jobs that included working as a laborer to becoming a pilot. After college he pursued a career as a Real Estate Agent. He then developed an interest in the information technology field and is presently a Network Administrator and delivers services to IBM.

 

He is endorsed by US Congressman Bob Beauprez, the late, great Ted Strickland (State Representative and Senator; Lt. Governor, and former Adams County Commissioner), Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams (a 1989 Brighton High School graduate), Senator Bill Armstrong, and Federal Heights Mayor Joyce Thomas, to name a few.

 

It really goes without saying, we need honest leadership in the office of Adams County Commissioner, during my time on the campaign trail, Kaarl Hoopes impressed me as just that person. He pledges to be a true guardian of our tax dollars, and will be open and honest to the citizens of this great county.

 

Jan Pawlowski

 

Brighton Mayor 2001-09

Signs of Dirty Campaigning

Signs of Dirty Campaigning  

By Karen Hoopes

I had to conclude that it wasn’t the wind.  I stood there staring at the gaping hole where our 8×4 ft County Commissioner campaign sign once hung.  Like a hunter I knelt and surveyed the landscape looking for clues.  The ground revealed no evidence of natural cause.  I saw no pressed blades of grass, no tracks or foot prints, and no remnants of the corrugated, royal blue material that was once our sign.  The sign was gone without a trace. Odd, I thought, that the signs of the opposing political party candidates located nearby remained intact.  This was a targeted attack. It was theft. I was sure of it.

My anger flared as I thought of the planning, time and expense as well as the personal sacrifice involved in constructing that sign. First we raised the $250 in-kind donation, then we called to get the land owner’s permission to place the sign on her property, then we carefully planned the construction of a sturdy sign mount , identified the materials needed, purchased the construction materials, assembled the frame and recruited volunteers to install the sign.

I remembered the five strong men who had volunteered one weekend sacrificing precious hours away from their families and favorite recreation to support our cause and further our message.  I had watched the men work as the blazing sun overhead beat down on them and parched the earth.  The men pounded the posts into the ground using a heavy fence post driver taking turns as they tired.  As beads of sweat collected on their foreheads, they carefully erected and centered the sign in the frame reinforcing the four corners with strong zip ties and taking care to ensure that the sign would be sturdy enough to withstand the wind.  At last the men had finished. They stepped back to admire their handy work.   They were proud of a job well done.

Now the sign was nowhere to be found. It would be my responsibility to tell these men the truth—that the sign they had worked so hard to install had disappeared and needed to be replaced. I could imagine their level of disappointment.

Are these thefts a preview—a sign of the dirty campaign tactics that lie ahead after the Primary?

Campaign sign stealers and vandals beware. Stealing a campaign sign is not only mean-spirited and dirty campaigning, it is a crime. Stealing a campaign sign can result in a sentence of up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. The crime is called interference in an election and thus is a federal offense. If the sign is damaged, misdemeanor vandalism charges may also apply.  Trespassing charges may also apply if the sign is located on private property where trespassing is not permitted.

The next time you drive by a campaign sign, take a long, hard look at it. A candidate somewhere spent a lot of time and money trying to reach out to you to share his/her message.  Then read the candidate’s flyers before tossing them into the trash can, listen to those annoying robo calls, visit the candidate’s website and be friendly to candidates at the door. They are working hard to connect with you.  Work to connect with them and you will become an informed voter.

Through all of this, I have learned that while thieves can steal our signs, they can’t silence our message.