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North Range Eye Care welcomes Optos Real Time Optical Imagery

North Range Eye Care Center this week announced their new Optos retinal imaging technology that will allow real-time, broad range views of the eye.  North Range Eye Care is only one of 4,000 centers worldwide that possesses this state of the art technology.

“We feel very fortunate to provide our community with this new technology,” said Dr. Hite.  “We can now provide patients real time broad view imagery that helps establish for us a baseline diagnostic view, upon which we can then compare changes in the eye over time.”

For further information or to schedule an appointment with North Range Eye Care, please call:  (720) 499-8349.  North Range Eye Care is located in Northern Commerce City at 13599 E. 104th Avenue, Suite 400, Commerce City.


10/04/13.  Get Interactive.

Gateway Multimedia announces a major opportunity for Colorado businesses looking to promote themselves in-print and online as well as through their own community involvement.   The Gateway Multimedia interactive business promotional package s

Gateway Interactive Business

Gateway Interactive Business

tarts at just $95/month but provides regional print advertising + web promotion + interactive media (which allows the community to view 24/7 interactive media including corporate calendars, photo galleries, coupon and business directories, etc.).

Strictly speaking, businesses lack the ‘depth’ of promotional exposure that they need to crack the marketplace.   They are often not known for their community involvement or interactive media (events, etc.) but for a static and often repetitive print ad that appears in advertisers and coupon mailers.

Secondly, businesses are often in a poor position to self-promote.   While they can get listed in online search engines, they capture merely the “searching” interests of potential customers, not the “browsing” interest.  This effect is most like customers walking past “Store A” in a shopping mall.   While it’s true that some customers will know exactly what they want when they enter the mall, Store A will pull the majority of its sales from “browsers” who walk past the store’s windows only to be enticed to come inside and shop.

Gateway Multimedia’s Interactive Business Packages allow businesses to be ‘browsed” on a 24/7 basis.  Long after the coupon advertiser hits the trash, enrolling businesses can retain an online portal presence perpetually.

The Gateway Multimedia Interactive Business Package can be previewed here (or email us at:

Work — Feature Article

 Dad left in the morning and came home at night. If he worked in a factory or in an office,  he carried a lunch bucket or a briefcase. Mom was home after doing housework all day and had dinner ready for the family when Dad arrived. Most people worked at the same job their entire life and then retired and received the proverbial gold watch. Today most everybody works somewhere and more often now, right from their home office or home business. Most of us will have at least two different careers in their lifetime if not more. There are no rigid business hours anymore, and with a global economy, one might even be on skype during our night to  accommodate a client half way around the world during their daytime hours.        Computers and cell phones made everyone much more accessible to  their work and have disconnected us from that time away from work.  Just where is work happening?        All of us need some time away from it.

P.E. – Feature Article

P.E. or Physical Education was required in public schools during the mid century. The worst part of it was the ridiculous uniforms that we had to change into and then out of. Girls were required to wear dresses or skirts to school so it was necessary to be properly attired for sports activities.  President Eisenhower, in the mid 1950’s, had established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, because of concern about fitness lacking in American youth. The American Medical Association endorsed the president’s efforts. So much of the mid twentieth century public focus was on youth fitness and physical activity.

Today our youth and adults do engage in a variety of sports, public recreation centers, and private gyms. We will focus on some ways to make fitness part of everyday life without having to break the bank.


Weekends & Vacations – Feature Article

In the 1950s and 1960s, expansions in the American interstate highway system provided a newfound freedom to take vacations to neighboring states and even national destinations.  The Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas were now achievable in less than a week by car.  Simultaneously, more neighboring state destinations could now be called, “day trips”.   Another reason to hit the road, of course, was the modification of the American car and their related ad campaigns.  “See the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet” became the mantra of millions of American middle class families who were given even greater access to ‘station wagons’, the consummate American vacation vehicle.


Fun — Feature Article

I am bored. Not a new statement but one that makes any parent or even spouse cringe.  It becomes an obligation to draw on one’s creative ability to define and produce “fun”.    Go have some “fun”. How about going outside to play with your friends? Run through the sprinkler. Swing on the swing set.  We could have a “slumber party” (with no slumber). We rode our bikes all over town with no helmet and no cell phone. Our mothers just knew we would be home before supper, because we would be hungry and we just knew better. We played with Marbles, Jacks, and Pick up sticks. Board games were not boring and were usually played with extended family on an actual card table. Games such as Monopoly, Life, and Sorry are still played today.    “Fun” denoted a group activity and not being alone. We want to explore all types of vintage fun here. A game of croquet out on the lawn or a dinner party with friends could be a change from a restaurant or the latest video game. “Fun” can become, well “fun” again.


Holidays – Feature Aricle

Holidays in midcentury America were a combination of the traditional and modern. The optimism of the day and easier credit led to a surge in materialism and the great Christmas Wish Books (catalogs) were awaited with great anticipation, almost as much as the big man himself Santa Claus. During this time President Johnson had a plan to transform American life from not just a good but a great society.   The ideals of that Great Society are reflected in three of the most popular Christmas specials of all time, three specials that we still watch today. They are: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (original air date 12/9/64); A Charlie Brown Christmas (12/9/65); and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (12/18/66). The shows were produced in the years following President Johnson’s May 1964 address about achieving greater equality and fairness in American culture. All three emphasized the individual as being part of a larger community, and the well-being of the community as important. The theory of “it takes a village” and that we are all part of that village was then born.   In 2013, we have issues with political unrest still, the economy is not very stable, and unemployment and homelessness are too high; but the American optimism always flows back, especially at holiday time. We still are striving to live out what these three stories so poignantly are telling. None of us are able to really make it alone, we need each other.


Fashion — Feature Article


Fashion in mid century America truly reflected society’s morals and values, I believe more than fashion does today. Students in public schools had stricter rules for attire than most do today.   In 2013 students at charter schools and a few public schools do wear uniforms, in midcentury school uniforms were worn by Catholic and private school students. People tended to dress up more for church and for the office, even for going out to restaurants. Men wore suits and hats, and women wore dresses with gloves, and matching shoes and handbags.   The “hippies”, the true protesting ones, not the dress alike ones, rebelled with their dress and wanted to stand out in a crowd. The popularity of the TV series Mad Men, has influenced our fashion today, as the show reminds all of us of a simpler time, although possibly politically incorrect.   Mid century style clothing is available at Target, Old Navy, and J.C. Penney’s. It is interesting to see what we can take and use from retro clothing styles.


Rx — Feature Story

Are you sick or not?”   In decades past, people (and even doctors) were just a little more blunt in their inquiries as well as in their rendered opinions.  In the 50s and 60s, for example, you might have been prescribed merely a bit of iodine and a band aid to fix what ailed you.

But on the other hand, healthcare was face-to-face.  If a doctor’s visit was warranted, you definitely could expect to meet directly with the M.D., not an assistant.   And he might even come to your house, too — “house calls” were common place.

Vision services were yet a different matter.  Kids and adults alike oftentimes went undiagnosed until they started bumping into walls.  And then, the very expensive frames seemed more likely to be a safeguarded heirloom than a vision tool to be upgraded and modified with time.

Health insurance was just coming into play around mid century. Prior to that sickness insurance was purchased and was more like disability insurance. As modern medical facilities were built, and science came to better resemble the sci fi movies, the nation slowly came to terms with medical affordability.

In 2013, we have again come full circle now as the majority of Americans once again have no medical insurance or full access to quality health care.   The use of penicillin, vitamins, herbs, and home remedies have surged as a result.

One holistic remedy worth checking out, of course, is exercise.  Becoming more in vogue each year, exercise can lead to a healthier lifestyle, a more responsible diet, and more effective preventative care.


Pets – Feature Article

Pets have always been part of our families. In the US, 62% of all homes have pets, mostly cats and dogs. We take better care of our furry family members now in 2013 than in past decades, most are very pampered now. Most of us have pets in pairs, two cats or two dogs. In years past there were not so many vet visits, food could be table scraps, and many slept outside. In the early 1980’s there were 55.6 million dogs and 52.2 million cats. That has changed with cats taking over at 74.1 million and dogs at 69.9 million. We do know now that pets help us and can keep us healthier. In upcoming issues, we will look at how this furry family member relationship can be enhanced.


Around the House – Feature Article

My fondest memories of my mid modern childhood centered around home.

Our kitchen was small compared to kitchens of today, but it was full of love. A lot more meals were prepared at home, and baking was a weekly event. Not many dishwashers except for the ones standing with a dishrag or dishtowel, and not as many small appliances graced the countertops, which were not granite. Meal times were set and kept and the table was set with cloth napkins and a tablecloth.

The living room was for living. This included reading, watching some TV, nightly family prayer, discussions, card and board games at an actual card table, the Christmas tree in December, and the infamous “birthday table” on your special day, where your special home baked and decorated cake sat with your presents and cards.

Bedrooms were for sleeping and dressing and homework. The closets were small but then again so was everyone’s wardrobe, not nearly as many clothes were bought and probably not needed as stay at home Mothers did laundry every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday. No TV or video games in the bedroom, but we did all have a transistor radio and a record player.  It was a simpler, less cluttered, physically and mentally, existence that would certainly lower everyone’s blood pressure in 2013.


The Weather Men (Perfect Temp Geothermal)

Owner Chris Messner says that there is one thing he cares about most and it’s “taking pride in the quality of my work”.    Actually, he also says, “it’s my wife and kids, but my work takes a close second!”

Chris moved here to Colorado in 2003 and founded Perfect Temp because he genuinely cares about helping people enjoy their homes and businesses.  “They’re  my neighbors, and I know how much they love living in this beautiful state.”

Perfect Temp provides high-efficiency geothermal solutions that can save consumers significant energy costs.

Perfect Temp also maintains its ties to servicing Nebraska and Wyoming, too.

Call Chris Messner to learn how to make your home more comfortable.

Perfect Temp, Inc
2387 W. 8th Street
Loveland, CO 80538

Colorado: 970.663.4993
Wyoming: 307.222.0427

The Real World Classroom — Primrose Schools

Primrose Schools is a recognized community leader in early childhood education with real world learning opportunities.  From fundraising   initiatives to grocery shopping projects, Primrose Schools is all about childhood development excellence.   Primrose Schools fosters a growing environment rich with resources, educational training, and a caring staff that celebrates the importance of every child.   We attended          Primrose’s Fall “Back to School Bash” at the Stapleton Primrose just to see how students — and parents — and dealing with back-to-school.  You can see for yourself in the galleries.


Happy Days – In praise of School Life

Few people actually maintain a portfolio of pictures, letters, and yearbooks.  But for some, these represent a memoir of the most important days of their lives.  Editor Kathy McIntyre’s ‘wonder years’ are herein a visual work of student photos from grade school to high school graduation.  As apparent as is the change in clothing and hair styles from the late sixties to 1970, is personal development, which propelled Kathy McIntyre from a young girl to a woman.

“Schools” is a section where we will explore personally and culturally, the role and impact of our schools on our society.

Bucci Italian – the real deal

The Real Deal.   We spent an evening with ‘Bucci Italian’, Brighton’s newest authentic Italian restaurant (Brighton Pavilions).

Bucci’s is an exquisite restaurant with a made-from-scratch ethic that’s endured decades of generational culinary influence. “It’s as good as New York” is a high bar for any restaurant but it’s also a frequent comment at Bucci’s, where authenticity, quality, and sizeable portions prevail.

In a town where Owner Jerry Bucci does it ‘for the people,’ Bucci’s could easily double its menu prices.  But at Bucci Italian, entrées start at only around $8.


America’s Drive-In

Sonic was founded in the early 1950s.  The Oklahoma City restaurant chain serves approximately 3 million customers per day.  Known for its carhops on rollerskates, the restaurant chain was ranked 10th in QSR Magazine’s rankings of the top-50 quick-service and fast-casual restaurant brands in the nation.  With a slogan of “America’s Drive-in”, Sonic has arguably earned the title due to its sixty-year presence in American restaurant culture.


Serafini’s Pizza — the Oldest Pizzeria in Adams County (“Nothing’s changed since ’67)

Serafini’s Pizza is Adams County’s oldest pizzeria with roots dating to Italy and Venezuela, 1967.  Frank Serafini’s grandfather (far right, bottom in photo) helped instill a family restaurant legacy of remaining true to old world family recipes and traditional.  Frank Serafini learned the ‘ropes’ of the restaurant business as an apprentice at Serafini’s precursor restaurant, “Roma”, in Commerce City during the early 1970s.


Tread’s Bicycle Shop

Tread’s bicycle shop offers a full line of Trek and Canondale bicycles along with riding apparel, accessories, and a full service repair shop.   But the “new spirit” at Brighton’s historic 1907 train depot isn’t just a renewed infatuation with America’s favorite pastime.  Just ask Justin, Logan, and Sean about the mysterious doorbells and the radio station that Tread’s ’unofficial’ occupant seems most ‘spirited’ about.


Berry Patch Farms

Berry Patch Farms is owned and operated by Tim Ferrell and his wife, Dr Claudia Ferrell.  Tim, a former minister and his wife, a pediatrician, manage Berry Patch Farms as a boutique farm that specializes in community offerings that include pick-your-own herbs, produce, and even flowers.  Berry Patch Farms offers organic produce and specialized offerings upon request.   Both Tim and Claudia are very community active, helping to educate the community on the merits of organic farming and the preservation of the agricultural landscape in Colorado.

Petrocco Farms

Petrocco Farms is the largest regional agricultural producer with clients that include King Soopers and Safeway Stores.  Regionally, Petrocco Farms also wholesales to local farm markets.  Petrocco Farms operates many regional farms in different geographical settings.  The decision was strategic, to help safeguard crops from threats that include flooding and hail.

Colorado’s Water Shed / Interview with Agfinity’s Chip Marks

Agriculture is Colorado’s second largest industry resulting in a $40 billion economic impact in our state each year.  Meanwhile, many of our farms suffer from inadequate water supplies during dry years while excess water flows across our borders during wet years.  A lack of critical water storage infrastructure in Colorado ensures that several million acre feet of water, in excess of our compacts with neighboring states, leaves our state each year.  Some estimates suggest that as much as 4 million acre-feet of water flows past thousands of acres of crop-thirsty fields on their way to arid borders never to be reclaimed.

We asked Agfinity, Inc. Vice President and Director of Agronomy, Chip Marks, to make a bit of sense of this for us.  “Why”, we asked, “in a state as abundantly rich with mountain runoffs as Colorado, is our second largest industry in peril of dehydration?”

“We have water resources.  What we need is more storage to capture those downstream flows in wet years for beneficial use in dry years” came a rather quick response to a seeming paradox.  He then added, “The Northern Integrated Supply Project (“NISP”) is an example of a project underway, which at completion would create approximately 215,000 acre-feet of additional water storage on the Front Range, something we desperately need.”  This two reservoir-storage project is a collaborative effort of 15 Front Range water partners. According to Marks, we will need help in developing adequate water supplies for future growth.  In the next 35 years, an estimated two million people could settle on the Front Range.  “Those people want to eat and farms are the lifeblood of our communities and part of our Western heritage.  We need to develop more water resources to support both urban needs and agricultural needs”, said Marks.

“What about the power of executive order,” I asked.  “Couldn’t the governor sign an emergency order that mandates more water storage in our state?”

“In May of this year, Governor Hickenlooper signed an executive order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop a comprehensive water plan for the State of Colorado.  A draft of the plan is due by December 2014 with a final submission due in December of 2015.  We’ll see what the CWCB comes up with”, said Marks.

“What can the public do to help encourage water storage development and to help support local farmers?

Marks:  “Water is a vital and potentially limited resource when you live in an arid, high-desert climate like Colorado.  Like other resources, it has to be managed, protected and put to beneficial use. People need to educate themselves and not take water for granted.  They need to contact their legislators and encourage them to pursue opportunities to develop more water resources in our state”.


Agfinity, Inc. is a farm supply cooperative headquartered in Eaton, Colorado, serving rural communities and agricultural producers by providing crop nutrients, animal feed and energy inputs.

Palizzi Farm Mule Team Exhibit

In a display exclusively for Gateway Magazine, Deb Palizzi, co-owner of Palizzi Farms in Brighton, helped assemble a two-mule team to pull an historic cart on the property of Palizzi Farm.   On a previous steamy day in Brighton this past July, Deb and Jose drove the mule team alongside their rows of fresh corn to help produce the photos we received.

Palizzi Farm is a 3rd-generational farm that is  regarded as the oldest regional farm in Adams County.   A portion of the farm on Bromley & 4th Avenue in Brighton was sold directly to the late Mr. King and King Soopers.  Since then, Palizzi Farm has operated a farm market on the northeast corner of the property.

Army Strong – A Day at the Races

July 20, 2013

The U.S. Army’s Racing Program isn’t something we were that familiar with — even after having worked with the Army for nearly a decade.

But today we were privileged to be part of the Tony Schumaker Racing Team at Bandimere Speedway during the NHRA Nationals.


The U.S. Army is a sponsor of DSR Racing (Don Schumaker Racing), in which Tony Schumaker shares the spotlight as the winningest team

in NHRA history.   The Army believes that teamwork, a wining ethos, and discipline are keys to racing that exemplify the required rigor in

their own military training.


Here are a few shots from yesterday.