The Villager Newspaper http://www.villagerpublishing.com Your Community Connection for Local News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gavllivan graduates Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gavllivan-graduates-colorado-institute-municipal-clerks/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gavllivan-graduates-colorado-institute-municipal-clerks/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:18:21 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66668 Randi Gallivan, Town of Foxfield, has graduated from the Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks. During the exercises in July at the Colorado at Boulder, Gallivan was awarded her graduation certificate by Kerry Bush, president of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association. The Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of […]

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The Board of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association presented Randi Gallivan with her certificate, from left: Sarah Ball-Johnson, director, City of Colorado Springs; Lisa DelPiccolo, director, City of Montrose; Margy Greer, vice president, City of Lakewood; Wendy Heffner, past-president, City of Littleton; Randy Gallivan; Laura Smith, treasurer, Cherry Hills Village; Suzanne Leclareq, secretary, City of Woodland Park; Kerry Bush, president, Englewood. Courtesy photo

The Board of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association presented Randi Gallivan with her certificate, from left: Sarah Ball-Johnson, director, City of Colorado Springs; Lisa DelPiccolo, director, City of Montrose; Margy Greer, vice president, City of Lakewood; Wendy Heffner, past-president, City of Littleton; Randy Gallivan; Laura Smith, treasurer, Cherry Hills Village; Suzanne Leclareq, secretary, City of Woodland Park; Kerry Bush, president, Englewood. Courtesy photo

Randi Gallivan, Town of Foxfield, has graduated from the Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks. During the exercises in July at the Colorado at Boulder, Gallivan was awarded her graduation certificate by Kerry Bush, president of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association.

The Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of municipal clerks.

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Balfour at Riverfront welcomes Greg Matchett as culinary director http://www.villagerpublishing.com/balfour-riverfront-welcomes-greg-matchett-culinary-director/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/balfour-riverfront-welcomes-greg-matchett-culinary-director/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:17:23 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66664 Balfour at Riverfront Park, a senior living community in the heart of downtown Denver, welcomed Chef Greg Matchett as its culinary director. Matchett joins Balfour at Riverfront Park with a distinguished career in the culinary arts industry. Over the last 26 years he has held positions as executive chef, corporate executive chef and chef instructor […]

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Greg Matchett

Balfour at Riverfront Park, a senior living community in the heart of downtown Denver, welcomed Chef Greg Matchett as its culinary director.

Matchett joins Balfour at Riverfront Park with a distinguished career in the culinary arts industry. Over the last 26 years he has held positions as executive chef, corporate executive chef and chef instructor for some of the most respected names and brands in the restaurant and resort industries. He has cooked for four presidents (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), as well as numerous professional athletes (including members of the Denver Broncos), celebrities (including Bob Hope), dignitaries (including the Prime Minister of Japan) and champions of industry (including the wedding of  Bill

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Bessie’s Hope celebrates 20 years, honoring Jamie Angelich http://www.villagerpublishing.com/bessies-hope-celebrates-20-years-honoring-jamie-angelich/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/bessies-hope-celebrates-20-years-honoring-jamie-angelich/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:10:04 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66654 By Glory Weisberg Most of us, adults and children alike, look forward to time off from work and school to gather together and do fun stuff, especially in summer. For example, one walk around the pond in Washington Park and you see bicyclists with family and groups of friends, and soccer and tennis matches galore. […]

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By Glory Weisberg

Most of us, adults and children alike, look forward to time off from work and school to gather together and do fun stuff, especially in summer. For example, one walk around the pond in Washington Park and you see bicyclists with family and groups of friends, and soccer and tennis matches galore. In winter, it’s loading up the car to head to ski slopes, malls and movies.

While these groups celebrate their freedom throughout the year to run around where they choose, residents in nursing homes sit in solitude seven days a week, without the social activities that pepper their weekdays.

Seeing this situation and disheartened by it, Linda Holloway and Sharron Brandrup started Rainbow Bridge 20 years ago, aiming to bring visitors to nursing home residents. Now called Bessie’s Hope, they gathered information that states that 60 percent of nursing home residents get no visitors. That’s right, none, zero, nada.

Meanwhile, back in the mean inner city environs of central Denver, equally unconnected youth without much time with their working parents, and who are exposed to gangs, drugs and negative influences constitute a viable concoction that can lead to lifelong trouble.

So Holloway and Brandrup began training kids, teenagers and adult volunteers on how to interact with nursing home residents they would visit with, sometimes bringing trained dogs to sidle up to mostly wheelchair-bound great-grandmothers and connect eye to eye, bringing joy to all three.

Jamie Angelich, a 2013 Villager of the Year, was honored with the Community Angel Award at the Bessie’s Hope 20th Anniversary Celebration, Copacabana Night.

Angelich knows how to connect with an audience. Drawing the analogy of her last name and its first syllable, angel spelling, she accepted her award, teary-eyed and glistening in gold sequins, shoulder to knee. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons was benefit chairperson. Her mother, the late Florence Ruston, spoke at the very first benefit so the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Bessie’s Hope has only two full-time paid staff, its creators, as Brandrup is executive director and Holloway is development director. Holloway was raised by her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s.

For information on this nonprofit, visit www.bessieshope.org.

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Bill and Karen Fisher flank honoree, Jamie Angelich

Bill and Karen Fisher flank honoree, Jamie Angelich

Stephen Edmonds and partner Daniel Kopnisky flank Linda Scott. Photos by Glory Weisberg

Stephen Edmonds and partner Daniel Kopnisky flank Linda Scott. Photos by Glory Weisberg

Marlene Siegel and Al Axelrod

Marlene Siegel and Al Axelrod

Jan Hammond, Deborah Maglio and Lisa Daniel-Johnson

Jan Hammond, Deborah Maglio and Lisa Daniel-Johnson

Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Jack Fitzgibbons and Frances Owens

Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Jack Fitzgibbons and Frances Owens

Marge Utne, Sharron Brandrup and Linda Holloway

Marge Utne, Sharron Brandrup and Linda Holloway

LaFawn Biddle and Deborah Massa

LaFawn Biddle and Deborah Massa

 

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Fleurish – Fête des Fleurs declared ‘by far, the biggest of them all’ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/fleurish-fete-des-fleurs-declared-far-biggest/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/fleurish-fete-des-fleurs-declared-far-biggest/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:54:02 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66640 By Glory Weisberg The Denver Botanic Gardens Fête des Fleurs reaped a rich reward for its spectacular Chihuly art glass exhibit with a record-breaking and sold out attendance of more than 500 guests. Credit goes also to the Fête’s chairs, Kelly Eisinger and Jennifer Marsico Milo. Helping bring in 33 committee members, some new to […]

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Fete-8,-Chihuly-in-ConservatoroyBy Glory Weisberg

The Denver Botanic Gardens Fête des Fleurs reaped a rich reward for its spectacular Chihuly art glass exhibit with a record-breaking and sold out attendance of more than 500 guests.

Credit goes also to the Fête’s chairs, Kelly Eisinger and Jennifer Marsico Milo. Helping bring in 33 committee members, some new to the Gardens, added an unmistakable adrenaline to the effort.

Milo was successful attracting fellow Marsico family members, Audrey, Erin and Marty Marsico, as well as long-time supporters Betty Lynn Jackson and Barbara Baldwin. Sponsors who greatly add financially to any benefit, also literally bought into the Fête success and that army included presenting sponsors, the Kathy and Brad
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Foundation with support from Cydney and Tom Marsico, Lauren and Bo Brownstein, Katie Stapleton and the Stapleton family, Ginny and John Freyer, the Harmes C. Fishback Foundation, Barney and Nancy Schotters, Elizabeth and Cory Ross, and Anne and Nick Hackstock.

Gardens CEO Brian Vogt also gets singled out for injecting that adrenaline that helped attract this turnout. Vogt deserves a round of applause!

Spectacular summer formalwear was everywhere as an ongoing drizzle failed to dampen the atmosphere. Guests just opened their umbrellas and meandered along the Garden path to the Monet pool that was spectacularly garbed itself in Chihuly genius art. After sundown and aglow in nighttime lights, the entire exhibit brought out lots of cellphone selfies that used the area as a backdrop.

As soon as main courses were consumed, the party part of the evening got under way with pulse-throbbing dance music that got lots of guests on the dance floor.

The cultural attractions in the metro Denver area continue evolving, growing enormously with community support that makes living here in the shadow of our Rockies ever more enticing and securing a future we can all be proud of putting together.

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Denver Botanic Gardens Fête des Fleurs committee members

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Kelly and John Eisinger

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Ann and John Jordan

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Dennis and Betty Lynn Jackson

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Michael O’Connell and Barbara Knight. Photos by Glory Weisberg

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Matt and Kelly Stava

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CEO Brian Vogt, and Judy and Buz Sellers

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Meredith and Peter Coors

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Flair! – Reading outside the box http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-reading-outside-box/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-reading-outside-box/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:41:20 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66638 Jan and Kenn Top of Centennial build Little Free Library Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. I pass two along my jogging route and was curious as to what these adorable dollhouse-looking structures were. A Rotary Club member named Todd Bol from Hudson, Wis., developed the concept in 2009 and built a red school […]

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Jan and Kenn Top surround grandson Colton and daughter Kenndra who were visiting from California at their Little Free Library built along Kenndra’s former path to school. Kenn, who is talented in construction, and Jan, also a Rotarian and who has a gift for design take delight in decorating their library for the season or the holiday. The current summer plaque reads: “Beware of giggling children.” Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson

Jan and Kenn Top surround grandson Colton and daughter Kenndra who were visiting from California at their Little Free Library built along Kenndra’s former path to school. Kenn, who is talented in construction, and Jan, also a Rotarian and who has a gift for design take delight in decorating their library for the season or the holiday. The current summer plaque reads: “Beware of giggling children.” Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson

Jan and Kenn Top of Centennial build Little Free Library

ScottieLittle Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. I pass two along my jogging route and was curious as to what these adorable dollhouse-looking structures were. A Rotary Club member named Todd Bol from Hudson, Wis., developed the concept in

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Flair! – Jack Tate for Colorado Representative fundraiser held in Centennial http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-jack-tate-colorado-representative-fundraiser-held-centennial/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-jack-tate-colorado-representative-fundraiser-held-centennial/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:39:35 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66636 Centennial Councilwoman Stephanie Piko recently opened her home for a Jack Tate rally. Tate, who is running for Colorado HD 37, is married to a physician wife and has three children. He is heavily endorsed by many local citizens and elected officials. As a businessman and engineer, he agrees with the traditional conservative approach to […]

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ScottieCentennial Councilwoman Stephanie Piko recently opened her home for a Jack Tate rally. Tate, who is running for Colorado HD 37, is married to a physician wife and has three children. He is heavily endorsed by many local citizens and elected officials. As a businessman and engineer, he agrees with the traditional conservative approach to politics. His dedication is to the success of Colorado and Centennial. For more information: www.jacktate.org.

Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko, who hosted the event, with Jack Tate, Republican candidate for Colorado House District 37 Photos by Andi Allott

Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko, who hosted the event, with Jack Tate, Republican candidate for Colorado House District 37
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Flair! – Beauprez brings New Mexico Gov. Martinez to open campaign headquarters http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-beauprez-brings-new-mexico-gov-martinez-open-campaign-headquarters/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/flair-beauprez-brings-new-mexico-gov-martinez-open-campaign-headquarters/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:34:08 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66629 Rounding out a full schedule of fundraisers and appearances in August, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez brought in the popular governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. In 2010, Martinez was elected as New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in United States history. She has testimonies from Democrats remarking about […]

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Republican candidate for Colorado governor Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia at the home of Laurie Leprino and George Feeney Photo courtesy of Monica Owens

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Republican candidate for Colorado governor Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia at the home of Laurie Leprino and George Feeney. Photo courtesy of Monica Owens

ScottieRounding out a full schedule of fundraisers and appearances in August, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez brought in the popular governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. In 2010, Martinez was elected as New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in United States history. She has testimonies from Democrats remarking about how she has successfully worked across the aisle to get things done and move New Mexico Forward (her slogan) even within her first few months of office.

“As governor of New Mexico, I see our

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Dr. Couchman at Appearance Center helps brings smiles back to life http://www.villagerpublishing.com/dr-couchman-appearance-center-helps-brings-smiles-back-life/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/dr-couchman-appearance-center-helps-brings-smiles-back-life/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:27:45 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66626 Do you want your dental care to be done by the doctor only? Do you want your doctor to be believably experienced and highly trained? Do you want the dental work you receive to be excellent without redos and endless adjustments? Would it be nice to have convenient access to a boutique dental office where […]

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Doctor Couchman and Crystal admire her new smile in the camera.

Doctor Couchman and Crystal admire her new smile in the camera.

Do you want your dental care to be done by the doctor only? Do you want your doctor to be believably experienced and highly trained? Do you want the dental work you receive to be excellent without redos and endless adjustments? Would it be nice to have convenient access to a boutique dental office where you are listened to and treated with dignity.

At the Appearance Center, Dr. Robert Couchman brings his 42 years of experience and advanced training to focus on adult and senior dentistry.

Because teeth begin to show the effects of time – like darkening, cracking, chipping and wearing – smiles lose their luster and appeal.

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Greenwood Village begins 2015 city budget process http://www.villagerpublishing.com/greenwood-village-begins-2015-city-budget-process/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/greenwood-village-begins-2015-city-budget-process/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:25:53 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66624 By Jan Wondra Greenwood Village took its first brief look at a preliminary budget for the 2015 fiscal year at its Aug. 18 City Council study session. The city continues its department-by-department budget presentations to City Council, recapping the assumptions behind department budget numbers. “I want to stress that this is a brief, preliminary, budget,” […]

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By Jan Wondra

Greenwood Village took its first brief look at a preliminary budget for the 2015 fiscal year at its Aug. 18 City Council study session. The city continues its department-by-department budget presentations to City Council, recapping the assumptions behind department budget numbers.

“I want to stress that this is a brief, preliminary, budget,” said Shawn Cordsen, director of finance. “As a city finance person, this is the first time I’ve been able to say that revenues actually exceed planned-for expenditures. In fact, our budget is actually below what the city collected in 2013; we’re moving in a very positive direction.”

The preliminary budget reflects continuing economic improvement.  The more than $34 million budget, a 5 percent increase over

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Families First Country Fair hog heaven for families http://www.villagerpublishing.com/families-first-country-fair-hog-heaven-families/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/families-first-country-fair-hog-heaven-families/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:21:57 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=66614 By Glory Weisberg The Families First Country Fair is a summer fundraising staple in the metro Denver area and unique in its theme and sort of hog heavenly for entire families. This year’s edition was at the Hudson Gardens, a site absolutely perfect with space for piggy bank check-in and weigh-in, a barbecue and entertainment […]

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Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Erick and Abby Porterfield, and Jack Fitzgibbons Photos by Stefan Krusze

Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Erick and Abby Porterfield, and Jack Fitzgibbons
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By Glory Weisberg

A formally attired Pig up for auction or adoption

A formally attired Pig up for auction or adoption

The Families First Country Fair is a summer fundraising staple in the metro Denver area and unique in its theme and sort of hog heavenly for entire families.

This year’s edition was at the Hudson Gardens, a site absolutely perfect with space for piggy bank check-in and weigh-in, a barbecue and entertainment by the Narrow Gauge Band.

The focus of the fun is the annual Families First Drive for Community $Change$ that began in 1994. It’s actually a yearlong drive to change the public’s views regarding child abuse. Kids from healthy families and most Friends for Families First put their spare change in special piggy banks decorated by volunteers and commercial businesses. The Crazy Merchant in Littleton began the effort with its kiln and arts and crafts studio, owned by Cherry Hills Villagers Deb and Bill MacMillan. The couple has also purchased piggy banks for the effort to “Change the life of a child.” The MacMillans hosted the early Country Fairs for 11 years.

Then in the year 2000, Pigs on Pedestals came along, the work of high school, college and commercial artists with special gussied up pigs sponsored by businesses and sports teams. The specially couture ones may be clothed in CZs, top hats and all find of feathers and other finery. Some are decorated to look like a whole other animal.

Anyone can select and fill a Families First piggy bank. Look closely at some local shops and you’ll see these piggies that customers drop their spare change into. Among the places is Monkey Bizness, a young children’s indoor playground. One of the staffers at the Colorado Boulevard address is Diana Soto, a Families First volunteer and daughter of Families First staffer, Maria Soto, pictured here with her husband and Diana’s dad, Nelson Soto, so this is truly a family affair!

Maria and Nelson Soto

Maria and Nelson Soto

Anita Isernhagen and Pam Lambrecht chaired the Country Fair last year and again this year and Denise Shore, their co-chair, is chairing it in 2015. Among supporters through the years: Mickey Core, Josie Veith, Mary Mahoney, Sonya Peterson, Tracy Donovan, Daphyne Reiff, Carol Brewka, Kristin Stonebarger, Patti Maurer, Barb Ingalls, Linda Smith, Brooke Parker, Mary Lou Hibben, Julie Kucera, Renee Chalus Fichtl, Andrea Jordan, Martha LeCaptain and Mary Ellen Anderson, who also contributed a great deal to the agency’s success over the past 20 years.

Country Fair chairs Anita Isernhagen, Pam Lambrecht and co-chair Denise Shore

Country Fair chairs Anita Isernhagen, Pam Lambrecht and co-chair Denise Shore

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