It Came From the Drawing Board

BERKELEY — “It Came From the Drawing Board” explores the comic book art of prominent Colorado-based artists Cody Kuehl, Daniel Crosier, G. Ka’aihue, J. James McFarland, and Rio Burton as well as the personal work they create outside of comics with a focus on retro sci-fi designs. The show will also feature a unique installation […]

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Northwest Denver’s Gifts from the Heart

NORTH DENVER ­ — There are many rewards to living in a close-knit community, barbecues in the summer and holiday parties in the winter.  Babies who had play dates together grow up to be schoolmates.  The privileges of community also come with duties, as we care for one another in times of need.  If a community is particularly strong, that reach of care can extend past its own zip code. 

Cooper the Brave wins community hearts

On December 4, nearly 300 friends and neighbors gathered at Local 46 to support the Hudson-Deming fundraiser, to benefit the family of Cooper Deming.  Cooper, a 7th grader at Skinner Middle School, has bravely completed 30 radiation treatments for a brain tumor, which is thankfully shrinking.  $ 13,000 was raised to help defray the costs of medical bills, lost income, physical, occupational and other therapy, and other expenses.  Local 46, event sponsor, generously donated 30% of sales for the day to the family.  Dozens and dozens of local businesses donated items for the silent auction, including A New Spirit, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, and Ruby Fox. Even Cooper’s classmates stepped up for their friend donating snow shoveling, leaf raking, and babysitting.

Lisa Fentress, one of the event organizers, said “The grand finale prize, was a night at Hotel Monaco and a $ 150 gift certificate to Panzano’s.  As the raffle began, one of the neighborhood dads predicted that he’d win the big prize and if he did, he’d give it to [Cooper’s parents] Scott and Amy.  Well, his number was drawn, and he handed the envelope over to them, saying that they needed it more than he did.  What a wonderful community we live in.”

Solar Trailers for Standing Rock

As neighbors gathered at Local 46, Rob Ford and Nancy Olsen were driving back to Denver after a successful trip to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.  Northwest Denver came together to raise nearly $ 10,000 to fund four solar power stations for the water protectors standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Rob and Nancy towed the

Rob Ford and Nancy Olsen deliver the first of four solar power stations to the camp school at Standing Rock.

first of four mobile solar power stations, capable of charging as many as 40 cell phones at one time, 9.5 hours to the Standing Rock Reservation.  The trailers were built to keep people connected and able to tell their story to the rest of the world. The first trailer was promised and delivered to the camp school.  The next trailers will be used by medical volunteers and will be made available for anyone who needs power to sustain the ongoing efforts. 

For Rob and Nancy, delivering the gift of solar power from the Northwest Denver community was a life changing experience.  They were invited to partake in a round dance and Nancy shared, “With very little sleep we danced hand in hand, round and round, in a packed dome for hours, four lines deep dancing around the drummers and singers. It was so beautiful sharing the feeling of resilience, love, almost celebration, camaraderie, and support. It would only be the next day after we left camp that we would hear of the permit denial to drill under the water from the army corps of engineers. The struggle isn’t over, but it was a sweet victory.”   

Stand up for Standing Rock Concert

The next storm of activity for Standing Rock happened later in the week during a benefit concert at the Oriental Theater on December 8.  At least $ 3,000 was raised during the Stand Up for Standing Rock concert featuring amazing Colorado artists.

Matene Strikes First Jerome performs his original song “Water is Life” at the Oriental Theater.

Matene Strikes First Jerome performed his original song “Water is Life” and the Oyukpe Lakota drum group sang traditional songs.  Matene’s mother, Stephanie Jerome, said, “This is why I love Colorado. Because when a call to action is made we aren’t afraid to pick up and come together and do what we can to make a positive impact. I don’t call myself an environmentalist, I don’t call myself a protester, I call myself a mother who loves her children and who believes that all people have the right to clean water. I know all my musician friends who joined me tonight feel the same way. Together we are making a difference through our talents and gifts that we’ve been given. I hope we can continue to use those gifts for good.”

 

Nostalgic Homes Brings Cheer to Children

Free carriage rides and thoughtful donations brought the spirit of the season to the Highlands.

On December 11, Nostalgic Homes presented their annual Holiday in the Highlands celebration complete with petting ponies, carriage rides and photos with Santa. Aside from neighborhood good cheer, Jenny Apel continually puts her whole heart into the community. She collected unwrapped gifts and donations for the Tennyson Center for Children. The center helps children who have been abused in their primary families. The children often have to leave their homes with nothing in hand.  Apel reflected, “These kids are always in need of clothing. They continue to go to their neighborhood schools from the Tennyson Center, but imagine being a kid with little in hand and the stress of their situations. The Tennyson Center meets their standard needs, but it is always special for kids that are ages 10-18 to receive something age appropriate that helps them to simply be a kid…”

If you missed the event you may also make an online donation to www.childabuse.org

Haiti Hurricane Emergency Relief

Tamburello embodies the spirit of giving from the heart.

Paul Tamburello and Loren Martinez of Little Man Ice Cream traveled to Jeremie, Haiti from November 28 to December 2. Rene Doubleday and Andrew Campo, colleagues and friends also joined in the journey. They teamed up with the organization “Living Water for Haiti” on an emergency relief trip with a mission of repairing housing structures devastated by Hurricane Matthew. In addition, they helped provide food and medical aid, and powering a water well pump for rural communities in need.

Doubleday reflected on the devastation that surrounded them, “My biggest takeaway is a reminder of the tenacity of the human spirit. In conditions that are nearly impossible to accurately describe, you see people carrying on with their daily lives. Working, caring for families, rebuilding their homes all in the most ingenious ways.”

As part of the Little Man Ice Cream Scoop for Scoop program, $ 6000 was spent on rice, beans, fish, and cooking oil feeding over 200 families and two orphanages. Due to the damage inflicted from the hurricane, most of the local fisherman community lost their equipment and boats– everything they had. The Little Man team was able to purchase a new fishing boat for one of the local fishermen. The fisherman has agreed to not only use the boat to repower his own business but to deliver fresh fish at least twice a week to local orphanages and families in need.  This agreement will be managed by the Living Water for Haiti team that is constantly at work in this community.

Martinez said, “Being part of a Scoop for Scoop immersion trip is overwhelmingly impactful. Thanks to the Denver community, these funds were able to help people in need in a sustainable way. This experience made me proud of the company that I work for– and proud of all the hard work that so many people put in at our little ice cream shop. Their work truly makes a difference, both locally and globally.”

Gingerbread Houses for Habitat for Humanity

It was all gumdrops, lollipops and a cherry on top of the sweetest season.

On December 10 FirstBank partnered with Little Man to host the first annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party. The event benefited Habitat for Humanity to help build safe homes for low-income families. The proceeds from the sell-out crowd who paid a suggested $ 10 donation to build their sweet-dream castles are going to help a couple named Omar and Judith build a home that will be ready this holiday season. They commented, “You’re not just helping our family…you’re helping change our family’s future.”

The veritably balmy weather, after multiple frigid days, brought holiday cheer to all. Hundreds of families, hipster millennials and couples of all ages adorned and decorated their masterpieces. Some of the kids ate them as quickly as they were built. One excited participant motioned exuberantly around the plaza saying, “This is so magical. The families. The trees. The lights. The music. I feel like I am in a movie.”

FirstBank provided free gingerbread crumble ice cream to the crowds and brought huge cheer to winners with snowboards, skis and Copper Mountain 4-packs. All in all, a sweet affair that brought the holiday’s home for one family, and brought together the entire community as family.

An Affair of the Heart

Basha Cohen and Jim Walsh tied the knot after 20-years of unwedded bliss on 11.25.16, sharing her parents, Phillip and Agnete’s, 57th wedding anniversary.

I hope you will forgive me for wearing my heart on my sleeve, but I am so deeply moved by our community and its generosity on so many levels. Thank you isn’t a strong enough word to convey my deep love and sentiments for so many in our neighborhood.

During this tumultuous year my family has agonized through my father’s emergency brain surgery, putting our sweet dog “Loco” to sleep when he could no longer fight off cancer, and worried through our daughter’s severe brain concussion when she fell down a flight of stairs at school. If that wasn’t enough, we are now faced with the shock of my husband’s potential heart transplant, as his own heart is too tired to go on.

Through these traumas the meaning of our community has never been greater to me.  Every life I have touched has surrounded me with generosity of spirit. Texts, calls, emails, meals, rides, sleepovers, hugs and help with writing articles like this one have flooded in.  It is enormously humbling to know how many people have my back. My good friends Paul and Loren and my beautiful “kids” at the Can picked up where I left off mid-stream in events. Family, friends, neighbors, merchants, principals, counselors, commanders & cops, clergy, City Council and State Representatives have all checked in for my family’s pulse. Even strangers like Madeline Fenton at the City & County building showered us with help as we scrambled to secure a marriage license in a split-second decision.  I will never forget her kindness for as long as I live.

And then there are the amazing doctors and brilliant nurses. Dr. Sfiligoi at Wheatridge Animal Hospital kept Loco going for two extra years. Dr. Colapinto at St. Joseph’s saved our Dad’s life. Dr. Maddox at the V.A. and Dr. Cornwell plus dozens of other doctors and surgeons at the University of Colorado Hospital are working tirelessly to give Jim a next chapter. My heart has expanded because of these remarkable people who have shown the true meaning of compassion and care.

Through all of this, I have come to deeply respect and understand the consequences of being an organ donor.  Although we all hope and pray for a long and healthy life, there is something we can all do to give the gift of life.  This holiday season; take the time to become an organ donor. Visit www.donatelifecolorado.org and talk to your family about your decision.  You never know whose life you might save or when you could be in need yourself.   

From our hearts at the North Denver Tribune to yours…to the greatest community on earth, may peace, health and happiness be yours.

With contributions by: Jennifer Wolf, Ed Kieta, Irene Glazer, Nancy Olsen and Loren Martinez

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From Traditional to Antidotes, Holiday Offerings Abound

DENVER — Longtime readers know that heartwarming holiday dramas and delightful seasonal comedies with uplifting messages are not my favorite thing. However, as a proponent of the arts and theater, in particular, I do appreciate that the gathering of family, which happens at this time of year, creates a nice opportunity to see a show. Holiday productions can be the financial lifeblood of many local theater companies, with the increased ticket sales and full houses at this time of year allowing for more risky and unconventional shows the rest of the year. While many companies stick with tried and true plays and musicals, some offer an antidote to the holiday hype with unconventional or alternative productions that either twist traditions or flat out flaunt the antithesis of the season.  A few may choose non-holiday musicals that can make for a special evening out for the whole family, and some just continue their string of productions without any nod to the time of year.

To help readers find just the right performance to see here is a summary of what is available, divided into the more traditional options, the anti-holiday choices, and other possibilities.  Hopefully, you can find the right performance for you.

Traditional Holiday Fare

The quintessential holiday production is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  As always, there are several options, led by the Denver Center’s 24th year presenting the musical adaptation of the story, running through Dec 24.  The talented Sam Gregory is taking over the role of Scrooge from veteran Philip Pleasants, who has been performed the role 357 times since 2005. Miner’s Alley Playhouse in Golden is presenting a new comic adaptation with only five actors performing all the roles, including the capable Jim Hunt as Scrooge, through Dec 23. There are two other adaptations, both telling the story from different perspectives, with Vintage Theater in Aurora producing Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol through Dec 23, and Phamaly delivering Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol through Dec 18 at the Courtyard Theatre on the Auraria Campus. Vintage’s show is an intriguing retelling that I found engaging when The Victorian did it years ago, and Phamaly’s take is certain to be thoughtful and unique.

The Arvada Center is bringing the world premiere musical I’ll Be Home for Christmas to the stage through Dec 23. This is the first new musical developed by the Arvada Center, with original music and lyrics by longtime musical director David Nehls. Set in Pueblo, Joaquin’s Christmas, an alternative from Su Teatro running through Dec 18, includes “a magical grandmother, a talking dog, evil influences, and a loving mom and dad” in a show for the whole family.  Another standard of the season is It’s a Wonderful Life, and there is no shortage of productions based on the classic film this year.  Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown is producing the musical version through Dec 31, and both the Lone Tree Arts Center (through Dec 18) and Spotlight Theater (through Dec 18, in repertory with a similar version of A Christmas Carol) offer the live radio play version that adds another layer to the story.

Both Littleton Town Hall Arts Center (through Dec 31) and the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins are presenting musical versions of A Christmas Story, with Ralphie’s dreams of a Red Ryder BB gun. Specifically for children is The Story of the Nutcracker, from the Miners Alley Children’s Theater, through Dec 23, adapted by Rory Pierce from the original book with a nod to the ballet. Another more classically traditional production is Amahl and the Night Visitors, provided this year by the Evergreen Chorale and Jefferson Orchestra, on Dec 9 at Central Presbyterian Church and on Dec 11 at Rockland Community Church. Though a bit further away, Bas Bleu in Fort Collins is offering an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, through Dec 23. Up in Boulder at Chautauqua on Dec 10 and at the King Center, Auraria on Dec 11, Stories on Stage is presenting a “potpourri of Holiday cheer” titled Making Merry.

Antidotes to Holiday Excess

For the more cynical among us who get tired of the excessive amounts of smarmy good cheer and annoyingly earnest hope for a better future, have no fear – there are shows for you, too, starting with two that have become local alternative classics. The Avenue Theater is presenting the 8th incarnation of the biting sketch comedy Santa’s Big Red Sack, “the holiday show you shouldn’t take your kids to,” through Dec 24. And the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company (BETC) is teaming with the Denver Center to bring us The SantaLand Diaries, with Michael Bouchard as Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris’ hilarious and biting comedy, also through Dec 24. At the Dairy Center in Boulder, BETC also offers the comic Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), “a madcap romp,” through Dec 24. Also up north, through Dec 18, the Longmont Theatre Company is presenting Best Christmas Pageant Ever, featuring “the most inventively awful children in history.”

The holidays are a great time for improvisational comedy as well, with Revenge of the Misfit Toys at The Clocktower Cabaret on Dec 9, 16, 21, and An Improvised Christmas Carol, returning for the third year, at the Bakery Theater at 2132 Market, thru Dec 26.

Other Options

This is a good time of year for family outings to the theater or to impress a date, even for productions that are not specific to this time of year. Some good possibilities for this are Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, at Vintage Theater through Jan 15, and Porgy & Bess at the Aurora Fox, through thru Jan 1, both out east in Aurora, as well as An Act of God closer in at the Garner Galleria Theater. And if you want a stark contrast to the traditional seasonal fare, then shell out the big bucks and head down to the Buell Theatre for the Broadway touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, one week only from Dec 6-11. 

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Lu’Ann Reeder retires from State but not from music

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WEST HIGHLAND — Lu’Ann Reeder, founder of the music band G.I.N. (Girls in the Neighborhood), likes to joke, “We’re pretty good for girls.” This might seem like a politically incorrect or demeaning thing to say were it not for the reality that the “girls”—singer and guitarist Reeder, drummer Shannon Spencer and bassist Pam Osburn—all are deeply experienced and talented performers.

Last month, listeners on the patio of The Cork—32nd and Meade in West Highland—were treated to several hours of music by these women. Many of G.I.N.’s songs are from the 60s and 70s, with an occasional nod to the 50s, perhaps Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” Reeder goes out of her way to play songs people like.

“If people tell me in advance of a song they love, I’ll try to work it into my show,” said Reeder.

“Young people might not know the songs,” said Spencer, “but Lu’Ann does a show to please everybody.”

The Cork performance was a special night for Reeder, celebrating her retirement from Colorado’s 1st Judicial Probation Office after 15 years as a mental health specialist/probation officer. At retirement, she was given a state flag, and in its presentation box was a letter that said “This state flag flew over the Capitol on August 1, 2016, in honor of Lu’Ann Reeder’s service.”

“I was shocked to have received that honor,” she said. “15 years ago, mental health and probation didn’t go together.”

Reeder earned a B.A. from Texas Tech University in English and History; a B.S. in Management at Regis University, while working for Coors and playing music in Central City; and a Masters in Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder. “I’m over-educated and know nothing,” she says.

Coming on the heels of a part-time professional solo singing career dating back to the early 1970s, Reeder decided in 2010 to form G.I.N. with Spencer (another Berkeley resident) and Pam Johnson. Spencer is an accomplished drummer and plays in styles ranging from classic rock and country to blues and jazz, which is her favorite type of music. Singer-songwriter Pam Osburn stepped in to play bass and provide vocal harmonies for G.I.N. after Johnson’s unexpected death in 2012.

It’s normal for Reeder to play straight through a performance that might last three hours or more. “Playing a whole night without a break is a powerful thing,” said Spencer. “When bands take a break they can lose the audience.”  Reeder said she’s just getting warmed up after the first set and learning what songs folks want to hear.

Reeder is drawn to songs that carry universal meaning. “Most of the songs I perform have a message. My favorite songwriter was John Stewart, who was the banjo player for The Kingston Trio [Stewart replaced original member Dave Guard in 1961]. I don’t necessarily know what the criteria is for songs that tug at the heart, but his were among those.”

Reeder grew up in Midland, Texas, and was raised around family music. She sang in church choirs as a youth and young adult. “There was no negotiating with that,” she said. “My mother was an incredible musician—the unpaid church organist and pianist. I grew up hearing music in the house all the time.”

At the age of eleven, Reeder decided she wanted to play the guitar, but she was forced to take piano lessons. “I dreaded every moment of it,” she said. “I saved $ 18 to get my first guitar.” According to her website, lreedermusic.com, she thought it would take an eternity to get that much money. She managed the challenge by earning 25 or 50 cents for mowing the family lawn—and “tried to mow it every other day.”

“My mother fully expected I’d be playing church music, but I sang ‘Teen Angel’ in the car, over and over and over. I said, ‘Mother the song is called “Teen Angel”—it’s got the word angel in it.’”

Reeder spent every summer at their family cabin near Durango, and from the day school let out until the day before it started, she practiced her guitar. She learned to play by listening to Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and The Mamas and the Papas; later on, Bonnie Raitt and Christine McVie became primary influences.

Speaking about music of the 60s and 70s, Reeder said, “Some of that music fits perfectly today. If you listen to the words of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-changin’’ they still apply: ‘Come senators and congressmen, please heed the call; don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.’ I consider much of that music timeless.”

Spencer said, “The 1960s were an intense time. Music was reflective of what was happening in the world, in politics.  All of our songs still do that; that’s what music does.”

Reeder reflected on the growth of the 1960s singer-songwriter trend that grew out of a previous time when singers recorded songs composed by other writers.

“People were drawn to that music because singer-songwriters began telling stories of their own experiences. I immediately think of young Carole King who had a big hit with her ‘Tapestry’ album in the 70s. She had attached herself to [lyricist] Gerry Goffin in the early 60s and they wrote songs for other artists [the pair wrote songs for The Shirelles, The Drifters, Bobby Vee, Aretha Franklin and others]. But now she was performing her own music, not just being the creator.”

“What I like about singer-songwriters is you don’t have to have a gorgeous voice and a lot of stage presence. Today, I think a lot of people want that stimulation.”

On an early summer day in 1973, Reeder turned a bad situation into a lucky break when her car broke down in West Glenwood Springs. Across the road stood the Holiday Inn, so with guitar in hand she ventured to ask the desk manager if they needed any entertainment. He pointed out an easel with the photo of a woman pianist who played the dinner hour, 7-9 p.m., but then told her to wait while he got the inn’s owner.

Reeder said, “The innkeeper asked me if I knew any John Denver songs. I opened my guitar case and said, ‘Which one do you want to hear?’ He hired me on the spot and fired the piano player. I started that night and played for the next three months.”

Reeder plans to “retire” to her family’s cabin on Vallecito Lake, about 22 miles northeast of Durango. When not trekking between Durango and Denver to play with G.I.N., she says her “game plan is to volunteer with the forest service, specifically as a rail ranger, riding the train back and forth between Durango and Silverton. You have to know everything from ‘Is that a beaver over there or a marmot or a tree stump,’ and be able to handle questions like ‘When do deer grow into elk?’”

To contact and find out where Lu’Ann Reeder and G.I.N. will be playing next, go to www.lreedermusic.com/.

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Good news from North High School

NORTH DENVER —  The fall semester is well underway and we have lots of good news to share from the hallowed halls of North High School.  Thank you to everyone in the community who came out to support North High at the powder puff game, homecoming parade, chili and chile cook-off, bonfire and the Homecoming football game! North’s varsity football team is currently undefeated at 4-0.  Come out and catch a game.

On the enrollment side, we have the largest freshman class in many years with 340 students, a 31% increase over last year.  The entire student body is nearly 1,100 representing a 21% increase in the last two years.

We know that the success of a high school is demonstrated through multiple measures.  While CMAS state testing is not the only measure, it is one that allows us to see how we are doing compared to other schools in Colorado.

This year, North’s English/Language Arts scores went up 9%, which was the second highest increase of all traditional high schools.  We had an MGP (Median Growth Percentile) of 65, which is also the second highest of all traditional high schools and falls in the state category of “More Than Expected” growth from our students.  According to Principal Scott Wolf, “East was the only school who outperformed us by one point.”

By way of comparison the Language Arts Median Growth Percentile for a mix of traditional, innovation and charter high school’s was: East-66, North-65, South-53, West Leadership-45.5, West Generations -41, and Strive Excel-37.

In Math, we gained 9.5%, which also was the second highest increase of all traditional high schools.  We are especially excited that we increased the percentage of students passing the Geometry portion of the assessment by 41.8%.  Our MGP in Math was 59 and again the second highest of all traditional high schools.  (Thomas Jefferson led the pack at 65.)

In Math comparative MGP results show: West Leadership-62.5, Strive Excel-62, West Generations-59.5, North-59, East-55, and South-54.

Thank you for the collective investment in North.  It is paying off for our students and our community!  Please join us on October 27 from 6-8PM for our annual Trick or Treat Street costume party. It’s a wonderful way to connect with and support your future, neighborhood high school and our North Denver community. It is a free event.

Rebecca Caldwell  |  [email protected]

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Kitchen Remodelling Denver From Voltero Home Designs

Voltero Home Designs is a Denver based full service design and remodeling firm providing services to both residential and commercial building markets. They provide a full range of services from design to build of custom countertops, kitchen cabinets, baths, basements, decks, and much more. At Voltero Home Designs, they listen actively as they discuss your overall wants and needs for your project so they can advise and come up with the most appropriate remodeling solution according to your preferences. You can have peace of mind that your project is well managed because they continuously train their staff to ensure efficient team work, dedication, and the desire to produce the finest quality service to their customers.

Voltero Home Designs specializes in municipal and private sector of the Commercial and Institutional construction. Homes with hardwood flooring hold their value better, sell better, and fetch higher prices. They provide kitchen remodeling ideas and links to customers. The type of solid surface they use became a popular and attractive option for kitchen countertops. They are available in a variety of types, colors, and styles. The kitchen is the heart of the home, the hub, the family meeting ground. Where it all gets done: cooking, entertaining, conversation, math homework. Whatever lifestyle revolves around your kitchen, making it a place you want to spend your time is an exciting venture. Voltero is the place to be to get design ideas, product information, the latest trends, help from experts and links for Kitchen Remodeling Denver to the very best the industry has to offer. From custom cabinetry to decorative drawer pulls and everything in between, Voltero is the comprehensive source for Kitchen Remodeling based on all of your design needs. Is your style Traditional, Modern or Contemporary? Not quite sure? Browse through the showcase of kitchens in the gallery or view selections of counter tops, flooring, lighting and windows to zero in on a kitchen style that will suite your family’s taste. Transforming the room with a complete kitchen makeover?, Voltero can assist you to manage your remodel, estimate your cost, and should you choose to, select a design professional who can advise you on everything from measuring for new appliances to selecting an elegant faucet. Updating your kitchen with a new look? A fresh coat of paint, new wallpaper or changing the window treatments can go a long way in refreshing the style of your kitchen.

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Denver Real Estate Gets Help From the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

            Denver is going to get a boost from the recently announced 29.3 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding in 2010. There are high hopes that this stimulus plan will help the City of Denver's efforts to combat the foreclosures that have been a problem since the housing bust. This will not only improve Denver real estate, it will produce thousands of jobs for people involved in construction.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Plan – via the Housing and Economy Act of 2008 – was developed to combat the ills that foreclosed properties can bring upon a neighborhood – lowered home values, abandonment, higher crime and gradually spreading urban blight. With the funding provided through the Plan, Denver can now buy, renovate or redevelop and resell properties that have been foreclosed upon.

In 2010, the Denver Office of Economic Development and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. will receive $ 18,994,444 and $ 10,263,440, respectively. This will be used to solve problems caused by residential foreclosure and to boost revitalization efforts in Denver neighborhoods that have been most affected by foreclosures and the problems associated with them.

The Denver Office of Economic Development will be targeting 12 Denver neighborhoods to purchase and revitalize properties affected by foreclosure. In all, 325 properties will be selected and restored to create accessible, affordable housing for:

Households with income not exceeding 120% of the area median income
Households at or below 50% of the area median income.

The redevelopment plan also includes:

rehabilitation of 245 abandoned / foreclosed homes
land bank of 15 properties
demolishing of 50 vacant properties
redevelopment of 35 vacant / demolished properties for housing

Loan assistance for 195 low-moderate income households will also be available for the purchase of homes near public transit lines. This targets raising home values, job creation, improved public transit and local business development and patronage. In the years to come, this will stabilize the neighborhoods where these homes are and provide a platform where the real estate in general starts increasing in value.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Plan is working towards raising home values and providing low-median income households with the opportunity of home ownership. The City of Denver’s strong support of revitalization efforts means that home buyers today are likely to see rising home values and equity in the future. It’s a good time to look into buying real estate in Denver, especially for people with moderate incomes.

Explore MetropolitanDenver.com for the latest Metro Denver homes on the market. Find the best of Baker real estate today!

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Granite Countertops Denver From Voltero Home Designs

Voltero Home Designs is a Denver based full service design and remodeling firm providing services to both residential and commercial building markets. They provide a full range of services from design to build of custom countertops, kitchen cabinets, baths, basements, decks, and much more. At Voltero Home Designs, they listen actively as they discuss your overall wants and needs for your project so they can advise and come up with the most appropriate remodeling solution according to your preferences.

You can have peace of mind that your project is well managed because Voltero Home Designs continuously train their staff to ensure efficient team work, dedication, and the desire to produce the finest quality service to their customers. Granite is the material chosen when permanence, beauty, and complete freedom from deterioration and maintenance are prime requirements. It is the most durable among the natural stones. Regardless of its use, kitchen Granite countertops Denver, fire places, or bars, granite will add a sophisticated and luxurious appearance to any house. You can find granite that will satisfy any taste, they are available in many colors, and also come in a wide variety of veins, swirls, and crystal patterns. And keep in mind that unlike dyed synthetic products, granite will be colored through-and-through. An added advantage of granite is that oftentimes the sunlight will dance off the small crystals contained in it; resulting in minute-to-minute changes in appearance throughout the day, thus adding to the overall richness and the ambiance in your home. As soon as you receive the Job Confirmation, Their Granite Countertops Denver Project goes through the productions steps of templating, fabrication, tear-out, and installation. On the day of templating, they advise their clients to have their countertops clear and free of any objects. This will help their work process to be efficient while at the same time your items will be protected from any dust or damage. Templates usually take a couple of hours. Before the fabrication phase begins, they ask you to confirm the slabs. They are also going to ask for your final approval of the Post Template Checklist. If at this time, you decide to change the drawings and/or granite type, they will adjust the price up or down accordingly and they will let you know right away. If your project requires tear-out and removal of existing countertops, they will do so at the time of installation.

Voltero Home Designs is a Denver based full service design and remodeling firm providing services to both residential and commercial building markets. Regardless of its use, kitchen Granite countertops Denver, fire places, or bars, granite will add a sophisticated and luxurious appearance to any house.

Man who disappeared from NFL game in Denver found safe

Man who disappeared from NFL game in Denver found safe
DENVER (Reuters) – A man who went missing during a National Football League game in Denver last week has been found safe in a southern Colorado city, police said on Tuesday. Paul Kitterman, 53, had been unaccounted for since halftime of the Denver …
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Daniel Graber from Denver, Colorado Verbally Commits to North Carolina State

Daniel Graber from Denver, Colorado Verbally Commits to North Carolina State
Daniel Graber, a breaststroker from Denver, has verbally committed to the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Graber has yards bests of 56.30 and 2:01.48 in the 100 and 200 yard distances, which are Winter Nationals and Summer Juniors cuts, respectively.
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