BY LYNN BARTELS An Arapahoe County native who grew up Catholic has left an imprint on Israel. Throughout the c...
In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show and the University of Wyoming for more...
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BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the...
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BY LYNN BARTELS
An Arapahoe County native who grew up Catholic has left an imprint on Israel.
Throughout the country, whether dining under the stars in a Bedouin style tent in the desert or touring an indoor playground built to withstand rocket attacks from nearby Gaza, Israeli leaders warmly welcomed an old friend, Bob Lembke, during his recent visits there.
Lembke, a 1973 graduate of Arapahoe High School and the president of United Water and Sanitation District, was part of a delegation of elected, community and government leaders who toured the country in early December.
It was Lembke’s 10th trip to Israel in nine years, and at times he got emotional when he talked about what the country and its people mean to him.
“The strength and courage of the people in the periphery areas of Israel are inspiring,” Lembke said. “They echo the spirit of the West that created our region 150 years ago, and remind me of the homesteading done by my grandparents and mother.”
Among the lawmakers on the trip was Sen. Jeff Bridges, a Democrat from Greenwood Village, “As the only legislator with a Masters of Divinity degree, it was particularly meaningful to spend time with a great group of Coloradans in an area with such deep connections to some of our major world religions,” Bridges said.
“The trip itself was a well-balanced presentation of the challenges and opportunities facing the state of Israel today, both internal and external, along with a deep dive into their historical context—in some cases going back thousands of years.”
He noted that Israel is about the same size of the Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo, with “just as many water-related challenges as we have here in Colorado.”
Bridges was surprised to see the city of Greenwood Village mentioned at the heavily fortified indoor playground at Sderot. It appears on a donor wall listing Lembke and his wife, Carol, whose contribution was was made in honor of their daughters, Adrienne and Corinne.
The playground was built so that toddlers and teen-agers would have a safe place to play when Hamas launches rockets from Gaza. People in that area have less than 15 seconds from the time the sirens go off to reach a bomb shelter inside the structure.
Because of that time crunch, a climbing wall for teenagers couldn’t be too high because if a warning siren went off they wouldn’t have time to unhook a harness and rush to the shelter. That’s the same reason there is no merry-go-round.
PTSD among the children in the region is rampant, a guide said. Bed wetting. Nightmares.
“I’m a sucker for kids,” Lembke said, when asked why he donated.
The Lembkes also are listed as patrons of the Magdala project on the Sea of Galilee. It was envisioned as a pilgrimage center, and during construction in 2009 authorities discovered a first-century synagogue where Jesus Christ is believed to have preached.
“One of the things that I like about Magdala is that first of all it truly has tried to integrate the Jewish and Christian histories together,” Lembke told the group after a tour of the project. “Their tagline ‘Crossroads of Jewish and Christian history’ is so appropriate.”
He paid tribute to two Catholic priests involved in the project, Fathers Juan Solana and Eamon Kelly.
“These are two of my favorite people in Israel,” Lembke said.
But Lembke also is a favorite. At the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, a waiter hovered around Lembke, bringing him cappuccinos with fancy designs and glasses and glasses or orange juice. The waiter and Lembke have known each other for several years.
Said Bridges: “It was truly remarkable to see how grateful the folks were for Bob’s generosity. He’s clearly made a very positive impression, and I could feel that gratitude extend to all of us Coloradans on the trip.”
Lynn Bartels worked as a journalist for 35 years, including for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. She now does communication consulting; one of her clients is United Water.
In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show and the University of Wyoming for more than three decades, the Red Meat Club of Denver has named Dr. Doug Hixon the 2020 Friend of the National Western. Hixon will be honored at the group’s annual meeting in the National Western Club on January 16, 2020.
“Dr. Hixon exemplifies the character and passion for the red meat industry as well as any honoree in our history,” said Bret Fox, Chairman of the Red Meat Club Committee.
Hixon judged at the NWSS almost every year from 1982 to 2015, evaluating bulls and females of numerous breeds, in addition to feeder cattle, pens and market steers. He also served as superintendent of both the collegiate carload and livestock judging contests.
Hixon retired from the University of Wyoming in 2013 after a 31-year career in Laramie, 13 of which were spent as head of the Department of Animal Science.
“We are thrilled to honor Dr. Hixon for a lifetime of commitment to agriculture and education,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “He is a well-respected leader in his field and has earned that respect through his high-quality work.”
The Stoney Brook Book Club celebrated their 10th anniversary on December 2 with a luncheon at YaYa’s.
The club has read and discussed 100 books – some were very good, occasionally we made a bad choice said Shirley Klotz, one of the members.The club presented a gift to Jan Klatskin who has kept the records and meetings on track for the full decade.
The SBBC was started by three Stoney Brook neighbors who wanted a book club where everyone was within walking distance of each other. Most were not acquainted with each other but are very good friends now. Another objective ten years ago was to keep the interest in reading books alive and well!
BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER
As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letting your fingers do the walking” by pressing keys on a computer. Get out and breathe the fresh air!
In most cities in Colorado, the majority of city general fund revenues come from sales and use taxes. In Greenwood Village, that number exceeds 60 percent of all city revenues. In Centennial, it is 53 percent. In Aurora, it is 55 percent. In Lone Tree, it is 50 percent.
Why does it matter? Local shopkeepers give our cities personality and vitality. Their stories are they run by people you know and are an important source of local jobs. Neighborhood shops also provide competition, unique options, and most importantly, pay for the services that matter most to residents: police, emergency services, streets and maintenance, parks, and public works, in addition to the unique special events put on by cities that allow communities to come together and get to know their neighbors. There are also the mundane aspects of city government that we don’t notice but improve the quality of our lives, like the zoning codes and land use rules that keep our neighborhoods beautiful.
When thinking about where to go out to dinner, save your gas and the environment by choosing a nearby restaurant where you know the staff and will probably run into your neighbors. The sales tax on those dining tabs can help your city, too.
Most people order online sometimes, but this holiday season, and all year long, when you can, keep your shopping dollars and your restaurant dollars close to home where they matter most!
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly Interchange project has been awarded. The project will improve overall access and cut down on commute times by creating direct access to multiple job, retail, and residential centers as well as increased freight mobility serving Denver International Airport. An estimated 75,000 jobs are expected to be in the area by 2040.
In Sept., Crow led a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating for the grant. Crow had visited the site of the proposed I-70/Picadilly Interchange with Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare in February 2019. The visit was part of Crow’s Lead Locally tours where he travels to different cities, towns, and municipalities in the district each month to meet with city managers and mayors.
The project will help ease congestion, provide greater connectivity to a rapidly growing area, and enhance safety by reducing vehicle miles traveled by roughly 9.3 million miles, which equates to 6 fewer crashes per year.
“This is great news for Aurora. As the third largest city in Colorado, we know how critical infrastructure investment is to reducing traffic and bringing jobs to the area,” said Crow. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for our district so our roads, bridges, and highways can keep pace with our economic growth.”development and affordable housing issues.”
The I-70/Picadilly Interchange project is supported by: E-470 Public Highway Authority, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver International Airport, and Colorado Department of Transportation.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER
The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the Colorado mountains, according to Col. Gary H. Tobey, Governmental Relations Advisor for the Colorado Wing of the CAP. He spoke recently at a meeting of the Southeast Metropolitan Law Club at Benedict’s Restaurant.
Tobey, a member of the CAP for many years, described the work of the organization, which is nationwide with branches in every state, including Colorado. The CAP reaches out to young people at even the elementary school level, with an active recruiting program for high school students.
“The organization is a United States Air Force Auxiliary, and was formed 70 years ago,” Tobey said. The group stresses academics, mentoring and service projects. Its high school members generally are good students (B’s or better), strongly believe in community service, are interested in military service, and many high school members would like to pursue aviation careers.
“The organization also stresses a Youth Fitness Program, with a lifelong habit of regular exercise and commitment to remain drug-free”, Tobey said. Total enrollment is about 25,000 nationwide, with 80 percent white members and 20 percent non-white or minority.
“Cost of participation, the first year out-of-pocket expense, averages between $300 and $600 for the year,” Tobey said.
CAP also is a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization that conducts missions for the federal government, as well as for local communities and states.
More information about CAP may be obtained by calling Col. Tobey, whose number is (303) 888-0582. Information about the Southeast Metro Law Club may be obtained by calling David S. Oppenheim, (303) 722-6500.
Park Meadows offers guests something truly special this holiday season with magical 3-D lights, Santa’s twinkling wonderland, and festive décor throughout the center. Guests will have a reason to be merry and bright as they enjoy a culmination of exciting holiday experiences for the entire family at Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
Park Meadows puts its best foot forward by collaborating with local artists and Colorado companies to make the shopping center sparkle and shine with memorable décor that enhances the shopping experience. Incorporating a unique vision with custom décor for each holiday season, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort delivers nothing short of magic.
The almost 1.6 million square foot shopping center offers a surprise for your eyes when visitors put on their fun 3-D glasses and experience the twinkling lights found throughout the shopping center. Lights come to life with holographic glasses that transform the beautiful Christmas lights to Santa, candy canes or snowflakes. Guests can pick up their own 3-D glasses from Santa or select vendors throughout Park Meadows.
Make Park Meadows a holiday tradition no matter the weather. The 3-D enhancement adds to the already festive atmosphere of plush garland, warm fireplaces, and over 1 million twinkling lights in and around the Colorado-inspired architecture. And don’t forget to check out the 6-foot glitter ornaments hanging within the 225-foot ceiling of Center Court, to complement the America the Beautiful mural. A true must see!
“Park Meadows is committed to providing a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is truly memorable and enjoyable while also supporting our Colorado businesses,” says Pam Kelly, Senior General Manager. “We hope to delight our guests this holiday season with our interactive 3-D décor along with many other exciting elements and perks.”
Visitors will also discover an exciting Santa experience in the Dillard’s Court as they walk through 12 foot ‘SANTA’ letters at the entrance to the twinkling winter set. Little ones will experience wonder and delight as they stroll through the giant Christmas tree and take in the sights and sounds of Santa’s winter wonderland with Santa’s sleigh, woodland snowmen, festive reindeer, custom costumes and interactive elements. Good little boys and girls will enjoy holiday cartoons broadcast from Santa’s sleigh and balloon entertainment on select days while waiting in line to share their wishes with St. Nick, making the retail resort the next best thing to actually visiting the North Pole.
And voila…the holidays have arrived!
Add more than 200 amazing stores and 14 full-service restaurants to the holiday mix and you now know why they call Park Meadows, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
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The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
“I’m extremely proud of our lung cancer program,” said Dr. Jenifer Marks, General Thoracic Surgeon at The Medical Center of Aurora. “We are continuously working hard to provide high quality of care and patient safety. This recognition from Joint Commission is a great honor.”
The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for lung cancer. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
The Medical Center of Aurora underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on April 30, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, some of which included how their lung cancer program involves patients in making decisions about managing their disease, developing a plan of care using an interdisciplinary approach that is individualized to the patient’s assessed needs, and support for the patient’s self-management outside of the hospital by engaging family and community support structures into their plan of care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center of Aurora for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for lung cancer patients.”
The Interdisciplinary team at The Medical Center of Aurora worked together to consistently evaluate performance improvement measurements while simultaneously keeping their patients’ as their main focus at all times, and is determined to make a difference in each of their lives.
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
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