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Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky (center) dropped in on the Tax Help Colorado preparationsessions held last Thursday at DeVry University, pausing to talk with tax site leader Sarah Hubbard, and DeVry accounting professor and Campus Director Lynn Ward.
By Jan Wondra
As citizens begin to prepare federal and state tax returns, income-qualifying residents have a convenient Greenwood Village location in the south metro Denver area to get free tax preparation services.
Tax Help Colorado is offered by The Piton Foundation to Colorado residents who make less than $50,000 per year. The free preparation service will be held weekly until Feb. 28 in Greenwood Village, the only site in the south metro area. The location, DeVry University, is at 6312 S. Fiddler Green Circle, Suite 150E, where free tax preparation is held on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m. All work is provided by volunteers from the DeVry University accounting classes and their university graduates, while university computer support provides secure, advanced technical support.
Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky visited the Piton Foundation’s DeVry University tax preparation location to see the volunteers in action helping numerous individuals.
“The city is grateful that the Piton Foundation offers this important service in our city,” he said. “I believe the volunteers should be applauded for their service to others. Greenwood Village is not only a wonderful residential community, it also hosts a business community where tens of thousands of people come to work every day. Tax Help Colorado can help people toward a more secure economic future.”
Running for the past several years, through a partnership with Colorado community colleges, Tax Help Colorado hosts 27 free tax sites across the state this tax season and is promoted by United Way. Most sites opened on Jan. 26 and will operate through the close of tax season. The effort is part of a two-pronged effort to raise families from poverty toward economic security. According to census figures, about 30 percent of Colorado families are eligible for the program.
Those interested in the Tax Help Colorado free service can call 211 to register. For more information about the program and what information to bring to the preparation session, residents can go to www.piton.org/eitc
The Piton Foundation also conducts a statewide public awareness campaign to inform Colorado residents about their potential eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC, one of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty programs, and other work tax incentives promote employment while providing valuable refunds to low- to moderate-wage earners who often struggle to meet their family’s most basic needs. In 2012, the 325,000 Colorado taxpayers who claimed the EITC received an average of $2,000 per household, a $660 million state-wide.
Michael Ernstsen, Joanne Ernstsen and Jane Brennan
Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, a leader in the sale and purchase of luxury residences throughout Colorado, has announced the formation of the Ernstsen Brennan Team of brokers. The new team is comprised of some of the metro area’s most outstanding residential real estate brokers, Joanne Ernstsen, Michael Ernstsen and Jane Brennan, who will have the opportunity to combine their local real estate expertise, extensive industry resources, and high tech marketing research tools to offer their clients tangible results with exceptional personal service.
“In today’s world of smart phones, online access and tech-oriented clients, there is really no excuse for a broker to be unavailable,” Joanne said. “Our team combines three very experienced brokers who each have a special passion for this industry and helping people. We have the same values about real estate and servicing the client, which enables us to help each other and provide our clients with the 24/7, personal service they deserve.”
Setting the bar for service excellence in luxury real estate, Joanne is a founder of Fuller Towne & Country Properties, which quickly achieved success and was sold in 2008 to become Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. Joanne wanted to get back to the one aspect of the business she loves most…selling. As former president of the Denver Board of REALTORS, Joanne’s contacts in the industry are legendary.
Her son, Michael a third generation real estate broker, learned at an early age about the commitment and devotion required to ensure the real estate process is smooth and enjoyable for the client.
“For me, it’s more than selling homes,” said Michael, “It’s striving to exceed expectations and making dreams come true. It’s about people, their families, hopes and dreams. I believe in relationships based on trust, knowledge and expertise and it shows in all that I do for my clients.”
Complimentary to the Ernstsen’s core business values is Jane Brennan’s work ethic, which is equally remarkable. Jane began her career in the 90’s and is an expert broker focused on Denver’s finer neighborhoods and communities. Her experience and familiarity with market nuances quickly enables her to use FSIR’s extraordinary marketing and research tools to help clients narrow their choices and make informed decisions.
“It’s always exciting for us when our brokers unite to form an unstoppable team. We are confident the Ernstsen Brennan dynamic will not only generate a higher standard and provide unparalleled service to our clients, but will contribute to the greater success of our firm,” says Scott Webber, President Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.
The EB Team of Joanne, Michael, and Jane, bring professionalism, integrity, and expert knowledge to today’s sophisticated real estate client.
The Leadership Program of the Rockies will present the second annual Legacy Award to The Honorable Bill Armstrong at LPR’s Annual Retreat Dinner on Feb. 22 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
The Legacy Award is a Lifetime Achievement Award given in recognition of a distinguished individual who makes profound and long-term contributions to the Leadership Program of the Rockies. The individual leads an exemplary life by living the conservative ideals espoused by the program.
“Under Sen. Armstrong’s insightful guidance, the Leadership Program of the Rockies continues to flourish and create leaders in Colorado and beyond,” said LPR President Shari Williams. “Sen. Armstrong’s spirit of entrepreneurship and principled leadership sets a shining example for our alumni, who influence decisions at every level of government.”
Armstrong’s successes span both business and politics. He served six years in the House of Representatives and 12 as a U.S. Senator. Armstrong started or purchased four mortgage banking firms and was formerly chairman of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, which grew 4,000 percent under his guidance. Previous positions include being the director of six public companies, chairman/owner/operator of 13 private companies and serving on the board of Campus Crusade for Christ for 17 years. Currently, Armstrong is the President of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, the chairman of software developer Blueberry Systems and director of oil and gas drilling contractor Helmerich & Payne.
LPR’s 2012 Legacy Award recipient was LPR founder Terry Considine, chair of the Bradley Foundation and CEO of AIMCO, one of the largest apartment associations. The Legacy Award is presented to a single recipient each year at the LPR Retreat.
Leadership Program of the Rockies is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization designed to identify, recruit and train Colorado’s future leaders. The purpose of LPR is to discuss the principles of our founding fathers and encourage a discussion of public policy issues. LPR’s Annual Retreat is the conservative event of the year in Colorado, bringing over 700 people together. For more information about the LPR Annual Retreat, please visit www.leadershipprogram.org.
On Nov. 8 at 11:32 a.m. an Arapahoe County Sherriff’s deputy called in a fire on 6800 block of South Gaylord Street at The Streets at SouthGlenn.– Photos by Tom Barry
H&M to open at same site
By Tom Barry –
On Nov. 8 at 11:32 a.m., an Arapahoe County Sherriff’s deputy called in a fire on the 6800 block of South Gaylord Street at The Streets at Southglenn. A fire was started when a welder atop the roof caused embers to fall igniting Styrofoam insulation.
Forty firefighters from Littleton and South Metro responded with 14 vehicles. The fire was under control 45 minutes later.
This vacant structure was being demolished to make room for a new H&M retail store. There were no injuries reported. Littleton Fire Rescue is conducting a routine investigation relating to the cause for insurance purposes.
At the adjacent Whole Foods, which shares a common wall on the west side, 80 shoppers and 40 staff were evacuated due to the fire. The store reopened at 5:30 p.m. that afternoon.
There was some water on the storage room floor of Whole Foods that was cleaned before reopening. A common delivery hallway that serves adjacent retailers received smoke damage.
Fortunately for shoppers in the area and retailers alike, Tom Finney, an alert Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy, was down the block and noticed smoke and called in the fire.
Finney had responded an hour earlier on a traffic accident also on South Gaylord, less than 100 yards from the structure fire.
He quickly ran to adjacent stores and alerted everyone they needed to evacuate immediately as there was a nearby fire. While running down the block, Finney was on his radio updating dispatchers on the fire’s status.
An off-duty deputy working nearby came over to assist clearing out Whole Foods. Another deputy was across the street getting a soda and quickly responded.
As Littleton’s fire department was responding to the first alarm, a second alarm was issued for additional firefighters and equipment. The black smoke was billowing out the structure located in the city of Centennial, which is in the Littleton Fire Protection District.
“The Parmida Home store had minor smoke damage that was contained in the storage room which was adjacent the fire,” said Kevin Adib, director of sales.
Alberta Development Partners operates the Streets at SouthGlenn. They did not respond to calls pertaining to H&M or the fire.
Cherry Hills Village central location snags top U.S. Suburb designation. Photo courtesy of Tom White
By Jan Wondra
A survey announced Sept. 25 by The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, has named Cherry Hills Village as the No. 1 suburb in America to live. The survey, released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, reveals its top 10 suburban picks for best places to live in America. It beat out such leafy enclaves as Clyde Hill, Wash., (near Bellevue, Wash., home of Eddie Bauer and Expedia), Wolf Trap, Va., (commuter area to Washington, D.C.), Englewood Cliffs, N.J., (only nine miles from Manhattan’s George Washington bridge) and Indian Hills, Ky.
In placing Cherry Hills Village at the top of the list, Coldwell Banker used information from Onboard Informatics, a provider of real-estate data. Cherry Hills scored a perfect 1,000 grade. Its top attributes include access to amenities such as grocery stores and banks, its proximity to good schools, ease of commuting by car and community safety.
Mayor Doug Tisdale said, “I am pleased and honored that our unique community has been recognized as the No. 1 best suburb of the United States in which to live. Credit for this great accolade goes to our visionary elected and appointed officials, our dedicated and hard-working staff, our caring and concerned citizens, and to our neighboring communities that provide many of the amenities that gave us a perfect score of 1,000.”
Cherry Hills Village, where the median sales price of homes is $1.04 million and home ownership is nearly 100 percent, is in good company on the top 10 list. Average home prices on the list ranged from more than $1 million for a Cherry Hills Village abode, to $725,000 for Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and a modest $75,024 in East Grand Rapids, Mich.
“Cherry Hill Village is centrally located. It’s about a 20-minute commute to the downtown area and a 10-minute commute to the Tech Center and Cherry Creek,” Debbie Tilton, broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, said. “Many commuters are even able to avoid using the highway to get to work and several nearby light rail stations make for easy use of public transportation.”
Tisdale said, “This is not a story about living in a beautiful house. Many communities around the country enjoy large beautiful homes. This is a story about having a sense of place, about living in a community that enjoys the benefits of being a part of a great region, about having a remarkable vision of a fulfilling life in a place blessed with natural beauty.
“The Denver Post always used to say, ‘’Tis a privilege to live in Colorado.’ We here in Cherry Hills believe that the greatest privilege is to live in our Village.”
For the full suburban top 10 list, visit http://fyre.it/1rPC.
Although Centennial Airport was once in the middle of nowhere, it is now in the middle of the south metro area and is the frequent subject of neighbors’ noise complaints. The airport is about to install a new $1.5 million noise monitoring system designed to pinpoint the problem areas and mitigate the problem wherever possible.
If a plane flies over a neighborhood near Centennial Airport and the neighbors don’t complain, does it make a sound?
“Obviously, that’s very subjective and people aren’t home all the time.” said Michael Fronapfel, the airport’s deputy director of planning and development. “Right now, we have no way of measuring the noise effect on the community other than getting it through people in the community that are concerned and calling in noise complaints.”
Those grievances can often rival the volume of airport noise itself, if the 45-year history of Centennial Airport has been any indication.
Founded in 1967 in what was then a rural area of Arapahoe County, the facility has since become surrounded by suburban housing, commercial developments and the sprawling city that now bears the airport’s name.
The confluence of airport noise and residential homes has sometimes made for uneasy neighbors, prompting frequent protests and the formation of a group called the Centennial Airport Citizen Noise Roundtable.
Now, 13 years after the airport began a series of studies on the subject, the facility is preparing to install state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to figure out the ongoing noise issue once and for all. The equipment is being funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The network of 12 microphone-equipped monitors will be scattered around the airport in both Arapahoe and Douglas counties, including the cities of Centennial, Greenwood Village, Aurora and Parker. Sound collected will be measured against radar tracking data provided by the FAA.
“We’ll be able to get a hard measurement on the noise impact on the community,” Fronapfel said.
The monitors – essentially microphones on the top of 20-foot poles – will record noise 24 hours a day and send the information to an airport computer system.
After the sound data is studied in the context of flight patterns, Fronapfel says the airport will take action to mitigate consistent problems where possible.
“I want to be careful not to oversell it too much because there are certain areas where we’re not going to be able to do much because of their proximity to the end of the runway. But on the margins, there are certain procedures that we can voluntarily implement. The system will be a useful tool,” he said.
The airport already has a voluntary noise-abatement program and so-called “fly quiet” procedures designed to reduce noise, though pilots cannot always follow those guidelines due to legally mandated altitudes for certain departures.
Plans are for the new monitoring system to be in place by the end of the year with preliminary data collection taking place almost immediately.
“We want to have about a year’s worth of historical data in place by 2014,” Fronapfel said. “We’re really excited about it. I think it’s going to be really useful to figure out where the noise impacts are and have some procedures in place to affect positive changes in the community.”
The Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Charges game is always a must watch, so why not watch it while enjoying food from more than 40 restaurants in the DTC? You can do so at the 12th annual Taste of Greenwood Village set for Monday, Oct. 15, at the Double Tree Hotel, 7801 E. Orchard Road. This year, the Taste’s theme is Monday Night Football with the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. (kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.) and concluding at the end of the game.
Choose from two great options of tickets this year, which include the Ultimate VIP Skybox Experience and the Box Suite:
Ultimate VIP Skybox Experience
Revel in an amazing football feast prepared by Chef Paul Nagan of the Double Tree Hotel
Large screen TV’s throughout the VIP area
The best culinary offerings paired with exclusive wine offerings for the ultimate football feast
Access to general admission event to enjoy tastings from all participating restaurants and wine pairings
Cigar bar and libation pool party
Valet parking provided
Tickets: $75 each or two for $100 for advance purchase, while they last
Game suite catered by more than 40 of the best restaurants in south metro Denver and thoughtfully paired with wine selections
Exceptional wines and spirits provided by Republic National Distributing Company
Entertainment and games throughout the evening
Tickets: $35 each or two for $50 advance purchase – $45 at the door
Large screen TVs throughout to insure you’ll see every play
This year’s Taste is sponsored by Stevinson Automotive, Commerce Bank, Republic National Distribution Company, The Doubletree Hotel and Restaurant Depot.
For more details and tickets, visit www.gvchamber.com, call 303-220-9922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Must be 21 or older to attend.
By Gary Massaro
The smoke didn’t smell as bad as cheap perfume, not as good as a cheap cigar.
But it was so thick that the only way you could see your shoes was to hold your flashlight 6 inches above.
So you couldn’t see. But you could hear – people breathing – not normal gulps, but like a machine was pumping air into their lungs, firefighters talking, mainly about where to search but also about how much air was left in their tanks.
Firefighter Mike Blackburn breathes clean air after a training exercise designed to reinforce good use of air in the tank on his back.
And that was the purpose of the training exercise last week – “air management,” South Metro Fire Recue Autohority officials billed it.
Since South Metro merged with Parker last year, some firefighters have been equipped with a new – for them – air gauge inside their masks. The old way was to check a gauge dangling from a clasp, usually on the right shoulder.
By checking through the mask at a lighted display, firefighters can save time because they’re looking straight ahead instead of glancing down at the shoulder gauge.
The exercise was also a way to reinforce that firefighters should be out of the building by the time an alarm starts to vibrate their facemask.
In the past, firefighters would stay until the last second, maybe longer, taking their masks off just outside or just before they got outside a building.
“After a fire is out, products of combustion – carbon monoxide, cyanide – still hang out,” said Lt. Heidi Simon, a training officer. “We want our firefighters to come out with air in their tanks, we want them to still have a reserve.”
It’s not just because of lingering killer fumes. If firefighters find their way out blocked and are forced to find another exit, they must have enough air in their tanks to make it out safely on the alternate route.
“We’re trying to teach them to come out before anything goes wrong,” said Andy Lyon, South Metro Fire Authority spokesman.
In a few months, all the district’s 300 firefighters will go through the training.
This particular exercise was done at a vacant motel – now for sale – off South Quebec Street and East Belleview in Greenwood Village.
The smoke was real, but from a machine, not a fire.
There was another substitute. In real search efforts, firefighters carry in “irons” – an ax and a fancy pry bar called a Halligan – that they’ll sweep to search for obstacles and victims and pound the floor to check for weak spots. For the training exercise, they used orange wooden dowels, about twice the thickness of a broom handle so as not to damage anything inside.
When visibility is really bad, firefighters get on their hands and knees to work their way through. They hold onto a guide rope to get to a certain spot, and then tie on tether ropes, their only means sometimes of finding their way back to the main escape route.
Firefighter practice tying knots in ropes while wearing gloves so they can do the same thing on the job. They practice breathing techniques to conserve their air.
Still, some breathe more than others.
On one crew, a firefighter told his team leader that his air monitor was registering amber – a warning. So the leader told the firefighter to stand along the main rope and narrow his search so he could conserve oxygen.
On another, the team leader was the first to show amber on her gauge. But that was because she was doing a lot of talking, telling her crew where to move, where to search.
The exercise was part reminder, part reinforcement, part prove it exercise.
Some firefighters had to remind themselves to check the face mask gauges and not look down at their shoulder gauges, watching the full charge of three green lights go to two, then one, then amber.
One was outside a few seconds when his face vibrator went off, partly because he didn’t turn off his air tank, partly because he had cut it that close.
Some firefighters didn’t think they’d have enough time inside to properly do their jobs because they would be leaving with too much air in their tanks.
“I learned we can do a lot more than I thought in a half-hour,” said Pam Krotz, a firefighter 13 years with South Metro.
Lt. Brian Netzel became a believer after the exercise.
“I made it further than I thought before I hit a half a tank,” said Netzel and his crew searched every room on the second floor and found two “bodies” – dummies of guests reported missing in the training scenario.
“I’ve changed my attitude on the new policy,” Netzel said. “I was afraid before that we wouldn’t have enough time.”
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