August 2004 2005 city budget proposed to be cut five percent All City of Littleton department di- sion in the ﬁrst quarter. Today’s Econo- rectors have been asked to cut their 2005 my: A Colorado Viewpoint declares that budgets by ﬁve percent over 2004 in in 2002, Colorado was ranked 50th in preparation for budget workshops with income growth. The state’s ranking im- the Littleton City Council scheduled for proved to 46th in 2003. August and September. How the ﬁve percent reduction will While some revenue sources are affect city programs, services and staff- slightly higher than 2003, the increased ing remains to be seen. Department di- cost of vehicle fuel, utilities, health insur- rectors will make recommendations ance and employee salaries is expected to the city budget team on how best to to exceed any modest gains in revenue. achieve the reductions. The city council In addition, the city budget will absorb will ultimately determine which reduc- the full effect of the repeal of the grocery tions to approve. tax in 2005 as that former $600,000 an- A citizens pre budget hearing was held nual revenue source is eliminated. June 15. The city council will conduct Market increases for city employees budget work sessions August 24, Sep- were frozen in 2004 to help balance this tember 14 and September 15 (if needed) year’s budget but will be reinstated in at 7 p.m. in the community room. The meetings are open to the public. Follow- The multi-million dollar, multi-year, multi-agency Santa Fe Drive Safety Improvement Project is 2005. nearing completion. The paving of Santa Fe Drive, Church Avenue to C-470 is complete and the Even though Colorado’s economy ing these discussions, ﬁnance department contractor is doing the ﬁnal construction items this month. Over $13 million has been spent to make has rebounded in some sectors, cities staff will prepare the budget for ﬁrst read- this regional highway safer for all users. New paving, wider shoulders, a new ﬂush median, many throughout the state, and particularly in ing at the October 19 city council meet- more street lights and other changes will beneﬁt the tens of thousands of motorists who travel on Arapahoe County are still struggling to ing. Second reading and the public hear- Santa Fe Drive through the city every day. maintain services. For example, Econo- ing are scheduled for November 2. Cop- my.com reports that Colorado is one of only three states remaining in the reces- ies of the 2005 budget should be ready for the public in mid-December. Supreme Court rules in favor of ordinance On June 7, 2004 the Supreme Court ported by all nine justices. The decision Police department offering building tours of the United States issued an opinion is one of several in the ﬁve-year legal which held that Littleton’s Adult Enter- battle with Christal’s. A number of Littleton citizens and or- cost. If approved by voters, the 2.4 mill tainment Ordinance was constitutional. Christal’s is still open and engaging in ganizations have accepted the invitation increase would cost approximately $1.59 The opinion, authored by Justice Breyer, business while the city attorney’s ofﬁce to tour the Littleton Police Department in per month for every $100,000 in prop- held that Littleton’s works to enforce anticipation of the construction of a new erty value. ordinance met the the Littleton adult police administration building. Down- Most citizens recognize that Littleton First Amendment’s entertainment busi- town Littleton merchants took a tour of is a safe community with a low crime requirement that ness ordinance. the existing police facility in June and rate. However, more than 75,000 com- an ordinance li- The essence presentations were made recently to the muters travel through Littleton each day censing adult en- of the dispute be- Littleton Sertoma, Littleton Optimists and tremendous growth to the south and tertainment estab- tween the city and and several homeowner associations. west has had a tremendous impact on lishments assure a Christal’s is that Police Division Commander Robert calls for service. In addition, Littleton prompt judicial re- Christal’s claims it Brandt is organizing the tours and pre- Police don’t have a modern crime lab view of an admin- is not an adult en- sentations in order to show citizens the and the jail was decommissioned in 2002 istrative decision tertainment busi- inadequacies of the current police space. because it doesn’t meet state or federal to deny a license. Insurance Council Andy Nathan, City Attorney ness. In particu- The Littleton City Council will decide standards. Although the Larry Berkowitz and Deputy City Attorney Brad lar, it claims it is in late summer whether to place a ques- The Littleton City Council is eager to Court held that Bailey appear at the steps of the U.S. Supreme not an adult book tion on the November 2 ballot asking cit- hear from citizens about the need for a such licensing or- Court. store. The city’s izens to approve a property tax increase new police building. Information will be dinances must provide for a prompt judi- adult entertainment ordinance prohib- to fund construction of a new building available at each of the city’s Neighbor- cial determination of an applicant’s legal its the operation of adult entertainment adjacent to the Littleton Center. The total hood Expos this summer and fall. If you claim, the Court was satisﬁed that the businesses outside of the Industrial Zone project cost is estimated at $15 million. or your organization are interested in a provisions of Colorado law satisfy the District. Christal’s is currently located on Architects with RNL Design have been tour or a presentation, contact Division requirement of a prompt judicial deter- property in the Business-2 Zone District working throughout the summer ﬁnaliz- Commander Robert Brandt at 303-795- mination. which permits retail businesses. ing the details of schematic design and 3835. The judgment of the Court was sup- PRSRT STD What’s Inside 2255 West Berry Ave. Littleton, CO 80165 U.S. Postage Paid Littleton, CO Carson Nature Center Wins GOCO Grant . . . . . 2 Permit No. 205 Voter Registration Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New Fire Chief Selected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Victim Assistance Board Members Named . . . . . 5 ECRWSS Littleton Calendar Photo Deadline. . . . . . . . . . . 6 Postal Patron Littleton Idols Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Museum Lecture Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 August 2004 • Page 2 Ray Koernig Elected to CML Executive Board Voters to decide fate of FasTracks project Littleton pointed by Governors Lamm and Romer On November 2, voters in the met- successful Littleton southwest light rail Mayor Pro Tem to the State Land Use Commission where ropolitan area will have an opportu- line all the way to C-470. Ray Koernig was he served for 12 years. His broad experi- nity to vote on the FasTracks initiative. For example, in Aurora, FasTracks elected to the Col- ence in local government also includes FasTracks is a comprehensive transit provides critical access for Fitzsimons orado Municipal appointment to the Liquor Authority, Plan- network that provides new transporta- medical complex where 32,000 jobs are League (CML) ning Commission and Municipal Building tion choices and improved accessibil- expected to be created at full build out. Executive Board Authority. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Littleton Independent in 1988 ity throughout the region. The Denver Redevelopment plans for the Aurora at the league’s annual business and Citizen of the Decade in 1990 by the region is expected to add 900,000 new Mall and surrounding Aurora City Cen- meeting. Koernig Littleton Times. residents and 550,000 jobs over the next ter include FasTracks as an essential will serve a two-year term in the medium CML is a nonproﬁt, nonpartisan orga- 20 years. component. The I-225 rail line through size category for cities with populations of nization that represents and serves Colo- FasTracks adds 119 miles of new rail Aurora will connect to DIA, downtown 8,000 to 80,000. rado’s cities and towns. 263 of Colorado’s in nine of the most congested corridors Denver, the Denver Tech Center, and Koernig was ﬁrst elected to the Littleton 270 communities are members of CML and throughout the region. It also includes other locations throughout the region. City Council in 1969 and served until beneﬁt from its informational and advoca- bus rapid transit service along U.S. 36 The cost is $4.7 billion. Voters will 1973. Most recently, he was elected to the cy services. CML represents more than 99 to Boulder, 21,000 additional parking be asked to approve a new RTD sales city council in 2001 and was selected by percent of the municipal population in the spaces, 57 new transit stations, and tax of four cents on every $10 taxable his peers on the city council to serve as state and was founded in 1923. new suburb-to-suburb bus service with sales purchase—this tax will not apply mayor pro tem in 2003. Koernig was ap- timed connections to transit hubs. The to groceries, prescription drugs, gaso- plan includes an extension of the highly line, home heating and electric costs. GOCO awards grant for Carson Nature Center South Platte Park serves as a backyard, To accommodate small work groups outdoor classroom to thousands of ele- of students, the reception desk will be re- mentary students each year teaching them moved and in its place a park orientation about wildlife and ecology in a natural set- space will be added. This space will have ting. The park is an outstanding resource an updated park map, an audio orienta- to the public education system as well as tion message, aerial photos, ﬂood crest to any nature enthusiast living in Littleton. diagrams, park weather conditions, recent All who visit learn and cultivate a better sightings and other South Platte Park ac- understanding of how we can live in har- tivities, and an audio-visual unit that will mony with our wild neighbors. However, play interesting clips from the 1965 ﬂood whatever is good can often be improved and active park wildlife. so South Suburban Parks and Recreation To increase correlation between Carson staff worked diligently to receive a grant Nature Center displays and state curricu- to make renovations at the Carson Nature lum standards, existing taxidermy mounts Center, the key component of South Platte will be placed into diorama-based habitat Park’s educational link. with interpretation of their “ecological South Suburban Parks and Recreation niche.” Animals with similar “niches” will was granted $134,175 from Great Out- be periodically rotated from storage keep- doors Colorado (GOCO) for renovations ing displays dynamic. A garden-habitat ob- at Carson Nature Center. In addition to the servation area will be installed with a se- GOCO funds, additional funds have been ries of modular components with seasonal secured from a variety of sources totaling information and touchable objects. The Improvements to Ketring Lake have been completed as a result of signiﬁcant efforts by the City of $24,700. All of these funds will be used to ﬁsh tanks will also be put into habitat con- Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The lake depth has been improved. New ﬁsh make exciting improvements to the Carson text with photomurals. Interactive displays habitat structures were installed and the lake has recently been stocked with several species of Nature Center in South Platte Park includ- will be established revealing wild stream warm water game ﬁsh. Wildlife is now returning to the area, as many city residents enjoy the peace- ing expansion of the solar classroom build- aquatic invertebrates and their role in the ful and quiet setting afforded by this historic and popular destination. ing, addition of a river education room, food chain. Exploration display drawers updating of the reception area and other renovations that will increase correlation will encourage hands-on interpretation of Denver Water eases watering restrictions river sediment rocks and artifacts. between nature center displays and state Denver’s Board of Water Commission- emption from watering restrictions for new Existing live animal tanks will be curriculum standards. ers voted June 30 to add additional water- seed and sod turf. Previously, this exemp- stacked, freeing counter space for a young- The solar classroom will be expanded ing days to customers’ summer outdoor tion was set to expire June 30. According sters work area with touch-tables, artifact from its current 400 square-feet to 800 drawers, learning-oriented arts and crafts watering schedule. to the rule, new turf sod installations may square-feet allowing staff to efﬁciently ser- and an improved microscope station with The move was possible because Denver be watered daily for up to 21 days, but not vice an entire school bus load of children, more durable materials and a digital moni- Water reservoirs are currently at 84 percent between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. accommodate programs during inclement tor so several children can use it at once. of capacity due to increased precipitation New turf seed applications may be wa- weather and create a facility for teaching Current restoration projects and activities and customers’ conservation efforts. tered daily at any time for up to 28 days. regional workshops with immediate access will be highlighted in a stewardship dis- Single-family residents with odd ad- The rule does not apply to overseeding of to the South Platte River. play with modular components linking dresses, who previously watered only on existing lawns or replacing patches smaller The new river education room will “science to the real world.” Saturdays and Wednesdays, may add Mon- than one zone (the lawn area covered by feature a dynamic stream table that recir- What is good will be getting even bet- days to their watering schedule. Single- the spray of one sprinkler head), which culates water ﬂowing through an erosive ter. Please pardon today’s dust and look family residents with even addresses, who must be watered according to the current material mimicking natural river behavior. forward to new ways to get in touch with watered only on Sundays and Thursdays, restrictions schedule. River education room displays will intro- nature after the renovation is complete in may add Tuesdays to their watering sched- There is still no watering allowed from duce watershed dynamics and the impact spring 2005. ule. All other customers (commercial, gov- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and watering is limited of local aggregate mining. ernment, etc.), who have been watering to an average of 15 minutes per zone. The on Tuesdays and Fridays, have Sundays drought patrol will continue to monitor and added to their watering schedule. issue tickets and ﬁnes to violators, and sur- The board also voted to extend the ex- charges remain in effect. Street rehab will affect motorists for months The city’s public services department struction Company, to rebuild these streets will soon manage the total reconstruction for a 20-year life expectancy. Department of three streets in Littleton which will af- staff will notify all adjacent residents and fect motorists, residents and nearby busi- businesses and work with them to mini- nesses. mize inconveniences. Tule Lake Drive in Bow Mar South, Meanwhile, work continues on the Curtice Street north of Church Avenue, and reconstruction of West Mineral Avenue Nevada Street north of Alamo Avenue are between Santa Fe Drive and Windermere all scheduled to be reconstructed, begin- Street. This $2 million project should be ning in August and extending throughout complete in late summer/early fall. the fall. New curbs, gutters and street pav- The city appreciates the cooperation ing are included and motorists can expect and patience of all those affected by these travel delays and very restricted parking. projects. For additional information, con- The city is employing the services of tact the public services department at 303- two private construction contractors, Ag- 795-3863. Carson Nature Center is located within South Platte Park, Littleton’s 648-acre jewel. gregate Industries and Castle Rock Con- August 2004 • Page 3 Election registration deadline quickly approaching The deadline to register to be eligible to sentee ballots in Arapahoe County. vote in the general election on November The general election will be a polling 2, 2004 is October 4, 2004. After you regis- place election. Polls will be open from 7 ter to vote, a voter information card is sent a.m. until 7 p.m. to you through the mail. Your voter infor- If you need information regarding your mation card contains your precinct number registration status, absentee ballots or in- and the location of your polling place. formation about your polling place, please Early voting will begin October 18 and contact your county clerk. will end October 29. Contact your county Arapahoe County Clerk clerk for early voting locations. 303-795-4511 The last day for registered electors to Douglas County Clerk apply for an absentee ballot from the coun- 303-660-7444 ty clerk is October 26. The Littleton City Jefferson County Clerk Clerk’s Ofﬁce is a drop-off location for ab- 303-271-8111 City seeks proposals for historic Bemis House Background limited primarily to single-family, certain In 1978, the City of Littleton received types of group homes, schools and govern- possession of the former home of Edwin ment uses. Any other proposed use should A. Bemis, the longtime publisher of the be investigated with the city’s planning de- First Job kids did various grounds maintenance projects including cleaning out this planter and Littleton Independent newspaper, and partment. All proposed uses must also be then planting it with perennials. The city hires two groups of 14 and 15 year-olds each summer who an important inﬂuence on the history of included in the Sterne Park Master Plan, get their ﬁrst opportunity to work in the real world. Littleton. The terms of Mr. Bemis’ will and will require the approval of a plan required that the house be used as part amendment by the South Suburban Board of Sterne Park. From 1978 until now, the of Directors and the Littleton City Coun- Museum Expansion to be completed in September house has been occupied by an employee cil. The expansion of the Littleton Histori- element, the rhyolite stone walls. of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The house is listed on the city’s historic cal Museum began in December of 2003 Pinkard Construction is the general The city council is now interested in con- List of Merit, which requires a review by and is scheduled to be completed in early contractor for the project whose cost is sidering other uses for the property. the Historic Preservation Board. September 2004, when the staff will move $8.5 million. in to the new facility. The museum will re- The 1860s and 1890s living history Brief Description of Property Review of Proposals The house is located at 5890 S. Bemis open to the general public in early 2005. farms have remained open to accommo- The city council is interested in review- Street in Littleton. It is a one-and-a-half ing any proposal for this house that will With much of the work done, the proj- date museum visitors, special events, and story frame dwelling consisting of 1,951 maintain its historic character and is an ect is about 75 percent complete. The ex- educational programming. When the new total square feet on a lot of approximately acceptable part of the Sterne Park Master panded facility will feature a new perma- museum building opens it will be an out- 24,000 square feet. A preliminary evalua- Plan. Copies of the historic record of the nent exhibition space; children’s and ﬁne standing facility that the city and its resi- tion of the property has been conducted by property and the architect’s evaluation may arts galleries, and a changing exhibit gal- dents can be very proud of. The museum Intergroup Architects. be obtained by contacting Deputy City lery; a dedicated education wing for school staff feels that the new building will be one The property is zoned R-1, which is Manager Phil Cortese at 303-795-3720. groups; a lecture hall and classrooms for of the premier museums within a several workshops and public programming; and a state area. research library. The Littleton Historical Museum is ac- Andrews and Anderson is the architec- credited by the American Association of tural ﬁrm that designed the new 32,000- Museums and is an afﬁliate member of the square-foot facility with the goal of pre- Smithsonian Institution. serving the building’s primary architectural Bemis House is located at 5890 South Bemis Street in Littleton. Annual HazMat roundup returns in September The City of Littleton will partner with throughout the year. Note that latex paint the City of Englewood for the annual will not be accepted. Household Hazardous Material Roundup. Ofﬁcials from both cities will verify It will be held September 11 and 18 at the residency and will provide information Englewood Service Center, 2800 South about how to recycle certain items on your Platte River Drive. The event helps protect own anytime. The roundup will be from 8 the environment by providing safe dispos- a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be a limit of al of some common hazardous household 10 gallons of household material per ve- Contractors work on the gallery space at the Littleton Historical Museum which is expected to be chemicals. hicle. Also, no commercial waste will be completed in September 2004. Accepted materials include: automotive accepted. There will be a $20 co-payment. batteries, ﬂammable liquids (paint thinner, Should you have further questions about kerosene, gasoline), liquid mercury (ther- this event, call Tim Weaver at 303-795- Littleton Report among three city award winners mometers, barometers, blood pressure 3834. The Littleton Report won an Award of gauges), oil-based paint, and lawn and gar- Thanks to Safety-Kleen Corporation den chemicals. Other materials that will be for their generous support of the 2004 Excellence in the newspaper category in accepted include antifreeze and motor oil; Household Hazardous Material Roundup. the 2003 National Association of Govern- however, these items should be recycled ment Communicators Blue Pencil Compe- tition. Historic Preservation: A Celebra- tion of Littleton’s Past was honored at the annual APEX (Awards for Publication Ex- cellence) competition. And ﬁnally, Centennial Racetrack: Racing with the River is a ﬁnalist in the Government Programming Awards compe- tition in the documentary–proﬁle category. The projects were produced by the city The City of Littleton has won two na- manager’s ofﬁce. Copies of the publica- tional awards for publications and one for tions are available at the Littleton Center. a recently produced documentary. August 2004 • Page 4 Mullin named new Littleton Fire Rescue Chief LFR makes dramatic South Platte River rescue Littleton City Manager Jim Woods an- Plan for The Woodlands and surrounding Even in drought times you never know under the log by the strong current. nounced July 6 that he has hired John Mul- Montgomery County, implementing more when the rivers can be high. With the rains Jim’s friends called 911 and activated lin of The Woodlands Fire Department of extensive training programs, and expand- that we have had in the last few weeks the Littleton Fire Rescue and the water rescue Woodlands, Texas, as Littleton’s new ﬁre ing and improving communication both water levels in some areas are high and team. Jim was quickly rescued off of the chief. Mullin has been the ﬁre chief at within the ﬁre department and the broader dangerous. In June, Littleton Fire Rescue log by one of Littleton’s rescue swimmers. The Woodlands, a master-planned com- community. responded to a person who was caught on a Even though ﬂoating down a river like munity of 75,000 north of Houston, since Chief Mullin attended Mullen High log in the middle of the South Platte River. this is very dangerous and not recom- 1998. The ﬁve-station, School in Denver, has a Apparently, the young man (we will call mended, some people are unable to resist 90-member department bachelor’s degree in ed- him Jim) and some of his friends were tub- the thought of enjoying the cool river on provides ﬁre suppres- ucation from the Univer- ing down the river. Jim became separated a hot day. Here are some safety tips that sion, advanced emer- sity of Northern Colora- from his tube and was free ﬂoating; Jim may keep you out of trouble. Always wear gency medical services, do, and a master’s degree was smart enough to put a life jacket on a Coast Guard approved life vest. Scout prevention programs, from the University of before he entered the water. The problem the river ahead for hazards before you hazardous material re- Phoenix. He is complet- with tubing rivers is that hazards may ex- ﬂoat. Even if you think you know all the sponse, and specialized ing a two-year course in ist down stream that you don’t know about. hazards in the river, conditions can change rescue to The Wood- emergency management Such as the case for Jim, he found himself from day to day. Always walk around ar- lands and has coopera- at Oklahoma State Uni- approaching what is called a strainer. This eas that contain hazards such as strainers, tive agreements with versity in Stillwater. He is an object like a log that protrudes into white water and low overhead dams. Make several communities in has several family mem- the water and can catch and hold people sure that someone knows where you are the surrounding county. bers in the Denver area, and debris. Soon Jim was caught on this and that you will be able to call for help if Mullin was selected including his father, strainer and unable to free himself. Only something does go wrong. after a national search Mike Mullin, formerly the life vest kept him from being pulled and rigorous assessment ﬁre chief for the Martin center process to replace former chief Wil- Marietta Company, a brother Dan, a ﬁre- liam Pessemier, who retired in January, ﬁghter with the South Metro Fire District, 2004. and a brother Tim, a Denver police ofﬁcer. Chief Mullin began his career with the A daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Colin Littleton Fire Department as a ﬁreﬁghter/ Bane are school teachers in Washington, paramedic in 1974, and advanced to the D.C. Chief Mullin and his wife Colleen position of battalion chief before accept- plan to reside in Littleton. ing The Woodlands chief position in 1998. Chief Mullin’s starting date with While at The Woodlands, Chief Mullin is Littleton Fire Rescue, which also provides credited with successfully negotiating the ﬁre and emergency rescue service by con- ﬁrst labor contract between The Woodlands tract to the Littleton Fire Protection District Fire Department and The Woodlands Pro- and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts, fessional Fireﬁghters Association, revising is August 16. and updating an Emergency Operations Captain Jeff Tasker stands on the bank and instructs the stranded rafter with a bull horn. LFR responds to dramatic Southbridge car ﬁre As you may have seen from dramatic ﬁreﬁghters were attempting to extinguish helicopter footage on Channel 9 News July the ﬁre and limit damage to other vehicles, 13, there was a signiﬁcant car ﬁre incident at ﬁre erupted out of the gas tank ﬁller tube, Southbridge Shopping Center. and shortly thereafter the fuel tank failed A shopper parked her car in the parking and a huge ﬁreball came out the rear of the lot, and upon returning to her car and turn- car. ing the ignition key, noticed smoke coming Fireﬁghters used approximately 1,000 from the ignition. She turned the ignition gallons of water and 15 gallons of foam to off, removed the key, but the engine kept extinguish the ﬁre which damaged a total running. She then saw ﬂames coming out of of four vehicles. A total of six units with Littleton Fire Rescue’s Mini Academy was held June 21-24. Children ages 8-12 participated in the ignition. She exited the car and called twelve ﬁreﬁghters responded to the scene to a variety of ﬁre and injury prevention activities including bicycle safety, kitchen/cooking safety, 911 to report the ﬁre. ﬁght the ﬁre and control runoff of gasoline search and rescue, ﬁrst-aid, and a ﬁreﬁghter combat challenge. Engine 15 was dispatched at 5:39 p.m. into the storm drainage system. Damage is and arrived at 5:43 p.m.; ﬁreﬁghters found estimated to be $50,000-60,000. The cause Fire Prevention Week begins on October 2 moderate ﬁre in the passenger compartment, and called dispatch for an additional engine of the ﬁre was determined to be an electrical failure. There were no reported injuries. On Saturday, October 2, Littleton Fire engine, rescue and special team apparatus, due to the proximity to other vehicles. As Rescue will host its annual open house to as well as the Life Safety Trailer. The Na- kick off Fire Prevention Week 2004. The tional Fire Protection Association has cho- open house will be held at Fire Station sen the theme: “Test Your Smoke Alarms.” 12 at Arapahoe and Broadway from 1-4 Contact Tracey Minoggie at 303-795-3701 p.m. Activities include tours of Station 12, for more details. Play Safe! Be Safe! teaches kids ﬁre safety As a part of Arapahoe Community Col- your Face, and Roll if ﬁre ever gets on their lege’s summer “Awesome Ed-Ventures” clothes. Smoke alarms are life savers, and program, Littleton Fire Rescue provided a the children make their own smoke alarms one-week course for pre-school age chil- out of paper plates and then practice mak- dren and their parents. The course is en- ing the sound of an alarm. Students are also titled “Play Safe! Be Safe!,” and the chil- taught not to touch matches and lighters, dren learn about safety through interactive and to tell an adult if they ever ﬁnd match- lessons. es or lighters. While we hope none of them Small children are often afraid of ﬁre- ever have an emergency, we want them to ﬁghters dressed in bunker gear, the protec- be prepared by knowing when and how to tive clothing that ﬁreﬁghters wear for safe- properly call 9-1-1. These skills are taught ty. During class, a ﬁreﬁghter dons bunker with the help of a puppet and the opportu- gear for the children to help them under- nity for every child to practice using a play stand what each piece of equipment is used phone. Each day includes a craft, a song for. Basic ﬁre safety information is taught and a story. The class culminates with a ﬁre Tracey Minoggie, life safety educator, attended the Southglenn Mall Safety Fair June 12 with the throughout the week. The students practice engine tour and the kids making their own Hazard House. Hazard House is a tabletop display of a multi-level home demonstrating the hazards crawling low under pretend smoke and ﬁre engine snacks! associated with each room in a home. It can be reserved for elementary classrooms of up to 50 using the technique of Stop, Drop, Cover children or for community groups. August 2004 • Page 5 Maas re-elected President of MACP for 6th year Littleton Po- quently served 15 years with the Wheat lice Chief Gary Ridge, Colorado Police Department. Maas has been Maas earned his master’s degree in re-elected as public administration from the University president of the of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s de- Metropolitan gree in law enforcement and criminology Association of from Metropolitan State College in Den- Chiefs of Police ver. (MACP) for an Maas is past president of the Colorado unprecedented Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) sixth consecu- and continues to serve on the CACP Ex- tive year. The ecutive Board. The CACP is a statewide MACP represents police agencies in the professional organization of chiefs of po- seven county Denver metropolitan area. lice. The CACP monitors state and federal Maas has been Littleton’s chief of po- legislation that may impact law enforce- lice since 1996. Previously, Maas was chief ment services, develops model policies, of police for the Sioux City, Iowa Police and provides technical assistance to mem- Department. His law enforcement career ber agencies and their communities. He is began in 1971 when he was hired as a po- a past member of the executive committee lice ofﬁcer for the University of Colorado of the International Association of Chiefs at Boulder Police Department. He subse- of Police. Council passes ordinance to assist crime victims In January, 2004 the city council passed • Exterior damage to cars not due to a an ordinance for a surcharge to be levied on trafﬁc accident ﬁnes in municipal court. A portion of the • Towing or impound fees for stolen funds raised by this surcharge go to a victim vehicles compensation fund that will assist victims • Exterior damage to residential property of crime in Littleton. Victims of crime that • Mental health services have sustained personal injury or property • Lost wages as a direct result of a crime damage as a result of a reported crime may be eligible to apply for ﬁnancial assistance There is a ﬁve-member board that will from this fund. accept applications and make decisions on The Victim Compensation Board will compensating victims. Board members are consider applications from victims of crimi- Nancy Feldman, Earl Gunia, Pat Spindler, Littleton Police host Junior Police Academy nal mischief, trespass or other crimes on a case by case basis when damages have not Joseph Kirby and Linda Suttle. Victims of crimes occurring after Janu- For the second straight year, during to use tactical gear from the department’s been covered by insurance. This fund was ary 1, 2004 may be eligible to apply. The the week of June 14-18, the Community SWAT Team, and demonstrate simulated designed to assist victims of property crimes board will accept applications beginning Outreach Unit of the Littleton Police De- tactical scenarios. or other criminal acts where the victim is not August 1, 2004. For information, contact partment sponsored a Junior Police Acad- On the ﬁnal day, the staff welcomed eligible to apply for the State Victim Com- Linda Suttle in the victim assistance pro- emy at Arapahoe Community College. parents and family to a graduation cer- pensation Program. Kinds of damage that gram at 303-795-3703. The academy is part of the Summer Youth emony. The students were presented with may be compensated are: College program. a certiﬁcate of completion, class photo, The weeklong event is designed to fos- and a police department patch. Chief Gary Littleton cops conduct DUI enforcement sweep ter positive relationships between the po- Maas spoke to the class and presented the A contingent of Littleton Police ofﬁcers for any trafﬁc violation such as: illegal lane lice department and middle school age stu- awards. The staff is looking forward to a conducted DUI enforcement July 10. The changes, speeding, running stop signs, and dents. The students participated in defen- new class of “recruits” next year. If you nine additional ofﬁcers patrolling Littleton failing to stop for red lights. sive tactics, evidence collection and pres- would like additional information about were funded through a $26,000 federal As a result of the enforcement, ofﬁcers ervation, and ﬁrearms safety programs. In the program, please contact Ofﬁcer Marty grant titled the Colorado Checkpoint arrested four DUI drivers, one person on addition, the students had the opportunity Keilman at 303-795-3741. Grant, and were assigned to focus strictly a warrant, and issued 32 trafﬁc citations. on trafﬁc violations that could give them One of the DUI drivers was also charged the reasonable grounds to stop and investi- for possession of marijuana. gate drivers for DUI. Ofﬁcers were looking Littleton Optimists honor Littleton police ofﬁcers Each year, area Optimists Clubs take levels were short. Chief Maas honored Of- time to recognize law enforcement profes- ﬁcer Jones’ strong work ethic. sionals who have made outstanding contri- Chief Maas went on to say that De- butions. On May 21, awards were given to tective Brian Makloski has demonstrated ofﬁcers of the Littleton Police Department particular skill in working with juvenile at the Littleton Breakfast Optimist’s meet- cases and “has become a department-wide ing. resource in dealing with juvenile issues.” Police Chief Gary Maas described the Detective Makloski approached his detec- evening Ofﬁcer John Jones tried to break tive supervisors with a plan that would up a bar ﬁght and was assaulted by a per- direct all juvenile cases to him. He also son who fell on top of him, severely injur- works with the 18th Judicial District team ing his shoulder. While he was recuperat- that works with habitual offenders. Detec- ing, he volunteered to ﬁll in working in tive Makloski hopes to make a difference dispatch, where the department’s stafﬁng in the lives of some young offenders. Littleton Police Nab Grafﬁti Suspect Suspect believed responsible for dozens of tagging incidents in Downtown Littleton over the past ﬁve years Littleton Police arrested 18-year-old had been tagging in the Littleton area for Zachary Williamson on multiple counts the past ﬁve years. He was processed and of criminal mischief in the early morning released pending the ﬁling of formal felony hours of June 7. charges. Littleton Police Ofﬁcer Joe Ward con- Due to the large number of taggings tacted three young males near the intersec- in Downtown Littleton, Littleton Police tion of Hill and Powers Street in Down- recently intensiﬁed patrol activities in the town Littleton. Williamson had in his area. Areas that have been tagged include: possession numerous markers and grafﬁti the railroad depression at the Downtown tools, along with two notebooks with illus- Littleton light rail station, vehicles, dump- Former Littleton Fire Protection District (LFPD) Board Members Bob Stansbury (left) and Dick trations of tags that have been found in the sters, private buildings, and utility poles. Eckert were honored as guest citizens at the June 1 council meeting. The two devoted a combined downtown area. Williamson stated that he total of 36 years of service to the LFPD. August 2004 • Page 6 Healthy living becomes a reality! The Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center will open its doors in spring 2005. The facility is located at 2004 West Powers Avenue next to the Littleton Municipal Courthouse. Arapahoe Community College seeks to contact alums The Arapahoe Community College versary celebration. (ACC) Alumni Association is looking for If you or your children (or your par- you! After 37 graduation ceremonies, and ents!) attended ACC, please contact Vicki a transient way of life for many former Edmundson, director of college develop- students, it’s been difﬁcult to keep current ment, with current name, name while at- on many community college graduates, tending ACC, graduation date or years of but ACC is determined to turn that trend attendance, address, phone number and e- around. mail address. Vicki can be reached at vicki. Finding alumni and their current con- email@example.com. Thank you for tact information is particularly important helping Arapahoe Community College ﬁnd as ACC begins planning for its 40th anni- its roots! Sewer and storm drainage bills are due by August 15 As a reminder, sewer and storm drain- If you need additional time to take care age bills will be delinquent if full payment of your 2004 bill please call the ﬁnance de- is not received by August 15. A 25 percent partment to make payment arrangements. surcharge will be imposed for collection The sewer and storm drainage customer services. A second notiﬁcation will be service phone numbers are 303-795-3772 mailed in September indicating any unpaid or 303-795-3903. balance and the 25 percent surcharge. Eight new events highlight Western Welcome Week Littleton citizens invited to neighborhood meetings Eight new events along with the 40 tra- August 18. Look for special retailer spe- Continuing its 12-year tradition of District IV residents are invited to a Cit- ditional events are scheduled for the 76th cials and sales. The ﬁlm begins at dusk, meeting with and listening to citizens at izen Forum September 28 at 7 p.m. in the annual Western Welcome Week (WWW) bring your lawn chairs and sense of ad- venues throughout the city, the Littleton community room at the Littleton Center. venture. City Council has a couple more neighbor- The citizen forum format allows citizens celebration August 12-22. Littleton Chorale—Rodgers and hood meetings scheduled in August and to get more detailed information about city The new events are: September. projects and ask questions directly of city Rockabilly Live Music Night at the Hammerstein and Friends. Enjoy an On August 10, District II residents are council members. Toad Tavern. Friday, August 13 starting at evening of musical entertainment featur- invited to the District II Expo at 5:30 p.m. Residents of District II and District IV 7 p.m., enjoy a night of some of Colorado’s ing songs from the musicals by Lerner at Progress Park. The new expo format fea- will receive invitations through the mail re- best Rockabilly bands featuring Mean Eyed and Lowe. The event will be held at the tures free pizza, exhibits describing city is- minding them of the date. Citizen Forums Cats and Brethren Fast. The $7 cover in- Littleton United Methodist Church at 7:30 sues and programs, and the popular display and Expos for residents of Districts I and cludes a free beverage coupon, Anthony’s p.m. For ticket information contact the of ﬁre trucks, police cars and public works III were held earlier this summer. Pizza and a donation to the Littleton Ad- Littleton Chorale at 303-973-9593. equipment that the kids love to explore. ventist Hospital Neonatal Care Unit. Youth Bagpipe and Celtic Dance Per- Littleton WWW Live Trivia Tourna- formance. After the parade on Saturday, ment. Join other trivia buffs for a tourna- August 21, join the Colorado Youth Pipe ment of Littleton and Western Welcome Band and McTeggert Irish Step Dancers at Week trivia Saturday, August 14 at 2 p.m., Kerreen O’Conner, 2595 W. Alamo from hosted at Pitchers at Breckenridge Grille. 1-3 p.m. Traditional Highland tunes and Entry fee is $10 per person for early reg- dances, free to the public. istration and $12 on the day of the event. Centennial Plaza Pig Roast and Cash prizes for the top three teams. Reg- Luau. This fun-ﬁlled event will be held istration forms can be obtained from the at Centennial Plaza located at 5302 South WWW ofﬁce, 303-794-4870. Pitchers at Federal Circle, Saturday, August 21 from Breckenridge Grille will have food and 5-8 p.m. Music, drink, food, and fam- beverage discounts for players. ily fun featuring acoustic music outside WWW Moonlight Golf. Golf in the and Karaoke inside the Toad Tavern. The moonlight, Saturday, August 14 at Littleton event is a beneﬁt for the Littleton Adven- Golf and Tennis. There are two ways to tist Hospital Neonatal Care Unit. Cost is participate, $30 per player includes green $5 per person; children under 12 eat free. fees, glow golf balls, door prizes and af- Community Musical Concert Perfor- ter-party at the Toad Tavern, check-in be- mance. End the week on Sunday, August gins at 8:15 p.m. The second is $40 per 22, with a variety of secular and sacred Littleton City Council Members (left to right) Jim Taylor, Tom Mulvey, Amy Conklin, Pat Cronen- player which includes pre-game fun with music sung by members of the commu- berger and Rebecca Kast view a scale model of Lakewood’s Bel Mar development on June 8. Coun- a BBQ at 7:30 p.m., and green fees, glow nity and area churches. A lovely setting in cil members have toured a number of mixed use, transit oriented development and new urbanism golf balls, door prizes and after-party at the the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary at projects throughout the Front Range. Toad Tavern. Tee time is a shotgun start at 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., music begins at 3 approximately 9 p.m., with a four-person p.m. and admission is free. Tree Committee seeks special Littleton trees for tour scramble, best ball. For a complete schedule of events The Littleton Tree Committee is working on a Tree Tour of Littleton brochure to Aspen Grove Film Festival Under the and other information visit the Western be printed this fall. You can nominate a tree based upon its size, age, historical sig- Stars. Bring your family and friends and Welcome Week Web site at www.western- niﬁcance or if it is a species rarely found in this area. The trees should be on public enjoy a free outdoor screening of the ro- welcomeweek.com. property or easily viewed from the street. Call 303-795-3766 for a nomination form mantic comedy Notting Hill, Wednesday, by August 30. August 2004 • Page 7 Searching for Sunken Treasure part of Bemis Library Summer Fun Littleton Idols Winners and mines of Colorado at a program October September 4: Woodlawn Shopping Center write—stories, poems, plays, and more. Winners in the ﬁrst Littleton Idols talent 9 at 2 p.m. MacIver is the author of the books September 11: Aspen Grove Shopping Center Teen Fantasy Game Group competition were announced July 15 at a spe- Living with Ghosts, Haunted Inns, Ghosts of September 18: King Soopers at Littleton Bou- Join us the ﬁrst and third Thursdays of cial awards program at the library. An audi- the Mining District, and Ghosts of Bennett levard and Broadway the month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to play fantasy ence of over 400 people voted on the most Avenue. Copies of her books will be available September 25: King Soopers at Mineral and games with other teens. talented singers in three age groups (children, for purchase. Broadway Teen Adivsory Team teen, and adult) at an outdoor presentation July Computer Training Classes Voting Information And Registration The Teen Advisory Team makes sugges- 8. Performers were selected from auditions The following free computer classes will The library is offering all eligible voters tions on programs and services offered to held in June. The Littleton Idols winners are be offered in the computer training lab on the the opportunity to register or update their teens, and meets the fourth Thursday of the Rachel Beninghof in the children’s category, lower level. Call 303-795-3961 to register, or voter registration information online at www. month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sarah Souza in the teen category, and Eddie stop by the reference desk. yourvotematters.org/ala. The online voter reg- Salcido in the adult category. The Littleton Beginning Internet: 9-10 a.m. August 14, istration drive is part of the national Register CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Idols winners will perform on the main stage September 11, and October 9 to Vote @ Your Library program sponsored Discover New Trails! at the Western Welcome Week Festival Day Advanced Internet: 9-10 a.m. August 11, by the American Library Association. Once The Children’s Summer Reading Program August 21 in Bega Park. September 4, and October 13 the online registration process is complete, is winding down, and we still have many priz- Western Melodra- Computer Com- users will need to print out, sign, and mail es to give away. If you have read for at least ma And Banjo Perfor- fort: 9-10 a.m. Au- their registration form. The library recom- six hours, turn in your hours to receive your mance gust 7, September 8, mends that voters registering on the Your Vote prize pack and a free book. Our grand prize Enjoy an old-fash- and October 2. Com- Matters website do so by September 15 in or- drawing will be held August 9, and prizes in- ioned Western melo- puter Comfort is a der to have the registration forms received by clude Colorado Rapids and Rockies tickets, a drama and banjo perfor- new class that fo- the deadline of October 4. To prepare voters gift certiﬁcate to Landry’s Restaurant, book mance August 12 from cuses on basic com- for the upcoming election, the library has a store certiﬁcates, tickets to Pirate’s Cove, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the puter information free brochure listing election websites and more. All those who have turned in their six front lawn of the library. necessary to operate information on ballot proposals, candidates, hours are eligible. Those of you who com- Cheer on the hero, boo a computer. Topics polling locations, sample and absentee bal- plete your six hours after August 9 will still the villain and ﬁnd out covered will include lots, and more. receive the prize pack and a free book through who will win the hand a description of the Receive Bemis News Via Email the end of August. of the sweet Daisy-May. parts of a computer, Get the latest news on the library’s pro- Kids Book Club For Grades 3-5 After the drama, the how a computer grams by subscribing to the library’s email On August 19 at a special time, 5 p.m., the Mile High Banjo Soci- functions, how to notiﬁcation service. You can select one or “chronicles” continue and it may be a “grim” ety will entertain with old-time favorites. use a keyboard and mouse, and the differenc- more categories of program information in- September. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Denver Taiko Drum And Dance Perfor- es between using a computer at home or work cluding children’s, teen, adult, senior, and The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the last hur- mance and a public computer at the library. singles. A link to the email subscription web rah of summer! On September 16 at 6 p.m., Enjoy a high-energy musical performance PC Protection: 7-9 p.m. November 18 page is located on the Bemis.sirsi.net website enjoy Pizza and Pages, a special celebration featuring Denver Taiko August 19 from 6:30 Singles’ Book Lovers Group and on the home page of the library’s public for library card sign-up month. Please call to to 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn. Taiko is a Japa- All singles, 18 and older, are invited to computers. You can also pick up a subscrip- register, 303-795-3961, and to get the book nese style of drumming that also involves rap- come and meet others who love books and tion form at any service desk at the library. list. id dance movements. Denver Taiko, a group discussion! The Singles’ Book Lovers Group Online Homework Help For Students Library Card Sign-up Month of Japanese American drummers, has per- meets the third Saturday of the month from Beginning in August, online tutors will Throughout September, we will celebrate formed throughout the United States and is 9 to 11 a.m. Extra copies of the book selec- be available for homework help through the Library Card Sign-Up Month. Show your recognized as one of the leading taiko groups tions will be available at the checkout desk AskColorado website at www.askcolorado. library card on Mondays and Fridays in the in the country. The performers build their own three weeks in advance of the discussion date. org. Assistance will be provided in math, sci- children’s room and receive space stickers, drums and compose original works. This per- The following titles will be discussed in up- ence, social studies and English. AskColorado tattoos, or bookmarks. Contact the library formance will also include stories about Japa- coming months: August 21, Lovely Bones by is a free online information service provided for further details on additional programs nese culture and history. Denver Taiko won Alice Sebold; September 18, The Screwtape by over 40 Colorado libraries, including Be- and activities that will be held throughout the the 2001 Denver Mayor’s Award for Excel- Letters by C.S. Lewis; October 16, The Da mis. The service allows anyone to use the In- month. lence in the Arts. Vinci Code by Dan Brown. ternet to communicate live with a librarian 24 Ongoing Children’s Programs are not Searching For Sunken Treasure Monday Evening Book Discussion hours a day, seven days a week. AskColorado held during August, but will resume in Sep- Explore the world of sunken ships and lost Group is expanding to include homework help with tember. treasures in a program presented by entrepre- If you enjoy talking about books, join the professional tutors due to the large number of Bouncing Babies neur Joe Pierce September 7 at 7 p.m. Pierce Bemis Evening Book Group, which meets the students who have used the online service in Twenty minutes of bounces, rhymes, has participated in several expeditions con- third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Long the past year. reading, and socializing time for infants (pre- ducted by Odyssey Marine Exploration. He Time No See by Susan Isaacs will be featured Library Receives Community Relations walkers) and a caring adult. On Mondays at will talk about the discovery of several sunken August 16, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Award 9:30 a.m. Please call to register, 303-795- ships, including the SS Republic, which sank Michael Dorris September 20, and Bel Canto The Bemis Public Library was awarded 3961. Begins September 13. off the Georgia coast in 1865 and contained a by Ann Patchett October 18. a Community Relations Award of merit from Story Box treasure worth $120 million, and the H.S.S. English Conversation Sessions the Colorado Association of Libraries for its A 30-minute program for children birth to Sussex, a British warship that sank in 1694 If you are learning to speak English, come library card sign-up campaign, Discover Hid- 36 months and a caring adult to introduce the while carrying a large shipment of gold and to the library Friday mornings from 9-10:30 den Treasures @ Bemis Public Library, in joy of rhythm, rhyme, and reading. On Tues- silver estimated to be worth half a billion dol- a.m. to practice your English in an informal September 2003. Sign-up tables were set up days and Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. lars. Pierce will show ﬁlm clips from a Na- group and learn about American culture. No at local shopping centers, Arapahoe Commu- Space is limited and free tickets are available tional Geographic Society program featuring registration is required and sessions will be- nity College, and the Littleton Center. Local one week in advance. Begins September 7. the expeditions for sunken treasure. He will gin September 10. For additional information, businesses donated gifts for those who signed Preschool Story Time also bring artifacts from the sunken ships. call Phyllis Larison at 303-795-3961. up for a library card and entertainment was Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and ac- Tracking Dinosaurs Around The World English As A Second Language Classes provided at each location. tivities for children three years old through Martin Lockley, an internationally known Learn English at the library! The fall ses- kindergarten Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and expert on dinosaur tracks, will speak and sion of English as a Second Language (ESL) SENIOR PROGRAMS 1:30 p.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Begins show slides at a program September 22 at 7 will begin August 23. Beginning English Senior Book Group September 9. p.m. Lockley, professor at the University of classes will be held from 9-10:30 a.m., Mon- The Senior Book Group meets the ﬁrst Night Tales Colorado, will talk about his work tracking day through Thursday, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday of the month at 2 p.m. On September A 30-minute program for families to share dinosaurs in Europe, Asia and North Ameri- Monday and Tuesday. Intermediate English 13 (changed from September 6 due to Labor stories, games, and crafts Thursday evenings ca. He recently discovered the ﬁrst mammal classes will take place from 10:30 a.m. to Day), we will discuss In Revere, In Those at 7 p.m. No registration necessary. tracks from the dinosaur age in the western noon, Monday through Thursday, and 7-8 p.m. Days by Roland Merullo. Merullo’s powerful September 9—Crazy Tales Puppet Show. United States. He will also bring replicas of Monday and Tuesday. These classes are open novel explores how, in the aftermath of a dev- Little Blue Riding Hood meets a giraffe? dinosaur tracks from the world’s largest fossil to teens age 16 and over and adults who want astating tragedy, a young boy can grow into a September 16—Pizza Tales. Fun stories, footprint collection, located at CU. Lockley to learn English or improve their English. happy, successful man. For more information, games, and snacks—all about pizza! believes that scientists can learn more about There is a registration fee of $20 for adults 21 contact Jan Knauer at 303-795-3961. September 23—Generation Favorites. dinosaurs by studying their tracks. “Foot- and older. This fee covers testing and course Brian Turner as Brian the Bagpiper Favorites that have stood the test of time. prints are made by living animals. Skeletons materials and is due at the ﬁrst class. You may Brian will provide Celtic magic as he September 30—Foods with Moods. Have are dead. You can’t get a direct feel for di- register for the classes at the main ﬂoor refer- shares Scottish and Irish traditional stories, you ever seen faces in your food? nosaur behavior with a skeleton. With tracks ence desk anytime during the year. The ESL along with tunes on his Great Highland bag- Paws To Read you can see herds, migratory patterns and classes are held in conjunction with Littleton pipe. Appearing in full traditional dress, Brian Allows children in grades 1-5 to practice how they moved,” Lockley said. Public Schools and an instructor provided by weaves an authentic experience of highland reading with a doggie pal. Call to register for Banned Books Week Activities the district. For more information, call Phyl- entertainment you won’t want to miss. a 20-minute spot August 21 and September 18 The 23rd year of Banned Books Week will lis Larison at 303-795-3961, or Patsy Jaynes, between 10 a.m. and noon. be celebrated September 25 through October literacy coordinator for Littleton Schools at TEEN PROGRAMS Dial-a-story 4. Stop by and view exhibits on the history 303-347-3448. Teen Summer Reading Program You can listen to a short story any time of of book and movie censorship in the United Explore The Universe @ Bemis Public Cinema Summer is a huge success! More the day by calling 303-795-3960. States and around the world. Read a banned Library! Sign Up For A Library Card! teens signed up, read books, and attended book and enter your name to win a gift cer- The library will celebrate National Li- summer reading programs than ever before! tiﬁcate to Tattered Cover Bookstore. On Sep- brary Card Sign-up Month in September We will continue to hand out prizes until the tember 29 at 10 a.m., attorney Ted Borillo with entertainment and sign-up tables at local end of August, so keep reading if you haven’t will speak on ﬁrst amendment rights, as well shopping centers. Sign up for a library card in made it to the top prize level for your t-shirt. as celebrated cases of ﬁlm and book censor- September and you will receive special gift And ﬁll out tickets for every book read to be ship in the United States. certiﬁcates from local businesses and a gift included in the weekly prize drawings. CALL BEMIS LIBRARY Living With Ghosts: Haunted Inns And from the library. Children can meet Captain Bemis Teen Writers Group Mines of Colorado Universe and his robot! Watch for an Explore The Teen Writers Group meets the second AT 303-795-3961 Hear true ghost stories that will give you the Universe @ Bemis Public Library table at Monday of the month (September 13, Octo- chills! Author and ghost hunter Kathi MacIv- the following locations on Saturdays from 10 ber 11, November 8, and December 13) from FOR MORE INFO er will share her experiences in haunted inns a.m. to 2 p.m.: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Join other teens who love to August 2004 • Page 8 The Littleton Historical Museum presents the Second Thursday Lecture The Unknown Irish Croesus— should one say history, of a new nation and Patterns of extinction and diversiﬁca- of the distant past have implications for the October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Littleton the contribution of Irish Americans. tion from the end cretaceous to the middle world’s biodiversity crisis of the present. Center, 2255 West Berry Avenue. Ryan paints the picture of Tom’s child- eocene: The evidence from plant-insect Dr. Conrad Labandeira is a curator and How many people have heard of him? hood in post-famine Ireland. Like so many associations–November 11, 7 p.m. at the research paleobiologist for the Smithso- The red-haired Irishman who came to the others, Tom seizes the opportunity to shape Littleton Center, 2255 West Berry Av- nian Institution’s National Museum of U.S. penniless in 1869 at the age of 19 and his own life and takes the immigrant ship. enue. Natural History. His research focuses on was, by the end of that century, one of the HOPE introduces the reader to the elegance Much of modern ecological research insect paleobiology, especially the his- richest men in the world? The man who and turbulence of Leadville and Ouray in focuses on the relationships between plants torical relationship between plants and in- owned the great Camp Bird gold mine in the late 1870s; moves to the sophistication and insects. Al- sects. His work has Colorado, who was the friend of succes- of Denver, then to Littleton’s own connec- though these are the taken him across the sive U.S. presidents, whose daughter was tion, the purchase of the Wolhurst Estate at earth’s two domi- country and around the last private owner of the most infamous Santa Fe and County Line; before the fam- nant organisms, the world, includ- jewel in existence. ily builds their home (now the Indonesian very little is known ing Illinois, Kansas, His name was Embassy) on Massachusetts Avenue in about their histori- Nebraska, North Thomas Fran- Washington. Evalyn is one of the book’s most salient cal record and how Dakota, Colorado, cis Walsh and he came from a small characters. She marries Ned Mc Lean, heir they have responded Quebec, South Af- tenant farm near to the Washington Post, giving Ryan the to environmental rica, and Argentina. Clonmel, County opportunity to depict American high soci- changes, both sud- Recent projects Tipperary. His ety of the time, in Washington, Newport, den and gradual, include collabora- story and that of and on their travels. Evalyn buys the Hope during the past 70 tion with colleagues Dr. Conrad Labandeira his daughter Eva- Diamond from Cartier in Paris. The trag- million years. Us- from South Africa, lyn has now been edies that then attend her life have been at- ing the exceptional fossilized deposits of the Netherlands, and the United States, to Mary Ryan plants and insects located in the western investigate the pattern of plant-insect as- novelized by best- tributed to the curse of that most infamous selling Irish writer Mary Ryan. The book is of gems. interior of North America (including the sociations for a 45-million-year interval in called HOPE. This jewel is now on display at the Na- Denver Basin), Conrad Labandeira, a pa- South Africa. Included in these studies is Using extensive research, including tional Museum of Natural History at the leobiologist from the Smithsonian Institu- the effect of major extinction and global family information (the author’s grand- Smithsonian Institution. tion’s National Museum of Natural His- environmental change on these associa- mother was a niece of Tom Walsh) Ryan The lecture is free and open to the pub- tory, will illustrate the dramatic changes in tions. Conrad earned a triple bachelor’s de- brings to life this extraordinary story, or lic. pre-historic life caused by climatic shifts. gree in biology, geology, and anthropology The association between climate and the from California State University in 1980, THAC season ticket deadline quickly approaching evolution of plants and the insects that holds a master’s degree from the Univer- feed on them had a profound impact on sity of Wisconsin, and a doctorate from the With a September 1 deadline loom- nights only. ing, time to purchase season tickets for the The three season packages that Town determining which species would ﬂourish University of Chicago. 2004-2005 season at Littleton’s Town Hall Hall is offering – Platinum, Gold and Sil- and which would become extinct. Patterns The lecture is free and open to the pub- Arts Center grows short. Sales are already ver Memberships – have new ﬂexibility observed in changes to plants and insects lic. proceeding at a clip to set records. After this year. Choose the Platinum package, during the cretaceous and eocene periods September 1, individual show tickets will go on sale for the season beginning in Sep- for example, and The Music Man is free. “There’s pretty much a package that will Littleton 8 programming suspended tember. That’s when Town Hall will be- please everyone,” Bil Rodgers, executive Many cable television producer. When the position became vacant gin presenting the “Jewels of Broadway” director of Town Hall said. “There are a subscribers have noticed in early summer, it was decided to keep the which is comprised of The Fantasticks variety of bonuses that vary from pack- that most programming position open until a full understanding (Sept. 17-Oct. 24); Annie (Nov. 12-Dec. age to package, but the number one bonus on Littleton 8, the city’s of the city’s budget picture became more 19); Kiss Me, Kate (Jan. 14-Feb.13, 2005), is that priority seating is guaranteed. And, government access cable clear. In preparation of the 2005 budget, Forever Plaid (March 3-April 10), and The as a season ticket holder, a patron gets to television channel has department directors have been asked to re- Music Man (April 22-May 29). exchange any of their tickets for other per- been suspended. Littleton duce their budgets ﬁve percent from 2004. In addition, the theatre is offering three formances with 24-hours notice.” 8 featured “live” and replay coverage of When and if the position will be ﬁlled is “Your Choice” concerts weekends. A preview of some of the songs in the city council and planning commission unknown. The ﬁrst weekend (September 9,10, 11 musicals offered this year will be seen and meetings, the monthly Littleton! Show, The city has contracted with an indi- and 12) features two jazz vocalists well heard in free 15-minute performances in and the 24-hour a day video text bulletin vidual to continue “live” coverage of city known in the area – Nina Storey and Hazel Town Hall’s theatre, 2450 W. Main Street, board that contained current weather in- council meetings on the ﬁrst and third Miller. The second weekend (October 28, during the Western Welcome Week Parade formation, job vacancies, street closures, Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. However, 29, 30 and 31) features Dakota Blonde per- Day. Performances will begin every 30 library and museum programs and other there will be no replay of the meeting and forming folk, bluegrass, and country, and minutes following the parade until 3:30 news of interest. Additionally, Littleton 8 clips from the meeting will no longer be Chuck Pyle, the Zen cowboy. The third p.m. included coverage of special events such available on the city’s website, www.little- weekend (February 17,18,19 and 20) will For information about season tickets as the Western Welcome Week parade, and tongov.org. host Pink Champagne and 17th Avenue All or the free previews, call the box ofﬁce at renowned speakers at the library. For further information, contact the city Stars. Each artist or act will appear for two 303-794-2787. Littleton 8 was run by a full-time video manager’s ofﬁce at 303-795-3720. Littleton City Council Amy Conklin Pat Cronenberger Rebecca Kast Ray Koernig Tom Mulvey John Ostermiller Jim Taylor 303-795-5925 303-798-4708 303-730-2639 Mayor Pro Tem 303-730-7369 Mayor 303-795-6161 At Large District II District IV 303-798-0464 At Large 303-798-9665 District I District III At Large City Council Accommodations Littleton Report credits The public is invited to attend all regular meetings or study sessions of the Littleton City The Littleton Report is published bi-monthly by the city manager’s ofﬁce, Council or any city board, commission or public program. 2255 West Berry Avenue, Littleton, CO 80165, and sent to all postal patrons. Please call 303-795-3857 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or program if you will need special assistance or any reasonable accommodation in order to be in attendance at Jim Woods Kelli Narde Cecile Bugh or participate in any such meeting or program. 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