Happy New Year! January 2017
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Happy New Year

Southeast Denver!


Get fit in 2017: Are you thinking about your New Year’s resolution? Join our SE Denver Run-Walk Club, The High Line Canal Trail Blazers, to train for a healthier you or prepare for one of the events offered during the 2017 Colfax Races weekend (5k, Marathon Relay, 10-Miler, 1/2 Marathon & Marathon).
  • Club is open to all ages and abilities. Parks and Recreation coaches will personalize training schedules to meet your needs and goals.
  • We will meet Sundays @ 9 am, beginning Jan. 8, 2017, on the High Line Canal behind Eisenhower Rec Center. Can’t make the first session? Attend any Sunday between Jan-May. Colfax races are May 20-21, 2017.
  • Contact Liz.Zukowski@denvergov.org to join the club. Let’s get fit!

Your Vision for Southeast Denver:  Last fall, we heard from nearly 2000 residents about what you’d like to see in southeast Denver. We love our neighborhoods and parks, but want our community to be more walkable, with local restaurants and retail, and some places to hang out (like a “main street”). Moving forward, many of you joined working groups to advocate for and work on challenges and projects in SE Denver. Join a working group to help us make your vision a reality:
  • Mobility & Streetscaping
  • Restaurants & Retail
  • Arts & Culture
  • Parks, Trails & Golf
  • 2017 Pop-Up event
Learn more at our next meeting, Jan. 26, 6-7 pm at the Ross U-Hills Library.
2017 Senior Series: After a very successful Senior Series 2016, we are continuing the program in 2017. Our first Senior Series in the new year focuses on health and will be on Friday, Jan. 27 from 10 am-noon at the Eisenhower Rec. Center (same location, different day and time). Join us! 
• 1/27 Staying Healthy in 2017!
• 2/24 Why Get a Smart Phone?
• 4/28 Transportation Options & Driving Safety
• 6/14 Arts in the Afternoon (1-3 pm - Lone Tree Arts Center, bus provided)
• 8/25 Financial Planning for Retirees
• 10/27 Healthy Aging and Medicare Workshop
• 12/8 Holiday breakfast and Frauds and Scams

Good Neighbor: Be a good neighbor in 2017 and make your neighborhood safe by looking out for each other: Get to know your neighbors, help with snow shoveling, be a friend and lend a hand. Become a block liaison and work directly with our Police to create a Neighborhood Watch program. Block Liaisons are invited to a meet-and-greet with Police Chief Robert White on Feb. 22, 2017. Contact liz.zukowski@denvergov.org to sign up.
             The long-awaited DMV is now open at 2223 S. Monaco Blvd. Services provided include vehicle titles, registration renewals and VIN inspection. Residents can continue to renew their vehicle registration online at www.pocketgov.com or www.denvergov.org/dmv, as it is still the quickest way to handle that simple transaction.  Note: New driver’s licenses and renewals will NOT be available at this location. The closest location for a driver’s licenses or renewals is 1865 W Mississippi Ave, Denver or online at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/renewals.

(Photo- Special thanks to former Councilmembers Peggy Lehmann and Jeanne Faatz for advocating for the new DMV branch)
           We hear from many constituents with traffic concerns and suggestions. It is important that residents understand what my staff and I can and can’t do.
  • As your elected representative, I can be your liaison to our traffic engineers in Denver’s Department of Public Works.
  • I can alert our traffic engineers to your concerns and advocate for improvements.
  • I can arrange for meetings with residents and traffic engineers.
  • I can request traffic studies.
  • I can request police patrols and speed trailers in problem areas. Trailers measure the volume and speed of cars. They help slow down cars and give valuable information about whether signage or other traffic calming measures are necessary.
Please know that our professional traffic engineers follow industry standards and conduct studies to collect and analyze data before they make recommendations. They consider traffic volume, incident reports and other factors to determine if additional signage, traffic lights or alternative solutions are necessary. Complex studies can take a year or more.
To request traffic help or report issues, contact 3-1-1, use PocketGov, call DPD’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 or contact us. 
                                                                                     (Contrary to what this sign says, a Council
member does not "study" a problem or design safety
improvements. Rather, our professional traffic engineers
perform studies, analyze data and recommend solutions.)
National Western Stock Show has positions available in January:
  • Guest relations
  • Parking services
  • Building & grounds (including equipment operators)
  • Ticketing
  • Tack haulers & feed delivery
Please apply at the National Western Employment Office located at 4659 Franklin Street, Denver, CO 80216 or online at http://www.nationalwestern.com/about/join-our-team/
     Join us on Friday, 1/27 from 10 am - 12 pm at Eisenhower Rec Center (4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.) for a workshop on staying healthy in 2017.
           Denver’s Commission on Aging has compiled a guide with helpful resources for transportation options, consumer fraud and theft, healthcare benefits, financial assistance and more. Visit the online resource guide here or stop by our office to pick up a copy (3540 S. Poplar St. Suite 100).


            Preview the spring schedule by attending the free presentations by Academy of Life Long Learning on Wed. Jan. 18, 10 am- 2 pm at 6500 E. Girard Ave (CBC). Snacks and drinks are provided. No RSVP is necessary. Visit acadmyll.org or call 303-770-0786 to learn more.

             The scam begins with a phone call from a grandchild -- or so the caller says -- and a desperate plea for money.  The “Grandparent Scam” occasionally resurfaces in our community and targets the senior population who are more likely to be home and answer the phone. If you receive a similar phone call, ask a question only your grandchild would know. If you suspect you've been scammed or exploited, call the D.A’.s Fraud Hot Line to report it: 720-913-9179. 
AMIRA- 4101 E Evans Ave
            Coming in hot on 5280’s recommended list, Amira Grill specializes in Lebanese and Syrian cuisine with menu items including shawarma, gyros, falafel and more. We ordered the Amira combo of chicken shawarma, lamb kabob and chicken kabob. The plate comes with rice, fries, hummus and a HUGE portion of fresh baked pita bread.  We will be back to try Amira’s famous oven-fired pizza topped with fresh local ingredients aka Manaeesh. Come hungry to this family-owned restaurant!
          Time to recycle the Christmas trees after the holiday season! Note the change: no weekday collections.
  1. Remove all decorations, lights and tree stand (Natural trees only, no artificial trees)
  2. Set your tree out for collection by 7 am on Sat. Jan. 7 or by 7 am on Sat. Jan. 14. Trees will be collected on Saturday or Sunday.
  3. 3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in May.
After Jan. 15, trees can be dropped off at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off (near intersection of E. Cherry Creek Drive South and S. Quebec St.) For more information, please call 720-865-6810 or visit Denvergov.org/DenverRecycles
Nearly 20,000 Christmas trees were recycled last year in Denver.
             Did you know on average there are 23 snow events each year in Denver? City code requires residential and business property owners to clear their walkways, including adjacent ADA ramps, so that EVERYONE has safe access throughout the city. Senior citizens, people with disabilities, parents with strollers and mail carriers struggle to negotiate hazardous walkways. We need to do our part to make our community safe and accessible for all.
  • Timing: Once snow has stopped falling, businesses have four (4) hours, and residents have twenty-four (24) hours, to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property.
  • Report A Problem: Please call 3-1-1 to report un-shoveled sidewalks.
  • Enforcement: Denver relies on citizen complaints to help us identify those property owners that need to be educated about sidewalk safety requirements. Failure to shovel can result in a citation and fine.                                                                                                                                                                     (Poor example of shoveling on Colorado Blvd.)
  • Pay attention to sidewalks on the south side of your property where fences and trees cause shade and prevent the sun from melting the snow and ice resulting in unsafe walkways.
  • DO NOT push snow into the street. This creates unsafe ice dams and can result in additional snow accumulation on your sidewalk. (Put the snow on your lawn and garden beds. It’s good for your trees!)
For a list of for-hire snow shoveling resources compiled by the district 4 office, visit https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-council-district-4/news/2016/snow-shoveling-resources.html
             Last year, 12,000 Denver homes participated in the the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) to assist eligible renters and homeowners with their home heating costs.  Visit Denver LEAP or call 1-866-432-8435 to apply and submit it no later than April 30, 2017.  Those eligible for LEAP may also qualify for other energy related benefits like Crisis Intervention ProgramThe Weatherization Program, and The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Heat Credit.   

            The Optimist Club of Monaco South is looking for volunteers to help in the annual Brain Bowl Competition in early January. Over 1,000 students from all parts of Colorado and Wyoming participate. Volunteers are needed to read questions, keep score, keep time and perform various other duties. If you would like to help, contact
3540 S. Poplar St., Ste. 100
Denver, CO 80237


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