STARBUCKS WILL RE-OPEN ON NOVEMBER 25TH-PLEASE NOTE NEW ENTRANCE WILL BE ONLY FROM HAMPDEN

Starbucks at the intersection of Hampden and Locust will re-open their store on Monday, November 25th with a new entrance.

Traffic will be able to enter and exit from Hampden only.  There will be no entry from Locust.

 After approximately December 1st when the parking lot improvements are complete, the exit from the Starbuck’s property to Locust will be a right turn only.

Hello Hampden Heights Community!
Some folks have inquired about information regarding the Turkey Trot, coming on Thanksgiving Day @ Hampden Heights Park. Here is the latest:
The 5K run will begin at 10 am Thursday November 28th @ 10 am.
This family friendly event will have FREE maps of the route, bagels, coffee, and water set up in the pool parking lot.
Donations for the event are ALWAYS welcomed! Proceeds go to pool improvements.
The run will begin and end in the pool parking lot.
Hope to see all of you gettin’ your run on before the turkey gluttony begins!
If you have any questions about the TT Run or membership, please feel free to contact me at this email. I am, as always, here to help!
Gobble gobble! ☺

League of Women Voters & INC to Host Forums

for Denver School Board Candidates

The League of Women Voters of Denver and Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) will host a series of forums around the city for Denver Board of Education candidates in advance of the Nov. 5 election. All residents of Denver are welcome to attend. The upcoming forums is:

· Citywide Forum, featuring At-Large candidates Barbara O’Brien, Michael Kiley and Joan Poston, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the community room of the Denver Police Department District 3 Station, 1625 S. University Blvd. The second half of the forum will feature representatives of organizations that either support or oppose selected Nov. 5 ballot issues, including Amendment 66 and proposed state and city marijuana taxes.

 Each of the forums will be videotaped by Denver 8 TV and broadcast periodically beginning in late September. The videos will also be available for viewing on Denver 8 TV’s Web site at www.denvergov.org/denverdecides.

Mayor Hancock Announces 2014 Budget Proposal

 DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today submitted a responsible, balanced 2014 budget proposal to the City Council. For the first time in five years – thanks to voter approval of Measure 2A, a recovering economy and prudent fiscal management – the City and County of Denver will not face a budget shortfall in 2014.

“We are emerging from a long and difficult economic downturn as a vibrant, globally competitive city,” Mayor Hancock said. “With this budget, not only will we continue to restore services lost during the recession, we will strengthen our economy, revitalize neighborhoods and make intentional investments for a better, smarter future.”

The 2014 budget proposal continues to expand opportunities for Denver’s youth, broadens and diversifies the city’s employment base, builds new connections to the global economy and focuses on maintaining Denver’s status as one of the safest cities in America.

Click here to read Mayor Hancock’s budget submittal letter and full proposal.

Key elements of the Mayor’s $1.06 billion General Fund plan:

  • Strengthening the safety net by dedicating $3 million to launch an affordable housing fund to build new and greatly needed workforce housing units in Denver, committing $1 million for homeless services, and increasing funding for the medically indigent for the first time in five years, by $2.8 million.
  • Hiring up to 80 new police officers, 15 firefighters and addition sheriff’s deputies during peak times to keep Denver residents and businesses safe and maintain a strong focus on crime prevention.
  • Investing $2 million in the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative to advance transformational change in long-overlooked neighborhoods adjacent to Interstate 70.
  • Eliminating so-called “convenience fees” charged to consumers who pay their city fees, bills and fines with a credit card to save citizens $2 million a year and encourage more Denver residents to make payments online.
  • Beginning a two-year phase-out of the city’s 3.62 percent sales and use tax on aviation parts to bring new, high-paying aircraft maintenance jobs to Denver and the Front Range.
  • Creating a $200,000 incentive fund to increase retail business in the city.
  • Dedicating $500,000 to the implementation of Denver Moves, the city’s multi-modal transit infrastructure plan, to make the city’s streets safer for walking, biking and riding.
  • Increasing financial reserves from 11.7 percent to 13.8 percent, helping to ensure the city maintains strong credit ratings in the bond and investment markets.

“This budget is smart, responsible and again demonstrates my unwavering commitment to deliver the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost,” Mayor Hancock said. “We are investing in what our residents need and deserve to strengthen families and neighborhoods and better connect Denver’s businesses to the global economy.”

The budget plan also continues to implement recommendations from the Structural Financial Task Force, including additional health and pension cost-sharing with employees that will save the city $2.9 million annually. Through Mayor Hancock’s Peak Performance business-improvement initiative and employee participation in Peak Academy, an additional $9 million in savings and efficiencies have been identified.

“Through teamwork and shared sacrifice, every department and city employee has helped maintain Denver’s sound fiscal footing. Their efforts to close difficult budget gaps over the past several years while keeping our city humming is truly outstanding,” the Mayor said. “I thank them for their sacrifices over the years, for helping us to emerge from the recession ready to compete and for their commitment to delivering a smart, world-class city where everyone matters.”

Building on the precedent established with the 2013 budget, the Mayor’s 2014 budget proposal provides a detailed baseline accounting of spending from the General Fund and other accounts in three priority categories of jobs, kids and safety.

  • Children & Youth – The 2014 budget proposal calls for investing $73 million to advance the ambitious goal of ensuring every child in Denver has the opportunity to succeed and is prepared to compete in the global economy. This includes funding for youth services, such as recreation, health and wellness, safety, early learning, library programs, and workforce and employment initiatives.
  • Job Growth and Economic Development – The budget proposes $330 million for business development to retain, expand and attract companies, drive job creation and boost Denver’s competitiveness in – and connections to – the global market. Strategies include: increasing international business development efforts and establishing an International Welcome Center; working with several external partners to open a downtown center for entrepreneurs, technology and innovation; and continuing to leverage the city’s Business Incentive Fund, JumpStart strategic plans and other tools.
  • Public Safety and the Safety Net – The budget calls for $806 million in public safety and safety net investments to protect residents, businesses and neighborhoods while also ensuring those most in need are not forgotten or left behind. This includes funding for police and fire protection and jails and courts, as well as funds for vulnerable populations such as the homeless.

In November 2012, Denver voters overwhelmingly passed Measure 2A, permanently lifting TABOR-imposed revenue restrictions. The additional $35.5 million has allowed the city to begin restoring essential services to pre-recession levels. Service restorations have included increasing library hours to at least 48 hours per week per library branch, training and hiring new police and fire recruits, beginning to repave an additional 300 lane miles of residential streets, increasing park maintenance, and providing Denver’s children and youth free access to the city’s recreation centers and outdoor pools.

Hello!

My name is Chris Spears, I am a meteorologist with the Colorado Climate Center. We are looking for precipitation monitors

in the Hampden Heights neighborhood of Denver to report to the CoCoRaHS network. (CoCoRaHS = Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network).

We currently have a few hundred active volunteers in the Denver metro who report to our network, but we have some major gaps

in the city and county of Denver. Observers make a daily observation (or as often as possible) and report the data to our website. The information plots in real-time to daily maps of the area.

Our website is www.cocorahs.org if you would like to take a look!

I am happy to provide more information through email or by speaking to a group. I have a class in Cherry Creek this Thursday at Daniels Fund (630p)

if there is a way to share this message for anyone who would be interested in learning more. A full list of classes can be seen at the link below.

http://www.cocorahs.org/state.aspx?state=co

There is no cost to be involved with CoCoRaHS other than the purchase of our official rain gauge which is $30. There are many wonderful

educational aspects of being involved with us, including learning more about the water cycle and why we have the tagline “every drop counts!”

1″ of rain over 1 acre of land is over 27,000 gallons of water, so even on a summer afternoon when we receive just a few hundredths of precipitation,

if it fell over a large area, it’s still a TON of water from the sky!

I appreciate any help you might be willing to give in helping me recruit new observers! 

Hello Hampden Heights Friends and Neighbors!

Here is some information from Faye Ganley about a community organization that provides support and communication for our community:

A Little Help is a nonprofit organization that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. ALH fosters the community to help older adults thrive in their homes by connecting folks with services and resources as they navigate the unknowns of aging and build meaningful connections with neighbors of all ages. They connect senior members with a variety of services such as transportation, yard work, and minor home repair by coordinating volunteering neighbors or vetted service providers, while creating opportunities for inter-generational connection and community engagement.

We need your help to spread the word. If you know someone who could benefit from  the services offered by A Little Help, or if you would like to volunteer, please visit the web site at alittlehelp.org to learn more. Faye will also be picking up some brochures, if you would like some to hand to neighbors, let her know.

A Little Help is hosting an informational picnic at the pool on Tuesday, August 13th, at 4:30pm. The picnic is open to anyone who is interested in learning more. It will be catered and will have a nominal fee of $11.00. RSVP is a must for the picnic by calling Hiliary at A Little Help, 720.242.9032

We’d love to have families of all ages attend the picnic to learn of the many opportunities for young and old alike to connect with neighbors. If you have any questions you can email Faye at fganley@gmail.com, call Hiliary 720.242.9032, and/or visit alittlehelp.org.

 

A Little Help is a nonprofit organization that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. ALH fosters community to help older adults thrive in their homes by connecting folks with services and resources as they navigate the unknowns of aging and build meaningful connections with neighbors of all ages. They connect senior members with a variety of services such as transportation, yard work, and minor home repair by coordinating volunteering neighbors or vetted service providers, while creating opportunities for inter-generational connection and community engagement.

We need your help to spread the word. If you know someone who could benefit from the services offered by A Little Help, or if you would like to volunteer, please visit the web site at alittlehelp.org to learn more.

A Little Help is hosting an informational picnic at the pool on Tuesday, August 13th, at 4:30pm. The picnic is open to anyone who is interested in learning more. It will be catered and will have a nominal fee of $11.00. RSVP is a must for the picnic by calling Hiliary at A Little Help, 720.242.9032

We’d love to have families of all ages attend the picnic to learn of the many opportunities for young and old alike to connect with neighbors.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions you can email me at fganley@gmail.com, call Hiliary 720.242.9032, and/or visit alittlehelp.org.

Hello Hampden Heights Friends and Neighbors!
Yes, our annual 4th of July Party is coming up fast! Here is some information about what fabulous things will be going on at this EPIC event!
☺Doors open @ 10:30 am
☺Pool is open for swimming @ 11 am
Pool Members and HHCA members are $5 per person, guests of members are $10 per person*
     *Guest Passes will NOT be honored on July 4th*
     *Non-members MUST be accompanied by a current pool member*
☺Bike Parade is @ ♥11:30 am♥~ decorate your bike all festive and bike around the Hampden Heights park trail, being led by BIKE MC, Ms. Kim!
(please note the change in time to allow people time to set up spots at the pool!)
☺There will be Bingo, Volleyball and Water Polo Tournaments, pop/juice box/coin tosses, a DJ, kiddie games, and a visit from local fire fighters, equipped with spraying hoses! Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, and beer will be provided!
☺We need Volunteers! If you interested in grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and/or being a ‘beer master’ please sign up at the guard shack.
Questions? Contact Kim McMahon at hhstmembership@gmail.com.