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23rd and Dexter: Mike Mackey

By  Jack Farrar You’ve probably seen Mike Mackey in the vicinity of 23rd and Dexter.  Browsing the literature at the Park Hill Community Bookstore, or licking an ice cream cone from Spinelli’s, or waiting for the No. 20 bus. A former substitute in the Denver Public Schools system and a telecommunications salesman, he says he’s […]

Reading In Friendship, Reading In Joy

Pauline Robinson Library Book Club Closing In On 20 Years By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Library “It was a good book,” noted one club member. “I liked it, I read it all,” she said with a grin. “It was a little soap opera-y, but the author shows promise,” added another. “I’d call it […]

East High Soccer: No. 1 and No. 1

Success Is A Continuation Of A Near-Flawless 2016 Season Photos and story by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN    On Oct. 10, Colorado’s No. 1-ranked Denver East Boys varsity soccer team won its 12th game out of 13 against the Far Northeast Warriors. The Warriors were ranked number five in Colorado and the match represented […]

Giving Thanks For Our Volunteers

Gearing Up To Share Thanksgiving Meals By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC October was an incredible month here at Greater Park Hill Community. We had new volunteers, members and donors join us in our work, and we give thanks to each and every one of you. Early in October, we had master composter volunteers from […]

Caring for the Senior Alien

Our Cats Own Us; Here’s What To Do Seniors are special in all species, but today we are going to focus on the felines. I hope you are all familiar with some of the cat memes and jokes going around where we humans are the alien captors, because those are the goggles I want you […]

District 4 Candidate Jennifer Bacon Q&A

Website: www.BaconforDenverKids.com Biographical information Jennifer Bacon is a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, She earned a JD from the College of William & Mary, a master’s in education from Florida International University, and bachelor’s in business management from Tulane University. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ […]

District 4 Candidate Tay Anderson Q&A

Website: www.tayanderson.org Biographical information Auontai (Tay) Anderson is the former student body president of Manual High School. He currently attends Metropolitan State University of Denver, studying political science. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy? DPS has been hacked by the “reform” movement. Essentially, outside interests have hijacked our district, implementing high […]

District 4 Candidate Rachele Espiritu

Website: www.rachelefordenver.com Biographical information Rachele Espiritu is a parent of two DPS students. She was appointed last year to fill an opening on the board and is running for her first full term. She lives in Stapleton with her husband and two sons. Espiritu received her B.A. from the University of California at San Diego […]

District 3 Candidate Mike Johnson Q&A

Website: www.mikefordenverkids.com Biographical information Mark Johnson graduated from Georgetown Law School and has practiced law for more than 40 years. He is running for a second term on the board. He lives near Cheesman Park with his wife, Carol Friesen. They have three daughters, who have all graduated from DPS schools. When looking at the […]

District 3 Candidate Carrie Olson Q&A

Website: www.carrieaolson.com Biographical information Carrie Olson is a middle and high school teacher at West Leadership Academy. She has been teaching in Denver Public Schools since 1985. She received a BA from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and a master’s from the University of Colorado at Denver. When looking at the past four years, how […]

At-Large Candidate Julie Bañuelos Q&A

Website:   www.banuelos4education.org Biographical information Julie Bañuelos has served 15 years in Denver classrooms as a teacher, a union leader and a community advocate.   When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy? Since I spent 2000-2016 in DPS classrooms as a teacher, union leader and community advocate, the last […]

At Large Candidate Barbara O’Brien Q&A

Website: www.barbarafordenverkids.com Biographical information Barbara O’Brien is currently vice president of the school board and is running for re-election. She served as lieutenant governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy?  I’m proud of the unprecedented growth in K-3rd reading for all groups […]

At-Large Candidate Robert Speth Q&A

Website: www.spethforstudents.org Biographical information Robert Speth holds a civil engineering degree along with a materials science program Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked for various technology companies over the years. He and his wife Kristen are DPS parents with two children in neighborhood schools. When looking at the past four years, […]

GPHC Annual Meeting Oct. 5

Catch Up With Friends; Get Updates On The ‘Hood By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC It’s October, and that means it’s time for the annual meeting of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Every year the volunteer-based Registered Neighborhood Organization sponsors an annual meeting, to provide members and neighbors with a general update on work done over […]

Life On Colfax

Will Denver Voters Give This Old Wicked Street Some Love On Nov. 7? By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHC Colfax Avenue, traversing along the southern boundary of Park Hill, is 26.1 miles long, the longest commercial street in the United States. The street was named in honor of Schuyler Colfax, the long-ago Speaker of the U.S. House […]

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