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Smiley Middle School Program to Begin Two-Year Phase-Out

5 Choice Schools for Boundary 6th Graders, 2014 Programming Undecided By Erin Vanderberg/Editor On December 20, the Board of Education for Denver Public Schools voted 6-0 to close Smiley Middle School by 2015 through a phase-out process that will immediately curtail the school’s sixth grade program in the 2013-14 school year, 85 years after Smiley […]

GPHC Update: January 2013

In December, GPHC was able to give away 30 remaining coats to families in need from our Coats for Colorado drive. We also provided holiday food baskets for 45 people, and found sponsors for 10 families needing help for gifts for their children. Thank you so much to the generous families who agreed to take […]

City Council: 2012 Accomplishments, 2013 Priorities

Park Hill’s district and at-large representatives discuss the issues with GPHN By Erin Vanderberg / Editor Denver’s City Council kept busy in 2012. In addition to the tasks of general city and county governmental administration, including everything from land use to sanitation, economic development to urban planning, council passed an urban camping ban, secured the […]

Q&A: Katie Symons, Park Hill resident working against homelessness in urban and rural Colorado

GPHN: Thanks for taking the time to chat with Park Hill readers about homelessness in Denver. Tell us a bit about your background and involvement in this issue. Katie Symons: I am a Denver native – I grew up in Capitol Hill. I now live on Leyden St. in North Park Hill. In 2005, when […]

Park Hill Garden Walk Planning Begins

By Barbara Armendariz/Garden Walk Committee The 2012 Garden Walk this summer was a great success. Twelve gardeners participated in the tour this year and shared their beautiful gardens with over 400 people. Many folks learned more about what to plant and what not to plant in their gardens. Our sponsors were very generous with both […]

The Unsung Sculptor

Park Hill artist Reven Swanson offers levity through heavy metal By Erin Vanderberg/Editor A few years back, a colorful sculpture cropped up on the corner of 23rd and Kearney, planted in the same spot where a garage signpost once stood. The artist, Reven Swanson, wanted only for Dancing Moon Spinning to be enjoyed by the […]

Alphabet Park Hill: Letters B, C, D and December 2012 Winners

December 2012’s winners: Last month, the first two letters of the alphabet were published. The Letter A was discovered on Sunday, December 2 by Lucy Walker and Hazel Nyce. The Letter B has yet to be found! Hunt, find and take your photo next to letters B, C and/or D in January, and you too […]

Denver Digs Free Trees

All Denver residents can apply for free trees to plant along the street in the public right-of-way or for shade on the west side of their homes to reduce energy consumption. Limited availability, apply no later than February 15. For more information and to apply for either free tree program, visit: before the deadline […]

Treecycle, December 31 – January 11

Denver Recycles’ Treecycle program chips holiday trees for a mulch giveaway in the spring. Dumpster service customers should place their trees in the alley at least four feet away from dumpsters either Monday, December 31 or Monday, January 7 for collection during that week. Barrel service customers should place their trees out with their trash […]

St. Joseph’s Hospital Gave Big to Smith Renaissance School

By Elizabeth Rittiman As part of their “New Duds for the New Year” program, St. Joseph’s Hospital employees bought every student at Smith Renaissance School new clothes, and the hospital bought them all new backpacks. The hospital also paid for the transportation to take the kids to the hospital to receive their gifts. “It was […]

Cure d’Ars Parishioner Honored

At the National Convention of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. (KOPC), Cure d’Ars Parishioner Donna Auguste was honored for her international service work through her foundation Leave a Little Room. For more information on the KOPC, visit: or call Helen Parry, 303-377-1413.

East Seniors Receive Aim High Scholarships

Louis Aldridge, member of Athletics & Beyond, and Jaycee Floyd, member of Project Greer Street, received the Asfaw Family Foundation International Aim High scholarship. The AFFI Aim High scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement, academic potential, extracurricular activities and community involvement in African-American males. The scholarship was created in response to the national crisis of declining attendance […]

Deadline Extended to Nominate a Black Educator

TheEduCtr has extended the deadline to Nominate a Black Educator to January 7. Nominee must teach in any public, charter, religious, an educational organization or private school in the State of Colorado. Save the date for the Awards Gala, Friday, March 1. To participate, contact: or 720-447-3358. For more information, visit:

Input Needed on Housing Plan

Denver is seeking input on its five-year plan for housing and community development funding. The city will receive federal dollars during the next five years (2012-2017) to create affordable housing, assist people who are homeless, make improvements in neighborhoods and to create jobs. A copy of the proposed Consolidated Plan funding goals and allocations is […]

Law Symposium to Focus on Park Hill School Desegregation Case

The Denver University Law Review is hosting its annual symposium, “Forty Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1: Equality of Educational Opportunity and the Legal Construction of Modern Metropolitan America.” The symposium will begin with a welcome reception hosted by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on […]

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