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All Eyes On City Hall

  The holiday lights at the Denver City and County Building downtown were illuminated the day after Thanksgiving. In keeping with tradition, they will remain on until the National Western Stock show ends on Jan. 21. Photo by Reid Neureiter

Off To The Races

Mayor, Council Hopefuls Tuning Up For May By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN Clearly still riding the deep blue wave of the mid-term elections from the week before, on Nov. 13 a crowd of about 130 flocked to Messiah Community Church to hear from two top challengers to Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The two-term mayor is running […]

Roots Elementary Closing

182 Students Will Be Displaced When Charter Shutters At End Of School Year On Nov. 13, the founders and leaders of Roots Elementary announced to its families that their four-year old charter school will close at the end of the school year. The school, at the Holly Square at 3350 Hudson St., opened in August […]

Talk of the Neighborhood

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN The following is a synopsis of what was discussed during the Nov. 1 Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. monthly meeting. The next community meeting is Thursday, Jan. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. There is no meeting in December. Community meetings are free and open to […]

Uncaged Songbird

House Finches are native to the western states and Mexico. In the 1940s, illegal bird traders took to capturing and moonlighting the finches to the East Coast. There, they sold them as caged songbirds, glamorizing them by calling them “Hollywood Finches.” Under fear of prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, many owners and sellers […]

The Home We All Share

Don’t Let It End Up In The Landfill   Last month I took a trip to upstate New York with my father and siblings for a cousin’s wedding and a possible last good bye to a beloved uncle, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. I anticipated a bittersweet trip. As we flew into […]

Community Announcements

DAVA’s Visual Delights The Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) youth and local artists presents Wonders: A Holiday Show and Sale. Proceeds from the exhibit support year round art programs for urban youth. DAVA is at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. The exhibit opens with a […]

Hallett Academy Soaring To New Heights

New Leadership Improves Outlook, Enrollment, Performance Reviews By Lynn Kalinauskas When you enter Hallett Academy, the school shines. The walls are newly painted with bright, warm colors and the tiles sparkle. The message is clear: Welcome to our school. Hallett is at 2950 Jasmine St. in Park Hill. In 1982, it became Denver’s first magnet-choice […]

Update On Park Hill Historic Designation

Conservation Overlay District One Possible Solution   By Jeff Pearson, Will Baker, Judy Wolfe, Calvin Lee, Erik Stark, Shane Sutherland, Rebecca Rogers, Mark Davidson Park Hill Conservation Overlay Committee On the evening of Sept. 25, the Park Hill Conservation Overlay Committee sponsored a meeting at Park Hill Congregational Church to introduce the community to the […]

Letters to the Editor

The Fellas And Their Legacy Some 40 years ago, a group of 10 guys, all Manual High School alumni, thought getting together with friends and having a barbeque in a park would be fun. These guys named themselves The Fellas, chipped in money to buy meat for the grill, sides, adult beverages and invited their […]

Getting Down To Business

Tapping Bold Ideas For Colorado’s 2019 Legislative Session   By state Sen. Angela Williams, Special to the GPHN Colorado faces some serious challenges. Our roads are congested. Health care is too expensive. Our education system is underfunded and our achievement gap for students of color is too wide. The economy is improving, but too many Coloradans […]

Street Walking

Connecting With Neighbors One Block At A Time By Tara Bannon Williamson Park Hill Librarian In the spirit of increasing our capacity to live and work together as a community, the Pauline Robinson and Park Hill branch libraries collaborated on a community walk on Saturday, Oct. 27. We started our walk at the Park Hill […]

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8: Meet The Candidates

Five To Challenge Incumbent Chris Herndon in May, 2019 Election   Editor’s Note: Four years ago Chris Herndon run unopposed for a second term on the Denver City Council. Herndon is running for a third term representing the district that includes all of Park Hill, Stapleton, and portions of Montbello and East Colfax in the […]

Winning Some, Losing Some

How Fall Played Out For The Angels By Adam Uribes and Reid Neureiter, Greater Park Hill News Another season has come to an end and the East Angels accounted for themselves well, with several of their teams reaching the playoffs in their respective sports. The girls’ volleyball team capped a 20-win season that saw the Lady […]

East Sports: Prelude To A Strong Winter

Previews On East Basketball, Hockey, Swimming, Wrestling By Adam Uribes, GPHN Intern The temperature is falling outside, but the competition is heating up as sports move indoors for the coming winter session. Always a perennial powerhouse in boys and girls basketball, the East High Angels will be fielding some competitive units in hockey, swimming and wrestling […]

The Future Of The Hut Unclear

Owners Of 1980 Albion Apply For Non-Historic Designation By Bernadette Kelly, Zoning Chair, GPHC, Inc.  A 5,644 square foot home, called “The Hut,” sits on a 33,384 square foot lot at 1980 Albion St. The Hut was built more than a century ago, by Charles Alfred Johnson, Sr. The architect was likely Theodore Davis Boal, a […]

This Month at the Library

Pauline Robinson Branch Events Tech Help Appointments| Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m. Get technology assistance from one of our in-house experts on your own device or a public computer. Learn the basics, such as email, social networking, word processing and eMedia. Call the library at 720-865-0290 to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday. Preschool […]

On The TL: Book Reviews

By Leslie Williams and Judith Bergquist, Pauline Robinson Branch Library This month reviews include Colorado authors, old and new!  Happy holidays! West of Last Chance By Peter Brown and Kent Haruf Opening to the third page and photograph of the book it looks as though the page had been left blank until a realization begins […]

What Gives!

Thanksgiving Was A Blast; Dec. 4 Around The Corner By Amelia Eckles and Sierra Fleenor GPHC, Inc.   It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed our Thanksgiving Giveaway for 2018. Together with our donors and volunteers, GPHC distributed 346 complete Thanksgiving meals to our neighbors, families in need in Greater Park Hill. Our Giveaway takes a […]

23rd and Dexter: Pete Maysmith

By Jack Farrar Pete Maysmith is a longtime liberal/ environmentalist/wonk. He’s currently senior vice president of campaigns for the League of Conservation Voters, a former executive director of Conservation Colorado and former executive director of Colorado Common Cause. The mid-term election results were a soothing pain reliever, easing some of the effects of Trumpism. Maysmith […]

Fake Pet Meds A Risk

How To Safely Order Online Prescriptions Life has become so simplified with the push of a button for purchases online. But in the name of saving money, you could be risking your pet’s health with counterfeit, expired or unregistered medications from unknown sources. “Consumers who purchase pet medications online or at a big-box store might […]

GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission

The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill […]

An Urgent Call To Action

Integration, Equity, Tackling Global Warming Highlighted During Annual GPHC Meeting By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN A call for civility, a nod to the neighborhood’s rich history, and a challenge to harness climate change in our collective backyard were all themes during this year’s Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. annual meeting. More than 100 attended the […]

If DPS Builds It, Who Will Choose It?

Park Hill And Stapleton’s Ongoing Middle School Problem In early 2013, following the decision to phase-out and close Smiley Middle School, Denver Public Schools began a series of meetings intended to convince the community that creating a larger boundary for middle schools would benefit both Park Hill and Stapleton. Smiley had been struggling, especially following […]

The Locals At 7

   In October, The Locals celebrated seven years of hanging out at Cake Crumbs on Kearney Street. The Locals, who are also called by some the “Council of Elders,” aren’t a rock band – though they probably could be if they wanted. Rather, they are a group of longtime Park Hillians with a strong commitment […]