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LOCAL BRIEFS: Suspect arrested; holiday preview; library meetings

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Police arrest pair in homicide

Investigators from the Littleton Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with the Aug. 13 death of Walter Zucchetti, 66, of 5995 S. Sycamore St.

One of the suspects has been identified as Teddy Puente, 37. The other name, a juvenile female, is not being released. Both have been arrested and are being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Puente is at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility. The second suspect is being held at the Foote Center.

Public invited to library community meetings

The Jefferson County Public Library has scheduled a number of community meetings throughout its service area. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, solicit input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents, and respond to community concerns. Meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:

• Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. — Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkwayin Lakewood

• Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. — Arvada Library,7525 W. 57th Ave. in Arvada

• Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. — Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave.in Littleton

• Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – Evergreen Library, 5000 Highway 73 (at Buffalo Park Road) in Evergreen

Meeting about West Quincy Avenue set Nov. 7

JeffersonCounty’s Transportation and Engineering Division is looking for citizen input on proposed transportation improvements on West Quincy Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and South Wadsworth Boulevard. 

The public is invited to an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7, any time between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The open house will be in the cafeteria at D’Evelyn High School, 10359 W. Nassau Ave.

The open house is being held to share data that has been gathered, present recommendations for improvement, and solicit opinions on the recommendations. There will be no formal presentation, but staff will be present to discuss the proposed improvements. 

The proposed improvements include two through lanes in each direction (westbound and eastbound), on-street bike lanes in each direction, a raised median, landscaping, sidewalks and safety enhancements. Jeffco will use input from the meeting to refine the recommended improvements. 

For more information or to sign up for the project mailing list, contact:

• Brad Bauer, special projects engineer, Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Division, 303-271-8495.

• Gray Clark, design consultant, Muller Engineering Co., 303-988-4939.

29th annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting

Santa Claus kicks off the season Nov. 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the 29th annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring a parade down Main Street where trees are lit with thousands of sparkling lights and stores are holding open houses. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Littleton Merchants Association.

Main Streetcloses at 5 p.m., and Santa begins his trek west to the Melting Pot plaza, where he then randomly selects a child to pull the switch that lights up the final patch of trees. 

Bring a camera for a photo with Santa at the Town Hall Arts Center and visit the reindeer at Bradford Auto Body at 2659 W. Main St.

‘A Hudson Christmas’

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, which is known as summer concert venue, will show off its winter look with “A Hudson Christmas,” a dazzling walk-through holiday light display staged on 30 rustic acres, including gardens, fountains, ponds, trees and houses. 

“A Hudson Christmas” runs 25 evenings beginning Friday, Nov. 23, through New Year’s Day from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  Shows are Nov. 23 and 24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and 8. Beginning Dec. 14, shows are nightly through Jan. 1, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Tickets are required; for information, visit www.hudsongardens.org.

Trail of Lights at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Another area tradition with a new twist this year is the Trail of Lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road.

The Trail of Lights takes place with the foothills as a backdrop. One route takes visitors to the children’s play area; an extended path takes in the Green Farm Barn and silo before going on to the children’s area and the 1880s homestead.

New this year will be a skating rink during December only. There will be synchronized music in the play area and elsewhere, a warming hut and a fire pit. Hot drinks and HoloSpex glasses will be available for purchase. Illuminated antique and model tractors will be on display.

The attraction is open nightly Nov. 30 through Jan. 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. (including Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). Tickets are available online. For information, visit www.botanicgardens.org/events-exhibits/special-events/trail-of-lights.