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  • Summerset accepting applications for vendors

    The Summerset Festival is looking for vendors for this year’s event. 

    The three-day festival, to be held Sept. 12-14 in Clement Park, features booths that include arts and crafts merchants, local businesses, and nonprofits looking to educate the public. 

    The festival is also taking applications from antiques vendors. 

  • Meet, Eat and Greet delivers on its menu

    Littleton kicked off its first Meet, Eat and Greet event with games, fun and ice cream. 

    The first of the once-a-month events, scheduled through September, was held at Sterne Park on May 13. Littleton’s fire and police departments were on hand, along with representatives of every city department and members of the City Council, to provide information to residents.

  • SRC center moves to new location

    The Seniors’ Resource Center moved into its temporary new home last week in South Jeffco in the Westridge Square Shopping Center at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. 

    The SRC relocated its southwest branch from Southwest Plaza as the mall undergoes renovations, said SRC president John Zabawa. He said the center will return to Southwest Plaza once renovations to the mall are complete, in about 18 months. 

  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Superintendent finalist faces tough questions in first appearance

    Jeffco superintendent finalist Daniel McMinimee was greeted by a skeptical crowd with difficult questions at an informal meeting Thursday night.

    Nearly 75 Jeffco community members packed the Wheat Ridge High School library to hear about McMinimee’s plans for leading their school district.

    McMinimee, the assistant superintendent for secondary education in Douglas County, was swarmed by audience members after he invited them to approach and ask questions.

  • Another new home eyed for community corrections

    Jeffco has identified another piece of property that could serve as a new home for the county’s community corrections facility, though nearby residents are uneasy. 

    The land, at 15650 W. Sixth Ave., is in unincorporated Jeffco next to Foothills Animal Shelter and the Jeffco Fairgrounds. It’s currently zoned for industrial use, which is why the county didn’t consider it at first, said County Administrator Ralph Schell. 

  • Dog rescued by firefighters at accident scene recovering

    A dog rescued by West Metro firefighters at the scene of a one-car accident is recovering at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The poodle-mix, thought to be about 4 years old, was found on U.S. 285 east of South Wadsworth Boulevard after an accident about midnight on May 5. A car had driven through a fence and come to rest near the frontage road, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

    The driver fled on foot, but French said witnesses told firefighters about the injured dog in the road. 

  • 15 deputy spots converting to civilian positions

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Detention Services Division is converting 15 deputy positions assigned to the county jail into 15 civilian detention specialists.

    “These are not new positions. We are short-staffed and having to pay overtime to deputies to fill vacant positions,” said Division Chief Patricia Mundell. 

  • Sidewalk sales get city’s blessing

    Merchants in historic downtown Littleton now will be able to display their wares on sidewalks with the city’s blessing — three days each month. 

    The City Council approved the formal change May 6, even though the city rarely enforced previous restrictions and allowed the displays unless someone complained.

  • Board balks, imperiling pact with teachers

    An apparent agreement between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union is now less than certain after school board members quickly requested changes in the pact.

    Bargaining teams for the school district and the Jeffco Education Association reached a tentative agreement last Thursday night on raises for teachers and other items in the contract. But the district stipulated later that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

    The original agreement reached Thursday included: