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  • I want to live in a world where seniors don't have to live in nursing homes and are able to spend their last days surrounded by the comforts of their own homes.

  • While we’re making plans for the holidays, there are several steps pet owners can take to help ensure that the celebrations are pleasant and safe for furry friends.

    Beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year celebrations, the holidays are a time for giving and sharing. From holiday decorations to seasonal plants and the stress of guests in your home, your plans for the season should include some thoughtful preparation and sharing with your pets.

  • LOL. OMG! BRB. TTYL.

    That means: “Laugh out loud. Oh my gosh! Be right back. Talk to you later.”

    The above translation can offer help for parents trying to fathom their teens’ obsession with cell phones and texting. And when those same teens are baffled by their elders’ objections to between-course correspondence at the dinner table, they too can benefit from a little cross-generational translation.

    Enter South Jeffco resident Michelle Cimino, author of “Cell Phone Etiquette: Observations from a Mom.”

  •   Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed had some issues with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel “The Scarlet Letter.” A 10-year chronological gap in the story prompted a horde of student questions in the two decades Reed has taught the material.

  •   Black-belt taekwondo instructor Ken Parks is looking for a few good castaways. They’re the folks he had in mind when he opened Red Rocks Alternative Martial Arts, South Jeffco’s newest dojo that’s a little less Stephen Oliver and a bit more Napoleon Dynamite.

    “The ‘alternative’ person gets lost. I kind of sit around the herd and just look for the ones who fall off,” Parks said of the traditional martial arts experience.

  • Major activities, accomplishments

  • Inside a tiny flower shop opening Monday in Morrison, happiness and hope have found a place on the shelves alongside plump roses and ruby-red glass vases.

    Christine Knowles plans to open Red Rocks Floral & Gifts on Feb. 1. For her, it’s more than a dream — it’s the best therapy money can buy.

  •   Air Force pilot Jim Walters was flying from Montgomery, Ala., to Panama City, Fla., when all four radios on his plane short-circuited. The rain was pouring, and a dense fog obscured the land below.

    “There we were with 40 minutes of fuel left about 20 miles from an airport that’s fogged in,” he said. “That was probably as close as I ever came to jumping out of (an airplane) and having to explain to the colonel why I just crashed a multimillion-dollar jet for being an idiot and flying in the rain.”

  •   Ten-year-old Jett Moore was just a bit nervous.

    He stood near the entrance to the imposing Denver City and County Building, about to be given a tour of its historic bell system. And the South Jeffco resident seemed far younger than anyone else scheduled to play the bells.

    “He walked up to the building, and all these people are going through security, and he said, ‘I can’t do this,’ ” said his mom, Sandy Moore. “ ‘Just look how old everyone is.’ ”

  • While we’re making plans for the holidays, there are several steps pet owners can take to help ensure that the celebrations are pleasant and safe for furry friends.

  • Over the past 40 years, thousands of kids have enjoyed the baseball fields near West Elmhurst Avenue and South Kendall Boulevard in Columbine Hills. But few of today’s young players realize they are treading some of the oldest ball fields in South Jeffco, or that Columbine Hills is one of South Jeffco’s original neighborhoods.

    Jim Kennedy, 85, looks back over those four decades and is thrilled that so many children have been able to enjoy the fields that he helped to create in the neighborhood that he helped to build.

  • How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • A South Jeffco author has an unusual message for parents about social networking sites such as Facebook: Be worried if your children are not using them.

    The Internet may be teeming with predators and creeps, but exercising a little caution allows teens to safely interact on social media sites, which are swiftly replacing the need for face-to-face conversations, the author says.

  • How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • Linda Barnard has a message for her clients: Pour the soda down the sink and stock up on dietary supplements.

    Barnard, the owner of a South Jeffco fitness studio, has decades of experience that have produced an ethos that emphasizes restraint and doesn’t accept failure.

    It’s been more than a year since Barnard opened DOT Weight Loss and Wellness, which was inspired by her time managing Gloria Stevens Figure Salons in Massachusetts.

  • The term “blues club” conjures images of a smoky bar tucked into an eclectic street in the heart of a big city. But the Blue Moo'd Lounge is hoping to bring that same ambience to South Jeffco.  Brother-sister team Tim and Terrie Bentley opened the bar and restaurant a few months ago, and the siblings are aiming to fill what they see as a jazz/blues void in the area.  "This place is for the neighborhood folks that don't want to go downtown," Terrie Bentley said.

  • A creepy crowd of characters took over the gym at The Ridge Recreation Center on Oct. 30.

    Among those walking table to table at Foothills Park & Recreation District's Boo-rific Bash and Splash Halloween celebration were at least two devils, a couple of dragons and one kid dressed like the Joker from “Batman.” Some chose the light instead of the dark, dressing up as princesses, ladybugs and the ultimate storm chaser, who sported a Doppler on Wheels truck as a costume.

  • Nursing home residents have held a special place in my heart since my grandmother passed away in a long-term care facility three years ago.

  • Celebrate Halloween this year with Foothills Park & Recreation District in a safe, fun and indoor environment at our new BOO-rific Bash & Splash event on Friday, Oct. 30.

  • The Girl Scouts have knocked on their last door. Though door-to-door cookie sales came to a halt more than a week ago, boxes of the revered snacks will soon be on sale outside stores into March. Boxes will be shipped. Sweet teeth will be satiated.

    Last year, Littleton’s Troop 2107 made $1,607 through cookie sales. The money has paid for camping trips, aquarium tours and community projects, among other activities.