This 4th of July weekend will bring plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Whether you host a cookout, plan a trip to the beach or watch the fireworks from your favorite spot, it’s important to be mindful of the scene. Before the big weekend arrives, we wanted to offer a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities safely and responsibly:
Also remember that ALL FIREWORKS are ILLEGAL in the City and County of Denver. From sparklers to bottle rockets, leave it to the professionals!
Schools across the country are ending for summer break. As you may know, summer is often the hungriest time of year for many children from low-income families. These children rely on free and reduced school meals during the school year but when school is out their families struggle to replace those missed meals. Across the United States, local communities, state agencies and non-profit organizations are coming together to set up summer meals sites – stitching together the infrastructure necessary for kids to eat healthy meals while school is out.
Summer meals sites operate in low-income communities across the country, and are often located at schools, faith-based organizations, and community organizations.
Unfortunately, too many children in need are missing out. Your office can play an important role in ensuring families in your district know about the summer meals program and how to access sites in your community.
Below you will find resources for those who need information about summer meals.
More information is available at www.nokidhungry.org/summer.
Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and Denver Environmental Health have launched the Marijuana Health & Safety Line to help address questions from public health professionals, marijuana product consumers and marijuana industry professionals.
The 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week line can be accessed by calling 877-741-3777.
The line connects callers with pharmacists, nurses and toxicology experts at Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. These medical experts can answer questions about occupational safety hazards for marijuana industry workers as well as questions about pesticides, toxins, additives, ingredients and contaminants in marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) products. Callers can also contact the line regarding safe-use concerns, such as those surrounding potentially tampered with packaging or serving sizes.
The Marijuana Health & Safety Line is a three-month pilot project, funded by the City and County of Denver, that may be extended. It gives public health professionals an additional resource to help them stay in line with technology advances in the marijuana industry.
“We are eager to see a resource for reliable information to both consumers and industry employees, and we are excited that this resource may yield data and insights about the health impacts of cannabis consumption and occupational exposure,” said Danica Lee, Director of the Public Health Inspections Division at Denver Environmental Health.
The line is not meant for anyone experiencing life-threatening emergencies and callers requiring immediate medical assistance will be directed to 911 operators immediately. Additionally, the line is not meant for use as a directory of Denver marijuana businesses and will not be useful for anyone seeking information about business locations, hours of operation and product pricing.
Do you have any of these vehicles?
You may qualify for a FREE auto theft prevention device through the Honda 100 Project paid in full by the Denver Police Department.
The purpose of this Honda 100 Project is to determine whether electronic vehicle immobilizers that prevent vehicle engine from starting without the appropriate key can deter auto thieves from targeting vehicles in a specific area (District Four).
We are trying to find 100 vehicles in the District Four area to have these immobilization devices installed in. The device itself is worth over $600.00 but they are being given out and installed free of charge! The devices work by immobilizing 3 different circuits in the vehicle (fuel pump, starter, and ignition for example) unless a special key fob is present to turn the system off. The device is NOT GPS equipped and cannot track your vehicle. It equips older vehicles with the antitheft technology currently being used on newer vehicles.
For more information please call Officer Aranda at 720-913-0277 or Officer Beiriger at 720-913-0276
Find an updated schedule with a new series of classes beginning next week at the Westwood Opportunity Center (855 S. Irving St.). These classes are open to all interested individuals for no cost.
The schedule is available online at http://connecthomedenver.org/classes-events/.
Today, Denver officials from the city, state, county courts and public school system sent a letter to the local Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting ICE agents respect “sensitive locations” when carrying out their duties, especially at or near Denver schools or in Denver courthouses.
The letter comes on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security indicating on Tuesday that “it can’t promise that immigrants in the United States illegally won’t be arrested if they come forward to report they have been a victim of a crime or a witness to one” according to the Associated Press.
The letter, signed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, all members of Denver City Council, Denver County Court Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn, District Attorney Beth McCann, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson, expresses concern that recent ICE enforcement actions are inconsistent with current policies adopted by ICE in a memorandum dated October 24, 2011 and titled “Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations.”
Mindful of the fear and trepidation voiced recently by immigrant and refugee communities about interacting with law enforcement on public safety matters, the letter requests that ICE conduct its enforcement actions in accordance with the 2011 memorandum. Denver officials in their letter also request that ICE take certain measures around these sensitive areas so as not to potentially put by-standers at risk, hinder the prosecution of crimes or compromise police-community relationships vital to public safety.
See attached letter.
Arts & Venues partners with Meow Wolf providing $20k for Denver creative spaces, multiple city agencies contributing resources
Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) and Meow Wolf announced Wednesday a partnership that includes A&V contributing $20,000 toward a funding program, organized by Meow Wolf, that will specifically assist the more immediate compliance and safety needs of Denver’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and alternative spaces.
Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe, NM-based arts organization, had previously announced plans to disburse $100,000 in annual funding to support safer DIY music and arts venues across the nation. A&V’s money will go to support infrastructural improvements, rent assistance, materials, equipment and other needs as identified by Denver applicants. The DIY fund also supports additional resources for legal, zoning and building code consulting services.
“Meow Wolf was an ideal partner for addressing short-term needs, while we continue to explore more long-term opportunities to support safe, creative spaces,” said Kent Rice, A&V executive director. “As an artist collective, Meow Wolf has emerged as a leader in the region, working closely with Denver-based artists and reacting quickly to the acute space challenges of artists nationwide with the development of its funding program.”
Meow Wolf is collecting applications for Denver-based funding until Friday, March 31. Applicants can visit here to apply.
911NOW includes three key tools that will help residents get the assistance and information they need now: SMART911, SWIFT911, and TEXTto911.
“As the number of individuals who want to live in Denver increases, so too does the demand on our emergency response system. As our city continues to grow, we must also enhance our response system to meet our residents’ needs in a great way, and that is what 911NOW aims to do.”
Together, these three tools will help Denver’s first responders save time and save lives.
With Spring just around the corner we wanted provide a reminder that Denver Public Works accepts applications for City-Funded bicycle parking in the public right-of-way year round. Applications are reviewed twice a year in the Fall and Spring. For Spring program consideration, please submit applications by March 31st, 2017. Property owners and businesses are encouraged to apply in order to receive bicycle parking that can benefit their community and establishment. Please share this message with property owners, businesses and others that might be interested, and APPLY HERE.
Send us your suggestions and let us where you would like to see bicycle parking installed, next. Share your SUGGESTION HERE
To learn more about the City-Funded Bicycle Parking Program or suggest a bicycle parking location, visit www.denvergov.org/bikeparking.
Are you taking on a home improvement project or a new hobby this spring? Don’t race to the store to purchase new and expensive tools or equipment you may just use once. Instead, consider borrowing or renting tools and equipment you may need from neighbors, friends or other sources. Thanks to many new online platforms, the “sharing economy” is gathering steam and it is easier than ever to share resources and tools within the community.
Pooling resources not only builds community ties, it also conserves resources, saves money and, in some cases, can make you money! Here are just a few examples of the types of items locally available for sharing, and where to find them:
HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND TOOLS:
TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION:
For additional information on Denver Recycles’ programs and other waste reduction ideas, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
As you clean out your home and garden this spring, don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the regularly scheduled services offered by Denver Solid Waste Management.
Fortunately, keeping track of your home’s recycling, compost, trash and extra trash collection days is now easier than ever with free online reminder services. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for phone, email or mobile app reminders so you don’t miss any future collections. To set up your service reminder, visit DenverGov.org/trash or download the “Denver Trash and Recycling” app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
Here are some great disposal alternatives for some of the items you might find during your spring cleaning:
For additional information on Denver Recycles’ programs, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Denver Animal Shelter is now offering free and discounted services to people living in the 80204 and 80219 zip codes through its new Pets for Life program. This is a new pro-active approach to being a resource to pet owners within our community. Here’s what you need to know about Pets for Life:
Check out the February Denverite newsletter. This was the public debut for the Blueprint Denver 2002 Diagnostic. Take a look at both the newsletter and the Diagnostic, and sign up for future email updates!
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Two new pocket-sized tools are aiding city employees and Denver residents in their efforts to help those experiencing homelessness. The Give a Better Way campaign, which aims to raise awareness about how to support community efforts to help the homeless, is broadening its work with new tools for park rangers, police officers and community members to connect residents to the resources they need.
The new Shelter and Services Resource Guide may be small enough to fit in a pocket, but it features a wide variety of information on shelters, medical and mental health care, benefits assistance, domestic violence support and other services in an easy-to-access format. The guide provides officers, park rangers and outreach workers on the street with a quick and easy tool to connect homeless residents with the closest available services.
Additionally, the campaign’s new Guide to Giving helps residents learn how to best support people who are experiencing homelessness through donations of their time, money, food or goods. Donations support more than 20 community partners who provide shelter, job training, meals, housing and other resources to help get people who are experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.
“By placing information at everyone’s fingertips, we’re making it easier for anyone to connect and contribute to the community supporting our homeless residents,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.
Denver residents have many ways to donate and make a difference in the lives of people in need.
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