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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EIBER ELEMENTARY HOMEWORK CLUB

Eiber Elementary School, located at 1385 Independence Street, Lakewood, is a high need school, with over 90% of the children living in poverty. Some students are homeless, and many move during the school year. Despite these handicaps, the children are wonderful and bright, and eager for one-on-one attention.

The Eiber Neighborhood currently supports this school with a volunteer reading program and a community garden, but it is looking to expand support by participation in an after school homework club. Although the homework club is staffed with 2 teachers, student response has been overwhelming and more adults would really help. The program runs two days a week – Monday and Wednesday – between 3:45 pm and 4:45pm. Even if you can only drop in once a month your help would be appreciated.

Volunteers working in Jefferson County Schools need to have background checks, which are easy and painless. If interested, please let us know so we can get you going! Contact either Shannon or Lois.

Shannon Deane, Volunteer Coordinator, Eiber Elementary School, 303-982-6405 skdeane@jeffco.k12.co.us   or Lois Witte, Eiber Literacy Program Volunteer, 303-358-4910 loiswitte@gmail.com

US 6 Over Garrison Street

 CDOT has begun the project to replace the bridge that carries US 6 traffic over Garrison Street. The current structure is deteriorating and this project will improve the safety of the bridge and provide increased driver sight distances while also providing increased shoulder widths on US 6. This project includes the construction of retaining walls and also includes drainage improvements as well as correcting the vertical curves approaching the bridge which is yet another safety improvement. In addition, sidewalks and bike-lanes will be constructed along Garrison Street to improve pedestrian access and safety in the area.

More info available here.
If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Hamon Contractor’s Public Information Officer Andrew Grimaldo by phone at 720-315-5806 or email at GarrisonBridgeInfo@gmail.com.

RTD Proposed Service Changes – May 2015

RTD is proposing changes to at least two services in the Eiber neighborhood, and has set up meetings to obtain the community’s feedback.

W line

It is proposed to discontinue weekday eastbound rush-hour trips at 7:01 a.m., 7:31 a.m., 8:01 a.m., 3:31 p.m., 4:46 p.m., 5:16 p.m., 5:46 p.m., and 7:01 p.m. from Federal Center Station, and westbound trips at 6:41 a.m., 7:11 a.m., 7:41 a.m., 2:41 p.m., 4:26 p.m., 4:56 p.m., 5:26 p.m., and 6:11 p.m. from Union Station. Affected passengers would need to take the W line 7.5 minutes earlier or later. In addition, a third car would be added to busiest rush-hour trips.

It is proposed to end the Sunday/holiday westbound trip at 10:18 p.m. at Federal Center Station instead of the Jefferson County Government Center – Golden. Schedule adjustments would also be made.

It is proposed to discontinue the weekend eastbound trip at 4:30 a.m. from the Federal Center Station, and to move the start of the eastbound trip at 5:02 a.m. from the Jefferson County Government Center – Golden Station to start instead at the Federal Center Station at 5:11 a.m.

route 16

It is proposed to discontinue all service to 10th & Broadway on 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, service would instead be rerouted to either Lincoln Street & 16th Avenue or to Civic Center Station. Service would begin and end at Colfax & Broadway on each trip.

For more information and public meetings, go to http://www.rtd-denver.com/servicechanges-may2015.shtml

RTD to Begin Charging for W Line Parking

If you plan to park for more than 24 hours at one of the W Line’s Park-n-Ride stations, you will have to start paying for that long-term parking. RTD will start charging for parking on Oct. 27 at the Federal Center, Oak, Lakewood-Wadsworth and Decatur/Federal Center stations for in-district patrons who park for more than 24 hours. The fee will be $2 a day for in-district patrons. Out-of-district patron will have to pay $4 a day including for the first 24 hours. To find out whether you are in or out of the district, visit www.RTD-Denver.com and select “parking” under “Rider Tools” to enter your license plate. In addition to paying at the pay station, which accepts credit/debit and cash (but does not make change), you can set up an automated account or pay-by-phone by calling 1-877-727-5951.

 


Make a Difference in the Life of A Child

The Eiber Elementary School has 6 children still waiting to be paired with an adult in our volunteer Reading Literacy Program.  Volunteers help Eiber’s children achieve academic success, and in return are enriched by the friendship and love of a child.  It takes a time commitment of 30 minutes a week during the school year. A brief background check is required.

Many Eiber students are disadvantaged economically – over 90% of the students at Eiber are on a free or reduced-fee lunch program. Eiber is a dual language school, with a third of the students having a language background other than English, and 90% of those students speaking Spanish as their first language.

This program began as a literacy program and this year it  expanded to provide support to the math curriculum. if you would like more information, contact Lois Witte, email loiswitte@gmail.com.

Eiber BeeSafe Initiative is Part of Sustainable Neighborhood Program

As part of Eiber’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program, the Eiberhood organization is encouraging neighbors to consider alternatives to systemic pesticides that are harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.

Systemics, which include a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, are the most widely used pesticides in the world, and are found in many common products available at hardware, garden, and large chain stores. They are found in granulars, sprays, and even fertilizers, such as 3-in-1 type products by Bayer, Ortho, Bonide, and others. These chemicals can also be found on live plants purchased at big box stores and nurseries, including plants that are sold as bee attractors!

Studies are linking bees’ Colony Collapse Disorder to the widespread use of these neonicotinoids. And while it has been debated that the chemicals themselves may not technically be fatal under lab conditions, field studies have shown that they certainly disorient and sicken bees to the extent that they become easy prey to other health threats. 30% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Last year, beekeepers reported losses of 40% – 90% of their hives. This syndrome has far reaching consequences to our food supply.

Why does that matter when it comes to our choice of lawn and garden products in the suburbs, and why should our neighborhood be concerned?

  • Many neighbors keep honey beehives, which are specifically allowed under city ordinance as urban farm animals.
  • Bees help pollinate our gardens and fruit trees, improving our harvests.
  • Some species of bees, such as yellowjackets, actually benefit our yards and gardens by preying on beetle and mosquito larvae; they are nature’s pesticide.
  • Elimination of these chemicals may also reduce the threat of toxin buildup in birds and other animals that might eat sick insects.
  • Overspray and runoff contaminate our watersheds and potentially find their way into the water supply if not effectively treated.

As you are considering your springtime gardening and lawn work next year, please keep in mind that these chemicals are a very real threat to the overall health of our environment, and look for alternatives to the use of these systemic chemicals. Please join us in campaigning for a reduction and elimination of these products from your local retail stores.  For more information on what action you can take, please refer to this beesafe flyer (pdf). Also, if you’d like to write a letter to your local retailer, here’s a  template you can use. Thanks for all you do to help make Eiber more sustainable!

Eiber is Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood for Second Year

The City of Lakewood awarded Eiber its second consecutive award as Outstanding Neighborhood in the city’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. The award was received by Eiberhood representatives at the July 28 City Council meeting.

Eiber was the first neighborhood to achieve Outstanding status in the program’s inaugural year, and this makes the second year running that Eiber has maintained that status. We are well on our way to qualifying for a third.

The city has posted signs near the Garrison and Oak Street light rail stations recognizing the neighborhood’s accomplishment.

Eiber was one of three award recipients this year. During city staff’s presentation, it was stated that calls from other cities interested in the program have been coming in from all over the country, and even one from Dubai, Saudi Arabia!  Boulder and Denver now both have similar programs. It’s gratifying to see that Lakewood has blazed yet another trail, and that the Eiber Neighborhood was there at the start.

To watch the City Council session, click here.


 

 

Work to Widen Wadsworth Begins

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work this month on rehabilitation and widening of Wadsworth Boulevard between West 10th and West 14th avenues. Initial work will include digging to locate utilities, surveying and constructing temporary traffic signals. This will likely affect traffic on Wadsworth with periodic closures of a single lane, which will occur throughout the duration of the project. This project will include concrete paving, widening Wadsworth by one lane in both directions, adding 10-foot multiuse paths on each side of Wadsworth and reconstructing the box culvert to carry Dry Gulch under Wadsworth. For additional information, please call 888‐759‐6197 or email wadsworthcapacity@gmail.com.


Bike & Byways Map App Available

The Colorado Department of Transportation has its bike and byways map available through a mobile application, providing instant information to bicyclists. The map currently provides roadway information such as shoulder widths and traffic volumes, but the new electronic version will significantly expand the amount of available information. The app will soon be available for downloading from a desktop, tablet or mobile phone.  For more information, see CDot Bicycle and Byways Map.


Lakewood A Top Place To Live

The Movoto Real Estate website picked Lakewood as one of the best places to live in Colorado, citing Lakewood’s high overall quality of life and the price of housing. The website looked at seven factors including amenities, commute times, crime and quality of life to pick the best spots. Read more at www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-places-in-colorado.


Crime Stoppers mobile ‘app’ Available

Metro Crime Stoppers has an application that residents can download to smart phones to make it easier to report crimes and find crime prevention tips. Visit www.CrimeStoppersMobile.com to learn more.


 

What’s Happening?

The City of Lakewood has many ways for residence to stay informed about activities in Lakewood. They include a comprehensive website, enewsletters, social media, and ward meetings. Click here for details.

For a calendar of upcoming events for Eiberhood, please click here.