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Today's News

  • iPads kind to learning at Wilmot

    Being kind to others has its own intrinsic rewards, but a second-grade class at Wilmot Elementary School got a more tangible bonus for being kind: the opportunity to learn to operate iPads.

     

    The iPad class before spring break was special for students in Mary Gordon’s class, who had marked more than 500 times when they had shown generosity, integrity, responsibility or respect. Those four traits are part of GIRR, the school’s kindness program.

  • Performances in school play are anything but flat

    Flat Stanley has jumped out of the pages of the book by the same name and is visiting Bergen Valley Elementary School.

    The plot from the book has been turned into a musical called “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.,” and fifth-graders are performing it this week for classmates and parents.

    “I stumbled upon (the musical) in a catalog,” said music teacher Samantha Shall. “It was something new, and I knew it would tie into what they’ve been doing in class.”

  • Pepperoni, onions — and a sympathetic ear

    Want some palaver with your pizza? A side of conversation with your calzone? Care to wash down your baked ziti with a frosty glass of sparkling repartee?

     

  • Foodie Thoughts: High-altitude baking can be a tall order

  • Facebook Diary: Once a king, always a king …

    Royalty.
    Yours truly.
    No, seriously.
    And I don’t mean royalty like that Johnny-come-lately Windsor crew. I’m talking about a divine right stretching back to the dim and darkly days when the dapper Duke of Cambridge’s clan wore mostly dirt and ate boiled peat for breakfast, lunch and tiffin. But hey, I’m not here to run down my noble cousins.

  • Children’s Chorale claims a piece of the action

    A cast of gangsters is in Evergreen. You won’t see the streets filled with Tommy guns and ice picks, though. On the contrary, you will see Center/Stage Theatre filled with singing and dancing gangsters caught up in a nonviolent gang war fought with “splurge blasters” that spew forth Silly String. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale will deliver a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1920s gangster flick with its upcoming production of “Bugsy Malone, Jr.”

  • Rec board OKs menorah display at Evergreen Lake during Hanukkah

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board has approved a resolution permitting the display of a menorah and other religious icons during holidays at Evergreen Lake Park.
    Before voting on the resolution along with two policies limiting religious displays at district parks at their April 24 meeting, board members listened to comments from community members and offered differing opinions.   

  • Make your voice heard on wildfires

    Several years ago, when I was still a state legislator, I carried a bill to provide tax breaks for volunteer firefighters to offset the costs of their safety equipment. These volunteers, who are on the front lines of wildfire response in most mountain areas, must often buy their own boots, helmet, jackets and other personal protective equipment. A tax credit would allow more volunteers to serve their communities, helping all citizens in the process.

  • Reporter saw the best, worst of Jefferson County

    After a 12-hour day spent making bone grafts in October 2009, I was in a small locker room changing out of a pair of sweat-soaked long-sleeve scrubs. The day, exhausting, had been routine until I sat down on a stainless-steel bench to check the single message on my phone left by the man who is now my editor, Doug Bell.
    Since no one was around to enforce my self-congratulatory inhibitions, I jumped up and did a little dance, a moment to which I happily confess but remain glad no one else had to witness.

  • Animal shelter director: 'If you see something like this, do something'

    The Evergreen Animal Protective League brought a severely abused dog to the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair on Saturday to help raise awareness about the need for reporting such cruelty.

     

    “We’re trying to make the point, if you see something like this, do something,” said Jackie Bell, EAPL president.