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Douglas County Commissioners, members of the Highlands Ranch Metro District, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and Douglas County School District come together to celebration the official agreement to sell Toepfer and Sweetwater parks.

School district agrees to sale of Toepfer, Sweetwater parks to county

After more than a year of negotiations, the Douglas County commissioners and school district came to an official agreement on June 28 to sale two parks to the county.
Monte Roberts takes a blood pressure reading before drawing blood during a blood drive at Buchanan Park Recreation Center Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Centennial shop to host community blood drive July 1

Responding to calls for more blood donations, Centennial shop Curate: A Local Mercantile will host a community blood drive at 8242 S. University Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 1.  The …
Representatives from Arapahoe County and the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming stand outside the county's administrative building in Littleton.

Arapahoe County seeks to remedy partnership with area's original native tribe

Following more than a year of discussion with the tribe, county commissioners said they were grateful to improve on a relationship that had not been reaffirmed for about 20 years, according to county staff. 
Marsha's Closet, located at the Transgender Center of the Rockies, offers free clothes. On June 15, 2022, clothes were displayed under a colorful tent outside in the back of the center as part of the closet's one-year anniversary celebration.

Transgender Center of the Rockies celebrates anniversary of its free closet

Not long after Erin Lowrey began working as a behavioral health specialist at the Transgender Center of the Rockies in the fall of 2020, she came across a box of abandoned clothes in the back of the …

Jason Presley, left, and Mark Gotto.

Gotto ahead in Arapahoe County District 2 commissioner race; Edmondson and Summey nearly tied for District 4

Mark Gotto holds a lead over opponent Jason Presley in the Republican primary for District 2 while Democrats Regina Edmondson and Leslie Summey are nearly tied for District 4.
Education
Adams 14 Superintendent Karla Loria

Adams 14 files complaint with state board of education

The ongoing war of words between the Adams 14 School District and the Colorado State Board of Education is heading for a court hearing.  The district filed a complaint for judicial review …
Littleton Public Schools Director of Nutrition Services Jessica Gould, left, and nutrition supervisor Sarah Kinney hold bags of food at a distribution site on Feb. 12. Food distribution during the pandemic could serve as a model for greater equity afterward, Gould said.

What the end of universal free meals means for Englewood and Littleton schools

For Englewood and Littleton schools, universal free meals ended after Congress failed to include billions in funding for the program in its $1.5 trillion 2022 budget. It means districts will have to contend with feeding less as the rules around who can receive free and reduced meals tightens. 
Over 30 years, tuition costs have increased 169%

The cost of college is driving students down

For many students attending college or preparing to start that educational journey, the cost weighs heavy. Teenagers and young adults suffer from anxiety and struggle with mental health more than …
Graduating students throw their caps into the air at the end of the graduation ceremony at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice.

PHOTOS: Graduates at Colorado’s Finest get warm sendoff in Englewood

A rowdy, supportive crowd watched dozens of students walk the stage to receive their diplomas at the Colorado's Finest High School of Choice graduation ceremony.

Parents ask RE-8 board to keep FLHS football program

The Weld Re-8 school board heard pleas to keep the Fort Lupton High School football program May 26. They …
Business
In 2012, Tony Galasso opened GeJo’s Original Italian Restaurant & Lounge. The building once housed GeJo’s IV, a restaurant opened by Galasso’s father in 1979 but sold to a business partner in the mid-1980s.

Restaurateur carries on the family tradition

The Galassos have been serving marinara-topped pasta, Italian-influenced sandwiches and hand-stretched pizza in Centennial for a decade now, but the family’s culinary roots in Colorado actually …
Chirs Webb, managing partner of Proud Souls’ Littleton location, was named Grand Champion at the 2021 Smoke & Soul Fest in Casper, Wyoming.

Proud Souls BBQ headed to Frisco festival

With 100 racks of ribs, Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions is taking up its usual post at the 27th annual Frisco BBQ Challenge, which is back after a two-year hiatus. “It’s just a great …
Stu Robinson has catered parties and events in Colorado since 2013.

Serving up smoked goodness in Lone Tree

Missy and Stu Robinson want to cultivate an appetite for their barbecue and for the homey, intimate place they serve it from.  “Hopefully we are giving you that craveable experience where you want …
Children sell cookies, lemonade and shaved ice as part of a fundraiser outside of Zari’s. The store often holds events for kids in the community on the weekends.

Centennial grocery store fills need for local shoppers

Zia and Shai Warraich want to bring the world to Colorado. In March, the new business owners opened Zari’s Grocery, a store specializing in international food and halal meat. Located two miles east …

Dave and Shelly Gardner, owners of Max Taps Co., opened their Centennial location on Feb. 1.

Tavern owners double down

The original location of Max Taps Co. survived 2020, a feat that shaped founder Dave Gardner’s outlook on opening a second taproom. “If we can make it through that, with nobody allowed in a bar, …
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