SUN Celebrates Mayor Hancock’s Denver Days
SUN supports the celebration of community and living in Denver via Mayor Hancock’s Denver Days. A nearby opportunity to participate in Denver Days is with Councilman Herndon’s Family Bike Parade, starting in Stapleton on The Green at 29th Ave. at 8:30am on Sat., August 6, and ending 1.5 miles west with festivities at McAuliffe Middle School at Smiley until 11:30am. If any block groups plan to meet and arrive together at the starting line by 8:30am, please notify StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com.
Other Denver Days celebrations are occurring across the city. Individual blocks are encouraged to participate as well by waived park permit fees for Denver Days picnics and events, and free street barricades for residential block parties. Some Stapleton blocks are hosting block parties during Denver Days. If you are new to the community and would like help connecting with your block captain, or are interested in taking on the role, email SUNoutreach@gmail.com.
More about Denver Days: www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-days.html
13th annual Kickball Tournament Sept. 10, 2016, to donate funds to the Community HUB at Northfield/Denver Police Department District 5 COP Shop
SUN’s annual Kickball Tournament, now in its 13th year, serves as an opportunity to bring the community together for exercise and offers an opportunity to highlight a local community organization’s fundraising needs. In 2016, SUN will support the Community Hub at Northfield/Denver Police Department (DPD) District Five (D5) COP Shop (8230 Northfield Blvd., Ste. 1350).
SUN and DPD have partnered for many years as DPD has proactively worked to ensure the safety of Stapleton residents, and swiftly reacted to incidents to investigate and keep the community informed. At a time when many condolences are due to the police community across the country, SUN proudly supports our officers in DPD District 5 and is pleased to pledge support for the DPD COP Shop in 2016. The DPD D5 COP Shop is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that has no funding provided by the City of Denver. The COP Shop relies solely on donations from the kind citizens and businesses. Forest City generously donated the facility space, however, the COP Shop is responsible for all utility bills and operating costs.
The DPD D5 Cop Shop is the premier COP Shop in Denver, offering and hosting a wide range of community-based safety and wellness classes on a weekly basis: Neighborhood Watch meetings, burglary prevention seminars, pedestrian safety classes, yoga, kettle bells, neighborhood walking groups, internet predator classes, bicycle safety classes, first aid classes, and more. The COP Shop is a space available for community needs such as HOA meetings and professional mediation between neighbors (a free service through Denver). The DPD Citizens’ Academy is also housed at the COP Shop. D5 bicycle officers start and end their shift at the location.
The presence of the COP Shop meets a DPD goal of bringing the police force into the community (in addition to DPD D5’s participation at all monthly SUN meetings, community presence on horseback/bicycle/foot/cruiser, attendance at community events, and skilled representation at laser tag). The COP Shop provides a venue for positive relationship building between DPD and Denver citizens. Also housed at the COP Shop is the Northeast Transportation Connections (NTEC). NTEC provides a positive connection to the community that pairs perfectly with the D5 policing efforts. Ed Korabic is the newly elected president of the COP Shop/Hub Board of Directors, which is overseeing an update of an event schedule to be posted to the DPD D5 website, including when residents can observe an open roll call (when officers begin their shift), and D5 community meetings. DPD takes pride in the high level of positive community engagement that takes place at the Hub, and SUN appreciates this additional source of community support.
SUN has used the momentum of the annual kickball tournament to make a gift to a local charity for several years. In recent years, SUN has donated to: 2011, Stapleton Schools (Bill Roberts and Westerly Creek); 2012, Denver Parks for tree planting in Central Park; 2013, Friends of Denver Fire for landscaping at Stapleton Firehouse; 2014, three Stapleton elementary school PTAs; and 2015, Bluff Lake beautification project.
Sign up online to participate in the tournament as a team or sponsor: www.StapletonUnitedNeighbors.com/SUNKickball.
Dine Out for SUN Week in September
For the week leading up to the Sept. 10 Kickball tournament (Sept. 5–8), SUN is coordinating with restaurants in the Stapleton community to encourage residents to dine out and add to SUN’s donation to the Denver Police’s positive relationship building between DPD and Denver citizens via the COP Shop/HUB in Northfield. The list of participating restaurants will be announced in the September Front Porch SUN Spot, and via the SUN Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StapletonUnitedNeighbors.
If you are a restaurant owner interested in participating, please contact StapletonUnitedNeighbors@gmail.com.
Two businesses planning to open in the Stanley Marketplace (2501 N. Dallas St.): 1) The Hangar at Stanley, LLC, and 2) Stanley Beer Hall Aurora, LLC have each applied for a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License with the City of Aurora. The hearing before the liquor licensing authority for each is scheduled Aug. 2, 2016, at 9a.m. The Aurora Local Licensing Authority meets at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Council Chambers on the first Tuesday of each month at 9am. 303.739.7284