Tom's Diner had a date with Denver City Council tomorrow, August 26, when councilmembers were set to vote on whether the circa 1967 coffee shop at 601 East Colfax Avenue should be declared an historic landmark. But then the community members who'd filed an application for historic designation pulled it, and the vote was cancelled.That means that Tom Messina, who's run Tom's Diner in a former White Spot for over two decades, and bought the place for $800,000 in 2004, will be able to close a sale of his property for a reported $4.8 million; the new owners plan to build an eight-story apartment complex on the land, and preservationists are still urging them to incorporate the diner building into the project. But the developers could instead decide to remove Tom's from the Denver.While council has now been cut out of this controversy, it remains a hot topic in town.Says Nick: It should have never been an issue, the dude has every right to sell his property. Even if it's for some … [Read more...] about Reader: When Tom’s Closes, Where Will I Go at 3 in the Morning?
Before Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado legislature passed the bill to fund full-day kindergarten, not every child in Colorado was getting an equal opportunity to succeed. Some kids would get to have a full day of kindergarten, while others would only get a half-day. The families of those attending a full day would often have to pay out of pocket, leading to an achievement gap that endured long after elementary school.As the mother of three, I’m so glad that free full-day kindergarten is finally on the way this fall — not just for my kids, but for every kid in Colorado.One of the many benefits of full-day kindergarten is that the more time kids spend in the classroom at an early age, the easier it is to identify and treat special needs.My nine-year-old daughter, Olivia, has high-frequency hearing loss that was only detected when she was screened for preschool. My four-year-old son, Max, qualifies to receive speech therapy through the public school he attends. … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: Full-Day Kindergarten Is a Win for All Kids and Families
One man was fatally stabbed Saturday night in Aurora and police have identified a person of interest, according to Aurora police. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at about 9:36 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Emporia Street and found the man with a stab wound, according to a news release. The man was transported to a hospital and he was pronounced dead. Police have not released the circumstances around the stabbing or more details about the incident. The Adams County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the man at a later date. Police have a person of interest in connection with the fatal stabbing and said in the news release that they believe it was an isolated incident with no threat to the public. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Aurora Police at 303-739-6117. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 and may be eligible for an up to $2,000 reward. … [Read more...] about Man fatally stabbed in Aurora Saturday night
A hot and sunny day is forecast Sunday for Denver, with wind gusts that could get as high as 21 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service cautions people to be aware of high fire danger conditions. Sunday’s high is expected to get up to 97 degrees with a partly cloudy evening and a low near 71 degrees, forecasters predicted. Monday and Tuesday’s highs will likely be in the 80s going back up to 90 degrees on Wednesday and 93 on Thursday, according to the weather service. A slight chance of Thunderstorms is expected Monday night and Tuesday. The hazardous weather outlook in northeast and north central Colorado warns of high fire danger Sunday with more dry and hot temperatures expected later in the week. The hot, windy and dry conditions, especially in the afternoon, will be most extreme in the Front Range mountains below 10,000 feet, high mountain valleys and around the northern foothills and Cheyenne Ridge, according to the hazardous weather … [Read more...] about Denver weather: High fire danger due to hot, dry, windy weather
In one transaction, I sold two records for a combined $110 last week. I had paid a total of $2 for the records. I have to say the experience at the the Birmingham Record Collector’s show in Gardendale was a little intimidating and selling great records made me a little sad. I am not all that experienced with selling records because my personal record collection is something I built for my own listening and have rarely sold any. Now at 59, living with Lewy body dementia, I have to start planning for the potential of dying much sooner than I planned. In other words there is a little more urgency. I don’t want to saddle my wife, Catherine, with having to deal with my 678 records, although distributing between various nieces, nephews and other family members is an option. I’ve always argued against getting rid of them by saying they are collectible and perhaps valuable. In fact, I’ve been touting their potential worth for 40 years (a strategy that has worked … [Read more...] about Vinyl negotiations: Downsizing a record collection?