WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 8 Number 6
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
Rezoning Declared Legal
The Zoning Committee of City Council recently asked for an opinion by the City Attorney on whether it is constitutional (legal) to rezone property from a designation allowing high density development, to a more restrictive classification, allowing only single and double family homes. In his opinion, the City Attorney quoting the zoning law, stated that any person, or group of persons, can initiate a request for a change in the zoning law. In addition, the law specifies the precedure by which zoning changes are effectuated, but makes no mention of whether the zoning must be more or less restrictive (Rl, single family only zoning, is more restric-
tive than R-3, which allows apartment houses). Since zoning changes can be made in one direction, it can also be made in the other direction, and is therefore legal.
In a recent decision by a Pennsylvania Court, it was pointed out that since the legislative body (City Council) made the zoning, it could also change the zoning, in any direction it chose, for the good of the City. Private property owners, the court stated, have no vested right in a zoning classification. When they purchase land, they must realize that changing circumstances might mean a change in the rezoning, the court, stated further.
Mini-Park Naming Contest Ends
On Monday, November 8, an ad hoc committee composed of a West Side youth, Ben Burg, 428 Acoma St.; a legislator, Betty Benavidez, 1110 Mariposa; a member of the clergy, Don Schierling, formerly from First Menno-nite Church, and another West Side resident, Mr. Rose Rodgers, 531 Inca; met to select a name for the minipark development at Fourth and Galapago, from some 35 names submitted.
The contest was held following the criteria set down by the Parks and Recreation Department. The committee after carefully screening the proposed names chose the name, Hector Flores Park, in honor of a former West Side resident who distinguished himself during World War II, and is among one of Colorados most highly decorated soldiers.
Cash Prize Given
The name was submitted by Mrs. Josephine Acosta, a resident of the larger west side, who knew Mr. Flores in his youth. She will be awarded a fifty dollar cash prize, by the West Side Coalition, who sponsored the contest.
West Siders Would you like to help support the West Side Recorder in a new way? In the past many of you have contributed news items and the staff hopes you will continue to do so. But we feel that many of you would also be glad to contribute financially. Most of the money to pay for the costs of putting out the Recorder comes from grants and agencies. Since the paper goes to each West Side home and business free of charge, we would like to
Hector Flores was born August 28, 1922, and was a product of the West Side, having been raised here and attending neighborhood schools.
Having completed school, Mr. Flores entered the United States Army where he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty. Among the various honors bestowed on Mr. Flores for his galantry were; the silver star, the bronze star, two purple hearts and various sharpshooting awards.
An example of Mr. Flores heroism can be found in his
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see more residents and businessmen share in the financial support of it through gifts and donations. Some may even want to make a pledge to give monthly. The Recorder will carry an honor list of all donors each month. All contributions are tax deductible. Donations should be mailed or brought to the West Side Recorder c/o Jerry Garcia, Inner City Parish, 910 Galapago St. 80204. Lets show once again that the Recorder is our paper. Thank you. ________________
Your Questions on Rezoning Answered
Many residents of the West Side have questions on zoning in general, and on the application to rezone a large area of the community in particular. In an effort to further inform interested residents, the following most frequently asked questions and answers are presented:
Q. What is zoning and how does it work?
A. The city of Denver is divided into many different areas. Each area has a zoning designation which permits certain uses in that area, but excludes other uses. The purpose of zoning is to allow the city to control its growth and to protect its citizens. For instance, an area designated as residential is protected from a factory locating there. While the actual administration of the zoning law is much more complex, this idea of different zones for different uses is at its heart.
Q. Who drew up the present zones, and were citizens notified?
A. The present zones were drawn up in the 1950s as part of a comprehensive review of city zoning policy. City Council held several hearings, some public, on the new law, and then passed it. While citizens were technically notified, no meaningful effort was made to learn their wishes concerning the future of their communities.
Q. Has the zoning law changed much since it was passed? If so, who changed it and how?
A. Many changes have been made in zones since the law was passed. If someone wishes to change a zone, or any part of a zone, from; one classification- to another, he must make an application to the Zoning Administrator, which then goes to various city agencies and finally to City Council for consideration. Until now, zoning changes have been requested by individuals, or by businesses and developers. Virtually every zoning change has favored money interests, in that low density residential areas have been rezoned to allow apartment, commercial and industrial building.
Q. Why has the West Side Coalition made an application to rezone a ^portion of the community?
A. The West Side Coalition, which represents many resident groups and thereby many residents, wishes to preserve this community as a residential neighborhood, close to downtown, which people can afford to live in. If the present zoning remains in effect (mostly R-3), single and double-family residences will continue to be bought up by speculators and developers, and demolished. In their places will go high-rises which most West Siders could not afford to live in.
Families wishing to upgrade their homes will also find it easier to get loans, because the new zoning will discourage speculation, and will encourage more stable investment in the neighborhood.
This rezoning request is just one small, but very important, part of a comprehensive plan being developed by West Side residents, with the aid of the Community Renewal Program, to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
Q. What changes will a rezoning cause?
A. The effects of rezoning are long-term rather than immediate. The neighborhood should stabilize, with less housing being demolished, and more improvements made to the existing housing stock. Most of the area to be rezoned is already in single and double family usage (83 per cent); therefore the new R-2 zoning designation will simply conform with reality. Those structures that presently exist, but are not permitted in an R-2 zone, will become non-conforming. A non-con-forming structure cannot expand, but can continue to exist throughout the natural life span of the building.
Q. What efforts have been made to notify residents of the rezoning?
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Information Center For Tenant Rights At Action Center
A Tenant Rights Information Center has been set up at 1312 Santa Fe. The center, in existence for a month, has been formed to give tenants more knowledge of their rights under the law..
Because of the housing shortage in Denver, and especially on the West Side, its not uncommon to find landlords who are attempting to put the squeeze on their tenants. Another prime factor in tenant/landlord problems is the fact that Colorado law gives much power to the landlord, little to the tenant. For instance, it is legal for a landlord to evict any tenant for no other reason than No Reason, given proper notice.
The three of us operating the Tenant Rights Information Center want the community to take advantage of the knowledge weve gained through researching the housing laws and working closely with the Capitol Hill Tenants Union. We hope that
tenants who are being evicted, having problems with heating, plumbing, etc., will use our center to find out exactly whos in the wrong and what action can or cant be taken in the matter.
We have available at this time a Tenants Handbook in both English and Spanish. The handbook summarizes briefly what tenants should do in cases of evictions, landlord liens, lockouts, housing code violations and security deposits. Each month, we hope to have some space in the Recorder to go into more detail on each of these areas, and maybe give you a taste of some of our cases, just to keep you up on what were doing here.
I For more information or help in -dealing with tenant / landlord ^problems phone 534-5141 and ask for Maureen Rafferty, Susan Bavaria, or Betty Koehler, or come see us at the Westside Action Center, 1312 Santa Fe, from 1 to 5, Mon. Fri.
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Letters To Editor
To The West Side Recorder I am very concerned about the demands that the brothers at Canon City made. I and my friends think their demands are valid. They are not asking anything unreasonable only that they be treated decent. We support them 100%.
Thank you, Mark Duran 1015 W. 9th Ave.
West High Student
We are in support of the strike that occured at Canon City Penitentiary. We are senior citizens and have been through a lot in life. Warden Patterson should have no reason to balk at the inmates realistic reasons for the strike.
Frank C. Herrera 1319 W. 13th Ave.
William E. Wheeler 1042 Navajo St.
Diane and John Hushman
John Hushman is a former West Side Vista Volunteer who decided to stay. As of September 1 he was named community worker for the First Bethany Lutheran Church, 215 W. Fifth Ave. He formerly was a Vista Volunteer at West High School for two years.
He is working now to set up an organized youth program in the community in which he would like to involve suburban kids.
Hushman conducted a survey of the area this summer to determine needs and parents indicated they would like programs for young children, programs on
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drugs, and activities for Senior Citizens. His goal is to establish a community board of parents to further increase contact with youth and their needs.
There are 12 Neighborhood Youth Corps students from Baker Junior High and West High Schools working with Hushman.
A California resident, Hushman attended California State College and Concordia College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After college he worked for six years in the Black community in Milwaukee and then in a drug center for boys in the San Francisco area, before joining Vista.
Its a great opportunity for suburban kids to find out what poverty is all about, Hushman stated concerning Vista. The changes will be seen when the volunteers go back to their communities. There is not too much you can do in one year, or even two. Probably the greatest good is for the people working in Vista.
Hushman and his wife, Diane, will be living above the First Bethany Youth Center at 215 W. Fifth Avenue. The current youth program includes: Boys Club 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Girls Club
Why is every effort to preserve our existence met with such resistance? For years, we have been told to better our lives by working through, rather than against the system. But the only language the system seems to understand is money; and we sure dont have much of that.
Our community, our barrio, is the only home we have. How many of us could move to Littleton, Bear Valley, Aurora even if we could afford it, who would want to?
We like where we live. People are alive, not trapped in their tiny boxes. We talk to one another, see each other on the street, get ripped off by the same stores. Others might see our differences, we see our sameness.
The West Side is our hub who wants to see highrises. We dont live in them. If I sell my home for $9,000, where can I go? This land is not just real estate which can be measured in dollars, it is our home, part of our heritage.
Look around! Houses being torn down, parking lots springing up, businesses (not the kind that serve us), industries how did they get here?
We ask for a rezoning to protect what little we have. Maybe we can get loans to fix up our places. Why all the hassle? Cant we ever win the game? We play by your rules, now you wonder if those rules really are fair. Why, because were using them now. Why is it legal to rip down where we live, and questionable to build it up? Were not stupid! Havent people made enough money?
Listen Zoning Administrator, were watching! All your new questions, the ones you never asked the speculators and big money boys who wanted changes. Why are you so concerned now? From now on they had better be asked of everybody the same. Comprenda!
NEW PROGRAM AT FAIRMONT
What are these pupils at Fairmont looking at? They are working with a machine called a Controlled Reader in the Look Listen Learn program, more commonly called the LLL program. If you would like to know how they work and what other machines and learning aids your child is using in the first three grades at Fairmont, be sure and visit the school on December 2. All interested persons are urged to attend especially parents. The date is Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Parish Moms Plan Seasonal Activities
The Parish Moms is a group of young mothers who meet every Friday morning at the Denver Inner City Parish to share friendship, support, ideas and skills that aid us in that marvelous and demanding job of being a good mother. We do things with and for our children, like our summer trip to the zoo, as well as for ourselves.
For the past several months, the Moms have been doing a lot of sewing for themselves and for their children. Many have just learned to sew or are learning new skills and were very proud of some of the creations. We have had a speaker to help us learn how to make a budget and how to better handle money and plan for the future.
All young mothers and expectant mothers are welcome to come and join us on Friday mornings 9:30 11:30. If you are interested in. Christmas projects
6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Study Halls 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Head Start Mondays through Fridays, Bible School 9 a.m. Sundays,
Teenage Youth Lounge 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays.
or learning to sew or knit, come. If you are expecting a baby and need help with maternity clothes, baby clothes, baby equipment, and ideas on taking care of yourself and your little one, come. If you have pre-school children and are interested in learning new ideas for child-rearing and ways to prepare them for school, come. (Raising children to do well in school and get along in our fast-moving modern world is so much harder than it was for our mothers.) If you just need a chance to get out of the house and have a time to have coffee and visit with other mothers and make new friends, come. We enjoy visiting, sharing and learning together, and soon we will be planning trips and outings for the spring. We would like for many young mothers to join us. Bring your children along.
If you are not within walking distance of the Parish and you need a ride, call the office (244-2636) on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and give the secretary your name and address someone will come and pick you up. We look forward to having you with us next Friday Do come and join the Parish Moms.
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WEST SIDE SUPERMARKET NEARER TO REALITY
L. to R. Ben Aragon, Bernie Vigil, Louie Ramirez, of DCDG, Tom Martinez of the Westside Action Council, and Gil Martinez, director of the Westside Action Center.
A supermarket will soon become a reality for West Side residents. This will become a reality after many years of effort by many people in planning, in feasibility studies, and in the involvement of college students doing research. Among other people that were the originators of the supermarket concept were the former director of the West Side Action Center, Mr. Leo Rodriquez, and many of the previous West Side Action Council members. In recent times, as recent as the fall of 1970, the members of the Action Council began to renew the efforts of making a supermarket a reality. Recognizing that there were other resources in the community they contacted other agencies for information, advice and counsel and possible participation. Denver Community Development Corporation (DCDC) responded immediately in a very positive manner and the executive director of DCDC personally began to make the necessary arrangements with members of his staff and Don Nichols of the Legal Aid Society for the purpose of developing a proposed corporation that would be consistent with the guidelines that the agency operates under.
Board of Directors Appointed
Meetings were held with the legal representatives of the West Side Action Council, Brian Pendleton, Tom Martinez, Chairman of the West-side Action Council, Don Nichols of Legal Aid, Louis Ramirez, George Chavez and Gil Martinez, Director of the West Side Action Center. The result of this first organizational meeting began the wheels rolling. Since that first meeting many meetings have been held. The corporation named the West Side Economic Enterprise Corporation was officially formed. It was determined
John Archilla, new social worker for Auraria Community Center.
that, initially, there would be seven board of directors to direct the destiny of the corporation. The first president of the corporation was Mr. George Chavez who was the manager of the Safeway Store in West Denver. He was also a past member of the West Side Action Council. Since the formation of the board, Mr. Chaves has been forced to resign because of lack of needed time.At the present time the board of directors are: Mr. Art Lujan, president; Father Craig Hart, secretary-treasurer; Minnie Conict, A1 Herrera, Tom Martinez, Don Ryd-strom, and Charles Claugh-ton.
The Colorado Economic Development Association (CEDA) was also very instrumental in putting the package together that was submitted to the SB A and subsequently to the Union National Bank. As a result of combined efforts of all of these organizations and many individuals, they were able to secure a guaranteed SB A loan from the Union National Bank. This was to supplement $15,000 from the West Side Action Council, Inc. and $15,000 from DCD, for a total of $30,000 which
John Archilla has been hired as the social worker for Auraria Community Center. In an interview with John he had this to say, After working at the Auraria Community Center for the summer, and seeing the needs that existed within the boundaries of the West Side, I found a wealth of work to be done in the community, and the surrounding area. The people of the community captivated my heart, and showed me warmth and a way of living that many people do not know about. I can say that it certainly was a change from my last place of employment here in Denver. I worked at the National Jewish Hospital for two years, after dedicating myself to the A.C.I. Services there for this amount of time, they released me from my position without notice, a practical establishment way of weeding the minorities from their positions, to make way for their own. Racism, I believe was the reason for my dismissal, even though my views on the racial matter to them were quite radical. I believed the people should have the freedom of expression that the CONSTITUTION OF THIS
was used for seed money to secure the necessary loan.
The West Side Action Council and DCDC will each, to the extent that is feasible, continue to provide supportive services to the board of directors and to the supermarket itself. These supportive services may be in the form of fiscal accounting from DCDC and services such as transportation to and from the store by the Westside Action Center. It should also be said that this supermarket will have a very strong component, that component being in the area of training which will be made available in conjunction with other manpower training agencies or organizations.
To Be Community Store
Mr. Martinez, Chairman of the Council, and all other Council members, want to emphasize to the community that this is a store which belongs to the community and that they invite their participation and urge their support. Mr. Martinez hopes that this is the first of many such ventures that will become realities in the poverty sectors which include Southwest, Platte Valley, North Denver and the West Side target areas. One of the positive
COUNTRY states, and that racial prejudice that exists between the bourgoise establishment of this country and the people within its boundries, should be eliminated to a better place for us and our children to live in without suffering the great white backlash that exists here today. I am only hoping that in some way I can be beneficial to
Sam Abeyta, new Auraria Headstart director.
things that may result with the success of the supermarket is that it can show Denver Opportunity and the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) that such programs can be developed which help to fight the war on poverty. It will also show that people in the community, given the opportunity, can manage businesses successfully and encourage governmental agencies to support economic development programs. It may also help Denver Opportunity in recognizing the sense of responsibility the West Side Action Council, Inc. has shown and the result may be the accelerated procedure for the granting of the delegate agency status.
Bernie Vigil, store manager. Mr. Vigil is 24, married and has 4 children. He was an assistant manager at a Del Farm store in Littleton.
Mr. Ramirez, executive director of DCDC, wants to stress to the community the following points: that the purpose of developing a supermarket in the West Denver community is 1) to provide the community with quality food at the lowest possible prices and to provide better service and 2) to recycle profits generated by the supermarket back into the community in the form of other programs; to provide employment opportunities for the community; to serve as a vehicle for training of community residents in the skills
the Latino community in Denver in their search for freedom and equality throughout the United States. Long live the people and their stuggle for equality and freedom.
Sam Abeyta was recently hired as the new Head Start Director for Auraria Community Center. Mr. Abeyta has been active in the West Side for a number of years. He was employed as an office manager for the West Side Coalition for a year and a half. Sam holds a B.A. in Spanish with a minor degree in Sociology.
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required in a supermarket such as store managers, produce department managers, meat cutters, meat wrappers, cashiers, stock clerks, etc. which are needed; to provide skills in looking for work in other supermarkets and for the future staffing of community owned stores. Mr. Ramirez also wants to emphasize that this store is community owned and that its success depends on the whole-hearted support of the community. Said Mr. Ramirez, The success of this store is insured by the participation of the community. IT IS YOUR STORE, PLEASE SUPPORT IT.
Ben Aragon, meat cutter. Mr. Aragon is 37, married and has 3 children. He was employed at a Del Farm store.
Benefit Total Community Another point that Mr. Ramirez felt had to be emphasized was that this supermarket must be operated as a business if it is to succeed and the benefits of its success will be realized by all those who shop at the store. Their benefits will be in terms of better service, volume will mean lower prices for quality foods. But again, it must be understood that the store must be operated at a profit to insure that its long term stability and capital provided will implement other community ventures.
In a .joint statement Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Martinez, Chairman of the Council, have said that the manager and the meat cutter have been selected and it was necessary to find the most expert people in their respective fields, again, recognizing the importance of the success of this venture. Please be alerted that as soon as the final details have been completed the news media and other means will be employed to let you know of the grand opening for the supermarket.
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LA CASA DEL BARRIO NEW NAME AND LOOK FOR CENTRO
UMAS was looking for a house to serve as a base for community projects. An opportunity to turn all the talk about returning to offer the people their learning and expertise.
How often do community people hear all this talk and realize how cheap, cheap hell!! Expensive talk of many graduates from universities who can give you a camalismo rap at the drop of a greenback or a title (Dr., Chairman, Director, etc.) How many of the graduates from Metro State, C.U. and D.U. really serve the community? Lets face it, the majority of middle class Mexicans, and Spanish surnamed, use the movement, use the people to further themselves socially, politically, or economically.
So back to the story, an UMAS student knew somebody who had something in the way of a building, and maybe there was some government money to rent the place. The students were advised not to attempt to move into the community without checking first with the community people. The reasoning behind this was that the community knows what goes on despite the fact that some people dont believe in the ability of uneducated .barrio .people .to make their own. decisions. The students went ahead and* had, negotiations with the Board of Directors supposedly in charge "of the place. The Board agreed that ma'ybe they could rent the place for $250 a month. Thinking about this awhile, they began checking into ther background of this Board. It was discovered that they had rdcei^ed* the building for free if they would do certain community. service projects.
UMAS then decided that maybe it would be best to get more advice from the community people on this matter. Many people in the community became concerned that the students would be used to build a foundation under a collapsing paper organization. The community people- saw the sincerity of the students intentions and joined them in the negotiating with the president and and vice-president of the old Board. The pres-ident and vice-president saw that the times they are a If UMAS was going to be the people running the new projects (all the old projects had folded) what did they need $250 a month rent money for? For old bills, we discovered old bills that were the result of previous mismanagement of funds. So UMAS was expected to help this board that had fallen from 18 members to seven or eight, to save itself.
changin and feeling the unity between the students and the community people, decided to work out a just solution to the transfer of responsibilities.
La Casa del Barrio.
Augustin de la Razo returns to La Casa del Barrio.
The officers of the new Board are as follows; Germaine Aragon kg- President 1310 Navajo John Valdez Vice-President 2501 Oneida St.
Waldo Benavidez Secretary II10 Maraposa Jerry Garcia Treasurer 861 Galapago
The vice-president called a meeting with his old board. There were 50 or more community people (old, young, men, women, babies, welfare mothers, workers, and agency people) and students from UMAS at the meeting. These people sat patiently listening to 8 members of the old Board as they explained their feelings and endless financial problems they had gotten themselves into by not keeping a sharp eye on their organization.
sanded and varnished, the kitchen put in working' condition.
The other Board members' are;
Gill Martinez UMAS Paul Martinez 945 Clay Vi Medrano1448 Navajo Kelly Lovato1045 Navajo Agapita Sandoval -Hl230 W. 10th Ave.
Alberta Crespin 'JfK 941 Kallamath
Josephine Martinez 921 Kalamath
Rose Rogers 531 Inca
The building has been renamed La Casa del Barrio. The new Board would like to say Bienvenidos a toda la gente or Welcome to all.
TESOL Pupils Almost
New President of La Casa del Barrio, Germaine Aragon.
The community explained how, with the exception of one Board member one out of 8 who lives in the community, they did not personally have to live with the debts to businesses in the community. Unity Sought
A Jewish lady oil the Board testified as to how she was there to help bring unity to the Chicano people in the
same way the Jewish were united. It was pointed out to her that the Jewish werent united. There are orthodox and unorthodox Jewish people. There are also judges (Julius Hoffman) who dont agree with radicals (Abbie Hoffman). Also there were 50 people in front of her who had more unity between them than the 8 members of the Board. They agreed to have 75 per cent community people on the Board. The new Board would be responsible for seeing that the transaction was made as soon as possible. The students and community went to work like cucar-achas. The building has been repainted, wood floors
Go To Mountains
On Friday, October 29, the boys and girls from Mexico that attend Greenlee Elementary School and Fairmont School planned to spend the day in the mountains at Balaret School. But they got snowed out of their trip.
Instead, Alice Ogura, Del Barcus, and some student helpers took the children to see a Disney movie about bears and later they drove to Boulder in the Balaret bus. When they stopped along the road for lunch over 200 geese flew over the bus. The day ended with some hot chocolate in a Boulder restaurant. On the way home, Rose Ramirez and Manuel Aguilera sang solo songs on the bus. Even though they had bad luck with the weather it was a fun day.
The community at work at La Casa del Barrio.
St. Josephs Parish Elects New Officers
St. Josephs Parish Council met on November 4, 1971. At this meeting the annual election of officers was held. Mr. Pete Candelaria was re-elected as President of the Council. Mr. Bill McGinty was elected as Vice-President and Sister Mary Canisius R.S.M. was re-elected as Secretary. These are the officers of the Council and they will serve a one year term.
The idea of a council of -parishioners is relatively new in the Catholic tradition. At St. Josephs a temporary Parish Council was established in September 1969. At that time the. Pastor appointed thirteen ^members and thirteen alternate members. The main task of those members was to establish a constitution and by-laws. They also made preparation for the election of members to the permanent Parish Council.
The election process for members of the Parish Council began in the summer of 1970. At that time all parishioners were re-
The afternoon class has been very busy these past days. In our classroom you will find Rose Young, Teacher; Pat Carlos, Teacher Aide; Pauline Volunteer, Shirley Gomez, Dorothy Montoya, C.U. Students and Margie Heridia from Baker Jr. High School.
The children are learning their colors and numbers, their full names and such. We have arts and crafts, music, games, and also the trampoline has been part of our learning. If you have been to our class, you have noticed the alphabet painted on the wall. That is the fine work of our volunteer, Shirley Gomez. Our volunteers are very helpful to us and we appreciate them. Thanks girls you have done an outstanding job.
We had our Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 29th, needless to say, the children had a very nice time. Mothers were on hand to share the fun.
Mrs. Rose Young has started teaching the children Spanish. The children sing 10 Little Indians in English and then in Spanish. The teachers enjoy this part of teaching almost as much as the children. We hope to continue with finger plays and perhaps a Christmas carrol in Spanish.
quested to submit names of likely candidates. From the names submitted, a ballot of 22 nominees was mailed to all the members of St. Josephs Parish in September 1970. Of these 22 nominees, eleven were elected to serve as members of the Parish Council. The next election for members to St. Josephs Parish. Council will be October 1972.
The Parish Council is- the governing body of the parish, exercising powers appropriate to its functions. The basic purpose of the Council is to guide the members of St Josephs parish in carrying ^ut the work < of the apostolate of the laity in the parish and in the community. The Council has made major decisions with regards to St. Josephs Schools, the Liturgy and -financial administration^ Areas of community concern where it has become involved are: membership in the West Side Coalition and its support of the current re-zoning efforts for a portion of the West Side.
Submitted by F. Fransiscus
Have you seen our marching band? When the weather'is nice we march around the block. Each child has a musical instrument, it may not be the sweetest music youve heard, but we are the loudest. Other days when the weather is nice you may find us at the park. So those are some of the things that are going on in our afternoon class.
We would like to have some of the parents taking part in our classroom. We are having so much fun learning new things everyday, that we dont want the parents to feel left out. Come and join us.
Health Education For Teens At Mariposa
A health education rap session for teenagers is sponsored by the Mariposa Health Station each week at the West Side Youth Center, 1438 Navajo. The meetings are held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and include films, displays, demonstrations and discussions covering a different health subject each week. The next meeting will be Dec. 2, and future meeting dates will be announced at the youth center.
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Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Moseley.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dabrowski, 1115 Inca St., wish to announce the marriage of their daughter, Melody C. Dabrowski, to Stephen B. Moseley.
Melody was born and raised on the Westside and attended Greenlee, Baker Jr. High, and West High Schools. Stephen was raised on the Wes' ide and attended Baker Jr. High. He is the son of Mrs. Ida Moseley of 1140 Mariposa St. He enlisted in the army in 1969 and spent one year in Korea and one year in Viet Nam., .Hes now stationed at Fitz-simons. They were married Oct. 9 at Emnaus Lutheran Church. The reception was .held in the basement of the church; They are residing with his mother at 1140 Mariposa St. -
Ida Stromberg of 525 West First Avenue and a member of the Wesleyan Convent Church, passed away in Denver, October 11, 1971. Born in Sweden, April 4, 1892, she came to America as a young woman. She entered a Bible School in Wisconsin and engaged in Christian work of various kinds the rest of her life. For the last thirteen years she lived in Denver, where her Christian influence was felt in the church and among her circle of friends. Blessed ate the dead who die in the Lord.
Mrs. Agapita Sandoval of 1230 W. Tenth Ave. and Mrs. Alberta Crespin of 941 K&lamath St. and other families received a visit from George Kneebone of Lafayette, Colo. Earlier this year George was a student teacher at Greenlee Elementary School and lived during that time with West Side families.
Another visitor was MisS Darlene Baldivia of Erie, Colo., who visited Larry Aragon of 1310 Navajo St.
Joe Vigil formerly of 1017. Inca St. and brother of Epifanio Vigil of 1404 Navajo St. died the early part of November at Denver General Hospital. The funeral and burial was at Trinidad, Colo, next to the family plot. Joe was an employee at City Iron and Metal Co.
Anyone needing help to obtain their G.E.D. (General Educational Development) please get in touch with the Crusade for Justice, 222-0825. Also help on an individual basis can be obtained at the Crusade school which has quite a number of West Side children attending.
Rose Valenzuela is a very busy .West Side mother and very active in Greenlee Elementary School. She recently gave a dinner held at Centro Cultural, 935 W. 11th Ave. for Grfeenlee faculty and the community. Mrs. Valenzuela plans to give future dinners at Centro for the purpose of obtaining funds-for Greenlee families on an emergency basis.
Eduardo and Maria Vigil owners, and some customers, Dave Lopez, Pat Archuleta, Rudy Garcia.
You know Eddie (Eduardo Vigil). If you dont, drop in at La Trinidad, New Mexican Steak House, 822 Santa Fe Street, and have some good mexican food.
For as young as he is, hes been around for a long time, if you know what I mean. Eddie is the
Bi-lingual Mothers Club
For the second year, the Greenlee Bi-lingual Mothers Club is meeting at the Auraria Center Fridays at 10 a.m. Every Friday the. mothers bring their children and the Center, thanks to Mr. Willie Montoya, provides a baby sitter. Mrs. Loyola Salazar teaches th e mothers to make Mexican handicrafts and right now they are making Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations for their homes. English lessons are taught by Miss Sherry Sweet-
kind of guy that could make dumping trash exciting. His menu is a product of his upbringing, everything from New York Steak at barrio prices, to the kind of food El Burrito. Drop in and meet his familia.
nam from 10 to 11. Some new mothers from Fairmont School have been attending. Mrs. Rose Valenzuela, the president of P.T.A. at Greenlee, has been offering her time and has helped the group every Friday.
Several weeks ago Mr. Man zanares, the principal of Greenlee School, attended the meeting and spoke to the ladies. The ladies and their children will go on tours of Denver, downtown, the zoo, park, planetarium, and library throughout the year. Both Spanish speaking and English speaking people are invited to come. If you have any questions
Del Gurule, who resides at 1148 Mariposa, has just recently been released from Veterans Hospital. We wish him the best of health. Mr. Gurule was one of the nations youngest veterans to be decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal. He has also received 2 silver stars, 2 bronze stars, 5 purple hearts, Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal and Japanese Occupation Medal.
St.. Josephs Church is planning a Spanish Mass at-6:00 p'm. on Nov. 27, sponsored by the Parish Life Committee.
It will be 'followed by a potluck supper. Parishioners are urged to attend and bring their favorite dish.
The Inner City Parishioners gave a baby shower last month to Carol Cruz-Aedo and Cathy Magnus, wives of the Reverends Ramiro Cruz-Aedo and Dick Magnus of the Parish.
Lonnie Harris, Jr. of 1454 Osage St. is taking JudoÂ£ lessons at Auraria Community Center. Instructor is Danny Vigil of 1318 Navajo St. Lonnie, 6 years old, known by his friends as Binky, has also made beautiful multicolor plastic flowers at the West-side Youth Center. There is some- thing for all youth in those centers.
Bill Watts of 1261 W. 10th Ave. will leave this week for California to visit relatives and friends.
Jerry and Patricia Soliz and children, Yvette and Marie are spending a month with Pats mother Mrs. Irene Atwell of 1370 W_. Eleventh Ave. The Soliz family ar
Steve Johnson of Inner City Parish was in the hospital last month. His friends of the parish missed him, especially his young friends.
Headstart At Auraria
Morning teacher is Eleanor Lucero, assistant teacher is Jeannie Jimenez, and D.U. student volunteer is Shirley Gomez.
We have 21 children enrolled in the morning class. October was a busy month for our children. They enjoyed taking a ride to the pumpkin farm to shop for a pumpkin for the classroom. We took the trip in Mr. Luceros camper, and got lost and ended up buying the pumpkin at Safeways.
The children made Indian head-bands, and the teachers painted their faces with washable paint and they went from office to office at Auraria asking for tricks or treats. The children were asked to sing or perform for the handouts and we all had a good time.
please call Sherry Sweetnam or Chris DeLeon, the social workers aide, at 222-3531. Everyone is welcome.
West Side Street A codemy Growing
The West Side Street Academy has been in existence for two years. Before last March, it was known as the Baker Extension Center. This Center was started by Mr. John Doyle and Mr. Tom Stevens as a school to help kids who could not get along at Baker. The West Side Street Academy serves twenty-four children coming from Baker, Lake and Rishel Junior High School.
From this project, ;seven new schools have been born 'serving all the junior high schools in Denver. But i(t was on the West Side that it all started. Because the community got together and supported this program when it was in danger of closing due to the lack of money; it exists today along with seven others like it.
The original idea for the program developed from the school and community working together in a cooperative* effort. Several community leaders, including Mrs. Germaine Aragon, are to be credited 'with their involvement in this most worthwhile endeavor. This is a good example of the power we have when we work together and try.
The school serves two purposes:
1. to heip children that the regular schools have failed to reach
2. to help the regular schools run more smoothly
The staff at the West Side Street Academy consists of John Doyle, Tom Stevens, Billye Heiser and Geraldine Hodges. This staff is
voluntary and as a team has had a great deal of experience working with our community and our children. The staff receives their salaries through Model Cities program and the State Special Education Department. However, the staff are all employed by the Denver Public Schools and receives the standard Denver Public Schools salaries and fringe benefits. This is true for all eight junior high school street academies.
The staff takes an active part in community work and organizations. They see the school as a part of the West Side and are responsible to the West Side. This means the staff must know what the West Side wants for its children. Consequently, the staff does not hide behind desks dressed in coat and tie, but tries to participate-with its neighbors in making ours a better community. '
The children that go to school there all must be intelligent youngsters who have had problems getting along in the regular school setting. Most of them like the school and this can be seen in the attendance rate there. Last year, the West Side Street Academy had a 90 per cent attendance average every day. This is much higher than eigher West High or Baker Junior High Schools.
The street academy hopes to help our children learn and to send them on to high school so that they may become productive leaders on the West Side.
Westside Action Ministry To
Elect New Officers
The Westside Action Ministry is a group of clergy and lay people from churches on theWest Sideof Denver concerned with the community in which they live and worship. Member Churches represented by the Westside Action Ministry, at present are: First Avenue Presbyterian, First Bethany Lutheran, First Men-nonite, Inner City Parish, St. Cajetans Catholic, St. Elizabeths Catholic, St. Johns Lutheran, St. Josephs Catholic, and Wesley United Methodist.
The present officers of the West-side Action Ministry are: Rev. T. Fransiscus, Conveener; Don Schierling, Co-conveener; John Hushman, Treasurer; Rev. Paul Hansen, Secretary; Carlos Padilla, Corresponding Secretary. These officers have served for the past year. Election of new officers will be held at the next monthly meeting of the Westside Action Ministry on December 9th. For the past several years the major task of the Westside Action Ministry has been its sponsorship of the WEST SIDE RECORDER. The Action Ministry has been responsible for obtaining funds for publication and editorial policy. It has been the desire of the Action Ministry
The Auraria Community Center has begun its fall schedule. There are numerous activities involving many members of the community. We have programs starting or in session that you might be interested in. The gym is offering basketball for all age groups, judo for anyone who is interested, gymnastics, volleyball, and many other activities with our children. Included in our program is a Mothers Out Group that will be taking field trips, having dinners and going to movies. There will be babysitters available for mothers who are interested in joining. We are hoping that this group will enjoy a variety of activities in and out of the community of Denver.
that the WEST SIDE RECORDER be a truly community newspaper. With that in mind many community people have become involved in all phases of the paper. These community people have and still are serving the paper well. Without this type of concern on the part of the community people and the Action Ministry the WEST SIDE RECORDER would not exist today. For some time the Action Ministry has been interested in sharing the Word of God with the residents of the West Side. Ideas discussed on Jhis matter have been a storefront religious center, an ecumenical service and the establishment of a worshiping community.
The Westside Action Ministry has been supportive of the rezoning efforts for the West Side. It is represented on the West Side Coalition. At present the Actfon Ministry is initiating steps to better community self help programs through coordination of efforts. -
Members of the above mentioned churches are encouraged to speak with their respective pastors about the Action Ministry and become involved in its concerns for the West Side.
At this point we have six field placement students from Denver University who are working within our community, and in our programs. They will be handling a lot of the responsibilities that take place within our community. Were hoping that with all the resources we have available we will have a great program for the coming year. We also have a cooking class, crafts, action meetings concerning the needs of the community, and many other things in the making. We are at the communitys disposal, please feel free to come in and take a look at what we are trying to do here at Auraria Center. We are sure that you would want to participate in some way or another.
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Baker Annual All-School Show Held Nov. 18 Baker Establishes New
Baker Junior High's all-school show presented two performances on November 18. This years show featured 15 acts with the following cast; Anthony Acevedo, Edward Castillo, Steve Bowen, Budy Medina, Mike Thompson, Tommy Hawkins,
Darrell. Morris, Joe Gonzales, Terry Rios, Frank Wade, James Lorvom, Frank Trujillo, James Perry, Timothy Bunting, Larry Alcorn, Fred Thompson, Tommy Cordova, Debbie DeHart, Sheila Perez, Brenda Armijo, Kathy Medrano, Gina Baca, Naomi Cor-
Lourdes Delmondo, Joe Gonzales and Larry Alcorn practice for the Baker All School Show.
rea, Barbara Fernandez, Connie Martinez, Margaret Quintinar, William Harris, Joyce Westbrook, Denise Martinez, Kevin Lontine, William Lacomb, Chris Garcia, Frank Cruz, Ricky Renner, Gino Atencio, Karry Simpson, Barbara Suazo, Lourdes Delmendo, Larry Alcon, Julie Sintas, Cindy Webb, Theresa Henderson, Yvonne Braxton, Sharon Shans, Glenda Moore, Londa Lopez, Janice Lucero, Francis Lucero, Diana Lopez, Lester Martin, Bevelee Simpson, David Franklin, Randy Collins, Angela Mitchell, Sheila Shaw, Janet Porter, Jennie Cavines, Rita Moreno, Rose Pacheco, Linda Lopez, Celestine Harris, Donna Walker, Valerie Conict.
The teachers who sponsored the show are Gary Hillman, David Sanger, Michael Edwards, Donald Novy, Neomi Martinez, Jean McBernie, Sue Sharpe, Beverly Hill.
Barbara Suazo also practices for the All School Show at Baker.
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Baker Junior High on Monday, November 8, initiated a new method of recording the presence and absence of students. Attendance is taken each period of the day as has been the case, but now cards are sent to the office for each student absent each class hour, thus assuring an accurate accounting of the pupils whereabouts each period. Cards have previously been used only in periods one and two. Absences during periods three through nine were recorded in the teachers register, but not reported to the office until the student had accumulated four.
Parents can be of great help in making the new system work if they will remember to write an excuse for their child when he or she has been absent. It is also important to remember that the excuses should state the students full name, both first and last, his section number, the day or days absent, and the excuse note must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
We are hopeful that this new system will provide up-to-date information regarding the attendance of all of our students. Furthermore, it will be far easier for teachers, counselors, and staff members to identify those students who need help with attendance problems.
Right now, during the fall months, is the time to start preparing for Christmas giving! Byers Library how-to-do-it books can help you build, create, sew or design original gifts. Just a sample of these books is listed below.
Simplified Furniture Design and Construction by David F. Butler. The major problem that most woodworkers face is the need for elaborate machinery beyond reach of the average budget. This practical and useful volume happily solves the problem with a minimum investment in tools. Half of the projects described were built with no power tools at all. Step by step photographs and patterns make various pieces of furniture easy to build.
Pressed Flower Pictures by Pamela McDowall. You dont have to be able to draw or paint to create original and beautiful pictures. Materials are free flowers, leaves, stalks, ferns, grasses, garden weeds and wild flowers. Clear how-to-do-it photographs show you, step by step, how to create a treasure of a gift.
How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards by John Carlis. Here are scores of simple ways to use inexpensive, commonplace materials to create highly individual cards suitable for every holiday, special, and personal occasions.
CORRUGATED CARTON CRAFTING by Dick Van Voorst. If you are looking for new materials for handicraft and gifts, you will discover that corrugated carton cardboard offers new possibilities for unique presents. It is a material which can be used to construct decorative objects
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Some parents of children at Elmwood School are interested in seeing the new school building renamed with an Hispano name. Of approximately 130 public schools in the Denver area only two have names derived from Spanish words. If you have any ideas for a name, please contact Elmwood School.
On Oct. 20 parents of first graders at Elmwood School were invited to visit the classrooms to see their children and teachers in action, to ask questions, share their ideas and concerns and get better acquainted.
After visiting the class and having refreshments, the parents met with Victor Romero, the principal, and the teachers. Fifty percent of our parents attended.
On Nov. 4 a potluck for parents and staff was held. Three turkeys were raffled with winners, Vic Romero, Marge Corby and Manuel Martinez.
Any student who is interested in attending Metropolitan State College please contact the United Mexican American Students (UMAS) at 292-5190 Ext. 312 or Chicano Studies Department 292-5190 Ext. 255.
(such as mobiles, model planes or toys that move), or practical but pretty objects (like lampshades), as well as many other items. An important attraction of corrugated cardboard is that it is easily obtainable and free.
FESTIVE RECIPES AND FESTIVAL MENUS by Sula Benet. Food lovers cant help but be delighted with gifts of special cookies, cakes, jars of colorful pickles, spices, and candies. The hundreds of recipes given in this book have all been tested and proven delicious!
Kitchen Candlecrafting by Ruth Monroe. This most practical guide will show you how to design beautiful candles in your own kitchen. And you dont have to be an artist to make them. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and there are plenty of pictures to show you how the final results will appear. The list of supplies in the back of the book will be of help to those who have no idea where to find the necessary materials.
Patchwork Today by Doris E. Marston. This convenient-sized book (small) will fill the need for an inexpensive guide on pieced patchwork and applique patchwork. Think what an heirloom a beautiful quilt would be to someone in your family! A lasting gift. The contents include (1) background and nature of patchwork, (2) equipments and materials, (3) the shapes used in patchwork, (4) finishings and linings. The book is slanted towards the beginner in patchwork and gives a good deal of helpful detail along with how-to-do-it photographs.
DESIGN YOUR OWN STUFFED TOYS by Anne Dyer. Twelve examples are given with the patterns in the actual size and large photographs of the completed toys.
HERES EGG ON YOUR FACE by Beatrice Traven. A delightfully written and yet most useful cookbook for making your own cosmetics or cosmetics for gifts. All you need to start are items you are sure to find in your medicine cabinet or kitchen. From easy-to-follow recipes, youll be making perfume from flowers and herbs; colognes, aftershaves, eye creams, shampoos, deodorants and even sun tan lotions. Think what gifts these cosmetics will make. And at half the price that youd pay for commercial products.
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WEST HIGH NEWS
Singing Christmas Tree
Children Enjoy Puppet Show At West
The Singing Christmas Tree will be presented on December 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the South High School Auditorium, 1700 East Louisiana. After the fire that damaged the Auditorium there was some question whether the Christmas Tree Sing would be held. Mr. Fluckey, Music Instructor, and Director of the Singing Christmas Tree, said: Knowing that the Christmas tree is such an important part of the community, we would never let a little thing like a fire keep us from doing our best. An organized effort to provide transportation for parents is now being organized.
Stage Damaged By Fire
On October 3, West High was the scene of a fire that resulted in a loss estimated at $55,000. The stage and equipment on the stage was damaged by fire and the remainder of the auditorium was damaged as a result of extensive heat and smoke.
It is doubtful that the stage will be available during the first semester, but it is scheduled to be completely renovated, painted and ready for qse sometime during the second semester. Some of the stage equipment was obsolete and will be replaced with modern and up to date equipment.
The inconvenience the fire has caused will be felt most during the West High Annual Singing Christmas Tree, which will be held at South High School. Many community and school activities have been postponed or shifted to different locations. The student body has been cooperative and have accepted changes on scheduled activities. One very successful assembly, a pep rally, Was held in front of the school and the street was closed off by District 4 Police Dept. Cooperation from the entire West High Community has been very helpful.
Parents Education At West High
The Parent-Working committee from West High School had its first meeting at Baker Junior High at 7:30 p.m., November 10, 1971. While there were not too many people there, the people who were there all spoke up and brought out some very good points and suggestions. The meeting lasted until 11 p.m. when the custodian, said it was time to go.
WHO IS THE PARENTWORKING COMMITTEE Four community women:
Mrs. Alice Gallegos Mrs. Lydia Lopez Mrs. Carmen Munoz Mrs. Phil Monfez And two teachers:
Mr. Ed Cordova Miss Martha Urioste This committee was appointed by Mr. Gene Gallegos, Community Specialist from the Denver Public Schools.
WHY THIS COMMITTEE? To listen to all parent concerns and work with West High.
WHAT is the committee trying to do? To involve more parents, teachers and students for a better West.
It was decided to try to reach 125 parents from the Sophomore Class. At the next meeting, 125 more parents will be contacted by letter and by phone. As the meetings continue, more and more parents will be, asked to join the committee. These meetings will be continued until all parents are contacted.
Seven West High Students are participating in an introductory electronics class sponsored by IBM. The students meet every Thursday night at the IBM Field Office, 777 Grant Street. All instructors are IBM employees who have volunteered their own time to motivate the students toward careers in electronics and computers. The students receive no compensation other than working with actual equipment and talking with men employed in the computer field. Some of the subjects covered include basic electronics, basic programming, and equipment construction. Any West High student interested in entering this class should contact Mr. Sena or Mr. Garramone.
Twenty four-year-olds attended a Smiling Face party prepared as a class project by the sophomore Home Economics Related Occupations class at West High on Thursday, November 11.
Activities included petting and feeding a live monkey under the supervision of Mr. Bob Acker of the Science Department. HERO class students provided the performance of Vivian Martinez as a live puppet directed by Celes-tine Hicks. Ruppet the Puppet sang and danced for the children. Elaine Sisneros, Rebecca Ramirez and Irene Chavez assisted in planning the activities. Smiling face decorations and invitations were prepared by Rosie Hernandez, Charlene Brotsis, Antonettp, Castaneda, Valerie Medina, and Rose Vargas. Michelle Barajas made paper hats that each child decorated and wore during the party. Anna Escamilla completed a patchwork tablecloth used on the refreshment table.
Pamela Mares was chairman of the refreshment, committee. Taste treats of crackers, cheese, fresh vegetables, and kool-aid were served by Mary Blanche, Betty Gonzales, Peggy Barros, and other class members. Providing new experiences for small children and practice in working with them were the objectives of the activity. Mrs. Jacquie Schwartz is the Preschool Teacher at the Denver
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I liked the puppet the best, laughed Danny. And the monkey too! shouted the happy class on their way home from the party. The party was given by the HERO class of West High. The girls are in Miss Parthums class which meets in Room 106. Miss Parthums class has been observing and helping throughout the semester at the Inner City Parish Preschool. The children have enjoyed having the girls come in and they were excited when they received personal invitations to go to a Smiling Face party Thursday, November 11.
As they entered the gaily decorated room, they were greeted by a little monkey from Mr. Ackers science class. They were allowed to admire and pet this new friend
Inner City Parish. Mrs. Mary Ann Parthum teaches the sophomore HERO class.
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and even the shyest of the children joined in the festivities. Party hats, decorations, and refreshments all carried out the Smiling Face theme and for twenty youngsters it was a day to remember especially Ruppet the Puppet, who put on quite a show for the young audience. THANK YOU, MISS PARTHUM AND HERO CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ayuda Para Familias En Problemas De Funerales
El Ministerio de Accion (Westside Action Ministry) sabe que algunas familias han sufrido abusos o deciluciones sin razon cuando han tratado de hacer arreglos para obtener servicios funerales para un familiar difunto. El Ministerio de Accion quiere hacar saber publicamente que no aprobamos de esos abusos de consianza en cuestion de dinero o do religion, sobretodo cuando la familia esta entris-tecida por la perdida de un familiar.
Todas las iglesias miembras del Ministerio do Accion de toda voluntad ofrecen cualquier ayuda a las familias que -han sufrido la muerte de un familiar. Las iglesias del Ministerio de Accion se sienten obligadas a ofrecer servicios de cualquier indole a los residentes del lado
Raymond Castro, photographer for the West Side Recorder.
oeste ('West Side) que desean dichos servicios. Nadie debe tratar de convencerlos de que los oervicios religiosos son impos-ibles de obtenerce si es que los desean.
El hacer arreglos funerarios es dificil sobre todo para la familia afectada por la muerte de un familiar. Si algun residente del lado oeste desea ayuda es este asunto, por favor llame al Ministerio de Accion o WEST SIDE RECORDER al telefono 244-2636 o 266-1445 despues de las cinco y en los sabados y domingos. Un ministro o un sacerdote del Ministerio de Accion se comunicara con usted lo mas pronto posible despues de que usted hizo la llamada.
Herman the monkey gathers new friends.
Inner City Preschoolers Entertained By HERO Class
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Rezoning Questions Answered
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General Orders Number 91, Headquarters 88th Infantry Division APO#88, dated October 22,1944. The report reads as follows; Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, as amended, a Silver Star is awarded to the following named individual, HECTOR M. FLORES, 37341034, Sergeant, Company B, 349th Infantry. For gallantry in action on 1 October 1944, near Belver-dere, Italy, Sergeant FLORES performed with exemplary gallantry during a night attack on German positions. Moving rapidly in the approach to the objective Sergeant FLORES was at the head of his squad, climbing a hill in darkness when he noticed three moving figures on the slope, outlined against the sky. Unhesitatingly Sergeant FLORES ran forward alone toward three Germans who were emplacing a machine gun. Hearing his approach two of the Germans left their gun, charged down to meet him, and were killed in the fire of Sergeant FLORES weapon. The third German, attempting to put the machine gun into action, was killed by Sergeant FLORES before he could open fire. Moving further up the hill through the darkness this sergeant was assaulted from the rear and knocked to the ground by a German. Before the German could use his knife Sergeant FLORES was on his feet and when his sub-machine gun jammed, he clubbed the German, knocked him out and turned him over to the platoon as a prisoner. Still fifty yards from the crest of the hill, this intrepid sergeant again moved ahead, going to the left of the knob and on the flank of another machine
gun. Surprising two Germans at this gun, he captured them, forced them, to walk ahead of him toward a third machine gun which was firing at the now approaching platoon. Moving in on this gun, Sergeant FLORES captured the crew of two. The intrepid action of Sergeant FLORES eliminated fire of three hostile machine guns, killed three and captured five Germans, enabling the seizure of the objective with a minimum of casualties. Sergeant FLORES gallant deeds reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the finest fighting traditions of the Armed Forces. The report was signed by Brigadier General Kendall.
Death Needs Explaining
Hector Flores, like many Mexican Americans during World War II, served his country honorably and meritoriously, fighting for the ideals of justice in a democratic society.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge Hector returned to Denver's West Side, and like others encountered difficulty in securing adequate employment.
This frustration was climaxed in his subsequent death, resulting from internal injuries suffered in the City Jail. His family in an attempt to pursue his cause of death were only successful in having an officer Hutton suspended.
Hector Flores is survived by his wife Lucy Flores and six children; Mrs. Stella Acosta, Mrs. Pauline Morelez, Eva Flores, Ruth Flores, Manuel Flores, and Raymond Flores. The Coalition would like to thank those people who gave their time and effort in
Evidently some of our readers who mail us items, agencies in particular, failed to note that our mailing address changed some months ago. We hope you will see this note and make the necessary change. Our new address is 910 Galapago St., 80204. We also have two telephone numbers for greater convenience to you. Daytime calls should go to 244-2636 (Inner City Parish) and ask for Jerry Garcia. After 5 p.m. and on weekends call 266-1445 (the Guedea residence).
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A. Owing to the unique nature of this rezoning (most rezoning has been from a lower density residential to a higher density residential or commercial), many means have been used to fully notify not only those property owners and residents directly concerned, but the entire community. These have included numerous articles in the Westside Recorder (with maps outlining the boundaries), two public meetings attended by over 200 people, petitions circulated on each block of the rezoning area by block club workers, and several articles in the Denver papers.
Who has supported the rezoning application?
A. Over 70 per cent of the residents (owners and renters) in the rezoning area have signed petitions in favor of it. In addition, almost all of the resident organizations have fully supported the application, including the West Side Coalition and the Neighborhood Improvement Board. The Denver Planning Office and the Community Renewal Program have both endorsed the application 100 per cent. The Denver Planning Board voted unanimously in favor of support. The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News have editorially backed the rezoning. Denvers Mayor, Honorable William H. McNichols, Jr., publicly lent his support, and the Council-men from District 9, which includes the West Side, said that if the people are in favor of it, so am 1,100 per cent.
maxing tne coniest a success. The other names that were sent in will be filed for further use, in the event that other mini-parks are developed on the WestSide.
Q. If I own property within the area to be rezoned, what effect will a change in zone to R-2 have on the value of my house and land?
A. This question is difficult to answer, because the price of property depends on many factors besides zoning. Most probably, rezoning will have very little effect on the price of land. If the neighborhood stabilizes and money is spent on the repair of existing structures, then the general value of land will increase.
There is a misconception, that because the land is zoned for high-rises it is more valuable. The zoning ordinance specifies the number of square feet of land necessary to build high-rises. Most of the parcels in this area measure 25 by 125, or 3125 square feet, this is considerably less than is necessary to build a high-rise. If a developer wishes to build a large apartment house, he must purchase several parcels.-In. order to make a profit, he cannot afford to pay each owner very much for his land. While the speculator and developer, who has lots of money to purchase land with, might eventually make more money from an R-3, B-8, or R-4 zoning, than from an R-2, you can be sure that the owner of a single family home on a small plot will never realize a windfall.
Q. Who might oppose this rezoning?
A. Nobody caring about the preservation of this area as a residential neighborhood will oppose the rezoning. Some businessmen, who wish to further expand their operations by demolishing homes, absentee landlords, speculators and developers, who care little about the future of this community, might oppose it.
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Q. What is the present status of the rezoning application, and how can I help to get it passed?
A. The application was unanimously approved by the Planning Board and put before the Zoning Committee of City .Council. This committee of three Coun-cilmen was concerned about the legality of this type of rezoning (one which favors the people instead of the money interests). They asked for an opinion by the City Attorney about this type of rezoning, and received the answer that it was constitutional, and therefore perfectly legal. The Zoning Administrator, who opposes rezonings initiated by the community, has beseiged the Zoning Committee with numerous technicalities (why in all the years of rezoning is this the first time that these questions are being raised?) Finally the Rezoning Committee has agreed to present the case to the entire Council, so that all interested parties can be heard.
The case in favor of this rezoning is technically very strong, but like all innovative measures it is politically controversial. Councilmen realize that if this rezoning is approved, other areas of the city might request similar action. Why this frightens Councilmen is unknown. However, the fact remains that political pressure must be applied on the Councilmen in the form of calls, letters, and by attending the public hearings, which will be announced.
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