WEST SIDE RECORDER
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
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Juvenile Court Probation Funded
by Denver Anti Crime Council
Another Chicano Enterprise
Volume 9Number 11
Westside Coalition to Sponsor 17 Units of Low Income Housing
The Westside Coalition has just received word from Denver Urban Renewal Authority, that they have been designated as sponsors for 17 Units of low income housing that are to be built on the Westside.
These units will be built on vacant lots and will not call for the demolition of existing structures. They will be three and four bedroom units, equipped for family living.
The Coalition has put together a minority package that DURA was extremely impressed with. Phil Gallegos an architectural graduate from Notre Dame, has designed the housing with adobe exterior so as to reflect the Mexican heritage that many West-side residents share. Manuel Maes Construction Co. will be responsible for building the units. Mr. Maes construction company was picked because he is a community contractor located on 10th and Santa Fe. and because he has a good record in terms of hiring minority workers. Housing Development Incorporated a subsidiary of Colorado Economic Development Association headed by Ed Lucero will do the management of the units. The Westside Coalition will be the non-profit sponsor.
This housing package is a total community effort at developing low income housing, sponsored by a community group, aimed at generating more home ownership on the Westside. These units will initially be rental with the intent of integrating them into a coop venture. This had to be done because under current guidelines such as the 235 Federal Assistance Program which deals in home ownership, the guidelines would not permit such usage on the type houses that are to be developed. For more information about the housing or any of the other activities the Westside Coalition is involved in, stop by at 904 W. 9th Ave. 2nd Floor or call 534-5088.
Aztecs Award Night
The P.A.L. Aztecs are having their Awards night banquet at Auraria Community Center 1212 Mariposa St. the evening of December 16, 1972, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The program will consist of dinner, the awards, door prizes and entertainment.
The parents of all the boys who participated in the football are asked to attend. There is no cost for their meal, however we are asking for donations from the parents to help us in raising money to help pay our league expenses for the referees and umpires.
It would also help us very much if you could call Auraria Community Center at 534-7614 and let us know if you can attend so that we might be able to plan to have enough food for everyone on hand.
The Westside Recorder is trying to make this paper a more open newspaper and truly representative of the views and opinions of this community. If you belong to a group or organization and want coverage, or if you are a resident and have news that you would like included in neighborhood notes please write your articles in care of Westside Coalition, 910 Galapago Street, Denver, Co. 80204.
Juvenile Court Probation Field Division has been funded by the Denver Anti-Crime Council (LEAA) for $219,000 to add twenty-one new personnel to their staff. This proposal still must be approved at the state and federal level this month.
Nine of the new staff will be street workers, and twelve will be trainees who will work part-time and go to school part-time. Teams will be formed which will include a probation officer, a street worker, and a trainee. Although the probation officers are assigned to sections of the city, these sections will be broken down into sub-areas and a team will work in each area. Several of these areas will be in the Westside which is a part of the Southwest quadrant of the field division.
Both street workers and trainees will be community people. They will need to be able to identify with the community
The Chicano Studies Department of Metropolitan State College in an effort to develop more relevant courses in the bi-lingual and bi-cultural field, has expanded its curriculum during the Winter Quarter to include, History and Dances of Mexico on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m., instructed by Lorenzo Trujillo for three hours of credit.
In addition. Espanol del Barrio, a Spanish communication class in the Spanish dialect of the Southwest, will be offered on Monday and Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. for 3 credit hours.
On an experimental basis. The Chicano Community field experience class will be offered for six hours of credit to enable students to gain college credit and at the same time to be of service to his community. Students will be assigned to various
and be identified by the community.
The nine street workers need to have B.A. degrees or be close to finishing their degree. They will be hired (salary at) $8,316. The twelve trainees will work part-time with the probation teams and will go to college part-time. In addition to their salary of $3,640, they will receive $180 per semester to pay tuition and $60 for books. Trainees are required to have a G.E.D., High School Diploma, or be able to complete their high school or G.E.D. soon, so that they can receive college credit.
Youth Coalition and Juvenile Court worked together on this proposal, so all Youth Coalition workers will have first priority for the jobs if they are qualified and accepted. Since not all positions will be filled by Youth Coalition staff, applications can be gotten from Jack Rae at Denver Juvenile Court. (297-5778)
projects in the community in practical situations to acquire meaningful experiences in the students field of interest-supervised by Prof. David Sandoval and Prof. Norman Pacheco.
Mr. Reuben Aguirre, Chairman of the Department added that Analysis of the Chicano Community, will be taught by Richard Castro. He is a recent graduate of Denver University School of Social Work and will continue to teach at Metropolitan State College on a part-time basis for the Winter Quarter.
Fred Acosta, also a graduate student from Denver University, will teach Intro, to Chicano Studies.
For futher information on registration, etc., on the new course offerings, please call 292-5190. ext. 255 or visit the offices at 1300 Glenarm, A A Bldg. Room 214,215.
THE NEW SANTA FE DE AZTLAN THEATRE
Tim Correa, proud owner of the Aztlan Theatre announces the Grand Opening of the Aztlan Theatre Tuesday, December 19, 1972.
Refreshments will be served along with Mariachi entertainment. Agency and community people will be invited to the Grand Opening for a get acquainted night. Also, a short preview of coming attractions will be shown with suggestions accepted by Tim Correa.
Mr. Correa plans to hold Saturday and Sunday matinees for children. He mentions that the theatre has been closed for two years and his family and self are very involved in servicing the Chicano community with Chicano films.
Mr. Correa would like to express his appreciation for the Chicano flavored remodeling organized by Daver Hermosillo and Tony Salazar.
Mr. Correas venture is a good example of Chicano entreprenuership and also his familys sole means of life. He feels it is very important that Chicano films play a role in this citys media. Also is a means of education for those who are unfortunate to grasp our history and culture as Mexicans, and language as well.
One of the main events that everybody looks forward to at West every Christmas is the traditional singing Christmas tree. Its back at West this year. Last year it was held at South, because Wests auditorium was damaged and was in the process of being repaired. This year the singing Christmas tree will be glad to be back at West.
The free public performances
St. Josephs Grade school PTA is sponsoring a dance for New Years Eve Eve. The dance will be held on December 30, 1972 at St. Joes gym 6th and Galapago. The price of admission is $15.00 a couple, this includes a Mexican dinner and all drinks, both beer and hard liquor. The music is provided by Ernie Lee
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be days held for films at Aztlan Theatre. Also in the near future Mr. Correa hopes to expand to a six-day opening. At this point Mr. Correa would like to mention that English and Mexican films will be combined. Admission prices will be adults $1.35 and children 35 cents. Beginning features will be the first run film in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. Tampico. Second feature will be Los Amored de Juan Charra-sguedo.
Applicants now are being accepted for the pre-apprentice-ship barbaer program at Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
Instruction includes practical training in haircutting, shaving, shampooing, massaging, facials, barber science and scalp treatments. Students become eligible for the Colorado State Barber Board apprentice exam and two-year apprenticeship.
Aptitude testing is required for all applicants. Interested persons may call 572-8218 or come to the registration desk at 1250 Welton Street. Registration hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tuition is free to Denver residents.
will be Dec. 15, 18, 19 and the 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the West High Auditorium. It will include the Concert Choir and the Concert Band. The program will consist of traditional Christmas hymns and seasonal music. Some of the people that help put it together are Mr. James O. Fluckey, Choir Director; Miss Bloodwin Roberts, accompanist; and Mr. Jerry Noonan, band director.
and his Knightmen, which play both Mexican and rock music. The dance will start at 9:30 and will end at 1:30. The food will be served the first hour shortly after the music starts. Remember the dance at St. Joes on December 30, 1972, from 9:30 to 1:30 a.m.price $15.00 a couple which includes the dinner and free drinks, all you can handle.
'hicano Studies Department of Metropolitan St. College To Increase Course Offering beginning Jan 4
Singing Christmas Tree at West
St. Joseph to Hold A
New Years Eve Dance
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The recent announcement of the closing of St. Josephs High School has caused much distress for all of us who are concerned with the Westside community. The variety of responses to this news, while understandable, has created confusion and hard feelings in some quarters.
Having been involved since the first of this year in exploring the possibilities, of keeping St. Joe High alive, I must admit that I have found no visable means of maintaining the operation, surely not beyond one year at the most, and maintain and upgrade the educational qualities it offers our students. The statement in the announcement of the merging of three schools into one new operation seems logically sound: any delay in making a major change in our secondary school structure could mean the death of each high school within a few years.
We must acknowledge that the demise of St. Joe High should not have fallen upon any concerned people as a sudden shock. After operating the High School without other support from 1908 thru June 1969. St. Joseph's Parish was all but legally bankrupt. At that time Father Ed Langton secured the help of the Archbishop and the Archdiocese assumed the operation of St. Josephs High as an Archdiocesan High School. At the same time all people who were actively concerned with St. Joes future attended a meeting in which they were alerted to the continuing financial and enrollment conditions which make the change to an Archdiocesan high school only a short ranged measure. The appeal was made to everyone present to give 100% support in assuring a longer life for St. Joes.
In February of this year, the Archdiocese widely announced the critical status of our high schools. It called for the establishment of a committee within each parish. This committee was thoroughly informed of all aspects ol the situation in two days of training sessions. At St. Joe's two meetings were called. Each meeting was a complete explanation of the picture and of the options on which those in atten-
1. Richard Castro
2. Bob Federico
3. Diane Casados
4. Celina Garcia
5. Gloria Aragon
6. Don Schierling
7. Lino Romero
8. Chuck Garcia
9. Brice Balmer
10. Alberta Crespin
11. Germaine Aragon
Advertising Manager Joe Romero
dance w?-re to vote. If you couldnt attend one meeting the second was available. These meetings were announced personally by me with lengthy explanations at all masses at St. Joes on three successive Sundays. Letters were sent to the parents of all children attending St. Joes grade and high schools. Announcements were made at both schools to get the students to urge their parents to attend.
In two nights of meetings a total of 48 people attended and voted. Many had no children in St. Joes grade or high school. 47 elected to keep all 5 high schools open. But the 48 votes were a puny number to speak for St. Joes Parish. The Parish Council voted unanimously to support this same recommendation. As Pastor, I wrote, along with the Pastors of St. Cajetan and St. Elizabeths Parishes, a strong supporting document for keeping all five schools open with special emphasis on St. Joe High. Ours were weak voices in Metropolitan Denver since the three parishes drew only about 75 interested persons to the meetings.
The new high school, 1.7 miles from St. Joes to me. represents a new challenge for our community. Where St. Joes now offers only 39 subjects from which to choose over a 4 year period, the new school Will offer well over 100. With a student enrollment of about 900, students will be able to enter classes in which they can move at their best-speeds rather than have students of all intellectual levels held to the speed of the lower pupils. They will be able to choose those courses that best fit their plans for the future rather than having to be satisfied with a few, perhaps irrelevant one. Athletic and other extracurricular activities will be upgrades.
But this new school cannot succeed if it gets the scanty support experienced by St. Joe High in recent years. It heeds full community backing. It will get ours!
The Archbishop has assured Archdiocesan support for students from this area who cannot carry the full tuition burden at the new school. We have pledged that we will see to it that every such student gets that support.
Its time to face facts. Our kids need our strengths-not our divisive weaknesses. If we want to keep Catholic high school education available for the future, we wont wait again to "close the barn door until after the horse is out. "
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FBLA Supports March of Dimes at West
The Future Business Leaders of America put together an assembly at West. The purpose of the assembly was to give the students a better understanding about why March of Dimes is trying to raise money. The assembly consisted of a film. Keep on Walking. The film was about a young boy who was born without arms and had one leg shorter than the other. With the help of March of Dimes the boy could do tasks which would seem impossible to do for a person with such handicaps. The girls that put alot of hard work in putting the assembly together were Dolly Atencio, Marylin Hulty and Gina Moreno. The girls in FBLA are also helping raise money. They have already collected $84.00.
NOTICE: The Westside
Recorder has just been notified that the Greyhound Bus Co. intends to have a Christmas package pick up and delivery station set up in the old Omeara Ford Bldg, located on the corner of Colfax and Mariposa. They have assured Recorder staff that it is a temporary program and in no way an indication that Greyhound wished to pursue developing a bus terminal on that site.
A year and a half ago the Westside Coalition and neighborhood groups from throughout the city joined West Denver residents in keeping the Greyhound Bus terminal out of the community. They argued that such a facility would generate more traffic into an already congested area i.e. buses, delivery trucks and cars. Residents felt at that time and still feel that such traffic poses a health hazard to the children of
The site is tentatively earmarked for a highrise apartment building for the elderly. Recorder staff feels that a high-rise for the elderly would better serve the community as opposed to a bus terminal.
Parents Workshop at Elmwood
On Thursday October 19. teachers Mrs. Charlotte Rubin and Mrs. Kathleen Acosta from Elmwood school held a parents workshop for the parents of the children in their classes. The topic was Learning Through Food, Presented was various learning experiences that the parents could present while preparing an everyday meal or snack. Thirty parents attended this first workshop. Enthusiasm vuis tremendous. The parents decided to hold a second workshop. The topic for second workshop was "Art at Home" in November. After the first of the year they hope to have more workshops for the parents. Parents have been consulting with the teachers as to the topic of the future workshops.
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News From Aurorio
A basketball league for boys ages 9-11: 11-12; and 13-14, will be starting league play on January 3,1973. Jessie Lovato is in charge of the program and if you would like to sign up call 534-7614 or come to the center. In Arts and Crafts program taught by Loyola Salazar has these past few months turned out some beautiful ceramic and plaster of paris objects. Both the mothers groups in the mornings and children after school are taking home some very nice pieces.
The Escuela Tlateloco is also
using the center facilities and equipment as part of their recreation program, five days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The girls physical education class from St. Joes High School are using the equipment on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00.
The Wrestling and Gymnastics programs on Monday and Wednesday have alot of interest and hopefully in January the two programs will be on their way to successful winter participation.
If you have any questions regarding the centers programs call Jim Vigil.
First Mennonite Church Community Center To Hold Spanish Classes For Pre-Schoolers
A pre-school for children to learn Spanish will be held at First Mennonite Church-Community Center, 430 W. 9th Ave. on the first and third Saturday mornings beginning in December (December 2nd). These classes will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will be fifty cents per hour or one dollar per morning.
Vivian DeCardenas who is the afternoon teacher for Los Ninos Headstart, and a teachers aide will conduct the classes. Mrs. DeCardenas will teach Spanish through music, conversation, games, and other activities. Nine years ago she and her family came to the United States from Cuba where she was a kindergarten teacher. Though Los Ninos is her first pre-school position in the U.S. She is very active with the children and teaches both English and Spanish in all her classes. She brings many Spanish foods and special things to classes.
Los Ninos Headstart children were very busy preparing for Thanksgiving and now will be busy getting ready for Christmas. Their teachers are Mildred Silva and Elvira Josue in the mornings and Vivian DeCardenas and Debbie Nolasco in the afternoon.
For Thanksgiving they planned a party for parents and other adults in the community and at the church. They made pilgrim hats, turkeys, and made a special pumpkin dessert for the party. They prepared special songs and
prayers in Sapnish and English. Two prayers for Thanksgiving were:
Oh Senor gracias to damos has que buenos hoy seamos
Doy gracias por mi comida doy gracias por su ayuda quiedo ser bueno mejor cada dia
Before Christmas, they will learn to play percussion instruments and play together in a band. They will learn Spanish and English songs of Christmas* and will make special Christmas decorations and gifts This month they are also learning to respect one another and .each others property. They have their own little boxes and can bring small things of their own to share and then to sotre in the box. Both the morning and the afternoon class will have a Christmas party in the morning on December 21st.
Rosalie Padilla is the; community aide: -she and the parents will be working on the following projects: Christmas decorations, sewing classes, cooking classes, and preparation for the childrens Christmas program. Some of the parents are now involved in a G.E.D. class that meets Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church community center (430 W. 9th Ave.) Others from the community are invited to these classes.
Colorado Pinto Project
The Colorado Pinto Project is a program for ex-offenders, located in the Westside community, at 1312 Santa Fe. The project proposal was funded by the Department of Labor for a period lasting 18 months. Its sole function is to provide services to the ex-felon that will help him adapt to the rapidly changing society from which he-she has so long been removed. Such services, hopefully, will reduce the incredible rate of recidivism (around 65%) and assist the exoffender during his rehabilitative process.
Presently, there are 800 persons under the authority of the State Parole Board. Needless to say, a large percentage of these are Chicano. There are many more exoffenders who are no longer under the authority of the Parole Board, but who. undoubtedly, are in need of assistance. in view of the hostile reactions of prospective employers toward the ex-felon and the continued harrassment by the police toward known exfelons.
There are emergency loans available to persons serviced by the Pinto Project. Loans for food, clothes, shelter and tools for trade. Highest priority list of the limited funds, of course, is the exoffender most recently released
from a penal institution, facing a competitive world with one suit of clothes, $25.00, no home, and no people resources.
The ex-offender, enrolled in the project, then has three components to serve his best interests-Counseling, Education, and Vocation. He will be assisted in procuring, if he so desires, a G.E.D. or may be enrolled in various colleges in the metropolitan area. If employment is his primary concern, there are three fulltime Job Development Specialists to secure employment for him, or enroll him in a vocational training program where he can specialize in a vocational skill.
The Pinto Project is a product of the Chicano inmate group-The Latin American Development Society-at the Canon City State Penitentiary. Sixty percent of the projects staff are ex-offenders and 14 of 15 staff members are Chicano. Of course, the project is open to any ex-offender, regardless of ethnic background.
The staff welcomes any suggestions that would improve services to the ex-offenders. Call, write, or visit.
The Colorado Pinto Project
1312 Santa Fe Drive
Denver. Colorado 80204
WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1972Pag* 3
I want to congratulate you as the new editor of the West-side Recorder. I hope that with your new position, you will be able to print all the news and enable anyone to have input on issues related to lives and future of the West-side Community and the people that live here.
The past editors, were bias in their paper layout concerning certain issues. The fault can be placed on the papers past big money donators. In reality, the paper had a conservative approach, a non-radical philosophy so as not to upset the John Birch Society or the Great Majority who either own a business, properties or even people in this area.
The education that this paper can give the people is what is important and its ink is worth if it tells all the story and riot a comfortable portion to please a few.
HASTA La Vitoria Andres DePineda Minister of Legal Defense National Brown Bert Org. Denver, Colo.
NOTE: Letters to the Editor are not necessarily reflective of the views of the Westside Recorder.
West Denver had made great strides in voter registration and participation in the political process by its residents. This has not come about through the efforts of ,City Hall or the Election Commission, but rather by the residents of the area who have launched successful voter registration drives and have educated residents of the West-side about the importance of voting. Four years ago District #6 had only 4,000 registered voters. This past presidential election there were some 16,000 qualified registered voters in the district. However, approximately only 8,000 votes were cast in the district for this past election.
The reasons for this low voter turnout are numerous. There was much confusion over where the polling places were. Examples could be found at Greenlee School. Individuals who lived within walking distance to the school, which is a polling place, and had voted there for twenty years, were required to go all the way over to West or Byers Library.
Many of the people in the district are elderly senior citizens who could not manage to walk to three or four precinct polling places before finding the new one they had been designated to vote at. Rides were provided by concerned people in the area, but many people just went home disgusted and dissolu-tioned about the political system and how difficult it is to exercise ones right to vote.
Secondly many of the judges appointed to work at the polling places harassed people who came in to vote by blanketly challenging most of those who came before them. Many of the people in District #6 are Mexican American and speak only Spanish. The judges in most cases were not bilingual and used the language barrier as a harrassment tactic in turning away prospective voters. Lawyers were brought in to curb this harrassment, but were so busy they couldnt cover every precinct. This insensitivity of some of these judges led to verbal and physical assaults.
The Westside Recorder
suggests that the Election Commission send notice to each individual registered voter and spell out in detail where he or she is to vote. This would hopefully stop the confusion generated by. moving the polling places for each district to new locations without the knowledge of the residents.
We would also suggest that judges appointed to work on election day be bilingual and that this be a conscientious effort on the part of the Election Commission to ensure that future harassment of residents who speak only Spanish cease.
It is ironic that many people condemn low-income groups and minorities as being anti-American or Communistic. Yet even when those that are on the outside looking in attempt to exercise their right to vote, and become involved in the political process, they are discouraged at every turn. We are sure that the verbal harassment and abuse that residents of West Denver were subjected to, does not exist in the more affluent neighborhoods of Denver, Why should we be satisfied with anything less?
New President Elected ot Fort Logon Mental Health Center
Angelina Allen, M.D., was recently elected president of the Medical Staff at Fort Logan Mental Health Center. Other officers are Frank Hurdle, MD., vice president and Alan Levy, MD., secretary.
Dr. Allen, the incoming president, received her medical education in the Phillipines. She did her psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Allen was a Mayo scholar. After graduation she taught psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School for three years. Dr. Allen has been on the Fort Logan staff for three years and is team psychiatrist on the Fort Logan Division A Community Team which services Northwest Denver.
The Medical Staff meets regularly and is responsible for assuring the adequate treatment of all patients in accord with the standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
Westsider: Melba Hernandez
Though originally from Kansas, Melba Hernandez has lived on the Westside for more than twenty-five years. First she lived on Lipan and now she and: her husband are buying a home onElati Street.
Melba is very active with Elmwood mothers and is on the Elmwood Bi-lingual Program advisory board. She helped select the name for the new Elmwood Elementary School which is Del-Pueblo. Mrs. Hernandez began working with Elmwood PTA (now Elmwood Mothers) twelve years ago when her daughter Della started kindergarten. Since then she has been involved in dinners for teachers, cookies for homecoming, bake sales, room mother, and rummage sales.
In addition to Della who is graduating from West High School this year, Melba has four other children: David (30), Charlotte (27), Jimmy (22), and Manuel (8). Manuel is now a second grader at Elmwood school but previously attended Los Ninos Headstart, where Melba is on the Parents Council. She has been active with the Los Nonos Headstart mothers in many activities including moneyraising projects as well as knitting and crocheting classes.
craft activities, sewing projects, and planning parties for the children.
The Hernandez family supported the Westside Rezon;iig campaign and hope that no more houses will be torn down. She works for this to become a better neighborhood for her family and all people who presently live here.
Though she is basically a homemaker, Mrs. Hernandez works very hard with schools and groups that her children are involved in. She has also worked with the parents group at Boettcher School while her son Jimmy went there.
Mrs. Hernandez hopes that the new Elmwood School (Del-Pueblo) will be as good as the goals that are presently set out for it. She thinks that Victor Romero is a good principal and hopes that more people will become involved in making the school one of excellence for the children as well as for the community.
AuroriaCommunity College Graduates
Thirty-six students received Associate Degrees of certificates of Achievement and Completion at the Community College of Denver, Auraria Campus. Fall graduation ceremonies were held on Thursday, December 7.
Metro Umas News
Are you interested in going to college but you
1. Dont have any money to attend
2. Only have a G.E.D.
3. Getting a G.E.D. now with plans of going on in education.
4. Have a family who also needs you at home.
5. Or a day job that keeps you from going to school but maybe night school is a solution.
Maybe we can help you to get some answers and get you into college. We realize the needs and problems of Chicanos who want more education through college.
Just give us a call at 292-5190, ext. 312 or come in and see us at 710 W. Colfax. UMAS office.
room 133. Ask for Bill Lopez. Barbara Flores or Geraldine Sanchez. They will be able to help you.
Money Raising Campaign
The Baker Junior High football players, cheerleaders, Y-Teens, Big Sisters and Student Council conducted a sale to raise money for their organization. The item sold is called a swinger-a swinger is a combination cushion and tote bag in the school colors and will say Baker Junior High Football Team, 1972. The clubs received 494 orders and will make one dollar for every bag sold.
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The Westside Will Remain
The time is drawing near when I must bid farewell to the West-side and the many friends I have made here. The two years spent with you are among the most memorable of my life and I now find leaving every bit as difficult as getting acquainted was easy and enjoyable.
As part of my work as Westside Neighborhood Planner (with the Community Renewal Program),
I prepared a number of surveys, collected facts and figures on the communitys population, its economic and social characteristics, and prepared a Plan for the possible future development of the area. All this was accomplished in conjunction and with the aid of resident groups. These efforts will, I hope, be of some beneficial service in the years ahead, but I am plagued by a nagging doubt as to how well all the data and plans really portray the living vitality which I know as the Westside. I would like to take this opportunity, then, to breath some life into those somewhat dry academic documents I have prepared by expressing my deep and, no doubt, lasting impressions of the Westside and the people I have befriended here.
What is Worth Saving
The question has often been asked me, What in the Westside is worth saving and protecting? For those unacquainted with the neighborhood, this seemingly naive question has some validity. The fact is that the Westside does have as severe a set of physical problems as can be found anywhere in the City. From a traditional planning point of view, the neighborhood is almost unliveable, but thank heavens that people do not live by traditional planning criteria. This is not meant to minimize the very serious nature of the physical deficiencies one finds in the neighborhood. It is obviously true that industries, businesses and institutions mixed-in and encroaching on residential land (a problem which planners call incompatible land uses) makes living uncomfortable; as do the traffic problems; the deteriorating housing stock; the lack of adequate physical facilities and the poor environmental conditions. But despite these drawbacks, people still wish to live on the Westside. It is this intense will to remain living here that intrigued my curiosity, and which I eventually came to understand. To save a community of old deteriorating structures and clogged streets when everyone living there is just waiting for an opportunity to leave does not make sense. This
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is not the case on the Westside, and so it must be asked Why do people wish to live here. Why are young people moving in; and what attractions does the Westside hold?
At the outset I must confess that no simple answers come to my mind. To verbalize an entire lifestyle, capturing the essence of vibrancy and excitement, is quite impossible. Perhaps by skirting the edges, and by employing a few comparisons, I might expose the feelings I wish to convey, and simultaneously touch upon the pulse of the Westsides excitement.
What Makes a Neighborhood Exciting
Anyone traveling to Littleton, or Aurora, or Bear Valley, if awake, should be impressed by the incredible dullness of these areas. From any angle they look the same. The same expensive uninteresting houses, the same plastic sprawling shopping centers, the same dull dreary monotony of postage stamp lawns. Its all so sickeningly respectable; no wonder that commuters return home locked in their automobiles, enter their isolated homes, and get bored to death. This is the America of the 50s 60s, 70s, and unfortunately no end is in sight. All that is interesting is being submerged beneath sub-divisions, high-rises and neon. Planners are now busily trying to reintroduce excitement into areas where all life has been starched out. But the question still remains, What makes an area exciting? To me, the Westside is an exciting place to live and work, and on reflection the causes for this excitement are not mysterious. Its the diversity of life-styles, the chaos, the seething aggol-meration of people, the unending stream of life which does not begin at 8; 00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., the cultural exhibitionism and the clashes it causes; it is
these elements which make the Westside exciting. In short the place is happening, and the exact value of this is only dimly understood. Suffice it to say that cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco are desperately struggling to retain their ethnic communities (e.g., Chinatown. Little Italys) which are in danger of disappearing, because of the sense of vitality and excitement these neighborhoods impart to the entire City.
No master hand planned the Westside, it is more the result of years of living than a predetermined scheme. Function has dictated form, and as the functions have changed so have the forms. The neighborhood, then, has in all reality been planned by the people on a day by day and year by year basis. As a result, the Westside has maintained a high degree of spontaneity permitting a flexibility and freedom of expression, and promoting a healthy intercourse among its residents. As some people leave the Westside they are replaced by others, and this constant change, the exodus and influx, stirs the community adding to its dynamism. An equilibrium is achieved, which far from being the stale stability of respectable neighborhoods, is exciting.
It is the Westsides importance as a staging area, as a community unhampered by rigidity, as a neighborhood of great flexibility in which many peoples can mingle that is worth preserving. It is the Westsides uniqueness as a neighborhood which invests the brick and mortor with life. Without these attributes the physical structures would not be worth fighting for.
Frankly, despite all its shortcomings, the Westside does have a comparatively sound physical infrastructure, and one on which future improvements would not be wasted. What this
means is that things like the areas housing, while old and in need of considerable repair, is constructed of brick and is still basically sound; or the neighborhoods public facilities which are going through growing pains, but are being expanded, upgraded and rebuilt; or businesses which are directed towards neighborhood service, which for years declined, but are now rejuvenating. Concrete examples of the foregoing statements are not hard to see: the new school building at Elmwood; a major addition at Fairmont School; a community owned super market: new store fronts on Santa Fe Drive: a local artists cooperative: the housing rehabilitation work of Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.: new housing projects about to be undertaken by the Westside Coalition: a new action center built by Westsiders for West-siders: these and other examples which could easily be cited, portray a vitality and future orientedness which should not go unnoticed.
Can the Westside Be Saved
Fortunately, the answer is yes. The struggle which lies ahead will not be easy, but it is the very act of struggling which will save the community. This fact is neither surprising, nor new, to all those individuals and groups which have worked so hard to maintain the community. They collectively have experienced that sense of community which only results from joint effort. Whether a particular issue is won or lost is of little consequence in generating the spirit which ultimately saves a neighborhood. To those who have experienced a struggle, and not been sidetracked by rhetoric, no differentiation separates the ends from the means exployed to gain those ends. This, in effect, makes the act of saving the Westside its salvation.
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As more residents recognize the necessity for involvement, the greater the likelihood that the Westside will remain strong. The success of this involvement is not dependent upon agreement. No doubt as more people enter the fray, controversy will proliferate, but this very diversity of judgments is the life blood of the community. Emerging from it will be areas of agreement which should be pursued diligently.
The plans that have been drawn are the starting place. Certain of my recommendations are uncontroversial and can be implemented almost immediately, others will* require further definition and then the test of the political arena. But whatever the case, the efforts already begun should be intensified and not be allowed to languish. If my experience here is a valid indication of things yet to come. I am confident that you. the Westsiders. will assure your neighborhood a fitting future.
Myles C. Rademan Westside Planner December 4,1972
Help For Voters Needed
The Westside Recorder suggests that the Election Commission send notice to each individual registered voter and spell out in detail where he or she is to vote. This would hopefully stop the confusion generated by moving the polling places for each district to new locations without the knowledge of the residents.
We would also suggest that judges appointed to work on .election day be bilingual and that this be a conscientious effort on the part of the Election Commission to ensure that future harassment of residents who speak only Spanish cease.
It is ironic that many people condemn low-income groups and minorities as being anti-American or Communistic. Yet even when those that are on the outside looking in attempt to exercise their right to vote, and become involved in the political process, they are discouraged at every turn.
WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1972Page 5
Metro Umas Initiate "Has Program
This year UMAS initiated the HAS Program (Help Assist Students), a tutorial and counseling program on the elementary level, independant of the school but working in conjunction with it. The HAS program is intended to begin efforts to alleviate problems of elementary school pupils and thereby assist in the educational and subsequen-tial economic development of the Chicano people.
Five Metro students belonging to UMAS that are majoring or minoring in education as tutors, counselors and teacher aides in
the classrooms at St. Josephs School.
Also being implemented by the tutors under the HAS program is a breakfast program for the students. The program being federally funded under the Breakfast Program and worked by UMAS members, hopefully will help improve the academic standards of the students at St. Josephs.
Anyone wishing information may call the UMAS office of Metropolitan State College, 292-9150 ext. 312.
Environment group Heads Nation Wide Christmas Tree Drive For Second Year
Chicano Volunteers Needed give Your Chicano Brother a Hand.
The Denver County Court needs Volunteer Chicano Probation Counselors.
Call 297-2971 for more
ask for Bob Vialpondo.
GIVE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL LIKE YOURSELF
A living Christmas tree drive is being spearheaded this month by the Provide For People Committee of Arapahoe County, a group of concerned citizens who have dedicated themselves to help to protect the earth.
For countless generations, we have cut and decorated Christmas trees for the enjoyment of our children. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas many people participated in tree-burning festivals. After burning was rightfully banned, this bit of our tradition was abandoned and we had to resort to having our trees hauled to our over crowded dumps. Now Provide For People thinks it has a better idea.
What it would like everyone in the country to do again this year is to forego buying a cut tree, procuring a live one instead. Then after enjoying it in the home, the family can add to the holiness of the season by a ceremonious planting of its tree.
If live tree users have no space on their own property or if they are apartment dwellers, their trees can be donated for planting in some of our barren parks or along boulevards of streets bare of greenery or where the graceful Elm will soon be felled.
St. Joes Welcomes --------Christmas Season
The Christmas season well under way did not find St. Joes grade school unprepared to the seasons activities, To start off with. St. Joes contribution to the merriest time in the whole year begins with a Christmas play on December 19th. The performance will be held in the church hall in the afternoon for children and at 7:00 p.m. for parents and anyone who might have missed the ?ioon performance.
On Dec. 21. there will be a party for the children in the afternoon. A movie will be shown and then Santa Claus will pay a visit to the youngsters.
For adults St. Joes grade school PTA is sponsoring a New Years Eve Eve dance on Dec. 30 from 9:30 to 1:30 a.m.
All in all St. Joe's has found a sure way to end the year bringing joy and happiness to many.
Archuleta Children Assist Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Archuleta, proprietors of Las Palmas Restaurant. 960 Sante Fe have every reason to be proud of their family.
Unlorturiately. for several days both Mr. and Mrs.
Wanda, Joe, Walter, and Mike
Archuleta were ill and unable to run the restaurant. This for them did not mean closing shop; just a change in management.
Although the restaurant business is nothing new to them.
The South Suburban Parks and ^Recreation District and the Denver Parks District has pledged to plant and maintain all trees so donated.
A DENVER FIRST
Nurseries have live evergreens suitable for home Christmas trees and for the first time in the Denver area a Christmas Tree broaker, Snowy Range Trees, have available for its wholesale trade potted live trees for sale on their respective lots. Don Rossie, owner of Snowy Range has 4,000 such trees available to the retail lot owners and he says that they are priced to the public retailer so that he can sell a 5 to 6 foot blue spruce for about $25/and still make a profit.
Especially encouraging were the thousands of letters from every corner of the United States when the Provide for People urged that the tree traditionally donated by one of the states to the White House be live. We asked that the White House consider too alternatives to cutting down. a tree and shipping it dead to Washington.
having worked after school and weekends for some time, Wanda-15 yrs. Mike- 13, Walter- 16 and Joe-17 kept Las Palmas open for business.
Congratulations on a job very well done.
MASS MEDIA USED COULD TREES.
PROPERLY HELP SAVE
Instructions on the care of the tree while it is in your home and in the handling of it when you gather your loyed ones in a memorable rite for the planting is provided for the live Christmas tree buyer by Jane R. Slater of the Ponerosa Nursery in Boulder Colorado. Mrs. Slater says, Using a live evergreen as a Christmas tree is an idea that has been advocated and put to practical use for many years of experience here in Colorado and prior to that in Kansas.
Our instructions for using a living tree are as follows: Maximum time for the tree to be indoors: 10 days.
While .inside set a small can, with a single nail hole punched through the bottom, on top of the ball or pot. Fill can with water every 2-3 days. It is also important to spray the needles at least twice using a sprinkler head on the bottle and just lightly wetting the folliage with the spray.
When moving the tree to the out-of-doors we do not feel it necessary to reacclimate for more than 24 hours. However, if the hole is not dug, it is wise to set the tree in a protected area, the garage, or on the east side of the house. When planting,-dig the whole Vi again the size of the ball, fill in with peat moss or a good compost. Bring the dirt that you have removed into the garage to prevent freezing if you pre dig the hole. Plant so that the top of ball is just beneath the earth surface; also have a saucer-like depression (about 12" from the trunk) all around the tree for watering. Saturate with water at planting and every 3-4 weeks throughout the winter months when the temperature goes to 40-50 degrees. Also spray needles as evergreens never go completely dormant and need to have moisture on the needles to complete their cycle.
Stake tree on windwqrd side to protect against wind damage. It is our Opinion that a tree planted after the Holiday Season, if properly taken care of. has as good a chance of survival as one planted in spring, summer or early fall. There is always some risk regardless of the season. The important factor is YOU: everything and everyone thrives on lots of tender loving care. Mrs. Slater stated.
According to Mrs. R.M. Lembke. Chairman of the Provide for People Committee,, the idea has met with great enthusiasm by garden clubs, individuals, organizations and ESPECIALLY THE SCHOOL CHILDREN. Cooperation locally and from states and cities across the nation has been overwhelming.
The tree could be decorated in its natural environment, alive and living. The media could cover the lighting of the live nations tree where it is growing and that president trabel to that point to turn on the lights. A different state could be designated each year to provide the tree, living and in its natural state. Or the tree could be dug up, wrapped in burlap and transported.
The group has long advocated that a live tree be planted in the elipse at the White House so those visiting or living in the nations capitol could share the enjoyment of the designated state.
The Interior Department is checking into the possibility of doing this and using cold lights which the Christmas Tree Lighting Industry has made available for both indoor and outdoor use for the preservation of trees and prevention of fires.
"Abandonment of our beautiful Christmas tree custom that is so dear to the hearts of all Christian-dom is not advocated. Indeed, we believe that preserving our holiday traditions is as important as preserving the earth we walk upon" the group says. ,
Our Committee Simply feels that the use of a live tree in place of a cut one will make your Christmas very special. A living breathing tree in your yard, along your own street or in a park somewhere will become decorated with snow in the wintertime.
It will grow inch by inch, year by year, to prolong the joy it gave to its young beholders this next Christmas morning.
A GIFT FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING.
The group is also advocating planting a tree for posterity.
If you have a loved one or a friend who desires nothing for Christmas, what better gift than to call one of the park districts and arrange for a tree to be planted in a place they or you designate. In Denver and in South Suburban places which are flush to the ground can be added for additional personalization. Many office groups are foregoing office parties and are using the monies collected to add trees to the earth.
The idea was not mine originally. Mrs. Lembke continues, though she adds that she wishes it were. I chanced to overhear a lady at a political meeting say that she had a dreamnot a sleeping dream, but a vivid waking one-^where in all of the people of Arapahoe County, or even all of Colorado, would buy live Christmas trees and then have a glorious Twelfth Day of Christmas as they planted them.
I enlarged upon her dream, Mrs. Lembke says, and if last years splendid response is any indication I foresee the day when this will have their planting ceremony, adding so meaningfully to the holiness of a beautiful season. Picture if you will, the thousands upon thousands of trees that are being cut out of our deminishing forests and by contrast contemplate that same number of trees that could be tall columns of splendor to help in the beautification of our dying land.
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News from Baker
Southwest Inter-Agency Group Hosts Christmas Fiesta
We are happy to report that the usual large turnover of teachers three and more years ago has changed to only six this year. We welcome the six new faculty members for the very necessary new ideas and methods they are able to contribute to our academic program. A small turnover gives Baker the stability of an on-going faculty that can successfully relate to our student body and build upon past experiences. The return of our two counselors, Mr. Aguayo and Mr. Lopez, further strengthens our faculty.
Denvers Junior High Schools are changing to a new staffing pattern to fit the services each member fulfills. Mr. Taylor is now our Vice Principal; Mrs. Elfstrom, Assistant Principal for Pupil Services; Mr. Emery, Assistant Principal in charge of Instruction. Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Fuller are the Student Advisors assisting them. The main objective is to meet the needs of our students in a more efficient manner. Some new construction has made it possible for us to locate four new offices next to our Student Referral Room. Our counselors, advisors, and administrators can now give prompt attention to students problems.
Our R.O.T.C. has gone co-ed. Both girls and boys now work and study in the same class and the merger is working very well. Baker shares West Highs three instructors, Major Smith, Sgt. Major Jutton, and Sgt. Archuleta.
The Red Shield Football team based at Baker has followed the footsteps of last years champions. It finished its season with a record of three wins, one tie, and one win by forfeit. The players demonstrated a lot of spirit, desire, and gutsy football talent. Mr. John Campbell coached them through this highly successful season.
Back-to-School Night held on Thursday, October 19, saw a fine turnout of parents and students in spite of a cold, drizzly night. During the first half of the session, parents met with their childrens teachers in the classrooms, then for the second half we all met for a social hour and refreshments in the lunchroom. It was a very rewarding evening for all.
Parents are urged to visit Baker and look into the various programs and special classes offered. We have our successes and we have our failures. The former we try to maintain and the latter we try to adjust and modify toward successful outcomes.
These, in brief, are some of Bakers doings.
A Christmas Fiesta was held at St. Antohnys Hall, 3801 W. Ohio, Saturday, December 2 from 8 to 12 p.m. La Fiesta Mexicano De Hernandez and Su Teatro furnished live entertainment. Mexican food was served, and Los Amigos provided music for dancing. Proceeds from the Fiesta will be used to provide food baskets for needy families in Southwest Denver sponsored by Southwest Inter Agency Christmas Program.
Southwest Inter Agency Christmas Program is a plan to handle the distribution of Christmas assistance in a cooperative way. All agencies of Southwest Denver have combined their resources and lists to avoid duplication. A Christmas party will be held on December 23 at the Aztlan Youth Center, 4320 Morrison Road from 2 to 6:00 p.m. when food will be distributed to those families eligible for assistance in Southwest Denver. All agencies of
News From Project Freedom
Trips, movies, tie-dying, games, mathematics, baking, and rapping are all activities which have happened this last month at the Project Freedom eveining school. The evening school is every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 through 9:00 p.m. at First Bethany Lutheran Church.
Youth are all teens; some are in school and some have jobs or have dropped out of school. Most of the activities are planned by the youth and the staff of the project with a number of outside resource people for tips and special discussions or activities.
Start yours now and have CASH for gift shopping next year!
WE PAY INTEREST when your Christmas Club is completed!
Join our Christmas Clubbetween mid-
November and January, but the sooner the better. Deposit a few dollars every other week, and next November you'll have a nice big check to help you enjoy a prepaid Christmasl If you cant stop in, just call and we will mail the simple form to return with your first payment. Do it today!
Keep your Kitty at National City!
99 South Broadway
Early in 1971. much time and effort was given by several community leaders to see that a community owned store, something many had dreamed of but not attempted. might exist on the West Side.
In November of 1971. Adelante opened its doors! One year has passed and our store is a success. Much credit is due to Mr. Bernie Vigil. Store Manager and to Ben Aragon the meat manager. Thru their efforts the store offers a big variety of top brand groceries, a wise selection of fresh meat (guaranteed) and a well stocked produce section featuring fresh fruits and vegetables.
From Friday December 1st thru Thursday December 7th. Adelante had a birthday celebration. During that week many
First Mennonite Church
May your Christmas season be full of warmth
Espermos que su navidad sea feliz e pospere
Kermit Derstine, Pastor Brice Balmer, Community minister
430 West 9th Avenue 892-1038
specials were offered free candy & balloons for the kids free groceries to a lucky winner and many special bargains. Also during the weekend, the band, LOS FAVORITOS played at the store for some afternoon entertainment. Everyone had an enjoyable time.
Adelante has come a long way since November 1971 and in order to serve the people better, still has a ways to go. Some goals for the future, according to Manager Bernie Vigil, are a new face and sign out front and also a repainting of the inside of our stone. Mr. Vigil says that the store always strives to provide the finesi foods at the lowest possible prices. The entire staff at Adelante wishes to thank every one in the community who has helped to make ADELANTE a big success.
ANNE'S Beauty Salon
Cold Wave Permanent Regularly $25.00 Nov. Dec. only $15.00
Open 6 day weekly 971 Santa Fe 244-5604
During December, the evening school will take trips to the Air Force Academy, Martin-Marietta plant, and NORAD. There will be evenings to make Christmas decorations, macrame, bottle cuttings, and leather goods. Math, reading and discussions with resource people as well as pool, ping-pong, and games will be activities for the month.
To come to the evening school, call Danny Ray Lopez or Jose Lujan at 892-1045. Project Freedoms special emphasis is with youth who have had problems with the law or with school.
(1) Three graduate students from the D.U. School Of Social Work are with Project Freedom throughout the school year.
(2) They are Leslie Oxman, Laurel Tancredo, and Grisela Padilla.
(3) One student, Maretta Buddig is from Denmark and has had experience working with youth there.
(4) She has been teaching a judo class every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons after school.
(5) Project Freedom hopes to have a bon voyage Mexican dinner for Maretta
Southwest Denver have combined their resources and lists to avoid duplication. A Christmas party will be held on December 23 at the
Southwest Inter Agency Christmas Program is a plan to handle the distribution of Christmas assistance in a cooperative way. All agencies of Southwest Denver have combined their resources and lists to avoid duplication. A Christmas party will be held on December 23 at the Aztlan Youth Center, 4320 Morrison Road from 2 to 6:00 p.m. when food will be distributed to those families eligible for assistance in Southwest Denver. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. It is estimated that over 200 families will be assisted in this manner.
Donations of food, money and refreshments are being received from schools, businessmen, civic organization, churches and individuals. The fourteen agencies cooperating in plans for the Inter Agency Christmas Program include: Garden Park Community Services, Community Ministry of Southwest Denver, Southwest Community Center, Southwest Action Center and Council, Aztlan Youth Center, Youth Coalition, Inter Faith Community Service, West-wood Health Station, Westwood Mental Health, Westside Welfare, Commission on Community Relations, Southwest Coordinating Council, Southwest Mental Health Center.
If you would like to help in this united effort contact any members of the group mentioned. For cash contributions make checks payable to Southwest Inter Agency Christmas Program, 1000 S. Lowell Blvd., Denver, Colo. 80219, 936-2368.
Westside Center Activities
The Westside Action Center is coordinating the Christmas baskets for the West Side community. Through this type of joint effort it is hoped that the many duplications which occur every year will be eliminated. This will also provide one central location for distribution and pick up of Christmas baskets.
The Action Center is also working very closely with Salvation Army to avoid duplications of people receiving the Christmas baskets.
To date, the Westside Action Center has received committments from several West Side agencies and organizations and with their help and cooperation this will be a better Christmas for many of our community residents.
Baker Jr. High School and St. Josephs have had canned food drives and have already brought the canned food to the Action Center for distribution. Goddard Middle School, the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center, CU Medical Center and Loretto Heights are now having canned food drives for the West Side. According to Chuck Garcia, West-side Action Center Staff member, they have received widespread response from various groups and individuals and they hope to make this a better Christmas for some of our needy families on the WestSide.
helped at the Center and according to Craig Hart, Director of the Westside Action Center, it is great. to know that there are people who truly believe in helping their brothers and sisters.
Many thanks go to Manuel Martinez and Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., Kennedy Electric Company and many other people who did a tremendous job for the Westside Action Center.
The Westside Action Center held an Appreciation Dinner on Friday. December 8th. for the many beautiful people who helped them get their new facility ready for the Westside Action Center staff to provide more and better services for OUR people.
The dinner was attended by many of the volunteers who
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The Westside Action Center celebrated its Grand Opening on November 26th. It was a festive occasion and was attended by many community residents. A Mariachi Mass was celebrated by the people and Father Jose Lara from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
There weren't any speeches by any of the so called heavies, but some of the community residents expressed their feelings about the Westside Action Center and its services and how they have benefited from these services.
A group called Su Teatro from Colorado University, Denver Center (CUDC) displayed their talents at the Grand Opening. They performed several actos which included Los Vendidos. and Soldado Raza. The performers were Antonio Garcia. Mateo Torres. Alicia Lucero. Diana De Herrera. Alfredo Sandoval. Arturo Valdez, Carmen Muniz. Steve De Leon and they are all students at CUDC. Chuck Santillanez sang several songs which he wrote. The crowd was very pleased and moved with the performance of SU TEATRO and Chuck Santillanez.
The Westside Action Center wishes to express their appreciation to all the people who helped in one way or another.
Bakers Team Takes League Championship Undefeated
Baker B team, comprised of 7th graders at Baker Junior High School, haye just completed a very successful football season. While competing in a league sponsored by the Boys Clubs of Denver, Bakers B team raced to an undefeated season compiling an 8-0 record. This gave them the League Championship.
Bakers B team was sponsored by Baker Recreation Center and coaches were Bob Caton and Charles Romero.
The B team averaged about 30 points a game on offense and were only scored upon in one game. Don Mondragon scored 17 touchdowns to lead the team in scoring. Albert Vigil was voted Outstanding Lineman and Gabe Ortegon was voted Captain. Other players and positions were: ENDS-Kevin Romero, George Romero, Julian Magana. TACKLES-Albert Vigil. Ernest Lucero. Junior Martinez. GUARDS-Louis Mejia. Jesus Quinones. Grover Romero. Ricky Trujillo. CENTER-Ron Sabala. BACKS-Gabe Ortegon. David
Students at Cole Junior High School and West and Manual High Schools are helping elderly persons in Model City target neighborhoods to decorate their homes for the holiday season.
The student volunteer project is being organized by Catherine Deanes and Anna Vigil, coordinators of senior counselors and volunteers for Outreach Services for the Aging, Inc., an agency funded by the Denver Model City Program.
Mrs. Deanes said many of the junior and senior high school students have expressed an interest in volunteer community service, and Outreach Services hoped that this project would help build friendships between older and younger persons in northeast and west Denver neighborhoods.
The students are seeking donations of cash or art supplies to make the Christmas decorations. Mrs. Deanes said donations may be brought or mailed to Outreach Services for the Aging. Inc..\1825 Emerson St.. Denver 80218. by Dec. 1.
Cooperating in the project are Bea Hall, student advisor at Cole: Mary Ann Parthum, West teacher: Ruth Hultein and Yvonne Prendergast. Manual teachers: and Sam Taylor of the Family and Childrens Service, who is helping locate older persons to receive decorations.
Outreach Services also is seeking families willing to invite a lonely elderly or disabled person to their home for dinner on Christmas Day. Volunteers may call Mrs. Deanes at 573-9631 by Dec. 1.
Martinez, Mike Lopez, Don Mondragon, Ted Romero. Manuel Montoya, and Jeff Leal.
The Baker Junior High football team, sponsored by the Red Shield Community Center, finished its second straight undefeated season and won its second straight championship with a 7-0-1 record. Baker is unbeaten in 18 games and this year scored 224
Auraria Head Start will host the State Head Start Policy Advisory Council on December 9th and 10th. Arrangements are being made through Jennie Bustos who is the chairwoman of the Auraria Policy Council.
Milly Wykstra, Educational Coordinator for Denver Head Start entered the hospital (Porters) on Wedriesday, November 28th for surgery. Everyone wishes Milly a speedy recovery since she is one of Head
points while giving up only 14. Bakers record over the last four years is 24-5-4.
Baker25-Morey 6 Baker 43-Ri she 10 Baker 64-Cole 0 Baker 34-Grant 2 Baker 33-KepnerO Baker 13-Morey 0 Baker 6-Horace Mann 6 Baker 6-Byers 0
Starts greatest assets.
The new Social Worker for Auraria Head Start Centers is Miss Cindi Montoya.
Included among the many activities sponsored by Raggedy Ann Head Start is an Ounce Bouncers club for weight watchers. Interested Head Start parents may contact Rose Lopez (244-2855) for more ififofmation.
The Auraria Head Start Center has been sponsoring money raising projects for Christmas. Indi-
Community Group House Inc.
1827 Sherman St.
Denver, Co. 80203
Community Group Incorporated is currently interviewing applicants for the position of Director House Parent of the William Funk group home* The program serves adjudicated male juvenile legal offenders 10-18 years of age*
For further information call Mr. Dave E. Blome,
Asst. Director 303-534-2310
an equal opportunity employer
La Bailarina's Penny Party Everyone invited to join the fun
NEW YEARS EVE. Tickets $6.00
Drinks From 9-12 931 Santa Fe.
Auraria Head Start News
WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1972Page 7
St. Joes High School Basketball Schedule
Date Opposing team Place of Game
Dec 9 Clear Creek Clear Creek gym
Dec 15 Sheridan St. Joe's gym
Dec 16 Denver Lutheran Lutheran gym
Jan 6 Holy Family St. Joe's gym
Jan 11 St. Francis St. Frances gym
Jan 13 Denver Christian Denver Christian gym
Jan 19 Machebeuf St. Joe's gypi
Jan 20 Clear Creek St. Joe's gym
Jan 26 Sheridan Sheridan gym
Jan 27 Denver Lutheran St. Joe's gym
Febl Holy Family Holy Family gym
Feb6 St. Francis St. Joe's gym
Feb 13 Denver Christian St. Joe's gym
Feb 16 Machebeuf Machebeuf gym
Dec 1 Clear Creek Clear Creek gym
Dec 8 Sheridan St. Joe's gym
Dec 14 Denver Lutheran Lutheran gym
Jan 5 Holy Family St. Joe's gym
Jan 12 St. Francis St. Francis gym
Jan 18 Denver Christian Denver Christian gym
Jan 25 Machebeuf St. Joe's gym
St. Joes Grade School News
St. Josephs Midget Football team ended the season with a 4-3-1 record. With the coaching of Joe Gonzales and John Valdez these little bulldogs proved that size doesnt mean everything in football.
Theres something new in the Sports World at St. Josephs
viduals interested in selling &/or buying raffle tickets may call Sandy Jacquez at 534-7614.
FELIZ NAVIDAD Y UN PROSPERO ANO NUEVO.
Auraria Head Start Center Raggedy Ann Head Start Center Peanuts Head Start Center
grade school... a midget volleyball team. Participating in the Western Division Tournament the little girls came in third. These girls had the spirit to set the school on fire!
3-5-7-9 who do we think is mighty fineBulldogs thats who! The St. Joes Varsity football team is as tough as it looks. With the help of their coach. Bill Galvan, the Bulldogs ended the football season with a 5-3 record. The spirit and power of this team made them Bulldogs all the way.
Bulldogs are ... Superstars ... theyre No. 1 yes they are! The Girls Varsity Volleyball Team proved to be real stars by taking the Western Division Championship last week. With
Today's "sharp-looking" knits require special care to prevent snags, shrinkage, stains and distortion be sure to give them that care by letting a professional do the job!
theyll look better last longer
ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH
Saturday Eve: 6 pm.
Sunday Morning: 7 am. 8:30 pm. -10 am. & 12 noon SPANISH MASS Every Sunday 10 am.
Parish Offices Staffed by: Father Patrick Sullivan, Pastor Father Leroy Burke Father Joseph Campbell Father Robert Rebholz Father Edward Kern Father David Jacops Brother Thomas Sanhuber Sister Mary Francis Boyle
568 Galapago 222-9126
Pag# 8WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1972
LARASA HEAD START is in great need of toys for Christmas by the 20th of December. The three head start centers will have parties for children and parents Wed. Dec. 20th.
David and Mary Alderfer moved into the First Mennonite Church the first of November. They will be church janitors and will be keeping the church clean for the various neighborhood and church programs. David is also secretary of the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference and has just begun to receive Social
Wait til next year is a familiar and age old saying by teams that dont do so well in sports, and the Aztecs football teams in their first year of competitive football ended the season with those same words on their mouths. I am sure though the kids that took it on the chin this year will come through and prove something to the other teams in the league by the time the next football season rolls around.
Although by the record our teams did not fare too well we all feel that the season was a very successful one. The boys learned to play together as a team. They learned to play hard and to dish out to the other guys what they themselves took on the field of play. The players accepted the responsibility to the team of showing up for practice, to be fair to each other, to block and tackle and to play their very best at all times.
Security. The Westside welcomes these new residents to our community.
Margaret Bargas would like to express her thanks to the young man who brought her purse in to the Mariposa Health Center on Monday November 13. She did not get the young mans name to thank him personally so is expressing her appreciation in the Westside Recorder in hopes the young man will read it. Margaret lost her purse and was most grateful when it was turned in to the health center by the boy. ***************
Correction in the Neighborhood Notes
Mr. Bill Henry notified Recorder staff that he wished the Westside Recorder to retract statements made about him in last months issue regarding his surname.
The Recorder staff apologizes for any mininterpretation connected with the Neighborhood Notes article.
Westside Day Care Center ATTENTION WORKING PARENTS
The Westside Day Care Center located at 55 Elati St. is a Model Cities Program that serves the Westside community. We provide quality day care for children whose parents are working or in school. There is no direct cost for child care if you meet our income guidelines.
Right now we have five openings for children between the ages of 2xh through 5Vz years of age at our center. Please call us for more information at 733-2473.
Albie and Antoinette Gonzales who were elected as president and treasurer on April 4, 1972 for North Lincoln Projects had to resign because they moved to a dispersed house. New officers were elected; they are President Dor-thy. Martin, vice-pres. Fred Smiley, secretary Marcella Mc-
Abee and treasurer Mary Robles. **********
Under the directions of John Gallegos and Manuel Lugon who are resident representatives from Lincoln and South Lincoln developments, the former youth center at 1438 Navajo is being repaired, and future plans for the new community room will include movies every Friday at 7:00 p.m. which will be rated G. ***************
A new manager has been assigned to Lincoln and South Lincoln housing development. Richard Navarro the new permanent manager replaced William Coker who moved on to Stapleton Homes.
West Denver is and has been a very historical community. Although the ethnic population of the community has changed through the years, and today is predominately Chicano, is still remains one of the oldest and most unique neighborhoods in the city.
One of the interesting things about the community is the names of the streets that either divide or unite the neighborhood. They are for the most part names of Indian tribes that once flourished in the U.S. The following list has been compelled from a book entitled Origin of Denver Streets and can be found at the Denver Public Library.
Acoma-Indian name meaning people of the white rock. Oldest inhabited settlement in the U.S.
Bannock-Shoshoenean tribe of Indians
Cherokee-Detached tribe of the Iroquoian family, formerly holding the whole mountain region of the southern Alleghenies.
Delaware-An Algonquian contederacy, so called by the English because of occupying the
Vocational training classes preparing adults for careers in office occupations are now open for enrollment at Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
Classes include business machines operation, bookkeeping, shorthand, office practices, filing and computer programming. Meeting times i ange from four to ten hours per week, with classes arranged to fit indivi-dual schedules.
Students interested in taking the classes must register at Opportunity School, 1250 Welton
John Bruce-NOVOA Appointed Director of Mexican American Education Program
DENVER. COLO.John D. Bruce-Novoa has been appointed director of the Mexican American Education Progran^ at the Denver Center of the University of Colorado. He also will hold a concurrent appointment as an instructor in the Spanish department.
Mr. Bruce-Novoa has been a teaching associate both in Spanish and Mexican American Studies at the Boulder and Denver Center campuses since 1967.
On November 14, 1972, two Baker Junior High students, James Evans and Sammy Cabazos, received $50 cash awards from the South Denver Optimist Club. These awards were for their outstanding academic and social involve-
basin of the Delaware River. They were called by themselves Lenape or Lenilenape, meaning real men.
Elati-Elati Tsalagi-Lower Cherokee or cave people.
Fox-Algonquian tribe; Indian names means red earth people Galapago-Galapagos (Tortoise) Island Inca-Indians of Peru Santa Fe-Part of the old white mans road from Central America to the Artie Ocean, nearly four
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Additional classes now open for immediate enrollment include shoe repair, precision machining, barbering, power sewing, leather garment construction, custom sewing, pattern adjustment and fitting, commercial art.
High school diploma courses also are available from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the accredited Opportunity School High School.
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Mr. Glen Lambsen sponsored these two Baker Junior High students, who were nominated for the awards by Mr. A1 Aguayo, counselor, at Baker and Mr. Larry Paleck, Sun Valley housing manager.
hundred years old. The town of Santa Fe was settled by Mestizos in 1609 (mestizo meaning Spaniards with Indian blood), this was eleven years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Kalamath-Came from the Indian word Klamath, which means encamped. They lived in southwest Oregon.
Lipan-Apache tribe meaning our kind.
Mariposa-name applied to linguistic stock of Indians generally knows as Yokuts, in San Joaquin Valley, California. The word means butterfly.
Navajo-Indians of the 17th century in southwestern U.S. meaning great fields or great sowing.
Osage-Most important Siouan trive of the western division.
Alameda-Named for Alameda, California.
Bayaud-Named after Thomas J. Bayaud, builder in 1860. Cedar-named by Mr. William Byers
West High students Diana Boyd, left, and Lucille Benavidez, right, work on Christmas decorations for homes of elderly persons with their teacher, Mary Ann Parthum. The project is organized by Outreach Services for the Aging, Inc.
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