Young children thrive on 30,000 words a day
Friday, 14 September 2007 02:00

New study released to Colorado pediatricians today

BOULDER, Colo. — For children between birth and age 3, the most powerful number is 30,000 – the number of words they need to hear every day from their parents and caregivers, to ensure optimal language development and academic success, according to the Power of Talk research study, released today to healthcare professionals statewide.

Infoture, a Boulder-based company, is receiving international recognition for its Power of Talk study, which expands on the well-known benchmark study by Dr. Todd Risley, Ph.D., and confirms that young children who hear at least 30,000 words a day will thrive regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.  That’s the same number heard in 18 and a half readings of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.”

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Run, Forrest, Run - To Bubba Gump's New Denver Restaurant
Tuesday, 11 September 2007 02:00

National chain leads dash to dine in Denver’s resurging Theatre District

DENVER – Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a restaurant inspired by Paramount Pictures’ movie “Forrest Gump," will open its newest location – and one of the nation's largest – at 1437 California St. in Denver on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Its location signals a growing excitement about Denver's newly designated Theatre District, designed to draw locals as well as increasing numbers of tourists and convention attendees. The 18,000-square-foot location is one of the few multi-story Bubba Gump restaurants in the nation and will employ 211 Denverites.

“Since the success of our Breckenridge restaurant, we’ve been looking for the right opportunity to open in Denver,” said Scott Barnett, president and CEO of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. “We’re excited to be a part of Denver’s up-and-coming Theatre District. Denver is an energetic and growing community, which is reflected in its status as an increasingly popular tourist destination.”

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Bernina Unveils My Label 3D Fashion Pattern Software
Monday, 10 September 2007 14:48

Exclusive 3D Mannequin Ensures an Accurate Fit

Aurora, Ill. -- Bernina of America has introduced a software program to reinvigorate garment sewers by providing an opportunity for each sewer to reflect her own style and creativity, as well as achieve a great fit, thanks to a first-of-its-kind 3D mannequin that appears on a computer screen and models a garment during each step of the pattern design process.

With the unique ability to see before you sew, the new My Label 3D Fashion Pattern Software from Bernina, referred to as My Label, creates customized patterns based on a person’s specific body measurements. After entering initial body measurements and customizing fabric and embroidery options, the 3D mannequin realistically displays how the garment will look before the pattern is finalized and the fabric is cut.

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WCDA Appoints David Haney as Executive Director
Tuesday, 07 August 2007 02:00
Casper, Wyo – The Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA) board of directors has appointed David M. Haney as executive director of the WCDA. He will start work on September 20 at WCDA’s office in Casper.

A nationally recognized leader in community and economic development, Haney brings extensive expertise to the WCDA through his work and community service in both workforce housing and the banking industry. WCDA selected Haney after completing a nationwide search.

“The WCDA is stepping up its efforts to meet the state’s changing needs, most recently by developing the idea behind the new workforce housing program to help cities develop infrastructure for housing,” said Governor Dave Freudenthal.

Freudenthal added: “David Haney’s arrival at the WCDA marks an enhanced role for the organization in meeting the challenging housing needs in Wyoming. He brings not only many years of expertise in developing innovative programs, but also a sense of excitement about tackling the tough problems of sufficient housing for a rapidly growing workforce in our communities. I expect David to lead the organization to becoming a national leader in workforce housing issues.”
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Denver Post columnist: Pledge to Chill!
Monday, 06 August 2007 02:00
Susan Thornton, columnist at The Denver Post, urges residents to help reduce ozone pollution by taking the Regional Air Quality Council's Chill Pledge!
 
An excerpt from the article:
 
"Because 2007 is a critical year, the RAQC is taking steps to educate the public about ways to reduce ozone. They are urging people to "Pledge to Chill." Taking the pledge is simple: You can go online to add your name to the list of those who commit to be ozone-aware this summer. More than 700 people signed the pledge last year; the RAQC hopes that 3,000 will sign this summer."
 
Check out the full article at: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_6406329
 
And learn more about ground-level ozone and simple steps you can take to help reduce emissions that cause ozone at www.OzoneAware.org.
 
WCDA Increases Purchase Price Limit for Affordable Housing Loans
Friday, 27 July 2007 02:00
Casper, Wyo – The board of directors of the Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA) approved a $32,000 increase in the purchase price limit on homes that would qualify for its affordable housing loans in the state. The increase was passed at WCDA’s July 25 board meeting and raised the limit from $205,000 to $237,000.

The unanimous vote came after a presentation by Gillette homebuilder Tom Lang of Lang Homes. Lang said many of the homes he is building currently are in the $250,000 price range but that he could lower the price of these homes by adjusting amenities in the homes such as cabinetry and carpet quality and by making air conditioning optional.

WCDA Chairman of the Board John Stoll of Laramie said he hopes Lang Homes’ approach will be adopted by other homebuilders in Wyoming. “It’s great that Lang came forward to work with WCDA to help solve the affordable housing problem in Wyoming. The purchase price limit increase on WCDA loans will make more homes available to Wyoming’s workers and their families,” said Stoll.

The new purchase price limit of $237,000 is effective immediately statewide.
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Test Drive for Courage at Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC
Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:52
Support The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic with a Spin

Denver’s Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC has partnered with The Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise funds for the 2007 Courage Classic, benefiting sick and injured kids.  

Starting today Alpine will donate $50 to The Children’s Hospital’s Courage Classic for every person that test drives one of their many makes and models.  To be eligible for the donation, interested parties must register at www.alpinegmc.com, click on Alpine Specials.
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Great Gulf Group Announces Collaboration with Dale Chihuly
Thursday, 21 June 2007 15:56
Canadian-based Great Gulf Group announced a unique collaboration on its first U.S. residential high-rise – with renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The Seattle-based artist known for his signature glasswork will collaborate on the design and contribute original installations to 1401 Lawrence, a luxury condominium tower under development in Denver’s emerging theater district.  

Chihuly representatives, Parks Anderson and publicist Janet Makela, were present on the building site to announce Chihuly’s involvement to media representatives and community members, along with building architect Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, Anna Simone of Cecconi-Simone Interior Design and Janet Rosenberg of Janet Rosenberg and Associates Landscape Architects.

“We have always planned an extraordinary glass structure that complements the beauty of Denver’s environs,” said Switzer. “The collaboration with Chihuly completes the vision.”
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Bene Gourmet Pizza and Food Bank of the Rockies team up with Regis High School to tackle hunger
Friday, 06 April 2007 02:00
Bene Gourmet Pizza, an award-winning fast-casual pizza concept with locations in North Cherry Creek and Greenwood Village, has partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies and Regis Jesuit High School Boys and Girls Divisions to support Denver’s hungry population.

From March 30 through April 6, 2007, Regis High School students will compete in a food drive to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.  Winners will receive a prize trophy and pizza parties from Bene Gourmet Pizza.

“The goal of this program is to open the eyes of young people to the hunger problem in the U.S. and specifically in their community,” said Bene owners Kevin and Erika Cohen.
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Qwest Foundation Donates $500,000 to NCMEC to Create NetSmartz411
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 19:00

NetSmartz411.org Provides the Public with Simple, Timely Access to Expert Help

WASHINGTON, D.C. —As leaders in online safety education, the Qwest Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) are announcing NetSmartz411, a first-of-its-kind, free online safety resource for parents, guardians, children, teens, educators and law enforcement to help raise online safety awareness and keep children safer online. Members of Congress will participate in the announcement today at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., including: U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and U.S. Reps. Bud Cramer, D-Ala., and Nick Lampson, D-Texas, co-chairs of the House Missing Children and Exploited Children’s Caucus; and Lee Terry, R-Neb.

Online exploitation continues to have a startling impact on the estimated 24 million young Internet users. According to a recent study conducted by the University of New Hampshire researchers for NCMEC, one in seven youths online is sexually solicited, and one in three youths will encounter unwanted exposure to sexually explicit material online.

NetSmartz411 is debuting as an online resource that will be managed by experts at NCMEC, and located on the Internet at www.NetSmartz411.org.

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National Magazine Gives Nod to Local Restaurant
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 19:00
Mad Greens Inspired Eats Named 2007 “Top Mover and Shaker”

Denver—Fast Casual Magazine, in its December/January edition, named Denver-based Mad Greens Inspired Eats a “Top 100 Mover and Shaker” for 2007.

Mad Greens, which opened its first restaurant in Centennial in 2004, was ranked 80 out of 100 fast casual companies in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” feature. The national publication selects a combination of restaurants and professionals based on their influence in the fast-growing restaurant segment.

“The fast casual industry is currently a $70 billion a year market, so competition is stiff,” said Hodgson. “The recognition from Fast Casual validates our success in the market and highlights our potential for the future.”
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