Centennial ranks as the third best city in the nation for first-time home buyers, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
WalletHub compared a sample of 300 U.S. cities of various sizes by analyzing three key indicators: affordability, the real-estate market and quality of life. Centennial came in at No. 3 overall, but was No. 2 among small cities (defined as fewer than 150,000 residents) for first-time home buyers, and No. 7 in the quality-of-life category.
“Centennial is proud to be recognized by Wallet Hub for the second time. Centennial has always strived to encourage housing options for all stages of life,” says Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko.
Three other Colorado cities also made the top 20: Thornton at No. 6, Arvada at No. 17 and Greeley at No. 20.
Centennial was ranked No. 9 on WalletHub’s list of best cities for first-time home buyers in 2016.
WalletHub, a personal finance advisor that also compiles rankings, uses a community of subject-matter experts to review financial products, professionals and companies. The experts analyze data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and major real estate groups to determine the most favorable housing markets for first-time home buyers.
To view the full list and the criteria used to rank cities, go to WalletHub.
It takes many volunteers to ensure that our event runs smoothly and is as successful as possible. We can't make that happen without you! So we want to say "Thank You" for volunteering your time.
If you are volunteering for our event, and are also remembering a baby, you will need to register as a participant to have your baby's name included on the t-shirt, in the program book, and read during the presentation.
If you are at this event to honor your baby, you will be released from your duties in time for the presentation.
Our Volunteer Committee Lead will touch base with you in the next couple of weeks.
The Centennial Senior Commission’s Centennial Active Seniors program is in full swing! This is a series of FREE programs for seniors in our community. On Thursday, July 19 spend the afternoon with five Legendary Ladies. Centennial Active Seniors are hosting afternoon tea with Women’s Suffragist Ellis Meredith, Zoo Manager Mary Elitch Long, Frontier Physician Susan Anderson, Frontierswoman Calamity Jane and American Baseball Bloomer Girl Pitcher Maud Nelson. The event will take place from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Centennial Community Room located at 7272 S. Eagle Street, Centennial, CO 80112. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about Arapahoe County senior resources and future Centennial Active Senior events.
Other upcoming events include:
Birds of Prey
Thursday, August 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bring your grandkids, neighbors and friends for this amazing presentation and get up close with an eagle, owl, falcon and hawk. Weather permitting, a flight demonstration is also included in this exciting event!
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at Centennial Center Park located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue.
Caregiving: How Can We Be More Proactive?
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
This informative discussion led by nationally recognized caregiving expert and Caregiving for the GENIUS author Jane Barton will discuss the journey everyone takes as a caregiver and/or care receiver. Learn how to care for yourself and others “by design, not be default.”
All events take place at the City of Centennial Community Room located at 7272 S. Eagle Street.
Visit www.centennialco.gov/seniors to learn more about the Centennial Active Senior program.
Courtesy of Denver Dentistry
Are you afraid of the dentist? As many as 40 million Americans refuse to go to the dentist because of a fear of needles. But if you’re skipping out on recommended dental care, you’re putting more than just your smile at risk. Recent research indicates that the health of your mouth reflects the health of your body as a whole. Studies show that bacteria in the teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and contribute to health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and premature birth, lung conditions, and pancreatic cancer. But by taking care of your teeth and gums, you can help prevent certain health conditions.
Taking the needle pain out of dentistry
The DentalVibe is a unique tool that can help alleviate dental fear and anxiety, allowing you to get the dental treatment you need to stay healthy. The DentalVibe provides gentle vibration to the site of the dental injection. This vibration overloads the nerve that sends pain signals to the brain so that you don’t register the pain or discomfort from the injection. The sound of the vibration creates an added distraction, and the vibration also helps disperse the anesthesia once it’s injected so that it can work even faster.
Patients who experience an injection with the DentalVibe are often unaware when the injection actually occurs. The DentalVibe is especially helpful in reducing dental fear among children. In fact, many patients have said that if such a tool had been available when they were younger, their dental fears would never have begun.
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Meridian Metro District today announced that its bike-sharing system, known as M-Bike, is doubling in size to become the largest office park bike-sharing system in the country.
With the expansion Meridian’s M-Bike system grows to 21 stations, 200 docks and 100 bicycles. The M-Bike system is dedicated to those who live and work within the 1,685-acre Meridian International Business Center at the crossroads of I-25 and E-470. By acreage, it’s the largest office park in the country to be served by a shared bike system.
Meridian Metro District is pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, has committed to a three-year title sponsorship of M-Bike. In addition, HDR Engineering and Windsor at Meridian have signed on as new sponsors for 2018. They join Jacobs (previously CH2M), Toastmasters International, Zenith Apartments and Vela Apartments who are continuing as sponsors in 2018.
“Shared bikes are enhancing the campus atmosphere of the Meridian complex and helping to bring the community together as we had expected,” said Eric Hecox, general manager for the district. “Every trip on an M-Bike reduces the number of short trips in cars and provides an environmentally-friendly way to get around Meridian. We are extremely thankful to Kaiser Permanente for their long-term commitment and to all the corporate sponsors who share our vision for providing an easy way to get around our community.”
The bike sharing system, the first in Douglas County, also makes it easier to commute to and from work using the RTD Light Rail. The Meridian campus is served by the Lincoln Station, including a pedestrian bridge that crosses I-25.
M-Bike usage data in the first eight months shows trips from stations located near residential complexes accounted for 32 percent of the rides and trips from the RTD Lincoln Station accounted for 25 percent of all rides. Riders using the station that serves Jacobs and Toastmasters generated 17 percent of all rides.
The bike-sharing office park installation at Meridian was the first of its kind in Colorado. Various private companies around the country, such as Google and Facebook, have deployed shared bicycle systems to improve mobility around their campuses. However, the launch of the M-Bike system in Meridian marked the first time in Colorado that a shared-bike amenity serves a large office park and residential community.
The 20,000 employees, residents, hotel guests and retail shops in Meridian have access to the M-Bike system if their company participates in the program.
The system is built and operated by Zagster. Riders may view stations and available bikes in the free Zagster app, available on the App Store and Google Play or online: http://bike.zagster.com/meridian/.
One tap in the Zagster app automatically unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.
The 21 M-Bike stations are:
1. Lincoln RTD Station
3. El Diente/Meridian
5. Kingston/Maroon Circle
6. Zenith Apartments
8. Meridian Commons Park
9. Severn Lane
10. Vela Apartments
11. Meridian Office
12. Meridian Exercise Station
13. Apex Apartments
16. Lincoln Center
18. The Pond
19. Forest Lake
20. Meadows at Meridian
21. Kaiser Permanente
Anyone planning to visit Meridian International Business Center may also use the system for an hourly fee by downloading the Zagster app on their iPhone or Android and starting an account.
About Meridian Metro District
The Meridian Metropolitan District is a special district formed for the purpose of providing for the construction and operation of various infrastructure to serve a myriad of large office complexes, small businesses, airports, restaurants, and residential properties within the Meridian International Business Center. Since its inception, the District has undertaken planning, construction, and operation of the area’s principal street, safety and transportation, park and recreational, storm drainage, and water, sewer and irrigation facilities. The District owns and operates an innovative water system, widely considered one of the most efficient in Colorado.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster operates more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across North America with a focus on making bike riding a truly mass market phenomenon. Zagster’s on-bike locking technology offers riders the freedom and flexibility they want, and cities the security and predictability they need. Because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs—from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing—Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their needs and work within their budgets.
More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com
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Arapahoe Libraries and Greenwood Village have teamed up again this year to bring you The Village Read, which is the chance to connect to your community through exciting events, writing workshops and more, inspired by this year's featured book, White Plains, by Colorado author David Hicks.
Start reading the book today, then join us in August for exciting events, including a special kickoff event with author David Hicks and Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky on Thursday, August 2, at 7 pm at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial.
Author visits, writing workshops and programs inspired by the great outdoors will take place throughout August. Visit arapahoelibraries.org/village-read for the details and to reserve your spot at one of our events.
Borrow a copy of the book or eBook at arapahoelibraries.org/village-read, or you can buy it at the Koelbel Library Café, 5955 S. Holly St. and the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Rd
For more information, call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279) or visit arapahoelibraries.org/village-read
About Arapahoe Libraries
Arapahoe Libraries serves 250,000 patrons and includes eight community libraries, a jail library and a Library on Wheels in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information, visit arapahoelibraries.org.
Centennial, CO – Full employment—it’s the term economists use to describe a situation when virtually everyone willing and able to work is employed. With Colorado’s May unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, it’s also an accurate description for the metro-Denver job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only three states have an unemployment rates currently lower than that of Colorado. With local employment so high, it has become particularly difficult for companies and industries in hospitality and care-giving to find and retain qualified workers.
This doesn’t mean, though, that providing excellent care for the state’s large number of aging adults is any less of a pressing priority. One Colorado company is rising to meet this growing need through innovative steps to value and retain its staff. This spring the Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities (CLC), which owns, operates and manages a number of senior living communities and services in and out of Colorado, has been working on a series of initiatives to address this very issue.
“Providing excellent service to residents remains our number one goal, and a skilled, consistent and happy team is what makes that possible,” explained CLC Chief Executive Officer Terry Rogers. “We really value our staff and hope that these new additions will provide our team members with the support they need and an encouragement to stay long-term.”
Staff livelihood – Offering financial and life guidance
Over the past year, and this spring in particular, Christian Living Communities has implemented a series of financial measures to support its many team members. For annual cost of living increases CLC moved from 2.5 to 3% for all employees and lowered health insurance costs and deductibles for team members across the board, even offering a zero cost plan. In January, the company also budgeted $820,000 in additional pay raises for 66 percent of its 640 employees. This came after a review of each job, from CEO to CNA, in the Denver market-place and adjustments to keep CLC positions competitive.
But it doesn’t stop there. Last year, CLC also began offering both a Student Debt Reduction Benefit and a Critical Needs Fund to support employees requiring immediate assistance. The Student Debt Reduction fund aims to aid team members reduce student debt from college loans and thereby increase their monthly income. The Communities’ Critical Needs Fund provides funding to overcome work barriers such as needed car repairs or housing. Just in the last six months, 10 team members have accessed this fund, mostly for transportation needs. These programs are in additional to a long-standing employee scholarship program that awarded 16 team members nearly $23,000 to further their education this past year.
To help staff know how to access and use these and other resources. CLC also has begun offering all employees access to a “navigator.” This navigator can help team members locate and obtain resources to help with rent, car, legal or childcare services needs and more. The services are free and employee participants remain anonymous. More than 20 “customer” employees were served by CLC’s navigator in the first quarter of 2018 alone.
Numerous staff members have already shared how these financial changes have enabled them to continue serving in a place that, in the words of one thankful employee, is “my work home.” One team member was thinking about quitting and moving to a more affordable state. As a single mom with two daughters this team member shared that the “pay increase may not look like much to others but, for me and my family, it means life.” The raise is allowing her to move out of the motel where her family has been living and once again into a home of her own.
Ongoing education – Providing and supporting classes, scholarships and partnerships
One of the greatest staffing needs throughout the senior care industry is certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Taking the approach to “grow our own” rather than wait for applicants, CLC partnered with the Community College of Aurora to offer grant-funded tuition to enable entry level employees to obtain a CNA license. With strong mentoring and support, 7 individuals have already graduated from this nursing program and 5 are now employed by CLC. A fourth class is scheduled for October of this year.
Scheduling and time off - Increasing flexible hours and PTO donation program
Christian Living Communities has taken specific steps to provide no cost/high impact work practices. In response to feedback from staff surveys, the company recently began offering alternative schedule options to all team members – including flexible start and stop times, compressed work weeks, job sharing, and remote work options. To get more money in team member pockets, CLC increased the maximum number of earned PTO hours each team member can cash out and expanded the number of payroll advances a team member can have. Through the established Paid Time Off Donation program, staff members can also donate part of their paid time off to coworkers in need.
Environment – Fostering team spirit through Keepers Committees
Following a successful pilot program, special committees comprised of residents and team members were also created this year throughout CLC’s communities to maximize the incredible power of resident/team member relationships. These Keepers Committees are composed of both team members and residents who plan employee and department-specific events together. The goal of these groups is to cultivate positive team spirit, strengthen relationships and celebrate staff accomplishments like marriage or work milestones.
“What amazed me the most is the resident engagement surrounding retention,” shared one staff member about his experience on the pilot program Keepers Committee. “They are just as concerned as we are.” Others have shared that the committee offers “the freedom to express your ideas” and helps ensure “that team members feel welcomed and appreciated.”
Communication and technology – Keeping staff in connection via the CLC Loop
CLC is the first senior living provider in the country to offer its staff an innovative, internal communications app called “The Loop.” The Loop provides on-the-go information on organization happenings and access to surveys/chat groups. According to CLC concierge Jude Wherley, “It’s like a Twitter page for employees.” The app is desktop, Android and iPhone-friendly and allows staff to post and receive information of community-wide importance.
Over 60% of CLC employees do not have an office or a computer as they are cooking, cleaning and caring for residents or addressing community maintenance. CLC Loop allows all community employees to message each other, share photos, celebrate colleague birthdays and coordinate community and business events. CLC is working to have nearly 100 percent of employees not behind a desk using the app this year so everyone will be “in-the-loop”.
The results of these changes have been substantial. Christian Living Communities has already seen a 5% increase in employee retention, and company leadership hopes that ongoing work in these areas will continue to craft a company culture that values and supports the many special people on its team.
Since 1972, Christian Living Communities (CLC) has been providing quality senior care and services in the south Denver metropolitan area. CLC is a Denver-based not-for-profit that owns and manages senior living communities and services in the Denver metro area as well as state-wide and is expanding into Missouri and Illinois. CLC touches the lives of more than 2,000 seniors daily through their communities and services. For more information on CLC visit ChristianLivingCommunities.org or call 720.974.3555.
Centennial, Colorado. July 2, 2018 – The South Metro Denver Chamber held its annual Golf Tournament June 4th at the Meridian Golf Club. This event, which brought together over one hundred golfers and sponsors from the South Denver business community, raised $1,500 for the Warrior Bonfire Program—a local nonprofit that provides services for service members who have been wounded in combat operations.
“The Warrior Bonfire Program provides essential programming that is crucial in assisting our injured veterans to return to civilian life,” said South Metro Denver Chamber President Robert Golden. “It’s an honor and privilege to be able to give back to this valuable member of our community.”
“The golf tournament was fantastic, and we appreciate the support of the South Metro Denver Chamber, the tournament sponsors, and the golfers,” said Mike Foss of the Warrior Bonfire Program. “These funds allow a wounded Warrior to reconnect with his/her brothers and sisters, build a larger network of veterans to reach out to as he/she goes through a lifelong journey of healing and, most importantly, realize Post-Traumatic Growth.”
The Warrior Bonfire Program IS A 501(C)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit that provides programming for service members who have been wounded in combat operations. Programming is structured to provide camaraderie among participants, foster healing, and inspire growth towards new passions and purpose post-military service.
Greenwood Village, Colo., June 27, 2018 – John Ostermiller, the former Littleton Mayor with over 45 years of experience in operations and finance, is the newest board member to be appointed to the Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD) Board of Directors. He will be filling the vacancy left by Jim Taylor’s retirement.
“I will work with the board and Dominion staff to continue building a renewable, robust, and reliable integrated water supply system that provides wholesale water and wastewater service to residents in the northwestern part of Douglas County,” said Ostermiller.
“John’s experience as a leader in the south metro area coupled with his extensive experience in public entities and finance will be invaluable to Dominion as we roll out a system that adds additional reliability, flexibility, and increased efficiencies as our services grow,” said Mary Kay Provaznik, general manager of the Dominion Water & Sanitation District. Ms. Provaznik added, “John’s leadership on the board will allow us to maintain our momentum towards completing critical infrastructure projects that will deliver clean water to our customers and provide reliable wastewater service to our region.”
Ostermiller was elected to the Littleton City Council after serving for 20 years on the City of Littleton Planning Commission. He was elected Mayor in 2003 and completed his term on the council in 2009. Most recently John served eight years, six as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. John was the Vice President and Director of Finance and Business Operations for Dart International for over 10 years, and was the Chief Financial Officer at Deane Communications in Littleton, Co. until his retirement in 2006. Throughout his career, he’s held roles managing the financial, administrative, operational, and business development aspects of various companies.
“I am honored and excited to work with Dominion as they continue to build the infrastructure to support their robust and dependable supply and provide reliable water and wastewater services,” Ostermiller said. He further stated, “I look forward to supporting Dominion’s continued collaboration and partnership with leaders across the region.”
Ostermiller joins current board members:
Dominion is a wholesale provider of water, wastewater and stormwater services to Northwest Douglas County. Established as a special district in 2004, Dominion is a significant and sizable entity, with a service area that covers 33,000 acres and millions of dollars in water and wastewater infrastructure and assets. Dominion participates in a shared agreement for water and infrastructure between Denver, Aurora and South Metro WISE Authority, and pays for 20% of the WISE infrastructure that is bringing in renewable water to Douglas county.
About Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD)
Dominion is a special district that was formed in 2004 as part of the County’s vision to bring renewable water and access to more centralized water and wastewater services to northwest Douglas County. Dominion Water & Sanitation District’s approach leverages location, infrastructure and partnerships to create a regionally integrated system. By having an integrated system, Dominion fully and efficiently utilizes its resources and therefore provides a reliable and cost competitive service. Dominion’s service is built on innovation, partnerships, and thoughtful stewardship.
For more information, visit: www.DominionWSD.org