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    A R A P A H O E C O U N T Y, C O L O R A D O

    VOLUME 127 | ISSUE 23 | 75

    December 31, 2015

    LittletonIndependent.netA publication of

    LITTLETON INDEPENDENT (ISSN 1058-7837) (USPS 315-780)OFFICE: 2550 S. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 | PHONE: 303-566-4100

    A legal newspaper of general circulation in Littleton, Colorado, the Littleton Independent is publishedweekly on Thursday by Colorado Community Media, 2550 S. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120.PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT LITTLETON, COLORADO and additional mailing of ces.

    POSTMASTER: Send address change to:9137 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

    DEADLINES: Display: Thurs. 5 p.m. | Classi eds: Tue. 8 a.m. | Obits: Tue. 11 a.m. | Legals: Thurs. 11 a.m.

    Woodlawn post of ce sticking with it Customers persuade owners to stay open

    By Jennifer Smith

    After news got out that the Woodlawn post offi ce would close at the end of De-cember, everyone who works there heard resounding disappointment from many of their customers.

    So instead of shutting the doors, were just going to suck it up and try to do extra business to make up the extra rent, clerk Kevin Downs said.

    Carrier Noah Morton said hes happy the Woodlawn station is remaining open, because it helps ease congestion at the main post offi ce on Prince Street in down-

    town Littleton.It will help our main offi ce keep our

    lines open for the clerks, he said.Owner Gary Arras said his little post

    offi ce doesnt generate nearly enough rev-enue to support the nearly 40 percent rent increase the new owners were asking for. He was able to negotiate them down a lit-tle, said Downs, but not much.

    The contract station, located in the Woodlawn shopping center at Littleton Boulevard and Windermere Street, only makes money from the sale of postage stamps. It must buy them from the United States Postal Service at full retail fi rst they receive a commission once they sell the stamps.

    With so many people buying stamps online these days, Arras expects contract Judith Hoechst and her son, Peter Weinstein, drop off some packages to be mailed at the

    Woodlawn post of ce on Dec. 23. Clerk Kevin Downs is happy to report that the branch will remain open for now. Photo by Jennifer Smith Post offi ce continues on Page 20


    End of the year: A look back at some of the bigger stories from 2015. See Page 5

    Spirituality: Millennials strike their own path to approaching faith. See Page 10

    10-year-old nds miracle in canine friend Stink Bug Project pairs sick children with companion dogs

    By Alex DeWind

    Patrick Kaplan, 10, walked out of his house on a wintry, mid-December day to fi nd a Labrador retriever in his yard. The

    dog, named Bindy, would help Patrick cope with his longtime illness called cyclic vomit-ing syndrome, or CVS.

    I was so happy, Patrick said. I fi nally got my miracle.

    Patrick, who lives in Centennial, was di-agnosed with CVS when he was 8 years old. The chronic condition involves episodes of nausea and vomiting, which often occur while he is sleeping. The condition is rare and affects about 2 percent of school-age

    children, according to Mayo Clinic.When Patricks parents, Denise and Scott,

    discovered there was no fi x for their sons condition, they contacted the Stink Bug Project through Rocky Mountain Childrens Health Foundation, at 5349 Marshall Street in Arvada, in hopes of getting their son a companion dog.

    The family couldnt have asked for a better

    Patrick, 10, and Bindy,

    a 2-year-old Labrador retriever,

    share a unique

    relationship of work and

    play. Just knowing

    she is here calms me,

    Patrick said. Photo

    by Alex DeWind

    Stink Bug continues on Page 20

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    South Suburban nets praiseSouth Suburban Park and

    Recreation Districts depart-ment of fi nance was recently awarded the Certifi cate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Gov-ernment Finance Offi cers Asso-ciation of the Unites States and Canada, for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This marks the 14th year the district has received the award.

    The districts director of fi nance, Steven Shipley, and chief accountant Linda Addison prepared the document, which includes the independent audi-tors report, the audited fi nan-cial statements, management, discussion and analysis, trans-mittal letter and the required statistical section.

    ACC recruiter lands positionArapahoe Community

    College Senior Recruitment Specialist Liliana Diaz has been named to a three-year term as president-elect of the Colorado Council on High School/College Relations.

    The CCHS/CR is a 290-mem-ber, statewide volunteer orga-nization comprising Colorado high school counselors, college admission staff, professional organizations and individu-als who work together to help educate and assist high school students in achieving their post-secondary educational goals.

    Optimists essay contest has cash prizes

    The Optimist Club of Little-ton is again involved in the annual Optimist International Clubs Essay Contest.

    The topic for the 2016 contest is Lead by Example Reality or Fiction? First place wins $100, second place gets $75 and third place gets $50,

    and the fi rst-place essay will be eligible for consideration at the next level for a $2,500 scholarship. The winners, their families and their teachers will be honored during a meeting at the Boardroom Restaurant, where the three students will be asked to read their essays to members.

    Students can access the contest rules and the applica-tion form at

    Students can also contact their schools language arts and journalism teachers or their principals offi ce for informa-tion about the essay contest. The deadline to enter is Feb. 8. Call 303-794-1670 for more information.

    Register now for free emergency training

    The Community Emer-gency Response Team educates citizens about disaster pre-paredness, and trains them in basic response skills such as fi re safety, search and rescue, team organization and disaster medi-cal operations.

    The Littleton and Englewood police departments sponsor the CERT training, which is open to all citizens ages 18 and older. The class is limited to 30 participants, so register early to secure enrollment. The free course is held at the Littleton Center, 2255 W. Berry Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: March 5, 12 and 26, and April 2.

    To register, visit the Littleton Police Departments page on the citys website, For more informa-tion, contact the CERT training coordinator, or leave a message at 303-734-8224.

    Still nding Faces Never Forgotten Project aims to match photos to Vietnam vets

    By Jennifer Smith

    Last June, Janna Hoehn reached out to Colorado Community Media for help with a huge project, and readers stepped up in a big way.

    The response has been amaz-ing, she said. Our heroes stories and sacrifi ce will never be forgotten.

    She is working on the Faces Never Forgotten project, created to fi nd a photo of every single one of the 58,300 soldiers listed on the

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall, she said. It keeps our fallen heroes memories alive and will honor them.

    In June, Hoehn was specifi -cally looking for 10 names from Arapahoe County and seven from Douglas County. With the help of readers throughout those coun-ties, shes down to just six and four, respectively.

    Once found, all photos will be submitted to the Wall of Faces online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as to the planned education center

    expected to be built adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    I had always hoped I could to do something for the Vietnam vet-erans, said Hoehn. The way they were treated when they returned, it was disgraceful.

    Even just the name of the schools the person attended can help, she says, and any bit of information somebody might have cant hurt.

    To submit a photo or for more information, email Hoehn at To see photos of lost and fallen soldiers that have already been col-lected, visit

    Since Colorado Community Media ran the story in June, Hoehn has received photos of: James D. Hakes Jr., Martin E. Loving, Michael F. Matthews, Donald L. Senti and John P. Wright from Arapahoe County; and Jimmy E. Marchesi, Alva N. Myrick II, Jerome J. Rigenberg and Robert Worrell from Douglas County.

    Robert Worrell

    Jerome Ringenberg

    Alva Myrick

    John Paul Wright

    Michael Matthews

    James Hakes