By The Denver North Star Staff
A flurry of awards have been bestowed on North and West Denver groups in recent weeks, including a handful for this hyper-local newspaper.
Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) recognized Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) in West Colfax, Villa Park, Sun Valley, Barnum, Barnum West and Valverde for their active involvement in the city’s West Area Plan.
INC quoted The Denver North Star coverage from the podium during the Sept. 13 ceremony held at Raíces Brewing Company:
“The West Area Plan is the first area plan to itemize and address historic and present inequities; and it is the first to address the role of water (gulches, ponds, streams and the South Platte River). Council President Jamie Torres, whose district includes several of the neighborhoods in the plan, emphasized the significant role the community played in shaping it.”
Harkness Heights resident Thomas Mobely was recognized at the annual INC awards for his work on a conservation overlay that now helps to preserve his neighborhood’s Craftsman Bungalow homes.
Historic Berkeley Regis (HBR) and Raíces Brewing Company have been selected to receive Community Preservation Awards at Historic Denver’s annual gala and awards dinner in November. Historic Denver bestows annual awards, according to its website, to “celebrate the individuals and preservation projects uniting Denver’s past with the 21st century.”
Historic Denver described Raíces Brewing Company as “an open concept taproom, brewpub, and brewing facility located where the Sun Valley and Lincoln Park neighborhoods meet. The 6,000-square-foot bow truss building on the 3.2 acre mixed-use STEAM on the Platte campus is a rare Latino-centered space in the craft brewing industry, where only an estimated 3 percent of brewery owners identify as Hispanic or Latino.”
HBR is being recognized for the role it played in the preservation and subsequent reuse of the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel. The Chapel, located at 46th Avenue and Tennyson Street, is now a designated Denver Landmark housing Redemption Church Denver and Midtown Montessori Academy.
The Denver North Star took home eight awards from the Colorado Press Association’s Better News Media ceremony on Sept. 23. The newspaper won six Second Place awards in categories including Best Education Story, Best Sports or Sports Event Story and Best Editorial Special Section. The coverage “2022 Election: Your Vote is Your Voice” and “City Council Moves to Bring Zoning Department’s Board of Adjustment into Modern Era” won First Place awards.
To top off the season of recognition, Rawa Abu Alsamah, a middle-school special education teacher at Rocky Mountain Prep in Sunnyside, has been selected as one of seven finalists for 2024 Colorado Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to all.