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ACC nets foundation grant

Arapahoe Community College garnered a $25,000 grant from RLC Foundation, a Rose Community Foundation fund that primarily supports organizations working to improve the education and health of disadvantaged children and young people.

The grant is designated for the nursing, nurse’s aide and mortuary science programs to secure state-of-the-art equipment that would otherwise be unattainable.

Miss Colorado USA heads for TV

Littleton’s own Amanda Wiley, otherwise known as Miss Colorado USA, will be live on NBC on June 16 competing for the national Miss USA title.

The event airs at 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time from the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood.

Red Cross trains babysitters

The American Red Cross is offering kids 11 to 15 babysitting training, to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to care for young children. The course teaches young people how to care for infants and children, handle emergencies such as injuries and accidents, stay safe, recognize safety and hygiene issues and communicate with parents.

The trainings will be held at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details or to sign up, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

City launches cleanup program

Have you started your spring cleaning and don’t know what to do with all the stuff you’ve discovered? The city of Littleton’s popular “Keep Littleton Beautiful” Summer Cleanup & RECYCLE Program is under way. Call 303-795-3744 to schedule an appointment for a crew to come to your home and haul it all away. The city will schedule pickups until all time slots are full, through the beginning of August. Accepted items include furniture, appliances, tires, lumber, branches, electronics and more. For more information, call Rebecca Thompson, senior code specialist, at 303-795-3831.

LPS spotlights math stars

Fourth- and fifth-grade teams from throughout Littleton Public Schools participated in the district’s Math Olympiad competition. Fourth-grade winners were Peabody, Franklin and Littleton Academy. Fifth-grade team winners were Sandburg and Twain (tied for first place) and Lenski.

Jake Knigge, the Olympiad facilitator who led the students in the competition, is a former Arapahoe High student who now attends the University of Colorado.

Business workshop set

The city of Littleton is hosting “Power Up! Your Business Strategy” to help entrepreneurs run a successful business. Topics include marketing, establishing a competitive edge, innovation and more.

Join economic-development staff for a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. June 20 at the Littleton Center, as they share the latest thinking from proven business strategists on how to make your company a market leader. Free to all registered businesses within the city. Space limited to first 30 attendees. Registration is required; call Joanne Ricca at 303-795-3749.

HHS senior earns county award

Heritage High senior Tanner Hines-Hatcher was recently recognized by the Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award Program. The program provides businesses, community and civic leaders the opportunity to nominate youth in the community. Students are nominated based on leadership shown in classroom and the positive changes they have made to achieve success despite difficult circumstances.

Tanner was one of six who received a $1,000 scholarship. Brian Powers, Heritage counselor, said Tanner really deserves this recognition.

ACC bestows awards

Delcia Garcia and Dennis Goodwin have been named Classified Employee of the Year and Administrator of the Year, respectively, for the 2012-13 school year at Arapahoe Community College.

Garcia is the division assistant for the Health, Sciences and Engineering department. Before that she spent five years as an administrative assistant in the records office. She earned her associates degree from Community College of Denver in 2005 and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Regis University. Garcia, who was nominated for ACC’s Classified Employee of the Year award in 2007-08, serves on the White Elephant Silent Auction, Classified Assembly Book Scholarship and End-of-Year-BBQ committees.

Goodwin is the ACC Campus Police chief. He’s served a total of 33 years in the law-enforcement field, including the last seven at Arapahoe Community College. His experience also includes 15 years with the Lakewood Police Department and 12 years as the chief investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. He was named Lakewood Police Department’s Investigator of the Year in 1988. He’s a graduate of Florida State University. His education also includes the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command. Goodwin is featured in the book “Rough Trade” by Steve Jackson, which analyzes his role as the chief investigator in the Robert Lee Riggan Jr. murder case in the 1990s.

Be aware of jury-duty scam

Scammers are preying on victims’ fear of legal action by pretending to be “jury-duty coordinators.” Victims are being confused by scammers who request a Social Security number and date of birth to verify their information.

Scammers use the information for identity theft, tax fraud, hacking into bank accounts and other illegal activities. Jury duty is always arranged by mailed letters, not phone calls.

If consumers are expecting a jury summons, they are advised to hang up on the caller and get information directly from their local courthouse’s or state attorney general.