12 Denverites of 2022

Christy Steadman
csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/8/22

December marks the close of another year. These past months have brought some wonderful stories about your Denver neighbors. Here is a look back at 12 of the most memorable, beginning with last …

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12 Denverites of 2022

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December marks the close of another year. These past months have brought some wonderful stories about your Denver neighbors. Here is a look back at 12 of the most memorable, beginning with last December.

December 2021

Through Denver Park Ranger Jessica Johnson, we learned about the fabled Eugene Field House in Washington Park and its namesake founder, a famous poet and journalist who lived from 1850 to 1895.

January

Gerard Rudofsky discussed his passion for Zaidy’s Deli & Bakery, a popular Jewish eatery that he ran for 35 years. He closed it in the fall of 2020 but it re-opened the following summer under new ownership. Instead of retiring, Rudofsky, 81 at the time we reported the story, stayed on as a consultant of sorts, a job that included greeting and interacting with patrons — something he particularly enjoys.

February

Chereka and Fathima Dickerson filled us in on the Welton Street Café’s upcoming move. The family owned-and-operated restaurant has served Denver’s Five Points community since 1986. Operating as a takeout and catering business — as well as participating in a recent Thanksgiving food drive — fundraising efforts continue so the restaurant can re-open in a new space at 2883 Welton St.

March

JK Costello told tales of volunteering as a Snow Buddy for one of his Denver neighbors. Snow Buddies shovel snow in the winter for older adults through the nonprofit, A Little Help.

April

Andrea Malcomb, director of the Molly Brown House Museum, shared some insider stories about the late Titanic survivor, who famously hailed from Denver.

May

Denverite Rachel Norkin invited everyone to roll around the city with the Denver Urban Skate Troop — known as DUST. She founded the skating group in 2018.

June

Teenager Layla Duong shared how golf helped her build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience. She became a junior coach with First Tee-Colorado Rocky Mountains, working directly with about 40 local young people as a mentor.

July

The Colorado Youth Pipe Band invited us to a rehearsal after moving into a new space in Washington Park. Denver resident Neil Gillette formed the band in September 1989 with one goal: to provide a fun, nurturing place for youth.

August

We got to get to know Denver’s own Madison Manning, who represented Colorado in the 65th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. She became the first local representative to place within the top eight of the overall competition and was the first African American to represent the state.

September

Rudy Jimenz-Diaz told us of the culinary achievements he accomplished thanks to the Youth Employment Academy. YEA is a nonprofit program of the Denver Housing Authority that helps underserved youth become successful in the workforce.

October

Shanna B. Shelby, chief curator at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, invited the community to experience the building’s three fall exhibits that highlight Navajo and Sioux artists and photographical depictions of Native American life. The exhibits are free and open to the public and run through Dec. 18.

November

We learned how Clara Ricciardi’s efforts helped make the Denver Art Museum more inviting and welcoming to all. Since the early 1990s, Ricciardi has served as the museum’s first Spanish-language programs coordinator, providing bilingual tours and translating the museum’s bilingual gallery labels and wayfinding. She also helped implement the DAM’s annual Día del Niño celebration, which marked its 20th year this year.

Denverites, Colorado Community Media, Life on Capitol Hill, Washington Park Profile, 2022

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