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Briefs: Immigrant charter school hires principal

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” The New America School, a public high school designed to help immigrants learn English, will open classes in Gypusm and Edwards in August with Kathleen Brendza as its principal.

“This is a great opportunity to serve the immigrant families who live and work west of Vail,” said Brendza, a founder and former executive director of The Youth Foundation. “We have an important role to play in this region, educating students who might not otherwise graduate from high school.”

The school will hold English classes four nights per week at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards and Avon Elementary School in Avon. The school is also considering holding classes in Leadville.

The New America School has three locations in the Denver metro area.

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VAIL ” Parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages is free beginning Monday.

Bus buses will run on a spring schedule from Monday until Mary 27. More frequent summer bus service begins May 28 and runs through mid-December.

For a complete bus schedule, call 477-3456 or visit For information on parking passes, call the town’s parking hotline at 479-2104.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Dr. Melinda Wharton, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control, and Joni Reynolds, director of the Colorado Immunization Program will be in the county for Infant Immunization Week, whch begins Monday.

“Across the country, this is a special week to shine the light on the significance of childhood vaccinations since immunizations are one of the most important and safest ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases,” Eagle County Public Health Nurse Kristin Diedrich says.

Eagle County will recognize Vail Valley Medical Center with a Community Health Achievement Award. The hospital will also hold a hospital tour for children and their families.

“Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, so it is critical that they are protected through immunization,” Wharton says. “While great progress has been made in vaccinating children, many still go unprotected. So, this week will focus on continued efforts to raise immunization coverage levels.”

For more information on the week’s events see this story in “Briefs: Free Vail parking starts Monday” on

EAGLE ” Last year, on Eagle’s annual spring clean-up day, local residents hauled enough trash to the town park to fill 14 Dumpsters.

But when the Dumpsters were gone, the trash kept coming. The following morning, town crews found piles of trash left in the night by citizens avoiding a trip to the county landfill.

Some of the trash was stuff that did not belong in a town cleanup, such as construction and old refrigerators that had not been drained of freon.

This year, things will be different. On cleanup day May 19 the Dumpsters will be placed at the Town Shop at 1050 Chambers Ave. where staff can better manage the flow of trash. Town residents are still invited to dump household trash that day, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The town will not accept neither construction trash or large truck loads. Only Eagle residents can dump tires. The cleanup ends when the Dumpsters are full.

There’s also been a change in the Eagle County Landfill policy that means residents don’t have to wait for one “free dump” day. Starting this year, county residents can obtain a free pass from the county to dispose of up to 1,600 pounds of trash, and up to four tires, at the county landfill.

For more information, visit the town Web site at

” Kathy Heicher

EAGLE ” Work started this week on a slightly trimmed-down plan for Eagle Town Park improvements, which should be finished by the Flight Days festival on June 22.

Park users can expect a more events-oriented facility. Last year, the town installed a stage, restrooms and a basketball court.

This spring’s upgrades include:

– A circular entry plaza near 5th Street and the sage.

– A sidewalk running through the park connect 6th and 7th streets, and connecting the park to downtown.

– The playground will be expanded but no new equipment will be installed.

The work will cost about $327,000.

“I don’t think any citizen of the town will be disappointed in the project,” said Assistant Town Planner Yuri Kostick.

The town plans to replace the tennis court that was torn out of the Town Park last summer. Officials just haven’t figured out exactly where the new facility will be.

Kostick said he is evaluating a spot in Brush Creek Park, across the parking lot from the pavilion. Another possible spot would be near the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Cost of the tennis court, without lights or backboards, is estimated at $110,00.

” Kathy Heicher

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