September 19, 2011
NATION’S CITIES WEEKLY 5
by Laura Turner
Aurora, Colo., Employees
Fight Cancer with Cookbook
Miami-Dade County, Fla.,
Opens Unique Supportive
Aurora, Colo., employees are raising
funds for the non-profit Cops Fighting
Cancer through sales of a cookbook of
their favorite recipes.
Cops Fighting Cancer, whose police
and civilian volunteers provide emo-
tional, practical and financial support
to Colorado cancer patients and their
families, was founded in 2003 by Aurora
Officer Jim Seneca, a cancer survivor.
Staff from the police department com-
piled the Giving Hearts Cookbook. Each
of the 307 recipes is dedicated to a friend
or family member who is battling cancer
or who has succumbed to the disease.
Funds for printing the professional-
ly-designed book were raised privately
by city employees. No city funds were
used. All proceeds are donated to Cops
Fighting Cancer. The book is available
for $15 on the group’s website, http://
Senior Public Information
Officer Kathryn Cable at (303) 739-
7013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miami-Dade County Homeless
Trust, the agency charged with imple-
menting the Florida jurisdiction’s
Community Homeless Plan, has opened
Verde Gardens, a 145-unit townhouse
community with an innovative organic
The non-profit Carrfour Supportive
Housing served as the project’s construc-
tion manager and is providing permanent
housing and services for 580 formerly
“The only community of its kind in
the country,” according to Homeless
Trust Chair Ronald L. Book, Verde
Gardens features a 22-acre organic farm
and farmer’s market operated by the
Row crops and a plant nursery are
already proving fruitful.
The market, which is open to the pub-
lic, will have expanded hours and accept
food stamps, enabling the residents to
shop on-site for organic produce and
“The Verde Gardens mission encour-
ages self-sufficiency and togetherness
among residents, while engaging the
community at-large through the farm,
food forest and public market,” said
Carrfour Director Stephanie Berman.
Mesa, Ariz., Building LEED-
Certified Fire Stations
Mesa, Ariz., has broken ground for
Fire Station 220, which, along with Fire
Station 219, will become the first city
buildings to be U.S. Green Building
Council Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) registra-
The fourth new fire station to be built
in Mesa in the past few years, the facility
is part of a public safety bond approved
by voters in November, 2008. Funding
is also being provided by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency through
its American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act program to provide grants for fire sta-
“Fire Station 220 is another example
of a tremendous partnership between the
voters of Mesa and the federal govern-
ment,” said Mayor Scott Smith at the
September 12 groundbreaking ceremony.
The new station will have approxi-
mately 13,900 square feet, four apparatus
bays and a community/training room.
Station 220 will incorporate sustain-
able practices such as solar panels, a solar
hot water system and insulated concrete
exterior walls, with a goal of achieving
gold LEED certification.
When it opens in the summer of
2012, the new station will help meet the
demand in the emergency call volume
and growth in central east Mesa and
improve emergency response times, said
Fire Chief Harry Beck.
Public Information and
Communications Director Steven
Wright at (480) 644-2069 or steven.
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