http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Schroeder to make achievement a priority http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/schroeder-make-achievement-priority <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_north_back_to_school_2_082516_0.jpg" alt="Fourth-graders Jocelyn Espinoza, Saul Espinoza and Ulises Martinez were all smiles picking out school supplies Aug. 18 at North Elementary School. " title="Fourth-graders Jocelyn Espinoza, Saul Espinoza and Ulises Martinez were all smiles picking out school supplies Aug. 18 at North Elementary School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">New North Elementary School Principal Carmella Schroeder wants to raise the bar on student achievement, after the school was flagged as a &ldquo;priority improvement school&rdquo; in 2014.</span></p> <p> Schroeder was chosen to be principal in April after serving as interim principal last year.</p> Computer labs finished http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/computer-labs-finished <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_era_ribbon_cutting_5_082516.jpg" alt="Ben Ploeger, principal and head of school at Eagle Ridge Academy, and Jacob Kriska, student council president, cut the ribbon Aug. 17 to three new classrooms that were completed over the summer." title="Ben Ploeger, principal and head of school at Eagle Ridge Academy, and Jacob Kriska, student council president, cut the ribbon Aug. 17 to three new classrooms that were completed over the summer." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Two new computer labs and a designated tutoring classroom were finished at Eagle Ridge Academy charter school just in time for the 2016-17 school year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The project was made possible in part by School District 27J&rsquo;s $248 million bond measure approved by voters in November. Of the $305,000 spent, $275,000 came from the bond and $30,000 came from the charter school&rsquo;s annual budget.</p> An Adams County workout http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/adams-county-workout <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_adamscountyfamilyfitday_mhansen001_0.jpg" alt="Adams County employees and their families practice yoga together during during &quot;family fit day&quot; at Riverdale golf course on August 12." title="Adams County employees and their families practice yoga together during during &quot;family fit day&quot; at Riverdale golf course on August 12." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Michel Hansen</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>Special to MetroWest Newspapers</strong></p> <p> Adams County workers got a chance to play with hula hoops and jump ropes, or practice Zumba or yoga outdoors recently.</p> <p> The Adam&rsquo;s County wellness program put on a &ldquo;family fit day&rdquo; on Aug. 12 for&nbsp;employees and their families at Riverdale golf courses, 13300 Riverdale Road.&nbsp;</p> Academics plus baseball equals Hastings College for BHS catcher http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/academics-plus-baseball-equals-hastings-college-bhs-catcher <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_prickett2_082416.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Danny Prickett is off to Nebraska to continue his baseball career." title="Brighton&#039;s Danny Prickett is off to Nebraska to continue his baseball career." align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Brighton catcher Danny Prickett had one thing in mind when he set out to pick a college.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I chose Hastings College (in Nebraska) because it provided me the best opportunity to continue both my academic career and my athletic one,&rdquo; Prickett said. &ldquo;It just made the most sense to me.&rdquo;</p> Police look for attempted-kidnap suspects http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/police-look-attempted-kidnap-suspects <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/images_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;"><strong>LOCHBUIE --</strong> Police are looking for a man and a woman who may have tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl.</span></p> Montoya Park slated for an upgrade http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/montoya-park-slated-upgrade <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The playground at Montoya Park is scheduled to receive a much-needed upgrade this fall.</span></p> <p> During a monthly playground inspection in January, workers found the main playground slide had a crack in it, said Gary Wardle, the city&rsquo;s parks and recreation director. When it was removed, workers found that it didn&rsquo;t meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and that the manufacturer no longer made it.</p> Pizza, anyone? Old Chicago may open at Prairie Center http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pizza-anyone-old-chicago-may-open-prairie-center <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Old Chicago is the latest restaurant and bar that could open at the Prairie Center shopping center if development talks go according to plan.</span></p> <p> Brighton community development staffers met with representatives of Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries Inc. to discuss a new, 6,274-square-foot restaurant at the Prairie Center shopping center, City Manager Manuel Esquibel said in a weekly report to city council members.</p> AMC Theatre revamp could include alcohol http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/amc-theatre-revamp-could-include-alcohol <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Officials want to sell alcohol and bar snacks as part of a planned multi-million dollar renovation to AMC Theatres Brighton 12 at the Pavilions.</span></p> <p> AMC officials have applied for a liquor license with the city. Theater officials also plan to rip out existing seats and install recliners. If the plan is approved, food and alcohol would be served at a new MacGuffins, the theater chain&rsquo;s branded bar and lounge, inside the building.</p>