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  • Recent mental health first aid helps with family member

    I went to a Mental Health First Aid to cover a story about suicide in March at the Platte Valley Medical Center, it was provided by the Community Reach Center.  It was designed to help people recognize symptoms of suicide.

    It was a course that helped me save my nephew.

  • COLUMN: It's OK not to be OK

     Community Reach Center extends our condolences to the victims and families affected by the violence at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch. We’d like to share some tips to gain proper support in the aftermath of such a tragic event.

  • COLUMN: Cultural offenses show we are only human

            When the president traveled to London this past week there were numerous articles about him breaking custom protocols such as, raising and clicking his champagne glass together with the queen and patting her on the back. In America, it is a habit of affection patting someone on the back; it’s our customs and behaviors.  It’s really not that bad, but we tend to forget. 

  • Stranger Things, my hometown and Brighton City Council

     Seemingly, those things are unrelated, but watch.

    If you’re as crazy as me, you spent the entire weekend watching “Stranger Things 3.” Sure, the show possesses unrealistic elements: nasty monsters, girls with psychokinetic powers, and a parallel universe (my theory of what the Upside Down is). While I’m a huge sci-fi nerd, there’s one other element of the show that tugs at me: Hawkins, IN.

     

  • Greetings from the newest member of our team

    Dear neighbors,

    It’s nice to meet you. My name is Liam Adams and I’m the newest addition to the MetroWest Newspapers team. You might have seen a few stories of mine, or have actually seen my face around town. However, I thought it’s best that you’re properly introduced.

  • What I've learned reporting your news

     At this time of year, school-aged kids are often encouraged to reflect on the experiences they’ve had over the past year and what they’ve learned from them. What is mentioned less often is that if one remains present in their work, anyone in any profession can and will continue to learn new things – about themselves, their chosen area of work and the world around them.

  • A dose of a reporter's own medicine

     It’s been a while since anyone thought of turning the professional tables on reporters.

    We are the ones trained to ask the questions, get the answers, disseminate the information and do so accurately and fairly.

  • Caregivers need care, too
  • COLUMN: Another lesson in looking beyond headlines

     It can be hard to maintain a sense of togetherness with all the personalized entertainment and echo-chamber “news” outlets these days, even for those in the profession. 

  • COLUMN: Unified in sportsmanship

     Pop quiz.

    When was the last time you saw a rival school cheering for its cross-town team?

    When was the last time you saw a basketball player grab a rebound, give it to the other team with instructions to shoot the ball toward the basket? (Second grade)

    When was the last time you saw a game official congratulate a player for a basket, much less a 3-point basket?

    These are the sorts of things that happened during the recent unified basketball game between Brighton and Windsor high schools.