Weekly Neighborhood News from MCGC Neighbors

MCGC Neighbors Weekly News Blast

Good News!

At the City Council Study Session on Monday night, May 11, 2015, Council members decided to formalize an Oil & Gas Advisory Committee through an ordinance!  Our thanks to Council Member, Brad Pierce, Chair of the Planning and Economic Development (PED) committee (the policy committee that oversees the Oil & Gas Committee), for recognizing the need for a more formal, structured committee and working toward that goal.

Our own Ward II Council Member, Renie Peterson, deserves our continued thanks for working tirelessly to represent the concerns of the people in our Ward.  So far, we are the only Ward affected by oil and gas development, but we are not represented on the committee.  Currently, the Oil & Gas Committee is comprised solely of fracking advocates, with no alternate viewpoints represented, and no one on the committee who lives in our neighborhoods. 

Please review this May 11, 2015, article in the Aurora Sentinel, which describes the study session and provides a great quote from Council Member Peterson regarding her suggestions for the committee.  You can see her complete list of suggestions here.

And, finally, we want to thank all of you who sent emails and/or called City Council members to express your opinions about this committee – regardless of what your opinions were.  We believe that all sides of all issues need to be explored, as that is the only way good decisions can be made.

We will keep you informed as the Planning and Economic Development committee discusses the bylaws and composition of the Oil & Gas Advisory Committee.  We are hopeful that the PED committee will NOT use the current wording of the proposed ordinance, as that wording does not provide for a true cross section of representatives on the committee, and some of the language may be overly restrictive, as indicated in this opinion from the A.C.R.E. website.

Guest Writer - Lupus

May is Lupus Awareness Month

Our Guest Writer for this News Blast edition is Becky Encao, who has lived in Murphy Creek with her husband and child for 4 years.  Becky was diagnosed with  Lupus at age 17 and is using this article as a way to educate us about the disease.  We thank Becky for sharing information with us that is so very personal to her.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease.  There are two types:  systemic lupus and discord lupus.  With discord lupus, only the skin is affected.  This is the type that singer Seal has.  With systemic lupus, the person’s immune system attacks the cells, tissues, organs and joints.  The best way to describe systemic lupus is to talk about the function of the immune system.  Its job is to fight and destroy germs and anything that does not belong in the human body.   With systemic lupus, the body can’t distinguish correctly between what belongs and what does not.  So the immune system incorrectly attacks various cells, organs, and joints in an effort to destroy what it thinks does not belong.  The cause of lupus is unknown.

There is no one test to determine a lupus diagnosis.  Symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, so is difficult to diagnose.  And the symptoms can vary drastically between patients.  Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain, stiffness and/or swelling, butterfly shaped rash on the face that covers the cheek and bridge of the nose, fingers and/or toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, confusion and memory loss.  Symptoms may come and go in short periods of time or may last for several days or even months.  Those who have the disease for a long period without being diagnosed have a higher risk for serious complications.

This Friday, May 15, is “Put on Purple” for lupus awareness day.  Consider wearing purple to help spread awareness and to show support.  For more information, visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s website.



As you are looking through your basement and house for items to include in the Garage Sale this Friday and Saturday, also look for electronic equipment that is out-dated or broken and needs to be recycled properly. 

The city is holding an E-Cycling Event this Saturday, May 16 from 9AM – 1PM at the Tallyn’s Reach Library at 23911 E. Arapahoe.  They will be accepting DVD players, computers, VCRs, stereos, printers, small appliances, cell phones, etc. 

Most items are $2 each to drop off.  (Televisions and computer monitors are a bit more.)  The Tallyn’s Reach library is a very convenient location for Murphy Creek residents.  Disposing of electronic equipment correctly is a small but important way to contribute to environmental health.

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar at a Glance

May 15 & 16 (Fri & Sat) – Murphy Creek and Cross Creek Garage Sale - Throughout the neighborhoods much of the days - Diaper Donation on Saturday - 1PM - 4PM - 23861 E. Alabama Drive

May 15 (Fri) – "Put on Purple" Lupus Awareness Day

May 16 (Sat)E-Cycling Event – Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe – 9AM – 1PM

May 18 & 20 (Mon & Wed) – Poker - the Tavern - Register by 6:00PM - plays begins at 7:00PM

Jun 13, Aug 15  – CPR & AED classes - 9AM-1PM - Aurora Fire Stations - details here


Community Garage Sale

Neighborhood Garage Sale—Do Over!!

With all the rain we had last weekend, the HOA Social Committee decided to hold the Neighborhood Garage Sale again this Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.  It looks like the weather will be better and so many of us who decided not to open for business last weekend will have an opportunity to open our garage doors and bring out our stuff and more stuff. 

And those of us who didn’t want to venture out with an umbrella, will have an opportunity to shop till we drop scarfing up all the merchandise at a good garage sale price.

If you were not able to participate in the Diaper Donation effort, sponsored by UPS and Mile High United Way for local charities, you still can!  If you would like to give diapers or donate any gently used baby clothing that doesn’t sell, you can drop off items on Saturday between 1PM – 4PM at the home of Angela Rokey Marza, 23861 E. Alabama Dr.

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

Did It Really Snow Over the Weekend?

Lynn Swanson, Murphy Creek resident weather reporter for CoCoRaHS, is providing this week information for us about our snow storm over the weekend.  Thanks to Lynn for sharing the “state of snow” in Murphy Creek.

“For the past two years we can't seem to catch a White Christmas here in Murphy Creek.  But a White Mothers Day? No problem!

In Murphy Creek, there has been precipitation every day for the first ten days of May this year.  The total moisture received was almost 3 inches for the ten days added together.  I've measured 2.98 inches so far, and it is still snowing a little on Sunday morning as I am writing this.  This is above our average of 2.56 inches for all of May.

The snow storm that arrived Saturday night into Sunday morning delivered 5.5 inches of snow, which melted down to 1.09 inches of water.  The rain from Friday into Saturday gave us another 1.05 inches of water.

This year May is living up to its reputation as our wettest month of the year.  We have received one fifth of our annual 15 inches of moisture so far.   

May usually provides 1.1" of snow in Denver on average, with the most snow for the month being 15" in 1898.  And for you natives or long time residents, you may recall 13.6" in 1950, and/or 13" in 1978.    

For more detail about the daily values for rain and snow, click here.”

Tree Branch Pick Up

What To Do With The Tree Branches?

As a result of the heavy snow over the weekend, many of us had damage to our trees with branches breaking.  MCGC Neighbors has checked with Waste Management, our trash collection company, as to what is in our contract concerning tree branches. 

Waste Management will pick up our fallen branches as long as: 1) each branch or section of a branch is no more than 4 feet long and 2) all branches are bundled and placed at the curb for easy pick up.

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