Six years ago, Beth Alessio’s son, then 4 years old, spent two separate occasions in the hospital. The first time was for a dog bite that became infected. “He was bitten on his face and was hospitalized for four days,” Alessio said. “Four months later he contracted E. coli. He was really sick. … That […]
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Twelve years ago, Juaquin Mobley made a life-altering decision that landed him behind bars for the better part of a decade. But the path he’s taken since being released inspired the message he shares with young adults living in Southeast Colorado Springs — a message about self-worth, community and the value of stable employment. Mobley […]
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Michael Thomas is the new superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. The job has brought him all the way  from Minnesota to the Front Range, but the road is longer than that. It stretches back 27 years — and it starts with a boy named Reggie. When they met, Thomas was a pre-veterinary medicine […]
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David Hollenbach did his growing up east of the Mississippi River in states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He was then appointed to the Air Force Academy and introduced to Colorado Springs. The former cadet worked several assignments in the space acquisition and space operations fields and eventually […]
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Roberto Calcagno says his yet-to-open restaurant, Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana, is all about authenticity. Tentatively set for an August launch in the Briargate neighborhood (9278 Forest Bluffs View), the eatery will feature the pizzas, salads, desserts and drinks you might find while wandering the streets of Naples. Authenticity is so important, in fact, that […]
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For Colorado Springs native Ashley Schuermann, Colorado Springs is home — and she’s never strayed far away. Born and raised in the Pikes Peak region, she attended Cheyenne Mountain High School before leaving for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She immediately moved back to the Springs and enrolled at […]
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Will Phillips recently put on a seminar for kids who were part of a summer camp that shared a building with Entrepreneur Nation, a nonprofit he founded that focuses on creating entrepreneurs in at-risk and minority communities. “We talked about emerging technologies,” Phillips said from EN’s space on East Moreno Avenue, “[artificial intelligence], autonomous vehicles, […]
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Traci Marques finds herself faced with a paradox. The better the job market, the closer she is to putting herself out of work. And these days, unemployment is near a two-decade low. “When I first started in 2012, the joke was we were going to work ourselves out of a job,” said Marques, executive director […]
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Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle for success in their university careers. […]
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Despite having spent much of his life away from the Centennial State, Pikes Peak Community Foundation CEO Gary Butterworth actually is a Colorado native. “It’s a little-known fact, but I was born in Pueblo,” Butterworth said. The Air Force brat lived in Nebraska and grew up in northern Virginia. His father’s last assignment was at […]
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Amaury Perez, a native of Mexico, moved to the Los Angeles area before he turned 3 years old. “I grew up in inner-city L.A., the 818 area, Van Nuys,” he said. His family was displaced after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, then decided to move away from the city and set up in the suburbs […]
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Corinne LaValley learned to live life while assisting patients during their final moments. “As a young person caring for people who were dying all of the time — it really made me realize how fragile life is,” she said. The 36-year-old nurse believes happiness comes from not wasting a moment and spending an immense amount […]
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