Have a Heart Home Foundation breaks ground on new home

LAYTON — The Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the Northern Wasatch Homebuilders Association came together on Nov. 19 to break ground on yet another home for the needy.

The home, to be constructed by Stuart Smith of Mainline Construction at 1728 N. Alfred Drive in Layton, is the 26th for the Have a Heart Home Foundation. Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson was in attendance.

“We know that there are people out there who are hurting and by pooling the combined resources of realtors and Homebuilders we have been able to greatly reduce the cost of these homes to help a deserving family,” said Brenda Nelson, president of the realtor association, in a news release.

The lot where the home will stand was purchased by Layton City from Community Development Block Grant funds. It was then donated to the Have a Heart Home Foundation.

Layton City Economic Development Director Lon Crowell said “this new home will improve the neighborhood overall and bring a new family to our city.”

Those interested in completing an application for the home are advised to call the REALTOR association at 801-476-4216.

AFCU members invited to skip loan payment to help buy shoes for needy

RIVERDALE — Those with loans through America First Credit Union are being invited to skip a payment during the holiday season in an effort to help provide shoes for children in need.

The initiative, called Warm the Soles of Kids, allows members to skip a loan payment through January 2019 for $25. A portion of that payment will then be used to purchase shoes.

Last year, 1,800 pairs of shoes were provided through the program as well as from donations.

“The ‘Warm the Soles of Kids’ initiative is very dear to our hearts at America First,” said John B. Lund, CEO and President of America First Credit Union in a news release. “Not only are we directly helping children in the communities we serve, but we’re also giving some financial relief to our members during the busy holiday months.”

Pleasant View will get new emergency facility

PLEASANT VIEW — MountainStar and Ogden Regional Medical Center have broke ground on a new medical emergency facility.

The 10,500-square-foot building, called Pleasant View Emergency, will be located at 600 W. 2700 North. It will be staffed by board certified physicians and have 10 treatment rooms, including one designated for trauma care and another for behavioral health. Diagnostics, lab services and imaging services, including computerized tomography (CT scan), ultrasound and X-ray, will also be available.

It’s expected to open in the summer of 2019 and will be open 24/7.

“As one of northern Utah’s first hospitals and the state’s first designated Level II Trauma Center, Ogden Regional brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Pleasant View community,” said Mark Adams, CEO of Ogden Regional Medical Center, in a news release. “Our emergency medicine specialists include board-certified physicians as well as specially trained nurses and support teams. They are looking forward to delivering the highest quality of care in this city, 24/7.”

The building is being funded by MountainStar Healthcare and its parent company, HCA Healthcare.

New facility modernizes Mound Fort Junior High

OGDEN — The Ogden School District Board of Education will be holding a groundbreaking for a new facility at Mound Fort Junior High School at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The new facility replaces portable classrooms and provides modernized learning opportunities.

“Teaching and learning is undergoing a fundamental transformation in order to meet the demands of an increasingly complex future,” Ogden Superintendent Rich Nye said in a news release. “This new facility will compliment the critical learning that is necessary for our students to successfully lead our community and nation for generations to come.”

Said Ogden Career and Technical Education Executive Director Tim Peters: “The innovation center will give our students learning experiences where they can pursue their passions in a career pathway that leads to high demand, high pay occupations.

“What makes this place special is that it will provide a flexible space for students to collaborate, communicate, think critically and creatively while solving authentic problems with the support of college and industry partners.”

Contact Standard-Examiner staff member Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net.

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