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  • New community living center caters to seniors

    The Fountains at Lake Pleasant community living center for seniors officially opened for business in Peoria.After receiving new innovations, the community held its grand opening Nov. 10 at 10134 W. Mohawk Ln.The 86-apartment community living center offers a resort style experience provided by real estate company Tarantino, Tarantino refurbished the facilities after taking over management. The establishment was formerly Sun Grove Resort Village.The public was invited to the grand opening and treated to hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live entertainment.Guests were able to take tours of the community and get a first glimpse at recent improvements.Nastasya Shannon, vice president of operations at Tarantino, has been working to get the Fountains at Lake Pleasant back into mint condition.

  • Arizona Broadway back at Glendale library with Charlie Brown show

    Arizona Broadway Theatre returns with a heartwarming holiday favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.This free performance, a part of ABT's Theatre for Young Audiences Program, is made possible by a grant from the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Tickets will be distributed to the first 240 people in line, beginning at 3 p.m. Dec. 14.The performane is not suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. It will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the library auditorium.For information, call 623-930-3537.

  • Surprise Police seek help to find theft suspect

    On Nov.14 the Surprise Police responded to a theft report at a local retail store in the area of 14000 North Prasada Gateway in Surprise.According to the victim, an unknown suspect removed a wallet from their purse while they were shopping. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with short brown hair. The suspect was last seen wearing black ear gauges, a blue “Adidas” jacket with white stripes, black sweat pants, and red tennis shoes with red laces.The suspect was last seen driving away from the store in a silver pickup (possibly a Lincoln Mark LT)Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective M. Leszcynski at 623-222-4000 or 623-222.\-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to contacting the police, reference Inc# 161102923.

  • SCHOA to host workshop on community CC& Rs

    Residents will have a chance to learn more about the community’s Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions durting a December workshop.The next CC& R workshop is scheduled 10 a. m.- noon Monday, Dec. 19 in the SCHOA meeting room, 10401 W. Coggins Drive. This is an opportunity for realtors, rental companies, title companies as well as Sun City residents to come together to learn about the value and importance of the CC& Rs.SCHOA officials are committed to providing ongoing education and support pertaining to the community CC& Rs. Whether there is a violation or someone is wanting to upgrade a home, this workshop is an opportunity to learn the value the CC& Rs in Sun City before upgrades and/or renovations are made that may cost unnecessary time and expense. The CC& Rs are designed to protect the property values for all.A panel consisting of representation from Maxwell and Morgan, SCHOA’s attorney, Maricopa County Department of Planning and Development, Registrar of Contractors, the SCHOA Board of Directors and compliance staff, as well as a Sun City realtor will be on hand to answer questions.Call 623- 974- 4718 or visit www. suncityhoa. org.

  • Bubble soccer back at 8 Acre Park in Surprise

    Surprise is hosting a Teen Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10, where teens can wear a giant inflatable bubble and bounce into other players while trying to gain possession of the ball.The tournament will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at at 8 Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Games will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m.Participants must be between the ages of 13-17 and can register as a team of five or as a single participant to be placed on a team. Registration is available in advance at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., or on the day of the event from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the event location.The cost is $10 per person for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. This event will be limited to the first 100 registered participants.For information, contact the Community & Recreation Services Department at 623-222-2000 or visit and click on Events & Activities.

  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • Arizona Secretary of State to certify election results

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will be standing in for Gov. Doug Ducey to officially certify the Nov. 8 general election results.Monday's canvass will see Reagan signing the documents as acting governor because Ducey is in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies. Deputy Secretary of State Lee Miller will sign for the secretary of state at the ceremony overseen by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales and Attorney General Mark Brnovich.President-elect Donald Trump won the state by about 3 ½ percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in an election that also saw Republican John McCain elected to a sixth term.The state Legislature will remain in Republican hands but with a slightly smaller 34-26 GOP House majority and a 17-13 Senate edge.

  • Michigan to begin recount; legal fight moves to Pennsylvania

    A judge has ordered a hand recount of Michigan's presidential results to begin by noon Monday, and the Green Party is trying to force a federal court order for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania.Green Party candidate Jill Stein is trying to force recounts in three states. The count is underway in Wisconsin. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente.Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling early Monday that rejected an effort by Michigan state officials to wait two business days before starting to hand-count about 4.8 million ballots. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a Dec. 13 deadline.Stein's lawyers argued that waiting until Wednesday would cut it too close.

  • Oakland warehouse fire death toll climbs to 36, includes teens

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36 and authorities say they expect the number to rise when they resume work later Monday following a temporary work stoppage. A wall is leaning inward, posing a safety hazard to those who have been searching the building which erupted in fire Friday night.Eleven of the victims have been positively identified, but the names have yet to be publicly released.Authorities also believe they've located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown.The fire erupted during a dance party late Friday night.Survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, have placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.Bouquets of sunflowers, single white roses, lilies and carnations were stuck in chain-link fences, votive candles burned on sidewalks and post-it notes paid tribute to the missing and the dead in the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

  • Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a "serious mistake" that "prolongs the dangerous situation" of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer saying it's a "very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the United States.The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing."Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it was unwilling to reroute the project. It and the Morton County Sheriff's Office, which has done much of the policing of the protests, didn't have immediate comment.U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Corps' "thoughtful approach ... ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts."

  • Duo sues for medical marijuana card fee reduction

    PHOENIX — Claiming the state is hoarding funds, two medical marijuana users want a judge to reduce the annual charge for the legally required registration cards.In legal papers filed here, the attorney for Yolanda Daniels and Lisa Becker points out the Department of Health Services collected $2.6 million more in fees last year from patients, caregivers and dispensaries than it actually took to run the program. And Sean Berberian noted the balance in the account as of the end of 2015 was nearly $11.5 million.Yet the health department still charges patients $150 a year for identification card they need to legally buy the drug and escape prosecution if they are found in possession. And caregivers who tend to patients must pay $200 a year.Berberian contends that runs afoul of the 2010 voter-approved law which says that the fees shall only be "sufficient to implement and administer'' the program."In a time when medication is more expensive than ever, the state should be helping to make it cheaper for Arizonans,'' he argued in his legal briefs. "The state is deliberately squatting on the excess fund instead of refunding it to patients or using it in furtherance of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, such as to help patients.''Berberian also contends this is no accident, claiming that Jan Brewer who was governor when the measure was approved, "influenced the setting of the initial patient and caregiver card prices to keep may qualifying patients from accessing legal medication.'' And he said the administration of current Gov. Doug Ducey has remained hostile to the medical marijuana program.

  • Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China.It is highly unusual, probably unprecedented, for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island the U.S. broke diplomatic ties with in 1979.Washington has pursued a so-called "one China" policy since 1979, when it shifted diplomatic recognition of China from the government in Taiwan to the communist government on the mainland. Under that policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as representing China but retains unofficial ties with Taiwan.A statement from Trump's transition team said he spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who offered her congratulations."During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties ... between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year," the statement said.Trump tweeted later: "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!"

  • Sleek casino with Bob Dylan art opening outside Washington

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Far from the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts International opens its $1.4 billion National Harbor casino and resort just outside the nation's capital this week.It's advertising a gambling floor "bigger than the White House" and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan. It is the singer and Nobel laureate's first work of art for a public space on permanent display.MGM designed the first casino resort just outside Washington, D.C., to complement the city of monuments across the Potomac River. It has a 308-room hotel and spa, plus restaurants with well-known chefs. High-end retail also is planned.MGM is aiming to attract international travelers, as well as U.S. tourists.The casino resort opens Thursday night in Oxon Hill, Maryland, at 11 p.m.

  • Arizona Broadway back at Glendale library with Charlie Brown show

    Arizona Broadway Theatre returns with a heartwarming holiday favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.This free performance, a part of ABT's Theatre for Young Audiences Program, is made possible by a grant from the City of Glendale Public Art Program. Tickets will be distributed to the first 240 people in line, beginning at 3 p.m. Dec. 14.The performane is not suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. It will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the library auditorium.For information, call 623-930-3537.

  • Christmas songs highlight Ghostlight production through Dec. 11

    Ghostlight Theatre will present “The Jimmy Jenkins Christmas Special” now through Dec. 11.Ghostlight Theatre is located in the Sun Dome Plaza near Safeway at 13541 W. Camino Del Sol, Sun City West.The show features 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.The show takes place in New York in 1949.The Jimmy Jenkins Variety Hour is a classic show from the early days of television, a la Ed Sullivan or the Cavalcade of Stars. The show is about to go on hiatus for the holidays when Jimmy, the host, receives startling news — the show is being canceled Thinking quickly, Jimmy promises the network a Christmas Special to boost ratings and save the show!What follows is a hilarious “show within a show” as Jimmy and the cast scramble to put together something that will save their jobs.

  • Dutch Bros doubles down at 83rd and Thunderbird

    The double drive through at the Dutch Bros Coffee near the southwest corner of 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road pumps out orders left and right.The establishment has seen lines in excess of 20 cars during peak times.But coffee fiends will be happy to know a new Dutch Brothers is set to open to alleviate those lines. And don’t worry, the new location will come in on 1.38 acres just across the street near the northeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, just south of the Culvers.The Peoria Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the construction of the new drive-through coffee shop and a covered patio area, Nov. 17.Jennifer Stein, a spokeswoman for the city, said the new location could open by spring, once the planning site plan, building permits and construction are complete.“I believe that the new location is primarily intended to absorb the overflow of customers from the current store, which has been so successful that it has created very long lines at the drive-throughs,” she said. “The new store will have significantly more space to accommodate vehicles waiting in the drive-through lanes in an orderly fashion, as well as the capacity to serve more customers in a shorter amount of time.”

  • Car manufacturing company to bring 2,000 jobs to Casa Grande

    PHOENIX -- A California startup will build a $700 million plant in Casa Grande to manufacture luxury electric vehicles. The plan by Lucid Motors, announced Tuesday, eventually will involve hiring 2,000 workers for what would be the state's only car manufacturing operation. The first hires will take place next year, with training of local workers for the jobs through the community and technical colleges in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Plans are to have the first vehicles ready for sale by 2018 with the goal of producing 8,000 to 10,000 built the first year. The goal is full-scale production of more than 50,000 a year by 2022 Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich was part of today's announcement. That is because the plan involves having at least some of the parts built in Mexico and shipped to Arizona for final construction. "This announcement proves without a doubt how bilateral relations can bring prosperity for our citizens when we work for a common goal,'' she said during the event in front of the old state Capitol. "Our two states together as a mega-region are a more attractive place for creating new business.'' Brian Barron, the company's director of global manufacturing, called Arizona the "perfect place'' for his company to set up production operations. 

  • Renaissance Glendale remains area's only 4 diamond hotel

    For the ninth straight year, the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa remains the only four diamond hotel in the Northwest Valley.AAA Arizona’s 2017 list of Arizona five and four diamond recipients is hot off the press. This year, six properties celebrate a prestigious five diamond status, while 63 properties earned the four diamond award.“We are proud to recognize the finest our state has to offer in the hospitality industry,” said Lisa Fell, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Our five and four diamond properties work endlessly to ensure the highest level of service and amenities that guests have come to expect, and we are pleased to bestow them with our five and four diamond designation.”Two new properties were added to the Four Diamond list this year: The Camby, Autograph Collection in Phoenix, and Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.The Wigwam is the only other West Valley hotel or restaurant to make the list. And the Litchfield Park institution did so for the 13th straight year.A total of 69 Arizona establishments earned the AAA designation for 2017.

Featured columns

  • Online scams often start with deals too good to be true

    Online shopping can be a nice convenience and it’s becoming increasingly more popular, especially during the holidays.If you’ve been looking for a fancy new gadget as a holiday gift for yourself or someone else, you might be tempted with an online ad touting a high-tech item, at an amazingly low price. Just remember the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”Here’s what some scammers are up to. You discover a website that sells new high-end or high-tech items for deeply-discounted prices.You want to buy it, but you’re not familiar with this retailer. So you do some research and find other satisfi ed customers have posted positive reviews about them.Scammers realize that bad reviews will scare people away. So they themselves will post several positive-but-fake reviews about the retailer.These positive-but-fake reviews help you feel assured that the retailer is safe to do business with. So, you decide to take the bait.

  • Lesko lists priorities in state Senate

    Thank you for re-electing me to the Arizona State Senate.I am truly blessed to have the support of so many great people and to work at a job where I can make a positive difference in our state and nation.Our legislative session starts on Jan. 9. I am honored that I have been named Senate President Pro-Tempore and Senate Appropriations Chairman.I will also serve as chairman of the Joint Committee on Capital Review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.In 2017, my priority will be to balance the state budget in a way that provides good quality services to the people in our state, but also ensures that government lives within its means.I also plan to continue my work on pension reform. In 2016, my legislation reformed the firefighter and police pension plan, savings taxpayers’ millions.

  • Lesko should stop trying to control all

    Why do people like Ms. Lesko continue to try and control others’ lives?The truth is Proposition 205 was defeated by a mere .2 percent. Her statement that a vast majority of “her” constituents who contacted her were adamantly opposed to it is obviously unverifiable. All the other states who had it on the ballot voted to approve the measure.The real truth is that decriminalization is about 50 years past due. Our prison system, as well as our legal system, has spent millions of dollars imprisoning people for the use of marijuana while there is never been any medical proof whatsoever that it leads to “harder drugs.” In fact, our prison system has thousands, if not millions, of documented “violent” crimes committed while under the influence of alcohol but not one committed by someone who had smoked pot. Many crimes such as domestic violence committed by individuals under the influence go unreported.She should drive by a medical marijuana dispensary here in Sun City one weekend. She will see the people who are obtaining this “medically proven” natural healing product are the same “seniors” here in Sun City, as well as everyday Americans, that she claims are “adamantly” opposed to it. People in business suits, work clothes and golf shorts, not hippies and drug addicts patronize these businesses.I am not writing this because I use marijuana — I don’t — but because we are tired of narrow-minded people who continue to claim to speak for all of us.J. Dumais

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