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  • Win at Willow Canyon worth wait for Shadow Ridge

    Shadow Ridge didn't want to wait six weeks for a victory but if the win comes against your crosstown rival Willow Canyon, that almost makes the delay worth it.The visiting Stallions used timely defense and a potent ground attack Friday to hold off the Wildcats, 28-23, in 5A Northwest Region play."We knew (the rivalry) would be just like this," Shadow Ridge coach Bob Chappelle said. "I just feel happy for them that they got the win."Shadow Ridge (1-5) junior running back Scotty Nixon took control of the contest in the third quarter. Nixon capped a lengthy 7-minute drive with a three-yard touchdown run and following a blocked punt, Nixon found pay dirt from 17 yards out as the Stallions built a insurmountable 28-10 lead."This win means a lot to us to come out here and beat one of our district rivals," Nixon said. "In the second half there were a lot of gaps and I was able to run straight through them."Willow Canyon (2-5) didn't fold after falling behind as junior Dominic Cardoza scored on a four-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

  • Surprise offers hazardous waste collection for residents Oct. 8

    If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Oct. 8.This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Residents are asked to bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.Drop-off is from 8 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire).Acceptable items list:• Antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel and fuel additives• Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers

  • Bails, Hayden will be interviewed Tuesday for Surprise council vacancy

    Two Sun City Grand residents put their name in the hat for the Surprise District 2 City Council sat vacated when Jim Biundo resigned Sept. 9.The process for filling this opening will nearly take as long as the person appointed will serve the remainder of Biundo's term. The city began advertising for the opening Sept. 13 in the Daily News-Sun and accepted applications through Tuesday.Former councilwoman Martha Bails and Jim Hayden, who won the Aug. 30 primary for the District 2 seat and will begin his term Jan. 1, applied. They both will be interviewed by the council during a special 4 p.m. meeting Tuesday."I was a little surprised (someone else applied)," Mr. Hayden said Thursday.The council is scheduled to announce who will serve the remaining two and a half months of Mr. Biundo's term during its Oct. 18 meeting. The choice will be seated that night.Ms. Bails moved to Surprise in 1999 and served soon after on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. She was elected to the Surprise City Council in 2003 and launched unsuccessful bids for mayor in 2007 and 2011.

  • LETTER: We should respect the new landscape

    I live on the 8th hole of Lakes East Golf Course and over the past several months have watched the progress of the work being done.The elimination of a grass strip between the house lots and the old stone have both been replaced with one-quarter-landscaping and various plants and trees. This section seems complete and looks very natural and an improvement, plus a big water saver.My concern is golfers hitting their tee shots or second shots into the new ground cover. If they were to leave their cart on the path to retrieve their arrant shot on foot no problem, but in the past with the old rocks golfers drove all over the rocks to retrieve their shots. If this happens with the much more fragile ground cover it will be ruined, and with the smaller new plants I fear these will also be destroyed.Possibly a number of posts on the left side of the cart path past the tee and one sign not to drive off the path might help save the new renovation.Bob HowiczSun City

  • LETTER: Parked cars prompt questions from reader

    In Sun City West a homeowner parks three cars, all with auto covers, all summer long.Since when are we allowed to store autos on the street and in the driveway for more than three months since June? The location is on North 137 Drive and PORA is aware of this.Why do I have look at this every day? Why can’t something be done about this storage lot?You can not store RVs but three cars is allowed?Gary GillottSun City West

  • LETTER: Golfers should be at Union Hills CC

     With all the complaining about the Recreation Centers of Sun City golf courses, I am surprised that more Sun Citians aren’t playing at Union Hills Country Club.It is no longer a private club, the course is in excellent condition and ample tee times are available at a reduced rate until overseeding Oct. 10.There also is a nice air conditioned lounge after playing 18 in four hours or less.Frank JonesSun City

  • Half of speeders in Sun City West are residents

    Speeding on R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West continues regardless of increased enforcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with patrols in marked and unmarked cars.The PORA Roads and Traffic Committee visited the issue Sept. 28 after discussion on speeding and safety for golf car drivers was addressed by a Sun City West resident.The speeding issue was brought to the forefront by James Devaney who is concerned about golf car drivers’ safety.Mr. Devaney was clipped from behind by a car a few years ago, and even though the damage to the golf car was not extensive, it threw him out.“Please, we’re getting older in this community,” said Mr. Devaney as he addressed the committee. “We need a little more help to get around.”Mr. Devaney wants to continue to drive his golf car.

  • Brookdale Sandridge provides Shred-A-Thon in Sun City West

    Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge wiil offer a Shread-A-Thon from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in the parking lot in front of the community, 13810 W. Sandridge Drive, Sun City West.A shredding truck will be on-site and assistance with unloading documents will be provided. The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Refreshments and tours of Brookdale are also free.For information about the Shred-A-Thon or Brookdale Sun City West Sandridge call 623-584-2338.Sherri Williams is the sales and marketing director for Brookdale

  • Surprise hosts on-site prostate screenings Oct. 6

    Prostate On-Site Project will lead prostate cancer screenings in Surprise in conjunction with the city from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 16081 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will provide affordable prostate cancer screenings to men 40 years and older or younger if a history of prostate cancer runs in the family.Prostate Cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime; if detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible.The event provides a PSA (prostate specific antigen) a non-fasting blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam), Testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist.Times maybe extended, or shortened as needed due to participation. Walk ups are welcome but registration is encouragedPOP accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield/Cigna/UnitedHealthCare. Specialist co-pay fees may apply. Medicare is not covered.

  • Glendale brings back focus on community-oriented policing

    It is back to the basics for the Glendale Police Department, which is sending its officers out into the community building bridges with residents and merchants.Community-oriented policing is the way to go, given Ferguson, Baltimore and most recently Charlotte, which erupted in riots after black men were shot to death by police.“Policing is not just crime reduction,” interim Chief Rick St. John said at last week’s Diversity Dialogue event at City Hall. “We have a bigger role in the community than just reducing crime.”The chief said when he first became an officer in the mid-1990s community-oriented policing was the way of doing business. But with the advent of technology, police departments nationwide began relying on crime data to deploy resources to hot spots, neglecting other areas of the community where things are happening that needed to be addressed, he added.“We spent the last 10 to 15 years being data-driven,” he said. “We got to change that but it’s going to take time.”The department has created more beats, 16 in the city’s four zones.

  • Proposed Glendale entertainment district on workshop agenda

    Glendale City Council will discuss more details on a proposed Entertainment District for downtown at its workshop 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Council Chambers, 5850 W. Glendale Ave.Included in the discussion of the Entertainment District is a survey of responses to the proposal that would allow businesses such as wine bars and liquor stores that locate within the proposed district boundary set up shop close to a church or school. State law prohibits issuing certain types of liquor licenses within 300 feet of a church or school but allows cities to approve an exemption from the restriction if the business is located in a designated Entertainment District.In the survey, 56 percent of all respondents reported they favored the proposal. Of the 151 survey responses received, 85 indicated theysupported the proposal, 45 indicated that they did not support the proposal, 17 indicated that they were undecided, and 4 provided no response.Further evaluation of the survey data showed that there were differing levels of support among different constituency groups with 92 percent of business community respondents, 56 percent of resident respondents, and 36 percent of church/school/parent/student respondents in support of the proposal.Those in favor generally discussed the opportunity to draw more people into downtown, the opportunity to attract more diverse businesses, the increased entertainment options it would offer for Glendale residents and visitors, and the opportunity for increased economic development and downtown revitalization. Common issues raised by those not in support included concerns about drunken driving, undesirable behavior and fights, the closeness to schools, and a desire to keep the quaint, family-friendly environment currently in downtown Glendale.

  • Chabad of the West Valley provides High Holiday services in Glendale

    Chabad of the West Valley, the local branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, presents its High Holiday services option, providing “No membership? No problem,” free Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services this month.Services are as follows:• Rosh Hashana is from after sundown Sunday through nightfall Tuesday Oct. 3-5 at Arrowhead Country Club, 19888 N. 73rd Ave., Glendale.• Yom Kippur begins after sundown Oct. 11 and lasts until nightfall Oct. 12 at Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.Chabad’s services feature song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books, enable those of all levels to become active participants in the services. A children’s room with supervised care and children’s prayer service will run throughout the morning with games, stories, snacks and holiday fun.“The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, insisted that Judaism is accessible to all Jews. During the Jewish High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a non-judgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services, or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days,” Rabbi Sholom Lew said.

  • Feds sign off on Arizona plan to make Medicaid changes

     PHOENIX -- Federal officials have rejected a bid by Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to require Medicaid recipients to work and to limit their lifetime coverage to five years. In a letter Friday to state officials, Andrew Slavitt, the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said such limits would "undermine access to care and do not support the objectives of the program.'' Slavitt also rebuffed the state's attempt to impose a charge on recipients who earn less than the federal poverty level. But his agency did agree to permit a fee of up to 2 percent of household income on those who are above the poverty level -- $20,160 a year for a family of three -- but still eligible for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program. For that same family of three, the cutoff is $27,820. That fee, with a $25 a month maximum would go into a "health savings account'' which AHCCCS enrollees could use for non-covered services like dental, vision and chiropractic care, recognized weight-loss programs, nutrition counseling, gym membership and even sunscreen. CMS also gave its blessing to financial incentives in the form of waived fees to promote healthy behavior. And while the agency rejected work requirements, it did approve letting the state automatically enroll AHCCCS recipients into job-seeking programs. 

  • Peoria plans to acquire Pinnacle Peak parcel from county

    Peoria will try to acquire a parcel of land at the northeast corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway associated with the Pinnacle Peak Road, 99th Avenue to 102nd Avenue Improvement Project.It has been the city’s intent over the years to acquire this triangular-shaped parcelowned by Maricopa County. The city has improvements within the land that were constructed as part of the Lake Pleasant Parkway project with permission from Maricopa County.Early in the design phase of the Pinnacle Peak Road project, city officials determined that acquiring parcel was needed in order to construct the improvements that will correct the alignment of Pinnacle Peak Road crossing Lake Pleasant Parkway.Officials said Maricopa County is agreeable to the sale of the parcel.

  • Peoria police seek information on sexual assault attempt

    Peoria police are asking the public's help in finding a male suspected of attempted sexual assault.On Wednesday Sept. 28, Peoria Police responded to an attempted sexual assault in the area of 27000 Silverado Ranch Road in Peoria. The female victim was injured while an unknown male attempted to sexually assault her. This occurred in a housing development where homes are currently under construction. The victim is recovering and has been unable to provide further details of the incident.Detectives responded to the incident and have been identifying witnesses and developing further information. They are following up on leads and have increased their patrol presence in the area.Officials are continuing to obtain a possible suspect description and will release that information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, they are seeking public assistance with obtaining any information regarding this incident. If anyone has noticed anything, anyone or any suspicious vehicles in that area please contact the Police Department.Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-8311.

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