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  • Glendale Chocolate Affaire sweetens first February weekend

    Glendale will soon host the sweetest event in town. The 22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be a chocoholic’s dream, with chocolate and more in Historic Downtown Glendale for three days, Feb. 3-5.Where else in the Valley can you fine nearly 40 chocolate purveyors all in one spot, with chocolate favorites like chocolate-covered strawberries, nuts, cheesecake, bananas, and truffles, but new things you may not have tried, including chocolate lemonade, a chocolate steamed bun, spiced chocolate and a Polar Plunge (hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream.) That's just the tip of the chocolate- covered iceberg – partake in a chocolate lover’s scavenger hunt to find all of the delicious confections.If you really want to find out the best of the best at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, attend the Sweet Tooth competition, in which vendors enter their best chocolate creation and judges vote on the most decadent and delicious ones.The contest takes places on stage Friday evening at 6 p.m. KTVK-3TV television personality Jaime Cerreta will emcee.The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. Glendale’s hometown factory will offer tours all weekend and visitors can expect to find some Willy-Wonka-type magic happening and maybe a free sample of their confections there, as well. Free shuttles, sponsored by SRP, will carry visitors to and from Cerreta’s.Besides the love of chocolate, the other facet of the Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a celebration of romance.

  • Fallen Glendale officer Brad Jones to be honored at Centennial wrestling tourney

    Each year Centennial High School in Peoria hosts a two-day wrestling tournament in honor of Brad Jones, a former Centennial High School wrestler who became a Glendale Police Officer.From Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 the 6th Annual Brad Jones "Pack" Invitational will take place.Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty while responding to an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues October 29, 2011. He had accompanied a probation officer in meeting with a convict. The suspect, Ryan Heisler, shot Jones during the encounter. Jones died later that night.Each year Peoria and Glendale police officers attend this event to support Jones' family and the tournament.The finals are on Saturday  at 6 p.m. at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.The Jones families along with officers from both agencies participate in the opening of the finals.

  • Residents speak, Glendale council listens

    Bill Hutzel is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.“I’ve been sober for several years,” the Glendale resident said. “But in the height of my addiction, I frequented plasma centers, any place I can to get money to fuel my addiction.“The times I was turned away from those facilities for whatever reason, I looked for other resources that I needed. I was there and I was going to get something whether it was an unlocked car or whether it was going into somebody’s open garage. I never did that but I have been tempted to go into somebody’s home to get what I needed.”Mr. Hutzel shared his experience with the City Council last week to highlight his belief that plasma centers often attract an undesirable element and possibly more crime.His testimony along with about 16 other neighbors persuaded the council to unanimously reject a rezoning request that would have allowed for a much larger plasma center to set up shop at the northwest corner of 59th and Kings avenues. More than 50 residents showed up in protest, many wearing red tops to show their unity.“The community that I represent strongly opposes this,” said Councilman Ray Malnar, who represents the Sahuaro District. “ This is in my district. I was elected to represent the community and the people that I represent, I will stand behind them. I always will. That is my commitment when I was elected and will be my commitment in the future. I am your representative. You are my boss.”

  • Pinnacle Peak Road to be widened, includes annexation of right-of-way into city

    Infrastructure improvements are coming to the benefit of Liberty High School and motorists in north Peoria.City Council approved an agreement between Maricopa County and the city to improve Pinnacle Peak Road from 91st to 99th avenues from two lanes to five lanes with a raised median.Unincorporated county land borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the north and the city borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the south. A new residential development is planned to the south of Pinnacle Peak Road.The county maintains the road since it is within its jurisdiction. However, they are interested in the city taking over the maintenance, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Stein.The agreement states the city will take over the maintenance by annexing the county right-of-way into the city if the county agrees to fund the improvements for the north half of the road. The county will contribute about $3 million for improvements, which is expected to be paid in two payments in fiscal year 2018.The south half of the road will be improved by the Meadows, a Maracay Homes residential development, she said.

  • Westbound Grand closed in Peoria Jan. 27-30 for repairs

    Westbound Grand Avenue will be closed Jan. 27-30 for bridge and New River Trail repairs.Pin and hanger assemblies will be replaced so the trail must be closed for safety reasons since the bridge will be supported on temporary towers constructed by Arizona Department of Transportation’s contractor.There will be street and trail signs indicating the closures. Questions and comments can be directed to the ADOT project hotline at projects@adot.gov or 855-712-8530.

  • Fallen Glendale officer Brad Jones to be honored at Centennial wrestling tourney

    Each year Centennial High School in Peoria hosts a two-day wrestling tournament in honor of Brad Jones, a former Centennial High School wrestler who became a Glendale Police Officer.From Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 the 6th Annual Brad Jones "Pack" Invitational will take place.Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty while responding to an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues October 29, 2011. He had accompanied a probation officer in meeting with a convict. The suspect, Ryan Heisler, shot Jones during the encounter. Jones died later that night.Each year Peoria and Glendale police officers attend this event to support Jones' family and the tournament.The finals are on Saturday  at 6 p.m. at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.The Jones families along with officers from both agencies participate in the opening of the finals.

  • El Mirage makes statement in unveiling new City Hall

    While the $7.6 million El Mirage City Hall unveiled Thursday represents a mission statement for where the city is now and where it plans to go, the facility also is symbolic of the community’s long journey to find a home.El Mirage lacked a permanent City Hall for more than 15 years after the longtime location was damaged by a fire. Departments scattered and for more than a decade, they made do with a makeshift City Hall in a former commercial building on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Primrose Street.“It was outdated, cramped and did not provide the proper space for employees to function in an efficient manner,” Mayor Lana Mook said during Thursday morning’s grand opening ceremony.The two-story 21,900-square-foot building is on five acres of formerly agricultural land just south of Gateway Park at 10000 N. El Mirage Road. Thirty city employees will work there.It is at the tail end of a wave of city facilities paid for by voter approval of a 2003 bond. Councilman Roy Delgado was first elected in 1999 and has spent 15 years on the council — some as mayor — trying to get by and waiting for this moment.He was a bit choked up Thursday, standing outside the modern building and seeing how far the city had come.

  • Bell, Grand reconnection in Surprise slated for Feb. 16

    ADOT has set Feb. 16 as its target date for completion of the ramps connecting Bell Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise, as well as the activation of the traffic signal atop the bridge.The completion date will ultimately be determined by the weather. But this timeline gives construction crews some wiggle room to complete the project before the stated goal of Feb. 25 — the first day of Cactus League play in Surprise.As discussed at Tuesday’s Surprise City Council work session, this final configuration provides for a better flow of traffic on both roads and eliminates delays once caused by trains passing by the railroad crossing.“I think a lot of people are seeing the advantages of that already, now that the bridge is completed,” said Armando Lopez, the city’s engineering and construction lead for the project. “When the gates did go down along Bell Road (while a train crossed) it would take about three cycles in order for Bell Road and Grand Avenue to catch up to its normal routine. And we don’t really have any say in when those trains go through, in rush hour, spring training or early mornings.”The main access points for the ramps will be Towne Center Drive in the north and Bell Grande Drive to the south.Northbound drivers on Grand can access Bell Road from a ramp at Bell Grande, right next to the current left turn lane for Surprise Marketplace. Overhead signs will show drivers how to get to Bell. If they want to access

  • Community can review proposed Dysart English materials

    Members of Dysart’s Textbook Adoption Committee will evaluate English Language Arts instructional materials which are being considered for grade levels 7 through 12.The materials will be on display Jan. 30 through March 3 at the Dysart Support Facility located at 13825 W. Desert Cove Road in Surprise.Parents and community members are invited to view the materials. For more information, contact the Career and Technical Education Department at 623-876-7991.

  • Surprise Police seek suspects in 2 waves of vehicle burglaries

    On Jan. 5, 2017, around 2:40 a.m., the Surprise Police responded to several reports of burglaries from vehicles in the area of 16200 North 162nd Lane.According to several victims, an unknown suspect entered and removed property from several unlocked vehicles in the area.The suspect was described as a male approximately 16-20 years old, with long curly hair, and was last seen wearing a dark colored ball cap, a dark colored hooded jacket, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective M. Leszcynski at 623-222-4169 or 623-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.Click here to view a video of the incident.• On Jan. 15 around 1:40 a.m., the Surprise Police responded to several reports of burglaries from vehicles in the area of 17200 North Elko Drive in Surprise.

  • Dysart begins enrollment for Innovation Academy

    Dysart Unified School District is now accepting open enrollment applications for the Innovation Academy at Western Peaks.The Dysart Innovation Academy will provide a personalized learning environment for students in grades 5-8. Utilizing digital learning tools and project based instructional approaches, the Innovation Academy will personalize education for students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students.In the Innovation Academy setting, the students move from a “one-style-fits-all” approach to student-centered learning. Utilizing a 1 to 1 technology approach, students will be engaged in decisions about the what, when and how of their learning.Students will be expected to master the state standards while building competency in all areas described in the Profile of a Dysart Student. By creating a competency based environment, students will become independent and innovative thinkers by engaging real-world problems with tangible solutions.Incorporating project-based learning strategies, students are able to develop important skills that will prepare them for success in an ever-changing world.As a unique learning environment, students will have 1 to 1 technology use, 24/7 access to objective based learning resources, non-traditional classroom dynamics, and project based instruction integrating communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • RCSC officials will address all dog park concerns

    Despite improvements made to Duffeeland Dog Park last year, residents living adjacent to the facility continue to have complaints.Noise, smell and debris were concerns expressed by residents during the Recreation Centers of Sun City member/director exchange meeting Jan. 9. While the dog park was established by a couple who lived adjacent to the facility and was privately owned, the land was purchased by RCSC four years ago and became part of the corporation’s list of amenities.Among the improvements made by RCSC include a new north wall with two entrances featuring a double gate system, shade structures, lowering mounds and new trash recepticles. The gates are creating a problem for one resident. Helen Hatcher said the metal gates frequently slam shut and are exessively noisy.“I live right behind the park and the one gate is right there near my house,” Ms. Hatcher said. “Can something be done to quiet the gates?”Resident Jerry Sylvester said the solution to the gate noise is to have just one entrance gate and have it be on the east end of the wall, away from the residences.Structural noise is not the only problem. Mr. Sylvester said barking gets out of hand at times. He said dogs already there bark loudly when greeting newcomers to the park.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Smoke detectors do save lives

    Iwrote this article and it was first published in the summer of 2015, but the story needs to be repeated for those of you who need our help.One of the responsibilities of the Fire Marshal’s offi ce is to perform fire Investigations. There are several certified fire investigators within the Sun City Fire and Medical Department, but all of the investigations are channeled through the Fire Prevention office. Since becoming a fire investigator, I have been able to see first-hand how many different things can cause a fire and the damaging effects a fire can have on a person’s belongings, or even their own life.I was called out at 11 p.m. one night because we had a significant structural house fire with partial collapse in Sun City. The residential fire was in a duplex with one elderly man in one side and a couple in the other side. When I arrived on the scene, the fire was significantly extinguished and the fire crews were still putting out hot spots.The entire roof on one end of the duplex had collapsed.This makes a very difficult task for a fire investigator because the ceiling, insulation, roof structure and shingles are all lying on top of the evidence as far as determining the source of the fire.Now comes the part where you need to methodically put things back in place to determine the area of fire origin, the point of fire origin and the cause of the fire.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Bell, Grand reconnection in Surprise slated for Feb. 16

    ADOT has set Feb. 16 as its target date for completion of the ramps connecting Bell Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise, as well as the activation of the traffic signal atop the bridge.The completion date will ultimately be determined by the weather. But this timeline gives construction crews some wiggle room to complete the project before the stated goal of Feb. 25 — the first day of Cactus League play in Surprise.As discussed at Tuesday’s Surprise City Council work session, this final configuration provides for a better flow of traffic on both roads and eliminates delays once caused by trains passing by the railroad crossing.“I think a lot of people are seeing the advantages of that already, now that the bridge is completed,” said Armando Lopez, the city’s engineering and construction lead for the project. “When the gates did go down along Bell Road (while a train crossed) it would take about three cycles in order for Bell Road and Grand Avenue to catch up to its normal routine. And we don’t really have any say in when those trains go through, in rush hour, spring training or early mornings.”The main access points for the ramps will be Towne Center Drive in the north and Bell Grande Drive to the south.Northbound drivers on Grand can access Bell Road from a ramp at Bell Grande, right next to the current left turn lane for Surprise Marketplace. Overhead signs will show drivers how to get to Bell. If they want to access

  • Coldwell Realty office spearheads coat, blanket drive

    Violet Hull and Rita Krentzel, sales associates affiliated with Sun City Bell office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, are spearheading a coat and blanket drive.They will be accepting donations of gently used or new coats, blankets, socks and mittens until Tuesday, Jan. 31 during regular business hours at the Sun City Bell office, 17001 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City.All items will be presented to the Phoenix Rescue Mission in downtown Phoenix, which serves the more than 18,000 homeless throughout Maricopa County.

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