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  • Cards receiver hosts camp

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will host his third annual area youth football camp next month.The two-day Albertsons Larry Fitzgerald Football ProCamp, presented by Banner Children’s and SunnyD, will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 10 and May 11 at Tempe McClintock High School.Campers will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the receiver. Each attendee will receive an autograph from Larry and a team photo with Larry.Fitzgerald will direct the event and be joined by various prep and college coaches from the area. The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Cost of the clinic is $199.For information, go to LarryFitzgeraldCamp.com.

  • Octogenarian champ retires lucky hat

    Doris Deits has retired her lucky golf hat.Deits won the 2013 Sun Cities Ladies Octogenarian golf tournament and attributed part of her victory to her vintage straw hat, which she wore both days of the event.The 85-year-old Sun Citian will return to defend her title next week without her recognizable fashion accessory.“I still have it at home, but it kind of disintegrated,” said Deits, who wore a black golf visor during a Wednesday interview. “I guess I could put it back together, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing it.”Deits will be among 72 women at next week’s tournament, which features nine holes on Monday and Friday at Quail Run Golf Course. The 18-hole event is for women ages 80 and older.Deits stood out in her hat as well as in the field of competitors last year as she stormed from the middle of the pack to win her first Sun Cities Ladies Octogenarian title.

  • Briarwood crowns Cactus Classic champs

    Doug Turner and his guest, Mike Audisio, won the Flight 1 title in the Cactus Classic, played at Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West.The member-guest event used a 36-hole Stableford format. Other winners:Flight 2: Gordon Kinkead and John KettmanFlight 3: Gary Parks and Rod McDonaldFlight 4: Jack Stephenson and Jim SkurskiFlight 5: Ed Williamson and Peter Williamson

National Sports

  • Snake pit of failure swallows Diamondbacks

    PHOENIX — The pitching staff has struggled, at the front end this time instead of the back.The defense, once a strength, has become a weakness, balls kicked and thrown all over the ballpark.The hitting, nowhere close to good enough.Struggling in all aspects and awful at home, the Arizona Diamondbacks are off to the worst start in franchise history and morale in the desert has hit rock bottom.“You get worn out, not only when you’re not performing well by yourself, but when the whole team is doing it,” starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy said. “(When) everybody around you is in that same boat, the team isn’t winning and nothing positive is happening, you don’t really have anything to hang on to.”Arizona opened the season by losing two games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia while everyone else back home was still in spring training.

  • Coyotes fall flat with new owners

    Glendale • Anticipation and expectations rose from the desert at the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.The Phoenix Coyotes had owners for the first time in four years. They had money to spend, at least more than in previous years.The front-line scorer they had coveted for so long was there. So was the franchise goalie, locked up to a long-term contract.They had stability in the front office, a new connection with fans who no longer had to worry the team would pull up stakes and move somewhere else.By the time the season ended on Sunday, the Coyotes ended up in the same place as last season: Out of the playoffs.Plagued by an inability to close out games and one of the worst closing stretches in franchise history, the Coyotes failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, a trend that could lead to big offseason changes.

  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered in three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly. "I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback." Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be eligible for competition. Bowman said Phelps is "pretty far" from being back in top form. He's been training Monday through Friday with Bowman's team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "He's gotten back into good shape since September," the coach said. "He can give a good effort and certainly not be embarrassed. He's in enough shape to swim competitively." Besides Phelps, USA Swimming said Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky are among those expected to swim in the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center. "I'm excited to see what he can do," Ledecky told the AP by phone in between classes at her high school in Maryland. "Definitely it'll bring some more energy to swimming again." Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008. If he comes back and doesn't dominate, Bowman said it wouldn't tarnish Phelps' reputation. "His legacy is sealed," the coach said. Ledecky agreed that Phelps has nothing to lose by diving back in. "It's just for his own personal kind of thing," she said. "He's already done so much. Whether he adds a couple more gold medals or not, what he's done has been so incredible, whatever he does next should be accepted by all." Phelps had vowed that he wouldn't swim into his 30s. Since retiring less than two years ago, he has stayed busy with a chain of swim schools, a foundation focused on water safety and appearances on behalf of his sponsors. He devoted lots of time to golf and participated in a reality show with famed coach Hank Haney. His camp is being low-key about the comeback. "I think he's just really enjoying it," Bowman said. "He enjoys the training and being physically fit. He just kind of wants to see where he's at. It's more really for fun. It's been nice for me to see him swim just for the joy of it really." Olympian Jessica Hardy, who will compete in Mesa, said many swimmers were surprised by the news. "He kept it pretty much under wraps," she told the AP. "Even if he's not at peak performance, it's great for the sport and each athlete particularly to keep learning from him. I don't think anyone wants to put pressure on him. He's accomplished everything you pretty much can. It's just great to see what else you can do." Phelps won't be coming back for the money, having earned tens of millions of dollars in endorsements during his career. However, his endorsement potential certainly goes up if he's in the water. His presence on the pool deck will give a boost to USA Swimming, which can endlessly market him. "Anytime you can have the most decorated Olympian in history in the pool, it's a fantastic thing for swimming," said Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming. "USA Swimming and Michael share the goal of growing the sport, and his return to competition will surely inspire even more kids to give swimming a try." Phelps' name recognition goes far beyond the pool deck. He's as well-known as athletes from far more prominent sports, such as NBA star LeBron James, which is an accomplishment for a swimmer whose sport gets most of its attention in an Olympic year. In Mesa, Phelps will swim 100 free and 100 fly preliminaries on the first day. Then, if he qualifies, he'll decide which race to swim for the evening finals, Bowman said. He'll swim the 50 free on the second day and might swim the 50 fly "just for fun," the coach added. Phelps will stick to the shorter races and some relays rather than the grueling individual medleys he swam during the height of his career. "He's really doing this because he wants to — there's no outside pressure at all," Bowman said. Phelps has already entered the remaining Grand Prix meets in Charlotte, N.C., in May and Santa Clara, Calif., in June, although Bowman said no decision has been made on whether he will compete. Depending on his early results, Phelps could compete in the U.S. National Championships in August in Irvine, Calif., where teams will be selected for the 2015 world championships. "I wouldn't say it's 100 percent on the radar," Bowman said. "After Mesa, we're going to sit down and talk about it."

  • West Valley Pops concert supports food bank

    If you attended the West Valley Pops concert on March 30 at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center in Surprise, you contributed to the record 3,200 pounds of food for the Valley View Community Food Bank.The food bank and the band thank you for attending.You also were witness to the first in a series of concerts that will be hard to top.One of the fall concerts will have a theme called, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”Dan Reed will return for the new season.The energy from the audience and the band was outstanding this year.

  • Dietitian offers tips for diabetics

    Sun Health will host a seminar on nutritional strategies for diabetics.The session will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the Community Room at Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise.Tracy Garrett, Sun Health registered dietitian, will introduce some of the strategies that can help you feel better today and prevent long-term diabetic complications in the future.To register, call 623-455-5633 or visit www.sunhealth.org and click “Community Education” at the top of the page.

  • Olympic swimmer hosts May clinic

    The Surprise Aquatic Center will host a swim clinic on May 10 with Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman.The clinic is being offered to swimmers ages 7 to 17.Clinic times for the 10-and-younger participants will be 8 to 10 a.m. The clinic for ages 11 to 17 will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Hyman and Surprise aquatic staff will provide classroom and pool time, an Olympic talk, and an autograph and photo session.Hyman is best known for her upset win at the 2000 Olympics in the 200-meter butterfly in Sydney, Australia, where she beat Susie O’Neil, who was known as “Madame Butterfly.”The clinic costs $50 for Surprise residents and registration is taking place now at the Surprise Community Services Department, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., or at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Ave. (times vary).

  • Glendale reports 9 residential burglaries; Peoria reports 15 residential burglaries

    The following is a partial list of burglaries reported March 24-April 4. There were 22 burglaries reported: 13 vehicle and nine residential.Residential:• 6000 block of West Caribe Lane, March 25.• 17000 block of North 51st Drive, March 26.• 5400 block of West Hartford Avenue, March 27.• 6500 block of West Lupine Avenue, March 27.

  • Police report drop in crime in Glendale

    The Glendale Police Department this week reported “significant decreases” in violent and property crimes.The Uniform Crime Reporting statistics provided to the FBI by the Glendale Police Department for 2013 revealed the drop, which Glendale Police Chief Debora Black attributed to “the efforts of the men and women of the department dedicated 24/7 to the safety of all members of our community.“We cannot, however, rest on our laurels. We will continue to evaluate our methods and effectiveness in an effort to continue this downward trend and reduction in crime, continuing to make Glendale a safe community.”Part 1 Violent Crimes (which include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013 showed an overall 19 percent decline from the same time period in 2012, with dramatic decreases shown in robbery (down 19 percent) and aggravated assault (down 20 percent). Overall Part 1 violent crimes in Glendale are at the lowest level they’ve been in the past five years for the same time period, the statistics show.In addition, Part 1 Property Crimes (which include burglary, theft, auto theft and arson) for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013 showed an overall 9 percent decline from the same time period in 2012, with even larger increases shown in burglary (down 14 percent) and auto theft (down 15 percent).Michael White, an associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, attributes the crime declines in Glendale to the police department’s commitment to innovative policing strategies.

  • SB Loop 101 closed at Northern Ave. Friday night, Saturday morning

    PHOENIX — Freeway-improvement projects in the Phoenix area will require closures this weekend (April 18-21), Arizona Department of Transportation officials announced Thursday.The closures and/or restrictions will affect:Southbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway), which will be closed between Northern and Olive avenues in Peoria from 10 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday (April 19) for a traffic-technology project. DETOUR: Southbound freeway traffic can detour along 91st and 99th avenues.Northbound Loop 101 on-ramps at Olive and Grand/91st avenues will be closed overnight from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (April 20) for a traffic-technology project. Southbound Loop 101 onramp at Thunderbird Road is closed. DETOUR: Consider using northbound on-ramps at Peoria Avenue or Thunderbird Road. Consider using southbound on-ramps at Grand or Peoria avenues.Northbound Loop 303 will be closed between McDowell and Indian School roads in Goodyear from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday (April 20) for rubberized-asphalt paving. DETOUR: Please use alternate routes, including northbound Citrus Road.For a listing of other restrictions for freeway improvements, including other ramp closures, the public is asked to visit www.azdot.gov/OtherClosures. A complete list of highway and freeway restrictions around the state is available at ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1.

  • Glendale reports 9 residential burglaries; Peoria reports 15 residential burglaries

    The following is a partial list of burglaries reported March 24-April 4. There were 22 burglaries reported: 13 vehicle and nine residential.Residential:• 6000 block of West Caribe Lane, March 25.• 17000 block of North 51st Drive, March 26.• 5400 block of West Hartford Avenue, March 27.• 6500 block of West Lupine Avenue, March 27.

  • Color Dash comes to Peoria

    A Color Dash will take place 10 a.m. May 3 at the Peoria Sport Complex.The family-friendly event features a 5k run/walk.“The dash is not timed — it’s more about sharing memories, laughing and getting colored like a bag of Skittles than competing,” said Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of Peoria Diamond Club.As participants run, walk (or even crawl) the course, Dasher-Splasher volunteers will splash them with special colorful dust. Results — a white T-shirted community of do-gooders, turned into a rainbow of colorful faces.All proceeds will benefit the Peoria Diamond Club in support of their mission to raise funds for youth charities and organizations.The registration fee for the event is $45 per individual, $35 per team member and $85 for family of three plus $15 for each family member after that; children 5 and under are free. Register at: www.theColorDash5k.com.

  • Peoria offers summer sports

    Peoria is registering participants for upcoming summer adult programs in basketball and flag football.Registration for both sports runs through May 14.The basketball season begins June 2 and flag football starts June 4.Basketball teams will play nine regular-season games followed by single-elimination playoffs.League play is available on Sunday mornings and Monday and Wednesday evenings.Cost per team is $450.

  • Installation of new traffic signal in Sun City to begin

    SUNCITY, Ariz. – A contractor with the Maricopa County Department will begin work on a project at Del Webb Boulevard and Hutton Drive that will feature installation of a new traffic signal. Emergency pre-emption equipment for fire trucks, pole-mounted devices for measuring and managing traffic, repaving the intersection road surface and adding ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.The new signal will be added two  blocks south of an existing one at Bell Road and Del Webb Boulevard.MCDOT officials stated in a prepared release that the improvements are needed to improve traffic flow at a spot where vehicles frequently bunch up and enhance safety. Drivers often face the challenge of crossing traffic when turning left off Del Webb Boulevard onto Hutton Drive, especially during fall, winter and spring months when the Sun City population increases.The entire project is expected to be finished by late June.During work, traffic lane restrictions and temporary closures of Hutton Drive can be expected. Pineaire Drive and Loma Blanca Drive can be used as alternate routes.Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles at all times.

  • Sun City man creates joy from junk

    Sun City yards are usually filled with rocks and cacti, but Louie Viteritti’s backyard is an oasis of recycled gems.Most people might see a blown-out blow dryer and an old tire as something that should be sent to the junk yard. Viteritti uses those items and turns them into art.“People have to learn to see things other than what they are,” said Viteritti, who uses blow dryers to make airplanes, gas cans to make bodies of cowboys and branches to make an awning. That’s just a small example of the things he creates.“I get a kick out of watching people smile. I like to challenge myself to do something different,” Viteritti said, pointing to faces made out of various metal pieces that are hidden in the bushes.When asked if he would think about selling his figures, Viteritti said: “I don’t want to take the fun out of it by making it into a business.”Viteritti gets his scraps and recycled material from Goodwill, friends and gas stations, to name a few.

  • Elks Ladies Auxiliary installs officers

    The Ladies Auxiliary of the Sun City Elks Lodge No. 2559 installed new officers for the 2014-15 fiscal year on March 30.Installing officer and president Leona Kankiewicz reported the auxiliary had contributed more than $12,850 to various charities, including Sun Health Foundation for Nursing Scholarships, the Valley View Community Food Bank, Arizona Elks Association Major Projects, Christmas Children’s Shopping Spree, VA Bingo, Literacy Program at Park Ridge Elementary School and the DOVES, who support battered women. The auxiliary also documented more than 81 hours of voluntary service in community projects.• Micki Fischer profiles Northwest Valley residents and organizations in Your Turn. Email Your Turn submissions to her at mfischer@yourwestvalley.com.

  • Installation of new traffic signal in Sun City to begin

    SUNCITY, Ariz. – A contractor with the Maricopa County Department will begin work on a project at Del Webb Boulevard and Hutton Drive that will feature installation of a new traffic signal. Emergency pre-emption equipment for fire trucks, pole-mounted devices for measuring and managing traffic, repaving the intersection road surface and adding ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.The new signal will be added two  blocks south of an existing one at Bell Road and Del Webb Boulevard.MCDOT officials stated in a prepared release that the improvements are needed to improve traffic flow at a spot where vehicles frequently bunch up and enhance safety. Drivers often face the challenge of crossing traffic when turning left off Del Webb Boulevard onto Hutton Drive, especially during fall, winter and spring months when the Sun City population increases.The entire project is expected to be finished by late June.During work, traffic lane restrictions and temporary closures of Hutton Drive can be expected. Pineaire Drive and Loma Blanca Drive can be used as alternate routes.Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles at all times.

  • Fire District studies response changes

    How fire departments respond to medical emergencies is changing, and the Sun City West Fire District is looking to the future by exploring tiered responses and community paramedicine.Fire District Assistant Fire Chief Tim Van Scoter said recently: “We’re going to look at tiered responses even more within the district” and that would involve what calls might involve only an ambulance.Van Scoter said that at the proposed Station 104, which will be located west of the Loop 303 and south of Happy Valley Parkway, the district will be looking at what types of calls the two-man unit stationed there can handle by themselves and what calls would require assistance.Ideas for changes were introduced to the board during this week’s workshop, and Chief Robert Biscoe said at this point “it’s exploratory.”Fire staff is working with dispatch operators on the “questions they ask and what they do on 911 phone calls.”Biscoe said firefighters may find themselves at a point where “if it’s something minor in nature and we’re comfortable, we’ve asked the right questions on the dispatch side, you may see a day where just the ambulance goes and not the fire engine. Let the transport unit go by itself to those types of calls we’ve determined fit into the appropriate category.”

  • Rec boards discuss smoking policies

    The Recreation Centers of Sun City governing board will vote next week whether to ban electronic cigarette smoking in RCSC facilities.The ban would allow residents to smoke electronic cigarettes only in designated smoking areas, the same ones regular cigarette smokers use.Joelyn Higgins, RCSC marketing director, said Monday that there hasn’t been a major outcry of complaints; however, the use of electronic cigarettes has caused some confusion among residents.“I don’t think it should be in here because it looks like cigarettes,” Sun City resident John Gennusa said Monday following the board member exchange meeting.Higgins also said that some residents don’t care for the electronic variety because they, too, contain nicotine.“It will affect other people around you, and they have rights also. I definitely think it’s just as harmful because it still has chemicals,” said Jim Beitel of Sun City.

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