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  • Briarwood golfer aces 2 holes in 1 round

    Ida Breitenberger defied the golf odds when she fired two holes-in-one during the same round Sept. 6 at Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West.Based on statistics from golf.about.com, the odds of getting two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to 1.Breitenberger used a driver for both aces, which occurred on the 124-yard third hole and the 138-yard 11th hole.Her latest golf accomplishment gave her nine total golf aces. She got her first hole-in-one on Sept. 26, 2003, when she shot a hole-in-one at Trail Ridge Golf Course in Sun City West.That first ace in 2003 began a streak of three holes-in-one in a four-month span.Breitenberger took up golf at the request of her husband, Vince, who urged her to avoid becoming a “golf widow.”

  • Paul Tone clinches SC Grand title

    Paul Tone overcame a six-run deficit and clinched the Sun City Grand Summer League softball title with a 7-6 win over Arizona Vein Friday.Alan Dial had four hits and Jan Huber went 3-for-3 in the victory at Del E. Webb Memorial Field.Sub Glen Ryan had an inside-the-park homer for Arizona Vein, which snared a 6-0 lead after three innings.Camino Eye Care 20Core Institute 12Sub Mike Hirsch went 5-for-5 with a triple to lead a 29-hit outburst by Camino Eye Care, which moved into third place.

  • CCV Surprise offers youth sports programs

    Christ’s Church of the Valley, 14787 W. Cholla St., Surprise, offers its STARS youth sports program. STARS means Striving To Achieve Real Significance.Teams begin play mid-to-late September, with programs in Peoria, Surprise, as well as on the CCV East Valley campus in Mesa.  Across the three CCV campuses, approximately 3,000 children ages 4 through 18 play soccer, football and basketball.“CCV STARS provides a safe environment where kids can have fun, and families build healthy relationships,” said Don Wilson, CCV pastor. “As a parent and a grandparent, I enjoy seeing my family being a part of something that’s well-organized, positive and meaningful.”Another program, for special needs children and adults, called Exceptional STARS, allows those 5 and older to enjoy recreational sports activities.CCV STARS has approximately 1,000 volunteers and provides thousands of dollars in scholarships every year, said Harry Demos, who runs the program. The program strives to “offer a youth sporting environment that builds community, and doesn’t have a high cost to participate.”

National Sports

  • Cardinals player formally charged with hitting wife

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife in two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment. An indictment publicly released late Friday charges Dwyer with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct. Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument and engaged in a dispute the following day in which he punched his wife and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured. Dwyer had been booked on Sept. 17 on suspicion of aggravated assault against his son, but the indictment doesn't charge him with any crimes related to the child. Prosecutors say it's not unusual for grand juries to return slightly a slight different charges than those initially brought in a case. A message left for Jared Allen, an attorney representing Dwyer, wasn't immediately returned Monday. Police say the first dispute between the couple erupted after Dwyer's wife learned about his recent phone contact with another woman and came to believe her husband was cheating. The arrest came at a time when the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy. The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy. The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can't play for Arizona again this season. An Oct. 6 status conference has been scheduled for Dwyer.

  • Suns sign Morris twins to 4-year deals

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have signed twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris to four-year contract extensions after both had career years in 2013-14. Markieff signed for $32 million and Marcus' deal was for $20 million, a team official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms were not released. The Suns also signed guard Zoran Dragic, the brother of starting point guard Goran Dragic, to a two-year deal. The Morris twins were key contributors to Phoenix's surprising run last season, providing scoring, depth and versatility for a Suns team that finished 48-34 after winning 25 games the year before. Markieff set career highs last season with 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 48.6 shooting in 81 games. Marcus also had a career year, with 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 44.2-percent shooting while playing every game. "We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp," Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a statement. "There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures." The twins played together at Kansas and were reunited in the NBA in 2013, when the Suns acquired Marcus in a trade with Houston. Phoenix selected Markieff with the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft — one slot before his brother. Markieff has averaged 10 points and 5.1 rebounds in three seasons, while Marcus averaged 8.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Suns also made a huge move this summer by re-signing guard Eric Bledsoe to a five-year contract extension and hope to build upon last season's success with two more pieces locked up. "We are excited to be able to extend the contracts of Marcus and Markieff," Sun general Manager Ryan McDonough said. "They have had great success playing together at every level of basketball, including last season with the Suns. They have made great strides over the past year and we feel like they will continue to grow and improve. They are just entering their primes and we think they will play the best basketball of their careers over the course of the next five years." Zoran Dragic spent the last 10 seasons playing professionally in Spain and his native Slovenia. He averaged 12.9 points and shot 50 percent playing for Slovenia with his brother in the 2014 RIBA World Cup in Spain.

  • Europe wins the Ryder Cup again

    GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday by leaving no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players. Behind two early comebacks that showed its resolve, Europe clinched the cup with four matches still on the course. With a 16½-11½ victory, Europe kept that gold trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 tries. McIlroy played some of his best golf this year — even for a guy who won the last two majors — by trouncing Rickie Fowler to put the first point on the board. Donaldson finished off the Americans with a 9-iron that settled 18 inches from the cup on the 15th hole at Gleneagles and set off the celebration. "It came down to me to close it out," Donaldson said. "But it's all about the team." That concept appeared lost on the Americans. Not long after the closing ceremony, Phil Mickelson said the Americans have strayed from the winning formula at Valhalla in 2008 under Paul Azinger — their only victory in these matches dating to 1999. Even with U.S. captain Tom Watson sitting six seats away, Mickelson said that American team was invested in each other, which was different from Watson's style of doing it his way. It was an awkward way to end another bad week for the Americans in the Ryder Cup. Watson defended his philosophy, though he conceded he might have erred in using some players who were too tired, leading to a 10-6 deficit going into Sunday singles. "The bottom line is they kicked our butts," Watson said. "They were better players this week." Watson said he had a pit in his stomach watching the Americans blow a 10-6 lead two years ago at Medinah. The PGA of America brought him back as captain — at age 65, the oldest in Ryder Cup history — hopeful he could repeat some history. Watson was the last captain in 1993 to win on European soil. It might not have mattered where this was played. Graeme McDowell rallied from 3 down after five holes to close out his match against Jordan Spieth on the 17th hole. Justin Rose was 4 down after six holes when he won four straight holes with birdies against Hunter Mahan, and got up-and-down for birdie on the 18th to give Europe a half-point. Rose went unbeaten for the week at 3-0-2. That set the stage for Donaldson, a 38-year-old from Wales playing in his first Ryder Cup. He seized control over Keegan Bradley at the turn, and then it was a matter of when Europe could pop the champagne. Donaldson was so locked in on his task that he was unaware that he had retained the cup for Europe when he was 4 up with four holes to play. From 146 yards in fairway, he fired a 9-iron at the flag and let the club twirl through his hands. It was close to perfect. Watson walked over and shook his hand, and then put his arm around McGinley as they headed to the green. Bradley got onto the putting surface, and as soon as he saw Donaldson's ball next to the cup, he removed his cap and shook hands. McGinley talked all week about a template of European success. The message was to embrace their role as the favorites, and to be proud that they had earned it. And the final instruction was to avoid complacency. Europe won the Sunday singles session for the second straight Ryder Cup. "I didn't execute the plan. All these guys sitting at this table did," McGinley said with the 17-inch trophy on display. "I know how difficult it is to play in a Ryder Cup. I know when your heart is jumping out of your chest how incredibly excited and nervous you are. But we relish this challenge. We did it with a smile on our face, which is so important. And we did everybody proud." The Americans had a few bright spots. Patrick Reed went unbeaten as a rookie. Reed and Spieth had to settle for a half-point Saturday afternoon, in part because Reed missed a 2-foot putt. The gallery heckled him before he teed off against Henrik Stenson, and it inspired him. Reed rallied from an early deficit, putting his finger against his lips to hush the crowd, and he won the point on the 18th hole when Stenson missed a 4-foot putt. Reed went 3-0-1 and earned the most points for the Americans. The three American rookies — Spieth, Reed and Jimmy Walker — contributed nearly half of the points for the U.S. team. Going into the Ryder Cup, Watson had singled out Ian Poulter as the European with the best record and the man to beat. Poulter wound up playing only three matches and he didn't win any of them, settling for two halves. It wasn't about Poulter, though. It was about Europe, a formidable team.

  • Sun Health seminar promotes exercise

    Sun Health will host a free exercise seminar from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise.Linda Hall, an expert in exercise physiology and lifestyle management, will lead “Exercise: The Magic Bullet,” a seminar designed to help seniors integrate exercise — particulary strengthening exercises — into their daily lives.To register, call 623-455-5633.For information, visit www.sunhealth.org and click “Community Education” at the top of the page.The Sun Health Community Education Series presents free ongoing health and wellness programs on a variety of health care, healthy living and personal and financial safety topics focused on seniors.Events occur several times each month at locations across the Northwest Valley and are presented as a community service. Events with fewer than 10 reservations are subject to cancellation.

  • Long-awaited Maricopa Co. trail link now open

    PHOENIX -- A long-awaiting trail link is now open in the Maricopa County system.On Sept. 24, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement to add the link to the Maricopa Trail, county public information officer Teri Mulholland stated in a news release.The agreement between the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department provides access to the White Tank Number 3 Outlet Channel and Spillway, Mulholland stated.“Not only will the channel assist with drainage after a storm, it is also part of a rehabilitation program which includes recreational opportunities. This is important for the community as it acts as a connector for the Maricopa Trail to White Tank Mountain Regional Park,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4.The newest segment of trail is located between Sells Drive and Thomas Road and is centered on an existing paved operations and maintenance road.“The Board was pleased to approve this project,” said Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3. “This adds an additional segment to the Maricopa Trail, and exhibits the agency’s ability to identify ways to combine resources to save tax payer dollars on projects.”

  • Valley storms take down power lines, flood roads

    Cleanup and repairs continue around the Northwest Valley following intense storms Saturday that snapped trees in half, brought down power lines and flooded roads.APS is continuing repair work at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road in Glendale, keeping that intersection closed through Tuesday according to city spokeswoman Kim Larson. 59th Ave. is closed between Greenway Road and Paradise Lane, and Greenway Road is closed between 55th and 59th avenues.APS said temporary power lines were installed in the area restoring power to all, but about 100 people.Residents in the area spent Sunday cleaning up downed trees, limbs and debris that was blown around."I'm just trying to nip some of these little branches so I can get into the big heavy limbs with the chainsaw," said Daniel Densmore. "You can't see what damage you've got until you get rid of this little stuff."Storms caused a nearby tree to fall into his yard, barely missing his house. His neighbors next door weren't so lucky. Mother Nature sent a tree crashing through their home, exposing part of their second floor to the elements.

  • Glendale: Storm-related road closures extended

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Drivers will have to put up with detouring around a pair of storm damage scenes for one more day.The city announced late Monday closures would remain in effect on 59th Avenue between Greenway Road and Paradise Lane, and on Greenway Road  between 55th and 59th avenues so repair could replace traffic signals and support poles blown down by fierce winds during storms Saturday afternoon."Due to the weekend microburst, APS continues doing repair work at 59th Avenue and Greenway, necessitating road closures," stated city spokesman Joe Hengemuehler in an e-mail. "Closures are anticipated to be in place through sometime Wednesday afternoon. Access to area businesses is permitted," he stated.The entire Northwest Valley saw numerous blown down trees and scattered debris after heavy rains and fierce winds roared through the area Saturday afternoon and evening, ushered in by a weather system centered in northern California and the annual monsoon pattern. The storms swamped a number of roadways and snapped off tree branches throughout the area, but there were no reports of major damage or serious injuries. 

  • Banner Health implements visitor restrictions due to enterovirus

    PHOENIX – Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at all of its facilities by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak, network officials announced Monday.While there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner hospitals, the nonprofit health system has chosen to take a proactive response to the virus. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.The restrictions include:•  Do not visit the hospital if you have fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea•  No visitors under the age of 13•  Siblings, who do not have cold and flu symptoms, may visit a new baby on the Obstetrics unit, but may be screened for illness by staff before being allowed to visit

  • Glendale Police participate in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and the City Council have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.This month provides the Glendale Police Department with additional opportunities to educate the community, emphasize that domestic violence is a crime, warn abusers that they will be prosecuted and offer victims aid and support. “We take all facets of domestic violence seriously; prevention, education, enforcement, prosecution and victim’s rights," Weiers said. "We encourage the residents of Glendale to be informed about signs of abuse, city resources that are available to help victims, and understand the overall impact domestic violence has in all communities.”The Glendale Police Department’s Family Violence Unit will be presenting information about the dangers of domestic violence and what resources are available to help with leaving an abusive relationship to residents of several local domestic violence shelters, medical students at Midwestern University, and Child Development students at Kellis High School during the month of October. They will also be providing patrol officers additional training for handling domestic violence calls for service and will be providing advanced domestic violence training for outside law enforcement agencies. The public is invited to three opportunities to learn more about domestic violence as well during “Awareness Presentations” being held in conjunction with the Glendale Public Library on the following dates and times: Velma Teague Library (7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301)  – 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2. Main Library (5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 85302)  – 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. Foothills  Library (19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308)  – 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 10.

  • Peoria girl changes world, one person at a time

    On any given Friday during her junior year, Ariel Carr could be found sneaking into her high school’s office, concealing a bouquet of flowers in a big black trash bag.The flowers were handed off to a secretary, who then selected a teacher at random to receive them. Filled with happiness knowing that her kind act would bring a smile to someone’s face, she would go on with her day as usual.Out of this routine, Ariel’s idea for her Girl Scout Gold Award service project was born.“Keep it Kind” is a pay-it-forward kindness initiative. It works like this: Ariel does a kind act for someone, then she hands the recipient a “Keep it Kind” card, challenging the recipient to perform a kind act for someone else and pass the card along. Thus, her first kind act creates a thread of kind gestures that could, in theory, last forever.     “It’s rare to see people go out of their way in everyday life to make someone else’s day,” Ariel said, adding that doing a good deed can be as simple as asking how someone’s day is going, and then really listening. “The gratitude that you feel after receiving a random act of kindness is special. I want to share that feeling with as many people as possible,” she says.  A busy student, tennis player and avid volunteer, Ariel knows how easy it is to get caught up in the routines of day-to-day life, but her optimism, generous attitude and willingness to serve others offer a glimpse into why she was selected to receive the Visionary Award at this year’s Women and Young Women of Distinction luncheon.

  • Peoria home sustains serious damage, family safe

    PEORIA, AZ - A family was able to escape from their Peoria home after a fire apparently started in the garage Monday morning. Peoria Public Safety spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said that just after 5 a.m. a neighbor called to report that a garage and vehicle inside were on fire near 87th Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Everyone inside the home was already outside safely when fire crews arrived, Jacinto said. Jacinto said the fire started in the garage and spread into the home, causing extensive damage. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Valley storms take down power lines, flood roads

    Cleanup and repairs continue around the Northwest Valley following intense storms Saturday that snapped trees in half, brought down power lines and flooded roads.APS is continuing repair work at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road in Glendale, keeping that intersection closed through Tuesday according to city spokeswoman Kim Larson. 59th Ave. is closed between Greenway Road and Paradise Lane, and Greenway Road is closed between 55th and 59th avenues.APS said temporary power lines were installed in the area restoring power to all, but about 100 people.Residents in the area spent Sunday cleaning up downed trees, limbs and debris that was blown around."I'm just trying to nip some of these little branches so I can get into the big heavy limbs with the chainsaw," said Daniel Densmore. "You can't see what damage you've got until you get rid of this little stuff."Storms caused a nearby tree to fall into his yard, barely missing his house. His neighbors next door weren't so lucky. Mother Nature sent a tree crashing through their home, exposing part of their second floor to the elements.

  • Sun City swimmers post victories

    Three Sun City swimmers accounted for seven victories at the Jamina Winston Memorial Meet, completed Saturday at the Kino High Aquatic Center in Mesa.The swimmers were grouped by gender and age.Ann Case placed first in all her events. She won the 50-, 100- and 200- meter butterfly as well as the 50 and the 100 freestyle.Carol Vangel placed first in both her events, the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle.Craig Stephan finished second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 50 freestyle. His performance in the 50 freestyle produced a personal-best time for him.All three swimmers work out with the Sun City Starrs on weekday mornings at the Bell Recreation Center.

  • SC Lifelong Learning Club offers 40 fall programs

    The Sun City Lifelong Learning Club will offer 40 different programs to its members this fall.• The club will have its membership meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in Arizona Room No. 4 at Fairway Recreation Center, Peoria and 107th avenues.There will be registration for all classes until 2 p.m. following the membership meeting.Members of Sun City recreation centers should have a current RCSC card with picture and are entitled to attend as many courses and lectures as they wish.Club dues for the 2014 calendar year are $20.Some classes may require the purchase of supplies.

  • Banner Health implements visitor restrictions due to enterovirus

    PHOENIX – Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at all of its facilities by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak, network officials announced Monday.While there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner hospitals, the nonprofit health system has chosen to take a proactive response to the virus. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.The restrictions include:•  Do not visit the hospital if you have fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea•  No visitors under the age of 13•  Siblings, who do not have cold and flu symptoms, may visit a new baby on the Obstetrics unit, but may be screened for illness by staff before being allowed to visit

  • RCSCW board finds way to tap into community expertise

    Sun City West officials are moving to take advantage of the expertise of some of the community’s retired professionals by making it easier for them to serve on one of the subcommittees that help research and develop policy.The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s Governing Board adopted a pair of minor changes to current rules and policy at its regular monthly business meeting Thursday that formally recognizes standing committee chairs’ choice of naming their panelists or non-committee members to those subcommittees, which are generally created to examine specific issues.For example, the Investments Subcommittee, a subpanel of the Budget and Finance Committee, is continuing to investigate ways the RCSCW can maximize earnings potential of its investment funds.The changes adopted by the governing board drop language the RCSCW’s attorney’s deemed restrictive in naming subcommittees.Previously, Standing Rule 3 and Policy Statement C1, both of which address standing and special committees, or subcommittees, stated that subcommittee members must be members of their parent standing committee.“That’s not what was intended,” said Jack Steiner, director and Public Relations Committee chair. The RCSCW’s attorneys concluded the word “shall” is interpreted to mean “must” in this instance, he said, just before the directors approved unanimously replacing the former with the word “may.”

  • R.H. Johnson Library ‘bombed’ with yarn

    Secrecy surrounded plan. The work took nine months. The execution was flawless.Bombs away.The R.H. Johnson Library in Sun City West received a colorful surprise Monday when the Mac-Cro-Kint Club of Sun City West performed a textured yarn “bombing” of the exterior pillars at the library’s entrance on 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.The Mac-Cro-Knit club members knit at least a hundred scarves to cover all six pillars in a multi-colored assembly for the enjoyment of residents and library patrons. The yarn bomb will remain on the pillars throughout the month of October, and then the members will disassemble the decoration, wash the scarves and donate them to charity organizations in Phoenix.In late summer 2013, the club received a large donation of yarn and decided to do something special with it. Starting in January 2014, they began a project to knit or crochet the donated yarn into winter scarves, with more than 50 club crafters using the many skeins of yarn to create more than 100 multi-colored scarves.While in the midst of creating the scarves, the club learned of a popular trend called “Yarn Bombing,” in which knitters and crocheters surprise their community by covering some public building, post, bench or tree with a yarn project.

  • Banner Health implements visitor restrictions due to enterovirus

    PHOENIX – Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at all of its facilities by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak, network officials announced Monday.While there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner hospitals, the nonprofit health system has chosen to take a proactive response to the virus. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.The restrictions include:•  Do not visit the hospital if you have fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea•  No visitors under the age of 13•  Siblings, who do not have cold and flu symptoms, may visit a new baby on the Obstetrics unit, but may be screened for illness by staff before being allowed to visit

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