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  • Baseball tourneys fill summer void

    The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department has released the schedule for this year’s baseball tournaments at Surprise Recreation Campus.  These summer tournaments generate over 1,500 hotel room nights, resulting in an economic impact of $1 million to $1.5 million, the city reported.The schedule is as follows:Today through Sunday: Babe Ruth State Tournament for ages 13, 14 and 15. This tournament will consist of 16 teams from all over Arizona.July 22-27: Ken Griffey Jr. World Series for 15 year-olds. Come watch 15 teams from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, California and New York participate in America’s favorite pastime.July 25-28: American Legion State Tournament. The American Legion State Tournament will consist of eight teams.

  • Hitting coach visits Aug. 12

    Minor-league hitting coach Jolbert Cabrera will visit the Sun City Grand Sports Interest Group next month.The meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 in the Agua Fria Room at Cimarron Recreation Center, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd.Cabrera is the hitting instructor for Cincinnati’s minor-league team in the Arizona Rookie League.Cabrera played for the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners. He also spent two seasons in the Japanese Pacific League with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.He is the older brother of Orlando Cabrera, a former major-league shortstop.Doughnuts will be available at the meeting.

  • Palmbrook Country Club tourney benefits wounded warriors

    Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City will be one of two Arizona golf courses to participate in the fourth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing, scheduled Aug. 11.Proceeds from the event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.All players are eligible to win a trip for four to the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., for custom club-fitting and other merchandise.The team that raises the most money for the Wounded Warrior Project will win a trip for four to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, site of last month’s men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships.The winning team will play the famous No. 2 golf course at Pinehurst and stay at the iconic Carolina Hotel.The winning team from each participating course — anticipated to be more than 120 in 28 states — will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship.

National Sports

  • Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox title ring

    New York • A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan.Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night.It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a Boston Strong logo and an image of the team’s bearded ballplayers.“I was like, geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?” Militello told The Associated Press. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”Drew Weber had dined at the restaurant earlier, it’s one of his favorite spots. He’s a New York businessman and also owns the Lowell Spinners, a thriving Red Sox Class A minor league team in Massachusetts.Big league teams often reward executives throughout their organization with World Series rings. The Red Sox haven’t put a value on these pieces of jewelry — the rings they presented for winning the 2004 crown were worth about $30,000.

  • Hall call: Thomas, Glavine and Maddux enter shrine

    Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP) • Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.“I was never that blue-chip prospect,” he said. “I had to outwork my opponents.”Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star.For Thomas, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound former Chicago White Sox slugger known as the Big Hurt, life has come full circle — from awe-struck rookie in 1991 to baseball royalty.Thomas was elected in January to the Hall of Fame, along with pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Also to be inducted Sunday are managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, who were selected in December.“This is the top 1 percent in all of baseball that gets in the Hall of Fame,” said Thomas, the first player elected to the Hall of Fame who spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter. “As a kid, the big dream is being a professional. But to make it to the Hall of Fame? Come on, you’ve got to pinch yourself. I’m very fortunate it happened for me, especially first ballot.”

  • Confident Cardinals open camp expecting success

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After going 10-6 and barely missing the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals are a confident but wary bunch as they open their second training camp under coach Bruce Arians. "You can sense the energy" among the players, said defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. "These guys, they know the sacrifices we're going to have to make. It's not going to be easy. It ain't just show up and try to get by." Arians had the same observation. "It's more confidence than optimism," he said. "They know how tough it will be, but they have all the confidence in the world they will get it done." The players went through conditioning tests Friday in the air-conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium while temperatures outside reached 108 degrees. Arians, who seems to genuinely enjoy dealing with the media, joked he couldn't decide which reporter to make run the test, too. The players, he said, were in excellent condition. Arians even joked that big nose tackle Dan Williams, who has had weight issues in the past, "looked as sexy in the run test as he's ever looked.". While the elements are there for a playoff run, several questions remain. First and foremost is the competition — the NFC West is loaded with Super Bowl champion Seattle, powerful San Francisco and much-improved St. Louis. Running back Andre Ellington welcomed the challenge. "We thrive on them," he said. The team's dynamic inside linebackers of a year ago — Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby — are gone. There is competition at right guard, right tackle, tight end and strong safety. Free safety Tyrann Mathieu probably will miss the first few games of the regular season recovering from knee surgery. That would put him back for the Monday night opener Sept. 8 against San Diego at the earliest, and he'd miss two games at most. Of course, it could be longer. Matihieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu opened camp on the physically unable to perform list. Both ran the drill on Friday. "It's a matter of getting them in football shape," Arians said. "and not pushing them too fast. They're too good of young players to push too fast." A year ago, Arians was immersed in teaching his system to the players. This year, they know it well. "It's so much easier. The daily process just runs easy now. It's' night and day," he said. "That first year is always tough. I really like the way our team battled through the second half of the season. It makes this one more important and easier to get started. We have a good taste in our mouth but we're not satisfied." The players seemed eager to get started. "It's like you can't wait for Christmas Day," Ellington said. "Everybody wants to get this thing going." Ellington, an electrifying, fast runner, is to get an expanded role as the lead running back, and beefed up only slightly, he embraces that role. "I'm excited for it but it's a lot of work I've got to do it out on the practice field," he said, "just to show him and all of the staff that I'm ready to go." Outside linebacker John Abraham was excused Friday for personal reasons, Arians said. Fans will be allowed at the workouts starting Saturday.

  • Memory Arts Bistro helps caregivers, loved ones

    Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of advice columns from Benevilla’s caregiver coach, Regina Thibideau.Dear Regina: I am a 24/7 caregiver for my mother. She has some memory issues, and I find that many of her friends are staying away.I really want her to be able to have an enjoyable activity outside of our home.What’s available out there?Dear Caregiver: Yes, socializing is important for everyone, and can be especially important for those with any type of illness.Interestingly, some great ideas come to us from Australia. The Australian Alzheimer’s Association has an online article (http://www.fightdementia.org.au/services/activities-1.aspx) that offers wonderful social activities for a person with memory issues to engage in that are soothing and fun.

  • FD: Glendale toddler critical after being pulled from pool

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A toddler is in critical condition in the ICU after being pulled from a backyard pool in Glendale Saturday afternoon.Glendale Fire Department spokesman Gilbert Mancilla said family members pulled the 2-year-old girl from the above ground pool and started CPR until paramedics arrived at the home near 59th and Olive avenues.Mancilla said paramedics were able to restore a pulse on the girl while on the way to the hospital but she was having difficulty breathing and didn't regain consciousness.There was no immediate word on how long the little girl was in the water before she was found. She and her mother were apparently visiting at the home.Mancilla said the girl was able to get to the pool through a dog door. 

  • Benevilla welcomes social worker

    Benevilla announced that Shannon Haines has joined the West Valley nonprofit serving the needs of seniors, disabled adults, children, and the families who care for them.Haines is originally from Payson and obtained her degree in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. She has been working in the social work field for six years as a trainer for volunteers.“I knew that these experiences were only the start of my journey working with the geriatric population,” she said. “Throughout my adult life, I had a strong connection with older people, especially with my grandparents. They were positive role models for my brother and I and we could always count on my grandfather for answers about life and my grandmother for emotional support. “They always told us to be strong, passionate and kind to others.”Haines will work with the Benevilla’s Information and Referral service.

  • Five hospitalized in bee attack in Goodyear

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Rural Metro Fire Department officials said five people were hospitalized after being stung by bees in Goodyear Friday night.The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. at a home near 177th Avenue and Yuma Road.Officials said a group of people were having a party when high winds knocked down a tree with a bee hive releasing a swarm of bees.The party was a going away celebration for a young man headed off to the Army.Party-goers tell ABC15, most of the people were inside because of the dust and didn't know the tree went down until the ones outside started getting stung.When the group ran inside the house, they say the bees followed.

  • Glendale teen in Hawaiian hospital with spinal-cord injury

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale teen is stuck far from home, recovering from an injury that could have killed him. His family says they're hopeful for his future.Alex Spartz is captain of his high school swim team and wants to study aerospace engineering when he graduates. For now, all his energy is focused on recovery and on getting back home to Arizona."He's just the greatest thing that's pretty much ever happened to me. Number one brother in the world," Mandy Spartz said.It's clear how much Mandy looks up to her big brother Alex. They're on the swim team together and were on what was supposed to be an amazing family vacation in Hawaii. The siblings were playing in the water when things went horribly wrong."There's this wave that looks like it's going to be really big, so Alex, who was doing somersaults, was going back to do it again and the wave doesn't go up as far, it's not as deep, and he somersaults head first into the sand," Mandy said.Alex and his family rushed to the hospital, fearing the worst.

  • FD: Glendale toddler critical after being pulled from pool

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A toddler is in critical condition in the ICU after being pulled from a backyard pool in Glendale Saturday afternoon.Glendale Fire Department spokesman Gilbert Mancilla said family members pulled the 2-year-old girl from the above ground pool and started CPR until paramedics arrived at the home near 59th and Olive avenues.Mancilla said paramedics were able to restore a pulse on the girl while on the way to the hospital but she was having difficulty breathing and didn't regain consciousness.There was no immediate word on how long the little girl was in the water before she was found. She and her mother were apparently visiting at the home.Mancilla said the girl was able to get to the pool through a dog door. 

  • FD: Glendale toddler critical after being pulled from pool

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A toddler is in critical condition in the ICU after being pulled from a backyard pool in Glendale Saturday afternoon.Glendale Fire Department spokesman Gilbert Mancilla said family members pulled the 2-year-old girl from the above ground pool and started CPR until paramedics arrived at the home near 59th and Olive avenues.Mancilla said paramedics were able to restore a pulse on the girl while on the way to the hospital but she was having difficulty breathing and didn't regain consciousness.There was no immediate word on how long the little girl was in the water before she was found. She and her mother were apparently visiting at the home.Mancilla said the girl was able to get to the pool through a dog door. 

  • Casting call for Peoria Unified student models

    Does your student want a chance to be featured in the numerous publications of the Peoria Unified School District?Peoria Unified is hosting a back-to-school photo shoot from 9  to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Desert Harbor Elementary School, 15585 N. 91st Ave., Peoria, for students in preschool through 12th grade. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m.Attendees are welcome to bring a school-related item, such as an instrument, ball, etc., to be included in the photographs. Students should wear school appropriate attire and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.Parents and students who plan on attending the photo shoot should RSVP as soon as possible by sending an email with the name of the student, the name of the parent, the student’s age, school they attend and grade level to pusdpr@pusd11.org or call 623-486-6100.Photo release forms will be available at the event for parents to sign. Pictures taken at the photo shoot will be used for branding purposes by the Peoria Unified School District.For information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

  • Peoria puts together first responders event

    The city of Peoria and Tri-Family Racing presents the First Responders Adult & Youth Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon at 6 a.m. Sept. 7 beginning in the Sunrise Mountain High School pool, 21321 N. 86th Drive, Peoria.Different age and skill groups are offered including:• Mini Tri Adults — 200-yard swim, nine-mile bike, 1.55-mile run.• Maxi Tri Adults — 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run.• Maxi Du Adults — half-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run.• Youth Tri — 100-yard swim, three-mile bike, half-mile run.

  • Benevilla welcomes social worker

    Benevilla announced that Shannon Haines has joined the West Valley nonprofit serving the needs of seniors, disabled adults, children, and the families who care for them.Haines is originally from Payson and obtained her degree in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. She has been working in the social work field for six years as a trainer for volunteers.“I knew that these experiences were only the start of my journey working with the geriatric population,” she said. “Throughout my adult life, I had a strong connection with older people, especially with my grandparents. They were positive role models for my brother and I and we could always count on my grandfather for answers about life and my grandmother for emotional support. “They always told us to be strong, passionate and kind to others.”Haines will work with the Benevilla’s Information and Referral service.

  • Seniors share homes for cost saving, companionship

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship. "It's a wonderful arrangement," said the white-haired Rosenfeld, who when asked her age will only say she's a senior citizen. "The way the rents are these days, I couldn't stay here without it." She shares her two-bedroom, $1,000-a-month Brooklyn apartment with Carolyn Allen, a 69-year-old widow who has suffered two strokes and no longer wants to live alone. Agencies that put such seniors together say the need appears to be growing as baby boomers age and struggle to deal with foreclosures, property taxes and rising rents. The typical situation involves an elderly woman, widowed or divorced, who has a house or an apartment with extra room and needs help with the upkeep. "Our seniors want to remain part of the community they were raised in, where they worked and went to church," said Jackie Grossman, director of the home-sharing program at Open Communities in the Chicago suburbs. "They don't want to be just with other seniors. Maybe they love their garden, their tool shed, and they would have to give that up if they move into senior housing." At the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, where applicants have tripled since 2008, the average boarder pays about $700 a month. The same average holds at the HIP Housing program in San Mateo, California, but it is about $500 at the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center in Baltimore. Agencies handle the background checks and other screening and consider various lifestyle criteria — smoking, pets, disposable income — in making matches. When a match is made, the new roommates sign an agreement covering chores, overnight visitors, telephone use, etc. Not all agencies limit applicants to seniors. In the New York program, only one of the two people has to be 60 or older. The agencies' services mean people who want a roommate don't have to post notices in neighborhood weeklies or online and worry about who will respond. "Craigslist can be very scary, especially for women," said Connie Skillingstad, president of Golden Girl Homes Inc. in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, which refers women to housing resources including home-sharing. "They'd rather go through a respectable organization." In the past, program directors say, many of the people offering space were willing to take household help — grocery shopping, housecleaning, repair work — in lieu or some or all of the rent. Recently, though, more people have insisted on dollars rather than services. "In the last five years, we've really seen more people looking for financial aid rather than barter," said Kirby Dunn, executive director of Homeshare Vermont in Burlington. Companionship is an important side benefit. "Independence is great but isolation as we age is a growing concern, so companionship can be almost life-altering," Dunn said. "People are telling us they're happier, sleeping better, eating better. ... If I could sell you a drug that did that, you'd pay a lot of money." Grossman said many long-lasting friendships develop, "and for others there's just mutual respect and that's fine, too." Rosenfeld and Allen, who have been roommates for three years, both said they feel more like business associates than longtime friends like TV's "Golden Girls," but they gabbed like sisters and giggled about the apparent highlight of their time together: "the bathtub incident." Allen, who gets around with the help of a walker, had slipped in the bathtub and gotten stuck, with one leg wedged awkwardly behind her. She tried and tried but couldn't get up. "If I was living alone I might have been there for days," she said. But Rosenfeld was home, and although she's too petite to extract Allen from the tub, she was able to call 911 — and provide a towel for Allen to cover herself when rescuers arrived. "Thank God Marcia was there," Allen said.

  • West Valley veterans divided on Army's tattoo guidelines

    Like thousands of other veterans, Ronald Marcin has tattoos. There’s a black panther from 1955; another one has his name.“I regret my tattoos,” the Sun City resident and Air Force veteran said. “When I got my first job, I couldn’t roll up my sleeve because my tattoo stuck out.”While there are regulations for tattoos in all branches of the military today, the U.S. Army recently toughened its restrictions.Army tattoo regulations now prevent anyone who wishes to serve in the military from having the following; a “sleeve” tattoo, facial tattoos (except permanent makeup), tattoos on the neck or above the T-shirt line.Soldiers in the Army are also restricted to no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow (to the wrist bone) or below the knee. Tattoos in these areas must be “smaller than the size of the wearer’s hand with fingers extended and joined with the thumb touching the base of the index finger.” Any band tattoos must not be more than 2 inches in width.Soldiers in all branches of the military will be grandfathered in under the new policy.

  • SCW man leaves legacy of hard work, good humor

    The Sun City West PRIDES lost one of its charter members.Fred Hafner passed away on July 2 at the wonderful age of 102.Hafner was involved with the PRIDES from its inception in March 1982, and remained active with the group for 25 years when he retired at age 95.He was an enthusiastic member, leading one of the sections on R.H. Johnson Boulevard in its weekly work and arranging monthly breakfasts at a local restaurant.When Hafner had something to contribute to the meeting, he called us all to attention with his trusty whistle.Hafner was an avid karaoke singer and was belting out the tunes right to the end.

  • Safe habits pay off for RCSCW

    The Recreation Centers of Sun City West has announced the association has continued to maintain a score for safety awareness this year that will translate into another workman’s compensation rebate.Human Resources Officer Denise Babirak stated, “Most people don’t understand or even care what EMOD (Experience Modification) is, but this is a huge accomplishment. What it means is our employees are working smarter, being safe, and saving members significant amounts of money.”The Experience Modification factor score is an annual statistical monitoring by the State Compensation Fund of work-related injuries. This compilation of data is based upon the instances of work injuries, the types of injuries with the number of days off from work, and a payroll multiplying factor.Last year’s score of .68 qualified RCSCW for a $10,000 award from the State Compensation Fund and the Arizona Small Business Association, and translated into lower worker’s compensation rates.Rec Centers’ insurance specialist Earl Mackert commends the Association’s safety awareness program. “To attain and maintain a low rate is phenomenal, and speaks well of the program’s influence on the employees,” said Mackert.The .68 score represents 68 cents in cost for every $100 of worker’s compensation coverage. The highest RCSCW has paid is $1.43 per $100. This lower score is the result of improved safety training, a more involved Safety Committee, and the implementation of Safety SNAPS – the safety incentive program, launched in 2010, that involves observing and recognizing employees who are practicing good safety techniques, RCSCW officials said.

  • Delay plagues building plans for SCW auto restoration club

    It’s been more than seven months since Maricopa County received the architectural plans for the Sun City West Automotive/Restoration Club building, and members are in the dark as to what the hold-up is.Hoping to break ground in the fall, Tom Jones, president of the club, said members are still waiting on approval of the permits, and without them, they can’t schedule a groundbreaking.The hold-up is “very frustrating” as the winter residents will be returning, and the club will have its first meeting after the summer in September, Jones said, adding the club “would like to have something to present to the membership.”Darren Gerard, the deputy director with the Maricopa County Planning and Development department, said the plans had a two-week turnaround after they were submitted on Dec. 11, 2013.Maricopa County outsources commercial plans for review by the architectural firm Stantec. Gerard said the county sent the drawings to Stantec, which reviewed them and made written comments on the changes needed. Plus, the county’s building, zoning, drainage and transportation departments, stated there needs to be revisions to the 13,000-square-foot building plans. The only department to sign off on the drawings was the Flood Control District.Gerard said the combined review comments document was then emailed to the Recreation Centers of Sun City West Project Superintendent Larry Griffith on Dec. 27 because he is listed as the applicant. The county has been waiting for a re-submittal of the drawings “for the last seven months,” he said.

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