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  • Online scams often start with deals too good to be true

    Online shopping can be a nice convenience and it’s becoming increasingly more popular, especially during the holidays.If you’ve been looking for a fancy new gadget as a holiday gift for yourself or someone else, you might be tempted with an online ad touting a high-tech item, at an amazingly low price. Just remember the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”Here’s what some scammers are up to. You discover a website that sells new high-end or high-tech items for deeply-discounted prices.You want to buy it, but you’re not familiar with this retailer. So you do some research and find other satisfi ed customers have posted positive reviews about them.Scammers realize that bad reviews will scare people away. So they themselves will post several positive-but-fake reviews about the retailer.These positive-but-fake reviews help you feel assured that the retailer is safe to do business with. So, you decide to take the bait.

  • Lesko lists priorities in state Senate

    Thank you for re-electing me to the Arizona State Senate.I am truly blessed to have the support of so many great people and to work at a job where I can make a positive difference in our state and nation.Our legislative session starts on Jan. 9. I am honored that I have been named Senate President Pro-Tempore and Senate Appropriations Chairman.I will also serve as chairman of the Joint Committee on Capital Review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.In 2017, my priority will be to balance the state budget in a way that provides good quality services to the people in our state, but also ensures that government lives within its means.I also plan to continue my work on pension reform. In 2016, my legislation reformed the firefighter and police pension plan, savings taxpayers’ millions.

  • Lesko should stop trying to control all

    Why do people like Ms. Lesko continue to try and control others’ lives?The truth is Proposition 205 was defeated by a mere .2 percent. Her statement that a vast majority of “her” constituents who contacted her were adamantly opposed to it is obviously unverifiable. All the other states who had it on the ballot voted to approve the measure.The real truth is that decriminalization is about 50 years past due. Our prison system, as well as our legal system, has spent millions of dollars imprisoning people for the use of marijuana while there is never been any medical proof whatsoever that it leads to “harder drugs.” In fact, our prison system has thousands, if not millions, of documented “violent” crimes committed while under the influence of alcohol but not one committed by someone who had smoked pot. Many crimes such as domestic violence committed by individuals under the influence go unreported.She should drive by a medical marijuana dispensary here in Sun City one weekend. She will see the people who are obtaining this “medically proven” natural healing product are the same “seniors” here in Sun City, as well as everyday Americans, that she claims are “adamantly” opposed to it. People in business suits, work clothes and golf shorts, not hippies and drug addicts patronize these businesses.I am not writing this because I use marijuana — I don’t — but because we are tired of narrow-minded people who continue to claim to speak for all of us.J. Dumais

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Surprise incubator techs the halls Thursday

    Check out the latest tech wonders evolving at the city’s business incubator Thursday at the AZ TechCelerator campus and enter for a chance to win some cool tech devices .The AZ TechCelerator’s “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House runs from 5–7 p.m., Dec. 8, at 12425 W. Bell Road.Look at the latest advancements from Surprise’s technology start-ups, including electric vehicle conversions, water desalination, and electric skateboards, all in a joyful setting of holiday music, comfort food, and warm coffee.A raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. for those who complete a special scavenger hunt, with tech giveaways ranging from a Fitbit Charge 2, Google Home, an Xbox One and more.Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated, and a local Google corporate office. This year, the AZ TechCelerator reached worldwide with its Global Concierge Services program, which helps international businesses establish local operations in Surprise and has so far generated more than 300 additional community jobs.Learn more at www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623-222-TECH.

  • Surprise Police continue toy drive at several sites

    Recently, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive, the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2016.The police are now asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. The police are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate kids in the community.The police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:• The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, No. 103• The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive• The Sun City Grand Cimarron Center at 17100 W. Clearview Drive

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

  • RCSC plans assessment, other fee hikes

    Sun City residential property owners should brace for a major increase in the cost of living in the community.Recreation Centers of Sun City officials will consider a significant increase in annual property assessments, and increases in nearly all other fees, during the December board meeting. RCSC management claims the increases are necessary after Arizona voters approved in the November election a measure that will increase the minimum wage.Proposition 206 requires the minimum wage to go from $8.05 per hour to $10 per hour Jan. 1.“That is a 24 percent increase in pay and it doesn’t only affect those that are being paid minimum wage, it affects numerous pay scales,” Jan Ek, RCSC general manager, stated in her management report to the board.The board will consider a $22 increase to the per property assessment, bringing it to $496, and an $11 increase for the per person assessment, bringing that to $248. In addition, the board will consider increases for the short-term privilege cards to $75; the daily guest fee to $3 per day; host punch cards to $30; the daily golf greens fees; the bowling fees; and RCSC facilities rental fees.The proposals will be made available to cardholders at the member/director exchange meeting 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the social hall at Lakeview Recreation Center, 10616 W. Thunderbird Blvd. The board will consider the increases for approval at the regular board meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 in the auditorium at Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave.

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Sun City West Community Fund offers help for residents

    Residents in need have an opportunity for help through the Community Fund of Sun City West.Thjose in need can call the fund hotline at 623546-1122 for help with utility, medical, water, trash or even a mortgage.The Community Fund of Sun City West relies on donations from the public.Those interested in contributing can call the hotline or visit the agency website, www.communityfundsuncitywest. org. Donors can also mail a check to CSSCW, 13940 W. Meeker Blvd., No. 115, PMB 613, Sun City West, AZ 853750900.The fund helped with $92,000 worth of bills in 2015 for Sun City West residents.The fund is a qualifying charitable organization in Arizona.

  • Surprise Police continue toy drive at several sites

    Recently, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive, the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2016.The police are now asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. The police are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate kids in the community.The police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:• The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, No. 103• The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive• The Sun City Grand Cimarron Center at 17100 W. Clearview Drive

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

  • Detective stays vigilant with cold cases

    On May 24, 1996 Diana Shawcroft, 20, and Jennifer Lueth, 19, took a short walk to a mini-mart to buy some cigarettes and soda.The two best friends never returned. Their bodies were found three months later in a remote desert 100 miles north of Phoenix.The murdered girls are now among Glendale Police’s 60 cold cases, No. 96-47770.A case is considered cold when all leads such as lab work, interviews and information received have been exhausted and that can sometimes take up to a year, according to Glendale Detective Roger Geisler.The department began in 2007 featuring it cold cases on its website at https://www.glendaleaz.com/police/coldcaseinformation.cfm in the hopes someone would come forward with a tip that would help solve the murders.What is known about Ms. Shawcroft and Ms. Lueth’s case is the store cashier saw the two, who lingered in front of the store, talk to a man who pulled up in a blue truck. They got into his vehicle, which then drove off.

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

  • Two people die after suspicious camper fire in Peoria

    A couple died from injuries sustained in an overnight camper fire that Peoria officials are calling "suspicious."The fire occurred Friday after 2 a.m. in the 11600 block of N. 81st Avenue between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue.A Peoria Police spokesperson said the couple, a man and a woman in their forties, lived in the trailer. Both were taken out by Peoria Fire-Medical personnel and transported to the hospital. They later died from their injuries, which have yet to be fully confirmed, a Peoria Police spokesperson said.A resident in the area told officials they heard a bang or pop noise but an official said it could have been a tire going out.Police detectives and fire investigators are on the scene as they figure out the cause.81st Avenue between Varney and Cactus roads is blocked off to traffic.

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