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  • Health experts seek to limit falls

    It is never too early to get a leg up on fall.Fall Prevention Week ran from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, and Sun Health Foundation in Surprise had its second annual Stand Up to Falling Down event leading in to the week.Attendees were treated to guest speakers made up of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who talked about signs and symptoms of falling down, how to prevent falling in the future as well as statistics.About one-third of adults over 65 fall each year, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research also shows that once people fall, they tend to limit their activities, which can lead to a vicious cycle of avoiding activities to prevent falling and inactivity increasing the risk of falling.“Balance is a complex process,” exercise physiologist and balance expert Rhonda Zonoozi said in a release. “But there are simple actions all of us can take to improve our balance and prevent fall-related injuries.”The event took place the day before the first day of fall. Officials had hoped to have it the first day of the new season but a conflict in schedule shifted the date back.

  • Elks honor Surprise Police Officer of the year

    On Sept. 24 Officer James Jennings of the Surprise Police Department was honored by the local Raceway Elks Lodge at their annual Law and Order Awards Banquet.At the event, Officer Jennings received the 2016 Raceway Elks Club Officer of the Year Award.Earlier this year, Officer Jennings was nominated as the city of Surprise "Officer of the Year" by his supervisors and peers. At the Surprise Police Department Annual Awards Banquet, held in April 2016, Officer Jennings received the distinguished award.“Officer Jennings is truly an outstanding member of our police force and very deserving of receiving this award. His dedication to those he works with and those he serves makes him a positive example to all,” Surprise Police Chief Terry Young said.The men and women of the Surprise Police Department congratulate him on his award.

  • WHAM brings art alive in West Valley this weekend

    Celebrate the spirit of art and culture in the West Valley with WHAM Art Association and the City of Goodyear on Oct. 1 and 2 for the fifth annual Art is Alive: Arts and Cultural Festival.The festival will be at the Goodyear Ballpark at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. This event is the culmination of several art related activities, displays and projects.Artist booths, art demonstrations and free activities for kids will be combined with performances by several local musical groups and a car show featuring Corvettes and Classic Cars for a weekend of fun.Admission for the event is $3 for adults and teens over the age of 12. Children 12 and under are free.Proceeds of this festival help cover the cost of art programs held at WHAM Community Art Center, including affordable classes and free art exhibits. The weekend’s activities include performances by traditional native American dancers, traditional Mexican dancers, creative storytellers, poetry readers and art activities for adults and children with special needs.In addition, there will be a free skateboard painting activity for teens and a BMX rider performance. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase by the Goodyear Ballpark.

  • Health experts seek to limit falls

    It is never too early to get a leg up on fall.Fall Prevention Week ran from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, and Sun Health Foundation in Surprise had its second annual Stand Up to Falling Down event leading in to the week.Attendees were treated to guest speakers made up of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who talked about signs and symptoms of falling down, how to prevent falling in the future as well as statistics.About one-third of adults over 65 fall each year, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research also shows that once people fall, they tend to limit their activities, which can lead to a vicious cycle of avoiding activities to prevent falling and inactivity increasing the risk of falling.“Balance is a complex process,” exercise physiologist and balance expert Rhonda Zonoozi said in a release. “But there are simple actions all of us can take to improve our balance and prevent fall-related injuries.”The event took place the day before the first day of fall. Officials had hoped to have it the first day of the new season but a conflict in schedule shifted the date back.

  • UPDATE: Sun City pawn burglary suspect arrested

    Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect in the attempted burglary of a Sun City pawn shop.Erickberto Hernandez was arrested in Avondale about 18 hours after the early-morning incident at the AZ EZ-Pawn shop, 9421 W. Bell Road. Deputies responded to a call some time before 6 a.m. Sept. 27 for a report of a vehicle crashed into the buidling. Upon arrival deputies found a van rammed into the front of the store, smashing the windows.“The van’s lights were on, so we assumed there was someone in the building,” said Lt. Chris Dowell, MCSO District 3 lieutenant.An armored assault vehicle was brought in, but it turned out no one was in the building.Following a number of leads, including business cards, not belonging to the suspect, found in the van they were able to track the suspect’s movements to a home in Avondale.“When we got set up there, he took off, then tried to outrun our K9 officer,” Mr. Dowell told Sun City Home Owners Association board members and residents attending the Sept. 28 meeting.

  • LETTER: Wastewater rate increase means subsidizing others

    There have been guest commentaries, letters and other information in the Sun City Independent the past few weeks concerning the full consolidation of the five EPCOR Water Co. wastewater districts.The bottom line is EPCOR’s proposal would mean that Sun City residents would end up subsidizing Anthem, Agua Fria, Mohave and Sun City West infrastructure! Sun City residents would have three rate increases in three years from the present rate of $22.11 to $41.02. That is a 54 percent increase!Sun City does not need to support these other communities.Join the Sun City Condominium Owners Association, Sun City Home Owners Association and PORA of Sun City West and vote against full consolidation (Dockett No. WS-01303A-16-0145). Send a letter, email or call the Arizona Corporation Commissioners and express your displeasure concerning this issue or it will cost you many dollars. Send letters to Arizona Corporation Commission, 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996. Commissioner phone numbers are: Andy Tobin, 602-542-3625; Tom Forese, 602-542-3922; Doug Little, 602-542-0745; Bob Stump, 602-542-3935; and Bob Burns, 602-542-3682.Jerry WalczakSCCOA vice president

  • Glendale police arrests former Phoenix fire employee suspected of sexual assault

    A former Phoenix Fire Department employee was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman Sunday under a bridge near 91st Avenue and Bethany Home Road, according to Glendale Police.Jeffrey Charles Wilson, 52, faces three felony counts; one count of sexual assault, one count of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was arrested Tuesday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 7. He was denied bail.Glendale police credit the public with tips based off a composite sketch in aiding to the identification of the suspect.Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler said Mr. Wilson was a department employee who was terminated a few months ago. She would not say what job he held or why he was terminated. Independent Newsmedia has put in a public records request for that information.The victim told police she was walking south on 91st Avenue around 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, she was followed by a red, four-door small compact car. The driver stopped and asked if she wanted a ride and she politely declined, according to court documents.The man drove off but parked in a church parking lot, exited the car and started following her on foot south on 91st, according to the victim. She told police she became scared and every time she turned around to see if he was following her, he would duck behind a bush or a tree and hide from her. She attempted to call 911 on her cell phone, but it was dead.

  • Glendale opens archery range in Oct. 15 ceremony

    The public is invited to attend the official grand opening of the city’s newest sports and recreation amenity, the Archery Range Complex at Glendale Heroes Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.This ceremony will include comments from Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Yucca District Councilmember Sammy Chavira, as well as representatives from the funding partners for the project, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.It will conclude with a ribbon cutting, in which the Mayor will invite elected officials, AZSTA, AGF, as well as various partners to help cut the ceremonial ribbon.The arrows will start shooting once the ribbon is cut. Local archery clubs will conduct demonstrations and local 2016 US Archer Paralympian Eric Bennett - a teacher in the Dysart Unified School District - as well as 2016 US Archery Team Coach Mel Nichols will make an appearance and help christen the new complex.The facility consists of a 16-lane practice and competition archery range able to accommodate all ability levels, a 47,000-square-foot area with gated perimeter fencing, up to 90-meter archery lanes, an earthen target backstop, shaded spectator seating areas, custom rules sign, information kiosk and drought tolerant landscape.Located just northeast of the nearby Ramada Complex, the project was funded primarily through grants and in-kind donations, began as a concept in 2014 and is now coming to fruition, thanks in great part to a $7,000 grant from the State of Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual “Shooting Range Development Grant Program” and an additional $49,000 in grant funding from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority through its Youth and Amateur Sports Grants Program.

  • Genetics usually cause of macular degeneration, support available for those with low vision or blindness

    Genetics play a big role on those who end up with macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to vision loss.Vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Mandi D. Conway with Arizona Retinal Specialists in Sun City West said caucasians have a genetic disposition to macular degeneration. In contrast, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans or Asians have a lower risk.However, diet may play an important role in getting macular degeneration Ms. Conway noted. Based on studies, she said some believe that fatty acids on the liver that metabolize have an affect on the retina. “We really don’t know,” said Ms. Conway.She pointed out that people generally eat a bad diet with a lot of high fructose corn syrup that turns into a fatty liver, besides eating the saturated and trans fats.“I don’t know how that plays a role into macular degeneration, but there is new data to suggest that it does, but it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t since we’re seeing an increase,” said Ms. Conway.

  • Health experts seek to limit falls

    It is never too early to get a leg up on fall.Fall Prevention Week ran from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, and Sun Health Foundation in Surprise had its second annual Stand Up to Falling Down event leading in to the week.Attendees were treated to guest speakers made up of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who talked about signs and symptoms of falling down, how to prevent falling in the future as well as statistics.About one-third of adults over 65 fall each year, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research also shows that once people fall, they tend to limit their activities, which can lead to a vicious cycle of avoiding activities to prevent falling and inactivity increasing the risk of falling.“Balance is a complex process,” exercise physiologist and balance expert Rhonda Zonoozi said in a release. “But there are simple actions all of us can take to improve our balance and prevent fall-related injuries.”The event took place the day before the first day of fall. Officials had hoped to have it the first day of the new season but a conflict in schedule shifted the date back.

  • Genetics usually cause of macular degeneration, support available for those with low vision or blindness

    Genetics play a big role on those who end up with macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to vision loss.Vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Mandi D. Conway with Arizona Retinal Specialists in Sun City West said caucasians have a genetic disposition to macular degeneration. In contrast, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans or Asians have a lower risk.However, diet may play an important role in getting macular degeneration Ms. Conway noted. Based on studies, she said some believe that fatty acids on the liver that metabolize have an affect on the retina. “We really don’t know,” said Ms. Conway.She pointed out that people generally eat a bad diet with a lot of high fructose corn syrup that turns into a fatty liver, besides eating the saturated and trans fats.“I don’t know how that plays a role into macular degeneration, but there is new data to suggest that it does, but it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t since we’re seeing an increase,” said Ms. Conway.

  • Sun Cities claim top 2 spots among tax-friendly places in Arizona

    Move over Holbrook and Winslow. And the rest of Arizona for that matter.Covering the top two spots in Arizona for the most tax-friendly places for retirees are Sun City West and Sun City, based on a study performed by smartasset.com.Sun City was ranked No. 8 in 2015 while its sister was unseen on the top-10 list. Sun City West has not only surpassed its sibling, but lays claim to best in the state.The shift in the top 10 places in Arizona covers more than just the change in leaders. Holbrook, last year’s No. 1, is not among the top 10 in 2016. This year’s rankings included more than the three factors used in last year’s: income tax paid, property tax paid and whether Social Security income was taxed.With the added factors, the overall retirement tax friendly index number decreased by 16.7, with Holbrook receiving an 83.93 in 2015 compared to Sun City West’s 67.24 in 2016. Oddly enough, Sun City West placed No. 503 in the U.S. compared to Holbrook’s No. 1553 nationwide ranking last year.“It is likely the additional factors had an impact on the index numbers of the cities included in the study,” said SmartAsset Senior Public Relations Associate Steve Sabato.

  • Centennial Vs. Westview 9/22/16

    Centennial won Wednesday night's football game against Westview 38-7. All photos by Independent Newsmedia/Alexandra Gaspar. 

  • Genetics usually cause of macular degeneration, support available for those with low vision or blindness

    Genetics play a big role on those who end up with macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to vision loss.Vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Mandi D. Conway with Arizona Retinal Specialists in Sun City West said caucasians have a genetic disposition to macular degeneration. In contrast, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans or Asians have a lower risk.However, diet may play an important role in getting macular degeneration Ms. Conway noted. Based on studies, she said some believe that fatty acids on the liver that metabolize have an affect on the retina. “We really don’t know,” said Ms. Conway.She pointed out that people generally eat a bad diet with a lot of high fructose corn syrup that turns into a fatty liver, besides eating the saturated and trans fats.“I don’t know how that plays a role into macular degeneration, but there is new data to suggest that it does, but it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t since we’re seeing an increase,” said Ms. Conway.

  • Hear a knock, get an alarm

    Some Peoria and Sun City residents may hear a knock on their door, Oct 1.If this is the case, it might be a good idea to open the door. Because free stuff is good, and so is stuff that save lives.Workers with Peoria Fire-Medical Department, the Arizona Burn Foundation, American Red Cross and other community members will be canvassing a number of neighborhoods bearing gifts in the form of free smoke alarms.Tim Eiden, a spokesman for Peoria Fire-Medical Department said residents will also learn about fire safety, including cooking and heating tips as well as the need to create and how to practice a fire escape plan.It is part of a plan to install free smoke alarms in more than 4,500 Valley homes, more than 400 of those in Peoria and Sun City .“We identified the neighborhood and homes that will receive free alarms,” he said. “Homeowners were notified that we will be in their neighborhood via a postcard in the mail.”

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