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  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • 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

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Surprise Police investigate suspicious death

    Surprise Police officials are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Wednesday evening.On Nov. 30, shortly after 11 p.m., Surprise Police responded to a report of a person lying on the ground near the shoulder of the road in the area of San Ysidro Road and 163rd Avenue near the Asante community of Surprise.Upon arrival, the responding officers discovered the body of a deceased Hispanic man. The deceased man has not been positively identified at this time.The police are continuing to investigate the cause of death and are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000, or 623-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to the police at crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.

  • SCG Tennis Club wraps up another successful tournament

    The annual Shine in the Sun Tennis Spectacular ended the 5 day event on Sunday, Nov. 20 with Winners announced in 18 events. 150 players from all over the West Valley and others from New York, Oregon, Colorado, and Connecticut participated in the event that benefits Eve’s Place.Eve’s Place Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the West Valley of Maricopa County. For over 12 years, Eve’s Place has provided innovative and empowerment based programs to victims of domestic abuse.The event was sponsored by: Scott Shull / Edward Jones with Co- Sponsor: Catherine and Ron Barton / Barton Realtors.Tournament ResultsWomen’s 4.0 DoublesWinners: Judy Beran / Jan Price

  • 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

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.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.

  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • 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

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.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.

  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • Benevilla prepares for #GivingTuesday

    Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.Occurring this year on Nov. 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is based on the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, has joined #GivingTuesday, this global day of giving, by harnessing the collective power of their local friends, neighbors, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.Consider supporting Benevilla on Nov. 29 with a donation.Information is available and donations can be made directly through https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/us/story/BenevillaThe Benevilla #GivingTuesday Facebook Event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/191191584666200/

  • Peoria Sports Complex hosts veterans tribute baseball

    More than 1,000 fans came out to celebrate Veterans Day at the West Valley Veteran’s Day Baseball Tribute at the Peoria Sports Complex.About 50 volunteers from Dysart High School JROTC, Peoria’s Unit 62 and District 11 American Legion Auxiliary honored veterans and raised funds for the Phoenix Veterans Home. Together, through a 50/50 raffle and poppy donations, the group raised nearly $700.American Legion Post 143 in Litchfield won the Major League Bat signed by the Saltwater Rafters— comprised of players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers.Also attending the game were Peoria’s Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Manager Carl Swenson.

  • 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.

  • Astronomy club speaker discusses Dawn satellite

    The West Valley Astronomy Club presents Dr. Steve Desch speaking on NASA's Dawn mission at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17540 Ave. of the Arts, Surprise.The Dawn satellite is a magnificent scientific achievement. The Dawn mission was launched in September 2007 and has a unique propulsion system using ion thrusters capable of speeds of up to 200,000 MPH.It took the Dawn satellite four years to travel to the main asteroid belt which lies between Mars and Jupiter in our solar system. NASA's daunting Mission data analysis is ongoing.Dr. Desch will also be showing the latest lifelike computer models of the dwarf planet Ceres.The public is welcome and refreshments are provided.For information, visit wvac.net or contact John Cline at johclin@cox.net or MaryAnne Balzer at balzerfreespirit@gmail.com.

  • Bell Road bridge opens in time for holidays

    In the end, it appears the only thing even slightly rough about opening day of the Bell Road overpass in Surprise Tuesday may have been sections of the new road itself.In the end, the crucial point is that Surprise's main thoroughfare is reopened days before the start of the holiday shopping rush on Black Friday - or in some cases Thanksgiving Day itself.Surprise Police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski said that the major traffic change in the heart of the city went well. Officers were out in force during the day to re-educate drivers and making sure traffic flowed smoothly."Overall, it's been a smooth transition," Sgt. Klarkowski said Tuesday afternoon.Sgt. Klarkowski thanked drivers for their patience during the more than seven months that Bell Road was completely closed from West Point Parkway and 134th Drive.Meanwhile, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott thanked residents for their patronage in the area — which has been the city's commercial nerve center for more than a decade.

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