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  • Ride program keeps seniors at Royal Oaks mobile

    Envoy America, a ride program offering door-to-door accompanied transportation services for seniors, entered into a partnership with Royal Oaks Retirement Community, 10015 W. Royal Oaks Road, Sun City, to augment the transportation program provided by Royal Oaks.“For many seniors, preserving their independence is vital to living a full, active and healthy life,” said Vicki Ullery, Royal Oaks marketing director. “Most of our residents still drive. But when the time arrives to let someone else take the wheel, Envoy has been an excellent source for residents.”Doris Yock, a resident of Royal Oaks who used Envoy’s services to go with a group of friends to Scottsdale for lunch, was very impressed with the Envoy driver and how considerate she was.“Envoy’s service is terrific,” said Ms. Yock. “I no longer drive and have only one friend who still drives. So we were happy to hear about Envoy’s service.”Visit www.royaloaks.com or www.envoyamerica.com.

  • West Valley honored as Great American Defense Community

    The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) has named the West Valley a Great American Defense Community.The designation recognized eight communities throughout the nation that have provided outstanding support to service members, military families and veterans.The West Valley is home to Luke Air Force Base and about 100,000 active-duty military and civilian personnel deployed or working at the base, their families, and veterans dependent on important base resources and services.“This award is a testimony to just how vital it is that we continue to support our military installations and military personnel,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “On behalf of the council and the citizens of Glendale we are so proud to be the home to Luke Air Force Base.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities Program in 2016 to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Communities are selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.The West Valley Partners coalition, comprised of Glendale, Maricopa County and 12 other West Valley communities, submitted the nomination on behalf of the West Valley region. The nomination highlighted a diverse collection of efforts throughout the region, touching on key areas of community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support including efforts from government, nonprofit, and education organizations.

  • RCSC officials will address all dog park concerns

    Despite improvements made to Duffeeland Dog Park last year, residents living adjacent to the facility continue to have complaints.Noise, smell and debris were concerns expressed by residents during the Recreation Centers of Sun City member/director exchange meeting Jan. 9. While the dog park was established by a couple who lived adjacent to the facility and was privately owned, the land was purchased by RCSC four years ago and became part of the corporation’s list of amenities.Among the improvements made by RCSC include a new north wall with two entrances featuring a double gate system, shade structures, lowering mounds and new trash recepticles. The gates are creating a problem for one resident. Helen Hatcher said the metal gates frequently slam shut and are exessively noisy.“I live right behind the park and the one gate is right there near my house,” Ms. Hatcher said. “Can something be done to quiet the gates?”Resident Jerry Sylvester said the solution to the gate noise is to have just one entrance gate and have it be on the east end of the wall, away from the residences.Structural noise is not the only problem. Mr. Sylvester said barking gets out of hand at times. He said dogs already there bark loudly when greeting newcomers to the park.

  • West Valley honored as Great American Defense Community

    The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) has named the West Valley a Great American Defense Community.The designation recognized eight communities throughout the nation that have provided outstanding support to service members, military families and veterans.The West Valley is home to Luke Air Force Base and about 100,000 active-duty military and civilian personnel deployed or working at the base, their families, and veterans dependent on important base resources and services.“This award is a testimony to just how vital it is that we continue to support our military installations and military personnel,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “On behalf of the council and the citizens of Glendale we are so proud to be the home to Luke Air Force Base.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities Program in 2016 to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Communities are selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.The West Valley Partners coalition, comprised of Glendale, Maricopa County and 12 other West Valley communities, submitted the nomination on behalf of the West Valley region. The nomination highlighted a diverse collection of efforts throughout the region, touching on key areas of community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support including efforts from government, nonprofit, and education organizations.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Bell, Grand reconnection in Surprise slated for Feb. 16

    ADOT has set Feb. 16 as its target date for completion of the ramps connecting Bell Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise, as well as the activation of the traffic signal atop the bridge.The completion date will ultimately be determined by the weather. But this timeline gives construction crews some wiggle room to complete the project before the stated goal of Feb. 25 — the first day of Cactus League play in Surprise.As discussed at Tuesday’s Surprise City Council work session, this final configuration provides for a better flow of traffic on both roads and eliminates delays once caused by trains passing by the railroad crossing.“I think a lot of people are seeing the advantages of that already, now that the bridge is completed,” said Armando Lopez, the city’s engineering and construction lead for the project. “When the gates did go down along Bell Road (while a train crossed) it would take about three cycles in order for Bell Road and Grand Avenue to catch up to its normal routine. And we don’t really have any say in when those trains go through, in rush hour, spring training or early mornings.”The main access points for the ramps will be Towne Center Drive in the north and Bell Grande Drive to the south.Northbound drivers on Grand can access Bell Road from a ramp at Bell Grande, right next to the current left turn lane for Surprise Marketplace. Overhead signs will show drivers how to get to Bell. If they want to access

  • West Valley honored as Great American Defense Community

    The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) has named the West Valley a Great American Defense Community.The designation recognized eight communities throughout the nation that have provided outstanding support to service members, military families and veterans.The West Valley is home to Luke Air Force Base and about 100,000 active-duty military and civilian personnel deployed or working at the base, their families, and veterans dependent on important base resources and services.“This award is a testimony to just how vital it is that we continue to support our military installations and military personnel,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “On behalf of the council and the citizens of Glendale we are so proud to be the home to Luke Air Force Base.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities Program in 2016 to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Communities are selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.The West Valley Partners coalition, comprised of Glendale, Maricopa County and 12 other West Valley communities, submitted the nomination on behalf of the West Valley region. The nomination highlighted a diverse collection of efforts throughout the region, touching on key areas of community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support including efforts from government, nonprofit, and education organizations.

  • Glendale Chocolate Affaire sweetens first February weekend

    Glendale will soon host the sweetest event in town. The 22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be a chocoholic’s dream, with chocolate and more in Historic Downtown Glendale for three days, Feb. 3-5.Where else in the Valley can you fine nearly 40 chocolate purveyors all in one spot, with chocolate favorites like chocolate-covered strawberries, nuts, cheesecake, bananas, and truffles, but new things you may not have tried, including chocolate lemonade, a chocolate steamed bun, spiced chocolate and a Polar Plunge (hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream.) That's just the tip of the chocolate- covered iceberg – partake in a chocolate lover’s scavenger hunt to find all of the delicious confections.If you really want to find out the best of the best at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, attend the Sweet Tooth competition, in which vendors enter their best chocolate creation and judges vote on the most decadent and delicious ones.The contest takes places on stage Friday evening at 6 p.m. KTVK-3TV television personality Jaime Cerreta will emcee.The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. Glendale’s hometown factory will offer tours all weekend and visitors can expect to find some Willy-Wonka-type magic happening and maybe a free sample of their confections there, as well. Free shuttles, sponsored by SRP, will carry visitors to and from Cerreta’s.Besides the love of chocolate, the other facet of the Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a celebration of romance.

  • Fallen Glendale officer Brad Jones to be honored at Centennial wrestling tourney

    Each year Centennial High School in Peoria hosts a two-day wrestling tournament in honor of Brad Jones, a former Centennial High School wrestler who became a Glendale Police Officer.From Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 the 6th Annual Brad Jones "Pack" Invitational will take place.Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty while responding to an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues October 29, 2011. He had accompanied a probation officer in meeting with a convict. The suspect, Ryan Heisler, shot Jones during the encounter. Jones died later that night.Each year Peoria and Glendale police officers attend this event to support Jones' family and the tournament.The finals are on Saturday  at 6 p.m. at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.The Jones families along with officers from both agencies participate in the opening of the finals.

  • West Valley honored as Great American Defense Community

    The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) has named the West Valley a Great American Defense Community.The designation recognized eight communities throughout the nation that have provided outstanding support to service members, military families and veterans.The West Valley is home to Luke Air Force Base and about 100,000 active-duty military and civilian personnel deployed or working at the base, their families, and veterans dependent on important base resources and services.“This award is a testimony to just how vital it is that we continue to support our military installations and military personnel,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “On behalf of the council and the citizens of Glendale we are so proud to be the home to Luke Air Force Base.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities Program in 2016 to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Communities are selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.The West Valley Partners coalition, comprised of Glendale, Maricopa County and 12 other West Valley communities, submitted the nomination on behalf of the West Valley region. The nomination highlighted a diverse collection of efforts throughout the region, touching on key areas of community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support including efforts from government, nonprofit, and education organizations.

  • Pinnacle Peak Road to be widened, includes annexation of right-of-way into city

    Infrastructure improvements are coming to the benefit of Liberty High School and motorists in north Peoria.City Council approved an agreement between Maricopa County and the city to improve Pinnacle Peak Road from 91st to 99th avenues from two lanes to five lanes with a raised median.Unincorporated county land borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the north and the city borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the south. A new residential development is planned to the south of Pinnacle Peak Road.The county maintains the road since it is within its jurisdiction. However, they are interested in the city taking over the maintenance, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Stein.The agreement states the city will take over the maintenance by annexing the county right-of-way into the city if the county agrees to fund the improvements for the north half of the road. The county will contribute about $3 million for improvements, which is expected to be paid in two payments in fiscal year 2018.The south half of the road will be improved by the Meadows, a Maracay Homes residential development, she said.

  • Westbound Grand closed in Peoria Jan. 27-30 for repairs

    Westbound Grand Avenue will be closed Jan. 27-30 for bridge and New River Trail repairs.Pin and hanger assemblies will be replaced so the trail must be closed for safety reasons since the bridge will be supported on temporary towers constructed by Arizona Department of Transportation’s contractor.There will be street and trail signs indicating the closures. Questions and comments can be directed to the ADOT project hotline at projects@adot.gov or 855-712-8530.

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