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"There is no end to thanking veterans"

John O達rien

The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War runs for 7 years, 2013-2022. For the next 5 years John O達rien and the 8489 other CPs (Commemorative Partners) are planning to get the word out about the Vietnam War. There are stories to tell.

John O達rien was asked by the Veterans History Project, a Volunteer Program of Tempe Connections and the Library of Congress, to the display his Military and Navy Seabee Vietnam War collection. There are several collages in the collection most of which are constructed with paper or printed materials. The various works, all of which were design and constructed by John O達rien, are to be photographed and a video made. This documentation will then be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

John O達rien was a Seabee and wants to get the word out about the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. "Seabees, he said, just seem to take things one step further."

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4482.

O'Brien is a Seabee and military artist, John O達rien ready to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Some background

Vietnam War Commemoration ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center. The ceremony is a ticketed event for Vietnam veterans and their families. While invitations have already been distributed, this event will be streamed live around the world from the Office of the Speaker of the House. Join us via the Internet (see below)! Collaborate with other Commemorative Partners (CP) to make this a shared event in your hometowns. Invite Vietnam veterans and their families in your local communities to view this commemorative event together as our nation痴 leaders thank and honor them for their service and sacrifice. Then, take time to honor them locally following the Congressional Ceremony. To find other CPs in your area, click on:

Congressional Ceremony. To find other CPs in your area, click on: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/partners/partner_map/

Click on each pin to reveal the CP name and city.

We hope you will join us online as Congress thanks and honors our 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975! Thank you! The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Staff.

The United States of America Congressional Ceremony Date: July 8, 2015

Time: 3:00 4:00 p.m. EDT Purpose: Thank & honor our 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served. Internet Link: Will be provided via a separate email one day prior [July 7, 2015] to the ceremony

Source: file:///C:/Users/btoshibac655/Documents/VWC_SITREP_2015,_Issue_7.pdf

Vietnam stories need to be told. John O達rien wrote a book of his.

Hardest Job in the U. S. Navy Seabees : A Memoir by John R. O'Brien Vietnam Veteran

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Hardest Job in the U.S. Navy Seabees: A Memoir by John R. O達rien Vietnam Veteran

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4470.

VELMA TEAGUE LIBRARY CELEBRATES RENOVATION

By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale痴 downtown library recently completed some much needed renovation. The celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Jamie Aldama, Ocotillo District City Councilmember and Michael Beck, Chief Librarian, Glendale Public Library. Also included in the events speakers were Library Advisory Board, Chairperson Paula Wilson and members of Velma Teague痴 family. Velma Teague opened forty-four years ago in 1971 in Murphy Park. Today, fifty per-cent of Velma Teague痴 circulation comes from the checkout of children痴 materials. And new for today, Velma has fifty-eight public computers with over 67,000 sessions.

In addition to new carpeting and tile, a new color scheme, the public restrooms were renovated, a wall was removed to allow for the expansion of the story time room. Velma Teague has new summer hours and is open 3 more hours a week. The renovation is due to a $199,000 Community Development Block Grant and an additional $25,000 to cover the additional three open hours. A constituent of the Ocotillo District suggested that the library be open earlier in the day. Library patrons who walk to the library can now do so when it is not so hot.

John LeGendre, Velma Teague痴 great nephew, shared a story about Velma Teague. It seems that on Sundays, when the library was closed, Velma would head up to Prescott Downs and check out the ponies. John LeGendre also referred to his great aunt as a "dynamic woman."

His mother, Mary Ellen LeGendre, worked for Velma. Velma Teague was a teacher and after she married she could no longer teach. Velma volunteered for probably three before being hired. Once she took over, she opened the library from just one afternoon a week to 3 or 4. Mary Ellen LeGendre, "I love this library. It痴 kept just like Velma Liked it. All the books right on the edge and in alphabetical order." Velma liked an orderly shelf. Visitors to Murphy Park have Velma Teague to thank for the park. She reviewed the plans for the library and wanted a park and not parking so close to the building.

Shelley Moseley was the Branch Manager for 25 years and was the manager during the transition period from print sources to electronic ones. Shelley attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 1, 2015 and is a "big part of Velma痴 history," Velma Teague痴 family.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4445.

Michael Beck, Chief Librarian, Jamie Aldama, Ocotillo District City Councilmember, Mary Ellen LeGendre, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers performing the ceremonial ribbon-cutting held, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Velma Teague Library. This past spring the forty-four year old library completed some much need renovation.

Day of the Week Summer Hours Starting October 1, 2015

Monday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday CLOSED CLOSED

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 10:00 3:00 p.m.

Sunday CLOSED CLOSED

 

Early Downtown Glendale Library History

In 1895, Vic Messenger, a member of the first class of Stanford University, came to Glendale to manage Ryder Lumber and Hardware Company. With him, he carried 400 books, all of which he donated as the first library collection available to the public.

 Two years later, Vic Messenger built a library building at the north end of the Ryder facility, and other members of the community began to donate their books, also. 

In 1898, the Glendale Public Library Association was formed. People paid $5 a share (a large sum in those days!) for borrowing privileges. That same year, Ryder moved to what is now 58th Drive and Glendale. The books were moved also, this time to the second floor of the store. Vic Messenger became the "official" volunteer librarian. 

Around 1900, the Odd Fellows took over the Ryder building, and the library moved from the hardware store to the brick schoolhouse.  This schoolhouse was between what is now 58 Ave.. and 58 Dr. with the southern border being Palmaire Ave. where the Coury House  and the vacant Board of Realtors Building  is. The original property extended north at least half a block. 

The Woman's Club kept it open on Saturday afternoons until the schoolhouse was torn down in 1915, and for several years, the library was without a home.

 Eventually, the Woman's Club moved the library to a tiny white frame building built around "the world's biggest flagpole" in the middle of Murphy Park. In 1922, the library became a department of the City of Glendale with budget of $500. 

 

The Velma Teague Era

 

* 1935 - Librarian Velma Teague was hired .

* 1938 - A brick and stucco Spanish-style library building was
constructed in Murphy Park, with Velma Teague serving as
Library Director .

* 1960's - New 15,000 square foot building was lobbied for in
the mid-60's .

* 1971- Present building was opened and named after Velma
Teague.

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Usage Each Year


- 50% of VTL's circulation comes from checking out children's
materials .
- 180,000 customer visits
- 32,000 reference transactions
- 209,000 items checked out
- 230 programs with over 5,000 attendees
- 58 public computers with over 67,000 sessions

 

Study
- Pew Survey says that for every $1 spent on library services,
$5-$6 is returned to the community/return on investment.

 



 

 

 



 

Downtown Glendale Community Work Group holds first meeting

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4403.

Jyme Sue McLaren, Chief of Staff, Valley Metro explains the value of transit during the first Downtown Glendale Community Working Group Meeting (DGCW) on June 24, 2015. "We connect to jobs."

The Downtown Glendale Community Working Group (GCWG) will meet over the summer and into the early fall to determine their recommendation to the city council the route or routes for a location and a type of transit (light rail or rapid bus transit) that will best serve the area. The forty-seven member group made up of business owners, residents and city officials. The group痴 recommendation is due to city council in December.

Valley Metro is studying the downtown area and its special circumstances (limited right-of-way, historic properties, etc.) to identify how best to serve this area. Homes or business that would be impacted by transit project will be identified in the design phase.

There are three options being considered.

  • Glendale Avenue west from 43rd Ave.
  • Camelback Road then north on 43rd Ave.
  • Camelback Road to Grand Avenue to Bethany Home Road then north on 51st Ave.

In addition, Valley Metro is conducting a focused analysis of the downtown Glendale area. Six preliminary route alternatives have been identified.

    • Glendale Ave. to 55th Ave. then south on Lamar Rd. and west to Grand Ave.
    • Glendale Ave. west to Grand Ave.
    • From Glendale to 55th then north to Palmaire and west to 58th Ave. and then east to 55th Ave.
    • From Glendale to 55th Ave. then north to Palmaire Ave. and then west to 58th Ave.
    • From Glendale the north on 55th Ave to Palmaire then north on 58th Ave. to Myrtle and east to 55th Ave.
    • From 51st Ave. east on Glenn to 55th and west on Palmaire Ave. to 58th Ave. to Glenn and east to 51st Ave.

The interpretation as to rather or not the light rail would be able to be on Glendale Avenue rests with the Glendale City attorney. The 2001Glendale Transportation Ballot approved by voters included specific language that stated light rail "shall not be on Glendale Avenue". However, that language is "advisory" and is subject to interpretation. The answer to this big question is what a lot of people are waiting for.

Mr. Dudley [Transit Manager, City of Glendale] stated that the ballot is advisory in nature because it so far predates actual improvements, whereas the tax never ends. He assured her that the question has been presented to the Glendale City Attorney痴 Office and is a matter to be considered by the City Council and Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee as well. (Source:

 

 



 

Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV leaps  to 4K!

 
Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV announced Monday 6-29-2015 it was switching over to 4k digital acquisition  for  new and production video.
 
Ed Sharpe, Owner and Publisher stated: "We are now filming in 4K  as  a future-proofing measure so that  footage we shoot  today   will still be  in a current resolution into the future."
 
This is not a new move  for Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV as they were shooting in a high definition format when Phoenix and Glendale television and cable stations were still shooting standard definition on Betacam  10 years ago.
 
Sharpe tell us. "It  does not matter  what the distribution format is, if  your acquisition format is at the highest bit rate available to you,  it is possible to  render it  to any  sized distribution format currently being used even if it has less resolution. "
 
 
Sharpe continued: "This not only  helps what we do, but also helps our media partners  we share footage and stills with."
 
A higher quality acquisition today -  useful footage into the future!

 



 

JUDGE RULES COYOTES MUST INCREASE BOND, CITY TO MAKE PAYMENT TO TEAM City Maintains Focus on Looking Out For Interest of Citizens

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The city of Glendale is satisfied with a judge痴 ruling ordering an increase in the bond payment IceArizona must pay to the city in the ongoing case over the potential termination of the city痴 contract with IceArizona, owner of the Arizona Coyotes.The judge ordered an increase in the bond, from $250,000 to $1 million, after ruling the city still must make its 4th quarter payment of $3.75 million to IceArizona, which is due once the bond is posted.

Both the city痴 request for either a temporary hold on the entire amount of the payment or a bond to be posted by IceArizona were among options that were part of a motion filed by the city in response to the Coyotes filing for a Temporary Restraining Order. The bond would ensure the city would be guaranteed financial relief if the courts determine the city痴 contract with the Coyotes to be invalid. The city is seeking to terminate its contract with the Coyotes. At issue,among other things, Arizona Revised Statute 38-511, a law prohibiting city or state employees being a part of contract negotiations and later going to work for the other party to the deal. The statute provides the city can void the agreement if former city employees who were 都ignificantly involved in the initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting, or creating the contract go to work for the other party.

展e池e satisfied with the outcome, said Glendale痴 Acting City Manager Dick Bowers. 展e致e said all along that our primary obligation is to our citizens. The judge痴 ruling enforcing an increase in the bond payment is an assurance for our taxpayers that we池e looking out for their best interests.
The city has consistently offered the Coyotes the opportunity to bring mutually beneficial solutions to the table. Bowers says that offer still stands



 Keep kids entertained and engaged during summer months with Art Camp.

Keep kids entertained and engaged during summer months with Art Camp. Taught by a professional artist, children ages 8-16, will discover their artistic ability using several art mediums. Professional material will be used to help explore the artist inside the participants. Projects may include pottery making, oil painting on canvas, pastels, watercolors, drawing, sand painting, glass painting, glass fusion and more. A supply fee of $20 will be collected at the first class, plus a class fee of $55 (non-resident $66.) Preregistration is required. Options:

キ 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning July 1; or

キ 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning July 2; or

キ 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning July 2, at the

キ Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

 

Info: Call 623-930-4600 or click https://www.glendaleaz.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html  to register.



 

 

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) Passage Out of Homeland Security Committee is Decisive Step to Protect the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Committee on Homeland Security passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), important legislation to protect Americans from EMP, a threat experts consider one of the most serious risks to our national security. Rep. Trent Franks along with Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul, and Chairman of the Rules Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions, released the following statements:

 

Congressman Trent Franks: "I sincerely applaud and thank Chairman McCaul and the House Committee on Homeland Security for passing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) out of Committee today. The electric grid is fundamental to our modern way of life and is a vital component of nearly every other critical infrastructure in America. Reducing its vulnerability to naturally occurring or weaponized electromagnetic pulse is a matter of national security.

 

"Most notably, CIPA directs and empowers the Department of Homeland Security to harden and protect our critical infrastructure including power production, generation, and distribution systems. I'm encouraged by this movement and expect my colleagues in the House of Representatives to take this decisive step to protect our nation when CIPA comes to the Floor for a vote." | Contact: Destiny Decker (202) 225-4576


Congressman McCaul: "Experts have warned us about the threat of EMP events to our critical infrastructure. Such an event could severely disrupt all Americans way of life. The impact could cause serious damage to the Nations critical infrastructure making this vitally important to our homeland security defenses. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which passed through my Committee, is a huge step forward in our resiliency and preparedness from an EMP event. I appreciate Congressman Franks dedication and collaboration with me to address this vital national security matter." | Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 224-8477

 

Congressman Pete Sessions: 典oday痴 passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation痴 critical infrastructure. I applaud my friend Congressman Trent Franks hard work on this important issue and I wholeheartedly support this bill so that we can secure our electrical grid, educate the public about this potential threat, and implement effective measures to protect our nation痴 critical infrastructure. | Contact: Caroline Boothe (202) 225-2231

 


  • 6th Annual Foothills Family Swim Party - Come and enjoy an evening for families at our mini-waterpark at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center on Saturday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A DJ will play music while guests swim, eat, and play games. The entry fee for residents is $4 per person and $6 for non-residents. The fee also includes a hot dog and lemonade. Minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians. The event will be open to the first 400 paid participants. For more information, call Darren at 623-930-4610. 

  • Exhibit from Behind the Badge Displayed At Gallery Glendale An exhibit of more than 28 compelling images of law enforcement and firefighters from across the state of Arizona, including Glendale Police and Fire departments, Ziemba's collection, "Stronger Than Steel: The Art of First Response - The Arizona Public Safety Collection", will be on display at Gallery Glendale located inside Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., in the month of July. Gallery Glendale is free and open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • A Patriotic Celebration!10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the Palo Verde Room Enjoy a patriotic show presented by Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist. Lunch is provided by the YWCA and will include a grilled hamburger with all the trimmings. There will be plenty of fun, food and fellowship. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE at the Glendale Adult Center by Monday, June 29.

  • Glendale Splash Pads.Cool off and have fun for FREE at one of Glendale's two splash pads! The location and hours of the two splash pads are:

    Heroes Park Splash Pad - 83rd Ave. & Berridge Ln. (on 83rd Ave., just north of Bethany Home Rd.).
    ***May 23 - August 9: open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; August 15 - September 7: open weekends only from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sycamore Grove Park Splash Pad - 86th Lane and Emil Rovey Parkway.
    ***May 25 - September 7; open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 

  • Free Summer Band Concerts Bring Music to Downtown Glendale Summer Evenings.The West Valley's favorite summer tradition takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m., beginning June 4 through July 23, in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 58th and Glenn Dr. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its inspiring renditions of marches, polkas, movie medleys and other tunes from all over the world.  

  • Fireworks at Westgate.What could be better than a hometown firework display for July 4? How about adding live music stages (Fountain Park and Events Plaza), a beer garden (Events Plaza) and more! The event will take place on Saturday, July 4 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Westgate Entertainment District located at 6751 North Sunset Boulevard. For more information, visit Westgateaz.com. 

  • 'Be Glendale Monsoon Ready' With the monsoon season officially upon us, Glendale 11 TV debuts "Monsoon: Eye on the Storm" to inform residents of important safety resources, featuring experts from the Glendale Fire and Police departments and features CBS 5 anchor Sean McLaughlin and the CBS 5 team of meteorologists.  The show will air each Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. and various times throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER SHERWOOD PARTNERS WITH GLENDALE

POLICE AT NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM   June 25th from 5:30-7 pm

Hear and Learn About Public Safety and Resources for Sahuaro District Residents

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood of the Sahuaro District will host a neighborhood forum on public safety later this month. Sherwood will be joined by Glendale Assistant Police Chief Matt Lively and Lt. Marc McCauslin, Foothills Sector. This will be the first of a monthly series in which Sherwood will invite community members and businesses to share concerns and open conversations about district and city issues.

This month's neighborhood forum will focus on public safety and resources that neighborhoods can expect from their local police departments. It will begin with introductions from Sherwood and Glendale Police. Future forums will discuss fire safety, water conservation, and several other topics that Sherwood considers to be everyday factors in the betterment of Glendale.

的 firmly believe we must afford our citizens the ability to voice their concerns and to be heard, said Sherwood about the community痴 right to bring their concerns to public officials and the offices of government.  He went on to say that he is excited to spend this time with the citizens and learn about the issues and find solutions to the problems our community faces today.

If you are interested in attending the forum, it will be held at the Thunderbird School of Management, Tower Conference Room, 15249 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85306 on Thursday, June 25th from 5:30-7 pm. For information on future Forums, subscribe to Councilmember Sherwood's weekly newsletter at www.glendaleaz.com/sahuaro

 



 

FROM THE HEART GRANTS FUNDING TO GO 
TO 19 LOCAL NON-PROFITS. 禅hank you guys!

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

NOTE -   A  video of this entire  event can be  found
on the Glendale Daily Planet's FACEBOOK PAGE 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glendale-Daily-Planet/164783023548721

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4365.

Wednesday , June 17, 2015, Nineteen local non-profit agencies received $200,000 in grants from Glendale痴 From The Heart program which provides emergency and essential services to the city痴 most vulnerable residents.

The grant funds will be used in a variety of ways, from providing home-delivered meals and home medical equipment to the frail and elderly to providing emergency programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse. The From The Heart program enables residents and businesses to add $2 to their city utility bills each month. In addition, the Gila River Indian Community donated $75,000 towards this year痴 grant funding.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC 9776.

The  From the Heart program in Glendale was started by Mary Ann Lavine back in 1997 
when was on the Glendale Community Council. She modeled the program on Tempe痴 
program. The program in Glendale found a strong champion in Elaine Scruggs who was
mayor at the time. 

 

 

"Through the generosity of Glendale residents and a grant from the Gila River Indian Community, From The Heart has disseminated $200,000 back to our community," said Mayor Jerry Weiers. "The great thing about From The Heart is that every dollar donated goes toward helping Glendale residents who truly have needs."

This year the city of Glendale was able to provide St. Mary痴 Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul with $17,500; Arizona YWCA, Alzheimer痴 Association, Hospice of the Valley, A New Leaf Inc., CASS and Phoenix Gospel Mission were each awarded $15,000. In addition, the Back to School Clothing Drive received an $8,000 grant; while, Boys and Girls Clubs, Duet, Jewish Family and Children痴 Services, The Salvation Army, Teen Lifeline and The American Red Cross were each awarded $7,500; Maggie痴 Place and Chrysalis were each granted $5,000 grants. Finally, the Southwest Lending Closest received $4,500.

"From providing emergency food boxes to helping those impacted by the devastating effects of Alzheimer痴 disease, to making sure each child has what they need for school, the From The Heart program supports so many people throughout our city," Weiers said.

Money collected from the city utility bill donation program is distributed to local social service agencies through a grant application and selection process. To receive funding agencies must provide services to Glendale residents that addresses urgent needs, strengthens families and promotes the positive development of youth. Since From The Heart began in 1997, more than $2.5 million has been collected and distributed to non-profit agencies serving the community.

Individuals or businesses wishing to contribute to the program can mail a check or money order made out to "From The Heart" in any dollar amount to: From The Heart, Customer Service Office, City of Glendale, 5850 W Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301. All donations are tax deductible.

New this year, each representative was able to give a short description of what their organization does. It is of no surprise to anyone there that the need for services is great and is very much appreciated.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4208.

Nadine White with the American Red Cross received a grant from Glendale痴 From The Heart, on Wednesday, June 17, 2-15. One focus of Nadine痴 organization is the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Red Cross along with volunteers will canvass neighborhoods with a high risk of home fires and talk about fire safety and disaster preparation, creating an escape plan and installing smoke alarms inside households. The goal of the campaign is to reduce injury and death by 25% over a five year period. 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4217.

Kathy Saunder, Senior Programs Director, Arizona YMCA and Glendale Mayor Weiers.

"Thank you guys." Hot meals are prepared, in Glendale, for an estimated 90,000 Glendale residents and about 56,000 of those meals are for the home bound.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4264.

Nichole Barnes, Duet, and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the annual From the Heart disbursing of funds.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4279.

Lauel Coil, Donor Relations Maggie痴 Place is holding the From the Heart grant check Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented to Maggie痴 Place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Glendale Adult Center.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4242.

Leslie Zschokke, CASS, also known as Central Arizona Shelter Services, and "our job is to end homeless in Central Arizona." A big job, but "I can tell you we are helping about 11,000 people every year to end their homeless through our services." Two of the most valuable populations for homelessness are youth (ages 14-24) and veterans. CASS has fast track programs that may assist both groups.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4225.

Nikki Fisher, Back to School Clothing Drive and Mayor Weiers hold a check for $8,000. The grant is from, From the Heart.

 

 

Organizations (in alphabetical order)  -    Grant

A New Leaf, Inc. $15,000.00

Alzheimer痴 Association $15,000.00

American Red Cross $7,500.00

Arizona YWCA $15,000.00

Back to School Clothing Drive $8,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs $7,500.00

CASS $15,000.00

Chrysalis $5,000.00

Duet $7,500.00

Hospice of the Valley $15,000.00

Jewish Family and Children痴 Services $7,500.00

Maggie痴 Place $5,000.00

Phoenix Gospel Mission $15,000.00

Southwest Lending Closet $4,500.00

St. Mary痴 food Bank $17,500.00

St. Vincent De Paul $17,500.00

Teen Lifeline $7,500.00

The Salvation Army 傍erritorial Headquarters $15,000.00

Young Life 15,000.00

Total for Distribution $200,000.00

 

NOTE -   A  video of this entire  event can be  found
on the Glendale Daily Planet's FACEBOOK PAGE 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glendale-Daily-Planet/164783023548721

 

 




 

 

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers holds community law enforcement event
Mayor takes the TASE for $10,000 for the 100 Club

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

 

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson was the one who point the Taser at Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Ronda Pearson was the woman who spoke at the special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, and heatedly asked if Mayor Jerry Weiers bought his tickets to the Coyotes games and accused him of not supporting the team.

(fame pull  by Ed Sharpe  from Glendale 11 council meeting video)

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson who yelled at the  mayor  during
council becomes the  delegated person to Tase Mayor Jerry Weiers.
(
Listen to and watch the video segment in the footnotes section at the end.)

 

The fundraising and public safety meet-and-greet event on Saturday really got exciting when Bea Wyatt and Rhonda Pearson showed up around noon time with met the mayor痴 deadline of noon.

 

Tensions have been high sense the City of Glendale voted 5-2 to end their lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. So when two well-known fans showed up, there was a little more tension. However, the mayor spoke to Ronda Pearson in private before she fired the Taser. Much of the conversation was kept confidential. The mayor assured her, and she assured  the mayor,  that neither wished the other any harm.

 

Mayor Weiers was given medical approval before and after he was shot with the Taser by the Glendale Fire Department. The entire event was well supervised and without incident.

 

As a show of support for law enforcement officers, Mayor Weiers auctioned a chance to use a Taser on him at the event with the proceeds from the auction benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona. The opening bid for the auction is $10,000. An estimated 1,000 people attended the event on Saturday. The 100 Club of Arizona raised over $10, 400. The Taser incident was a contributing factor in the success of the event both in the number of attendees and the amount of money raised. The actual 奏ase was at 12:39 a.m.

 

"There is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and selfless career they have chosen by serving our communities," Weiers said. "It is equally important for residents to interact and talk with the officers and learn what they do and why. This event hopefully will help start some of those conversations."

 

The Community Supporting Cops event featured patrol units, motor units, tactical units, explorer units that are the next generation of officers and an array of other law enforcement units that train and work to keep the community safe. "I am excited for this event. I think it is overdue that we thank the men and women that give so much each day to keep us safe. I can稚 wait to spend the day meeting deputies and officers from around our valley," Weiers said.

 

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, Mayor痴 Weiers coordinated a Community Supporting Cops event was held outside Arrowhead Towne Center Saturday. The event hosted law enforcement agencies from across the valley showcasing the diverse services they provide the community.

 

Donations raised benefited the 100 Club of Arizona, a non-profit that stands behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The 100 Club of Arizona provides financial assistance to law enforcement officers and their families.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4084.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a birthday on June 14 and will turn 83. Pictured are Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Saturday, June 13 at the Community Supporting Cops event new the Arrowhead Mall.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4107Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4107..

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's   birthday cake. He  will turn 83

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4119.

Bea Wyatt, Desert Hockey Development, shows the ten one-thousand money orders from an anonymous donor.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4169 

Bea Wyatt, Desert Hockey Development, George Weisz, 100 Club of Arizona Board of Directors, and Glendale Mayor Weiers. Bea Wyatt counts out the ten one-thousand dollar money orders. That was the minimum amount needed to match the 壮 challenge to be shot with a Taser. Friday night the amount raised was somewhere between $500 and $600. On Saturday around 11:00 a.m. that all changed when the full $10,000 was raised.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4170 

George Weisz, 100 Club of Arizona Board of Directors, and Glendale Mayor Weiers.  A concerned Sandy Weiers looks on  prior to her husband Jerry's imminent  tasing.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4175.

MSCO Deputy Danny MacFarland assists Ronda Pearson set the Taser gun up. This Taser  puts out 50,000 charge.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4177.

Ronda Pearson wearing an Arizona Coyotes jersey is also a nurse and passionate Arizona Hockey fan, fired a Taser at the Mayor as part of a community public service meet and greet and fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Ronda was concerned for the mayor痴 health and has participated in other 100 Club charitable events. Pearson was asked if she was still angry with Glendale Mayor Weiers and she replied, "I got everything out of my system Wednesday."

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4176a. and 4176b

The mayor has been tasered, for a good cause and under professional supervision. The Taser wires can be seen on the mayor痴 back. Two officers help to brace the mayor. There is a mattress and a padded cover just in from of him to catch his fall forward.

"It hurt!" "It hurt bad," was how Mayor Weiers described what if felt like to be shot with a Taser.  It was a long 5 seconds for Mayor Weiers. This will be the only time the Mayor will put himself through this. His wife was extremely unhappy about him being the target of a stun gun. The community support event may become a yearly event.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4186.

The mayor has been tasered, for a good cause and under professional supervision. The Taser wires can be seen on the mayor痴 back.
Two officers examine and  help remove the  wires from the  mayor. There is a mattress and a padded cover that caught  his fall forward.

 

Thank you to the men and women in all aspects of public safety.

 

IN THE AIR

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4012.

Deputy Terry Heingartner, J. Kates, and Deputy Josh Johnson, MCCSO, are standing next to a brand new Bell 407GX helicopter with only 70 hours in the air. Some of their responsibilities include search and rescue, aerial photography and assisting officers on the ground.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4019.

Shane Breeding, Arizona Department of Public Safety, is a medic and answered questions of all kinds from all age groups regarding air rescues during Glendale痴 public safety event on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3998.

 

 

ON THE GROUND

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4065.

Officers Aaron Moreno and T.J. Teeples, SWAT Division, Maricopa County Sheriff痴 Office. The scary raggedy tool in front is used to breaking glass and clearing away the pieces.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4981.

Glendale Police information table lead  by Detective T. Sye.

 

TO THOSE WITH FOUR LEGS

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3986.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4010.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4059.

 

Or TWO WHEELS

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4191.

Olivia Greene sits atop Officer C. Schmidlin痴 motorcycle

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4035.

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OR THREE WHEELS OR FOUR AND SOME TRACKS!

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4003.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3985.

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4094.

Officer Bohannan explains the DUI  processing  van.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4097.

Don't drive intoxicated or...  you get a new bracelet!

 

 

 

 



 

 

FOOTNOTE  FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK WHEN RONDA WAS AT CITY COUNCIL ADDRESSING MAYOR WEIERS!

Listen to and watch the video!!!!   https://youtu.be/1PXyOqTi8ww

 

 

 

(fame pulls  by Ed Sharpe  from Glendale 11 council meeting video)

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson who yelled at the  mayor  during
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Glendale votes to terminate Arizona Coyote痴 Lease agreement
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

City of Glendale votes 5-2 to cancel the professional management services and arena lease agreement between the city of Glendale and IceArizona manager Co., LLC and IceArizona Hockey Co., LLC during a special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. In the lease agreement signed in 2013, the city agreed to pay IceArizona $15 million a year for 15 years. The Arizona Coyotes could be without an arena and the City of Glendale could be without a hockey team. IceArizona are co-owners of the Arizona Coyotes.

Councilmember Jamie Aldama made a motion to table the issued for no more than two weeks. That motion did not pass. Mayor Weiers asked twice if Council Sherwood was on the telephone and there was no replay. Councilmember Sherwood was on the telephone later in the meeting, and was able to place his vote of nay or no. Councilmember Samuel Chavira also voted no熔r not to terminate the lease agreement. Voting for the termination were, Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff and Councilmember Bart Turner.

Vice Mayor Hugh, "It痴 not about hockey. It痴 about the integrity of the process."

Mayor Weiers explained his vote, "We have all taken a beating tonight and I think most of it has been unjust. I think most of the fans don稚 understand the complexity of this issue. The complexity of this issue is that fact you don稚 have all the information. As the information comes out, I think more and more of you might have a better understanding." Again, Mayor Weiers, "I believe, and the majority of the council does, that there was a violation of Arizona Revised Statues."

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statues ァ38-511, allows the city to terminate a contract if a person who was significantly involved in in creating the contract later becomes an employee for the other party involved. The person at the center of interest is former City of Glendale Attorney Craig Tindall who was hired by the team in 2013. Tindall left his position with the city in the spring.

"What we have witnessed here tonight is possibly the most shameful exhibition of government I have ever witnessed," LeBlanc said.

"We are going to take every legal action," Coyotes co-owner and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. This includes filing a $200 million suit against the city. Before the special meeting, the city saying it would be open to renegotiating the arena contract, but the offer was refused.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3953.

Attorney Nick Woods representing  CEO Anthony LeBlanc addressed the Glendale City Council during the special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The city voted 5-2 to end its contract with the Arizona Coyotes. Possibly, the Coyotes could be without an arena and the city could be without a hockey team. The Coyotes threatened legal action to the tune of $200 million against the city. City Attorney Michael Bailey, said the city will wait to see what type of action(s) the team undertakes before determining its next step.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3971.

Left -Arizona Coyotes attorney Nick Woods and Right - Anthony LeBlanc co-owner and CEO Arizona Coyotes Wednesday, June 10, 2015 the Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to end the lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. The lease agreement between IceArizona and the city was for 15 years, with the city paying $15 million a year or $225 million to IceArizona to operate the Gila River Arena.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Weiers! Four More Years!  Four More Years!

By Bette  Sharpe    -  Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3863 and 3877.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3877 and 3877.

Glendale Mayor Weiers announces he will seek re-election. He made the announcement at a 腺usiness after Business chamber of commerce meeting held at La Perla on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Chamber Chair-Elect Jeff Blake introduced Mayor Weiers.

Weiers announces re-election plans

At a Glendale Chamber of Commerce 腺usiness after Hours event on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the La Perla Caf and Lounge current Glendale Mayor announced that he would seek re-election. It might be difficult to believe that it is time for another election. His last race was in 2012 running against Manuel Cruz. Their race was a close one and ended in a runoff election in early November 2012. Mayor Weiers took office in January 2013. The Mayor is elected for a four-year term.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3858.

Chamber Chair-Elect Jeff Blake said in the beginning of his introduction of Mayor Weiers., "I have and honor and a privilege tonight," "It痴 almost impossible to overstate how bad of a financial condition the City of Glendale was in when Mayor Jerry Weiers campaigned." Glendale was looking at a possible bankruptcy. Now a balanced budget is in sight and employers and jobs are coming back Glendale.

"He is just about the most optimistic person that you値l ever going to meet in your life." "He loves this city and really believes in the potential of this city." Citizens of Glendale can feel better about the way things are and about how they are getting better."

Mayor Weiers just returned from Washing D.C. and was impressed with what he witnessed during National Police Week. Mayor Weiers would like to hold a public safety appreciation day on June 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m. at Arrowhead Mall. The exact location will be announced at a later date. On that 叢olice blue day nothing would be for sale, everything needed would be donated. The purpose of the event is to build positive community relations between the men and women in the police department and the communities in which they serve. Ideas for the event mentioned by Mayor Weiers for the Badge-to-Badge event on Thursday were blue cupcakes and blue balloons. In addition to the Glendale Police Department attending, other municipal and county public safety members are scheduled to attend.

And can you can believe this, Mayor Weiers said he would offer to be shot with a taser. The bidding starts at $10,000. The money raised would be for the 100 Club. This organization helps police and fire families when there is a line-of-duty injury or death.

The recent national news has brought attention to police departments and communities that a proactive approach to building and maintaining good working relationships is vital for everyone.

 

From the Mayor痴 press release:

GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION

Will Keep Focus on Glendale痴 Comeback

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers announced his intention to seek re-election today at an event at La Perla Caf. Speaking to a large crowd of Glendale residents and business owners, Weiers touched briefly on how far the city has come since he was first took office in 2013.

"We have come a very long way together. When I was first elected, voters and local business owners were talking about bankruptcy for the City of Glendale as if it were unavoidable." said Weiers, adding "Well we didn稚 just avoid it, we put Glendale on the path to real balanced budgets."

In addition to guiding the city痴 financial turn-around and protecting assets like its libraries,

Weiers has been very involved in the community through local charities and groups. He has also taken the lead in restoring older traditions like the July 4th celebrations that were re-launched at Westgate at no cost to the taxpayers, and in starting new traditions like the Christmas Parade that brings thousands of West Valley residents to downtown Glendale.

"As always, my focus will remain on the economic health of Glendale and the safety and well-being of our residents." said Weiers, who added "We need to keep Glendale on the comeback trail and I hope I can count on all of your support so that we can succeed together!"

Prior to serving as Mayor, Weiers represented the West Valley in the State Legislature where he won awards for his common-sense conservative record.

Jerry first moved to Arizona in 1966. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have one daughter and two grandchildren. Jerry is an accomplished pilot--with over two decades of flying experience--who flies out of Glendale Airport. He is a motorcycle enthusiast who rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and he is a member of the El Zaribah Shriners Motorcycle Unit. He performs in parades across the state and has also served as a reservist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He also started and continues to lead the efforts of Stand Up For Veterans.

OTHER CHAMBER NEWS

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3819.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 was Greg Walsh痴 last day with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He is leaving Arizona for Massachusetts to be with his fianc馥. Good luck Greg! Breanna Pope is the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

 

 

 

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Alas they  tried to get the Hum out of the PA....

 

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WE HAVE A WINNER HARRY SAYS!

 

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Changing of the Command at Glendale Fire
By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

The passing of the Glendale Fire Department unit flag officially changed the department痴 command form one person to another. The Glendale Fire Department Change of Command Ceremony was held on May 14, 2015.

Glendale Fire has many firsts in its history and Thursday was no exception. To honor and recognized the professional services of Fire Chief Mark Burdick, with the unprecedented and unique Change of Command ceremony.

Historically, this kind of military ceremony is one that is formal and is rich in tradition, involving an entire military base and its members. A military Change of Command involves the passing of that flag. It is a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding office to another. The passing of the color from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and the military personnel are never without leadership.

The American Fire Service (Glendale Fire) is a para-military organization. Chief Burdick stated,  "We have a rank structure, we use words "combat", "offensive attack" and our enemy is fire and smoke. We work in "Platoons" or "companies"."

So it seemed appropriate for the Glendale Fire Department to base Thursday痴 ceremony on what the military does. A first-ever, Change of Command ceremony for the Glendale Fire Department; an historical event.

Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick passed the Glendale Fire Department unit flag to Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant, signifying the transfer of command and authority as conferred by Acting City Manager, Dick Bowers.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3576.


 

 Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSCO5680.

Accepting the Glendale Fire Department痴 flag and command, Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant accepts the flag and therefore accepts the command. From Ron Heart, "Glendale Fire, Fire Chief Mark Burdick you have served us well, please pass the unit colors to Chief Chris DeChant. Chief Chris DeChant, by order of the Acting City Manager, you are hereby appointed as Interim Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department."

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSCOxxxx

Retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick transferred the command of the department to Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant on Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2015

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3590.

The Glendale Fire Department unit colors was folded a total of 13 times by members of the Honor Guard and was presented to Retired Fire Chief Mark Burdick.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3595.

Retired Fire Chief Mark Burdick accepts the Glendale Fire Department unit flag.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3609.

Photo of a photo that said it all at the Chief Burdick Reception held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa. Chief Burdick is retiring after thirty plus years with the City of Glendale.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3698.

From Luke Air Force Base, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Assistance Chief Marty Yates, Deputy Chief Tony Rabonza, Chief Chris Horsman, Lt. Col. Chris Herndon, and Assistant Chief Steve Kinkade attending the Changing of the Command Ceremony for retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa in west Glendale on May 14, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3653

Pictured: Chief Master Sgt. Chris Horsman, 56th CES fire chief; Glendale Chief Mark Burdick and Tony Rabonza, 56th CES deputy fire chief.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3658.

Pictured: Chief Master Sgt. Chris Horsman, 56th CES fire chief; Glendale Chief Mark Burdick and Tony Rabonza, 56th CES deputy fire chief, and Lt. Col. Chris Herndon. Chief Burdick received a model of an F-35.

The message on the plaque reads.

Fire Chief Mark Burdick

The firefighters at Luke Air Force Base wish to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous support, dedication, and commitment to our partnership. Your friendship and contributions to Luke Fire Emergency Services have left an indelible mark on the base and our entire community.

Good Luck and God Speed!

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3675.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3674.

L to R - Lis Cortes  and Patty Adams    Danny Senese and Mark Burdick  on the right of the quilt look on.

 

Patty Adams , Office of the Fire Chief Management Aide (in white top) said:

"Chief Burdick, on behalf of the ladies in Admin, we would like to present you with this t-shirt memory quilt and pillow. It covers your 32-year career from red shirt to fire chief. Our goal was to use 20 shirts, but everyone knows that the fire department makes a t-shirt for everything, so we ended up with 31. Some of these are from your personal collection thanks to Colleen. We did have the red shirt made, because Tony said you wore togas back then. Then I was connected with Gay Lee who took our shirts and spent many hours creating this work of art for you. The quilt represents the different divisions, events, stations, and programs that started under your leadership. I知 sure this will bring back lots of memories. I figure there should be at least 30 stories you can tellnot that you need a quilt to tell a story. We hope you enjoy this for many years! We want to thank you for your support and generosity and hope you enjoy your retirement."

Some Chief Mark Burdick痴 history with the Glendale Fire Department

Hire date 1/14/83

FF Medic 1/84

Promoted to Engineer 5/91

Promoted to Captain 2/7/92

Promoted to BC 7/1/00

Interim Fire Chief 9/01

Promoted to Fire Chief 7/31/02

Retire date 5/28/15

 

 

"But, the last time I checked, people are not trash."

Before he stepped down, one of the first thinks retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick said to the men and women of the Glendale Fire Department, "I want to thank you."

Fire Chief Burdick was asked recently why fire trucks need four people and could that number be reduced. The person asking this made a comparison to the recent changes in trash collection. Trash collection trucks started out with three people on a truck the driver and two people on the back of the truck to collect and empty the trash. Now through automation, the sanitation trucks have just one person, the driver.

"But, the last time I checked, people are not garbage."

The comparison to fire trucks does not work. Research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology supports GFD staffing models are efficient. It came as a shock to Glendale Fire; however, when they learned that a 4 person EMS crew could shave a minute-and-a-half off their on-site time.

An ongoing problem for firefighters and EMS personnel is a better method of screening emergency calls to allow for maximum efficiently of both resources - staff and equipment.

On a recent ride-along Chief Burdick went out on a call regarding a car and motorcycle wreck. As it turned out, the patient just needed help with a scraped knee. The system is designed that when a person calls 911, "we respond." Burdick said. "We did not design the system." There needs to be a better way of screening the 911 calls.

The idea for the Change of Command ceremony is due in part to the partnership between the Glendale Fire Department and Luke Air Force Base.

 




 

 

 

 

Hermes 2015 Creative Awards for the

'Planet, Ed and Bette Sharpe 
 

 

Glendale, AZ: CouryGraph Productions,  creator of KKAT-IPTV and Glendale Daily Planet was recently honored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) with a 2015 Platinum Hermes Creative Award For Internet news presentation.

An individual 2015 Gold Hermes Creative Award  went to reporter/Photographer Bette Bette Sharpe, CouryGraph Productions - Gold 2015 Hermes Creative Award Winner for " New Glendale firefighter Connor Healy views Valentine Award he received at the academy" which appeared in both - Glendale Star and Glendale Daily Planet

 

"Our team is extremely honored by this Platinum and Gold Hermes Creative Award recognition," said Ed Sharpe, Director of CouryGraph Productions which created KKAT - IPTV and the  Glendale Daily Planet. "This award reflects the quality of our methodology and work of our all volunteer staff to implement innovative combinations of written, still photography and streaming methods for local programming on the Internet. Sharpe continued, "I think our product is a result of the entire city's interest, advice and participation... "

 

Finally Editor Ed Sharpe wanted to extend his thanks to other people in the newspaper, radio, television and cable industry that have counseled him and provided an example of technique and values. "I would be nothing without them" Sharpe stated.

 

Bette Sharpe stated, "I am very pleased that our work has been recognized" "I enjoy photography and it allows me to visually tell stories that might otherwise go untold."

 

Glendale Daily Planet, the parent organization of KKAT-IPTV was started in 2004 as the first community video journalism news site in Glendale and perhaps all of Arizona... Serving The Metro West Side of the Valley of the Sun, Glendale Daily Planet has witnessed, participated in and recorded the further rejuvenation of the downtown core, the meteoric rise of the 'Glendale Sports Empire', some of the problems associated with it and the restoration of historic sections of the town.

The work of CouryGraph Productions and other participative community journalists and engineering staff may be viewed, 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 
www.glendaledailyplanet.com.

 

 




        

Ed Sharpe  with Phillips LDK-20 TV Studio Camera Glendale Daily Planet KKAT-IPTV  Founder.                         Bette  Sharpe  with her Hermes Award.

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Tohono O弛dham holding it痴 ground on West Valley

Resort & Casino and will keep building

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 4-22-2015

Tohono O弛dham will hold it痴 ground on West Valley Resort & Casino and will continue to build its $200 million facility despite challenges of fraud and misrepresentation from the governor and the department of gaming. Without certification from the Arizona Department of Gaming, there would not be gaming in the West Valley at the Desert Diamond West Valley Resort and Casino.

The progress the resort and casino has made since the 奏opping off ceremony in March at the construction site is noticeable. The project is scheduled to open in December of this year.

However, the Tohono O弛dham and the West Valley Resort faces challenges from Governor Doug Ducy, Arizona Department of Gaming and some member of Congress to halt the positive economic project.

Special interest from the East Valley, the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribes are opposed to the casino near the Westgate Entertainment District. The opposition might be to protect their marketshare and there is the on-going disagreement regarding the keeping or not keeping the promises (implied or otherwise) of Prop 202 (2002) has created strong political and legal challenges for the Tohono O弛dham Nation and the future of the West Valley Resort and Casino.

Two giant resorts and casinos in the East Valley are the Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino) and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa (Talking Stick Resort).

Glendale Vice May Ian Hugh in his remarks at the press event said that Glendale has already factored in revenue from the casino ($1.4 million) in the next fiscal year.

West Valley leaders including Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gamez, Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, and Council member Sammy Chavira reiterated the overwhelming support for the project in the West Valley.

Asking for local voter support, speakers at the event encouraged those who are in favor of the resort and casino to contact the governor and let him know how strongly people in the west valley want this to happen in the West Valley.

From press release

Despite this overwhelming support, and the more than a dozen court rulings in favor of the Nation痴 project, Governor Ducey has pressured the Arizona Department of Gaming to disregard the clear terms of the compact with the Nation. The Department痴 action is in violation of a federal court ruling and goes against the advice of the State痴 own expert on gaming law, Assistant Attorney General Roger Banan. Several members of Congress, meanwhile, are threatening to move federal legislation designed to halt construction of the project in order protect the market share of two wealthy East Valley tribes.

Should these efforts succeed, 1,300 construction jobs will be lost and Arizonans will be denied thousands of permanent jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in positive economic impacts that the project would create.    Passage of the federal legislation would also deprive the State of millions of dollars in revenue, which goes to support education, health care, and conservation across Arizona.

Tohono O弛dham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. said, "It is absurd to see elected officials working feverishly to take away thousands of jobs from their constituents, even refusing to adhere to the compact and a federal court ruling. The Nation is creating jobs and economic benefits for all of Arizona, while some of our elected officials seem focused only on protecting the market share of a few wealthy interests. Support for this project is overwhelming and we will not be deterred from our commitment to seeing this project through."

The Tohono O弛dham Nation is a federally-recognized Indian tribe, with reservation lands in Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Pima County, Arizona. The West Valley Resort is located on the Nation's reservation land at 95th and Northern avenues. It will generate thousands of new jobs and more than $300 million in annual economic impact. For more information, visit

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 121337.

Tohono O弛dham Nation Chairman Ted Norris, Jr. spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the site of the West Valley Resort. In February, Daniel Bergin, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, sent a letter to Chairman Norris saying the Department of Gaming would not recognize the West Valley casino unless it for proof that the Nation did not commit fraud before the Arizona Department of Gaming would issue certification, allowing gaming at the new casino just outside of Glendale. Chairman Norris will not be deterred by these recent challenges. He and others are asking the public to show their support of the West Valley project by telling the governor.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3421.

The Tohono O弛dham tribe痴 West Valley Resort and Casino has finished six months of construction and is in the first phase of building. The $200 million project is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3476.

Glendale Vice Mayor was one of the Glendale elected officials who spoke in support of the Tohono O弛dam痴 press event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Arizona Department of Gaming said it would not allow the West Valley casino to open in December unless the Tohono O弛dham Nation could show proof that it did not commit fraud when negotiating the 2002 gaming compact.

A federal judge ruled in 2013 that the state痴 2002 gaming compact does not exactly prohibit new casinos in the Phoenix area. This ruling is under appeal at the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals.




 

 

 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives annual State of the City Address

Phoenix is the "largest city in a desert region" cities with big city issues. On Wednesday, April 8, 2-15 Phoenix Mayor Stanton gave the annual State of the City Address at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. The Grand Phoenix Ballroom held just over a thousand people on Wednesday for the address.

The address mentioned many positive aspects but did not mention the financial challenges the Phoenix budget may face in a year or two. One such positive accomplishment is in street lighting Phoenix started switching street lights will be switched to LED lights, and has a "plan to convert all 90,000 city streetlights into LED lights, cutting energy costs and pollution by more than half."

From Mayor Stanton痴 annual State of the City Address, April 8, 2015.

"We used that team approach to create a permanent presence in Mexico, and I知 proud that my colleagues Councilmen Michael Nowakowski and Sal DiCiccio joined me to cut the ribbon for the Arizona-Mexico City Trade Office last October. Through the work of the Phoenix trade office, we池e already seeing results. Just last week, a successful veteran of Mexico痴 construction industry relocated to Phoenix to open an office on Camelback for a new company called CBA 21 whose primary mission will be to help Arizona痴 businesses gain the footing they need to work on large infrastructure projects in Mexico."

"Together, we put the skids on a runaway pension system fixing problems exposed by the economic downturn. Under the new rules, pension spiking is gone and we will save Phoenix taxpayers $830 million over the next 25 years. But still, we can do better by both our employees and the taxpayers. So the City Council and I will be sending a measure to the voters this summer to create an even more sustainable system: reigning in the high pay-outs for those at the top, saving an additional $38 million. With that extra set of reforms, Phoenix will serve as a model for the rest of the country for how to design a smart, sustainable and fair retirement system."

Transportation has been a concern of Mayor Stanton since taking office in 2012. One day perhaps, the Phoenix Metro Light Rail will link ASU West, Downtown and Tempe Campuses, the University of Arizona College of Medicine campus and the Maricopa Community Colleges. This will enable some families to own and drive one car instead of two, and hopefully then put that money aside for education.

Voters will get the chance to vote on the $31 billion transportation plan in August. The 35-year transportation plan depends on the voters passing the sales tax increase from .4 percent to .7 percent. The increase would raise an estimated $17 billion and would work with federal funds for light rail, increased bus service, and street improvements.

Mayor Stanton is finishing his first term as mayor. The election, in August, is just four months from now. Mayor Stanton assumed office in January 2012.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3235.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives the annual State of the City Address at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3283.

Mary Kyle, Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Phoenix and Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the annual State of the City Address held at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel on April 8, 2015. Mr. Valenzuela has represented District 5 which includes central and west Phoenix and is a Glendale firefighter.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3288.

Phoenix Councilmember Jim Waring (District 2) talks with reporters after the mayor痴 address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3302.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the mayor痴 annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, Phoenix.

 

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 2nd Annual Citizen痴 Police Academy Alumni of Glendale 
(CPAAG) car show and fundraiserSaturday, April 4, 2015

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Citizen痴 Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) car show and fundraiser

 

Ricki Ray // Special to Glendale Daily Planet no. 20150404-08100 and 114336.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black and members of the Glendale Police Academy at the CPAAG Car Show on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The event was held at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, 64000 N. 51st Avenue, Glendale.

 

 

Ricki Ray // Special to Glendale Daily Planet

Best of show was a 1969 Chevelle Super Sport belonging to Rick Kahrs

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3166.

The 1941 Willys Coupe Pro-Street is owned by Tim and Debby (chief!) Black.

 

The car show expected over 100 show cars. The Glendale Police Department K-9 Unit gave a demonstration at 10:00 a. m. The Forensics Unit had a mock crime scene set up throughout the day for people to solve. 

Proceeds from this year痴 fundraised will go towards helping the Glendale Police Department Forensics Unit acquire  new work equipment. The Forensics Unit is looking forward to having more ergonomically correct work tables and color balanced lighting.

Randy Miller/ Special to Glendale Daily Planet no.1

Randy Miller/ Special to Glendale Daily Planet no.2

Most people would not consider this to be something to do on a Saturday morning. Sgt. Ernie Ochoa is a member of the Glendale K-9 Unit and is working with a four legged partner Malchi (meaning 僧y messenger) and Officer M. Griffith.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3141.

Forensics Technicians Shawna Davis and Gina Carter need new work tables and lighting. Their current equipment is out dated and not as ergonomically as it should be for them kind of intense close work they do on a daily basis.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3170.

CPAAG Car Show, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Sanderson Ford in Glendale raised funds for new equipment for Glendale痴 Forensics Unit.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Stay warm and also own some songwriter history!
Folk Singer's Event March 21st and 22nd to hold quilt auction.

 

By  Andy Hurlbut  - Special to the Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Folk Singer's Event March 21st and 22nd to hold quilt auction.

The quilt was made by Debbie Garvey, a talented gal who lives in Kansas City, and last year wintered out here.  She offered to make a quilt to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the music festival (started at Encanto Park by Lon when he was Parks & Rec Coordinator there, and continued at Sahuaro Ranch after Lon pitched the idea to Paul King).  We had the musicians who were present at the 25th anniversary event sign their names on white rectangles of fabric (with special fabric pens that are colorfast).  Debbie used a 25th anniversary logo t-shirt for the center, and incorporated all of those signatures, drawings, and doodles into the patchwork quilt  She chose the background fabric with the music notes, and all of the color-coordinated fabric surrounding the logo and squares on the front - just beautiful work because the fabrics pick up the colors in the logo, and the result is stunning! 

The idea that Debbie had was that we could raffle the quilt to raise money to put on the festival since it has to be self-funding (and so far has been wildly successful at $479.00).  One of the things we didn't really think about when she was making it was what a treasure it was destined to become - it has Joe Bethancourt's signature on it and he has since died, it also has Bill Staines' signature (famous songwriter who wrote songs we all know like "All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir"), Rick Nestler is now a Grammy winner, it has Dom Flemons' signature (of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame), Rik Palieri was nominated for a Grammy (didn't win!), and all the other people - Marshall Trimble, local folks not so famous like Fred Coon. 

We will be selling the raffle tickets through the weekend of the festival (March 21st and 22nd) and will draw the winner at the "Superband" singalong set at the end of the day on Sunday.  Tickets are $1 for one, $5 for six, and $20 for thirty. 

Fun stuff - whoever wins it will have a wonderful piece of art and remembrance,
  Andy

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迭iding for the Long Haul

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Two major sponsors of motorcycle event were the Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation and HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation.  These two organizations and others want to get the message out to riders about safety and motorcycles.  The family oriented educational event focused on reducing motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona.  Saturday痴 event was free.  Included in the activities were safety demonstrations, live music and demonstrations by Glendale痴 own professional motorcycle stunt rider, Brain Roper.

Why should a rider take a course?  For one thing, many insurance providers offer discounts to those who successfully complete a basic course and secondly, the training will help to meet state licensing requirements.  It might be a surprise to some older riders, but they could use a refresher course if they want to be safe.

            High-severity motorcycle crashes have increased slightly since 2005, while the same severity crash counts from most other categories have significantly reduced. While these most severe motorcycle crashes have gone down among teenagers and some other ages, crashes have increased dramatically among riders 55 years and older.  (Source: Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan, http://azdot.gov/docs/default-source/about/az-shsp-appendix-b-section-7-motorcycles.pdf?sfvrsn=2)

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head injuries are the main cause of fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Over three thousand individuals die each year as a result of motorcycle accidents and head injuries, and an additional 50,000 suffer other injuries.  (Source: Motorcycle accident.org https://www.motorcycleaccident.org/motorcycle-accidents-and-head-injuries/

A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Approximately 75% of all TBIs suffered each year are concussions. (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/facts_for_physicians_booklet-a.pdf )

Motorcycle riders in Arizona who are seventeen or younger, must wear a helmet to avoid getting a ticket. 

Glendale Police Office France, I think everyone should wear a helmet.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2665.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Todd Roper, and Brain Roper all three men are avid motorcycle riders.

Military personal may be required to successfully complete a rider training course to ride on base and may be required to wear the appropriate protective gear on and off base.  

Show stopper stuff

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2585.

Professional stunt rider Brain Roper preformed at the 迭iding for the Long Haul motorcycle safety and educational event held at the Community Church of Joy, 21000 North 75th Avenue, Glendale. Brain was total control of his bike (clutch, brake, throttle and balance) during this demonstration. 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2639.

That is Brain痴 dad Todd on the ground.  Todd admits he is the one who got Brain into riding a Trials Bike.  The bike weighs 150 pounds.  Brain has been riding since he was 3 years old.  He lives in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
No actual fathers were hurt during this demonstration!

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2647.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2533.

Mick Degn, Chairman, AMSAF and Wilshawn Walls, HealthSouth, were out Saturday promoting motorcycle education, safety and awareness at the 迭iding for the Long Haul event on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

 

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) strives to enhance the enjoyment of motorcycling, and has five main messages for motorcyclists.

            Get trained and licensed.

 

            Wear protected gear, most importantly a helmet designed to meet Department of

Transportation standards.

 

            Don稚 drink and ride or used other drugs before getting on a motorcycle.

 

Ride within your limits.  Stay within your personal limits; never rider faster or farther   than your abilities can handle.

 

            Be a lifelong learner.  Return regularly for refresher riding course(s).

 

Other sources of information

 

Arizona Department of Transportation Motorcycle License

http://azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/MotorcycleLicense/license-types

Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

Military personal

http://www.motorcycleppe.com/

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIZONA COYOTES FOUNDATION TO HOLD TELETHON SUPPORTING LOS NINO'S HOSPITAL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, March 9, 2015

 

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, in conjunction with FOX Sports Arizona, will be holding a telethon during the Arizona Coyotes versus Chicago Blackhawks game on Thursday, March 12. The funds raised will provide financial support for renovations at Los Nino's Hospital in partnership with Rooms for Joy.

 

Fans who make a $50 or more donation during the telethon will receive two complimentary tickets to the March 19th game against the Colorado Avalanche and a Coyotes signed puck. Additionally, every donor will be entered to win two tickets to the regular season finale on April 11 vs. the Anaheim Ducks.

 

Donations can be made by calling (623) 594-8622 on Thursday, March 12 from 6:00 p.m. through the end of the game. Phone calls will be answered by celebrities such as Amy Van-Dyken Rouen, Tom Rouen, Mathew Blades (MIX 96.9), Tim Ring (KTVK 3TV), John Gambadoro (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM), Coyotes alumni Wayne McBean, Greg Adams, Mike Vukonich and Dave Ellett as well as Coyotes Co-Owner, President & CEO Anthony LeBlanc.

 

Fans can also donate by texting 'azcoyotes' to 24700 or by visiting arizonacoyotes.com and clicking on the splash page. Fans may also visit sections 112 and 122 at Gila River Arena for assistance with online donations or to make cash and check donations.

 

Fans can follow the telethon on social media at the Arizona Coyotes and Room for Joy Facebook pages as well as @ArizonaCoyotes and #CoyotesGiveBack on Twitter.

 

-COYOTES-  

 

 

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Gardeners! Head to the Seed Swap on March 14. The Valley Permaculture Alliance (VPA) Seed Library aims to increase biodiversity of locally adapted seeds in the Valley of the Sun by providing open pollinated heirloom seeds, encouraging people to garden, and sharing knowledge of seed saving and permaculture. Come and select up to 3 packets of free seeds, and then once you harvest seeds you can return them to us as well. Held at the Glendale Main Library, located at 5959 W. Brown St., 12-3 p.m. Info: 602-535-4635.

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Visit Statewide Juried Exhibition of Fine Art by Arizona Artists Guild at Gallery Glendale in March. Arizona Artists Guild is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of Fine Art at Gallery Glendale at Westgate Entertainment District this month. The Arizona Artists Guild was established in 1928 with the mission to encourage the support of local artists working in all artistic media. Free admission. Gallery hours are 6-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Mar. 6 - Mar. 28. Info: http://www.glendaleaz.com/galleryglendale or www.arizonaartistsguild.net.

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Lifeguard Certification Classes 
Get certified in CPR/AED, first aid and water rescue

WHAT: Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes
WHEN: Spring Break Afternoons In-person & Online Portions 
WHERE: Glendale Adult Center or Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center

Glendale will be conducting interviews to hire summer, certified lifeguards, ages 15+, at the two city aquatic centers. Two certification classes are available. The class is $150 (non-resident $200), and preregistration is required. 

Info: 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation  to register.

 

PARIS IN THE SPRING
(In Historic Downtown Glendale)

Just a few Photos  by Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet


With many exciting components to the event including music, an art show and a Paris themed outdoor dining caf, you didn't need to set foot on an airplane to experience Parisian style!

A local opportunity to experience the fine food, culture and shopping of Paris without making a trip half-way around the world. Folks brought their beret and enjoyed entertainment, an art show, French Market, shopping and dining all with a Parisian theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
2015 Chamber Champions Awarded to Outstanding Chamber Members

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Lulu Rodriguez of Biz-ee Mama's Restaurant was not able to attend the Mayor痴 State of the City on February 26. Councilmember Jamie Aldama presented her chamber Champion Award at the Chamber痴 First Friday Networking Breakfast, held at Bitz-ee Mama's Restaurant on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Seven of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce痴 members were recognized as Chamber Champions at the 64th Annual Dinner and State of the City Address with Mayor Jerry Weiers. The inaugural awards were given to members who went above and beyond to help the Chamber and the Glendale community. Councilmember Aldama accepted the award on behalf of Lulu Rodriguez.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496.

Pictured: David Mitchell of Ideal Insurance Agency, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Councilmember Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District, Lulu Rodriguez of Bitzee Mama's Restaurant and Robert W. Heidt, Jr., President and CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

Pictured: David Mitchell of Ideal Insurance Agency, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Councilmember Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District, Lulu Rodriguez of Bitzee Mama's Restaurant and Robert W. Heidt, Jr., President and CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496 cropped

 Jamie Aldama councilmember of the Ocotillo District, Lulu Rodriguez of Bitzee Mama's Restaurant

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

Lulu Rodriguez of Bitzee Mama's Restaurant thanks the chamber for her 2015 Chamber Champions Award.

The inaugural awards were given to members who went above and beyond to help the Chamber and the Glendale community.

 

From the Chamber  Night - 

Greg Walsh/Glendale Chamber Photograph

Robert W. Heidt, Jr., President and CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Jack Nylund of The Daisy Companies, Judy Connell of The Connell Group, Kelly Sample of Cucina Tagliani, Jean Higginbotham of Humana, Jeff Blake of Intentional Achievements LLC, Cooki Peverini of Peverini's Custom Floral Design, Councilmember Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District who accepted on behalf of Lulu Rodriguez of Bitzee Mama's and David Mitchell of Ideal Insurance Agency.

 

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COUNCIL MEETING TIME MOVED TO REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS

ON LIBRARY RELOCATION PROPOSAL

Votes and public comment presentation moved to morning meeting time

 

Glendale, Ariz. On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library to the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center.  

The workshop meeting time has been moved to 9:30 a.m. instead of 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 5850 W. Glendale Ave.

In early February, the City Council requested public meetings be held with each of the citizen groups to provide the public with a presentation of the relocation concept while answering questions and providing an opportunity for public comment.  The public comments collection is available for review at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/PotentialFoothillsRelocation.cfm.

Anyone with questions on the March 17, Glendale City Council Workshop meeting may call 623-930-2522.  Questions regarding the potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library to the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center can be directed to 623-930-3554.

 

 

Go Wild for Flowers!

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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

 

Maricopa County) Ahhhspring is in the air! Along with the warm temperatures comes the chance to view Mother Nature at her finest as she carpets the desert floor with an array of beautiful colors.
While some may curse the allergies the wildflowers bring, others are gleefully grabbing their cameras and heading outside to capture photos before they disappear.

展e encourage everyone to visit our county parks during this wildflower season, said Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Steve Chucri. 典his winter, the valley received an ample amount of rain, and the parks are poised for a beautiful wildflower season.

展e池e just beginning to see wildflowers popping up around the parks, said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director. 典o usher in the season, we致e launched a valley wide 賎o Wild for Flowers campaign.

的n additional to traditional marketing efforts, we致e also set up wildflower albums on
Facebook and Pinterest. This year we池e trying something new, we池e opening up the accounts to our park visitors so they can upload their wildflower photos. We really want to showcase the wildflowers so visitors know what痴 blooming, and what better way to do it than to have those who are on the trails daily posting photos of the blooms they池e seeing on their hikes, added Cardin.

The Pinterest account does not require a log-in, and may be viewed by individuals without an active account.

 

For those who are interested in learning more about the wildflowers, the interpretive rangers have begun rolling out wildflower hikes and programs. Upcoming wildflower programs include:

 

  • Wild for Wildflowers at Usery Mountain Regional Park on March 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Wild for Wildflowers at Usery Mountain Regional Park on March 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Wildflower Wednesdays at White Tank Mountain Regional Park on March 11 at 9 a.m. - program offered weekly during March
  • Wildflower Walk at McDowell Mountain Regional Park on March 13 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Wild about Wildflowers at San Tan Mountain Regional Park on March 13 at 12 p.m.
  • Wildflower Walk in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area on March 14 at 9 a.m.

 

 

 

Participants are encouraged to bring plant books and cameras on the hikes. Trails used vary from week to week depending upon the abundance and variety of wildflowers.

To learn more Maricopa County痴 regional parks and upcoming wildflower events and hikes, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

 

 

 

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Mayor痴 State of the City Address and Luncheon 

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Glendale Police Continue Enforcement Based Upon Grant

From the Governor痴 Office of Highway Safety

 

 

                        GLENDALE, Ariz. In an effort to save more lives and reduce the number of injuries related to vehicular collisions on Arizona痴 roadways, the Governor痴 Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Glendale Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to increase the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats.

  Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a 奴ero-tolerance approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.  It will also include an educational component to the encounters with violators.

  This funding will allow the Glendale Police Department to deploy extra traffic enforcement resources in school zones, as well as the areas surrounding the schools, during the months of March and April as students around the valley go on Spring Break and on increased outdoor outings such as Spring Training.

  Glendale Public Schools continue to be full of our ever so important youth! Soon, many will be out of school and in the neighborhoods as Spring Break approaches. It is important to pay attention while driving with regard for the safety of other motorists and pedestrians as well as taking the time to properly secure children before driving them to school.  To ensure the safety of the children and parents, the Glendale Police Department will actively enforce traffic laws around school zones, buses and crosswalks. 

  Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about effective ways to protect people and reduce fatalities, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state.  Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

  Funding was provided from the Governor痴 of Highway Safety in partnership with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed to increase and sustain the seatbelt usage throughout Arizona.

 

Seat belts do save lives, so please BUCKLE UP!

 

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Tolleson Easter Celebration

Details:         

            When:            Saturday, March 28th, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am 1:00 pm

                                   

Egg Hunt Schedule

                                    3 years and under 11:00 am

                                    4-6 years 11:30 am

                                    7-10 years 12:00 pm

 

            Where:           Veterans Park 8601 W. Van Buren

            Cost:               FREE

            Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/easter

 

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Whoopee Daze 16 Softball Tournament

 

Details:                     

 

Date:              Sunday, April 19 

Time:             8:00 am start time, 7:30 check in

Location:       Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost:               $150.00 per team

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

        

Registration Deadline:  April 10th by 5:00 pm

 

 

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Movies at the Park

Movie night is back so bring your lawn chair and blankets, to enjoy a FREE movie under the stars.

The weather is just right to bring your entire family to Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St. at 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be sold by the Tolleson Teen Council. Movies are open to everyone.

To see what move will be playing visit www.tollesonaz.org/movies or follow the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityoftolleson or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cityoftolleson.

 

Details: Movies at the Park

When: March 20th

April 10th

May 15th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Veterans Park 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost: FREE

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Whoopee Daze Festival Parade Entries

Details:         

When:            Saturday, April 18, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am, parade start time

            Where:           91st Ave North to Van Buren Ave and East to Veterans Park

Cost:               FREE

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

 

For more information, please contact Lisa Gallegos at (623) 936-2748 or lgallegos@tollesonaz.org

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Event: Whoopee Factor During Whoopee Daze Festival

Date: April 19th

Where: Veterans Park 8601 W. Van Buren St. Tolleson, AZ 85353

Cost:   Free to Enter

Must be 18 years or older

Cash prizes

 

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GALLERY GLENDALE AT WESTGATE PRESENTS: ARIZONA ARTISTS GUILD担 FIFTH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION OF FINE ART

Free opening reception to be held on Friday evening

 

Glendale, Ariz. 末 The Arizona Artists Guild will hold its Annual Juried Statewide Exhibition of Fine Arts at Gallery Glendale at Westgate Entertainment District during the month of March 2015. The exhibition will feature creations by artists from all over the state of Arizona working in all types of visual art media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and digital art.  The opening public reception will be held on Friday, March 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and the best of fine art from around the state.   

The exhibit will be juried by three professionals in the arts: Galen Stewart, fine art faculty at Glendale Community College; Jana Weldon, fine art consultant; and Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale.  Prizes will be awarded by the jurors: Best of Show $1000, Award of Excellence, $500, Award of Merit, $250.

The Arizona Artists Guild was established in 1928 with the mission to encourage the support of local artists working in all artistic media. The exhibit will be on view from March 6 March 28.  Gallery hours will be Fridays and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit www.arizonaartistsguild.net.   

Gallery Glendale at Westgate is made possible through a partnership between the City of Glendale

and Westgate Entertainment District.  The Gallery is located at 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., next to Cold Stone Creamery. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 623-930-3557 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/galleryglendale.

 

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8 Local Companies Announced as IMPACT Award Recipients

 

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to Honor Outstanding Organizations

at 28th Annual IMPACT Awards on May 13, 2015

 

(PHOENIX) The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight deserving local companies as recipients of its 28th annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley's business community and economy. This yearas in each of the last three years of the programthe GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity. The 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Arizona Biltmore. The 2015 award recipients are:

 

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):

2015 Community Champion Arizona School Choice Trust

2015 Economic Driver HDR, Inc.

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, LLC

2015 Response to Adversity Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

 

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2015 Community Champion Wells Fargo

2015 Economic Driver Goodwill of Central Arizona

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence EXOS

2015 Response to Adversity Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona  

 

典hese eight companies truly represent what makes our community such a great place to live, work and do business, said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. 典heir entrepreneurial spirit drives our state forward, and we are privileged to honor them for their leadership, commitment to community, job creation and economic impact.

 

The 28th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore. Tickets are $75 for GPCC members and $85 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $850 for GPCC members and $950 for non-members (tables include priority seating and program recognition). For reservations, please visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

More information about each of the eight award recipients follows.

 

SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS CATEGORY (250 employees or fewer):

 

2015 Community Champion: Arizona School Choice Trust   Elizabeth Dreckman, President

The Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) is a state-approved school tuition organization (STO) that exclusively serves low-income children through the administration of three state tax credit scholarship programs: the Individual Tuition Tax Credit Program, the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit Program, and Lexie痴 Law for Disabled and Displaced students. 

Business Location: 85224 | Website: www.ASCT.org  |  Phone: 623.414.3429

 

2015 Economic Driver: HDR, Inc. David Skinner, Vice President/Southwest Area Operations Manager

HDR, Inc. is a well-known leader in engineering and architectural design. HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push boundaries of what痴 possible since 1917. Located in Arizona since 1959, HDR employs more than 200 employees in its Arizona offices, and is the largest architectural, engineering and consulting firm in the state.

Business Locations: 85018, 85003, 85701 |  Website: www.hdrinc.com  |  Phone: 602.522.7700

 

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Pinnacle Transplant Technologies Russ Yelton, CEO

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, LLC (PTT) is a multi-service tissue bank dedicated to the ethical participation in the Donate Life process. PTT has become a pioneer in providing placental allograft and also specializes in processing musculoskeletal tissue for use in orthopedic, dental, spine, trauma and other various medical procedures.

Business Location: 85027  |  Website: www.pinnacletransplant.com   |  Phone: 623.277.5400

 

2015 Response to Adversity: Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. (ASA) Kimberly Anderson-Matich, President and CEO

Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. is a nationally recognized and locally owned security service firm that provides the highest quality customized security programs in Arizona. ASA has a stellar reputation throughout the Valley for providing unmatched security solutions to meet the needs of all types of businesses.

Business Location: 85023   Website: www.andersonsecurity.com  | Phone: 602.331.7000

 

 

LARGE BUSINESS CATEGORY (More than 250 employees):

 

2015 Community Champion: Wells Fargo Pam Conboy, Regional President, Arizona Community Banking

Wells Fargo is a diversified financial services company that provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs and the Internet across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo has long roots in Arizona, having opened its first office here in 1877. Today the company has 259 banking locations and employs over 15,000 Arizonans.

Business Locations: 85003, 85016, 85027  |  Website: www.wellsfargo.com  |  Phone: 602.378.6455

 

2015 Economic Driver: Goodwill of Central Arizona   Tim O誰eal, President and CEO

Founded in Phoenix in 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides job training and other services for Arizonans who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree, and strengthen their finances. Their mission欄We Put People to Work迫empowers individuals to be productive and independent. In 2014, their dedicated efforts resulted in over 43,000 job placements.

Business Locations: 85021 + over 60 retail locations   Website: www.goodwillaz.org  | Phone: 602.535.4000

 

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence: EXOS Dan Burns, Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 1999, EXOS has grown to become a leader in proactive health and performance, trusted by elite athletes, the military and innovative companies worldwide. EXOS designs and delivers health and performance game plans that guide people to achieve higher levels of success. With world-class partners, facilities, technologies and specialists spanning six continents, EXOS is progressing the intelligence behind human performance.

Business Locations: 85050, 85226, 85248   Website: www.teamexos.com  | Phone: 480.449.9000

 

 

2015 Response to Adversity: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona   Richard Boals, President and CEO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health insurance company. Founded in 1939, it is Arizona痴 largest locally based health insurer and provides products, services and networks to more than 1.1 million individuals. With offices in Phoenix, the East Valley, Flagstaff and Tucson, BCBSAZ employs more than 1,400 Arizonans.

Business Locations: 86004, 85224, 85021, 85711   Website: www.azblue.com  | Phone: 602.864.4100

 

的t痴 always humbling when community leaders recognize your efforts, said  Rich Boals, CEO and President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. 展inning the IMPACT Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is a testament to the commitment our employees make every day to our customers. This award honors the hard  work of our employees.

 

釘eing selected as a 2015 IMPACT Award recipient gives HDR痴 employee-owners well-deserved recognition for their role developing infrastructure, which is critical to our community痴 economic growth and quality of life, said David Skinner, vice president and Southwest area operations manager at HDR, Inc. 展e池e delighted to be included in this great list of recognized businesses as well as extremely proud of our hard-working and caring employees.  It is both an honor and a privilege to receive this award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

 

鄭t Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT), we have helped thousands of students to achieve their dreams. We致e worked to make a difference in our communities; and we are only getting started, said Elizabeth Dreckman, President of ASCT. 展e thank the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to share our story and recognizing our organization for the difference it makes. The IMPACT Award is very special to us, as it recognizes the hard work and passion of our staff and board.

 

展inning the IMPACT Award means that Anderson Security Agency痴 20 years in the Valley has not gone unnoticed. It痴 great to be recognized by my peers and the community which I so strongly support, said Kimberly Anderson-Matich, president and CEO of Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. 展hether I am assisting in changing legislation affecting the security industry, sitting on the board of Drug Free Arizona and the National Security Alliance or raising money for the Fallen Security Officer Memorial Fund, my goal has always been to make an impact. Being recognized affirms my mission and encourages me to continue down the same path.

 

鄭t EXOS, we strive to foster a culture of innovation in order to help improve the health and performance of all those we work with. That痴 why this award means so much擁t represents the collective work of our team, said Dan Burns, Chief Executive Officer of EXOS. 展e池e thrilled to be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

 

展inning the 2015 Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is a validation for our associates on the  dedication they have given to improving lives, said Russ Yelton, CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. 典his award exemplifies our focus on providing safe, quality-driven products to improve lives through innovation, collaboration and teamwork!

 

This year痴 IMPACT Award recipients join the long list of successful Valley businesses that have made an impact on our community. To view the prestigious list of past IMPACT Award recipients, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/recipients.

 

 

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Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

 

TEMPE Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O辰onner and historic preservationist and arts advocate Elisabeth F. Ruffner will be the first living inductees to the Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame.  The Induction Ceremony will take place on Mar. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Arizona Historical Society Museum,1300 N. College Ave., in Tempe, Ariz.

 

The Honorary Chairwomen for the induction ceremony are former Sec. of State Betsey Bayless of Phoenix, former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and founding member of the Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame Alison Hughes, both from Tucson. Also in attendance will be Sec. of State Michele Reagan.

 

The Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame program pays tribute to the remarkable women whose contributions; to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science; have played a significant role in the history of Arizona and provide a significant contribution to the historical record of the state. Currently, 89 women have been inducted.

 

A coalition serves as the participating sponsors for the Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame, including the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; the Arizona Historical Society; the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Arizona Humanities. The induction is followed by a reception with light refreshments. Guests are able to mingle with associates and family members of the inducted women as well as view the custom-made memorial quilts created by the Arizona Quilters Guild and the Phoenix Quilters Association. The event is free and open to the public; however, due to limited seating a reservation is required. Reserve your seat or learn more about the Arizona Women痴 Hall of Fame, visit the website at www.azwhf.org.

 

About the 2015 Inductees

 

2015 Living Legacy Inductees

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O辰onnor (retired)

Justice Sandra Day O辰onnor made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, breaking the ultimate 堵lass ceiling in the legal profession. In 2009, she received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award. O辰onnor also founded iCivics; an online program dedicated to teaching civics and is the inspiration behind the O辰onnor House, an organization dedicated to solving problems through civil discourse.

 

Elisabeth F. Ruffner       

A historian and writer who spent decades promoting historic preservation, open spaces and the arts; Elisabeth F. Ruffner has been named a Culture Keeper as well as a History Maker by the Arizona

Historical Society. In 2010, Ruffner received the Governor痴 Award for the Arts for individual achievements in promoting the arts and culture in Arizona.

 

2015 Posthumous Inductees

 

Marietta Bryant (1911-2003) & Daisy Moore (1908-1985)

Marietta Bryant and Daisy Moore stood up for the rights of all qualified educators to teach in Arizona痴 desegregated schools. In 1951, the Globe/Miami school boards closed its two African American schools and removed Moore and Bryant from their teaching jobs. Moore and Bryant, working through the legal system, successfully reversed their dismissals and in September 1952, returned to teach in the newly-integrated classrooms.

 

Lorraine W. Frank (1923-2005)

Lorraine W. Frank was the founder and first Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council. During her tenure (1973 1989) Lorraine oversaw the distribution of over three million dollars in grants and awards. She was a member of The National Council on the Humanities, the Arizona Board of Regents and the recipient of many local, state and national honors and awards.

 

Louise Foucar Marshall (1864-1956)

The first female professor in Arizona, Louise Foucar Marshall taught Botany, English, French, Latin and Spanish. In 1901 she became head of the Department of Ancient and Modern Languages at the University of Arizona. In 1930, Louise co-founded the Marshall Foundation, the first private foundation in Arizona. Her goal was to create a scholarship fund to aid women who wanted to attend the U of A.

 

Helen K. Mason (1912-2003)

Born in Phoenix, Helen Mason was the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Theatre Troupe. For more than 21 years she devoted her time and resources, working to bring the arts to inner- city youth. In 1986, she received the Governor痴 Arts Award for her work. The Black Theatre Troupe continues to enhance Arizona痴 culture through its artistic productions at the Helen K. Mason building.

 

Lucy Sikorsky, M.D. (1899-1972)

Dr. Lucy Sikorsky came to Arizona in 1950 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. She was assigned to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Bylas, where she worked until January 1953. Later in 1953, she was named Director of Maricopa County Hospital (MCH). Dr. Sikorsky is credited with modernizing the hospital and the newly- created Board of Public Health. She also is known for her charitable medical service to orphanages and the poor.

 

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Animal Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26

 

Phoenix, AZ February 22, 2015  Animal Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, is a perfect time to perform a poisoning risk checkup on your pet痴 surroundings.  The week is part of the larger National Poison Prevention Month observance.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA) encourages pet owners to take steps to create a safe environment for their pets.

 

One-quarter of all calls to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center  (APCC) are concerning human medications, usually a by-product of chewing on the containers or a dropped tablet.  According to Dr. Michelle Larsen of the Emergency Animal Clinic, Avondale, 添ou壇 be surprised how interesting, and even appetizing, your household pet may find a tablet or a pill vial.  Keep all medications out of reach of your pets; many can be lethal even in small doses. According to ASPCA APCC the top five most common human medications ingested by pets are: ibuprofen, Tramadol, Alprazolam (Xanax), Adderall, and Ambien. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is very toxic to cats. Other poisonous substances include household cleaners, pesticides, and some human foods such as chocolate, grapes, garlic, onions, avocado, and macadamia nuts.  Ingestion of many common plants, such as lilies, can lead to illness and, in some cases, death.  Flea medication should be applied only after carefully reading labels.  Species-specific products should only be used for that species.


Have a plan of action if poisoning occurs.  Plan to collect any containers or samples that will help determine the type of poisoning; also collect anything your pet vomited or chewed in a sealed plastic bag and bring the samples with you to your veterinarian.  Even if your pet isn稚 showing symptoms, seek emergency assistance. The ASPCA痴 Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 offers phone consultation for $65, and can advise on whether or not to seek veterinary attention and/or pet first aid at home.  If your pet is microchipped and registered with HomeAgain, this $65 fee is waived. Many manufacturers, such as Roundup, also cover the fee of reporting the event to APCC.  Keep this information, along with your veterinarian痴 phone number, posted for easy access. 

 

Call the AzVMA at 602-242-7936 for more information.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization representing over 2,000 veterinary professionals in the state of Arizona.

 

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GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER VOTED #1 BY RANKING ARIZONA

Fourth Consecutive Year Civic Center named the Best of Arizona Business

Glendale, Ariz.The Glendale Civic Center has been named the number one facility for meeting and convention buildings of its size by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business.  This is the fourth consecutive year the Glendale Civic Center has topped the list. The business opinion poll, conducted by Ranking Arizona, includes more than 160 business, tourism and leisure categories throughout Arizona.

展e are continually grateful for this tremendous recognition, said Mario Rochin, Glendale Civic Center general manager. 的n an area that has some of the country痴 top facility in the hospitality industry, I think it is a real testament to the caliber of our employees. We believe one of the reasons we received this ranking as the best in the state is because of the high level of service provided by the Civic Center staff.

The city-owned Glendale Civic Center offers 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space for corporate events, trade shows, weddings and private parties. Arizona Catering, a local business for more than 25 years, is the venue痴 official caterer. The Glendale Civic Center has an extraordinary menu selection with competitive menu pricing for all size events.  The facility averages 62,000 guests a year from around the state.

For more information, call (623) 930-4300. For rates, menus, room layouts, photos and an online video tour, visit www.glendaleciviccenter.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Reel in some fun this weekend with free fishing clinic March 7. Enjoy fishing with the family on Saturday, Mar. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Bonsall Park Lake, 59th Ave. & Bethany Home Rd. Come learn how to fish and gain some educational information about our new Urban Fishing Program in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish Department. Info: www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation or 623-930-2721.

 

Teens can learn to build a website with free class on March 7. Teens, 12-18, are invited to learn the basics of HTML on Saturday, march 7, 3-4:30 p.m. at Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave. Taught by a computer engineer, this will be the first part of a two-session series on building a website. Bring your laptop or use one of the library's computers and get started on your own web page. Registration is required. Info: www.glendaleaz.com/library or 623-930-3537.

 

Midwest meets west ticket contest! The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is holding a contest especially for Chicago sports fans, with two tickets to both a Chicago White Sox spring training game and a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. Dubbed the 溺idwest Meets the West Contest, runs through March 6, and entries can be submitted online, at the Glendale CVB Facebook page. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to both games on March 12; the Chicago White Sox game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be held at 1 p.m. versus the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Blackhawks game will be held at 7 p.m. at Gila River arena, versus the Arizona Coyotes. Info: 623-930-4500 or www.visitglendale.com.

 

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SUPER BOWL XLIX BREAKS RECORDS FOR HOTEL

OCCUPANCY IN GLENDALE THIS JANUARY
The Big Game Creates Tourism Impact in Glendale

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. Super Bowl XLIX may be over, but the event had an enormously positive impact on Glendale痴 Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) as  reports come in on record-breaking hotel occupancy rates.

Reports indicate that for Super Bowl weekend (Friday, Jan. 30 Sunday, Feb. 1), Glendale hotels experienced 95% occupancy, which is an 87% increase over the same dates in 2014. Typically, the busiest part of the year for tourism in Glendale is during the month of March for spring training. In 2014, hotel occupancy for March was 89%, a previous record held since Camelback Ranch-Glendale opened in 2009.

The CVB obtains its monthly data from STR Analytics, a Colorado-based firm of hotel industry experts compiling information from an international hotel database.

In addition to hotel stays, the influx of visitors could be measured through the CVB痴 requests for information. In the months leading up to game day, the CVB received more than 10,000 requests for information about the city and the West Valley through multiple visitor touch points including walk-in visitors, phone calls, emails and social media.

展e knew that the Super Bowl would be a big boost for Glendale痴 tourism, stated Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. 徹ur partners in the West Valley and across the state have experienced similar good news and we know that the event was a win-win for the entire region.

For additional information on Glendale痴 CVB, visit the website or call 623-930-4500.

 

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Fire: Two children bitten by dog in Glendale
GLENDALE, AZ - Two children have been reportedly bitten by a dog Tuesday ... A spokesperson with the Glendale Fire Department said the incident ...
 

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MEETING TO DISCUSS RECENT CHANGES TO SKY HARBOR FLIGHT PATH

Glendale residents to be provided information on new flight path for Sky Harbor

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. The city of Glendale Airport will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 4, to discuss the recent changes to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport flight path. The meeting will be held at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St. at 6 p.m.

On Sept. 18, 2014 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented changes in flight paths to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of its effort to streamline departures and arrivals using satellite-based navigation. Since then, Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Federal Aviation Administration have received questions and complaints about the changes.

Representatives from city of Glendale will present information and discuss how the changes affect Glendale residents. Representatives from the cities of Glendale and Phoenix will be available for a question and answer session following the presentation.

Additional information on the flight path changes and FAA regulations can be found online. Glendale residents can also contact the Glendale Municipal Airport by calling 623-930-2188.

 

 

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64th State of the City Address and Annual Dinner

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers gave his annual State of the City in front of the Glendale Chamber of Commence at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa. About 400 more local business and government leaders were in attendance.

 

Glendale has a "stable infrastructure" and the city痴 economic growth looks more positive this year. The Glendale community works hard and plays hard to create and maintain a vibrant community.

"Economic growth and opportunity that comes with a vibrant community, is within Glendale痴 reach."

"I see these business owners as public servants with a stakes in the community just like myself. They bring us jobs, they bring us tax revenues, and their success is our success." Mayor Jerry Weiers

The city worked hard and successfully hosted the Super Bowl at the beginning of February. It is estimated that over 100,000 fans and visitors attended festivities in Glendale痴 Sports and Entertainment District. From Weiers address, "The Super Bowl is the only event that receives a Nation Department of Homeland Security special event assessment rating of 1. There is only one other type of event that receives a higher rating than that a presidential visit."

Mayor Weiers state of the city included several of his charitable funding events thought the past year. Some charitable initiatives included in the mayor痴 State of the City address on Thursday, February 26, 2015 were: Stand up for Veterans raised scholarship funds, a Teddy Bear Toss at a Coyotes game collected bears for first responders who work with children facing a crisis and the Hometown Christmas Parade raised $10,000 for Hope for Hunger

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Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers congratulates Mel Strahl on his service to the community. Mel Strahl was recognized as the 2015 Mayor痴 Citizen of the Year at the 2015 State of the City Address and Annual Dinner. Mr. Strahl is being presented with a plaque and a challenge coin (for his distinguished community service) which is a Key to the City. The Event was hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and was held at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa.

In September of this past year, several families living in southwest Glendale were hit with unprecedented flooding. Mel Stralh, owner of Stralh Custom Homes, took immediate action to come to the aid of his neighbors. In an e-mail written to Councilman Chavira on September 14th, Glendale Fire Captain Mark Mann Described Mel痴 Activities like this.

"He obtained water pumps the morning of the flooding and used his crews to start the process of pumping water from the basin. He did this out of his own pocket.

Yesterday he went to Home Depot and rented floor and carpet fans for the homeowners so they could start the drying process.

Today he showed up with one of his construction crews to start cutting drywall from the houses affected and then went to Home Depot and purchased 6 additional fans at a cost of over $900 because there were no rental fans available.

One of the homeowners asked what they owed his so far and he replied with, 探here is no charge."

When we asked his for further comment about Mel痴 Activities Captain Mann Added:

"In additionhe also assisted with helping move 2 large homes and put their belongings into storage units."

He did this with his truck and trailer and provided a large portion of the labor, both through workers, family and friends. For weeks he did what he could for them. At lunch, you guessed it he would either order pizzas or have subs delivered to keep the volunteers fed.

When threatening weather was again coming in and the city was short on sandbags he called a local gravel company and had 25 tons of sand delivered and then went and purchased bags to fill all with his own money.

Then he organized a group of neighbors to fill and distribute the bags to the neighbors doorways to prevent any additional flooding.

Every time I turned around he was paying for something or donating labor to the cause." (Source: printed text of mayor痴 speech)

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How cool is this? The Coyote痴 Howler helps the Mayor痴 Youth Advisory Commission sell boxes of special edition Cerreta痴 chocolates at the Mayor痴 State of the City Address on February 26, 2015.

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Howler is joking around. He is not biting into the special edition boxes of Cerreta chocolates. The chocolates were $20.00 each, and the money went to MYAC Mayor痴 Youth Advisory Commission). The special edition chocolates sold out in minutes!

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64th State of the City Address and Annual Dinner Video By Ed Sharpe  

Cleaner audio more res! enjoy!
http://youtu.be/Qps9MqzuSSg

 

DOWNLOAD PDF of Mayor Weiers' speech

 

LO RES -  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers will delivered his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, February 26 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa at 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce was the host of this annual event that highlights the business community and community leaders.

A reception was held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the Mayor痴 State of the City Address, outstanding Glendale Chamber of Commerce businesses were recognized during the evening.

http://youtu.be/3a_ZAvtJjhk

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MAG "Spine" Study. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is conducting a study to determine future improvements on the I-17 and I-10. This corridor is referred to as the "Spine," because it serves as the backbone for transportation in the metropolitan Phoenix area. In fact, the corridor handles more than 40 percent of all daily freeway traffic in the region. The 35 mile Spine corridor begins at the I-17/Loop 101 North Stack interchange and continues south and east to the I-10/I-17 Split Interchange. The corridor then continues east and south along I-10 to the interchange with Loop 202 (Pecos Stack).

Many Glendale residents use these freeways to travel for work and play, which is why public input on this study is important. Input can be provided directly to MAG through attending 1 of 3 public meetings, an online survey tool, phone calls, email, or mail. Additional details about the study, the public meeting schedule, contact information, and the online survey can be accessed here: http://www.azmag.gov/Transportation/The_Spine_Study.asp

Public Meeting Regarding Phoenix Sky Harbor Flight Path Changes. The public is invited to attend a public meeting regarding the Phoenix Sky Harbor flight path changes. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 4, from 6-8 PM at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 West Brown St.

Glendale CVB Offers Chance for Free Family Fun at LEGO KidsFest. The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is holding a Facebook contest for one Family 4-pack of tickets to the LEGO KidsFest, which will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium February 27 to March 1.

For more information on the LEGO KidsFest, visit www.LEGOkidsfest.com.

Heading to the LEGO KidsFest or any other events in Glendale? Download the Glendale CVB app, free for iPhone and Android devices, to get directions and find restaurants, shopping and other things to do while you池e in the area. For more information, call 623-930-4500 or visit http://visitglendale.com/.

Boards and Commissions. Are you looking for a way to serve and shape your community? Citizen involvement and input is essential to the success of local government. The city encourages you to consider submitting an application for appointment to one of Glendale痴 boards and commissions. Most boards/commissions meet once a month. We encourage you to apply for more than one board/commission because vacancies occur monthly. For the most current vacancies or a list of boards/commissions to serve on visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/boardsandcommissions/. For further information you may contact Kriss Carneal at 623-930-2814 or via e-mail at kcarneal@glendaleaz.com.

 

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Sonorita Park Playground Grand Re-Opening. 

Saturday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food, games and activities for the whole family! See the new playground, 
basketball courts, picnic areas and landscaping. Councilmember Aldama will host the rededication ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
 For more information visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

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Batter Up! Calling All Glendale Youth Ball Players and Volunteer Coaches. 

As Spring Training fever hits the Valley, the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department announces the opening of registration for the 2015 summer tee肪all, youth baseball, youth softball and co-ed teen softball leagues. These leagues will focus on fitness, social development and will teach the importance of team building.

Youth tee肪all will be offered to boy and girl participants who are ages 4 to 6 as of the June 1, 2015 start date. Youth baseball and softball will be offered to boys and girls born between the years 20072008 as of the June 1, 2015 start date.

Registration is March 16 to April 10, 2015. The cost for a Glendale resident is $55 and includes team t- shirt, baseball cap and up to 10 games. Nonresidents can participate for $75.

There will also be a teens coed summer softball league that will offer participants from the ages of 13 to 17 years old as of the June 1, 2015 start date to compete in fun evening games. Registration for coed league is open through May 8, 2015. The cost for a Glendale resident is $40 and includes team t-shirt and up to 10 games and a double elimination tournament. Non-residents can participate for $60.

Games for all the leagues will start June 1, 2015 and will be held at Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex. For more information on each league visit, www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/YouthSports.cfm.

The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department is also searching for people interested in volunteering as coaches for the teams. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held on May 6, and practices will begin the week of May 11.

For more information on any of the summer youth leagues contact Mike Davis at 623-930-2841 or email mdavis@glendaleaz.com.

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Glendale痴 Got GameSpring Training is Here! 

On Wednesday, March 4, the first game of the Cactus League season at Camelback Ranch - Glendale has been designated as Glendale Appreciation Day. Glendale residents can receive special discounted tickets to the game and enjoy various pre-game festivities.

Residents can purchase tickets for $12, which is a savings of $11 off the regular ticket price, to the Los Angeles Dodgers v. Chicago White Sox 1:05 p.m. game only at the stadium box office (10710 W. Camelback Rd.) with a valid ID or proof of residency in Glendale. This offer is not applicable to previously-purchased tickets. The offer applies to "Infield Box" ($23/seat) and "Baseline Field Box" tickets ($23/seat). Box office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on game days, 10 a.m. to 30 minutes following conclusion of play.

Pre-game activities will include the first pitch by Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh and a chance to see and be photographed with the Phoenix Mercury痴 2014 WNBA Championship Trophy. Glendale attractions will be highlighted and the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will have a booth and giveaways for fans in attendance. Glendale City Council members will be part of the festivities, welcoming Glendale residents and out-of-town baseball fans.

Spring training at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will feature additional promotions this season, such as spring break specials and Senior Day every Wednesday. Be sure to check out http://www.visitglendale.com/gotgame/ for the complete line-up of events and promotions, as well as http://web.camelbackranchbaseball.com/index.jsp.

For additional information on Glendale Appreciation Day at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, contact the Glendale CVB at 623-930-4500 or obtain information online at http://www.visitglendale.com.

 

 

 

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Out of the ashes (gray) into a win on Thursday

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2413.

The Phoenix Suns Gorilla is wearing the new ash gray T-Shirt. Note that the shirt reads Phoenix and not Suns. Hopefully this from the ashes new look will break the losing streak the Suns have had for the last five games. The Suns will wear the new uniforms on Thursday, February 26, 2015 against the Thunder. The Gorilla was out and about. This photo was taken near the KTAR News/Talk and Arizona Sports building on 16th Street in Phoenix.

 

 

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Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

At the second of three special advisory and commission board meetings, the Glendale Library Advisory Board voted 8 to 0 in opposition to the sale and to the relocation of the Foothills Library. Midwestern University has made an offer to the city for $5 million in cash to purchase the library and the land (foot print) the library sits on. The Foothills Library is located at 19055 N. 57th Avenue in Glendale.

Board member Bolognini made the motion and it was seconded by board member Sommer. A roll call vote was taken. All 8 members voted unanimously in opposition to the sale of Foothills Library to Midwestern University and the relocation of the library to the Foothills Aquatic Center.

Library Advisory Board members, Susan Shelly, Holly Fallocca, Andre Grajeda (Glendale High School), Vice Chairperson Paula Wilson, Chairperson Karen Aborne, Susan Sommer, Bernadette Bolognini and Teresa Collett. The eight member library advisory board held a special meeting on February, 25 to take a formal vote on the possible relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and expansion of library service that would relocate the approximately 22,834 square feet in the existing building into the new facility that will have approximated 9,100 square feet.

At Monday痴 special meeting of the Glendale Arts Commission and at tonight痴 special Library Advisory Board meeting, not one board member or commissioner said they were in favor of the proposed sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library.

From Bernadette Bolognini Ocotillo District: "They (refers to the presentation given by Erik Strunk, Director, Community Services Department and Mike Beck, Chief Librarian) never really came out to describe what we are losing" if the sale and the relocation of Foothills were to come about.

"No citizen came forward to speak in favor of this proposal", board member Sommer.

From Bernadette Bolognini: "My concern is when is enough, enough for the city council? I致e been reading in the paper they are thinking about additional meetings. What do they want to hear? We have already have heard so many citizens coming in and making their thoughts heard everything that you can possibly understand to say no to the relocation."

This issue is tentatively scheduled to be places on the workshop agenda for Tuesday, March 17, 2015. These meetings are open to the public.

One more special meeting before the issue goes to workshop.

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Special Meeting: February 26, 2015 Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission City of Glendale

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

Glendale Adult Center, Palo Verde Room, 5970 W. Brown St.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 p. m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes

Summary: On February 9, 2015, the Glendale Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Commission with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Commission is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Commission as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

 

Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

http://youtu.be/5R3BPEGvS3M

 

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GLENDALE WATER SERVICES TURNS 100 YEARS OLD

Centennial Photo History Display to Tour City

                 Glendale, Ariz. 末 Water; we all use it every day for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and public health and safety. On Feb. 25, 2015, Glendale Water Services Department will commemorate its 100th year of providing safe, reliable, high quality water and wastewater services to the community.

                 As part of the Glendale Water Services Department Centennial Celebration, a traveling display featuring historic photos and captions titled, 敵lendale痴 100-Year Water Story will be on display across Glendale through the year. The display was developed in partnership with Arizona Public Service, Central Arizona Project, Glendale Arizona Historic Society, and Salt River Project. 

                 A century ago, the then-town of Glendale purchased the Water Works Company from Floyd Holmes Sine for $12,000 and created the new Municipal Water Works Department on Feb. 25, 1915. The initial system had two wells, two elevated tanks, distribution pipes and 160 customers. The town immediately upgraded the system by drilling additional wells and installing new pressure pumps. A storm water disposal system, fire protection system and sewage system were installed just a few years later.

                 Although Glendale has changed significantly over the last century, one thing remains constant; the city痴 commitment to providing exceptional water and wastewater services to more than 230,000 people. Glendale uses state-of-the-art technology and a highly trained workforce to operate four water treatment plants, two water reclamation facilities and maintain more than 1,000 miles of water mains and more than 680 miles of sewer mains.

                 Glendale Water Services Director Craig Johnson said 斗essons from the past have helped us plan for the future.  We have a remarkable wealth of talent and experience among our employees.  Working in partnership with the community, the Water Services Department is committed to building on this firm foundation to meet the challenges that come our way.

For a full listing of when and where the Glendale Water Services Department display will be located, visit www.GlendaleAZ.com/waterservices. Partner locations include the Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale libraries and recreation centers, and Glendale Community College.

(photos  - City of Glendale)

Caption One: Members of Floyd Holmes Sine痴 family join members of the Water Services Department at the Jan. 27, city council meeting where the proclamation was read declaring February 2015 through February 2016 as Glendale Municipal Water Service Centennial Year as proclaimed by Mayor Jerry Weiers.

 

Caption Two: The water tower that was part of the purchase of the Water Works Company from Floyd Holmes Sine, which was sold to the Town of Glendale for $12,000 on Feb. 25, 1915 and resulted in the new Municipal Water Works Department. Photo courtesy: Glendale Arizona Historical Society.

 

Caption Three: A preview of the traveling display featuring historic photos and captions titled, 敵lendale痴 100-Year Water Story will be on display across Glendale through the year. The display was developed in partnership with Arizona Public Service, Central Arizona Project, Glendale Arizona Historic Society, and Salt River Project. 

 

 

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DEAFNATION


FREE ADMISSION: EXPO ENTERTAINMENT SEMINARS
2015 SCHEDULE
March 7, 2015 Phoenix, AZ 

http://deafnation.com/dnexpo/

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(CPAAG) will be hosting our 2nd annual 
carshow and fundraiser

Citizen痴 Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) will be hosting our 2nd annual 
carshow and fundraiser to support special projects for the Glendale Police Department
 on April 4th at Sanderson Ford

 

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Glendale Police Officer Involved Shooting

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. On February 23rd, 2015, at approximately 10:30pm, Glendale Police were dispatched to a call of an unknown trouble at an apartment complex in the 8500 block of North 59th Avenue.   Call information alerted the responding officers that individuals at this location may be armed. Upon arrival, the investigation revealed one of the 911 callers had filed a police report earlier in the evening of theft of several items to include jewelry and electronics.  The subject was known to the victim and was named in the police report. Later in the evening, the victim reported he observed an uninvolved teenager in the complex in possession of property that was allegedly taken, and the victim also believed the named subject allegedly responsible for the theft was in the complex. The victim called police for assistance.

A uniformed patrol officer arrived on scene at the complex. While the officer was speaking with the victim and two acquaintances at the apartment complex, the subject in question exited a nearby apartment. The victim and witnesses identified the subject to the officer as the suspect responsible for the theft. The suspect immediately fled on foot through the complex into a dark field on the west side of North 61st Avenue. The responding officer got into his patrol vehicle, activated the overhead emergency lights and attempted to locate the suspect in the direction he fled. The victim and witnesses also attempted to follow after the suspect on foot and in their own vehicles. They all lost visual sight of the suspect who was believed to be hiding in the dark field, adjacent to the west side of the roadway.

As the officer was standing near his patrol vehicle, calling out a perimeter over the police radio for responding officers to help locate the suspect, one of the witnesses observed the suspect hiding in an irrigation ditch in the grassy field. The witness pointed the suspect out to the officer. The suspect made an abrupt movement upward from the irrigation ditch he was hiding in and made a motion towards the officer from his midsection with an object in his hand. The officer perceived the object to be a weapon, and fearing for his life, fired one shot from his duty weapon, striking the suspect in his lower extremities. During the contact, the officer identified himself as an officer and also gave verbal commands to the suspect. The suspect was treated for his injury at the scene by Glendale Fire and transported to a local valley hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No Glendale Police Officers were injured during this incident.

Glendale Police Investigators assumed the investigation. During the processing of the scene, no weapon was located. A cell phone was located lying next to the suspect after the shooting. During interviews, the suspect acknowledged police presence and acknowledged police were trying to locate him. The suspect also made admissions to investigators he had a cell phone in his hand at some point during the contact with police while in the irrigation ditch. Independent witnesses on the scene that observed the sequence of events, including the shooting, corroborated the officer痴 statements reference movements made by the suspect and the issuance of verbal commands by the officer to the suspect. No arrests have been made. Charges are being reviewed, and the theft investigation remains ongoing.

 

The subject struck by gunfire during the shooting was 23 year old Glendale resident, Anthony Tyrone Baker. Anthony was in possession of an Oregon identification card. The involved Glendale Police Officer, Baldomero Dumlao, will be placed on paid administrative leave as is standard in any officer involved shooting. He is a 14 year veteran police officer and field training officer assigned to the Foothills Patrol Division. See attached photo.

 

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Challenge Charter School Chief Executive Officer & President of CCS Board of Directors,

Mr. Greg Miller Elected as President of the

Arizona State Board of Education

 

Glendale, AZ Glendale National Blue Ribbon School, Challenge Charter School痴 CEO has been a member of the Arizona State Board of Education, as the Board representative for Charter Schools, for the last 4.5 years and was elected as the 2015 President of this State Board at their January meeting. 

 

Mr. Miller, has an extensive background in Education Policy & School Reform in both the District and Charter environments. As education reform pioneers he and his co-founder, a former Paradise Valley Unified Governing Board member & President, Mrs. Pam Miller, began Challenge Charter School in 1996. Today Challenge Charter School serves approximately 650 Kindergarten thru 6th grade students in Glendale, AZ.

 

By setting high expectations for staff and students, and then removing barriers to reach them, Challenge students have consistently performed far above State averages in both overall achievement and growth, and Challenge Charter School has been recognized as:

 

Excelling/尿 School AZ LEARNs Accountability by ADE

 

National Blue Ribbon School 2007 - US Department of Education,

 

Charter School of the Year - Center for Education Reform (Washington DC)

 

IMPACT Small Business of the Year, Response to Adversity - Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

 

Business Innovation Award Microsoft Corporation

 

Higher Performing School achieving College & Career Readiness - Arizona Business & Education Coalition

 

Title I Rewards School

 

Civic Engagement School of Distinction Arizona Department of Education

 

Mr. Miller also serves on the Board of Directors for Deer Valley Credit Union and represents the Arizona SBE on the National State Board of Education Association.  He also currently serves as a member and past president of the AZ Charter School Association痴 Advisory Council.

 

For more information about Challenge Charter School and Mr. Miller please visit www.challengecharterschool.net

 

For more information on the State Board of Education please visit: www.azed.gov/state-board-education/

 

 

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CAMELBACK RANCH-GLENDALE, THE SPRING TRAINING HOME OF THE DODGERS, ANNOUNCES NEW AMENITIES AND ATTRACTIONS FOR 2015

 

LOS ANGELES The Dodgers and Camelback Ranch-Glendale jointly announced today that Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the Spring Training home of the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, will offer fans several new amenities and attractions starting Friday when it opens to fans for the 2015 Spring Training season. These enhancements were spearheaded by Dodger Senior Vice President, Planning and Development Janet Marie Smith and her team including Younts Design, Inc., in order to enhance the overall fan experience at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

 

Camelback Ranch-Glendale, beginning its seventh season as the Spring Training home of the Dodgers and White Sox, will now offer several Los Angeles Dodger-inspired attractions that also incorporate the club痴 history in Brooklyn. Fans will see enhancements as they make their way around the Dodger Major League practice fields. These installments, showcasing Dodger traditions, will be set in locations to create photo opportunities for fans. They have begun to be put in place and are expected to be fully completed by the Dodgers first Spring Training game on March 4 (vs. White Sox, 1:05 p.m.).

 

New installments at Camelback Ranch-Glendale are:

 

Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead

The Tommy Lasorda bobblehead that is a Dodger Stadium fixture located in the right-field pavilion plaza will be located at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, adjacent to the Dodger Major League building, through Spring Training.

 

Dodger Mini-Scoreboard

A mini Dodger scoreboard, resembling the Dodger Vision scoreboard at Dodger Stadium, will welcome fans as they enter the Dodger Major League practice fields. The scoreboard provides another photo opportunity for fans right before they make their way to the Dodger Major League practice fields.

 

Dodger Replica Field Scoreboard

The scoreboard on the Dodger replica practice field has been transformed to resemble the look of the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium. This added feature is part of the overall effort to enhance the Los Angeles Dodger brand at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

 

All-Star Panels

Ten All-Star panels will line the Legends Walk which surrounds the lake. These panels will celebrate Dodger players and managers who made All-Star appearances: an All-Star manager card features Tommy Lasorda, an All-Star pitcher card features Fernando Valenzuela, an All-Star catcher card features Mike Piazza, an All-Star first baseman card features Gil Hodges, an All-Star second baseman card features Jackie Robinson, an All-Star shortstop card features Pee Wee Reese, an All-Star third baseman card features Ron Cey, an All-Star left fielder card features Tommy Davis, an All-Star center fielder card features Duke Snider and an All-Star right fielder card features Shawn Green. All cards list each Dodger All-Star to date in every respective position and will be updated annually.

 

LA logo sculpture

An LA logo sculpture will be located near the Dodger practice fields. Similar to the LA logo sculpture located at the Loge entrance at Dodger Stadium, the iconic logo provides fans with another memorable photo opportunity at Camelback Ranch-Glendale and is a nod to the team痴 home in Los Angeles. It will sit adjacent to the waterfall at the lake痴 edge.

 

MVP baseballs

The Legends Walk at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will now also feature three-foot diameter MVP baseballs which pay tribute to Dodger MVPs. This enhancement will line the Legends Walk and will feature the names, positions and MVP years of all Dodger MVPs to date: Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Jake Daubert (1913), pitcher Dazzy Vance (Brooklyn, 1924), first baseman Dolph Camilli (1941), second baseman Jackie Robinson (1949), catcher Roy Campanella (51, 53, 55) and pitcher Don Newcombe (1956) and Los Angeles shortstop Maury Wills (1962), pitcher Sandy Koufax (1963), first baseman Steve Garvey (1974), Kirk Gibson (1988) and Clayton Kershaw (2014).

 

Camelback Ranch-Glendale痴 stadium will also feature enhancements that will highlight Los Angeles Dodger branding at the club痴 Glendale facility:

 

Retired numbers

Inspired by Dodger Stadium where retired number signs line the interior of the ballpark, now at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Dodger and White Sox greats will be acknowledged in-stadium. Retired number signs will be located above the right (White Sox) and left-field (Dodger) bullpens.

 

Minor League Affiliate mileage sign

Camelback Ranch-Glendale will now feature signage located in the CF Courtyard that will include the names and distances from Glendale, Ariz., of each of the Dodgers minor league affiliate.  The opposite side of the sign will include each of the White Sox minor league affiliates.

 

Camelback Ranch-Glendale, since opening its doors seven seasons ago, continues to offer a family-friendly experience at the stadium and this year will be highlighted by:

 

The Montejo Patio

Located on the first-base concourse, the Montejo Patio features an enlarged patio area, formerly 2,000 now 5,000 square feet, and is highlighted by a shade structure covering 3,500 square feet and rising to 17 feet. The Montejo Patio features an 800 square-foot bar with tables, chairs and drink rails.  Designed to fit the desert architecture of the stadium, the area will also provide fan-favorite food options.

 

Concessions

New to Camelback Ranch-Glendale痴 concession menu will be an 18-inch slice of pizza, bacon-on-a-stick, kabobs and frozen yogurt.

 

Merchandise

An additional merchandise option will be located on the left-field side of the stadium, featuring 47 Brand Dodger caps and White Sox caps and both when both clubs play against one another. Under Armour will join Nike, New Era, Majestic and others to provide a wide variety of new team merchandise.

 

Several fan-favorite features and programs back at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in 2015 include:

 

Weekends at the Ranch

At all Friday-Sunday home games, indicated as Weekend Premier games on the schedule, fans can enjoy exclusive photo opportunities, live music, special activities for kids and much more.

 

Weekend Eighteen|76 Legends Deck

The Eighteen|76 Legends Deck is an all-inclusive experience at Weekend Premier games that includes a deluxe ballpark menu served from stadium opening until the end of the sixth inning. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the game. A former Dodger or White Sox player will visit the Eighteen|76 Legends Deck during the game.

 

Senior Stroll

Seniors Stroll the Bases every Wednesday. Just like legends of the past, seniors can stroll the bases following every Wednesday game.

 

Uptown Alley Family Sundays

Children ages 12 and under receive a lawn seat for just $3 at all Sunday games courtesy of Uptown Alley-Surprise. There is a limit of four discounted lawn seats for each full-price adult ticket. The $3 lawn tickets are available on the day of the game only at the ticket office. Following the game, children can run the bases.

 

Tickets

Camelback Ranch-Glendale expects record attendance this season. Last year the Dodgers and White Sox痴 Spring Training home saw an overall increase of 20 percent in ticket sales compared to 2013. The Dodgers home Spring Training game schedule will also feature three more games, a total of 15 home games, which accounts for a more than 35 percent ticket sales increase to date.

 

Single-game tickets for the 2015 Spring Training season at Camelback Ranch-Glendale are on sale now. The Dodger game against the Giants on Friday, March 27 is sold out and three games have limited availability: Friday, March 13 vs. the Reds, Saturday, March 14 vs. the Indians and Thursday, March 19 vs. the Angels. Tickets can be purchased online at Dodgers.com/Spring or via the phone by calling 800-905-3315.

 

Single-game tickets are available for purchase at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale ticket office now and ticket office hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MST from Monday-Saturday. On game days, the ticket office remains open for 30 minutes following the conclusion of play. Single-game tickets start at just $9 per game and parking is always free at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

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OOH-LA-LA! GLENDALE TRANSFORMS INTO PARIS IN THE SPRING MARCH 7
Experience a French Market Without Traveling Around the World


           GLENDALE, Ariz. Put on your beret and head to Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court for a tr鑚 magnifique event on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paris in the Spring will bring all things French to Glendale, with shopping and dining and much more.

This is an opportunity to experience the fine food, culture and shopping of Paris without making a trip half-way around the world. Start at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up a walking and event map to find out where to go for all of the activities, plus the first 100 visitors in the door will receive a West Valley info pack.

Entertainment and activities will have a Parisian theme and include fashion, music, arts and crafts. Shopping will be a must for the day and shoppers will discover special finds at boutiques and specialty shops throughout Catlin Court and Old Towne.

What French event would be complete without delicious food? Foodies will find specialty desserts like eclairs, and petit fours and special outdoor dining.

For additional information on Paris in the Spring, call 623-930-4500 or like us on facebook.com/GlendaleCVB. You can also stay in touch and up to date on travel tips, events and discounts at www.VisitGlendale.com  or by following @GlendaleCVB on Twitter. The Glendale Visitor Center is located at 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140 in Historic Downtown Glendale

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COUNCILMEMBER GARY SHERWOOD HOSTS SAHUARO DISTRICT MEETING

City Leaders Available To Answer Resident Questions

 

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. Councilmember Gary Sherwood is hosting a community

  meeting for residents living in the Sahuaro District at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 at

  Sunshine Residential Homes, 17201 North 63rd Avenue.

            Councilmember Sherwood will be joined by Glendale Economic Development Director

  Brian Friedman and Community Services Director, Erik Strunk.

 

In addition to providing updates on the Sahuaro District and citywide news, Councilmember Sherwood and his guests will be available to answer questions from residents.

Refreshments will be served. For more information or if you need special accommodations, call 623-930-2249

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COUNCILMEMBER ALDAMA ANNOUNCES

MONTHLY MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

Effort To Connect Will Change Locations Monthly

 

 

    GLENDALE, Ariz. Councilmember Jamie Aldama will host 杜obile office hours the first Monday of each month starting March 2.  In an effort to connect with residents outside City Hall痴 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours, Aldama will be available once a month at various locations in the Ocotillo District.

"Listening to, and more importantly, hearing our residents and business owners is vital to the future of the Ocotillo District and the City of Glendale.  Representation to our community is important to me and to be a leader in the community, one must be in the community said Aldama.

         Aldama痴 first mobile office event is scheduled for Monday, March 2 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Cuff Restaurant, 5819 W. Glendale Avenue.   Citizens are invited to stop by and meet with Aldama.  No appointment is necessary.   Future dates, times and locations will be announced every few weeks and posted on the Ocotillo District web page at http://www.glendaleaz.com/ocotillo/.

 

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Come One Come All! 2015-2016 Glendale Visitors Guide is Out!

Magazine is Full of Insider Tips on Dining, Escapes & Shopping in the West Valley

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Travelers and locals alike will find no shortage of exciting events, shopping and dining opportunities and places to explore in Glendale and the West Valley in the 2015-2016 edition of Visit Glendale, Arizona Your Guide to Glendale & Arizona痴 West Valley.

The publication, in its 9th year of production, was created by the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

(CVB).The full-color, 32-page magazine is targeted to visitors and showcases, among other things:

 

         10 Great Escapes

         Locals Guide featuring 20 insider tips on the best sights, sounds and flavors of the West Valley.

         Comprehensive listings for West Valley shopping, dining, attractions, museums and accommodations

         Section devoted to meeting planners

         West Valley Events Calendar

         Maps for Glendale, West Valley and Arizona

 

The guide is distributed to leisure travelers, sports fans, tour guide operators and travel planners, and is

  among the top five guides picked up by travelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

 

To download a digital version of the guide simply visit www.VisitGlendale.com. And download the

  Glendale CVB app, free for iPhone and Android devices, to get directions and find restaurants, shopping and

  other things to do while you池e in the area.  For more information, contact us at or 623-930-4500 or online.

 

 

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GLENDALE COUNCIL APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEES

National League of Cities Assigns Glendale Council to Policy, Advocacy and Steering Committee

            Glendale, Ariz. 末 Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and five members of the Glendale City Council received  appointments to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Policy Committees. The appointments were announced by NLC President Ralph E. Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah. These committees have the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions that connect federal action with local economic efforts to help cities move forward with programs and resources that empower people and businesses to make investments and see innovation explode in cities.

Members of the Glendale City Council were appointed to the following NLC Committees for 2015:

         Mayor Jerry Weiers - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee

         Councilmember Jamie Aldama - Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

         Councilmember Sammy Chavira - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee

         Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff - Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

         Councilmember Bart Turner - Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Policy/Advocacy Committee

         Councilmember Gary Sherwood - Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee

In addition to the committee appointments, two members of the Council were appointed to officer positions on NLC member networking councils with Mayor Jerry Weiers selected as Vice-Chair of the Military Communities Council and Councilmember Gary Sherwood selected as Vice-Chair of the First-Tier Suburbs Council.

鄭s a member of these committees, Glendale leaders will play a key role in shaping NLC痴 policy positions and advocating on behalf of America痴 cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home, said Mayor Jerry Weiers.  的 have a long history of working on veterans issues, and I am especially pleased to serve on the Military Communities Council given Glendale痴 strong support of Luke Air Force Base.

敵lendale is one of many cities that have the unique challenges and strengths that come with being a suburban city.  As Vice-Chair of the Suburbs Council, I am committed to ensuring that communities like ours are included in national, state and regional policy discussions, said Councilmember Gary Sherwood, representing the Sahuaro District.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

For more information on NLC痴 other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.

 

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DICK BOWERS APPOINTED GLENDALE ACTING CITY MANAGER

 

Glendale, Ariz. 末 On Feb. 17, the Glendale City Council gave direction to appoint Dick Bowers as acting city manager during the recruitment process for a permanent city manager.  Bowers, whose assignment begins today, previously served as Glendale痴 acting city manager for four months in 2013. His experience includes 30 years in public service with 10 years as the city manager of Scottsdale.

Bowers has worked with Glendale on various projects over the years including establishing council guidelines for meetings, procedures and executive management performance evaluations as well as the development and implementation of the city痴 Centerline downtown redevelopment project.

In Scottsdale the results of Bowers leadership included the city yielding a coveted AAA bond rating.  The International City Manager痴 Association awarded Bowers with the 徹utstanding Management Innovator award for creating an environment which fostered teamwork, excellence and innovation. Bowers has also received the Arizona Republic痴 天ision Weaver Award, the Institute for Community Cultural Diversity痴 泥iversity Leadership Award and the highest honor for an Arizona city manager, the 笛ack DeBolske award from the Arizona/City County Management Association.

Bowers has been the president of his own consulting firm since 2001, has served on various boards including Free Arts of Arizona, the Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and is also the president and CEO of the Herberger Theatre Center in downtown Phoenix.   He has a bachelor痴 degree in English, master痴 degree in Public Service and is adjunct faculty at Arizona State University痴 School of Public Affairs.

 

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BATTER UP! CALLING ALL GLENDALE YOUTH BALL PLAYERS

2015 Summer Tee-ball, Softball and Baseball Leagues Open for Registration

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. As Spring Training fever hits the Valley, the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department announces the opening of registration for the 2015 summer tee肪all, youth baseball, youth softball and  co-ed teen softball leagues. These leagues will focus on fitness, social development and will teach the important of team building.

Youth tee肪all will be offered to boy and girl participants who are ages 4 to 6 as of the June 1, 2015 start date. Youth baseball and softball will be offered to boys and girls born between the years 20072008 as of the June 1, 2015 start date.

Players can sign up from Mar. 16 to Apr. 10, 2015. The cost for a Glendale resident is $55 and includes team t- shirt, baseball cap and up to 10 games. Nonresidents can participate for $75. No refunds will be issued after May 15th.  After the sign up deadline, there will be a waiting list for potential participants.  Participants will be selected on a team by school geographic location after the sign up deadline. 

There will also be a teens coed summer softball league that will offer participants from the ages of 13 to 17 years old as of the June 1, 2015 start date to compete in fun evening games. The teen league plays by the Glendale Adult Softball Coed Rules. Teams will consist of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 players on a roster with an equal mix of male and female players. 

Players can sign up through May 8, 2015. The cost for a Glendale resident is $40 and includes team t-shirt and up to 10 games and a double elimination tournament. Nonresidents can participate for $60. After the sign up deadline, there will be a waiting list for potential participants.

Games for all the leagues will start June 1, 2015 and will be held at Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex. For more information on each league visit,  www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/YouthSports.cfm.

The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department is also searching for people interested in volunteering as coaches for the teams. A mandatory coaches meeting will be held on May 6, and practices will begin the week of May 11. 

The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department programs emphasize fun, maximum participation, skill development, rule knowledge, and sportsmanship as the highest priorities for every player痴 development.  For more information on any of the summer youth leagues contact Mike Davis at 623-930-2841 or email mdavis@glendaleaz.com.

 

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Glendale Arts Commission votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

Monday evening, February 23, the Glendale Arts Commission held a special meeting to vote on the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The Arts Commission voted not to recommend the sale of the Foothills Library to Midwestern University and relocating the Foothill痴 Library to the Glendale Aquatic Center. In attendance were: Joan Graham, Jessica Koory, Carol Ladd, Anne Owens and Carrie Richards.

Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory made the motion.

I move that the staff present to the City Council our formal recommendation that the present Foothills Branch Library remain in its present location. We do not recommend the sale of the Foothills Branch Library to Midwestern University or to any other entity. We recommend the rejection of the proposal to erect a new library at the Foothills Aquatic Center.

The motion was seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The vote was unanimous. One commissioner, Nadine Yuhasz, was absent and was excused. Chairperson Ladd reminded all that the Arts Commission is advisory in nature, and the final decision will be made by the Mayor and City Council.

The Arts Commission met on February 12 to hear a presentation from the City and to listen to citizen comments regarding this issue. Citizens were not allowed to make comments at this special meeting.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2408.
Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory made the motion.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2403.
Members of the Arts Commission members from left to right,
Anne Owens, Carrie Richards, Carol Ladd, Jessica Koory and Joan Graham.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2409.
Statement of the motion as read by Vice Chairperson Koory.

 

 

Two other advisory boards have meetings this week.

 

 

==================================================================February 25, 2015 Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board

City of Glendale Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board

Foothills Branch Library, Roadrunner Room 19055 N. 57th Avenue

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 p. m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes

Summary: On February 11, 2015, the Glendale Library Advisory Board conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Board with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Board is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Board as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

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Special Meeting: February 26, 2015 Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission City of Glendale

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

Glendale Adult Center, Palo Verde Room, 5970 W. Brown St.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 p. m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes

Summary: On February 9, 2015, the Glendale Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Commission with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Commission is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Commission as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

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Look to see this issue on the council痴 agenda in mid-March of this year.

 

 

Glendale Arts Commission votes NO

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  
http://youtu.be/-9pi_XbFr6w

 

 

  PCN Health will be attending this Career Expo!

 

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"Serve Day" in Glendale!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2399.

Edwin Miranda (Catholic Charities) empties a crate of freshly picked grapefruit on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Sahuaro Ranch Park. All fruit was donated to St. Mary痴 Food Bank. Volunteers started at 8:00 a. m.

Miranda was part of the many volunteers who participated on one of two Glendale "Serve Days" 

Next Saturday, February 28 will be the second "Serve Day".

 Here is more information.

GRANADA ESTATES SERVE DAY

 

On Saturday, February 28th, from 7:30am until around noon, we will once again be 
partnering with the City of Glendale to meet the needs of people living in Granada 
Estates. Please sign up at The Connecting Place or for folks leaving from FBC church 
-  register if you wish to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to serve.

 

WHEN: Second Serve Day - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

WHERE: Volunteers will work at various locations in Granada Estates on neighborhood beautification project

Also -  Register at City of Glendale - CONTACTS: In advance: Michelle Yates, myates@glendaleaz.com, Lisa Robson, lrobson@glendaleaz.com
Day of event:  Lisa Robson, 623-910-6843

 

 

 

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Save the Library group created an online petition. 

Please go to this link and take a minute to sign online:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-glendale-foothills-library-maricopa

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FOOTHILLS LIBRARY MEETINGS Feb 23 - 25- 26

ATTEND THEM ALL IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK~


This is when the boards and commissions will vote then send
Their wishes on to city council.

============ February 23, 2015 Special Meeting: Arts Commission==============

City of Glendale
Special Meeting: Arts Commission
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, Coyote Room 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
February 23, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes
Summary: On February 12, 2015, the Glendale Arts Commission conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Commission with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Commission is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Commission as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

============== February 25, 2015 Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board ===============

City of Glendale
Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board
Foothills Branch Library, Roadrunner Room
19055 N. 57th Avenue
February 25, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes
Summary: On February 11, 2015, the Glendale Library Advisory Board conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Board with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Board is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Board as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

======== Special Meeting: February 26, 2015 Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission =======

City of Glendale
Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission
Glendale Adult Center, Palo Verde Room
5970 W. Brown St.
February 26, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Possible Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library and Expansion of Library Services 30 minutes
Summary: On February 9, 2015, the Glendale Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission conducted a meeting to discuss the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center. The intent of the meeting was to provide the Commission with a presentation of the concept, answer any of its questions, and provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the item. As a follow up action, the Commission is being asked to make a formal recommendation to the Mayor and Council regarding this concept. The recommendation and all other public input related to this item will then be shared at a future City Council Workshop for final direction on the concept. The purpose of this agenda item will be to answer any remaining questions of the Commission as it relates to this concept and to vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
Recommendation: Review, discuss and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.

 

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New fire truck arrives at Fire Station 151

By Bette and Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2360.

Mayor Jerry Weiers and Don Jessee, Fleet Manager Glendale Fire Department arrives at FS 151. 52nd and Lamar, in downtown Glendale on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The new state-of-the-art truck is a 2015 E-One (E-Max) model fire pumper. The engine that it replaces will have its numbers removed and be moved to the reserve list and possibly sold.

Partnering and working with the Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for about two years, Glendale Fire Department received a brand new pumper. This new fire truck was paid for with funding under the Arizona State Tribal Gaming Compacts. Glendale Fire mechanics will outfit the new vehicle with radios and emergency warning systems. In doing so, they will save the city an additional $22-25,000.

New radios and emergency equipment will be installed and fire crews will do some training familiarizing themselves with the new truck and its equipment. After a short turn-around, the new truck will be ready to go to work in about three days.

The new fire truck offers several advantages over its predecessor. Among those advantages are a shorter wheel base quieter engine and more safety for the crews in the cab.

Factoid for non-firefighters: The new "Vortex" pumper engine has manual controls and there is a protective covering.

 

Feature Summary - 

The new truck is the cutting edge of fire apparatus and here are some of its features:

1500 gallons per minute pump

500 gallon poly-tank

Shorter Wheel base

More Compartment Space

360 degree driving camera for safety

Class A foam tank for Class fires

Maneuvers well in tight spaces

 

Ron Hart Public Information Officer / Fire Engineer-Paramedic at the Glendale Fire Dept explains to us: 

"The old Engine has been in service for over a decade and runs over 3,500 calls a year. It has 168,000 miles on it. After a while the miles add up and it becomes too expensive to repair costing the City and the Fire Department unforeseen expenditures. The Glendale Fire Department historically design their own fire apparatus, which is to say, all of our truck are "custom built" to our specifications. Through a committee of talented and experienced fire service professionals, we have always taken great pride in our trucks.

From mechanics, to fabricators this dedicated group ensures the safety and welfare of our responding firefighters and ensures reliable equipment is protecting our community. Now, fire trucks are expensive and take a long time to build and equip not including the design phase. We cannot walk into the local fire truck "dealer" and buy one off the show room floor.

However, a new option has become available and it saves money. The company E-One out of Ocala, FL has been our go to fire apparatus builder for many generations of fire apparatus. They have created a new pumper model called the E-Max and it is basically a WYSIWYG without compromising our standards."

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.04629.

Martin Havier, Vice President Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is handing the keys to the new truck to 
Glendale Assistant Fire Chief, Chris Dechant. Also pictured are Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Captain Dan LaFond.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4617.

Martin Havier, Vice President Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community addressed city and fire officials at the presentation of the keys to the new fire truck. The new apparatus (fire engine) was paid for with funding under the Arizona State Tribal Gaming Compacts.

The old engine is over ten years old with one-hundred sixty-four thousand miles on the odometer. "It runs about 3,500 calls a year, Glendale fire Captain Ron Heart said. The new engine will carry the same nickname of "Vortex". Station 151 is a busy place.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2385.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and representatives from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community sitting the new fire truck the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community presented to Glendale on February 18, 2015. Martin Havier, Vice President Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is sitting second to the right.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

Mayor Weiers, Angela Salazar-Willeford, SRPMIC Vice President Martin Harvier, and Gary Bohnee.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers checks out the  fit and feel of the drivers seat in the new fire engine!

Note  still hunting a few names  for captions - 

 

 

 

 

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- NEW
EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS COMMEMORATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NEW PROGRAMS & DIGITAL CONTENT HIGHLIGHTING CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS



Independent Lens - 典hrough a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Monday, February 16, at 11 p.m. - NEW


The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, 典hrough a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

"Independent Lens" features "Crossroads" by Hank Willis Thomas during its premiere of "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People." Image courtesy of Hank Willis Thomas.



PHOENIX -- (Jan. 15, 2015) Eight, Arizona PBS will honor Black History Month with a lineup of new programs and online content celebrating the contributions of African Americans who helped shape the nation, beginning Feb 3 at 7 p.m.Eight presents a month-long lineup of programs featuring the triumphs, challenges and impact blacks have had on American culture as part of its year-long commitment to diverse programming.

This year痴 Black History Month celebration on Eight will include in-depth profiles of African American leaders, an inspiring documentary that uses photography to explore the evolution of African American society and a special episode of 鄭ntiques Roadshow that focuses on the rich past of blacks in America. Eight will also share surprising stories of African American families on 敵enealogy Roadshow.
典he programs we feature for Black History Month tell the detailed accounts of historical figures and items that influenced America, says Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content for Eight, 展e池e pleased to bring more educational and fascinating stories that connect viewers to African American history.








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Galentine's Day in Glendale

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet



The very first Galentine's Day in Glendale held on February 14th was truly a day of enchantment. 



Merchants again partnered with the Glendale Convention and Visitor Bureau for the Oh So Lovely Galentine's Day promotion. Inspired by a popular tv show and what one of the Catlin Court merchants does for her best gal pals, the event transformed what could be an emotional day in to one of love, happiness, delight, and fun with best girl friends. 



Geared towards adult women, the day included a progressive activity up in the Catlin Court District. Given a beautiful pocket envelope (hand crafted by 2 of the Catlin Court merchants), the ladies began their day at the GCVB with a piece of twine and their first Galentine. As they walked the brick lined sidewalks with gas lamp poles wrapped in red ribbons with festive bows and enjoyed each other's company on what turned out to be a beautiful day, they collected hand made "galentines" from over a dozen Catlin Court merchants. "One of our visitors commented how lovely the envelope was and knew that love and care went into creating it for them", says Valerie Burner, owner of Bears & More. "This delighted me to no end because that's what the day was all about. Inviting ladies to come out for the day, on a day that is all about love, and then in return all the visitors giving and receiving that love to us and each other all day long. It was wonderful to see so many smiles, hear so much laughter, and know that what I do for my best girls one day a year has now expanded into something bigger than I could ever imagine." 



According to the Glendale CVB, there was a line outside their door before they opened at 10 am. That's great news to hear, especially the first time a new event is created. 



Lorraine Pino, Manager Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau tells us - "We were thrilled with the day and very happy to partner with Valerie Burner from Bears and More and numerous businesses in Downtown Glendale to add this new event to our monthly themed promotional events. Glendale was totally on trend with this new event as Galentine"s Day was showcased nationally this week with events and activities happening throughout the country. Plans are now underway for our next event, the 7th Annual Paris in the Spring to be held on March 7th."


How did Galentine's day come do be? 

How did Galentine's day come do be? Back in 2010, Parks and Recreation痴 Leslie Knope created a new holiday: Galentine痴 Day. Taking place on February 13, the occasion is about, in her words, 田elebrating lady friends. Not too long after the bit ran on Parks and Rec, it took off online; now we (we being the Internet) celebrate it almost every year曜ust like Lilith Fair, but with less angst.

"Galentine's Day" is the 16th episode of the second season of the American comedy television series Parks and Recreation, and the 22nd overall episode of the series. It originally aired on NBC in the United States on February 11, 2010. 
Leslie (Amy Poehler) throws her annual "Galentine's Day" party for her female friends, celebrated the day before Valentine's Day.

Our Gals in Catlin Court Historic District state that this will be a yearly happening on a Saturday closest to the 13 of February.



You can see some short clips about Galentine's day in this Youtube clip. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GzNX3gI38M



Even as far away as India, Galentines's Day is catching on. See the link below.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/relationships/man-woman/Girls-its-Galentines-Day-today/articleshow/46234484.cms



Oddly enough, Galentine's Day is not the first holiday introduced to the general public though television, there is Festivus!
This holiday was originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld,
Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a 1997 episode of the program.
Festivus is a parody secular holiday celebrated on December 23, that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season , and yes, there are people that now celebrate it for real too!

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

Valerie Burner (Bears & More), Elina Sharp (The Open Door), Cheryl Kappes (Country Maiden), Shelley Au (Shelley's Specialty Desserts), Heather Mingo (The Talented Tortoise), and Linda Moran-Whittley (Papa Ed's Ice Cream).

 
 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

Michelle, Kate, LuAnn, Terri, Tricia, and Kelly

 
LuAnn is in from Wisconsin - Tricia and Kelly were in from Minnesota --other 3 live in the phx metro area ...

 

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

Valerie Burner, and Mr. Grumpy dressed as Cupid and valerie's sister-in-law, Heather Burner

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

Jayne Gauthier, Linda Moran-Whittley from papa Ed'sIOce Cream Valerie Burner from Bears & More and Heather Burner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
 
 

Antique Engine and Tractor Show

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Arizona Early Day Gas Engines and Tractor Association has three shows a year. The first one was Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15 at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale. The second will be in March at the Apache Junction rodeo grounds and the final show will be held in November in Queen Creek at Schnepf Farms.

The drives were ready for the parade down 59th Avenue from city hall to Sahuaro Ranch Park a distance of about 2.7 miles. Members of the tractor parade included Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and all of six city councilmembers.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 2222 and 2223.

First in line was Mayor Weiers on a Farmall heading west on Glenn Drive and soon to turn onto 59th Avenue for the ride to Sahuaro Ranch Park.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2228.

Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff (Cholla District) driving a John Deere tractor on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2236.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2270.

Here they come! The dozen or so tractors are approaching the entrance to Sahuaro Ranch Park.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2266.

Sahuaro Ranch Park was the destination for the tractor parade on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Antique Tractor and Engine Show is a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2271.

Mayor Weiers is the first to arrive via tractor, at Sahuaro Ranch.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2277.

Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh (Cactus District) gives a thumbs up as he drives by.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff (Cholla District) entering into Sahuaro Ranch Park.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 2289 and 2290.

Councilmember Gary Sherwood (Sahuaro District) diving into the park via tractor.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2294.

Councilmember Jamie Aldama (Yucca District). He is driving a John Deere "420".

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2299.

Councilmember Sammy Chavira (Yucca District) gives a wave as he rides into the park on Saturday, February 14, 2015.







 

 

http://youtu.be/mopHcIxLkic

The Third Meeting - The Arts Commission hears the city and citizens about the possible move of Foothills Library into the FRAC - Citizen displeasure with this concept was evident just as in the previous meetings.

This is over 2 hours. First part is City Presentation 
Second part is board members addressing city staff then thirdly the citizens of Glendale and patrons of the Foothills Library speak out. 
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SUMMARY
City Staff at Glendale AZ want to close the current Foothills Library and move it into the Aquatic Center 
Description - City presentation and all the PUBLIC SPEAKERS 2-12-2015 C- Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV---- beware over 2 hrs!

 

Library Commission learns about the Foothill Library possible relocation.

 

http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_af0a0ae2-b306-11e4-bbf5-bbb3071a8b66.html

 

Fischer resigns as city manager during executive session

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After 17 months on the job, Glendale City Manager Brenda Fischer resigned Feb. 12 during a city council special workshop executive session.

GLENDALE INCREASES FUNDS TO HELP EVICTED FAMILIES

Community Action Program Team Begins Screening and Dispersing Funds 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The city of Glendale has increased the amount of funding dedicated to assisting residents displaced due to code violations at the Glendale West Apartments near 75th and Glendale Avenues. 

Last night, the city announced up to $10,000 in additional emergency funds now available through the city of Glendale's Community Action Program (CAP). 

The Friday night release of the funds will allow CAP team members to begin screening up to 15 evicted families to determine if they are eligible for temporary emergency housing voucher funds.  CAP team members will begin the screening process Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the goal of getting displaced residents into a safe environment until next Tuesday, when the Maricopa County Department of Human Services will be able to further assist and cover any additional hotel voucher expenses.

Displaced residents of Glendale West Apartments wishing to take part in the screening process have been asked to go to the City of Glendale main CAP office, which is located on the basement level of the Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Avenue. 

            The administered emergency assistance funds will go towards payment for emergency-voucher room expenses at the hotels at which the evicted residents will be temporarily located. The amount of money being made available tonight is in addition to the $20,000 in Emergency Support Grant funds already set aside by the city yesterday to assist families. 

On Thursday, the Glendale Development Services Department conducted inspections at the Glendale West Apartments, 7020 North 75th Avenue, and observed imminently unsafe conditions in 19 units. The unsafe conditions require that the impacted units be vacated and not be reoccupied until they are determined to be safe by the Building Official. 

For additional questions related to this temporary emergency assistance, please contact the City of Glendale CAP Office at 623-930-2846. 

 


Glendale CVB Offers Chance for Free Family Fun at LEGO KidsFest

Facebook Contest Winner to Receive a Family 4-Pack of Tickets

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is holding a Facebook contest for one Family 4-pack of tickets to the LEGO KidsFest, which will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium February 27-March 1.

To enter the contest, just click on the 賎iveaway tab on the Glendale CVB Facebook and answer the question, 展hat is your favorite LEGO memory? The contest is open through Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. To participate in the contest you must be 18 years or older. City of Glendale employees are not eligible.

For more information on the LEGO KidsFest, visit www.LEGOkidsfest.com.

Heading to the LEGO KidsFest or any other events in Glendale? Download the Glendale CVB app, free for iPhone and Android devices, to get directions and find restaurants, shopping and other things to do while you池e in the area. For more information, contact us at or 623-930-4500


 

Bridal event at Glendale Civic Center offers culinary tasting Feb. 27. Love is in the air in February, so the Glendale Civic Center is inviting soon-to-be brides and grooms to a Wedding Tour and Culinary Tasting on Feb. 27. Guests will get to see the entire 40,000-square-foot facility including ballrooms, gardens and patios, and try Arizona Catering痴 sampling of an assorted buffet, hors d弛euvres, salads and entrees.  The tasting costs $2.50 per person and a reservation is required by calling 480-898-8848. In addition, wedding vendors will be available to showcase services including tuxes, invitations, photography services, make up, wedding cakes and DJ entertainment. The Glendale Civic Center is located at 5750 W. Glenn DrThe free tour begins at 6:30 p.m., with tasting at 7 p.m. Info: 623-930-4311 or Love is in the air in February, so the Glendale Civic Center is inviting soon-to-be brides and grooms to a Wedding Tour and Culinary Tasting on Feb. 27. Guests will get to see the entire 40,000-square-foot facility including ballrooms, gardens and patios, and try Arizona Catering痴 sampling of an assorted buffet, hors d弛euvres, salads and entrees.  The tasting costs $2.50 per person and a reservation is required by calling 480-898-8848. In addition, wedding vendors will be available to showcase services including tuxes, invitations, photography services, make up, wedding cakes and DJ entertainment. The Glendale Civic Center is located at 5750 W. Glenn DrThe free tour begins at 6:30 p.m., with tasting at 7 p.m. Info: 623-930-4311 or www.glendaleciviccenter.com.

 


GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS

ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS:  FEBRUARY 26

Hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers will deliver his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, February 26 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa at 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.  The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is the host of this annual event that highlights the business community and community leaders.  

A reception will be held from 5:30 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the Mayor痴 State of the City Address, outstanding Glendale Chamber of Commerce businesses will be recognized during the evening.

Tickets for the dinner are $75 and tables of 8 are also available. To register, please visit the chamber痴 website at www.glendaleazchamber.org or call (623) 937-4754.


 

THE POPULAR FAMILY BIKE RIDE

ROLLS THROUGH GLENDALE APRIL 12
Enjoy Great Weather and Exercise

 

          GLENDALE, Ariz. One of Glendale痴 favorite family traditions is back! Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise at the free, annual Glendale Family Bike Ride on Sunday, April 12 at Sahuaro Ranch Park, located at 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road.

            This is a ride for all ages and levels of riders, from kids to adults. This year痴 ride will feature three routes short, long, and extended (6, 15, or 23 miles).  Bicyclists will take a leisurely ride through Glendale痴 neighborhoods and sections of the Thunderbird Paseo, Skunk Creek pathways, and across the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Loop 101.

Visit Glendale痴 website to pre-register and complete waiver forms.  The first 400 people to pre-register (online or via mail) and participate receive a free 2015 Glendale Family Bike Ride t-shirt. Helmets are required for this ride, and can be purchased at the event for $10 (cash or check only.) On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m. There is no registration fee. All riders must get on the road by 9 a.m. Complimentary snacks and water are provided at two rest stops along the route.  In addition, the GUS Bus continuously circuits the route to assist any riders in need.

Activities beginning at 7 a.m. will include music played by DJ Ron Harkins, Barrows Neurological Institute offering blood pressure checks, Southwest Bike providing free bike tune ups and Valley Metro will be on hand with a bus, instructing riders how to properly load a bike onto the bus. In addition, Glendale痴 Water Services Department will provide water coolers for riders to fill their bottles. Transportation staff is also giving out free bicycle safety items. Finally, after the ride, children and families can enjoy inflatables at Sahuaro Ranch Park until 11 a.m. Bring the whole family for great weather and free entertainment.

For more information, visit our website or call 623-930-2940.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glendale Community College employee Heidi Capriotti is a VNSA volunteer. This weekend, Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15 is the VNSA Used Booksale. The gigantic sale is held in the Exhibition Hall on the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road in Phoenix.

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We (Heart) Books"

The 59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale Feb. 14th & 15th. The VNSA Used Book Sale will be held on February 14th and 15th, 2015 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. More than a half million gently used books, DVDs, CDs, computer games and puzzles will be available at greatly reduced prices. Books on many topics, spanning a total of 27 categories, are available. "We are proud to hold our 59th annual sale for the benefit of our charities and community," says Bern Peterson, VNSA President. "This year痴 theme, 糎e Heart Books has a special meaning to us. We love reading, we love books and we love connecting with the community each year at the book sale." Throughout the year VNSA members spend thousands of hours collecting, sorting, and cataloging donated books for the sale. "Our volunteers take pride in organizing this once a year event and we are honored to help support our charities" Peterson adds. The VNSA is staffed entirely by volunteers. Proceeds from the sale stay local, benefiting the Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, a non-profit dedicated to teaching adults how to read, write, speak English and prepare for the GED, and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. The AFFCF promotes the self-esteem and enriches the lives of children in foster care by funding activities, education and other needs. More than $7.5 million has been donated to Valley non-profits by the VNSA through the years. Books start at only $1 with everything half-price on Sunday except items in the rare and unusual category.

Sale hours on Saturday are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Sunday hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale is located in the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall at 17th Avenue and West McDowell Road in Phoenix. Admission to the sale is free, but the Fairgrounds charges to park. For more information, call 602-265-6805 or visit www.vnsabooksale.org. VNSA - Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association, Inc.

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We    (Heart) Books"

February 14 & 15, 2015

Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(panorama photos by Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet)

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Glendale citizens not buying sale of Foothills Library

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

The second of four presentations regarding the proposed sale and relocation of the Foothills Library to the Foothills Aquatic Center (FRAC) has met with opposition from passionate patrons of the Foothills Library and the Foothills Aquatic Center.  The first presentation of the proposed relation of the Foothills Library was given at workshop on Tuesday, February 3.  The second presentation was presented to the Glendale Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee on February 9, the third presentation was given to the library advisory board on Wednesday, February 11, and the fourth and final presentation will be given to the arts commission on Thursday, February 12 at the Glendale Adult Center.  This meeting will also begin at 6:00 p. m.

After the presentations each board or commission will present their findings to the mayor and council.  The city has posted information regarding this emotional and passionate issue at http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/PotentialFoothillsRelocation.cfm.  This site has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the sale of the library building, relocating a library/technology center into smaller spaces at the Glendale Aquatic Center (and with some expansion of hours and services). 

Monday evening, February 9th the proposal was presented to the Glendale Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission where approximately 150 to 200 people came to voice their objections and to hear what others were saying about the sale of the Foothills Library and adding a new smaller library/technology center to the aquatic center.  Not one of the speakers from the audience was in favor of the sale or the formation of much smaller library at the center.

Erik Strunk, Director of Community Services Department and the city痴 new Chief Librarian, Michael Beck made the same presentation a third time to the library advisory board on Wednesday, February 11th evening to a standing room only crowd of over two hundred.  The line of library and FRAC patrons went out the door.

The audience was civil but many wondered how this proposal came about and why.  It was not making any sense to 都tuff a 33, 000 square foot beautiful library, designed to function as a library, into three or four rooms at the aquatic center. 

Those who use both facilities were not happy either.  If the move came about the library/technology center would take over a major portion of the space at FRAC.  Marainna Hancin, a retired Glendale librarian, noted that the aquatic center is really busy in the summer with kids running around, being loud, with their wet towels and swim suits.  FRAC is a popular place in the summer, and the huge parking lot is full on many of those summer days.  A similar comment was brought up on Wednesday evening at the Foothills Library. 

At the standing room only third presentation at the Foothills Library, Gene Martel asked that the Library Advisory Board, Mr. Strunk and Mr. Beck do their 電ue diligence on this matter and 釘e as transparent as you can.  He also said, 鄭 lot of people are asking the question, 的s this necessary?  的s it possible that a recommendation from this council be presented to the city council that says we don稚 want to do this?  Is this that a possibility. 

Then there is the art.  Glendale citizens are passionate about their libraries the art inside of those buildings.  There are three pieces of art involved; The Chihuly, The Sun and The Moon, 24 Hours in the Sonoran Desert, and the Magic Doors.  If the Chihuly chandelier did not stay with the library building, if sold, it would not be a dealer with Midwestern University.  The Magic Doors could be relocated to the Velma Teague Branch Library.  The third piece, 24 Hours in the Sonoran Desert is actually built into the walls at Foothills and would have to stay with the building.  If the value of the artwork in added to the value of the sale, the new total would change from $5 million to $5.2 million. 

Questions remain regarding the announcement of this proposal why it was known to city government for a year.  Both appraisals for the library are over a year old.  Why are they being referenced?

            From slide presentation

                        o Due Diligence and Appraisals Conducted

o Appraisal #1 = $3,400,000

o Appraisal #2 = $4,700,000

Although digital circulation (downloads) have increase 368 % since FY 10-11, library patrons acknowledged that they used the library痴 electronic resources.  However, there were just as many comments regarding the importance and value to children and adults for browsing the physical book collections. 

Children and adults voiced their objections on both nights regarding the sale and the loss sale the Foothills Library.  Patrons were not opposed to change or technology, but not at the cost of a favorite library in exchange for what some described as a sterile and cold one.

The public is just not buying the sale of the Foothills Library to Midwestern University for $5 million snacks as a sweetheart deal to some.  And then trying to relocate or to start a new library/technology center at the Aquatic Center angered more citizens who use the aquatic center and the library had many scratching their heads and wonder why.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Bruce Arthurs presented this image at the third presentation Wednesday, as an example of a technology library in San Antonio, TX.  His comments were not positive and would not like to see the existing Foothills Library be downsized and changed into something like this; just rows of computers. No one wants a library that resembles a call center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friends of the Library President Char Sharp was one of many citizen speakers at the Thursday, February 11, 2015 Library Advisory Board meeting.  She was not in favor of the sale of the Foothills Library to Midwestern University for $5 million.

 

 

Foothills Library

In 1999 the Foothills Library won an Orchid in the Orchids and Onions Owards and a merit award in the Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award.  The then state-of-the-art building opened in July 1999.  The 33,500 square foot building was a collaboration of DWL Architects and Planners Inc., Michael and Associates interior designers, Glendale痴 engineering department the library staff.  There has been a lot of talk recently about the art inside the building.  However, the exterior is art as well the exterior design highlight the three-color Native American blanket and basketry design brickwork and a copper arch that spans the entire outside of the building reflecting Arizona痴 mining industry.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2175.

The Roadrunner Room at the Foothills Library was packed with library supports on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  Glendale Community Services Department Director and Michael Beck, Chief Library presented the slide program to the Library Advisory Board.  From all appearances, the library and Foothills Aquatic Center patrons were not buying the proposal to sale the Foothills Library and create a technology center/library at the aquatic center.

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Not one of the public speakers on Thursday evening spoke in favor of selling the Foothills Library to Midwestern University for $5 million.

 

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Friends of the Library President Char Sharp was one of many citizen speakers at the Thursday, February 11, 2015 Library Advisory Board meeting.  She was not in favor of the sale of the Foothills Library to Midwestern University for $5 million.

 

 

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 Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills 

Branch hearing - - the people speak out!

City Staff at Glendale AZ want to close the current Foothills Library sell building to Midwestern Univ. and move it into the Aquatic Center .

Description FRAC ENTIRE VIDEO City presentation and all the PUBLIC SPEAKERS 2-9-2015 by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV---- beware over 2 hrs!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoCamsYwWHI&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 

Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

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Vicki Delany, in pink, writing as Eva Gates, and Kate Carlisle were the two authors at the Authors @ the Teague event on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Velma Teague Branch Library. Delany presented the first of her new Lighthouse Library series, By Book or by Crook was just released on February 5. Her new work is a cozy and is set in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Delany is also the author of the popular Constable Molly Smith series set in British Columbia. Her Constable Molly Smith has been opted to TV by Brightlight Pictures.

For more information about the author and her work visit: http://vickidelany.com/

Kate Carlisle, in green, is a NY Times bestselling author of both the Bibliophile Mystery and the Fixer-Upper Mystery series just released her newest title, This Old Homicide, this January. The story is set in Lighthouse Cove, California. Contractor/detective and Victoria home expert Shannon Hammer finds her neighbor murdered. Take a close look at the cover art above, there is a hint that something is not the way it should be. Kate is past winner of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Awards and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of American, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.

For more information about the author and her work visit: http://www.katecarlisle.com/

Both titles feature a librarian, a lighthouse and some criminal activity. Two good choices for Valentine痴 Day

 

 




 

 




 

 

 

Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch 


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The slide in the presentation shows some of the trends facing Glendale Public Library. Electronic Circulation in Glendale is at 121,327 for fiscal year 2013-14. And key use indicator for physical circulation for the same period is 1,656,661. 

Since FY 10-11 
*Digital (downloads) circulation increased by 368% 
*Physical circulation of items has decreased by 23%
*Library website traffic has increased by 22% 
*Physical library visits decreased by 24% 
*Glendale population has increased by 3.6%

First on the agenda for the February 3 city council workshop was the proposal to relocate the Foothills Branch Library to the Foothills Aquatic Recreation Center. Chief Librarian Michael Beck Chief Librarian and Erik Strunk, Director of Community Services Dapartment presented the proposal to the mayor and council. The news of the possibility of relocating the Foothills Library and selling the existing building came as a surprise to some. Glendale City Attorney, Michael Bailey addressed this point by saying that it was the previous council asked that this issue be held for the new elected councilmembers to be seated. The Foothills Library opened sixteen years ago in 1999 with Sue Komernicky as manager.
In February of 2014 Midwestern University offered the city $5 million for the library which includes the land, building, the Chihuly, The Sun and the Moon and the 24 Hours in the Sonoran Desert laminated glass mural by Melissa Paxton. The blown glass sculpture was appraised at $400,000, however, the cost to move and store the artwork would cost between 85,000 to 100,000 dollars. 


After the presentation, council members emphasized that the city痴 advisory boards裕he Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Arts Commission傭e allowed time to meet and discuss the issue and then bring those findings to the council. Midwestern University had a deadline of mid-September 15, but when City Manage Brenda Fischer asked Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph. D., who was in the audience on Tuesday, about the date she gave a new deadline; by the end of the year.


Midwestern University plans to use the existing Foothills Library as a medical library, if their proposal is accepted. 


Some background

*City Staff Approached by Midwestern University in February 2014 
*Due Diligence and Appraisals Conducted  
Appraisal #1 = $3,400,000 
Appraisal #2 = $4,700,000 
*$5 Million Cash Offered by MWU
*Provide Funding for New Foothills Library and Technology Center 
*Brand new computer equipment and technology 
*Remaining materials and books to enhance Main Library and Velma Teague 
鼎ommunity Reading Rooms implemented at five Community Centers: Rose Lane, Glendale Community Center, O誰eil and Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center痴 Day Care, and the Glendale Adult Center. 

Co-locate at Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center (FRAC)
*Increase 13 hours per week for 676 additional hours per year (39%) 
*New technology available to all patrons 
*Dedicate areas for technology & technological access 
*Dedicate areas for youth and family literacy and exploration 
*Additional library programing opportunities 
*Rooms for group study sessions, reading and library classes 
*35,000 book collection based on consumer demand 
*Materials ordered and delivered within 24-48 hours 
*Existing on-site daycare, concession sales, and recreation center 
*Potential new library and FRAC customers 

Immediate Financial Benefits
*One-time sale proceeds to cover cost of relocation/transformation and 渡et the 
City $4.1 million 
*$2.7 million in budgeted Capital Improvement Fund savings 
*$380,000 in annual savings to City of Glendale
*No Full-Time staff reductions 

Immediate City/Midwestern University Benefits: 
*MWU Main Campus Library public use hours Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 
*Residents can use the new MWU Foothills site: M-F, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 
*MWU to offer science enrichment programs for high school students 
*Community meeting rooms to be made available for use by public purposes 
*Health awareness programs will continue to be offered 
*Continued access to the dog park from parking lot 
*Will reinvest significant capital in the property and building 
*Enhanced partnerships with veterans services 


Upon council痴 direction
*12 public sessions throughout the Districts: February-March 
*Outside facilitator recommended 
*Activate special website for feedback 
*Report findings to Council in spring 2015 

 


Arial view of what the proposed new (or relocated Foothills Library/Technology Center) might look like.




An interior of the proposed new Foothills Library/Technology Center

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The Sun and the Moon by Dale Chihuly, blown glass chandelier, completed 2000. The artwork may be sold with the current Foothills Branch Library building. The art is valued at $400,000. The Foothills Library is located immediately north of Foothills Park on 57th Avenue, north of Union Hills Drive.



The Magic Doors
Kathy Bradford
Etched and sculpted glass
Completed: 1998 (From: http://www.glendaleaz.com/arts/InteractiveArtTour_14.cfm)

As part of the proposal, this work would be relocated to the Velma Teague Branch Library, 70710 N. 58th Avenue.


24 Hours in the Sonoran Desert
Melissa Paxton
Laminated glass mural
Completed: 1999 (From: http://www.glendaleaz.com/arts/InteractiveArtTour_14.cfm)

This artwork is also located at the Foothills Library, and was recently appraised at $85,000. Due to the nature of the piece, it cannot be removed.


Public Meetings & Input Opportunities


Following direction from the City Council at the February 3, 2015 Council Workshop, the following board and commission meetings will be held to further present this concept. Each of these meetings is public and time will be allotted for public commentary and input. Additional public meeting dates may be added upon further direction by the Council.

February 9 at 6 p.m.:Public Meeting - Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission
Location:Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Bobcat Room
Click here to download the agenda.

February 10 at 6 p.m City Council Stay and make citizen comments at the end  to express yourself


February 11 at 6 p.m.:Regular Library Advisory Board Meeting
Location:Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave., RoadrunnerRoom
Click here to download the agenda.


February 12 at 6 p.m.:Public Meeting - Glendale Arts Commission
Location:Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St., Room 108
Click here to download the agenda.


From:
http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/PotentialFoothillsRelocation.cfm

You can also email

jweiers@glendaleaz.com

ihugh@glendaleaz.com

bturner@glendaleaz.com

ltolmachoff@glendaleaz.com

gsherwood@glendaleaz.com

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PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY NOTICE
City Office Hours, Services Affected During Holiday Week

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- City of Glendale offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents Day.

All households scheduled garbage and recycling will be shifted one day due to the holiday. The Glendale Municipal Landfill will be closed. For more information about the city痴 sanitation services, please call 623-930-2660.

Only Gus Bus One will run, operating on a Sunday schedule from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For Dial-a-Ride service that day, reservations must be made by noon on Friday, Feb. 13 by calling 623-930-3500. No same-day service on Monday will be available. Valley Metro buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. ADA service will be provided based on a Sunday fixed route schedule.

While the Glendale Municipal Airport will remain open during the holiday, the airport痴 administrative offices will be closed.

In addition, Glendale痴 three public libraries will be closed, as well as the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Glendale痴 Foothills Recreations & Aquatics Center will remain open on Presidents Day, however, with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the center痴 classes and amenities, call 623-930-4600.

 

 




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER HOSTS BRIDAL EVENT

Soon-to-be brides and grooms invited to culinary tasting

 

 

Glendale, Ariz. 末 The city-owned Glendale Civic Center invites soon-to-be brides and grooms to a Wedding Tour of the Glendale Civic Center and Culinary Tasting on Friday, Feb. 27.  The free tour begins at the venue at 6:30 p.m. at 5750 W. Glenn Drive in historic downtown Glendale.  The tour is an opportunity for guests to see the entire 40,000 square-foot facility including ballrooms, gardens and patios. 

The culinary tasting, hosted by Arizona Catering, the Civic Center痴 official caterer, begins at 7 p.m. and includes a sampling of an assorted buffet, hors d弛euvres, salads and entrees.  The tasting costs $2.50 per person and a reservation is required by calling Arizona Catering at (480) 898-8848.

In addition to the tour and tasting, wedding vendors will be available to show and talk about featured items such as tuxes, invitations, photography services, make up, wedding cakes and DJ entertainment.  The Glendale Civic Center has hosted hundreds of weddings since 1999 and for the past several years has been voted the number one venue for conference centers of its size in Ranking Arizona痴 annual publication 禅he Best of Arizona Business.

For more information call (623) 930-4311 or visit www.glendaleciviccenter.com.

                                                                                            

 

 




 

25th Annual Engine and Tractor Show Feb. 14 and 15

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  • The 25th Annual Engine and Tractor Show comes to Sahuaro Ranch Park 9 a.m. Feb. 14. Visitors to the event will be 
    able to see approximately 200 antique and classic farm tractors as well as the small gas engines and other |
    equipment that was used in the early agricultural development of the Salt River Valley. The items have been 
    collected and restored by a wide cross-section of people from all walks of life.


 




 

 

 

 

 

Student Veterans Summit Will Connect Veterans 

to Business Leaders for Employment and Mentorship

will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Contact: Chris Spicer, 602-579-4623, William.Spicer@gccaz.edu.

(Glendale, AZ January 29, 2015) Glendale Community College, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and S.E.E.4Vets present the Veteran Student Summit, a networking opportunity for student veterans to explore employment and mentoring opportunities. The Veteran Student Summit will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Glendale Community College, Student Union Room 104, 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale.

Local business owners and members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce will participate in a panel discussion and luncheon, with the goal of connecting student veterans to college and local business leaders in order to explore mentoring and employment opportunities.

S.E.E4Vets (Support, Education & Employment for Vets) facilitates summits like this one to help veterans secure meaningful and productive employment as part of their post-military journey, and to help student veterans and business leaders to better understand each other.  

Light lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP contact Chris Spicer, 602-579-4623, William.Spicer@gccaz.edu.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

Will The Foothills Library contents be put 
into the Foothills Aquatic Center Building?
How will it fit? 
What services will go away or come about?


In a nutshell .... city needs money they have investigated selling some of their buildings... seems 
Midwestern University is running low on land.. much of the empty land that used to surround
 the foothills library is fast filling up with buildings... 
( see construction photos below).
Be sure to be at the workshop Tuesday, February 3, 2015 1:30 PM Council Chambers - Room B3. Unlike a council meeting which allows citizen comments you are at this type of meeting merely as a spectator. you can also watch it over Glendale 11. It will be interested to see exactly what will be presented as a solution.
There is a large SAVE OUR LIBRARY movement starting up which may serve to complicate any possible transition. I withhold any further reporting on this until I hear Glendale's presentation on the 3rd - Ed Sharpe- Editor

WORKSHOP SESSION 
February 3, 2015

POTENTIAL RELOCATION OF THE FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY AND
EXPANSION OF LIBRARY SERVICES

Staff Contact and Presented By: Erik Strunk, Director, Community Services
Department
Staff Contact and Presented By: Michael Beck, Chief Librarian
All of the panoramas you see below are
FOOTHILLS LIBRARY 
that would be downsized and moved.


City Council Agenda WorkShop session 2/3/2015
I. 15-105 POTENTIAL RELOCATION OF THE FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY AND EXPANSION OF LIBRARY SERVICES
OTENTIAL RELOCATION OF THE FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY AND EXPANSION OF LIBRARY SERVICES
Staff Contact and Presented By: Erik Strunk, Director, Community Services Department
Staff Contact and Presented By: Michael Beck, Chief Librarian
Purpose and Policy Guidance
This is a request for City Council to review and provide guidance on the potential relocation of the Foothills Branch Library to available space at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center and expansion of library services. Specifically, staff is seeking Council direction to gather public input regarding this concept and subsequently share all public response and comment at a future Council workshop.
Background
With the advent of new technological innovations and the increased use of personal electronic devices to access digital media, traditional library services continue to evolve and undergo significant change in concept, design and meeting the needs of library patrons. Throughout the nation there are examples of digital libraries, creative spaces to allow 3-D printing and interaction with electronic media, Wi-Fi access to the Internet via personal tablets, stand-alone computers, and smart phones. In light of a partnership opportunity that has been presented to the City by Midwestern University and as a part of the City's ongoing efforts to explore new and improved service models and assess its assets, the Community Services Department recently conducted an internal staff review of the Glendale Public Library System. This review included a statistical analysis of use patterns, the identification of library trends and the type of library media used by library patrons. One of the opportunities discussed is the possible relocation and transformation of the Foothills Branch Library into a high-tech "Library and Technology Center" as well as partnership opportunities that enhance the library and community.
There is space available at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center (FRAC). By relocating and creating a new branch library here, it is possible to utilize existing city-owned space. An overview would include:
1. Increased library hours for the public with 13 additional hours a week, going from currently 36 hours to 49 hours which is 676 hours more a year
2. Continue to provide patrons access to physical books, materials, technology, meeting room space, study room space, special interest classes and events, book drop and online ordering capabilities
3. Increase digital material collections and provide a new array of technologies (tablets, green screens, 3-D printer, new desktop computers, enhanced Wi-Fi, etc.)
4. Relocation costs covered by transaction revenue
5. Reduced annual operating expenses without eliminating full-time library staff
Patrons would still have access to group study rooms, a 24-48 hour guarantee delivery of books reserved in person or online, special children and youth literacy programing initiatives, public computers, and drop off book bins. This new facility and amenity would be provided at no cost to library patrons and customers.
Additionally, Midwestern University, Arizona's largest non-profit medical school, has expressed partnership interest for:
1. Continuing to allow community groups to use the meeting rooms
2. A new and potential partnership with an organization dedicated to helping veterans with health related issues
3. Additional special interest healthcare classes
4. The mentoring and tutoring opportunities for youth
5. The sponsorship of free health-related clinics
6. Partnering with use of medical research and health related materials
Analysis
A new Library and Technology Center would offer library services for all ages, access to the digital world via an enhanced and expanded "e-library" concept, and a comfortable seating area with access to refreshments that patrons could enjoy while reading a book, periodical, or accessing the internet via tablets. It would be designed to be an enhanced library experience through the use of technology, one which would embrace the concept of a true digital library, while still providing traditional library services. Relocation would also provide cross-benefit to exposure and use of the Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center by library patrons.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
If directed by Council, staff would recommend a very robust and thorough public participation process that would include the hiring of an outside facilitator to oversee and coordinate the public input process. It is envisioned this would involve public open-houses, online comment opportunity for feedback and briefings to the appropriate city commissions, boards and community stakeholders.
Budget and Financial Impacts
Upon Council direction, staff would move forward with appropriate planning for public input and an outside facilitator. Budgetary impact will be determined based upon Council direction

 

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Empty room you see below is the main proposed library area.

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Shots around and showing the filled up land spaces in the Midwestern area.

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20th Annual Chocolate Affair

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Football, romance novels, chocolate, Plein Air painting, food and music brought a crowd to downtown Glendale on Friday and Saturday. Most of the crowd coming on Saturday due to the threat of showers.

Out of state visitors probably did not think much of our rain. Nevertheless, most locals enjoyed the gray days and the rain you could see days Thursday and Friday. Saturday was cool and cloudy but the showers stayed away for most of the day.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1886.

Football, chocolate and romance make a beckoning combination. Sunday is of course game day. These sweet temptations from the Napoleon Bakery could help make a gray day a little brighter.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1904.

Local romance writer Marion Ekholm has a second book out, An Act of Love, at the 2015 Chocolate Affair in downtown Glendale, Arizona.

 Cover art from Amazon.com

Local romance writer Marion Ekholm has a second book out, An Act of Love, at the 2015 Chocolate Affair in downtown Glendale, Arizona.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1943

Civil Air Patrol both at the 2015 Chocolate Affair in Glendale. Pictured are Angelo and Nicholas Rossetti, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and Pete Feltz.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3569.

Chief Tom shows off his freshly baked chocolate heart shape cakes.
Be sure to visit him in the promenade ( N. side of parking garage)

 

 

 

 

The City of Glendale Plein Air Painting Event

The City of Glendale Plein Air Painting Event was presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program on Saturday, January 31. Judging for the event was held at 4:00 p.m. on the north side of the Promenade on Palmaire. The Council Choice Award was judged by Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, Councilmembers Gary Sherwood and Lauren Tolmachoff. Coucnilmember Jamie Aldama and Councilmember Bart Turner were also present at during the event. The Best of Show, Second and Third Place awards were judged by R.J. Merrill, Program Director at Glendale Community College Art Department. Both the Council Choice Award and the Best of Show paintings will receive a $1000.00 award. Second Place a $500.00 award and Third Place a $250.00 award.  

The paintings had to be painted within the city limits of Glendale and could not be any larger than 18 x 24 inches. Weather was a concern too. Finished or not works, with frame (or mat and frame), were due to the Promenade on Plamaire before the judging started at 4:00 p. m.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2023 

 

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Kyle Rafferty痴 painting took the Third Place ribbon at this year痴 Plein Art Painting event. This is the artist痴 first time participating in this event.


 

 

 

 

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Matt Sterbenz painting received the Second Place ribbon on Saturday at the Plein Air event in Glendale. Matt Sterbenz, "I love this event."


 

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Sherrie Aldawood痴 painting received the Best of Show ribbon and prize in the 2015 Plein Air Painting competition.

 

 

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Sherrie Aldawood痴 painting received the Best of Show ribbon and prize in the 2015 Plein Air Painting competition.

 


 

 

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Mauriel Morejon took the Council Choice Award again this year. His work took the same prize in 2014. Congratulations!

 

 

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Mauriel Morejon took the Council Choice Award again this year. His work took the same prize in 2014. Congratulations!


 
Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate
Dominated Downtown Glendale January 30-31
By - Ed Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet  

This weekend  was a delicious delight for the senses as the 20th Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire took over downtown Glendale to create a chocolate-lover痴 dream! Despite the first day being rainy, people  flocked to the  event  when the weather improved the second  day. This year's event was moved up  to coincide with Super Bowl weekend.

Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gathered in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well. Chocolate confections will included everything from chocolate truffles, sweet potato fries with chocolate and brown sugar glaze and tropical hot chocolate, to deep-fried chocolate bars and organic dark chocolate. Who could possible say no to this scrumptious sweet tour-de force?

The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona痴 famous candy makers, Cerreta痴. The candy factory offered tours all weekend, so visitors got a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatiers create everyone痴 favorite candy. Shuttles were available to the tours.

In addition, the festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of literary romantics offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts.

From the very first Chocolate Affaire romance authors have been a part of this unique celebration. It was at that first meeting with the  merchants of Catlin Court and the  downtown Glendale, held at Espresso Garden,  that Craig Kimmell of the  Sports Group, and city personnel,  pitched the proposal for this festival that was to be unlike anything else in Arizona. Craig and his Group were rather famous in early years assisting Chandler Arizona Chamber of Commerce put on the Ostrich Festival!

Over 20 years ago, Bette Sharpe, a city librarian and co-owner of the Coury House Shoppes in Catlin Court,   hearing all the elements that the event would encompass, brought up the fact that romance writers would be a perfect fit. Bette's Supervisor at the city of Glendale, Shelley Mosley who was  the branch manager of the Velma Teague Branch Library, and a romance writer herself, put the plan in place. Hours of Shelley's planning, assisted by other staff members and volunteers at the Velma Teague Library  guaranteed the success of  this endeavor.

From the very start Shelley had large groups of writers sharing ideas and giving workshops. Initially Barnes and Nobel was the book vendor, supplemented by  sales of used  romance novels that the library system had received as gifts and were duplicates and not needed for the libraries current holdings at any of the branches. This sale of duplicate material was most helpful to the library for new programs and purchase of holdings they were short on.

How did the Chocolate Affaire Start?  The short version is that Cerreta's Chocolates spent a year and  a half working with the city to formulate the concept.  The city hired the Sports Group to assist in the physical production of the event

After 5 years the City of Glendale, with an increased staff, took on ownership of total production this event and now handles all the  design and scheduling for it.





 

 

New Automotive Technology Building 

Coming to GCC痴 main campus

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1810.

It was wet and chilly Friday morning, January 30, 2015 for the groundbreaking for the new home of the Automotive Technology building on the Glendale Community College main campus. The new building will be named in honor of Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus.

The old building from the 1960s is no more.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1821.

Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board President Dana Saar, Glendale Community College President Dr. Irene Kovala, and Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Automotive Technology building to be named in honor of Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1839.

Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus and current GCC President Dr. Irene Kovala at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Automotive Technology building which will be named in honor of Dr. Randolph. The new building is scheduled to open and ready for students next year.

Dr. Randolph, Respected Educator and Leader
GCC is honored to add Dr. Randolph痴 name to the new Technology 3 building. Randolph was a prominent and influential leader in the West Valley throughout his 35-year career at the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). A Glendale native, Randolph was named as GCC Interim President in 2002 and in 2003, became the fifth President of Glendale Community College. As such, he was instrumental in creating extensive community partnerships, developing signature programs like Automotive Technology, and revitalizing the campus, which continue today. 

Dr. Randolph has a deep and long-time connection to Western Maricopa County and has served in many organizations that promote its well-being and advancement, including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the Glendale Rotary Club, West Valley Think Tank, Sahuaro Ranch Foundation Board of Directors and WESTMARC.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1859.

The rain and chilly temperatures did not dampen the enthusiasm for these four: Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board President Dana Saar, current GCC President Dr. Irene Kovala, Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus, and Jean McGarth, Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board Member. They broke ground (ceremoniously) for the new Automotive Technology building on the main Glendale Community College Campus on Friday, January 30, 2015. The old building is now rubble and will be replaced with a newer, more modern facility. Cars have changed since 1969.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1871.

Pictured with shovels are: Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board President Dana Saar, Governing Board Member John Heep, Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus, and Jean McGarth, Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board Member. Two people are moving the dirt with groundbreaking shovels and two people who are holding umbrellas, who cannot be seen.

"We are thrilled to dedicate this brand new building to Dr. Phil Randolph, who has been a driving force behind so many innovations at Glendale. He recognized early the impact an Automotive Technology program could have on west valley students and was instrumental not only as an instructor in that program, but as the leader of this campus," said Dr. Irene Kovala.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1874.

Pictured: Jaime Vidales, Senior Project Manager Adolfson and Peterson, Lupe Ochoa and Christ Strange of Adolfson and Peterson. Ochoa and Strange will be checking to see that the new construction goes well and stays safe.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 1876 and 1822.

Jean McGarth, Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board Member and Diana Jacobs, AIA Holly Street Studios was the Principal Architect of the new T-3 building. The new building will be named after Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus.

Technology 3 Building from 1969 to Present
The Technology 3 (T3) building at GCC was originally built as a new facility in 1969 and the Automotive Technology program housed there has long since outgrown its 11,000 square feet.

The new complex will be built from the ground up, featuring 40,000 square feet of classroom and instructional space, vehicle and tool storage bays, library and open learning spaces, and faculty offices. Interior instructional areas will be dedicated to specific automotive systems of electrical, heating/air conditioning, drivetrains, engine performance and alternative fuels, suspension and steering, engine repairs and overhaul, brakes, and drive trains.

The new T3 complex project is budgeted at approximately $7.9 million, and is slated to open in January for the Spring 2016 semester.

 

IT担 RAINING CHOCOLATE IN GLENDALE JANUARY 30-31
Rain or shine, chocolate is the star in downtown Glendale this weekend

 

 

WHO:                   Chocoholics, adults, children, families, couples and sports fans will all enjoy this culinary adventure!

 

WHAT:                 The 20th Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will go on rain or shine! The event features more than 30 chocolate purveyors, entertainment, romance novelists, chocolate factory tours, and a 鉄uper Street with team d馗or and all kinds of activities for football fans

 

WHERE:               Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale avenues

 

WHEN:                 Friday, Jan. 30, noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.              

 

WHY:                    Downtown Glendale痴 hometown candy factory, Cerreta Candy Company, has inspired this popular festival, which now draws more than 80,000 people annually

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS, VISITORS THAT

DRONES ARE BANNED NEAR THE STADIUM DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK
Important message to ensure safe, festive event week

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. City of Glendale officials are reminding residents and visitors that any unmanned aircraft including drones are not to be flown near the University of Phoenix Stadium during this Sunday痴 Super Bowl game and surrounding activities all week.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has deemed the area surrounding the stadium a controlled airspace, and any unmanned aircraft are prohibited in the area. The FAA has more information on their website: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=81485.

 

 

 




 

 

 

WITH RAIN EXPECTED, FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS

TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHILE ENJOYING SUPER WEEKEND

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. The Glendale Incident Management Team痴 meteorologist is closely monitoring the weather and is forecasting that the Glendale area could receive up to an inch of rain over the next 48 hours as well as thunderstorms tomorrow.

The Glendale Incident Management Team痴 meteorologist monitors weather data through various sources, including the Phoenix National Weather Service, the National Weather Service radar images, NOAA weather radios, as well as the current rainfall/streamflow data from the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. If Severe Weather Warnings (thunderstorm, high wind, flood, flash flood) are issued by the National Weather Service, city departments will be notified and if necessary, the Emergency Operations Center may be activated to coordinate information and support operations.

In the meantime, the Glendale Fire Department is urging residents to prepare and take proper precautions, especially if venturing out into the elements to enjoy Super Bowl 49 activities.

Important safety reminders:

         When you first see lightning or hear thunder, go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

         If outdoors when lightning strikes, avoid water,  the high ground, open space,  and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut.

         Injured persons struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.

         When driving on the freeway, drive in the center lanes as water tends to pool in the outside lanes.

         Turn on your headlights! It will help you see better on foggy or rainy days and it will help other drivers see you!

         Increase your following distance and watch for brake lights ahead.

         Slow down it takes longer to stop in wet weather. Plus the faster you drive, the greater the chances of hydroplaning!

  • Children need constant supervision around all bodies of water.

  • Avoid moving water.

  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground. DO NOT attempt to push your car to higher ground as the ground underneath the surface may be unstable.

  • Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may also hide animals and broken bottles. Avoid walking or driving through it.

         If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded, stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper blades. Wiper blades are inexpensive and are very easy to change!

         Check the tread and inflation of your tires. Properly maintained tires provide the added traction you will need on wet roads.

         Consider carrying a portable car starter with you. That way, if your battery goes dead you can start your car from inside the vehicle rather than getting out of the car to do a conventional jump start with cables.

 

Resources for residents:

  • Sand and sand bags are available at the following locations: (please bring your own shovel)

    • Bonsall Park North, northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, next to the hockey rink

    • City of Glendale Community Center North: 14061 N. 59th Ave.

    • GFD Support Services: 7501 N.55th Ave.

 

 
Save the Date!
Artist Reception
Thursday, February 12th - 4 pm to 7 pm
at Gallery Glendale at Westgate

 

PSA Art Awakenings and Release the Fear put on a show of hope, strength and overcoming odds - all showcasing "Healing at Its Best!"  These non-profit arts, health and human services organizations promote the healing power of the arts to help youth and adults overcome fear, depression and other behavioral health issues  so that they can give back to the community through the arts.

 

 

 

 
 
9380 W. Westgate Blvd., Ste. D-109 * Glendale, AZ 85305
located in the Westgate shopping plaza next to Coldstone.
Gallery Hours
Every Friday & Saturday in February - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
or by appointment,
Robert.Demeter@azpsa.org or 480.622.3360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival Kicks Off

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

DIRECTV super three-day festival kicked off on Wednesday evening, January 28 at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale.  Wednesday痴 headliner, Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform on the Super Fan Stage at 9: 25 p.m.  Tickets for the Thursday and Friday performances were still available at this writing.  For more information and for a full schedule of events, visit www.stubhub.com/directv.  Parking is free.  There is a big musical event in Glendale just south of the University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1657.

John Colaneri  and Anthony Carrino (America痴 Most Desperate Kitchens) with Alison Victoria (Kitchen Crashers) standing in the middle are on the 途ed carpet at the DIRECTV痴 three-day fan festival even in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1688.

Singer and songwriter Thomas Rhett on the red carpet on opening night at the DIRECTV痴 Super Fan Festival in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1716.

Members of the band, The Cadillac Three on the DIRECTV痴 Red Carpet event opening night, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  The groups lead singer, Jaren Johnston is holding the microphone. Neil Mason is standing to his left and Kelby Ray to his right. 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1788

Food Networks Duff Goldman cuts the huge cake.  Duff Goldman has a new program premiering January 29th, From Duff to Dawn, and on February 2, Kids and Baking Competition, both on the Food Network.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Cake 1.

Food Network痴 Duff Goldman samples some cake. 


 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    • 5:30pm 5:50pm Becky G Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:15pm 6:45pm Magic! Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:45pm 7:05pm Ingrid Michaelson Acoustic Performance (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:15pm 7:55pm Jason Derulo Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 8:15pm 9:15pm Alesso Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 9:25pm 11:25pm Calvin Harris Performs (Super Fan Stage)

 

Friday, January 30, 2015 (Schedule Subject to Change)

    • 5:00pm 5:30pm American Authors Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:00pm 6:45pm Ingrid Michaelson Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:15pm 6:35pm Young The Giant Acoustic Set Performance (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:15pm 8:15pm Young The Giant Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:00pm 8:00pm Red Carpet interviews with Snoop Dogg and Imagine Dragons
    • 8:15pm 9:15pm Snoop Dogg Performs (Super Fan Stage)
    • 9:45pm 11:00pm Imagine Dragons Performs (Super Fan Stage)

 

WHERE: Pendergast Family Farm 95th Avenue & West Bethany Home Road, Glendale, AZ 85305

 

TICKETS: Fans can purchase a single day ticket or a three day pass that will give them access to all Festival events through StubHub, the exclusive ticket partner of the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival. Tickets begin at $99 and are available for purchase now in limited supply  visit www.stubhub.com/directv.

 

 

 

 




 

 

Be sure to visit Lulu from Bitzee Mama's 
at the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival!
Ed Sharpe and Lulu Talking Tamales!
THIS EVENT THURS AND FRI ALSO!
There are 2 more days of this fun filled event!

 

By  Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV
At The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival

 

Nunzia presented me with pizza!
It was wonderful!
Visit All Gourmet Catering's  booth!
 
Nunzia  took the  camera  and got me
enjoying the pizza!

 




 

 

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction 

of New Automotive Technology Building,  Named in
 Honor of Dr. Phillip Randolph, President Emeritus

(Glendale, AZ January 28, 2015)  Glendale Community College proudly announces the groundbreaking and construction of the new home of the Automotive Technology program, a main campus building that will be named in honor of Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus.

展e are thrilled to dedicate this brand new building to Dr. Phil Randolph, who has been a driving force behind so many innovations at Glendale. He recognized early the impact an Automotive Technology program could have on west valley students and was instrumental not only as an instructor in that program, but as the leader of this campus, said Dr. Irene Kovala.

Dr. Randolph, Respected Educator and Leader
GCC is honored to add Dr. Randolph痴 name to the new Technology 3 building. Randolph was a prominent and influential leader in the West Valley throughout his 35-year career at the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). A Glendale native, Randolph was named as GCC Interim President in 2002 and in 2003, became the fifth President of Glendale Community College. As such, he was instrumental in creating extensive community partnerships, developing signature programs like Automotive Technology, and revitalizing the campus, which continue today. 

Dr. Randolph has a deep and long-time connection to Western Maricopa County and has served in many organizations that promote its well-being and advancement, including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the Glendale Rotary Club, West Valley Think Tank, Sahuaro Ranch Foundation Board of Directors and WESTMARC.

Technology 3 Building from 1969 to Present
The Technology 3 (T3) building at GCC was originally built as a new f
acility in 1969, and the Automotive Technology program housed there has long since outgrown its 11,000 square feet.

The new complex will be built from the ground up, featuring 40,000 square feet of classroom and instructional space, vehicle and tool storage bays, library and open learning spaces, and faculty offices. Interior instructional areas will be dedicated to specific automotive systems of electrical, heating/air conditioning, drivetrains, engine performance and alternative fuels, suspension and steering, engine repairs and overhaul, brakes, and drive trains.

The new T3 complex project is budgeted at approximately $7.9 million, and is slated to open in January 2016 in time for the Spring 2016 semester.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Technology 3 Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 9:00 a.m. at the north side of the former Technology 3 building location, in the northwest corner of GCC Main campus. The public is invited to attend.  Holly Street Studios architects and Adolfson & Peterson construction representatives will attend.

If you go:
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held rain or shine. The closest parking is available in the Northwest  parking lot. Enter from 59th Avenue and Via Gaucho.

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ABOUT GCC
Glendale Community College offers innovative higher education curriculum in more than 100 associate degree, certificate and transfer programs, workforce development and career re-training courses. Glendale Community College is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa Community College District.

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

When NFL snubs Jerry Weiers, it disses all of Glendale

AZ REPUBLIC SAYS - 

Yes, the Super Bowl host city's mayor clashes with the NFL. That's no reason to leave him out of the game.

Read entire article and watch some Chan. 12 video --

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/01/26/super-bowl-ticket-jerry-weiers/22372615/

 

 




 

 

 

Glendale Police Make Arrest in New Year痴 Homicide

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. On Thursday January 1, 2015 officers in the area of 51st Avenue and Peoria Avenue heard apparent gunshots and responded to investigate. This occurred just after 1:00am. Two shooting victims were located in the parking lot of 5140 W. Peoria Avenue. A vehicle seen leaving the area was stopped just south of Peoria on 51st Avenue and a third shooting victim was located inside of that vehicle. The Glendale Fire Department responded and treated the victims, all of whom were transported to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. 21-year old male Keith George, of Phoenix, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. He was located by officers in the parking lot along with another 31-year old male victim. The third victim that had been located at the traffic stop is a 23-year old male.

Violent Crimes Detectives responded that night and conducted an investigation. It is believed that there had been a fight in the parking lot at this location. During the course of the fight, a subject was struck in the head with a bottle. In response, the suspect retrieved a weapon from his person and opened fire on the crowd that had gathered there.

On January 16, 2015 Violent Crimes Detectives and SWAT served a search warrant at the El Mirage home of 24-year old Steven Orozco Jr. He was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail one count of 1st-degree murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana.

On January 26, 2015 a Grand Jury Indictment was handed down charging Steven Orozco Jr. with 1st-degree murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana. Steven Orozco Jr. is currently being held at the 4th Avenue Jail. Booking photo and Form IV can be obtained from MCSO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations About Dementia

 

Glendale, Ariz. 末 If you池e dreading that difficult talk about finances, driving privileges, or health care decisions with your loved one, then get help by joining our "Conversations about Dementia" at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7.

Martha Burruel from the Arizona Alzheimer's Association (Desert Southwest Chapter of the national Alzheimer痴 Association) will discuss tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia. The organization痴 mission is to "empower and support individuals, families, care partners, and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada." For more information, visit their website at www.alz.org/dsw.

This program is free and open to the public. To register, please call 623-930-3431 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

 




 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 
Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

Glendale, Ariz. 末 It痴 double the fun and double the lighthouses! -- at the next Authors @ the Teague program, when Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle discuss and sign their latest mysteries at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue.

Writing under the name of Eva Gates, Vicki Delany presents the first of her new Lighthouse Library series, set in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. In "By Book or By Crook," Lucy is enjoying her dream job as the town痴 librarian until a valuable Jane Austen first edition is stolen and the library board chair is murdered.

A retired systems analyst, Vicki Delany was born in Winnipeg, married in South Africa, traveled around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, and now lives in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. A mother of three grown daughters, she writes standalone suspense novels, humorous historical mysteries (the Klondike Gold Rush series) and police procedurals set in British Columbia (the Constable Molly Smith series). The seventh installment in the Molly Smith series will be published by the Poisoned Pen Press this spring. For more information, see www.vickidelany.com.

In January 2015, "NY Times" bestselling author Kate Carlisle releases her newest Fixer-Upper Mystery novel, set in Lighthouse Cove, California. In "This Old Homicide," when contractor/detective Shannon Hammer finds her neighbor murdered, she must act quickly before the wrong person "gets nailed...."

A Southern Californian, Kate studied law, acting, and singing and spent over two decades working on game and variety shows including "Solid Gold" and "The Gong Show" before turning to fiction. Also author of the Bibliophile Mystery series, Kate is a past winner of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Awards and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. For more information, see www.katecarlisle.com.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Please call 623-930-3431 for more information.

 

 




 

 

ASU痴 West campus celebrates
 Black History Month

 

 

 

Black History Month at ASU痴 West campus includes a visit from Elaine Richardson, who will share her remarkable story of overcoming drug addiction and abusive relationships to earn a Ph.D. and become a faculty member at Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

The public is invited to join in the celebration as Arizona State University痴 West campus commemorates Black History Month during February. This year痴 celebration features the theme of Education: Remembering the Past, Cultivating our Future.

Events are free of charge; visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour. The West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

The schedule is:

Opening Celebration & Gumbo Challenge

Feb. 7, 6 p.m.

Black History Month kicks off with a gumbo challenge. Faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to an evening of gumbo, soul food, fun and celebration. Do you have a family gumbo recipe you want to enter into the challenge? Enter the contest, or just come to eat and enjoy. R.S.V.P. for details regarding this event痴 off-campus location to Samantha Fritz, 602-543-5300.

Guest performer Elaine Richardson: 撤HD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Second Stage West, lower level of University Center Building

Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, short stints in jail, the cycle of death that was her life, and on top of that, pregnant again. It was the end. The only way out was death or prison, but that wasn稚 her fate. Instead, she went to schooland never stopped. On her journey, she became empowered with the knowledge of her culture and history. Elaine Richardson theatrically shares her journey of sexual exploitation and other forms of bondage to promote healing and empowerment through education. This free event is sponsored by the Committee for Campus Inclusion on ASU痴 West campus along with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

14th Annual Pioneer Award Dinner

Feb. 19, 6 p.m.

The 2015 honoree is Matthew C. Whitaker, ASU Foundation Professor of History and founding director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Festivities include an awards ceremony, oral history, entertainment and dinner. African attire is suggested. R.S.V.P.s are required for the dinner, to be held on the West campus.

For information about Black History Month at ASU痴 West campus, contact westevents@asu.edu or 602-543-5300.