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GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH EAGLE SCOUT 
CANDIDATE TO DONATE WATER

Glendale, Ariz. –– 

 Michael Rothamer is a senior at Liberty High School and part time lifeguard at Ironwood High School. He heard
on T.V. that the Glendale Fire Dept. was looking for donations of water over the summer months. He was also looking for a service opportunity for his Eagle Scout Project and knew this could be a worthy cause to support. 
 

After a random call to Fire Administration, he was connected to the Fire Department Resource Management Division. With Boy Scout approval, he set out planning, organization and developing his water drive. His goal was 200 cases to be collected and knew he wanted to involve the surrounding neighborhoods, retail community and his church. 

               Coincidentally, Glendale Fire with Glendale Parks and Recreation were already teamed-up collecting water at local fire stations to support their respite sites located throughout the City. Michael’s donations contributed significantly to the overall effort to get water to those in need.

Approximate donated hours will exceed 150 and he stacked case after case during our recent heatwave with 115 degree weather.

Michael values this experience on many levels. He feels he has made a contribution towards helping out the community and providing some relief to those less fortunate coping with the sweltering summer heat. He has also had the privilege of partnering with the Glendale Fire Department and working with them on this project while understanding the scope of their influence in the community.

The Eagle Scout program has helped him develop and grow in leadership, communication, organization and time management skills to name a few.  It has helped lay a foundation of good work ethics and service that will stay with him well into his future endeavors.

Final count on water collection is:

Neighborhood -     77 cases

Retail stores    -   155 cases

Church            -   126 cases

Total water      -   358 cases

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Police Make Arrest in 1978 Homicide

     

 

For 37 years the murder of Susan Schmidt went unsolved. Today the Glendale Police Department announces an arrest in its oldest cold case.

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Wednesday, March 22, 1978, just after 8:30pm, the Glendale Police Department responded to a call of an injured person in a car in the roadway at 55th Avenue, just south of Northern. Both the Glendale Police and Glendale Fire Departments responded to find 21-year old Susan Schmidt, a Glendale resident, slumped in her vehicle after being shot multiple times. Susan was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

During the initial investigation, investigators learned that Susan had been seen shopping in the Valley West Mall shortly before 8:00pm. Approximately 30 minutes later, a jogger found Susan in her 1976 Toyota Celica. He flagged down another vehicle which drove to a nearby fire station and summoned help. Investigators spoke to several witnesses who indicated that a male subject was seen standing at or near Susan’s car where it had been found in the roadway. Detectives followed up on many leads, but all were ruled out and the case went "cold."

A beautiful and well-liked girl, Susan was a graduate of Glendale High School, worked at the Glendale Youth Center tutoring young adults and a was a college student at both Glendale Community College and Arizona State University.

Detectives and Forensic investigators have continued to work this cold case in hopes of generating new leads. Over the last 37 years this case has been featured in many news formats and several Cold Case Detectives have put effort into solving Susan’s murder. It is the oldest homicide case at the Glendale Police Department. Cold cases are periodically reviewed as new information, tips or leads come to the attention of Detectives.

Last April, a Glendale Police Forensic Technician conducted additional analysis on physical evidence collected from the crime scene and was able to identify 54-year-old Edward Meinhold of Bristol Virginia as a suspect. Cold Case Detective Roger Geisler began conducting countless interviews both locally and in Virginia. He spoke to Edward Meinhold and found that he had lived in Glendale at the time of Susan’s murder and lived a short distance from the crime scene.

Working closely with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and after appearing before a Grand Jury, an arrest warrant was obtained against Edward Meinhold for the murder (1st Degree Homicide) of Susan Schmidt in 1978. Detective Geisler travelled back to Virginia and, with assistance from the Bristol Police Department in Virginia, arrested Meinhold on August 21, 2015. Meinhold is awaiting extradition back to Arizona.

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Ed Sharpe   at Glendale Daily Planet adds.... an old relative in 1947?   then the  1978Buckeye Union AZ HS class of 78 -  the alumni pages points to current address in VA

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Adult Open House at West-Mec
West-MEC,  Its not just  for Kids!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

West-MEC (Western Maricopa Education Center) Adult education open house was Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Featured programs included aviation maintenance technology, avionics/electronics, precision manufacturing and welding technology. The Central Campus located at 6997 N. Glen Harbor Blvd. 

 



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5340.
Lane Grippy and Gil Guillia, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Advisory Council at West-MEC; are standing in front of machines used in precision manufacturing. Courses in this program teach the operation of manual and computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. Students learn to operate industry-standard machines used to shape metals for aerospace, energy generation and robotics. After successfully completing coursework, the student may test to receive a certificate with the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). 



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5345.

Gil Guillia is holding a lightsaber made in his shop. Making an art/entertainment item while in training is an advantage. Several women walked into the in the welding shop. Perhaps they have plans for sculpture projects.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5362.
These planes were donated and cannot fly. However they now help adults and high school students from across the valley learn aviation maintenance. 




Adult aviation maintenance technology provides training in aircraft engine service, repair and overhaul and engine components; including reciprocating engines, turbine engines, propellers, ignition and starting components and electrical, cooling and exhaust systems and fuel metering.

Students (high school and adult) may test for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General, (A&P) Airframe and Powerplant certification. The tests costs, and those cost vary by location. There are three exams each student will have to pass, written, oral and practical. Tests cost range ranges from $150 to $750, approximately, total tests cost is approximately $1,200.

Time and Costs for adult students
Program of Study Airframe & Powerplant 1948 course hours ($14,170 adult tuition) Program of Study Airframe 1178.50 course hours ($8,591.50 adult tuition)
Program of Study Powerplant 1178.50 course hours ($8,591.50 adult tuition)



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5360.



Airframe 1178.50 course hours 
• Service, repair and overhaul aircraft components and systems
• Basic electricity, aircraft drawings, math, physics, weight and balance
• Airframe systems such as airframe electrical systems, instrumentation, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, position and warning systems and landing gear systems 
• Communication/navigation, ice/rain and fire protection, sheet metal, welding and aircraft coverings



Powerplant 1178.50 course hours
•Service, repair and overhaul aircraft components and systems 
• Basic electricity, aircraft drawings, math, physics, weight and balance 
• Service, repair and overhaul aircraft components to include reciprocating engines, turbine engines, propellers, ignition and starting components and electrical systems, fuel metering, cooling and exhaust
Source:
http://west-mec.org/downloads/adult/Adult_Aviation_Cut%20Sheet.pdf

For High School Students

High school students pay $500 as part of their registration and that cost includes FAA text books. High school students can receive 12 elective credits per school year or 6 elective credits per semester. Those credits can go towards a high school diploma. At this time, West-MEC does not offer transferable college credits for the adult programs.

Featured Adult Education Programs during the open house at West-MEC

Veterans who qualify, VA G.I. Bill educational benefits may be available. Also available is a no-interest payment plan for adult students.

Aviation maintenance technology

Avionics/electronics

Precision manufacturing

Welding technology



For more information
www.west-mec.org/findyourhappy 
West-MEC Central Campus 6997 N. Glen Harbor Boulevard Glendale, AZ 85307 
Hours 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 623.209.8070
Email:
adulted@west-mec.org 


_________________From the Bureau of Labor Statistics _________________________
Source:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/aircraft-and-avionics-equipment-mechanics-and-technicians.htm#tab-5 

Median annual wages, May 2012
Avionics Technicians $55,350
Aircraft & Avionics equipment mechanics and technicians $55, 230
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians $55, 210

 

Job Prospects

Competition for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanic and technician jobs varies according to the type of job sought. In general, job opportunities will be best for mechanics with an A&P certificate and have knowledge about the most cutting edge technologies and composite materials. Familiarity with computers and digital systems will help provide the best opportunities.

Bachelor’s degree holders typically have an advantage when trying to enter the occupation and may find it easier to advance.

 

 

 

 

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"The Fountain of Youth"

Summer youth art project revitalizes Sensory Garden former fountain

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5286.

Lead artist Kristine Kollasch holds the sketch for the new public art piece located in the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden.

 

Kristine Kollasch is the lead artist for the public art mural on the north side of the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden. The new mural is surrounded by a low, curving wall. The inside walls provide the space for the mural. To the left as you enter will be the beginning of life illustrated with bright colors. At about midpoint, there is a rainbow and continuing eastward, the mural depicts the end of the day or life with grayer more somber colors. One theme at least is present, and it comes from something a former student of the artist said, and that was "my past is not my future". To see a rainbow, the viewer has to be looking upwards; a positive gesture.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5292

This was once a dilapidated fountain and now an inspirational ceramic mosaic planter.

 

Students, who participated in the permanent public art piece, will be able to bring their children to see it, if they want to do. Each of the artists put something of themselves in to the art work, literally. There are hand prints, names and words to live by in the mosaic tile.

Glendale’s 2015 Summer Art Project entitled "The Fountain of Youth" comes to fruition on Friday, August 21, at the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden as the installation of a new mural begins. Under the direction of local artist, Kristine Kollasch, teen artists involved with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Northview and Diana House Shelters came together to conceptualize and complete an art-based revitalization project at the park.

  "As a public artist I believe in the power of community art involvement as a catalyst for community pride, ownership and respect for ones surroundings," Kollasch said.

"This project has artistically revitalized the Contemplation Garden at the park," Glendale’s Arts Coordinator, Mojgan Vahabzadeh said. "The round walled area with a fountain that no longer functioned has been transformed into an artistic planter with mosaic tiles created by the participating teens."

The completion of the project begins on Friday, August 21, 2015 as a painting of a mural will transform the interior round wall of the area surrounding the planter.

In addition, this project included a partnership with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona to facilitate the artist workshops with teen boys and girls at two Glendale group homes. As part of the design process, the artist engaged the teens in discussions about the potential of youth and the dreams for the future. Over the course of the summer workshops, the teens designed and created over 1,000 unique mosaic tiles as they worked with the artist to design the planter and the concept for the mural wall.

Installation started at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21 and finished up around noon at the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden, 7637 N. 55th Avenue. Next Friday, August 28, all work on the new mural and planter should be finished.

"The Fountain of Youth Project" was funded through the City of Glendale Public Art Program, the Arts Commission created a summer project opportunity open to Arizona-based artists and non-profit arts organizations or schools. Through an open "Call for Proposal," applicants were asked to submit project ideas, which would engage Glendale teens in interactive visual arts activities during summer 2015.

 




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILD LAND DEPLOYMENTS INCREASE

Glendale, Ariz. –– The Glendale Fire Department has increased its wild land deployment teams to assist with wild fires in the Pacific Northwest and parts Arizona, Idaho and Oregon. Teams stay deployed for up to two weeks and must return to their home department before being redeployed. Some crews are moved from one fire to another during that deployment depending on resources. 

Some Glendale firefighters are trained to fight wild fires and have specialized credentials such as security, logistics, Incident Management Team (IMT), fire suppression and base camp Paramedic. Teams are deployed by the National Interagency Coordination Center in Boise, ID. 

Glendale Fire does have anyone deployed to the fires in WA State. A total of 13 Glendale Firefighters are on assignment to date.

 




 

 

SAHUARO DISTRICT MEETING FOCUSES 
ON PUBLIC TRANSIT STUDY

Councilmember Sherwood Hosts Meeting to Discuss Glendale Transit Corridor Study

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Councilmember Gary Sherwood of the Sahuaro District is hosting his August neighborhood meeting with a forum on the Glendale Transit Corridor Study.

Sherwood will be joined by City of Glendale’s Transit Manager, Matthew Dudley, in addition to representatives from Valley Metro. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation and introductions of the panel on hand to field questions.

“Even though construction for light rail in Glendale doesn’t begin until 2022, the decision that both Phoenix and Glendale city councils have to make at the beginning of next year will have long lasting effects,” Sherwood said. “This decision will affect the future shaping of Glendale Avenue out to the Sports and Entertainment district, as well as the future of our downtown area,” Sherwood continued.

This month’s meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 and take place at the Ironwood High School Library, 6051 W. Sweetwater Ave. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The first part of the meeting will be about the Transit Corridor Study and light rail update, followed by a question and answer opportunity. The second portion of the forum will address any general city and Sahuaro district issues or concerns from residents.

For more information or if you need special accommodations, call 623-930-2249. Reservations are requested, but not necessary.

 




 

 

 

 

The Police Foundation Announces the Selection of Four New Executive Fellows  - -  Our Glendale Chief Debora Black is One of them!!!!!! Congrats to our Chief! --- Read on...

Executives Will Enhance the Foundation’s mission of Improving Policing through Innovation and Science 

August 20, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Police Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of four new Executive Fellows, whose experience and expertise will significantly enhance and expand the Foundation’s growing Fellowship Programs. 

With 35 years of policing experience, Chief Debora (Debby) Black brings her expertise in major and mid-sized city policing and her valuable perspective as one of the Nation’s most experienced women executives in policing to the program. More about Chief Black… (see addition to bottom of this release)

With more than 32 years of policing experience, Chief Thomas Engells brings his expertise in campus law enforcement and a unique perspective as a certified law enforcement planner and national accreditation manager to the program. More about Chief Engells…

With 26 years of policing experience, Chief Michael Schirling (Ret.) brings a unique policing and investigative perspective to the program, in addition to his expertise in multijurisdictional approaches and operations and computer forensics. More about Chief Schirling…

With more than 34 years of police experience, Chief Ronal Serpas (Ret.) brings diverse agency and geographic expertise as well as experience as a Loyola University New Orleans professor, where he teaches criminal justice. More about Chief Serpas…

“The Police Foundation is extremely fortunate and pleased to bring these four extraordinarily accomplished police executives into our program,” said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation. “Each of these exceptional leaders are well-known and well-respected within the policing profession, and each brings an exciting and relevant personal perspective to the Police Foundation, as we focus on our mission of improving policing through innovation and science.”

Police Foundation Executive Fellows serve as members of the President’s Practitioner Advisory Board to ensure that the Foundation is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the practical side of policing. Fellows may serve as the Foundation’s regional representatives, work on specific projects and represent the Foundation in meetings and conferences. The Foundation currently has 29 Executive Fellows providing their leadership and public service experience to the Police Foundation’s efforts.

About The Police Foundation

The non-profit Police Foundation is an independent and non-partisan organization that has been advancing policing through innovation and science for 45 years. For more information on the Foundation’s efforts, please visit www.policefoundation.org.


Chief Debora (“Debby”) Black
Police Foundation About Us Chief Debora (“Debby”) Black


Police Chief Debora (Debby) Black joined the Glendale Police Department in December of 2006 in the role of Assistant Chief. In that role, she led the Patrol and Support Bureaus, which included overseeing Neighborhood Patrol Services, Training, Personnel Management, Professional Standards, Public Information, Technical Services, and Criminal Investigations. She was promoted to Executive Assistant Police Chief in 2009, served as Interim Police Chief beginning in March of 2012 and was named Police Chief in May of 2013.

Under Chief Black’s leadership, the Glendale Police Department has been committed to serving victims, recognized by the IACP’s Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2014. The Glendale Police Department has also routinely been in the national spotlight as host of major national sporting events, including the Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 Pro Bowl, and the upcoming 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Prior to joining the Glendale Police Department, Chief Black worked for the Phoenix Police Department. She began her career in 1980 as a patrol officer and worked her way through the ranks ultimately being promoted to Assistant Police Chief in 2000. During her career, Chief Black was awarded the Medal of Valor, three Medals of Lifesaving and two Police Chief’s Unit Awards.

Chief Black is the President of the West Valley Chiefs Association, President of the Board of Directors for the New Life Center, a shelter and service provider for victims of domestic violence, and serves on the EMPACT- Suicide Prevention Center Board of Directors. She also chaired the Governance Sub Committee with the City of Glendale Diversity Committee and in 2008, was recognized by the YWCA Tribute to Women as the Public Service Leader of the Year.

Chief Black earned a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government and has earned a Certificate in Legal Studies at Phoenix College. Chief Black is married and has a daughter.

 




 

 

 

OCOTILLO DISTRICT MEETING FOCUSES ON PUBLIC TRANSIT STUDY

Councilmember Aldama Hosts Meeting to Discuss Potential Transit Plans for Glendale



     GLENDALE, Ariz.Councilmember Jamie Aldama is hosting a meeting for residents of the Ocotillo District at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 in the gymnasium at Isaac Imes Elementary School, 6625 N. 56th Ave.

            Representatives from Valley Metro and Glendale city staff will present the latest information on the West Phoenix/Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study. This study identifies potential light rail or bus rapid transit corridor locations that will connect downtown Glendale to the existing light rail system.  Residents are invited to learn more about the project, ask questions, and share their feedback.

The Ocotillo District is located in the south/central part of Glendale and includes the downtown area. Visit www.glendaleaz.com/CityCouncil/districtmap.cfm for district boundaries.

For more information or if you need special accommodations, call 623-930-2249.  Reservations are requested, but not necessary.



Dr. Manning wants parents to prepare their children for this!

Every day, an estimated 36,000 children miss school due to their asthma. Dr. Manning says there are many things parents can be doing when preparing for the school year ahead and to help ensure their child’s asthma remains controlled. One website (www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com) not only offers in-depth information on how to manage asthma but also links to a downloadable Asthma Action Plan that parents/caregivers can complete and share with their child’s school before the start of the year.




 

 

GLENDALE, AZ NAMED TO EXPEDIA’S LIST OF

101 MOST COMFORTABLE CITIES

Glendale’s Hospitality Ranked Best in State by Visitors

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The city of Glendale has been named by Expedia as one of the nation’s top 101 most comfortable cities, based on customer hotel reviews on the website. Glendale was number 75 on the list; the only other Arizona city featured was Sedona at number 100.

More than 600,000 guest reviews were analyzed to determine the top cities for comfort across the U.S. These real life opinions on hospitable accommodations routinely influence travelers’ decisions when looking for new places to visit.

From the Viewfinder Travel Blog on Expedia.com: “We pulled 2014 data from millions of verified Expedia user reviews, and determined the top 101 U.S. cities with the highest hotel comfort ratings. These reviews covered everything from the most comfortable hotel beds to the coziest amenities. The top score for the best cities was 4.6 out of 5, with the last city on the list ranking a score of 4.2.”

Stylish and spacious rooms accommodations are offered in Glendale. The city boasts approximately 1,500 rooms, with more than 8,000 hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius, ranging from four- and five-star luxury properties to modest and boutique-style accommodations. West Valley accommodations are conveniently located within easy access to must-see attractions and premiere travel destinations, including Historic Downtown Glendale, Arrowhead Towne Center, the Sports & Entertainment District, which features Tanger Outlets Westgate and the Westgate Entertainment District.

 

“2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for Glendale, with record-breaking hotel occupancy during Super Bowl and Spring Training and we are currently trending with a 5 percent increase from last year,” stated Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB Manager. “To keep this momentum going, the Glendale CVB through our partnership with Glendale hotels have formed a Hotel and Venue Advisory Committee made up of Glendale hotels and the large scale venues who now meet regularly to discuss upcoming events, cooperative opportunities and continuing to build our brand awareness and commitment to providing the utmost in customer service to welcome our visitors and guests.”

To read the blog, visit https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/101-most-comfortable-cities-for-travelers.

 

LIBRARIES EXPANDS ONLINE SERVICE WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP

Thousands of New Titles Available Via Mobile Phone and Online Through Hoopla Digital

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale Public Library announced availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics via mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital (hoopladigital.com).

     Glendale library card holders can now download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or by visiting hoopladigital.com. Available content includes thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. 

     “The library is excited to add Hoopla Digital services to our growing electronic resource offerings for our patrons.  The selection is varied and downloading is quick,” said Glendale’s Chief Librarian, Michael Beck.

      “With Hoopla Digital, our patrons can enjoy dynamic content from the library on-the-go,” said Kathy Curley, Administrative Librarian for Collection Development. “Being digital, there is no waiting period for popular titles and Hoopla’s automatic return means no late fees.”

     Hoopla Digital is a service of Midwest Tape, a trusted partner to public libraries for more than 25 years.

 

 

 

Myrtle not favored and maybe on Glenn, Glendale or Lamar

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Members of the Glendale Community Working Group took any early poll vote on Wednesday, August 12 with four stickers—two green and two red. Each member present was asked to post red stickers for "no" and green stickers for "go" on the six alternative routes through downtown Glendale. You did not have to post any stickers on any map and you could put both red and green dots on the same route. The route along Myrtle got zero green stickers. No route received a standing ovation as the clear choice. This is just an exercise to see where the group’s thinking is and thus allow for a more concentrated focus for planning purposes.

 

Lamar Rd and 55th Drive (pink) 14 Green/Yes 11 Red/No

 

((((NO MAP)))

Lamar Rd from 51st 8 Green/Yes 0 Red/No

Glendale Ave. (Green) 15 Green/Yes 26Red/No

Glenn Dr./Palmaire Ave and 55th Ave. (Blue) 9 Green/Yes 9 Red/No

Palmaire Ave & 55th Ave. (purple) 3 Green/Yes 6 Red/No

Myrtle Ave/Palmaire Ave and 55th (Red) 0 Green/Yes 24 Red/No

Glenn Dr./Palmaire Ave. and 51st Ave. (Yellow) 27 Green/Yes 2 Red/No

 

The route in yellow, Glenn Dr./Palmaire Ave. from 51st Avenue received the most votes trial run. Straight down Glendale (green) was second and very close to that was the Lamar (pink) route. The "no" votes went to the Glendale Avenue (green) and to the route along Myrtle (red).

The city attorney has not issued a decision as to whether or not the light rail system could travel along Glendale Avenue on the east or west side of Grand Avenue. There was plenty of discussion as to if it would be better for the light rail system to go under Grand or over Grand Avenue. It would be less expensive to go over, but the big question is where? Crossing at Palmaire looks to be a good choice. There needs to be room for a construct a ramp up and over Grand Avenue and the railroad tracts. No route has been recommended so far.

 

Dogs helping Dogs - Lend a Paw!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5032.
An unidentified dog is actually helping to help other dogs at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in Glendale while getting cleaned up. This is the second year that Hot Dogs and Cool Cats Grooming provided a dog washing service at the Dog Days of Summer event in Glendale. The washed on the same corner this year as last on the corner of Glenn and 58th Ave.



The morning of August 1 it was very warm and very humid. Nevertheless, the events for dogs and dog lovers carried on during the 6th annual Dog Days of Summer event in Murphy Park. This was the second year Terry Welty, from Hot Dogs and Cool Cats pet services, washed dogs and donated the proceeds from her efforts to help the dogs and cats at the West Valley Animal Shelter, 7150 N. 110 Avenue, in Glendale. Sun Valley is a no-kill shelter that offers loving, compassionate care to homeless dogs and cats of the northwest valley.


Linda Moran-Whittley, dog owner, was this year’s chairwoman. She is also responsible for imitating the event and for its continued growth and success. Originally 50 plus dogs and their owners attended in 2010. Now the event hosts hundreds of canines with their owners attending having fun; even having a Frosty Paw, ice cream for dogs. For many, this is an annual summer event. New in 2015 was the Glendale “Paw-sker” Awards presented in the doggy talent show. Awards were given in each category, Best Trick, Best Kisser, Best Hair, and the Wildest Tail Wagger. Visitors who attend the yearly event say they remember the people and the dogs from the year or years before. Dogs and people are both social animals and it is good to get out once in a while and take a walk around the park and mix it up a little.



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.5262.
Proceeds from the raffle and dog wash at this year’s Dog Days of Summer event were presented to the West Valley Animal Shelter on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Terry Welty, Hot Dogs and Cool Cats, Kurt Oleson with Mary, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator, Sun Valley Animal Shelter, Linda Moran-Whittley holding Cooper, Papa Ed’s Ice Cream, Vanessa Linares, Shelter Director and Cassie Nickeson, shelter office manager. Director Linares is holding a puppy that was dropped off at the shelter during the presentation. The little guy will have to wait a couple of weeks before he gets a name. If he gets good report from the veterinarian, he could be up for adoption in a few weeks.


The cost to get the puppy ready for adoption is between $125 and $150. The total amount presented to the shelter on Wednesday was $336. Terry Welty said, “It was hard work, but rewarding.” Papa Ed’s Ice Cream and the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the events principal sponsors.

Also during the presentation a cat and a dog were getting ready to go home with their new families. It was a happy experience to the see animals going home with their families, but it was bitter sweet to see the puppy come into the shelter. The person who dropped him off did the right thing. SVAS unfortunately cannot accept all the cats and dogs that come through its doors. The person who brought in the cutie was asked some questions and the puppy was given an on-the-spot visual examination and seemed to be healthy enough to have a chance of finding a caring family. 

Sun Valley Hope Animal Hospital is located at the shelter and offers a low cost, full service animal hospital open to the public and rescue community.
Sun Valley Hope Animal Hospital
7150 N. 110th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85307
623-512-4673
Monday – Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more specific information or to make a donation, please call 623-872-7941 or visit www.sunvalleypets.org. They rely on generous donations. Listed below is the wish list.

Hot Dogs and Cool Cats Pet Services
3322 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85053
602-298-0852

 



SVAS wish list items-lend a paw if you can!


Below is a list of SVAS needed items, please help us help the animals! Items that they go through the most often is canned food, both dog and cat. Soon this list will be updated.


Bleach
Breakaway Collars for Cats & Kittens
Cat Condos and Trees
Cat Litter (non-scoopable)
Cat Litter Pans with Lids
Cat Scratching Posts & Toys
Ceramic Bowls
Copy Paper
Dish Soap
Distilled Water
Dog Toys – Kongs, Squeaky, Rope Toys
Dryer Sheets
Friskies or Nine Lives canned cat food
Gallon and Snack Size Ziplock Bags
General Office Supplies
Hand Soap
Industrial Mop Buckets
Industrial Water Hoses
Kirkland, Iams, and Pedigree wet canned food
Laundry Detergent
Outside Benches for Sitting
Puppy Housebreaking Pads
Science Diet Cat and Kitten Food
Science Diet Dog and Puppy Food
Scoops for Litter
Sheepskin Beds (All sizes)
Shelves
Stamps
Surgical Gloves
Tissues

CPAAG Supports GPD Forensics Unit with new equipment

By Bette and Ed Sharpe

Back in April of this year, the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) held a car show at Sanderson Ford in the Glendale. Monies generated from that fundraiser were presented to the Glendale Police Department’s Forensic Unit in the form of a new workstation for the Glendale Forensics Unit. Previously, members of the forensics unit stacked thick books one atop another to bring their work closer to eye level; practical, but not user friendly.

According to Randy Miller, CPAAG President, "Member of the Forensics Unit have been very supportive of Citizen’s Academy classes through the years and have given of their own time to help the alumni group with various fundraising projects to help other departments in the past. During a tour of the unit, CPAAG members learned of the need for improved desk for working with latent prints and a fundraising project was born."(see photo below)

 

Gina Carter/Special to the Glendale Daily Planet.

Tom Pennington, Glendale Forensics Unit Makes due with stacks of manuals to elevate the fingerprint specimens to a useful viewing level. The new desk corrected all these problems.

 

 

 

The unit really needed a new desk for detailed, very close work. Thanks to the efforts of CPAAG and others, a new solid maple, two-person drafting table was purchased. To make the new workstation as complete as possible, CPAAG’s gift included a high power magnifying glass with a built-in natural light lamp, and two adjustable work stools. The workstation has locking drawers. Information will be kept safe.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5224.

Gina Carter, Forensic Technician, Ray Stahl, CPAAG, Randy Miller, CPAAG President and Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black at the formal presentation of the new forensic equipment purchased for the Glendale Forensic Unit with funds raised at the 2nd Annual CPAAG Car Show held at Sanderson Ford on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Ray Stahl was instrumental in organizing the car show at Sanderson Ford. At the car show in April, Forensics Technicians, Gina Carter and Shawna Davis demonstrated techniques used in actual crime scene investigations.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5224.

Gina Carter, Forensic Technician, Ray Stahl, CPAAG, Randy Miller, CPAAG President and Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black at the formal presentation of the new forensic equipment purchased for the Glendale Forensic Unit with funds raised at the 2nd Annual CPAAG Car Show held at Sanderson Ford on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Ray Stahl was instrumental in organizing the car show at Sanderson Ford. At the car show in April, Forensics Technicians, Gina Carter and Shawna Davis demonstrated techniques used in actual crime scene investigations.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3233.

Tom Pennington, Glendale Forensics Unit, demonstrates how the new work station is used. Forensics Unit members have worked with the new equipment for about three months and are appreciative of how well the new equipment makes their jobs a little easier. The formal presentation was made at the Mail Station, 6835 N. 57th Drive, in recognition of National Forensic Sciences Week (August 10-16).

The new equipment includes an ergonomically correct desk; color balanced lighting and other small equipment items. CPAAG is very proud to invest time and effort into helping the critical unit whose work provides reliable evidence for prosecution, exoneration of the innocent and many other investigations.

Chief Deborah Black stated, "You know as a leader of any organization you want your people to have the best tools. The tools that they need to do their best work and we do our best to meet those needs. But When you have a wonderful organization like the Citizen Police Academy Alumni group that are willing to go out and raise the funds and so its symbolic that they are supportive in not only the dollars to buy equipment like this and the other things they have gifted to us, but that they are willing to put the hearts and souls, ideas behind that generosity to raise the money, builds awareness. Because all of these fundraising events that they hold also give us the opportunity to show what we do and to show the partnership this group and the Glendale Police Department have."

 

 

CPAAG is a 501c3 organization comprised of residents who have completed the Glendale Police Department’s eleven week Citizen’s Academy. These dedicated citizens support the Glendale PD through volunteerism and fundraising efforts for special projects.

For more information on the Citizen’s Academy contact Marie Shepherd at mshepherd@glendaleaz.com.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Ed Sharpe : Glendale Chamber members, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Cindy Clark of RE/MAX Professionals, Jeff Blake of The Blake Group and Jack Nylund of Apple/Daisy Companies took part in a shopping spree this morning to see who could rack up the highest amount of member savings at Office Max/Office Depot! Each participant was able to purchase 10 items and together they saved over $560! The winner being Mayor Weiers, saving a total of $178.08. If you want to save your business money take advantage of your Chamber benefits by shopping at Office Max/Office Depot for your office supplies!

 

A special edition of Business Over Breakfast, with Glendale Chamber of Commerce highlighted their Member Benefits Program with
Office Depot/Office Max. This exclusive members only benefit saved members up to 60% on office supplies. Chamber members can now receive the same great discounts they've been getting online, in stores!

We all indulged in pastries and coffee and did some shopping too. Everyone who attended received a free store purchasing card as well as be entered to win a number of great raffle prizes! (I won the makeover and photo session which I promptly gave Bette but  we are consider having a shot  with BOTH of us in it  <and maybe a  a few cameras !>! <grin>

Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet





COYOTES AND ASU ANNOUNCE THAT SUN DEVILS HOCKEY

WILL PLAY FOUR GAMES AT GILA RIVER ARENA IN 2015-16

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and Sun Devil Athletics announced today that four (4) Sun Devil hockey games and two (2) additional NCAA games will be played at Gila River Arena in 2015-16.

 

"We are proud to be hosting a couple of ASU's marquee matchups and a first of its kind NCAA D-1 hockey tournament in the Southwestern United States," said Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "Gila River Arena is one of the best hockey venues in the entire NHL and we are excited to have the Sun Devils play in our home. The Sun Devils will have an enormous positive impact on the growth of hockey in Arizona. We look forward to a long and great partnership with ASU."

 

"The Phoenix community has embraced Sun Devil Hockey with open arms and the Arizona Coyotes are great ambassadors for the sport of ice hockey in the Valley," said Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics and Athletic Director at Arizona State University. "The partnership between Sun Devil Athletics and the Arizona Coyotes gives our student-athletes the experience of competing in a top-tier NHL facility in Gila River Arena, and the partnership also provides immense exposure for the growth and development for the sport of hockey at all levels in Arizona and on the west coast."

 

The Sun Devils will host the Arizona Wildcats at Gila River Arena on Saturday, October 3 at 7 p.m. ASU will also host a four-team tournament, the Desert Hockey Classic, with UConn, Yale and Michigan Tech with two games being played on Friday, January 8 and two games being played on Sunday, January 10. Additionally, ASU will host the U.S. National 18-U team at Gila River Arena on Sunday, February 28. The complete schedule is listed below.
 
2015-16 Sun Devil Hockey Schedule at Gila River Arena

Opponents                                                         Date                                      Time

ASU vs. Arizona (ACHA)                                Saturday, October 3              7 p.m.

 

Desert Hockey Classic

UConn vs Michigan Tech                                Friday, January 8                    5 p.m.

ASU vs. Yale                                                    Friday, January 8                   8 p.m.

Consolation Game                                           Sunday, January 10                12 p.m.

Tournament Final                                             Sunday, January 10                3 p.m.

 

ASU vs. U.S. National 18-U Team              Sunday, February 28       3 p.m.

 

ASU announced last November that Sun Devil Athletics will add ice hockey as its 23rd NCAA Division I sport starting for the 2015-16 season. Sun Devil hockey will compete at the NCAA D1 level immediately playing 25 games against NCAA D1 opponents.

 

Arizona State is the first school from a power-five conference to make the move to the NCAA level since Penn State joined the NCAA in 2012 (the Big Ten didn't officially sponsor hockey until 2013) and one of a handful of schools that supports NCAA D1 ice hockey west of the Mississippi River.

 

ASU elevated head coach Greg Powers to the NCAA level in the same position. He is in his eighth year overall as a member of the Sun Devil Hockey coaching staff. Powers led the ACHA program to a national title in 2013-14 and has a 164-27-9 record all-time as head coach. Powers is a former ASU goaltender, and is a member of the ASU Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

Fans interested in ticket information for Sun Devil Hockey games played at Gila River Arena should call 480-563-PUCK (7825) or visit ArizonaCoyotes.com.

 

-COYOTES-  



 

 

GLENDALE NAMES NEW AIRPORT ADMINISTRATOR
Aviation industry veteran joins Glendale team

 

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. – The city of Glendale has hired Kenn Potts as the new airport administrator for the Glendale Municipal Airport. Glendale’s current airport administrator, Walt Fix, A.A.E., will retire on Aug. 3. Potts began with the city on July 27, and Fix will stay on as a contract employee for several months to assist with the transition.

Potts has spent nearly nine years with the Arizona Department of Transportation, in the Multi Modal Division’s Aeronautics Group, and his career of more than 25 years includes managing airports in Michigan, Vermont, and North Carolina. A Glendale resident, he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, his pilot’s license and is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

“Kenn will be a great addition to our Public Works team,” said Jack Friedline, Public Works Director. “His experience in airport management and his team approach to working with our airport partners and customers will benefit the city of Glendale in many ways.”

Located just five miles west of downtown Glendale, five miles east of Luke Air Force Base, and 30 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix, Glendale’s 477-acre modern airport features a beautifully designed two-story, 18,000 square-foot terminal, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract control tower, a full-service restaurant and complete airport services for general aviation and corporate jet traffic.

 




 

Tanger Outlets Westgate Celebrates Back-To-School With People Stylewatch Style Studio. In celebration of the back-to-school season, Tanger Outlets Westgate will host an interactive on-site experience for shoppers with the People StyleWatch Studio Tour. Tanger Outlets Westgate is one of nine Tanger centers where this exclusive summer event will be taking place. Throughout the two-day event, guests will have the opportunity to meet with a People StyleWatch Fashion Expert to receive style advice, trend updates and shopping tips, along with the chance to view the season’s latest and greatest fashions that can be found at the Center. Tanger Outlets Westgate will be providing 250 goodie bag each day of the event and showcasing this season’s styles with freeze models throughout the weekend. This special event will be held on Saturday, August 8 & Sunday, August 9; 11am-5pm each day. Tanger Outlets Westgate is located at 6800 N. 95th Ave. in Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District. Info: Contact Jessica Reeves, General Manager, 480-257-8376, jessica.reeves@tangeroutlets.com

Aspiring songwriters or seasoned vets can take advantage of the Songwriting Support events at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

  

·         Second Sunday Songwriters Consortium  

1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9  

Organized by Steve Decker, this group offers lively interaction, mutual inspiration, and constructive ideas in a spirit of respect and friendship. They share new songs in progress, offer camaraderie and support, and challenge each other to greater creativity and expression. Audience welcome.  

 

·         Songs in Progress Workshop
6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
Meet one-on-one with Arizona Songwriters Association member Gavan Wieser to get constructive feedback on your song, finished or not, before you go into the studio! Perform it live or bring a CD or work tape. This is a free opportunity with a laid-back atmosphere.

 

Info: www.glendaleaz.com/library or 623-930-3573.

 

Not sure exactly what exercise class will work for you? Try one on for size. Check out the ongoing drop-in exercise classes at the Glendale Adult Center for just $5 per class session. Choices include Zumba, T'ai Chi & Yoga, and are adapted for older adults. Get more info by calling 623-930-2820 or visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/adultcenter/exercisefitness.cfm.

 

 




6TH ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER FESTIVITIES - A DOGONE GREAT TIME!

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet no. 5019.

Cheryle Corn, owner of Everything Leather, Janet Boberg - Community Services Division Manager/Glendale Fire Dept and Linda Moran-Wittley, owner of Papa Ed's Ice Cream holding the check that was presented to the City of Glendale Crisis Response Team for $677 at this year’s Dog Days of Summer event held in Murphy Park on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Donation was by Linda Moran-Wittley, owner of Papa Ed's Ice Cream to the City of Glendale Crisis Response Team, which is part of the Glendale Fire Department.

Linda Moran- Wittley stated "Papa Ed's opened in 2008 and has donated our tip jar to the Glendale Fire Dept's Crisis Response Team. We appreciate what this volunteer group does for our community and proud to support them." The now empty jar will be back on the counter at Papa Ed’s collecting tips for next summer’s Dog Days event.

The prime charity recipient of the even was the Sun Valley Animal Shelter. Donations of food and pet supplies were collected on Saturday during the event.

It was a dog’s day. There were pets looking to adopt a family. Information about becoming a volunteer at the shelter was available. For more information visit: the Sun Valley Animal Shelter on the web at:  http://www.sunvalleypets.org/

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5074.

The man in the protective suit is Staff Sergeant, Scott Otis, Military Working Dog Trainer. Saturday was his last day in service and will attending college soon. When the man in black came into view, all or nearly all of the dogs who saw him went into defense mode, and started barking. To Glendale K9 Officer Spike this is just more tough play. Spike is working with Officer Anderson. One reason the Belgian Malinois make good K9 Officers is due in part to their "strong toy drive", Officer Ochoa said during the demonstration. These breed of dog will do all most anything for a toy.

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5059.

The man in the protective suit is Staff Sergeant, Scott Otis, Military Working Dog Trainer. Saturday was his last day in service and will attending college soon. When the man in black came into view, all or nearly all of the dogs who saw him went into defense mode, and started barking. To Glendale K9 Officer Spike this is just more tough play. Spike is working with Officer Anderson. One reason the Belgian Malinois make good K9 Officers is due in part to their "strong toy drive", Officer Ochoa said during the demonstration. These breed of dog will do all most anything for a toy.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5030.

Tiberius, a Chow Chow, found a toy at the Dog Days of Summer morning event on Saturday, August 1. Tiberius also has a strong toy drive.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5115.

Harry is the one with the Mohawk. He is with Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers at the Dog Days of Summer event held in Murphy Park this past Saturday.

 

 

Drum roll please. Winners of the 2015 Paw-sker Awards. 
Owner and/or handler’s name is in parentheses.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5149.

Bella did her stuff and took home a trophy.

 

 

Best trick

1 Bella (Margaret Lieu)

2 Roxy (Joe and Pat Perez)

3 Raven (Michelle no last name provided)

Best Hair

1 Jack (Bryan & Mary Cruz Freitag)

2 Guiness (Dawn Arkfeld)

3 Faith (Ruben & Jennifer Florez)

Best Kisser

1. Lucca (Haly Livingston)

2. Tinkerbelle (Brooklyn)

3. Boo Boo (Linda Dougherty)

Wildest Waggin' Tail

1. Jasper (Carol Chandler)

2. Jack (Byran & Mary Cruz Freitag)

3. Biggie (did not provide name)

 

 

Lorraine Pino, Manager, Glendale CVB related some statistics   to us, "The 6th Annual Dog Days of Summer Event was a fantastic day in Downtown Glendale. More than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a morning dedicated to dogs including pet wellness, gift items, low cost immunizations and the debut of the Pawskers which gave awards to the best pets in several categories. This annual event showcases the wonderful shops and restaurants in Downtown Glendale and provides needed donations and supplies to the Sun Valley Animal Shelter. The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to partner with event chairperson, Linda Moran-Wittley, owner of 'Papa Ed's Ice Cream' and Cheryle Corn, owner of 'Everything Leather'. Plans are already underway for the 2016 event!" 

 

From Councilmember Sherwood,

"This, the sixth annual event seemed to be a bit busier than years past, even though attracting a crowd on a muggy August morning would seem fruitless. I give the Caitlin Court and Downtown merchants much credit in building this event up over its short history. Councilmember Aldama and I held two of the 38 [record number] of booths and talked to a lot of folks that visited from outside of Glendale. Some of who we conversed with came from Fountain Hills, Chandler, Phoenix, Peoria, and Surprise and not all of them brought their four legged companions. Why? They don’t like the crowds."

_____________________________________________________________________________

Exhibitor Information

2 SHARE GIFTS 2 SHARE FOUNDATION

               Assist not-for-profit organizations, raising monies for K-9 vest programs.

AFC PHYSICAL MEDICINE & CHIROPRACTIC

               Members of Foundation for Wellness Prof. Complimentary chair massages.

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS RESCUE

               Information about local rescue/foster group. T-shirts available for sale.

BEAUDACIOUS BUBBLES

               Canine shampoo and spritz.

BETTER STATE CREW I STATE FARM

               Information and interactive group with (2) caricature artists.

BITZ-EE MAMA'S RESTAURANT

               Provided free bottled water.

BLUE LINE FOUNDATION

               501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to police

K9 handlers and their families.

BRELBY THEATRE COMPANY

               Have a photo taken with your four-legged friend & go home with a picture printed on 

site.

CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE

               Information on providing fully trained service dogs to those who need them.

CITY OF GLENDALE VISITOR CENTER SPONSOR

               Grab bags, event information, and purchase raffle tickets to benefit Sun Valley

Animal Shelter.

CITY OF GLENDALE COUNCILMEMBER, Jamie Aldama - City district information booth.

CITY OF GLENDALE COUNCILMEMBER, Gary Sherwood - City district information booth.

CITY OF GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT

               Keep a look out for "Topaz" the Glendale Fire Dept. dog who will be walking in the park 

saying "Hi"

CITY OF GLENDALE P.D. K9 UNIT

               Handlers & K9's Training demonstration

CITY OF GLENDALE WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT

               Information on storm water pollution prevention Free Frisbees, and pet waste bag holders.

DR. BUCK'S WILD WESTERN FESTIVAL 
              Information on their 10th Annual Wild West Show at 

Sahuaro Ranch Park in October.

DR. KIT'S MOBILE VET UNIT

               On-site low cost immunizations & micro-chipping.

DYNAMIC GRAPHIX 

               First responder pet stickers for your home and T-shirts available.

FOUR DOGS BAKERY

               Gluten and grain free all natural gourmet dog treats.

FUN FACE CANVAS BY IRENE

               Face painting

FURSHIRE SOCIAL CLUB FOR DOGS & CATS

Information on boarding, grooming, playgroups, daycare, transportation, pool play, and more.

FOR TAILS ONLY

               Pet treats & products.

HOT DOGS & COOL CATS ALL BREED GROOMING 

               SPONSOR of "Doggy Wash" on NW corner of 58th Ave. & Glenn benefiting Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

LEO VETERINARY CARE –
             Information on veterinary house call practice, acupuncture, Chinese

 herbs, and integrative medicine in dogs, cats, & exotic animals.

LUKE AIR FORCE MILITARY WORKING DOG UNIT

               Meet handlers & working dogs from their unit.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE RECYCLING DIVISION

               Information on their recycling program.

MARICOPA COUNTY ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL

               Mobile van unit with dogs for adoption.

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF'S MASH UNIT

               Dogs for adoption.

MARTY'S FINE ARTS

               Painting display by artist Marty Wolfe.

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY COMPANION ANIMAL CLINIC 

   Information on affordable high-quality services primary & specialty care for small animals.

PAPA ED'S ICE CREAM 

               SPONSOR  Free Frosty Paw frozen treats for dogs - to the first 300 dogs.
PHOENIX GUIDE DOG RAISERS

               501 (c)(3) raising guide dog puppies to provide greater independence for the visually 

impaired.

POOP NINJA SPONSOR 

               Providing on-site pet waste receptacles for event. Info. about their pets waste removal 

& complete lawn services for home.

REAL DOGS DON'T WHISPER

               Paperback book about second chances & miracles for 4 rescue dogs who were about 

to be given up on.

REPUBLIC SERVICES 

               SPONSOR - Provided waste receptacles for event.(Not on site for event).

STAYBRIDGE SUITES GLENDALE AZ.

               SPONSOR - Provided supplies for doggy wash. On-Site with information about their 

dog friendly, spacious full kitchen hotel. 

SUN VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER-EVENT CHARITY 

               Receiving food & pet supply donations for shelter. Dogs for adoption. Information about 

               volunteering at shelter.

THE STOCK SHOP

               Pet food & treats & information about products available in their shop.

THE TALENTED TORTOISE 

               Dog collars, home decor, dog blankets & more.

U.S. ARMY RECRUITING CENTER

               Recruiting information.

XL HEALTH CLUB

               Information available their health club & personal training.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS 

               Information about their natural products and education on healthy choices for your pets.

         
 

 




GCWG Update: What makes the most sense for Glendale and what is their priority?

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 


Two levels of technical analysis are finished and Valley Metro is currently conducting the final level of study on two types of transit (light rail and bus rapid transit), and three route alternatives; Glendale Ave. Camelback Rd./43rd Ave., and Camelback Rd./Grand Ave./51st Ave.
The Glendale Community Working Group (GCWG) is focusing only on the six preliminary route alternatives; Lamar Rd. and 55th Dr., Glendale Ave., Glenn Dr./Palmaire Ave., and 55th Ave., Palmaire Ave., and 55th Ave., Myrtle Ave./Palmaire Ave., and 51st Ave., and Glenn Dr./Palmaire Ave. and 51st Ave.


GCWG is approaching the end of the education portion of their estimated eight week commitment and will soon move onto the evaluation of the proposed routes. To make a viable evaluation, some criteria need to be established.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4763.
Jen Pyne’s presentation at the third meeting of the Downtown Glendale Community Working Group Meeting was on the Federal
 process and evaluation criteria.


The project will be funded through multiple sources; regional taxes throughout Maricopa County, local sales taxes in both Phoenix and Glendale. About half of the funding would be coming from federal funds. For those funds to be granted, the project must meet certain criteria with at least a Medium score. In addition, the host city must also receive a score of Medium from the project’s evaluation. This project would be in competition with other national projects.


The federal half is divided into six equal parts: cost-effectiveness, existing land use, modality, economic development effects, relief of traffic congestion and environmental benefits. As part of review process, the cities involved will be looked at to see how committed they are to the continued support of the transit system with funds and planning. An aspect of planning is how will the city involved plans to increase ridership-more housing more businesses. Currently the existing light rail recovers 47 percent of its cost out of its fare box.


What criteria should be used in picking the route(s) through the downtown or Catlin Court areas? The purposed transit project should allow for accessibility to neighborhoods and businesses with walkable areas; be compatible with existing buildings and the future vision of the downtown area (Envision Glendale 2040). The scale of the proposed transit infrastructures on the various route options needs to be revealed. Certainly, the right-of-way requirements for this and how the historic property (if any) would be impacted in a large project need to the thought through.

The Westgate Entertainment District seems to be a natural destination for the light rail (or bus rapid transportation). A key element in the alternative route is the future extension of the transit system across (probably over) the BNSF tracks and Grand Avenues. Where this crossing is located could be the starting point for the light rail’s journey farther west.

The possibilities for the economic development of vacant properties along Glendale Avenue seem to be a given. A new transit system has the ability to stimulate new housing, infill development and revitalize the downtown. But there will be some negatives as well, hopefully with minimal adverse community impacts. 

Young people, who will be using the system in 2026 when it is ready for ridership, should ask their questions and express their concerns and wants now. 
If your group would like a presentation on the downtown/Catlin Court proposed routes, contact Megan Casey, Community Outreach Coordinator, 60495.8274or on the web at
http://www.valleymetro.org/projects_and_planning/project_detail/west_phoenix_central_glendale/

 

 

 




 

Watch TV along with Ed - 


On PBS this is AZ check your local schedule.
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m.
Examine President Kennedy's support for civil rights, and see how President Johnson set out to honor Kennedy's memory by championing two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Starlight Ballroom Saturday, August 8 at 6 p.m.
Celebrate the golden era of swing with this glorious look at the orchestras, bandleaders and singers who ruled the radio and dance halls, including Perry Como, Doris Day, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, the Mills Brothers and more.

‘60s and ‘70s Slow Songs Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 p.m. Relive memorable nights of slow dancing and romancing to favorite love songs, featuring unforgettable classics from Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, the 5th Dimension, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anne Murray, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett and more.

Preview http://video.azpbs.org/video/2365532177/

 




 

Behind the Badge Photographic art display unveiled

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale successfully hosted the 2015 Super Bowl, and with that responsibility came several critical missions. A Public Art grant allowed photographic artist, Roni Ziemba of Ziemba Photographic Arts, to capture public safety personnel in the line of duty.

The idea for the art piece started when Police Chief Deborah Black saw Ziemba’s work at a conference. An Idea “sparked”. Chief Black and Roni Ziemba worked together to make this installation happen.

Photographic art from Ziemba’s collection, “Excellence in Public Safety – the Art of First Response in Glendale, AZ”, will be permanently displayed at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center, 11550 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale AZ 85307.

“It is a great honor to create modern visual art of the men and women who risk their lives each day to protect and serve our Arizona communities,” Ziemba said.  “I am humbled by the sacrifice these heroes, and their families, make each day they pin on their badges.”

A compilation of her work featuring Glendale Police and Fire is available in her book, “Excellence in Public Safety – The Art of First Response in Glendale, AZ”. Book is available through the artists.

“These are our men and women,” said Roni Ziemba. The images are not generic or canned, but are images of actual Glendale Police and Fire men and women.

There are no frames around the images, so there are no boundaries to what is happening in each image. The images are a combination of Kodak metallic paper and plexiglass.

“I have been doing public safety in this style for about 5 years now. And it has really taken off now.” Ziemba described the works in the Glendale as “extremely modern and bold.” Ziemba has143 pieces in public spaces in Arizona.

“What is thrilling for me seeing the are permanently displayed here at GRPSTC is that it gives me a change to know that I am forever saying that you to the men and women in Glendale Police Department and Fire Department the work they do every day keeping our community safe. So that to me is extremely important and very moving.”

The photographic images fit the space and the building they are now housed in. They are a way, according to Ziemba, of “saying thank you.”

Artists’ information:

Ziemba Photographic, Roni Ziemba, 520.820.412

roni@ziembaphoto.com

www.ziembaphoto.com

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4992.

Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black saw Roni Ziemba’s work at a conference she attended, and that experience was the start to getting the beautiful images
 that are in the background. The seven images are actual members of the Glendale Police and Fire Departments doing their respective jobs. This year held 
“super challenges” for Glendale’s public safety services, due to three really big football games, one of which was Super Bowl XLIX.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4983.

Glendale Arts Commissioner, Goodyear Deputy Fire Chief, Tom Cole, Glendale Arts Commission Vice Chairperson, Jessica Koory,
 Glendale Arts Commission Chairperson, Carol Ladd, Glendale Fire Deputy Chief Chuck Montgomery at the unveiling of the
 permanent display of seven panels by photographic artist Roni Ziemba on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The work was possible with
 a Public Arts grant.

 




 

Make sure your kids GRASP fun and activities in an after-school program! Summer is winding down and parents are getting ready to send their kids back to school. G.R.A.S.P. (Glendale Recreation After School Program) is a licensed recreation program which provides a variety of activities for children ages 5 to 13, such as arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers and much more. The programs are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services and can accept DES qualifying families. The program provides enrichment opportunities for children to explore new and fun experiences in a supervised environment.  Caring, adult staff members offer educational activities, snacks, group games and homework time. The program is available at Desert Mirage and Sahuaro Ranch elementary schools.   Info:  www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/AfterSchoolPrograms.cfm or 623-930-2820.

 


 

Don’t let the Dog Days of Summer get you down! It will be a dog-gone good time in downtown Glendale Aug. 1. The Dog Days of Summer is the city’s annual canine celebration that will offer a fun-filled morning for you and your best furry friend! Some of the paw-some activities will include:

  • FREE Frosty Paw Frozen Dog Treats for the 1st 300 dogs
  • Watering Stations & Cool Pool Stops
  • Pet Massages, Pet Gifts & Accessories
  • Raffles and Prizes
  • Pet Gifts & Accessories
  • Dog Wash
  • Educational Seminars
  • Photo Booth
  • Pratt’s Pets
  • Community K-9 Groups
  • FREE Savings Packs to the 1st 200 visitors
  • Mobile Vaccinations and microchips for dogs (and cats!) from Dr. Kit's Mobile Vet

The Glendale Visitor Center is collecting items for Sun Valley Animal Shelter Pet Adoption & Supply Drive. To view their donation wish list, visit: www.sunvalleypets.org/shelter-wish-list/.

 




 

GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT HELPS KIDS GET BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SUPPLIES

 

Glendale, Ariz. ––Glendale, AZ- Glendale Firefighters are kicking off our 2015 Back to School Supply Drive. From now until August 8th we are encouraging the public to drop off school supplies at any Glendale Fire Station; in addition we will be at Target on 43rd and Peoria (10404 N 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ) Aug. 1st & 8th with our antique fire truck collecting supplies, and handing out stickers to kids coming to the store. All of this to benefit low income children attending school in Glendale. Our goal is to fill 500 backpacks with the essentials needed for these kids to be successful

Any businesses, community groups or individuals who would like to help support this event can contact me: Cecil Tudor, President of Glendale Fire Charities at glendalefirecharities@yahoo.com or call (928)300-0602

 




 

Deputy Chief Patty Frey retires after 30 years with Glendale Fire

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4811.

Glendale Fire Division Chief Chris Gustafson, and retiring Deputy Chief Patty Frey at her retirement 
celebration on July 23, 2015 at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4814.

Glendale Fire Division Chief Chris Gustafson, and retiring Deputy Chief Patty Frey at her retirement 
celebration on July 23, 2015 at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center.

 

Thursday, July 23, Glendale Deputy Chief Patty Frey retired after 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Glendale. Chief Frey joined the department in July of 1980 and promoted through the ranks of firefighter, captain, battalion chief, division chief and deputy chief.

She is the second female to reach the rank of chief but the highest ranking female chief in the department today.

Chief Frey spent most of her time at fire station 152 on 69th Ave. and Bethany Home Road. She also spent time on the Hazardous Materials team in the late 1980's, and oversaw the Community Relations division where she was the Public Information Officer for about a year.

Through a partnership with Phoenix and Avondale fire departments, she was instrumental with developing Glendale’s Youth Firesetter Program to teach fire safety to children in local schools.

As a fire safety clown, her alter ego was named "Patches" where she entertained children and taught fire safety throughout the community.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Fire Chief Officer’s Association "Bugle" Award presented to Deputy Chief Patty Frey on July 24, 2015.

The bugle, a symbol of authority since the Civil War when commanding officers issued their orders using the megaphone like device. These brass devices were known as bugles.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet




 

Glendale Kiwanis 'Stuff the Bus' event

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Brenda Bartels, GESD Board Clerk, kept busy all day loading supplies into boxes in the big yellow school bus!

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Brenda Bartels, GESD Board Clerk, kept busy all day loading supplies into boxes in the big yellow school bus!

 

 

The Kiwanis Club of Glendale invited everyone to help Stuff the Bus, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at the Walmart Super Center, 59th and Northern avenues. This annual community service project provides much-needed school supplies to students within the Glendale Elementary School District.

An outpouring of rulers, crayons, markers, pink erasers, No. 2 pencils, copy paper, facial tissue, glue stick, highlighters, scissors, sticky notes, freezer bags, baby wipes, dividers, graph paper and colored pencils Filled crates in the huge school bus!


Additional items requested for the back-to-school drive include hand sanitizer, pencil sharpeners, pencil bags and boxes, three-ring binders, index and note cards, disinfecting wipes, school and white glue, sidewalk chalk, two-pocket folders, loose-leaf notebook paper, dry erase markers and erasers, pens in red, black and blue, and composition and spiral notebooks.

If you missed the opportunity Saturday to ‘stuff the bus’ with school supplies at the Walmart on Northern and 59th Avenues; donations are being accepted at the District Office, 7301 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale during office hours, 7:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m., Monday through Friday. Start time  for schools in the Glendale Elementary School District on August 10 or in about 2 weeks!

 




 

 

Time for everybody to ‘Turn a page’

New 2 year lease deal between Glendale and Coyotes without an ‘out clause’

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Four points of business were on the City of Glendale Special Meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015.

1. To rescind the June 10, 2015 decision that directed the City Manager and the City Attorney 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

2. Resolve and settle all interests in the operating reserve account between the City of Glendale, IceArizona Hockey CO., LLC, IceArziona Manager CO., LLC and David Reaves, Chapter 7 Trustee of Arena Management Group, LLC

3. Settlement of all claims between the City of Glendale, IceArizona Manager CO., LLC and IceAriozna Hockey CO., LLC

4. First Amendment to the professional management services and arena lease agreement with IceArizona Manager CO., LLC and IceArizona Hockey CO., LLC.

GLENDALE CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE AMENDED ARENA LEASE AGREEMENT WITH ARIZONA COYOTES

The Glendale City Council voted unanimously on Friday to approve a two-year amended agreement with IceArizona, which owns the Arizona Coyotes and manages the Gila River Arena for the city.

The 7-0 vote means new terms between the two organizations, including:

    • ·An annual payment of $6.5 million from the city of Glendale to IceArizona, for the management of the arena. The previous city payment was $15 million annually.
    • ·Revenues from all hockey related events to go to the team which allows them to offset the reduction in payment. This includes parking fees, ticket surcharges and earnings on concessions.
    • ·The revised agreement also eliminates the so-called ‘out clause’ allowing the city and team to engage in discussions about a potential long term agreement.
    • The team will pay the city $500,000 per year in rent.
    • Today’s agreement also ends ongoing litigation between the two parties.

"This is a conclusion that benefits the entire city, the Coyotes and the Coyotes fans", said Mayor Jerry Weiers, before casting his vote. "I think this gives the Coyotes organization an opportunity to grow the market."

Arizona Coyotes co-owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc addressed the council at today’s meeting, saying "Neither of us benefit from focusing on the past. We only benefit from starting anew and beginning the necessary work of rebuilding."

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 20150724+_103423

The unanimous vote (7-0) by the Glendale City Council to approve the new lease agreement with the owners of the Arizona Coyotes was big news, at the emergency, special, voting meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Glendale Vice Mayor Hugh, "I think it is a victory for everybody and that’s why I quoted Mr. LeBlanc."

The city has the opportunity to become the manager for the Gila River Arena after June 30, 2016. This new two-year agreement ends in 2017.

"It truly was a truly unpleasant process, but I think it was something that was necessary, Glendale May Jerry Weiers. "This is a decision that benefits the entire city, the Coyotes, the Coyotes fans, which have proven they are very vocal. At the same time, we represent our citizens and we have to uphold that. I think this accomplishes all of that."

The first two weeks of this month was the NHL free agency period, potential new players for the Coyotes were worried about the tense, unsettled, relationship between the team and the city, and took that into consideration before, and if, they signed new contracts. Mikkel Boedker was one of those young rookies who committed to only a one-year contract.

"It’s one thing if we lose a suite or a sponsor, which are very important to us, but if our GM, Don Maloney is handcuffed in putting together a roster, we have to choice but to fix it." LeBlanc said to the council. "This isn’t about saving face from either my perspective or the Coyotes’ perspective. This is about our franchise."

The Arizona Coyotes had the chance to leave Glendale, but decided to stay.

Craig Tindall and Julie Frazoni were at the center of the June 10, 2015 meeting that ended the lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. The city claimed there were conflict of interest issues for both. Shortly after leaving the City of Glendale as the City Attorney, Tindall went to work for the Arizona Coyotes. In the spring of 2013 Glendale’s former city attorney left the city. His resignation became effective April 1, 2013. But he was given "special council" status for 6 months with Glendale. In July 2013, the city and the Coyotes signed the much disputed 15-year or $225 million arena lease agreement.

Julie Frisoni, former Glendale Assistant City Manager and Communications Director, resigned her position in March of this year. She had been with the city since 2002. Both Tindall and Frisoni held high level positions with the city when the original agreement with the team was signed in 2013. The city claimed each had a conflict of interests when they left the city and were eight hired by the Coyotes or did consulting work for the team. The new two-year lease agreement passed on Friday. A stipulation of that agreement was that Craig Tindall loses his job as an attorney with the Arizona Coyotes and Julie Frisoni could not be employed by the Arizona Coyotes. LeBlanc said regarding Tindall, and that "this is not an admission of guilt on either side." "He’s a hell-of-a guy."

LeBlanc, "When we brought Mr. Tindall on is was for a two year engagement." Tindall said if he ‘became too much of a side show’ he would step aside.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4888.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Attorney Nick Woods, and Arizona Coyotes President, CEO and co-owner Anthony LeBlanc before the emergency vote on the new amended lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.

What a difference between June 10, 2015 and July 24, 2015. No red angry passionate hockey fans carrying signs.

Under the new terms, both parties are looking forward to working together.

From LeBlanc:

    • We are going to do better
    • More transparency
    • Rebuilding trust.
    • Regular meetings between the city and the Coyotes
    • To the fans "let’s turn a page. Everybody was upset" and put the "passion where it belongs like on a sheet of ice."

 

 

 

 




SENATOR JOHN McCAIN URGES EPA TO ADDRESS HARMFUL EFFECTS OF “CLEAN WATER RULE” ON ARIZONANS

 

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy this week expressing concern about the damage that the Administration’s “Clean Water Rule” is doing to the State of Arizona, and questioning whether the agency considered how the rule would impact local economies before implementing it.

 

“The Clean Water Rule will extend Clean Water Act jurisdiction to roughly 60-percent of all waters of the United States, effectively allowing EPA to regulate small streams like it currently does large rivers,” writes Senator John McCain. “But the rule can also apply to ephemeral streams, irrigation ditches, stock ponds, and even dry desert washes that are common in Arizona. As such, the rule disproportionately impacts Arizona farmers, cattlemen, developers and other key sectors of Arizona’s economy historically and moving forward into the 21st century.”

 

The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works recently approved the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bill introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and cosponsored by Senators McCain and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would prevent the EPA from using its Clean Water Rule as a tool to control land or isolated water. Senators McCain and Flake’s recent op-ed in The Arizona Republic also highlights the potentially devastating effects of this rule and other Obama Administration regulations on Arizona businesses and landowners.

 

The letter is below and attached.

 

July 23, 2015

 

The Honorable Gina McCarthy                                                                                            
Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 1101A
Washington, DC 20460


Dear Administrator McCarthy:

 

I’m writing concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule that was signed on May 27, 2015. As you know, I’ve written you before opposing the rule and I’ve cosponsored several bills in the Senate to block it because of the damage it will inflict on job creation and economic recovery in Arizona.

 

The Clean Water Rule will extend Clean Water Act jurisdiction to roughly 60-percent of all “waters of the United States,” effectively allowing EPA to regulate small streams like it currently does large rivers. But the rule can also apply to ephemeral streams, irrigation ditches, stock ponds, and even dry desert washes that are common in Arizona. As such, the rule disproportionately impacts Arizona farmers, cattlemen, developers and other key sectors of Arizona’s economy historically and moving forward into the 21st century. Please bear in mind that agriculture makes up about 30-percent of the economy in my home state, and that construction jobs account for roughly 13-percent of new jobs created in Arizona during the economic recovery. 

 

In recent years, the EPA has, unfortunately, succeeded in building a track record of unilaterally reinventing federal statutes, like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, to advance politically-sensational regulations. What follows is not genuine environmental protection, which is vitally important, but a stigmatization of EPA and its restrictive regulations, which are criticized and then litigated for their blatant disregard for their economic harmfulness. This pattern recently forced the hand of the Supreme Court in Michigan et al. v Environmental Protection Agency, in which it rejected EPA’s new rule on mercury and air toxic Standards because the agency had not justified the economic cost-benefit of the rule.

 

Against this backdrop, I respectfully request that you respond to the following questions:

1.      Explain on what basis the EPA has concluded that its economic-impact analysis for the final Clean Water Rule determined that this rule is “appropriate and necessary?”

2.      What economic-impact analysis, if any, did the EPA conduct in connection with the Clean Water Rule that took into account Arizona businesses and consumers in particular?

3.      Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Michigan et al. v EPA, do you believe EPA sufficiently calculated the rule’s cost considering that the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy’s requested that he EPA withdraw the rule because it “will have a direct and potentially costly impact on small business” and requested further review by the SBA?  Please explain your answer.

 

Thank you for your attention to this request.

 

Sincerely,

 

John McCain

 

 




Dog Days of Summer. Dog lovers will gather in downtown Glendale for the city's annual Dog Days of Summer event, from 7-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.  The city's sixth annual event will celebrate this popular event with interactive fun activities, pet wellness information, Glendale PD K-9 demonstration, animal adoptions and shopping in Murphy Park. New this year, the event will feature the debut of the Glendale "Paw-sker" Awards, a talent show of sorts, to recognize tricky pets in the following categories: Best Trick; Best Kisser; Best Hair; and the Wildest Tail Wagger. Awards will be given in each category.
 
Head to the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) booth located in Murphy Park to start your day, where the first 200 visitors will receive a savings pack, as well as a run-down of the day's activities. Admission and parking are free. Visitors are encouraged to park in the free covered parking garage located at 58th Avenue and Palmaire.
 The Dog Days of Summer also includes a donation drive for pet food and supplies to benefit the Sun Valley Animal Shelter. For a wish list of items needed, visit www.sunvalleypets.org. For more details on the donation drive and the overall event, check out www.visitglendale.com or call the Glendale CVB at 623-930-4500.
 



Residents Reminded Standing Water Invites Mosquitos. With three months of monsoon activity still ahead of us this summer, the city of Glendale reminds residents to watch for standing water and to protect their homes and families against mosquitos and diseases such as West Nile virus.

 

Two confirmed cases were reported in Maricopa County on June 21, 2015. In 2014, 108 cases of West Nile virus were reported among Arizona residents. Standing water, even in the shallowest containers, acts as a breeding ground for mosquitos, so follow these essential preventive measures to fight the bite:

 

  • Reduce the number of mosquitos around your home. Mosquitos breed in standing water and their eggs will hatch within days after it rains. Check your yard once a week after it rains, get rid of containers that aren't being used, empty water from flower pots, change water in bird baths, and check for any leaky water equipment.
     

  • Report any pools in your neighborhood that are not being maintained properly. Occupied homes should be reported to Glendale's Code Compliance Division at 623-930-3610; unoccupied homes should be reported to the county at 602-506-0700.
     

  • Reduce the number of mosquito bites you get. Make a habit of using insect repellent when outdoors. Repellents should be used according to the label instructions. 
     

  •  Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually dusk to dawn. Pay special attention to protection during these hours, or avoid being outdoors.

 

The Maricopa County Environmental Services Division monitors mosquito activity throughout the county. It also responds to all complaints related to green pools, stagnant water, dead birds and of course mosquitos. Residents can get more information or report issues to the county through a hotline, 602-506-0700, or online at www.maricopa.gov/wnv/. Additional information and resources are available on Glendale's website, as well, at www.glendaleaz.com/environmentalresources/publichealth.cfm#WestNile.

 

 


5G Moves Out of the Lab
5G is expected to deliver a basket full of new capabilities including maximum date rates of as much as 10 or 20 Gbps. It may operate at centiimeter or even millimeter frequencies of 30 to 300 GHz and support machine-to-machine networks with latencies as low as a millisecond.
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CITY OF GLENDALE AND ARIZONA 

COYOTES AGREE ON RESOLUTION

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The City of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes announced today that the two parties have agreed
 on a resolution to their ongoing legal dispute. The City of Glendale will release details of the proposed amendments to 
the existing arena management agreement this morning on the city’s website,

http://www.glendaleaz.com/. The Glendale City Council will vote on the amendments to the agreement on

Friday, July 24 at Glendale City Hall. Details of that city council meeting are also posted on the city website.

“This revised agreement represents a positive outcome for both the city and the Coyotes, saidGlendale Acting
 City Manager, Dick Bowers. It also allows us to move forward in a way that keeps an important economic driver
 in our community. That’s important for business and it’s important to our citizens.”

“We have come up with a resolution that works for both sides and is best for the team, our fans, the
city and most importantly the taxpayers,” said Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc.
“Neither side benefits from a long, drawn out legal battle. What’s important is putting this dispute behind
 us and focusing on growing the Coyotes business and in turn, further growing revenues for the entire Westgate

 

 



 


 

30 YEAR VETERAN FIRE CHIEF RETIRES FROM GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Glendale, Ariz. ––On Thursday, July 23, Glendale Deputy Chief Patty Frey will retire after 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Glendale. Chief Frey joined the department in July of 1980 and promoted through the ranks of firefighter, captain, battalion chief, division chief and deputy chief.

She is the second female to reach the rank of chief but the highest ranking female chief in the department today.

Chief Frey spent most of her time at fire station 152 on 69th Ave. and Bethany Home Road. She also spent time on the Hazardous Materials team in the late 1980's, and oversaw the Community Relations division where she was the Public Information Officer for about a year.

Through a partnership with Phoenix and Avondale fire departments, she was instrumental with developing Glendale’s Youth Firesetter Program to teach fire safety to children in local schools.

 

As a fire safety clown, her alter ego was named “Patches” where she entertained children and taught fire safety throughout the community.

 

The retirement event will be held at Glendale Regional Public Safety Center at 11550 W. Glendale Ave. from 2-4 p.m.

 

 




 

 

Glendale Police Seek Assistance with Homicide

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Sunday, July 12, 2015, just before 9:00pm, the Glendale Police Department received multiple 911 calls of shots fired and a person on the ground near 6600 W. Georgia Avenue. Upon arrival, Glendale Police Officers located 25-year old Damon Brandon Yazzie, a resident of Chinle, AZ, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated and pronounced deceased by the fire personnel at the scene.

Glendale Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. We have attached photos of two individuals who detectives would like to speak with and feel that they may have useful information about the homicide. These photos were obtained from a transit bus. The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information related to the shooting or the identity of the persons in the attached photos call Glendale Police Detectives at (623) 930-3325 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 




Glendale Police Obtain New Evidence in Hit and Run Accident

 

Glendale, Ariz. – On July 16th, 2015, at 8:17 PM, 15 year old Rosario "Bobby" Rodriquez was crossing N. 67th Avenue south of W. Bethany Home Road when he was struck by two vehicles.  "Bobby" died from his injuries.  Initial information to Police was that the first vehicle that struck "Bobby" was a white, tan, or grey passenger car, which fled the area without stopping.  Glendale Police Detectives have obtained new video evidence showing that the first vehicle that hit "Bobby" was a dark colored vehicle, as seen in the attached photos and video. 

In the upper right hand corner of the video, you can see "Bobby" and his friend, who split up and go in two different directions.  ""Bobby" goes out into the street, onto a median, and then starts into northbound lanes where the collision occurs.  The make and model of the vehicle is unknown, but witnesses indicated there would likely be some damage to the front hood, grill, or bumper of the dark vehicle.  The second vehicle remained on scene and is not outstanding. 

Glendale Police are asking for the public’s assistance. We encourage anyone that has any information on the accident, including the vehicle and driver that did not remain at the scene to please contact Glendale Police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-Witness. See attached photos and video.

WATCH video here




 

ProjectSEARCH

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

The ProjectSearch High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one-year-school-to-work-program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hand-one training worksite rotations.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4681.

On stage at the closing event for the 9th Annual ProjectSEARCH International Conference are Michaela, Jordan, Lauren, Daniel, Luis and Taylor. The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Glendale, July 14-17. According to the ProjectSEARCH web site, the convention was sold out!

During the four day conference students acquire job skills and demonstrate what they have learned on Friday, July 17, 2015 in an "Arizona’s Got Talent" showcase. 

This fall the Renaissance Hotel & Spa will train and mentor six special needs students to work in the various food preparation and other kitchen jobs in conjunction with Project SEARCH.

"We couldn’t be more excited about being a partner in such an amazing program," said Lynnie Green, General Manager of the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. "Our goal is that each person either finds a job with us or learns the skills to make them instantly marketable."

Project SEARCH has grown from one original program site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to over 350 sites across 46 states and five countries.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4716.

Daniel is a rock musician and would like to work for a grocery store like Sprouts. ProjectSEARCH interns are not guaranteed employment; they apply for positions like any other applicant.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4726.

Luis was one of the six presenters in the "America’s Got Talent" showcase and gave an inspiring speech about what exceptional people can and should do. To quote Milton Berle, "If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door." But you should still open the door.

Luis did his internship in Tucson.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4734.

Taylor sang for her part of the showcase and would like to work in the hospitality sector.

 




 

Bette Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Nicholas Ingersoll, age 4 and  Ripley Ingersoll, age 8, go through their  "Christmas Wish List" with Santa in Catlin Court.

 

 

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE  9th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Visitors enjoyed  a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals Saturday, July 18 in Old Towne and Catlin Court, a visit with Santa Claus, as well as an opportunity to donate to a summer water drive.   Christmas cheer began at the Glendale Visitor Center, where the first 250 visitors  picked up a holiday gift bag with downtown discounts, an event map and a holiday themed gift item.

What  great  fun the old and young alike  had heaving snow balls at each other  enjoying the  five tons of snow in Murphy Park!

Ollie the Trolley provided free rides around the area, including stops at Cerreta Candy Company where folks could build a taffy Christmas tree. Participating merchants gave each visitor to their business a recipe ending at 2Share Gifts where visitors assembled all the recipes into a holiday cookbook.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB Manager stated, "We welcomed more than 1,000 holiday shoppers at the Glendale Visitor Center for the 9th Annual Christmas in July.  From local residents to out of state visitors, everyone enjoyed the holiday spirit in Downtown Glendale. "

The event also featured a bottled water donation drive in partnership with the Glendale Fire Department and the city’s Operation Safe Summer campaign. Folks visiting were encouraged to bring a donation of bottled water to the event.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB Manager stated,  "The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to partner with the business community to bring this merriest of events to the downtown."

Christmas in July also kicks off the start of installing 1.5 million lights for the city’s annual holiday light display for Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend on Nov. 26-27. 

 



 

Transportation working group update - 7-8-2015 meeting
By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet


The Downtown Glendale Community Working Group (DGCWG) continues to study the transit options light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) and the constraints of route options in the downtown area. Joe Racosky, Valley Metro, addressed the group on Wednesday, July 8th and spoke about the key features of Light Rail System and Bus Rapid Transit, how these two forms of transportation could fit into constrained settings and of the initial route alternatives. Members of the working group were encouraged to take a ride on the Phoenix light rail system to see and experience first - hand, what might be coming to downtown area.


The bus rapid transit (BRT) system would have similar boarding stations as the light rail would have a dedicated lane. Unlike the light rail that has to go up and over the rail road tracks to cross Grand Avenue, BRT can cross Grand Avenue at grade or street level. Light rail can carry more people (hundreds) and has the option of adding more cars to the train if needed. If there is a high demand and there are lots of people to move, light rail could be the better choice and could be less expensive to operate then BRT. If however, the demand is not as high, BRT might be a better option. A BRT bus could carry about 90 would not make as many stops as a regular bus. Before any decision is made all factors need to be considered, including construction. All costs and all demands need to be considered.

 
Operating costs for the new system is up to each individual municipality. Currently, about 45% of the light rail’s operating cost comes from its fare box, with the remainder of the costs coming from subsidies from Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. If Proposition 104 passes in Phoenix, all capital costs for the new transportation system would be covered. Voting starts on July 30th. An all-day pass to ride the light rail is currently $4.00.

 
          Since 2000, we’ve been paying four-tenths of a penny for expanded bus service and our new light rail system. To further expand bus and light rail, 
          and to add significant resources to our street maintenance efforts, the tax will continue the existing four-tenths of a penny tax and increase it by 
          three-tenths of a cent, resetting the total rate to seven-tenths of a cent. That’s about a penny more for a cup of coffee, or $30 added to the cost 
          of a $10,000 used car. It’s a wise investment to build the infrastructure we need. (Source:
http://movephx.org/get-the-facts/faq/)




Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.


Joe Racosky, Valley Metro, speaking at the second community working group meeting on July 8, 2015 held in the Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church of Glendale.
Joe Racosky, “We don’t want to build a system that works today, that doesn’t works for us tomorrow.”

 

 

 



 

 

K9 Unit received $10K donation from 2 Share Gifts Foundation

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4532.

Glendale K9 Officer Spike has a new protective vest thanks to a $10,000 donation from the 2 Share Gifts Foundation. On Tuesday evening, July 7 2015 at the Main Glendale Police Station, Sheri Audette and Cheryl Anne Berry presented a check for $10,000 to the Glendale K9 Unit for the purchase of six new protective K9 vests. The six new vests are all certified as level IIA. Meaning, these vests are bullet proof, stab proof and slash proof and are also able to be used as a rappelling harness. The protective wear was manufactured by K9 Tactical Gear in California. Each of the Glendale Patrol K9 dogs will receive a vest. The K9 protective wear is expensive, each costing $1,550. The vests can be adjusted some, to accommodate a new dog if needed; otherwise, each one is custom fitted for a specific dog.

K9 Officer Ronin was killed while saving his partner’s life, Officer Zygmont, on June 20, 2013. It became a goal and a passion for both Sheri Audette and Cheryl Ann Berry of 2 Share Gifts to arm every K9 in the Glendale K9 Unit with a protective vest. The women started their fundraising and met their goal. They are both still passionate about this cause and they want to do more. So they plan to continue raising money for other police departments in other West Valley cities so that more K9 Officers can be protected. For more information on this effort, visit http://2sharefoundation.org/

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Glendale Police Sgt. Ernie Ochoa - K9 Leader  explains  how  the vests are made of panels that can be interchanged and replaced   
when a dog retires and refitted  to the new K9 officer.  

 Cheryl Ann Berry  and Sheri Audette of 2 Share Gifts, who did the fundraising to purchase these vets  got  Glendale  along with  
Glendale officer  Brian Anderson  and K9 Officer Spike  below look on.

 

 

 



No ocean? No problem! Head to the Beach Party @ the Teague July 15. Kids, ages 7 to 12, are invited to join in some wet and wild team competition featuring beach balls, shell-painting, a water-balloon toss, and even a sand-castle building contest. Registration is required. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Velma Teague Library is located at 7010 N. 58th Ave., and the event is Thursday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Info: www.glendaleaz.com/library or 623-930-3437.

 

 

CREATE, CONNECT, COLLABORATE: Artist Trading Cards July 18. Create your own miniature works of art (the size of a baseball card) that can be traded or collected with your friends. Workshop participants will use a variety of themes, media and collage techniques on heavy paper to design their own series of ATC cards. Open to ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Velma Teague Library is located at 7010 N. 58th Ave., and the event is Saturday, July 18; 10:00 a.m. Info: www.glendaleaz.com/library or 623-930-3440.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Police Release Victim’s Name in Afternoon Homicide

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, just before 2:45pm, the Glendale Police Department received multiple 911 calls of shots fired and a person injured in the Circle K parking lot at 43rd Avenue and Glendale Avenue. Upon arrival, Glendale Police Officers located 29-year old Phoenix resident Mark McCreary inside of his vehicle. Mark had been shot. He was treated at the scene by Glendale Fire and transported to a local valley trauma center where he was later declared deceased.

Glendale Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The investigation has revealed that Mark was getting into his vehicle when some sort of altercation took place with the suspect. During that altercation, the suspect produced a handgun, fired multiple rounds at the vehicle and injured Mark. The suspect was then seen running away northbound from the scene.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set Hispanic male, approximately 6-feet tall, with a shaved head and was last seen wearing dark clothing. He was described as approximately 25-35 years old.

The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information to call Glendale Police Detectives at (623) 930-3354 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 

 



 

Lockheed Martin ready to build 94 F-35 combat jets in $920.4 million contract

http://emailactivity1.ecn5.com/engines/linkfrom.aspx?b=1114970&e=288640783&lid=8660610&ulid=130847&l=http://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/articles/2015/07/ia-f35-jets.html The U.S. military is placing orders worth nearly a billion dollars with Lockheed Martin Corp. to prepare for building 94 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter combat jets. The order involves conventional and vertical takeoff and landing versions, as well as carrier versions. … Continue Reading

 

 

http://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/articles/2015/07/ia-f35-jets.html?eid=288640783&bid=1114970

 



 

 3 part KING TUT series coming up on the July 19th!

http://www.spike.com/video-clips/ovd17b/tut-tut-the-invincible-pharaoh-featuring-sir-ben-kingsley

 

My fascination with Tut and that region came out of  7th grade ESS class. Who else got fascinated too?

 



 

 

BERNINA INTERNATIONAL OWNER HANSPETER UELTSCHI TO VISIT 
SEW FROM THE HEART IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA ON JULY 8

 

Mr. Ueltschi will meet guests and autograph sewing machines

from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

 

AURORA, Ill. – June 29, 2015 – BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Hanspeter Ueltschi, fourth generation owner of BERNINA International, will visit BERNINA Dealer, Sew From the Heart at 9180 E. Indian Bend Road, in the Pavilions at Talking Stick, in Scottsdale, on Wednesday, July 8.  Mr. Ueltschi will meet guests and autograph sewing machines from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Attendees also will have an opportunity to experience the new BERNINA Next Generation 7 Series machines and see customer projects on display.  Attendees must RSVP by calling (480)998-8886 or by stopping by the store.

 

In celebration of Mr. Ueltschi’s visit, customers can share their own special projects.  To submit a project, send an email to staff@sewfromtheheart.com and put “BERNINA Party” in the subject line.  All project submissions must be received by July 1.  Projects will be displayed throughout the store.  Customers who submit a project will have the chance to win a $500 gift certificate.  The winner of the gift certificate does not need to be present to win. 

 

Sew From the Heart is an authorized BERNINA Dealer which sells BERNINA sewing machines, software and accessories, and also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels.  For more information on the Dealer, please visit www.sewfromtheheart.com.

 

About BERNINA

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers/sergers, and embroidery software.  BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers, who chose to partner with the company.  BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education.  Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased through BERNINA’s eCommerce site, shop.bernina.com.  BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year.  You can follow BERNINA on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/berninausa, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/WeAllSew , and read BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog at www.weallsew.com.  To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit www.bernina.com or call (630)978-2500.

 

 



 

 

Glendale Police Release Victim’s Name in Overnight Homicide

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Monday, July 6, 2015, just after 12:00am, the Glendale Police Department received a 911 call of suspicious circumstances in the 6600 block of West Montebello Avenue. Upon arrival, Glendale Police Officers located a victim in an alley north of this location. The victim was 30 year old Glendale resident, Rosa Fernandez-Mendoza. Rosa had sustained a gunshot wound. She was treated at the scene by Glendale Fire and pronounced deceased on-scene.

The initial investigation revealed that the caller may have heard a gunshot before taking out their trash. While doing so, the caller observed a possible victim down on the ground in the alley. That individual then called 911. Witnesses in the area have described a possible argument taking place before police were called.

Glendale Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation.

"Glendale Police Detectives are seeking the community’s help finding the person (s) responsible for Rosa Fernandez-Mendoza’s death.    The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information to call Glendale Police Detectives at (623) 930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS."



 

 

 

"There is no end to thanking veterans"

By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

John O’Brien

The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War runs for 7 years, 2013-2022. For the next 5 years John O’Brien, a Peoria Az 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’Brien 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’Brien, 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’Brien was a Seabee, with  two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, 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."

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

 

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Vietnam stories need to be told. 
John O’Brien wrote a book of his.

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

This is a story about John R. O'Brien's two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 as a Navy Seabee. He never spoke in length about his service in Vietnam for 40 years. As a first time author, now retired, he would like to share his many Vietnam construction projects and experiences, along with many personal photographs. This is a boots on the ground enlisted man's story. He has been married for 40 years , is a proud father of three children and active grandfather to six grandchildren, who he refers to as "The Sunshine Kids." His character and work ethic as a team player he received while serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees was a stepping stone toward all of his life's accomplishments. John is a member of the John J. Morris American Legion Post 62 in Peoria, Arizona and a life-time member of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-5 in West Valley, Arizona.

Source: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Hardest-Job-U-S-Navy-Seabees/dp/1452029970

 

 

See also:
Veterans History Project

http://www.loc.gov/vets/


 

 

EVENT - 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’s 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 Congres sional 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

 

 

 



THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION

Education

The goal of the History and Legacy effort is to provide|
 the American public with historically accurate materials 
and interactive experiences that will help Americans 
better understand and appreciate the service of our 
Vietnam War veterans and the history of U.S. involvement 
in the Vietnam War.

Educational Resources  http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/

 

 



 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4470.

"Portrait of Velma Teague"
Artist: Deon Jestes
Gift to library by Glendale Woman's Club
and Glendale Junior Woman's Club

 

VELMA TEAGUE LIBRARY CELEBRATES RENOVATION

By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale’s 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’s family. Velma Teague opened forty-four years ago in 1971 in Murphy Park. Today, fifty per-cent of Velma Teague’s circulation comes from the checkout of children’s 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.

 

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John LeGendre, Velma Teague’s great nephew,  with Jessi Pederson,  Mayor Weiers’ Assistant  and 
retired councilmember Yvonne Knaack looking on,  tells  the group about
Velma Teague liking to "play the ponies" at Prescott downs.
 

John LeGendre, Velma Teague’s 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 years 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’s 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.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4433.

 (L)Mary Ellen LeGendre and her daughter Randi LeGendre Turk (r)

 

 

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’s history," Velma Teague’s 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.

 

Here is  unedited  footage if  you want a movie  of this event!  HD Aval  - call
 

 

 



 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4455.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4450.

 

 

 

 

Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV

2015 Platinum Hermes Digital Award

Winner  For Internet News Service 

Congratulations to all involved here

  and  to those that were the subjects

of our stories we covered!

 

 

 



 

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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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 “significantly involved in the initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting, or creating” the contract go to work for the other party.

“We’re satisfied with the outcome,” said Glendale’s Acting City Manager Dick Bowers. “We’ve said all along that our primary obligation is to our citizens. The judge’s ruling enforcing an increase in the bond payment is an assurance for our taxpayers that we’re 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:

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

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

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

· 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: “Today’s passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation’s 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’s 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.

“I firmly believe we must afford our citizens the ability to voice their concerns and to be heard,” said Sherwood about the community’s 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. ‘Thank 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’s From The Heart program which provides emergency and essential services to the city’s 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’s 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’s 
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’s Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul with $17,500; Arizona YWCA, Alzheimer’s 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’s Services, The Salvation Army, Teen Lifeline and The American Red Cross were each awarded $7,500; Maggie’s 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’s 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’s From The Heart, on Wednesday, June 17, 2-15. One focus of Nadine’s 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’s Place is holding the From the Heart grant check Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented to Maggie’s 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’s 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’s Services $7,500.00

Maggie’s Place $5,000.00

Phoenix Gospel Mission $15,000.00

Southwest Lending Closet $4,500.00

St. Mary’s food Bank $17,500.00

St. Vincent De Paul $17,500.00

Teen Lifeline $7,500.00

The Salvation Army –Territorial 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’s 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 ‘tase’ 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’t 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’s 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 ‘s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s motorcycle

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4035.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

OR THREE WHEELS OR FOUR AND SOME TRACKS!

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4003.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3985.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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
council becomes the  delegated person to TASE Mayor Jerry Weiers.

 




 

 

Glendale votes to terminate Arizona Coyote’s 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—or 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’s not about hockey. It’s 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’t understand the complexity of this issue. The complexity of this issue is that fact you don’t 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 §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 ‘Business 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 ‘Business after Hours’ event on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the La Perla Café 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’s 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’ll 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 ‘police 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’s press release:

GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION

Will Keep Focus on Glendale’s Comeback

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers announced his intention to seek re-election today at an event at La Perla Café. 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’t just avoid it, we put Glendale on the path to real balanced budgets."

In addition to guiding the city’s 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’s last day with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He is leaving Arizona for Massachusetts to be with his fiancée. Good luck Greg! Breanna Pope is the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe  - Glendale Daily Planet

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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’s 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’s 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’s 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’m sure this will bring back lots of memories. I figure there should be at least 30 stories you can tell…not 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’s 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’odham holding it’s ground on West Valley

Resort & Casino and will keep building

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 4-22-2015

Tohono O’odham will hold it’s 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 ‘topping 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’odham 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’odham 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’s project, Governor Ducey has pressured the Arizona Department of Gaming to disregard the clear terms of the compact with the Nation. The Department’s action is in violation of a federal court ruling and goes against the advice of the State’s 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’odham 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’odham 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’odham 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’odham tribe’s 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’odam’s 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’odham 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’s 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’s annual State of the City Address, April 8, 2015.

"We used that team approach to create a permanent presence in Mexico, and I’m 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’re already seeing results. Just last week, a successful veteran of Mexico’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale 
(CPAAG) car show and fundraiserSaturday, April 4, 2015

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Citizen’s 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’s 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 ‘my 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’s 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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“Riding 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’s event was free.  Included in the activities were safety demonstrations, live music and demonstrations by Glendale’s 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 “Riding 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’s 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 “Riding 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’t 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 café, 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’s State of the City on February 26. Councilmember Jamie Aldama presented her chamber Champion Award at the Chamber’s First Friday Networking Breakfast, held at Bitz-ee Mama's Restaurant on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Seven of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s 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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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 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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) – Ahhh…spring 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.

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

“We’re just beginning to see wildflowers popping up around the parks,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director. “To usher in the season, we’ve launched a valley wide ‘Go Wild for Flowers’ campaign.

“In additional to traditional marketing efforts, we’ve also set up wildflower albums on
Facebook and Pinterest. This year we’re trying something new, we’re 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’s blooming, and what better way to do it than to have those who are on the trails daily posting photos of the blooms they’re 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’s regional parks and upcoming wildflower events and hikes, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

 

 

 

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Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon 

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Glendale Police Continue Enforcement Based Upon Grant

From the Governor’s 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’s roadways, the Governor’s 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 “zero-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’s 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’S FIFTH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION OF FINE ART

Free opening reception to be held on Friday evening

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– 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  

 

“These 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. “Their 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’s 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’s 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’Neal, 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—“We Put People to Work”—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’s 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

 

“It’s always humbling when community leaders recognize your efforts,” said  Rich Boals, CEO and President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “Winning 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.”

 

“Being selected as a 2015 IMPACT Award recipient gives HDR’s employee-owners well-deserved recognition for their role developing infrastructure, which is critical to our community’s economic growth and quality of life,” said David Skinner, vice president and Southwest area operations manager at HDR, Inc. “We’re 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.”

 

“At Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT), we have helped thousands of students to achieve their dreams. We’ve worked to make a difference in our communities; and we are only getting started,” said Elizabeth Dreckman, President of ASCT. “We 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.”

 

“Winning the IMPACT Award means that Anderson Security Agency’s 20 years in the Valley has not gone unnoticed. It’s 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. “Whether 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.”

 

“At 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’s why this award means so much—it represents the collective work of our team,” said Dan Burns, Chief Executive Officer of EXOS. “We’re thrilled to be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.”

 

“Winning 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. “This award exemplifies our focus on providing safe, quality-driven products to improve lives through innovation, collaboration and teamwork!”

 

This year’s 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’s Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

 

TEMPE – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and historic preservationist and arts advocate Elisabeth F. Ruffner will be the first living inductees to the Arizona Women’s 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’s Hall of Fame Alison Hughes, both from Tucson. Also in attendance will be Sec. of State Michele Reagan.

 

The Arizona Women’s 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’s 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’s 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’Connor (retired)

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, breaking the ultimate “glass ceiling” in the legal profession. In 2009, she received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award. O’Connor also founded iCivics; an online program dedicated to teaching civics and is the inspiration behind the O’Connor 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’s 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’s 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’s Arts Award for her work. The Black Theatre Troupe continues to enhance Arizona’s 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’s 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, “You’d 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’t showing symptoms, seek emergency assistance. The ASPCA’s 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’s 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.

“We are continually grateful for this tremendous recognition,” said Mario Rochin, Glendale Civic Center general manager. “In an area that has some of the country’s 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’s 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 “Midwest 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’s 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’s 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.

“We knew that the Super Bowl would be a big boost for Glendale’s tourism,” stated Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “Our 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2460.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers congratulates Mel Strahl on his service to the community. Mel Strahl was recognized as the 2015 Mayor’s 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’s 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, ’There is no charge’."

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

"In addition…he 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’s speech)

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2477.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2475.

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’s 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’s 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’re 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’s 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–ball, 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–ball 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 2007–2008 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’s Got Game…Spring 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’s 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’s special meeting of the Glendale Arts Commission and at tonight’s’ 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’ve 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. –– 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, “Glendale’s 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’s 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 “lessons 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’s 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, “Glendale’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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/”A” 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’s 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’s 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’s home in Los Angeles. It will sit adjacent to the waterfall at the lake’s 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’s stadium will also feature enhancements that will highlight Los Angeles Dodger branding at the club’s 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’s 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’s 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 très 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 “mobile office hours” the first Monday of each month starting March 2.  In an effort to connect with residents outside City Hall’s 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’s 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/.