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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.

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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

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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

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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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March 7, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ 

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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/.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

·         10 Great Escapes

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

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

·         Section devoted to meeting planners

·         West Valley Events Calendar

·         Maps for Glendale, West Valley and Arizona

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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GLENDALE COUNCIL APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEES

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

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

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

·         Mayor Jerry Weiers - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee

·         Councilmember Jamie Aldama - Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

·         Councilmember Sammy Chavira - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee

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

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

·         Councilmember Gary Sherwood - Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee

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

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

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

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

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

 

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DICK BOWERS APPOINTED GLENDALE ACTING CITY MANAGER

 

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

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

In Scottsdale the results of Bowers leadership included the city yielding a coveted AAA bond rating.  The International City Manager’s Association awarded Bowers with the “Outstanding Management Innovator” award for creating an environment which fostered teamwork, excellence and innovation. Bowers has also received the Arizona Republic’s “Vision Weaver Award,” the Institute for Community Cultural Diversity’s “Diversity Leadership Award” and the highest honor for an Arizona city manager, the “Jack DeBolske” award from the Arizona/City County Management Association.

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

 

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BATTER UP! CALLING ALL GLENDALE YOUTH BALL PLAYERS

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

 

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

Youth tee–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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Glendale Arts Commission votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

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

Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory made the motion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Two other advisory boards have meetings this week.

 

 

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

City of Glendale Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glendale Arts Commission votes NO

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

 

 

  PCN Health will be attending this Career Expo!

 

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"Serve Day" in Glendale!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2399.

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

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

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

 Here is more information.

GRANADA ESTATES SERVE DAY

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Save the Library group created an online petition. 

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

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

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FOOTHILLS LIBRARY MEETINGS Feb 23 - 25- 26

ATTEND THEM ALL IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK~


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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New fire truck arrives at Fire Station 151

By Bette and Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2360.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Feature Summary - 

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

1500 gallons per minute pump

500 gallon poly-tank

Shorter Wheel base

More Compartment Space

360 degree driving camera for safety

Class A foam tank for Class fires

Maneuvers well in tight spaces

 

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

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

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

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.04629.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4617.

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2385.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Note  still hunting a few names  for captions - 

 

 

 

 

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



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


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

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



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

This year’s Black History Month celebration on Eight will include in-depth profiles of African American leaders, an inspiring documentary that uses photography to explore the evolution of African American society and a special episode of “Antiques Roadshow” that focuses on the rich past of blacks in America. Eight will also share surprising stories of African American families on “Genealogy Roadshow.”
“The programs we feature for Black History Month tell the detailed accounts of historical figures and items that influenced America,” says Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content for Eight, “We’re pleased to bring more educational and fascinating stories that connect viewers to African American history.”








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Galentine's Day in Glendale

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet



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



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



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



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



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


How did Galentine's day come do be? 

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 
 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

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

 

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
 
 

Antique Engine and Tractor Show

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

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

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

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

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

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Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

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

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

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

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







 

 

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

This is over 2 hours. First part is City Presentation 
Second part is board members addressing city staff then thirdly the citizens of Glendale and patrons of the Foothills Library speak out. 
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City Staff at Glendale AZ want to close the current Foothills Library and move it into the Aquatic Center 
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Library Commission learns about the Foothill Library possible relocation.

 

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

 

Fischer resigns as city manager during executive session

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

GLENDALE INCREASES FUNDS TO HELP EVICTED FAMILIES

Community Action Program Team Begins Screening and Dispersing Funds 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Glendale CVB Offers Chance for Free Family Fun at LEGO KidsFest

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

 

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

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

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

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


 

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

 


GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS

ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS:  FEBRUARY 26

Hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

 

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

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

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

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


 

THE POPULAR FAMILY BIKE RIDE

ROLLS THROUGH GLENDALE APRIL 12
Enjoy Great Weather and Exercise

 

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

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

Visit Glendale’s website to pre-register and complete waiver forms.  The first 400 people to pre-register (online or via mail) and participate receive a free 2015 Glendale Family Bike Ride t-shirt. Helmets are required for this ride, and can be purchased at the event for $10 (cash or check only.) On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m. There is no registration fee. All riders must get on the road by 9 a.m. Complimentary snacks and water are provided at two rest stops along the route.  In addition, the GUS Bus continuously circuits the route to assist any riders in need.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We © (Heart) Books"

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

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We  ©  (Heart) Books"

February 14 & 15, 2015

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

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

(panorama photos by Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet)

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Glendale citizens not buying sale of Foothills Library

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the standing room only third presentation at the Foothills Library, Gene Martel asked that the Library Advisory Board, Mr. Strunk and Mr. Beck do their “due diligence” on this matter and “Be as transparent as you can.”  He also said, “A lot of people are asking the question, “Is this necessary?”  “Is it possible that a recommendation from this council be presented to the city council that says we don’t want to do this?  Is this that a possibility.” 

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

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

            From slide presentation

                        o Due Diligence and Appraisals Conducted

o Appraisal #1 = $3,400,000

o Appraisal #2 = $4,700,000

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Foothills Library

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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 Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills 

Branch hearing - - the people speak out!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 

Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 




 

 

 

Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch 


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

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

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


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


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


Some background

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

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

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

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


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

 


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




An interior of the proposed new Foothills Library/Technology Center

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



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

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


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

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


Public Meetings & Input Opportunities


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

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

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


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


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


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

You can also email

jweiers@glendaleaz.com

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bturner@glendaleaz.com

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER HOSTS BRIDAL EVENT

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

                                                                                            

 

 




 

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

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


 




 

 

 

 

 

Student Veterans Summit Will Connect Veterans 

to Business Leaders for Employment and Mentorship

will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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

WORKSHOP SESSION 
February 3, 2015

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

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


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

 

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

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

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Who will get custody of this wonderful art?

 

 

 

 

 

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20th Annual Chocolate Affair

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1886.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1904.

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

 Cover art from Amazon.com

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1943

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3569.

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

 

 

 

 

The City of Glendale Plein Air Painting Event

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2023 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3650 enlarged.

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


 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2029 and 1988.

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


 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2030 

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

 

 

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

 


 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1983

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





 

 

New Automotive Technology Building 

Coming to GCC’s main campus

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1810.

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

The old building from the 1960s is no more.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1821.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1839.

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1859.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1871.

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1874.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

WHERE:               Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale avenues

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS, VISITORS THAT

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

 

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

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

 

 

 




 

 

 

WITH RAIN EXPECTED, FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS

TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHILE ENJOYING SUPER WEEKEND

 

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

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

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

Important safety reminders:

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

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

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

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

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

·         Increase your following distance and watch for brake lights ahead.

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

  • Children need constant supervision around all bodies of water.

  • Avoid moving water.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Resources for residents:

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

    • Bonsall Park North, northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, next to the hockey rink

    • City of Glendale Community Center North: 14061 N. 59th Ave.

    • GFD Support Services: 7501 N.55th Ave.

 

 
Save the Date!
Artist Reception
Thursday, February 12th - 4 pm to 7 pm
at Gallery Glendale at Westgate

 

PSA Art Awakenings and Release the Fear put on a show of hope, strength and overcoming odds - all showcasing "Healing at Its Best!"  These non-profit arts, health and human services organizations promote the healing power of the arts to help youth and adults overcome fear, depression and other behavioral health issues  so that they can give back to the community through the arts.

 

 

 

 
 
9380 W. Westgate Blvd., Ste. D-109 * Glendale, AZ 85305
located in the Westgate shopping plaza next to Coldstone.
Gallery Hours
Every Friday & Saturday in February - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
or by appointment,
Robert.Demeter@azpsa.org or 480.622.3360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival Kicks Off

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

DIRECTV super three-day festival kicked off on Wednesday evening, January 28 at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale.  Wednesday’s headliner, Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform on the Super Fan Stage at 9: 25 p.m.  Tickets for the Thursday and Friday performances were still available at this writing.  For more information and for a full schedule of events, visit www.stubhub.com/directv.  Parking is free.  There is a big musical event in Glendale just south of the University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1657.

John Colaneri  and Anthony Carrino (America’s Most Desperate Kitchens) with Alison Victoria (Kitchen Crashers) standing in the middle are on the “red” carpet at the DIRECTV’s three-day fan festival even in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1688.

Singer and songwriter Thomas Rhett on the red carpet on opening night at the DIRECTV’s Super Fan Festival in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1716.

Members of the band, The Cadillac Three on the DIRECTV’s Red Carpet event opening night, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  The groups lead singer, Jaren Johnston is holding the microphone. Neil Mason is standing to his left and Kelby Ray to his right. 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1788

Food Networks’ Duff Goldman cuts the huge cake.  Duff Goldman has a new program premiering January 29th, From Duff to Dawn, and on February 2, Kids and Baking Competition, both on the Food Network.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Cake 1.

Food Network’s Duff Goldman samples some cake. 


 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    • 5:30pm – 5:50pm Becky G Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:15pm – 6:45pm Magic! Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:45pm – 7:05pm Ingrid Michaelson Acoustic Performance (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:15pm – 7:55pm Jason Derulo Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 8:15pm – 9:15pm Alesso Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 9:25pm – 11:25pm Calvin Harris Performs (Super Fan Stage)

 

Friday, January 30, 2015 (Schedule Subject to Change)

    • 5:00pm – 5:30pm American Authors Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:00pm – 6:45pm Ingrid Michaelson Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 6:15pm – 6:35pm Young The Giant Acoustic Set Performance (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:15pm – 8:15pm Young The Giant Performs (HGTV Lodge Stage)
    • 7:00pm – 8:00pm Red Carpet interviews with Snoop Dogg and Imagine Dragons
    • 8:15pm – 9:15pm Snoop Dogg Performs (Super Fan Stage)
    • 9:45pm – 11:00pm Imagine Dragons Performs (Super Fan Stage)

 

WHERE: Pendergast Family Farm – 95th Avenue & West Bethany Home Road, Glendale, AZ 85305

 

TICKETS: Fans can purchase a single day ticket or a three day pass that will give them access to all Festival events through StubHub, the exclusive ticket partner of the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival. Tickets begin at $99 and are available for purchase now in limited supply  visit www.stubhub.com/directv.

 

 

 

 




 

 

Be sure to visit Lulu from Bitzee Mama's 
at the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival!
Ed Sharpe and Lulu Talking Tamales!
THIS EVENT THURS AND FRI ALSO!
There are 2 more days of this fun filled event!

 

By  Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV
At The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival

 

Nunzia presented me with pizza!
It was wonderful!
Visit All Gourmet Catering's  booth!
 
Nunzia  took the  camera  and got me
enjoying the pizza!

 




 

 

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction 

of New Automotive Technology Building,  Named in
 Honor of Dr. Phillip Randolph, President Emeritus

(Glendale, AZ – January 28, 2015)  Glendale Community College proudly announces the groundbreaking and construction of the new home of the Automotive Technology program, a main campus building that will be named in honor of Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Technology 3 Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 9:00 a.m. at the north side of the former Technology 3 building location, in the northwest corner of GCC Main campus. The public is invited to attend.  Holly Street Studios architects and Adolfson & Peterson construction representatives will attend.

If you go:
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held rain or shine. The closest parking is available in the Northwest  parking lot. Enter from 59th Avenue and Via Gaucho.

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ABOUT GCC
Glendale Community College offers innovative higher education curriculum in more than 100 associate degree, certificate and transfer programs, workforce development and career re-training courses. Glendale Community College is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa Community College District.

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

When NFL snubs Jerry Weiers, it disses all of Glendale

AZ REPUBLIC SAYS - 

Yes, the Super Bowl host city's mayor clashes with the NFL. That's no reason to leave him out of the game.

Read entire article and watch some Chan. 12 video --

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/01/26/super-bowl-ticket-jerry-weiers/22372615/

 

 




 

 

 

Glendale Police Make Arrest in New Year’s Homicide

 

GLENDALE, Ariz.On Thursday January 1, 2015 officers in the area of 51st Avenue and Peoria Avenue heard apparent gunshots and responded to investigate. This occurred just after 1:00am. Two shooting victims were located in the parking lot of 5140 W. Peoria Avenue. A vehicle seen leaving the area was stopped just south of Peoria on 51st Avenue and a third shooting victim was located inside of that vehicle. The Glendale Fire Department responded and treated the victims, all of whom were transported to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. 21-year old male Keith George, of Phoenix, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. He was located by officers in the parking lot along with another 31-year old male victim. The third victim that had been located at the traffic stop is a 23-year old male.

Violent Crimes Detectives responded that night and conducted an investigation. It is believed that there had been a fight in the parking lot at this location. During the course of the fight, a subject was struck in the head with a bottle. In response, the suspect retrieved a weapon from his person and opened fire on the crowd that had gathered there.

On January 16, 2015 Violent Crimes Detectives and SWAT served a search warrant at the El Mirage home of 24-year old Steven Orozco Jr. He was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail one count of 1st-degree murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana.

On January 26, 2015 a Grand Jury Indictment was handed down charging Steven Orozco Jr. with 1st-degree murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana. Steven Orozco Jr. is currently being held at the 4th Avenue Jail. Booking photo and Form IV can be obtained from MCSO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations About Dementia

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– If you’re dreading that difficult talk about finances, driving privileges, or health care decisions with your loved one, then get help by joining our "Conversations about Dementia" at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7.

Martha Burruel from the Arizona Alzheimer's Association (Desert Southwest Chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association) will discuss tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia. The organization’s mission is to "empower and support individuals, families, care partners, and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada." For more information, visit their website at www.alz.org/dsw.

This program is free and open to the public. To register, please call 623-930-3431 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

 




 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 
Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

Glendale, Ariz. –– It’s double the fun – and double the lighthouses! -- at the next Authors @ the Teague program, when Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle discuss and sign their latest mysteries at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue.

Writing under the name of Eva Gates, Vicki Delany presents the first of her new Lighthouse Library series, set in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. In "By Book or By Crook," Lucy is enjoying her dream job as the town’s librarian until a valuable Jane Austen first edition is stolen and the library board chair is murdered.

A retired systems analyst, Vicki Delany was born in Winnipeg, married in South Africa, traveled around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, and now lives in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. A mother of three grown daughters, she writes standalone suspense novels, humorous historical mysteries (the Klondike Gold Rush series) and police procedurals set in British Columbia (the Constable Molly Smith series). The seventh installment in the Molly Smith series will be published by the Poisoned Pen Press this spring. For more information, see www.vickidelany.com.

In January 2015, "NY Times" bestselling author Kate Carlisle releases her newest Fixer-Upper Mystery novel, set in Lighthouse Cove, California. In "This Old Homicide," when contractor/detective Shannon Hammer finds her neighbor murdered, she must act quickly before the wrong person "gets nailed...."

A Southern Californian, Kate studied law, acting, and singing and spent over two decades working on game and variety shows including "Solid Gold" and "The Gong Show" before turning to fiction. Also author of the Bibliophile Mystery series, Kate is a past winner of the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Awards and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. For more information, see www.katecarlisle.com.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Please call 623-930-3431 for more information.

 

 




 

 

ASU’s West campus celebrates
 Black History Month

 

 

 

Black History Month at ASU’s West campus includes a visit from Elaine Richardson, who will share her remarkable story of overcoming drug addiction and abusive relationships to earn a Ph.D. and become a faculty member at Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

The public is invited to join in the celebration as Arizona State University’s West campus commemorates Black History Month during February. This year’s celebration features the theme of Education: Remembering the Past, Cultivating our Future.

Events are free of charge; visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour. The West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

The schedule is:

Opening Celebration & Gumbo Challenge

Feb. 7, 6 p.m.

Black History Month kicks off with a gumbo challenge. Faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to an evening of gumbo, soul food, fun and celebration. Do you have a family gumbo recipe you want to enter into the challenge? Enter the contest, or just come to eat and enjoy. R.S.V.P. for details regarding this event’s off-campus location to Samantha Fritz, 602-543-5300.

Guest performer Elaine Richardson: “PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life”

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. – Second Stage West, lower level of University Center Building

Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, short stints in jail, the cycle of death that was her life, and on top of that, pregnant again. It was the end. The only way out was death or prison, but that wasn’t her fate. Instead, she went to school…and never stopped. On her journey, she became empowered with the knowledge of her culture and history. Elaine Richardson theatrically shares her journey of sexual exploitation and other forms of bondage to promote healing and empowerment through education. This free event is sponsored by the Committee for Campus Inclusion on ASU’s West campus along with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

14th Annual Pioneer Award Dinner

Feb. 19, 6 p.m.

The 2015 honoree is Matthew C. Whitaker, ASU Foundation Professor of History and founding director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Festivities include an awards ceremony, oral history, entertainment and dinner. African attire is suggested. R.S.V.P.s are required for the dinner, to be held on the West campus.

For information about Black History Month at ASU’s West campus, contact westevents@asu.edu or 602-543-5300.

 

 




 

 

Lots to do this weekend!

DIRECTV will host the fifth annual DIRECTV Super Fan Festival at Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale Jan. 28 to Jan. 30 with 12 concerts beginning at 5 p.m. The multi-stage festival will feature performances by the Zac Brown Band, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg on the DIRECTV Super Fan Stage. Also performing on the main events stage are musical acts including Thomas Rhett, Jason Derulo, Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three and Magic! who will perform at the HGTV Lodge.

Jan. 30, the space will be transformed to host DIRECTV Super Saturday Night, the private, invitation-only event that has become known as the crown jewel of Super Bowl parties. Rihanna will headline the celebrity packed event.

The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival line-up is scheduled:

Jan. 28 Super Fan Stage: Zac Brown Band HGTV Lodge: Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three

Jan. 29 Super Fan Stage: Calvin Harris HGTV Lodge: Alesso, Jason Derülo, Magic!, Becky G

Jan. 30 Super Fan Stage: Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg HGTV Lodge: Young the Giant, Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors

The festival will also feature a variety of activities including a mechanical bull, zip line and carnival-like shooting range. There will also be a Par 3 closest-to-the-pin contest, test drive a new car on a specially designed test track; take part in a football skills challenge led by NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and enjoy the Bud Light Beer Garden.

Tickets are available at www.stubhub.com.

The DIRECTV Fan Festival will also allow fans to experience both The Dan Patrick and The Rich Eisen radio shows as they broadcast live daily beginning Jan. 26. Both shows will host numerous athletes, celebrities and Hall of Fame athletes leading up to the Super Bowl. The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival will also serve as the official broadcast location for FOX Sports 1 all week.

Westgate Entertainment District will also host the Super Music Series leading up to the game by hosing daily concerts on Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, which will transform into an outdoor concert venue with local and national bands performing. The concerts will run 6 to 10 p.m. each night Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 28 – Los Lobos; Jan. 29 – Chainsmokers; Jan. 30 – Eli Young Band; Jan. 31 – Dramarama, Bow Wow Wow, Gene Loves Jezebel and Naked Eyes; Feb. 1 – Kianna Martinez; Jared & The Mill and Chad Freeman & Redline.


The Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be held Jan. 30 and 31 in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale


Super Game Party at Bitzee Mama's
Sunday, February 1 at 3:00pm
Bitz-ee mama in Glendale, Arizona

Super Bowl Specials $2 Domestic Beers $4 Import Beers $20 Pitcher of Margaritas BIG GAME 49 Specials $4.90 Appetizers $4.90 Margaritas .49 cents mini chimi.


 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON

REAPPOINTMENT OF GLENDALE JUDGE

Hearing Date Set

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The Glendale Judicial Selection Advisory Board (JSAB) is seeking public input on the reappointment application of City Judge Manuel Delgado, Jr.

                The board, which is charged with making a recommendation to the Glendale City Council on Delgado’s reappointment application, is holding a public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 in Room B-3 at Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Ave.  All interested parties are invited to offer comments. 

Signed, written comments can also be submitted but must be received no later than Jan. 26.  Comments should be sent to:

Karen Doncovio

City of Glendale Human Resources Department

5850 W. Glendale Ave.

Glendale, AZ 85301

 

The judicial advisory committee will consider public comments and other relevant factors in making a recommendation to the city council regarding Delgado’s reappointment.  Delgado has served as City Judge of the Glendale City Court since 2013.  His application for reappointment is for another two-year term.

For more information on the judicial reappointment process, call Karen Doncovio at 623-930-2280.

 

 

 

 Capturing The Big Game With The Latest Gear
 January 22nd 2015 - 08:00 AM By Michael Grotticelli

 

2015 Superbowl

With preparations well under way and a week before the big game, a team of 70 NEP system engineers, tech managers and other specialists descend upon Phoenix, AZ to help create one super-television experience for more than 110 million viewers.

READ MORE HERE 

https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/content/entry/1202/capturing-the-big-game-with-the-latest-gear

 

 

SENATOR JOHN McCAIN AND ARIZONA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION APPLAUD UPCOMING BARRY M. GOLDWATER STATUE DEDICATION

 

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the entire Arizona Congressional delegation applauded today’s Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the entire Arizona Congressional delegation applauded today’s announcement by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that Congress will dedicate a statue of Senator Barry M. Goldwater at a ceremony in the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

 

“This statue in the U.S. Capitol will serve as a well-deserved and lasting tribute to Senator Barry Goldwater’s remarkable contributions to the State of Arizona and our nation,” said Senators McCain and Flake; and Representatives Franks, Gallego, Gosar, Grijalva, Kirkpatrick, McSally, Salmon, Schweikert, and Sinema. “A quintessential Westerner and Arizona native, Senator Goldwater had a love affair with our state and her people. His decades of faithful service to Arizona and his dedication to conservative ideas earned him the fitting nicknames ‘Mr. Arizona’ and ‘Mr. Conservative.’ Our state never had a better champion than Barry Goldwater, and we are very proud that his legacy will continue to be honored at the U.S. Capitol.”

 

In 2008, the Arizona Congressional delegation and former Governor Janet Napolitano requested that Congress accept a statue of Senator Barry Goldwater in place of the statue of John C. Greenway, which currently represents the State of Arizona as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.

 

Barry Morris Goldwater was born in Phoenix on New Year's Day, 1909, three years before Arizona was admitted to the Union. He entered politics in 1949 when he was elected as a Phoenix city councilman. He first won a United States Senate seat in 1952, and was the Republican nominee for president in 1964. While he did not win the presidential election, Senator Goldwater became an icon for conservatism, starting a movement which many believe led to the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980. Senator Goldwater was again elected to the Senate in 1968 where he served until his retirement in 1987.

 

Additional details regarding the dedication of the statue will be announced closer to the date of the ceremony.

 

 



Glendale Police Seek Help in

Aggravated Assault

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On December 28, 2014 two subjects entered the Circle K store at 43rd Avenue and Glendale just after 9:00pm. Those two subjects proceeded to select beer from the cooler and exit the store without payment. A security guard for a nearby facility was in the store and attempted to intervene in the parking lot. During that contact, the male suspect struck the victim with a fist, causing him to go unconscious and fall to the ground. The female suspect proceeded to strike the victim additional times while he was on the ground. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He suffered multiple fractures as a result of this incident.

The first suspect is described as either Hispanic or a light-skinned black male. He is said to be in his mid to late 20’s, approximately six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has short dark hair and a mustache or goatee. He has tattoos on his hands and a large tattoo on the back of his neck. The second suspect is a Hispanic female, five feet four inches tall with brown hair. She appears to be similar in age. The two were seen leaving in a dark colored SUV with several additional occupants. The two suspects and the vehicle can be seen in the attached photos obtained from store surveillance.

The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has any information that may help solve this case to call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 




 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet..

Dr. Walt Kallestad, Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade Chair, Mayor Jerry Weiers, Committee Member, Aaron Arellano, Hope for Hunger, Rick Kasuboski, Hope for Hunger and Martha Luque , Hope for Hunger.  

10,000 dollars for Hope for Hunger

By Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

A check for ten-thousand dollars was donated today, January 19, 2015, to the Hope for Hunger food bank in Glendale.  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and the Hometown Christmas Parade Committee donated $10,000 from last month’s Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Glendale.

The donation is a combination of support through the event and from APS, John. F. Long Foundation and the Glendale Christmas Parade Committee.

Sponsors who helped raise funds:  Blue Cross Blue Shield, Grand Canyon University, APS, American Furniture Warehouse, McCarthy Construction, Sands Chevrolet, Sun Health, Cardon Development, Family Life Radio, Total Transit, Arrowhead Hospital, Arrowhead Cadillac, Chanen Construction, SRP and DeVry University.

The next Hometown Christmas Parade will again be on December 12, 2015.

 

 

 




 

 

 

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Newly Discovered Martin Luther King Speech Broadcast Tonight at 6 PM
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Special Broadcast January 19, 2015
 
 
 
MLK at Rally
Tonight only, 6 PM
Special Broadcast from  
Radio Phoenix

Just Discovered Martin Luther King Speech in London, December 7, 1964
Days Before He Received the Nobel Peace Prize

Unknown Recording Discovered in Historical Pacifica Radio Archives

Calls for International Non-Violent Movement Against South Africa, Ties South Africa to Human and Civil Rights Movements in the US  and Around the World

  

Pacifica Radio  has released  a previously unknown recording of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. for this Martin Luther King Day.  The recording was in the Pacifica Radio Archives and has been verified as the only known recording of that 62-minute speech, made in London on December 7, 1964.   

  

The speech was delivered in London on December 7, 1964, while Dr. King was traveling to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.   King  had been invited to speak on South Africa by Christian Action, anti-apartheid group deeply involved in promoting an international boycott of South Africa.  At City Temple Hall in London, he addressed an overflowing audience with passion and humor. A brief video of this presentation can be seen HERE. This recording is thought to be the only known record of a comprehensive public statement by King on apartheid in South Africa.

 

He also discussed the history of slavery, Supreme Court rulings, Greek philosophy, nonviolent resistance, misunderstandings about the doctrine of loving ones' enemies, the legislative process of desegregation in America, registration of black voters, and ending bigotry throughout the planet.  He spoke without written notes, and the speech was recorded on reel-to-reel tape by Saul Bernstein, identified as a "Pacifica European Correspondent."  

 

The recording was discovered by Pacifica Radio Archives' director Brian DeShazor when he was working on an unrelated project and searched through some unopened boxes of tape reels, stored in the Archives' climate-controlled vault in Los Angeles. He found a box with "Dr. Martin Luther King London 1965," written on its lid. Research revealed that the speech was actually made in 1964. DeShazor said, "After 15 years of working at the Pacifica Radio Archives, the astonishing discovery of the lost Dr. King tape is truly a proud event in my career. It confirms the important, profound contribution to society and history being made by Pacifica's independent archive."

 

The Pacifica Radio Archives brings together the recordings of Pacifica Network since 1949. It is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world. Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica Network radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts, including a large collection of speeches by Martin Luther King and other voices from the American Civil Rights era. Pacifica Foundation Radio is a nonprofit Radio Network that initiated the concept of listener-sponsored independent community radio in the United States. It owns five radio stations and has a network of 170 affiliates.   

  

Radio Phoenix is an affiliate of Pacifica Radio and is proud to be able to present this long-lost speech by Dr. King on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19, 2015.  Complete Recordings of the speeches of Dr. King can be purchased HERE

 

 
 
 
 
     
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Radio Phoenix                  info@radiophoenix.org                   480-829-5746                
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that."

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a non-violent message of equality, justice, freedom, and love that broke the chains of segregation, racial prejudice and hatred, and as a result America has become a better nation.  

 

In the spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., PSA will be hosting a booth at the City of Phoenix MLK Festival at Margaret T Hance Park (1134 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Please join us from 9am - 4pm to share in the commemoration and celebration of his life and service. 


 

All PSA Behavioral Health Agency offices will be

closed on Monday, January 19, 2015

in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 


 

**All PSA Behavioral Health Agency offices will return to their normal business schedule on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. **

 

Click the mural by PSA Master Artist Antonio Pasos to learn more about Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. and other important figures in the fight for Civil Rights.

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THIS IS YOUR HOUSE.... 
THIS IS YOUR HOUSE AFTER 
A FIRE FROM A CANDLE 

GET THE PICTURE?

 

 

UNATTENDED CANDLE RESPONSIBLE FOR GLENDALE CONDO FIRE

Glendale, Ariz. –– Yesterday afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to a fire likely caused by a candle that was left unattended when the occupant left the residence.

Firefighters encountered a fire burning in a bedroom on the second floor of a condominium, located near 4600 West Maryland Avenue, but were able to extinguish it quickly before it spread to the remainder of the home.

The Glendale Fire Department wants to remind everyone to use extra care when using candles.

FACTS

In 2010, there were approximately 9,600 U.S. home fires started by candles. Of those 9,600 fires, 90 people died and 820 were injured.

 Candle fires cause $370 million in direct property damage.

 36% of home candle fires start in the bedroom

 55% of candle fires were from a combustible material placed too close to the candle.

 12% of candle fires started after the user fell asleep.

SAFETY TIPS

Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or going to sleep.

 Keep candles away from items that can burn such as curtains, clothing and paper.

 Use sturdy candleholders that won’t tip over and are large enough to collect dripping wax.

 Place candles in areas where children and pets cannot get near them or tip them.

 Keep candles away from flammable liquids.

 Trim wicks to one-quarter inch.

 Discard candles when wicks are within two inches of the holder.

 Store candles and matches out of a child’s reach.

 Do not use a candle during a power outage, use a flashlight.

 

 

 




 

 

 

Thursday Evening
Governor Ducey signed his first
bill, the American Civics Bill.

(See on YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/AE4G3eIrAQA )

 

CIVICS EXAM BILL GETS GOVERNOR DUCEY'S  SIGNATURE

Arizona is the First State Requiring High School Students to Pass Test to Graduate

(Updated  Capitol Story by Ed# ) –In just the first week of Legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have sent HB 2064, the American Civics Act, to Governor Doug Ducey. The law, signed by  the  Governor  Thursday evening,   will require Arizona high school graduates to have a basic understanding of United States civics and history. 

Now signed into law, the legislation will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year and require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship Civics test, the same test all immigrants applying for citizenship must pass, with a 60 percent or better grade as a condition for graduation. Students will be able to take the test on the first day of high school or the last day, and as many times as necessary to pass and schools will be allowed to administer it as they see fit. A well-established test that has free study materials is available online, so there will be no additional cost to the schools or taxpayers.

“As stated by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and mentioned by Governor Doug Ducey in his state-of-the-state address, civics deficiency is the ‘quiet crisis’ in education,” said House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, the Primary Sponsor of the legislation.  “I’m excited to have worked with Governor Ducey and my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle, to make Arizona the first state in the country with such a requirement for high school graduation.”

Two-thirds of students tested below proficient on the civics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in both 2006 and 2010. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services which administers the test as part of the naturalization process, 92 percent of immigrants who take the test pass it on their first try.

Twelve other states are working towards similar legislative efforts. To view the Unites States Citizenship Civics test mentioned above, please click here.

 

 

 

 

WESTMARC / West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance

2015 West Valley State of State Luncheon

WESTMARC and the West Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance invited everyone to a special
 West Valley State of the State Luncheon with Governor Doug Ducey. The event was held 
on January 15, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 

(FULL Video  1-15-2015 to follow)

Arizona’s new governor was sworn into office just ten days ago. Governor Ducey’s West Valley address focused on new jobs, education and putting "this budget in balance"... The new governor pledged to be the governor of all the people in Arizona. Elected officials and business leaders from the West Valley were in attendance to hear what Arizona’s new governor had to say about issues specific to the West Valley.

In his address, Governor Ducey asked "we could all use the fresh outlook of newcomers, not trapped in the old ways of thinking about state spending, taxes, public education and the role of government in general. In government, just as in business, settled assumptions are not always correct assumptions. Conventional wisdom is not always wisdom. And the political parties do not have to be hostile parties, set against one another in every case.

One of the wonderful things about the West Valley, Ducey said is that "Folks here are involved in this community... and people here show up" "So I want entrepreneurs and investors from across the country to know that if they are looking to build, relocate or add new jobs, that the West Valley is the place to be".

"According to Greater Phoenix Economic Council 52 per cent of Phoenix area’s growth is expected to occur in the West Valley". Transportation infrastructure, health care, higher education and a business friendly environment that supports more than 5, 000 companies are West Valley assets that are, in part, responsible for this projected growth.

As governor Ducey said he "will serve as a vocal advocate for Luke Air Force Base". "Luke Air Force Base and the City of Glendale are one the world’s radar."

"In less than a month, our state will host the super Bowl for its third time. As a sports fan, I’m pretty excited. I know you are too. It’s a prime Opportunity to showcase Arizona to the rest of the country. It’s a chance for everyone in the world to know what we know – the Arizona is the place to be."

In order to help all schools in the state, Ducey wants the Legislature to settle the lawsuit. Elected leaders "acted in good faith during the Great Recession to keep statutory commitments to education, while also keeping this state afloat. And now the courts have given us a choice – between a fiscal crisis or a constitutional crisis".

Ref: Last year, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ordered the state to pay $317 million to public and charter k-12 schools.  Back in 2000 the state sales tax was raised by 0.6 percent and that generated revenue was to help schools cover inflation costs.  Lawmakers stopped providing this annual inflation protection in 2009 due to the recession toll on the state’s revenue.

 

Highlights of the speech that we in common  with the other geographical delivered copies of this address.               

  • Governor Ducey called on the Legislature to confront and resolve the state deficit and implement a responsible, balanced budget.
  • The governor announced his budget proposal will prioritize money in the classroom through a Classrooms First Initiative.
  • Through executive order, the governor is assembling a team of education and finance professionals charged with scrubbing every dollar in every formula in statute in order to identify ways in which to get maximum dollars into the classroom.
  •  The governor called for the passage of the bipartisan American Civics Bill, to ensure every Arizona high school graduate understands basic American civics. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has called this the "quiet crisis in education."
  • The creation of the "Arizona Public School Achievement District," to give Arizona's best public schools new and innovative options to expand so that the thousands of families sitting on waiting lists can finally ensure their kids get a quality education.
  • A plan to give public schools more access to capital so they can spend more in the classroom and less on debt service. The governor's budget will reserve resources that our best public schools can borrow against to bring down their debt service costs. And half the projects funded will be in low-income communities.
  • The governor will implement a state government hiring freeze, with protections for vital areas, like child safety and public safety.
  •  A proposal to permanently index Arizona's income tax to inflation, eliminating an automatic tax increase Arizonans face each year.
  • Adding a small business person to the Regulatory Review Council.

 

DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT OF PHOENIX VERSION HERE

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1524.

The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor, State of Arizona.

Arizona’s new governor addressed West Valley business and political leaders on Thursday, January 14, 2015 at the WESTMARC West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance West Valley 2015 State of the State Luncheon at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet
 
The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor, State of Arizona is  greeted  by Bob Bement, Senior Vice President Site Operations,  Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station at the  WESTMARC / West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance  hosted State of the State Governor's Westside address held at the Wigwam Resort on January 15, 2015, in Litchfield Park. APS is a co-sponsor of this event.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1508

Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris and Councilmember Bart Turner attended the West Valley State of the 2015 State Luncheon held at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

 

 





Glendale Fire Department’s first female Firefighter retires

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 1-15-2005

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1538.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1536.

Batallion Chief Valerie Eddings is retiring. She was the department’s first female firefighter, first female engineer captain and battalion chief and is set to retire on January 30 after 32 years of service. Chief Eddings spent the majority of her career at station 152 located at 69th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1545.

Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick presents Chief Eddings with her certificate. Described as "tough", "understanding" and "this woman has a heart" and "caring" by her peers, Chief Eddings tried to hold back tears. Being the first is not easy. When asked how hard it was for a woman in the fire department thirty-two years ago, Chief Eddings said, "It was just as hard on the other person as it was for me. But we worked it out and we both grew."

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.1569.

Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick and retiring Batallion Chief Valerie Eddings at her retirement ceremony at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1579.

Retired firefighter, Clinton Summers, Chuck Montgomery, GRPSTC Director, Battalion Chief Valerie Eddings, and Jim Wetherald, retired Fire Captain, City of Glendale. Chief Eddings is retiring after 32 years as a firefighter.

 

 





 

COUNCILMEMBER IAN HUGH APPOINTED VICE MAYOR

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Councilmember Ian Hugh has been appointed to serve as the vice mayor of Glendale.

The City Council selected Hugh for the position at its meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 13). The vice mayor performs the duties of the mayor during the mayor’s absence. City Council guidelines require councilmembers to nominate candidates for vice mayor each year.

Hugh was elected in November 2012 to represent the Cactus District and was appointed in November 2012 to fill the Cactus District vacancy before beginning his term in January 2013. He previously served on the City Council from 1986-91 and also served as vice mayor from 1990-91.

Hugh currently serves on Glendale’s Government Services Committee and the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Glendale West Rotary Club. Councilmember Hugh’s extensive resume in leadership also includes the Glendale Union High School District School Board, 2004-2012, serving as President in 2011-2012. Hugh served as Chairman of the Glendale Utilities Committee 1989-90 and was a member and past vice chair of the Glendale Community Development Corporation.

Councilmember Hugh was born and raised in Glendale. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 38 years and have owned their own business, Ian Hugh Tire and Auto at 51st Avenue and Glenn Drive, for most of that time. They have enjoyed living in the same home in the Cactus District for 36 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

For more information on the Glendale City Council, visit our website.

 

 





 

 

CIVICS EXAM BILL HEADS TO GOVERNOR DUCEY FOR SIGNATURE
Arizona Would Be First State Requiring High School Students to Pass Test to Graduate

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (Jan. 15. 2015) –In just the first week of Legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have sent HB 2064, the American Civics Act, to Governor Doug Ducey in an effort to ensure Arizona high school graduates have a basic understanding of United States civics and history. 

If signed into law, the legislation will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year and require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship Civics test, the same test all immigrants applying for citizenship must pass, with a 60 percent or better grade as a condition for graduation. Students will be able to take the test on the first day of high school or the last day, and as many times as necessary to pass and schools will be allowed to administer it as they see fit. A well-established test that has free study materials is available online, so there will be no additional cost to the schools or taxpayers.

“As stated by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and mentioned by Governor Doug Ducey in his state-of-the-state address, civics deficiency is the ‘quiet crisis’ in education,” said House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, the Primary Sponsor of the legislation.  “I’m excited to have worked with Governor Ducey and my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle, to make Arizona the first state in the country with such a requirement for high school graduation.”

Two-thirds of students tested below proficient on the civics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in both 2006 and 2010. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services which administers the test as part of the naturalization process, 92 percent of immigrants who take the test pass it on their first try.

Twelve other states are working towards similar legislative efforts. To view the Unites States Citizenship Civics test mentioned above, please click here.

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER TURNER HOSTING BARREL DISTRICT MEETING

Residents Invited to Feb. 11 Meeting at Glendale Adult Center

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. -  Councilmember Bart Turner will be hosting his first Barrel District meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 West Brown St.  The meeting will be held in the Center’s Meeting Room 108.

Turner is encouraging residents living in the Barrel District to stop by his meeting to meet him and hear updates on neighborhood and city-wide issues, and discuss their ideas and suggestions for Glendale. 

            Special guests include Sam McAllen, Community Development Director, who will talk about the areas he oversees, including Planning, Building Safety, and Code Compliance; and Jack Friedline, Glendale’s new Public Works Director, who will discuss the areas he oversees, including Sanitation and Transportation.  

            The Barrel District is located in the central part of Glendale and is bounded roughly from 51st to 67rd avenues, Northern Avenue to Cactus Road.

            For more information or to request special accommodations, call 623-930-2250

 

 





 

 

 

 

Funeral arrangements for Retired Glendale Police Officer Jeff Steele have been confirmed as follows:

 

Visitation:                           Wednesday, January 14th

5:00pm – 8:00pm

                                                Heritage Funeral Chapel

                                                6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ

 

Memorial Service:          Thursday, January 15th

                                                10:00am

                                                Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV)

                                                7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ

Gravesite Services:         Resthaven Park Cemetery

                                                6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ    

 

 



 

FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS TO USE EXTREME

CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING DURING WINTER MONTHS

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– With parts of northern and eastern Arizona getting snow today, the Glendale Fire Department wants to remind residents to take extreme caution when traveling in these conditions. 

In December 2011, Lauren Weinberg, a 23-year-old Arizona State University student, was trapped in her vehicle for 10 days near the Mogollon Rim before being found alive.  Weinberg was ill prepared and had to live off of 2 candy bars and melted snow. 

When planning a trip up to the snow country it is only natural to dream of the amazing time we hope to have and overlook the possible dangers that await us.  Here are some simple safety tips when traveling during the winter months:

¨ª  Before leaving:

o   Have a mechanic perform a "trip check¡" on your vehicle to inspect your brakes, battery, hoses, fluid levels and tires.

o   Check your windshield wipers.  If they streak, you need new ones.

o   Make sure your heater and defroster are properly working.

o   Ensure all headlights and lamps are working efficiently.

o   Check to make sure that not only does your radio work but that you can receive all AM/FM stations.  One of your preset radio stations should be a station that is dedicated to weather/traffic reports for the area you are heading to.

o   Make sure someone knows exactly when you are going and when to expect you home.

¨ª  Have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours in case of an emergency. Pack extra water, snacks, hats, socks, gloves, batteries, medications, blankets, flashlights, and matches.  Consider specialty items that other family members or pets may need like prescription meds, diapers, baby formula or dog food.

¨ª  In your vehicle there should also be a shovel, windshield scraper, small broom, snow chains, tow rope, flares, jumper cables, first aid kid, pocket knife and battery powered radio.

¨ª  While traveling:

o   Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times.

o   Always carry your cell phone and car charger.

o   Never use cruise control in snow conditions.

o   Increase following distance.

o   Try and avoid abrupt stops and starts.

o   Use extreme caution when traveling on roads that look wet.  They may actually be frozen.

o   Turn your low beam headlights in bad weather and whenever using your wipers.

o   If you become trapped, NEVER leave your vehicle.  Make sure your exhaust pipe is clear, crack the downwind window and start your engine every 1-2 hours.

o   If you do not absolutely have to travel in bad weather .DON'T!

Preparation is the most important aspect to surviving any emergency, especially when trapped in freezing cold temperatures.  Hopefully you will never be in a situation where you will need to rely on an emergency kit and survival skills but if you do, you will be ready. 

 



 

FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS TO TAKE

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST INCREASING INFLUENZA ACTIVITY

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– By the time the holiday season ends in Arizona, the Influenza (flu) season is well underway. The 2014-2015 flu season is no exception. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported widespread activity overall, with an increasing number of cases in Arizona over the past two weeks. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) categorized activity as “Regional” last week, when an estimated 600 cases were reported by laboratories.

 

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness spread mainly by droplets made when people cough, sneeze, or talk. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can sometimes even lead to death. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

 

Seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been the most common this year, which can cause more severe flu-like illnesses. There has been some concern about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine; however, vaccination will protect against some strains of the virus and can lessen the impact symptoms of the flu.

 

Here are some safety tips from the Glendale Fire Department to help keep you and those around you healthy:

 

  • CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu. It is not too late to get vaccinated.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • If you are at high risk for serious flu complications and develop symptoms, the CDC recommends you check with your doctor or other health care professional promptly. Treatments, such as antiviral drugs, work best when they are started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

 

Detailed Flu information and handouts can be found at the following websites:

 

 

For further information or if you have any questions, contact Jannine Wilmoth, Emergency Management Coordinator, 623-872-5008.

 

 



 

GLENDALE RECEIVES

IMPROVED RATING OUTLOOK FROM STANDARD & POOR’S

City Receives Positive Change in Outlook to Stable

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Standard & Poor’s has given the city of Glendale an improved rating outlook, upgrading the city’s rating to stable and confirming the city’s financial actions are producing results.  The city’s continued growth with its operational surplus was a strong factor for the improved outlook.  

The affirmative response from Standard & Poor’s follows a September 2014 similar rating change from Moody’s Investors Services, which also changed the city’s outlook to stable from negative on the city’s outstanding General Obligation bonds.

“These types of positive financial endorsements solidify the hard work and collaboration from the City Council and staff to manage and maintain fiscal stability for the city,” said Brenda Fischer, Glendale city manager.  “The city is being recognized for strengthening its budget and that is a path we will continue on while working with the Council, employees, residents and business community.” 

Per direction from the City Council in November, the city is working to refinance bonds in an effort to lock in lower interest rates and save the city potentially millions of dollars in the future.

 



 

GLENDALE OFFERS BEHIND-THE- SCENES LOOK AT CITY GOVERNMENT

Applicants for 2015 Glendale University Classes Sought

 

Glendale, Ariz. Glendale University 101, a 10-session program sponsored by Cox Communications which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how city government works, is now accepting applications through Friday, Feb. 20 to attend classes that begin Wednesday, Mar. 4.

Glendale residents and those who own businesses in the city can sign up for Glendale University (GU) 101 to learn more about city government directly from the mayor, council members, city manager and top city staff.  In the 19 years since the program was started, more than 930 people have attended.

The program’s continued popularity is credited to the one-on-one interactions among attendees and the core curriculum that focuses on everything from the city courts to utilities.

“Glendale University is a unique opportunity to meet the city’s decision makers and talk about everyone’s role in our local democracy,” said organizer Kathy Curley of Glendale’s Community Services Department.

GU 101 classes are held 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning Mar. 4 and running through May 6.  The series kicks-off with a night of getting to know your Mayor and Councilmembers.  Subsequent sessions cover the inner workings of a variety of city services, including public safety, city court, public works, community services, finance and budget and much more.

The classes, which are free, are limited in size to encourage interaction between attendees and the elected officials and city staff who teach each unit.

To participate in GU 101, you must be 16 or older, a resident of Glendale or own a business in Glendale.  Attendees who complete eight of the ten GU 101 classes and attend a City Council meeting will be honored on the final night, May 6, at the graduation ceremony.

The deadline for registering for Glendale University 101 is Feb. 20. Call Gwen Benoit for an application at 623-930-3554, or visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/education/.

 

 



Funeral arrangements for Retired Glendale Police Officer Jeff Steele have been confirmed as follows:

 

Visitation:                           Wednesday, January 14th

5:00pm – 8:00pm

                                                Heritage Funeral Chapel

                                                6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ

 

Memorial Service:          Thursday, January 15th

                                                10:00am

                                                Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV)

                                                7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ

Gravesite Services:         Resthaven Park Cemetery

                                                6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ   

 

 



 

 

 

 

The 20th Annual Glendale Glitter & Glow  Party—it’s AGLOW!!

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

January 10, 2015 was the last night to see the Glendale Glitter lights until November. And what a night it was. There was no rain or wind and it was not very cold. Not like last year. The sixteen block area of downtown and Historic Catlin Court had food, balloons and music!

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Harry Shapiro Director of Investor Relations at Glendale Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer with the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors. This civic organization sells spirits to ward off the chill and raise a little green for their charity projects.

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One of this year’s specialty balloons was a sea serpent. Debbi Waltman is one of the pilots for the Spirit of the Wind sea serpent balloon. The name of the serpent is Norman. Norman is Nessie’s cousin. Nessie of course is Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. (shot to side inset of head!)

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.DSC03412.

Basking in the glow of the hot gas jets on a cool winter’s evening! Faces look to the left to see the big balloon inflate. But to back up a moment, first the baskets and balloons are unloaded, and then the balloons are rolled onto the ground. While the balloons are on their sides, giant fans blow in hot air to inflate them. As the balloon fills with air it will eventually cover the street.

When the balloon is full, at this critical moment and probably one of the most dangerous, the crew tilts the balloon to a vertical position. If the wind is blowing more than 5 miles per hour, the balloon cannot be inflated because it would be too hard to hold it in position. The balloon must stay tethered to its vehicle and trailer otherwise it would too hard to hold in position.

Rain is not good for the balloons either. The top of an inflated balloon can reach approximately 100 degrees Centigrade or the boiling point of water. The rain would cool the air inside the balloon and cause the pilot to apply the gas jets more (to reheat the cooled air). This can cause damage to the balloon’s fabric and maybe cause the pilot to lose control.

The "burn" makes the balloon light up like a light bulb in the night sky. The "burn" is when the pilot blows hot air into the balloon to keep it inflated and in position. It takes about 33 gallon of propane per balloon to keep it up and glowing for an hour to an hour and a half.

  

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1496.

The Spiderman balloon lurks (?) in the background, a giant pumpkin lights the sky on 58th Avenue, just across from the Velma Teague Library. Tarps were on the street to help protect the big balloons. Earlier in the day, there was some rain.

Bette Sharpe/Daily Planet no. 1485.

Glendale’s 20th Annual Balloon & Blow Party was more than blasts of hot air. Eleven bands and food and games made the night one for the entire family. A night of fun as a giant green frog faces west on Glendale Avenue.

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The tea cup ride is a favorite and one to look forward to riding next time.

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What could be cooler than a water pistol shoot out with your mom! Chase and Pat Pratt shoot it out via water gun. (Spoiler: the younger one takes home a prize.)

 






 

 

Glendale Arts Council’s 52nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

The preview party for the Glendale Arts Council’s 52nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit was held Friday evening, January 9, 2015 at the Fruit Packing House Gallery at Saguaro Ranch Park. The juried state wide competition included three dimensional works, paintings and drawings. Purchases made during the event benefit the Glendale Arts Council Incentive Fund for arts enrichment programs and scholarships for students in Glendale. Both the Glendale Arts Commission and Midwestern University are strong financial supports of the annual juried exhibition. Works purchased by the Glendale Arts Commission become part of the municipal portable art collection. Twenty-five percent of the purchase price of all art sold is tax deductible. The Glendale Arts Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting the visual arts in Glendale.

Works entered into competition for exhibit are available for purchase by the public at prices set by the artists. All juried works are on display from January 14 through January 25. in the Fruit Packing Shed.

Glendale Council member Bart Turner, President of the The Glendale Arts Council tells us, "The Glendale Arts Council originated as a committee of the Glendale Women’s Club and was spun off as a separate organization back in the 1960s. The early shows were held outdoors at Murphy Park in downtown Glendale, and later in various buildings throughout Glendale, including city hall and the airport. In the 1990s – at the urging of the Arts Council – the City restored the fruit packing building at Sahuaro Ranch Park and adapted it into an art gallery. The show has been held there since."

The Show is open to all Arizona artists and only accepts art created within the last two years. 

Bart Continues, "One unique aspect of this show is that during the preview weekend all art submitted is displayed and available for purchase. After this first weekend, art not judged into the show is removed and returned to the artist and only the pieces the judge deemed worthy remain on display. Our location, ambiance, sales history, and reputation for well qualified judges have made the Glendale Arts Council Show a favorite of artists for many years."

By the numbers - This year’s show has 295 entries, from 167 artists, and 152 were selected for the juried portion of the show. By the end of the preview weekend over 60 pieces of art have been sold for a cumulative total of nearly 20,000 dollars thus far.

 

PUBLIC VIEWING --  Glendale Arts Council 52nd Annual Juried Art Show
at the Fruit Packing House Gallery at Sahuaro Ranch Park. 59th Avenue 
and West Mountain View Road, Glendale.

2015 Juried Show begins on the 14th and closes on the 25th. Gallery 
hours are 10am to 5pm every day, including weekends. Free admission.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1404.

Outside Looking In (acrylic), by artist Gary Smathers was awarded the Best of Show in this year’s Glendale Arts Council Juried Fine Arts Competition. This work is available for purchase; at the time of this writing.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.1407.

Janet Wandrey, exhibition chairman, Jessica Koory, Arts Commission Vice Chairperson, and Sumiko Garrison, artist are standing next to the 2015 Glendale Arts Council Juried Fine Art Competition’s Best of Show, Outside Looking In by artist Gary Smathers.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1425.

This sculpture by Harold Baldwin, is user friendly and is interactive. It caught the eye of several of those in attendance at the preview party on Friday evening, January 9, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1432.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers admits that he like mechanical things. This working sculpture piece by Harold Baldwin, Prairie Gothic, caught several attendees’ eye and curiosity including Mayor Weiers.

 

 

 

 

1st Place

Under the Palms Baldrica, Nancy Watercolor

Prairie Gothic Baldwin, Harold Sculpture

Pandora’s Purse Bleakney, Pamela Drawing

Cityscape Moore, Elizabeth Acrylic

Spinning ‘Enchantment Palovich, George Oil

Olga Pereira, Sebastiao Mixed Media

 

2nd Place

Another’s Treasure Adamy, Sharon Pastel

Party Animal Harris, Kimberly Sculpture

Dream Catcher Herbert, Tom Watercolor

Connection Huin, Isabel Acrylic

Pottery Hands Powers, Arlene Drawing

Poem for the Virgins of Smith, A. H. Mixed Media

Guadalupe

 

Honorable Mention

The Opportunist Beecham, Shelia Bronze

Sailing Other Seas Braig, Betty Mixed Media

My Old City Brindas, Veturia Mixed Media

Floral Cloud Burford, Carol Ink

California Live Oak Carragher, Joseph Mixed Media

Indian Brave at Steam David, Linda Sculpture

Storm’s Coming Goodrich, Martha Pastel

Humbug Creek Harris, Kimberly Watercolor

Mona, Cattle Rancher Kalla, Tia Mixed Media

Dialogos Ephemeros Kurt, Stan Acrylic

American Kestrel Lomas, Craig Acrylic

Cranes Merging into Spring Root, Pamela Watercolor

Ancient Warriors Thompson, Joan Mixed Media

Tea Time Van Dorm, Marjorie Oil

A Sense of Loss Woehre, Mark Mixed Media

 

 

Cynthia Peterson

Judge for this 52nd Glendale Arts Council Fine Arts Competition

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1448.

Example of Cynthia Peterson's work -

 

 

About Cynthia Peterson…

The main focus of my work consists of still- arrangements designed around my interest in light, reflective and refractive surfaces and color. Light and color appeal to me for their dramatic and psychological potential. Metallic, glass and other intriguing surfaces are used to exploit these qualities. Such surfaces are intriguing also for the way in which reflecte4d shapes are distorted, leading to wonderful abstract passages.

I work with a variety of refractive media and methods, such as watercolor and or oil glazes. This allows for greater color luminosity in the illusion of transparent, transparent or reflective and refractive surfaces.

 

 




 

 

GLENDALE VOTED THIRD BEST ARIZONA CITY FOR ACTIVE LIVING

Survey Focuses on Variety of Amenities Available in Glendale that Support Active Lifestyles

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The City of Glendale has proudly been named the third best city in Arizona for an active lifestyle by WalletHub, the leader in industry and financial comparison tools.

WalletHub ranked the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle in the United States. Glendale ranked the 36th best city in the U.S based on city programs supporting active living, facilities available for active living, support of sport clubs and leagues, outdoor activity accessibility like golf courses, trails, parks and more.

“Glendale Parks and Recreations Division has received national recognition for the parks and services provided to the people of Glendale. Our staff maintains 54 basketball courts, more than 40 baseball fields, over 40 racquetball courts and over 35 of both volleyball and tennis courts,” said Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Administrator, Michael Gregory.

Glendale is a playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Glendale maintains miles of trails and acres of parks for those that like to hike or bike. The city offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Trails include Skunk Creek Linear Park (a 3.5-mile linear trail that connects to Thunderbird Paseo Path), Thunderbird Park (a series of trails that spans 20 miles), Bridle Path (a 9-mile trail over a decomposed granite path meant for equestrian use), Thunderbird Paseo Path (a 4-mile long linear trail), and the Grand Canal Linear Park (a 3.25-mile long linear trail). Cyclists looking for bike trails will find more than 100 miles of bike routes in Glendale. Cyclists will enjoy the Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park and Thunderbird Paseo Park.

Glendale Parks also host nearly 100 play-structures across the city that allows children the opportunity to play, run and stay active. “It is equally important for us to make sure the kids of Glendale have activities to keep them off the couch,” said Gregory. “Glendale is home to two skateparks that give inline skaters, skateboarders and BMX riders a place to ride. In addition during the hot summer months we operate two swimming pools and splash pads.”

The City of Glendale Parks and Recreation Division received the distinguished Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation this past year. This mark of distinction indicates that the City of Glendale has met rigorous standards related to the management and  administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

“Our parks and recreation department strives to provide our community with great parks, playgrounds, programs and facilities including our skate parks and aquatic center. We have a very dedicated and professional staff that deserves the recognition of this accreditation as evidence of the fantastic job they do, day in and day out,” said Community Service’s Director, Erik Strunk.

            Learn more about Glendale’s various park and recreation services

 




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Antique Clock Appraisal Fair Held at the Teague!

Glendale, Ariz. –– Could your antique clock or pocket watch be worth a fortune? Find out when Certified Master Clockmaker Jerry Faier offers a free, informal, on-the-spot professional opinion of value at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N 58th Avenue.

As the only clockmaker in the Phoenix metropolitan area accredited by the A.W.C.I. (American Watchmakers/Clockmakers Institute), Mr. Faier lectures on a variety of clock-related subjects throughout the United States. He and his wife, Susan, have owned The Clock Makers, 7158 N 57th Drive, since 1979. A 2013 "Arizona Republic" interview with the couple can be read here. http://archive.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/20130817glendale-clock-maker-finds-work-just-fun.html

 

Appraisals will be on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to pre-registered participants. Participants will be limited to one item. Registration begins on Dec. 1. Call 623-930-3431 or visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm to register.

This program is free and open to the public. Please call 623-930-3431 for more information.

 




 

 

Governor Janet Brewer recognizes Glendale Daily Planet 
for over 10 years of service to the  community.

 

Thanks to outgoing Governor Janet Brewer  for a fine Proclamation recognizing Glendale Daily Planet  for over 10 years of service to the  community. All of us here  wish you the very best future life and endeavors in years to come - Ed#

 

 




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GLENDALE HOSTS SWEETEST EVENT IN TOWN SUPER BOWL

WEEKEND WITH 20TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE
Glendale Chocolate Affaire presented by Sears Vacations

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale will host a super-sweet event of its own on Super Bowl weekend, Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. The 20th Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire in Historic Downtown Glendale will be a chocolate lover’s paradise, with special activities geared toward sports fans, as well.

Visitors will delight in the more than 30 chocolate purveyors, featuring unique confections like chocolate chipotle popcorn, chocolate crepes and chocolate caramel potato chips, plus old favorites that include chocolate-covered cheesecake, chocolate-dipped strawberries and goat milk fudge. And the best part? The event offers free admission! The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, and visitors can expect to see some football-themed chocolate creations at the factory, as well as a chocolate-football decorating activity.

Families with children can enjoy inflatables, a caricature artist, face-painting, carnival rides and more. The exciting new attraction with a football twist will be a “Super Street” filled with live music, games and activities with decorations themed to each of the two NFL conference champion teams in the big game.

Musical entertainment during the weekend will include:

Friday:             Noon               Ashley Wineland

2 p.m.              Come Back Buddy

                        5:30 p.m.         Urban Country

8:30 p.m.         Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns

 

Saturday:         10 a.m.            Andy Gonzales and Jennifer Bone

Noon               Desert Dixie

                        2:30 p.m.         Guitarras Latinas

                        6 p.m.              Marmalade Skies

                        8:30 p.m.         SuperHero

 

 

One of the festival traditions, in celebration of romance and the upcoming Valentine’s holiday, is the symposium of romance novelists that will appear during the event, offering meet-and-greet opportunities with fans, book signings, and free writing workshops for budding novelists to learn more about the craft. This event marks the southwest’s largest gathering of romance novelists. A complete list of the authors and appearances can be found on the city’s website.

Another fun tradition during the festival is the “Sweet Tooth” Contest, which encourages chocolatiers to pit their best chocolate item against the other participants in the festival to determine who has the best creation. In keeping with the Super Bowl theme, this year’s contest will be a Tailgate Edition, featuring chocolate entries geared towards favorite game time snacks. The contest will take place on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Civic Center plaza. Attendees are encouraged to attend to watch the judges taste all the entries, and find out the first, second and third place winners.

The Chocolate Affaire will also be a stop of the AZ SciTech Festival’s lineup of events across the Valley, with a booth and demonstration of the correlation between science and chocolate. More information about the AZ SciTech Festival can be found here.

Event hours are Friday noon - 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. The event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues. There are plenty of free parking spots in the downtown area, but event attendees also have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glendale Avenues and the Bank of America Building, at 58th and Glenn drives. Both garages should be accessed from 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive. .         

          The Glendale Chocolate Affaire is presented by Sears Vacations, and sponsored by Cerreta Candy Company, SRP, Valley Buick-GMC Dealers, ABC-15 KNXV, KMLE, KOOL, Live 101.5, The Arizona Republic, Direct Buy, Monster, Camelback Ranch-Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes.

            For more information on Glendale’s festivals, click here or call our special events hotline at 623-930-2299.




 

All Arizona TV Stations to Simulcast ASU-Produced Special Report on Heroin

Oct. 16, 2014

 

In a highly unusual collaboration, every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will air simultaneously a 30-minute commercial-free investigative report produced by Arizona State University student journalists on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use.

Teams of advanced journalism students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication also will produce packages of digital stories and data analyses available on the Web, an accompanying mobile tablet app, and Spanish-language and radio versions of the documentary.

The statewide simulcast of “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona” will air Jan. 13 on the 33 broadcast TV stations in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma and 90 of the state’s radio stations. The air time will be 6:30 p.m. on most stations.

Art Brooks, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, developed the idea after learning of the seriousness of the issue and organized the backing of the state’s broadcast industry.

“The scourge of heroin and opioid addiction is killing hundreds of Arizonans, and the growing problem is reaching epidemic levels,” Brooks said. “Broadcast stations are fiercely competitive, but our industry leaders are bonding together on this public danger in order to save lives.”

During and after the telecast, the ABA will sponsor a call center for viewers seeking counseling or more information on heroin and opioid addiction. A 100-phone center with trained counselors will be set up in the studios of Arizona PBS on the sixth floor of the Cronkite Building on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

Gordon Smith, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Broadcasters, lauded the Arizona initiative.

“It is nothing short of extraordinary to have every TV broadcaster in a state come together and jointly agree to air – commercial free in a widely viewed time slot – an important piece of public service journalism,” said Smith, a former U.S. senator from Oregon who leads the trade association of the nation’s TV and radio broadcasters.

“It is a testament to the greater leadership of the Arizona Broadcasters Association and the general managers across the state and their tremendous commitment to their communities,” Smith said. “I have no doubt that the Cronkite heroin project will make a real impact on this critical public health issue and save lives.”

The Arizona Broadcasters Association championed a similar project in 2008. That special report, which focused on crystal meth in Arizona, was produced by an out-of-state company. Brooks said the Arizona general managers would only agree to donate their airtime again if the new project was produced by the Cronkite School.

“The ABA and the leaders of Arizona’s broadcast stations have great confidence in the Cronkite School’s students and faculty and their ability to produce a powerful, objective and informative 30-minute TV special that we will be proud to air on all of our stations,” said Brooks, a member of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees.

Cronkite is devoting eight faculty members and 70 students to the semester-long project.

“We are activating the full resources of the Cronkite School for this critically important project,” said Dean Christopher Callahan. “It is a great testament to our fantastic students and professors that the state’s broadcast industry has such faith in their work and abilities.”

The special TV report is spearheaded by a team of students led by Jacquee Petchel, a Cronkite professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor.

Another Pulitzer winner, Knight Chair Steve Doig, is leading a team of students who are analyzing data on more than 10 million Arizona hospital emergency room cases, including more than 2,000 heroin overdoses, as well as census demographics to pinpoint the patterns and hot spots of heroin abuse.

The Cronkite News bureau in Phoenix, led by Steve Elliott, a Cronkite professor and former Associated Press bureau chief in Phoenix, is producing a series of multimedia stories for the Web that will be available to all media outlets.

The New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, directed by Retha Hill, former vice president of Black Entertainment Television and a digital media pioneer, is creating a tablet app on the history of heroin.

The Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau, led by veteran public radio journalist Rebecca Blatt, is deploying the network to locate sources not previously tapped by journalists.

Associate Professor Fran Matera and students in the Cronkite Public Relations Lab are producing a strategic communications plan for the TV special. The Arizona Newspapers Association is encouraging newspapers across the state to run promotional ads for the special report.

The TV stations committed to the simulcast include:

Phoenix DMA:
KTVK-TV (IND)
KPHO-TV (CBS)
KAZT-TV (IND) Prescott-Phoenix
KAET-TV (PBS)
KSAZ-TV (FOX)
KPNX-TV (NBC)
KNAZ-TV (NBC) Flagstaff
KNXV-TV (ABC)
KUTP-TV (My45)
KASW-TV (CW)
KTVW-TV/KFTU-TV/KUVE-TV/KPPH-TV/KDUO-TV (UNIVISION)
KTAZ-TV (Telemundo)
KPAZ-TV (TBN)

Tucson DMA:
KVOA-TV (NBC)
KGUN-TV (ABC)
KOLD-TV (CBS)
KHRR-TV (Telemundo)
KUAT-TV (PBS)/ KUAS-TV (UNIV. OF AZ)
KMSB-TV (FOX)
KTTU-TV (MyTV)
KWBA-TV (CW)

Yuma DMA:
KYMA-TV (NBC)
KSWT-TV (CBS)
KECY-TV (FOX)
NECY-TV (ABC)
OECY-TV (CW)
KESE-TV (Telemundo)
OSWT-TV (Estrella)

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5/Tucson News Now) -

A retired Glendale police officer was one of two people killed after a Cochise County sheriff's helicopter crashed on a flight from Phoenix to Cochise County New Year's Eve.

The helicopter was returning from the Phoenix area back to Cochise County after routine maintenance when it crashed, sheriff's deputies said. 

One of the victims, Jeff Steele, retired from the Glendale Police Department in June 2011 after 25 years of service.



Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/27744404/ex-glendale-cop-killed-in-cochise-co-helicopter-crash#ixzz3Nghq8ElT

 

GLENDALE – The No. 20 Boise State University football team rode the momentum from a hot start and a late defensive stop to hold off a charging No. 10 University of Arizona squad en route to a 38-30 victory at the 44th Annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

The Broncos (12-2, 8-1 MWC) opened up a 21-0 lead 10 minutes into the first quarter but were unable to pull away from the scrappy Wildcats (10-4, 7-2 Pac-12), who kept things interesting until the end in front of 66,896 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Jay Ajayi rushed for 134 yards in the game – 107 in the first half - and three first-half touchdowns to help pace the Broncos to their early lead. Quarterback Grant Hedrick completed 24-of-31 for 309 yards and a touchdown with one interception while Thomas Sperbeck caught 12 passes for 199 yards to earn Offensive MVP honors.

Tanner Vallejo finished with 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks to earn Defensive MVP accolades while Donte Deayon return an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter for BSU’s only touchdown of the second half.

Trailing 38-30, The Wildcats had two chances to even the game up in the final five minutes of regulation, driving inside the BSU 40 with under four minutes remaining in regulation before throwing four consecutive interceptions to turn the ball over to the Broncos with 3:20 remaining.

After forcing a quick Boise State three-and-out, the UA received the ball on its own 20-yard line with 2:53 left and no timeouts for one final shot at completing the comeback. Terris Jones-Grigsby converted on a pivotal fourth-and-one early in the drive and five plays later, Anu Solomon found Cayleb Jones down the field for a 43-yard snag at the Boise State eight-yard line with 25 seconds remaining to set up a dramatic half minute of action.

After a quick spike, Solomon looked for David Richards in the back of the end zone but the ball fell incomplete after Richards slipped. On the following play, Solomon was unable to find any of his receivers and was sacked by Kamalei Correa with under 10 seconds left in the game and the Wildcats were unable to get lined up in time before the final seconds ticked off the clock, giving the Broncos their third Fiesta Bowl trophy in the program history.

The defensive stand in the second half was much needed for the Broncos, who had just 74 yards of total offensive in the second half after racking up a whopping 397 yards in the first.

Boise State managed just one score in the second half as Deayon picked off Solomon at the Arizona 16-yard line with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter for the Broncos’ only score of the second half.

The Bronco offense was on full display in the first half, however, ripping off two scoring plays of 56 and 57 yards within the first six minutes of action in Glendale. On the opening drive of the game, Ajayi broke through the first level and saw nothing but daylight as he romped 56 yards to the house to give BSU an early 7-0 lead.

After forcing a quick UA punt, Hedrick found Chaz Anderson on a 57-yard bomb on the team’s second possession of the quarter to open things up to 14-0. With the play, BSU became just the third team in Fiesta Bowl history to have two scoring plays of 50 or more yards in one game.

The rout looked to be on as BSU forced another UA punt on the ensuing drive and helped fans relive 2007 Fiesta Bowl as Ajayi took a handoff on a Statue of Liberty play, giving a monstrous stiff arm to a UA defender for good measure on his way to the end zone and the Broncos led 21-0 with 5:12 remaining in the first.

Arizona would answer with a 11-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard Solomon rush to bring the Wildcats back with 14 at 21-7. The combined 28 points scored in the first quarter by the two teams was the most in Fiesta Bowl history.

The Wildcats finally forced a BSU punt on the following drive but promptly turned the ball back over on a Solomon interception in UA territory and the Broncos took advantage as Ajayi dove for the pylon from a yard out for his third touchdown of the half to put BSU back up 28-7.

Arizona would scored 10 unanswered following a 36-yard Casey Skowron field goal with 30 seconds remaining in the half but Boise State quickly drove 57 yards on four plays, taking a 31-17 lead into the locker room on a 36-yard Dan Goodale field goal.

The 31 points tied the second-most points scored by a team in the opening half of the Fiesta Bowl behind only Nebraska’s 1996 total of 35.

That would mark the end of the Bronco offensive threats, however, as BSU would cross into UA territory just twice in the second half – punting once and fumbling away the ball on another trip.

Solomon finished 28-of-49 on the day for 335 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Wildcats. Nick Wilson led all UA rushers with 86 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown but was forced to sit out the second half following a hard hit late in the first. Jones-Grigsby added 39 yards on the ground and 40 receiving yards in relief of Wilson.

Tra’Mayne Bondurant helped lead the stifling UA defense in the second half, finishing with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. All-American Scooby Wright III added 10 tackles with two tackles for loss.

With the victory, Boise State moved to 3-0 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl and joins Penn State (6-0) as the only other team to retain an undefeated record in the bowl game in three or more appearances.

 

GLENDALE & THE WEST VALLEY SHOWCASED
 IN ARIZONA’S ONLY WELCOME CENTER

New Partnership Provides Tourists With Information On The Region

Terry Williams, Membership, Sales & Service Manager, Glendale Convention & Visitors 
Bureau at the Glendale & West Valley display at the Painted Cliffs Welcome Center.

Photo-  City Of Glendale, Arizona

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tourists and visitors entering Arizona through New Mexico will now get a greeting and a grand introduction to Glendale and the West Valley.

The Painted Cliffs Welcome Center, which is the state’s only official welcome center, is now home to items showcasing the sports, culture and history of Glendale and the West Valley. The display is part of a partnership between the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Arizona Office of Tourism. The Painted Cliffs Welcome Center is on Interstate 40 in the town of Lupton.  

“We’re so proud of our visitor center here in the heart of Glendale. Now, to have this opportunity to partner with the Arizona Office of Tourism and share the news of our region all the way on the other side of the state is such a welcome opportunity,” said Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau manager Lorraine Pino.

The Painted Cliffs Welcome Center staff helps more than 100,000 visitors each year with travel information, maps and guides.

“The Painted Cliffs Welcome Center has proven to be a great asset to Arizona by extending a warm welcome to tens of thousands of visitors to the state,” said AOT Director Sherry Henry. “It is the gateway to Arizona to motorists arriving from the east and we are grateful to Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau for partnering with us to welcome so many visitors. Glendale and the West Valley has established itself as a wonderful sports and entertainment destination with the Super Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Arizona Coyotes and a future NCAA basketball Final Four and a College Football Playoff Championship game and we are proud to share that story with our visitors.”

            Learn more about the Painted Cliffs Welcome Center. Explore all Glendale and the West Valley has to offer through VisitGlendale.com. And take a virtual tour of the state on the website for the Arizona Office of Tourism.




 

 

GLENDALE CITY PROSECUTOR
RECOGNIZED
FOR DUI PROSECUTIONS

MADD Awards Work of City Prosecutor Rob Walecki for his Work to Safeguard Glendale Citizens

 

MADD’s Arizona Executive Director Nicholas Ray (l) presents award to Glendale’s City Prosecutor Rob Walecki

Glendale, Ariz. ––Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awarded Glendale’s City Prosecutor Rob Walecki with the MADD DUI Enforcement Award last month. Walecki received the award for his work prosecuting thousands of cases against drivers under the influence during his 19 year tenure in the Glendale’s City Attorney Office. In nearly two decades of prosecuting for the City of Glendale, Walecki has worked closely with the Glendale Police Department and arresting officers to insure successful convictions of impaired drivers. The award also recognized Walecki for his role as a victim advocate and his tireless work to support victims of impaired drivers. 
"Mr. Walecki is truly committed to the safety of our community and I am very proud of his hard work enforcing the laws that keep our citizens safe," Glendale City Attorney Michael Bailey said.  
“MADD is — at its core — a grassroots organization, and our lifesaving work depends on the dedication and passion of those around the country who serve in a variety of roles,” MADD National President, Jan Withers said. Additionally, Walecki’s commitment to stop impaired drivers extends out of the courtroom. He visits Glendale schools to speak with students about the criminal justice system and has candid discussions about the harmful effects of underage drinking and the results of bad decisions making. 

 

POTENTIAL TRANSIT SERVICE DISRUPTION 
THREATENS GLENDALE BUS ROUTES

City Website To Provide Updates

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Residents who rely on bus service in Glendale are urged to stay up-to-date onpotential changes that could take effect in the coming days. However, there is no current disruption in service.

Some Glendale bus lines are serviced through a contract with the city of Phoenix. Labor negotiationsare currently underway with one of the City of Phoenix contracted bus service providers, First Transit Inc., and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 which represents bus operators. The ATU local1433 is slated to vote on the agreement in meetings Dec. 29-30.

The Glendale routes that could be impacted are:

• 43rd Avenue

• 51st Avenue

• 59th Avenue

• 67th Avenue

• Grand Avenue Limited

The potential service disruptions will not affect the GUS, Dial-A-Ride or ADA service in Glendale.

The City of Glendale Transportation Department will continue to update residents on developments on the city’s website. Residents can also go to www.valleymetro.org  or call (602)253-5000 to check on bus schedules.

 



 

Valley Metro’s Enhanced Service for New Year’s Eve

 

PHOENIX, AZ — Valley Metro would like to remind riders of free rides and enhanced light rail and Tempe bus service on New Year’s Eve. 

 

New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31

·        Coors Light Free Rides begins at 7 p.m. through end of service day on all bus, light rail and Dial-a-Ride services

·        Light rail will operate a weekday schedule with extended hours until 2 a.m. to accommodate event crowds

·        Buses will operate a regular weekday schedule

·        Customer Service open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

·        Certain bus routes in Tempe will operate until 2 a.m. to serve the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party

 

The following bus routes will provide service every 15 minutes from 6 - 9 p.m.:

·        Route 48 – Northbound from Arizona Mills Mall to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Route 62 – Northbound from Price & Guadalupe to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Route 62 – Southbound from Tempe Marketplace to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Route 65 – Northbound from Priest & Warner to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Route 66 – Northbound from Kyrene & Warner to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Route 72 – Northbound from Rural & Ray to Tempe Transportation Center

·        Orbit Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus – entire routes

 

The following bus routes will provide service as needed from the Tempe Transportation Center from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.:

·        Route 48 – Southbound to Arizona Mills Mall

·        Route 62 – Southbound to Price & Guadalupe

·        Route 62 – Northbound to Tempe Marketplace

·        Route 65 – Southbound to Priest & Warner

·        Route 66 – Southbound to Kyrene & Warner

·        Route 72 – Southbound to Rural & Ray

·        Orbit Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus – entire routes as needed.

 

 

New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1

·        Buses and light rail will operate a Sunday schedule

·        Customer Service closed

 

Riders can easily access a menu of online tools to help plan their trips




 

The gluten craze exposed

Consumer Reports says that about seven percent of Americans suffer from an autoimmune condition that causes gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, but that 63% of the population believe a gluten-free diet is beneficial.  They think that cutting or reducing gluten intake has all sorts of physical and mental benefits, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

 

But, says AMAC, it ain't necessarily so.  In fact, the Food and Drug Administration agrees with the Consumer Reports study. 

 

Rhonda Kane, a registered dietitian and consumer safety officer at FDA, says that "eating gluten-free is not meant to be a diet craze.  It's a medical necessity for those who have celiac disease."

 

"There are no nutritional advantages for a person not sensitive to gluten to be on a gluten-free diet," she adds.

 

"The Truth About Gluten," the Consumer Reports research document, is available on its Web site and in the January 2015 edition of its magazine, which is available on newsstands.

 

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Planning for retirement health care

A new report published by Ameriprise Financial shows that retirees will need an average of about $230,000 per household for out-of-pocket health care costs in their old age, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

 

However, Pat O'Connell, executive vice president, Ameriprise Financial, notes that "Boomers understand that health care costs will be a significant expense in retirement, yet many haven't planned - or simply don't know how to plan - to fund these expenses."

 

The study also found that the great majority of individuals who are approaching retirement age believe that by making healthy lifestyle choices now, they can reduce the amount of money they'll need for health care when they do retire.  In fact, 62% of those who took part in the Ameriprise study said that they were starting a diet and exercise program as a means of reducing future health care costs.

 

But, says AMAC, the older you get the more apt you are to require medical attention for a variety of age-related ailments and so planning for health care needs is a wise choice no matter how healthy you feel today.

 

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Growing old gracefully

The World Health Organization lists Japan as number two in its world rankings for life expectancy.  The Japanese are said to have a current life span of 84.6 years.  But, that doesn't mean the elderly in that country accept the fact that they are growing older, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

 

One recent study reported that most Japanese 70-year-olds avoid using priority seating on public transportation because they do not consider themselves to be elderly.

 

Meanwhile, another study on aging trends published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, shows that there is a higher level of life-satisfaction among the older folks in the English-speaking world.  The research indicates that the older residents of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are relatively happy with their lives.

 

Those living in Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and other non-English-speaking regions apparently grow less satisfied with their lives as they age.

 

AMAC says it has a lot to do with contrasting economic conditions and healthy lifestyles that exist as well as the social disruptions that have occurred in many parts of the world.

 

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Credit - The Association of Mature American Citizens-- AMAC

 

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All of the Fiesta Bowl Excitement makes this reporter want to get into the game!

City of Glendale Community Action Program Annual Christmas Party

By Bette Sharpe  - Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

City of Glendale Community Action Program Annual Christmas Party Friday, December 19, 2014. The party was a chance for kids to select a toy, have a hot dog, with chips, and for moms to get a one-hundred dollar Fry’s Food and Drug gift card. Santa with the help of several elfs provide some food, gifts and games for kids who otherwise would not have much this holiday. Community Action Program provides emergency social services to many families that fall below federal poverty levels.

Anyone interested in donating items or if you would like to adopt a CAP family for the holidays, please email Yvonne Arreola at
yarreola@glendaleaz.com  or call 623-930-2853.

Community Action Program Wish List

Backbacks
Pencil-pouches
Pens
Folders
Markers
Color pencils
Binders
Paper
Erasers
Cayons 
Glue sticks


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1370.

Emily Florez and Skylie Florez visit with Santa at the Annual CAP (Community Action Program) Christmas Party.





Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1371.

Young Noah Hermosillo (4 months) on Santa’s lap in the CAP offices during their Annual Christmas Party.


 

Group submits signatures to recall Glendale Councilmember

By Bette Sharpe  - Glendale Daily Planet

About 3:30 p. m., Friday, December 19, 2014 petitions submitted to city clerk’s office to recall Councilmember Gary Sherwood, Sahuaro District. 

Anna Lee, chairman of the committee to recall Sherwood, was one of five people turning in packets containing petitions with signatures to recall Councilmember Sherwood. In total, 398 pages of petitions with an estimated 6,000 signatures were turned in. The city clerk’s office has ten days to verify the signatures; checking to see if the names on the pages are registered voters in the Sahuaro District. The petitions with then be given to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office who will also check the signatures. The group needs 2,752 valid signatures. If that number is reached, an election could be called and held in sometime in the spring of 2015.




The group has been collecting signatures since August. Members of the group feel that Mr. Sherwood has ignored his constituents and did not stay with his original 2012 campaign promises. Two thorny issues are the big digital billboards along the 101 and the Tohono O’odham Casino. 





Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1381

Anna Lee and four others turned in 398 pages of signatures to recall Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood. If there are 2,752 valid signatures, then an election could be called for the spring 2015.





Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1378.

Anna Lee, Connie Kiser, Laura Hirsch Nancy and Bob O’Callaghan each turned in an envelope containing petition sheets with signatures to recall Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood. The city clerk’s office has 10 days to verify the signatures and then will give the petitions to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office for a second verification. 

 

 

 

Celebrating  Hanukah with a Grand Menorah 
Lighting  at Westgate in Glendale Arizona.

 

 The third Candle was lit! - December 18, 2014

(Still completing some names in the captions)

 

 

"Chanukah is a time for celebrating our Jewish values, and the menorah lighting is our pinnacle symbol of faith this time of year,” said Rabbi Sholom Lew, Director, Chabad of the North West Valley. "We appreciate Westgate’s eagerness to embrace a comprehensive holiday spirit with a Chanukah program that represents unity, light and joy for the entire West Valley Community."

 

For the Jewish religion, Hanukkah marks the victory of the Jews against ancient Greek-Hellenist persecution and religious oppression some 21 centuries ago. The menorah lighting is symbolic of the oil found in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following that victory. The small supply of oil burned for the eight days, the time needed to consecrate new oil for the sacramental use in the holy Temple.

 

The eight-day nightly menorah lighting is the heart of Hanukkah, with one candle lit on the first night, two on the second night and so forth until all eight candles are lit. The festival of Hanukkah begins this year after nightfall on December 16th,and concludes at sundown on December 24th.

 

“It’s our desire that our holiday programming, and Westgate Entertainment District as a whole, fully represents people of all beliefs,” said a spokesperson for, Westgate City Center. “It’s exciting for us to provide the backdrop to such a meaningful and symbolic event, and we invite people of all faiths to attend not only this menorah lighting, but our entire December line-up of wide-ranging holiday programs.”

 

As part of the Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of the North West Valley joins thousands of Chabad Centers around the world that stage similar public displays of the menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City's Ground Zero to the "national Menorah"  on The White House Elipse, where this year the Vice President will be in attendance.  Through these events,  hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.   

For the detailed fascinating history  of how this festival came to be  read more HERE

 

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Congressman  Trent Franks(R) and Rabbi Lew of Chabad of the 
West Valley got time to talk  before the event started. 

 

 

 

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Congressman  Trent Franks (R) spoke before the lighting of the 
Menorah and he was invited to participate in the lighting.

 

 

 

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Congressman  Trent Franks (R) spoke before the lighting of the 
Menorah and he was invited to light  the The ninth candle - the Shammash
which always sits at a  significantly higher level  and is what the other
 candles are then   then lit  from on days one though eight.

 

 

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Congressman  Trent Franks (R) spoke before the lighting of the 
Menorah and he was invited to light  the The ninth candle - the Shammash
which always sits at a  significantly higher level  and is what the other
 candles are then   then lit  from on days one though eight.

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

((NAME)) takes fire from the the Shammash and uses it to light the
 prior night's 2 candles plus the newly lit third candle.


Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Three Candles lit - 5 more to go!!

 

 


Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Rabbi Lew sings traditional Hanukah songs along
 with all the participates  both young and old  

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Rabbi Lew sings traditional Hanukah songs along
 with all the participates  with young and old  

 

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Candle  lighters  carried these candles so that others  could light theirs in the crowd

 

 

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Three Candles lit - 5 more to go!

 

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Congressman  Trent Franks (R) and Rabbi Lew of Chabad of the West Valley

 

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Latkes (potato pancakes) and Donuts!

Bette  Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

 

                 2 SHARE GIFTS 2 SHARE FOUNDATION WAS ON TV !

HELP PROTECT OUR K-9 Police Buddies One of Planet's neighbors in Catlin Court 2 Share Gifts has a plan!
HELP                        

This is the dog that will be on Channel 15. Spike and Officer Anderson
                

HELP PROTECT OUR K-9 Police Buddies - One of Planet's neighbors in Catlin Court 2 Share Gifts has a plan!
http://www.abc15.com/news/region-west-valley/glendale/glendale-business-raising-money-to-protect-police-dogs?autoplay=true 

GLENDALE GLITTER & GLOW BLOCK PARTY ROCKS

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE JANUARY 10
Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party presented by Sears Vacations  

 

   GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glow, baby, glow! Glendale Glitters holiday light display concludes with a rockin’ block party, Glendale Glitter and Glow, on Jan. 10, from 4-10 p.m. with fun for the whole family!

  Take in the stunning 1.5 million lights along with more than 20 hot air balloons glowing brightly amidst the trees throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale.  A highlight for visitors will be specially-shaped balloons including a serpent, a gargoyle and a frog, as well as mass glows, in which the balloon pilots will fire the balloons all at once to create an illuminating spectacle.

The dazzling scene of vibrant glowing colors and twinkling lights, combined with musical performances and delicious food and beverages, will be a feast for the senses. Thousands of people are expected to stroll along the closed downtown streets and watch tethered balloons, enjoying 11 bands performing rock, blues, funk, country, island steel and jazz music. Bands will include: Peppermint James, Urban Country, The Jazz Monkeys, 76th Street and Midnight Mojo, among others.

Admission is free. Street parking in and around the downtown is free, but event attendees will have the option of paying for preferred parking in the two downtown garages, located at City Hall, at 59th and Glendale Avenues and the Bank of America Building, at 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive. For those who like a free parking option, shuttles run all evening long, between 3:45 and 10:15 from Glendale Community College (last shuttle will leave downtown Glendale at 10:15). Shuttles pick up from the northeast parking lots of the college, accessing from 59th Avenue and Vogel.

Glendale Glitter & Glow is produced by Glendale’s Office of Special Events, presented by Sears Vacations, and sponsored by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Arizona*, SRP, Valley Buick-GMC, Direct Buy, the Arizona Republic, Eternal Waters, ABC-15, KOOL, KMLE, Live 101.5, Camelback Ranch-Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes. For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 623-930-2299 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/events

 




 

GLENDALE’S FROM THE HEART APPLICATION SEASON NEARS

Free Application Workshop Offered to Those Wanting to Apply for Funds

 

Glendale, Ariz. – Glendale’s From the Heart program puts donations made by residents and businesses to work every day to make life better for countless Glendale residents. Whether serving meals to the elderly, giving emergency help to homeless families or supporting abused children, From the Heart gives agencies providing services to our neighbors a helping hand.

Non-profits wanting to apply for funds through the From the Heart program can attend a free application workshop on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at Glendale City Hall at 5850 W. Glendale Ave. in room B3.

The workshop will walk through the application process and discuss deadlines while giving an overview of the From the Heart program.

Since starting in 1997, From The Heart -- largely funded by residents and businesses who add $2 to their city utility bills each month -- has collected and distributed more than $2.25 million to non-profit agencies in Glendale.

In the past, local agencies receiving From the Heart funds through a grant-application process have provided myriad of services to residents. Some of the grant-funded programs have focused on the positive development of youth, while others helped deliver nutritious, home-delivered meals to the elderly and provide emergency programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

For more information or to reserve space in the application workshop please email Paula Moloff

at paulafmoloff@gmail.com. For more information on From the Heart visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/fromtheheart/.

 




GLENDALE DEDICATES KaBOOM! PLAYGROUND

One-day Park Build at Bonsall Park Opens to Public

 

Glendale, Ariz. – If you build it, they will come! The City of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation proudly host the community unveiling of the new KaBOOM! playground at Bonsall Park North to the public on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We hope by building this playground at the Bonsall Park kids will find plenty of fun, whether they choose the slide, climber, tire swing, spinner or any of the other implements built into this active play system. We also hope with the revitalization of the amenities at the park through this program, the community will use this space to connect,” Glendale Parks Manager, Paul King said. 

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division teamed up with KaBOOM! to design and build the Power Play Playground.  The Power Play design features a tire swing, rock wall climbing area, slide, monkey bars and several other fun features.

The playground was built in one day with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. The Arizona Coyotes Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to the project. The grant also provided revitalization projects to the hockey rink, racquetball courts and ramada areas. 

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. The Arizona Coyotes Foundation "seeks to enhance the quality of life throughout Arizona communities by supporting non-profit organizations that promote healthcare, education and cultural arts programs for children and service men and women." For more information, please visit the following websites:

·         KaBOOM! - kaboom.org/

·         The Arizona Coyotes Foundation - coyotes.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=98746

·         Bonsall Park - www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation/BonsallPark.cfm

·         The City of Glendale Community Services Department - www.glendaleaz.com/communityservices/index.cfm  




 

 

Don’t let the Grinch Steal Your Packages this Holiday Season

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Now that the holidays are upon us, we must be vigilant about the possibility of packages being stolen when they are delivered to our residences and left on porches unattended. During the holiday season, bad guys are aware of the increase in home package deliveries and they seize the opportunity to benefit themselves. There are a few steps that you can take to lessen the likelihood of being a victim.

    • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
    • Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.
    • Ask the delivery company to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local shipping facility.
    • Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. Be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.
    • On the expected day of arrival, post a note on your door asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor.
    • Arrange to have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it.
    • If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and the Glendale Police Department non-emergency number at 623-930-3000.



 

 

 

GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Glendale Police Department is seeking qualified candidates for the

positions of Police Officer Recruit and Police Officer Lateral. Applications for Police Officer Recruit

will be accepted beginning Monday, December 29th at 12:00am and closing on Sunday, January 11th,

2015 at 11:59pm. Recruitment is currently open for the position of Police Officer Lateral and applications

are being accepted on a continual basis.

 

The Glendale Police Department expects to fill over 15 Police Officer vacancies. Candidates

interested in becoming Police Officers with the Glendale Police Department are encouraged to attend an

optional information session which is being held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:00pm at the

City Council Chambers located at 5850 W. Glendale Ave in Glendale, Arizona. Information, including

application materials, can be found at

 

 

 




 

GLENDALE’S FROM THE HEART APPLICATION SEASON NEARS 

Free Application Workshop Offered to Those Wanting to Apply for Funds 




Glendale, Ariz. – Glendale’s From the Heart program puts donations made by residents and businesses to work every day to make life better for countless Glendale residents. Whether serving meals to the elderly, giving emergency help to homeless families or supporting abused children, From the Heart gives agencies providing services to our neighbors a helping hand. 

Non-profits wanting to apply for funds through the From the Heart program can attend a free application workshop on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at Glendale City Hall at 5850 W. Glendale Ave. in room B3. 

The workshop will walk through the application process and discuss deadlines while giving an overview of the From the Heart program. 

Since starting in 1997, From The Heart -- largely funded by residents and businesses who add $2 to their city utility bills each month -- has collected and distributed more than $2.25 million to non-profit agencies in Glendale.

In the past, local agencies receiving From the Heart funds through a grant-application process have provided myriad of services to residents. Some of the grant-funded programs have focused on the positive development of youth, while others helped deliver nutritious, home-delivered meals to the elderly and provide emergency programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

For more information or to reserve space in the application workshop please email Paula Moloff

at
paulafmoloff@gmail.com . For more information on From the Heart visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/fromtheheart/ .

 




 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO EXHIBIT MAKES

 A TOUCHDOWN AT GALLERY GLENDALE!

Shop & Dine at Westgate and Check Out this One-of-a-Kind Football Photo Exhibit

by the Exclusive Commercial Photo Partner for the NFL

 

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The host city of the 2015 Super Bowl is gearing up for the big game with “Super Moments, Superstars, Super Game — An Associated Press Photo Exhibit” at Gallery Glendale. Located inside Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., the Gallery will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in January.  It will also be open on Pro Bowl game day, Sunday, Jan. 25, and on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The City of Glendale proudly presents this exhibit of 50 compelling AP images, including a photo from every championship game since the first game in 1967. The public is cordially invited to the opening celebration on Friday, Jan. 9, from 6-9 p.m.  Relive the trials and triumphs of these iconic moments as Arizona embarks in hosting its third Super Bowl.

AP Images (www.apimages.com) is the exclusive commercial photo partner for the National Football League and the definitive source for NFL photographs, providing powerful and unique imagery of games, athletes and special events. For complete AP coverage of the NFL visit http://pro32.ap.org.  Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. For more information, visit www.ap.org.

Gallery Glendale at Westgate is made possible through a partnership between the City of Glendale and Westgate Entertainment District.  The Gallery is located 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.  For more information about the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl hosted by Glendale, visit www.visitglendale.com/superbowl/index.html.  

 

The City of Glendale,
Community Action Program (CAP) 
Will be hosting the Annual Christmas Party
For selected low-income CAP families on           
Friday, December 19th 2014                           
Please join us for refreshments 
 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Community Action Program
5850 W. Glendale Avenue, Suite #B51
Glendale, Arizona 85301

 

Phoenix Artists Guild Exhibit and Sale at Westgate!

Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from top artists

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Deck the halls with local art!  Don’t miss this opportunity to browse and buy a one-of-a-kind gift during the Phoenix Artists Guild Art Exhibit and Sale at the Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Monday, Dec. 29. While the gallery is offering extended hours during the holidays, please note that it will be closed Dec. 15, 24 and 25.

Enjoy affordable, original artwork in various media by local professional artists.  No purchase is required, but you might find it hard to leave without taking home a bargain. If you’d like to meet the minds behind the art, be sure to drop by our festive Meet the Artists Reception on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m. for light refreshments.

Phoenix Artists Guild is an organization established over three decades ago to encourage the appreciation of fine arts; to promote ethical principles and practices of original art; to promote educational programs in fine arts; and to promote camaraderie, cooperation and encouragement among artists at all skill levels.  To learn more about PAG, visit www.phoenixartistsguild.com
            Gallery Glendale at Westgate is made possible through a partnership between the City of Glendale and Westgate Entertainment District.  The Gallery is located next to Cold Stone Creamery. Admission to Gallery Glendale is free and open to the public. For more information, call 623-930-3557 or visit  www.glendaleaz.com/galleryglendale.  For information about Westgate Entertainment District, visit www.westgateaz.com.

 

 

The second Hometown Christmas Parade started at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 in downtown Glendale. Inspired by members of the community who longed to celebrate the true reason for Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ, the Hometown Christmas Parade invited individuals, churches and businesses across the Valley to represent their local communities by entering floats, marching bands, singing groups, cheer squads, or even dancing grannies, utilizing themes that encompass the true meaning of Christmas. 

(This article will continue to have  lots of photos added an some video later this week. Larger shots are avail.)

11-12-13-14 and it’s the 2nd Annual Hometown Christmas Parade!

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11:00 a. m. was date and time of the Second Annual Hometown Christmas Parade. This year’s parade had more entries than last year’s parade. At the end of the almost two hour parade, views and participants were invited to follow the last parade entry and help break a Guinness World Record for the largest group of Christmas Carolers. The group gathered in the intersection of Glendale and 58th Avenue.

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Honorary Guest, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3517.

Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

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Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

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Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

 

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Jan Brewer points out  Kurt Warner of Treasure House.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3217.   

This is the beginning to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' entry in the 2nd Annual Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Glendale on Saturday, December 12, 2014; angels trumpeted in the "tidings of great joy".

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Hope for Hunger Food Collectors!  Hope for Hunger  was recipient of  funds 

 

 

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Hope for Hunger Food Collectors!  Hope for Hunger  was recipient of  funds generated by this parade.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0763.

Independence Patriot Marching Band.

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Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers gives the crowd a wave.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0812.

Historic Catlin Court Wagon Brigade

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 771.

Cherlyn Berry, co-owner of  2 Share Foundation in Catlin Court Historic District has a fund raiser for bullet proof  vests for the  k-9 dogs.

This project is in honor of Ronin a K-9 officer that was shot in the line of duty on June 20, 2013.  He took the bullet that then wounded his handler Officer Wes Zygmont.  This was Ronin's first and last call.  He was just two years old.  

The 2 Share Foundation is working to raise the funds to put vests on the surviving K9 partners that Ronin worked with.  Glendale AZ Police Department has 6 dogs and each vest is $2500.  We have raised some funds but would appreciate the help to reach our goal of a vest for each dog.  Funds can be donated online at http://gofundme.com/74xrp8  or at the  2 Sharpe Gifts Store in Catlin Court.


Please help us Protect these valuable dogs!

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1099.

Girl and Boy Scouts marched in the parade.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1192.

Grand Canyon University Band provided some great music on Saturday and a wave from Thunder, the university’s mascot

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1138.

Glendale Rotary Club’s float entry, ‘The Polar Express’ and one of Glendale three new City Councilmembers, Bart Turner.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1228.

El Zaribah Shriners are always fun to watch.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1264.

The Hop Stop Diner Ugly Sweater contest winners. Registration for the contest was at 8:30 a. m. at The Hop Stop Diner. Sitting in the middle and in red is the contest’s winner, Mari Olejniczack.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1267.

Santa Claus gives a wave while riding on Glendale Fire Department’s 1958 Coast Truck.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4178.

Two-thousand carolers in one place was the number event organizers were hoping to reach and to break the Guinness World Record. More information will be forthcoming as it is made available. There were even more people behind where the bucket truck was that this was shot  from.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1305.

Various parade and carolers sign one of the Caroling Record sheets to help verify the number of participants.

 

            

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 944.

Ed Sharpe, Glendale