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

Songs, activities, raffle prizes and games for children. 

Traditional light bites and latkes were served!

 The third Candle was lit! - December 18, 2014

(Still completing some names in the captions)

 

 

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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.

 

 

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


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Three Candles lit - 5 more to go!!

 

 


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

 

 

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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!

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Grand Menorah Lighting in Fountain Park, Thursday December 18th , 2014 at 6:00 pm.

 

GLENDALE, ARIZ., December 10, 2014 – Westgate Entertainment District, in partnership with Chabad of the North West Valley, is thrilled to announce the fifth annual Grand Menorah Lighting in Fountain Park, Thursday December 18th , 2014 at 6:00 pm. The family friendly event will feature the lighting of a giant menorah,  as well as live Jewish music and traditional holiday foods including donuts and latkes and a special  appearance of “Judah the Maccabee”.

 

 *NEW* features this year will include a special "Balloon Menorah" - a Menorah created out of filled Balloons. Dignitaries and public officials will be attendance including Congressman Trent Franks and special regards from the Mayor's office of Glendale. 

 

"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. 

 

Each guest at the menorah lighting will be entered into a grand raffle, with “Dreidels” and “Gelt” for the kids. The event will also include holiday crafts, balloon art and face painting.

 

For more information, contact Chabad of the North West Valley 602.375.2422 or iChabad.org. For a full line-up of holiday programming at Westgate, visit westgatecitycenter.com.

 






 

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.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0740.

Honorary Guest, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3517.

Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0718.

Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0858

Honorary Guests Kurt  and Brenda Warner  representing the Treasure House.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0720

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".

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0776

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0778

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.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0791.

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 Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  (in bucket at left) and Don Jesse Fleet Director Glendale Fire Department( In bucket at right) shooting the parade with over 1000 stills shot plus HD Video of all floats from overhead - At ground level, Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet  shot 736 stills  What a Day! Be ready for some great photos! We are still sorting! 

 

 

 

First annual The Hop Stop Diner Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

A morning of showing off your Christmas spirit and wearing 
your ugly sweater or just cheering on those who do!

The event kicked off  with registration at 8:30 am December 13 at The Hop Stop Diner in Olde Towne Glendale.

People dug out those ugly sweaters and headed to the first annual The Hop Stop Diner Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.

There was no charge to enter but any donations went to benefit Hope for Hunger Food Bank - Glendale, AZ.

 Winners will receive prizes and a featured spot riding in a classic truck in the Hometown Christmas Parade. ALL participants will be guaranteed a spot walking in the parade.

The judges  for this  event were Jamie Aldama from the Ocotillo District in southeast Glendale, Lauren Tolmachoff from the Cholla District in north Glendale and Bart Turner from the Barrel District in the south-central part of the city.

Ugly Sweater Winners were:
1st: Mari Olejniezak with her sweater titled "Holiday Smash up"
2nd:  Marisa Feore  with her sweater titled "Steve the Polar Bear"
3rd: LaDonna Smith with a sweater made by her husband Jeff Smith titled "My Christmas Present"
4th:  Devon Mahon in his sweater "Holiday Squares and not to be confused with Hollywood Squares"
5th:  Matt Griffith & Andrea Kurelowech with their matching couple sweaters titled "Awesome Elves"
 

All winners were showered with gifts baskets filled with certificates and items from:

The Hop Stop Diner - Cerretta Candy - Jack's Trains - Drawn to Comics - Coyote Oaties
Brelby Theatre - Pizza Roma - Viva Vinyl - Glass Creations - Pink House Boutique
Evening Shade Antiques - Cowpoke - Santa's Workshop - Heavenly Vintage - Ozsome Resale

 

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(L) 1st: Mari Olejniezak with her sweater titled "Holiday Smash up"
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  (R) Norma Sapien, runner up, caught getting ready for 
lunch after the Hometown Christmas Parade in Glendale  Dec 13, 2014.

 

Ugly Sweater Winners:
1st: Mari Olejniezak with her sweater titled "Holiday Smash up"
2nd:  Marisa Feore  with her sweater titled "Steve the Polar Bear"
3rd: LaDonna Smith with a sweater made by her husband Jeff Smith titled "My Christmas Present"
4th:  Devon Mahon in his sweater "Holiday Squares and not to be confused with Hollywood Squares"
5th:  Matt Griffith & Andrea Kurelowech with their matching couple sweaters titled "Awesome Elves"

 

 

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The Hop Stop Diner Ugly Sweater contest winners. Registration for the contest was at 8:30 a. m. at The Hop Stop Diner.  After the contest  winners took their place of honor in the Hometown Christmas parade which started at  11:00 o'clock. 

Sitting in the middle and in red is the contest’s  1st place winner, Mari Olejniczack  with her sweater titled "Holiday Smash up" flanked by far left  runner up Norma Sapien and to the right is 2nd place winner Marisa Feore with her sweater "Steve the Polar Bear".

 



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3rd place winners LaDonna & Jeff Smith making their sweater. 

 

 

Glendale Police Seek Help Solving Recent Homicide

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, just before midnight, Glendale Police Officers were called to an apartment complex at 5038 N. 55th Avenue for a report of a fight. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered 42 year old Darren Donais severely assaulted, lying in the parking lot of the complex. Officers began life saving measures on Darren, and he was treated at the scene by Glendale Fire. Darren was transported to a local valley trauma center where he died as result of his injuries.

Violent Crimes Investigators have been actively working this case gathering information and following up on leads. Investigators have information that leads them to believe there are individuals that have not come forward who were present and/or witnessed the assault of Darren Donais.

Glendale Police Detectives are seeking the community’s help finding the person or persons responsible for Darren’s death. The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has any information, no matter how irrelevant it may seem, to please call Glendale Police

Investigators at (623) 930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. See attached photo of Darren Donais.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

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Glendale Police Department’s annual Holiday Kids and Cops Event

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Glendale Police Chief Black is one of the officers participating in the annual Holiday Cops and Kids event. Each year fifty kids from the community are sponsored to "Shop with a Cop". The Glendale Fraternal Order of Police, in partnership with Target, Submarion’s and the Anthony Holly Foundation, began with dinner at Submario’s (7910 N. 43rd Avenue) and was followed with some shopping at the Target at Peoria and 43rd Avenues.

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Theresa Hosford and Officer Cody Henderson are ready to do some shopping, not that Theresa’s antlers are secured.

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Glendale City Manager Brenda Fischer was shopper in the Glendale Police Department’s Holiday Cops and Kids event. Each team has a budget so some math was involved.

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Big and smaller items were placed in the red shopping carts. Most of the items on the shopper’s list were for other family members.

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Dorreay Engram and Glendale Police Commander Matt Livley have finished their shopping and are off to the gift wrapping station.

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First stop was a photo opportunity with Santa, and then it was on to gift selection. Most of the kids knew what they wanted to get. The toy aisles were pretty congested with shopper and cart traffic.

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There were lots of police officers and lots of kids at this year’s Holiday Cops and Kids Event. The evening began with dinner at Submarino’s and was followed with a shopping trip to Target. This is a wonderful opportunity to give these kids a hand with their shopping and it gives the officers a chance to foster positive relationships.

 

 

 

 

1st Ever DIRECTV Super Fan Festival in Glendale

By Bette  Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Not every party and musical event will be elsewhere in the Valley for Super Bowl Week. DIRECTV scouted the Valley and selected the Pendergast Family Farm. The three-day event could not be any closer to the University of Phoenix. The opening performer is the Zac Brown Band on Wednesday, January 28. Saturday, January 30 is by invitation only. The line-up has not yet been announced.

 

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The above graphics are what the Direct TV Super Fan Festival will look like when it opens on January 28, 2015.

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Joshua Stern, DIRECTV Sr. Director of Marketing explains how the construction was progressing and told us about the entertainment.. Watch the movie at the end of this article and  you will see how this one arch structure is duplicated skinned and becomes the tent!

 

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Jack Murphy, Jack Murphy Productions, explains what is happening behind him. The framework for a two-story tent like structure is starting to take shape. And it will be big! Murphy is standing on part of the flooring. Our local economy will benefit from the event through some short term jobs and the city’s general fund will get a boost from sales taxes and best of all, at no cost to the city.

When finished, an estimated 11,000 visitors per day are expected. The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival is designed for those who what to share some of the Super Bowl experience.

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Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers speaks to the media at Wednesday’s press conference announcing the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival three-day entertainment event in Glendale. The location of the event is just south of the University of Phoenix Stadium at 95th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Parking fees are included in the ticket price and is within easy walking distance.

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival will feature 12 concerts beginning daily at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Friday, January 30 at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale, Arizona’s Sports and Entertainment District, across from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The multi-stage festival will feature a concert every night with headliners Zac Brown Band, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg on the DIRECTV Super Fan Stage. Preceding the main event musical acts including Thomas Rhett, Jason Derülo, Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three, and Magic! will perform at the HGTV Lodge. Additional music acts will be added to the Festival line-up.

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 at www.stubhub.com/directv . On-site parking is included in the ticket price.

On Saturday, 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. Details on the special guest performance and celebrity-packed event will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Super Bowl, XLXIV, is on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

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Not rain, nor snow or sleet will stop  construction of the tent!

 

If you click below on the yellow link, you can see a time-lapse video from last year’s event ---  This was the construction 
for Direct TV’s 2014 “Super Fan Stadium at Hudson River Park Pier 40” for the 2014 Super Bowl. 

View video

 

 

Glendale’s Newest Council Members Sworn-In.

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Glendale’s Newest Council Members Sworn-In. The first official photo of the new Glendale City Council was taken during the
installation ceremony on Tuesday, December 9. New Councilmembers who took their oaths of office include: Jamie Aldama from 
the Ocotillo District, Lauren Tolmachoff from the Cholla District and Bart Turner from the Barrel District. Aldama, a Glendale
native, is a past Vice- Chairman for the Glendale Planning and Zoning Commission, past Vice-Chairman of the Glendale Parks and
Recreation Commission, and a former member of the Mayor’s Water and Sewer Task Force. He is a graduate of Glendale University,
a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership West Institute, and currently serves as Clerk to the Glendale Elementary School District
Governing Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the West Valley Foundation. Aldama attended Glendale High School
and currently works for the Maricopa County Community College District.

Tolmachoff has been a realtor for a decade following a successful 14 year career in banking. She is the former president and
current secretary of the Glendale Kachina Rotary Club, a Realtor® Champion of the West Maricopa Association of Realtors® and a
volunteer for the 100 Club of Arizona. She moved to Glendale in 1974, graduated from Thunderbird High School and attended Phoenix
College.

Turner, a Glendale native, was a founding board member of the Valley Citizens League. He has a wide range of service on
community boards, commissions, service organizations, and committees and was awarded the Glendale Community Council’s Volene
Stockham Humanitarian Award recognizing a lifetime of community service. He also received the Glendale Commission on Neighborhoods
Spark Award recognizing leadership in neighborhood revitalization in the Catlin Court neighborhood. Turner graduated from Apollo High
School, studied business and economics at Northern Arizona University and has a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard
University.

The newly elected Council will have their first Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. For more information on each
member of the City of Glendale Council visit,
www.glendaleaz.com/CityCouncil/members.cfm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to your new playspace!

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Bonsall Park North is located at 6000 North 58th Avenue, in Glendale.

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives

The new playground will bring more than 1,000 kids in Glendale one step closer to having the childhood they deserve. Currently, the existing playground is outdated and in need of help. Having a new and improved playspace would be a great opportunity to enhance the park with a truly challenging structure which increases the benefits of play. Glendale wants this to be a destination park for the surrounding community.

The playground will be the first built by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Arizona Coyotes Foundation supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community. (Source Press Release)

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The playground does not look like much of a playground early Monday morning, December 8. But in about 6 hours it will.

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The new play area has a few holes and some sticks in the beginning.

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Glendale City Councilmember Gary Sherwood and Arizona Coyotes Captain Shane Doan were at Bonsall Park to help construct the new Coyotes’ playground area at Bonsall Park North.

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About 200 volunteers were needed to build the playground. Additionally, the outer wall of the "rink" was painted, new landscaping, bike racks and even the trash barrels were giving a new coat of paint. The mound of mulch will cover the ground area in the play area and will make for softer and safer landings.

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Volunteers were busy, safety was one of the primary goals. The man in the purple shirt is one of the seventeen Build Team Captains’. At days end, no injuries were reported.

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The playground is starting to take shape.

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Rachel Regnier and Tyson Nash (6th season Coyotes team color TV analyst) are working on constructing one of the new bike racks.

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 One of the new bike racks!

 

 

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There was a rush at the end of   day to correct a misplaced post. The old concrete was taken up,  hole re-drilled and many wheelbarrows of  concrete were used!

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There was a rush at the end of   day to correct a misplaced post. The old concrete was taken up,  hole re-drilled and many wheelbarrows of  concrete were used!

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Hard work  indeed for volunteer Councilman Gary Sherwood and other volunteers to mix concrete by hand, hoe and wheelbarrow. There was a rush at the end of   day to correct a misplaced post. The old concrete was taken up,  hole re-drilled and many wheelbarrows of  concrete were used!

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Hard work  indeed for volunteer Councilman Gary Sherwood and other volunteers to mix concrete by hand, hoe and wheelbarrow. There was a rush at the end of   day to correct a misplaced post. The old concrete was taken up,  hole re-drilled and many wheelbarrows of  concrete were used!

 

 

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Hard work  indeed for volunteer Councilman Gary Sherwood and other volunteers to mix concrete by hand, hoe and wheelbarrow. There was a rush at the end of   day to correct a misplaced post. The old concrete was taken up,  hole re-drilled and many wheelbarrows of  concrete were used!

 

 

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The new play area will be fenced off for about three day to allow the cement to cure and the paint to dry. Once the fence is down, the new playground will be ready for play. A ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the new playground is scheduled for Saturday, December 20 at 10:00 a. m. The public is welcome to attend.

Anyone familiar with the Arizona Coyotes will notice that the colors used for the equipment are the same as the Arizona Coyotes team colors.

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Almost done and it is about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014. The official opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Bonsall Park North is located at 6000 North 58th Avenue, in Glendale.

 

 

 

 

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GLENDALE POLICE SEEKING ENROLLMENT FOR 
FEBRUARY 2015 CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY


Glendale, AZ. - The Glendale Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy which begins on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The application deadline of January 5th is quickly approaching! 

The Citizens Academy is a free program designed to offer participants the opportunity to learn, hands on, about many Glendale Police Operations, such as the use of Police Canines, Crime Scene Investigations and Tactical Operations. The curriculum also includes an overview of the Glendale Police Department’s Administration, Police Communications, and Community Oriented Policing. 

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and undergo a background check and fingerprinting process. All fingerprinting and completed applications must be submitted no later than Monday, January 5th, 2015. The Citizen Police Academy is 12 weeks in length and is held on Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center and Glendale Police Main Station. There will also be one Saturday class. 

Applications can be downloaded and the fingerprinting schedule can be viewed from the Glendale Police website at the following link: http://www.glendaleaz.com/police/involvement.cfm#CitizenPoliceAcademy .

 For further information, please contact Marie Shepherd at 623-930-3282 or via email at mshepherd@glendaleaz.com

GLENDALE SEEKS INPUT FOR FUNDS TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS

Survey Solicits Opinions on Use of Funds for Affordable Housing and Community Needs

 

Glendale, Ariz. ––   The City of Glendale Community Development Advisory Committee announces a public survey aimed to solicit input and opinions on a Five-Year Consolidated Plan that assess affordable housing and community development needs while allocating federal funds .

The public, in addition to representatives from non-profit and community organizations, are invited to share input on the utilization of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program funds over the next five years. 

These funds are allocated to the City of Glendale by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and may be utilized for public facilities improvements, public services, housing-related projects, removal of architectural barriers, economic development and homelessness.  Projects must generally benefit low and moderate-income people.

Survey results will be used to determine the overall needs, strategies, and priorities that will be summarized in a new, Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the period from July 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2020. 

The survey process is open to Glendale residents, non-profits and community organizations.  For a list of the survey groups and to complete the Five-Year Consolidated Plan survey visit the Glendale website or select from the following categories and select the link.

·         Resident Survey click here

·         Non-Profit or Community Organization doing business in Glendale click  here

Residents wishing to provide additional input for consideration, please mail your comments to the City of Glendale, Community Revitalization Division, 5850 W. Glendale Avenue, Suite 107, Glendale, AZ 85301, by Friday, March 20, 2015. You may also e-mail your comments to:  Con-Plan@GlendaleAZ.com

For additional information regarding this process, please contact Gilbert Lopez, Community Revitalization Manager for the City of Glendale, at (623) 930-3670.

 

Arizona, PAC-12 south division champions, meets Boise State, Mountain West champions, at the 44th Vizio Fiesta Bowl in Glendale on December 31, 2014.

University of Arizona (10-3) will face Boise State (11-2) in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday, December 31 in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN starting at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets and more info - https://www.fiestabowl.org/

 

 

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (Dec. 06, 2014) – The attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, is a day to remember and to reflect on, especially for Arizonans.

The USS Arizona and 1,177 of the 1,400 crew members on board were among the first casualties that day. When the attack was over more than 2,500 American perished.

"The lives lost that day should always be remembered and honored," said Speaker-elect Gowan. "We are blessed even today by the sacrifice of those men and women who defended our freedom during World War II."

One survivor of the attack on the USS Arizona remembers:

"Within minutes of our arrival at our battle stations, we found that all communications lines were dead. Explosions and fires were raging uncontrolled throughout the ship. Suddenly, the forward magazines exploded with a deafening roar. The ship raised several feet in the harbor waters, then slowly began to sink to the bottom of the shallow harbor, a total loss."

– excerpted from Lamar Crawford oral history.

 

 

See The Glitters... TOSS SOME CLOTH!

 

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Go Recycle Arizona Textile Donation Drive


During the entire season of Glendale Glitters, the city will hold a textile recycling drive with Go Recycle Arizona. There will be collection boxes on site during each festival weekend, as well as boxes at Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Ave., and the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W Glenn Dr., during the week.

The textile recycling drive will run Nov. 20 through Dec. 20, and a portion of every pound of recycling will be donated the Glendale’s official social service program, From the Heart. Household textiles that will be recycled include clothing, shoes, towels, bedding and more, and can be given a second life, turning into things like car seat stuffing and pavement materials. For more information, Go Recycle Arizona.

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Jingle Bells Rockin' Nights 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Downtown Glendale’s Murphy Park will be packed with music, lights and excitement. Entertainment will include performances of both holiday music and oldies you can dance to, as well as dance troupe performances. The event will also feature holiday arts and crafts, inflatable rides and visits with Santa Claus. Bring your camera, or have Santa’s helper snap one for a small fee. Another fun activity will be an Ugly Sweater contest on Saturday, with great prizes; the contest will also highlight the Go Recycle Arizona textile recycling drive that runs Nov. 20 – Dec. 20 in downtown Glendale.


Entertainment lineup for Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights:

Friday, Dec. 5
6:00 Bricks Dance Studio
7:00 Desert Garden Singers
8:00 Michaela's Dance Magic
9:00 Musical Theatre of Anthem

Saturday, Dec. 6
6:00 Desert West Dance
7:00 Spotlight Entertainment 
8:00 Saguaro Skippers
9:00 The Dance Shoppe

 

 

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Winter Wonderland Weekend

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For the first time in downtown Glendale, this year’s Winter Wonderland weekend will feature an ice skating rink, complete with skates you can borrow on site. The frozen ice might also be accompanied by some popular “frozen” characters! Free make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and musical entertainment, plus a movie showing of The Polar Express on Friday, and the Walt Disney favorite, Frozen on Saturday.

Entertainment lineup for Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend:

Friday, Dec. 12
6:00 Glendale Community College Choirs
7:00 Desert Star Dance
8:00 Glendale Union HS District Vocal Ensembles

Saturday, Dec. 13
6:00 Lori Ford's Studio
7:00 The Dance Project
8:00 My Kids in Sign
9:00 Cactus High School Dance

 

 


Spirit of Giving Weekend

Spirit of Giving Weekend

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Highlights include all the fun family activities that Glendale Glitters always brings, plus special celebration of and donation drives for worthy local charities. A new element this year will be a Go Recycle Arizona textiles donation drive. This local company recycles household textiles, such as curtains, towels, clothing and shoes, and donates a portion of the proceeds to an organization, in this case, Glendale’s From the Heart program. Help make a difference by participating in the textile recycling drive. Free make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and musical entertainment, plus a movie showing each evening of the perennial holiday classic, A Christmas Story.


Entertainment lineup for Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend:


Friday, December 19
6:00 Elite Dance Academy
7:00 The Boot Scooters
8:00 Cannedy Performing Arts
9:00 L.A. Dance

Saturday, December 20
6:00 Arizona Dance Artistry
7:00 Arizona Twirling Athletes
8:00 Red Dragon Kenpo Karate
9:00 Leap of Faith Dance +

 

 

DIRECTV Continues to Dominate Super Bowl Week with

 First Ever DIRECTV Super Fan Festival in Glendale, AZ

 

The Three-Day Music Festival will Feature Performances by  Zac Brown Band ,  Calvin Harris , Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dogg, and Many More

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--  DIRECTV , the perennial host of star-studded, must-attend events on Super Bowl weekend, is setting the stage for the biggest pre-game bash ever – an unprecedented, three-day music festival featuring some of the top names in the industry.

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival will feature 12 concerts beginning daily at  5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28  to  Friday, Jan. 30  at the  Pendergast Family Farm  in Glendale , Arizona’s Sports and Entertainment District, across from  University of Phoenix Stadium  in  Glendale , the site of Super Bowl XLIX. The multi-stage festival will feature a concert every night with headliners  Zac Brown Band ,  Calvin Harris , Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg on the DIRECTV Super Fan Stage. Preceding the main event musical acts including  Thomas Rhett , Jason Derülo,  Sam Hunt , The Cadillac Three, and Magic! will perform at the  HGTV Lodge . Additional music acts will be added to the Festival line-up.

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 at www.stubhub.com/directv.On-site parking is included in the ticket price.

On  Saturday, 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. Details on the special guest performance and celebrity-packed event will be announced in the coming weeks.

The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival line-up includes:

Wednesday, January 28

Super  Fan Stage :  Zac Brown Band

HGTV Lodge :  Thomas Rhett ,  Sam Hunt , The Cadillac Three

Thursday, January 29

Super  Fan Stage :  Calvin Harris

HGTV Lodge : Magic! + more to be announced

Friday, January 30

Super  Fan Stage : Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg

HGTV Lodge : Jason Derülo + more to be announced

The festivities will commence on Wednesday when Food Network’s  Duff Goldman , star of two new series From Duff to Dawn, premiering  January 29 th and  Kids Baking Competition , premiering  February 2 nd, kicks off the festival with a cake-cutting ceremony featuring a custom cake designed specifically to embody the DIRECTV Super Fan experience. Additionally, the Festival will feature a variety of exhilarating activities and activations including a mechanical bull, zip line and carnival-like shooting range. Fans will be also able to hit the links with a Par 3 Closest to the Pin Contest; take a new car for a spin around a specially designed Test Track; take part in Football Skills Challenge led by NFL Hall of Famer  Lynn Swann ; and enjoy a cold one at the Bud Light Biergarten.  Food Network  is also bringing the " Cutthroat Kitchen  Experience" on site, providing fans with the opportunity to win cash and prizes and twin brothers Jonathan and  Drew Scott  of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” will join in on the fun by emceeing the concerts held at the  HGTV Lodge .

Adding to the excitement, fans will be able to experience both The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show as they broadcast live daily from the festival beginning  Monday, January 26 . Both shows will host a bevy of athletes, celebrities and Hall of Famers each day leading up to the Big Game. Influenced by the Old West, elaborately designed studios will bring the essence of American Frontier into the homes of viewers nationwide. The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival will also serve as the official broadcast location for FOX Sports 1 all week.

The DIRECTV SUPER FAN FESTIVAL partners will be  PepsiCo , StubHub, HGTV, Food Network, Showtime Networks,  FOX  Sports, Bud Light and many more.

To join the conversation and get updates use #SuperFanFestival.

About  DIRECTV

DIRECTV  (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 38 million customers in the U.S. and  Latin America . In the U.S.,  DIRECTV  offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 195 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as  NFL  SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 13 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil ,  Mexico ,  Argentina ,  Venezuela ,  Colombia , and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 18 million customers.  DIRECTV  sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks ( Rocky Mountain  and  Pittsburgh ), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on  DIRECTV , please visit www.directv.com.

 

RESIDENTS INVITED TO INSTALLATION CEREMONY FOR NEW COUNCIL

Councilmembers for Barrel, Cholla and Ocotillo Districts to be Sworn into Office

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The City of Glendale’s three newest councilmembers will be sworn into office on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. to officially begin their four-year terms on the City Council.

Residents are invited to attend the installation ceremony for Ocotillo District Councilmember-elect Jamie Aldama, Cholla District Councilmember-elect Lauren Tolmachoff and Barrel District Councilmember-elect Bart Turner.

Aldama, a Glendale native, is a past Vice-Chairman for the Glendale Planning and Zoning Commission, past Vice-Chairman of the Glendale Parks and Recreation Commission, and a former member of the Mayor’s Water and Sewer Task Force.  He is a graduate of Glendale University, a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership West Institute, and currently serves as Clerk to the Glendale Elementary School District Governing Board.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the West Valley Foundation. Aldama attended Glendale High School and currently works for the Maricopa County Community College District.

Tolmachoff has been a realtor for a decade following a successful 14 year career in banking.  She is the former president and current secretary of the Glendale Kachina Rotary Club, a Realtor® Champion of the West Maricopa Association of Realtors® and a volunteer for the 100 Club of Arizona. She moved to Glendale in 1974, graduated from Thunderbird High School and attended Phoenix College.

Turner, a Glendale native, was a founding board member of the Valley Citizens League. He has a wide range of service on community boards, commissions, service organizations, and committees and was awarded the Glendale Community Council’s Volene Stockham Humanitarian Award recognizing a lifetime of community service. He also received the Glendale Commission on Neighborhoods Spark Award recognizing leadership in neighborhood revitalization in the Catlin Court neighborhood. Turner graduated from Apollo High School, studied business and economics at Northern Arizona University and has a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. 

The installation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Council Chambers at Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Avenue.  Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.  Reservations can be made by visiting www.glendaleaz.com/rsvp.

Residents can also view the ceremony live on Glendale 11 or by visiting the city’s website. For more information on the upcoming ceremony, call 623-930-2249.

 




 

Citizen Attitudes and Opinion Survey

The Glendale Police Department is conducting an electronic survey

The Glendale Police Department is conducting an electronic survey to gather information to gauge levels of satisfaction within the community on services provided by the Department. This survey is intended to give our residents a forum - a voice - to express their opinions and rate the Department’s performance in key service areas. The survey is also a standard for the Police Department’s Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) process that has been in place since 2000.

We would like to invite you to take the anonymous survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete, by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GlendaleCitizenSurvey. The survey will close on Friday, December 12th.

 

 




 

PHOENIX COMICON FAN FEST

 

BACK TO EVENTS
 

ABOUT THE EVENT

The new Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest is coming to University of Phoenix Stadium December 12-14, 2014 (10a-7p Fri-Sat, 10a-5p Sun.). This first-ever event will focus on creators, artists, actors, costumers, and exhibitors to create a celebration for fans of pop culture.  Attendees will experience many of their favorite activities including meeting actors and comic creators, viewing exhibits, and shopping for hard to find geek items.

For ticket/membership information please visit: :  http://phoenixcomicon.com/page/10

For additional show information please visit: http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

Parking in stadium carparks is FREE!


Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

  • UPCOMING DATES:Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 7:00 PMSat, Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 7:00 PMSun, Dec 14, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

 




 

 

UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST VALLEY RESORT PROJECT

Construction Picks up Steam in Preparation for Rapid Start to Gaming Entertainment

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SELLS, Ariz. – The Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley Resort project is moving forward and is poised to begin major construction operations. All pre-construction activities, including soil testing, archaeological surveys and related studies have been completed. A joint venture headed by Hunt Construction Group and PENTA Building Group has been assembled to construct the resort, and all key subcontractors have been retained to work on the project.

Fencing around the entire construction site is complete. Next, a $7 million grading project and related activities will begin on the site. Construction operations will continue to ramp up while the Nation awaits delivery of multimillion dollar orders for steel and concrete.

The Nation is aware that the West Valley community supports the new jobs the Resort will bring, and is working to open the gaming portion of its facility in the project’s first permanent structure, which is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.

This first phase of the facility will feature over 1,000 slots, restaurants, bar, rewards center, and cage, and will include a 1,100 space surface parking lot. Its operation will also create more than 500 new, permanent jobs in the West Valley. After the first phase is established, construction of the second phase of the $400 million project will continue, including the final, fully-developed gaming facility.

Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise CEO Andy Asselin said, "We are very excited to be moving forward with developing this state-of-the-art entertainment facility. We are eager to begin gaming and creating thousands of jobs and positive economic development in the West Valley."

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise is an entity of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, with existing reservation lands in Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Pima County, Arizona. The West Valley Resort is located at 95th and Northern avenues on lands that were taken into trust by the federal government and it will generate thousands of new jobs and more than $300 million in annual economic impact. For more information, visit www.westvalleyresort.com.

 Note: rendering of the first phase gaming facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell Reception for Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack and Councilmember Manny Martinez: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. Council Chambers Lobby 5850 West Glendale Avenue.

 We joined them for  cake and coffee!

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Photo #1 – cutting cake:  Nan Robinson and Martina Longoria who both are council assistants.

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Photo #2 -  Joe Larger Glendale 11 Media Production Specialist, Cindy Nossek Council Assistant (and retiring a the end of this week) Vice  Mayor Yvonne Knaack retiring next week and  Laurie Berg Sapp, Acting Deputy Communications Director.

 

 

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Photo #3 -  Joe Larger Glendale 11 Media Production Specialist, Cindy Nossek Council offices (and retiring a the end of this week) Vice  Mayor Yvonne Knaack retiring next week and Laurie Berg Sapp, Acting Deputy Communications Director.

 

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 Photo #4 -  Vice Mayor Knaack talks with Marcia Zientek, Management Assistant, as Pam Hanna City Clerk  looks on.

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Photo #5 -  Councilmember Martinez shakes hands with Tom Duensing, Finance and Tech Director, as he talks with Jack Friedline,Public Works director.

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Photo #6 -  Councilmember Manny Martinez receives gift from City Manager Brenda Fischer, as Jack Friedline, Public Works director.and Tom Duensing, Finance and Tech Director look on.

 

 

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Photo #7 -  Retiring Councilmember Manny Martinez  opens  gif bag  from  City Manager Brenda Fischer

 

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Photo #8 -   Councilmember Martinez shakes hands with Diane Wood,  Senior Management Assistant. as Deanne Burt, Management Assistant, and Glendale Judge Elizabeth Finn look on

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Photo #9 -   Councilmember Martinez shakes hands with Deanne Burt, Management Assistant.


ARIZONA COYOTES FOUNDATION AND GIVESTEP.COM

OFFER NEW WAY TO DONATE

 

 

           

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes Foundation, the official charity of the Arizona Coyotes, recently launched a new fundraising campaign through GiveStep.com that makes it possible for Coyotes fans to support their favorite teams off the ice by connecting their donations to what happens on the ice.

 

As the team competes in the competitive Western Conference, Coyotes fans are now able to donate to the Arizona Coyotes Foundation when players like Captain Shane Doan and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson record a point; when goalie Mike Smith makes a save; or when the team records a win.

 

"We are excited to partner with GiveStep.com to provide our fans with a fun way to donate and give back to the community while following the Coyotes team and our players," said Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc.

 

"My colleagues and I at GiveStep.com are both thrilled and honored to partner with the Arizona Coyotes Foundation," said Adam Bagarella, GiveStep.com co-founder and CEO. "The Coyotes are a leader in the Valley community and we are confident that our platform will help their foundation continue to serve the people of Arizona."

 

Fans can join the GiveStep movement and donate to the Arizona Coyotes Foundation by visiting https://givestep.com/cause/arizona-coyotes-foundation.

 

ABOUT THE ARIZONA COYOTES FOUNDATION

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. We are dedicated to health and wellness programs that stimulate the growth of youth sports and financially supporting programs that encourage teamwork skills while building future leaders in our community. Over the past 18 years, the Coyotes have proudly raised millions of dollars that have helped hundreds of children's charities in the Valley of the Sun.

 

 ABOUT GIVESTEP.COM

GiveStep.com is a crowdfunding platform powered by sports and the passion of fans that provides a new way to support charitable causes. Using GiveStep's "event-based giving" system, fans can make donations to causes of their choosing whenever their favorite sports teams or athletes win, score, or make a play (think fantasy sports meets charitable giving).


-COYOTES

 

 

GLENDALE PARKS UNDERGO REPAIRS FOLLOWING RAINS

Possible Parking Restrictions as Trail and Parking Lot Damage Repaired

            GLENDALE, Ariz. –

“The work will be done during the work week and will not begin before 6:30 a.m. each day,” King explains.  No trail closures are anticipated but parking lot restrictions will occur to allow for heavy equipment and repairs. 

In the aftermath of the epic monsoon storms this past September, the City of Glendale Park and Recreation Division continues their work to repair parks, retentions, sporting facilities and trail systems affected by the record rain fall. 


“The obvious damage like downed power lines and splintered trees has been repaired, but the massive amount of water impaired several trails and parking lots which we are now focused on,” said Glendale’s Park and Recreation Manager, Paul King. “These repairs will be labor intensive and will take months to do.” 


On Monday, Dec. 1, the latest phase of repairs will begin as contractors work in 11 areas at four different parks repairing parking lots, portions of trails, fencing and other damage. The repairs will be conducted at the Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Thunderbird Paseo Linear Trail and Thunderbird Conservation Park. The repairs are slated to continue through January.
“With more than three inches of rainfall on Sept. 8, several trail sections along the Grand Canal Linear Park were damaged. We will also fix the parking lot near the equestrian center that has been closed since the storm,” King said. In addition, repairs will be made to the 75th Avenue parking lot landscaping north of Camelback Rd. 


Sahuaro Ranch Park will have planters and gravel slopes mended. Thunderbird Paseo Linear Trail will have work done to replace a drainage culvert on 59th Avenue. The final repair will be to the picnic area in the inner parking loop of the Thunderbird Conservation Park, from the 59th Avenue access point. 

“Through this process we will provide as much advance notice as possible to users through signage at the parks and on our website about anticipated restrictions,” King said.

The repair work is estimated to be completed by mid-January. For more information on Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services page at www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation.

 

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GLENDALE INSTALLS NEW DYNAMIC MESSAGING SIGNS

New signs will improve traffic flow in downtown area

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale Transportation is installing new dynamic message signs (DMS) for traffic approaching the city’s downtown area, to alert drivers of traffic restrictions or delays that may lie ahead.

The new DMS will be located at the following spots:

·         Eastbound Glendale approaching 67th Ave

·         Westbound Glendale approaching 51st Ave

·         Northbound 59th approaching Bethany Home Rd

·         Southbound 59th approaching Northern Ave

Residents and drivers in these areas will see the structures being installed currently, with an anticipated completion in January 2015. The signs are designed to distribute information for drivers that will help alleviate traffic congestion as well as traffic delays. Messages will include train delay notifications, street closures, event-related traffic information and travel times.

            Technology like these signs will assist the public traveling to events in the downtown Glendale area, like the Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party on Jan. 10 and the Glendale Chocolate Affaire on Jan. 30-31.

            For additional information about this, and other transportation projects in Glendale, visit www.glendaleaz.com/transportation.

 

 

 

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KKAT-TV/ Glendale Daily Planet covered Glendale Glitters here is Mayor Jerry Weiers 
and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen threw the switch to light thousands of lights!

 

 

 

 

 

Jingle Bell Rockin' Nights
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Downtown Glendale’s Murphy Park will be packed with music, lights and excitement. Entertainment will include performances of both holiday music and oldies you can dance to, as well as dance troupe performances. On the music stage Friday night will feature Zimis and Saturday will be Peppermint James. The event will also feature holiday arts and crafts, inflatable rides and visits with Santa Claus. Bring your camera, or have Santa’s helper snap one for a small fee. Another fun activity will be an Ugly Sweater contest on Saturday, with great prizes; the contest will also highlight the Go Recycle Arizona textile recycling drive that runs Nov. 20 – Dec. 20 in downtown Glendale.


              Entertainment lineup on the amphitheater stage for Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights:

Friday, December 5

6:00

Bricks Dance Studio

7:00

Desert Garden Singers

8:00

Michaela's Dance Magic

9:00

Musical Theatre of Anthem

 

Saturday, December 6

6:00

Desert West Dance

7:00

Spotlight Entertainment

8:00

Saguaro Skippers

9:00

The Dance Shoppe

Winter Wonderland Weekend
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

             For the first time in downtown Glendale, this year’s Winter Wonderland weekend will feature an ice skating rink, complete with skates you can borrow on site. The frozen ice might also be accompanied by some popular “frozen” characters! Free make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and musical entertainment, plus a movie showing of The Polar Express on Friday, and the Walt Disney favorite, Frozen on Saturday.


            Entertainment lineup for Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend:

 

Friday, December 12

6:00

Glendale Community College Choirs

7:00

Desert Star Dance

8:00

Glendale Union HS District Vocal Ensembles

 

Saturday, December 13

6:00

Lori Ford's Studio

7:00

The Dance Project

8:00

My Kids in Sign

9:00

Cactus High School Dance

Spirit of Giving Weekend
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

             Highlights include all the fun family activities that Glendale Glitters always brings, plus special celebration of and donation drives for worthy local charities. A new element this year will be a Go Recycle Arizona textiles donation drive. This local company recycles household textiles, such as curtains, towels, clothing and shoes, and donates a portion of the proceeds to an organization, in this case, Glendale’s From the Heart program. Help make a difference by participating in the textile recycling drive. Free make-and-take crafts, face-painting, Santa Claus and musical entertainment, plus a movie showing each evening of the perennial holiday classic, A Christmas Story.


             Entertainment lineup for Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend:

 

Friday, December 19

6:00

Elite Dance Academy

7:00

The Boot Scooters

8:00

Cannedy Performing Arts

9:00

L.A. Dance

 

Saturday, December 20

6:00

Arizona Dance Artistry

7:00

Arizona Twirling Athletes

 

8:00

Red Dragon Kenpo Karate

 

9:00

Leap of Faith Dance +

 

 

The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday display remains lit nightly through Jan. 10, from 5-11 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues. For more information, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit www.glendaleaz.com/events.

           




 

Young Football Fans Compete at Cards Game. 

Young pro football fans will show off their football skills at the Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick (PP&K) event. The City of Glendale teams up with the Arizona Cardinals to host the team championship of this national skills competition. The NFL PP&K event is the NLF’s oldest grassroots initiative and continues to allow children to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in engaging and supportive non-contact environment. Glendale is proud to have chaired the PP&K event for over 25 years. The Punt, Pass and Kick competitions start to take place in early June through September with the local competitions, which can be hosted by schools, youth football groups and other community –based events. Sectional competitions are held in early October and are completed by mid-November. “We, the City of Glendale host a local, sectional and the team championship annually,” said PP&K Chair and Glendale Recreation Coordinator, Mike Davis. “We want to make sure all kids have a chance to play and experience football through this exciting program.” The Arizona PP&K Team Championship will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 40, first place finishers from past competitions will compete. The boys and girls are allowed one punt, one pass and one place kick for this competition. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. The winners will be invited onto the field during halftime where they will showcase their skills in a passing exhibition. During the third quarter of the game the winner of the 2014 AZ Cardinal PP&K will be announced over the public address system. The winner will be flown to the AFC or NFC championship game to compete in the PP&K National Championship.




 

GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS HIGHLIGHTS MAYOR’S YOUTH 
ADVISORY COMMISSION on “Glendale Today”
 

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers highlights the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission (MYAC), inspiring youths by encouraging them to take an active role in local government, on his new edition of the TV show “Glendale Today.” The show profiles a dynamic group of past and present students with the goal of improving their community.

Mayor Weiers talks about the benefits and experiences in MYAC with the current president of the organization, Taylor Field, a senior at Mountain Ridge High School, and two former MYAC students who have gone on to successful careers, Maria Hechanova and Paul Senseman. The group is comprised of students who live or go to school in Glendale, and volunteer for community service, raise funds for projects and provide the Mayor with perspective on issues facing teens. 

To find out more about joining MYAC go online at www.glendaleaz.com/mayor or call the Mayor’s office at 623-930-2260. 

The show begins airing October 24 at 8 p.m. “Glendale Today” is produced by staff from the city-owned TV station Glendale 11. The show will air daily on Glendale 11 and can be viewed online via the city’s video library at www.glendaleaz.com/video. 

 

 

Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2014

   Hamilton And Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Announced 8th
    Annual Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards Event Honoring Off
      Screen Heroes On November 9th, 2014 At The Ebell Of Los
                              Angeles

Biel, Switzerland, Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hamilton watches,
known for their pioneering role in the worlds of aviation and cinema as
well as their innovative timekeeping technology, and Los Angeles
Confidential magazine, the premiere luxury, lifestyle publication in
Los Angeles, hosted the 8th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards on
November 9, 2014 at The Ebell of Los Angeles. The awards ceremony paid
tribute to the brilliant behind-the-scenes talents whose individual
work contributes to the quality of a motion picture and to the lasting
impression that it has on movie audiences.

See images from the event here:
http://inr.synapticdigital.com/hamilton/behindthecamera2014/

Hamilton celebrates watch appearances in more than 400 films, most
recently Interstellar. This year's honorees and presenters have
received over 86 Oscars, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA and SAG Awards and
nominations. Sylvain Dolla, CEO of Hamilton watches remarked,
"Watchmaking and filmmaking are similar in that we both share a passion
for creating something uniquely beautiful that inspires and touches our
audience."

The funny guys Channing Tatum and Steve Carell were joking while
presenting an award to the Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller: "Bennet
Miller is scary!" Tatum added, "Steve's character in Foxcatcher is
basically an impression of Bennett Miller. "

Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor Matthew Morrison emceed this
year's awards ceremony and was joined by an elite assembly of A-list
actors, actresses and award-winning filmmakers to present these most
illustrious awards.

The honorees were selected from movies released during the year and/or
qualified and presented at the most recent prestigious movie festivals
of Cannes, Toronto and Venice as well as at the Festival of the
American Film Institute.

The list of honorees for the Hamilton Behind the Camera 2014 Awards
included:


  -- Director: Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher" Presented by Golden Globe
Winning
     Actor, Steve Carell and Award Winning Actor Channing Tatum
  -- Film Editor: Sandra Adair, "Boyhood" Presented by Emmy Award Winning
and
     Golden Globe Nominated Actress, Patricia Arquette
  -- Breakthrough Producers: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy
     Schwarzman, "The Imitation Game" Presented by Award Winning Actor,
Allen
     Leech
  -- Visual Effects: Dan Lemmon, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". Presented
     by Award Winning Andy Serkis
  -- Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt, "Gone Girl". Presented by
     Award-Nominated Actress, Michelle Monaghan
  -- Screenwriter: J.C. Chandor, "A Most Violent Year", Presented by Emmi
     Nominated, Will Arnett
  -- Cinematographer: Robert Yeoman, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", Presented
by
     Tony Revolori
  -- Property Master: Ellen Freund, "Mad Men", Presented by Award-Nominated
     Actress, Keirnan Shipka
  -- Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Film Music: Alexandre
Desplat,
     "The Imitation Game", "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "Unbroken",
"Godzilla",
     "The Monuments Men"; Presented by Award-Nominated Actor Matthew Goode




Hamilton:Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
and today its watches combine the American spirit with the unrivalled
precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies. Since 1951
the brand's distinctive watches have caught the attention of the
world's leading screen stylists. Their eye-catching shapes, modern
materials and unique designs have earned them appearances in more than
400 films. Throughout the years, Hamilton has created a tradition of
integrating its signature styles with epic storylines - from Stanley
Kubrick's futuristic 2001: A Space Odyssey to sci-fi stand-outs I Am
Legend and the fan-favorite Men in Black trilogy. In 2014 the brand
reclaims its role in Interstellar, when the Khaki Pilot Day Date
appears on the wrist of Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey).
www.hamiltonwatch.com

Los Angeles Confidential:Los Angeles Confidential magazine is the
premiere glossy publication in Los Angeles, celebrating the finest in
fashion, art, beauty, culture, dining, entertainment, interior design,
nightlife and travel. Los Angeles Confidential covers the hottest
trends and most influential players and tastemakers from an insider's
point of view. Los Angeles Confidential is published by Niche Media
Holdings, LLC, publisher of city-specific publications including: Aspen
Peak, Austin Way, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Hamptons, Los
Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Ocean Drive, Philadelphia Style
and Vegas magazines. Its custom publishing titles include Art Basel,
Wynn, Maison & Objet Miami Beach and The Mall at Short Hills. Through
its strategic distribution model and significant investment in verified
data from Nielsen Claritas, Niche Media is the only regional, lifestyle
publishing company that is guaranteed to reach the sophisticated and
affluent audience in each of our cities. Niche Media titles exceed
14,000 pages with a combined annual distribution of 4.6 million copies
nationally.




 

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Join Arizona Governor Jan Brewer & Kurt Warner and his family representing The Treasure House as honored guests of the Hometown Christmas Parade. Christmas isn't just another holiday, the birth of Jesus is the heart of Christmas, so it should be a celebration like no other! Prepare your float, marching band, dance troupe or whatever you've got and come be a part of the Hometown Christmas Parade, where the true Star of Christmas will truly shine. 
Proceeds benefit Hope for Hunger.


Do you or someone you know like to sing? 

 

Help break a record for the largest group of Christmas Carolers!  We are looking for outgoing, fun singers of all skill levels to be a part of the largest group of Christmas Carolers and the grand finale of the 2nd Annual Hometown Christmas Parade.  Be sure to sign up to receive all the information



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PEORIA POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (PPOA) will hold their annual SHOP WITH A COP,
 December 13th at Kohl’s, 10072 West Happy Valley Road.

They will provide gifts for 50 children.

 

The Peoria Police Officer’s Association (PPOA) annual SHOP WITH A COP program is December 13th.  The fun begins at 6 a.m. at the main Peoria Police Department, 8351 West Cinnabar, Peoria.  From there children will travel to Chik Fil A, 16657 N. 83rd Avenue.  The children will receive breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.  From there, children and their police sponsors will travel to Kohl’s, 10072 West Happy Valley Road, Peoria, for a morning of shopping.

 

“We are very proud to provide this Christmas shopping experience for the most needy and vulnerable in our community,” Michael Faith, President PPOA, stated.  “For some of these children, these will be the only gifts that they have on Christmas morning; for others this will be their first positive encounter with a Police Officer.  For the Officers, it’s an opportunity to give back to the community for the support the community shows throughout the year.”

 

PPOA is still accepting donations for Shop With a Cop.  Please contact:  Michael Faith, 602.291.9785, for additional information.  

 

 

American Masters Series Produces New Documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered,
 Featuring Unprecedented Access to Crosby’s Archives

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Premieres nationwide Tuesday, December 2 on PBS and DVD

Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme.

This new documentary American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered (check local listings) is the series’ Season 28 finale, explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona.

Thirty-seven years after his death, Crosby remains the most recorded performer in history with nearly 400 hit singles, and achievement no one has come close to matching.

"We naturally think of Bing a Christmastime, but with more No. 1 recordings than anyone, it is easy to overlook all of his other achievements. Thankfully, this documentary film delves deeply into all of his remarkable work, and will surprise many viewer with a unique perspective on his private life," says Michael Kanto, executive producer of American Masters.

At his prime he was singing to 50 million people per week. He made acting, dancing and singing all look like anyone could do them, because he made it all look effortless. Bing Crosby, when preforming was incredibly entertaining and his characters seem to be very easy-going kinds of guys. In his private life with his first family, things were not so easy-going. Nevertheless, at this time of year, most of us will listen to and enjoy a Bing Crosby holiday classic, "White Christmas".

 

 

 




 

GLENDALE FIREFIGHTERS IN NEED OF ITEMS

FOR HOLIDAY TOY AND CLOTHING DRIVE

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– For thirteen years Glendale Firefighters have been giving back to their community. Glendale firefighters are working hard to collect items for the Holiday Clothing and Toy Drive, which benefits children and families in need from the Glendale area. 

This Saturday marks the 2nd weekend for the event and Glendale Firefighters are still working towards their goal of helping 450 families.

Firefighters are asking residents to donate new toys and new clothing for this effort. The items needed include: socks, underwear and jackets (for all ages), plus blankets, pillows and toys.  The age group most in need is kids between the ages of 6 and 14.

Firefighters began collecting on November 29th and will continue through December 15th at all the locations listed below. We will be at the K-Mart at 67 Ave. and Bell Road December 6th and 13th from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, drop off sites have been set up at all nine Glendale fire stations and the Glendale Fire Marshal’s Office.  Those locations are:

 

T              Fire Station #151:  6851 North 52nd Ave.

T              Fire Station #152:  6850 W. Bethany Home Road

T              Fire Station #153:  14061 N. 59th Ave.

T              Fire Station #154:  4439 W. Peoria

T              Fire Station #155:  6255 W. Union Hills

T              Fire Station #156:  6801 W. Deer Valley

T              Fire Station #157:  9658 N. 59th Ave.

T              Fire Station #158:  6261 N. 83rd Ave.

T              Fire Station #159: 17159 N. 63rd Ave.

T              Glendale Fire Marshall’s Office: 6829 N58th Drive (during business hours)

 

The new clothes and new toys will be given to families who are part of a special wish list from schools in the city of Glendale, as provided by the schools’ nurses and social workers. Last year, Glendale Firefighters assisted more than 350 families and collected more than $50,000 worth of new clothing and toys for Glendale families.

For more information regarding the Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive, please call 623-930-4400.

 

 

It’s time for Glendale Glitters

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

Official switch throwers! --  Mayor Jerry Weiers 
and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen threw the switch to light thousands of lights!

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Friday evening 1.5 million lights filled the night with colors and wonder. This year’s lights are LED rather an incandescent.

Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was the special guest that helped Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers light up the city during the Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. This year, as Glendale prepares to host Super Bowl XLIX, the theme for the show will be Super City, ‘Super Stars’ and Van Dyken-Rouen, along with other special guests, helped the Mayor and City Council flip the switch on 1.5 million lights throughout downtown Glendale.

Van Dyken-Rouen, a Valley resident, is one of the most decorated American swimmers of all time, winning six gold medals during her career. Earlier this year, she was injured in an ATV accident and severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. As she has worked tirelessly through rehabilitative therapy, she has inspired people all across the nation with her strength and determination.

"We are thrilled to have Amy as our special guest to honor not only what she has done in her athletic career, but more importantly for the courage that she has displayed in her personal life," said Communications Director Julie Watters. "The city is also recognizing other members of our community that contribute in less visible but no less important ways to make Glendale an amazing place. They are hometown ‘Super Stars’ and we are shining a spotlight on them, too." The celebration included eight ‘Super Stars’; a teacher, an athlete, a pageant winner, a student, a musician, a police officer, a firefighter and a young hero.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be the Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 27, 2014 at 11 a. m. 

The last night to enjoy the lights in Murphy Park and Historic Catlin Court is January 10, 2015.Festive holiday entertainment for the 30-minute show pre-lighting show, featured local musicians and dance groups including: Andy and Jennifer of Barrio Latino, Ashley Wineland, C’est la Vie and the Dance Gallerie. 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0125.

Eight amazing community ‘Super Stars’ were recognized during the countdown to switching on the Glendale Glitter lights on Friday evening. Pictured: Lauren Moore (outstanding student), Nate Adams (motocross champion and graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale), Officer John Davidge (Glendale Police Department), Carol Dana (Ms Senior Arizona 2014), David Colson (Glendale Firefighter of the Year) and Deb Moore (ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service). Not pictured are Andy Gonzalez (his band Barrio Latino) and Joseph Breeden (a young hero who saved a toddler from drowning).

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0193.

The Glendale Glitter lights came on Friday evening November 28. The annual event has become an annual event for many families throughout the Valley.
Glendale Glitters is now in its 21st year.

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0228.

It was a warm day on Friday, November 28, so who wouldn’t like to play in the snow.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 88.

C’est la Vie was first on stage at the pre-lighting show at this year’s countdown to Glendale Glitters.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0117.

Ashley Wineland, a hometown country recording artist, on stage at the countdown to the lighting of the Glendale Glitter lights.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0101.

Dancers from Dance Gallerie preforming at the countdown to the lighting of the lights for Glendale Glitters.

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0122.

Danielle Lerner, ABC15 Arizona, was the MC for the countdown program.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 146.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen moved the big light switch from the off position to the on position. And when they do, the 1.5 million lights covering 16 blocks in downtown Glendale and in Historic Catlin Court will light and start the holiday season.

And… Santa is coming!

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC 02343.

Lailonni and Benjamin Alvarado  get  with Santa and  ponder what  they want this  year  for Christmas!

 

 

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

“The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season,” says Dr. Davis, author of “Wheat Belly Total Health,” (www.wheatbellyblog.com), the latest in his bestselling “Wheat Belly” series.

“They make us tired and sluggish when we especially need energy as we prepare for all the fun stuff and preparation that lead up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah, and they cause us to gain weight, which we immediately pledge to shed come New Year’s.”  

People have been taught that the refined, processed carbohydrates in foods like white rice, white bread and traditionally baked goods are “bad carbs.” We’re told we’ll be healthier, happier and slimmer if we get stick to the “good carbs” in fruits, nuts and whole grains.

Not true, Dr. Davis says – at least in the case of grains.

“Grasses and grains like wheat are a great food source for goats, cows and the like,” he says. “But humans have a different digestive process and different nutritional needs. Grasses are not only responsible for unwanted weight gain, but also more serious conditions, including Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. We just weren’t meant to eat them.”

That doesn’t mean you have to do without your favorite treats during the holidays. Just make them a different way.

He offers these recipes:

•  Pumpkin Spice Muffins (makes 12):
2 cups ground almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed
Sweetener such as Truvia or stevia extract equivalent to 3/4 cup sucrose
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of fine sea salt
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream or canned coconut milk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnut oil
melted coconut oil or extra-light olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Stir together the almond meal, walnuts, flaxseed, sweetener, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir together the pumpkin, sour cream or coconut milk, eggs, and oil in another large bowl. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the almond meal mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about half full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out dry, about 45 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pans 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

•  Wheat-free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing:
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 pound loose ground pork sausage
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 head cauliflower
1 green pepper, chopped
4-ounce can/jar roasted red peppers
8 ounces Portabella mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon ground tarragon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring approximately 12 ounces water to a boil in sauce pan. Toss in porcini mushrooms and turn heat down to maintain below boiling. Stir every couple of minutes for 20 minutes. In deep sauce pan, sauté sausage in 1 tablespoon olive oil, along with celery and onions, until sausage is cooked. Drain excess oil. Place saucepan back on low heat. Break cauliflower into small florets and add to sausage mix. Toss in drained porcini mushrooms along with approximately 4 ounces of the porcini broth, remainder of olive oil, green pepper, roasted red peppers, Portabella mushrooms and flaxseed. Add onion powder, sage, thyme, tarragon, salt and black pepper and stir. Transfer to baking dish and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes.

About Dr. William Davis

William Davis, MD is a cardiologist and author of several books that have sold more than 2 million copies, including the No.1 New York Times bestseller “Wheat Belly.” He has appeared on major national media including the Dr. Oz Show, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, and Live! with Kelly.. Davis has built a substantial online presence on his Wheat Belly Blog, (www.wheatbellyblog.com), with more than 300,000 visits per month. He is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, with training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease at the Ohio State University Hospitals. A Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, he served as Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship and Assistant Professor of Medicine. 

 

 

 

Glendale  Homicide

Glendale Police Make an Arrest in Dawn McCauley Homicide

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Monday, November 24th, 2014, a little past midnight, the Glendale Police Department received a 911 call of shots fired in the 5700 block of W. Cortez Street. Citizens in the neighborhood heard shots fired in the area and contacted police. Upon arrival, Glendale Police Officers began to circulate the area. They located 45 year old Glendale resident Dawn McCauley slumped over in her vehicle in front of her residence. Dawn had sustained gun shots to the body. She was treated at the scene by Glendale Fire and transported to a local valley trauma center where she was declared deceased.

Glendale Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. After obtaining a search warrant, no individuals were found in Dawn's residence. Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the morning hours. As Detectives gathered information and evidence, they were able to identify a person of interest. That person of interest was Dawn's estranged husband, Edward McCauley.

A search warrant was served on Edward McCauley's residence in Peoria where items of evidentiary value were located. He was not located at the residence. Detectives with the Glendale Police Fugative Apprehension Squad along with the U.S. Marshal Service were able to locate Edward McCauley late this afternoon in a rental car in the parking lot of a restaurant near N. 67th Avenue and the I-10 freeway. He was taken into custody without incident and detained for questioning. During the interview with Detectives, Edward McCauley confessed to his involvement in the shooting and killing of Dawn McCauley as she prepared to leave for work in her vehicle late last night. Edward McCauley admitted to killing Dawn for reasons to include a new relationship she had become involved in with another man.

 

Through their investigative efforts, Detectives working the case were able to develop probable cause for the arrest of Edward McCauley for the murder of Dawn McCauley. Edward McCauley was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail late this evening for 1st Degree Murder. 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

Parade Entry deadline is
Nov 27th - Sign up today!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Join Arizona Governor Jan Brewer & Kurt Warner and his family representing 
The Treasure House as honored guests of the Hometown Christmas Parade. 
Christmas isn't just another holiday, the birth of Jesus is the heart of Christmas,
 so it should be a celebration like no other! Prepare your float, marching band, 
dance troupe or whatever you've got and come be a part of the Hometown 
Christmas Parade, where the true Star of Christmas will truly shine.  
Proceeds benefit Hope for Hunger.

Be a part of the fun & sign up today!

www.hometownchristmasparade.org
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUEST AMY VAN DYKEN-ROUEN

FOR COUNTDOWN TO GLENDALE GLITTERS NOVEMBER 28 
Glendale Glitters Spectacular presented by Sears Vacations

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be the special guest to help light up the city during the Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show on Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. This year, as Glendale prepares to host Super Bowl XLIX, the theme for the show will be Super City, Super Stars and Van Dyken-Rouen, along with other special guests, will help the Mayor and City Council flip the switch on 1.5 million lights throughout downtown Glendale.

Van Dyken-Rouen, a Valley resident, is one of the most decorated American swimmers of all time, winning six gold medals during her career. Earlier this year, she was injured in an ATV accident and severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. As she has worked tirelessly through rehabilitative therapy, she has inspired people all across the nation with her strength and determination.

"We are thrilled to have Amy as our special guest to honor not only what she has done in her athletic career, but more importantly for the courage that she has displayed in her personal life," said Communications Director Julie Watters. "The city is also recognizing other members of our community that contribute in less visible but no less important ways to make Glendale an amazing place. They are hometown ‘Super Stars’ and we are shining a spotlight on them, too." The celebration’s eight ‘Super Stars’ include a teacher, an athlete, a pageant winner, a student, a musician, a police officer, a firefighter and a young hero.

Festive, holiday entertainment for the 30-minute show, between 5:30 and 6 p.m., features local musicians and dance groups including: Andy and Jennifer of Barrio Latino, Ashley Wineland, C’est la Vie and the Dance Gallerie. The complete lineup of entertainment for both days opening weekend will include:

 

Glitters Spectacular Special Guests Add 1.1.1 Friday, November 28

6:30

Dance Gallerie

7:15

Marilyn's Academy of Dance

8:15

GCU Student Dance Education Organization

9:15

Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

DON’T LET THANKSGIVING TURN INTO A PAIN IN THE DRAIN

Glendale Water Services Not In My Drain! Campaign Helps Residents Prevent Clogged Drains

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Don’t let this Thanksgiving holiday turn into a royal pain in the drain. Glendale’s Water Services reminds residents of a few simple rules to avoid costly plumbing problems with their Not In My Drain! campaign.

The public information campaign helps citizens prevent sanitary sewer clogs during Thanksgiving, and year round, to save themselves and the city the trouble and expense of repairing pipes that are clogged. When fats, oils, and grease from daily kitchen use are poured into drains, it can solidify in pipes and cause costly sewer blockages and overflows. This can potentially damage homes, cause raw sewage to backup into city streets, threaten public health, and cause damage to the environ­ment. Starting with Thanksgiving and continuing through the holiday season when kitchen activities reach their peak, the situation can become severe.  Avoid ruining your festivities with an emergency call to clear a clogged drain.  The easiest way to solve the problem of grease blockage is to keep grease out of the drains in the first place.

            Glendale’s Water Services produced a Not In My Drain! Brochure highlighting five steps to protect against clogged drains.

§  DO NOT put grease down garbage disposals.

§  Scrape food scraps into a can or trash for disposal. Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids. Empty the drain baskets or strainers into the trash.

§  For small amounts of oil or grease pre-wipe pots and pans prior to washing them by using paper towels to soak it up. Then dispose in the trash.

§  For amounts ranging from a cup to a pint, pour the grease or oil into a container and freeze it. Put the frozen grease into the trash the day your trash is collected. Try to use a non-recyclable container if possible. If you have none available, a tin or steel can will work.

§  For moderate amounts, from a pint to a gallon, use cat litter to solidify the grease or oil. Put the cat litter in a double-lined plastic bag and pour the grease into the bag. Be sure there is no free liquid before tying the bag shut.

For more information on the Not In My Drain! campaign; visit Glendale’s Water Services webpage at www.glendaleaz.com/utilities .

 

It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like the Holiday Shopping Season!
 Black Friday is right around the corner. Are you ready?

 

 

Glendale, Ariz. – The Glendale Police Department would like to remind everyone to be alert, patient and mindful of safety during the quickly approaching holiday shopping season, which kicks off this weekend with many retailers. The holidays can be a stressful and busy time. Let us offer some crime prevention tips to help keep the holidays safe and enjoyable for you and your entire family!

Holiday Safety Shopping Tips

  • Lock packages and other valuables in the trunk before you park, never after you park. Thieves may be watching.
  • Don't overload yourself with packages.
  • Shop during daylight hours. If you must shop in the evening, shop with a friend.
  • If possible, shop in groups of two or more.
  • If you are elderly and alone, ask for an escort to your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lighted areas, as close as possible to store entrances. Be particularly aware of persons in the parking lot, especially near your car.
  • Lock your car and make sure the windows are closed.
  • Carry only the charge cards you will need. Don't carry large sums of cash.
  • Carry purses next to your body with the purse flap against you. Carry wallets in front or inside pockets.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don't allow your attention to become distracted from your purse or packages.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated in a store or shopping mall.
  • Don't hesitate to notify store security if you see suspicious activity.
  • If you have to wait for a ride, wait in a busy, well-lighted place.
  • Pay particular attention while driving in crowded parking lots or while walking to and from your car, as both vehicle and pedestrian traffic increases.
  • Don’t drive or walk distracted. Don’t text while doing either, even in parking lots.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, call 911 to report it police immediately.

 

Ball hockey and another great place to play is coming soon to Bonsall Park
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

The City of Glendale Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division held a free youth engagement outreach event on Saturday, November 22, 2014 as part of the upcoming KaBOOM! Playground project.

The City of Glendale, the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and the KaBOOM! Nonprofit agency has teamed up to build a new and exciting playground at Bonsall Park on December 8, 2014. Part of the project allows children ages 4-14 to attend a free youth engagement outreach program hosted by the City of Glendale. The event Saturday featured hockey mini-clinics, hockey games and other fun things provided by Desert Hockey Development and the City of Glendale. The outreach event was held at Bonsall Park at the hockey rink on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00 p. m. to 4:00 p.m.

The KaBOOM! Power Play design will be constructed in one day on December 8, 2014 at Bonsall Park, 58th Avenue and Bethany Home Road which is just east of 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road; with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. Registration is being accepted, if you are interested in helping.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing play to those who have the most need. 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."

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A little about street hockey or ball hockey…

Street hockey is also called dek hockey or ball hockey and in some parts of Canada it is referred to as "road hockey". Street hockey is a variation ice hockey where the game is played with players not wearing skates, or wearing inline or roller skates and played with a ball or a puck . Both ball and puck forms are usually played on a hard surface using hockey sticks and a small ball or a puck.

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0064.

Ryliegh Flagger a 5th graded and Issac Flores a 6th grader were working on their ball hockey game at the hockey-mini clinic on Saturday, November 22 at Bonsall Park. Some players go onto play roller or ice hockey. Some of the kids that came to the event live in within walking distance to the "rink" at Bonsall Park. Equipment was provided for Saturday’s mini-hockey clinic. However donations of gently used hockey equipment are welcomed by Desert Hockey Development, http://deserthockeydevelopment.org/.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0053.

A preview of the playground that is coming to Bonsall Park on December 8, 2014. The KaBOOM! Power Play design will be constructed in one day on December 8, 2014 at Bonsall Park, 58th Avenue and Bethany Home Road which is just east of 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road; with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. Registration is being accepted, if you are interested in helping.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0058.

Front row: Issac Flores and Ryliegh Flagger, Second row: Bea Wyatt, Jennifer and Darrin Lacey, and Larry Feiner. Darrin Lacey is Chariman/President of Desert Hockey Development (DHD). Bea Wyatt is the organization’s secretary and Jennifer Lacey and Larry Feiner are on the DHD board of directors.

Both Darrin and Larry played hockey when they were kids. The love of the game stayed with them as they both still play and are big Arizona Coyotes fans. Bea on the other hand went to a hockey game in Glendale and was hooked!

Desert Hockey Development is a youth outreach non-profit organization founded in 2013 and is dedicated to building youth hockey in Glendale.

 

Glendale hosts its 3rd Annual Resource Fair

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0051.

Pictured above from Glendale High School in alphabetical order are: Jordin Dominguez, Nayeli Gonzalez, Andre Grajeda, Jennifer Hernandez, Kiley Macaulay, Jovanny Martinez, Rocio Modera, Elizabeth Monlinar, teacher (sitting), Antonia Sanchez, and Leora Wright. Students from Glendale High School civic clubs prepared food boxes to be given out on Saturday to the first 150 families who came through the doors. A crowd waiting for the doors to open at

9:00 a. m.

 

The City of Glendale hosted its 3rd Annual Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m. at the Civic Center. The event included onsite enrollment for Utility Assistance for Glendale residents, Salvation Army Project Share, Southwest Gas’s Discount Plan, SRP Economy Price Plan Monthly Discount, AHCCCS Enrollment, WIC, Affordable Care Act and more. There were free health screenings and other medical treatment checks also.

 

Early estimates indicated that 850 people attended the event. The majority came early when the doors opened. The first 150 families to enter were able to take home a free turkey. Students from the Glendale High School DECCA and the Environmental Clubs built food boxes (or bags) with items that would accompany a turkey dinner. The bag of groceries was matched up with those who received a free turkey.

 

"It is a one-stop shop for residents from the city’s low-income population to attend and get so much help in one location," Rebecca Daniel, Glendale’s Community Action Program Manager said. "Last year we had about 1,000 participants. Every year this event grows with agencies and residents."

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0046.

Cathy Kuiawa, Maricopa Medical Center, holds to comfort, squishy bears. Each bear has a band aid and a picture of an x-ray to comfort children who go to the hospital or if they need an x-ray.

 

 

Parade Entry deadline is
Nov 27th - Sign up today!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Join Arizona Governor Jan Brewer & Kurt Warner and his family representing The Treasure House as honored guests of the Hometown Christmas Parade. Christmas isn't just another holiday, the birth of Jesus is the heart of Christmas, so it should be a celebration like no other! Prepare your float, marching band, dance troupe or whatever you've got and come be a part of the Hometown Christmas Parade, where the true Star of Christmas will truly shine.  Proceeds benefit Hope for Hunger.

Be a part of the fun & sign up today!

www.hometownchristmasparade.org
 

Do you like to sing? 

Or do you know someone who does?

Help us break a record for the largest group of Christmas Carolers!  We are looking for outgoing, fun singers of all skill levels to be a part of the largest group of Christmas Carolers and the grand finale of the 2nd Annual Hometown Christmas Parade.  Be sure to sign up to receive all the information

Informational Meeting/Rehearsal:
Sunday, November 16th

Community Church of Joy
21000 N. 75th Avenue
Glendale, AZ  85308
(In the Worship Center)

Sign up: www.hometownchristmasparade.org
 

Dig out those ugly sweaters!   

Come on down to the first annual Hop Stop Diner Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!  Contest entrance is free but we will be taking donations for Hope For Hunger.  Winners will receive prizes and a featured spot riding in a classic truck in our Hometown Christmas Parade.  ALL participants will be guaranteed a spot walking in the parade.  Registration for contest will begin at 8:30 am at The Hop Stop Diner (7013 N 58th Avenue) in Olde Towne Glendale with judging kicking off at 9am.   Glendale’s own Mayor Weiers will be making an appearance modeling his own Ugly Sweater.  Judging will conclude and winners will be announced at 10:45am before the Parade starts at 11.  Come show off your Christmas spirit wearing your ugly sweater or just cheering on those who do.

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2014 EVENT AND ACTIVITY LISTINGS

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The following events are offered from Glendale’s Parks and Recreation and Library divisions in December. The programs are free unless otherwise stated.

Tumbling - Parent & Tot

9:15 to 9:45 a.m., Mondays for 4 weeks beginning Dec. 1,

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

Children ages 2-5 can learn tumbling skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, bridges, back bends, cartwheels, handstands, back walkovers and more. Build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and motor skills. The class is $36 (non-resident $43), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Wee Readers @ Westgate

10:30 to 11 a.m., Mondays, Dec. 1 and 15, at Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., D109

Stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs presented by the Glendale Public Library, for children newborn through age 5 and their caregivers. The gallery is located at the Westgate Entertainment District, just east of Cold Stone Creamery. For more information, call 623-930-3537.

Advanced Couponing!

6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Would you like to get the most for your money? Join Jamie Crawford, local couponing expert, as she returns to discuss stacking coupons, rebate programs, price books, meal planning and more. To register, please visit: http://www.bonusmommie.com/class-registration.html. For more information, call 623-930-3431.

Create, Connect, Collaborate!

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Holiday Packaging Using Recycled Containers

6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Join Tammy Nowatzki to craft four unique gift packages using recycled containers. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a soup can! Registration begins 11/16 at 1 p.m. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3573 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Art Expeditions

4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Come celebrate various cultures of the world through books, games, crafts and activities. Students in grades K–3rd are invited to join us. This month’s destination: Japan. Make a flying carp. Space is limited. Registration begins two weeks before the program date. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3537 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Symbolic Bracelets

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Create two symbolic beaded bracelets by choosing from a mixture of holiday-themed and colorful beads that may help create calm, gain courage, or bring happiness when you touch each bead. Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift. Ages 16+. Registration required. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3431 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

The Gingerbread Man

4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Connect to the seasonal favorite story, The Gingerbread Man, while creating your own stuffed gingerbread friend in this lacing project for beginners. For ages 5-8. Registration begins 11/24. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3837 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Treat Yourself (and Others)

6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Need gift ideas for the holidays? Join other teens, ages 12-18, in making a variety of gift options you (or your friends or family) will love! Registration begins 11/24. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3537 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Beary Merry and Bright

10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Join us for a fun-filled hour of holiday activities, crafts and games as well as a drop-in storytime as we celebrate the season. For more information, call 623-930-3537.

Snowman Storytime

10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Join us for a special holiday storytime for kids of all ages, featuring winter tales and a special snowman craft project! For more information, call 623-930-3437.

Passport to Culture

4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Come celebrate various cultures of the world through books, crafts and activities. Students in grades 4th–6th are invited to join us. This month: Let’s visit Japan! Make a themed craft. Space is limited. Registration begins two weeks before the program date. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3537 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Magnificent Monograms

4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Have a great time learning about monograms and make a few cool crafts with your own! Please give us your initials when you register because special supplies are being purchased for this program. For ages 7-11. Registration begins 12/1. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3837 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Dance: Waltz and Rumba

6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Learn the steps and practice the basics. Presented by dance instructor Betty Jo Gregolynskyj. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3844 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap

6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Learn how to make unique and decorative bars of soap to keep or give as a gift! This workshop will cover the basics of melting, coloring, scenting, molding, and embedding objects. Ages 12-18. Registration begins on 11/24. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3437 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Kindercraft and Story -- Can’t Catch Me… I’m the Gingerbread Man!

1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, and 11 to 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17,

at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Young children and their caregivers enjoy a storytime of the seasonal favorite, The Gingerbread Man, then collaborate to assemble a mini-gingerbread house. For ages 3-5. Registration begins 12/1. For more information and to register, call 623-930-3837 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Fandomonium: Dr. Who

6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Join other teen Whovians, ages 12-18, to talk of your love of the Doctor…in all his forms! For more information, call 623-930-3537.

Art Attack!

4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Teens, ages 12-18, unwind after school while doing an art activity. Each month a different craft will be available to create while you connect with friends at the library. This month: Magnetic memo boards. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

Organic Container Gardening

6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays for 2 weeks beginning Dec. 2, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

This course will cover the basics of growing organic fruits and vegetables in containers and/or raised beds. Topics will include choosing containers, potting mixes/soil, seeds and using soil amendments and fertilizers. Class meets Dec. 2 & 9. Dec. 9 will be a hands-on class. No previous gardening experience needed. Instructor will collect $5 supply fee at first class. The class is $45 (non-resident $54), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Paws to Read

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Dec. 3 and 17, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Reserve a fifteen-minute reading session with an official therapy dog. This program is for readers aged 5+. Call 623-930-3837 (Foothills), 623-930-3537 (Main), or 623-930-3437 (Velma Teague), or stop by the youth desk to register.

Library Coffeehouse

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Enjoy live acoustic music performed by local musicians. Dec. 3: High Strung – Dulcimers; The Grasswhackers – Bluegrass. Call 623-930-3844 for more information. Dec. 11: Holiday Jam – members of the Glendale Public Library’s Acoustic Jam Session will take the stage to entertain the audience with holiday favorites. Please note that performers for this event are scheduled in advance. Call 623-930-3573 for more information.

Puppets @ the Teague

6 to 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to this festive event featuring a story, songs, and a puppet show presented by the talented puppeteers of Velma Teague Library! For more information, call 623-930-3437.

Digital Photography

6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays for 3 weeks beginning Dec. 4, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Learn basic and advanced features of a digital camera in an easy, non-technical, hands-on approach with tips and tricks on achieving the best possible photo. We will discuss camera symbols and its functions and how it relates to taking pictures. One-on-one help will be provided, and time will be allotted for taking pictures. Bring a digital camera (with the ability to be manually set) along with the owner’s manual. A comprehensive booklet will be provided. The class is $55 (non-resident $66), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Live at the Library: Grace Lutheran Handbell Choirs

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Ring in the holiday season with the joyous sound of handbells and chimes. The handbell choirs will play holiday favorites, demonstrate different techniques for handbell ringing and invite the audience to join in singing some familiar carols. For more information, please call 623-930-3753.

Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour

11 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch. Call 623-930-4201 for more information.

A Joy-Filled Christmas by My Kids in Sign!

1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special performance including sign language and song. For more information, please call 623-930-3537.

KaBOOM! Playground Build

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at Bonsall Park North, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Rd.

The City of Glendale, the Arizona Coyotes, and KaBOOM! are building a playground, and we need your help! We’re looking for 75 volunteers from the community to help us give hundreds of kids in our community the childhood they deserve by building a new playground in one day! If you are interested in participating, contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or myates@glendaleaz.com.

Mystery Shopping

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

Looking for extra income? Imagine eating at a restaurant or going to the movies and getting paid to do it. Learn what mystery shopping is, how to get started, get assignments and evaluate places such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Class is based on instructor’s 15 years of experience in the field. Ages 18+. Registration is $35 (non-resident $42), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Songs in Progress Workshop

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Meet one-on-one with Arizona Songwriters Association member, Gavan Wieser, to get constructive feedback on your song, finished or not, BEFORE you go into the studio! Perform it live or bring a CD or work tape. This is a FREE opportunity with a laid-back atmosphere. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

Afternoon Delight Show

1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

Enjoy free entertainment plus a surprise dessert! Ages 18+. Shows sponsored by CAREMORE, which offers a pre-show presentation from 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. This month’s performance features The Everyday Players, an acoustic instrumentation of soul, blues, rock, dance, classic, and contemporary excitement. For more information, call 623-930-4321.

CPR and First Aid Training

6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Learn basic CPR and first aid to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency care in cases of injury or sudden illness. Successful completion cards will be distributed. Optional health care provider offered for an additional $5, payable at class. Ages 12+. Registration is $37 (non-resident $44), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation

Getting Crafty with Miss Janet!

4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Come and join in the fun! Create a cool craft with Miss Janet to keep or give as a gift! Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper. This month: holiday finger puppets. For more information, call 623-930-3437.

8th Annual Santa’s Workshop

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Kids of all ages are invited to this special event where they can purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) for their friends, family or even their pets. A store will be set up with a variety of items sure to make everyone is happy. Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap their selection in holiday wrapping paper. Please arrive early for best selection of products. For more information, please contact Darren at 623-930-4610.

Mexican Tamales

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills.

Just in time for the Holiday season. Learn to make homemade chicken tamales and sweet tamales. Make tamales using the traditional Masa recipe and using a low-fat recipe. Participants will take home one dozen tamales. $25 supply fee will be collected at class. Spanish on request. Registration is $34 (non-resident $41), and preregistration is required by calling 623-930-4600 or visiting www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation

Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center New Membership Drive

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 – Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center will be holding a New Membership drive from Dec. 15, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. Buy 2 months and get one free, or purchase an annual membership and receive 14 months for the price of 10 months. Membership includes fitness and exercise equipment, indoor track, aerobics classes, open gym with basketball and pickleball, racquetball courts, lap swimming, water aerobics and child care. For more details, call 623-930-4600, or visit www.glendaleaz.com/foothillscenter

Holiday Luncheon Visit from Santa

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

Celebrate the joy of this special season with your friends at this year’s GAC Holiday Luncheon. A celebration of fun, food and entertainment by Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist. The YWCA will prepare a lunch which includes: chicken cordon bleu, twice-baked potatoes, French cut green beans, cake & ice cream. Door prizes are sponsored by CAREMORE. $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Dec. 12. Please bring a pair of new socks to be donated to the AZ Veterans Home. For more information, call 623-930-4321.

Social Dance

6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Experience ballroom, jazz and more. Highlights include an instructional session and dance performances. Admission is $7 at the door (non-resident $9). For more information, call 623-930-4613.

G.R.A.S.P. Winter Program

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29 through Friday, January 2 (closed January 1 for New Year's Day), at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary, 10401 N 63rd Avenue, Room #13

The Glendale Recreation After School Program is a licensed recreation program in which children enjoy enrichment opportunities and explore fun new experiences with their friends in a supervised environment. For $25 per day, kids can participate in arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers, field trips and much more! Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Please send your child with a lunch. For more information, call 623-930-2724 or email assmith@glendaleaz.com.

 

 

 

 

CITY OF GLENDALE SPONSORS 3rd ANNUAL RESOURCE FAIR

Public Invited to Free Resource Assistance Fair and Health Screenings at Glendale Civic Center

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The City of Glendale Community Services Department has partnered with Maricopa Integrated Health System for the 3rd Annual Health and Resource Fair this Saturday, Nov. 22. The fair is free and open to the public and offers onsite resource assistance for Glendale residents.

Utility assistance for residents who qualify will be available through the City of Glendale. In addition, the Salvation Army Project Share, Southwest Gas LIRA Discount Plan, SRP Economy Price Plan Monthly Discounts, AHCCCS Enrollment, WIC, Affordable Care Act and others will be on hand to offer onsite enrollment and assistance.

            “It is a one-stop shop for residents from the city’s low-income population to attend and get so much help in one location,” Rebecca Daniel, Glendale’s Community Action Program Manager said. “Last year we had about 1,000 participants.  Every year this event grows with agencies and residents.”

People attending the fair can also take advantage of the free health screenings and other medical treatment checks available. The first 250 families to attend will receive a free turkey for the upcoming holiday. The fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive.

For more information, download the flyer that is available in both English and Spanish. To see a full list of requirements for utility assistance click here or call Glendale’s Community Action Program office at 623-930-2854.  For more information about the city’s Community Action Program, visit www.glendaleaz.com/CAP

 

 

‘Bumper to Bumper’ radio show at Teague library

 

 

'Bumper to Bumper'

 

"Bumper to Bumper" hosts, Matt Allen and Dave Denmon

 

Is your Is your car running smoothly, or just running down? Dave Riccio, Matt Allen, and Dave Denmon of KTAR radio will answer your automotive questions and reveal the secrets to extending your car’s lifespan when “Bumper to Bumper Radio Comes to the Teague!” 1:15 p.m. Nov. 15 at Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

The philosophy of the “Bumper to Bumper Radio” broadcast 11 a.m. each Saturday is that “You owe it to yourself and to everyone else on the road to keep your car in great shape.” Even in the uniquely challenging Arizona climate, certain types of preventative maintenance can make all the difference.

Here is more information on the Bumper to Bumper Radio show:

A former chair of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Arizona’s Automotive Advisory Committee, Dave Riccio is an Arizona native who has owned Tri-City Transmission since 2006.  Acknowledged by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) as a leader in the industry, Tri-City Transmission has won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the past two years.

Honored with an IMPACT Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Matt Allen began his career in the automotive repair industry at age 16.  Since he purchased Virginia Auto Service in 1994, it has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Automotive Repair Shops in the nation by Motor Age Magazine.

 

Dave Denmon started Dave’s Car Care in Glendale in 1980. This year, it ranked as an AAA Top Shop for the second year in a row and received a BBB Ethics award.

The program is free. No registration is required. For more information, call 623-930-3431.

 

Save the Date!
Farewell Reception for Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack and Councilmember Manny Martinez:
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Council Chambers Lobby
5850 West Glendale Avenue
Please join us for cake and coffee.

Citizen Attitudes and Opinion Survey
The Glendale Police Department is conducting an electronic survey to gather information to gauge levels of satisfaction within
the community with the services the Department provides. This survey is intended to give our residents a forum - a voice - to express
their opinions and rate the Department’s performance in key service areas. The survey is also a standard for the Police Department’s
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) process that has been in place since 2000.
We would like to invite you to take the anonymous survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete, by visiting https://
www.surveymonkey.com/r/GlendaleCitizenSurvey. The survey will close on Friday, December 12th.
 

Super Bowl XLIX Building a “Green” Legacy in Arizona. 
Hundreds of trees will be planted throughout the Phoenix area this fall and
winter as part of the greening of Super Bowl XLIX. Four local cities applied for and were awarded matching grants by the NFL and the
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee in partnership with Super Bowl sponsor Verizon and local nonprofit Valley Permaculture Alliance.
Trees will be planted in public spaces in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale and Phoenix beginning November 15, 2014 in Tempe and
finishing in Glendale in January 2015-just one week before Super Bowl XLIX. Each city has received a grant that can be used to match the
cost of trees for local urban forestry projects–in some cases allowing the city to double the size of an existing tree planting project.
“Urban forestry has been part of Super Bowl for ten years–ever since our first tree planting project in Jacksonville back in 2005,”
said Jack Groh, NFL Environmental Director. “It is one of the many ways that the NFL works to leave behind a positive legacy in each
Super Bowl host community.” Each recipient city was allowed to select its own tree planting project to apply the grant funding to as long
as it met the project criteria. The most important criteria was that the trees be planted in a public space where they would provide
environmental benefit and also provide shade, water retention and aesthetic benefit.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is a key partner in this and all other environmental projects connected to Super Bowl.
This includes solid waste recycling at major events and facilities, collection of prepared food for donation, repurposing of construction and
décor materials, collection of books and sports equipment for donation to local children in need, and use of renewable “green” power at all
the major Super Bowl venues including University of Phoenix Stadium.
The other key participant is Super Bowl sponsor Verizon. Two years ago Verizon became the first major NFL sponsor to support
and participate in the “greening” of Super Bowl. Verizon has not only helped to fund the urban forestry projects but is a part of the Super
Kids-Super Sharing project that collects books and sports equipment for local kids and the annual “E-Waste” recycling event at Super
Bowl.
Contact Vice Mayor Knaack
Council Office: (623) 930-2249
E-mail: yknaack@glendaleaz.com
Our primary nonprofit partner is Valley Permaculture Alliance, which has handled the administration of grant funding for all tree
planting projects and also helped create the initial planting event last spring that saw the previous host communities of New York and New
Jersey hand over the symbolic “golden shovel” from their region to Arizona. The golden shovel event is a Super Bowl tradition where a
host community transfers the environmental mantle to the next host community.
Tree plantings scheduled for Super Bowl XLIX: Tempe: November 15, 2014/Phoenix: November 22, 2014 and January 10, 2015/Mesa:
January 17, 2015/Glendale: January 24, 2015
Northern Parkway Wins Accolades for Impact on West Valley. The City of Glendale walked away with top honors at The Western
Maricopa Coalition’s (WESTMARC) 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mayor Jerry Weiers accepted the Economic
Engine Award on behalf of the City of Glendale for the innovative expansion and economic impact from phase one of the Northern
Parkway, from Sarival Avenue to Dysart Road.
 

The Best of the West award follows the recent recognition of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Desert Peaks Award. Both
awards recognize phase one of the Northern Parkway for outstanding contributions to the quality of life and economy in the West Valley.
Upon completion, the five-phase Northern Parkway project will become a 12.5-mile, high-capacity parkway connecting Loop 303 to US 60
(Grand Avenue). The parkway will be an enhanced arterial street with overpass intersections at major cross streets thus eliminating major
traffic signals on Northern.
Phase one of the Northern Parkway provides access and economic development opportunities along its corridor while linking
Loop 303 to Loop 101. It was designed to connect vacant, developable land to high-volume freeways. Conceived by Glendale’s Citizens
Advisory Committee for Transportation Issues (CACTI) during the preparation of the Glendale Transportation Plan, the project made its
way to a Glendale ballot in 2001. More information and updates are available on the Northern Parkway.
WESTMARC’s Best of the West Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding contributions to the
quality of life, economic development, and innovation in the West Valley.

Glendale Police Receive National Victim Services Award. In a ceremony held on October 27th in Orlando, Florida, the Glendale Police
Department received National recognition by accepting a 2014 Excellence in Victim Services Award from the International Association of
Chiefs of Police (IACP).
In a statement released by the IACP, the Glendale Police Department Victim Assistance Unit was recognized for their unique
victim-centered service:
“In April 2014, the Glendale Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) partnered with the Glendale Fire Department Crisis Response
Team (CR) with a vision of expanding immediate, specialized crisis intervention services to crime victims in our city. By the sharing of
specialized training resources; best practices in victim services; and joint personnel, all crime victim needs can be addressed immediately,
holistically, and in an ongoing coordinated effort.”
The Glendale Police Department works to provide comprehensive services to victims and their families who are affected by crime,
to help them regain stability in their lives, and help them exert their rights as a crime victim by providing programs and services through the
Glendale Family Advocacy Center.
 

College Art Faculty Exhibit Presented at Gallery Glendale. The city of Glendale Public Art Program presents a month-long exhibit
featuring the fine art of the Glendale Community College (GCC) Art Department Faculty opening at Gallery Glendale at Westgate tonight.
On display through Nov. 29, 2014, the exhibition features artwork from several members of the talented GCC Art Department. This
display will showcase and echo the teachings of GCC’s art faculty through a varied collection of art promoting focus on visual literacy. The
exhibit will feature an array of mediums such as pastels, drawings, oils and acrylics.
Glendale Community College has state-of-the-art facilities where students can explore the areas of two-and three-dimensional
studies. The dedicated instructors challenge students in their development of critical thinking in both the production and study of various
fine art disciplines.
Gallery Glendale at Westgate is a free public art gallery made possible through a partnership between the city of Glendale and
Westgate Entertainment District. View a list of upcoming events and classes at Gallery Glendale.

 

 

 

Veterans Honored at 12th Annual Glendale Memorial Ceremony
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One!

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 was Veterans Day. The three flags at the Veterans Memorial were replaced with three new ones. The memorial sculpture, For Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted Veterans Memorial, by Joe Tyler. The bronze, copper, steel, sandstone and concrete structure was completed in 2001.

During this ceremony in honor of Arizona’s service men and women, members of the Glendale Veterans Memorial Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans will replace the current flags from the memorial with new ones. These flags include an American flag, an Arizona state flag, and a POW/MIA flag.

Ret. Master Sgt. Wayne Crusinberry, who has been instrumental in the creation and continued success of this ceremony, notes that Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Glendale City Councilmembers Gary Sherwood and Manny Martinez, representatives from Glendale’s Fire and Police Departments and other city officials were in attendance. A similar ceremony, sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans, takes place every July 4.

The Glendale Veterans Memorial Association and the Glendale Library and Arts Division invited the public to attend the 12th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the Glendale Veterans Memorial on the front lawn of the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

This ceremony is free and open to the public. Please note that the Glendale Main Library is closed for the holiday.

About the artwork

This artwork includes five welded steel trees, one for each branch of the armed services. The intertwined limbs of each sculpted tree are symbolic of the combined efforts of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard in the defense of the United States. The leaves in the sculpted canopies represent the thousands of Veterans who have served, are currently serving and will serve in the Armed Forces. In the center is an obelisk featuring a depiction of the battleship silver service pattern commissioned for the USS Arizona and actual salvaged pieces from the USS Arizona.

Joe Tyler currently lives and works in Arizona. He has successfully completed public art projects for several Valley cities, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix. The City of Glendale gratefully acknowledges the Glendale Veterans Memorial Association and Bob Manzetti (donator of USS Arizona salvaged pieces) for their help in the creation of the Veterans Memorial.

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 9898, 9896 and 9904.

The American flag that has flown for a year at the memorial sculpture, For Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted Veterans Memorial on the east lawn of the Glendale Public Library was replaced with a new American flag on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. New Arizona and POW/MIA flags that are a year old will were replaced with a new ones; keeping the colors sharp and clear.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos.  and 9915.

Three new flags, bright and clear, will fly over the memorial sculpture for a year; until next Veterans Day.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9928.

George Cushing, Arizona Department of Veterans Services, in his remarks reminded all to "thank our veterans" with a "simple thank you for your service". "We are grateful for their service." They should also know that we love them. All of us should remember the price of freedom.

The American Legion Department of Arizona has endorsed George Cushing for National Vice-Commander of the American Legion for the year 2015-1016.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9919.

Lt. Mark Carpenter, Glendale Police Department, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and USMC veteran Jay Vizcarrondo are standing on the east lawn of the Glendale Public Library’s east lawn. The 12th Annual Glendale Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 has concluded and it is time for pictures.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9931.

Erik Strunk, Executive Parks, Recreation and Library Director, Artist Joe Tyler, Councilmember Gary Sherwood, and guest get a chance to share thoughts and comments after the Veterans Memorial Ceremony held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Glendale Public Library. Artist Joe Tyler created the Memorial Sculpture where much of the event took place.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9944.

Veterans Day, 2014 is a time to remember and to honor all of our veterans and to have a little fun.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9938.

Ret. Master Sgt. Wayne Crusinberry stands were one of the three Veterans Memorial plaques once were. Unfortunately, one was stolen. A new replacement plaque is coming.

 

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DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2015 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE AT CAMELBACK RANCH - GLENDALE

Season tickets, mini-plans and group outings are on sale now at Dodgers.com/Spring

 

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2015 Spring Training schedule, with their seventh season of Cactus League play beginning on Wednesday, March 4 against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.

 

The Dodgers will play at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on each of the first three days of Spring Training action and will play 17 of their 30 Cactus League games in Glendale, including 15 home dates. The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends, providing fans ample opportunity to make the five-hour drive or one-hour flight to the desert. Camelback Ranch features a state-of-the-art ballpark, six practice fields on the Dodgers side, including a replica Dodger Stadium field, walking trails, an orange grove and a five-acre lake.  

 

After returning from Arizona, the club will conclude their exhibition schedule with three games against the Angels April 2-4, including a 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, April 4 at Dodger Stadium.

 

Season tickets, mini plans, group tickets and suites are all available now at www.dodgers.com/spring or by calling (623) 302-5000. Single-game Spring Training tickets go on sale on Monday, January 12, 2015 and a full schedule of promotions is available at www.camelbackranchbaseball.com.

 

The Dodgers’ full 2015 Cactus League schedule is below. All game dates and opponents are subject to change.     

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

2015 Spring Training Schedule

 

Date

Day

Opponent

Location

Game Time

3/4/2014

Wednesday

CWS

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/5/2015

Thursday

CWS

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/6/2015

Friday

SEA

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

MIL

Maryvale

TBD

3/7/2015

Saturday

CLE

Goodyear

TBD

3/8/2015

Sunday

MIL

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/9/2015

Monday

SF

Scottsdale

TBD

3/10/2015

Tuesday

COL (ss)

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/11/2015

Wednesday

CHC

Mesa

TBD

3/12/2015

Thursday

SD

Peoria

TBD

3/13/2015

Friday

CIN

Glendale

7:05 p.m.

3/14/2015

Saturday

CLE

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/15/2015

Sunday

SEA

Peoria

TBD

3/16/2015

Monday

OAK

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/17/2015

Tuesday

TEX

Surprise

TBD

3/18/2015

Wednesday

CHC

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/19/2015

Thursday

LAA

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/20/2015

Friday

OAK (ss)

Mesa

TBD

 

 

TEX (ss)

TBD

TBD

3/21/2015

Saturday

COL (ss)

Scottsdale

TBD

 

 

TEX (ss)

TBD

TBD

3/22/2015

Sunday

CLE

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/23/2015

Monday

ARI

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/24/2015

Tuesday

Off Day

3/25/2015

Wednesday

SD

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/26/2015

Thursday

CWS

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

3/27/2015

Friday

SF

Glendale

7:05 p.m.

3/28/2015

Saturday

LAA

Tempe

TBD

3/29/2015

Sunday

TEX

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

SF

Scottsdale

TBD

3/30/2015

Monday

ARI

Scottsdale

TBD

3/31/2015

Tuesday

CWS

Glendale

1:05 p.m.

4/1/2015

Wednesday

KC

Surprise

TBD

4/2/2015

Thursday

LAA

Anaheim

7:05 p.m.

4/3/2015

Friday

LAA

Anaheim

7:05 p.m.

4/4/2015

Saturday

LAA

Los Angeles

6:10 p.m.

 

HOME DATES IN BOLD

All game times are local

(ss) – Split Squad

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence.  The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.

Visit the Dodgers online at www.dodgers.com, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers.

 

The 18th Annual Holiday Open House, November 8

Treats For The Troops drive finale and Community Holiday Tree in Catlin Court.

By Ed Sharpe  - Glendale Daily Planet

 

The shopping extravaganza Saturday  November 8  featured shops in Glendale’s Old Towne and Catlin Court districts offering special deals to help shoppers find that perfect holiday gift. 

Shoppers were  transported into a winter wonderland, as store owners decorated their businesses with festive holiday lights and decorations. There was great fun with artist demonstrations and complimentary refreshments. For the second year in a row, participants also got  to make a holiday ornament ranging from $1 to $5 each that will be displayed on the community holiday tree in Catlin Court. Proceeds will benefit the Military Family Support Group.

The lucky  first 100 visitors that arrived at the  Glendale Visitor Center  received a free West Valley Info Pack

 Valerie Burner of Bears and More explains the charity  component of Holiday Open House event:  "Inspired by our service members the business community wanted to do something to show support for those who are and have served in the military. 

Valerie continues: "The charity component to holiday open house is the treats for troops program - where the community donates items to be sent to our troops overseas.  The decorated community tree (called this because it in no way shape or form looks like a Christmas tree!) serves as a reminder during the busy holiday season to take a moment and pause and perhaps explain to young ones how lucky we are to all be Americans and the freedoms we have, the opportunities we are offered, and that our individual differences should be celebrated.  As our troops protect and defend America as a united force, we should honor their sacrifices and unite as well to honor and support them and each other."

Catlin Court merchants  that participated in the Community Holiday Tree project were:  2 Share Gifts, Bears & More, The Country Maiden, The Open Door, Papa Ed's Ice Cream Parlor, The Shoppe on the Corner and The Tole Shop.

 

Treats for the troops is a program of the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau. CVB manager Lorraine pino states. "Near and dear to my heart, I designed this program while my son was serving his 2nd deployment"  "I knew how much the packages we sent to him meant to him."

The Military family support group is a local non profit all volunteer group started by a military mom in 2003 will handle the actual shipment. The group sends packages every month. Lorraine CVB Manager says: "We have an office full of donations!  Donations can continued to be made at the visitor center for future mailing of packages."  She continued,   "We are so touched by the outpouring of donations from our residents and visitors and their heartfelt care and outreach to our deployed military."

In addition, The Glendale Visitor Center has collected up hundreds of signed holiday greeting cards from local residents, visitors, business owners and city employees that will be included in the boxes..

 

Remember> Although November 8th   marked the conclusion of the Treats For The Troops drive you may still drop off items.. Donated items will  still be gathered at the visitors center   for future shipment to service men and women . 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Melody Ball of Glendale makes an ornament  at Papa Ed's Ice Cream located in Catlin Court, Glendale AZ.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Melody Ball of Glendale makes an ornament  at Papa Ed's Ice Cream located in Catlin Court, Glendale AZ.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Melody Ball of Glendale shows off a finished ornament  she made at Papa Ed's Ice Cream located in Catlin Court, Glendale AZ.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Melody Ball of Glendale shares some ice cream  With  Linda Moran-Whittley of Papa Ed's Ice Cream  after an ornament  making session At the Ice Cream palor located in Catlin Court.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Melody Ball of Glendale shows off  an ornament she made at Bears and More  located in Catlin Court, Glendale AZ.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Mrs. Claus greeted shoppers at 2 Share Gifts!

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Sarah Rojo checks out Arizona author's K.T Roberts and Brenda Whiteside's mystery books at   the author signing area  outside 2 Share Gifts in Catlin Court Glendale Az during the Holiday Open House event.

 

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Kayla Johnson at 2 Sharpe Gifts RONIN benefit booth that 
is raising money for bullet poof vests for the Glendale K9 
Canines! Ronin lost his life protecting his human partner.

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 donate to save the life of a working K9!  
Even just a dollar will help us reach our goal!.

 
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.  

Please help us Protect these valuable dogs!

 

See http://gofundme.com/74xrp8  to learn more and support his project.

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Kayla Johnson at 2 Sharpe Gifts snow flake project.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

MR MARTZ HOT DOGS of Glendale Always a favorite and  seen at 2 Share Gifts events!

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Kids dance at the 2 Sharpe Gifts sponsored craft fair with the DJ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTMARC 22nd Best of the West Awards

By Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

(Some award info from the  event program)

 

 

 

WESTMARC was excited to celebrate their  22nd Annual Best of the West Awards at Phoenix International Raceway, one of the West Valley's most significant assets. Not only is PIR a huge economic driver, they also add to the quality of life for residents and visitors to the region.  In addition to holding the WESTMARC Best of the West Awards Wednesday evening, this is also  PIR's  50th Anniversary year.

PIR, one of the largest entertainment economic engines in the state, brings two NASCAR races each year to the West Valley, with each race bringing in more than 100,000 spectators. Phoenix International Raceway generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year in total economic impact to the valley helping all of the residents and businesses in the  area with exposure and also money that goes into the tax base  and business venues. . 



The Best of the West Awards competition began in 1993 as a way to recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economic development of the West Valley - the portion of Maricopa County west of Interstate 17. 

Awards are presented in the categories of Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement, and Excellence in Innovation. In addition to these three awards, WESTMARC is also proud to present the West Valley Visionary Award, the West Valley Regional Advancement Award, and the West Valley Inspiration In Leadership Award. 

And... The  winners  are - 

 

Economic Engine -  Presented by:  • Economic Engine Daniel Froetscher 
SVP, Transmission, Distribution & Customers, APS 

Accepting the award: Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Michelle Lawrie, WESTMARC CEO

 

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers



The 12.5-mile build-out of the West Valley's Northern Parkway is 
about connectivity: connecting vacant, developable land to high 
volume, high-speed freeways. It's about linking the West Valley to 
the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, gaining access to major 
freight destinations, and putting the West Valley economy in the 
fast lane. 

The Northern Parkway project began to take shape in 2001, when 
Glendale voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund a parkway 
to link Loop 303 to Loop 101 and eventually US 60, connecting 
four jurisdictions to a regional freeway system. 

A project this large doesn't come without consensus and 
collaboration. The West Valley cities of Glendale, El Mirage and 
Peoria, A DOT, several Maricopa County agencies, Luke Air Force 
Base, MAG, and the Federal Highway Administration all played a 
role in the Parkway's multi-jurisdictional progression. 

As each phase of the Northern Parkway is completed, it brings 
the West Valley that much closer to east-west access to major 
transportation corridors - opening door after door to new 
commercial and industrial opportunities in the West Valley. 

 

NORTHERN PARKWAY WINS ACCOLADES FOR IMPACT ON WEST VALLEY 

Glendale Receives Two Awards for Quality of Life Impact from High-Capacity Parkway  
(Special  insert by: Tamra Ingersoll City of Glendale)



Glendale, Ariz. –– The City of Glendale walked away with top honors at the Western Maricopa 
Coalition’s (WESTMARC) 22nd Annual Best of the West Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mayor Jerry Weiers 
accepted the Economic Engine Award on behalf of the City of Glendale for the innovative expansion and 
economic impact from phase one of the Northern Parkway, from Sarival Ave to Dysart Road. 

The Best of the West award follows the recent recognition of the Maricopa Association of 
Governments’ Desert Peaks Award. Both awards recognize phase one of the Northern Parkway for 
outstanding contributions to the quality of life and economy in the West Valley. Upon completion, the five-
phase Northern Parkway project will become a 12.5-mile, high-capacity parkway connecting Loop 303 to 
US 60 (Grand Avenue). The parkway will be an enhanced arterial street with overpass intersections at major 
cross streets thus eliminating major traffic signals on Northern. 

“While Glendale has been the leader in getting this project moving, Northern Parkway is a true 
partnership. This corridor wouldn’t be here without the collaboration of our West Valley neighbors, 
including Peoria, El Mirage, Maricopa County and Luke Air Force Base,” said Cathy Colbath, Glendale’s 
Deputy Public Works Director for Transportation. The Federal Highway Administration and the Maricopa 
Association of Governments are also involved in this multijurisdictional project. 

Phase one of the Northern Parkway provides access and economic development opportunities along 
its corridor while linking Loop 303 to Loop 101. It was designed to connect vacant, developable land to 
high-volume freeways. Conceived by Glendale’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Transportation Issues 
(CACTI) during the preparation of the Glendale Transportation Plan, the project made its way to a Glendale 
ballot in 2001. More information and updates are available on the Northern Parkway. 

WESTMARC’s Best of the West Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding contributions to the 
quality of life, economic development, and innovation in the West Valley. 

 




West Valley Inspiration In Leadership Award - Presented by: • Inspiration in Leadership The Honorable Stephen Roe Lewis 
Governor-Elect, Gila River Indian Community 

Accepting the Award: Janice K. Brewer, Governor of Arizona 

 



Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

WESTMARC  Chairman Sharon Grambow - Chief Operating Officer, Sun Health Senior Living Communities -   The Honorable Stephen Roe Lewis Governor-Elect, Gila River Indian Community   -- Janice K. Brewer, Governor of Arizona   -  Michelle Lawrie CEO WESTMARC

 

If you open the professional scrapbook of Janice K. Brewer, you 
will see a career filled with public service to the state of Arizona. 
She has been a State Representative, State Senator, Maricopa 
County Supervisor, Secretary of State, and in 2009, she became 
the 22nd governor of Arizona. 

Throughout her years in office, she has kept a watchful eye on the 
health and wealth of the state. The issues she has dealt with have 
been large in size and great in number; from national dilemmas 

like border security and healthcare, to state crises like funding 
shortfalls and education dollars, to community concerns, including 
job growth and private investment. 

As Arizona's commander in chief, her duties have been as diverse 
as the state she oversees. She persevered through budget 
conflicts and controversies and became an instrument of change 
to a better, stronger economy for the West Valley and the state as 
a whole. 

Along the way, Governor Brewer has also found time to give back 
to the private sector. One organization that has benefited from her 
community commitment has been WESTMARC. 

Jan Brewer played a key role in the organization's early successes, 
when she served on the Executive Committee and the Board of 
Directors during WESTMARCs formative years and she continues 
to be an ongoing source of leadership to this day. 

When sworn in as governor, she explained her aim in Arizona 
would be to "call forth the creativity, determination, and entrepre­
neurial spirit that made these United States the most prosperous 
great power in the history of the world." They are words to live by 
and they are definitely words she has governed by. 

The Honorable Janice K. Brewer - a constant source of leadership, 
strength, and inspiration for the West Valley and for Arizona. 

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SEE the WESTMARC 2014 Page for more  photos and winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER WITH GLENDALE’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES 

Explore Fun Learning Opportunities for Every Member of the Family

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Trying to find a way to get the kids more interested in reading? Glendale’s public libraries have a fun solution to make reading time “furtastic” with a special four-legged reading partner. Through November, kids can reserve 15-minute sessions to read with a therapy dog as part of the Paws to Read program. View a list of the Paws to Read sessions at all three libraries and other featured events beginning in November.

Also in November, the Foothills Branch Library is ready to help capture the holiday spirit with a flute quartet holiday concert on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The relaxing holiday performance will feature classical and contemporary musical favorites for the whole family.  Review a full schedule of things-to-do through November at the Glendale libraries



 

 

 

 

 

 

KaBOOM! PLAYGROUND DESIGN WINNER SELECTED

Online Voting for New Playground Design has Clear Winner

 

Glendale, Ariz. – Volunteers from the City of Glendale, the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and the KaBOOM! nonprofit agency now have selected a design plan for the one-day build out of an entire playground at  Bonsall Park. 

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division hosted an online vote of the three final designs created by KaBOOM! staff and several Glendale children.  The Power Play design was the clear winner.  The Power Play design features a tire swing, rock wall climbing area, slide, monkey bars and several other fun features. 

The Power Play design will be constructed in one day on Dec. 8 at Bonsall Park, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road with the help of nearly 200 volunteers.

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

 

RAINWATER GARDEN WINS 2014 “CATCH THE RAIN” PHOTO CONTEST

Community Invited to See Best-in-Show Garden at Glendale’s Main Library

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The City of Glendale’s Water Services Department, Conservation and Sustainability Division known for its award-winning programs took home another honor. Glendale received top ranking in the 2014 Water Resource Center’s “Catch the Rain” photo contest and the Best-in-Show prize for a picture capturing the Glendale Rain Garden in action during a summer monsoon.

Hosted by The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, the annual contest seeks photos telling the story of Arizona's uncommon connection to and use of rain. Glendale Water Conservation Specialist, Joanne Toms snapped the award-winning picture of the Glendale Rain Garden outside the Glendale Main Library during an Aug. 12 storm.

Glendale is one of three cities to install rainwater gardens featuring native Sonoran Desert plants through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant. This past April, more than 30 FedEx volunteers “dug in” at the   Glendale Xeriscape Demonstration Garden to help create a rainwater garden. The volunteers assisted with installing rainwater harvesting basins and planting 50 native plants. Watch video of the volunteers working in the Glendale Rain Garden. The 3,500 square foot garden is located near the north entrance of the Glendale Main Library. The Water Services Department coordinated the project in partnership with the Watershed Management Group.

The summer monsoon and a 12-second video brought community and media attention to the newly installed Glendale Rain Garden. A video of rainwater streaming down a series of basins to soak the plants and soil received more than 2,800 views. Visit Glendale’s Water Conservation and Sustainability Division for more information on the award-winning programs available.

 

Good afternoon,

On behalf of the Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, the City of Glendale invites residents to attend a free housing assistance and community resource event for homeowners on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Glendale Adult Center at 5970 W Brown Street, on Saturday, Nov. 15. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

 

GLENDALE RECEIVES NATIONAL PARK Re-ACCREDITATION AND RECOGNITION

City’s Parks and Recreation Services among Five Arizona Cities on Exclusive Elite Park List

 

        GLENDALE, Ariz. – The City of Glendale is proud to announce it has been accredited and nationally recognized for its park facilities and recreations programs. This distinguished Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) re-accreditation was awarded during the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition adding Glendale to the exclusive list of elite park and recreation departments across the country.

“Our park 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.

The CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.  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.

A CARPA accreditation is a quality assurance and improvement process demonstrating the City’s commitment to its employees, residents, visitors and the community.  Glendale joins Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson as the only Arizona cities to receive this accreditation.  As part of the accreditation process, the City of Glendale’s Park, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division had to demonstrate compliance in to 144 standards. The CARPA accreditation is a five-year cycle that includes a self-assessment report, on-site visitation and the Commission’s review and decision. 

        Here is more information of Glendale’s various park and recreation services.

 

GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS HIGHLIGHTS MAYOR’S YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION on “Glendale Today” 

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers highlights the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission (MYAC), inspiring youths by encouraging them to take an active role in local government, on his new edition of the TV show “Glendale Today.” The show profiles a dynamic group of past and present students with the goal of improving their community.

Mayor Weiers talks about the benefits and experiences in MYAC with the current president of the organization, Taylor Field, a senior at Mountain Ridge High School, and two former MYAC students who have gone on to successful careers, Maria Hechanova and Paul Senseman. The group is comprised of students who live or go to school in Glendale, and volunteer for community service, raise funds for projects and provide the Mayor with perspective on issues facing teens. 

To find out more about joining MYAC go online at www.glendaleaz.com/mayor or call the Mayor’s office at 623-930-2260. 

The show begins airing October 24 at 8 p.m. “Glendale Today” is produced by staff from the city-owned TV station Glendale 11. The show will air daily on Glendale 11 and can be viewed online via the city’s video library at www.glendaleaz.com/video.  Exclusive segments can be found on the city’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MyGlendale11. For more information about the new TV show, visit www.glendaleaz.com/glendale11.

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER WITH GLENDALE’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES 

Explore Fun Learning Opportunities for Every Member of the Family

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Trying to find a way to get the kids more interested in reading? Glendale’s public libraries have a fun solution to make reading time “furtastic” with a special four-legged reading partner. Through November, kids can reserve 15-minute sessions to read with a therapy dog as part of the Paws to Read program. View a list of the Paws to Read sessions at all three libraries and other featured events beginning in November.

Also in November, the Foothills Branch Library is ready to help capture the holiday spirit with a flute quartet holiday concert on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The relaxing holiday performance will feature classical and contemporary musical favorites for the whole family.  Review a full schedule of things-to-do through November at the Glendale libraries

 

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Glendale Daily Planet Receives Proclamation Oct. 28

 



The Glendale Daily Planet team is deeply appreciative and humbled by the City of Glendale’s Proclamation recognizing The Planet’s ten years of local, community based journalism. We are amazed and honored to receive such public recognition. 



Thank you to all who have helped us and for your patience and understanding in getting the best story we could. 



I did not do this all on my own. Numerous people have inspired and supported me along the way. I need to take this time to thank them.  



First, Barbara Walch from Palos Verdes, California gave me my first by-line in The Daily Breeze in the 1960s. That first published photo will always be a special memory for me.



When I was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in the early 70s, Capt. John Tereno, allowed me to submit material to the base newspaper then named The Jet Journal!



My work was noticed by Gene Ely of The Westsider along with Bill Toops Sr., who both owned Pueblo Publishers. Pueblo Publishers printed the base newspaper.



One of my highlights was when Bill Toops Sr. needed a photographer at the 1973 Winter Nationals!



October 4, 2014 was the 10th anniversary for The Glendale Daily Planet. The Glendale Star became a place for Bette and me to submit our photos and stories. But the mentoring from Bill Toops Jr. and Editor, Carolyn Dryer is greatly responsible for any success The Glendale Daily Planet has had. One of the most important things Carolyn Dryer taught me is "there is always a story out there". 



Thank you, Mayor Weiers and Glendale City Council for this special recognition. 




Ed Sharpe – Publisher and 

The Glendale Daily Planet Team

 

 

 

 

23 Fire Recruits Graduate

By Bette and Ed Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

Twenty-three fire recruits graduated from the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Class 14-2 was the summer class and they called themselves the Heat Seekers. Completing the thirteen week program over the summer is something to boast about on its own. Fire stations from Daisy Mountain, Glendale, and Surprise will be adding new firefighters starting this Monday.

Saturday morning was a day of hugs and high fives. For some of the new grads it will be time to go to work starting Monday. Firefighting is often pasted between generations as a point of pride, service and dedication to the community. This graduation was no exception and had a few examples. Brothers, uncles, fathers and close friends from fire stations Valley wide were able to pin their graduate on Saturday. Wearing the badge means carrying the responsibilities of a firefighter..

 

Five new firefighters, Garrett Attig, Brain Carbajal, Reid Engel, Nick Lietz, and James Sanchez will be with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department.

Glendale’s new firefighters are Vincent Biancamano, Taylor Cantu, Jacob Giuntoli, Connor Healy, Makayla Higgins, Nathaniel Holmeyer, Andrew Huerta, Kyle Knight, Quinn Koehler, Matthew O’Brien, Mitchell Schuitema, Sean Sine, Brain Stewart, Ian Winterstein, and Kyle Zieder.

The City of Surprise has three new firefighters, Donovan Maturan, Edward Swartz and Robert Wieser. Congratulations to all of you!

 

                                      

                                              Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

                                                 Pageantry and Tradition...

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

Helmets awaiting their new firefighters !

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

Cadets awaiting to be  Firefighters !

 

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2072.

Linda Rider, Battalion Chief,  was  the EMCEE  for the Event.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9768.

Glendale Firefighter, Connor Healy received the 2014 Valentine Award. Connor’s father, Brent Healy is a Glendale firefighter.

Division Chief Eric Keppler tells us the following regarding the award.“The Valentine Award is named after John Valentine, a Peoria (AZ) Firefighter who passed away who passed away during the prime of his career from a brain tumor leaving behind a wife and daughter. The recruits vote for a member of their recruit class who best exemplifies the traits Mr. Valentine possessed: a hard-worker with integrity, honesty, honor and respect for others.”

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9738.

Makayla Higgins, has her badge pinned by her father, Chief Tom Higgins, who is with the Phoenix Fire Department. Glendale Fire Chief Mark Brudick looks on.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9746.

Sean Sine gets his badge and carries on a longtime family tradition. Sean Sine’s father Max Sine, Glendale Fire, pinned Sean’s badge on his uniform. New Glendale Firefighter starts work on Wednesday at Station 152.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet    no. Z-004.

In a moment of levity Chief Burdick was levitated by  Firefighter Greg  Lenz  face to face with Firefighter Brian Stewart. 
Graduations are for celebrating and having  fun!  (
Jo Lungren Training Center staff, in red,  and other look on)  

 

 

Ed  Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0225.   Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burduck pins the badge on  Firefighter Brian Stewart. 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9761.

Fifteen Glendale Fire Recruits graduated, received their badges and were sworn in on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Class 14-2 was the summer class. The men and women from Glendale were joined with three from Surprise, Arizona and five from Daisy Mountain, Arizona.

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Daisy Mountain  Cadets are sworn in.

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Surprise Cadets are sworn in.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9785.

Glendale, Arizona Firefighter history and legacy.

Sean Sine and his extended family at his graduation ceremony from the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9792.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9792.

OUR FUTURE! 

 

Firefighter Sean Sine and Deputy Chief Chuck Montgomery and  Sean's Certificate of Graduation.

                     

PROGRAM FIRE RECRUIT 14-2

 

 

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All the  Best  folks! Keep us Safe! - -

 

 

Glendale Police Officer  Matt Barnett retied  OCT 31, 2014 

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

 

Glendale Police Officer  Matt Barnett retired  from Glendale Police Department in Glendale Arizona October 31, 2014.  Matt was born in Erie Pennsylvania.  

Matt Barnett tells us, "My dad was in the Erie Pennsylvania  police for 33 years. He retired in 1999 as a lieutenant. My whole life I wanted to be a police officer."

 


Submitted  photo -   Matt Barnett at Yokota AB in Japan with his dog "Ina "

Matt enlisted in the  United States Air Force and spent  8 years as a  law enforcement specialist /military working dog handler.

 

During his 20 year career at the  Glendale Police Department,  Matt  worked as a Patrol officer and  a DARE and GREAT instructor  working with the youth.  Matt also spent many years at Glendale Police Department as a Public information officer (PIO). 

In all the varied  jobs Matt had has an officer   the   mot  important to him was,
 "Working with the kids as a Dare/Great instructor and School Resource Officer.
 Being a positive role model for the youth of the city was very rewarding."

While   working as a PIO we asked Matt  what was the funniest  thing  he had  witnessed  Matt replied,  "As a PIO I saw all kinds of funny , sad and interesting things. One thing that comes to mind was an intoxicated man got hit by a train and actually bounced off the cattle guard got up and walked away uninjured. His body was flexible due to his state he didn't get hurt at all. "

 Matt also worked School Resource Officer, and really enjoyed working with young people.

 

 

Submitted  photo -  Officer Matt Barnett  at  one  year  at Glendale Police Department.

 

For advice to a young person seeking a law enforcement career Matt states, 
"The best advice I would give a young officer is to remember the golden rule.  
Treat others as you want to be treated. Until it's time not to. "

 

Matt was awarded the Life saving medal,  and was chosen as AZ Dare officer of the year 2005.  

 

COPS AND KIDS (Formerly known as Shop With A Cop)
Brings a fun Christmas to  many  children   Glendale!

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5606.

It’s Holiday time again and time for Cops and Kids to Shop. 2012 - All smiles, the shopping is done.  Officer Matt Barnett and Alex Orozco wait in line for their selections to be gift wrapped.

Matt tell us, "I have been participating in shop with a cop for a lot of years. It is always a great feeling to see the smile on the kids faced as we go shopping with them.  It is so rewarding knowing they will have a great Christmas. It was a pleasure to be a part of that program."

 

Matt has been married 22 years  to his  wife Dinah.  they have a daughter daughter Victoria who is 19 years old.

 

When  Matt returns  to Erie Pennsylvania  he tell us, "I will be enjoying the seasons and helping my mom and dad around the house. Doing some hunting with dad at our hunting cabin and shoveling a bunch of snow I have also accepted a position at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center,  Hamot Hospital Campus as a Senior Police Officer."
 


Lt Robert Jones Presents Matt  with a plaque.

 

 

 

 

MAT BARNETT  ---   PIO!
(Just a  few flash-backs  with the Glendale Daily Planet)

( L to R),  Office Matt Barnett, PIO from Glendale Police Department, and Ed Sharpe, Director/Producer,  with the Certificate Matt received for his participation in the 2007 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award winning production of "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver". -         (Photo Sgt. Jim Toomey, PIO  Glendale Police Department)

What the  Video was about:

  Description On the evening of September 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm, Glendale firefighters responded to a car and motorcycle crash involving Laura Graff, a 24-year-old Glendale woman.

She was riding her motorcycle at 59th Avenue and Mercer Lane in Glendale Arizona. They found Graff barely clinging to life from the severe injuries caused by hit and run driver. The driver of the vehicle that hit Laura fled the scene. This footage was the first reporting of the event and a call for witnesses to help locate this driver. This driver remains unidentified.

 Unlike a traditional television newscast, this production with it's call for information narrated by Glendale Police PIO Matt Barnett, still remains online shadowing the perpetrator... someday they will be identified.  

(Glendale Daily Planet - April 24, 2008) This afternoon Officer Matt Barnett PIO from Glendale Police Department received his Emmy ® Production Certificate bestowed upon him by The National Television Academy Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter. 

Ed Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions/ Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV who was the Director/Producer/Videographer of "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver" presented it to Matt in the downtown Glendale Arizona  Police Headquarters. On hand for the ceremonies also was Sgt Jim Toomey who is also a Glendale Police Public information officer.

 People, from the Chief of Police down to the reporter in the field, enjoy working with Matt and are proud of his efforts since joining the PIO Office at the Glendale Police Department.

 Reaching out to the public for help and information is a vital component of many investigations, as it was in the case of Laura Graff," said Chief Steve Conrad.  "Matt does an excellent job, and I am very proud that he has been recognized for his efforts in this case." 

Sharpe commented " I like to refer to Officer Barnett as "One Take Matt" due to his direct succinct presentation of the facts we need for our news stories... " 

Sharpe continued "I never remember a time we had to re-shoot a statement. It is a joy to be able to run something like this straight though without having to edit to take dead spots out and umm's and ah's... Matt is great to work with!"

 

Call 623-930-3000 if you have any 
information  on this  unsolved case!

The Glendale Daily Planet 
Meets  Matt Barnett

The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident was the first  story we covered with Matt Barnett, who had been a PIO for  awhile, but we were jest starting to cover police  related news stories.

This  News Blast was an interesting 4 pane approach  showing Matt giving the call for information, right of his  square was  other media also covering the event, below Matt was the contact information (static window)  and to the right of that   footage runs showing officers investigating the wreckage of Laura Graff's Harley.

 

 


 Photo -  Glendale Daily Planet/KKAT-TV Glendale AZ

SEE VIDEO HERE -

Call 623-930-3000 if you have any 
information  on this  unsolved case!

 

Photo: Glendale Police Department PIO -Officer Matt Barnett shown in  a screen from the  call for information put out over Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV. 

We are still looking for the SUV responsible for the  Hit and Run accident involving  Laura Graff and her  motorcycle which took place on the evening of September 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm.

 

 

Glendale Police are still looking for the  driver that hit Laura Graff on her Motorcycle Call 623-930-3000

 

  

Photo - Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet/KKAT-TV Glendale AZ

The roof of Landmark Middle School at 57 Drive and Myrtle was the final ending scene in a chase of a car thief/purse snatcher!

Gannon Hubler from KPHO 5  and  Officer Matt Barnett, PIO.

 

 

Photo - Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet/KKAT-TV Glendale AZ

Glendale  Police PIOs  Officer Matt Barnett and Sgt. Jim Toomey

Drug Ring Busted $1 Million in Drugs, Weapons & Cash Seized

GLENDALE, Ariz. 09/14/07–   Detectives from the Glendale Police Department served nine search warrants in the west valley yesterday (9/13).  They seized over 1500 pounds of marijuana, $150,000 in cash, and numerous weapons and automobiles.  Twenty-one suspects were arrested.

 

Officer Jackie Cole was an early  PIO  that also served with Officer Matt Barnet This photo by Ed Sharpe was taken later.  


Photo - Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet/KKAT-TV Glendale AZ

Channel 10  interviews Matt Barnet about The Laura Graff Hit and Run.

Missing Weapons from a stolen Maricopa County sheriff's detective's cruiser led to a SWAT  Team deployment in Glendale AZ

Matt Barnet Glendale AZ Police PIO addresses members of the media.          Photo (c) ) Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

WATCH THE END OF EVENT  VIDEO CLIP

G Glendale police  surrounded a West Valley home Wednesday north of Thunderbird Ave near 64th Ave.  Officers  arrested those who are suspects in an incident involving a  burglarized truck belonging to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Four people were arrested.

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OCOTILLO DISTRICT 
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

Officer Matt Barnett Glendale Police Department Public Information Officer and Jim Trammel City of Glendale Code Complacence on hand to talk with residents  of the Ocotillo District.

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Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Fire PIO Chuck Montgomery and Glendale  Police PIOs Sgt. Jim Toomey and  Officer Matt Barnett

PUBLIC SAFETY ASSETS FOR SUPER BOWL XLII DISPLAYED  
Friday, January 25th, 2008 - 91st and Orangewood   

 

 

Good Luck in the Future Matt!

 

EVENTS -  TAKE NOTE!   

 

Get a jump on the holiday shopping frenzy at Holiday Open House. Start your holiday shopping at the 18th Annual Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy spectacular shopping, delicious dining and plenty of free parking. Shops throughout Old Towne and Catlin Court will be decorated and filled with gifts, decorations, home decor and all your needs for the holidays. In addition, the Glendale Visitor Center is collecting items for a “Glendale Gives to Troops” drive to send holiday care packages to deployed service men and women. Info: click here or call 623-930-4500.

 

 

Get ready for new Hunger Games movie at Glendale Library Fandomonium event! Take a journey to Panem and celebrate your love of The Hunger Games by buying all the properties in a life-size game of Hunger Games Monopoly. Prizes will be awarded! This program is for teens, ages 12-18 only. Registration is required. Held at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St., 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12.  Info: call 623-930-3537 or click here.

 

 

 

Children can learn about heritage and more at Storytelling Quilt event.
Quilts can keep you warm at night or tell stories about an entire family's history. Children, ages 8-11, and a caregiver are invited to work as a team to design and embellish a miniature quilt that will tell a story about you, your interests or family. All materials provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a photocopy of a personal photo to incorporate into your unique storytelling quilt. Registration required. Held at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St., 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5. Info: call 623-930-3537 or 
click here.

 


Gallery Glendale will host Glendale Community College (GCC)  in November. GCC’s Art Department is dedicated to promoting a learning environment where students can focus on their own visual literacy and its relationship to the world around them. Glendale Community College has state-of-the-art facilities where students can explore the areas of two and three dimensional studies. The dedicated instructors challenge students in their development of critical thinking in both the production and study of various Fine Art disciplines. The multi-talented faculty members of Glendale Community College will showcase their creativity at the gallery in November. The exhibit will open on Friday, Nov. 7, with an Exhibit Opening event from 6-9 p.m., and will be on display until Saturday, Nov. 29. Admission to Gallery Glendale is free, and is open Fridays and Saturdays; 6-9 p.m. Gallery Glendale is located at Westgate Entertainment District, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd.  Info: 623-930-3557 or click here.  Info: 623-930-3557 or click here.




 

FIREFIGHTERS HOSTING FIRST ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Glendale’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank, the first firefighter ran food bank in the country, is hosting its first annual Turkey Drive this Saturday, November 8, at Ranch Market located at 6730 West Camelback Road in Glendale. Volunteers will be on hand to accept turkeys as well as canned goods from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Hope For Hunger Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to those in need and is now serving residents in Glendale and some parts of Peoria and Phoenix. The food bank was founded in 2011by Glendale Firefighters, opened its doors to serve the community in May 2012, and completed its first full year in 2013. There was an astounding increase of 57% when comparing 17,000 families in 2012 to 39,700 families in 2013. This is 146,000 men, women, and children impacted in 2013, up from 61,000 in 2012.

 

To learn more about Hope for Hunger Food Bank, please visit www.hopeforhungerfb.org.

 

 

Dr. Buck’s 9th Annual Wild Western Festival!
By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

History, Hollywood and the Old American West came together for a three day event, October 24, 25, and 26 at Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale. Dr. Buck’s Wild Western Festival was voted “Best Wild West Show in the United States 2014 and 2014” by True West Magazine. 


Admission tickets were reduced to $4.00 for an adult and $2.00 for a child if 4 items of non-perishable foods items were brought in to fill the Hope for Hunger food barrels.


The event featured live music, gunfights, movie stars and stuntmen. Two well-known western actors Don Collier and Dan Haggery were spotted Sunday afternoon at the Wild West Stage. They were part of a panel discussion about being in and making western movies.

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9448.
Bethany Streeper won the chocolate pie eating contest on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Dr. Buck’s 9th Annual Wild Western Festival held in Sahuaro Ranch Park. Standing next to Bethany is Jesse Davis, who was one of the pie eatin’ contestants. The chocolate pie did have whipped cream on the top, as you can tell by the evidence that remains on these two girls’ faces. 

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9420.
Bethany Streeper showing she had her game face on. He was in it to win it, and she did.

 

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9490.
Destiny Mahkovtz won the cherry pie eating contest Sunday afternoon. “Hotshot” Johnny holds up her hand and announces Destiny the winner of a dinner at Bitz-ee Mama’s Restaurant.

 



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9475.
It was not a pretty site at the pie eatin’ contest this year’s Dr. Buck Wild West Festival. Standing behind the contestants are Alibi and Johnny Tuscadero. The three young men seem to be enjoying the cherry pies, courtesy of Village Inn. Eight people participated in the pie eating contest. Any leftovers were boxed up for each contestant to take home.

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9538.
“Hotshot” Johnny and “gun control” performed each of the three day Wild West show in Glendale over the weekend. Do not try this at home. No live ammo was used during any of the shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

 



Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9542.
“Hotshot” Johnny Tuscadero with an over-the-shoulder six shooter trick. He makes it look easy. He has had plenty of practice over the past twenty-five years. He is an internationally known western arts entertainer. 

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9591.
Buddy, The Pirate, won twice on Sunday. Once in his custom competition, Halloween, and he won Best in Show. 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9571.

Dr. Buck - WANTS TO SEE YA NEXT YEAR! 

Dens of  Cubs Visit  Mayor Weiers'  Lair in City Hall!

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

With eyes wide in wonder Cub Scouts and their leaders from den 567  den 434 were treated to an evening of discussion  with  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and  a tour of  wildlife and  other artifacts.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9123.

Backrow l to r

Jessica Lewis, Jared Barnes, Dillon Madsen, Jarom Lewis, Stephan Gordon, Hayden Greer, Mason Monnier, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Nan Ely
Middle row l to r
Hunter Selkirk, Justin Ely, Nelson Larkin, Aden Weisenhunt , Marcus Mcleod, Joshua Tingey
Front row
Xander Granatelli

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1728.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers  give an entertaining lesson  on Law and citizenship and a bit  about  his  history.  Each subject  a Cub Scout studies and achieves  gives them another Belt Loop to wear.  Belt Loops are similar  to Merit Badges the older Boy Scouts wear .   For this evening   the talk centered on rights and duties as a citizen and also how to help law enforcement agencies. Also covered was why we have laws and government and which laws we obey on a weekly basis.  The meeting culminated with the presentation to each Cub Scout a 'LUKE FORWARD" Challenge Coin and  a talk about the history of Challenge Coins. 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9134.

Stephan Gordon , Marcus Mcleod, Dillon Madsen 

Examine Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers Challenge Coin collection

 

Cub Scouts had lots of Questions  for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, who  give an entertaining lesson  on Law and citizenship. 

 

 

 

 

Leader from Den 567 Jessica Lewis tell us 

"We went to fulfill the requirements for our citizenship requirements and belt loop. For that we must visit with a local site of government.  Talk about our rights and duties as a citizen and also how we can help law enforcement agencies. Also why we have laws and government and which laws we obey on a weekly basis.  Also for the requirements we had to know how to respect out countries flag and how to perform a flag ceremony and raise and lower and flag and fold it properly. "

When asked about the Belt loop  Jessica  told  us, 

"A belt loop is an award that the Cub Scout aged boys earn when they do certain requirements in scouting.  They earn belt loops instead of merit badges when they are in cub scouts. There are all different kinds like basketball, golf, mathematics, weather, citizenship, arts, music. They can choose any that they would like to earn or work on. They can work on them at home with their parents or family and we as a Cub Scout den also work on them through out the month at our weekly den meetings. The boys meet each week for an hour."

Jessica  stated, "We had so much fun and the boys all loved going home and showing off their coins that the Mayor gave them!! "

full  list of names from the visit with the mayor below - 

from den 567

Xander Granatelli
Hunter Selkirk
Justin Ely
Nelson Larkin
Aden Weisenhunt
Marcus McLeod
Hayden Greer
Jarom Lewis
Stephan Gordon 
Mason Monnier


from den 434

Dillon Madsen 
Joshua Tingey
Den Chief Jared Barnes


Leaders from 567
Jessica Lewis
Nan Ely

 

 



 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9113.

 Mayor Jerry Weiers  gave each Cub Scout a 'LUKE FORWARD" Challenge Coin  when they visited  the Mayor's office as part of fulfilling requirements for the scouting program. 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9118.

NO! Mayor Jerry Weiers is NOT pulling the Dillon Madsen's nose off! This young man is in wide-eyed awe of the Luke Forward Challenge coins the Mayor handed out to each of the young men and their leaders. Fellow Cub Scouts, Nelson Larkin, Hayden Greer, Aden Weisenhunt and Joshua Tingey, look on.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9117.

Cub Scouts Stephan Gordon, Aden Weisenhunt and Justin Ely 
examine the 'LUKE FORWARD" Challenge Coin  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers  gave each Cub Scout

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9115

  Mayor Jerry Weiers  gave each Cub Scout a 'LUKE FORWARD" Challenge Coin  when they visited  the Mayor's office as part of fulfilling requirements for the scouting program. 

 

CHALLENGE COIN From  WIKIPEDIA 

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.[1]OriginsThere are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin.

The Roman Empire rewarded soldiers by presenting them with coins to recognize their achievements.[2]

According to the most common story, challenge coins originated during World War I.[3][4] American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war.[5][6]In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilots' aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land.

Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.[2][5][6][7]

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times.[2] This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.[6][7]

See a lot more   information in the  rest of the wiki article   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin 

 

2014 ATHENA Awards and AWEE Scholarship Presentations 

By Bette Sharpe  -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

The ATHENA Award, awarded internationally, recognizes exemplary achievement and challenges and challenges its recipients with a continued sense of responsibility, support and leadership. There are 3 aspects for the award, Leadership, Mentorship and Community Service. Each of these characteristics was exemplified by this year’s ATHENA recipients.

The ATHENA is presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 1888 and now represents 2,500 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and market opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber enhances members’ success by promotion economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community with local chapters in Anthem, Deer Valley and South Mountain/Leveen.

There were eighty applicants for the prestigious awards this year. From those eighty, eleven finalist and three ATHENA Awards were announced. 

"It’s a great honor to celebrate these exemplary Valley businesswomen," said Todd Sanders, Presidents and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. "All of the ATHENA finalists truly represent leadership and professional excellence of the highest distinction. These women have a genuine desire to inspire, develop and support other women to achieve their full potential. In addition, they have consistently dedicated themselves to the community in which they live. It is an honor for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to continue the great tradition of The ATHENA Awards and highlight these women’s achievements, leadership, community service and contributions."

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9352.

Ilana Lowery,  Editor in-Chief  at Phoenix Business Journal, was one of the eleven 2014 ATHENA finalists. The award ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in the Frank Lloyd Wright Conference Center at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. This year there were 80 applicants for the recognition and from those 80, there 11 finalist and 3 ATHENA Awards were given. Ilana is also a Glendale resident

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9323.

On stage at the event are Todd Sanders, President and CEO Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Pearl Chang Esau, Expect More Arizona; and Kim Shepard, Cigna. Pearl Change Esau was awarded the Young Professional ATHENA Award for 2014. "An ATHENA supports the development and growth of younger professionals to ensure they are tomorrow’s leaders", from the event program.

The three finalists in the Young Professional division were Pearl Chang Esau, President and CEO Expect More Arizona; Meghan Cox, Partner, Lincoln Strategy Group; Sidnee Peck, Director, Center of Entrepreneurship, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 9334

Todd Sanders, President and CEO Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; has just presented Christy McClendon, New Pathways for Youth, the 2014 Public Sector ATHENA Award. Amy Schapira, Wells Fargo is standing next to Christy McClendon. The award ceremony was the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce annual event. This year the award presentation was on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at The Arizona Biltmore.

The second category of the ATHENA Award is from the Public Sector. The 2014 finalists in this category were, Kimberly Hall, Director of Career Services, Goodwill of Central Arizona; Linda Hunt, President of Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area; Christy McClendon, President and CEO, New Pathways for Youth; and Avein Saaty Tafoya, Chief Executive Officer, Adelante Healthcare.

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Todd Sanders, President and CEO Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Tammy McLeod, Arizona Public Service; and Matt McGuire, Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Tammy McLeod was awarded the 2014 Private Sector ATHENA Award on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Third category for the 2014 ATHENA Award comes from the Private Sector. This year’s finalists were Kristine Kassel, President, Benefits by Design; Sheila Kloefkorn, President and CEO, KEO Marketing, Inc.; Ilana Lowery, Editor-in-Chief, Phoenix Business Journal; and Tammy McLeod, Vice President, Energy Resource Management, Arizona Public Service.

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Taleah Epperson-Slater was award a $5,000 scholarship. Thanks to a generous donation from Cancer Centers of America that added to the $3,505.00 amount from AWEE (Arizona Women’s Education and Employment). The ATHENA Awards honor women in business and carry with it the spirit of ATHENA, Leadership, Mentoring, and Community Service.

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These beautiful centerpieces could have been yours with a suggested $20.00 contribution to the AWEE scholarship fund.

 

Glendale Offers Resources, Tips for Safe Halloween. 
Did you know that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year?
In addition, seasonal decorations and costumes can be highly flammable and pose risks to your family or your home.
Halloween is a popular holiday, with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties, but it can also be a time to be
mindful of safety precautions to make sure everyone has a fun time and stays safe.

The city of Glendale is offering ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ reflective Halloween bags and glow-in-the-dark bracelets at any of the three
Glendale libraries, which are free while supplies last.

• If trick-or-treating, remember to wear something reflective.
• Drivers should stay on alert, especially in residential neighborhoods.
• Make sure costumes fit to increase the mobility and visibility of children wearing them.
• USA Safe Kids suggests children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.
• Check all treats before they are eaten and report anything suspicious.
• Be sure your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should
only cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child
when they cross a street.
• For the purpose of lighting jack-o-lanterns, use a flashlight or a liquid light that glows after it bends, not candles.
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that
won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from all open flames and
heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.
• Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torchlights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters,
whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
• Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the
event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands and roll over and over to
extinguish flames.)
• Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
• Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume so they can be seen while walking in
neighborhoods.
• Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by
phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where
they will be.

Make the most of your Halloween festivities by following these safety tips from the city of Glendale.

 

NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN AT GLENDALE AIRPORT
Visit New Café for Soaring Culinary Delights

 

         GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Glendale Municipal Airport will soon be home to a new restaurant proprietor, Something Special Aviation (SSA) Café, for pilots, staff and visitors to enjoy while at the facility.

The new restaurant will open on Nov. 3, with daily hours from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu for breakfast and lunch will feature waffles, eggs, breakfast burritos, coffees and lattes, pastries, sandwiches, salads, burgers and more.

SSA Café is an extension of Something Special Catering & Events, a company with more than 20 years of culinary service experience in San Jose, CA and Scottsdale. “Our catering company has been working out of a full-service catering kitchen in Scottsdale alongside our parent company In Flight Services,” said General Manager Michelle Robinson. “With the influx of business Super Bowl will bring this February we knew we wanted to expand, and the Glendale Airport seemed like a perfect fit.”

The Café will hold a Fall Festival and Open House event on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2-6 p.m., with complimentary food, live music and raffle giveaways. Raffle prize proceeds and donations will benefit Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. 

The restaurant is located in the Glendale Municipal Airport Terminal, at 6801 N. Glen Harbor Blvd., suite 104. Here is more information on SSA Café.

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

 

 

Councilmember Ian Hugh - Cactus District - 
City of Glendale Dinner and District News!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 -- 5 to 7 p.m. --  Historic Manistee Ranch

Councilmember Ian Hugh invited his district homeowners and business folk to an  Open House style Cactus District Meeting. This is an opportunity for everyone to meet your neighbors and talk with representatives from the Police, Fire, and Code Compliance Departments, and City Manager Brenda Fischer. 

Great food provided by Shane's Rib Shack, Westgate for over 100 people. The kids from the Glendale Youth Center did a great job setting up and tearing down.

 

 

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\Polly Foulks  and Ethel Hale  discuss district issues  with Councilman Ian Hugh

 

 

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Karen Anderson From SPAYNEUTERHOTLINE.ORG

 

SPAY NEUTER HOTLINE

            Phoenix: 602.265.SPAY (7729)          Tucson: 520.624.SPAY (7729)

                                                Statewide: 1.866.952.SPAY (7729)

                     The following information is to Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services around the state.

Prices are Not Guaranteed and Subject to Change.

When calling to make an appointment, be sure to ask if there will be any "required services" that you must purchase in addition to the spay/neuter. 
*Every clinic will vary in rates and requirements.  Please ask questions when calling to make your companion's appointment.

Thank you for spaying & neutering!

Some clinics offer discounts to Hotline referrals, so remember to mention that you were referred by the Spay/Neuter Hotline when you call to make an appointment.

Have questions about spay/neuter? Read our FAQ!

Our Spay/Neuter Hotline TNR Program

Learn more about our TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Program here, or call (602) 265-SPAY (7729), or emailferalcats@adlaz.org. We can assist the humane way!

Please note, we are not a removal or relocation service.

 

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Great food provided by Shane's Rib Shack, Westgate for over 100 people.

 

 

 

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 Ian introduces City Manager Brenda Fischer.

 

 

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City Manager Brenda Fischer briefed  district members about  city developments and  information about the 2 big games!

 

 

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K9 Exhibit!  Officers Griffith and Anderson put on 'the show'  

In addition, Sergeant J. Jezulin, Crime Prevention Specialist Angela Botz and Commander R. Levander were there.

 

 

Glendale Invites Public to Voice
 Opinions on Fair Housing

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The City of Glendale invites the public to voice their opinions on fair housing through an online Glendale Fair Housing Survey. The survey can be accessed on the city of Glendale’s website from Oct. 15 through Nov. 21, 2014.

In addition to the survey, Glendale’s Community Revitalization Division will be hosting a series of public meetings to inform the public about the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) survey which is a review to identify problems associated with people in protected classes being able to choose a place to live within their financial means. For more information on upcoming Community Revitalization Division AI meetings click here.

The AI survey process is open to Glendale residents, landlords, lending providers and other housing providers including non-profits. For a list of the survey groups and to complete an AI survey visit the Glendale website or select from the following categories and select the link.

·         Resident Survey in English click here

·         Resident Survey in Spanish click here

·         Lending Institution Survey click here

·         Housing Provider/Advocate Survey click here

·         Realtor Survey click here

Glendale relies on federal funding to support local efforts to develop housing, prevent homelessness and provide human services. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires entitlement communities, such as Glendale to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. For a complete listing of the social service agencies that receive federal funds from the city, call the Community Revitalization Division at 623-930-3670.

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GLENDALE RECEIVES NATIONAL PARK 
Re-ACCREDITATION AND RECOGNITION

City’s Parks and Recreation Services among Five Arizona Cities on Exclusive Elite Park List

 

        GLENDALE, Ariz. – The City of Glendale is proud to announce it has been accredited and nationally recognized for its park facilities and recreations programs. This distinguished Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) re-accreditation was awarded during the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition adding Glendale to the exclusive list of elite park and recreation departments across the country.

“Our park 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.

The CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.  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.

A CARPA accreditation is a quality assurance and improvement process demonstrating the City’s commitment to its employees, residents, visitors and the community.  Glendale joins Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson as the only Arizona cities to receive this accreditation.  As part of the accreditation process, the City of Glendale’s Park, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division had to demonstrate compliance in to 144 standards. The CARPA accreditation is a five-year cycle that includes a self-assessment report, on-site visitation and the Commission’s review and decision. 

        Here is more information of Glendale’s various park and recreation services.

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GLENDALE WARNS AGAINST 
SUSPICIOUS BALLOT COLLECTION ACTIVITY

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Glendale City Clerk’s Office has received calls about people offering to gather and help complete early ballots for the general election in some Glendale neighborhoods.  The City of Glendale and the Maricopa County Elections Department are not participating in any neighborhood collection projects and warn residents to protect their vote.

“We want to make sure every vote is counted and tallied the way it was intended,” said Darcie McCracken, Glendale’s Deputy City Clerk. “Safeguarding your ballot and your vote by making sure it is received is so important.”

The City of Glendale urges residents voting with an early ballot to take their ballot to a post office or to the City of Glendale’s Ballot Box at the City Hall building at 5850 W. Glendale Ave. through Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.  For an early ballot to be counted in the General Election it must be received (postmarks do not count) by 7 p.m. on Election Day. After Oct. 31, early ballots can be dropped off on Election Day at any polling location. For polling locations across the city of Glendale click here.

 

 

GLENDALE CELEBRATES EXEMPLARY 
SERVICE DURING A RECORD STORM

Citizens Invited to Learn More about City’s Programs and Services as part of Cities & Towns Week

          GLENDALE, Ariz. – As communities across the state celebrate the 13th Annual Cities & Towns Week this week, the city of Glendale is highlighting the outstanding services of more than 100 employees during record setting rainstorm in early September that caused havoc in the Glendale area.

        “During any given year the statistics of what city employees do to serve a city of 227,000 residents is remarkable,” said City Manager Brenda S. Fischer. “Watching this same Glendale workforce come together in a time of crisis and their tireless dedication to serve their community is inspiring.”

Mark Brown, an employee in the Glendale Water Services Department is one such employee. Brown’s instrumental command of equipment and staff allocation during the record rainfall on Sept. 8, 2014 safeguarded residents and minimized the lasting damage in the Yucca District. 

There were numerous calls related to missing manhole covers, plugged grates, and flooded roadways. Mark took command of the situation and provided solutions to the flooding issues.  In addition, he and his staff were prepared to handle all the other flooding events in the city and responding to our customers in their time of need,” said Craig Johnson P.E., Glendale’s Water Services Director.

Arizona’s Cities & Towns Week is from Oct. 19 – Oct. 25 and has been set aside to provide citizens with important information about the employees, services and programs provided by their city. Programs like the City of Glendale’s Community Action Program (CAP).  CAP helps Glendale residents become self-sufficient while they are experiencing a financial hardship or crisis in their lives. Several of the hardest hit areas during the record storm were low-income areas. CAP Manager Becky Daniel rallied to help several families that lost all their belongings as their apartments filled with waste high water.

 “One family with two disabled sons lost everything. They didn’t have clothing, beds or furniture that was salvageable,” Daniel explains. Through contacts and grants, Daniel was able to line up new beds and furniture from Glendale’s business partner, American Furniture Warehouse. Last week, Daniel armed with several volunteers from the community returned to the Glenn Apartments to help these families reclaim some of what they lost during the flood.

More information and a complete listing on Glendale’s programs and services are always available on Glendale’s website. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is a voluntary association of all the 91 incorporated cities and towns in the state of Arizona. It provides policy and legislative advocacy and information services, along with publications and educational programs to strengthen the quality and efficiency of municipal government.

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Picture Caption:    Becky Daniel with City of Glendale’s Community Action Program directing furniture deliveries to low-income families impacted by the record rainstorm.  

 

"Touch-a-Truck"

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

"Touch-a-Truck" was a crowd pleaser on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:00 a. m. to 1:00 p.m.

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A future driver takes the wheel at the 2014 Touch-A-Truck event held Saturday, October 18.2014 on the west side of the Westgate Entertainment District.

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Kids of all ages could checkout trucks of all sizes by actually sitting behind the wheel. Professional drivers and operators were on hand to answer questions and for safety. How do I blow the horn was a big question asked and answered. The free family friendly was a crowd pleaser on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smaller trucks were available, in the sandbox, for test drives and for scooping and dumping.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to ride on the chair lift to GUS the Bus?

 

 

 




 

20th Annual Front Porch Festival and Happy Fall

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Autumn began about a month ago and it is pumpkin and scarecrow time.

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Merchants in the Historic Catlin Court area transformed the area once again with a scarecrow contest. This scarecrow stands in the garden area of Papa Ed’s Ice Cream store. Visitors to the area were asked to vote for their favorite scarecrow.

 

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This pretty scarecrow was found standing in front of Shelley’s Specialty Desserts.

 

 

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A handsome scarecrow guards the Tole Shop.

 

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The Shop on the Corner, hosted a group of scarecrows!

 

 

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Louise Ray is a quilter. Some of her quilts were for sale on Saturday as part of the 20th Annual Front Porch Festival in the Historic Catlin Court area of downtown Glendale. Some of Ray’s quilts are machine stitched while others are all done by hand or are hand finished. If you missed the fall festival, her quilts are available at Bears and More, 7146 N. 58th Drive, in Glendale. Now that fall is here, the holidays are not far away.

 




 

 

 

Veterans Honored at 12th Annual Glendale Memorial Ceremony

Citizens Invited to Join Tribute to Veterans

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The Glendale Veterans Memorial Association and the Glendale Library and Arts Division cordially invite you to attend the 12th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the Glendale Veterans Memorial on the front lawn of the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

During this ceremony in honor of Arizona’s service men and women, members of the Glendale Veterans Memorial Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans will replace the current flags from the memorial with new ones. These flags include an American flag, an Arizona state flag, and a POW/MIA flag.

Ret. Master Sgt. Wayne Crusinberry, who has been instrumental in the creation and continued success of this ceremony, notes that the Mayor, members of the City Council, Fire Department, Police, and other city officials have been invited to attend. A similar ceremony, sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans, takes place every July 4.

Commissioned by the Glendale Public Art Program with major funding through the city's 1percent for Art Fund, artist Joe Tyler’s memorial is officially titled “For Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted.”  Here are all the details about the memorial.

This ceremony is free and open to the public.  Please note that the Glendale Main Library itself will be closed for the holiday. For more information, call the Main Library at 623-930-3531.

 

 



 

 

MAYOR WEIERS CHOSEN TO CHAIR LEAGUE OF

CITIES AND TOWN POLICY COMMITTEE

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers has been appointed to chair the League of Arizona Cities and Towns’ Public Safety, Military Affairs and Court Policy Committee. The League’s president, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell announced the appointment yesterday as the 2014 Arizona Cities and Towns Week launched.

 

“I am honored to serve as the chair of this committee. While every municipality in Arizona is committed to protecting its citizens and supporting the military, we all have to stay on top of the many issues that could impact our communities’ ability to do so, said Weiers. “Working closely with Mayor Mitchell and League staff, this committee will be a benefit to every city and town in the state.”

 

Mayor Weiers formerly served as the Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety in the Arizona House of Representatives. He also served on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force. He is the recipient of the Copper Shield Award in recognition of his support of military veterans, their families, and their survivors. During his time as Mayor, he has organized three large and successful events to benefit veterans including two Stand Up for Veterans community events and the Mayor’s Big Dog Run.

 

Mayor Weiers’ appointment comes during 2014 Arizona Cities and Towns Week. The week of Oct. 19 – Oct. 25 has been set aside to provide citizens with important information about the services and programs provided by their city. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is a voluntary association of all the 91 incorporated cities and towns in the state of Arizona. It provides policy and legislative advocacy and information services, along with publications and educational programs to strengthen the quality and efficiency of municipal government. For more information, visit www.azleague.org.

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Old cypress tree is apparently in need of some help.

 

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Old cypress tree is apparently in need of some help. The lot it stands on, the southeast corner of Myrtle and 58th Avenue has been vacant for years. Unfortunately, this old icon on the corner may have to come down. Just to the north of the intersection is Landmark Elementary school. The City of Glendale is investigating. More information will be forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE SHOPPING SEASON BEGINS
 WITH HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE NOV. 8

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The holidays are about tradition and historic Downtown Glendale is set to

continue one of its own with a seasonal favorite, the 18th Annual Holiday Open House, November 8.

The shopping extravaganza runs from 10a-4p and features shops in Glendale’s Old Towne and Catlin Court

districts offering special deals to help shoppers find that perfect holiday gift.

 

Shoppers will be transported into a winter wonderland, as storeowners will decorate their businesses

with festive holiday lights and decorations. Shoppers can enjoy artist demonstrations and complimentary

refreshments.

 

For the second year in a row, participants will also be encouraged to make a holiday ornament

ranging from $1 to $5 each that will be displayed on the community holiday tree in Catlin Court. Proceeds

will benefit the Military Family Support Group. Also, this event marks the conclusion of the Treats For The

Troops drive. Visitors can donate items for holiday-themed gift boxes that will be shipped to service men

and women in mid-November just in time for the holiday season. Among the suggested gift box items – baby

wipes, small package of non-perishable snacks and phone cards.

 

To see a full list of all suggested gift items please visit www.visitglendale.com.

 

Holiday messages from the heart can also be shared with military personnel through free greeting

cards that will be available in the Glendale Visitor Center, located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140.

Staff members at the Visitor Center will also provide event maps and event details. The first 100 visitors at

the center will receive a free West Valley Info Pack.

For more information, call 623-930-4500 or visit www.visitglendale.com.

 

 

http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/academy-reveals-primetime-engineering-emmy-winners/384733

The Television Academy has announced the recipients of the 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards, which will be honored on January 8, 2014, at the Bellagio Hotel, and held in tandem with the Consumers Electronics Show   

 

 

 

 

 

Video - http://youtu.be/RVnYC8ydJBY  -  © Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 
Audience members at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce candidate forum listened politely Oct. 7 as candidates for city council seats in the Barrel, Cholla and Ocotillo districts answered questions posed by a three-member panel during a luncheon at the Renaissance-Glendale hotel.

The panel:

Michelle Rider, Chairman and CEO, WESTMARC

Dave Mitchell, President, Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Blake, Intentional Solutions

 

 

In Glendale, Habitat for Humanity 
builds 2 new houses for Glendale families

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

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Raising the wall!

This is the first of two houses to be built by Habitat for Humanity in Glendale on two adjoining lots. One Saturday morning there were between 25 and 30 volunteers on site, which was a perfect number to this size of project. Earlier this year in June Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 1000th home! When these two homes are complete, Glendale will have over a dozen Habitat for Humanity homes. These houses are on 61st Ave. south of Glendale Ave.

 

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Securing wall to foundation.  

 

 

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Bracing the  raised wall.

Richard Mbazumutina hammers in a nail while Glendale Mayor Weiers holds the brace in place. This is the first of two houses to be built by Habitat for Humanity in Glendale on two adjoining lots. One Saturday morning there were between 25 and 30 volunteers on site, which was a perfect number to this size of project. Earlier this year in June Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 1000th home! When these two homes are complete, Glendale will have over a dozen Habitat for Humanity homes.

 

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Sabina Krusch and Hershey Kelly are signing one of the walls of one of the new Habitat for Humanity houses being built in Glendale. Volunteers constructing the house are asked to sign inspirational and heartfelt thoughts and wishes to the family who will be living in the house.

 

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Glendale City Councilmember Gary Sherwood signs the wall stud in the  new home.

 

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Future home owners, Bosco and Claudine Nkumbuyinka. Both of whom are helping with the construction of their new home Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers at right.

 

 

 

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by creating your own ofrenda box. 

 Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by creating your own ofrenda box with local artist, Christy Puetz, in the first adult session of the Create, Connect, Collaborate series at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

In many Latin American countries, it is believed that souls return to earth on each Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.”  Altar boxes, known as ofrendas, are decorated with paints, ribbons, fabrics, and special mementos to honor the deceased and assist in their journey home. All materials will be provided for you to make your own ofrenda box but participants can bring their own personal mementos to incorporate into their design.

The program is free and open to ages 16 years or older, but requires prior registration.  For more information and to register, please call 623-930-3431.

 

Get Informed – Public Invited to Voice Opinions on Affordable Housing  

The City of Glendale invites the public to voice their opinions on affordable housing through an online Glendale Free Housing Survey. The survey can be accessed on through the city of Glendale’s website from Oct. 15 through Nov. 21, 2014.

In addition to the survey, Glendale’s Community Revitalization Division will be hosting a series of public meetings to inform the public about the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) survey which is a review to identify problems associated with people in protected classes being able to choose a place to live within their financial means. For a list of dates and time of the Community Revitalization Division AI meetings.

The AI survey process is open to Glendale residents, landlords, lending providers and other housing providers including non-profits. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires entitlement communities, such as Glendale to complete an AI. For a complete listing of the meeting times or for more information on the survey call the Community Revitalization Division at 623-930-3670 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/Clerk/publicnotices_communityrevitalization.cfm

 

 




 

 

POST-GAME CONCERT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
Valley-based rock band Gin Blossoms

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, October 13, 2014

 

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announce today that Valley-based rock band Gin Blossoms will play a post-game concert for all fans in attendance at the Coyotes game versus the Florida Panthers on Saturday, October 25 at Gila River Arena.

 

"We are very pleased to have one of the best bands that the Valley has ever produced, Gin Blossoms, perform for our great fans on October 25," said Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "It should be a fun night and we hope our fans take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to watch our Coyotes play and then enjoy some great rock at Gila River Arena."

 

For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late 80s start as Arizona's top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away" to "Follow You Down" and the GRAMMY®-nominated "As Long As It Matters," earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the US alone.

 

"Hey Jealousy" was one of 1993's essential singles, ruling the top 5 at Mainstream Rock radio before ascending to the top 25 on Billboard's "Hot 100." The following year saw "Found Out About You" reach equivalent height on the "Hot 100," while also eclipsing its predecessor by reaching the #1 spot on Billboard's "Modern Rock Tracks" tally.

 

"Til I Hear It From You," the first single from A&M's Empire Records: The Soundtrack. The unforgettable track - written by Valenzuela, Wilson, and the great singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw - was hailed by Billboard as "the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory," and as such, duly rose all the way to the top 10 on Billboard's "Hot 100."

 

For more information on the Gin Blossoms, please visit: www.ginblossoms.net, www.facebook.com/gin-blossoms, and twitter.com/ginblossoms.

 

Gin Blossoms will begin their concert at Gila River Arena immediately following the conclusion of the Coyotes versus Panthers game on Saturday, October 25. For ticket information, please visit ArizonaCoyotes.com or call 480-563-PUCK (7825).

 




 

 

Glendale Police Seek Help Solving 
27 year old Cold Case Homicide

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Twenty-seven years ago on August 8th, 1987, the body of 54 year old Glendale resident Orison "Jim" Chafin was found in the early morning hours in the Resthaven Park Cemetery at 6290 W. Northern Avenue. Orison "Jim" Chafin had been brutally murdered.

Chafin, a disabled veteran, lived alone in a Glendale trailer park. He served in the Navy and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He last was seen about midnight leaving a bar near 59th and Glendale avenues the evening he was murdered.

The motive of the murder was unknown, but investigators have received new information in this case. Investigators believe there was a group of individuals present who witnessed the murder of Chafin that night in the cemetery. Investigators believe some of those witnesses may still be alive and reside in the area.

Orison "Jim" Chafin no longer has any living family members and has no one to speak on his behalf. The Glendale Police Department is speaking on his behalf asking for the public’s assistance. Investigators believe this murder that happened twenty-seven years ago can be solved with help of the public.

Glendale Police Investigators are seeking the community’s help finding the person responsible for the murder of Orison "Jim" Chafin. The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information on this cold case homicide to call Glendale Police Detectives at (623) 930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. See attached photo of Orison "Jim" Chafin.

 




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE RECEIVES IMPROVED OUTLOOK

FROM MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– For the first time since February 2011, the city of Glendale’s financial outlook has been upgraded from negative to stable by Moody’s Investors Service.  The positive reaction from Moody’s solidifies the actions of the Glendale City Council and city staff over the past year to manage and maintain fiscal stability for the city.

Moody’s, one of the world’s leading providers of credit ratings, specifically cited key areas of strength for the city of Glendale including:

·        Management’s willingness to permanently increase the city’s sales tax rate to support both operations and excise tax debt service

·        New management team in place since late 2013

·        Reduced net costs of NHL’s Coyotes to the city under an agreement with the team’s current owners

·        Conservative assumptions for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget contributing toward a continued trend toward better performance than deep deficits back during the recession 

·        Potential sales of excess capital assets

·        Continued economic recovery

 

“This validates the actions we’ve taken over the past year and this accomplishes the first step in stabilizing the city’s financial condition,” said Brenda Fischer, Glendale city manager.  “This is great news for all of Glendale and we look forward to continuing this fiscally responsible direction with the support of the City Council, employees, residents, city partners and the business community.”

Moody’s also affirmed Glendale’s General Obligation bond rating of A3, an upper medium-investment grade rating held since August 2013 

In addition to the positive news from Moody’s, on Sept. 25, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services affirmed its AA ratings on Glendale’s series 2007 transportation excise tax revenue obligations.   In summary, the bond rating for these particular bonds has not changed and reflects a very strong capacity to meet financial commitments supported by Glendale’s transportation sales tax fund.

https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-revises-Glendale-AZs-outlook-to-stable-from-negative-A3--PR_309651

Also Read Above Moody’s report

 

 

 

 

 

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Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

Announces the Kick Off for the

2015 Desert Sleuths Anthology

 

SoWest: So Deadly

 

Whether you write — or want to write — mysteries and crime fiction, science fiction, romance, humor, horror, fantasy or any other genre, here is your chance to learn how to write a world class short story!

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter cordially invites YOU to a

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Join us for this exciting 3-hour, hands-on workshop on "How to" develop captivating stories, polish your work and hone your writing skills — regardless of your experience!

 

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Seating is very limited!

 

AGREEMENT REACHED FOR ANDREW BARROWAY TO 
BECOME MAJORITY OWNER OF THE COYOTES

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, October 10, 2014

 

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today an agreement to sell 51 percent of the Arizona Coyotes franchise to Andrew Barroway. The sale and ownership transfer is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors. Once the transaction has been approved and closing has occurred, Barroway will begin to serve as the Coyotes Chairman and Governor.

 

"This is truly a dream come true for me and my family," said Barroway. "I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to working and solidifying a strong partnership with the Club's current ownership group.

 

"As a group we are committed to serving our fans with a new level of excellence and our collective goal is to put a competitive team on the ice every season and, one day, win the Stanley Cup."

 

"Today is an exciting day for the Arizona Coyotes and our great fans," said Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "The addition of Andrew Barroway to our ownership group further solidifies the Coyotes long-term future in the Valley. Our entire ownership group is excited about this opportunity to work with Andrew in taking this franchise to the next level. It's a great day for hockey in Arizona!"

 

Andrew Barroway is the Managing Partner of Merion Investment Management LP, an event driven hedge fund that currently manages more than $1 Billion.  Merion was founded in January 2009. Prior to that, he was a partner at Barroway, Topaz, Kessler, Meltzer & Check LLP, the second largest securities class action firm in the country. Barroway graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991.

 

-COYOTES-  

 

 




 

 

GLENDALE REMINDS RESIDENTS TO ELIMINATE

STANDING WATER, PREVENT WEST NILE VIRUS

GLENDALE, Ariz. – With the recent heavy rainfall across the Valley, Glendale officials are reminding residents to eliminate any standing water around homes and property, to reduce the number of mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile Virus.

(Remember there is STILL some standing water out there!)




 

 

Challenge Charter School recognized as a School of Excellence in Civic Engagement

Glendale, AZ – Challenge Charter School (CCS) is proud to be one of only three schools statewide to be recognized for the highest level of excellence in civic engagement. This is the second consecutive year that the Arizona Department of Education has recognized Challenge Charter School’s engagement. Visit our website for even more info: http://www.challengecharterschool.net/news-events/ 

 

Twenty-seven public schools across Arizona were recognized as Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP) for the 2013-2014 school year. Of those schools, fifteen were recognized as a School of Merit, nine honored as a School of Distinction and only three obtained the highest honor, an award as a School of Excellence.

 

Completing a successful second year, ECEP recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens. ECEP identifies schools that demonstrate knowledge and effective implementation of the following six proven practices in civic learning:  classroom instruction in civics & government, history, economics, geography, law and democracy; service learning linked to classroom learning; experiential learning; learning through participation in models and simulations of democratic processes and procedures; guided classroom discussion of current issues and events; and meaningful participation in school governance. 

 

“I am inspired by the efforts that schools are demonstrating in preparing our youth to become informed, engaged citizens—and future civic leaders,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “I congratulate each of these schools for the work they are doing in civic education.”

 

ECEP schools were recognized at an award ceremony on September 17, 2014—Constitution Day. To fully include and engage CCS students in this honor, Principal Miller invited CCS 6th graders to prepare and give speeches about what civic engagement and this award means to them. In a true democratic simulation, students then voted to determine which student would attend the ceremony and represent CCS. Congratulations to Gracie Senseman! She was elected to represent CCS and did an outstanding job at the ceremony. All of the exceptional speeches can be viewed at www.challengecharterschool.net

 

For more information about ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, please visit www.azed.gov/civicengagement.

 

Some of Challenge Charter School’s other recognitions include:

 

Civic Engagement School of Distinction – Arizona Department of Education 2013

National Blue Ribbon School 2007 - US Department of Education

Title I Rewards School - Arizona Department of Education

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

Charter School of the Year - Center for Education Reform, Washington D.C.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL ELECTION EARLY BALLOTS AVAILABLE TODAY

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. – The City of Glendale Clerk’s Office reminds registered voters that early ballots for the General Election are available from the Maricopa County Elections Department beginning today, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Residents that are registered to vote in the General Election can still request an early ballot through the mail for the Nov. 4 General Election by clicking here. Early ballots can be requested until Oct. 24, 2014.

            Friday, Oct. 31