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

 

By  Andy Hurlbut  - Special to the Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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“Riding for the Long Haul”

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2665.

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

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

Show stopper stuff

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2585.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2639.

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

 

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No actual fathers were hurt during this demonstration!

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2647.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2533.

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

 

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

            Get trained and licensed.

 

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

Transportation standards.

 

            Don’t drink and ride or used other drugs before getting on a motorcycle.

 

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

 

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

 

Other sources of information

 

Arizona Department of Transportation Motorcycle License

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

Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

Military personal

http://www.motorcycleppe.com/

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, March 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

-COYOTES-  

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PARIS IN THE SPRING
(In Historic Downtown Glendale)

Just a few Photos  by Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet


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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
2015 Chamber Champions Awarded to Outstanding Chamber Members

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496 cropped

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

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

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

 

From the Chamber  Night - 

Greg Walsh/Glendale Chamber Photograph

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

 

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COUNCIL MEETING TIME MOVED TO REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS

ON LIBRARY RELOCATION PROPOSAL

Votes and public comment presentation moved to morning meeting time

 

Glendale, Ariz. ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library to the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center.   ( Added  by the editor - As this is a workshop and not a council meeting there will be  not  public comment  from the  floor however if  you are sitting in the viewers section   you could certainly hold a sign I suppose...)

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

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

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

 

 

Go Wild for Flowers!

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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon 

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Glendale Police Continue Enforcement Based Upon Grant

From the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Seat belts do save lives, so please BUCKLE UP!

 

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Tolleson Easter Celebration

Details:         

            When:            Saturday, March 28th, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am – 1:00 pm

                                   

Egg Hunt Schedule

                                    3 years and under – 11:00 am

                                    4-6 years – 11:30 am

                                    7-10 years – 12:00 pm

 

            Where:           Veterans Park – 8601 W. Van Buren

            Cost:               FREE

            Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/easter

 

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Whoopee Daze 16” Softball Tournament

 

Details:                     

 

Date:              Sunday, April 19 

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

Location:       Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost:               $150.00 per team

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

        

Registration Deadline:  April 10th by 5:00 pm

 

 

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Movies at the Park

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

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

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

 

Details: Movies at the Park

When: March 20th

April 10th

May 15th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Veterans Park – 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost: FREE

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Whoopee Daze Festival Parade Entries

Details:         

When:            Saturday, April 18, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am, parade start time

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

Cost:               FREE

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

 

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

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Event: Whoopee Factor – During Whoopee Daze Festival

Date: April 19th

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

Cost:   Free to Enter

Must be 18 years or older

Cash prizes

 

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

Free opening reception to be held on Friday evening

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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8 Local Companies Announced as IMPACT Award Recipients

 

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to Honor Outstanding Organizations

at 28th Annual IMPACT Awards on May 13, 2015

 

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

 

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

2015 Community Champion – Arizona School Choice Trust

2015 Economic Driver – HDR, Inc.

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence – Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, LLC

2015 Response to Adversity – Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

 

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2015 Community Champion – Wells Fargo

2015 Economic Driver – Goodwill of Central Arizona

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence – EXOS

2015 Response to Adversity – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona  

 

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

 

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

More information about each of the eight award recipients follows.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Pinnacle Transplant Technologies – Russ Yelton, CEO

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

2015 Economic Driver: Goodwill of Central Arizona  – Tim O’Neal, President and CEO

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

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

 

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence: EXOS – Dan Burns, Chief Executive Officer

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“At EXOS, we strive to foster a culture of innovation in order to help improve the health and performance of all those we work with. That’s why this award means so much—it represents the collective work of our team,” said Dan Burns, Chief Executive Officer of EXOS. “We’re thrilled to be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.”

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About the 2015 Inductees

 

2015 Living Legacy Inductees

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired)

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

 

Elisabeth F. Ruffner       

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

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

 

2015 Posthumous Inductees

 

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

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

 

Lorraine W. Frank (1923-2005)

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

 

Louise Foucar Marshall (1864-1956)

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

 

Helen K. Mason (1912-2003)

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

 

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

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

 

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Animal Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER VOTED #1 BY RANKING ARIZONA

Fourth Consecutive Year Civic Center named the Best of Arizona Business

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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SUPER BOWL XLIX BREAKS RECORDS FOR HOTEL

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

 

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

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

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

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

“We knew that the Super Bowl would be a big boost for Glendale’s tourism,” stated Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “Our partners in the West Valley and across the state have experienced similar good news and we know that the event was a win-win for the entire region.”

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

 

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

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MEETING TO DISCUSS RECENT CHANGES TO SKY HARBOR FLIGHT PATH

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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64th State of the City Address and Annual Dinner

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2460.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2477.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2475.

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

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

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

 

DOWNLOAD PDF of Mayor Weiers' speech

 

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

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

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

http://youtu.be/3a_ZAvtJjhk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sonorita Park Playground Grand Re-Opening. 

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

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

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

Youth tee–ball will be offered to boy and girl participants who are ages 4 to 6 as of the June 1, 2015 start date. Youth baseball and softball will be offered to boys and girls born between the years 2007–2008 as of the June 1, 2015 start date.

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

There will also be a teens’ coed summer softball league that will offer participants from the ages of 13 to 17 years old as of the June 1, 2015 start date to compete in fun evening games. Registration for coed league is open through May 8, 2015. The cost for a Glendale resident is $40 and includes team t-shirt and up to 10 games and a double elimination tournament. Non-residents can participate for $60.

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

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

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

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Glendale’s Got Game…Spring Training is Here! 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2413.

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

 

 

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Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One more special meeting before the issue goes to workshop.

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

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

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

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

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

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

 

Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

http://youtu.be/5R3BPEGvS3M

 

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GLENDALE WATER SERVICES TURNS 100 YEARS OLD

Centennial Photo History Display to Tour City

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

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

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

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

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

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

(photos  - City of Glendale)

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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DEAFNATION


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

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

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

 

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Glendale Police Officer Involved Shooting

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Mr. Greg Miller Elected as President of the

Arizona State Board of Education

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Excelling/”A” School – AZ LEARNs Accountability by ADE

 

National Blue Ribbon School 2007 - US Department of Education,

 

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

 

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

 

Business Innovation Award – Microsoft Corporation

 

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

 

Title I Rewards School

 

Civic Engagement School of Distinction – Arizona Department of Education

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

New installments at Camelback Ranch-Glendale are:

 

Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead

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

 

Dodger Mini-Scoreboard

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

 

Dodger Replica Field Scoreboard

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

 

All-Star Panels

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

 

LA logo sculpture

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

 

MVP baseballs

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

 

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

 

Retired numbers

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

 

Minor League Affiliate mileage sign

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

 

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

 

The Montejo Patio

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

 

Concessions

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

 

Merchandise

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

 

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

 

Weekends at the Ranch

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

 

Weekend Eighteen|76 Legends Deck

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

 

Senior Stroll

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

 

Uptown Alley Family Sundays

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

 

Tickets

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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COUNCILMEMBER GARY SHERWOOD HOSTS SAHUARO DISTRICT MEETING

City Leaders Available To Answer Resident Questions

 

 

            GLENDALE, Ariz. – Councilmember Gary Sherwood is hosting a community

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

  Sunshine Residential Homes, 17201 North 63rd Avenue.

            Councilmember Sherwood will be joined by Glendale Economic Development Director

  Brian Friedman and Community Services Director, Erik Strunk.

 

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

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

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COUNCILMEMBER ALDAMA ANNOUNCES

MONTHLY MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

Effort To Connect Will Change Locations Monthly

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

·         10 Great Escapes

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

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

·         Section devoted to meeting planners

·         West Valley Events Calendar

·         Maps for Glendale, West Valley and Arizona

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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GLENDALE COUNCIL APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEES

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

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

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

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

·         Councilmember Jamie Aldama - Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

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

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

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

·         Councilmember Gary Sherwood - Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee

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

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

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

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

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

 

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DICK BOWERS APPOINTED GLENDALE ACTING CITY MANAGER

 

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

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

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

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

 

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BATTER UP! CALLING ALL GLENDALE YOUTH BALL PLAYERS

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

 

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

Youth tee–ball will be offered to boy and girl participants who are ages 4 to 6 as of the June 1, 2015 start date. Youth baseball and softball will be offered to boys and girls born between the years 2007–2008 as of the June 1, 2015 start date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Glendale Arts Commission votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

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

Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory made the motion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Two other advisory boards have meetings this week.

 

 

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

City of Glendale Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glendale Arts Commission votes NO

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

 

 

  PCN Health will be attending this Career Expo!

 

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"Serve Day" in Glendale!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2399.

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

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

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

 Here is more information.

GRANADA ESTATES SERVE DAY

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Save the Library group created an online petition. 

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

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

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FOOTHILLS LIBRARY MEETINGS Feb 23 - 25- 26

ATTEND THEM ALL IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK~


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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New fire truck arrives at Fire Station 151

By Bette and Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2360.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Feature Summary - 

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

1500 gallons per minute pump

500 gallon poly-tank

Shorter Wheel base

More Compartment Space

360 degree driving camera for safety

Class A foam tank for Class fires

Maneuvers well in tight spaces

 

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

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

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

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.04629.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4617.

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2385.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Note  still hunting a few names  for captions - 

 

 

 

 

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



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


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

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



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

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








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Galentine's Day in Glendale

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet



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



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



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



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



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


How did Galentine's day come do be? 

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 
 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

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

 

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
 
 

Antique Engine and Tractor Show

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

 

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2228.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2236.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2270.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2266.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2271.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2277.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2294.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2299.

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







 

 

http://youtu.be/mopHcIxLkic

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

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

 

Library Commission learns about the Foothill Library possible relocation.

 

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

 

Fischer resigns as city manager during executive session

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

GLENDALE INCREASES FUNDS TO HELP EVICTED FAMILIES

Community Action Program Team Begins Screening and Dispersing Funds 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Glendale CVB Offers Chance for Free Family Fun at LEGO KidsFest

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

 

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

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

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

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


 

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

 


GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS

ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS:  FEBRUARY 26

Hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

 

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

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

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

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


 

THE POPULAR FAMILY BIKE RIDE

ROLLS THROUGH GLENDALE APRIL 12
Enjoy Great Weather and Exercise

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We © (Heart) Books"

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

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We  ©  (Heart) Books"

February 14 & 15, 2015

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

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

(panorama photos by Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet)

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Glendale citizens not buying sale of Foothills Library

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            From slide presentation

                        o Due Diligence and Appraisals Conducted

o Appraisal #1 = $3,400,000

o Appraisal #2 = $4,700,000

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Foothills Library

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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 Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills 

Branch hearing - - the people speak out!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 

Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 




 

 

 

Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch 


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

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

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


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


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


Some background

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

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

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

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


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

 


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




An interior of the proposed new Foothills Library/Technology Center

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



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

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


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

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


Public Meetings & Input Opportunities


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER HOSTS BRIDAL EVENT

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

                                                                                            

 

 




 

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

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


 




 

 

 

 

 

Student Veterans Summit Will Connect Veterans 

to Business Leaders for Employment and Mentorship

will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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

WORKSHOP SESSION 
February 3, 2015

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

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


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

 

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

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

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Who will get custody of this wonderful art?

 

 

 

 

 

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20th Annual Chocolate Affair

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1886.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1904.

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

 Cover art from Amazon.com

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

The City of Glendale Plein Air Painting Event

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2023 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3650 enlarged.

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


 

 

 

 

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

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


 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2030 

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

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.DSC03629.

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

 


 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1983

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

 

 

 Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSCO3641.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





 

 

New Automotive Technology Building 

Coming to GCC’s main campus

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1810.

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

The old building from the 1960s is no more.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1821.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1839.

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1859.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1871.

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1874.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

WHERE:               Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale avenues

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS, VISITORS THAT

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

 

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

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

 

 

 




 

 

 

WITH RAIN EXPECTED, FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS

TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHILE ENJOYING SUPER WEEKEND

 

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

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

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

Important safety reminders:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Children need constant supervision around all bodies of water.

  • Avoid moving water.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Resources for residents:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival Kicks Off

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1657.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1688.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1716.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1788

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Cake 1.

Food Network’s Duff Goldman samples some cake. 


 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 




 

 

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

 

By  Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

 

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

 




 

 

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

When NFL snubs Jerry Weiers, it disses all of Glendale

AZ REPUBLIC SAYS - 

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

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

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

 

 




 

 

 

Glendale Police Make Arrest in New Year’s Homicide

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations About Dementia

 

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

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

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

 




 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 
Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 

ASU’s West campus celebrates
 Black History Month

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

The schedule is:

Opening Celebration & Gumbo Challenge

Feb. 7, 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

14th Annual Pioneer Award Dinner

Feb. 19, 6 p.m.

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

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

 

 




 

 

Lots to do this weekend!

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

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

The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival line-up is scheduled:

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available at www.stubhub.com.

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

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

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


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


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

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


 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON

REAPPOINTMENT OF GLENDALE JUDGE

Hearing Date Set

 

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

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

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

Karen Doncovio

City of Glendale Human Resources Department

5850 W. Glendale Ave.

Glendale, AZ 85301

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

2015 Superbowl

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

READ MORE HERE 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 



Glendale Police Seek Help in

Aggravated Assault

 

 

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

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

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

 




 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet..

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

10,000 dollars for Hope for Hunger

By Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

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

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

 

 

 




 

 

 

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

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

Unknown Recording Discovered in Historical Pacifica Radio Archives

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

  

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

 
 
 
 
     
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that."

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

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

 

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


 

All PSA Behavioral Health Agency offices will be

closed on Monday, January 19, 2015

in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 


 

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

 

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

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

GET THE PICTURE?

 

 

UNATTENDED CANDLE RESPONSIBLE FOR GLENDALE CONDO FIRE

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

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

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

FACTS

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

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

 36% of home candle fires start in the bedroom

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

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

SAFETY TIPS

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

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

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

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

 Keep candles away from flammable liquids.

 Trim wicks to one-quarter inch.

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

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

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

 

 

 




 

 

 

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

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

 

CIVICS EXAM BILL GETS GOVERNOR DUCEY'S  SIGNATURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

WESTMARC / West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance

2015 West Valley State of State Luncheon

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

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 

(FULL Video  1-15-2015 to follow)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT OF PHOENIX VERSION HERE

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1524.

The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor, State of Arizona.

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

 

 

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1508

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

 

 





Glendale Fire Department’s first female Firefighter retires

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1538.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1536.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1545.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.1569.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 1579.

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

 

 





 

COUNCILMEMBER IAN HUGH APPOINTED VICE MAYOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 





 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER TURNER HOSTING BARREL DISTRICT MEETING

Residents Invited to Feb. 11 Meeting at Glendale Adult Center

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 





 

 

 

 

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

 

Visitation:                           Wednesday, January 14th

5:00pm – 8:00pm

                                                Heritage Funeral Chapel

                                                6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ

 

Memorial Service:          Thursday, January 15th

                                                10:00am

                                                Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV)

                                                7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ

Gravesite Services:         Resthaven Park Cemetery

                                                6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ    

 

 



 

FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS TO USE EXTREME

CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING DURING WINTER MONTHS

 

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

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

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

¨ª  Before leaving:

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

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

o   Make sure your heater and defroster are properly working.

o   Ensure all headlights and lamps are working efficiently.

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

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

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

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

¨ª  While traveling:

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

o   Always carry your cell phone and car charger.

o   Never use cruise control in snow conditions.

o   Increase following distance.

o   Try and avoid abrupt stops and starts.

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

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

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

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

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

 



 

FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS TO TAKE

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST INCREASING INFLUENZA ACTIVITY

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 



 

GLENDALE RECEIVES

IMPROVED RATING OUTLOOK FROM STANDARD & POOR’S

City Receives Positive Change in Outlook to Stable

 

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

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

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

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

 



 

GLENDALE OFFERS BEHIND-THE- SCENES LOOK AT CITY GOVERNMENT

Applicants for 2015 Glendale University Classes Sought

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

To participate in GU 101,