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March 22 and 23 was the 25th Anniversary 
of the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

Musicians who were just beginning, the professional and even those without a musical bone in them could listen jam, enjoy or join in at one of the 7 staging areas. There were fifty free public workshops in a variety of styles—folk and bluegrass to cowboy poetry and storyetlling. Or maybe learn to play the bones!

Saturday, Dom Flemons, American folksinger,instructed a workshop in "How to play the bones".

Or learn the Uke, Intermediate Level with Anne James, Pat McInnes, and John Larimore.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5689 folk1 .

Instructing the Intermediate Uke workshop are John Larimore (listed on program), Pat McInnes, and Anne James.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5710 folk2.

Bennie Torrez performed County and Flamenco works on the Guest House Porch. Those who came to Sahuargo Ranch Park historic area on either Saturday or Sunday, March 22 and 23, could hear several concerts from well-known professionals at no charge. The event covers the park and includes performances in the auditorium at the Glendale Main Library.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5701 folk3.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5665 folk4.

Grammy Award winer Rick Nestler (Folk/Americana/Country) performed on the Foreman’s Porch on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and was one of the 150 performers scheduled for the two day event at Sahuargo Ranch Park in Glendale. A special celebration of songs honoring the original Almanac Singers, including the late Pete Seeger, was performed by legendary musicians Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5667 folk5.

Grammy winning Rick Nestler gave a special presentation of The Almanac Trail Project - A celebration of songs that honored the original members of the Almanac Singers, including Pete Seeger.

The Almanac Trail
In the summer 1941, a musical group of labor activists known as "The Almanac Singers" climbed into a midnight blue Buick and blazed a trail across the USA, spreading the gospel of unionism and bringing folk music back to the people. The group, with members Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell, created a new kind of topical music, using old folk melodies to tell the stories of the times. They played in union halls, on picket lines, theaters and radio shows, planting seeds wherever they went. The Almanacs’ now almost-mythical journey has become an inspiration for legions of musicians, free thinkers, and gasoline gypsies, and has paved the road for many of today’s singer/songwriters At the core of it was some of the greatest labor songs ever written, including "Union Maid", "Talking Union", and "Which Side are You On?".

This presentation will recreate the tour with songs, stories and music. Also, Members of the audience might remember him from Rawhide where he has been an actor. "I made the most money in Rawhide," he said, which is a theme park in Phoenix resembling an 1880’s town. "I played a deputy sheriff and a crooked gambler. I lived every 7-year-old’s dream. I had a .45 full of blanks. I spent those days ‘shooting’ my friends and insulting the tourists." (from: http://www.ricknestler.com/)

Members of the audience might remember him from Rawhide where he has been an actor.  "I made the most money in Rawhide," Rick Nester says,, which is a theme park in Phoenix resembling an 1880’s town. "I played a deputy sheriff and a crooked gambler. I lived every 7-year-old’s dream. I had a .45 full of blanks. I spent those days ‘shooting’ my friends and insulting the tourists." (from: http://www.ricknestler.com/)

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5653 folk6.

The Chris and Dave of the Chris and Dave Trio preformed bluegrass on the grass in Sahuargo Ranch Park on Saturday, March 22, 2014. They performed at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday at the Adobe House stage. Bluegrass is their thing. Even with all the music, instrumental and vocal, in the air a good banjo tune can pull you right over to where the music is.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5735 Folk7.

"Music of Our Ancestors" with Sawdust & Strings (Jean and Uncle Butch) Hibben was another free workshop available during the annual two-day event. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival. Playing an instrument, singing a song or dancing a dance each was used as a chaperone for young people. Parents felt comfortable if they as long as they heard the music or song.

Jean Wilcox Hibben is a Board Certified Genealogist with a doctorate in folklore and a Master’s degree in speech communication. She is the membership and meeting coordinator for the Riverside (CA) Folk Song Society.






 

Last living Glendale volunteer firefighter, on his 90th birthday

Happy Birthday Charlie Bootz!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the Glendale Fire Department honored Charlie Bootz, the last living Glendale volunteer firefighter, on his 90th birthday. Two fire trucks rolled up to daughter’s home in north Glendale on Sunday at 2:55 p.m. with lights flashing and sirens and horn blaring. A short presentation followed and Charlie Bootz was presented with a plaque by Councilmember Ian Hugh, Assistant Fire Chief Elio Pompa and former Glendale Fire Chief Gary Crabtree for his years of service. Members of Unit 156, B Shift, even sang Charlie happy birthday.

Jeff Bootz, Charlie’s son, said,  “My dad is loving this. He always talks about being a volunteer firefighter”.

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5780.

Charlie Bootz on his birthday accepts a plaque from Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh honoring his 90th birthday and thanking him for all his years as a volunteer firefighter. Bill Gibson, son in law and current owner of Bootz and Duke Sign Company looks  on.

When his fellow firefighters show up at his party in two fire trucks with lights and sirens, Charlie said, “It was really something.” He went on to say, “Ah…Its change a lot. We had fire, we had three fire trucks in 1959, one was the old Nash, and we had a Chevrolet, and a Seagrade and that was about it. But we had a lot of fun. In town, Glendale was just a mile square. We had a siren a backyard, back behind the city hall. And we would ring it and if the wind was blowing right you could hear it. Each volunteer fireman had a siren on his car and a red light.”

About the surprise he said, “I couldn’t believe it! I sure appreciate it”.

Charlie Bootz was a volunteer fireman in Glendale for 10 years. He said this about the pay, “We got big money. After a fire we got two dollars. $2.00 a fire.”

When ask what his fondest memory, Mr. Bootz answered, “...to be able to work with Chief Heathwrole. He was the fire chief then…And got to meet a lot of the old Glendale folks. As a fireman you got to meet everybody…”

“I was on the city council [1960-1964] after I was a fireman. But Ed LeGendre and I were two great buddies and we enjoyed a lot of fun.” “It didn’t stop with just fighting fires you got to know these people and enjoy their company and stuff. It was a real honor to be a volunteer fireman.”

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5757.

Charlie Bootz and his family are surprised when two Glendale fire units pull up in front of the house. The arranged birthday surprise was pre-arranged, but it was a surprise and an honor for 90 year old Charlie Bootz. Sunday, March 23, 2014 was his birthday and he planned to celebrate it with family and friends.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5769.

Charlie Bootz and Assistant Fire Chief Elio Pompa are about to shake hands with Bill Gibson, son in law and current owner of Bootz and Duke Sign Company looking  on.. Charlie knows by now that today is special, not only because it is his 90th birthday, but two Glendale fire trucks show up and there is no emergency. The Glendale Fire Department presented Mr. Bootz with a special plaque honoring his many years as a volunteer fireman and to with him a happy 90th birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

After all the festivities, later that evening,   Charlie Bootz watches  the story that  KTKV TV Phoenix Channel 3 did on his surprise event!

Photo by Cindy Gibson

 

 

 

Some background on the Glendale Fire Department.

The Glendale Fire Department began in 1912 – the same year Arizona celebrated its statehood. The all-volunteer department served the growing community through the Great Depression and the start of World War II – which brought the birth of Thunderbird Field to train civilian pilots for the Army. While this field was being built in 1941, the Army was busy working on a larger base 10 miles west of Glendale. Luke Field (now Luke Air Force Base) was named for the first pilot to receive a Medal of Honor, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.

The city hired its first fulltime paid fire chief in the 1950’s. A decade later, Glendale was able to show the need to employ its first fulltime paid firefighters. The 1990’s and new millennium brought the Loop 101, Arizona State University’s west campus, Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix Stadium – and with those additions also came the need for the Glendale Fire Department to expand its personnel and its areas of expertise.

Although more than 50 years have passed since the Glendale Fire Department began paying its firefighters, volunteers still play an important role within the department. Over 100 volunteers give their time as safety educators, administration support, fire cadets - which is a program dedicated to serve the community though outreach efforts while mentoring the next generation of firefighters- and as members of the Crisis Response Team.

The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is made up of dedicated volunteers trained by the Glendale Fire Department and Maricopa Association Governments (MAG) to assist firefighters, police officers and the citizens of the West Valley during 911 calls. They specialize in being compassionate and professional during a time of need to those experiencing a crisis. Some team members have a background in behavioral health, emergency medicine, victim assistance and crisis intervention. Their main job is to provide immediate crisis intervention and referrals to victims, families and witnesses after a traumatic event, as well as to guide citizens in the right direction after the event.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with the Glendale Fire Department, please visit www.glendaleaz.com/fire

 

APRIL 2014 EVENT AND ACTIVITY LISTINGS 
Glendale Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department

  The following events are offered from the city of Glendale Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department in April. The programs are free unless otherwise stated.  - Read on at above link...

 

 

SPECIAL! 

Kathy's Corner Boutique
Cowpoke Western Store

5754 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

623-937-7318

Dear Customers and Friends:

The Enclosed ad announcing our GOING
OUT OF BUSINESS SALE will be made
public on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

However •••

We wish to offer you, your family and friends first choice of selection.

Therefore •••

Wednesday, April 2 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm has been set aside for your special Courtesy Day".

Be here early for the best selection.

Please bring this letter to show at the door for entry.

After over 54 years of serving you with the finest quality name brands in women's
and men's apparel, we are closing our business. Our entire inventory and all
fixtures will be liquidated on the premises without regard to loss.

We look forward to serving you on Wednesday on April 2.

Sincerely,

Kathy Munninger, Kathy's Corner Boutique
Jim Eggleston, Cowpoke Western Store

CASH CHECK VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER

 

 
 

 

 

 

F-35 arrives at Luke

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

AUDIO OF THE  SPEECHES  FROM THE PROGRAM  AT END OF PAGE
(still need a  few names  for captions)

The long wait is over. After some worry, the F-35A is delivered to Luke Air Force Base. The first of 144 F-35A arrived at Luke AFB this month. To celebrate and to the occasion Luke AFB hosted an unveiling ceremony for the base’s first F-35 Lightning II on March 14, 2014 at Luke Air Force Base. The event was hosted by Eric Fanning, The Undersecretary of the Air force, and General Robin Rand, Commander of Air Education and Training Command. Guest speakers included Brigadier General Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing Commander; General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph; Ms. Lorraine Martin, Vice President and General Manager, F-35 Program, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; The Honorable Eric Fanning, Undersecretary of the Air Force; The Honorable Trent Franks, U.S. Representative Arizona 8th District; and The Honorable Jan Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona. The F-35 will be available for the public viewing during Luke Days, Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Large crowds are expected for the two day event. The arrival of the first F-35 fighters to the base adds a major attraction to the event.

"The unveiling of our first F-35 is a special day for Luke and the community that has been so supportive of us", said Brig. Gen Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander. "The basing of F-35 aircraft at Luke ensures the long-term viability of our mission of training the world’s greatest fighter pilots, which we’ve been doing here for seven decades."

The F-35 is manufactured by Lockheed Martin and is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft intended to be the Air force’s premier strike aircraft through the first half of the 21st Century. It is a multirole fighter that is expected to eventually phase out the aging F-16s and A-10s.

On April 1, 1994, the 56th Fighter Wing (FW) was reassigned to Luke AFT, Arizona. For the last two decades, the 56t Fighter Wing has been the sole F-16 active duty training base, tasked with producing over half of the Air Force’s fighter pilots.

Today ushers in a new chapter in the history of the56th Fighter Winger Thunderbolts. The 56th FW will be the primary F-35 active duty training base for the U.S. Air force and our partner nations – training the world’s greatest fighter pilots and ensuring the security of our nation and defending liberty across the globe for decades to come.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5382.

The Phoenix Boys Choir posed for a group photograph just after a dress rehearsal and right before the actual program of the official F-35 unveiling ceremony at Luke Air Force Base on Friday, March 14, 2014.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5453.

The F-35A is a multirole fighter and is intended to be the Air Force’s premier strike aircraft through the first half of the 21st Century. Colorful blue lights are for show.

Single seat

Top speed 1,199 MPH

Designer Lockheed Martin

Engine Type Pratt & Whitney

Wingspan 35 feet

Length 51 feet

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5400 and 5399.

Pretty and colorful for the official unveiling ceremony, but the reality is, this is a war bird.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5420. USE YOU FRAME PULL

Fifty-six people participated in the flag presentation and showing the teamwork and cooperation it took, and takes, to achieve this major event for Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona and the nation. Among two of the most noticeable for Glendale residents are current Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Elaine Scruggs who was Mayor of Glendale for almost two decades and who is one of the most ardent supporters of Luke Air Force Base.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 2

The Sergeant and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers  pause for a moment as the flag is passed....

Last December Lockheed Martin employees who helped to complete the F-35 passed an American Flag from one person to another down the line to Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, Luke Commander. The occasion marked the completion of the 100th F-35, which was scheduled for Luke Air Force Base.

Then on Friday, March 14th, Brig. Gen Michael Rothstein asked 56 men and women who represented the many components of the 56th Fight Wing and the West Valley (home to the F-35) to pass an American flag from one person to another, as was done before in Fort Worth, Texas. The flag’s journey down the line illustrated the flag’s journey continued from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth and ended at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. The last person to be handed the flag, was the Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, Commander of the new F-35 Unit, the 61st Fighter Squadron.

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 3

The flag reaches the end of the line  and  is held high in a triumphant  moment!  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers looks on.

Lt. Col. Mike Ebner and SSgt Douglas Bays hold the American Flag that 56 people passed from one person to another. The 56 people represented the various components of the 56th Fighter Wings and their partners in the West Valley. Each passing of the flag represented the collective efforts to build the first F-35. That effort started at the Lockheed Martin facility in Ft. Worth Texas, and finished in Glendale, Arizona on March 14, 2014..

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 4

 Congratulations all around....

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5404.

 The current Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Elaine Scruggs who was Mayor of Glendale for almost two decades and who is one of the most ardent supporters of Luke Air Force Base. Although there were many people that played a part in keeping Luke viable, un-encroached, and prime  for the  arrival of the F-35, Ex Mayor Scruggs deserves recognition  for  her work in  these areas.

 

 

 

PATRIOTIC MEDLEY
Phoenix Boys Choir

ARRIVAL OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS

Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard

U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM
Phoenix Boys Choir

INVOCATION

Lt Col Theadore Wilson

56 FW Chaplain, Luke Air Force Base

WELCOME REMARKS

Brigadier General Michael Rothstein
C
ommander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base

"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
Phoenix Boys Choir

U.S. FLAG PRESENTATION

REMARKS

General Robin Rand

Commander, Air Education and Training Command
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

 

REMARKS

Ms. Lorraine Martin

Vice President and General Manager, F-35 Program
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

REMARKS

The Honorable Eric Fanning
Unde
r Secretary of the Air Force

REMARKS

The Honorable Trent Franks

U .S. Representative, Arizona 8th District

VIDEO - "THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTNING"

REMARKS

The Honorable Jan Brewer
G
overnor of the State of Arizona

DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY

RECEPTION FOR ALL GUESTS

 

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5396 and 5389.

Beneath the banner, "Beware the THUNDERBOLT!" The Honorable Clint Hickman, Maricopa County Supervisor and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Both men participated in the 56 person passing of the American flag.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5523.

This is a Douglas C-47/ DC-3 Skytrain. The Commemorative Air Force flew it in for the show at Luke.

The world famous thunderbirds performed and amazed the crowd of dignitaries at Luke Air Force Base on March 14 during the official welcome ceremony for the F-35A. (See the Thunderbirds overhead!)

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5475.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5475.

Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 (N610AT) was once hailed as the future of light attack and was the only fixed wing aircraft to fire laser guided rockets.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5478.

This is a Douglas C-47/ DC-3 Skytrain. The Commemorative Air Force flew it in for the show at Luke. Friday many that attended the F-35 rollout got a preview of things that  appeared at the 2 day event over the weeked.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5465.

A B-17 Flying Fortress captures the attention of these two men on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the F-35 Lightning II Unveiling Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base in west Glendale.

"The Rock", AETC (Air Education and Training Command) 314th Air Wing; a 130J is a Lockheed Martin Super Hercules cargo craft.

 

5482.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5612.

A heart in the clear blue sky courtesy  of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

AUDIO OF THE  SPEECHES  FROM THE PROGRAM  HERE (7 meg download)

 

 

 

 

   

 

 - -  See it this weekend

F-35 Lightning II

USAF Photo by - Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann


 

 

Honoring K-9 Officer Ronin fundraiser for K-9 protective vests

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.5222.

‘I support the Glendale PD K-9 Unit’ tote bags feature a stitched image of fallen Glendale K-9 Ronin. Ronin was fatally injured on June 20, 2013. The bags are available at the 2 Share Gifts in Historic Catlin Court in Glendale and are the featured item in a fundraiser for protection vests for the dogs in Glendale Police Department k-9 Unit.

The cloth bags are the work of Joyce Cozby. Customers can customized their special order bags by selecting the color of the lining and the and for the outside. The cost of the bag is $30.00. Proceeds, minus materials and a small labor costs, from the sales of the bags will go toward the acquisition of the protective vest for the K-9 officers. More information about the tote bags and the project can be found on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/2ShareFoundation or at 2 Share Gifts 2 Share Foundation, 5830 W. Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301; phone number: 623-930-4960, email: sunlizard70@hotmail.com or on the web at http://2sharegiftsfoundation.webs.com/

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5229.

K-9 Officer in training Mic, Officer Wes Zygmont, Mayor Jerry Weiers, 2 Share Gifts owners Cherlynn Berry and Sheri Audette at the Paris in the Spring fundraising event on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The event was the beginning of a yearlong effort to raise $15,000 for 6 K-9 protective vests; each vest cost $2,500. Debbie Grado Dominguez of Gold Canyon Candles donated 38% of her sales on Saturday to the ‘I support the Glendale PD K-9 Unit’.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 525.

K-9 Officer Mic, in training, and Officer Wes Zygmont relax through play after a photo session.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5235.

Pictures are K-9 Officer in training Mic, Officer Wes Zygmont, Mayor Jerry Weiers, Cherlynn Berry and Sheri Audette co-owners of 2 Share Gifts in Historic Catlin Court in Glendale. Saturday, March 8, 2014 was the yearly Paris in the Spring French Market event in the downtown area.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. dsc00306.

K-9 in training, Mic. Glendale Police Officer Wes Zygmont, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and 2 Share Gifts co-owners Cherlynn Berry and Sheri Audette inside 2 Share Gifts. The fundraising event on Saturday, March 8, 2014 during the Paris in the Spring French Market event launched the start of what might be a yearlong effort to raise enough money, $15,000, for 6 new K-9 protective vests in honor of fallen K-9 Officer Ronin.

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Sandy Farley of Mesa

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Julia Tatterson of Cave Creek

 

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Cori and Austin Borgstadt

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Cori, Austin and Jan Borgstadt

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Diane Ashton of Chandler and Mary Kaye Wonner of Glendale enjoy the many treasures
at Cottage Garden II located in the Catlin Court historic section of Downtown Glendale

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Crowds pack in  and  enjoy the many treasures
at Cottage Garden II located in the Catlin Court historic section of Downtown Glendale

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
The Cottage Garden II owner Carol Migray
 Cottage Garden II is located in the Catlin Court historic section of Downtown Glendale

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Crowds pack in  and  enjoy the many treasures
at Cottage Garden II located in the Catlin Court historic section of Downtown Glendale

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Kirby the Mime! from Mesa provided entertainmt at 'Paris in the Spring' in Downtown Glendale.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

 
 

 

 

AUTHORS AT THE TEAGUE

Jerry Foster at Authors @ the Teague

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

"It ain’t braggin’ if you’ve done it!"

Jerry Foster at his Authors @the Teague book signing on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

The name Jerry Foster is a familiar name and face to those who lived in the Valley in the 1980s. Foster was one of the first pilots to regularly report the news, traffic and weather while also piloting a gyro plane or helicopter. His skills as a helicopter pilot allowed him to work closely with law enforcement with search-and-rescue missions. His involvement in several rescues made him part of the story, giving him lots of positive attention from viewers but also a lot of critics.

News ratings were good and management knew a ratings maker when they saw one. Traditional journalist saw a challenge to traditional news reporting. While the FAA did not care for Mr. Foster’s high-flying style and set out to ground him. Elementary school kids wanted him to visit their school, because he would land in his helicopter!

Pilots have their swagger and anyone who makes it to sixty and beyond knows it was not always easy and not without getting a few bumps and scraps along the way. Jerry Foster admitted he is a “hot dog”. In his memoir, “Earthbound Misfit: Jerry Foster”, with Dee Dees, he shares his story, bumps, scrapes and all.

 

Judging by the audience at Velma Teague on Saturday, he is loved and admired, still, by many. Some of the attendees saw Jerry when he came to their schools in the 80's!

“He just does things with a helicopter that a man in his right mind just wouldn't do.

But he does it so well he’s perfectly safe.”

Senator Barry Goldwater – 1988.

 

--- “Earthbound Misfit: by Jerry Foster”, with Dee Dees is available at Amazon.com or at local book signings

 

 

 

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Jennifer Machamer is getting her book signed by Jerry Foster. Foster said on Saturday, March 8, 2014 during his book signing that one of his most positive memories are of his many visits to elementary schools and the kids. One of many school visits he made was to Jennifer Machmer’s class. “It ain’t braggin’ if you’ve done it!”… Jerry Foster.

“Earthbound Misfit: by Jerry Foster”, with Dee Dees is available at Amazon.com or at local book signings.

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Jerry Foster along with co-author of his book Dee Dees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Local News Pilot Jerry Foster 

Signs “Earthbound Misfit” at the Library

Glendale, Ariz. –– Former TV news personality and helicopter pilot Jerry Foster will discuss and sign his new book, “Earthbound Misfit,” during the Authors @ the Teague event at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

The most decorated civilian helicopter pilot in history, Foster spent more than 20 years covering the news for three different Phoenix stations. After starting out reporting traffic conditions, he progressed to breaking stories in the Valley, including many daring rescue and recovery missions. Foster even inadvertently became part of the news a few times during his career. For more information, see his website at www.sky12.tv.

Prior to becoming a news helicopter pilot, Foster trained pilots bound for Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Harmon Trophy, the highest civilian honor in aviation. After retiring, he has continued to fly various aircraft. He is married and lives in Phoenix and Show Low. His book is co-authored by Dee Dees, a personal historian, writer and ghostwriter residing in Gilbert.

The program is free and books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call 623-930-3431.

 

 

Earthbound Misfit is the story of Jerry Foster, a pioneer in the field of news helicopter pilots. What began a routine flying job reporting traffic for a local TV station, soon became much more, as Jerry began reporting news stories as well. His former training as a paramedic for the AMES project (for which he was Chief pilot), and his association with several law enforcement agencies, also allowed him the opportunity to help with rescues and recoveries. Very often, instead of just reporting the story, Jerry Foster was the story. The book also covers Jerry’s early life, and the demons that followed him for years, as well as his life after 20 years in the TV business. It covers his fall from grace, and his years of reclusiveness, before venturing out into the world of Facebook and discovering that he was still loved by many.

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Daily Plant 
congratulates this years winners!

 

 

Annual Awards Ceremony

Glendale Police Department

March 6, 2014

 

 

Glendale Police Department
Mission Statement

To protect the lives and property
of the people we serve.

Values

Integrity • Courage • Excellence
Respect • Compassion • Dedication

 

Welcome

Chief Debora Black

 

Posting of Colors / Pipes & Drums
National Anthem

Glendale Honor Guard
Glendale Pipes & Drums
Award Recipients

 

Introductions

Assistant Chief Rick St. John

Master of Ceremonies
Lindsey Reiser
CBS News 5 Journalist

 

Speakers

Jerry Weiers, Mayor

Debora Black, Chief of Police

 

Presentation of Awards

 

Closing Remarks

Assistant Chief Greg Dominguez

 

Lifesaving Award

Officer Bryan Anderson • Officer Mike Crawford

Officer Joseph Dziawura

 

Exceptional Merit

Detective John D. Krystek • Detective Tom Pocknell

Officer Justin Ramsay • Officer Brandon Schoch

Corporal Walter Slocumb

 

Chief’s Award For Excellence

Communications Specialist Cassie Gaarder

Officer Jason Jones • Officer Evan Kudler

Officer Richard Lipps • Detective Gary Myers

Officer Brian Shackelford • Sergeant Jeff Turney

 

Meritorious Unit Citation Awards
 

Glendale Family Advocacy Center – Family Violence

Sergeant Pat Beumler (Accepting)

Detective George Arnold

Detective Bobby Edwards

Detective Derrick Johnston

Detective Shane Lee

Detective Mario Sanchez

Detective Jason Spillers

Case Manager John Burns

Victim Advocate Caseworker Jennifer Segovia

 

Gateway Community

Response

Sergeant Scott Walker

(Accepting)

Detective Laura Beeler

Detective Beth Diaz

Detective Brian Jones

Detective Bret McLeod

Detective Tom Pocknell

 

Foothills Neighborhood Response Squad

Sergeant Aaron Aldridge

(Accepting)

Officer Nicholas Lively

Officer Brian Gallagher

Officer Trevor Goode

Officer Zane Hinde

Officer James Stahl

Officer Adam Ponton

Officer James Mullins

 

 

Violent Crimes/Homicide
North & South

Sergeant Jason Zimmerman (Accepting) &

Sergeant Joe Flosman
(Accepting)

Detective Roger Geisler

Detective Brian Piech

Detective Nedd Wilkens

Detective Eric Holmstedt

Detective Travis Darby

Detective Matt Lowe

Detective Brad McMillen

Detective Gary Myers

Detective Mark Coyle

Detective Yon Grant

Detective Brent Durham

Detective Carlos Cano

Sergeant Scott Waite

Sergeant Jeff Daukas

 

Violent Crimes/Gangs

Sergeant Joe Flosman (Accepting)

Detective John Bustoz

Detective Jarrod Smith

Special Agent Scott Rhodes

Special Agent Evan Tsurumi

Probation Officer Rhonda Wilson

Probation Officer Linda Ramey

 

Meritorious Unit - CAD/RMS Project

Core Team

Lieutenant John Wolfe (Accepting)

Arlene Chemello (Accepting)

Sergeant Jared Cooper

Sergeant Ryan Horrall

Officer Chad Bowers

Mark Foote

Sean Ayotte

Dean Ohlendorf

Catherine York

CAD/MPS Training (Patrol)

Sergeant Kevin Kellogg

Officer Nathan Loescher

Officer Wendy Lehman

Officer Rob Solomon

Officer Dan Frusciano

Officer Adam Spiwak

Officer Brandon Schoch

Officer Dan Mooney

Officer Jacob Martinson

Officer Tom Vickers **

Sergeant Janneth Washington,
Detention Supervisor

 

CAD Configuration &

Training (Communications)

Loretta Hadlock,
Communications Manager

Michaelanne Acree,
Communications Supervisor

Jessica Kunz,
Communications Supervisor

Cy Otsuka, Radio Systems

Tim Ulery, Radio Systems
Crime Analysis

Bryan Hill, Crime Analyst

 

CAD/MPS Cutover Support

Center Augmentees

Larry Bly, Records Manager

Jason Little, Records Technician

 

 

Vehicle Retrofit

Mark Campbell,
Technical Services Manager

Officer Tom Vickers

Officer Andrea Slocumb

Christina Betz,
Assistant Public Works Director

Guy Wilkes, Shop Supervisor,
Field Operations

Chris Kinion, Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor, Field Operations

Walt Cook, Equip. Technician II,
Make Ready Section

Gabriel Parra, Equip. Technician II, Make-Ready Section

Information Technology

Diana Bundschuh,
Deputy Chief IT Officer

David Atchison,
Network Administrator

Ted Moeller, Senior Database Analyst

John Schoenstein,

Domain Administrator

David Timm, Application Analyst

Val Gonzales, IT Security Admin.

John Hurley, System Hardware Architecture & Install

Tristan Nelson, Geographic Information System Specialist

Sheila Reddic, Help Desk Supervisor

Daniel Colwell,
IT Senior Network Engineer

Patrol Scheduling Assistance

Officer Brian Wilkins

GRPSTC Scheduling
and Technology

Todd Greenhagen, EOC, GFD

 

 

Purple Heart Award

Officer Wes Zygmont

Medal of Valor

Officer Jason Chambers

Sergeant Scott Keene

Officer Kevin Robertson

Officer Wes Zygmont

 

Volunteer of the Year

Russell Whitney

 

Civilian of the Year

Communications Supervisor Michaelanne Acree

 

Investigator of the Year

Detective George Arnold

 

Officer of the Year

Officer John Davidge

 

Thank you to our sponsors

for their support of this program

Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ

Galloway Asset Management, LLC

Intergraph Corporation

Motorola, Inc.

TASER International

Treasures Custom Jewelers

Abbott Hearing Aid Centers

Salsa-Blanca Grill

Signatures Invitations & Gifts

 

 

 

Glendale Police Department 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony

March 6, 2014

Congratulations to all of the 2013 award recipients

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5187.

Officer of the Year was awarded to Officer John Davidge, at 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony on

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5177.

Investigator of the Year was awarded to Detective George Arnold.

 

((From the Transcript))

THE INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR IS:

DETECTIVE GEORGE ARNOLD

DETECTIVE ARNOLD CONSISTENTLY EXCEEDS THE EXPECTATIONS OF AN INVESTIGATOR WITHIN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION. AS A DETECTIVE ASSIGNED TO THE FAMILY VIOLENCE UNIT, DETECTIVE ARNOLD ROUTINELY ARRIVES EARLY AND STAYS LATE TO ENSURE HIS CASES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HIS VICTIMS RECEIVE THE BEST SERVICE POSSIBLE.

DURING 2013, DETECTIVE ARNOLD PERSONALLY ARRESTED 30 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECTS AND SUBMITTED 137 CASES FOR PROSECUTION.

DETECTIVE ARNOLD IS ALSO A TEAM PLAYER WHO REGULARLY ASSISTS FELLOW DETECTIVES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE HIS UNIT WITH SEARCH WARRANTS, CONTACTS AND ARRESTS MAKING HIM AN INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY VIOLENCE UNIT.

DETECTIVE ARNOLD IS A DEDICATED AND EXPERIENCED MEMBER OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION. HIS COMPASSION FOR VICTIMS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND COMMITMENT TO INVESTIGATIVE WORK IS BEYOND EXEMPLARY.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5170.

Glendale Police Chief Black presented Communications Supervisor Michaelanne Acree with the

Civilian of the Year award.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5167.

Russell Whitney was awarded the Volunteer of the Year.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5154.

Officer Wes Zygmont was awarded the Purple Heart and a Medal of Valor by Glendale Police Chief Debora Black.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5160.

Glendale Police Chief Debora Black, Officer Wes Zygmont, who received the Medal of Valor and was also presented the Purple Heart at the awards ceremony on Thursday evening, March 6, 2014.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5215.

Detective George Arnold holds shares his award with his family at the 2013 Glendale Police Department, Annual Awards Ceremony. Detective George Arnold received the Investigator of the Year award. Pictured are Cindy Arnold, Khalid and Kai (in blue) and Detective Arnold.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5198.

Glendale Police Chief Black and Assistant Chief Greg Dominguez present Master of Ceremonies Lindsey Reiser CBS News 5 Journalist with a basket of chocolate from Cerreta’s, "just in time for bikini season", said Ms. Reiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Mayor details city’s historic shortfalls
By WILLIAM E. TOOPS, Publisher
The Glendale Star 
- Special to the Glendale Daily Planet 

 

Photo - Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

In his second State of the City address, Mayor Jerry Weiers pulled no punches regarding Glendale’s dire financial outlook as the keynote speaker of the 63rd annual dinner meeting of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Feb. 27 at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa.
“Glendale is facing one of its worst budget shortfalls in the city’s history,” Weiers said. “A high debt load is straining Glendale’s operating budget and twice in the past year, our credit rating has been downgraded to reflect a deterioration of the city’s financial position.”


As a result, the city’s budget deficit is projected to grow to more than $30 million annually over the next three years. This shortfall directly impacts the general fund, which pays for the day-to-day operations of the city such as police, fire, libraries, parks and recreation centers.


To illustrate his point to more than 300 chamber members, local business and civic leaders in attendance, Weiers produced a video using a series of proportionately sized boxes to contrast the city’s current revenues against its debt and expenses. More than just numbers, the video provided a concise reality of the city’s position and a clear perspective as to the seriousness of the problem.


“The issues that created this situation existed before many of us arrived in office, but now is the time to stop kicking the can down the road and actually deal with the financial mistakes of the past,” Weiers said. “We must take ownership of this problem.”
Though Weiers said the budget shortfall he inherited sickens him, he acknowledged that it was the responsibility of the mayor and council to fix the problem once and for all. In order to bridge the gap, the mayor said it would take an increase in sales tax of up to one full cent over the current rate.


“My fellow councilmembers and I must come together as one to provide the leadership necessary to implement real solutions,” said Weiers. “Like it or not, getting to $30 million will require difficult decisions being made.”


Turning his attention to the 2015 Super Bowl, Weiers said while the 2008 game generated some $213 million in new taxable purchases throughout the state, Glendale spent more than $2 million on public safety alone. He added the Arizona Super Bowl host committee estimates that more than $3 million for security may be needed for next year’s game.
“These costs are the necessities, required by federal agencies such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security,” Weiers said. “There isn’t a way to cut corners or opt out.”


Weiers said the state’s current model for funding major events is not fair and he has made it his top priority to pass legislation that would reimburse host cities for their security costs. To that end, H.B. 2547 is making its way through the Legislature and, if approved, would allow Glendale to seek up to $2 million in public safety reimbursement costs for the Feb. 1, 2015 Super Bowl.
“We need to work together to fix this problem,” Weiers said. “It’s good for the region, it’s good for Glendale and it’s time to support our home team.”


While discussing public safety, Weiers recognized Fire Chief Mark Burdick, Police Chief Deborah Black and their respective staffs for their outstanding efforts and superior service to the community. He noted a significant reduction in crime citywide, as well as a 20 percent drop in violent crime and a nine percent decrease in property crimes compared to the previous year.


Weiers said when it comes to economic development and job creation, Glendale remains the city of choice in the region. In the last fiscal year, the city facilitated more than 1,200 new jobs and has created nearly 2,000 additional positions since then. 
“This positive economic activity has helped lower Glendale’s unemployment rate to 6.2 percent,” Weiers said. “This is lower than both the unemployment rates at the state and national levels,” he said.


The mayor recognized a number of distinguished guests for their dedication and support with a special coin as his version of the “Key to the City.” Recipients included Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman; Governor of the Gila River Indian Community Gregory Mendoza; President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diane Enos; President and CEO of Midwestern University Kathleen Goeppinger; President and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse Jake Jabs; and Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein.


Tallying his own first-year accomplishments, Weiers said he helped the city obtain more than $1 million in public safety and non-profit group grants, formed a mayor’s business advisory group, hosted events to help local military veterans, brought back fireworks on the Fourth of July and established an annual Christmas Parade to promote and bring even more visitors to Historic Downtown Glendale.


“Without a doubt, 2014 will be a very challenging year,” Weiers said. “But if the council and I are honest with ourselves, set attainable goals and work hard to achieve them, this will be the year we get Glendale back on the road and moving in the right direction.”

C- The Glendale Star 

 

 

MORE THAN 150 PERFORMERS ENTERTAIN

AT TWO-DAY GLENDALE FESTIVAL

Glendale, Ariz. –– Performers with styles ranging from Folk and Bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling will entertain thousands of people at the two-day Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival presented by Glendale Parks, Recreation & Library Services.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave. Attendees are welcome to enjoy the entertainment on eight stages and participate in free workshops on topics such as Fingerstyle Guitar, Music Production, Harmonica Workshop and Vocal Harmonies, which will be led by accomplished entertainers.

The festival will include Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble; official state balladeer, Dolan Ellis; Dom Flemons of the Grammy award-winning “Carolina Chocolate Drops;” legendary folk performer and songwriter, Bill Staines; Grammy winner, Rick Nestler; accomplished professional musician, Rik Palieri; international performer Joe Bethancourt; and local folk hero, Hans Olson.

On Saturday, March 22, as part of the festival the Glendale Main Library will host Dolan Ellis with a unique presentation at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., a special celebration of songs will honor the original Almanac Singers, including the late Pete Seeger, and will be performed by musicians Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler.

This unique festival includes a wide variety of folk and traditional family entertainment, how-to workshops by accomplished entertainers, a “jam session area,” historic Sahuaro Ranch house tours, blacksmith demonstrations, make-and-take crafts for kids, raffle drawing and a site scavenger hunt. Admission and activities are free. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, along with vendors selling crafts and jewelry.

“This festival provides a very unique experience,” stated Michelle Yates, senior recreation coordinator. “With its variety of music and entertainment in the historic setting of one of the Valley’s oldest preserved ranches, people are taken back in time for both a historical and cultural perspective.”

Jivemind and Midwestern University are both contributing sponsors of this community event. Representatives from the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Arizona Pickers and Grinners, Desert Dulcimers, Arizona Autoharp Club, AMAZ Radio and additional nonprofits will have exhibition booths.

A complete schedule of the entertainment and workshops is available at www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation. Volunteers are still needed to help with a variety of activities during the event. To volunteer or for more information on the event, call 623-930-2820.

 

 

The world is HerWorld® too!

HerWorld®, a national initiative of DeVry University, educates 
high school girls about the career choices available in STEM fields
.

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

On Friday, February 28, 250 girls from high schools in the Phoenix and surrounding cities will learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at HerWorld®. HerWorld®, a national initiative of DeVry University, educates high school girls about the career choices available in STEM fields. The program also introduces the young women to successful female role models who illustrate how STEM careers are challenging and rewarding and possible.

Over the next decade, it is projected that STEM fields will create 2.6 million new jobs, yet women comprise only 24 percent of the current STEM workforce. While the industry has made some strides in piquing high school girls’ interest in STEM, one-third of women who enter a STEM bachelor’s degree program switch their major to a non-STEM field by the time they graduate. This year, HerWorld® highlights the important role mentors play in keeping girls engaged in STEM through high school and beyond.

When the class of 2014 graduates from college in five years, more than 8 million jobs will be available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math STEM. Though STEM accounts for a majority of job growth in the U.S., the number of students enrolling in relevant degree programs in college to fill these positions continues to decline, leaving a gap of skilled professionals. In 2012 In an effort to close this growing gap, DeVry University launched a movement called STEM Ready, aiming to introduce more high school students to STEM and careers within those fields. 

At the HerWorld® event on Friday, March 1, 2014; Nicole Keeling, Homeland Security Investigations, Anti-Smuggling Task Force – Special Agent; gave the keynote address. She thought at first she wanted to study interior design but that did not work out well because she did not know how to draw and would not be able to create a portfolio.

One of her first jobs was watching out for shoplifters and was chased by a person with a knife who stole Twinkies. She stayed with those "other jobs" because they opened doors for her and her people whom she would later ask to be a reference. To get and to find your dream job "you have to do those other things". "Get out there. Explore." In her remarks she pointed out aspects of her job that use science, technology, engineering and math or STEM.

Being a female in a man’s world is changing for the better and it has opened doors for Special Agent Keeling. She told the high school students sitting under a tent on the Phoenix DeVry campus about one of her undercover assignments in a wedding dress shop that she and another female agent were on. Sending in a guy would not have worked so well. In another example, sometimes the tough guys have a change of heart when a woman suspect starts to cry. In a case like this, Special Agent Keeling takes on the role of "tough girl". As a female agent, she is not treated any differently than anyone else. She loves her job and likes the "arresting side" of her job over analyzing data for most of the day.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4996.

Diana Navarro of DeVry University gives each HerWorld® attendee a bag that holds folders, maps and schedules and has room for handouts and can carry notebooks and such. Within the next month, sixteen HerWorld® events will be happening all across the nation.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4999.

Sayge Ross, Ciara Green Ariana Newton and Christine Burch all are seniors from Ironwood High School in Glendale at the Friday, March 1, 2014 morning check-in on the DeVry University campus in Phoenix.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5019.

Nicole Keeling, Homeland Security Investigations, Anti-Smuggling Task Force – Special Agent; gave the keynote address. Attendees at HerWorld® get to interact with peers, participate in educational and confidence-building activities, and receive advice from successful female leaders, like Nicole Keeling, in the community to motivate them to prepare and succeed in college to reach their career dreams.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5024.

Foreign Currency Exchange-International Accounting was one of many HerWorld® workshops offered on Friday, February 28. This workshop was instructed by Dr. Arlene Goodman. Yes, this workshop involves math and a calculator was used.

Each student hand selected three workshops. The workshop topics to choose from are listed below.

Tricks and Treats– Adobe Photoshop

Scribbler Robot

How Do We Look Inside the Body?

Robotics

Packet Tracer (creating a virtual network)

The Binary Counter

GameMaker-"Catch the Clown"

Protecting Your Network

Special Workshop presented by Homeland Security – Special Agents

Forensic Accounting – Follow the Money,

Switched a t Birth (Through technologies in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, human blood group

genetics can be used to determine parentage.)

Foreign Currency Exchange – International Accounting

History of HerWorld®

DeVry University developed HerWorld® more than 15 years ago to empower young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As demand for the program grew, it was rolled out to DeVry University campuses across the country. 

Through the HerWorld® program, DeVry University introduces high school women to in-demand STEM careers and helps inspire them to achieve new possibilities today and see how STEM can change the world of tomorrow.

March is National HerWorld® Month

 In March 2013, more than 7,000 young women participated in more than 20 HerWorld® events across the country during March – National HerWorld® Month 

 DeVry University’s corporate partners including Cisco, Microsoft, and Google provide guest speakers at many events to further support HerWorld®’s powerful message. 

 

Annual State of the City Address
  Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers
             February 27, 2014
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Read the speech and more photos > HERE

WESTMARC presents education forecast 
By Ayla Hopper, Editorial Assistant - Glendale Star - Special to the Glendale Daily Planet

 

McCain for WESTMARC

McCain for WESTMARC

 

Senator John McCain made an appearance and spoke at WESTMARC’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Education Forecast. Topics he went over were issues going on in Kiev, Ukraine and immigration reform.

 

Education supporters

Education supporters

 

WESTMARC President and CEO Michelle Rider and John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state, interact after the breakfast.

 

On higher education

On higher education

 

Eileen Klein, president, Arizona Board of Regents, talks about higher education and how it can improve for the state.

 

From Arizona Senate members and House of Representatives to West Valley mayors and councilmembers, well-known community members were in attendance for WESTMARC’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Education Forecast Feb. 21 at ASU West’s Campus.

First to speak was Joseph R. Carter, Avnet Professor of Supply Chain Management, Associate Dean of W.P. Carey School of Business, and Vice Provost of ASU. With the 30th anniversary approaching, Carter provided a brief history of ASU West.

Glancing back through 30 years, just by stepping foot on ASU West, residents can see lots of growth. Buildings that were once non-existent are sprouting up. Residents who have not been on campus in two to three years can see progression, which is a major point Carter brings up because it is a group of people, such as those attending the annul meeting, who were instrumental on helping build the campus.

Following Carter’s message from ASU West, WESTMARC President Michelle Rider introduced special guest Sen. John McCain, who addressed two key issues – what is going on in Ukraine, as well as immigration reform and how it relates to citizens and education. McCain said he was grateful for everyone’s involvement in the community and state and their support of education.

Brad Wright, 2013 Chairman of WESTMARC and president of Nations, handed the gavel over to Sharon Grambow, who is the 2014 Chairman of WESTMARC, and the vice president and CEO of Sun Health Senior Living.

“I am so pleased to be the new Chairman of WESTARC board of directors,” Grambow said. “It is a great place and we are doing great things here in the West Valley, and I look forward to carrying on that tradition.”

Grambow presented a plaque to Wright and thanked him for his service.

Following Grambow and Wright, Roger Freeman, superintendent of Littleton Elementary School District, took the stage. Freeman introduced two speakers, John Huppenthal, superintendent of Public Instruction for the state; and Eileen Klein, president of Arizona Board of Regents.

As for as the education forecast, here is what Huppenthal and Klein had to say:

Huppenthal talked about what has been happening educationally in the entire United States and around the world and brought it down specifically to what is happening in Arizona. He discussed transformative ways to improve education and what is being done in Arizona.

“We need to affirm the school teachers are doing good job. We need accurate measurement,” Huppenthal said. “We are for the very first time holding schools accountable on academic growth.”

Besides calling for accountability on the school and district level, Huppenthal also called for more technology in the classroom, and highlighted five initiatives for improving education in Arizona:

  • Structured English immersion

  • Career and technical education

  • Foreign languages – Students’ learning improves when teaching in two languages

  • Read On Arizona

  • Civic engagement initiative – teaching our constitution, Declaration of Independence and how city government works

Klein’s focus was on higher education.

“We know two-thirds of our jobs in the future are going to require some sort of post-secondary education training, and our universities need to be at the position to be able to deliver to the students who are qualified to take job,” Klein said, “If they can be successful in the workforce, then clearly they can have the quality of life that we all strive for here in Arizona.”

Klein took a look at the university system.

She said, “If you look at our university system, you would see a lot of similarities across our three universities. Today, our universities are much more differentiated. We have three universities, each one dedicated to a specific focus. University of Arizona, medical school; ASU is a comprehensive research metropolitan university; and NAU has a specific focus on undergraduate education with a higher degree of specialized research. We think that those three sets are the right way to be focusing right now. Because higher education is becoming more competitive we want to be sure that each one of these institutions is really building on its core capabilities.”

Klein also addressed affordability of community colleges. Community colleges are key to hitting the state education goals. Klein said by 2020, they hope to increase to a production of 30,000 graduates per year in Arizona. She said, without the community college partners, it can’t be done.

Klein said, “We have more STEM graduates, but we also know it is important not to leave behind humanities and the liberal arts. Many of our liberal arts students graduates have quickly out-earned our STEM graduate students.”

Klein stressed reinvestment, reinvigoration, and recommitments as keys to higher education.

 

 

See the budget process in person!


Hear  something  you  do not  like or agree with? Call or write your councilperson  ASAP. 
They are the ones that have to approve the budget.

 

CITY OF GLENDALE

PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING SCHEDULE

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The city of Glendale will conduct seven budget meetings over the next three months:

· Tuesday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to noon

· Tuesday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to noon

· Tuesday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to noon

· Tuesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon

· Tuesday, March 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Thursday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The meetings will be held at Glendale City Hall in room B3, and free

parking is available in the city hall parking garage. The meetings will also be

broadcast live on Glendale 11 TV and live online at www.glendaleaz.com/video.

The meetings are archived on the city website for viewing 24/7 at

www.glendaleaz.com/video.

Budget documents will be posted on the city’s website at

www.glendaleaz.com/budget prior to the meetings. Additional meetings could

be added to the calendar if deemed necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE SOROPTOMIST GROUP KICKS OFF OPERATION 
WOMEN WARRIOR DRIVE WITH BUNCO EVENT MARCH 14

Glendale, Ariz. –– Soroptimist International of the Kachinas of Glendale kicks off month-long activities to benefit Operation Women Warriors beginning on March 14 with a dinner and Bunco event.

Everyone is welcome to join Soroptimist International of the Kachinas in Glendale on Friday, March 14 beginning at 6 p.m., for an evening of friends, food, beverages, prizes and Bunco. Attendees are asked to bring items to benefit Operation Women Warriors in partnership with the Military Family Support Group. The Military Family Support is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which sends 350+ care packages each month overseas of much needed supplies to the troops in every branch of the military. The Operation Women Warriors project will send specialized care packages to female soldiers stationed overseas. Needed items include bulk hard candies, travel-sized hair shampoo and conditioner, moisturizing shower gel, Q-tips, facial lotion with sunscreen, foot cream, SPF lip balm, personal hygiene products, cough drops, shower loofahs and hair bands. A full list of needed items is listed at www.sikachinas.org.

The March 14 event will include a buffet style dinner. The cash bar including beer, wine and soft drinks opens at 6 p.m., followed by six lively rounds of Bunco play starting promptly at 6:45 p.m. There will be door prize drawings all night, $100 cash payout for the most Buncos and a 50/50 drawing. Donate an item for Operation Women Warriors and get a free ticket for the door prize drawings.

The event will be held at the West Valley Mediation Center located at 6670 W. Cactus Road, Suite A102 in Glendale. Admission is $25 per player and includes Bunco play, dinner and dessert. Reservations can be made at www.sikachinas.org.

The Bunco event kicks off a month-long collection drive for needed items for Operation Women Warriors. Donations can be dropped off March 14 through April 18 at the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140, Glendale and Bitz-ee Mama’s Restaurant located at 7023 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale. For more information and a complete list of needed items, visit www.sikachinas.org.

Soroptimist is an international service organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. For more information go to www.sikachinas.org.

 

As a Test, Glendale Begins Using Propane to Fuel New Police Vehicles

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

To test the cost efficiency of using propane instead of unleaded fuel, the Glendale Police Department has begun to use propane as a fuel in two new vehicles. The city received at grant from the Gila River Indian Community which enabled the Glendale Police Department to acquire a total of 18 new vehicles. Five of those vehicles are getting readied to use propane as a fuel. Actually two of the five SUVs have been retrofitted for using propane and are in use. Three Chevrolet Tahoes are waiting to be equipped with specific police equipment.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers has a personal vehicle that uses propane and was enthusiastic in his remarks during the press conference on Monday, February 24, 2014 announcing the retrofitting of five new vehicles to use propane gas instead of unleaded gas.

A gallon of propane is about 50% less than a gallon of unleaded. The vehicles using propane will need fewer oil changes and the engines should last longer, thus adding to the anticipated savings without any downsides to engine performance.

Another positive in switching to propane as a fuel, is that the City of Glendale will reduce its carbon footprint by a little. But it is a start. Glendale could lead the way for other Arizona cities to switch to propane.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4872.

Gila River Indian Community Councilman Norman Wellington and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers at the February 24, at the City of Glendale Field Operations Division, Equipment Management Facility (6210 W. Myrtle Avenue) to announce that five new vehicles will be using propane gas as a cost saving measure and to shrink the city’s carbon footprint. A grant from the Gila River Indian Community gave the Glendale Police Department a total of 18 Chevrolet TahoeSUVs.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4889.

City of Glendale Buyer, Doug Howitt demonstrated how easy it is to fuel up the new vehicles. The City of Glendale Field Operations Division, Equipment Management Facility at 6210 W. Myrtle Avenue is the only propane fueling station at present. There are plans for a propane fuel station in north Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4882 and 4887.

Mayor Jerry Weiers placed sticker on the newly retrofitted 2013 SUV. The message reads: Propane Powered, Made Possible by a Grant from, Gila River Indian Community, Protecting our Community, Protecting Our Environment.

 

 

 

 


 

BRING YOUR CAMMMMEERRRRAAAA!


 

Whoopee Daze

"The Great Southwest"

Classic Car Show

The City of Tolleson will host its 2nd annual car show as part of this year’s Whoopee Daze, which runs April 4-6. The Great Southwest Classic Car Show is for all vehicles Pre-70’s.

The car show is scheduled for Friday, April 4th. Registration has begun and we are accepting the first 50 registrations. Judging will be by the public and judges and awards will be given for People’s Choice, Best of Show and Honorable Mention. Awards also for Best of Show 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s plus Best Club Participation. The deadline for pre-registration is March 28, 2014. All pre-registered entries will receive an event shirt. For more information and to register, call Ruth Espinoza at (623) 936-2754 or email at respinoza@tollesonaz.org

 

Whoopee Daze The Great Southwest Classic Car Show

Date: Friday, April 4

Time: 7:00 pm start time, 5:00 – 6:30 for check in

Location:  Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren   Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost: $15.00 per entry, pre-registration before March 28

$20.00 per entry day of if space is available.

Registration Deadline: March 28, 2014

 

Please return registration forms and fee to:

City of Tolleson

9555 W. Van Buren

Tolleson, AZ 85353

ATTN: Ruth Espinoza

 

For more information and registration form, visit www.tollesonaz.org or call the City of Tolleson Parks and Recreation at (623) 474-4992

 

PARIS IN THE SPRING EVENT POSTPONES ONE WEEK

DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST

WHO: Glendale’s downtown business community, event attendees and shoppers

WHAT: the Paris in the Spring and Open Air Market event originally scheduled for Saturday, March 1 has been postponed one week due to heavy rain forecasted for Saturday

WHERE: Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court

WHEN: event will now be held Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHY: the event will take place mostly outdoors on the front lawns and porches of the downtown shops, and rain forecasted will make many of the event’s activities impossible; the forecast for March 8 is a beautiful 71 degrees

CONTACT: Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 623-930-4500 or www.visitglendale.com

 

Paris in the Spring 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Put on your beret and head to Historic Downtown Glendale for a très magnifique event on Saturday, March 8, 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. Attendees will enjoy entertainment, an art show and a French Market. 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. Entertainment and activities will include a mime performance, tarot card readings, angel readings, face painting, a Parisian fashion show and a Paris (Texas) Open Mic Talent Contest. Shopping will be a must for the day and shoppers will discover special finds at a flea market with fresh flowers, boutiques and specialty shops and the Open Air Market, featuring vendors of all sorts. Many shops will feature shopping and dining, all with a Parisian theme. The art show will feature the Arizona Plein Air painters, whose artists will illustrate real-life outdoor scenes. Some artwork will be available for sale.

What French event would be complete without delicious food? Foodies will find specialty desserts like eclairs, petit fours and special Eiffel Tower cookies. In addition, there will be a "French Moment" trivia contest where one lucky person will win a foot-high chocolate Eiffel Tower from Cerreta Candy Company. Finally, The Spicery in our 1895 home will provide outdoor dining, the perfect setting for noshing on more delicious delicacies, which will include Quiche Lorraine and French Onion soup, along with their daily specials; they will also feature music and an artist drawing free sketches for patrons. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 623-937-6531 for reservations and more information.

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.

 

 

 

Glendale Community College Arizona SciTech Festival 
OR What did Dr. Bob blow up earlier?

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

The 2014 Arizona SciTech Festival offers hundreds for free events for adults and kids. The festival takes place February and March at several locations around the state. Glendale Community College hosted its Arizona SciTech Festival on Friday afternoon from 4:00 p .m. to 7:00 p. m.; February 21, 2014 on the GCC main campus. The event offered families, children, middle and high school students the opportunities to check out the sciences—bioscience, health, medicine, space science, astronomy, physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, to mention a few. Students could ask professional’s questions and make-and-take something fun to take home like a paper Trilobite. All in this entire event and others like offer a chance to investigate the various sciences for possibly study and career planning.

The trilled of discovery does not go away. The first time you see something that leaves you aw struck, will probably stay with you for a very long time. Like what happens when a banana is placed in liquid nitrogen? Or what happens to a balloon when goes into the liquid nitrogen tank?

Several booms could be heard on the physical sciences plaza on Friday, February 21. And as usual, the chemistry department got the credit and the positive attention from the kids and parents attending the Arizona Science Festival at Glendale Community College (GCC). Dr. Bob one of the chemistry instructor’s demonstrated flammable and exploding gases. He did so as part of his informative demonstration, but it was fun.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4821.

Joe Springer drops balloons that have been in the liquid nitrogen tank on onto the table. He asked members of the audience what would happen to the balloons and how many balloons they thought he could fit into the tank. More than you might first think, about 13 balloons. Once outside and on the lab table, the air (a gas) warms and expands back to normal size. Liquid nitrogen can reach temperatures of -346 ͦF and -320.44 ͦF under normal atmospheric conditions and is dangerous unless handled properly. Joe Springer uses tongs, heavy gloves and eye protection during his demonstrations.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4862.

Mike Demlong, Arizona Game and Fish, and to his right a Turkey Vulture (or buzzard) from around Globe, Arizona. The bird cannot be released back into the wild because he has been around humans—feed and cared for—for too long. Mike knows the bird is NOT a pet. If he gets too close to the bird, the bird opens his beak as a promissory warning to not mess with me. A large Turkey Vulture can have a wingspan of almost five feet or 72 inches.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4860.

Mike Demlong, Arizona Game and Fish, and to his right a Turkey Vulture (or buzzard) from around Globe, Arizona. The bird cannot be released back into the wild because he has been around humans—feed and cared for—for too long. Mike knows the bird is NOT a pet. If he gets too close to the bird, the bird opens his beak as a promissory warning to not mess with me. A large Turkey Vulture can have a wingspan of almost five feet or 72 inches.


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4805.

Panning for gold was one of the science adventures students and parents could partake in on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Glendale Arizona SciTech Festival held on the Glendale Community College main campus on the physical sciences plaza. Matthew and Joshua Minier and Billy Wardle demonstrate panning for gold inside the geology building.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4836.

These guys built a catapult that slung a tennis ball 221 feet with a 35 pound counter weight. Impressive! Their device is a MURLIN Trebuchet; MURLIN stands for multi radius linear nodes; its physics. A trebuchet is a medieval engine with a sling for tossing or hurling missiles at the enemy. Pictured are Sean Napier, Mack Tulenko, Dustin Odorcic, and Semir Kasumovic. The four young men are from Glendale Community College.

For more information on the Arizona SciTech Festival, visit http://azscitechfest.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Local News Pilot Jerry Foster Signs

“Earthbound Misfit” at the Library

Glendale, Ariz. –– Former TV news personality and helicopter pilot Jerry Foster will discuss and sign his new book, “Earthbound Misfit,” during the Authors @ the Teague event at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

The most decorated civilian helicopter pilot in history, Foster spent more than 20 years covering the news for three different Phoenix stations. After starting out reporting traffic conditions, he progressed to breaking stories in the Valley, including many daring rescue and recovery missions. Foster even inadvertently became part of the news a few times during his career. For more information, see his website at www.sky12.tv.

Prior to becoming a news helicopter pilot, Foster trained pilots bound for Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Harmon Trophy, the highest civilian honor in aviation. After retiring, he has continued to fly various aircraft. He is married and lives in Phoenix and Show Low. His book is co-authored by Dee Dees, a personal historian, writer and ghostwriter residing in Gilbert.

The program is free and books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call 623-930-3431.

 

 

 

The 58th Annual Volunteer Nonprofit Service Associaton (VNSA) Used Book Sale

By Ed and Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

Really!  This is the weekend for book lovers!

The 58th Annual Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) Used Book Sale; 
A World of Words is this weekend. Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 8am. to 
6pm. --  Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 8am. to 4pm. The big sale is held at the
Arizona State Fairgrounds Exhibit Building. The event is free and open to the public.
The Fairground facilities  does charge for  parking though.

The VNSA Book sale  is a multi-generational event.

 Families for generations have saved for the day of  the sale! 

VNSA began in 1949 as the auxiliary and fundraising arm of the Visiting Nurse
Service in Phoenix. When the Visiting Nurse Service became affiliated with a
hospital in 1987, the members of VNSA chose to remain active supporting Valley
nonprofit agencies. The members adopted a new name Volunteer Nonprofit
Service Association and thus got to keep the same readily identifiable  initials, VNSA.
The VNSA Used Book Sale has been a Valley fixture every February for almost
60 years. The February sale is the only one the organization puts on all year.
Recently awarded the 'Best Place to Buy a Vintage Book' by the Phoenix New
Times in their 2013 Best of Phoenix awards, the VNSA is an all-volunteer
organization. The 2013 VNSA Book Sale offered more than 500,000 books and
book-related items, attracted more than 12,000 shoppers from all parts of the
United States and from as far away as Australia, and raised more than $380,000.
Since the first sale in 1957, VNSA has returned almost $7 million to our
community.
One week prior to the sale, volunteers from two local Teamsters unions, inmates
from Alhambra Fox Unit, and workers from the MANA House for homeless
veterans unload hundreds of pallets of books from semi trucks that have
transported more than 7,300 boxes of books to the Fairgrounds
Then members, their families and friends unpack each box and arrange more
than half a million books into 27 well organized categories. Nearly 500 members,
friends and family volunteer their time to staff our book sale each year.
All books are donated by individuals, groups and businesses. Volunteers are 
available  for fast and friendly home pickup of  donations  for the VNSA Booksale.
In addition  drop boxes are conveniently  located   throughout the valley and
you may find locations  here > http://www.vnsabooksale.org/DropBoxes .
At the massive sale you will find thousands of children's books, novels, books on science  -  ANYTHING!  

A couple things   caught our eye, a large size softcover copy of "The Forgotten  Garden", 
by Kate Morton was priced at $3.00. the regular listed price is $15.00. If you like nonfiction,
a soft cover copy of "David Busch’s Nikon D300, Guide to Digital SLR Photography", was
also priced at $3.00. Originally this title was priced at $29.99. Two good books, for a great 
price, for a great cause.

Since 1987, the main beneficiaries of The VNSA book sale proceeds continue to be:
- Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) is organized
to promote the self esteem and enrich the lives of Arizona's children in
foster care. AFFCF funds activities, education and other opportunities that
provide the children with quality experiences while they live in difficult
circumstances.
- Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County (LVMC) teaches individuals
ages 16 and older to read, write, and speak English. LVMC also helps
adults increase skills for job advancement and prepare for their GED.
LVMC operates three Learning Centers in Phoenix offering computer assisted
instruction and provides targeted adult education classes for
school districts and local employers.
In addition the VNSA annually selects additional local charities for one time
supplemental funding grants.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4734.

Ginny Andrews has volunteered for with the VNSA for 32 years. She is always on the lookout for a good read. She has a "stack at home" referring to a stack of books of course. Book readers and book lovers wait all year for the VNSA book sale. The selection is vast with about 400,000 titles that include books (paperbacks and hardbacks), CDs, and DVDs, and games.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4733.

It is Media Day at the VNSA Used Book Sale in the Arizona State Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, volunteers were busy making sure everything was ready for Friday, when the sale opens to the public.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

The rare book section at the VNSA Used Book Sale is a must see for some annual book buyers. To see some of the rare and unusual items available are posted on the VNSA web site at  http://www.vnsabooksale.org/ 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.DSC00286.

Books and friends, life is better with both - The 58th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale
Carolyn Osborne Golden (born and raised in Peoria Arizona) on the right and Christal Van Meter Collins (born and raised in Peoria) on the left. Carolyn Osborne Golden has been going to the book sale since 5th grade.
The three generations of Osborne/Golden involvement started when Betty Osborne, Carolyn's mother (a Peoria resident from the 1940's) would take her daughter out of school on Friday afternoon and they would go wait in the long line at VNSA BOOK SALE on Friday afternoon ( as that is when it stated in the old days) with Carolyn's little red wagon to harvest treasured tomes.
Carolyn's husband Bruce Golden has been a member of teamsters local 104 for 35 yrs. Bruce has been volunteering for over 30 years. Carolyn Osborne Golden has been volunteering for over 20 years. Christal, a family friend of Carolyn's, although living now on the other side of the country, has flown in from Boston for the past few years to volunteer at that sale and visit family and friends.
The teamsters local 104 has been helping the VNSA for over 50 years.
But wait! there is more! -
Bruce and Carolyn's 3 boys John, Jared and Jason Golden also helped each year when they were old enough and when they are in town or available they still volunteer.
In addition, Betty Osborne, although going to VNSA sales for eons, has become a volunteer for over 10 years at VNSA and is currently president of Peoria historical society.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Just part of the selection

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

But  wait there is  more!   ...behind me  that  did not  fit into the photo...


 

 

Mark the date for the 58th Annual

 

Saturday
Feb. 15, 2014
8:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday
Feb. 16, 2014
8:00am - 4:00pm

Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association
58th VNSA ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE

Purpose: To raise funds for nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County. More
than 500,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, books on
tape, puzzles and maps were sold last year to over 12,000
customers.
Books are available in 27 categories and hundreds of subcategories.
When: The THIRD Weekend in February
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 8am. to 6pm.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 8am. to 4pm.

Where: Arizona State Fairgrounds
Exhibit Building
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(Enter from 17th Avenue & West McDowell Road)
Cost: Admission to the Book Sale is free.
The State Fairgrounds charges a parking fee.

Payment options: Cash, local checks with proper identification, Visa, MasterCard or
debit cards with the Visa and MasterCard logo
 

Glendale Chocolate Affaire 2014

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

A sampling of many chocolaty delights, art and romance!

More than chocolate the annual event includes music, romance authors and workshops, Plein Air Artist Contest, art and the science (of chocolate, of course). The free three-day event had something for everyone in the family. On Friday, February 7, one of the featured events was the 4th Annual Sweet Tooth Contest. There was not a carrot or any sign of leafy green vegetables seen at this annual three-say event. There were plenty of sticky happy smiles, however.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4468.

Chocolate covered strawberries from Cerreta’s are very well known and are a favorite for many.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4594.

Deep fried chocolate Oreos for the adventurous and the hungry were one of many unusual chocolate offerings at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, February 7-9, 2014.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4480.

Jason Wasser places selected artisan chocolates into a box as many eager customers stand and wait eagerly just out of sight. To Jason’s right is "I’m just the mom, said Marla".  Xocolatl, Jason Wasser Confections has handcrafted artisan chocolates, each is a work of are to the eye and a joyful luscious experience for the taste buds. Xocotatl’s Bananas Foster confection won 2nd place in the 2014 Sweet Tooth Contest.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4513.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager, Connie Colla, ABC15, and Debbie Denuit, City of Glendale at the Sweet Tooth Contest during the 2014 Chocolate Affaire. Lorraine and Debbie are two of the three lucky judges who sampled 15 entries from participating vendors. Fifteen is the largest number of submittals for the Sweet Tooth Contest.

From Lorraine Pino, Manager, and Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau:

"This was my first year serving as a judge and I enjoyed every delicious moment. My motto is ‘A piece of chocolate every day is the key to happiness.’ With all the yummy chocolate goodies from the contest, I will be happy for at least the next 365 days!"

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4527.

Kim Larson, Debbie Denuit, Connie Colla, Lorraine Pino and Susan Casper at the Sweet Tooth Contest event Friday evening during the first day of the 2014 Chocolate Affaire. In the cent are some of the 15 entries to the contest.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4530.

Marcia Bonafede and Shannon Bogue of Famous Pie in a Jar won 1st place in the Sweet Tooth Contest on Friday evening, February 6, 2014. The award winning entry was their Chocolate Turtle Cream Pie and is just the thing for chocolate and pie lovers. The chocolate cream pie is like the classic candy with chocolate, pecans and caramel, but in a pie. A thick layer of silky chocolate cream over a chocolate fudge covered cookie crust layered with caramel sauce and pecans topped with whipped cream. Pie in a Jar is located in Glendale at 17433 N. 63rd Avenue.

2014 SWEET TOOTH CONTEST WINNERS

1st Place Chocolate Turtle Cream Pie/Famous Pie in a Jar

2nd Place Bananas Foster/ Xocolatl

3rd Place Deep Fried Chocolate Oreos/Beer Batter Delights

 

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4602.

"Fluttering Hearts" an art installation by Saskia Jordá and is part of the City of Glendale Public Art Program. The red felt hears encircled several of the trees in Murphy Park. Hearts are known to flutter when falling in love.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4599.

"Fluttering Hearts" an art installation by Saskia Jordá and is part of the City of Glendale Public Art Program. The red felt hears encircled several of the trees in Murphy Park. Hearts are known to flutter when falling in love.

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4478.

Artist Saskia Jordá works on her instillation piece, "Fluttering Hearts" on Friday evening, February 7, 2014. The red felt heart shaped butterflies remind us that the human heart flutters when it is in love or is falling in love. Visitors to the Glendale Chocolate Affaire could choose to tie a butterfly-heart around their wrist or add their "heart" to one of several trees in Murphy Park; and letting the butterfly-heart flutter when and where it may. This special art installation is part of the City of Glendale Public Art Program.

Saskia Jordá lives and works in Arizona and New York City and is a graduate of Arizona State University.

From the artist’s résumé

"In a world where a six-hour airplane fight can transplant a person into a completely alien work, cultural identity is retained through rituals surrounding clothing, language, and food. Having relocated from my native Venezuela to the United States as a teenager, I became aware of the layers of ‘skin’ that define and separate cultures – one’s own skin, the second skin of clothing, the shell of one’s dwelling place – all these protecting the vital space of one’s hidden identity."

Saskia states, "As an interdisciplinary artist, my site-specific installations and performances map the tension between retaining one’s identity and assimilating a foreign persona, while referencing obscure anatomy and the body as an alternate artifact."

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4573.

Two very popular guys from Sub Zero Ice Cream, Leon Markley and Darryl Parks use liquid nitrogen science to make the very popular and tasty chocolate cookie and mint chocolate mint ice cream samples on Saturday. The demonstration was thanks to Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt at the Science of Chocolate booth at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. The ice cream was made fresh and right before our eyes. The liquid nitrogen container stands in between the two men.

 

 

Romance Authors and Workshops

All three days of the Chocolate Affaire included romance writer’s workshops, autographs, and buying and talking about reading and writing them. For one new author, Marion Ekholm this event was a special one and was the very public announcement that her new title, "Just like Em" was published! The process took five years, but she did it. Marion Ekholm is from Glendale. Her first title was released on February 1, 2014.

From: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=50351&cid=3302 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4540.

Author Victor Merkel talks to an interested reader at the Romance Writers booth at the 2014 Chocolate Affaire. Not all romance writers are women. His book, "Tailgunner: War Defines Us… If We Let it" is co-authored by Ann Frommer.

From: http://www.nj.com/independentpress/index.ssf/2013/11/chatham_author_to_discuss_her.html 

 

The Plein Air Painting Event and Competition

The Plein Air Painting (open air painting) event began at 8:00 a. m. on Saturday, February 8 and finished up around 5:00 p.m. that day. Painters could paint anywhere within Glendale city limits. Artists must have their canvases/paper stamped prior to painting at the time of registration. No more than two paintings however can be submitted for the competition. Mediums that were accepted were oils, watercolor, acrylics and pastels. Size was not to exceed 18" x 24". And, Framing is an integral part of a finished painting. Paintings Entered in the competition needed to be appropriately framed, mounted and have a secure wire for hanging.

The event is hosted by the City of Glendale Public Art Program in conjunction with Special events and the Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4542.

Artist Cynthia Rosen works on her entry, "Street Fair" on the southeast corner of Glenn and 58th Avenue on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4551.

Artist Peggy Wrobleski uses water soluble oil paints for her painting of the gazebo on 58th Drive.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4567.

Ann Osgood participated in the 2014 Plein Air competition event on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Participants could paint anyplace within the Glendale City limits, but the painters must paint outside wand within the time limit.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4637.

Glendale Mayor Weiers has just placed the Council Choice ribbon on the work, "Parmeline" by Mauriel Morejon. The artist was one of the 2013 Plein Art Competition. Councilmembers Hugh and Sherwood with Mayor Weiers, selected the Council Choice painting.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4636.

Glendale Mayor Weiers has just placed the Council Choice ribbon on the work, "Parmeline" by Mauriel Morejon. The artist was one of the 2013 Plein Art Competition. Councilmembers Hugh and Sherwood with Mayor Weiers, selected the Council Choice painting.

 

Bette Sharp/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4665.

Alex Pekala stands by his watercolor that placed third in the 2014 Plein Air competition.

This is the second year that Mr. Pekala has won.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4677.

Matt Sterbenz placed the 2nd Place ribbon on his work. He actually painted two works on Saturday. The one above is of a door that is in the garden area of Papa Ed’s Ice Cream on 58th Avenue. Matt stated early on Saturday, a little after 8:00 a.m. and credits his success to a root beer float he had earlier in the day. Matt Sterbenz is from Chandler, Arizona. This is the artist's very first event.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4695.

"Street Fair" by Cynthia Rosen was awarded Best of Show. Bernadette Mills, Executive Director West Valley Arts Council (left) has just made the announcement. "I am in shock and shaking", said Rosen. The crowds on the busy corner where she painted (58th Avenue and Glenn) did not bother her. She comes from a large family and was a teacher. She enjoys the kids coming up to her and watching her paintings.

The 2014 Plein Air Contest winners are…

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4710.

2nd Place

Artist: Matt Sterbenz

Awarded: $50

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4609.

Best of Show, "Street Fair"

Artist: Cynthia Rosen

Awarded: $1,000

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4707.

Council Choice Award

Artist: Mauriel Morejon

Awarded: $1,000

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4665.

3rd Place

Artist: Alex Pekala

Awarded: $250

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4650.

Pictured are Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Artists Mauriel Morejon, Councilmembers Yvonne Knaack and Gary Sherwood. The Council Choice Award was awarded to Mr. Morjon and will receive a $1,000 prize.

 

How did the Chocolate Affaire Start?

                     How did all the Romance Writers  get   here?

                                                          By Ed Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

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!

Bette Sharpe, at that time, 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.

 

 

Tolleson Whoopee Daze Festival

All contests are open to anyone in the valley. 

Date: Thursday, April 3rd- 6th

Where: Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Vendors are also needed visit www.tollesonaz.org/festival  for more information.

Thursday, April 3rd

4 to 9 pm Youth Day

4 to 10 pm Carnival

Friday, April 4th

5 pm to 12 am Carnival

Saturday, April 5th

7 am TESD 5K Run/Walk

8 am Men’s Softball Tournament

10 am Whoopee Daze Parade

11 to 12 am Carnival

11 to 3 pm El Dia de Los Niños

1 pm Lil’ Mr. and Lil’ Miss Southwest Pageant

3 pm Great Southwest Poster Contest

Sunday, April 6th

12 pm to 10 pm Carnival

12:30 pm Battle of the Bags -Corn Hole Tournament

1 pm Great Southwest Chili Contest

3-5 pm Whoopee Factor

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER NORMA ALVAREZ HOSTING
OCOTILLO DISTRICT MEETING ON FEBRUARY 19


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Councilmember Norma Alvarez will be holding a community meeting for residents living in the Ocotillo District at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19. The meeting will be held in the Landmark School cafeteria, 5730 W. Myrtle Ave.

Joining Alvarez at the meeting will be Mayor Jerry Weiers and Financial Services Executive Director Tom Duensing. In addition to providing updates on Ocotillo District and citywide projects and activities, the city representatives will be available to answer questions from residents in attendance.

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

RSVP is requested, but not necessary. To RSVP or to request special accommodations, please call
623-930-2878.

 

 

Author Appearance: JA Jance

Event Type: Author Appearances
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 2/21/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Description:

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family, and a book of poetry. Join us, as she visits the Foothills Library to talk about her writing and read from her latest book. Copies of Jance’s books, including her brand new Ali Reynolds mystery novel, will be available for purchase and signing at this event. For more information, please call 623-930-3844

Library: Foothills Branch Library
Location: Roadrunner Room

 

 

 

Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart

Glendale Chocolate Affaire - Event Information

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Did you know that the average American consumes around ten pounds of chocolate each year? Get a head start on your annual ten pounds at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, held the weekend before Valentine’s Day, Feb. 7-9 in Historic Downtown Glendale.

Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well. Chocolatiers will create confections such as chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, berry chocolate kabobs, fudge popsicles, chocolate covered cheesecake and bananas, fried Twinkies and fried Snickers dipped in chocolate and much more.

The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta’s. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, so visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatiers create everyone’s favorite candy.

Over the years, 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. In addition, the event will feature a Plein Air competition on Saturday that will award several prizes for paintings completed on-site or around Glendale that day. Additional information on the Plein Air event is available at www.glendaleaz.com/arts/.

Families with children will enjoy fun activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting, a rock-climbing wall, carnival rides and inflatables.

Event hours are Friday 5 - 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Cerreta’s Candy Company, ABC 15, Sears Vacations, SRP, The Arizona Republic, Valley Buick-GMC Dealers, YooHoo, KMLE, KOOL, JAMZ, Diamond Resorts, the Glendale Public Art Program, the AZ Scitech Festival, Camelback-Ranch Glendale and the Coyotes.

For more information on the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, including the entertainment lineup and a list of authors making appearances, call the special events hotline at 623-930-2299


Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart Entertainment

Friday, Feb. 7

5-6 p.m. - House Music
6-7 p.m. - Sweet Tooth Contest
7:30-10 p.m. Groove Inc. (Top 40 from the 60s-90s)

Saturday, Feb. 8

10-11:30 a.m. - Nick and Nikki
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. - Guitarras Latinas (Latin Guitars)
1:15-2:30 p.m. - Peppermint James (Song and Groove)
3-5:30 p.m. - Desert Dixie (Country)
5:45 - 7 p.m. - MC6 A Capella (A Capella)
7:3-=10 p.m. - Cold Shott and The Hurrican Horns (Funk, Blues, Soul and R&B)

Sunday, Feb. 9

Noon - 2 p.m. - Come Back Buddy Band (Rock & Roll of the 50s)
2:30 - 5 p.m. - Urban Country (Country)

Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart Author Line-Up
Friday 5-10PM
Tia Dani
Tina Gerow
Brenda Whiteside
Kris Tualla
Wendy Ely
Stacy Connelly
Anna Questerly
Marie Patrick
Morgan Kearns
Sandra Leesmith
Arabella Thorne
Carolyn Hughey/KT Roberts
Vijaya Schartz
A.S. Johnson
Kayce Lassiter
Tami Vinson
 
Saturday 10-2PM
Tia Dani
Tina Gerow
Donna Hatch
Kim Watters
Tina Radcliffe
Kayce Lassiter
Sharon Arthur Moore
Marie Maxie/Patrizia Murray
Marina Myles
Tara Taylor Quinn
Erin Quinn
Ginger Scott
H.D. Thompson
Taylor Michaels
Morgan Kearns
Pam Tracy
 
Saturday 2-6PM
Linda Andrews
Vijaya Schartz
Wendy Ely
Stacy Connelly
Anna Questerly
Deena Remiel
Marie Patrick
Connie Flynn
Sandra Leesmith
Victor Merkel
A. S. Johnson
Brenda Whiteside
Arlene Hittle
Arabella Thorne
Carolyn Hughey/KT Roberts
 
 
Saturday 6-10PM
Cathy McDavid
Linda Andrews
Marie Patrick
Tia Dani
Anna Questerly
Kris Tualla
Morgan Kearns
Vijaya Schartz
A S Johnson
Deena Remiel
Carolyn Hughey/KT Roberts
T. L. Smith
Arlene Hittle
Wendy Ely
Tami Vinson
Marion Ekholm
 
Sunday 12-5
Pam Tracy
Tina Gerow
Vijaya Schartz
Deena Remiel
Kayce Lassiter
Sharon Arthur Moore
Victor Merkel
A. S. Johnson
Kris Tualla
Morgan Kearns
Mary Maxie/Patrizia Murray
H. D. Thompson
Taylor Michaels
Susan Yarina
Linda Andrews
Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart Author Classes
  • SATURDAY:

    12:00-12:45 Deena Remiel - Evolution of the Alpha Male

    1:00-1:45 Kris Tualla - 4.5 Paths to Publishing

    2:00-2:45 Tina Radcliffe - Writing Romantic Short Stories

    3:00-3:45 Erin Quinn - Editors & Agents: How to reach them and what they can do for you

    4:00-4:45 Morgan Kearns - Self-Publishing Pitfalls
  • SUNDAY:

    1:00-1:45 Anna Questerly - Using Figurative Language

    2:00-2:45 Michelle McKissack - Marketing with Facebook

    3:00-3:45 Virginia Nelson - Marketing with Swag

    4:00-4:45 Sandra Smith - Traveling for Research

Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart Getting Here
  • Important Street Closure Information
    Event Hours: Friday 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
    • 58th Drive is closed from Palmaire to Myrtle Avenue
    • 58th Avenue is closed from Glendale Avenue to Myrtle Avenue
    • Glenn Drive is closed from 58th Drive to 57th Drive
    • Palmaire is closed from 58th Drive to 58th Avenue
  • Preferred parking at the two downtown garages is accessible
    from 59th Ave & Glenn Drive, which is one street north of Glendale Avenue.
    See directions below.
  • Event and Parking Garage Directions for Chocolate Affaire
  • Directions to Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Downtown Phoenix or East Valley
    Take I-17 and exit at Glendale Avenue
    Proceed west approximately 5 miles
    Event site is between 57th Drive and 59th Avenue and Glendale and Myrtle avenues
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below), but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.
  • Directions to Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Areas West of Glendale

    Take I-10 east bound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed north approximately 5 miles to Glendale Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.
  • OR
  • Take the 101 westbound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed south approximately 9 miles to Glenn Drive or Glendale Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.
  • OR
  • Take the western loop of the 101 eastbound at the Glendale Avenue exit
    Proceed east approximately 3 miles to 59th Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.
  • Directions to Preferred Parking Garages in Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Downtown Phoenix or East Valley
  • Take I-17 and exit at Glendale Avenue
    Proceed west approximately 5 miles to 59th Avenue
    Turn right at 59th Avenue and proceed one block north to Glenn Drive
    Turn right onto Glenn Drive
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Avenue. If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities.
  • Directions to Preferred Parking Garages in Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Areas West of Glendale

    Take I-10 east bound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed north to Glendale Avenue
    One block north of Glendale is Glenn Drive
    Turn right onto Glenn Drive
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Avenue If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities.
  • OR
  • Take the 101 westbound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed south to Glenn Drive
    Turn left onto Glenn Drive
    (Glenn Drive is one block north of Glendale so if you reach Glendale you’ve gone one block too far south)
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities.
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Ave. If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north.
  •  

 

 

 

 


 
 

Glendale Police Department Memorial Bench
 Dedication Honoring K-9 Ronin

 

Monday, January 27, 2014

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4404.

In a green belt area on the north corner of 66th and Behrend Avenues there is one and only one bench. The bench on the eastside of the little park was dedicated to Ronin on January 27, 2014. Ronin, a member of the Glendale Police Department K-9 Unit was killed in the line of duty on June 20th, 2013. Officer Wes Zygmont, Ronin’s partner, was injured in the same incident and has since recovered from his injuries. As Glendale Police Chief Debbie Black said in the Introduction to the dedication, "June 20, 2013 was a rough day for Glendale".

Ronin and his human partner trained and played in the park almost every day of the week. The plaque below Ronin’s memorial bench reads, "Glendale Police K-9 Ronin was killed in the line of duty on June 20th, 2013 while protecting his partner, fellow officers and the citizens of Glendale."

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4420.

Officer Wes Zygmont held his emotions back as he began to remember his partner, Ronin. Officer Zygmont credits Ronin for saving his life on June 20th, 2013. Both Officer Zygmont and Ronin were shot on June 20th, 2013. Officer Zygmont has recovered from his injuries.

Dogs make us laugh, they are loyal and they offer unconditional love.

Thanks to the donations of these individuals and organizations for covering the cost for the memorial bench.

Mayor Weiers and the Glendale City Council

Highlands at Arrowhead Ranch HOA

Phoenix Precast Products, Inc. (Owner)

Clay’s Concrete Incorporated

Drake Ready Mix

Jerry Dujanovic, Eastern Products Foundry

Lisa Riesland, Planned Development Services, Inc.

Mike Wagoner, ProQual Landscaping

Bears & More

Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) & Supporters

 

 

 

Tanks, Song, Pie and Romance—All in one Saturday!

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4309.

23rd Annual Arizona Military Vehicle Show was held Saturday and Sunday at the Metrocenter Mall near the south entrance. Military vehicles from WWI to Desert Storm were on display. Visitors could all find parts for military vehicles, tools, supplies and military collectibles. The show was sponsored by Arizona Military Vehicle Collector’s Club which was established in 1982 and Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Affiliate.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4308.

Military items for sale and to view were on display, Saturday, January 25, 2014.

 




 

 

At the Glendale Civic Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014

It was time to learn how to make a pie crust.

Baking Across America with King Arthur Flour

Free two-hour instruction and demonstration sessions with Robyn Sargent were held at the Glendale Civic Center on Saturday, January 25. The traveling baking demonstration was fun and free and gave the audience several chances to win door prizes. The baking outreach program offers those to love to bake breads, pies and such the chance to learn from one of the bakers from the Norwich, Vermont Company, the best way to bake with King Arthur Flours. For more information and of course some recipes follow the link below.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/about/

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4324.

Robyn Sargent demonstrated how to make a pie crust, and she was not afraid to do so in front of the crowd at the Glendale Civic Center. Robyn has been with King Arthur Flour for more than a decade and she manned the Baking Hotline. King Arthur Flour is reaching out and hosting Baking Across America with free demonstrations on how to bake with King Arthur Flour and other baking products.

 




 

 

18th Annual Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

The day’s free events were held inside the library and on the lawn. Workshops provided novice and seasoned songwriters a chance to look for a HOOK to catch the listener’s attention, learn something about copyright law, marketing and song critiques. Musicians, songwriters and gave the nonmusical a chance to hear original music and song.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 4359.

Kat Hunter was ready to fill in for Mark Fogelson, at the last minute, and the show continued. She performed on the stage in the lobby of the main library. Her lyrics made the audience members laugh!

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 4369

 Priscilla and Tom Bertling of Smoot Mahooty performed at the Glendale Main Library for the 18th Annual Arizona Songwriters Association Gathering on Saturday, January 25, 2014 form 10:00 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. The free event provided a full day of workshops and performances. Friends of the Glendale Public Library held a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction during the event to raise funds for future library programs. Silent Auction Donors included: Comic Art Guy, Desert Springs Mortgage & financial Services LLC, Hacker Accounting, May-Char Sharp Consultant, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tulip Tree.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4377.

Colonel Byrd and Allen Kovin were seen strummin’ in the sun on the north lawn of the Glendale Main Library on Saturday, January 25. The 18th Annual Songwriters Gathering was held at the Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown Street, Glendale AZ.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4351.

Mark Lee performs at the Tent Pavilion during the 18th Annual Songwriters Gathering held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Glendale Public Library. The event was free.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4343.

Under The Ballard Tree a group gathers for singing and sharing.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4390.

Shobhan Bantwal writes East Indian romances. Her work is like "bollywood in a book".

Saturday, January 25, 2014 was a day for romance writers at the Velma Teague Branch Library. If you shop locally, and eat locally, why not read locally? After all, romance titles offer more than you think and there are subgenres. The romance novel can offer the supernatural, time travel, inspiration, or have a sports or historical theme. To be a "true romance" the ending is a happy one. However, the journey to that point is not without peril.

Ten authors were at Saturday’s event: Siobhan Banta (East Indian romance), Tia Dani (Time travel romance), Laurel Hawkes (Regency historical romance), Morgan Kearns (sports romance), V.S. Nelson (Paranormal romance), Tina Radcliffe (Inspirational romance), Deena Remiel (Gothic/horror romance), Vijaya Schartz (Fantasy romance), Kris Tualla (Historical suspense romance), and Brenda Whiteside (Contemporary romance). Most if not all of the above authors will be back to Glendale to attend the Chocolate Affaire on Friday through Sunday, February 7 to 9. If you missed the event on Saturday, the Chocolate Affaire offers another opportunity to find something to read and to discuss writing and getting published.

 

"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.
 
Happy Birthday Martin!

Folks -put this link in windows media player
to see the 2008 Nikki Giovanni Keynote address
in Glendale AZ on MLK UNITY DAY
Michael Kelly gives a good introduction!

http://www.smecc.org/media/ mlk%202008.wmv

 


Flashback to 2008! 
Professor Nikki Giovanni , Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Horatio Skeete-Deputy City Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Gleaning at Sahuaro Ranch Park
Saturday, January 18, 2014

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Close to 200 volunteers will celebrate Martin Luther King Day while picking citrus at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical area for use in food boxes by the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. This vitamin-rich resource will be distributed to families in need. The grapefruit can be juiced and frozen for use in the summer.

Throughout his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated peace, unity and service and was committed to creating change in his community. This project is sponsored by the city of Glendale Community Volunteer program and HandsOn Greater Phoenix as part of the city’s efforts to honor the continuing legacy of Dr. King.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4235.

Iden Alba, Samantha Verini and Hansen Qiu work as a team to get the fruit off the trees and into the crates and plastic bags for transport to the collection area.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 4244.

Greg Dawson and Jared Sowensen wheel the bounty to the collection area on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as nearly 200 volunteers gleam the citrus from the many trees in the Historical Sahuaro Ranch Park area.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4260.

Volunteers gleamed fruit, mostly great fruit from the trees in the Historical Sahuaro Ranch Park on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The goal was to fill 20 of the large 1-ton boxes. At the time of this photograph, boxes 16 and 17 were being filled.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4299.

Michelle Wang and Megan Irby reach to the top of the great fruit tree on Saturday, January 18 at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale.

 

Google developing smart contact lens for diabetics
January 20, 2014 | Peter Clarke | 222904642

Google is testing a contact lens that can help sufferers of diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. The lens has been designed to measure glucose levels in tears using an embedded wireless sensor that can also transmit the result to a local receiver, the search engine company said in a blog posting.

Read more: http://www.microwave-eetimes.com/en/google-developing-smart-contact-lens-for-diabetics.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=222904642 

 

 

Arizona needs a State Film Office and a State Film Commissioner 1-16-2014
By -Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

A rally was held in downtown Phoenix on the east side of the Arizona Senate building Thursday afternoon to gather support for a bill sponsored by Senator Caryle Begay (Democrat from Legislative District 7 that would give Arizona a state film office and a film commissioner. National and international movie and film makers would be able to contact this office and have access to information on locations, legal requirements, equipment resources, etc. There would be one office to call for information and to help coordinate and make the arrangements. Other states like New Mexico offer tax credits to film productions. So why come to Arizona if there is no one to contact and help coordinate and if your company does not get a tax break.

The economic impact is impressive for New Mexico, for example. The motion picture and television industry provide over three thousand jobs and $131 million in wages for both production and distribution related jobs. Arizona offers no significant tax incentives for production; while New Mexico offers 25% to 35% I tax credit.

This is one of Senator’s legislative priorities.

Office of Film and Media: The State of Arizona currently does not have an office of film and media and cannot be competitive with neighboring states, like New Mexico, to attract this industry to Arizona. Considering the Navajo Nation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppered with a dozen lakes - Lake Powell alone has 186 miles of Navajoland shoreline – tourism is in part a big part of our Navajo economy. Creating an Office of Film and Media would serve as Arizona’s coordinator of production activity to the film and media industry, as an ambassador for the State of Arizona and ideally the Navajo Nation.

http://www.begayforarizona.com/issues  

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4195.

Ed Sharpe, Steve Wargo, Michael Harrelson, and Randy Murray on the east lawn of the Arizona Senate Building on January 16, 2014 during the ‘Lunch on the Set’ event.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4170.

Arizona Senator Carlye Begay (wearing a suit and tie) stands between Michael Harrelson and Jim Burton (stove-pipe hat) and other supporters of reinstating the Arizona Film Office and having an Arizona Film Commissioner.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4202.

The large white sign reads. Without a Film Office our tax revenue is going to other states. Cowboys and Zombies know this to be true and would like to find work in the industry here in Arizona!

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4202.

Zombie makeup was by Autumn Lewis.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0 4212.

Glendale Daily Planet Editor and Alex Mitchell Photographer both really like cameras, taking pictures, photography and movie and film making. Alex Mitchell’s work includes Arizona Highways TV, Arizona Lottery ads and  so much more. See Alex's excellent  work at -  www.imageequity.com 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 

Ed Sharpe and Michael Harrelson went out and interviewed  people at the event.

Alex Mitchell  QUICK!  Into the WAYBACK Machine!

 

Arizona Highways Television
with Robin Sewell (and crew)
Filming in Catlin Court in
Historic Glendale Arizona


February 09, 2005

 

It was a pleasant surprise to walk out the door and see this production being filmed today. Since I have a budding interest in video this was a good 'learning experience' for me! Turn the volume way up when you watch this...

Watch the movie below in the player and it will give you an 'inside look' at the filming. Compare this shot to what you will see on the finished show when it airs. - Ed Sharpe


 

Right Click on link below  then play in Windows Media  Player

www.smecc.org/media/AZ Highways TV - Catlin Court.wmv

 

To learn more about the show...
http://www.azcentral.com/travel/azhighways/

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Photo by the Alex Mitchell
of Ed Sharpe next to the HD Video Camera.
Alex  adapted well to using my little IPAQ PDA.

And... with my recent interest in video I was amazed they
actually allowed a neophyte to touch the Sony F-900 camera!

This video shot on a little HP IPAQ rx3715- Edited in Microsoft Movie Maker 2

((ADDED NOTE YIKES THIS WAS IN 2005! - Seeing this being shot made me
want to shoot more than News.... I wanted to be a filmmaker!))

 

 

 

WESTMARC and the West Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance

West Valley 2014 State of the State

Featuring
The Honorable Jan Brewer, Governor, State of Arizona

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

"The spirit of Arizona is strong and so is the state of our state." Governor Jan Brewer

The luncheon was held on Wednesday, January 15th at the Glendale Civic Center. It marked Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers’ first year as Mayor. The three-hundred plus political and business leaders affiliated with WESTMARC welcomed Governor Jan Brewer, who is a resident of Glendale and long -time supporter of the West Valley. Governor Brewer referred to the West Valley as "My side of town" in the opening of her address.

Governor Brewer has not announced her plans for running for another term as governor. That announcement is reported to come sometime in February. Governor Brewer may not be able to run this year, if it is decided that she has been governor for two terms.

When Governor Brewer came to office in 2009 Arizona had a three-billion dollar defect. Today,

Arizona has a healthy surplus, a replenished rainy day fund and an impressive with 900 million in the

bank. "I am proud to report to you today that Arizona’s physical house is in order. And together let’s

keep it that way."

 

In the coming legislative session Governor Brewer plans to support bills that promote large and small businesses, stabilize in-state college tuition. In addition, Governor Brewer will continue to push for support and protection for Luke Air Force Base; revamp Child Protective Services, fight human trafficking and to improve mental health care for Arizonians.

Businesses across the country and the world are watching Arizona. "Our message to job creators is clear, Arizona is open for business". Forbes magazine recognized Arizona as being number one in expected job growth.

Governor Brewer made a call-out to West Valley local business owner and Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman of Hickman Family Farms of Buckeye, Arizona. In the audience of nearly four-hundred were Governor Brewer recognized many familiar faces of friends and colleagues.

When asked by Michelle Rider, President and CEO of WESTMARC,

"What would you like your legacy to be?" Governor Brewer answered, "I think I would like my legacy to be that I inherited the worst budget deficit in the history of the state. Times were bad and tough. And that when I left, Arizona had a balanced budget, had money back in the rainy day fund and that we had implemented reforms that we thought we might not be able to get done… and that Arizona today is far better off than we ever could have anticipated. It was because of the honesty and the policies that I was able to work with the legislature on, and that we were able to get done, to make this the greatest state in out county to live in."

 

For the full text of Governor’s Brewer’s State of the State
Monday, January 13, 2014 address, please visit

http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/GS_011314_SOTS2014.pdf

 

 

 

  

 

 

USAF Thunderbirds to headline Luke AFB
  open house March 15-16

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Luke AFB will host "Luke Days 2014," an open house and air show, March 15-16, 2014. The U.S. Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will headline the weekend’s activities with performances both days.

A static display of Luke’s newest aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II, should also be available for viewing.

Previous base open houses have averaged more than 100,000 spectators each day. There will be food, games and attractions for the whole family. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information, visit www.luke.af.mil and click on the "Open House and Air Show" graphic on the middle of the page. Information can also be found on the 56th Fighter Wing’s official Facebook page, "Luke AFB, Arizona-56th Fighter Wing."

The event website is the best place to visit for daily updates. Some of the information that will be on the website will include a full list of expected aerial acts, prohibited items, points of contact and information for media outlets. The site will be updated as information becomes available.

 
 

The 19th annual Glitter & Glow Block Party rocks downtown Glendale!

By Bette  and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

More than 75,000 people, 20 glowing tethered hot air balloons, 10 bands and several festival food vendors are expected to for this one night event, Saturday, January 11, 2014; in downtown Glendale. The event starts at 4:00 p. m. and closes at 10:00 p. m. The event is free and open to the public. Parking may cost $10.00, however.

The 1.5 million lights of Glendale Glitters were first seen on Friday, November 29th 2013 when Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Phoenix Coyotes Captain Shane Doan flipped the "switch" to light the lights. It is time to say so long to the 2013 Glendale Glitters and the holiday season.

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Circus performers and food add up to fun at the Glendale Balloon Glow and Block Party in downtown Glendale on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

The 2014 Glendale Balloon Glow and Block Party, Saturday, January 11, 2014. The popular event never ceases to amaze the thousands who come every year to see the balloons aglow. This year there were 20 glowing balloons in the downtown area.

 

 

  

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While waiting for the sun to set, visitors to the downtown area could enjoy music from several bands, rides and games like this one that uses a bubble gun.

 

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The tea cup ride is a favorite—turns the wheel and spin.

 

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Ken Tock Balloon Pilot  from Phoenix

 

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Ken Tock Balloon Pilot  from Phoenix

 

 

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Ashley West, a Balloon enthusiast since the age of 8 when she discovered the magic of Hot Air Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, became a Balloon Pilot! But Ashley also a teacher out at Creighton school. In addition, she is pursuing her commercial Balloon Pilot’s License so that she can instruct other young people in the the art of Ballooning! Ashy says "Ballooning is an exciting sport and I am happy to share it with the community."

 

 

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Ashley West, a Balloon enthusiast since the age of 8 when she discovered the magic of Hot Air Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, became a Balloon Pilot! But Ashley also a teacher out at Creighton school. In addition, she is pursuing her commercial Balloon Pilot’s License so that she can instruct other young people in the the art of Ballooning! Ashy says "Ballooning is an exciting sport and I am happy to share it with the community."

Hitching a ride  with Ashley are Miles and Jackson  Perry

 

   

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Basking the glow and all smiles along with Balloon  Pilot Ashley West, the tethered hot air balloons offered fun and excitement for passengers and onlookers Saturday night. The roar of the gas jets and the resulting heat and light (or glow) was in part what the night was about.

 

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LIBRARY HOSTS "READ LOCAL ROMANCE:
IT’S MORE THAN YOU EXPECT!"

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Shop local, eat local...why not "Read Local?" With Valentine’s Day and the Glendale Chocolate Affaire approaching, love is in the air and the Velma Teague Branch Library will feature "Read Local Romance: It’s More Than You Expect!" Find something new to read and show support for local authors as they discuss and sign their small-press and self-published romances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the library located at 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Each author will have approximately five minutes to promote her book, with a group signing afterward. Authors and sub-genres include:

    • Shobhan Bantwal - East Indian romance - www.shobhanbantwal.com

Tia Dani - Time travel romance - www.tiadani.com

Laurel Hawkes - Regency historical romance - laurelhawkes.blogspot.com

Morgan Kearns - Sports romance - www.morgankearns.com

V.S. Nelson - Paranormal romance - authorvsnelson.com

Tina Radcliffe - Inspirational romance - www.tinaradcliffe.com

Deena Remiel - Gothic/horror romance - www.deenaremiel.com

Vijaya Schartz – Fantasy romance - www.vijayaschartz.com

Kris Tualla - Historical suspense romance - www.kristualla.com

Brenda Whiteside – Contemporary romance - www.brendawhiteside.com

The program is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Book prices will vary. For more information, call 623-930-3431.




 

SONG AND MUSIC WILL FILL THE AIR DURING

ANNUAL ARIZONA SONGWRITERS GATHERING AT LIBRARY

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The Glendale Main Library will become a powerhouse of song and music during the 18th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

The gathering is free and offers live musical performances on two stages throughout the day. Songwriters perform in front of audiences and their peers, gaining an opportunity to showcase their talents and entertain. Songwriters will also have the opportunity to receive song critiques and experience lectures and workshops from some of the best names in the songwriting business.

The free workshops and lectures are designed for songwriters and others interested in the business and include topics such as crafting songs, getting songs into film and television, music technology and using social media to market music.

People come from across the country to attend this annual gathering that began as an event held by Phoenix at Encanto Park. It was moved in 2009 to the Glendale library to continue offering it as a free event.

“I can't think of anywhere in the country where they have (an event) like this where it's totally free,” stated Jon Iger, president of the Arizona Songwriters Association (ASA). “You don't even have to be a member of any organization to come and enjoy the benefits of all the hard work the volunteers are doing to help songwriters learn and network. Everybody has a great time performing and listening and hanging out with each other, as well as rubbing elbows with music publishers, producers and other professionals.”

“This event is a great opportunity for listeners as well as songwriters. There is something magical about the energy at this event,” stated Ivy Jarvis, librarian coordinating the event. “Every year, I walk away feeling grateful for the opportunity to be involved with these wonderful folks.”

The Friends of the Library will be holding a 50/50 raffle during the event to raise funds for future library programs along with a silent auction featuring donated items from the Comic Art Guy, Desert Springs Mortgage & Financial Services LLC, Hacker Accounting, Mary Kay – Char Sharp Consultant, Nothing Bundt Cakes and the Tulip Tree. All funds raised from the auction will benefit the library.

The ASA’s mission is to help songwriters learn more about writing songs and what to do with them once they’re written. The association helps to connect songwriters with other writers, musicians, singers, recording engineers, producers and other professionals that are essential to the industry. Through contacts made at association events, some songwriters have achieved their songs placed in major television series and movies, with several having major label acts record their songs.

In addition, attendees can enjoy the tantalizing food and beverages served by the White Eyes food truck. White Eye’s creates hot, fresh fry bread at events across the Southwest, with toppings including the Indian taco, red and green chili, beans, powder and cinnamon sugar, honey or chocolate. They also feature beignets and funnel cakes.

The Glendale Main Library and the Arizona Songwriters Association collaborate to produce this annual free event. For more information, call the library at 623-930-3573 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library. For more information about the Arizona Songwriters Association, visit http://azsongwriters.com.

 




 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Shop local, eat local...why not "Read Local?" With Valentine’s Day and the Glendale Chocolate Affaire approaching, love is in the air and the Velma Teague Branch Library will feature "Read Local Romance: It’s More Than You Expect!" Find something new to read and show support for local authors as they discuss and sign their small-press and self-published romances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the library located at 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Each author will have approximately five minutes to promote her book, with a group signing afterward. Authors and sub-genres include:

    • Shobhan Bantwal - East Indian romance - www.shobhanbantwal.com

Tia Dani - Time travel romance - www.tiadani.com

Laurel Hawkes - Regency historical romance - laurelhawkes.blogspot.com

Morgan Kearns - Sports romance - www.morgankearns.com

V.S. Nelson - Paranormal romance - authorvsnelson.com

Tina Radcliffe - Inspirational romance - www.tinaradcliffe.com

Deena Remiel - Gothic/horror romance - www.deenaremiel.com

Vijaya Schartz – Fantasy romance - www.vijayaschartz.com

Kris Tualla - Historical suspense romance - www.kristualla.com

Brenda Whiteside – Contemporary romance - www.brendawhiteside.com

The program is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Book prices will vary. For more information, call 623-930-3431.




 

SONG AND MUSIC WILL FILL THE AIR DURING

ANNUAL ARIZONA SONGWRITERS GATHERING AT LIBRARY

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– The Glendale Main Library will become a powerhouse of song and music during the 18th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

The gathering is free and offers live musical performances on two stages throughout the day. Songwriters perform in front of audiences and their peers, gaining an opportunity to showcase their talents and entertain. Songwriters will also have the opportunity to receive song critiques and experience lectures and workshops from some of the best names in the songwriting business.

The free workshops and lectures are designed for songwriters and others interested in the business and include topics such as crafting songs, getting songs into film and television, music technology and using social media to market music.

People come from across the country to attend this annual gathering that began as an event held by Phoenix at Encanto Park. It was moved in 2009 to the Glendale library to continue offering it as a free event.

“I can't think of anywhere in the country where they have (an event) like this where it's totally free,” stated Jon Iger, president of the Arizona Songwriters Association (ASA). “You don't even have to be a member of any organization to come and enjoy the benefits of all the hard work the volunteers are doing to help songwriters learn and network. Everybody has a great time performing and listening and hanging out with each other, as well as rubbing elbows with music publishers, producers and other professionals.”

“This event is a great opportunity for listeners as well as songwriters. There is something magical about the energy at this event,” stated Ivy Jarvis, librarian coordinating the event. “Every year, I walk away feeling grateful for the opportunity to be involved with these wonderful folks.”

The Friends of the Library will be holding a 50/50 raffle during the event to raise funds for future library programs along with a silent auction featuring donated items from the Comic Art Guy, Desert Springs Mortgage & Financial Services LLC, Hacker Accounting, Mary Kay – Char Sharp Consultant, Nothing Bundt Cakes and the Tulip Tree. All funds raised from the auction will benefit the library.

The ASA’s mission is to help songwriters learn more about writing songs and what to do with them once they’re written. The association helps to connect songwriters with other writers, musicians, singers, recording engineers, producers and other professionals that are essential to the industry. Through contacts made at association events, some songwriters have achieved their songs placed in major television series and movies, with several having major label acts record their songs.

In addition, attendees can enjoy the tantalizing food and beverages served by the White Eyes food truck. White Eye’s creates hot, fresh fry bread at events across the Southwest, with toppings including the Indian taco, red and green chili, beans, powder and cinnamon sugar, honey or chocolate. They also feature beignets and funnel cakes.

The Glendale Main Library and the Arizona Songwriters Association collaborate to produce this annual free event. For more information, call the library at 623-930-3573 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library. For more information about the Arizona Songwriters Association, visit http://azsongwriters.com.

 




UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Kids will love learning about the science of kaleidoscopes! Tweens, ages 7-12, can explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through kaleidoscopes on two upcoming dates at Glendale libraries. Participants will learn about kaleidoscopes, how they work and build one to take home. Held 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave. and 4 to 5 p.m., Jan. 29 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. Event is free, but registration is required. Info: www.glendaleaz.com/library or 623-930-3837 (Foothills Branch) or 623-930-3537 (Main Library).



Register for classes now. Glendale's special activity classes are beginning soon, so register now for a variety of classes in fitness, cooking, dance, music, arts, sports and so much more. Classes are available for all ages at www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

 

Time to play ball! Get your tickets now for spring training games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, home to the LA Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. Camelback Ranch is one of the Valley’s premiere ballparks, with not only state-of-the-art facilities, but also picturesque walking trails, landscaped grounds and an orange grove. Guests will also enjoy water features and a fully stocked lake between the Dodgers and White Sox facilities. It’s also the perfect place to host an event. Info: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com.




 

 

 

 

GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER 
HOSTS WEDDING EVENT
DURING PEAK ENGAGEMENT SEASON

GLENDALE, Ariz. – With the holidays and New Year’s being the most popular time for marriage proposals, many couples will be planning weddings in the next few months. The Glendale Civic Center, an award winning venue known for hosting beautiful weddings, is encouraging soon-to-be brides and grooms to attend a Wedding Tour and Culinary Tasting Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The free venue tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Center, located at 5750 W. Glenn Drive in historic downtown Glendale. Guests will have the opportunity to take a look at the entire 40,000 square-foot facility, including ballrooms, gardens and patios. Following the tour, guests will be able to view a short slide show of photos of previous weddings held at the venue and visit with multiple wedding vendors including AZ Music Man, Fleur d’ Lis Bakery, Crazy Shotz, Images by Angela, Celebrity Tux & Tails, Arizona Cut Flower Company and Tyler’s Custom Design will be on site with information, samples and demonstrations.

Arizona Catering, the Civic Center’s official caterer is offering a culinary tasting at 7 p.m. The tasting costs $5.00 per couple and will include a sampling of assorted buffet items, hors d’oeuvres, salad and entrees. A reservation for the tasting is required by calling Arizona Catering at (480) 898-8848. A raffle prize drawing will be held for those attending the tasting, featuring prizes from some of the vendors attending.

“This year we expect to see more specific wedding themes and new trends related to cake and décor accessories,” said Teresa Hawthorne, Glendale Civic Center event coordinator. “Bridal fashion has also incorporated more metallic colors into the traditional white and ivories. The pop of color is being reflective in other wedding items, including floral arrangements, cakes and linen choices.”

The Glendale Civic Center has hosted hundreds of wedding since 1999 and has been a previous winner of Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Awards. In 2012 and 2013, the Glendale Civic Center was voted as the No. 1 venue for conference centers of its size by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business.

For more information, call (623) 930-4300 or visit www.glendaleciviccenter.com

 

 

 




GLENDALE SEEKING COMMENTS ON TEMPORARY

ARCHERY RANGE AT PUBLIC MEETING AND ARCHERY DEMONSTRATION

Glendale, Ariz. –– With the help of the popular “Hunger Games” books and movies, the sport of archery is seeing a renewed interest with people. Archery enthusiasts and clubs have expressed an interest in Glendale creating a temporary archery range at Glendale Heroes Regional Park, 8300 W. Bethany Home Rd. To find out the public’s interest and level of support for this venture, Glendale Parks and Recreation staff will be holding a public meeting and a public archery demonstration/open house.

The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the park’s X-Court building. The meeting will include a review of the park’s conceptual master plan, a review of the proposed location of a temporary archery range in the park and a short presentation of archery. Additionally, public questions and comments will be answered and addressed. This is an informational meeting to hear from the public.

In addition, a public archery demonstration and open house will be held at the proposed location for the temporary archery range at the park at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. For approximately two hours the public is invited to see demonstrations of the sport and archery professionals in action. The proposed archery range location and size will marked, so the public can get an idea of the scope of the proposed temporary facility. USA Archery Arizona will bring in archery experts, and Corner Archery, a local archery shop, will have representatives present. A question and answer session will be held, and public comments will be accepted as well.

For more information about the proposed project, call 623-930-4334.

 

KEEP CALM AND EAT CHOCOLATE: GLENDALE

CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE RETURNS FEBRUARY 7-9

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Did you know that the average American consumes around ten pounds of chocolate each year? Get a head start on your annual ten pounds at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, held

the weekend before Valentine’s Day, Feb. 7-9 in Historic Downtown Glendale.

Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well. Chocolatiers will create confections such as chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, berry chocolate kabobs, fudge popsicles, chocolate covered cheesecake and bananas, Fried Twinkies and Fried Snickers dipped in chocolate and much more.

The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta’s. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, so visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatiers create everyone’s favorite candy.

Over the years, 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. In addition, the event will feature a Plein Air competition on Saturday that will award several prizes for paintings completed on-site or around Glendale that day. Additional information on the Plein Air event is available at www.glendaleaz.com/arts/.

Families with children will enjoy myriad activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting, a rock-climbing wall, carnival rides and inflatables.

Event hours are Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Cerreta’s Candy Company, ABC 15, Sears Vacations, SRP, The Arizona Republic, Valley Buick-GMC Dealers, YooHoo, KMLE, KOOL, JAMZ, Diamond Resorts, the Glendale Public Art Program, the AZ Scitech Festival, Camelback-Ranch Glendale and the Coyotes.

For more information on the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, including the entertainment lineup and a list of authors making appearances, visit our website at www.glendaleaz.com/events or call the special events hotline at 623-930-2299.

 

CHANGES TO VOLUNTARY DONATION

FOR GLENDALE’S FROM THE HEART PROGRAM

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Glendale City Council recently made a change to residents’ options for voluntarily donations to the city’s From the Heart program. Formerly $1, the voluntary donation requested is now $2, and can be added to a monthly bill if a resident chooses. The increase will be implemented in billing cycles beginning Feb. 19.

This program, which began in 1997, was designed to directly address the needs of Glendale residents with the focus of promoting the positive development of youth, strengthening families, and assisting citizens of all ages with day-to-day necessities.

“Whether it’s delivering meals to elderly, providing back-to-school clothing for children, or sheltering women and children in domestic violence situations, the From the Heart program does important things for many residents of Glendale,” said Mayor Jerry Weiers. “I would encourage all residents who can spare an extra two dollars each month to support the program.”

In 2013, the program distributed $144,490 to several agencies through a grant application and selection process. In addition to funds donated by Glendale water customers, the Gila River Indian Community donated $75,000 to the program, a matching partnership now in its fourth year. The following organizations were granted funding through From the Heart’s grant process in 2013, with criteria that each organization provides services to Glendale residents:



Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter

Back-to-School Clothing Drive Association

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (Glendale location)

Central Arizona Shelter Services

Duet – Partners in Health & Aging

First United Methodist Church of Glendale

Gabriel’s Angels

Hospice of the Valley

Jewish Family and Children’s Services

A New Leaf

Phoenix Gospel Mission

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Salvation Army Glendale Corps

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Solecito Services

Teen Lifeline

YWCA of Maricopa County

For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com/fromtheheart.

 

Glendale Police Seek Help in Solving Christmas Day Burglary

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On December 25, 2013 at approximately 11:25 AM an unknown suspect entered the Family Dollar Store located at 6744 W. Glendale Ave in Glendale. The store was closed for the Christmas holiday and the suspect used a key that he stole from a locked box to access the riser room. Once inside the riser room, the suspect accessed the roof where forced his way into an air duct and then lowered himself into the store with the use of electrical cables.

Once inside the store, the suspect filled trash bags up with items from inside totaling more than $2,000 before leaving through the back door, activating the alarm. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 30’s, medium build and at the time of the incident he was wearing a blue and white stripped collared shirt, dark jeans, and concealed his face with a gray cloth.

Glendale Police Detectives are seeking the community’s help identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary. The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information on the identity of the suspect to call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 



 

CHILDREN PLAYING WITH MATCHES RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSE FIRE

Glendale, Ariz. –– Glendale Fire Investigators say a house fire at 4800 West Hatcher Road on the night of January 6 was caused by two children playing with matches in a bedroom.

The children, ages three and five, set a stack of clothes on fire. The fire then spread to a stereo speaker and other items in the room. The mother, who quickly grabbed the clothes and put them in a bathroom sink while another family member attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, sustained a minor burn to her forearm and was treated on scene,.

Fires started by children account for a national average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries and $286 million in direct property damage per year.

The Glendale Fire Department’s Youth Firesetter Intervention Program provides customized educational interventions in situations like this house fire. The primary goal of the intervention program is to detect children at risk for participating in unsupervised firesetting incidents and then provide educational intervention to stop the firesetting behavior. The program is free and is available to any Valley youth between the ages of 3 and 17. The curriculum includes fire safety education, fire science, and the consequences of firesetting, burn injuries, choices, and arson and fireworks laws.

The program, managed by Dr. Janet A. Boberg, is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as one of the top programs in the nation. According to the USFA website, Glendale Fire’s intervention program is one of only eight successful programs in the country.

As always, the Glendale Fire Department urges parents to teach their children that fire is a tool, not a toy. Always keep matches and lighters out of reach and set a good example by properly using matches, lighters and fire. The most important thing a parent or caregiver can do is to always supervise young children.

For more information regarding Glendale Fire Department’s Youth Firesetter Intervention program, please visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/education/youthfiresetterintervention.cfm.

 

 

FREE SOLAR BASICS WORKSHOP FOR HOMEOWNERS JANUARY 18

Glendale, Ariz. –– Are you considering installing a solar system at your home but need more information? The city of Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office is partnering with SRP to offer a free residential solar basics workshop on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

The workshop will provide the information needed for homeowners to make an informed

decision on converting to solar or not. Workshop attendees will learn how a solar installation works, various financing options and rebates available to SRP customers through SRP’s Solar Energy incentive program. Glendale residents who attend will receive free energy- and water-efficiency devices, including a programmable thermostat, four-pack of CFLs and water-efficient showerhead. The devices are funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.

For a complete listing of Glendale’s free “Green Living” class series, visit www.glendaleaz.com/green. The classes are free, but advance registration is required by calling 623-930-3760 or e-mailing bpatrick@glendaleaz.com.

 

January 7, 2014

World’s most powerful exoplanet camera looks skyward

ASU professor and students part of Gemini Planet Imager testing and data analysis team



TEMPE, Ariz. – After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.

The instrument, called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), was designed, built, and optimized for imaging faint planets next to bright stars and probing their atmospheres. It will also be a powerful tool for studying dusty, planet-forming disks around young stars. It is the most advanced such instrument to be deployed on one of the world’s biggest telescopes – the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile.

Jennifer Patience, an astrophysicist and associate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, has been working with the GPI team for almost 10 years. Her involvement began with contributions to the science case when the project was in the proposal stage, followed by a large scale effort to develop a set of ideal target stars around which to search for planets. Most recently, Patience and her students have been working with the GPI commissioning team on the initial data to help calibrate the instrument and ensure the best performance of the instrument.

Eyes to the sky

Exoplanets are extraordinarily faint and difficult to see next to a bright star. GPI can see planets a million times fainter than their parent stars. GPI detects infrared (heat) radiation from young Jupiter-like planets in wide orbits around other stars, those equivalent to the giant planets in our own Solar System not long after their formation. Every planet GPI sees can be studied in detail.

GPI, an extraordinarily complex astronomical instrument the size of a small car, carried out its first observations last November. Patience and her students worked from ASU with analysis of the initial data taken in November and December.

For GPI’s first observations, the team targeted previously known planetary systems, including the well-known Beta Pictoris system; in it GPI obtained the first-ever spectrum of the very young planet Beta Pictoris b. The team also used the instrument’s polarization mode – which can detect starlight scattered by tiny particles – to study a faint ring of dust orbiting the very young star HR4796A. With previous instruments, only the edges of this dust ring, (which may be the debris remaining from planet formation), could be seen, but with GPI astronomers can follow the entire circumference of the ring.

Although GPI was designed to look at distant planets, it can also observe objects in our Solar System. The accompanying test images of Jupiter’s moon Europa, for example, can allow scientists to map changes in the satellite’s surface composition. The images were released today at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington DC.

“The early science images from GPI are spectacular and are an indication of the discoveries to come from the planet search survey that will commence this year. The ability to both image planets and investigate their atmospheres with a spectrum from GPI is a very exciting combination,” says Patience.

In 2014, the GPI team will begin a large-scale survey, looking at 600 young stars to see what giant planets orbit them. GPI will also be available to the whole Gemini community for other projects, ranging from studies of planet-forming disks to outflows of dust from massive, dying stars. Patience is one of two co-leads for developing the 600-star target list for this upcoming planet search survey.

“My research group and I are looking forward to the upcoming planet search survey. We will use GPI to discover new planets and learn how common giant planets are around stars of different masses and stars that are encircled by dusty disks analogous to the Kuiper belt in the Solar System. Since GPI is both a camera and a spectrograph, we will be able to investigate the atmospheres of detected planets and begin to characterize these other worlds,” explains Patience.

Looking through Earth’s turbulent atmosphere, even with advanced adaptive optics, GPI will only be able to see Jupiter-sized planets. But similar technology is being proposed for future space telescopes, and instruments like GPI are paving the way for a future instrument to image Earth-like planets.

For more information on GPI visit:
http://planetimager.org/

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON NEAR-BLACKOUT OF
 THREE NFL PLAYOFF GAMES THIS WEEKEND

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the local television blackout – only narrowly averted, according to news reports – of three NFL playoff games this weekend, and calling for consideration of legislation he has introduced with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to level the playing field among leagues, broadcasters and sports fans:

“The potential local television blackout of NFL playoff games this weekend in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Green Bay – only narrowly averted, according to news reports – should serve as an example to all sports fans of how poorly many rules and regulations are serving consumers and taxpayers today. The fact is that the NFL in particular enjoys numerous benefits paid for by tax-paying consumers, through antitrust exemptions, tax exemptions and publicly-financed stadium construction. Consumers should be the beneficiaries of these arrangements, yet this episode shows that is not the case. The original aim of the league’s blackout policy is no longer logical in today's marketplace. For these reasons, I, along with Senator Richard Blumenthal, recently introduced legislation aimed at leveling the playing-field among professional leagues, broadcasters and sports fans. With this week’s near-blackouts in three NFL cities, I renew my call for that bill’s full, fair and timely consideration in the Senate.”

 

 

GLENDALE GLITTERS MAKES LIST OF TOP FIVE

HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS IN THE COUNTRY

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale’s award-winning festival, Glendale Glitters, has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. The event, now in its twentieth year, is Arizona’s largest free holiday light display and attracts tens of thousands of people each year.

The city of Glendale was selected not only for the Glendale Glitters display, but also for neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. Glendale is in good company; the other cities on the list are San Diego, Portland, OR, Arlington, TX and Somerville, MA, all cities and neighborhoods that attract thousands of people in their communities with their impressive lights.

“This recognition solidifies Glendale’s reputation that so many Arizonans already are familiar with - that we are a destination point, a place people enjoy visiting for family-oriented entertainment,” said Martin Dickey, special events division manager. “We are thrilled that the rest of the country is recognizing this, too, and it could not come at a better time as we just celebrated our twentieth year for the event.”

The seven-week long holiday light display comes to its conclusion with the Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party on Jan. 11 from 4-10 p.m., when the 1.5 million lights are combined with 20 glowing hot air balloons and a variety of musical entertainment, which brings out more than 75,000 people in its final evening.

To read the CBS News online story by nationally-syndicated columnist Ilyce Glick, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/media/the-5-best-us-neighborhoods-for-holiday-lights/4/, or find a link at glendaleaz.com/events. Learn more about Glendale Glitters, including other awards and recognition it has received over the years, plus details on the city’s full line up of events at www.glendaleaz.com/events.

 

Glendale’s Kids & Cops and lots of community support

By Bette  Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

Each young shopper had a budget to stick to. Usually it was the officer who kept track of the numbers. The young shoppers were selecting gifts for members of their families. In many cases, family members came first. There was plenty of support from family and friends for the kids. Some lucky students saw their teachers at the Target on 43rd and Peoria in Glendale while the kids did their holiday shopping. It was a very good idea to have adult family members come and help or watch the kids were shopping, after all some of the young shoppers are not old enough to drive. A special thank you to James Pyle, Manager and all of the Target staff who were on hand to help locate toys and games with marble, among other things, and to help with the gift wrapping.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3893.

Brothers Fabian and Roman Murillo went shopping with Officer C. M. Bastin at Target on Thursday, December 18th as part of the annual holiday event.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3883.

Officer M. Barnett with Donovan Scott selected their gifts. While they wait at the gift wrapping table. The last step for the young shoppers before going home for the evening is to collect a bag-of-goodies. This is like a stocking that they can enjoy themselves or share. Most of the kids were selecting gifts for members of their families, putting themselves last. The annual Glendale Kids & Cops event was held at the Glendale Target located on the southwest corner of 43rd and Peoria. Officer Barnett has done this before and still says, "It’s a blast".

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3850.

Glendale Police Officer Greg Mills confers with Jacob Hennessey about some gift selections with shopping at the annual Glendale Kids and Cops annual event. This year as in the last three years, the event was held at the Target located on the southwest corner of 43rd and Peoria in Glendale. Before they went shopping, the kids and cops had dinner at a nearby Submarinos Italian Restaurant. What a night!

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH

UPCOMING PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

GLENDALE, Ariz. – As the New Year kicks off, the city of Glendale is highlighting successful accomplishments of 2013 and focusing on significant upcoming projects for 2014.

A glance back at notable projects completed in 2013:

Increase in Company Ventures – In 2013, Empereon-Constar, Arrowhead Cadillac, Sprouts, Terminix, Oreganos, Performance Steel and Hensley Beverage moved or expanded its business into Glendale, creating the need to fill hundreds of jobs. As a result, the city of Glendale kicked off its first-ever, multi-employer job fair in December, drawing more than 700 attendees interested in applying for more than 1,500 new jobs coming available in the city of Glendale. The event featured 10 Glendale employers including Dignity Health, Terminix, Empereon-Constar, CSAA/AAA Insurance and the Glendale Police Department.

Transportation – The first phase of Northern Parkway, between Sarival Avenue and Dysart Road, was completed and a dedication ceremony was held in December. This phase of the project includes a four-lane roadway consisting of eastbound and westbound auxiliary lanes and two outside travel lanes, which will be part of the final six-lane Northern Parkway. In addition, bridge structures at the 143rd and Sarival avenues railroad crossings; new curb, gutter and street lighting at the on/off ramps and intersecting cross streets; and new traffic signals at Sarival Avenue, Reems Road and Litchfield Road were completed.

Gallery Glendale at Westgate Launches – Gallery Glendale at Westgate saw more than 12,000 visitors since opening in May 2013. Westgate Entertainment District and the city of Glendale entered into a yearlong partnership to bring a free community art gallery, along with events and art, fitness and recreational classes and programs, to Glendale residents and Westgate patrons. iStar Financial, owners of Westgate, provided the city a 3,050-square-foot retail space next to Cold Stone Creamery, at no cost, that is valued at more than $100,000 annually.

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The Community Gives Back – The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau organized multiple charity events in 2013, which helped make an impact in the community. The Teddy Bear Day event resulted in the collection of 796 bears for the Glendale Fire Teddy Bear Trauma Program. More than 300 books were collected for Glendale libraries at the annual Downtown Glendale Mother's Day Event. The Glendale CVB also teamed up with the Coyotes and collected 3,000 pairs of shoes for Soles for Souls. The Stockings for Soldiers Drive, in partnership with the Military Family Support Group, resulted in 350 boxes of needed personal supplies sent to deployed military. And it wasn’t just about people; dogs gained special support at the Dog Days of Summer event where several dogs were adopted, people donated boxes of supplies and approximately 100 dogs were immunized or micro-chipped.

What’s ahead in 2014? A look at significant projects:

Preparing for Super Bowl – The city is already making preparations to host the Super Bowl in 2015. Being recognized as one of the biggest games in the world, this event put the city on the map in 2008 and was recognized as one of the most successful Super Bowls in history. The collaborated effort among multiple departments in the city is underway with a priority to host a safe, enjoyable event for the thousands of visitors and residents who partake in the Super Bowl and related activities. In addition, staff is creating new initiatives and programs that will engage the community and local businesses.

Doing Business with Glendale – Several new businesses are joining the city in 2014, bringing in new jobs and filling valuable space. St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus in January 2013, and will be opening Glendale’s third hospital and investing more than $44 million for the new 24-bed location in 2014. In addition, Midwestern University will debut its new veterinary school at their 143-acre campus.

Arrival of the F-35A at Luke Air Force Base – Luke AFB will have more F-35A’s assigned to its base in Glendale than any other installation in the Air Force with six squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center over the next several years. The Air Force plans to phase out and eventually replace its aging fleet of F-16s with the new, more technology advanced F-35A. The first three F-35A squadrons are scheduled to begin arriving at Luke AFB in 2014. Air Force executives have projected a $265 million, seven-year construction program at the base specifically to accommodate the F-35 pilot-training program, which will serve as the permanent training base for the single-engine stealth jets.

Increases in Sustainability and Conservation Efforts – A new sustainable project will come online for Glendale in 2014 at the city’s landfill. In 2012, the city made an agreement with Vieste SPE, LLC for the company to build a recycling facility that, in the first phase, will process up to 180,000 tons of solid waste each year going into the landfill and divert it to be recycled. This project will extend the life of the landfill and bring in additional revenue, at no cost to the city. The facility, which broke ground in July 2013, will create about 50 jobs and is expected to be complete in March of 2014. The second phase of the project will take the solid waste and convert it to energy.

Along with this new venture, the Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office provides programs to inform and educate residents, businesses and neighborhood communities about good environmental practices. Youth and adult programs will continue to be offered on a variety of topics including energy efficiency, indoor and outdoor water conservation, recycling and storm water pollution prevention.

The General Plan Update – Glendale will be updating its General Plan in 2014. The plan provides guidance to citizens regarding the development of the community, while giving property owners and developers a clear roadmap for planning in the future. The Plan is a guide to city management, city departments, the Planning Commission and City Council with specific regard to the City’s Capital Improvement Program and the annual city budget. It provides a look at citizen preferences, a statement of city policy, a guide to public and private decision-making, a blueprint to improve residents’ quality of life and a long-term perspective. The first phase will include developing a citizen steering committee.

 

 

 

 First F-35A destined for Luke AFB rolls out!


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WATERMELON FESTIVAL WELCOMED BACK JUNE 7 & 8, 2014 TO 
CONTINUE 60-YEAR OLD TRADITION IN DOWNTOWN GLENDALE

The Melon Festival traces its roots back to 1949 as a celebration of the community’s agricultural industry. The event was brought into the 21st century and revived as the Arizona Watermelon Festival on June 8th 2013, to much success. An estimated 6,500 attendees enjoyed live music, a beer garden, the crowning of a Miss Arizona Festival Queen along with a multitude of watermelon centric activities, games and most importantly lots of watermelon. Due to last years’ success, the 2014 Arizona Watermelon Festival will be stretched out over two days and is scheduled for Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in historic downtown Glendale, with free admission.

The event will feature all kinds of family activities, including a farmer’s market, an ice cream social, a kid's fun zone, live music, a beer garden, and much more. In addition, there will be many watermelon-centric activities like a watermelon tossing contest, a seed-spitting contest. This year’s festival will also continue with tradition by naming a new Miss Arizona Festival for 2014.

Glendale was an agricultural-driven community in its early days, and watermelons were a favored crop among Glendale growers. Melons were a big business locally for many years. In the 1950s, the melon festival was formed, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands to Murphy Park to celebrate Arizona-grown melons of all types. More than 80,000 pounds of watermelon was served to crowds of about 40,000 people. Another major part of the festival was to crown a queen, who was sent to the East Coast to promote Arizona-grown melons.

The Watermelon Festival is sponsored by the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and produced by AZ Culture, with the support of Downtown Glendale merchants; Bitzee Mama’s Mexican Food, Papa Ed’s Ice Cream, The Pink House Boutique, and Jivemind. For more information on the event, visit www.azmelonfestival.com or call the Glendale Visitor Center at 623-930-4500.

 

No Fiesta Bowl National Band Competition this year


Usually this time of year high school bands from across the country are getting ready for their trip to Glendale, Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship. The prestigious competition for high school marching bands is one of the many Fiesta Bowl events; but not this year. Cost for participating high school bands has become prohibitive, particularly for bands needing airfare, making it difficult to fundraise for the entire band’s travel. A significant portion of band members are unable to travel due to expenses, holidays, etc. Band directors are now having to re-writing their on-the-field programs.


Without the music, choreography, batons, flags and drum majors and color guards, on the University of Phoenix Stadium Field, this Fiesta Bowl season will not the same. Hopefully, the Band Championship will be back next year.


 

Collection drive for our special 
furry friends who are in need

 

The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with the Glendale Police Department to host a collection drive for our special furry friends who are in need. Items are being collected at the Glendale Visitor Center (5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140) to benefit homeless animals at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter, a private non-profit, no-kill shelter located at 7150 N. 110th Avenue in Glendale. Below is a wish list of animal shelter items that are desperately needed.

Since 1995, the Sun Valley Animal Shelter (SVAS) has provided loving, compassionate care to homeless dogs and cats of the northwest valley. SVAS adopts over 900 dogs and cats each year with animals coming from the New Hope Program through Maricopa County Animal Care and control and owner surrenders. The shelter receives no federal or state funding, and must rely on generous donations, resale shop revenue, and fundraising events to meet operating costs. The SVAS mission is to provide humane housing, care and companionship for homeless dogs and cats in a comfortable setting which meets their physical and emotional needs until such time as adoption is secured. If you are looking for a new member of your family, please visit SVAS to check out their furry friends who are looking for a forever family.

We are accepting items through December 19th. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. Many, many thanks for your consideration!

Wish List Items

· Science Diet Dog and Puppy Food

· Science Diet Cat and Kitten Food

· Alpo Chophouse ground or Pedigree ground canned dog food

· Friskies or Nine Lives canned cat food

· Cat Toys/ Dog Toys – Kongs, Squeaky, Rope Toys

· Dryer Sheets and Sponges

· Cat Litter and Litter Pans ( Non-scoopable )

· Hand Sanitizer/ Hand Soap

· Dog and Cat Beds ( All sizes )

· Metal Food Bowls

· Blankets and Towels ( All sizes )

· Industrial Mop Buckets

· First Aid Items/ Neosporin

· Industrial Hose

· Cat Scratching Posts & Toys

· Puppy Housebreaking Pads

· Dog Collars and Leashes

· Vinegar and Bleach

· Cat Condos and Trees

· Gallon and Snack Size Ziplock

· Bags

 

Ring the bell and fill the kettle!

Mayor Jerry Weiers volunteers to be a
Salvation Army bell ringer Saturday, December 14th.

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3670.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers was upset when he heard the news that money and other valuables were taken from a Glendale Salvation Army facility last week. Head of the Valley of the Sun Salvation Army Korean Chapter, Kihyun Oh was heartbroken. It would take a full day to replace the $1,700 taken in the robbery. To help make up for what the thieves took, Glendale Mayor volunteered to be a Salvation Army "Bell Ringer" in Glendale from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, December 14th near the entrance of the Tanger Outlets at Westgate.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3681.

While Landston McCain was shopping for his fiancée on Saturday, December 14th, he stopped and made a donation to The Salvation Army’s big red kettle. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers (looking on) . To help make up for what the thieves took, Glendale Mayor volunteered to be a Salvation Army "Bell Ringer" in Glendale from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, December 14th near the entrance of the Tanger Outlets at Westgate.

Meanwhile.... other Kettles other bells in yet another part of the city...

Vice Mayor rings the bell and Firefighters help gather toys!


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3703.

Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack was a Salvation Army bell ringer at the K Mart on Bell and 67th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3690.

Michael Van Patter, an Apollo High School junior, was one of several volunteers for the 12th Annual Glendale Firefighter’s Holiday Toy & Clothing Drive. Sturday, December 14th with the last day the firefighters and volunteers would be at the K Mart on 67th Avenue and Bell Road to collect new clothing and new toys to be distributed to needy families within the City of Glendale and surrounding communities. Donations were estimated to garner two truck loads!

It is not too late to donate. Donations of new items can be take to any Glendale Fire Station until December 18th. For more information regarding the Glendale Firefighters Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive contact the Glendale Fire Department at 623-930-4481 Ext. 3.

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Downtown Glendale

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3781.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3782.

Winter Wonderland Weekend was this Friday and Saturday nights. The Snowfield was a success.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3799,

Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 downtown Glendale turned into a Winter Wonderland. New week is the last of the special Glendale Glitters weekend events; Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights.

 
 

 

DOG SAVES GLENDALE FAMILY FROM HOUSE FIRE

Glendale, Ariz. –– A family’s dog was being called a hero early Friday morning after a fire ripped through a Glendale home that did not have working smoke detectors.

Prior to fire crews being dispatched to the home located at 11800 North 60 Avenue, Ace, a Pit Bull-Akita mix, began frantically barking which woke up the residents. Upon waking up, the residents smelled the smoke that had filled up majority of their home. They were able to quickly get themselves out of the house, as well as their two dogs and two cats, through the back door and safely into the backyard. Firefighters found the two adult residents huddled up in the corner of the backyard behind a pool pump.

Glendale Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms can double your chance of survival in a house fire. Smoke alarms are inexpensive and are definitely worth the lives they can help save.

Please follow these tips from the Glendale Fire Department to ensure your home is safe:

ž Be sure your smoke detectors are working by checking each one on the first day of the month.

ž Know what your smoke detector sounds like to ensure that your family will be able to react quickly in case of a fire.

ž Replace the battery once each year.

ž Install a smoke detector in each sleeping room and at least one in every level of your home.

ž Since smoke rises, install them on the ceiling or on the wall 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling.

ž In rooms with pitched ceilings, mount the detector at or near the ceiling’s highest point.

ž Do not install a smoke detector near a window, door or forced air register where drafts could interfere with the unit’s operation.

ž Develop and practice a home escape plan with two ways out of every room.

ž If your smoke detector sounds an alarm – get out of the house quickly and stay out.

ž Have a designated meeting place for your family once out of the home.

GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES RESIDENTS

TO BE SAFE WHEN USING TURKEY FRYERS

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Turkey fryers can be extremely dangerous. Not only do you have to use large amounts of oil, but some amount of hot oil will make it outside of the container during the frying procedure. When consumers use turkey fryers, they are putting themselves at extreme risk to be severely burned or killed and cause damage to property. For these reasons, the Glendale Fire Department wants residents to be extremely cautious when using turkey fryers and to please follow these safety tips when frying a turkey.

 

· Wear proper clothing. A long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves and closed toed shoes are recommended.

· Use the proper utensils to lower turkey into pot and to remove turkey.

· Set up fryer outside in a safe area away from children and pets. Make sure there are no overhangs above fryer like trees and shrubs and never use fryer underneath a patio or in a garage.

· Place fryer on a flat, sturdy surface as it can easily tip over spilling oil.

· Do not place oil past “fill” line located on side of most pots.

· Beware of people with nut allergies when using peanut oil in your fryer.

· Thaw turkey completely as excess water will cause oil to overflow causing fire to engulf pot and propane tank.

· Oil should not be heated past 350 degrees. 325 degrees is the optimal temperature.

· Turn off gas prior to lowering turkey in pot. Once turkey is fully submerged you may turn gas/flame back on.

· Never leave your fryer unattended.

· After turkey is fully cooked, allow oil to cool for 2-3 hours before disposing.

· To dispose of the oil, mix with coffee grounds, sawdust or kitty litter then dispose of in trash.

 



 

DONATIONS FOR BABY SHOT PROGRAM TOP FIRE DEPARTMENT’S 
WISH LIST FOR SANTA THIS HOLIDAY

 

Glendale, Ariz. –– Due to recent changes in healthcare reform, the administrative funding for the Glendale Fire Department’s Immunization Program, which was provided by the Maricopa County Childhood Immunization Partnership, has been discontinued and the city is now seeking community assistance to obtain new funding.

The immunization program, also known as the baby shot program, is an extremely valuable initiative that serves to prevent illness in our community and educate families regarding the importance of immunizations. In 2012 and 2013, the program provided 1,224 immunizations to 350 children at no cost to the families.

Management of the Baby Shot Program requires funding to cover the cost of the immunizations and to pay the nurses and firefighters who administer the immunizations. Historically, funding for these costs has been provided from two sources: Vaccines for Children’s Program (VFC) and Maricopa County Childhood Immunization Partnership.

The VFC Program graciously provides funding for the purchase of the immunizations. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally-funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to those who otherwise may not be vaccinated because of inability to pay. A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following: insured through AHCCCS, Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, American Indian, or Alaska Native. Financial support from the VFC Program is continuing, without issue.

The Maricopa County Childhood Immunization Partnership was providing Glendale’s program with a reimbursement of $25 per child and no maximum limit to cover the personnel costs associated with administering and documenting the immunizations. Financial support from this partnership has been discontinued and needs to be supplemented. The entire Baby Shots Program is at risk to be discontinued by the end of the year if no new funding sources are identified.

If you would like to partner with the Glendale Fire Department and provide financial support for this vital community resource, contact Casey Clark at CClark@glendaleaz.com or call the immunization hotline at 623-930-2414.

 

 

Glendale PD Closes 2 Cases -

 

 Working off of a tip, Glendale Police detectives were able to identify a potential suspect in a shooting that occurred on 10-15-2013 at 5880 W. Camelback Rd that involved a security guard working for Circle K. Through their investigation and follow-up, Glendale Police detectives obtained an arrest and search warrant for Monte Henry Alvarez, a 31 year old Phoenix resident. The Glendale Police SWAT team executed the warrant on 12-9-13 in the 6100 block of W. Osborne in Phoenix, where Alvarez was taken into custody and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department jail on charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault.

The story and surveillance photos were shared quite extensively immediately following the incident and we thank all that helped lead to Alvarez’s eventual capture.

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Sarina Ehler has been located and is safe. Sarina was located by an MCSO detective in the area of 219th Ave and Sun Valley Parkway earlier this afternoon. Sarina gave a false name to the detective, who believed that it was her. Eventually Glendale Police Detectives were able to confirm that it was Sarina and she was returned to the custody of her parents. There are no charges pending in this incident.

The Glendale Police Department would like to extent our thanks to those who assisted us in getting this information out and in locating Sarina.

 

GLENDALE’S HOTTEST CLASSES WARM UP THE WINTER

Glendale, Ariz. –– Glendale Parks and Recreation classes are heating up the cold winter months with “hot” classes that add fun and excitement to the season. Registration is being accepted now for classes beginning in January.

Shows such as “Dancing with the Stars,” “Top Chef,” “Biggest Loser” and “Cupcake Wars” are “hot” right now, and we have classes that can make you your own star.

Special interest activities and classes offered appeal to a wide range of ages for adults, youth and teens in the areas of sports and fitness, dance, culinary arts, personal development, cultural arts and music. Most classes are held at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., with class times, dates and prices varying.

Classes also make great gifts for loved ones and friends. And, if you are planning a new year’s resolution of being healthier, losing weight or learning something new, you will probably find a class that will help you succeed in your new adventure.

More than 100 different adult and youth classes, clinics and workshops are available including fitness, cooking, youth sports, dance and music.

Details for all the classes are listed in the Glendale @ Play guide. Pick up a copy at the Glendale libraries or recreation centers or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation and click on the Activities Guide link.

Teams announced for The 43rd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

No. 15 University of Central Florida vs. No. 6 Baylor University on January 1, 2014.
 Kickoff is at 6:30 p. m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

This year’s American Athletic Conference (AAC) champion, Central Florida University (CFU) Knights, will meet the Big 12 Conference champion Baylor University (BU) Bears for the "first" time in Glendale on January 1, 2014 for the 43rd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Both teams have an 11-1record for the season. The CFU Knights is ranked no. 15 and the Baylor Bears are ranked at no. 6. To achieve such outstanding records, coaches George O’Leary at UCF and Art Briles at Baylor have done a great job. Their records stand for themselves.

As soon as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl teams were announced team fans started to plan their trip west to Arizona and to Glendale. University of Central Florida is located in Orlando, Florida. Fans of the Knights will be coming from Waco, Texas.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3649.

The Glendale Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Terry Williams and Loraine Pino are preparing for the big game. The Glendale Visitor Center is now transformed into the Fiesta Bowl Football headquarters in the West Valley, showcasing team colors and décor, including the clocks changing times to reflect the team markets in Orlando and Waco. In addition, the Glendale Visitor Center is preparing information for visitors and sending out Cerreta’s Candy baskets to the schools. The Visitor Center began receiving inquiries from incoming fans as soon as the teams were announced. As of Monday afternoon, the requests from Waco are outpacing Florida requests 10 to 1.

"We are thrilled to welcome these first time teams to Arizona. Fiesta Bowl fans are fantastic and truly passionate about their hometown teams," said Lorraine Pino, Manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Visitors to the Glendale CVB who wearing their football team’s apparel will receive a "goodie bag", starting today. Visit the CVB at 5800 West Glenn Drive, Suite 140, Glendale AZ 85301 or call 623.930.4500. Or follow this link: http://www.visitglendale.com/index.html for more information.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3654.

The Glendale Convention and Visitor Bureau’s  Loraine Pino labels and sets clocks for the team's timezones.

 

 

There is still more to come on The 43rd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Something for social media users the CVB will soon announce how you can win a pair of tickets to the game.

Visit the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on the web at http: www.fiestabowl.org for ticket information.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Hometown Christmas Parade started at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Glendale. Inspired by members of the community who longed to celebrate the true reason for Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ, the Hometown Christmas Parade invited individuals, churches and businesses across the Valley to represent their local communities by entering floats, marching bands, singing groups, cheer squads, or even dancing grannies, utilizing themes that encompass the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

The first Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade brings a crowd
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Hometown Christmas Parade was the first one of what may become an annual event.
Mayor Jerry Weiers stated "The Parade was even better than we had anticipated and we look forward to even a larger event Nest Year."

The attractions included a live nativity, pictures with Santa, crafts and a non-perishable food collection drive for Hope for Hunger. Grandstand announcers: Al McCoy, voice of the Phoenix Suns and Greg Schulte, Voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks; 58th & Glendale Announcer: Mike Broomhead of KFYI.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3520.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers served at the Grand Marshal for the first Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7. Parade co-Chairs: Dr. Walt Kallestad & Don Mellon.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3539

U. S. Congressman Trent Franks and family.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3492.

The Arizona Outreach Arena entry in the Hometown Christmas Parade now has a banner.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3572.

The last finishing touches to the Desert Hope float are added. The float will be one of many parading down Glendale Avenue in the very first Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.  3560

After the last finishing touches to the Desert Hope float, it is ready to roll.  The float was one of many parading down Glendale Avenue in the very first Hometown Christmas Parade in downtown Glendale.

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3591.

Hunger knows no holiday. A non-perishable food collection for a Hope for Hunger food bank was one of the focal points of the first ever Hometown Parade in downtown Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3547.

Adams Traditional Academies Marching Band on Glendale Avenue on Saturday morning, December 7. The parade started at 10:00 a. m. at 52nd and Glendale Avenues and continued down Glendale Avenue to 58th Avenue.

parade entries 

Air Evac and HALO - Helicopter Flyover 
388 Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Color Guard 
Grand Marshal Mayor Jerry Weiers 
Hope for Hunger 
Community Church of Joy Celebration Choir 
Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) 
Vice-Mayor Yvonne J. Knaack, Barrel District 
Fighting Eagles Cheerleaders from Adams Traditional Academy 
Adams Traditional Academies Marching Band 
Cub Scout Pack 436 
Councilmember Many Martinez, Cholla District 
Desert Hope Wesleyan Church 
American Legion Ladies 
Councilmember Norma Alvarez, Ocotillo District 
Independence High School Drumline & NJROTC Programs 
Childrens Culinary Institute 
Councilmember Ian Hugh - Cactus District 
Glendale DeMolay 
Knights of Columbus #3855 
Councilmember Sammy Chavira, Yucca District 
Camelback Community Church 
Phoenix Coyotes Cheerleaders & Howler 
Arizona Search, Track and Rescue 
Councilmember Gary Sherwood, Sahuaro District 
Cactus Trails Neighborhood Girl Scouts 
Atonement Lutheran Church & School 
Rev. John Ssegawa, A.J. of St. Helen's Catholic Church 
Family Life Assembly of God 
Our Lady of Perpetual H~lp Catholic Church & School 
Glendale Firefighter Tradkless Train 
St. Louis the King 
Girl Scouts Troop 1308 I 
Discount Cab, The Flamer 
West Valley Conservator~ of Ballet 
American Legion Palriof 
Arizona Blues Company 
Ronald McDonald 
The Glendale Youth Project 
1-800-BOARDUP 
Community Church of Jqy 
Jazzy Poms 
Gentry / Feller Family I 
Grace Lutheran School 
Community Church of Joy - Marriage Ministry 
Grand Canyon University - Christmas Carolers 
Grand Canyon University - Cheer Team & Dance Line 
Krispy Creations 
Girl Scout Troop 176 and Troop 441 
First United Methodist Church of Glendale 
Developmental Enrichment Center 
Don & Janet Coldiron, 1965 Chevy EI Camino 
Girl Scout Troop 1394 
Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors 
Apollo High School I 
9 Fun Fun 
Glendale North Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
Girl Scouts Sunflower-Ridge Neighborhood 
Bourgade High School 
Gospel 860 AM 
Community Church of Joy Bethlehem Train 
Glendale Rotary Club & Glendale High School Interact Club 
Glendale High School 
Girl Scout Troop 1268 
Drawn to Comics 
Glendale Police Explorers 
Southwest Civil War Association (SWCWA) 
Hickman's Family Farm 
Salvation Army Band 
GFWC Glendale Woman's Club 
Joy Christian School Bus 
Kingdom of the Valley Christian Church 
Glendale Fire Department 
Arrowhead Hospital 
Missionary Chapel 
Word of Life Lutheran Church & Preschool 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Student Council 
Phoenix Model A Car Club 
St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church - Glendale 
Cub Scouts, Troop 765 from Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints 
SRP Electric Vehicles 
New Life Community Church 
Thrivent Play it Again Band 
EI Zaribah Shrine 
Santa Claus on a Glendale Fire Truck 
The 3 Wise Men and the EI Zaribah Shrine Camels 
Hometown Christmas Parade Live Nativity



 

 

 

GLENDALE GLITTERS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON

WITH SPECIAL EVENTS THREE WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER

The holiday magic continues in downtown Glendale Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 6-21, from 6-10 p.m. each night, with 1.5 million dazzling lights, free admission and fun for the whole family.

One special aspect of each weekend will be luminarias on several blocks throughout both Old Towne and the Catlin Court Historic District. In all, the trail of luminarias will measure about one mile and feature about 1,250 luminarias. The luminaries will be lit each weekend event night, Dec. 6-21, 6-10 p.m. This new feature is sponsored by the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors.

Spirit of Giving Weekend, Dec. 6-7

Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend will celebrate and showcase numerous community organizations and non-profits that make a positive difference in the lives of Valley residents. This is an opportunity to make the public aware of the different organizations serving our communities, and show appreciation for the important roles they play while improving the quality of life here in Glendale and the surrounding areas.

Visitors are encouraged to bring donated items to Spirit of Giving weekend. The city is again partnering with the St. Mary’s Food bank for a food drive, and this year Valley Metro will be bringing out its special holiday-themed bus for everyone to “Stuff the Bus” with non-perishable food to help families around the Valley. The Glendale Fire Department will also be collecting unwrapped toys onsite for its annual Toy Drive. Children can climb in and experience a lighted, 1960 Coast fire truck on Friday evening. In addition, the weekend will be highlighted by wonderful food and beverages, including gourmet food trucks, children’s activities including make-and-take crafts. A new element to this year’s themed weekends is Crazy Shotz, an interactive photo booth. Participants can take holiday photos, using various props/backdrop. The holiday movie that will be showcased on the large screen in the park will be “Arthur Christmas,” playing at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. each night.

Winter Wonderland Weekend, Dec. 13-14

Winter Wonderland Weekend’s big focus will be on snow! Two snowfields, one for big kids and one for the little ones, will delight children and make great photo opps for mom and dad. The event will also feature several activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, pony rides, visits with Santa, face painting, a rock wall, kids inflatables and rides. This weekend will also feature the favorite holiday classic movie “Elf,” with free showings on a big screen at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. both nights.

Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, Dec. 20-21

Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights is all about the music and rockin’ out! Fun entertainment will include energetic dance performances on the Amphitheatre Stage and the Glendale Union High School District Vocal Ensemble Showcase. Desert Dixie will be performing in the park on Friday night, and Saturday night will feature In2ition, performing an array of music featuring Pop/Top 40, R&B, Soul, and Disco. Of course, the event will also feature a great selection of food and beverages, including gourmet food trucks, kids inflatable rides, pony rides and visits with Santa Claus.

Glendale’s December Weekends are produced by Glendale’s Office of Special Events. Sponsors for each weekend event include APS, Cerreta Candy Company, The Arizona Republic, ABC15, Squirt, Sunkist, 7-UP, Sears Vacations, Valley Buick-GMC, Credit Union West, KMLE, KOOL, JAMZ, Phoenix Coyotes, Camelback Ranch-Glendale and Glendale Community College.

Additional event information is available at www.glendaleaz.com/events or on the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299.

 

Sun City Neighborhood Lights Up to Benefit Local Food Bank

The Sun City Concord Avenue neighborhood will be aglow with hundreds of luminaries on Christmas Eve, December 24 from dusk until 10 p.m. The public is invited to explore the beauty of the light display. The luminary display spans nearly one mile in length starting from 99th Avenue to 103rd Avenue on Concord Avenue (south of Peoria Avenue) in Sun City. Admission is free and new this year, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable food items to benefit the Hope for Hunger Food Bank.

The Hope For Hunger Food Bank is based in Glendale and serves residents in the West Valley. The food bank opened in May 2012 and since opening has served 545,000 tons of food to 17,000 families feeding more than 61,000 men, women, and children. Food collection boxes will be located throughout the area.

The neighborhood has been displaying luminaries since 2009. More than a dozen neighbors coordinate the efforts and meet weeks prior to assemble and deliver the bags. Each home receives a supply of luminaries to display along their driveway and front sidewalks. “Every year we look forward to coming together as a community to share in the holiday spirit and provide a memorable experience for our residents and visitors. We are especially thrilled this year to incorporate a food drive to assist our West Valley neighbors” said Marilou Zomok, Event Co-Chairperson.

For more information, call 623-930-2955. To learn more about the Hope for Hunger Food Bank, visit www.HopeForHungerFB.org.

 

 

Light in the Darkness

Sun City, AZ, December 15, 2013: 
Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church invites you to join us at 3pm for
our annual Christmas Concert,
Light in the Darkness
Experience the Light of Christ through song and music. A full choir
and bell choir offers glorious voices for your delight. 
Enjoy classical pieces such as the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s
Messiah, Christmas carols, as well as contemporary pieces. 
Tickets $10 each with proceeds supporting the music program. 

 

GLENDALE FIREFIGHTERS IN NEED OF ITEMS FOR HOLIDAY TOY AND CLOTHING DRIVE

Glendale, Ariz. –– For the twelfth straight year, Glendale firefighters are working hard to collect items for the clothing and toy drive, which benefits children and families in need from the Glendale area.

This past Saturday was the opening weekend for the toy drive and although numerous items were donated, Glendale Firefighters are still working towards their goal of helping 450 families.

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

Firefighters will continue collecting donations Friday, December 6, at Glendale Glitters from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the next two Saturdays: December 7 and 14, between 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at the K-Mart at 67 Avenue and Bell Road. In addition, drop off sites have been set up at all nine Glendale fire stations and the Glendale Fire Marshal’s Office. Those locations are:

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

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

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

T Fire Station #154: 4439 W. Peoria

T Fire Station #155: 6255 W. Union Hills

T Fire Station #156: 6801 W. Deer Valley

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

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

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

T Glendale Fire Marshall’s Office: 5800 West Glenn Drive, Ste. 350 (during business hours)

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

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

 

THE GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES SPACE HEATER SAFETY

Glendale, Ariz. –– Home heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire fatalities, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and with half of all home heating fires occurring during the months of December, January, and February the Glendale Fire Department is reminding residents to be safe when using space heaters. Residents are encouraged to take these life-saving steps to ensure their home is safe:

ž Always turn your space heater off before going to sleep

ž Keep space heater at least 3 feet away from anything combustible like furniture, bedding, clothing, etc.

ž Always place heater on flat, sturdy non-combustible surfaces like ceramic tile

ž Keep heater away from children and pets

ž Never place gasoline in a kerosene heater, even small amounts greatly increase the risk of fire

ž Propane space heaters should never be used indoors or where natural ventilation is not available

ž If you leave the room, turn your space heater off

ž Make sure your space heater is designed for indoor use and has been certified by a recognized

testing laboratory (such as Underwriters Laboratory UL) using the latest safety standards

ž If you are looking to purchase a space heater, consider one with a build in “tip-over-switch”; this

is designed to shut off the heater when knocked over

 

USAF Thunderbirds to headline Luke AFB open house March 15-16

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Luke AFB will host "Luke Days 2014," an open house and air show, March 15-16, 2014. The U.S. Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will headline the weekend’s activities with performances both days.

A static display of Luke’s newest aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II, should also be available for viewing.

Previous base open houses have averaged more than 100,000 spectators each day. There will be food, games and attractions for the whole family. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information, visit www.luke.af.mil and click on the "Open House and Air Show" graphic on the middle of the page. Information can also be found on the 56th Fighter Wing’s official Facebook page, "Luke AFB, Arizona-56th Fighter Wing."

The event website is the best place to visit for daily updates. Some of the information that will be on the website will include a full list of expected aerial acts, prohibited items, points of contact and information for media outlets. The site will be updated as information becomes available.

 

 
 
 
 

Glendale Police Seeking Info on Shooting  Homicide

Update – 6565 W. Bethany Home Death Investigation

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, just after 2:00pm, Glendale Police Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of 6500 W. Bethany Home Road. Upon Arrival, Officers were directed by taxpayers to an apartment complex at 6565 W. Bethany Home Road where the several shots were heard. Officers located a 50 year old adult male down in the parking lot of the complex with gunshot wounds to his body. Officers performed first aid on the subject until Fire personnel arrived on scene. The male subject was treated at the scene and transported with life threatening injuries to a local valley hospital.  The victim, Douglas Elliott, a resident of Peoria, was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of his gunshot wounds. Douglas was employed as a maintenance worker at the apartment complex and was on duty working at the complex at the time of the shooting. The motive of the shooting is still unknown at this time.

Witnesses reported observing two black adult male suspects flee the scene in a black, older model Cadillac sedan prior to police arrival. It is believed that one of the black male suspects may have sustained some type of injury during the incident.  tives continue to actively work this investigation and are following up on all possible leads. The investigation is still ongoing, and the unidentified suspects are still outstanding. Detectives are seeking the community’s help identifying and locating the involved suspects. The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information on this case, to include the identity of the suspects, to call the Glendale Police Department at (623) 930-3399 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

 

On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, just after 2:00pm, Glendale Police Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of 6500 W. Bethany Home Road. Upon Arrival, Officers were directed by taxpayers to an apartment complex at 6565 W. Bethany Home Road where the shots were heard. Officers located a 50 year old adult male down in the parking lot of the complex with gunshot wounds to his body. Officers performed first aid on the subject until Fire personnel arrived on scene. The male subject was treated at the scene and transported with life threatening injuries to a local valley hospital. Witnesses reported observing two black male suspects flee the scene in an older model sedan prior to police arrival. It is believed that one of the black male suspects may have sustained an injury during the incident. A perimeter was established to locate possible involved suspects. A nearby elementary school, Mensendick Elementary, was placed on lockdown during the search. The initial search ended with negative results.

The male subject was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of his gunshot wounds. The identification of the victim is not being released at this time.

Glendale Police Detectives have assumed the investigation. No suspects have been identified at this time. From the preliminary investigation, Detectives do not believe this was a random act. Detectives are currently actively investigating the incident and following up on all possible leads. The investigation is ongoing.

Glendale Job Fair
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

The publicity information at the job fair said this is "Where the West Valley Jobs Are!" And, more than 1,000 jobs were to be filled from the employers with tables at the event and others. Hopefully, job seekers who attended will soon be headed to work.

The city of Glendale hosted a career workshop and job fair on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, located at 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. More than 1,000 jobs from several local companies such as Empyrean-Constar, Termini, CSAA Insurance Group, Dignity Health, Cytec Building Systems, the Glendale Police Department, Lowe’s, Fry’s and others are available for the right candidates. The city of Glendale partnered with Maricopa Workforce Connections and Glendale Community College on the half-day event. Two-hundred eighty-five job seeks had gone through the doors of the Coyote room at the Foothills Recreation Center at 11:32 a.m. Beginning at 10 a.m., the event will kick-off with a workshop titled, "Utilizing LinkedIn to Network Your Way to Success." The workshop was held on the 2nd floor by Glendale Community College Career Expert Dayan Mathews. Dayan helped to introduce participants to the basics of conducting a job search in today’s economy. A job search basic includes using online sites like LinkedIn, for example.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3355.

Sharon Duncan, Background Investigator, Glendale Police Department talks with R. J. Arthur at the Glendale Job Fair on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The event was hosted at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center located at 5600 W. Union Hills Drive in Glendale.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3362.

Empereon and Constar handle communications for Fortune 500 companies. The new facility located at 51st Avenue and Bell Road will open in January of 2014. The center in Glendale is looking to hire 700-800 hundred new employees. Travis Bowley, Chief Executive Officer, Founder was born and raised in Glendale. The son of Arizona dairy farmers, he is actually one of three generations from Arizona. He is very proud of his native roots and is happy to give back to his community.

 

 

Travis Bowley is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Empereon Marketing, LLC and its affiliate, Constar Financial Services, LLC (Empereon-Constar). As CEO, Travis provides direction and leadership to the Empereon-Constar enterprise and he is directly responsible for implementing a culture of innovation that aligns with the company mission and growth strategy. All lines of business report up to Travis and he is ultimately responsible for overall operations with an emphasis on strategic planning, corporate development, and marketing. As a seasoned contact center executive, Travis is a widely recognized industry leader acknowledged for his integrity, character, and passion to deliver excellence. Under his leadership, Empereon-Constar has experienced tremendous growth across all segments of the business. His direct management has strengthened the company presence in key markets, developed new service lines for our clients, and expanded the company into a national, multi-contact center operation. A true entrepreneur and visionary, Travis believes in the power of sales complimented by an effective multi-tiered relationship management platform – delivering operational excellence with quality client service, translating into bottom line value for his clients. In addition, Travis Bowley and the Bowley family have deep generational family and business roots in the local Phoenix community and, as a result, Travis is committed to reinvesting in the community. He considers it his privilege to share his success by offering his employees management training, mentorship and career mobility.

Empereon Marketing, LLC Company History Founded in 1997, Empereon Marketing, LLC is a leading provider of innovative contact center solutions. In less than a decade, Empereon expanded into a national, multi-facility call center provider. Based on Empereon’s success, Constar Financial Services, LLC (Constar) was launched in 2005 as a full-service accounts receivable management company delivering collection services. Together, Empereon-Constar offer a comprehensive range of customer-centric, contact to contact solutions designed to help companies increase revenue and lower costs in all phases of their business.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3370.

Lowe’s table at the Glendale Job Fair on Tuesday, December drew interest from job seekers.

 

 




GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS

 

 

 

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

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

will be accepted beginning Thursday, December 2nd at 12:00am and closing on Sunday, December 15th,

2013 at 11:59pm. Recruitment is currently open for the position of Police Officer Lateral and applications

are being accepted on a continual basis.

 

The Glendale Police Department expects to fill over 30 Police Officer vacancies. Candidates

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

optional information session which is being held on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 6:00pm at the

Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center, located at 11550 W. Glendale Ave, in Glendale, Arizona.

Information, including application material, can be found at www.glendaleaz.com/policejobs/index.cfm .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo by - Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet- 2007

Gannon Hubler - Fellow Photojournalist 
Rest in Peace.....
I learned more talking with him in 20 minutes
than I did on a month of reading books...
As you know ... I have a habit of also taking 
pictures of the news reporters and cameramen as
 well as the stuff for the story...

Here is a nice photo of Gannon shot in 2007 Ed#

 

 

 

 

Summary (From  Linked in)


Gannon Hubler is a seasoned professional storyteller in the multimedia world. He has won many awards including Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards, and National Press Photographer Photographer of The Year Awards. He has directing, Director of Photography, and Producing experience at a high level. What he does best is capture action and tell high quality stories from beginning to end...no detail is left out...and people tell the stories...there are characters, surprises, and beginnings, middles, and ends in everything he touches...

Experience

Video Production Manager
Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club
November 2008 – Present (5 years 1 month)
I am part of a small production team that handles all video production considerations for The Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club of the NHL. I tell stories and relate information with steady sequenced video and crisp audio. I season with graphics and tight editing and post-production. I am always learning. I have great respect for the many teachers that have helped me with the craft.

CHIEF PHOTOJOURNALIST
KPHO - A Meredith Corporation
February 2001 – August 2007 (6 years 7 months)
I managed a staff of 18 photojournalists servicing 6 newscasts everyday. I was a working Director of Photography, shooting the same stories and same live shots as my staff. I was responsible for budgets, scheduling, vehicles, gear maintenance, and teaching, as well as a liaison to upper management. A unique and challenging position.
(Open)3 honors and awards

PHOTOJOURNALIST/EDITOR
KNXV-TV
March 1996 – March 2001 (5 years 1 month)
I captured News and Sports events in a newsroom environment. I was responsible for delivering news and feature content for multiple shows under tight deadlines. Live content was a daily requirement and special long form projects were also a concern. Because of the people I worked with and learned from...It will continue to be the best job I ever had...
(Open)1 recommendation

Dave de Medicis
Multi-Media Storyteller
Gannon is one of the most unique and talented photojournalists and video editors that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He's passionate about story telling and it shows.View

 


PHOTOJOURNALIST/PRODUCER
WXII-TV
June 1995 – March 1996 (10 months)Winston-Salem, NC
I was responsible for shooting, producing, editing, and ENG truck operation. Everything from News, Sports, to Long Form, and Investigative and Consumer...I did it all with some great people.


PHOTOJOURNALIST/EDITOR
KTVK-TV
March 1992 – June 1995 (3 years 4 months)
Shoot and edit News, Sports, Long Form, and Investigative and Consumer stories. Also responsible for set up and operation of ENG trucks.


PHOTOJOURNALIST
WTAJ-TV
March 1991 – March 1993 (2 years 1 month)
Shoot and edit Sports, News, Long Form, Investigative, and Consumer stories for air. Worked closely with reporters to help produce stories and service newscasts.

 

Languages

Spanish, Russian

 

Honors & Awards

EMMY AWARDS
NATAS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOUTHWEST CHAPTER
Winner of 21 EMMY AWARDS. Journalistic Enterprise, Photojournalism, Lighting, Producing, and Editing.

NPPA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2002
National Press Photographer's Association
July 2003
National contest winner for work in the calendar year 2002. Features, General, spot news, and long format productions.

EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD
RTNDA
February 2006
National award winner for a feature shot and produced with a team of 6 photojournalists headed by Chris Turner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 BOOK SIGNING for -  Earthbound Misfit - story of Jerry Foster, a pioneer in the field of news helicopter- Dec 2 and Dec 9

 

 

Earthbound Misfit is the story of Jerry Foster, a pioneer in the field of news helicopter pilots. What began a routine flying job reporting traffic for a local TV station, soon became much more, as Jerry began reporting news stories as well. His former training as a paramedic for the AMES project (for which he was Chief pilot), and his association with several law enforcement agencies, also allowed him the opportunity to help with rescues and recoveries. Very often, instead of just reporting the story, Jerry Foster was the story. The book also covers Jerry’s early life, and the demons that followed him for years, as well as his life after 20 years in the TV business. It covers his fall from grace, and his years of reclusiveness, before venturing out into the world of Facebook and discovering that he was still loved by many.

Your Questions are finally answered -  An EXCELLENT READ!  


Ed Sharpe Archivist  for SMECC -  Arizona's  Communications & Media  Museum

 

Glendale Glitters! 20th Anniversary Spectacular Weekend

By Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

November 29th marked the twentieth time the Glendale Glitters lights light Murphy Park in downtown Glendale. Opening night celebration began at 5:30 p. m. with "Countdown to Glendale Glitters". The countdown started just after dark with the number 15…3-2-1. The power switch is flipped up and the lights are on! On stage with Mayor Weiers and Captain Shane Doan was the entire Glendale City Council.

The holiday display of lights includes 1.5 million lights and takes thousands of man hours to complete. The Glendale Amphitheatre had the same tree trees as last year and the same Power Switch. The familiar setting gives the event some continuity. The design work for the light display begins over the summer and every year the display is a little different, giving us all a little surprise.

The Glendale Glitters’ lights will stay on until next year. January 11, 2014 is the date of the Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party. The event is scheduled from 4:00 p. m. to 10:00 p. m. Both Glendale Glitters and The Glendale Glitter and Glow event are free. There is a fee to park in both of the two downtown parking garages.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 3217 and 3212.

Two decades ago at the first Glendale Glitters on November 25, 1994, dancers from Marilyn’s Academy of Dance performed and on Friday, November 29, 2013 spectators watched the MAD (Marilyn’s Academy of Dance) Dancing Dads perform.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3254.

Connie Colla of ABC15 Mornings was the master of ceremonies for Glendale Glitters’ opening night. Glendale Mayor Weiers presented Phoenix Coyotes’ Captain Shane Doan with a Glendale Glitters 20th Anniversary hooded jacket. Councilmember Martinez is in white and to the far right is Captain Shane Doan.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3264.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Phoenix Coyotes Captain and Shane Doan are ready to flip the power switch to turn on of all the 1.5 million lights for Glendale Glitters. Howler, the Coyotes mascot watches and waits. On stage with Mayor Weiers and Captain Shane Doan was the entire Glendale City Council.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3281.

Yes that is Councilmember Yvonne Knaack dancing with Howler. After the Glendale Glitters lights came on, it was time to dance.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3330.

Get ready to toss the snowball….

Glendale Police Investigate Officer-Involved Fatal Collision

 

 

Glendale, Ariz. – On 11-30-13 at 2:15 PM a Glendale Police Officer was responding to a call for service and was traveling southbound on 67th Avenue, approaching Glendale Ave. A white van being driven by a male in his 30's was traveling northbound on 67th Ave and turned in front of the Glendale Police vehicle. The vehicles collided in the intersection and the force of the impact caused the van to travel onto the southwest corner sidewalk, where it then struck 2 pedestrians, a male and a female. The Glendale Police vehicle was also involved in a secondary collision but there were no injuries.

The female pedestrian was thrown into the parking lot of an adjacent business, where she was struck by a vehicle being driven by a female Glendale resident in her 50's. The female pedestrian was transported to a local hospital but did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The male pedestrian was also transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The van was occupied only by the driver, a Glendale resident, who was transported to a hospital with serious injuries and the Glendale Police officer was also transported but his injuries are not life-threatening. The Glendale Police Officer is a 5-year veteran of the department.

Glendale Police Vehicular Crimes detectives have responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is ongoing. There are no indications at this time that the officer was responding with lights and sirens activated and the cause of the collision is still under investigation. The intersection of 67th Ave. & Glendale Ave. will be closed for several more hours for the investigation.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

The Abominable, a Novel, by Dan Simmons
By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet


This work by Simmons is a one being over six-hundred pages. The lengthy beginning sets up the history and personalities of the characters, but fails to get and to keep the reader’s attention. The reader will have to read their way to the middle or two-thirds of the book (about page 427) to finally get to the action. The last two-hundred or so pages might pay off for the reader.


The story begins in 1924, when the race to climb Mount Everest is suddenly stopped by the disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine somewhere high on Mount Everest. Three climbers, a British poet, a French mountain guide, and a young American, find a way to finance a climbing expedition. The three arrange funding from Lady Bromley, whose son has also disappeared on the mountain. The three men are joined by the missing boy’s cousin, a young woman. Each of whom thought of they were a confident and capable of climbing Mount Everest finding the missing hiker, and go home heroes. And they would have a chance to climb the mountain, and make history. Surprisingly, the mountain, Mount Everest, is too much of a minor character this latest work by Simmons and should have been a stronger character.


The four climbers found monsters more frightening than anything they could imagine. “German supermen” were somewhere on the mountain, but even they could not climb the mountain’s treacherous slopes in the dark, or could they.


The Abominable is loosely based on the disappearance of two famous British climbers George Mallory and Andrew (Sandy) Irvine. Both left their camp on Mount Everest one day in June of 1924 and basically were never seen again. They were spotted by others on the mountain were about 1000 feet from the summit. Were Mallory and Irvine headed to the top—the summit of Everest? If they did make it to the top, it would have been 29 years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Did Mallory and Irvine make it to the summit of Everest and why did they not make it down the mountain are real unsolved mysteries?


 

Glendale Police Explorer Helps Nab Thieves

 

Glendale, Ariz. – Just before 1pm on a Sunday morning, November 3rd, 2013, after attending a local church service, a couple discovered someone burglarized their vehicle in the parking lot during the service at a church in the area of 17200 N. 59th Avenue. They found their garage door opener and registration paperwork that included their home address was stolen from the vehicle. Their 17 year old daughter, who is a Glendale Police Explorer, was at home alone when the suspects, Gerardo Ramirez and Jason Wortman, traveled to their residence in the area of 6500 W. Adobe Drive. The suspects backed their vehicle into the driveway and used the stolen garage door opener to open the garage door. Ramirez then began to knock on the door and ring the doorbell to see if anyone was home. They were both discouraged when Ramirez heard the sound of a television on inside the home. Realizing someone may be at home, both men took off fleeing the scene. The Glendale Police Explorer acted quickly and was able to obtain the license plate number off the suspect vehicle as it sped away.

With the information the Glendale Police Explorer provided police, Detectives initiated surveillance on the vehicle on Sunday, November 17th. It wasn’t long before Wortman and Ramirez were caught in the act! They were observed driving around to various church parking lots in Sun City. A little after 10am, a Detective witnessed Ramirez break into a vehicle which was parked in the parking lot of a church in the area of 9500 W. Hutton Drive. With the assistance of MCSO deputies, a Glendale Police K9 officer stopped the vehicle and both men were taken into custody.

Wortman later admitted that he and Ramirez were on their way to burglarize the victim’s home when they were arrested less than a block away from the victim’s residence. Ramirez was found to have in his possession the victim’s garage door opener, along with what appeared to be a handgun. It was later determined to be a BB gun used for intimidation. A search of the vehicle located evidence connecting both men to other church burglaries.

Due to the quick actions our own Glendale Police Explorer, two accused thieves are spending less time in church parking lots and are now spending time in jail. Both men were booked and charged with three counts of attempted residential burglary and two counts of vehicle burglary. Ramirez remains in custody on a no bond probation hold, and Wortman remains in custody on a $3600 bond. See attached booking photos. The 17 year old Glendale Police Explorer will be available for on camera interviews at 4pm and 8pm this Friday, November 29th, 2013, at Glendale Glitters. In addition, Officer Kris Steffa, representing the Glendale Police Explorer program, will be available for comment. Please contact the Glendale Police Public Information Office to schedule an interview.

 

HELP KEEP FATS, OILS, AND GREASE OUT OF YOUR DRAINS

 

THIS THANKSGIVING AND ALL YEAR LONG

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Enjoying holiday meals are a great way to connect with family and enjoy company, but before the fancy feast is on the table you should know the proper way to dispose of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that should not end up in your drains.

 

Keeping fats, oils and grease FOG out of your drains is important, because it can cause major damage to your home through sewer blockages and overflows., Improper disposal of FOG fats, oils and grease account for the majority of sewer blockages in homes.

 

Fat, oils, and grease should not go down the drain. Here are a few tips to properly dispose of them fats, oils and grease at your home:

 

1. Soak up small amounts in paper towels and dispose in the trash.

 

 

2. Save containers such as milk jugs and coffee containers with covers so you can pour your excess grease in the containers after you cook. When they are half way full, cover and dispose in the trash.

 

 

3. Freeze in a container or tin can to solidify the liquid fats and oils. Dispose the frozen and solidified grease in the trash on trash collection day

 

 

4. For larger amounts of grease or oil, use cat litter to absorb or solidify the grease. Place it in a plastic bag and dispose of in the trash.

 

 

Lee Robinson, Glendale Pretreatment Program Manager in Water Services advises: “Regardless of whether you have a garbage disposal, it is not a good idea to put foods, fats and oils down the drain, because they will harden in your pipes. Sewer clogs can be an expensive problem to fix, and one that can be prevented.”

 

Glendale 11 and the Water Services Department have produced an informational video about FOG and Glendale’s wastewater system. Visit http://youtu.be/HBnIPLKc5oY to learn more.

 

For more information, call Glendale Water Services at 623-930-4100 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/waterservices.

 

Glendale Fire Department advises on turkey fryer safety. Turkey fryers can be extremely dangerous. When consumers use turkey fryers they are putting themselves at risk of being burned or causing damage to property from the large amounts of oil used. Please follow these safety tips when frying a turkey:

· Wear a long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves and closed-toed shoes.

· Use proper utensils to lower turkey into pot and remove turkey.

· Set up fryer outside away from children and pets. Never use fryer underneath a patio or in a garage.

· Thaw turkey completely because excess water will cause oil to overflow.

· Oil should not be heated past 350 degrees.

· Turn off gas prior to lowering turkey in pot. Once turkey is fully submerged you may turn gas/flame back on.

· After turkey is fully cooked, allow oil to cool for 2-3 hours before disposing.

· To dispose of oil, mix with coffee grounds, sawdust or kitty litter then dispose in trash.

Info: www.glendaleaz.com/fire or 623-238-0179.

‘Tis the shopping season! Whether black Friday excites you or pressures you, Downtown Glendale’s shopping offers an alternative to black Friday frenzy and great deals. With the over 90 specialty shops and boutiques, you are bound to find a gift for everyone on your list. The city also has compiled a list of unique gift ideas such as dedicating a tree in someone’s name, making a donation to the city’s From the Heart fund, or registering someone for a special interest class. For more ideas and where to purchase, visit www.glendaleaz.com/glendalegifts.

Support small businesses in your community! If you would like to extend your shopping into the weekend, Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday. This program was designed to encourage shoppers to spend their dollars with locally-owned small businesses, which in turn, stimulates the local economy. For a list of Small Business Saturday participants in downtown Glendale, visit www.visitglendale.com.

 

DECEMBER 2013 EVENT AND ACTIVITY LISTINGS

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The following events are offered from the city of Glendale Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department in December. The programs are free unless otherwise stated.

Wee Readers at Westgate

10:30 to 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2 and 16 at Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd.

Stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs all for newborns through ages 5 and their caregivers. Presented by staff from the Glendale Public Library. For more information, call 623-930-3537.

STEM @ the Library: Energy Explorers: Sun, Wind and Water!

4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Children ages 7-12 can learn about renewable forms of energy and ways to conserve energy around their homes in this hands-on workshop. STEM is an educational initiative featuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office is presenting this program in partnership with the Glendale Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department. Registration is required. To register, call 623-930-3837 (Foothills Branch), 623-930-3537 (Main) or 623-930-3437 (Velma Teague Branch); or stop by the youth reference desk or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library. This program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Karate for Kids

4:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and 4:35 to 5:05 p.m. on Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Dec. 2 or

4:35 to 5:05 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning Dec. 3

Both classes are held at Keene’s ATA Martial Arts studio, 6740 W. Deer Valley Rd.

Instruction promotes self-confidence, coordination, balance, agility, poise and thinking instead of panicking in potentially serious situations. It’s fun and structured for beginners ages 7-12. A free uniform provided for first-time students. The course is $64 (non-resident $77). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Adult and Teen Japanese Judo Class
7 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Dec. 2-30 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Learn basic judo postures and salutations, how to move on the mat, control your opponent and be thrown safely. Techniques of grappling, locking, choking, escaping and sequence combinations will also be taught. The class is for ages 30 and older and costs $21 (non-resident $25). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Puppets @ the Teague

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

Join the library for a special storybook-themed puppet show for children presented by the talented puppeteers of the Velma Teague Library. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.

Midday Movie Madness: Holiday Shorts

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Watch a collection of short movies of your favorite winter and holiday books. Feel free to bring your own snacks and make it a celebration. For more information, call 623-930-3537.

Container Gardening Workshop

5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

This course will cover the basics of growing organic fruits and vegetables in containers and/or raised beds. Topics will include choosing containers, potting mixes/soil, seeds and using soil amendments and fertilizers. No previous gardening experience necessary. The workshop is $35 (non-resident $42). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Foothills Coffeehouse: Live Acoustic Music

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Join the library on the first Wednesday evening of every month for acoustic music performed by local musicians. This month enjoy Red Rock Crossing - Bluegrass with a Twist. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

Live At The Library: Grace Lutheran Handbell Choir

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

This uniquely talented group will offer favorite holiday tunes rung with their multi-sized brass bells. Audience members will have an opportunity to try their hand at bell ringing during a portion of the program. Call 623-930-3573 for information.

Ranch Site Tour

11 a.m., Dec. 6
and 7 at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

The Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a free tour of the area and learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. The area’s mission is to preserve a historic site where the community participates in the ongoing development of educational and social experiences that connect Glendale residents and visitors to the past and to each other. Meet at the Main House front porch for the tour. For information, call 623-930-4200.

Paint Along Party – Acrylic

7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 or 13 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Your instructor will guide you through the completion of a holiday scene acrylic painting in this fun, interactive class. Instructor and students will
paint the same image together.
Join in the fun, even if you have no painting experience, but always
wanted to paint. Just bring yourself. A $10 supply fee is collected at class. The party is $50
(non-resident $60). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

OMG Desserts Class

12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

From recipes that come together in a matter of minutes to the most sophisticated dishes you can imagine, our certified personal chef will walk you through them. It’s not magic, but if you know what you are doing, it looks and tastes like magic. A $10 supply fee collected at class. Class registration is $60 (non-resident $72). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Magical Signs Of Christmas: My Kids In Sign Performance

1 and 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special holiday performance featuring sign language and song presented by children and teens that attended the My Kids in Sign workshop during November. Call 623-930-3537 for more information.

Flutasia Flute Quartet: Holiday Concert

3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Enjoy a relaxing holiday performance featuring classical and contemporary musical favorites the whole family will enjoy. Performed by flutists Karen Thomasson, Nora Welsh, Debbie Hutson, and Rebekah Lowe. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

STEM @ The Library: Dr. Who

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

Calling all teenaged Whovians and Time Lords. Join other Dr. Who fans in learning about the science behind the show, Whovian trivia and a possible TARDIS photo opportunity. This STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program is for teens ages 12-18. Registration begins Nov. 25. To register, call 623-930-3537, stop by the youth reference desk or visit www.glendaleaz.com/library. This program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Adult Softball League Organizational Meeting

6 p.m. or 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Glendale’s organizational meeting for the adult softball leagues will be held at 6 p.m. for teams returning to Glendale’s program and at 7 p.m. for new teams. The meeting will cover league format, rule changes and registration. Teams will representatives at the meeting will receive a $50 discount coupon to use towards the registration fees. Men’s and coed leagues are available and held at Sahuaro Ranch Softball Complex and Foothills Softball Complex. Teams play a double-header format one night a week for 14 weeks and a single-elimination tournament. Registration is $505 for Glendale teams (minimum of four Glendale residents on roster) and $595 for non-resident teams. For more information, call 623-930-2841.

Benevilla Family Resource Center: Application Help

All day, Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.

The Benevilla Family Resource Center, "The Family Link to Community Resources," will help adults apply online for AHCCCS Health Insurance, KidsCare, SNAP-Nutrition Assistance (formerly Food Stamps) and TANF Cash Assistance, using Health-e-Arizona. Appointments will be taken every second Tuesday of the month. Appointments are limited, so call 623-207-6016 to sign up.

eBook Reader Lab

1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec 12 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

Gain valuable information from digital librarian Marlene Jacobson. Bring your own eReader for specific advice. An assortment of the most popular readers will also be available for you to explore. No registration is necessary. For more info, call 623-930-3531.

Mexican Tamales Class

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Just in time for the holiday season. Learn to make homemade beef, chicken and sweet tamales using the traditional masa and a low-fat recipe. Participants will take home one dozen tamales. A $30 supply fee will be collected at class. Instructor speaks English and Spanish. The class is $34 (non-resident $41). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Bread Baking Class

12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Enjoy the wonderful experience of baking bread. Learn to make a cool rise wheat bread, jumbo cinnamon rolls and pizza dough. Homemade bread makes a wonderful holiday gift. Recipes will be distributed at class. A $5 supply fee will be collected at class. The class is $40 (non-resident $48). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Fandomonium - Dr. Who

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

Teens, 12-18, can meet other teens with like interests. Each month, a different Fandom will be represented with discussion, activities and fun. This month's Fandom: Dr. Who (just in time for the Christmas special). No registration necessary. For more information, call Kristin at 623-930-3840.

 

CPR and First Aid Training

6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Learn basic CPR and first aid in this class, which will provided you the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency care in cases of injury or sudden illness. Successful completion cards will be distributed. Optional health care provider offered for an additional $5, payable at class. The class is for ages 12 and older and is $37 (non-resident $44). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

Social Dancing for Adults

6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

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

Holiday Ornament Cupcakes Class

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Learn to make cupcakes and discover the most exciting and unusual ways to decorate for the holidays using fondant. These edible cupcakes look like real Christmas ornaments when finished. Impress your family and friends with these beautiful and delightful desserts. You will take your cupcakes home. A $20 supply fee collected at class. Instructor speaks English and Spanish. The class is $34 (non-resident $41). Preregistration is required. For more information, call 623-930-4613. To register, call 623-930-4600 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

 

Glendale Career FAIR AND Workshop Offers 1,000 PLUS WEST Valley Jobs

GLENDALE, Ariz. – If you are looking for a job in the West Valley, look no further. The city of Glendale will be hosting a career workshop and job fair on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, located at 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Organizers are looking to fill more than 1,000 jobs from several local companies such as Empereon-Constar, Terminix, CSAA Insurance Group, Dignity Health, ZyTech Building Systems, the Glendale Police Department, Lowe’s, Fry’s and others.


The city of Glendale is partnering with Maricopa Workforce Connections and Glendale Community College on the half-day event. Beginning at 10 a.m., the event will kick-off with a workshop titled, “Utilizing LinkedIn to Network Your Way to Success.” The workshop will be held on the 2nd floor by Glendale Community College Career Expert Dayna Mathews. Dayna will help introduce participants to the basics of conducting a job search in today’s economy – an essential part of which is using LinkedIn. Space at the career workshop is limited, and it is suggested guests come at least 30 minutes early to secure a seat.
Participant pre-registration is not required for either the career workshop or the job fair. Employers can still sign up by emailing Jeanine Jerkovic with the Glendale Economic Development Division at (623) 930-2985 or emailing jjerkovic@glendaleaz.com<mailto:jjerkovic@glendaleaz.com>. Participants should come prepared with a resume and references.


For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com<http://www.glendaleaz.com> or visit the Maricopa Workforce Connections website at www.maricopaworkforceconnections.com<http://www.maricopaworkforceconnections.com>.

Glendale Welcomes TWO NEW Companies and 800 jobs

Upcoming Glendale job fair to feature available jobs

GLENDALE, Ariz. – More than 800 jobs are coming to Glendale, and the city’s newest company, Empereon, will be one of 10 employers onsite at a December 3rd Glendale Job Fair at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center, 5600 W. Union Hills, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Job seekers will have the opportunity to complete applications for a variety of organizations equaling more than 1,000 new Glendale positions that will be available.

The majority of the jobs are thanks in part to the expansion of two new companies that will open in the next few months. Glendale’s Economic Development Department worked with Empereon Marketing on an expansion project for a customer call center operations and also assisted the Barron Lighting Group in identifying a location for a new production facility.

Empereon Marketing will expand into its second Valley location at 5260 W. Phelps Road, southwest of Bell Road and 51st Avenue. This expansion will add 750 new jobs to the Glendale area with an annual economic impact to the city of $900,000. The new 40,000-square-foot facility is located two miles from the company’s corporate headquarters. Empereon is a leading provider of comprehensive call center solutions, providing inbound call center services.

Barron Lighting Group, a manufacturer of an extensive product line of emergency, commercial and industrial lighting, recently purchased a new 80,000-square-foot facility in the Glendale Airpark located at 7445 Glen Harbor Blvd. Barron expects to hire 80 employees within the first year of operation.

“Both of these companies will strengthen Glendale’s economy while creating opportunities for hundreds of jobs right here in our community,” said Brian Friedman, Executive Director of Community and Economic Development. “There’s great value and a positive ripple effect when new companies choose to locate and invest in Glendale and contribute to the city’s overall diverse list of employers.”

To contact Glendale’s Economic Development Department, call (623) 930-2983 or visit www.glendaleaz.com/economicdevelopment.

 

Changing of the flags Veteran's Day

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3030.

Veterans Manny Moreno, Gilbert Maldonado and Jeanne M. Gallagher ready the new American flag which will fly above the veterans’ memorial on the east lawn of the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale.

 

 

The 2013 annual flag-raising ceremony includes replacing, the American, Arizona and the MIA flags with new ones. The three new flags can be seen at the For Every Life Devoted Veterans Memorial, by Joe Tyler. The memorial is located on the east lawn of the Glendale Main Library and is free and open to the public year-round.

One a warm and sunny day, about 100 veterans, family and friends and city dignitaries were present to see the new flags take their place and to remember how much thanks veterans who served in the past and who are currently service, have done to insure our freedoms. They deserve a thank you for their service and their sacrifice.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3025.

Leo Gomez, Park Ranger, City of Glendale, Veteran Steve Jones, and Mike Grigsby, Sons of the American Legion Commander carry the new flags that will be raised at the For Every Life Devoted Veterans Memorial, by Joe Tyler on the east lawn of the Glendale Main Library,

 

DECEMBER YOUTH AND TEEN ACTIVITIES

AT THE VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY

Glendale, Ariz. –– Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave., is planning the following free activities for youth and teens inDecember:

TEEN ACTIVITIES

Teen Library Council Meeting - Thursday, Dec. 12
Are you looking for something fun to do that can actually make a difference? By becoming a Teen Library Council member, you can earn volunteer service hours, have a good time and meet new people, all while helping to make the library a better place for teens. The library is currently recruiting teens, ages 12-18, to provide input on the selection of books and music for the branch’s teen collection. Council members also participate in the planning and presentation of library teen events. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call Greg at 623-930-3441.

“Get Graphic” Teen Book Club - Thursday, Dec. 19
The monthly meeting of the “Get Graphic” Teen Book Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Manga and comic book fans, ages 12-18, will not want to miss this monthly opportunity to talk with other teens about their favorite graphic reads and view anime. Upcoming movies and video games are also discussed. Bring along a graphic novel or comic book of your choice. Snacks will be provided. Register online using the library’s event calendar at
www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfmor call 623-930-3437.

Teen DIY: Glass Ornament Painting – Monday, Dec. 16
Teens ages 12-18 can try their hand at glass ornament painting. Learn to turn a plain, glass ball ornament into an artistic masterpiece with paint, ribbon, stickers and more. This program is free and all materials will be provided. Registration is required, online at
www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm or via phone at 623-930-3437.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES


Puppets @ the Teague! – Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5
The talented librarian puppeteers will be presenting a story-time puppet show for children at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. Three stories based on children’s books will be performed. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.

STEM @ Your Library: Energy Explorers: Sun, Wind, and Water! – Thursday, Dec. 12
Children ages 7-12 can learn about renewable forms of energy and ways to conserve energy around their homes in this hands-on workshop at 6 p.m. The Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office is offering this program in partnership with the Glendale Parks, Recreation, and Library Department. This program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3437, stop by the youth desk or register online at the Library Events link at
www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

Children ages 7-12 can learn about renewable forms of energy and ways to conserve energy around their homes in this hands-on workshop at 6 p.m. The Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office is offering this program in partnership with the Glendale Parks, Recreation, and Library Department. This program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3437, stop by the youth desk or register online at the Library Events link at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

Purposeful Play Group – Thursday, Dec. 19
This program provides socialization, creative play and stimulating brain development for the little ones. Ms. Gabby, a family educator for Benevilla Family Resource Center, leads this free monthly play group for tots ages 1-5 and their caregivers at 6 p.m. Learn tips on how to play with your child to maximize brain and skill development. Registration is required. Call 623-930-3437, stop by the youth reference desk, or register online by visiting the library’s event calendar at
www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

Getting Crafty with Miss Janet – Thursday, Dec. 19
Children ages 11 and younger are invited to some creative fun with Miss Janet at 3:30 p.m. This month children can make spectacular holiday ornaments. Adult helpers must accompany children under 6 years old. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.

DECEMBER YOUTH AND TEEN ACTIVITIES

AT THE FOOTHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY

Glendale, Ariz. –– Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave., is planning the following free activities for youth and teens inDecember:

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

STEM @ Your Library: LEGO Mania – Monday, Dec. 2

Children ages 7-12 can learn about renewable forms of energy and ways to conserve energy around their homes in this hands-on workshop. STEM is an educational initiative featuring science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Office is offering this program in partnership with the Glendale Parks, Recreation, and Library Department. This program was supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act. Registration is required. To register, call 623-930-3837, stop by the youth reference desk or visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

Snowy Tails – Wednesday, Dec. 11

We will share wintery stories, experience the wonder of snow and finish with a delightful mittens craft from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The program is designed for ages 3-5, but younger are welcome with the assistance of an adult. Registration is required. To register, call 623-930-3837, stop by the youth reference desk or visit www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

Paws to Read with Jessie – Wednesday, Dec. 11

Reserve a spot to read with Jessie, the lovable golden retriever. Each child, ages 5 and older, may book one 15-minute spot to share a "tail" one-on-one with Jessie between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Jessie is an official therapy dog certified through Therapy Dogs International. She loves books and stories of all kinds and would love to meet you. For information or registration, call 623-930-3837. To register, call up to one week in advance of event.

Paws to Read with Magic – Saturday, Dec. 14

Reserve a spot to read with Magic, the adorable Golden-Doodle. Each child, ages 5 and older, may book one 15-minute spot to share a "tail" one-on-one with Magic between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Jessie is an official therapy dog certified through Therapy Dogs Inc. He loves books and stories of all kinds and would love to meet you. For information or registration, call 623-930-3837. To register, call up to one week in advance of event.

 

Paws to Read with Jake – Tuesday, Dec. 17

Reserve a spot to read with Jake, the cutest therapy dog this side of the Rio Grande. Each child, ages 5 and older, may book one 15-minute spot to share a "tail" one-on-one with Jake between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Jake is an official therapy dog certified through Delta Society. He loves books and stories of all kinds and would love to meet you. For information or to register, stop by the youth reference desk, call 623-930-3837 or register online at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/.

Family Time – Tuesday, Dec. 3

Stories, fingerplays, songs and a short movie or puppet show are held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, but those under three must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

Baby Rhyme & Playtime – Tuesday, Dec. 3

This early literacy program held 11 to 11:45 a.m. for parent/caregiver and baby, newborn to 18 months, includes stories, rhymes, songs and movement with time to engage in guided play and visiting. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

Toddlertime – Wednesday, Dec. 4

This program features simple books, fingerplays and movement held from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/caregiver. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

Storytime – Wednesday, Dec. 4

Storytime is geared for children ages 3-6 and features stories, fingerplays, songs and reading activities from 11 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 623-930-3837.

TEEN ACTIVITIES

Fandomonium: Dr. Who – Tuesday, Dec. 17

Teens, 12-18, can meet other teens with like interests from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Each month, a different Fandom will be represented with discussion, activities and fun. This month's Fandom: Dr. Who (just in time for the Christmas special). No registration necessary. For more information, call Kristin at 623-930-3840.

 

 

Glendale Glitters - Celebrating 20 Years!
(Photo by Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet)

Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Valley and state, and this year will mark the city’s 20th year of this joyous holiday celebration.

The stunning display of 1.5 million lights will illuminate 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona, and it all kicks off Nov. 29 and 30 from 5-10 p.m. each evening.

Free admission and free shuttles make Glendale Glitters one of the best-loved festivals for Arizona families year after year. In fact, the event was named azcentral.com’s Critics’ Choice for the Best Kid Event in the state in 2012.

Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland and petting zoo, shopping and, of course, visits with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. The always-entertaining stage show will feature a tribute to special moments and guests from the past 20 years, as it counts down to the lighting ceremony on Friday evening, Nov. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Coyotes Captain Shane Doan Special Guest!!!

Coyotes Captain Shane Doan will join Glendale Mayor and Council on stage on Friday, Nov. 29, to flip the switch for Glendale Glitters’ 1.5 million lights, kicking off the holiday season and celebrating the annual event’s 20th anniversary.

Twenty years ago, Glendale debuted its hometown holiday light display in historic Murphy Park, expanding on a traditional tree-lighting event that took place in the early days of Glendale’s history. Today, the event has grown to become a beloved holiday tradition that draws more than 200,000 people annually over a several week period. The first event was attended by about 10,000 people. Today, the event is attended by 75,000 people during opening weekend. The first year, there were 25,000 lights in the park. Today, there are 1.5 million lights spanning sixteen blocks.

For the special celebration on opening night on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., the ‘Countdown to Glendale Glitters’ stage show will feature a video tribute to 20 years of the holiday event in which past special guests were invited to participate, including Hall of Fame broadcaster and Voice of the Phoenix Suns Al McCoy, who participated in the inaugural year’s festivities in 1994, and Governor Jan Brewer, who appeared for the event during Arizona’s Centennial year. Both McCoy and Brewer are residents of Glendale. In addition, the show will feature a performance by The Dancing Dads, a group that performed in 1994, among other entertainers. The program culminates with special celebrity guest, Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes. He will join Glendale Mayor and councilmembers to turn on the switch to 1.5 million lights.

Team captain \ for the past nine seasons, Doan also has the longest tenure of any current player on the team and has played 17 seasons in the NHL. Highlights of his career include being named an NHL All Star in 2004 and 2009, and playing for Team Canada in the 2006 Olympics. In addition, Doan is a respected community member off the ice, winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012. This award, selected by the former hockey legend, is awarded to an NHL player who has demonstrated superior leadership within their sport, and who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

 

The entertainment lineup for Glendale Glitters Spectacular includes:

Friday, Nov. 29
5:30 ‘Countdown to Glendale Glitters’
7:15 Marilyn Burns Dancers
8:15 Spotlight Youth Theatre
9:15 On Stage Dance
Saturday, Nov. 30
5:00 Aloha Hapa Hula
6:00 Grand Canyon University, Dance Education Organization
7:00 Creative Cheer
8:00 Copper King Honors Choir
9:00 Leap of Faith Dance +

The holiday magic continues with more events in downtown Glendale, each Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21, from 6-10 p.m. each evening.

  • Dec. 6-7 : Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend
  • Dec. 13-14 : Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend
  • Dec. 20-21: Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ NightsGlendale Glitters 20th Anniversary Logo

Glendale, AZ - EventsThe glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday display remains lit nightly through Jan. 11, from 4-10 p.m. each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale avenues. For more information, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299.

Info About Horse & carriage rides in historic downtown Glendale will run nightly during our non event nights, December 1 through January 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. (depending on weather and demand). The carriage ride line forms at 58th Avenue & Glenn. Rides cost $25 per carriage (up to 6 people) and take you through six blocks of historic downtown. Carriage rides will not be available during our event nights.

Luces de Navidad

Fairytale Gingerbread House

Children’s Competition

 

Nothing will get you into the spirit of the holiday season like the artistic skills of children. We are hosting a Fairytale Gingerbread House children’s competition. There are two categories.

11years of age and younger

12-18 years of age

The theme for this contest is Fairytale Christmas. This contest is part of the annual Luces de Navidad which the City of Tolleson hosts every year.

Criteria’s are based on: Imagination, creativity, degree of difficulty and overall appearances. Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd place in each division.

 

Luces de Navidad Fairytale Gingerbread House Children’s Competition

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: Entries must be dropped off between 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Location:  Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost: Free

 

For more information, rules and an entry form, visit www.tollesonaz.org or call the City of Tolleson Parks and Recreation Department at (623) 474-4992

 

Celebrating a Century of Learning, Landmark School 1913-2013

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Landmark School celebrated its centennial anniversary on Thursday, November 21, 2013. In the audience were former Landmark teachers and students as well as city and school officials. Many families have more than one generation who went to school here.

After the presentation of the centennial plaque and remarks, visitors could take "A Walk through Landmark’s Past: 100 Years to Celebrate". In B and C Hallways, students wore costume to showcase a decade. D Hallway offered a timeline with photographs from the past. Another segment of the open house was a visit to the 1920’s school house, which is not usually open to visitors. The threatening rain did not dampen much of Lobo school spirit.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3146.

Glendale Elementary School District Governing Members Mrs. Brenda Bartels, Mrs. Sara Smith, Mr. Joe Quintana, Superintendent Glendale Elementary School District, Mr. Jamie Aldama, Governing Board Clerk, is holding the centennial plaque presented to Landmark Principal, Ms. Gina on November 21, 2013. The plaque has the same image as the centennial celebration’s program. Congratulations to Landmark School on its centennial anniversary, 1913-2013.

 

 

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Landmark alumni and now Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh holds a pennant from when Glendale Unit I were the Wildcats.

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Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh on the Landmark School stage during the centennial Celebration,

November 21, 2013. Councilmember Hugh reminisced a little about his days at Landmark. "Times were

much simpler", then he said. Landmark was a "tight school" and "it was a great experience to attend

Unit 1". Once a Lobo, always a Lobo. Other well-known Landmark alumni include Mr. Ron Brewster,

Mrs. Mary Ellen LeGendre and Mr. Joe Dana.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3162.

Michael Gonzales graduated from Landmark in 1984. His wife Linda graduated from Landmark in 1992. He is pointing to 1984 on the Landmark Timeline of Photos along the D Hallway on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The timeline and photos was one of the events of the Landmark School Centennial Celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY VETERANS DAY
2013

 

 

 

Veterans Day Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

Q. Which is the correct spelling of Veterans Day?

a. Veterans Day
b. Veteran's Day
c. Veterans' Day

A. Veterans Day (choice a, above). Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Q. On what day of the week will Veterans Day be observed?

A. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself. However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.

Q. Who decides if a government office or business closes or stays open on Veterans Day?

A. Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Generally, when a holiday falls on a non-workday—Saturday or Sunday—the federal government is closed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

State and local governments, including schools, are not required to follow OPM closure policies and may determined for themselves whether to close or remain open. Likewise, non-government businesses are free to make their own decisions to close or remain open for business, regardless of federal, state or local government closings.

Q. Why do some schools close and others remain in session on Veterans Day?

A. Because there is no legal requirement that schools close on Veterans Day, individual states or school districts are free to establish their own policies on school closings. Most schools that do not close for Veterans Day schedule assemblies or other activities to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the week that includes Veterans Day.

Q. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

A. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALLthose who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

Q. Why are red poppies worn on Veterans Day, and where can I obtain them?

A. The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae. For information on how to obtain poppies for use on Memorial Day, contact a veterans service organization, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) or The American Legion, as a number of veterans organizations distribute poppies annually on Memorial Day. You can find veterans groups in the Veterans Service Organization link on VA's Veterans Day web page. Veterans groups in your area can be found in your local phone book. Look in the yellow pages under "Veterans and Military Organizations" or a similar heading.

Q. How can I get a Veterans Day poster?

A. Each September, posters are distributed to schools, state governments, Veterans Day Regional Sites, the military services, and veterans service organizations. Poster requests are fulfilled until the inventory is exhausted. You can download or print your own poster from the Veterans Day Poster Gallery.

Q. Can I get a Veterans Day Teacher's Guide?

A. Teacher's Guides may be downloaded. You may make as many additional copies as you need.

Q. Is Veterans Day celebrated in other countries?

A. Yes, a number of countries honor their veterans each year on November 11, although the name and types of commemorations differ somewhat from Veterans Day celebrations in the United States. For example, Canada and Australia observe "Remembrance Day" on November 11, and Great Britain observes "Remembrance Day" on the Sunday nearest to November 11. There are similarities and differences between these countries' Remembrance Day and America's Veterans Day. Canada's observance is actually quite similar to the U.S. celebration, in that the day is intended to honor all who served in Canada's Armed Forces. However, unlike in the U.S., many Canadians wear red poppy flowers on November 11 in honor of their war dead. In Australia, Remembrance Day is very much like America's Memorial Day, a day to honor that nation's war dead.

In Great Britain, the day is commemorated by church services and parades of ex-service members in Whitehall, a wide ceremonial avenue leading from London's Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Wreaths of poppies are left at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, which was built after the First World War. At the Cenotaph and elsewhere in the country, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m., to honor those who lost their lives in wars.

 

Stockings for Soldiers comes to a close with truckloads of items

Saturday, November 9

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2933.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale Convention and Visitor Bureau manager, stands next one of two truckloads of items for our deployed troops.

The items are part of the Stocking for Soldiers event hosted by the Glendale CVB and Military Family Support Group. About 350 boxes are prepared and sent to deployed military men and women every month. Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager, said the truckloads of stockings stuffers for our deployed troops illustrate the "overwhelming support" by the community.

One of the man events of Glendale Ole Towne and Historic Catlin Court was to make a decoration for the community tree. All monetary donations received from the making of the decorations for the community tree went to the Military Family Support Group. Each one of the boxes sent to deployed military men and women every month is mailed and will need postage. Making a decoration and making a donation on Saturday, November 9, 2013 helped to cover some of that postage cost. The community tree is the one with a big red-white-and-blue bow and it stands on the northwest corner of Palmaire and 58th Drive. The number of stockings the two truckloads filled was not available at the time of this writing.

Visitors to the Glendale CVB have been signing Christmas cards for inclusion in each of the holiday boxes. Members of the Military Family Support Group will assemble or stuff the stockings and get them ready for mailing. The "stockings" contain some much needed and appreciated practical items, but the exact contents of each also carries an element of a fun, like a holiday gift and knowing that someone cares enough to send you something. The holiday boxes will be sent to deployed military men and women in mid-November t so they will be in time for the holidays.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2943.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager and Bud Zomok Chair of the Arizona Historic Preservations Commission and Secretary Treasurer of the Historic Catlin Court Property Owners Association, get ready to take two truckloads of stockings stuffers collected by the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau Stockings for Soldiers event. The items will be sorted and made ready for mailing overseas by the Support Military Family Group. The holiday boxes will be mailed in mid-November to arrive by the holidays.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2958.

Winifred Stewart holds up two ornaments she made for the community tree. The craft was a fundraiser. All donations went to for the Military Family Support Group.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2946.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager and Bud Zomok Chair of the Arizona Historic Preservations Commission and Secretary Treasurer of the Historic Catlin Court Property Owners Association, pack two trucks full of items as part of the Stockings for Soldiers event. The last day to donate items for the Stocking for Soldiers was, Saturday, November 9, 2013.

 

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Dan Kalberg Glendale Civic Pride  Ambassador and Curator of the Glendale Police Museum instructs   Channel and Richard Valdez made decorations for the community tree. The community tree has a big red, white and blue bow on its south side and is located on the northwest corner of Palmaire and 58th Drive in Historic Catlin Court.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2974.

Richard and Channel Valdez made decorations for the community tree. The community tree has a big red, white and blue bow on its south side and is located on the northwest corner of Palmaire and 58th Drive in Historic Catlin Court.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily planet no. 2952.

Some of the beautiful decorations for the community tree in Historic Catlin Court. All of the funds raised went to the Military Families Support Group.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.2978.

The community tree is located on the northwest corner of Palmaire and 58th Drive in Glendale and will soon be decorated with the hand made decorations made on Saturday as part of the Glendale Open House events.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2985.

Ryan and Jackson Burner sold lemonade on Saturday in from of Bears and More in Historic Catlin Court. The cost of a lemonade was a $2.00 donation to the Stockings for  Soldiers Program.

 

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 Shoppers were encouraged to start their day at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140, to pick up an event map. The first 100 visitors at the center will receive a free gift bag, can take a spin on the prize wheel and enter to win a holiday -themed gift basket.

   
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