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Behind the Badge Photographic art display unveiled

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists’ information:

Ziemba Photographic, Roni Ziemba, 520.820.412

roni@ziembaphoto.com

www.ziembaphoto.com

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4992.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4983.

Glendale Arts Commissioner, Goodyear Deputy Fire Chief, Tom Cole, Glendale Arts Commission Vice Chairperson, Jessica Koory,
 Glendale Arts Commission Chairperson, Carol Ladd, Glendale Fire Deputy Chief Chuck Montgomery at the unveiling of the
 permanent display of seven panels by photographic artist Roni Ziemba on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The work was possible with
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Make sure your kids GRASP fun and activities in an after-school program! Summer is winding down and parents are getting ready to send their kids back to school. G.R.A.S.P. (Glendale Recreation After School Program) is a licensed recreation program which provides a variety of activities for children ages 5 to 13, such as arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers and much more. The programs are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services and can accept DES qualifying families. The program provides enrichment opportunities for children to explore new and fun experiences in a supervised environment.  Caring, adult staff members offer educational activities, snacks, group games and homework time. The program is available at Desert Mirage and Sahuaro Ranch elementary schools.   Info:  www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/AfterSchoolPrograms.cfm or 623-930-2820.

 


 

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

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

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

 




 

GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT HELPS KIDS GET BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SUPPLIES

 

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

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

 




 

Deputy Chief Patty Frey retires after 30 years with Glendale Fire

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4811.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4814.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet




 

Glendale Kiwanis 'Stuff the Bus' event

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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


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

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

 




 

 

Time for everybody to ‘Turn a page’

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

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

1. To rescind the June 10, 2015 decision that directed the City Manager and the City Attorney to cancel the professional management services and arena lease agreement between the city of Glendale and IceArizona Manager CO., LLC and IceArizona Hockey CO., LLC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 20150724+_103423

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4888.

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

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

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

From LeBlanc:

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

 

 

 

 




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The letter is below and attached.

 

July 23, 2015

 

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


Dear Administrator McCarthy:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you for your attention to this request.

 

Sincerely,

 

John McCain

 

 




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



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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 


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

COYOTES AGREE ON RESOLUTION

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



 


 

30 YEAR VETERAN FIRE CHIEF RETIRES FROM GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 




 

 

Glendale Police Seek Assistance with Homicide

 

 

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

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

 




Glendale Police Obtain New Evidence in Hit and Run Accident

 

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

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

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

WATCH video here




 

ProjectSEARCH

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4681.

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4716.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4726.

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

Luis did his internship in Tucson.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4734.

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

 




 

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

 

 

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE  9th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



 

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


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


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

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

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




Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.


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

 

 

 



 

 

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4532.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 



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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Police Release Victim’s Name in Afternoon Homicide

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 



 

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

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

 

 

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

 



 

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

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

 

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

 



 

 

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

 

Mr. Ueltschi will meet guests and autograph sewing machines

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About BERNINA

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

 

 



 

 

Glendale Police Release Victim’s Name in Overnight Homicide

 

 

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

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

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

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



 

 

 

"There is no end to thanking veterans"

By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

John O’Brien

The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War runs for 7 years, 2013-2022. For the next 5 years John O’Brien, a Peoria Az and the 8489 other CPs (Commemorative Partners) are planning to get the word out about the Vietnam War. There are stories to tell.

John O’Brien was asked by the Veterans History Project, a Volunteer Program of Tempe Connections and the Library of Congress, to the display his Military and Navy Seabee Vietnam War collection. There are several collages in the collection most of which are constructed with paper or printed materials. The various works, all of which were design and constructed by John O’Brien, are to be photographed and a video made. This documentation will then be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

John O’Brien was a Seabee, with  two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, and wants to get the word out about the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. "Seabees, he said, just seem to take things one step further."

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

 

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

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

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

Source: Amazon

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

 

 

See also:
Veterans History Project

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


 

 

EVENT - Some background…

Vietnam War Commemoration ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center. The ceremony is a ticketed event for Vietnam veterans and their families. While invitations have already been distributed, this event will be streamed live around the world from the Office of the Speaker of the House. Join us via the Internet (see below)! Collaborate with other Commemorative Partners (CP) to make this a shared event in your hometowns. Invite Vietnam veterans and their families in your local communities to view this commemorative event together as our nation’s leaders thank and honor them for their service and sacrifice. Then, take time to honor them locally following the Congressional Ceremony. To find other CPs in your area, click on:

Congressional Ceremony. To find other CPs in your area, click on: http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/partners/partner_map/

Click on each pin to reveal the CP name and city.

We hope you will join us online as Congress thanks and honors our 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975! Thank you! The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Staff.

The United States of America Congres sional Ceremony Date: July 8, 2015

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT Purpose: Thank & honor our 7.2 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served. Internet Link: Will be provided via a separate email one day prior [July 7, 2015] to the ceremony

 

 

 



THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION

Education

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

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

 

 



 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4470.

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

 

VELMA TEAGUE LIBRARY CELEBRATES RENOVATION

By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale’s downtown library recently completed some much needed renovation. The celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Jamie Aldama, Ocotillo District City Councilmember and Michael Beck, Chief Librarian, Glendale Public Library. Also included in the events speakers were Library Advisory Board, Chairperson Paula Wilson and members of Velma Teague’s family. Velma Teague opened forty-four years ago in 1971 in Murphy Park. Today, fifty per-cent of Velma Teague’s circulation comes from the checkout of children’s materials. And new for today, Velma has fifty-eight public computers with over 67,000 sessions.

In addition to new carpeting and tile, a new color scheme, the public restrooms were renovated, a wall was removed to allow for the expansion of the story time room. Velma Teague has new summer hours and is open 3 more hours a week. The renovation is due to a $199,000 Community Development Block Grant and an additional $25,000 to cover the additional three open hours. A constituent of the Ocotillo District suggested that the library be open earlier in the day. Library patrons who walk to the library can now do so when it is not so hot.

 

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

John LeGendre, Velma Teague’s great nephew, shared a story about Velma Teague. It seems that on Sundays, when the library was closed, Velma would head up to Prescott Downs and check out the ponies. John LeGendre also referred to his great aunt as a "dynamic woman."

His mother, Mary Ellen LeGendre, worked for Velma. Velma Teague was a teacher and after she married she could no longer teach. Velma volunteered for probably three years before being hired. Once she took over, she opened the library from just one afternoon a week to 3 or 4. Mary Ellen LeGendre, "I love this library. It’s kept just like Velma Liked it. All the books right on the edge and in alphabetical order." Velma liked an orderly shelf. Visitors to Murphy Park have Velma Teague to thank for the park. She reviewed the plans for the library and wanted a park and not parking so close to the building.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4433.

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

 

 

Shelley Moseley was the Branch Manager for 25 years and was the manager during the transition period from print sources to electronic ones. Shelley attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 1, 2015 and is a "big part of Velma’s history," Velma Teague’s family.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4445.

Michael Beck, Chief Librarian, Jamie Aldama, Ocotillo District City Councilmember, Mary Ellen LeGendre, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers performing the ceremonial ribbon-cutting held, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Velma Teague Library. This past spring the forty-four year old library completed some much need renovation.

 

Day of the Week Summer Hours Starting October 1, 2015

Monday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday CLOSED CLOSED

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday CLOSED CLOSED

 

Early Downtown Glendale Library History

In 1895, Vic Messenger, a member of the first class of Stanford University, came to Glendale to manage Ryder Lumber and Hardware Company. With him, he carried 400 books, all of which he donated as the first library collection available to the public.

 Two years later, Vic Messenger built a library building at the north end of the Ryder facility, and other members of the community began to donate their books, also. 

In 1898, the Glendale Public Library Association was formed. People paid $5 a share (a large sum in those days!) for borrowing privileges. That same year, Ryder moved to what is now 58th Drive and Glendale. The books were moved also, this time to the second floor of the store. Vic Messenger became the "official" volunteer librarian. 

Around 1900, the Odd Fellows took over the Ryder building, and the library moved from the hardware store to the brick schoolhouse.  This schoolhouse was between what is now 58 Ave.. and 58 Dr. with the southern border being Palmaire Ave. where the Coury House  and the vacant Board of Realtors Building  is. The original property extended north at least half a block. 

The Woman's Club kept it open on Saturday afternoons until the schoolhouse was torn down in 1915, and for several years, the library was without a home.

 Eventually, the Woman's Club moved the library to a tiny white frame building built around "the world's biggest flagpole" in the middle of Murphy Park. In 1922, the library became a department of the City of Glendale with budget of $500. 

 

The Velma Teague Era

 

* 1935 - Librarian Velma Teague was hired .

* 1938 - A brick and stucco Spanish-style library building was
constructed in Murphy Park, with Velma Teague serving as
Library Director .

* 1960's - New 15,000 square foot building was lobbied for in
the mid-60's .

* 1971- Present building was opened and named after Velma
Teague.

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Usage Each Year


- 50% of VTL's circulation comes from checking out children's
materials .
- 180,000 customer visits
- 32,000 reference transactions
- 209,000 items checked out
- 230 programs with over 5,000 attendees
- 58 public computers with over 67,000 sessions

 

Study
- Pew Survey says that for every $1 spent on library services,
$5-$6 is returned to the community/return on investment.

 

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

 

 



 

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Downtown Glendale Community Work Group holds first meeting

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4403.

Jyme Sue McLaren, Chief of Staff, Valley Metro explains the value of transit during the first Downtown Glendale Community Working Group Meeting (DGCW) on June 24, 2015. "We connect to jobs."

The Downtown Glendale Community Working Group (GCWG) will meet over the summer and into the early fall to determine their recommendation to the city council the route or routes for a location and a type of transit (light rail or rapid bus transit) that will best serve the area. The forty-seven member group made up of business owners, residents and city officials. The group’s recommendation is due to city council in December.

Valley Metro is studying the downtown area and its special circumstances (limited right-of-way, historic properties, etc.) to identify how best to serve this area. Homes or business that would be impacted by transit project will be identified in the design phase.

There are three options being considered.

  • Glendale Avenue west from 43rd Ave.
  • Camelback Road then north on 43rd Ave.
  • Camelback Road to Grand Avenue to Bethany Home Road then north on 51st Ave.

In addition, Valley Metro is conducting a focused analysis of the downtown Glendale area. Six preliminary route alternatives have been identified.

    • Glendale Ave. to 55th Ave. then south on Lamar Rd. and west to Grand Ave.
    • Glendale Ave. west to Grand Ave.
    • From Glendale to 55th then north to Palmaire and west to 58th Ave. and then east to 55th Ave.
    • From Glendale to 55th Ave. then north to Palmaire Ave. and then west to 58th Ave.
    • From Glendale the north on 55th Ave to Palmaire then north on 58th Ave. to Myrtle and east to 55th Ave.
    • From 51st Ave. east on Glenn to 55th and west on Palmaire Ave. to 58th Ave. to Glenn and east to 51st Ave.

The interpretation as to rather or not the light rail would be able to be on Glendale Avenue rests with the Glendale City attorney. The 2001Glendale Transportation Ballot approved by voters included specific language that stated light rail "shall not be on Glendale Avenue". However, that language is "advisory" and is subject to interpretation. The answer to this big question is what a lot of people are waiting for.

Mr. Dudley [Transit Manager, City of Glendale] stated that the ballot is advisory in nature because it so far predates actual improvements, whereas the tax never ends. He assured her that the question has been presented to the Glendale City Attorney’s Office and is a matter to be considered by the City Council and Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee as well. (Source:

 

 



 

Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV leaps  to 4K!

 
Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV announced Monday 6-29-2015 it was switching over to 4k digital acquisition  for  new and production video.
 
Ed Sharpe, Owner and Publisher stated: "We are now filming in 4K  as  a future-proofing measure so that  footage we shoot  today   will still be  in a current resolution into the future."
 
This is not a new move  for Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV as they were shooting in a high definition format when Phoenix and Glendale television and cable stations were still shooting standard definition on Betacam  10 years ago.
 
Sharpe tell us. "It  does not matter  what the distribution format is, if  your acquisition format is at the highest bit rate available to you,  it is possible to  render it  to any  sized distribution format currently being used even if it has less resolution. "
 
 
Sharpe continued: "This not only  helps what we do, but also helps our media partners  we share footage and stills with."
 
A higher quality acquisition today -  useful footage into the future!

 



 

JUDGE RULES COYOTES MUST INCREASE BOND, CITY TO MAKE PAYMENT TO TEAM City Maintains Focus on Looking Out For Interest of Citizens
 
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The city of Glendale is satisfied with a judge’s ruling ordering an increase in the bond payment IceArizona must pay to the city in the ongoing case over the potential termination of the city’s contract with IceArizona, owner of the Arizona Coyotes.The judge ordered an increase in the bond, from $250,000 to $1 million, after ruling the city still must make its 4th quarter payment of $3.75 million to IceArizona, which is due once the bond is posted.

Both the city’s request for either a temporary hold on the entire amount of the payment or a bond to be posted by IceArizona were among options that were part of a motion filed by the city in response to the Coyotes’ filing for a Temporary Restraining Order. The bond would ensure the city would be guaranteed financial relief if the courts determine the city’s contract with the Coyotes to be invalid. The city is seeking to terminate its contract with the Coyotes. At issue,among other things, Arizona Revised Statute 38-511, a law prohibiting city or state employees being a part of contract negotiations and later going to work for the other party to the deal. The statute provides the city can void the agreement if former city employees who were “significantly involved in the initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting, or creating” the contract go to work for the other party.

“We’re satisfied with the outcome,” said Glendale’s Acting City Manager Dick Bowers. “We’ve said all along that our primary obligation is to our citizens. The judge’s ruling enforcing an increase in the bond payment is an assurance for our taxpayers that we’re looking out for their best interests.”
The city has consistently offered the Coyotes the opportunity to bring mutually beneficial solutions to the table. Bowers says that offer still stands



 Keep kids entertained and engaged during summer months with Art Camp.

Keep kids entertained and engaged during summer months with Art Camp. Taught by a professional artist, children ages 8-16, will discover their artistic ability using several art mediums. Professional material will be used to help explore the artist inside the participants. Projects may include pottery making, oil painting on canvas, pastels, watercolors, drawing, sand painting, glass painting, glass fusion and more. A supply fee of $20 will be collected at the first class, plus a class fee of $55 (non-resident $66.) Preregistration is required. Options:

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

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

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

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

 

Info: Call 623-930-4600 or click https://www.glendaleaz.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html  to register.



 

 

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) Passage Out of Homeland Security Committee is Decisive Step to Protect the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Committee on Homeland Security passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), important legislation to protect Americans from EMP, a threat experts consider one of the most serious risks to our national security. Rep. Trent Franks along with Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul, and Chairman of the Rules Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions, released the following statements:

 

Congressman Trent Franks: "I sincerely applaud and thank Chairman McCaul and the House Committee on Homeland Security for passing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) out of Committee today. The electric grid is fundamental to our modern way of life and is a vital component of nearly every other critical infrastructure in America. Reducing its vulnerability to naturally occurring or weaponized electromagnetic pulse is a matter of national security.

 

"Most notably, CIPA directs and empowers the Department of Homeland Security to harden and protect our critical infrastructure including power production, generation, and distribution systems. I'm encouraged by this movement and expect my colleagues in the House of Representatives to take this decisive step to protect our nation when CIPA comes to the Floor for a vote." | Contact: Destiny Decker (202) 225-4576


Congressman McCaul: "Experts have warned us about the threat of EMP events to our critical infrastructure. Such an event could severely disrupt all Americans’ way of life. The impact could cause serious damage to the Nations’ critical infrastructure making this vitally important to our homeland security defenses. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which passed through my Committee, is a huge step forward in our resiliency and preparedness from an EMP event. I appreciate Congressman Franks’ dedication and collaboration with me to address this vital national security matter." | Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 224-8477

 

Congressman Pete Sessions: “Today’s passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure. I applaud my friend Congressman Trent Franks’ hard work on this important issue and I wholeheartedly support this bill so that we can secure our electrical grid, educate the public about this potential threat, and implement effective measures to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.” | Contact: Caroline Boothe (202) 225-2231

 


  • 6th Annual Foothills Family Swim Party - Come and enjoy an evening for families at our mini-waterpark at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center on Saturday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A DJ will play music while guests swim, eat, and play games. The entry fee for residents is $4 per person and $6 for non-residents. The fee also includes a hot dog and lemonade. Minors must be accompanied by parents or guardians. The event will be open to the first 400 paid participants. For more information, call Darren at 623-930-4610. 

  • Exhibit from Behind the Badge Displayed At Gallery Glendale An exhibit of more than 28 compelling images of law enforcement and firefighters from across the state of Arizona, including Glendale Police and Fire departments, Ziemba's collection, "Stronger Than Steel: The Art of First Response - The Arizona Public Safety Collection", will be on display at Gallery Glendale located inside Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., in the month of July. Gallery Glendale is free and open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • A Patriotic Celebration!10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the Palo Verde Room Enjoy a patriotic show presented by Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist. Lunch is provided by the YWCA and will include a grilled hamburger with all the trimmings. There will be plenty of fun, food and fellowship. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE at the Glendale Adult Center by Monday, June 29.

  • Glendale Splash Pads.Cool off and have fun for FREE at one of Glendale's two splash pads! The location and hours of the two splash pads are:

    Heroes Park Splash Pad - 83rd Ave. & Berridge Ln. (on 83rd Ave., just north of Bethany Home Rd.).
    ***May 23 - August 9: open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; August 15 - September 7: open weekends only from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sycamore Grove Park Splash Pad - 86th Lane and Emil Rovey Parkway.
    ***May 25 - September 7; open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 

  • Free Summer Band Concerts Bring Music to Downtown Glendale Summer Evenings.The West Valley's favorite summer tradition takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m., beginning June 4 through July 23, in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 58th and Glenn Dr. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its inspiring renditions of marches, polkas, movie medleys and other tunes from all over the world.  

  • Fireworks at Westgate.What could be better than a hometown firework display for July 4? How about adding live music stages (Fountain Park and Events Plaza), a beer garden (Events Plaza) and more! The event will take place on Saturday, July 4 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Westgate Entertainment District located at 6751 North Sunset Boulevard. For more information, visit Westgateaz.com. 

  • 'Be Glendale Monsoon Ready' With the monsoon season officially upon us, Glendale 11 TV debuts "Monsoon: Eye on the Storm" to inform residents of important safety resources, featuring experts from the Glendale Fire and Police departments and features CBS 5 anchor Sean McLaughlin and the CBS 5 team of meteorologists.  The show will air each Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. and various times throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER SHERWOOD PARTNERS WITH GLENDALE

POLICE AT NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM   June 25th from 5:30-7 pm

Hear and Learn About Public Safety and Resources for Sahuaro District Residents

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood of the Sahuaro District will host a neighborhood forum on public safety later this month. Sherwood will be joined by Glendale Assistant Police Chief Matt Lively and Lt. Marc McCauslin, Foothills Sector. This will be the first of a monthly series in which Sherwood will invite community members and businesses to share concerns and open conversations about district and city issues.

This month's neighborhood forum will focus on public safety and resources that neighborhoods can expect from their local police departments. It will begin with introductions from Sherwood and Glendale Police. Future forums will discuss fire safety, water conservation, and several other topics that Sherwood considers to be everyday factors in the betterment of Glendale.

“I firmly believe we must afford our citizens the ability to voice their concerns and to be heard,” said Sherwood about the community’s right to bring their concerns to public officials and the offices of government.  He went on to say that he is excited to spend this time with the citizens and learn about the issues and find solutions to the problems our community faces today.

If you are interested in attending the forum, it will be held at the Thunderbird School of Management, Tower Conference Room, 15249 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85306 on Thursday, June 25th from 5:30-7 pm. For information on future Forums, subscribe to Councilmember Sherwood's weekly newsletter at www.glendaleaz.com/sahuaro

 



 

FROM THE HEART GRANTS FUNDING TO GO 
TO 19 LOCAL NON-PROFITS. ‘Thank you guys!’

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

NOTE -   A  video of this entire  event can be  found
on the Glendale Daily Planet's FACEBOOK PAGE 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glendale-Daily-Planet/164783023548721

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4365.

Wednesday , June 17, 2015, Nineteen local non-profit agencies received $200,000 in grants from Glendale’s From The Heart program which provides emergency and essential services to the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The grant funds will be used in a variety of ways, from providing home-delivered meals and home medical equipment to the frail and elderly to providing emergency programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse. The From The Heart program enables residents and businesses to add $2 to their city utility bills each month. In addition, the Gila River Indian Community donated $75,000 towards this year’s grant funding.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC 9776.

The  From the Heart program in Glendale was started by Mary Ann Lavine back in 1997 
when was on the Glendale Community Council. She modeled the program on Tempe’s 
program. The program in Glendale found a strong champion in Elaine Scruggs who was
mayor at the time. 

 

 

"Through the generosity of Glendale residents and a grant from the Gila River Indian Community, From The Heart has disseminated $200,000 back to our community," said Mayor Jerry Weiers. "The great thing about From The Heart is that every dollar donated goes toward helping Glendale residents who truly have needs."

This year the city of Glendale was able to provide St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul with $17,500; Arizona YWCA, Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of the Valley, A New Leaf Inc., CASS and Phoenix Gospel Mission were each awarded $15,000. In addition, the Back to School Clothing Drive received an $8,000 grant; while, Boys and Girls Clubs, Duet, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, The Salvation Army, Teen Lifeline and The American Red Cross were each awarded $7,500; Maggie’s Place and Chrysalis were each granted $5,000 grants. Finally, the Southwest Lending Closest received $4,500.

"From providing emergency food boxes to helping those impacted by the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, to making sure each child has what they need for school, the From The Heart program supports so many people throughout our city," Weiers said.

Money collected from the city utility bill donation program is distributed to local social service agencies through a grant application and selection process. To receive funding agencies must provide services to Glendale residents that addresses urgent needs, strengthens families and promotes the positive development of youth. Since From The Heart began in 1997, more than $2.5 million has been collected and distributed to non-profit agencies serving the community.

Individuals or businesses wishing to contribute to the program can mail a check or money order made out to "From The Heart" in any dollar amount to: From The Heart, Customer Service Office, City of Glendale, 5850 W Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301. All donations are tax deductible.

New this year, each representative was able to give a short description of what their organization does. It is of no surprise to anyone there that the need for services is great and is very much appreciated.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4208.

Nadine White with the American Red Cross received a grant from Glendale’s From The Heart, on Wednesday, June 17, 2-15. One focus of Nadine’s organization is the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Red Cross along with volunteers will canvass neighborhoods with a high risk of home fires and talk about fire safety and disaster preparation, creating an escape plan and installing smoke alarms inside households. The goal of the campaign is to reduce injury and death by 25% over a five year period. 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4217.

Kathy Saunder, Senior Programs Director, Arizona YMCA and Glendale Mayor Weiers.

"Thank you guys." Hot meals are prepared, in Glendale, for an estimated 90,000 Glendale residents and about 56,000 of those meals are for the home bound.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4264.

Nichole Barnes, Duet, and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the annual From the Heart disbursing of funds.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4279.

Lauel Coil, Donor Relations Maggie’s Place is holding the From the Heart grant check Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented to Maggie’s Place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Glendale Adult Center.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4242.

Leslie Zschokke, CASS, also known as Central Arizona Shelter Services, and "our job is to end homeless in Central Arizona." A big job, but "I can tell you we are helping about 11,000 people every year to end their homeless through our services." Two of the most valuable populations for homelessness are youth (ages 14-24) and veterans. CASS has fast track programs that may assist both groups.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4225.

Nikki Fisher, Back to School Clothing Drive and Mayor Weiers hold a check for $8,000. The grant is from, From the Heart.

 

 

Organizations (in alphabetical order)  -    Grant

A New Leaf, Inc. $15,000.00

Alzheimer’s Association $15,000.00

American Red Cross $7,500.00

Arizona YWCA $15,000.00

Back to School Clothing Drive $8,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs $7,500.00

CASS $15,000.00

Chrysalis $5,000.00

Duet $7,500.00

Hospice of the Valley $15,000.00

Jewish Family and Children’s Services $7,500.00

Maggie’s Place $5,000.00

Phoenix Gospel Mission $15,000.00

Southwest Lending Closet $4,500.00

St. Mary’s food Bank $17,500.00

St. Vincent De Paul $17,500.00

Teen Lifeline $7,500.00

The Salvation Army –Territorial Headquarters $15,000.00

Young Life 15,000.00

Total for Distribution $200,000.00

 

NOTE -   A  video of this entire  event can be  found
on the Glendale Daily Planet's FACEBOOK PAGE 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glendale-Daily-Planet/164783023548721

 

 




 

 

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers holds community law enforcement event
Mayor takes the TASE for $10,000 for the 100 Club

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

 

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson was the one who point the Taser at Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Ronda Pearson was the woman who spoke at the special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, and heatedly asked if Mayor Jerry Weiers bought his tickets to the Coyotes’ games and accused him of not supporting the team.

(fame pull  by Ed Sharpe  from Glendale 11 council meeting video)

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson who yelled at the  mayor  during
council becomes the  delegated person to Tase Mayor Jerry Weiers.
(
Listen to and watch the video segment in the footnotes section at the end.)

 

The fundraising and public safety meet-and-greet event on Saturday really got exciting when Bea Wyatt and Rhonda Pearson showed up around noon time with met the mayor’s deadline of noon.

 

Tensions have been high sense the City of Glendale voted 5-2 to end their lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. So when two well-known fans showed up, there was a little more tension. However, the mayor spoke to Ronda Pearson in private before she fired the Taser. Much of the conversation was kept confidential. The mayor assured her, and she assured  the mayor,  that neither wished the other any harm.

 

Mayor Weiers was given medical approval before and after he was shot with the Taser by the Glendale Fire Department. The entire event was well supervised and without incident.

 

As a show of support for law enforcement officers, Mayor Weiers auctioned a chance to use a Taser on him at the event with the proceeds from the auction benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona. The opening bid for the auction is $10,000. An estimated 1,000 people attended the event on Saturday. The 100 Club of Arizona raised over $10, 400. The Taser incident was a contributing factor in the success of the event both in the number of attendees and the amount of money raised. The actual ‘tase’ was at 12:39 a.m.

 

"There is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and selfless career they have chosen by serving our communities," Weiers said. "It is equally important for residents to interact and talk with the officers and learn what they do and why. This event hopefully will help start some of those conversations."

 

The Community Supporting Cops event featured patrol units, motor units, tactical units, explorer units that are the next generation of officers and an array of other law enforcement units that train and work to keep the community safe. "I am excited for this event. I think it is overdue that we thank the men and women that give so much each day to keep us safe. I can’t wait to spend the day meeting deputies and officers from around our valley," Weiers said.

 

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, Mayor’s Weiers coordinated a Community Supporting Cops event was held outside Arrowhead Towne Center Saturday. The event hosted law enforcement agencies from across the valley showcasing the diverse services they provide the community.

 

Donations raised benefited the 100 Club of Arizona, a non-profit that stands behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The 100 Club of Arizona provides financial assistance to law enforcement officers and their families.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4084.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a birthday on June 14 and will turn 83. Pictured are Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Saturday, June 13 at the Community Supporting Cops event new the Arrowhead Mall.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4107Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4107..

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's   birthday cake. He  will turn 83

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4119.

Bea Wyatt, Desert Hockey Development, shows the ten one-thousand money orders from an anonymous donor.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4169 

Bea Wyatt, Desert Hockey Development, George Weisz, 100 Club of Arizona Board of Directors, and Glendale Mayor Weiers. Bea Wyatt counts out the ten one-thousand dollar money orders. That was the minimum amount needed to match the ‘s challenge to be shot with a Taser. Friday night the amount raised was somewhere between $500 and $600. On Saturday around 11:00 a.m. that all changed when the full $10,000 was raised.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4170 

George Weisz, 100 Club of Arizona Board of Directors, and Glendale Mayor Weiers.  A concerned Sandy Weiers looks on  prior to her husband Jerry's imminent  tasing.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4175.

MSCO Deputy Danny MacFarland assists Ronda Pearson set the Taser gun up. This Taser  puts out 50,000 charge.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4177.

Ronda Pearson wearing an Arizona Coyotes jersey is also a nurse and passionate Arizona Hockey fan, fired a Taser at the Mayor as part of a community public service meet and greet and fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Ronda was concerned for the mayor’s health and has participated in other 100 Club charitable events. Pearson was asked if she was still angry with Glendale Mayor Weiers and she replied, "I got everything out of my system Wednesday."

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4176a. and 4176b

The mayor has been tasered, for a good cause and under professional supervision. The Taser wires can be seen on the mayor’s back. Two officers help to brace the mayor. There is a mattress and a padded cover just in from of him to catch his fall forward.

"It hurt!" "It hurt bad," was how Mayor Weiers described what if felt like to be shot with a Taser.  It was a long 5 seconds for Mayor Weiers. This will be the only time the Mayor will put himself through this. His wife was extremely unhappy about him being the target of a stun gun. The community support event may become a yearly event.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4186.

The mayor has been tasered, for a good cause and under professional supervision. The Taser wires can be seen on the mayor’s back.
Two officers examine and  help remove the  wires from the  mayor. There is a mattress and a padded cover that caught  his fall forward.

 

Thank you to the men and women in all aspects of public safety.

 

IN THE AIR…

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4012.

Deputy Terry Heingartner, J. Kates, and Deputy Josh Johnson, MCCSO, are standing next to a brand new Bell 407GX helicopter with only 70 hours in the air. Some of their responsibilities include search and rescue, aerial photography and assisting officers on the ground.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4019.

Shane Breeding, Arizona Department of Public Safety, is a medic and answered questions of all kinds from all age groups regarding air rescues during Glendale’s public safety event on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3998.

 

 

ON THE GROUND…

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4065.

Officers Aaron Moreno and T.J. Teeples, SWAT Division, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The scary raggedy tool in front is used to breaking glass and clearing away the pieces.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4981.

Glendale Police information table lead  by Detective T. Sye.

 

TO THOSE WITH FOUR LEGS…

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3986.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4010.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4059.

 

Or TWO WHEELS…

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4191.

Olivia Greene sits atop Officer C. Schmidlin’s motorcycle

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4035.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

OR THREE WHEELS OR FOUR AND SOME TRACKS!

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4003.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3985.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4094.

Officer Bohannan explains the DUI  processing  van.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4097.

Don't drive intoxicated or...  you get a new bracelet!

 

 

 

 



 

 

FOOTNOTE  FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK WHEN RONDA WAS AT CITY COUNCIL ADDRESSING MAYOR WEIERS!

Listen to and watch the video!!!!   https://youtu.be/1PXyOqTi8ww

 

 

 

(fame pulls  by Ed Sharpe  from Glendale 11 council meeting video)

Angry Coyote fan Ronda Pearson who yelled at the  mayor  during
council becomes the  delegated person to TASE Mayor Jerry Weiers.

 




 

 

Glendale votes to terminate Arizona Coyote’s Lease agreement
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

City of Glendale votes 5-2 to cancel the professional management services and arena lease agreement between the city of Glendale and IceArizona manager Co., LLC and IceArizona Hockey Co., LLC during a special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. In the lease agreement signed in 2013, the city agreed to pay IceArizona $15 million a year for 15 years. The Arizona Coyotes could be without an arena and the City of Glendale could be without a hockey team. IceArizona are co-owners of the Arizona Coyotes.

Councilmember Jamie Aldama made a motion to table the issued for no more than two weeks. That motion did not pass. Mayor Weiers asked twice if Council Sherwood was on the telephone and there was no replay. Councilmember Sherwood was on the telephone later in the meeting, and was able to place his vote of nay or no. Councilmember Samuel Chavira also voted no—or not to terminate the lease agreement. Voting for the termination were, Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff and Councilmember Bart Turner.

Vice Mayor Hugh, "It’s not about hockey. It’s about the integrity of the process."

Mayor Weiers explained his vote, "We have all taken a beating tonight and I think most of it has been unjust. I think most of the fans don’t understand the complexity of this issue. The complexity of this issue is that fact you don’t have all the information. As the information comes out, I think more and more of you might have a better understanding." Again, Mayor Weiers, "I believe, and the majority of the council does, that there was a violation of Arizona Revised Statues."

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statues §38-511, allows the city to terminate a contract if a person who was significantly involved in in creating the contract later becomes an employee for the other party involved. The person at the center of interest is former City of Glendale Attorney Craig Tindall who was hired by the team in 2013. Tindall left his position with the city in the spring.

"What we have witnessed here tonight is possibly the most shameful exhibition of government I have ever witnessed," LeBlanc said.

"We are going to take every legal action," Coyotes co-owner and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. This includes filing a $200 million suit against the city. Before the special meeting, the city saying it would be open to renegotiating the arena contract, but the offer was refused.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3953.

Attorney Nick Woods representing  CEO Anthony LeBlanc addressed the Glendale City Council during the special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The city voted 5-2 to end its contract with the Arizona Coyotes. Possibly, the Coyotes could be without an arena and the city could be without a hockey team. The Coyotes threatened legal action to the tune of $200 million against the city. City Attorney Michael Bailey, said the city will wait to see what type of action(s) the team undertakes before determining its next step.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3971.

Left -Arizona Coyotes attorney Nick Woods and Right - Anthony LeBlanc co-owner and CEO Arizona Coyotes – Wednesday, June 10, 2015 the Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to end the lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. The lease agreement between IceArizona and the city was for 15 years, with the city paying $15 million a year or $225 million to IceArizona to operate the Gila River Arena.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Weiers! Four More Years!  Four More Years!

By Bette  Sharpe    -  Glendale Daily Planet 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3863 and 3877.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3877 and 3877.

Glendale Mayor Weiers announces he will seek re-election. He made the announcement at a ‘Business after Business’ chamber of commerce meeting held at La Perla on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Chamber Chair-Elect Jeff Blake introduced Mayor Weiers.

Weiers announces re-election plans

At a Glendale Chamber of Commerce ‘Business after Hours’ event on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the La Perla Café and Lounge current Glendale Mayor announced that he would seek re-election. It might be difficult to believe that it is time for another election. His last race was in 2012 running against Manuel Cruz. Their race was a close one and ended in a runoff election in early November 2012. Mayor Weiers took office in January 2013. The Mayor is elected for a four-year term.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3858.

Chamber Chair-Elect Jeff Blake said in the beginning of his introduction of Mayor Weiers., "I have and honor and a privilege tonight," "It’s almost impossible to overstate how bad of a financial condition the City of Glendale was in when Mayor Jerry Weiers campaigned." Glendale was looking at a possible bankruptcy. Now a balanced budget is in sight and employers and jobs are coming back Glendale.

"He is just about the most optimistic person that you’ll ever going to meet in your life." "He loves this city and really believes in the potential of this city." Citizens of Glendale can feel better about the way things are and about how they are getting better."

Mayor Weiers just returned from Washing D.C. and was impressed with what he witnessed during National Police Week. Mayor Weiers would like to hold a public safety appreciation day on June 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m. at Arrowhead Mall. The exact location will be announced at a later date. On that ‘police blue’ day nothing would be for sale, everything needed would be donated. The purpose of the event is to build positive community relations between the men and women in the police department and the communities in which they serve. Ideas for the event mentioned by Mayor Weiers for the Badge-to-Badge event on Thursday were blue cupcakes and blue balloons. In addition to the Glendale Police Department attending, other municipal and county public safety members are scheduled to attend.

And can you can believe this, Mayor Weiers said he would offer to be shot with a taser. The bidding starts at $10,000. The money raised would be for the 100 Club. This organization helps police and fire families when there is a line-of-duty injury or death.

The recent national news has brought attention to police departments and communities that a proactive approach to building and maintaining good working relationships is vital for everyone.

 

From the Mayor’s press release:

GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION

Will Keep Focus on Glendale’s Comeback

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers announced his intention to seek re-election today at an event at La Perla Café. Speaking to a large crowd of Glendale residents and business owners, Weiers touched briefly on how far the city has come since he was first took office in 2013.

"We have come a very long way together. When I was first elected, voters and local business owners were talking about bankruptcy for the City of Glendale as if it were unavoidable." said Weiers, adding "Well we didn’t just avoid it, we put Glendale on the path to real balanced budgets."

In addition to guiding the city’s financial turn-around and protecting assets like its libraries,

Weiers has been very involved in the community through local charities and groups. He has also taken the lead in restoring older traditions like the July 4th celebrations that were re-launched at Westgate at no cost to the taxpayers, and in starting new traditions like the Christmas Parade that brings thousands of West Valley residents to downtown Glendale.

"As always, my focus will remain on the economic health of Glendale and the safety and well-being of our residents." said Weiers, who added "We need to keep Glendale on the comeback trail and I hope I can count on all of your support so that we can succeed together!"

Prior to serving as Mayor, Weiers represented the West Valley in the State Legislature where he won awards for his common-sense conservative record.

Jerry first moved to Arizona in 1966. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have one daughter and two grandchildren. Jerry is an accomplished pilot--with over two decades of flying experience--who flies out of Glendale Airport. He is a motorcycle enthusiast who rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and he is a member of the El Zaribah Shriners Motorcycle Unit. He performs in parades across the state and has also served as a reservist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He also started and continues to lead the efforts of Stand Up For Veterans.

OTHER CHAMBER NEWS

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3819.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 was Greg Walsh’s last day with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He is leaving Arizona for Massachusetts to be with his fiancée. Good luck Greg! Breanna Pope is the new Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

 

 

 

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Changing of the Command at Glendale Fire
By Bette and Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

The passing of the Glendale Fire Department unit flag officially changed the department’s command form one person to another. The Glendale Fire Department Change of Command Ceremony was held on May 14, 2015.

Glendale Fire has many firsts in its history and Thursday was no exception. To honor and recognized the professional services of Fire Chief Mark Burdick, with the unprecedented and unique Change of Command ceremony.

Historically, this kind of military ceremony is one that is formal and is rich in tradition, involving an entire military base and its members. A military Change of Command involves the passing of that flag. It is a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding office to another. The passing of the color from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and the military personnel are never without leadership.

The American Fire Service (Glendale Fire) is a para-military organization. Chief Burdick stated,  "We have a rank structure, we use words "combat", "offensive attack" and our enemy is fire and smoke. We work in "Platoons" or "companies"."

So it seemed appropriate for the Glendale Fire Department to base Thursday’s ceremony on what the military does. A first-ever, Change of Command ceremony for the Glendale Fire Department; an historical event.

Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick passed the Glendale Fire Department unit flag to Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant, signifying the transfer of command and authority as conferred by Acting City Manager, Dick Bowers.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3576.


 

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Accepting the Glendale Fire Department’s flag and command, Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant accepts the flag and therefore accepts the command. From Ron Heart, "Glendale Fire, Fire Chief Mark Burdick you have served us well, please pass the unit colors to Chief Chris DeChant. Chief Chris DeChant, by order of the Acting City Manager, you are hereby appointed as Interim Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department."

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Retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick transferred the command of the department to Interim Fire Chief Chris De Chant on Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2015

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3590.

The Glendale Fire Department unit colors was folded a total of 13 times by members of the Honor Guard and was presented to Retired Fire Chief Mark Burdick.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daly Planet no. 3595.

Retired Fire Chief Mark Burdick accepts the Glendale Fire Department unit flag.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3609.

Photo of a photo that said it all at the Chief Burdick Reception held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa. Chief Burdick is retiring after thirty plus years with the City of Glendale.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3698.

From Luke Air Force Base, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Assistance Chief Marty Yates, Deputy Chief Tony Rabonza, Chief Chris Horsman, Lt. Col. Chris Herndon, and Assistant Chief Steve Kinkade attending the Changing of the Command Ceremony for retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa in west Glendale on May 14, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3653

Pictured: Chief Master Sgt. Chris Horsman, 56th CES fire chief; Glendale Chief Mark Burdick and Tony Rabonza, 56th CES deputy fire chief.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3658.

Pictured: Chief Master Sgt. Chris Horsman, 56th CES fire chief; Glendale Chief Mark Burdick and Tony Rabonza, 56th CES deputy fire chief, and Lt. Col. Chris Herndon. Chief Burdick received a model of an F-35.

The message on the plaque reads.

Fire Chief Mark Burdick

The firefighters at Luke Air Force Base wish to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous support, dedication, and commitment to our partnership. Your friendship and contributions to Luke Fire Emergency Services have left an indelible mark on the base and our entire community.

Good Luck and God Speed!

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

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L to R - Lis Cortes  and Patty Adams    Danny Senese and Mark Burdick  on the right of the quilt look on.

 

Patty Adams , Office of the Fire Chief Management Aide (in white top) said:

"Chief Burdick, on behalf of the ladies in Admin, we would like to present you with this t-shirt memory quilt and pillow. It covers your 32-year career from red shirt to fire chief. Our goal was to use 20 shirts, but everyone knows that the fire department makes a t-shirt for everything, so we ended up with 31. Some of these are from your personal collection – thanks to Colleen. We did have the red shirt made, because Tony said you wore togas back then. Then I was connected with Gay Lee who took our shirts and spent many hours creating this work of art for you. The quilt represents the different divisions, events, stations, and programs that started under your leadership. I’m sure this will bring back lots of memories. I figure there should be at least 30 stories you can tell…not that you need a quilt to tell a story. We hope you enjoy this for many years! We want to thank you for your support and generosity and hope you enjoy your retirement."

Some Chief Mark Burdick’s history with the Glendale Fire Department

Hire date 1/14/83

FF Medic 1/84

Promoted to Engineer 5/91

Promoted to Captain 2/7/92

Promoted to BC 7/1/00

Interim Fire Chief 9/01

Promoted to Fire Chief 7/31/02

Retire date 5/28/15

 

 

"But, the last time I checked, people are not trash."

Before he stepped down, one of the first thinks retiring Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick said to the men and women of the Glendale Fire Department, "I want to thank you."

Fire Chief Burdick was asked recently why fire trucks need four people and could that number be reduced. The person asking this made a comparison to the recent changes in trash collection. Trash collection trucks started out with three people on a truck – the driver and two people on the back of the truck to collect and empty the trash. Now through automation, the sanitation trucks have just one person, the driver.

"But, the last time I checked, people are not garbage."

The comparison to fire trucks does not work. Research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology supports GFD staffing models are efficient. It came as a shock to Glendale Fire; however, when they learned that a 4 person EMS crew could shave a minute-and-a-half off their on-site time.

An ongoing problem for firefighters and EMS personnel is a better method of screening emergency calls to allow for maximum efficiently of both resources - staff and equipment.

On a recent ride-along Chief Burdick went out on a call regarding a car and motorcycle wreck. As it turned out, the patient just needed help with a scraped knee. The system is designed that when a person calls 911, "we respond." Burdick said. "We did not design the system." There needs to be a better way of screening the 911 calls.

The idea for the Change of Command ceremony is due in part to the partnership between the Glendale Fire Department and Luke Air Force Base.

 




 

 

 

 

Hermes 2015 Creative Awards for the

'Planet, Ed and Bette Sharpe 
 

 

Glendale, AZ: CouryGraph Productions,  creator of KKAT-IPTV and Glendale Daily Planet was recently honored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) with a 2015 Platinum Hermes Creative Award For Internet news presentation.

An individual 2015 Gold Hermes Creative Award  went to reporter/Photographer Bette Bette Sharpe, CouryGraph Productions - Gold 2015 Hermes Creative Award Winner for " New Glendale firefighter Connor Healy views Valentine Award he received at the academy" which appeared in both - Glendale Star and Glendale Daily Planet

 

"Our team is extremely honored by this Platinum and Gold Hermes Creative Award recognition," said Ed Sharpe, Director of CouryGraph Productions which created KKAT - IPTV and the  Glendale Daily Planet. "This award reflects the quality of our methodology and work of our all volunteer staff to implement innovative combinations of written, still photography and streaming methods for local programming on the Internet. Sharpe continued, "I think our product is a result of the entire city's interest, advice and participation... "

 

Finally Editor Ed Sharpe wanted to extend his thanks to other people in the newspaper, radio, television and cable industry that have counseled him and provided an example of technique and values. "I would be nothing without them" Sharpe stated.

 

Bette Sharpe stated, "I am very pleased that our work has been recognized" "I enjoy photography and it allows me to visually tell stories that might otherwise go untold."

 

Glendale Daily Planet, the parent organization of KKAT-IPTV was started in 2004 as the first community video journalism news site in Glendale and perhaps all of Arizona... Serving The Metro West Side of the Valley of the Sun, Glendale Daily Planet has witnessed, participated in and recorded the further rejuvenation of the downtown core, the meteoric rise of the 'Glendale Sports Empire', some of the problems associated with it and the restoration of historic sections of the town.

The work of CouryGraph Productions and other participative community journalists and engineering staff may be viewed, 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 
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Ed Sharpe  with Phillips LDK-20 TV Studio Camera Glendale Daily Planet KKAT-IPTV  Founder.                         Bette  Sharpe  with her Hermes Award.

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Tohono O’odham holding it’s ground on West Valley

Resort & Casino and will keep building

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet 4-22-2015

Tohono O’odham will hold it’s ground on West Valley Resort & Casino and will continue to build its $200 million facility despite challenges of fraud and misrepresentation from the governor and the department of gaming. Without certification from the Arizona Department of Gaming, there would not be gaming in the West Valley at the Desert Diamond West Valley Resort and Casino.

The progress the resort and casino has made since the ‘topping off’ ceremony in March at the construction site is noticeable. The project is scheduled to open in December of this year.

However, the Tohono O’odham and the West Valley Resort faces challenges from Governor Doug Ducy, Arizona Department of Gaming and some member of Congress to halt the positive economic project.

Special interest from the East Valley, the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribes are opposed to the casino near the Westgate Entertainment District. The opposition might be to protect their marketshare and there is the on-going disagreement regarding the keeping or not keeping the promises (implied or otherwise) of Prop 202 (2002) has created strong political and legal challenges for the Tohono O’odham Nation and the future of the West Valley Resort and Casino.

Two giant resorts and casinos in the East Valley are the Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino) and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa (Talking Stick Resort).

Glendale Vice May Ian Hugh in his remarks at the press event said that Glendale has already factored in revenue from the casino ($1.4 million) in the next fiscal year.

West Valley leaders including Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gamez, Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, and Council member Sammy Chavira reiterated the overwhelming support for the project in the West Valley.

Asking for local voter support, speakers at the event encouraged those who are in favor of the resort and casino to contact the governor and let him know how strongly people in the west valley want this to happen in the West Valley.

From press release…

Despite this overwhelming support, and the more than a dozen court rulings in favor of the Nation’s project, Governor Ducey has pressured the Arizona Department of Gaming to disregard the clear terms of the compact with the Nation. The Department’s action is in violation of a federal court ruling and goes against the advice of the State’s own expert on gaming law, Assistant Attorney General Roger Banan. Several members of Congress, meanwhile, are threatening to move federal legislation designed to halt construction of the project in order protect the market share of two wealthy East Valley tribes.

Should these efforts succeed, 1,300 construction jobs will be lost and Arizonans will be denied thousands of permanent jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in positive economic impacts that the project would create.    Passage of the federal legislation would also deprive the State of millions of dollars in revenue, which goes to support education, health care, and conservation across Arizona.

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. said, "It is absurd to see elected officials working feverishly to take away thousands of jobs from their constituents, even refusing to adhere to the compact and a federal court ruling. The Nation is creating jobs and economic benefits for all of Arizona, while some of our elected officials seem focused only on protecting the market share of a few wealthy interests. Support for this project is overwhelming and we will not be deterred from our commitment to seeing this project through."

The Tohono O’odham Nation is a federally-recognized Indian tribe, with reservation lands in Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Pima County, Arizona. The West Valley Resort is located on the Nation's reservation land at 95th and Northern avenues. It will generate thousands of new jobs and more than $300 million in annual economic impact. For more information, visit

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 121337.

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ted Norris, Jr. spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the site of the West Valley Resort. In February, Daniel Bergin, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, sent a letter to Chairman Norris saying the Department of Gaming would not recognize the West Valley casino unless it for proof that the Nation did not commit fraud before the Arizona Department of Gaming would issue certification, allowing gaming at the new casino just outside of Glendale. Chairman Norris will not be deterred by these recent challenges. He and others are asking the public to show their support of the West Valley project by telling the governor.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3421.

The Tohono O’odham tribe’s West Valley Resort and Casino has finished six months of construction and is in the first phase of building. The $200 million project is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3476.

Glendale Vice Mayor was one of the Glendale elected officials who spoke in support of the Tohono O’odam’s press event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Arizona Department of Gaming said it would not allow the West Valley casino to open in December unless the Tohono O’odham Nation could show proof that it did not commit fraud when negotiating the 2002 gaming compact.

A federal judge ruled in 2013 that the state’s 2002 gaming compact does not exactly prohibit new casinos in the Phoenix area. This ruling is under appeal at the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals.




 

 

 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives annual State of the City Address

Phoenix is the "largest city in a desert region" cities with big city issues. On Wednesday, April 8, 2-15 Phoenix Mayor Stanton gave the annual State of the City Address at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. The Grand Phoenix Ballroom held just over a thousand people on Wednesday for the address.

The address mentioned many positive aspects but did not mention the financial challenges the Phoenix budget may face in a year or two. One such positive accomplishment is in street lighting Phoenix started switching street lights will be switched to LED lights, and has a "plan to convert all 90,000 city streetlights into LED lights, cutting energy costs and pollution by more than half."

From Mayor Stanton’s annual State of the City Address, April 8, 2015.

"We used that team approach to create a permanent presence in Mexico, and I’m proud that my colleagues Councilmen Michael Nowakowski and Sal DiCiccio joined me to cut the ribbon for the Arizona-Mexico City Trade Office last October. Through the work of the Phoenix trade office, we’re already seeing results. Just last week, a successful veteran of Mexico’s construction industry relocated to Phoenix to open an office on Camelback for a new company – called CBA 21 – whose primary mission will be to help Arizona’s businesses gain the footing they need to work on large infrastructure projects in Mexico."

"Together, we put the skids on a runaway pension system – fixing problems exposed by the economic downturn. Under the new rules, pension spiking is gone and we will save Phoenix taxpayers $830 million over the next 25 years. But still, we can do better by both our employees and the taxpayers. So the City Council and I will be sending a measure to the voters this summer to create an even more sustainable system: reigning in the high pay-outs for those at the top, saving an additional $38 million. With that extra set of reforms, Phoenix will serve as a model for the rest of the country for how to design a smart, sustainable and fair retirement system."

Transportation has been a concern of Mayor Stanton since taking office in 2012. One day perhaps, the Phoenix Metro Light Rail will link ASU West, Downtown and Tempe Campuses, the University of Arizona College of Medicine campus and the Maricopa Community Colleges. This will enable some families to own and drive one car instead of two, and hopefully then put that money aside for education.

Voters will get the chance to vote on the $31 billion transportation plan in August. The 35-year transportation plan depends on the voters passing the sales tax increase from .4 percent to .7 percent. The increase would raise an estimated $17 billion and would work with federal funds for light rail, increased bus service, and street improvements.

Mayor Stanton is finishing his first term as mayor. The election, in August, is just four months from now. Mayor Stanton assumed office in January 2012.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3235.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives the annual State of the City Address at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3283.

Mary Kyle, Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Phoenix and Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the annual State of the City Address held at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel on April 8, 2015. Mr. Valenzuela has represented District 5 which includes central and west Phoenix and is a Glendale firefighter.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3288.

Phoenix Councilmember Jim Waring (District 2) talks with reporters after the mayor’s address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3302.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the mayor’s annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, Phoenix.

 

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 2nd Annual Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale 
(CPAAG) car show and fundraiserSaturday, April 4, 2015

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) car show and fundraiser

 

Ricki Ray // Special to Glendale Daily Planet no. 20150404-08100 and 114336.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Glendale Police Chief Deborah Black and members of the Glendale Police Academy at the CPAAG Car Show on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The event was held at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, 64000 N. 51st Avenue, Glendale.

 

 

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Best of show was a 1969 Chevelle Super Sport belonging to Rick Kahrs

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3166.

The 1941 Willys Coupe Pro-Street is owned by Tim and Debby (chief!) Black.

 

The car show expected over 100 show cars. The Glendale Police Department K-9 Unit gave a demonstration at 10:00 a. m. The Forensics Unit had a mock crime scene set up throughout the day for people to solve. 

Proceeds from this year’s fundraised will go towards helping the Glendale Police Department Forensics Unit acquire  new work equipment. The Forensics Unit is looking forward to having more ergonomically correct work tables and color balanced lighting.

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Most people would not consider this to be something to do on a Saturday morning. Sgt. Ernie Ochoa is a member of the Glendale K-9 Unit and is working with a four legged partner Malchi (meaning ‘my messenger’) and Officer M. Griffith.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3141.

Forensics Technicians Shawna Davis and Gina Carter need new work tables and lighting. Their current equipment is out dated and not as ergonomically as it should be for them kind of intense close work they do on a daily basis.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3170.

CPAAG Car Show, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Sanderson Ford in Glendale raised funds for new equipment for Glendale’s Forensics Unit.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

By  Andy Hurlbut  - Special to the Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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“Riding for the Long Haul”

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2665.

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

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

Show stopper stuff

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2585.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2639.

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

 

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No actual fathers were hurt during this demonstration!

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2647.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2533.

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

 

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

            Get trained and licensed.

 

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

Transportation standards.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Other sources of information

 

Arizona Department of Transportation Motorcycle License

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

Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

Military personal

http://www.motorcycleppe.com/

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

http://www.amsaf.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, March 9, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

-COYOTES-  

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PARIS IN THE SPRING
(In Historic Downtown Glendale)

Just a few Photos  by Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet


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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
2015 Chamber Champions Awarded to Outstanding Chamber Members

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2496 cropped

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2500.

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

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

 

From the Chamber  Night - 

Greg Walsh/Glendale Chamber Photograph

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

 

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COUNCIL MEETING TIME MOVED TO REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS

ON LIBRARY RELOCATION PROPOSAL

Votes and public comment presentation moved to morning meeting time

 

Glendale, Ariz. ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the ––  On Tuesday, March 17, the Glendale City Council will hear the recommendations from the Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Arts Commission and prior public comment on the potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library to the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center.  

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

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

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

 

 

Go Wild for Flowers!

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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon 

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Glendale Police Continue Enforcement Based Upon Grant

From the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Seat belts do save lives, so please BUCKLE UP!

 

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Tolleson Easter Celebration

Details:         

            When:            Saturday, March 28th, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am – 1:00 pm

                                   

Egg Hunt Schedule

                                    3 years and under – 11:00 am

                                    4-6 years – 11:30 am

                                    7-10 years – 12:00 pm

 

            Where:           Veterans Park – 8601 W. Van Buren

            Cost:               FREE

            Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/easter

 

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Whoopee Daze 16” Softball Tournament

 

Details:                     

 

Date:              Sunday, April 19 

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

Location:       Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost:               $150.00 per team

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

        

Registration Deadline:  April 10th by 5:00 pm

 

 

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Movies at the Park

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

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

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

 

Details: Movies at the Park

When: March 20th

April 10th

May 15th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Veterans Park – 8601 W. Van Buren

Cost: FREE

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Whoopee Daze Festival Parade Entries

Details:         

When:            Saturday, April 18, 2015

            Time:             10:00 am, parade start time

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

Cost:               FREE

Website:        www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze

 

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

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Event: Whoopee Factor – During Whoopee Daze Festival

Date: April 19th

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

Cost:   Free to Enter

Must be 18 years or older

Cash prizes

 

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

Free opening reception to be held on Friday evening

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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8 Local Companies Announced as IMPACT Award Recipients

 

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to Honor Outstanding Organizations

at 28th Annual IMPACT Awards on May 13, 2015

 

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

 

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

2015 Community Champion – Arizona School Choice Trust

2015 Economic Driver – HDR, Inc.

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence – Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, LLC

2015 Response to Adversity – Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

 

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2015 Community Champion – Wells Fargo

2015 Economic Driver – Goodwill of Central Arizona

2015 Entrepreneurial Excellence – EXOS

2015 Response to Adversity – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona  

 

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

 

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

More information about each of the eight award recipients follows.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

LARGE BUSINESS CATEGORY (More than 250 employees):

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About the 2015 Inductees

 

2015 Living Legacy Inductees

 

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

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

 

Elisabeth F. Ruffner       

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

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

 

2015 Posthumous Inductees

 

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

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

 

Lorraine W. Frank (1923-2005)

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

 

Louise Foucar Marshall (1864-1956)

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

 

Helen K. Mason (1912-2003)

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

 

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

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

 

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Animal Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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GLENDALE CIVIC CENTER VOTED #1 BY RANKING ARIZONA

Fourth Consecutive Year Civic Center named the Best of Arizona Business

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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SUPER BOWL XLIX BREAKS RECORDS FOR HOTEL

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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MEETING TO DISCUSS RECENT CHANGES TO SKY HARBOR FLIGHT PATH

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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64th State of the City Address and Annual Dinner

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2460.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2477.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2475.

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

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

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

 

DOWNLOAD PDF of Mayor Weiers' speech

 

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

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

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

http://youtu.be/3a_ZAvtJjhk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sonorita Park Playground Grand Re-Opening. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glendale’s Got Game…Spring Training is Here! 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2413.

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

 

 

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Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One more special meeting before the issue goes to workshop.

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

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

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

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

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

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

 

Library Advisory Board votes NO!

Article and still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

 

http://youtu.be/5R3BPEGvS3M

 

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GLENDALE WATER SERVICES TURNS 100 YEARS OLD

Centennial Photo History Display to Tour City

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

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

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

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

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

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

(photos  - City of Glendale)

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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DEAFNATION


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

http://deafnation.com/dnexpo/

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

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

 

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Glendale Police Officer Involved Shooting

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Mr. Greg Miller Elected as President of the

Arizona State Board of Education

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

National Blue Ribbon School 2007 - US Department of Education,

 

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

 

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

 

Business Innovation Award – Microsoft Corporation

 

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

 

Title I Rewards School

 

Civic Engagement School of Distinction – Arizona Department of Education

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

New installments at Camelback Ranch-Glendale are:

 

Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead

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

 

Dodger Mini-Scoreboard

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

 

Dodger Replica Field Scoreboard

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

 

All-Star Panels

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

 

LA logo sculpture

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

 

MVP baseballs

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

 

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

 

Retired numbers

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

 

Minor League Affiliate mileage sign

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

 

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

 

The Montejo Patio

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

 

Concessions

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

 

Merchandise

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

 

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

 

Weekends at the Ranch

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

 

Weekend Eighteen|76 Legends Deck

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

 

Senior Stroll

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

 

Uptown Alley Family Sundays

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

 

Tickets

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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COUNCILMEMBER GARY SHERWOOD HOSTS SAHUARO DISTRICT MEETING

City Leaders Available To Answer Resident Questions

 

 

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

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

  Sunshine Residential Homes, 17201 North 63rd Avenue.

            Councilmember Sherwood will be joined by Glendale Economic Development Director

  Brian Friedman and Community Services Director, Erik Strunk.

 

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

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

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COUNCILMEMBER ALDAMA ANNOUNCES

MONTHLY MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

Effort To Connect Will Change Locations Monthly

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

·         10 Great Escapes

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

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

·         Section devoted to meeting planners

·         West Valley Events Calendar

·         Maps for Glendale, West Valley and Arizona

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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GLENDALE COUNCIL APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COMMITTEES

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

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

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

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

·         Councilmember Jamie Aldama - Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee

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

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

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

·         Councilmember Gary Sherwood - Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee

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

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

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

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

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

 

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DICK BOWERS APPOINTED GLENDALE ACTING CITY MANAGER

 

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

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

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

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

 

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BATTER UP! CALLING ALL GLENDALE YOUTH BALL PLAYERS

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Glendale Arts Commission votes NO!

Article and Still photos by: Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Video by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  

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

Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory made the motion.

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement of the motion as read by Vice Chairperson Koory.

 

 

Two other advisory boards have meetings this week.

 

 

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

City of Glendale Special Meeting: Library Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

Special Meeting: Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glendale Arts Commission votes NO

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

 

 

  PCN Health will be attending this Career Expo!

 

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"Serve Day" in Glendale!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2399.

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

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

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

 Here is more information.

GRANADA ESTATES SERVE DAY

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Save the Library group created an online petition. 

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

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

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FOOTHILLS LIBRARY MEETINGS Feb 23 - 25- 26

ATTEND THEM ALL IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK~


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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New fire truck arrives at Fire Station 151

By Bette and Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2360.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Feature Summary - 

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

1500 gallons per minute pump

500 gallon poly-tank

Shorter Wheel base

More Compartment Space

360 degree driving camera for safety

Class A foam tank for Class fires

Maneuvers well in tight spaces

 

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

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

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

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.04629.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4617.

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2385.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.

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

Note  still hunting a few names  for captions - 

 

 

 

 

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



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


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

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



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

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








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Galentine's Day in Glendale

By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet



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



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



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



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



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


How did Galentine's day come do be? 

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 
 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

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

 

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

Photo credit  - Bears and More

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
 
 

Antique Engine and Tractor Show

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

 

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2228.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2236.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2270.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2266.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2271.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2277.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District).

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2285.

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2294.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 2299.

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







 

 

http://youtu.be/mopHcIxLkic

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

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

 

Library Commission learns about the Foothill Library possible relocation.

 

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

 

Fischer resigns as city manager during executive session

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

GLENDALE INCREASES FUNDS TO HELP EVICTED FAMILIES

Community Action Program Team Begins Screening and Dispersing Funds 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Glendale CVB Offers Chance for Free Family Fun at LEGO KidsFest

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

 

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

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

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

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


 

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

 


GLENDALE MAYOR JERRY WEIERS

ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS:  FEBRUARY 26

Hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

 

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

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

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

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


 

THE POPULAR FAMILY BIKE RIDE

ROLLS THROUGH GLENDALE APRIL 12
Enjoy Great Weather and Exercise

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We © (Heart) Books"

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

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

59th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale

"We  ©  (Heart) Books"

February 14 & 15, 2015

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

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

(panorama photos by Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet)

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Glendale citizens not buying sale of Foothills Library

By Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            From slide presentation

                        o Due Diligence and Appraisals Conducted

o Appraisal #1 = $3,400,000

o Appraisal #2 = $4,700,000

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Foothills Library

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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 Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills 

Branch hearing - - the people speak out!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Authors @ the Teague Presents: 

Vicki Delany and Kate Carlisle

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 

 




 

 

 

Potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch 


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

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

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


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


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


Some background

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

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

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

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


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

 


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




An interior of the proposed new Foothills Library/Technology Center

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



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

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


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

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


Public Meetings & Input Opportunities


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

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

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


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


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


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

 

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

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

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

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