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MISSING PERSON! 

 

Please see attached photo. Yesterday, July 17th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, a 70 year old elderly adult, Patrick Michael O’Hara, went missing from his home in the 9600 block of 52nd Avenue. The Glendale Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating Mr. O’Hara.

Patrick O’Hara is a white male, 5’4” tall, 115 pounds, with medium length black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing reading glasses, blue jeans, a grey t-shirt, grey/green windbreaker, and hushpuppy penny loafers. He is also wearing a grey ball cap with the letter “B” red in color. He suffers from Dementia and has only been living in Arizona for two weeks.

Mr. O’Hara is still missing this morning. Please contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 with any information that might help us locate Mr. O’Hara.

 




 

 

 

 

 

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Planet News Feed for  -  Saturday, July 19, 2014

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8th Annual Christmas in July 
By Bette Sharpe  -  - Glendale Daily Planet   

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7334.

Santa Claus and Emillia Mertens inside Country Maiden on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Santa Claus was available for pictures. His busy season is about to start.

Santa is busy and mentioned that everyone needs to "be kind". Santa has been known to deliver lumps of coal at Christmas. Christmas arrives in five months. There is still plenty of time to "be kind" and to remember, "That everyone you come in connection with is a member of someone else’s family,"  - Santa C.

Christmas in July also kicks off the start of installing 1.5 million lights for the city's annual holiday light display. The installation of the holiday lights takes more than four months and 5,000 labor hours to complete in order to be ready for Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend on Nov. 28-29.

 Christmas in July -  - -- -

Additional activities that were free or available for a small fee, 

*Get your Christmas card photo done early! Santa will greet visitors and pose for
photos, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Country Maiden, 7146 N. 58th Ave.
Photos will be available for a nominal fee and shoppers are welcome to take their
own pictures with Santa.

*Make your own Nougat Christmas Tree at Cerreta Candy Co.

*See old-fashioned and vintage holiday décor and gift items at the Country Maiden

*Decorate Sugar Cookies from Shelley's Specialty Desserts

*Catlin Court Christmas Cookie Progressive Recipe Book – participating businesses will
feature a page/recipe for the book from their own family recipes; put all the
pieces together and you will have an old-fashioned community cookbook.

*Donate food to benefit Hope for Hunger

*Hear Brelby Theater's cast of Little Shop of Horrors (running during July) singing

*Christmas Carols at the Visitor Center

*Make-and-Take Christmas Magnets from The Talented Tortoise

*Make-and-Take Christmas Card at The Open Door

*Make-and-Take Ice Cream Cone Ornament from Papa Ed's

*Paw Prints Photos on Christmas paper from the Glendale Police Department K-9 Unit

*The first 200 visitors will receive a Savings Packs, first-come, first-served at the Visitor
Center beginning at 10 a.m.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7436;

Keila and Leo Rubio asked Glendale K-9 Unit Officer Jason Chambers to sign a Christmas card, Ado signed with a paw print. There was no cost to make a card; however, donations were accepted to support the Glendale K-9 Unit protective vest project. This event was held at the new location of 2 Share Gifts in Historic Catlin Court, 7148 N. 58th Drive.

 

 

 



Premiere During Catlin Court Christmas In July - 
  We Got To Meet Chef Tom For Cookies!

Photos by  Ed and Bette  Sharpe

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7404.

Chef tom Sanders and his son Duncan at their new Bakery By Chef Tom, in Historic Catlin Court. Walkers passing by the Bakery by Chef Tom at 5835-E West Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, July 19th, \are able to enjoy the aroma of cookies baking in the oven. (Full disclosure, the chocolate chip cookies were wonderful.). The new bakery is located on the north side of the Promenade on Palmaire, right in the middle; between 58th Avenue on the east and 58th Drive on the west.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7406.

Chef tom Sanders and his son Duncan at their new Bakery By Chef Tom, in Historic Catlin Court. Walkers passing by the Bakery by Chef Tom at 5835-E West Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, July 19th, \are able to enjoy the aroma of cookies baking in the oven. (Full disclosure, the chocolate chip cookies were wonderful.). The new bakery is located on the north side of the Promenade on Palmaire, right in the middle; between 58th Avenue on the east and 58th Drive on the west.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7413.

Chef Tom is putting the cookies into the oven.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7461.

The cookies are ready!!!!!!!!

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7413.

Muffins - Cookies - Cakes- Brownies - Lunch Deli and MORE!
In the Promenade in Catlin Court
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Glendale Kiwanis Stuff-the-Bus
event on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7340.

Early Saturday morning, there were still lots of room on the Glendale Kiwanis’ school supply bus. Shoppers with donations dropped off their supplies or made a monetary donation to help kids in Glendale get ready for school. It maybe mid-July, but school starts in about three weeks for area elementary school children. As most parents know, getting a child ready for school can be expensive.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7345.

Jessica Knaack, President of Glendale Kiwanis Club 2009-2011, and Yvonne Knaack, Vice Mayor, standing in front of the school bus they would like to fill with school supplies. Stuff the Bus with School Supplies, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Arizona was underway in the Walmart parking lot at 59th Avenue and Northern on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p. m.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7360.

Kiwanis members, Joe Quintana, Jessica Knack, and Glendale vice Mayor, Yvonne Knack at the Stuff-the-Bus with school supplies event on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale with Glendale Elementary School District, Walmart, and Frito-Lay.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7393.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers shops for back-to-school supplies on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7339.

Kristina Kidd makes a donation of school supplies help fill the school bus at the Glendale Kiwanis’ Stuff–the-Bus event on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Walmart parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dog lovers will gather in downtown Glendale for the city’s annual Dog Days of Summer event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. 

The city’s fifth annual event will celebrate Barkin’ Beauty Inside and Out with fun activities and shopping in the park. Educational presentations will take place throughout the event on the health, wellness and quality of life for pets along with pampering experiences. New this year, the Arizona

Humane Society will be on-site with their Waggin’ Tails kitten adoption van. 

Head to the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau 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.

The morning will offer pet owners and their dogs many exhibit booths, with the emphasis on our four-legged friends with everything from frozen doggie treats to pet massages and pet gifts and accessories. As visitors explore the downtown, there will be water and cool pool stations throughout the area for pets. Admission and parking are free. Visitors are encouraged to park in the free covered parking garage located at 58th Avenue and Palmaire.

Additional highlights of the day include:

• Visits with Community K-9 Groups including Glendale’s favorite furry employees such as the Fire Department’s Crisis Response dog Topaz, the Glendale Police Department K-9 team and the Luke Air Force Base K-9 group.

• Free Frosty Paw frozen treats for dogs from Papa Ed’s Ice Cream at the park for the first 300 dogs.

• Photo Booth

• Animal Blessing

• Pratt’s Pets & Feed Display

• Sun Valley Animal Shelter Pet Adoption

• Pet massages, pet gifts and accessories

• Raffles and prizes

• Dog Wash



The Dog Days of Summer also includes a donation drive for pet food and supplies to benefit the animals at 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 Convention & Visitors Bureau at 623-930-4500.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dog lovers will gather in downtown Glendale for the city’s annual Dog Days of Summer event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. 

The city’s fifth annual event will celebrate Barkin’ Beauty Inside and Out with fun activities and shopping in the park. Educational presentations will take place throughout the event on the health, wellness and quality of life for pets along with pampering experiences. New this year, the Arizona

Humane Society will be on-site with their Waggin’ Tails kitten adoption van. 

Head to the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau 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.

The morning will offer pet owners and their dogs many exhibit booths, with the emphasis on our four-legged friends with everything from frozen doggie treats to pet massages and pet gifts and accessories. As visitors explore the downtown, there will be water and cool pool stations throughout the area for pets. Admission and parking are free. Visitors are encouraged to park in the free covered parking garage located at 58th Avenue and Palmaire.

Additional highlights of the day include:

• Visits with Community K-9 Groups including Glendale’s favorite furry employees such as the Fire Department’s Crisis Response dog Topaz, the Glendale Police Department K-9 team and the Luke Air Force Base K-9 group.

• Free Frosty Paw frozen treats for dogs from Papa Ed’s Ice Cream at the park for the first 300 dogs.

• Photo Booth

• Animal Blessing

• Pratt’s Pets & Feed Display

• Sun Valley Animal Shelter Pet Adoption

• Pet massages, pet gifts and accessories

• Raffles and prizes

• Dog Wash



The Dog Days of Summer also includes a donation drive for pet food and supplies to benefit the animals at 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 Convention & Visitors Bureau at 623-930-4500.

 

Get ready....
To welcome!
Muffins - Cookies - Cakes- Brownies - Lunch Deli and MORE!
In the Promenade in Catlin Court
Stop in and Meet the Chef Tom during Christmas in July - July 19 - Sat.

 

 

MISSING PERSON! 

 

Please see attached photo. Yesterday, July 17th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, a 70 year old elderly adult, Patrick Michael O’Hara, went missing from his home in the 9600 block of 52nd Avenue. The Glendale Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating Mr. O’Hara.

Patrick O’Hara is a white male, 5’4” tall, 115 pounds, with medium length black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing reading glasses, blue jeans, a grey t-shirt, grey/green windbreaker, and hushpuppy penny loafers. He is also wearing a grey ball cap with the letter “B” red in color. He suffers from Dementia and has only been living in Arizona for two weeks.

Mr. O’Hara is still missing this morning. Please contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 with any information that might help us locate Mr. O’Hara.

 




 

 

Glendale Rotary Club gives 200 teddy bears for

Glendale Police and Fire Crisis Unit

By Bette  and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Glendale Rotarians presented Glendale Mayor Weiers and Councilmember Hugh with 200 new, cuddly teddy bears. The donation is just the beginning and of a "bear drive" for a total of 2,000 new bears for the Glendale Police and Fire Crisis Unit.

The teddy bears are used by police officers and firefighters to comfort young children who have been affected by a traumatic event like a traffic accident or a fire. The bears, or stuffed animals, help both the child and his or her family and the first responder.

This year, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers has made it his persona goal to help collect 2,000 bears for the police and fire departments. He has solicited help from his community partners at the Glendale Rotary Club to reach his goal.

There were some restrictions for the stuffed animals, for safety of course, no glass eyes for example that could possibly a choking hazard. All of the teddy bears donated will have a home. The bears that the City of Glendale cannot use will find a home with the Shriners.

"It’s the Mayor’s cause, and we pinched in to help him", Councilmember Hugh said during his introduction. Before he was Mayor of Glendale, Mayor Weiers reserved with the Department of Public Safety and saw firsthand how a stuffed animal calmed a child or the child’s family was involved in a traffic accident. Stuffed animals were typically carried in the DPS vehicles. "There is nothing more calming than to give them {a child} a stuffed animal."

While at fire in recently, Mayor asked both police and fire staff about giving a stuffed animal to calm the children whose house was burning and learned that the program was no longer available due to budgetary reasons. It was then that Mayor Weiers made getting stuffed animals, bears, back into the vehicles of first responders a priority.

 

Sara  Steffen,  - Crisis Response Coordinator for Glendale Fire Department stated, "Todays event was a great way for the community to help children who unfortunately experience a 911 emergency. EXAMPLE: When a member of the fire department is able to hand a teddy bear to a child whose house has been damaged by fire and they’re not allowed to go back in the house because of the fire and smoke damage, it gives that child something to hold. My hope is that by giving a child one of these bears right after the emergency, they can see that someone does care and wants to help them. The simple act of giving a child a stuffed animal can help them forget about all the commotion of the call and instead remember that a Glendale firefighter or police officer gave me this awesome new teddy bear. "

 

The July 17, 2014 noon meeting of the Glendale Rotary Club agenda included “Teddy Bear” Day with Mayor Jerry Weiers for Glendale Fire and Police and Arizona Cardinals Group Sales Manager Joe Furmanski and a belated 4th of July Celebration with “The Duke” and “America’s Yodeling Sweetheart” at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8066 N. 49th Avenue in Glendale. 

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7232.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Councilmember Ian Hugh teamed up to raise 2,000 bears, for the Glendale Police and Fire Crisis Unit. Due to budgetary reasons, first responders no longer carry stuffed animals in their vehicles. Mayor Weiers saw firsthand the instant calming affect a stuffed animal can have on a child involved in a traumatic event like an automobile accident. He has made it a priority to raise 2,000 teddy bears. Thanks to the Glendale Rotary Club’s donation of the first 200 bears on Thursday, the mission is off to a healthy start.

 

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7205.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, "The Duke", and Glendale Rotary Club president, Gene Dudo at the July 17, 2014 Rotary Club luncheon before the official presentation of the first 200 teddy bears for the Glendale Police and Fire Crisis Unit. Due to budgetary cuts, Glendale first responders no long carry stuffed animal to help kids of all ages cope with a serious situation. Mayor Weiers has made acquiring 2000 bears, teddy bears, stuffed animals a priority.


July 17, Rotary Club Keynote Speaker

Joe Furmanski, Group Sales Manager, Arizona Cardinals

 

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7326.

Joe Furmanski, Group Sales Manager for the Arizona Cardinals spoke also at the luncheon and predicted the team would have an 11-5 season and will end up #2 conference spot. His prediction for last year was 10-6 and that is exactly how 2013/2014 season ended. "Defense wins championships", Furmanski said. The Arizona Cardinals have a strong left line this year. Two Cardinal tacklers bear this out: Cory Brandon (#26) at 6’7" and 324 pounds and Bradley Sowell (#25) also at 6’7" and weighs in at 315.

Kevin Minter (ILB or an Inside Linebacker; #23) who was hurt out last year watched and learned and will bring that information to the up-and-coming season. "Stephan Taylor is your battering ram," according to Furmanski, and is one of the ones to watch to carry the ball this season.

 

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Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0891

Joy Richards of the Glendale Fire Department  CR-158 Crisis Response Volunteer  shows
 off 2 of 200  the  adorable critters that  were gathered in the Rotary Club  Event..

 

 

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Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0893

A trunk full of  "pooh"!

 

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Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 0900
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers helps  load the bears and other critters up to go to the Police and fire stations!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Tracy Breeden Glendale Police PIO and Glendale Firefighter 
Miguel Sanchez with arms full of bears destined for young people at emergency crisis scenes..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paula Williamson, "America's Yodeling Sweetheart" and Ermal Willianson, a.k.a. John Wayne were featured entertainment. More information on this dynamic duo can be found at http://www.yodellady.com/.

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Rodica Bartels is a Glendale Real Estate agent from CENTURY 21...    The Century 21 crew was responsible  for bringing in a lot  of bears! 

 

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police and fire PIOs Tracy Breeden and Michael Young 

 

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John Wayne and Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh

Ermal Willianson, a.k.a. John Wayne. More information can be found at http://www.yodellady.com/.

 

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John Wayne and Glendale Councilmember Ian Hugh

Ermal Willianson, a.k.a. John Wayne. More information can be found at http://www.yodellady.com/.

 

 

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Ed Sharpe Videos Paula Williamson, "America's Yodeling Sweetheart"  More information can be found at http://www.yodellady.com/.

 

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GLENDALE CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS TRUST LAND FOR GAMING

    

Glendale, Ariz. –– This afternoon the Glendale City Council voted in favor of repealing the Council’s 2009 position that opposed the Tohono O’odham Nation developing land within Glendale’s planning area for a proposed casino and resort. Today’s vote repeals the 2009 position and states that the city officially supports the trust land being utilized for gaming.

The Glendale City Clerk will send a copy of today’s resolution to all members of the Arizona Federal Delegation, announcing the city’s position. In addition, city staff will continue to negotiate with the Tohono O’odham Nation as previously directed by Council. 

 

Meeting Date:

7/15/2014

Meeting Type:

Voting

Title:

DISCUSSION, UPDATE AND POSSIBLE ACTION RELATED TO PROPERTY

LOCATED AT APPROXIMATELY 91ST AND NORTHERN AVENUES AND THE TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION’S APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF THE LAND

INTO TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION

Staff Contact:

Brent Stoddard, Intergovernmental Programs Director

 

Purpose and Recommended Action

Pursuant to direction from City Council, staff is being requested to update the Council on federal actions, legislation and hearings related to the property located at approximately 91st and Northern Avenues.

 

Background

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Glendale was notified by the Clerk of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs that the Committee would be holding a hearing on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. titled "Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years." The Committee also invited Mayor Weiers to attend and testify at the Committee hearing.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is also the Committee that House of Representatives Bill 1410 "Keep the Promise Act of 2013" has been referred to. H.R. 1410 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Trent Franks in April 2013. The bill passed the House in September 2013 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The Committee has taken no action on the legislation.

The City Council, at its March 25, 2014 Council meeting, adopted Resolution No. 4783 opposing House of Representatives Bill 1410 "Keep the Promise Act of 2013" and directed the City Clerk to send the resolution to the members of the Arizona Federal delegation.

The City Council, at its March 18, 2014 Workshop, gave staff direction to bring forward a resolution setting forth the City’s official position relating to H.R. 1410. The City Council also discussed and gave direction that the City of Glendale was not changing or waiving its position relating to Resolution New Series 4246, executed on April 7, 2009, opposing the Tohono O’odham Nation’s application to the Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to have land taken into trust and an approval of gaming on the land located at approximately 91st and Northern Avenues.

Previous Related Council Action

At the City Council Workshop held on October 15, 2013 and the Workshop of March 18, 2014, the City Council discussed the direction related to property located at approximately 91st and Northern Avenues and the Tohono O’odham Nation’s application for transfer of property into trust for the benefit of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

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GFWC GLENDALE WOMAN’S CLUB HOSTS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The GFWC Glendale Woman's Club will host 13 city council candidates at a forum to be held on Thursday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Candidates for the Cholla, Barrel and Ocotillo district seats will be in attendance.

The public is invited to attend the event which will be moderated by Grace Kobojek, GFWC Glendale Woman’s Club President. The Glendale Woman’s Club has been a long-time host of the election year forums. “We are honored to continue the long-standing tradition of hosting the election forums which gives local residents an opportunity to meet the candidates in person,” said Grace Kobojek, GFWC Glendale Woman’s Club President. The Glendale Woman’s Club is located at 7032 N. 56th Ave., Glendale.

New this year, the public is invited to submit a question for the candidates which will be considered for inclusion in the forum session. Questions must be emailed to gfwcglendalecandidateforum2014@gmail.com by July 20.

The City of Glendale primary election will be held on August 26 and a general election, if needed, will be held on November 4.

For more information about the Glendale Woman’s Club Candidate Forum, visit www.glendalewomansclub.org.

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GFWC—Glendale Woman’s club, Inc. is a 501(c) nonprofit, charitable service organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. The Glendale Club is part of the General Federation of Woman’s Club, the largest woman’s volunteer organization in the world. The Woman’s Club is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-profit and aims to provide a variety of social events through bi-monthly programs.




 

          

If you are shopping at Walmart pick up a flyer... go in and buy 
some school supplies and stuff the awaiting buss parked outside the store!!!!

STUFF THE BUS With School Supplies  
Sponsored by:
Kiwanis Club of Glendale





Valley Metro Project Update for the West Phoenix
Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study 


Thank you to all who provided input on the West Phoenix/Central Glendale Transit Corridor
 Study at the May public meetings and the online Feedback Form.


As a result of technical analysis and public input to date, an additional route has been identified 
for consideration. The new route runs west along Camelback Rd. from 19th Ave. to Grand Ave., 
northwest along Grand Ave. to 51st Ave., and then north on 51st Ave., providing an alternate 
route into downtown Glendale. 


The Camelback Rd./Grand Ave./ 51st Ave. route will be evaluated along with the Camelback Rd.
/43rd Ave. and Glendale Ave. routes, as shown in the map below. For full project details or to 
comment on the proposed routes, visit
www.valleymetro.org/glendale

 


Proposed Route Alternatives (Updated July 2014) 

Back-to-School Clothing Drive - time to get ready for school!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Can you believe it, school starts for most elementary students in less than a month. And it is time to get ready; the summer break is almost over.

The Back-to-School Clothing Dive (BTSCD) is hosting its annual "New Clothes, New Beginnings" clothing and school supply distribution at Alhambra High School. This year, an estimated 5,500 students are expected to pass through both the doors of the north and the south gyms. All in an effort to get ready for school.

BTSCD provides services directly to eligible Title I public elementary schools throughout Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. They are not a direct service provider to the public. Individuals who need clothes for their children should contact their child’s elementary school to determine if they participate in the BTSCD programs.

About 550 kids from the Glendale Elementary schools will pass through the doors on Monday, July 14, 2014. Each will leave with about $300.00 worth of supplies, including shirts, shoes and socks, to help build their confidence for that first day of school. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Hopefully all of this will lead to a life time of learning.

Getting kids ready for school is no easy task. It takes time and dollars. Thanks to the many organizations that helped. These organizations are

Albertsons

Bank of America

Banner Health

Better World Books

Here are three way you can help kids get ready for school.

KPHO CBS 5 Telethon – July 17th, 5 – 7 pm

This Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5-7 pm, you can support our efforts during the KPHO CBS 5 TV Telethon benefiting 
Back to School Clothing Drive! Tune in from 5 – 7 pm, on KPHO CBS 5 TV and call in to make your tax deductible donation.

BHHS Legacy Foundation

The Legacy Connection, an affiliate of BHHS Legacy Foundation, is a long-time supporter of Back-to-School Clothing Drive (BTSCD), has stepped up once again to help us raise the funding to buy new clothes for children in need. For every dollar you donate the Foundation will match it doubling your donation! You do not have to wait till the end of the year to make this donation, but you must by December 31st. There is no time like July 17th to make your donation on-air!

If you prefer to mail your check in you can do so by sending the check directly to Legacy Connection, 360 E. Coronado Road, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85004. They will then match it and send the total amount to BTSCD. Just put Back-to-School Clothing Drive-BTSCD in the MEMO section of your check so they know where to direct your donation. Your donation is still fully tax deductible for you and you can claim it under the Working Poor Tax Credit (ARS 43-1088) when you prepare your Arizona tax return next April.

Albertsons Community Partners

Back to School Clothing Drive is a member of the Albertsons Community Partners program. Every time you shop at Albertsons, 
Back to School Clothing Drive will receive 1 percent of your total purchase! Print the image below and take it with you when you shop at Albertsons!

 

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Back to School Clothing Drive! 
KPHO CBS 5 Telethon – July 17th, 5 – 7 pm

This Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5-7 pm, you can support their efforts during the KPHO CBS 5 TV Telethon benefiting 
Back to School Clothing Drive! Tune in from 5 – 7 pm, on KPHO CBS 5 TV and call in to make your tax deductible donation
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This week busses from all over the valley converged on this high school with tons of joyous children to get 
outfitted for back to school! Back packs, books, clothes, accent items, shoes and more!
Personal shopper Christine Wilhelm assists Emma Hernandez of Desert Garden School of Glendale AZ

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The shoe  department did a brisk business  all day long! 

 

 

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Sanyia Gonzales and her shopping assistant  pick out a felt bookmark.

 

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We will not run out of books!

 

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Ali Kronz of Banner Health, Sarmad Salama (or S. Salama and B. Murad) and Bader Murad are both from Desert Garden School in Glendale. Desert Garden and other schools in the Glendale Elementary School District start school on August 11, 2014. The blue bags contain polo shirts, short, belt, sweatshirt, unmentionables, shoes and socks, a cap and maybe a headband and handbag and school supplies. Before heading back to the bus, each student will select two books, have something to eat, a backpack and a Phoenix Suns orange and purple cap; and ready to start school with confidence.

 

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An estimated 5,500 students are expected this week to participate in the event at Alhambra High School. To ensure that everyone gets what they need, the hallway next to the gym holds more clothing.

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Inventory!

 

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Stitches of Love members are busy year round making clothing and other items for the Back-to-School event. These other items included handbags, knitted caps, for later in the year of course, felt bookmarks, headbands and scarfs.

 

 

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Stitches of Love members are busy year round making clothing and other items for the Back-to-School event. These other items included handbags, knitted caps, for later in the year of course, felt bookmarks, headbands and scarfs.

 

 

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Gael and Dillan Predra are finished selecting their clothing items at the 2014 Back-to-School Clothing Drive (BTS) and are standing next Jack Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo staff members were some of the many volunteers at the week-long event. This year, the distribution of school supplies was held at Alhambra High School, 3839 West Camelback Road. Next year, once new seating has been added to the Grand Canyon gymnasium, the annual event should return to Grand Canyon University.

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Isaac E. Imes teacher Verity Hodgkinson, Angel Tisnado and Jack Allen (Boys Team Charity). Angel is getting ready for his first 
day of first grade. He was in Ms. Hodgkinson, kindergarten class.

 

 

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 Enjoying lunch before boarding the bus to go home.
Each child got a backpack. These pictured and  other yet to 
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Isaac E. Imes teacher Verity Hodgkinson, Angel Tisnado and Kelly with the East Valley Boys  Service Club.

Kelly was responsible  for helping hand out backpacks.

 

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Isaac E. Imes teacher Verity Hodgkinson, gathers the troops  for the retun trip home.

 

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Sponsors  helped make this  event the success it  was...

 

 

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More information can be found at http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com/

 A big shout-out to the more than 1,500 volunteers that help make this year’s New Clothes, New Beginnings Annual Distribution event a major success.
 Note -  Bank of America had over 950 volunteers help this year! 

Ahwatukee Foothills National Charity League
Alpha Delta Kappa
APS
Bank of America
Boys Team Charities
Boys Team Charity
Boys Team Charity – Camelback
Boys Team Charity – North Valley
Boys Team Charity Camelback
btc-Sonoran Fiesta League
CBS 5
Delta Dental of Arizona
Desert Vista Spiritline
Dignity Health Corporate Real Estate
East Valley Boys Service Club
FedEx SmartPost
Glendale Community College Phi Theta Kappa
Intel Corp
Jack and Jill of Phoenix
Kiwanis Valley of the Sun
Macerich
Madison Meadows National Junior Honor Society
Mayvale Hospital
National Charities League
National Charity League – Arrowhead
National Charity League – Cactus Wren Chapter
National Charity League Scottsdale Chapter
NCL Arrowhead Chapter
NCL Camelback
Notre Dame Prep High School
ONELIFE YOUTH GROUP
Paradigm Technology
Phoenix Bapt. Hosp.
Sanofi
UPS
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Wells Fargo
ZMC Hotels

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Landmark School 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Kent, Executive Public 
Works Director is leaving Glendale

 

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Stuart Kent, Executive Public Works Director is leaving Glendale after 26 years to work
 for the city of Peoria starting mid-July. as their Deputy Public Works Director.
 Thanks for the years of hard  work  here in Glendale Stuart!

 

 

 

 

 




 

First Annual iCON Toy Convention at the Glendale Civic Center

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

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There was a line of fans outside the civic center on Saturday morning waiting for the doors to open. The convention was packed with vendors and fans. Some of the fans were in costume while others were more focused on finding a treasure. Certain comic book characters and toys have financial and popular staying power. Toys from the convention that seemed to be as popular as ever include Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and Spiderman and (of no surprise) Star Wars characters as well as many others.

This inaugural iCON convention at the Glendale Civic Center supports toy collectors, comic-book fans and pop-culture aficionados as they shop for rare items from local vendors. In addition, attendees learn about toy design and can take part in a cosplay contest. It differs from such conventions as Phoenix Comicon because of its focus on toys.

Vendor spaces were totally sold out and more than 2000 attendees had a Saturday  they would not  forget!

After the  show festivities consisted of an after party held at 9 PM at The  The Shout House AZ at Westgate.

Grey Rogers, director of the event stated, "Thank you to everyone that could attend, and thank you to our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers! We couldn't have done this without you. See you all next year!"

 

There was lots of buzz about summer block buster movies! This is  just one of many industries that keep the fans coming back and asking for more.

NEW MOVIE: Transformers Age of Extinction" was released on June 27, 2014.

NEW MOVIE: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie opens from Paramount on August 8, 2014.

NEW MOVIE: "Star Wars: Episode VII, is scheduled to open on December 18, 2015.

 

 

 

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Mark Ellis was the Design Team lead at Mattel in the early 1980s and oversaw He-Man and Masters of the Universe toy lines, comic books, cartoons, and live action films. "Masters of the Universe" was a 1987 fantasy science fiction film with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and another familiar name Cortney Cox as Julie. The movie was based on the toy line with the same name.

In Mr. Ellis’ presentation he mentioned that several businesses (or industries) are involved in the development of the toys, which might in turn have a comic book character drawn, and could develop into a television series and/or have a film made. The story lines for medium’s character might be a little different, unless standards were established.

Mark Ellis was one of the panelists at the First Annual iCON Toy Convention held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Glendale Civic Center. Kids, young and old, could be seen looking for a hero from yesteryear of last year. Other panelists on the program were Frank Coroneos and Jeff Myers. Mr. Coroneos worked at Hasbro in the mid to late 80s and was a vehicle designer for GI Joe. Joining Mr. Corneos was author Dan Klingensmith of "Creating GI Joe." Mr. Myers holds a patent for transforming remote control vehicles and has worked on Transformer and Jurassic Park movie tie-in toy lines.

This new film is like the earlier ones in the series. This new one will try to make a memorial impression on today’s boys and girls Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around since the 80s and so have the Transformers, both have undergone

 

 

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Addison Maclellan of Glendale, whose family all belongs and participates 
in the 501st Vader's Fist  Dune Sea Garrison Star Wars Costuming Group, suits up  as a  storm trooper! 

 

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Storm Trooper Aaron Valencia with a Kowakian monkey-lizard 'Tango' on his shoulder, from the the 501st Vader's Fist  Dune Sea Garrison Star Wars Costuming Group, was one on many strange sights at the First Annual iCON Toy Convention in Glendale on Saturday, June 28, 2014. There was a huge line of fans waiting to get in to the Glendale Civic Center on Saturday morning.

 

 

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It is family fun! Storm Trooper Aaron Valencia and Jaysen Valencia with a Kowakian monkey-lizard 'Tango' 
along for a ride from the the 501st Vader's Fist  Dune Sea Garrison Star Wars Costuming Group, ditch the helmets 
for awhile to go shopping on the convention floor.

 

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Special effects in movies, even simple ones, can make a huge and lasting impression on the audience. The Jeep was one of two vehicles from famous movies parked in front of the Glendale Civic Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014 as part of the First Annual iCON toy Convention.

 

 

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This recognizable ambulance from Ghostbusters (1984) brings back memories from the movie.

 

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Susan Pawlowski of Chandler  scores a 'Adventurer Joe' action  figure she had been looking   for   tucked away in a crate under a table... 
It pays  to search every square inch of  a show like this.

 

 

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Makayla Brown welcomes  attendees, Drawn to Comics  was one of the show sponsors.

 

 

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Frank Coroneos, a designer for Hasbro in the late '80s known for such GI Joe military vehicles as the Cobra Condor jet fighter and Mean Dog tank sketches   for  Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander and  Baroness ! 
Dan Klingensmith, (not seen) an author from Arizona working on a book about the history and design of GI Joe toys, was also to the side of the  table providing historical commentary.

 

 

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Frank Coroneos, a designer for Hasbro in the late '80s known for such GI Joe military vehicles as the Cobra Condor jet fighter and Mean Dog tank sketches   for  Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander and  Baroness ! 
Dan Klingensmith, (not seen) an author from Arizona working on a book about the history and design of GI Joe toys, was also to the side of the  table providing historical commentary.

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

City officials rededicate Sine Building as
Glendale Fire Department Admin HQ

By Bette and Ed Sharpe- Glendale Daily Planet
(Video By Ed Sharpe at the end of the article)

The Glendale Fire Department has moved three times. Once the department co-shared a building with the police department and then was moved to a Class A office building (Bank of America on Glenn) and now, finally a permanent home. The Sine Building located at, 6829 North 58th Drive, will be the first official headquarters for the Glendale Fire Department.

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(L to R) Glendale City Manager Brenda Fischer, Councilmember Gary Sherwood, Firefighter Matt Nichols, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Councilmembers Sammy Chavira and Manny Martinez, Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack, and Glendale Fire Chief, Mark Burdick.  Everyone looks on  as Mayor Weiers cuts the "ribbon" with an extrication tool for the grand opening of the Glendale Fire Department Administration’s new home. A no-good-for anything old fire hose was used instead of a ribbon for the official ribbon cutting. Mayor Weiers took precautions in wearing protective foot ware, gloves and googles. The interior of the building is ready for the fire administrative staff. However, the exterior of the 100 year old building could use some paint.

 

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Glendale City Mayor Jerry Weiers addresses the attendees during the dedication.

 

 

"Fire Department is all about tradition. This building is tradition. So again, when you put us together, it just makes a great pair," Glendale Fire Chief Burdick said when asked about the building’s architecture.

Tradition runs deep with the Glendale Fire Department. The Sine brothers, Floyd Holmes, Tuck and Van moved to the Glendale area in 1897. When Floyd Holmes bought this site in 1910, it had a community well and a water tower. He expanded the water system by adding a storage tank and supply lines and sold the water back to the city in 1915. He also built this mission-style building in 1912. His two younger brothers, Tuck and Van, opened a hardware store, Sine Hardware, which stayed in the location until 1991. The city of Glendale restored the building in 1998 and now the fire department is grateful to call it home. Holmes Sine’s great grandson Max Sine is a Glendale Firefighter and Holmes’ great-great grandson Sean is a Glendale Fire Cadet and is in the hiring process.

 

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Glendale City Fire Cadet Sean Sine who is Holmes Sine’s great-great grandson. Sean is no  stranger to firefighting as his father, Glendale Firefighter Max Sine,  is of course Holmes Sine's great grandson! Although  Sean is a Glendale Fire Cadet, which is a volunteer position,  he is in the hiring process for Full time..

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Glendale Firefighter and PIO Michael Young presided over the  dedication ceremony and kept things on track!

 

 

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The Sine Building was rededicated on June 17, 2014. It is the first official Glendale fire department headquarters, fire administration. Moving into the Sine Building was the third time the department has moved and hopefully will be the last. The 100 year old building seems to be a good match for the 100 year old Glendale Fire Department.

 

"…this building has a lot of history."

Glendale Mayor Weiers

 

 

 

 

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(L to R) Glendale City Firefighter Matt Nichols, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and Councilmember Sammy Chavira.  Helpers 'watch' Mayor Weiers cuts the "ribbon" with an extrication tool for the grand opening of the Glendale Fire Department Administration’s new home. A no-good-for anything old fire hose was used instead of a ribbon for the official ribbon cutting. Mayor Weiers took precautions in wearing protective foot ware, gloves and googles. The interior of the building is ready for the fire administrative staff. 

 

 

 

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Eden Barriga  gets a 'kitty face'  from face painter Michelle Montella at the ceremony of the opening of the Sine Building as the New Fire Admin HQ.

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GLENDALE’S FROM THE HEART PROGRAM TO DISTRIBUTE
$151,500 TO SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES
By Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

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Group Photo From the Heart Recipients, administrators and mayor and council members

Sixteen non-profit agencies that provide essential services to Glendale’s most vulnerable children, families and elderly residents received $151,500 in grants on June 10, 2014 from Glendale’s From the Heart program. This is an increase from the $144,490 awarded the previous year

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack presented the grant-award checks to the various agency representatives at the Glendale Adult Center in a brief ceremony.

“The great thing about From The Heart is that all the money goes towards helping Glendale residents who truly have needs,” said Mayor Jerry Weiers,


This much needed money will be used in a variety of ways including feeding the hungry, providing emergency programs for victims of domestic violence and abuse and providing clothing and needed supplies for school-age children in need.
Where does this money come from? The funds distributed were raised through Glendale’s From the Heart program, which enable residents and businesses to add $2 to their city utility bills each month.

In addition, From the Heart also receives funding through partner donations, including Chicago White Sox Charities and Phoenix Coyotes Charities. In addition, the Gila River Indian Community donates $75,000 annually for a three period, totaling $225,000.

Paula Moloff Program director stated " The 'From the Heart Committee' and all of the city volunteers and agencies are very grateful to the residents of Glendale for their generosity and concern for one another, particularly in these hard economic times.

Mary Ann Lavine started From the Heart back in 1997 when she 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.

Since From the Heart began in 1997, more than $2.25 million has been collected and distributed to non-profit agencies servicing Glendale residents.

 

Agencies receiving grant funds this year include....

2014 From the Heat recipients - By the numbers.

The 2014 total award of $151,500 exceed the 2013 disbursement of $144,490



A New Leaf $ 7,500

Alzheimer’s Association $ 7,500

American Red Cross $ 5,000

Back to School Clothing Drive $10,000

Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix $ 7,500

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging $ 7,500

First United Methodist Church $ 7,500

Hospice of the Valley $14,000

Jewish Family and Children’s Services $ 7,500

Maggie’s Place, Inc. $ 5,000

New Life Center $ 7,500

Phoenix Gospel Mission (Rescue Mission) $15,000

St. Mary’s Food Bank $15,000

St. Vincent De Paul $15,000

Teen LifeLine $ 5,000

YWCA Maricopa County $15,000

TOTAL AWARDED $151,500

 

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Council passes 2014-15 budget

By Darrell Jackson Glendale Star

 

http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_000a3ec4-f243-11e3-b458-001a4bcf887a.html

 

A few  things  from the   REPUBLIC - 

Glendale Police Department clears warrants in community

A representative from the Arizona Department of Transportation was also available to help individuals resolve driver's-license issues and assist with ...
Summer band plays downtown
The Glendale Summer Band is the longest-running community band in Arizona. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food, snacks and ...

 

 

“Honoring Our Fallen Heroes” 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride
By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

This Saturday, May 24tt, 2014 was the day for the largest “escorted ride” in Arizona and honored was held honored men and women who gave everything. As one flag said, “All gave something, some gave all.” The 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride (motorcycles) began at Sanderson Ford in Glendale at 10:00 a.m. with a program and presentations of checks to two charities, Soldiers’ Best Friend and Veterans First.
Last year, $5,500 was raised.

The National Anthem was performed by Timothy Arney, Purple Heart recipient and combat veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division. Members of the audience joined Arney in singing the National Anthem when he could not hold back the tears. 

The opening ceremony included the Missing Man formation by the Warbirds Rat Squadron. After the ceremony the 300-400 riders headed west. The route for the ride included a stop at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, and would end at Westgate Entertainment District with a party about 3:00 p.m. 

Event sponsors included, Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln, Westgate Entertainment District, Walmart, Law Tigers Pawn 1st, Indian & Victory of Scottsdale, Atlantic Aviation, Cyclerides.com, Biker Information Guide, Four Peaks Brewery and Sensational Events. 

About the Charities
Soldier’s Best Friend
Mission: To provide United States military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog. Many of these dogs were rescued from local shelters. The veteran is paired with a dog and the two of them will train together until graduation.

http://soldiersbestfriend.org. 

Veterans First
Goal: To help our war heroes improve in their symptoms of PTSD, adjust back into civilian life, lead a more productive life and help them build self-esteem. We also want to help the pet overpopulation problem by helping place shelter or rescue dogs into good homes.

Veterans First
Veterans First is dedicated to veteran issues, such as homelessness, with special emphasis on women veterans, past, present and future. Veteran's First Ltd. is a 501(c3). 

Veterans First collaborates with Community Housing Partnership, federal and state agencies, veteran and community organizations, non-profits, corporations and individuals on developing affordable living for women veterans through financial, in-kind donations and our volunteer network.

Mary Ellen’s Place (for women) provides a comfortable, supportive and safe home for our veterans with no limit on age or tenancy and assists in preventing homelessness through affordable rent. In addition, they are also working on Sallie’s Place for veteran mothers and their children.

http://veteransfirstltd.org/


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Between 300 and 400 bikers gathered at Sanderson Ford in Glendale on Saturday, May 24th for the 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride. 


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Hundreds of bikers gather to do participate in the 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride on Saturday, May 24th, 2014; and then the parking lot was quiet and empty.










Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6793.


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6795.


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6812.
“All gave some, some gave all” the words on the flag. The 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride began at Sanderson Ford in Glendale. In addition to raising funds for Soldier’s Best Friend and Veterans First, the ride, and pizza the day and the even was a day to remember those who served and not to forget them.
The phrase is a familiar one to many who remember the song with the same title by Billy Ray Cyrus. It has also been traced back to Howard Osterkamp, a Korean War veteran. 

How will and what type of public transit will connect 
Glendale to the light rail at 19th Avenue?


By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Metro began a study in 2013 of the West Phoenix/Central Glendale are to identify where the areas of high public transportation use in the The West Phoenix/Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study area and if these routes would support (through ridership) a connection to/from downtown Glendale to the light rail system at 19th Avenue. Valley Metro staff members gave an update of that study on Thursday evening, May 22, 2014 in the city of Glendale council chambers.

The West Phoenix/Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study is at Level 2 and has ruled out the streetcar to provide high-capacity transit service. The streetcar would be slower than the other forms of transit in the study, light rail and rapid bus service. The transit service area was identified as the area within the rectangle created by 19th Avenue, 67th Avenue, Northern Avenue, and Camelback Road establishing the southern boundary.

Several in the audience were more than a little concerned about when and where and it the purposed light rail would pass through downtown Glendale. Downtown Glendale will need special attention in part due to the smaller amount of right-of-way area and number of historic buildings along Glendale Avenue. Historic Catlin Court is just north of the downtown area would not be considered for the light rail because of its historic buildings. The railroad tracks to the west of Grand Avenue are a major obstacle for the light rail continuing westward. It was obvious to some in the audience, that the big sports and entertainment venues in the West Valley, Westgate and University of Phoenix Stadium for example, seem to be a natural for mass transportation, but not likely in this three leveled project.

Valley Metro will host another public meeting in the fall and provide updates to the project’s Level 3: How do the different types of transit and route combinations compare?) phase of the project.

Valley Metro will present its selected rout and type of transit for the West Phoenix/Central Glendale corridor to the Glendale City Council in the Spring of 2015. The project has a completion date of 2026.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6750.

The Valley Metro transit corridor study for Phoenix/Central Glendale is at Level 2: Type and Route. What types of transit are best for the study area?

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6753.

Proposed Route Alternatives maps shows the Transit Study Area and the Downtown Glendale Analysis Area. The type of transit, light rail or rapid bus service, has not been determined. More studies are underway. Several Downtown Glendale merchants were upset at Thursday’s meeting at the possibility of the light rail system following Glendale Avenue into the Downtown area.

 

Make  your voice heard! Pick a route - speak your mind!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WPCG_May2014

 

Also visit this site- 


http://www.valleymetro.org/projects_and_planning/project_detail/west_phoenix_central_glendale/

 


 

GLENDALE’S AQUATICS CENTERS OPEN FOR SUMMER MAY 31

Glendale, Ariz. –– Beginning May 31, the place to cool off this summer will be at one of Glendale’s two aquatics centers as they open for the summer season. These mini-water parks have many of the great amenities of the big water parks without the cost or crowds.

The aquatics centers feature recreation swimming, swim and diving lessons, adult water aerobics classes and private swim lessons, along with special areas for party rentals.

The Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, located at 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., features two slides, a diving pool, lap swimming, play structures, shaded areas, a concession stand and a lazy river. The Rose Lane Aquatics Center, located at 5003 W. Marlette Ave., features a slide, diving pool, lap swimming, play structures, shaded areas and a concession stand.

Recreation swim is available May 31 through Aug. 2. The days and times are as follows:

    • Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center • 623-930-4600
      Monday-Thursday, 1–5 p.m., and Friday, 1–7 p.m.
      Saturday, 12–5 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Rose Lane Aquatics Center • 623-930-7905
Tuesday-Friday, 1 - 5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1 - 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

Admission to the aquatics centers is free for ages 2 and under, $2.50 for ages 3-17 ($3.50 for non-residents), $5 for ages 18-54 ($6 for non-residents) and $3 for ages 55 and older ($5 for non-residents). For Rose Lane only, a special Happy Hour with $1 off admission will be from 3:30- 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays.

For more information on Glendale’s swimming programs, visit www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation.

 

Arizona Nonprofit

"Dignity Kids" Launches Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster Contest on Twitter

 

One winner will receive signed collectible movie poster

Arizona Nonprofit

"Dignity Kids" Launches Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster Contest on Twitter

 

One winner will receive signed collectible movie poster

CHANDLER, AZ, May 20, 2014 - Arizona-based nonprofit Dignity Kids, Inc., recently joined Twitter and is inviting followers to enter a contest for a chance to win an exciting prize: a collectible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie poster signed by actor and martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Reyes, who serves as Vice President of Dignity Kids, has a personal connection to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He had roles in the first two TMNT films: as the stunt double for Donatello (the purple turtle) in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and as Keno, the pizza delivery boy, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

 

The prize being offered is a promotional poster - known as an advance one-sheet - from TMNT II. Advance posters are issued by movie studios and distributed to theaters prior to a film's release. Rather than having a solid white backing, the poster was printed double-sided, with a mirror image on the back, so it could be illuminated by a light box in a theater lobby.

 

To enter the contest, Twitter users must follow Dignity Kids (@DignityKids) on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DignityKids. Then, visit http://tweetsw.in/2934 for additional instructions and a message to retweet. The contest ends on June 6, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from among all qualifying entries.

 

The Twitter contest is the first in a series of TMNT-related promotions that Dignity Kids, along with corporate partner Lee's ATA Martial Arts, will be conducting prior to the premiere of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on August 8, 2014. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

 

For more information about Dignity Kids, visit www.DignityKids.org.

 

 
CHANDLER, AZ, May 20, 2014 - Arizona-based nonprofit Dignity Kids, Inc., recently joined Twitter and is inviting followers to enter a contest for a chance to win an exciting prize: a collectible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie poster signed by actor and martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Reyes, who serves as Vice President of Dignity Kids, has a personal connection to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He had roles in the first two TMNT films: as the stunt double for Donatello (the purple turtle) in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and as Keno, the pizza delivery boy, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

 

The prize being offered is a promotional poster - known as an advance one-sheet - from TMNT II. Advance posters are issued by movie studios and distributed to theaters prior to a film's release. Rather than having a solid white backing, the poster was printed double-sided, with a mirror image on the back, so it could be illuminated by a light box in a theater lobby.

 

To enter the contest, Twitter users must follow Dignity Kids (@DignityKids) on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DignityKids. Then, visit http://tweetsw.in/2934 for additional instructions and a message to retweet. The contest ends on June 6, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from among all qualifying entries.

 

The Twitter contest is the first in a series of TMNT-related promotions that Dignity Kids, along with corporate partner Lee's ATA Martial Arts, will be conducting prior to the premiere of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on August 8, 2014. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

 

For more information about Dignity Kids, visit www.DignityKids.org.

 

 

JUNE YOUTH AND TEEN ACTIVITIES 

AT THE VELMA TEAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY 



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



TEEN ACTIVITIES 

Pumps & Paint! – Saturday, June 14
Rejected Thrifts, an online thrift shop, is offering teens, ages 12-18, and adults the chance to rehab their favorite pair of pumps, flats, boots, or flip-flops from 2 to 4 p.m. Everything you’ll need to revive your ‘soles’ including paint, glitter and fabric will be provided. Just bring your shoes, and your imagination. Register online using the library’s event calendar at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm or call 623-930-3431. 

Teen Library Council Meeting - Thursday, June 19
Are you looking for something fun to do that can actually make a difference? By becoming a Teen Library Council member, you can earn volunteer service hours, have a good time and meet new people, all while helping to make the library a better place for teens. The library is currently recruiting teens, ages 12-18, to provide input on the selection of books and music for the branch’s teen collection. Council members also participate in the planning and presentation of library teen events. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call Greg at 623-930-3437.

Wailing Banshie Ghostly Investigations - Saturday, June 21
Professional ghost hunters will teach teens, ages 12-18, and adults how to conduct a paranormal investigation. This free event begins at 2 p.m. and offers participants the opportunity to learn about some of Arizona's most haunted places and receive hands-on experience using the standard ghost-tracking tools of the trade. Register online using the library’s event calendar at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm or call 623-930-3437.




Henna Body Art! – Saturday, June 28 
Learn a form of body art that has been practiced for centuries. Teens, ages 12-18, are invited to participate in this free two-hour workshop presented by a professional henna artist beginning at 2 p.m. The workshop will include demonstrations of how to properly mix and apply henna. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive a henna tattoo that will last for up to two weeks. All materials will be provided. A signed permission slip is required and will be available one week prior to the event at the youth public service desk. Register online using the library’s event calendar at www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm or call 623-930-3437.




YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Story Time @ Velma Teague Branch Library – Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25
Preschoolers can visit the library at 10:30 a.m. for a 30-minute program that includes stories, songs, fingerplays and short movies. An adult must accompany those under three years old. Registration is not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.

Baby Time @ Velma Teague Branch Library – Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25
Parents/caregivers and infants, newborn to 18 months, can participate in Baby Time from 11 to 11:20 a.m. The programs include an introduction to books, fingerplays, action rhymes and puppets. Registration is not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.

Wildman Phil! – Wednesday, June 18
Wildman Phil is bringing wild Arizona to the library. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to learn about wildlife and meet a few critters, including spiders, scorpions, snakes and lizards at 2 p.m. This entertaining and informative live-animal show will highlight the unique characteristics of various creatures, their homes and their place and purpose in their community. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information. 

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

Purposeful Play Group – Thursday, June 19
This program provides socialization, creative play and stimulating brain development for the little ones. Ms. Gabby, a family educator for Benevilla Family Resource Center, leads this free monthly play group for tots ages 1-5 and their caregivers from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn tips on how to play with your child to maximize brain and skill development. Registration is required. Call 623-930-3437, stop by the youth reference desk or register online by visiting the library’s event calendar at http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm. 

Paws To Read – Monday, June 23
Reserve a 15-minute reading session between 4 and 5 p.m. with Hailey the Golden Retriever. Hailey is an official therapy dog certified through Therapy Dogs International. She loves books and stories of all kinds and loves to meet anyone ages 5 and older. Call 623-930-3437 or stop by the youth reference desk to sign up. 

Lego® Mania! – Wednesday, June 25
Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with Lego®s at the library! Build a Lego® masterpiece while learning about exciting STEM-related themes like symmetry, flight and the concept of scale. This free program will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Registration is required. Call 623-930-3437, stop by the youth desk, or register online by visiting the library’s event calendar at http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm. 

Game Time @ the Teague! – Thursday, June 26
Children 11 years old and under are invited to a fun evening of games and prizes at the library. Kids and their families may drop by the youth department between 6 and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy board and video game competition, Legos®, carnival-style games and more. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.

Get ready for some big time football in Glendale.

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6741.

Lorraine Pino, Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager, shows off some of the material in the city’s new branding campaign for Supper Bowl XLIX to be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on, February 1, 2015. At this writing on May 18, 2014, there are 258 days remaining until the big game. Merchants in the downtown area are encouraged to wear a pin with that reads in part, “Glendale’s Got Game. Super City. Super Game”.

Lorraine stated, "We are thrilled to debut the Super City Super Game branding as we prepare for the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl in Glendale. This is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our city, region and state to more than 100,000 visitors and an international television audience."


It has been reported that the last time the Super Bowl was played in Arizona in 2008; the economic impact was 500+ million for Arizona.


The shoulder pads are available if visitors would like to take a selfie. The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140 in downtown Glendale.


More information about the “Super Game” in Glendale can be found at http://www.visitglendale.com/superbowl/ and http://azsuperbowl.com/.

 


 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6716.

New banners went up around downtown Glendale to on May 15th, 2014. The countdown is underway for two big football games in Glendale. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and the following Sunday, the Super Bowl.

But wait, there is more! The Pro Bowl that follows the 2014 season and is also in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015. This is just one week before the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl game will be televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2015 Pro Bowl is the third one that is held in the same city as the Super Bowl!

 

 

 

Hermes 2014 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 2014 Platinum Hermes Creative Award For The Glendale Daily Planet's " Internet news presentation."

Individual Gold Hermes Creative Award also went to reporter Bette Sharpe for her article that appeared in the Glendale Star entitled "Police department honors K-9 Ronin"

"Our team is extremely honored by this 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 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 www.glendaledailyplanet.com and also in local community newspapers.




Ed Sharpe with Phillips LDK-20 TV Studio Camera Glendale Daily Planet KKAT-IPTV Founder.

Photo by SMECC staff

 

http://www.glendaledailyplanet.com/hermes/hermes2013.jpg

Photo by Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

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."

 

 

 

FIREFIGHTERS REMIND RESIDENTS ABOUT DANGERS
 OF BARBEQUE GRILLS AFTER RECENT FIRE

Glendale, Ariz. –– On Sunday, May 18, 2014, firefighters were dispatched around 4 p.m.to a townhome located at 4900 West Palo Verde Drive for an out of control barbeque grill fire that was extending to the patio of the residence.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they made a quick aggressive attack on the fire and were able to stop it from spreading into the home.

Fire investigators believe the cause was unattended charcoal briquettes.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007-2011, gas and charcoal grills caused on average of 8,800 home and outside fires, resulting in an annual average of 10 deaths, 140 injuries and a combined direct property loss of $96 million.

The Glendale Fire Department urges everyone to follow these safety tips when using a barbeque grill:

ž Position the grill away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches and away from play areas and foot traffic.

ž Keep children and pets away from the grill area with a three-foot "safe zone."

ž Use long-handled grilling tools for plenty of clearance from heat and flames when flipping burgers.

ž Remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so a hot grill cannot ignite it.

ž For charcoal grills, purchase the proper starter fluid and store out of reach of children and away from heat sources.

ž For propane grills, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will quickly reveal escaping propane by releasing bubbles. Have leaking fuel lines repaired before using.

ž Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.

ž Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.

ž Placing combustibles too close to heat, and leaving cooking unattended, are the two leading causes for charcoal grill home fires.

ž Half of all gas grills and charcoal grill home fires begin on an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch. Wall coverings, exterior trim, and plants are the leading items first ignited in home outdoor charcoal grill fires

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Provide input for possible light rail project in Glendale May 22. Valley Metro and Glendale officials will host a public meeting for project input on Thursday, May 22. Valley Metro staff will provide an update on the study to connect downtown Glendale to the existing light rail system. Information on proposed routes, types of transit and next steps will be provided. A presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. May 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Glendale City Council Chambers, 5850 W. Glendale Ave. Info: valleymetro.org/glendale

Discover Your Family Story at Genealogy Workshop May 21. Curious about your family’s heritage? Head to this free workshop on May 21 for beginners in basic genealogy to learn how to explore your family tree and research your ancestors at this presentation. Genealogy advisor Clay Johnson will introduce you to tools and resources you can use to get started without feeling overwhelmed. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave. Info: 623-930-3844.

Do your kids love animals? Humane Kids event on May 22. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join a member of the Arizona Humane Society's Reading Rovers from 6 to 7 p.m. for a story and activity that focus on the importance of considering adoption when bringing home a new pet. Registration is required. Info: 623-930-3437 or www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

    MASTER  PL ANNED  COMMUNIT Y 
 A S P E R A   AT    JOY

      ASPERA - A latin phrase! 

    In plain English this means 

'To the stars, through difficulties'.

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

Pictured: Kurt Warner, Zachery Warner, Brenda Warner , Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, AZ Governor Jan Brewer, 
Don Cardon CEO of Cardon Development Group(behind), Emma Cardon and Banner Medical Group CEO Jim Brannon

 

 

Glendale’s 7th annual Mother’s Day Celebration

 

By Bette and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

The weather was great the shopping was fun and the special cause was superb for Historic Downtown Glendale’s 7th annual Mother’s Day Celebration!

This Special Saturday in the heart of the historic district featured special deals, gift ideas and activities such as making a mothers day card at Papa Ed's Ice Cream, decorating cookies at Shelly's Bakery, a sunflower project at Open Door and countless of other activities.

2 Share Foundation is had their Grand Opening of the new store located at 7142 N. 58th Dr. that is just around the corner from their old location and offers visitors a great selection of handmade gifts and a nice shady porch for sitting. 2 Share offered up plates full of cookies and  drinks!  2 Share Foundation is continuing to raise money for the Glendale Police K9 Unit dog vests.

 

The special superb cause - The Glendale Visitor Center is collected basic emergency care items for newborns through May 10 to be donated to Arizona Safe Baby Haven.

“We are collecting newborn diapers, new receiving blankets and new infant onesies to assemble Safe Haven kits for local fire stations and hospitals,’’ said Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Through the Mother’s Day event, we will be collecting monetary donations to assist Arizona Safe Baby Haven with its program needs including signage for Safe Haven provider locations."

Under Arizona’s Safe Haven Law, a person will not face criminal charges for leaving an unharmed newborn baby with a Safe Haven provider, including hospitals, fire stations, on-duty firefighters or emergency medical technicians. For more information about Arizona’s Safe Baby Haven Law, go to www.arizonasafebabyhaven.org.

Safe Haven locations

Any hospital

Any ambulance

Any adoption agency

On duty fire stations

Churches

There is NEVER a reason for a baby to suffer death or harm from abandonment any longer.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6704.

Ellie Burner, Heather Burner and Monica Simmons at the Safe Haven table in front of the Glendale Visitors and Convention Bureau on Saturday May 10, 2014. Saturday was Glendale’s 7th annual Mother’s Day Celebration.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6712

 

A lucky mom will soon receive this bouquet of flowers that Christine Nobles the owner of Glendale Flower Shop in Historic Catlin Court shows us. Saturday, May 10th, the day before Mother’s Day, was a busy one at the flower shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Police Arrest Two Suspects 
from Early Morning
Home Invasion

 

GLENDALE, Ariz.– Just before 7am this morning, Glendale Police Officers responded to a burglary alarm call at a residence in the 7000 block of W. Phelps Road. Upon arrival, Glendale Police made contact with a male victim who told police several suspects had entered his home, restrained and assaulted him while attempting to take property. The home was occupied by the victim’s wife, his young infant child, another female adult relative and her infant child. The female relative and two children were still inside the home when the victim contacted police outside the home. As the male victim was providing information to police, he saw and pointed out one of the suspects getting into a 4-door red sedan. The suspect fled the scene in the red sedan and was not located. The Glendale Police Department immediately utilized all tools available to us, safely removed the victims from the home, and established a perimeter to search for the outstanding suspects. Two suspects were taken into custody and positively identified a short time later in a wash north of the residence near the 5900 block of Union Hills Drive.

Violent Crimes Detectives working the case have established probable cause for the arrests of the two suspects located in the wash. 24 year old Phoenix resident, Antonio Yanez and 44 year old Phoenix resident, Arthur Meeds are being charged with Armed Robbery and will be booked into the 4thAvenue Jail.

 

The outstanding suspect who fled in the 4-door red sedan has not been located or positively identified. He is described as mixed race male, possibly black or Hispanic, approximately 5’7" to 5’8" tall, with a heavy set build, afro hair style and light beard. Detectives believe there may be a second outstanding suspect that fled the area on foot. He is described as a black male, approximately 5’8" to 6’0" tall, with a slim, muscular build.

Glendale Police Detectives are still actively working this case, conducting interviews, processing the scene and following up on all leads. Detectives are seeking the community's help identifying the outstanding suspect(s). The Glendale Police Department encourages anyone that has information on this case and/or the identity of these two individuals to please call Glendale Police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-Witness.

 

How can you protect yourself from identity theft and investment fraud?

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily  Planet

"Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen." And because of this, AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to help fight against fraud and identity theft. Free access is available to the information to anyone interested in learning what to watch out for. Participants will receive free alerts about scams and local events when they join the Fraud Watch Network.

Thursday, May 8th at the Glendale Civic Center, the AARP Arizona State office hosted a free seminar on fraud and how to avoid it. Also present were several local agencies that provided information on how to protect yourself against fraud and identity theft.

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. EDS_3080.

Pictured: David Parra, associate State Director for Community Outreach/AARP Arizona, Susan Arthur, Associate Director/FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and Terri Alexon, Investor Education Coordinator/Arizona Corporation Commission’s Securities Division.

Asking basic questions is one of the best ways to invest wisely. There are no dumb questions. Remember you are investing YOUR money and it is your money at stake. A financial professional will welcome these questions. The second part of this first step is to check out the answers. To help verify these answers visit www.SaveAndinvest.org or call 888.295.7422 (FINRA Investor Education Foundation).

Investors, new and experienced, can contact the Arizona Corporation Commission for more information.

Arizona Corporation Commission

1300 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor

Phoenix, Arizona  85007

602-542-0662 or toll free 866-VERIFY-9

www.azinvestor.gov

ALSO

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

FINRA Investor Complaint Center

1735 K Street NW

Washington, DC 2006

FAX: 866-397-3290

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STEM @ THE LIBRARY: STARGAZING & CALCULATING
 ASTRONOMICAL DISTANCES

By Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Presenter: Tony La Conte put on a 'cosmic' show at the Velma Teague Branch Library

Program attendees enjoyed a night under the stars! In the first part of this program, professional stargazer Tony La Conte explained how astronomers calculate the distances to moons, planets, star clusters, and galaxies. Folks then moved outside to Murphy Park to use powerful telescopes to help identify the globular star cluster M3, the Cigar Galaxy, the Ghost of Jupiter Nebula and the beautiful double star Cor Caroli. Cameras and cell phones were used with the telescopes on display to capture images for the participants. Taking photos of the moon proved to be extremely popular.

Participants were given sky maps for the months of May and June to prepare them for their own explorations over the next two months..

Suitable for ages 5 and up, this program is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

If you missed this outing fear not... Tony will be appearing at the Main Glendale Branch on Brown Ave 

BACKYARD STARGAZING FOR EVERYONE
Event Type: Arts and Culture
Date: Monday, June 02, 2014, July7,2014 and August 4, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Library: Glendale Main Library
Description:
Free and fun for the entire family! After dark, weather permitting, telescopes will be in place in front of the library for viewing the night sky. For more information, call(623) 979-1393.
Age(s): Adults, Families, Teens


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Jesus Betello of Peoria journeyed over to Velma Teague Branch Library at Murphy Pak in Downtown Glendale to partake in the Stargazing Event.  Presenter Tony La Conte looks on.


Presenter Tony La Conte will hold  your camera or cell phone up  and get a photo for you!

 

 


If you want to book a star party like this for your school here is further info...

Out Of This World Space Science Programs That Come To Your School 
All programs customized to your needs, presented by Professional Stargazers and aligned to 
National and Arizona State Science Standards 
Family Night Telescope Programs
Stargazing For Everyone, LLC 
Tony and Carole La Conte 
( 623) 979 – 1393 
www.StargazingForEveryone.com 
www.NightSkyShow.com 
A Portable Planetarium that comes to you ! 
Hands-on Educational
Classroom Activities 
Day or night, take a guided tour of the night sky and explore the universe in our planetarium or through our telescopes. Learn star names, see the constellations, and listen to multicultural folklore and historical stories of the night sky. View the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through our telescopes. Daytime programs feature assemblies, activities and viewing the sun through special solar telescopes.
Stargazing For Everyone, LLC

 

 

Take 25 (minutes)

To talk to your children and empower them to make better decisions.

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

 

Take 25 minutes to your kids who are between 5 and 17 about personal safety on and offline. Take 25 is an national child safety campaign encouraging parents and guardians to take time on May 25th, National Missing Children’s Day, to talk to their children about ways to stay safer.

The Glendale Police Department offered free information and fingerprinting at the Glendale Public Library’s Foothills Branch on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Several of the young moms were pleasantly surprised and eagerly participated in the ounce a year event.

The Glendale Police Department and Glendale Foothills Public Library, in partnership with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), observed National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign.

May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children (ages 5 – 17) about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign begins on May 1stand continues through May 25thevery year in communities throughout the country.

"Every day we hear stories about children who escaped a would-be-abductor because someone talked to them about what they should do in that type of situation", said NCMEC CEO John Ryan. "Education and open communication are key to keeping children safer. Take 25 minutes and talk to your child."

"The Glendale Police Department is dedicated to ensuring parents have the tools and information to have these types of conversations with their children, of any age. We want parents to be equipped to answer questions as well as address child safety across the board, from being addressed by a stranger while walking home from school to surfing the internet and using social media," said Detective Sergeant Patrick Beumler of the Missing Persons and Family Violence Unit.

The Glendale Police Department had presentations available in both English and Spanish and kids got stickers, balloons with their fingerprints, and a chance to meet McGruff the Crime Dog. Parents got age appropriate talking points, a Child ID Kit with their child’s full set of fingerprints and some Recovered Child Stickers to place on their little ones when attending large events like a theme park over the summer to help return them quickly if they wander off while at these large events.

An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives.

 

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Det. Sanchez of Glendale Police Department greeted Attendees at the first stop to pick up information, balloons, stickers and a child I.D. kit for the parents to fill in.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6617.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Beumler of the Missing Persons and Family Violence Unit is holding one of the many information sheets that were available Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at the Take 25 event at the Foothills Branch Library. The sheet of information has suggestions from parents about talking to their children about being safe on and offline. The information is available in either English or Spanish. National Missing Children’s Day is May 25th. The campaign started on May 1st. More information on child safety can be found at http://www.take25.org/.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6621.

Payton Vandahm was among the first to get his fingerprints recorded on his Child ID Kit. Officer E. Harris from the Glendale Police Department is doing the fingerprinting. Fingerprints are critical to a complete child identification redord and should be taken by a trained professional.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6691.

McGruff the Crime Dog knows when recovering a missing child, the most important tools for law enforcement are an up-to-date, quality photograph and descriptive information. This information should be updated every 6 months and kept in a safe and accessible location.


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Officer E. Harris for the Glendale Police Department is recording Parker Valentine’s fingerprints. His mom, Stephanie Valentine (foreground) will keep the Child ID Kit in a safe place. The kit provides space for a high-resolution, head-and shoulders photo and room to record his personal information, physical characteristics, any distinguishing characteristics and medical information.

 

 

 

 

 

2 SHARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF THE GIFT SHOP, SATURDAY MAY 10 FROM 10 TO 4

Summary of the event::

Glendale, AZ May 10, 2014: 2 Share Foundation is having their Grand Opening of the new store located at 7142 N. 58th Dr. The Grand Opening will be in conjunction with the Historic Downtown Glendale Mother’s Day Celebration.

2 Share Foundation is continuing to raise money for the Glendale Police K9 Unit dog vests. There are several items that when purchased goes towards the vesting project and the proceeds from the gift shop over and above expenses also goes towards the vests.

We are just beginning our quest on the project of raising $15,000 for the 6 vests that are needed at a cost of $2500 each to protect the 6 K9 dogs. Please follow us on Facebook for more events that will be happening in the future.

Please join us in our celebration of the new venue with refreshments, a gift and our ongoing project.

 

 

    

- Glendale Police Department is Proud to Announce Our Involvement in

         

          

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Detective Bobby Edwards carries the torch and other members of Glendale police department escort him.

 

Glendale Police Department officers May 1 ran in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The officers made their way through downtown Glendale carrying the torch.

For information about making a donation to Special Olympics, or information about the torch run, call Assistant Police Chief Greg Domingues at 623-930-3074, or e-mail GDominguez@GlendaleAZ.com

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide. Police officers carry the torch representing the Flame of Hope and dedicate themselves to helping Special Olympics Arizona throughout the state.

History of Law Enforcement Torch Run: 

The Torch Run program began in 1981, when Wichita, Kan. Chief of Police Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. The idea was simple: Provide local law enforcement with opportunities to volunteer with Special Olympics in communities where the officers lived and worked.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of intra-state/intra-nation runs that take place in the spring and summer in the United States and around the world. Throughout the course of the Torch Run, participants collect contributions from individuals and businesses, asking to help raise support for incredible Special Olympics athletes. The Torch Run is much more than just a run; it is a year-round campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Arizona.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run puts on statewide events such as tip-a-cop, cop on top of doughnut shops, golf tournaments, polar plunges, and inmate fundraising—just to name a few. 

One hundred percent of all money raised for the Law Enforcement Torch Run goes directly to support Special Olympics athletes in Arizona and their supporting programs.

Ninety percent of all money that is given to Special Olympics Arizona goes directly to support Special Olympics programs and athletes.

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Detective Bobby Edwards carries the torch and other members of Glendale police department escort him.

 

 

 

 
The Hometown Christmas Parade Committee presented Hope for Hunger Food Bank with a total donation of $10,000. The donation is a combination of support through the event from APS (Arizona Public Service), Arrowhead Cadillac and the Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade Committee. On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 Hometown Christmas Parade Chair, Pastor Walt Kallestad, Ruben Rodriguez, General Manager, Hope for Hunger, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers (2013 Hometown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal), and 2014 Hometown Christmas Parade Chair, Pastor Lisa Fink participated in Tuesday’s check presentation.

The Hometown Christmas Parade Committee first estimated they would raise $1,500 for the local food bank. The final donation amount of $10,000 was beyond their expectations. The Hope for Hunger Food Bank is in need of a new freezer if the one they have cannot be repaired.


This year's Hometown Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11:00 a. m. More information can be found at http://www.hometownchristmasparade.org/

 




Hometown Christmas Parade Chair, Pastor Walt Kallestad, Ruben Rodriguez, General Manager Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers (2013 Hometown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal), Hometown Christmas Parade Chair, Pastor Lisa Fink.





Ruben Rodriguez, General Manager Hope for Hunger Food Bank and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers (2013 Hometown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal).

 

Over there, are they Glendalians? No they are some of the Arizona Avengers!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

Free comic book day Saturday, May 3, 2014 seemed to be bigger this year than in past years. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. This year Drawn to Comics in downtown Glendale was also collecting gently used books for the Glendale Public Libraries.


 

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Darren White (the ‘other’ Spider-man in black), Amber Hunter, Mike Syfritt (Dr. Octopus), Jessica Schmidt (in red as Elektra), Sara Gonzales (Psylocke), and Brandon Taylor (the Beast).


 

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Captain America was seen at the Free Comic Book Day event held in downtown Glendale, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Several larger than life super hero images were on display in the window of Drawn to Comics store on the southwest corner of Glendale and 58th Avenues.

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Jackson Rodebaugh demonstrated how Superman flies. His mom and dad are standing to each side to give him some room. The family is on their way to the Free Comic Book Day event in downtown Glendale. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May.

 
 
 

Paws for the Cause - First Annual Sun Valley Animal Shelter Pet Expo

By Ed  and Bette Sharpe   - Glendale Daily Planet

 

Fantastic weather  and keen interest of  approximately 2500 guests added up for a landmark day of for the 1st annual Sun Valley Animal Shelter Pet Expo  held in West Glendale  Sunday, April 27th.

Heavy vendor participation made this a diverse offering of  products and services for the pet and pet owner. It was not  just  sales though,  there was  many educational offerings  such as  the animals and information Jody Kieran and crew presented at the 'Fallen Feathers' booth, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium and others.

"There were 5 food truck vendors with close to 65 vendors who were pet rescues, pet related business and a few community charities we like to work with" stated Kurt Oleson, the Events & Volunteer Coordinator for Sun Valley Animal Shelter. He continued, "We plan on this becoming an annual event and look forward to the 2nd Annual Sun Valley Animal Shelter to be held in March 2015, the 20th Anniversary of the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in Glendale, AZ!"

The Sun Valley Hope Animal Hospital completed 101 vaccinations for non-vaccinated animals and got them up to date. There are now 25 dogs who now have a microchip embedded in case they get lost and eventually scanned to find their way home. 

Guests swooped  down on the raffle items tickets!  They were only   a $1 a piece or 12 for $10  but that raised nearly $900.00 alone for SVAS. 

The event  ran smoothly  with  a staff of 12 and close to 70 volunteers throughout the day who did numerous duties and greeted the public to make them feel welcome and appreciated. 

Kurt Oleson, the Events & Volunteer Coordinator stated - " Thank you to my Events & Fundraising committee with dedicated individuals who assisted to make this a memorable & rewarding day...Kim Stewart, Beth Salzeberg, Amanda Decell, LeighAnn Hendrickson, Kirk Optebeke, Jine Eng, Shirley Parks Deb Ryder and Marsha Rutt ." 

By the Numbers -

Funds raised  - $ 1700.00 approx. 
Adoptions from
Sun Valley Animal Shelter - 4 
Vaccinations: 100 dogs and 1 cat  
Microchips: 25 

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6412.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Maddy (sitting), Audre Tucker and Kurt Oleson is holding the prize basket that Audre just won. There were several raffles on Sunday, April 27, 2014 as part of the Pet Expo at the Sun Valley Animal Shlter.

 

 

 

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Missy is one of the Puppy Mill Rescue dogs. She is a Yorkie and Brussels Griffon mix. More information about the organization can be found at www.breederadoptions.org.

Other rescue organizations participated also. Including Arizona Golden Rescue, Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue, Breeder Rescue and Fallen Feathers. The last organization is for the birds.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6452a.

A raven and Jody Kieran at the Fallen Feathers tent at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter’s Outdoor Pet Expo. The raven does not have a pet name, because she is not a pet and cannot have one. The raven should be out in the wild doing what ravens do, but someone made a poor decision regarding Raven and that is why she spends her days as a teacher educating people about birds. Ravens are also federally protected birds. It is illegal to own or even hold a raven unless you have a very difficult-to-obtain permit.

 

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WHAT... WHO ME?  This burrowing owl is thankful to the Fallen Feathers organization. The small owl is cute, but belongs in the wild. If you find an injured bird and have questions as to what to do, give Fallen Feathers a call before you act. Telephone 623-533-2348. Or visit http://www.fallenfeathers.org/. They are a non-profit organization for bird rehabilitation, rescue and education.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6445.

Two dogs, Elvis and Twix were adopted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 during the Pet Expo at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in west Glendale. However, Confetti has a new home with Greg Arabia. Toni Bowers with Sun Valley Animal assists, keeping all four hands on Confetti, a young tabby, to insure there are no escapes during the photo session. When asked why he was adopting a pet on Sunday, Greg replied, "Companionship. It was time." To help Greg with his new friend, he is taking home some treats for Tango (Confetti) and some guidelines for reading and to use as a reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Glendale

By Bette  - Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 013

Glendale Conventions and Visitors Bureau’s team Glendale’s Angels,  representing special events held in Glendale by their costume 
are: Beck Shady - Glendale Visitor center, Bud Zomok - Christmas in July, Jayne Gauthier - Paris in the Spring, and 
Lorraine Pino - Mothers Day in Historic Glendale. Team members not pictured are Coit Burner, Valerie Burner, 
Jennifer Florez, Ruben Florez, Christine Gauthier, Lulu Rodriquez and Linda Moran-Whittley.

 

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Linda Morgan-Whittley, representing the Dog Day Of Summer Event and Valerie Burner representing Teddy Bear Day,  walk for a cure at the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Glendale. The relay was held at Ironwood High School. Both walkers are member of the CBV team Glendale’s Angels. At this writing, late on Sunday afternoon, the American Cancer Relay for Life website has the team raising $3,864.96!

 

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Susan Faier, doing the survivors walk, is one of many who participated in Saturday night’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Ironwood High School.

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Rich Smith let his inter beauty show when he did this brave thing to raise money for a good cause during the Miss Relay contest Saturday night, April 26, at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Ironwood High School. Rich was part of Team Medsurg from Banner Thunderbird.

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and these folks let their inner beauty show through for a good cause. The sillier the dress or gown was on Saturday night, made raising funds to fight cancer all that much easier.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 069.

Suvivor Favorite title went to Miss Claus, (in real life Greg Dominguez of the Glendale Police Department)

 

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Star Salas, Sarai Najera, Greg Dominguez, Irma Rivera Anahi Najera, and Patra Jauregui. The young women are members of the Glendale Police Explorer Post 2469.

 

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A memorial wall for Ann Brauchi stands near the scoreboard at the north end of the track.

 

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From Team 007, Ashakra (meaning an array of Hope) won the Miss Relay Title.

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From Team 007, Ashakra (meaning an array of Hope) won the Miss Relay Title.

 
 

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI HOSTS FREE SAFETY FAIR

GLENDALE, AZ – The Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) will host their sixth annual Spring Safety Fair on 
Saturday, April 26
th
from 10 AM to 2 PM at Cabela’s, 9380 W. Glendale Ave.

This free family event featuring the ever popular Bike Rodeo and helmet give away, is put on in partnership with the Glendale Police
 Department, Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Transportation, and Valley Metro.

Police and fire vehicles including an interactive fire safety trailer, specialized bomb squad equipment, K-9 Unit, the DUI van, and other 
equipment will be on display. Free entertainment will be provided by various children’s martial arts and cheerleading groups.

Community agencies including the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Glendale Citizen Corps, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Volunteers 
In Police Service (VIPS), and other resources will share information on personal safety, children’s health, and emergency situations. 
The Humane Society of Arizona will provide tips for pet safety as well as have animals available for adoption.

CPAAG is a 501c3 organization comprised of residents who have completed the Glendale Police Department’s eleven week Citizen’s Academy.
 These dedicated citizens support the Glendale Police Department through volunteerism and fundraising efforts for special projects. The Citizen’s 
Academy is held twice per year and is open to the public. For more information on the Citizen’s Academy contact Marie Shepherd at mshepherd@glendaleaz.com
.

For more information on this event or CPAAG contact, Safety Fair Committee Chair, 
Julia Kolodziej at (623) 853-7246 or Joel Davis, President, at (623) 640-3114 or (623) 925-7485.

 

 

 

 

Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni of Glendale
First Annual Car Show & Fundraiser

To Benefit the Glendale Police Department K‐9 Unit Agility Course
Saturday April 19, 2014 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Sanderson Ford

 

Citizens' Police Academy Alumni of Glendale
P.O. Box 2244
Glendale, AZ 85311-2244
623‐764‐4521

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Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Glendale 
First Annual Car Show and Fundraiser

By Bette Sharpe  - Glendale Dailey Planet

The members of the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni of Glendale (CPAAG) have a new project, and that is to benefit the Glendale Police Department K-9 
Unity Agility Course. The new course would provide the Glendale Police Department K-9 unit with a safe location to train their K-9 partners. Currently 
patrol dogs train in HOA greenbelt areas, public dog parks very late at night, or in remote locations.

The goal is to provide a large training facility with fencing, grass, water, sanitary facilities, and electricity for lighting. Police K-9s are worth about $10,000 each.

CPAAG is a 501c3 organization comprised of resident who have completed the Glendale Police Department’s eleven week Citizen’s Academy. 
These dedicated citizens support the Glendale Police Department through volunteerism and fundraising efforts for special projects. 
The Citizen’s Academy is held twice per year and is open to the public.

Sanderson Ford and Nancy Perry donated to the event. All entrants received a Goodie Bag, Dash Plaque, and T-shirt. Trophies were awarded in several categories. 
Trophy categories include the Top Five, Participant’s Choice, Sponsor’s Choice and Club Participation.

Top 5 Awards

Rick Price - 56 BelAir

Tim Gilsdorf - 38 Coupe

Dale Turnage - 1929 Model A Pickup

Joe Bria - 1933 Ford 3 window

Neil Bell - 1960 Studebaker

 

Best of Show- 

Michaele’ Geesey Ford 1917 C-Cab Woodie

 

Ricki Ray CPAAG board member and Public Relations Coordinator  stated, "Our K-9 Unit was the true winner though, in the approximate $5,000 earned 
though the incredible support of the community, participants, sponsors, Nancy Perry Productions, 
and Sanderson Ford partnering with our dedicated Alumni members – all of us together made it happen!"

 

If you are interested in helping raise funds or if you would like more information about CPAAG contact, K-9 Committee Chair, Randy Miller at 623.764.4521 
or Joel Davis, President, at 623.640.3114 or 623-925-7485.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5963.

Julianna Kolodziej and Isabel Martinez are holding items that can be purchased to raise money for a k-9 agility course. Glendale 
police dogs do not currently have a safe and paw friendly place to train and to play.

 

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Ricky Ray holds the new Ronin commemorative. Ronin was shot while on duty in June 2013. 
The proceeds help the Glendale Police Department. The CPAAG project is to raise funds for 
a new K-9 agility training course.

 

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This is an unusual entry at CPAAG’s First annual Car Show and Fundraiser at Sanderson Ford on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
 Mike Keller is the owner of the 1987 Plymouth Reliant. He has both military and public safety experience. He is a former Army 
MP. When he takes the 1987 on the road, the markings and the light bar have to be covered up.

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Fun stuff.

 

 

 

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Kick stands up at 9:30 a. m.

By Bette Sharpe  - Glendale Dailey Planet

The Big Dog Ride was a fun fundraiser to raise funds for The Veterans Sprit of National Service Scholarship fund at Glendale Community College.

Registration The Big Dog Run, Saturday, April 19, 2014 started at 7:30 a. m. and over 300 motorcycles roared through the Glendale Community College
parking lot for the first ever Big Dog Ride. The two-hour motorcycle ride weaved through 6 West Valley cities and included a ride through Luke Air Force Base. 


The route continued on to University of Phoenix Stadium and ended at Water Dance Plaza in the Westgate Entertainment District. 
An after party followed the ride, with music and BBQ. The winner of the raffle was  Tamera Rogriguez and  she gets free rib  lunch at Shane's Rib Shack one a week for  an  entire year!

A twenty dollar cash only donation was required at the start of the event. The exact amount of funds raised for scholarships for veteran’s figures was not available 
at the time of this writing, but participants estimated they raised approximately $6,000.00  all to benefit the Glendale Community College’s The Veterans Spirit of National Service Scholarship Fund.

At least 60 members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department were involved with the ride. MCSO vehicles escorted the large line of riders as they rode through
six West Valley cities. They kept the speed of riders within the posted speed limits or slightly slower. This allowed the group to stay together as they rode
single file during the two-hour ride. There were no accidents  along the way.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5875.

Glendale Mayor Weiers addressed the crowd gathered on Saturday morning to participate in the Big Dog Ride to raise funds for scholarships for veterans

 

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The southeastern parking lot at GCC was taken over with mostly Harley Davidsons. Some were highly decorated while others were not so customized.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5859.

Standing by his Harley is Bill Gibson of Bootz and Duke Sign fame of Glendale.

 

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Howler is a lucky Coyote! Viridiana Corralez and friends form Hooters hugs the Phoenix Coyotes, Howler.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5878.

Miss Baby and Dr. Pepper get a hug from Howler on Saturday, April 19, 2014 before the Big Dog motorcycle ride through 
the West Valley, Luke Air Force Base and circled University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

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There is just a little time before the ride begins for one more playful photo.
The gun has just for show, otherwise the military motorcycle would not be allowed on Luke Air Force Base.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5864.

Military motorcycle without the Coyotes’ Howler.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5898.

Mayor Weiers is set for the Big Dog Ride, on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to raise funds for 
The Veterans Spirit of National Service Scholarship fund at Glendale Community College.

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5903.

Over 300 motorcyclists are getting ready for the first Big Dog Ride in the West Valley. The event was to raise funds for Spirit of National Service Scholarship fund at 
Glendale Community College. Among the hundreds of riders is the Mayor of Litchfield Park, Thomas L. Schoaf!

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5914.

LEADER OF THE PACK
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers leads the way for 300 motorcycles leave Glendale Community College on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014. The Big Dog Ride was a fun fundraiser to raise funds for 
The Veterans Spirit of National Service Scholarship fund at Glendale Community College.

 
 

 

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Economic growth tends to grow along the freeways 
By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily  Planet

Westmarc's 2014 Economic Development Summit  on April 17, provided its members and community
leaders with updates on current and future plans for economic development in Western 
Maricopa County and the West Valley.  The event featured two panels of professionals who
addressed both current issues and discussed opportunities for future economic success in
the West Valley and Western Maricopa County.

The Economic Summit was held at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.  The half day event started with
a welcome from Michelle Rider, President and CEO of Westmarc and an introduction of the first panel
of speakers and panel moderator.  

Panel 1:  West Valley Real Estate Overview
Moderator:  Bill Honsaker, Managing Director - Jones Lang LaSalle

Panelists:
Mike Schwab, Principal and Northwest Valley Specialist – Land Advisors Organization	
Kurt Rosene, Vice President - The Alter Group 
Kevin Czerwinski, Principal and President - Merit Partners
Don MacWilliam, Executive Vice President for Industrial Properties - Colliers International 


Panel 2: West Valley Economic Development Forecast
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Moderator:  Jeanine Jerkovic, Economic Development Administrator for Business Attraction – City of Glendale

Panelists:
Jim rounds, Senior Vice President – Elliott D. Pollack and Company
Kevin Sullivan, Senior President for Business Attraction – Arizona Commerce Authority
Anubhav Bagley, Information Services Manager – Maricopa Association of Governments
Brad Smidt, Senior Vice President for Business Development – Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Don Henninger, Publisher of the Business Journal of Phoenix introduced the keynote luncheon
speaker, Brian Mueller, President and CEO – Grand Canyon University.

Mike Schwab spoke about population being a major force behind residential economic growth which
often serves as a catalyst for commercial growth; restaurants and furniture stores, for example will build
in the area to support the residents in the area.


Economic growth, both commercial and residential, in the West Valley will likely grow where there are
freeways.  Kurt Rosene told the audience that when an employee’s commute to work reaches 45
minutes, employers will start to loose employees.

Mike Schwab asked and answered “What is the number one driver for new home population growth -
population growth.”  After about a four year recession “It is pretty mind boggling what we have been
through.”  Those areas for the West Valley that are recovering from that recession are showing an
increase in single family home permits.  Those areas have are accessible to freeways.  In Glendale there
is a shortage of homes, but the homes that are in the West Valley are either rented or occupied.  
“2015 things look a little brighter” for business.

Kurt Rosene in an answer to a question said, “There is nowhere you can go in the county where
commercial corridors don’t follow freeways.”  Phoenix has more big-box retail than other metropolitan
area per capital in the U.S.” However, retail reinvents itself and is going toward entertainment as 
“the hot thing”.  “I really believe that the west side poised for a reinvention.”  “Employers follow employees.”
  “People will accept less wages, to be closer to home.”  

Kevin Czerwinski said,  “When people say West Valley, they tend to say ‘out in the West Valley’, well I
don’t like that word ‘out’ anymore; because really the West Valley, is here. It’s not out there, it’s here.”
He went on to say, “The freeway system really has impact.”  Interstate 10 and the Loop 303 should be
ready for use in 90 days.  The area seems to be poise for significant economic growth much like the 101.  

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Sub-Zero has just bought land in Goodyear Arizona for expansion.  The land is next to Sub-Zero’s existing
manufacturing and distribution center.  Dick’s Sporting Goods has a distribution center in the same 
PV303 business park which is located at Interstate 10 and the Loop 303.  
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Don MacWilliam, admitted that some aspects of the West Valley are over built, referring mostly to the 
big- box structures.  “But I think over the next year and a half, you’re going to see some big thing for the West Valley.”
Infrastructure for both the land (electrical) and the roads are an important factor in successfully securing some corporate tenants.


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5840.
Panel two moderator Jeannine Jerkovic, Economic Development Administrator for Business Attraction for the City of Glendale, and Jim Rounds, 
Senior Vice President Elliott D. Pollack and Company at the 2014 Westmarc Economic Development Summit on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Rounds said in his presentation that Arizona is ranked number 9 in population growth in the United States and ranks at number 11 in job growth. 
“The West Valley can be a little more optimistic,” Rounds said.  The best thing for local governments is to plan for the next economic slowdown.
 “The key is to plan for it” and to be “physically responsible”.

                   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
 
 
Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University gave the keynote address.
 
 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5844.
Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University gave the keynote address at this year’s
 Westmarc Economic Development Summit held at the Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.


Grand Canyon is doing something different.  Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private Christian University,
a for-profit institution and is publicly traded on the stock market.  There is nothing else like it and for some it has created some waves.  
Private universities depend on largely on donations for financial support and if they cannot find donors and a donor base, they will close.
  
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Mr. Mueller has been the Chief Executive Officer of Grand Canyon, Education, Inc. since July 1, 2008.
He has been its President since September 1, 2012.  He served as President of Apollo Education Group, Inc.
(formerly Apollo Group Inc.).  The Apollo Education Group is the parent of University of Phoenix from 
January 2006 to June 24, 2008 and he has also served as its Principal Executive Officer until June 24.
_________________________________________________________________________________________

Grand Canyon was 20 million dollars in debt in 2008.  With this experience, a business plan was created 
for Grand Canyon University and the search for an investor began.  GCU started offering online courses.
It was the online campus that generated the revenue source and got the university profitable again.
In 2008 Grand Canyon University was listed on the stock market.

Everyone one in the room at the Westmarc Summit knew what the market was like in 2008.
The stock market was not doing well at all.  The Grand Canyon listing broke the drought on Wall Street.
 Investors know of the financial success of the Apollo Group and wanted to do it again.  

Brian Mueller said GCU has invested millions in technology upgrades, new athletic and eating facilities,
dormitories and laboratories.  Those years 2009-2010 were tough building years that set up the success the university has today.  

In the last four years, 400 million dollars has been invested in the campus and it has paid off.  
Graduate students using the online campus number 50,000 and 50% are studying the sciences.
GCU employees number 3,200.  Today Grand Canyon is healthy and set for expansion.

Grand Canyon is investing in the kids who live in the surrounding neighborhoods as well.  Some of these
kids could be the first in their family to attend university.  In the long run these efforts will help to rebuild the 
economy on the west side.  Grand Canyon University is located between 31st and 35th Avenues on Camelback.
Grand Canyon University is across from Alhambra High School which is a “C” rated school.  There are three “A”
 rated elementary schools in the area but there are no junior or high school with an “A” rating.

Grand Canyon University hopes to keep the students who have gotten a good start to their education in elementary 
school on track all the way to college.  One was GCU is helping to accomplish this is through its tutoring programs.  

As a company, GCU pays property taxes.  In 2013 the university paid 1.2 million dollars in property taxes. 
GCU is happy to pay property taxes.  “We will continue to invest in the West Valley”, said Mueller.  

Should universities have a corporation status?  Some cannot get around this new concept.  It worked for 
Grand Canyon University.  “We don’t need money anymore.”  “We think what we have done is American
 to the core.”  There is absolutely a place for what we do.  The investment model is best for the long run.  

"If the Arizona State University Sun Devils played Grand Canyon University in basketball at the US Airways 
Center we could advertise that as the Christians versus the devils.  "We would get the valley excited about that."
 Maybe it is time for educators to think like businessmen and women.

 

 

 

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

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5689 folk1 .

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5710 folk2.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5701 folk3.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5665 folk4.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5667 folk5.

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5653 folk6.

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5735 Folk7.

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

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






 

Last living Glendale volunteer firefighter, on his 90th birthday

Happy Birthday Charlie Bootz!

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5780.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5757.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5769.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Photo by Cindy Gibson

 

 

 

Some background on the Glendale Fire Department.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

SPECIAL! 

Kathy's Corner Boutique
Cowpoke Western Store

5754 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

623-937-7318

Dear Customers and Friends:

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

However •••

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

Therefore •••

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

Be here early for the best selection.

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

CASH CHECK VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER

 

 
 

 

 

 

F-35 arrives at Luke

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5382.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5453.

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

 

 

Single seat

Top speed 1,199 MPH

Designer Lockheed Martin

Engine Type Pratt & Whitney

Wingspan 35 feet

Length 51 feet

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

 

 

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

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

 

             

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5420. 

 

 

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 2

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

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

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

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 3

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

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. Frame 4

 Congratulations all around....

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5404.

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

 

 

 

PATRIOTIC MEDLEY
Phoenix Boys Choir

ARRIVAL OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS

Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard

U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM
Phoenix Boys Choir

INVOCATION

Lt Col Theadore Wilson

56 FW Chaplain, Luke Air Force Base

WELCOME REMARKS

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

"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
Phoenix Boys Choir

U.S. FLAG PRESENTATION

REMARKS

General Robin Rand

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

 

REMARKS

Ms. Lorraine Martin

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

REMARKS

The Honorable Eric Fanning
Unde
r Secretary of the Air Force

REMARKS

The Honorable Trent Franks

U .S. Representative, Arizona 8th District

VIDEO - "THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTNING"

REMARKS

The Honorable Jan Brewer
G
overnor of the State of Arizona

DEPARTURE OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY

RECEPTION FOR ALL GUESTS

 

 

 

 

         

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5523.

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5475.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5478.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5465.

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

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

 

5482.

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5612.

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

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

 

 

 

   

 

 - -  See it this weekend

F-35 Lightning II

USAF Photo by - Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann


 

 

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

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.5222.

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5229.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5235.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 525.

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. dsc00306.

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

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Julia Tatterson of Cave Creek

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet
Sandy Farley of Mesa

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Cori, Austin and Jan Borgstadt

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

Cori and Austin Borgstadt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Sharpe / Glendale Daily Planet

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHORS AT THE TEAGUE

Jerry Foster at Authors @ the Teague

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Senator Barry Goldwater – 1988.

 

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

 

 

 

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Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5281.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Local News Pilot Jerry Foster 

Signs “Earthbound Misfit” at the Library

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Glendale Daily Plant 
congratulates this years winners!

 

 

Annual Awards Ceremony

Glendale Police Department

March 6, 2014

 

 

Glendale Police Department
Mission Statement

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

Values

Integrity • Courage • Excellence
Respect • Compassion • Dedication

 

Welcome

Chief Debora Black

 

Posting of Colors / Pipes & Drums
National Anthem

Glendale Honor Guard
Glendale Pipes & Drums
Award Recipients

 

Introductions

Assistant Chief Rick St. John

Master of Ceremonies
Lindsey Reiser
CBS News 5 Journalist

 

Speakers

Jerry Weiers, Mayor

Debora Black, Chief of Police

 

Presentation of Awards

 

Closing Remarks

Assistant Chief Greg Dominguez

 

Lifesaving Award

Officer Bryan Anderson • Officer Mike Crawford

Officer Joseph Dziawura

 

Exceptional Merit

Detective John D. Krystek • Detective Tom Pocknell

Officer Justin Ramsay • Officer Brandon Schoch

Corporal Walter Slocumb

 

Chief’s Award For Excellence

Communications Specialist Cassie Gaarder

Officer Jason Jones • Officer Evan Kudler

Officer Richard Lipps • Detective Gary Myers

Officer Brian Shackelford • Sergeant Jeff Turney

 

Meritorious Unit Citation Awards
 

Glendale Family Advocacy Center – Family Violence

Sergeant Pat Beumler (Accepting)

Detective George Arnold

Detective Bobby Edwards

Detective Derrick Johnston

Detective Shane Lee

Detective Mario Sanchez

Detective Jason Spillers

Case Manager John Burns

Victim Advocate Caseworker Jennifer Segovia

 

Gateway Community

Response

Sergeant Scott Walker

(Accepting)

Detective Laura Beeler

Detective Beth Diaz

Detective Brian Jones

Detective Bret McLeod

Detective Tom Pocknell

 

Foothills Neighborhood Response Squad

Sergeant Aaron Aldridge

(Accepting)

Officer Nicholas Lively

Officer Brian Gallagher

Officer Trevor Goode

Officer Zane Hinde

Officer James Stahl

Officer Adam Ponton

Officer James Mullins

 

 

Violent Crimes/Homicide
North & South

Sergeant Jason Zimmerman (Accepting) &

Sergeant Joe Flosman
(Accepting)

Detective Roger Geisler

Detective Brian Piech

Detective Nedd Wilkens

Detective Eric Holmstedt

Detective Travis Darby

Detective Matt Lowe

Detective Brad McMillen

Detective Gary Myers

Detective Mark Coyle

Detective Yon Grant

Detective Brent Durham

Detective Carlos Cano

Sergeant Scott Waite

Sergeant Jeff Daukas

 

Violent Crimes/Gangs

Sergeant Joe Flosman (Accepting)

Detective John Bustoz

Detective Jarrod Smith

Special Agent Scott Rhodes

Special Agent Evan Tsurumi

Probation Officer Rhonda Wilson

Probation Officer Linda Ramey

 

Meritorious Unit - CAD/RMS Project

Core Team

Lieutenant John Wolfe (Accepting)

Arlene Chemello (Accepting)

Sergeant Jared Cooper

Sergeant Ryan Horrall

Officer Chad Bowers

Mark Foote

Sean Ayotte

Dean Ohlendorf

Catherine York

CAD/MPS Training (Patrol)

Sergeant Kevin Kellogg

Officer Nathan Loescher

Officer Wendy Lehman

Officer Rob Solomon

Officer Dan Frusciano

Officer Adam Spiwak

Officer Brandon Schoch

Officer Dan Mooney

Officer Jacob Martinson

Officer Tom Vickers **

Sergeant Janneth Washington,
Detention Supervisor

 

CAD Configuration &

Training (Communications)

Loretta Hadlock,
Communications Manager

Michaelanne Acree,
Communications Supervisor

Jessica Kunz,
Communications Supervisor

Cy Otsuka, Radio Systems

Tim Ulery, Radio Systems
Crime Analysis

Bryan Hill, Crime Analyst

 

CAD/MPS Cutover Support

Center Augmentees

Larry Bly, Records Manager

Jason Little, Records Technician

 

 

Vehicle Retrofit

Mark Campbell,
Technical Services Manager

Officer Tom Vickers

Officer Andrea Slocumb

Christina Betz,
Assistant Public Works Director

Guy Wilkes, Shop Supervisor,
Field Operations

Chris Kinion, Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor, Field Operations

Walt Cook, Equip. Technician II,
Make Ready Section

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

Information Technology

Diana Bundschuh,
Deputy Chief IT Officer

David Atchison,
Network Administrator

Ted Moeller, Senior Database Analyst

John Schoenstein,

Domain Administrator

David Timm, Application Analyst

Val Gonzales, IT Security Admin.

John Hurley, System Hardware Architecture & Install

Tristan Nelson, Geographic Information System Specialist

Sheila Reddic, Help Desk Supervisor

Daniel Colwell,
IT Senior Network Engineer

Patrol Scheduling Assistance

Officer Brian Wilkins

GRPSTC Scheduling
and Technology

Todd Greenhagen, EOC, GFD

 

 

Purple Heart Award

Officer Wes Zygmont

Medal of Valor

Officer Jason Chambers

Sergeant Scott Keene

Officer Kevin Robertson

Officer Wes Zygmont

 

Volunteer of the Year

Russell Whitney

 

Civilian of the Year

Communications Supervisor Michaelanne Acree

 

Investigator of the Year

Detective George Arnold

 

Officer of the Year

Officer John Davidge

 

Thank you to our sponsors

for their support of this program

Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ

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Intergraph Corporation

Motorola, Inc.

TASER International

Treasures Custom Jewelers

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Salsa-Blanca Grill

Signatures Invitations & Gifts

 

 

 

Glendale Police Department 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony

March 6, 2014

Congratulations to all of the 2013 award recipients

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5187.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5177.

Investigator of the Year was awarded to Detective George Arnold.

 

((From the Transcript))

THE INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR IS:

DETECTIVE GEORGE ARNOLD

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

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

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5170.

Glendale Police Chief Black presented Communications Supervisor Michaelanne Acree with the
Civilian of the Year award.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5167.

Russell Whitney was awarded the Volunteer of the Year.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5154.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5215.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5160.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5198.

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

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Photo - Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

C- The Glendale Star 

 

 

The world is HerWorld® too!

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

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4996.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4999.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5019.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 5024.

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

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

Tricks and Treats– Adobe Photoshop

Scribbler Robot

How Do We Look Inside the Body?

Robotics

Packet Tracer (creating a virtual network)

The Binary Counter

GameMaker-"Catch the Clown"

Protecting Your Network

Special Workshop presented by Homeland Security – Special Agents

Forensic Accounting – Follow the Money,

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

genetics can be used to determine parentage.)

Foreign Currency Exchange – International Accounting

History of HerWorld®

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

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

March is National HerWorld® Month

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

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

 

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


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Read the speech and more photos > HERE

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

 

McCain for WESTMARC

McCain for WESTMARC

 

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

 

Education supporters

Education supporters

 

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

 

On higher education

On higher education

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Structured English immersion

  • Career and technical education

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

  • Read On Arizona

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

Klein’s focus was on higher education.

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

Klein took a look at the university system.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet 

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4872.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4889.

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4821.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4862.

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4860.

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


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4805.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4836.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Local News Pilot Jerry Foster Signs

“Earthbound Misfit” at the Library

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By Ed and Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

Really!  This is the weekend for book lovers!

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

The VNSA Book sale  is a multi-generational event.

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

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

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4734.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.4733.

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

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 

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

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

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

Just part of the selection

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet

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


 

 

Mark the date for the 58th Annual

 

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

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

Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association
58th VNSA ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE

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

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

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

Glendale Chocolate Affaire 2014

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

A sampling of many chocolaty delights, art and romance!

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4468.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4594.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4480.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4513.

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

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4527.

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4530.

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

2014 SWEET TOOTH CONTEST WINNERS

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

2nd Place Bananas Foster/ Xocolatl

3rd Place Deep Fried Chocolate Oreos/Beer Batter Delights

 

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4602.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4599.

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

 


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4478.

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

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

From the artist’s résumé

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

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4573.

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

 

 

Romance Authors and Workshops

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4540.

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

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

 

The Plein Air Painting Event and Competition

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4542.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4551.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4567.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4637.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4636.

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

 

Bette Sharp/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4665.

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4677.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4695.

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

The 2014 Plein Air Contest winners are…

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4710.

2nd Place

Artist: Matt Sterbenz

Awarded: $50

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4609.

Best of Show, "Street Fair"

Artist: Cynthia Rosen

Awarded: $1,000

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4707.

Council Choice Award

Artist: Mauriel Morejon

Awarded: $1,000

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4665.

3rd Place

Artist: Alex Pekala

Awarded: $250

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4650.

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

 

How did the Chocolate Affaire Start?

                     How did all the Romance Writers  get   here?

                                                          By Ed Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Glendale Police Department Memorial Bench
 Dedication Honoring K-9 Ronin

 

Monday, January 27, 2014

By Bette Sharpe – Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4404.

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4420.

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

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

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

Mayor Weiers and the Glendale City Council

Highlands at Arrowhead Ranch HOA

Phoenix Precast Products, Inc. (Owner)

Clay’s Concrete Incorporated

Drake Ready Mix

Jerry Dujanovic, Eastern Products Foundry

Lisa Riesland, Planned Development Services, Inc.

Mike Wagoner, ProQual Landscaping

Bears & More

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

 

 

 

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

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4309.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4308.

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

 




 

 

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

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

Baking Across America with King Arthur Flour

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4324.

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

 




 

 

18th Annual Songwriters Gathering at Glendale Public Library

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

 

 

 

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 4359.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet nos. 4369

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4377.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4351.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4343.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4390.

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

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

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

 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Happy Birthday Martin!

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

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

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

This is one of Senator’s legislative priorities.

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

http://www.begayforarizona.com/issues  

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4195.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4170.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4202.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4202.

Zombie makeup was by Autumn Lewis.

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

 

 

 

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

Alex Mitchell  QUICK!  Into the WAYBACK Machine!

 

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


February 09, 2005

 

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

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


 

Right Click on link below  then play in Windows Media  Player

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

WESTMARC and the West Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance

West Valley 2014 State of the State

Featuring
The Honorable Jan Brewer, Governor, State of Arizona

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

keep it that way."

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 

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

By Bette  and Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3946.

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

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

 

 

  

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3949 and 

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4090.

 

 

Bette Sharp/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4094.

 

 

Bette Sharp/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4094.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00248.

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

 

Kevin Jacobson/ Glendale Daily Planet no. 658.

 

Kevin Jaconson/Glendale Daily Planet no. 818A.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00192.

Ken Tock Balloon Pilot  from Phoenix

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00184.

Ken Tock Balloon Pilot  from Phoenix

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00158.

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00229.

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

 

 

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. DSC00246.

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

Hitching a ride  with Ashley are Miles and Jackson  Perry

 

   

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4051.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4042.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLENDALE GLITTERS MAKES LIST OF TOP FIVE

HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS IN THE COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

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

 

Glendale’s Kids & Cops and lots of community support

By Bette  Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3893.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3883.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3850.

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

 

Collection drive for our special 
furry friends who are in need

 

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

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

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

Wish List Items

· Science Diet Dog and Puppy Food

· Science Diet Cat and Kitten Food

· Alpo Chophouse ground or Pedigree ground canned dog food

· Friskies or Nine Lives canned cat food

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

· Dryer Sheets and Sponges

· Cat Litter and Litter Pans ( Non-scoopable )

· Hand Sanitizer/ Hand Soap

· Dog and Cat Beds ( All sizes )

· Metal Food Bowls

· Blankets and Towels ( All sizes )

· Industrial Mop Buckets

· First Aid Items/ Neosporin

· Industrial Hose

· Cat Scratching Posts & Toys

· Puppy Housebreaking Pads

· Dog Collars and Leashes

· Vinegar and Bleach

· Cat Condos and Trees

· Gallon and Snack Size Ziplock

· Bags

 

Ring the bell and fill the kettle!

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

By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3670.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3681.

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

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

Vice Mayor rings the bell and Firefighters help gather toys!


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3703.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3690.

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

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

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Downtown Glendale

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3781.

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3782.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3799,

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

 

Teams announced for The 43rd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

 

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

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

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3649.

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

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3654.

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

 

 

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

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

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3520.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3539

U. S. Congressman Trent Franks and family.

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3492.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3572.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.  3560

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

 

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3591.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3547.

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

parade entries 

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



 

 

 

GLENDALE GLITTERS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON

WITH SPECIAL EVENTS THREE WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER

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

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

Spirit of Giving Weekend, Dec. 6-7

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

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

Winter Wonderland Weekend, Dec. 13-14

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

Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, Dec. 20-21

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

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

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

 

Sun City Neighborhood Lights Up to Benefit Local Food Bank

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

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

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

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

 

 

Light in the Darkness

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T Fire Station #154: 4439 W. Peoria

T Fire Station #155: 6255 W. Union Hills

T Fire Station #156: 6801 W. Deer Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THE GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES SPACE HEATER SAFETY

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

ž Always turn your space heater off before going to sleep

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

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

ž Keep heater away from children and pets

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

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

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

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

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

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

is designed to shut off the heater when knocked over

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

Glendale Police Seeking Info on Shooting  Homicide

Update – 6565 W. Bethany Home Death Investigation

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Glendale Job Fair
By Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3355.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3362.

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3370.

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

 

 




GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

are being accepted on a continual basis.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo by - Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet- 2007

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

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

 

 

 

 

Summary (From  Linked in)


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

Experience

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

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

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

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

 


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


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


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

 

Languages

Spanish, Russian

 

Honors & Awards

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Your Questions are finally answered -  An EXCELLENT READ!  


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

 

Glendale Glitters! 20th Anniversary Spectacular Weekend

By Bette Sharpe -  Glendale Daily Planet

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3254.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3264.

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

 

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3281.

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

Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3330.

Get ready to toss the snowball….

Glendale Police Investigate Officer-Involved Fatal Collision

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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


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


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


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


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


 

Glendale Police Explorer Helps Nab Thieves

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

THIS THANKSGIVING AND ALL YEAR LONG

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

· Oil should not be heated past 350 degrees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DECEMBER 2013 EVENT AND ACTIVITY LISTINGS

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

Wee Readers at Westgate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karate for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

Puppets @ the Teague

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

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

Midday Movie Madness: Holiday Shorts

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

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

Container Gardening Workshop

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

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

Foothills Coffeehouse: Live Acoustic Music

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

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

Live At The Library: Grace Lutheran Handbell Choir

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

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

Ranch Site Tour

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

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

Paint Along Party – Acrylic

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

OMG Desserts Class

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

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

Magical Signs Of Christmas: My Kids In Sign Performance

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

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

Flutasia Flute Quartet: Holiday Concert

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

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

STEM @ The Library: Dr. Who

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

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

Adult Softball League Organizational Meeting

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

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

Benevilla Family Resource Center: Application Help

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

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

eBook Reader Lab

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

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

Mexican Tamales Class

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

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

Bread Baking Class

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

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

Fandomonium - Dr. Who

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

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

 

CPR and First Aid Training

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

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

Social Dancing for Adults

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

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

Holiday Ornament Cupcakes Class

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

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

 

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

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


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


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