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Oro Valley A quarterly publication for the residents of Oro Valley


Message from the Mayor 4th of July Celebration Spotlight on Youth Constituent’s Corner 1st Avenue Extension Closure Public Art Tours

Virtual Art Gallery Securaplane Groundbreaking Shop OV Summer Campaign Ala Buzz Cafe OV Dollars OV Cash Mob

Volume VI, Issue 8 Summer 2013

OV Buffel Busters Summer Break Summer 2013 Parks & Recreation Events Musical Magic for Kids OVPD Citizen Academy Indoor Summer Fine Art Festival Water Ways

Oro Valley Public Art Tours are back! See page 5.

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UNDED 1974

Oro Valley Mayor & Council Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, Mayor Lou Waters, Vice Mayor Brendan Burns, Councilmember Bill Garner, Councilmember Joe Hornat, Councilmember Mary Snider, Councilmember Mike Zinkin,Councilmember For Mayor and Councilmembers, call: (520) 229-4700.

On the cover: Moira Geoffrion, Untitled silhouettes. Plasma cut and painted steel (along Tangerine Road). Town Manager

Greg Caton (520) 229-4725

Design & Production

Town of Oro Valley Communications Division Misti Nowak, Communications Administrator (520) 229-4725 | Lisa Gallardo, New Media Developer (520) 229-4721 | Copyright 2013 by the Town of Oro Valley. All rights reserved.

Message from the Mayor: Oracle/Ina Annexation In case you hadn’t yet heard the news, the Oracle/Ina Annexation effort was a success and became official on May 18, 2013. The Oracle/Ina Annexation Area includes just 107 acres of land, but it contains a significant number of office, retail commercial and residential properties, as well as a hotel and some great non-profit organizations that will have a huge impact on the Town, including Tohono Chul Park, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, and the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. What is annexation? Annexation is how the Town of Oro Valley grows. When the Town was incorporated in 1974, the total area was just 2.5 square miles. Today, the Town comprises more than 35 square miles, thanks to a slow but steady process of annexations over the past 40 years.

must then sign an official petition stating that they want to be part of the Town of Oro Valley. All of the steps in the process are carried out in accordance with state law. What does this mean for the Town? This annexation will have a positive fiscal impact on the Town, generating revenue from retail sales tax, bed tax, utility sales tax, Stormwater Utility fees, permits and business licenses. The Town will also incur some costs, primarily due to roadway maintenance. Welcome to Oro Valley! It is my pleasure to welcome the newest members of our community: the residents, businesses and non-profit organizations that will enrich our community and become valued partners as we move forward together. Respectfully, Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, Mayor

How does annexation work? In a nutshell, annexation requires the majority consent of property owners in the annexation area. Those owners

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James D. Kriegh Park - Free Admission

Entertainment will be provided by Little House of Funk and Bryan Dean Trio Children’s activities, including Bounce House and Rock Climbing Wall

Aquatic Center Activities - Discounted rate ($2 Adults; $1 Children) Relay Races

Soda Toss

Watermelon Relay Penny Toss

Diving Board Contest

Food Trucks will be available and the Concession Stand will be open at the Aquatic Center General parking at CDO High School and handicap parking at James D. Kriegh

Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Hosted by the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

James D. Kriegh Park/Oro Valley Aquatic Center - 23 W. Calle Concordia


Spotlight on Youth The Town of Oro Valley is proud of its young people, and we want to honor their efforts and achievements through the monthly Spotlight on Youth recognition program. During the course of the year, we will be honoring students from Oro Valley’s public, private and charter schools.

Michael Chen, April 14, 2013 Michael Chen is a 4th grader at Copper Creek Elementary. He won the Amphitheater School District Spelling Bee, took second place at the Pima County Spelling Bee and placed 14th at the State Spelling Bee. Michael is an avid reader and gifted pianist. He takes his studies very seriously.

Evan Cramb, May 15, 2013 Evan Cramb is a junior at Canyon del Oro High School. His activities include: International Baccalaureate Program, Odyssey of the Mind Team, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Adopt-An-Airmen Program, National Honor Society, CDO Film Club and CDO Tennis Team.

One of Michael’s teachers said: “Michael is self-motivated and challenges himself. He doesn’t always wait for someone else to set goals for him—he sets them and finds ways to achieve them. He knows he is smart, but he does not look down on his peers. He helps children having a difficult time with their learning and has a way to bring his learning down to a level they can understand.”

In his “spare” time, Evan volunteers as an intern webmaster at the Blue Marble Institute—a non-profit agency providing middle school educators the tools and resources they need to engage students in unique, science-based learning opportunities.

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CONSTITUENT’S CORNER QUESTION: What is going to be built on the east side of the Oracle Road and 1st Avenue intersection?

Do you have questions about Town programs or projects? Please contact Chris Cornelison at 229-4711 or

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ANSWER: San Dorado at Oro Valley Town Centre is the name of the project that will be developed at this location. This project will include a 274-unit apartment complex comprising nineteen apartment buildings with a clubhouse/office, eight carriage unit buildings and associated amenities. In addition, there will be commercial buildings included in the project. A pharmacy and Panera Bread are two businesses expected to move into this location. The project will require the closure of 1st Avenue, between Oracle Road and La Reserve Drive in order to allow for construction of the San Dorado development. The Town maintains this right-of-way easement and any abandonment requires Town Council action, which is scheduled for the June 5, 2013 Town Council Regular Session. The road will be closed in mid-July. For more information, see the article entitled, “Permanent closure of 1st Avenue extension” below.

Permanent closure of 1st Avenue extension The portion of 1st Avenue that extends east from Oracle Road will permanently close in mid-July. After the closure, motorists driving to and from the La Reserve residential area will use La Reserve Drive exclusively. When the roadway is closed, the Arizona Department of Transportation will monitor the intersection of Oracle Road and La Reserve to ensure efficient flow of traffic. This includes adjusting the existing traffic signal timing as needed.

With the new San Dorado development, the Town of Oro Valley will enjoy more business and housing choices, including: a new pharmacy, bank, Panera Bread, additional shops and restaurants and the Villas at San Dorado Apartments. San Dorado will increase revenues for the Town and provide a public area for community events as well as a public shared-use path along Rooney Wash.

The 1st Avenue extension lies on private property within a temporary easement, and closure has always been part of the long-term plan for the area. That private property, referred to as San Dorado, is in the planning stages for development by Kitchell Development Company. The closure also includes removal of the road that currently connects Oracle Road to La Reserve Drive; however, the roadway alignment will be reconstructed within the San Dorado development to serve future businesses and residents.

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Public Art Tours Oro Valley Public Art Tours are back!

Summer 2013

Tours are scheduled monthly on the fourth Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., starting and ending at Oro Valley Town Hall. Key stops include Oro Valley Marketplace and Oro Valley Hospital.

Virtual Art Gallery Securaplane Groundbreaking

The Oro Valley Virtual Art Gallery showcases Oro Valley’s public art collection, all from the comfort of your computer or mobile device. Each photo provides the artist’s name, the title of the piece and the medium used to create it. Visitors to the gallery can also utilize the interactive map feature that provides an aerial location for each installation. If you’d like to view the piece in person, click on the option for turn-by-turn directions using Google Maps. The Virtual Art Gallery is continuously updated as additional pieces are catalogued and new commercial developments are completed. For tour and gallery information visit:

On Friday, March 29, Securaplane Technologies, a leading supplier of avionics products for business, commercial and military aircraft, broke ground on the firm’s new 55,000 square-foot physical plant in Innovation Park. The company specializes in energy storage, power electronics, airborne cameras, cellular security and wireless control systems. Currently located in the Foothills Business Park in Oro Valley, Securaplane Technologies will be the first firm to be part of the newly-established Economic Expansion Zone located in Innovation Park. Oro Valley is excited to welcome this world-class business to its new location, residing alongside other world-class leaders such as Sanofi and Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group. The Economic Expansion Zone (EEZ), approved by the Oro Valley Town Council on October 3, 2012, is an overlay zone in Innovation Park. The EEZ encourages economic development by reducing the time required to establish a new business or expand existing businesses and by making the approval process administrative for projects that meet all zoning standards. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Securaplane is an operating subsidiary of Meggitt PLC, which is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. “Securaplane’s continued strong market growth has made it necessary for the firm to increase the size of its operations to support production programs for business jet, air transport, rotorcraft and military customers,” the company stated in a release. The new building is slated to begin operating December 2013, with 40 percent of the new building space dedicated to operations and production, an additional 40 percent for engineering and laboratory uses, and 20 percent for sales, finance and administration. With the expansion, Securaplane is expecting to hire around 50 new employees over the next five years.

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Shop OV:

Summer Campaign

Get ready for the chance to win great raffle prizes donated by the businesses in Oro Valley! The Town of Oro Valley is holding a Shop Oro Valley Summer Campaign from May 1 – July 1, 2013. When you shop at an Oro Valley business this summer and spend at least $25, you can enter your receipt into a drawing for prizes sponsored by local businesses. Bring your receipts to Oro Valley Town Hall at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., fill out the information form and you will be in the running to win a gift card from a local business. The more receipts you bring in, the better your chance! Winners will be announced weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. The raffle is open to residents and visitors alike. At the end of the campaign, on July 1, all the receipts submitted throughout the campaign will be eligible to be drawn for the final prize—a $500 Oro Valley Marketplace gift card. So shop now and shop often for your chance to win some great prizes! You could win a gift card from one of these Oro Valley businesses: All About Running & Walking Amarsi Ristorante Anytime Fitness Arizona Beds b2 Salon Blue Banana Frozen Yogurt Carrabba’s Italian Grill Century Theatres Cheers to You! Nutrition El Charro Café Fry’s Food & Drug

Harvest Restaurant Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros Massage Envy Metropolitan Grill Oro Valley Ace Hardware Oro Valley Marketplace Planet Fitness Rubs Massage Studio The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Walmart And more!

OV Dollars During the Shop Oro Valley Summer Campaign, purchase a $100 OV Dollars gift card from the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and receive an additional $10! The OV Dollars card program operates much like a regular gift card, but instead of only being able to use it at one retailer, shoppers can swipe their card at any of the participating businesses in Oro Valley. Cards can be purchased in denominations of $10 - $500.

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Shop OV: Ala Buzz Café 12985 N. Oracle Road #165 Oro Valley, AZ 85739 Phone: (520) 825-2058

Husband and wife team, Chris and Cathy Roberts, recently opened Ala Buzz Café at 12985 N. Oracle Road. This retro, classic car-themed eatery is a wonderful addition to the Oro Valley community, serving home-cooked meals at affordable prices. Ala Buzz Café also holds various car club gatherings and community events featuring classic cars, entertainment and great food! Ala Buzz Café is built on the belief that customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Chris and Cathy strive to make sure you have a top-quality dining experience every time you visit their café. As a diner, you can even suggest new menu items for the chefs to prepare—a service no other restaurant in Oro Valley provides. Open seven days a week and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant features an array of menu items, from omelets and corned beef hash, to burgers and BLTs to meatloaf and fried chicken. You can’t forget about dessert either! Dessert specials are created in-house on a daily basis. Aside from the regular menu, Ala Buzz Café offers daily specials including chicken pot pie, BBQ ribs and beef stroganoff. For the local business professionals short on time, the restaurant also features lunch specials prepared in 30 minutes or less. Ala Buzz Café held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, April 27, 2013, officially becoming part of our community. It is also one of our community partners by supporting the Town’s Adopt-A-Business Program, Shop Oro Valley Campaign and participating in the OV Dollars program. “We feel very welcomed into this community,” stated Cathy. Chris and Cathy have created an inviting eatery, sure to be the next local gem. So don’t wait! Head to Ala Buzz Café today and see what all the buzz is about!

Purchase your OV Dollars Gift Cards at the following locations: Town of Oro Valley Administration Building 11000 N. La Cañada Drive Oro Valley, 85737 520-229-4700 Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm

Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce 7435 N Oracle Rd Suite 107 Tucson, 85704 520-297-2191 Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm

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OV Cash Mob

OV Cash Mob is a fun way to support your local businesses. Participation is simple: Sign-up. Show-up. Have Fun! When you shop locally, you are helping local business succeed. 100% of the sales tax collected in Oro Valley goes directly towards public safety, new parks, trails, facilities and community services. The store location is not revealed until the day of the Cash Mob. Follow us on Twitter or sign up to receive text updates so YOU can find out where the next mob will be! Follow us on Twitter @OVCashMob or receive text updates by texting Follow OVCashMob to the number 40404. For more information, visit

Upcoming Cash Mob events: June 20 @ 4p.m. Location will be revealed at noon. Join us for social hour immediately afterward at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer at BMO Harris Bank, 10655 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley 85737. July 17 @ 4 p.m. Location will be revealed at noon. Join us for social hour immediately afterward at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Splendido, 13358 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley 85755. August 22 @ 4 p.m. Location will be revealed at noon. Join us for social hour immediately afterward at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia Oro Valley, 85704.

Summer Break for the Oro Valley Buffel Busters Here comes summer! Buffel Busters work hard during the year to remove buffelgrass in open areas and right-of-ways throughout the Town. June through September we take a summer break. Pulls are typically every second Saturday of the month. If you would like to receive information about our pulls, please subscribe at Connect with Oro Valley | Oro Valley.

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Oro Valley Parks & Recreation Visit us online at for complete details and registration information on the following programs and events.


Year-Round Programs

• Infant Swimming Resource • Water Pilates • Water Aerobics • Scuba Instruction Summer 2013 Programs

• Group Swimming Lessons • Splash & Dash Summer Aquathlon Series • Summer Swim Team – SAAA Special Events June 14 June 16 June 18 June 28-30 July 4 July 11-14 July 18 July 20 August 9

Teen Night Father’s Day Special World’s Largest Swimming Lesson @ 8 a.m. Oro Valley Open (competition) July 4th Celebration Long Course Regionals (competition) Teen Night Dive-In Movie @ 10 p.m. Back to School Night

Monday through Friday June 3 to August 2 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Camps are one week long and will be held for nine weeks. Extended camp times available with additional fee; please contact us for details. Ages: 6 – 12 years (children must have completed kindergarten) Cost: $95 for residents $105 non-residents

Archaeology/ History Camp for Kids Monday through Friday July 1 to August 2 8 a.m. to noon Camps are one week long and will be held for nine weeks. Cost: $55 for residents $65 non-residents

Junior Golf Program July 29 – August 1

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6 – 17 years old


$50 per golfer

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The C Civic Orchestra off Tucson presentts its Musical Ins strument Petting Zoo. Z We've got winds, strings, a and percussion th hat you can play. y. Try them all and fin nd your favorite orchestral o instrum ment. Our music cians will be on hand h to help you get a nice sound d out of each insstrument. It's joyf yful noise for all ages; and yes, we've seen s toddlers pla ay trombones! Barbara

Satturday, July J 6 EVA ANS FAMIL LY MUSICA AL MERRIM MENT Civic Orchestra oof Tucson You are invited to join us in July for som me Evans Family y Musical Merrim ment! We plan to o involve you in sseveral musical a adventure storiess. You will hear diversse instruments including violin, ce ello, ukelele, guita ar, ocarina, piano o and more! Be ready to particip pate in our terrificc tales!! You'll se ee storytelling in a who ole new way! It will w be a noisemaking narrative, a melodic myth, a fusion fable, an nd a singing saga a. Come along!!


This cconcert will featurre music from Ho olst's The Planets s, Khachaturian's s Sabre Dance, R Rimsky-Korsako off's Flight of the Bumblebee and many more classiccal favorites! The e story takes liste eners on a trip with w a traveling cirrcus, led by Pepp py the Poodle. T This isn't just an o ordinary circus, h however, as the varied d animal acts trav vel through space e to reach their performance p des stinations. Young g listeners will be e encouraged to h help "perform" th he various circus tricks. Featured perforrmers: Deena Re eedy, flute; Jessic ca Campbell, bas ssoon; Lisa Golle enberg, horn (Mu usic arrangemen nts by Jessica Ca ampbell and y) script by Deena Reedy

Satturday, Septem S ber 7 STR RING FAMILY FUN Music M and Da ance Academy y (Oro Valleyy) Childrren and families are a invited to join n in this magical music m concert where wh a string qua artet will take you u on a wonderfull journey around the world. You will ha ave the opportuniity to learn aboutt the string family y through an inte eractive concert, featuring Jose R Reyes, violin, Am mber Reed, viola a and Robert Cham mberlain, cello. Yo ou will be transpo orted to Vienna, Puerto P Rico, and d Argentina, amo ong other countriies, while learnin ng the different m musical elements and co ompositional tech hniques that mak ke these instruments so wonderfu ful. Audience mem mbers will have the opportunity tto assist the strin ng ensemble by clappiing, singing and even e conducting g it!

The e 2013 series is s presented by the Southern Arizona A Arts an nd Cultural Allia ance, with und erwriting suppo ort from Oro Va alley Resident Bill A Adler, The Oro Valley Commu unity Foundatio on, and Keve and a Irma Sankm man. In Kind ssupport provide ed by the Town of Oro Valley.

For morre inform mation, visit ww ww.SAA or call tthe Soutthern Arizona A Arts A and d Cultura al Allian nce at (5 520) 79 7 7-3959

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Oro Valley Police Department Presents

Citizen Academy

Understanding Through Education

The Oro Valley Police Citizen Academy is a 36-hour block of instruction designed to give the public knowledge of the OVPD. It consists of twelve classes, taught by sworn police personnel and civilian staff who work in the different divisions. The instruction is comprehensive and each week a different area of the department is covered, including many activities:

• • • • •

Experience a ride-along See a S.W.A.T. demo Watch the K-9 in action Hear about criminal investigations Meet Oro Valley officers and understand their work

The goal is to provide the citizens enough information to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase rapport through an educational process. The citizens, in turn, enable the officers and civilian staff to learn of their feelings and concerns. The hope is that the graduates of each Citizen Academy will take their new knowledge out into the community, educate others when the opportunity arises and make good decisions, which affect the Police Department and the Town with heightened awareness and better information. Together we can build a safer, stronger community.

When: Time: Where: • • • • •

Every Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - November 19, 2013 6 – 9 p.m. Oro Valley Police Tangerine Substation, 1920 E. Tangerine Road

There is limited seating available, so sign up today Make a commitment to attend the majority of classes Free of charge CVAP personnel are encouraged to attend Must be at least 18 years of age

For more information, or to register, contact Ofc. Jodi Stevens, at (520) 229-2900 or page 10

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Saving water indoors: It all adds up! Significant water savings can be found in the kitchen:

• Don’t let the water run! Washing

dishes with the faucet running can take 25 gallons of water.

• Consider installing an instant water heater under your kitchen sink.

• Thaw frozen foods in the refrigera-

tor or microwave instead of setting them under running water.

• Soak pots and pans rather than scrubbing them under running water.

• Use low-flow faucets and aerators. Low-flow devices are available to Oro Valley Water Utility customers in the Water Utility Office at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

• Garbage disposals use a large amount of running water to work effectively. Kitchen waste can be taken out with the garbage or added to the compost pile when appropriate.

Water Meter Replacement Program In order to provide a reliable, high-quality water supply, Oro Valley Water Utility continually upgrades and improves our water system and facilities. The Water Meter Replacement Program is an important part of upgrading our system. Replacing old water meters helps ensure the Oro Valley Water Utility can accurately track both individual water usage for billing purposes and monitor and evaluate community water demands. In addition to the new meters, the Utility will be installing electronic equipment called SmartPoints. This equipment will transmit meter readings to a secure computer at the Water Utility, eliminating the need to read water meters in the field. Reading meters electronically will increase labor efficiencies, reduce the wear on our streets, conserve gasoline and help the environment. Installation of this electronic equipment will also give our customers the opportunity to view their own water use on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis through our customer web portal. This capability provides unique opportunities for early leak detection and water conservation. The service is free to our customers and only requires you to sign up for the service with an email account and a password. Look for more information on the customer web portal in future water bills.

Don’t forget the bathroom:

• Toilets are the leading cause of

household water leaks. It’s always a good idea to test for toilet leaks periodically even if you don’t “hear” the leak. Dye placed in the tank of the toilet will color the water in the bowl if the flapper is leaking. Dye strips are free of charge in the Water Utility office.

• Using an in-tank toilet cleaner that contains bleach can be caustic to the flapper and may cause it to deteriorate prematurely.

Reverse osmosis:

• Reverse osmosis can use three to nine gallons of water to produce one gallon of purified water. Consider all your options when speaking to a water purification dealer.

Check for leaks:

• If you see your water use increase or suspect you have a

water leak, make your water meter your first stop. Learn how to read your meter and check for leaks on our website at:

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Oro Valley Water Utility began implementation of a Water Meter Replacement Program in the Oro Valley water service area in May. This project will take three to four years to complete. Notification will be mailed to all customers prior to the work beginning in your neighborhood. If you have any questions regarding the Water Meter Replacement Program, please contact us at 229-5000 or visit us online:

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