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Family Promise helps 168 kids
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What are the ingredients for making a community extra special? A sense of connectedness, the stunning beauty of the McDowell Mountains, diverse and thriving businesses, plentiful neighborhood parks, unique gathering spaces, gorgeous weather (that is finally starting to arrive)? Those are all important. But the biggest differentiator from other neighborhoods is the people. And we have some impactful and selfless folks here in DC Ranch: residents that volunteer their time and talents to help others and create a sense of magic in our community. This month, we recognize and celebrate community volunteers that received a Volunteer of the Year award from the DC Ranch Community Council. Read all about these difference makers on pages 10 and 11. Another critical ingredient to a vibrant community is a strong financial foundation. Both the Community Council and Ranch Association, through thoughtful budgeting and financial stewardship, continue to take action to support well-funded reserves for repair and replacement of assets, capital funds for future enhancements and balanced budgets. Learn more by attending a budget meeting this month. What ingredients combine to create a magical day for you in DC Ranch? Maybe it’s a hike through the Reata Wash, an iced tea at AJs, gardening in your backyard, and grilling out under the stars with family and friends, or a day shopping on Market Street with dinner at Grimaldi’s overlooking the park. Whatever that may be, I wish it for you in spades.
Living Connected DC Ranch seamlessly connects people to the beauty of both the created environment and the natural Sonoran Desert. Residents feel a sense of community, connecting with each other in friendship and common interest. It is a thoughtfully crafted community designed with unprecedented attention to detail. DC Ranch has a distinctive governance structure with ample resources that exist to ensure a legacy of an amenity-rich and active way of life. The highest standards and a convenient north Scottsdale location establish DC Ranch as a nationally desirable place to live with an exceptional quality of life and premium home values.
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Ranch Updates Show your style with decorating flair Fall is in the air! It’s time to dust off those boxes of lights and décor to start decorating. According to Community Standard DCR-19, holiday displays are permitted Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. Residents are asked to be considerate of neighbors by avoiding excessive light or noise at night. In the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf, roof décor is not permitted. Before stringing up lights, please check with your Community Standards Specialist by calling 480.977.1299. For holidays and celebrations throughout other times of the year, decorations are permitted two weeks prior and must be removed within one week after. DC Ranch complies with Arizona Revised Statute 33-1808(c) regarding the display of political signage on a member’s property. Political signs are permitted beginning 71 days prior to an election. These signs may not exceed an aggregate total of nine square feet and may not be placed in a right-ofway or in a manner that creates a traffic hazard. Per the Standards for
Neighborhood Voting Member Election kicks off this month
here are 44 elected residents who serve the neighborhoods in which they live by voting on Ranch Association matters that require a “member vote.” Their most important duty is election of the Board of Directors which occurs in early April each year. While board members serve multiple three-year terms, NVMs are elected annually. The NVM election period runs Oct. 1 through Dec. 14 as new terms start Jan. 1. Any resident who is in good standing with the Association is eligible to serve. The goal is to have all 44 NVM positions filled, so please consider serving your community in this volunteer capacity. NVMs are at the very heart of DC Ranch, helping at the grassroots level to keep the community living connected. Please join us in thanking those who currently serve their neighborhoods as NVMs.
NVM Election Timeline Conduct DCR-22, political signs are described as those that attempt to Oct. 1, 2020 Candidate Statement Forms post to DCRanch.com/ influence the outcome of an election, Community Management. including supporting Oct. 5, 2020 Agenda item for Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting. or opposing the recall Nov. 2, 2020 Deadline for Candidate Statements to be received at of a public officer, The Ranch Offices by 5 p.m. or supporting or Nov. 16, 2020 NVM ballots are mailed this week to residents with the opposing the circula 2021 Budget & Assessments. tion of a petition for a Dec. 14, 2020 Ballots are due by 5 p.m. at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. ballot measure, question, proposition Dec. 21, 2020 2021 NVMs will be announced on DCRanch.com. or recall of a public officer. Political signs must be removed no later Jan. 1, 2021 New NVM one-year term begins. than three days after an election.
Political sign policy
2020 Security Survey Review New security vehicle
esident satisfaction with security services remains favorable. Overall, residents gave the current security provider, Anderson Security Agency, a 73% approval rating. That is down slightly from the 80% rating Allied Universal received in 2018. In Sept. 2019, the Association Board made the switch to Anderson Security who agreed to provide additional services requested by residents, such as snake removal. Many security team members were retained so it is not surprising that the scores for professionalism, overall appearance,
response times and customer service are identical in both surveys. Despite the pandemic and social unrest this year, 63% of residents felt that the number of security-related incidents had not changed from the prior two years. One area for improvement is education. Some 65% of survey respondents said that they were unaware of the complete array of services offered. Stay in the know with the Quick Guide to Security Services available on DCRanch.com and plan to attend the upcoming Virtual Community Safety Forum.
Virtual Community Safety Forum Oct. 7 4
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atrol 3 has a new vehicle for use on the paths and trails. The golf cart is battery-operated and offers complete weather protection, including air-conditioning and a heater so it can be comfortably operated yearround. It also has headlights with bright beams to operate during evening hours, if needed. The vehicle carries emergency equipment and snake removal tools. It can travel approximately 50 miles on a charge, making it a sustainable choice.
Sit back in the comfort of your home and enjoy a presentation on security in DC Ranch and the greater North Scottsdale community. The virtual meeting, held 5 to 7 p.m. via Zoom, will consist of three segments with a Q&A period to follow. Executive Director Darren Shaw will make introductions and provide opening remarks. Association Security Liaison Mike Wells will provide an in depth look at the 2020 Security Services Survey results. New Foothills District Police Commander Patrick Regan and Crime Prevention Officer Rob Katzaroff will provide an overview on police services and crime prevention. In closing, Anderson Security Manager for DC Ranch Steve Enteman will update attendees on DC Ranch security services and take questions.
Monthly Planner Any in-person events will be held in accordance with public health guidelines. Events are subject to change. Please check DCRanch.com/ calendar for the most up to date listing information.
Webinar: Caring for the Caregiver
Monday, Oct. 5 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Zoom
Balancing the care of others with self-care can be a fine line to walk. Join this free webinar on Zoom for information on maintaining your equilibrium.
TGIF Tweens: Outdoor Laser Tag Friday, Oct. 16 6 to 8 p.m. | The Homestead Ages 8-12 | $23
Get out for an evening of outdoor laser tag and games! Kids will be asked to observe social distancing. All food and drink will be prepackaged to promote health and safety.
Sunset Meditation Mondays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 23 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. The Homestead All ages | $21
Join this 6-week session to learn the art of meditation and its stressrelieving benefits. Please bring a yoga mat or towel for sitting on the lawn.
Prickly Pumpkin Patch
Thursday, Oct. 22 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Desert Camp | Ages 0-8 | $7
Virtual Tour de Scottsdale Monday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 18 Register at TourdeScottsdale.net
This year, little ones will delight in visiting the hundredacre woods with Winnie the Pooh to pick out a pumpkin. Don’t miss this annual fall family tradition!
Keep the cycling spirit alive while still supporting the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. In addition to the traditional 30- and 70-mile rides, this year’s virtual event will introduce a new 15-mile course and 5-mile fit family ride.
Spotlight Speaker Series: Water is scarce! Weds., Oct. 14 | 6 to 7 p.m. | Zoom
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Spooky Maze: Wizard of Oz Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov 1 5 to 9 p.m. | The Homestead All ages | $12 each
There’s no place like… The Homestead for celebrating Halloween! Residents are invited to register for a designated time and click their heels for a visit through the indoor haunted forest. Designed with all ages in mind, signage will be posted for those who prefer to exit as things get progressively scary. Costumes are welcome and encouraged.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Budget and Finance Committee Monday, October 5 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Zoom
Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, October 5 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom Virtual Community Safety Forum Wednesday, Oct. 7 5 to 7 p.m. | Zoom
Ranch Association Budget Workshop Monday, Oct. 12 6 to 7 p.m. | Zoom
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Modification Committee Tuesday, Oct. 13 4 to 5 p.m. | Zoom
Community Council Budget Workshop Thursday, Oct. 22 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom Ranch Association Budget and Finance Committee Monday, Oct. 26 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Zoom Modification Committee Tuesday, Oct. 27 4 to 5 p.m. | Zoom
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DC Ranch Photo Contest
Give us your
Capture the beauty of DC Ranch for the 2020 photo contest DC Ranch residents are encouraged to snap photos of whatever inspires them about living in the community. From wildlife to scenic vistas, thereâ€™s no denying the endless possibilities. Each month, submitted images will be reviewed by DC Ranch staff and selected for a spot in Ranch News. At the end of the year, residents will vote from the monthly winners to choose a winning photo for a framed display at Desert Camp Community Center.
To submit a photo for consideration, please email a high-res image with your name, image title and a brief description to email@example.com
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Newsworthy Sky Harbor flight paths The City of Scottsdale is in mediation with the FAA to adjust the eastbound NextGen Flight Patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. As a result, the Court’s schedule for the legal action filed by Scottsdale against the FAA has been extended with the city’s opening brief now due mid-October. A spokesperson in the city attorney’s office said that while they are hopeful about mediation, the city is prepared to litigate if needed.
in the southern portion of DC Ranch. It consists of 18 lots that are zoned I-1, which is industrial/office use and includes warehousing. Eight of the lots are already developed and four are currently under construction. One lot is in the design review stage and will be used as office and warehouse One of two buildings proposed for Corporate space for Fetzer Surgical, who is moving their operations from Illinois Center, lot 15. to DC Ranch. Development within DC Ranch is subject to review by the DC Ranch Covenant Commission and the City of Scottsdale.
In 2014, the FAA adopted NextGen Flight Patterns that moved air traffic to fly over heavily populated areas in Scottsdale that were never in Sky Harbor flight paths, including DC Ranch. These changes created potential safety hazards and noise issues. The City of Phoenix won a similar legal battle in 2017 when the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FAA was “arbitrary and capricious” in its flight procedure revisions. This resulted in the FAA working with Phoenix to resolve the impact of westbound flight changes.
Development at DC Ranch Corporate Center continues
DC Ranch was master planned as a mixed-use community. This enables residents to not only live in DC Ranch but to also work, have their business located here, do their shopping, attend school, enjoy the outdoors and socialize all within the community. The DC Ranch Corporate Center is
Program and Event Survey results
In lieu of the Programs and Events Open House this year, a survey was emailed to residents about their program experience and preferences. Nearly 350 responses and comments were collected and reviewed by Community Council to help plan for the coming year. Of note, a large majority of residents showed interest in receiving text notifications for events and programs. Special thanks to the 53 residents who volunteered to participate in a focus group dedicated to DC Ranch events and programs for all ages and interests. If possible, would you opt in to YESYES Yes receive text message notifications about DC Ranch events and programs (upcoming events, confirNo mation, registration details, etc.
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DC Ranch honors those who
Since 2009, DC Ranch has celebrated those who make a difference in the community. Every April, durin Volunteer Appreciation Celebration acknowledges residents for their philanthropic contributions. Reside in five categories: leadership, good neighbor, philanthropy, youth and community partner. This year’s re The 2020 special awards luncheon was canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, several recipients recently h View the DC Ranch facebook page for photos and videos of the deliverie INTRODUCING THE 2020 RECIPIENTS
Honors a resident who serves on a board or committee. Elizabeth Kepuraitis has served over
3 years on the Ranch Association Board of Directors, and several years on various committees. In her current role as President, she has strengthened the partnership between the Ranch Association and Community Council Boards.
Kepuraitis has lived in the community since 2002. She remains actively involved with her alma mater, helping students transition from college to their careers. “I wanted to be involved and get to know the moving parts of DC Ranch. We’re a village and this is a really amazing place. I especially like that DC Ranch promotes activities for residents and is involved with non-profit organizations like notMYkid.”
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GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD
Honors a resident or Neighborhood Voting Member who is known for lending a hand and volunteering in the community. David Lowe has served on several
committees including the “turn-over board” for the Country Club and the Tapadero HOA. His expertise has helped the community immeasurably, and he is always willing to assist a neighbor.
A resident since 1999, Lowe has dedicated hundreds of hours to improving the neighborhood. “In 2012, I developed both a comprehensive maintenance manual and created a reserve proforma that covers all painting, lighting, trellis and roof replacements. I’ve handled all such maintenance since. When a new resident moves into Tapadero, I introduce myself and provide them with helpful information relating to exterior M&R pursuant to our CC&R’s.”
Honors a resident who champions a charitable cause.
Honors a young resident who volunteers in the community or demonstrates leadership.
Andrea Brin is an active volunteer
with DC Ranch Gives. She sits on various committees and believes volunteering has given her a sense of belonging and a wonderful sense of community.
Brin’s passion for volunteering started during high school in New York City where she assisted with the Head Start program for one of the housing projects. “The most satisfying thing you can do is give back. The Gives events are so eye opening. Working as a team with a myriad of different people from DC Ranch is such a positive experience.”
Ava Handel is committed to improving the greater community by volunteering with several organizations. She is willing to lend a hand in any aspect of a project and is a shining example of youth volunteerism.
Handel has been involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since 5th grade. Her current project, maskup4bloodcancer.com donates all funds for people with blood cancer. She says, “Whether you’re volunteering in a big or small way, every act of kindness matters.”
o give back
BY ALEXANDRA DUEMER | COMMUNITY COUNCIL
ng National Volunteer Month, the DC Ranch ents nominate fellow neighbors for the award ecipients were chosen by previous recipients. had a surprise delivery of their awards at home. es in action!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 2020 NOMINEES
very year, the Volunteer Appreciation event concludes with a giving back project. Past projects have included assembling bicycles for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, Hope Tote hygiene packages for Phoenix Rescue Mission and decorating kindness bells for Ben’s Bells. This year organizers chose St. Vincent de Paul as the beneficiary for the giving back project. Local businesses donated needed items to include in Hot and Cold Care Kits for homeless people People experiencing homelessness are one of the most vulnerable groups to contracting and spreading COVID-19. Crucial items such as soap and hand sanitizer make a great impact to help flatten the curve. Special thanks to these businesses that donated items for St. Vincent de Paul: • Cox Communications • Liberty Station • Santé of Arizona • SRP
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD
Honors a DC Ranch Community partner that supports the mission of building community and connecting neighbors. The City of Scottsdale Foothills District Police Department has been a
valuable community partner to DC Ranch by providing helpful home safety and security information to residents. The police chief has also been on the panel of judges for DC Ranch Day’s culinary contests the past four years. ”We are honored to have been selected for such an award and to serve the DC Ranch community,” says Commander Patrick Regan.
NOMINATE A NEIGHBOR
Do you know a neighbor who is consistently giving back to DC Ranch or the greater community? The Community Council would like to recognize them for their service. Celebrate this individual by filling out the quick, easy nomination form on DCRanch.com/volunteerappreciation. Nominations are accepted year-round.
• All American Sports Grill • Carmen Palacio • Chloe Handel • Chloe Nutall • Chris Kirkpatrick • David Lowe • Elaine Cottey • Fran Case • Gina Daniels • Isabel Catalano • Janell Grady • Jen Catalano • Jessica Rinehart • Lisa O’Brien • Marnie Rosenthal Launch Real Estate • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy • Michelle Cross • Nancy Long • Nancy Rossman • Natalie Ingram • Now + Zen Yoga • Susan Ginsberg • The Village Health Club & Spas
Volunteer with DC Ranch Gives The DC Ranch Gives program was created to provide residents with meaningful opportunities to engage with each other and give back to the broader community through volunteer and donation opportunities for non-profit organizations.In 2019, residents completed 431 volunteer hours, donated 1,500 hygiene items to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, and 530 pounds of food to Vista del Camino Food Bank. They also gave 195 gifts and necessities to families battling pediatric cancer through the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. More recently, the School Supply Drive set a record in July. Residents donated 2,700 items to Washington Elementary School in Phoenix. The 800+ students who attend the Title I school are low income, qualifying for free or reduced lunches. The donations of school supplies, kid-sized face masks and cleaning supplies will impact their classrooms “Your generosity was amazing! What you see is only tremendously during the a portion of what was brought in. Thank you, DC Ranch.” challenging year ahead. – Jennifer Griggs, Principal, Washington Elementary School
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Family Promise helped 168 kids so far this year
BY ERICA FETHERSTON | FAMILY PROMISE
amily Promise of Greater Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that serves primarily first-time homeless families and their pets and helps them return to independence, announced it has so far served 85 families this year, comprised of 117 adults and 168 children. Family Promise has been able to continue fulfilling its mission despite challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Family Promise relied on its network of volunteer churches and synagogues to shelter and feed the families it serves while the Social Work Team assisted these families on their journey back to self-sufficiency.
The nonprofit suspended its community-based model of operations in mid-March to protect its volunteers and families from the virus.
“Families experiencing homelessness are more at-risk during pandemics than other populations, which means we couldn’t abandon our mission to help the Valley’s most at-risk families,” said Ted Taylor, Executive Director at Family Promise of Greater Phoenix. “I’m so proud of our staff and volunteers for their efforts to continue helping so many families stay together.” At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Family Promise worked to rapidly deploy a social-distancing strategy utilizing their day centers where families usually connect with
social workers to continue helping families in need. The nonprofit secured beds and bedding to allow families to shelter in place at its day centers in south Scottsdale for six months and counting. Congregations, who would normally shelter and feed families in the program, instead volunteered to bring meals to families sheltering in place.
While families stayed at the refurnished day centers, they continued to go through and graduate from Family Promise programming that helped parents find stable jobs, keep kids in school, and secure permanent housing for families. By continuing to graduate families out of the Family Promise program, they have been able to consistently open up new space for other families in need.
However, Taylor warns that they will only be able to maintain their adapted operational structure for a limited time.
“While we’ve found a way to keep helping families, our new systems are much more costly in terms of staff resources as well as physical resources to serve the families,” explained Taylor. “We hope that conditions will become safe to return to our proven methods to help a large number of vulnerable families.” Taylor says that the community can help Family Promise maintain its current operations by donating at FamilyPromiseAZ.org.
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Quick Guide to DC Ranch Security Services Adding/Removing Guests Call the
gatehouse, visit gateaccess.net or download the GateAccess app.
EMRs Patrol Staff members are
Vacation Notification Form
trained as first responders for many minor medical situations/ injuries.
Security conducts perimeter checks while residents are away. Online Form
Grant an Authorized Person Allows authorized user to add guests to guest list. Online Form
Vehicle Jumpstart Contact Secu-
Garage Door Alert Security will
notify about an open garage door; will email or call after 12 a.m.
Lost & Found Items are collected
Verbal Validation Code Submit
four-digit code in lieu of photo I.D. Online form at DCRanch.com
rity for assistance with a dead battery.
Vehicle Transponders Submit form
nightly. Contact the Windgate Gate at 480.342.9095.
at DCRanch.com; issued at West Gate. Online Form
Parking Exemption Grants up to three days of street parking for guests. May be used twice per month. Online Form
Uber/Lyft/Car Service Pick-up appointments, Resident should inform Security of the appointment and ensure that the driver has resident’s first and last name or address for pick up.
Packages Deliveries of most pack-
ages may be accepted; check with the gatehouse for exceptions.
Pets Patrol services provide
complimentary doggie waste bags and leashes.
Snake Removal Call Security
Dispatch at 480.397.9659 for assistance and removal.
Selling your Home Authorize
realtor for access; Security will confirm showings with the listing agent.
Monday- Friday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
At unmanned gates, driver will be permitted entry by the resident.
Drop-off at manned gates, Security will ask for a Verbal Validation Code or photo identification. Unmanned gates: Resident will input their gate code.
Dial 911 Emergencies Non-emergency 480.312.8833 Police Dept. Scottsdale 480.312.0611 Fire Dept.
For unmanned gates, contact the West Gate.
Security Dispatch/ Command Center 480.397.9659
Turn on Fire Pit Contact Security for help with lighting a gas fire pit.
Stephen Enteman 480.397.9641
East Gate Windgate
Horseshoe Gate 480.515.9443 Arcadia Gate ICON Gate
he Community Council Board is charged with being financial stewards for the community, and they carry out that commitment in many ways, including requiring strong internal controls, employing professional staff, commissioning an annual audit, approving a balanced budget each year, and reviewing financial information monthly. In the past, the Board has also served as the Finance Committee. However, the Board recently recruited four DC Ranch residents, all with significant experience in various financial industries, to form an independent financial committee that will provide support to the Council Board in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities. Thank you to residents Rich Puricelli, Renee Selitto, Tom LaPorte, and Steve Wrede for joining committee chair and Board Treasurer Alex Townsend to form this important group.
financial management and reporting process. I am excited to welcome Renee, Tom, Richard, and Steven to the Finance Committee. Each of them brings extensive professional financial experience and will provide valuable insight and perspective on the Council’s financial reporting, budgeting, and investment policies,” Townsend says.
Community Council Finance Committee
“Establishing the Finance Committee is an important best practice adopted by the Community Council to further bolster the Council’s already strong
The Finance Committee will work with the Director of Financial Operations Dee Nortman to provide advice to the Board in four key areas: review of the financial statements; participation in the auditor selection and audit review; review and recommendations related to financial and investment policies; and attending Board budget meetings and providing commentary. Finance Committee members may engage on specific and special projects such as a capital project cost analysis, liability insurance renewal, tax return review, and risk assessment. The Committee is advisory in nature and does not take formal action on behalf of the DC Ranch Community Council.
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The Village at Market Street Neighborhood:
THE VILLAGE AT MARKET STREET
he Village at Market Street neighborhood is nestled just south of Thompson Peak Parkway and west of the south Desert Camp loop. The 129-unit condominium community offers affordable lock and leave freedom within easy walking distance of shopping and dining on Market Street, or fitness and swimming at Desert Camp Community Center. There are three different size units ranging from just under 1,000 to 2,200 square feet. Monthly assessments are inclusive of costs for water, sewage and trash collection. The development features its own clubhouse, wet bar, kitchen facility, fitness room, business meeting room, pool, grill and
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hot tub which are the center of social activities (under normal circumstances). The neighborhood is one of the 10 sub-associations in DC Ranch and has its own threemember board. It is managed by City Property Management and Carla Garvin has served as property manager since 2006. Because of its size, The Village at Market Street is served by two NVMs. Lots 102-210 are represented by Ed Swanson and Selena Perez as Alternate NVM. Kevin Walsh represents Lots 211-275.
Meet Neighborhood Voting Member: ED SWANSON
had lived in south Scottsdale since the late 1960s before moving to DC Ranch in 2004. I served as The Village Board president in 2005
and 2006 and as Secretary-Treasurer from 2013 to 2016. I continue to serve on the Community Council’s Spotlight Speaker Series Planning Committee and the Ranch Association Budget and Finance Committee. I was also a member of the Association’s Safety and Security Committee from 2015 to 2017 that helped to develop the current DC Ranch Community Standards.
DC Ranch was developed with exceptional planning for environmental and governance quality. It is all mindfully updated. DC Ranch focuses on the broadest sense of community and stewardship. Security is in the Community’s DNA, both for physical and property values. Community Standards are well documented and enforced with kindness. Living here has been a truly wonderful opportunity to get to know many residents and engage in unique activities which are vital to DC Ranch Community values and functions, To learn more about both within volunteer or leadership the developopportunities, call ment and the The Ranch Offices surrounding at 480.513.1500. community.”
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BY WENDY ANDERTON | MCDOWELL SONORAN CONSERVANCY
you’ve ever been in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, you’ve likely come across a Conservancy volunteer (we call them “stewards”). The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards can be identified by their distinctive blue shirt and badge in addition to their helpful attitudes. The Conservancy has 650+ amazing stewards who dedicate over 60,000+ hours each year. The steward program offers something for everyone, both within and outside the Preserve. Here are a few ways they get involved: • Interacting with people on the trails while hiking, biking or horse riding • Helping with people at trailhead, suggesting trails and providing safety tips • Constructing and repairing trails • Learning about the natural and human history of this unique desert environment through lectures and field studies • Working with children and families to educate and engage them as future stewards of the land • Leading public hikes or bike rides • Completing scientific research and field work (no prior knowledge needed) • Exploring opportunities to develop, engage and support fellow stewards • Completing outreach activities to educate and engage people
To become a Conservancy steward, there are two applications: one for the Conservancy and one for the City of Scottsdale. There is a background check which helps ensure the safety of all those who visit the Preserve. Once the background check is approved, there is an orientation to learn more about the Conservancy, steward programs and the Preserve. Stewards are assigned a mentor to help guide them through the process of becoming a full-fledged steward, a process that includes exploring our programs to determine which interests you the most. Becoming a steward is a great way to enrich the community, learn, teach and make connections all while having fun. The Conservancy steward program has something for everyone.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy was recently certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise. With this prestigious accomplishment, the Conservancy now joins the top 10% of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Certification signifies the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of the organization. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and advancing natural open space through science, education and stewardship. To learn more, visit mcdowellsonoran.org.
BY SARAH FERRARA | CITY OF SCOTTSDALE
he U.S. Green Building Council has recognized the City of Scottsdaleâ€™s Aviation Business Center, 15000 N. Airport Dr, with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. The award recognizes the project for its sustainable, green building qualities.
Aviation Business Center Earns LEED Gold
The Aviation Business Center is a modern two-story 23,250 SF steel building featuring glass facades, wood designer elements and an open design. It serves as the hub for the aviation administration offices, U.S. Customs and Border Protection office, leased office space, public meeting rooms, outdoor plaza, on-site restaurant and a veteranâ€™s memorial.
During the design, staff and the architects worked hard to achieve LEED Gold standards while maintaining the vision, budget and schedule for the project. The building was designed to conserve resources and reduce energy consumption.
The project employed many sustainable strategies including: â€˘ Roofing does not contribute to heat island effect â€˘ Low flow plumbing fixtures â€˘ No CFC based refrigerants
â€˘ Building materials that were sourced locally were given preference
â€˘ Building materials with a high recycled content were given preference
â€˘ Materials and products with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCâ€™s) were used in the interior â€˘ Development of the site in a way that maximizes open space Utilization of roofing that minimizes heat island effect â€œWe are proud of achieving gold-level certification,â€? says Aviation Director Gary P. Mascaro. â€œThe goal from the start was to build to a high level of sustainable standards without sacrificing on design.â€?
Most new city buildings strive to be built to LEED Gold standards per Section 2 of Resolution No. 6644. The City of Scottsdale has 14 LEED certified buildings, including four Platinum and now five Gold buildings.
â€˘ Onsite renewable energyâ€” photo-voltaic â€˘ Responsible management of construction waste â€˘ Wood products were harvested sustainably â€˘ Bicycle racks
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