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Goodyear to build new city hall, park, library BY ANDREA ESTRADA

West Valley View Staff Writer

After starting and stalling five times in the last 35 years, Goodyear’s new city hall project is finally underway. Goodyear City Council approved a letter of intent in early April outlining a public-private partnership with investment company Globe Corporation for the development of Goodyear Civic Square at Estrella Falls. The project, slated to be completed by mid-2022, will be located north of McDowell Road near 150th Drive, and will include a city hall, library, two-acre park and Class A office space – the highest quality office space. Goodyear City Manager Julie Arendall said the square will serve as a public space for events and activities. “We’re really looking to create a vibrant gathering place for the Goodyear community. A place where we can have art festivals and concerts and really make that hometown feel for Goodyear,” she said. And a project like Civic Square at Estrella Falls is long overdue, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said. “Through the years we’ve done our citizen surveys. You can see that those needs and wants are there,” Lord said. “It’s go-

Goodyear approved a letter of intent in early April to build a new city hall, library, two-acre park and Class A office space north of McDowell Road near 150th Drive. (Photo courtesy city of Goodyear)

ing to be a great meeting place for our citizens, which they have really longed for, for some time.” While the project will fulfill a longstanding demand, it will also generate jobs and retain a high concentration of people in Goodyear during the daytime, something

Arendall said will attract business opportunities in the future. “What we don’t have in Goodyear right now is a density of daytime population. Our workforce leaves Goodyear

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Meck: ‘The state of the city of Buckeye is excellent’ BY CONNOR DZIAWURA

West Valley View Managing Editor

With only 5% of its 640 square miles developed, the city of Buckeye’s room for growth was a theme of Mayor Jackie Meck’s recent State of the City address. And if projections come true, the city’s

current population of 80,000 will reach 1.5 to 1.8 million residents in the next 50 to 100 years. That projected growth is something for which the city is preparing, Meck assured during the April 10 Palo Verde Energy Education Center talk. Currently, as he summarized, “the state


of the city of Buckeye is excellent.” “I don’t consider myself a politician. I consider myself a resident of Buckeye that wants to see Buckeye grow,” Meck said, tracing back his lineage in the fifth fastest-growing city in the nation among those

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Buckeye...continued from page 1 with populations greater than 50,000 residents. Despite heavy forecasts for growth, Meck and his colleagues in City Council are first planning for the more immediate future. “Our focus for this year is to build on our successes, stay strong and continue improving the quality of life for our residents,” Meck said. Estimating that 90% of workers travel east for jobs, he said having residents “live, work and play in Buckeye” is the city’s foremost goal. And like Buckeye’s room for progress was a theme, also were the city’s past successes. Already since the turn of the century, he noted, the city has increased its population by more than 12 times, built more than 1,100 miles of new roads, hired 400 additional employees, and increased spending from $8.5 million to $257 million. “Employers and retail businesses are taking notice, too,” Meck said of the city’s growth thus far. “Attracting good jobs to the city is one of our highest priorities.” More recent developments Meck cit-


ed include Cardinal Glass, Parker Fasteners, Arizona Public Service (APS), Bio-Gro and Arizona Water Company. Cardinal Glass, which currently has a facility in the city, will soon expand, leading to the hiring of 150 to 200 employees by this time next year, he said. Additionally, Parker Fasteners – a manufacturer of precision parts for aerospace and industrial applications – is moving into an existing building near Baseline Road and Highway 85, though expansion plans will ramp up operations and it will ultimately employ more than 100 people. APS is building a regional service center at Baseline Road and State Route 85 that will employ Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck took a look at the past, present and future during his recent State of more than 200 people, and it also the City address. (Photo courtesy city of Buckeye) has several electrical projects underway including a new substation at The city is poised for more compa- Buckeye Municipal Airport, which the SR85 site to be energized in 2020. nies in the advanced manufacturing and now boasts the services – including Fertilizer manufacturer Bio-Gro pur- technology industry, Meck noted later. providing jet fuel to customers – of chased land near Johnson and Baseline At the intersection of Watson and aircraft repair and maintenance comroads. And Arizona Water Company Yuma Roads, Meck said, in the works pany Performance Air Group. Skydive will occupy space at Sundance Center. are new hotels, coffee shops, retail Buckeye recently purchased a secAlso in the works but unable to be stores, restaurants and a medical cen- ond aircraft, Meck added, as well as disclosed, he said, are a vehicle testing ter. Over at McDowell Road and Ver- hired additional jump instructors. And company and four more companies. rado Way Barro’s Pizza, Taco Bell, Northwest Sky Sports, which provides Starbucks, Verizon, a dentist and a vet- glider flights, is also now at the airport, erinarian are all either in the works or along with new tenant and helicopter open already. More retailers or service operation Spur-N-Rotor, Meck added. providers will be disclosed later. With the airport being 700 acres “We know our residents want and owned by Buckeye, according to need to shop in their own community, Meck, it could eventually be a “major close to their homes, so we’re focused commercial industrial site.” on attracting all types of new business “Did you know that if we build (the and retail opportunities to the city,” airport and its surrounding land) like Meck said. we can and should and would and Also heavily discussed by Meck was could in the future, that it will be a major airport, because we’re outside of the Sky Harbor influence?” Meck asked the crowd. On a related note, Meck thanked Copperstate Fly-In, which partnered with the city for the Buckeye Air Fair earlier this year. Meck said it was the third largest fly-in in the country, with 30,000 attendees, and even more projected for next year. Other brief topics were I-11, which Meck called a “big thing” he hopes SENIOR PASTOR REV. DR. TONY STIFF will be expedited. And on housing, he said more than 200 single-family resCHRIST idential permits on average have been PRESBYTERIAN issued per month in 2019. He also CHURCH noted strides made at the Legislature 925 N Sarival Ave regarding the eradication of the salt Goodyear, Az 85338 cedars along the Gila River. Again on 623.882.0721 businesses, he mentioned Snap Fitness’ renovation of a historic 1930 building, Follow us @cpcgoodyear

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A man was shot dead April 12 after he allegedly threw a wrench at a pair of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and subsequently approached them with a hammer. According to MCSO, the incident occurred near 209th Avenue and Narramore Road, in Buckeye’s Rainbow Valley community just before midnight. The suspect, 39-year-old Juan Torres, was in the backyard, where the deputies made contact following a reported domestic dispute. Torres then allegedly threw a large wrench, striking one of the deputies, before approaching the pair with a hammer. The deputies fired their weapons, striking Torres. Torres was pronounced deceased at the hospital. One of the deputies sustained minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing, MCSO said.

City Hall...continued from page 1 during the day to go to work at a very high rate,” she said. And as long as everyone is leaving the community during the day, potential restaurants, retail and entertainment businesses don’t have the ability to be successful, she added. “By having the city hall, you automatically have about 500 employees in that location everyday. By adding the library, we have 140,000 visitors annually. And then this additional Class A office building; let’s say they have another 500 employees. Now you can see how that creates that daytime dynamic,” Arendall said. “We’re confident and believe that this project will be the catalyst for other things that our current Goodyear residents want.” Globe Corporate, which owns 47 acres where the new space will be built, is making a donation toward the project, Lord said. “They are dedicating land to us, and along with that they’re going to build a Class A office building,” she said. The Class A office space is special to the project because nothing like it exists in Goodyear, Arendall said. “It truly does not exist in the West Valley. We are unable to compete as a community for corporate-headquarter-type (locations), because we don’t have the existing space that these companies want,” she said. “We’re excited that Globe has the confidence in our market to put it in Goodyear.” Lord said the project and all of its features will be an added attraction to the city. “My vision is the citizens’ vision. They want a community that they can live in, work in and play in,” she said. “And so this kind of sums it up.”

Buckeye...continued from page 2 which it recently moved into. “With so many people moving to Buckeye, we are proactively working to ensure our infrastructure is operation properly and can grow with us,” he said. Last year, Meck continued, Buckeye launched its first official five-year capital improvement program (CIP) to help identify and prioritize infrastructure needs. Thus far, he said the Earl Edgar Recreational Facility has new lights and an irrigation system on the sports fields and upgraded restrooms and basketball courts; downtown Buckeye has new sidewalks; the design concept for the Tartesso Fire Station is complete, with plans to be finalized this summer and construction projected to conclude in late 2020; the Roosevelt Improvement District has water and sewer lines, paving, and traffic signals at Van Buren and Roosevelt streets; and Skyline Park has new miles of trails, expanded outdoor classes, and a 7% increase in attendance from 2017 to 2018, with more than 300,000 people visiting in 2018. A new, state-of-the-art, 15,000-squarefoot police evidence building is also



being designed for Historic Downtown Buckeye, and it will leave room for growth. Sundance Park is also in the works for expansion, and thanks to resident input the city will build desired amenities as funding is secured, he said. But Buckeye’s largest CIP, he said, is the $94 million Broadway Road Water Campus. Work started earlier this year on a new water transmission line along Apache Road. And when the first phase is complete by 2020, it will produce better water quality, he added. It will expand as demand requires, and be fully operational by 2022. “We have our work cut out for us in the coming years. We’ve also done a tremendous job getting Buckeye to where we are today – on the road to a successful future,” he said. “I am confident this City Council and the Buckeye city management have the passion, dedication and commitment to continue moving us in the right direction – building and improving our city services, while preserving our heritage in the process.” “The Buckeye in my day was great. The Buckeye now is fantastic. The Buckeye of tomorrow is destined to be incredible. And as always, Buckeye is open for business,” he concluded.

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Buckeye, APS celebrate resilient partnership, growth BY ANDREA ESTRADA

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The city of Buckeye’s fast-paced growth was a topic of discussion when Mayor Jackie Meck, community leaders and Arizona Public Service (APS) employees gathered at the APS Buckeye Service Center on April 8 for a celebration in honor of the city’s longstanding partnership with APS. According to Jacob Tetlow, APS’ vice president of transmission and distribution operations, Buckeye is the fastest-growing city in Maricopa County – which is the fastest growing county in the United States – and ranks fifth nationally (for cities with populations of 50,000 or more residents). “We’re moving things in the right direction, and we have lots to be proud of,” Tetlow said. But to continue that growth, which Tetlow described as “impressive stats,” Buckeye and Maricopa County need an electrical backbone. “They need a system that we will build to make sure that we promote that economic growth. It needs to be clean, it needs to be affordable, and it needs to be reliable,” Tetlow explained.

To advance that clean, affordable, reliable agenda, APS is expanding its renewable energy portfolio through batteries, according to Tetlow. “We’ve announced our 850 megawatts of batteries. A couple hundred megawatts will be in service in the next few years,” he said, referring to an announcement by the company from February. Those batteries, Tetlow mentioned, work in conjunction with substations, which are facilities that balance the current on the power grid. As an example, Tetlow referenced the Festival Ranch feeder, a substation with two 2-megawatt battery systems located in an area in Buckeye with high-solar penetration. “It (the substation) provides stability on the grid for all that high penetration solar environment, and it helps that sunshine energy get moved to the night – when we need that energy the most,” Tetlow said, adding that transmission projects going in service will support the substation buildouts. New substations will result in even more growth for Buckeye, Meck said. “New substations will be completed

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Jacob Tetlow, APS’ vice president of transmission and distribution, speaks on his company’s longstanding relationship with the city of Buckeye. Arizona Strategies President Karrin Taylor Robson and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck listen from the sidelines. (West Valley View photo by Pablo Robles)

in the next four years, and will help Buckeye continue to grow at a smart and healthy pace. That way we can stay focused on attracting advanced manufacturing and technology and transportation businesses to our city,” Meck said. And Meck said APS has been a partner with Buckeye in developing strategies to draw new businesses. “Every time we‘ve asked them to provide, they’ve provided,” he said. Because of their strong partnership, Meck said Cardinal Glass, an insulating glass plant, not only moved to Buckeye a few years ago, but is expanding its operations. Karin Taylor Robson, founder and president of Arizona Strategies and member of the Arizona Board of Regents, highlighted another example of APS and Buckeye’s collaboration. “When you look at the partnership between APS and the city of Buckeye, it’s truly, truly unique, and you have

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to look no further than the West-MEC energy education campus on Verrado Way and I-10. There’s nothing like it in the country,” Robson said. The campus, which Robson attributed to the leadership of Meck, APS and Palo Verde, not only benefits high school students seeking postsecondary opportunities, but is also used to train APS and Palo Verde workers, she said. And Robson said the West-MEC campus will continue to grow, something she believes wouldn’t be possible without the partnership between APS and Buckeye. “We have to allow the kind of partnership that APS and Buckeye has (to) continue to flourish for the future of our state,” Robson said. Meck described APS’ success as Buckeye’s own – and vice versa. “I will leave you with this final thought: Partnership opportunities increase when you help others win,” Meck said. “And that’s what we’re doing with APS and Buckeye.”

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Governor Ducey visits Buckeye Elementary School BY ANDREA ESTRADA

West Valley View Staff Writer

When Gov. Doug Ducey toured Buckeye Elementary School on his birthday, April 9, students welcomed him into their classrooms, asked him questions, shared career aspirations and showcased some of the student-led clubs making a difference on their campus. One of those clubs is Youth-forYouth, a youth organization with the mission to end and prevent bullying. Club members presented Ducey with a poster that read D.U.M.B., which stands for Disrespect, Unkindness, Meanness, Bullying. Youth-for-Youth club member Angel Valdez said the poster was also presented to every classroom on campus “as a challenge to not be D.U.M.B.” The Equity Club also stands up for students, but in a different way. “We come up with ideas to make our students’ voices heard,” a fifth-grade Equity Club member told Ducey. Dina Cegelka, Buckeye Elementary School principal, said the different clubs on campus are a result of the school’s diverse population of leaders. “All these different clubs have different initiatives and different missions, but most of them (are) to make the school as amazing as it can be either through academics, through leadership skills, through making sure everyone feels equal and included,” Cegelka

said. When a student asked Ducey what it takes to become a governor, Ducey referred back to those leadership skills. “The ability to be brave and be leaders and to help others and serve others – like this D.U.M.B program to stop bullies and making people feel terrible at school – is a very good skill for going into public life,” Ducey said. And one of the best leadership skills a governor can have is to be a good listener, Ducey said. “I think people get in trouble in positions like mine when they think they know it all. Where they’re so certain of the solutions,” he said. “What has been said to me is that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. So, I try to be a good listener.” And to those who asked for advice on following in his footsteps, Ducey emphasized education. “I would really encourage you to pursue as much possible education as you can receive,” he said. “Try to be as fluent as you can in as many subjects as you can because you’ll run into all kinds of different (issues).” But Ducey also encouraged them to do something else before running for office. “I don’t think the skill is in getting elected and re-elected. The skill is in what you do once you are elected. So, go and turn around a classroom or a school. Make that your calling. Build a

business or join the military. Then, once you’ve got some subject matter expertise and you learn how to work with others, that allows you to then run for office and be effective,” he explained. While all of the students asked different questions, the majority of them resonated with pursuing postsecondary opportunities, which Cegelka said is something the school motivates them to start thinking about early on. “We are definitely pushing our stu-

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Third grader Kayden Simmons talks with Gov. Doug Ducey at Buckeye Elementary School on April 9. (West Valley View photo by Pablo Robles)

dents to look past elementary school, past high school. It’s really thinking past right now and looking at, ‘What do I need to do right now to get ready for my future?’” Before leaving, students escorted Ducey to the school’s library, where he was surprised with cupcakes and gifts. “We’re really blessed with the teachers here, the principal and the superintendent,” he said. “Thank you all for a great birthday.”

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Red Cross inspiring donors for Volunteer Month BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors in the West Valley to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring. Nearly half of the public knows someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood and platelet donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross

currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.

Upcoming blood donations opportunities • 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Walgreens, 1451 N. Dysart Road, Avondale • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, LDS Buckeye AZ Stake, 25800 W. Southern Avenue, Buckeye To celebrate the final season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to encourage fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by bleeding #ForTheThrone. Those who donate by April 30 will be

automatically entered for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Terms and conditions apply and are available at  Additionally, all presenting donors from April 11 through 30 will receive a commemorative “Bleed for the Throne” poster, while supplies last, and automatically be entered in the above-mentioned sweepstakes. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are  17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be

eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation,  before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at  or use the Blood Donor App.

Avondale offering nonprofits ‘contributions assistance’ BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

The city of Avondale is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations looking for grants to aid projects and activities related to health and human services. Through the city’s contributions assistance program, nonprofit agencies that improve residents’ quality of life can

earn direct monetary grants. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The city has set forth a number of criteria.

Avondale residents with a preference for services provided in Avondale. • Applicants who received previous funding must be current in their reporting. Timely and accurate reporting will be taken into consideration. Eligibility criteria B:10” • Applicants must demonstrate the ability • Applicants must provide direct servicesT:10”to generate revenue from other sources. that address the health and welfare ofS:10”• The maximum amount of an award will

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Ladies Professional Golf Association founder dies in Goodyear BY DARRELL JACKSON West Valley View Staff Writer

Marilynn Smith, founder of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), died aged 89 in Goodyear on April 9. Smith, who founded the Association in 1950, won 21 tournaments in the early years of the women’s professional tour and is also recognized for having created the Marilynn Smith LPGA Charity Professional-Amateur event, which raises money to assist female golfers with college expenses. “Marilynn was my founder, my North Star and, most importantly, my friend,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “In her life, she broke barriers, shattered stereotypes and made others ‘believe.’ I’ll miss her weekly handwritten cards, her daily calls to my office, and her love for every LPGA teacher, tour player and staff member. Quite simply, Marilynn left this world better than she found it – and set a standard that will guide us forever.” Smith became a pro in 1949 and signed a $5,000 contract with Spalding for 50 to 100 clinics annually. She eventually earned her own signature line of clubs. She won the first of her 21 LPGA vic-

tories at the 1954 Fort Wayne Open and would not assist her, that she said she the last at the 1972 Pabst first faced gender discrimiLadies Classic. Her victonation. ries also include two major But it was that discrimchampionships: the 1963 ination, Smith once said, and 1964 Titleholders. which led her to create Smith co-founded LPGA, the Marilynn Smith LPGA the oldest women’s profesCharity Pro-Am, through sional sports organization in which she could raise funds the world, with Alice Bauer, for female golfers who Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, wanted to attend college. Helen Dettweiler, Marlene “That’s what inspired me Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, to start this event to allow Opal Hill, Betty James$5,000 grants to 30 young on, Sally Sessions, Shirley Marilynn Smith died in women at year,” Smith age 89. (Photo Spork, Louise Suggs and Goodyear, once said in an interview. courtesy LPGA) Babe Zaharias. Born in Topeka, Kansas, Smith was its president from 1958 to on April 29, 1929, Smith grew up in 1960, and in 1973 she became the first Wichita, where her father worked in life woman to work a men’s event, when insurance. Though both of her parents, she served as a television broadcaster. Lynn and Alma Smith, played golf, she Earlier on in life, Smith attended the at first didn’t intend to play the sport. University of Kansas, where she won “I thought golf was a sissy sport,” she the 1949 national individual intercol- once said. “I ran a boys baseball team and legiate championship. Previously she was the pitcher and manager. One day I had captured the Kansas State Amateur came home and my mother asked how title from 1946-48. I’d done. I used a four-letter word and Because Kansas did not have a wom- she washed out my mouth with Lifebuoy an’s golf team, Smith sought funding soap. Mom told my dad, who suggested in an effort to play in the 1949 cham- taking me to Wichita Country Club for pionship. It was then, when the school the more ladylike sport of golf.”

Smith began playing golf when she was 11. She won the Kansas State Amateur three consecutive times and was called “The Blonde Bomber” because she blasted the ball 25 yards longer than any other female player at that time. Although a fierce competitor on the course, she was a stronger advocate for equal treatment for women, which most say is how she will be remembered. “(Smith) has always been a giver,” Spork said. “She worked so diligently as president of the LPGA, out selling the tour to sponsors. When we traveled, we drove, and we’d pull into a gas station and she would start chatting up a young person. There she ended up giving away more money that we paid for our own gas.” Smith received the first Patty Berg Award for distinguished service to women’s golf in 1979. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. Over the past few years, she continued to sponsor a tournament to raise scholarship money for female high school seniors planning to play golf in college. She continued playing golf recreationally until she was about 70, when she hurt her knee and was forced from the course.









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Care1st Avondale celebrates 10-year milestone, new future center


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In the midst of the Great Recession, as the economy in Arizona plummeted, the need for social and human services in the West Valley increased. It was that need that inspired a partnership between the city of Avondale, Care1st Health Plan Arizona and First Things First (FTF), which, altogether, established the Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center in 2009. The center, which connects individuals and families in the Southwest Valley – and beyond – with health, human and housing service agencies, hosted a celebration in honor of its 10-year anniversary in early April. Elected officials, Care1st Health Plan Arizona employees and partners and members of the community gathered at the center in Avondale to recognize all of the success stories and partnerships made in the last 10 years and a project in the works: a new resource center and senior center building. Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise, alongside former Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, recounted a time during the recession when Rogers reached out to him. “I remember Marie calling me and saying, ‘You need to be at Agua Fria High School tonight.’ Four hundred to 500 people were looking for services, and we were trying to do it out of a high school gym. When Marie brought

this to council, she said, ‘There’s got to be a better way to do this.’ And this facility – 10 years later – it’s a much better way,” he said. “Wouldn’t you agree?” Weise said City Council passed a resolution to name the new resource center after Rogers, who served as Avondale’s vice mayor from 1996 to 2006 and as mayor until 2014, and voiced her support for the city’s partnership with Care1st Health Plan of Arizona continuously throughout her tenure. “We were going through an economic crisis at the time. But your vision wasn’t just Avondale. It was the entire West Valley,” Weise said to Rogers. “We knew what we wanted. How we were going to get there was a different story,” Rogers said. “We just tried to do the best we could together to make sure that it happened because the West Valley didn’t have any services at the time.” Today, the Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center serves a total of 60,000 to 65,000 people per year, Weise said. According to the Care1st Health Plan of Arizona website, some of the services available at the center include: walk-in services for the USDA’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, support for pregnant and parenting teenagers, assistance with renewals and applications for AHCCCS health care, food stamps and cash assistance, and legal

aid services. These services, which State President of Care1st Health Plan of Arizona Scott Cummings described as “needs that are inherent in any community,” are made available through 61 agencies that partner with the center. And Cummings said the center benefits the community and its partners equally. “Avondale residents were having to Care1st Arizona President Scott Cummings, left, and Avondale Kenneth Weise celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the travel into Phoenix, Mayor Care1st Resource Center on April 10. (West Valley View photo by in some cases, to get Pablo Robles) access to these services, and these human service agen- the center in its own unique way. cies really didn’t have enough business “I think it’s cool that a state agency, to warrant them, put staff out here and local city government and a health plan rent space of their own,” Cummings can come together and work together said. and share ideas and our resources, and “We see it (the center) as a hub of create a place where other partners health and human service agencies can come in and provide something,” that benefits them. It keeps their costs Bourne said. lower. They can spread their services “I don’t think we could’ve imagined wider, and it allows for the service to or even planned out the work that hapbe delivered in the community versus pens at this family resource center,” having people travel for those ser- she said. vices,” he explained. Cummings said the same partnerAnnette Bourne, regional director of ships will remain with Care1st Health the FTF Southwest Maricopa Region, Plan Arizona at its new facility – slated said each of the agencies contributes to to be under construction in 2020.

Fairlife announces $200M Goodyear milk production facility BY CONNOR DZIAWURA

West Valley View Managing Editor

A major milk producer is set to arrive in the West Valley, and along with it will come more than 140 jobs. Fairlife LLC recently announced plans to build a 300,000-square-foot production and distribution facility at Cotton Lane and Thomas Road in Goodyear’s PV|303 Business Park. The facility, which will cost more than $200 million to produce, is slated for a late 2020 launch. “Fairlife is a pioneer in the dairy industry, and having their new plant here will not only encourage innovation in Arizona, it will contribute to our efforts to grow our advanced manufacturing sector in our community,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said. The new facility, which will allow

Fairlife to expand its production capabilities, will source milk from local dairy farms in a collaborative effort with the United Dairymen of Arizona. The facility will also utilize advanced manufacturing technologies and efficient, energy-saving equipment to reduce power consumption. Fairlife is behind such products as Ultra-Filtered Milk, Core Power, YUP!, Smart Snacks and Nutrition Plan. “I’m extremely proud that the demand for our milk has grown so much that we now need another manufacturing site,” said Tim Doelman, chief operating officer for Fairlife. “In choosing a new plant location, it is essential that the new facility be built in an area where dairy farms are willing and able to follow Fairlife’s responsible animal care and sustainable

farming practices while producing the highest quality milk. Not only are there amazing dairy farmers in and around Goodyear, its location enables competitive domestic and international production.” Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson praised Fairlife’s arrival as “another win for the West Valley,” citing jobs created directly and indirectly. In addition to the more than 140 jobs estimated to be created, the facility is expected to offer the region additional economic benefits, from its development and construction process to the regularly needed resources and supplies needed during operation. “The jobs that will be created by Fairlife’s manufacturing operation, in addition to induced jobs created for Ar-

izona dairy farmers, is excellent news for our state,” Watson said. “Fairlife’s decision to expand to Goodyear is emblematic of the collaborative spirit of the region and highlights the determination local partners have to support business expansion,” added Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We look forward to the opening of its advanced manufacturing plant.” Reflecting on the origins of the company she co-founded, dairy farmer Sue McCloskey called the results of all the hard work rewarding. “We look forward to working with all our amazing partners and are committed to supporting the economic growth in the southwest region,” McCloskey said.



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New to the event this year is a hot pepper eating contest. Prizes will be awarded to anyone who thinks they can surpass the hot pepper challenge. Limited spaces are available. Pre-registration and further details will be available from the events webpage at a later date. Avondale Fiesta is an official city of Avondale event, produced by Goosebump Marketing and Events. Business partners supporting the event are the Salt River Project, Crescent Crown Distributing, the West Valley View, Avenidas Funeral Chapel, Desert Diamond West Valley Casino, T-Mobile, PetSmart Charities and Alamar. For more information, contact Avondale Recreation at 623-333-2400;

Avondale’s Zoom circulator bus service to include Sundays BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Beginning April 28, the Zoom neighborhood circulator bus route will run on Sundays. The Zoom North and South Neighborhood Circulators traverse through Avondale, Tolleson and Goodyear between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and weekends 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Service operates every 30 minutes, taking passengers to local destinations and attractions for 50 cents (exact change required) per trip. “Since its launch in July 2011, we have monitored feedback from our passengers and made adjustments based on rider’s requests. The recent modification adds a Sunday service for the Zoom, to provide service seven days a week,” said Kristen Taylor, Avondale transit coordinator. Among the destinations on the Zoom

routes are Estrella Mountain Community College, La Joya Community and Westview high schools, Avondale Civic Center and Library, Historic Avondale, Gateway Pavilions, Wal-Mart, the Park 10 shopping center, Tolleson City Hall, and into Goodyear at the YMCA, West Valley Hospital and Target. Ridership for 2018 was just over 190,000 and continues to grow in popularity. Funding for the route is provided by local and federal transportation funds. Route operations are provided by the Regional Public Transportation Authority. For more information about Zoom or a map showing routes, go to All Valley Metro transit information is available at or by calling 602-2535000; TTY 602-251-2039.

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Avondale sailor serves aboard a floating airport at sea BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BRYAN DUNN

the Navy Richard V. Spencer said. “Readiness, lethality and modernNavy Office of Community Outreach ization are the requirements driving An Avondale native and 2011 Milthese priorities.” lennium High School graduate is servThe Pacific is home to more than ing in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft 50% of the world’s population, many carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. of the world’s largest and smallest Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy economies, several of the world’s Howar is an aviation maintenance largest militaries, and many U.S. aladministrationman aboard the carrilies. The Navy has been pivotal in er operating out of San Diego. As a helping maintain peace and stability Navy aviation maintenance adminisin the Pacific region for decades. trationman, Howar is responsible for Though there are many ways for maintaining records for the aeronausailors to earn distinction in their tical equipment and tracking that the command, community and career, maintenance for each piece of equipHowar is most proud of earning a Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Howar is a 2011 High School graduate. (Photo courtesy ment is accomplished. meritorious advancement for his Millennium Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Meyer) Howar credits success in the Navy to achievements in “A” school. many of the lessons learned growing “Stepping into a new career field, es- carrier running smoothly – this inup in Avondale. pecially one as complex as maintaining cludes everything from washing dishes “The day I turned 16, I was out lookrecords for aeronautical equipment, I and preparing meals to handling weaping for a job,” Howar said. “That work had no idea what I was getting into,” onry and maintaining the nuclear reacethic was instilled in me from a young Howar said. “It took all of my drive tors. Another 2,500 men and women age.” and hard work to accomplish that ad- form the air wing responsible for flying Named in honor of former Presivancement.” and maintaining the aircraft aboard the dent Theodore Roosevelt, the carriSailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard ship. er is longer than three football fields, the carrier. Approximately 3,200 men “Naval aviation is the ultimate team measuring nearly 1,100 feet. The ship, and women make up the ship’s crew, sport, and a nuclear-powered aircraft a true floating city, weighs more than which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier cannot accomplish her mission without the professionalism and expertise of every sailor aboard,” said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer. “The crew of Theodore Roosevelt has proven themselves time and time again, and their level of professionalism and dedication is second to none.” Theodore Roosevelt, like each of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. When the air wing is embarked, the ship carries more than 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take Raymond D. James M. Johnson, M.D. off from and land aboard the carrier Suarez, M.D. at sea. All of this makes the Theodore Roosevelt a self-contained mobile airport and strike platform, and often the first Gema Fernandez, M.D. Cari L. Cowling, M.D. response to a global crisis because of a carrier’s ability to operate freely in international waters anywhere on the pting e c c A world’s oceans. Erica McLaughlin, M.D. Briggs J. Geier, D.O. ts n e i t a As a member of one of the U.S. NaP New vy’s most relied upon assets, Howar and other Theodore Roosevelt sailors Zamyra C. Lambert, PA-C know they are part of a legacy that will West Valley Women’s Care provides compassionate, comprehensive advanced Obstetric & last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. Gynecologic care to patients in the West Valley and Phoenix metropolitan area. “You get the opportunity to experience things through the Navy that you 9305 W. Thomas Rd., Suite 155 just don’t get anywhere else, and it ally does make you a better person,” Howar added.


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Free speech Editor: For the second Saturday night in a row of turning on Fox News to watch “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” there is essentially a blank screen, and I’m left with the terrible thought: “Are we still living in America?” I ask this question because we’re in big trouble if politically correct pressure groups and mealy-mouthed television executives no longer allow opinions on opinion shows. They work and choose to crush it. Jeanine Pirro has an opening statement each Saturday, and this is the key reason to tune in. She is a breath of fresh air to counter the intellectual pollution fed to us on an otherwise daily basis. Again, if the host of an opinion show is severely punished for speaking their own original opinion/commentary, then what is the point any longer of free speech and free expression? Jeanine Pirro is well within her right to ask anything of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota). Um, it’s her show. And Rep. Ilhan Omar sure seems to love the media spotlight. She has some biased views of her own. But for the whole world to stop and for Fox News to fold like a deck of cards because Jeanine Pirro publicly said of Rep. Ilhan Omar, “Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they don’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?” tells us we are being bullied by pressure groups to throw our First Amendment liberties in the garbage can. We cannot be silenced. There is too much on the line and too much hanging in the balance. We’re being told it’s OK to not expect your favorite opinion show to be on at it’s regular time because, jeepers creepers, the host has been accused of being Islamophobic. What does that even mean in the real world? Either you’re for free speech and thought or you are not. Nothing could be more black and white. It’s really sad that despite all of our techno-

logical advances, we’re a society riddled with safe spaces and speech codes and now even a cable news network like Fox News turns its back on their best television host and her fans. How do we go forward? Why even bother to watch opinion shows on Fox News if you don’t even know if they will be on the following week? Pathetic and sad. The American people have got to look themselves in the mirror and ask this question: “What am I doing to defend our liberties against the thought police?” Leftists and their travelers are not joking when they work to transform away what you understand America is as both an idea and a great country.” Perhaps Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT for America and author of “ISE: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom,” says it best when she writes, “The reality is freedom of speech, the most fundamental pillar of our Constitution and western civilization at large, is under attack by two relentless enemies: radical Islam and the radical left (and now even ignorant Republicans only interested in votes and not the security of our nation). Both are working together to shut you up and prevent your children and grandchildren from exercising the same rights that every American since the nation’s founding have had the privilege of doing.” Tony Zizza Avondale

Sanctions Editor: With record-breaking weather and the sanctions on China alone, it will cost some farmers their farms. Some will never be able to recuperate. Farmers have lost almost $40 billion in revenue because of the sanctions on China. In addition, because of the sanctions, the stored grains, corn, etc., are suffering from water damage because they are sitting in storage bins in the middle of the worst flooding in history, instead of being shipped abroad. Loss of livestock and crops due to record-breaking weather, flooding, hail and snow are other contributing factors. So, the

question is – how will this affect the American people? It goes right back to supply and demand. It will increase the cost of commodities drastically. Therefore, with these kinds of losses, we will see the price of vegetables, meat, grain, corn products, etc., increase way beyond what they would have been without the sanctions and bad news weather. The good news is we probably won’t really feel the full impact of these circumstances until after the next election. China may not be our favorite neighbor politically or militarily, but their business sure helped our economy and the farmers. So the bad weather, and a president who is putting sanctions on our business partners in the world, is leaving the American people in a bad situation. However, the American people (the good apples) are pulling together to help those who have lost their homes, livelihood, etc. This shows

how the American people rise in times of distress to help each other. Now, what have our president’s sanctions done for us? It has compounded the catastrophes. He must not have realized what the results to Americans would be? Or was he just trying to satisfy his never-ending ego and throw his newfound weight around. I think Bush summed it up in one word – blowhard. To top it off, he likes Kim Jong-un, a ruthless dictator who has no qualms about killing anyone he feels doesn’t like him. No wonder Trump likes Kim Jong-un. What’s that old saying? “Birds of a feather flock together.” Some people can handle power, and some just can’t. The good news for Trump is that all the things he has put in motion while in office will take time to take effect. This will probably not happen until the next president is in office.

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Forget the tip, pay workers a decent wage BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ West Valley View Columnist

Having recently endured another in a long line of lunches with my friend Bad Tipper Guy, I feel compelled to wonder aloud if it isn’t about time that we as a nation phased out the archaic custom of tipping service workers like restaurant servers and valet parkers? For one thing, tipping creates a business model that screws customers and employees in favor of increasing employer profits. And don’t we all have enough guilt and shame in our lives without piling on still more every time we dine out, visit a coffee shop, ride in an Uber or have a pizza delivered? Me, I’ve had enough guilt tripping – and guilt tipping – for three lifetimes. Take the aforementioned lunch. Because I know Bad Tipper Guy will do one of two things when the lunch check arrives – deliver a dissertation on the 1938 federal Fair Labor Standards Act and sub-minimum wages or simply leave a single crumpled dollar bill on the table – I feel duty bound to

offer to pay for lunch. way “tip creep” seems to be impacting Sometimes, BTG loudly insists that more areas of society. it’s his turn to buy. Him winNowadays, there’s a tip ning that argument means I jar on every counter: the have to lag behind as we bakery, the ice cream shop, leave the restaurant, usualthe pet groomer, the car ly by lying about needing wash. to use the restroom. Then I That often leads to cushave to double back to our tomers standing registable and add enough cash ter-side, 53 cents in hand, to his buck to get us to a 20 waiting for the barista to percent tip, minimum. return for the ceremonial Why go to all that troudropping of the coins. ble? Partially it’s my fear of Because if a tip falls in a bad karma. But mostly it’s Starbucks and no employDavid Leibowitz. (Photo the years I spent waiting courtesy Advisor Group) ee sees it or hears it jingle, tables for more Bad Tipper was it really a tip at all? Guys and Gals than I care to remember. Then there’s the newfound popularI earned $2.13 an hour in those days ity of Square, the app that allows anyand was obligated to “tip out” a percent- one with a dongle and an iPad to take age of each check to the host staff and credit cards. busboys. If a diner stiffed me or left beEach Square transaction comes with hind a buck, that meant I actually paid for a gratuity opportunity and suggested the privilege of waiting on their table. amounts – no tip, 15%, 20%, 25% – A quarter century later, I still go out helpfully pre-calculated. of my way to tip well, even though I Talk about a chance to feel like a strongly dislike the concept – and the grinch.

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In this way, Trump can blame somebody else, like he always does. He will say, “See, everything was great while I was president.” Granted, it will probably take another decade to fix the problems Trump has caused while in office. But that won’t be a problem for a liar like him. He has plenty of money, he won’t be suffering for his mistakes, and he really doesn’t care about others. Unless they have lots of money and power. David Leibowitz, unfortunately, I hate to admit it, but you are right about idiocy. Our technology has far outrun our maturity in mentality. Our mentality is still that of cavemen (monsters from our ID, dog eat dog, lynch mob mentality, etc.). So David, yes, ignorance and idiocy will continue bringing down humanity. If the world would spend just half the money it does on war and its machines of destruction, all the world could be a different and better place for all today. Yeah, I know, spending money for progress instead of war is an idea as old as humanity itself. So why is this still the case? Why does this continue to plague mankind? Because there is too much idiocy and ignorance alive today. Remember, people who want power

Now I find myself tipping people for labor-intensive acts like handing over an empty self-serve coffee cup or stuffing a wienie in a hot dog bun. The latest weird tip request? As of January 1, cheapo airline Frontier has started encouraging tips for flight attendants who sell travelers a pre-packaged sandwich or a can of soda. What’s next? Maybe a dental hygienist with a tip jar next to the tool tray. Or it’ll become customary to start slipping the minister a folded twenty after a particularly moving eulogy. Or, better yet, maybe we will move away from the gratuity model and instead pay people what they’re worth – even if that means a price hike. I’d rather hear Bad Tipper Guy complain about paying an extra two bucks for his stromboli than listen to him whine one more time about how tipping encourages indentured servitude in 21st century America. David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact david@ need us or they couldn’t get power. It doesn’t take much idiocy and ignorance to keep humanity on the road to demise. Look what idiocy and ignorance have done for humanity throughout history. Like the saying goes, “It only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole barrel.” I believe there are more good apples than bad on this earth. The good apples just have to not listen to the bad apples. Listening to bad apples is how idiocy and ignorance spread and win, and continue to win. Good old lynch mob mentality is still going strong. Idiocy will be the destroyer of mankind, unless we as individuals move to change it. Dennis Wood Goodyear How to get a letter published 250 N. Litchfield Road, Ste. 130, Goodyear, AZ 85340 E-mail: The West Valley View welcomes letters that express readers’opinion on current topics. Letters must include the writer’s full name, address (including city) and telephone number. The West Valley View will print the writer’s name and city of residence only. Letters without the requisite identifying information will not be published. Letters are published in the order received, and they are subject to editing. The West Valley View will not publish consumer complaints, form letters, clippings from other publications or poetry. Letters’ authors, not the View, are responsible for the “facts” presented in letters.




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Pharmacist offers tips on taking daily medications BY MUNA JAMA

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Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, cancer, diabetes and asthma are among the most common and costly health problems in Arizona. As a pharmacist, I fill hundreds – even thousands – of prescriptions each week. This may seem like a lot – but now consider that about 50% of chronic patients fail to take their daily medications as prescribed. According to the CDC, non-adherence can lead to higher rates of hospital admissions, poorer health outcomes, increased morbidity and mortality, and increased health care costs to the patient and the health care system. That’s why I’m proud to work at Walgreens, where we’re issuing a nationwide Wake Up Call to raise awareness of the risks associated with not taking medications as prescribed, and to help our customers never miss a day of their medication. Some people may have challenges. As a pharmacist, I’m a member of the support team, with advice and tools that help overcome the barriers to adherence such as getting to the pharmacy on time, understanding their pre-

scription or being forgetful. Here are some helpful tips for you: Prep your pills: Find a pill box that suits your needs and get organized. Pill boxes are a great way to group your medications together by time of day and ensure you don’t forget a single dosage. They’re also easy to transport in a purse or bag when you’re on the go (just don’t leave them overexposed to extreme heat or sunlight). Set up reminders: Whether it’s an alarm on your mobile phone or free tools like Walgreens Pill Reminder via the Walgreens app, it’s easy to remember when to take your medications with a pre-programmed cue. Research shows that patients using pill reminders were more likely to take their medications correctly. Simplify refills: If you have multiple prescriptions, make the refill process easier by switching to a 90-day supply or setting up automatic refills. We’re also expanding a complimentary program called Save a Trip Refills, which coordinates your prescription refill schedule to a single pick up date, working with your doctors and insurance providers. That means you can save time and money on trips to the pharmacy.

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Southwest Valley cities holding small business summit BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the cities it represents – Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson – to hold a unique event for small- and mid-size business owners. The Southwest Valley Small Business Summit will provide an opportunity for business owners, managers and other professionals to learn, engage and grow from 7:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 16, at Adelante Health Center Goodyear. The half-day program gives business owners the tools, strategies and best practices they need to stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

The format for this year’s Southwest Valley Small Business Summit will be more dynamic than previous events. The morning will be filled with speakers delivering high-energy, fast-paced information for the liveliest summit to date. The presenters are experts in their profession or industry, and include innovators, strategists, college educators and leaders. Attendees will gain practical skills, learn the newest tactics and methods, and make valuable connections to help their businesses grow. A list of topics and other information for the Southwest Valley Small Business Summit is available online at Registration – $25 – includes entry to the summit, breakfast, refreshments

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Hello, readers! And thanks for stopping by the Briefcase. This week, I have some news. I intend to send your way as quick as possible. Once again, I don’t have much in the realm of networking, as I have a few items related to development and businesses. As we get further on, I have a couple details about two items I discussed last week to round us out, and then I will send you on your way. So here’s the news! First, developer Brookfield Residential LLC recently broke ground on Alamar. The 1,130-acre master-planned community, north of the Sierra Estrella Mountains at Avondale and Broadway boulevards, is expected to open in late 2020. Though entitled for up to 3,695 single-family homes, the first phase will begin with 461 home sites divided amongst five distinct neighborhoods. Also planned is a 41-acre regional community park, more than 20 acres of which are intended for a future elementary school in the Littleton district. Moving along, Budget Mini Storage will celebrate its recent expansion and renovations with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26. The STORAGExperts property expanded by more than nine acres and remodeled its office, according to the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce website. The refreshed, 1,800-square-foot ofCARPET • HARDWOOD • TILE & STONE • LAMINATE • VINYL

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Gonzalez sharpening Muay Thai skills around the globe BY GRIFFIN FABITS

West Valley View Contributing Writer

Two years ago, a 10-year-old Eddie Gonzalez sat in his elementary school’s gymnasium, mesmerized by a local Muay Thai tournament unfolding in front of him. “I have got to try this,” Gonzalez, an Avondale resident, muttered to himself. Fast forward two years, and Gonzalez, 12, has remained true to his word. Not only did he try the sport, which is similar to the jiu-jitsu he had been practicing, but he’s quickly maneuvered up the ranks in the Muay Thai community. Muay Thai is part of the martial arts family, a sport consisting of stand-up combat using the arms and legs. Its origins in Thailand date back to the 18th century, but it has since seen a spike of interest in Arizona in recent years. Gonzalez, a seventh grader at Tolleson’s Fine Arts Academy, has become enamored with the sport. He already has training and competition matches lined up through July, some that will take him across the world. He will first compete in the United States Open, held in Phoenix from April 25 through April 28. In June, Gonzalez will board a flight to Des Moines, Iowa, to partake in the Thai Boxing Association Classic, which is “the largest Muay Thai amateur event in North America,” according to its Facebook page. Weeks after his mid-summer outing in Iowa, Gonzalez will be shipped off to Thailand for the month of July. There, he’ll spend weeks with just his coach. Together the pair will train every day, with some competitions sprinkled in during his stay. “I’m super nervous,” said Gonzalez’s mother, Krystal Grado. “He’s never been away from me, so this is going to be hard, but I don’t want to be the reason that he misses out on that opportunity.” Echoing the sentiments of his mother, the opportunity for Gonzalez to spend weeks in the country where Muay Thai was born was too rich to decline. It’ll hopefully parlay into an opportunity for Gonzalez to fulfill his bucket-list dream in the sport, which is to

make the U.S. Youth Muay Thai team. Though just 12 years old, there is an opportunity for Gonzalez to already qualify for the team. If he wins the TBA Classic, he’ll be granted a roster spot, he said. All ages make up the youth team, “as long as they’re the best in the United States out of their age group,” Grado said. In addition to cracking the U.S. roster, Gonzalez will also earn a trip to Turkey, where he’ll train and compete there. “My favorite part about competing is to show how good I am,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez just returned from a tournament in San Diego. He competed in Mexico prior to that, according to his mother. He currently trains with coach Jerry Laurita at the Sentosa Martial Arts gym in Avondale. From Monday through Friday, Gonzalez is in the gym polishing his craft, spanning several hours per night, his mother said. There were reservations from his mother about letting a young, 10-yearold boy join a sport as rigorous and physically-demanding as Muay Thai. “When I was pregnant with Eddie, doctors had to induce me because he was sick from his kidney,” Grado said. “He had a double ureter, the little tube that goes down to the bladder from the kidney. He had one that would come back up to the kidney and it was rotting the bottom half of his right kidney. Right now, he only has a kidney and a half.” His mother acknowledges that, yes, her son has taken a great deal of body shots – a la kicks and jabs – and certainly more are on their way. While she was initially nervous about the notion of him taking shots to his kidney area, she said Gonzalez has done an exceptional job of “protecting himself.” “We haven’t had any problems,” she said. Gonzalez is aware of the successes that have mounted before him since joining Muay Thai competition two years ago. Now, he’s got an eye on the bigger picture, which just so happens to be another big goal on his agenda.

“I want to fight in the Olympics,” he said. That becomes a possibility at 15 years of age, he said. For now, as Gonzalez carefully eyes that Olympic appearance from afar, he’ll focus on sharpening his skills and traveling the world while doing so. All while just 12 years old. While in Thailand, Eddie will also make tennis shoes for less fortunate children in need of new Eddie Gonzalez is just 12 years old, but his Muay Thai skills shoes. have allowed him to travel the world and compete. (Photo For those interested courtesy Krystal Grado) in providing the family with the funds for this, donations are accepted at gofund- thai-champion.

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Ramirez twins eager for opportunity overseas BY GRIFFIN FABITS

West Valley View Contributing Writer

Albert Ramirez, left, and twin brother Austin sign to continue their soccer careers at a prestigious soccer academy in York, England. (Photo courtesy Austin Ramirez)

Albert and Austin Ramirez were groomed to play soccer. It was predetermined by their father that his twin boys would be raised with a soccer ball at their feet. Since they were five years old, they said, they’ve been playing soccer. Other sports have come and gone; they played football, basketball and baseball, too, but nothing stuck like soccer did. Nearly 13 years after their father intuitively got them into playing, it’s unclear as to whether even he saw this coming. The boys, now seniors at Tolleson Union High School, will be furthering their careers at one of the most prestigious soccer institutions the game has to offer. They signed to York St. John University in York, England, on March 19, which is also intertwined with the i2i International Soccer Academy. “All players with the i2i International Soccer Academy enroll as fulltime students at YSJ,” according to It continued that they strive “to develop a player’s ability, whilst also ensuring every individual gains the qualifications needed to prepare them for a range of careers, both inside and outside the world of soccer.” So, essentially, they will be college students at York St. John – Albert will be majoring in Sports Science, Austin studying Business – while also playing in the i2i Academy. It takes on a role as a feeder system to professional soccer. “It’s an academy that gives you the opportunity to show your potential as an individual footballer,” Albert said. It’s a year-round schedule of soccer, akin to a fulltime job, they said, with games beginning in September. They’ll match up against other clubs and academies, similar to the i2i, that are run by professional soccer teams in Europe. “We’re exposed to those teams. If coaches and managers like us, they give us a contract to go and play for that academy,” Austin said. The goal for both Albert and Austin is to eventually play professional soc-

cer. Albert plays striker, while Austin prefers the right midfielder position. The opportunity to play at the academy in York can potentially expedite that process. The boys first learned of this program through one of their club soccer coaches last March. “They scouted us, and one of the scouts came down and talked to one of our coaches,” Austin said. “He told him, ‘Are there any individuals that are really good?’ And our coach said, ‘I have twins.’ He comes down and then looks at us, and tells us, ‘I’m interested in you guys. Do you want to come check out the academy in England?’” The Ramirez boys took up the scout on his offer and flew to England for a two-week tryout with the academy. There they became immersed with the program. They spent the next two weeks working out with the team and other recruits every morning, as well playing in seven games. “The atmosphere is really nice,” Austin said. “When we were there, we felt like it was home. We called that place home.” Playing soccer in college – which has always been a shared dream of theirs – began to morph into a reality the last two years, when they both started receiving offers. There were offers from community colleges and one university in Ohio, but nothing stood as tall as the academy in England. It was also important to both boys that they stick together during their college years, after the heartache that consumed them two years ago. “Two years ago, our house burned down,” Albert said. “It was very heartbreaking because we had grown up with so many memories there. We stuck through it together because my mom and dad were down. Us, especially because we’d been through a lot, decided we’d stick together to play soccer.” The Ramirez twins are eager to get acclimated with their new home overseas. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll allow them to crack a roster spot on a professional team where the sport was originated. “Soccer in England,” Albert said. “What else do you want?”



Dourisseau aiming to change culture of program BY GRIFFIN FABITS

West Valley View Staff Writer

Devin Dourisseau has been the defensive coordinator for the La Joya Community High School varsity football team for the last seven years. In his inaugural season in 2012, the Fighting Lobos finished 1-9. In 2018, they went 7-3, snubbed of their first playoff appearance since 2008. Dourisseau has seen a mixed bag of results in his time at La Joya: Four seasons below .500, one at 5-5 and two ending in winning records. The Fighting Lobos are committed to building off their 2018 program, and have made a corresponding move to prove it: Hiring Dourisseau as the program’s head coach in January. Former head coach Josh Mitchell, who had occupied the post since 2012 and hired Dourisseau as his defensive coordinator that fall, stepped down at the conclusion of last season. It was believed that Mitchell “felt he had run his course” as the school’s head coach, according to Dourisseau, but he did leave the position on good terms. Dourisseau, who is entering his rookie season as a high school head coach, is eager to up the ante of the Fighting Lobos program this fall. “I’m excited about our quarterback, Miguel Valdovinos. Last year, he threw for about 2,800 yards as a junior, seven touchdowns, and he was voted Offensive Player of the Year in our district. “Zachary Blackwood, too, who was a sophomore last year. He’s really matured, really showcased his talents,” Dourisseau said of Blackwood, who racked up a team-high 58 tackles in 10 games last year. “I’ve got some talent on both sides that I’m excited about.” Off the field, Dourisseau wants to incorporate the community more. In order to truly become a great football school, Dourisseau reasons, all parties have to be involved: Players, coaches and the surrounding community. “Because it’s La Joya Community High School,” he said, putting extra emphasis on community, “I’m trying to get the community involved. I have sent out letters inviting them to our meet and greet on April 27, where you come out and meet the coaching staff. I really want to invite the community out to be a part of what’s going on because you need that community support.” It’s Dourisseau’s program now, and he’s thrilled to put his own spin on it.

Aside from welcoming the community with open arms, he also wants to put Fighting Lobos football on the map as a “powerhouse” in the West Valley. In years past, when the Fighting Lobos have struggled to win games, football players who should be attending La Joya are electing to take their talents elsewhere. Instead, they attend neighboring high school with better football programs. The new Fighting Lobos skipper wants to put an end to that immediately. “I want to change the perception of La Joya football. I want us to be a powerhouse school. I want to take us to the next level. I want to be the Millennium, the Desert Edge, the Centennial of the West. I think we can do that, and it starts at the top with me. “I want kids to want to come to La Joya.” Among a list of “20 applicants” for the school’s head coaching vacancy, Dourisseau has a hunch as to why he was the last man standing. He’s a part of the La Joya community already – as a science teacher at school and also living in the neighborhood. His children went to La Joya, his son played quarterback years ago for the Fighting Lobos and, frankly, he’s been here for this long already that he’s seen a majority of his current student athletes grow up. “Anybody can talk about Xs and Os, but I think it’s how my ability to relate to the kids and be a part of the community and the kids being able to relate to me and know what I’m all about.” The groundwork of flipping the culture of La Joya football on its head must start in spring camp. Dourisseau and the Fighting Lobos will open up their spring football schedule from April 29 through May 10. They’ll also begin summer workouts the first week of June, and in the middle of the month they’ll travel to San Diego State University to participate in seven-on-seven competitions. The Fighting Lobos’ official first day of practice is set for July 29. Last season, La Joya was robbed of a playoff appearance. A 7-3 record was not impressive enough, Dourisseau was told by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, because it lacked any signature wins. This year, to avoid missing the postseason for the eleventh consecutive season, the Fighting Lobos have three games circled on their schedule: Mar-


quee matchups against Chaparral, Basha and Westview. Winning two of three of those games will almost certainly lock up a playoff berth, given La Joya is able to cross its Ts and dot its Is elsewhere on the schedule. “I’m the face of this organization that I’ve already been a part of, and I take that seriously. When your name is attached to something, you definitely want to make sure that you have your best foot forward and you take care of all the business,” he said. In an effort to get the community invested in what the Fighting Lobos are building, Dourisseau is putting on a Future Lobos Youth Football Camp on April 23 through April Head coach Devin Dourisseau has high hopes for his 26, aimed at getting children in- first season as head coach of the Fighting Lobos, including reaching the postseason for the first time volved in the sport. The community is also invited since 2008. (Photo courtesy Joseph Ortiz) to participate in the program’s information about the Lobo’s Booster meet and greet on April 27, where the Club and more. new coaching staff and administration For more information about both will be on full display explaining up- events, contact Dourisseau at devin. coming community service activities,

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Wolves finding footing in inaugural beach volleyball season

Left, junior Makayla Hurles attempts a spike for Estrella Foothills beach volleyball. Right, sophomore Nayeli Mancilla and the Estrella Foothills Wolves are in the midst of their inaugural volleyball season. (West Valley View photos by Eric Newman)


West Valley View Staff Writer

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leyball season, and are finding success at a faster rate than they expected. Many girls from the indoor volleyball team, a successful squad that fin-

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ished first in its region and reached the quarterfinals of the latest 4A playoffs, saw girls from opposing teams enjoying even more volleyball on the sand. With demand from players, boosters and parents, it was not a hard sell to start their own spring team. “It always looked so fun. We all love volleyball and we’re so close as a team, so a lot of us have been wanting this for a while,” sophomore Nayeli Mancilla said. However, the indoor game differs greatly from that on a wooden floor, with two players on the court instead of six and impaired speed in the sand. The early part of the season was a learning experience for everybody involved, especially coach Richard Davis. Davis, an assistant for the Wolves’ basketball team in the winter, had never coached volleyball before, much less at the varsity level. While the girls are picking the game up on the fly, so is he. “When they told me I got the job, I sat down and watched like six straight hours of film and coaching stuff just so I could get some of the basics,” Davis said. “But, I’ve coached before, so I have experience with the managing stuff, and so many of these girls already have so much volleyball knowledge that it’s made it a lot smoother.” Citing techniques like hip rotations and split-second decisions on ball an-

gle and speed, some of his basketball experience has come in handy on the sand court as well. Estrella Foothills boasted a 5-3 record through eight matches, and was ranked No. 14 in Division 2. If the Wolves keep the same pace through the final weeks of the season, they could find themselves in the 16-team playoffs. Such a finish would far exceed what most of the team anticipated before play started in February. “It would be awesome to make playoffs our first season,” junior Makayla Hurles said. “We thought we could be competitive. That was the goal. But I don’t know if any of us thought it would be like this.” A potential playoff berth and winloss record, however, will not define the 2019 season for Estrella Foothills. The team is very young – there is just one senior on the roster, who has battled injury all season – and is using this year as a chance to build its culture and team identity. The goal is to build chemistry and skill to compete for state titles, just like the indoor team did this season. But, they are stopping to appreciate every moment along the way. “Yeah, we’re thinking about what could come in the future, and if we’re one of those top teams that would be really cool,” Hurles said. “Right now we’re just enjoying this first season and want to finish strong.”


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The West Valley View publishes on Wednesday. The 9 Days a Week calendar — a listing of entertainment events such as concerts, theatrical performances, events for schools, churches, county parks and nonprofit groups — runs every issue. Events must be open to the public to be considered and generally must be held within the View’s coverage area, which is south of Northern Avenue, west of Loop 101, plus all of Tolleson, extending to Estrella in the south and Tonopah in the west. Events such as concerts and theatrical performances that fall outside the View’s circulation area will be considered because there are no concert halls or theater venues within our boundaries. 9 Days a Week calendar items print on a space-available basis. The only way to guarantee that an item will print is to purchase an advertisement. Submissions must reach our office by 4 p.m. Wednesday to be considered for the following Wednesday publication. Submissions must be in writing and may be emailed to Rachel Hagerman, or faxed to 623-935-2103.




Litchfield Park Museum

The Litchfield Park Museum has returned to its winter schedule: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Admission and parking are free. The museum is located at 13912 W. Camelback Road. For information, call 623-535-4414 or visit

Junior Book Club (Ages 8-12)

Children are encouraged to read a book each month before joining Lila for a book discussion and activities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tolleson Public Library, 9555 W. Van Buren Street. For information, call 623-936-2746.

Come and Play with Me

Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library hosts a weekly open-play group at 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale, at 11 a.m. for children through age 5. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Children’s Christian Community Choir

The Church at Litchfield Park offers a free music program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 300 N. Old Litchfield Road. For information, call 623-935-3411.

Anime Club (Ages 10-18)

Learn Japanese words and cultural facts and watch manga and anime with friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Silver Sneakers Exercise Program

Silver Sneakers is a free low-impact exercise program hosted from 8:30

to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Avenue. For information, call 623-349-6600.



Al-Anon Stepping Stones

The Christ Presbyterian Church at 925 N. Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, hosts a weekly Al-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. Al-Anon seeks to support the friends and families of alcoholics. For information, call 623-882-0721.

Toddler Storytime

Bring children to the Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street, so they can hear picture books read aloud and play with other toddlers at 11 a.m. For information, call 623936-2746.

CrossFit at Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will cover basic strength and bodyweight training from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

After School: Minecraft Club (Ages 7-11)

Join others in a game that lets people think creatively and solve problems in three dimensions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Adult Book Discussion

Stop by the Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 Civic Center Drive to pick up and read a copy of “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore before the library’s discussion at noon. For information, call 623-333-2602.

EON Business Workshop

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blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Walgreens, 1451 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available. For information, call 1-800-733-2767.

Buena Vista Bookmobile

Visit a weekly Toastmasters Community meeting to become a stronger public speaker and leader from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Zane Grey Room at Avondale Civic Center Public Library, 11350 Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-398-5550.

The Bookmobile, a library on wheels, will be at 2000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye, from 1 to 2 p.m. Visitors can get library cards and check out and return books. For information, call 623-349-6300.


Preschoolers and school-age children can visit Goodyear Branch Library with a parent to practice reading with a registered therapy dog. The Paws for Reading program starts at 2 p.m. at 14455 W. Van Buren Street. For information, call 602-652-3000.


POUND at Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature an interactive workout with lightly weighted drumsticks from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Texas Hold ’Em

Come down to the American Legion Post 53 at 402 E. Narramore Avenue, Buckeye, from 5 to 7 p.m. for Texas Hold ’Em. Games have a $15 buy in. For information, call 623-327-0227.

Master Gardener

Are you looking to improve your gardening skills? Master Gardeners will meet at the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard, from 10:30 a.m. to noon to answer any gardening questions you may have. This month’s focus is irrigation. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Stay and Play

The Goodyear Branch Library at 14455 W. Van Buren Street invites parents to bring their children through age 5 to a fun play group at 10:15 a.m. that builds children’s motor and social skills. Toys can be checked out and brought home at the end of play group. For information, call 602-652-3000.



St. Peter’s RePete Boutique

Stop by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, for casual and formal apparel, jewelry, books, household items and home décor between 9 a.m. and noon. For information, call 623-935-3279.

Hop and Hops

Hop over to the Goodyear Ballpark at 1933 S. Ballpark Way to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy traditional and nontraditional Easter activities. There will be music, candy, games, egg drops, face painting, egg dyeing, a beer garden and more. The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 623-882-7525.

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Arts and Crafts

Get into a creative spirit by completing art projects from 10 to 11 a.m. at Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Avenue. This free program is open to all Buckeye Senior Program participants. For information, call 623-349-6600.

Teen Leadership Club

Teen Leadership Club is a group that creates and carries out new programs for the Goodyear Branch Library. The team meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the library, 14455 W. Van Buren Street. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

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Sea Lions at Shipwreck Cove

Come see an educational show starring California sea lions and skilled trainers at 11:30 a.m. in a pirate-themed exhibit at Wildlife World Zoo, 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park. This show is free with admission. For information, call 623-935-9453.

Contemplative Prayer and Meditation

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 400 Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, invites people desiring to deepen their meditation practice or try meditation for the first time to join them from 3 to 4 p.m. Sundays. All faiths are welcome. For information, call 623-935-3279.

33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Wildlife World Zoo at 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park, will host an Easter egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. for children 7 years and under and at 3:30 p.m. for all children. The egg hunt is free with paid admission. For information, call 623-935-9453.



Baby Time

The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street invites babies and their caregivers to an interactive play time at 10 a.m. For information, call 623-936-2746.

West Valley Human Services Alliance

West Valley Human Services Alliance offers networking and features various speakers from 9 a.m. to noon every fourth Monday of the month at the Pendergast Learning Center at 3841 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix. For information, call 623-935-3781.


The White Tank Branch Library at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, will hold a yoga class from 3 to 3:45 p.m. for adults and teenagers. This class will combine stimulated laughter exercises and gentle breathing techniques to strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and lower stress. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Stop by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Classroom C at 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, for the Hope support group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The goal of the group is to provide help for those struggling with any mental disorder by sharing experiences and supporting others. For information, call 480-994-4407.

Blood Drive

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature yogic pos-

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tures, alignment and breathing on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Ignite Yoga at Fitness in the Park

Join friends to quilt for others from 9 a.m. to noon at The Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.




The American Legion Post 61 hosts bingo Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. These bingo nights have 17 games including Quickie, Early Bird, Double Action and a $1,000 progressive game. Come down to 35 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, to support the area’s youth and veterans. For information, call 623-932-4960.

Buckeye Business Connection

Buckeye Chamber hosts the Buckeye Business Connection from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Chamber office at 508 E. Monroe Avenue. This group serves coffee and a light breakfast and networks with business members in the community. Each week, there will also be a different guest speaker. For information, call 623-386-2727.

Estrella Toastmasters

Visit a Toastmasters Community meeting to become a stronger public speaker and leader from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. at the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 602-391-5781.

PiYo at Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature pilates and yoga on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Game of Thrones Escape Room

Game of Thrones fans are invited to solve riddles to escape the room and defend Castle Black in less than 60 minutes. Each session from 4 to 5:15 p.m. accommodates three to seven adult participants at the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.



Preschoolers Storytime

The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street invites preschool-age children to read books,


sing songs and take part in activities at 11 a.m. For information, call 623-936-2746.

Disciple Outreach Ministries Bible Study

Disciple Outreach Ministries, a nondenominational ministry, invites all to a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 10486 W. Emerald Lane, Avondale. For information, call 623772-0144.

Estrella Republican Club

The Estrella Republican Club meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays of the month to listen to a guest speaker at Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S. Estrella Parkway. For information, call 623-695-2435.

Zumba at Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature a dynamic and aerobic Zumba dance on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Earth Day Celebration

Today’s story will be a recycling-themed tale with special guests from Republic Services from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Coyote Branch Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

AA Meeting

Seek support and recovery from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.



In Stitches in Goodyear

Enjoy tea and coffee and meet fellow crafters and work on crochet, knitting or sewing projects. Come by the Goodyear Branch Library at 14455 W. Van Buren Street from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to join. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Goodyear Lions Club

Goodyear Lions Club is a service group that provides free eye screenings, raises funds for veterans and their families, collects hearing aids and glasses and more. The Goodyear Lions meet at 6 p.m. fourth Thursdays of the month at Haymaker, 1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-455-3253.

Agua Fria Toastmasters

Visit a weekly Toastmasters Community meeting to become a stronger public speaker and leader from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Zane Grey Room at Avondale Civic Center Public Library, 11350 Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-398-5550.

Document Shredding

Safely discard unwanted personal paperwork from 7 to 9 a.m. at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. A $1 charitable donation is requested for each box of personal documents you would like to shred at the event. Everyone is welcome to participate. For information, call 623-333-1000.

Family Storytime (Ages 2-6)

Join other families for simple stories and plots that help develop literacy for children at 11:15 a.m. in the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2601.





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PebbleCreek Singers bringing spring concert to Renaissance Theater BY ANDREA ESTRADA

West Valley View Staff Writer

From gospel, country and jazz to pop, patriotic and modern music, the PebbleCreek Singers’ upcoming spring concert – Sing Americana – showcases music that embodies a theme: home. “It’s that down home feeling. American kind of things that we have heard before. Things that they recognize. It’s a lot of fun,” said Gail Kennedy, director. The PebbleCreek Singers will present their show at the Renaissance Theater, 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27. Tickets, priced $16.50, can be purchased through https://bit. ly/2UFbf67 or in person from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Renaissance Theater. The ensemble, made up of about 70 singers, has eight chorus members who

have been with the group since its formation in 1996. One of those original members is Corky Lee, who said singing in the group became her outlet when she moved to Arizona in 1995. “I just had to sing. Singing is my passion. I did not want to move here, so that (joining) saved me,” she said. And Bob Mercer, 90, who is also a charter member, said one of the reasons he’s remained in the group for so long is because of the friendships he’s made. “The companionship has been wonderful. They always have a smile, and I smile back,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have what I have.” That companionship is a result of the group’s constant interactions at rehearsals, PebbleCreek Singers President Jerry Drake said.

“We have so many rehearsals. So you get to know a lot of people within your section. And then you get to know the other people around you, as you’re sitting in practices. And you just care about people,” Drake said. Caring about one another is exactly what Kennedy envisioned for the group when she became director in 2010. “We take care of each other. I really stressed that when I started directing, because at that point we kind of only knew the people around us. We didn’t know some of the other parts; some of the sopranos that sing alto,” she said. “So, I really encouraged us to try to start to be a family; to care about each other.” Kennedy, who’s hoping to sell out each of the three nights, said everyone who attends will enjoy the show. “We sound fantastic. They’re just

The ensemble, made up of about 70 singers, has eight chorus members who have been with the group since its formation in 1996. (Photo courtesy PebbleCreek Singers)

such phenomenal singers, and it’s so fun to watch them because they’re having so much fun. We love doing it or we wouldn’t be here doing it all the hours we do. That’s the secret: you have to love doing it,” she said. “Then you want to spend the time doing it and get better and better – and they just keep getting better.”

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Special Olympics Torch Run returning to Avondale BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

The Avondale Police Department is bringing attention to the Special Olympics with its annual Torch Run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2. The fundraiser, a 3.17-mile run, starts at Litchfield Road and Van Buren Street, proceeds east on Van Buren Street to Avondale Boulevard, and ends at the Avondale Civic Center Complex. More than 80 participants comprised of officers from Avondale, Luke Air

Force Base and the Arizona Department of Corrections will run and carry the torch throughout the designated route. The Avondale event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign to benefit the Special Olympics, which began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas. The national effort of the Torch Run campaign is the largest grassroots fundraising movement for the Special Olympics.

Last year, Avondale raised $16,412 for the Special Olympics. The Avondale Police Department supports Special Olympics, and encourages its officers to be involved in these events as it unifies the department in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the organization locally. The public is encouraged to cheer and support the event, or to join the celebration at the end of the route, at the Avondale Civic Center outdoor

amphitheater. The Torch Run will start at noon. The celebration at the Civic Center will commence shortly after the torch arrives to the complex.  The Avondale Civic Center Complex is at 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. For more information, to make a donation or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sgt. Olivia Contreras at 623-333-7303. For more information about Special Olympics Arizona, go to

EMCC’s dance company brings cabaret-style performance to the stage BY CARRIE SNIDER

West Valley View Contributing Writer

Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC) student dance company, DancEstrella, is gearing up for a cabaret-style performance later this month. A diverse affair, it will incorporate a wide range of styles, with performance and practicum dances utilizing ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, old school hip-hop and West African dance. The event, “This, That and the Other,” will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at EMCC’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Professor Janaea Lyn McAlee, of the school’s residential dance faculty, choreographed the first number, while Colleen Buckley of Dance Arizona choreographed the finale during a week-long residency with the students. The rest of the dances in the show were choreographed by the students themselves. The program features 11 practicum dances. Due to the wide range in dance styles, McAlee believes this event will showcase a lot of individuality. “I’m super excited,” said McAlee. “This performance is different from anything we’ve done before.” Dance major Kyara Parker will perform a solo, which was awarded first-place solo performance and second-place solo choreography at the Maricopa Community Colleges Artists of Promise competition on February 16. In addition, a majority of the performers are also in dance production classes, meaning that when they aren’t dancing they’ll be working behind the scenes with lighting. “This is education on multiple lev-

Estrella Mountain Community College dancers perform “Dancing Across the Valley.” This number is “Subconscious,” choreographed by Colleen Buckley of Ballet Arizona. (Photo courtesy Uli Palomino)

els,” McAlee said. Dance majors and nonmajors are all participating, as it was important that all are included and help collaborate. Depending on where the student is in their training, typically they’ll start choreographing without music. McAlee said this helps them develop specific skills and really depend on dance to guide them, rather than what the music is doing or saying. The same students were all recently involved in a special performance

just last month: “Dancing Across the Valley.” Buckley had spent time with the students and choreographed their dance for the event. McAlee said the performance went well and they’ve received great feedback. That collaboration between Ballet Arizona and EMCC’s dance department was the first of its kind between the two groups, and something both had been hoping to achieve. Now they plan to continue the collaboration on a yearly basis.

“THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER” When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27 Where: Estrella Mountain Community College Performing Art Center, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale Cost: Free Info: 623.935.8141




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Disney at the Goodyear Library Disney lovers gathered at Goodyear Branch Library on April 14 for an event themed after their favorite animated classics. The event featured crafts, trivia, karaoke, dancing, debates, videos and even cosplay. 1. Kamdyn Bucich, 6, Kardyn Bucich, 9 months, and Komrey Bucich, 9, wore “The Incredibles”themed clothing to Goodyear Branch Library’s Disney event; 2. Verrado High School senior Alexandria Smith and Connections Academy’s Gemina LaMeve, 13, don Disney attire as they welcome kids to Goodyear Branch Library; 3. Trivium Preparatory Academy’s Araya Rajab, 16, left, and University High School’s Anissa Aguilar, 17, had fun at the Disney event; 4. Madelyn Chavez, 11, sings karaoke songs from Disney movies; 5. Estrella Foothills’ Hailey Columbia, 15, right, paints the face of Verrado High School’s Brittany Sharp, 18; 6. Verrado High School senior Alexandria Smith holds hands with Mia Gunkel, 4; 7. Komrey Bucich, 9, sings karaoke songs from Disney movies.




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Overcoming homesickness at summer camp BY EVELYN TORREZ-MARTINEZ Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Camp Director

Regardless of how many times a child has been away from home, being away at summer camp can be stressful for parents and campers. The most important thing to know is that preparation – for both the parent and camper – is key. Camp directors like myself understand that every camper has a different comfort level based on what they have experienced in life with their peers, family, school or other activities. So, the more you prepare with them while in their comfort zone, the better they will respond to feelings of homesickness when they are out of it (like at summer camp or any extended period away from home). Many people don’t realize that most feelings of homesickness are not problematic and are normal. And homesickness is not just something that the camper will feel. In fact, parents tend to initiate this emotion even before the camper has arrived at camp. What parents can do to ease these feelings is coming up with proactive coping skills that will ease their mind when this situation happens. You know your camper better than anyone else, so be cautious in your approach. For example, if you say, “If you get homesick, I will come and pick you up right away,” or, “What will I do while you’re gone?” it conveys a message of doubt to your camper and hinders confidence and independence-building. We advise parents to speak confidently and “stay strong as a parent.” Focus more on listening to your camper, being curious about their thoughts and feelings, and then tell them you are looking forward to hearing all their learnings and stories at the end of the week. The best remedies for homesickness are two-part. While our camp’s staff is trained to support your camper while they’re away, the most important part of the remedy takes place at home. Create a plan as a family by incorporating these homesickness prevention

strategies, focusing on your camper’s needs: 1. Preparing your camper to feel more comfortable with the idea of going away for a couple nights will improve their overall experience at camp. Spending time visiting their new camp, getting to know where your camper will sleep and doing activities will help parents and campers feel at ease. A great way to introduce Girl Scout Camp is by attending one of our open house events to tour the lodges, visit activity areas, see the cabin units, and meet the staff as well as other campers. We encourage parents to engage with the camp staff and ask about camp procedures and prepare a routine with their camper while at the facility. By parents and campers also identifying any additional concerns, they can review this as a family, be proactive and prepare for a great experience. 2. One of the biggest things you can do to ease your camper’s stress before going to camp is to coach them through packing – have your camper pack their own bag and make the decision on what they will need to bring to feel comfortable, like their special blanket, for example. The more independent they are during this first step, the more confident they will be doing things on their own while at camp.  Girl Scout Camp staff is trained to handle these types of situations as we tailor our techniques for each type of camper and work to proactively set campers up for success by helping them feel comfortable. A first day at camp can feel uncertain for new campers, so our camp counselors provide an orientation, review things like the schedule for the week, and show campers where they will sleep and shower. 3. Prepare pre-stamped envelopes so you and your camper can communicate throughout the week. Our camp counselors find it important to have a busy camper schedule. Rest hours are when campers tend to think about home and feel homesick the most. We help prevent this is by keeping them engaged with quiet games, stories and

The more you prepare with campers while in their comfort zone, the better they will respond to feelings of homesickness when they are out of it. (Photo courtesy HMA Public Relations)

activities like writing letters to their family. 4. Reflect! Reflection is an important part of Girl Scouting, as it helps re-center your perspective and practice self-gratitude. Encourage your camper to tell you how they overcame the challenge and how it made them feel. Acknowledge the good job they did in being confident and attending a camp program away from home. This will elevate their trust in themselves and make them look forward to going on independent adventures again. The goal should not be to completely avoid homesickness, rather, manage it if it occurs, as building coping skills and resilience are important aspects to

living a healthy life. Truth is, feeling homesick is completely normal, but applying these techniques will prepare them with what they need to handle it, and will in turn give them a boost of self-esteem and independence. Remember that your camper is in great hands with our Girl Scout Camp staff and is available to work out any plans with campers and their families to prepare for it. Lastly, as you’re overcoming homesickness, remember to celebrate it! It is a great accomplishment for both parents and campers. For more information, acacamps. org/press-room/how-to-choose-camp/ homesickness.




Car club donates auto show proceeds to West-MEC BY KYLE BACKER

West-MEC Communications Specialist

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) – a public career technical education district – received donations for student scholarships from the Estrella Mountain Car Club’s “Cruiz’n to the Lakes” Car Show. On March 23, proud car owners headed to the Starpointe Residents Club in Goodyear to see who would take home one of the trophies manufactured by West-MEC students. Hundreds enjoyed the mild weather and sleek cars. The day, however, wasn’t just about impressive automobiles – it was about investing in the future. “I built my own car – lots of the guys built their own cars. That got us thinking, ‘Why aren’t we educating kids nowadays to work on cars or learn a trade?’” said Lou Brensahl, member of the Estrella Mountain Car Club. That question led Brensahl and other members of the car club to see what education options were available to their community. After learning about the career training programs at WestMEC, they contacted Marilynn Babyar, director of West-MEC student

Left, Lead recruiter Maya Milhon runs the West-MEC booth with medical assisting students McKenzie Kluff and Danielle Torres. Right, Trophies manufactured by West-MEC students out of car parts. (Photos courtesy West-MEC)

services, to see how they could work together to support students in the Estrella Foothills area. “West-MEC programs have a small registration fee, but it can be a hardship for some families. Seeing a need, they offered to donate the proceeds from their car show. But they don’t just donate money, they are student advocates,” Babyar said.

The car club originally supported students solely from Estrella Foothills High School, but as the car show has expanded, so has the host’s generosity. The donations from 2019’s “Cruiz’n to the Lakes” show will help students across the Buckeye Union High School District enroll in one of 26 career training programs. “When this whole thing started, there was only 10 to 15 students from Estrella


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the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. The Conservatory at Webster is a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre and stage management. Located in St. Louis, the Conservatory has been training theatre students for the professional world for over half a century. Students from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University recently designed, constructed and performed “Photograph 51” by Anna Ziegler. The play centers on Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule.

Litchfield Elementary School District will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner this summer at no cost to any child age 18 and younger. This opportunity is fully funded by the USDA. No identification is required and students do not have to attend a Litchfield District school. Meals for guests 19 years or older will cost $2 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch and dinner. Meals will be provided at four school sites and times as follows: • Barbara B. Robey Elementary School, 5340 N. Wigwam Creek Boulevard, Litchfield Park, will provide breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Corte Sierra Elementary School, 3300 N. Santa Fe Trail, Avondale, will

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The Avondale-Goodyear Education Foundation will award four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who were promoted from eighth grade by one of the Avondale Elementary School District’s schools (Michael Anderson School, Eliseo C. Felix School, Lattie Coor School, Avondale Middle School, Wildflower School, Desert Star School, Desert Thunder School, Copper Trails School and STAR Academy). Eligibility requirements are: • Promoted from eighth grade from an Avondale Elementary School District school. • Been accepted to a university, college or junior college, or vocational, technical or health-related program.

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Daughters of the American Revolution’s Buckeye Valley Chapter is offering a $500 scholarship to college sophomores, juniors and seniors who have graduated from a high school

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Millennium improves career fair for second go BY CONNOR DZIAWURA

West Valley View Managing Editor

Millennium High School’s officials were looking to smooth out the kinks in their career fair, which debuted last year. So, this year the planning committee – which consists of a handful of teachers and the school’s assistant principal – listened to students’ suggestions. “The one feedback is they wish they could have chosen the speakers, and that’s why we changed it this year and we have the technology to do that,” honors geometry teacher Alecia Mc-

Cormick explained. When the Goodyear high school’s entire 2,300-student population attends the now-annual career fair’s second iteration from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 25, each student will hear from three professions he or she selected. Students have been asked to sign up for three speakers in Google Forms, McCormick explained. Each session with each speaker will last 20 minutes, and then the students will rotate rooms. Last year it was the opposite – the speakers rotated.

Thus far, McCormick said, the 78 speaker slots are looking to be filled with professions ranging from military to medical to legal and vocational. But still officials are hoping those who work in emergency services, cosmetology and trade careers sign up. “We try to hit on every interest,” McCormick said. Time is dwindling, however, with her adding that many of the 78 slots are already filled. Once speakers are confirmed, they receive a detailed list of topics. Among those suggested are a biography/how the speaker go into his or her career,

what the profession entails, and more. “We are having our kids ... write three questions for a presenter that they would like to have answered so that there’s never any downtime,” McCormick added. And with local restaurants even donating some food to the event, it’s in effect a “community effort,” McCormick said. To sign up, visit For more information, call 623932-7200, ext. 2027, or email Assistant Principal Rebecca Tibbetts at

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