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April 18, 2018

Meck addresses Buckeye’s progress at State of the City

West Valley schools go ‘red’ in support of pay raises

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Developments from Nikola Motor Company, Aldi and Hilton Home2 Suites were just some of the highlights touted by Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck at the city’s 2018 State of the City address. The talk at the Palo Verde Energy Education Center on Wednesday, April 11, came just weeks after Meck underwent an emergency procedure to clear a blocked artery. Meck addressed the scare, confirming it as a heart attack. “I told the cardiologist and my rehab people, I don’t care what has to be done between March 18 and now, but I want to stand and do this for Buckeye,” Meck told guests. Meck praised the West Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck discussed the past, present and future Valley city’s small-town of the city at the 2018 State of the City address. (Photo courtesy city roots, and its growth of Buckeye) from a 1,200-person farm addressed by Meck was that of Nikola town to a 70,000-resident city in 2018. Within the next 50 to 100 Motor Company, which Gov. Doug years, Buckeye is projected to expand to Ducey announced in January. The Utah-based hydrogen-electric semi1.8 million people. truck manufacturer will relocate its “What we do today is going to affect headquarters, research and development tomorrow, next year, 50 years, 100 years and manufacturing capabilities to the city. down the road,” Meck said. The continued growth falls in line with Meck said construction will begin on the Buckeye’s Census ranking as the seventh- 500-acre, 1-million-square-foot, zerofastest growing city in the country. It is emissions facility early next year. The move will bring more than $1 billion also the fastest-growing city in Arizona. in capital to the region, creating over 2,000 According to Meck, nearly 2,200 singlewell-paying jobs, as well as over 4,000 family residential home permits were issued in 2017. One of the first major developments Buckeye...continued on page 2

Verrado Heritage Elementary School staff and students, as well as parents and supporters, gathered outside the Buckeye school April 11 as part of the #RedForEd Walk-Ins, one of many held throughout the state. The Litchfield Elementary School District school took part in the event to bring awareness of the lack of educational resources the state government provides. Clad in red shirts, and sporting signs with statements like, “You can’t put your students first if you put your students last,” or “Children are our future,” the protestors walked into the school unified, to try to make the state listen to their concerns. “We’re fighting for our students and fighting for our community. We believe they all deserve the best resources,” Verrado Heritage teacher Hannah Coleman said. Apparently, the walk-ins worked. On April 12, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he will increase teacher salaries 20 percent by the beginning of the 2020 school year. This initiative is in addition to his plan to fully restore recession-era cuts over the next five years. (See related story on page 9). Prior to the short march, Coleman spoke to the crowd and said many teachers are forced to purchase classroom supplies from their own salaries, which isn’t enough to live on. She added conditions need to improve. If not, it will be detrimental to children and the state. “Our students are our future – our future workforce, future leaders, future mentors and future heroes. They’re going to be taking care of us, eventually. I’m so proud to have a job that helps shape children for their futures, but we need the resources to do it.” Physical education teacher and athletic director Alberto Flores said when the

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Buckeye...continued from page 1 during construction. Companies like Nikola and Cardinal Glass, he added, attract retail. Also, a new Hilton Home2 Suites extended-stay hotel is projected to open in early 2019. Construction will begin at the northeast corner of Yuma and Watson roads later this year, he said. On the southeast corner, Meck discussed the future Sundance Marketplace, with new businesses set to include an Aldi grocery store, Planet Fitness, Burger King and a Quick Quack Car Wash. Moving to Verrado, Meck mentioned the Marketside West Center is set to open later this year with restaurants, coffee shops and services. In downtown Buckeye, he commended Snap Fitness for taking advantage of the city’s Catalyst Program to move to a larger location on Ninth Street and Monroe Avenue. Meck also thanked his staff for Imagine Buckeye 2040 General Plan, which was recently ratified by the City Council. “This document balances the future of our city while ensuring Buckeye’s


western heritage and agricultural roots of cotton, alfalfa and dairy farming remain as well,” he said. “It required extensive outreach to our residents and businesses and will build on our heritage while advancing us into the future.” Additionally, Buckeye was recently awarded a $280,000 grant for a bike and pedestrian master plan by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) – an entity of which Meck is chairman. “This plan will work on a ‘complete street’ concept where all city streets will include sidewalks and bike lanes and will also coordinate with the city’s transportation master plan,” he explained. “Transit plan and parks and trails master plans are also included.” Continuing the subject of MAG, Buckeye’s engineering department was awarded almost $100,000 for an intelligent transportation system strategic plan, which will improve traffic flow. “This will help us identify and recommend capital projects that can be programmed appropriately into the city’s budget over the next five years,” Meck said. The start of the system, Meck said, includes funding underway to improve

traffic signal timing on Yuma Road, between Verrado Way and Watson Road. Meck also acknowledged the Construction and Contracting Department’s past year managing over $32 million in construction projects, which is a 26-percent increase over 2016. More than 70 new projects are in consideration for the next year, he said. Despite the city’s growth, Meck said the number of law enforcement personnel has remained constant. Emergency response times have also remained steady at four-and-a-half minutes. He cited FBI statistics that ranked Buckeye the safest city in the Phoenix metro area. The city relies on volunteers in its police department. They donated more than 16,000 hours last year; that amounts to more than $400,000 in savings. In terms of community activity, Meck mentioned the success of Skyline Regional Park, which saw a 40-percent increase in visitors between 2016 and 2017. More than 287,000 people stopped by last year. “This magnificent place continues to be the crown jewel of the West Valley for outdoor recreation,” he said. He also acknowledged Buckeye


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Pendergast’s DeBlieux chosen top Latina superintendent By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Pendergast Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was scrolling through her emails, when she saw something that could be special. She was right. DeBlieux was notified via email that she won the 2018 ALAS Leaders in Education Hispanic Serving School District Superintendent of the Year. She will be honored April 25 in Washington, D.C. “I received an email that said, ‘Congratulations,’” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God. This is amazing.’ To be recognized by my peers is pretty special. It’s not due to me. I just work here. I have great teachers, staff and board.” DeBlieux is the first bilingual, Latina leader of the Pendergast School District in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix. She has been honored with awards including: The Nonprofit Leader of the Year from Leadership West, West Valley Woman of the Year and The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AZALAS) Superintendent of the Year. “Lily is a visionary leader whom I have the privilege of working closely with,” Quezada said. She invests countless hours in her job and her community to leave a lasting legacy. We celebrate her and her achievements and are deeply grateful for her commitment to education in Pendergast District.” ALAS was just as impressed with DeBlieux, who finished high school and college in Puerto Rico. “The committee was very impressed with Lily’s application, her work, her passion and commitment to education and her continued involvement with ALAS,” said Nancy Lewin, ALAS executive director. “The selection was very competitive, and she is to be congratulated on receiving this prestigious award.” DeBlieux isn’t one to take all the credit for her work. She thanks her “amazing district” for their “amazing support.” As such, she will travel to Washington, D.C., with Tomorrah Howard of Sunset Ridge School; Arizona EL Teacher of the Year Kelly Neckels; PESD Board President Sen. Martin Quezada; and Board Vice President Susan Serin. “I’m a workaholic,” DeBlieux said. “I have a tremendous passion for students and the community. I think our district is very innovative, whether it’s recruiting or bringing programs to the district. We gave away a car. We started an academy. “I am dedicated and passionate about my students and teachers. I truly am blessed to work for a district that’s so amazingly supportive of the community. This is for them.”

Buckeye...continued from page 2 benefit the city and our residents for years to come,” he said. The “Do More Blue” campaign, he said, helped customers consistently recycle reusable materials. Also, the Buckeye Municipal Airport saw a more than 10-percent increase in operations. On education, West-MEC is building Phase III of the Southwest Campus, he said. It will include a multipurpose building and three new lab-classroom buildings. Completion is set for summer 2019, with classes beginning that fall. Farther reaching developments were also discussed by Meck. “Regional commitment is one of my biggest priorities as (MAG) chairman, and we’ve made great progress on several fronts,” he said. One progression is through the planning stages of State Route 30, otherwise known as the Tres Rios Freeway, which Meck called “a regional win for the West Valley.” Interstate 11 is a “critical asset to the West Valley,” he said, and will connect Phoenix to Las Vegas in the short term. Eventually, it will bridge Mexico, the United States and Canada for improved


distribution. The final alignment will be announced in fall 2019, he said. “When that happens, it will also create a huge incentive for manufacturing and distribution companies to relocate to Phoenix, and the West Valley,” Meck enthused. Additionally, ADOT will widen I-10 from Verrado Way to State Route 85 beginning later this year. It will be completed in 2020 with three lanes in each direction and safety improvements at all exits. “Moving this up in the schedule was one of my pet projects, and I am happy to see it become a reality,” Meck said. He also addressed the 303 project in Goodyear, Surprise and Peoria, and elaborated on the desire to keep jobs in the West Valley. Before concluding, Meck acknowledged several community partners: Luke Air Force Base, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Walmart Distribution Center, and all home builders and commercial businesses. “My thanks to all our community partners in business and in education,” he said. “Our future is bright because of the strong foundation we created over a decade ago.”

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Tolleson soldier dies in vehicle ‘incident’ By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Pvt. Julian Diaz, 19, of Tolleson, died in a vehicle incident at the National Training Center located at Fort Irwin, California, on April 10. Diaz enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, since December 2017, as an indirect fire infantryman. He was awarded the National Defense and Army Service ribbons. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pvt. Diaz,” said Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III, the 7th Infantry Division commanding general. “In conjunction with the Army Safety Center, we will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. The soldiers of 1-2 SBCT honor Pvt. Diaz through their steadfast commitment, care for each other, and their will to get

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Avondale council reviews proposed FY 18-19 budget By Israel Gonzalez

Avondale City Council began reviewing a proposed budget of $241.9 million for the fiscal year 2019. The proposed budget is $24.5 million more than last year, or about an 11 percent increase, with a focus on employees, capital projects and parks. The increased spending is due to an increase in revenue by the city. “The revenues are up,” said Cynthia Seelhammer, Avondale’s interim city manager. “We’re assuming that our futures in the next month will look largely like the past year, which have been a good time for the economy and a good time for the revenues of the city.” Employees are a major focus of the upcoming budget, with an increase in compensation and the city hiring more full-time equivalent positions to reduce workload. “We wanted to make sure that we were doing what we could to reward the employees,” Seelhammer said. The proposed budget includes hiring 14 new full-time equivalent positions

in the city. These positions cover many departments, with seven of the 14 fulfilling positions in parks services. Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise said these new positions are important to keeping city employees happy. “We can give raises all day long to our employees,” Weise said. “But if there is not job satisfaction and if they feel there’s no end in sight that they’ll never dig out from the piles of work that they have, then the raises mean absolutely nothing. I’m glad that we can add employees in a meaningful manner this year. I’m glad there were raises across the board.” The budget is broken down into six major categories: $92.4 million in operations; $11.1 million in debt service; $11.8 million in contingency;

$79.6 million in capital projects; $37.1 million in carryovers; and $9.6 million in supplemental. Money spent toward capital projects saw the biggest increase from last year, rising by $13.3 million. The budget covers operating costs and projects big and small. Some smaller highlights include the public works department requesting $60,000 to replace fuel pumps, or the police department requesting $65,400 for more body cameras for officers to use. The council also discussed possibly budgeting money toward adding technology to live stream City Council meetings. Some bigger costs include funding to acquire property being used as parking for the Randall McDaniel Sports

Facility and the surrounding retailers for $2.4 million. Many of the bigger ticket items are part of the capital improvement plan. Some of these projects include building a 10,000-square-foot property and evidence room for the Avondale Police Department at a cost of $3 million. Another is enhancing and renovating Friendship Park with costs up to nearly $2 million. This project would renovate restrooms, parking lots, and basketball courts as well as many other improvements. The capital improvement plan will be covered in more detail at one of the next meetings. The work session took over three hours on April 9 and is one of three planned meetings examining the proposed budget. The next meeting was April 16. The third work session is Monday, April 23, at Avondale City Council Chambers at 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. Avondale residents are encouraged to come to the meetings.

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Goodyear officials introduced a tentative $328.3 million fiscal year 2018-19 budget that prioritizes capital improvement projects and calls for the hiring of 29 positions citywide. City Manager Julie Arendall’s recommended budget was revealed during an April 9 City Council meeting. The working budget represents an $8.5 million increase from the prior year, due to a $6.1 million jump in debt service principal and interest payments. Operating costs are increased by $12 million, of which about a third is from ongoing supplemental budget additions, and the balance is from salary and benefit increases. “I can really walk away from this budget and think, ‘Wow, this is sustainable,’” said Vice Mayor Wally Campbell. Arendall’s recommended budget calls for new positions in these departments: • Engineering: 1 • Fire: 14 • Information technology: 1 • Municipal court: 1 • Parks and recreation: 2 • Police: 1 • Public works: 4 • Public works-sanitation: 2 • Public works-water: 2 • Public works-wastewater: 1 The City Council prioritized several services and plans, including recreation services and facilities. Goodyear is planning a new recreation campus that includes a recreation center, aquatics facility and a 30-acre park. Construction

will begin in 2019 using general obligation bonds and impact fees. With public safety, the budget calls for 15 more sworn positions, including an Aqua Fria School District school resource officer, who will be funded 50 percent by the district this year. An additional SRO, funded partially by the district, will be added in fiscal year 2020. Expanding the program from three to four officers will help prevent on-campus crime and promote proactive programs and a positive image of law enforcement. The police department will also receive significant software updates, facility security upgrades, and increased staffing for telecommunications and internal affairs. The fire department’s capital projects include the design and build of a station in Estrella Mountain Ranch, and the relocation and replacement of station No. 181. The department will begin hiring for the Estrella station in July, with the operational costs paid for by the developer, Newland, for the next five years. The city manager’s recommended budget calls for 14 additional staff. The department is bringing on board employees to staff the ambulance service slated to begin in July, fiscal year 2020. The April 9 discussion was the first step in adopting the 2018-19 budget. Details from the second meeting on April 16 were not available at press time. A budget open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at City Hall. The council is expected to adopt the budget during its Monday, May 21, meeting.

Dispose of unwanted prescriptions April 28 in Avondale By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Residents can drop off expired or unwanted prescription drugs in Avondale on Saturday, April 28, thanks to the Avondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Police and the DEA will hand out information on the dangers of prescription drugs and how to dispose of the drugs properly. The service is free and anonymous. All pills, capsules and tablets will be

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Sen. Kerr named one of the Avondale seeks applicants nation’s Emerging Leaders for banner program By West Valley View staff

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GOPAC has named Sen. Sine Kerr yearlong initiative to coach and develop of Buckeye one of its 2018 Class of state legislators from across the country on how to be effective Emerging Leaders, a group legislative leaders. This of legislators across the year’s class will begin its country selected for their involvement at the eighth potential and ability to imannual Emerging Leaders’ pact their state and the ReSummit. The summit gives publican Party at the leadparticipants the opportunity ership level. GOPAC is the to learn from policy experts, largest Republican state veteran lawmakers, comand local political training munications professionals organization. and seasoned political strat“Our 2018 Emerging egists. Leaders highlight our efTo be selected, an Emergforts to promote Republicans who advocate for the Sine Kerr. (Photo courtesy ing Leader must be nominated by a member of the personal and economic se- Sine Kerr) organization’s Legislative curity of Americans. These men and women are a superb addition Leaders Advisory Board or the legislato the roster of Republicans we are de- tive leader in their state. This is the third consecutive year veloping nationwide to lead in their state legislatures,” said GOPAC Chair- a member of the Arizona Senate has been named one of the nation’s Emergman David Avella. The Emerging Leaders program is a ing Leaders.

The Avondale Municipal Art Committee is sponsoring a Hometown Hero streetlight banner program to showcase the faces of the city’s military veterans. The banners will be displayed on streetlight poles in major corridors around national holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. To be eligible, an individual must be serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard); or veterans who were honorably discharged or given their life in service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The individual must also be, or have been, a permanent resident of Avondale during some point, or have a close family member (spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, child or sibling) currently living in Avondale. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the city’s Employee Veterans Committee and a member of the Avondale Municipal Art Committee. Applicants must submit an official military photo of the person to be honored (minimum 8x10 or 300 dpi digital photo); along with verification of military status (DD214), or if still serving, visit the Department of Defense website (https:// and submit a copy of the verification page with your application. Include name,

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By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services Hoping to head off a walkout, Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a plan April 12 he said will provide teachers the 20 percent pay hike they are demanding – by the 2020-2021 school year. The governor said he believes there are enough new tax dollars coming in the state through economic development and simple population growth to immediately bump the average teacher salary in Arizona by 9 percent, to $52,725 by the new school year. That compares with $48,372 currently, according to the Auditor General’s Office. There would be another 5 percent hike for the 2019-2020 school year and 5 percent more the following year, bringing the average salary by the fall of 2020 to $58,130. It’s actually only a 19 percent hike over current wages, as the governor is counting the 1 percent raise teachers already got this year. That infusion of $684 million, on top

“Right now, it’s just of other state aid to schools, words,’’ Harris said. “He would still leave teacher can promise all he wants.” pay in Arizona below the But one thing that’s current national average. clearly missing, he said, But it would mean that is additional money for Arizona would no longer support staff. be at or near the bottom, “We’re ‘Arizona where it is now. Educators United,’ For the moment, the not ‘Arizona Teachers key groups involved are adopting a wait and see Governor Doug Ducey. United,’” Harris said. He (Photo courtesy azgovernor. said there are thousands of attitude. org) people working at schools Most crucial will be the reaction of Arizona Educators United, whose presence is necessary for the newly formed loose-knit group education. “They’re our teammates,” he said. of more than 40,000 teachers and support staff which has been behind “We can’t go back to work and look the demonstrations that have aroused at the health assistant and the cafeteria public support and put the pressure on worker and say, ‘Hey, my pay is great, sorry you’re still making minimum the governor. Derek Harris, one of the organizers, wage.’” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona said members of the organization remain skeptical, particularly as Ducey Education Association, said he is has yet to identify exactly where he approaching the proposal with a certain skepticism. intends to get the money.

Thomas said even if Ducey can deliver on the immediate hike, there is no guarantee that the money will be there in future years. He said the only way to assure that is to put a tax hike proposal on the ballot, something the governor has refused to do – and considers unnecessary. And Thomas, whose organization already is backing Democrat David Garcia to replace Ducey in November, also said he lacks trust that the governor will do what he promised. “Remember, this is the same governor that offered 2 percent over five years,” Thomas said, referring to Ducey’s original pay hike plan he trotted out a year ago. Others also are keeping watch for details. “It’s an idea worth being optimistic about,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker, spokeswoman for Save Our Schools.

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Local community members show their support. From left: Michelle Harris, Barbara Wodrich, Terri Gunn, Leenie Keyes, Lawrence Peters, Gretchen McGill, Donna Durand, and Emma McGill. (West Valley View photo by Melissa Fossum)

Red...continued from page 1 school opened, educators asked parents to provide athletic equipment because the state budget couldn’t cover students’ needs. Flores has been teaching for 10 years, but has not seen a significant pay increase to help cover the cost of living in the West Valley. At the end of the school year, Flores and his wife, who is also a teacher, are planning to move to California, where, he said, salaries are higher. “Unless something changes here, we can’t really live well as teachers,” he said. He loves his job, but it’s just not feasible to live that way. “There is no reason that our educators, our supporting staff and maintenance shouldn’t be compensated.” Flores is not the only one facing pay issues. At the end of the school year, teacher Paul Hale is stepping down from

his job after two decades at Verrado Heritage. He didn’t reveal his next move, but he said it’s upsetting to leave the kids he has grown to love. His salary just doesn’t provide for his family, he added. “I still have students from 15 years ago who get in touch with me all the time, and it’s cool because now I get to see their own babies growing up,” he said. “To walk away from that is not an easy decision, but it’s just not easy to live on the salary, and that’s something that’s happening across Arizona as we slip further down in relation to other states.” Although the attendees said the resources allocated to schools are not enough, they are determined to work toward better conditions. “It’s amazing to see everyone here, and it’s incredibly encouraging,” Coleman said. “We’ve already felt that with the community. But to see the entire state rally together like this, especially in a state like Arizona, is outstanding.”

That is the group of teachers and parents that gathered enough signatures to force a public vote on the 2017 decision by lawmakers to spend more tax dollars to help children go to private and parochial schools. She said her organization intends to watch and make sure that Ducey can deliver what he promised. “If it really materializes, that’s a good enough gesture to keep working on everything else that needs to be done,” Penich-Thacker said. What is clear is that the governor has sharply changed his position. Just two days earlier, Ducey said he was sticking with his plan to give teachers only a 1 percent pay increase for this coming year. And he accused leaders of Arizona Educators United and the Arizona Education Association of “playing politics.” But the governor has been overwhelmed by events – and specifically tens of thousands of teachers staging “walk ins” April 11 at more than half of the state’s public schools as a show of support for that 20 percent demand. That also was designed to show that, like counterparts in West Virginia and Oklahoma, they would consider a strike. At the hastily called press conference April 12, Ducey insisted he has been working on the teacher pay issue “for some time.” But the governor also made it clear that he is not operating in a political vacuum. “I have been paying attention to what’s going on out across the state,” he said. “I’ve been listening, and I’ve been impressed.’’ House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, said it’s clear that the governor’s hand had been forced.


“It’s amazing what a threatened teacher strike in an election year can do,” she said. The governor’s plan comes on the heels of House Speaker J.D. Mesnard crafting his own proposal for a 20 percent pay hike for teachers. But Mesnard’s plan does not get teachers there until the 20222023 school year. Potentially more significant, he funds it not with using new money but largely by diverting funds from the “district additional assistance” account money schools are counting on for other needs, such as computers, books and even school buses. That, according to school officials, is a nonstarter. “The Legislature’s plan is terrible,’’ said Chuck Essigs, lobbyist for the Association of Arizona School Business Officials. In fact, he pointed out that various education groups are now in court suing over the failure of the state to provide those funds in prior years. Ducey did not mention Mesnard’s proposal, at least not directly, as he said his plan does not divert other education dollars. “There will be no shell game,” the governor said. Mesnard, who was at Ducey’s press conference, was noncommittal in his response. “Obviously I look forward to working with the governor,” the speaker said, saying he needs more details of exactly where Ducey intends to get the money. But Mesnard agreed with the governor that the current plan – a 1 percent raise for the current year – was not going to cut it. “We all share the same priority,” he said.

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The cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear and Tolleson police departments, as well as the Luke Air Force Base Fire Department, are among the public safety answering points asking Valley residents to “call if you can, text if you can’t.” Launched Monday, April 2, the textto-9-1-1 service is a collaboration between the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Maricopa Region 9-1-1, as well as public agencies working with the disabled community, the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the National Association of the Deaf. The text-to-9-1-1 service capabilities span the county. “Texting has become a very important means of communication and we are excited to bring this technology to 9-1-1 service following months of united efforts and leadership,” said MAG Chairman and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck. The service is essential for those who may be in imminent danger and unable to call, such as in domestic violence or hostage situations. “This is a crucial alternative to a voice call when someone is in danger and can’t talk out loud,” Meck added. Providing additional support to individuals with hearing or speech disabilities is a large part of it as well. “Technology often opens doors and makes life easier, and texting to 9-1-1 will allow people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired to summon emergency services, report crimes, and summon aid for others,” said Rose Daly-Rooney, legal director at the Arizona Center for Disability Law. National Association of the Deaf CEO Howard A. Rosenblum said, “Texting to 9-1-1 makes emergency services more accessible to the more than 150,000 Valley residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have speech difficulties. Maricopa County and Phoenix are providing a model for the rest of the state and country in making their 9-1-1 services accessible to all.” Through the service, emergency responders can still interact with residents, though it takes longer (potentially lengthening response times) and they are not automatically provided with the resident’s location.

Residents who contact a call center through the service are urged to provide their address or location. “It is critically important to always provide the exact location of where the emergency response is needed right away,” said Avondale Police Communications Manager Mike Folia, adding, “It doesn’t matter whether you’re making a voice call or a text to 9-1-1.” As such, and while text-to-9-1-1 is a helpful addition, law enforcement personnel recommend using voice calls unless it’s absolutely necessary. “We are imploring citizens to only text if they are absolutely unable to make a voice call,” said Sharron Jagger, Goodyear Police Department’s 9-1-1 supervisor and assistant training facilitator. “A text conversation takes significantly longer to relay information back and forth than a voice call would. Voice calls to 9-1-1 should still be considered the best practice when requesting emergency response.” She added that delivery delays due

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The Pass/Fail party Editor: Roy Azzarello is scared to death of the progressives; he is also afraid of illegal immigrants (they make all residents unsafe). Roy is also afraid of losing our rights to bear arms, even war weapons. Conservatives are afraid of providing health care to taxpaying people who live in our country and pay taxes but cannot afford health care. Conservatives are willing to take their tax money and share in the benefits while withholding benefits. The conservatives are also afraid of raising the minimum wage or paying our teachers a decent wage. They are afraid that raising the minimum wage would raise the cost of a hamburger, really, or could it be that large corporations would be forced to pay decent wages to their employees, instead of sending the profits to the shareholders. As far as the teachers are concerned, the conservatives know that teachers are more likely to be liberals, scientists are also more likely to be liberals and so are intellectuals. NASA is filled with liberals who believe we should be working harder to slow global warming. Because of this, conservatives have reduced NASA’s budget to the extent we now take a Russian taxi to our space station. Conservatives have always emphasized fear to gain votes, and so do the liberals; the problem with fear is that it does not solve problems. What does solve problems is the ability of conservatives and liberals to work together. Our country is evenly divided because “evolution” decided it was the best way for our species to survive (read “blue brain/red brain”). I suggest we need a new party, the Pass/Fail party. Most agree that our government is failing; this means the Pass/Fail party will not vote for any incumbents in the next election; conservatives/liberals x incumbents. Art Boyle Buckeye

Tipirneni is the only sane choice Editor: The Eighth Congressional District of Arizona was led for too long by a feckless, disingenuous and corrupt representative and his solicitation to sire a child, making intimacy a part of the agreement to a staffer. This was emblematic of his style of leadership if you can call it that. Now with Debbie Lesko asking to fill his

shoes, we would be getting another Representative who would be owned, bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers. A Lesko representation would include support for privatizing social security and Medicare; continuous diminution of common sense environmental regulations, banking and Wall Street oversight; continuous toleration of price gouging by the pharmaceutical industry; and, of course, the continuous and absurd tolerance of an out-of-control presidential administration rife with profligate corruption, appalling incompetence and monumental arrogance with complete disregard for our input bent on instigating a war. Believe me; John Bolton already has his vice on him. This cannot continue! The best and only choice on April 24 for our district is Dr. Hiral Tipirneni who will fight to reinstate protections for the environment, social security, Medicare, consumers of financial services, education, the impoverished and see to it that this renegade administration is brought to long overdue justice. She is the only real candidate who will represent us. She will not be a shill for this mendacious and duplicitous so-called president. Those of us who actually do respect the Constitution have been too silent for too long and we are paying the cost with Trump. We are a majority of voters now and we need to show up and vote for Dr. Hiral Tipirneni. I already have mailed in my ballot. David Compton Litchfield Park

Ideas for Sundance Park Editor: Hello, my name is Titan Lewis, and I am sending this letter to give my opinion on the Phase II of the Sundance Park meeting. One main thing I really would like is a BMX course and/or a skate park, for the reason being of a few other options for the Sundance Park. One of the options for the Sundance Park was fields; I don’t see the need for more fields because we already have many fields in Old Town Buckeye and right next to the Sundance Park. Another option was a lake and an extreme walking path. One more thing that would be nice is a lake. I saw the master plans on the post board at the meeting. I think a good idea is to make a lake with a walking path around it that would still leave room for a BMX course or a skate park. A few last options were a ramada area, which we already have at Sundance Park.

My main point is most of the choices we already have. One thing we don’t have in Buckeye is a good skate park or BMX trails. Thank you for your time. Titan Lewis Goodyear

Teacher pay rebuttal to Harry Callahan Editor: I was a teacher in Arizona for 40 years. These are the facts of the life of a teacher in Arizona. In 1976, when I began teaching, the annual beginning teacher’s salary in my district was $4,798. Of course, everything is now multiplied by 10; so basically, nothing has changed in 40 years. The average salary in that district is now $38,920, according to its website. That means it didn’t achieve parity with ongoing economic conditions. That summer I needed a job, as I was newly divorced with two children under the age of 3. I was offered a job painting school rooms for the same district at $9 an hour. I made more in two months ($2,880) than I did in the school year. (Aside, my husband left in October and I only got a half-time position in December 1976. I taught kindergarten for half a year equaling $2,399.) In 1976, I had a BA degree in English from the University of California Santa Barbara and a second BA in education from ASU. I went to school every semester including summer sessions for five years to earn my MED in special education, so I could better support my family. When I bought my first home in the West Valley, I was making $23,000 a year in 1982. To fill in the income gap, I started teaching English for the Maricopa Community College District in 1982. I supplemented my income through this

resource for the next 32 years. In addition, I spent my summers attending summer school at my own expense until I had my master’s degree plus 60 credits to move on the salary scale. Some companies in the “real world” have compensation packages for those who go to school to improve their skills – not in education. While I was teaching full time for the elementary district and creating lesson plans and grading papers on my own time at home, I was also grading papers for up to three classes of college English students and teaching nine hours a week. These classes also required planning and creating slides and overhead instructional materials. My combined income netted me an average yearly income of $75,000 a year. It was a workable income and through much refinancing of my house to pay off bills as the children entered college and expenses increased, we made it. However, don’t ever tell me I worked part time! If teachers earned a workable salary commensurate with their required education and commitment to their students, they could devote their full attention to one job and be more effective. Jan Shields 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.




#RedForEd? I think it’s #PrettyMuchDead By David Leibowitz

Watching the #RedForEd teacher pay movement gain steam, I keep thinking about the late Yankees baseball legend Yogi Berra, who once famously said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Back in 2010, I began working in politics by helping run the Yes on 100 ballot campaign. That measure, placed before the state’s voters by Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature, created a temporary one-cent sales tax to generate $1 billion in revenue annually for three years. The biggest recipient of these funds? K-12 education, which received about two dollars out of every three Proposition 100 created. Yes on 100 won in a landslide that May, and I can still recite by heart every talking point from that campaign, including the one I think about each time I see a #RedForEd story. “All Proposition 100 does,” we must have said a thousand times, “is restore education funding levels back to where they were in 2004.” That was eight years ago. Today?

to be asked to dig into the The #RedForEd marchers couch cushions and find have already said a thouanother two cents. sand times, “All we’re tryHere’s some political ing to do is restore educapunditry for you: Neither tion funding levels back to one of those things is going where they were in 2008.” to happen. See what I mean by déjà We are in the midst of an vu? election year for the state Restoring education Legislature and Gov. Doug funding to 2008 levels – which would cost Arizona David Leibowitz. (Photo Ducey. No politician with a R- appended to his or her taxpayers about $1 billion courtesy Advisor Group) name – which is a majority a year – is only one of the #RedForEd demands. There’s also of the Legislature – is going request a teacher raises: A 20-percent bump to tax hike when their job is at stake. And bring the median Arizona teacher’s without more tax revenue, there’s no salary closer to the national median of way to pay for what #RedForEd has about $55,000 a year. The cost estimates demanded. Thus, Arizona is squarely stuck in I’ve seen in the news put the total cost for last decade when it comes to funding such a raise near $700 million annually. Sorry if this suddenly feels like an education and paying teachers. Consider SAT math problem. If you’re still that the lesson of a longtime favorite playing along at home, that means the phrase of politicians everywhere: state needs to find an extra $1.7 billion “Doing more with less.” The more you somewhere – out of an annual budget do more with less, the more difficult of $10 billion – or Arizona voters need it gets to ask for more. That’s because

virtually no one, including yours truly, wants to pay more taxes. A two-pennies-on-the-dollar sales tax increase would be a very tough sell to Arizona voters. Such a hike would take our state’s sales tax to 7.6 percent, which would be the highest state sales rate in America. And it would take the price of a Big Mac – with state sales tax included – from about $4.22 to $4.29. An extra seven cents for a $3.99 hamburger. Hmm. Extend the “extra two cents on a dollar purchase” math to all taxable purchases and the tab probably comes to about three bucks a week for the average Arizona family. Would voters go for it, go #GreenForEd, to better fund schools and pay Arizona teachers an average day’s wage? I wouldn’t bet on it. Call me a cynic, but I tend to agree with Yogi on this one: The future ain’t what it used to be. – David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact david@

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Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another great column of Business Briefcase. Well, we have finally hit triple-digit temperatures. With the weather hitting 100 degrees April 10, spring has come and passed, it seems. I wish we had a little bit more time to enjoy the cooler temperatures, but alas. Enough of my rambling, though. Let’s get on with what you all came here for! This week, I have an array of different business updates for you. Ranging from a sizeable update to a Buckeye business, to several Goodyear businesses celebrating with ribbon cuttings, all the way to several returning chamber events that are sure to provide quality information to current and future business owners, it’s a diverse lineup of happenings. Well, let’s get on with it, shall we? First on this week’s lineup is Palo Verde Equipment in Buckeye. The business is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. This means the West Valley business will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. It will also incorporate U-Haul Truck Share 24/7, a more convenient and secure option to pick up and return vehicles. Vehicles can be rented at all hours of the day with a smart phone. After hours drop-off is available. Accounts can be created for free at Palo Verde Equipment is open 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Call 623-691-6135 or visit to rent a vehicle at this location. Palo Verde Equipment is located at 3617 S. Jackrabbit Trail. Moving along, the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a pair of ribbon-cutting ceremonies. The first one will be at The Learning Experience at Palm Valley. It will be held at noon Friday, April 27. The Learning Experience offers child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, as well as after school programs for children up to 8 years old at most centers. The Learning Experience at Palm Valley is located at 13922 W. Avalon Drive, Goodyear. For more informa-

tion, call 623-745-8805 or visit az/goodyear/palm-valley. Tours can also be scheduled. The second ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at Carol & Company Salon. It’s a bit further out, as it is set for noon Friday, May 11. The salon offers a variety of services such as haircuts, coloring and texturing, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials and massages, and a variety of other options such as the Brazilian blowout. Carol & Company Salon is located at 3810 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. For more information, visit, or contact 623-925-8181 or to make an appointment. For more information on either event, contact the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at 623-9322260 or Changing focus to learning opportunities for the business community, other standard and informative chamber events for business owners are approaching. One is Marketing 101. Free and open to the public, the event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. This is a continuation of the DexYP and chamber partnership courses I have discussed in past editions of Business Briefcase. The chamber is holding one per month, each with a different focus. April’s focus will provide insight on marketing, advertising, promotions, branding and social media, all aimed to help find and retain customers. One other event I will discuss today is the recurring Lunch N Learn. This day’s focus is Saving vs. Investing: What is the difference? It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. The event is sponsored by LifeTyme Financial Group. Lunch will be provided at both events. Seating is limited, so contact the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at 623-932-2260 or to RSVP. The chamber is located at 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

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To round the column out, I received an inquiry about the old Room Store location at 555 Litchfield Road in Goodyear. The reader mentioned seeing work going on at the property. So, I checked in with the city’s Economic Development Department. Apparently, the building permits were pulled by the owner. No tenant has

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Jin Hee Sonu, who founded Litchfield Park’s Purple Elephant Cakes, has a storied history with treats. Born and raised in South Korea, she began her career in a much different field: public relations. Unhappy with her job, she searched for something sweeter. “In South Korea, parents want you to be either a doctor or a lawyer or working for Samsung,” explained Sonu, who is also Purple Elephant Cakes’ cake designer. “That’s their dream for their children. My parents were the same. I was a good child. I was raised to study hard. I went to good college, and then I got my first job in PR for a credit card company, which makes really good money.” Her parents were pleased, but she wasn’t happy. “I hated my job so much,” she said. “I always enjoyed baking and I love sweets. Suddenly, one morning, I just really couldn’t continue with my job.” To her parents’ dismay, Sonu saved

money for two years and traveled to New York to pursue her dream job – without knowing any English. She studied at the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center), and mastered the art at Café Boulud, Spice Market, Morimoto, the Gilt at the Palace Hotel and Morgan Hotel Group. Then, in 2010, she founded the first Purple Elephant in Manhattan’s Upper East Side with fellow alumnus Candy Tamano Iannelli. After two years, Sonu moved to the San Francisco Bay area so her husband could open a taekwondo studio. Purple Elephant relocated to San Mateo. In 2016, the couple moved both businesses to Arizona. Purple Elephant Cakes and Taekwon Kids are now neighbors in Litchfield Park. According to Sonu, friends suggested she open her shop in Scottsdale, which has a plentiful cake market. By opening a storefront in Litchfield Park in March, she is bringing something new to the table.

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“The West Valley is ready for good stuff, I think,” she said. “There haven’t been many other choices around here. I think I want to take over the West Valley. That’s my plan.” Besides cakes, the shop offers Italian gelato, cupcakes, cake pops, cake donuts and café beverages. Sonu bakes from scratch, using local ingredients. Being environmentally friendly The cupcakes are beautifully crafted. (West Valley View photo by Melissa Fossum) is important to her. Sonu didn’t imagine there French macarons. “It’s been a really would be a market for custom cakes interesting experience for me to tell in Litchfield Park. But customers found her via the internet and ordered them what it is.” She has seen many cakes go through cakes before she opened the brickher doors during the past eight years. and-mortar location. She began selling Her craziest creation was an entirely cakes immediately after the move, she edible Tesla cake that served 30 said. She said there are a variety of people. She made it for a West Coast differences between the customers in Tesla employee. It was a replica of his New York, San Mateo and Litchfield company car. Those interested in ordering custom Park. cakes should give Sonu two weeks’ “New York people, they are not afraid to try a new crazy flavor,” she said. notice. For a cake such as the Tesla, she “But here, they are more conservative needs a month to plan appropriately. in terms of flavors. “Before, I was making individual Purple Elephant Cakes desserts, like dessert cups and crazier 13331 W. Indian School Road, stuff. Here, I’m trying not to do crazy Suite 202 Litchfield Park stuff because it doesn’t sell.” However, West Valley residents 623-537-7322 are fascinated by her meringue-based




Sandwich Masterz serves all-natural options By Connor Dziawura Cas Iurcu wants to change the sandwich industry. To accomplish that task, he and his wife, Darina, opened Sandwich Masterz in Goodyear. “We do not use a lunch meat, a deli meat or a processed meat,” said Iurcu, whose restaurant was welcomed to the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 12. “We actually use real meat.” The meats are cooked in house, and have no preservatives, fillers or added nitrates, he said. This natural goal continues across Sandwich Masterz’s other ingredients. “Now, the cheeses we use are all natural except for American, and our bread has no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup in it either,” Iurcu explained. Individuals looking to kick the carbs can easily make any sandwich a salad, upon request. Wraps are also a choice. Iurcu said the all-natural route was an easy one. “I grew up in Montana, so we always grew up with real meats and

everything. And when we looked at all these chains, it was always processed meats,” he explained. Though he understands the reasons large franchises go with the processed options, such as cost effectiveness and accounting for meat shrinkage and fat, it wasn’t the “natural” choice for Sandwich Masterz. “I think this is the future and I think this is what a lot more people are looking for with real, all-natural meats and cheeses,” Iurcu said. The shop’s menu is expansive with more than 150 options. Kids, vegan and vegetarian options are available. “We sell more Italians than any other sandwich on our menu,” Iurcu said. The Italian consists of salami, pepperoni, ham, Italian dressing and provolone. Another popular choice, he said, is The Perfect Blend, a turkey, bacon, pastrami, roast beef and cheddar cheese choice. On a different end of the spectrum, customers love their prime rib sandwiches, he said.


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“Our prime rib sandwiches are amazing, too. A lot of people like our garlic peppercorn cheesesteak and things like that,” he said of the prime rib with mayo, onions, peppers, jalapenos, garlic peppercorn sauce and cheese sandwich. Customers have appreciated the Sandwich Masterz’s penchant for fresh items.

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Residents stopped by Friendship Park to enjoy Avondale's KidFest on Saturday, April 7. With temperatures on the rise, the free event offered the perfect opportunity for kids to play in the splash pad and enjoy ice cream. The event also allowed guests to partake in other family-friendly games and entertainment, as well as educational opportunities. 1. The splash pad was a popular hangout on the hot day; 2. Ezio Morales, 4, of Avondale, Irene Ramirez of Avondale, Cian Morales, 9, of Avondale, Kriscia Morales of Laveen, and Vianey Morales, 5, of Laveen visited the event; 3. Omar Calvis, 6, of Tolleson, enjoyed hanging out in the shade with his mom; 4. Alee Rojo and Daniella Conde, 3, of Avondale, enjoy some sun; 5. Addison Wisdom, 2, of Goodyear, Andrea Wisdom of Goodyear, Kristopher Wisdom Sr. of Goodyear, Kristopher Wisdom Jr., 3, of Goodyear, Fallon Thompson, 5, of Avondale, Erika Ware of Avondale, Nigel Miles Thompson, 7, Alyiah Roberson, 4, of Buckeye, Bianca Roberson of Buckeye, and Amiyah Roberson, 6, of Buckeye; 6. Dominique Wallace, 13, of Waddell, Aaliyah Isom, 11, of Buckeye, Cassidy Ray, 13, of Goodyear and Jessie Figueroa, 12, of Buckeye perform as JuiceBox Dance Academy; 7. Aziza Moore, 10, of Tolleson, performed with the Da Capo Choir and enjoyed some ice cream.




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New Arthritis Painkiller Works on Contact and Numbs the Pain in Minutes New cream works faster and is more targeted than oral medications. Key ingredients penetrate the skin within minutes to relieve joint arthritis pain. Users report significant immediate relief.

By Robert Ward Associated Health Press BOSTON – Innovus Pharmaceuticals has introduced a new arthritis pain relief treatment that works in minutes. Sold under the brand name Apeaz™, the new pain relief cream numbs the nerves right below the skin. When applied to an arthritic joint, or a painful area on the body, it delivers immediate relief that lasts for hours and hours. The powerful painkilling effect is created by the creams active ingredient, a special medical compound. Anesthetics are used in hospitals during surgery. They block nerve signals from the brain so that patients don’t feel pain and they work fast. The anesthetic found in Apeaz™ is the strongest available without a prescription. The cream form allows users to directly target their area of pain. It works where it is applied. The company says this is why the product is so effective and fast acting. “Users can expect to feel relief immediately after applying,” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj, President of Innovus Pharmaceuticals. “There will a pleasant warming sensation that is followed by a cool, soothing one. This is how you know that the active ingredients have reached the infected joint and tissue.”

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For arthritis suffers, Apeaz offers impressive advantages over traditional medications. The most obvious is how quickly it relieves discomfort. The cream contains the maximum approved dose of a top anesthetic, which penetrates the skin in a matter of minutes to numb the area that’s in pain. This relief lasts for several hours.

Additional ingredients in the cream help suppress inammation around tissues and joints. Published pre-clinical studies have shown that the ingredients in Apeaz™ can also prevent further bone and cartilage destruction. There are also no negative side effects from the oral medication. Apeaz™ delivers its ingredients through the skin. Oral medications are absorbed in the digestive tract. Overtime, the chemicals in pills can tear the delicate lining of the stomach, causing ulcers and bleeding. When compared to other arthritis medications, Apeaz™ is a fraction of the cost. At less than $2 a day, the cream quickly is becoming a household name. Those with terrible arthritis in their hands and ngers, love how easy Apeaz™ is to open. The jar ts in the palm of the hand, which makes it much easier to use.

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Many Apeaz™ users report signicant improvements in daily aches and pain. Many more report increased exibility and less stiffness. They are moving pain free for the rst time in years, like Henry Esber, and early user of Apeaz™. “I’ve tried more pills than I can count. I’ve also had a handful of cortisone shots. Nothing is as effective as this product. With Apeaz™, I get relief right away. I rub a little on my knees and some through my hands. It keeps the pain away. It also prevents the pain from getting really bad. It’s completely changed my life.”

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Apeaz™ is an FDA drug with approved claims for the pain relief of the following conditions: • Arthritis pain • Simple back pain • Strains • Sprains • Athletic injuries • Muscle stiffness and pain • Wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, muscle or joint pain

Apeaz™: Quick Acting Pain and Arthritis Cream is Now Available Without a Prescription “This is why Apeaz™ is so effective for people with arthritis. It reduces pain while adding an additional layer of joint protection,” explains Damaj.

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Although Dr. Damaj and his team say that their cream is the fastest and most effective way to relieve arthritis pain, they believe there is still a reason to take joint pills. The most effective are those which help to further strengthen and support the joints. That’s why every container of Apeaz™ comes with ArthriVarx™, a breakthrough pill that’s taking on joint support in an entirely new way. ArthriVarx™ works on your joints, making it the perfect companion to Apeaz™. “ArthriVarx™ contains special compounds published to lubricate the joints and connective tissues that surrounds them. With daily use, they improve joint health and can give an extra cushion,” explains Dr. Damaj. “When combined with Apeaz™, it becomes the perfect system to tackle arthritis. While the anesthetic component of Apeaz™ is working on the outside, relieving pain on contact, ArthriVarx™ is working on the inside, adding cushioning to the joints”’

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By delivering fast, long-lasting, and targeted relief from joint pain and reducing inammation and swelling that causes joint damage, Apeaz™ and ArthriVarx™ is the newest, most effective way to tackle your arthritis pain. You can now enjoy an entirely new level of comfort that’s both safe and affordable. It is also extremely effective, especially if nothing else has worked well for you.

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Millennium Baseball on the verge of second postseason appearance By Griffin Fabits The Millennium Tigers have a new lease on life, thanks to an eight-game winning streak that propelled them back into the playoff hunt. Managed by first-year skipper Jerod Burleson, the Tigers took some time to click. They stumbled to a 7-9 record, and senior Logan McDonald and juniors Tanner Thomason and Alex Figueroa admitted the group wasn’t playing as a team. McDonald billed it as a “flat” style of play in their first 16 games. Figueroa said the guys were doing it for just themselves. Thomason, a junior slugger who’s batting .406 with two home runs, hit the nail right on the head: The Tigers just needed to adapt to Burleson’s “New Mexico ball.” Burleson was hired in July to manage the Tigers after spending five

seasons as a varsity assistant coach with Farmington High School in Farmington, New Mexico. “It’s not the typical, ‘Hit a home run, hit a home run.’ We’re focusing on playing baseball,” said Thomason, putting an emphasis on the small-ball style of play Burleson has brought to Goodyear. “Arizona ball,” as the boys described, is fast paced. It’s shooting for the gaps, looking for the big hit. Burleson’s type of play has turned the Tigers’ attention to focusing on the small things the game throws at you. “It’s not only that we’re going to do something good, but we’re going to do our job,” McDonald said. “If there’s a runner on second, we’re going to get him over and bring him in. Before the season, I was more about trying to hit a ball into the gap.”

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West Valley Soccer Club holding tryouts By Griffin Fabits The West Valley Soccer Club is holding tryouts for all boys’ and girls’ levels in May. Formerly known as Far West Soccer and Challenge FC, the club has a “grassroots program” for children ages 6 to 9 who are interested in soccer, according to tryout coordinator Steve Wardell. For 10- to 18-year-old players, training and coaching is offered as are goalkeeper training sessions. Coaches are volunteers. “We are the only club in the Valley that does not pay our coaches,” Wardell said. “We have qualified coaches from local high schools as well as coaches who work with colleges in the Valley.” Wardell coaches his daughter’s team, the 2005 girls’ squad, a roster comprised of some of the best 12-yearold girls in the Valley, he said. The teams are named after the children’s birth year. He has taken the girls to showcase tournaments, competitions around the

country in front of college coaches. This year, the girls will travel to California, Colorado and Utah, with the possibility of college soccer in mind for these 12-year-olds. “We want to get our athletes comfortable with traveling because as a college athlete, you’re going to travel,” he said. “We want them to experience all of this and understand that that could be part of their lives. We’re not just teaching them soccer and preparing them for that, but also preparing them for the next level and everything that comes with it.” Considering college at age 12 may not sound practical, but Wardell emphasized the children are starting on the right foot as a member of the West Valley Soccer Club. “Doing the right training and putting together the right program for your athletes will develop your athletes into better performing kids.” Open tryouts begin with 6- to 9-year-

Children who participate in the West Valley Soccer Club often travel out of state for tournament play. (Photo courtesy West Valley Soccer Club)

olds the first week of May, and 10-andolder girls the following week. Boys’ aged 10 and older will take place the third week of May at Turney Park, near North 155th Avenue and West Turney Avenue in Goodyear. Fees are $225 at registration, $50 to hold placement on the roster and

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

Enjoy a comical musical based on the book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan at 6:30 p.m. at the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, 1495 Verrado Way, Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-1757.

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The West Valley View publishes on Wednesdays. 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.




fast-paced workout with drumsticks 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.

United Way Storytime (Ages 0-6)

Children can sing, listen to stories and craft at 1 p.m. at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale. The first 25 children will receive a free book to take home. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Adult Book Discussion

Stop by the Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 Civic Center Drive to pick up and read a copy of Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen before the library’s discussion at noon. For information, call 623-333-2602.

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.

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 4:15 p.m. at the Tolleson Public Library, 9555 W. Van Buren Street. For information, call 623-936-2746.

Verrado Visionaries

Stop by the Verrado Grille at 4242 N. Golf Drive, Buckeye, to join fellow businessmen in a West Valley networking group at 7 a.m. each Wednesday. For information, call 623-640-6268.

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

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 623-936-2746.

Publish Your Book Workshop

Sean Buvala of The Small-ToothDog Publishing Group will give a presentation on how to publish a nonfiction or children’s book at 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren Street. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Children’s Community Choir

The Church at Litchfield Park offers a free music program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Grades three through five will start at 5 p.m. and kindergarten through second grade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 300 N. Old Litchfield Road. For information, call 623-935-3411.


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 more information, call 623-935-3279.

Learn about desert landscaping, irrigation and more from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Coyote Branch Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye. Registration is required. For information, email

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Teen Volunteer Wednesdays (Ages 12-18)

Teens looking to meet new friends and volunteer for school credit can meet at the Avondale Civic Center Library’s Volunteer Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at 11350 Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-333-2602.


The Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library at 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale, holds an interactive program for kids interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math from 2 to 3 p.m. For information, call 623-333-2601.


Avondale Global Youth Services Day

Teens are invited to celebrate the 30th Annual Global Youth Services Day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tres Rios Wetlands, S. 91st Avenue, Phoenix. Volunteer teams will help maintain trails and clear trash and graffiti to keep the wetlands clean. For information, call 623-333-2719.

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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 & 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 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. All faiths are welcome. For information, call 623-935-3279.




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.


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T(w)een Chess Club

Are you a chess whiz? The Litchfield Park Branch Library at 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard invites kids ages 11-16 to learn or practice their chess moves from 4 to 5 p.m. For information, call 602-652-3000.




The American Legion Post #61 hosts bingo each Tuesday night starting 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. 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.

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature yogic postures, 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.

Baby Time

Bring your school-age child to read to Manda the dog from 11 a.m. to noon at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street will host a family game night complete with classic board games, card games and STEM activities from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, call 623-936-2746.

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Goodyear residents are invited to a free paper shredding event from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Goodyear Police Operations Building, 11 N. 145th Avenue. Each resident is limited to four boxes of paper. For information, call 623-882-7663.

Unit 53 Drive-Thru Fridays

Let Unit 53 Auxiliary do the cooking during its drive-thru Fridays. Come down to the American Legion Post 53 at 402 E. Narramore, Buckeye from 5 to 7 p.m. for a main dish, side and dessert. Meals are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. Call 24 hours in advance to enjoy dining in or drive-thru orders. For information, call 623-693-8624.



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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.

Certified Tai Chi instructor John Leo will give free weekly lessons for adults at the White Tank Branch Library at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000.

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The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street invites babies and their caregivers to an interactive play time at 1 p.m. For information, call 623-936-2746.

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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.

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.

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Agua Fria Toastmasters

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Family Book Club

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Kids ages 6 to 12 can build structures, experiment, play games and make crafts at this interactive learning program, which runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Thematic Book Club

The Litchfield Park Library at 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard holds monthly book club meetings at 1 p.m. that focus on a new theme each month. This month focuses on comedic books. For information or help finding a book for the meeting, call 602-652-3457.



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WWII veteran celebrates 95th birthday with B-24 flight By Connor Dziawura

World War II Navy veteran Forrest M. “Pete” Petersen hit a major milestone on April 7: his 95th birthday. Just days later, he and his family visited Phoenix Goodyear Airport to see and fly in the world’s only fully restored and flying Consolidated B-24J Liberator. A mechanical problem prevented him from flying during his first visit, but after a quick fix, he set off into the air in formation to Bullhead City the next day. Visiting the plane was special, as Pete served as a B-24 crew chief during his Navy days. He was responsible for maintenance and repairs on the plane. “Today it seems like a much bigger airplane than it was,” he said. “When I was around them seven days a week, I used to change the tires by myself ... And there’s nothing to it, but now I don’t think one man would ever attempt.” While in the air, he had a seat behind the pilot. If they were in combat, he would have manned the top gun turret. “On the ground, the airplane was all mine,” he said. “As soon as it was gone,

not far off, it belonged to the pilot.” Getting Pete to Phoenix Goodyear Airport to check out the B-24 was important to his son, Stephen, who said they visited the touring B-24 last year and decided to keep an eye out for future visits. “It’s the memories that this sparks with him, it is so worth it,” Stephen said.

Navy days Pete grew up in Harlan, Iowa. Of growing up in Harlan with his mother, father, brother and sister, he said, “It was like being in heaven. To me, there’s no place like home.” He enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior in 1941. “I’ve always wanted to join the Navy,” he said. “I went to Des Moines, Iowa. I enlisted and then I went home, and I told my dad. Dad says, ‘What did you do?’ ‘I enlisted in the Navy.’ ‘You what?!’ ‘I enlisted in the Navy. Six years.’ ‘Oh my God, that’s a long time!’” But for Pete, it wasn’t a long time. As a matter of fact, “It went pretty fast,” he said. During his service, he traveled to

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you never dreamed of, you didn’t even know existed, that would be tough.”

After the war Because he had dropped out of high school to enlist, he was given an honorary diploma. Following his service, he spent more than 30 years working at his hometown hardware store. “When I got out, I had a Coast to Coast store in Harlan, Iowa. It’s a hardware store,” he said. “We sold a little bit of everything. It was pretty good.” After retiring from the hardware store, he spent about another 15 years driving a school bus until he hit mandatory retirement, Stephen said. Pete moved to Goodyear a year and a half ago, though he still maintains contact with many people from his storied past. He received a large stack of birthday cards, many of which came from Harlan. Some were from families of students he had driven at school. “He kept in touch with a lot of his friends from the Navy, people that he served with up until about eight years, ten years ago, then we started to lose them,” Stephen said. “Yeah, they’re going. They’re going,” Pete chimed in, adding, “I’m in no hurry.”




‘Be a Hero:’ Donate blood By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Because blood has a shelf life of 42 days, May donors will save lives through the Memorial Day holiday week, a time when blood supplies can decline by as much as 25 percent. To make an appointment to “Be a Hero,” call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877827-4376) or visit www.BloodHero. com (enter your city or ZIP code). The West Valley Donor Center in

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Single parents can get guidance at Christ Presbyterian By Lynette Carrington Single parenting can be challenging, but there are support organizations to assist with the journey. One is Christ Presbyterian Church’s Single and Parenting, a group that aims to help single parents navigate tough topics. It is led by church director Carol Phillips and her husband, Scott, both of whom are 10-year congregation members. “I’ve been doing the specialized ministries at church for six of those years,” she said. “I started by doing DivorceCare, then I started doing GriefShare and I helped to start Single and Parenting.” Single and Parenting meets on Tuesdays, and single parents can join at any time. Topics include parenting tools and projects, conflict and resolution, dating, money and career, talking and listening, parenting approaches and God’s love. Christianity is not the focus. “It’s inevitable, because it’s a part of most people’s lives,” Phillips said. “We have some people who do not

have a kind of faith and we don’t want to eliminate or offend them.” The program has three components: a workbook, video and discussion time. “The workbook is discussed initially, then we show a video and the videos are wonderful,” Phillips said. “There is so much information in them, and then we open it up for discussion.” Videos include interviews with counselors, speakers, pastors and leading authors who bring and offer a wealth of information. Some of the 30 experts featured in the informative videos include Dr. Bob Barnes, Julie Smith Lowe, Michele Howe, Dr. Paul David Tripp and Sabrina D. Black. Children are included as well. “There is also a children’s program, so we have child care for children ages 5-12,” Phillips said. “That program has age-appropriate conversation that will correspond with the parents’ program topics.” There are typically 10 adults and a

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EMCC to hold community event

By Connor Dziawura Estrella Mountain Community College is hosting a free event to bring together individuals from different artistic mediums and cultures at its conference center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Across the event’s three hours, art will be on display, musicians will perform and New Orleans rapper Fiend will speak to students. The program continues EMCC’s goal of bringing guests to the college. “We often hold events that focus on teaching and learning,” said Dr. Carlotta Abrams, English and creative writing teacher. “That’s been a cornerstone of my time here; we’ve always focused on teaching and learning.” She is retiring this year, and planned the event with the school. “So, we bring various speakers and music to the college and, in my 23 years, that brought a lot of folks.” Killer Mike, Chingo Bling, Bobby

Seale, Kevin Powell and Charlie Braxton are names cited by Abrams as having spoken at previous school engagements. This event will kick off with a performance by taiko drummer Ken Koshio. Hailing from Nagoya, Japan, Koshio will play the drums, sing, and use additional instrumentation such as the shinobue bamboo flute and horagai conch shell, he said. Koshio calls performing – and music in general – a universal language. “When we’re on the stage or perform together, we know we’re talking in the same language,” he said. “Music is actually one language, and especially drumming is one of the most elementary instruments for all of us from our indigenous. So that’s one thing, that tool, the communication, I believe.” Other musicians who will perform include Candice Chavez, Eddy Detroit and Matthew Rowe, Abrams said.


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Fiend, also known as International Jones, is looking forward to his visit. “A lot of these kids don’t get a chance to ask their favorite artists or someone that knows their favorite artists or someone who has been in the music business or any business certain questions,” Fiend said. “They don’t have this hands-on thing. So, I find it to be inspiring to be able to be available to talk to these kids and find out where their mind is at – 20 years old, 18 years old, 22 years old, the next leaders of the world – to want to Taiko drummer Ken Koshio will open Estrella Mountain College’s celebration of teaching and learning pick each other’s brains.” Community on April 25. (Photo courtesy Ken Koshio) Fiend has over 20 years’ experience in the music have a gang of projects coming out. industry, and has released a large I got producers that I manage, movie number of projects, some of which he scripts that I’m shopping, TV shows made while signed to Master P’s No I’m negotiating. I have a plethora of Limit Records. He is now with Jet Life things I’m doing.” Recordings, and has also worked with The diversity in the talent coming Ruff Ryders Entertainment. to EMCC is intentional, Abrams Although he has spoken at other explained. schools and companies, and for “What I like to do, in this event and in inmates, this will be his first time general, is to bring the most disparate speaking at a college, he said. He people together,” she said. “In doing will discuss his clothing line, Sleepy so, we bring together the community Bear, and being an entrepreneur; and and we build bridges.” knowing when to be patient, he said. Historical artifacts, Native American “I’m extremely eager to talk to the art, and more will also be on display college out here in Arizona,” Fiend for students and community members said. “Really, I’m excited to find out to observe, Abrams said. what kind of questions they have and “What I’ve done, my mission at the things like that.” campus, has always been to look at how Aside from the speaking those things that we do every day, like engagement, though, Fiend cites a listen to music, have an educational busy work schedule ahead. He recently background to them,” Abrams said. released a new project titled Player “And so, that’s why I invited different Chit as International Jones, and he is people to truly educate about their own happy with the performance of Sleepy cultures and their societies.” Bear. Though the event is free, Abrams “I’m just here enjoying being recommends RSVPing to hear Fiend a family man, being a husband, a speak in the event that maximum father of three kids, a son to my occupancy is reached. Guests mom, that’s what I’m into,” he said. can RSVP at carlotta.abrams@ “I still make music. I feel like I was born and raised to make music. I



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Arts in the Park Litchfield Park concluded its 2017-18 Arts in the Park outdoor concert series with an event featuring Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns. Held on The Wigwam’s front lawn on Friday, April 6, the family-friendly event allowed residents to stop by for good music, good food and good fun. 1. Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns perform; 2. Bruce and Karen Hinchey of Litchfield Park enjoy the concert; 3. Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns perform; 4. Dan and Joy Macleod of Litchfield Park relax on the lawn; 5. The Anderson family: Carter, Kimberley, Emme, 6, and Avery, 4, of Goodyear, enjoy the event; 6. Deb Marcotte, left, and Jen Matthews, both of Litchfield Park, hang out with dogs Riley, Jack and Henry David; 7. Marty and Dan Dickey of Goodyear enjoy the show.










LESD hosts safety event for learning disabled children By Krys Estes The Litchfield Elementary School District hosted a safety event that allowed children with autism spectrum disorder and Tourette’s syndrome to engage with law enforcement officials at Wigwam Creek Middle School in Litchfield Park on April 7. Event organizers hoped the event would make children feel more comfortable around public safety personnel. The Buckeye Police Department mistook a 14-year-old boy with autism for a drug user last summer. The event featured videos that recalled safety laws of driving, use of first responders, gaining trust in law enforcement, “never run from the police” motto, always keep hands visible, never touch any part of an officer including his equipment, what to do when encountering a working K-9, reenactments and games like Jeopardy and Simon Says. “What a great turnout for this lifechanging event for our community,” said Carisa Sharrett, special education teacher and peer tutoring program adviser for Wigwam Creek Middle School. “It was so amazing to get so many different departments together and have so many officer, parent, student and staff participants the first time around. It was such a wonderful accomplishment.” Karen Watson, event assistant and parent to Nicholas Watson, who has ASD, said the program was “near and dear to my heart.” “It is important that our special needs

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part of the special night, and staff say students are eager for the outreach opportunity and to have conversations about their ideas with an authentic audience. “It is awesome to see my Vipers get excited about what they are learning,” Tiffany said. “This opportunity to share it with parents, siblings, peers and community members is something that we do not get to do often enough.” The event takes over the Verrado campus as students showcase the problem-oriented activities they have worked on throughout the year by performing, playing, explaining, demonstrating and teaching attendees. According to Assistant Principal Holly Bonessi, the goal of the event is to allow the community to interact with and participate in the same types of learning activities as Verrado students. “We are really looking to evolve this night into a hands-on, fun and educational event for not only the families of our students, but also for business, government and community leaders, and experts,” Bonessi explained. “This gives our students an opportunity to voice and share their own innovative ideas on issues facing our world.”

During One World, One Verrado Night, there will be demonstrations by the fine arts department and presentations on everything from student-created video games, innovative advancement in medicine, water-treatment processes and a Rube Goldberg machine. Other projects include anti-tobacco programs for fifth-grade students, planning for a disease pandemic, creating public policy and interactive catapults using math to create a successful angle. “These students have great ideas, and this is their opportunity to have a diverse audience,” Bonessi said. “I hope that students understand their ideas matter and that their hard work can make a difference.” Bonessi also hopes attendees will see the unique and creative views Verrado students have on different topics affecting their lives and possibly leave with a new viewpoint, idea or perspective. One World, One Verrado Night 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 Verrado High School, 20050 W. Indian School Road, Buckeye 623-932-7400.


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Before the Court is the Motion of Plaintiff’s attorney, Loraine L. Hite, Esq., of the law firm of Bendett & McHugh, PC, 270 Farmington Ave., Suite 151, Farmington, CT 06032 for an Order allowing Service by Alternate Means on the Defendant Jowana J. Robinson, named in a Summons and Complaint, Title to Real Estate Involved, now pending before this Honorable Court. M.R. Civ. P. 4 (g) (1). Plaintiff moves for service to be made on the Defendant Jowana J. Robinson, by publishing a copy of this Order once a week for three (3) successive weeks in the Bangor Daily News which is a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of Bangor and County of Penobscot, Maine and in the West Valley View which is a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of Chandler and County of Maricopa, Arizona. Plaintiff’s Motion is GRANTED. This is an action for the foreclosure of a mortgage on real property and may affect real property of the Defendant’s located at 341 Birch Street, Bangor, ME 04401, and described in such Mortgage Deed as recorded in Book 11635 at Page279 in the Penobscot County Registry of Deeds, Bangor, Maine. After due diligence, Plaintiff CitiMortgage, Inc., has been unable to make personal service of Plaintiff’s Summons and Complaint, Title to Estate Involved, on Defendant Jowana J. Robinson. Plaintiff has met the requirements of Rule 4(g)(1)(A)-(C). M.R.Civ.P. 4(g)(1)(A)-(C); 4(g)(2). IT IS ORDERED that service be made upon the Defendant Jowana J. Robinson by publishing a copy of this Order once a week for three (3) successive weeks in the Bangor Daily News, a newspaper of general circulation in Penobscot County Bangor Daily News which is a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of Bangor and County of Penobscot, Maine and in the West Valley View which is a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of Chandler and County of Maricopa, Arizona; and by mailing a copy of this Order as published to the Defendant at 2180 E. Bellerive Place, Chandler, AZ 85249, the last known address of Defendant Jowana J. Robinson. This method and manner of service is reasonably calculated to provide actual notice of the pendency of the action to defendant Jowana J. Robinson. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Defendant Jowana J. Robinson, being served by publication, appear and serve an Answer to the Motion or Complaint on counsel for Plaintiff, Loraine L. Hite, Bendett & McHugh, PC, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 151, Farmington, CT 06032. The Answer must be filed with the Court by mailing to the following address: Clerk of Court, Bangor District Court, 78 Exchange Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, within forty-one (41) days after the first publication of this Order. IMPORTANT NOTICE IF YOU FAIL TO SERVE AN ANSWER WITHIN THE TIME STATED ABOVE, OR IF, AFTER YOU ANSWER, YOU FAIL TO APPEAR AT ANY TIME THE COURT NOTIFIES YOU TO DO SO, A JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU IN YOUR ABSENCE FOR THE MONEY DAMAGES OR OTHER RELIEF DEMANDED IN THE COMPLAINT. IF THIS OCCURS, YOUR EMPLOYER MAY BE ORDERED TO PAY PART OF YOUR WAGES TO THE PLAINTIFF OR YOUR PERSONAL PEROPERTY, INCLDUING BANK ACCOUNTS AND YOUR REAL ESTATE, MAY BE TAKEN TO SATISFY THE JUDGMENT. IF YOU INTEND TO OPPOSE THIS LAWSUITE, DO NOT FAIL TO ANSWER WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME. If you believe the Plaintiff is not entitled to all or part of the claim set forth in the Complaint or if you believe you have a claim of your own against Plaintiff, you should talk to a lawyer. If you feel you cannot afford to pay a fee to a lawyer, you may ask the Clerk of Court, Bangor District Court, for information as to places where you may seek legal assistance. The clerk shall enter the following on the docket: The ORDER dated March 13 2018, is incorporated in the docket by reference. This entry is made in accordance with M.R. Civ. P. 79 (a) at the specific direction of the Court. Date: March 13, 2018 ____________________________________ Judge/Justice Print Name: John B. Lucy PUBLISHED: West Valley View / Business April 4, 11, 18, 2018 / 12075

PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Bids: June 19, 2018 Time 2:00 Project: Victory Sunrise Lane 2B-2C CFD Civil Improvements Verrado ARC LLC seeks qualified General Contractors, with a minimum A- General Engineering license, to submit sealed bids for the CFD Civil Improvements which consists of, but is not limited to storm drain, concrete, paving, street lights, signage & striping from Coolidge Street to College Drive along Sunrise Lane in accordance with the plans and specifications (the “Work”). Verrado ARC LLC reserves the right to adjust the scope at their discretion. The Successful Contractor shall be responsible for all coordination associated with the Work. Copies of the plans, specifications, bid documents and detailed information for this project will be available on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Contact Terri Kading at to make arrangements to receive the bid documents. A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held in the DMB Verrado Development offices located at 4236 N Verrado Way, Suite 200, Buckeye, AZ 85396 – May 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. All interested parties are invited to attend. It is recommended that interested parties RSVP prior to the meeting. Sealed bids will be received June 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the City of Buckeye, City Clerk’s Office, located at 530 E Monroe, Buckeye, AZ 85326. Bids submitted after specified closing time will not be accepted. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud immediately after the specified closing time. Unless all bids are rejected, the Contract will be awarded within twenty one (21) days. The Contract will be awarded to the lowest qualified bidder that submits a complete and accurate bid. A complete and accurate bid will include all information requested in the bid documents. Every bid made by a Contractor pursuant to this Notice shall be accompanied by a surety bond for ten percent (10%) of the bid amount, listing Verrado ARC LLC as the Obligee, as a guarantee that the Contractor will enter into a contract to perform the Work, or as liquidated damages in the event the Contractor refuses or fails to enter into the Contract with Verrado ARC LLC upon award. Cashiers checks will not be accepted. The bonds will be returned to all Contractors whose bids are not awarded the Contract, and to the successful Contractor, upon execution of the Contract, and receipt of Payment and Performance bonds for the Work. The cost for providing Payment and Performance bonds shall be included in the bid submittal. A Payment and Performance bond will be required in the amount of 100% of the original Contract value for the duration of the Contract. All bidders shall be required to submit, with their bid proposal, a completed Certificate of Insurance evidencing their ability to meet the insurance requirements for this project. The Contractor shall carry property damage and public liability insurance and shall hold and save harmless Verrado ARC LLC, DMB White Tank, LLC, the City of Buckeye and the Verrado District 1 Community Facilities District from any employer’s liability and from any and all liens for materials or labor in connection with this Work as specified in the bid documents. Any bids submitted without the bid bond, certificate of insurance and any other items as required in the bid documents will be deemed incomplete, and will be rejected. Verrado ARC LLC reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to withhold the award for any reason Verrado ARC LLC determines necessary and appropriate. Award of the successful bid shall be subject to approval by Verrado ARC LLC or its representatives. Interested parties shall refer to the bid package and addendums for further information, or contact Terri Kading at – reference Victory Sunrise Lane 2B-2C CFD Civil Improvements. No engineer’s estimate will be distributed. PUBLISHED: West Valley View, April 18, 25, 2018 / 12333


anniversaries Happy Anniversary Mike & JoAnn Valdez Mike & JoAnn Valdez will celebrate 50 years of marriage on April 20th. They'll celebrate with their three children, seven grandchildren, and great granddaughter. They're both retired from the public school system and are enjoying retirement to the fullest!

OBiTUaries Angelita F. Sandoval Angelita F. Sandoval, 87, of Avondale passed away April 7, 2018. She was born in the west valley on July 30, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Antonio Sandoval and grandchildren, Lori Gutierrez and Norman Hunter. She is survived by one sister, Lupe Trejo; eight children, Lupe, Manuel, Rosa, David (Nancy), Edward, Javier (Gina), Alicia (Ray) and Ramiro (Gail); ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, April 17th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Goodyear, AZ. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale. Arrangements entrusted to Avenidas Funeral Chapel.

Sandra Jean Lindell Sandra Jean Lindell, age 76 of Crown King died April 8, 2018 in Phoenix. She was born June 29, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Mary Smith. Sandra is survived by her husband, George Lindell; daughters, Laura, Susan (Keith), Christy, AnneMarie (David); sons, Chuck, George, Daniel; sisters, Pat Owens, Carol Schuemann; 19 grandchildren, Hattie, Gus, Brian, Leanna, Crista, Michaela, Kyra, Charlie, Matthew, Jonah, Danny, Jake, Sarah, Abby, Jarett, Emma, Brooklynn; and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on April 14, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear. The family suggests that donations be made to Eve's Place, Sun City, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left at


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Michael Scott Gaskin, age 67, of Palo Verde passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 15, 1950, and was the son of the late Louise (Richardson) and John I. Gaskin. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James David Gaskin, Donald Wayne Gaskin, and John Gary Gaskin. Mr. Gaskin was a retired teacher from Palo Verde Elementary School. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dana Elaine (Beck) Gaskin of Palo Verde; daughter, Louise Elaine Gaskin of Buckeye; son, Jared Michael Gaskin of Palo Verde. There will be no official funeral services. A gathering in his honor will be held at the Palo Verde Elementary School Gymnasium on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Buckeye Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Byron Leonard Hayden Byron Hayden, 37, died Sunday March 18, 2018 at his home in Buckeye. Byron was born in Phoenix and grew up in Palo Verde on the family farm. He attended Palo Verde Elementary School and graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 1999. He was a wrestler, football player, and raised market swine in 4-H and FFA. He was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, camping, fishing and target shooting. After high school Byron had many adventures, and held various jobs including landscaping in Buckeye, driving heavy equipment for a construction company in Carney, OK, and working on an oil rig in Midland, Texas. The last few years he was the beloved caretaker for his grandmother. He is survived by his daughter, Keyani Perez-Hayden; parents, Wilford and Karen Hayden; grandmother, Velma Gustafsson; brothers, Dan Bauer (Wendi) and Chuck Bauer; sister, Kimberly Holtz (Brian); brother, Hugh Hayden; nieces Kiersten Weinstein (Nathaniel) and Hayden Reese Holtz; nephews, Eric and Kurt Bauer, Derrick and Bryce Holtz; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and too many friends to count. Byron was a big man with an even bigger heart. He will be missed.

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Robert James Phillips departed this life on March 27, 2018 in Phoenix. He was born to William E. and Lovella Joyce Phillips-Reed in Fowler, CO. Bob is survived by his wife, Lucille Phillips nee Lehnerz; sons, Buford "Biff" Phillips (Shirley) of CA, Bryan Phillips (Karen) of CA, Brett Phillips of Wisconsin; sisters, Lois Snider, Eunice Rice; brother, Dale Phillips, Sr.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Joyce Phillips; wife, Wilvina Phillips; infant son, James Brent Phillips; daughter, Rebecca Phillips Long; several brothers, Joseph, Jack, William and Don Phillips; sisters, Eris McLeod, Nadine Lillpop and Gladys Scriven. A memorial service was held on April 11, 2018 at Liberty United Methodist Church in Buckeye. Burial will be at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo, CA. The family suggests that donations be made to Liberty United Methodist Church. Condolences for the family may be left at

Our beloved Maria Cruz "Cruzita" Samaniego went to be with our Lord on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Peoria. She was born on May 3, 1926 in Martindale,Texas to Refugia Celaya and Odilon Esparza. Those left to mourn her passing include sisters; Gloria and Ana, her loving children; Victor, Joe, Henry, Margarito, Gilbert, David, Chris, Jessie, Jane, Lydia, Josie, Julie, Rita and Linda; 49 grandchildren, 104 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Maria will reunite in heaven with her beloved husband Victoriano Pina Samaniego. Service arrangements were entrusted to the care of Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home. Services have been held.

Chuck Baumann Charles (Chuck) Baumann, age 85, died on Monday, April 2nd in Goodyear. He was surrounded by his wife, Kay, and his children. He was a beloved husband for over 58 years, father of five with two wonderful son-in-laws, grandfather (Papou) of two, and loving brother. He was a quiet, humble, and proud man with a wicked sense of humor. He could always make us laugh. He wore a pocket protector like nobody's business. That was his trademark along with a fresh stack of index cards tucked behind his pen. It always made us smile whenever he'd refer to his "notes". He was a brilliant man. After retiring and moving to PebbleCreek, he volunteered thousands of hours tutoring math for 12 years at Perryville Prison. He wanted to play a small role in helping these women better their lives! He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 and spent his career in the aerospace industry as an engineer after serving in the Air Force. The highlight of his career was being part of the Apollo team that put the first man on the moon. He was also part of the Titan, Gemini, Viking, and Space Shuttle teams. He fought a long, hard battle that was often difficult and painful for us to watch, knowing there was absolutely nothing we could do. Unfortunately, he lost that battle. We are all sad, but take comfort in knowing he's no longer suffering. He may have left this world, but he will never leave our hearts! Until the day comes when we see each other again, we love him to the moon and back! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the inpatient unit of Hospice of the Valley located at 14066 W. Waddell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85379. Condolences for the family may be left at

Arthur David Rose, Sr. Arthur David Rose, 87, went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2018 in Goodyear. He was born August 27, 1930 in Englewood, New Jersey to Arthur J. and Loretta (Breen) Rose. Art spent most of his life in Bergen County, NJ. He served in the US Naval Reserve from 1955 to 1958, and was employed for many years by Ufheil Construction (New Milford, NJ). He later became co-owner of Elsa Construction, and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for 70 years. Art and his wife Joan (nee Ruppert) married in 1962 and lived in Oradell, NJ, where they were members of the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church community. Art loved the sun, outdoors, and the beach. He and Joan eventually retired to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They also had a home in Arizona. Art and Joan permanently moved to Goodyear, Arizona in 2015 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In addition to Joan, his loving wife of 55 years, Art leaves behind a son, Arthur David Rose, Jr. of Goodyear and four daughters, Deborah Rose (Rock City Falls, NY), Kathleen Bump (West Yarmouth, MA), Alison Wood (John), and Andrea Christensen (James) of Goodyear. He was also blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Melissa Bump, Kristen Hankinson, Lindsey Hankinson, Christopher Wood, Carolyn Wood, and James Christensen, as well as his first great-grandchild, Eden Rose. Art cherished his loving friendship with sister-in-law, Donna Carbone and her husband, Dr. Michael K. Carbone and their children, Jessica Carbone McKinney and Michael Carbone. He was our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, and uncle. His absence makes our hearts ache, yet we know he is at peace in the welcoming arms of our Lord. A viewing was held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, March 27, 2018. A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Goodyear March 28, 2018. The Rose family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Pathways Assisted living and Memory Care in Goodyear, and Sage Hospice for their attentiveness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Arthur D. Rose. Condolences for the family may be left with



OBITUARIES Jeffrey A. Stevens

Donavee Lois Shaw

Jeffrey A. Stevens, age 58 of Goodyear died April 4, 2017 in Goodyear. He was born February 3, 1960 in Des Moines, IA to Clyde and Peggy Stevens. Jeff raised two wonderful sons. He built his own home with the help of family and friends on 2 ½ acres in Rainbow Valley. He had just celebrated his 32nd wedding anniversary with his wife Ann in March of this year. Jeff is survived by his wife, Ann E. Stevens; sons, Jordan C. Stevens, Jared M. Stevens; sister, Deborah K. Urwiller; and mother, Peggy M. Stevens. He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde E. Stevens. A funeral service was held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Estrella Mountain Church, Goodyear. Condolences for the family may be left on

Donavee Shaw was born October 16, 193S in Bazine, KS to Elmer and Lydia Foos. She passed through the gates of heaven on April S, 2018. She graduated from Bazine HS in 19S3. Donavee met her husband James 'Jim' Shaw, in Dodge City, KS and were married on July 4th of that year at Camp Chaffee, AR. In her life Donavee had been a Beautician, Waitress and Candy Stripe, Factory Worker. She was a member Community Church of Buckeye. Donavee was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Elmer & Lydia, brother Dennis and sister Frances. She will be remembered with great love by her siblings Nancy Alsop, Katherine Foos, Lowell Foos, children: Lita, James 'Cory', Julie and Jason, eight grandchildren; 15 great grand children as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Interment of ashes will be in Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery in Buckeye, AZ.

Joaquin R. Coronado Joaquin R. Coronado of Phoenix died April 9, 2018 in Phoenix. He was born October 23, 1964 in Phoenix to Juan and Adelina Coronado. Joaquin is survived by his daughter, Krystina Coronado; sisters, Jenny Muñoz; Marie I. Coronado; brothers, Raymond, Frank and Victor Coronado; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Adelina Coronado; brothers, John Coronado and Efren; and sister, Katy Lopez. A visitation with a rosary and funeral service was held on April 12, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, Goodyear. Burial was at Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

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Commander Will J. Ennis USN Retired died peacefully April 12, 2018 at home at age 95. He was born May 23, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY. He served in WWII as a Navy Carrier Pilot. He was assigned to CV/CVA 19 the aircraft carrier Hancock. He fought in such battles as; Marianas, Saipan, Philippine Sea, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Angaur, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa to name a few. He was shot down three times in the Pacific and was an aid to Admiral Bull Halsey for a time, during which time he met General Eisenhower. He made the transition to jets and went on to fight in Korea and Vietnam. The following medals were awarded to Will during his career; Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (with one star), Air Medal (with 3 gold stars), Navy Commendation (with one gold star), Navy Unit Commendation (with 2 stars), American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific (with 3 stars), National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Philippine Liberation (with 2 stars), Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Voluntary Retirement (with 3 stars). Commander Ennis will be honored at 4:00 pm on Sunday April 22, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel with full military honors. All veterans and patriots are invited to come and honor this hero of three wars. Condolences may be left at


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Jamie Christopher Bones On Sunday March 25, 2018, Jamie Christopher Bones, 45, of Litchfield Park, surrendered his body to the terrible savage monster called cancer. Born in Norwalk, CA as the first son of Lawrence A. (Larry) Bones, Jr. and Kay Marie Bones. Jamie was preceded in death by his children, twins Shelby Jayne and Dalton Joseph. Survived by his wife, son, parents and brothers, he also leaves behind his adoring grandmother Laraine Wane, two sisters-in-law, two half-sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, treasured friends and colleagues. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, April 20, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or The Voice of the Martyrs. Condolences for the family may be left at

Charles Gilbert Mast Charles Gilbert Mast of Goodyear died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Surprise. He was born, November 22, 1939 in Milwaukee, WI to George Mast and Elnore Wolf. Chuck was Chief Engineer at American Welding & Engineering in Cudahy, WI for 38 years. Chuck was very active. He belonged to the Milwaukee Athletic Club and would play racquetball or handball with three coworkers 2-3 times a week after work. He would go to the YMCA to play full court basketball with young college students 3-4 a week until the age of 55. He also loved to play golf. Chuck had his second major stroke sixteen years ago. He was in St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI from July 9th to September 2nd. The lasting effects from the stroke caused Chuck to use a walker in the house and a wheelchair when he went out. Despite these hardships, Chuck found a way to live with grace, humor and without anger at the circumstances which forever impacted his life. Everyone that knew him was touched by his kindness and caring spirit. Chuck, and his main squeeze, Lois Bonn, moved to PebbleCreek in Goodyear fourteen years ago. He is survived by his partner, Lois Bonn; daughter, Lori Musial; son, Steve Mast (Jane); granddaughters, Sarah Skrodiszewski, Anna Hunter, Katie Mast, and Julia Mast; and great-grandson, Jordan. He was preceded in death by his father, George Mast; mother, Elnore Wolf; brother, Richard Mast; and sister, Shirley Scott. Family and friends will hold a celebration of Chuck’s Life at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53005, followed by burial at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, 14875 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151 and a luncheon. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to either Phoenix Children’s Hospital, or St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital, Condolences for the family may be left at

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