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December 4, 2019

Booming Buckeye braces for 2020 BY TOM SCANLON

West Valley View Associate Editor

NEWS .............. 7 New casino doubles down for a full house

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“Buckeye Then and Now” is not simply a book written by Mayor Jackie Meck’s wife, Verlyne Meck. The story of Buckeye’s past and present is also very close to the story of Jackie Meck, born and raised in what was once a small town. “When I was growing up in Buckeye, the population was 1,200 — and I don’t know how many dogs can chickens and cats were counted to get up to the 1,200,” said Meck, 78. “So, yes it’s changed quite a bit.” Likely the highlight for Buckeye in 2019 was being named “America’s fastest-growing city.” Buckeye came in number one on the U.S. Census Bureau’s fastest-growing cities with populations greater than 50,000. It was fifth in 2018, and Meck expects fast growth to continue in 2020. According to the census bureau, from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, Buckeye’s

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck was born and raised in the city he governs; his wife wrote the book “Buckeye Then and Now.” (West Valley view photo by Tom Scanlon)

population increased by 8.5%, to 74,370. Meck said the latest estimates were over 85,000. “I just talked to the economic develop-

ment director this morning,” Meck said, in a slow, farmer’s drawl. “He said (Buck-

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Green light for growth in Avondale BY TOM SCANLON

West Valley View Associate Editor

Near 107th Avenue and Broadway Road along the eastern edge of Avondale, the air is filled with the unmistakable smell of fertilizer. This time next year, the earthy aroma coming from the area may be replaced by enticing whiffs of coffee brewing, barbecues grilling and swimming-pool chlorine. In an area just north of ISM Raceway, the Avondale Planning Commission waved the green flag for a few development projects to surge ahead. Four neighboring developments are projected to build 6,000 homes. At the Nov. 21 Planning Commission meeting, Entrada’s request for a change from low-density residential to medi-

Entrada’s request for a change from low-density residential to medium-density residential was approved, paving the way for 724 new homes in south Avondale’s former farmlands, which are now growing developments instead of vegetables. (West Valley View photo by Tom Scanlon)

um-density residential was approved 4-1, paving the way for 724 new homes instead of the previous 557. As with most projects, Entrada’s rezoning requires Avondale City Council ap-

proval. Construction workers are likely to be extremely busy in south Avondale, as Entra-

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Booming...continued from page 1 eye’s population) is 85,000 and building permits will be over 2,500 when we finish this year. “The way we’re going, the next year to year-and-a-half we will be over 100,000.” Though he definitely has his oldschool ways, and speaks and dresses like a tidy ranch manager, Meck is not only observant of change, he embraces it. He even tries to speed up progress. Meck’s face lit up when he talked about turning Buckeye into a “smart city,” with developers adding fiber optic cables before they build. And he dreams of bringing more medical facilities, perhaps even a hospital, to his hometown. Born a few blocks from city hall, Meck has been Buckeye’s mayor since 2008. He was previously mayor from 1973-75, and served on Buckeye City Council from 1968 to 1975. “What we had were tiny issues compared to today,” he said. On the flip side of Buckeye’s fastest-growing city title and positive publicity: negative news involving the Buckeye Police Department.


In June, two years after an anonymous letter accusing the Buckeye Police Department of misdeeds was sent to the media and city officials, an independent investigation firm hired by the city determined the Buckeye Police artificially lowered crime rates. Related to the investigation, James Virgadamo, a former police sergeant, resigned when faced with termination, according to a city press release. And Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall served a 40-hour suspension in November 2018 for oversight deficiencies and “unbecoming conduct.” Meck addressed the issue, both indirectly and directly. “At our new-staff orientation, I tell new employees, ‘If we didn’t do anything, we did nothing wrong.’ You make no mistakes when you’re doing nothing,” Meck said. “So let’s say we made a mistake and see if we can’t benefit from whatever that mistake was.” Asked if he was confident the issues at the police department were corrected, Meck answered, “Absolutely. It was taken care of in this particular situation and I’m satisfied. I’m very pleased with our entire staff.”

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One of the challenges he faces in 2020 is dealing with growth, he acknowledged. “Since I became mayor over the last 14 years, this has been unbelievable, major change,” he said. “I accept all changes.” While new homes are sprouting up in Buckeye like lettuce, Meck is planting seeds for Buckeye businesses - big businesses. “The big thing right now is I want manufacturing for jobs, it’s what we’re really pushing for more than anything,” Meck said. “We need to look 50 to 100 years down the road so what do we do today we do for tomorrow. It’s critical to me.” As Buckeye approaches 100,000


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ADOC Lewis Prison guards sickened after cell search BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

The Arizona Department of Corrections says three guards at the Lewis Prison in Buckeye became ill during a cell search Nov. 26. The three were treated at a hospital, then released. Buckeye police spokeswoman Donna Rossi emergency crews were called to the prison. “Hazmat crews had no hazardous readings,” Rossi said. “The fire department responded for medical purposes and when nothing was found the scene was turned over to ADOC for further investigation.” According to Bill Lamoreaux,

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A Peoria man was arrested and charged with stabbing three men in Avondale Thanksgiving night. According to Ray Emmett, spokesman for the Avondale Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call at 8:29 p.m. on Thanksgiving near 117th Avenue and Apache Street. “Upon arrival, it was discovered that three adult victims had been stabbed by an adult male suspect later identified as Brandon Robinson,” Emmett said. Robinson, 33, a Peoria resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. “The victims were transported to a local area hospital for treatment,” Emmett said. He said the victims were in “stable but critical” condition.

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A new councilman joined the Litchfield Park City Council after the Oct. 4 resignation of Peter Mahoney. Ron Clair was appointed to take over Mahoney’s seat and serve the rest of his term which ends in January 2021. Litchfield Park City Council unanimously appointed Clair to the council on Nov. 19 in a special council meeting after interviewing several other candidates. At a Nov. 2 meeting, council entered into an executive session to discuss potential candidates according to City Manager Bill Stephens. Stephens said there were 15 candidates, but one could not be considered

due to residence just outside of the city. `Council chose five applicants to interview “based on their qualifications and their ability to hit the ground running,” Stephens said. “We have a number of important, involved issues being worked and decided by the council, such as issues surrounding the development of our City Center,” Stephens said. The five candidates were Clair, Lynn Bennett, Brian Dalke, Brian Dursteler and Michael Grjegian. Clair said he is “ecstatic” about being appointed to city council. He is the general manager of All My Sons Moving and Storage. “This little town has a charm that’s

different than other places,” Clair said after being sworn in. After two decades, Councilman Mahoney resigned on due to potential conflicts of interest surrounding his three restaurants and developing projects in the community. Mahoney began his resignation letter saying, “During my over 19 years as an elected member of the city council for the city of Litchfield Park, I have always firmly positioned the needs of the city ahead of my own business and personal interests.” Litchfield Park is growing fast, ac-

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The owners of the Valley’s newest casino are pushing $400 million worth of chips into the pot. Now, they need another 1,300 workers for a full house. With the opening three months away, Desert Diamond Casino West Valley’s major hiring campaign boosted with a Nov. 19 event. Executives had a hard time keeping a poker face at a ribbon-cutting for an employee café. Indeed, casino management doubled down, saying the new cafe will help attract employees and “raise the bar” in the casino industry. The Break-Away Café offers a full-service dining menu, several tables around an open lobby and even comes with several employee convenience stores. General Manager Don Ayres previously worked for some of the top casinos in the world, including some high stakes casinos in Las Vegas. He said this is the most spectacular dining facility for employees he has seen. He said some long-time workers were moved to tears of joy about the facility. “We know for a fact this place is only as successful as our customers’ experience is,” and how good “our employees are treated,” Ayres said. The café is just one of many features of the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley, which a press release said will open in Glendale Feb. 19. But, the new employee lounge isn’t the only spectacular new feature at the new Desert Diamond Casino. The $400 million, 1.2 millionsquare-foot casino will have a 75,000 square-foot gambling floor, featuring slots, bingo, card games and other gaming favorites. There are no card tables in the interim space, only a variety of slots and video game machines, so the new games and tables will be a welcome addition. There will also be five new restaurants, including an Italian restaurant, steak and seafood restaurant, sports bar, 24-hour café and a food court for visitors, to keep the food and drinks coming for interested customers. Another feature included is a VIP area – complete with a lounge and private gaming area – and two covered parking garages.

And, with the addition of the new parts of the facility, there will be a heavy need for new employees. Right now, around 800 people work the interim casino next door, which offers over 1,000 gaming devices. For all the new features and space, the company realized it would need even more. Desert Diamond plans to add around 1,300 more in a variety of open positions by opening day and has around 2,000 workers in its building. “It’s a lot of employees. We’re creating a culture and jobs here and that’s meaningful to us because we really value the people in the area,” Ayres said. The ground was broken in December 2017, and, if on schedule, the casino should be open to the public in February. The casino employs around 1,500 contract workers for construction at the moment. Randy Howe, who leads construction, said around two years of build time is pretty standard. He said he is particularly impressed with some of the additions. The parking garages, which will hold over an estimated 1,200 parking spots, open into a large sun-lit area with copper decoration and there are several other beautiful small architectural structures set to be placed throughout the facility. “We’ve had some other competitors come and tour and a lot of them leave pretty astounded at what we’re doing here, so that’s pretty cool,” he said. “Yeah, I’m excited for all of it and there’s so much to be proud of,” added Chief Operating Officer Libby Francisco. Chief Executive Officer Rudy Prieto said the opening of the café is just one more step on the path to becoming one of the best entertainment experiences in the area. There is a lot for them to look forward to. “This is a verification we’re putting our money where our mouth is. This is a special moment for our team members and for the future team members,” said Prieto. “With the help of everybody who put all of this together, we’re going to make this not only very special, but it’s going to raise the bar in the casino industry in Arizona.” To apply at Desert Diamond Casino, visit



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These properties, some dating back over 30 years, total $2.3 million with the largest property due to a single owner being $86,034. The agency is currently sending notices to the military member’s last known Arizona base or most current address with the hope the property owner or family member will contact ADOR Unclaimed Property. Unclaimed property generally consists of money due to an individual from sources like old bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, tax refunds, credit balances, rebates, returned deposits and dormant safe deposit boxes.

Often property becomes unclaimed because the company holding the funds has outdated or the an incorrect forwarding address for its customer and in some cases, a person passes away with no family members aware of the assets. Most accounts are turned over to the state after several years of inactivity. ADOR returns the property to owners who provide documentation showing their right to claim the assets. Claimants must include with their claim form a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or other applicable identification, and documentation linking them to the owner’s last known address. Claim-

ants must also provide documentation demonstrating a legal right to claim any property listed in another name. Every year, the ADOR Unclaimed Property program returns millions of dollars to claimants, including $48.4 million in 2018-2019 and ranging from $1 to $586,000. In the past three fiscal years, about $170 million has been returned to individuals and businesses. For more information on the Unclaimed Property program, including how to make claim and frequently asked questions can go to and click on the Unclaimed Property tab.

New zoning map could promote economic development BY OCTAVIO SERRANO

West Valley View Staff Writer

The Buckeye City Council approved a motion to amend the zoning map of the city of Buckeye on approximately 1.84 acres in hopes of bringing economic development.

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During the Nov. 5 Buckeye City Council meeting, council voted to rezone approximately 1.84 acres at the northwest corner of Durango Road and Miller Road, from the GC Zoning District to C2 Zoning District. The rezone from General Commerce

to Community Commercial will allow the property to de developed with community-oriented retail services. Annie DeChance, Buckeye spokeswoman, said the new zoning will bring more economic development to the city.

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“Instead of having one big commercial property, they changed it so they could have multiple smaller ones,” DeChance said. “The point was to rezone it so they can have more than one type of commercial business there.” The rezone may increase developable commercial property within Buckeye. Properties in the Business Commerce General Plan are required to develop by providing attractice designs for existing or proposed residential uses to the people who live and work in the neighborhood. With the updated zoning, the City of Buckeye may see some updates on this area aimed at bringing a more diverse shopping market. “It’s providing new retail services and businesses for our residents,” DeChance said. “It’s pretty heavily built out for commercial development.”

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Goodyear Police Department to receive grant after council vote BY OCTAVIO SERRANO

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The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved a grant that allows the police department to acquire an additional drone. On Nov. 18, Goodyear Police Department Deputy Chief Santiago Rodriguez requested approval of a grantin-aid agreement with the Tohono O’odham Nation for $31,000 to acquire a drone. Rodriguez said drones expand details of an area to better assist the police in searches or if they must access an area that could be dangerous. “How we use our current drones right now is through area searches. We look for missing persons,” Rodriguez said. “We use it in different aspects of highrisk situations where we might need to get a look at things without sending our officers into danger.”

In addition, the drones can also be used as evidence and to pick up additional information at crime scenes, Rodriquez said. “Sometimes you pick things up from looking down that you wouldn’t get from the natural point of view,” Rodriguez said. “We also use it for site security. To have plans for schools and things of that nature for us to have those things readily available if we have to respond to something.” The council supported Rodriquez’s presentation and agreed that additional drones could be useful for the safety of the citizens. Councilwoman Sheri Lauritano said, “I think it’s a great program. Thank you for going out and getting that money because I think it will be very helpful. We always hear about lost people, especially during springtime.” The Council unanimously approved


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Emergency center continues to grow in the community BY OCTAVIO SERRANO

West Valley View Staff Writer

New Life Center is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the country. Based in Goodyear, it serves around a thousand children and adults annually through an emergency shelter. It provides outreach support programs working with victims and their families in an effort to help them escape an abusive cycle. Myriah Mhoon has been the CEO of New Life Center for 18 months, and her passion for her job is with the victims and the myriad of services it provides for them. “We are a 120-day program. We are providing services of safety planning, we have case management, we have a legal advocacy program to support our clients going through the legal system. They (victims) have a connection to housing after they stay with us, we have a job readiness program, we have a crisis hotline 24/7.” New Life Center began in 1991, but it was able to build its campus in 2000 and has been part of the West Valley community since, Mhoon said. It is

distinguished in the number of young victims it works with. “We are supporting the whole family free themselves from an abusive situation. We are unique in our shelter because 70% of the clients in the shelter are actually children fleeing domestic violence situation with their adult parents.” But supporting these services is not cheap, and New Life Center relies on fundraisers to support its system. It hosted its Starry Night Gala Friday, Nov. 8, to bring the community together to raise funds for the shelter. Funds from the event at the Arizona Biltmore go directly to the center’s various programs including advocacy and outreach. The gala consisted of a three-course meal, wine, entertainment, inspirational survivor stories, as well as a live auction and raffle tickets. Mhoon said the gala is more sustainable than previous events and she was excited to be a part of it. “Instead of previous years where we were doing five-year pledges, which gave us a really hard time to truly forecast the money coming in from the


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event and making sure we were valuing the time and commitment to host an event. “So, doing the gala was truly my intent to just streamline and make sure we were stewarding the dollars coming in more appropriately than we have in the past.” New Life Center will continue to need proper funding because domestic abuse has been a social problem for quite some time, and it continues to be one. “It was an issue 20 years ago, 10 years ago and it is still a very prevalent issue, not only in Arizona but nationally,” Mhoon said. “I always say domestic violence is not a women’s issue, but a community issue of making sure we are supporting survivors or victims, currently in these situations with resources.” New Life Center, however, doesn’t just focus on the victims but their families as well. In fact, it is concerned with anyone who may be affected by an abusive relationship. Mhoon said these type of family dynamics often affects children. “It trickles into the lives of the children bearing witness to that sort of corporate perpetration within their own house,” Mhoon said. “It truly affects the whole family and we have to continue to support those who are trying to flee and escape a domestic violence situation.” Having been in the Valley for almost two decades, New Life Center continues to grow and spread its services. It is currently in the process of remodeling and the cafeteria and laundry room and its staff hopes to continue to bring the

updates. It has recently expanded beyond domestic abuse. “We just became a dual service agency, which means we are serving victims of domestic violence and sexual violence,” Mhoon said. “We are also working with law enforcement and prosecutors statewide to support and coordinate their training regarding sexual assault investigation.” Mhoon said New Life Center has found success in helping victims of domestic abuse and it is those stories she wants people who are still victims of volatile relationships to know about. “We’ve had so many success stories of women and men hold their own empowerment to truly escape and get out of a violent situation with New Life Center, acting as a support to them to go through the steps to make sure they are safe and free,” Mhoon said. New Life Center is an organization fueled by the passion of its community and dedicated to help those in need of guidance and services. Mhoon said she wants people to know they are available to help and the shelter is grateful of the community it serves. “We truly can’t do the work without the West Valley and we are so appreciative to what the West Valley has truly done,” Mhoon said. “I am just here to make sure it sustains and continues to become one of the most sustainable nonprofits in the West Valley, and it’s just an honor to steward this agency in my leadership role.” For more information on New Life, call 623-925-0965 or visit newlifectr. org.



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Traffic noise?

It is Day 11 before the Trigos staff report goes live. For a development to be approved in Maricopa County (and elsewhere in Arizona), a developer must show that the project has a proven 100-year water supply to sustain it. Unfortunately, the developers have an association and through it, they have decided to all use the same bucket and apparently, land-use managers seem ok with this or haven’t recognized it. Here are some facts: 38% of Arizona’s water comes from the Colorado River. 51% comes from groundwater. All of Arizona’s major aquifers (groundwater) are being over-drafted (taking more than is replenished naturally). To fully replenish the aquifers, Colorado River water is pumped back into the aquifers. After 19 years of drought, Lake Mead and Lake Powell will fall below 40% of capacity this year. When Lake Mead’s surface falls below 1,090 ft in elevation, Arizona will lose 12% of its allocated water. When the Colorado River Compact was created, the total flow of water was estimated by taking a decade of flow data and finding an average flow. The decade that was chosen for flow data ended up having several years that were far wetter than the norm and the flow was exceptionally high. That went unnoticed for years. So, from the beginning, the Colorado River water has been oversubscribed and now we are in a drought of epic proportions. There is an old saying about chickens coming home to roost. Mark Twain once said that Whiskey was for drinkin’ and water was for fightin’. If we continue to rely on faulty assumptions, all the developers will have left town before the Fairy Tale takes a tragic turn. I am holding elected and appointed officials, accountable on unsustainable growth. Please stop the rezoning of Trigos. April Reynolds Waddell

ADOT will be widening Interstate 10 between Verrado Way and Highway 85, due in part to the proposed Interstate11 to Las Vegas and the many traffic incidents in this area. There are many homes that border this proposed construction, mostly in the Sundance Residential development. Nothing in the proposed construction addresses the construction of a noise/ privacy wall that will protect the homeowners from the traffic noise. Oversight? Will the homeowners be protected or left exposed to the traffic noise? Rumor has it that ADOT may not have to install a privacy wall in exchange for a 1 time only cash payment. Marilyn A. Walker Vollmer Buckeye



History repeats

Editor: In 1998, when President Clinton was trying to prove he wasn’t lying about having sex with Monica Lewinsky during his impeachment hearing, part of his defense was in defining of the word, “is.” He stated to the grand jury “it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” Now it seems that the impeachment of President Trump turns on the definition of the word “favor.” In his July 25 call to new president of Ukraine, Volodmyr Zelensky, President Trump asked for a “favor” to look into CrowdStrike, a shadowy cyber-security firm working for the DNC that had ties to wealthy Ukrainians who supported Hilary Clinton. Later in the July 25 conversation transcript, President Trump asked Mr. Zelensky to look into Hunter Biden’s troubling role in a Ukrainian company, Burisma, and why VP Biden openly bragged about having a Ukrainian prosecutor fired for looking into Burisma. In that exchange, the word “favor” was not used. Instead, the fake media implied that the word “favor” was used in looking into the Bidens, which it was not. Having built the false narrative that the word “favor” was used to investigate the Bidens, the Democrats and liberal media

now had to torture the word “favor” to mean whatever sounded worse to the public based on their focus group hearings. First, it was a quid pro quo, except there was no quid or quo. Even Ambassador Sondland had to admit that President Trump wanted no quid pro quo. Next was extortion, except no pressure was applied (except in the mind of Congressman Adam Schiff). How about bribery, except in the case of bribery, the Ukrainians would have needed to see any request as a bride and then responded to it, neither of which happened. Indeed, after a short delay (for a variety of reasons), the promised military aid was delivered without any investigation of the Bidens. The presumption by some of a tie in was proven false by the evidence. Igor Shpudejko Goodyear

Breaking point

Editor: Everyone has a breaking point, mine being President Trump’s latest turning on a dime, taking a stance to protect our children from the dangers of Vaping and two days later changing his opinion because he learned he would lose votes over it. Trump has no moral compass. I am at my wit's end trying to keep up with his daily antics. Yesterday I went to the Goodyear Library and standing in the shade on a chilly morn-

ing was a poll worker. He was standing in front of a little table. I grabbed up that registration form and took it home to register as a Democrat, after 40 years as a Republican. After a few tears, I dropped it into the mailbox. It felt like the hottest day of the year and I had just plunged into an ice-cold pond. Not unlike a purging. Just a relief. Please take the plunge soon and change your registration. Vickie Chelini Buckeye

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Where have all the flowers gone? BY TERRY DAMRON Guest Writer


It is a small tract of land, not quite 83 acres, sitting on the northwest corner where Bethany Home Road and Citrus Road intersect. At present, it plays host to a few acres of roses, but unlike the fate of the flowers in Pete Seeger’s iconic 1950s folk song, these flowers will go to the commercial rose trade, never to return. The dusty little tract of land will host a new and much more lucrative crop, high-density houses. The owner of the land is joining a growing band of landowners here on the westside who are pulling out of agriculture and cashing in on the frenzy for new homes. Developers and owners file for rezoning so they can turn rural acreage, zoned to one dwelling per acre, into high-density development where actual dwelling densities can run as high as six per acre, or more. Trigos, the proposed development in question, has an interesting history and serves as an object lesson for residents who feel that the zoning for their area is somehow inviolate. This owner had filed for rezoning several years ago and was turned down by the county after nearby residents complained. Flash forward to today and the world is different. The West Valley is a new home haven and developers are throwing up high-density developments with little regard for existing residents. Money is the only concern. The plan for Trigos calls for almost 300 homes on 83 acres, with roughly 60 acres developable after streets, common areas, parks and green belts are deducted. That averages out to about five homes per acre. The developer indicates that their density will be 3.5 dwellings per acre…but they get this figure by including all the land in the parcel, not just the land where houses will be built. There are no homes built in the middle of a street or park, but the developer adds that square footage to their calculation because 3.5 dwellings per acre sounds a lot less crowded than five. To the casual observer, development is a very developer-friendly process. Public notice for the rezoning application consists of putting up a sign on the road in front of the property. You must stop and get out of your car to read the sign if you notice it. If you happen to live within 300 feet of the property

line, you should receive a written notice from the developer. This is all the developer must do for public notice; in land deals, the less said the better (for the developer). In the case of Trigos, I would assume not more than 40 people were noticed about the development after the signs went up and the letters were mailed. In evaluating the effectiveness of this public input phase of a rezoning and development request, one must keep in mind who politicians really represent. Ask yourself who some of the largest donors to political campaigns are…and don’t be surprised when you find out it isn’t those of us in the unwashed masses. The Trigos application was filed and notice given during the doldrums of July and the submittal found its way through the bureaucracy pretty much in stealth mode. The general public had no idea what was happening. By then the stars had aligned and Trigos would land for public hearing in downtown Phoenix, less than two weeks before Christmas. How coincidental that such an important hearing, one affecting hundreds of nearby residents on large rural lots, would occur during what is arguably the busiest time of the year for most people, the holidays. And it will be in downtown Phoenix, a long hard drive for residents from the affected neighborhoods. How can signage placed out in the desert heat and a token mailing be viewed as a reasonable attempt to solicit public input? It certainly isn’t difficult to arrive at the conclusion that the process is not really designed to take the pulse of the public. Maricopa County must feel the county goes out of its way to make sure all the stakeholders have equal footing in such important deliberations… or at least the folks in charge seem to think they do. The residents of the West Valley are facing all of the problems of rapidly expanding communities and population: congestion, traffic gridlock, increased accidents, school overcrowding, infrastructure deterioration (especially country roads not designed or engineered for heavy traffic), noise, light pollution, increased crime, all the trappings of construction, and much more. In response to this change in the quality of life for the residents of

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Trump’s course correction on e-cigarettes: Great idea, no matter his reasons



BY THOMAS L. KNAPP Guest Editorial

Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman and Sheila Kaplan of the New York Times describe U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products as “a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers” that Trump backed away from “under pressure from his political advisers and lobbyists to factor in the potential pushback from his supporters.” Maybe they’re right about Trump’s motivations, but they’re wrong about pretty much everything else. E-cigarettes are not a “public health crisis.” That supposed crisis is not “growing.” And to the extent that teenagers are negatively affected by e-cigarettes, the very “bold reactions” the three writers seem to favor are far more culpable than e-cigarettes themselves. E-cigarettes are, according to all credible evidence, safer than burning sticks of tobacco — sorry, FDA, you don’t get to tell me I can’t say so. A few cases of lung injury from black market “street vapes” have been reported, the cause (use of vitamin E in the “juice”) seems to have been identified, and that problem is already disappearing in the rear-view mirror. Who buys “street vapes?” People who can’t buy the e-cigarette products they want legally, either because of content (cannabis) or age (the teenagers the Times authors imply they care about so much). Banning flavored e-cigarette prod-

Flowers...continued from page 12 the pre-boom Westside, the Trigos developer stated in their Comprehensive Plan Amendment that there would be no impact from the traffic created by the development, no impacts on safety by all those extra folks out and about, no impact upon the schools, no impacts upon the general quality of life, and that the existing infrastructure could sustain the project with no necessary upgrades. God forbid if you need to have Rural Metro try to get to your house for an emergency. One thousand new residents will

ucts wouldn’t stop teenagers, or anyone else, from getting flavored e-cigarette products. It would just send even more of them to the “street vape” market for those products. If Trump reconsidered his proposed ban due to political pressure and the desire to be re-elected, so what? A good decision is a good decision. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once told a group of lobbyists, who were pushing a policy change at him, “Okay, you’ve convinced me. Now go out and bring pressure on me.” That’s how politics works. Politicians appease voters and activist groups who can help or harm their careers. Sometimes that works out well for the public, sometimes it works out badly. In this case, it works out well — certainly for the public, and possibly for Trump. Much of the “I Vape and I Vote” demographic presumably falls outside his existing electoral “base,” and for at least some the issue matters enough to swing their votes. Now Trump’s Democratic opponents need to decide which they value more: Their desire to run everyone’s lives at the expense of actual public health, or that public health and those votes. Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in North Central Florida.

occupy Trigos and the residents around the perimeter of the development will experience no adverse impacts, the new community blending seamlessly into the other communities adjacent to it? The hundreds of residents who, like us, live adjacent to this property have to hope that the Planning and Development Commission and the Board of Supervisors see this for what this truly is and will act to consider the interests of all the stakeholders, not just one or two. Terry Damron lives in unincorporated Maricopa County near Litchfield Park.

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Cue Etta James’ “At Last”: The long-awaited Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen opens in Goodyear at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Cheddar’s, “serving scratch-made food,” is at 15030 W. McDowell Road. The restaurant is bringing more than 150 jobs to Goodyear and is still hiring. Available positions include servers, cooks and bartenders. Walk in or apply online at

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A reader wants to know: “What’s all the construction going on at the corner of Camelback and Dysart.” Thanks for asking; happy to oblige. What we have going at the southeast corner of Camelback and Dysart roads in Litchfield Park is a huge new medical/restaurant/retail development.

Dignity Health is building a medical facility on the corner itself. To the south of Dignity on Dysart Road, a Taco Bell is planned. On Camelback, next to Dignity Health, a new retail center is being constructed by Western Retail Advisors. According to marketing material, these are “high-profile pads at a strong intersection” that are “ideal for gas stations, car washes and fast food.”

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Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has tips for visitors to the West Valley BY JOHN SAFIN

center, and the list keeps going. Not sure what to do? Stop by the Arizona Visitor Information Center inside the Welcome to our winter residents and Southwest Valley Chamber of Comtourists! merce, on the corner of Litchfield Road You’ll discover the Southand Van Buren Street. west Valley is an amazOur friendly staff is great ing and delightful place. at telling people where Our four cities – Avonto go, but in a good way. dale, Goodyear, Litchfield You’ll find maps and broPark, and Tolleson – have chures about the area as their own vibe and flavor. well as other attractions When you put us togeththroughout Arizona. er as the Southwest Valley Ready to shop and eat? community, it’s the most ‘Tis the season to Shop unique place in the world. Small-Shop Big-Shop LoTwo mountain ranges, Tres cal! You’ll find whatever Rios recreational area, hik- John Safin. (Photo courtesy you’re looking for in the ing and biking trails, golf, Southwest Valley Chamber) Southwest Valley. We have tennis, swimming and all thousands of stores with the festivals will keep you active in the everything you can imagine from anwonderful weather (provided by the tiques to zapatos (that’s Spanish for Chamber of Commerce, of course). “shoes” because the word sounded betIndoor fun includes museums, sports ter than “zucchini”). facilities, a jungle gym and trampoline While out gift shopping, be sure to center both great for adults and kids, get something for yourself. Maybe a bowling, laser tag, a performing arts mani-pedi, spa treatment, hunting gear,

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video games, or whatever would make you smile. I think a new car makes a great stocking stuffer. Be sure to keep up your energy at one of the Southwest Valley’s dee-licous restaurants. Really treat yourself and maybe your shopping buddy by going to a restaurant you’ve never tried before. Be sure to thank our military, police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders for watching out for us. I also give my thanks to their families for doing their best while their loved ones are away. Thank you to everyone working during the holidays. The world keeps going even during the holidays and you are there helping it stay in motion. My thanks to you for reading this article and to all the Chamber members for their support. I wish you an amazing and fabulous New Year! The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is located at 289 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. For information, call 623-932-2260 or visit

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Millennium Band captures first Grand Championship BY GRIFFIN FABITS

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All 140 of the Millennium High School’s marching band members huddled on the field at Mesa Community College on Nov. 10, anxiously waiting to hear what they didn’t expect to hear this season. “The Grand Champion for class 3A and 4A with a score of 86.938,” the public address announcer boomed, “Millennium High School!” It was the first Grand Championship in Millennium High School history. Band director Brent Godbehere equated it to winning the Super Bowl. But it was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Godbehere came to terms with this last year, just after the Millennium High School Marching Band took second place at the 2018 Arizona Marching Band Association State Championship. They had many talented seniors who would be graduating, thus leaving a void in the program. It was the kind of void Godbehere expected to take a year or two to rebuild from. And there he was in August, readying for his fifth year as Millennium’s band director. There were lots of new faces and lots to learn. Making a run at the Ar-

izona Marching Band Association Grand Championship in November wasn’t even on his radar it felt so unlikely. “I thought, ‘Well, we’ll kind of see how we do,’” Godbehere remembers thinking at the start of the regular season. “If it’s successful, that’s great, and if not, we’re going to try to be as successful as possible.’” The Tigers’ band quickly trashed any plans of a rebuilding, non-competitive season. They were young, but they were hungry, too. They craved knowledge. They wanted to get better. And, most importantly, they arrived at practice every day with a positive mindset, hoping to learn something new. “They continuously showed up for practices and they were very responsive to all the instruction we’ve given them,” he said. In September, a month into their season, Godbehere realized he underestimated how equipped his team was at a run at the postseason state championship. “The beginning of September, we really started to notice the band was kind of changing, transforming and getting the sounds we wanted and the kids were starting to reach the level we were looking for. It was a very pleasant

The Millennium Band won the first Grand Championship in school history. (Photos courtesy Millennium Band)

surprise for us.” The momentum kept rolling into November when Millennium was one of 12 teams competing for the grand championship. These were a dozen of the best schools in the 3A and 4A conferences, bands “very comparable to our program,” Godbehere said. The coaching staff upped the ante of practices leading up to the big show. Practices became more detail-oriented,

and Godbehere teetered with trying to keep his students engaged while also advancing their workload. And the Tigers aced the test. “When they announced us as firstplace, you could see so many tears from the kids, tears of joy,” he said. “They were just ecstatic those results came out in their favor. “I said, ‘Hey, this is what it’s got to feel like to win the Super Bowl.’ They were the celebrities of that evening. There was so much energy, and it was super exciting.” The AZMBA Grand Championship was scored by a panel of 14 judges. Some judges will listen to just the music, others will watch for the visual performance, the rest roam around on the field, often going face-to-face with the band during their performance. “I’ll tell the kids is they’ve done it so many times at practice. They perform their show so many times, that what I try to get them to think about is, hey, this is just another run for you. You guys know exactly what you need to do.” And when the Tigers took the field, the nerves had washed over them. They took the field with confidence, Godbehere said. They were easy-going, laid-back, smiling from ear-to-ear, and “ready to play the greatest show of the season.” They did, and they cemented themselves as the best band in Millennium history.



Verrado swim teams finish in top five at state tournament BY GRIFFIN FABITS

West Valley View Contributing Writer

Before Sarah Byers and the Verrado High School Swim and Dive program set out on their first season together, they came together to discuss their goals for the year. Chief among those goals, they aimed to go undefeated in the regular season, they wanted to create a better team atmosphere and they wanted to do better at the state tournament. Check, check and check. It was a slam-dunk of a year in Byers’ inaugural season as head coach. The Vipers broke eight school records at the Nov. 7-8 AIA Division II State Championship. The boys’ team roared to a third-place finish and the girls’ finished in fourth. “I feel like the kids weren’t expecting it, but I was expecting it,” Byers said proudly. “I told them all, ever since the beginning of the season, I told the boys, ‘You guys can be in the topthree.’ I told the girls, ‘You can be in the top five.’ “As the meet started going and as we started putting more people in finals, I think they started to go, ‘Oh, wait. We can do this, we can beat these other teams that we haven’t beaten before.’ I think they finished where I knew they could.” The Vipers were led by senior standout Jadan Nabor, who won both the 200-yard IM and 100-yard backstroke. He was responsible for breaking two of Verrado’s eight records, which just so happened to be two of his own records, which he set last year. Nabor announced his commitment to Auburn University in March. Sophomore Makena Malkemus finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Jacob Cress took home second in the 100-yard butterfly. Verrado’s boys’ relay team finished second and third in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle, respectively. Its girls’ relay squad finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard medley. While the Vipers got major contributions from its senior studs, Byers was thrilled with the showing from her underclassmen. Malkemus, though just a sophomore, has now competed at two state tournaments, and she seems primed to win several events before she graduates.

Ryan Tiffany was one of several freshmen who qualified and performed quite well at state. In one of his events, sandwiched between upperclassmen, he finished first among the freshmen. That, he said, made for a solid showing at his first state tournament. “I think by the time I’m an upperclassman, I can eventually win an event one day, which would be really cool,” he said, “but I felt like I did pretty well.” Byers, who was hired in March, previously ran Vitras Swim Club, a youth club team based in Verrado. Verrado Vipers boys and girls teams finished in the top five at the Division II state tournament. “She really listens to us,” The (Photo courtesy Kaylan Kelly) Malkemus said, “like when we told her at state we didn’t like the points for girls. And she still has two “I think Verrado will always be order of the relay and we asked her if more years. I actually think the girls’ strong.” we could switch it. She was like, ‘Yes, team is going to be a little bit stronger Malkemus said the key to another do what you want to do and what you next year, even though we’re losing the strong season is “definitely just keep think is best for the team.’” most, and the boys’ team might be a lit- working hard, and keep putting the Byers upped the ante of the entire tle bit weaker on the relays, but points- work into wanting to be better. If you program, from top to bottom. They wise, I think we’ll be in the top-five, don’t want to be better, you won’t get practiced more, they practiced lon- for sure. better.” ger. Many of them were hanging out outside of the pool, too, which only strengthened their bond when it came to swimming. And the current state of Verrado’s swim and dive program is in pristine shape. Though they’ll lose Nabor, along with a chunk of seniors from the girls’ team, Byers is content going into her first off-season. “Makena pulled the most number of



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Young gun Adryan Lara slings Desert Edge to championship game


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Led by a “young gun” who leads the state in passing yards, Desert Edge has a chance to cap its football season with a championship. The Scorpions face Gilbert Mesquite in the 2019 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Football 4A Conference Championship Final on Friday. The Scorpions boast a 10-3 record, losing only to Saguaro and Salpointe Catholic – both played in the newly-formed Open Division this season made up of the top eight teams in the entire state, regardless of division – and 5A quarterfinalist Millennium. As talented as any team in the conference, Desert Edge is young, with starters and contributors at all positions with years of football left in their high school careers. Yet Coach Jose Lucero believes his players have the experience to compete in the game. “As young as we were this season, we had a lot of kids that had played a lot of football. So that was the thing we knew coming in,” Lucero said. One of those young stars is sopho-

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Desert Edge coach Jose Lucero and his team met with the media a few days before the 2019 AIA Football 4A Conference Championship Final on Friday. (West Valley View photo by Eric Newman)

more quarterback Adryan Lara, a key cog in an offense that should be a strength for the Scorpions in this game. He leads Arizona with 3,703 passing yards. He’s also tallied 39 touchdowns. With a stable of quality receivers – senior Jihad Marks and junior Andrew Patterson are among the 4A leaders in yards for 2019 – the Scorpions can put up points in a hurry. “The coaching I get, the players I’m around, everything around me has gotten us to this point. I’m just trying to do my part and it’s exciting to be able to air it around,” Lara said. Passing success opens up lanes and running room for the Scorpions, who can create holes with a solid offensive line. Mesquite defensive coordinator

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




The Litchfield Park Historical Society Museum

Visit the Litchfield Park Historical Society Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and docents are available to provide a tour. The museum is located at 13912 W. Camelback Road. For large groups, please call 623-535-4414 or email to request a special day and time. For information, visit

with music 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.

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

Come and Play with Me

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

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Fitness in the Park is a free workout program taught by a certified trainer from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. Thursday classes feature 25 minutes of functional fitness followed by 25 minutes of nutrition education. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Agua Fria Toastmasters

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

Rick Harris at The Wigwam

Grab some food and enjoy live music by Rick Harris from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Red’s Bar and Grill located in The Wigwam, 451 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. Rick Harris is a singer/songwriter who performs original solo music all over the Valley of the Sun. For information, call 623-856-1094.

Needle and Thread

The Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive invites adults to bring a coffee mug and materials to join fellow crafters for needlework, knitting and crocheting at 10 a.m. For information, call 623-333-2602.

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Junior Book Club (Ages 8-12)

Toddler Storytime

Bring children to the Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street so they can hear picture books read aloud and play with other toddlers at 11 a.m. Free. For information, call 623-936-2746.

Kids ages 6 to 11 can build structures, experiment, play games and make crafts at this interactive learning program from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale. Free. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Silver Sneakers Exercise Program

Silver Sneakers is a free low-impact exercise program hosted from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Avenue. For information, call 623-349-6600.



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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.

Buckeye Valley Daughters of American Revolution

Buckeye Valley Daughters of American Revolution meets at 1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 Monroe Avenue. Free. For information, call 623-386-3465.

Hello Handmade Market

Shop for handmade home decor, accessories, clothing, vintage items, art, furniture, baked goods and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Copper Trails School, 16875 W. Canyon Trails Boulevard, Goodyear. Free to attend. For information on how to become a vendor, visit

Winter Festival

Litchfield Park First Baptist Church at 901 E. Plaza Circle will host a holiday celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music, barbecue, crafts, vendors, crafts, face painting and photo opportunities with Santa. Vendor spaces may be available. For information, call 623-810-7509.

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Toddler Time

Help prepare children ages 2 to 3 for reading through music, books, games and more from 11:15 a.m. to noon at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Code Club

The Buckeye Downtown Library invites kids ages 8 to 12 to come to 310 N. Sixth Street at 5 p.m. to create games, websites and more. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.



POUND at Fitness in the Park

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

Old Pueblo Live Music

Listen to live music by Los Gringos, Jeordie or Cooper Sunrise starting at 6 or 7 p.m. every Friday night at Old Pueblo Cafe and Pub, 102 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. The menu features delicious

Little ones can enjoy quality time with St. Nick alongside holiday crafts and a delicious breakfast buffet sure to please palates both young and old. The breakfast takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. Cost is $25 per adult and $12 per child ages 4 to 12. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Call 866976-6894 to make a reservation.

Avondale Winterfest

Celebrate the holidays with Santa, snow, rides, a holiday light show, activities and crafts, community entertainment, food and more from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. For information, call 623-333-2400.

Hometown Holiday Boutique

Find unique holiday gifts crafted by talented artisans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sundance Crossings, 21699 Yuma Road, Buckeye. Crafters or artisans interested in selling their work can contact Jessica Thompson at



Sea Lions at Shipwreck Cove

Come see an educational show starring California sea lions and skilled trainers at 11:30 a.m. in a

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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. Free. For information, call 480-994-4407.

LD13 Democrats

Join neighborhood Democrats in making change, meeting candidates and learning about political issues at 6:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 445 S. Watson, Buckeye. Free. For more information, call 602-300-1629.

EON Business Monday Night Roundtables

Brainstorm, share ideas, get feedback, and network with other business dreamers and owners from 6 to 7 p.m. at Buckeye Coyote Branch Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road. Free. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Recycle Cooking Oil

The city of Avondale is teaming up with Mahoney Environmental to offer a free recycling program to reduce the amount of sewer blockages caused by cooking oils. Anyone can drop off cooking oils from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Avondale Public Works Municipal Operations Service Center, 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road. This service will be available until the end of January 2020. For information, call 623-333-4402.




The American Legion Post 61 hosts Bingo Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. These bingo nights have 18 games including Betty Boop, 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 prices and information, call 623-932-4960.

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. Free. For information, call 602-391-5781.

West Valley Rock and Mineral Club

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WOW Coalition: Building Drug-Free Communities

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Baby Time

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Preschoolers Storytime

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Disciple Outreach Ministries Bible Study

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Care1st Avondale Resource Center Food Service

Care1st Avondale Resource Center will host Kids Cafe, a program to help children in low-income areas receive nutritious meals, through May 21. Children up to age 18 can enjoy a free, healthy meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 328 W. Western Avenue. The free dinners are served on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 623-333-2703.



In Stitches

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

Agua Fria Toastmasters

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Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. second Thursdays of the month at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Free. For information, call 262-825-2355.

Goodyear Lions Club

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



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The eyes have it: Alas, no more z’s (snooze alarm) CHURCH COMMUNITY CONNECTION Pastor Ed Delph West Valley View Columnist

For fifty-one years Bob Edens was blind. He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells. He felt his way through five decades of darkness. And then he could see. A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation, and for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. “I never would have dreamed that yellow is so . . . yellow,” he exclaimed. “I don’t have the words. I am amazed by yellow. But red is my favorite color. I just can’t believe red. I can see the shape of the moon. I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail. And of course, sunrises and sunsets. At night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light. You could never know how wonderful everything is. Max Lucado, in his book, “God Came Near,” offers his insight to us on Bob Edens comments “He’s right. Those of us who have lived a lifetime with vision can’t know how wonderful it must be to be given sight. However, Bob Edens isn’t the only one who spent a lifetime near something without seeing it. Few are the people who don’t suffer from some

form of blindness. Amazing, isn’t it? We live next to something for a lifetime, but unless we take time to focus on it, it doesn’t become a part of our life. Unless we somehow have our blindness lifted, our world is but a black cave.” Think about it. Just because one has witnessed a thousand rainbows doesn’t mean he’s seen the grandeur of one. One can live near a garden and fail to focus on the splendor of the flower. A man can spend a lifetime with a woman and never pause to investigate her soul. Jesus. Have you seen him? Those who first did were never the same. “My Lord and my God!” cried Thomas. “I have seen the Lord,” exclaimed Mary Magdalene. “We have seen his glory,” declared John. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked?” rejoiced the two Emmaus-bound disciples. But Peter said it best. “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” It’s wonderful to get your sight back, like in the case of Bob Eden’s. There are others though, even with their eyesight still can’t see. This is what Max Lucado was speaking about too. Sometimes we can see something, yet not see it. We have cognition but not recognition. Cognition is knowledge. Recognition is understanding. Recognition is seeing and understanding, leading to a transformation in the way we see and then live. Here’s my concern for us. Let me

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personalize it. There is something you are not seeing in your life and it could be costing you dearly. Here are some examples of seeing something deeper and perhaps truer than what we initially see. Take the word DORMITORY. Using the same letters, seen differently, spells DIRTY ROOM. That’s kind of prophetic, isn’t it? PRESBYTERIAN spells BEST IN PRAYER. The Presbyterians will like that. ASTRONOMER seen differently spells MOON STARER. THE EYES seen through different lenses is THEY SEE. MORSE CODE seen differently is HERE COME DOTS. SLOT MACHINES seen differently is CASH LOST IN ME. (Aha!). ELECTION RESULTS seen differently is LIES LETS RECOUNT. SNOOZE ALARMS is ALAS NO MORE Z’S. DECIMAL POINT seen differently is IM A DOT IN PLACE. Lastly, ELEVEN PLUS TWO, seen differently is TWELVE PLUS ONE. It’s one thing to have no sight, like Bob. It’s another thing to have insight when you have sight, like Bob. Sometimes things are not as they appear, an illusion. Other times things are as they appear. Then we play ostrich, hiding our heads in the sand and ignoring what we don’t want to accept. The same thing happened to Jesus on Christmas Day. Some would see him, others wouldn’t. Herod, the Roman king wouldn’t see him. Jerusalem wouldn’t see him. The religious lead-

ers wouldn’t see him. Yet he was there all the time. The shepherds saw him. Wise men saw him. Angels saw him. Sometimes seeing is believing. Other times believing is seeing. Most people haven’t heard the good news of the gospel. How do I know? Because most are unsure of who God is and what he thinks of them. They think God is mad at them, like an old man with a switch, ready to pounce on them. The truth is God’s man about them. The truth is God is good. God sent Jesus to redefine himself. In Jesus, God was saying, “People, here is what I look like. Here’s what I think like and love like. Don’t be misled by the optics and rhetoric of the spiritually blind or jaded. Open the eyes of your head and heart and see me. Rearrange the words in your head. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see that matters.” Someone once said, “Christianity, in its purest form, is nothing more than seeing Jesus. Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating him who we see.” You may discover you were blind but not you see. You may discover you were blind to who God is and what he does but not you can see. To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation Strategy call 623376-6757, email nationstrategy@ or visit



Avondale kicks off holiday season with Winterfest



Avondale turns into a Winterfest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The event features Santa, snow, rides, holiday light show, activities and crafts, community entertainment, food and more. This free, family-fun holiday event takes place at the Avondale Civic Center’s outdoor amphitheater, 11465 W Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Winterfest will have rides and holiday activities, including kids crafts coordinated by WHAM. The Arizona Coyotes’ Street Team will be at the event -- take your best shot on Coyotes outdoor street hockey rink. Individu-

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The 11th Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive to benefit the Westside Recreation Program will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Atlantis Restaurant, 1109 N. Dysart Road in Avondale. Guests are invited to join the toy drive and donate toys for underprivileged kids in Avondale, Cashion, Goodyear and Tolleson. The Westside Recreation Program is a local community organization whose mission is to support kids in the classroom and get them into sports. A good education and healthy lifestyle is the

beginning of community engagement and helping to improve the quality of life in the west valley. Guests are asked to donate $20 per person or donate a toy of $20 value for a child 12 years of age or younger. The event will highlight the contributions the Westside Recreation Program has made during the Christmas season the last 11 years. The organization has distributed more than 4000 toys to kids in the west valley and presented more than 1,000 brand new bicycles to deserving kids attending the Avondale, Littleton and Tolleson elementary school districts.

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La Joya students gather toys to give to children in need BY CARRIE SNIDER

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La Joya Community High School’s student council, in collaboration with its Future Business Leaders of America club, is hosting its third annual Toy Drive. Those who wish to donate can bring new, unwrapped toys to the school’s front office through Dec. 13. They are seeking items for children and young adults, ages up to 21. Ideas for donations include: gift cards, movie passes, board games, puzzles, books, bikes, scooters, skateboards, craft kits, art supplies, cosmetics, sporting goods, magic kits, electronics, headphones, costume jewelry, art supplies, drones, baby dolls, action figures, stuffed animals and baby toys. The items will be donated to the Arizona Department of Child Safety, which includes children in foster care or other situations. Clarissa Preciado, student body president and senior at La Joya, said the whole idea behind the toy drive is to make these children’s holiday a little better. “Through helping with the toy drive, I’ve learned that any kind act can

help and we are helping make a difference in many kids’ lives,” she said. Giving back makes everyone appreciate more what they have, she explained, and it offers a chance for people to show their kindness to others. Especially during the holiday season, it puts things into the right spirit—of giving instead of receiving. “The toy drive impacts me by helping me and students at La Joya see how lucky we are to be surrounded by caring people,” Clarissa said. “Helping with the toy drive has made me view the holidays as more special since I get to spend time with my family. I enjoy it more beca se of them and the joyful spirit and focus less on the gifts because the holidays are supposed to be with the ones you love.” The first year the students hosted the toy drive, they gathered 200 toy donations. The second year, they gathered 300. Hopefully they can beat last year’s number. La Joya English teacher Sandra Saco is the advisor for the school’s student council. She remembers when they delivered the toys last year to the DCS,

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inely want to help. “It’s a lot of attention to detail,” she said. “It feels good to make a difference.” Saco explained while students are typically drawn to student council because they want to be leaders in their school, Saco said, adding how they lead is very important. “I want to show the kids how to lead by giving back. They can use that power for good.”


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West Valley Choir to perform free Christmas show BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

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The 2020 Nissan Versa sedan BY C.A HAIRE Guest Writer

Traditionally, the Nissan Versa has sold for one reason, because it was cheap to buy at $13,000 base. It was also considered cheap looking, had a bland cabin, and not impressive to drive. Many were sold to car rental fleets to provide lowcost daily rentals. But consumer research showed that young families are in the market for a small car under $20,000, yet want all the safety features and attractive styling of the more expensive vehicles. This brings us to the new and improved 2020 Versa seen here. The new Versa has the same proven platform as before but is longer, wider, and lower. The body styling has many components that are copied off more expensive cars in the Nissan line, such as the Altima and Maxima. It is certainly better looking, and this helps shed that cheap image. The materials used in the cabin are an improvement as well. The 1.6-liter engine gained a power increase, now putting out 122 hp. A

vie-speed manual gearbox is offered, and fuel economy is listed at 27/35 mpg. If the optional CVT automatic gearbox is ordered, this increases to 32/40 claimed mpg. All Versa cars will now get safety features like auto braking, pedestrian detection, ABS brakes, rear brake warning, and lane departure warning. Options include remote engine start, six-speaker stereo, auto climate system, LED headlights, and larger 17-inch wheels. The Versa is pleasant to drive as long as you are not in a hurry. The steering is very light but responsive. The ride is comfortable enough, but on rough pavement, there is more noise coming into the cabin than I would like. The trunk has plenty of room, and there is a spare tire, rare on most economy cars today. Overall, what was once a cheap car is now a pleasant daily driver. The price has increased to $15,000 base, and fully equipped, about $20,000, which is reasonable considering all the improvements.

Goodyear Ballpark transforms to a winter wonderland BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Goodyear Ballpark becomes Goodyear Glows from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The free event features • Lighting of a 26-foot tall tree • Photos with Santa

• 40 tons of snow • Live musical performances • Glow giveaways •Bounce houses • DIY ornament station Goodyear Ballpark is at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear.

The West Valley Choir and Orchestra presents “The Songs of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. The free concert will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. The concert features musicians from across the West Valley performing classical Christmas songs. “We are happy to provide this amazing concert to the community for free,” said Penny Hager. For over a decade the West Valley Choir and Orchestra have been performing Christmas concerts. Donations of non-perishable food and clothing are being collected on the nights of the performances. Donations benefit the Agua Fria food bank.

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Trivium Prep students at national convention BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Several students at Trivium Prep in Goodyear recently placed at the National FFA Convention in November. Members of Trivium FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2019 National FFA Convention. The following Trivium students earned national recognition: Senior Cole Lozon won first place in the FFA National Agriscience Fair Environmental Sciences division. Junior Lindsey Bell placed sixth in the Agriscience Fair - Environmental Sciences division. Alumni Hayden West competed in Extemporaneous Speaking earning a bronze award. The Trivium Prep Ag Sales team,

which included Kailee Zimmerman, Jocelyn Ogle, Nate Vasiloff and Elena Wolfley placed among the top 14 teams in the nation. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education. During the convention, students engaged in competitions with other chapters from across the country attended workshops and participated in general sessions with over 70,000 FFA members and guests. They also attended the Convention Expo where they had the opportunity to engage with industry experts and universities. Trivium Preparatory Academy is a Great Hearts School and is located in Goodyear at 2001 North Bullard Avenue.

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Senior Cole Lozon won first place and junior Lindsey Bell placed sixth in the Agriscience Fair. (Photo courtesy Trivium Prep)

Buckeye superintendent takes part in national roundtable BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District, participated in the National Superintendent Roundtable at the American Heart Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions Conference on Nov. 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one of only 10 superintendents in the nation invited to participate. The American Heart Association (AHA) is committed, in conjunction with local school districts across the nation, to implementing wellness programs in our schools. Better known as the Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge, AHA is taking a bold new direction to help students improve health and better their character. Currently, 1 in 4 youth vape in the United States, making it one of the top health concerns facing students and communities. AHA is addressing the vaping issue through a three-pronged approach:

science, advocacy and community action. It announced a sweeping research investment, policy advocacy fund and youth activation campaign demanding “Big Vape” #QuitLying. The National Superintendent Forum allowed superintendents from across the nation to discuss the serious issues students are facing regarding vaping. Sandvik was the only superintendent asked to participate in another panel discussion, which also included a student and a scientist. The focus was to provide information and discussion for donors to garner more support for the #QuitLying campaign. Dr. Sandvik summarized the work of the forum by stating, “We are taking proactive steps to support and educate youth before vaping becomes the next opioid crisis.” School districts across the nation will be asked to pass board resolutions in support of raising awareness and addressing vaping issues in their schools.

Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District, was one of 10 superintendents to participate in the National Superintendent Roundtable at the American Heart Association. (Photo courtesy Buckeye Elementary School District)




West Valley Girl Scout earns prestigious Gold Award


Emma Parry, a local Girl Scout with Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, discovered her passion for theater when she got to high school. “I’ve only been involved in theater since my freshman year at Agua Fria High School, but it quickly helped me break out of my shy and nervous shell,” Parry noted. “Being a part of my school’s theater program has been one of my favorite parts of high school!” In addition to theater, Parry is equally passionate about Girl Scouting and decided to bridge her two interests to help her earn her Gold Award, the most prestigious award available to Girl Scouts. The Gold Award requires a minimum of 80 hours working on a project to create a sustainable solution for a problem the girls identify within their communities. For Parry, the problem was a lack of interest in theater at her high school and missing out on the benefits of theater involvement. “I noticed fewer and fewer people were coming out to theater events and not auditioning for performances every year at my high school,” Parry

explained. “Theater was an important aspect for me coming out of my shell and becoming more confident, and I wanted to find a way to get more people involved in the arts.” For Parry’s Gold Award project, she focused on encouraging more young people to get involved in theater in her community – while promoting inclusion and kindness. “I wrote an anti-bullying one-act play using the characters from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ with the help of 20 friends from my school’s theater program,” Parry disclosed. “We were able to perform it for a group of 40 special needs students in our school’s black box theater and talked at the end about why theater is so important to each of us. Of the 40 students, 26 said they wanted to pursue theater in the future.” In addition to the performance, Parry also made a website to share her one-act play and other materials with interested theater programs across the West Valley. Her website includes the free script, in addition to step-by-step instructions for assembling a backdrop and costumes. “I hope my project can be shared with

at-risk youth, who would greatly benefit from theater programs,” Parry announced. “Lower-income areas usually don’t have these programs because of a lack of resources and funds, which is why I made my project available for free on my website.” Soon to be a student at Northern Arizona University, Parry is grateful to her 13year Girl Scout experience for connecting her with lifelong friends. “I was in the same troop my entire Girl Scouting experience, along with three other girls who became like sisters to me,” Parry said. Emma Parry won a Gold Award for her Girl Scouts project on anti-bullying. (Photo courtesy Emma Parry) “We grew up together and I was able to share the theater with one couragement,” Parry expressed. “Girl of them, Kenzie Norris. She also goes Scouts gave me the confidence I needto NAU and we’re even in our school’s ed to believe in myself.” theater club together now!” To read more about Parry’s Gold Above all else, Parry credits Girl Award project, visit her website at goScouts for helping her learn about her- self. For information on upcoming meet“I would have never taken on a proj- ings visit or calli ect like this without Girl Scouts’ en- GSACPC at 602-452-7040.

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Patricia Naylor Howse Patricia Naylor Howse, age 97 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 16, 2019 in Litchfield Park, AZ. She was born October 22, 1922 in San Diego, CA to George and Florence Naylor. She graduated from John Marshall High School, Los Angeles in 1940, and attended Los Angeles City College. In March 1943, she married Benjamin M. Howse, a pilot in the US Air Force. After World War II they moved to many different military posts, including Athens, Greece; San Antonio, TX; Valdosta, GA; and the Pentagon. Ben was promoted through the ranks to become a full Colonel, and retired from the Air Force in 1969. The couple first moved to Padre Island, TX, and then returned to southern California and settled in Fallbrook where Pat served as Senior Warden at St. John's Episcopal Church. She became active in the Diocese of San Diego, was elected to the Standing Committee, Diocesan Corporation and three times elected as Delegate to General Convention. In 1997 Pat and Ben moved to PebbleCreek in Goodyear, AZ and joined St. Peter's Church where Pat served on the Vestry. In 2010, they moved to La Loma Village. Pat is predeceased by her husband, Ben and her youngest daughter, Debb Robison. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Howse, Cold Spring, NY; two granddaughters, Jenna Raniowski (Marty) Mechanicsburg, PA; and Emily Mulvey (Matt), US Military Base, Okinawa; five great-grandchildren, Declan, Anya, Samuel, Dean, and Eleanor, and her brother, Douglas Naylor. Her ashes will be buried in St. Peter's Memorial Garden beside Benjamin, her husband of 67 years. Condolences for the family may be left at

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Donna Kay Schlinger Donna Kay Schlinger, age 68 of Tonopah, AZ died November 22, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born September 28, 1951, in Altoona, PA, to Jack and Agnes Miller Naugle. She graduated from Altoona High School. She met her husband, Edward Schlinger while she was a single mother living in Hampton, VA. After their marriage, Edward was stationed by the US Navy in Idaho where they lived until his discharge in 1985. They left Idaho Falls in a blinding snow storm and began their life in sunny Arizona. Donna's primary career was that of homemaker, a role that she excelled in. She was an excellent cook and would often send plates of cookies, fudge, or peanut brittle throughout the neighborhood and even across the country to brighten the lives of family and friends. Her nightly meals were devoured by her family and her recipes were lovingly preserved to bless her family for generations. She adored animals. Dogs, cats, fish, horses, goats, cows and chickens were all included in her household. She loved adventure and traveled to Alaska, Europe, Mexico and cruised through the Caribbean. She was passionate about Dodgers baseball. She was loving and caring to the core, still she was a realist and a straight talker. She knew exactly how to teach her sons and grandchildren to become the strong and conscientious individuals they are. Donna is survived by her husband, Edward Daniel Schlinger; sons, Robert and Jack Frazier; sisters, Susan Frye, Diane Kerstetter, Sandra Nebelski, Sherri Herleman; brothers, Jim and Jerry Naugle; grandchildren, Kevin, Austin, Justin, Hannah, Kyle, Cody, Rylee and Simon; and great-grandson, Graesyn. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Naugle, brother, Jack Naugle, Jr.; and parents, Jack and Agnes Naugle. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at


Of Cashion, AZ 08/28/1976 -11/24/2019. Services have been entrusted to Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home.

Charles D. Axtell

Charles D. Axtell, passed away November 2nd, 2019. He is survived by his wife and children. Services will be held December 12, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 23029 Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Vicki Herring Vicki Ann Herring of Buckeye, Az. Vicki Unexpectedly passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019. She was born on April 10, 1957. She was the beautiful wife of Gary Herring. Vicki was a devoted wife and mother. Vicki was an incredible person who dedicated her life to God. She was compassionate about helping others and giving back to the community. Vicki will be greatly missed by many who knew her. There was a private celebration of life already held.

Robert Oliver Low

Robert Oliver Low, 92, of Antlers, OK, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at his home. Cremation was under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Mr. Low, the son of Raymond Oliver Low and; Clarabel Rice Low, was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Harvey, IL. Following college, he began a career as a superintendent in construction which spanned many years before his retirement. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Low, his parents, and all his siblings. Survivors include his wife, Jean Hale Low, three sons; Michael Low and; wife Cheryl, Randall Low and; wife Trina, and Blake Low and; wife Debbie all of Antlers, OK, grandchildren; Tara Myers and; husband Cody of Antlers, OK, Tandy Low of Coweta, OK, Justin Landreth and; wife Tansy of Antlers, OK, Savanna Eskue of Antlers, OK, Macey Low of Antlers, OK, and Zach Low and; wife Megan of Antlers, OK along with numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit


CLEANING SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. We provide excellent and professional service. More than 12 years of experience. We will keep your place up and presentable. FREE estimates Ana 602-326-2780 Claudia Housekeeping, free estimates as well as reference available. Please call 623-419-3949

EDUCATION TUTORING, Credentialed teacher with master's degree, offering tutoring services, for Pre-K-3 all subjects. Please contact Tracy (626) 8257327 Hours are flexible $25.00 a hour

EMPLOYMENT Class A Driver Dedicated Route, OTR Driver, 2 years min. exp. 48-50 cpm, 2,800 3,000 minimum 623-692-9231 LOOKING for experienced compassionate CNA's. Certified Caregivers. Part time/ full time. 623-547-7521

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AIRES is looking for caring, capable and compassionate people! Our mission is to help people live happy, healthy & fulfilling lives.

Hiring Caregivers & Program Managers in the West Valley.

Paid training provided. Must be 21+yrs, w/ good driving record & reliable transportation. Apply at or visit us at 2140 W. Greenway Rd, Ste 140, Phoenix.


Census Takers- $19.50 per hour plus $0.58 mileage. Apply at

HANDYMAN JOEL Cedillo- I do construction work! Concrete, Block, Stucco, Bobcat work, Haulaway, Demolition. Call for free estimates, 623-707-6072. *Not A Licensed Contractor

HANDYMAN - 37 years experience. Drywall, framing, plumbing, painting, electrical, roofing and more. Stan 602-434-6057

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Public Auction for Avondale School District Kitchen Equip. Dec 14th WSM Auctioneers 1616 S. 67th Ave. Phoenix, AZ

Thompson Fune ral Chape l 15th Annual Remembrance Service with Candle Lighting Ceremony Thursday Dec. 5th, 2019 at 7 pm

Funeral Home Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road Locally Owned and Operated

Funeral, Cremation & Memorial Services

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Remembering the families we have served as well as others in the community that have experienced death this past year. We will have a guest speaker and will read the names of all deceased who have passed away in the previous year/years. Additionally, a family member will have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of their loved one as we read the names. Please bring an ornament to place on our Remembrance Tree. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.





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250 N. Litchfield, #130, Goodyear, AZ 85338

623.535.VIEW (8439) Deadlines

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PETS/SERVICES FOR Sale, Beautiful pure breed male mini poodle, party color, akc with papers, very friendly, loving needs a good home, has all shots, 4 months old please call. 623-327-9876

LAND FOR SALE 1 to 18 acres, starting $10,000, various locations, payments, owner/agent, Call Ken, 602-510-8900 5 Acres Power, water, natural gas available. $49,500 556th Ave, Tonopah AZ. Owner will carry for 3 years at low 7% 602-618-1159




We Buy Houses in the West Valley, flexible with offers, please call 602-759-0074

Local welding supply business is looking for an energetic person for this FULL TIME ENTRY LEVEL POSITION. Duties include loading and unloading trucks, assisting counter sales with yard maintenance duties including filling propane and assisting customers. Will be necessary to operate a forklift. Bilingual would be very helpful. No experience necessary for this position - we will train you! There is room for growth in our company. If you are looking for a great company to begin your career with , this is the place to consider. Benefits include vacation time, holiday pay, health and medial benefits, 401K opportunity and many more. Apply in person at 742 E. Main, Avondale, or send email to

ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION FOR I Name: Westside Subs 5 LLC II The address of the registered office is: 15794 W McKinley St., Goodyear, AZ 85338 The name of the Statutory Agent is: Arturo Jimenez III Management of the Limited Liability Company is vested in a manager or managers. The names of each person who is a manager and each member who owns a twenty percent or greater interest in the capital or profits of the limited liability company are: MEMBER: Arturo Jimenez, 15794 W McKinley St., Goodyear, AZ 85338 Published in the West Valley View/Business Nov. 20, 27 Dec 4, 2019 / 25974

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In the View Classifieds

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VALLEYLIFE is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to men, women, and children with developmental disabilities.

Full Time and Part Time Caregivers Needed!

Must have reliable transportation We are currently looking for caregivers to work in group homes throughout Glendale, Phoenix, Peoria and Scottsdale. Must pass background check.  

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RECREATION CENTERS OF SUN CITY WEST HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER – FT, Exempt, M-F, 6am-3pm. Plan, direct and administer current policies, objectives and goals relating to all phases of HR. Must have current HR exp in FMLA, ADA, EEOC, WC, Handbooks, state/fed laws. approx. 500 full/part time employees. BA from four-year college and ten years current HR experience. Five of which in supervisory roles. Proficient in Windows/Excel. Mid-March 2020 start date. $68-$100K DOE The above position includes golf when availability is open. All positions must be able to communicate in English. Apply online. For more info on open jobs visit All positions are open until filled. EOE

Local welding supply business is looking for an energetic person for a FULL TIME, general labored/maintenance position. Duties include moving cylinders. Will be necessary to operate a forklift. Bilingual would be helpful. The filling of propane and alternative fuel tanks may also be part of this position. This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet with this great organization, room for growth in the company. If you are looking for a great company to begin your career with,this is the place to consider. . Benefits include vacation time, holiday pay, health and medial benefits, 401K opportunity and many more. Apply in person at 742 E. Main, Avondale, or send email to

RECREATION CENTERS OF SUN CITY WEST FACILITIES ASSISTANT–FT, 3pm-11pm, M-F, with full benefits and two PT positions with partial benefits - $11.00 p/h. Sweeping floors, showers, restroom, pool deck and other areas, emptying trashcans, maintaining/cleaning bathrooms and hall area, setting up tables/chairs for events. Must be able to work with cleaning chemicals. Previous custodial exp, knowledge of commercial vacuums, floor scrubbers, gas powered blowers preferred; varies locations/hours/days/weekends. GREENSKEEPERS - $12.32 p/h, FT/PT with benefits Manual labor. Must be able to work communicate in English, work weekends and OT. Previous golf exp. preferred. LANDSCAPE WORKER - FT Mon-Fri $11.25/hour with benefits. Plan, care and maintain recreational grounds for the community; including trimming, weeding, raking and water plants. Experienced in use of small power tools and lawn maintenance equipment. Apply online/view more jobs: or at Human Resources, 19803 N. R. H. Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. The above positions include golf when availability is open. All positions must be able to communicate in English. All positions are open until filled. EOE

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PUBLIC NOTICE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION FOR I Name: HOME GROWN & DELIVERY LLC II The address of the registered office is: 23696 W Huntington Dr., BUCKEYE, AZ, 85326 The name of the Statutory Agent is: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. III Management of the Limited Liability Company is vested in a manager or managers. The names of each person who is a manager and each member who owns a twenty percent or greater interest in the capital or profits of the limited liability company are: MEMBERS: Jeremy McGinty, Shahira Williams, Keylayah McGinty, Colemel McGinty all of 23696 W Huntington Dr., BUCKEYE, AZ, 85326 Published West Valley View, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019 / 26232

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PUBLIC NOTICE SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA MARICOPA COUNTY In the Matter of Guardianship of: GEORGE ALBERT OCEGUERA JUNIOR / 09/07/2004 ADDRESS: 465 W IVYGLEN ST #224 MESA, AZ, 85201 Case Number: JG511405 ORDER and NOTICE OF HEARING The Court has reviewed the CERTIFICATE OF READINESS (Request to Set Hearing). Based upon the court’s review, IT IS ORDERED. X Setting a Hearing on the Petition for Guardianship of a Minor WARNING: Failure to bring the documents identified on the “Certificate of Readiness” (Request of Hearing) may result in the hearing being cancelled. Signed this 21ST Day of October, 2019 KEELAN S BODOW JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT Published West Valley View December 4, 11 & 18th 2019






NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Matter of the Estate of MARGARET J HERBES, Deceased NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed as the Personal Representative of this estate. All persons having claims against the estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented by delivering or mailing a written statement of the claim to undersigned Personal Representative at 749 GOLD NUGGET POINT. PROSPERITY SC, 29127 DATED this 13TH day of NOVEMBER, 2019 /s/ HELEN B MITCHELL HELEN B MITCHELL PUBLISHED: West Valley View and West Valley Business December 4, 11, 18th, 2019, 2018 / 26355

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Tips for Having a Great Sale! 1. Sort through your closets, cupboards and garage for items to sell. 2. Partner up with a neighbor or friend. This is helpful to give each other breaks during the day. 3. Advertise your sale — ask us for our Yard Sale Special! 4. In your ad include the type of sale, (e.g., Yard Sale, Multi-Family Sale), date, time, address/cross streets, and be specifi c on prices for high dollar items. Popular items you can include: furniture, appliances, electronics, tools, yard equipment, designer/ children’s clothes and shoes, craft items, antiques, unique items and collectibles/ collections. 5. Place signs on major cross streets and on the corners leading into your neighborhood. Just a fat, solid black arrow on colorful poster board works fine. 6. Price your items. If having a Multi-Family sale, each family should have a different colored price tag. You can do a $1 table, $5 table, etc., to save time. 7. Money. Be prepared with change, including coins. Do not accept checks. Cash only! 8. Have electricity available to test items. 9. Be safe. Do not let anyone into your home. Take your phone outside with you Have an extra person relieve you occasionally. 10. If it’s warm, offer cold bottled water for sale to cool off your customers! Happy customers buy things! 11. After the sale, remove your signs and donate leftover items to a local charity.

Call Classifieds at 623-847-4600 or email Deeanna


to place your ad.




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623.386.4429 | JONESFORDBUCKEYE.COM All sales prices and offers cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Prices subject to change. All vehicles subject to prior sale. Prices do not include sales tax, license, $379.00 dealer doc fee and any dealer add-ons. Prices valid through 12/10/2019. Sales vehicles may have scratches, dents or dings. See dealer for details.

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