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NEWS...............6 LIBCON West invades Velma Teague Library

NEWS...............8 Convicted killer sentenced to life in prison

OPINION..................... 12 BUSINESS.................. 14 SPORTS ...................... 16 CALENDAR ................ 17 FEATURES.................. 18 RELIGION ................... 24 YOUTH........................ 26 CLASSIFIEDS ............. 30

December 5, 2019

Officer suspended for punching driver BY TOM SCANLON

Glendale Star Associate Editor

The city of Glendale announced last week that Glendale Police Officer Matthew Salyers was suspended for punching a Glendale man during a traffic stop. After Salyers appealed, his 40-hour suspension was reduced to 30 hours by Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. In a report he filed the day after the incident, Salyers stated he struck Angelo Carillo Sr. after he refused commands. On March 6, Glendale officers William Johnston and Salyers stopped Carillo, 57, near Maryland and 59th avenues. Police reported the Carrillo was stopped for failing to signal a turn. He then refused

to provide identification. According to a Glendale Police press release, “Officer Johnston attempted to arrest Carrillo who was still seated in the vehicle. “A struggle ensued as Carrillo resisted and Officer Salyers, who was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, entered the vehicle and delivered closed-hand strikes to Carrillo’s face, causing an injury which required stitches.” An internal investigation recommended a 40-hour suspension. On May 29, Salyers was served an “Intent to Suspend” notice, which he appealed to Interim Chief of Police Chris Briggs. After Briggs upheld the suspension, Salyers appealed to the city’s Personnel

Robots lend a hand (or four) in the O.R.

BY TOM SCANLON Glendale Star Associate Editor The robots are not only coming, they are here. They even await patients in operating rooms. And Dr. Ryan Pinnell would not have it any other way. At 35, he is on the younger end of the surgeons at Abrazo Arrowhead, which primarily serves the Glendale and Peoria areas. Like many his age, Pinnell was a gamer growing up. “I don’t have time for it now,” he said, giving a tour of the operating room where he spends much of his time. It is here in the O.R. he puts the skills he developed playing video games to use on the job, operating the da Vinci Xi device. With the da Vinci, surgeons like Pinnell use SEE ROBOTS PAGE 2 The latest breaking news and top local stories in Glendale!

Board. The Personnel Board discussed the matter on Nov. 13. “While the majority of the members agreed discipline was appropriate in this case, they recommended the city manager reduce the 40-hour suspension ranging from no action to a 20-hour suspension,” the release stated. Phelps informed Salyers on Nov. 26 he was reducing the suspension to 30 working hours. “The men and women of the Glendale Police Department make split-second decisions daily,” said Briggs. “There are times when our officers’ decisions are not in line SEE SUSPENSION PAGE 3

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joystick-like devices to move robotic arms inside patients, cutting out tumors, replacing bands, sewing sutures and doing other surgical techniques. “It definitely transfers over,” Pinnell said, of his gamer skills. “I was able to catch on with this pretty fast. “The robot is pretty intuitive to learn” Indeed, Pinnell uses the device so often, he recently passed a mark of 500 robotic surgeries. Abrazo Arrowhead recently announced it passed 5,000 robot-assisted surgical procedures. More than 1,000 have been completed this year. Surgeons like Pinnell are quick to point out they do not do “automatic-pilot” procedures. “There’s a misconception the robot is doing the surgery and the doctor is just standing in the corner,” said Pinnell, a bariatric surgery specialist who also has an office in Glendale. In the Abrazo operating room, he often does surgery on obese patients, reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or removing a portion of the stomach. On a recent morning, he said he had just finished using the da Vinci to remove a dated gastric band. He then removed 75% of the patient’s stomach and inserted a sleeve, using the robotic arms on the 90-minute surgery. “She’ll go home tomorrow,” he said of the patient. Pinnell and other doctors say the da Vinci device helps drastically reduce recovery time, as it facilitates minimally invasive surgical techniques. Rather than large openings required by traditional surgery, Pinnell often makes small incisions. After, when he uses the da Vinci, he

Dr Ryan Pinnell has done more than 500 operations using a robotic machine. With the da Vinci, surgeons like Pinnell operate joystick-like devices to move robotic arms inside patients. (Glendale Star photo by Tom Scanlon)

does not physically touch the patient. Rather, he is seated at the da Vinci control panel in the corner of the operating room. With his head under a hood, he peers into a video screen; one of the arms of the da Vinci has a camera giving the surgeon a magnified view of the inside of the patient. Other arms can be outfitted with cutting, gripping and sewing devices. While robots are not required for minimally-invasive surgery, robotic surgical techniques helps the surgeon operate with precision, flexibility and improved control. According to medical manufacturer Intuitive, “The

da Vinci Xi is versatile and flexible, with setup automation and guidance to promote OR efficiency. It provides multi-quadrant access and is used for a variety of complex procedures.” Jeff Patterson, chief executive officer at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, said the pace of robotic-assisted surgical technology continues on an upward trajectory. “Continual innovations in minimally invasive surgery have made robot-assisted procedures an option for patients with a wide range of conditions. Members of Abrazo Arrowhead’s surgical services team recently celebrated surpassing 5,000 total robotic-assisted surgical procedures. Pictured are Chris Morgan, Patrick McConaughy, Sam Duncan and Sharon Rando. (Photo courtesy Abrazo Arrowhead)

December 5, 2019 The da Vinci is often used for gynecology, urology, cancer, hernia and other procedures,” explained Patterson. Dr. Dennis Scribner, a gynecologic oncology surgeon, is one of the da Vinci believers. “Robotic surgery is the biggest advancement in surgical care in the last two decades,” Scribner said. “The technology provides the ability for us to perform procedures that have traditionally been done through large incision and now completed with incisions less than an inch. “This has clearly improved patient care and their quality of life.” Abrazo Arrowhead Campus has become a leader in robotics, hosting education and training opportunities for surgeons from other hospitals who travel to Glendale to learn techniques used in robot-assisted surgery. Others at Abrazo Arrowhead who use the Da Vinci include general surgeons Dr. Brian Prebil and Dr. Eric Thomas, colorectal surgeon Dr. Debora Fox-McClary, urologists Dr. David Kaplan and Dr. Chandan Kundavaram and urogynecologist Dr. Ali Azadi. Literally looming over the others is Pinnell, a 6-foot-7 former basketball player. Pinnell hopes the da Vinci will help him avoid the chronic back pain often plaguing older surgeons. Instead of hunching over an operating table, Pinnell spends most of his surgery days comfortably seated by the da Vinci console. “When I’m using the robot, I can operate all day and not have any pain at the end of the day,” he said. Generally, he is far more concerned about the pain his patients endure than his own, which is another reason he is a big fan of robotic surgery. “Narcotic abuse is one of our society’s biggest problems,” he said. “Half of my hernia repairs (using robotics) don’t use any narcotics, postop.” For a new patient who is not familiar with robotic devices, Pinnell said, “I try to explain traditional procedures and robotic repairs. Typically, I’ll show them pictures and explain the risks and benefits. “In my view, it’s the safest operation.” The word is getting out, said Becky Retterer, manager of Abrazo Arrowhead’s Surgical Services. “Patients are more informed than they’ve ever been,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘I really want the robot.’”

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with our policies or training, which is the case in this incident. “We take these situations seriously and take appropriate action to ensure we are living up to the high standards we expect of ourselves and our community deserves.” The Glendale Police Department released body camera audio and video of the incident. On it, Carillo is heard refusing to provide his identification. After a physical altercation, he is dragged from the car and handcuffed, with blood streaming from below his right eye. The Salyers “Notice to Suspend” from July stated, “According to Glendale Police Department policies on the use of response to resistance techniques, using hard empty-hand strikes targeting the head are allowed during active aggression levels of resistance or higher. Department policy outlines the use of hard empty-hand strikes that avoid the head and neck can be used at physical resistance. “Your use of hard empty-hand strikesto the driver’s head were violations of response to resistance techniques outlined in department policy. “Based upon the suspect’s resistance at the time of your use of force, review of the video recordings and subject matter expert review of the circumstances, the amount of force you used against the suspect was not within policy.” The notice to Salyers further stated, “Your actions clearly impact the efficient operation of the Department. Your conduct in this incident demonstrates a serious lack of judgment and is unbecoming of a Glendale police officer. You clearly violated policy. “You have displayed conduct that not only causes the public to lose trust in the employees of the Glendale Police Department but also affects the day-today operations of this organization, as well as the morale of its employees.” According to the notice, Salyers had no previous disciplinary actions. After he returns to work, the suspended officer will face higher scrutiny, according to the suspension notice: “You are further notified that immediate and sustained improvement in your job performance is expected. Your failure to adhere to the direction provided in this memo or other performance deficiencies will not be tolerated and will result in further disciplinary action, up to and including termination.” In a report he filed on March 7, Salyers stated, “I delivered three to four closed fist strikes with my right hand

The city of Glendale announced last week that Glendale Police Officer Matthew Salyers was suspended for punching a Glendale man during a traffic stop. (Glendale Star photo by Tom Scanlon)

to the right side of Angelo’s face near his cheekbone and eye socket. I struck Angelo to disrupt him so I and Officer Johnston could affect the arrest for failing to provide his identification card.” Salyers also wrote he was concerned the driver who was resisting arrest could have had a weapon. A later search

of Carillo and the vehicle did not find any weapons. According to Salyers report, Carillo was found to have a suspended license and a previous arrest for resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Salyers is a four-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department.


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December 5, 2019

Former chief takes tough approach to homeless reduction BY TOM SCANLON

Glendale Star Associate Editor

With rising numbers of homeless in Glendale, the issue was addressed last week at a Glendale City Council workshop. “The ultimate goal is reducing homelessness,” said Rick St. John, the interim deputy city manager who led a presentation at the Nov. 26 workshop. St. John, a former police chief, expressed compassion but took a tough approach. St. John called on council to “give direction” to the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) to take a demanding look at agencies applying for homeless-assistance funding. “What I’m looking for today is council direction on a philosophical change to how we’re utilizing HUD funds,” St. John added. “Certain programs perform better than others. What we’re asking is you give direction to CDAC to pay attention to how programs have performed,” St. John said, “and fully fund as many of the programs dialed into Glendale and have performed better than others.” The workshop came days after Glendale’s homeless numbers were released publically for the first time. According to data at the Nov. 21 CDAC meeting volunteers counted 194 unsheltered people in Glendale in January. The 2019 “Point In Time” figure is nearly five times the 44 unsheltered people counted in 2016. In 2017, 57 unsheltered people were counted - the number of unsheltered spiked to 164 in 2018. The 194 unsheltered people in Glendale were more than twice as many as were counted in Peoria, which with 78 unsheltered people was the next-highest city for homeless in the West Valley. Avondale was next with 35 unsheltered people, followed by Surprise with 33, Buckey with 24, Goodyear with 22 and Youngtown with 18 unsheltered people counted. Glendale’s increase follows a regional trend, according to the report provided by the county. At the Nov. 26 workshop, Councilwoman Joyce Clark said people wonder what happened to the $1 million per year the city receives for housing assistance and to prevent or reduce homelessness. “There is a general frustration, see-

Glendale is by far the leader in the number of homeless in the West Valley, according to Maricopa County figures recently released. (Infographic courtesy Maricopa County)

ing this kind of money being spent and How do we help them get out of the the problem seems to be growing,” hole they’ve dug themselves into?” Clark said. He said other communities have “Your philosophical change, I think eliminated fines homeless people have you’re right on target,” she added, ad- to create “a level playing ground and dressing St. John. “It’s (help people) get back about time we meaon (their) feet. We’re sured performance.” told recidivism deSt. John spent about creases by 60 to 65%.” 30 minutes at the workSt. John said Glenshop discussing “our dale is exploring its city-wide plan on how legal system. “With we’re going to address chronic (homeless homelessness in the populations), you’ve city of Glendale.” got to connect them to “Being homeless is resources and incennot a crime,” St. John tivize them.” added. “How do we One option, he said, connect people to reis to offer services as sources when they opposed to jail time. don’t want to be conUsing an incentivnected? That’s the hard Rick St. John, former police chief who ized approach, St. is now interim deputy city manager, John said, “We should part.” led a Glendale City Council workshop He spoke about three presentation on homelessness. (Pho- be able to force people different categories, to courtesy city of Glendale) into resources and get starting with chronicalthem off the street ly homeless people. get them in a healthy environment so “For the vast majority, connecting they’re no longer causing problems for chronically homeless people with case our residents and businesses.” managers and appropriate resources is With the “episodic homeless” catethe key,” he said. gory of people who have not become Some who are homeless, he said, re- chronically homeless, St. John said the fuse to accept assistance. goal is to help establish financial se“We’re trying to figure out how to curity. incentivize people who are chronicalFor “situational homeless,” or peoly homeless...into accepting resources ple who have lost homes due to fiin lieu of what we’ve done in the past/ nancial stress, “the solution is helping

them through a tough financial time,” St. John said. The presentation illustrated how the city receives nearly $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. One of the slides St. John showed summarized his presentation: “We are seeking Council consensus and direction on a philosophical change. 1. Provide direction for CDAC to • Fully fund best options for helping Glendale citizens. • Discontinue partial funding efforts. • Allow Staff to provide more input to CDAC. • Start “moving the needle” on the homelessness issue. 2. Enter into West Valley Regional Solutions to address homelessness resolution 3. Set aside funds for special projects • West Valley Collaboration for Housing Navigation. • Healthy Giving Campaign – marketing/signs. • Storage solutions. • Pet solutions. • Reserved bed space (Urban Camping Ordinance enforcement).” “Glendale was a little late to the game for addressing the homeless issue initially but is making a concerted effort to put as many programs in place as possible, and with some good success,” CDAC member Lisa Baker said, in an interview. She said the CDAC receives and reviews grant applications, holds public hearings and makes recommendations for funding to city council. “The recommendations are based on the priorities provided by the council to the committee at the beginning of each fiscal year,” Baker said. She said the CDAC in recent years has used “partial funding” to fund as many programs as possible. “If the mayor and council decide to revise the priorities previously given to CDAC for fiscal year 2020-21, the committee will review the applications and make recommendations based on those new priorities, as we were appointed to do,” Baker said. “Ultimately, it is the decision of the mayor and city council how much funding goes to whom and for what.”

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December 5, 2019

LIBCON West coming to Velma Teague Library BY NATALIE URQUIZA

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As the year comes to an end, there are endless holiday parties to attend. One such party invites people to get out their superhero or cosplay costumes. LIBCON West hots its fourth annual event from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale. LIBCON West is a free, all-ages, fandom event. “We celebrate all geeky, nerdy, fandom, Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, TV, movies, books and games,” said Glendale Administrative Librarian Merideth Jenson-Benjamin. “Something you can dress up like and be excited about, we probably got you covered.” There will be dozens of vendors, programs, demonstrations, games, crafts for children and teens. Fans are encouraged to actively participate by dressing as favorite characters and celebrating all things pop culture. “We are going to have artists, people who make handcrafts, comic book publishers and people who sell trading cards,” Benjamin said. “Anything you can imagine fandom related, the vendor will probably be there.” There will be many things everyone can all participate in or watch. For instance, outside there will be a “programming pavilion” which is set up to have different presentations varying from history of fandom, basic cosplay make-up and storytime. Inside the library will be a more children and families-based events. “They are aimed for 5 to 11 age groups but younger kids are welcomed to participate if they have parents with them. And older kids if they want to join in, we won’t stop you,” Benjamin said. She said there will be events like making superhero masks and programs exploring the science behind the X-Men. There will also be live music and a scavenger hunt with 12 different downtown businesses have partnered with LIBCON WEST. “A lot of different vendors donated prizes we can give out as a part of our raffle drawing,” Benjamin said. “The grand prizes include tablet from Hoopla Digital and a prize basket from Poisoned Pen Bookstore.” At the end of the night, for the LIBCON’s West grand finale, there will be a Lightsaber organized walk led by

LIBCON West hosts its fourth annual event on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale. (Photo courtesy LIBCON West)

Syndicate Saber through downtown Glendale to see the holiday lights. “This came about by Anna Baagiano, who is a Library Technology specialist, also the person who is the cosplay liaison for LIBCON West,” Benjamin said. “After last year, all of the people said they were going to head down to the park and take pictures under the lights. It kind of gave her the idea to have a parade. We have all these amazing people in costumes we have to do something more formal. It is a great photo op and a great way to end the day.” This is the first year the event will not be at the Glendale Main Library due to more exposure to the event. In 2017, it opened up to adults, children and families wanting to be part of the different events and programs. “I have to say the Downtown Merchant Association has been a joy to work with and we are thrilled to have them on board,” Benjamin said. “Big thank you to Downtown Merchant Association, the city of Glendale and special events for allowing us to use your space and sharing resources, making all of this possible. “The LIBCON team we currently have included staff from every single department in the library from chief librarian, librarian assistants, librarians, really across all four branches. The team has really come together. We look forward to it every year,” For more information, visit The LIBCON West schedule includes:

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12 p.m. Syndicate Saber Presents:

A Lesson in the Force. The Jedi have come to Earth for this once-in-a-lifetime training opportunity. This interactive show is fun for the whole family. 1 p.m.The DREAD Fleet - Pirates raid the port of Glendale with music, dance, swords and stunts! 2 p.m. “Results May Vary” Improv: Super-Geeky Edition - Brelby Theatre Company’s resident improv team serves up a fresh, funny, impromptu live performance using suggestions from the audience. 3 p.m. Syndicate Saber Presents: An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age - Members of Syndicate Saber have put together amazing and talented choreography routines and will teach you the special skills you need to become the master of your next routine. 4 p.m. Driftwood Quintet and Dratini on the Rocks - A fusion of classical/ jazz music from popular video games and movies including Undertale, Cowboy Bebop, and Final Fantasy!

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12 p.m. Color your own superhero mask! 1 and 3 p.m. Super S.T.E.A.M. Learn the science behind some of your favorite X-Men as you move from station to station for hands-on activities. 2 p.m. Superhero Bingo - Get a card and win prizes in this picture bingo session. 4 p.m. Fly Like a Superhero! You may not have superpowers, but you can still take to the sky with your own superhero-themed kite.

Music in the Park

12 to 2 p.m. - Dratini on the Rocks will perform smooth, jazzy renditions of some of your favorite video game songs from Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and more. 1 to 3 p.m. - Driftwood Quintet will play classical renditions of your favorite video game and movie music, including themes from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Phantom of the Opera.” 2 to 4 p.m. - Rock renditions of some of your favorite video game songs from Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Bros, Metroid, Mega Man and many more as performed by the Minibosses.

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The World of Illumination officially launched at Westgate Nov. 27. The drive-through light show kicked off with a ceremonial light switch and ribbon cutting. Displaying over 2 million LED lights in a 25-minute drive through, animated light show synchronized to holiday and winter music, the show has gained popularity in past years in Tempe. The show features a 36-foot tall animated snowman and simulated snowfall and runs until January 5. Owner Simon Kreisberger spoke at the opening. “Today we are ushering a new way for the residents of Glendale, and the residents from all over Arizona, to give them a new way to enjoy the holiday season. We’re so proud to create something so beautiful,” he said. Guests from Santa to representatives of the Make-A-Wish Foundation at-

tended the opening. Kreisberger was eager to announce the show’s partnership with the nonprofit, saying he spent much time thinking of how he could give back to the community this time of year. A group surrounding the ceremony, and a line of cars flooded out of the parking lot into the street, honked and clapped in celebration when a giant light switch was flipped on by MakeA-Wish kids and the lights came on for the first time. “If we can leverage this massive platform to do wonderful things in this community, let’s do it to the best of our ability,” Kreisberger said to the organization’s representatives. “We feel so privileged. And to see these families out here, it’s why we do it.” Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers also was on the scene and said he had conversations prior to the opening with Kreisberger. World of Illumination, Weiers said, is another step in the development of one of the most promising areas in Arizona. “For you guys to take a chance in Glendale means an awful lot to me,” Weiers said. Visitors can come at night to see the lights the best, between 6-10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and the holidays. Ticket prices range from $22.99 to $32.99 purchased online at and $40 at the venue Owner Simon Kreisberger speaks to a gathered group before flipping the ceremonial switch.

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December 5, 2019

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder BY EMMA RICHBURG

Moises Ramos Jr., 28, was sentenced to life in prison Nov. 22 by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren J Granville. Ramos earlier entered a guilty plea for fatally shooting David Jimenez Feb. 1, 2018, in Glendale. The sentence for Ramos includes the possibility of release after 25 years. The victim’s family and friends crowded around the entrance of the courtroom as they consoled one another before the sentencing began. The group showed their unity by wearing matching shirts reading, “in memory of David Jimenez” in Spanish on the front and a large display of the victim’s picture on the back. According to court documents, Ramos used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill Jimenez, 24, at an apartment at 5750 N. 59th Avenue. Ramos told Glendale Police, who arrested him the night of the murder, he was involved in an on-and-offagain relationship with the mother of

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mestic 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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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 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

Skipp Peeples, Ginny Solis-Wright, Deborah Charlesworth, Karen Ortega Maston, Mike Weinstein, Myriah Mhoon and David Schwake attended the New Life Center gala. (Photo courtesy New Life Center)

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 vic-

tims 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 do-


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New federal law helps aid fight against animal cruelty BY AMY-XIAOSHI DePAOLA Cronkite News

Arizona ranks high on the list of “most humane states,” but officials and animal advocates are still welcoming a new federal law they said will let them fight animal cruelty crossing state lines. “Our officers investigate thousands of animal cruelty cases each year, but have been unable to truly bring justice for the animals in instances when the cruelty occurs across multiple jurisdictions,” said Chris Schindler, Humane Rescue Alliance’s vice president of field services, in an email. President Trump in late November signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bipartisan measure expanding on a 2010 law banning the creation and distribution of “animal crush videos” – any image showing animals being “intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.” The 2019 version, introduced in January by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., makes animal crushing itself a crime punishable by a fine or up to seven years in prison or both. It passed the House in October and was approved by the Senate earlier this month, both times by voice vote. Schindler called the act “a monumental step” to laying groundwork to further protect animals, particularly in dealing with interstate animal cruelty. Bretta Nelson, public relations manager of the Arizona Humane Society, said the bill will “expand awareness of animal cruelty on a national level” and hold abusers accountable. It comes as the Arizona Humane Society has seen a 3.9% increase in animal cruelty reports this year over last year. Nelson attributed in part to H.B. 2671, a state law took effect in August stiffening penalties for knowingly mistreating or killing a domestic animal from a class 6 to a class 5 felony, which carries up to two years in prison. The bill was the result of a four-year Humane Society effort and a “huge win for Valley animals and for the state of Arizona,” Nelson said. She said there’s already a case under the stricter law involving a pug, Miso, was hanged by his owner, who

shared videos of the abuse from his cell phone. That prompted the Humane Society to take in the dog, which had suffered multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and ribs. Kellye Pinkleton, the Humane Society’s senior state director in Arizona, said the state also toughened animal cruelty laws last year and approved a ban on wildlife killing contests in September. Pinkleton hopes those changes can help boost Arizona from its current spot of ninth, tied with Maine, on the Humane Society of the United States’ list of the most-humane states in 2018. When it released those rankings, however, the Humane Society of the United States said Arizona needed to work on farm animal cruelty, hunting restrictions, animal research and puppy mill abuses, and requiring state emergency response plans to include pets. Amanda Ventura, spokeswoman for the Arizona Animal Welfare League, said there still is room for improvement in the law. She and Nelson would like to see the state take stronger action against so-called “puppy mills” and improve the definition of adequate care when it comes to food and water standards for animals. “Our law enforcement professionals’ hands are tied in many cases due to lax laws,” Ventura said. Nelson said the Arizona Humane Society mainly sees cases of animals without water, shelter or welfare checks, as well as being stabbed, shot or left in hot cars. “As awareness of these laws increase across the country, people will think twice before inflicting harm upon an animal,” she said. “This will be a national discussion for animals who have no voice.” The PACT Act had more than 300 co-sponsors, including six from Arizona: Republican Reps. Debbie Lesko of Peoria and David Schweikert of Fountain Hills, and Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick of Tucson, Tom O’Halleran of Sedona and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix. “I am proud to support this legislation will protect animals from inhumane treatment and punish those who choose to exhibit such repulsive acts,” Schweikert said in a statement after the bill passed the House.

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Zoo welcomes sworn law enforcement and families BY GLENDALE STAR STAFF The first 1,000 sworn law enforcement families (limit four total per family) through the doors of Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, will receive free admission and receive free rides all day with discounted concessions. Wildlife World has more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display.

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Frustrated I’m very frustrated with the impeachment hearings so far as they have appeared mostly partisan. As a Republican voter, I expect both sides of the aisle to take this seriously and conduct a lawful and rigorous probe—as is their responsibility under the Constitution. Americans deserve to get to the truth behind the Ukraine phone call. The President’s actions raise serious questions about our elections and our national security. I have been impressed by the witnesses, but the line of questioning by lawmakers frequently strays off topic, sometimes even into baseless conspiracy theories. We should expect more from our representatives, as I personally will with Sen. Martha McSally if this inquiry moves to the Senate.

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Money costs money. Water costs money. Developments need water. Developments create money… It’s a bit of an endless cycle, especially in fast-growing places like Glendale. In far northern Glendale, a little strip of land “previously thought to be undevelopable” is indeed trying to become a minor commercial hub. With resources from the city of Glendale, under the philosophy of it takes money to make money. At its Nov. 12 meeting, Glendale City Council approved “the design and construction of water line and improvements near West Beardsley Road and the State Route 101 freeway (Loop 101).”

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new development in the Arrowhead BMW and Crossings at Arrowhead PAD areas and provided adequate fire protection,” according to the background material. And here’s where the money-makes-money idea comes in: “These developments created new revenue streams for the city and new employment opportunities.” Sales tax and jobs, is music to the ears of government officials, are part of the pitch of another development wanting to join in the fun up north. In March, Beardsley 101 Investments sent a “Dear Neighbor” A map mailed by Beardsley 101 Investments shows an area in north Glendale that is planned for commercial development. (Image courtesy letter out to the neigh- Beardsley 101 Investments) borhood, explaining a rezoning request for “automotive uses ect. and commercial retail development.” In November 2018, Glendale apThe letter promised to bring “numer- proved a $2.3 million reconstruction ous jobs and much-needed tax-gener- of Camelback Road between 43rd and ating retail services to a site previously 51st Avenues. thought to be undevelopable.” According to Nov. 12 agenda mateThe letter explained new auto deal- rial, “After the project was awarded by erships would be built near Arrowhead council, it was recognized the existing BMW, plus other unspecified business- water line within the project area was es. nearing the end of its useful life. ThereIn April, shortly after the letter went fore, the city will achieve an economy out, the Glendale Planning Commis- of scale, minimize the impact to the sion approved Beardsley 101 Invest- public, maintain water quality, and ments’ request for a rezoning of 9 acres. improve fire protection services by re”The proposed Beardsley & Loop placing the water line during the road 101 Commercial & Retail Develop- reconstruction project.” ment would allow for new and used auSo, on Nov. 12, Glendale City Countomotive sales, commercial and retail cil approved a $1.7 million water line land uses,” said agenda material. installation as part of the Camelback On Jan. 28, Beardsley 101 Invest- Road reconstruction. ments will be back before Glendale More money, more water ... City Council, for a “resolution and deHave an item for velopment agreement.” Business Briefcase? More water — and more money — Please email your needed a few miles south. business news and tips to Those who drive Camelback Road know all about a big construction proj-

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Diversity in scouting a goal of Women’s Scout School BY LAMAR SMITH Cronkite News

With a goal to improve gender diversity in the world of baseball scouting, the Women’s Sports School held a fiveday event including the opportunity to learn from several baseball professionals. Twelve women took part in the first-ever “Scout School!” program in October. Jennifer Blatt, founder of WSS, had the idea after attending Major League Baseball’s “Take the Field” program a few years ago. “It’s empowering for them,” Blatt said, “to just be in the room with so many like-minded women.” MLB recently received a “C” for gender diversity, lower than several other pro leagues, by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, based at the University of Central Florida. Its annual race and gender report grading professional sports leagues gave the NBA, for example, a “B.” Despite initiatives like “Take the Field,” Diversity Fellowship Program and the Diversity Pipeline, the number of women in MLB’s central office and professional positions has declined since last year’s report. Women comprised only 30.8 percent of MLB’s Central Office professional staff, down from 31.8 percent the previous year. And there is only one full-time female scout, the Seattle Mariners’ Amanda Hopkins, who spoke at the event. The “Scout School!” pro-

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gram was designed to help strengthen knowledge of scouting and to increase understanding of women working in baseball operations. It’s part of a larger goal to get more women into baseball. Participants consisted of college students, baseball interns and part-time baseball writers. Several were sponsored by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The cost was approximately $1,300 for instruction, materials and meals. Boston Red Sox intern Julia Hernandez came to the event to further her understanding of scouting. Her love for scouting is tied to the uncertainty of the process. “It’s not like the NBA Draft and the NFL Draft where it’s like, you know, who’s going to go one … one in every single draft,” Hernandez said. “In baseball, things can go wrong. You can find something out about a guy the

night before the draft and it completely throws a wrench into the entire process.” Position players are graded on five tools: hitting, power, running speed, arm strength and fielding ability. Some tools are harder to predict than others. “By far, the hitting tool and the power (tool) are the two most difficult,” former MLB Scout Don Mitchell said. “Cody Bellinger hit one home run in high school.” The other three tools are easier to measure, he said. Bellinger, who played for Hamilton High School in Chandler before becoming a star for the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently won the 2019 NL MVP award after a breakout year that saw him hit 47 home runs and also win Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards at his position.

Predicting hitting and power can be difficult because it’s hard to foresee how players will grow and how their bodies will develop, Mitchell said. Initial scouting reports cited strength as one of Bellinger’s major weaknesses. At the end of each day, Scout School participants practiced the scouting techniques they learned in the classroom by evaluating players during Arizona Fall League games. The students used radar guns and stopwatches to track the velocity of pitches and the speed of each pitcher’s delivery. During the first few days, Mitchell assigned each of the students’ specific players to observe during the games. During the last two days, the students were allowed to choose who they wished to scout. Hopkins spoke to the scouts about her experience working in baseball. Many listening to Hopkins talk about her journey to the big leagues found her words reassuring. “Her insight was incredible,” participant Sara Thibaut said. “Especially being the only major league woman scout, and just her advice, of staying the course.” Hopkins, who has been a member of the Mariners staff for almost four years, is the only full-time female MLB scout. “I’m really hopeful that through seminars like these that women, in particular, can gain a lot more working knowledge and therefore put them in a position to be strongly and seriously considered for jobs in baseball,” Mitchell said.




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Singing Hands Performance

All are welcomed to stop by the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, for a holiday performance including sign language and song. The performance will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

The Glendale Star publishes on Thursday. 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 Star’s coverage area, which is within the city of Glendale. 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. Thursday to be considered for the following Thursday publication. Submissions must be in writing and may be emailed to Madeleine Williamson,, or faxed to 623-935-2103.

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Women in Song present Holiday Favorites from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street. The singers will perform in the library’s auditorium. For more information, call 623-930-3573.

Pokemon League

Pokemon fans ages 7 to 12 are invited to drop by Velma Teahue Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, for a Pokemon tournament. The event will begin at 6:30 and include prizes. Participants are to meet in the meeting room. Registration is currently not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.

Paws to Read with Zoey

Stop by the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, for a 15-minute session with the library’s Golden Retriever friend. Readers between the ages 4 to 9 are invited to sign up to get a chance to read and hangout with Zoey. The program will take place in the Library’s Storytime Room of the library from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 623-930-3757.



Poinsettia in Vintage Truck

Stop by As You Wish, 9410 W. Hanna Lane A-109, to make a vintage truck planter. An instructor will be present from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to help guide people through the painting process. For more information, visit

Bluegrass Jam

Bring an acoustic instrument to the Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue, to play country, folk and gospel music. Players of all skill levels are welcome to meet in the Roadrunner Room from 1 to 3 p.m. Singers are also welcome to attend. For more information, call 623-9303844.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Ornaments

Visit the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, to make an old-fashioned Christmas ornament out of pinecones and acorns. Librarian Judy Coon will be present to help from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 623-930-3446.

Drop-in Fridays for Seniors

Seniors are invited to participate in the Drop-in Fridays for Seniors every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, for coloring, board games, puzzles, music, crafts, culture and more. For more information, call 623-930-3600 or 623-930-3446.



Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 333, will have free horse-drawn carriage rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Pick up and drop off will be near the AMC Theater. Make sure to dress warm and enjoy the ride. For more information, visit

Sonoran Swing Band

Sonoran Swing will perform live at Fountain Park, 6751 N. Sunset Bou-

Midwestern University: Holiday Concert

Come to an annual free holiday concert featuring Arizona Winds at Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Avenue. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium and include “Christmas Impressions.” For more information, visit



Come to As You Wish, 9410 W. Hanna Lane A-109, to celebrate the holidays. Come in, work together with your child and make a handprint ornament anytime between 9 to 10:30 a.m. For more information visit

Saturday Morning Run

Meet at Tortoise and Hare Sports, 17570 N. 75th Avenue, Suite 605, for a 3- to -6 mile run. All ability levels are welcome, and restrooms will be available. Participants should meet in front of the shop at 6 a.m. to talk about the route and prepare for the run. For more information, call 623792-7900.

Jingle Jam

Check out the annual Jingle Jam event at Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include food trucks, holiday performances, activities, giveaways, photo opportunities and more! For more information, visit



Sunday Funday Skate

Come to Great Skate, 10054 N. 43rd Avenue, for the Sunday Funday Skate. Stop by from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for a slice of cheese pizza and a small soft drink for $8. Every Sunday is a fun day at Great Skate. For more information, visit or call 623-842-1181.

Steelers vs. Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. Don’t miss this big game, kickoff will be at 2:25 p.m. For more details visit

Retriever friend. Readers are invited to sign up to get a chance to read and hangout with Zoey. The program will take place in the Creative Space area of the library from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 623930-4439.

Acoustic Jam

Bring an acoustic instrument to the Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue, to play in a round-robin style. Players of all skill levels are welcome to meet in the Roadrunner Room from 6 to 8 p.m. Audience members are also welcome to attend. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

Skate Westgate

Celebrate the holidays by skating at Westgate’s outdoor skating rink, 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard, suite 333. The rink is open from 3:30 to 10:45 p.m. November 8 through January 12 and includes 3,000 square feet of ice. For more information, visit

Photos With Santa

Latin Guitars

Experience some cultural guitar music at Fountain Park, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, from 7 to 10 p.m. The live performance will include music from Brazil, Barcelona, Venezuela and more. For more information, visit or call 623-385-7502.


Go get a photo with Santa at Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center. Santa will be available anytime between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Santa will be located on the lower level of JCPenney Court. For more information, visit

Monday Night Melodies

Enjoy music such as country, bluegrass, folk, oldies and world music at Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. musicians in 20-minute sessions will perform live music. For more information, call 623-930-3844.

Big Band Grandstand Holiday Concert

Musicians will perform a variety of popular holiday songs live at the Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue. The program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and anyone can come attend as a member of the audience. Tickets are for sale. For more information, email or call 632930-3844.



Holiday Lights Run

Meet at Tortoise and Hare Sports, 17570 N. 75th Avenue, Suite 605, for a 2- to -3 mile holiday light run from 6 to 8 p.m. All ability levels are welcome, and restrooms will be available. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided at the finish. For more information, call 623-792-7900.

Digital Help Spot

Learn how to get free downloadable books and audiobooks from the library at Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street. Bring a smartphone or other electronic device from 2 to 3 p.m. and meet in the library’s Creative Space. For more information, call 623-9303600.



The Next Band Jam

Stop by Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill, 6070 W. Bell Road, for musical entertainment every Tuesday night. All musicians and singers are welcome to participate in an open jam starting at 7 p.m. A PA system will be provided. For more information, call 602-547-9366 or visit

Paws to Read with Zoey

Stop by Heros Regional Park Library, 6075 N. 83rd Avenue, for a 15-minute session with the library’s Golden

dren ages 5 to 11 are invited to come make a snowman snow globe in the library’s Storytime Room from 4 to 5 p.m. The program is firstcome, first-serve. For more information, call 623-930-3600.



Homeschool Social

Homeschoolers are invited to stop by As You Wish Pottery, 9410 W. Hanna Lane A-109, to create a holiday cocoa mug. An instructor will be present to assist with painting. The special event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up at

Ricky Harris

Singer and songwriter Ricky Harris, will be performing live at Fountain Park, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale. His solo act will go from 7-9 p.m. and will include a mix between rock and blues. For more information visit or call 623-385-7502.

Coffeehouse: Harryzona and Friends

Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, will have live acoustic music performed by locals from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month’s music includes 1960s music. For more information, call 623-930-3573.



Henry Thompson and SWELL

Stop by to watch Henry Thompson and SWELL perform live at Fountain Park, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard. Enjoy a night of rock and classic rock from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit or call 623-385-7502 or visit instagram. com/henrythompsonmusic.

Frank Sinatra as Performed by Bart Ventura

Make and Take Teens: Thanksgiving Wreaths

Drop by the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, at anytime in the month of December to make personalized cards. The craft will be available to all teens in the Teen Zone. For more information, call 623-930-3600.


Children’s Author visit: Dawn Young

Drop by Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue, to meet children’s author Dawn Young. Children ages 3 to 8 are welcome to meet the author from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the library’s storytime room. The event will include dancing, singing, giveaways, and more. For more information, call 623-930-3600.

Bart Ventura will perform some well-known Frank Sinatra songs at Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, in the library’s Meeting Room. The event will go from 12 to 1 p.m. For more information, call 623-930-3446.

Citizenship Classes

Come to Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, to study for the U.S. citizenship test. The series of classes is sponsored by the International Rescue Committee and will be held every Wednesday through December 18 from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, contact or call 602-443-2440.

Wild Wednesday: Snowman Snow Globe

Come by the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, to participate in a Wild Wednesday activity. Chil-

Drop-in Fridays for Seniors

Seniors are invited to participate in the Drop-in Fridays for Seniors every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, for coloring, board games, puzzles, music, crafts, culture and more. For more information, call 623-930-3600 or 623-930-3446.

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A special kind of Santa is returning to Westgate BY APRIL MORGANROTH

Visiting Santa can easily turn into a nightmare for autism families.(Photo

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The twinkling lights, holiday cheers, dazzling displays and the booming music coupled with large crowds aren’t things most would even bat an eye at this time of year—unless, of course, you or a family member happen to be on the autism spectrum. In which case, things can easily and often do go awry very quickly. Something as simple as a visit to Santa during the holiday season can become a nightmare for a family with an autistic member. In fact, according to the Autism Speaks Arizona spokeswoman Heidi Naranjo, many families forego the Santa experience simply because it’s so traumatic. So often, siblings also miss out on holiday experiences, such as visiting Santa’s workshop nestled in front of AMC Theaters at Fountain Park on the north side of Westgate next to Buffalo Wild Wings. Westgate Entertainment District is making it a little easier for those families. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7, families with special-needs children are invited to visit the sensory-friendly Santa Workshop to see the big guy. Space is limited and slots fill up fast, according to Westgate Entertainment District spokeswoman Amber Liptai. To sign up, visit, click on the “Santa Cares: A Sensory-Friendly Santa Photo Experience” tab to be directed to the Eventbrite signup. Or by using this Autism Speaks link:

courtesy Autism Speaks) sensory-friendly-santa-westgate-entertainment-district.

“Families should know this is a free event and they can bring cameras and/ or cellphones take their own photos. We will be offering a professional photo package for a fee at the event,” Liptai explained. “For those families who will miss the allotted time slot, or when spots fill up, they are still welcomed to come visit the sensory-friendly Santa, it will just be with the general public instead. We will alert Santa he has a special package in line to see him.” Naranjo said Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs partnered with malls and shopping centers nationwide to dim Santa’s workshop lights, lower the sound of nearby tinkering elves and extend the time each child can spend with Santa. Many autistic children need to warm up to Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, before

approaching him. Santa will even get down to a child’s level on his famous Christmas red carpet in his shop, just to make an autistic child and family feel welcomed. “All families with children with autism and other special needs can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calmer environment,” Naranjo says. “We love having this opportunity to open Santa’s workshop, one day every holiday season for two hours so that families with sensory and autism needs can still experience Santa,” Liptai said.

Autism stats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s last report in 2014, roughly 1 in 71 children aged 8 were identified with an autism spectrum disorder in Arizona. It is 15% higher than its previous study where 1 in 59 children aged 8, were identified with ASD. Although the CDC estimates that number to be closer to 1 in 59 in Arizona, a spokesperson did say it can change once the new report is released in 2020. “Even though the rates of autism in Arizona seem to have gotten better from the last report, it is important to realize these numbers are only estimates,” said Dr. Christopher Smith, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center vice president and research director. “Given these rates are only based on 8-year-old children and people continue to get diagnosed with ASD after age SEE SANTA PAGE 19

West Valley Arts Council wins award, spreads culture BY GLENDALE STAR STAFF Known for becoming an employment powerhouse, the West Valley has another key asset. Arts and culture. Both of which are deeply embedded and supported by diverse and dedicated organizations and institutions. The arts and culture scene is, fittingly, led by the West Valley Arts Council. “A vibrant quality of life is what most businesses and families look for

when relocating to a new area,” says Bernadette Carroll, executive director of the West Valley Arts Council. “The West Valley Arts Council was born out of the need for arts and culture in the West Valley. Before there were city arts commissions, WVAC was the cultural connector to the cities, schools and local businesses.” Recently awarded the 2019 Best of the West Award for its work in the

community, WVAC serves as a prime example, celebrating 50 years of artistic cultivation in the West Valley. Established in 2006, WHAM is another notable West Valley incubator for artists. The nonprofit art organization represents upwards of 150 artists, many of whom have studios at WHAM. “WHAM provides not only traditional art classes to adults and children but works with underserved populations

to give them the means to be an active part of our society,” said Connie Whitlock, executive director of WHAM. “WHAM’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit certification brings art education to our community.” As part of WHAM’s community engagement, free classes are available to veterans. “Art: A Path To Healing” is offered once a month (with lunch) to SEE ARTS PAGE 20

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8, it is probably most accurate to consider the rates to be between 1.5 and 2% of the population.” However, Smith says the importance still lies with early detection and diagnosis. The CDC reports many children with ASD typically start to show autism symptoms and signs by age 3 and are diagnosed many times before entering kindergarten. But, some children remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to several factors, including lack of access to medical providers, long waitlists in Arizona, slowly developing symptoms or subtle signs easily missed by pediatricians, parents and community partners who have limited, little or no experience and knowledge about autism. SAARRC and the CDC report there are still disparity gaps in diagnosing children with ASD. Boys are 3.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD because parents will initiate a conversation with doctors about commonly thought typical-boy behaviors in school, which are later identified as ASD behaviors. Caucasian children are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed than Hispanic American children and African-American children are 1.9 times more likely to be diagnosed than Hispanic American children due to environmental factors. More than 90% of parents with ASD children had developmental concerns by the time their children were 3 years old, according to the CDC. Of that 90%, only 34% received comprehensive developmental evaluations by age 3. Many children don’t receive developmental services until after kindergarten starts. The Arizona autism community is discussing lowering the age of diagnosis to help target and address ASD services early on. Now Arizona children cannot have an official diagnosis until kindergarten. By then, many struggling families have given up on “normal” holiday traditions. This translates to and dictates how families maneuver and manage ASD symptoms during normal family functions, such as holiday traditions, like visiting Santa, Naranjo reported. She adds autism looks different in every child, which adds to the confusion and delay of an ASD diagnosis. “What might bug or traumatize one autistic child, may not another,”

Naranjo says. “Those little issues, like an A/C blowing too hard or lights are too bright, often change and morph as children age and learn to manage triggers.” Sometimes new triggers emerge as children age or environments change. Compounding these issues is the evolving definitions and diagnostic codes in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, also known as the DSM-5. Naranjo says this complicates how and when children are diagnosed because “autism truly looks different in every child and often, a child with autism looks normal. It’s not like a child with down syndrome or MS, where there is a physical and noticeable feature. Autism is more of a neurological, mental and socioemotional disorder. It’s something you just can’t ‘see,’ so to speak.”


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Westgate’s Santa knows every child well and knows what the children need, Liptai expressed. “His elves have taught him that sometimes he needs to wait for a child to come to him, and it could take 10 or more minutes before an autistic child is ready to walk up to him,” Naranjo adds. “Santa also knows some autistic children simply want to admire him from afar and are perfectly content with doing so. This special time at the Outlets in Anthem is designed specifically for a full family experience where the autistic child, siblings and entire family can experience the wonder and awe of Christmas and Santa in a less stressed and simulated environment before the shopping crowds show up.” As for Santa’s special holiday wish this year? “Ho, Ho, Ho, my wish for children who visit me this year is to show kindness, show politeness and show a smile to each other,” the jolly cheermeister said with a twinkle in his eye. “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my ‘special families’ and children of the world,” Santa added. Above all, he wants to promote holiday cheer in the eyes of families who previously were not able to experience a visit to his workshop. For more information please visit: or

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December 2019


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Business The Glendale Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following members for their support of the chamber and community.

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The Glendale Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following members and extends its gratitude for their support of the chamber and community. BHHS Legacy Foundation 602-778-1200

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New Chums lighten up on sophomore EP BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI Glendale Star Executive Editor

New Chums’ future is bright. But it isn’t just in reference to its career. The Gilbert-based band brightened its sound for its new EP “Future Towns.” “It’s a little lighter, maybe,” said guitarist Matt Lloyd of Gilbert. “It definitely has some poppiness to it.” New Chums’ musicians each bring their stamp of big guitars and relentlessly catchy lyrics to “Future Towns.” Lead singer/guitarist Seth Boyack took to Craigslist to find musicians after he moved here from California. Through the site, he found drummer Ben Hedlund, a Bostonian with a background in production. Eventually, they partnered with Lloyd, who relocated from Nashville, and bassist Cassandra Clark from Michigan. “Cassandra is probably one of the best bassists,” Boyack said. “She has great little hooks in everything she plays—but without getting Primus on me.” Hedlund describes her as his “favorite bass player.” “She brings a good energy to the band; one that we were lacking,” he said.

A Glendale resident, Clark giggles a bit when she hears the compliments. “I honestly don’t know what to do when they compliment me because it’s never happened,” she said with a laugh. “Future Towns” is New Chums’ second EP, the first being the 2017 effort “See It For Myself.” For “Future Towns,” the band once again teamed with producer Bob Hoag (Dear and the Headlights, Jared and the Mill) at his Downtown Mesa two-room studio, Flying Blanket Recording. “We love the vibe we got and we just really clicked with him,” Lloyd said. Clark sees a clear evolution when she hears “Future Towns.” “I think we feel really comfortable in our own skin,” she said. “I feel like we trusted ourselves a lot and we trusted the process. We really enjoyed recording, but there weren’t a lot of variables like what were we going to do when we got in there? “I think it comes with being in a band

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for a while, and everyone trusting each other to do what they’re supposed to do with their instruments.” She said Lloyd writes “some of the best riffs.” Boyack pens straight-forward “hits.” Hedlund is a true talent. Likened to The Strokes, Neon Trees and Jimmy Eat World, New Chums is in the studio working on a follow-up release after playing a handful of

shows to promote “Future Towns.” “My perspective has changed a little bit where the asset is the music,” Boyack said. “We’re trying to shorten the turnaround time (of an album) from two years to one to put out more music.” “We love the way the EP turned out, and we hope others will, too,” Lloyd adds.

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Hospice of the Valley provides support to parents BY LIN SUE COONEY Guest Writer

Fear, guilt and loneliness consumed Jamie Stutzman and Kathleen Muldoon, two working moms whose children require round-the-clock medical care. Stutzman’s 8-year-old daughter, Reesa, was born with a rare and acute neurological condition that damages the nervous system, causing stunted development, hearing loss, fevers and many other challenges. There’s no cure for Krabbe disease and treatment consists mostly of managing Reesa’s symptoms. Muldoon’s son, Gideon Dobson, who just turned 6, was born with severe brain damage, cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions. Tests confirmed Gideon was infected with CMV (cytomegalovirus) when Muldoon was pregnant. Both families credit Hospice of the Valley’s Pediatric Palliative Home Care program with giving them hope, strength and a sense of community to overcome the physical, emotional and social struggles of raising medically fragile children. “As a mom, my biggest fear is that something would happen to Reesa when I’m alone with her,” Stutzman says. “And that’s a scary thought. Because you think, ‘Is it going to be my fault? Did I not do something right?’ With Hospice of the Valley, I have 24hour support. “If Reesa is sick or acting a way that

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I know isn’t her normal, I can call and a nurse can come over to my house. I don’t need to put Reesa in a car and take her to the hospital or the pediatrician’s office. It’s all done here. Even her prescriptions are brought to our home.” Equally important, the Scottsdale mother of three adds, “I can be a mom and not a caregiver. That sense of comfort that I have 24/7 is really invaluable, and I don’t know what our family would do it without it.” Pam Ruzi is a Hospice of the Valley medical social worker who specializes in the unique needs of children with chronic, life-limiting illnesses. Because Hospice of the Valley offers the only perinatal, pediatric hospice

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especially doesn’t want to part with her beloved social worker. “It’s just so wonderful to know that we have someone who understands us and understands our family,” Muldoon says. “Pam has been such a great resource for finding support for our whole family. I can be a mom to Gideon and to my other two kids. It’s nice to know we’re not alone, that we can call Pam anytime we need.” She pauses for a moment and smiles. “I’m just happy to live in a place where people are able to hold my hand and even through the scary time, to know that there are people who understand you.” To learn more about Hospice of the Valley’s pediatric programs, call 602636-2232 or visit

and palliative care program in Arizona, she is a safety net for both Reesa and Lin Sue Cooney is Hospice of the Valley’s director of engagement. Gideon — and about 100 other pediatric outreach families in the Valley. Sean Dobson and Kathleen Muldoon with their son, “Our pediatric care proGideon Dobson. grams across the board provide so much support. There’s a huge security because once on our programs, all they need to do is pick up a phone and call,” Ruzi says. “We’re going to come into the home and we’re going to provide comfort.” Muldoon turned down a job offer out of the state “because it didn’t have the kind of support that Hospice of the Valley provides. The pediatric palliative care has been invaluable to support us in our home. I don’t think that we could function as we want to as a family without that kind of support.” And the Peoria mom

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The eyes have it: Alas, no more z’s (snooze alarm) 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

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“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 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.


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Cactus science teacher receives Fiesta Bowl Charities grant BY ERIC NEWMAN

Glendale Star Staff Writer

Kristine Record, a science teacher at Cactus High School, was one of 200 educators in Arizona to win a $5,000 grant from the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Program. Record teaches a human physiology course for Cactus, who partners with GateWay Community College for dual enrollment credit, mainly for those who wish to pursue a career in the medical field. She filled out an online application citing the potential use of new body part models she can use for years to teach lessons. Now she has the prosthetic arm showing every muscle and ligament. It is increasing her students’ learning immensely. But, many of the other aspects of physiology and anatomy are taught with paper, colored drawings, internet videos and other teaching tools. While these other methods suf-

Kristine Record, a science teacher at Cactus High School, was one of 200 educators in Arizona to win a $5,000 grant from the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Program. (Submitted photo)

fice, they pale in comparison to having a model students can touch, take apart and rebuild. “It’s really exciting because there is so much we can do with it and these things last a really long time if they’re taken care of properly,” Record said.

A press release from the Fiesta Bowl Charities shared gratitude for teachers throughout the state. The money granted is just a way of saying “thank you,” in a different way. “Teachers are so important in shaping today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. They work tirelessly and selflessly every day, giving not only their time but often money from their own pockets,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “Wishes for Teachers supports, honors and celebrates Arizona’s teachers for their commitment to our children and donating $1 million to Arizona’s teachers, provides resources they have only wished to have in the past.” Winning the grant was surprising to Record because as she filled out the application, she doubted she would win anything. She said nearly every weekend she trolls the internet looking for grant opportunities: Hoping

odds are on her side when she fills out a high volume of grant requests, so much so - one will catch “every-so-often”. She forgot all about filling it out but remembered when somebody told her the Fiesta Bowl Charities would stream an online announcement show. She received a call from a group volunteer while the students at her other job – a night class at Glendale Community College – was in the middle of an exam. “It was really exciting, but I had to kind of whisper it because they were testing still and I didn’t want to make a scene,” she said. Although the Cactus teacher is unsure exactly what products she will purchase with the grant money she reports the students will benefit from it. “I can’t explain how thrilled I was to hear (she won),” Record said. “This can go a long way.”

Cactus High school finally receives an ‘A’ grade BY ERIC NEWMAN

Glendale Star Staff Writer

Cactus High School, a Peoria Unified School District school located in Glendale, received an “A” grade for its accomplishments and test scores in the past academic year. The Arizona State Board of Education released its A-F letter grades for the 2018-19 school year on Oct. 31. The formula used to determine school labels uses a wide range of academic measures, including results from the AzMERIT  test and overall academic growth. Cactus was on the brink of an “A” for a while now, narrowly missing the mark year-after-year. “We’d been so close, and to finally see it come to fruition is just amazing and we’re thrilled,” said principal Kristi Hammer. Cactus, with around 1,300 students, has the lowest enrollment of any high school in the Peoria Unified School District. With lower numbers, come

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fewer staff and resources. But, Hammer said the smaller size has actually motivated each staff member to work harder, putting in extra effort to make sure every kid has a chance to grow and learn. “When you have fewer students, every single one matters for the scores and our success,” Hammer said. “So we have to be aware of each of their

needs and cater in the right way.” Hammer said an extra emphasis was placed on getting students ready for the standardized tests. AzMERIT, she said, takes place a month before the course actually ends. Thus, teachers were challenged to get right to the point in quicker fashion, and they succeeded. “We had to cut out some of the fat,

and get right to the point of preparing the kids for the exams,” Hammer said. In preparation for the Cactus football team’s final regular-season contest against Peoria High, the school held an assembly. The entire school was surprised with the news of the grade. Hammer said the recognition as an “A’ school garnered as much positive response as the football team did before the game against its most heated rival. The students and staff are proud of the accomplishment. But, as Hammer said, it is just a start. “It’s not about getting to this point as much as it is about staying at an ‘A’,” Hammer said. “But for now we’re really excited about what we’ve done.” Cactus is one of five PUSD schools to receive the highest grade. Also recognized were Centennial, Ironwood, Liberty and Sunrise Mountain. The other three high schools – Peoria Flex, Peoria High and Raymond S. Kellis – received “B” grades.

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O.U.R. Phoenix Rescue Run to fight human trafficking BY CARRIE SNIDER

Glendale Star Contributing Writer

Organizers of an upcoming 5k race in Peoria have two goals: raise awareness about human trafficking and raise funds to battle the problem. The race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue. The kid’s run starts at 9:50 a.m. Registration includes a medal, T-shirt, raffle entry, snacks, photos to download and free kids zone for racers. Registration is $40 in advance or $45 on race day. Kids run registration is $15 in advance or $20 on race day. All proceeds go to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) to prevent human trafficking. For more information and to register, visit ourphoenixrescuerun. com. The first three years of the event raised a total of $38,000, used in efforts to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. So far 650 volunteers and runners are slated to participate in the race, raising $19,000. Local businesses including Knight Trucking and Swift Trucking sponsor the event.

Trista Kruckenberg is the O.U.R. Phoenix Rescue Run event director. She said until recently, she was oblivious to the human trafficking problem in the U.S. Several years ago, her friend in another state put on a 5k run to benefit O.U.R., and Kruckenberg followed the progress on social media. That’s also when she learned about the issue of human trafficking. “I didn’t even know this was a problem in our world,” she said. “It’s such a dark thing, it’s not really on people’s radar.”

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Later, she came across Elizabeth Smart’s book about her first-hand account of being abducted and enduring being raped by her captor for months. Kruckenberg said the story inspired her to dig deeper into the subject. “The more I learned, I realized good people don’t even know what’s going on,” she said. “It’s been eye-opening. We just go through our day to day and life seems good and safe, but for so many, it’s not that way.” Kruckenberg wondered what she could do to help. She reached out to her friend and found out how she could put on a similar 5k here in the Phoenix area. That was four years ago, the first year the O.U.R. Phoenix Rescue Run was put on. Since then, it’s grown and the money raised has helped free children who were enslaved and assisted in rehabilitation efforts. O.U.R., a national nonprofit founded in 2013, hosts various events all over the country to raise funds, and it also partners with law enforcement to rescue those trapped in human trafficking. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. According to O.U.R., human trafficking is $150 billion industry and is set to surpass drugs in the next couple of years. Over 30 million people sold

in trafficking with 2 million being children who are sold as sex slaves. Nicki Blackhurst is the O.U.R. Arizona volunteer team leader who assists Kruckenberg with the Peoria race, and also holds other events in Arizona to spread the message of human trafficking. “We try to educate the community on various things, even beyond human trafficking, like how to keep your kids safe on the internet, how to get involved on a local level with aftercare, how kids are being targeted in Arizona, and of course what human trafficking looks like in Arizona,” Blackhurst said. In October, O.U.R. Arizona hosted “The Music and the Message” with keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart and various artists, including Rosevelt Sings and William Joseph. O.U.R. Arizona also hosted its first-ever gala in April, which featured Tim Ballard, founder of O.U.R., and musician Lindsey Stirling. Through these events, many people in Arizona are learning how to spot human trafficking and also donating to help the cause. Blackhurst added that about 40 percent of the missions for O.U.R. is funded by people who donate monthly. “Human trafficking in Arizona is very real,” Blackhurst said. “In fact, my husband reported it just last weekend while at a small park in Ahwatukee while he was there with my son. Predators are getting bolder every day. They mostly target our children online through various apps and gaming, although you will see the occasionally attempted kidnapping.” Blackhurst praised the Mesa Police Department for a sting that arrested more than 25 alleged pedophiles. “Mesa PD went undercover and posed as teenage girls to lure them out.” Blackhurst said For more information about O.U.R. and human trafficking, visit ourrescue. org.

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West Valley Girl Scout earns prestigious Gold Award BY ANNELISE KRAFFT Guest Columnist

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

Emma Parry won a Gold Award for her Girl Scouts project on anti-bullying. (Photo courtesy Emma Parry)

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 13-year 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. “We grew up together and I was able to share the theater with one of them, Kenzie Norris. She also goes to NAU and we’re even in our school’s theater club together now!” Above all else, Parry credits Girl Scouts for helping her learn about herself. “I would have never taken on a project like this without Girl Scouts’ encouragement,” Parry expressed. “Girl Scouts gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself.” To read more about Parry’s Gold Award project, visit her website at For information on upcoming meetings visit or calli GSACPC at 602-452-7040.



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Glendale dance teacher nominated for award BY ALISON STANTON Glendale Star Contributing Writer

Katie Wilson took her first dance class at the tender age of 3. “I started with the tap and ballet combo class and immediately loved it,” she said. As she grew up, Wilson never lost her passion for dance. The Glendale resident is now the Dance Director and Varsity Spiritline Assistant Coach at Cactus High School. Recently, Wilson received some very exciting news: someone nominated her for a National Dance Instructor of the Year award. Twenty-nine dance teachers from across the country are in Katie Wilson has been nominated for the National Dance Instructor of the Year award. (Photo courtesy Katie Wilson) the running for the fifth annual award, which is being presented by on everything from choreography to Greatmats. lighting,” she said. The award honors instructors who Wilson said her favorite styles of have made a positive impact in the dance to teach are jazz and contempolives of their students and communi- rary. ties. “I think these two genres are differVicki Lopez of Desert West Dance in ent enough that I get to see each of my Goodyear was also nominated for the students display his or her personality award; the winner will be announced while performing,” she said, adding on Dec. 13. teaching is truly an adventure because Learning she was nominated was not no two days are the same. only a tremendous surprise for Wilson, “It is a great deal of fun for students but it was also quite mysterious. and me to see each other perform a “I was excited and grateful to hear variety of genres. And it is an honsomeone would take the time to sub- or to have the opportunity to support mit my name. This is such a big secret students as they work towards their I have no idea who did it,” Wilson goals.” said, adding she has taught dance for While Wilson definitely has fond six years, five of them at Cactus High memories of those first dance classes School. she took as a very young girl, she said “I actually attended Cactus as a stu- she has grown to love dance even more dent so having the opportunity to teach as an adult—in part because it allows here and give back to this school and her the opportunity to express herself community has meant so much to me in a creative way. has been an amazing experience,” she “Being a dancer has given me not said. only endurance, strength, and knowl“It is a complete dream to be able to edge, but it has also given me configo to work every day and get to share dence and poise in front of an audimy passion with a new generation of ence,” she said. dancers.” “I am truly grateful to have the opWilson currently teaches three lev- portunity to help young men and womels of dance: beginning, advanced and en develop these same skills as part of performance. She works with high my teaching.” school students of all ages, ranging For more information about the from freshmen to seniors. Greatmats National Dance Instructor “As the dance director I have the of the Year award, visit opportunity to work with my students

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RESOLUTIONS CITY OF GLENDALE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City of Glendale Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on December 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Glendale Council Chambers Building, 5850 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, Arizona, to hear the following: WEST 303 CROSSING REZONING APPLICATION ZON19-14: A request by Jeff Hunter/Mike Buschbacher on behalf of Hunter Engineering, Inc. representing property owner Kelvin D. Moss, for the rezoning of approximately 76 acres from RU-43 (Rural-43 – One Acre Per Dwelling Unit) to PAD (Planned Area Development) to enable the development of approximately 1,250,000 square feet of industrial distribution uses. The site is located at the northeast corner of Sarival and Maryland Avenues and is adjacent to the Yucca District (currently pending annexation). Staff Contact: Lisa Collins, Planning Administrator (623) 930- 2800. ROVEY PARK PRELIMINARY PLAT PP19-02: A request by Ty Wilson, HilgartWilson, LLC, representing KMK, LLC., for a preliminary plat known as “Rovey Park”. The proposal, located on a 15.4-acre property, includes 43 singlefamily residential lots. The minimum lot size is 60’ by 125’. The site is located at the northeast corner of 89 th Avenue and Orangewood Avenue in the Yucca District (8806 West Emil Rovey Parkway). Staff Contact: Lisa Collins, Planning Administrator (623) 930-2800. Copies of all applications, exhibits, and documents are available for public review at the Development Services Department, 5850 West Glendale Avenue, Second Floor, Glendale, Arizona, between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm weekdays or will be available online at 862 after 6:00pm the Friday prior to the public meeting. For further information, please call the case staff contact at the number listed above or (623) 930-2800. Interested parties are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. FOR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS Please contact Diana Figueroa at (623) 930-2808 or at least three working days prior to the meeting if you require special accommodations due to a disability. Hearing impaired persons should call (623) 9302197. CITY OF GLENDALE Kevin R. Phelps City Manager Publish: December 5, 2019 The Glendale Star Published Glendale Star Dec 5, 2018 / 26453 RESOLUTION NO. R19-142 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AND ACCEPT A PROPERTY USE LICENSE FROM SALT RIVER PROJECT FOR A WATERLINE REPLACEMENT BETWEEN 51ST THROUGH 54TH AVENUES ALONG MARYLAND AVENUE. WHEREAS, the City requires a Property Use License from Salt River Project Agricultural and Improvement and Power District to install a replacement waterline; WHEREAS, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District review of project design plans resulted in requirement of City to replace a waterline undercrossing between 51st through 54th avenues along Maryland Avenue; WHEREAS, the City has determined that the Property Use License would benefit the citizens of Glendale and be in the public interest. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE as follows: SECTION 1. That the City Manager or his designee is hereby authorized to execute and accept a Property Use License from Salt River Agricultural Improvement and Power District. Said Property Use License is on file with the City Clerk. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, this 26th day of November, 2019. [Jerry P. Weiers] Mayor Jerry P. Weiers ATTEST: [Julie K. Bower] Julie K. Bower, City Clerk (SEAL) APPROVED AS TO FORM: [Michael D. Bailey] Michael D. Bailey, City Attorney REVIEWED BY: [Kevin R. Phelps] Kevin R. Phelps, City Manager. Published Glendale Star Dec 5, 2018 / 26451

City and to appropriate and spend public monies for and in conjunction with economic development activities; and CLASSIFIEDS WHEREAS, Cardon is the developer of a master-planned development generally located near 75 th Avenue and the State Route 101 (Agua Fria) Freeway (the “Loop 101”), which lies within the City’s municipal boundaries; and WHEREAS, Cardon and the City wish to enter into a Development Agreement to define responsibilities of Cardon and the City in respect to transportation improvements, including traffic flow improvements in and around Aspera Boulevard and 75 th Avenue. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE as follows: SECTION 1. That it is deemed in the best interest of the City of Glendale and its citizens that the City of Glendale enters into a Development Agreement with CDG Joy 1, LLC (“Cardon”) concerning traffic improvements near Aspera Boulevard and 75 th Avenue, and the Agreement is now on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Glendale. SECTION 2. That the City Manager and City Clerk are authorized and directed to execute and deliver such agreement on behalf of the City of Glendale. (Signatures on the following page) PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, this 26 th day of November, 2019. [Jerry P. Weiers] Mayor Jerry P. Weiers ATTEST: [Julie K. Bower] Julie K. Bower, City Clerk (SEAL) APPROVED AS TO FORM: [Michael D. Bailey] Michael D. Bailey, City Attorney REVIEWED BY: [Kevin R. Phelps] Kevin R. Phelps, City Manager. Published Glendale Star, Dec 5, 2019 / 26456


RESOLUTIONS RESOLUTION NO. R19-140 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, DECLARING THE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF VOTES CAST IN THE CITY OF GLENDALE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD NOVEMBER 5, 2019; DECLARING THE RESULTS OF TWO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT QUESTIONS; AND ORDERING THAT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE RESOLUTION BE RECORDED. WHEREAS, the City of Glendale held a Special Election Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for the purpose of amending two sections of the City Charter; and WHEREAS, A.R.S. § 16642 requires that the City Council canvass the returns of the election not less than six (6) days nor more than twenty (20) days following the election; and WHEREAS, the City Council having canvassed the returns of the November 5, 2019 Special Election, finds the returns to be as stated in this resolution. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE as follows: SECTION 1. That the total number of ballots rejected was ____Exhibit A). SECTION 2. That the total number of votes cast at said Special Election, as shown by the Precinct Canvass report was _____ (Exhibit B). SECTION 3. That the votes cast for the two Charter amendment questions were as follows: PROPOSITION 424 Shall Article II, Section 8 of the Glendale City Charter be amended to replace all existing language and to provide: Effective January 1, 2020, the annual salary for council members will be one percent (1%) less than the median annual salary of City of Glendale employees. The mayor’s salary will be thirty percent (30%) greater than the council members’ annual salary. The city manager or the city manager’s designee will review the salary of the mayor and council members on an annual basis to ensure compliance with this formula. VOTE TOTAL YES 6,298 NO 17,563 PROPOSITION 425 Shall Article IX, Section 5 of the Glendale City Charter be amended to replace all existing language and to provide: Primary elections will be held in even numbered years and on the dates as required by the laws of this state. VOTE TOTAL YES 16,238 NO 7,243 SECTION 4. That it is found, determined, and declared of record that the following that Proposition 424 amending Article II, Section 8 of the Glendale City Charter was defeated and Proposition 425 amending Article IX, Section 5 of the Glendale City Charter was approved.            SECTION 5. That Exhibits A through C attached to this resolution include a detailed canvass of vote for the November 5, 2019 Special Election. SECTION 6. That the City Clerk is instructed and authorized to forward a certified copy of this resolution for recording to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, this 12 th day of November, 2019. [Jerry P. Weiers] Mayor Jerry P. Weiers ATTEST: [Julie K. Bower] Julie K. Bower, City Clerk (SEAL) APPROVED AS TO FORM: [Michael D. Bailey] Michael D. Bailey, City Attorney REVIEWED BY: [Kevin R. Phelps] Kevin R. Phelps, City Manager- PUBLISHING DATE DECEMBER 5, 2019. Glendale Star. 26455 RESOLUTION NO. R19-143 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE ENTERING INTO OF A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH CDG JOY 1, LLC (“CARDON”) CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS GENERALLY LOCATED NEAR THE ASPERA BOULEVARD DEVELOPMENT; AND DIRECTING THAT THE DEVELOPMENT BE RECORDED. WHEREAS, the City is authorized pursuant to Article I, Section 3 of its Charter and A.R.S. §§ 9500.05 and 9.500.11 to enter into economic development agreements with businesses or landowners located in the City and to appropriate and spend public monies for and in conjunction with economic development activities; and WHEREAS, Cardon is the developer of a master-planned development generally located near 75 th Avenue and the State Route 101 (Agua Fria) Freeway (the “Loop 101”), which lies within the City’s municipal boundaries; and WHEREAS, Cardon and the City wish to enter into a Development Agreement to define responsibilities of Cardon and the City in


RESOLUTION NO. R19-141 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE ENTERING INTO AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH MARICOPA COUNTY, THE CITIES OF AVONDALE, CHANDLER, PEORIA, SCOTTSDALE, SURPRISE, TEMPE, AND THE TOWN OF GILBERT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONSORTIUM FOR THREE YEARS TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING UNDER THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. WHEREAS, the N a t i o n a l A f f o r d a b l e H o u s i n g A ct provides that units of local government that are geographically contiguous may for a consortium for the purposes of receiving an allocation to participate in the HOME Investment Partnership Program to be funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; and, WHEREAS, cooperating in a consortium, municipalities may as a group become eligible participants in the HOME Program. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, as follows: SECTION 1. That the City Council of the City of Glendale hereby authorizes the entering into of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Maricopa County, the cities of Avondale, Chandler, Peoria, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, and the town Of Gilbert to participate in a Consortium for three years to receive federal funding under the HOME investment Partnership Program. SECTION 2. That the Mayor or City Manager and the City Clerk be authorized and directed to execute and deliver said amendment on behalf of the City of Glendale. [Signatures on the following page] PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, this 26th day of November, 2019. [Jerry P. Weiers] Mayor Jerry P. Weiers ATTEST: [Julie K. Bower] Julie K. Bower, City Clerk (SEAL) APPROVED AS TO FORM: [Michael D. Bailey] Michael D. Bailey, City Attorney REVIEWED BY: [Kevin R. Phelps] Kevin R. Phelps, City Manager. Publis Glendale Star, Dec 5, 2019 / 26449 RESOLUTION NO. R19-144 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AND ACCEPT A PROPERTY USE LICENSE FROM SALT RIVER PROJECT FOR A WATERLINE REPLACEMENT BETWEEN 43RD THROUGH 51ST AVENUES ALONG CAMELBACK ROAD. WHEREAS, the City requires a Property Use License from Salt River Project Agricultural and Improvement and Power District to install a replacement waterline; WHEREAS, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District review of project design plans resulted in requirement of City to replace a waterline undercrossing between 43rd through 51st avenues along Camelback Road; WHEREAS, the City has determined that the Property Use License would benefit the citizens of Glendale and be in the public interest. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE as follows: SECTION 1. That

al Improvement and Power District review of project design plans resulted in requirement of City to replace a waterCLASSIFIEDS line undercrossing between 43rd through 51st avenues along Camelback Road; WHEREAS, the City has determined that the Property Use License would benefit the citizens of Glendale and be in the public interest. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE as follows: SECTION 1. That the City Manager or his designee is hereby authorized to execute and accept a Property Use License from Salt River Agricultural Improvement and Power District. Said Property Use License is on file with the City Clerk. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, this 26th day of November, 2019. [Jerry P. Weiers] Mayor Jerry P. Weiers ATTEST: [Julie K. Bower] Julie K. Bower, City Clerk (SEAL) APPROVED AS TO FORM: [Michael D. Bailey] Michael D. Bailey, City Attorney REVIEWED BY: [Kevin R. Phelps] Kevin R. Phelps, City Manager Published Glendale Star, Dec. 5, 2019 / 26446

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT LUKE AIR FORCE BASE – GLENDALE, ARIZONA The U.S. Air Force (USAF) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact to solicit any comments that the public may have. This Draft EA addresses the potential environmental impacts from modifications to wastewater management and the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Glendale, Arizona. The environmental impact analysis process for this EA was conducted in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality regulations pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. The project is necessary as the current system of wastewater treatment is insufficient to meet the mission of Luke AFB. The Proposed Action consists of connecting Luke AFB’s wastewater collection system with the City of Glendale’s wastewater treatment system. Alternative actions would involve military construction funding to demolish the existing treatment facility and construct a new state-of-the-art facility in the same area, or to upgrade the existing system and facilities to ‘like new’ conditions.

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