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Peoria a stop for ‘moving’ Vietnam memorial wall BY MAXIMO AGUILAR LAWLOR Peoria Times Staff Writer

Inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., are the names of 58,000 fallen Vietnam-era soldiers. A half-size replica of that memorial — The Traveling Wall — and the names it contains are slated to hit the city of Peoria this fall. Ironwood District Councilman Bill Patena was the leading force and inspiration in bringing the wall to Peoria. From visiting both the Washington, D.C., memorial in person and seeing The Moving Wall in person, Patena gave a lot of thought when pursuing this project. He knew that he had to bring it home.

“First of all, I want to give the opportunity for everyone in the West Valley who has not had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., or to see The Moving Wall and experience it,” Patena said. “The second reason is I’m hoping we’re going to get a ton of young adults — high school kids and some grade school kids — to come out and look at the wall. When you fight a war half a world away, life in the United States goes on just like every other day — you go to the movies, you go to the park, you go out to dinner — and people half a world away are getting either wounded or killed.” The Moving Wall will occupy Rio Vista Park from Thursday, September 5, through Monday, September 9.

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“Those 58,000 names — when you look at them and you touch that wall and see what devastation war is — I think it’s going to give some of these kids and even some adults the opportunity to see how devastating war is to this country,” Patena said. The Moving Wall has traveled the United States since 1984, during which it has made its way into the hearts of veterans and families from all across the nation. Bob Moss, special events supervisor, is one of the individuals who oversee The Moving Wall’s inclusion in Peoria. He said the city will always be adamant in supporting and celebrating the nation’s troops and veterans. SEE VIETNAM PAGE 3

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More than three months after an explosion at an Arizona Public Service (APS) substation in Surprise injured four Peoria firefighters, the source of the incident remains to be determined. An incident report, recently released by the Surprise Fire-Medical Department and obtained by Peoria Times, further detailed the response procedures to the April 19 incident at the McMicken Energy Storage facility near Deer Valley Road and Grand Avenue. But few new details surfaced. The investigation is still in progress. And the four injured Peoria firefighters — Capt. Hunter Clare, Engineer Justin Lopez and firefighters Matt Cottini and Jake Ciulla — are still SEE FIREFIGHTERS PAGE 6 The latest breaking news and top local stories in Peoria!

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Southwest Gas warns customers of digging BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF

Southwest Gas is warning customers of the dangers associated with digging into a utility line and encourage customers to know what’s below — call 811 before you dig. Most people are unaware that natural gas, electricity, communications, water and other types of utility lines that communities rely on run through corridors directly underneath them. Many of which may be buried just a few inches below ground. However, too many people in the

United States may dig this year without first having underground utility-owned lines properly marked. This can cause interruption of service to customers and, more importantly, poses an extreme safety risk to the person digging. Southwest Gas reminds the public that a natural gas leak can be detected by a distinct sulfur-like odor, like rotten eggs, even if it’s faint or momentary. Unusual hissing or roaring coming from the ground or an above-ground pipeline, bubbling water and discolored plants or grass sur-

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rounding a pipeline can also be signs of a leak. Contact Arizona 811 from anywhere in Arizona at least two full working days prior to digging. Arizona 811 will send the utility companies out to the site to locate and mark the underground lines, pipes and cables at, or near, a planned dig site. Customers can

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one simple call to 811 gets underground utility-owned lines marked for free. Whether you’re a homeowner or professional excavator, every digging job requires a call — even small projects — so be sure to: • Call 811 at least two working days before starting any digging project • Wait for the site to be marked • Respect the marks • Dig with care

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Peoria police have launched an investigation into a rear-end crash that officers said caused “serious injury.” A 57-year-old woman who was driving the rear-ended vehicle received serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, having to be extricated from her car for transport to a local hospital. The 23-year-old man who was driving the vehicle that rear-ended the woman, as well a 21-year-old woman who was riding with him, received nonlife-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. According to police, the crash occurred at West Northern and North 87th avenues around 3 a.m. August 9. Police and fire-medical personnel responded. Per the preliminary investigation, police determined both vehicles — a black Volkswagen and a dark green Toyota — were eastbound on Northern Avenue. Police said the Volkswagen was behind the Toyota, but upon driving “at a high rate of speed” the former

rear-ended the leading vehicle, went off the road and into a wall. Though the Peoria Police Department’s traffic services unit is still investigating, officers believe impairment was a factor. The driver of the Volkswagen was processed for DUI while at the hospital but not arrested. Police also said the Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted during response, as ADOT had provided notification that a vehicle of similar appearance to the Volkswagen had driven the wrong way on an exit ramp from Northern Avenue to the Loop 101. That vehicle, not witnessed by officers to be the Volkswagen, reportedly corrected itself and exited back onto Northern Avenue. Officers, however, believe the vehicles may be the same, though they are considered separate incidents. Officers also clarified the rear-end incident was incorrectly reported by some witnesses as having been the result of a vehicle driving the wrong way.

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“If you’ve listened to the council and the mayor in the past several years, they’ve put a heavy emphasis on veterans and veteran services in our community, and they just wanted to bring something that brings attention to that,” Moss said. Patena has a soft spot in his heart when it comes to the Vietnam War, and each time he has visited The Moving Wall, he’s kept the spectacle close to his heart. “(The Vietnam War) was the war I grew up with. That was the war going on when I was a youngster, and I remember listening to Walter Cronkite every day giving the body count, and that was what that war was all about — a body count,” Patena said. “I just feel that when you approach the wall, it becomes eerily quiet and there is just a feeling of reverence.” Because the public response was not positive when the troops returned from Vietnam, Patena wants to offer his gratitude to those veterans for the service they gave the United States. “They did not get the welcome back they deserved to get. They were asked to do a job and they did it,” Patena said. “That was a time in this country that was just a ton of turmoil. A bunch of people against the war, for the war — the country was in a mess. My inspiration was to be able to officially say to the Vietnam veterans, ‘Welcome home. You were called to duty, and you went and you fought and you didn’t make any judgments. You just did what you had to do.’ Certainly the cost of freedom is not free. My inspiration was to really thank the Vietnam veterans for what they accomplished and for what


they did and for their service to our country.” The Moving Wall and its information desk will be open 24 hours a day. So, Moss said the city of Peoria needs volunteers — 18 and older — to help out with operation of the wall. “We’re looking for people to man the information desk, and we’re also looking for people to assist folks that are visiting in finding specific names and their locations on the wall,” Moss said. “We have everything broken down into fourhour shifts. Meals will be provided.” The city is also looking for outside help to feed volunteers. “We’re also looking for businesses, restaurants (and) groups to provide meals on the days that the wall is here,” Moss said. A free opening ceremony for The Moving Wall is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, September 5. Patena, several Vietnam veterans, Mayor Cathy Carlat and a representative from Luke Air Force Base will be present. There will also be an F-35 flyover. Veterans’ services will be available at all times for those who will have trouble viewing the exhibit. “We are hoping that folks from all over the West Valley — all of Phoe-

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Leone’s memorial approaching The family of former Pine District Councilman Carlo “Rocky” Leone would like to invite city staff members and the public to a memorial service and reception on Saturday, August 17, to honor his life and legacy. Leone served Peoria for 20 years as a councilmember for the Pine District. He is survived by his four children, 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The memorial will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, located at 8615 W. Peoria Avenue. The reception will immediately follow the memorial service at Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street.

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Peoria Unified School District schools started the new school year on August 7. Picking up and dropping off little ones at schools can be hectic for students and their parents. Long lines, confusion and frustration can lead to

dangerous behaviors by both students and drivers. Peoria Unified School District and Peoria Traffic Engineering work closely to minimize the negative impact on families, as well as the surrounding communities, while still maintaining the safety of children. Remember to slow down in school zones, yield to children in the crosswalks and do not drive distracted. To ensure the safety of all students, the Peoria Police Department will strictly enforce traffic safety and parking violations in school zones.

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Forgery, identity theft suspects on the run Billy’s Place holding butterfly release event BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF


Local police are searching for a man and woman suspected of committing forgery and identity theft at a host of stores across Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Peoria police described Lucas Gross, 39, as being 6 feet tall and 200225 pounds, white, having brown hair, brown eyes and possibly a scruffy beard. Amanda Silbar, 28, is reportedly 5-foot-1 and 130-150 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Gross and Silbar are accused of cashing dozens of fraudulent checks at the Valley stores between August 2018 and March 2019. No known vehicle is associated with the suspects. Police are asking anyone who has information regarding the incidents or who knows the suspects’ whereabouts to contact Detective Miller at 623-773-8994, the Peoria Police Department tip line at 623-773-7045 or, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377).

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Capt. Hunter Clare has served for 15 years. (Photos courtesy Peoria Fire-Medical)

Engineer Justin Lopez has served for 12.5 years.

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recovering. “All four of our firefighters are home and undergoing physical therapy,” Peoria Deputy Fire Chief Brewster said. “They still have a long road to recovery; however, they are improving daily.” Brewster declined further interviews. Peoria Fire-Medical spokesman Mi-

chael Selmer said at an April 22 press conference that Lopez sustained nose, skull, rib, right-leg tibia and fibula fractures as well as a collapsed lung. Clare suffered bilateral ankle and thoracic fractures, a possible wrist fracture, multiple burns and lacerations, and a scapula injury. Cottini suffered head and jaw lac-

erations and burns as well as a knee injury. He was released from the hospital the day after the incident but readmitted with severe headaches the following morning. Ciulla received minor burns and lacerations, and was also released and readmitted that weekend with “full body aches and pains,” Selmer said. Four Surprise firefighters were also injured during the incident, though they were at the time only held for observation, according to Surprise Fire Marshal Keith Tanner. According to the new document, the incident began with reports of smoke. Fire crews including HazMat responded. First responders witnessed “a steady stream of smoke” coming from a building south of the substation before the eventual explosion, which injured the eight firefighters. They were transported to local hospitals. In the report it was noted that fire personnel from Glendale, El Mirage, Phoenix, Sun City and Goodyear as well as the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority assisted during the response. No APS employees were injured in the incident, APS spokeswoman Jill Hanks previously told Peoria Times. But the lithium-ion battery facility will not return to operation, she added on August 7. However, the monetary value of APS’ losses have not been confirmed publicly. According to Hanks, APS does not publicly disclose asset values of this time. Though the damage is too severe, customers have not been impacted.

According to an August 8 press release, the most recent issued by APS, the investigation remains a partnership between APS, first responders, the system integrator, manufactures and third-party engineering and safety experts to investigate. The cause of the “catastrophic (system) failure” is unknown. However, the first phase of the investigation is reportedly complete, with all major equipment including 378 battery modules removed from the building. During the current second phase of the investigation, APS will conduct a “comprehensive forensic analysis of key components from the storage system.” Officials will also recreate the event timeline to determine what contributed to the system failure. Some components — from a rack believed to be the source of the failure — have been removed and sent to a Scottsdale lab for examination. They will then be sent to a forensic lab in Michigan. Results are expected next month. The energy provider issued the following statement: “We greatly appreciate the hard work and bravery of the first responders who were involved. “While the recovery of the first responders injured on scene during the incident remains top of mind for all involved with the investigation, their progress and status will not be included in these updates.” To follow APS’ investigation, visit

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desert beauty and its elevation offers some of the most stunning views in the Valley. It will truly become North Peoria’s desert sanctuary,” Hammons added. Northpointe at Vistancia is intended to offer a sense of adventure unique in its beauty, diversity and design. The natural elevated living environment, community lifestyle and serenity, with miles of open space away from the

city, will connect residents to nature and offer ample opportunities to enjoy the natural surroundings and escape in its tranquility. Vistancia is located in Peoria. Take Loop 303 to Lone Mountain Parkway (exit 127). The Vistancia Information Center is located at the guard-gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia. For information about Northpointe at Vistancia, visit

Family and Youth Resource Fair coming to Peoria BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF Peoria’s nonprofit partners and other organizations will be on deck from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, to provide services, education presentations, information handouts and giveaways for the whole family. The Family and Youth Resource Fair will be held at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. The event will cover topics such as financial planning; employment — workforce development, training and employment services; health care — behavioral health, WIC and dental; youth — recreational programs, care and welfare; education — traditional and vocational; developmental disabilities services; and senior services.

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Westside Head Start accepting applications BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF Catholic Charities Westside Head Start is gearing up for the 2019-20 school year by recruiting passionate, knowledgeable teachers and instructional staff to fill open positions in several locations in the West Valley. Catholic Charities Westside Head Start provides comprehensive early, continuous, year-round childhood education through a holistic approach by working with the whole family. Programs emphasize pre-reading, language, math, cognitive skills, and health, social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future. The program is seeking individuals who have a passion for helping children change their lives for the better. “It’s like a second family here,” said Maria Pataka, Family Support Specialist in Glendale. “I love working here and look forward to every day.” Full-day (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and halfday (8 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 to 4 p.m.)

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AmeriCorps, NVC sponsoring pain management workshops BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF

AmeriCorps and Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) are sponsoring a series of workshops on managing pain. All sessions will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at PORA, 13815 W. Camino del Sol, Sun City West. Workshops are free to attend. During the first workshop, Thursday, Augsut 15, Dr. Konstantina Adams from Cascade Natural Medicine in

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Massacres underscore need for gun control BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Peoria Times Columnist

Here’s a sad, shameful confession: No longer do I pay attention to news coverage of American mass shootings. That sounds callous, as if I mean to minimize the grief of those who have lost loved ones. Nothing could be further from the truth. But when it comes to angry white males mowing down multiple human beings with a semi-automatic assault weapon, I have seen this picture show enough to have it memorized. The first time I saw it up close was April 1999, when the Big Newspaper in Phoenix flew me to Colorado to write about the Columbine tragedy. The police were still on the scene when I arrived. I spent days talking to high school students and grieving parents about those they had lost, and gathering details about Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, sick teenage freaks who together subtracted 13 people from this world. What resonated most deeply with me as I sat in kitchens and family rooms in Littleton was how very much that Denver suburb felt like this Valley. Same

working-class tales. Same ranch houses and minivans. Same scrubbed-face kids suddenly confronted by incomprehensible death. Same, same, same. Now comes a bloody weekend 20 years later, the news brimming with death and grief, first from El Paso, Texas — 22 killed, 24 wounded — then Dayton, Ohio — nine murdered, 14 wounded. I didn’t watch a minute of it. By nature, I am a problem-solver. Broken things, broken systems, cry out for repair. So, you’ll excuse me if I don’t have the stomach to drench myself in other people’s misery any longer. Not when we as Americans appear to have lost the backbone to fix what ails us. Face facts. We live in the most gun-crazy developed nation on the planet. By a lot. The most oft-cited worldwide study of murders by firearm stacks up like so: Australia, 1.4 gun murders per million people. Germany, 1.9 gun murders per million. Canada, 5.1 gun murders per million. Then there’s Switzerland with 7.7 gun homicides per million Swiss. The United States? 29.7 firearm homicides per million people. Many Americans blame this atrocious murder rate on the prevalence of guns. The global Small Arms Survey reports

that American civilians own approximately 393 million guns. That’s about 120 guns per 100 Americans. Others cite mental health as the reason for this gun violence. They work backward from bodies strewn in school hallways, nightclubs and big-box stores and reason that “only a lunatic would do such a thing.” They cite the hate-filled rantings these killers inevitably leave behind as evidence of their singular mental sickness. Commence yet another long and loud “national conversation.” Commence more coverage of more dead, more Columbines and Sandy Hooks, more Las Vegas music festivals shot to pieces, more Pulse nightclubs, more El Pasos, more Daytons. More, more, more. At some point in the problem-solving process, you need to stop describing the problem and take action to imple-

ment solutions. Neither gun availability nor crazy white men stand alone as the problem. Rather, they are both the problem. And both scourges demand solutions. Surely, in what we believe to be the best, smartest, richest, most-advanced nation on earth, we can find ways to make guns more difficult to own — especially for nuts — while respecting the constitutional right to own firearms. Surely, we can find more and better ways to “red flag” young Americans with a propensity and a thirst for violence and get them the treatment they need. Surely, we had better, because just as surely we will wake up to more newscasts filled with more bodies on many more mornings in America. David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact david@

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Stopping those annoying — and dangerous — robocalls BY REP. DEBBIE LESKO (AZ-08) Guest Columnist

We all get them. Those annoying calls with a recorded message once you pick up. Or a call from a phone number that looks oddly similar to your own telephone number. These are robocalls. Not only are robocalls inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous, with abusive scammers on the other end. These robocalls must stop. That is why in Congress I cosponsored and recently voted for HR 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a bipartisan bill to end these pesky calls. Almost all of us can agree that robocalls are bothersome, annoying and a form of harassment. In 2018, there were an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls placed. With Americans receiving more illegal robocalls than ever before, I feel it is incredibly important to support legislation that will drastically reduce the number of robocalls Americans get every day. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will require phone companies to ensure that caller ID information has been authenticated before anyone’s cellphone ever rings, eliminating many of these robocalls without a cost on consumers. I was proud to support this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill before the House of Representatives, which passed by a vote of 429-3 on July 24. Still, it is concerning to hear from many citizens across the United

States, especially folks here in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, that they are receiving hundreds, even thousands, of robocalls each and every month. Many criminals use robocalls to target and obtain sensitive information from unsuspecting people in order to defraud them of their savings or even of their identity. This is why I am supporting additional legislation to end the harmful practice of robocalls and protect Americans from scams and abuse. I recently cosponsored HR 2015, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act), to further protect Americans from robocalls. This bill allows for stronger penalties like a $10,000 fine for those who intentionally violate telemarketing restrictions and increases the statute of limitations for enforcement actions. By including stronger penalties for those who abuse the “Do Not Call” database, I strongly believe the TRACED Act will help solve this epidemic of robocalls we are currently experiencing. The House has done its part; now it is time for the Senate to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act and get it to the president’s desk for signature so it can become the law of the land. That way, we can put consumers back in charge of their phones, restore confidence back into the system and stop those annoying robocalls.


Judge Wismer a positive influence Editor:

It appears there is a grave health problem looming, with young people thinking vaporless cigarettes (vaping) are not harmful to their health. Nothing could be further from the truth, as it is extremely dangerous! Judge Craig Wismer of the Arrowhead Justice Court tells us it isthe major cause of juvenile offenders in his court,

which is almost certainly the same in all of the Justice Courts. Judge Wismer is bringing this not only to our attention, but is doing something about it. I have had the pleasure of knowing Judge Wismer, and this does not surprise anyone who knows him. He is serving on the bench to try and make a difference. We are all blessed to have such a man as Craig Wismer who, as our judge, is positively influencing all of us as well as our next generation.

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BY MAXIMO LAWLOR Peoria Times Staff Writer

Welcome back, readers, to this week’s edition of Business Briefcase — the weekly segment that goes over all business-related news in the Peoria area. This week we will discuss a local business achievement, a thrift shop sale and more! Let’s get right to it. Calling all thrift shoppers! Peoria Savers is honoring National Thrift Shop Day, or Saturday, August 17, in a 99-cent T-shirt sale! The sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., when the public can shop for some cheap T-shirts. Peoria Savers is located at 7759 W. Bell Road. For more information on the sale, visit peoriachamber. com/calendar. Next up, WESTMARC, or the Western Maricopa Coalition, has opened the nomination process for its next Best of


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the West awards dinner. The annual event is set for Thursday, November 7. The evening will begin with registration and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m. The main awards are for Excellence in Innovation, Economic Engine, Quality of Life Enhancement-Education and Quality of Life Enhancement-Community. Founded in 1990, WESTMARC is a public-private partnership between 15 West Valley communities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Gila Bend, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown. Seats at the Best of the West cost $250 for members and $300 for nonmembers. Tables cost $2,000 for members and $2,500 for nonmembers. Sponsorships are available from $2,500 to

$25,000. The Best of the West will be held at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. To register or nominate someone, visit The deadline to submit guest nominations is Friday, November 1. A bit sooner, the West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo will return from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22. The event, a partnership between the six West Valley chamber of commerce (Buckeye Valley, Glendale, Peoria, Southwest Valley, Surprise Regional and Wickenburg), will be once again held at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive. Free to attend and open to the public, the event provides local business with the opportunity to showcase what exactly they offer. Exhibitor registration has closed. For more information, visit php?eventid=329926.

Finally, Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria was recognized and certified into the J.D. Power 2019 Dealer of Excellence program. The program is known for its “Voice of the Customer” from nearly 50 years of research and helping “consumers identify leading retailers that will go the extra mile.” Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria is one of the 150 dealerships in the United States that were recognized on the 2019 list. For information on Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, visit larrymillertoyota. com. That’s all for this week! Come back next week for more new business briefs in the Peoria area. Peoria Times Managing Editor Connor Dziawura contributed to this report. Have an item for Business Briefcase? Email Dziawura at

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Chzburgr’s menu comes straight from the heart BY KAYLA RUTLEDGE

his friend’s couch celebrating the spirit of the Super Bowl with a couple of New burger joint Chzburgr is serv- beers, Fletcher began to feel ill. ing up classics with recipes that come “I thought it was the beer at first, but straight from the heart. I could usually handle my alcohol. It From the vibrant orange paint on the was so weird. I had to leave. I have walls to the succulent flavors that drip never felt that kind of horrible before,” from every bite, happiness is a way Fletcher said. of life for each and every person that After barely making it to a hospital, crosses the threshold of Chzburgr’s the next day he fell into a coma.  paradise. The infection had spread to his heart, But rainbows don’t emerge without a where just nine years prior the latex little rain, and two years ago owner and of his cardiothoracic surgeon’s hands head chef Kelly Fletcher was faced with were roaming to insert a pig’s valve to a storm he wasn’t sure would ever pass.  strengthen its beat. A tooth infection had been a longThe foreign part made any invasive time nuisance in Fletcher’s life, but procedures impossible, and with his working as an independent chef left heart working at just 7% efficiency, anhim little means to seek out a dentist. tibiotics and hopes for a miracle were Instead, he grinned and beared the pain the only things doctors could count on.  as he waited for it to subside on its own. Five days later, Fletcher came to, but In February of 2017 while sitting on his struggles had only just begun.  Feeling chained to an IV bag with antibiotics, what was saving Fletcher’s life had also been what tempted him to take his own.  “Things got really dark then, really depressing. Thank God I don’t own a gun. I remember those suicidal thoughts and just wanting the pain to go away. It was just such a dark time for me. I was miserable,” Fletcher said. But beyond the crashing thunder of his heart struggling to keep its beat and the lighting that struck every time he replaced an IV, Fletcher said he had to keep going. If anything, he had to persist to check off his bucket list.  And at the top of his list was a burger joint. Peoria Times Staff Writer

Chzburgr owner Kelly Fletcher prepares a burger.

Kelly Fletcher, Dominique Duron and Hannah Morgan are members of the Chzburgr team. (Peoria Times photos by Pablo Robles)

“Like six or seven years ago I just had this urge to open a burger shop and never got around to it. But after what I’d been through, I figured there wasn’t a better time than now to just go for it,” Fletcher said. Though his background falls more on the side of fine dining with dishes inspired by flavor profiles from around the world, Fletcher said his inspiration for the joint came from right here in the West. “Good burgers are just like a SoCal thing. I would go into any restaurant and know the burger was going to be good because that’s California’s style. But every time I came back to Arizona I felt like that wasn’t being represented,” Fletcher said. When making the leap to open his

burger shop, Fletcher said he didn’t see a need for “fluff.” The menu is as straightforward as it gets — three types of burgers, two salads, a handful of add-ons and sides, some extras, and as a nod to a classic American diner, some milkshakes. “Burgers are inherently good. You don’t need these crazy leaps like peanut butter brie or homemade bacon-jam burgers. Just get the best stuff you can, prepare it with care and keep it simple. People don’t need the unnecessary; they just need what makes a burger great and we have that,” Fletcher said. The ingredients in the burgers are simple — most of them share lettuce, cheese, tomato and onion — but the flavor is anything but. Texture and taste work together to give customers an experience filled to the brim with robust savory flavors and subtle hints of sweetness from Chzburgr’s special sauce crafted by Fletcher himself. It just hits on everything you need from a burger. It’s what I sought out in California and was lacking when I came home. It doesn’t get better than the classics, that’s why they’re classic,” Fletcher said.


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Mexican chain brings a taste of Sonoran seafood to the Valley BY ANDREA ESTRADA Peoria Times Staff Writer

Reinventing classic, Mexican seafood dishes is a craft Los Arbolitos de Cajeme has mastered over its 31 years in operation. With dishes like Camarón Sonora — shrimp sauteed in pico de gallo chile and a Sonora house cream; and Pulpo a Las Brasas — grilled, seasoned octopus — the Mexican chain out of Sonora has made a name for itself throughout Mexico. It recently opened its first U.S. location in Phoenix. The new location, at 3508 W. Peoria Avenue, is the chain’s 21st restaurant, among others in cities like Chihuahua, Guadalajara and Mexico City. But Eduardo Dominguez, the Phoenix manager, said business took off in a municipality in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, called Cajeme. “Coming from an impoverished family and out of necessity, our director started selling seafood on a tricycle at the age of 14,” Dominguez said about Juan Diego Cota Cota, Los Arbolitos de Cajeme’s owner. And in 1988, Cota Cota started selling out of a restaurant under “tres arbolitos,” or three small trees. Today, the

original location and the trees remain, Dominguez said. Expanding to the United States was a lifelong dream for Cota Cota, and because of its proximity and existing relationships Dominguez said coming to Arizona was the best option. “It is Sonora’s neighboring state. We have our roots nearby. But more than anything, the business relationships that exist with people here in Arizona.” Dominguez said the restaurant’s grand opening, which took place in late June, was highly anticipated by the community. “They have received us well. The community has taken us in these last two months,” he said. “They were waiting for us.” On top of its twist-on-traditional cuisine, like its deviled shrimp, grilled fish and fried crab claws, Los Arbolitos de Cajeme is also praised for exceptional customer service. “We live by the theory of giving the client personal treatment. Not service where you take their orders and that’s it. We offer food suggestions and make ourselves available. If they look up or around, we ask if they need assistance.



More than anything: attention, the service, being there,” Dominguez said. Dominguez, who has been with the company for 16 years, said once the Phoenix restaurant reaches the success they hope to see, they plan on opening a location in Mesa. And spanning into other American states is a possibility, too, he said. “With this restaurant, we’ve realized nothing is impossible. All it takes is


getting there and making it work with your effort,” Dominguez said. “We’re people, like many others who come from far away, that are here looking for a dream and hoping to find it. We hope it goes well for us.” Los Arbolitos de Cajeme, 3508 W. Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit Los Arbolitos de Cajeme Phoenix Az on Facebook or call 602-314-6043.

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Peoria Panthers hoping for another winning year BY ERIC NEWMAN

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Peoria senior Micho Cordero visibly grimaced when asked about the ending to his team’s last football season. The 2018 Panthers went 9-1 throughout the regular season — losing only to state semifinalist Desert Edge in a close contest — before being upset by lower-seeded Seton Catholic in the first round of the 4A playoffs. Now, the returning players have a chance to avenge the loss with a successful regular season, but Cordero also said racking up wins would quiet a state football scene he believes does not give the Panthers the respect they deserve. “We went 9-1, and after that people were saying we had a weak schedule and got exposed in playoffs, but overall we had a good season even though it stopped before we wanted it to,” Cordero said. “Now that’s motivating us, and we’ve got to come out and prove it again, like we always do.” Coach Will Babb, began initial practices before the start of the school year at 5:30 a.m. He had the players make an early start in their attempt to win a division title, starting with a revamping on both sides of the ball. To move the ball well, Peoria will have to make up for the production of a tandem of graduated running backs — Jawaun Price and Malachi Potee — who both accumulated over 1,300 yards on the ground last season. Traditionally a running team, Babb said it will be a team effort to find success running the ball. “You can’t just necessarily replace those kinds of kids who were seniors and flat-out just got it done. But, we’ve got some young guys we know can play. It’s going to come down to the offensive line, because I think our running backs are good enough, but the production of the line is going to be what decides their success,” Babb said. Senior quarterback Kyle Samford will also likely be asked to throw more, both because of his experience and the new players stepping into the rushing roles. He believes wide-spread talent

Coach Will Babb addresses the team at Peoria football practice. (Peoria Times photo by Eric Newman)

will allow the team to not be one-dimensional, and thus, less predictable. “This year we have to find our balance. We’ve got a lot of good guys on offense, a lot on defense, so it’s not just going to be doing one thing,” Samford said. While primarily focused on getting repetitions in practice to perfect plays in the upcoming season, it seemed Babb still sensed his players had a chip on their shoulders from perceived negative preseason predictions and the thoughts of other teams and fans. A goal of his until the start of the season is to keep their intentions toward internal goals. “Everything is driven by what people say, social media and things like that. I have to get them to realize it’s about us, the kind of work we want to put in, not what the projections are or anything like that,” Babb said. The chance to prove some doubters wrong, though, beginning August 30 when Peoria hosts Youngker, would be just a little bit sweeter. “Everyone thinks we’re going to have an average year, that you’re not going to see Peoria at the same spot we were at again,” Cordero said. “But I think we have a shot to shock some people.”

Senior quarterback Kyle Samford makes a pass at a Peoria football practice. (Peoria Times photo by Eric Newman)

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D-backs accepting submissions for $100K school challenge BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is now accepting applications for the $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona. The program is open to all Arizona public, private and nonprofit charter schools, grades K-12, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to “make their best pitch” on why they deserve to receive this important funding by submitting an application online at by September 27. The D-backs kicked off the program in the spring of 2012 with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to continue the program annually. With more than 3,800 applications

over the past seven seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has been able to help more than 200 schools for a grand total of $950,000 since the program began. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and University of Phoenix provide a combined $100,000 for the program. The grants, which range up to $5,000, have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from an all-inclusive playground to a flight simulation program and a school garden to an electronic response system. The School Challenge is part of the D-backs’ overall charitable efforts. The team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, have contributed more than $61 million in combined donations since its inception in 1998, including more than $6 million in 2018.


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PAWS 2 Read

PAWS 2 Read is a program that allows children to read with therapy dogs to improve their reading skills and confidence. The program takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-773-7555.

Pleasant Paddler Program

Peoria Times 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 Times’ coverage area, which is within the city of Peoria. 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 Rachel Hagerman,, or faxed to 623-935-2103.

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Play a game of Scrabble at 12:30 p.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. This Scrabble group meets weekly and welcomes new participants. For information, call 623773-7436.

Play a game of bingo at 12:30 p.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. Individual bingo cards cost 25 cents and 50 cents for coverall. For information, call 623-773-7436.


Songercise (Ages 1–5)

Play a game of Pinochle at 1 p.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. Attendance is free. For information, call 623-773-7436.

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission meets the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 8401 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-773-7340.

Novels at Night Adult Book Club

This adult book club is a great way to meet a variety of fictional and real-life characters. Talk with friends and meet new people over a discussion of Zane Grey’s westerns from 6 to 7 p.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-7737555.

Monthly Writers’ Group

Beat writer’s block, make headway on that blog, memoir or book and meet fellow writers from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. This group emphasizes the writing process and is screen-free, using only a pen and paper. Registration is required. For information, call 623773-7556.

Sonoran Plant and Wildlife Adaptations

Learn how plants and wildlife have developed strategies to survive the harsh climate and terrain of the Sonoran desert from 2 to 3 p.m. at Discovery Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 39345 N. Overlook Road. For information, call 928-501-1714.


Learn the ways parents can play with their children to maximize brain and skill development and the benefits from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. For information, call 623-773-8650.

Shoreline Exploring Hike

Explore the Lake Pleasant shoreline with Ranger Cody from 9 to 11 a.m. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Follow the “Hike” signs from the main gate of Lake Pleasant Regional Park to the Wild Burro Day Use Area to find the meeting location. For information, call 928-501-1714.




Lasers, music and backlights will transform the indoor trampoline park into a jumping dance club from 8 to 11 p.m. at SkyZone Peoria, 9040 W. Larkspur Drive, Suite 134. The park has trampoline dodgeball, a foam pit, a warrior course and more. Tickets are $20. All ages are welcome. Participants must wear an all-white or neon-color shirt. Shirts will be available for $5. For information, call 623-979-400.

Mini Bingo

Meet new friends over short rounds of bingo from 9:15 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Avenue. For information, call 623-972-8372.

Enjoy a morning of kayaking at Lake Pleasant from 9 a.m. to noon. The journey begins in the Castle Creek Boat Ramp area. Kayaks will be available for rent. For rentals and more information, call 928-501-1703.

Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project

Learn how Lake Pleasant connects to the Central Arizona Project as well as the role it serves for the water system from 3 to 4 p.m. at Discovery Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 39345 N. Overlook Road. For information, call 928-501-1714.

Audio Freak

Enjoy classic rock covers from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond that will keep you dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scorpion Bay Marina Grill, 10970 W. Peninsula Boulevard. While you enjoy the music, be sure to order favorite dock plates such as the jumbo wings, onion rings, quesadillas, margarita pizza, Scorpion Bay burger or other delicious meals. For information, call 928-501-2628.



Early Bird Jump

The early bird gets the worm from 10 a.m. to noon at SkyZone Peoria, 9040 W. Larkspur Drive, Suite 134. Tickets are only $10 for two hours of jump time. This premier indoor trampoline park has trampoline dodgeball, a foam pit, a warrior course and more. For information, call 623-979-400.

Seed Library

Peoria Public Library has a new library collection this summer: the Seed Library. The Seed Library offers a variety of vegetable and herb seeds. All gardening levels are welcome to check out seeds for their home gardens. Visit Peoria Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe Street or Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Avenue for the Seed Library collection. For information, call 623-773-7555 (Main Library) or 623773-8650 (Sunrise Mountain).

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quilt from 1 to 3 p.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-773-7555.

Sunday Family Night

Enjoy a family night with four 60-minute activity jump tickets, one large pizza and a pitcher of soda, all for $56. Buy a family-night package for a 4 to 5 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m. session at SkyZone Peoria, 9040 W. Larkspur Drive, Suite 134. This premier indoor trampoline park has trampoline dodgeball, a foam pit, a warrior course and more. For information, call 623-979-400.

Crafting Sundays (Ages 16+)

Meet fellow crochet, knitting and sewing/needlework friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. Please bring your own project to start or work on as you chat with others. For information, call 623773-8650.



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Make friends as you knit, crochet or

from 5 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Avenue. For information, call 623-9728372.

Baby Steps

Enjoy eight games of free bingo at 10:45 a.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. Winners choose from an assortment of grab bags. For information, call 623-773-7436.

Learn how to help babies step into reading more easily from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. For information, call 623-773-8650.

Storytime (Ages 3–5)


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Private Riding Lessons

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AZ Ice Peoria offers one skating class for free every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at 15829 N. 83rd Avenue. The intro class is available for children and adults of all ages. After the class, an evaluator will provide a class recommendation.To register, email

Arizona Riders private horseback riding lessons are available from 5 to 8 p.m. for all levels of experience from children ages 3 and older to adults. Arizona Riders is located at 15125 N. 83rd Avenue. For information, call 602403-9560. Have a fun morning of line dancing from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. The class does not require a partner dancer. Attendance is $5. For information, call 623-773-7436.

SilverSneakers Boom Muscle

The focus of this class in on toning muscles and building overall strength. The class is comparable to the Fit After 50 exercise program and takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. Attendance is $1.50 for nonmembers. For information, call 623-773-7436.


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Sew Smart

Bring or start a sewing project at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Library sewing machines are available for use. For information, email mary.

Card and Board Game Afternoon (Ages 18+)

Come play fan-favorite games like Phase 10, UNO, Old Maid, Hearts and Rummikub with other adults from 2 to 3 p.m. at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. For information, call 623-773-8650.

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Westside Stitchers

Join others in a variety of needlecraft projects including knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery and beading at 12:30 p.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. For information, call 623-773-7436.

LGBTQ+ teens and friends are invited to the library from 6 to 7 p.m. Activities take place at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. For information, call 623-773-8650.

Great Beginnings Book Club

Start the day off well discussing great books with others from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information and the month’s book title, call 623-773-7555.



Thrifty Thursdays

Free Ice Skating Lessons

Children of all ages are admitted to Jumper’s Jungle Family Fun Center at 9299 W. Olive Avenue, Suite 406, for only $5. The center is complete with bouncy houses, super slides, inflatable obstacles and more. For information, call 623-322-4100.

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Join friends for a game of shuffleboard

AZ Ice Peoria offers one skating class for free every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at 15829 N. 83rd Avenue. The intro class is available for children and adults of all ages. After the class, an evaluator will provide a class recommendation.To register, email Bring or start a sewing project at Peoria

Grab Bag Bingo

Ms. Jenni will share stories, songs, poems and activities from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-773-7555.

Join others in a variety of needlecraft projects including knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery and beading at 12:30 p.m. at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street. For information, call 623-773-7436.

Distillery Tour

Bring family and friends to see a craft distillery in action. Lucidi Distilling Co. tours are available at 1 p.m. Sundays. Pricing starts at just $14 per person and includes a generous sampling of three kinds of spirits and a custom-made signature cocktail. The distillery is located in Historic Fire Station No. 1, 8307 W. Washington Street. To book a party and learn more, call 623299-8779.

Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Library sewing machines are available for use. For information, email


Crazy Times with Madame Patchouli

Enjoy songs, stories and crafts with the eccentric and much-loved Madame Patchouli from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue. For information, call 623773-8650.

Toddler Time

Toddlers can play and learn beside their caregiver with group stories, music and fingerplays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street. For information, call 623-773-7555.

AZ Ice Time Stick Time

AZ Ice Peoria coaches will instruct hockey to all ages during a Stick Time session from 5:30 to 7:15 a.m. at 15829 N. 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $15. For information, call 623-3341200.



Lake Pleasant and its History

Join a ranger inside the Discovery Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 39345 N. Overlook Road, from 2 to 3 p.m. to learn about the operations of Lake Pleasant and the intriguing history around the area. For information, call 928-501-1714.

Friday Night Flights

Cool off with a fun water slide from 8 to 10 p.m. at Pleasant Harbor, 8708 W. Harbor Boulevard. Cost is $30. Registration is recommended. For information, call 480-466-2904.

‘Sister Act’

Enjoy dinner and a show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane. In tonight’s musical, Delores escapes from a mob by hiding as a nun in a traditional convent, where she finds herself at odds with the strict lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. For prices and information, call 623-776-8400.

‘Winnie the Pooh’

This theater production welcomes you to the classic Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson. Featuring favorite songs from the Disney film, this nostalgic show will start at 7 p.m. in the McMillin Theater at Theater Works, 10580 N. 83rd Drive. For information, call 623-815-7930.

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Arizona Broadway Theatre ‘celebrating’ local artists BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF Arizona Broadway Theatre and the city of Peoria will present a free public viewing of West Valley Art Museum’s annual Celebrating West Valley Artists show August 1 through September 30 in the ABT lobby. This is the final installment in a year of exhibiting art through this special partnership. Visual and performing arts play a vital role in building community together. Whether Arizona Broadway Theatre is sharing stories on the stage or partnering in hosting a static imagination experience, everyone can connect and be inspired by the arts. Twelve original pieces of featured Arizona artists’ work adorn the Arizona Broadway Theatre lobby. Connie McMillin, secretary/treasurer of the West Valley Art Museum Board

of Trustees, said, “West Valley Art Museum is pleased to collaborate with the city of Peoria and Arizona Broadway Theatre to feature the artwork of these notable regional artists.” “We are proud to be a part of this partnership and shine the spotlight on our local artists. The opportunity to share and enjoy art together is certainly the mission of Arizona Broadway Theatre. We are grateful for the efforts of all to work together for this common goal,” said Kiel Klaphake, executive producer. The community is invited to stop by, peruse and enjoy the exhibition as well as take in a lobby mural by Wickenburg resident and artist Penelope Elyse Brown Klaphake. Details and history of the mural — entitled 1930s Broadway “a portrait”


Arizona Broadway Theatre and the city of Peoria are partnering for a free public viewing of the West Valley Art Museum’s annual Celebrating West Valley Artists show. (Submitted photo)

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Hell City Tattoo Festival invading the Biltmore BY LAURA LATZKO

Peoria Times Contributing Writer

Like painting a landscape or portrait, creating intricate designs on people’s bodies has become its own art form. The Hell City Tattoo Festival celebrates the artistic style by bringing some of the top tattoo artists from around the world to Phoenix. Set for Friday, August 23, to Sunday, August 25, at the Arizona Biltmore, the Hell City Tattoo Festival attracts more than 6,000 fans over the weekend, said owner Durb Morrison. More than 200 tattoo artists from the United States, Australia and Japan represent a wide variety of styles, including black and gray, traditional, color portrait, tribal, stippling, geometric, biomechanical, Polynesian and Japanese-style tattooing. Along with established tattoo artists, Hell City brings in piercers with established reputations in their industry. Over the weekend, they will do traditional piercings to more intricate surface or implant piercings. Jewelers, body piercers, artists and barbers are also invited. Well-known tattoo artists are slated to appear, like Anthony Michaels, Mark Longenecker, Megan Jean Morris and Dave Kruseman of “Ink Master” fame. The convention caters to those interested in working with specific artists or getting intricate work done. “They can find those artists, all under one roof, who can tackle those tattoos

and bring them to life for them,” Morrison said. The artists are chosen based on their experience and skills. “I look at the artistic ability of each artist, not just on skin but off. I want to make sure they are not just tattoo artists, but they are fine artists as well,” Morrison said. Many of the tattoo artists are returning to the festival. Black and gray artist Josh Duffy of Black Castle Art Co. has taken part in Hell City in Columbus and Phoenix for the last 10 years. “It is all really interesting to me because everybody works completely different. Everybody uses different needle sizes, which are like brushes for canvas, and just different hand motions, techniques and inks,” Duffy said. Based in Peoria just south of Lake Pleasant, Duffy has been tattooing for 17 years. He also paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor and plays the guitar, drums and piano, comes from a family of artists. His mother, Bridget Duffy, is a scenic painter.

Tattoo artist Josh Duffy works on a tattoo for Tye Peroy. (Peoria Times photos by Pablo Robles)

At Hell City, Duffy won the Artist of Show award four times, as he is known for his elaborate work. “When I’m tattooing and working on somebody, I like to do what I call ‘layering.’ I’ll do one session, and I’ll come back and do another session over the same tattoo, adding little things and essentially finishing the tattoo,” Duffy said. “I just strive for perfection, and the style I tattoo in is quite detailed, so I guess it just takes a little bit more than I can get in one session.” Over the years, Duffy has developed a reputation for his distinctive style. “It’s just the level of depth that I put into my work, the amount of open skin that I leave. I think a good tattoo is something that is recognizable 20 to 40 feet away,” Duffy said.

Contests Tattoo artist Josh Duffy shows off the equipment he uses in his trade.

The tattooed can showcase their body art and bring recognition to the artists behind them as part of tattoo

competitions. Contests during the three-day festival are broken down into categories like best Asian, traditional, small or large black and gray, new school, biomechanical, small or large color, backpiece/chest panel, portrait, arm/leg sleeve and overall male or female tattoo. The festival will also have special Tattoo of the Day competitions for those created onsite that day. As part of the People’s Choice Tattoo of the Day contest, audiences can vote by applause. Tattoo artists judge the other competitions and they base their decisions on criteria relevant to the tattoo styles. The Wet Paint Project sees 30 tattoo artists painting live. The Art Fusion Experience hosts five artists collaborating on pieces, switching canvases every 5 minutes. And what’s a tattoo festival without music? Performers include Hollow Terra on Friday; Imposters in Effect, a Beastie Boys tribute act, on Saturday; and rockabilly by The DeVillains on Sunday. Burlesque artists Frankie Fictitious, Liryc Suicide and Cervena Fox as well as comedian Anwar Newton also take the stage. Pool parties with music and movies will follow the tattoo festival on Friday and Saturday nights. Only guests staying at the hotel can attend the pool parties.

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Motors & Meals event to benefit Northwest Valley Connect BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF This year’s Motors & Meals event, a benefit for nonprofit Northwest Valley Connect (NVC), will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20, at Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Avenue in Sun City West. The free event will include a collector’s car show, beer and wine garden, food trucks, farmers’ market, local vendors, costume contest, music and local entertainment for the whole family. All proceeds support NVC, whose mission is to connect seniors and people with disabilities with transportation services. Formed by local nonprofits Sun Health and Benevilla, Northwest Valley Connect is a nonprofit, volunteer-based transportation provider that provides rides to residents without access to vehicles and public transportation. NVC serves the West Valley communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, El Mirage, Youngtown, Peoria, Goodyear, Avondale and Tolleson, as well as neighboring unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.

Motors & Meals will feature a collector’s car show and more. (Submitted photos)

Event sponsors and partners to date include AARP, APS, the Automobile Restoration Club of Sun City West, Benevilla, Desert Diamond Casino, Home Instead Senior Care, Parks & Sons, Recreation Centers of Sun City West and Sun Health.

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Those shopping for a vehicle that is inexpensive to purchase, economical to own, reliable and well-constructed should pay a visit to the Subaru dealer. This Forester is their popular model, with a starting price of $24,295. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter boxer engine rated at 182 horsepower and hooked to a CVT transmission, and all-wheel drive system for excellent traction. Fuel economy is claimed to be 26/33 mpg. We clocked 400 miles to get the real world numbers. The cabin is nothing fancy, but materials are very sturdy and workmanship is what we expect of a vehicle assembled in Japan. Many other Subaru mod-

The 2019 Subaru Forester starts at $24,295. (Peoria Times photo by C. A. Haire)

els are made in the United States. The rear cargo area can hold 33 cubic feet of gear, or 71 if the second row seats

are folded. A spare tire is located under the floor. The air conditioning controls are very simple to operate — just three knobs and a few buttons. Unfortunately, turning the blower at maximum speed on a hot summer day is very

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Pastor Delph: Being young all the years of your life Let’s start with this short story. A medical student was shocked when he received a failing grade in radiology. Approaching the professor, he demanded to know the reason for the grade. “Do you remember the X-ray you took of yourself?” the professor asked. “I do,” the student said. “A fine picture,” the professor said, “of your lungs, stomach and liver.” “If it’s a fine picture, then why did you give me an F?” the student asked. “I had no choice,” the professor said. “You didn’t put your heart into it.” By the time you are reading this article, I will be 70 years old. I’ve never been this old before. My childhood here in Phoenix seems like it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. There were still dinosaurs alive when I was born. Recently I went to an antique show and people started bidding on me. My retirement to do list has just one

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thing to do: wake up. I’ve survived the ‘60s twice. My doormat says, “Knock slowly. I’m putting on my pants.” When I look up into the sky, I have no idea which cloud holds all my data. Being cremated is my last hope for a smoking, hot body. When did my wild oats turn into shredded wheat? I run like the winded. My stomach is flat. The “L” is just silent. When I drive to the store my wife is thinking, “My soulmate is out there somewhere pushing a pull door.” As I observe people, I can’t believe how old some people my age are. That’s

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not criticism, just observation. There has been no gold for them in their golden days. I understand major health issues, things that have happened in life, physical work, genetics and the like can make anyone look older than they are. Allow me to share a recent “a-ha” someone noticed about me in this stage of my life. Whether young or old, this revelation has the potential to transform the way you think, and even look, in and during your golden years. Recently I traveled to South Africa for three weeks of speaking engagements. I spoke in seven different cities from the top to the bottom of South Africa in the business, education and church meetings. One Saturday, I spoke five times in formal presentations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., excluding our lunch and dinner times. I presented some 20-plus times on the trip. Everyone kept asking me, “How old are you? You have so much energy. You are relevant and contemporary. You inspire us. This is different. You are creating personal revivals inside us. You’re pointing us forward. You are in your early 60s, right?” Please understand the people said this, not me. When I am speaking in Singapore, the English-speaking Chinese guess I am in my late 50s. I like to travel stealth. On one occasion in my trip, a man was guessing my age. I told him I was turning 70 soon. That surprised him. Then he said something to me that I will never forget. It shook me. It changed me. It was like he handed me a key of life I had never seen before in the way I see now. Here’s what he said. “I know why you are the way you are, looking, thinking and speaking younger than your age. You look forward. You think forward. You’re not retreating; you’re advancing.” I didn’t know I was doing that. He

gave me words that captured a real-life principle. Here’s the principle. Barring very difficult health or life difficulties, a key to finding some gold in the golden years is to keep facing and looking forward. I think many older people quit looking and thinking forward, moving into a survive-rather-than-thrive mode. Like the story this article started with, they quit putting their heart into life. I love it when people have heart, especially older people. They accomplish more, persevere, look up, live up and perform up, even in the hard times. Many times, the difference between abundant life and abundant strife is heart. Older people, maybe you aren’t what you used to physically, but you can have heart. And younger people, look forward, engage life with heart and finish strong. Jesus had heart. He said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work He started.” Jesus was born to accomplish an incredible mission and He loved it. He raised the dignity of people. He healed them physically, emotionally and spiritually. He loved them to the point of dying for them. Even at the end of His life, Jesus kept facing forward. The lesson here is we can’t live on someone else’s forward-facing heart. The best way to face forward is to set an unachievable deadline for yourself and put your heart into it. You will find the deadline you set is really a lifeline. It might even restore some of your youth. Maybe you will be stealth like me. You see that? I can still tell you a thing or two about a thing or two. To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation strategy, call 623-376-6757, e-mail or visit

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Peoria Unified, GCC partner for preschool BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF The Peoria Unified School District has partnered with Glendale Community College to open its newest Early Childhood Learning Center. This partnership provides Peoria Unified’s community preschool program to serve its youngest learners in a new way. Dr. Debbie Pischke, the director of the Peoria ECCEL Preschool Program, said, “This is a great collaboration that will support GCC students, young children and families within our school district.” In addition to providing a quality program for children, this partnership allows students enrolled in Glendale Community College’s Early Childhood Program to observe and intern in classrooms under the direction of a certified teacher. This program is also expected to support the teaching pipeline. The district will have an opportunity to hire outstanding employees from the program upon graduation, knowing that they have experience in a quality early childhood program. This is a lab school, which means there are microphones and cameras in the room for educational purposes. The class-

room has a large two-way window so students can observe real-time instruction. Judy Basham, the Early Childhood Education Program director at Glendale Community College, said, “This is a great collaboration that will help

support and teach students who are pursuing careers in early childhood education. It gives GCC students from many instructional areas the opportunity to observe, teach and implement lesson activities while preparing them for entry into the workforce.”

Starting last August, Peoria Unified and Glendale Community College began the partnership process. The partnership was formalized in March. The Early Childhood Learning Center is in the Technology 1 building, 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale.

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Candeo School receives 16 nominations, 8 wins BY PEORIA TIMES STAFF After receiving 16 Junior Division award nominations, Candeo Schools will officially take home eight for its middle school production of “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree.” The nominations were bestowed upon Candeo Schools at the 14th annual National Youth Arts (NYA) Awards, Arizona Region, Northwest Division. The eight awards are spread across five categories: outstanding production, direction, lead performance, supporting performance and featured performances. Candeo Schools received three wins in the outstanding supporting performance category and two for outstanding lead performance. The school was also nominated for outstanding ensemble and costume design. The NYA has been resource for youth theatre since its inception in March 2000. It considered more than 700 productions for the awards, including

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NOTICE FOR BID *** MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 9875 N. 85th Ave., 2nd Floor Peoria, Arizona 85345 Phone: (623) 773-7115 Fax: (623) 773-7118 BID NOTIFICATION INFORMATION SOLICITATION NUMBER: P19-0096 TYPE OF SOLICITATION: (IFB) Invitation For Bid BUYER NAME: Drew Ashmun BUYER PHONE NUMBER: (623) 773-7116 DESCRIPTION: Speed Humps, Tables, and Cushions PRE-BID MEETING DATE: August 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM AZ Time. SOLICITATION DUE DATE: September 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Arizona Time) Solicitation is available for download from our website at: Published Peoria Times, Aug 15, 22, 2019 / 22576

NOTICE OF HEARING PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is given pursuant to ARS §9-462.04, ARS §9461.09(A) and the City Code of Peoria, Arizona, that the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Peoria will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Development and Community Services building, 9875 N 85th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona 85345. Further information related to these requests or the Public Hearings may be obtained from the Planning Division of the Planning & Community Development Department, 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria, Arizona 85345, or by calling the Planning Division at 623-773-7200. Agenda items: Apple Blossom Woodworks LLC: Conditional Use Permit (CU19-07) A request to obtain a Conditional Use Permit to allow a small-scale custom furniture shop within a vacant commercial suite, located at 8581 W. Kelton Lane, Unit #206, within the Arrowhead Commerce Center. If appealed from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council Hearing will be held on October 1, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. for case CU19-07. Haciendas at White Peak: Stipulation Modification (Z17-32A.1) Withey Morris PLC requests to modify Condition of Approval #4 of case Z17-32 (Ordinance 2018-27), of the approved rezoning for the Haciendas at White Peak subdivision. The proposed modification of the condition would allow for potential alternative roadway dedications and improvements for the subdivision, subject to the approval of the City Engineer. The Haciendas at White Peak subdivision is located east of the northeast corner of 139th Avenue and Ridgeline Road and consists of approximately 60 acres. The scheduled City Council Hearing will be held on October 1, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. for case Z17-32A.1. Published Peoria Times, Aug 15, 2019 / 22679


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND SOLICITATION OF COMMENTS CITY OF PEORIA DRAFT CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) Notice is hereby given that on Monday, August 26, 2019, the City of Peoria’s Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 will be made available for public review and comment. The purpose of the CAPER is to report the City’s performance in accomplishing the goals and objectives identified in Peoria’s FY 2018-19 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. During the Fiscal Year, Peoria expended approximately $700,000 of CDBG funds to provide citizens with affordable housing and quality living environments. The FY 2018-2019 Draft CAPER will be available for a 15-day public review and comment period beginning August 26, 2019, and ending September 10, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The Draft CAPER will be available for review at the counter in the Neighborhood and Human Services Department and on the City’s website at The Neighborhood and Human Services Department is located at 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria, AZ. Draft copies of the CAPER are also available by written request at the address listed below. The City will accept public comments on the Draft CAPER at two public hearings that will be conducted on the dates and times, and at the locations identified below: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at the Peoria Community Center, Saddleback Room, 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria, AZ 85345 Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Mountain Library, Community Room, 21109 N. 98th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382 Comments on the Draft CAPER may also be submitted in writing as follows: City of Peoria Neighborhood and Human Services Attn: CDBG Program 9875 North 85th Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 Or via email at: community Accommodations for individuals with disabilities - Alternative format materials, sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices or interpretation in languages other than English can be available upon 72 hours advance notice through the City of Peoria’s Neighborhood and Human Services Department, 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345; (623)773-7250; TDD (623)773-7221, or fax (623)773-7233. Asistencia en español: Para que le interpreten la solicitud en español, llame al (623)7737250. Published Peoria Times, Aug 15, 22, 2019 / 22618

NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE FOR BID *** MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 9875 N. 85th Ave., 2nd Floor Peoria, Arizona 85345 Phone: (623) 773-7115 Fax: (623) 773-7118 BID NOTIFICATION INFORMATION SOLICITATION NUMBER: P20-0002 TYPE OF SOLICITATION: (RFP) Request for Proposal BUYER NAME: Drew Ashmun BUYER PHONE NUMBER: (623) 7737116 DESCRIPTION: Emergency Bypass Pumping Equipment PRE-BID MEETING DATE: August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM AZ Time. SOLICITATION DUE DATE: September 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM (Arizona Time) Solicitation is available for download from our website at: Published Peoria Times, Aug 15, 22, 2019 / 22771

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND SOLICITATION OF COMMENTS CITY OF PEORIA FY 2020-2024 FIVEYEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND USE OF FUNDS Notice is hereby given that the City of Peoria will be conducting three public hearings for purposes of identifying the affordable housing and community development/community services needs for the City of Peoria for the upcoming fiveyear period. The Five-Year Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive annual funding under the guidelines of a CDBG entitlement city. The information obtained will assist the City in establishing the strategies and goals for utilizing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding to address these needs. This information may also be used to direct other resources to address the needs of the community. The public hearings will be conducted on the dates and times, and at the locations identified below: • Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Peoria City Hall, Pine Room, 8401 W. Monroe St., Peoria, AZ 85345 • Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Peoria Community Center, Saddleback Room, 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria, AZ 85345 • Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Mountain Library, Community Room, 21109 N. 98th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382 The City will be issuing a ConPlan community survey shortly. This survey will also be used to collect input on the housing/community development/community services needs of the community. Information on how to access the survey will be available on the City’s website at Interested individuals may also contact the City, as noted below, to obtain more information on the community survey. Additional opportunities to comment on the ConPlan and the related Annual Action Plan (AAP) will be made available to the public prior to completion of these documents. The City of Peoria anticipates that it will receive approximately $850,000 of CDBG and $160,000 of HOME funds annually during the ConPlan period. Additionally, unobligated prior year CDBG funding may be made available. These funds are directed to the assistance of low and moderate-income persons, primarily for City of Peoria residents. The City encourages the public to provide input on desired programs and activities for the use of these funds. Written comments will also be accepted. Comments should be mailed to: City of Peoria Neighborhood and Human Services Attn: CDBG Program 9875 N. 85th Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 623-773-7250 Email request may be directed to: community Accommodations for individuals with disabilities - Alternative format materials, sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices or interpretation in languages other than English can be available upon 72 hours advance notice through the City of Peoria’s Neighborhood and Human Services Department, 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345; (623)773-7250; TDD (623)773-7221, or fax (623)773-7233. Asistencia en español: Para que le interpreten la solicitud en español, llame al (623)7737250. Published Peoria Times, Aug 15, 22, 2019 / 22619

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