Community Notes - October 25, 2013
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Arizona’s minimum wage to increases in 2014
The Industrial Commission of Arizona has announced that the state’s minimum wage of $7.80 per hour would be increased by 10 cents to $7.90 for the calendar year 2014.
In 2006, Arizona voters enacted Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans. The initiative established an Arizona minimum wage and provided for an annual increase based on the increase in the cost of living, which is based on the federal Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The CPI-U is a national index covering the cost of goods and services.
For information, visit www.azica.gov.
Goodyear mayor honored
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) honored Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord at its annual dinner on Oct. 17.
Lord received the Distinguished Service Award for her leadership in spearheading GPEC’s official protest against the U.S. International Trade Commission’s proposed tariff on Chinese-manufactured photovoltaic panels.
In addition, Lord led the GPEC’s Ambassador Steering Committee for three years, which has led to an increase in participation from 130 members to more than 1,200.
Paul J. Faith named ‘best lawyer
Managing partner Paul J. Faith of the law firm Faith, Ledyard & Faith, PLC has been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in real estate law.
Faith is an Arizona Bar certified real estate specialist, and he is the vice mayor of Litchfield Park.
Tickets on sale for wine tasting charity event
Tickets are on sale for Vino in the Valley, a wine tasting event from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd.
The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will help expand radiology services for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Specialty and Urgent Care Center in Avondale.
Tickets are $75 per person.
For information or to purchase tickets, call 602-933-2621 or visit www.pchwinetasting.com.
Avondale announces vacancies
The city of Avondale is accepting applications through Nov. 12 for several vacancies for the city boards, commissions and committees.
Avondale residents who are able to dedicate a few hours each month to help shape the future of the city in areas such as libraries, parks, public art and other areas are encouraged to apply. Members who are appointed by the City Council serve three-year terms and can serve a maximum of two terms in any one board, commission or committee.
For a complete list of vacancies or to download an application, visit www.avondale.org/boards.
Avondale welcomes 6 new firefighters
The city of Avondale has added six new firefighters to Avondale Fire-Rescue.
The newest members are Marlin Nightengale, Calen Smith, Matthew Artibey, Travis Lambert, Cory Whigham and Raymond “Chris” Smith.
Applications for Turkeyfest announced
The United Buckeye Firefighters Local 4311 will be hosting Turkeyfest from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Ave.
The organization is providing a free barbecue dinner and a take-home Thanksgiving box to those in need.
Interested individuals must fill out an application. Applications are available at All Faith Food Bank, 214 S. Fifth St., Buckeye. To qualify for the Turkeyfest, individuals must meet the food bank’s guidelines.
For information or to make a food donation, contact McKenzie at 623-826-4814 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle at 623-826-4813.
All food donations must be made by Nov. 22.
In addition, the United Buckeye Firefighters Local 4311 is looking for sponsors to assist with the Turkeyfest by assisting with the food drive, turkey drive or as a financial partner.
The organization’s goal is to provide 400 families with the food boxes and dinner and games on the day of distribution.
Avondale offers ‘Over the Counter Plan Review’
The city of Avondale’s Development and Engineering Services Department has kicked off the “Over the Counter Plan Review” program.
The program covers minor plan submissions for the development community, small businesses and residents.
Applicants will receive same-day review, approval and permits for plans that previously may have taken up to three weeks.
The program will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Customers are advised to call before going in to verify availability of services in the event of high volume requests.
Plan check and permit fees vary depending on the type of work to be completed and the valuation. Applicants must take at least two sets of clear, legible plans drawn to scale for the application process.
For information or for a complete list of applicable plans, call 623-333-4000 or visit www.avondale.org/overthecounterreview.
Housing Authority wins award
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) honored the Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) with an award for the turnaround of the Rose Terrace Apartments in Avondale, a 100-unit complex designed for low-income rental housing.
The complex was built in 2002, but immediately began to experience financial instability and managerial problems.
In order to make the turnaround a success, the HAMC implemented physical, administrative, managerial and financial changes to the complex.
Free X-ray scans of trick or treat candy
NextCare Urgent Care in Avondale is helping families stay safe this Halloween by offering free X-ray scans of trick or treat candy.
Parents can stop in with their children on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 for a free scan at 13075 W. McDowell Road, Suite D106. The facility will be open until midnight both days.
General Halloween candy safety tips include: discard unwrapped treats or anything that looks like it may have been tampered with or previously opened; look for choking hazards; and check ingredients to make sure it does not include anything your child might be allergic to.
ADOT seeks public input on 511 website
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) wants the public to assist with the redesign of the 511 Traveler Information System website by completing a brief online survey.
The system is designed to provide accurate information for drivers and travelers by providing data on crashes, construction-related restrictions, weather and other events that impact mobility around Arizona.
ADOT hopes to redesign the website so it will meet the expectations and needs of travelers around the state. This is the first major revision planned for the website since 2010.
Salvation Army looking for bell ringers
The Salvation Army Estrella Mountain Corps is currently accepting applications for season bell ringers until Nov. 4.
Interested individuals must be 18 years or older. Applications are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 203 N. Dysart Road in Avondale. The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
For information, call 623-925-8825.
High school club trick or treating for donations
The Millennium High School Keyclub will be trick or treating for donations for UNICEF.
Club members will be dressing up in their costumes and trick or treating from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween in the Wigwam Creek, Litchfield Park and PebbleCreek communities.
Traffic restrictions announced
The city of Phoenix has announced that it will be installing a new sewer and manholes on McDowell Road from east of the northbound Loop 101 onramp to 99th Avenue.
The project will begin the week of Oct. 21 until March 2014. Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The highest impact will take place Oct. 23 to Oct. 30 at the intersection of 99th Avenue and McDowell Road. Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. There will be no left turns from McDowell Road to 99th Avenue and all westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane.