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Community Notes: November 5, 2013

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Community Notes are published as space permits. The View runs these items free of charge as a service to the community and puts as many into each newspaper as possible. If you have a notice that must run by a certain date, please contact our advertising department at 623-535-8439.


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


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. It is the first major revision planned for the website since 2010.

The survey is available at or


Traffic restricted on McDowell

The city of Phoenix is installing a new sewer and manholes on McDowell Road from east of the northbound Loop 101 onramp to 99th Avenue.

The project will last till March 2014. Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Veterans get free park entry Nov. 11

Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s 10 parks. The $6 entry fee per carload will be waived for military personnel.

County parks in the West Valley include: Buckeye Hills Regional Park, 26700 W. Buckeye Hills Drive; Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear; and White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

For information, visit


Phoenix park named ‘frontline park’

City Parks Alliance, a national urban park advocacy organization, has named Dust Devil Park as a “frontline park.”

The park is on the southeast corner of 107th Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

The organization recognizes a “frontline park” each month to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.


Miller closed for bridge work in Buckeye

The town of Buckeye has announced that Miller Road and First Street is closed for bridge and roadway improvements until February 25, 2014.

The road is closed at the Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District Canal north of Narramore Avenue.

The town suggests motorists use the following alternate routes: MC85, Baseline Road, Oglesby Road or Fourth Street.


Teams raise $6,000 for cancer research

Community Services staff, which is composed of five teams, raised more than $6,000 during Buckeye’s Relay for Life event.

The following teams participated in the fundraiser: RECking Cancer team ($616.77); Community Services administrative staff and Mission Possible team ($1,037.60); Community Center staff and senior participants ($2,800); and Booking it for Cancer team ($1,611.23).


Buckeye F.D. hires new firefighters, joins Facebook

The Buckeye Fire Department has hired Aaron Stone and J.P. Molitor as the town’s newest firefighters.

In addition, the department has joined Facebook.

To visit the department’s page, go to!/buckeyefd.


L.P. youth wins sandwich recipe contest

Litchfield Park resident T.J. Whiles, 17, recently won first place in the Kid Chef Great American SPAM Championship at the Arizona State Fair.

T.J. won a blue ribbon and a $150 cash prize for his “Hall of Fame SPAM-Sandwich.”

His recipe has been submitted for national judging.


‘City Hall Comes to You’ featuring reusable bag giveaway

The city of Avondale will host “City Hall Comes to You” from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at Food City, 1450 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

Avondale is also promoting America Recycles Day, which is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

Avondale residents who take 20 plastic bags to recycle will receive a new reusable bag.

Reusable bags are limited to one per person, while supplies last and are only available at the event.

In addition, Avondale invites residents to go to the store to meet Phil D. Blue, the city’s recycling mascot, get questions answered about the city’s recycling efforts and meet with council members and staff.

For those residents who cannot attend the event, they can still recycle their plastic bags by taking them to Avondale City Hall or any Avondale public library.

For information about recycling plastic bags, visit or call 623-333-4700.


Members sought for judicial advisory board

The city of Avondale is seeking eligible citizens interested in serving on a new advisory board that will guide the City Council on matters pertaining to the city judge.

To be eligible for consideration, residents must: be registered voters; not be judges in any official capacity; not be members of the State Bar of Arizona; have a record of public service that demonstrates impartiality and objectivity; and not be city of Avondale employees.

Interested individuals must submit an application by Nov. 12. Applications are available at

For information, call Carmen Martinez, city clerk, at 623-333-1214.


Buckeye officers receive award for valor

• On Oct. 18, Buckeye Officer Kevin Rorke and K9 officer Ivan received the Phoenix Chapters American Society of Industrial Security Award for valor for their actions during a bank robbery/police shooting in March 2013.

• On Oct. 19, retired Buckeye officer Chris Paz received an award for valor at the annual Usual Suspects Law Enforcement event at the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa.

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