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Community Notes: November 12, 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 www.pchwinetasting.com.

Nuke plant to test emergency sirens

On Wednesday, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, in cooperation with local and state agencies, will test the 48 outdoor warning sirens located within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the nuclear generating station.

In the event of an emergency at Palo Verde, one of three response agencies (Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office or the Arizona Department of Public Safety) would activate the alerting sirens as a means of directing residents to turn on their radios and televisions. An Emergency Alert System message would then provide the public with emergency information.

The annual testing will activate the sirens twice, once at noon and again at 12:30 p.m., to ensure operability. Volunteers from the West Valley Amateur Radio Club, the Tri-City Amateur Radio Club and other unaffiliated ham operators will be stationed at each siren and immediately report siren activation to emergency managers.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will activate electronic message signs along Interstate 10 in the West Valley to notify drivers of the test.

For information, contact Maricopa County Emergency Management at 602-273-1411.

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 www.azdot.gov or www.surveymonkey.com/s/ADOT511.

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.

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).

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 Friday 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 www.avondale.org/bagcentralstation 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 www.avondale.org/boards.

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.

Buckeye seeks member for library board

Buckeye is seeking a member for its library board, which is a volunteer position starting January 2014.

The board meets four times a year and more meetings may be necessary.

For information, call Councilman Craig Heustis at 623-349-6945 or email craigdistrict5@cox.net.

School accepting donations for service project

Trinity Lutheran School is seeking donations for care packages that a student and his family will be sending overseas to U.S. troops for Christmas. This year’s goal is 100 boxes.

Acceptable items include: candy, books, gum, socks, snack food, rice crispy treats, beef jerky (no pork products), magazines, face/hand wipes and small toiletries (unscented items).

Drop off the items at the school, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park.

For information, call 623-935-4690 or email ddb1219@aol.com.

Vendors, businesses, community groups sought for festival

The cities of Avondale and Goodyear are seeking vendors, businesses, community groups and organizations for the third annual Tale of Two Cities Festival & Parade to be held Feb. 22, 2014, at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale.

The international-themed event is a multicultural celebration that attracts thousands of people from all over the Valley.

Interested individuals can enter a float, a specialty vehicle, horse entries, marching unit or a motorcycle. Families, local school groups, marching bands, dance troupes and businesses are welcome to participate in the parade. The entry form is available at www.taleof2cities.org.

To reserve booth space or become a sponsor, visit the website above.

For information, call Julie at 602-460-4472 (Goosebump Marketing & Events), 623-333-2400 (Avondale Recreation) or 623-882-7525 (Goodyear Recreation).

IRS warns taxpayers of phone scam

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning about a sophisticated telephone scam targeting taxpayers including recent immigrants.

Scammers are calling individuals and posing as IRS representatives telling them they owe tax payments. The caller then informs the victim that the money must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses, he is then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Other characteristics of the scam include:

Scammers using fake names and IRS badge numbers.

Scammers might be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.

Scammers are able to spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it is the IRS calling.

Taxpayers receive bogus IRS emails that support the scammer’s fake calls.

Victims hear a background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call center.

After a scammer threatens a victim with jail time or loss of a driver’s license, he hangs up and then another scammer claiming to be from the police or DMV calls and the caller ID supports his claim.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information, which includes electronic communication such as text messages and social media channels. In addition, the IRS will not request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer over the phone.

Consumers should not give out personal identification numbers, passwords, credit cards, bank account numbers or other financial information.

In addition, recipients should not open any email attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. Official IRS representatives will let you know if there is a tax payment issue.

If you know there is not a payment issue, hang up and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

If you have been targeted by the scam, file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission and use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

For information, visit www.irs.gov.

Avondale cop attends sex trafficking training event

An Avondale officer received a scholarship to attend a special training event on sex trafficking Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

The training focused on law enforcement innovative strategies to address the growing problems of sex trafficking in Arizona. Attendees heard about the latest tactics to identify and arrest individuals who are buying and selling sex with minors.

Registration open for charity golf tournament

Team Arizona Law Enforcement United (TEAM AZLEU) is hosting a charity golf tournament at the Wigwam Heritage Golf Course in Litchfield Park on Dec. 8.

Part of the proceeds of the tournament will go toward the operating expenses for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Kids Summer Camp, which provides surviving spouses with children ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to improve communications within the family unit and resolve grief issues together.

The registration cost is $90 per person or $320 for a foursome and includes golf cart, access to various contests and lunch. The last day to register is Dec. 2.

To register, visit www.teamarizonaleu.com.

For information, call Dave LaFond at 623-326-0251.

Pet food drive announced

Wilhelm Automotive will host a pet food drive at each of its locations in November.

The drive will benefit Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry, an organization dedicated to helping pet owners with food for their pets. The program helps keep family pets home rather than being turned into a shelter or rescue organization.

Donations can be dropped off at any of Wilhelm’s seven Valley locations during November.

The two West Valley Wilhems are at 3900 S. Estrella Parkway in Goodyear and 13973 W. Indian School Road in Litchfield Park.

For information visit www.wilhelmautomotive.com or www.chuckwaggin.org.

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