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Community Notes - December 21, 2016

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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.


Goodyear seeks aspiring fire service professionals

The Goodyear Fire Department is looking for individuals interested in seeking a career in fire services to apply for its Fire Cadet Program.

Cadets experience life as a firefighter during their shift work and patient care. There will be hands-on training with firefighting skills, hazardous materials response, ladder operations, emergency medical service and community interaction in various settings. Since the program was created in January 2013, 15 cadets have been hired as full-time firefighters.

Goodyear is accepting applications through Dec. 30. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, Emergency Medical Technician certification, be available to attend a monthly four-hour training drill and dedicate 18 hours to riding along and community service.

Applications can be completed online at For information, email


Avondale wins awards

The city of Avondale won two awards at the 29th annual Clean Air Campaign Awards Luncheon on Nov. 1.

Avondale won an Outstanding Marketing and Creativity for less than $500 budget award for its trip reduction projects and a MAG Livable Communities award for its $3.2 million Central Avenue project.


Buckeye community sets Guinness record

The Verrado community in Buckeye set a record for the largest potluck party in the United States Oct. 22 with 1,315 people in attendance.

Todd Hornback, director of Community Life, announced Buckeye beat the previous potluck record holder, the city of Chandler.

Guinness World Records certified the results at the event, which was held on National Make a Difference day in support of Verrado’s nonprofit partnership program The Giving Tree.


Goodyear volunteers set record

More than 400 volunteers donated 1,600 hours of service for the community on Oct. 22, setting a record for the city of Goodyear’s annual Make a Difference Day event.

The volunteers helped save taxpayers and the city $38,600.


Avondale donates to United Way Campaign

Avondale employees pledged $92,029 toward the Valley of the Sun United Way as part of a month-long fundraising campaign.

The Valley of the Sun United Way recognized Avondale as the No. 1 giving municipality, as the city has the largest percentage of employees fundraising, at 70 percent.


Buckeye P.D. earns CALEA accreditation

The Buckeye Police Department was formally presented with its accreditation award Nov. 5 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The organization’s mission is to accredit public safety agencies who are found to be in compliance with an established set of professional standards and consistently demonstrate excellence in their policies, procedures and practices.

In June, two CALEA representatives spent four days in Buckeye inspecting the police department, reviewing files, interacting with employees, speaking to citizens, riding along with officers on patrol and holding a public information session to determine if the department met the requirements of a highly regarded body of law enforcement.

The department met 100 percent of the applicable standards, and the assessment team said it was especially impressed with the agency’s crime fighting efforts and providing a positive relationship with the community.

The police department will maintain its accreditation status until November 2020.


Friendship Park finishes tennis court renovations

The tennis court renovation project is now complete at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. The surface of the tennis court was replaced and painted. Now, the court has pickleball options with two courts that will allow tennis and pickleball to be played at the same time. New nets and facilities have also been installed.


Avondale P.D. employee teams with Humane Society

Debbie Ray with the Avondale Police Department received her Certified Humane Education Specialist credential from the Humane Society and is now part of the national Humane Education Registry.

Ray’s goal is to reach the West Valley’s youngest residents with lessons on kindness to people, animals and the environment. She also plans to develop further humane education programming with the Pets in Police Service program.


Buckeye accepts used batteries

Buckeye residents can drop off used alkaline and lithium batteries at City Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye, or Public Works, 23454 W. MC85, Buckeye.

Residents can drop off alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries, cell phones, iPods, Tablets, Cordless power tools, cameras, two-way radios, pagers and small electronics.

For information, visit


Goodyear wins award for health park

Goodyear was awarded a top national award from General Electric in October for a 129-acre project titled Goodyear Community Health Park, which will be an area with two hospitals and other facilities to help keep residents healthy and lower health care costs.

The project won the GE HealthyCities Leadership Challenge for its ability to bring together a wide variety of community stakeholders interested in improving public health through public and private partnership.


Avondale accepts leadership program applications

Registration is open for the 2017 Avondale Citizen Leadership Academy, which begins in March 2017. The course is 10 weeks and provides citizens with a behind-the-scenes perspective of Avondale city government.

Classes will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and will include three field trips. Those who complete the course will be recognized at a special graduation ceremony in May.

Enrollment is free and is open to Avondale residents over the age of 18. Space is limited to 20 participants.

To register, call 623-333-1613 or visit


Goodyear councilwoman named to League of Cities

Goodyear City Councilwoman Wally Campbell was appointed to the National League of Cities Board of Directors during the annual City Summit Nov. 16-19 in Pittsburg. It marks the second time Campbell is representing Goodyear on the national stage.

Campbell will participate in leading the NLC in fiduciary oversight, strategic thinking and planning and implementation of policies and activities to support a better city.


Goodyear P.D. receives grant for DUI enforcement

The Goodyear Police Department Traffic Unit has received a grant for $45,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to provide overtime personnel, scheduled training and public education and awareness to enhance traffic enforcement and crack down on driving under the influence and impaired driving.


Benevilla named charitable recipient

Benevilla, a West Valley human services nonprofit, was named one of two charitable recipients by the Kare Bears of PebbleCreek at its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in November.

Benevilla was recognized by the Kare Bears for its newest venture, bringing free home services into the Southwest Valley in 2016. The nonprofit began offering free services in January, such as transportation, grocery shopping, light handyman work and friendly visits. For information, visit

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