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Community Notes - December 28, 2016
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 12:00am
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Goodyear gives to families in need
More than 200 children from 38 Goodyear families were given a brighter holiday thanks to Goodyear’s annual Fill-a-Need program.
The city collected money and donations starting in October for families in need to help them over the holidays. On Dec. 17, more than 1,000 wrapped gifts of clothing, shoes, household items and toys were delivered by dozens of volunteers. Many of the volunteers were Goodyear employees and their families.
For information, visit goodyearaz.gov/fillaneed.
Small businesses give back to community
Thompson Funeral Chapel and Thompson’s Flower Shop, both in Goodyear, handed out $5,000 in $20 bills Dec. 17 to community members walking into TJ’s Homestyle Restaurant in Avondale.
The owners said they were looking for a way to give back to the community during the holiday season, and thought helping to pay for people’s breakfast would provide a unique and unexpected experience.
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 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.
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 buckeyeaz.gov.
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 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 avondale.org/citizenacademy.
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 benevilla.org.
Annual Daddy Daughter Dance set for February
Girls of all ages can share a dance with their fathers or father figures at Tolleson’s and Goodyear’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Photographers will be on sight for free pictures.
Tickets are on sale and are only available for advanced purchase. Tickets for Goodyear and Tolleson residents are $45 per couple and $20 per additional ticket. The cost for non-residents is $55 per couple and $25 per additional ticket. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Tolleson Recreation Department, 9555 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, and the Goodyear Recreation Department, 3075 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.
For information, visit goodyearaz.gov or tollesonaz.gov.
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