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Community Notes - January 11, 2017

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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.


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.


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


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 site 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 or


Goodyear vice mayor appointed to national committee

Goodyear Vice Mayor Sheri Lauritano has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2017 Public Safety and Crime Prevention federal advocacy committee. The committee develops federal policy positions on issues such as crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice and domestic terrorism. For information, call the city of Goodyear at 623-882-7776.


New tool helps residents track Goodyear projects

Goodyear has launched a new online tool to help residents track the progress of city-funded projects. The new webpage,, shows details such as mapped locations, budgets, start dates, estimated completion dates, project descriptions, percent of completion, contractors and contact information. The site will be updated monthly.


Goodyear Councilwoman re-appointed to national committee

Goodyear City Councilwoman Joanne Osborne was re-appointed to the National League of Cities 2017 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy Committee. The committee is responsible for developing NLC’s federal positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds, civil rights, municipal management and more. For information, call the city of Goodyear at 623-882-7776.


Goodyear Court accepting online payments

The Goodyear Municipal Court began accepting online payments for traffic tickets and municipal citations Jan. 3. To make a payment, visit


Ballet folklorico classes offered

Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Senior Center, 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. Classes are open to children ages 5 through 18 with no previous experience required. For information, call 602-403-1575 or go to

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