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11
Aug

Experience Matters seeks volunteer mentors and tutors


Children who do not read at grade level by third grade quickly fall behind and are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

By West Valley View staff

Local nonprofit Experience Matters is seeking adults ages 50 and older to serve as volunteer mentors and reading tutors for Buckeye elementary school students.

Fri
11
Aug

Workshop teaches ways to reduce stress


Neuroscientist Jeffrey L. Fannin, Ph.D., founded Thought Genius. (Photo courtesy Thought Genius)

By West Valley View staff

Learn about the cutting-edge science behind heart and brain coherence during a free workshop called “The Power of Thought and Emotion,” hosted by Thought Genius, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 18, in Glendale.

Fri
11
Aug

Buckeye author tells childhood story in ‘G.I. Jack’


Jo Whitmire of Buckeye reminisces about the writing of her new children’s action adventure fiction book, G.I. Jack Back in Action. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Buckeye author Jo Whitmire believes everyone has a story. Whether it’s a 5-year-old child or an 80-year-old senior, there are worthy tales to tell.

Thu
10
Aug

Community leaders, parents celebrate Marionneaux dedication


Community leaders involved with the planning and construction of Marionneaux Elementary School participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 28. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, Buckeye Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Sandvik, and Marionneaux Elementary School Principal Nick Forgette praise the staff and leaders of the new facility. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

By Israel Gonzalez

Local community leaders and more than 100 parents and students celebrated the dedication for Buckeye Elementary School District’s newest school, Marionneaux Elementary School, on July 28.

Thu
10
Aug

Buckeye man hopes public switches gears on lowriders’ reputation


Al Luna, of Buckeye, prepares his 1954 Chevrolet 3100 truck for the upcoming lowrider custom car show at WestWorld on August 12. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Buckeye resident Al Luna is clearly passionate about lowriders.

Wed
09
Aug

Arts nonprofits granted $3K prizes

Who says the arts are dying? For two West Valley organizations, they’re not.

Avondale’s Catitude Gallery and Studio, and the Litchfield Park-based West Valley Youth Orchestra were each awarded $3,000 grants thanks to the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Wed
09
Aug

School board member removed from Westar campus


Liberty Elementary School District board member Kathy McNamara was issued a trespass notice by the Goodyear Police Department on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Andy Rogers. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

Liberty Elementary School District board member Kathy McNamara has been banned from Westar Elementary School’s campus for one year after what police call “a disturbance” on the facility’s campus on August 2.

The Goodyear Police Department served her with the letter of trespass on August 3 at the request of Superintendent Dr. Andy Rogers, according to police.

Sun
06
Aug

Woman rescued after spending 2 days on floor after fall


Avondale Senior Center driver Amelia Isidoro, left, smiles as she reconnects with Avondale resident Marylou Rosalez in her room. Rosalez, 77, was found by Isidoro after falling in her home two days prior. (West Valley View photo by Jordan Christopher)

By Glenn Gullickson

An Avondale woman considers herself lucky to be alive after falling and spending two days on the kitchen floor of her apartment before being found by a shuttle driver stopping by to take her to the senior center.

Sun
06
Aug

Buckeye author preserves sheepherding industry in book


Barbara Jaquay recently authored the book Where Have All the Sheep Gone? (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

By Connor Dziawura

Historical geographer Barbara Jaquay hopes that her new book, Where Have All the Sheep Gone?, will pay tribute to and inform readers of a shrinking industry to which few are paying attention.

Sun
06
Aug

West Valley native plans agricultural mission to Africa


Ryan Tomlin, of Litchfield Park, examines vegetable test plots at the Robinson West Coast headquarters in Davis, California. Tomlin will go to Africa in August to work with farmers in Ghana. (Photo courtesy the Tomlin family.)

By Glenn Gullickson

Farming in the United States may rely on technology, but a Litchfield Park man will go back to basics in the field when he goes to Africa to work with farmers.

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