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Fri
04
Aug

Salvation Army works to beat the heat


Salvation Army Estrella Mountain Corps employee Joel Harmon stands at the Avondale Heat Relief Station at 11 N. Third Avenue at the Salvation Army, Avondale. The station provides up to seven free water bottles per day for individuals. (West Valley View photo by Jordan Christopher)

By Glenn Gullickson

 

With the Arizona desert heat turned up to full blast, the Salvation Army has been enlisted to help cool things down.

Fri
04
Aug

Gruvement dancing for chance to represent the U.S.


The Gruvement Crew is, from left, Adrianna Mazo, Luis Chavira, Cianna Gomez, Randi Martinez and Sol Arevalo. (Photo courtesy Hip Hop International)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

 

An Avondale-based dance troupe is gearing up to compete against the best street dancers and crews, with the opportunity to advance to the USA Finals, at the Hip Hop International Championship in the Valley on August 5.

Thu
03
Aug

Avondale’s Shop with a Cop program seeks sponsors


Although the Shop with a Cop event is in December, the Avondale Police Department is seeking sponsors now. It is looking for donations of cash and arts and crafts supplies. (Photos courtesy City of Avondale)

By Erica J. Shumaker

 

The Avondale Police Department is seeking monetary donations and corporate sponsors for its Shop with a Cop holiday program.

Thu
03
Aug

Blaze fires up the local pizza scene


Custom pizzas are made with specialty mozzarella, which is available in addition to traditional, Parmesan and other options. (Photo courtesy Blaze Pizza)

By Alison Bailin Batz

 

Blaze Pizza has created a following with its interactive open-kitchen format, which allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own for about $8.  

Wed
02
Aug

Goodyear teacher wins grant for sustainability garden


Local Farmers Insurance agent Louie Fratini presents Copper Trails Elementary School teacher Dawn Schummer a $2,500 grant for her sustainable garden project. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)
By Israel Gonzalez
 
When Dawn Schummer showed up to work at Copper Trails Elementary School on July 24, she thought it would be like any other day. Instead, she got the surprise of a lifetime. 
 
Schummer, who has taught at the school since it opened 10 years ago, was surprised with a $2,500 grant from her local Farmers Insurance agent for her sustainability garden project.
 
“I was just in shock,” Schummer said. “I’m just ecstatic.” 
 
The grant will go toward buying supplies, like plants and fences, for the garden that she plans to create with her sixth-grade students. The goal is to show her pupils how they got their food, how much food Arizona grows and the agricultural opportunities in the state.
 
Wed
02
Aug

A rare look inside the Trotting Park


The Phoenix Trotting Park was constructed in 1964 and was open for less than three horse racing seasons before closing in 1966. The structure is scheduled for demolition by the end of this year. (Photos courtesy Kyle Erwin)
By Glenn Gullickson
 
The Phoenix Trotting Park has been a West Valley mystery for decades, since most people have gotten no closer to the abandoned structure than driving by on the interstate.
 
But just as the iconic structure is being prepared for demolition, one of the few people authorized to go inside is sharing his experience and photos from the expedition.
 
It was three years ago when Kyle Erwin, 22, and two friends spent an afternoon inside the grandstand that’s a Goodyear landmark at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Loop 303.
 
“It was crazy cool,” Erwin said. “Abandoned places are always cool.”
 
Wed
02
Aug

Park 10 development rapidly growing in Avondale

Photos courtesy Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment, an upscale bowling and game destination, opened last year. (Photos courtesy Main Event Entertainment)
By Tim J. Randall
 
Development surrounding the Loop 101 and Interstate 10 junction is gaining steam with the evolution of a 43-acre mixed-use build, Park 10.
 
A four-phase construction, Park 10 houses phase one’s Main Event Entertainment, an upscale bowling and game destination. Additional restaurants include Rubio’s, Jack in the Box and Starbucks.
 
“This is a high-quality, mixed-use development that provides employment, commercial and retail opportunities that will be attractive for Avondale residents and create destinations that will attract people to our community,” said Daniel Davis, Avondale’s economic development director.
 
The groundbreaking for phase two is set for later this year, according to Su Moran, president of Parkland Development LLC, the Portland, Oregon-based firm responsible for bringing the venture to town. 
 
Tue
01
Aug

Local eye centers announce partnership


Barnet Dulaney Perkins is located in Palm Valley Office Park III at 1626 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 110, Goodyear. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

By West Valley View staff

American Vision Partners has teamed up with Southwestern and Barnet Dulaney Perkins eye centers, the latter of which has a Goodyear location.

Mon
31
Jul

New Tolleson Union principal is passionate about his job, students


New Tolleson Union High School Principal Felipe Mandurraga has a strong sports and academic background. He graduated from the school, and worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo courtesy Tolleson Union High School District)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Felipe Mandurraga has worked as a teacher, an MLB strength and conditioning coach and in high school sports. But nothing compares to coming home to Tolleson Union High School to serve as its principal.

Sun
30
Jul

Avondale hires new chief information officer

By West Valley View staff

Jeff Scheetz has been named the City of Avondale’s new chief information officer, charged with leading the municipality’s information technology department.

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