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Memorial Day events planned in West Valley

Ceremonies set in Avondale, Buckeye, Litchfield Park

West Valley cities will remember men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces during Memorial Day events.

 


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The Memorial Day holiday means some closures and schedule changes in West Valley cities May 29.

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May

Wigwam Creek students place in film contest

Two films by students in a West Valley middle school’s film class have won awards in a statewide short film competition.

Films by students at Wigwam Creek Middle School in Litchfield Park placed first and third in the middle school division of the Arizona Student Film Festival sponsored by the Phoenix Film Festival.

The films were created by students in the Media Tech class taught by Jason Keele.

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Brannon Hampton wins Goodyear runoff election

Goodyear has a new member on its City Council.

Brannon Hampton and Sara Gilligan competed May 16 for the remaining four-year seat on the Goodyear City Council after neither candidate reached the required majority vote in the March 14 primary election.

Hampton won the runoff election with 5,717 votes. Gilligan received 4,465.

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All Faith’s faithful leader

Cassie Wilkins leads West Valley food bank for 21 years and counting

By Jack Hines III

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She’s got your back(pack)

KAITLYN MARTINEZ, 13, of Tolleson and volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies and personal hygiene items April 19 for the nonprofit Backpacks4Kids Kaitlyn started after seeing a need in her own school. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Ray Thomas
KAITLYN MARTINEZ, 13, of Tolleson and volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies and personal hygiene items April 19 for the nonprofit Backpacks4Kids Kaitlyn started after seeing a need in her own school. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Ray Thomas

West Valley girl creates nonprofit to give disadvantaged youths school supplies

Childhood is often spent playing games, going to school, eating candy and making new friends. One Valley youth is spending her childhood making sure other children don’t go without.

Kaitlyn Martinez, 13, of Tolleson created Backpacks 4 Kids AZ Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 2015 to help local disadvantaged youths fill their backpacks with necessary supplies.

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Pool fence provides family peace of mind

TRISH WILSON, left, stands with her daughter, Tiffany Johnson, son-in-law, Levi, and grandsons Everett, 5 months, and Weston, 2, in front of a newly installed pool fence May 20 at her Avondale home.  View photo by Jordan Christopher
TRISH WILSON, left, stands with her daughter, Tiffany Johnson, son-in-law, Levi, and grandsons Everett, 5 months, and Weston, 2, in front of a newly installed pool fence May 20 at her Avondale home. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Barrier is 1 method of creating safe space around water for children

Trish Wilson is feeling better about having her young grandchildren visit this summer after she had a pool fence installed at her Avondale home.

I love my pool,” Wilson said. “We use it all the time during the summer.”

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Avondale approves $217M budget

Funding includes new resource center, expanded transit route

Avondale is loosening the purse strings with a city budget that includes funding for a new community resource center, park improvements and expanded transit routes.

The Avondale City Council has approved a 2017-18 tentative budget of $217 million, a 6 percent increase over the previous year.

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Summer reading program begins

As temperatures rise and schools let out, West Valley libraries launch the annual summer reading program.

One of the program’s goals is to combat the “summer slide” when students lose some of the progress made during the school year. According to the Maricopa County Library District, 20 minutes of reading every day can stop it entirely.

Buckeye is kicking off the summer reading program with a pool party at noon Friday at the Buckeye Aquatic Center, 207 N. Ninth St.

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Book-cess!

THE BUCKEYE BOOKMOBILE sports a colorful wrap after years of having a white backdrop with the Buckeye Public Library name on it. Submitted photo by city of Buckeye
THE BUCKEYE BOOKMOBILE sports a colorful wrap after years of having a white backdrop with the Buckeye Public Library name on it. Submitted photo by city of Buckeye

The next time Buckeye residents see the Bookmobile pass through the streets, there should be more material to take in.

The Buckeye Public Library designed a mobile wrap to plaster the side of its “library on wheels,” adorned with six native Arizona animals and a backdrop of the White Tank Mountains.

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Buckle up, Arizona

Law enforcement agencies launch annual seat belt campaign

Drivers caught breaking a primary law may save a few extra bucks by buckling up.

West Valley police departments are joining the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and other law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

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