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Sat
22
Jul

LESD Foundation raising funds brick by brick


The historic arches at Litchfield Elementary School will serve as the location of the Centennial Walkway. (Photo courtesy Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation)
By Erica J. Shumaker
 
The Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation was relaunched to raise at least $100,000 through the sale of legacy bricks.
 
The project, which celebrates the district’s 100th anniversary, has raised more than $8,000, as of press time. The funds will go into an endowment to help fund the district’s annual PRIDE Awards, which honor a teacher and staff member from each of the district’s schools. The Litchfield Elementary School District includes elementary and middle schools in Litchfield Park, Buckeye, Avondale and Goodyear. 
 
The public can purchase the legacy bricks for $100 to $50,000 through the Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation until August 1 via lesdedfoundation.org.
 
Fri
21
Jul

Goodyear continues ‘Movie Nights at the Ballpark’ series


Goodyear Ballpark hosts “Movie Nights at the Ballpark” as well as sports programs, concerts and graduations. (Photo courtesy City of Goodyear)
By West Valley View Staff
 
Families are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and come decked out in their most comfortable pajamas to see a movie under the stars at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. 
 
This summer’s “Movie Nights at the Ballpark” series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, with the PG-rated Angry Birds. In this animated tale, an island inhabited by flightless birds is visited by green pigs. Find out what the pigs are up to and why the birds are so angry.
 
Parking and admission are free. Concessions are available for purchase. Gates open 30 minutes before showtime.
 
The program wraps on Friday, Aug 18, with Sing, which is rated PG. A failing theater hosts a singing competition town that goes way beyond the hosts expectations in this animated movie filled with plenty of talented animal characters.
 
Fri
21
Jul

Avondale teaching coding for fourth year


Gov. Doug Ducey visits with computer programming students in the fall of 2016. (Photo courtesy Avondale Elementary School District)
By Connor Dziawura
 
For the Avondale Elementary School District, education is about moving forward.
 
This fall, the Avondale Elementary School District will embark on its fourth year of teaching computer programming and coding to kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The program has seen a smooth transition and tremendous growth in the district’s curriculum.
 
“It’s an incredible equalizer,” said Betsy Hargrove, Avondale Elementary School District superintendent. “It doesn’t matter what your background is; it doesn’t matter where you come from; it doesn’t matter if English is your first language or second language, because coding is a brand new language.”
 
“Students who traditionally may have struggled in school all of the sudden have a level playing field and the same entry point and can pace themselves through the curriculum.”
 
Fri
21
Jul

Avondale celebrating local artists by offering grants

By Erica J. Shumaker
 
The City of Avondale is expanding its support to nonprofit agencies and educational organizations via its Art Sponsorship Program.
 
The program, offered for the first time through the Avondale Municipal Art Committee, provides funding to groups to support and enhance arts education and activities in Avondale. Successful applicants could be awarded up to $1,000 for art enrichment programs, special events or community projects that serve the Avondale community.
 
The deadline to apply is August 30.
 
“The grant is for nonprofit or educational programs that are interested in doing art projects in the city,” said Pier Simeri, staff liaison to the Avondale Municipal Art Committee.
 
Thu
20
Jul

Avondale’s Pets program aims to educate residents


While the PIPS program started with two teams, its size has grown and fluctuated over the years, usually sitting at around five or six teams. (West Valley file photo)
By Connor Dziawura
 
In Avondale, dogs really are man’s best friend.
 
For nearly 10 years, Avondale has been home to the police department’s Pets in Police Service (PIPS) program, which aims to help educate and aid residents. The department’s volunteer coordinator, Debbie Ray, has headed the program since its inception in 2008.
 
“Initially, we started using the therapy dog teams with the Family Advocacy Center,” Ray said. “They would work with children who were coming into the playroom area. Most of the children that were coming in were victims of violent crime. And they would meet and greet with the kids before they were actually going to be interviewed by a detective for whatever situation they were having.”
 
While the PIPS program started with two teams, its size has grown and fluctuated over the years, usually sitting at around five or six teams.
 
Thu
20
Jul

Buckeye mayor to chair government association


Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck (Photo courtesy City of Buckeye)
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
 
Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck has been tapped to chair the Maricopa Association of Governments for the next year.
 
“It is an honor and a privilege to chair MAG this year, especially during its 50th anniversary,” Meck said. “MAG and its members are dedicated to regional planning and investing in the future.
 
“Those who know me, know I have deep roots in the Valley and preserving history is very important to me. And while I may reside in the West Valley, I also know that the entire region must succeed together.”
 
Wed
19
Jul

Avondale celebrating local artists by offering grants


Abandoned Gas Station with Detailed Skull & Abstract Art Mural, Avondale(Joey Castro and Angel Diaz, flickr)

By Erica J. Shumaker

The City of Avondale is expanding its support to nonprofit agencies and educational organizations via its Art Sponsorship Program.

Wed
19
Jul

Litchfield Park Council appoints city clerk, searches for city manager


The Litchfield Park City Council unanimously appointed Terri Roth to the city clerk position on July 12. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

By Israel Gonzalez

The Litchfield Park City Council appointed a new city clerk on July 12, while continuing the search for a city manager.

Tue
18
Jul

Opioid addiction survivor awakens lost dreams with golf


Avondale resident Moe Moran works as a golf pro at a West Valley course. (West Valley View photo by Tim Sealy)
By Scott Shumaker
 
Avondale resident Moe Moran's deep, gravelly voice and New York City accent quickly give away his earlier life on the East Coast. He has a friendly and direct manner, and an easy laugh.
 
Moran, 59, was an officer with the NYPD for 26 years, and after talking with him, you might think he was placed in that role by a central casting department for a police drama.
 
He mentions cop shows on TV when he talks about his law enforcement career. The fictional stories, he said, don’t begin to cover the horrible things he saw as a cop in NYC. He’s seen everything, including 9/11, he said.
But Moran said nothing he experienced in his career was as “horrifying” as his 10 days in detoxing from heroin in 2004. 
 
Sat
15
Jul

UPDATE: Man fatally shot after allegedly rear-ending deputy in Goodyear

One man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting Thursday afternoon in a busy shopping center near Dysart and McDowell roads in Goodyear, officials said.

At about noon, a deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was sitting in his vehicle on a lunch break when a vehicle hit his from behind, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, an MCSO spokesman.

When the deputy exited his vehicle to check on the driver, a man later identified as Pedro Rubio, 42, approached him with a knife, Enriquez said.

Rubio continued toward the deputy despite receiving commands to drop the knife, and the deputy shot him, he said.

Rubio was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, where he later died, Enriquez said.

No deputies or civilians were injured, he said.

Rubio was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, Enriquez said.

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