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Summer Reading Program coming to Avondale Public Library

        MORE INFORMATION The Maricopa County Reads summer reading program went online in 2013. Annual participation grows each year, with more than 80,000 children, …

Goodyear accepting funding applications from nonprofits through June 15

Nonprofits interested in receiving funding from the city of Goodyear have until Monday, June 15 to apply. The city has scheduled an optional pre-application webinar at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 for …

Assistance League of Phoenix fills the void left by vicious cycle of poverty

The children are our future. The nice sentiment of future generations becoming the leaders of tomorrow oftentimes comes with the blood, sweat and tears of family members, school leaders --- and …

West Valley Mavericks award $375,000 in grants to 82 area nonprofits

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation awarded more than $375,000 in grants to 82 local non-profit organizations, the organization announced in a May 21 news release. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) …

Arizona Community Foundation announces grant, scholarship, loan distributions

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors recently announced grant, scholarship and loan distributions for its fiscal year, which ended March 31.

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Maricopa County reports increase in building permit submissions

Data from the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department shows some encouraging signs for the nation’s fastest-growing county. Building permit submissions are up …

Luke AFB’s new commander arrives from Baghdad, Iraq

Luke Air Force Base airmen welcomed their new wing commander May 27 as Brig. Gen. Gregory Kreuder took command of the 56th Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. Todd D. Canterbury. Mr. Kreuder, a command …

O’Connor U launched by Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has launched a new transformational initiative to bring its educational programs online, O’Connor U. The initiative provides innovative civics …

Buckeye honors the fallen in Memorial Day video

The city of Buckeye honored American’s fallen in an 11-minute Memorial Day video posted to Facebook on May 25. Filmed at the city’s community cemetery, the virtual ceremony held …

Litchfield Park streams virtual Memorial Day ceremony on Facebook

Blue and Gold Star mothers of men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces stood solemnly in front of Litchfield Park’s World War II Memorial early Monday, May 25 as the calls of …
Goodyear Business News
Cigna Medical Group recently partnered with Blue Sky Organic Farms, a family farm located in Litchfield Park to provide fresh produce to their employees. Medical workers at two Peoria locations participated. Some employees who ordered a box of fresh produce recently picked them up at the Westridge Health Center, 2302 N. 75th Ave., Phoenix.

Medical workers getting a balanced diet: Cigna provides fresh produce to frontliners

Cigna Medical Group is supporting its more than 1,000 employees working on the frontlines in health care centers across the Valley …
Sipping Sisters Café owner Heather Peoples, right, and her daughter, Brandi will hold a virtual ribbon-cutting at their Avondale restaurant Wednesday, May 13.

Southwest Valley eateries have differing approaches to reopening

Southwest Valley eateries’ approaches to reopening are as varied as their menus. Many restaurant owners announced their statuses …
Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital is located in Arrowhead Orchards Medical Center in Glendale.

Abrazo resumes elective surgeries

Abrazo Health hospitals resumed elective care on May 1 for patients across the Valley. That’s good news for Surprise residents …
Meals of Joy head Chef Jack Kastel, left, and Founder Larry Cervarich with meals packaged for delivery.

Meals of Joy awarded $10,000 Microsoft grant

Meals of Joy, a Litchfield Park-based nonprofit meal delivery service for West Valley seniors in need, has been awarded a $10,000 …
As the pandemic was ramping up last month, a survey from the National Association of Realtors found about 30% of those who worked with clients who put contracts on homes had at least one buyer who put in a contract without physically seeing the home.

Is the pandemic causing more people to buy homes sight unseen?

Over the years, consumers have warmed up to buying certain products online, when before they would choose to buy them at a brick and …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

AIA, Gov Ducey start to lay out conditions for high school, youth sports to return

During an Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board meeting via Zoom May 28, the board endorsed a set of guidelines produced by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for what a safe return …
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THE LOST SEASON

Seven seniors in the Class of 2020 helped start the Millennium boys volleyball program four years ago and were denied a legitimate shot to finish their careers with the state title by the COVID-19 …

Buckeye registering for virtual sports classes

Buckeye’s “Active at Home” program is releasing three virtual classes to keep children active and engaged at home, while learning the basics of popular youth sports – soccer, …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium girls hoops stays in social studies department for new coach

Kevin Thomas moved to Arizona two years ago for his wife's career while finishing studies online for a master's degree in educational leadership. He chose to take a history teaching job at …
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More Class of 2020 athletes sign with universities

  The following local high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.   West Valley Preps will update the list …
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The human race has been at war with microscopic pathogens since the dawn of time. The Ten Plagues of Egypt of the Old Testament, the Black Death of the 14th century, malaria, TB, cholera, polio, …

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in …
Education

Buckeye’s Summer Reading Program launches June 1

Buckeye’s Summer Reading Program runs Monday, June 1 to Friday, July 31 at both branches -- Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. 6th St., and the Coyote Branch, 21699 W. Yuma Road, Suite 116, Buckeye …

Millennium highest ranked Agua Fria District school per US News

U.S. News & World Report this spring revealed the 2020 Best High Schools, with a number of Goodyear and Avondale schools among those recognized. This edition ranks more schools across America …

Rio Salado representative earns fellowship honor

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced that Rio Salado Community College interim president Kate Smith is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising …

5 sets of twins among Trivium Prep’s Class of 2020

The academic year at Great Hearts Trivium Prep, 2001 N. Bullard Ave., Goodyear, ended in unique fashion. The graduating senior Class of 2020 at Trivium Prep features five sets of twins: Audrey and …

Virtual Graduation Project to include Belen Soto principal

      Virtual Graduation Project to include Belen Soto principal Event honors Class of 2020 More than 40 Arizonans have answered the call to bring a bit of celebration, …
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