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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news
CONSTRUCTION

Litchfield Park seeks engineering services for downtown storm drain and floodplain project

Litchfield Park is seeking statements of qualification from firms/individuals wishing to be considered for engineering services for design of phases four and five of the city’s Downtown Storm Drain and Floodplain Re-Delineation Project.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

West Valley Mavericks golf tournament raises more than $300K for charity

Despite the uncertainties of planning a major event during the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Valley Mavericks Foundation pulled off its most successful Maverick Golf Tournament to date, drawing 344 golfers to the Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park and raising more than $300,000 for local charities, including Make-A-Wish Arizona.
CELEBRATIONS

Litchfield Park to celebrate Independence Day with Splash Bash, Wigwam fireworks show

A year after canceling its annual Fourth of July Splash Bash and fireworks show at the Wigwam resort due to the COVID-19, the city of Litchfield Park is bringing both events back this Independence Day.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

ADHS reports 25 new weekly coronavirus cases in Litchfield Park

Because of technical difficulties that prevented Friday, June 11, numbers from being posted, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 25 new coronavirus cases in the Litchfield Park 85340 ZIP code four more than the 21 new weekly cases reported last Friday.
NETWORKING/EDUCATION

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits registering for 2021 Engage Conference

Registration has opened for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit’s 2021 Engage Conference featuring four half-days of virtual programming throughout August to engage and inform nonprofit staff, board and volunteers in effective leadership and collaboration to rebuild, strengthen and succeed.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
WEST VALLEY PREPS

2021 All-West Valley Preps softball team

This is the eighth year West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best softball players it covers in the Northwest Valley. Here is the 2021 All West Valley Preps softball team:
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Goodyear trio takes different paths to college sports

Connor Hill, Nayeli Mancilla and Gabby Sangillo all graduated from Goodyear high schools in May, secure in the knowledge they will continue their athletic careers at a four-year university. They …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

2021 All-West Valley Preps boys volleyball team

For the third time, West Valley Preps has seen enough boys volleyball in the 2021 season to put together a team of the top players in the West Valley.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Casteel lefty Isaac Rehfield blanks Millennium in 5A baseball quarters

It didn’t matter if the game was well in hand or if future pitching strategy would be a consideration in this single elimination tourney, there was no way Casteel senior lefty Isaac Rehfield …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium baseball just outlasts determined Centennial

Millennium  baseball finished the regular season with a target on its back, and Centennial nearly hit it April 29 in Goodyear. The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead in their first turn at bat of their final regular season game.
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It has been a source of political debate since day one.

We are now in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold.
On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” His comments are valid today.
As I like to support local business, I stopped at a battery/bulb store yesterday.
Business

Barro’s Pizza and Pepsi have partnered for the sixth year in a row to raise money for children and families affected by pediatric cancer.

Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.
Airbnb and Vrbo, an Expedia Group company, has announced a partnership to develop the Community Integrity Program.
AZ MediQuip, a leader in home medical equipment retailing, has opened its newest store in Goodyear.
Education

Estrella Mountain Community College invites the public to a two-day virtual Juneteenth Freedom Day event Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17.

The Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary Foundation announced that it has become an official affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in an effort to promote literacy in the Southwest Valley.
As Litchfield Elementary School District transitions to the 2022 academic year, L. Thomas Heck Middle School Assistant Principal Anthony Paduano is preparing for a transition of his own
Catholic Charities’ Westside Head Start is enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year, which will include enrollment into the Tonopah School District for Head Start, Early Head Start, pregnant mothers and home-based programs.
Entertainment
Meals of Joy's Duck Derby will be virtual this year; organizers are hoping to top the $11,000 raised during 2020's virtual event.

Meals of Joy Duck Derby fundraiser returns July 4; someone will win $1,000

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors, will hold its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Sunday, July 4.
“Untitled,’ by Kat Russum is part of the “From Darkness to Light” exhibit opening June 11 at Arts HQ in Surprise. Ms. Russum said she lost her grandmother and aunt to cancer. She received this mask, a full bust from an anonymous donor. She wrote that the mask immediately reminded her of a cocoon, and that the holes in the mask are where radiation markers were. They’re meant to portray the opening of a chrysalis and windows into which light — literally and metaphorically — pours in.

Exhibit in Surprise brings cancer stories to light

Arts HQ in Surprise will play host to “From Darkness Into Light,” an exhibit designed to inspire and empower those going through a cancer journey, through a partnership between the West …
Panels on the Arndt family's home in Litchfield Park are lit up with patriotic displays honoring America's fallen.

Litchfield Park family invites community to view Memorial Day light display

The Arndt family of Litchfield Park invites the community to drive by over the Memorial Day weekend to view a light show honoring America’s fallen.
St. Joseph's Youth Camp provides numerous outdoor activities for particpants.

Camp seeks Valley teens to serve as summer youth camp counselors

After a year-long closure due to COVID-19 for many Arizona overnight summer camps, the 2021 summer camp season is a light of fun at the end of a tunnel.
Young ballet dancers practice under the watchful eye of Tasha Stramecki.

Southwest Ballet Theatre names new artistic director, head instructor

Southwest Ballet Theatre announced the selection of Tasha Stramecki as its new artistic director and head ballet instructor.
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