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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news
WASTE MANAGEMENT

Holiday pushes Litchfield Park trash service back one day

City of Litchfield Park waste haulers typically work rain, shine and holidays, but Thanksgiving is one of just three where they take a break, so residents need not put their trash, recycling and bulk items out Thursday, Nov. 26.
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Litchfield Park artist brings 1940s to life during HeART of Goodyear project

Esther BeLer Wodrich usually doesn’t get into character when she paints, but she made an exception for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic 1940s figure representing women who worked in the defense industry during World War II.
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Litchfield council awards $416,000 repaving contract

Motorists who regularly drive Litchfield Road between Wigwam Boulevard and Camelback Road will experience delays beginning in December as crews from Nesbitt Contracting Co. resurface the roadway.
NUCLEAR ENERGY

Palo Verde nuclear plant sets annual test

Southwest Valley residents who hear sirens from the Palo Verde Generating Station in Wintersburg on Wednesday, Dec. 2, need not worry. That’s the day the nuclear power plant will conduct its annual test.
HEALTH

Abrazo dietitian offers five ways to combat prediabetes

The holiday season is coming and so are big meals, sweets and more. It’s a time when many tend to overindulge. And we’ve endured months of a pandemic that has changed our eating and drinking habits. It’s a good time to consider our risk for prediabetes.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium unleashes full arsenal to regain 5A volleyball title

If Jordan Miller could rub her eyes (and it's 2020 so she really shouldn't)Nov. 21 she might have thought she was still playing on the 2018 Millennium team. The 2020 Tigers won the program's second state title Saturday, beating #7 Cave Creek Cactus Shadows (15-5) 25-22, 25-17, 25-20
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium volleyball continues roll into 3rd straight final

The Millennium High School volleyball team has lost only one game since the start of the 5A  tournament and after an impressive performance at the net in a semi-final win Nov. 19, the team is …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium rolls on, Ironwood reflects on progress

Two West Valley girls volleyball programs  with completely different perspectives met for the first time in recent memory in a 5A playoff quarterfinal Tuesday night. Ironwood came in …
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MILLER BRIDGES THE GAP

It may be hard for the three freshmen and two sophomore newcomers on the Millennium varsity volleyball roster to believe, but senior captain Jordan Miller was in their shoes two years ago. Miller …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

COVID causes West Valley football, volleyball cancellations

The statewide wave of COVID-related high school football game cancellations and changes hit the West Valley in earnest this week.
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

The holidays are a time of celebrations, time spent with family and friends, and a festive and colorful time of year. For some older adults, it can be a time of extreme loneliness and depression, especially this year with COVID-19 still looming.

My daughter is in sixth grade at L. Thomas Heck Middle School in Litchfield Park and will be returning to distant learning full-time along with other Litchfield Elementary School District students …
When you hear the word, “budget,” what does it mean to you? For many, it’s a hard-and-fast plan to reign in your spending, plot everything on a spreadsheet and consign yourself to counting pennies and not having much fun on the road to financial wellness. But there is another way — instead of a budget, create a “spending plan” for yourself.
With the announcement that Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the subject of quarantine is front page news.
Business

Goodyear’s Matthew Brandal is bringing GymGuyz mobile personal training to Southwest Valley residents. The company brings the trainer, equipment and workout to its clients at their homes, …

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has launched a new digital platform to help businesses thrive and give consumers another reason to shop in Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson, the communities it serves.
Happy Thanksgiving! As I’ve often said, it wasn’t the year we planned, but there are reasons to be grateful.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s annual Super Saturday is just around the corner.
Education

Great Hearts Academies teachers across the state, including those at the nonprofit public charter school network’s campuses in Goodyear, will receive more than $500,000 in bonus compensation in December, thanks to year-long donor support and a virtual telethon benefitting its Teacher Excellence Fund.

Students from across the Southwest Valley are invited to join more than 3,000 students from across the state for the first virtual Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference in January to discuss lasting ways to combat bullying, depression and suicide at their schools.
Just two weeks after transitioning preschool through fifth-grade students to full-time in-person learning, Litchfield Elementary School District is moving all students to full-time distance learning Monday, Nov. 9 until further notice due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Southwest Valley.
Agua Fria Union High School District students will return to full-time distance learning Monday, Nov. 9 and remain in that model through the end of the semester Dec. 18.
Entertainment
The Wigwam's 2019 tree towered above the resort. 2020's tree-lighting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27 on the resort's front lawn.

Wigwam to hold COVID-compliant tree-lighting Nov. 27

The Wigwam’s COVID-compliant annual tree-lighting Friday, Nov. 27, on the resort's front lawn will feature Santa, story time, hot chocolate, cookies and toy donations to the United Goodyear Firefighter Charities Toy Drive.

Dynamic piano duo next in Webb Center’s free virtual concert series

Juilliard trained masters Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will present a unique piano concert, created just for Webb Center audiences, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The free program will be broadcast …
Residents can have their pick of donated bowls Dec. 5 at WHAM Community Art Center in Surprise to support the effort to fight hunger in Arizona.

WHAM adds harmony to Bowls of Hope

WHAM Community Art Center in Surprise will soon sponsor a Celebrations of Hope event to help combat food insecurity in the Valley. Since the pandemic has hit, the Phoenix-area food insecurity …

West Valley Arts Council starts peacebuilding series

The West Valley Arts Council and Artio Services will present a Peacebuilding Through The Arts workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road in …
Church at Litchfield Park will be the site of Steve Renzi's hybrid in-person/Zoom presentation, Arizona's Great Escape, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Historian to discuss Arizona's Great Escape in Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park Historical Society, in partnership with the Church at Litchfield Park, will present Arizona’s Great Escape, a hybrid Zoom/in-person event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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