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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news

Independent announces 2021 calendar photographers

Independent Newsmedia is happy to announce the photographers chosen to have their work featured in the 2021 Scenic Wall Calendar.
RECOGNITION

Angels on Patrol receives congressional recognition

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko presented a Congressional Recognition to Angels on Patrol for its work serving people in the community.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Abrazo ER doctor: Be creative, use precautions to keep Halloween spirits up

The coronavirus pandemic is spooky enough and we’re used to wearing a different kind of mask this year, but parents want to know, “Is it safe for kids to go trick or …
COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Southwest Valley to celebrate Veterans Day virtually

Goodyear and Avondale are planning special tributes for Veterans Day this year, despite restrictions on how events are handled. Because of social distancing and other COVID-19 requirements, the …
PLANNING AND ZONING

Transplant City Beer Co. move gets planning commission nod

The Litchfield Park Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-0 to recommend that the City Council approve a request by Transplant City Beer Co. to move its operations.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Class of 2021 athletes start to sign with colleges

The following West Valley area high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

2020 Week 1 West Valley Preps football scoreboard

Games played  Oct. 2 unless otherwise noted.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium volleyball digs deep to hold off Sunrise Mountain

There was every reason for Millennium  volleyball to run out of gas in the third set of its Sept. 24 match against visiting Sunrise Mountain. It was the Tigers 12th set of play in three …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

2020 Preps football preview: Millennium

Lamar Early knew his 2020 Millennium football team was up against it. And that was before the coach was exposed to COVID-19 through family members and the pandemic wiped out much of the young …
West Valley Preps

Football games to start Sept. 30, girls volleyball Sept. 21

Massive reductions in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Arizona in August allowed the Arizona Interscholastic Association to solidify its fall sports calendar.  
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

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.
We’re moving a little faster back into the world.
In the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, we rely on strong partnerships to offer academic rigor in a caring environment to more than 12,000 students. We often say that schools cannot do it alone, because we are aware that our educational excellence is tied directly to the support and engagement of our families and community.
Business

After just two weeks in operation, the new Peoria Night Market at Park West shopping center has closed, but those who want to see their favorite Southwest Valley vendors can still find them at weekend markets in Glendale and Surprise.

Over the past couple months, I’ve written articles and blogs with a focus on government action and inaction in response to the virus, stories heard on the street, and my attempts to be uplifting.
Darlene Powell has always wanted to live in Arizona. The retired Rikers Island correctional officer and now speech language pathologist from New York City did her research and found a new rental home would suit her well in her pursuit for the desert Southwest.
The Wigwam, Litchfield Park’s iconic, 440-acre resort, has been recognized with Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation.
Education

The Helios Education Foundation has awarded a grant to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to fulfill a dollar-for-dollar U.S. Department of Education Title V Endowment Match Challenge, resulting in $1.2 million in newly endowed scholarships funds.

Agua Fria Union High School District is searching for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Dennis Runyan when he retires in June.
Litchfield Elementary School District students whose families signed up for in-person learning at the beginning of the school year will return to the classroom five days a week beginning Oct. 26.
Agua Fria Union High School District’s Governing Board will hear an update Wednesday, Oct. 14 on the district’s transition to its hybrid schedule, which kicked off Monday.
Entertainment
Santa Fe artist Todd Abbott Winters, whose colorful water media paintings are created on paper, canvas and various panels, will be among the featured artists at November’s Litchfield Park Festival of Arts.

Litchfield Park Festival of Arts to celebrate golden anniversary

Art lovers who have been missing their festival fix since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down large gathering across the country can celebrate Arizona’s vibrant art scene at the 50th annual Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce's drive-thru Bootiful Night spooktacular will be held Friday, Oct. 30 at Estrella Mountain Community College.

Chamber plans Bootiful Night for trick-or-treaters

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bootiful Night Halloween spooktacular has changed a little to accommodate COVID-19 safety measures, but it will still provide a safe alternative for trick-or-treaters.

Goodyear’s Acting Zone takes home two ‘zonis’

Emilio Cress and Tammy Chavet of the Acting Zone Youth Theatre in Goodyear both took home “zoni” awards in the annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence ceremony Monday, Oct. 5.
Litchfield Park’s annual Oktoberfest on the lawn at The Wigwam will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

Oktoberfest to be city’s first large event since pandemic

Litchfield Park’s annual Oktoberbest may look different this year, but the beer, brats and sauerbraten will be flowing during the city’s first big event since the COVID-19 pandemic stopped large gatherings in March.
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