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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
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Litchfield Park officially recognizes two new holidays

Litchfield Park City Council approved an agenda item Wednesday to make New Year’s Eve and Juneteenth official city holidays. Prior to the adoption, Litchfield Park recognized 11 city …
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Agua Fria school district announces new COVID guidelines

The Agua Fria Union High School District has released its COVID-19 guidelines ahead of reopening for the fall semester in early August, showing a loosening of restrictions in line with other Arizona …
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Arizona monsoon season brings rain, dust — and dangers

Finally, a little relief arrived this week with the start of monsoon season, bringing with it rising humidity and thunderstorms across much of the state. While the moisture could improve air …
West Valley

Litchfield Park adopts $45M budget

The city of Litchfield Park adopted its Fiscal Year 2022 budget on July 7 without much fanfare or discussion.
Transportation

Valley Metro releases new app with real-time tracking

Ever wonder when your bus is arriving? Or, when the next train will pull into the station? Ponder no more. Valley Metro officials report as through partnership with the city of Phoenix and Vix …
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
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Class of 2021 athletes finish signing with colleges (UPDATED)

The following West Valley area high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.
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2021 All-West Valley Preps baseball team

For the eighth year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best baseball players it covers in the Northwest Valley. Here is the complete all-West Valley Preps baseball team:
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:
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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 …
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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.
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

Sunday, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms and stigma associated with PTSD.

Getting married is one of the happiest days of our lives. However, marriage is a legal union as much as it is a romantic one. Therefore, it is important to consider financial and legal implications before tying the knot.
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.
Business

Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce officials are gearing up for the chamber’s annual membership meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Curve Luxury Suite at Phoenix Raceway.

Silicon Valley-based agriculture tech startup OnePointOne is expanding its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale.
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.
Education

Agua Fria Union High School District governing board has approved an $88 million budget for fiscal year 2022. The total budget limit of $88,546,396 is based on an enrollment of 8,590 students. …

Agua Fria Union High School District is asking for public input for the planned budget override election on Nov. 2, 2021. The district is seeking 15% more funding for maintenance and operation …
The planned American Leadership Academy-West Foothills campus near 175th and Olive avenues in Waddell was on a tight but possible turnaround, breaking ground April 23 with plans on opening for classes in August.
Valor Preparatory Academy of Arizona, a tuition-free hybrid school for grades 6-11, has partnered with its neighbors at Estrella Mountain Community College to allow students to take college courses free of charge while attending Valor Prep.
Entertainment
“Zen” by Arizona resident Giai Tat is one of the embelished masks on display as part of the “From Darkness to Light” exhibit now on display at Arts HQ in the Surprise Civic Center. Tat wrote that it has been an honor to be asked to embellish this radiation mask for Cancer Support Community Arizona. Art therapy is for everyone, and it does not matter what your age is, whether you are a man or woman, or what your race or situation is, art makes everything better.

Masks continue journey to Arts HQ in Surprise

Cancer Support Community Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that delivers free support services, programming, and resources to cancer patients and their families, is kicking off National Cancer …
Litchfield Park’s 2021 Fourth of July Splash Bash will feature a day of swimming and family friendly activities at the recreation center pool as in years past.

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.
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.
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