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Surprise resident Dave Boucos recently got $50,000 as he was greeted with a gigantic-sized check, balloons plus all the fanfare and excitement that goes with winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. more
Mario Enciso saw his future each day driving from a downtown Phoenix apartment to classes at Arizona State University. He had just moved to Arizona from San Diego in 2011, and his trip to ASU to … more
Former Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker — who was elected to the Mesa City Council in 1986 and served 10 years and then served two consecutive terms as mayor from 2000 to 2008 — has died. Hawker … more
Three years after its inception, the Dementia Friendly Surprise collaboration of city staff, research and care groups, and local nonprofits is flourishing. Surprise was second of nine communities to join Dementia Friendly Arizona in 2019. more
Poverty, prejudice, and bullying is part of the narrative Zachary Q. Watson shares in his debut memoir called “You don’t have a story: Growing up Black and Poor in Scottsdale.” more
Special Olympics of Arizona, headquartered in Goodyear, received a $2,500 grant as part of a charitable giving effort from Cox employees who raised a total of $608,708 to nonprofits across the … more

The room was full for a Zumba party as several people gathered Saturday morning, Oct. 15, for a good cause. Hosted at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, the city of Chandler hosted a Pink Zumba Party … more
Before Becky Kennard was selected as a contestant on the CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” the Surprise mom of five decided if she had the chance to win any kind of money, she wouldn’t risk it on a possible bigger prize. more
During the Oct. 9 Arizona Cardinals game, one Scottsdale resident was among Cigna employees, guests and 125 cancer survivors who were honored and performed in the halftime show with team … more
Jehovah’s Witnesses have resumed their public ministry after a two-year pause due to the pandemic.  Representatives of the Christian denomination can once again be seen spreading their … more
Driving around Paradise Valley, you may have encountered a pair of cars with license plates reading “jazz” and “jazzed.” Owned by Rich Rector and his wife, the former has turned his long-standing passion for jazz music into a radio show where he captivates listeners with an array of jazz accompanied by his commentary. more
Meet your neighbor, Lillian Turner, a Scottsdale resident who is a part of the Scottsdale-based Make-A-Wish organization. In the Q & A below, Turner talks about her passion for volunteering for … more
When Bill Frank first started copying comic strips in his adolescent years, little did he know his talent for art would lead to such an interesting life. more

Recess should be a time for a kid to exercise, explore and have fun with friends — but at Litchfield Elementary School, playground offerings are limited.  Students from third to fifth … more
Beginning next year, the Southwest Valley will have more tools in its kit to help combat the rising wave of homelessness, especially among families. The West Valley Housing Assistance Center, … more
Going on more than six decades, the Phoenix Heart Ball will once again bring a spotlight to the dangers and prevention of heart disease as one of the Valley’s most prominent fundraisers … more
President Joe Biden and thousands of his supporters from around the country attended a White House celebration Tuesday afternoon, lauding the passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, signed … more
There was a big victory in Lisa Bartlett’s last-place finish. The Peoria resident had just taken up running in a serious way three years earlier right before her 51st birthday. A late start? Not for her. more
The roots of Elmar Cobos run deep in Peoria. more
Elmar Cobos has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Coach/Mentor category. more

Peoria Police Officer Beth Griffin keeps her tool belt well stocked. more
Beth Griffin has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Emergency Responder category. more
Peoria resident Mike Heath came to know the spirit of outreach as a boy watching his father, Charles, who owned and operated a Standard Oil/Chevron gas station, donate his free time to several organizations and help people with advice on car repairs. more
Mike Heath has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the volunteer category. more
Maylee Acosta says she’s not entirely sure where her passion for service was born but it certainly came to the forefront as a young girl at Sundance Elementary School when she would ask her … more
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