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PARADISE VALLEY NEWS & OPINION
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Government

Paradise Valley begins catch-up on General Plan update work

This fall, work may move swiftly on the 2022 General Plan update process as Paradise Valley town staff sets up a series of proposed deadlines to begin renewing the 10-year document. With COVID-19 …

Labor Day rally demands Arizonans' right to work

A crowd boasting American flags and Trump hats gathered this Labor Day morning at the Arizona Capitol to defend the rights of business owners. Bill Crawford, Scottsdale business owner and former …
Transportation

Long wait for I-11 to Vegas continues

Federal and state officials have long wanted to connect Phoenix and Las Vegas as part of a long interstate that runs from Mexico to Canada.
COVID-19

Maricopa County announces COVID-19 antibody project

Maricopa County Department of Public Health is embarking on an investigation to estimate how many people in Maricopa County have been infected with COVID-19, beyond those who have had a positive …
Development

Planning Commission requests extension to continue Smoke Tree study

The Paradise Valley Planning Commission is requesting an extension on its study of Smoke Tree Resort, recommending to push its deadline to December. In addition, the commission and applicant have …
COVID-19

COVID-19 complications: One Valley doctor outlines 'unusual' symptoms, ongoing conditions

As days and months living with the looming threat of COVID-19 roll by, one Valley doctor is reporting the emergence of post-infectious complications in his patients due to the virus, including …
Tourism

‘Staycationers’ keep resorts afloat during pandemic

Without typical summer travelers, corporate meetings, weddings, events or even dinner parties, Phoenix’s hospitality industry is being challenged with booking their rooms. They turned to the …
Public comment sought

Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan update begins

Paradise Valley and Maricopa County officials are soliciting public input as a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan begins its update process. Hazard mitigation planning is the process …
Opinion

A potential new trend in Paradise Valley is sellers dividing up single-family homes into fractional ownership or timeshares, possibly for commercial purposes. This past summer, we had a diligent …

“The challenge for the new City Council will be to understand what has happened in the past, what is truly happening in the economy now, and what the real assets and inadequacies of the …
Living in Paradise
Business
IN THE KNOW

In the Know: One-on-one with Jason Ayala on consumer behavior

As consumer spending has undoubtedly shifted during the time of the novel coronavirus, Independent Newsmedia reached out Certified Financial Planner Jason Ayala. Mr. Ayala, a Scottsdale-based …

Michael Waltrip Brewing distributes ‘Two-Time’ beer through Hensley Beverage Company

Phoenix-based Michael Waltrip Brewing Company has announced a distribution agreement with Hensley Beverage Company, which is noted as Arizona’s largest beer and beverage distributor.

Valley sees record home sale closings in July

The summer in Arizona is usually a time when Realtors can take a bit of a load off because of lower demand compared to the rest of the year. But the housing industry in 2020, like so many aspects …

Studio Ma designs energy-efficient townhomes in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood

Architect firm Studio Ma has designed a new housing development in Phoenix called The Hollyhock, which aims to be more sustainable and carry higher density.

Phoenix Chamber launches dashboard to guide local businesses

The Greater Phoenix Chamber launched the Arizona Economic Dashboard, a new tool developed to collect economic data to measure Arizona’s progress through economic recovery and beyond.
Education

Through Nov. 10,  to celebrate young people making a difference in volunteering, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals invite local youth volunteers to apply for scholarships and national recognition  from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

This November, Scottsdale Unified School District voters will select three new Governing Board members to begin terms in January 2021. Six candidates are running for the three open seats. …
Entertainment
“Elemental Figures” opens with a virtual reception to the public from 6:30 to 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 18, broadcasted live on The Walter Art Gallery Facebook page and  on display at Walter Art Gallery from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15.

Walter Art Gallery virtually debuts “Elemental Figures” exhibition

The Walter Art Gallery presents the new exhibition “Elemental Figures” featuring the work of local artists: Amanda Adkins, John Tuomisto Bell, and Abbey Messmer.
Legendary actor Ed Asner will star in “Hunker Down,” a live online theatrical production on Sept. 22.

Ed Asner stars in new online theatrical production, ‘Hunker Down’

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, with Jewish Family & Children’s Service, will present “Hunker Down,” a live theatrical event starring Ed Asner to be broadcast online on Sept. 22.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Arizona Science Center reopens with new ways to visit

The Arizona Science Center, now open to the public, has announced options for self-guide tours, guided experiences, or a combination of both while following health and safety guidelines. …
The Roaring Fork, 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, is one of the many local restaurants participating in fall Arizona Restaurant Week later this month.

Arizona Restaurant Week returns featuring Scottsdale, PV establishments

While it has been modified to meet new regulations due to COVID-19, Arizona Restaurant Week: Dine In or Take Out returns this fall for 10-days of culinary exploration from Friday, Sept. 18 through …
What Will I Say to the Sky and Earth will be among featured works at the Heard Museum's Larger Than Memory exhibit in Phoenix.

Heard Museum’s ‘Larger Than Memory’ exhibit honors Indigenous artists

Presenting fresh, contemporary art ideas, the largest exhibition of current art in the Heard Museum’s 90-year history opens on Sept. 4 and is on display through Jan. 3, 2021 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, can be done from any selected location, at one’s own pace, while safely distancing.

Register to participate in virtual PCH 5K

The Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K will "run" virtually on Friday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Mary Ann Luciano

Ballet Arizona starts new season with some new board members

Ballet Arizona announces the appointment of eight new members  who will bring their “unique business experience” to the organization.  “We are so pleased to have this …
Eliana Pipes is the winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.

Pipes wins 2020 ATC National Latinx Playwriting Award

Eliana Pipes, a playwright, actor and filmmaker, recently won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.
Tickets will be available for an in-person, live streamed ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra concert to be held on Nov. 8. at: pmaz.org.

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra schedules live-stream, in-person concert

ProMusica Arizona announces plans to present a concert entitled, “A Musical Kaleidoscope,” featuring musical talent in small ensembles and solo performances.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to host road trip-themed event to end summer

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is gearing up for an end-of-the-summer event that will take guests on “a nostalgic road trip through the lower 48.”
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