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PARADISE VALLEY NEWS & OPINION
News
Government

Paradise Valley manholes in ‘critical’ condition repaired

A shared agreement between Scottsdale and Paradise Valley found sections of the local sewer system in need of repair. The completed work did not interrupt sewer service for residents, town …
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Changes to construction sales tax eyed closely by Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is watching potential legislation swirling around construction sales tax — one of the town’s relied-upon cash cows. In 2020, the town accrued a reported $7.6 million …
Town

Call for Town of Paradise Valley committee volunteers

The Town of Paradise Valley seeks residents interested in sharing their time and experience by serving on one of the town’s volunteer committees. The Town of Paradise Valley has a proud …
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Paradise Valley’s main focus at the state capitol: short-term rental reform

“Short-term rentals, short-term rentals and short-term rentals,” is the way one Paradise Valley Town Councilmember described their priorities for the 2021 legislative session. Each …
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COVID-19 sowing challenges for public participation at Legislature

The Arizona Legislature — the group of elected leaders who craft our laws — is preparing to begin its 2021 session with little known plans about virtual, public participation. The …
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With optimism for the future, Paradise Valley enters 2021

At the dawn of 2021, Paradise Valley officials are looking forward to the hope of normalcy sometime this year. Beyond the COVID-19 vaccine, which is estimated to be doled out to the general …
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Q&A: What does 2021 entail for Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner

While the wall calendar might reset for a new year, steadfast hard work remains a continued priority for Paradise Valley in 2021, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner says. January marks a new year, and a …
Police

Police: Appliance, power tools taken from home

A Paradise Valley home fell victim to burglary just before the Christmas holiday, police officials say. Paradise Valley Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a residential …
Opinion

2020 was a harrowing year in America’s rich and complicated history. Our great nation was faced with a novel virus and an old deeply ingrained racial disease aching for healing and remedy. …

The Town of Paradise Valley is updating their General Plan; now is the time to get involved and take part in the process. This exciting initiative will result in a new long-range planning …
Living in Paradise
Business
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The Independent Interview: One-on-one with Scottsdale Realtor Gary Shapiro

Through necessity oftentimes innovations born to survive become staples of doing business in industries impacted by acts beyond one’s control. Looking beyond the tumultuous times of the …
Emerging Trends

What innovations will stick around in Arizona real estate beyond the coronavirus?

Thrust into a vast and complex digital landscape, Arizona business leaders agree enterprises able to pivot into online digital commerce models spells success for some — but doom for …

Valley Realtor Debbie Kimball joins Corcoran Platinum Living

Corcoran Platinum Living — an independent luxury real estate brokerage with five offices and over 150 agents across Arizona — announces Debbie Kimball has joined the brokerage in the D.C. Ranch office.
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The Independent Interview: One-on-one with Dub Dellis at Walt Danley Realty

Within a free marketplace economies within economies oftentimes develop and the Phoenix metropolitan housing market is no exception. The luxury real estate game --- properties at $750,000 or …
Business

Canyon State Electric donates video, electrical equipment as ‘thank you’

Canyon State Electric’s Technologies Division is giving back to Classic Cooking Academy by donating updated video and electrical equipment for its classroom setting as a thank you for the …
Education

Jann-Michael Greenburg and Julie Cieniawski will be at the helm of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board for the 2021-22 calendar year. At the first meeting of each new calendar …

Dr. Scott Menzel is doing a fine job during his first six months as Scottsdale Schools’ Superintendent, the school board announced following a private mid-year evaluation. The Scottsdale …
Entertainment
Dr. Jeff Hall

AAUW to host talk with director of Lowell Observatory

Join the American Association of University Women — Northwest Valley for a Zoom conversation Jan. 21 with Dr. Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
Carrying “the musical and social torch that was first lit by the powerful duo of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, original inventors of the Afrobeat sound,” the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is led by funky heiress Camille Sledge with its 16-strong orchestra and musicians.

Herberger Theater to present 3 outdoor concerts in January

The Herberger Theater Center announces its new Art of Celebration Concert Series featuring three concerts on The Pavilion, its new outdoor stage.
Royal Palms Live Music & Classic Movie Series.

Royal Palms continues concerts, classic movies

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its free Live Music & Classic Movie Series with local musicians, timeless films and the stunning views of Camelback Mountain.
Playwright, “Supernatural” Executive Producer Steve Yockey.

ATC’s 2021 ‘Hang & Focus’ podcast series launches Jan. 8

Steve Yockey, a Los Angeles-based playwright whose work is produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and longtime colleague of Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director Sean Daniels, is this year’s first guest on ATC’s Hang & Focus podcast at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.
The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival allows home viewers to travel from the beaches and shuks of Israel to Hollywood sound stages; from snowy Norway forests to the Yankee Stadium announcers’ booth; and from an operating room in modern-day Italy to the cobblestone back alleys of wartime France.

Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.
Winner of five awards, Tastes and Treasures II: A storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, has 216 pages; comes in hard cover, with full-color photos for $30

Arizona history cookbook Tastes and Treasures II heats up for holiday season

Part Arizona history baked with storytelling makes for appetizing recipes in Tastes and Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Things to do: Arizona State Fairgrounds launches Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food

The Arizona State Fair is hosting its first ever “Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food” campaign. Due to the overwhelming demand for Arizona State Fair drive-thru edible creations event …
Puff can often be found chilling on his rock in his off-exhibit enclosure or roaming around the reptile lab for exercise.

‘Puff on the Shelf’ debuts at Butterfly Wonderland through Dec. 25

Aside from thousands of colorful butterflies as Butterfly Wonderland’s main attraction, another fan-favorite is Puff, a Chinese water dragon who resides in the Rainforest Reptiles exhibit.
The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Highways and Dierks Bentley collaborate for a virtual performance of "I Love You Arizona."

The Phoenix Symphony notes: ‘I Love You Arizona’ in virtual show

The Phoenix Symphony has found a new way to express its admiration and pride for Arizona as its 66 musicians created a virtual performance of the Rex Allen, Jr. song “I Love You Arizona.”

Town of Paradise Valley resident shares a page from Tombstone history

In order to tell a little of the story of the newspaper in the town that became known as “the town too tough to die,” I need to start with a bit of Arizona history. Tombstone itself …
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