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PARADISE VALLEY NEWS & OPINION
News
Super Bowl 2023

Paradise Valley reaches funding agreement with Super Bowl host committee

The first half of Paradise Valley’s $50,000 investment to the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has been paid with the execution of a new contract. The Committee sought $341,959, but after …
Government

Bob Lee retires from Town of Paradise Valley

After a 15-year career with the Town of Paradise Valley, building safety manager and Fire Marshal Bob Lee has retired. In addition to his years at the town, Lee spent a combined 15 years in Cave …
Philanthropy

Brighter Tomorrow: Scottsdale couple chairs annual JFCS fundraiser

For Scottsdale residents Ed Ober and his wife, Gail Silber Ober, chairing the upcoming Jewish Family & Children’s Services annual fundraiser was an easy decision. After learning …
Martin Luther King Day

Phoenix-area MLK events include ceremonies, day of service

In addition to traditional ceremonies commemorating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many events are scheduled throughout the Valley, including many days designated community service days.
Community News

Arizona Corporation Commission to host public comment on proposed water rate increase

The Arizona Corporation Commission will vote on the proposed order in the EPCOR rate case at its open meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11.   Prior to that meeting, the commission has scheduled a …
Subscriber Exclusive

Smoke Tree Resort filed for bankruptcy amid ongoing legal case with Paradise Valley

Gentree LLC, the owner of Smoke Tree Resort, filed for bankruptcy last July, court records show. The bankruptcy case paused a condemnation court fight between Gentree and the Town of Paradise …
Subscriber Exclusive

Short-term rentals: Scottsdale and Paradise Valley’s newest laws place much responsibility on property owners

Scottsdale and Paradise Valley are moving forward with adding teeth to municipal ordinances associated to short-term rental properties in an effort to maintain health, safety and respectful …
Elections

Paradise Valley mayor, Town Council candidate orientation hosted Jan. 11

The Town of Paradise Valley will host a mayor and town council candidate orientation on Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall boardroom and on Zoom to answer questions about running for …
Subscriber Exclusive

A year in review: Paradise Valley marks meaningful 2021

From celebrating the town’s anniversary to preserving Paradise Valley’s quality of life, 2021 brought forward a number of memories for the community. While municipal officials continue …
Local News

Paradise Valley Police Department responds to stolen vehicle report

Paradise Valley Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Dec. 26 around 9:30 a.m.  The theft, which occurred sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 25, took place at the 6200 …
Independent Examination

Town of Paradise Valley takes pride in its volunteers

The Town of Paradise Valley recently recognized 33 volunteers who have contributed hundreds of combined years of service despite challenges of adjusting to a rapidly changing world.
Legal

Nine Valley residents indicted for PPP fraud

A man who sought to open a behavioral health facility in the Town of Paradise Valley is among nine individuals in connection with a fraudulent scheme. Willie Mitchell aka Blu Mitchell, 40, of …
Opinion

With persistent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Arizona and nationwide, some traditionally in-person activities — work, school and social interactions — will likely remain remote more often than usual for the foreseeable future.

I would like to thank Steve Stratton for his year of service as chair of the State Transportation Board in 2021 and welcome incoming Chairman Jesse Thompson. I look forward to working alongside you and the board in 2022.
At the Jan. 13 council meeting, I was discussing ethics when I was cut-off by the mayor. This is a topic the mayor does not want me to discuss because of our town’s ethics policy based on the …
I was born White and I am sorry. My birth certificate even has blocks labeled “Color” for my parents; and the block lists “W” for both. I cannot even claim to be partly Black or brown. I am sorry for that because, for that reason, I cannot claim to be free of racism.
Living in Paradise
Business & Education Reporting
Business
Food & Drink

Ghost kitchens whip up success for Valley restaurateurs

There is a growing menu of restaurant options to choose from nowadays because of the growth of virtual food concepts that delivery and take-out services have dished up. Virtual food concepts are …

U.S. Army veteran Dubien opens Scottsdale insurance office

Nathan Dubien opens Brightway, The Nathan Dubien Agency, to show residents in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area a better way to buy insurance for their homes, vehicles and more.

Paradise Valley resident Moran joins board of alma mater

Robert F. Moran, of Paradise Valley, was recently among five new members appointed to Villanova University’s Board of Trustees.
Community

Celebrating local history: Scottsdale Fashion Square event honors milestones

Local leaders gathered at Scottsdale Fashion Square on Jan. 14 to host a celebration honoring community nonprofits who have made an impact on the state. Additionally, Scottsdale Leadership …
Construction

City North breaks ground on new multifamily housing development

Greystar recently broke ground on the first phase of its multifamily housing development at City North in Phoenix. This marks City North’s first vertical element in the 100-acre project …
Education

Applications are open for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders Initiative (EBLI) scholarship.

The arrival of an undetermined amount of Afghanistan child refugees in Scottsdale Unified schools has rankled some parents regarding where and how the students will be taught.
Entertainment
Nayo Jones in Scottsdale in 2019.

Three Valley mayors join to support upcoming Jazz Day Celebration

City of Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega, Town of Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner, Tempe Mayor Corey Woods have all committed to promote the International Jazz Day Arizona concert scheduled for April 30.
David Phelps and his musical entourage, featuring songs from his new Gamechanger recording, will perform 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Dr.

David Phelps Gamechanger Live! Tour coming to Valley Presbyterian Church

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Dr.

Southwest Shakespeare Company names Debra Ann Byrd artistic director

In recent weeks, Debra Ann Byrd has been named the Southwest Shakespeare Company artistic director officials taking the reins of the local company the first of the year. Byrd is the acclaimed …
All consignments can be viewed in detail in the online catalogue at worldwideauctioneers.com.

Worldwide Auctioneers return to Scottsdale with pre-war automobiles, live boutique sale

Worldwide Auctioneers returns for its annual boutique sale, The Scottsdale Auction, on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the start of Arizona Car Week.

Worldwide Women’s Film Fest returns to Scottsdale in person come February

From more than 120 films submitted, the 2022 nonprofit Worldwide Women’s Film Festival will screen 89 short films, documentary films, features, documentary features, web series and music videos during its fourth annual festival.
Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week Themed Gold Palette ArtWalk scheduled for Feb. 3.

Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association looks forward to hosting its annual Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 3, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District.
The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

The Walter Art Gallery will exhibit ‘From Darkness to Light’ showing cancer masks

The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures using custom-mesh masks that were molded to faces of cancer patients during radiation treatment of the head and neck.
Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are accepted through Jan. 24 scottsdaleparade.com.

Scottsdale Parada del Sol parade entry applications are accepted through Jan. 24

Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are being taken through Jan. 24.
Nationally-acclaimed vocalist David Phelps will perform 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., in Paradise Valley.

Recording artist David Phelps comes to Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley.
Shown from left, Janet Craig, Judson Mills, Zoe Noelle Baker (lying).

‘Wake Up’ premieres in Scottsdale with panel discussion on Jan. 4

Foster youth in suburban America are ensnared by a sex trafficking ring in the new dramatic feature film, Wake Up, which will premiere Jan. 4, in Scottsdale at Harkins Theaters, followed by a special question-and-answer panel with the filmmakers, local leaders and community.
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