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Peoria News & Commerce Reporting

Peoria takes steps to secure more water for residents

Peoria has taken another step in securing more water for the future of the city.

Peoria water well labeled as ‘high risk’ since 2005

A water well that serves Peoria residents with drinking water has been labeled as “high risk” by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality since 2005, according to numerous water reports released by the city over the years.

ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes have 32,769 COVID-19 cases, up 23% since June

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,988 new coronavirus cases and 6 new deaths Friday, for a total of 1,042,480 cases and 19,147 deaths.


3 home sales eclipse $1M mark in Peoria

Three home sales in Peoria over the last week eclipsed the $1 million mark.

Bourbon & Bones announces third location in Peoria

Bourbon & Bones Chophouse is planning a third location at 83 Marketplace on the southeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

Peoria, bank, school district partner for internship program

BNC Bank, city of Peoria, and Peoria Unified School District combined their efforts to offer a summer internship program for a business-minded student at Liberty High School.

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Rebecca Durfey

Durfey: Peoria home inventory rising, demand cooling, but quite slowly

The National Association of Realtors recently announced that the inventory of unsold homes increased nationally from 7.3% to 1.32 million from June to July – equivalent to 2.6 months of the monthly sales pace.

Fray: Let’s mask up in Arizona schools to keep us safe from COVID-19

I am an eighth-grader at Ira Murphy Elementary and I believe masks should be required in schools. When I got to my first math class this year, I felt anxious and unsafe. No one was social distancing. There were 32 kids in the classroom and seven were wearing masks. I sat next to two kids, two feet away, and both were unmasked. No one even cared.

Chandler: Northwest Valley Connect needs kind, helpful volunteer drivers

Northwest Valley Connect officials are looking for people who can give four hours per week of their time to drive neighbors to the doctor or shopping. Volunteers can join the cadre of others as a …
Cory Underhill

Underhill: State leadership has put schools between rock and hard place

State leadership passed a law against two proven COVID-19 mitigation strategies that now directly affect our youngest learners who are not eligible for vaccines.
Kacie Franklin

Franklin: In such serious times, we must remember the wins

Those who serve, such as Peoria Unified School District employees, have been the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Our teachers are our children’s first line of defense not only from an educational perspective but in many ways a personal one.

Gray: Keep kids safe, what if your child died of COVID-19?

When it comes to the pandemic, the new boogeyman in the room seems to be Social Emotional Learning.
Sports and West Valley Preps Reporting

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Peoria Neighbors & Good News Reporting
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Peoria opens new COVID-19 testing sites

The city of Peoria and Embry Health have partnered to offer two new testing sites in Peoria.

Memorial for 20th anniversary of 9/11 to be held in Peoria

A group of West Valley public safety agencies are coming together in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, 10-11 a.m., Sept. 11.

Peoria Unified to host a support staff job fair

Peoria Unified’s human resources department will host a support staff job fair from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the District Administrative Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.
Billy’s Place is a free Children’s Grief Support Center on the Glendale/Peoria border.

Billy’s Place is hosting an open house

Billy’s Place is hosting an open house Sept. 9 to showcase its grief support center located at 21448 N. 75th Ave., suite 5, on the Glendale/Peoria border.

Peoria is the place to ... grill?

Peoria made the list as one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor grilling, and even leads the nation in low-cost chicken.
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Video: Zuri’s Circle spreads its wings in Peoria

For Peoria resident Kimberly Muhammad, volunteerism and lifting her community up is a way of life.
A member of a West Valley enrichment program at Benevilla works on his bowling skills.

Benevilla announces West Valley day program

Benevilla announced their West Valley Life Enrichment Day program, and will be hosting an open house, 5-7 p.m., Oct. 6. The program is located at the Church at Cactus, 8133 W. Cactus Road.

ADHS: As state reaches 1M COVID-19 cases, Peoria cases jump 25% since April

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,707 new coronavirus cases and 63 new deaths Friday, for a total of 1,001,871 cases and 18,724 deaths.

Northbound Loop 303 closed this weekend in Peoria

Sections of northbound Loop 303 between El Mirage Road and Lone Mountain Parkway in north Peoria will be closed this weekend, Aug. 27-30, as the Arizona Department of Transportation sets the stage for shifting traffic onto newly constructed travel lanes.

Mammogram screenings to be offered at Peoria center

Been too busy or missed your mammogram screening due to COVID-19? Please take this opportunity.
Peoria Entertainment Reporting

Video: Peoria entertainer’s video to be featured on Greatest #AtHome Videos

Social media platform TikTok has been a launching pad for a slew of influencers and rising stars since it was released in 2016.

Follow the Fork dining event to raise money for Peoria Unified student scholarships, teacher programs

Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave., and the Peoria Education Foundation have teamed up to offer West Valley culinary enthusiasts an all-new progressive dining and entertainment event, Follow the Fork.

Save the date for the Peoria Film Fest

The team behind the Phoenix Film Festival will host this three-day festival in Peoria at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains Theatre, located at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr.

Theater Works cancels 'Curiouser Nutcracker' due to rising cases of COVID-19

Theater Works will not be opening “A Curiouser Nutcracker” due to rapidly rising COVID-19 infections in Arizona, according to a news release.

Peoria gives $75K to arts-based programs

Peoria has given a boost to arts organizations that help make the city a better place.
Luca Grasso, center, with the cast of Valley Youth Theatre's "Tuck Everlasting," will be among the performers at VYT's annual fundrasier.

Valley Youth Theatre prepares for virtual fundraiser with West Valley performers

Performers from across the West Valley will join more than 100 current “VYTkids” and alumni cast members for Valley Youth Theatre’s (VYT) VYTal Affair-athon, an eight-hour, Jerry …
Paqua Park at Lake Pleasant is now open.

Inflatable water park brings bounce to Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is bringing the bounce.
The Spitfire Grill opens Aug. 13 at Arizona Broadway Theater.

Cookin’ with Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria

Time to start cookin’ with Arizona Broadway Theatre  — The Spitfire Grill is opening Aug. 13.
Members of the TroubleMakers are Dan Krohn on drums, Larry Evans on guitar, Larry Hill on bass and Bill Chism on guitar.

Looking for trouble: Local band members take up summer side project

A band born out of Cheri and The Pacemakers is setting up gigs to play into September.
Following more than a year marred by COVID-19, The West Valley Symphony announces a six-concert schedule at The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise, beginning Nov. 21.

West Valley Symphony returns to Surprise in November

The West Valley Symphony launches its 53rd season with a diverse 2021-22 six-concert schedule under the baton of Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place …
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