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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
NEWS
Government

Scottsdale receives Sister Cities award for digital transition during COVID-19

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Scottsdale Sister Cities Association prioritized keeping in touch with municipalities around the world. Donna Hartz, president of Scottsdale Sister Cities …
Subscriber Exclusive

Camelback Mountain trailhead quietly moves to Invergordon Road

Cholla Trail, which leads hikers up to the summit of Camelback Mountain soon will have a new entry point, city of Phoenix officials say, prompting concern from some nearby homeowners. Those …
Education

Scottsdale Police: ‘No criminal conduct’ found in Greenburg investigation

No criminal conduct has been committed within the digital surveillance linked to Scottsdale Unified School Board member Jann-Michael Greenburg, police officials announced on Dec. 2. Sgt. Kevin …
First Responders

Scottsdale Fire deputy chief departs after 47 years of service

Jim Ford started full time in Scottsdale with Rural/Metro on Aug. 1, 1975, and joined SFD in 2005 as the deputy chief fire marshal. On Nov. 29, he said farewell. He will continue to work with the …
First Responders

High-end purses, clothing stolen from two Scottsdale consignment stores

My Sister’s Closet has been the victim of two shoplifting incidents at different locations in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Scottsdale Police officials say. My Sister’s Closet …

WM Phoenix Open preps rowdy 16th hole for return to full capacity, decibel levels

At PGA Tour events, golf fans are typically expected to be quiet and respectful. However, the Waste Management Phoenix Open breaks that standard at TPC Scottsdale’s famous – and infamous – 16th hole.
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SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Kush: Mayor Ortega is setting Scottsdale up for a massive loss

Yet another battle is taking shape between property rights advocates and our city’s mayor over the mayor’s goal of gutting the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan (OTSCAP) which was …

Cantor: 'Character Counts' and other things Michael Josephson taught me

Michael Josephson, we need you! I have always assumed……yeah I know what that means, but I have done so and that is that. Recent activities in our corner of the world have given me …

Community: Making a difference without millions — how Americans give back

Can everyday people make a difference in their communities without millions of dollars? Lucy Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, believes that philanthropy is far more multifaceted than wealthy individuals writing checks to nonprofit organizations.

Fishman: A letter to City Council as it considers Old Town Scottsdale guidelines

I cannot emphasize enough the need for growth in Scottsdale. Great cities and great companies don’t get better or maintain their status without growth. I believe the Scottsdale debate …

Political rage: America survived a decade of anger in the 18th century – but can it now?

Americans have an anger problem. People rage at each other. They are angry at public officials for shutting down parts of society. Or for the opposite reason because they aren’t doing enough to curb the virus. Democrats vent their rage at Republicans. And Republicans treat Democrats not as opponents but as enemies.

APS: 8 life-saving safety tips for decorating the holidays

With the Thanksgiving gatherings concluded and the leftovers long-since eaten, many of us are starting to put up holiday decorations for the holiday season. And we’re fortunate that here in the Valley, there’s a pretty good chance the weather will be perfect while you string the lights.

Hague: Sometimes life is just like boiling water

Candace is struggling. She is going through a bitter divorce, was laid off from a job she loved, and her two kids are fighting incessantly because of these unfortunate circumstances.

Coronavirus vaccine update: 5 ways to adjust mRNA vaccines for Omicron variant

If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron.

Merrill: Arizona Highways photos now on display at Phoenix Zoo

Arizona has many amazing treasures. It’s not just that we have spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Rigler: Arizona has plenty of vaccine for COVID-19 boosters and first doses

I’m glad to see the ADHS data dashboard showing increased demand lately for COVID-19 booster shots and primary vaccinations.
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
The Fiesta Bowl mascot calling and surprising 400 Arizona teachers, at the beginning of November, with wishes including classroom iPads and science class robots.

Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers gives $1M to local educators

An annual tradition to honor, support and celebrate educators, the Fiesta Bowl Organization has awarded $1 million to local teachers through the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program in early November.
Sunrise Mountain junior running back Rex Underhill dives into the end zone to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead at Scottsdale Desert Mountain Nov. 26. Desert Mountain came back to win the 5A quarterfinal 17-8.

Wolves end Sunrise Mountain season in quarterfinals

SCOTTSDALE — Zack Kilburg thinks his Desert Mountain football team can hold its next opponent to 14 points or fewer. The way he and his Wolves teammates played Friday in their 17-8 defeat of …
From left, Ryann Bloom, volleyball, Lee University; Acacia Connor, lacrosse, Syracuse University; McKenna Douglas, volleyball, San Diego State University; Chris Gaudio, baseball, Santa Clara University; Tommy Laporte, baseball, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Brice Martin, baseball, Benedictine, (Kansas) College; Harper Schoeneweis, softball, Charleston Southern University; John Ruvo, track and field, University of Pennsylvania; and Maddy White, sand volleyball, University of Southern California.

Nine Notre Dame Prep athletes sign Letters of Intent

Nine Notre Dame Prep student-athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the college level during the early National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
Pueblo Elementary School is a dual language immersion school with teachers instructing in both English and Spanish.

Scottsdale Schools moves forward with next elementary construction projects

The Scottsdale Unified School District governing board has approved two pre-construction services contracts to prepare for Pueblo Elementary and Tavan Elementary school construction projects.
Although there are other disciplinary measures available, policies that traditionally applied to students from kindergarten through 12th grades now include caveats like children under the age of seven cannot be suspended.

Scottsdale Unified updates policy to limit youth expulsion

Not all student discipline will fall under a blanket grouping, updated Scottsdale Unified School District policies show, as students ages 7 and under can no longer be expelled from school as a disciplinary measure.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors
Accomplishments

Scottsdale’s Steiner to graduate from ASU with digital degree

Embodying the digital culture, Hayley Steiner, an Arizona State University student and Scottsdale resident graduates on Monday, Dec. 13 with a master’s degree in digital culture from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

Scottsdale’s Hawthorne to graduate with international legal expertise

Abbey Hawthorne, an Arizona State University student and Scottsdale resident will graduate on Monday, Dec. 13, taking her international arbitration experience into her legal career path.
Neighbors

Scottsdale swim team ranks 14th in nation for excellence

The Scottsdale Aquatic Club, a year-round competitive swim team offering high-quality professional coaching and technique instruction for ages six and up has received one of the country’s most …

Scottsdale cyclist, 10, makes history completing 100-mile bike ride

There’s no surprise Ariana Dinu, a Great Hearts Archway Scottsdale fifth grader, lists being a professional bike rider among her many aspirations when asked what she wants to be when she grows up.

Celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary on Dec. 12

Valley residents are invited to celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary at its 31st annual Poinsettia Tea.
Business

Looking for a new opportunity? We have some exciting news to announce! As ASU gears up for the fall semester, Aramark is hiring. If you’re looking for a great work environment, flexible …

From community events to extravagant galas, a group of “super” ladies is working to inspire local youths using superheroines to guide them through difficult mental or physical …
Embalming and restoring the body, and preparing the viewing room are all pieces of the puzzle that come together when it comes to a traditional viewing and burial. However, these traditional …
Arizona Foundation for Women, a state research, advocacy and philanthropy organization bringing women’s needs to the forefront, recently elected three new members to its board of …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Landmark Theatres, at 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 230, will open at Scottsdale Quarter.

Landmark Theatres to open at Scottsdale Quarter with reception, free movies

Landmark Theatres, an established national theater chain, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Dec.16, at the site of the former iPic Theater at Scottsdale Quarter.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will resume in-person events with Mystery in the Museum on Friday, Dec. 10.

SMoCA will return to in-person events

For the first time since early 2020, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art — SMoCA — will welcome visitors to attend, in person, popular returning events like Mystery in the Museum and Trivia Night @SMoCA.

Pitbull to attend Barrett-Jackson’s 50th anniversary Scottsdale auction

Barrett-Jackson, touted as the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announces GRAMMY Award-winning artist, renowned philanthropist and NASCAR Cup Series Trackhouse Racing Team owner Pitbull will attend the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 22-30.
Chihuly in the Desert/Taliesin West

‘Chihuly in the Desert’ marks a historic partnership between iconic artist and Frank Lloyd Wright

A new exhibition of monumental works by Dale Chihuly is now on view at one of Arizona’s most iconic landmarks and the state’s only cultural UNESCO World Heritage site, Frank Lloyd …

Growing through the uncomfortable: Indigenous Arizona artist Jay Smiley finds local success

Being unique, having moments of uncomfortableness and pushing oneself has culminated into a growing business for local Navajo artist Jonas Smiley. “I’ve always wanted to be …
On Dec. 11-12, the public is invited to the free Scottsdale Fiestas Navideñas Festival celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and annual “Miracle of the Roses” reenactment at the Old Adobe Mission in Old Town.

Scottsdale Fiestas Navideñas to celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival

Lore Media & Arts, The Old Adobe Mission & Grandeza Mexicana will present Scottsdale Fiestas Navideñas Festival celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and annual “Miracle of the Roses” reenactment at the Old Adobe Mission in Old Town.
Find and tour Scottsdale’s best Christmas lights on display by using apps.

Scottsdale Moms and North Phoenix Moms Holiday Light Favorites Tour returns

Sparkling lights, festive cheer and the jolliest decorations, the Scottsdale Moms and North Phoenix Moms Holiday Light Favorites Tour offers a magical activity again this season.

SMoCA shows new exhibition focused on equity and diversity

A collection of recent acquisitions, representing a focus on equity and diversity, is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The artworks on view were all added to the SMoCA …
Artlink will hold its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala during month-long Art Detour in March 2022.

Artlink to hold 9th annual gala in March 2022

A Valley nonprofit, Artlink, is hosting its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala on March 11, 2022 at Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., in Phoenix, to raise funds for programs that support Arizona’s arts and culture community.

Classical music bottom of the charts, does it belong there?

Experts rank classical music as a genre last — citing only a 1% volume share — however professional musicians in the Valley of the Sun point to a stronger tie between symphony and …
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