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Scottsdale, Paradise Valley to ink Palmeraie review agreement

Scottsdale is vying to be the official authority when it comes to plan review, permitting and inspection services for the Palmeraie — a mixed-use development that straddles the city and Town of …

Scottsdale considers to revise Museum of the West agreement

A management services and financial participation agreement between Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the city may be terminated and a new agreement developed following a recent audit. …

BBB awards $55K to AZ, CA nonprofits

The Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest has partnered with Scottsdale-based GoDaddy to award a total of $55,000 to nonprofits across Arizona and California.
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1on1: Dan Shufelt on leading with compassion, the Arizona foster care system and what comes next

At last count, there are more than 14,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system meanwhile experts say there remains a critical need for foster families to care for them across the …
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Reagan: June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day and this is one soldier’s experience

Sunday, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms and stigma associated with PTSD.

Kenny: Life’s simple 7 to help achieve optimal heart health

Sadly, we are seeing deaths from heart disease and stroke on the rise. The good news is that heart disease and stroke can be prevented 80% of the time by making healthy choices. The American …

Norton: June 22 will be a glimpse into future of Scottsdale politics

Within an hour of each other on Tuesday, our City Council and our SUSD Governing Board will both meet. Both will open up the meeting for in-person attendance, the first time since mid-2020 that has …

Alexander: What’s going on at Scottsdale Planning Commission?

The Scottsdale Planning Commission has been a focus for Mayor Ortega during his first semester in office. The mayor has taken a strong stance on conflicts of interest, and prefers commissioners …

Haskell: What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?

To mask up or go “naked” and risk the wrath of your fellow Walmart shoppers. Moderna, Pfizer or should I gamble and go for the J&J? Get a vaccination and continue to wear a mask? …
Scottsdale resident Eric Kurland recognizes his unsuccessful run for Legislative District 23 state representative but maintains his interests in "basic common decency," he states.

Kurland: Asylum seekers in Scottsdale should be embraced

Brown people staying in a hotel for up to three consecutive days? What will ever become of our beloved Scottsdale? Sounds pretty ridiculous right?

Chase: The rare occurrence of surviving colorectal cancer as a woman

Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is life-changing and as a 29-year-old, healthy, female with no history of cancer in my family — being diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer was …
Franciscan Renewal Center Hunger Action volunteers at the Saint Vincent De Paul (SVDP) Urban Farm where all of the fruits and vegetables go straight to the SVDP central kitchen to be incorporated into daily meals.

Murphy: From farm to food bank to fork

As a lifelong gardener, I realize how important fresh fruit and vegetables are to staying healthy and so I devote my time to growing tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. Gardening has …

Henninger: Scottsdale government becoming cohesive unit through elected leadership

“Governing is different than opposing … We all are getting used to the idea that we are governing.” That quote in a national report was from a member of Congress from …

Richard: Money ought not to talk at Scottsdale Unified

Editor's note: This commentary was edited due to libel in accordance with Independent Newsroom Guidelines. If you live in Scottsdale’s middle class, you find a school board that does not …
Kiva Elementary School is getting a new principal: Matt Gromek.

Scottsdale Schools appoint new Ingleside Middle, Kiva Elementary School principals

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board approved new principals for the 2021-2022 school year with hiring Dr. Junior Michael as principal of Ingleside Middle School and Matt Gromek as principal of Kiva Elementary School at its June 8 meeting.
A public hearing will be held 5 p.m. on June 22 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., regarding the Scottsdale Unified School District's proposed budget.

Scottsdale schools to hold public hearing on proposed budget, June 22

From approving a pending budget to giving substitute teachers bonus pay, the Scottsdale Unified School District has had to compensate in more ways than one for an “unprecedented year” with unforeseen expenses and losses.
K9 unit to be added to school resource officers throughout nine Scottsdale Unified School District schools.

Scottsdale funding approved for in-school police canine program

Scottsdale City Council has authorized the transfer of $26,000 to fund a new school resource officer crisis canine program, local students.  Since 2001, the Scottsdale Police Department has …
Larsen Jett Emig

Chaparral High alum Emig reports to US Merchant Marine Academy in July

Chaparral High School Class of 2021 graduate Larsen Jett Emig, of Scottsdale, has been appointed to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as a member of the Class of 2025.
Desert Mountain Wolves celebrate graduation with the traditional cap toss.

Scottsdale school leaders graduate from freshman roles with Class of 2021

Completing a full school year — passing the challenges presented by a global pandemic — were reasons to celebrate for educators in the Scottsdale Unified School District as leaders and students alike have graduated from an academic year of “firsts.”
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

HopeKids families get Prime Day shopping spree at Scottsdale store

The Amazon 4-star store in Scottsdale Fashion Square invited five children and their families from HopeKids Arizona for a Prime Day shopping spree at the store.

Teen Lifeline receives $5K donation

Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale has announced Teen Lifeline as the next charity recipient of a $5,000 donation through its D.R.I.V.E. initiative.

Scottsdale’s Gracie Mcgovern wins girls division of State Junior Golf Championship

Gracie McGovern, of Scottsdale, shot a final-round 3-under 68 to win in the girls division while Rio Newcombe, of Gilbert, put up a 6-under 65 on the boy’s side to win the 2021 State Junior Golf Championship.

New era of Southwestern Amateur Golf Championship tees off in Scottsdale

From Wednesday, June 16 to Saturday, June 19, the Southwestern Amateur Golf Championship returns to Scottsdale at the Desert Mountain, Outlaw course.

Arizona Foundation for Women graduates 1st SHE Leads! class

Arizona Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit agency advocating for women’s causes in Arizona, graduated 29 Arizona women from SHE Leads!, a women’s-centric leadership program for advancing women in the workplace.

Acknowledged as the only mother-son team in ASU’s Sun Devil 100 history, Technical Solutions, led by Susan Bitter Smith and Prescott Smith, have been named to ASU’s Sun Devil 100 for the …

As COVID-19 guidelines and policies begin to relax, summer camps in the state are eager and ready to bring back their happy campers. COVID-19 health and safety policies outlined by local …
The Living Room cafe and lounge recently announced a new executive chef, Jesus “BJ” Dalumpinis, at the DC Ranch location.
Thinkzilla — culturally aware brand engagement firm based in Atlanta — will open a new office in Scottsdale and hire 25 employees in the first six months.
Scottsdale Entertainment
Scottsdale BeachFest third annual summer sand volleyball festival will host the induction ceremony for the 2021 Arizona Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame at noon on Saturday, June 26 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

WestWorld of Scottsdale serves as setting for beach volleyball ceremony

Scottsdale BeachFest third annual summer sand volleyball festival will host the induction ceremony for this year’s class of Arizona Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame at noon on Saturday, June 26 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church kicks off its “Arts at the Rocks” season

On Sunday, July 25, the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will launch its “Arts at the Rocks” season with a workshop and concert from classical pianist Vitaly Serebriakov. Before the …
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web on June 25-July 11on the DST Mainstage.

Desert Stages Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s ‘Spider’s Web’

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web on the DST Mainstage on Friday, June 25 through Sunday, July 11.
“Everything Belongs to the Sun” exhibition will be displayed at Royse Contemporary, through July 4, showcasing the last painting collection of Daniel Shepherd.

Royse Contemporary shows Phoenix artist’s ‘Everything Belongs to the Sun’

“Everything Belongs to the Sun” exhibition will be displayed at Royse Contemporary, through July 4, showcasing the last painting collection of Daniel Shepherd.
Rock star Alice Cooper’s multi-million-dollar Andy Warhol is expected to fetch between $2.5 and $4.5 million, could become Arizona’s highest selling artwork when auctioned at the 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction on Oct. 23.

View rocker Alice Cooper’s prized Andy Warhol ‘Little Electric Chair’ at Larsen Gallery, June 24

For the first time in Scottsdale since consigning rock star Alice Cooper’s multi-million-dollar Andy Warhol, the public has an opportunity to view the famous piece of art.
Row 1 from left: Cydnei Mallory, “Six Evolve I,” 2018; Estephania Gonzalez, “Nantli Cemanahuatl,” 2019; Mia B Adams, “Unruly,” 2021; and Lena Klett, “Untitled Shrine (for dirt clod),” 2021. Row 2 from left: Vincent Chung, “bitter wind to hold my shaky hands,” 2021; Merryn Omotayo Alaka, “America(nah),” 2019; Papay Solomon, “Heavy (Weight) – Benjamin Gasinga Gaspard – Rwanda,” 2019; and Brianna Noble, “The One,” 2021. Row 2 from left: Lily Reeves, “Where Are We,” 2020; Sam Frésquez, “The First First Responder,” 2019; and Steffi Faircloth, “Untitled,” 2021.

'Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists’ opens this fall at SMoCA

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents works by emerging Phoenix-based artists in a group show entitled, “Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists.”

Canal Convergence to coincide with CODAsummit fall 2021

Scottsdale Public Art and CODAworx will converge in November as the annual CODAsummit: The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place comes to Scottsdale during Canal Convergence | Water + Art + …
Mimi O Chun, “Prime Hermit,” 2021; fiberfill, armature wire, cotton cloth, embroidery floss; 18 x 12 x 12 inches.

SMoCA prepares to showcase ‘Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake’

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art announces the second exhibition to open in PROJECT SPACE, which will be the first solo exhibition of Mimi O Chun.
Scottsdale Quarter offers guests of all fitness levels to participate in group classes at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sundays, June 5-Aug. 22 at the shopping center for Summer Sweat classes held in The Quad.

Scottsdale Quarter offers free ‘Summer Sweat’ fitness classes

This summer, Scottsdale Quarter offers guests various ways to stay active through the weekly Summer Sweat series.
"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be performed  for a final weekend, June 4-6, at Desert Stages Theatre.

Live youth theatre returns to Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Desert Stages Theatre presents its first youth production since February of 2020 with “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” musical comedy based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.
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