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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Education

Arizona Teacher of the Year nomination process open now

Nomination submissions are open for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s AEF Teacher of the Year program.
City Government

Surprise City Academy makes return in person

Residents who want to learn about the structure of city government, become updated on local issues and get to know the city’s leaders now have a way to do so.
Public Safety

Surprise police looking for runaway teen

Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Nicholas Castillo, a 17-year-old runaway.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Roland Winters to meet with District 1 residents

Surprise City Councilman Roland Winters is hosting one of his regular monthly meetings for District 1 residents at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 at The Retreat Center at Arizona Traditions.
Subscriber Exclusive

Surprise student arrested for threatening to 'shoot up the school'

A West Point Elementary School student was arrested for posting threateing messages to a social media account.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Who is the West Valley Preps 2021 football playoffs Week 2 player of the week?

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Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Hague: Will homeownership in American be for only the privileged?

“I will never sell another piece of real estate,” said my son, Corey. “I regret selling my condo before buying my current house,” he added.

Democratic leaders: Legislature must protect itself, public participants from COVID-19

Dear Speaker Bowers and Senate President Fann, we understand from recent media reports that the decisions announced last week regarding COVID-19 protocols in the House and Senate have not yet been finalized. As you discuss the final arrangements, we urge you to reimplement safety measures that will protect both members and the public and allow for all voices to be heard at the capitol.

Donovan: Today’s Arizona students are tomorrow’s environmental stewards

Arizona’s current drought is coming up on 15 years in length and has surpassed the worst drought in more than 110 years of official record keeping. Arizona’s water reservoirs are severely depleted, and according to the United States Drought Monitor, nearly 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought.
In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nevada.

Flores: Congress must pass CRIT Water Resiliency Act

Protecting the Colorado River, providing drought relief and affirming the sovereignty of the Colorado River Indian Tribes — federal legislation enabling water leasing does all three.

Build Back Better: Drug pricing compromise would help patients in Arizona

As Congress continues to consider the Build Back Better Act, meaningful drug pricing reform, including a provision allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, is within our grasp.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
Association of Fundraising Professionals award recipients, from left, James Greenwald and Gracie Carter, together with friends Shirley Frizell and Bob Gehrke during the Southern Arizona Chapter’s annual award luncheon.

West Valley duo honored for philanthropy

West Valley residents Gracie Carter and James Greenwald have received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for the impact they’re making in the community by supporting Sun Health Foundation’s …
A second building at the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise will add a shelter in 2022. Work on the $1.5 million building, mostly paid for by a grant from the Arizona Department of Housing, is scheduled to begin in April.

A New Leaf will add shelter in Surprise

Though primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf provides a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice.
As part of their “10 Days of Giving” event, employees with Larry Miller Dealerships recently donated $7,100 to One Step Beyond, which has locations in Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and Scottsdale.

Dealership donates $236,700 to 21 nonprofits this holiday season

During Larry H. Miller Dealerships' “10 Days of Giving,” the company spread joy across the state with $236,700 in donations to 21 Arizona charities.
One Step Beyond residents enjoy time in one of many campus activity rooms offered in Glendale at 7200 W. Bell Road.

Short staffing leads to special needs participants waiting for services

It’s become all too common to see local businesses struggling to find help. Nonprofits are among them.
Gail Christianer

Connect needs volunteer schedulers

Northwest Valley Connect provides ride services to seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities and veterans who live in Surprise, El Mirage, Sun City and Sun City West.
Surprise Entertainment
From left to right: Katryce Bridges, Ixy Utpadel, Hector Coris, Cliff Williams and Shelly Boucher, rehearse “Gods of Comedy,” which debuts Jan. 20 at Stage Left Productions in Surprise.

‘Gods of Comedy’ descend on Stage Left Productions in Surprise

Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a …
The Black Market Trust [Submitted photo]

American standards meets Gypsy Swing at performing arts center

The Black Market Trust will appear one night only 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, 2001 W. Wickenburg Way, Suite 3. The five-piece band …
A Don Williams Tribute Show, performed by Steve Christiansen, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at I & J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise.

Tribute show for country singer is Jan. 13

A Don Williams Tribute Show, performed by Steve Christiansen, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at I & J Fountain Restaurant, 12221 W. Bell Road. Christiansen also is commonly known locally as Steve …
Pictured are tenor Gene Brandwein, lead Dave Moses, bass Hugh Ryan and baritone Barney Barnhart. [Submitted photo]

It’s show time for barbershop chorus

The Desert Aires Barbershop Chorus has several quartets that come from the ranks of the chorus. One of its most humorous quartets is called Time Was, with a name that almost creates expectation of …
The band features, from left, Surprise resident Charles “Spanky” Lake (drums, vocals); Sun City resident Rich La Rose (guitar, vocals); Glendale resident Priscilla Pinches (keyboard, vocals); and Goodyear resident Ray Carter (bass, vocals).

Rose Band planning Glendale, Surprise gigs

A West Valley combo has two gigs coming up this month.
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