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Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — September 2023

If you live or work in Surprise, or have graduated from a Surprise area school in the last two years… you are eligible for a scholarship and there's still time to start this fall.

Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — September 2023

On Friday, July 28, Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Councilmember Cline and I joined Police Chief Benny Pina and Fire Chief Brenden Espie as well as members of both departments to cheer on their competitors in the first-ever Surprise Chimichanga Challenge.

Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — September 2023

On Friday, August 18, Mayor Hermosillo, Governing Board Member Jennifer Drake, Governing Board President Chrystal Chaffin and Superintendent Dr. John Croteau and I joined Dysart High at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new turf field, prior to the first varsity football game of the season.

Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — September 2023

My next monthly Community Meetings will be at 10 a.m. on September 26 at The Grand in the Agua Fria Room, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., and at 10 a.m. on September 29 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd.

Jack Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — September 2023

On behalf of City Council, Mayor Skip Hall accepted the “Policymaker of the Year” award from the Association for Career and Technical Education at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 1.

Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — September 2023

In this episode of Council Conversations, I sit down with Kristen Taylor from our Transportation Department to talk about a new public transportation solution that is available on-demand.

Letters: Feedback needed as Surprise Libraries take new shape

The new Surprise Public Library System puts great importance on listening and responding to resident suggestions, questions and concerns; this is how innovations and solutions are born.

Croteau: Great things happening in Dysart Schools

My name is Dr. John Croteau, and I am so excited to be leading Dysart Schools as superintendent this year.

Letters: Top range of city’s best-paid officials is too high

I just read the Surprise Independent article by Jason Stone, which provides an overview of the annual salaries and stipends for top paid city workers.

Letters: Surprise library takeover not so good for residents

I appreciated your article on the Surprise takeover of three libraries.
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Hawn: Overcoming multiple problems

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Jack Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — August 2023

On Friday, July 14, Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd and I joined Vincent Barbato, Owner & Developer and Kenya Stamps, Community Manager, to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Town Surprise.

Everything you wanted to know about the World Series … but were afraid to ask

Imagine you’re at an outdoor dinner party (yes, COVID-friendly). It’s October, and the conversation steers towards the World Series. While you are generally culturally literate, you know …

Christensen: Health literacy more important than ever for Arizonans in ongoing COVID-19 crisis

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions across the country, and Arizona has not been spared. This virus and its resulting economic fallout have put a harsh spotlight on rising health care …