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Community Notes: June 7, 2013

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Community Notes are published as space permits. The View runs these items free of charge as a service to the community and puts as many into each newspaper as possible. If you have a notice that must run by a certain date, please contact our advertising department at 623-535-8439.

Avondale officials will decide property-tax hike
Avondale officials have announced their intent to raise the city’s primary property taxes from last year’s level.

The proposal will be reviewed during a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 17 at the Avondale City Council chambers, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, officials said.

The city is proposing an increase in property taxes of $48,202, or 2.01 percent, according to city officials.

The proposed hike will cause the city’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to jump to $78.84 from $77.29, an increase of $1.55, officials said.

Babysitting instruction offered in Avondale
Avondale Fire-Rescue has announced plans for two summer workshops to offer safety training to babysitters.

The program is for youths, ages 12 to 18, and will focus on common safety practices for child care, officials said.

The workshop cost is $20 and teens may choose from two-day workshops on June 18-19 or July 16-17.

The instruction will be offered at Avondale Fire Station 172, 1825 N. 107th Ave., and youths may register online at www.avondale.org/fire.

For information, call 623-333-6112.

Way Out West earns recognition
The Way Out West Coalition has been recognized for excellence by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Way Out West is composed of a group of citizens from the Greater Buckeye Valley committed to the prevention of underage drinking. Way Out West is funded through a grant obtained through a partnership between Drug Free AZ and Magellan Health Services. The Arizona Department of Health Services awarded Way Out West as an evidence-based practice, one of the highest validations a behavioral healthcare program can receive.

The Buckeye Way Out West Coalition is dedicated to creating a safe, unified, drug-free community. Way Out West meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave. Meetings are open to the public. For information, visit www.wayoutwestcoalition.org.

Buckeye police chief co-authors magazine article
Buckeye Police Chief Mark Mann co-authored an article published in the national Police Chief Magazine. The article, “Responding to Calls with Suicidal Suspects: Practical Command and Psychological Considerations,” was co-authored by Mann; Jeni McCutcheon, a Phoenix psychologist; Jocelyn Roland, a Modesto, Calif., psychologist; Surprise Assistant Chief of Police Donald Schneidmiller; and Police Chief Eric Jones of Stockton, Calif.

The article examined factors to consider in responding to calls with suicidal suspects. Included are command considerations and psychological considerations, as well as the impact the calls can have on involved personnel. Practical pointers for police chiefs were also included, as were impacts of social media.

Buckeye fire personnel complete training course
Nine members of the Buckeye Fire Department graduated from the Hazardous Materials Technician Training course hosted by the Phoenix Fire Department.

During the 200-hour course, members were trained in recognition and identification of hazardous materials, chemistry and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives.

The town was awarded an $83,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security to cover tuition and overtime to ensure staffing levels were maintained throughout the five-week course.

The following Fire Department personnel completed the program: Joe Frazier, Kenji Yoshimura, David Lanford, Aron Webster, Mike Giboney, Mike McCarthy, Jim Helms, Marty Meece and Daniel Galatzer.

Buckeye Library reading program under way
The Buckeye Library summer reading program “Dig Into Reading” started May 30 and runs through July 27. It’s for youths up to age 18, and participants can earn prizes, enter drawings and take part in programming and activities.

Call the library, 310 N. Sixth St., at 623-349-6300 for details or visit the website www.buckeyeaz.gov/library.

Southwest Ambulance teaches CPR to 500 people
Southwest Ambulance celebrated a milestone during the week of May 26, surpassing its goal of 500 community members trained in CPR during the last 12 months.

Southwest Ambulance holds CPR or hands-only CPR trainings in partnership with community organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the metro Phoenix area. Students are pre-teens to senior citizens.

With 88 percent of cardiac arrests happening at home, knowing CPR can dramatically reduce the number of deaths from cardiac arrest.

Lions Club forming Avondale branch
A new Lions Club is being formed in Avondale. Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world, with more than 1.35 million members in more than 200 countries and geographic areas.

For information, call Dave Roberts at 623-680-6012 or email LionDaveR@aol.com.

Girl Scout Troop collects cookies for firefighters
During this season’s Girl Scout cookie sales, Girl Scout Troop 2919 in Buckeye sold more than 85 boxes of cookies for the Buckeye Fire Department.

Tolleson hosting men’s softball league this fall
Tolleson is offering a men’s softball league for the fall at Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St.

The league is organized and administered under ASA guidelines. The season will consist of eight weeks of single games and a single elimination tournament.

Registration begins July 1 and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. Aug. 30. Registration must be done in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Tolleson Parks and Recreation Building, 9555 W. Van Buren St.

The season starts Sept. 11, and games will be played at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 Wednesday nights. There is a limit of eight teams per season and is first-come, first-registered. Cost is $275 per team.

For information and registration forms, visit www.tollesonaz.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 623-474-4992.

Transportation projects moving forward
Cities and towns across the state are moving forward on critical projects designed to meet the transportation needs of their communities, as well as spearheading programs to promote cost-effective transit opportunities.

From GPS-enabled mobile apps that allow motorists to easily report potholes to sustainable transit centers and large-scale road projects, municipalities are doing their part to keep motorists and transit riders moving efficiently.

West Valley projects include:

• Buckeye: The town earned a spot on the Top 100 list of Fleet Management Divisions in North America. It was the town’s fifth consecutive year of making the list. There are about 38,000 public fleets in North America, of which about 5,000 are invited to apply for the Top 100 competition. Judges use a set of 12 criteria to rank the cities, including accountability, creativity, quick/efficient turnaround and use of technology and information.

• Goodyear: The completion of the Loop 303 expansion is now past the halfway point. The project, estimated to be done by the fall of 2014, will provide quicker travel and more access to the city.

Soroptimist Int’l donates $7,500 to New Life Center
Soropotimist International of Estrella has donated $7,500 to the New Life Center, a West Valley domestic violence shelter.

The organization donated $3,000 to the shelter in March during its Spring Splash Style Show.

Goodyear artist will offer solo exhibit in Avondale
Lew Shortridge, a surrealist artist who lives in Goodyear, will be the focus of a one-man show next month.

Art League West will offer Shortridge’s works July 1-31 in the art gallery at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive.

An artist’s reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the library.

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