Community Notes - June 27, 2014

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Irene Aguirre receives posthumous award

The Southwest Community Network posthumously honored Irene Aguirre, an Arizona native and Southwest Valley resident, with its Humanitarian Award on June 21.

Aguirre’s family accepted the award in her honor at a community picnic at Parque de Paz in Goodyear.

For more than three decades, Aguirre was employed as a metro community relations consultant for Arizona Public Service Co. She was also one of the founders of the Avondale/Goodyear Hispanic Forum.


Buckeye mayor honored with award

The Maricopa Association of Governments honored Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck with a 2014 Desert Peak Award for Regional Excellence June 25 in Phoenix.

MAG presents awards to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting, recognizing and attaining the ideal of regionalism.


Donations for assistive devices needed

American Legion Post 53 is accepting donations for assistive devices such as electric scooters, canes, walkers and wheel chairs (electric and manual).

Club members will clean and repair items and donate to disabled veterans.

To donate, call Pat McGreevy Jr. at 623-293-3896.


Avondale observes Fourth of July

In observance of Independence Day, the city of Avondale will closes its offices, libraries, community and resources centers.

City parks will be open, but fireworks are not allowed in any city facility or park.

Transit services for the Zoom Circulator Bus will not run July 4 and will resume service the next day.

The holiday trash and recycling pickup schedule will be followed. There will be no trash and recycling collections July 4. Residents who have a Friday pick up will have it on Saturday instead. Containers must be placed at curbside no later than 5 a.m. on day of collection.


Avondale announces registration for youth soccer

The city of Avondale is offering youth soccer leagues for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 this fall.

Soccer season will be from Sept. 22 to Nov. 22. Practices are held on weeknights and games on Saturday mornings at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale.

Registration cost is $45 for Avondale residents; $50 for non-residents.

Early registration ends July 31. An additional $10 will be added for those who register from Aug. 1 to 28.

To register, visit, or at the recreation office at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.

For information, visit or call 623-333-2400.


Students make donation to Buckeye food bank

Students at Summit Community Church’s Vacation Bible School in Buckeye collected $2,885 to donate to All Faith Community Services, a food bank in Buckeye.

In addition, the students also collected and donated 3,615 items of canned foods and toiletries.


ADOT seeks feedback via online survey

The Arizona Department of Transportation is conducting research into communication strategies for dust storm awareness.

The survey is designed to gauge driver reaction to dust storms, assess ADOT’s educational efforts and explore other ways public-service agencies can reach out to motorists.

Drivers are invited to participate in the online survey at Interested participants can also find the link on ADOT’s website,

For information about driving in dust storms, visit

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