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Community Notes - March 8, 2017

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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.

 

Ballet folklorico classes offered

Ballet Folklorico Esperanza, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Senior Center, 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. Classes are open to children ages 5 through 18 with no previous experience required. For information, call 602-403-1575 or go to balletfolkloricoesperanzainc.ning.com.

 

Former Goodyear resident earns Eagle Scout distinction

David J. White of Colorado Springs, Colo., and formerly Goodyear earned his Eagle Scout badge during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held Nov. 29 in Colorado Springs.

David is the son of Retired Col. Jason White and Vikki White of Colorado Springs and formerly Goodyear, and the grandson of Ann Carter of Goodyear. He is a junior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.

He began his Boy Scout career in Goodyear and continued it in Colorado.

 

All Faith Community Services seeks volunteers

All Faith Community Service’s Buckeye Food Bank is seeking volunteers as drivers, office staff, clerks for its thrift store and runners. Volunteers are asked to be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 214 S. Fifth St., Buckeye. For information, call Cassie Wilkins at 623-386-3513.

 

Goodyear councilwomen appointed to national committee

Goodyear Vice Mayor Sheri Lauritano and Councilwoman Joanne Osborne were appointed to the National League of Cities.

Lauritano was appointed to serve in public safety and crime prevention.

Osborne was re-elected to serve in finance, administration and intergovernmental relations.

For information, contact the Goodyear City Council Office at 623-882-7776.

 

Choir seeks members

Composer Tim Juillet is seeking members for his religious choir, The Bible Choir, to perform around Arizona. The choir practices at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at First Southern Baptist Church of Buckeye, 405 N. Third St., Buckeye.

Choral experience is a benefit, but is not necessary. Practice CDs are offered, and the ability to read music is not required.

For information, email Juillet at timjuillet@yahoo.com.

 

Avondale wins budget award

The city of Avondale was presented with the Distinguished Budget Presentations Award by the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Avondale’s budget was awarded for its proficiency as a financial plan, serving as a policy document, operations guide and a communications device. The budget documents had to be successful in all four categories, along with 14 mandatory criteria within the categories.

 

Goodyear mayor named to League of Cities, Towns

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord was recently appointed to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee. The committee comprises 25 mayors and council members from across Arizona responsible for directing activities of the organization.

Executive Committee members are elected by the entire membership at the annual conference.

 

Vehicle license tax report for 2016 available online

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division offers residents a free online way to learn how much vehicle license tax they paid in 2016.

Vehicle Free Recap is available through ServiceArizona.com.

 

Buckeye among top 10 safest cities in Arizona

According to a report by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, the city of Buckeye placed 10th on the report’s top 10 safest cities in Arizona.

The report compared a city’s number of violent crimes and property crimes to its population. The study eliminated any cities that did not submit a complete crime report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and removed cities with populations under 5,000.

Other West Valley cities that ranked in the top 50 included Goodyear at 18th, Avondale at 36th and Tolleson at 49th.

 

Old scam, new tricks

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning residents to beware of the “Can you hear me?” telephone scam where scammers call with a static reception and then ask if you can hear them. The goal of the call is to get you to answer “Yes” so the scammer can record your response and use it to place unauthorized charges on your phone, utility or credit card bills.

The Attorney General’s Office advises residents who receive suspicious calls to not reply to any questions, hang up, check your bill statements regularly and report any suspicious charges.

To report a call, visit azag.gov/complaints/consumer, or donotcall.gov.

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