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Community Notes - March 29, 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.


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.


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


Avondale Police awarded grant

The Avondale Police Department was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The funding will go to support personnel services (overtime) and employee-related expenses to enhance DUI enforcement throughout Avondale and the West Valley.


Teens sought for Youth Commission

The city of Goodyear is looking for teens currently in high school or who will attend in the fall for a position on the city’s Youth Commission.

The Goodyear Youth Commission allows students to develop leadership skills through involvement in city government, and creates a format for students to express their voice on a variety of youth-related issues such as youth programming, recreation opportunities and special events.

The application deadline is May 1. For information or to apply, email or call 623-882-7781.


Buckeye Municipal Court moves to new location

The Buckeye Municipal Court relocated March 20 to the Sundance Crossings Center, 21749 W. Yuma Road, Suite 101.

All court services offered at the Apache Road location will be offered at the Sundance Crossings location. The Buckeye Municipal Court will begin issuing marriage licenses in April.

For information, visit


Nonprofits can apply for Litchfield Park funds

The city of Litchfield Park is accepting applications for funding for nonprofit organizations whose services or programs benefit the city and its citizens.

All qualified applicants will be presented to the Litchfield Park City Council for review and consideration.

To apply, visit The deadline for applications is April 14. For information, call 623-935-9040.


Avondale launches new website

The city of Avondale has launched its new website,, which was designed to give the website a new look, improved navigation and interactive tools.

City officials say the website features a responsive design that allows for easy viewing, no matter the device.

The Avondale Library also unveiled its new sub-site, The library’s new site has an integrated catalog search directly on its homepage, in addition to an improved calendar to improve browsing.


Summer Teen Employment Program launched

Avondale Next STEP (Summer Teen Employment Program) connects Avondale youths with work-readiness training, paid work experience and tuition assistance.

Students who participate in Next STEP will have the opportunity to explore career options while working part time in one of several participating municipal departments.

Next STEP participants must be 16 to 21 years old, be Avondale residents, meet the household income requirements and pass a background check and drug screening.

For information, visit


Catitude hosts artist of the month

Catitude Gallery and Studio, 404 E. Western Ave., Avondale, will feature work by the late photographer J.W. “Jerry” Montgomery as the gallery’s artist of the month.

The exhibit is free and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday April 4 to 22. For information, call 623-388-3840.

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