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Mon
28
Aug

Avondale Fire, Council discuss fire code


Avondale Fire Chief Paul Adams

By Israel Gonzalez

 

The Avondale City Council approved the adoption of a new fire code on August 14 aimed at attracting developers and streamlining local inconsistencies with other cities across the state.

Mon
28
Aug

Luke AFB sergeant participates in chef program


Anastasia Long was a member of the Luke Air Force Base “Chef Mentor” program at Birt’s Bistro. (Photo courtesy Benevilla)

Anastasia Long was surprised when she returned from vacation to find she had been assigned to Birt’s Bistro as part of the Luke Air Force Base “Chef Mentor” program.

The staff sergeant, who lives in Avondale, hadn’t heard of Birt’s Bistro at Benevilla nor was she a chef.

Sun
27
Aug

Nonprofit seeks families for exchange students

By West Valley View staff

 

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for families to host students ages 15 to 18 from a variety of countries, including Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan.

Sun
27
Aug

Litchfield Park girl making U.S. Open encore


Las Brisas Academy student Kialani Mills sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of Arizona Cardinals fans. (Photo courtesy the Mills family)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

 

Kialani Mills has plenty of experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Sun
27
Aug

Avondale seeking input for revitalization

Avondale’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department is requesting community input on revitalization activities in Cashion, Historic Avondale, Las Ligas and Rio Vista.

The information gathered will be used to develop action plans in addition to cultivating stronger relationships between city officials, residents, business owners and community organizations within the target areas.  

Sun
27
Aug

Verrado woman’s death leads to ‘sweet’ business


Marques Houser of MAE Fine Foods airbrushes molds before chocolate is poured. (West Valley View photo by Kimberly Carrillo)

MAE Fine Foods was founded by, from left, Adalberto Castellanos, Lisa Urrabazo and Rich Elwell. (West Valley View photo by Kimberly Carrillo)

Richard Elwell speaks adoringly of his late wife, Melinda or “Mindy.” But when he talks about her love of chocolate and her desire to help people, his voice lowers.

“Mindy is my wife,” said Elwell, of Verrado. “She always wanted to help people. It didn’t matter who they were or what they were. She would stop whatever she was doing and say hello, and give them the time and give them the respect.”

Sat
26
Aug

Avondale pilot LED streetlight conversion begins


WVV file photo

The city of Avondale is moving toward a citywide conversion from the existing high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Transitioning to LED streetlights has several direct benefits to the city and its taxpayers, including reduced annual operating and maintenance expenses, increased nighttime visibility to promote a safer community, and an approximate 50 percent reduction in energy use, which aligns with the city’s sustainability goals.  

Sat
26
Aug

UTI expands welding program to Avondale

Universal Technical Institute will offer its welding technology program at its Avondale campus beginning in January.

“UTI-Avondale will be the second UTI campus to offer the welding technology program, and more will follow,” said Michael Romano, UTI-Avondale campus president.

Sat
26
Aug

Phoenix ready to scorch the competition


Cooper Arndt of Tonopah Valley gains a first down during a scrimmage against North Pointe Prep August 17 at Moon Valley High School. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

There’s excitement in Dustin Johnson’s voice when he talks about his Tonopah Valley football team. The Phoenix head coach has a reason for optimism this season.

Fri
25
Aug

Goodyear police arrest suspect for attempted murder


Gabriel Anthony Torres. (Photo courtesy Goodyear Police Department)

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after attempting to murder his estranged mother in Goodyear, according to police.

Gabriel Anthony Torres was arrested and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of burglary in the first degree, attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, said Lisa Kutis, Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

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