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Buckeye seeks vendors

The town of Buckeye is seeking food, yard sale, craft vendors and local businesses to be a part of the Hometown Holiday Boutique to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Town Park, Ninth Street and Monroe Avenue.

Ten-by-10 spaces are available for $40 (yard sale and craft vendors) and $60 (food vendors). Vendor applications will be accepted through Nov. 4.

Buckeye is also seeking food and craft vendors for Buckeye's Winter Wonderland to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Buckeye Town Hall.

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Early ballot misses school board race

Everyone makes mistakes, unfortunately for the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department, one mistake is costing more than $25,000.

A school governing board race between two write-in candidates in the Tolleson Union High School District was left off the initial early voting ballot.

So within the span of a few days, the 22,000 voters in the Tolleson district who requested an early-voting ballot received a second in the mail.

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Avondale opposes freeway alignment

Avondale leaders are voicing outrage at transportation authorities over a change in a proposed freeway alignment.

During a work session last week, members of the City Council were updated on State Route 801, the proposed Interstate 10 reliever freeway.

They were none too happy.

"I'm at the point where I'd rather just not build the thing at all," Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers said.

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Students helping homeless peers

They probably don't know what it's like to be homeless, but a group of students at La Joya Community High School, 11650 W. Whyman Ave. in Avondale, still wants to help its peers in need.

Last year, the school's National Honor Society started a clothing closet to outfit the campus' 70 homeless teens.

"I was aware that we had some homeless kids, but I didn't know it was such a large amount who needed things like that," said 17-year-old Osla Martinez, who is on the NHS Clothing Closet Committee.

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PebbleCreek gears up for annual art fest

On Sept. 11, 2001, Judy Bihary stood at a door begging an artist to teach her how to use a gourd as a canvas.

The Goodyear resident was visiting her son near Reno, Nev., at the time, while her husband was somewhere in New York.

"The class happened to be on 9/11. I woke up in the morning and was horrified. I couldn't get in touch [with her husband] but I knew he was OK; I knew he wasn't near the towers.

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Tolleson Elem. District has land sale on ballot

The Tolleson Elementary District has prime property along Van Buren Street and is looking to sell it for the benefit of the community, but first needs voter approval in the Nov. 2 election.

The land, at 8803 W. Van Buren St., was purchased by the district from owner Elliott Pollack for the purpose of expanding Arizona Desert Elementary. Only about 3 acres were needed for the project, but the district had to buy almost 10 acres in the deal.

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Buckeye hopes to make airport more marketable

Buckeye is continuing to prepare its airport for business.

The Town Council last week heard a proposal to section specific areas of the airport, at 3000 N. Palo Verde Road, into commercial parcels.

In 2007, the council approved an airport master plan, Public Works Director Scott Lowe said. Within that plan was a layout proposal and a parcel map that included land for commercial aviation and non-aviation businesses.

The council could not vote on the parcel map because the meeting was a work session, but no council members objected to the plan.

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Buckeye landfill accident free during '101 Days of Summer'



Republic Services celebrated another summer of safe driving.

The company had an 18 percent reduction in total accidents and injuries during the 2010 Summer Safety program compared to the same time last year. The Southwest Regional Landfill, 24427 S. Highway 85 in Buckeye, and the Paradise Waste Transfer Station in Phoenix were accident free during the same time frame.

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Business Briefcase October 26, 2010

This column passes on West Valley business items that may not have the volume of a full story, but which are of enough interest to warrant telling you about. Instead of just carrying them around, I share them with you from my "business briefcase."

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    Remember, Briefcase readers, have something nice for those little goblins, ghouls and witches who descend upon your home Halloween night.

    If you don't want to pass out candy, Mr. Briefcase has a suggestion.

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