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West Valley Arts Council moves HQ to NW Valley

The West Valley Arts Council may have physically left the Southwest Valley for the north, but it still plans to serve both areas equally, officials said.

"We're going to be doing the same things. A lot of the service we provide is just that, service to all the cities," said Julie Richard, president and CEO of the council. "If they ask, we rarely say no. That's not going to change."

The organization had been rooted in Avondale for five years, but couldn't pass up a free location in Surprise, where it already had a satellite office, she said.

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Volunteers needed for Tres Rios cleanup

More volunteers are being sought for what officials describe as a "spring cleaning" Saturday in a treasured riparian spot in the Southwest Valley.

The goal, according to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, is to protect the natural beauty of the Tres Rios Refuge.

Earlier this month, Thomas conducted a press conference in which he joined with an earlier call by Avondale seeking volunteer help for the cleanup.

Thomas said his office has teamed up with a consortium of federal, state and local agencies "to make sure this landscape is restored and preserved."

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Goodyear firefighters to install free smoke alarms Saturday

Goodyear firefighters will go door-to-door Saturday installing free smoke alarms at homes in selected neighborhoods.

The "Smoke Detector Walk for Safety" is a joint project of the Goodyear Fire Department, Local 4005 of United Goodyear Firefighters and the Foundation for Burns and Trauma Inc.

Neighborhoods that have been chosen for the project are north of Western Avenue to La Canada Boulevard and east of Litchfield Road.

Installation will be from 8:30 a.m. until noon for homeowners who request a free smoke alarm.

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Avondale restaurant aids father of missing baby

An Avondale restaurant has stepped to the aid of the father of "Baby Gabriel," a missing Tempe baby who is the subject of a landfill search in Texas.

Manny's Mexican & American Restaurant, 12345 W. Indian School Road, will donate part of its Friday, Saturday and Sunday proceeds for the financial aid of Gabriel's father, Logan Scott McQueary.

The restaurant will donate 10 percent from the weekend event, as well as sell $5 raffle tickets for a football signed by retired Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

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Local churches offer special events during Lent

The season of Lent has begun and a couple of West Valley churches are opening their doors to share seasonal events with the community.

Lent, a 40-day liturgical season, is considered one of the most sacred times in the year for Christians. It runs from Ash Wednesday through Easter. During the period, Christians meditate on their belief that salvation was won for humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Goodyear police nab 2 suspects in graffiti spree

Goodyear police have arrested two teenagers accused of terrorizing a neighborhood through widespread graffiti activities.

The tagging suspects, David Capper, 19, of Avondale, and Zachary Sharon, 19, a former Glendale resident now living in Mesa, are believed to have ties to a West Valley street gang, police said.

Each has been charged with 46 counts of criminal damage, all misdemeanors, said John Rowan, a police spokesman.

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Property taxes to be explained Feb. 24

League of Arizona Cities and Towns Deputy Director Tom Belshe will give presentation on property taxes at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the cafeteria of Litchfield Elementary School, 13825 W. Wigwam Blvd. in Litchfield Park.

The informational meeting will focus on the Litchfield Park primary property tax proposal and address the pros and cons. A question and answer period will follow Belshe's presentation.

Litchfield Park City Manager Darryl Crossman said there would likely be a second meeting in March for those who can't attend Feb. 24.

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$750 million solar project lands in Buckeye

Phoenix and Buckeye officials announced Thursday a $750 million solar project will be built on a Phoenix landfill in Buckeye.

The project is being developed by Houston-based Tessera Solar and will use SunCatcher solar dish technology that is manufactured by its sister company, Scottsdale-based Stirling Energy Systems.

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Colangelo focuses on making Litchfield Park resort 'better'

Jerry Colangelo knows how to build successful teams.

He did it twice with the Phoenix Suns, reaching the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993; twice with the Arizona Rattlers, who won the Arena Football League championship in 1994 and 1997; once with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the 2001 World Series; and perhaps his personal pinnacle, building a U.S. men's basketball squad that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Now he wants to have that same success outside of the sports realm, at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park.

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Avondale restaurant aids father of missing baby

An Avondale restaurant has stepped to the aid of the father of "Baby Gabriel," a missing Tempe baby who is the subject of a landfill search in Texas.

Manny's Mexican & American Restaurant, 12345 W. Indian School Road, will donate part of its Friday, Saturday and Sunday proceeds for the financial aid of Gabriel's father, Logan Scott McQueary.

The restaurant will donate 10 percent from the weekend event, as well as sell $5 raffle tickets for a football signed by retired Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

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