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Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors in need, is hosting its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Sunday, July 4. 

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Tolleson Union High School Principal Felipe Mandurraga won the Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator Award for the Secondary Division.

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Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash at Verrado Way and Van Buren Street in Buckeye at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, according to Buckeye Police Department spokesperson Donna Rossi.

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The Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board voted unanimously on June 1 to authorize the district to conduct a bond election for $53.5 million that will not increase taxpayers’ tax rate. 

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In the past five years, the city of Goodyear has awarded more than $500,000 through its Community Funding Program to nonprofits. 

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JBS USA and Pilgrim’s are fully operational after resolving the May 30 criminal cyberattack. 

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Avondale Public Libraries will make available 22 Chromebook kits for check out at the Avondale Civic Center and the Sam Garcia Western Avenue library branch locations. 

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The city of Avondale will add roadway to Palm Lane, extending the existing path and road between 119th Avenue and 116th Lane. The project will include additional sidewalk, complete extension of pavement, as well as lighting features, providing a newly paved commuter path to this residential …

Avondale’s Development & Engineering Services Department will hold a public meeting to solicit feedback on a proposed major street improvement project in Old Town Avondale. The Western Avenue Improvement Project will involve roadway improvements along Western Avenue from Central Avenue t…

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Navy veteran Christopher Oshana was once told that photography stirs emotions. 

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Valleywise Health is launching a series of public COVID-19 vaccination events with the first set for noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Valleywise Comprehensive Health Center-Peoria at Grand Avenue and Cotton Crossing.

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To save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, Buckeye Police Department is partnering with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

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The Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary Foundation is tackling literacy this summer as an official affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. 

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Health care is a thriving sector in the West Valley, and by all accounts, the region’s industry boom has only just begun.

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Registration is open for the first Urban Heat Leadership Academy developed by The Nature Conservancy, Phoenix Revitalization Corp. and other partners. The academy is free and open to Valley residents.

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The city of Goodyear cut the ribbon on its newest fire station, making it the second facility with enhanced health and safety measures to protect the firefighters. 

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As Goodyear residents are gearing up to enter the hottest months of the year, the city’s water conservation coordinator has made it his mission to help the community be smart about their water use. 

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Each year, the Western Maricopa Coalition hosts the Economic Development Summit. Amid the coronavirus, it was only fitting that this year’s summit was titled “2021: A Year of Transition. What’s on the Horizon for the West Valley?”

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Amazon continues to provide opportunities for full-time and part-time jobs in its fulfillment and logistics network as it expands its footprint to better serve customers in communities where they live. 

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Brian Peters loved to learn. If his children, wife or friends needed anything, he could figure out how to do it. 

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The Rotary Club of Verrado donated 760 items of clothing to Abrazo Hospital’s Clothes Closet on its west campus May 4. 

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Estrella Mountain Community College graduates may not be able to physically cross the commencement stage this year due to COVID-19, but they can still drive through the college’s “Car-mence-ment Ceremony.”

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Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus Vaccination Center has administered over 16,000 vaccination doses as part of Operation Hope, Midwestern’s community contribution to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By using Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credits, taxpayers can support Glencroft Center for Modern Aging and its Friendship Foundation while receiving dollar-for-dollar reductions in their state tax liability. 

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After the May 4 passing of Senate Bill 1453, Estrella Mountain Community College will develop baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields like health care, IT, education, and police and fire services.

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With a passion for helping her community, Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee is promoting the Arizona Education Savings Plan in hopes of helping families financially prepare for their children’s academic future. 

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Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its ninth annual citywide Code:Red Summer Heat Relief campaign to ensure the Valley’s homeless population and at-risk individuals do not fall victim to the hot summer months ahead.

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Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions. 

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The Arizona Educational Foundation announced 44 Arizona public schools received the A+ School of Excellence award in 2020. Desert Edge High School celebrated being awarded as one of the recipients on April 28. 

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The city of Goodyear celebrated the groundbreaking of Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ on April 23, signaling another milestone in the state-of-the-art project.

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The world was watching with bated breath as Judge Peter Cahill read the verdict during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd last May by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes. 

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Avondale firefighter David Santana moved to the United States with his parents when he was 8. Thinking back on his first year of school, he wishes it had a program like the mentorship collaboration he’s involved with now. 

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Ford Motor Co., Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix and Valleywide Dunkin’ locations have teamed up with the Salvation Army to launch the ninth annual Fill an F-150 Bottled Water Drive from May 7 to May 23. 

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The city of Avondale and the Avondale Municipal Art Commission are seeking qualified artists to propose artwork that will be placed at the new fire station under construction at 127th Avenue and Van Buren Street. 

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