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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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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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Residents of the San Riva Apartments on Liberty Lane in Ahwatukee watched apprehensively April 28 as Goodyear police swarmed into the complex’s parking lot.

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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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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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PETA erected a billboard near the main office of Hickman’s Family Farms “in memory” of the more than 165,000 birds who were killed in March in a fire at a facility owned by the company.

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Goodyear community survey available

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Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Education gave $2.5 million to help support and mentor new teachers throughout the state, including Tolleson Elementary School District and Tolleson Union High School District.

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A new Fry’s Food Store will open in Buckeye on May 5, and amenities include Murray’s Cheese Shop and a sushi station. 

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The nonprofit Homeless Youth Connection received a $250,000 grant from the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation to help students who are experiencing homelessness. 

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The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Jeffrey Campos as its new president and CEO, replacing John Safin, who led the organization for eight years. 

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Cindy McCain, the widow of John McCain, participated in the April 1 commemorative beam signing event at the site of the future John S. McCain III Elementary School. 

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As the temperatures are starting to rise, the Litchfield Park Historical Society is gearing up for its Ride and Seek event on Saturday, April 24.

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Bob Costello, chief of Buckeye’s Fire and Medical Rescue Department, is remembered for his genuine personality. 

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With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients in need of transfusions. 

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The Agua Fria Union High School District’s Governing Board recently confirmed the employment contract for Mark Yslas as its new superintendent.  

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In recognition of Earth Day 2021, the city of Avondale has partnered with ACTEnviro to offer two Saturday Household Hazardous Waste drop-off opportunities, on April 17 and 24, for its residents. 

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Wreaths Across America is bringing its Mobile Education Exhibit to Tolleson after traveling the country to honor veterans. 

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Swaback Architect + Planners is one of four recipients of Newland’s inaugural Robert B. McLeod Partners in Placemaking award. 

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The city of Buckeye is accepting applications for the Economic Development Catalyst Program to help revitalize Downtown Buckeye and surrounding areas.

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The New Founders of Freedom are hosting the 10th annual motorcycle Veterans Ride on Saturday, April 10. 

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First Southern Baptist Church, 405 N. Third Street, Buckeye, will host its 78th semiannual Buckeye Valley Christian Women’s Fellowship Potluck and Service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. 

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Glendale detectives are seeking information about a hit-and-run that killed one person and injured another east of 71st and Glendale avenues on March 27. 

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Put on the Cape: A Foundation for Hope is once again raising funds for Goodyear’s Southwest Family Advocacy Center with a 5K on Saturday, April 10. 

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The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek is hosting its “Let’s Bag Hunger” food drive for the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank and All Faith Community Services. 

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Pima Medical Institute’s Phoenix campus recently hosted a graduation ceremony for students from its seven certificate and three associate degree programs.  

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Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise withdrew the city’s emergency proclamation issued June 18, 2020, declaring the use of face coverings in the city of Avondale due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise discussed inspiration and highlighted city improvements in the State of the City address.

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Since having to revert to online classes at the beginning of the pandemic, the Littleton Elementary School District has made it a mission to keep students fed. 

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The West Valley has become a driving force for economic growth in Arizona, and the region is staying in the fast lane with development along five hot business corridors.

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After testing positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 23, Sherrana and Chester Garey feared they would become part of the growing statistic of the many Americans who lost their battle to the coronavirus. 

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A typical night last June turned tragic when a single mother of three arrived home to see her Buckeye house on fire. As her insurance had just lapsed, Eugenia Lopez was left trying to find a place for her family to live as a result of more than 25% of her house left in shambles. 

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The pandemic has undoubtedly brought about many changes for Americans, one being their decision to move. HireAHelper’s 2020 study showed a major spike of people moving in 2020, listing COVID-19 as one of their primary reasons.

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