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Getting fully vaccinated is the best way to ward off COVID-19. For this reason, Maricopa County Department of Public Health has partnered with city of Avondale and asks residents to do their part to protect themselves and those around them by getting vaccinated.

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There are more than 19,000 Arizona children in foster care, but there are only around 4,500 licensed foster families. 

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As part of its annual Supply My Class program, Arizona Public Service, or APS, is helping local teachers acquire supplies for their classrooms.

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The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Council elected a new chair, Mesa Mayor John Giles. The Regional Council is MAG’s governing body.

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After serving the Tolleson Union High School District for over 14 years, Alfred “Bo” Oxford has been announced as the finalist for the principal position at Copper Canyon High School. 

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With construction underway on the Litchfield Park City Center, it has been announced that the project will now officially be called Litchfield Square. 

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A 35-year-old woman was arrested July 8 in connection with a three-vehicle collision that killed a family of six and injured five on the I-10 in Tonopah. 

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The Litchfield Park City Council approved its $45.2 million tentative budget for fiscal year 2022, and it’s more than double the 2021 budget of $19.75 million. 

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The city of Goodyear will add approximately 14 acres to Ballpark Village and Ballpark Village-South after the city council unanimously approved a planned area development amendment on July 7.

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After a season in which the Arizona Coyotes barely missed the playoffs, they will start a new era with their recently hired leader, gold medal-winning coach Andre Tourigny. 

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As part of its Health and Wellness Giving Day on June 18, Walmart donated more than $1 million to organizations across the country.

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As the West Valley’s population is expected to grow at twice the national rate over the next five years, increasing the demand for children’s health services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital broke ground on its Southwest Campus in Avondale on June 30. 

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Plans for the proposed State Route 30 freeway in the West Valley may take hold in the future, following a recent regional council meeting by the Maricopa Association of Governments, or MAG.

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The city of Avondale is sharing the message that just as drowning is unintentional, it is also preventable. Everyone has the ability and responsibility to arm up with knowledge to have a safe household around water. 

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The past year has arguably been one of the most unprecedented for teachers across the country, as they had to transition to virtual learning and find creative ways to keep kids engaged. 

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As Independence Day celebrations begin, cities in the Valley lift select firework regulations to allow for small displays. While the cities have differences within their rules, the overall goal is to keep everyone safe and to protect the community from fires. 

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Daniel Aldana was driving his motorcycle in Chandler on April 14, 2014, when he was hit by another vehicle. Immediately, he was rushed to the hospital. 

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Maricopa County is looking for citizen scientists to gather and upload photo observations of saguaro blooms and white-winged doves for its June Eco-Blitz program. Participants can join by creating an account at iNaturalist’s website.

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Avondale City Council approved a city-initiated request for approval of a final plat for city of Avondale Van Buren Fire Station Facility. The city council report indicated this is a partial replat of the Coldwater Place final plat. 

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As a longtime West Valley resident, Goodyear Vice Mayor Brannon Hampton wants to keep his city the perfect place to raise a family. 

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The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services activated 11 heat relief stations throughout the Valley during an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service through June 18. 

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On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced enslaved people were now free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as Juneteenth across the nation. 

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Katie Ares, Leigh Ann Baglin and Scott McCreary each recall what they were doing when they discovered each other.

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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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