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Adopt-a-Christmas Child Program

www.PanDeVidaAZ.orgIt’s that time of year!  Pan de Vida Foundation is organizing their Annual Adopt-a-Christmas Child Program for the holiday season to benefit the children of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley.  With a few hundred children already signed up, Pan de Vida is looking for interested candidates to adopt a child in need.  With the winter school break approaching, Pan de Vida makes it their priority to make sure every child returns to school in excitement with a story to tell about their holiday gifts received. 

Basketball registration winding down, T-ball just getting started

Youth Basketball registration ends Friday, December 3rd!

Registration is now open for our 8-week youth basketball league is for boys and girls ages 7-12.

Our volunteers will teach your child the fundamentals and basics of the sport and your child will have a great time learning how to play basketball and meeting new friends in your community!

Just $30 per child and includes a jersey, basketball and team photo!

Second Annual Heart For Others Run is a Success!

Heart For Others is taking time to celebrate! It was fun and best of all…we scored! Thank you to everyone involved! Participating from every neighborhood in STV and beyond were 200 runner and walkers, 300 in overall attendance, from every neighborhood and beyond, partnered together to invest in our kids! Chris Lineberry had this to say about this year’s event. “I think it was a great event and I know the De La Torre family is grateful to be a part of such a great event that believes in children.” 

Intoxicated Driver Crashes into Power Pole

On Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 8:52 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident at Sage Brush Avenue and Schnepf Road, San Tan Valley.

Nelson Wade Western (age 33 of San Tan Valley) was driving his 2002 Chevy S10 truck westbound on East Sage Brush Road. Western lost control of his vehicle and drove head-on into a wooden power pole. There was no pre impact skidding before he hit the pole. Western drove his vehicle into the pole with such force the pole was snapped in half.

Generous Donation to the Pinal County Benevolent Fund

On Friday, November 19th, 2010 George Johnson generously donated $7,500 to the Pinal County Justice Foundation/Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund is used to assist sheriff’s office employees, as well as family members in the event the officer is injured or killed in the line of duty or suffers from a tragic event. The fund is also used for employee morale boosting activities.

Pan de Vida provides 100 families a Thanksgiving Meal

Pan de VidaOn November 20th, Pan de Vida held their Annual Drive Thru Turkey Drop Off event at M&I Bank located on the corner of Ironwood and Ocotillo in San Tan Valley.  The event was scheduled from 9am to 1pm and was accompanied by a Vendor Fair that took place along the perimeter of M&I Bank.

Pan de Vida was able to collect 80 turkeys that morning from the vendors as well as the general public.  CPR Pros was generous enough to raffle off a flat screen TV!  Everyone who donated a turkey received a raffle ticket and additional tickets were available for purchase.  As a result, Pan de Vida was awarded $130 that was generated from the sale of raffle tickets.  With the donation of turkeys, canned goods, and cash donations, Pan de Vida was able to provide 100 families a Thanksgiving meal with the success of this event alone.

Justice Department Announces Settlement of Litigation with AMC Entertainment Inc.

AMCWASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced a settlement agreement with AMC Entertainment Inc. to resolve a lawsuit filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The suit challenged, among other things, the design of stadium-style movie theaters that fail to provide persons who use wheelchairs with comparable lines of sight to those of other moviegoers. AMC is the second largest movie theater chain in the country with about 5,300 screens.

Chickenpox Outbreak at Anthem K-8

Over the last few weeks, 13 cases of chickenpox (varicella) have been identified in students at Anthem. Because of this, we are working with the Pinal County Public Health Services District to provide vaccines, with parental permission, to Anthem students who have had less than the recommended two doses.

Chickenpox has NOT been reported at any FUSD school other than Anthem; however, for those who are in need of vaccination who do not attend Anthem K8, Pinal Public Health offers routine vaccination through the county’s public health clinics.  Please call 1-866-960-0633 for clinic locations and hours.  Primary care providers may also be able to provide routine vaccination.

Pan de Vida "Drive Thru Turkey Drop Off"

Pan de VidaPan de Vida Foundation will be hosting their annual “Drive Thru Turkey Drop Off” at M&I Bank located at 40773 N Ironwood Rd on November 20th, 2010.  The event will take place between the hours of 9:00am-1:00pm on the corner of Ocotillo and Ironwood Roads.

In these difficult times, countless children and families will not have a nutritious and bountiful meal to gather around on Thanksgiving Day.  With Arizona’s unemployment rate holding steady at 9.6 % for the third consecutive month, many families are losing their homes and this will be their first holiday struggle.

Public Meeting to Rezone Land Near San Tan Heights

San Tan HeightsA public meeting is being held tonight at Mountain Vista Middle School, in San Tan Heights, to address land use near San Tan Heights.  The land is currently zoned as residential, however a developer is asking to have it rezoned commercial. There is talk of a possible hotel and car dealership being built on this land.

San Tan Foothills High School Cheerleaders Qualify for State

Congratulations to the San Tan Foothills High School Cheerleaders who qualified for State and took 3rd place at the Agua Fria State Qualifier in Surprise.   The athletes will go on to compete at the Spectacular Cheer and Dance competition in December, the Pima Invite in January and then off to State on February 5th in Presco.

Nov. 2010: Project 97-80

Dr Gary NinePublic education is regularly criticized for many reasons, ranging from a drop-out rate of 30% to graduating students who can’t read nor reason.  Quite honestly, much of that criticism is justified.

Let’s play “what if” for a minute.

What if 97% of our kids graduated, all reliable, hard-working, skilled, literate, and confident?

County Employee Placed on Leave After Wrong Dog is Euthanized

Sgt Terry Young and TargetA Pinal County Animal Care & Control employee has been placed on administrative leave for failing to follow procedures and euthanizing the wrong dog.  The employee is accused of not following proper procedure in the euthanasia process.

On Friday, November 12, Animal Care and Control received a call about a stray female shepherd-mix dog in the San Tan Valley area.  The dog was picked up by an officer and brought to the Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter where it stayed over the weekend.  The dog was not microchipped or licensed with the county.

New OB/GYN Office Opened Today!

Dr. Mandeep KingraDrs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN opened its doors to serve the San Tan Valley area today, November 15th.  With the enormous growth in the East Valley over the last few years, Drs. Goodman & Partridge understood the increasing demand for women's health care.  San Tan Valley brought an increasing number of women in need of pregnancy care and general women's health care and the need for these services to be closer to home.  Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN are happy to meet women’s health care needs in San Tan Valley.

Congratulations San Tan Foothills 3A South All-Region Teams!

Congratulations to the following San Tan Foothills High School football players that are members of the 3A South All-Region Teams:1st Team:Max Kadzash...

Arizona's Prop 203 Passes, Medical Marijuana Allowed

Prop 203 PassesArizona has become the 15th state to allow the use of medical marijuana. It appears that after counting the absentee ballots, Prop 203 passes with 4,421 votes.

The law will allow up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.  If you live 25 miles or more from a dispensary, and you have a prescription, you can grow your own personal use marijuana.

Patriotic- Themed Music Program

On Tuesday, November 9th the 2nd and 3rd grade students at Simonton Elementary School presented a patriotic-themed music concert.  Students were given the opportunity to accompany their classmates on several songs using xylophones, met-allophones, glockenspiels, and rhythm sticks.  On other songs, students presented play parties, which are kind of a combination of a game and a dance.

Paul W. Ahler will be Pretrial Unit Bureau Chief of the Pinal County Attorney’s Office

Paul W. Ahler, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Chief Deputy, will be the newest addition to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office staff on Dec. 6, 2010, as the Pretrial Bureau Chief. The Pretrial Unit is responsible for reviewing most law enforcement referrals and deciding on appropriate criminal charges.

FITT for Life Expo - Open to the Public & FREE to attend!

FITT For Life ExpoOn Saturday, November 13, 2010  from 11 am – 4 pm, the Anthem at Merrill Ranch Community will hold its’ 4th Annual FITT for Life Expo event at the Sun City Anthem Union Center in Florence. The FITT for Life Expo is just one of the several events that Anthem at Merrill Ranch holds each year that are open to the public.

The FITT for Life Expo is a lifestyle event, targeting all ages and walks of life and encouraging them to discover new innovative ways to improve and maintain your health and quality of life for years to come. The event includes over 75 exhibitors, a free barbecue lunch, live entertainment, petting zoo, magician, classic car show, thirty foot rock wall, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, cooking demos, bounce houses and a beer garden. The event also features free flu shots and medevac helicopter made possible by the Florence Hospital at Anthem.

Justin Rackley Arrested Following Pursuit in Pinal County

On November 10th, 2010 at 1:53 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a Mitsubishi landscaping truck that was stolen from Ironwood and Ocotillo, San Tan Valley.

At 2:03 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy located the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle stopped, reversed and then repeatedly rammed the marked patrol vehicle. The vehicle fled and deputies pursued it until they were able to block it in at 2:22 p.m near Bellavista and Quail Run.

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