Arrests reported Nov. 24-30

Editor’s Note: This column, prepared by Paradise Valley Police Department, lists arrests, not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Arrested persons listed here who are later found not guilty …

Maricopa community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees

The Maricopa County Community College District has received accreditation approval from the Higher Learning Commission for seven bachelor’s degree programs throughout its Valley …


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Insight into Paradise Valley’s police chief transition

As Paradise Valley Police Department Cmdr. Freeman Carney prepares to take over for Chief Peter Wingert, they shared their goals, accomplishments and praise for the department and town …

New short-term rental ordinance in effect in Paradise Valley

Short-term rental permits continue to occupy the agenda in the Town of Paradise Valley. Paradise Valley Town Council met Nov. 10 with a presentation from Town Manager Jill Keimach about the …
Town Hall

Paradise Valley short-term rental regulations take effect Nov. 13

Paradise Valley Town Council has finalized new rules and regulations governing short-term rentals that take effect on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Arizona nonprofits feel effects of inflation, turnover as season of giving begins

As inflation continues to pinch Arizonans’ wallets, nonprofit organizations and those that benefit from charitable giving may feel the monetary impacts this holiday season. During a time when …
Elections 2022

Update: Carney and Werner still lead in SUSD school board race

In the most recent poll results posted at 6:38 p.m. on Nov. 14, Amy Carney and Carine Werner have maintained their leads in the race for Scottsdale Unified School District's governing board.

Update: Terech, Gress lead in race for LD4 Arizona House seats

Update 8:52 a.m. Nov. 14 In the latest unofficial election results posted at 6:18 p.m. Nov. 13, Legislative District 4 Arizona House of Representatives candidates Laura Terech and Matt Gress …

Update: Marsh still leads for LD4 Arizona Senate seat

Update 8:59 a.m. Nov. 14 In the latest unofficial election results posted at 6:18 p.m. Nov. 13, Legislative District 4 state senator candidate Christine Marsh, D-Phoenix, maintained a slightly …
Road Construction

North Scottsdale-area Loop 101 eyed for improvements

People with commutes along the north Loop 101 can expect to see improvements to the flow of traffic as early as 2025 once construction is completed on additional and expanded lanes, according to state transportation officials.
Town Hall

Cell coverage amendment, sites poised for Paradise Valley approval

Paradise Valley Town Council is moving forward with a resolution related to cell phone carriers and infrastructure, ultimately aiming to improve cellular coverage in town. On Oct. 27, the …
Governing Board

Scottsdale educators want more respect, trust from district

In a quarterly report to the Scottsdale Unified School District’s governing board, agencies that support district educators presented an update as to where they are in solving the ongoing teacher shortage.

Town Council set to move Scottsdale Plaza Resort application to next phase

A statement of direction for an amendment to the intermediate special use permit regarding Scottsdale Plaza Resort is set to be approved by Paradise Valley Town Council at its next meeting Nov. …
First Responders

Sgt. DiVenti sworn in as new Paradise Valley Police commander

Paradise Valley Police Chief Peter Wingert swore in Joseph DiVenti as the police department’s newest commander on Oct. 25. After serving seven years as a police officer at Avondale Police …


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Kyle McDonald wanted a house, but he had little savings and no job. He remembered a game from his childhood called Bigger and Better.

I have a sticky note on my bathroom mirror. It’s the first thing I see each morning... “I will not let tradition cage my ambition.” Several years ago I participated in a …
Open enrollment for the 2023 benefit year is now upon us, giving many people an opportunity to weigh their healthcare options for the year ahead. It’s not a simple process for anyone. Those …
We are public members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Bond and Override Oversight Committee. We have served on the Bond Oversight Committee for six years along with seven other voters in …
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New affiliate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, Biltmore-Paradise Valley

Barbara Bailey has associated with the Biltmore-Paradise Valley office of Coldwell Banker Realty Arizona as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 28 years of real estate …
Real Estate

Paradise Valley property listed for sale at $9.5 million

Agents Thomas Scott and Kelly Jones of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are introducing a desert contemporary masterful home by MP Design and Development listed for sale at $9.5 …

Family business in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley focuses on 1-of-a-kind holiday gifts

Pagoda Lane, a family-owned and operated business with locations in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, is looking to make holiday shopping easy and meaningful with one-of-a-kind monogrammed …

SilverSneakers to offer Apple Fitness+ subscription in 2023

SilverSneakers by Tivity Health, a fitness program for older adults, will offer members an Apple Fitness+ subscription at no additional cost starting in 2023. According to a press release, with a …

Major Paradise Valley, Phoenix real estate developer dies

Robert Flaxman, the CEO of Crown Realty and Development that spearheaded two prominent Paradise Valley resorts and City North in Phoenix, has died. Crown Realty and Development is a southern …

Launch Team Robotics celebrated Thanksgiving by donating almost 400 pounds of food to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Scottsdale Unified School District’s governing board has begun discussing the maintenance and operations budget for the upcoming school year with plans for more focused financial discussions early next year.
Hanukkah calendar of events at Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Nightly Menorah lighting for Chanukah held in Carefree

With the start of Hanukkah on Dec. 18, there will be eight nights of Menorah lighting at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion in Carefree. These eight Menorah lighting events will begin at 5:30 p.m. …
The solo show of artwork by local artist Dan Pederson.

Solo exhibition ‘Pederson’ to debut at The Walter Art Gallery

The Walter Art Gallery will present “Pederson,” which opens on Dec. 16, with an artist’s reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale.
Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary in the Scottsdale Arts District at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6.

‘Consideration of Color’ to open at Royse Contemporary

“Consideration of Color,” a group exhibition examining color, will be on display from Dec. 1 to Jan. 8, 2023, at Royse Contemporary in the Scottsdale Arts District at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6.

Scottsdale’s Arabian Horse Show returns for 68th year

The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona has announced the return of the 68th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale starting on Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26, …

Phoenix Boys Choir performs holiday concert around the Valley

Founded in 1947 and celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, the Phoenix Boys Choir kicks off this achievement with a special concert for the holidays, including one in Paradise Valley.
Brittany Brown, with dog “Tom Ford” and her friends, Yuria Espinoza, her dog, “Gunny,” and Kelly in green.

11th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships unites diverse crowd

People and pets from all over came dressed to impress at The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships’ 11th annual day-long event Saturday, Nov. 5, at WestWorld.
Larry Brecker of Paradise Valley became a fine arts photographer after picking it up while practicing in his dermatology career.

Meet the Artist: Paradise Valley’s Brecker shares natural sights through his lens

Paradise Valley resident Larry Brecker shares more about his career as a photographer and how he was inspired by his wife Carol’s own art.
The Phoenix Chorale will perform a special holiday music program at various Valley locations Dec. 15-19.

Phoenix Chorale to perform holiday favorites at various Valley sites

Phoenix Chorale celebrates the holidays by shining a light on the wealth of Spanish and Latin music that pertains to this special time of year.
Artist collective Pneuhaus will have its exhibit "Canopy" with Bike Powered Events on display for participants at the 2022 Canal Convergence, taking place Nov. 4-13.

Meet the Artist: Muller works in artist collective Pneuhaus

Meet artist Matthew Muller, one part of the collective Pneuhaus, who will be installing an exhibit at the 10th annual Canal Convergence this month. Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light featurse …

Paradise Valley church presents renowned speaker

The public is invited to attend a talk and discussion on global food and water insecurity featuring Olcay Unver, Arizona State University professor and former deputy director of the United Nations …
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