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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
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Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town sets Oct. 1 opening date

Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town will open its doors on Oct. 1, ushering in vibrant southwest energy infused with mid-century modern sophistication, proponents say. Designed as a natural …

Signature Office Suites building in Scottsdale sells for $6.85M

Scottsdale lab space swooped up by health care group for COVID-19 testing

Broth & Bao to come to SkySong in Scottsdale this fall

How long will the housing surge stick around?

NEWS
COVID-19

Scottsdale COVID-19 cases reported by ZIP code

The number of new positive COVID-19 cases in Scottsdale has increased by 121 in one week, according to numbers mapped to the city’s nine ZIP codes. In total, 5,975 cases of COVID-19 mapped …
Police

Scottsdale PD purchases computer tech through GOHS grant

The Scottsdale Police Department received a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in August, which provided the opportunity for the department to purchase a computer, a …

Scottsdale City Council grants SRP underground electric easements

Scottsdale City Council has exercised its power by authorizing a power company permission to install underground electric easements on city properties.
Election 2020

Stress: How will Scottsdale City Council candidates handle public pressure?

As with any job, serving on Scottsdale City Council — a public, four-year gig — comes with challenges from a busy schedule to long meetings, stressful situations and everything in …
Fiesta Bowl Charities

Wishes for Teachers builds bridge to close Arizona classroom funding gap

A fundamental keystone to what makes America a special place is equitable access to quality public education no matter where a young person calls home. But despite this agreed-upon truth, for …
Campaign Finance

Thousands of dollars spent by Scottsdale candidates in quest to City Hall

Even in a pandemic, Scottsdale politicians are spending big to help secure seats in the general election. Scottsdale’s political candidates, who hope to be elected Nov. 3, are raising (and …
SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Durham & Janik: Further evaluation of Scottsdale’s ‘fork in the road’

Tammy Caputi has written an important article which appeared in the Independent, entitled Scottsdale’s Fork in the Road. As competing candidates for the City Council, we don’t always …

Shemanske: A leader who wants the best for Scottsdale

This is a time when we need leaders like John Little because John cares so deeply for the City of Scottsdale and wants to see the city be the best. I have known John and his wife Lori for 16 …

Norton: Ignore Republican recommendation for Scottsdale school board

Six candidates seek one of the three seats open on the SUSD Governing Board. Four are superb people who want to build our district. They have differing views, differing skill sets, differing …

Fudala: Who is that masked woman? Me!

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy wearing a mask. Although I regret the reason that we need to wear masks — to prevent the spread of COVID-19 around the globe — there are positive …

Opinion: No on Invest in Ed Prop 208

Arizonans have a business decision to make at the ballot this year. Prop 208 seeks to nearly double the top income tax bracket. The question each voter must ask is, can Arizona afford to become a …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Milhaven: Continue using masks to keep Scottsdale healthy

Mask up, Scottsdale! Masks were part of our winning strategy. We should not give up on a winning strategy. We can all be proud that our efforts over the last several months have taken Arizona …

Caputi: Scottsdale’s fork in the road

Scottsdale is at a watershed moment for our city. Voters have two distinct choices in the November election for our City Council. Residents can choose positive, forward thinking, fact-based …

Cieniawski: It is important that we get our next leaders right

Choosing the best leaders right now is more important than ever before. I am supporting John Little as a City Council candidate for his long standing, deep, and thoughtful commitment to support …

Dodds: Watch out for 70-ish council candidate on ‘Scottstrek’

Please be careful if you see Scottsdale City Council candidate John Little zip by around Oct. 10 or 11. At the age of 70, he’ll be riding a bike — or scooter or Segway or walking or …

Bezon: Full-throated, unequivocal support for Julie Cieniawski’s school board campaign

My name is Bonnie Bezon. I am a National Board Certified Teacher with 18 years of experience. I taught in the Scottsdale public school district for 15 years, and served for three years alongside of …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Invest in Ed: A look at Prop. 208

The November General Election ballot carries heavy implications for the Scottsdale Unified School District, as three school board members will be elected and Prop. 208 seeks to pump up the …
New documents have not gone without notice as many stakeholders have inundated the SUSD Governing Board with emails and correspondence about signing a COVID-19 waiver and acknowledgment.

Risky Business: Parents waive, acknowledge COVID-19 risks on Scottsdale school campuses

Embedded within the Scottsdale Unified School District’s student release forms this year includes a COVID-19 waiver and acknowledgment added to myriad documents required to be signed.
Chaparral High School

National Merit Scholarship Program names 14 SUSD seniors as semifinalists

Fourteen members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Class of 2021 are semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program competition.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors

ASU Narrative Storytelling Initiative selects top 5 stories predicting future

Arizona State University’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative invited people worldwide to write a short story on what the future holds based on current world events but an imagined future reality.
Community

‘Downtown Denny' Brown joins Scottsdale Community Partners

Scottsdale Community Partners welcomes Denny Brown to their team as SCP sponsorship consultant. Mr. Brown’s main responsibility will be to help bring awareness to the Scottsdale community …

Fire association to host annual charity dinner

Join the Scottsdale Fire Fighter Association on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Scottsdale Stadium for the 20th Annual Fire Fighter Charities “World Series Salute and Dinner on the Diamond.”

TB2 awards aviation scholarship to Cochise College student

Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. has awarded an aviation scholarship to  a Cochise College student,  Michael Barragan, pursuing an associate of professional pilot technology degree. 
Neighbors

Liz Agboola joins Dignity Health St. Joseph’s community board

The Dignity Health Board of Directors have appointed Scottsdale resident Liz Agboola to the community board for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph’s …
Business

Meritage Homes Corporation has announced that its co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Steven J. Hilton, will retire as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021. He will continue to guide and …

As consumer spending has undoubtedly shifted during the time of the novel coronavirus, Independent Newsmedia reached out Certified Financial Planner Jason Ayala. Mr. Ayala, a Scottsdale-based …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Broadway Jukebox performers Lacey Dixon, Peter J. Hill, Alex Gonzalez, Noel Irick, Michael Paul Wallot and Victoria Fairclough.

Broadway Jukebox returns through Oct. 10

Copperstate Productions announces the return of Broadway Jukebox, “the world’s first and only interactive Broadway musical,” revue on weekends through Oct. 10 on the Fountain Hills Theater Drive-In Theater stage.

Q&A: Jason Rose pulls back curtain on Scottsdale Polo Classic return

Scottsdale public relations executive — and co-owner and co-founder of the annual polo classic every fall — Jason Rose is a beer guy, who knew? And, Mr. Rose says, he will be enjoying …
Ticket sales at Salt River Fields will be announced at a later date for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2021 spring training information at dbacks.com/spring.

D-BACKS announce 2021 spring training schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks has announced the 33-game spring training schedule, featuring 15 home games and two road games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale

The Maricopa County Home and Garden Show is making its return to WestWorld of Scottsdale Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18 with fall-inspired indoor and outdoor decorating ideas to freshen up …
The pop-up event will allow people to shop for the one-of-a-kind items that Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is known for.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market opens Pop-Up store during holidays

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will open a pop-up location at Scottsdale Quarter, showcasing a collection of vintage, artisan-made, and other goods from local small businesses.
“Elemental Figures” opens with a virtual reception to the public from 6:30 to 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 18, broadcasted live on The Walter Art Gallery Facebook page and  on display at Walter Art Gallery from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15.

Walter Art Gallery virtually debuts “Elemental Figures” exhibition

The Walter Art Gallery presents the new exhibition “Elemental Figures” featuring the work of local artists: Amanda Adkins, John Tuomisto Bell, and Abbey Messmer.

Scottsdale Fashion Week rescheduled amid COVID-19 pandemic precautions

Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations --- in partnership with Ford Robert Black Agency and J Group Media --- has announced Scottsdale Fashion Week is postponed. Proponents of the …

Modified Canal Convergence slated for November

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light will return to Scottsdale Nov. 6–15 with noticeable changes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while still bringing the enchanting, light-based artworks from around the …
Legendary actor Ed Asner will star in “Hunker Down,” a live online theatrical production on Sept. 22.

Ed Asner stars in new online theatrical production, ‘Hunker Down’

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, with Jewish Family & Children’s Service, will present “Hunker Down,” a live theatrical event starring Ed Asner to be broadcast online on Sept. 22.
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships are set for early next month in the East Valley. [Submitted photo]

Scottsdale’s polo championship returns Nov. 7 under new name

One of the world’s most recognizable polo events announced it has received final approval from the City of Scottsdale to return on Saturday, Nov. 7, to WestWorld of Scottsdale’s outdoor …
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