E-edition

Read the latest Daily Independent print edition here.


View this issue

Browse other issues

E-edition

Read the latest print edition here.


View this issue

Browse other issues

SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
IN THE KNOW
Barrett-Jackson’s latest purchase expands Scottsdale auto group

Barrett-Jackson Holdings, the parent company of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, has announced the acquisition of the Phoenix-based Collector Car Network Inc., including its well-known properties …

El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley sold to Grossman Company Properties

Launch Real Estate adds partner, opens north Scottsdale office

Abrazo opens new Cave Creek hospital

NEWS

Local senior receives new air conditioning unit in midst of blazing summer heat

Just in time for the soaring summer temperatures, a local senior received assistance for a new air conditioning unit provided at no cost through the collaboration between the Maricopa County Human …
Community

Scottsdale captain retires after 40-year legacy in the fire service

Scottsdale Fire Captain Ken Farrell spent 40 years in the fire service running calls in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the Valley. His last 16 years were with Scottsdale Fire Department …
COVID-19

Scottsdale deemed ‘high transmission’ of COVID-19 spread again

For the fist time since February, Scottsdale is now in high community transmission, Maricopa County data shows. According to the Maricopa County Schools Dashboard, during July 11-17, Scottsdale …
Subscriber Exclusive

Storms put Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park out of service

Heavy rains during the end of July have closed McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as officials attempt to clean up the popular attraction.
Your Valley Daily News Brief

Register for our free newsletter

DON'T MISS A BEAT: Simply submit your e-mail address below, click on the opt-in email link and watch your inbox for news from the Daily Independent at YourValley.net. Thank you for reading!

SCOTTSDALE OPINION
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Caputi: Scottsdale police, downtown public safety

On July 10, a large caliber weapon was used to fire multiple shots on Craftsman Court at a local club in downtown Scottsdale. There has been an uptick in the amount of crime taking place in our …

Dubauskas: Scottsdale’s undocumented with COVID-19 must not be released into the community

One of the most difficult aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the lack of stable and consistent leadership from the federal government. Early in the pandemic, messaging to citizens said that once …

Wethers: With health screenings, timing is everything

Our world is slowly returning to normal as more Arizonans become vaccinated and restrictions start to lift. Now it is time to catch up on critical health screenings and preventive health visits that …

Cadwell: Getting your immune system ready for back to school, work

Back to school/work is here with a mixture of excitement and hesitation as we return to face-to-face interactions. It behooves us, therefore, to equip our bodies with the best strategies to stay …

Stratton: Hedge funds work for Arizona

In a state as big as Arizona, it’s no surprise that our communities have different needs. But there are some constants. No matter where we live, we’re all concerned about our …

Knudsen: Why legislators owe children sanitizing tech they’ve enjoyed for decades

Many of the recommendations from the CDC to stop the spread of diseases and viruses in schools come from an “everyday preventative measure” approach with chemical cleaners, frequent …
SueAnn Brown teaches children etiquette for social media, dating, dining and more at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 10755 N. 124 St. in Scottsdale.

Brown: Mastering back-to-school manners

Where did the summer go? Many of our children have started school or will be starting soon. Because they spend over a third of their day at school, manners are of great importance. Talking to …

Bornhofen: Asylum protests not about race

According to Webster Dictionary, racist: prejudice or discrimination based on race; Illegal: forbidden by law, forbidden by official rules.

Brown: Defund the police or redirect resources?  

By now, most of you know that I worked for 20 years as a police officer in Santa Monica, California.  I didn't begin my career in law enforcement until after my 33rd birthday.  My first 11 …

Cantor: Sustainability element missing from Scottsdale's development

I get a bit perturbed at those who sit in judgement when residents question the rapid rate of infill development. They don’t address the questions that keep arising. Their response is to …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Scottsdale-based law firm, DeFusco Law, has awarded a record amount of stipends for its bi-annual “Classroom Supply Stipend” program.

DeFusco Law awards 18 SUSD teacher stipends

Scottsdale-based firm, DeFusco Law, has awarded a record amount of stipends for its bi-annual “Classroom Supply Stipend” program, which gives certified teachers $300 for classroom supplies in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
National Forest Foundation for the Project Green Drone AZ project will provide access to STEM opportunities for middle and high school students in metro Phoenix for exposure to cutting-edge technologies such as Geographic Information Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones used in forest conservation.

Scottsdale-based group gets $5K STEM Action Grant

The Society for Science has announced awarding a $5,000 STEM Action Grant to Scottsdale-based community organization, National Forest Foundation for the Project Green Drone AZ project.

One man’s fear is another one’s mission: Saving snakes and keeping residents well-informed

Snakes can strike an immediate fear into many people, however, local snake experts say education on various species can be important in overcoming that fear. One Phoenix-based snake removal and …
From teacher to student orientations and staff preparations, the Scottsdale community is gearing up to go back to school on Aug. 4.

Scottsdale’s return to school just weeks away

Summer break has swept by and the Scottsdale community is already in back-to-school mode planning new teacher orientations and staff preparations amidst the school’s 125th anniversary.
Sarah Barela is the new Cactus Shadows High School principal.

CCUSD gains Barela as new Cactus Shadows High School principal

The Cave Creek Unified School District’s Governing Board approved Sarah Barela as Cactus Shadows High School principal at the July 12 meeting.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors

Cactus Foothills Little League softball team battles for World Series champion title

Cactus Foothills Little League announced on July 25 that the team advanced to play in the coveted double-elimination World Series Regional Softball Tournament. The Cactus Foothills Little League, …

Desert Foundation Auxiliary lends a helping hand to its 2021 charity

Several members of the Desert Foundation Auxiliary, along with debutantes from the class of 2021, volunteered at the Arizona Helping Hands “Back to School Support Week”.  Arizona …

Arizona Swim Club names Nguyen head coach for Scottsdale Aquatic Club

Scottsdale Aquatic Club, which is among “Arizona’s most celebrated swim clubs,” has announced Andrew Nguyen as the new head coach and CEO, effective Aug. 16.

Meet Your Neighbor: Berez offers tutoring for local students

• Your Name: Tedee Berez • Town/Neighborhood: I live in Scottsdale and tutor in Arcadia as well • Hours of operation: Flexible • Professional background highlights: …

Ascent at The Phoenician names social media contest winners

Ascent at The Phoenician has announced winners of its Phoenician Memories social media contest sharing everything from annual traditions to favorite experiences while staying at the venue.
Business

Drew Wetmore has been appointed as the new executive chef for the Boulders Resort and Spa.  In his new role, Wetmore will oversee the resort’s five busy kitchens including the Palo …

Wilde Wealth Management Group — independent financial services firm with offices in Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Payson, Tucson and Indiana — announced the addition of Anthony Cosentino to the team.
Kutak Rock partner Marc Lieberman has been awarded the 2021 Award of Excellence from the Scottsdale Bar Association for his noteworthy contributions to the legal community. The annual award is …
Plexus Worldwide, direct-selling health and wellness company, launched a new product and trained thousands of independent sales representatives during the Plexus 2021 Shine Convention.
Scottsdale Entertainment

Scottsdale mall to hold annual back-to-school fashion show

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road., will help students go back to school looking their best with a fashion show from 12-3 p.m. in the Palm Court on Aug. 7.
The resort-style luxury Paradise Valley home will display nine paintings by D.H. Lawrence seized by Scotland Yard almost a century ago.

‘Forbidden’ DH. Lawrence Art to be shown at Paradise Valley estate

Beginning on Aug. 16, the resort-style luxury Paradise Valley home will display nine paintings by D.H. Lawrence seized by Scotland Yard almost a century ago from a London art gallery at a ticketed event inside the home.
A group exhibition celebrating the gallery’s fourth anniversary will have various mediums including painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography and sculpture represented.

Royse Contemporary celebrates 4th anniversary with ‘Summer Spectacular’

Royse Contemporary presents its “Summer Spectacular,” featuring an eclectic stable of artists, with a group exhibition celebrating the gallery’s fourth anniversary.

Fountain Hills Theater announces the Arizona premier of 'Say Goodnight, Gracie'

“Say Goodnight, Gracie,” the hit Broadway play that has entertained guests for years with a hilarious and heart-warming performance, will be premiering at the Fountain Hills Theater.  George Burns, …
Jacob A. Meders, “And It’s Built on the Sacred,” 2021.

Artist Jacob A. Meders creates immersive installation at SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has transformed SMoCA Lounge into a gallery with the exhibition, “And It’s Built on the Sacred,” on view through Oct. 17.

Fountain Hills Theater announces the 2021-22 season

Entering the 36th season of award-winning plays and musicals, Fountain Hills Theater ’s new 2021-22 season is ready for the stage with six musicals, three plays, and four youth productions.

Scottsdale Arts receives $137,500 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded a $137,500 grant to Scottsdale Arts to assist with impacts it has experienced due to the COVID-19 crisis. Piper Trust president and CEO, …
Over 85 professional musicians volunteer their time and talent for each of the Scottsdale Philharmonic performances.

Scottsdale Philharmonic has upcoming concerts

Classical musical lovers enjoyed an afternoon of patriotic music at the Scottsdale Philharmonic’s recent live concert and live stream from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Benefit concert to be held at Scottsdale Quarter July 31

The Singletons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting a summer concert benefiting single-parent families battling cancer featuring music by Sonora's Band.  The organization provides services to a …
The cast includes Cate Carlino as Mary, Trevon Powell as The Lecturer and Jack Walton as Jimmy.

Scottsdale theatre takes on ‘Reefer Madness’

“Reefer Madness,” and its firmly planted-in-cheek tongue, is coming to Scottsdale.
Thank You For Supporting Local Journalism