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Scottsdale police warn: Don't DUI

The Scottsdale Police Department is teaming up with other local law enforcement agencies for a DUI Task Force and Saturation Patrol. The traffic safety effort begins Friday, Nov. 25, and runs …
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Andaz Resort progresses in planned expansion

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows looks to expand its property as Paradise Valley’s planning commission considers the permits to allow construction. The resort seeks to develop a …

Lottery ticket sold in Scottsdale delivers big with added cash

A winning Arizona lottery ticket purchased in Scottsdale is worth $6.9 million thanks to an unclaimed prize. After a $4.3 million The Pick jackpot, which was sold at a store in Mesa, went unclaimed …

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Scottsdale authorizes funding for ArtWalk

The Scottsdale City Council consent agenda passed unanimously by all seven council members Nov. 21. Part of the agenda was funding authorization up to $75,000 for marketing and production of the …

Scottsdale plans some closures for Thanksgiving holiday

The city of Scottsdale will have some closures this week in recognition of Thanksgiving. Most city offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, for Thanksgiving. Trash/recycling …

Mercado Courtyards project moves on to Scottsdale council

A plan for a multifamily and mixed-use project near a central Scottsdale hospital drew a mixed reaction during a Scottsdale Planning Commission last week. The plan for the Mercado Courtyards in …

Scottsdale to spend $2.5M on street control project

The city of Scottsdale agreed to spend up to $2.5 million on a group of four bollards within its Entertainment District to give police ability to close streets during big events. The project, …
Giving Back

Scottsdale Community Partners continues aiding senior residents

Scottsdale’s yearly Adopt-A-Senior program is once again helping underserved seniors this holiday season. Scottsdale has a reputation around the world as a wealthy enclave — especially …

Man charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation sentenced probation

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years’ probation after he was arrested in June for messaging an undercover detective posing as a 16-year-old girl to engage in a sexual act in his …

Scottsdale Council to consider new Optima rezoning

A rezoning request for a planned new Optima multifamily development will be on the docket for the next Scottsdale City Council meeting Nov. 21. The council will hear the rezoning for the planned …

Suspect arrested in Scottsdale following MCSO, DPS pursuit

A 41-year-old man fled from authorities Wednesday during a traffic stop, and his vehicle struck a Maricopa County deputy before he was apprehended in Scottsdale. Maricopa County Sheriff’s …
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Patricia Pellett

Pellett: Scottsdale Unified’s supplemental curriculum indoctrinates, not educates

PebbleGo is an online, supplemental curriculum leveraged by Scottsdale Unified School District for kindergarten to fifth-grade students. Promoted as an “engaging multimedia” that will …

Klapp: Flow of Arizona tourists relies on airspace management

As Arizona has grown in population over the past decades, we have continued to grow our footprint as a go-to location for travelers in the United States and around the globe.

Cantor: Addressing silence, Scottsdale’s first responders

First of all, I am alive and almost well. Now if you know me you will know I am happy in my little rut. For example, I lived in the same house my parents bought when we moved to Scottsdale for 60 years. Lots of memories some wonderful, some sad, some ridiculous, all with lifelong learning experiences.

Vanatta: Do your homework: A health insurance guide for families

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 …

Alexander: Will the real Barry Graham please stand up

Another Valley newspaper reported that City Council candidate Barry Graham has accepted nearly $20,000 in donations from developers. This is shocking, as Graham has run a single-issue campaign …

Pabis & Gulick: Supporting school override based on our own SUSD education

As graduates of Saguaro and Chaparral respectively, we have lots of friendly rivalry when it comes to who had the best experience in high school — and which football team is better. As …

Cieniawski: Support enriching school experiences, vote for SUSD override

This election, we are being asked to support our Scottsdale Unified School District by approving a budgetary increase through a continuation of the District Additional Assistance override. Most …
Shea Najafi

Najafi: Supporting Scottsdale School’s override is right for community

Why does SUSD keep asking us for money? Let me give it to you straight. Our beautiful state of Arizona is 48th lowest in the nation for funding our public schools. Each of my kiddos receives …

Letter: You can trust Scottsdale Unified with your override vote

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 …

Henninger: City staff behind much of Scottsdale’s special charm

We talk often about what makes Scottsdale special: the beautiful preserve, the wonderful resorts golf courses, Indian Bend Wash, historic Old Town. Less fancy but more important to our quality of …
Teachers were told they had won grants during the Palo Verde Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Draft Day, presented by SRP.

Scottsdale’s Fiesta Bowl Charities provides 400 grants to Arizona teachers

Continuing the Fiesta Bowl Organization’s annual tradition of honoring, supporting and celebrating educators throughout Arizona, Scottsdale-based Fiesta Bowl Charities granted 400 teachers — including 85 Phoenix teachers — with $2,500 each through the Palo Verde Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Draft Day presented by SRP.
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Scottsdale Unified kindergarten open houses start Nov. 8

Finding the right education setting to begin a child’s formal education journey is a major decision for parents. That is why Scottsdale Unified School District opens the doors of its kindergarten classrooms each November, January and March to families of the next school year’s kindergarten students.
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Scottsdale Community College to launch new pharmacy technician program

The importance of a robust and highly-trained workforce of healthcare professionals has never been more apparent than it is today. To that end, HonorHealth is collaborating with Scottsdale Community College to offer a new Pharmacy Technology Certificate of Completion that efficiently prepares anyone interested in working in healthcare for the abundance of new positions expected to open up over the next decade.
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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.
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SUSD open enrollment has begun Nov. 1

Scottsdale Unified School District opens the doors of its 30 schools each year to resident and non-resident students alike. The application process for non-resident students seeking to …
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Veterans Medical Leadership Council records success with annual luncheon

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Veterans Medical Leadership Council hosted the largest VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon to date with nearly 700 attendees at the Arizona Biltmore.

Photo - Harvest Festival at the Boardwalk

The Arizona Boardwalk in Scottsdale offers free events throughout the year.  On Saturday Nov. 19, the Harvest Festival in the boardwalk's courtyard offered families the chance to decorate …

Scottsdale resident executes anti-terrorism drill

Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Ian Hager, from Scottsdale, Ariz., participated in an anti-terrorism force protection drill aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli on Nov. 15. Tripoli is …

Hunkapi Programs raises $200K in annual gala

With the support of the local community, Hunkapi Programs, an equine therapy farm located in the heart of Scottsdale, announced that it raised $200,000 at its 8th annual Open Your Heart Gala.
Things to do

Scottsdale author hosts book signing Nov. 27

Bonnie Engstrom, a Scottsdale-based author, will be giving a book signing in Fry’s Grocery Store at 90th Street and Shea Road on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.

Mark-Taylor Residential, a Scottsdale multi-family housing management firm in Arizona and Nevada, announced the grand opening of Sanctuary on 51st, a new single-family luxury rental home community in Laveen, Ariz.

LevRose, a commercial real estate company in Scottsdale, celebrated its 30-year anniversary last month which it commemorated with 30 days of giving, donating $10,000 to local charities. Since its …
Baer Fisher will join the Phoenix Rising FC Board of Directors representing Vincere Capital, a Scottsdale-based family office that recently completed a multimillion-dollar investment in the two-time Western Conference Champions.
345 Wealth Management, a financial services firm focused on comprehensive planning with accumulation, distribution and transfer of wealth, has announced a formal move into its headquarter office, …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Civil War author and historian Jeffrey William Hunt will lead a talk on his latest book on Dec. 13, at Scottsdale Public Library.

Civil War historian comes to Scottsdale Public Library Dec. 12

On Dec. 13, the Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will host Civil War author and historian Jeffrey William Hunt, who will discuss “Mead and Lee After Gettysburg: Climax of the Gettysburg Campaign.”
Seven wineries are coming together to share about Arizona-produced wines Nov. 30.

Travel the Scottsdale Wine Trail

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in Old Town Scottsdale, seven Arizona wineries will join forces to launch the first-ever Wine & Tapas event and explore the Scottsdale Wine …
Artists can apply to exhibit their work at Art on the Boardwalk in January and March.

Art on the Boardwalk seeks artists for January, March

Sundance Creek Promotions invites artists working in all mediums to apply to exhibit at Winter Art on the Boardwalk, January 20–22, 2023 and Spring Art on the Boardwalk, March 10–12, …
Tank Hanna is one of the performers who will take part in the Nov. 26 magic show for The Singletons.

Magic show on Nov. 26 benefits The Singletons

Take part in an afternoon of astonishment, awe and mystery at a magic show for kids and adults on Nov. 26, benefiting The Singletons, a nonprofit supporting single-parent families battling cancer.
Scottsdale Quarter welcomes the holiday season with a variety of activities from its tree lighting ceremony to a family-friendly movie screening on Nov. 26.

Holidays begin at Scottsdale Quarter Nov. 26

Scottsdale Quarter, the Valley open-air shopping destination with more than 90 retail and dining choices, ushers in the holiday season with The Santa Social, its holiday kick-off event, on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 8 p.m. in The Quad.
For new and experienced birders, a guide like Richard Cachor Taylor's "Birds of Arizona" can be critical to their success, with detailed information on birds like the Barrow's Goldeneyes pictured above.

Return to nature, Valley residents look to birding

People have made journeys outside as a way to socialize safely in the pandemic’s aftermath, with many picking up bird watching, or birding, as their hobby of choice.

Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association presents dog shows starting Nov. 25

The Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association, Inc. will bring dog lovers the Fiesta Dog Shows from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27 at Westworld of Scottsdale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
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.

Holiday festivities available at Scottsdale Fashion Square through Dec. 24

A season filled with good tidings and cheer is kicking off with none other than Santa Claus himself when he made his annual debut at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Palm Court Nov. 17.
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