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Free temporary digital library cards provided by Maricopa County Library District

The Maricopa County Library District facilities remain closed until further notice, but county libraries are still providing critical services to the public, including digital learning opportunities. …

Surprise braces for budget changes due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the globe has trashed Surprise’s previous budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year.

Banner Health seeking 100,000 homemade masks

In an effort to protect the health and safety of employees and patients, the Banner Health Foundation is seeking 100,000 hand-crafted comfort masks donated by volunteers, sewing groups, and companies …

Valley View community food bank opens seven days a week

Valley View Community Food Bank (VVCFB), headquartered at 10771 W. Peoria Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Jesse Ramirez, founder and …

Cases of COVID-19 in Arizona surpass 2,400

Arizona added nearly 200 cases and one death of COVID-19 overnight. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 2,456 cases and 65 deaths are in the state, up 187 and one from Sunday, …
West Valley Preps
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More Class of 2020 athletes sign with universities

  The following local high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.   West Valley Preps will update the list …
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School year's end stops spring sports season

In the end, the decision about what to do with spring high school sports seasons shortened by the spread of COVID-19 was wholly out of the hands of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Early …
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The 2019-20 All-West Valley Preps boys basketball team

For the seventh year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best boys basketball players it covers in the West Valley. This time around, we saw so many quality players that a third team was …
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The 2019-20 All West Valley Preps girls basketball team

For the seventh year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best girls basketball players it covers in the West Valley.   With so many quality players in the West Valley, a third …

Surprise closes city park amenities, facilities to public

All city park amenities are closing across Surprise, thanks the coronavirus fears. City officials said the city is closing all park amenities and facilities effective immediately to minimize the potential spread of illness.
Education

      Teacher of the Year nomination deadline April 30 Applications available online Nominations for the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards through the Arizona …

Dysart Unified School District is adding eight new sites for grab-and-go meal service beginning Monday, April 6. Meals are provided for community members 18 and under at no cost, and are served 11 …
      West Valley preschool to remain open for first responders’, heathcare workers’ children Registration fees waived at Surprise childcare …
To help parents and kids stay creative and active, Crayola Experience and Crayola are providing fun, at-home activities through its websites and social channels. Parents can download free …
Business

Sun Health Foundation announces Warren D. Ruff scholarship fund

Sun Health Foundation announced the establishment of the Warren D. Ruff Scholarship Fund for qualifying nurses and nursing candidates – at a time when it’s needed most to support the …

View a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Plan loan process today

Citizens may view a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Plan loan process 1-2 p.m. April 6.

Virtual career support for women launches in metro-Phoenix in Response to COVID-19

Dress for Success Phoenix, an organization dedicated to empowering women to achieve success by providing a network of support, has launched a suite of career-ready services accessible to women Valley-wide through its free virtual career support programs.

Mental health apps available for first responders

The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Surprise Opinion

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, anyone can get …

Rotarians are “People of Action,” and Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona are pitching in to help where needed in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic …
We are really in an unprecedented time with a lack of answers, certainty and control, and there is no end in sight. With all the discussion and encouragement around “social distancing” for our physical health, it brings up a whole new array of potential mental health problems, especially for older adults.
To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known …
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