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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Almanac

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.

2 people shot and wounded in Surprise; Suspect in car sought

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching for a suspect after two people were shot and wounded Thursday in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise. Surprise police said the shootings occurred …
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Surprise awards grants to 21 groups

The Surprise Community Outreach Program has set aside $100,000 in grants to 21 community groups who applied for money.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Surprise council unanimously approves Paloma Creek annexation, OKs rezoning by 6-1 vote

 Following four months of debate, charges and counter charges,  proposals and counter proposals, compromise and intransigence, the Surprise City Council unanimously approved a 10-acre annexation on the doorstep of a Maricopa County neighborhood.
City Government

Lisa Angelini to retire, creating opening in Surprise HR

Surprise Human Resources Director Lisa Angelini is retiring, opening up her position for job-seekers.
BUSINESS

Birt’s Bistro begins renting kitchen in Surprise

Birt’s Bistro restaurant on the Benevilla Surprise campus has been a favorite of the Northwest Valley not only for their food but for their relationship with the community as well. The …
Permits

Several permits under review in Surprise in May

Here are permits the city of Surprise received for review in May.
Permits

Surprise approves several projects in April

Here are Surprise projects approved in April.
EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Affordable housing isn’t benefit to all

I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise.
Ken Hicks

Ken Hicks: Transparency, accountability key to school budgets

There is a long history of the community wanting and needing transparency in schools for many reasons.
Jack Hastings

Jack Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — June 2021

The city of Surprise welcomes our new Police Chief, Benny Pina, who has served as the Peoria Deputy Police Chief since 2014.
Ken Remley

Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — June 2021

The city of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now.
Skip Hall

Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — June 2021

City of Surprise voters approved three General Obligation (G.O.) Bond questions in November 2017, representing 10 Capital Improvement Projects.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
Vehicle donations strengthen the programs provided by Benevilla, such as free Home Services, including assisted transportation to medical appointments.

Benevilla teams up with ‘CARS’

For the first time, Benevilla officials will give residents the chance to support charitable programs and services through vehicle donations.
Northwest Valley Connect is seeking volunteer drivers to help residents without access to transportation.

Northwest Valley Connect seeking volunteers

Northwest Valley Connect, a nonprofit that serves nearby residents who need transportation assistance, is seeking additional volunteers to help the cause.
From left, Buckeye firefighter Pete Shiple, Buckeye Interim Fire Chief Bill Stokeley, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Alan Ontiveros, Rotary Club Mar de Peñasco Representative Shandra Keesecker, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Rey Ramón Pérez González, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Alex Chavez, and kneeling, Rotary Club of Surprise President Amanda Sanchez gather at the Buckeye Fire Department yard May 12.

Surprise Rotary aids Rocky Point firefighters

The Rotary Club of Surprise with members of the Rotary Club Mar de Peñasco organized the delivery of several donations of needed firefighting equipment to the Fire Department/Bomberos of Puerto Peñasco from the Buckeye Fire Department.

Surprise program helps pay for repairs on AC units

The hot summer months are here and the heat is a risk to residents’ health and safety. Surprise Neighborhood Services can help families with repairs to air conditioning.

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
Surprise Entertainment
WHAM West Gallery in Surprise will have its next poetry slam night June 18 and its next basic photography class June 19.

WHAM prepares next Poetry Slam night in Surprise

The next Poetry Slam at WHAM event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road.
Glendale native and CMT artist Ashley Wineland will perform Saturday, July 19 at The Chicken Ranch in Surprise.

CMT staple from Glendale plays Chicken Ranch

Chicken Ranch in Surprise welcomes Country Music Television recording artist Ashley Wineland to June 19.
“The King of Zu Island,” is the latest book by Surprise resident Mark Enlow.

Surprise author debuts new book for kids

Surprise resident Mark Enlow recently released my middle grade novel, “The King of Zu Island.”
The Priscilla Rose Band features, from left, Ray Carter, Priscilla Pinches, Jack Lake Jr., and Rich La Rose.

West Valley combo planning Surprise gig

The Priscilla Rose Band will perform a West Valley gig this month.
Meals of Joy's Duck Derby will be virtual this year; organizers are hoping to top the $11,000 raised during 2020's virtual event.

Meals of Joy Duck Derby returns July 4 with $1,000 prize

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors, will hold its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Sunday, July 4.
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