Berkeley Film Festival
Remi Award Winner Worldfest Houston
2009 - 2010 -2011
2009 EMPixx Awards
Telly Awards 2006-2007-2008-2009-2010
2008 & 2009
Omni Intermedia Awards
W3 Media Awards
Finalists and Winners
Accolade Award Winner
Arizona Assn. of Black Journalists Diversity Winner
Arizona Press Club Winner
The Glendale Daily Planet:
Use of Online Media
"Cesar E. Chavez 2007"
Berekeley Film Festival
Media Achievement Awards
2008/09 Finalists and Winners - DV Awards
HISTORICAL RADIO SOCIETYIS PLEASED TO HONOR
CHARLES D. 'DOC' HERROLD
THE PRESERVATION AND DOCUMENTATIONOF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1992:
Faculty Couple Receives Fulbrights
Community College faculty are Fulbright Scholar Grantees for
the 2011-2012 academic year. The wife and husband team of
Holly McKinzie Beene, human communication, and Leon Beene,
history, will be posted to Eastern Europe during the spring
As for the
likelihood of both proposals being awarded in such a highly
competitive program, both agree it was more than a surprise.
shocked,” said Holly Beene. “The proposals are so detailed
and submitted months in advance, you just put them out of your
mind. When we were both notified within a few weeks of each
othe. We couldn’t believe it.We had long conversations about the best course of
action, but then we circled back to reinvention, and decided
we could amplify the experience if we were willing to live
about 150 miles apart for a few months.”
Beene, GCC Faculty Emeritus in communication and world
languages, has been awarded a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar
lecture/research grant at the Vasile Alecsandri University of
Bacău, Romania, according to the United States Department
of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship
an interculturalist whose academic specialization is
organizational culture and behavior.While in Romania, she will teach two graduate seminars
in intercultural communication, one of them specifically
focused on cultural communication and new media. In addition,
the university department has requested that she facilitate a
digital storytelling workshop and help establish an American
Studies Club for students.
Leon Beene, GCC
Faculty Emeritus in history, has been awarded a 2011-2012
Fulbright to teach in the American Studies Center, Moldova
State University, in Chisinau, Moldova.While his original academic specialization was Latin
America, his secondary field is history of the Americas. He
taught United States history at GCC from 1975-2000 and was a
faculty associate at ASU West until 2009. Fall 2011, at GCC,
he taught U.S. History, 1945 to the present.
In Moldova, he will
teach two graduate courses, one on American Foreign Policy and
the other on U.S. history in a global context.
“Unfortunately, even history majors in U.S. colleges and
universities are well into their degree programs before they
spend much time with contemporary global themes. The
university has given me a lot of leeway in designing these
seminars, so my intent is to approach American studies in a
broader context and a narrower time-frame -- post WWII -- than
they may have studied in other classes.”
Scholar Program, America’s flagship international
educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United
States Department of State, Council on the International
Educational Exchange of Scholars. Since its establishment in
1946, the Fulbright Program has provided scholars, graduate
students, and teachers from other countries the opportunity to
observe each others' political, economic, educational and
cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on
joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the
MURAL IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CONNECTS
BUSINESSES WITH ARTISTS IN CITY’S CENTERLINE DISTRICT
building in downtown Glendale is getting a head-turning look,
thanks to a new mural which will grace the outer south wall of
a longtime downtown restaurant. The mural project is part of
Artwerks, a city program that is pairing business owners with
local artists to enhance Glendale’s redevelopment and
revitalization of the Centerline District along the Glendale
artist Martin Moreno and students at Las Artes de Maricopa
painted the mural, “El Corrido de Glendale, Arizona,”
which was created on tiles and will be secured in a steel
frame on the south wall of Bitzee Mama’s Restaurant, located
at 7023 N. 58th Ave. When translated,
“El Corrido de Glendale, Arizona” means to tell a story of
Glendale to music.
inception of the project, Moreno met with business owners and
citizens to discuss history, concepts and ideas for the piece
of public art. From there Moreno was free to develop his
vision of the piece, which is funded by donations. The
mural on Bitzee Mama’s wall will be a visible addition to
the city’s renovated walkway east of 58th Avenue
that’s home to First Saturdays, a monthly gathering of
artists at work.
Corrido de Glendale, Arizona,” presents a 100-year sweep of
Glendale history in a work of art laden with symbolism.
The 6’ x 16’ piece includes a mariachi figure in front of
a landscape featuring area agriculture, Native American
pottery, the iconic Sugar Beet Factory, Glendale High
School and the University of Phoenix Stadium, along with some
other historical significance such as the U.S. Air Force
Thunderbirds and Sahuaro Ranch Park.
mural installation began on Nov. 26 and will continue
through Dec. 10. The Artwerks program is committed to
fostering the creation of a new piece of publically displayed
art once a year in the Centerline District, which is located
along Glendale Avenue from 43rd to 67th avenues,
between Ocotillo Road and Myrtle Avenue.
first mural is a 6’x16’ panorama hanging in Velma Teague
Library in downtown Glendale. The work was painted by
acclaimed local artist Lucretia Torva during the Artwerks-sponsored
First Saturday events. First Saturdays are monthly
gatherings held October through May that turn walkways in
Glendale’s historic downtown into an open air artists’
studio. The event includes live music performances along
with the creative works of painters, leatherworkers,
photographers and other artists. For more details on
Artwerks initiatives, its artists or to become involved, visit
the Art District page at www.glendaleaz.com/Centerline.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ariz. – The Glendale
Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) is pleased to announce
its inaugural Advisory Committee.
committee will be comprised of nine GCVB members representing
various tourism-related industries in the West Valley.
The group will meet quarterly with GCVB staff to help
establish bureau priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of
current programs and advise staff in the development of new
this regional advisory group represents the next step in our
evolution as the only visitor's bureau in the West Valley, and
we are looking forward to working with the best of the best in
the industry” said Lorraine Pino, GCVB Manager. “ The
specific expertise and industry knowledge will be a valuable
asset to the group.”
committee members include:
Manager, The Spicery in Our 1895 Home
Coronado, City Manager, City of Surprise/Surprise Recreation
Jim Foss, Senior Vice President
and General Manager, Phoenix Coyotes/Jobing.com Arena
Steve Gerhart, Owner, Arizona
Toni Lindner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hilton Garden
Linda Moran-Whittley, Owner, Papa
Ed’s Ice Cream
Courtney Papillon, Senior
Marketing Manager, Arrowhead Towne Center
Allan Tuttle, Director of Sales, Renaissance Glendale Hotel
Trevor J. Wilson, Marketing Director, Wet ‘n’ Wild
more information, call 623-930-4500 or like us on facebook.com/GlendaleCVB.
You can also stay in touch and up-to-date on travel tips,
events and discounts at www.VisitGlendale.com
or by following @GlendaleCVB on Twitter.
About the CVB
The Glendale CVB
markets the West Valley as a preferred year-round destination
for visitors, conventions, meetings and major events,
producing a positive economic impact and increasing leisure
and business travel in the region.
News and Information
events and happenings and things to come ripped from
various city bulletins, handouts and web pages, other
sites and news grottos!
Glendale Wins WESTMARC Excellence
in Innovation Award. The city of Glendale was recently
awarded WESTMARC’s prestigious Excellence in Innovation
award for the Oasis Groundwater Treatment Plant at the 2011
Best of the West Awards event. The Oasis Groundwater
Treatment Plant is a state-of-the-art facility that provides
high quality, safe drinking water to the Glendale community
by enhancing the overall reliability of Glendale’s water
services and supports economic growth, and a sustainable
community. The facility also received the American Council
of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Honor Excellence Award
Jaysen Lopez, a senior at Ira H. Hayes
High School on the Gila River Indian Community, adds color
to a basket sculpture inspired by his ancestral O’odham
people. The student artwork is currently on display at the
Glendale Main Library.
Glendale Glitters Spectacular. The day
after Thanksgiving is Glendale’s long-standing tradition
of turning on its 1.5 million lights covering 16 blocks of
the historic downtown area, and it’s one huge celebration
that kicks off the city’s eight-week long Glendale
Glitters holiday display! The Countdown to Glendale Glitters
Show will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, and the
entertainment will include the international-award-winning
Sweet Adelines, The Uptown Angels as well as dance
performances. In addition, the traditional reading of
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will be done by the
2011-12 Fiesta Bowl Queen Shannon Maule. The 30-minute
celebration will culminate with Governor Jan Brewer, Mayor
Elaine Scruggs and Councilmembers turning on the 1.5 million
Take Thanksgiving Outdoors! Take your
Thanksgiving feast outdoors just like the Pilgrims did in
1621. Parks are great locations to host the annual autumn
event and Glendale has great parks that include Ramadas that
are perfect for your holiday gathering, available for
reservation. Hosting Thanksgiving in a park is easier for
the host, offering plenty of seating for large families and
places for the kids to play. There are several ideal host
locations such as Sahuaro Ranch Park and the Western Area
Regional Park. These two park ramada areas include large
counter spaces, sinks and water, electrical outlets and huge
charcoal grills as part of the reservation.
Student Artists from the Gila River
Indian Community Display Their Work.The Glendale Main
Library is hosting a special exhibit of basket sculptures
created by student artists from the Ira H. Hayes High School
on the Gila River Indian Community. Inspired by their
ancestors, the project is a contemporary approach to the
rich basket history of the O’odham people who used the
vessels for ceremony and for the transportation of dry goods
like cactus fruit, grains and vegetables.
Legislative Link Program. The city of Glendale invites
residents to attend a legislative session update meeting to
be held Monday, Dec. 5. The meeting is part of the free
Legislative Link program that enables citizens to stay
informed and closely track neighborhood-related matters and
bills being discussed at the State Capitol. The program not
only keeps residents up to date on issues impacting their
community, it also provides citizens a way to actively
engage themselves in the state law-making process. Read more
City Offers Two Classes for Residents.
Glendale residents have an opportunity to participate in one
or both of two new classes the city is offering. “Learn
What Occurs at Court Outside the Courtroom” is a two-day
class that will focus on learning the Domestic Violence laws
in the State of Arizona and how DUI criminal cases are
processed. The first night will cover the roles of the
prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and jury. The second
night will be an interactive session in which the students
participate in a mock trial. The class will be held from
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 and 30 at the
Glendale City Court complex, 5711 W. Glendale Ave.
“Disaster Preparedness” is a two-night class that will
educate residents on the city’s emergency plan, how the
city prepares for emergencies and how it organizes in
response to disasters. Students will learn about the laws,
processes and issues surrounding disaster preparedness,
response and recovery. In addition, the class includes
valuable information about how residents can help themselves
and their families during a time of crisis. The class will
be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6 at
the Glendale Training Facility, 11550 W. Glendale Ave., just
west of the Glendale landfill.
City Offices will Close November 24
and 25. City Offices will close Nov. 24 and 25 in observance
of the Thanksgiving holiday.
City Recycling Cell Phones for Good Cause Through Nov. 30.
The city of Glendale is dialing in on a good cause with its
annual cell phone recycling campaign. The campaign, which
coincides with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, benefits
domestic violence victims. Through Nov. 30, the public is
encouraged to drop off old cell phones at any of following
locations: Glendale’s three public libraries, the Glendale
Visitor Center in downtown Glendale, Gate 3 of Jobing.com
Arena, located on the northwest corner of the building, and
at Glendale Community College.
American Roots Fall Music Series. Bad Cactus Brass Band:
Holiday Concert is the last of the series at Foothills
Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave. beginning at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, November 30 in the Roadrunner Room. This will be
an exciting and festive evening with the New Orleans-style
jazz band, whose repertoire ranges from funky street beats
to traditional Dixieland and swing powered by tuba, drums,
saxophones and trumpets.
Live at the Library. Live at the Library presents the Grace
Lutheran Handbell Choir from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec.
1 at the Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. This uniquely
talented group will offer favorite holiday tunes rung with
multi-sized brass bells. Don’t miss this holiday favorite!
Artwerks First Saturday. Historic Downtown Glendale will
turn into a living masterpiece on Saturday, December 3, from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as First Saturdays takes place just east
of Murphy Park.
Open Air Market December 3. The
marketplace, which features antiques, collectibles, art
treasures, crafts and food, will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will be held at the corner of
57th Drive and Glendale Avenue in the parking lot of A Mad
Hatter’s Antiques, located at 5734 W. Glendale Ave. The
Open Air Market will continue on the first Saturday of each
month through May. For more information and to learn about
becoming a market vendor, call 623-931-1991.
Dine & Glitter is Back! Friday, Dec. 9. Dine &
Glitter is a co-op type event for small and mid-size
companies to celebrate with employees at a cost-effective
shared holiday party. Companies can reduce costs by sharing
the main ballroom of the Civic Center, yet each business
also has a designated dining area of their own. Last year
150 guests from several Valley companies attended Dine &
Plus! Step outside the Civic Center to enjoy Glendale’s
Winter Wonderland Weekend, part of Glendale Glitters’
outdoor holiday festival with 1.5 million twinkling lights!
Click here for more information or to RSVP online. For more
information, call the Glendale Civic Center at 623-930-4300.
Coffeehouse. The Main Library Coffeehouse welcomes Members
of the Glendale Public Library’s Acoustic Jam Session as
they take the stage to entertain the audience with holiday
favorites. Join us on Thursday, December 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.,
in the auditorium.
memory of Officer Brad Jones, of Glendale, Arizona.
We are raffling this wreath to raise funds for the 100
Club of Arizona Survivor's Fund in memory of Officer Brad
Jones, of Glendale, Arizona, who was shot and killed in
the line of duty earlier this year.
this sounds so implausible – fake psychics, Celtic gods and
goddesses, militia, rock stars and aliens from Area
51. But, somehow, Kris Neri makes it work perfectly in her
second Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical
Brennan doesn’t understand why aging rock star Rand
Riker picked her to accompany him to Arizona, but the fake
psychic who wants to be a celebrity and spiritual advisor
to the stars is happy to travel in style on a private
plane. She isn’t as happy with her client, who is
performing at a benefit concert for the most hated man in
Arizona, a militia member who sent vials of poison to
senators, killing the aide of a senator from Arizona.
Samantha might be a fake psychic, but she knows something
is wrong in Arizona when a mountain winks at her, and a
cat appears at the Phoenix courthouse to take her to the
cafeteria. It’s there that she runs into Annabelle
Haggerty, a Celtic goddess who works as an FBI agent.
Annabelle nor Samantha are happy to see each other, but
they are dependant on each other. Annabelle’s powers are
being sapped, and she needs Samantha to channel her
thoughts. It just isn’t working, even when they go to
Sedona on the eve of a harmonic convergence. There seems
to be a power shift in the universe, and, right now, the
militia have all the power. In rescuing the militia member
on trial, they killed innocent victims, kidnapped others,
and hijacked a military convoy. What they didn’t realize
is that they captured a being from Area 51, an alien who
had been held by the military for years.
you’re overwhelmed by the summary, imagine how Samantha
and Annabelle feel! They arrived in Sedona, where they
ended up at Annabelle’s mother’s house. Fiona was a
full-blooded goddess, not just half, like her daughter.
But, Fiona has secrets, and knows some of the problems
that are happening in Sedona. As the militia bargain for
power and the FBI and military plan to rescue the alien
and hostages, Annabelle and Samantha deal with problems
with gods, and powers that will gain unusual strength
during the harmonic convergence.
do have to suspend disbelief to appreciate this novel, but
it’s easy to do. Neri sucks readers into Samantha
Brennan’s world. And, the author, who lives in Sedona,
does a wonderful job in describing the area and its beauty
and attraction for so many people. In this book, it
becomes the center of the universe for nuts of all types,
from aliens to gods to militia to false psychics. Magical
Alienation is a treat for any readers who appreciate
fantasy laced with mystery and humor.
Neri will be appearing at the Velma Teague Library for
Authors @ The Teague on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. to
discuss and sign Magical Alienation.
11, Veterans Day 2011
you Veterans and your families
for your service
and your sacrifice.
Today at 10 a.m. at the
Glendale Veterans Memorial, on the east lawn of the Glendale
Main Library, 5959 W. Brown, the Glendale Veterans Memorial
Commission and three other local Veterans groups will remove
the old flags from the Memorial and replace them with three
new ones.A new
United States Flag, a new Arizona State Flag and a new POW/MIA
ceremony is largely due to the efforts of Master Sgt. Wayne
To say a simple thank you to
a Veteran, means a lot and should not be overlooked or
considered too small a gesture.It also means that before you say thank you, you have
to first recognize what Veterans, soldiers, sailors, nurses,
doctors, have done for all of us.
Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted Veterans Memorial Joe
Bronze, copper, steel, sandstone and concrete
includes five welded steel trees, one for each branch of the
armed services. The intertwined limbs of each sculpted
tree are symbolic of the combined efforts of the Air Force,
Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard in the defense of the
United States. The leaves in the sculpted canopies
represent the thousands of Veterans who have served, are
currently serving and will serve in the Armed Forces.
In the center is an obelisk featuring a depiction of the
battleship silver service pattern commissioned for the USS
Arizona and actual salvaged pieces from the USS Arizona.
Tyler currently lives and works in Arizona. He has
successfully completed public art projects for several
Valley cities, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and
Phoenix. The City of Glendale gratefully acknowledges
the Glendale Veterans Memorial Association and Bob Manzetti
(donator of USS Arizona salvaged pieces) for their help in
the creation of the Veterans Memorial. (Photo
and info from COG)
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6883.
Dooley, Sandra Shaar and Lidia Barraza of Legion Earl
E. Mitchell Post #29. Auxiliary adjusting ropes and
getting ready for the flag-raising ceremony; November
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6886.
Dooley, Sandra Shaar and Lidia Barraza participate in
the 2011 flag-raising ceremony at the Glendale
Veterans Memorial on the east lawn of the Glendale
Main Library lawn; 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily
Planet no. 6910.
Francisco Barraza and Steve Jones ready the new United
States Flag to be flown at the Glendale Veterans
Memorial.Behind them, and new Arizona State Flag and a
new PIO/MIA Flag are being readied also.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6909.
old flags that flew at the Glendale Veterans Memorial,
are taken down and new one will take there place.From the left, Francisco Barraza, Rick Ornelas,
and Steve Jones properly, and carefully, fold Old
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6915.
Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Master Sgt. Wayne Crusinberry
express their appreciation and gratitude for what they
have done for all of us.
Sgt. Wayne Crusinberry, is the American Legion Post
#29 Trustee and President of Glendale Veterans
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6924.
Sergeant Wayne Crusinberry was the Master of
Ceremonies at the November 11, 2011 Flag-raising event
at the Glendale Veterans Memorial on the east lawn of
the Glendale Main Library.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 6928.
Bob Bonin, U.S. Navy, Jim Gallagher, United States Air
Force and Ken Westermeyer, Army and Senior Vice
Commander Legion Post #29; and to all veterans,
a Veteran... THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE today!
November 4th was for the flowers in Downtown's Catlin Court
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.
Janet Harting of the Glendale Rose Society answered
questions from the green and brown thumbed gardeners alike.
If your roses did not do so well this past summer, that
might because August 2011 was the hottest August on record
in Arizona. So it is understandable that growing roses
can be challenging, but worth it. Roses are an
The Glendale Rose Society meets at 7 p. m. at the Glendale
Women's Club, 7032 N. 56th Avenue, Glendale; on the First
Thursday of the month. Guest and new guest are
There are roses that are best for growing in Arizona.
Bare root roses should be planted in January, which is not
that far from now.
4th was for the flowers in Downtown's Catlin Court
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.
Kyria Peavy and Lynn Nau of the Sun City Iris Society answer
questions about irises. A few lucky visitors to their
table were able to take a rhizome (to non-gardeners an iris
bulb) home, with an instruction sheet to help insure that
the rhizome gets off to a good start. Irises are
planted in September and October. If they are planted
right now, they will probably will just slip under the
September-October guide line. To learn more about
irises, please visit the Sun Country Iris Society on the
first Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. at The Valley
Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.
Or you can watch their website for more information, http://www.suncountryiris.org;
or you may call 480-694-6633 and ask for Dee.
The Sun County Iris Society is Spring
2012 Shows and Potted Iris Sales scheduled for March and two
in April 2012.
"Irises are one of the most beautiful
and one of the easiest garden perennials to grow".
Sun County Iris Society. Growing Irises in the Sun
Country Area. [from their pamphlet].
Ariz. – Award-winning local author Kris Neri will discuss
and sign her latest mystery, “Magical Alienation,” during
the upcoming Authors @ the Teague event at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
December 17 at Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th
Fake psychic Samantha Brennan and genuine Celtic
goddess/FBI Special Agent Annabelle Haggerty return for more
madcap magical mayhem in this second entry in the Magical
Mystery series, the sequel to “High Crimes on the Magical
Plane.” Shape shifters, gods, Roswell, Area 51, rock stars,
and a harmonic convergence in Sedona conjure up another
deviously twisty, fast-paced, “funny, pell-mell romp of an
Gabaldon, “New York Times” bestselling author of the
Outlander series on “High Crimes on the Magical Plane”)
Owner of The Well Red Coyote, repeatedly voted Best
Bookstore in Sedona, Kris Neri teaches crime writing online
for the Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School.Also known for her Tracy Eaton mystery series, she is a
two-time winner of the Derringer Award as well as a Pushcart
Prize, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Lefty Award nominee.For more information, see her website at http://www.krisneri.com.
program is free.Books
will be available for purchase and signing.For more information, please call 623-930-3439.
Airways Partners with
Challenger Space Center
Will Support STEM Education and Public Space Simulation
The International Space Station laboratory, part of the
spaceflight mission simulator
at Challenger Space Center Arizona. Photo Credit:
Challenger Space Center Arizona
Challenger Space Center
, located in
, is pleased to announce a new partnership with US Airways
that supports programming at the Center through a generous
contribution of $15,000. The US Airways grant will help
supportthe Center’s Public
Simulated Space Missions and the Field
Trip Assistance Fund.
“This is a stellar partnership with US Airways because the
students and the general public who experience our space
mission programs and other hands-on workshops can actually
visualize themselves being a pilot, a navigator, a computer
specialist, or even an air traffic controller,”
said Kari Sliva, Executive Director of Challenger Space Center
our unique simulator, they work as a team to solve problems
and accomplish specific goals such as flying a spacecraft and
launching a probe while having fun with their classmates.
We are grateful to US Airways for recognizing not only
our STEM education and public museum offerings but for
supporting teachers across the Valley that know the positive
impact these STEM programs have on students at a time when
education funds are scarce.”
’s public simulated space missions give families, friends
and teams of coworkers an opportunity to participate in an
exciting space-based simulation to accomplish a mission in
outer space, playing the roles of astronauts and mission
control team members. The
’s Flight Deck features over $1 million in technology,
including a Mission Control room designed after
, a mockup of a room onboard the International Space Station,
and an Earth-Space Transit Module that transports crewmembers
into space through a realistic launch sequence.
are designed to encourage communication, leadership and
problem-solving skills, while offering members of the public a
chance to have fun and feel like part of a successful team.
When the mission is at full throttle, there is a flurry of
messages between Mission Control and the Space Station heard
over loud speakers. Electronic messages are sent back
and forth. At any moment, emergency alarms and flashing
lights may signal hazardous conditions for the astronauts that
need to be addressed. Meanwhile, everyone must continue
working toward to ensure that the mission's goal is
“Rendezvous with a Comet” mission flies on weekends
year-round, with the third weekend of each month offering the
“Voyage to Mars” mission simulation.
times are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at
1:00pm. Each mission accommodates teens, adults,
seniors, and children 5th grade and above; 3rd
and 4th grade students may participate with a
ticketed adult. Special holiday matinee missions will be
available on Tuesday, December 27 and January 3 at 1:30 p.m.
for “Voyage to Mars,” and Thursday, December 29 and
January 5 at 1:30pm for “Rendezvous with a Comet.”
Reservations are required and boarding passes may be
purchased online or by calling 623-322-2001.
Curriculum-based simulated space missions for students are
available Monday through Friday and may be scheduled by
’s STEM Field Trip Assistance Fund helps economically
disadvantaged students attend science workshops and simulated
space missions at a significantly reduced fee. Teachers
interested in applying to this fund may call 623-322-2020 to
request a Field Trip Assistance form or may download an
application at http://www.azchallenger.org/educate/educators/field-trip-assistance.
Hands-on, space-themed workshops are available for students
from pre-kindergarten through middle school, while simulated
space missions are available for students in grades 4-12.
wishing to learn more about foundational giving, donations,
sponsorship opportunities and various naming rights at
may call the Development Office at 623-322-2006.
Challenger Space Center
Challenger Space Center
is a space and science museum, STEM education provider, and
public charitable institution in its 12th year of
nonprofit service to the valley and state. More than 50,000
people visit the Center annually, including 30,000 students.
Regular admission to the Center is $8 for adults, $7 for
seniors (55+) and military, $5 for students (4-18) and free
for children ages 3 and under and members.
is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week. For more
information, visit www.azchallenger.org
or call 623-322-2001.
Upcoming Programs & Events at Challenger:
NASA’s “Exploration Experience” Coming to
NASA’s Exploration Experience is an interactive traveling
exhibit that takes visitors on a visual journey through the
past, present and future of space exploration. Visitors
will learn how NASA technologies improve life on Earth, will
see how tomorrow’s explorers will live and work in space,
and will have an opportunity to touch a real moon rock and
take a photo in a space suit. NASA’s Exploration
Experience will be at
Challenger Space Center
November 4-6 and has no admission charge. More details
Family STAR Nights:
is hosting an entertaining and interactive astronomy night
that is fun for the whole family. The doors open at 6
p.m. for fun hands-on activities, a simulated space launch,
and our new “Scout Corner.” At 7:30 p.m.
professional astronomer Tony LaConte gives an amazing
interactive slide presentation on constellations, planets, and
upcoming sky events with outdoor stargazing,
weather-permitting. Please call ahead to reserve Scout
Activity Packets, 623-322-2001. The fee is $7 per person
with children 3 and under free; 25% discount for Challenger
Members. Upcoming Family STAR Nights are November 5 and
Matinee Simulated Space Missions: Just $19.50 per person
(regularly $22.50) for these special holiday break missions
offering space-themed family fun. Fly a “Voyage to
Mars” on Tuesday, December 27 or January 3 at 1:30 p.m.;
“Rendezvous with a Comet” on Thursday, December 29 or
January 5 at 1:30 p.m. Prepaid registration is required;
call 623-322-2001 or visit www.azchallenger.org
for more information and online registration.
Two-day Space ‘N’ Sports Fest: December
28–29, 2011, more details coming soon. Festival will
include the following events: December 28, 5-9 p.m. - An
Evening with the Crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS-131; meet
an astronaut and learn what they accomplished on their
mission. December 29, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Honeywell
Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge Finals. Dec. 29, 10
a.m.- 4 p.m. - Space ‘N’ Sports Fest.
Institution Exhibit, “In Plane View”:
An exhibition of 56 large-format photographs by Carolyn Russo,
showcases the aesthetic quality of some of the National Air
’s iconic aircraft. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 2,
2011 through Nov. 28, 2011 at
Challenger Space Center
The exhibit is free with paid general admission to the
Center. Special thanks to the City of
and SRP for their support of this exhibit.
Personnel Free Admission During “In Plane View”:
The Center will offer active duty military personnel
complimentary admission for the duration of the “In Plane
View” exhibit. Military personnel may show a military ID
card to gain complimentary admission from Sept. 2 – Nov. 28,
is now open to the public seven days a week 10 a.m. – 4
p.m.; the Center was previously closed on Sundays. The 10 a.m.
opening time for the public will not affect school field trips
and certain special programs which sometimes begin prior to 10
a.m. during the week.
This exciting introduction to space and science is designed
specifically for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian and
teaches children about our planet, solar system, and what it
takes to be an astronaut. Fee is $20 per child/parent
pair for non-members, $15 per child/parent pair for members,
and $5 for each additional child. Upcoming dates and
topics are: Monday/Tuesday, Nov 21/22 (same program each
day) 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Stars and Constellations;
Monday/Tuesday, Dec 19/20 9:30am-11:30 a.m.: All About
Astronauts. Prepaid reservations are required; call
623-322-2001 to register.
Day: The second
Saturday of each month is Grandparents’ Day at
. The general admission fee is half-price for grandparents
escorting a grandchild and there will be complimentary coffee
in the Cosmic Café on Grandparents’ Day. Upcoming dates are
Saturday, October 8, and Saturday, November 12. This promotion
runs September – May.
a Piece of Vesta:
Visitors to the Center are invited to locate a genuine piece
of the giant asteroid Vesta somewhere in the Center. Vesta is
the second-largest asteroid in our solar system and is about
the length of
. It is currently being orbited by NASA’s “Dawn”
Spacecraft, which is sending back pictures and scientific data
of this remarkable solar system object in the asteroid belt
between Mars and Jupiter.
The Giant StarLab Planetarium presents a 40-minute shows at
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. inside
on select weekend days. Upcoming appearance dates are
Saturday, November 12; Sunday, November 20; Saturday, December
10; and Sunday, December 18. Inside the dome, visitors
are transported into a night sky environment perfect for
learning about upcoming sky events, the stars, the moon,
constellations, planets, deep space objects, celestial
coordinates, the seasons, multicultural folklore, and
mythology. The fee for the StarLab Planetarium is $4 per
person plus the cost of general admission, with a 25% discount
for Challenger members. Please call ahead to reserve Scout
Activity Packets for your group, 623-322-2001.
Astronaut’s Life: Articles Flown in Space: This
Smithsonian Institution exhibit featuring 23 items on loan
from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., 19
of which have flown in space on Gemini 8, Skylab 2, and
several STS missions. The artifacts tell the story of how
astronauts live in space. Visitors will see a model of the
complete, two-astronaut Gemini spacecraft as it appeared in
orbit, a Mercury capsule hatch, a procedures trainer
form-fitting couch, and a TV camera similar to the one used to
transmit images of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
on Apollo 11 and record their activities (the original camera
is still on the moon). Also included are items on loan from
Former NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut William Gregory including
personal items which flew with him on STS-67 Endeavour March
2-18, 1995, Gregory’s NASA jet flight suit, helmet, oxygen
mask and boots he wore as a T-38 test pilot Free with paid
admission to the Center.
Solar System: My
Solar System is an exiting exhibit where kids of all ages jump
up and catch or “hug” a planet. Using motion detection
technology, kids capture a planet and a fun fact about that
planet is laser-beamed onto the wall. Made possible by a grant
from the Tohono O’odham Nation. Free with paid admission to
Simulated Space Missions:
During space missions, team members take part in a daring trek
of exploration inside a simulator of Mission Control and the
International Space Station.
with a Comet” (every
first, second, fourth and last Saturday) - Become a crewmember
on a 2-hour space mission! Once again Comet Encke will travel
close to the Sun and Earth. This time, human space travelers,
as well as space probes, will undertake scientific missions to
the great comet. Team members in both the Spacecraft and
Mission Control must work together to rendezvous with the
comet's tail, and successfully launch a scientific probe.
Along the way, team members will also encounter many important
tasks that need to be performed.
(every third Saturday) - The time frame of this mission is
sometime in the not-too-distant future, when humans have
established a permanent base on Mars. Crew members will serve
as the first crew on Mars and the relief crew en route to the
planet. While on the Martian surface, the team will collect
and analyze a great number of planetary samples and data. This
information is vital to scientists for a better understanding
of the planet Mars. Crew members will also gain an
appreciation for the "luxuries" of planet Earth such
as air, water and food as compared to a barren planet such as
Reservations are required for all missions by calling the
Center at 623-322-2001. Simulated space missions are not
suitable for 2nd grade and under. Students in 3rd and 4th
grade must be partnered with ticketed adult.
opens door for AzCMF and Radio Phoenix to proceed with
construction permit, dismisses all objections to AzCMF
1,500 days after AzCMF filed its application for a
construction application for a new full power FM station,
on October 18, the FCC ruled in favor of AzCMF
and Radio Phoenix on every point of objection that
was raised by American Educational Broadcasting (AEB).
Essentially, AEB was complaining the the FCC dismissed its
application and let ours proceed. Peter Doyle, chief
of the Media Bureau, sent a letter
to AEB in which he found that it had
failed to follow FCC procedures, had failed to properly
appeal the dismissal of the AEB application which had been
filed on top of our application, and finally, noted that
even if AEB had done everything in a correct fashion, that
it still would have been out because after two attempts,
it could not correct its faulty engineering.
is an affiliate of Educational Media Foundation, the largest
religious broadcaster in the United States. EMF has an annual
income of $88 million a year. The legal staff at AzCMF
took on this Goliath and beat it back. The ruling from
the FCC opens the door to the issuance of a contruction
permit by the FCC, which will allow us to begin fundraising
and planning for a full power FM station.
and EMF still have many appeals they can file to continue to
block AzCMF from going on the air. However, the
issuance of this letter dismissing their claims is a major
step forward in bringing real community radio to Greater
School Partners With Chyron to Bring
State-of-the-Art Graphics to Newsroom
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 2, 2011) -
Arizona State University is partnering with Chyron, a pioneer
of innovative digital broadcast graphics products and
services, to bring a new graphics management system to the
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Long Island-based company is donating to the school the
cloud-based Axis World Graphics and CAMIO graphics management
systems. The technology will give Cronkite students access to
the industry’s most advanced tools for news graphics
creation and delivery, better preparing them for their digital
The Cronkite News Service newsroom will be named the Chyron
Media Center at a Nov. 2 ceremony.
"Chyron's investment will help ensure that future
journalists and media leaders learn with the very best,
state-of-the-art equipment and graphics software available to
the industry, building a pipeline of professionals who know
the power and value of Chyron technology," said Cronkite
Dean Christopher Callahan. "We are absolutely delighted
about our partnership with Chyron."
Axis World Graphics simplifies, streamlines and facilitates
the graphics creation process, enabling artists, reporters,
production assistants and news producers to create
CAMIO is a news graphics management solution that gives users
control over the look and delivery of newsroom graphics.
“Our students’ ability to get experience on such
cutting-edge technology helps give them a strong leg up in
today's competitive job environment,” said Mark Lodato,
assistant dean and news director at the Cronkite School.
“This is exactly the sort of workflow you'll find in
newsrooms today, which means our students will be
well-prepared to enter the workforce.”
The Cronkite School is a nationally recognized professional
school that prepares students for careers as multimedia
journalists, including roles as reporters, editors, producers,
correspondents, anchors, media managers and public relations
specialists. The school has the best record over the past six
years in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition, the
Pulitzers of college journalism.
“The Cronkite School is a leader in developing high-caliber
media and communications specialists, and we are pleased that
the new Chyron Media Center will support the school as it
continues this fine tradition of excellence,” said Chyron
President and CEO Michael Wellesley-Wesley.
Main Library and Arizona Broadway
Theatre Form a Winning Partnership
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Making popular children’s
books come to life is part of the magic of theater. So,
it’s no wonder that when the Arizona Broadway Theatre
brought their performances to the Glendale Main Library a
winning team was formed. On October 14, the Main Library was
honored with a “Blazing Star” award at the theater’s
annual “Take a Bow!” awards ceremony.
The “Blazing Star” award focuses on organizations
that have developed a positive community partnership with the
theatre. Elly Reidy, library assistant III, accepted the award
on behalf of the library.
Twice a year, The Arizona Broadway Theatre, along with the
Glendale Main Library and Glendale Arts Commission, presents a
production at the library from their Theatre for Young
Audience program. The goal of this program is to instill
creativity and imagination in children through professional
community partnership has given many children an opportunity
to see live theater, fully-staged and professionally done,”
said Reidy.” We are all winners with this program.”
On November 17, at 4 p.m., The Arizona Broadway Theatre will
present the C.S. Lewis’ classic, “The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe,” in the Glendale Main Library auditorium. The
following week, on November 21 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.,
children are invited to create a “Lion, Witch and
Wardrobe” themed art project.And in April 2012, the theatre will be back for a play
starring everyone’s favorite mouse: “The Adventures of
Stuart Little.” All programs and activities are free.
For more information about events at the Glendale Main
Library call 623-930-3530 or visit the library website at www.glendaleaz.com/library.
knows where Jhessye Shockley is, and
it is time to let Silent Witness
what YOU know!
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet
Sgt. Brent Coombs, Glendale Police
Department Media Relations and Sgt.
Darren Burch, Silent Witness, announce reward for
the location of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley.
Brent Coombs, Glendale Police Department Media Relations
and Sgt. Darren Burch, Silent Witness, announced at
Wednesday's press conference that they are offering a
information on the location of Jhessye Shockley.Glendale Police Department is offering a reward of
$10,00.00 that will be combined with the $1,000.00 offered
by Silent Witness, for a maximum total of $11,000.00."We are doing everything we can.", said
Sgt. Brent Coombs,"We are dong all the right things."
you have any information on the whereabouts of little Jhessye
Shockely, please call Silent Witness at 480-
witness (480-948-6377).If you see Jhessye, call 911.To be eligible for the Glendale Police Department
and Silent Witness reward of $11,000 the information must
come though the Silent Witness telephone number.Again that telephone number is 480-948-6377.
Jhessye has been missing for eight days.She was first reported missing on Tuesday, October
11, 2011 near 45th Avenue and Glendale Avenues.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.
family and friends have left toys, flowers, balloons
and a sign asking everyone where is Jhessye?
at the corner of 45th and Glendale Avenues.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.
reminder message to all... Pray for Jhessye...
of us should...
Finding Missing Child
– Officers responded to a call of a missing child at
an apartment complex in the area of 6800 N. 45th
five year old female, Jhessye Shochley, had wandered away
from siblings at her residence a little before 5:00 pm,
possibly exiting out the front door.When the mother arrived home and found her child
missing, she immediately called police for assistance.
At this time, there are
currently no suspicious circumstances surrounding the
is a black female, approximately 3 feet 5
inches tall, 55 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Jhessye
has long hair with a ponytail. Jhessye was last seen
wearing a solid white t-shirt and jeans.
Glendale Police Detectives
have been searching the area in an attempt to locate the
Police air unit and patrol units are also assisting with the
search . Glendale
Police is asking for the community’s assistance in helping
locate Jhessye. If you have any
information, please contact the Glendale Police Department at
623 930-3000. See attached photo of Jhessye
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Ariz. – Candidate
nomination packets will be available Monday, Oct. 24, for three
council districts and the Mayor’s office elections in 2012.
The city of Glendale 2012
primary and general elections are scheduled for Aug. 28 and Nov. 6.The Sahuaro, Cactus and Yucca district council seats, along
with the office of Mayor, are up for election.Those wanting to be on the ballot will need to pick up a
nomination packet from the City Clerk’s office located at City
Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Ave., 4th floor, telephone 623-930-2252.The packets contain information pertaining to petition and
signature requirements, political committees and campaign finance.
Clerk Pam Hanna stated, “The release of nomination packets is the
beginning of the 2012 municipal election process. Municipal
elections are the best opportunity for candidates and citizens to be
involved in their neighborhood and community.”
city of Glendale City Council adopted a redistricting map Sept. 13,
2011. The adopted map must be approved by the U.S. Justice
Department for use in the 2012 municipal elections.Due to the Justice Department’s process not being complete,
the nomination packet will contain both the current and proposed
district maps. All signatures submitted on nomination petitions must
be from addresses within the finally-approved
districts.The city of
Glendale expects to receive feedback from the Justice Department by
the end of the year. In addition, a notification advising candidates
of the requirement for Justice Department approval will be included.
candidates can submit their nomination documents April 30 – May
30, 2012. For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at
Daily Planet's photographer/reporter Bette Sharpe is the
first place award recipient for 'BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH'
Daily Planet's photographer/reporter Bette Sharpe is the
first place award recipient for 'BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH' in
the online division in the Arizona Newspapers
Association's 2011 Better Newspapers Contest.
Newspapers Association and Arizona Associated Press Managing
Editors held an awards banquet following a day of
informational conference presentations on October
15, 2011 at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale.
happy ending--dog finds man", shown
below, was the winning entry. This photograph appeared on the Glendale Daily Planet in an
article on National Teddy Bear Day September 11, 2010 .
It appeared in the Glendale Star in
printed form also. Every year the Arizona Search Dogs appear
at the Teddy Bear event to perform and provide
education to the public about their mission.
happy ending--dog finds man.The lost man, City of Phoenix Fire Department and
Homeland Defense Bureau Captain John Dean,
is rescued - Hard to tell which one is having more fun
in this photo!
Photo By Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet
the ANA Better Newspapers Contest
year, 46 newspapers and 19 high schools entered in the
Better Newspapers Contest for a total of 1,186 entries. The
Better Newspapers Contest consists of nine categories that
measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 18
categories that honor individuals who contribute to
year a different group acts as judges and this year
judges for the Arizona area was the New York Press
Paula Casey, Executive Director Arizona
Newspapers Association and Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily
Planet. Photo by Ed Sharpe
ARIZONA NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION 72ND annual MEETING AND FALL
& APME Better Newspapers Contest and Newspaper of the
Year Awards reception
64,passed away peacefully on October 5th, 2011,
in her home in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by family.Terry was born in Sioux City Iowa, on September 29th
1947 to George and Virginia Allen.The family moved to Phoenix in 1960.
is survived by Chuck Barnes, her soul-mate and significant
other for the past 25 years; Mother, Virginia Marsh, Glendale,
Dennis Allen (wife, Paula and children, Erika, Ally &
Mathew of Peoria, AZ & son Trevor of Queen Creek);Brother, Joel Allen (wife, Janice & daughter, Dana
of Germantown, WI);Sister,
Paula McIntyre (husband Mike, daughter, Jenny&son
Eric ofPhoenix);Sister, Kimberly Elliott (daughter, Jessica of Phoenix
& son, Ryan of Rochester, WA);and Brother, Aaron Allen (wife, Francie of Las Vegas,
because she was the oldest and did a lot of baby sitting, she
was always thoroughly devoted to her siblings.She was preceded in death by her father, George Allen.
worked all of her adult life as a waitress or manager in
various restaurants in the Phoenix area and personified the
description of expert of her craft.She had a knack for remembering what a customer had for
breakfast or lunch even when she had not seen that person for
realized a life-long dream when she was able to open her own
restaurant in a quaint old house in the Historic Catlin Court
District in downtown Glendale which she operated for 7 years
before her health began to fail.The restaurant, called Aunt Pittypat’s Kitchen
attracted locals andwinter
visitors from all over the country because of it’s name and
visual references to the movie, Gone with the Wind not to
mention the wonderful food.She was very good at creating an atmosphere reminiscent
of going to Grandma’s house for dinner.Oftentimes she wouldmix her breakfast biscuits right in the midst of
customers in one of the dining rooms near the kitchen.Terry was an avid reader and loved to attend plays and
concerts around the valley and in other states.She and Chuck also loved to visit the many Bed and
Breakfast Inns in Northern and Southern California.
services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 22nd,
at Greer-Wilson Chapel, 5921 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ.
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower St., Phoenix, AZ85014
Aunt Pittypat's Kitchen Catlin Court
Photos by Ed Sharpe
Frame Pulls from Destination
Glendale by Glendale 11
Frame Pulls from Destination
Glendale by Glendale 11
Frame Pulls from Destination
Glendale by Glendale 11
YEAR IN REVIEW
– As 2011 comes to a close, the many accomplishments of
Glendale city staff were recently
touted at the Glendale City Council retreat.The list of nearly 90 accomplishments are tied to each
of the strategic goals set by the city council: one community
that is fiscally sound, one community with strong
neighborhoods, one community committed to public safety, one
community with quality economic development, one community
with a vibrant city center, one community with an active
partnership with Luke Air Force Base and one community with
high-quality services for citizens.
detailed list of the accomplishments presented to the city
council follows this press release.Specific highlights for the year include the following:
city departments, economic development, planning and building
safety, worked collectively to continue to fulfill the vision
for continued economic development in the Centerline District.Two 2011 projects included the historic Beet Sugar
Factory and the Gaslight Inn.The Beet Sugar Factory was purchased privately and is
being renovated to relocate a distillery factory with a
tasting room, while preserving the original red-brick historic
features of the structure. New owners renovated and opened the
Glendale Gaslight Inn, which includes a bed and breakfast,
wine bar, steakhouse and coffee shop, at the 1926-era hotel.
of the Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex
to the complex included new lighting,turf replacement, a
water-saving irrigation system, drainage enhancements,
spectator shade, ADA accessibility and pedestrian
connectivity. This project also received the Grand Award from
the American Council of Engineering Companies in Arizona.
Policing Initiative Receives Continued Funding
Glendale Police Department was one of only two agencies in the
U.S. to receive a second round of funding in the amount of
$237,451 as a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice,
Office of Justice Programs. The grantwill continue
another two years of Glendale's Smart Policing Initiative,
which was created to fight crime through the use of
Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrates First Year
After a year of
record-breaking media exposure and more than 15,000 walk-in
visitors to the Glendale Visitor Center, the Glendale
Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) celebrated its first
Glendale CVB markets the West Valley as a preferred year-round
destination for visitors,conventions, meetings and major
events, producing a positive economic impact and increasing
leisure and business travel in the region. Highlights from the
first year included a 6.2 percent increase in occupancy rates
of West Valley area hotels and helping to generate the $354
million Valley-wide economic impact from the BCS Championship,
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl.
Festivals Positively Impact the Local Economy
A new International
Festival and Events Association (IFEA) economic impact study
showed the positive impact Glendale’s festivals have by
generating spending in shops, restaurants and hotels.
Conducted on site during the 2010 Glendale Glitters
Spectacular Weekend and the 2011 Chocolate Affaire, the study
showed the economic impact to thecity for both of these
festivals is $3.1 million annually. IFEA is the largest
professional event association in the world.
more information about Glendale’s accomplishments in 2011,
RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR
– The city of Glendale has received notice from the United
States Department of Justice, Civil Division, that the
submitted redistricting map has been approved.
Glendale was required
by City Charter and Arizona Revised Statute to reallocate the
population among the six council districts based on the 2010
Census so each district would be of approximately equal
city instituted an aggressive outreach program including
notices being sent to all residents, meetings in each council
district as well as utilizing a hotline for residents, an
online form to allow for comments about the maps,
severaltelevision interviews explaining the subject on the
city’s TV station and the city’s YouTube channel and
on the process was provided in English and Spanish.Residents participated by attending meetings and
submitting their own maps and comments.
The new redistricting map becomes effective immediately
and will be used in the next city election scheduled to take
place on Aug. 28, 2012.City
documents and webpages will be updated over the next several
weeks to reflect the approved changes.
Anyone with questions
about which district they reside in may contact the City Clerk
Department at (623) 930-2252 extension #1.
Those New Year’s Resolutions
Help From Glendale Public Library
Ariz. – New Year’s
resolutions are as easy to break as they are to make, but the
Glendale Public Library has an abundance of materials,
programs and special events to keep those good intentions on
track all throughout the year.
Some of the most common resolutions and Glendale
Library’s solutions for January and February include:
Visit any Glendale Public Library and check out the
selection of books and DVDs on weight loss, exercise, quitting
smoking, and living a more stress-free lifestyle. The
Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue is
also offering the following free lecture:
The Mind and the
Mouth: Dental Patients and Mental Illness - Tuesday,
February 21, 6:30 p.m., Roadrunner Room. Presented by Ruchi
Bhargava, Ph.D. of Midwestern University. Many common dental
symptoms can be a result of mental disorders. Explore ways
that phobias, bipolar syndrome, eating disorders, and other
mental illnesses can affect your teeth and mouth. For more
information call 623-930-3868.
The Glendale Public Library is filled with mind
expanding books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and electronic
materials. In addition, informational lectures and workshops
English - Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25. February 1,
8, 15, 22 and 29. 1:30 p.m., Glendale Main Library, 5959 W.
Brown Street, Large Meeting Room. Practice your English by
discussing topics common to everyday life in America. For more
information call 623-931-4276 or 623-930-3570.
A Philosophical Discussion Group – Saturdays, January 14
and February 11, 2:00 p.m. Glendale Main Library, Small
Meeting Room. Gather with people from different backgrounds
and beliefs to exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences. For
more information call 623-930-3573.
The Big Read: A
Film Viewing and Discussion of The
Great Gatsby – Saturday, January 14, 1:00 p.m.,
Glendale Main Library, Auditorium. Join film scholar Jeannie
Berg to watch and discuss the 1974 version of F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s The Great
Gatsby, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. 3 hours.
Call 623-930-3573 for more information.
Botticelli: The Intersection of Classical Art and Modern
Medicine - Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m., Foothills
Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Avenue, Roadrunner
Room. Kristinn Heinrichs, Ph.D., PT, ATC, of Midwestern
University explores the common thread of the Italian
Renaissance to the study of human movement and anatomy from
the perspective of an artist, athlete, coach and sports
Photography: Tips and Techniques, Featuring Scandinavia and
the Baltic – Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 p.m. Foothills
Branch Library, Roadrunner Room. Professional photographer
Richard Maack will provide tips for making your travel
photographs the best they can be.
Authors @ The
Teague: Authors discuss and sign their books at the Velma
Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Avenue. Books are
available for purchase and signing. For more information call
623-930-3431. Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. Beth Aldrich,
author of the book Real
Moms Love to Eat is a certified Healthy Lifestyle-Green
Living Expert and former producer of a PBS TV series.
Wednesday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. Hilary Davidson,
author of The Next One to Fall is also the author of the Fodor’s New York
and Toronto travel books.
Music can be both calming and invigorating, and The
Glendale Public Library has a line-up to bring joy and fun for
programming at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown
Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering - Saturday, January
21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This day-long event that features
a concert by Lewis Storey, live music performances on two
stages throughout the day, song critique sessions, workshops
and lectures on crafting songs, getting songs into film and
TV, music technology and more.
Blues and Jazz Review - Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
Auditorium. In celebration of The Big Read, The
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Uvon Brooks and her
band “The Blues Nights” will present a high energy show
that weaves music, catchy phrases and historical vignettes
with Jazz age songs.
An Evening with
Marshall Trimble - Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Auditorium. In celebration of the State’s Centennial,
Marshall Trimble, considered the “dean of Arizona
historians,” will lecture and perform western folk music and
The Main Library
Coffeehouse, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium. Thursday, January 19:
Tom Connor (fingerstyle guitar) and Mike Hummel (folk rock).
Thursday, February 16: In celebration of the State Centennial,
Arizona’s Culture Keepers Dean Cook, Sue Harris and Dee
‘Buckshot Dot’ Johnson will play Arizona songs round robin
The Main Library
Acoustic Jam, Wednesdays, January 25 and February 29, 6:00
p.m., Large Meeting Room. Bring your own acoustic instrument
and play round-robin style. Audience welcome.
programming at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th
Instruction: Foxtrot and Swing - Wednesday, January 11,
6:30 p.m., Roadrunner Room. Join dance instructor Betty Jo
Gregolynskyj to learn and practice the basics of two fabulous
Gatsby-era dances. Space is limited. To register call
623-930-3844 (registering in pairs is recommended.)
Native American Flute - Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.,
Roadrunner Room. A soothing journey of love songs and
enchanting musical landscapes, featuring the gentle melodies
of the Apache cane flute, accompanied by the elegant touch of
Library Coffeehouse, 6:30 p.m., Roadrunner Room.
Wednesday, January 4: Karmann Powell (folk, country and
gospel) and Desert City Ramblers (country and folk).
Wednesday, February 1: Grits ‘n’ Roses (bluegrass)
Library Acoustic Jam, Tuesdays, January 10 and February
14, 6:00 p.m., Roadrunner Room. Bring your own acoustic
instrument and play round-robin style. Audience welcome.
For information on music programs at the Glendale Main
Library call 623-930-3573. For information at the Foothills
Branch Library call 623-930-3844.
Glendale Libraries can help with even more of the most
common New Year’s resolutions.
Brush up on Job
Skills, rewrite your resume, and learn about applying for
jobs in today’s market by attending the many job searching
labs and workshops at all three locations.
Spend More Time
with Family by attending story times and craft workshops
tailored to specific ages at all three locations.
and share with other readers by joining one of the library’s
eight book discussion groups with themes including literary
fiction, mystery and Arizona history. Or learn how to use an
eReader by attending instructional workshops at all three
by volunteering. Pick up an application at any library
location or print an application from www.glendaleaz.com/library.
Save Money. Check out books and DVDs instead of buying or
renting. And all of the programs at Glendale Public Libraries
more information on how to maintain resolve, stay on track and
keep those New Year’s resolutions, call the library at
623-930-3530 or visit the website at www.glendaleaz.com/library
of Phoenix and NBC News announced that 250 middle and high
schools in the
Phoenix area will receive licensed subscriptions to the
award-winning “NBC Learn K-12.”
of Phoenix and NBC News Donate NBC Learn Subscriptions to 250
promote the use of technology in the classroom, the gift
grants access to the award-winning “NBC Learn K-12”
collection for two years
Dec. 12, 2011 – University of Phoenix announced yesterday
that the company is partnering with NBC News to donate
licensed subscriptions to the award-winning “NBC Learn
K-12” to 250 middle and high schools in the Phoenix area.
The gift grants schools two years’ worth of access to the
rich collection of NBC News videos, primary source documents,
images, and resources specifically designed for use in the
K-12 classroom. The donation was received by State
Superintendent of Education, John Huppenthal in a special
ceremony during the Arizona Cardinals home game against the
San Francisco 49ers on December 11, 2011.
is the fourth city to receive this type of donation from NBC
News and University of Phoenix. In Chicago, Los Angeles, and
Philadelphia, an additional 250 schools in each city are
already implementing the resource into their classrooms for
the 2011-2012 school year.
Learn provides access to over 12,000 NBC News archival video
resources that help bring subjects to life in the classroom.
Each video is mapped to curriculum, state standards, and the
Common Core, and the database is updated with current events
on a daily basis. A subscription to NBC Learn allows all
teachers, students, and their parents to access the resource
at school and at home with 24-hour customer support. As part
of the donation to Phoenix-area schools, NBC Learn also
provides product and professional development training for
teachers and administrators.
important that we empower our community educators with the
resources and knowledge to improve the quality of education in
our schools,” said Dr. William Pepicello, president of
University of Phoenix. “Toward this goal, I’m excited to
partner with NBC News to grant NBC Learn licenses to
Phoenix-area schools, which is proven to be a powerful tool
for the learning process.”
the face of budget cuts, and challenges to innovate around
student engagement in the classroom, NBC Learn is creating
strategic partnerships that enable its award-winning digital
learning content to be used free of charge,” said NBC News
President Steve Capus. “We are excited to share the
resources of NBC Learn with Phoenix-area schools. We believe
that by incorporating high-quality video reports and content
into the classroom, students can get excited and engaged with
their course subjects in new ways. “
addition to its subscription resources, NBC Learn also
produces original video collections that are made available
for free on NBCLearn.com. These include the Emmy Award-winning
“Science of NFL Football,” and “Science of the Winter
Olympic Games” collections, as well as “Changing Planet”
and “Chemistry Now.”
of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through
flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive
learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations
without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix
serves a diverse student population, offering associate,
bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from
campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as
online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.
Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to
providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong
learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the
education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news
coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts.
"NBC LEARN K-12" gives students and teachers access
to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives,
including great historic moments – from the Great Depression
to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn
also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and
classroom planning resources, and additional text and image
resources from our content partners.
Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center offers
advice to avoid accidental poisonings
(December 9, 2011) – The holiday season typically is a time
for fun and creating happy family memories. It can also
bring the potential for accidental poisonings. The Banner
Poison and Drug Information Center offers some advice to keep
the kids and pets safe during the festivities. If there
are questions of whether something is dangerous, or if a
poisoning has actually occurred, call the Banner Poison
Control Center at 800-222-1222. The center is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
sap of the poinsettia is bitter and unpleasant, but the plant
is not deadly. Poinsettias are listed as a toxic plant
because they will cause irritation in the mouth if ingested
and possibly vomiting. This is especially true with pets as
they attempt to erase the bad taste from their mouths.
holly and mistletoe are very toxic if ingested. Berries of
both plants can cause severe stomach illness or other
problems. Real berries on both holly and mistletoe are often
replaced with artificial berries that could pose a choking
hazard if swallowed by a child.
snow sprays contain acetone or methylene chloride. This
solvent can be harmful when inhaled. Briefly inhaling the
spray in a small, poorly ventilated room may result in nausea,
lightheadedness and headache. Longer or more concentrated
exposures can be more serious. Carefully follow container
directions. Be sure to have the room well ventilated when you
spray. Once dry, the snow particles are non-toxic.
hair is finely spun glass, which can be irritating to the
skin, eyes, and the throat if swallowed. Wear gloves to avoid
eye and skin irritation while decorating.
lights contain a small amount of methylene chloride, which is
also found in paint removers. Nibbling on an intact
light or one "opened" light may cause mild skin or
mouth irritation only.
flat-shaped, coin-like batteries are commonly used in games,
watches, cameras, hearing aids and calculators. They may, if
swallowed, stick in the throat or stomach, causing serious
burns as the chemical leaks out. Also, children may insert
these small objects into their ears or nose.
grandparents and babysitters should be extra cautious during
the holidays. Visitors often leave medicines on a nightstand
or in the bathroom, making them easily accessible to children.
Medications given to seniors often do not have child-resistant
closures, allowing children to open them with very little
difficulty. Also, purses of visitors may contain medicines and
other potentially dangerous items. The homes of friends
and relatives may not be poison-proof, particularly if
children do not usually live there.
holiday hazards to children and pets
oils can cause severe damage to the stomach linings
aromatic oils can cause a deadly form of pneumonia in the
lungs or seizures if swallowed.
can find alcohol leftover from holiday parties, often in
drink glasses that haven't been cleaned or in egg nog
while not toxic, may present a choking hazard.
a poisoning has occurred, call the Banner Poison Control
Center at 800-222-1222 and follow the nurse's
the busy holiday season, we often forget about our pets. Dogs
are especially prone to poisoning as they can and often DO eat
almost anything. Have the phone number of your veterinarian
and the emergency vet number posted. Keep the poison center
number handy. If you suspect a pet poisoning, do not wait to
call. Prompt attention may make a crucial difference in your
pet's health. To make your dog vomit at home (under the
direction of a health professional), use 3% household hydrogen
peroxide. Have a bottle on hand and always call the poison
center or your vet before using it.
Good Samaritan Medical Center has been providing medical care
to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. Banner Good Samaritan
is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, a
non-profit organization. The hospital was named to the
2011-’12 U.S.News & World Report’s
“America’s Best Hospitals” list for Cardiology &
Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics and
Gynecology. Banner Good Samaritan has been recognized as a
Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center, the highest honor a hospital can earn for its nursing
care and practices, and has been named one of the Best Places
to Work in the Valley by The Phoenix Business Journal and
BestCompaniesAZ in 2007 and 2008 and one of the “Top 100
Hospitals to Work For” by Nursing Professionals
Big Read Revisits the Roaring ‘20s
“The Great Gatsby”
Ariz. – The Big Read
returns in January with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Glendale Public Library is taking part in the
valley-wide event with special programming including music,
dance, crafts, book discussions and a viewing of the 1974 film
version of the classic novel.
One of the most popular classics in modern American
fiction, The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the consummate “great
American novel.” Originally published in 1925,
Fitzgerald’s masterpiece tells the story of Jay Gatsby’s
desperate quest to win back his first love. The universally
human themes of the importance of honesty, the temptations of
wealth and the struggle to escape the past have touched
generations of readers and writers.
The Big Read is presented locally by the West Valley
Arts Council in partnership with the Maricopa County Library
District. It is a program of the National Endowment for the
Arts with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and
Arts Midwest. West Valley Arts Council also received funding
from the Glendale Arts Commission Performing Arts Partnership
Program, the Arizona Humanities Council, the Kiwanis Club of
Litchfield Park, the Constance W. McMillin Trust, Amazon.com
and the City of Glendale to carry out this project. The Big
Read runs from January 6-31.
to the local sponsorship, multiple copies of the book will be
available for Glendale library card holders and library
reading groups to check out.
The Great Gatsby
events for adults at the Glendale Public Libraries include:
·Wednesday, January 4,
10:00 a.m., Foothills Branch Library Hummingbird Room, 19055
N. 57th Avenue. Gentle Reads Book Discussion Group.
Join in on the lively and enlightening discussion of The
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. For more information
·Monday, January 9,
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Main Library Large Meeting Room, 5959 W.
Brown Street. Real to Reel Book Discussion. Join in on a
discussion of a book made into a movie. Read the book; see the
movie or do both. This month, in conjunction with The Big
Read, the group will be discussing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For more information call 623-930-3555.
·Wednesday, January 11,
6:30 p.m., Foothills Branch Library Roadrunner Room, 19055 N.
57th Avenue. Dance Instruction: Foxtrot and Swing.
Join dance instructor Betty Jo Gregolynskyj to learn and
practice the basics of two favorite Gatsby-era dances. Space
is limited. Call 623-930-3844 to register. Registration in
pairs is recommended.
·Saturday, January 14,
1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown
Street. Join film scholar Jeannie Berg to watch and discuss
the 1974 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The
Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. For
more information call 623-930-3573.
·Tuesday, January 17,
10:15 a.m., Velma Teague Branch Library Storytime Room, 7010
N. 58th Avenue. In conjunction with this year’s
The Big Read selection, the 58th Avenue Book Club
will read and discuss The
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. For more information
·Wednesday, January 18,
7:00 p.m., Foothills Branch Library Hummingbird Room, 19055 N.
57th Avenue. Join us for a lively and enlightening
discussion of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. For more information call
·Thursday, January 26,
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown
Street. Live at the Library: Uvon Brooks Presents “Gatsby
Era” Blues and Jazz Review. In celebration of this year’s
Big Read selection, The
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Uvon Brooks and her
band, “The Blues Nights,” will present a high energy
musical show that weaves music, catchy phrases and historical
vignettes with songs from the Jazz Age. For more information
The Great Gatsby
events for teens at the Glendale Public Libraries include:
·Saturday, January 7,
2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Foothills Branch Library Roadrunner Room,
19055 N. 57th Avenue. Join in the Big Read’s
Gatsby festivities by making a Jazz-era inspired beaded
necklace fit for vintage and contemporary flappers. Ages 12
– 18. Supplies are provided, but registration is required.
Call 623-930-3840, stop by the reference desk, or go online to
register beginning December 17.
·Monday, January 30,
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Main Library Large Meeting Room, 5959 W.
Brown Street. Flappers and Gangsters! Ages 12-18. Come
celebrate The Big Read, The Great Gatsby and the awesome Roaring ‘20s. Make a fascinator,
learn the Charleston, have a NERF gunfight and more.
Registration begins January 16, 2012. For more information
Wednesday, January 11, La Piazza Al Forno will donate 1/2 of their
sales for that day to the family of Officer Brad Jones. The
funds raised will be used to send Officer Jones’ family to
Washington, DC where, in his honor, his name will be added to the
National Memorial. Please see attached flyer for more
Union High School
Art, the Heat of Education Student Art
few examples from the amazing art at the Glendale Adult Center by high school
students Glendale Union High School students.The
Exhibition includes both two-dimensional and three-dimensional
works. The show was over on December 12, 2011.The Glendale Adult Center hosts many wonderful showings
of art and is located at 5970 West Brown you can give them a call for more information
on upcoming events at
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7147
"A Mad Tea Party" a
watercolor/pen work by artist Jessica Bryant of Moon Valley
A. Smith is the art teacher.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.
Garland, Greenway High School, is the artist of the
"Untitled" pen and ink drawing.M. Williams is the art teacher.
GLENDALE SHOPPING OFFERS
TO BLACK FRIDAY FRENZY
Ariz. – Want to
get your holiday shopping started without all the
craziness of Black Friday? Head to Downtown Glendale
on Friday, Nov. 25 to leisurely browse more than 90
specialty shops and boutiques for unique gift ideas.
only can shoppers have a more enjoyable experience,
but several businesses are offering specials on the
landmark shopping day. And, there is an added bonus
for shoppers: when night falls, the downtown area
lights up with 1.5 million lights and a bevy of
holiday entertainment at the Glendale Glitters
Spectacular Weekend, from 5-10 p.m.
you’re inclined to extend your shopping experience
into the weekend, head to Downtown Glendale on
Saturday and support a national initiative
called Small Business Saturday. This program
was designed to encourage shoppers to spend their
dollars with locally-owned small businesses, which
will, in turn stimulate the local economy.
following is just a sampling of Black Friday offers
and unique gifts shoppers will find in Downtown
W. Glendale Ave.
623-546-6286 Black Friday Activity: Black Friday, During
the kick off of Glendale Glitters, specials on Tarot
readings, $15 from 5-10 pm
The Crystal Bible and The Law of Attraction book
Biker Unlimited 5757
W. Glendale Ave. Suite 2
www.azbikerunlimited.com Black Friday Activity: 10% off everything in
the store Must Have Item: Biker Jewelry
N. 57th Drive
Kids Put-To-Gether" clocks. It's a plastic
clock that you put together yourself, that really
works and is for kids (ages 7 and up) who can work
with a parent and end up with a clock that really
runs and keeps some time once assembled!
Cottage Garden I and II
and 7162 N. 58th Ave.
623-847-3232/623-847-5262 Black Friday Activity: 50% off table
featuring many different items
Have Item: ornaments,
jewelry and clothing
Salon & Day
W. Palmaire Ave.
services Listed below for $50. (regular $115)
Body Massage (1/2 hour)
Facial (1/2 hour)
Shampoo & Style
new customer only on Black Friday)
Have Item: Delfina
W. Glendale Ave.
Buy one item; get 2nd of equal or lesser
value at 50% off
purses with interchangeable shells
W. Palmaire Ave.
Friday Activity: First
Annual Henny&Ev Craft Boutique from 5-10 p.m. A
select variety of different local Artisans. Jewelry,
Knits, Children's Items and more! Demonstrations
also include silversmithing and spinning during the
craft boutique. Gift basket raffle.
Handmade little girl skirts and dresses as well as
knitted hats for the boys.
I LIKE THAT STAMP
W. Glendale Ave. Suite 2
www.ctmh.com/oohhhilikethatstamp Black Friday Activity: Order $25 stamp get,
Holiday stamp for $5
Christmas scrapbook papers and cards
Ed's Ice Cream
7146 N. 58th Ave.
www.papaedsicecream.com Black Friday Activity: Featuring Festive
Holiday Flavors such as: Pumpkin, Peppermint Stick,
& Egg Nog Ice Cream. Must Have Item: Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie; made
to order for your holiday meal or party in an old
fashion graham cracker crust. Great hostess gift!
– Photographic Gifts With Flair
N. 58th Drive, Suite B
– Under Construction Black Friday Activity:
3 Panel Split Canvas with your photo $110.00
+shipping (reg. $168+S/H) - ~35%off
Crystal with your photo $49 + shipping (reg. $79
+S/H) - ~37% off
Friday Activity: "DOOR
BUSTER PROGRAMS" from 7 to 10 a.m. ONLY.
off Most Jewelry*
off ALL colored price tags
gift certificates for just $100.00** (Some
entree to win a brand new LG 32 inch flat screen
Have Item: gift
Touch Massage Therapy
7011 N, 57th Ave., Suite J
www.tranquiltouch1.com Black Friday Activity: 20% off of all of our
skin care and relaxation items. Must Have Item: Massage flame candles
(candles that are infused with massage oil to be
used for home massage.
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AWARDED HONORS AT CLEAN
AIR CAMPAIGN EVENT
from left to right: Dave Boggs, CEO of the
Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA);
Jamsheed Mehta, executive director of
Transportation Services for the city of
Glendale; and Shana Ellis, chairperson of the
RPTA Board of Directors and Vice Mayor of Tempe.
Ariz. – The city of Glendale was recently
honored at Valley Metro’s Clean Air Campaign
Awards with two awards, the Leadership Award to
Executive Director of Transportation Jamsheed Mehta
and the MAG Livable Communities Award for the
city’s new pedestrian/bike bridge and Loop
Jamsheed Mehta, executive director of
Transportation Services for the city has overseen
many projects and programs that provide an example
of business practices for sustainability, for the
past six years. These projects include:
energy at bus shelters
bus fuel (cleaner-burning fuel)
& Ride facilities
and pedestrian project to enhance routes and trails
work schedules for employees (53% participation)
for employees and citizens to learn about
alternative modes of travel
and roadway improvements (HOV lanes, street light
of traffic signals (less CO2pollutants)
conversion of traffic signals (less energy use)
City Manager Horatio Skeete commended Mehta on this
honor, saying “Jamsheed’s ability to motivate,
guide and direct his staff is a demonstration of
leadership. Our organization places a high value on
environmental responsibility, and the Transportation
Department’s accomplishments in this area are
remarkable, contributing to Glendale’s sustainable
second honor the city received was the MAG (Maricopa
Association of Governments) Livable Communities
Award for Glendale’s Pedestrian/Bike Bridge at
Loop 101, which opened in May. This project now
provides regional connectivity to the Valley’s
multi-use pathway system from Thunderbird Park in
Glendale to Papago Park in Phoenix and beyond. It
offers additional options for residents in Glendale
to enjoy walking, jogging and biking, away from busy
roadways in the area. The bridge, the first
cable-stay bridge in the state, has been awarded
several honors thus far, including an Award of Merit
from Valley Forward as well as the Grand Award from
the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC.)
annual Clean Air Campaign Awards are designed to
recognize organizations, both public and private,
that are making a difference in reducing single
occupancy trips in the Valley. County officials
claim that for every 46 miles traveled, one pound of
pollution is emitted. For more information on the
Clean Air Campaign Awards, visit www.ValleyMetro.org.
Thunderbird certified as DaTscan Center of Excellence
Nuclear Medicine department at Banner Thunderbird Medical
Center in Glendale has been qualified as a DaTscan Center of
Excellence. This means that the hospital has access to the
first and only FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical indicated to
assist in evaluating adult patients with suspected
Parkinsonian syndromes. These include Parkinson’s disease,
multiple system atrophy, and progressive palsy. DaTscan
may be used to help differentiate essential tremor from tremor
due to Parkinsonian syndromes.
In order to qualify as a DaTscan Center of Excellence, GE, the
creator of DaTscan, has to validate sites before they will
provide them with the radiopharmaceutical. They check to
ensure that the equipment, technologists and radiologists are
capable of dispensing, imaging and interpreting the
high-quality DaTscan images. The images are acquired with a
gamma camera that is validated to perform the imaging.
– The city of Glendale’s Engineering Department was
recently honored by the American Council of Engineering
Companies (ACEC) for multiple projects the city completed in
the last year.
projects in total were recognized; Grand Excellence Awards
were bestowed to the Pedestrian/Bike Bridge at 63rd
Avenue and Loop 101 and the Sahuaro Ranch Park softball
complex renovation. The third Glendale design, the Oasis
Groundwater Treatment Plant, was awarded the Honor Excellence
Pedestrian/Bike Bridge, which opened in May, now provides
regional connectivity to the Valley’s multi-use pathway
system. The cable-stay bridge has 20 cables that are each 1
and 3/8-inches thick holding the bridge in place. The bridge
is 260 feet across and weighs approximately 198 tons, and is
the first bridge of its kind in Arizona.Another aspect of the project is a pedestrian-friendly
crossing signal, called a HAWK (High-intensity Activated
Located on the north side of Loop 101 on the westbound
Beardsley frontage Road, is specifically designed for
pedestrians. Unlike a traditional pedestrian crossing signal,
a HAWK is dark until a pedestrian pushes the crosswalk button
to cross the roadway and features a countdown display so that
the pedestrian can see how many seconds remain in the crossing
25-year-old Sahuaro Ranch Park softball complex was completely
renovations and redesign focused on the lack of shade;
opportunities for “green” improvements; and efficiencies
in electrical, water and other costs.The design added two multi-purpose fields to the
original ball field design to support youth soccer, football
and other organized activities.The new design increases comfort and capacity of the
seating areas for viewing events and the fields are now
completely handicapped accessible. In addition, the ball fields have a special soils mix
engineered for increased drainage, enriched organics to cut
down on fertilizers and chemicals, and a blend of materials
for moisture retention to reduce the annual water consumption
. The turf areas also have new sprinkler irrigation, equipped
with a ‘fertigation’ system, allowing staff to fertilize
and irrigate simultaneously. Fertigation allows the turf to
absorb up to 90% of the applied nutrients, as opposed to
previous rates of 10- 40%.
The Oasis Groundwater Treatment Plant was a complex and
technical facility, the completion of which epitomizes a
four-year, 50-million-dollar project that includes a
central groundwater plant at Oasis campus, six
groundwater wells throughout the city and six miles of
conveyance piping. This plant complements the existing
Oasis Surface Water Plant, which also received an ACEC Grand
Excellence Award, as well as the American Public Works
Association (APWA) Project of the Year in 2009. The
10-million-gallon Ion Exchange (IX) plant will remove
nitrate from groundwater and supply to the distribution grid. Being
the largest IX plant west of the Mississippi, this landmark groundwater
plant provides unprecedented flexibility, redundancy,
reliability and quality to the water production
portfolio for the city.
Rahman, Prinicipal Engineer, City of Glendale
- Ryan Rhoades, CH2MHILL
Berger, Sundt (Contractor)
- Perry Jaicks, Sundt (Contractor)
Johnson, Director of Water Services, City of Glendale
GLITTERS SPECTACULAR WEEKEND DESIGNATED
OFFICIAL ARIZONA CENTENNIAL EVENT
– To commemorate the state’s centennial, Governor Jan
Brewer will be the city’s guest of honor for the opening
night of Glendale Glitters on Friday, Nov. 25.
The Governor will join
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and city councilmembers on stage
during the Countdown to
Glendale Glitters Show beginning at 5:30 p.m. The
30-minute show will culminate with the Governor and City
Council turning on the 1.5 million lights that cover 16 blocks
throughout downtown, creating Arizona’s largest free holiday
with the special appearance from the governor, Glendale
Glitters Spectacular Weekend has also received designation as
an official centennial event by the Arizona Centennial
Arizona Centennial commemoration promises to be a year of
celebration, reflection and newfound discovery of Arizona’s
most important cultural and historical treasures. Glendale
Glitters Spectacular Weekend is the perfect event to have
associated with the centennial,” stated Karen Churchard,
director of the Arizona Centennial Commission.
kickoff weekend for Glendale’s annual holiday light display
is Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 5-10 p.m. each
addition to commemorating the state’s 100th
birthday, the festival will feature elements to celebrate
Arizona’s statehood, including a video as part of the
lighting show that highlights the centennial; 100 ornaments
created by Glendale elementary school students that will adorn
the city’s 30-foot Christmas tree, as well as a large
illuminated sign that will read “Happy 100th
and Photos by: Lesa Holstine Glendale Daily Planet Book
Rebecca Cantrell is right. When Jeri Westerson appears for an author
event, she brings cool toys. She recently appeared for Authors @ The
Teague on her Troubled Bones tour. Anyone who wanted to handle
her medieval weapons was welcome to try them out. Jeri does a terrific
program, fun and informative.
Westerson calls her style medieval noir. She
said she was first writing historical fiction at a time when Publishers
Weekly called historical fiction dead. She tried to sell it for
ten years, and saw her agents come and go. One of those agents said,
why don’t we try mysteries. After more rejections, Jeri thought
maybe she should try mysteries. She decided to write medieval
mysteries. She always loved Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael. But many
of those medieval mysteries have a slower pace with a monk or nun as
the protagonist. Westerson wanted to do something much different.
Westerson was reading Chandler and Hammett, so
she decided to create a hardboiled detective in a medieval setting.
Then, he would be hired to solve mysteries. She made him the typical
lone detective. Crispin Guest is hard-drinking and hard-living. He
gets beaten up. He’s a sucker for a dame in trouble. But, he also
was a knight, so he’s educated, and has the skills he needs to be an
investigator. He can read and write. He knows several languages. He
has in intense sense of justice and honor. When Crispin Guest
was convicted of treason, he lost his knighthood. Everything that
defined him was taken. Guest redefines himself as “the Tracker.”
becomes another character in Westerson’s books. Each book deals with
a religious relic or venerated object. Troubled Bones, the
latest book, deals with relics at Canterbury Cathedral, the bones of
Thomas à Becket. Crispin got in some trouble in London, and the
sheriff offered him options, go to jail or do a job for the Archbishop
of Canterbury. So, Guest agreed to guard the bones of Thomas à
Becket. The Archbishop was afraid the Lollards would steal them.
Lollards were members of a reformist movement, and they didn’t
believe in relics. While Crispin was in the cathedral, a pilgrim was
Westerson told us she had been waiting to do
this book since she knew she was setting her series in the 14th
century. She wanted to do this story. Jeri’s parents were rabid
Anglophiles. They were history buffs, particularly British history
buffs. Their collection included fiction and nonfiction from authors
such as Thomas B. Costain and Norah Lofts.
As a kid, Jeri read a child’s version of The
Canterbury Tales when she was eight nor nine. It had great
illustrations. She loved the pilgrims. Then the afterword said Chaucer
died before he finished The Canterbury Tales, and she was
upset. Naturally, some of the bawdier tales were left out of the
Jeri’s mother had a record of The
Canterbury Tales. It included the prologue and some of the
stories, written and read in middle English. Westerson loved the
lyrical flow of the language.
Westerson was young, her parents took the family to lots of museums.
For a family of five, it was cheap entertainment because admission was
free. One they visited was the Huntington Library. It had a Gutenberg
Bible. There was one of Shakespeare’s quartos, and one of his bad
quartos. And, there was the Ellesmere Manuscript. It was commissioned
after Chaucer’s death. It was written by hand, and contains
illustrations of all the pilgrims and Chaucer.
So, Westerson has been waiting to get to the
right year to write about The Canterbury Tales and Chaucer. In
Troubled Bones, Crispin Guest meets the pilgrims and Chaucer. Chaucer
was quite an interesting person. He was a knight, a poet, a spy for
the king. His sister-in-law was the mistress of the Duke of Lancaster,
John of Gaunt.
Westerson said she does most of her research in
university libraries. There are a number of archives on the Internet.
Many of the small archives are thrilled to answer her questions.
She’s only been to Europe once when she was eighteen. She was there
for a month in England and northern Europe.
It was Canterbury Cathedral that struck her, and
touched her the most. Westerson showed us a diagram of the Cathedral,
showing it built outside the town. The monastery was there as well,
and it was self-sufficient. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the voice of
Rome, had his own manor house. She showed us a picture of the narrow
gate leading to the cathedral, perfect as a gate to get to the
heavenly cathedral. The west gate was still being built in Crispin’s
days. There were towers and guards. Mercy Lane, on the way to the
cathedral, was a medieval lane. Canterbury Cathedral is very much a
character in Troubled Bones.
à Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. At one time, he was
King Henry II's best friend. Henry II was the father of Richard the
Lionheart and King John. Becket was Chancellor of England. Henry II
had a problem with the Church. He wanted to try clerics in court, and
the Archbishop of Canterbury told him no. They had to be tried in
Church courts. Then, the Archbishop died, and Henry seized the
opportunity. He had Thomas made Archbishop, even though he wasn’t a
However, Thomas took his job seriously, and the
next time Henry II brought up the subject of trying priests, Thomas
said no. The priests were under the jurisdiction of the Church. Henry
was frustrated, and, at court, asked, “Who will rid me of the
troublesome priest?” Four barons killed him while he was at prayer
in the cathedral. The people immediately declared Becket a saint, and
the Church made it official only a year later. Canterbury Cathedral
became a place of pilgrimage. Henry II said, please forgive me
for having him murdered, and wore sackcloth. Pilgrimage sites were
very popular at the time because people could get points off their
time in purgatory by making a pilgrimage.
Westerson showed us illustrations of Becket’s
shrine. A canopy was lowered over it to protect it at night. During
the day, though, people could touch the bones. It’s just that some
started to take home bones as souvenirs. There was a charge to come
and see the shrine.
The shrine to Thomas à Becket is no longer
there. There was another Henry who had problems with the Church. Henry
VIII took over the Church of England. He dissolved the monasteries,
and destroyed shrines, particularly this one. It was a shrine to an
Archbishop who opposed a king named Henry.
The coffin of Edward of Woodstock, the Black
Prince, is also there. His surcoat, helm, gauntlets and sword are on
display. It’s unusual to have the originals in a museum.
Jeri told us she likes to write about medieval
times because she likes to play with the weapons. She does pack them
in her luggage when she flies. The TSA always picks her luggage when
they do random searches. She thinks they actually take everything out
and play with them.
Then, Westerson took time to show us the weapons
she brought. The broadsword weighed three pounds, and was forty-four
inches long. It was a one-handed weapon, more or less. It was designed
as a hacking and slashing weapon. It was not used as a foil, as it is
in many films.
She said everyone needed a good dagger. If
you’re caring a small shield, a buckler, it’s also good to have a
dagger. That’s where the term swashbuckler came from. A man could
block a broadsword with a dagger and a buckler. Women wore
jewel-encrusted daggers. Westerson even recommended a particular
dagger because if someone was stabbing with a dagger, there would be
momentum with their hand, and when the dagger stops in the body, the
hand might continue, and the person would be cut. So, she said you
wanted a dagger with a piece to stop the hand from being cut.
Jeri had a piece of mail in her possession. She
said it was part of a piece sent to a museum for repairs. It would
rust, so it needed to be cleaned in sand. She demonstrated the use of
a little battleax, saying it would be used on horseback, and the user
would slash away. She showed us what most of us would have called a
mace. But, hers is a flail. Attached with a chain, it’s a flail.
Without a chain, it’s a mace. That would be used on horseback.
She showed us the gauntlet, then the sugarloaf
helm. It was called that because sugar came in a container of that
Westerson's next book, Blood Lance, has jousting in it. She'll
have a powerpoint in which she’s on a 2000 pound Percheron dressed
as a knight. It’s hard to see with the helm. But, the knight on that
horse would plow through foot soldiers.
Asked to talk about Crispin’s apprentice, Jack
Tucker, Westerson said she introduced him in the first book, Veil
of Lies. He was an orphan, eleven years old, and a cutpurse. Each
book is now a year later, so Jack ages. Westerson has turned in
book five, and is working on six. Jack is a Huck Finn, Artful Dodger
character. He’s all kinds of things to Crispin, including the child
and family he’ll never have. After a couple books, Crispin takes him
under his wing, seeing him as his legacy. In Troubled Bones, Jack has
his own chapters, and many readers say those are their favorites.
Westerson likes writing a series because she’s
writing the world’s largest novel. She knows the backstory. Jack’s
growing up, and, someday, Crispin might. Jack starts at eleven,
and he’s now thirteen/fourteen. The characters change in the course
of the series.
Most of the books are set in London. Maybe one
will be set in France. Chaucer is in the next one. In this series, she
can follow Crispin, but also can follow the historical timeline. She
can include the politics of the time, and sometimes, more of the
actual characters who lived.
To finish up, members of the audience tried on
the helm and gauntlet, and played with the medieval weapons while Jeri
Westerson signed books. This program combined books, history and
weapons, a little different for Authors @ The Teague.
Southwest Ambulance shares
the Halloween spirit -- and safety tips
Ariz. (October 28, 2011) - Recent online surveys rank
Halloween second only to Christmas as the family favorite
holiday. With the U.S. Census Bureau stating that an
estimated 41 million children went trick-or-treating in 2010,
Southwest Ambulance is doing its part to ensure a safe,
enjoyable experience this Halloween season.
is a fun time for children, but it can be an injury-prone
holiday, too. Each year, Southwest Ambulance attends to many
preventable injuries involving cars and trick-or-treaters,
burns, falls and cuts from pumpkin-carving.
only takes a few seconds for an injury to occur, but by
thinking ahead you can safeguard your kids and enjoy the day
and evening,” says Southwest Ambulance’s Medical Director,
Dr. Garth Gemar. “We strongly encourage everyone - kids,
teens and adults - to be safe and responsible whether they are
out trick-or-treating or attending celebrations.”
Ambulance is encouraging parents to keep their youngsters safe
and happy this time of year with the following safety tips:
knives, and similar costume accessories should be
short, soft, and flexible.
trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a
reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers
all treats for choking hazards and tampering before
eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see
and others see you.
test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before
bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
both ways before crossing the street. Use established
crosswalks wherever possible.
your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing
decorative contact lenses.
walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road
facing traffic to stay safe.
well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid
blocked vision, trips, and falls.
only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade
treats unless you know the cook well.
homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise,
walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear
CANDY? BRING IT TO SOUTHWEST AMBULANCE
AND MAKE A SOLDIER SMILE
Ambulance Collects Halloween
Candy to Support Troops Overseas
what you will do with your leftover Halloween candy? Avoid a
sugar high and bring your candy to Southwest Ambulance. For
the second year in a row, Southwest Ambulance has teamed up
with Operation Gratitude to collect Halloween candy for
inclusion in care packages sent to American troops overseas.
Last year, Southwest Ambulance collected 150 letters and 663
pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude (a non-profit
organization based out of the Army National Guard Armory in
Van Nuys, California).
yourself a stomach ache and make a soldier smile by bringing
your candy to one of Southwest Ambulance’s two Halloween
candy collection events:
to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Southwest Ambulance Headquarters
708 W. Baseline Road, Mesa
to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Southwest Ambulance West Valley Operations Facility
W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Southwest Ambulance employee participating in the event, Duty
Officer Jesse Paez, returned from Iraq in 2010 from a second
tour of duty with Army DC02-285. Paez says he is grateful to
witness continued support for deployed troops.
spent away from loved ones and friends is much easier to
manage knowing people are thankful for what we do,” says
Paez. “It’s a great boost for morale.”
participants are encouraged to write letters to send along
with their candy, and will have an opportunity to tour
Southwest Ambulance’s Salute our Troops Unit. The ambulance
displays a unique collection of images depicting World War II,
Vietnam, an A-10 “Warthog” aircraft, the Boeing AH-64
Apache Longbow helicopter, and a mix of notable, inspirational
quotes. Collected candy and letters will be loaded into the
Salute our Troops Unit, then packaged in Southwest
Ambulance’s medical supply warehouse and shipped to
Operation Gratitude on Veterans Day.
Super Bowl statement
of Glendale statement
Arizona is proud to be the host city for the 2015 Super Bowl, an
economic engine that benefits our entire state. This decision is a
positive reinforcement on the entire region, highlighting our
ability to put Arizona on a stage for the world to see. Glendale’s
opportunity to host a Super Bowl honors the continued
commitment to Arizona voters to use the state-of-the-art University
of Phoenix stadium and the amenities and infrastructure that were
built around the stadium in Glendale to attract hundreds of
thousands of people while also pumping money into the local economy.
Just like in 2008, Glendale intends to once again make it one of the
best bowl experiences for fans and for the entire region and looks
forward to working with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to
make the biggest game in the world the biggest success.
OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS WINS
–Glendale has garnered three awards from the festival
industry’s top professional organization, the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA).
at the association’s annual conference last week, these
awards come on the heels of the Office of Special Events
receiving several state AzTEC awards weeks earlier.
A Gold Pinnacle Award was presented to the Office of Special
Events staff for “Best TV Promotion,” which is doubly
significant in that it highlights the collaboration with the
city’s Glendale 11 television station, which produced the
30-second for the 2011 Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival.
Two Bronze Pinnacle Awards were won for “Best New
Promotion” for a Silly Bandz promotion within the Glendale
Glitter & Glow Block Party, and "Best Full Length TV
Local Program” for the Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival.
awards represent the highest recognition in the events
industry and reflect the city’s ongoing priority of creating
a vibrant downtown and enhancing commerce in the area,” said
Jerry McCoy, deputy director of Marketing/Communications.
The IFEA professional competition drew more than 1200
entries this year from among the world’s top festivals and
events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as
the Indy 500 Festival in Indianapolis, the Portland Rose
Festival and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. International
contenders from around the globe included Canada, South Korea,
Singapore, Poland, The Netherlands and
The IFEA is a non-profit membership organization with
members spanning 40 countries and five continents, and offers
the most complete source of ideas, resources, information,
education and networking for festival and event professionals
–The Arizona Library Association (AzLA) will honor a select group of
people at its 2011 conference in November. This year’s
Outstanding Library Service Award recipient is Lesa Holstine,
library manager for the Velma Teague Branch of the Glendale
Presented to an
individual whose activities go beyond the standard
requirements of good library service, the award recognizes
activities that impact the local community and serve as a
model for other libraries.
In her seven years as
the Velma Teague Library manager, Holstine’s highly esteemed
book critiques and renowned authors’ visits have transformed
the small downtown Glendale library into a literary
powerhouse. Holstine has attracted the attention of national
publishers, best-selling authors and library patrons who line
up for a steady stream of discussions, author appearances,
book signings and lectures.
Holstine reads an
average of twenty books a month for reviews, with a heavy
emphasis on mysteries and thrillers - - a passion she says
began in her childhood with the Nancy Drew series and other
Many of the books she
reads are sent to her by publishers hoping for a review. After
the books are read and reviewed, she donates them to the
library to help offset budget cuts in the library’s
collection development fund. As a result, the Velma Teague
Library is now home to one of the finest collections of
mysteries and thrillers in the area.
Winner of the
“Spinetingler Award for Best Reviewer” in both 2009 and
2010, her widely acclaimed reviews can be found in a number of
publications including Library Journal, Mystery Readers
Journal, The Strand Magazine and Women’s World.
Holstine started her
popular blog, “Lesa’s Book Critiques,” in 2005. Her book
reviews have been picked up by USAtoday.com, Reuters, Glendale
Daily Planet and other distributors.
Holstine for giving honest reviews of their books, even if it
means going against the grain. Many of her reviewed authors
are hosted at the library for book signings through the
popular “Authors @ the Teague” series, which regularly
attracts nationally best-selling authors such as William
Dugoni, New York Times bestseller and William Dietrich,
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
Holstine’s career as
a library manager/administrator has spanned over 30 years from
Ohio to Florida and now to Arizona.
nominator for the AzLA award, colleague Anna Caggiano says,
“Lesa exemplifies outstanding library service. She goes
above and beyond for her library, the authors and her
Westerson will be appearing for
Authors @ The Teague on Monday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.
by: Lesa Holstine Glendale Daily Planet Book
just fell in love with a character, Jeri Westerson’s
Crispin Guest. Troubled Bones is the fourth in her
medieval noir series. Now, I have to go back and read the
three earlier books. Fortunately, they’re in that
bottomless pit I call a closet.
Guest was once a knight, but he lost everything, his barony,
his lands, and his knighthood, eight years earlier because
of a trap to discover traitors against the king. His patron
intervened, and Crispin was allowed to live, but he almost
starved until he discovered a talent for investigating
crime. Now, as London’s Tracker, he
works with his protégé, a thirteen-year-old former beggar,
night of drunkenness in a tavern, though, forces Crispin to
take a job for the Archbishop of Canterbury, William de
Courtenay. He had two jobs for Guest. Lollard heretics had
threatened to steal the bones of Thomas à Becket, and the
Archbishop wanted Crispin to protect them. And, he suspected
one of his own monks was a Lollard, and wanted Guest to
uncover the heretic.
soon as Crispin arrives at his lodging, he finds a group of
pilgrims there, including an old friend, Geoffrey Chaucer.
It’s an unusual group of travelers, including a priest and
nuns, a mistress from Bath, a Pardoner, a miller. And, when
one of that party is murdered during Crispin’s watch in
the cathedral, he’s determined to find the killer. It
isn’t long, though, before suspicion falls on Guest’s
old friend, Chaucer.
of historical mysteries should appreciate this combination
of history and literature as readers get the chance to
“meet” some of Chaucer’s pilgrims from The
Canterbury Tales. But, you don’t have to like
historicals to enjoy the fascinating puzzle in Westerson’s
latest mystery. The pace is faster, and the story more
readable than many historical mysteries. It doesn’t get
bogged down in the details.Troubled
Bones is a compelling mystery with complex webs of
intrigue, and the pace of a thriller.
Guest and Jack Tucker may have been down on their luck, but
they have a code of honor. Westerson’s author’s notes
indicate that Jack is growing up, so it will be interesting
to go back and read about the two characters in the earlier
books. Westerson’s character
description and development were excellent. It was easy to
become caught up in the lives of Crispin and Jack, even
though this was the first book I read in the series.
Bones offers so much for mystery readers, good
characters, a fascinating plot, history and suspense. If you
can’t get the earlier books, don’t hesitate to start
with this one. But, I’m going back to learn more about
Crispin Guest, the disgraced knight, and his apprentice,
by: Lesa Holstine Glendale Daily Planet Book
wouldn't like a mystery that features cupcakes? I'll admit
there are a number of reasons I enjoy Jenn McKinlay's
Cupcake Bakery mysteries. They're set in Scottsdale,
Arizona, and I recognize a number of the sites in the books.
It's hard to resist all those recipes for cupcakes. It’s
fun to watch the three protagonists challenge each other to
movie quotes. I know and like Jenn, a fellow librarian.
But, the best reason to read her third book in this
series, Death by the Dozen? It’s the best yet, with
great characters, and a terrific, tightly written plot.
Cooper and Angie DeLaura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcake
Bakery, just make it in time to enter the bakery challenge
at the Scottsdale Food Festival, no thanks to their
arch-rival Olivia Puckett, who does everything she can to
block their entry. Knowing they’ll be tied up for a while,
they ask for an intern from the local tech high school. When
Oz shows up, he’s not quite what they expect. He’s a
hulking teenager in black, with piercings and a chain. But,
he does like to bake.
the judges aren’t what Mel and Angie expect. Two were men
who hated each other, teachers at the culinary institute
where Mel went to school. A third is a former fellow student
who also disliked one of the judges, Vic Mazzotta, now a
Food Channel chef, and Mel’s mentor. Mel may know most of
the judges, but it’s still a formidable competition, a
challenge to bake with mystery ingredients.
is determined to beat Olivia Puckett in the competition.
But, Mel’s will to win is dampened when Vic ends up dead.
Now, she just wants to know who hated him enough to end his
career for good.
Death by the Dozen has a little of everything.
There’s so much humor in the friends’ competition with
Olivia, from the opening scene to the end. There’s always
humor when it comes to Angie’s seven brothers. The baking
challenge is thrilling to anyone who frequently wants food
challenges on television. There’s a little romance, along
with the suspense of the mystery and the food challenge.
Jenn McKinlay has added to her interesting cast of
characters. Oz and the new kitten in Mel’s life, Captain
Jack, are welcome additions to a cast that was already fun
and a little off-beat. McKinlay truly has written her
strongest entry in this series. It’s almost as hard to
resist the appeal of Death by the Dozen as it is to
Elaine Scruggs at the 29th Annual Fire Prevention Day
Mayor Elaine Scruggs rides
on Glendale’s Historic Fire Engine, the Nash during
the 29th Annual Fire Prevention Day Parade. This
year’s parade offered introduction to the Fire
Department’s 100 year anniversary celebration taking
car extrication demonstration was a feature event of the 2011
Fire Prevention Parade in Downtown Glendale, Saturday, October
extrication demonstration was preformed by the crew from
included Captain Erik Eckert, Engineer Willie Galindo,
Firefighter Steve Kennedy, and Firefighter Phil Pompa.Other firefighters in uniform are E157 Captain Mark
Largent, Engineer Randy Hanso, Firefighter Shawn Coder, and
Firefighter Adam Pottle.
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Jaws of Life are put to use removing parts of the car in order
to reach the victim (pretend) at Saturday’s event.
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extraction demonstration preformed by crews from LT157 and
on the left uses the Jaws of Life to remove the door on the
passenger side of the car.Patience, strength and communication are some of the
requirements to successfully remove the victim from the
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Jaws of Life are used to remove the door from the
passenger’s side during the demonstration.
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get ready to move the "victim" during the car
extraction at Saturday's parade events.There is a clown in the photograph, Flacko.The event was a staged event to demonstrate what
emergency crews often have to do to rescue a person trapped in
a car after an accident; even if it means cutting through the
car's door or roof with the Jaws of Life to reach the victim.A car accident can be a traumatic event, Flacko the
clown helps to ease the stressful situation with humor.Viewers of the demonstration are then more likely to
remember, to learn, some of the techniques firefighters use to
rescue a victim.
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Other firefighters in uniform are E157 Captain Mark Largent,
Engineer Randy Hanso
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Red, the Arizona Cardinals mascot, waves to the crowd on
Glendale Avenue at this year's Fire Prevention Parade.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet.
the Crime Dog, waves to the crowd gathered along Glendale
Avenue at Saturday's Fire Prevention Parade.
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County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was one of the Fire Prevention
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October 8, 2011.
Mayor Elaine Scruggs waves to the crowd during the Fire
Prevention Parade on Saturday, Richard Franklin, Glendale Fire
Department is driving.
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Scout Pack 824 Fire Prevention Parade entry.
from St. Louis the King carry their school's banner in the 29th
annual Glendale Fire Prevention Parade, Saturday, October 8,
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the Clown, did what he likes to do, clowning around during the
Fire Prevention Parade.Safety
is on his mind, he is wearing his helmet.
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folks enjoy diving tiny car!
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firefighter Gianni Carr, 4 years old of Glendale, plans to
wear his uniform for Halloween and being a firefighter when he
is old enough.
vaccine during pregnancy protects the mother and the newborn baby
for the first six months of life
(September 23, 2011) – It doesn’t need to be wintertime for the
flu symptoms to start. That’s why it’s not too early to
get a head start on protecting yourself from the virus with a flu
flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
The symptoms can be mild or severe, and can also lead to death.
Older folks, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain
health conditions are at especially high risk for serious flu
complications. Healthcare workers should also be vaccinated for the
protection of their patients. The best way to prevent the flu
is by getting a flu vaccination each year.
2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza
viruses that research indicates will be most common during the
season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A
(H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.
women are at an increased risk of severe illness and even death from
seasonal flu complications, however some don’t get the vaccine for
fear that it’s dangerous to the unborn baby. The flu shot given
during pregnancy has actually been shown to protect both the mother
and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu.
flu vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective,” said Kerry
Montefour, BGSMC Infection Prevention. “During pregnancy,
mothers pass on their immunity, protecting babies in those early
months of life. All pregnant women and women who expect to
become pregnant are urged to get their flu vaccine."
to the Arizona Department of Health Services, every year in Arizona:
to 20% of the population gets the flu
than 4,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications
700 people die from flu.
the 2010-2011 flu season, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
reported 65 confirmed cases of influenza.
year a new intradermal vaccine was approved for use by the FDA for
those 18 to 64. This shot has a shorter needle and is delivered into
the skin rather than the muscle. The flu mist is also
available for people ages 2-49, and who are not pregnant.
vaccines are currently available at clinics, pharmacies, and
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Center has been providing
medical care to
and the Southwest since 1911. Banner Good Samaritan is owned and
operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, a non-profit organization.
The hospital was named to the 2011-’12 U.S.News & World
Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list for Cardiology
& Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics and
Gynecology. Banner Good Samaritan has been recognized as a Magnet™
facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest
honor a hospital can earn for its nursing care and practices, and
has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by The
Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ in 2007 and 2008 and
one of the “Top 100 Hospitals to Work For” by Nursing
Hispanic Network Breakfast
September 22, 2011
Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive
City of Glendale's Hispanic Network (GHN) honored Martin Moreno as
the recipient of the "Promoting Community Involvement and
Education Award" this morning at the GHN Hispanic Heritage
art director of Las Artes de Maricopa County, was born in
Michigan, where he grew up speaking Spanish at home and English in
school. His parents were hard-working people who worked in the
fields and the foundries. He credits these experiences with
providing much of the subject matter he depicts in his artwork.
Everyday Seat Check Saturday!
Article by: Lisa Kutis PIO Glendale Fire Department
On Saturday, Sept. 24th, the Glendale Fire Department in partnership
with Sanderson Ford and the Maricopa County Health Department's
SNACK program, funded by a grant from First Things First, held
"Seat Check Saturday".
"It is a wonderful thing when we can get several organizations,
including the private sector working together for the good of
families,” said Fire Chief Mark Burdick. As the culminating event
to wrap up National Child Passenger Safety Week, Glendale Fire
Department worked with these various agencies to bring certified car
seat technicians out to inspect car seats and educate parents on the
importance of the proper use of their child's car seat. Not only
were roughly 50 seats inspected, but over 30 of those were free
seats given to families in need.
Approximately 80% of child safety seats are being misused.
"This is a disaster waiting to happen, one that is completely
preventable!" exclaimed Burdick.The mission of the Glendale Fire Department's car seat
program is to ensure the safety of every little passenger out there.
We believe that we can accomplish this goal by educating parents on
the proper use of their car seat through child care classes at local
hospitals, teaching parents at CAPP (Children Are Priceless
Passengers) classes, hosting car seat check up events, such as Seat
Check Saturday, and conducting regular car seat checks by
appointment on a weekly basis. For more information on the Glendale
Fire Department's car seat program, visit the website at www.glendaleaz.com/fire
or to make an appointment to have your child's car seat checked by a
certified technician, call 623-930-SEAT. Let's work together
to make everyday "Seat Check Saturday"!
JOHN McCAIN INTRODUCES POSTAL REFORM ACT
– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced the Postal
Reform Act of 2011, a bill to restore the financial health and
long-term viability of the United States Postal Service. The
Postal Service is expected to end this fiscal year with a $10
billion loss, and by its own estimates faces a shortfall of up to
$238 billion by 2020. At the end of this month, the Postal
Service will not be able to make a required $5.5 billion payment to
fund future retirees' health benefits. This legislation is
needed to ensure that future generations of Americans will have a
viable Postal Service. This bill is the Senate companion to
the legislation introduced by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) in
the U.S. House of Representatives this summer.
McCain submitted the following statement for the record upon
introducing the Postal Reform Act of 2011:
President, today I am introducing the Postal Reform Act of 2011,
which will restore the financial health and long-term viability of
the United States Postal Service. This bill is the companion
to the legislation that Representative Darrell Issa introduced in
the House of Representatives in June of this year. I thank
Representative Issa for his leadership on this important issue.
to their own estimates, by 2020 the Postal Service expects to face a
shortfall of up to $238 billion. Even with dramatic cost
savings of $12 billion and workforce reduction of 110,000 postal
employees in the past four years, the Postal Service is expected to
end this fiscal year with a $10 billion loss.
mail, which makes up more than half of Postal Service revenues,
continues to fall at alarming rates and shows no signs of ever
recovering. This, combined with 80 percent labor costs and
labor contracts that contain ‘no-layoff’ clauses, points to the
fact that the Postal Service is broken.
can no longer enact temporary fixes that avert financial crisis for
only a brief period. Congress, the Postal Service, labor
unions, and the mailing community must be willing to lay everything
on the table and make hard choices now to save the Postal Service
for the future. I believe the Postal Reform Act of 2011
will do just that.
key provisions in this bill alone would save the Postal Service
billions of dollars annually. First, the bill would create a
Postal Service Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance
Authority, which is modeled after the District of Columbia control
board Congress created to address the fiscal crises the city was
facing in the mid-1990s. This Authority, triggered by a Postal
Service default on its federal obligations, would replace the Postal
Board of Governors with mandates to cut costs, and put the Postal
Service back on a path to financial solvency.
second key provision would create a Commission on Postal
Reorganization that would use a BRAC-like process to consolidate and
close post offices and mail processing facilities. According
to the Postal Service, the ‘current mail processing network has a
capacity of over 250 billion pieces of mail per year when mail
volume is now 160 billion pieces of mail. Right-sizing the
network is vital to the future of the Postal Service and its
customers.’ Congress, however, continues to put up political
road blocks that prevent these closings and consolidations.
This bill will take politics out of the process and allow the Postal
Service to right-size its operations.
provisions in the bill would require arbitrators to take into
account the financial health of the Postal Service if labor
contracts move to arbitration. It would also exempt the Postal
Service from the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, and
other wage rules that increase contracting costs.
there are certain types of mail upon which the Postal Service
routinely loses money. This bill would require that the
vendors responsible for this mail be responsible for covering their
costs. In Fiscal Year 2010, the Postal Service lost nearly
$1.7 billion on these type of ‘underwater’ postal products that
failed to cover their costs. For example, the Periodicals
class of mail, which includes newspapers and magazines, has not
covered its costs for 14 consecutive years, generating total losses
of $4.3 billion over that period.
bill also contains common sense language that would mandate that
Postal Service employees pay the same health and life insurance
premium percentage as other federal workers. This is estimated
to save the Postal Service $700 million annually.
this bill will allow the Postal Service to move to 5-day delivery,
at a savings of anywhere from $1.7 to $3.1 billion annually.
can no longer support temporary fixes to the Postal Service. If
we continue to act in this irresponsible way, the American taxpayer
will be the one that ultimately suffers in the form of higher
postage prices and taxpayer bailouts. We must make hard
choices now so future generations of Americans will have a viable
Wood, a favorite author of the Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in
Crime, appeared for Authors @ The Teague.
and Photo by: Lesa Holstine Glendale Daily Planet Book
Wood is a favorite author of the Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters
in Crime. This time, when he came to town on his book tour for
Did Not Finish, he appeared for Authors @ The Teague.
told us his writing is a product of the immigration service. He
is British. He met his wife in Costa Rica, and, romantically,
they decided to meet in different countries. They did that every
few months for eighteen months, and then decided it was easier
to live together in England or the U.S. So, he came to the U.S.
on an extended visa, but he wasn’t allowed to work for
eighteen months. He had to decide what to do with his time.
wanted to tell stories, but he was dyslexic. He was a good liar
as a kid. He took those months and worked on his first book,
Accidents Waiting to Happen. It took him three years, and it was
a product of the INS machine.
tackled writing in a mechanical way. He was a mechanical
engineer who designed things like oil rigs. He applied the same
method to writing. He listened to audios, and broke them down to
study how the stories worked. Since the INS wouldn’t let
him have a job, he owes everything to them.
has always followed his dreams. He loved race cars, and twenty
years ago, he went from racing a car to running his own cars and
owning a race team. At twenty-one, he was shipping cars around
the country. He loved it.
he decided he needed to do something that was more respectable.
So, he became a pilot. Simon’s mother is convinced he does
things just to upset her. The government underwrote one third of
the cost of his training because they pay for vocational
training. He did have to crash land his own plane as a student
pilot. But, it was one more example of his brush with luck.
he told us about his job as a private investigator. Since Simon
couldn't work, he and his wife had to come up with other ways to
bring in money. For a long time, his wife was a mystery shopper.
First, she had a contract to go to movie theaters. They saw a
movie a week for eighteen months. Then, they shopped at
Albertson's. They would go up and down aisles, examining
displays, checking to see how long it took someone to clean up
spills. Mystery shopping was a method of quality control.
they did restaurants. They ate at every four or five star
restaurant around San Francisco. They would eat there, and make
sure everything was OK, the service, the food. This was around
the time of the tech bubble, when people were paying $1000 for
dinner. Wood and his wife did this for three or four years.
Then, they did hotels. Then, they did casinos.
they investigated casinos, they worked for a little man, a blond
Joe Pesci. They went undercover into casinos for three or four
days. Before they did it, though, they had to know all the table
games. They learned on the Internet, and they had to be
proficient at all of them. Wood found himself the only non-Asian
guy at some of the games. There was a list of things they were
looking for at the casinos. And, all there work was all in cash.
They would stay at one place, and go to different casinos. For
different jobs, they would have to come up with cover stories.
Often, they were doing more than one job. One bartender might be
doing something, or a dealer. Most theft from casinos is not
like Ocean's Eleven. It's theft from the inside. They'd
watch dealers. But, they had to commit everything to memory
because they couldn't record it or film it. So, they'd have to
remember the time something happened, and a description of the
person involved. His wife would handle the time, and Wood would
do name and description. And, every fifteen minutes or so, he'd
go to the restroom so he could write it down. They learned to
never forget anything. That's a problem. His wife doesn't
forget. Simon and his wife would have a script for their cover
story. Depending on the contract, they would keep any money they
told us he kept falling into jobs. He took odd career paths. He
admitted he attracts a certain amount of trouble. That turns
into stories. He has a thing about chaos. If anyone thinks their
life is on a nice even keel, it's not true. Decision A can lead
to two outcomes. Wood examines the subsequent outcomes.
Wood was racing, he ran a Cinderella team. Everything was
begged, borrowed, or stolen. The night before the race, he went
around picking up stuff. Once, he had a close encounter with a
woman on a roundabout. She gave him a wave with one finger, and
he waved back with the same finger. They brought London traffic
to a standstill. Then, he thought it was over, but she followed
him for miles before giving up.
sponsor was later approached by the police who said his van had
been involved in a crash. Wood said there hadn't been an accident.
They showed them pictures of that woman's damaged car, and accused
Simon of running her off the road. He said just look at the van.
It wasn't in an accident. The police officer said here's the
statement I wrote saying you ran her off the road. Wood said he
wasn't signing it, and he changed it in about thirty places after
the officer said, if you don't sign it, I can't help you. How did
that incident on the roundabout turn into this? How did this
happen that the police show up with a statement for him to sign,
saying he did it? Any action, big or small, can impact anyone.
book, The Fall Guy, is the best example. It's about a down
on his luck guy who is late for work one morning. He hits a
Porsche, cracking its tail light, and there are witnesses. So, he
writes a note to put on the windshield, saying, everybody thinks
I'm leaving the address, but I'm not.
a repercussions. The Porsche belonged to a drug dealer, who was
puled over because of the broken tail light. The police found the
drugs, and confiscated them, arresting the driver. But, the big
boss tracks the man down, and tells him, you cost me drugs, a car,
and a driver, you owe me. And, he's inducted into the drug world.
Things tend to come back and bite you.
novel, Terminated, deals with workplace violence. Twenty
people a week are murdered at work. Retail is the most dangerous
work environment for women. The safest work environment? Coal
mines. There's only one murder a year. The working conditions
might not be good, but no one murders you. In Terminated, a
man's annual review doesn't go as expected. Someone on edge can
take it personally. Simon's favorite story of workplace violence
is about a man who tried to kill a female coworker by putting
mercury in her heating system to try to poison her. He's been
trying other ways for a while, but they caught this one. The
reason he went over the edge? She didn't like his deviled eggs
once at a company picnic.
likes the Hitchcock big story. He likes stories of the human
condition, when people are tempted, teased.
of Simon Wood's books have been standalones until now. Did Not
Finish is the first in a series. It's set in the racing world.
Racing is expensive, and people are willing to compromise. It's a
competitive world with rule-bending. Dick Francis took readers
into the world of horse racing. This series is an inside point of
view of motor sports.
Not Finish is based on an actual incident. In 1972, there was
a tight championship. Two drivers were just two points apart, and
whoever was in front at the end of this race would win.
night before the race, there were drivers, teams and officials in
the club house. There was a rumor going around that the driver in
second place had said if the leader doesn't pull over and let him
win, I'll kill him. The public didn't know about it.
went okay. But, in the second lap, the two touched wheels; the guy
leading the championship hit the wall and was killed, in the same
way Dale Earnhardt died.
told us there are ways to make cars go off the track if you know
how. The driver can slip wheels. Anyone who has seen Ben Hur
has seen one driver slip his wheel inside the other driver's.
race was televised, but it wasn't a live feed. Everyone was quiet
after the race, thinking the threat had played out. So they
expected TV on Tuesday would expose it. But, the TV coverage was
edited. They changed the grid, didn't show the first two laps
since the driver was killed in the second lap. The third lap
appeared to be the first one. And, the driver's name didn't appear
on the roster. Police wrapped up the case, and the car
disappeared. Everyone pretended nothing happened, and some people
were told to stop asking questions. The story just went away.
where it got personal. Wood had seen something wrong with the dead
driver's car in qualifying, and told him so it could be fixed.
Then, when they call the drivers to the cars, Simon always had to
go to the restroom. Other drivers were there, and then it was just
Wood and the guy who later died. Simon wished him good luck, and
the guy responded, that's OK, after this one, I'm telling my
girlfriend I'm going to stop driving, and we'll get married. It's
my wedding gift to her. Wood never told the guy's girlfriend that
after the accident. But, he wanted to tell that story.
story is somewhat changed in Did Not Finish. Some of the
people from that time are still around. Aidy Westlake, the
protagonist, is the third generation in motor sports. His
grandmother was a mechanic. His father was a driver who had just
moved up to Formula One, but he and Aidy's mother were killed in
an accident on the way home from a race. Aidy was raised by his
grandfather, much like Heid, except for lots of oil and grease.
He's twenty-one years old at the grass roots championship when a
driver dies, and he wants to find out who the killer is, and
intends to follow Aidy through his rise in racing. He'll take him
to different races around the world. One will be set in Europe,
then Le Mans. There's a lot of gambling corruption in sports, so
he'll take him to Vegas. One team had made ends meet by being drug
mules. They crossed numerous European borders before they were
caught. If you can imagine it in sports, it will happen. The
people have to have money.
the audience asked questions, the first question was about humor
in his books, because Simon is funny. He said he might be
lighthearted, but he's way too into justice or digging out the
truth. There's not much humor in his fiction, although he writes
where he gets his ideas, he answered that he cuts lots of things
from newspapers. He likes the odd cases, not the big ones. Wood
lives in the east bay area, across from San Francisco. There's a
big case right now. A Deputy Chief of a county task force on
narcotics has been convicted of selling drugs as part of a
prostitution scheme. It was a private eye who brought him down.
It's like the Sopranos are working out of small towns with
populations of 30-50,000.
confiscated drugs are no longer needed for a case, they're burned.
But, in that recent California case, the stuff was not destroyed.
It was moved into storage, and then the whole case was wrapped up
in prostitution. Wood likes this case. He likes stories from the
back of newspapers, not the front page.
was asked if he goes to trials, and he said he has gone to some.
He went to night court in New York because he wanted to see what
kind of cases go to court at 2 in the morning. He's been inside
prisons. The California Parole Board was interesting.
likes the unusual. "Body found in public storage." Why?
People can bid on public storage units when the rent is
delinquent. A woman paid $38 dollars for the contents of one, and
when she unwrapped the contents, she found a body.
likes the unusual, unexplained crimes. He's most inspired by news
stories. And, it's those kind of stories we'll continue to see in
Simon Wood's books.
FIRE DEPARTMENT HONORS 12 YEAR OLD
GIRL’S QUICK LIFE-SAVING ACTIONS!
Photos by Bette and Ed Sharpe
Glendale Fire Department with the assistance of Topaz, the Glendale
Crisis Response dog, presented Marissa with a special
“life-saver” award.This special award was presented to Marissa at Marshall Ranch
Elementary School 12995 North Marshall Ranch Drive in Glendale on
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 1:30pm.
her award scroll fromTopaz , Glendale Fire’s Crisis Response dog as
Glendale firefighter Danny
Valenzuela and Lynette Jelinek, Crisis Response Division Manager at
Glendale Fire Department look onfrom right and left.
Fire Department Chief Mark Burdick and Marissa Bailey.Topaz , Glendale Fire’s Crisis Response dog and Snowball
meet for the first time.
August, 12 year old Marissa Bailey, a 7th grader at
Marshall Ranch Elementary School, saved her dog’s life.Marissa found her poodle outside, overcome by the extreme
heat, and non-responsive.She
immediately rushed the dog inside and put him in the cold shower to
cool him off.He came
to and has now made a full recovery, thanks to her quick life-saving
avid dog-lover, enjoys reading books and watching educational
programs about dogs.In
addition, she has learned a lot over the years from her Uncle who is
a member of the Phoenix Fire Department and from the Glendale Fire
Pal program at Marshall Ranch School.
Fire Department Chief Mark Burdick reads the award to Marissa Bailey and looking on are
Danny Valenzuela and Lynette Jelinek, Crisis Response Division
Manager at Glendale Fire Department.
in the Valley of the Sun is not over yet.Although the calendar says September, this week’s forecast
is calling for more triple digit temperatures, so the heat is still
extreme.The Glendale Fire Department would like to remind the
community to take precautions to avoid heat related illness and
emergencies.Keep pets inside, never leave a child or pet unattended in a
hot vehicle, drink plenty of water and stay inside when temperatures
rise.Watch for symptoms of heat related illness:
moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
headedness upon standing
you think you are experiencing heat exhaustion:
all activity and rest
to a cooler place
plenty of cool water/sports drink
9-1-1/seek medical attention
in mind that when temperatures outside are just 80 degrees, the
temperature in a car reaches 123degrees in less than one hour.Imagine how hot your car gets when our valley temperature
reaches 108!Never leave a child or pets unattended in a hot car!
Glendale Fire Department personnel and members of
the media line up to honor Marissa Bailey's
quick thinking that saved her little dog snowball from death.
Fire Department Chief Mark Burdick and
Marissa Bailey with her pet poodle Snowball.
Glendale Fire Department personnel and members of
the media line up to honor Marissa Bailey's
quick thinking that saved her little dog snowball from death.
TEDDY BEAR DAY IN
By Ed and Bette Sharpe Glendale
Folks enjoyed a fun-filled day of
make-and-take arts and crafts, special treats and exclusive
deals in Historic Downtown Glendale. And... who could
pass up a
special visit with loveable, huggable Al the Bear?
The 7th Annual Teddy Bear Day in Historic
Downtown Glendale was a great success. Double digit temperatures and clear
skies welcomed more than 700 visitors to the downtown district.
Nearly 30 shops and restaurants
participated in the day with activities, discounts and giveaways. To
commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the event included two
important components; AZ Search Dogs and the bear drive to benefit the
Glendale Fire Department Trauma Teddy Program.
Visitors started the day at the
Glendale Visitor Center where they took a spin on the prize
wheel and picked up a map, coupons and gift bag ( the 1st
500 visitors). And while at the center, they could contribute a new
or gently hugged teddy bear.
The community responded with record breaking
donations of stuffed bears. More than 1600 bears and plush animals were
donated, triple the number from last year. "We were all humbled by
the outpouring of community support and all the special stories and
memories folks shared with us while donating their bears" said
Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB Manager. "Children donated their
favorite bears and many families donated their entire collections of
bears. "Teddy Bear Day continues to be our most heartwarming event
and this year falling on the weekend of the 9/11 anniversary, proved to be
an opportunity for the community to continue to find healing and give back
to others through donations," said Pino.
Pino continues "Appreciation is extended
to the event chairperson, Valerie Burner, owner of Bears and More.
Valerie's continued dedication and enthusiasm are a wonderful asset to the
downtown. Plans are already underway for the 2012 event."
There were many contests, activities and sales throughout
the Historic Glendale area( see large list at end of article), Karen
Landes of Apple Tree Antiquary tell us about her highly successful
"Count the Cookie Bears In the Jar" contest
Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily
Planet Karen Landes of Apple Tree Antiquary says "Count The
Landes states, "We had 316 cookie
bears in our container -- the closest guess was made by our winner:
Keri Rash of Glendale. She will receive a $25 gift
certificate to use on anything in Apple Tree."
Karen Landes and the other merchants were pleased
with the outcome of the day she explains, "We really
enjoyed Teddy Bear Day this year -- shoppers were in a good mood
and we heard many compliments on the area. There
were a lot of 'new' visitors which is nice to see. I am sure we
will all have a residual benefit from all of those
"discovering" Glendale for the first time." She
continued, "It was good to
see a bigger participation of businesses this year -- and some of the
promotions and events to keep with the bear theme were so unique!
Made for a really well rounded day in Downtown Glendale."
Another neat addition to this
yearly celebration of bears was the Bears and More sponsorship of
Arizona Search Dogs.
Arizona Search Dogs took on
an obstacle course on the lawn in front of Bears & More and AZ Dolls
and Gifts.Arizona Search
Dogs is a nonprofit organization that trains, certifies, and develops
Canine Search Specialist teams.These
teams are mobilized with Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces to
assist state and local jurisdictions in urban and wilderness search and
rescue.Some of our team
members have been deployed to the World Trade Center, The Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City, flooding in Houston, Texas, Dallas Fort
Worth tornado, New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita,
Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Ike in the Gulf Coast, and local searches
for Valley residents.
canine and handler team must be certified through FEMA in search and
certification includes written and verbal testing regarding
search-and-rescue strategies briefing skills and canine handling skills.The dog's certification includes proper command control, overcome
innate fears of tunnels and wobbly surfaces under a handler's guidance.Certification for each Canine Search Specialist Team (dog and
handler) requires the canine and handler to pass a FEMA sanctioned
evaluation process administered with USAR evaluators.There are less than 200 such certified teams throughout the
one in about 200 dogs will successfully complete their training and
become certified. Some dogs
are puppies when they start, while others start training when they are
one to two years old.
dog will study and practice for over 2,000 hours before an evaluation is
made and possibly graduation.Due
to the high level of physical activity these animal athletes, retirement
comes when they are between eight and ten years old.
and More helps sponsor the Arizona Rescue Dogs that visitors got
to enjoy Photos by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet
Bears and More Silent Auction
this for this years Teddy Bear Day Event Bears and More
auction off several wonderful Gund pieces.All monies raised went to Arizona Search Dogs.This will help them take care of the dogs that will help us all
in some way.
Monic and Javier (son) Lopez enter the coloring contest at Papa Ed's Ice
Cream as Javier (father) Lopez looks on .
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teddy bears are on display outside Papa Ed's Ice Cream.
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Orellana, Linda Whitney, owner; Heather Garcia and Morayia King scooped up
ice cream at Papa Ed's Saturday for the 7th Annual Teddy Bear Day.This was Morayia's first time working behind the service counter.
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of the five black Labrador Retrievers search dogs takes a turn on the
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is the missing person?Here?
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a 3 1/2 year old, Black Labrador Retriever finds "missing
person" during the Search and Rescue demonstrations Saturday as part
of the Teddy Bear Day events.Peter
Benzing played the part of the "missing person" during this exercise.Part of Ben's fun is to pull of the stuffed toy held by Peter
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Kelly and Trooper, Dana Medlin and Hoss, Adam Skiver and Desoto, and RobynKrumwiede and Bear, Ben (center first row).
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Firefighter Will Burner, Wilson and Emily Dickerman and Ben Cordova, a
third year cadet with the Glendale Fire Department.
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Medlin, Hoss, Sage Allen, Brie and Ryeley Kaminski with Sparkle the bear.
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Shady hands Marcia Unser a gift bag at the Glendale Visitors and
Unser worked with Sherrie Hawke, a supporter of the
Thomas J. Pappas School for Homeless Children.Sherrie Hawke collected teddy bears and passed away several years
ago.Marcia thought it was
fitting that this memorial bear for Sherrie Hawke be donated to the
Glendale Fire Department's Trauma Teddy Program.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Staff and Volunteers sorting and counting
bear donations. Jessica Alexander, Glendale CVB Visitor Information
Specialist, Sue Berntsen, Glendale Visitor Center Volunteer,
Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB Manager, Becky Shady, Glendale Visitor
Center Volunteer , Bud Zomok, Glendale Shoe Company who volunteered
that day as there were so many bears to sort!
Any purchase made at A Mad Hatter’s enters you in a drawing to win:
$30 gift card to Build-A-Bear Workshop, $5 Cub Cash coupons and a Coloring
Book w/ $5 off coupon all from Arrowhead Mall. Total Value $45
– The Official Build-A-Bear Workshop Mascot
5805 W. Glendale Ave.
5811 W. Glendale Ave.
Beary Big Sale – 20-60% off!
Guess the number of bears
contest for gift certificates. Free refreshments.
5731 W. Glendale Ave.
Enter to Win a Teddy Bear
Offer:$15 readings and
massages, $20 aura photo's, and free Herkimer diamond crystals (see store
7023 N. 58th
Deep fried ice cream covered with “strawbeary’s” for $2.50 or
try the Strawbeary Waffle Combo
5345 W. Glendale Ave. Offer: Make and Take Chocolate
Teddy Bears - $7.50 each. With the purchase of a chocolate teddy bear, receive
a one-day 25% discount in the store on additional purchases (excluding the
initial teddy bear purchase).
7011 N. 58th
Free gift with purchase
5750 W. Glendale Ave.
Enter to Win a Teddy Bear
40% off, select, in-stock shoes
7009 N. 58th
10% off any single clothing or accessory item, 20% off ironwood
FREE Make and Take: Make your own bracelet with multi-colored Teddy
Bear Pony Beads
5740 W. Glendale Ave.
1) One Free Topping on any Medium or Large pie order 2) Free
bear-shaped Silly Bandz with drink purchase. Special Menu item for the
day: Straw-BEARY lemonade
Storm Past and Present
5825 W. Glendale Ave.
to Win a Teddy Bear
and Offers Subject to Change
Dolls & Gifts
7150 N. 58th
Raffle for a set of bear boxes
Coloring pages for children and AZ Search Dogs demonstrations
5707 W. Myrtle Ave. Offer:
10% off when you spend $25 or more
7146 N. 58th
AZ Search Dogs Demonstrations and raffle items to benefit AZ Search Dogs
Candles, Bath & Gifts
N. 58th Drive Activity:
Bee Toss for lollipops or 2 oz. Honey Candles. Guess the Teddy Grahams for
Teddy Bear basket prize.
7158 N. 57th
Free bookmarks, coffee and
& Tea Express
W. Palmaire Ave.
Face painting and balloon artist
Offer: Specials on Beary White tea and Beary Berry Salad
7146 N. 58th
Offer:$4 Birthday Teddy Bear with minimum $10 purchase
7146 N. 57th
Make and Take Card - $2
5742 W. Palmaire
Enter to Win a Teddy Bear
“Cranbeary” Facial for $50 (reg. $65)-refreshing exfoliate and
hydrating mask. Cannot be used as a half price facial item.
N. 58th Drive
Free gift with purchase of raffle ticket. Buy a raffle ticket to win a
54” bear for $1, with all proceeds going to the Glendale Fire Education
Custom Teddy Bear
Embroidery: Bring your favorite t-shirt or cotton item to be embroidered
– cost is $12 per item with $2 going to AZ Search Dogs charities.
Baby-Happy Earth 7149 N. 57th Drive
Enter to Win a Teddy Bear
I Like That Stamp
5707 W. Myrtle Ave.
Free $6.95 stamp with $25 purchase
Make and take teddy bear cards - $2
Door Too 7142 N. 58th Drive
Activity: Glendale Fire Truck on display from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
and meet Glendale Firefighters
Ed’s Ice Cream
7146-B N. 58th
Special flavor for today – “Bluebeary”
"Kids" Teddy Bear
Coloring Contest! Age groups: 0-4 yr olds,5-8 yr olds, & 9-12 yr olds.
Grand prize in each age group is (1) free single scoop cone each month for
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Buddy to be full length documentary
Come Back Buddy is a
feature length documentary that follows the Arizona-based band,
Come Back Buddy, in their mission to keep the spirit of oldies
music alive. The 3-piece rock 'n' roll trio, inspired by the
legendary Buddy Holly and the Crickets, has been presenting their
take on 50s music to thousands of people for the past decade. The
film features a handful of performances by the band, several
interviews with people who attended Buddy Holly's final show,
Norman Petty Studios (where Buddy Holly recorded several hit
songs), the Buddy Holly center, and much more! The film, produced
and directed by Josh Badham and Brian Rider, will be released
digitally in the fall of 2011 at www.ComeBackBuddy.com.
Story by: Lesa Holstine Glendale Daily Planet Book
(photo by Lesa
I introduced William Dietrich as a Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist for his coverage of the
Exxon Valdez oil spill, but said he was
at Velma Teague to discuss his fiction,
particularly his latest book, Blood of the
Reich. He's a New York Times
bestselling author, and his books have been
published in 31 languages.
He told the audience he grew up in the Pacific
Northwest, in the Tacoma area. He wrote all his
life. But, he needed to make a living, so he was
a newspaper reporter for 35-40 years, much of
that for the Seattle Times. In the 80s
and 90s, he covered some interesting stories,
including the Exxon Valdez, and the
eruption of Mount St. Helens. Dietrich said his
claim to fame was his book, The Final Forest,
which was set in Forks, Washington. He wrote the
entire book with no vampires in it. (Stephanie
Meyer's Twilight books are set in Forks.)
wrote nonfiction to make a living, books about
the Columbia River, plants. But, he had a
hankering to do fiction. He covered science for
the Seattle Times, and had been to
Antarctica twice under the auspices of the
National Science Foundation. He wanted to write
about it. The Nazis had sent an expedition to
Antarctica before World War II. They wanted to
claim a piece of it for Germany. They hoped to
get sperm whale oil for fighter engines, because
it was the best oil. That was the kernel of
Bill's first novel, Ice Reich. It went
from Alaska to Germany to Antarctica.
William Dietrich writes both fiction and
nonfiction. He's written ten novels, what he
calls historical thrillers. They all have some
grounding in history. Two are set before World
War II. There are four Napoleonic books. One is
set in the Australian Outback. Bill said he is
interested in geography and science. He likes
interesting settings such as Egypt during the
Napoleonic period. His next book, coming out in
June is set in the Caribbean. He said it's the
greatest scam in the U.S., to be able to travel,
and write it off on taxes. It's fun. He's
curious about science, history, geography. He
likes to put something in fiction that is based
on history. He told us that he reads boring
things so you don't have to, and then he puts
the juicy parts in his novels.
Bill's first three novels were published by
Warner; then he switched to HarperCollins. Two
books were set in the late Roman Empire. Hadrian's
Wall was set in Scotland. The follow-up, The
Scourge of God, was about Attila the Hun.
The main character in that is based on a
real-life person, a negotiator for the Romans.
The Roman novels are a little serious. Dietrich
lightened up his next series, creating Ethan
Gage, a rogue, a wastral, a gambler, a
sharpshooter, and a womanizer. The books are set
in the Napoleonic era. In Napoleon's Pyramids,
Gage's gambling wins him a medallion that is
part of the plot. He's caught up in the Egyptian
campaign of 1798 in which Napoleon conquered
Egypt. He also tried to conquer the Holy Land,
which few people seem to know. There are signs
in the Holy Land indicating Napoleon's route on
that campaign. This book, though, involves the
mystery of the Great Pyramid. Men found there
way in, but there was only an empty sarcophagus.
In The Rosetta Key, Ethan is embroiled in
the search for the Book of Thoth and the
Rosetta Stone. Part of the book is set in Jordan
at the ruins of Petra.
The Dakota Cipher finds Gage in trouble
with Napoleon's married sister, a bit of a rogue
herself. The mystery involves the Kensington
runestone, a stone that seems to indicate that
the Norse were in the middle of Minnesota over
one hundred years before Columbus came to the
by Bette Sharpe, Glendale Daily Planet
The most recent book in
the series, The Barbary Pirates, takes
Ethan back to the European theater, to the
Mediterranean. This story involves the
legendary mirror of Archimedes, a giant mirror
that was supposed to have been able to focus
the sun's rays and set opposition ships on
fire. It was supposedly used against the
Romans in 213 B.C. The story also incorporates
the fact that Robert Fulton built a working
submarine for the French in 1800. They decided
it was impractical, and that was the end of
the submarine for decades, until the American
Civil War. But, in The Barbary Pirates,
Ethan enlists Robert Fulton and other
scientists to use the weapons against the
Pasha of Tripoli. Bill that this was a timely
book, with recent developments in the news
with pirates and this area. The next Ethan
Gage book is due out June 1, 2012.
Dietrich's latest book, Blood of the Reich,
is the most complex in terms of structure. It
takes place in Tibet. In 1938, Tibet was the
forbidden kingdom, the home of the Dalai Lama,
who was three years old at that time. No one was
able to get in, except for the British, who
bludgeoned their way in. Tibet was a tremendous
mystery in 1930. James Hilton used it in his
book, Lost Horizon, which came out a few
years before 1938. His book was based on the
legend of the lost kingdom of Shambhala.
In real life, the Nazis were intrigued by Tibet.
There were odd stories of that country, stories
of strange flying machines, and Tibetan holy men
with strange powers. One legend was of a secret
energy source, Vril. If the Germans could find
it, and tap it, it would give them a leg up.
As background, Dietrich used a nonfiction book
called Himmler's Crusade, about SS Nazis
in Tibet in 1938. No one is sure what they were
doing there. Were they looking for underground
caverns? Were they looking for the truth about
the Aryan race? Goebbels sent a message to the
German newspapers saying this was a political
and military expedition, not a scientific one,
and it was not to be covered. When the Nazis
returned, war broke out, and no one ever found
out what the expedition actually was about.
So, William Dietrich wrote Blood of the Reich,
a fiction story, saying that expedition to Tibet
was critical to WWII, and critical to today. The
story begins in Berlin in 1938, with a meeting
between Himmler and the villain, Kurt Raeder.
Raeder had been on an expedition to Tibet,
financed by American explorer Benjamin Hood.
Now, Himmler sends Raeder and an expedition back
to Tibet, to search for the truth about the
told us Heinreich Himmler was the second most
powerful man in German. He was also a mystic,
and a romantic. He was a fan of King Arthur, and
thought he himself was the reincarnation of a
medieval king. There seemed to be a connection
between Germany and Tibet because the swastika
was based on the Hindu and Buddhist symbol of
good luck. In Blood of the Reich, he
sends a research team of SS men to Tibet to test
his wacky theories.
In the second chapter, Dietrich takes readers to
modern day Seattle, and introduces Rominy
Pickett, who is shopping at a grocery store when
she notices a man in the frozen foods who seems
to be following her. Rominy has her own wacky
theories of what a future partner should be
buying in the store, not frozen food. She
prefers the wine section. But as the man follows
her, she begins to worry, and hurries out of the
grocery store. He tackles her in the parking
lot, just as her beloved Mini Cooper explodes.
He says, "I just saved your life."
Jake Barrow, a journalist with the Seattle
Times, tells her a story of her ancestor
Benjamin Hood, and her own past, including a
story of an inheritance, and that she is not
really Rominy Pickett. There are connections to
the past, and now Neo-Nazis are hunting her.
Rominy and Jake unravel the mystery.
Back to 1938, when the Nazis are going to
Shambhala. The American government has
dispatched Benjamin Hood to Tibet, to learn what
the Nazis are doing. He has the help of a female
biplane pilot, dispatched by Madame Chiang Kai-Shek.
As a science reporter, Bill is fascinated by
physics and particle detectors. He incorporated
that in the book. If the Nazis are after Vril,
he can imagine such an energy that hasn't been
detected yet. Physicists say 96% of the universe
is made of stuff we don't know what it is.
Physicists infer its presence because of
galaxies clumping together, and the way they are
flying apart. In real life, there is a Super
Collider in Switzerland in which scientists are
searching for the fundamental particles of the
universe, the "God particle."
Blood of the Reich has a lurid title, but
it has action, romance, and love triangles.
Dietrich said he was puzzled by the appeal of
Nazi leadership. But, many subcultures,
including some fundamentalists, find great
comfort from identity with a group, and take
pride in being told they are special. The Nazis
told the German people that they're better than
others. They're the Master Race, the Aryan race.
They appealed to the German heritage and
genealogy and told them they were special. Bill
said he plays around with the people and
relationships in the book. Who are they really?
When Bill was asked how he dreams up this stuff,
he said it's hard to explain to his wife that
he's hard at work when he's lying on the couch
staring at the ceiling. He gets lots of his
ideas from nonfiction. He's also inspired by
place. He loves research.
He sets Raeder's meeting with Himmler at
Hinnler's castle, Wewelsburg. Himmler modeled a
lot of it on the Vatican. He modeled the SS on
the Jesuits with their black clothing. He wanted
to create his own knighthood. There's an
observatory there, and a crypt, although it
isn't clear who was to be buried in the crypt.
There's a sunwheel in the middle of the castle,
and there was to be a round table there,
inspired by King Arthur. The twelve chairs
around it were designed for the SS, and, after
the war, they would rule the world from there.
One man in the audience mentioned the war
against the Nazis in Italy, and wanted to know
why there wasn't much written about that.
Dietrich answered that authors have a problem.
Publishers only want stories about what people
already know. He was at a conference for
historical fiction novelists when they discussed
In answer to another question, he said he does
do his own research. He can't afford to hire
someone to do it, and he likes to control his
research. James Michener did have staff members
do research. Some authors, such as James
Patterson and Clive Cussler, are so successful
they don't write their own novels. Bill saw five
people on a panel who were writing Clive
Cussler's books. Dietrich still writes his books
the old-fashioned way.
Fiction or non-fiction? He likes writing fiction
better because he can make things up. He has the
freedom to invent characters and make things up.
He can say anything he wants in fiction.
William Dietrich then closed out the program
with the book signing for Blood of the Reich.
Dietrich and Lesa Holstine (photo by
Bette Sharpe, Glendale Daily Planet)
Nook? iPad? Sony Pocket Reader?
Public Library Offers a New Free Workshop
to E-Book Readers”
Marlene Jacobson, digital librarian
from Glendale Public Library will discuss the differences between
five of the top-rated e-book readers in a new workshop beginning
this fall at the library. – Photo by Valerie Rupp
- There’s no question that people are reading e-books. In
virtually every coffee shop, waiting room, nail salon, airport
terminal, classroom, food court or public library, someone is bound
to be holding an e-reader, scrolling or clicking their way through
the millions of titles available for digital download.
Reading is changing and many people are embracing the
technology, often finding that they read more because the print
quality and font-size adjustment capability is easier on the eyes
than old-fashioned paper and ink.
are also more portable and easier to hold than most books. Leo
Tolstoy’s epic tome War and
Peace weighs the same on an e-reader as a short and sweet
Harlequin romance tale.
it’s clear that the reading experience is changing, it’s not as
clear which e-reader delivers the features that are best suited for
a range of different consumers with a variety of tastes, preferences
Public Library is offering a workshop to help potential e-reader
buyers sort out the differences between five of the top-rated
devices: the Sony Pocket Reader; the Barnes & Noble Nook; the
Barnes & Noble Nook Color; the Amazon Kindle; and the Apple iPad.
free workshop, “Introduction to E-Book Readers,” will be held on
Wednesday, September 14 and repeated on October 12, November 16 and
December 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the
Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
by digital librarian, Marlene Jacobson, the session will overview
the features, specifications and functions of each device.
Participants will also have an opportunity to explore each of the
Public Library currently has over 48,000 titles available in digital
format, and last May Amazon.com announced that its customers buy
more e-books than printed ones,” says Jacobson. “E-reading is a
clear trend, and we hope these workshops will help people choose the
best e-reader for their needs.”
are significant differences in the devices that the workshops will
cover, including screen types, navigation, wireless capability,
screen size and weight, supported file formats, price, library
borrowing compatibility and vendor bookstore selection.
To register for the free
workshops call 623-930-3531 or stop by the reference desk at the
Main Library. For more information call Marlene at 623-930-3589 or
visit the library’s website at glendaleaz.com/library
libraries will loan out tablets rather than books!! - J. Clark
8130.4. - KIRK ...
By the way, thank you for this. (He lifts the book).
...I know of your fondness for antiques.
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of
find it particularly prophetic back in 1982 that there is a
scene in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN where Spock gives Kirk a
copy of Charles Dickens’ A TALE OF TWO CITIES as a birthday
present. This book appears to be the ONLY bound copy of manual
or literature onboard the Starship Enterprise.
else onboard... gets a tablet to read! As a mater of fact, if
you flash back to the original Star Trek Television series people seemed
to wander around with tablet or electronic clipboards
course on the other ship... The film’s main villain, Khan,
has copies of MOBY DICK and KING LEAR on the shelves of his cabin
and has a habit of spouting out paraphrased lines ripped from
Melville and Shakespeare.
Earthdate 8.24.2011 at 7pm, Yucca District Councilperson Joyce Clark,,
assisted by Yoman... ah.. er... I mean
Barbara George, ushered
Library of our parents is certainly not what exists now, nor
will the library of twenty years from now be as ours is
'e reader' pilot program is a 'game changer' Clark observes, "The stereotypical library is dying -- and it's taking its shushing ladies, dank smell and endless shelves of books with it."
she continues, "Books are being pushed aside for digital
learning centers and gaming areas. "Loud rooms" that
promote public discourse and group projects are taking over the
bookish quiet. Hipster staffers who blog, chat on Twitter and care
little about the Dewey Decimal System are edging out old-school
the high cost of printing, disturbing, and housing vast quantities of
massive resource information collectives were scarce and
precious. Today, that very same amount of information is
readily available, stored electronically and in many cases, free for
that patronize their local library will soon have the
resources available to them electronically of vast academic research
libraries, not just from their region but from all of
technology and strategy currently is simple
consisting of text and some forms of audio and video but...Clark predicts,
"... next generation search technology will include the
ability to search for such attributes as taste, smell, texture,
reflectivity, opacity, mass, density, tone, speed, and volume."
In this future
world, librarians will not become obsolete, but will offer assistance
in other ways. Clark sees that, "People
will not have the time and skills necessary to keep up on each new
innovation in the search world, and they will need a competent
professional to turn to."
are becoming cultural centers not just a place to read books.
explains, "A culture-based library is one that taps into the
spirit of the community, assessing priorities and providing
resources to support the things deemed most important. Modern day
cultural centers include museums, theaters, parks, and educational
institutions. The library of the future could include all of these,
but individual communities will be charged with developing an
overall strategy that reflects the identity and personality of its
believe that this e reader pilot program is the start of a new
future for Glendale’s libraries. These readers provide the
capability of reading all kinds of books for free from our library
without ever going to it. This new form of acquiring free material
to read from the library will free capacity to move in different
directions based upon community needs."
initial list of
residents from the Yucca District to try the new digital e
Grimes, Missi Schreiber, Bert Schwind, Kathy Boubek, Judy
Anderson and Ray Miles.
the recipients, "You are my pioneers. You will use these e
readers free of any charge for the next 2 months. You will fill out
a survey form monthly to share your experiences in using these e
readers along with who in your family used them. This information is
important in determining future directions for Glendale’s library
system. I want to thank you for your willingness and eagerness to
participate and we look forward to hearing about how well – or
not- these e readers fit your individual lifestyles."
months have passed another group of Yucca district citizens will be
able to use the 'e readers'
just taken that "giant step" and Stardate 8130.4. is
just a bit closer... ---Ed Sharpe
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 04415
the left: Robert Grimes, Missi Schreiber, Bert Schwind,
Councilmember Joyce Clark, Kathy Boubek, Judy Anderson and Ray
residents from the Yucca District in Glendale are ready to give the
new digital readers a try.For
most, this is their first time reading library books on an e-reader.Each member of the Virtual Library Pilot Program was excited
about using the new digital device, but with a little honest
using the e-readers will be a new experience.
readers are on loan for a two months.As part of their agreement to participate in the Virtual
Library Pilot Program with Councilmember Clark, a monthly survey is
to be completed.Will
& Noble NOOK E-Readers be a success?If you would like more information or you would like to
participate in the Yucca District NOOK E-Reader Program, please
contact Councilmember Clark's office at 623-930-2250.About twenty Yucca residents wanted to be among the first to
check a NOOK out.
Wednesday, August 24th six Yucca residents were the first
to receive NOOK E-Readers as part of Council Person Clark's Virtual
Library program. In an effort to make it easier for Yucca residents
to access the resources of the Glendale Library, she is offering
this pilot program. The Glendale Library system has an expanding
collection of items in electronic format. This digital media
includes thousands of titles of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers
and technical manuals, as well as books for teens and children.
There are more than 26,000 titles available for checkout using the
Greater Phoenix Digital Library.Participants of the program may borrow E-Readers for a period
of two months and will be asked to complete a short survey so the
program can be evaluated for future use. All Yucca district
participants need a valid library card and a personal computer –
either Windows or Mac will work.
are still being taken.Call
Councilmember Clark’s office at 623-930-2250 or email email@example.com to
request an application.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 04426.
Schwind (middle) tries out his new NOOK as Council Assistant
Barbara George(left) and Councilperson Clark (right) look on..
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 04408.The Barnes and Noble NOOKs are due back to Councilmember Clark's city hall office on October 19, 2011. In each envelope are some instructions on how to use the NOOKs and information on how
to find checkout e-books at the Glendale Public Library. A Glendale Public Library card is
required to participate in the program.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 04426.
Assistant Barbara George shows Bert Schwind how easy it is to use
the NOOK as Councilperson Clark looks on..
REBEL FREE 4 ALL FILM
Observations and a
lesson for us all - by Kimber Leigh - Special to The
Glendale Daily Planet
August 11, 2011 7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. POLLACK TEMPE CINEMAS, Tempe,
AZ, United States
EDIT, EDIT, and EDIT IT AGAIN!
this article was to be a general observation at the Rebel Free 4 All
Challenge in August 2011.However,
after attending this festival, I decided to write something a bit
outside of the box that would serve the reader in a moreinformative way.
were many interesting films screened.Two in particular are a lesson for any new comer to the film
explain why later in this article.Directors of both films could have given up on the film
because of critical feedback from judges and other film industry
people who viewed the film before the audience screening.
feedback is important especially to a new filmmaker.Much of the film can be fixed in the editing process.For instance, does the film tell a story?Are there sound issues?Is there missing footage and no time or resources to reshoot?Are there scenes in the film that don't belong there?Two films selected to screen at the festival faced some of
these real film making challenges.
of the films that showed at the Rebel Free 4 All Challenge was,
Director Klor Rowland's Film, "Bloody Mother Trucker".This film was shot two years ago and just recently screened.Why the large space of time between shooting and this
story faced some real issues with storytelling in its original form.But Rowland did not give up, even with some very critical
feedback from others.Rowland
knew the importance of getting the job done once it was started.Rowland himself, was involved in a film.It never left the can due to some sound issues.He decided, not to let an issue stop his film.
of spending more money and having to use more of the actor's time
and talent, he took the edit "bull" by the horns and put
his creative genius to work.Rowland
put in hours upon hours with countless edits.He was able to tell his story visually and balancing the
film's visual story with the right amount of dialog.Because of his persistence and being open to feedback
Rowland, after spending more than a year on his project in the edit
bay, found the right combination to take the audience on a blood
bath journey into the minds of an organized family of organ thieves.Being in the audience, I say he did a wonderful job of not
letting his film fail.I
was engaged and entertained.
example of a re-edit (to make sure that a film gets to see the light
of day) was "Betsy Boone's Big Bad Day", directed by
particular film follows a very different path.It was originally shot for a 48 Hour Film Challenge.As all versed filmmakers know, a 48 Hour Challenge can bring
some real life issues.This
film had some editing issues due to the time constraints and was
rejected at a local film festival in Arizona.
could have given up.He
did not.He holds his
talent and the actor's and crew's time in high regard and decided to
attack the editing issues in a very unique and interesting way.Williams is a professor at the prestigious Art Institute of
Phoenix.As a homework
assignment to his students, he gave them the film and asked six of
them to do an edit that they thought best served the film.After viewing all six edits, Williams chose one that struck
him. That particular edit choice made the cut for the Rebel Free 4
All Challenge.The film
was well received by the audience and Arizona Film Critics.
article is written for those films out there that were also rejected
or given up on due to lost footage or sound issues.Filmmaking is an art and should be approached as one.If you have a film that has issues, the best advice would be
to consult with someone who has met these same obstacles.There is always a way to fix some of these problems in the
editing process by being creative.Also, be open-minded to criticism that is constructive. You
make movies for audiences, not for judges or for critics.Let the audience decide your film's fate.To get the very best feedback on your film, show it to a
small audience that has no ties to the film.Ask them for their best input.Do not take the feedback personally, but rather learn from
give up on a film that you spent valuable time and money on.I have personally seen so many very talented filmmakers do
this.There is always a
way to complete a project that was started with good talent whose
intent is to make a good film and share that good film with the
audience that it deserves.Sometimes
forgoing an ego issue will get a film to its final destination.So get your film ready for takeoff and give it some gas and
get it to its deserved home, which is the BIG
the Pollack Theatre in Tempe, Rebel Free 4 All Challenge,
2011. In the photo from left to right are Dakota Raffaele,
Dave Karhl, Layla Raffaele and Sally Ann Francis. Photo by
the after party for the Rebel Free 4 All Challenge. In the
photo from left to right areJanie
Barnes, Michael Harrelson, Heather Viti Taylor, Kimber
Leigh, Klor Rowland, and Diane Dresback.
The festival is
not only a great venue to enjoy indie cinema, but an incredible
opportunity to meet and socialize with people in our community that
write films, direct films, act in films, or just have a passion for
the art and science of general filmmaking. - FILMSTOCK
AMPHITHEATRE, VISITOR CENTER AND MERCHANT SITES
SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2011 - 6P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3571.
Deputy Chief Eilo Pompa and rescue dog Topaz attended the
second annual Dog Days of Summer event in downtown Glendale.Topaz is the first crisis response dog to work with a
Glendale Fire Department Crisis Response Team Members Dennis
and Gwen Poolerare
in the background.
HAD A DOGGONE GOOD TIME!
Dog Days of Summer came to downtown Glendale Saturday, Aug.
6 for the city’s annual celebration that includes our
four-legged friends. Dog Days of Summer helps pet owners
enjoy a shopping, browsing and dining experience throughout
downtown Glendale where the emphasis is on being good to our
“best friends” with everything from frozen doggie treats
to dog aura photos. This is the the second year for this
growing event that was attended by 600 humans and 1000 dogs counted
at the visitor center.
was hot but True Dog Days of Summer heat did not keep
people & their four legged furry friends from heading to
Historic Downtown Glendale tonight. It was dog central!
event started at the Murphy Park Amphitheatre, 6 p.m. for a
presentation and program featuring the Glendale Crisis Response
Team and their pets. Chief
Elio Pompa introduced us to Glendale’s
top dog, Topaz and the 'humans' that make up the fire
department's crisis response team.
Pompa reminded everyone that the "Fido Bag" is carried
by Glendale Firefighters on their fire trucks.The emergency bag includes medical supplies and the special
mask that will
dogs and cats injured in fires or due to smoke inhalation to
breathe; increasing the animals chance of survival.Remember to keep an eye on your pets during the summer.Animals, like people, forget to drink enough water or to
seek shelter or shade to get out of direct sun.Chief Pompa reminds Pet owners to check the sidewalk or
it is hot for a human to sit on or walk on, then it is too hot for
the dog or cat to sit or walk on.(Bette
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4235)
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3692.
Dr. Janet A. Boberg Public Education Coordinator Glendale Fire Department
used her dog Gizzi to demonstrate Stop, Drop & Roll
fire safety. Gizzi has been with Jenet Boberg for 10
years and was obtained from a breeder in Flagstaff. Gizzi
excels in preschool training, Boberg states "She
is close to ground non-threatening..." During
the training session, Janet and the children, watch
a video and finish up with the dog providing a
demonstration of stop drop and roll. The children all love Gizzi!
During the presentation on stage during the event the audience
would call out STOP! DROP! and ROLL! and Gizzi would
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4221.
of Papa Ed's Ice Scream, presented the City of Glendale
Karla Houston and Chuck Wojculewicz of the Glendale Fire Department
Crisis Response Team a check for $430.00.Linda donated the money collected from her tip jar from
January to July of this year.She will continue to collect "tips" or donations
until the end of the year. Whittley states, "It
made me very proud to stand on the same stage with people that I
consider heroes. Deputy Chief Pompa, Karla Houston, and all
of the Crisis Response Team are just that, for what they do
everyday of their lives to make our lives better."
explains how the tip jar program came to be,, "Before Papa
Ed's Ice Cream was officially opened in 5/08, we participated in
Glendale events. During the Teddy Bear event in 9/07, Papa
Ed's participated by sponsoring ice cream from the driveway.
It was during that event that I met Karla Houston and we struck up
an immediate friendship. She taught me about the Crisis
Response Team and I quickly decided that they would be the group
that Papa Ed's would support and be involved with once we
opened. The tip jar has been on our counter since the day we
opened and all tips are donated to this team each year."
you are looking for a way to become involved in the Glendale Community,
Fire Department Crisis Response Team may be just the ticket
for you. .
If you would like to volunteer, more information can be found at
their web site,
the presentation attendees joined the Pet Fashion Parade to the
Glendale Visitor Center, where people could spin the prize
wheel to win items. At one point the line reached from
the Visitor Center trailing west to almost 59th avenue! Lorraine
Pino, Manager of the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau
"This was the 2nd annual event. We had 100 people
last year and had 600 this year and more than 1000 dogs." To
explain the higher dog count she stated "We had many
people with 3 and 4 dogs each. It was awesome!!!"
off to the events at the establishments in Old Town Glendale
and Catlin Court as list is in the chart below.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4124.
Oleson, Mary the 'one eyed diva' and Kim Henson of the Sun
Valley Animal Shelter
Oleson, Mary the 'one eyed diva' and Kim Henson of
the Sun Valley Animal Shelter were on had outside of Papa
Ed's Ice Cream and tell us they have lots of wonderful cats and
dogs up for adoption.
The shelter is also always seeing assistance with funds and
supplies. Please visit Sun Valley Animal Shelter 7150 N.110th Avenue (Map)
Glendale, AZ 85307 (623) 872-7941 (623) 872-3664 fax Contact@sunvalleypets.org
Coffee & Tea Express 5835 W. Palmaire Ave. had sample people and pet
massages outside in the breezeway, but inside featured Nathan’s Hot Dogs on special with wonderful thirst quenching Ice Tea.
After a dinner treat it was off to Papa Ed's Ice Cream for an ice
cream treat for us humans and Frosty Paws frozen treats for
our accompanying friends. Papa Ed's Ice Cream passed out 165 free
Frosty Paw frozen treats for dogs in a 2 1/2 hour time frame.
the event, Lorraine Pino, Manager of the Glendale Convention
and Visitors Bureau tells us, "We have several boxes of
donated supplies for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter along with cash
donations. The Visitor Center will continue to accept supplies
through August. As with all of our events, visitors came from all
over the valley and many were first time visitors to downtown
Glendale. The event chairperson, Linda Moran-Whittley from Papa
Ed’s Ice Cream did a phenomenal job programming the evening. We
were thrilled to showcase the Glendale Fire Department and Crisis
Response Team. "Dog Days of Summer was a tremendous success
and another example of the unique partnerships and event
production facilitated by the Glendale CVB and the downtown
business community. We are thrilled with the outcome of the
promotion and look forward to future events."
CIVIC CENTER located at 5750 W. GLENN DR. GLENDALE, AZ
SATURDAY, JULY 30TH, 2011 - 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Seguros, Seguro Que Sí (Safe Kids, Sure Thing) was a standing
room only event at times at the Glendale Civic Center!
Niños Seguros, Seguro Que Sí (Safe Kids,
Sure Thing) is a combination Back to School back pack handout and Safety Fair
which promotes fun and education in a is a family festive environment focusing on child safety, health and education.
The highlight of the July 30th
event is the "Backpack Giveaway," school aged children
will receive a backpack, courtesy of event sponsors, to kick-off the
new school year in style. In order to obtain a backpack, children
picked up a voucher that was provided at the event. Participants
were encouraged to get there early, even though there was and allotment
of 1,500 backpacks, the event ran out of product early!
This is the Safety Fair's first time on the
Westside and Glendale Civic center was an ideal venue to hold this
event. The July 30 safety fair
previously was held in Phoenix,
Ray Arvizu of Arvizu Advertising and
Promotions and others started the wonderful event
in 2003 with an emphasis on safeguarding children from
The water safety component is still highly
touted and turned into great participatory fun event by
Fireman Bill, A member of the Phoenix Fire
Department. Though song and stories Fireman Bill (Bill Scott)
brings an entire room full of children to sing, dance and learn
about fire and water safety.
This year's fair sponsors included: Carl's
Jr, SRP, Cash 1, Grand Canyon University, INFINITY Insurance, Bear
Essentials, City of Glendale, Arvizu Advertising and Promotions, La
Voz, TV y Mas, and Mega 104.3 FM.
Eight lucky participants received donated
laptops provided by Air Products during a festive raffle.
Some of the other raffle prices
included fifteen stuffed
backpacks with school supplies, Two refurbished desktop Dell
computers, Two family four packs to Arizona Sea Life Aquarium and
Two bicycles, one for a boy and one for a girl...
Even though there were only a certain
number of the larger prizes, this was an event that no one was a
looser! With thousands of pencils, pens, folders
gifts, educational materials and coupons being handed out by the
participating sponsors and vendors, no one went out of the hall
By the numbers...
above 4,500 in attendance
backpacks from Grand Canyon University and Arvizu Advertising
stuffed backpacks with school supplies from Peace Lutheran Church
laptops were given away by Air Products
laptops from Cash 1
bicycles and a desk top computer by La Voz/TV y Mas
family four packs to Sea Life Aquarium
stuffed animals given by Fireman Bill
Niños Seguros, Seguro
Que Sí (Safe Kids, Sure Thing) is a year-round public service
program created for the Hispanic community. The program reinforces
the importance safeguarding children and helps increase awareness of
common dangers in everyday life.
Since the programs inception in 2003, Niño Seguros has provided
child identification cards to thousands of children statewide.
Young Mexican regional dance performers
dressed like Charros, visited the Glendale Police booth. Mexican
cowboys, or Charros as they are known in Latin America, are an
important part of the tradition and culture of Mexico
Emilio Gaynor / Arvizu Advertising and Promotions
Keeping on the tradition of celebrating
“Back to School”, Grand Canyon University and Arvizu
Advertising gave away over 1500 backpacks to Glendale
students. The young lady in the photo, who performed for hundreds
of parents and children, is wearing a traditional dance costume
from southern Mexico.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4177.
Godlove and Adrhan Reznik from the Kidproof booth.Kidproof is the #1 provider of proactive, preventative child
safety education in North America.Classes or workshops may require a fee.For more information, visit their web site athttp://www.kidproofsafety.com.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3235.
was estimated that 6,500 kids attended the event Saturday between
9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.School
starts for the students in the Glendale Elementary School District.Monday is August 1.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3265.
Machamer, Glendale Police Department D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. programs,
is ready to answer questions.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3270.
Rebollar and family reach for information at Officer Machamer's
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3498.
is a bond between these two police officers.Officer Steve Kulb and Officer Samantha Zaragoza celebrate
two years of marriage to each other.
met will attending detective school.
was with MSCO at the time and Kulb
was from Glendale PD.
Kulb told us there are at least 4 married couples on the
Glendale Police Force.
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3494.
Grey stands with Buddy Dear ("Always swim with a buddy").Buddy Bear is with the City of Phoenix Aquatics Section.Buddy Bear can be invited to a party.For more information
Bill leads a group of volunteers in singing the song "Look to
the Left, Look to the Right" before crossing a street.If you sing it to yourself, you probably won't forget to look
to the left and look to the right before crossing a street; good
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 4172.
Audrey Morales, Sal Gonzales, sitting: Nellie Alvarez and Joycelyn
Good Night Pediatrics booth.Good
Night Pediatrics offers all-night urgent care for kids.
Night Pediatrics is located at 8801 West Union Hills Drive in
Peoria; telephone number is 623-241-9026.Also, appointments are not necessary and offer discounts for
cash paying patients.
a Lost Lens
It’s been said that a picture is
worth a thousand words. If that’s the case, then the late Jack
Scheaffer’s Digital Photographic Archive Collection speaks
volumes about Tucson, and the people who lived here from the
50’s through the 70’s.
Scheaffer’s archive, which spans
three decades of southern Arizona's history, has been donated to
the University of Arizona’s Special Collections and is being
made available online.
Ken Higgins Jr.
tries out his new chair!
Photos by Bette Sharpe/Glendale
Daily Planet - Text from Peoria Times where some of
Bette's Photos were used.
Last month, 42-year-old Peoria
resident, Kennard Higgins Jr., had his motorized
wheelchair stolen from his carport in the middle of the
night. Higgins, who has had multiple sclerosis since 1996,
was hopeful that someone would see the wheelchair and call
police. Higgins didn't give up and patiently waited. Now,
he doesn't have to wait anymore.
Super Pawn at 4234 W. Northern
Ave, stepped forward and donated a good-as-new chair to
Higgins. Krista Ingalls, Super Pawn market manager in
Phoenix, was taken by the story of Higgins, as reported by
the news media.
On May 29, just after midnight,
Higgins called Peoria police to report that his
motorized wheelchair had been stolen from his carport,
where he had left it overnight. Higgins lives in the
7100 block of West Peoria Ave. He was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis in 1996, and had used the motorized
wheelchair for just a year. Higgins was hopeful that
someone would see the chair and contact police. Police
issued a press release with information and a
description of the chair to residents in Peoria, hoping
someone would call with information.
"Super Pawn employees
always look for ways to make our community a better
place," Ingalls said. "Our employees wanted to
help and realized we had a high quality wheelchair in
inventory that would be perfect for Kennard."
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3549. Ken Higgins Jr. tries out his new chair!
said the new chair was actually better than his previous
one. His joy and appreciation was obvious and heartfelt.
Being without transportation is a hindrance for Higgins.
Being without his chair is like having his legs taken
Higgings received his new chair
from Super Pawn employees during a small in-store ceremony
Higgins kept saying, "They
gave me back my legs."
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3557.
Super Pawn Operations Director Mark Johnson and Ken
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3553.
Ciocca, Mark Johnson, Debbie Keith, Ken Higgins, Jr., Krista Ingalls,
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3568.
Chavarria, Caroline Ciocca, Debbie Keith, Clemente Chavarria, Krista
Ingalls, and Mark Johnson of Superpawn
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3548.
Ken Higgins has wheels again."These guys at Superpawn,
really helped me out",
Higgins said "They gave me back my legs."
Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3582.
is on his way.One of his first stops will be for a cold drink at a
the Circle K near his home