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City requests deep dive Experience Scottsdale audit amid contract renewal

All involved parties are supporting an outside audit of the multiyear agreement between Experience Scottsdale and the city for destination marketing efforts, officials say. On May 11, the …
Government

Experience Scottsdale results to be put under municipal microscope

Experience Scottsdale’s performance and its contract with the city may soon be under evaluation as City Council looks to gather information prior to potentially renewing an agreement next …
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Crime spike hits Paradise Valley in March, data shows

Paradise Valley property crimes were up in March, and nearly 70% of town thefts were accessed without forcible entry. In total, the Paradise Valley Police Department reported 64 crimes to the …
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Paradise Valley hears importance of charm, characteristics as it drafts newest plan

The topics of residential lot splits, hillside and resort redevelopment have yielded a number of local comments stressing the importance of maintaining Paradise Valley’s unique charm and …
Movers & Shakers

Brown appointed Franciscan Renewal Center executive director

After 24 years of leadership as Executive Director of the Franciscan Renewal Center, Fr. Joseph Schwab, OFM stepped down from his role on April 30, at his own request. He will leave for an …
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Paradise Valley takes close look at funds going to Super Bowl needs

The Super Bowl Committee has reportedly asked the Town of Paradise Valley for a payment exceeding $300,000 — funds some Town Council members would like to better vet before giving away. The …
Government

Paradise Valley installs 62 ADA-compliant curb ramps

On March 15, the Paradise Valley Public Works department started a Lincoln Drive resurfacing project, which includes installing 62 American with Disability Act curb ramps. So far, 40 ADA curb …
Government

Scottsdale officially outlaws discrimination

The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved an anti-discrimination ordinance for the local municipality on April 20, following years of work from dedicated advocates and allies, after such a law …

Lewis to vacate Town of Paradise Valley Planning Commission seat

The Paradise Valley Town Council will discuss replacing one of the planning commission seats to become available since Orme Lewis Jr. recently submitted his resignation.
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Echo Canyon traffic called out in latest Paradise Valley meeting

Have you been a victim of getting caught up in the Echo Canyon Trail traffic that jams up McDonald Drive? One Paradise Valley resident says the issue is troublesome. From vehicles stopping on the …
Opinion

In the past year, COVID-19 has become one of the top five causes of death. While the Coronavirus alone can take such a terrible toll on the body, it can be even worse for those with …

Last month, Arizona lawmakers had an opportunity to support legislation that would have made it easier for local cities to address nuisance short-term rental properties that have been the cause of …
Living in Paradise
Business
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

BBB sets Industrious Women’s Collective virtual event May 18

As the nation forges ahead and climb out of the 2020 economic downturn, women are emerging as leading entrepreneurs, creating an estimated 1,800 new businesses daily.

Phoenix approves rezone to allow for contentious emergency room

Phoenix City Council approved a rezoning last month to allow for a contentious HonorHealth emergency room near a residential Paradise Valley neighborhood. Twenty-six residents called into the …
Movers & Shakers

Jaime Dempsey joins Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation has announced that Jaime Dempsey will be joining the foundation as senior vice president, philanthropic initiatives beginning in mid-June. This new position, …
Movers & Shakers

Phoenix Suns, 72SOLD announce winning partnership

72SOLD has announced it is now a proud partner of the Phoenix Suns this season. Created in 2018 by attorney and real estate executive, Greg Hague, 72SOLD offers people a way to sell their home at …
Development

Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel debuts despite pandemic

The newest hotel in downtown Phoenix is now open for business despite the impact of the pandemic. The AC Marriott Downtown Phoenix provides a compelling new option for travelers and expects to …
Education

Scottsdale Unified School District has hired Lori Bird to serve as general counsel. Michelle Marshall, who formerly served as SUSD General Counsel for a number of years, resigned on Feb. 5. …

Eleven schools within the Scottsdale Unified network will receive parking lot repairs — a maintenance item necessary to keep drivers safe, officials say. On May 4, the Scottsdale Unified …
Entertainment

Sweat it out at Scottsdale Fashion Square rooftop yoga series

Valley yogis looking for a way to work up a sweat have a new way to blend fitness and fun with the Sunset Rooftop Yoga series at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Presented in partnership with Vikara …
George Catlin American, 1796-1872; North American Indians, 1844 Hand-colored lithograph. Plate 1 from the North American Indian Portfolio. Gift of Laura and Arch Brown.

Indigenous land exhibit opens at Heard Museum on May 7

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, will present George Catlin on Indigenous Land exhibit May 7 through the fall of 2022.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Saddle up for the Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at the Scottsdale Princess

ring your Southern charm, and the award-winning staff at the Scottsdale Princess will bring the frosty mint juleps. Join the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for our annual Kentucky Derby Lawn Party …
The 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale, April 16 – 18.

Goodguys Rod & Custom returns to Scottsdale, April 16-18

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, organizer of America’s premier hot rod and custom car events, is returning to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals.
Adults and youths can choose to take an art class from home, or in-person at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third Street in downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Center for the Arts offers summer classes

Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third Street in downtown Phoenix, is offering some “cool” new classes plus longtime favorites this summer.
Taliesin West is the setting for the new “Wine & Wright Tour” on Friday nights.

Taliesin West has Wine & Wright Tour on Fridays, starting April 9

Enjoy Friday evenings with the new “Wine & Wright Tour” at Taliesin West that mixes Happy Hour and Golden Hour.
Ballet Arizona with Iconic Cocktail Co. will host a virtual cocktail lesson from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom on Thursday, April 29.

Virtual cocktail workshop benefits Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona dancers, along with Matt Farrow and Kaylee Needley, owners of Iconic Cocktail Co., are hosting a virtual lesson on how to put a twist on the classic Moscow Mule.
Scorpius Dance Theatre presents: David + Lisa at 7:30 p.m., April 8-10 at The Pavilion at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

Scorpius Dance Theatre presents David+Lisa at Herberger Pavilion

Three days of a live dance performance returns to The Pavilion at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, as Scorpius Dance Theatre brings its David + Lisa.

Wreaths Across America Radio to host veteran healing roundtable

Wreaths Across America Radio will hold the first in a series of four roundtable discussions focused on veteran healing through sharing stories of resilience, purpose and success at 7 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, March 25.
The Green Hornet, left, and Little Red were the prototypes for the Mustang GT 500 that was a partnership between Carroll Shelby and Ford Motor Co. in the late 1960s.

Documentary about Ford Shelby's 'Little Red' serves as Barrett-Jackson auction preview

Craig Jackson was on a mission to find and restore a long-lost Ford Shelby Mustang, and a new documentary explores how it was done. Mr. Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., will provide …
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