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Scottsdale resident to receive $55K out-of-court settlement from the city

Scottsdale City Council has approved an out-of-court settlement to the tune of $55,000 in response to a lawsuit with a Scottsdale resident, Barbara Sparacino. Ms. Sparacino received $55,000 for …
City Hall

If Scottsdale rebuilds sports fields, will they come?

Scottsdale City Council has given the green light to the pre-construction phase of new multi-use sports fields at its last meeting of the month of October. Fowling a call for qualified …
Ask the Candidates

Q&A: Janik commits to Scottsdale non-discrimination ordinance

One elite group does not know what’s best for Scottsdale, City Council candidate Betty Janik says, alleging discrimination that exists on some boards and commissions. While the topic of …
Ask the Candidates

Mayoral candidate Dave Ortega reflects on Scottsdale diversity

Scottsdale mayoral candidate David Ortega expands upon the importance of diversity just before the West’s Most Western Town elects a new mayor. Lisa Borowsky, Mr. Ortega’s opponent was …
Fiesta Bowl Charities

Junior Achievement: Financial literacy is indicator in breaking cycle of poverty

An old adage exists for a reason and the one “the children are our future” holds true perhaps today with more sense of urgency than ever before. A fundamental key to success inside and …
Ask The Candidate

Q&A: Caputi puts forward ideas to invest in Scottsdale’s diversity

Diversity is not a zero-sum game, Scottsdale council candidate Tammy Caputi says, pointing out all groups of people can be equally respected.
SCOTTSDALE OPINION
Don Henninger, executive director of SCOTT

Henninger: Scottsdale voters can follow the road map

A note and some perspective for voters to consider in this year’s Scottsdale elections, and the one likely to come up next November, too.

Marchant: A ‘Little’ perspective

With our entire country seemingly at a crossroads, it can be hard to imagine a more polarized situation then the 2020 election. On all levels and on all sides, we are seeing not only additional …

Oremland: Cieniawski will help Scottsdale Schools achieve

My vote for Julie Cieniawski is a vote for what is best for Scottsdale Unified School District. As a 10-year colleague, at Desert Canyon Middle School, Julie’s dedication to her students, …

Reinert: Leading Scottsdale Schools takes special individuals

I’ve been part of the SUSD community for 25 years and have known Julie for 15 of those years. When I think of the important role a board member plays in a school community: select and work …

Holmes: Committing to quality education for Scottsdale

A commitment to the quality of our schools is a commitment to the overall quality of our community. And if we want to maintain quality schools, we must elect quality leaders who will ensure our …

Kurland: Electing a state representative who values Scottsdale constituents

The politicians representing our little corner of Arizona have repeatedly made national and statewide news for all of the wrong reasons, from efforts to suppress voters, to self-identifying as …

Whitehead: My endorsement of three candidates

If there is one thing Americans agree on, it is this: Special interests funding political campaigns does not serve public interests. Without meaningful campaign donation limits in Scottsdale, I …

Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …

Pont-Brown: Leading Scottsdale Schools through today's challenges

As we strive to provide the best possible experiences for our students, parents and educators today face numerous challenges. Today, we battle COVID-19, encounter huge funding shortfalls, and …

Janik: Our Scottsdale Fire Department rocks

The wild fire danger in Scottsdale has reached a decade high. The extremely dry weather and absence of a monsoon has extended the fire season. Scottsdale is particularly vulnerable to brush …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Mountain Ridge sophomore running back Terrance Hall (7) moves downfield against Notre Dame Prep on Friday, Oct. 16.

Opportunistic Mountain Ridge runs away from Notre Dame Prep 28-10

GLENDALE — Since Head Coach Doug Madoski took over the Mountain Ridge football program prior to the 2019 season, the Mountain Lions have enjoyed small steps toward a return to prominence
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Back to school at Arcadia High School during the time of the novel coronavirus

After months of online education, Scottsdale Unified School District high school students finally reunited physically with their friends, teachers, and coaches. Arcadia High School is one of the …
Pueblo Elementary School is at 6320 N. 82nd St. in Scottsdale.

SUSD’s Pueblo Elementary celebrates A+ honors in dual languages

Pueblo Elementary School, 6320 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale, celebrated its  recognition as a 2020 Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence.
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OdySea Aquarium stingray recovers from emergency surgeries

A six foot, 80 pound stingray named, Bee, is alive and well today after the hard work of the OdySea Aquarium Animal Health and Animal Care teams recently performed a complex surgery on her.
History

Salt River Community mazes through Scottsdale history

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a centrifugal force grounded in Scottsdale’s history that revolves around a canal.

Grand Canyon Chapter participates in DAR National Day of Service

The Grand Canyon Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution – Scottsdale – celebrated the sixth annual National DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11, which was the day DAR was founded 130 years ago.

Scottsdale Arts leaders create, innovate despite COVID-19 canvas

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently hosted arts leaders who shared historical and future perspectives of arts programs in Scottsdale and throughout the Valley during the “COVID-19 crisis.”

Gift of Adoption Arizona hosting fun run

Gift of Adoption Fund is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants to help complete the adoptions of vulnerable children, giving them a permanent family and the chance to thrive. …
Business

Scottsdale-based A Always Open Garage Doors has announced the donation of 2,300 pounds of water to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Optima has announced the opening of the luxury apartment tower 7140 Optima Kierland in north Scottsdale, with immediate move-ins available and the leasing gallery and model residences accessible for …
Scottsdale Entertainment
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, Kierland POP continues its series of free, fun, socially-distanced activities outdoors, including live music, entertainment and arts performances, and the opportunity for holiday shopping from an artisan market.

Scottsdale’s annual Kierland Pop celebration returns modified, Nov. 13-15

This year’s fourth-annual Kierland POP Festival will happen Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15 at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, but with modified plans to accommodate public health needs.

South Scottsdale workspace hosts virtual watercolor workshop at Canal Convergence

Mary Strawn, co-founder of Scottsdale-based The Walter Hive is one of the local artists participating in Canal Convergence this November. Happening Nov. 6-15, this year’s Canal Convergence …

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Spoke Art Gallery to host Pop Art Exhibition sequel

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art Gallery recently announced the return of the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” art exhibition, but in a new, virtual format.

Meet the Artist: Nicholas Lavella travels to Scottsdale for Canal Convergence

Interactive light installation artist Nichols Lavella is preparing to have one of his touchless art pieces, called Fences, be a part of the upcoming 2020 Canal Convergence. Happening Nov. 6-15, …

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos annual celebration is 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Ave.
There will be an option to enjoy the ride in a “carriage” for 2-6 or 7-12 guests.

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields shines, Nov. 23-Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields kicks off on Nov. 23 with a dazzling drive-through holiday light experience, debuting to celebrate the season.
“Butter,” written by a local author, Erin Jade Lange, is set in Scottsdale and described as a whimsical, humorous look at a high-schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch.

Scottsdale International Film Festival marks 20th anniversary with virtual line-up

The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 6 through Tuesday, Nov. 10 as an online event showcasing 20 curated films to celebrate the milestone.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announces reopening of Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright fans and architecture lovers of all ages will once again experience one of Mr. Wright’s most personal creations, Taliesin West, when his desert laboratory and famed winter …
Broadway Jukebox performers Lacey Dixon, Peter J. Hill, Alex Gonzalez, Noel Irick, Michael Paul Wallot and Victoria Fairclough.

Broadway Jukebox returns through Oct. 10

Copperstate Productions announces the return of Broadway Jukebox, “the world’s first and only interactive Broadway musical,” revue on weekends through Oct. 10 on the Fountain Hills Theater Drive-In Theater stage.
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