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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
NEWS
Government

Scottsdale contracts, funds approved for various city work

Scottsdale officials recently adopted a handful of job order contracts for work across the city. The various approvals came during a March 2 Scottsdale City Council meeting and range from …
Subscriber Exclusive

‘Unintended consequences’ at center of new report examining Airbnb, Vrbo homes

A new report issued by Scottsdale-based Elliot Pollack & Co. gives a no-holds-barred opinion of short-term rentals on Arizona’s community. The February report, developed by …
Crime Report

Scottsdale police respond to incidents including dangerous weapons, Feb. 18-March 2

The Scottsdale Police Department took the following incident reports from Feb. 18 through March 2:
Cactus League

Giants to play spring training baseball in front of 1,000 Scottsdale fans

The city of Scottsdale has approved a COVID-19 safety plan for San Francisco Giants spring training baseball at Scottsdale Stadium. The plan limits ticket sales to less than 10% of stadium …

Scottsdale police catch woman, seek help catching other residential burglar

Scottsdale Police Department detectives arrested 38-year-old Jackie Barnhart at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 at her Phoenix residence for alleged burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.
COVID-19

Chunk of Scottsdale population has COVID-19 vaccine, numbers show

As of March 1, more than 72,500 Scottsdale residents — or 29% of the population — have received the COVID-19 vaccination as the virus declines in recent weeks. Arizona Department of …
SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Mason: Short-term rental industry is in trouble

The STR industry is in trouble. People are rising up to save their neighborhoods and are demanding meaningful restrictions on STRs. State and local governments are responding to peoples’ …

Hildebrand: A response to PR attacks on short-term rentals

Watch out for the big lies being told about small businesses. I’m talking about opponents of vacation rentals. They’re happy to blame these properties for everything from crime to COVID-19 to the rising price of housing.

Dickman: Short-term rental report is powerful warning against current practices

A nearly 40-page study publicly released on March 1 by well-known and highly respected Arizona economic and real estate analysis firm Elliott Pollack and Co. (“Pollack”) explains that …

Noble: Women need to pay attention to their heart health, even during the pandemic

COVID-19 has dominated the medical space for the last year. As we continued to learn more about the coronavirus, we learned that people with underlying conditions like diabetes and obesity are more …

Henninger: Scottsdale heritage preserved in potential Kimsey project

Once in a while an opportunity occurs where two issues that seem to be on divergent tracts instead find themselves perfectly aligned. Scottsdale has one such issue right now, a project in its …

Alexander: Kimsey project hits all the right boxes

Mayor Ortega and City Councilors, I strongly support the Kimsey project at 71st and Indian School, and hope you will support it too. All four members of my family support this project. I work …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post-COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed.

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Mason: SB1379 needs fixing to address short-term rental issues

Dear Senator Mesnard: Reference: SB1379 — I would like to meet with either you or your staff on SB1379 the important short term rental issue, and fixes to make SB1379 a better bill. As a …

Opinion: What are the intentions of Scottsdale’s City Council?

Good intentions or bad? Three separate issues – all tied to one main issue. (1) Canal Micro-Parklets, (2) the Kimsey Project and Triangle Building and (3) The General Plan and …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Great Hearts Academies, which includes Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, is looking to hire 240 teachers in Arizona.

Great Hearts Academies hosts hiring fair for Arizona locations

Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is hosting a hiring fair in March with hopes of landing 240 new teachers. The outreach is part of the  Phoenix-based charter school group to find new …
A rendering of the expansion at EVIT Power Campus, 6625 S. Power Road.

EVIT board updated on Power Campus expansion construction progress

A replacement chiller to cool buildings is being purchased as part of the expansion of the Power Campus, with no change to the budget, the East Valley Institute of Technology’s governing board …
NDP seniors Juju Montes (left) delivers the news with Bennett Curran while hosting an eight-hour live stream event for NDP's Mardi Gras Day of Giving, which raised more than $86,000 for the school's annual Saints Fund.

NDP students raise $86K for the school's Saints Fund

Students in the NDP Live Club at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale hosted an eight-hour telethon-style livestream as part of the school’s third annual Mardi Gras Giving Day.
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Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors
Community

Scottsdale singers remain committed to supporting youth musicians

The Scottsdale-based Upscale Singers are still performing — just not in person this spring — but their commitment to musical opportunities for youth hasn’t changed. While …

Family Promise uses virtual volunteers to support homeless families

Family Promise of Greater Phoenix continues organizing volunteer events to support families in need despite a global pandemic.

Scottsdale Rotary Park honors its club presidents

Members of Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently added paver bricks at Scottsdale’s Rotary Park to honor past club presidents.
The Charro Foundation

Wigged Out, Inc. gives the gift of dignity, confidence during time of crisis

A matriarch of a family is oftentimes the glue that holds it together, and just as cruel as the disease itself, a cancer diagnosis can shake a family to its core. Another reality of the …
Nature

Queen Creek donor gives Scottsdale butterfly facility large collection

Butterfly Wonderland recently received a large, private donation of over 60 preserved butterfly, moth, dragonfly, spider, and other insect specimens from Queen Creek resident Della Johnson. The …
Business

Lara and Scott Vineyard, of Mobility Plus, are now one of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Senior Home Safety Specialist designation, identifying them as having obtained the …

When places of gathering were shut down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, events were canceled or rescheduled for later dates. Fast forward to today and some events in the coming weeks are …
The world of work has changed for many in the last year, particularly for entrepreneurs who have previously set up shop in commercial office, service spaces or even conducted business at their local …
Sandra Guadarrama-Baumunk, vice president of client services for knoodle advertising agency, has made partner after nine years with the company.
Scottsdale Entertainment
“Journey to Easter Drive-Thru” will be held 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road.

NSUMC to host 'Journey to Easter Drive-Thru,' March 27

The community is invited to a “Journey to Easter Drive-Thru” from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, March 27 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church located 11735 N. Scottsdale Road.
The annual ride of the Hashknife Pony Express is among coveted Western Week events.

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company will showcase its first “Best of Broadway” revue for an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein shows.

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has new cabaret style revues in March

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has announced that it will showcase Broadway’s most famous music and songs in a cabaret style format every Saturday night in March at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
Artist Charmagne Vasquez Coe often creates works in her home studio or en plein air, with her recent direction of art focusing on assemblage and abstract surrealism across many media.

Scottsdale’s Royse Contemporary presents: 'Contrails and Peripheries,' Feb.18-March 21

Royse Contemporary will present the solo exhibition of Charmagne Vasquez Coe, “Contrails and Peripheries,” which is titled after a large work completed in 2020.
Seltzerland will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Continental Golf Club, 7920 E Osborn Road in Scottsdale with various hard seltzer national and local brands on-site.

Seltzerland pours in to Scottsdale’s Continental Golf Club Feb. 13

Cannonball Productions will present Seltzerland on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Continental Golf Club, 7920 E Osborn Road in Scottsdale, inviting attendees to leisurely walk a portion of the course while sampling more than 30 flavors of hard seltzer.
Scottsdale's Humble Pie welcomes a new chef and owner, Jorge Gomez.

Humble Pie debuts new brand, menu with star chef in Scottsdale

Pizzeria and social house, Humble Pie, has reemerged in Scottsdale with a new chef and owner, Jorge Gomez, in addition to a renovated dining room, menu and bar.
"Live at Grayhawk" returns Feb. 10 to Quill Creek Café patio.

Patio dining, ‘Live at Grayhawk’ returns at Grayhawk Golf Club

The restaurants at Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club, which offers four patio dining experiences with views of the golf courses and nearby McDowell Mountains, brings back “Live at Grayhawk.”
Scottsdale Quarter Quad

Scottsdale Quarter, Culinary Dropout offers private dome dining

Scottsdale Quarter presents a new, safe way to dine: Desert Domes featuring four partially-enclosed geodesic domes for outdoor dining.
Celebrate the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival with COVID-19 safe measures from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 6-7 on the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Persian New Year Festival to unveil ‘Haftseen’art

In honor of the Celebration of Life Nowruz — Persian New Year — the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival will unveil interactive art installations for public viewing instead of hosting an in-person festival.
Inspired by the work of Ballet Arizona choreographer and dancer Nayon Iovino’s work for ENERGY, a  performance of originals and classics from Ballet Arizona, is available for in-person performances Feb. 12-21 and online March 6.

Ballet Arizona ‘arabesques’ its ENERGY TikTok Challenge

Ballet Arizona and Goodmans Interior Structures have partnered for the ENERGY TikTok Challenge and fans can submit videos inspired by the February Performance of “ENERGY.”
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