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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Trash

Signups soon for Surprise's hazardous waste pickup

Surprise residents will be able to schedule appointments next week to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes during the city’s winter household hazardous waste collection event.
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Here's how Surprise City Council voted Jan. 19

Here is how city of Surprise officials voted Jan. 19
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Duffy picked as Surprise vice mayor

A few months after winning election to his first full term on the Surprise City Council, Patrick Duffy was selected Jan. 19 as the new vice mayor of the city.
Public Safety

Surprise police looking for missing person

The Surprise Police Department is currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Daniel Villarreal, who was last seen in the 12700 block of North Market Street in August.
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Surprise City Council special meeting to focus on own government

The Surprise City Council has scheduled a special meeting to discuss how its council-manager form of government works.
Awards

Surprise home care service honored

Home Instead of Surprise announced it has been selected as a 2021 Caring Star for service excellence for in-home care.
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Councilman donates 2020 salary to Surprise businesses

New City Councilman Jack Hastings has fulfilled his promise to donate his 2020 salary on the Surprise City Council because he started his term early.
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Sun City Grand ranked on retirement list

Surprise’s Sun City Grand is one of the top-ranked retirement communities in a new ranking, while Sun City West is beaten by only one other.
EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Arts options abound as 2021 begins

Well, it’s 2021, and like a lot of you, I’m on the couch staying safe.

Letters: Too much trash is taking over across Surprise

Surprise is a beautiful city and rapidly growing.
Jim Dean

Dean: Middle schools expand school choice in DUSD

In the Dysart Unified School District, we have been and continue to be dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences to our students.
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — January 2021

As we enter the new year, I would like to extend warm wishes and gratitude to our community.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — January 2021

Well a big shout out to my constituents in District 1, and indeed every resident in this great city in which we are lucky to live in, and a happy and safe New Year to all.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors

New Leaf tax assistance program starts this month

Surprise has partnered once again with A New Leaf to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. A New Leaf’s VITA Program is available at the Surprise Resource Center and Riverboat …
Several members of the Benevilla board of directors meet with leadership. They are, from left to right, board secretary Dawn Tompkins, Benevilla employee Dan, Benevilla CFO Anthony Valencia, board chair Shannon Arriola. Benevilla CEO and President Joanne Thomson, back shown, and Ex-Officio Conrad Graff.

Benevilla thanks board after trying year

Benevilla leadership recently thanked its board of directors who have successfully met head-on the challenges of 2020 and the COVID19 pandemic.
Surprise Civic Center

Surprise invites teens to justice project

The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is accepting applications for the Surprise Youth Justice Project.

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.
Surprise Entertainment
Gaylan and Em Taylor and Steve Godfrey, known as the Couple Next Door, will perform regularly as the Friday night happy hour band at The Chicken Ranch, 14051 W. Grand Ave.

Couple Next Door lands regular happy hour gig

The Couple Next Door now has a regular Friday Happy Hour gig from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday night at The Chicken Ranch. 14051 W. Grand Ave.
WHAM Art Center in Surprise hosts regular self care classes.

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.
Dr. Jeff Hall

AAUW to host talk with director of Lowell Observatory

Join the American Association of University Women — Northwest Valley for a Zoom conversation Jan. 21 with Dr. Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett

National group honors Sandra Bassett

West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett received the 2020 Economic Empowerment Legend Award at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc’s virtual celebration in December.

West Valley Symphony cancels 2020-21 season

The West Valley Symphony board of directors has canceled the group’s remaining concerts for the season, due to the continued increase in COVID cases.
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