Scottsdale schools start back Monday: Focus on Safety
Scottsdale students return to school Monday, Aug. 10, and that means more cars, bicyclists and pedestrians will be on the streets. Remember, it’s everyone’s responsibility to know the rules of the road whether you’re walking, bicycling or driving. Watch a video on school zone safety tips.
Satisfaction guaranteed! Register your kids in city afterschool programs
Nearly 100 percent of parents whose children participate in Scottsdale afterschool programs would recommend them to a friend. See why they’re so pleased. The city offers afterschool programs for youth in grades 1-8 at multiple locations. Program dates run concurrently with the Scottsdale Unified School District calendar. Programs start immediately after school release including early release days. For more information or to register, call 480-312-2584 or visit the city’s home page and search “after school program.”
Community comes together for successful back-to-school event
More than 800 eligible Scottsdale students received clothing, supplies and health checks at a community back-to school event Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium.
Thanks to a broad community partnership, it was one of the largest and most successful back-to-school events in the city’s history.
“Our Scottsdale community really came together to make this a special day for the students,” said Bill Murphy, the city’s community services director. “We had several dozen partners from the private, nonprofit and government sectors that contributed supplies and services. It was a great team effort.”
Eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade Scottsdale schools were provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, a backpack and school supplies.
Partners included staff from the city’s Vista del Camino center, Scottsdale School District, Concerned Citizens for Community Health, Scottsdale Charros, Interfaith Network of Scottsdale, Lion’s Club, Partners for Paiute, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Payless Shoes, Comerica Bank, Honor Health, First Things First, Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support, Wal-Mart and more than two dozen others.
Organizers hope they can enlist more partners next year to create an even larger, more comprehensive event. As many as 28 percent of Scottsdale students are eligible for free and reduced lunches; many of the same are eligible to participate in the back-to-school program.
Watch a video about Wednesday’s back-to-school event.
For information on Scottsdale social services, visit the city’s home page and search “community services.”
Economic development director named among dozen most influential in real estate
The Arizona Commercial Real Estate magazine’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list includes the city’s Economic Development Director Danielle Casey. The publication touts Casey and her team for reviving the department in 2013. Since that time, the team has visited with more than 150 Scottsdale companies. Casey, the past president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, is responsible for executing the city’s initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support and revitalization.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.
- Arizona United Soccer Club plays home games through September at Scottsdale Stadium, northeast corner of Osborn Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
- Free Downtown Trolley – Runs every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and until 9 p.m. Thursdays for ArtWalk. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “downtown trolley.”
- Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale, 480-634-6850. Free.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve -- hikes and educational programs – ongoing. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “preserve.”
- WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “WestWorld.”
- See more on the events by visiting the city’s home page and searching for “events.”
Scottsdale Cares. Do you? City utility donation program helps others
Scottsdale Cares is the city’s voluntary utility bill donations program. By paying the “grand total” on your city utility bill, $1 will be directed to nonprofits that help thousands of neighbors in need. Watch this video on how the program helps others. View this infographic to learn the easy ways you can donate to Scottsdale Cares.
Alarm system protects Police Department’s K9 partners
It's rare, but every now and then we hear about it -- a police dog dying after being accidentally left in a hot car. The Scottsdale Police Department's K9 unit has safeguards in place to keep that from happening.
The department recently created a video about the system, which also led to some media coverage.
This report was published on the Fox 10 website:
The Scottsdale Police Department wants to ensure the public that their K9's are like family. And they have training in place to protect them out in the field, and systems in place, to protect the police dogs in the car.
Scottsdale K-9 partners train every single day. One of their most important jobs is to get the bad guy. And when they're not fighting crime, they spend the workday in the back of their k-9 vehicles. "It's like their second home, they feel very safe in there," said Sgt. Chris Coffee. But it's inside the car, where police dogs have seen some of the most danger, especially in the summer months. As the temperatures rise, a car with no air conditioning can be deadly.
"When we hear about these accidents our heart goes out, it's very sad, it's human error," said Sgt. Coffee. For nearly 30 years, Scottsdale Police Department has used a heat activated alarm system in their K-9 vehicles. Sensors inside the car monitor the temperature if it reaches a certain level, it triggers an alarm, sirens go off, windows go down and fans start up.
Students invited to participate in Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest
On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 brave men changed the course of history by signing the United States Constitution. To commemorate this significant event, Scottsdale Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane is inviting students to participate in his third annual Constitution Day Essay and Art Contest.
The contest is divided into three prize categories: first- through fifth-grade students ($100); sixth through eighth ($150); and high school ($200). One grand prize winner from the essay category and one grand prize winner from the art and video category will win a gift certificate to Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Contest details for parents and participants are available by visiting the city’s home page and searching “Constitution Contest.”
Entries can be submitted at any Scottsdale Public Library information desk or at Scottsdale City Hall. Entries may also be submitted electronically to Kelli Kuester in the Mayor’s office.
All entries must be submitted, mailed or postmarked by Aug. 31.
Mayor Lane will host a special reception for contest participants and their families on Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St.
Parents with young kids – enroll in fun library programs, help with ground-breaking research
Parents and their young children can have fun, strengthen skills and be part of an important educational study this fall.
The Scottsdale Library is partnering with Arizona State University to study a pair of parent/child programs to gauge their positive effects on growth and learning.
A library program called “Fun With Math and Science” is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5. A program titled “Books Can…” is for children from birth through age 4 and is designed to promote social and emotional development.
The 6-week programs will take place starting in mid-September at all library branches and the Vista del Camino Community Center.
Registration for the programs starts Aug. 17 on the Scottsdale Public Library website.
Come have fun, learn new concepts to use with your children and assist with a worthwhile research project. For more information call Mariko Whelan at 480-312-7164.
Parks and Recreation class registration begins Monday
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation leisure classes have options for all ages. Classes offer affordable prices, experienced instructors and convenient times and locations. Choose from our wide range of classes whether you're looking to get active and fit, learn a new skill or polish up an existing one. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, for residents and 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, for non-residents. Get a class schedule and register.
Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Teen Connection
Teens and young adults ages 12 through 22 with intellectual disabilities have a safe place to hang out after school this year! It’s called The Chaparral Teen Connection, hosted by Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services. Program activities include creative expression, fitness, art therapy, excursions and social skill development. Adapted Recreation’s brand new multisensory room and fully accessible kitchen are a part of programming. The program meets at the Adapted Recreation Services Center, right outside Chaparral Park -- 8102 E. Jackrabbit Road. For more information or to register, call 480-312-2234 or visit the city’s home page and search “adapted.”
Waitlist applications available Aug. 13 for city’s Housing Choice Voucher Program
Scottsdale residents can get on the waitlist for the city’s Housing Choice Voucher Program beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. The program will take applications until 500 have been submitted.
Applications can only be submitted online. Any computer, cellphone or other electronic device with Internet access will work to submit an application.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides eligible residents with rental assistance based on household income. Applicants will be placed on the waitlist by preference points and time of application submission. Status information will only be available online.
For more information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, visit the city’s home page and search “housing voucher” or call 480-312-7717.
Dispose of your brush and bulk
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service. Here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood:
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Aug. 10.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 17.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Aug. 24.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Weeks of Aug. 31.
For more information, visit the city’s home page and search for “bulk collection.”