Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale Foreclosure Prevention Event – May 2nd by quotes

U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell’s Foreclosure Survival and Prevention Event

Workshop for Families
Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:30 – 11:30am
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 North Granite Reef
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

There will be an opportunity to receive FREE one-on-one counseling with a HUD certified counselor and/or lender representative on-site. Se habla Español.

We encourage participants to bring as many documents as possible: the closing packet for your mortgage, recent bank statements and mortgage bills, federal tax returns for 2 years and pay stubs and/or unemployment documentation for the last month.

8:30 a.m. Registration and time to visit information tables
9:00 a.m. Welcome by U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell On-going presentations will be done by the Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force while waiting for one-on-one counseling sessions:
9:15 a.m. “Foreclosure Timeline and Scams to Look Out For”
10:00 a.m. “Creating a Crisis Budget”
10:45 a.m. “Rebuilding after Foreclosure and Building Your Home’s Value”
11:30 a.m. Thank Yous and Adjourn

If you have any questions about home foreclosures or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to call Congressman Mitchell’s District Office at 480-946-2411.

Numbers to call if you or someone you know needs help:
HUD-approved agency: 1-888-995-HOPE,
Arizona Foreclosure Helpline: 1-877-448-1211

Youth Learn Healthy Choices at Community Event by quotes

Youth Learn Healthy Choices at Community Event

A program called Mi Vida, Mi Alma, Mi Corazón (My Life, My Soul, My Heart) is making a positive difference in the lives of local Hispanic girls and young women.

Recently, 108 participants attended a free program at the Paiute
Neighborhood Center to build a foundation for making healthy choices.

The program objectives are prevention of dangerous Internet activity, gang participation and substance abuse. The girls and teens attended
informational presentations, team-building exercises and activities designed to bolster self-esteem and health of mind, body and heart.

Participants also had an opportunity to meet several female Scottsdale
police officers.  Funded through the Police Department’s asset forfeiture funds, this program was sponsored by Scottsdale Prevention Institute, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale and Scottsdale’s Police Department, Parks and Recreation and Youth and Family Services.

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Scottsdale Named “Tree City USA” by quotes

Scottsdale Named “Tree City USA”; Celebration Set April 2

Scottsdale has been named a “Tree City USA” for the 27th year, the most for any Arizona community. In a ceremony last week at the state Capitol, Mayor Jim Lane and Parks and Recreation Director Bill Murphy accepted the award on behalf of Scottsdale, which also received two additional honors.

The city earned a “Tree City USA Growth Award” for improving community tree care and received the “Great Trees of Arizona” award for the grove of 25 olive trees along Second Street and Drinkwater Boulevard. The trees were planted by Scottsdale founder Winfield Scott.

The public is invited to help the city celebrate Arbor Day and its
designation as Tree City USA at 10:30 a.m. April 2 at Eldorado Park near the recently renovated lake.

Tree City USA is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in
cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs.

To qualify for Tree City USA, a town or city must meet four standards
established by the Foundation and the Association of State Foresters.  They must have a tree board or department; have a tree care ordinance; have a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

For more information on the Tree City USA program, visit:

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Mayor Lane Announces Economic Development Summit by quotes

Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane announced this week that the McDowell Road Corridor/South Scottsdale Economic Development Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Mayor Lane had promised to hold such a summit and make this area a priority during his mayoral campaign, and also in his inaugural speech. “As I said during my inaugural speech, south Scottsdale is full of vibrant, strong neighborhoods and involved residents, but economic development in the area continues to lag.

One of my key priorities is changing that, and this summit is an important part of that,” said Mayor Lane. The summit will be free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to attend. The summit will cover a number of topics and will include top-notch speakers with diverse backgrounds and interests.

More information and an on-line registration form are available on the city’s Web site at The link to summit information is on the left column of the home page.

Information also is available by calling the Mayor’s Office at (480) 312-2433. Seating is limited, so interested citizens are encouraged to register. A tentative agenda for the summit will be posted on the city’s Web site by next week.