Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale Police Recognized for Role in NBA Task Force by quotes

The Scottsdale Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau is part of a group receiving the Group/Task Force Award for Excellence in Cooperative Law Enforcement on July 22. The award is from the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, a Valley group made up of local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The award recognizes the efforts of several agencies during NBA All-Star Weekend last February.

Increases in violent and property crimes had occurred during previous
All-Star weekends in other cities — that didn’t happen in the Valley.
Incidents were especially low in Scottsdale, even though the city’s
entertainment and shopping districts were near capacity with players,
celebrities and fans. Scottsdale police were assisted by units from Mesa, Chandler and DPS and the Phoenix Emergency Operations Center.

For more information on the Scottsdale Police Department, visit:

Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino Serves as Hydration Station by quotes

Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino center, located at 7700 E. Roosevelt St., is serving as one of the Valley’s designated water hydration stations this summer.

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The purpose of the stations is to protect the health of vulnerable populations, such as those living on the streets, during the summer heat by providing locations where they can go to get free bottled water and if needed, sunscreen wipes, lip balm and hats.

Scottsdale Healthcare is partnering with the city to provide the supplies, plus information on the dangers of extreme heat. The stations also accept public donations of bottled water or other
appropriate material such as light colored t-shirts, sun block, socks and underwear, hats, and pre-packaged snack items.

A map of the Valley’s hydration stations and refuge locations is located at:

For more information on Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino center, visit:

34th Annual Mighty Mud Mania Set July 17 by quotes

The muddiest show on (or in) earth returns July 17 when Scottsdale’s Mighty Mud Mania flings into action for the 34th time.

Activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This year Might Mud Mania has a lead sponsor — Henkel Consumer Goods Inc., marketers of well known brands such as Dial soap.

Mighty Mud Mania features activities for kids in two age groups, 6 and under and ages 7 to 17.  The younger group can enjoy the Mini Mud Course, Mudville (a “funtown” of mud), mini waterslide, mudpit and sand castle building. Older children can try the Original Mud Obstacle Course, waterslides, sandcastle building, and mudpits.

Participants must wear lace-up or Velcro shoes (sandals and flip-flops are not allowed) and must bring a signed permission slip or have a parent or guardian available at the event to sign one.

Scottsdale firefighters will provide a “kidwash,” so children can go home
clean.  Fully rinsed kids who bring along clean swimsuits and towels can
also enjoy a free swim at Chaparral Pool from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents can call 480-312-2771 to be put on a list to receive Mighty Mud Mail, or e-mail to be put on an e-mail list for detailed information, permission slips, parking map, and everything needed for the event.

There is also an MMM answer line at 480-312-2704. About 200 volunteers are needed to staff the event each year.  Muddy and
not-so-muddy jobs are available.  Please call or e-mail the numbers and
address listed above by July 6 to volunteer.

Other sponsors for the 2009 event are Arizona’s Tooth Dr. for Kids,
ClifKid/Clifbar, Cricket Communications, Heritage Trucking, SRP, and
Universal Fog Outdoor Misting Systems.

For event details, visit

Police Department Accepting Donations for Food Bank by quotes

Residents are invited to join the effort to send hunger packing this summer.

The Scottsdale Police Department is accepting food and cash donations for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance through July 10.

Donation boxes are at the following locations:
** Police headquarters at 8401 E. Indian School Road
** Downtown District office at 3700 N. 75th St.
** Via Linda District office at 9065 E. Via Linda
** Foothills District office at 20363 N. Pima Road

Your donation will make a difference. The St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
distributes more food into our community during the summer months, when children are out of school and away from breakfast and lunch programs, than it does during the holidays.

For more information on how you can help, contact Crime Prevention Officers Jen Wattier at (480) 312-0275 or Craig Abernethy at (480) 312-2594.

More information on the Scottsdale Police Department and its programs is available at:

Streetlight Taxes Will Drop for 27,000 Properties by quotes
July 8, 2009, 9:05 pm
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Property taxes that keep streetlights lit around 27,000 homes and businesses will drop next year, after the City Council voted June 16 to roll back funds being held in reserve for the city’s 355 separate streetlight tax districts.

The districts serve nearly 33,000 Scottsdale properties, and 9 of 10 owners in the districts will see a decrease or no change in taxes. The average savings will be about $10 next year. About 2,150 owners will see tax increases to cover the costs for electricity and maintenance of their streetlights.

Another move by the city will help hold down future costs for some
districts. The city historically has contracted with the Valley’s two major electrical utilities, Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service, to
maintain street lights and poles. In March, the city took over maintenance for the 86 SRP districts in Scottsdale, and is expecting to save district taxpayers about $160,000 annually because of differences in the city’s maintenance cost structure.

APS is continuing to provide maintenance in the districts under its

For more information about the drop in streetlight property taxes, visit:

More information also is available in the City Council report on the
streetlight districts at

Scottsdale Installs Second “Hawk” Traffic Control Device by quotes

A new type of traffic control device called a HAWK, or High-intensity
Activated crossWalK, became operational this week to help make crossing Pima Road at Jomax Road easier for pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists and other trail users.

The HAWK will provide a protected crossing to address neighborhood concerns about pedestrian/equestrian/trail user activity, and is as simple to use as pushing a button.

When a pedestrian/equestrian/trail user wishes to cross the street, they push a button and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.  The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the crosswalk, and the pedestrian/equestrian/trail user gets a walk signal.  The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.

HAWKs are normally in an “off” position, until they are activated by a
pedestrian/equestrian/trail user.  You can download additional information on how to use a HAWK on-line at

Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street became Scottsdale’s first road
section to be served by a HAWK signal last October. The City will be constructing and installing another HAWK crossing signal at
the intersection of Pima Road and Dixileta Drive in the near future.

Senior Center Hosts Father’s Day Bash on June 19 by quotes

Residents are invited to honor their father by attending the Granite Reef
Senior Centers’ Father’s Day Bash.

It’s an event for dads of all ages at 1 p.m. June 19 at the center located at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The program includes a live comedy show, hot dogs and ice cream.

Cost is $2 per person for Scottsdale residents; and $3 for nonresidents.
Registration is required and can be done in person at the center or by
calling (480) 312-1700.