Scottsdale Arizona

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:

Residents Pitch in During Electronics Recycling Event by quotes

Question – what weights 38,000 pounds and requires four one-ton trucks and a 48-foot semi trailer to haul?

Answer – the gear dropped off by residents last month during the city’s
electronics recycling event.

More than 900 participants dropped off everything from cell phones to
computers during the event, diverting materials that otherwise would end up in area landfills. The city’s electronics recycling contractor,, instead refurbishes the equipment or disassembles it for recycling or resale of parts. Since the first electronics recycling collection event was held in 2002, 11,690 participants have brought in more than 339 tons of electronics.

The next event is scheduled to be held on Oct. 10. For more information contact the city’s Solid Waste Management Division at (480) 312-5602 or visit:

Learn Life-Saving Skills during CPR/AED Awareness Week by quotes

Roughly 1,000 people die every day in the U.S. because they suffer a
cardiac arrest outside of the hospital. However, death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people react quickly by calling 9-1-1, performing CPR, and using an Automatic External Defibrillator more lives can be saved.

The Scottsdale Fire Department is marking National CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, by encouraging residents to learn how to save the life of a loved one, coworker or stranger in cardiac arrest by using a new CPR technique called Continuous Chest Compressions. This new technique is easy, safe and does not require mouth to mouth contact.

Free 90-minute community presentations on the CCC resuscitation technique will be held:
** 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.
** 9:30 TO 11 a.m. June 13 at Scottsdale Fire Headquarters, 8401 E. Indian School Road
** 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 27 at La Mirada Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Scottsdale Fire Department staff and volunteers will teach participants to respond to a cardiac emergency including important tips for calling 911, performing chest compressions, and how to use an AED.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. To sign up, visit or call (480) 312-8000.

For a complete listing of upcoming community CPR, First Aid and Babysitter certification courses, visit

Pre-registration is required for all certification courses. For more
information or to register, call (480) 312-1879.

Teens can now Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council by quotes
June 3, 2009, 5:52 am
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Scottsdale high school students are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council.

The Youth Council provides teenagers the opportunity to:
** Learn about how local government works and how services are provided
** Tour various city facilities and meet with key city staff and city
** Participate in various meetings and/or events
** Share their ideas about local government and local issues with the Mayor, City Council and city staff.

Those selected to participate must be willing to attend and participate in all scheduled meetings and events. They also must help plan and participate in Youth Council events.

Applicants must attend a high school in the city or be a Scottsdale resident currently attending high school; and be a sophomore, junior or senior.

Applications are available at
The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.  For more information, visit the Web site or contact Daniel Morgan with the city’s youth and family services office at or (480) 312-7922.

Mediation Program Helps Resolve Neighborhood Conflicts by quotes


The city has restarted its Mediation Program to help residents solve
neighborhood issues — everything from barking dogs to overhanging tree branches.

Mediation provides a way for community members to resolve conflicts
themselves, in a peaceful and civil manner. Assisted by a skilled mediator, people are able to talk to each other in order to seek a mutually satisfactory solution. The mediator will not make decisions, but will guide the disputing neighbors toward a resolution. The process is free, private and voluntary.

If you have an issue with your neighbor that you would like to resolve, call (480) 312-2342 or access a mediation request form at

City Council to set Tentative Budget, Rates and Fees May 19 by quotes
May 19, 2009, 11:00 am
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The City Council will consider several measures tied to the proposed
2009/2010 budget at its May 19 meeting.

Items the Council will consider include adoption of the city’s financial
policies, adoption of proposed rates and fees and the first public hearing on the operating and capital budgets. The Council meets at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The meeting will be televised live by CityCable Channel 11 and also via
streaming video on the city’s Web site. The City Council is scheduled to adopt a final budget on June 2.

To view the May 19 Council agenda, visit:

The Budget Review Commission’s recommendations on the budget are available at:

For more information on the proposed budget and other city financial
information, visit:

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.

For information on Scottsdale social programs, visit:

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:

For more information on Scottsdale environmental and preservation programs, visit:

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.