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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holiday Events Set for Area Fun

While most of us are just getting our Halloween decorations put away, members of the Laveen Education Foundation already are wearing their winter thinking caps because it’s almost time for the Third Annual Winter Festival. This year’s festival is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins >> Read More…

Biz Briefs

Broadway Road Opens Between 43rd and 51st Avenues With road projects tying up traffic along Dobbins Road and Southern Avenue, the opening late last month of this extension may relieve a little of the east/west morning commute. Named “Segment 5” in the City of Phoenix’s $84 million Avendia Rio Salado / Broadway Road project, the >> Read More…

Two Sides to Every Story: Sorting Through HOA Disputes

From the trivial to the controversial, disputes between homeowners and their HOAs rile up tempers like few other topics in Arizona, whether the argument is about property upkeep, paint color or where homeowners can park their cars. In Laveen, there are more than 50 residential communities governed by homeowner associations and their accompanying Covenants, Conditions, >> Read More…

Small but Mighty: Laveen Post Office Hub of Community Activity

For Laveen residents, the juxtaposition of rural farmland with urban infrastructure generates a folksy ambiance and homey atmosphere characteristic of living in this Phoenix suburb. Nowhere is that downhome feeling paired with more efficiency than at the tiny, but mighty, Laveen Post Office that sits just south of Dobbins Road on 51st Avenue. That intersection >> Read More…

Wittmann Wins Summer Trout Challenge

From the time Bill Wittmann was a little boy he’s been pretty much been obsessed with fishing. He spends most of his summers escaping the Valley heat to try his hand at various fishing locales near Greer. This summer the longtime Laveen resident and his grandson netted themselves a pretty good catch in July. He >> Read More…

Court Rules in Favor of Freeway, Construction to Begin This Month

Construction begins this month on the southeastern portion of the South Mountain Freeway after an August court decision ruled in favor of state and federal transportation officials who deem the 22-mile stretch of freeway that will link Interstate 10 to the Loop 202 “a necessity” to accommodate exponential growth predicted in Laveen and the southwest >> Read More…

Biz Briefs

South Phoenix Woman Helps Kids Get Ready for School Noreen Ayonayon, owner of Illegal Ink Tattoo, 1010 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, coordinated a back-to-school event on July 31 for needy and homeless youth that helped more than 100 children with haircuts and school supplies. “It’s the second time that I have done this. I’ve been >> Read More…

Residents Divided on Laveen Driving Range

An emotionally-charged proposed zoning change for the former driving range near the Cottonfields neighborhood in Laveen foreshadows what likely will be many such debates about how development should unfold in the rural Phoenix suburb. Developers are seeking a change from a golf course zoning to C-1, the least intense commercial zoning the City of Phoenix >> Read More…

Laveen Schools Set to Kick Off New Academic Year

Students throughout Laveen return to school this month with classes resuming Aug. 8 for the Laveen Elementary School district and high schoolers in the Phoenix Unified School. Classes at most of the charter schools also are underway or preparing to start. Meet the Teacher Night for the elementary district takes place Aug. 4 from 5-7 >> Read More…

Raven Golf Course Owners Drop Plans for Redevelopment

The Raven is saved, at least for the near future. Six months after the owners of the golf course first contemplated building houses on the 18-hole course residents and neighbors consider a historic landmark in their community, the proposal has been dropped. In late July, an attorney for the owners confirmed they are no longer >> Read More…

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