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Friday, September 22, 2017

Spaces of Opportunity

During the first part of the past century, the South Mountain area was made up of small ranches and farms growing cotton, oranges, alfalfa, flowers and even a couple of ostrich ranches. As the years passed, development started overtaking the farmland. The rural farming community has become almost a thing of the past. Now a >> Read More…

Phoenix City Council Approves Next Step of South Central Light Rail

The South Central Light Rail Extension project is moving forward to final design. On April 21st the Phoenix City Council approved a $50 million agreement with Valley Metro to fund final design and pre-construction activities on the five-mile extension on Central Avenue between Jefferson Street and Baseline Road. “This another major step toward delivering light >> Read More…

PlanPHX to Host Village Summit Next Week

PlanPHX, a collaboration between the City of Phoenix and its residents to help shape the future of the city via its General Plan, will host a multi-village summit on April 29 as it takes next steps in implementing the General Plan which was adpted and approved by voters. The event, dubbed the Southwest Village Summit, >> Read More…

Biz Briefs

South Mountain Café Adds Latin Twist to Fusion Flavors South Phoenix native Jose Zacarias Jr. opened his South Mountain Café in July 2016, and in the months since the eclectic menu debuted under the guidance of his father, Executive Chef Jose Zacaraias Sr., fans from South Phoenix and Laveen have been telling others about what >> Read More…

Laveen Students, Staff Recognized

The Laveen Elementary School District is celebrating several recent accomplishments of their staff and students. Vista del Sur seventh grade student Lindsay Davis took third place at the State Spelling Bee. She placed first in both the district and Region 3 spelling bees before advancing to the state competition. Several students were recognized by the >> Read More…

Old Laveen Vs. New Laveen

Throughout the Laveen community, residents often talk about “Old Laveen” and “New Laveen.” Depending on who you ask, “Old Laveen” can mean a variety of different time periods, such as the early 1900s when the Laveen School District was formed in 1908, or perhaps 1939 when Central Baptist Church in Phoenix leased space in Building >> Read More…

Local Precinct Gets More Officers, Laveen focusing on prevention

A handful of shootings during the first months of this year put many Laveen residents on edge, making most of the 60,000 people who live in the rural suburban community anxious about their safety. Between Jan. 1 and mid-March, there were five shootings involving teenagers with three fatalities. Social media sites blew up with people >> Read More…

South Mountain Park Draft Master Plan Approved

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has announced the Parks Board has approved the South Mountain Parks Trails Master Plan. The decision to approve the South Mountain Parks Trails Master Plan was made at the Parks Board meeting held on Thursday, March 23. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in >> Read More…

Parents of young children with special needs in Laveen will say goodbye in May to one of their staunchest champions when Kandy Clauss, coordinator of the school district’s developmental preschool program, retires after nearly four decades of teaching. Clauss came to Laveen in 2007 from the Tempe Elementary School District, where 
she had worked for >> Read More…

Spring Ritual: Baseball History Runs Deep in South Phoenix

Nothing says spring in Arizona quite like the smell of hotdogs and the steady, rhythmic sound of a solid sphere smacking into the leather pocket of a baseball glove or the crack of a bat as your favorite team warms up on the field. Like hiking South Mountain and climbing Piestewa Peak, spending the afternoon >> Read More…

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