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Photo credits: 1 Raquel Hendrickson; 2 submitted; 3 submitted; 4 file; 5 file; 6 Joycelyn Cabrera; 7 Dean Crandall; 8 Michelle Chance; 9 Michelle Chance; 10 Mason Callejas

InMaricopa’s most-read stories related to community issues:

 

  1. ‘Blighted’ properties cleared from Heritage District

City Council approved the demolition of three Heritage District properties in July considered to be in “blighted condition.” Demolition began in August and was paid for by a Community Development Block Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

  1. Maricopan drops 110 pounds in 5 months

With exercise, a nutrition plan and encouragement from his wife Stephanie, Kelly Antone lost 110 pounds in five months last year. Antone has lost an additional 64 pounds since June, inching him closer to his 200-pound weight loss goal.

 

  1. Stage Coach Days Carnival pops up at Copper Sky

A surprise carnival by Frazier Shows set up at Copper Sky during Stage Coach Days in October – a two-week celebration of Maricopa’s heritage – intriguing residents looking for something to do. The carnival had received a last-minute approval from City Hall.

 

  1. City seeks dramatic budget cuts at Copper Sky

The aquatic center could see a cut in hours of operation and members could experiences a rise in fees at Copper Sky. These considerations and more are part of a continuing discussion between City Council and the Budget, Finance and Operations subcommittee, which began in August as part of an effort to mitigate costs associated with the recreation center.

 

  1. Maricopa food bank finds new location

2017 was a year of adaptation for a local food bank. F.O.R. Maricopa food bank relocated three times due to a move forced by ADOT in preparation for construction of the overpass. The food bank plans to construct a new building adjacent to the Maricopa Business Barn, which it purchased in July. Currently, the food bank operates out of a temporary space inside Santa Cruz Elementary.

 

  1. Maricopa schools get grim new letter grades

The majority of local schools received lowered A-F letter grades this year since the scores were last released by the state in 2014. Sequoia Pathway Academy, which received “C” ratings in both its K-8 and high school, is the only school in Maricopa to appeal its scores. Its status is “under review” by the Arizona Department of Education.

 

  1. MHS principal on leave, assistant in charge

Administration shakeups between Maricopa High School and Maricopa Wells Middle School left parents and community members with many questions. After reassignments and resignations from principals and vice principals, Thad Miller and Rick Abel are acting principals until the end of the school year. District officials have not specified the reasons behind the sudden resignations of former MHS Principal Renita Meyers and former MWMS Assistant Principal Mallory Miller.

 

  1. City Council considers restricting left turns at Smith-Enke intersection

Even though only one accident had occurred in a year at a residential intersection on Smith-Enke Road near the Maricopa Public Library, city officials planned to restrict left turns from Desert Greens Drive in July. The proposal was due to safety concerns of drivers turning east on Smith-Enke, officials said. The plans were postponed, however, amid backlash from residents.

 

  1. John Wayne at 110: Man meets myth in Maricopa

Actor John Wayne would have turned 110 in May. His presence in Maricopa began more than 60 years ago when he bought nearby farmland, and the impact he left in the community is still displayed throughout the city.

 

  1. Amtrak starts shuttle service in Maricopa

Amtrak began shuttling passengers in Tempe and Phoenix to and from Maricopa in May. The Thruway bus connects passengers who travel on the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle service. The stops include Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor Airport.


This story appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.



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Photo by Mason Callejas

A slight chance of precipitation should die off early this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, leaving the skies sunny and clear on into next week. Daily highs are likely to linger in the low 100s and winds should lay down, the report further states, signaling a possible weakening of monsoon season for Maricopa.

Today looks to be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high of around 102 and a low near 82.

Friday should again see mostly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 103 and a low near 81.

Saturday will likely see clear skies with a high temperature around 102 and a low near 81.

Sunday looks to be sunny and calm with a high temperature around 103 and a low near 82

Monday should also see calm and clear skies with a high around 103 and a low near 82.

F.O.R. Maricopa Executive Director Wendy Webb sees many volunteers help at the food bank.

Need something to do? Want to help others through service or with funds? Maricopa has a wealth of nonprofits and volunteer opportunities.

The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce encouraged its members to get involved last month with its inaugural October Chamber Challenge. Members were asked to volunteer for 10 hours or donate to a worthy cause within a month’s time.

In a season of giving thanks, can you do the same? Here are some opportunities:

Against Abuse, Inc.
119 N. Florence St., Casa Grande
520-836-1239 (Admin)
520-836-0858 (Crisis)
Against-Abuse.org

Aid 4 Greys
42737 W. Ocean Breeze Drive
info@aid4greys.com
Aid4Greys.com

Ak-Chin Social Services
48227 W. Farrell Road
520-568-1090

American Cancer Society (Relay for Life)
1636 N. Swan Road, Suite 151, Tucson
520-247-8453
MaricopaRelay@gmail.com

American Legion Post 133
44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
P.O. Box 152
ALPost133az.org

Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped
209 W. Main St., Casa Grande
520-836-9798
AZAFH.com

Arizona Knights, Inc.
P.O. Box 246
520–477–9491
ArizonaKnights.com

Arizona Partnership for Children
500 N. Florence Ave., Casa Grande
866-800-9468
MarthaH@ccs-soaz.org

Arizona Poodle Rescue Inc.
20270 N. Toledo Ave.
APRVolunteers@gmail.com
ArizonaPoodleRescue.org

Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa, AZ
P.O. Box 1397
520-709-0539
BlueStarMothersOfMaricopa.org

Butterfield Elementary PTO
43800 W. Honeycutt Road
520-568-6100
Facebook.com/Butterfield.PTO

Central Arizona College – Maricopa Center
17945 W. Regent Drive
520-494-5230
Chris.Wodka@centralaz.edu

Copa Shorts Film Fest
42091 W. Venture Court
520-568-0199
CopaShortsFilmFest.org

EMPACT-SPC (La Frontera)
21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103
520-316-6068
Empact-SPC.com

Families United, Inc
P.O. Box 1620
480-809-3206

F.O.R Maricopa Food Bank and Resource Center
44625 W. Garvey Ave.
520-251-0226
FORMaricopa.org

Volunteer---Jim-Crowe
Friends of the Maricopa Public Library
P.O. Box 663
520-450-0991
MaricopaFriends.yolasite.com

Graysmark School Corporation
44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 105
520-568-5750

Halos of Hope Inc.
20987 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite B104-432
Info@HalosOfHope.org
HalosOfHope.org

Kiwanis Club of Maricopa
20928 N. John Wayne Parkway
520-510-8000
MaricopaKiwanis.org

Legacy Traditional School
17760 W. Regent Drive
520-423-9999
Teresa.Tate@legacytraditional.org

Maricopa Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 951
520-568-6357
Info@CopaHams.org

Maricopa ARTS Council
22019 N. O’Sullivan Drive
520-568-8883
MaricopaArtsCouncil.wixsite.com/MaricopaArtsCouncil

Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship
20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108
520-510-5535
MaricopaInnovates.com

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce
44480 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 106
520-568-9573
MaricopaChamber.org

Maricopa Economic Development Alliance
20987 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite B104-384
520-568-6442

Maricopa Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1203
520-840-2633
MaricopaEducationFoundation.org

Maricopa Football Booster Club
45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
MHSRamsFootball@gmail.com

Maricopa Girl ScoutsGirl-Scout-volunteers
Arizona-Cactus Pine Council
119 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix
602-452-7000

Maricopa High School DECA
45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
520-568-8100, ext. 4047
BRussioniello@musd20.org

Maricopa Historical Society
P.O. Box 902
520-509-4429
MHS50.com
Contact@MHS50.com

Maricopa Lions Club
40291 W. Lococo St
Facebook.com/MaricopaLionsClub

Maricopa Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
39675 W. Civic Center Plaza
520-316-6800
VAPS@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Volunteer---Barry-Vogel

Maricopa Police Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 446
520-568-7875

Maricopa Rotary
44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
P.O. Box 892
520-483-1949
Portal.ClubRunner.ca/2896

Maricopa Seniors Inc
43466 W. Neely Drive
Info@MaricopaSeniors.com
MaricopaSeniors.com

Maricopa Trailblazers 4-H Club
602-390-6963 / 520-709-2519
Maricopa_Trailblazers.webs.com

Maricopa Unified School District
44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
520-568-8100, ext. 1003
TBeckett@musd20.org

Volunteers---Murray-and-Sharon-Siegel
Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA
44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
626-399-6255
Comd10@yahoo.com

MVCC Food Bank

Jim-Shoaf---Maricopa-Pantry

50881 N. Papago Road
MVCCFoodBank.com

Pathway PTO
19265 N. Porter Road
520-568-9333
PathwayPTO.org

Pet Social Worker/Tails of Hope
480-452-7997
PetSocialWorker.org

Pima Butte PTO Inc.
42202 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway
520-568-7150

Pinal 40 Inc.
2035 N. Overfield Road, Casa Grande
Pinal40.org

Pinal County NAACP
P.O. Box 837
909-437-8915
JcksnConnieJean@aol.com

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
P.O. Box 867, Florence
520-866-5260
Deborah.Lopez@pinalcountyaz.gov

Rocking 4D Foundation, Inc.

Ashley Abercrombie (left) and Jennifer Ford are seeking and collecting donations for Maricopa youth who are victims of violence. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

19368 N. Lariat Road
619-855-5059
Rocking4DFoundation.org

Salvation Army Service Extension Unit
520-705-6509
MariocpaSalvationArmy@yahoo.com

Sequoia Pathway Academy
19265 N. Porter Road
520-568-9333
SequoiaPathway.org

Sun Life Family Health Center
44572 W. Bowlin Road
520-568-2245
ReneeL@slfhc.org

The Streets Don’t Love You Back
P.O. Box 1093
513-371-0982
TheStreetsDontLoveYouBack.ning.com

United Way of Pinal County
P.O. Box 10541, Casa Grande AZ 85130
520-836-0736 / 800-390-0736
UnitedWayofPC.org
SuccessBy6PinalCounty.org

Vetit Inc.
20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108
520-233-3085
Facebook.com/VetitUSA

VFW Post 12043
44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
520-568-2186
MaricopaVFW.org

Vietnam Aviation Veterans of Arizona
P.O. Box 513
602-571-1059

Youth Health USA
20928 N. John Wayne Pkwy, Suite C-13 #151
520-568-2810
YouthHealthUSA.org

Zonta Club of Casa Grande Valley
P.O. Box 11342, Casa Grande
520-560-5487
ZontaClubOfCGV@gmail.com
ZontaAZ.org

Volunteer---Debbie-Angwood
This story appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.