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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:00 am

NPCCC announces upcoming event schedule

The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce reminds the public about the following activities planned for the next few weeks:

• On Thursday, May 26, representatives of the Regional Transportation Authority will attend the May chamber breakfast at El Charro Café, 7725 N. Oracle Road, No. 101. RTA will update the community on its fifth anniversary. Breakfast starts at 6:45 a.m. For reservations, call 297-2191 or visit www.the-chamber.com.

• Attorney Thom Cope talks about Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law, Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, the Northwest YMCA, 7770 N. Shannon Road. It’s part of the 2011 Collaborative Leadership Forums sponsored by the Northern Pima and Marana chambers, Pima Community College and the YMCA.

• State legislative Reps. Vic Williams and Terri Proud (R, D26), and David Stevens (R, D25), and Sen. Gail Griffin (R, D25) have committed to attend the chamber’s public policy meeting on Thursday, June 2, at the Golder Ranch Fire Station at 355 E. Linda Vista. The event starts at 8:30 a.m.

• The Keg will host the chamber’s mixer on Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For reservations, call 297-2191 or e-mail Ruth at events@the-chamber.com.

For more information about any of the events, call 297-2191 or visit www.the-chamber.com.


RMFD to pursue legal action  against GVFD

Green Valley Fire District GVFD has acknowledged errors in its Northern Sahuarita Annexation process. Therefore, Rural/Metro is pursuing a legal complaint regarding the annexation.

On May 3, two members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors acknowledged there were multiple errors in the petitions that GVFD submitted, and publicly admonished GVFD for the position they put the supervisors in.

Rural/Metro agrees with the comments made by the GVFD attorney when she advised the Pima County Board of Supervisors that they are not the final authority on the validity of the petitions, and that state law provides the opportunity for additional review.  

Rural/Metro remains committed to the residents of Northern Sahuarita and its firefighters, according to a statement released by the company. Rural/Metro said it is committed to working with GVFD, regardless of the outcome of the annexation process, to ensure that the seamless commitment to public safety continues to be met.

If there is a transition it will be thorough and transparent, ensuring the safety of the public and first responders, Rural/Metro said.


Splendido residents award scholarships

For the third consecutive year, Splendido residents awarded scholarships to eligible applicants for the 2011-2012 academic year. Through the scholarship program, qualified Splendido employees or the children of employees are awarded financial assistance to attend universities, colleges, accredited business or vocational schools, and GED programs.

The following Splendido employees were awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year: Ol’Ha Phillips, University of Arizona; Noah Sacks, Arizona State University; and Maxine Zielinski, Pima Community College.

The following family members of Splendido employees were awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year: Andrew Ingargiola, University of Arizona; Evan Keyes, Wesleyan University, a second-time recipient; Kristy Machado, Pima Community College; Rachel Pennington, University of Arizona; Corina Romero, Pima Community College; Megan Sanchez, Pima Community College; Adam Smith, University of Arizona, a second-time recipient; Simon Stickroth, University of Arizona, a second-time recipient; and Maggie Vick, University of Arizona, a second-time recipient.

During a May 15 reception, Splendido, a retirement community for active adults, 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., honored the recipients and presented them with a scholarship award certificate. The event also featured a performance by the Splendido sign language armchair group, “Gestures of Joy.” In addition, the students had the opportunity to meet informally with Splendido residents who contributed to the scholarship fund.

“Many of the residents on this committee were the first in our families to go to college. We understand the importance of education to professional success and personal self-worth. We wanted to create a scholarship program that would make a difference in the lives of Splendido employees and their families,” said Bill Horst, scholarship committee chairperson.

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