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  • Oro Valley Police Reports

    Oro Valley Police DeptartmentOn Saturday, Sept. 27, at 5:04 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a report of shoplifting at Kohls, 7785 N. Oracle Road. Police were told staff at the store got into a verbal altercation with a woman who then fled in a Ford Thunderbird. The car she fled in was for sale and had a phone number written on the back window. Police called the number and left a message letting her know she could turn herself in for stealing a tank top, mascara and some Jennifer Lopez accessories all valued at $78.99. Police also said if she didn’t turn herself in, there would be a warrant for her arrest. About an hour later, the woman called police back and turned herself in. She was cited and released for shoplifting. On Thursday, Sept. 25, at 2:35 p.m. Oro Valley police responded to a report of four women who had been stopped for shoplifting at Walmart, 2150 E. Tangerine Road. One woman admitted to taking a coke, drinking it and throwing it away without paying for it. Another admitted to sharing the coke, which was valued at $1.68. The other two women admitted to drinking and sharing two Monster energy drinks valued at $1.88 and a Redbull energy drink valued at $2.68. One also admitted to stealing a pair of tweezers valued at $5.97 and a necklace valued at $12. All were cited and released for shoplifting.  On Monday, Sept. 22, at about 7:28 p.m., an Oro Valley officer spoke with a man in the lobby of the department’s main police station reporting an assault. The man told police that he had been shot in the left buttock by what he believed to be a bb or pellet gun. He told police that he was riding northbound on La Cañada Drive when he heard what sounded like an explosion of air and then he felt something hit him. He then heard what sounded like teenagers laughing from a car that sped past him. He was unable to get a license plate number and declined medical attention.

  • Kriegh family recognized

    Last week, James D. Kriegh was honored at the park named after him in 2001. The ceremony coincided with the town’s 40th anniversary. Kriegh was an advocate for the town’s incorporation, a public servant, and served as a member of the town council and as a town engineer. Family and friends, as well as town staff, were present for the commemoration.

  • OV residents take next step in ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ project

    Oro Valley residents are in the midst of turning a vision into reality.In phase two of the town’s “Your Voice, Our Future” project, three citizen committees totaling 45 volunteers are following up on feedback given by town residents and ultimately passed by council as a guiding principle for the makeup of the Oro Valley’s General Plan over the next 10 years. That feedback came in a variety of forms between September 2013 and May of this year, including a random phone survey and YourVoiceOV.com project website that took into account resident desires when it comes to such things as public safety, development, infrastructure, services, and other priorities.“The committee members represent a broad spectrum of the community and include residents from all backgrounds,” said Interim Planning Manager Bayer Vella. “They will work together in the interests of the town as a whole. Their mission will be to stay true to the community’s collective voice that expresses what matters most.”All committee members were selected after going through an application process.  The three committees are broken up into topic-specific categories of development, environment, and community, and members will draft goals, policies, and actions to help give town staff and officials direction moving forward.Vella said each committee will meet between six and eight times in the course of phase two of the project. 

  • Introductory engineering course gives high school students direction

    Working with 39 schools and looking into partnering with more, the University of Arizona is raising the level of interest in engineering by offering an introductory class to high school students.Engineering 102 HS is an introductory, college-credit class that offers students an opportunity to see if they are interested in engineering. The class teaches students how to use critical analysis, evaluate quantitative arguments, produce a well-written report, give presentations and make professionally designed projects. Most enrolled students are seniors, but some are juniors who meet the co-requisite requirement of pre-Calculus or above, according to Jill Rogers, the program coordinator for the College of Engineering at the U of A.The Introduction to Engineering course was started in 2008 with the help of funding from Science Foundation of Arizona – a public/private nonprofit organization that collaborates with three CEO businesses in Arizona to help build a stronger economic future for the state. The U of A, Science Foundation of Arizona and Arizona high schools have partnered together to offer the course to high schools students. Since its beginning, about 1,500 students have enrolled in the class – many from Arizona and some from California.“We’re not trying to bring students to the U of A. We’re trying to get students more interested in engineering,” said Jeff Goldberg, the College of Engineering dean at the U of A. “We find that students do not experiment with taking an engineering class at the university and there can be many reasons.”Some of those reasons, Goldberg says, are the “significant tuition, the reputation is that the class is hard and obtuse, it is largely male dominant, it may not count for other majors” and so on. A high school classroom gives students a less-pressured setting to explore whether they like engineering or not. Apart from Science Foundation of Arizona, other foundations that have also helped with funding include Intel Foundation, Salt River Project, John Deere Foundation, Salt River Project and the Arizona Department of Education. The U of A provides free workshops, accommodations and stipends for teachers during the summer as well as $2,500 for the necessary supplies for the school and $500 for additional supplies in the following years. 

  • Join TLM Staff for happy hour review at Caffe Torino

    Join staff of Tucson Local Media for the monthly Sippin’ Social on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Caffe Torino Ristorante Italiano, located at 10325 N. La Cañada Drive from 4 to 6 p.m.Pitch story ideas, discuss current news, or relax and enjoy food or drink.Tucson Local Media does not pay for food or drink.

  • Workshop to help churches include people with disabilities



    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church invites faith communities of all sizes and denominations to Simply Included, a workshop at the church on Saturday morning, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no fee to attend, but registration is requested by contacting 297-2062 or info@umcstmarks.org. Childcare can be provided by advanced request. The workshop will focus on creating a culture where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of worship, religious education, leadership and ministry. Guest speakers will be Pam Baldwin, Area Director of Joni and Friends Arizona, and Howard Guetherman, Western Jurisdiction Representative, Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church.The workshop will address inclusion of both children and adults, sharing modifications that can be made for little or no cost and providing free resource information for those who attend.St. Mark’s is located at 1431 W. Magee Road (the southwest corner of La Canada and Magee).

  • Riverfront Park soccer fields to be closed through Oct. 18

    Soccer fields at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley will be closed Oct. 6 through Oct. 18, for over-seeding, which provides high-quality turf surfaces on high-traffic areas. The best time to perform this process is during the fall months, when temperatures are ideal and competing weeds are at a minimum. Please note that the field lights will not be turned on in the evening during this time.Club teams and user groups have been notified of the closure so they can choose alternate locations or reschedule practices and games during this time. 

  • Oro Valley’s National Night Out – Oct. 17

    The Oro Valley Police Department would like to invite the public to its annual National Night Out.  Since 1983, this special crime prevention event has been held by communities across the United States focusing on safety. There will be exhibits and demonstrations along with music, prizes and food.  Parents and children will learn about safety in regards to water, internet, poison, drugs and much more. Golder Ranch Fire District and others will also be at the event. The event is being held at the Target Shopping Center at 10555 N. Oracle Road from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 17. 

  • Call for nominations: 2014 Volunteers of the Year

    The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Volunteers of the Year. Nominees should embody the spirit of volunteerism by going above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to better our community. One man and one woman will be selected based on the outstanding nature of their volunteer efforts and will be recognized at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Dec.11, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.Nominations are open to anyone who has volunteered for a Town-sponsored project, program, department, committee, etc. Serving on a Town board or commission certainly meets that criterion, but is not a requirement for nomination.Nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 31.Nominating is simple! Just submit a nomination letter as well as a supporting letter from a second individual to Misti Nowak, Town of Oro Valley communications administrator.Nominations may be hand-delivered to Town Hall, or submitted by email or postal mail. Submissions received after October 31 will not be considered. Both letters of support must be submitted together.Hand delivery

  • Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ shows gratitude to law enforcement

    Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ wants to show appreciation to all law enforcement personnel during the 4th Annual Thank-A-Cop event. Mama’s Thank-A-Cop event will run Oct. 22 from opening until closing at all locations.  If you are a law enforcement professional, stop by any of our three locations to enjoy a free meal. Last year, Mama’s served 183 free meals to police officers.  This year we hope to more than double that.   “Mama’s is proud to support local law enforcement. We want to give back to those who protect and serve our community,” said Sam Alboy, Mama’s owner.  Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ was started in 2010. Mama’s menu features traditional Hawaiian plate lunches and dinners, homemade desserts, and daily specials. Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ has three locations in the Tucson area.  Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ can also cater any event, no matter the size.  

  • Council incorporates 39 acres

    During the Oct. 1 Oro Valley Town Council meeting, mayor and council incorporated a new 39-acre property and rezoned it, amended the town code for elections, and approved the programming components for Naranja Park.The area rezoned is a lot north of Moore Road between Yellow Orchid Drive and Mystic View Place. It is now part of the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development and is zoned for medium density residential.During the review process, the development was changed from originally having 105 lots to 75 lots, with an average size of 8,750 square feet per lot.In other council business, Arizona legislation has changed how calculations are done with declaring someone elected in the primary races. Without the voting to make the permanent change, Oro Valley Town Attorney Kelly Schwab said the town would have to make changes each election cycle.She cited the fact that the town used to hold its elections in March and May, but are now mandated by the state to hold its elections in August and November.“This ordinance would clean up some conflicts in our code with the state statutes,” Schwab said.

  • Town of Oro Valley improves online application process for Boards and Commissions

    The application and appointment process for Boards and Commissions in the Town of Oro Valley is now online, improving convenience and efficiency for residents interested in serving on a board. Within a few clicks, citizens can easily visit the town’s website, review vacant positions, submit their application and receive correspondence on the status of their application. By moving the process online, the Town of Oro Valley is aiming to significantly improve the reach and impact of board recruitment. In addition, the town hopes the new technology will reduce the time and resources currently required for appointment management.The following Boards and Commissions currently have vacancies:• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.• Planning and Zoning Commission.• Stormwater Utility Commission

  • Oro Valley Police Reports

    Oro Valley Police dept.On Monday, Sept. 20, at about 8:45 p.m., Oro Valley police received a report of a reckless driver who was last seen speeding, weaving and drinking from a cocktail glass. Police were able to find the car and safely stopped the driver who showed numerous signs of being under the influence of alcohol. After being given field sobriety tests and giving a positive reading of .201 on a preliminary breath test, the man was arrested for DUI impaired to the slightest degree, DUI with a BAC more than .08, failure to maintain a lane, improper position right turn and for having an open container in the vehicle. He was transported to and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center.On Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 5:48 p.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a man on the phone about some stolen golf clubs. The man said sometime between 8 and 8:45 p.m. the previous day his bag of golf clubs was taken from his golf cart while the cart was parked at 1335 W. Lambert Lane, by Noble Hops. He said the bag, clubs and a GPS tracker were valued at about $3,500.

  • Call for nominations: Volunteers of the Year

    The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Volunteers of the Year. Nominees should embody the spirit of volunteerism by going above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to better our community. One man and one woman will be selected based on the outstanding nature of their volunteer efforts and will be recognized at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.Nominations are open to anyone who has volunteered for a Town-sponsored project, program, department, committee, etc. Serving on a Town board or commission certainly meets that criterion, but is not a requirement for nomination. Nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 31. Nominating is simple. Just submit a nomination letter as well as a supporting letter from a second individual to Misti Nowak, Town of Oro Valley communications administrator.Nominations may be hand-delivered or postal mailed to Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Dr., Attn. Misti Nowak, or submitted by email to mnowak@orovalleyaz.gov.Submissions received after October 31 will not be considered. Both letters of support must be submitted together.

  • Northwest sixth-grader donates all of her hair to Locks of Love

    The minimum requirement for a hair donation to Locks of Love is 10 inches. But when 11-year-old Jazzmin Juerta saw a picture of a bald 3-year-old in a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital advertisement, she decided to donate a bit more than the minimum.“I said, ‘Mom, I’m going to donate my hair,’” Jazzmin recounted. “She started telling me I could cut it to my shoulders, my ears, or like really short. I said, ‘Nope, I am going to do it all the way, all the way. Because mine will grow back.’”Feeling it was going to be an impulsive act, Jazzmin’s mom Michelle decided to let her daughter think about it for a few days, all the while thinking she would either forget about it or decide to cut her hair to a longer length. She also made note to Jazzmin that kids don’t always understand what is happening or why someone would shave their head.She warned her daughter that kids could be mean, make fun of her and tease her. But that didn’t deter the Coronado K-8 School sixth-grader.“She said, Mom, if they make fun of me, they can make fun of me. They don’t need to be my friends or stand by me. I am going to do this for somebody,’” Michelle explained.

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