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With so many new building projects occurring in Marana, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance invited Town Manager Gilbert Davidson to speak at their December Membership breakfast, last week.Davidson spoke for just over 30 minutes, beginning with a brief overview of the town and how they have changed over the past few years. “In terms of economic development we’ve done quite a bit over the past number of years to invest in this, to get to think of Marana not as just a bedroom community, but we want to make sure that Marana is a place where you can live and can work and that corporate interests see Marana as a great investment,” Davidson said. Davidson spent most of the discussion talking about the big projects in the town.“Over the next few years you are going to see a lot of dirt turning in Marana,” said Davidson. The most anticipated project, the “Grand Daddy of them all”, is the premium outlet Mall going into the Twin Peaks and I-10 area.
Oro Valley Councilman Brendan Burns has been sentenced to two years probation and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for a May 20 incident in Oro Valley involving his estranged wife. The decision by Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez came on Dec. 17, reducing Burns’ initial charges of first-degree burglary and disorderly conduct/domestic violence.Burns was initially indicted on charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.Court records show Burns violated conditions of a court-ordered restraining order by entering his estranged wife’s home, at one point he threatening to harm himself while brandishing a knife.Burns, who was elected to council in 2012, will be required to pay his wife restitution and to abide by the restraining order. The Adult Probation Department will also determine if and when Burns receives mental health examinations and treatment.
As the year draws to a close, so does your opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution to one or more of the many nonprofits that work to make Southern Arizona a better place. And keep in mind that in many cases, a donation not only gets you a federal tax deduction that lowers your tax bill; it also gets a dollar-for-dollar credit on your state tax bill. Here’s how it works: You give up to $200 (or $400 for a married couple filing jointly) to a charity that aids the working poor. Then you get the money back next year when you file your taxes. It’s a way of directing some of your taxes directly to the nonprofits that help those in need. And those nonprofits need all the help they can get these days. The Community Food Bank, which serves struggling families in Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties, is facing a steady demand from hungry people at the same time that donations have slowed a bit. Plus, through the end of the year, some generous supporters have agreed to match donations, so your check will automatically be doubled.Besides cash donations, the Food Bank takes in nonperishable foods at collection points all over town. And if you ever feel like volunteering, you can sort and pack food boxes.
On Dec. 16, prior to Marana’s Town Council Meeting, the council held a special study session to discuss the adoption of the Marana Strategic Plan III. For nearly an hour, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson went over the plan.The town reviews the plan every two years, with the most recent process starting last fall.“We started the process right on schedule but it has taken a year to get through everything in the course of this one,” Davidson said. “The concept is the same thing, there are five focus areas that kind of lay the framework of the type of community we are trying to create.”Davidson said the hear of the plan remains the same. The five focus areas are commerce, community, innovation, heritage and recreation. One of the noticeable changes is the inclusion of principle statements, actions for the town to accomplish.“We are driving toward more principle statements of you we are,” Davidson said. “If you look at each focus area there are principle statements, and the initiatives under that drive that and try to make it a reality.”Each statement tells the public what the town is going to do in broad terms to promote a particular focus area and the initiatives give a more detailed list of actions.
Start the New Year on the right foot by participating in the Town of Marana’s Eighth Annual Egg Nog Jog on Jan. 1. The sanctioned 5K route begins at Continental Reserve Park and loops through the beautiful Reserve neighborhood.Pre-registration runs through Dec. 28 and costs $15. Event-day signups are $20 and can only be made by cash or check. The first 250 to register receive an event shirt. Register at marana.com/recreation or by calling 382-1950.Timing chips will be available on event day upon request. Participants will be entered to win fun raffle prizes from businesses including Fleet Feet, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Play It Again Sports and Anytime Fitness.New event features include snowfall at the finish line, kids’ activities and a Resolution Wall.Race day check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m. The park is located at 8568 N. Continental Reserve Loop.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, at about 11:45 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Walgreens at 11951 N. 1st Ave. in response to an assault. The victim, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, told police that at about 11:40 a.m., he was standing in front of the store and ringing a bell. At that point, a man parked his car near the entrance, got out of his car and walked toward him screaming profanities, calling him a pedophile and told him to stop staring at his daughter. The victim told the man he was not staring at his daughter. The man then spit on the victim, and then used both hands to push him and knocked him to the ground. The victim said he threw his bell at the man as he got in his car and drove away. Police watched surveillance footage that showed the incident and a witness gave them the license plate number to the suspect’s car. Later that day, police went to the suspect’s house but at that time, were unable to make contact with the man. The victim said he wanted to prosecute in this case. On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:44 a.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a woman on the phone who wanted to report a theft. She told police that while at Planet Fitness at 10525 N. Oracle Road, someone took a package of rolled coins from her car. The coins totaled $175. There was no damage to her car, as she believed she accidentally left the car unlocked. At 4:31 p.m., the woman called police to let them know she found the package of rolled coins and that her car was not burglarized. On Monday, Dec. 1, at 10:04 a.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a woman on the phone who wanted to report some criminal damage. The manager and representative for the Honey Bee Canyon Trail Estates HOA said that some time between the late hours of Nov. 24 and the early hours of Nov. 25, someone drive through and damaged the gate arms at the entrance to the development. The entrance was at Rancho Vistoso and Honey Bee Trail. Repairs had already begun on the gate arms, actuators and possibly the computer board with an estimated cost of $1,500 in damages.
MHC Healthcare (MHC) has been awarded additional funding through Community Partnership of Arizona (CPSA) to provide a full array of covered behavioral health services. With this funding, MHC is hiring up to 30 new positions to support the expansion of services.For information, visit www.mhchealthcare.org.
Join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Quintet for a tale of what happens to a chicken who is left behind at the County Fair at the next Just for Kids program, Juanita, the Adventurous Chicken. Performances are Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., just south of Grant Road, where there is always plenty of free parking. Just for Kids is a popular series of fun, informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts lasting 45 to 50 minutes. The performances use humor, story-telling, demonstrations and participation to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments in an entertaining and kid-friendly environment to families including those with very young children. The programs are presented at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on the first Saturday morning of each month from October through March.The sights, the sounds, the excitement of the county fair! Juanita the Chicken is having the time of her life, but Farmer Don accidentally leaves her behind! Join in Juanita’s journey back to the farm as she navigates dangers including an encounter with a Colonel who likes to cook chickens, and a very laid back pair of turtles at a delightful pond. Music is by Strauss, Hindemith, Mussorgsky and Debussy.The TSO Just for Kids series receives support from the Diamond Family Music Education Endowment Fund and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Keurig Green Mountain announced announced that is recalling more than 6.6 million beverage-brewing machines in the U.S.According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the brewing machine is hazardous because of tendencies to overheat during brewing and possibility of spray liquid and burning users.The recall involves Keurig® MINI Plus Brewing System with model number K10 (previously identified as model number B31).Recalled brewers have an identification number starting with “31” followed by a range of numbers printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the brewer.They are single-serve, hot beverage brewers and were sold in 13 different colors with silver trim. Colors include black, red, white, cobalt blue, aqua blue, purple, platinum, emerald, yellow, orchid, bayberry, mauve and poinciana. Recalled units were produced between December 2009 and July 2014 and can be identified by the serial number printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the brewer:
4-Mile and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Saguaro National Park - Tucson Mountain (West) DistrictDate/Time: January 10, 2015 - 8:30 - 10:30 am Registration: Register now online!Venue: Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain (West) District Cost: Free and Saguaro National Park Fee WaivedAddress: 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZDetails:
Whether you loved it or missed it, the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is replaying every night at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 and 8 through Jan. 5. The show takes place in our Municipal Complex Courtyard at 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.It’s a show that thrilled more than 1,500 attendees at our Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 6. Make it a family outing and see the show as often as you can through the holiday season.The Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting is part of the Town’s Signature Events Series, which also includes the Star Spangled Spectacular and Marana Harvest Festival.
Four years ago the Tucson community and the entire country were stunned by the events that unfolded on the corner just across the street. In the days that followed, Tohono Chul became a refuge and a place of healing for many. On this anniversary, join us in a day of reflection and remembrance and shared kindness. Admission is free with a donation of canned food to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank, an organization that has been helping seniors, the disabled and families in financial crisis achieve stable, healthy and independent lives for 30 years. They are in need of canned spaghetti sauce, meats, fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, rice, beans, cereal, and peanut butter, jams and jellies — be generous.From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., visitors can sit down in the Children’s Ramada with Docents from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and be inspired to jot a few lines or write a short poem to commemorate the day, reflect on life’s passages or share how they see our community coming together in positive and life-affirming ways. At noon, gather in the Performance Garden for readings of selected poems from the Center’s collection and, hopefully, our visitors’ efforts as well! And, finally at 1:30pm, join Yoga Instructor Barb Sherman for an hour of heart-centered, gentle yoga accompanied by poems selected to inspire and read by Julie Lauterbach-Colby from The Poetry Center.Stop by the Overlook from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help make beads that will become part of a Ben’s Bell, write a KIND note to someone you know and proudly share a Be Kind sticker! Ben’s Bells is all about intentional kindness and improving our ability to connect with one another. Founded by Jeannette Maré as a way to cope with the loss of her son Ben, the organization has developed a national presence in the past 12 years. Sculpted of clay, glazed and fired, Ben’s Bells pass through many hands in their creation, eventually hung randomly around Tucson to await discovery by happenstance. Find one, and you can take it home as a reminder to practice kindness every day.
Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District and Laguna Elementary School in the Flowing Wells Unified School District. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Roadrunner Elementary School students will have the unique opportunity to be treated to a shopping spree and holiday luncheon sponsored by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815. Joining them will be members from Casas Adobes Elks Lodge #2663 who will shop with Laguna Elementary School students prior to a holiday party at their lodge.Thirty-five Roadrunner students and ten Laguna students, grades K-6, will arrive at the Tucson Mall JCPenney store (south entrance) at 8:15 a.m. Elks Lodge volunteers will greet students and personally assist each student with their clothes and shoe purchases. The Lodge will donate $140 per child for purchasing new clothing and shoes.Following the shopping spree, Roadrunner students will attend a holiday luncheon party at approximately 11:00 a.m. at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge located at 10645 N. Oracle Rd. in Catalina. During the luncheon, students will be visited by Santa and Mrs. Clause, who will arrive on a Golder Ranch Fire District fire truck, to distribute a bagful of toys and school supplies.“Seeing the joy and appreciation on the faces of the children is one of our most gratifying experiences of the year,” said Robert Hurt, event co-chairperson of Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge. Joyce Garcia, event co-chairperson states, “This is one of our favorite times of the year. The students are so appreciative and it is heartwarming to see what a difference the day makes for these wonderful children.”“We are so fortunate that the Elks Lodge members continue to makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students during the holiday season,” says Kristina Brewer, Roadrunner Elementary principal. “Their heartfelt generosity brings the true holiday spirit to our families and demonstrates to our students the importance of giving to others.”Roadrunner Elementary, within Marana Unified School District, is a K-6 public elementary school serving approximately 448 students.
The Marana Police Department is investigating two recent reports of juveniles being approached by suspicious vehicles. Detectives are following up on both of these cases. The reports do not appear to be related to each other at this time.The first incident was reported on December 18th by the parents of a 10 year old boy. They reported the incident occurred on December 16, 2014 at approximately 4pm, near the intersection of Silverbell Road and Twin Peaks Road. The 10 year old boy was jogging down the side of the street when a tan/brown older model Mustang pulled up next to him. The driver asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy declined and the vehicle drove away. The vehicle then returned several minutes later and again asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy again declined. After the boy declined again, the driver yelled for the boy to get into the car. The boy became scarred and ran away from the vehicle and he hid in a nearby wash. The driver of the car exited his vehicle and looked around for the boy for several minutes before returning to his car and leaving. The boy was not injured during this incident.Suspect Description: Older model tan/brown Ford Mustang – unknown license plate Older Black Male Mustache
For those looking to enjoy some golfing in the next week, a 18-hole golf tournament will take place on Saturday, Dec. 27 at Quail Canyon Golf Course.The course is located off of Oracle and Rudasill roads and the tournament will start at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $30 and the green fee is $20. The tournament will include prizes and drawings as well as the honorary player, 102-year-old Jerry McWayne. Reservations for the tournament can be made at 520-405-7278.