Surprise, AZ (February 24, 2015) Take the confusion out of annuities by getting the facts! Plan to attend one of two free workshops being offered by the City of Surprise this March.
The workshops, which will take place March 10 and March 17, are being taught by Mark Melkowski and Robert Feinholz with the American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA) and will cover the following topics:
• What is an annuity? • What are the various types of annuities? • Can annuities provide lifetime income? • Can annuities lose money? • How to choose the right annuity for you.
• What protection or guarantees do Annuities offer? • What are the fees?
The March 10 workshop will be held 10-11:30 a.m. and the March 17 workshop will be held 4-5:30p.m. Both workshops will be held in Conference Room 150 of the City Hall Building at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise 85374. For information or registration, call Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register early since space is limited.
AFEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that provides complimentary financial workshops in communities nationwide.
Surprise, AZ (February 27, 2015)
Surprise residents- it’s the perfect time to prune your landscape and take advantage of the Spring Clean-up Event on Saturday, March 14.
The Spring Clean-up Event allows Surprise residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.
The event runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items that will be accepted include lawn waste and other typical household refuse.
Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and electric bill showing the same home address.
NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted on March 14. Items such as paint, batteries, tires and pool chemicals will be collected at the city’s Household Hazardous Waste event, April 11, at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Firefox Drive.
For more information about either event, please call 623.222.6000, or visit the Public Works website at www.surpriseaz.gov.
By Rusty Bradshaw
Independent Newsmedia, Inc. USA Updated March 3, 2015
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Surprise officials are looking for resident input for a public art project that will be part of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue intersection renovation when that construction begins in early next year.
The city will host two meetings to discuss the aesthetic improvements to the upcoming Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project. Resident input will be used to help design a project that reflects the community. Artist Meg Saligman is partnering with the city and will be on hand to discuss artistic concepts.
The meetings are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9 in the Kiva Room in Sun City Grand’s Sonoroan Plaza, 19752 N. Remington Drive; and two sessions 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Communiversity at Surprise, 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza.
Call Surprise Long Range Planning Manager Lloyd Abrams at 623-222-3021
Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:00 am By Richard Smith, DAILY NEWS-SUN
The WinCo waiting game continues.
Construction stopped on the 85,000-square-foot grocery store on Bell Road just west of Loop 303 after a mid-October arbitrator’s ruling brought up issues with the site plan.
Phoenix-based firm Beus Gilbert PLLC represents LDR, property owner for the shopping center anchored by Safeway just west of the WinCo site, in several lawsuits related to the project.
Beus Gilbert attorney Paul Gilbert said earlier this week that three arbitrators heard two days of additional testimony on the site plan nearly a month ago and have not returned a ruling.
Phoenix-based firm Gammage & Burnham represents WinCo with regards to the site plan. Attorney Richard Mahrle said construction has resumed at the site.
While that’s true, work on the main structure is still held up as a site plan ruling awaits. WinCo officials originally planned to open the store in March.
Surprise officials said there has been some utility work and other items where building inspectors are called into action, but had no further details. WinCo representatives did not respond to calls.
If the site plan is approved, WinCo can finish construction unencumbered. If the arbitrator rules in favor of Beus Gilbert, it is likely that the case will go to court, Gilbert said in December.
Surprise, AZ (February 12, 2015) The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department is seeking volunteers to assist with food service at the Surprise Senior Center.
Volunteer shifts are typically once or twice per week during the weekdays and last between two and four hours. Volunteer hours are flexible and coordinated to meet individual availability.
Volunteerism is an important component of community vitality. Volunteers give back to the community by sharing their unique talents in a variety of areas that positively impact the City of Surprise. Volunteers are valuable, vibrant and appreciated!
If you would like to become an active Senior Center Volunteer, please fill out an online application at www.surpriseaz.gov or visit our Senior Center at 15832 North Hollyhock Street and pick up a volunteer application.
For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at email@example.com or call 623.222.1500.
Free workshop: Preserving, Protecting and Understanding your IRA
Surprise, AZ (March 3, 2015) The City of Surprise is offering a free IRA workshop that will focus on strategies to help with retirement planning, whether you are preparing to retire or are already using an IRA for retirement.
Mark Melkowski and Robert Feinholz, instructors with the American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA), are prepared to answer the following questions:
• How is a traditional IRA different from a Roth IRA?
• How are IRAs regulated and taxed by the Federal Government?
• What does IRS Publication 590 say about your IRA?
• What are the top 10 IRA mistakes?
• What are the tax advantages and disadvantages of an IRA for you and your heirs?
• How do “stretch provisions” allow you to pass IRA assets over generations?
• Do IRAs pass tax free to your heirs?
• Are annuities right for retirement and IRAs?
The workshop will be held at Surprise City Hall – Conference Room 150 on Tuesday, March 24 from 10-11:30 a.m.
For information or registration, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register early since space is limited.
AFEA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit financial education organization.
Public invited to voter participation forum March 26
Surprise, AZ (March 3, 2015) The City of Surprise is home to nearly 124,000 residents, with more than half of them registered to vote, yet in the last citywide election only 36% actually voted!
Help change that statistic by attending a forum that’s designed to stimulate ideas on how to increase accessibility and ease of voting.
“Election Protection: Creative Solutions for Increasing and Sustaining Voter Participation” will be held Thursday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Dysart Unified School District’s Nathaniel Dysart Education Center – Main Conference Room, 15802 N. Parkview Place.
The program will feature presentations by Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman and Yavapai County Election Director Lynn Constable and will cover the following information:
• How county election officials are working to ensure that voters have more information on how to participate in elections
• New voting technologies and practical solutions to allow voters to participate easily and conveniently
• Innovative and positive programs that have been or will be implemented in Arizona to increase/facilitate voter participation
Following the presentations, attendees are invited to stay to brainstorm additional ways to facilitate increased voter participation. There will also be an opportunity for residents to register to vote and to sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List.
The forum is being hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County and is co-sponsored by the City of Surprise and other local organizations.
For more information, please contact Carol Mattoon, Program Coordinator for the League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County at email@example.com or 623.815.1019.
March 3, 2015 (Surprise, AZ) The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise residents between the ages of 15 – 19.
Through the City Council-approved Surprise Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 30 hours a week for 10 weeks. Chosen interns will earn $8.00 per hour.
Twenty interns will be selected to receive professional development training; from shadowing a building inspector to working with seniors.
Eligibility Requirements: • Family income must be at or below 80% of area median income • Must be a full time student • Must reside in Surprise • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S
• Must have access to reliable transportation (if selected).
Applicants will also have to submit income verification documents and letter of recommendation by school teacher, counselor or other non-related adult, along with the application at the time of application.
Applications are now available at the Surprise Senior Center and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/syep. Applicant names must be written as to match what is listed on their Social Security Card. Applicants are also asked to list areas of interest so that they may be placed in a complementary employment opportunity.
Applications are due by April 3, 2015 (by 5 p.m.); submitted through e-mail (Muriel.Gutierrez@surpriseaz.gov) or mailed to/dropped off to the Surprise Senior Center:
Muriel Gutierrez, Human Service and Community Vitality Department
Re: Youth Employment Program Application
15832 N. Hollyhock Street
Surprise, AZ 85378
Qualified applicants will be contacted and then screened through an interviewing process in April 2015. Final participants will be notified if they are selected for a position by May 8 and must pass a drug test (with parent consent form), and any other pre-employment screening the City deems necessary.
Surprise, AZ (March 6, 2015) Surprise Police will host a bicycle skills event at the Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV). The “Bike Rodeo” will take place on March 28, 2015, from 8am to 12pm, in the main church parking lot at 14787 West Cholla Street, in Surprise.
The “Bike Rodeo,” designed to teach skills needed to ride safely, will help bicyclists enjoy riding while reducing their chance of injury. The event will comprise of a series of stations; each one dealing with an important aspect of safe cycling. Prior to participating, cyclist will have their bikes inspected and will learn and practice bicycle-handling skills.
• Bicyclists ages 6 and up are invited to attend
• All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
• Participants must bring their own bicycles and bring all safety equipment (helmets, kneepads, elbow pads, etc.)
The funding for this event was provided by a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS).
For more details on the event, please contact Sergeant Tim Klarkowski at (623)-222-4106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 17 minutes Item 8. Discussion and possible action forming a committee to review and make recommendations to council on funding capital improvement projects within the city, based on information and direction from council obtained at the February 17th Council Work session. – APPROVED RESOLUTION 2015-21