Think green this Halloween

A recent consumer survey from Savers, Inc. showed that the average American family of four plans to spend about $300 on costumes, tricks, and treats this upcoming Halloween.

Instead of breaking the bank before the shopping season begins, savvy parents can nix the store bought costume and opt for designing their own.

Or, if you aren't handy with the needle, you can organize a costume swap in your local community. Last year's pirate costume may be your trash, but it's someone else's treasure.

By sending your costume to a reveler instead of the trash heap, you'll be doing Mother Nature a favor as well as your pocketbook.

Dispose of your unwanted meds this Saturday

Citizens are encouraged to bring their unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to be properly disposed at the Dispose-A-Med event taking place Oct. 29.

The meds will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Target store at 3901 W. Ina Road, at Thornydale Roads in Tucson.

Inhalers, syringes and needles will not be accepted.

This Dispose-A-Med is being presented by the Marana Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Meth Free Alliance, Optimist Club, Fraternal Order of Police, Northwest Fire District and Pima County Wastewater.

The event helps local organizations share information regarding drug awareness in the community. It also provides a platform on which residents and the organizations can explore possible solutions and preventive measures to make the community safe, healthy and drug free, according to Sgt. Tim Brunenkant, a spokesman for the Marana Police Department.

People with questions about their medications can discuss them with student pharmacists from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.

Wright to leave Marana for Wickenburg

Josh Wright has resigned from his position as director of strategic initiatives for the Town of Marana to become the town manager of Wickenburg.

His last day is Nov. 8.

Wright has served in his current position since February, overseeing the town's economic development and tourism, intergovernmental affairs, communications and marketing, strategic planning and special events departments.

Wright has worked his way up through the ranks at Marana. He started as a management intern in May 2006, and was named the interim building services administrator the following March. He took over as the assistant to the town manager in January 2007.

He holds bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and religious studies from the University of Arizona.

MHS Special Olympians ready to bowl Friday

The Marana High School Special Olympics team will compete in the Coronado Area Bowling Tournament Oct. 28, and the public is invited to attend and cheer on the team members.

Admission is free.

The tournament will take place at Golden Pin Lanes, 1010 W. Miracle Mile, near Fairview. The opening ceremony will start at 11:15 a.m., with competition to follow at 11:30.

This is the team's only bowling competition this year.

Festival to include ‘two minute to win it' contests

Legacy Traditional School will host a fall festival Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at its campus, 3500 W. Cortaro Farms Road.

The public is welcome to attend. Activities include arts and crafts and a "two minute to win it" competition.

Tickets are 50 cents each and can be used for food, games and stations.

Students will receive a goodie bag when they leave as a thank you.

Man killed while crossing road in heavy traffic

An 87-year-old man was killed yesterday after being struck by an SUV while crossing Thornydale Road near Ina Road.

Charles Greenleaf was struck about 7:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Tim Brunenkant of the Marana Police Department. The driver of the Chevy Suburban was traveling south on Thornydale and did not see Greenleaf, who was not walking in a crosswalk.

Greenleaf was taken to University Medical Center, where he died shortly after 9 a.m., Brunenkant said.

Greenleaf was a familiar face in the neighborhood and was often seen collecting cans at the shopping centers.

Witnesses told police officers he walked into traffic.

"I am told traffic on Thornydale is very busy with speeding traffic at that time of day. The driver did not see (Greenleaf) get into the roadway and didn't have time to stop," said Brunenkant.

He said no citations have been issued and no foul play is suspected.

OVPD asks for help to solve drive-by shooting

Oro Valley police are asking for the public's help in investigating a drive-by shooting that took place Wednesday, Oct. 19.

About 7:20 p.m., a woman and her two children got into their car after shopping at the Walmart located at 7951 N. Oracle Road. The woman told police that a white male driving what she believed to be a black Volkswagen hatchback cut her off while they were driving through the parking lot.

Both vehicles exited the parking lot onto westbound Magee Road. At the intersection of Northern Avenue and Magee, the suspect made an offensive gesture to the victims, according to a press release issued by Oro Valley police Lt. John Teachout.

The suspect then pulled up alongside the family's car, stopped and fired one round through their car's front windows as they drove past.

No one was seriously injured. There appears to be no connection between the suspect and victim in what appears to be a random act of violence, said Teachout.

Anyone with information related to this crime should call the Oro Valley Police Department at 229-4900, 911 or 88-Crime.

Applications being accepted for OV parade

Registration is now under way for individuals, businesses, local community organizations and school performing groups interested in entering the seventh annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade on Dec. 10.

Entry forms can be downloaded from, requested by calling 404-2825, or picked up at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 27.

Parade entries may include adults and children, pets, decorated vehicles, including antique cars and golf carts; commercial mascots, choral groups and marching bands.

The parade will last approximately 90 minutes. It will begin east of Ironwood Ridge High School at the intersection of La Cholla Boulevard and proceed east along Naranja Drive to the Oro Valley Public Library and town hall campus.

A special $50 entry fee for Oro Valley small businesses includes entry in the parade, with business names displayed on special recognition banners and parade T-shirts.

Hiremath Family Dentistry is the parade's title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.


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