Grand opening of new Marana park is Feb. 27

Grand opening of Marana's new Crossroads at Silverbell Park is being celebrated with a full day of events on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Events begin at 10 a.m. that Saturday with a dedication ceremony by Mayor Ed Honea and the Marana Town Council, staff and dignitaries. A Native American blessing, flag raising, and ribbon cutting are part of the day.

Family-friendly activities ensue, including soccer and Little League games, 3-on-3 basketball, adult softball tournaments, library events, live music and an adopt-a-thon in the dog park. "Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to close out the day with the movie 'Field of Dreams' at 7 p.m.," a release from the town said.

Crossroads at Silverbell Park is a $4 million facility "that reflects the community's rich cultural and archaeological history and offers the latest in recreational amenities."

The park is located on 48 acres at the southeast corner of Cortaro Road and Silverbell Road, next to the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Branch Library. It offers "the latest in recreational amenities such as an outdoor performance area, bike and walking paths, picnic and group ramadas, multi-use sports fields, play areas, restrooms, concessions, a dog park, preserved cultural and geological features and more," the release concluded.


House Dems in Thursday issues meet with public

Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives are holding a public legislative issue and advocacy forum this Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Northwest.

The event, with a special invitation from District 26 Democratic Rep. Nancy Young Wright, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cross Middle School, 1000 W. Chapala Drive.

House Democratic lawmakers will discuss "the state budget crisis, the legislative process and how the public can make their voices heard," a release said.

"We would like to continue an effort to bring more openness and transparency in the legislative process to the people of Arizona," said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. "I look forward to our continued dialogue during these difficult times as we work to build a stronger and better future for Arizona."


Marana needs aid to beat back grass Feb. 6

The Town of Marana is beating back buffelgrass on Saturday, Feb. 6, and it needs volunteers for its third annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day.

Marana's pull site is located along the south side of Cortaro Road. Participants are asked to meet in the Bashas' parking lot on the southeast corner of Cortaro and Thornydale roads.

Volunteers should wear long pants and close-toed shoes and bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen and water, a release said. The event lasts from 8 to 11 a.m.

The rapid spread of buffelgrass and the conversion of flameproof desert to flammable grassland "has become one the region's most pressing environmental issues," the release said. Municipalities and other organizations have established 10 pull sites located across the region.

Participants should register online by visiting and following the links to the registration page.


Town of OV Hires new director of human resources

Betty Dickens has been hired as the new human resources director for the Town of Oro Valley.

She'll begin her new position the second week of February, according to a town release. Dickens succeeds Sandra Abbey in the position.

Dickens is a third-generation Arizonan who has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years, most recently with Maricopa County. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Arizona, human resources management certification from the University of Phoenix and a human performance improvement certification with Arizona State University.

Dickens resides in Tucson with her husband, Glen, who currently serves as the Pima County Department of Transportation's intergovernmental relations manager.


Documents shred Feb. 6 in Catalina

A document shredding event is being held in Catalina on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Long Realty Company's Catalina office, Canyon Community Bank and Catalina Community Services are sponsoring "Shred-It," which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that Saturday in the parking lot at Long Realty and Canyon Bank, 15883 N. Oracle.

To participate, people are asked to bring a can of food or a monetary donation for the Catalina Community Food Bank.

 "Enjoy some food, do some spring cleaning, protect your privacy and help the community … all at the same time," a release said.

The shredding maximum is five boxes of copy-paper size. For information, call 665-4200.


Mountain Vista has seat open on its fire board

A seat is open on the board of directors for the Mountain Vista Fire District.

Interested individuals who reside within the fledgling district are invited to submit a letter of interest on or before Friday, Feb. 12.

Letters may be sent to Scott Butler, administrative chief, Mountain Vista Fire District, 2292 W. Magee Rd., Suite 190, Tucson, 85742.

Butler may be reached at 575-4087.


Area chamber urges 'yes' on OV home rule

Voters in Oro Valley should pass the Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation Option, commonly known as "home rule," according to a position statement from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

A "home rule" question is on the March 9 ballot. If approved, the Town of Oro Valley would continue to set its own budget limits locally based upon community needs. The alternative would be for the state of Arizona to impose the budget limits based upon a fiscal year 1979-80 formula, "thus reducing the town budget by approximately $74 million," the chamber said.

"Home rule approval does not allow for new taxes, nor does it allow the town to otherwise spend more money than it receives from revenues generated," the release concluded.


Math contest this Saturday at NW school

Sonoran Science Academy hosts the sixth annual MathMatters competition this Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The contest, open to area fourth- and fifth-grade students, is being held at both the Northwest location, at 2325 W. Sunset Road, and the East location, 6880 E. Broadway Blvd.

MathMatters is intended "to stimulate interest and achievement in mathematics," and to recognize "outstanding young mathematicians, their dedicated teachers and schools," a release said. More than 300 students registered for the test in 2008.

Students start the day competing in a 20-question test, with top prizes to include a Wii and an iPod. Teachers are also recognized for their students placing in the top three.

After the competition, students can view a robotics demonstration.

Participation in the event is free, though registration is required because space is limited. Online registration is available at, through Thursday, Jan. 28.

For more information, go to or call 665-3400.


Casino Night to aid Marana schools Feb. 13

The third annual Casino Night Gala fund-raiser for the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is rolling on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, from 6 to 11 p.m., is being held in the Stardance Event Center at the Lazy K Bar Ranch, 8401 N. Scenic Drive off Continental Reserve Loop and Silverbell Road.

It's a night of cocktails, dinner, dancing and casino-style entertainment, with all proceeds to benefit the Marana Unified School District.

Tickets are $49 per person, including $10 in chips, or $88 per couple, including $20 in chips. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 5, by calling Brenda Drury at 682-4774, or by e-mail at

The Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is a non-profit that raises money to "fund, support and enhance innovative educational programs" within Marana schools. Last year's fund-raiser enabled the foundation to give more than $15,000 in "mini grants" to innovative educational programs within MUSD.


Marana PD at 'Tip-A-Cop' event Feb. 3

Members of the Marana Police Department are participating in "Tip-A-Cop" next Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Texas Roadhouse.

The event is set from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and benefits Special Olympics.

Tip-A-Cop "unites men and women from law enforcement to assist wait staff and collect tips from patrons to support Special Olympics," a release said. The Marana PD plans to have vehicles on display and officers available to speak with members of the community.

"This is a great event that benefits a very worthy cause," said MPD Chief Terry Tometich. "Local law enforcement agencies appreciate all the support they receive from Texas Roadhouse to make Tip-A-Cop possible."

Texas Roadhouse is located at 8450 North Cracker Barrel Road in Marana.


Chamber hosts candidate forum this Thursday

A Town of Oro Valley candidate forum is being hosted this Thursday, Jan. 28, by the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce and the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Invitations have been extended to the three candidates for mayor, Satish Hiremath, incumbent Mayor Paul Loomis and Mike Zinkin; and the seven candidates for town council, incumbent K.C. Carter, Don Emmons, Mark Finchem, Joe Hornat, Matthew Rabb, Mary Snider and Lou Waters.

The public is invited to attend. Mark Evans of is the moderator.


OV Subway has new look, deals for celebration

The Subway Restaurant located 10565 N. Oracle in Oro Valley has re-opened with a new look.

To celebrate, the store is holding a "Renovation Celebration" this Friday, Jan. 29, giving customers a free six-inch sub with the purchase of a six-inch sub and 32-ounce drink. There are contests for sandwich and cookie platters.

The Oracle Road Subway is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. It's owned by Mark Roden, who owns 47 other Subways in Arizona, and has been in the Subway business for more than 20 years.

Subway Restaurants is the world's largest sandwich franchise, with more than 31,500 locations in 90 countries.



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