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From textbooks to housing, food to transportation, attaining a higher education is a costly endeavor. To provide a bit of help along the way, the Oro Valley Optimist Club recently awarded scholarships to five exemplary graduating high school seniors.

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Brushing the five-hour mark during a regular session last Wednesday, the Oro Valley Town Council approved the tentative form of next year’s budget—and set the spending cap just shy of $143 million. 

  • Onita Davis, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The red poppy is a powerful symbol of remembrance of the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation. Members of The American Legion Auxiliary have been helping the nation to remember by distributing the remembrance poppy to the public for almost one hundred years. 

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Pima County’s nine public swimming pools open Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 26). All pools will remain open until local school districts resume. Five pools will remain open through Labor Day, Sept. 3

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The pool of candidates seeking a seat on the Oro Valley Town Council this year grew larger after Melanie Barrett and Joyce Jones-Ivey turned in petition signatures to have their names added to the August primary ballot. 

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Local athletes from Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge dotted the AIA’s All-Region teams for boys volleyball, with Dorado Jack Call winning Player of the Year in the 5A Kino region. Nighthawk athletes Justin Miller and Jrue Jantz were co-players of the year in the 5A Sonoran region. 

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Andy and Katie Kosecki moved to Tucson fleeing the cold of their Wisconsin colleges. Katie landed a teaching job, while Andy worked in a few managerial positions for a few years. 

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Nestled at the foothills of the Catalinas is a brand new senior center hoping to differentiate itself from many of the other assisted living facilities in Oro Valley. The Oro Valley Senior Community Center is not a live-in location, it’s an entertainment and socializing hub for one of Arizon…

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Do you have a talent that you would like to show off—and potentially win $1,000 in the process? Oro Valley’s Got Talent is your chance to showcase your skills and take home some serious prize money. All performers ages eight and up are encouraged to attend. All talents are welcome, including…

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Katrina Wyckoff danced ever since she was a kid. In 2006, she became director of the Centre Stage Dance Studio in Oro Valley, and continued formal dancing. But in 2013, when she stumbled upon a pole sport and dancing class, everything changed. 

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Another year has gone by, and summer is here again. Whether you are looking for summer activities for adults or youth, Oro Valley has you covered. The Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department has summer action happening at all of our parks and facilities including the Aquatic Center, the C…

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The Social Services Students in the Community Organization and Development class at Pima Community College, in partnership with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona, is organizing a reception for children currently experiencing the trauma of cancer and other illness…

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Last week, the Oro Valley Town Council approved a resolution to propose an extension of the Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule” Option to the August 28 Primary Election ballot for voter approval. 

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In 1974, attorney Bill Rodman auditioned for a role in “40 Karats,” a play produced by the Glenview, Illinois Theatre Guild and its founder/director Judi Tamarkin, a single mother of three young children.

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The Town of Oro Valley invites the community to help “Chalk the Block” this Saturday, April 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fry’s parking lot at the intersection of West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive. It is a chance for residents to meet friends, family and neighbors for a fun art event…

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Teachers waved “Red for Ed” signs as passing cars honked their support before school on Wednesday, April 11. Forming a wall of red shirts, roughly 40 Amphitheater High School educators took part in a walk-in to demand better wages and school funding from the state legislature.

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With the voter-approved Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, residents told us loud and clear they want a complete community. A complete community is one where you can live, work, shop, play and learn. It is also a place with a unique identity and where people feel connected. So, what does t…

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Leslie Anne Berg remembers late husband, thanks community for support

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Tucson Electric Power recently presented its fifth annual TEP BrightEE Awards to 12 organizations that educate, inform and inspire the community about sustainability and energy efficiency. The Town of Oro Valley received the award for Community Partner of the Year. 

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At the statewide academic decathlon competition in Phoenix, Canyon del Oro High School succeeded in just about every way they could. Not only did they win the state competition for the fifth consecutive year, three students on the team received awards for their personal achievements. 

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Alivia Islas grew up watching her parents dance around the house. She learned how, through dance, people were able to communicate in so many other ways than words. However, this didn’t stop her from becoming passionate in writing as well. 

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There’s no gentle way to put it: summer time temps can be brutal in Oro Valley. We all know it, but we also know that there are plenty of ways to stay active while avoiding the heat. We’ve made it a priority to provide Oro Valley residents and guests with lots of alternative, cooler options …

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Cast members in “Our Town,” the Oro Valley Theatre Company production staged April 25, 26 and 29 at The Gaslight Music Hall, range in age from 11 to 75.

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Mountain View High School visited Ironwood Ridge High School last Thursday for girls tennis. Mountain View fell 3-5, with one match called for darkness.

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Several years after taking a step back from the political arena, Oro Valley resident Joseph Winfield has announced that he will make another run for the town’s top spot and challenge incumbent Mayor Satish Hiremath in this year’s election.

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Janet Bain dances around the huge empty room in the back of a bowling alley with Ceecee the doberman. Half dance, half obedience methods, it’s obvious both dog and owner are having a blast practicing their routine on a recent Tuesday in the back of Golden Pin Lanes.

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On Sunday, March 18, my wife and I visited an exhibition of The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., toward the end of a three-day exhibition at Riverfront Park in here in Oro Valley.  As I had never visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall …

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Oro Valley’s free Easter Eggstravaganza has a new location. That means more parking, more options and more fun. Join the town at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia, on Saturday, March 31 for the egg hunt you’ve been waiting for. The event also includes a petting zoo and food trucks.

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Oro Valley resident Joseph Winfield has decided to make a run at Oro Valley's top spot this year, and recently spoke with Tucson Local Media about his decision to re-enter the political arena.

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On a winter night in January 1993, by opening a doorway we experienced a stunning physiological revival. We left a world with an oxygen level around 14 percent; equivalent to being on a 15,000-foot-tall mountain. In fact, we were at a 3,900-foot elevation in southern Arizona. Oxygen had been…

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The Town of Oro Valley has seen another half a year go by in finance statements, and the town council took time during a recent regular session meeting to review the town’s fiscal strength with an explanation from the finance department.

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In case you haven’t already heard, the Town of Oro Valley has a brand-new, three-day celebration of the community we love! The new event, Celebrate Oro Valley—will be held April 13-15, and includes various activities and locations. With so many options, the town is confident there is somethi…

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While last year’s event boasted around 400 patrons, 2018’s Taste of Oro Valley is anticipating upwards of 600 attendees. This is a continuation of the event’s growth, both in numbers and importance in the community. The annual Taste of Oro Valley event is a gathering of restaurants and enter…

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Stretching above North Oracle Road is the first “wildlife bridge” in the Sonoran Desert; a passage of shrubs and cacti for animals to safely cross above the traffic whizzing by on the state highway. And among the scientists working on the project: the students of Manzanita Elementary.

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March 21 is recognized as a day of inclusion and acceptance in Oro Valley, a point driven home by the town council during the March 7 regular session, at which time they proclaimed next Wednesday World Down Syndrome Day in the town.

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Let’s take a look at some of the movers and shakers from across the north side over the past week. Here’s a snapshot from across the region: