The passing of MCSO Deputy William Coleman has become part of the history and fabric of this community. As such, a permanent reminder of his service and sacrifice are in the works. Dennis Hider, commander for VFW post 12031 in Anthem, addressed Council at its Jan. 25 meeting requesting support to erect a permanent memorial dedicated to Coleman in the vicinity of the makeshift memorial at Anthem Way, where Coleman was killed Jan. 8.
“We as veterans, and all first responders know the cost of service and protection. Deputy Coleman has paid the ultimate price in service to our community,” Hider said. Hider said his post intends to make a substantial donation to the project, and it will take overall responsibility for fundraising efforts.
One of three similar renderings
presented for consideration, with
dimensions of 2' X 2' X 8" at the base,
and measuring 4' 4" in height.
Also gathering dresses in Anthem is Tempe-based Cinderella Affair. A donation box is in the front office at Anthem Preparatory Academy at 42212 N. 41st Dr., Suite 105, Anthem (just south of U-Haul Self Storage). Info: cinderellaaffair.org .
What You Can Give
Accessories & Shoes
Students from Boulder Creek High School are organizing a local toy drop-off to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. National Junior Honor Society members from Canyon Springs and Diamond Canyon schools are partnering with the high schoolers to collect toys.
Freshman Ashley Ryer, whose dad is a former marine, is organizing the toy drive as part of her business management and operations class at BCHS. She told In&Out, “We want to give hope to the less fortunate in our community during these rough times.”
From left, senior Allison Schrafel, freshmen Ashley Ryer and Aqura Phanthadeth. The trio kicks off the Toys for Tots drive at BCHS.
Toys for Tots
Donate new, unwrapped toys at North Valley Regional Library until
Nov. 28. Toys will be given to needy children during the holiday season.
BCHS Key Club Also Collecting Gifts
Want to buy a gift for a specific family in need? Mittens with gifts written on them will be hanging in the library from Nov. 28 –Dec. 17. Pick up a mitten and return it to the library with the gift.
DMFD Toy Collection
The Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charity Association is collecting new toys, clothing and blankets for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center.
DMFD Toy Drive
Outlets at Anthem
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dec. 3, 10 & 17
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Salvation Army Anthem Extension Unit is looking for a few good men (and women and children) to ring the bell this holiday season. Last year the red kettles brought in more than $22,000—all of which went to helping local families. Bell ringers are needed beginning the day before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Salvation Army Extension Unit helps families in need with rent, utilities, prescriptions, food and other basic needs.
Help Ring Those Bells
Choose a two-hour shift.
Fridays,10 a.m.–6 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m–5 p.m.
Plans to widen and remove the S-curve on New River Road have been scrubbed in favor of making the existing roadway safer for drivers.
“This is good news,” New River Desert Hills Community Association Vice President Terry Marron told In&Out. He gave props to County Supervisor Andy Kunasek for listening to neighbors in New River who were vocal about their objections to changing the curve.
Marron acknowledged that this stretch of road is dangerous, especially to drivers who are unfamiliar to the area. But he said, “The community doesn’t want a wider road and I just don’t think it’s necessary.”
In response, MCDOT said it will add signage, rumble strips and reflective striping through the curve.
The UPS Store on Daisy Mountain Drive is now servicing customers of The UPS Store on Anthem Way after that location suddenly closed shop. A single owner used to own both locations prior to closing the doors suddenly the second week in August.
Jeanne Boulware of Anthem had a two-year mail box agreement with the now-closed UPS store. She said she went to the Anthem Way location Thursday, Aug. 11 to pick up a package only to be greeted by a notice stating the tenant had been evicted. “I would have liked being given some notice that this was going to happen,” Boulware said. “I feel ripped off by the old owners as they had to have known for some time this was going to happen.”
Arizona residents who shop online or travel out of state will now be reminded to pay a “use” tax on their 2011 tax return.
A state bill passed April 15 requires a new line-item for goods purchased from your virtual basket or won at auction on eBay where you didn’t pay sales tax. (The tax is often not charged when buying across state lines.)
Work is underway on 7th Street between Carefree Highway and Desert Hills Drive. Neighbors can expect to see crews grading and paving, as well as installing guardrail and working in the shoulders on both sides of the street to improve drainage. According to Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the temporary closures and lane restrictions could take place anytime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily with some evening and weekend work.
When complete, drivers will have a continuous left turn lane along 7th Street. MCDOT said they are also adding “right-turn only” lanes on north and southbound 7th Street for east- and westbound travel onto Desert Hills Drive, as well as left-turn only lanes in all four directions.
Residents will still be allowed access during construction. After the project is complete, crews will return four weeks later to stripe the road.
Did you miss the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Phoenix a few weeks ago? Disappointed you didn’t catch the high-wire act or the dizzying trapeze? Well, if you can’t wait until next year for high-flying thrills, just head over to the Anthem Community Center pool to catch the Arizona Heat Dive Team in action. It’s every bit as good as the center-ring. Every member will amaze you with thrilling aerial skills.