Phoenix Arizona

Healthy Lifestyles Promoted at Phoenix’s Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health) by quotes

Healthy Lifestyles Promoted at Phoenix’s Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health)The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Washington Adult Center will be hosting a free family health and safety fair titled Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health) on Aug. 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Washington Adult Center is located at 2240 W. Citrus Way (near the intersection of Glendale and 21st avenues).

Brindar a tu Salud will feature free medical screenings and information booths with nutritional fun facts and summer survival techniques. Individuals attending the event also will be able to get free immunizations, refreshments and learn CPR and water safety.

The event also will feature fun activities that will get children involved in, and excited about their own health and nutrition including fingerprinting, safety tips, and fun food games involving gelatos, Jell-O eating, a gigantic food pyramid game, and fruit faces.

Event participants will receive free raffle tickets that are good for free visits to the Walk-In Medical Clinic and discount coupons that may be used at the clinic for school and sports physicals. The entire family is invited to come out and learn the easy steps to having a happy, healthy summer.

Those interested can call 602-262-6971 for more information.

Phoenix Convention Center Names Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing and Client Services Manager by quotes

Phoenix Convention Center Names Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing and Client Services Manager

Kathy Schultheiss has been named deputy director of sales and marketing and Larry Garcia has been named client services manager of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Prior to joining the Phoenix Convention Center, Schultheiss served as vice president of Convention Sales and Marketing for Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. and began her career in the hospitality industry as director of Sales at Holiday Inn in North Platte, Neb.

With more than 15 years of experience specializing in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry, Schultheiss heads an aggressive sales and marketing program for the Phoenix Convention Center and interfaces daily with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and downtown hotels to maximize event activity in the center.

Schultheiss is a certified meeting professional and certified hospitality sales professional.

“Kathy brings a proven, successful track record in convention sales and we are delighted to have her on our team,” said Jay Green, director, Phoenix Convention Center Department.

Prior to being named client services manager, Garcia served as operations manager for Symphony Hall and Orpheum Theatre. He also served as the event services manager and as operations manager at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

With more than 20 years of experience specializing in event facility problem solving, Garcia now oversees the convention center’s client services section which includes direct supervision of event managers and event representatives.

Garcia is a 2004 graduate of the Public Assembly Facility Management School and an active member of the International Association of Assembly Managers.

“Larry is a seasoned professional and his experience in the convention center industry is critical as we open Phase One of our expansion,” said Green. “We congratulate him on his promotion.”

In addition to the Phoenix Convention Center, the City of Phoenix Convention Center Department also owns/operates a family of venues including seven downtown parking garages and Phoenix Stages (Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre and Herberger Theater Center).

The Phoenix Convention Center’s current $600 million expansion will elevate it into the top 20 convention centers in North America. When the expansion is complete in late 2008, the convention center will feature nearly 900,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.

For more information about the convention center, visit or call 602-262-6225.

Phoenix Arizona – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcomes New Citizens at Library Ceremony by quotes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcomes New Citizens at Library Ceremony

Fifty area residents became Arizona’s newest U.S. citizens today during a special ceremony at Burton Barr Central Library, the second naturalization ceremony that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has held at the downtown Phoenix library.

The new citizens hail from 24 countries: Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Germany, Grenadines, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Somalia and Switzerland.

U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver, District of Arizona, administered the Oath of Allegiance during the official court proceedings.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard congratulated the new Americans, and Phoenix City Librarian Toni Garvey welcomed the new citizens and encouraged them to take advantage of the library’s services.

The relationship between USCIS and the library goes back to 2005, when Community Liaison Officer Raul Bustamante approached library officials to make them aware of the agency’s new electronic services and the importance of getting information out to individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits. The library, which has been proactive in reaching out to the city’s immigrant community, saw an opportunity to welcome some of the newest citizens while introducing them to the network of city libraries and resources available to them through the library system.

Teens played an important role in today’s ceremony: Members of the Phoenix Public Library Teen Council organized both events to celebrate the positive aspects of the culturally-rich immigrant community. The teen rock band, Tanicus, performed the national anthem and teens from the Phoenix Police Explorers posted the colors.

“Welcoming new citizens is one of the most important things we do as a country,” said Robert Okin, district director of USCIS in Phoenix. “Working with the library, it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the teens participating in this event, and to experience the cooperation between USCIS and the city of Phoenix in our common goal of serving the local immigrant community.”

During fiscal year 2005, more than 600,000 new Americans were sworn in as U.S. citizens in ceremonies around the nation. Of those, 6,700 were Arizona residents.

For more information about immigration services, the public should call 1-800-375-5283 or visit

For information about the library, call 602-262-4636 or visit

Oath of Allegiance

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation of purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Phoenix Youth Earn While They Learn in Summer Health Care Training Program by quotes

Phoenix Youth Earn While They Learn in Summer Health Care Training ProgramToday, students of the Summer Youth Health Care Initiative participated in a graduation ceremony marking the completion of a five-week Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP), which offered academic and work experience training in the health care field.

The program, hosted by the city’s Community and Economic Development and Human Services departments, reached out to youth to generate interest in pursuing health care careers.

The program promotes health care occupations by providing professional and educational opportunities for youth in a classroom setting and at health care facilities. The youth also were encouraged to pursue higher education to achieve their career goals.

“These students are the future of Phoenix,” said Councilman Greg Stanton, who chairs the City Council Education Subcommittee. “Getting our young people experience in this crucial career field will lead to a better-trained workforce, while boosting the region’s economy.”

Students attended classes at Gateway Community College and at the Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona and worked at Valley hospitals, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Arizona Heart Institute and John C. Lincoln Hospital.

Funded by SYWEP and the Phoenix Workforce Connection, this program enabled students to earn five college credits by completing coursework for Introduction to Health Care and Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers, in addition to receiving 100 hours of paid work experience.

For more information about youth career resources and programs, visit and click on youth or call 602-262-6776.

Rental tax change effective October 1 by quotes
July 28, 2006, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Business, City of Tempe News, Tax, Taxes, Tempe

Rental tax change effective October 1

TEMPE, Ariz.- Effective Oct. 1, 2006, all residential rentals in Tempe
will be subject to the city’s 1.8 percent privilege (sales) tax ,
regardless of the number of units owned. Previously, the tax only
applied to an individual who owned two or more residential rental units
in Arizona with one of the rentals located in Tempe.


To help citizens understand this ordinance change, the Tax & License
Division will hold free, hour-long taxpayer information seminars in City
Council Chambers at Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St.:


* Aug. 9, from 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.
* Sept. 13, from 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.


This change is one out of the nine recommendations given to the City
Council by the Ad Hoc Rental Housing Task Force created in June 2005 to
develop new ideas to reduce the negative effects of rentals on
single-family neighborhoods.


For more information on this change, call 480-350-2955.

Isaac School Pedestrian Bridge Schedule Accelerating by quotes
July 28, 2006, 3:26 pm
Filed under: City of Phoenix News, Education, K-12 Schools, Phil Gordon, Phoenix, Schools, Youth | Tags:

 Isaac School Pedestrian Bridge Schedule Accelerating

Construction and completion of the west Phoenix pedestrian bridge to serve Isaac Middle School will be accelerated by more than a year, thanks to the work of Rep. Ed Pastor. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2007, with completion targeted for the spring of 2008.

“We thank Congressman Pastor for all of his hard work meeting with ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration to push up the timetable for this important bridge,” said Councilman Tom Simplot, who represents the area. “The congressman and the city’s Street Transportation Department are playing key roles in making sure students in the Isaac School District have a safe path to school.”

“This bridge means so much to our community,” said Mayor Phil Gordon. “Having it finished a year early will not only benefit the kids, but also help with the progressive revitalization going on in this area.”

“We are pleased to help the Isaac community,” said Rep. Pastor. “The safety of children is a priority and we want to do all we can to get this bridge built as quickly as possible.”

The bridge will be built near the intersection of 34th Avenue and McDowell Road, leading to Isaac Middle School. It will span a busy stretch of road where hundreds of schoolchildren cross every day to and from school. The federal government is funding the $3.1 million project.

Phoenix Youth Commission Has Grants Available for Youth Projects by quotes
July 28, 2006, 3:13 pm
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 Phoenix Youth Commission Has Grants Available for Youth Projects

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission is accepting applications from local schools for the 2006 Focus on Results (FOR) Youth Grants.

Grants up to $12,000 are available for projects or activities that occur between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007.

This year, $90,000 will be available for grants through the Phoenix Youth and Education Commission to fund recommendations from the Phoenix Youth Town Hall. The goal of the FOR Youth Grants program is to create new or support existing activities that promote teen involvement in the community.

Applicants must represent a middle or high school (public, charter or private) that serves grades 7 – 12. The school must be located in Phoenix or have more than 50 percent of the student attendance from within the Phoenix city limits. Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Sept. 1.

A panel of youth and adults from the Youth and Education Commission will review the grants. The panel will review each application and evaluate proposals based on project quality; active involvement of students; staff qualifications, commitment and ability to execute the project; commitment to diversity; impact on the student body; and representation of all students on campus.

To apply online, visit To view the 2006 Youth Town Hall report, visit the or e-mail /**/ ECAM to request a copy.

For more information, call the city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office at 602-495-0314.