November 6, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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Shadow Ridge DECA

Shadow Ridge High School staff and DECA club members held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the student run school store, The Stable. The DECA program offers youth a wide range of opportunities to gain experience in marketing, finance, hospitality and more. I was honored to attend and wish these students the best of luck.

Local Veteran Receives a Congressional Award

Congratulations to Larry Brown, a Surprise resident and honored Veteran, who received the 4th Annual Congressional Veterans of Distinction Award by Senator Martha McSally via Keith Forte at a recent Council meeting.

Surprise resident and veteran Larry Brown displays his award with Surprise City Councilmembers.

Toll Brothers Tour

Toll Brothers provided a detailed tour of the progress of their Sterling Grove community, which will offer an 18-hole golf course, three pools, lakes, a clubhouse, a spa, restaurants and much more. In January 2020, they are scheduled to open 13 model homes. On a side note, I would like to thank Toll Brothers for working closely with the city to coordinate the Cactus road closure to coincide with the Shadow Ridge High School fall break and minimize the inconvenience to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Traffic and Road Construction

In addition to the Cactus closure noted above, the city has been completing a number of local roadway projects including pavement preservation, underground utility work and street widening. Keep up-to date on road closures and traffic restrictions at

Day of Service

300+ volunteers assembled for another great Day of Service event. Many amazing projects were completed including painting, landscaping and beautifying a picnic area. I hope you will consider giving back to our amazing community by participating in future events. Please call Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 for info.

One Step Beyond

A huge ‘thank you’ to One Step Beyond for a tour of their facility. I applaud your dedication to creating essential community partnerships and helping those residents with intellectual disabilities achieve their goals.

Councilmembers Duffy and Hayden tour the One Step Beyond facility.

Care and Share Expo

The Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission organized a free community event that focused on highlighting the many services and programs available in our community. It was inspiring to see so many people contribute to make this a success.

Ottawa University

Two of the three much-anticipated new buildings at Ottawa University are complete! The 300+ bed Residence Hall features fully-furnished four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office. The Student Union houses a number of amenities including a cafeteria, indoor/outdoor dining spaces, campus mailroom, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge with indoor/outdoor fireplace and designated quiet study spaces. The O’Dell Center for Athletics will be fully open soon and will include a four-court gymnasium, recreation center, an athletic training room, five classrooms, locker rooms and more.


Spring Training tickets are now on sale! The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have released their 2020 Spring Training schedule with an opening day game on Friday, February 21. If you would like to purchase season tickets, mini plans or specialty ticket packages, please visit or call 623-222-2222. Individual game tickets will be on pre-sale beginning Saturday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

There are some special events planned for Veterans Day on November 11th. Please join us at the north entrance of Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., at 8 a.m. for the Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication. This new space is the cumulative effort of countless companies and individuals that donated time and materials to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. There will also be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by the annual Veterans Day Parade on Bullard Ave from Paradise Lane to Tierra Buena Lane beginning at 10 a.m.

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council, in partnership with the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera, provide a series of Lunchtime and Sunset Theater performances. The next performance will be Promusica Holiday Concert on December 12, 2019 at noon at Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. Feel free to bring your lunch or order lunch in advance by calling Sunsational Coffee at 623.544.8979. Orders are delivered to Arts HQ before the performance.


As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at

I hold a monthly meet and greet at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please stop by and chat with me.

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration at Surprise Recreation Campus