Events & Meetings
Raising Cane’s Grand Opening
The much anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening of Raising Cane’s, 14385 W. Bell Road, was held on Friday, December 8. Several Councilmembers joined me to welcome the highly requested restaurant to Surprise. In attendance for the grand opening was the Willow Canyon band and hundreds of anxious residents. Welcome to Surprise, Raising Cane’s!
Surprise Fire-Medical Annual Awards
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department held its 12th Annual Awards Ceremony on December 8, 2017 in the City Council Chambers. The Awards Ceremony recognized members and their achievements within the Department for the past year. The award recipients are chosen through a nomination and voting process by the Department members, except for the Fire Chief’s Award. The Fire Chief reserves the right to select a member for the annual Fire Chief’s award. Typically, the award is given to one recipient. This year, Fire Chief Tom Abbott chose two recipients, Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief Jesus Rivera and Personnel and Community Affairs Battalion Chief Julie Moore.
Engineer Ryan Ellis received the Firefighter of the Year award. Members of the Department choose Ellis for multiple reasons, including his exemplary performance and professionalism on medical and fire calls; his management of the SFMD Communications Program; and his commitment to overseeing the SFMD Wildland Team. Ellis is known for his exceptional patient care, including the care of pediatric patients, and excellent customer service. He has served the Department for over 17 years.
The Perry award was created after a young Surprise Firefighter passed away from cancer in 2002. The award is presented to a fire suppression member that best epitomizes the SFMD values, which include respectfulness, positive behavior, responsibility, honesty, and pride. Firefighter Mike Meadors was recognized as the recipient of this year’s Perry Award.
Engine Company 301 and Ladder Company 305 were awarded the Company of the Year award for working a First Alarm fire in a large two- story apartment building. This award is normally given to one company, but the crew members from Engine 301 and Ladder 305 were recognized due to their coordinated incident plan of an interior fire attack and roof ventilation. The crews were able to stay ahead of the attic fire, stop the fire from extending into the unit’s living areas, and extinguish the fire.
Firefighter Louis D’Angelo was awarded Paramedic of the Year for his participation as the Co-Chair for the Emergency Medical Services Committee.
The ceremony also acknowledged promotions, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) hired within the past eighteen (18) months. SFMD has hired eighteen (18) Firefighters, an Administrative Technician, five (5) Paramedics, four (4) EMTs, and promoted one (1) Captain and seven (7) Engineers. A special badge pinning event took place for the Paramedics and EMTs hired for the SFMD ambulance service. Congratulations to all!
Quarterly STEM Council Meeting
Canyon Ridge STEM Council meeting was held on Monday, December 11. Principal Jill Hoppe led our meeting which included all the fantastic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events happening at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. Mark your calendars as Canyon Ridge STEM night will be held at the school on March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. to showcase the program which includes teaching code to their 1st graders. It is quite an impressive curriculum preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow!
Meet the Elected Officials Night
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Meet the Elected Officials Night on Wednesday, December 13 at Marley Park Heritage Club. This event provides an opportunity for the Chamber to develop or strengthen relationships with local officials, and state and federal legislators.
Mark Your Calendar
Council Meeting Next Week
City Council will be meeting for our regular meetings on Tuesday, December 19. Work Session will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.
Help Decorate for our “Deck the Hock” Holiday Event
We are decorating on Hollyhock Street for our first “Deck the Hock” holiday event and we need your help! Themed holiday trees and luminarias will be on display for everyone to enjoy on December 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street. The festivities also will include local choir performances, hot cocoa, and treats.
Donations of new or handmade ornaments for one of six themed trees are being accepted now through December 18. Drop off your donations at the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our tree themes are: patriotic, music, sports, Disney, animals and trains.
Blank luminaria bags can also be picked up at the Senior Center for you and your family to decorate.
For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or email Joe Gladieux at email@example.com.
Toy Drive in Full Swing
The Surprise Police began their annual toy drive late last month and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.
Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off through December 18 at the following locations throughout the city:
- Surprise Police Department,14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
- Sun City Grand Palms Center, 19726 N. Remington Drive
- Cimarron Club, 17100 W. Clearview Drive
- The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road
- Sun Village Community, 14300 W. Bell Road
- Sunflower Colonnade, 19116 N. Colonnade Way
- Vista de la Montana Adult Community, 18510 N. Parkview Place (Between 8 am and 5 pm)
- Sante of Surprise, 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive
- Sunflower RV Resort, 16501 N. El Mirage Road
- Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ
We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!
Spring Bookmark Contest
The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is partnering with non-profit Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their annual Spring Bookmark Contest which encourages local 6th – 8th graders to express their artistic talent by creating a reading and literacy-themed bookmark. Winners in each grade level will receive a plaque with their bookmark and a monetary award. In addition, their bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise. This year, an art show of all the entries will be held at the WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) headquarters during the month of March 2018.
Bookmark Contest Timeline:
- Contest begins December 11, 2017
- Entries are due no later than January 31, 2018
- Judging will occur February 7, 2018
Bookmark Contest Awards:
- 1st place awards and $100 cash prize for each grade level
- Honorable mention prize of $25 for each grade level
Bookmark Contest Entry Details:
- See entry form for all entry requirements – Bookmark Contest Entry Form
- Artwork size 2.5″ by 11″ only (out-of-size will be disqualified)
- Students may submit more than one entry, but each entry must have its own completed entry form
- Deliver or Mail entries to:
Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc.
ATTN: Bookmark Contest
16089 N. Bullard Ave Surprise AZ 85374
For more information, please contact Friends of the Surprise Libraries at firstname.lastname@example.org or (623) 826-4939.
Did You Know?
Call of Election
Notice of election that the city of Surprise will hold elections as follows:
- Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
- General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)
Offices to be filled – Four (4) Council Seats. Three (3) Council Seats with 4-year terms for Districts 1 (Acacia), 5 (Palm) & 6 (Palo Verde) with terms to expire 2022; and one Council Seat with a 2-year term, to fill the remainder of a term for District 3 (Mesquite District) that resulted in a vacancy from resignation in 2017, with term to expire December 2020.
Candidate Packets with Petitions are Available: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Parkway, Surprise, Arizona 85374.
Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
For further information or to set up an appointment for a Candidate’s Packet, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1220.