PV Mall JCPenny cashier Jacalyn Thompson wins $5K reward package

Jacalyn Thompson, a cashier at the Paradise Valley Mall JCPenney, was one of eight associates company-wide to receive a $5,000 reward package. “I’m proud to award Jacalyn Thompson with this special opportunity as she worked hard to deliver strong customer service to shoppers throughout the holiday season,” Veronica Yates, general manager of the JCPenney at […]

Pipeline AZ launches online career site in Maricopa County

Pipeline AZ, a career exploration tool funded by the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, has officially launched in the Arizona market. Dedicated to keeping top talent in the state, Pipeline AZ focuses on connecting job seekers with local pathways to education or directly to employment that specifically matches personal skills and interests, according to a […]

Dalke decides to stay on through Paradise Valley budget season, initially

It appears Interim Town Manager Brian Dalke will remain with the Town of Paradise Valley for the time being, as Town Council authorized the mayor to execute an amendment to his employment agreement. The action amends Mr. Dalke’s scope of services agreement with Interim Public Management, that would allow him to continue with the municipality […]

RED secures Sam Fox Restaurant at Block 23 in downtown Phoenix

Rapid construction is occurring as Block 23 in downtown Phoenix continues to take shape. According to a press release, RED Development has announced its first restaurant tenant, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, a Fox Restaurant Concept that will open at the mixed-use destination by the end of the year. As the sixth location for the brand, […]

Paper of Record: The stories that defined Paradise Valley in 2018

The Independent is the paper of record for the Town of Paradise Valley and in that function, the publication — and its dedicated reporting staff — covered extensively the municipal happenings of calendar year 2018 with a conscientious approach to journalism. Calendar year 2018 in the Town of Paradise Valley saw the election of a […]

Independent Newsmedia to launch ‘Charity Begins at Home’ campaign

Independent Newsmedia, Inc., USA, publisher of the Daily News-Sun and 10 community newspapers throughout the Valley, has been awarded one of two Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy grants in recognition of the company’s innovative approach to corporate philanthropic initiatives. The grant, announced in October, was the result of a competition conducted by the Arizona Community […]

Campaign to focus on breakthrough research to prevent new HIV transmissions

With December being AIDS Awareness month, Phoenix-based Aunt Rita’s Foundation is launching the U=U initiative in Arizona. U=U stands for “Undetectable equals Untransmittable” and uses the hashtags #UequalsU and #U=U. Much has changed since HIV/AIDS was first diagnosed in the 1980’s, according to a press release. Thanks to advances in treatment, the Centers for Disease […]

Density concerns fan flames of worry at SmokeTree Resort rebirth endeavor

The SmokeTree Resort major special use permit amendment may need more time in its planning stages, officials within the Town of Paradise Valley say, as residents are simultaneously beginning to voice concern over the intensity of proposed plans. At a Jan. 9 Paradise Valley Planning Commission meeting, an agenda set to discuss the SmokeTree Resort […]

Shannon Shields is named Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year

The Gatorade Company names Shannon Shields of Xavier College Prep its 2018-19 Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year. Miss. Shields is the fourth Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Xavier College Prep, according to a press release. In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, […]

Rommie Mojahed is named SVN’s ‘2018 Top Producer of the Year’

SVN Desert Commercial Advisors in Phoenix, nationally ranked every month by corporate headquarters in the top 10 SVN offices last year, also had a top-ranking advisor. Rommie Mojahed, director of retail leasing and sales investments, was named to the SVNIC’s top 100 advisors across the nation throughout 2018, according to a press release. With approximately […]