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The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reminding the community to prevent mosquito bites, with officials reporting 36 human cases of West Nile virus infection this season, including one death.

The Fountain Hills Democratic Club met mostly in person for the first time since May.

The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is introducing new state-of-the-art craps and roulette table games to “give local residents and Valley visitors an even more exciting gaming experience,” according to a press release.

According to Fountain Hills Unified School District Finance and Food Service Director Catherine King, the local school district is getting good mileage out of its three existing bonds, with spending in certain areas seeing an upswing recently due to needed adjustments resulting from COVID-19.

In remarks to the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 16, Congressman David Schweikert (R-D6AZ) lamented the potential tax burden of the $3.4 trillion infrastructure proposal working its way through Congress.

As temperatures start to cool in the region, this becomes the time of year for the traditional overseeding of Fountain Hills’ Fountain Park. This year the overseeding will take place beginning in late September and continue through Nov. 1.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending the Town Council approve amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that relate to outdoor seating within the right-of-way for restaurants in the downtown area of Fountain Hills.

Solari Crisis & Human Services (formerly Crisis Response Network) has announced a partnership with Mercy Care on Arizona’s first public texting service for crisis assistance in Central Arizona, including Fountain Hills and the surrounding communities.

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, a Republican who represents District 2, which includes Fountain Hills has announced he is resigning from the Board of Supervisors effective on Nov. 5.

Fountain Hills Recreation is launching a seven-week program designed to get kids to play outdoors. Multiple community groups have partnered to teach new sports to youth.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies in Fountain Hills reported the following incidents during the week from Thursday, Sept. 9, through Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Fiscal topics were the order of the day at the recent Fountain Hills Republican Club meeting.

After serving as Maricopa County Sheriff for a quarter century, Fountain Hills resident Joe Arpaio says he is ready to step back into the political ring. He confirmed for The Times last week that he is serious about running for mayor of Fountain Hills next year.

Oktoberfest at the Fountain will return to Fountain Hills this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, at Fountain Park from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will feature many authentic German traditions such as a German beer, food including bratwurst and sauerkraut, a band, games, contests and more.

The Planning and Zoning Commission last week took a step toward cleaning up some of the outstanding issues related to the sign regulations in the Town of Fountain Hills Zoning Ordinance.

Saying he thinks it is time to step up to the “elephant in the room,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Peter Gray has asked development staff to address regulations providing for detox and rehabilitation facilities in Fountain Hills.

Car crashes are the leading safety issue facing children. Approximately 183,000 children were injured in car crashes in 2018, or more than 500 injuries per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Fountain Hills man for allegedly videotaping models in a bathroom/dressing room of his photo studio on Avenue of the Fountains.

Beginning in October the Town of Fountain Hills will go live with a new online electronic permitting system - TOPPS (Town’s Online Permitting and Planning System).

A Fountain Hills Middle School teacher has been accused of assaulting a student following an incident that took place on campus last week, resulting in students reportedly leaving the classroom to seek assistance from staff.

The Rotary Club of Fountain Hills is offering a scholarship to the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) for spring 2022.

Juliane, the pretty black kitty abandoned at Fearless Kitty Rescue in June, has a new home.

The Town Council will be considering a special use permit (SUP) for the proposed development project at Saguaro and Kingstree boulevards when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

With a $2.5 million infusion from the State of Arizona, the interest around the International Dark Sky Discovery Center (IDSDC) in Fountain Hills, along with the pace and excitement, has picked up. The funding is designated for design and engineering.

Fountain Hills High School is gearing up for homecoming week. The Student Government and homecoming committee can’t do every usual tradition this year, but it is a far cry better than last year when the only event of the school year was prom.

The Town of Fountain Hills is slated to receive $8.4 million in federal assistance coming from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), divided between the current fiscal year and next fiscal year.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet Saturday, Sept 18, at Christ’s Church, 15555 E. Bainbridge Ave.

For those interested in learning more about the opioid epidemic, the use of overdose countermeasures such as Narcan and more, Guardian Training & Consulting will offer a free seminar later this month.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies in Fountain Hills reported the following incidents during the week from Thursday, Sept. 2, through Wednesday, Sept. 8.

It’s almost time for the Fountain Hills Summer Nights Car Show grand finale. The final show of the season will be held this Friday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., an earlier start time than previous shows.

Prayer beads, found in many different religions, have been a symbol of hope and a tool of aid for helping individuals embark on spiritual journeys for years.

Characters, setting, conflict and resolution are all familiar plot devices in storytelling. After years of reading books or watching TV, people can easily recognize these story elements.

Last fall the town adopted a new fee schedule for its services and facilities based on input from a consulting firm hired to update the fees. At that time the council asked staff to go a step further and prepare a fee waiver policy as a companion to the updated fees.

Fountain Hills was among no doubt thousands of communities nationwide that paid tribute to the victims, both surviving and deceased, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this past Saturday.

The Town Council had little problem approving an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify the zoning in which a hospital facility is permitted, as well as providing a clear definition of a “hospital.”