For almost 20 years my wife and I have done most of our banking and grocery, pharmacy and pizza shopping in Fountain Hills. Our primary care physicians, dentist and other professionals are also located in Fountain Hills.

Pursing the recent publication of HOME, a publication dedicated to the local housing industry, I noticed what is going up development-wise in Fountain Hills. Keystone, a creative apartment complex surrounding Bashas’ shopping plaza in the heart of the downtown area; “mostly single story and …

We have all heard people’s first impression upon reaching the top of the hill at Palisades and Shea Blvds. and viewing the scenic overlook. The Daybreak site is the very heart and soul of what Fountain Hills represents and what makes it the most beautiful town in Arizona to live in.

Christmas came early for the out-of-town Daybreak developers when the Town Council approved their development agreement in November. And what gifts were approved by the five supporters of Daybreak? Council members Brown, Magazine, Scharnow, LeCkrone and Tolis voted to: Waive fees for the app…

The Fountain Hills Botanical Garden would like to thank Sandra Sixtos at Verde Valley Nursery for donating all the plants on our float in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Also, Mark Ashjian of Target for donating a gift card which paid for the candy we passed out along the parade route.

The Ascension Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul wishes to thank the residents of Fountain Hills and the Rio Verde communities for their outstanding support of the Bashas’ Turkey Tuesday food drive. You contributed over 100 turkeys and over $800 in cash donations.

As a resident of Fountain Hills for over 10 years, I enjoy taking bike rides from our home on Nicklaus Dr. down Saguaro Blvd. to the lake. After cutting down a side street I continue along the far side of the lake, then back along Saguaro.

I sat down on Nov. 27 with a mug of coffee and The Fountain Hills Times crossword, hoping for a relaxing morning in the bosom of my family home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Alas – to my surprise, my efforts were stymied by the numerous arcana selected presumably only for their vowel contents.

The order of command is first President Trump, Commander in Chief; then Secretary of Defense, Esper; then Secretary of Navy, Spencer.

As a Democrat, I would like to respond to Rick Dime’s “Battleground” letter of Nov. 20. He made an abundance of assumptions that portray Democrats as a “danger to the Republic.” I do not consider myself as such.

We were very distressed to read Barb Charzuk’s article about the detention in China of one of our own, Sue Jiang, since Aug. 29, 2019.

The Fountain Hills Robotics Club at the high school is hosting four robotics tournaments, including the state finals. Two of the events are for elementary schools on Saturdays, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. One of the competitions is for high school on Jan. 5 and we host the state finals for middle sc…

Mayor Dickey and Councilmember Spelich, as concerned citizens and 19-year residents of Fountain Hills, we want to thank you for your “nay” vote on the Daybreak project. You seem to be the only members of our town government that are listening to the voices of the people in our beautiful community.

What could be more important than access to quality, affordable healthcare? Unfortunately, unless Congress takes action, something called the Health Insurance Tax could make healthcare less affordable in the coming years.

The existence of propaganda is confronted and discovered by an individual mind in a specific circumstance. It is an individual’s decision until consensus is reached. False information is not inviolable. True information is sacrosanct if scrutinized and tested to be so.

Most long-term residents know that the best way to start Thanksgiving Day is to grab a cup of coffee and a chair or two and head down to the Fountain Lake area to watch the largest and greatest parade this side of the Mississippi. Thousands turn up with their children and grandchildren, who …

One of the wonderful traditions here in Fountain Hills is the annual Community Thanksgiving Service. This Thanksgiving celebration has been enjoyed by the residents of Fountain Hills for approximately 40 years. It is hosted by the Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association.

Let’s get the word out. This is a call for assistance by the Fountain Hills Marine Corps Detachment #1439 to our beautiful and generous community. Living in Fountain Hills we have much to be thankful for, but there are still many youngsters around who don’t have it so good. This year the Det…

Say “no” to Daybreak, loud and clear!

When we retired to Fountain hills back in 1997 we came for the beauty of the raw desert and scenic views. I oppose the Daybreak project due to several factors.

We just commemorated Veteran’s Day 2019, another opportunity for us to remember those who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace. We really shouldn’t limit our recognition of veterans to just one or two days every year. Their service should serve as an example of the d…

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers. “I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country,” Nathan Hale. “I regret I can only spend $2,800 of soft money for candidates or a political issue,” Charles Vascellaro. Things like Town property tax…

The Sanitary District election is over and the voters have spoken. It was not even close. The incumbents beat the challenger by a 3-to-1 ratio. The winners issued a very gracious statement thanking the voters. Their response showed that the team of Butler-Maroon-Thomson is a class act. Bob S…

Humility, Mr. Scharnow; humility should be your watch word, not “misleading” and “disingenuous” of your letter to the editor on Nov. 6. Then, you commented about Dr. Brock’s position by using those words.

For 50 years Democrats have been subverting Constitutional law and legal precedents with their elitist version of government. The Democrats’ chief ambition is establishing full control of a socialist society. You can feel the discomforting onslaught of how their reinterpretations of Constitu…

I want to send a big thank you out to the people who have groomed and repaired the lake overlook trail.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club has another great meeting planned for Saturday Nov. 16, at the Community Center starting at 9 a.m., when Allister Adel, the new County Attorney, will discuss her vision for the office and answer attendees’ questions. Guests were able to intermingle with All…

Veterans Day, 2019. Many of you know that I’m a U.S. Air Force veteran and I remain both proud and fond of the time I spent there. It has carried through to my work in the State Legislature, where I am chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House an…

I respect Mike Scharnow and believe he is a good person to have on our Town Council. I do disagree with him, however, on the proposed apartment complex on Palisades Blvd., north of Shea Blvd. I have lived here since 1987 and have been a land owner since 1982 and the natural beauty of Fountai…

In a letter to the editor last week Councilman Michael Scharnow accused Smart Development chairman Pete Brock, MD of being misleading when he stated that the overwhelming majority of Fountain Hills residents were opposed to the proposed Daybreak development. I believe Dr. Brock based his sta…

Councilman Scharnow’s Nov. 6 letter to the editor claims referendum signers were “neighbors” of the 400-unit Daybreak apartment project. I am not a neighbor, just a voter who helped gather signatures. I reject the councilman’s assumption that if I were “just a neighbor” my comments and conce…

I want to thank all of the citizens of Fountain Hills who signed our referendum to petition the Daybreak decision by the Council. It really was impressive that almost 1,800 residents of Fountain Hills and voters of Maricopa County signed the two referendums in less than three weeks!

Oh, everyone thinks, just another project, or something to do.

In less than three weeks a handful of motivated volunteers, from all across Fountain Hills, garnered approximately 1,800 signatures from local registered voters to place two measures related to the Daybreak development project, on the ballot.

I'd like to respond to Al Southall's letter to The Times who wants a president he could trust, admire, has morals, character, integrity and honor. Not a problem except I can assume he voted for Hillary in 2016, who has none of those qualities but gets a pass because of her party affiliation.

By now the “Smart Development” group has turned in referendum petitions in hopes of getting the Daybreak zoning issues on the ballot.

President Donald Trump blasted the Federal Reserve and Democrats’ impeachment probe on Thursday, saying the inquiry was hurting stocks. I’d give every red cent back I’ve made from the stock market to have a president I could trust, believe in and admire.

The Democrats keep recycling through three ugly stages of big government: incompetence, indifference and corruption that has yielded the dissipation of our freedoms by over-regulation, political defiance for Constitutional norms that encourages unhealthy and amoral behavior. Look at any majo…

The Hills, on E. El Pueblo, has very good Italian and pizza. Salad is the best in town.

I wish to thank the Make a Difference Day workers who came to my home, trimmed the trees and shrubs, planted bushes and washed my windows. Your work is so much appreciated. Thank you so much.

I am looking for some help. I am a member of the Fountain at 50 Celebration team, working on the History Committee at the River of Time Museum. While categorizing some of our archived paperwork, I came across an article from The Fountain Hills Times stating that in February of 1974, our foun…

Experience matters. Vote for BMT for Sanitary directors.

Because the good stories about law enforcement never seem to see the light of day, I am choosing to relate my experience with the local district office of MCSO in a letter to the editor of The Fountain Hills Times.

It is hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since I approached Town Hall to pitch my idea for Art on the Avenue. It thrills me to see how much this event has grown. My vision was to create an event that would bring foot traffic into the downtown area during the week. Based on feedba…

I had a most remarkable experience with Finishing Touch Body Shop, where I left my car for repairs two weeks ago.

Props to Mayor Ginny for saying that she is “not ready to give up on the General Plan designation.” Props to Councilman Spelich for affirming that “this is a major amendment” to the General Plan. Razzes to five councilpersons who ignored their planning committee’s recommendation without soun…

Speaking of apartments, my single friends and I see a market in town for small condos.

An Open Letter to Council members Dennis Brown, Michael Scharnow, Art Tolis, Alan Magazine and Sherry Leckrone; there is no easy way to put this, the citizens of Fountain Hills do not want Daybreak and are out in the streets collecting signatures to place a referendum on the ballot to undo y…

Well, some I know think I am a bit weird, and at times I agree. I love my country, fellow man and, especially, I love our Fountain Hills!

Earlier this month the Noon Kiwanis Club wrapped up its first-ever “Tidy Up For Kids” project that included a clothing collection drive along with a pancake breakfast.

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