Quick peeks, august 23, 2018 – a peek at the peak magazine

Check out the issue for information about Scottsdale planning and zoning applications and cases, related meeting agendas and minutes, and links to informative resources. These resources include links to zoning ordinances, the general plan. an online map that identifies neighborhoods and nearby activity, and much more. August 23– Scottsdale P & Z Link Newsletter Update (PDF) View Recent P & Z Link Newsletters

“Every year I receive many thoughtful and creative entries for our Constitution Day Contest, and I am looking forward to this year’s celebration,” said Mayor Lane. “I hope that students in our community use this opportunity to broaden their knowledge about our country’s finest document at a time when constitutional issues, from separation of governmental powers to privacy, face the nation daily.”


Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that has been committed to providing services to teens and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities throughout Scottsdale and the Greater Phoenix community. STARS participants each have individual needs and circumstances, including learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders or other physical and sensory challenges. STARS serves as a lifetime support system for participants and their families.

STARS serves 200 individuals daily and programming is available at two Scottsdale locations: Osborn Campus and Cholla Special Needs Community Campus. The Osborn Campus offers Day Training Adult programming, a Work Center, and Group Supported Employment opportunities and STARS’ administrative offices (480) 994-5704. The Cholla Campus The Cholla campus offers Day Training Adult programming, Transitions programming and a Work Center.

Our ambassadors number more than 100 volunteers; their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale. Stationed in either the 5 th Avenue Boutiques District or Historic Old Town, these volunteers are available to offer suggestions on where to eat, shop and play. They provide our visitors a friendly smile along with area maps, information on special events and brochures relating to local businesses and attractions.

“I am always happy to help the visitors find their way around the area and point out the special things available to them,” said Marilyn Perkins, a volunteer ambassador for over 12 years. “I am always appreciative of the city’s ‘frees,’ – as in free parking, free trolley rides, free museum, free brochures — and will usually mention that to the visitors so they can also appreciate the good things about Scottsdale.”

“The advantage of the boards and commissions is there are more eyes and ears on the community,” said Raoul Zubia, a Scottsdale resident who served on the Human Services Commission. He was interviewed as part of a new video that provides an overview of serving on boards and commissions. “The lasting impact for me has been the ability to continue to help those less fortunate in Scottsdale.”

Current vacancies on Scottsdale’s board and commission include openings on the Transportation Commission, which reviews transportation issues and plans, the Human Services Commission, which reviews and suggests funding allocations for city social service programs, and the Human Relations Commission, which encourages mutual respect and understanding among people in Scottsdale.

“Cave Creek Unified School District be participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, All schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District will offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.00 at elementary and middle school. Breakfast at the high school is $2.00; lunch costs $2.25 at elementary, $2.50 at middle school and $2.75 at high school. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $ .20 for breakfast and $ .40 for lunch.”

Scottsdale Airport has become a more viable international destination since the CBP increased its hours and operational days to include biometric screening technology. Since these initiatives have been implemented in 2014, there has been a steady increase in CBP’s processing over the years. During fiscal year 2012/13, there were around 490 aircraft processed. The city projects the CBP will process 1,115 aircraft by the end of the federal fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018).

The family and two crew members from Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora, Mexico (see photo) were the lucky recipients of being the one thousandths aircraft to be processed. They were surprised with a gift basket filled with goodies from Scottsdale Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ross Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Volanti Restaurant and Experience Scottsdale. The family members are frequent visitors to Scottsdale Airport making the trek from Mexico to Arizona several times a year.

Mr. Swetter is entering his 8 th year at Cactus Shadows High School, where he will serve as the Interim Principal for the 2018-19 school year. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Assistant Principal for Operations and Athletics. Prior to that, Mr. Swetter was the Dean of Students during the 2015-16 school year and served as a social studies teacher from 2011 to 2015. In addition, he was the Varsity wrestling coach from 2011 to 2013. In 2010, Mr. Swetter moved to the Valley from Ohio. He had served as a social studies teacher in the Woodridge Local Schools from 2002 to 2010 where he also coached football, wrestling, and track and field. Mr. Swetter earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 2003, where he was a four year letterman on the wrestling team. He earned a Master of Arts in Education; Administration and Supervision (2011) and a Master of Arts in Education; Curriculum and Instruction (2008); both from the University of Phoenix.

New for the 2018-19 school year, Desert Sun Academy will offer students the Global Beginnings Preschool. Global Beginnings Preschool will allow the students to experience their day learning 3 languages, Spanish/French/English. Language immersion is an educational approach, especially effective for young children that results in second language acquisition. Lone Mountain Elementary School will offer students a STEM program and World Chinese Preschool.