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Nov 27

APS Open House Informational Meetings

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

Earlier this year, APS brought a plan forward to generate power substations and power lines north of the Vistancia community.

Many of you attended their open house informational meetings in May to voice your concerns over the project that would bring power lines through your view to the north. As a result, APS developed the next stages of their plan.

The proposed alternatives, which were mailed to all homes in the community earlier this month, contain a couple routes that could be a visual distraction from the beautiful desert and mountain views all Vistancia residents have come to enjoy. Line 4 in the photo below calls for a 69 kV power line directly north of the CAP Canal, through Vistancia and extending a couple miles east and west of our community. Line 7 impacts future phases of the overall Vistancia community.

APS will hold three open house informational meetings this week to receive input on their proposal, and you can have your voice heard by attending one of the meetings.

Meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Nov. 27
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Desert Oasis Elementary (17161 W. Bajada Road, Surprise)

Wednesday, Nov. 28
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Vistancia Elementary

Thursday, Nov. 29
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lake Pleasant Elementary

Comments can also be submitted directly through the comment form, by email to APS Siting Consultant Stephen Eich, or by calling 888.352.4365.

If you’re unable to attend the meetings, there are still ways you can have your voice heard. Submit your comment by email to tell them you oppose the APS north Peoria siting project plan.

There is strength in numbers. The more comments APS receives regarding this issue the more likely they will be to choose a plan that preserves views and home values. Send in your comments, copy your legislators, and attend the open house!

May 21

Bermuda Grass

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

Does your spring yard work include a new crop of Bermuda grass? If you’re looking to install new Bermuda sod or plant Bermuda seeds, you need to make sure that you wait until night time temperatures are above 65 degrees.

Bermuda grass is a warm-temperature species. When you install new sod or when young seedlings sprout, the plant is at its most vulnerable. By waiting until temperatures are warm enough, you’ll be planting your new crop in the most favorable conditions and giving it the best chance at survival.

Unfortunately this year, unseasonably cold temperatures are sticking around much longer than usual. Overnight lows are starting to creep above 65, but keep an eye on the temps if you’re looking to install new Bermuda!

May 20

Mayor Carlat Announces 4th Annual Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat is excited to announce the fourth annual summer literacy program for Peoria residents: Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

The free program was created to encourage Peoria’s future workforce to read 20 minutes a day over the summer. Peoria residents can sign up at Peoria libraries to receive a bookmark to track their reading. The bookmark can be turned in at the end of summer for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Barnes and Noble gift cards, digital reading tablets, and one of three complete book sets.

“Helping our children acquire a love of reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime and I’m excited to kick off the summer with this valuable reading program,” said Mayor Carlat. “With amazing events and opportunities to win great prizes over the next couple months, I hope families join us on this reading adventure.”

The fun does not stop in the reading adventures; however, to encourage participation along the way, Mayor Carlat is inviting Peoria readers to fun events throughout the summer. Attendance is tracked on the participant’s bookmark and can be counted as additional entries for prizes. Children who complete their reading and attend all five free events will earn six entries to be submitted for the final program drawing.