The first day of fall is September 23 and although temperatures may not agree, summer is nearing its end. When we think of fall, we begin to imagine pumpkin spice and earlier sunsets. September is the beginning of these feelings but let’s not forget that the month starts off with Labor Day.
Labor Day is the first Monday in September and is celebrated to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the American worker. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 New York City workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This would become known as the first Labor Day Parade and the first working man’s holiday. It took over 12 years for Congress to pass an act to make the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Colombia and its territories. Today, Labor Day is celebrated across the United States with parades, barbeques, fireworks, and other public gatherings to honor the working men and women.
Surprise City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 in honor of Labor Day. Offices will resume normal business hours the following day.
Patriot Day is observed on September 11 to remember and pay tribute to the thousands of people killed and the numerous injured during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. At the direction of the President, the United States flag will be flown at half-staff to show respect to those who lost their lives. Many people also observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., as this marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Although this is not a federal holiday, I hope you take a few moments of your day to honor and remember. We will never forget.
Neighborhood Grant Program
The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements.
Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY20.
Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3406 for more information as well as the online application.
On September 14, the City, in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Landfill, is hosting a residential clean up event from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Residents are able to dispose of a single load of residential waste that weighs no more than 2,000 pounds for free. Proof of residency is required so please don’t forget your driver’s license and utility bill. The Northwest Regional Landfill is located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.
EOS Fitness is under construction at the northwest corner of Bell Road and the Loop 303. The 54,000 square foot facility will feature a pool, group fitness classes, sauna, cycling studio and much more!
The Texas Rangers are in the process of developing and building their new housing facility. This development will house players and team staff year round. The scheduled completion is this winter, just in time for Spring Training 2020.
Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!
I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions classroom (18265 Traditions Loop Rd.). Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.