Posted on: February 22, 2017

Mayor Wolcott highlights Our Community. Our Story in 2017 State of the City Address

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Mayor Sharon Wolcott shared the story of Surprise, introducing who we are and where we are headed as a community, in the 2017 State of the City Address, presented this afternoon before a packed house at The Colonnade.

In her message to residents, businesse...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Spring Cleanup Event March 11, free for Surprise residents

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Surprise residents- it’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 11. 

The event allows Surprise residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential was...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Surprise kicks off the 15th annual Spring Training season!

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We are thrilled to kick off the 15th Annual Spring Training Season in Surprise! If you haven’t secured your tickets for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers games, what are you waiting for? The first game begins on February 25, at 1:05 pm, wi...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Ottawa University Announces New Residential Campus in Surprise

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Ottawa University and the City of Surprise today announced that Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ), a new residential university campus, will be opening Fall 2017 in Surprise, Ariz., expanding upon the university’s 40-year presence in the Valley of the Sun,...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project.

The update is as follows:

Bell Road ramps to and from Grand Avenue opened Thursday, Feb. 16. The new Grand Avenue / Bell Road int...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch celebrates start of 2017 Spring Training season with Royals & Rangers

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Join city of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott as she celebrates the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers at the 15th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Luncheon. 

The event will take place Thursday, March 2 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Surprise Stadium - ...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

City hosts Teen Laser Tag Tournament Feb. 25

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The City of Surprise is hosting a Teen Laser Tag Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25 where teens can take the game of tag to a whole new level of fun.

The tournament will take place at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15951 N. Bullard Avenue, from 5 - 9...

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Outreach and promotional vendor opportunities available for Spring Egg-stravaganza event

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The City of Surprise invites outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Egg-stravaganza! 

The event will take place Saturday, April 15 from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campu...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Traffic restrictions on Bullard Ave scheduled 2/14-2/17

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Work to locate utilities for a future waterline project along Bullard Avenue will restrict left turn movements from Waddell Road at Bullard daily beginning Tuesday, February 14 to Friday, February 17. Traffic control will be set up between 9 a.m. and 2 p....

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball registration is now open

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The City of Surprise is now offering registration for the West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball League, which begins in late April. Both individual and team registration is available for the16-game season.

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Learn more about the Grand Ave ramps opening at Bell Rd; a new “Drive Wise, Surprise” campaign; how to follow the FY2018 Budget Process… and more!

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Registration open for Surprise Tennis University, specialized beginners program for adults

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The City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for its Tennis University – an eleven-week program for beginner tennis players ages 18 and up. 

Tennis University provides a structured framework for learning the game of tennis, o...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Drive Wise, Surprise! Police launch new traffic safety campaign

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The Surprise Police Department has launched a new traffic safety campaign aimed at encouraging safe driving habits.

 The slogan: “Drive Wise, Surprise.” 

“In recent years, traffic accidents in our city have increased by 8-to-...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Fitch upgrades Surprise MPC bonds to ‘A+’

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Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” nationally recognized credit rating agencies, has upgraded the city’s Municipal Property Corporation (MPC) bonds to ‘A+’ from ‘A’.

These bonds, which total $35.7 million, were ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

County Seeking Community Input on Multi-Year Health Improvement Plan

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Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is seeking the public's input on defining its health priorities for a three-year plan that will be implemented starting in 2018. Various public meetings are being held throughout the county where th...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

HOA Connection Classes focus on homeowners associations and the law

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The city of Surprise is hosting a series of HOA Connection Classes, which are designed to strengthen the city’s HOA communities.

Residents and HOA board members are invited to attend the following upcoming classes:

February 28 – Proposed Leg...

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Posted on: February 5, 2017

Police seek public assistance to identify graffiti suspect in Surprise

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This morning, the Surprise Police responded to several reports of graffiti in a residential area located in the 15200 block of Ventura Street and Hearn Road in Surprise. 

The Surprise Police are currently investigating multiple incidents where an unid...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Process begins for traffic/signal changes on Bullard Ave (Greenway – Peoria)

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With a state engineer on board, design work is underway on the transformation of Bullard Avenue, between Greenway Road and Peoria Avenue, city staff informed the Bullard Avenue Task Force, Thursday evening.

Per task force recommendation, this stretch of Bu...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Register for the 2017 Surprise City Academy & learn how your city government works

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Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders?  Register for the 2017 Surprise City Academy! 

The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Bell-Grand construction is wrapping up! Get the details on new traffic patterns. Plus, a Vice Mayor has been chosen; the Mayor’s 2017 State of the City Address is coming up; and a magical, new recycling campaign has launched!

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Posted on: January 30, 2017

City hosts free Medicare workshops

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Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Two Medicare workshops are coming to Surprise. Get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Sup...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Career Success Workshop for Women

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The city of Surprise is hosting a career success workshop for women who are looking for tips on finding a job or advancing their career.

The workshop, taught by expert Lisa Blue, will cover the following topics:

• Interview do’s and don&a...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic & BIG 10 - PAC 12 Baseball Challenge slide into Surprise

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Surprise is getting ready for another exciting season of baseball at the Surprise Recreation Campus! The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic slides into town February 17-20 and the BIG 10 - PAC 12 Baseball Challenge is happening February 23-26. The NC...

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

Royals, Rangers announce 2017 Spring Training schedule

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The 15th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 25 at the Surprise Recreation Campus - Surprise Stadium featuring Surprise’s home teams: the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

The Surprise Stadium will host 33 ga...Read more...

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Surprise hosts free speaker series on Arizona history & culture

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Experience stories of Arizona history and culture through a speaker series presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on ...Read more...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Economic Development Report- March 2015

New HQ picks Surprise, Canadian biz connections & more.

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Posted on: October 21, 2013

Surprise Talent Show for all ages set for Nov. 2

$5 tickets on sale now at CRS Office.

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Posted on: October 8, 2013

Have your say! Bell/Grand choices now online, in magazine

See the intersection improvement options & tell us your choice through the month of Oct.

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Posted on: September 10, 2013

Council supports modified freeway-style interchange at Grand/Bell

“Option A” calls for Bell to be elevated over Grand and the BNSF railroad tracks. Less impact to business, makes intersection safer.

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Economic Development Update – July 2016

A new business hosts a grand opening party, where to find City of Surprise souvenirs, 2016 retail survey results & more!

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Posted on: June 16, 2016

Economic Development Update – June 2016

A favorite local entertainment spot is getting a makeover, a spotlight on an award-winning restaurant and more in this month’s Economic Development Update!

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Posted on: March 28, 2016

Economic Development Report – March 2016

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Find out what local business is turning 10; and what new breakfast joint is coming to Surprise!

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Posted on: February 22, 2016

Economic Development Report – February 2016

The city’s start-up scene makes headlines, a spotlight on new businesses & more.

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

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80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Have your car seat inspected!

Child safety seat inspections are available every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month at Fire Station 303 at 15440 N. Cotton Lane from 9-11 a.m.

Call 623.222.5000 to sc...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Information on Joining the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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The City of Surprise is not currently accepting applications for Firefighter Recruits. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information. You may also submit a "Job Interest Card" with Human ...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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At the November 17th, 2015 Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Resolution 2015 – 108 which authorized an updated user fee schedule citywide to include the following updated fees for the Surprise Fire Medical Department to be effective immediately: R...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Surprise Police Explorers host a “Tip-A-Cop” event at local restaurant

The event will take place at Outback Steakhouse on March 4 from 4-8 p.m.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 4 - 8 pm, the Surprise Police Department Police Explorer Post 2236 will join forces with the staff at the local Outback Steakhouse Restaurant, located at 14225 W. Grand Avenue, in order to raise donations in support of the...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Police seek public assistance to locate runaway teen in Surprise

Laynee Renee Thompson, age 14, is described as a white female approximately 4’11", 110 lbs with green eyes and blonde hair.

Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Laynee Renee Thompson, a 14 year old teen runaway.

Recently, a family member contacted the police to report Ms. Thompson as a runaway teen. Laynee is described as a white f...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Police make six arrests related to illegal marijuana enterprise in Surprise

The estimated street value of the illegal substances was $714,000.

On February 15th, 2017 investigators from the Surprise Police Department served five search warrants related to the illegal growth and distribution of marijuana. Four of the warrants were served at residences in Surprise and one was served at a home in Te...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Surprise Police Explorers ask for your support

Show your yellow ticket at Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday, February 17 from 11 a.m. - close and help the Explorers!

The Surprise Police Explorer Post #2236 is partnering with a local business, Buffalo Wild Wings, for an upcoming fund raising event. The event will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings, 13882 West Bell Road in Surprise, on Friday, February 17th from 11am to clos...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Police seek public assistance to identify shoplifting suspect in Surprise

The suspect shoplifted a vacuum cleaner from a local retailer.

The Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a shoplifting suspect from an incident which occurred on September 16th, 2016.

A white or Hispanic male in his mid to late 30’s wearing a red baseball cap and red and gr...

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Posted on: February 5, 2017

Police seek public assistance to identify graffiti suspect in Surprise

This morning, the Surprise Police responded to several reports of graffiti in a residential area located in the 15200 block of Ventura Street and Hearn Road in Surprise.

This morning, the Surprise Police responded to several reports of graffiti in a residential area located in the 15200 block of Ventura Street and Hearn Road in Surprise. 

The Surprise Police are currently investigating multiple incidents where an unid...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Police seek public assistance locating runaway teen in Surprise

Juwaan Henry, age 16 years old, is described as a black male approximately 5'08", 140lbs with brown eyes and black hair.

Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Juwaan Henry, a 16 year old runaway.

Juwaan Henry is described as a black male approximately 5'08", 140lbs with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with any information regar...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Police seek public assistance to identify burglary suspects in Surprise

The suspects stole items, such as credit cards, and used them at local retailers.

On January 31, 2017 the Surprise Police Department received several calls regarding burglaries from vehicles. In two of these cases the suspects broke the vehicle windows and took credit cards that had been stored inside. The suspects later used the credi...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Police seek public assistance to locate missing person in Surprise

April Patnesky, age 40, was last seen walking away from a group home located in the area of 17600 West Port Royale Lane in Surprise around 9 am, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. April Patnesky, a 40 year old woman from Surprise.

Ms. Patnesky, who reportedly suffers from a serious mental illness, was last seen walking away from a group home located ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Police seek public assistance to locate runaway teen in Surprise

Yesenia Krystina Mendoza, 15 years old, is described as a Hispanic female approximately 4’11” and 115 lbs.

Surprise Police are currently seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Yesenia Krystina Mendoza, a 15 year old runaway.

Yesenia is described as a Hispanic female approximately 4’11” and 115lbs. Yesenia has brown eyes and bl...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program

Rose and the rest of the Surprise Police Department would like to thank the public for the continued success of the MedReturn program.

The Surprise Police Department recognizes the dangers associated with prescription medication abuse and the link it has to illegal drug abuse. Rose, the Department’s therapy dog, has seen first-paw the negative impact that substance abuse can have on fami...Read more...

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