Councilmember Ken Remley December Newsletter

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Hollyhock Library

Effective Monday, January 6, 2020, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District will offer expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library. City Council approved funding to DOUBLE the weekly hours from 18 to 36 which will truly provide residents more access to a variety of library programs and resources. The new hours for Hollyhock Library will be as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

District 4 Library Card Sign-Up Drive

To promote the upcoming extended hours of the Hollyhock Library, I partnered with Dysart Unified School District and four nearby elementary schools for a library card sign-up drive. Papa John’s generously donated a free pizza party to the four classrooms with highest percentage of library cards. A total of 635 new library cards were issued as follows: West Point Elementary collected 75 cards, Surprise Elementary collected 143 cards, Arizona Charter Academy collected 183 cards and Thompson Ranch Elementary collected 234 cards. I would like to extend my gratitude to each of these schools, Papa John’s and Hollyhock Library for making this initiative such a huge success!

Councilmember Remley presents pizzas to an elementary school class.

Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House Ribbon Cutting

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Tap House, located at 15332 W. Bell Road, has officially opened in the Brookside Village shopping center in Surprise! During the grand opening and ribbon cutting, we were able to enjoy items from the menu at this new, family-friendly restaurant. Welcome to Surprise, Bonfire!

Veterans Day Events

This Veterans Day brought a whole new point-of-pride to our community with the dedication of the Veterans Reflection Circle and our annual parade. Thanks to dozens of individuals and contractors that donated the time and materials to complete the Veterans Reflection Circle, we were able to build a memorial next to the Surprise Library to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini.

Surprise City Councilmembers stand alongside the newly opened Veterans Reflection Circle.

There were many special guests that attended the dedication, including the Mancini family and a number of federal and state elected officials, including Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and staff from US Senator Martha McSally’s office.

Earlier that week, I was honored to speak at the Veteran’s Celebration Event at West Point Elementary about my military experience. I appreciate all Veterans and thank you for your service.

Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off

It is the time of year for the Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off. This campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the US.  It provides countless toys for children, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and insurmountable social service programs year-round. I appreciate all of the Salvation Army volunteers and staff as they gear up for the season.

Celebrating Our American Patriots

I had the honor of leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Thompson Ranch Elementary School’s “Celebrating our American Patriots” assembly and parade. This event was to honor and celebrate active and retired police, fire and military members.  It was so nice to see so many attendees and honor those that protect us.

Ugly Tuna Sushi Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall and City Council welcomed Ugly Tuna Sushi to Surprise.  They are located on the southeast corner of Bell and Reems roads.  There were many special guests in attendance including Arizona Representative Frank Carroll.  Thank you for choosing Surprise, Ugly Tuna Sushi! We wish you great success!

Fire Station Open House Events

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has announced they will host a series of Open House events.  This is a great way to meet the firefighters, tour the fire station, learn more about the medical equipment and firefighting gear plus also see the fire trucks up-close.

The Open House for Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive East (Bola & Village), will be Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  For more information or to tour the other fire stations in Surprise, please call 623-222-5000.

Surprise Health & Rehabilitation Ribbon Cutting

City Council attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Surprise Health and Rehabilitation Center located at 14660 W. Parkwood Drive. We were also given a tour of their state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility which is beautiful, modern and welcoming. We thank you for all that you do for those in need and are happy to have you here in Surprise.

2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival

I would like to thank the Human Services and Community Vitality Department, as well as the numerous vendors, for making the 2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival such a great success.  This free, annual event focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Families enjoyed such fun, educational events as a virtual reality trailer, robotics demonstrations and even roaming dinosaurs. Thank you to everyone for participating!

Councilmember Remley and Councilmember Hayden at the 2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival.

HOA Meetings

I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. If I have not yet visited your community, please contact me at 623.222.1300.

Community Meeting

My community meeting is typically held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Surprise Community Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, at 6:30 p.m., however, the December meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday.  I invite you to attend my next meeting on January 22, 2020.