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Good afternoon COGS E News Reader: At 5 pm this afternoon the Maricopa County Elections Office is reporting that Dennis Robbins is in the lead over Kathy Littlefield for the 3rd vacant Scottsdale City Council seat. Additionally, the delay-counted Early Ballots and provisional ballots have narrowed the 2nd place David N. Smith lead over the 3rd place candidate. These are still not the FINAL and official count for the race. (below is copied from the Maricopa County Elections website)

100% (53 of 53) precincts reporting Vote for 3 EV VOTES TOTAL VOTES % VOTES
- HILL, CINDY 18716 23202 15.06
- LITTLEFIELD, KATHY 20933 25914 16.82
- MILHAVEN, LINDA* 22808 27454 17.82
- PETERSEN, JENNIFER 20980 25534 16.58
- ROBBINS, DENNIS* 21436 25941 16.84
- SMITH, DAVID N.* 21572 25997 16.88

COGS Political Committee removed 40 intersection signs immediately after the Nov 4th polls closed. Please e mail us the address of any remaining 4 X 4 black and yellow signs with the "COGS PC likes-and thumbs up" on them. We will remove them promptly. Thanks so much.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance for an outstanding Inspiration Home Tour today. Six homes representative of early builders in southern Scottsdale were graciously opened to the public by innovative homeowners. Trolleys delivered eager guests to each home where home interiors celebrated the era. The use of gray tones sharply contrasted by a full turquoise wall, open concept rooms, raised interior ceilings, revamped bathrooms and stunning kitchen makeovers delighted the crowd. Two exterior front patios expanded the living space to luxurious fire-and-water features. Hopefully this will become an annual event. Dana Close and her team are terrific organizers and we thank your volunteer group for sharing southern Scottsdale.


Today through holiday season: ' Jellies in the Sky, Cacti in the Water' Take an evening stroll along the Arizona Canal from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Boulevard. Los Angeles artist Shana Koenig created a large-scale temporary installation of glowing, color-changing fiber optic sculptures, bringing the ocean to the sky and desert plant life into the water.

Nov. 13: Thursday Banned Play: 'The Walls' Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Arizona State University's Banned Plays Reading Series presents Griselda Gambaro's "The Walls." The play's themes of surveillance, torture and disclosure resonate with SMoCA's exhibition "Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns." This exhibition is the first major survey of a generation of artists working to collect and reveal previously unreported information. Free, 7 p.m. at SMoCA, 7374 E. Second St. Reservations:, 480-874-4666 or

Nov. 13: Thursday Fall for the Arts ArtWalk Take that special dinner date to the Arts District extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Original art from more than 50 galleries is featured with artist demonstrations, music and food. 7-9 p.m., Downtown Scottsdale Arts District,

Nov. 13: Thursday 'Glowing Symphonies' Artist Cyndy Carstens will create a two-hour intuitive oil painting inspired by the music of award-winning flutist Sherry Finzer. A $25 raffle ticket could result in taking home the painting. The raffle money benefits Rosie's House--A Music Academy for Children. 7-9 p.m., Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery, 7077 Main St., No. 5, Scottsdale,

Nov. 13-16 Thursday-Friday-Saturday : Artisan Markets' Fall for the Arts Art and live music partner on the Marshall Way bridge on Thursday evening from 5 to 10 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Artists will be giving demonstrations, selling their work and drawing in kids for interactive art projects.

Nov. 15: Brad Garrett Garrett, who played Ray Romano's big brother on television's "Everybody Loves Raymond," brings stand-up comedy to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. at the art center, 7380 E. Second St. Tickets are $39. 480-499-8587,

THE SCOTTSDALE PEDI-CAB ACCIDENT continues to cost Scottsdale taxpayers. The City Attorney is reported to be requesting an additional one-half million dollars to fund the private law firm hired to defend the city. Details are available at this link  The city passed an ordinance to regulate Pedi-cabs after this tragic accident. The resident-based group Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale's Quality of Life had warned the city of the Pedi-Cab risks on busy streets and had lobbied for regulations prior to the accident.

SENIOR CENTER CRAFTS FAIR IS NEXT WEEKEND Need crafts for holiday gifts? The Granite Reef Senior Center will host the annual Crafts and Art Fair Saturday, Nov 15th 10 am to 4 pm. Original artwork, children's activities, raffle prizes, food, ceramics, jewelry, wood & iron work and much more. NW corner of Granite Reef Road and McDowell Road.

Have a great week.

     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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