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Good evening, COGS E-Newsletter Reader: For this Thanksgiving holiday, The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) expresses deep appreciation to the Silverman Family ---Ray and Lee Silverman and Tom, Richard and Carole as the pioneers of Scottsdale tourism and so much more. For decades their hotel-resort management has provided free community meeting rooms. special donations when needed and free food and servers for occasions such as the POSA "Shop with a Cop" for more than 800 children each December. We are saddened that the Silverman family will be closing the sale of their beloved Chaparral Suites on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Chaparral in a matter of weeks. Ray Silverman was inducted in the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame as acknowledgment of his contributions to our city. His son, Tom Silverman, served as a city councilman and was noted for being a great listener to residents. Thank you to the entire Silverman family for being such outstanding citizens of our city.

The Silverman Story. It all began in 1953 when the family arrived from Iowa and purchased the remote desert acreage north of the small Scottsdale town of 2000 residents. That first guest ranch of 12 suites expanded in the 1950 s to 37 units on 20 acres then closed in 1978 to build the 211 all-suite resort. Later the Chaparral Conference Center added 11,200 sq. ft. plus a 6,600 sq.ft. foyer. Name changes occurred from the original Paradise Valley Guest Ranch to (1980) Granada Royale Hometel, and Embassy Suites. When that lease expired in 1999 the Silverman family renamed it simply Chaparral Suites that better identified its location. Famous people enjoyed extended stays such as Don Ameche, Phyllis Diller, Rosemary Cooney, Red Buttons and Caesar Romero. A summer apartment could be rented for one month for $100 in the early days. More early Scottsdale family histories are available in the Southwest Room in the Civic Center Library.

Small Business Saturday at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Atrium

Artists Market
Sat, Nov 29, 1:00-8:00 pm

A fun, relaxing shopping experience, the Small Business Saturday Artists' Market in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium showcases a variety of unique, hand-crafted gifts, including artisan jewelry, ceramics, textiles, limited-edition prints and more - all created by 20 local Arizona artists. Shoppers have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy a free raffle and other surprises. Details 480 874 4644.

CITY COUNCIL HAS TWO MEETINGS NEXT WEEK with multiple agenda items. Please scan these and click on the link for details on those of interest or impact to you.
Monday, December 1st starting at 5 pm are the once a year General Plan MAJOR AMENDMENT case hearings. Agenda item # 2 The Reserve at Pinnacle Peak Patio (2GP 2014) regarding 10.75 approx. acres north of E. Jomax Rd. and E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway  and rezoning (9 ZN 2014)  . Agenda #4 El Regalo (3 GP 2014) north of N.E. corner of E. Westland Drive and N. Scottsdale Road.  and #5 its rezoning (10 Zn 2014)  Agenda #6 Cavalliere Flat (4 GP 2014) SE corner N.Alma School Parkway and E. Pinnacle Vista Drive  and rezoning (12 ZN 2014) 

Tuesday, December 2nd Consent Agenda and Regular Meeting 5 pm. Agenda item 23 Graythorn  Agenda #27 Authorize to bid on 13 January 2015 at the AZ State Land Department auction for land to build fire station 613. Agenda #30 Authorization to purchase 8 transit buses for $5,200,000. Agenda #31 Approval to accept Proposition 202 Tribal Gaming funds $1,624,233. Agenda #38 Approval would name the Lost Dutchman interpretive trailhead Kovach Family Nature Trail. Agenda #43 acceptance of the Audit Committee report will continue the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission. #46 Cavalliere Ranch rezoning (13 ZN 2014)  #47 Bahia rezoning (6 GP 2014 and 14 ZN 2014)  . The evening agenda ends with #48 a discussion of Police compensation issues. 

BEING THANKFUL IN SCOTTSDALE would include remembering all the citizens who have volunteered their time and skills unselfishly to serve on commissions, boards and task forces. Also appreciated are those city staff, charter officers and city council members who take our phone calls and respond to our e mails.

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

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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