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12/16/17 Newsletter

More Holiday Events - City deadlines - Quiz on http vs https

These Scottsdale residents are taking advantage of one of the many holiday props located in the Downtown for fun holiday pictures. Do you recognize Jennifer? Angela? Trish? Barbara? Sharon? Sonnie? and Santa Dave?   These dogs meet every morning for Puppy Play. You are encouraged to use this sleigh at Main/Brown in Old Town or to walk inside the holiday ornament on the Marshall Bridge or the moving prisms along the waterfront or to stand in the "box" near the Soleri Bridge.



 TODAY Saturday, December 16th 3 pm to 7 pm Sugar Plum Avenue . Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and watch The Nutcracker performed by ballerinas on 5th Avenue west of Scottsdale Road. There will be aerial performances, live entertainment, and interactive crafts for children. Shop the locally owned boutiques and unique 5th Avenue shops and look for the Snow King & Queen but don't trip the stilt walkers. Activities are along 5th Avenue between Stetson and Marshall Way.

Saturday December 16th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm listen to Canal Concerts on the Soleri Plaza with Phoenix Women's Chorus this evening and finally on Dec 23rd is the MC6 A Cappella.
Until Dec 20th, Wed. The annual Scottsdale Fire Department Toy Drive is collecting unwrapped toys and gift cards at all Scottsdale Fire Department fire stations and headquarters
2018 Hashknife Pony Express mailers are now available in Scottsdale post offices. Don’t miss your chance to write to yourself, child, grandchild or other person and send a letter via Hashknife Pony Express. Each letter bearing the coveted Hashknife Pony Express insignia will be carried more than 200 miles on horseback and delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, Feb. 9th 11 am in front of the Museum of the West on Marshall Way south of Main Street. There is a $1 donation for each envelope.
Steps to follow: (1) address your envelope to whomever will received the mail or buy a “Pony Express Mailer” at the Scottsdale post office or Museum of the West (2) attach a postage stamp. (3) In the bottom left hand corner write “Via Pony Express” (4) Place your envelope inside another stamped envelope addressed to Postmaster, Holbrook AZ 86025 and again, write in the lower left corner “via Pony Express” (5) Insert your $1 donation (6) seal the envelope and drop it into the postal canister at any Scottsdale Post Office.  
Now to January 7th  Holiday Lights and Train Rides The one-of-a-kind family experience at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has been expanded to five weeks. Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad through a winter wonderland of lights and displays or ride on the historic Charros Carousel. The show is open 6 to 9 p.m. nightly and runs through Sunday, Jan. 7, except for a few select dates. Visit for details.

January 6th thru 14th Recycle your live Christmas tree The city is providing three locations for residents to drop off Christmas trees this season. Collection bins will be available at:
• Eldorado Park (2311 N. Miller Road)
• Scottsdale Ranch Park (10400 E. Via Linda)
• Thompson Peak Park (20199 N. 78th Place)
Please, no artificial trees, stands or ornaments – they cannot be collected. If you do not want to take your tree to a drop-off location, have it collected during your regular brush and bulk collection week. Please remember to separate your brush and bulk into two piles and place your Christmas tree in the brush pile so it can be turned into mulch. For more information on Scottsdale recycling programs, visit, search “recycling.
Jan. 9 Tuesday Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration. Speaker, Bob Enderle has 35 years of human resource leadership focusing on diversity issues. He also has a personal story to share about growing up during the civil rights era and raising a multiracial family. This year’s event will be at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75. Info and tickets at

Ending January 14th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. is Zoolights.  Note that your SRP coupon is not good on the nights of Dec 18-20, 25-27 or Jan. 1.  Details: website.
January 20th—Be ready for the Civic Center Library’s 5th Annual Local Author Book Sale


 Write off that 2017 tax donation to benefit your own Scottsdale Heritage Connection…what is that? Our Little Red Schoolhouse has preserved our rich heritage with exhibits and displays but with terribly limited space---and a downstairs flood this year! A new 2300 sq ft space in the Civic Center Library is proposed. What would it house? Imagine experiencing 10,000 plus photos/images of Scottsdale and 300 plus audio and video interviews with residents and 400 plus books, phone directories, high school yearbooks, maps, and local media.  What fun it will be to read over 75 years of newspaper clippings dating back to 1950. Donation should be written to Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library that is a 501 c (3).  Mail your check to 8902 E Via Linda #110-114, Scottsdale AZ 85258. Thank you!
New Flag Design Competition ends Sunday, Dec 31st The deadline to submit your proposed design for the new Scottsdale flag has been extended to 5 p.m. Dec 31st. This is an open design challenge to all comers. Scottsdale hopes a new flag will become an immediately recognizable symbol of the proud and accomplished desert community. Details on the city website  Search “flag”

Scottsdale Arts Festival Survey  The Scottsdale Arts Festival asks for your input to plan the 2018 Scottsdale Arts Festival. Record your thoughts and feedback that you may have about this annual event by completing this community survey by Dec. 31, 2017.  You'll be entered to win four tickets to the festival! It only takes a few minutes to complete. The winner will be notified on Jan. 3, 2018.  Take Survey


 City Recycle Event Report:     On Saturday, December the 2nd  845 participants came through our city electronics recycling event to dispose of their unwanted e-waste. We were able to capture 102 flat screen monitors, 77 flat panel TV's, 196 laptops and 62 pallets of printers, PC's and miscellaneous electronic material. Our contracted e-waste recycler, Westech Recyclers, filled up 4 large moving trucks and transported all of the collections down to their facility in South Phoenix for re-purposing.

Registration is now being accepted for the spring 2018 session of Scottsdale Neighborhood College – this free series of classes is open to anyone interested in improving their neighborhood. You can register to one, a few or all classes and there is no fee to participate. You don't even have to be a Scottsdale resident! Classes include introductions for people serving on a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Board for the first time, working with Code Enforcement, Tactical De-escalation for Neighborhood Leaders and our very popular History of Scottsdale...Read more
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QUIZ:   "http" & "https" - Do you know the difference ? Be alert---your holiday season internet shopping may NOT be safe.
What is the difference between http and https? The main difference between http:// and https:// is it's all about keeping you secure.  HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. The S stands for "Secure".  If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.  This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecured language'.  In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website.  If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site. This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website! You should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://. If it doesn't, you should NEVER enter sensitive information such as a credit card number, Social Security number, passwords, etc. 

But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.  PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of holiday grief).
.Do you continue to get unsolicited phone calls this holiday season? Visit  to register your cellular our house number or to file a complaint against someone violating that you are already on the Do Not Call Registry.  To complain, capture their phone number and send it plus any name or company represented by the caller. Do this on line.


Scottsdale city offers water rebates from $25 to $250 for shower heads, toilets and irrigation timers. Apply on line at
9 Day Rule: Reminder not to place brush/bulk out for collection no sooner than nine days prior to the Monday of scheduled collection week. Check your neighborhood schedule at and search “brush bulk”.
Building in your area? Find real-time information about construction activity, development requests, building permits, code enforcement notices and crime activity. Visit the online map and simply enter an address or intersection or you may zoom in to the location of interest. Select a colored pin to learn more about what’s happening at that location.
Free loaner tools for neighborhood cleanup. Get a roll-off container and landscape tools at no charge if you have the minimum of 5 volunteers or 5 households involved.
Holiday or New Year block party? The city has party equipment like pop-up canopies, ice chests, microphones, water coolers and game ideas.
Need help in your yard or painting your house? Operation Fix Up helps eligible residents maintain their properties in a program funded solely by donations of material, money and volunteers. Apply 480 312 8703 or then search “Operation Fix Up”


Construction in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve The city council agreed (not voted) during a work study session to wait on a decision to approve, reject, or continue the $68 million Desert Edge tourist attraction they directed in 2016 to be inside the Preserve boundaries. They basically challenged the residents to successfully collect enough registered voter signatures to place the opportunity for residents to vote Fall 2018. Attorneys privately hired by Protect our Preserve and No DDC groups are finalizing the text for the petitions. Spokespersons state they want “to be absolutely certain the petition format and language will pass a legal challenge”.  Supporters have donated more than $100,000 for legal fees and printing expenditures.  Volunteers will be trained to gather signatures in their neighborhoods before the July 2018 deadline. Required are 23,908 signatures so the intent is to collect 30,000 expecting invalid entries. These two are the main points of the final, formal ballot language.
1. No construction in the Preserve, except for trails and trailheads, without voter approval.
2. No use of Preserve funds except for land purchase, trails, and trailheads, without voter approval.

New Land Cases

3107 N. 70th St. request to develop 6 townhouse units on 0.40 acres. The neighborhood meeting was held Thurs. Dec 14th in the Civic Center Library.
Near 94th Street and Cactus Road. Request by owner for approval of the Wolf Springs Ranch preliminary plat for a 40-lot residential subdivision. CASE 14-PP-2017.
Near Pima Road and Trailside View. Request by owner for approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new hotel development. CASE 45-DR-2017
Near 74th Street and Butherus Drive. Request by owner for approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new garage condominium (storage) development. CASE 46-DR-2017
Near Scottsdale Road and 1st Avenue. Request by owner for approval of the site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new mixed-use building. CASE 47-DR-2017
Near Pima Road and Legacy Boulevard. Request by owner for approval of a non-major General Plan amendment to the City of Scottsdale General Plan 2001 to change the land use designation from Commercial and Employment to Office. CASE 7-GP-2017
Near Pima Road and Legacy Boulevard. Request by owner for approval of a Zoning District Map Amendment from Central Business, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (C-2 ESL) and Industrial Park Environmentally Sensitive Lands (I-1, ESL), zoning to Commercial Office, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (C-O ESL) zoning. CASE 23-ZN-2017
Near Miller Road and 3rd Street. Request by owner for approval to reconfigure the boundary between Lots 18 & 19 of the Peaceful Valley subdivision. CASE 9-MD-2017 
            COGS POLITICAL COMMITTEE—city council election 2018 –INTERESTED?
The COGS Political Committee is reorganizing to become stronger, more effective and more supportive of candidates who want to represent resident opinion, input and voices.  That means we will expand our talent pool of committee members who have the skills and desire needed to help our candidate(s) win in 2018.  We encourage COGS members and supporters who have one or more skills in these areas:

  • Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Hotel and restaurant connections
  • Event Organizer/Coordination
  • Community connections
  • Planting campaign signs
  • Petition signature gathering
  • Pamphlet, flyer and mailer design
  • Distribution networks
The COGS Political Committee will continue to survey the COGS membership for input on candidate endorsements, but will do so much sooner to maximize candidate support efforts. Please contact the COGS Political Committee to volunteer your expertise!  Email us at:

Happy Holidays and safe travels from the COGS Board of Directors to our COGS members and the COGS E-Newsletter Readers. 

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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