Well, hello, my fellow Surprise residents. February started off great with our City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 1. On February 4, Mayor Skip Hall and I attended the A to Z Polish Market ribbon cutting. They are located at 17221 N. Litchfield Rd., Suite #50. A to Z Polish Market Owner, Mariusz Kurowski, hosted the ceremony in honor of their official Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!
On Friday, February 11, you found me at the Benehealth Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Benehealth CEO, Dr. Tanya Carroccio. Mayor Skip Hall also attended and said a few words welcoming the facility to the city. City Manager Bob Wingenroth was also in attendance. Benehealth is located at 16952 W. Bell Rd., Suite 304. Thank you for choosing Surprise!
Later that day, I had my AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat at AZ Traditions.
February 14 found me at another ribbon cutting for King Cuts Barber Shop located at 15557 W. Bell Rd. Shop Owner and barber, Luis Gonzalez, hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Mayor Skip Hall also attended. Good luck and welcome to the City!
The next day, February 15, we had our City Council Meeting where three talented students were recognized as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest. The question these students were asked to write about was, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest! The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.
Later that week on Thursday, February 17, we celebrated City of Surprise and Ottawa University Partnership Day. Mayor Hall and Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui declared it with a joint proclamation. Partnership Day will be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of February and affirms that the City and university strive to maintain and grow a partnership that is distinctive, enduring and impactful. The university is located on a shared campus with City Hall.
Upcoming Events Happening in Surprise
- March 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
AZT Meeting at AZ Traditions Retreat Community Center, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
- March 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
- March 15, 6-8 p.m.
City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
2022 State of the City Event
Join us for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.
March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
I will close for now, so be safe, be good to yourself and be good to each other.
Roland F. Winters Jr.