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MPD FOCUS: Lock it or Lose it

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As the holiday season kicks off, be extra mindful of your surroundings and your belongings. Here are a few safety tips to help you through the holiday season safely:

WHEN SHOPPING

  • REMOVE your valuables from vehicles

  • Don't leave packages visible through vehicle windows

  • Secure packages in the trunk when possible

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to your vehicle

  • Don't leave your purse unattended in your cart (use purse strap to secure purse to cart)

  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings

  • ALWAYS lock your vehicle

  • DO NOT leave valuables or firearms in vehicles

  • Be mindful of boxes that can be seen from an open garage door indicating new purchases

  • Verify ALL outside lighting is functional

  • Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity

  • Non-emergency (520)682-4032

  • TAKE Your keys

AT HOME

  • ALWAYS secure your garage door and close it at night

  • Do not leave your vehicle open when unloading items

  • Schedule delivery of internet purchases when someone is home

  • Make sure vehicles parked on the property are locked and free of tempting items

  • Trim the vegetation to the front of the house

  • Leave the porch light on

  • Let a trusted friend or relative know when you're out of town so they can check your residence

MPD Officer earns award for her work in schools

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Marana Police Officer Melissa Larkin was named the Law Related Education Officer of the Year by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. The award recognizes exceptional contributions of Arizona police and probation officers in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in a democratic society.

Ofc. Larkin is the School Resource Officer at Marana Middle School and was praised by the organization for "promoting access to justice for all Arizonans."

The award focuses on public awareness on the contributions that Ofc. Larkin provides to the school, as well as the community as a whole.

Larkin was also named the 2016 School Resource Officer of the Year by the Arizona School Resource Officer Association Conference.

Love Your Town

Happy Valentine's Day! Are you looking for ways to show your love to the community? The Town of Marana offers several programs that will help you do just that. 

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Volunteer your time

The Town has many opportunities for volunteers from one-day projects to ongoing programs. Whether you'd like to contribute your skills in administrative work or help out with special events or public safety programs, we are happy to have you on board. Learn More.

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Nominate someone for a Town of Marana community award

Every year the Town of Marana recognizes one organization and one individual for making their "mark" on the community with the Branding Iron Awards, and one youth age 18-and-under with the Youth Legacy Award. Know someone who is passionate about community service? Tell us all about them! We are accepting nominations now.

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Community Clean-up Trailer Program

Studies show that clean neighborhoods have lower crime and greater residential satisfaction. The Department of Community Development- Code Enforcement Division provides a community clean-up trailer as a resource for residents who do not have the means and/or equipment to maintain their properties. It also provides a great opportunity for neighbors to come together to complete community beautification projects.  Learn More.

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Download the Marana Animal Services App

Next time you see a stray dog or cat, you can help bring them back to their owners by posting them on the Marana Animal Services App. The app leverages the power of communities to reunite families with their four-legged members. Learn More.

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Adopt a Trail

The Town of Marana currently owns and maintains just over 57 miles of paths and trails. The Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Adopt-A-Trail Program allows an interested individual, informal group, or formal organization to volunteer their time to help maintain Marana’s trail system. Learn more. 

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Adopt a roadway

Help keep the roads clean! Adopt a roadway and participate in quarterly cleanups. Public Works will provide supplies for your use. To learn more, call Public Works at 520-382-2536. 

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Enhance your skills, save a life

Learn valuable skills that you can use to help others. Marana Parks and Recreation currently offers lifeguard certification training and lifeguard refresher training.

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Give back to the community AND GET school credit

Do you need to work on a public project for school credit? The Town of Marana works with student groups to accomplish big community-impact projects. This is a great opportunity to earn real-world working skills as you prepare for your future after school. Learn more.

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Conserve water

Because we live in the desert, water is a most precious resource. We must all do our part to use water wisely to ensure an adequate and safe supply for future generations. There are many ways that the Water Department is working to conserve water, and you can learn more on how you can make a difference here

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Join the police explorers

Our mission is to work hand in hand with the members of the Marana Police Department to educate today's youth who are interested in a law enforcement career. We are dedicated to building a positive image of law enforcement by earning the mutual trust and respect of the community through our professionalism and commitment to excellence. Learn more.

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Learn more about public safety

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide our citizens and business community with a greater understanding of the Marana Police Department and its operations through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences. This Academy is a 42-hour block of instruction taught by department employees that showcases several units in the department. Learn more.

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See something? Say something!

Whether it's reporting a crime by calling 911 or reporting a pothole, let us know when something seems amiss. Visit the Report a Problem page for non-emergency issues, or download the My Marana App on your Apple or Android phone.

 

If you are interested in more ways to show your love to the community, please contact the Town of Marana at contact@maranaAZ.gov or leave a comment below. 

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

 

Marana PD hosts Dispose-A-Med

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The Marana Police Department and several of their community partners are conducting a Dispose-A-Med event on Saturday, December 9th at the Target at 3901 W. Ina Rd. The event is from 10 a.m. – noon and will be set up directly in front of the store. Residents are able to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription medications. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be collected. We will not be able to collect liquids, creams, veterinary medications, vitamins, and needles.

The Marana Police Department is collaborating with the Marana Health Center, Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, Marana Mortuary, and the Marana Prevention Alliance to put on these monthly events. 

Since the program’s inception in 2010, they have collected over 4,100 pounds of medication. Since the start of 2017, they have already properly disposed of 642 pounds of medication.

For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. They cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Unused prescription drugs that are not disposed of safely can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, while unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

For more information, contact Officer David Danielson at the Marana PD Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051.

Green Valley News: MPD helps shorthanded Sahuarita

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The Green Valley News wrote a story about the Marana Police Department lending a hand to the Sahuarita Police Department as they go through some job turnover. 

The recent departure of two of the Sahuarita Police Department’s three records clerks has prompted Chief John Noland to reach out to the Marana Police Department for assistance. Seven police officers have also left the department this year; the department has 46 sworn positions.

Starting this weekend, four Marana records clerks will work remotely to help the police department process reports, traffic citations and warnings, Noland said. The departments use the same records management system.

One records clerk resigned and another retired at the end of September. Since then, Noland said he has promoted a third clerk to a supervisory position within the records department and received permission to add a position.

The Marana clerks and an administrative service officer will continue to help out until the open positions are filled, Noland said. Background checks are underway for three potential hires.

Read the full story at the Green Valley News

Police recruitment orientation meeting

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The Marana Police Department will be holding an Applicant Orientation for individuals that might be interested in the Police Recruit process. All candidates will have the opportunity to meet with Town of Marana Police Officers to obtain further information and ask questions about the position and the process.

The orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Marana Municipal Complex located at 11555 W Civic Center Drive, Marana, AZ 85653. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers. This is an optional orientation. Registration or RSVP is not required.

The Town will be hiring a number of new police officers over the next year and are working on building an eligibility list for the future vacancies. MPD is looking for both current officers looking to make a lateral move, as well as police officer recruits who are new to the profession. 

If you are interested in working for an agency that strives to be the most well respected and highly regarded police department in Arizona, then you should apply to become a Police Officer with the Town of Marana. The Marana Police team is proud and honored to serve the community and maintain an unwavering dedication to ensure the safety and security of every person who lives or visits our Town.

The Marana Police Department is comprised of 118 full time team members (87 commissioned officers and 31 civilians) and nearly 50 volunteers, providing safety and security to more than 40,000 residents over 127 square miles. These dedicated men and women work together as a team to ensure our residents and visitors receive unparalleled police services.

 

National Night out a success

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The Marana Police Department made an effort to expand their National Night Out event, and the decision was a success. On Friday, October 6, MPD and their community partners took over a good portion of the parking lot of the Target at Ina and Thornydale to put on the event which allowed the public and law enforcement officers to interact.

At one point during a Police Explorers exhibition it appeared as if there were at least 300 people in attendance and Marana Police Department representatives reported that there were steady crowd throughout the entire event.

“The turnout was great,” said Officer David Danielson of the Marana Police Department’s Community Resource Unit. “We did not know what to expect, but people just kept coming.”

Many of those in attendance were families, and it proved to be a great opportunity to not only meet many of the men and women who serve with the Marana Police Department, but to see many of the vehicles and equipment that they use to keep Marana safe.

On display from the Marana Police Department were several squad cars, the SUV used by K9, and the Crime Scene Unit Van. Pima County SWAT had an armored vehicle open to view, while Northwest Fire had a few vehicles on hand to look at.

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The Marana Police Department performed three demonstrations. The department’s motor officers showed off their motorcycle driving skills, while the K9 unit showed off the great training that one of the department’s police dog has undergone, including the apprehension of a well-padded mock suspect. One of the spectators had a service dog, who barked encouragement to his fellow German Shepherd during the demonstration.

The Town of Marana’s Parks and Rec Department and the Animal Services Division were on hand to promote events and hand out goodies to the kids, while community and business partners also had plenty of giveaways for the kids and their parents.

Last year’s event drew about 35 people with less activities, so the Marana Police Department took a creative approach and decided to expand the event in hopes of making it more enticing to the community. The move paid off as a full parking lot and long lines at neighboring restaurants showed just popular the evening was.

School Spotlight: MUSD awarded school safety grant

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The Marana News had a nice write-up on the Marana School District receiving a $278,000 safety grant. 

The Marana Unified School District recently received a little more than $278,000 in grant funding from The Arizona Department of Education for the School Safety Program, which provides additional school resource officers and juvenile probation officers to schools in the district. The grant period is from this August to June 2020.

The district received the competitive, three-year grant for the second time, the first time being in the 2014/2015 school year, when $177,000 was awarded to provide SROs for Marana Middle School and Marana High School. The new grant will continue to provide for an SRO at Marana Middle School. In addition, it will also provide for one Pima County JPO at Tortolita Middle School, one Pima County JPO to serve both Quail Run Elementary and Thornydale Elementary and one JPO to serve both Roadrunner Elementary and Picture Rocks Elementary. 

Through continued partnerships with Pima County Sheriff’s and the Marana Police Department, full-time SROs are provided for Mountain View High School, Tortolita Middle School and Marana High School.

“Schools highly appreciate working hand in hand with local law enforcement,” said Tamara Crawley, director of public relations for the district. “It enhances the safety message occurring on campus, and allows students to build relationships with officers.”

To read the rest of the story go to the Marana News website. 

Marana Police Department hosts National Night Out

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The Marana Police Department strives to create positive relationships with local businesses and residents. Their hope is that every interaction with the public is a positive one. National Night Out is an opportunity for the Police Department to work hand in hand with local businesses to provide a fun and informative event for the public, allowing interaction between the public, local businesses, and law enforcement. 

National Night Out with the Marana Police Department will be held in front of the Target located at 3901 W. Ina Road on Friday, October 6th from 6pm to 8pm. The Marana Police Department will be on hand along with community partners Target, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Northwest Fire, Marana Animal Services, and the Marana Prevention Alliance.

“This is a great way for the residents of Marana to come out and interact with the Marana Police Department,” said Officer David Danielson of the Marana Police Department’s Community Resource Unit. 

The event will have four law enforcement demonstrations from Marana Police Department K9 Unit, MPD Motors, the Arizona Search and Recovery K9, and the Marana Police Explorers. The Pima County SWAT Unit will be on hand, and there will be a Child ID fingerprinting booth, as well as giveaways by Target, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A.

Pump It Up will also be on hand with games and giveaways for the kids as well.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods and communities safer, more caring places to live. The goal is to use National Night Out to enhance the relationship between the Marana Police Department and the Marana residents and business owners to bring back a true sense of community. 

For more information contact Officer David Danielson at 520-382-2051 or ddanielson@MARANAAZ.GOV.

Spotlight on Schools: MUSD expands school safety program

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The Marana district has expanded our school safety program through a recently awarded Arizona Department of Education School Safety Program grant, which provides for the following:

  • Marana Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) at Marana Middle School, full time.
  • A Pima County Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) at Tortolita Middle School, full time.
  • A Pima County Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) serving at both Quail Run Elementary/ Thornydale Elementary.
  • A Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) serving at both Roadrunner Elementary/Picture Rocks Elementary.
  • In addition, through continued partnerships with the Pima County Sheriff’s and Marana Police Department, Mountain View, Tortolita Middle, and Marana High each have a full time SRO.  

The intent of the School Safety Program grant is to place SROs and JPOs on school grounds to contribute to safe school environments that are conducive to teaching and learning. Their presence on campuses further enhance and support the current school safety program as the officer works hand in hand with school administration to enhance a safe learning environment.

SROs/JPOs maintain a visible presence on campus; serve as an available resource to the school community; deter delinquent behaviors; and provide students and staff with Law-Related Education (LRE) instruction and training. The goal of LRE is to prepare students for responsible citizenship by promoting the development of those characteristics that lead to healthy behavior.  

MPD honors those who gave their lives on 9/11

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September 11 is a solemn day for most Americans, but it is even more so for the men and women who serve as first responders in our community. Members of the Marana Police Department did their part to remember the terrorist attacks on September 11.

12 Marana Police Officers ventured to Arizona Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona to participate in the 6th annual 9/11 Memorial Tower Challenge. Several hundred participants from various organizations climbed 2,071 stairs within the football stadium.

The number of steps represent the 110 floors and 2,071 steps that were in the Twin Towers.

Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema gave the Invocation at the Tower Challenge. 

The event is not only a way to honor the fallen, but is also a fundraiser for local charities. The previous five years of the vent saw it raise more than $100,000.

Current MPD Officer Dan Rowan was a member of the NYFD on September 11. He ventured back to New York this week to meet up with other current and former firefighters and honor his fallen comrades. Tucson News Now did a profile on Officer Rowan. 

"It's almost like I've never left them," Rowan told Tucson News Now during a phone call. "That's what's so great about this department. You come in, the tears are flowing. There's no handshakes, it's kisses and hugs. That's what the brotherhood and sisterhood is all about. It's all about love for what we do. We put our lives on the line, every second of the day. When I put the badge on now and I get in my car, I'm a police officer, a fireman, and an EMS technician. It feels great, and I love it to death."

For the full story on Officer Rowan, go to Tucson News Now’s website.

Marana Police formally welcomes new officers

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On Wednesday afternoon the Marana Police Department held a badge pinning and swearing in ceremony for their five latest recruits. The ceremony has become a tradition within the department and is a way of welcoming the new officers, as well as their families, into the department.

“We really have a great organization,” Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema said. “We have great people here.”

The ceremony is a way to formally welcome the latest hires to the department, many who have been on the job for several months. Each of the five newest officers were introduced by the chief and then had their badges pinned on by friends, spouses, and family members. Following the badge pinning, the five officers were then sworn in by Marana Town Magistrate Laine Sklar.

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Chief Rozema stressed that all five officers had the one key ingredient to becoming a Marana Police Officer: the desire to help people.

“This profession is way too important to be a job,” Rozema said. “We want to hire people who want to come into this profession to help people.”

Rozema explained that they look for people who not only say they want to help people, but who have actually demonstrated that they have a “dedication for helping people” outside of police work.

The five officers came from a varied background, some were fresh from the academy, while some had previous police experience.

Dispose-A-Med allows safe disposal of medications

Abuse of prescription medications is a problem in communities all over America. Unused or expired prescription medications have become a real safety issue as they are leading to accidental poisonings, overdoses, and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the country.

The Marana Police Department and their community partners are trying to do something about it. Since 2010 they have held Dispose-A-Med programs to try and get expired and unused prescription medications off the street and properly disposed of. To date the program has been a huge success.

Since the program’s inception they have collected over 4,100 pounds of medication. Since the start of 2017 they have already properly disposed of 642 pounds.

The events are held once a month at the Target at 3901 W. Ina Rod. The events are from 10 a.m. – noon. This month’s event is Saturday, August 12.

At these events residents are able to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription medications. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be collected, as well as liquids, creams, veterinary medications, vitamins, and needles.

“We can collect almost anything,” said Marana Police Department Volunteer Thomas Cox, who assists with the program.

The only limitation is that they cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations.

Unused prescription drugs that are not disposed of safely can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, while unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

The Marana Police Department partners with the Marana Health Center, Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, and the Marana Prevention Alliance to put on these monthly events. 

They do caution that for safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. They cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information contact Officer David Danielson at the Marana Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051 or 520-382-2055.

Tucson News Now: Marana Police helping teens learn what it takes to wear the badge

Over the weekend the Marana Police Department ran their annual "Night Moves" exercises for students enrolled in their Explorer program. Tucson News Now ran a very in-depth preview of the event, including a sit down interview with Officer Kevin Litten.

From the Tucson News Now story:

The Marana Police Department's Explorer program is for young men and woman between the ages of fourteen and twenty who are interested in law enforcement.  Police Officers provide training to real world scenarios.

From July 20 through the 22 , between 4 pm and 10 pm Marana Explorers, plus explorers from nine other agencies, will participate in the simulated exercises. 

Night Moves gives Marana Police Explorers hands on experience

The Marana Police Department strives to give the young people going through their Law Enforcement Explorer Program the most authentic experience possible. The culmination of that experience is their “Night Moves” training exercise.

This year’s exercise has been expanded to cover three nights. On July 20-22, between 4 pm and 10 pm Marana Explorers, plus explorers from nine other agencies, will participate in the simulated exercises.  

The Explorers will be assigned to teams and supervised by a uniformed police officer in a marked police vehicle. The teams will be dispatched to a variety of simulated calls for service in real world locations. The Explorers have to work the radio, navigate travel to the calls, investigate the calls, complete any necessary reports and manage their own time. Night Moves is as close to the experience of being a Police Officer as anyone can get without being sworn in.

“These kids learned what it is truly like to be a police officer hands on,” said Marana Police Officer Kevin Litten, who oversees the Explorers program. “Anything I would do in a day, they are responsible for on that five-hour shift.”

The simulation utilizes police officer and volunteer role players to be the victims, witnesses, and suspects for the scenarios. These scenarios will take place in the Gladden Farms, Dove Mountain and Continental Ranch areas. For safety, a uniformed police officer will be at each location.

In addition to the Marana Police Department, Explorers from the El Mirage Police Department, Marana Police Department, Oro Valley Police Department, South Tucson Police Department, Tucson Police Department, United States Border Patrol – Tucson Sector, United States Border Patrol – Douglas Sector, Glendale Police Department, and Pascua Yaqui Tribal Police Department will participate.

The Explorer program is for young men and woman who are between the ages of fourteen and twenty who are interested in Law Enforcement. Police Officers provide training to the Explorers so they can determine if they would like to pursue a career in Law Enforcement.

“What we do is give them the real world, realistic training to make sure this is a career field they really want,” Litten said. “To help give them that education so they don’t have to waste time as they are older if this is something they don’t really want to do.”

If you have any questions regarding the Marana Police Explorer Program, or would like more information on this training exercise, please contact Officer Kevin Litten at (520) 975-9487. For more information on this program, please visit the Marana Police Explorers Facebook page (Facebook.com/MaranaPoliceExplorers).

Marana Ranked as one of the Safest Cities in Arizona

Every year, the National Council for Home Safety and Security evaluates cities and towns across the country to determine which communities are safest for residents and visitors. This year, Marana was ranked as one of the safest communities in Arizona. 

In order to create these rankings, the Council examined the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, population estimates, and their own internal research.

Click here to read the full report.

Marana Chamber of Commerce and Town Staff Hit the Pavement to Support Ina Road Businesses

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The businesses along Ina Road are about to experience major changes due to the reconstruction of the Ina/I-10 interchange. The Town of Marana has undertaken a number of efforts to mitigate the consequences of this roadwork, and on Wednesday morning, Town staff partnered with the Marana Chamber of Commerce to embark on a business walk, stopping at every one of the more than 200 businesses along the Ina Road corridor.

Armed with pens and clipboards, this small army of local officials and business owners set out to listen to and record all the concerns of those affected by this construction, and hopefully, to connect those businesses with helpful resources that will help them not only to survive construction, but to thrive through the project’s completion.

Ed Stolmaker, presidents and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, greeted the business walk participants before they hit the pavement. “We want to let all these businesses know that we’re here to help them with whatever they need."

Each walking team consisted, at a minimum, of a Town staff member and a member of the Marana Chamber. In addition to simply talking with the business owners, these teams also distributed folders full of helpful information. Included in these materials were a brochure about a program working to end retail theft, an informational sheet about how to apply for a special sign code permit, a marketing “table tent” that advertises the Project Ina app that business can post on their front counters, and much more.

The Regional Transportation Authority, which is funding this project, is also excited to offer the MainStreet Business Assistance Program. This program provides consulting services for businesses affected by construction. “We’ve provided services to over 6000 businesses,” explained Jan Aalberts-Waukon, who is helping oversee the Ina Road efforts of the program. “We can help with marketing strategies, financial analysis, social media support, and much more.”

Fully prepared with all their business walk supplies, the walking teams then stepped out into the mild morning sunshine. Javier Avalos, owner of Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision, enthusiastically approached the door of Copper Creek Cookies, eager to champion these business support programs.

“The MainStreet Business Assistance Program and the Project Ina app are both great opportunities for businesses to get the word out to customers that Ina Road is open,” he explained to Clint Peek, owner of the bakery. Once he’d handed over the packet, though, it was time to listen. “Do you have any concerns or questions about this work?” Javier asked Clint.

“Of course this project presents some serious challenges, but we’re really happy with everything that the Town and the Chamber have done to help out these businesses,” answered Clint.

Town officials and the Marana Chamber know, however, that many businesses owners are feeling anxious about this project. The long-term benefit of this project, however, is clear. The new overpass at Ina Road will greatly improve the safety of this intersection and ease congestion by eliminating the need to stop for trains. In the meantime, the Town of Marana and the Marana Chamber of Commerce are excited to support any businesses in the construction zone.

“The businesses in the Ina Road Corridor are a vital part of Marana’s local economy,” says Stolmaker, “and throughout this project, we want to do everything we can to keep this sector thriving. Ina Road is open for business.”

 

 

 

$12,000 Donation by First Responders to UMC Pediatric Unit

The Marana Police Department Volunteer Foundation will be presenting a check for $12,377.07 to the Pediatric Unit at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m.  This donation was made possible from the money that was raised during the Pride for the Patch Golf Tournament

In addition to the donation, first responders from agencies across Southern Arizona will fill the roundabout in front of the Children’s Diamond Center at Banner UMC.  Emergency vehicles will simultaneously activate their lights and provide an overwhelming display of red and blue when the children come down.  First responders are hoping to help make this a magical and unforgettable Christmas for all the sick and injured children at Banner UMC.

The Marana Police Volunteer Foundation hosted their inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Pride for the Patch, on December 3, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.  The “Pride for the Patch” was initiated for citizens to join forces with Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Corrections, and Military to give back to the community.  The event was an overwhelming success and the money raised will have a tremendous impact in the lives of these children.  

Police Golf Tournament Benefits Kids Health

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The Marana Police Volunteer Foundation is hosting their inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Pride for the Patch, on December 3, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.  All of the proceeds will go to the Pediatrics Unit at Banner University Medical Center Tucson. 

In an effort to show support for first responders, the “Pride for the Patch” was initiated for citizens to join forces with Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Corrections, and Military to help make this a magical and unforgettable Christmas for all the sick and injured children at Banner UMC.

The Pediatrics Unit at Banner UMC Tucson, together with Banner’s Children’s facilities throughout the state, is proud to provide more care for more kids than any other health system in Arizona. Visiting the children there and seeing the tremendous challenges they face reminds us of just how lucky we are and what an impact we can make in their lives.

The Marana Police Volunteers Foundation is a qualified 501(c) and is maintained by the proud citizens of the Town of Marana.   Although the tournament is currently full, members of the community can show their support by going to www.maranapvfoundation.com and submitting their donations. 

With a supportive community behind us, we look forward to coming together and having a very successful inaugural event.

Members of the media are welcome to cover the event.   Representatives from the Marana Police Department, Marana Police Volunteer Foundation, as well as the Pediatric Unit at UMC are available for interviews and to share how this event will make a difference for the children.

The event is being held at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, which is located at 6501 W. Boulder Bridge Pass in Marana.  The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 1:00 p.m. 

Protect America: Marana named #5 on Burglary Safe Zone list for Arizona

Every year, Protect America, a nationwide home security service, analyzes FBI Uniform Crime Report data to assemble its list of the safest cities and towns in each state. This year, Marana came in as #5 on the Burglary Safe Zone list for Arizona.