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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 <br />Paradise Valley, Arizona <br />THE TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY <br />INDEPENDENT <br />Page: 1 & 8 <br />Fiesta Bowl to <br />help economy <br />ByAmySeip <br />Independent Newspapers <br />"The Fiesta Bowl is a <br />tremendous economic devel- <br />opment tool for Scottsdale <br />The 2003 Tostitos Fiesta between Christmas and the <br />Bowl is expected to have the New Year," Mr. DeRod said. "It <br />biggest economic impact in is typically slow and leisure <br />Scottsdale in the history of travel is minimal this time of <br />the game, generating $30 mil-the year. Occupancy usually <br />lion and filling up hotel runs in the 50 percent range. <br />rooms in Paradise Valley and With the bowl in town this <br />Scottsdale at a tremendous year, occupancy ranges <br />rate, according to Dave between 80 and 90 percent." <br />Roderique, Scottsdale's gen-Scottsdale made a <br />eral manager of economic $400,000 payment to span- <br />vitality. sor the Fiesta Bowl and <br />Despite a faltering econo-Insight Bowl over the next <br />my, Valley hotel rooms are four years, but the economic <br />also filling up at a swift rate impact the contribution could <br />as a direct result of the game, have on the city is expected to <br />said Brent DeRod, exceed the initial payment, <br />spokesman for the Scottsdale ~ officials said. <br />Convention and Visitors <br />Bureau. <br />Fiesta <br />See Fiesta -Page 8 <br />The Miami team will stay <br />at the Scottsdale Plaza. <br />Insight Bowl teams will be <br />Continued From Page 1 staying at the Doubletree Par- <br />Recruiting a team to stay in adise Valley and Pointe South <br />Scottsdale leads to millions Mountain. <br />in revenues for the sponsor-"There will be a positive <br />ing city, Mr. DeRod explained. · economic impact from this <br />"Keeping team's in Scotts-~eal," Mr. Roderique said <br />dale is a key component," he Guests shop and eat in <br />noted. "Wherever teams stay, Scottsdale once they are <br />fans tend to want to stay down here. There is a direct <br />there, too." impact to our community." <br />In addition, the Conven- <br />The Fairmont Scottsdale tion and Visitors Bureau <br />~incess, the hotel that is put-refers Fiesta Bowl fans to <br />tt.ng up the Ohio State Univer-Scottsdale and Paradise Val- <br />stt: football team, is booked ley resorts and · offers <br />sohd the week of the Fiesta brochures on Scottsdale cui- <br />Bowl. tural exhibits and other local <br />"This is the Superbowl of events and dining. <br />college football," said Carole "Especially in champi- <br />Carter, director of public rela-onship years, the impact <br />tions for the Princess. "It is tends to be higher," Mr. <br />very positive. People do a lot DeRod said. "There will be a <br />of dining on property. This sizable amount of venues that <br />game .. brings us a lot of busi-will feel the impacts of the <br />ness. Fiesta Bowl. <br />~-~~---~ <br />Saturday, January -t, 20tl3 <br />Phoenix, Arizona <br />THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC <br />Page: BS <br />75 years later, <br />Lions still give <br />the gift of sight <br />By Betty Beard <br />The Arizona Republic <br />MESA -Helen Keller was <br />such an inspiration to the Mesa <br />Host Lions Club when it organ- <br />ized almost 75 years ago, that the <br />work she inspired is still going <br />on. <br />The 28-member club not only <br />helps provide eye exams and <br />glasses for needy Mesa children, <br />but has become the most success- <br />ful in the state in collecting used <br />eyeglasses. <br />"All the Lions collect glasses <br />for us. But the Mesa Host Club <br />gets the prize every year for col- <br />lecting the most," said Donna <br />Rowe, executive director of the <br />Lions Sight and Hearing Founda- <br />tion. <br />The club has received a trophy <br />from the foundation for the past <br />three years and has gathered <br />60,000 pairs of glasses since July <br />1, 2000. <br />"We pick them up by the truck- <br />load," said Bob Dahlheimer, one <br />of the club's directors. Having <br />boxes at stores such as Safeway <br />and Albertsons helps, he said. <br />Tuesday, January 7, 2003 <br />Phoenix, Arizona <br />THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC <br />Page: B4 <br />On Jan. 12, the club will cele- <br />brate its 75th anniversary with a <br />dinner and speech by Dr. Tae-Sup <br />Lee from Seoul, South Korea. Lee <br />is the first vice president of Lions <br />Clubs International and has been <br />one of his country's leaders. <br />Dinner will be at Holiday Inn <br />Express, 5750 E. Main St., Mesa. <br />Cocktails will be served at <br />4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5. <br />The cost is $30 per person. Reser- <br />vations, due by Monday, can be <br />made by calling ( 480) 834-q306. <br />Mesa Host was organized in <br />1928, only a few years after <br />Helen Keller challenged the new <br />Lions Clubs in 1925 to help people <br />with visual problems. Keller was <br />a deaf and blind . woman who <br />learned to communicate, write <br />and lecture. Her story was me- <br />morialized in the movie and play <br />The Miracle Worker. She died in <br />1968. <br />Donated glasses are run <br />through a machine that reads <br />their prescriptions and then <br />sorted and labeled. Most of the <br />roughly 200,000 glasses collected <br />in the state every year by Lions <br />go to Mexico and other countries, <br />and the rest are prescribed to <br />needy Arizonans. <br />Paradise Valley may turn lot into wildlife refuge <br />By Diana Balazs <br />The Arizona Republic <br />PARADISE VALLEY -The <br />, town wants to turn a H~-acre <br />dirt lot into a desert park and <br />urban wildlife refuge that <br />would attract birds, butter- <br />flies and maybe a cottontail. <br />The Paradise Valley Town <br />Council will discuss the idea <br />on Thursday and is asking res- <br />idents for feedback at the <br />1 meeting. <br />The council also will con- <br />sider applying for a state Her- <br />itage Fund grant and issuing a <br />request for a proposal to hire a <br />landscape architect to design <br />a plan for the town-owned par- <br />cel at the northwest corner of <br />Scottsdale and Doubletree <br />Ranch roads. <br />Last year, a council subcom- <br />mittee chaired by Councilman <br />Stephen Benson was formed <br />to look at the property and <br />consider what to do with it. <br />Benson said the Scottsdale- <br />Doubletree corner is an im- <br />portant entry point into the <br />town and a desert park and ur- <br />ban wildlife refuge would be a <br />definite improvement. <br />· ~'It's a bit of an eyesore," he <br />·said. <br />Benson said the town wants <br />to create,a spot where people <br />could stroll and enjoy wildlife. <br />There would be no parking or <br />lighting. <br />The project is estimated to <br />cost $200,000 to $300,000. The <br />town has $25,000 in capital im- <br />provement funds to begin the· <br />design work. It hopes to use <br />grant money from the Arizona <br />Game and Fish Department's <br />Heritage Fund to supplement <br />future town funding to de- <br />velop the property in phases. <br />The Heritage Fund is a vQt- <br />er-approved program that <br />funds parks and Game and <br />Fish projects with lottery rev-, <br />enues. <br />Thursday's meeting begins <br />at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 6401 E. · <br />Lincoln Drive.