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Will Anthem Get a Second Hotel?
By February 21, 2019 Read More →

Will Anthem Get a Second Hotel?

By Karen Goveia — A property owner aims to build a Holiday Inn Express on a vacant Anthem plot that doesn’t allow a hotel. Representatives for the property owner, Tim Rutjes, are seeking a height waiver from the City of Phoenix to allow a 40-foot tall, three-story structure on 3 acres near 41st Drive and […]

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New Homes Proposed Near Anthem Post Office
By January 23, 2019 Read More →

New Homes Proposed Near Anthem Post Office

By Robert Roy Britt — A new development of 170 homes is in the planning stages on a parcel of private land near the current Circle Mountain development on the west side of Anthem. The empty plot, northwest of the Post Office, straddles New River. Some Anthem residents are already voicing opposition. The developer, El […]

Posted in: Home & Garden, News
EPCOR Water Rate Case Could Be Decided Jan. 25
By January 23, 2019 Read More →

EPCOR Water Rate Case Could Be Decided Jan. 25

By Robert Roy Britt — A long-running set of proposals for when and how much to change rates for EPCOR customers across 11 districts in Arizona, including the east side of Anthem, will likely be decided at the next meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Friday, Jan. 25. The decision will determine if Anthem’s rates […]

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City Advisory Committee Unanimously Disapproves Planned North Phoenix Residential Development
By September 13, 2018 Read More →

City Advisory Committee Unanimously Disapproves Planned North Phoenix Residential Development

By Karen Goveia — The opposition cleared a major hurdle last night in its attempt to stop a 71-acre, 286 single-family home development between Anthem and New River. By a resounding and somewhat surprising 6-0 vote, the Rio Vista Planning Committee, an advisory committee to the City of Phoenix, recommended denial of a rezoning request to […]

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Talk of the Town: New River-Desert Hills Incorporation Proposal
By September 12, 2018 Read More →

Talk of the Town: New River-Desert Hills Incorporation Proposal

By Robert Roy Britt — A grassroots group seeks to combine New River and Desert Hills into one formalized town, in order to have some control over what many perceive as out-of-control development in a region where the primary water supply—an underground aquifer—has been dropping for decades. But there are significant hurdles to incorporation, and a number […]

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Proposed Boundaries of New River Town Would Annex Some Anthem Businesses

Proposed Boundaries of New River Town Would Annex Some Anthem Businesses

A map illustrating a proposal to incorporate New River and Desert Hills into a town mostly jogs around Anthem―but notches into the southernmost commercial district along Daisy Mountain Drive to include Circle K, CVS, and the Anthem Crossroads Plaza, where Fry’s Marketplace is located. By Robert Roy Britt — For several months, the grassroots group […]

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MCSO Swat Team to Train Deputies on School-Violence Response Techniques

MCSO Swat Team to Train Deputies on School-Violence Response Techniques

By Robert Roy Britt — The Maricopa County Sheriff Department’s SWAT team will train deputies and posse members on the latest techniques for responding to school or workplace violence at the Boulder Creek High School campus Wednesday, July 11. The campus will be closed. There will be a heavy, visible law enforcement presence, and officials […]

Posted in: News, Schools
MTA Raising Funds for Imminent Move, Construction Underway

MTA Raising Funds for Imminent Move, Construction Underway

By Robert Roy Britt — A fundraising campaign to pay for renovation of a new space [see photos and floor plan below] for Musical Theatre of Anthem is more than halfway to its goal. The move, originally planned for June 1, is expected in late July, said Jeff Hammond, MTA co-founder and board member. Rent […]

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Letter to the Editor: Youth Raise Awareness on Mental Illness

Letter to the Editor: Youth Raise Awareness on Mental Illness

We are the Anthem Youth Advisory Council, a handpicked group of 13 individuals who were chosen by the Anthem Community Council to be the voice of the youth in our area. We work to improve the conditions of our peers and help our community. This year, AYAC’s focus is to raise awareness about mental illnesses. […]

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Want to Help Govern Anthem? ACC Has a Vacancy

Want to Help Govern Anthem? ACC Has a Vacancy

By Robert Roy Britt — Any Parkside homeowner who aches to help govern Anthem but never wanted to endure an election campaign can now apply directly to sit on the Anthem Community Council. Board Member Ryan Halleran is taking a job elsewhere and resigning his position on the voluntary seven-member board. ACC announced at its monthly meeting […]

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Anthem Residents: Re-Register Now & Avoid the Rush

Anthem Residents: Re-Register Now & Avoid the Rush

Anthem residents who use the community center should re-register before the end of April, Anthem Community Council advises. On May 1, a new system will require new account information, and anyone trying to get in will have to provide the new membership information in person before they can enter. Residents can complete the new form here (scroll […]

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Happy Anthem Independence Day!

Happy Anthem Independence Day!

Editor’s Note: Anthem Community Council was wholly controlled by Del Webb from the community’s opening in 1999 until April 30, 2008, when a board of volunteer residents took over. A certain columnist at the time declared April 30 to be Anthem Independence Day, an idea that never really caught on. Ten years later, here’s that […]

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