More than $100K raised for family of Queen Creek fire victims

Online auction fundraiser, family walk, T-shirt sale also planned Editor’s note: As of 11:16 a.m. Jan. 27, 1,614 people had donated $111,883 in 24 hours to a gofundme account (www.gofundme.com/3aky960) for the Arnett family after Mrs. Juliet Arnett and her 12-year-old son, Joshua, were found dead Jan. 25 when a fire destroyed their home at […]

Dr. Berry live Facebook chat could start earlier tomorrow

The live Facebook chat with Queen Creek Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, may begin as early as 9:30 a.m. According to a texted response to a question, QCUSD spokeswoman Stephanie Ingersoll said the chat may begin at 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. She said she would update […]

QC first responders participating in March 30 Facebook Q&A, April 2 open house

Queen Creek residents will have an opportunity to learn more about their community’s public safety departments during live events scheduled for this week.

On Wednesday, March 30, Capt. Randy Brice of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Queen Creek District, will host the next live Facebook question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m.

The live session will be held on the town’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/QueenCreek. Residents are invited to ask questions or simply follow the conversation.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to interact with residents and answer their questions,” Capt. Brice said in a press release. “There are many components to public safety and this is a great opportunity to share information while also getting feedback from the community.”

The Q&A session will last for 30 minutes and questions will be taken live on the town’s Facebook page. Every question may not be answered due to time constraints.

The Q&A will give residents the opportunity to ask questions, as well as gain more information about the town’s contracted law enforcement service provider, MCSO.

UPDATE: Town of Queen Creek: No plans to close or tear down Horseshoe Park

Rumors about Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre being torn down to build homes are untrue, according to a post on the town of Queen Creek’s official Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre Facebook page.

About 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 14, the town posted the following:

“We’ve been asked about the future of Horseshoe Park, and whether it will be ‘torn down to build homes.’ The answer is no, there are not any plans to close the park or tear it down. Horseshoe Park is a key destination within our community, offering events year round for the whole family to enjoy – most even offer free admission for spectators. For a complete list of events, please check out the calendar.”

About 10:30 that morning, on the town of Queen Creek’s official Facebook page, the town posted: ” … there are currently no plans to tear down Horseshoe Park and build houses” in response to a query by Cynthia Jenkins.

Queen Creek Fire & Medical to host live Q&A Jan. 19 on Facebook

The Queen Fire and Medical Department does a lot more than fight fires. Learn about the various tasks performed by its staff — from medical response and preventing drowning incidents to community education — during the live Facebook question and answer session. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, on the town’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/QueenCreek.

Residents are invited to ask questions or simply follow the conversation. QCFMD Chief Ron Knight and Deputy Chief Vance Gray will be ready to share important information about the department.

“Safety is our number one priority,” Chief Knight said in a press release. “We are excited to chat with residents about the different components of the fire department as well as answer any questions. The Q&A is a great opportunity to reach people when and where it is convenient for them. We want our residents to be engaged and understand the scope of our services, and we are always looking for opportunities to provide safety information.”

The Q&A session will last for 30 minutes, and questions will be taken live on the town’s Facebook page. Every question may not be answered due to time constraints.

The Q&A will give residents the opportunity to ask questions as well as obtain information about how the fire and medical department works.

Queen Creek traffic engineer talks signals, roadways live on Facebook

Wait times at signals and railroad crossings are too long in Queen Creek.

That’s what many Queen Creek residents talked about during a live Facebook chat conducted Oct. 20 by the town with Queen Creek Traffic Engineer Mohamed Youssef.

“I thought somebody would ask about light rail or striping or signage but nobody asked those questions. That surprised me,” Mr. Youssef said during a phone interview.

The live chat on the town’s Facebook page was scheduled for 7-7:30 p.m. but lasted an hour due to more than 50 questions and comments, Mr. Youssef said.

The session ended with about 25 questions that Mr. Youssef is working on responding to, he said.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s public information officer, and Jen Snyder, the town’s digital specialist, assisted the traffic engineer during the live chat.

Mr. Youssef is not accustomed to a live chat format but he found it enjoyable.

“In my 26 years as a traffic engineer I have never done that. I like to talk face-to-face. But it was fun to think on my feet and to answer each question right,” he said. “The town is going that extra 10 miles to connect with our citizens in every single way it can.”

Since wait times at traffic signals and railroad crossings make up only 10 percent of what his job entails, Mr. Youssef said he was surprised and amazed at how many questions were asked about those issues.

“The town is growing. Everything is under construction as we start new subdivisions and businesses and the required traffic controls,” he said. “That results in traffic delays of some sort. But in the end, like the town’s campaign ‘Better Roads Ahead’ says, we’ll have smoother traffic.”

Two important capital improvement projects that Mr. Youssef feels should smooth out traffic are:

Learn about Queen Creek economic development during live Facebook Q&A July 28

The town of Queen Creek will conduct a live question-and-answer event on Facebook Tuesday, July 28, to discuss residential and commercial growth throughout the community. The 30-minute session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the town’s Facebook page. Residents are invited to ask questions of Queen Creek Economic Development Director Doreen Cott or to follow the conversation online, according to a press release.

With various new businesses under construction in the Town Center and more on the horizon, the Queen Creek Economic Development Department is an essential component of attracting and retaining that commercial growth, according to the release.

“We are excited about the development happening in Queen Creek, especially in the Town Center,” Ms. Cott said in the release. “I am looking forward to the live Q&A as an opportunity for residents to ask questions in a forum that is convenient for them. We want our residents to stay informed about what is happening and to share in our excitement.”