Thursday, May 03, 2007

In the News

Palm Creek News:
We received a flyer in our mailboxes here today. It reads as follows: "Many of you have heard by now rumors about thefts around our property. This letter is intended to get the facts out to everyone and to also let you know what our plans are for the future.

Last week, some of our company-owned golf carts were taken from the parking lot outside the Sales Office. The Casa Grande Police found the two large carts the next day in a nearby subdivision under construction. It is their belief that local kids were playing games. Then, later that same week we had reports filed for two missing bikes and a tub filled with tools.

We hope that these are isolated incidents but we must face the facts. It is the off-season at Palm Creek Resort and we don't have as many people on property to report suspicious behavior. We have decided to establish patrols in the resort today who you will see wearing YELLOW RANGER shirts. If you see someone you do not recognize and they are not wearing a yellow ranger shirt; please call the Gatehouse immediately at extension 8960.

We are also working with the local authorities to set up a "Neighborhood Watch" program in our Resort. If you have interest in being a part of the program or just want to attend a meeting, please call the main office at extension 7000 for more details.

The important thing to do right now is take time to secure your personal belongings and feel comfortable reporting anyone you may think isn't in our Resort for a legitimate reason. In the meantime, please feel free to call me at extension 8983 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Greg Barton, Special Projects"

I am very grateful to the management (and Greg Barton.....whoever that is) for putting out this flyer. It's nice to hear the facts instead of just rumors. I also plan on signing up for the Neighborhood Watch program. I ride my bike a lot in the cooler summer evenings so maybe I can be of service. I'd make a great spy!

Casa Grande News:

A big article appeared on the front page of today's Casa Grande Dispatch. I quote several sentences as follows: "The Promenade at Casa Grande today announced the addition of six retailers to its growing slate of offerings: Dillard's, Famous Footwear, Lane Bryant, Michaels, PetSmart, and Shoe Pavilion. The open-air center plans to open its first phase this fall with more than a million total square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment. The second phase is due to open in spring of 2008. Previously announced retailers are Best Buy, Harkins Theatres, JCPenney, Kohl's, Staples and Target."

There is a small blueprint of the mall being passed around town as well. It includes the following list of stores and restaurants: Office Max, Pet Smart, Sports Authority, Michaels, Marshalls, Shoe Pavilion, Old Navy, Pier 1, Ross, Linens & Things, Red Lobster, Applebees, Village Inn, Olive Garden, and In & Out Burger.

It's really exciting to see all this coming to town. I'll try to get out there each weekend for a while to get some pictures for you.

ARIZONA NEWS:

A new non-smoking law was passed in Arizona by a large margin of voters and it went into effect on May 1. Smoking is no longer allowed in any public establishment including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, businesses, industries, etc. No smoking is allowed within 20 feet of any door or entrance to a public building. As a non-smoker, I welcome the law with open arms and rejoicing. We received another notice in our resort mailboxes showing that the resort is complying with the new law. It states: "There will be no smoking in any building in the resort or within 20 feet of any resort building. This includes the main building and tennis pavilion, the "new" north pavilion, all patios and both swimming areas."

That "new" north pavilion I assume is the area where they put up that nice tent top...awning, shelter thingy up by the north pool. I haven't seen any further construction there yet, but I'll keep you posted as it develops.

That's all for today, Folks. Stay tuned for further updates.

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