Surprise Lately • January 31, 2020

Nichole: Coming up on Surprise Lately… how
you can help bring your favorite restaurant to Surprise…And a new luxury housing community
is officially open! Nichole: Hi! I’m Nichole Wiley.
Virginia: And I’m Virginia Mungovan. Welcome to Surprise Lately!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and we want to know what restaurants and retail stores
you’d ‘love’ to see here in Surprise! Nichole: Our Surprise Retail Survey is your
chance to not only tell us what new businesses you want to see in Surprise, but also provides
you an opportunity to vote for your favorite existing restaurants and stores so we can
recognize your top picks! The survey launches on Valentine’s Day,
February 14th, and runs through March 15th at Virginia: Nichole, I know this is your first
year working for the city, so I’m gonna fill you in on some history. Since we first
launched the survey, we have brought in some of our residents’ most wanted restaurants
like Texas Roadhouse, Oregano’s and In-N-out Burger. And their most wanted retailer every
year running –was Costco, which opens later this year! It has been such a huge recruitment
tool for us. Nichole: Wow. Sounds like it’s important
to take the survey. Help us out folks, and tell your friends and neighbors to participate
too. We want to hear from you! Virginia: Valentine’s Day is a busy one
here in Surprise, we’re also showing love to our Spring Training home teams that day
with a Welcome Back Luncheon. You can join the fun as Mayor Skip Hall welcomes
the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals back to Surprise and reps from the teams give a
preview of what’s in store for fans this season. Plus, admission includes hors d’oeuvres
and complimentary entry into the College Baseball Classic at 1 p.m., featuring the New Mexico
Lobos and Oregon State Beavers. The Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Surprise
Stadium. Admission is $30 for individuals and $200
for a table of eight; tickets are available at the Surprise Stadium Box Office or by calling
623-222-2222. Please note that seating is limited.
Nichole: If you’re in the market for a new home, or just curious about what’s being
built in Surprise, we’ve got news for you! The Toll Brother’s Sterling Grove Community
is officially open! Virginia: That’s right! The Surprise City
Council was in attendance for the housing community’s ribbon cutting celebration on
January 23rd. Marching band sound
Virginia: It was quite a celebration as Toll Brothers cut the ribbon on its Sterling Grove
project and gave council a key to the community, which will bring 22-hundred luxury homes to
the area near Cactus Road and Cotton Lane. Bob Flaherty: This is a way to enhance your
lifestyle, and our job is actually to follow their lead and create the lifestyle, the neighborhood,
and community that adds to the reputation that you’ve earned.
Virginia: While the element of luxury is already noticeable in this first phase of the project,
it’s just the beginning of what’s to come. Kevin Rosinski: We want this to be hometown
Americana. Surprise is already that so we embraced it and we just want to make it that
much more special. Skip Hall: To set this community in a landscape
of gardens and groves and walking trails, not only gives a nod to our past, but also
integrates open space – something very important to this council as we work to grow strategically
here in Surprise. Virginia: In addition to green park spaces,
there will be an 18-Hole Nicklaus-designed golf course complete by 2021 – the first new
golf course in the West Valley in about a decade.
Kevin Rosinski: The community, the lifestyle, the clubhouse that we’ll have, It’s really
bringing neighbors in the community together. Virginia: If you want to learn more about
the community, visit Nichole: This community is gorgeous and I
can’t wait to check it out – maybe on my way to the Sunday in the Park Food Truck
Festival! Virginia: I like that plan!
Nichole: If yummy food truck fare sounds good to you, head to Mark Coronado Park on February
9th. The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature a variety of delicious food
trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, live music, and family-fun activities like yard
games, inflatables and face painting. Event admission is free and food and drink will
be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair!
Virginia: The following weekend, the park will host food trucks again, but this time
it will be paired with a handmade market! Over 150 local vendors will be selling clothing,
jewelry, bath & beauty items, home decor, baked goods, and more.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Admission is $2 or free with
a donation of three non-perishable food items. Children 12 and under are free.
Nichole: We have a new Vice Mayor in Surprise! Council voted for Chris Judd to fill the spot
in 2020. Per city code, City Council must select a
new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30th. The Vice Mayor
acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence.
Virginia: Council has also kicked off the Fiscal Year 2021 budget building process.
The Finance Department gave the first in a series of planned presentations to Council
on January 21. We invite you to follow the process as Council
works towards the adoption of a balanced fiscal year budget in June. Fiscal Year 2021 begins
July 1, 2020. You can check Council agendas on the city
website to see what presentations are coming up and watch in person or live online at
We’ll also link each presentation the day after the meeting at
We hope you will follow along! Nichole: And before we go, we wanted to give
you a look back at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service we held
January 18th. Kenja Hassan: This is a morning of gratitude
of acknowledging the sacrifices of courageous people who’s work results in the wondrously
beautiful lives that we get to enjoy every day.
Nichole: Following the program, people completed community service projects throughout Surprise
to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Skip Hall: Your unique contribution to this
city is just that… unique. Be you. Be the best you. Let your talents be gifts to this
community, because it takes all of us working together to make Surprise a great place to
live. Virginia: That’s our show for today, but
we’ll see you twice a month, with stories about what’s been happening in “Surprise
Lately.” Nichole: Be sure to watch for new episodes
on social media, the Surprise TV cable channel and online at
On behalf of the city of Surprise, thanks for catching up with us!

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