🌱 MLK Day Closures by Phoenix + stuffed animals by Shelby Shearer

Happy Thursday Phoenix! Here’s everything you need to know in Phoenix today.

First today’s weather:

sun through high clouds. High: 73 Low: 53.

Here are today’s top stories in Phoenix:

  1. Phoenix consumer prices are up nearly 10% year over year, according to new data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Energy prices are 40% higher than in December 2020 and food costs are about 5% higher than last year. The price of everything except food and energy in the Phoenix area is up about 8%. (12news.com KPNX)
  2. The City of Phoenix announced closures and adjustments to city services in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garbage and recyclables will be picked up as usual. The 27th Avenue and North Gateway interchange stations are closed. (signals AZ)
  3. Shelby Shearer from Phoenix celebrates her 12th th birthday by collecting stuffed animals for police officers to give to children experiencing trauma and hardship. Shearer has been serving the community in this way since she was 3 years old; this year she is asking Phoenix Christian School for help. In honor of her birthday, Shearer is now accepting new or gently used stuffed animals through the end of February at the Phoenix Christian School at 1751 West Indian School Road. (12news.com KPNX)

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Today in Phoenix:

  • Argentine tango at the Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St. (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Phoenix Police Department officer Chase McCance is returning to work nearly a year after he was hit by a drunk driver. The accident happened on January 1, 2021 near 25th Street and Cactus Road. After a year of intensive rehabilitation, Officer McCance is back on duty. (Facebook)
  • The Phoenix Public Library is encouraging all young artists in grades K-12 to submit their drawing of an important person or event celebrating the African American experience. Entries are displayed in a virtual gallery on the library’s website and featured on social media. Submissions are due tomorrow, January 14 at 5:00 p.m. (Facebook).
  • The City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides guidelines for disposing of your Christmas tree. You can drop off your tree at Christown Spectrum this Saturday 15th January. Trees are composted at the city’s composting facility and processed into mulch for parks and community gardens. (Facebook)

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Nicole Fallon Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. She has worked as a freelance reporter, editor-in-chief, editor and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

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