🌱 Changes in water use rights + honor ceremony for purple heart

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Hi all! Miranda Fraraccio here with your fresh copy of the Phoenix Patch newsletter. Keep reading to find out all the local information you need to know right now.

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Cool with clouds and sun. High: 72 Low: 57.

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Here are the top stories today in Phoenix:

  1. Beginning March 20, proposed changes to water usage rates and a Stormwater Excise Tax in Phoenix will be introduced to the community in a series of public meetings. The changes and tax are designed to help the Phoenix Water Services Department keep pace with inflation and legislation, demanding more attention, priority and value to monitoring water use in the nation’s fourth largest city. (KTAR.com)
  2. On Saturday, March 18, 72-year-old Phoenix native Joseph Robert “Joe Bob” Garcia, a US Marine Corps Veteran, received a Purple Heart decoration ceremony after waiting more than 50 years. Garcia’s friends, family and the Military Order of the Purple Heart gathered at American Legion Post 41 to surprise the veteran in honor of his time in Vietnam years ago. (Republic of Arizona)
  3. A man is in custody after hitting two women with a car Friday night in Phoenix and fleeing the scene. Police responded around 7:45 p.m. to a hit-and-run near Thomas Road and 22nd Street, where they found two injured women in the street. Both women were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, but are in stable condition. (Arizona’s Family)

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Today in Phoenix:

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From my notebook:

  • AHS’ Veterinary Clinic team will offer free services to pets at three Food City locations in Phoenix, including McDowell Rd & 51st Avenue, Thomas Road & 67th Avenue, and Southern Avenue and 7th Avenue. This event is first come, first served with 150 places available at each location. During last month’s event, AHS President and CEO, Dr. Hansen, came out in his white coat to care for our pet patients himself. (Arizona Humane Society via Facebook)
  • This past weekend, the Phoenix Fire Department installed over 50 smoke detectors in the same community that tragically lost a family to a fire on the evening of March 1st. The Phoenix Fire Department works with community partners and prides itself on not only responding to emergencies, but also working diligently to prevent them. (Phoenix Fire Department via Facebook)
  • To celebrate their 125th anniversary, the Phoenix Public Library’s Acacia Branch welcomes community members to come in and share their love for the establishment. You’ll have the opportunity to leave a little note of appreciation at their Sunny Slope location or submit a story online here. (Phoenix Public Library via Facebook)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door this Monday! I’ll see you soon.

— Miranda Fraraccio

About Me: Miranda Fraraccio is a staff writer for content creation agency Lightning Media Partners. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she earned degrees in writing and rhetoric and communication studies. In her free time, you can find her travelling, drinking tea or practicing film photography.

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