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Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, D.D.S., has been selected as the 2017 Pima North First Things First Champion for Young Children. The award was presented on September 13, 2017, by First Things First, a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early childhood education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten. 

A 20-year-old woman talking on her cell phone ran a red light in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She never saw the light. It’s called “inattention blindness.” You’re able to look at but cannot see objects around you. The phone call, ironically, concerned the young woman’s charity work with young people. Next she knew, she’d taken the life of a 12-year-old boy riding in the back seat of the car she’d struck in the intersection. She plead guilty to negligent homicide.

On January 19, 2017, Town of Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, D.D.S., was presented with the 2017 National Award for Local Arts Leadership for cities with a population under 100,000, by the Americans for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.

During a Special Session held at noon today, Oro Valley Town Council voted to declare and adopt the results of the Oro Valley General Election held on November 8, 2016. On the ballot was the Town’s Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, which appeared as Proposition 439. According to the official canvass that was prepared by the Pima County Elections Department, Your Voice, Our Future received more than 70% of the vote.

Last month, I concluded my annual State of the Town Address with this challenge: Let’s be the kind of people who strive to be each other’s BEST memory. THAT is the type of community we are building together.

That challenge is a natural fit for Thanksgiving—my favorite holiday—when so many fond memories are made. In fact, it was the memories of my childhood in Michigan which served as the inspiration for my State of the Town Address this year.

On September 21, 2016, Oro Valley Town Council adopted the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, confirming its readiness to go to the public vote. This plan, which will guide Oro Valley’s future over the next 10 years, was developed by residents and community members over the last three years.

It’s no secret that our community has been through a lot these past few months. Sometimes we become so distracted that the beauty of everyday life takes a back seat. Regardless of our background, age, profession or personal interests, it’s all too easy to lament the things that we don’t have or the things that we want to change. We forget to focus on the things that are important such as appreciating what we have and who we love.