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Glendale Glitters comes to final close?

Saturday is the final night of 2012's Glendale Glitters display, but 2013 may be left in the dark.

Outgoing Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs said last year that the city's approval of a $320 million arena lease agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes means the city may not be able to afford Glendale Glitters and an annual Chocolate festival.

It'll be up to the new mayor and city council to find money in the budget to keep the popular festival going. Glendale Public Information Officer Kim Larson said they could take up the issue when a budget is presented in March.

"Once they are in office and get to know the city a little bit more and the operations and what's going on, they'll have the opportunity, as we start our budget process, to have input on it," she said. "We'll see what happens."

As of right now, Larson said it's business as usual.

"Right now, we are proceeding with planning next year's lineup of festivals including Glendale Glitters and the Chocolate Affair," she said. "As we speak, that's the plan. I can't tell what will happen in the future."

Larson said the city is hosting a Glitter and Glow Block Party on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. to mark the closing of Glendale Glitter 2012.

The annual event features 1.5 million holiday lights in downtown Glendale.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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