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Party like it’s 1810, says local meteorologist Shelley Sakala. HAPPY OCTOBER! Or shall we say Oktober. Not only is this the month Mother Nature finally throws us a bone, but it’s also time for Oktoberfest! As a former meteorologist I took a sworn oath to guide my fellow Phoenicians to all the awesome outdoor events. And as a woman of German descent, it’s my cultural duty to provide you with the very best Oktoberfest options. Beer, bratwurst, Lederhosen… who could ask for more? Since many Oktoberfest celebrations are outdoors, we

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can honor the Fatherland while also celebrating the end of this year’s oppressive Arizona summer heat. Wunderbar! Like other cultural events, most people barely ponder Oktoberfest’s origins before becoming distracted by the next Oompah song (or the next round of beers). So allow me to drop a little wissen on you (that’s German for “knowledge”). Oktoberfest celebrates the marriage of Bavaria’s Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Their wedding reception was so epic that the townspeople wanted a repeat celebration every year. And Ludwig and Therese, being the party people that they were, agreed—207 years later and the tradition is still alive. With more than a million Germans here in Arizona (who knew?), it makes sense that we have Oktoberfest celebrations all over the state. And each festival has its own special charm. Here are a few of the more popular outdoor ones:

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest

Oct. 13, 14, and 15 at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at Haus Murphy’s, 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Free admission for one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Arizona. Eight beer gardens selling beer from around the world. A great place to people watch, or be one of those people being watched.

Free admission, and menu pricing. The events run during consecutive weekends, and include feats of skill and strength, including an accordion battle and a stein holding contest.

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EQUIFAX INC. said its systems were struck by a cyber attack that may have affected about 143 million U.S. customers of the credit-reporting agency. This incident ranks among the largest and most intrusive cybersecurity breaches in history! The credit-reporting service discovered the intrusion on July 29. The intrusion jeopardized names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even some driver’s license numbers and credit cards. The Equifax CEO said in a statement: “I apologize to consumers for the concern and frustration this causes…it strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do.” But apparently, talk is cheap—this is hardly the first time Equifax, and another major credit bureau, Experian, has experienced a data breach that exposed millions of records. Credit bureaus make piles of money by compiling incredibly sensitive detailed dossiers on consumers and then selling that information to marketers. Therefore, it’s unfathomable why a company like Equifax, who is responsible for compiling and safeguarding so much sensitive data, has proven to be such a terrible steward of that data. Equifax set up a website, so that anyone concerned can visit to see if they may be impacted by the breach. However, regardless of whether your information was compromised, you should assume that with this breach and the many hundreds of other data breaches that your information has already been compromised. Equifax is offering everyone the option to enroll in a free credit-monitoring service, TrustedID Premier. Guess who owns it? Equifax. Typically, the way these credit monitoring arrangements work is that the monitoring is free for a period of time (usually one year) and then consumers are pitched to purchase additional protection when their free coverage expires.

MY ADVICE: Place a credit freeze with all three credit bureaus, ASAP! Be sure to also check and monitor your credit report. Monitor your billing statements and bank accounts for any discrepancies. Watch out for spam phishing emails in which scammers entice you to click on tainted links or attachments in emails regarding this Equifax breach.


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Cultural Institution The Arizona Jewish Historical Society preserves the rich heritage of our state’s diverse history. By Julie Carlson THE ARIZONA Jewish Historical Society has been preserving and educating guests about Arizona's Jewish heritage and communities since 1981. The society’s archives currently maintain over 50,000 primary source documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the Jewish experience in Arizona and the American Southwest. They also have 200 oral history interviews and 100 video interviews with Arizona's Jewish residents, living and deceased. “We are a historic museum in a city that has so little sense of its own history,” says Lawrence Bell, Ph.D, executive director of the AZJHS and Cutler-Plotkin Heritage Center in downtown Phoenix. “We are a Phoenix Point of Pride and our building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We run a variety of public exhibitions and programs about topics of Jewish history and culture. One does not have to be Jewish to participate or attend.” In 2001, the AZJHS expanded by acquiring the home of Phoenix's first synagogue and restoring the Cutler-Plotkin

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Jewish Heritage Center, which is now its headquarters. The Jewish Heritage Center was named after James and Bettie Cutler, both prominent members of the Jewish and secular communities in Phoenix. The Cutlers moved to Scottsdale from Chicago in 1942 and established Cutler Orchards. Sadly, the couple died in an automobile accident in 1980, but their legacy of quietly serving in various capacities within many charity and cultural organizations and institutions lives on. The other half of the namesake is in honor of Rabbi Albert Plotkin. Born and raised in Indiana, Plotkin settled in Phoenix in 1955 and served as rabbi and rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Israel for 55 years. He worked to promote civil rights and also helped develop the first synagogue in Sedona and the Jewish Studies Program at Arizona State University. He also served as the chaplain at Phoenix Veterans Hospital and was rabbiin-residence at All Saints Episcopal Church. He passed in 2010. Research genealogy, host weddings,

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society and Cutler-Plotkin Heritage Center (602) 241-7870 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix B'nai Mitzvahs, fundraisers, and meetings, and explore this historic landmark. Starting on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. is the opening reception and program for an exhibit by award-winning local artist Beth Ames Swartz called Tikkun Olam. “The concept for Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, comes from the Jewish tradition in the Talmud,” says Bell. “The idea is that when God created the world, He left it unfinished. Our work as human beings is to complete the work of creation through the acts of kindness and by performing good works."

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Curated by Swartz, it will feature the art of four local artists: Carolyn Lavender, Janet deBerge Lange, Ann Morton, and Lauren Strohacker. “Their works together showcase themes of social justice, homelessness, women's rights, and environmental awareness,” continues Bell. Accompanying the exhibit will be two other events, a forum on the concept of Tikkun Olam in Jewish religion and culture and an artist symposium in January 2018. The topic showcase ways in which art and artists who strive to repair the world in their works can be better engaged with the general public. Also in the fall, and throughout the year, are film screenings, concerts, and book discussions. The AZJHS is also working on an expansion project called We Remember. It will help tell the story of the Holocaust, and survivors of the Holocaust, through the life masks and portraits of Holocaust survivors by local artist Robert Sutz. “The idea is not to create a museum of the Holocaust, but rather to tell the larger story through the experiences of the people depicted in Mr. Sutz' collection,” explains Bell. “Over half of the survivors depicted in Sutz' work are or were Arizona residents. Our goal is to bring their experiences to their neighbors right here in Arizona.” With the help of about a dozen dedicated volunteers, the AZJHS has continued its mission of educating the public about Arizona's rich Jewish heritage. And they are always looking for more museum docents and volunteers to assist with the archives, office work, and event management. “Volunteers can be of any faith or cultural background,” says Bell. “We are open to all. We are a small organization, very personal, and friendly. We tend to form great relationships with our visitors and our members.”

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Military Justice Judge Gerald A. Williams offers a behind-the-scenes look at what military lawyers do. MOST WHO KNOW me know that I served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or as a JAG, first on active duty, and then with the Air Force Reserve. However, many people have no idea what military lawyers do. One of the most visible activities of military attorneys concerns the administration of discipline. Military attorneys make recommendations to commanders on everything from letters of reprimand up to and including administrative discharge boards and courts-martial. The court-martial process is often attacked as being unfair, especially by people who misunderstand or who have a limited knowledge of the system. Military criminal courts have actually set and continue to set standards for fairness. For example, military suspects were in-

formed of their right to remain silent long before Miranda v. Arizona. Furthermore, products of illegal military searches, seizures, and wiretapping were excluded from courts-martial previous to Mapp v. Ohio or Lee v. Florida. Perhaps the most important aspect of the military justice system

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The justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

is access to a free and independent military defense counsel. This was also provided prior to Gideon v. Wainwright; but is better than what is available in the civilian system. An accused in the military system is entitled to an attorney regardless of whether he or she may have the resources to hire a lawyer. Moreover, a military defense counsel is available shortly after the alleged commission of an offense. In contrast, if a civilian defendant qualifies for a public defender, that attorney is usually not appointed until after arraignment. While the military justice system is important, military attorneys don’t just prosecute and defend other military members. In addition to receiving fire from enemy anti-aircraft guns, the United States Air Force is often also the target of a wide variety of lawsuits. Military attorneys are involved in the defense of tort and labor law actions and are especially active in all areas concerning environmental law. Military attorneys also help ensure compliance with a variety of ethics requirements.  Also on the international front, military attorneys assigned to operations law positions counsel commanders on foreign criminal jurisdiction, the rules of engagement, target selection, the law of armed conflict, and the ever-complex area of fiscal law during deployments.  While I was certainly not tasked with every possible legal duty during my 22 years of service, I did things as varied as serving as a medical law consultant to a regional medical center and defending an officer accused of negligence in a friendly fire event over Northern Iraq. Although my current government service does not require a military uniform, I still consider it an honor to have opportunities to serve others.

Where Can Veterans Get Help? Active duty and retired veterans, and their immediate family members, can receive legal advice on personal civil legal matters from the Luke Air Force Base legal office. Their telephone number is (623) 856-6901. Attorneys there can also prepare wills and powers of attorney. If you don’t qualify for legal assistance at Luke AFB, you are able to get a will by attending one of the State Bar of Arizona’s Wills for Heroes events. Additional Arizona legal resources are available on the Law for Veterans webpage at For medical issues, there is also a VA outpatient clinic in Anthem. Their telephone number is (623) 249-2300.


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“I started offering lessons at Lake Pleasant for people who are curious or new to the sport because usually once people start, they’re hooked,” he says. Not only does the busy teen offer lessons, he also is developing his own clothing line. “I decided that I wanted a brand that was a fit for the lake life that I love,” he says. “I wanted a brand for myself and the people I know in the sport.” His clothing line, Usurf, LLC, features tops, hoodies, board shorts, and more for purchase on Etsy or at the Scorpion Bay Marina Store. Because of his desire to give back, Usurf, LLC, donates a percentage of its merchandise sales to Wake for Warriors, a nonprofit that engages injured service members to be involved in water and wake sports. The clothing line has also donated products to Shoebox Ministries. So how has it been for the active teen to go from curious about the sport to a pro in such a short amount of time? “I never thought I’d compete with other pros,” he admits. “But it’s been fun! Most of the kids at school know I do it, so it’s no big deal there.” While he’s garnered some local media attention from his wakesurfing talents, he’s humble about his achievements. “I was on the news recently and some friends saw it and it opened up a venue to talk about the sport, which I love,”

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family first Celebrate National Work and Family Month by getting focused on what matters most. By Pastor David Bowen

DID YOU KNOW that October is National Work and Family Month? In 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 210 was established and was affirmed by both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. It appears both houses of the United States Congress recognize the challenges working families face every day. Because of this resolution, October is to be nationally recognized by businesses, academic institutions, and federal agencies, with the goal of making it easier for employees to succeed at work and at home. The officical website for National Work and Family Month is On Oct. 25, 2010, President Obama issued a presidential statement on National Work and Family Month. In this official White House press release he said, “Millions of Americans continue to struggle day-in and day-out to balance work and family

life… flexible workplace policy is not just good for business or for our economy—it’s good for our families and our future.” The purpose of National Work and Family Month is to create healthier and more flexible work environments for the benefit of the American family. What does this say about the condition of our culture and especially the condition of the average American family? Do we work too much? Do we need to re-focus our priorities? If we don’t work how do we provide for our families? Where is the balance? Let’s answer those questions. USA Today recently said that a decade ago people reported spending an average of 26 hours per month with their families. However, that shared time has dropped by more than 30 percent, to about 18 hours. Eighteen hours a month is just a little more than a half an hour a day. Michigan State University did a

study on family meals. It found that most families are too busy to cook together and most families do not eat together without a television being on or without a cell phone being checked. Here’s the first easy change. When we have a meal, we do our best to dine together and when we dine together no television and no cell phones or tablets at the table. How many families would consider that a drastic change? It shouldn’t take an act of Congress for families to spend more time together. Quality time. Focused “I am here with you” time. It’s great that employers are being asked and encouraged to help families, especially single moms, get away from the workplace cubicle and allow that time and energy to be spent on family. If we have the support of Congress and we have the support of the workplace then each of us has to ask ourselves, “What do I need to do” and “What can I do” to make my time with my family more valuable and productive? This thinking and action planning is good for our families and our future. Let me challenge you to take your next lunch break to grab a sandwich, go to a quiet space, and write down five action steps you can do to make the time you have with family be the best it can be. I encourage you to actually write out that list. There is power in a thought when it’s written down. Remember it will be good for our families and our future.

DAVID BOWEN David has been married for over 20 years and is the father of three girls. He has a local radio program and pastors Standing Stones Community Church.


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Red Potato Salad The humble potato is versatile, delicious, and nutritious. It’s also perfect in salad, as Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) demonstrates.

POTATO SALAD, a dish made with boiled potatoes in many variations from different parts of the world. It’s a popular thing to serve when preparing food for a large number of people. Prepared in large quantities, in advance, then refrigerated until needed, it calls for inexpensive ingredients.

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes

1. Salt is critical in the water when boiling. Salt seasons the potatoes throughout. This detail will make or break the dish.

1½ pounds cooked red potatoes, medium. Completely cooled. 1 sweet yellow onion, peeled and medium diced ¼ Heinz mayonnaise ½ cup whole sour cream 1 package chopped green onion 1 tsp. red wine vinegar 2 tsp. sea salt and a bit more for the boiling water ½ Tbs. cracked black pepper 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped 2 Tbs. old style whole grain Dijon mustard 1 tsp. poppy seeds ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

2. For success. Please, no substitutions on the ingredients or brands. 3. Make sure vegetables are completely dry. The slightest bit of moisture will ruin the integrity of the entire dish. 4. Taste the dish as you go. It may need more salt.

Potato Types RUSSET POTATOES: America’s most popular potato, it’s ideal for light and fluffy mashed potatoes RED POTATO: Great for salads

To cook the potatoes, heat a large pot of water to a boil and season well with salt. Add the large potatoes and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Use caution to not overcook. Drain and then cool on a baking rack so no moisture forms. Salt is critical in the water when boiling. Salt seasons the potatoes throughout. This detail will make or break the dish. Next, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Fold the ingredients together until well mixed.

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Dark Leafy Greens


Greens are high in fiber and help keep your digestive system in check. Additionally, they are filled with minerals and nutrients. Collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and turnip greens are delicious in salads or juiced. Eating dark leafy greens daily will aid in weight loss and promote longterm health.

Apples Turns out the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has some merit. Apples are filled with fiber and they can easily satisfy your sugar cravings. Eat one with a handful of almonds for a filling snack. Remember to eat the skin to ensure you get the full nutritional value.

Nuts contain healthy fat and are easily packable for the times you are on-the-run. The key to portion control is to pre-package them into single serving bags so you don’t inadvertently over eat them. Eating just one serving can help satiate you while offering health benefits at the same time. Walnuts are known for their cancer fighting properties as well as ability to improve heart and brain health.

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Incorporate tires into your workout for total body fitness. By Stephanie Dorworth Model: Zach Dorworth

AROUND THE VALLEY, a workout trend has been spreading. I’m referencing the workout trend using tires. Many gyms have them lying around and some primal gyms use them as the sole form of weight for strength training and conditioning. As a fitness expert, I can tell you that incorporating tires amps up your workout. Not only because the tires weigh a lot, but also because using them involves a lot of compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time. Plus, tire workouts are guaranteed to leave you out of breath. The tires used for working out range from roughly 50 to 600 pounds (the larger being tractor tires). Their size and weight can be intimidating. Even more intimidating is what to do with these darn things. Besides trying to lift them overhead, there are many diverse ways to utilize them. Tires can be used for strength, power, conditioning, and cardio. Therefore they’re good for athletes, bodybuilders, or just anyone who wants to get fitter. The bonus, tires provide an inexpensive total body workout. For tire workouts, use the size tire you have access to or one that

provides a challenge. If you can flip it only a few times, then it’s probably too large, so pick one that you can flip over for about 10 repetitions. Try this tire workout. Perform these three exercises in a circuit in sets of 10 without rest breaks—if possible.

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