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This issue we take focus on various topics. We feature graduations from around Santa Cruz County. We also take a look at SCC WIA/One Stop new Director Mauricio Chavez. His career and his plans for the future of the department. We also take a look inside the new headquarters for UniSource Enery Services though its manager Roberto Guevara. There is also much more inside so enjoy!
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The Rio Rico High School graduating class of 2013. Heart warming speeches, celebration and fireworks marks this milestone in the lives of many young students.
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Santa Cruz County hosted various ceremonies celebrating the graduating class of 2013. Students, educators and parents were hard at work preparing for each schools big night. The Nogales/Santa Cruz Center of Cochise College hosted its
recognition ceremony on May 15, 2013 at Oasis Cinema. Nogales High School (NHS) hosted in annual Convocation Ceremony where deserving students received scholarships from various organizations. The celebration continued towards graduation night, which was held on May 23, 2013. Rio Rico High School (RRHS) also hosted its graduation on May 23,
2013 to a multitude of residents. The night’s excitement was evident by many inspired speeches by given by Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District (SCVUSD) Superintendent Rod Rich, SCVUSD Board President Joel Kramer. Lourdes Catholic High School (LCHS) also hosted its scholarship and awards ceremony on May 8, 2013. LCHS continued onto its grad-
uation ceremonies on May 22, 2013 where 13 deserving students received their diplomas. Pierson Vocational High School hosted its graduation ceremonies on May 20, 2013. These were not the only schools celebrating, all through out Santa Cruz County from Elementary Schools to University hosted commencements.
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LCHS continued onto its graduation ceremonies on May 22, 2013 where 13 deserving students received their diplomas.
SCC ONE STOP HASNEW DIRECTOR TO LEAD OFFICE BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUZ
Mauricio Chavez was named the new Director for the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development/Career One Stop. The position, previously held by Patricia Wallace, had been vacant for several months. Chavez comes to the position from Grants Administrator for the City of Nogales, a position he held for five years. Chavez graduated from Nogales High School (NHS) in 1986 and continued his education at the University of Arizona, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance in 1990. After graduating, Chavez decided to come home to Nogales and work in the family business, which he did for the next 15 years. Chavez’s family owned a wellknown office supply business in Nogales, AZ., which has been in the community since 1935. “We grew to include a cell phone business, as I worked alongside my father (Ernesto),” said Chavez. “My father started as a stock boy, sweeping the place,” added Chavez. Chavez’s father furthered his career in sales, management and finally was able to purchase the business in 1973. Chavez decided to take a different route in 2008 and seek out employment with the City of Nogales. “I wanted to grow and see what was out
there for me and use my education as the tool,” commented Chavez. Chavez accepted the position of grants administrator and was responsible for all federal and state grants for all departments at the City of Nogales. Chavez remained with the city until 2013, which is when the position of Workforce Development Director became vacant. “There was an opportunity for me to grow professionally so I applied. There was a feeling with me personally that I had accomplished my goals with the City of Nogales,” said Chavez. Chavez with his background and expertise was offered the position, which he graciously accepted. “There is an excitement in the department right now, the staff had long been excepting the arrival of a new director and I am humbled that it was me. I am thrilled and have many ideas to move this department forward,” commented Chavez. “We need to get our message across to the community that we here to assist them with their educational and employment goals.” Chavez will have some obstacles in his future with the department but his confidence shows that he will surely acclimate towards his new role. For more information please visit 610 N. Morley Avenue. Nogales, AZ Call (520) 3757670 or visit online at www.santacruzonestop.org
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UNISOURCE AT NEW LOCALE BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUZ UniSource Energy Services (UES) has closed its local payment department and has also changed locations to its new facilities located on West Mariposa Road in Nogales. The new location was formally Pat Beck Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dealership, which closed its doors in 2009. The biggest change in the transition is the closure of the lobby area which served as a payment center for UES customers, but is the last locations to do so company wide. “The world has changed and we need to adapt and use the new tools available not only as consumers but as a business,” said Roberto Guevara District Manager for UES. Methods of payment include by phone, online or at local retail stores Walmart Supercenter, Kmart or Food City. UES is also undergoing upgrades to its power structure entitled the Vail to Valencia Project. Currently Santa Cruz County (SCC) has one transition line that runs at 115,000 volts called the 115. “Our district, which includes Amado, Tubac, Rio Rico and Nogales receives its power from this one transmission line,” said Guevara. The line comes down from Tucson and then connects to local substations where the power is then lowered to 13,200 volts, which is what is available for distri-
bution. The upgrade will increase from the current 115,000 to 138,000 volts. “In order to accomplish this we need to upgrade equipment in our substations to handle the increase as well as rebuild the line from Amado down to Grand Avenue,” added Guevara. Locals will begin to see new steel poles for electrical lines that will replace the dated wood structures of the past. The line will increase capacity for growth and provide improved reliability during the peak seasons of summer and winter. Construction is tentatively set to complete in 2014. The acquisition and transition to the new location took approximately 14 months. “The lease to our previous facility was about to end and this location was available,” “The layout in the new location was ideal for our needs so you can say it was perfect timing,” said Guevara. The building itself was a 1.2 million dollar investment along with the entirely renovated offices and warehouse. The new operations center houses around 36 employees. “The other facility was an old building which was in need of numerous amounts of repairs and maintenance,” said Guevara. UES also hired local contractors to make the improvements needed to transform the location to its current state. These are vast improvements to the local division, which Guevara has over
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SAFE SURGERY IN SCC BY WHSC CONTRIBUTED Dr. Marco Saucedo of the Women's Health and Surgery Center (WHSC) has been the go to location for safe surgical procedures in Santa Cruz County. Saucedo has earned a positive recognition for his work, which has allowed him to become the leading center for liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Saucedo has been operating on women and men for over fourteen years and performs hundreds of procedures each year. “I have an artists eye for aesthetic detail and an excellent safety record. We believe that an educated patient is a happy patient,” said Saucedo. The WHSC offers a wide range of safe and affordable aesthetic services that allow for investment in you. Enjoy laser treatments for hair and acne and see how Obagi skin care line is great for skin discoloration and ask about our facial and microdermabrasion services. WHSC perform lipo body sculpting on all of the body as well as fat transfer to selective areas such as the face, hands, breast and buttocks. The center provides stunning tummy tuck results as well as natural looking breast augmentation. If you have the extra fat, a Brazilian Butt Lift may be right for you. Saucedo offers the latest products and techniques available in breast enhancement surgery and the newest items is The Keller Funnel method. Designed by a plastic surgeon, The Keller Funnel improves delivery of silicone gel implants during breast augmentation and reconstruction procedures. “Our most common procedure is ab-
domen and back liposculpture using both the Vaser lipo system and the Cynosure Smartlipo. These systems provide advanced technology to give the most natural results. The tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck are also very popular because of the extra skin after childbirth. Breast implants and breast lifts, nipple reduction, and natural breast fat transfer are also popular ways to augment your breast to look your best in and out of clothes. Brazilian Butt Lift takes fat from other areas of your body and depending on your anatomy, we carefully layer the fat along the natural course of your gluteus muscle to increase the volume of your buttocks,” said Saucedo. “Our mini arc facelft, similar to the Lifestyle Lift, is great at taking ten years off your face for that natural youthful appearance with a small scar. We combine this with facial fat transfer and if needed facial fillers like Juviderm and Levelle and Botox or a Microdermabrasion. The skin reduction on the arms and inner thigh are effective for people who have lost weight and have extra skin. Eye lid surgery or Blepharoplasty is a great way to get a more youthful look to your eyes,” added Saucedo about surgical procedure available. The center has also received numerous renovations over the years and technological advances in equipment. Each renovation and upgrade all intended for the best customer service and comfortable environment for patients. With all this attention to detail WHSC can provide some of the best care available statewide. For more information please visit 490 N Carondelet Dr. Nogales, AZ or call (520) 287-2257.
The Career Resource Center Job seekers have access to work stations and office equipment as well as: • Internet access and e-mail accounts nformation • Labor market information • Job leads and job banks oyment services • Disability employment ces • Veterans services tching • On-line job matching nclude: • Workshops to include: iting - Resume writing kills - Interview skills ty skills - Employability oration - Career exploration ation classes - Adult education There are no eligibility requirements for any of the above listed services. Intensive and Training Services Job seekers who need additional assistance or skill training may be eligible for the following services provided by the One-Stop Career Center: • Vocational and educational assessment • Case management • Individual employment and career plans • Job search and placement assistance • Training provider information • Financial aid information and budgeting • Financial assistance • Training plans and course schedules Youth Services i to t help h l young people l make k a The One-Stop Career Center provides special services successful transition into the workforce including: • Workshops on resume preparation, employability skills, and interviewing tips • Job matching • Vocational assessment career planning • Summer work experience • Summer educational programs • After School work experience SERVICES FOR EMPLOYERS Services for employers include but are not limited to: • Labor market information on wage/salary, employment, occupation, education and training projects. • Annual workforce projections data to identify future occupational needs. • Job fairs, recruiting events and other opportunities to meet and network with employers who are hiring. • Applicants who are pre-screened for job orders received to match your job requirements. • Job training contracts to offset wages during training for both new hires and existing employees. • Information an tax credit assistance such as Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, the Federal Empowerment Zone program and the State Enterprise Zone program. • Customized training for business that need to improve skills for current employees as well as business that need new training programs to address workforce skills gaps. • Transition services to assist employers and employees in the event of a layoff or facility closure to minimize the negative impact on employees and the community. • Youth programs that target assistance to support the hiring of youth with minimal work experience who have shown initiative and desire to be in the workplace. Services include after school, summer and year-round employment opportunities and internships’. • Targeted business outreach in the fields of sustainable energy/conservation, construction, health care, aerospace-defense, logistics and supply chain management. To learn more about Services for Job Seekers & Employers contact Santa Cruz County One-Stop Career Center 610 N. Morley Avenue Hours of operation 8:00 to 5:00 pm
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Having grown up in Bogota, Columbia and New York City, Drs. Pilar Baquero and Erica Simon have teamed up at Mariposa Community Health Center to offer the very latest in high quality obstetrical and gynecological care. Following medical school in Bogota, Dr. Baquero completed her first residency in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and then decided to narrow her focus to women’s health and completed another residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her fluency in Spanish and English, plus her training in Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology serves her patients very well. Before heading West, Dr. Simon attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She then served as Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn at the University of Arizona, followed by a position as Medical Director
and physician at HRC Medical Center in Tucson. Dr. Simon is a certified da Vinci Robotic Surgeon, and both she and Dr. Baquero provide the latest in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for vaginal hysterectomies, treatment of uterine fibroids and the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain. Minimally invasive procedures require only very small incisions and reduce post-operative pain, as well as the length of stay at the hospital. Baquero and Simon love caring for pregnant patients and enjoy a very robust obstetrical practice delivering over 300 babies a year at Holy Cross Hospital. However, they also provide the latest “in office” procedure for women who choose permanent sterilization. The new Essure permanent birth control method is a quick, in-office procedure that is hormone-free and allows most women to return to normal activity in less than a day. Mariposa is a perfect fit for both Dr. Simon and Dr. Baquero. Dr. Simon remarked, “We enjoy the warm, caring environment at Mariposa and the commitment to providing our patients with the very best”.
MCHC, NCD HOST NOGALES MERCADO BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS. The Nogales Mercado or Farmers Market made its debut back in April 5, 2013. The Mercado, which is a first for the community, is held every Friday from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Little Mercado located on historic downtown Morley Avenue in Nogales, AZ. The market is a collaboration between Nogales Community Development (NCD) and Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC.) “The idea for the market is to connect individuals who are looking for healthy foods with the people who produce them while at the same time stimulating the economy,” said Santos Yescas, Program Manager for NCD. The idea to start a farmers market has been around for several years at NCD, which was first introduced as Fresh Fest. Fresh Fest was originally held on a quarterly basis and had successful events in Nogales, Rio Rico and
Patagonia. After the success of the original market the Nogales Mercado was introduced and now is held on a weekly basis. The market features organic produce, fresh-farmed meats and poultry, organic eggs and much more. “These are products that are local and are harvested and packaged by hand by the growers,” “All these products are USDA approved and we (NCD) personally certify that the product is at its top quality,” said Yescas. “We have partnered with MCHC who focuses their efforts on healthy eating and lifestyle as NCD focuses on economic development,” added Yescas. The vendors are also able to take advantage of a variety of seminars offered by NCD and MCHC. Courses offered include marketing, accounting, food safety and business. “We help them formulate a business plan that includes projections, cost analysis and so on,” “This benefits not only the vendors but also the consumers,”
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Alberto’s heroic actions, they proceeded to organize fundraisers to provide humanitarian assistance to these children. Once they had gathered the clothes, toys, and personal hygiene items, they reached out to the first lady of Sonora, Mrs. Dagnino de Padres, who gladly accepted the invitation to bring Judas Alberto to be recognized and to be presented with the donations in the DIF offices of Nogales, Sonora. Mr. Luis Carlos Rivero, Representative of the Governor of Sonora in the southern part of Arizona and New Mexico, assisted the Univeristy High School students by coordinating the
Entrega Gobernador Padrés 24 MDP El Gobernador de Sonora, Guillermo Padrés Elías, hizo entrega de 24 millones de pesos al presidente municipal de Nogales, Ramón Guzmán Muñoz, cuyo recurso se invertirá para la pavimentación; el evento tuvo lugar en la calle Don Bosco. El Presidente Municipal al darle la bienvenida a Padrés Elías, expresó que las visitas del Gobernador son de satisfacción ya que siempre trae cosas buenas para Nogales. “En cada una de sus visitas nos ha refrendado su amistad y ha hecho patente su voluntad de trabajar a favor de la comunidad y no lo ha demostrado, somos agradecidos y sabemos la importancia de sumar esfuerzos en pos de propósitos comunes” comentó el munícipe. Además dijo que desde el inicio de su Gobierno se creó una conjunción política social, la cual consiste en no cobrar un sólo peso a ningún nogalense por pavimentarle la calle a diferencia del pasado. Agregó que se consiguió una condonación ante CEMEX por los adeudos para el concepto de un amplio sector de escasos recursos de la comunidad. “Trabajar en equipo con usted hará más eficientes, concretos y ostensibles los beneficios que seamos capaces de brindarles a los ciudadanos de esta frontera” mencionó el munícipe. Expresó que de corazón a nombre del pueblo de Nogales y del Gobierno que preside agradecía el apoyo del Gobernador Padrés y que continuará con el trabajo hombro a hombro en estrecho contacto y con ánimo positivo. Por su parte el Gobernador Guillermo Padrés Elías dijo que “siempre me han recibido como en casa y eso no se olvida,
se guarda en el corazón y la única forma en lo que uno puede agradecer, es respondiendo a los retos y a las necesidades de los nogalenses”. Expresó “quiero agradecerle a mi amigo el presidente municipal Ramón Guzmán, el ha dicho algo muy acertado y es trabajar en conjunto, es trabajar de la mano, en unidad en beneficio de Nogales y de su gente y quiero decirles que esa fórmula funciona y funciona muy bien”. Agregó que cuando trabajan en conjunto, es así como el esfuerzo se traduce en beneficios, “es por eso que públicamente agradezco y reconozco la labor del Presidente Municipal, regidores a todo el equipo del Ayuntamiento por ese trabajo que venimos realizando de Gobierno Municipal, Gobierno Estatal, con el Gobierno Federal encabezado por el Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto”. Padrés Elías se refirió al programa “Todo Pavimentado”, así como de los proyectos importantes para Nogales. En el evento estuvieron presentes también Enrique Torres Delgado, secretario de Infraestructura y Desarrollo Urbano, el cuerpo de regidores y funcionarios de las dependencias municipales de la actual administración.
event with DIF Sonora and DIF Nogales. During the ceremony Judas Alberto talked about his experience with all the people that assisted the event, while demonstrating his courage and quick wit. Judas Alberto risked his life once and again after realizing that his humble home in Hermosillo accidently caught fire. He managed to place and then push his six month old brother out of the house in his baby carriage while holding his 2 yr. old brother and walking them out of the house to safety. He did not allow the audience to forget that the fire trucks and police vehicles where pro-
ceeded by an “ambulancia”. The ceremony recognizing the “niño héroe” was hosted by the first lady of Nogales, Sonora and President of the local DIF office, Mrs. Lupita Monroy. Also present at this event where members of the Sunrise Tucson Rotary Club, Jay Ofori, Liz Cohn, Carolyn Monjoi, Caryn Busto along with other high ranked public servants from the Mexican Government like Agustin Blanco, Director of DIF Sonora. During the event, Alan Parra, Vice-President of UHS Rotary Interact Club stated, “we want to thank Mrs. Iveth Dagnino de Padres and we want to recognize the great, and brave actions that Judas Alberto has demonstrated”. The President of DIF Sonora, Mrs. Dagnino de Padres was very pleased to see the humanity of these teenagers and she publicly thanked the Sunrise Rotary Club and the University High Rotary Interact Club for their humanitarian assistance. At the same time, Matthew Bryson, Co-President of the UHS Rotary Interact Club stated that this was an international club and he expressed, “We shouldn’t let the border define who we help.”
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Second Semi-Annual International Trade Summit & Expo.
BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS The Second Semi-Annual International Trade Summit & Expo was held April 26, 2013 at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico. “We invited people from throughout Arizona and Sonora to attend the event and learn firsthand the benefits of engaging in international trade through Nogales,” stated Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino. The First event was held November 7, 20122 at the Americana Hotel in Nogales, AZ. The response was overwhelmingly positive and there has been a demand to host the second event. The event had sponsor booths, Maquiladora representatives and keynote speakers from both sides of
the border highlighting business opportunities in the region. Mayor Garino highlighted the strategic importance of Nogales in binational trade between Arizona and Mexico as well as recent efforts to promote political alignment of local, state and federal representatives through Arizona. The effort focuses on specific initiatives regarding policy, ports and promotion of the border region. “It’s time to make a big difference for Nogales and the rest of the State of Arizona,” said Mayor Garino. “Our political alignment white paper, policy initiatives, trade conferences and attendance at other events throughout the state are putting Nogales in the limelight and we want your business to be a part of the grow-
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NHS FBLA EXCELS BY ILSE RODRIGUEZ Business is a competitive constantly changing world labeled for only adults to handle; what we do not realize is that, entrepreneurs as young as high school students are learning tactics to become better business leaders in the future. Nogales High School (NHS) has given the opportunity to those individuals willing to change their future by taking part as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), a nationally recognized organization for schools across the country. The NHS FBLA chapter was introduced in 1974 sponsored by Mrs. Helen Bartholomew until 1980 when Mrs. Carol Gomez took over. From 1982-2006 Mrs. Audrey Garcia. Ms. Marcia Mendoza is the current FBLA advisor since 2006 after Mrs. Audrey Garcia. FBLA offers various areas of business relating the activities done with situations high school students may come across, or dilemmas around the globe. Examples of the activities are to promote competent aggressive business leadership along with financial management, understand American business enterprise, establish career goals, encourage scholarship, developing character and self-confidence, and facilitating transition from school to work. Our student business leaders work together to give back to the community. Within the organization at NHS there are nine committees led by the officers. President Ian Barton, Vice President Liviu Hernandez, Secretary Zuleika Najar, Treasurer Louie Muñoz, Parliamentarian Czarina Cooper, Public Relations Fernando Parra, Historian Chloe Moreno, Representative Stephan Salas, and State Representative Joey Garcia also, Vice President of Public Relations at the State level, Executive Vice President on local level. FBLA activities include the March of Dimes for premature babies, raising money throughout the community for the foundation. Scholarships are a priority to FBLA due to the fact many members are seniors and everyone is willing to help them throughout their economic process in college. The scholarships are mostly fundraised through a Zumbathon getting our community dancing for both their health and the financial stability of these future college citizens. The Santa at Wal-Mart is a day during the Christmas season for free pictures with Santa Claus; anyone is welcomed. Other events include Green Week where students help spread awareness of becoming more eco friendly. Also, a “cancer tree” where people’s names are placed onto paper to hang from a tree in representation and support of those who have undergone cancer. “The community of Nogales is founded on strong small businesses and that is what FBLA is all about, promoting business and helping the overall community as a whole. We are grateful for all the support the community has and continues to give us.” said Ian Barton, Nogales High School FBLA chapter president. The main occasions to look forward to for these amateurs soon to be impresarios are the conferences and seminars where they choose to participate in specific competitions. Some of the conferences attended were, a trip to New York for a group of members who paid to be part of what is called the Fall Leadership Conference, Flex conference at the Phoenix Suns Arena, and Regional competition to place for the state Conference. Lastly, the Nogales chapter represented well, by having a large number of students placing at the FBLA Arizona State Conference leading them to the FBLA National Conference in June held in Anaheim, California. The first and second place winners were automatically able to attend Nationals. These state champions were: 1st place- Business Graphics- Alana Osorio, Odette Castro, Chloe Moreno, Nayeli Woods. 1st place- Word Processing- Cristina Brentley. 1st place- Spreadsheets- Cristina Brentley. 1st place- Business Financial Report- Max Verdugo, Viviana Lewis and Rebecca Calza. 2nd place- Chapter Business Annual Report- Czarina Cooper, Oksana Arvizu and Gabriela Belisario. 2nd place- Business Ethics- Veronica Nogueda and Sabrina Suarez. 2nd place- Business Presentation- Czarina Cooper, Oksana Arvizu and Gabriela Belisario 2nd place- Emerging Business Issues-Chloe Moreno, Ian Barton and Ilse Rodriguez. 2nd place- Management Decision Making- Liviu Hernandez, Claudia Espinoza and Joey Garcia The Nogales High School received 3rd place for the Sweepstakes award which is given to the top five overall performing schools among seventy. These were the top qualifiers not including the rest of the members who placed in the top five. The Future Business Leaders of America graduating members will continue to strive for success in their long term career goals and contribute positively to the community. (For more information visit NHS at 1905 N. Apache Blvd., Nogales, AZ or call Phone: (520)-377-2021. Rodriguez is a 2013 graduate of NHS.)
SUMMIT FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP 2013
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The 2nd Nogales Summit for Youth Leadership program was held once again at Wade Carpenter Middle School. The program is a collaboration with SCC Superintendent of Schools Alfredo I. Velasquez, NUSD and students from Harvard University. Inspirational speaker Gabe Murfitt addresses the crowd of students from around Santa Cruz County.
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LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HOSTED LOCAL STUDENTS BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS Government officials from around the county spoke to students about their duties and work. Local leaders included SCC Superintendent Rudy Molera, SCC Assessor Felipe Fuentes, NPD Chief Derek
Arnson, City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino, SCC School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez, SCC Attorney George Silva, SCC Chief Deputy Recorder Emilio Velasquez, SCC Treasurer Elizabeth Gutfahr, SCC Administrative Services Director Jennifer St. John, SCC Emergency Services Director Raymond
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B&G FIESTA DE MAYO CELEBRATION BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County hosted its 34th Annual Fiesta de Mayo celebration from May 4-6, 2013 which is the clubs largest
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fundraiser of the year. The event was held at the Tubac Golf Resort, which featured a wonderful dinner, live entertainment and a live auction. The celebration began Saturday with an auction that featured many local donations and continued to a buffet din-
ner that featured live performances from the Rio Rico High School Jazz Band and music by Crystal Star, an recognized R & B singer and former finalist for popular television show American Idol. The celebration continued with the annual Golf Tournament on May 5
and concluded with the Annual Produce Carne Asada on May 6. For more information about he Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County please visit online at www.clubnogi.com
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The Living Center icelebrated recovery month with an event on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The event took place in Teyechea Park located behind Nogales City Hall from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The center, which focuses on wellness, titled the celebration “Recovery-palooza.” Special guest speaker was City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino.
The event was opened to the public and included games, food, music, prizes, raffles, clowns, face painting and piñatas. “This is a big event for the center and we had a variety of activities for anyone who wanted to attend, piñatas, food, music,” remarked Diego Chavez, part of the Living Center staff. For more information please visit The Living Center at 2073 N. Grand Avenue, Nogales Arizona or call (520) 394-4380.
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The Nogales Community Food Bank’s (NCFB) “Kids Farmers Market” program has been serving Nogales Unified School District (NUSD) with great produce at many of its schools. The program delivers healthy food choices, which also include recipes for children to take home and share with their families. Recently Pierson Vocational High School (PVHS) collaborated
with NCFB and had a campus clean up day where the students cleaned up their campus and were invited to lunch as a reward. “We were grilling potatoes and eggplants to show the students a healthier way of eating,” commented NCFB Executive Director Arthur Espinoza. The menu also included watermelons, which were donated by Cactus Melon Produce (The eggplant was donated by Apache Produce.) Other items included carne asada, rice and salsa.
“People don’t realize how easy it is to eat healthy, with the eggplant we just added a small amount of olive oil and then put it on the grill. We can to connect the Kids Farmers Market with the schools and unify our efforts to teach the community how to eat healthy,” said Espinoza. For more information about the program please visit 2636 N. Donna Ave., Nogales, AZ Call: (520) 281-2790 or visit online at www.communityfoodbank.com
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PEOPLE OF YEAR BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS Recently the “Agrupacion de Mujeres A.C.,” named its annual “Woman/Person of the Year” recipients at the Americana Hotel in Nogales, Arizona. The organization holds the annual event as a celebration of International Woman’s Day, which it has celebrated in Mexico for the last 16 years and has been held in Nogales, Arizona for the last several years. The group honors local woman and recently have started to include men that have done extraordinary work in the community. Some of the men and women who were recognized for their efforts this year were Alfredo I. Velasquez, Emilio Velasquez, Arthur Espinoza, Susana Rangel, Adriana Romero, and may more.
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Cinco de Mayo Queens are crowned by City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino and the Cultural Arts Committee
CINCO DE MAYO A LOCALHIT BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUZ The Cultural Arts Committee hosted its Annual “Fiestas de de Mayo” celebration this past May 4, 2013 on downtown Morley Avenue. This marks the first year the event has been held on Morley Avenue, which began at 9 a.m. and concluded at 12 a.m. on May 5, 2013. A portion of the historic Avenue was shutdown for a street style celebration that included live music, Folklorico dance, “Banda Sinaloense,” and the crowning of the Fiestas de Mayo queen. The successful event nearly tripled its attendance in comparison to previous years. “The community loved the change to Morley Ave., the street was full of people enjoying the celebration, we even had Customs and Border Protection keep the pedestrian port on Morley open until 10 p.m.,” said City of Nogales Councilwoman Esther Lopez Melendez. “We truly held an international celebration,” said Lopez Melendez. The event began with music from “Orbita Musical,” “Cautivo,” “Los Bebechones,” and “Tec-
nobanda La Pachanguera.” There was also performances by the Peña Blanca “Ballet Folkorico” and the Nogales High School “Ballet Folklorico Apache.” The day celebration concluded with a performance by a Mariachi band from “IMFOCULTA,” from Nogales, Sonora, MX. The celebration continued with the crowning of the Cinco de Mayo Junior queen who was Nataleah Munoz, 7, from San Cayentano Elementary School and Leah Munoz,9, was crowned princess, also from San Cayetano Elementary School. The event continued with the coronation of the Fiestas the Mayo queen. Paola D´Gyves was named queen and Ilse Rodriguez was named princess , both students at Nogales High School. City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino presented the prestigious crowns to the well-deserved winners. The following was statement was made from the Cultural Arts Committee: We are pleased to have been part of this prestigious event and thank the community for allowing us the opportunity to organize and bring this celebration to you.
The celebration continued through out the day with tons of entertainment. We are extremely aware that everyone’s collaboration, participation and attendance were the reason why the Fiestas de
Mayo had record attendance. We thank the community for your open arms and willingness to continue this great tradition.
2013 MINGUS HOMETOWN MUSIC FEST SC Advocates for the Arts held tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus with the Mingus Hometown Music Festival on April 20, 2013. Featured performers included Nogales native Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta. PHOTOS | EDGARDO MUNOZ
SIX MONTH SMILES BY DR. BILL ARDITO Behavioral scientists contend that the eyes are the first thing we notice when first meeting someone. Poets describe our eyes as “the windows of the soul”. This past holiday season I accompanied my wife to the Windows of the Soul section of Dillard's department store. I was overwhelmed by hundreds (thousands?) of paints and tints, shadows and highlighters, art supplies that would make Picasso jealous All designed to make eyes bigger and brighter. There were tiny medieval devices designed to pull hair out by the roots from above the eye. There were artificial hairs that could be glued to the edges of eyelids to make them fluffier and presumably provide shade in the Arizona sun. Nothing was lacking to make the eyes more noticeable and attractive. Those same scientists tell us that the second thing we notice when speaking to someone is their teeth. Most everybody wants straight teeth and most everybody wants white teeth. Most folks prefer teeth without gaps and spaces. Rarely a day goes by in our office without one of our adult patients asking if we can straighten their crooked teeth or can the spaces, can the gaps between their teeth be eliminated. There are many ways to create a brighter, whiter, more natural smile. We can lighten tooth color by bleaching or whitening. This can be done in a couple of hours in the office, or at home with custom tooth trays. If they're badly stained or chipped, teeth can be veneered with a thin layer of porcelain restoring them to a very natural look. Spaces can be closed by cosmetic bonding. But the most exciting innovation is a system designed to straighten teeth in a very short period of time. Working people just don't have the time to invest 24 to 36 months straightening teeth with trips to the orthodontist every three or four weeks. Six Month Smiles is a carefully designed system focusing on straightening crowded, spaced and crooked teeth in approximately 6 months. The technique concentrates primarily on the upper and lower front teeth. Those who chew just fine require little or no change to their bite. Instead, the emphasis focuses on aligning the front teeth, closing spaces, and creating a natural smile in a very short time. This system doesn't replace traditional orthodontia. Some people can only be treated by the more extensive multi-year treatment which is designed to move every tooth in the mouth to its ideal position. But around 80% or so of the population has no problem chewing. The Six Month Smile system is designed with that 80% in mind. Aside from 2 or 3 weeks of soreness, easily corrected with analgesics, the entire treatment is quite comfortable and fast. Adjustment visits are scheduled once a month. Braces are made of cosmetic, tooth-colored bonding material and blend with the natural teeth remarkably well. Even at conversation distance they are barely noticeable. The cost is a bit less than conventional orthodontic treatment, but the treatment time is much, much faster and less noticeable. Candidates for Six Month Smiles range in age from high school upperclassman to senior citizens. Call the office for more info (520) 761-1600, ask for Kim. She can explain the process in more detail. Stay well, Dr. Bill Ardito – Sunshine Dentistry AZ (For more information visit 855 W. Bell Road, Suite 600 Nogales, AZ Call: (520) 761-1600 or visit online at www.SunshineDentistryAZ.com
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The Nogales Lions Club Annual Junior Olympics hosted elementary schools from around Nogales.
ANNUAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS COMPETITION A HIT BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS The Nogales Lions Club hosted its annual Junior Olympics in April of 2013. The Nogales Lions Club and the Nogales Unified School District with participating local elementary schools organized the event. Dina Sanchez, chairperson for the event and member of the club, organized and led the event to success for the past years. The club fundraises
through concession sales to further its charitable works in the community such as the yearly Holiday Clothing Project. Hundreds of elementary students participated to the cheerful en-
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The Nogales Rotary Club installed its new president, Alfredo I. Velasquez and leadership at a lunch and ceremony Wednesday 20, 2013 at the Americana Hotel.
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The Nogales Lions Club and the Nogales Leo Club recently welcomed its new leadership along with its first new president in 3 years. Newly inducted Lions Club President Gabriel Gastelum is part of a welcome change. The Nogales Leo Club was charted by the Lions Club 3 years ago. Young Leo’s ( or junior Lions) also celebrate its new leadership along with their many achievements.
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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUZ Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office recently celebrated National Correctional Officers Week and National Police Week with various ceremonies and recognitions. Santa Cruz County adopted proclamations in honor of each including fallen peace office throughout the history of Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office also recognized a few employees for their hardwork and dedication. They are from left to right. (Far right) 1. Detention Officer Daniel Soto, Recipient, Detention Officer of the Year Award
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