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S e r v i c i n g t h e W e s t V a l l e y f o r 2 0 y e a r s !

Welcome to your May issue!

Having been a Marley Park homeowner since 2013, I regularly receive updates regarding events and activities organized by the Marley Park Community Association. While certain events, such as the upcoming blood drive this month, are open to the public, the majority are exclusive to residents of the Marley Park Community Association and their guests. This restriction is because these events are financed by the association dues collected from residents.

The distribution of The Front Porch Magazine encompasses both the original Marley Park community and the Homestead at Marley Park subdivision. Recently, several people have expressed interest in having more information about events and activities in the Homestead at Marley Park neighborhood featured in the magazine. While I am enthusiastic about sharing updates regarding Homestead at Marley Park,

I currently lack access to this information and would require consistent collaboration from individuals within that community to provide me with the necessary details. If you are a resident of Homestead at Marley Park, I encourage you to reach out to me. I am eager to facilitate the sharing of information to be included in our future publications.

From the inception of the Homestead at Marley Park community, it has been my goal to include everyone in both communities in The Front Porch group on Facebook, in the activities I plan for residents, and in the distribution of The Front Porch Magazine. Although they are two distinct communities, I believe that they have the same mission...to bring residents together beyond their front porches. I can’t do it alone though...it takes a village!

In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do much.”

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On Our Cover

Meet the Browns, a vibrant military family who call Marley Park home. Stanley, Patrice, Carlton, and Hillary Brown embody the spirit of service and resilience as they navigate the challenges and joys of military life while actively participating in their local community.

Stanley Brown proudly serves his country in the military, and the entire Brown family stands by his side with unwavering support. From deployments to relocations, they have experienced the unique demands of military life together, drawing strength from their tight-knit bond and shared values.

Patrice Brown is the heart of the Brown household, where she manages the day-to-day responsibilities of homemaking, operates a small business, and actively participates in community initiatives. From organizing events to volunteering at local charities, Patrice exemplifies the spirit of service and generosity.

Carlton and Hillary, the energetic duo of the Brown family, keep their parents on their toes with their enthusiasm for life and learning. Whether it’s exploring the great outdoors, engaging in extracurricular activities, or simply enjoying quality time together, the

Browns prioritize family bonding and cherish every moment they spend together.

Education is a top priority for the Browns, who believe in the power of knowledge and personal growth. With Carlton and Hillary excelling in school and pursuing their passions for soccer, swim, and the arts, the family encourages a culture of lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity. Additionally, they prioritize health and wellness, staying active as a family, and nurturing physical well-being. As active members of the Marley Park community, the Browns understand the importance of building strong connections and supporting one another. They actively participate in neighborhood events, engage with local organizations, and lend a helping hand to neighbors.

The Brown family’s story is a testament to the strength of family bonds, community power, and the human spirit’s resilience. As they continue their journey in Marley Park and beyond, they inspire us all, reminding us of the values that unite us and the importance of coming together as a community.

Submitted By Dr. Patrice Brown | Marley Park Resident

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Flag Program

In the heart of Marley Park Community, a tradition of patriotism and community support thrives through Scouts BSA Troop 194’s annual flag subscription service. This program not only allows residents to display their pride in the country but also contributes to the growth and development of the young scouts of Troop 194.

The initiative offers an opportunity for residents to have an American flag proudly placed in their front yard on significant patriotic holidays throughout the year. From Martin Luther King Day to Veterans Day, each flag represents a symbol of unity, respect, and gratitude towards the nation and its defenders.

For a suggested donation of $100 per year, residents can participate in this meaningful program. This contribution covers the cost of the flag mount, as well as the placement and removal of the flag on the designated holidays. By supporting this initiative, residents not only showcase their patriotism but also directly support the endeavors of Troop 194, aiding in their growth and community service projects.

To enroll in the flag subscription service, residents

can visit the Troop 194 website at TribesofTroop194. com. Alternatively, for more information or to sign up, individuals can reach out to Joel Larson, the point of contact for the program, at flags@aztroop194.net or by calling 623.252.5533.

The impact of this program extends beyond the visual display of flags in front yards. It fosters a sense of community spirit, unity, and pride among the residents of Marley Park. Additionally, it provides valuable learning experiences for the scouts of Troop 194, teaching them the importance of service, responsibility, and patriotism.

As the flags unfurl on each holiday, they serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who came before us and the values that unite us as a nation. The Scouts BSA Troop 194’s flag subscription program exemplifies the best of community engagement, patriotism, and support for our youth. Join in this noble initiative to honor our country and empower the leaders of tomorrow.

Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Resident

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Join Us! Neighborhood Clubs

Whether you’re a chess enthusiast, puzzle master, bookworm, or yogi, Marley Park offers a variety of clubs to cater to your interests and connect you with like-minded neighbors.

Every first Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm, the Chess Club convenes at the Heritage Club Parlor, providing a strategic playground for players of all levels. For more information and to join in the fun, reach out to Charles Bowles at ChemistryCharlie@ gmail.com.

If jigsaw puzzles are your passion, the Marley Park Jigsaw Puzzler Club gathers on the first Tuesday of every month from 12 to 2 pm at the Heritage Club Parlor. Contact Sheri Bowles at Bowles.Sheri@gmail. com to piece together the next challenge with fellow enthusiasts.

Book lovers unite at the Between the Lines Book Club, meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Heritage Club Parlor. Dive into captivating reads and engaging discussions by joining

the club’s active Facebook group at https://www. facebook.com/groups/255629647563970.

For those seeking relaxation and mindfulness, the Marley Park Yoga Club offers weekly sessions every Wednesday from 9 to 10 am at the Heritage Club Parlor’s new location. Remember to bring your own mat for a rejuvenating experience.

Joining a club in Marley Park is more than just a hobby—it’s a chance to forge lasting friendships, share your passions, and enrich your community experience. All clubs are open to all residents with the Marley Park Community Association. Stay tuned for the latest club events, community news, and exciting activities in the upcoming issues of the The Front Porch Magazine.

To feature your club’s events or advertise in the magazine, contact Assistant Editor Christie Giannetto at Christie@AZLifestyleTeam.com. Thank you for being an integral part of the Marley Park community!

Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Homeowner

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Cook With Zona

Pasta Salad

As this is my third recipe in the Estrella Publishing magazine, I thought this would be a great time to introduce myself. My name is Arizona, I’m a former preschool teacher, and a mom of three adult children. My husband and I are officially empty nesters living here in the West Valley. My favorite things include pickleball (I know, real original), dark chocolate, and reality tv. I’m choosing to remain semi-anonymous for the fun of it but you can call me Zona. I’m always on the hunt for new recipes too, so if you have any recipes you’d like to share with me I would love to try them out! Email me at ArizonaCooks71@gmail.com.

Pasta salad is one of my favorite dishes to meal prep for lunches or bring to a big gathering! With the weather warming up it’s time to have a backyard BBQ or maybe a pool party and this dish will be a big hit! And a little advice, you do not need to wait to be invited to a picnic or potluck to get some pasta salad magic in your life!

Ingredients (5-6 servings)

1 box of tri-colored rotini pasta

1 red bell pepper

1 English cucumber

Mozzarella cheese block

Pepperoni

Olive Garden Signature Italian dressing (measure with your heart)

Italian seasoning

Salt & pepper

Steps

• Cook pasta according to the box.

• While pasta is cooking, we’ll chop up the rest of our ingredients. I like to dice my ingredients into bite-size pieces and we’re aiming for about the same amount of all the chopped ingredients.

• When pasta is done, rinse it with cold water to help it not stick together.

• Add all your chopped veggies, as well as the mozzarella and pepperoni to the pasta.

• Pour in your dressing, mix it all together, and don’t forget to season!

ENJOY!

We love to see our neighbors’ delicious creations, so send us a picture of your colorful pasta salad or tag us on social media @ EstrellaPublishing.

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Tips

• Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.

• Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.

• Make sure kids know how to swim and learn these five water survival skills:

1. Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.

2. Float or tread water for one minute.

3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.

4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water.

5. Exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

• Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.

• Empty kids’ pools after each use. Store them upside down so they do not collect water.

• Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.

• SOURCE: SAFEKIDS.ORG

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BE FAST

Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, when health care professionals stress that stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death and longterm disabilities in this country. Stroke affects the arteries leading to the brain and the arteries within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.

It is important to know the signs of stroke and seek treatment as rapidly as possible, according to Abrazo West Campus Interventional Neurologist Dr. Sushant Kale.

During a stroke, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, and that part of the brain starts to die. “It’s important to recognize that a stroke is happening, because you can save a life, including your own,” said Dr. Kale. “The point to remember is that ‘time equals brain.’ A delay of even five or 10 minutes can make a big difference in a patient’s outcome. Every minute in delay to treatment leads to 2 million neurons dying.”

Advanced stroke centers are able to treat patients with ischemic strokes, large vessel occlusions, hemorrhagic strokes, or strokes from unusual causes that may require specialized testing or interventional therapies, as well as provide post-acute care.

“Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. When it comes to spotting stroke symptoms, BEFAST and seek help,” said Kale. “Time lost is brain lost.”

Simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact on your risk for stroke such as choosing healthy meal and snack options, lowering your BMI, exercise regularly, limit your alcohol consumption, stop smoking and get regular checkups with your doctor.

BE FAST to recognize a stroke

B - Balance: Watch for sudden loss of balance

E - Eyes: Check for vision loss

F - Face: Look for an uneven smile

A - Arm: Check if one arm is weak

S - Speech: Listen for slurred speech

T - Time: Call 9-1-1 right away

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Legal Advice

Trusting Your Trust Will Work

The proper use of a trust will allow your estate to avoid a court probate. Probates add administrative requirements such as giving notice to all heirs–even heirs you may be omitting from your estate plan.

A trust allows one person to have centralized control to collect your assets, pay last bills and make the distributions the way you plan. A revocable trust can be amended and changed over time – as your goals for family or friends change.

Trusts avoid the need for a court conservatorship when leaving money or property to minors, whether children or grandchildren. A court conservatorship is more costly and burdensome than a probate. Also, trusts can provide incentives for minors for education and employment.

Estate planning does not need to be complex or confusing. You deserve to have your questions answered when they arise. Our documents are drafted to provide the benefit of avoiding obstacles and disputes, whether you have multiple beneficiaries or one special heir.

Sharon Ravenscroft, M. Scott Rowan, Attorneys, The Cavanagh Law Firm, PA, Sun City and Phoenix offices, (623) 815-7451 or Sravenscroft@CavanaghLaw.com; legal practice focused on Wills, trusts, probate and trust administration. For more information www.sharonravenscroft.com

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Home Sweet Home

Is It Time?

When mortgage rates spiked up over the last few years, some homeowners put their plans to move on pause. Maybe you did too because you didn’t want to sell and take on a higher mortgage rate for your next home. But is that still the right strategy for you?

In today’s market, data shows more homeowners are getting used to where rates are and thinking it may be time to move. As Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, explains: “Listings are up a bit as life events and job changes are putting increasing pressure on locked-in homeowners to sell their homes. Homeowners may also be slowly coming to the realization that mortgage rates aren’t going back anywhere near the rate on their existing mortgage.”

Take a minute to think about what would make a move worth it for you. Is it time to take a chance and go for your dream job, even though it’s not local? Are you looking for a neighborhood that has more to offer and a close-knit sense of community? Maybe you just need more space, you’re looking for your next

great adventure, or you want a house that opens up rental opportunities to pad your income. And here’s something else to consider. Mortgage rates are still expected to go down over the course of the year. And once that happens, there’s going to be a big rush of buyers jumping back into the market. While you could delay your plans until rates drop, you’ll only have more competition with those buyers if you do.

So, does that mean it’s worth it to move now, even with rates where they are? The answer is: that it depends. You’ll want to consider today’s mortgage rates, where they’re expected to go from here, and what would prompt you to want to make a change as you decide on your next steps. An expert can help with that. Other homeowners are getting used to rates and deciding to move. Let’s chat to go over what matters most to you and if it’s time for you to jump back into the market too.

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Upcoming Events

Marley Park Community Association is set to host some exciting activities this month that residents are sure to enjoy.

A chance to make a difference in the community by donating blood awaits Marley Park residents, as well as members of the public, on May 8th. The Blood Drive will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Marley Park Heritage Club, located at 15210 W Sweetwater Ave. Residents can schedule an appointment by visiting vitalant.org with the Blood Drive Code: Marley. For any questions, feel free to contact Vitalant at 877-258-4825.

On May 11th at 9:00 a.m., join your neighbors for a casual morning gathering at Desert Garden Park at the corner of 154th Ave and Aster Dr. Enjoy a cup of coffee, savor some delicious donuts, and engage in friendly conversations. It’s a great opportunity to connect with fellow residents and strengthen community bonds in a relaxed setting.

Mark your calendars for an exciting evening at Foam Glow Night on May 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. While details are yet to be announced, this event promises to be a fun-filled experience that will light up the night with foam and excitement. Stay tuned for more information on what is sure to be a memorable event.

With a variety of activities planned for residents of Marley Park this month, there are plenty of ways to get involved and enjoy community life. Whether you’re looking to give back, socialize, or simply have a good time, these events offer something for everyone.

If you live in Homestead at Marley Park or another neighborhood within the distribution area of The Front Porch Magazine, please reach out to Christie Giannetto at Christie@AZLifestyleTeam.com with information about upcoming events in your community. We would love to include the details in our next issue!

Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Homeowner

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by Christie Giannetto SOLD IN MARLEY PARK You are invited to contact me today for a FREE home value analysis 602.740.2313 More homes sold than any other agent in Marley Park!* SOLD 13368 N 143rd Ave Sold Price $510,000 Sq Ft 2,575 Lot Sq Ft 5,400 Amenities Five Bedrooms Homestead at Marley Park SOLD FOR OVER LIST PRICE 14395 W Charter Oak Rd Sold Price $715,000 Sq Ft 3,524 Lot Sq Ft 6,360 Amenities Pool SOLD 13283 N 153rd Ln Sold Price $475,000 Sq Ft 1,988 Lot Sq Ft 5,714 Across from Discovery Park SOLD FOR OVER LIST PRICE 15340 W Surrey Dr Sold Price $430,000 Sq Ft 1,743 Lot Sq Ft 8,698 Across from Marley Park SOLD 13380 N 149th Ave Sold Price $440,000 Sq Ft 1,729 Lot Sq Ft 4,400 Amenities Faces Greenbelt Buyer Represented by Christie Giannetto SOLD 12957 N Founders Park Blvd Sold Price $904,649 Sq Ft 4,160 Lot Sq Ft 13,500 Amenities Capital West Homes Buyer Represented by Christie Giannetto Marley Park Homeowner and Real Estate Specialist Christie Giannetto | REALTOR® 602.740.2313 Christie@AZLifestyleTeam.com SurpriseMatters.com *Information obtained from Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. As of 1/1/24. 13491 N 153rd Dr Sold Price $575,000 Sq Ft 3,413 Lot Sq Ft 9,060 Amenities Three Car Garage SOLD FOR OVER LIST PRICE SOLD 14408 W Bloomfield Rd Sold Price $517,000 Sq Ft 1,961 Lot Sq Ft 6,851 Amenities Thee Car Garage SOLD 15439 W Dreyfus St Sold Price $475,000 Sq Ft 2,334 Lot Sq Ft 4,457 Amenities Fully Renovated Interior 12945 N 143rd Dr List Price $595,000 Sq Ft 2,684 Lot Sq Ft 6,960 Amenities Pool UNDER CONTRACT SOLD 15322 W Bloomfield Rd Sold Price $417,000 Sq Ft 1,805 Lot Sq Ft 4,945 Amenities Newly Landscaped Backyard UNDER CONTRACT 15402 W Old Oak Ln List Price $675,000 Sq Ft 3,529 Lot Sq Ft 7,793 Amenities Pool 14865 W Georgia Dr Sold Price $375,000 Sq Ft 1,559 Lot Sq Ft 5,864 Amenities Adjacent to Arbor Walk SOLD 15239 W Bloomfield Rd List Price $475,000 Sq Ft 1,907 Lot Sq Ft 9,789 Amenities Across from Founders Park UNDER CONTRACT 14599 W Wethersfield Rd List Price $525,000 Sq Ft 2,223 Lot Sq Ft 6,960 Amenities Fully Landscaped Backyard UNDER CONTRACT

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