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volunteering is the heart of Our community if you recognize some of these faces here on the cover it’s probably because these community members have repeatedly benefited from the satisfaction of incorporating service to this community as a way of making a positive difference in their own lives, while enhancing the lives of all residents in estrella.

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westar elementary 5th grader receives award last may, two days before school let out, 4th grader lauren conley awoke to find her house on fire. she quickly proceeded to wake her family members, allowing them all to get out of the house safely. On December 15, lauren was recognized by the city of goodyear fire Department for her heroic deeds at a fire pal presentation. “i feel happy and excited to receive this award and especially grateful that i was able to save my family,” said conley.

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cocktails & conversations my hometown

if you missed out on January’s social hour, be sure you don’t miss out this month. cocktails & conversations will be held on the patio at starpointe, saturday, february 20 from 6 to 8 pm. there will be light appetizers, two signature drinks, beer and wine served, as well as, soda, coffee, and iced tea

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The Year of a Dozen Roses Quite often we think of traditions as something we repeat each year during the holidays. Maybe it’s that special sweet potato recipe that we can count on each fall at Aunt Sarah’s Thanksgiving dinner or Grandma’s real homemade sugar cookies that you’ve always savored on the night before Santa’s visit. Maybe it’s the annual Easter egg hunt in your own backyard that comes to mind when you think of a gratifying annual routine. Regardless, the tradition is repeated because it creates a pleasant memory. And gathering memories - isn’t that what life is all about? My husband started a Valentine tradition for our daughters twelve years ago when the girls entered first grade. The gesture was remarkably sweet that inaugural toothless first grade year. Both girls received a single rose at school delivered on Valentine’s Day from Dad. An additional rose was added each February 14, which will turn into a bouquet of a dozen long-stemmed roses this February, their graduation year. New meaning has transpired each year as the beautiful roses have multiplied one by one to number seven and eight in middle school, where confidence

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was essential to those gangly legged, brace faces who were struggling to find their identity. And during the early high school years, it was Dad’s way of letting potential boyfriends know that his girls’ hearts would, in-part, always be taken. The invention of the building bouquet has proven to be insightful and rewarding in many ways, unforeseen at its beginning. This month, we are sharing news about events and celebrations happening in and around our community, as well as a heartfelt story of a local elementary student who saved her family from a dangerous home fire; keeping in mind that some memories can be building blocks to a new future, thanks to a supportive community. I invite you to begin building your own ‘bouquet’ this February by becoming involved in the heart of this community. Even the smallest effort to become involved can be rewarding. It sometimes takes one single step at a time for the pieces of community involvement to grow into beautiful bouquets of contribution. Get involved. You just might end up with a dozen or more reasons to feel gratified!

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on your doorstep Volunteering is the Heart of our Community If you recognize some of the faces that you see on our cover this month, they’re probably familiar to you because these community members have repeatedly benefited from the satisfaction of incorporating service to this community as a way of making a positive difference in their own lives, while enhancing the lives of all residents in Estrella.

Marcus Ray (right) - Etrella’s Social Committee Member enjoys team work in community. Claims he is the first to arrive and the last to leave when he helps with events.

Estrella Sunset - submitted by resident Dave Finley

They have gone above and beyond to put themselves out there, more than once, in an attempt to share their ideas and talents with members of this community. Their dedication should not go unnoticed! Like yours, their time is valuable and their schedules are full. Yet these volunteers have prioritized and factored in the importance of connecting with others to strengthen this community. A special thank you goes out to all volunteers who have given so much of themselves to enhance the lifestyle of all Estrella residents. As we move into a more refined year and attempt to set new goals and priorities, the members of each of the community committees, along with the Estrella Management team, ask you to get involved by volunteering in our community. Your ideas are important and your creativity is welcomed. Each and every contribution adds to the richness of this community, which is one of the reasons we chose to live in Estrella in the first place. There are vacancies in the Estrella Community Association (ECA), the Village at Estrella Mountain Ranch Community Association (VCA), the Social Committee, the Compliance Review Committee and various areas of the Block Watch Program. Volunteer Applications are available at the Community Services Office  or can be downloaded in the Document Library of You may contact the Community Service Office at 623-386-1112 for more information on any of these vacancies. Following is a brief description of the various committees and/or their responsibilities as a member: The Social Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. Meetings discuss ideas and needs for upcoming community events, while working together to ensure that all details of events are addressed. Teens are welcome. The Compliance Review Committee meets twice a month for each Association. At each meeting, which is composed of residents appointed by the Board of Directors,  the group reviews outstanding and current  violations in the community to assess fines as necessary. pag e 4 : my h o m e tow n

Susan Karasek (center) enjoys keeping Estrella family-oriented. She assisted with Starpointe’s Amazing Race which included organizing a 12 obstacle course around North Lake.

The Governing Documents of the Estrella Community Association (ECA) and the Villages of Estrella Mountain Ranch Community (VCA) require “Voting Members” be elected annually from each of the current 43 neighborhoods in our community. The Voting Member Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. As representatives from their respective neighborhoods, the members are responsible for casting votes on any issues requiring voting as necessitated by the Community Governing Documents. Equally important is the member’s role in representing residents of their neighborhood in actions promoting the welfare of the community as a whole. Sub-Committees for all of the above groups, depending on the need of each individual committee. Yacht Club Volunteers are always needed. Checking out boats and cleaning. Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Resident Members are appointed by an election. Block Watch Programs enlist the participation of citizens in cooperation with the Goodyear Police Department to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Its primary purpose is the protection of property, yours and your neighbors. Block Watch Programs are a proven and effective means of reducing residential burglaries as well as other crimes in the neighborhood. The fundamental premise is “a good neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever invented. Block Watch Program participation does not require frequent meetings, does not ask anyone to take personal risk to prevent crime, and reaffirms the responsibility for apprehension of criminals where it belongs – with the police. Participation does involve getting to know your neighbors, receiving information on how to recognize suspicious activities and report them to the police, and using crime prevention measures to discourage criminals from perpetrating crime in your home and community. If you’re interested in starting a Block Watch or identifying your subdivision captain, contact Officer Adam Tellez at

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on your doorstep Cocktails and Conversations

Fire Safety Awareness Westar Elementary 5th Grader Receives Award

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to experience Estrella’s newest social event for adults; ages 21 and older. If not, it’s not too late. “Cocktails and Conversations” will be celebrated on the third Saturday of each month, beginning at 6 pm at our very our Starpointe Residents Club. Stop by the patio sitting area to enjoy signature drinks, wine, beer and light appetizers for just $10 per person. Most importantly, the conversation is FREE and it’s a great excuse to spend happy hour right here on the “hill.”

West Valley Hospital’s 1st Baby of the New Year The first baby of the New Year arrived just ten minutes into 2010 at West Valley Hospital. At 12:10 am on January 1, 2010, Kassandra Morales gave birth to her son, Mathew. Mathew was 18 inches long, weighing seven pounds, seven ounces. Kassandra and her husband, Gilbert, took Mathew home to Avondale, Arizona where he joined his new family with his seven brothers and sisters.

Last May, two days before school let out, 4th grader Lauren Conley awoke to find her house on fire. She quickly proceeded to wake her family members, allowing them all to get out of the house safely. On Tuesday December 15, Lauren was recognized by the City of Goodyear Fire Department for her heroic deeds at a Fire Pal Presentation. “I feel happy and excited to receive this award and especially grateful that I was able to save my family,” said Conley. The Award was presented by Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner in front of Lauren’s 4th and 5th grade classmates. “It is great knowing that a child was prepared and able to save her family with lessons she had learned about fire safety,” said Tanner. City of Goodyear Emergency Manager, Othell Newbill, was also present. “Miss Conley set an example for her classmates that they can learn from, as well as built their confidence that they can make a difference,” said Newbill. “Students can make a difference no matter their age if they are prepared and know what to do. That is why the Fire Pal program is so beneficial and important to our kids!” Following the award presentation, Tanner, along with full-time City of Goodyear Volunteer P.J. Miller, proceeded to give a lesson on fire safety, educating and preparing students to be prepared and safe by having a working smoke alarm. The Fire Pal program has been taught to school-age students in this area for over 15 years. Tanner has been a Fire Pal for the past nine years.

I feel happy and excited to receive this award and especially grateful that I was able to save my family.

Fire Safety Tip from Tanja Tanner - City of Goodyear Fire Department

Recollections from Lauren and her Family

Tanja Tanner, Community Education Coordinator from the Goodyear Fire Department, reminds all Estrella residents that it is essential to maintain proper function of smoke alarms in our homes at all times. “Even though your alarms are hard-wired, they need a battery back-up and they need to be tested once each month. The batteries need to be changed out once per year, and most alarms need to be replaced after 8 to 10 years!” stated Tanner.

“The damage was very severe. For the most part, we lost everything we owned except the clothes on our backs,” recalls Lauren’s mom, Jaime. She remembers that the family had JUST changed out the batteries in the smoke alarms a couple of nights prior to the fire. Between the alarms and her pets, Lauren was awakened and able to alert her family. “Within 3-5 minutes of waking up, our entire house was engulfed in flames,” remembers Lauren. Only a few photographs and personal belongings were recovered from the fire. “This has been a very emotional journey on all of us, but there is one thing that we all do realize and that is to never take ANYTHING for granted! We are all so grateful just to have escaped the flames of the house alive,” said Jaime. The Conley family would like to express their gratitude to the Estrella community and to Jaime’s co-workers for all of the donations that have helped them begin to rebuild their new life.

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on your doorstep a healthier new Year! 5th annual heart and sole run/walk Saturday, February 20 at 8 am marks the date and time for Goodyear’s 5th annual Heart & Sole 5K Run/ Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at the Goodyear Ballpark. This event is hosted by West Valley Hospital and can be enjoyed by anyone, any age. Parents with strollers are welcome. Enjoy live music, interactive vendor booths and food booths. Everyone that participates will receive a T-shirt, ribbon, refreshments and entrance into a post-race raffle. This year’s Heart and Sole Run has a Mardi Gras theme, so participants are encouraged to dress in theme. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at www.goodyearaz. gov/rec. Early registration runs through February 6. The price is $20 for 5K, $15 for 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. (After February 26, please register at the event with a slightly increased fee of $25 for 5K and $20 for 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.) This event is free for spectators. For more information, call 623-882-3120.

fit kids One mile fun run Goodyear In ACTION will be helping out with the Fit Kids One Mile Fun Run during the IMS Arizona Marathon Expo at 10 am on February 13 at Western Sky Middle School, located at 4095 North 144th Ave. in Goodyear. Children may sign up at the event between 9:30 and 10 am. Registration is just $5 per entry and all participants receive a medal. Bring your kids out for a morning of non-competitive running. Visit for a free entry coupon for the first 50 participants. Help keep your family fit along with Goodyear In ACTION’s dedication to helping local families live healthier lifestyles with a promise to Promote. Educate. Motivate. Visit their website for a complete list of scheduled events at

the little gym of litchfield park honored as top children’s fitness center The challenging economy has taken its toll on businesses nationwide in the last couple of years. But as hundreds of businesses have struggled to stay afloat, one local franchise continues to show signs of success. The Little Gym, which has a Goodyear location, ranked No. 1 in the Children’s Fitness category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Franchises List, otherwise known as Franchise 500. This is the fourth consecutive year the franchise company has earned this ranking. “We are pleased to be recognized with our parent company as a leader in this category because it reinforces that parents are seeing the benefits of what we offer their children,” said Julie Dobbs of The Little Gym of Litchfield Park. “And, while Goodyear parents know The Little Gym as a great place for children, they should also know that our children’s fitness and skill development concept is receiving recognition on a national level.” The magazine also noted the overall strength of children-focused franchising, calling The Little Gym a leader in the growing children’s services segment. According to Dobbs, its programs are curriculum-based and make skill-building fun for students and parents alike. Individualized attention builds the students’ confidence and lays the foundation for success in other arenas of life. Paul Dickison of The Little Gym International says, “Just as each of The Little Gym locations takes pride in helping children soar, the company’s franchise concept has allowed hundreds of entrepreneurs to satisfy their dreams of business ownership in their local towns. The company’s core belief in structured curriculum for skill development has made The Little Gym a valued partner with parents who want to provide the best development opportunities for their children.” The Little Gym offers classes for children from four months of age to 12 years. Programs range from parent/child classes in early motor skill development to grade school gymnastics, sports skills development, karate, cheerleading and dance. These programs are built on a structured curriculum where kids progressively build skills, thus leading to enhanced self-confidence and socialization. For more information about The Little Gym of Litchfield Park, please contact Julie Dobbs at 623-535-5222.

total Joint education classes submitted by the Orthopedic institute at west valley hospital

What can you expect each day of your hospitalization for your knee or hip replacement surgery? How will your pain be controlled? What will you be able to eat? How can physical therapy assist in your recovery? What is your expected recovery time after surgery? If any of these questions have come to mind as you consider or plan for your joint replacement surgery, then The Orthopedic Institute at West Valley has the answers. Beginning Thursday, February 4, 2010, The Orthopedic Institute at West Valley Hospital will offer Total Joint Education Classes every first and third Thursday of each month. The Total Joint Education Class will occur from 3 to 5:30 pm in the 2nd floor classroom of West Valley Hospital and will cover information you need on patient care, physical therapy, case management and pharmacy with

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time allotted for a question/ answer session. Attendees will also receive a Total Joint Education Class binder with a variety of recommendations and educational materials to help you prepare pre- and post-operatively. West Valley Hospital’s Joint Education Class is free; however, registration is required by calling 1-888-669-3444. With 116 years combined experience in orthopedics, our 14 physicians are dedicated to providing expertise, compassion and exceptional care to all prospective, current and future orthopedic patients.

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on your doorstep Estrella Mountain Preschool Registration Begins Estrella Mountain Preschool is dedicated to providing excellence in instruction and guidance to the children of Estrella and the surrounding communities. Their focus is to meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of preschool children, while nurturing their character and developing their spirituality. Estrella Mountain Preschool  provides each child with a variety of activities which will aid in the total development of the child: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The curriculum is based on child development research and is continually being reevaluated, updated and improved to take into account each child’s individual needs.   In addition to  the “basics” (letters, numbers, shapes and colors), they provide a weekly Chapel Time where the children come together to celebrate God’s love through bible stories, songs, and prayer. There are weekly music classes  with a dedicated music instructor  who teaches the children to express themselves through movement, singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments.

Starting in February, Estrella Mountain Preschool will begin registration for the 2010-2011 school year. Open registration will begin on Monday, February 8 starting at 9 am. Three types of classes will be offered: 3-Year Old Program – Child must be 3 years old by September 1, 2010 and potty-trained. Classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 - 11:30 am. Early 4’s Program – Child must turn 4 years old between September 2, 2010 and February 15, 2011. Classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm. This class is intended for children that will not be going on to Kindergarten the following school year. Pre-Kindergarten Program – Child must turn 4 years old by September 1, 2010. Classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm. Limited space is available in each class and children will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further information, please contact Lisa Tucker at 623-476-5578 or stop by the preschool for a registration packet at 10485 S. Estrella Parkway.

Spring Training at Goodyear Ballpark Opening Day is set for Friday, March 5 and it will be the Indians vs. Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. If you haven’t already done so, get your tickets now! Individual, season, partial plans and group tickets are available. Visit for more information. Single game tickets can be purchased in person at the Goodyear Ballpark. The ticket office is located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way on Estrella Parkway. You can also call for tickets 800-745-3000 or purchase online at or www. Tickets this season include Family Fun Packs: Every Friday

and Sunday, four tickets, four hot dogs, four small sodas and four bags of chips. Offer valid in Outfield reservation for $48 and Berm $40 for tickets only. And, since you are a resident of Goodyear, you might take advantage of Goodyear Resident Days which are $2-$3 off Outfield Box, Outfield Reserved or Berm tickets with proof of Goodyear residency. This special is good on March 5, 6, 7, 30, 31 and April 1, 2 and 3. Individual tickets are as little as $8 in the Berm and $12 for outfield seating.

Home Games for the Cleveland Indians

Home Games for the Cincinnati Reds

Sat March 6

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Fri March 5

vs. CLE

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Sun March 7

vs. TEX

3:05 pm

Mon March 8

vs. KC

3:05 pm

Wed March 10

vs. SD

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Tues March 9

vs. ARI

3:05 pm

Fri March 12

vs. LAA

3:05 pm

Thurs March 11

vs. LAD

3:05 pm

Sat March 13

vs. TEX

3:05 pm

Sun March 14

vs. CWS

4:05 pm

Tues March 16

vs. SF

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Mon March 15

vs. OAK

4:05 pm

Thurs March 18

vs. CIN

4:05 pm

Wed March 17

vs. MIL

4:05 pm

Sat March 20

vs. OAK

4:05 pm

Wed March 17

vs. CLE

10:05 pm

Tues March 23


4:05 pm

Fri March 19

vs. SEA

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Thurs March 25

vs. SEA

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Sun March 21

vs. CHC

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Fri March 26

vs. COL

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Mon March 22

vs. COL

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Sat March 27

vs. ARI

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Wed March 24

vs. SF

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Mon March 29

vs. LAD

10:05 pm

Sun March 28

vs. LAD

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Wed March 31

vs. CWS

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Tues March 30

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   Sixth graders at Estrella Mountain Elementary School experienced a  desert survival field trip at the end of January. In preparation, they attended  informational classes at Lake Pleasant where they stayed for two nights and  three days. The facility has many informational programs set up designed   to make the students aware of how to survive in the desert in an emergency  situation.

The Wolves weren’t able to recover from the sting of the Sedona Scorpions on Friday, January 8, 2010. The Varsity Girl’s Basketball team faced their largest opponent, which determined The school’s PTO has funded book shelves in the school library, as well regional positioning. Sedona is as the pouring of cement to create a sidewalk to the back door of the library.  the last team on a list of team proThis has helped create less congestion of students that previously entered the  grams that the Estrella girls just library through the front office. Concrete stairs were also poured behind the  haven’t been able to beat to date. gym which allows students a safer path in which to leave the cafeteria and    Before the evening loss, the Lady Wolves were ranked 2nd in the west region go to recess. The PTO is also investigating providing emergency buckets    and ranked 6th in 3A Power  Points. Sedona was 5th. Coach Arana and the for each classroom. These buckets would contain items necessary for survival  team players went the extra mile to get fans to pack the Wolves’ Den on the in case of a lock-down emergency. Items in the emergency buckets would    crisp January evening by passing out flyers inviting the crowd to wear white include flashlight, portable toilet, small snacks, etc.   in an effort to “white out” the opponent. The flyer included instructions to   “shake your keys for 3’s”. But the crowd’s support just couldn’t lead the team   to a victory, despite #30 Savannah  Eklund’s first three pointer in the first   period or C.J. Broadbent’s two add-ons at the free throw line, which added  Estrella Foothills High School - Coaches Corner  to the 26-21 second period lead. After stealing the lead in the second and  third periods, the Wolves  fell behind in the fourth period, surrendering to Cornered this month are Kathy Fox, EFHS Girl’s Varsity Soccer Coach the Scorpions. The final score Sedona 62, Estrella Foothills 53. and Science Instructor and Joseph Rhodes, Varsity Boy’s Soccer Coach and Social Studies Teacher. Both sports leaders provided an update on their team’s progress during this winter season.

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Westar Elementary School News - PTO Report Girls: Coach, Kathy Fox Westar Elementary had an exciting fall season! Our Fall Carnival started the season off right, as Westar families enjoyed a night filled with games, food, prize baskets, and fun all around. It was our first chance to meet Mr. Bogart, who was announced to be our principal for the remainder of the year.  Thank you to Mr. Dave Richardson for his service and good luck in his next endeavors! Next, we shared Donuts 4 Dad on November 17 with dads, uncles, brothers, grandpas, and family friends joining their students for donuts, juice, and coffee in the courtyard before school.  Mr. Bogart was officially welcomed onto campus November 23 by our Brownie Troops 2732 and 2154, Cub Scout Pack 360 and our Westar Cheerleaders. Their WELCOME signs were the hit of the morning! Rounding out the month, the Westar PTO partnered with Sugar & Spice Cafe & Bakery, locally owned by Estrella Residents Kenny & Manilla Dimang, to provide pies for Thanksgiving. The delicious aroma of pies and coffeecakes filled the school library as families stopped in to pick up their orders the day before Thanksgiving.  Additionally, through generous donations from Westar families, we were able to provide pie for the volunteers at the food bank in Buckeye.  December was busy from the start with Dibels testing and our school favorite, The Holiday Shoppe, where over forty PTO volunteers manned an on-site shopping experience for the students.  Students come in with their shopping lists in hand and we help them find just the perfect gift for parents, friends, and teachers.  The Winter Program took place on December 15 and showcased all the K-5 students and their songs filled with spirit, humor, and joy for the upcoming holiday.  Our families enjoyed cookies and cocoa before heading home for the night.  And, finally, sharing the joy of the season with families in need throughout our district, Westar teachers, staff, parents and students were proud supporters of families in need with our school district Angel Program, headed up by Janene Van Leeuwen, Community Outreach Director for Liberty Elementary School District.   pag e 8 : my h o m e tow n

“Estrella Foothills High School soccer is off to a fantastic start! We are undefeated in the regular season, and just competed in the Notre Dame Tournament over the winter break where we won 3 games and lost 2. We competed against 4A and 5A schools in the tournament and we were able to hold our own against them. Our goaltending by Rachel Cardwell is wonderful - she has only let in 5 goals, and has over 6 games that were shutouts. Our forwards, Kelsie Roberts and Amy Bishop, work very well together - they have accounted for most of the goals this season. In midfield and defense, Kayleigh Oreskovich and Gabby Wingfield do a great job at clearing the ball and making excellent passes for scoring opportunities for our forwards. We have been working on our heading, passing, and shooting, which seems to have made a big difference. We are able to win a lot of balls in the air and we are improving on our ball skills to make us an even better team.” Boys: Coach, Joe Rhoades “The season is going very good so far. The team is continuing to work hard and push each other in hopes of capturing a regional title, which would be a first for the boys soccer program. We recently won the Arizona Lutheran soccer tournament, winning all three pool games and beating Florence in the championship. It was the first championship win for the program. The way the team played the entire weekend showed promise for the rest of the season. What was so great about the tournament win was that it showed and proved to the team that they could in fact compete this season. It was notable that the team that only won a handful of games last season just won a tournament. The intention now is to win a region championship and to hopefully win State. Both of these are goals the team had set back in August, when we got together to train in open fields. The team is being led by Jesus Valles, Kyle Park, Ivan Espino and Goalie Travis James. So far, our overall record is 8-1. The team is playing very energetic soccer. Being that we are a small team in stature, we cannot afford to beat teams simply by being physical. We need to play quick, keep the ball on the ground and moving. As of right now, this is our strength. We need to improve our team transition into defense. We tend to be to slow recovering from a bad pass, or play resulting in being bad positioning which can ultimately lead to being scored on.” www. myhometownestrella.c om

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saturday, february 20, starpointe patio, 6 to 8 pm if you joined us in January for cocktails & conversations, you know it is the place to be to meet your neighbors and socialize, while taking part in light appetizers and signature drinks. if you missed out on January’s social hour, be sure you don’t miss out this month. cocktails & conversations will be held on the patio at starpointe, saturday, february 20 from 6 to 8 pm. there will be light appetizers, two signature drinks, beer and wine served, as well as, soda, coffee, and iced tea. the cost for all of this fun is only $10 per person. Our signature drinks for february will be “cupids arrow” and the “fluttering heart”. sign up at starpointe today!

Our resident coffee social is a great way to get to know the residents of estrella over coffee and a continental breakfast. please join us every friday from 8:30 to 10 am. this is a time for you to catch up with old friends, and meet new ones.

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Yacht club social friday, february 12, Yacht club, 7 to 9 pm february is the month of mardi gras celebrations around the world. estrella will be celebrating in mardi gras style at february’s Yacht club social, held at the Yacht club february 12 from 7 to 9 pm. we will have decorations, beads, a raffle, and food from flavors of louisiana, authentic southern louisiana cooking! Bring your “fun” and any beverage you would like (coffee and hot chocolate will be provided). for just $2 per person, you will enjoy the flavors of louisiana, to include chicken gumbo, fried chicken, fried catfish, and dirty rice. rsvp for this celebration at starpointe today. can’t wait to see “all y’all” there!

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HOA bulletin board Voting Member Election Results In accordance with the Association governing documents, each neighborhood elects a Voting Member (and alternate) who will represent the neighborhood throughout the year during elections. Additionally Voting Members (and alternates) are invited to participate on the Voting Member Committee, which meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month. A complete listing of Voting Members and their Alternates along with their contact information is available on line at under the Voting Member Tab. Residents are encouraged to contact their Voting Member throughout the year as needed.

Town Hall Meetings Starting in March, Estrella will be holding a quarterly Town Hall Meeting. This is an informal resident meeting and everyone in the community is invited to attend. This will replace the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting for March that is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Mark your calendar for March 23 at 6:30 pm.

Below are the results of the election. Positions indicated as “Vacant” reflect the lack of ballots received for those parcels. Hidden Hill, Palisades, and all of Montecito currently are not required by the governing documents to have Voting Members. This year, Voting Members in the Estrella Community Association will vote in the election for a Resident Member serving on the Board of Directors as the term of the incumbent ends this year. The Voting Members for 2010 are:


Voting Member


Parcel 8

The Trails



Parcel 9

The Summit

Corydon Johnson

Frank Cavalier

Parcel 34 Copper Ridge I (lots 1-87)

Josephine Allen

Jean Love Smith

Parcel 34 Copper Ridge II (lots 88-171)

Al Osorio


Parcel 51

Tim Penner


Parcel 55 Oasis (Lots 6-12, 115-183, 187-223)



Parcel 55 Spanish Bay (lots 1-5, 13-114, 184-186)

Trisha Simpson


Parcel 56 Parkside

Hal Pierce

Donald Bettger

Parcel 56A Lakeview I (lots 1-79)

Mark Weber


Gated Neighborhoods

Parcel 56A Lakeview II (lots 80-150)

Roy Sharp


When a community is gated, it becomes a private neighborhood and is assessed an additional Homeowners Assessment. This additional assessment helps pay for the maintenance of the roads, sidewalks, and any common areas within the gates.

Parcel 57 The Enclaves

William Zednik


Parcel 58 The Retreat

Charlotte Domme

Richard Toliver

Parcel 60 The Vistas

Cathleen Fleming


Parcel 62/64 Legends I (lots 1-15, 120-219)

Bob Ritz

Freeda Seltzer

Parcel 62/64 Legends II (Lots 16-119)

Alan Walsh


Parcel 66 Avalon

Barbara Ertl


Check the March edition or for more details and the meeting agenda.

Gate systems are designed to be a deterrent to unauthorized persons, but are in no way a guarantee of personal safety or security. This system is only effective in controlling traffic. Never attempt to force the gate if your remote doesn’t work. Remembering your personal code is extremely important when this happens. If you need assistance with your personal code, please contact the Community Services Office at 623-386-1112.



Voting Member

Parcel 26 Trailridge (lots 22-121)



Parcel 26 The Highlands (lots 1-21, 122-185)

Patrick Taylor


Parcel 33 Echo Ridge



Parcel 43 Avalon del Lago

Bud Clark


Parcel 52 Desert Vista



Parcel 67-69 Arroyo Vista

Dennis Brungardt

Doug Vegge

Parcel 68 Ridgeview Pt

Kurt Hanke

Scott McCarthy

Parcel 70 Mesquite Ridge

Kellie Akahara


Parcel 71 Arroyo Vista/Ridgeview Pt

Tim Rilley


Parcel 72 Saguaro Summit

Steve Turke

Frances Rappoccio

Parcel 73 Hidden Hills

No Voting Member Required

Parcel 74 Sonoran Springs

Bill Antonucci


Parcel 75 Saguaro Canyon

Suzie Sandwicki

Fred Call

Parcel 76 Sonoran Vistas



Parcel 91 Emerald Greens

Sue Secrest

Dave Nigh

Parcel 95A/B The Fairways

Tom Mineo

Scott Austin

Parcel 96A/B The Fairways

Bob Farrell


Parcel 99



Parcel 100A Mesquite Highlands

Nancy McFillin

Christine Esprecion

Parcel 100B Saguaro Highlands



Parcel 195 Desert Breeze

David Hicks


Parcel 196A Trailridge Crossing

Ian MacInnes


Parcel 196B Avalon Terrace

Lori Hoban


Parcel 199 Eagle Ridge

Jeffrey Vogt


Parcel 200 Eagle Pointe

Karen Hanson Alex Kohli Vacant

Elroy Tomanek

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Parcel 201 Privada I (lots1-16,29-36,93-109,115-151) Parcel 201 Privada II (lots 17-28, 37-92, 110-114)

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HOA bulletin board How to Avoid Violations An easy way to avoid violations is to review the Estrella Community Handbook. It provides homeowners easy access to pertinent design guidelines and procedures as well as rules and regulations.

• Protection of washes • Common area rules • Starpointe Residents Club rules

Community Services Office Hours:

• Violation enforcement policy

Mon.–Fri. 8am–5pm, Closed Saturdays Tel: 623-386-1112 | Fax: 623-386-5788

The Estrella Community Handbook covers: • Community structure • Landscape design guidelines • Property design guidelines • Modification review process. Submitting an Application for Modification required for anything being placed, constructed or installed upon any lot/home. • Property use restrictions and Parking waiver policy

HOA Contact

The Estrella Community Handbook can be found online at under the document library. The content of the Estrella Community Handbook is important because it allows the Board of Directors, their managing agent and homeowners clear direction and understanding of the expectation of quality for Estrella. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Compliance Department at 623-386-1112.

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Yacht Club Hours Mon.-Sun. 10am-5pm

Checking your Drip Emitters Now Saves Water and Money Later By DLC Resources, Inc.

Community Patrol’s Phone Number 602-329-0462

Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultant Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC)

Drip Irrigation Landscape in the Valley is populated with a broad variety of desert-adapted plants. Some, such as the creosote bush or the triangle leaf bursage, are native to this part of the Sonoran desert. Others, such as the Texas sage, lantana, and the red bird of paradise, are not native to the area, but have proven to be able to thrive here in the Valley of the Sun. Although these are low water-use plants, they all benefit from regular irrigation in the hottest months of summer.

Estrella Management Team Community Manager: Jerry Evans Facilities Director: Scott McVay Admin Coordinator: Sharon Thunstedt Administrative Associate: Tammy Campbell Compliance Director: Jodi Matlock Administrative Coordinator: Dawn Waterfield

Miles of Irrigation

Design Review Coordinator: Jodi Matlock

To irrigate these plants miles of underground pipes and tubes network to feed thousands of drip emitters. When activated, these emitters typically put out a flow of 1 gallon or less per hour. In some cases, an emitter with a flow of as much as 2 gallons per hour may be used. The frequency and duration of the irrigation can be controlled through a central computer or individual irrigation controllers. This allows the amount of water used to be adjusted depending on current conditions. During the monsoon season, for example, the whole system can be shut down to take advantage of the natural precipitation and save the irrigation water.

in the landscape of large communities is an ongoing process requiring continuous maintenance.

Recreation Coordinator: Lisa Sowada

In order to stay on top of this, the landscape maintenance crews concentrate on a different area of each maintenance cycle every week. Drip irrigation is often programmed to run in the evening, nighttime or early morning hours. Manually turning on irrigation where maintenance crews are working allows them to see where the problems may exist. The crews should carry small plastic plugs to cap the ends of distribution tubes. If they encounter a larger leak, an irrigation technician should be called to do the repair.

Yacht Club Coordinator: Ryan Chonka


What Can You Do?

One challenge of maintaining such an extensive network of drip irrigation is making sure the water goes where it needs to go: to the roots of the plants. Sometimes the irrigation water is emitted where there is no plant to water. You may see some of these emitters without plants from time to time as you walk through the community. How does this come about? There are several reasons:

Homeowners, too, can benefit from regular checks of the irrigation system in their yard. Turn your system on during daylight hours and have a look around. If you see water leaving the system where no plant is present, you may be able to solve the problem by plugging the ¼ drip tube commonly used. The appropriate plugs are readily available at any hardware store.

• Normal wear and tear on the thousands of tiny plastic parts in the system

There are also a number of resources on the internet that can help you find information on how to maintain your plants and irrigation system:

• Damage caused by vehicles traversing the landscape • Damage caused by rodents or other animals • Plant removal (both intentional and accidental)

The Solution Although the amount of water lost through drip emitters without plants is minute in comparison to the water used to irrigate turf areas (the bulk of water consumption), it is still important to keep unused emitters plugged. Capping unused emitters

w w h o m e tow n e s t re lla .co m This website has great tips on how to conserve water at home. Learn more about how to care for your trees and shrubs.

Lifestyle Coordinator: Tara Shermerhorn

Assessment Billing Address: Payment Processing Center c/o CCMC-Western Region PO Box 105260 Atlanta, GA 30348-5260 or pay online at

Community Association Board Members: Estrella Joint Committee (EJC) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, David Prescott, Pete Tieche, Lesle Sweeney Estrella Community Association (ECA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Lesle Sweeney, David Prescott Resident Elected Board Members: Freeda Seltzer and Raquel Llivina Villages at EMR Community Association (VCA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Pete Teiche, Lesle Sweeney Resident Elected Board Members: Dennis Brungardt and Scott McCarthy

Fun Fact: An average drip emitter puts out 1 gallon of water per hour. An average sprinkler head puts out 240 gallons of water per hour.

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classes, clubs, meetings Starpointe Residents Club Program Mo n d a y

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8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

8:15–9:05am Mixed Muscle Arts (MMA) (Michael Parham)

8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

Music Together (Mary Wilkening)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

9:30–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo, 623-748-8532

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

6:00–6:50pm Mixed Muscle Arts (MMA) (Michael Parham) 6:30–7:20pm Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)


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9:00–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

8:30–9:20am Pilates (Carla Walters)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

10:30–11:20am Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

4:00-4:50pm Fine Arts Camp Sept-Nov. (Shelise Natae)

11:30am–12:20pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

4:00-4:50pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo, 623-748-8532

12:30–1:20pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

7:00–7:50pm Pilates (Carla Walters)

5:00-5:50pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

6:00-6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

4:00–4:50pm Fine Arts Camp (Shelise Natae)

7:00–7:50pm Step & Pump (Linda Jojola)

5:00–5:50pm Fine Arts Camp (Shelise Natae)

6:00-6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy) 6:30–7:20pm Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

7:00–7:50pm Muscle Pump (Linda Jojola)

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Adult Men’s Basketball 7:00pm Estrella Mountain Elementary School, Leroy Baca at 623-388-4047

Nothing This Week

Playgroup, 9:30–11:30am contact Nicole Yontz 602-400-8373

Music Together 10:30am

Resident Coffee Social 8:30–10am

Adult Golf Clinic, 8am Golf Club of Estrella 623-386-2600

Poker/Games, 1pm contact Al Wolfson 623-328-0118

Bridge, 1–4pm contact Carl Deierling 623-386-6641 or Cookie Wallis 623-398-8695


Evening Bridge & Class, 6:30pm contact Carl Deierling at 623-386-6641



Games, Games, Games 6:30–8pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7pm, Estrella Mtn. Church, Rm 202. Contact Jerry R, 408-505-1326


Social Committee Mtg 6pm

Red Hatter’s 1pm

5 CRC Meeting 6pm

6 CRC Meeting 9:30am

Weight Watchers 6pm Camera Club 7pm




Scrapbooking 10am

10 Quiddler Card Group 1pm





Weight Watchers 6pm


Yacht Club Social 7pm

Classic Car Club 9am VIT 11am

Voting Members 6:30pm

Youth Guitar Orchestra 6:30pm


DRC Meeting 9am


Newland Neighborhood Meeting 6pm

EMR Camera Club 7pm



Weight Watchers 6pm

20 Cocktails & Conversations 6-8pm

CRC Mtg 9:30am

CRC Meeting 6pm

New Owner Orientation 7pm








Board of Director’s Meeting 6:30pm

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Weight Watchers 6pm

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people in your neighborhood The Romagnoli Family From the mountains to the Valley, the Romagnoli family has covered some territory! Maybe it’s Kathleen’s virtual wings as an International Flight Attendant that keep her from being grounded in any one place for too long. Regardless, she and her husband, Carlo (known as “Ski”) have finally settled into what they describe as their perfect family home in Greenspointe (after two previous homes in Avalon Terrace and the Fairways), in their favorite community - Estrella. Kathleen describes the love of her life, Ski, as a Streaming Media Guru who enjoys self-employment working for Fortune 500 companies that include Nike, JDA Software and Chrysler. To keep the vital family energy going, Ski recently launched live video broadcasting for Qualcomm at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He grew up in Kentucky and Kathleen was raised in both California and Illinois. The two met in Austin, Texas and have spent most of their twenty-year marriage in Northern California - Watsonville, Monterey Bay and Los Gatos, taking a three-year detour to Mt. Hood, Oregon. Their goal was to find that perfect destination in the right community to raise their two daughters Sierra and Makena.

Considering a New Medical Home? One that’s friendly, courteous and professional? We are certain that you will quickly become impressed with the genuine courtesy, attention, professionalism and skill of our entire Medical Team. Our mission is a “Commitment to Healthy Lifestyles,” and our goal is to meet your every medical need, and to do it as seamlessly as possible. We specialize in:

It was a man named Roy at a hotel in Las Vegas who directed the Romagnolis to “take a look” at Estrella Mountain Ranch near Phoenix. “We came here and Ski told me that this was it - this was where we were going to live and raise our daughters,” recalls Kathleen. “Our only regret is that we did not find this community when the girls were younger,” says Kathleen. Sierra Romagnoli, a junior at Estrella Foothills High School, is involved in Future Business Leaders of America. She excels in math and takes honors courses in both Physics and Calculus. Sierra is also the co-captain of her spirit line team. Makena, an eighth grader at Westar Elementary, is also enrolled in AP classes. Both girls are happiest when they are cheering for their Comets and Wolves with spirit lines for their schools. In fact, the Romagnolis will attend a USA National Cheer Competition with Sierra in Disneyland, where she will compete in two categories in the spring. As one of the first homes in Greenspointe, Kathleen and Ski have been named the King and Queen of the cul de sac. They have been welcoming new neighbors with small gifts and are especially fond of many of their neighbors, including the Engle girls; Angie and Mary Anne, who are great fun, whether it is Bunco, Bingo, tennis, a hike or a road trip. Another great Estrella friend is Earl, who was raised in neighboring Buckeye; he has taught the Romagnolis how to be true Arizonans. And when mentioning outstanding neighbors, resident grandmother, Claire Malone, cannot be forgotten. The first order of business for the Romagnoli family in January was attending the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California for New Year’s Day. From there, Kathleen replied, “…like Dorothy said, there is no place like home.” They have scheduled in some time to enjoy Estrella with plans to landscape their backyard, in hopes of creating an Arizona outdoor living area. Let’s hope the Romagnolis can stay grounded in Estrella long enough for you to meet them. They are certainly excited about their home on the 14th hole of the golf course. TILE FLOOR & TRIM

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Estrella Resident since 2002


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Church Office Hours:

Mon. –Thurs. 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fri. 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. Church 623-386-0300 Fax 623-393-0328 Website:

Preschool Office Hours:

Tues – Thurs. 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. Preschool 623-476-5578 Website:

Estrella Mountain Church 10485 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear, AZ 85338

Weekend Service Times NEW Saturday Worship at 5:30 PM Sunday Worship at 9:00 &10:45 AM Children’s programs provided for all services.

Children and Youth Services MONDAY AWANA Cubbies & Sparks (4 yrs. - 2nd Gr.) 6:30 PM TUESDAY AWANA T & T (3rd – 6th Gr.) 6:30 PM FRIDAY TREK Jr. High (7th & 8th Gr.) 7:00 PM SUNDAY THRESHOLD Youth Group (7th–12th Gr.) 6:30 PM

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Modern Day Pressure Cooking As a personal chef, I’m always looking for time-saving gadgets and methods for preparing flavorful meals for my clients. I had heard from other chefs how much they loved their pressure cookers, especially for normally time-consuming dishes as risotto. Having no experience at all with pressure cookers, all I could think of were the horror stories people used to tell about “exploding” cookers and “spaghetti on the ceiling.”

After some due diligence, I learned that the pressure cookers of today are perfectly safe and that some are even completely electronic – just set it and forget it. I had to have one. The first three dishes I tried out in my pressure cooker were beef bourguignon, risotto, and baby back ribs. Both turned out wonderfully and have become some of my clients’ most requested meals.

Baby Back Ribs


Servings: 4

Servings: 4

Directions: Cut racks in half. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and 2 tablespoon(s) garlic powder then apply as a rub, liber1 1/2 tablespoon(s) ally, to all sides of ribs. Set cayenne (to taste – this is on pressure cooker to brown. the spicy side) Brown ribs on both sides. Cook on high pressure with 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) black pep2-1/2 cups of water for 22 per minutes. Allow pressure to come down naturally. Wrap 3 tablespoon(s) salt ribs in foil and allow to rest 3 tablespoon(s) paprika for 10 minutes. Coat ribs with sauce and put under 5 tablespoon(s) brown sugar broiler for 5 minutes each 3 pound(s) pork ribs, baby side, to glaze the sauce. back 2 cup(s) barbecue sauce

3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces Butter for sautéing 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 bay leaf 1 fresh thyme sprig 2 medium carrots, cut into ½ inch pieces ½ cup red wine – choose a young fruit one like zinfandel 1 cup beef stock 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes

Risotto with Spinach, Mushrooms & Shrimp Servings:4 Cooking spray, 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cup(s) arborio rice 2 cup(s) mushrooms, sliced 3 cup(s) fresh spinach 2 ¼ cup(s) vegetable stock 1/3 cup(s) Parmesan cheese, optional 1/8 teaspoon(s) pepper 1 pound(s) raw shrimp

Red wine vinegar, to taste Balsamic vinegar, to taste

Directions: In pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoons butter or water over medium heat. Saute onion for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Stir frequently so onion does not brown.

1-1/2 tablespoons butter, softened 1-1/2 tablespoons flour 1 pound frozen pearl onions, thawed, then sautéed until brown

Add rice, and saute until light brown. Add stock and mushrooms; stir well.

3 cups mushrooms, quartered, sautéed

Close lid and bring to pressure. Cook for 7 minutes.

3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Quick-release pressure and open the lid. Stir in spinach, parmesan cheese and shrimp.

**Sauté the onions and mushrooms, separately, and set aside.

Simmer until shrimp is cooked through.

Directions: Sauté the beef in the cooker in the butter and oil until browned on all sides. Do not crowd the pan, so work in batches, setting aside the cooked meat as necessary. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add back all of the beef. Top with bay leaf, thyme, and carrots. Deglaze with the wine and add the beef stock and crushed tomatoes. Lock the lid in place, bring to high pressure, and cook for 16 minutes. Allow the pressure to come down naturally (about 10 minutes or more). Remove lid, tilting it away from you to allow the steam to escape. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface. Discard the bay leaf and thyme sprig. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a little red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar to intensify the flavors. If you need to thicken the stew, knead together the softened butter and flower to make a beurre manie. Whisk this in and cook about 5 minutes. Add the pearl onions, mushrooms, and parsley. Serving suggestion: Serve over cooked egg noodles or rice.



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Defiance Salon Suites 13321 W. Indian School Rd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

First-time clients receive $75 cut and color Or 50% off any haircut service Raina King (602) 315-0975

Goodyear Sushi/Rolls are our specialty!

Lunch Special $5.95 Happy Hour: Mon-Sat 4-6pm Sun 4-9pm Reverse Happy Hour 8-10pm Mon-Sat

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Teri McCallum Independent Beauty Consultant Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-474-6345 or 630-807-9015

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Air conditioner AirNow Cooling & Heating Are you having a Cooling or Heating problem in your home? We will provide you with our “Rapid Response”, 24/7/365. EMERGENCY SERVICE. Simply call 623-932-1674 “WE LIVE AND WORK IN ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH”.

Beauty & health Hair Stylist Hair Stylist-Raina King of Defiance Salon Suites offers 50% off any hair cut service to Estrella residents. Contact or 602-315-0975 to receive a cut above the rest! Personal Trainer Renee Berg will sculpt a "new you" with customized training sessions at the Starpointe Fitness Center or in the privacy of your own home. Call 623-565-2494.

Bike Estrella Mountain BMX Estrella Mountain BMX Racing offers family fun and entertainment for all ages. Call 623-826-0241 or visit www. Racing location is 15660 W. Roser off Estrella Parkway.

Childcare & Preschools Deanna’s Christian Childcare 6wks to 4yrs, references, calm environment 623-271-7213 Donna’s Daycare Loving environment for your little one while your away. Call 623-388-7408 or email Discovery Days Child Care Day Care with a little pre-school fun.. All ages, very flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, affordable rates. I strive to meet your individual needs. Please call 623-693-9600 or email me at Hope to be hearing from you soon. Lil’ Angels Day Care Lil’ Angels offers great care in a friendly home environment, with planned educational activities by a certified childhood development provider. Openings currently available; includes lunch and snacks. Call 623-606-8786. Little Butterfly’s Preschool It’s time for your child to spread their wings and fly…. Little Butterfly’s is a wonderful place for your child to learn and grow. We accept children ages 21/2 to 5, please visit us at or call 623-882-3757.

CLEANING SERVICES Randall Carpet Care Quality, quick-drying steam extraction process. Carpet, upholstery and tile/grout cleaning. IICRC certified. EMR resident. John Randall, Owner, 623-734-3589. Eco Maids 4 You Need help cleaning your home? Eco-friendly cleaning. Free estimates. An Estrella Mountain Ranch resident. Established business and references available upon request. 623-910-2202.

Dental Goodyear Smiles Dentistry Paul Gebhart DDS & Associates. 781 S. Cotton Lane, Ste. 100, Goodyear. Call 623-882-3636 or visit Dr. Joshua Hong, DDS Smile Artist, Dr. Joshua Hong. We create smiles with confidence! 750 N. Estrella Parkway, #10 Goodyear, AZ. Enjoy a true five-star experience right here in your own town. Call Karen at 623-925-8822 to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Dining Akai Hana Authentic Japanese Cuisine Specializing in Sushi, with happy hours everyday. Discover authentic and creative Japanese cuisine. Visit our newest location in Goodyear. 623-935-3942 or

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Financial services Farm Bureau Financial Services Farm Bureau Financial Services can help you protect what is most important to you. All insurance and security needs. Contact George Cuzalina, Career Agent and Estrella Resident at 623-925-0190. Money Matters Income tax preparation at your home or office. EMR resident. Call Kevin Pantenberg, CFP, ATA (623) 386-1924 or email Sound Advice Financial Planning I help business owners, professionals, retirees & widows create a steady stream of tax advantaged income they will not outlive. 7 year EMR resident. David Lesnick, CFP 623-412-9602,

Gift Wrapping Service That’s a Wrap Professional gift wrapping and custom gift baskets. All occasions: Birthdays, weddings, Christmas. EMR resident. Call LaVonne Diemer 602-373-9922 or email

GOLF Golf Club of Estrella 11800 S. Golf Club Dr. | Goodyear | AZ | 85338 | 623386-2600 Managed by Troon Golf®, the leader in upscale golf course management.

Health Estrella Family Medical Now accepting new patients. We accept all major medical insurances and AHCCS health plans. Call and make an appointment today! For more information visit or call 623298-4642. 750 N. Estrella Pkwy., Ste. 20 Goodyear AZ 85338. Peters Wellness Chiropractic Providing Quality Care for Auto Accidents and Personal Injury, Marathon Runners & Triathletes, Nutrition and Wellness. Troy H. Peters, D.C. 1616 N. Litchfield Rd. Suite #210 Goodyear, AZ 85395. Call 623-9350911 or visit

HOME DECOR & DESIGN Betti’s Custom Sewing Betti’s Custom Sewing at ready made prices. Experienced Seamstress, Betti Guenther 623-242-7877 for all of your indoor, outdoor and decorative sewing needs. No job is too small. Possibilities Redesign LLC Don't replace your furniture re-place it. Have your home redecorated using your furniture in one day. Real Estate Staging. Marie Risheill Interior Redesign Specialist. 623-594-6419

HOME IMPROVEMENT Elite Shutters & Blinds Your one-stop shop for all your home improvement needs. 5251 N. Robson Blvd. Suite #3, Eloy AZ 85231. Call 480-203-8425 or visit

Garage Doors Avondale Garage Doors Inc. We fix & replace Garage Doors & Openers. Same day service, 28 yrs exp, BBB, Lic, Bond and Ins. Visit us at www. or call 623-693-8677 or email, we sell parts!

handyman Desired Handyman Estrella Mountain Ranch Resident. All types of home repairs and maintenance including electrical, plumbing, drywall, concrete, painting, lawn maintenance, pigeon control, roofing, etc. Free estimates. References available. 623-910-5183. Estrella Household Handyman Quality Tile Installation. Minor Electrical Work. Kitchen & Bath. Doors & Windows. Lite Landscape. 623-670-2642.

painting DECORATIVE PAINTING~ Hand painted Wall Murals, Decorative Accents, Trompe L’oeil, Faux, Custom Paint finishes, Painted Furniture & Accessories, Venetian Plaster, Stone Effects. Email or call 623696-5693 or 602-741-2663.

Solar Solar One AZ We have over 10 years of experience. Our company specializes in Solar Water Heating, Solar Pool Heating, and Photovoltaic. Solar One Az guarantees the BEST quality and prices. Call 623-225-0546 Solar Universe Solar Universe Network, offers affordable solutions to help you save money and electricity. Get started saving today by visiting or by calling 602-431-9626.

Home Services Goodyear HomeWatch We watch your home while you’re away. Contact us for a customized list of services. Debbie Hudson. 877-318-5351.

INSURANCE American Family Insurance— Kathi Roberts Agency Auto, Home, Business and Life - All Your Protection Under One Roof. Estrella Professional Center, 15565 W Roosevelt St, #101, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Office: 623-877-8700 Fax: 623-877-8800 or krobert1@amfam. com Multi-line discounts available on both home and auto *** Hablamos Espanol*** Auto-Home-Life-Commercial We represent over a dozen insurance companies to find you the best coverage at the best price... LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU! Contact Steve at 623-444-2446

landscape services Gemstone Landscape L.L.C. EMR resident creating extended living areas for all to enjoy. Renovations, design, new installations. Need service? We can be there in hours not days. LIcensed, Bonded, Insured. Call Wayne 623-6955338 or Quality Yard Work by Roberto Landscape installation and maintenance, professional yard clean up, sprinkler repair, weed removal and control, tree and shrub trimming and more. Call 623255-7724 or e-mail at Arizona Success Landscape New landscape service is licensed, bonded and insured offering weekly, monthly or one-time landscaping services, new design, irrigation installation, concrete and paver construction and more. Call Hector Lopez at 623-824-4117 or email

LEGAL services DIVORCE, CUSTODY All areas of Family Law. Law Offices of Laura Gillis. EMR Resident. Low, flat rates for EMR residents, free confidential consultations. Call 602-277-4736 (day), 623-455-8108 (nights/weekends).

music lessons Estrella ROCKS!!! By Pro Guitarist Bob Adair. Lessons on electric and acoustic guitar. Call 623-703-8693 Guitar Lessons Classical guitarist teaches students to read music, accompany songs and perform with guitar orchestra. For lessons call Nick Pawley, 602-686-6276 or

PERSONAL CHEF Your Place Gourmet Personal Chef Service Enjoy healthy, delicious meals at home without all the time-consuming planning, shopping, cooking, and cleanup. What’s your time worth? Save time and money with a personal chef! Call 602-495-8000

Pets Sue’s Pampered Pet Sitting Sue’s Pampered Pet Sitting provides quality in-yourhome pet care while traveling, vacation or last minute plans. Visit for rates and services or call 623-866-9824.

Photography Any Moment Photography Any moment that makes your heart leap deserves to be treasured. Specializing in natural settings right here in EMR! Candids, portraits, special occasions...any moment! Call 623-326-5603 or visit

pool & spa services Imperial Pools & Spa Family owned business; Excellent service. Quality repair and complete pool care. 602-320-6517. Poolguy AZ Complete weekly pool care. Superior service. I am happy to come to your home and meet with you personally. Please call me Today! “Scott The Poolguy” 623-986-1530

real estate Stacia Meeker & Gilbert Jaramillo RE/MAX Preferred Choice 623-693-0214, FOR LEASE Lake front home, 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 garage, $1400.00/month includes landscape maintenance. Available by the end of September 2009. Call Kris 602-571-5044.

Shopping SHARP! Jewelry & Bags Estrella resident! Come see us at the Goodyear Market Place—Booth 64, 66, 68 17605 W. McDowell, call 623451-9107 or email us at

spiritual Estrella Mountain Church “Turning Neighbors Into Forever Friends” with Sunday Worship Services - 9am and 10:45am weekly. Where: 10485 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ. 623-386-0300.

STORAGE Budget Mini Storage Excellence! Our customers deserve nothing less. Brand new state-of-the-art facility. Complete ground level access. Month to Month lease. Estrella Resident Special: Free Truck Rental with a Move In. 623-925-2060. www. Goodyear Self Storage & RV—U-Haul Dealer “Best Price in Town,” New State-of-the-art facility, RV Parking, Air Conditioned Units available, Moving/Packing Supplies, On-site Managers MC 85 & Litchfield Open 7 Days. Call 623-535-1811.

Palm Gate RV & Self Storage Where the customer comes 1ST. Air conditioned self storage with drive in bays. Covered RV parking with 24 hour access & amenities. Wine Storage, UPS Store on site. Moving Supplies & Notary Service. 14050 W. Van Buren, 623-535-9676,

TUTORING Sue’s Tutoring Service Individualized private tutoring by credentialed teacher in Reading, Writing, Math, Aims Prep, etc. for Grades 1-5. Call Sue Montague at 623-536-7475 or email

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business spotlight desert Princess carriage service My name is Barbara Gile and I own and operate Desert Princess Carriage Service with my family. Desert Princess Carriage Service is an executive limo company servicing the entire West Valley. Desert Princess Carriage Service was a business plan project that I completed during my college bachelor’s program some years back. The idea came to us to dust off the project, rework the research and after reviewing the numbers, my family and I put the project into place. Amazingly, the research that I had done years back was still on target and pertinent. We currently have a fleet of three Lincoln Town Cars, and two SUV’s. We offer airport services, evenings outs, special events, sporting events, and around town services as needed in executive style. Airport services ensure that you don’t have to worry about where you parked your car, a flat tire, or a dead battery. Evenings out ensure that you don’t have to worry about having a few drinks and worrying about other drivers, etc. We offer door-to-door service, while only booking the car for you and your party. We run by reservation only and do not run a shuttle or taxi service. The benefits of our services at Desert Princess Carriage Service are that we are reliable, honest, and have engaging, friendly drivers. We offer reason-

able rates, utilizing vehicles that are in a good, clean condition while only booking the vehicles for your party. On a recent day trip to Bisbee, where a couple of ladies went to sightsee and have lunch in the haunted Copper Queen Hotel, a stop was made in Tombstone before returning home. During the pit stop in Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, the bartender decided to help make the trip a memorable one for the enthusiastic visitors. He had boas on the ladies, a giant beer in each of their hands, and even coaxed them into sitting on the bar to capture some candid photos. The ladies had a ball and the driver was pleased to have been able to offer such a fun trip that the ladies agreed they would take again. We learn something significant from all of our customers as they are all very different and interesting. We work in many communities within the West Valley and service several retirement communities, too. The wealth of knowledge that is housed in the West Valley is phenomenal and a joy to uncover. Desert Princess Carriage Service offers door-to-door service and exclusive experiences, all at a reasonable rate. Every customer is treated like a VIP. Please contact us at 602-300-7076 for all of your travel and transportation needs.



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February Builder of the Month – Rosewood Homes

New Active Adult Community Coming to Estrella TM

Newland Communities recently announced its newest community in Estrella, CantaMia by Joseph Carl Homes, an active adult neighborhood specifically for residents 55 years and better. CantaMia will be Estrella’s first active adult neighborhood, adding to the abundance of home choices and amenities already offered by the developer and enhancing the multigenerational demographic of the community. With the addition of CantaMia, there will be even more options for retirees and snow birds desiring Estrella’s lifestyle. “We are very pleased with Joseph Carl Homes’ addition of CantaMia to the Estrella community,” said Greg Bielli, president of Newland Communities’ western region. “We have always believed that an active adult neighborhood would be a good fit for Estrella and we are glad that it is finally coming to fruition.” CantaMia will be located at the southern end of Estrella and will occupy the development that was originally called Province. Joseph Carl Homes is planning to pick up where Engle left off, transforming Province into CantaMia, an innovative model of financial and environmental sustainability. CantaMia is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening in mid-February, offering an active adult community with outstanding amenities and affordable home prices. Phase I of CantaMia at Estrella will consist of more than 600 home sites with a wide selection of single-story homes ranging from approximately 1,200 to 3,000 square feet. CantaMia also plans to include its own recreation center, featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and tennis courts. In addition to the neighborhood recreation center, CantaMia residents will have access to all of Estrella’s unparalleled amenities, including the Starpointe Residents Club, Estrella Yacht Club, North and South Lakes and the Golf Club of Estrella. The word “CantaMia” artistically means “song of myself,” which is fitting for the community’s brand promise to help residents discover and live the songs of their lives. CantaMia will be a visionary neighborhood focused on sustainable living and healthy relationships with the environment and others. Using the latest green construction practices, while offering affordable choices and amenities that encourage activity and connection, CantaMia will establish a new standard of innovation for adult living. CantaMia is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening in mid-February; however, pre-sale opportunities will be beginning soon. For more information, please visit or call (877) 768-4623.*

This month’s featured home is Rosewood Homes’ new single-story “super great room” Residence Five featuring special “introductory pricing” starting at $227,990. Ranging from 2,481 to 2,683 square-feet with a courtyard and a tandem three-car garage, this wonderfully designed home can be customized with an affordable private guest casita, home office, hobby room, kids’ family room and much more! s

3 to 5 bedrooms


2 to 4 bathrooms


Gourmet kitchen






Optional guest casita with private bath and private entrance off courtyard


Optional home office with private entrance off courtyard


Three-car garage with option to convert one stall into a hobby room or bedroom with private bath.

Along with great introductory pricing, Rosewood Homes is offering $10,000 in free options, discounted lot premiums and 20% off standard upgrades. Plus, buyers will receive a special incentive package with the purchase of any new Rosewood home that includes a free GE® washer, dryer and refrigerator as well as free ceiling fans in the family/great room, den, all bedrooms and in any optional hobby rooms, casitas or home offices. A fully furnished model of Residence Five will be available for prospective buyers to preview by the end of the month and will officially grand open on Saturday, March 6. Rosewood Homes will also be unveiling a furnished model of Residence Six, their new two-story residence ranging from 3,168 to 3,520 square feet with pricing starting at $264,990, later this spring.**

Visit Estrella Today TM

We invite you to discover Estrella - featuring 72-acres of lakes; the Starpointe Residents Club; 18-hole championship golf course; two K-8 schools and one high school; parks, trails and open space; a collection of distinctive builders and spectacular custom homesites. Visit or contact the Estrella Information Center at (623) 386-1000. Brokers welcome.*

Contact Information Information Center: (623) 386-1000 Starpointe Residents Club: (623) 386-1949 Yacht Club: (623) 386-3411 Golf Club of Estrella: (623) 386-2600

*Homes in the Estrella community are constructed and sold by builders not affiliated with NNP III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, L.L.C, or Newland Communities, LLC, or Newland Communities, LLC’s affiliated companies (collectively, “Newland”). Newland does not guarantee or warrant the obligations of, or construction by, such builders, or the availability or pricing of homes. The promotions and/or incentives described above (collectively “Promotions”) are offered only by participating builders to homebuyers in the Estrella community and are sponsored exclusively by such builders, who are solely responsible for the Promotions’ content and operation. Newland has neither affiliation nor any obligations or liabilities relating to the Promotions. Void where prohibited. Contact the participating builders for further information about the Promotions. Access to, and use of, The Golf Club of Estrella is not included in the purchase of homes or homesites. Additional fees are required. **Rosewood Homes is the sponsor of the incentive programs described above, and is solely responsible for the programs’ content and operation. The project owners and developer of the Estrella community, and their affiliates, have no responsibilities or liabilities relating to these programs. Contact Rosewood Homes for further information.

My Hometown Estrella - February 2010  

Community News and Events for Estrella