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estrella resident, sal pistoia Jr., publishes first novel sal pistoia Jr. was inspired to write his first book, the Découpage album, for his wife, sue. she was adopted and often considered looking for her real parents. after battling her inner struggles about the idea since the early 1990’s, sal’s imagination stepped up and took hold, directing his thoughts to become words on the pages of his novel.

page 4 the Découpage album puts you right in the middle of the action,” says author, estrella resident, sal pistoia Jr.

estrella mountain elementary school principal kisses a pig to end the year in a fun way, estrella mountain elementary school principal, Dave Bogart, kissed a pig, celebrating his students’ goal of reading over 400,000,000 words. estrella mountain librarian, monica malley, proposed a clever idea to encourage more reading among her students. she began the millionaire’s reading club. the original goal was to have students read a total of four hundred million words this past academic year. students surpassed that goal, reading 432,400,000.

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annual meeting reminder the annual meeting is at the end of the month. plan to attend the annual meeting held on July 22 (vca) and July 23 (eca) at the estrella foothills high school performing arts center starting at 7 pm. this meeting will provide a recap of the year’s activities and allow for a question and answer session. the vca will also elect their two new resident members of the Board of Directors.

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The Freedom to Challenge Yourself! Kim Ah, freedom! When I think about what it means to me, I reflect on some of the elements that provide an opportunity to release myself from a pre-defined set of boundaries. I think about the fact that freedom enables me to stretch my own personal expectations and discover more about me. I recently challenged myself by enrolling in a public speaking course, which clearly pushed me beyond the safety net of my forgiving computer screen and note pad. The class syllabus required me to address a huge personal fear - standing in front of an audience to deliver informative, persuasive and organized messages. “I’d rather poke a stick in my eye,” a girlfriend reminded me when I told her about standing in front of an audience to deliver a speech. But the challenge would be good for me, I assured her. After a few initial weeks, my cotton-mouth and sweaty palms gradually subsided. I realized that some of the things that frightened me about public speaking weren’t so terrible.

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After all, we all basically face the same fears. Personal freedom through challenge addresses those fears and changes your outlook. This month our cover story introduces a community member who exercised his freedom by creating a personal challenge. He took a real-life situation and expanded his imagination to compose his first novel, The Découpage Album. You might also enjoy reading about a group of scouts, who raised the boundary bar to earn a right of passage through service to their community. What does freedom mean to you? Are you exercising your right to be free through challenge? You, too, deserve to stretch your personal boundaries, to create independence. Maybe it involves the simple choice of being kinder to yourself. Have you allowed yourself that freedom, for even a few moments lately? Maybe a pick-up game could rekindle a need for laughter or a potluck to affirm a need for friendships. Whatever your personal challenge might be, allow the summer season to tap into things that bring you true happiness. Enjoy Freedom!

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on your doorstep The Découpage Album by Estrella’s Sal Pistoia Jr. in the middle of the action,” says the author.

Sal Pistoia Jr. was inspired to write his first book, The Découpage Album, for his wife, Sue. She was adopted and often considered looking for her real parents. After battling her inner struggles about the idea since the early 1990’s, Sal’s imagination stepped up and took hold, directing his thoughts to become words on the pages of his novel.

“Writing a book is something many people talk about, but few accomplish,” he stated. Writing this book took a large amount of discipline and required continual confidence in himself to sit down routinely, day after day, typing away at words that would become paragraphs and paragraphs that became pages. When his pages were complete, Sal didn’t pursue publishing the finished product for several years. “I guess I feared the whole rejection thing,” said Pistoia. He admits that the book sat as unpublished pages since it was completed in the year 2000.

“I let my imagination run wild and made up my own story of her adoption and what it would be like to look for her natural parents,” said the writer, whose wife has still not contacted her real parents to date. Sal enhanced a group of facts surrounding his wife’s personal story; adding drama, suspense and action to the fiction novel to catch the attention of his readers. The book covers a time period in the life of a college student, Tessa, who hires a Private Detective to help her find her parents. The Private Detective uncovers a conspiracy surrounding Tessa’s adoption. Now those involved want to prevent Tessa from exposing the truth. The mafia, FBI and an assassin are out to get Tessa as the conspiracy leads to the doorsteps of the White House. The book is an action-packed, suspense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as you struggle to unravel the conspiracy, with the author, from the beginning to the end of this fast-paced fictional suspense novel. “The Découpage Album puts you right

It was through the encouragement and support of his family and even co-workers that convinced Sal to share the pages of his imagination. Earlier this spring, Sal was featured at a book signing at Gateway Pavilion’s Borders Bookstore. He is anxious to see the response that his first book sparks among readers and hopes to release a second novel, A Touch of Myst, in the near future. Currently, you can obtain copies of The Découpage Album on for just $14.99. The book is not yet available in bookstores.

Local Boy Scouts Cross Over Cub Scout Pack 360, sponsored by Estrella Mountain Church, recently completed all of the requirements of Cub Scouting and obtained the coveted “Arrow of Light” thus “crossing over” to become Boy Scouts. This monumental achievement satisfies a lengthy list of activities and requirements that the boys accomplished in order to ascend to the higher rank - Boy Scouts. Co-Leader, Andrew Quinlan, has been a part of Pack 360 since moving to Arizona in 2006. “I began as a bear parent and eventually transitioned into the role of leader. I have had the pleasure of watching these boys grow into young men over the last 3 years. They have had a wondrous time learning new things and I had a great time leading and learning with them. It took a great deal of hard work and dedication for them to “cross over”, completing their journey as Cub Scouts, and I am extremely proud of their achievement. I look forward to watching them grow through Boy Scouts, as I plan to continue teaching and learning with them. I have watched my son, Connor, a shy little 8 year old with no friends because we were new to Arizona, become a young man with friends for life. Words

(Pictured are back row, left to right… Tyler Tait, Austin Coffee, Matthew Kramer, Andrew Petrella, Connor Quinlan, Nathan Royster, front row, left to right…Trevor Tait, Marshall and Payton Cain, Duval Goley)

to three times per month to work together on specific requirements. Together, they attend pack events such as pinewood derby, rain gutter regatta, scout-a-rama, camping, sporting events and Blue and Gold. The last pack meeting of the year generally marks the ceremonial graduation to the next rank.

cannot express the pride my wife and I feel for Connor’s achievements.

“As an event, the Crossing Over ceremony into Boy Scouts represented

We look forward to the years to come,” says Quinlan.

two years of hard work in earning Cub Scout’s highest honor, the Arrow

Cub Scouting, a family oriented activity, assists boys in developing in a positive manner. There are five levels, or ranks, of Cub Scouting, including; Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1, Webelos 2. Each level consists of one or more Dens, each Den containing six to eight boys, a Den Leader and Patrols together with a Cub Master, Assistant Cub Master, Secretary, Treasurer, Event Coordinator and Council Chair to make up a Pack. In order for the boys to move through the ranks of scouting, they must complete the requirements of their current rank. In doing this, they attain several achievements and awards including belt loops, pins or patches and the display of their uniforms. The scouts follow requirements outlined for each specific rank in the Cub Scout Handbook. It takes the

of Light. While the boys had fun and did things they liked to do, they also learned new things, discovered and mastered new skills, gained selfconfidence and leadership skills while developing strong friendships. As a leader it has been rewarding to be a participant in the boys’ growth. These boys have strived to “do your best” in all they do with a strong sense of duty to God, their country, to others and themselves,” stated Co-Leader, Duval Goley. Congratulations to all of Cub Scout Pack 360 and to the Webelos 2, for crossing over to become Boy Scouts! Most of the boys pictured have been in scouts since Tiger cubs. Estrella residents, Andrew Quinlan and Duval Goley, are the Co-Den Leaders for Webelos 2 of Pack 360.

boys approximately ten months to complete the requirements. Scouting

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has proven to be a fun and exciting time for the boys. They meet two

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on your doorstep LAX Locker “Indoor” Summer Lacrosse Leagues

Fireworks Facts Submitted by Kim Alvarado, Contributing Editor

If you’re like me, you’ll probably join thousands of American’s who will celebrate our independence this month by spreading out a blanket, beneath a star-studded sky, on top of a carpet of evergreen grass and watch an amazing firework display somewhere. The color bursting display might even be accompanied by patriotic tunes or you’re at least apt to hear the echoes of “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” in your mind, as you are awed by the bright lights and big bangs on the 4th. Play the coolest game on the planet this summer at the Arizona Sports Complex. The state-of-the-art facility features a “Tuff Turf” playing surface with a glass viewing area for spectators. Indoor Lacrosse is the best way to improve stick skills and conditioning. Leagues and practice sessions are available to all boys, K through Adult. These leagues are for all ability levels, Beginner to Advanced. The sixweek session takes place July 12 through August 16. Sign up now, so you don’t miss out. The deadline to register is Thursday, July 9. The leagues will become closed when they are full. League fees are K-12 grade for $139 and Men’s “Competitive” for $109. Goalies play for FREE (6th grade - men’s). For flyer and registration information, contact

Estrella Mountain Preschool Hosts Summer Camp Not sure what to do this summer? Preschoolers will delight in Estrella Mountain Preschool’s Summer Camp. Register today for a second session scheduled for July 27 - July 31 at Estrella Mountain Church. Camp sessions are from 9 am to 1 pm. Prospective preschool students must be 5 years old or older by September 1. The charge is $100 for the week-long festivities which include Spanish lessons, Music and Art, Indoor Games and a provided snack. Students are asked to bring their own lunches. Call Mrs. Judy Watson or Mrs. Minnie Kmarata at 623386-6664. Registration forms can be obtained and dropped off at the Church Office weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm. Call today, as space is limited.

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Fireworks were first designed by ancient Chinese, who used the loud bursts at festivities and as a means of frightening enemies in battle. The original fireworks of the ninth century were designed by filling bamboo shoots with gun powder. They initially let off a tremendous “bang,” but had little visual gratification, other than the puff of a golden glow, following the noise. The explosives were then lit at the mark of a new year to scare away evil spirits. History states that Marco Polo then brought the technology of the firework back to Europe. Over time people discovered that adding chemical compounds and greater amounts of oxygen made these primitive explosives burn brighter, longer and more colorful. Today, fireworks are a key part of American celebrations, marking our independence. Did you know that creating firework colors is a complex task? It requires considerable creativity through art and includes application of physical science to make it all “pop” for America’s pleasure. Common colors have a variety of additives, while calcium deepens the color, titanium is responsible for making more sparks and leave it to zinc to create those smoky clouds. Common colors are created with the following additives: Blue-copper salts; Gold-Aluminum and magnesium; Green-Barium salts; Red-Strontium salts and Yellow-sodium salts. So now as you’re enjoying this year’s celebration of independence, you’ll be able to share some tidbits of information on pyrotechnics (the technology of making and using fireworks). Remember that setting off fireworks is strictly prohibited in Arizona and don’t forget a few safety tips before launching your blankets. 1) Never play with fireworks, they are explosives and can hurt you. 2) Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it can explode. 3) Fireworks frighten animals so please keep your pets safely indoors. 4) Even sparklers can burn at a very high temperature - well over the boiling point of water. So, kick back and leave the firework displays to the professionals. Pack up the car and head over to the display at the Star Spangled Fourth at the Goodyear Ballpark. Most importantly, celebrate our independence responsibly! Information by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Guide to Chemistry

Movie in the Park On Friday, July 17, Madagascar 2 (rated PG) is showing at 8 pm at the Goodyear Ballpark. This is a FREE event. It’s fun for the whole family as Escape 2 Africa begins. The entire gang is “still together and still lost.” The sequel to 2005’s “Madagascar” in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo.

Star Spangled Fourth – Saturday, July 4, 2009 Information provided by City of Goodyear Two separate fields will host the 4th of July’s “Fireworks Spectacular” celebrations this summer. Goodyear Recreational Complex, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way The fun begins here at 6 pm. Get set for a live music performance by Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns with special guests Capt’n Henry & the Rum Runners. Food and beverages are available for purchase at various food vendors and a local beer garden. There will be a Kid’s Zone, featuring water rides and bouncers for little ones (there is a $10 charge for a wristband for these attractions). The “Fireworks Spectacular,” voted the #1 show in the Southwest Valley will feature 25 minutes of firework displays accompanied by popular patriotic music. You won’t want to miss the F-16 flyover. Guests may bring in factorysealed water bottles, not exceeding 1 liter, baby formula and factory-sealed single serve children’s snacks. There is FREE parking for this event. For more information, call 623-882-3172. Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way The event begins here at 6 pm. Fireworks, food, fun and music mark a fabulous 4th of July celebration in Goodyear. Join us at this free Star Spangled 4th event for great live music, food and fun for the whole family. And, an unforgettable fireworks display highlights the evening at 9 pm. The skies over Goodyear will light up with the Fireworks Spectacular, set to popular and patriotic music. The food court will have a wonderful array of vendors who will be serving hot dogs, fry bread, tamales, barbeque, snow cones and ice cream. There will also be a beer garden (ID required) with plenty of shaded seating and tables for everyone enjoy.

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on your doorstep The Amazing Race to High School Freshman Transition Program Do you remember transitioning from middle school to high school? The experience can be quite frightening for many teens. It’s a time when students often leave the comforts of a single classroom and bid farewell to familiar elements, like recess, from their elementary school years. High school is a giant-sized step into the big leagues and the Freshman Transition Program at Estrella Foothills High School helps students make that leap. The program is designed to help students develop tools that will help them become successful during the next four years of their academic careers. This two-week adventure assists students in exploring career options and addresses team development, both on and off their school campus. There are a variety of field trips planned as the future high school students tackle real-world challenges, while also becoming actively involved with programs offered within the perimeters of the high school boundaries. Participants will learn that involvement is limitless. Students will meet at Estrella Foothills, located at 13033 S. Estrella Parkway. The transitional strategies will be continuous, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to noon from July 6 through July 16. EFHS teacher, Lisa DeCota, is leading the program and gearing up for two weeks of an amazing race into high school. Her preparations included interviewing current high school students to find out what they feared as incoming freshman. Among their answers - the location of classrooms, the bell schedule and divided lunch sessions. Students also reported that jumping into activities was the single most common strategy to help ease their fears of coming to high school. Many of the activities planned will certainly assist in easing those relayed fears. The Freshman Transitional Program’s curriculum includes the introduction of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes through exploration of Sports Medicine; learning about injuries and emergency care; Dance Instruction, with movement instruction from the EFHS Dance Instructor and high-school dance team and Culinary Arts, where students will grow and then cook with herbs-oregano, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary and basil, with soil and seeds donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. All this is part of a Green Project which allows participants to use biodegradable pots and even boil down natural vegetable dyes to create tie-dyed T-shirts. Upcoming freshmen won’t want to miss the Zumba class, which includes physical workouts on the school’s tennis courts and basketball courts. There’s a special trivia game planned at a local bowling alley and a variety of featured guests are set to appear, including representatives from local restaurants demonstrating cooking techniques, entertainment by professional pizza dough tossers, and a taste of some famous pancakes and scones, compliments of Wildflower Bakery, which is located in Goodyear. The goal of The Amazing Race to High School’s Transitional Program is to incorporate fun, hands-on experiences in students’ academic careers, with introductory tools that will open doors well into the pre-high school student’s future.

WorldNet Soccer Events for July Check out the WorldNet Soccer Academy each Tuesday and Thursday in July from 6 pm to 8 pm at Westar Elementary School. There is also an Indoor Soccer League on Saturdays only, where “You Show up, You Play!” Different age groups for kids during the mornings and adults play in the afternoons. On July 18, there is a trip to California scheduled to see AC Milan vs. LA Galaxy and on July 25, don’t miss a trip to Boston, MA to see AC Milan vs. Inter Milan. If any of these exciting events spark your interest, please contact Gustavo Martinez at the WorldNet Soccer Corporation at 602-300-3444 or Complete scheduling information and registration forms are available online.

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Recycling Roll Off Change for Estrella As of July 6, 2009, the service for the Community Recycling Drop Off Site, located at 181st Avenue and Elliot Road (Estrella Elementary School Ball Field), will be discontinued. Residents are encouraged to continue their recycling efforts via Goodyear’s award-winning curbside recycling program or the recycling drop-off site located at the White Tanks Transfer Station located at 18605 W. McDowell Rd. The current curbside program allows active accounts a weekly service to recycle co-mingled items as follows: What to Recycle • Paper - including all office paper, copy paper, computer paper, envelopes, junk mail, newspaper, advertising inserts, magazines, catalogs, Post-It notes, NCR forms, telephone books, brown paper bags • Glass - beverage and food bottles and jars (rinse lightly) • PET or #1 Plastics - water and soda bottles (rinse lightly) • HDPE or #2 Plastics - milk and water jugs (rinse lightly) • PVC or #3 Plastics – packaging, pipe, blister packs • LDPE or #4 Plastics – container lids, squeeze bottles, cups (rinse lightly) • PP or #5 Plastics – food containers & bottles, bottle caps (rinse lightly) • PS or #6 Plastics – food service cups, plates, trays, clamshells, CD cases (rinse lightly) • Other or #7 Plastics – some water or juice bottles (please check, rinse lightly) • Aluminum - beverage cans (rinse lightly) • Steel/Tin - food cans (rinse lightly) • Cardboard - boxes must be empty of all packing material and broken down • Carton - milk, juice, creamer (rinse lightly) • Chipboard - office supply boxes, cereal boxes What NOT to Recycle • Construction Waste - rocks, sand, dirt, blocks, bricks, concrete, drywall • Hazardous Waste - paint, thinners, gas, oil, car batteries, tires • Tree Limbs - palm fronds and tree limbs may be placed out for bulk trash collection • Packing Material - packing popcorn, Styrofoam, wood • Electronics - computers, monitors, batteries, televisions (Please call 623-930-3010 for more information regarding recycling options) • Plastic Bags - grocery bags (do not place recyclables in plastic bags) • Other Aluminum - aluminum siding, sheets of aluminum foil • Paper Products - hard-bound books, tissues, napkins, paper towels, plates, foil wrapping, waxed food and detergent boxes, waxed paper, waxed cartons, shredded paper • Windows, Mirrors For questions or more information regarding the City of Goodyear’s Recycling Program, please contact the Public Works and Water Resources Department at 623-930-3010.

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on your doorstep Estrella Mountain Elementary School Principal Kisses A Pig To end the year in a fun way, Estrella Mountain Elementary School Principal, Dave Bogart, kissed a pig, celebrating his students’ accomplishment of reading over 400,000,000 words. Estrella Mountain Librarian, Monica Malley, proposed a clever idea to encourage more reading among her students. She began the Millionaire’s Reading Club. The original goal was to have students read a total of four hundred million words this past academic year. Students surpassed that goal, reading 432,400,000. The 150 students who read more than 1 million words became members of the “Millionaire’s Word Club”. Twentyseven students read over two million words and two students read over 3 million. Seventh grader, Connor Moore, read 54 books that included 10,021,350 words. As a result of meeting the goal and going beyond their expectations, Principal Dave Bogart rewarded the kids by agreeing to ‘Kiss a Pig’. Mr.

Summer Regatta had Residents Racing Into Summer Estrella’s Activity Committee had local residents racing into summer when they hosted a Summer Regatta for community members on Saturday, Pictured is first place winner in the sailboat race, Paul. May 30. The event Paul has been sail boating for a couple of years now took place at the Yacht and said that he utilized the breeze as his strategy to Club from 9 am to 1 consistently lead his competitors. pm and kept families and Additional sailboat friends entertained with race contestants, Madison McBrien and boat races, sack races, face Amy Salazar practiced painting, a water bal- at the North Lake for a week, prior to loon toss and cake walk/ entering the competilimbo. Delicious grilled tion. Their strategy was to “Go with the lunches and snow cones flow,” but didn’t prowere available and those duce a placement in the competition. in attendance were also able to feast their eyes on a variety of classic cars as Estrella’s very own Car Club displayed their prize automobiles.

Get Moving Goodyear! Mark your calendars, as every resident in Goodyear is up for a challenge. Kids, adults, and all residents of Goodyear are encouraged to get up and move for 30 minutes on September 26, 2009. It’s our first annual Goodyear In ACTION Day to promote, educate and motivate Goodyear citizens to get moving. There will be corporate, scholastic and senior challenges for the most creative ways to exercise. Put on your creative hats and show us how you can get moving and have fun in Goodyear! If you are interested in getting involved in your community, visit and see what’s going on in your neighborhood to promote healthy, active living.

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Bogart along with staff members MJ Matteson (8th grade math/Accelerated Reader) and Paul Budge (7th grade math/Accelerated Reader) kissed the five time award winning, nine month old, 390 pound pig named Jack Pot, provided by board member Shanon Schultz. Estrella students and staff lovingly nicknamed her Accelerita. Students stood around and cheered their campus leaders on, while celebrating their great accomplishment of reading over four hundred million words. Of course with summer coming, the teachers and Principal Bogart continue to encourage the students to keep reading.

Girl’s Softball Turns Up the Heat! Head Coach, Rick Brungardt, along with his Assistant Coach, Monica Godfrey, invited softball enthusiasts from grades 6-9 to attend a week long clinic designed to enhance Ashley Godfrey, Westar Elementary School Eighth playing skills through Grader Working on her fielding techniques a combination of fielding techniques - throwing, hitting, batting and bunting skills. The camp offered hitting stations, base running and team concepts from 8 am to 11 am in early June. Girl’s Softball is one of many sports that hosted camps this summer at Estrella Foothills High School, offering athletes an opportunity to learn what to expect in high school sports. Members of the Lady Wolves Varsity ball club were on hand to assist Coach Brungardt, who has 20 years of coaching experience and led the Wolves to back-to-back State semi-final tournaments.

A New UPS Store is coming soon to Estrella The final months of 2009 promise new shopping convenience at the corner of Elliott Rd and Estrella Parkway. One of those new stores will be a UPS Store. Services offered include UPS shipping and packaging services, mailbox services, copying, finishing, digital printing and online print services. The UPS store, located at 17650 W. Elliott Rd., #170 will also carry a variety of office supplies, fingerprinting, packaging and moving supplies, freight services and all US postal services, with the exception of registered and express mail. Onkar Kang, who also owns the UPS store located at 500 N. Estrella Parkway, Suite B-2 in the Safeway shopping center, intends to have Monday through Friday hours from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday hours from 9 am to 5 pm. Mr. Kang has owned the current UPS store in the Safeway shopping center for two years. He was previously in business with Subway Sandwiches and Salads and was the owner of a Chevron and Arco gas station prior to that. Mr. Kang came to the United States nine years ago. He was born in the UK to parents who emigrated from India in 1950. He is currently the President of the Marketing Board for Central Arizona with the UPS Store Organization and is a member of the Southwest Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kang actively supports the Estrella community by sponsoring the WorldNet Soccer League. my hometown: page 7

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HOA events saturday – July 4

Plan your 4th of July Celebration right here in Estrella! Saturday, July 4, 9 am

THursday – July 25

Dive-In Movie Saturday, July 25, 8 pm Don’t miss our first ever Dive-In Movie. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 25. Sign up today for $4 per person. Watch for details a

Start your morning with the 4th of July Parade. At 8 am, check out the City of Goodyear Emergency vehicles and line up for the parade.

call Beth at 623-386-1949. For those of you that just want to come and enjoy the event, the ticket cost is $25 for a single and $40 per couple. The ticket price includes the show and Italian dinner (Pasta entree, salad & dessert). Register now at Starpointe, space is limited.

or at Starpointe Residents Club.

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At 9 am, the parade starts at Starpointe Residents Club. After the parade, which ends at the Starpointe, there will be icy treats, crafts, and the “most patriotic� award Closed Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. presentation, and prizes. Next, join us for the 4th of July WaterPark Bash. The pool opens at 11 am. Music provided by Celestial Nights Family Entertainment. Pool games, music, and watermelon eating contest from 12 to 2 pm. End the day at the City of Goodyear Sports Complex for the Star Spangled 4th of July Fireworks from 6 to 10 pm. For more details and a printable schedule of events, visit your community website at

Friday – JUly 17

Lego Building Competition Friday, July 17, 6:30 pm Creative thinkers and builders, bring your Lego’s and COME ON DOWN! On July 17, we will be hosting the first Estrella Lego Build Off at Starpointe. This event is open to all ages and will cost $2 per person. Categories will be set up by the number of Legos you bring. Individuals or Teams, no more than four per team, no more than two adults per team can join. Prizes will be awarded for the different categories. The rules are as follows: • No Lego kits • Amount Categories are 0 – 250 Legos; 251 – 500 Legos: 501 – 700 Legos • Category designations to include: Cruise Ships, Robots and Houses will be randomly drawn at the event.

Coming in August

Ice Cream Social Saturday, August 22, 6-9 pm Our Annual Ice Cream Social is quickly approaching! Bring your family and friends for a sweet, after-dinner treat at Starpointe Residents Club. Swirls will be providing ice cream with all the toppings and there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids!  Cost is $4 per person. There will be a variety of different flavors and toppings to choose from. Please sign up at the Starpointe Front Desk as soon as possible to reserve your ice cream order. Space is limited.

Actors and Actresses for Murder Mystery Dinner Saturday, August 28

Check out the groups on the community website. From the Estrella Car Club to Coyote Fifty there is a group for everyone. There are also scrapbooking, painting, and support groups. If you don’t see one that interests you, then start your own. Your neighbor may like the same thing. Here’s what to do‌ 1) Log on to 2) Highlight the Groups Tab 3) You will see “Search Groupsâ€? and “Request New Groupsâ€?. Make your selection. 4) To “Request New Groupsâ€? please fill in the required areas and submit. You can add pictures, links, and contact information. It is all up to you! Join a group today!

We will be hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on August 28. We are looking for a few residents to assist us in making this a phenomenal event. If you have acting talent (or not) and you would like to participate in this community event, please

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The Annual Meeting is at the end of the month. Plan to attend the Annual Meeting held on July 22 (VCA) and July 23 (ECA) at the Estrella Foothills High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm. This meeting will provide a recap of the year’s activities and allow for a question and answer session. The VCA will also elect their 2 new resident members of the Board of Directors.

Election Committee Needed The VCA Board of Directors is looking for four (4) residents to serve on the Election Committee to assist with counting ballots in advance of the Annual Residents Meeting on July 22. These residents must be available to meet at the Community Services Office on the day of the annual meeting at 3 pm and remain until complete, and attend the annual meeting to count any remaining ballots. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, the Election Committee will not consist of Voting Members or Alternate Voting Members, members of their families, or candidates for the Board or their families. If interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Community Services Office, 623-386-1112, by the end of the day on Friday, July 17.

Community Vandalism The community is enduring countless graffiti and vandalism. If you see either act in progress, please call 911 first. You may also call community patrol at 602-329-0462. Please do your part by knowing where your children are at all times of the day and night. Getting involved with a Community Block Watch Program can also help. This is something that each and every one of us can do to help prevent vandalism. Get to know your neighbors. To get involved or start a Block Watch Program, contact Officer Tellez at atellez@ Visit the Estrella Safety page on for more information on meetings.

Green Pools Green pools have become more prevalent with the hot weather. Green pools can breed mosquitoes and can raise other concerns for neighboring properties. If you live next to a property that has a pool that is turn-

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ing green or is currently green please contact the Maricopa County Offices at 602-5066616 or file an online complaint at EnvSvc/. If you are not sure if you should report the concern to the County, please contact your Community Services offices at 623-386-1112 and we will assist you in the process.

Resident Advisory Committee Update The Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) was established by the Estrella Joint Committee (EJC) to interface with the Board of Directors of the EJC in an advisory capacity, and in a similar fashion where appropriate the Boards of the ECA and VCA, and to provide an organized channel of neighborhood representation for communication and input between the homeowners, the Voting Member Committee (VMC), and the EJC Board of Directors. The Resident Advisory Committee shall be appointed for a term of one year and may serve for more than one consecutive term. There shall be two members from the ECA, two members from the VCA, two members from the PCA, and one member at large. The resident Board of Director members of ECA, VCA and PCA will each have a right of first refusal of one of each respective Association’s seats on the RAC. The remaining seat recommendation shall be done by the Voting Member Committee to the EJC for appointment by the EJC Board. In September 2009, the first-year RAC appointments will be completed. Anyone interested in serving on the RAC, needs to fill out an application. Applications are on the community website, www., or pick one up at the Community Services Office.

The time between Ryegrass and Bermuda grass transition presents a unique opportunity to tackle turf deficiencies and improve the overall health of the community’s turf. While the Bermuda grass transitions out of dormancy, DLC Resources, Inc., your common area landscape managem e n t company, is aggress i v e l y working to improve the turf. This process will employ several cultural practices including aeration, dethatching, weed treatment and a comprehensive fertilizer program. The goal of aeration and dethatching is to relieve soil compaction. Both practices allow for water, nutrients and oxygen to reach the roots of the Bermuda to improve its health. After dethatching, turf weeds will be aggressively targeted with customized weed treatments. During this process, the turf will appear to be struggling and we understand some residents may find the situation concerning. While each community is different, DLC has encountered similar issues in the past at Valley properties and employed a similarly aggressive plan, with success every time. Rest assured, the Bermuda grass will emerge from this transition process healthier than ever. In addition to turf weeds at Estrella, the common area turf in the southern portion of the community is encountering an additional matter. DLC is working with the Association, Newland Communities and City of Goodyear to remedy a water distribution issue that is prohibiting the pop up sprinklers in the area from functioning correctly. Monsoon season in Arizona is in July and August. Log onto and visit the Landscaping page to read about preparing your plant material for monsoon storms. Additionally, visit the landscape articles for information more information about weed control, aeration, det-

HOA Contact Community Services Office Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8am–5pm Saturday 8am-3pm Tel: 623-386-1112 | Fax: 623-386-5788 Closed Friday, July 3rd and Saturday July 4th.

Starpointe Residents Club 17665 West Elliot Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338, 623-386-1949 Operating Hours: Mon.–Th. 5:30am–9pm, Fri. 5:30am–8pm Sat. 8am–8pm, Sun. 10am–8pm

Community Patrol’s Phone Number 602-329-0462

Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultant Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC) Estrella Management Team Community Manager: Patty Garman, CMCA, CAAM Club Director: Beth Huerta, CMCA Facilities Director: Scott McVay Admin Coordinator: Sharon Thunstedt Administrative Associate: Tammy Campbell Covenants Coordinator: Jodi Matlock & Kathy Milne Communications Coordinator: Dawn Waterfield Design Review Coordinator: Jodi Matlock Entry Coordinator: Lisa Sowada Event Coordinator: Pam McMiller Maintenance Coordinator: Brent McDonald Yacht Club Coordinator: Ryan Chonka

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 and Ryan Johnson 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 Resident Elected Board Member: Charles Marshall

hatching and general landscape care. DLC’s link can be found in the middle section of the Community Home page or under the Groups tab labeled Common Area Landscaping.

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on your doorstep Valley Concerts Help Beat the Heat If you are looking for a concert option to help you beat the heat this month, visit Live Nation at to view entertainment and ticket availability. July 7

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July 9

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July 12 New Kids on the Block Crickett Wireless Pavillion, Phx, AZ July 14 The Fray

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July 17 Rockstar Energy MayhemFestival Cricket Wireless Pavillion, Phx, AZ July 27 The Wiggles

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Travel Information Update As of June 1, 2009, passports are required for United States Citizens traveling outside of the U.S. This means if you are traveling out of the country by air you must present a passport, or other approved travel document, went entering the United States. This applies to children also. U.S. Citizens can present a passport, NEXUS card at airports with NEXUS kiosks, U. S. Military identification-with travel orders, or U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when on official business. In addition, all U.S. Citizens entering the United States by sea or land ports of entry are also required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler’s card such as NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, or an enhanced driver’s license. If you are planning any foreign travel, please visit the following websites for the most current information:  ept of Homeland Security D Dept of State -

Donate Life Station Installed at West Valley Hospital Many people in Arizona think they are registered to be an organ or tissue donor because they once checked a box when obtaining their driver’s license or because they carry a donor card. This is not the case if you applied for, received or renewed your driver’s license before February 2008. Today, Arizonans can sign up automatically as registered donors when they apply or renew their driver’s license or ID at the Motor Vehicle Division. However, prior to February 2008, the only way to register your wishes to be a donor was by signing up online or calling the Arizona Donor Registry.  To ensure community residents have the means to become an organ and tissue donor if they so desire, West Valley Hospital has partnered with the Donor Network of Arizona by installing a Donate Life Station computer kiosk next to the ATM machine in the Garden Café. Facts about organ and tissue donation: • All major religions support organ and tissue donation as an unselfish act of charity • Every organ and tissue donor can save and enhance the lives of up to 50 people • Donation is a gift; therefore, there is no cost to be an organ and tissue donor • An average of 17 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant • Signing up to be an organ and tissue donor is easy and takes less than five minutes. Your decision and action today may mean a tomorrow for someone else. For those who wish to register as an organ and tissue donor, West Valley Hospital invites the community to sign up as a donor at the kiosk currently at the hospital.  If individuals would rather register from home, please call the Donor Network of Arizona at 1-800-94 DONOR or log-on to West Valley Hospital is located at 13677 West McDowell Road in Goodyear.

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3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

Music Together (Mary Wilkening)

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

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

9:30–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo (Barton Gonzales)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

6:00–6:50pm Mixed Muscle Arts (Michael Parham)

7:00–7:50pm Pilates (Carla Walters)

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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 I; No Classes for July

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

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo (Barton Gonzales)

11:30am–12:20pm Pre-Ballet I; No Classes for July

6:30–7:20pm Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

6:30–7:20pm Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

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

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

8:00-8:50pm Ballet II –No Classes for July

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

Music Together 9:30am

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

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people in your neighborhood The Coulter Family Their story begins somewhat like a movie script or a book - one that might grab your interest because of its uniqueness. The Coulters’ story and how Mark, Natasha and Anton combined three lives from two separate countries and settled in Estrella is true. Mark came to Phoenix ten years ago when he transferred from a job in Kansas City, Missouri as an attorney for the Federal Government. He moved into this community in 2000. Nearly four years ago, he journeyed to Moscow, Russia to meet his fiancée, Natasha, and her teenage son, Anton. The couple had met online and began a serious correspondence in the winter of 2004. Natasha and Anton are Russian citizens, born in the Ukraine. Nearly one and one-half years later, both Natasha and Anton moved to Goodyear to begin their new lives together as a family with Mark. The beginning of this new family bond was challenging in a variety of ways. Natasha spoke broken English and Anton knew only a few English words. Both took language classes and worked hard to adapt to their new homeland. Besides the language barrier, Natasha had a difficult time acclimating to Arizona’s heat, weather which is quite opposite from her homeland, Russia. Another surprise for Natasha and Anton was the lack of people mingling among the streets. “Unlike in Russia, there is no town center where people gather regularly,” says Natasha. “Everyone seems to spend most of their time inside their homes or inside their ‘metal horses’ (cars).” To help ease the transition between her homeland and the U.S., Natasha put her love of animals to work. She has met many friendly people through the creation of her pet sitting business, Creatures Companions, which she started within the community in January 2007. Anton adapted to the changes and challenges of the U.S. quickly, first learning the English language. He recalls that one of the things that surprised him most about Americans was how much meat they routinely consume. “Here, people seem to prefer sandwiches and snacks for lunch along with meat and potatoes for dinner. Caviar anyone?” asks the recent graduate of Glendale Community College. Anton recently graduated with a degree in Automotive Technology and hopes to begin working as a mechanic at a local GM dealership.

In their free time, when the Coulters aren’t taking care of pets for their traveling neighbors and friends, they love to explore the United States. They have experienced much of the Southwest and parts of California, Hawaii and Florida. Because of Mark’s busy work schedule, the family doesn’t get to travel as much as they would like, but claims that home life is seldom boring because of their variety of interests, including their passion for animals, which includes their dog, cat, birds and fish. Since Mark first settled into Estrella, this family has moved from house to home within the community gaining more square footage and a larger backyard, but has no plans to leave the “tucked-away” community of Estrella that they call home. “We look forward to meeting more of our neighbors here in Estrella - no matter how many legs they might stand on,” says Mark. Creature Companion inquires can be made at or by calling Natasha at 623-215-6699.

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ew reports on Social Security and Medicare may change America’s sense of entitlement. An entitlement crisis has been looming on the horizon for several years. Unfortunately, according to the latest reports from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, a spike in unemployment has helped to hasten the insolvency of these programs. In the 2009 annual reports on the health of the entitlement programs, the government revised its projections of the dates when the trust funds will eventually run out of money. These reports are the latest signals that the federal entitlement system is in trouble. It raises the very real possibility that these government programs may not be able to make as significant a contribution to your retirement income or to provide affordable health care.

Social Insecurity

Between December 2007 and April 2009, approximately 5.7 million Americans lost their jobs. Fewer workers means the government is collecting less in payroll taxes, which support Social Security and Medicare. These taxes equal 15.3% of an employee’s total wages, a burden that is divided equally between the employer and the employee. The 2009 trustee report projects that the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted by 2037, a revision that knocks four years off the previous estimate. Furthermore, the program is projected to sink into a cash-flow shortfall by 2016, one year earlier than previously expected. A part of the program that subsidizes disabled Americans is scheduled to run out of money by 2020. This all amounts to the sharpest erosion of the Social Security system since the mid-1990s. Moreover, as a result of low inflation rates, it is estimated that Social Security beneficiaries will not receive annual cost-of-living increases for the next two years.


Even more troubling than the fate of Social Security may be the dire straits facing Medicare, the primary health insurance program for people aged 65 and older. Even prior to the financial downturn, the “Medicare problem” was characterized by David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States, as “five times greater than the Social Security problem.” The Medicare problem has only been exacerbated by the recent economic downturn. The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which is already operating in a deficit, is scheduled to completely run out of money in 2017. The trustee report suggests that, even in the short term, the program will “require sub-

stantialchangestoprogramincomeand/or expenditures.” Trust funds responsible for Medicare Part B (doctor visits) and Part D (prescription drugs) are scheduled to remain solvent for the foreseeable future because of legislation that automatically provides funding for both programs. As a result, however, 25% of Part B enrollees may face large premium increases over the next several years.

Too Optimistic?

By some accounts, the projections made by the trustees may be understating the problem. For example, these estimates are based on the expectation that the economy will recover by late 2009 and that revenue will increase soon thereafter, before falling into deficits in 2016. If an economic recovery is late in coming, these estimates could prove too generous. Also, the Medicare report assumes a 21% cut in payments to doctors working for Medicare, as dictated by law. But Congress has cancelled that reduction for the past several years.

Population Problems

In addition to the complications caused by the current economic crisis, part of the insolvency problem facing these entitlement programs is demographic. As more baby boomers enter retirement and begin to collect benefits, the cost of these programs is expected to rise. In 2008, Social Security benefits amounted to 4.4% of gross domestic product (GDP). By 2034, they will account for 6.2%. Medicare’s annual costs represented 3.2% of GDP in 2008, but they are estimated to surpass Social Security in 2028 and reach 11.4% of GDP by 2083. The trustees’ reports confirm that these popular entitlement programs are in serious need of reform. Although most people agree that major changes are needed to fix the problems facing Social Security and Medicare, there is a partisan divide. As with most political issues, both sides of the aisle paint drastically different pictures of what an entitlement makeover might look like. According to a recent survey, 64% of retirees say Social Security is their single largest source of retirement income, and for 32%, Social Security provides more than 90% of their incomes. Considering the uncertain future of Social Security and Medicare, a carefully considered financial strategy may help you prepare to meet more of the funding demands of retirement on your own.

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Kerr Quality Air Air Conditioning and Heating Services. Service, Sales and Installation. Your West Valley Residential Specialist. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Call 623-386-4291 or 623-229-7701.

Speedy Plumbing & Rooter Service Prices that wont send you down the drain. LIC. ROC 110682, LIC. ROC 110681. Call 623-556-8182.

Financial services

Your Household Handyman

Money Matters

Quality Tile Installation. Minor Electrical Work. Kitchen & Bath. Doors & Windows. Lite Landscape. 623-670-2642.

Affordable life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. For a custom quote, call Kevin Pantenberg, CFP 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.

HOME DECOR & DESIGN 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 AAA Hardwood FloorsYour flooring Specialist Commercial and Residential. Carpet, Tile, Hardwood, Laminate, Resilient. Lic, Bonded, Insured ROC231647 1-888-970-9889.

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***

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 623-696-5693 or 602-741-2663.

Estrella Iron Custom iron work, gates, fencing and railing. Call Ian Gould, owner 623-451-0908. Licensed and bonded.

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.

FOR RENT Room for Rent Looking for professional/working/straight female to share in living in my 3 bed/2 bath home in Estrella Mountain Ranch. $450 monthly plus deposit plus utilities. Please call 623-910-2202 for details.

real estate Stacia Meeker & Gilbert Jaramillo RE/MAX Preferred Choice 623-693-0214,

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

State Farm Insurance - Jared Fink

spiritual Estrella Mountain Church

landscape services

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

Hawkeye Landscape , Inc.


Specializing in NEW landscape installation and renovations. Water Features, Barbeques, Fireplaces, Firepits, Lawns, Irrigation Systems and Pavers/Concrete. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Call 623-582-1122

Budget Mini Storage

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 623-695-5338 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

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

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.

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,

Swimming lessons Swim Club Aqua-Tots Swim Club meets once a week for one hour. The program is designed for kids who enjoy swimming and want to continue to enhance their stroke skills and/ or learn other strokes beside freestyle. Call 480-7265264 or visit

Guitar Lessons Professional Guitarist in Estrella taking on new students. Experience the fun and pleasure that comes with playing the guitar. Bob 623-703-8693.

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.

Imperial Pools & Spa Family owned business; Excellent service. Quality repair and complete pool care. 602-320-6517.

Providing Insurance and Financial Services. 1170 N. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Call 623-536-2886 or email

LEGAL services

Little Butterfly’s Preschool It’s time for your child to spread their wings and fly…. Little Butterfly’s Preschool is now enrolling for the 2009/10 School Year & Summer Adventure Camp Ages 2 -8, or call 623-882-3757.

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

pool & spa services

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

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Flexible schedules. Group, semi-private and private lessons at our pool. In-home lessons available. Small class sizes. Certified & experienced swim instructors. Call 480-726-5264 or visit

TUTORING Club Z Tutoring Invest in Your Child’s Future. One-On-One Tutoring in your Home. All Grades and All Subjects. Flexible Schedules and Qualified Teachers. Affordable Rates. Contact Club Z! In-Home Tutoring 623-533-6831.

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t’s July, which means 100+ degree days here in the desert. The high temperatures tend to dull our appetite and make us crave cool and refreshing foods. Besides Philly Swirl sugar free bars (0 points!), I am in the mood for chilled fruit and vegetable based dishes.

Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Fruit Dip 12 Servings

Serves 4

1 8oz package fat free cream

Cold dishes like salads, chilled soups, seasonal veggies and fruits make up a large part of my family’s diet when the temperature rises. The best thing about these dishes is that they are low calorie, low point foods, so I can maintain a healthy diet and continue my weight loss journey.

cheese, softened

1 – 12oz bag frozen roasted corn

1 7oz jar marshmallow creme

(Trader Joe’s is fantastic!)

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 large tomatoes, diced

Chilled Strawberry Soup

In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 large onion, diced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Serves 5

1/4 cup olive oil

that is either room temperature or

2 tablespoons white vinegar

slightly warmed in microwave. Beat

2 pints strawberries

until smooth.

2 cups plain yogurt

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup orange juice

Remove lid from marshmallow creme

1/2 cup sugar (more or less to taste)

and heat in microwave for 30 sec-

1/8 teaspoon cardamom (or ginger if

onds. Add to beaten cream cheese

Thaw corn in refrigerator and drain.

and beat again until smooth.

you prefer)

In a large bowl, toss together the corn,

Combine all ingredients in a blender and

Add vanilla and lemon juice, beat

puree until well blended.

until combined.

Chill and serve

tomatoes, onion, basil, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Chill at least one hour before serving.

Chill and serve with fresh fruit for dipping.

Cold Cucumber Soup

Serves 4

2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks 1-1/4 cup fat free sour cream 1 cup low sodium chicken broth 1 small onions, cut into wedges or chunks 4 sprigs of parsley, stems removed 2 sprigs fresh dill, stems removed OR 1 teaspoon dill weed 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Puree all ingredients in blender until

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

smooth. Serve chilled.

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business spotlight Nexagen USA Weight Loss Patch Lori Hoban or call 623-337-2573

Lori Hoban is a mother of six grown children who returned to the workforce approximately fifteen years ago. She went from walking about 60 miles per week for exercise, to management positions where she was basically sedentary. On top of her new lifestyle with less exercise, she suffered a knee injury in a biking accident that required several surgeries. Lori started gaining even more weight than she had previously put on and eventually reached an unhealthy 245 pounds. “The doctor told me I had a ‘fatty liver’ and I remembered my great grandmother who died from cirrhosis of the liver.” This statement, coupled with a denial for more life insurance due to weight gain, is what began Lori’s crusade to get healthy. She dropped 60 pounds by counting calories, but found that her metabolism had slowed down, halting any weight loss for the next nine months. In fact, she gained nine pounds back. “I tried another weight loss program and found I couldn’t get to the meetings due to my long work hours and commuting 2 to 3 hours per day,” said Hoban. Her next plan was to start the Nexagen plan. “I started on the Nexagen Jen Fe Power Patch, placed it on my arm each morning and lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks, as well as the 9 pounds I had gained back previously. My husband decided to try it and lost 12 pounds going from

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a size 40” waist to a 36” in 4 weeks,” said Lori. She claims to selfishly have started on the program to lose weight, but found people so excited by it that she began to understand how it could change others’ lives as it had her own. Lori soon realized that it helped her to lose inches and have the ability to resist foods like sweets and bread that she dearly loved. “The patch is set up for slow weight loss process, along with a method of reestablishing habits that are healthier for you, such as eating more quality foods - like fruits and vegetables,” says Lori. “I think if I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to stick to it and listen to your body. If it tells you that you are not really hungry, then walk away. You can do it! Each day I tell myself that I am grateful for my growing health and that I will spread joy to someone else in my life because of that. I now weigh 168 pounds - certainly not a perfect weight yet, but shrinking! I now have hope!” If you are interested in the patch or a distributorship, please email Lori at or call 623-337-2573. You can learn more about the Nexagen USA Weight Loss Patch by visiting

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2009 C A L E N DA R O F E V E N T S *

ONGOING EVENTS: Every Friday is Coffee Social

JULY 4th – 3rd Annual Estrella Fourth of July Parade and WaterPark Bash Starpointe Parade starts at 9 am WaterPark Opens at 10 a m

17th – Lego Building Competition Starpointe Residents Club, 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Golf Club of Estrella Offers Summer Specials on Golf Rates and Players Grill Fare! TM

The Golf Club of Estrella is offering a special $29 per person rate for Estrella residents this summer, including a golf cart and range balls. Never before has there been a more affordable way to enjoy the spectacular Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole, par 72 course, which covers a distinctive 7,102 yards of Sonoran Desert. Relaxing or challenging? With the multiple tees designed to accommodate all levels of play, it’s your call. Mark your calendars and join your friends on the Players Grill patio on Fridays between 5 and 8 p.m for the famous Munchie Menu and weekly drink specials. The Players Grill is offering a two-for-one entrÊe offer during the month of July when you bring in the ad included inside this newsletter.

Or, you can take a break from golfing and enjoy a fresh fruit “Summer Smoothie,â€? a delicious and healthy treat. Choose from a wide variety of fat-free purĂŠes, like banana, mango, margarita, pina colada, strawberry, and wild berry or mix two flavors and create your own favorite concoction.

Taylor Morrison currently has eight available spec homes and is offering $25,000-$40,000 incentives on specs and $25,000 incentives on new builds.

8th – Back to School WaterPark Bash StarSplash WaterPark, 11 am – 3 pm

22nd – Ice Cream Social Starpointe Residents Club, 6 pm – 8 pm

28th – Murder Mystery Dinner Starpointe Residents Club, 6:30 pm

For more information about the Golf Club of Estrella or to make a reservation, please call 623-386-2600 or visit the Golf Club’s web page on, which also features special, selected tee-time pricing.**

July Builder of the Month – Taylor Morrison This month’s featured home is Taylor Morrison’s 1,897-square-foot Mesquite plan, from its La Entrada neighborhood. This one-story home is available in the Mission, Spanish, and Hacienda styles, and features: s BEDROOMSOPTIONALTHBEDROOM s BATHS s 4ANDEM CARGARAGE s 'REATROOMmOORPLAN s 3PLITMASTERBEDROOM


Taylor Morrison features two great neighborhoods within Montecito – La Mirada and La Entrada – and is offering homes from 1,844 to 3,443 square feet and pricing starting in the low $200s. For more information contact Taylor Morrison at 623-386-9327.*

*Event open to Estrella residents only.

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

Visit Estrella Today**


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    "ROKERS welcome.

*Taylor Morrison 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. Spec homes include inventory currently in production and/or finished and new build homes include inventory to be built. Contact Taylor Morrison for further information. **This is not intended to be an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in the Estrella community to residents of: Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Oregon, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. Obtain the HUD Property Report, or its equivalent, required by Federal and State law, and read it before signing anything. No Federal or State agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT QUALIFIED, INSPECTED OR EXAMINED THIS OFFERING. Prices, specifications and details are subject to change without notice. All square footage is approximate. Access to, and use of, The Golf Club of Estrella is not included in the purchase of homes or homesites. Additional fees are required. The Players Grill offer excludes Friday night Happy Hour. Newland Communities is a privately owned company that creates residential and urban mixed-use communities in 14 states from coast to coast. We believe it is our responsibility to create enduring, healthier communities for people to live life in ways that matter most to them.

My Hometown Estrella - July 2009  

Our mission for this My Hometown Estrella™ magazine is to connect residents both to each other and to key resources with the goal of buildin...