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Estrella Foothills High School Senior Faces Adversity Estrella Foothills High School Senior, Wes Budge, isn’t quite living the senior year of his dreams in regards to school sports. Instead, he’s nursing an injury that could very well cost him his spot as starting Quarterback for the Varsity football team this season. The well-rounded athlete was anticipating a starting position on the varsity football team.

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Estrella Foothills High School Senior, Wes Budge

Estrella HOA Recognizes Local Residents Estrella HOA gives landscape recognition to residents who have helped make our community beautiful!

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Life is good® Pumpkin Festival: October 25th Save the date for Estrella’s annual Life is good® Pumpkin Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2008. All funds raised from this event will go to the Life is good® Kids and assisFoundation Safety, that worksawareness, to improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children. tance will be the theme for Two charities, HomeAid and Project Joy, will Oktoberfest. benefit fromthis the year’s funds raised during this Don’t family fall celebration. miss HomeAid is a leading non-profit this event held in theprovider of housing for the temporarily homeless and Project Joy Amphitheater on October is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the 31 fromof12ourpm – 5vulnerable pm. children. healthy development most Project Joy assists children living in poverty who have been impacted by violence, loss, and other traumatic experiences. 9 VolunteersPage are kindly requested for this event and can download a volunteer registration form by visiting Monetary donations, as well as donations for the silent auction, are also requested. Please visit to make a monetary donation or contact Jenn Allen at (623) 386-1000.


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Falling into Football Season A new season is here - the one after we remove the oven-mitts from the front seats of our cars, and the one before the new neighbors from Canada realize that storing Christmas candles in the attic is a no-no. Yes, Sunday afternoons have recently transformed grown men into little boys again! If you could peel back the rooftops across America, you might peek inside to find a common sight over the nation. You’d see dedicated fans colorfully dressed in their favorite jerseys, surrounded by heaping piles of nachos, drizzled in cheese sauce, accompanied by miniature towers of frosty beverages. You’d see the frequently transformed living room dance floor and hear cheering, sometimes followed by that very doubtful flop back onto the couch. You might see an energetic first half of play transform into a cat nap, often quickly returned to a lion’s roar, depending on the events of the third quarter. And, here in Arizona, you might pretend to bundle yourself for just a second or two, as snowflakes fall onto the fans and players in Pittsburgh before you scurry away from the screen, barefoot, just long enough to flip those burgers on the backyard grill. All of these sights and sounds would remind you that, once again, it’s football season!


Our cover story highlights a promising local player, whose positive attitude is carrying him through an injury that has postponed his time on the gridiron. Arizona fans, I invite you to pick up a copy of Kurt Warner’s latest book, “First Things First,” where you’ll discover the very “normal” lives of the famous Cardinal quarterback and his family, describing how he and his wife put family before everything -- even professional football! The Warners’ contributions to a variety of foundations might be just the inspiration that you’ll need to get outdoors and get involved in our community this month. Don’t forget to view the most recent photos of homes in Estrella that have raised the bar, in an effort to maintain the esthetics of their property. In addition, October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. In this issue, we are publishing some information about the disease, as well as an event to raise money here locally for the cause.. Possibly, some of the best tell-tales signs of the new season here in the Southwest are the beautiful sunsets, families biking the lake’s paths, the activities and the abundance of cooler sunshine, which remind us why we live here. And, for me, that’s putting first things first!


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on your doorstep Wounded Wolf in the Pack Estrella Foothills High School Senior, Wes Budge, isn’t quite living the senior year of his dreams in regards to school sports. Instead, he’s nursing an injury that could very well cost him his spot as starting Quarterback for the Varsity football team this season. The well-rounded athlete was anticipating a starting position on the varsity football team, coached by Richard Hoyt, as well as a final year as a guard on Estrella’s outstanding basketball team, coached by Ty Amundsen. Wes suffered a 100% tear of his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee earlier this summer during tournament play at basketball camp in the ASu Wells Fargo arena. “I was going for a lay-up and when I came down, my right foot rolled off someone else’s, causing my leg to collapse,” says Budge. “It definitely ended my play for that day, but the coaches and I didn’t feel that it was a traumatic injury.” Wes iced and elevated the injured knee and then returned to his summer lifeguarding job the next day only to find that it was extremely difficult to hobble around the pool deck to perform his duties. On monday morning, Wes’ mom had him in a doctor’s care where an mRI revealed the tear in his right knee. Wes and his parents visited several doctors, who all shook their heads from left to right, indicating that there was no way the Quarterback could continue his high school football career, before finding a doctor who was willing to try a special knee brace, in hopes of saving the athlete’s final playing season. With the aid of the new brace and extensive physical therapy treatments, Budge was able to return to practice, attending summer camp in Seligman, Arizona. He prepared himself mentally and physically, researching athletes with similar injuries who have continued to play football, despite their physical setbacks. Wes maintained a positive attitude and was feeling surprisingly prepared for the upcoming season until a tweak of the leg during a hot August afternoon practice caused the injury to redeem itself with reoccurrence of pain and swelling. Coach Hoyt reports that Wes continues to attend every practice and follows the team on his crutches. “He has no quit in him,” said the Varsity Coach. He added, “His parents have been extremely supportive and will create any situation that will give Wes the possibility of being successful.” The medical prognosis to repair Wes’ torn ACL includes surgery with a six-month to one-year recovery period. The recuperation time would definitely siphon the senior athlete’s dream of playing sports for his final year of high school. “my coaches and my family are one-hundred percent behind me in my quest to heal enough to take the field, or call it quits for the season,” stated the 6’, 180 lb. Senior. “At first, I was really depressed about the injury and what it possibly meant for my future. I also knew what I was risking

to go out onto the field. But, with the support of my family, I also realize that I am blessed to have been able to play for as long as I did, even beyond the initial injury,” stated Budge. Both Coach Hoyt and Wes are confident that, if necessary, defensive back fielders, Briante Brown or mark King could fill the Quarterback position. “Both of these guys are really great athletes,” said Wes. If Wes could fulfill his dreams, he would be able to pull the number 10 jersey back over his shoulders and run onto that gridiron to pursue that final high school season as Quarterback with the Wolves. The ideal scenario would include a group of his family members gathered in the stands, cheering on the Wolves. The Quarterback’s father, who played Defensive End in high school at Aqua Fria, also had his senior season cut short due to an injury. Regardless, the six-foot, rugged senior isn’t letting his injury dampen his spirits. “I’ve got everyone behind me; my team, the coaches, my friends and my family,” said Wes. All of his support combined with the 9-3 homecoming victory over Fountain Hills High School, keep the smiles and cheers coming from the sidelines. Apparently, his spirit, along with that of his teammates, just won’t be broken! Wes plans to attend Glendale Community College in hopes earning a position on the football team after a complete recovery, despite his current surgical prognosis.

new Tennis Club Forming Do you love to play tennis, but find it difficult to link-up with other players? Join the new “Tennis Club of Estrella.” The new club offers special club reserved court time, scheduled events, tournaments, plus weekly matches. A website will be established with your tennis profile, including optional personal photo. Play at your level...beginner, intermediate, advanced, even All-Star. There will also be planned USTA team for Match Play...friendly competition for all levels. See their website for additional information at or call Ron Wilks at 623-266-9858. The Tennis Club of Estrella is already on the courts with several scheduled matches per week. Join in for great tennis matches with lessons provided.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sound Advice Financial Planning and Passionately Pink for the Cure are combining their hostess caps to bring a special night out just for moms. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at 6 pm in the Estrella Vista Reception Center located at 1471 N. Eliseo C, Felix, Jr. Way in Avondale. A variety of stations including massage, lingerie, cosmetics, facials, picture framing and photography will be available to those ladies who are craving some pampering and relaxation. Complimentary samples will given away, demonstrations and door prizes are another part of the evening whose proceeds will benefit the supporting foundation, Passionately Pink for the Cure, a program of Susan G. Komen for the cure, in the quest to conquer breast cancer. Jack’s Big Apple Deli will have some scrumptious complimentary finger food available for visitors. Contact Brandi at 602-820-6002, for more information on this nurturing event.

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on your doorstep West Valley Cancer Connection Just over six months ago a new group called the West Valley Cancer Connection came together to become a nationally recognized center for those touched by cancer. They currently have over 60 volunteers that make up four different committees: Organization Administration & Funds, Resources, marketing & Support and Community Outreach. The objective of this group is to create an online calendar and print base form that identifies, provides information and offers contact information for non-traditional resources for anyone affected by cancer. The “seed” money came from the nationally recognized Wellness Community Resource Center, along with a grant from St. Lukes Health Foundation. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Catherine Keedy at 602-620-2060. The next West Valley Cancer Connection meeting is scheduled for October 10 from 9-11 am at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, 14200 W. Fillmore Street in Goodyear.

City of Goodyear Hosts A Variety of Entertaining Events It’s time to get back outdoors! After a long, hot summer, gather up your friends and neighbors for some excellent, FREE outdoor entertainment. Fall Concert Series The Fall Concert Series has two evenings of entertainment scheduled this month. This FREE series takes places at the Goodyear Community Park located at 3151 N. Litchfield Rd. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages to the scheduled events. However, no glass containers will be permitted. On-site food vendors are on hand and if you need further information, please contact Mark Kimball at 623-882-7525. Friday, October 2, 6:30 pm The Generations Band, playing a variety of Motown and Rock & Roll oldies from the 50’s and 60’s. Friday, October 9, 6:30 pm Lulu LaFever, featuring sultry blues and smooth jazz with an old school vibe and juke joint swing.

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The Player’s Grill Introduces new menu at the Golf Club of Estrella Although the golf course will be closed for over-seeding October 6 through October 23, The Player’s Grill will remain open for Friday night Happy Hour from 5-8 pm on October 9, October 16 and October 23. In addition, The Player’s Grill will be introducing a new menu on October 24, along with some great appetizers to enhance an exciting football season. Enjoy a variety of fingerfoods while watching the big screen which is always tuned into a Sunday gridiron match, and they’re open until 6 pm. Remember to bring a copy of my Hometown Estrella’s advertisement to receive a discount on a second entrée in the Grill. This offer excludes Happy Hour and lunch specials. See you at The Player’s Grill!

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Drive over to the Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, and you can see the movie titled Igor on Friday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. Park concessions

will be open. No alcohol, glass containers or chairs may be brought into the event. Food and Beverage Policy allows guests to bring in only: factory sealed, prepackaged single serving snack items; one factory sealed plastic water bottle (non-carbonated and colorless water only) not more than 1 liter in size per person; children’s single serving juice drink in factory sealed box or pouch package; baby formula and baby food.

Halloween/G.A.I.N Event Don’t miss the combined Halloween/G.A.I.N. event, scheduled at the Goodyear Ballpark on Saturday, October 25 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. G.A.I.N. stands for Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods. This spooktacular event features a haunted maze, pumpkin decorating, funhouse, costume contest, western town with trick or treating, police and fire vehicles, K-9 demonstrations and a “taste of Goodyear,” featuring samples from some of your favorite local restaurants. There will be food and beverages for sale and lots of fun scheduled. For information on this free event, call 623-882-3120.

City Market The City of Goodyear is introducing the firstever City Market at the Goodyear Ballpark each first Saturday of the month, running from October through May, from 8 am to 12 pm. This is a special opportunity for residents and visitors to purchase local produce, homemade goodies and handmade arts and crafts.

new Pool Products Help Residents Save After reading some simple ways to “go green” in last month’s issue of My Hometown Estrella, nine-year resident, Bob Mizer was inspired to share two more “secrets” on money-saving techniques to assist the community in an effort to economize. The following tips are beneficial to residents who own their own backyard swimming pools. First is a “liquid blanket” called Aquatain. This liquid forms a one micron thick lattice blanket on the surface of swimming pools and can cut evaporation up to 50%. This will save approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year in an average swimming pool. The liquid is originally from Australia where they are experiencing major drought problems. It is primarily used there for stock watering tanks and ponds. It is totally non-toxic to animal life and humans and is used in animal drinking water tanks. It is now being introduced here in the Valley for lakes and swimming pools to help slow down the depleting of our underground aquifers. The Aquatain is also a blocker for mosquitos in pools. Salt River Project ran a study on this product and the results are on the SRP website verifying the claims regarding evaporation.

The second product is a solar powered swimming pool filtration pump. It is a direct current pump running straight from solar panels and can filter pools all day long during the peak energy cost time at no cost to the homeowner. Swimming pool filtration systems are most efficient during daylight hours because that is the most active time that bacteria and algae grow. As water and electric costs continue to increase, the monetary savings grow, not to mention the savings in power and water. Currently, there are federal and state tax credits available as well as an APS rebate if you live in their service area, to help defray the purchase costs of the system. These products are fairly new to the Valley. Information is available from Mizer Pools and Supplies LLC. The phone number is 602-481-3586 or email: Although the company is new, Mr. Mizer has been here in the Valley and in the pool business for over 37 years and has been a resident of Estrella since 2000.

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on your doorstep Shop Goodyear and Win! Don’t miss your chance to win a night’s stay at TownePlace Suites by Marriott, a pair of diamond earrings, gift cards and other prizes. The “Shop Goodyear, Everyone GAINs” campaign is back again, encouraging residents to support local stores and keep tax dollars working for them in their City. Enter the “Shop Goodyear” contest for a chance to win weekly prizes and entry into the special Grand Prize drawing during Goodyear’s annual G.A.I.N. event at 8 pm, Saturday, October 24 at Goodyear Ballpark. Winners need not be present, but participants must be 18 years or older to enter. “Shop Goodyear” drawings are open to residents and nonresidents. “Shop Goodyear” begins October 9 and continues through December 23, when one lucky winner wins a pair of diamond stud earrings from Osborne Jewelers during the final Grand Prize drawing on Tuesday, December 23 at Goodyear City Hall.

Win gift cards and other prizes each week from participating merchants such as Wildflower Bread Company, Nakama Sushi Restaurant & Lounge, Augie’s Sports Grill, Ground Control Coffee & Wine Bar, and Augie’s Sports Bar. Enter every week and boost your odds—the more you “Shop Goodyear,” the better your chances. To enter, drop receipts totaling $25 or more for merchandise, food, beverages, groceries, gas and other items at City Hall Lobby, 190 N. Litchfield Rd., before noon each Friday to be eligible for weekly drawings. Receipts must show merchant name, date of transaction and purchase total. Original receipts only; no photocopies accepted. Retail sales tax dollars help pay for nearly 30 percent of the City’s operating budget, providing key services such as police, fire, streets, parks and recreation. Keep Goodyear’s dollars here in your hometown, working for you and your family. Visit to learn how your business can participate in “Shop Goodyear” by offering prizes or posting in-store flyers, or to print “Shop Goodyear” entry forms and rules. Call Goodyear Economic Development for more information at 623-932-3025.

Estrella mountain Elementary School Information Lunch Crunch Lunch time has and continues to be a time for children to get caught up with their friends, but it is also a time for them to refuel for the balance of the day. We have classes rotating through the cafeteria in grade level bands which allows two grades to eat together maximizing on our limited space. We are constantly reminding children to come in and use their restaurant manners with the goal being to finish all of their lunch in that time. However, we could use our parents help in encouraging children to be sure to eat all of the food they pack in their child’s lunch. There are times when kids throw away unopened items such as juice boxes, chips or even sandwiches. Students have 30 minutes to devour their carefully prepared lunches with most of them finishing within the first 20-25 minutes. So please assist us in motivating our Cougars to gobble up all of their lunch!

Campus Watch Encouraged Assistance is needed should you be out and about and notice activity on the Estrella campus that looks suspicious. Over the summer we had several break-ins at our school and just recently we had another such event take place in our Fine Arts building. Intruders broke in through the cafeteria door and made their way back into the music room where they were unsuccessful at getting to our equipment. If you have noticed any activity or have heard of someone being on our campus, we would encourage you to call our office or the Goodyear Police Department.

Friday Communication Folders Friday folders have begun. What are Friday folders? This is an opportunity for our district to get information out to our community and reduce the paper waste by sending home only one item per family. Local organizations which offer after-school opportunities for children in our attendance area are required to submit their information flyer to the district office prior to being handed out to students. Each Friday, we send out one folder to the youngest sibling in the family eliminating the duplication of the same flyer. So, please encourage your youngest to share with you their folder every Friday!

Science Olympiad Season Begins

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month Everywhere across the nation, you’ll find ways to run or walk this month with anticipation and determination of helping finding a cure for breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. To find information locally, visit, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute or the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. However, no medical test is always 100 percent accurate, and mammography is no exception. Research is under way to improve the technology to lead to better accuracy and to create new technologies. pag e 6 : my h o m e tow n

The Science Olympiad competition season for 2009-2010 began with a bang at Estrella Mountain Elementary this week when 80+ sixth, seventh and eighth graders signed up to compete in the various Olympiad events. The first competition for Estrella Mountain students will be the Rainbow Valley Practice Tournament on October 23. Estrella Mountain will host a practice tournament on December 11. The students will work toward securing one of 15 spots on the final team that will compete at the State Finals Competition in March. The students will have the opportunity to compete against schools from across the state at two Invitational tournaments, one in Tucson in November, and one in January hosted by Westar Elementary. The teams will also compete at a regional competition in February before the final 15 students are selected for the State team. The Science Olympiad program at Estrella Mountain is lead by Head Coach Jeff Daugherty and Assistant coaches – MJ Matteson, Michelle Schwimmer, Wayne Bryan, Anthony Paduano, Carol Risano, Angela Munsey, Jennifer Vassily and Lori Newman. The Science Olympiad program in the Liberty School District is looking for financial support. To learn more about how your tax credit donation can help the team, contact Head Coach Jeff Daugherty at Estrella Mountain Elementary or Rita Merrill at Westar Elementary.

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on your doorstep Estrella Foothills High School Information Fall AIMS Testing Juniors and Seniors who have not passed one or more sections of the AIMS exam, or who choose to retake it in an attempt to exceed, will be testing in late October. The campus will remain on a regular schedule for those not testing. The dates for testing are as follows: AIMS Writing: Tuesday, October 27 AIMS Reading: Wednesday, October 28 AIMS Mathematics: Thursday, October 29

Calendar of Events Estrella Foothills High School has a variety of athletics and activities for students to be involved in. Community members, as well as parents, are invited to come out and support our students. Visit our athletic website at for the current information and schedules. Visit the Estrella Foothills school website link at to find the general calendar for the school which includes fine art events, parent nights, and other important dates.

Westar Elementary Information for October Westar Elementary School has instituted a “Make a Wish” program. On the bulletin board in the front office, teachers have placed things they could use in their classrooms on yellow stars. Faculty and staff members hope that parents and community members will come in, see the stars, and see something that the teacher has requested that the parents have the ability or resources to help with. So far, several stars have been picked off the bulletin board by parents. The support is greatly appreciated! Tax Credit money helps fund field trips within the school year. We hope parents will consider directing their AZ Tax Credit money to Westar Elementary. The tax credit money is helpful in any area, but we especially appreciate assistance in the Field Trip fund to prevent students from having to pay for their field trips.

Good Luck Mr. Richardson! In addition to keeping things running smoothly at Westar, Mr. Richardson is scheduled to run in a marathon on October 2 in St. George, Utah. Fall Break—Fall Break runs Monday, October 5 through October 9. Return to school is on Monday, October 12. Friday, October 30 is a teacher professional development day. No

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Do you think your family has what it takes to compete in 12 mental and physical challenges? Come test your skills at our Annual Starpointe Team Amazing Race competition! All ages (over 5 years old) and physical abilities welcome! Teams must have 4 people…if you do not have 4 team members, we will group you with others. The cost of the race is $5 per person. After the race, get ready to camp out under the stars with your fellow Estrellans. Enjoy a bonfire, fishing, great food, a movie and fun with your neighbors! Children under 18 nOT permitted without an adult. Adult must be present in every tent. This amazing event will be on October 3-4, 11 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday. The cost of the event is Residents $7, Guests $10. Come sign up at Starpointe!

What a great way to spend a beautiful Fall day! The Estrella Oktoberfest will be held in the Amphitheater on October 31 from 12 pm – 5 pm. The City of Goodyear’s Police and Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate the importance of safety and awareness in your neighborhoods as they promote Block Watch. We have also partnered with St. mary’s Westside Food Bank to promote assistance to those in need. We hope to bring in 10,000 pounds of food that will go to the Agua Fria and Buckeye Food Banks. you will also want to take time


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6th – Luau at 7 pm* 12th – Father Daughter Dance at 6 p 18th – Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at 19th – Bingo 6:30 pm*

to visit the various Craft Booths, silent auction table, food booths, Estrella™ Loyalty & Refer a Friend Program games and entertainment. minimumIt’s donations will be a great way to stay close to your accepted for activities. friends, keep enjoying all

In appreciation of the residents of Estrella, we would like to reward you for your loyalty by offering a special incentive to help you purchase the home of your dreams within the Estrella community. When you buy a qualified new home at Estrella, our builders will give you 2% off the current listed base price.* It’s a great way to stay close to your friends, keep enjoying all the great things about Estrella, and enjoy the perfect home – all while saving a little money in the process. If you are not in the market for a new home,

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refer a friend to Estrella and they’ll receive 2% off the current listed base price of a qualified new home. Ashton Woods Homes, David Weekley Homes, Engle Homes, Rosewood Homes, Taylor Morrison, and William Ryan Homes are participating builders at Estrella. Estrella by Newland Communities will be sending out more information about the Loyalty and Refer a Friend Program through e-blasts and direct mail this month. For more information on this program please contact the Information Center at (623) 386-1000.

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1st – Stairpointe Holiday Lighting and F 17th – New Homeowner Orientatio 27th – New Year’s Soiree (masquerade theme)*

*Event open to Estrella residents only.

Attention Crafters and Artists… your talents are being requested at Estrella’s Annual Oktoberfest. Theare Star Tower Series Returns Estrella™ Exploratorium We currently taking applicato Estrella™ on October 4 Now Open to the Publi tions for vendors who are interested in renting a space for this exciting event. Please call Beth Huerta, Club Director, at 623386-1949 for more information.

*The 2% of listed base price program is offered by participating builders only to Estrella purchasers. This promotion is sponsored exclusively by the builders participating in the promotion, who are solely responsible for the content and honoring the terms of the promotion. Void where prohibited and this promotion is not valid with any realtor co-broke. Contact the participating builders for further information about this programs. Homes in the Estrella community are constructed and sold by builders not affiiated with NNP III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, LLC, or Newland Communities, LLC, or its affiliates (collectively, “Newland”). Newland has no obligations or liabilities relating to the promotion and does not guarantee or warrant the obligations of, or construction by, such builders, or the availability or pricing of homes. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in the Estrella community to residents of Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, or in 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. Promotion Period: 10am GMT on September 1, 2008 through 5pm GMT on November 16, 2008.

One of Estrella’s most popular attractions, The Star Tower Series, will resume October 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Estrella Star Tower. Each monthly event will focus on a different aspect of the night sky and will provide attendees the opportunity to view celestial bodies through telescopes and high-powered binoculars. The Star Tower Series is open to Estrella residents and residents in the surrounding communities, however, reservations are required. Please contact the Information Center at (623) 386-1000 or send an e-mail to to reserve your seat.

Contact Information Information Center: (623) 386-10 Starpointe Residents Club: (623) 386 Yacht Club: (623) 386-3411 Golf Club of Estrella: (623) 386-2

The Exploratorium at the Estrella Inform Center is now open to the public! The comm museum will showcase the past, present, and of Estrella. The Exploratorium will house a four timeline that will explore Estrella and Go from 500 A.D. through the future vision for E In addition to the timeline, the Exploratoriu also feature eight artifact kiosk displays th showcase the rich history of the area and p insight into the community’s past. Volunteers for the Estrella Historical Soci kindly requested to help grow the history Exploratorium. For more information abo Exploratorium at the Estrella Information or to volunteer, please call (623) 386-1000.

We’re back! That’s right! The first yacht Club Social of the season will be held on October 9 starting at 7 pm and concluding at 9 pm. Come join us as we mix and mingle while enjoying a light dinner and some great entertainment! Dinner will be pulled pork and coleslaw. For only $2 per person, you too can attend and share some good times with your Estrella neighbors. To secure your spot, please register at Starpointe. booth! Rate includes two (2) rounds of golf for the price of one. Tee times may be booked 5 days in advance. Offer expires 10/31/09

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Pumpkins, candy, bats, and black cats. yes, it’s that time of year again, Halloween. The season has changed and so has our community website. To celebrate this event, we have decided to host a costume contest at our Oktoberfest on October 31! Stop by to visit the Booth for www. where you can sign up for the new website and have your picture taken to be placed on the site. We will have prizes for the little goblins and ghosts and a Halloweenthemed gift basket donated from Goodyear Homewatch for the adults to win. Photo Release Forms will be on hand if you want your photo placed on the site. Remember to stop by the spooktacular, fun-filled www.


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Save the date for Estrella’s annual Life is good® Pumpkin Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2008. All funds raised from this event will go to the Life is good® Kids Foundation that works to improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children. Two charities, HomeAid and Project Joy, will benefit from the funds raised during this family fall celebration. HomeAid is a leading non-profit provider of housing for the temporarily homeless and Project Joy is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the healthy development of our most vulnerable children. Project Joy assists children living in poverty who have been impacted by violence, loss, and other traumatic experiences. Volunteers are kindly requested for this event and can download a volunteer registration form by visiting Monetary donations, as well as donations for the silent auction, are also requested. Please visit to make a monetary donation or contact Jenn Allen at (623) 386-1000.

COmmunITy GARAGE SALE Whether you like to shop garage sales or sell your wares, your opportunity is coming Saturday, november 7 from 7 am to 2 pm. This event will be advertised in the West Valley View newspapers, with shoppers typically arriving at 6:30 am. A map will also be provided to all detailing the location of homes partici-

pating in the sale. Please stop by the Community Services Office before november 5 to fill out your registration form and pay $5 (cash only please). For your convenience, you can also go to and print out your registration form from the Document Library. Place your form and your cash in an envelope to drop off at Starpointe Residents Club or the Community Services Office. This will ensure your spot on the map, help pay for advertising, and guarantee a successful sale.

PRE SCHOOnER CLuB COLORInG COnTEST Celebrate fall fun with the coloring contest at the Pre Schooner Club/Child Watch this month. Starpointe has a state-of-the-art fitness center for you to use while your little ones color and play. Prizes will be awarded to the top artist in each age group and all who participate can select from a variety of ghoulish goodies. The Pre Schooner Club hours are monday - Friday, 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm. We can’t wait to see your coloring creations. View the winners at at the end of the month.

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HOA bulletin board Block Watch in Estrella neighborhood Watch is a program where your neighborhood takes an active role in crime prevention and community development. Block Watch Programs are a great way to get to know your neighbors and now we have two great opportunities to make it easier for you. With participation from you and your neighbors in conjunction with the Goodyear Police Department, you can help reduce crimes in your neighborhood. Attending the City of Goodyear’s G.A.I.n event on Saturday, October 24 and signing your block watch sheet saying that you have attended,

can count toward one required meeting. These meetings are an important part of the program. your second opportunity will be at the Oktoberfest right here in Estrella on Saturday, October 31. Visit the Estrella Block Watch booth for helpful information. We can help you get a block watch meeting started in your neighborhood and walk you through the process of having your meetings. Remember, this is a way to meet your neighbors and a step in building a safer community to live in! If you are interested in starting or being a part of the Block Watch Program, please contact Join our team today!

City of Goodyear Bulk Trash Change Reminder The City of Goodyear has changed the way your Tuesday curbside bulk trash collection. you can now order your bulk trash collection online to at or call 623-882-7799 to schedule a bulk trash collection. you may schedule pick-ups two days prior online and up to five to seven days by phone. For questions, please call your City Public Works at 623932-3010. If you were not aware of this change and have left

your bulk out on the curbside for a few days or more, you will first receive a friendly reminder letter from the association along with the new directions from the City of Goodyear to order your bulk pick up. If bulk is not picked up in a timely manner, then the violation process will continue from the association. We thank you for your patience and cooperation in this new process. Let’s pass the word to our neighbors.

Seasonal Decorations This Fall/Halloween season as you prepare your haunted house for spooky decorations please keep the following guidelines in mind. Decorations may be displayed during the month of October and taken down no later than 7 days after Halloween. As for other seasonal decorations, they may be displayed from november 1 to January 31. We are excited to see what holiday decorating ideas our residents have for us to enjoy in the upcoming months.

Trick or Treat Trick or Treating in Estrella is always a spooktacular time of the year. This Halloween falls on a Saturday night. The tradition in Estrella has been to start just before dusk. As always, look for houses with lights on inviting you to Trick or Treat if you dare. The best way to stay safe is to visit friends and neighbors that you know and carry a flashlight. If you are driving to different neighborhoods, please be cautious of children walking in the streets and on sidewalks. We hope all of the residents of Estrella have a fun and safe night.

Community Services Office Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8am–5pm Closed on Saturday Tel: 623-386-1112 | Fax: 623-386-5788

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–6pm, Sun. 10am–6pm

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

Community Patrol’s Phone Number 602-329-0462

Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultant Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC) Estrella Management Team Todd Davidson, Division Vice President, PCAM, CAM 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

Care for Dormant Bermuda

Entry Coordinator: Lisa Sowada Event Coordinator: Pam McMiller

by DLC Resources, Inc. Regular over-seeding can cause your warm season, hybrid Bermuda grass to be sparse, weak or prone to problems. The over seeding process inhibits the buildup of the reserves that Bermuda grass needs to make it through the winter, which means there will be less energy for re-growth in the spring. When warm weather arrives, the strong Ryegrass competes with the dormant Bermuda for sunlight, water, nutrients and even oxygen. This competition keeps Bermuda from gaining strength through the summer and by the time the Ryegrass finally recedes, the weak Bermuda may not have spread as much as it should have.

There are some simple steps you can take to care for your dormant Bermuda that will help it grow back stronger and thicker in the next growing season while saving you money, time and frustration.

Suspending the over seeding process for at least one season restores the root system of the Bermuda that would otherwise be damaged during the cooler months. Suspending over seeding also allows the Bermuda to store the necessary nutrients needed for vigorous growth in the warm season.

While Bermuda is dormant, it only needs to be mowed twice a month to achieve a clean and even appearance. During the two weeks you do not mow, fill ruts and indentions with screened fill dirt to eliminate hazards and prepare your lawn to look its springtime best. Controlling weeds with a post-emergent herbicide dur-

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First, in October, begin reducing the irrigation water amount by 50%. Before your grass goes dormant, in mid-november, put down an 11-52-0 winterizing fertilizer to prepare for the next season of Bermuda. After the first frost of the season, stop watering your plant material altogether. not only does not over seeding help increase the health of your Bermuda grass, for every season you forgo over seeding, you save over 8,000 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet of grass.

ing Bermuda’s dormant months takes advantage of the natural cycle of the Bermuda to combat the weeds. We recommend using Triple Strike, a product commonly found at your local home improvement store, for grassy or broad leaf weeds growing in dormant Bermuda lawns. If you over seeded your lawn and have weeds growing in your winter Ryegrass, you may wish to consult a Certified Herbicide Applicator, find one at index.php. When the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees, typically when daytime temperatures are consistently in the 90s, your Bermuda will come out of hibernation and begin showing the results of your winter labor. Just before or as that happens, put down a 21-0-0 fertilizer to stimulate growth and enhance color. Also, begin watering again 2 to 3 days a week, adjusting your schedule accordingly for temperature and rainfall.

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, Lesle Sweeney Resident Elected Board Member: Dennis Brungardt and Scott McCarthy

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classes, clubs, meetings Starpointe Residents Club Program m O n D Ay

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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)

Fun Taekwondo (Barton Gonzales)

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

10:30–11:15am Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

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

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo, 623-748-8532

11:15am–12:15pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

4:00-4:45pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

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

12:30–1:20pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

7:00–7:50pm Pilates (Carla Walters)

4:45-6:00pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

4:40-5:00pm Fine Arts Camp Sept-Nov. (Shelise Natae)

4:30–4:50pm Fine Arts Camp (Shelise Natae)

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

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

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

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


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

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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

Bridge Class for Beginners, 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

1 PLEASE nOTE: Events take place at Starpointe Residents Club unless otherwise noted. For all Starpointe events, please call 623-386-1949. Please see for a comprehensive calendar of events and to be included in reminders/changes related to upcoming events.

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Craft & Stuff 9am VCA CRC meeting 6pm Camera Group 7pm

Camera Club 7pm


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people in your neighborhood Marc and Robin McDaniel Marc and Robin McDaniel have been married for 34 years this month. They have recently changed their lifestyle one-hundred percent. After spending thirty years in corporate America, the couple decided that they needed something very different. “We just couldn’t see ourselves controlled by that environment any longer,� said Robin. The McDaniels jumped on board a Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing business opportunity called FHTM which has enabled them to work from a new home-based setting, making their own schedules, meeting fresh new faces along the way, while helping others save money on products and services that they are already using. It’s proven to be a wonderful opportunity for the two to meet droves of new people. The couple claims that the new opportunity has given them back their freedom. “It’s been the best decision we have ever made and we haven’t looked back since,� added Marc. The McDaniels new lifestyle allows them lots more time to travel the country and beyond on their beloved Honda Goldwing motorcycle. Some of the exciting trips that Robin and Marc have taken on two wheels include winding through the European Alps (Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland). More locally, they have visited almost all of the national parks across the U.S. and especially love beauty of the Pacific Coast Highway which they have taken as far as Victoria, British Columbia. Their most sought-after motorcycle trip is the one from their home in Goodyear back to Southern California to visit their grown children and grandchildren. The McDaniels have lived in various states, including Arizona, Texas, California, and Illinois and settled back into Arizona just five years ago. Robin and Marc share their Avalon Del Lago home with Sami and Luke, their nine-

year old Lhasa Apsos, whom they both agree officially run the household. Peace, beauty and quiet are elements that the McDaniels love about this community. They enjoy the pool and fitness center in the summer months, but admit that they’re zipping off the Estrella Mountains in the fall. Their favorite months to motorcycle are between September and May; the heat being one factor, and the less crowded roadways as the kids return back to school, being another. To communicate on these long trips aboard the Honda Goldwing with each other, and with accompanying friends whom occasionally travel alongside, the McDaniels utilize headsets inside their helmets. As they take in the beauty of the country visually, they also audio in their favorite tunes on a 6 CD player complete with an IPOD plug-in jack, just in case. The McDaniels are living their dream! To contact them, call Marc and Robin at 623-326-5437 or

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he NFL season is well underway and many of our neighbors like to invite friends over to root on their favorite team and enjoy some great game day food. Casual sandwiches, dips, and other finger foods are perfect for game day get-togethers as they can be made ahead so the host can enjoy their own party. The recipes below are also easy clean-up.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 8

2 (8 ounce) packages cream

Corn chip, scoops

cheese, softened 1 (10 ounce) can chicken, drained (or equivalent rotisserie or freshly-cooked,

Beat cream cheese, ranch dressing, and red hot sauce. Fold in shredded chicken.

chopped chicken)

Put all in slow cooker on medium

1 cup ranch dressing

until melted and bubbly. Stir

3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce 2 cups shredded cheddar

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Coca Cola Sloppy Joes

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1 lb ground beef

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 1/2 tablespoons flour

Brown beef and onion in a large skillet.

1 cup Coca-Cola

Drain well.

2/3 cup ketchup

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Assorted sliced deli meats

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Assorted sliced cheeses

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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 Anabele@ Hope to be hearing from you soon.

Extraordinary Conceptions A full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency. (760) 798-2265.

Grace’s Day Care Services GRACE’S responsible and loving home care for infants. Full-time/part-time. Well established reputation in Estrella Mountain Ranch. Newborns to 30 months old. 623-693-3343.

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 623-6068786.

The Little Gym Motor skill development and gymnastics classes that will help your child grow physically, socially and emotionally in a warm, safe, nurturing environment. Building confidence, one roll at a time. Call 623-535-5222 or visit www.

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.

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

CLEAnInG SERVICES EMR Carpet Pros Steam Extraction Carpet Cleaning. Tile and Grout Cleaning. EMR resident. Call 602-621-6723.

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

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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


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 New York’s Famous Pizza & Pasta Discover New York’s finest Pizza, Pasta and Subs. Dine-In, Carry Out and Delivery Service available. Yes! We Deliver! 623-882-3275. 15560 W. Roosevelt St. #B104, Goodyear.

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

FInAnCIAL SERVICES Money Matters Income tax preparation at your home or office. EMR resident. Call Kevin Pantenberg, CFP, ATA (623) 3861924 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 623-298-4642. 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) 935-0911 or visit

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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.


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

Cactus Creek Painting A Full Service Painting Company. Estrella Mountain Resident. Exterior & Interior Painting, Residential, Commercial, HOA. ROC #253493. Call 623-518-6773 or email

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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***

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 623-695-5338 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

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 Piano Lessons Give your child an academic edge! Research indicates studying music improves academic performance. Experienced and knowledgeable teacher, offering piano lessons. EMR resident. Call Penny at 623-792-8115

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

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

POOL & SPA SERVICES 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,

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.

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 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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business spotlight Possibilities Redesign LLC Redesigning your home, changing your life Marie Risheill was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was raised in a variety of locations as her dad was a career Army Officer. She later married an Army Officer and continued a somewhat portable lifestyle, which included frequent relocations. Marie came to Arizona to accept a job at Estrella Mountain Community College. She has been here for over twelve years now. As the wife of an Army Officer, Marie found herself creating a home wherever the couple found themselves, using furniture and decorations that they already had, arranging and rearranging to create a new feel with each new place called home. Marie has loved fabrics and furniture since she was a teen and dreamed of becoming an Interior Designer. However, she was also a good science student and followed some of her mentor educators into a career in science before retiring and returning to her decorating passion. One day, almost fifteen years ago, Marie had the opportunity to refurnish her living room all at one time, rather than the piece-by-piece method that she was used to over the years. She had so much fun with the project, she stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It reawakened my interest in decorating. I thought about going back to school for a second Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Interior Design, but another move quickly dampened my dream of a second degree.â&#x20AC;? Another degree

wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what she needed to begin her project, however. She bought decorating magazines by the dozens, she recalls. She also discovered HGTV and began to gather redesign ideas from the programs. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before Marie decided to retire from work and try her hand at her own business - a decorating business that she loves. Marie is currently enrolled in a course at the Community College called Design with Color which teaches new techniques for strategically painting a bold accent wall or subtle cut out corner with color. She has even been known to â&#x20AC;&#x153;break the rulesâ&#x20AC;? with pattern and fabric color in furniture for a striking look in her own home. Marie transitioned her own living room into a comfortable, traditional living space of blue and greens with rose-colored accents. Her home currently has an outdoor view used as a focal point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that a room should reflect a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle and the function of that roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose should be incorporated,â&#x20AC;? added the design specialist. To see some of Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design work, peek at Marie can also be contacted at or by calling 623-5946419. Her interior redesign techniques might be just what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for this Fall to make your home feel brand new again.

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Estrella Builders Offer New Floorplans To Attract New Home Buyers To Community TM

October Builder of the Month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rosewood Homes This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured home is Rosewood Homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new single-story â&#x20AC;&#x153;super great roomâ&#x20AC;? Residence Five featuring special â&#x20AC;&#x153;introductory pricingâ&#x20AC;? starting at $237,990*. Ranging from 2,481 to 2,683 squarefeet with courtyard and standard 3-car garage, this wonderfully designed home can be customized with a Guest Casita, Private Home Office, Hobby Room, Kids Family Room, and much more!

Residence Six Two of Estrellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier home builders will introduce new and unique floorplans to the Estrella community, offering new home buyers more opportunities to live in the growing community. Rosewood Homes Stone Gate neighborhood will introduce two additional plans to their luxury home collection, with the first home completions estimated for February 2010. Rosewood Homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; remarkable Residence Five single-story â&#x20AC;&#x153;super great room designâ&#x20AC;? meets the needs of a variety of homebuyers, offering a range of 2,481 to 2,683 square feet and special introductory pricing from $237,990*. Additionally, Rosewood Homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique new two-story Residence Six has it all with 4 to 6 bedrooms, convertible den, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, and much more. This home ranges from 3,168 to 3,520 square feet and includes special â&#x20AC;&#x153;introductory pricingâ&#x20AC;? starting at $274,990*. William Ryan Homes' Ironwood Pointe neighborhood is also introducing its new Fiesta plan at 1,450 square feet. This Single-Story, Great Room plan features an open Kitchen Design that provides interaction with the Great Room. The Master Suite and 2 additional bedrooms are split on the plan to allow greater privacy, and the two-car garage features additional storage space. The Fiesta starts at $167,990*.

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s TOBEDROOMS s TOBATHROOMS s 'OURMET+ITCHEN s #OURTYARD s $EN s /PTIONAL 'UEST #ASITA WITH 0RIVATE "ATH and private entrance off courtyard s /PTIONAL (OME /FlCE WITH PRIVATE ENTRANCE off courtyard s  CAR GARAGE WITH OPTION TO CONVERT INTO (OBBY2OOMOR"EDROOMWITH0RIVATE"ATH Along with great introductory pricing, Rosewood Homes is offering $10,000 in free options plus a Special Incentive Package with the purchase of any new Rosewood home in Estrella before December 31st â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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. Additionally, Rosewood will waive lot premiums and provide a 20% discount on all standard options plus pay for all customary, non-recurring closing costs with its preferred lender.**

Residence Five

Visit Estrella Today* TM

We invite you to discover Estrella â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 )NFORMATION#ENTERAT  "ROKERSWELCOME

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

*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, Florida, 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. **Rosewood Homes is the sponsor of the incentive programs described above, and is solely responsible for the programsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 and for further information. 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.

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