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16 youth 20 High School Sports :: Football Preview 24 Community 38 Daisy Mountain photo contest 40 Apple awards :: Excellence in Education
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feature staff bio Amanda Christmann Larson has been a contributing writer for ImagesAZ since December 2010. As a former award-winning newspaper reporter, she has taken her love for writing beyond hard news and into the everyday lives of local residents, sharing their struggles, accomplishments and inspiring moments. Finding inspiration all around her is not a side job for Amanda. She is founder and director of a volunteer organization called Compassionate Journeys, creating cultural exchanges with an orphanage, hospitals and clinics, and rural villages in Ghana, West Africa. She is motivated every day by her love for children and her desire to provide them with educational, health and economic opportunities so that they can not only survive, but thrive.
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In the summer of 2012, with the support of her husband and three sons, Amanda will be embarking on a bicycle journey across the United States, from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, called Babes Blocking Traffic to raise awareness about child trafficking and slavery going on today across the globe. She will be emceeing an event called “Woman Arising,” along with speakers including Lindsay Wagner and Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in October, and her organization has been featured in Stanford University’s “The Courage Project,” which highlights individuals and groups that have shown courage and compassion in making a difference around the globe.
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alking into their restaurant, the first thing people notice about Arlind and Nikki Sadiku is what a handsome couple they are. Arlind’s broad shoulders and kind smile perfectly complement Nikki’s beautiful dark hair and expressive eyes. The love between them is unmistakable. They pass smiles and finish each other’s sentences. The story of how they came to meet in the first place, though, is nothing short of destiny.
They would make separate trips across the globe before their lives could come together.
Though they were both ethnic Albanians born 6,500 miles away in the southeastern European country of Macedonia, they spent many years finding each other.
Arlind spent much of his childhood attending school in Vienna, Austria, where he honed his love for language and cultures. At the age of fourteen, he
Nikki came to the United States with her parents when she was just two years old. They started a family steakhouse in Chicago, and she spent much of her childhood happily busing tables and then hostessing at the restaurant, surrounded by a loving family full of cousins and close friends.
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moved with his family to Anchorage, Alaska, where his father followed his own passions and business sense. In a new country far away from his native Europe, Arlind found ways to thrive and be happy. He followed his father’s lead, going to college for an education in Business and Marketing, and then followed fate to Chicago, where he found a job working for a finance company. “He was waiting for me,” said Nikki. “He just didn’t know it.” The Albanian community in Chicago is close, so it was only a matter of time before Nikki and Arlind would meet. They passed through the same circles once or twice, but it wasn’t until a relative of Nikki’s set them up on a blind date that they met. Nikki’s brother came along, but there was no need for his watchful eye. The two were smitten from the first glance. “From the moment I saw her, I knew we were meant for each other,” said Arlind sincerely. “He came in with roses in his hands,” recalls Nikki, a twinkle in her eye even eight years later. “He was so handsome!” Arlind was nothing short of chivalrous, feeding her pasta, singing songs to her, and giving her a sweater when she was cold. When he left a message on her telephone telling her what a great time he’d had, she listened to it over and over again, just to hear his voice. Two weeks after they met, Arlind drove out to a beautiful lake, got down on one knee and asked Nikki to marry him. Two months later, they were officially engaged, and within four months, they were happily married. They traveled to Alaska for the wedding, and to spend time with Arlind’s parents, whom Nikki had never met. Family was, and still is, the most important thing in both of their lives, so it only seemed natural to start their lives together cementing family bonds. Once they were back in the Windy City, Arlind joined Nikki and her parents at the restaurant. He developed a passion for the business and for cooking, joining the family and helping any way he could. When Nikki’s parents were ready to retire to Tucson, Nikki and Arlind, now proud parents of two beautiful children, Brian and Ariela, came along, too. Nikki began working at a preschool, where she could be with her children and still work, and Arlind started a marketing company. They both worked hard, but learned to balance work and family, and they never lost track of their love for one another.
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“Our children are thirteen months apart, and they’re the best things that ever happened to us,” said Nikki. “They grow so fast,” added Arlind. “We appreciate every moment.” Over time, opportunities back in Illinois were calling them, and Nikki’s parents returned to the Midwest. Nikki and Arlind also moved back and started a restaurant of their own called the Country Leaf Cafe. “It was so cute,” said Nikki. “It was a small town, so you really get to know the people. We had Wednesday fried chicken and Friday fish fry. People drove for miles to see us.” A longing for Arizona kept nagging at them both, though. They missed the beautiful weather, and finally admitted to themselves that Illinois wasn’t where they wanted to be. They packed up once again and headed southwest, looking for a spot to start a new restaurant. As fate would once again have it, a friend told them about a beautiful community called Anthem; and when they arrived, they knew it was the place for them. “It’s so beautiful here!” said Nikki. “It just felt like family.” They’ve worked hard to make things work in Anthem. They started their new restaurant, Cafe Aroma, in December. Nikki also works full-time at CVS pharmacy, and wants to get her pharmacy technician license soon. Arlind mans the restaurant, cooking and running the business end of things,
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and Nikki also puts in her share of time there. They struggle to balance working more than full-time while raising their children, but they both love what they are doing and say they are not afraid to work hard to create a legacy. And, understanding what it means to be far from home, they want to create a sense of family for the many others in our community who are also far from home. “We want to be here a long time,” said Arlind. “We want this to be Anthem’s cafe.” Like their family, Arlind and Nikki have created their restaurant with love; using family recipes, making most everything from scratch and catering to the tastes of individual diners. If someone requests something different, they give it a shot, and often add it to the menu. It is difficult to separate their personal lives from their business lives because their passions intertwine, and it only takes a short time with them to see that they truly are happy. “You have to work at everything in life,” said Arlind. “You have to accept different challenges to be something in life, and work hard. Everything I’ve ever needed in life came true,” he added, holding Nikki’s hand. “If people have the support of family, they can do anything. Family is about supporting—giving and taking.” “Money comes and goes,” Nikki said. “As long as we’ve got love and happiness and God, that’s all we need.”
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The strength of a dream
Every young, aspiring athlete has dreams of making it to the pinnacle of their sport. Whether it be an imaginary game of one-on-one with the game’s highest profile professional, a rehearsed acceptance speech after winning, another world championship, or the thought of fame and riches that go with sporting elitism, young athletes tend to dream big.
As an athlete grows, those dreams and aspirations are used for internal inspiration and external motivation. It is the strength of the dream that will starve off complacency, laziness, and fatigue; pitfalls that are lurking with the potential to derail a dream in the blink of an eye. The dream is further tested during teenage years, when distractions, both good and bad, are exposed to the young athlete on a daily basis. Peer
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pressure, friends, more than friends, and an infinite number of other sources can all take time away from the dream, causing it to move further from grasp. That time can never be taken back and those distractions may take the dream and turn it into merely a memory. Ever since she can remember, Emily Paxton has dreamed of soccer “I LOVE the game of soccer. It’s been my whole life since I was a little girl. One day, I would love the possibility of playing for the national team, or even professionally,” Paxton stated. Emily’s dream has been nurtured by a loving family. Sean and Jessica Paxton moved to Anthem eight years ago, and enrolled Emily to play for the Anthem Soccer Club. Emily’s father, Sean, explains, “The
Anthem club was a very positive experience. The club provided the basics and the foundation of soccer that makes the game enjoyable. We were encouraged to look into the Sereno Soccer Club, where Emily went through three tryouts just to make the team. She played for Sereno for six years, winning the state championship every year. For the past year–and-a-half she has played for SC Del Sol.” To Sean and Jessica that meant a lot of driving to and from practice, and to Emily’s two younger siblings, Connor (15) and Luke (7), a lot of soccer tournaments attended.
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Recently, Emily’s dreams came one giant step closer to becoming a reality when she accepted a scholarship offer to attend the University of Colorado to further her soccer playing days. While she received offers from all over the country, and made a handful of visits, she knew that Colorado was the place for her. “The coaches, players on the team, and the location all influenced my decision,” she said. “Having visited numerous universities, I knew that the Buffs were my perfect fit. I felt at home immediately.” That feeling of being at home may have a little to do with the fact that both sets of Emily’s grandparents live in Colorado and the Paxton family has spent many vacations in the Rocky Mountain State. “I love everything about Colorado...the people, the mountains, the outdoor activities, and the weather. I am looking forward to having seasons and experiencing a true winter,” Emily exclaimed. But it is not just the weather that has Paxton excited about college life, “I am looking forward to being on my own, meeting new people, and competing in the new PAC 12 conference.” The University of Colorado moves from the Big 12 to the new PAC 12 conference in 2011-12 after the conference reshuffle at the conclusion of 2011. While women’s soccer was not a determining factor in the makeup of the new conference, it does make for a highly competitive conference. It also extends Paxton the opportunity for some road trips back to Arizona. In the immediate future, Paxton enters her senior year of high school at Boulder Creek. She is looking forward to representing her school and helping the team toward their goals, “My soccer club schedule has not allowed me to play for Boulder Creek the past couple of years. I cannot wait to play with my high school team. My goal is to help Boulder Creek Women’s Soccer get to the playoffs and compete in a State Championship.” Since the age of ten, Emily has dreamed of playing collegiate soccer. That is now a reality. The only question left now, is just how many of Emily’s dreams will come true.
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ON THE TOWNE COMMUNITY THEATRE “Every year it is becoming increasingly more difficult to select fresh new shows for our next season,” states On the Towne Community Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paul Towne. “With a number of theater companies in Anthem doing children’s productions and a limited number of “name” youth shows, it is very hard not to be redundant. Every year I try to do a least one show from one of the smaller publishing houses. Last year we did two of these productions and they turned out to be huge successes and favorites of our casts and audiences! This season I have chosen all of our shows from the smaller publishing houses - all of which have great dialogue and wonderful music!”
On the Towne is Anthem’s only no-cut, no-audition children’s theater and accepts children ages five through fourteen. Participants will discover the joys of performing while learning important aspects of theatre; including, but not limited to, vocalization, dance, character development, stage presence, self and group discipline, and theatrical protocol. Many children experience tremendous personal growth through the lessons learned at On the Towne Community Theatre, and create life-long memories of productions and friends made.
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Below are the details of the upcoming season. If you have a youngster with an interest in theater, or one that may relish the opportunity to expand their horizons, look over the upcoming season schedule for a time of year that suits your child’s activity schedule.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (starts August 23rd) All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs. There are also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say! Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.
Nutcracker (early winter) By adding splendid lyrics to a simplified version of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, this unique version of The Nutcracker captures the magic and fantasy
of the ballet story without requiring extensive choreography. This production will be a timely addition to your festive season.
The Magic Machine (late winter) Calvin is a slight youngster who can’t compete with the more athletically inclined kids in the neighborhood. A wise magician lends him an old “Magic Machine.” Through its erratic powers Calvin, his best friend Jenny, and a lost dragon drop into odd versions of three fairy tales; “The Three Little Bears,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Finally, the dragon gets to return to Camelot, and Calvin and Jenny find themselves back on the street where they first found the Magic Machine. Fun songs include “Being Different,” “Making Magic,” and “Whenever You Smile.”
smart and wickedly funny musical is great for actors and audiences of any age. The jury — your audience — must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky storybook characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs, and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. For more information call 623-594-3832 or email OnTheTowne@cox.net. www.OnTheTowneTheatre.org
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players have a great work ethic and competed well in the “7 on 7” tournaments during the summer. As a team, the Jaguars are dominated with seniors who know the system and have the desire to win. We may have a tough schedule, but the players will be ready for every team they play,” stated Coach Friedman. Along with winning, the coaches try to instill in every player the importance of integrity, leadership, and Jaguar pride. These leadership qualities have been demonstrated by many of the senior players. Experience at the quarterback position is crucial to any team. Trevor Bonifasi will once again be leading the offensive team as the quarterback.
position takes away any deep offensive threats opponents
may have and will be covered by senior Jimmy Boulton. There are two lineman, Vinny Paterno and Austin Farnlof, who continue to improve and will anchor the line for the Jaguars. These are just four players mentioned by the coach, and he admitted that there are many more players who have made great strides to make this team stronger mentally and quicker physically than previous teams. This Writer Bill Hickman Photographer Chris Pondy
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It is time to lace up the cleats, cinch up the shoulder pads, and strap on the helmets. This year’s football season will be filled with hard-hitting tackles, post routes, and a smothering defense. The goal this year for the gridiron men is to make the playoffs. Yes, one goal and one goal only. The team must make the playoffs. This statement is the battle cry for the football team. The statement of “Make the Playoffs” was heard from the end of last year’s season, throughout the training camps during the summer, and during weight training. The one question that needs an answer is how the Jaguar football players and coaches will achieve this goal. The change of moving up to “Division I” brings new opponents and new strategies of winning for the Jags. Head Coach Dan Friedman is optimistic for this season because of the work ethic of the team’s players. “These
is a team sport and it will take a team effort to make the playoffs. According to Coach Friedman, the support from the community is an important factor in winning. Just knowing that the Jaguar fans come out to watch their sons, neighbors, and friends play a sport called football excites the players to kick it up to the next level of excellence. To play for the fans and Jaguar pride is a driving force that cannot be measured. The goal and statement of “Make the Playoffs” can be accomplished with everyone doing their job and the fan support will make this goal a reality. This team has the experience and swagger to win it all. Dig in and win Jags! Have a great season.
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Rackets and Shuttlecocks Fly at Boulder Creek Writer Bill Hickman Badminton is coming to Boulder Creek as a new women’s
of the reach of their opponents. The fast action and quick
scoring of this sport will push the best competitor to their
This is an outstanding opportunity for
Boulder Creek and the rest of the conference to introduce
badminton to many high school girls who have never played a competitive sport until now.
Although this is the inaugural season for badminton at Boulder Creek, this sport has been around since the
One question a school asks itself when it is contemplating
fifth century B.C. in China. The International Badminton
the introduction of a new sport is whether there is any
Federation (IBF) was formed in 1934; its founding members
interest in it? For Boulder Creek, the answer was a positive
were England, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Wales,
“Yes.” Badminton is the fastest-growing athletic game
Demark, Holland, Canada, and France. The member
worldwide and continues to grow each year according to
countries have, as of this year, grown to one hundred and
the International Badminton Federation (IBF). This is a
fifty countries throughout the world. The sport was officially
sport that challenges the athletes’ hand-eye coordination,
granted Olympic status in 1992, in Barcelona, Spain.
speed, and mental toughness to place the shuttlecock out
A new head coach has been selected for this new fast-action sport: Mrs. Terri Roberts, who has been teaching in the Deer Valley School District for the past twenty-seven years. Coach Roberts has played badminton for decades. She started at the collegiate level and has continued to work out with many international players, playing in many competitions in and outside of the state of Arizona. Mrs. Roberts is excited and
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Community Anthem Community Council Launches Shop Anthem Real Deals The Anthem Community Council (ACC) is pleased to announce a program initiated to support local businesses in Anthem. The “Shop Anthem Real Deals” program is the first initiative in the Shop Anthem campaign designed to encourage residents and visitors to choose Anthem as the location to spend their shopping, dining, and activity dollars in an effort to bolster the economy. The “Shop Anthem Real De als” program is an ideal opportunity for local businesses to showcase their business and encourage consumers to enter their doors. The “Shop Anthem Real Deals” program features monthly discounts on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in Anthem. These monthly deals will be email-blasted each month to an email subscription list. The program will debut on September 1, 2011. To sign up for the program, go to www.ExperienceAnthem.com/shopping-anthem and click on the Real Deals tab. Local businesses interested in participating in the program should complete the registration form on www.ExperienceAnthem.com/shopping-anthem. The ACC will promote the program through www.OnlineAtAnthem.com and www.ExperienceAnthem.com, community email blasts, text alerts, social media, Freedom Way Magazine, print media, and advertising. For more details on the program, please go to www.ExperienceAnthem.com/shopping-anthem. Shoppers and diners will simply show the “Shop Anthem Real Deals” coupon at participating businesses to receive the discount. “By supporting local businesses, you are actively reinvesting in your community, enriching the local economy, increasing the diversity of available products and services, and improving the quality of life for everyone in Anthem,” said Jenna Kollings, Community Executive Officer. www.experienceanthem.com
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MEET THE GHOSTS AT PIONEER Come to Pioneer Living History Museum on a hot, Friday night in August to meet our resident ghosts!! The gates open at 6:00PM and the Trolley leaves around 6:30PM. Tony Gutowski, Executive Director and a long-time ghost hunter, will make the ghostly introductions for the strongin-heart at each of the Village buildings known to house ghosts. Many of these haunts are believed to be spirits who arrived with artifacts currently on display at the Village. Maybe you will be among those who see a specter.... and live to tell about your experiences! (You may want to bring your flashlight, and don’t forget your cameras!) Tours will conclude with a gunfight where new ghosts may be created, if things go awry. You never know when gunplay is involved!!! Pioneer Living History Museum is located off I-17 at Pioneer exit 225. It is just south of Daisy Mountain and north of Carefree Highway. Summer hours- open daily; Wednesday through Sunday, 7:00AM to 12:00PM- Friday night hours, 6:00PM to 9:00PM; entrance fees are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students 5-17 years, $6.00 for seniors 60+. Children under 5 years of age are free. www.pioneeraz.org 623-465-1052
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English Rose Tea Room Upgrades The English Rose Tea Room (201 Easy Street in Carefree) is the ultimate destination to indulge in the very British tradition and utterly civilized pleasure of taking time for “Afternoon Tea.” Having been awarded “Best Afternoon Tea” by Phoenix Magazine, one was left to question if the experience could get any better. Well, it recently did get better, thanks to creative restaurateur, Jo Gemmill, who has evolved the Tea Room and adjacent Tea Room Accents to an entirely new level of sophistication and charm. Guests are encouraged to don a tiara, hat, or fascinator and luxuriate while dining and sipping tea in an enchanted setting. Chock-full of fresh new fabrics; even the chairs are adorned in sumptuous velvets and corseted satins. The new palette features rich, sophisticated colors and tones. Perfectly selected accent flowers and delicate English fine bone china make the picturesque setting more romantic than ever. Inside and out, the intimate Tea Room is abuzz with activity. A cozy interior setting boasts of the new luxurious fabrics and crystal chandeliers. It is all at once updated and contemporary, yet lovingly traditional. Open seven days a week, the English Rose Tea Room is the ideal place for tea, dining, celebrations, and private parties. 480.488.4812 www.carefreetea.com
North Valley Jewish Community Association The North Valley Jewish Community Association invites you to join their growing family for the upcoming services to be led by Student Rabbi Muriel Dance. Rosh Hashanah:
Erev Rosh Hashanah,Wednesday, September 28
Morning- Thursday, September 29
Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre, Friday, October 7
Morning and Yiskor service, Saturday, October 8
The traditional Break-the-Fast meal has an additional charge Annual membership, which includes the High Holiday services, is $70 per person. Additional information and/or membership applications are available by contacting Fran Kesselman. 623-322-0957 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Anthem Community Center Preschool Book Drive Underway The Anthem Community Center Preschool is hoping to collect 1,000 books for its new library and is asking for the community’s help. Anyone who brings in five new or gently-used children’s books (for ages 0 – 6 years old) will receive a complimentary Community Center guest pass, good for entry into the center for one day. The preschool library is being created in the Tutor Tower room located next to Kid Zone, and will be open to the students during class. “The new library will enhance our program and help the children foster a love of reading,” explains Meredith Goodman, Manager of Children’s Education. The book drive will continue until the goal is met. To contribute, simply drop off five or more children’s books at the Community Center’s front desk and ask for Meredith.
ANTHEM ONLINE COMMUNICATION The Anthem Community Council (ACC) is excited to announce that it is moving its communications to the Anthem community firmly into the modern era of social media. Most of you should, by now, be familiar with OnlineAtAnthem.com, the Anthem Community’s website for residents. However, if you haven’t signed up for “e-News” yet, we would encourage you to do it now, so you won’t miss out on all the news and events that make Anthem the wonderful community it is. During the full transition period to total online communications of approximately five months, Freedom Way Magazine, the monthly printed periodical will continue to be distributed to Anthem households. Don’t be left out in the cold! Keep yourself informed and updated with the latest news! Moreover, the more people who sign up and use the OnlineAtAnthem.com website, the better the ACC can track what’s really important to you. When you click on an event, facility or an organization, you will provide the Council with informational metrics, which will help them become even more effective in meeting your needs and wishes. They can measure what types of events interest you the most. Are there certain parks or facilities that are very important to you? Which community organizations do you want to receive information from? The data you provide is very important for maintaining the vitality and excitement that is Anthem. Therefore, please put OnlineAtAnthem.com on your “Favorites” list now (if it’s not already there!) to be able to peruse the site for the latest information, and don’t forget to register your email address so you can receive timely e-mail blasts about the areas that interest you the most. Don’t be an ostrich and hide your head in the sand. Keep informed and aware. Click on www.OnlineAtAnthem.com and sign up for e-News now! www.onlineatanthem.com
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Golf comes to Gavilan Peak Elementary Students of Gavilan Peak Elementary will have the opportunity to participate in a new afterschool activity – Golf. Coach Chris Endres, Director of Instruction at the Anthem Golf and Country Club, will oversee a program built on the modern fundamentals of the age-old sport. Participants will learn grip, alignment, stance, and swing in a fun environment, while also being introduced to nutrition and exercise practices to optimize sporting performance. For sign-up details and further information, contact Chris Endres. 623-826-3511 email@example.com
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Tickets On Sale for Outlets At Anthem’s Shopping Extravaganza Tickets are on sale for the seventh annual Outlets at Anthem Shopping Extravaganza event on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The Shopping Extravaganza is a one-day, limited-admission charity fund-raising event, in which proceeds benefit an assortment of local charitable and non-profit organizations. Tickets to this fashionable event are just $20 each, with 75 percent of the proceeds benefiting the participating Valley charitable organizations. Tickets can be purchased through October 11 at the Outlets Customer Service Desk located in the Food Pavilion, directly through the partner charities, or online at www.outletsanthem.com. Event ticket holders receive exclusive one-day-only discounts and offers, a special shopper lunch, wine, and dessert bar, and have an opportunity to win several raffle prizes from the more than $35,000 worth of goods from participating stores. Ticket holders will also receive a gift bag, witness in-store demonstrations, attend informative sessions and have access to discounts beyond the mall’s regular 30-70 percent off. Last year’s event raised over $25,000 for well-deserving organizations in the Valley. Participating charities for 2011 include American Liver Foundation, Anthem PTA, Community Hearing Aid Program, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, Deer Valley Education Foundation, GFWC North Valley Women’s Club, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Knights of Columbus, M.I.S.S. Foundation, Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association, North Country Conservancy, ProMusica Arizona Chorale, Team W.I.S.H., and Young Life. “This one-of-a-kind event is a fabulous way to do something fun while helping raise funds for deserving Valley charities; you get to treat yourself at all of the great stores at Outlets at Anthem while helping some very worthy organizations,” said Allison Friedrichs, marketing and special events manager for Outlets at Anthem. “We keep the ticket sales limited to 1,500 tickets, which means the chances of winning a raffle prize in our hourly drawings are excellent; Shopping Extravaganza is not to be missed!” 623-465-9500 www.outletsanthem.com
Reflections of Anthem to Showcase Community The Anthem Community Council (ACC) is seeking talented photographers, both professional and amateur, to participate in Anthem’s first communitywide photo contest. This is a great opportunity for Anthem residents or business owners to show off their photography skills, whether digital or darkroom processed, with unique snapshots of the Anthem community. Winners will have their photos featured in ACC publications and in ACC-owned facilities. The goal of this year’s theme, “Reflections of Anthem,” is to depict the people, sites, and events of Anthem. Each photo will be entered under one category that best depicts the photo. The categories include: Public Art, Volunteerism/Community Organizations and Those That Serve, Anthem at Work, Events, and Amenities (for a detailed breakdown of categories, please visit the website listed below). The photos will be viewed by a panel of judges and will be given points between 1 and 15 each for focus, exposure, lighting, subject, impact, uniqueness, and composition. All submissions must be printed on 8” x 10” paper and submitted with a CD-ROM labeled with the contestant’s name, telephone number, and photo category. All entries must be submitted with a completed submission form to the Anthem Community Council located at 3701 W. Anthem Way, Suite 102, Anthem, AZ 85086, no later than 5:00PM, Friday, September 30, 2011. For more information, including submission forms and a complete list of guidelines, go to the community website. Submission forms can also be picked up at the ACC office. Questions pertaining to the photo contest can be sent to the email address below. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.onlineatanthem.com.
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August 20 Kicking Off the Football Season with a Celebration On Saturday, August 20, the Boulder Creek Football Foundation is hosting the Second Annual Community Football Kickoff Celebration for area players of all ages and leagues at Pioneer Village Restaurant (3901 W. Pioneer Rd, in Phoenix, just west of I-17 at the Pioneer exit). The event, running from 6:00-9:00PM, will feature raffles, music, BBQ dinner, and an introduction to the
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August 20 Musical Theatre of Anthem Auditioning for 13, and Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for “13, The Musical,” a grown-up story about growing up, and for the Disney favorite, “Aladdin Jr.” “13, The Musical,” with an unforgettable rock score from Tony-Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, is a hilarious, high-energy musical about discovering that “cool” is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. The award-winning theatre will cast all who audition, ages 13-16. “Aladdin Jr.,” the Disney hit filled with magic, mayhem, and carpet rides is for ages 6-12, with all who audition being cast. This musical favorite features an Academy-Award-winning score with songs including, “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” All auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will be hosted at The Caepe School, 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem (new location at Fellowship Church). Vocal auditions for both productions will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 11:00AM. The Dance Call for those auditioning for “13” will be on Sunday, August 21 at 9:00AM, with callbacks at 10:30AM. The Dance Call for those auditioning for “Aladdin Jr.” will be on Sunday, August 21 at 11:00AM. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment CD or tape to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed. Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition. Rehearsals for “13” begin August 25, with all performances taking place at Boulder Creek High School Mini-Auditorium September 28 – October 1. Rehearsals for “Aladdin Jr.” also begin August 25, with all performances taking place at Boulder Creek High School Mini-Auditorium October 13-16. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org
EVENTS August 22-25 Anthem Soccer Club Tryouts Anthem Soccer Club will conduct their Final tryouts for the upcoming 2011-2012 season during the week of August 22 to 25. The club will be looking to add players to our established boys’ and girls’ teams in groups “Under age 8 (U-8)” through “Under age17 (U-17).” The age cutoff for the season is August 1st. Participants must be the respective age after the cutoff date. Please call or e-mail to confirm days and times. Tryouts will be held at the soccer fields at the Anthem Community Park (south of the sand volleyball courts adjacent to Gavilan Peak Parkway) Tryout dates are as follows: * U-8 Boys and U-9 Girls - Monday-Wednesday, August 22-24, 5:00-6:30PM * U-10, U-11 Boys and Girls - Monday-Thursday August 22-25, 5:00-8:00PM * U-12 Boys and Girls - Monday-Thursday, August 22-25, 6:30-8:30PM * U-13, U-14 Boys and Girls – Tuesday & Thursday 23 & 25, 6:30-8:30PM. * U-15 to 17 Boys - Monday through Thursday 22-25, 8:00PM
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August 23 Snow White On The Towne Community Theatre is proud to bring a musical adaptation of an old- time favorite fairy tale to the stage. All of our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say! Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes. This no-cut, no-audition, 36-hour program is designed for children ages 5 to 14. Cost is $200.00 per child with 25 percent sibling discounts available. Classes start August 23, and are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 4:00 to 6:00PM, at Canyon Springs School. Performances are September 30 and October 1 at Cross of Christ Church. Children will learn the joys of performing while learning important aspects of theater - including, but limited to, vocalization, dance, character development, stage presence, self and group discipline, and theatrical protocol. This is all accomplished in a fun, loving, and nurturing environment!
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August 27 “The Nutcracker” Ballet Auditions Arizona Dance Artistry will once again present its production of the holiday classic ballet, “The Nutcracker,” and is now inviting dancers from all around the Phoenix area to auditions. Auditions are open to all dancers in the Phoenix community ages five years old and up. You DO NOT need to be enrolled at Arizona Dance Artistry to participate. Audition Date: Saturday, August 27 Ages 5-8yrs, 11:15AM-12:30PM Ages 9yrs+ (less than 3 yrs. experience), 12:15-1:45PM Ages 10yrs+ (3yrs+ experience), 1:15-2:45PM *Soloist auditions by invitation, 2:45-3:30PM *Dancers will be notified during general audition if they needed for soloist audition. “Our Nutcracker production is put on each year by our youth ballet company with the support of the local Phoenix community through the Foundation to ASPIRE fundraising efforts. We have made every effort to provide dancers with professional costumes, backdrops and scenery, training and choreography, as well the stage experience they will never forget - at a minimal participation cost to the family. 602-314-9033 www.arizonadanceartistry.com
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September 3 6th Annual Anthem Sprint Triathlon 4 Peaks Racing gets its race season underway with the 6th Annual Anthem Sprint Triathlon. This reverse order sprint triathlon is a fantastic way to kick-off your fall racing season. The Anthem Sprint Triathlon, hosted in conjunction with Team Anthem Multisport Club, consists of a 5km run, a fast 20km bike course, and a 400m swim to the finish. The run course utilizes the paved Anthem Trail System and sidewalks. Participants will transition at the Anthem Community Center to their bikes, where they will ride three laps (20km) in a designated bike lane separating bikes from traffic. The race concludes with the swim in the community pool. Participants “serpentine” the pool in one direction twice to complete the course. This race will be chip-timed using equipment by RFID Timing. Race Packets can be collected from race sponsor Bicycle Vibe (2605 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix AZ 85085) from 4:00PM to 7:00PM the day prior to the race, or on-site from 5:00AM on race day. The men’s race is set to start at 7:00AM and the women’s race at 7:15AM. Registration for individuals is $75 until 6:00PM September 2, and $90 on race day. The cost for those teams participating as a relay (2 or 3 people) is $125 prior to 6:00PM September 2, and $150 on race day. www.4peaksracing.com www.active.com
September 11 ProMusica National Requiem Remembrance On Sunday, September 11, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) is honored to join concert groups across the country performing Mozart’s Requiem in memory of that day ten years ago when the towers fell and our nation’s history forever changed. This powerful and moving one-hour tribute – “The 9-11-11 Project: A Requiem of Remembrance” - starts at 3:00PM in different time zones across America and “rolls” across the country in churches and auditoriums from the East Coast all the way to Hawaii. The Rolling Requiem will be performed at the Community Church of Joy (just north of 101 on 75th Ave) in Glendale. For this performance, ProMusica Arizona members will be joined by singers from the Community Church of Joy, Scottsdale Community College, and several other churches. In all, more than 150 singers and musicians will deliver this momentous performance. To assist with the occasion, the Daisy Mountain Honor Guard will appear in dress uniform to serve as ushers, and a single bagpipe will pipe in the Honor Guard as they present the colors before the performance begins. If you cannot attend the national Rolling Requiem performance, a second performance will be held at 7:30PM at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley (6947 E. McDonald Drive, 1/4 mile west of Scottsdale Road on McDonald). Reservations are not required for either concert and there is no admission charge, although donations may be requested. The concert is being sponsored by Marketplace One, which has underwritten approximately $6,000 of related expenses. 623-465-4650 www.promusicaaz.org Au gus t 2 0 1 1
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ummer is here and that means it’s time for vacations, cookouts and summer road trips. Before you jump into the family vehicle, have you done everything you could to ensure safe travels? If not, you may want to think twice about driving “Old Faithful” across the country or across town to a BBQ. We all know with summer comes extreme heat, which can wreak havoc on a car. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you keep your car in its best operating condition. • Get your oil changed. Every 3,000 miles, or every three to six months, is usually the amount of time between oil changes. (It’s also not a bad idea to rotate your tires every other oil change to ensure equal wear.) Oil is critical to the function of an engine. Not changing the oil can lead to increased wear and tear on the engine, which could decrease performance. An underperforming engine can lead to many other problems. • Check all engine fluid levels (along with coolant, transmission and brake fluids). • Have your vehicle inspected. Before going on long road trips, it is highly suggested you have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic. They will be able to diagnose and assess any issues your vehicle may have. • Check your tire pressure (including the spare). For the most part, vehicles can lose about one pound of pressure per month. Driving on underinflated tires can lead to increased gas consumption, and more wear and tear on the tires among other things. Above all, it just isn’t safe. Not only do you want to make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, but you also want to make sure you keep the proper necessities available in your car. If you were to become stranded somewhere, do you have items that would make your wait a little less painful? Here are just a few items you’ll want to make sure you keep in your car, not only in the summer months, but year round. • Flashlight, flares, and a first-aid kit • Jumper cables • A mat or blanket • Extra clothes and gloves (you never know when you may have to go under the hood or the car) • Paper towels • Extra washer fluid • Nonperishable food • Water • Basic tools (1) Now that you’ve had your car inspected and you’ve stocked your trunk with the proper necessities, you should be ready to go. Remember to get plenty of rest before you drive long distances. Safe, happy travels to you!
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MAKING PHOTOS INSTEAD OF TAKING PHOTOS North Valley residents “...express a vision, a feeling which can increase the joy of life.” The beauty of our North Valley desert comes alive in the
service fine arts giclée printmaking studio, located on North
landscape and close-up photos submitted for the North
Vision Way in Anthem. In addition, each will receive a gift
Country Conservancy’s 2011 Calendar Photo Contest.
certificate worth $25. Madison’s was donated by Java
Each year seems to get more exciting as nature inspires our
Worx, which serves great cappuccino, Italian soda, lattes,
neighbors to capture the essence of desert life. This year,
smoothies and tea, along with scrumptious desserts at
judges Kazu Okutomi and Mike Spinelli were presented
3668 W. Anthem Way. Dari Thai Restaurant, serving superb
12 entries in the 13-to-17 age group and 43 photos in the
Thai cuisine at 3655 W. Anthem Way, is providing a $25 gift
over-18 age group. The collection was extraordinary.
certificate for Jean.
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award 1st place prizes to Madison Holland in the 13-
people this year seemed to be making photos instead of
to-17 age group and Jean Gilson in the over-18 age
taking photos; they show purpose. A camera is a tool to
group. Having won recognition for excellence in such an
express a vision; a feeling that can increase the joy of life.”
outstanding collection, the winners will receive a framed
That joy is apparent in the outstanding images chosen
copy of their photograph, courtesy of Studio West, a full-
for the 2012 NCC Calendar. Photographers Lynda Abare,
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calendar selections along with all
Nicole Paulat, Pat Radoccia, Bill
of the photos submitted for this
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Excellence in Education It’s that time of year again! School bells are about to begin throughout the North Valley, and parents in Anthem, Tramonto, Desert Hills, and New River are stocking up on backpacks, pencils and notebooks in preparation for the new academic year. Over the next nine months, we will be highlighting some of the most inventive and inspiring classroom stories in our ImagesAZ “Apple Awards” pages. Educators and administrators from all of our schools work hard to create new ways to teach, motivating children to be excited about learning. We are looking forward to sharing their stories and successes. Parents are fortunate in our area to have some of the top innovators in education to choose among. Public, private, and charter schools all excel in different ways, and dedicated teachers and administrators can be found in classrooms in every school.
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The list of area schools has continued to grow in recent years. They include in alphabetical order:
Anthem Preparatory Academy
Located at 42101 N. 41st Drive on the west side of Anthem, Anthem Preparatory Academy is a new area public charter school managed by Great Hearts Academies. Tuition is free. Anthem Prep provides education for children in grades 3-10, and teaches a classical, liberal arts curriculum. Anthem Prep students achieved some of the highest AIMS scores in the area, among both charter and public schools. Headmaster Bryan Smith attributes the results to a group of dedicated teachers and supportive families. “Our faculty strives to instill a love of learning in each student. Our goal is to help mold future leaders of our community and country. We have dedicated families who place a high value on academic achievement and are tremendously supportive of the school. It’s a very dynamic and exciting learning environment here.”
Around 70% of the students in the middle school and high school play on a sports team for the school. The school is also attracting some quality coaches. For example, Chad Speer, formerly the head coach at Grand Canyon, has been hired to take over the volleyball program. Ed Barans, who instructs professional baseball players in spring training, is the baseball coach and led the team to the Great Heart Middle School league championship last year.
The Caepe School will be starting the 2011-2012 school year at its new campus at Fellowship Church at 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Now in its fourth year, it has expanded to a kindergarten through 10th grade curriculum. It is a non-profit, private, tuition-based school, focusing on the arts, sports, and activities, as well as academics, to prepare students for college and for life. Students in grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 form learning communities that promote them both academically and socially.
The school has instituted a number of unique opportunities for its students to develop, including development of the Anthem Art Gallery, hosting community musical and drama productions, promoting service projects for underprivileged children in developing countries, and instituting a program for talented and gifted students. “We continue to strive for excellence in education, as our community deserves nothing less. Our commitment to the community never waivers as we stay focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe, healthy, and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly-qualified educators,” said school head Tamara Lee. The Caepe School has earned accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) in 2010, meeting or exceeding all standards of providing a university- and/or college-recognized education to its students.
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Caurus Academy and Westwind Preparatory
Caurus Academy is a free independent charter school located at 41900 N. 42nd Avenue in west Anthem. It serves children from kindergarten through 8th grade, utilizing the principles of Montessori, which emphasizes learning through hands-on, student-centered projects. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and choose from a number of different activities through third grade, when they transition into a more “traditional” class structure, but still focus on creativity and innovation. Class sizes are small, with 20-25 students in each class, and teaching assistants to bring student to teacher ratios to approximately 15:1. “We recognize that all students are different,” explained Superintendent Debra Slagle. “We offer a very student-centered environment, and we balance accountability with care and concern. We have high expectations of our students, academically as well as behaviorally, but we’re much more well-rounded than some schools. We’re not trying to fit every kid into a certain type of box.” Caurus Academy has been designated “Highly Performing” by the Arizona Department of Education, based on 2010 AIMS scores. Westwind Preparatory, located at 42302 N. Vision Way, is the high school facility for Caurus Academy. It was built in response to parents of Caurus Academy students wanting to continue their child’s educational direction and small class sizes throughout senior high. It started with freshman and sophomore classes, and added a junior class this year. Next year, as the Class of 2013 advances, a senior class will be added. The current focus at Westwind Academy is on college preparatory classes, but as they establish a track record, they are working to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, like their inaugural school on Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Students who graduate from a two-year IB program have completed a comprehensive education that allows them to enter into their first year of college with a large number of credits, a comprehensive understanding of global concepts and well-rounded educational goals.
Deer Valley Unified School District
All of the public, non-charter schools in the Boulder Creek Region, including Boulder Creek High School, Anthem School, Diamond Canyon, Gavilan Peak, Canyon Springs, New River Elementary, Sunset Ridge, and Desert Mountain School, are part of the Deer Valley Unified School District. In 2010-2011, Deer Valley was named an Advanced Placement Achievement district, one of only four in Arizona. Every area school within the Deer Valley Unified School District has been determined to be exceeding performance-level standards based on AIMS testing. Boulder Creek High School, Diamond Canyon, Gavilan Peak, and Sunset Ridge have been designated “Excelling,” which is the highest status available.
Left to Right: Melissa Sepuka (Assistant Principal .5 at Gavilan Peak and .5 at Anthem School), Pat Yennie - Principal Anthem, Mai-Lon Wong - Principal Gavilan Peak, Carla Phillips (Assistant Principal .5 at Desert Mountain .5 at Canyon Springs), Lynda Johnson - Principal Desert Mountain, Jackie Detorre - Assistant Principal Sunset Ridge, Tricia Graham - Principal Canyon Springs, Stephanie Tennille - Principal New River, Dawn Pace - Assistant Principal BCHS, Nicole Duquette - Assistant Principal BCHS, Lynn Byrn - Principal Sunset Ridge, Lauren Sheahan - Principal BCHS, Matt Kuffel - Assistant Principal BCHS, Tara LeCount - Principal Diamond Canyon, Sheri Duggan - Assistant Principal Diamond Canyon.
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The district has made a concerted effort to encourage administrators at each of their schools to reach out to students in different ways to encourage a life-long love of learning. Some of these focus schools include an Academy of Arts, Aerospace Academy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy, Mandarin Chinese and Confucius Classroom Schools. “A safe and enriching environment is a top priority on each Deer Valley school campus, during and after the regular school day. Before and after school programs provide diverse offerings, including CATCH Physical Fitness and Nutrition program, Scholastic After-School Reading program, and a wide variety of clubs, activities and athletics,” said schools superintendent Cindy Rudrud. The Boulder Creek Regional Schools are committed to their focus on 21st Century Skills, coupled with the National Core Curriculum Standards needed to prepare students to excel and compete in global marketplace. Think Globally, Act Locally, Collaborate Digitally, Educate Wholly. Partly because of the change in focus for individual schools within the district, this year, many teachers and administrators have transitioned to other schools. New teachers, principals and assistant principals can be found in nearly every school, forming new teams to encourage children of all levels to learn and grow.
North Valley Christian Academy
North Valley Christian Academy is a private, independent, tuition-based Christian school located at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. The school adds a spiritual component to a solid academic curriculum, giving parents a Christian alternative to traditional education. The school provides learning opportunities through nationallyrecognized Core Knowledge curriculum. Despite the school being a Christian school, Core Knowledge concepts are not based on ideology, rather on science, history and research. They create a solid foundation of knowledge for the student, then build upon that knowledge year after year, with a strong emphasis on reading and communication, as well as language arts and literature, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts.
Students at North Valley Christian Academy have consistently done well academically. They rank in the top five percent of schools nationwide who have taken the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, an academic standard for decades. With a 13:1 teacher/student ratio, class sizes are manageable and children receive considerable individual attention.
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Celeste Gilbert, Carefree/New York:
Ten In remembrance...
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque
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My husband, Bill, worked in #4 World Trade Center for more than twenty years, so 9/11 was very difficult for my family. Bill knew right away that it was a terrorist act – he was there in the 1990s when they tried to blow it up. On 9/11, my son, Chris, worked across the street from the Trade Center and for hours we couldn’t reach him because of the phone towers toppling along with the Trade Center. It was a horrible feeling not knowing if he was ok. Chris had been outside his building having a cigarette watching the fire, not knowing that a plane had hit it, when the second plane came and hit the second tower. He not only had the audio of the plane hitting the tower, but also the visual as people were jumping out of the windows. He lost six friends that day and for a long time if he heard a car backfire, he would jump. My other son, Luke, was working midtown and tried forever to get a hold of Chris, and he finally did. He had a difficult time getting back upstate, as all of the bridges and tunnels were closed. When they finally got in touch with each other, they met at a friend’s ice cream shop because as they said, “we both needed to hug each other to make sure we were alright.” It was very difficult for Bill and me until we spoke to both boys at once, but it wasn’t until 6pm Arizona time.
Matthew J. Ficarra, Anthem
I remember waking up to a phone call from my mother asking me if I was watching the news that morning. When I turned on the television I saw the second tower fall. My aunt worked in the World Trade Center and my cousin (her daughter) worked across the street from the World Trade Center. Neither my aunt nor my cousin likes to talk about that day, so I have very few details. Thankfully, my aunt got out of her building before it collapsed. Both my aunt and my cousin walked through Manhattan to the ferry and fortunately arrived home with only a few scratches and bruises, but no major physical damage. They will forever live with the horror of watching people jump out of buildings, and they lost some close friends that day. It was a horrible day.
I am too young to share in the collective memory of the nation when we lost our president, John F. Kennedy. It was an unthinkable loss that everyone was forced to face together. A few decades later, Americans were faced with another national tragedy on September 11, 2001 – the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Thousands of lives were lost in an instant, and in the days that followed we were enveloped in a mixture of horror and grief. In the coming weeks and months, as we heard the personal stories that inevitably follow a tragedy of that magnitude, we cried with our family and friends in New York and beyond, and together faced the fear of a future unknown in a world that bore little resemblance to the one we were accustomed to. Ten years ago in September of 2001 I was a brand new mom. I will never forget nursing my infant while I watched the second plane swoop around and hit the second tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. It was almost too horrific to comprehend. My first thought was
“What kind of a world will this be for my daughter?” As planes were grounded one by one all across the nation, there was an eerie silence in the evening hours – punctuated by the ominous buzz of military planes every so often -- which I will never forget. I worried about my best friend who worked in the city – I was unable to reach her. She made it home safely to New Jersey, about twenty-four hours after the attack. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we are united as a nation by our memories. Some in this community were residents of New York, or worked in the city during 9/11, some of us have fond memories of the city or of schoolsponsored field trips to the World Trade Center, many of us had family and friends back East whom we lost, worried about, and prayed for. Even though we live about as far away from New York City as we can possibly get in the continental United States, we will always be united in our love for this great city, its heroes, and what was lost on that sunny Tuesday morning. Au gus t 2 0 1 1
Mickey Wood, Anthem
The event is burned in my memory. I had attended a business meeting at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center in July of 2001 from 9:00am until noon – just a couple of months prior to the attack. I worked at American Express and spent many hours at their World Financial Trade Center Headquarters, which served as the triage center. I have spent more than one night in the Marriott Hotel that was destroyed. We even had a fire drill during one of my stays, which kind of scared me, but it is nothing close to what the real thing would have been like. I have always wondered what I would have done, if I had been at any one of those places at the time of the attack. My father was a construction worker on the World Trade Center during the 1970’s and he was so very proud of that accomplishment. I wonder what he would have thought had he been alive when the attack happened. My Goddaughter, Maureen Kelly, was there on the streets below and terrified when it all happened. She thought that her life was over. It was the awareness on my part that she was there that caused me to terminate the business meeting I was conducting with partners in India and say, “Please understand – I need to go and pray for my Goddaughter’s welfare and many others in New York who have been impacted by this horrific event.”
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Ways to Mark the Day ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra (PMAZ) will be taking part in a one-hour performance of Mozart’s Requiem, along with singers from Community Church of Joy, Scottsdale Community College, and several other churches. More than 160 musicians will be on stage presenting this dramatic and poignant music. Daisy Mountain Fire Department Honor Guard will appear in dress uniform to serve as ushers, and a single bagpiper will pipe in the Honor Guard as they present the colors before the performance. The performance will be part of a national “rolling requiem” of performances that all begin at 3:00pm on the East Coast and expand across six time zones, extending to Hawaii. The performance is free of charge, and will take place at Community Church of Joy, just north of the 101 on 75th Ave. A second performance will be held at 7:30pm at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley (6947 E. McDonald Drive, ¼ mile west of Scottsdale Road) PMAZ member, Connie Campbell Henry, who had two friends on the first plane to strike the tower, calls the performance, “a positive and meaningful way to
commemorate what happened ten years ago, and a way to be a part of a national effort of remembrance that is operating locally. Our musicians have been rehearsing since May for this concert. We have been so engrossed in learning this fabulous, evocative music that captures the essence of emotions individuals and our nation experienced on 9-11. All of the performers are humbled and honored to lend their talents in tribute to the fallen and the brave, ordinary people called upon to do extraordinary things on that day.” Cross of Christ Church will be hosting an event on Sunday, September 11th in which local pastors will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. The day will include food truck food, a 55-foot water slide for children, and entertainment by Kip Fox and his band. Everyone is welcome to attend. Over and over, when we remember our fears on that fateful day ten years ago, we hear about concerns for family and friends. No matter how you decide to mark the occasion, make sure that you spend the day with those you love, let them know that you appreciate the fact that they are in your life, and give them a special hug.
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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photography By Brenna Photography
Road Less Traveled
One of the most beautiful things about us as humans is that we’re all different. We are all born asking different questions. We have different dreams and ideals, and we each come with our own set of talents and passions that, hopefully, we use for the better in our short time here on earth. Somewhere along the line, most of us learn to conform and fit in; to want what we’re expected to want, and to take the most traveled path into what is defined for us as “success.” But other people take a different route, risking failure or perhaps lack of acceptance. They have taken the road less traveled by and it has, indeed, made all the difference. I’ve set out on a mission to find twelve of these remarkable people in twelve months. I want to know what makes them tick ... what inspires them and how they ended up on that unchartered path. Has it been worth it? Would they change it? What can I learn from them? What does the world have to learn from them? I’m about to find out.
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Road Less Traveled
Month 3: Harold and Sivia Gensler
I met with the Genslers on a Friday in the late afternoon, after their workout for the day was finished. Getting into shape and staying that way is nearly a full-time job for the couple. They hit the gym often, Sivia spending much of her time running, and Harold lifting weights, working the treadmill and stepping up on the Stairmaster. They eat organically whenever possible and don’t have any vices to speak of. They put many other couples to shame with their daily routines of exercising and healthy eating. “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” Harold told me. What’s unusual about Harold and Sivia is how long they’ve been “using” it: Harold is 95 years old, and Sivia is 78. They’ve been pounding pavement and focusing on healthy lifestyles decades before anyone ever heard the word “aerobics,” much less signed up for classes. They took up running together long before it was fashionable; and like many who go against the tide today, they faced ridicule and were misunderstood. “When we use to jog, people used to say: ‘Look at those crazy people - they’re going to kill themselves!’” Sivia said. “And you know what I used to say,” added Harold, amusement playing in his eyes. “I’d say, ‘You’re going to kill yourselves sitting on your butts!’” Harold said he was hesitant to do an interview. “It sounds like [I’m] bragging,” he told me. “Then I thought about it, though, and it’s all about motivation. I want young people to know that, if I can do it at 95, they can do it.” To my delight, he and Sivia told me their story. Sivia let Harold say his piece, filling in an occasional piece of important information, or softening an occasional point, while Harold, sharp as a tack, told stories using many of the same colorful colloquialisms my own grandparents from the South often used. Harold was raised by his grandparents in a small town in upstate New York. He was born September 28, 1915, and brought his birth certificate to prove
it. His grandfather gave him his first set of dumbbells when he was 12 years old. “I wrestled, I played football—all that stuff. I was never out of shape,” he said. He was even the New York State Wrestling Champion in 1934. “I played hard at everything. My grandfather always said, ‘If you treat your body right, it’ll treat you right.’” After graduating high school in 1935, he obtained his associate’s degree, and then worked for the railroad for ten years. He started a family with his first wife, and then World War II broke out. With a wife and child at home, he was not considered eligible for service. But: “I was ashamed of myself for sitting at home while all my friends were out there getting killed. I had to go.” He convinced the Navy to let him in, first in construction; then, “after I bugged the commander to death,” on a ship. He fought for three years, serving in the Pacific Theater. His ship was heading to Okinawa when they received orders to return to the Philippines. “At the time, we all wondered why they did that. Well, they told us later, they had dropped the bomb.” Harold got out of the Navy with an honorable discharge, and also got out of his bad marriage. He headed to Norfolk, Virginia, where he became a police officer and met Sivia, one of the best cooks in town. “She’s never cooked a bad meal,” he beamed, his eyes catching hers as he dished out the compliments. “When I met her - that was the best thing that ever happened to me.” Sivia smiled back at him. “I always tell people, I was young enough to keep him foolish, and he was old enough to keep me mature.” They dated for five years before getting married, and will be celebrating 52 years of marriage this month. “You know, there’s a song, called “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Harold said, more as a statement than a question. “Well, she’s my wind.” Au gus t 2 0 1 1
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“When we use to jog, people used to say: ‘Look at those crazy people - they’re going to kill themselves!’” Sivia said. For Harold and Sivia, working on their marriage has also meant working out. They began exercising together when Harold decided he needed to get in shape if he wanted to keep his job. “I was 40 years old when I joined the PD – not one of the young guys,” he told me. “Back then, if a criminal didn’t want to go [to jail], you’d have a fight on your hands.” Harold and Sivia began running in place three times a week, then took to jogging together outside. Harold kept his job, and the two of them built a solid life together, raising Harold’s three daughters. In 1977, Harold retired from the police department after 21 years and many interesting experiences, including working three times on Presidential details with the Secret Service, and almost getting shot once in the line of duty. In 1983, the couple moved to a small town in Texas. It was there that they switched up their routine and started going to a gym. “Sivia told him a new workout place was being built. They discovered that Dr. Joe Davis, a former Mr. America, owned the new “Ultrafit” gym. Sivia looked the place over and told Harold he’d like it. “I wasn’t too keen on it; I’ll tell you that,” he said. “I did go, though, and it was good. Dr. Joe Davis took me under his wing and showed me how to exercise and be healthy.” Harold and Sivia lived in Texas for 25 years. Many people there also didn’t understand their drive to be physically fit. “People have said, ‘You’re retired. You don’t need to do all this stuff.’ That’s not right,” Sivia said. “It makes you feel better. When you work out, you can be worn out when you go there, but you can come out and feel like you can take on the world.” A few years ago, Harold and Sivia moved to Anthem to be near their daughter, Gail. These days, at 95 years old, with five grandchildren and seven great-grand children, Harold goes to the gym three times a week. He bench presses 105 pounds, and does a circuit of three sets of ten reps on eight machines. His daily total weight lifted, he calculated, is 24,000 pounds. He’s in great shape.
“You can feel this, but you have to pay me 25 cents a feel,” he told me, flexing his bicep. Sivia, 78 and “just a kid,” works out six days a week. She jogs two miles a day on the treadmill and has three “heavy days” a week, when she lifts weights along with Harold. She’s had a couple of health challenges along the way, including a serious car accident and a heart attack a couple of years back, but has fully recovered each time. “All of my doctors have said the thing that helped me is that I was physically fit.” Neither of them looks as if they are within 20 years of their age. They do crossword puzzles to keep their minds active, and continue to be careful with their diet. Following doctor’s orders, they have started to drink four ounces of red wine each day, too, which was difficult for them since they weren’t alcohol drinkers at all. “She keeps me young and I keep her sensible,” Harold told me. And their secrets to life? “Being happy,” they both agreed. “Having a good wife and being content,” added Harold. “Eating right. Don’t have any vices. Live right. And we both believe in God. We’re not fanatics, just old Methodists. God is important.” After our interview my own motivation to get out of bed and work out has definitely climbed a notch since meeting the Genslers. But the bigger thing I learned is that sometimes it takes the world a little while to catch up with people who aren’t afraid to march to their own drum, or run to their own stopwatch. As long as two people love and support each other, they can, and as I have now seen, do, become strong together, no matter what anyone else says.
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Grace North Church
Community Programs // Parent’s Night Out, Mom’s Day Out, Parenting Classes, Angel Food Ministries, aeLife - Service for Jr./Sr. High Schoolers For more information about Grace North Church // www.gracenorth.com 4135 W. Opportunity Way, Anthem, AZ, 85086 // 623-551-0007 // firstname.lastname@example.org
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Setting the Diamond Standard Grace North Church is turning it up a few notches, much to the delight of a woman who is seeing the vision for her life’s work come to fruition, and setting a great business example for anyone. Eight years ago Pastor Marion Ingegneri started Grace North Church in her living room with six people in attendance. Since then the church has grown to about 325 weekend attendees. Now, Pastor Marion is passing the role of Senior Pastor to her son, Scott Ingegneri, as she continues the expansion of the church. “I’m excited in my new role to be focusing on multiplication, planting new churches in Arizona,” said Pastor Marion. That’s right, in less than a year after Grace North Church expanded to a new building to accommodate their growing congregation and community programs, the pastoral team is focused on opening new branches of the church outside of the Anthem community.
How has Grace North Church been able to be so successful? After all, the “Great Recession” is still fresh in the minds of many of Anthem’s businesses. While some businesses — churches included — are just grateful to still have their doors open, how is it that this one is able to expand its focus on growth? If you ask Pastor Marion all the credit is to God and the great principles that come from the Bible. A primary trade secret is found in what they call the diamond standard of excellence - giving your best effort to everyone. “If you apply a diamond standard of excellence in all you do and all you say, it opens the door so people can hear you,” said Pastor Marion. “I think that’s good advice for anyone’s business.” This standard is valued by anyone who is associated with Grace North Church from the pastoral leadership team to the members of the congregation.
“None of us is perfect, by any means,” said Pastor Marion. “But if we practice this diamond standard at home, work, school, and in the community, we can’t help but establish positive root values and make a great impact on anyone we come into contact with.” This sounds like a pretty good standard for customer service for businesses, as well as modeling the right behavior for your employees. Another trade secret of Grace North Church’s success is disciples. And although this term is closely associated with the Bible and the spread of the gospel, it’s a synonym for the word “supporter.” If you don’t have strong supporters of your message — your product — it’s safe to say you don’t have a very good chance of being successful. As Pastor Marion takes on her new role and the church’s congregation welcomes Pastor Scott as the new Senior Pastor, she hopes to continue her successful diamond standards model in new communities, as well as continued expansion of disciples in the Anthem and North Corridor communities.
investment results in a better community. Diamond standard disciples become better neighbors, spouses, parents, business owners, and friends,” said Pastor Marion. “Training young people to value honor, integrity, and manners - uncommon in modern culture - is another part of our strategy to strengthen the family unit for a stronger community.” In just two weeks, Grace North opens its first intern program, “Awaken.” Young adults will train, serve, and study for one year under the diamond standards message of Grace North Church. When asked what she’s most proud of, Pastor Marion answers easily. “It was a personal prayer of mine that we would be a church that was intergenerational, intercultural, and diverse in as many ways as possible,” she said. “And now we are. We’re an exciting and fresh multi-ethnic and multi-generational church with six known languages spoken within the congregation, reminding us that the world is bigger than us, bigger than Anthem. We serve all people!”
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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photo courtesy Solar City
Ready...Set...Save! Summer in Arizona is in full swing, and with it comes fun at the pool, backyard barbecues and, well, high electricity bills. No one likes to think about those small business envelopes labeled with the electric company logo in the summertime, but the Anthem Community Council has a challenge for you that just might make you smile. Anthem is now part of the Solar Challenge, an initiative to encourage residents to go solar by 2015. By supplementing energy consumption with sunshine, you can reduce your electricity bills, in some cases, by hundreds of dollars a month. At the same time, you can significantly increase your property value and earn tax incentives and credits along the way.
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Dollars and Sense Anthem residents Jay and Melody Kopas have been using solar power since March of 2010. They signed an eighteen-year lease on solar panels and equipment, paying nothing down and $130/month to the leasing company. For the remainder of 2010, they saved $430 from the prior year. This year’s savings have been significantly more, according to Jay. Already, they’ve saved just over $280 in first six months of 2011. Those savings were during the coolest part of the year, when energy costs are lowest. “It’s a no-brainer,” said Jay. “The sun comes up every day, whether I use it or not. I’d rather get energy free
from the sun. We tell everybody we know, ‘You should be in solar.’” Like many solar energy users, the Kopas family had nothing to lose by switching to supplemental energy. The solar leasing company they are using provides a guarantee that their bills will be reduced. If not, the company will send them a check for the difference. “Even if it’s the same cost, we figured why not?” Jay added. Anthem resident Dr. Tom Setter has also gone solar, easing into it slowly in 2007. First, he added a solar heater to his pool. Then, in September 2008, he signed up to go completely solar. “When our electricity bills started to go down, my wife started to take notice,” he said. “Our electricity bill in June was only $63. We used to pay about $300 in June. We save, on average, about $100 a month.” Today, Setter is a Solar Ambassador, ready to share his story and encourage people to utilize solar energy. The cost of purchasing solar panels can be a significant initial investment, but as demand increases and federal incentives continue, the price of outfitting a home with solar voltaic panels (solar VP) and solar water heaters is declining. A new study by Yale University concluded the cost of solar VP in 2013 will be half of what it was in 2009. Combined with grants, credits, incentives, and other financial benefits, solar has never been more attainable. In addition to saving money, solar power provides clean energy. It uses sunlight, a completely renewable natural resource; and solar energy leaves only a tiny carbon footprint compared to standard, coal-burning electricity. Some scientists do argue that the manufacturing process itself has room to
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improve, but solar companies say they are increasing their efficiency and standards as technology grows. For those concerned with the environment, the potential to reduce carbon emissions and minimize the effects on world ecology is significant. Choices we make at home play a huge part in what happens with the rest of the world. Only five percent of the world’s population lives in America, but we account
“It’s a no-brainer,” said Jay. “The sun comes up every day, whether I use it or not. I’d rather get energy free from the sun. We tell everybody we know, ‘You should be in solar.’”
for over a quarter of the world’s energy consumption. If just five percent of US households joined the Solar
Any homeowner can take the Solar Challenge and
Challenge and converted to solar energy, the positive
decide if solar is right for them. “I’m not a tree-hugger,”
environmental impact has the potential to be huge; and
said Jay, “but I drive a hybrid car and my wife drives
the money put back into local economies would, no
a Prius. A lot of people consider me to be ultra-
doubt, be a tremendous boon.
conservative. You wouldn’t think an ultra-conservative person would have a hybrid car or solar panels, but it
“The purpose of this challenge is to promote clean
just makes sense. Why pay more money when I don’t
energy, as well as energy efficiency,” said the Council
in a statement. “Generating electricity and hot water from solar energy can save Arizona communities,
Melody agrees. “Every month we send energy back to
businesses, and homeowners money on their utility bills
the grid for other people to use. That’s clean energy we
and can help control future energy costs.”
are using and providing to others. We feel good, and we have an added bonus of saving money.”
take the challenge
No matter your reasons, going solar is worth considering. It’s easier than you may think, and the impact on both your pocketbook and the environment could be far more than you know. To talk to a Solar Coach about your options, visit www. AZSmartPower.org, or contact Steve Loritz at 928-637-
The Arizona Solar Challenge is a partnership between
6598. You can also contact Jay Kopas for information
Arizona Public Service (APS) and the non-profit
on how solar power has helped his family at jay@
organization, Arizona SmartPower. Arizona SmartPower
is not affiliated with any particular solar energy
company; their role is to guide you through the process
If you already have supplemental solar energy, you are
to make the best choices for your family, lifestyle, and
encouraged to become a Solar Ambassador, like Dr.
budget. By joining the Arizona Solar Challenge, you can
Tom Setter, to spread the word about the benefits of
receive help from a Solar Coach, a one-on-one advisor
solar to your friends and neighbors. To become a Solar
who takes the guesswork out of going solar, at no cost
Ambassador, contact Aparna Mohla at 480-219-4395,
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Phoenix Will Sizzle
on Labor Day Weekend at Phoenix Cooks!
This Labor Day, If you can’t stand the heat in your kitchen, then get out ...and head over to Phoenix Cooks! Some of the Valley’s hottest chefs will be heating up four indoor cooking stages at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on Saturday, September3rd from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Anyone who enjoys food – eating it, cooking it, or both – will have a spectacular time as they will have the opportunity to visit more than fifty of the Valley’s best restaurants including T. Cooks at the Royal Palms, elements at Sanctuary, Prado at the Montelucia, Guerrila Gourmet, Sushi Roku, at W Scottsdale,
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque
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Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch, Sassi, Café ZuZu, The Mission, Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, The
Arrogant Butcher, Modern Steak, Narcisse, Bluewater Grill, deseo at the Westin Kierland, and many more. Perfectly chilled cocktails will be in hand, thanks to Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire. The Second Annual Latte Art Throwdown, featuring a
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Brew Bar with samples, will also be a crowd-pleaser this year. After the wildly successful event last year, this year’s event will be expanded to a regional level. Barristas from all over the Southwest will converge
One of the finest Assisted Living Homes is located latte competition in Arizona. rving the Anthemright community since 2003. here in Anthem? upon Phoenix Cooks! this year for what is the only
If the chef deep down inside of you is inspired by all of the fabulous food at Phoenix Cooks!, then don’t miss the intimate classrooms that the event offers. Just some of the offerings this year are “Seasonal Seafood at Home” with Chef Andrew Capek of the Bluewater Grill, “Italian Delicacy Ricotta Gnocchi” with Chris Nicosia of Sassi, “Pate a Choux – Sweet and Sassy” with Chef Eric Howson of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, and “A Chocolate Affair” with Pastry Chef Kaushik Chowdhury of JW Marriott Desert Ridge. For those who would like a taste of Phoenix Cooks!
must say…I’ve put a lot of thought into “ Ifinding a place for my mom for years!
I knew that it wasn’t safe for her to live alone yet the process of finding a place was so overwhelming! Until I found Anthem Senior Living. They helped us tremendously and even though their facility in Anthem was full, through their Eldermom Senior Placement Service we found the perfect fit for mom within days. We’re so thankful for the amazing FREE service and best of all… mom is thriving yet again! - Jeff, AZ
• Conveniently located in Parkside • 24/7 care provided by certified staff • Home-cooked meals prepared daily • Medication administration
• Laundry and housekeeping included • Weekly hair stylist included • Daily scheduled activities
before it happens, there is a three-part dinner series on three Saturdays leading up to the event (August 13th, August 20th, and August 27th). Each evening will have unique features, but the common thread through all dinners is that proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as will the proceeds from Phoenix Cooks! Details about the dinner series can be
Convenient • Affordable • All Private Rooms
found at www.phoenixcooks.com/pcsquared. These dinners fill up quickly, so be sure to make reservations well in advance. Food and philanthropy – what a wonderful pairing! Get out and celebrate the end of the summer by putting some “sizzle” in your schedule! Info: Phoenix Cooks! www.phoenixcooks.com; Tickets purchased in advance: $80/adult, and at the door, $95/adult. Children under six are free.
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From the Heart Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Janelle Zeller
The thing about time is that everything can change in an instant. One minute, life is going along just fine, but the next moment can carry a blow that catches you by complete surprise and rocks you from your foundation. Most people have moments like this at some point in their lives, but when that blow strikes your child, the grief and pain cut like a scalpel, sharpened by the helplessness of knowing that, for all the child-proof locks installed, small hands held while crossing the street, and careful guidance given along the way, there is no magic story or song to make it better. All people can do is be strong and pray. But this story is not about grief. Itâ€™s about triumph. And itâ€™s about how one little boyâ€™s will to live made a family and a community stronger.
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He loved tennis, baseball, soccer, and running, and spent much of his time skateboarding and going to the water park with friends and his younger sisters, Grace and Emmy. antacids for what appeared to be acid reflux, and at first, the pains seemed to go away. But as the weeks progressed, despite the medicines, Bennet’s pains became worse. Jeff and Lisa didn’t know what to think. They wondered if some of his complaints were a little bit of teenage drama; but then they started receiving calls from school that Bennet was missing far more class than usual because of his stomach pains. On December 15, 2010, Lisa picked up Bennet from school after receiving another call that he was very sick. His face was colorless and she knew something was terribly wrong. Moments. They can cause your life to change course so abruptly that you can’t catch your breath. They can steal your words and flood you with emotions you thought you understood, like pain, grief and fear, but didn’t know how deep and consuming they could really be. One year ago, Bennet Nordstrom had just turned twelve years old. He’d spent his summer in the usual “boy”
The emergency room doctors didn’t know what was
ways. He loved tennis, baseball, soccer, and running,
wrong exactly, other than problems with Bennet’s
and spent much of his time skateboarding and going
gallbladder, but that didn’t explain some of his other
to the water park with friends and his younger sisters,
symptoms. Four days later Bennet was transferred to
Grace and Emmy. Seventh grade was just beginning
Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed
at Caurus Academy, and he was anxious to see his
with dilated cardiomyopathy. His heart was weak and
friends, but not so anxious to end his vacation.
enlarged. It was the same condition that occasionally makes the news when seemingly healthy high
The fall football season was about to begin, and Bennet
school athletes fall over in what is termed “Sudden
went in for his sports physical. He had been a little
Cardiac Death.” Without serious intervention, the
sluggish at times, but his parents, Lisa and Jeff, thought
Nordstroms’ only son, whose ironic sense of humor
perhaps he was going through the tiredness most pre-
and love for adventure had kept them on their toes
teens have as they grow. His brief physical showed
since he was born, would be cheated of the chance
nothing unusual, and the season began as normal. Like
to grow into the strong and caring young man they
the other sports he played, Bennet gave football his all.
knew he would someday be.
Two months later, though, he started having stomach
“We never thought something like this could
pains and often didn’t want to eat. He was prescribed
happen,” Lisa said. “We were just a normal family.
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The Nordstroms were looking forward to a “new normal” with Bennet home and life resuming. Then disaster struck a second time. Things like this always happen to somebody else.
could. “I have a poster in my closet that says, ‘Keep
But it happened to us.” Lisa and Jeff arranged their
Calm and Carry On,’” Lisa said. “I looked at that
lives in shifts: One parent would be at the hospital
poster every day, and that became my mantra.”
while the other made sure the girls made it to school and dance classes, and that all of their work in their
Bennet developed his own routine of coping. Each
home-staging business was completed. They were
day, nurses and doctors scheduled his tests and
like two ships passing in the night. “We tried to keep
treatments, leaving a block of time open from 4
things as normal as we could and still be there for
o’clock to 5 o’clock each evening. During that time,
Bennet,” Jeff explained.
no one entered the room or interrupted unless it was urgent. That little afternoon window was “Ellen Time.”
The next step for Bennet was surgery to install a
Bennet tuned in to Ellen DeGeneres on television
defibrillator/pacemaker, to keep his heart beating
and, for an hour each day, forgot he was very sick.
regularly. A defibrillator meant he could not skateboard, go on roller coasters, or ride on a tube in
On March 17, Bennet’s heart stopped. Two days
the water. His life would have to be much more calm
later, it stopped again. Each time, Jeff watched
and risk-free. It would be a big adjustment for this
helplessly as Bennet was revived by a team of doctors
very active kid. After the defibrillator was installed,
and nurses. The situation was nearly unbearable
Bennet’s heart and body slowly recovered.
for the family. Bennet was mostly unaware of his surroundings. His sisters, Grace and Emmy, were
The Nordstroms were looking forward to a “new
not allowed in the hospital room with him because
normal” with Bennet home and life resuming. Then
of the potential for infection. It was as if the family
disaster struck a second time.
had been swept away in a tidal wave and could only focus on their next breath - their next struggle.
On February 26, just four weeks after Bennet had returned home, he became very ill again and was
Then, a big miracle happened. Bennet’s doctors at St.
rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with
Joseph’s Hospital had taken a chance and ordered
RSV and a staph infection in his blood. The defibrillator
an experimental device called a Berlin Heart. Custom-
had to come out – and Bennet was going to be put on
made for each patient in Germany, Berlin Hearts are
the heart transplant list at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In less
classified as LVADs, or Left Ventricle Assistive Devices.
than three months, their healthy, smiling boy was now
They are attached to the blood stream on the outside
a gravely ill boy. His condition rapidly deteriorated. He
of the body and take the place of the faulty left ventricle
was listless and had no appetite.
of the heart, ensuring blood reaches the brain and lungs. “It was amazing that the transplant team had
The family gained a support system in the community
that foresight,” Lisa said. On April 1st, Bennet went
through their neighbors, AZHills Church, and other
into surgery once again to receive the Berlin Heart.
parents at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, where
Afterward, Bennet exhibited a small amount of color in
the girls took dance classes. Family and friends
his face and fingers for the first time in weeks, and he
from across the country sent out prayer requests for
was more alert and aware of his surroundings.
Bennet, and strangers sent letters and well-wishes
from as far away as Japan, England, and Norway.
Two days later, on Sunday, April 3, Jeff, Lisa, the girls
Lisa posted prayer requests on Facebook when she
and Bennet were spending another quiet evening
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in Bennet’s hospital room when they learned that a
To meet Bennet today, most people would not notice
heart might be available for transplant! The family was
anything out of the ordinary. He shakes hands and
on pins and needles as they waited for confirmation
introduces himself. “I’m Bennet, and I had a heart
that Bennet could receive the biggest gift he - and
transplant. What else do you want to know?” he
his entire family – would ever receive.
grins. He will be on medication for the rest of his life, and he must be constantly aware of the potential for
The heart was a match and at 1:47am on April 4, Bennet
infections. Hand sanitizers are sprinkled throughout
was wheeled into the operating room. By 8:30am, Jeff,
the house so that he and everyone else can use
Lisa, their pastor and his wife got to see Bennet with his
them when needed, and he must wear a mask in
new heart. For the first time in four months, Bennet was
public places. His best friend Kyle hangs out with
actually getting better instead of getting worse.
him at his house; the two trading in their skateboards for video games—for now. Nearly three months to the day after the transplant, Bennet celebrated his thirteenth birthday in a celebration at Anthem Community Park with fireworks. All five members of the family were grateful for the opportunity to share a day that, many times over the last year, could have had a very different outcome. “I always knew he would make it,” said Lisa. “I knew he would survive and do good things with his life.” Bennet has started an organization called “Bennet’s Heart Posse.” He passes out wristbands and encourages people to become organ donors. He
The heart was a match! 1:47am on April 4, 2011
the number one contributor of heart disease), and he wants sports physicals to include potentially life-saving EKGs. He has started his own blog and
“There were so many tubes and wires,” Jeff said. Then he and Lisa grinned as they described the rest of what they saw.
website, www.heartposse.org. “I’ve spoken at one
“You could see his chest thumping!” Jeff said.
Institute, about 50,000 Americans (or 1 in 5,439)
school already,” he said confidently. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood
“His feet and hands were pink and warm!” added Lisa.
have cardiomyopathy. Of those, the majority are
“His cheeks were pink!” said Jeff. “It was amazing!”
Bennet, the condition is either hereditary, caused by
Two days after the transplant, Bennet was walking. 64
also encourages healthy eating habits (obesity is
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adults who have other complicating factors of heart disease. But for a small number of children, like complications from drug therapies (such as cancer drugs), or caused by viral infections. The Nordstroms don’t know exactly what caused Bennet’s condition, but they now realize there were
warning signs they might have recognized sooner.
students diagnosed with potentially life-threatening
Bennet’s fatigue while playing was one sign, as were
heart conditions doubled when an EKG was used.
his stomach pains. When the heart is not working
Bennet’s prognosis is good, and, as Lisa says, the
well, the brain delegates limited blood flow to the
family is adjusting to a “new normal.” Their eyes
most essential of organs. His brain had re-routed
have been opened, though, and they are anxious to
his blood supply away from his stomach in order to
see what life brings next. After what they have been
make sure his brain, heart, and lungs had the oxygen
through, they know that together they can handle
they needed – thus, the terrible pains in his stomach.
Another alarm bell could have rung during his sports
Bennet’s diagnosis before a major crisis was a stroke
physical. Most sports physicals are brief and not
of luck that made a huge difference, but the gift of
especially in-depth. There is a growing advocacy
life given by another grieving family truly saved his
for the routine use of EKGs (also called ECGs) in
life. Today, there are 110,541 people waiting for
sports physicals, which can show irregularities for
organ donations. Every ten minutes, another name
some children. In a study included in the Annals
is added to the list. Eighteen people die each day
of Internal Medicine in March of last year, doctors
while waiting for a transplant. Organ donation is free,
from Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston
but you need to register. Visit www.donatelife.net to
and Harvard Universities found that the number of
register. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it saves lives.
After what they have been through, they know that together they can handle anything.
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Food Trucks Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photography By Brenna Photography
What is a Food truck? Chances are that you have heard of food trucks, even if not until recently. With the advent of shows such as “Eat Street” and “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network, and the growth of the food truck business in other metropolitan areas across the nation, the sudden surge in popularity of the food truck is difficult to ignore. These aren’t the “Roach Coaches” your parents may have been familiar with! Food trucks are simply traveling mobile units that usually have a particular theme, and serve food “on the go.”
Why Food Trucks? Why Now? The last big presence of food trucks in Arizona’s metropolitan areas (they didn’t even remotely resemble the chi-chi food trucks we see on TV today) was during the construction boom. Makes sense – these small trucks serviced then-remote construction sites and saved construction workers a trip to seek out food in the middle of their workday. When the construction boom ended, the same municipalities made it clear that they didn’t want these “roach coaches” on their streets anymore – and the laws for those cities supported these sentiments. Up until now, many of these municipalities have either had a total ban on food trucks, or have made the regulations and insurance requirements so out of reach that it is almost impossible for a novice to get his business “on the road,” so to speak.
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Food trucks have entered into a whole new world,
A seedling was planted, and with a lot of passion and
though; and, hopefully, the municipal laws will follow.
elbow grease, his dream came true.
There are a number of reasons why food trucks make sense for both customer and owner in this economy.
Brad and Kat brainstormed the type of food that
From a food truck owner’s point of view, they are
they would like to serve, and the theme of the
avoiding the commitment and high cost of leasing
food truck. “Short Leash” had been born! A year
a storefront. So what if the “drive-by business” isn’t
later, Brad and Kat run a successful food truck;
hopping? With the turn of a key, food truck owners
and Brad is president of the Phoenix Street Food
can drive to where the business is.
Coalition (www.phxstreetfood.org), a coalition of Mobile Specialty Food Vendors in Phoenix, which
Those who frequent food trucks can rely on the fact
is dedicated to “increasing awareness of innovative
that the owners specialize in actually making the
street food to the Phoenix Metro area.” Their mission
meals on their abbreviated menu. Also, many food
is “to provide education, advocacy, collaboration,
truck owners strive to purchase their ingredients from
events, and promotion of specialty foods through
local businesses and specialty shops, so customers
responsible street vending.” Part of that “responsible
can eat knowing that they have supported their local
street vending” is a commitment to locally-grown
economy in a variety of ways.
and made-from-scratch artisan products. The
Food Truck Fantasy Becomes a Reality
Coalition likes to employ a guideline of thirty percent commitment on the part of the food truck owner member to use local purveyors and artisan
What a difference a year makes ...just ask Brad
ingredients. Brad explains, “It is a pretty simple
Moore, who was stuck in a frustrating 9-to-5 “cubicle
guideline to achieve, and it helps to support other
lifestyle” with a “dog-eat-dog” mentality a little more
local businesses like our own.”
than a year ago. When he had a heart-to-heart with his wife about his dreams for the future, it was the
Today, Brad runs one of the most popular food trucks
first time he mentioned a career in food aloud. His
in Phoenix. Customers line up outside the truck
wife, Kat, was surprised, but supportive. Brad’s
every Friday at “Food Truck Friday” at the Phoenix
dream didn’t begin to take shape, though, until he
Downtown Market between 11:00AM and 2:00PM
and Kat saw a CBS Sunday Morning segment on
in order to “take a dog for a walk.” Brad’s “dogs”
the “food truck craze.” Brad remembers, “Kat said to
feature meat from Schreiner’s, pickles from Mrs.
me, ‘Isn’t this the same thing that you want to do?’”
Klein’s Pickles, salsa from Diggin’ Dan’s Salsa, and
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friday at the Phoenix “Food Truck Friday” every Downtown Market 11AM-2PM
beverages from The Soda Shop. Customers who
we have not seen a drop-off at all. Phoenicians are
are waiting to order can watch satisfied customers
very resilient people.” Especially when it comes to
come back to the truck, one-by-one, to thank Brad
the promise of great, quality food!
for his exceptional dogs. It only serves to heighten
the demand for dogs to come. And the heat of the
The future is bright for food truck owners; they
Arizona summer has not done much to deter food
are more organized and mobilized than ever. The
truck fans. Brad shares, “We thought we would see a
Coalition is looking forward to adding a number of
drop-off in business during the summer months, but
new members to their group in the fall.
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Local Food Trucks The food truck brigade can be found at the Phoenix Downtown Market every Friday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. The accommodations are just about as comfortable as they can possibly be â€“ tables and chairs are set up under a big shaded and misted area in the midst of a number of food trucks that serve everything from catfish sandwiches and jambalaya, to crĂ¨me brule and artisan ice cream. Efforts are
great food trucks of Phoenix serving up some of the
even made to make the children as comfortable as
tastiest food truck dishes in Phoenix. The event will
possible with drawing paper and crayons. The food
be held on Sunday, September 11, with local pastors
trucks are also present on Wednesday evenings and
commemorating the anniversary of September 11th.
Saturday mornings at the same spot.
Kip Fox and the Band will be playing, and there will be a 55-foot water slide for kids, and kids at heart!
Anthem, not a community to be left in the dust when
Please get out and support this event, as the level of
it comes to food or trends, will be featuring an event
community interest may determine the existence of
on the Cross of Christ campus with several of the
great events like this one in the future!
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Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photo by Michele Celentano
Remember the “Five Ps”
when Re-painting Your Home: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
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You’ve finally stashed away some “rainy day” money
Coventry built your home, there may or may not be
– the first time in ages – and it turns out that the
records concerning the original paint colors.”
monsoon is closer than you think. The dreaded letter
Another option is to visit the HOA office and look
from the HOA is in your mailbox, and all of a sudden,
through the color scheme book of approved colors.
you have on your hands a torrential downpour.
Don’t be fooled by the word “approved,” though. Homeowners still need to file an application on
You knew this day would come – and the house does
which they note not only the color scheme, but
look like it’s begging for a fresh coat of paint – but
also where each color will be applied on the home.
where to start? You decide to go the “easy” route and
Residents should wait until they receive a letter from
stick with the same colors on the house’s last paint job.
the HOA confirming that the application should be approved, before they start painting their home, or
According to Casey Cottrell of Daisy Mountain
have a painter start painting their home. Also, once
Painting, going the “easy” route may not be that
the application is approved, residents should not flip
easy after all. Once the paint on the house has
colors – for instance, choosing to paint the body of
faded, it is very difficult to accurately color match
the home with the color paint that was approved for
it. Casey explains, “Depending on whether Pulte or
the trim of the home.
Picking the Perfect Paint Palette Another snafu to avoid, according to Annette Dobbins at the HOA office, is trying to color-match from a computer print-out or fax. There have been a few recent examples of homeowners who have relied on computer printers for color matching, and the results have been downright disturbing. Doing due diligence by visiting the HOA office to see paint samples and get names and color numbers will save time, frustration, and money in the long run! Another way to save time and do it the “right way” is by hiring a local painter who is familiar with Anthem’s new guidelines and color schemes. Many of these painters are not charging for color changes, and some, like Daisy Mountain Painting, will file all of your paperwork with the Anthem HOA, from start to finish. The Sherwin Williams store in Anthem (41780 N. Vision Way) offers all of the approved colors and makes it easy for residents to come in and see the schemes for themselves. One of the most important things to remember when diving into the world of repainting your home is to adhere to the pre-approved color schemes and don’t bend the rules. “The rules are here for a reason – there are some great color schemes available, and they provide important guidelines in
Are there some exterior paint colors that last longer than others? Which colors are more palatable to homebuyers? Are there colors that make my home look larger? These are just a few of the questions that might pop into the mind of a prospective painter. Here are a few facts that might help make your decision a little bit easier.
Look at your home’s most prominent features: Some homes have unchangeable components such as stone entryways, brick veneers and accents, and roof colors. Note if the colors you have in mind will work well with all features of your home.
Size matters: Remember the basic rule of color that can be applied to your wardrobe, as well as your home: dark colors can make a large house look smaller, and lighter colors can make a small house appear larger.
Dark in the desert: If you favor darker colors, keep in mind that in the harsh sunlight of the desert Southwest, they are more prone to fading and also absorb and hold in more heat. Very vibrant colors are also much more prone to fading.
Break out your box of crayons: When you have some color schemes in mind, sketch your house, or take a photo and make several black and white copies. Using colored pencils, crayons or paint, try different color schemes and see what you like!
the community,” offers Casey.
Protecting your greatest asset: Info: Application for approval forms are available at: www.onlineatanthem.com/parkside-designguidelines and may be submitted via email to email@example.com or dropped off at the HOA office located at 3701 W. Anthem Way, Suite 102. For questions, call 623-742-6004.
According to Melissa Nash of Premier Commercial Painting, “The key to protecting any asset is preventive care,” and the exterior paint of your home is no exception. Especially for stucco homes, ensure that sprinklers are adjusted correctly, spraying away from lower surfaces. “Puddled water at ground level, as well as interior leaks can cause blistering of the stucco,” shares Nash. Even though the industry standard for repainting stucco is a range of every seven to ten years, a thorough inspection will help your paint job look fresh and last longer!
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Linda Kacmarsky was Frank Kacmarsky’s best friend from the time they married in 1970, to the day she passed away last year from uterine cancer. Actually, they became good friends even before their wedding day when they met at a small advertising agency they worked for in New Brunswick, NJ. Frank won a special place in Linda’s heart when Frank convinced his boss to keep Linda on when an economic downturn and resulting layoffs at the firm put her job in jeopardy! In 2000, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, but was able to beat it. Linda was so grateful for her recovery that she participated in the Avon Three-Day walk in New York City for three consecutive years. When they moved to Anthem in 2003, Linda was determined to travel back to New York to walk again in the breast cancer fundraiser, but Frank noticed that Phoenix was going to have its first breast cancer walk and she wouldn’t have to travel so far. Although they were new to Anthem – and so was
Writer Paula Theotocatos
everyone else in this newly developed community – Linda went about seeing if she could get someone else to walk with her. Well, she did, and that person was Pat Drapac. Together, she and Pat gathered up a total of 38 walkers that year – a very impressive start to what would become a well-organized and successful fundraising organization for breast cancer – Team W.I.S.H. (Walking In Spirit and Hope). By 2010, Team W.I.S.H. had raised over a million dollars for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure annual walk in Phoenix! To raise funds to support the annual walk in October of every year, a 5K walk/run event has been held every year at the Ironwood Golf & Country Club in Anthem. Peni
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” Aristotle
Long and several of her friends were the founders of this popular annual event. This year, on the 10th anniversary of the Ironwood walk, it is being rechristened as “Linda’s W.I.S.H.” by the Team W.I.S.H. members. Faxitron X-Ray, LLC, which specializes in digital imaging ultrasound / x-ray scanners for hospitals, will be the event’s tee-shirt sponsor. Faxitron’s mission is to promote better women’s health care. Anthem resident, Bob Dockendorff, is the CEO of the company. DLC Resources, the Club’s landscape management company, is donating
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the bottled water. Anthem Golf and Country Club is
wants to make a difference. As long as there is
providing the breakfast treats, golf carts, staff, and
someone who calls herself a survivor – we are all
the golf course “track.” The Boulder Creek High
survivors. Believe that you are people who are
School Spirit Team Booster Club, wearing special
willing to fight for a cause that matters deeply to you.
pink tee shirts and hair bows, will be there to cheer
Believe that you are people who are willing to look
on the walk participants.
at each other and say, I share your commitment. I pledge that you are not alone in the fight against
“Last year, with your help and the support of
breast cancer. I believe in your hope that everyone
imagesAZ magazine, 500 men, women, children,
deserves a lifetime. And finally, I share your dream of
Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, participated in the 9th
a world without breast cancer.’”
annual Breast Cancer Walk/Run held at Ironwood. This year, our goal is to have over 700 participants,”
“Linda’s ‘pink sneakers’ are near-impossible shoes
declared Co-Captain Dyanne Rice Mogan. “The local
to fill, but her legacy continues. Team W.I.S.H. invites
support we receive is overwhelming and it is our goal
our community to walk in spirit and hope. Let’s stamp
to achieve an even greater community involvement
with this family day at Linda’s W.I.S.H.” Dyanne Rice Mogan & Carol Stacy, Co-Captains Dyanne continues: “At last year’s Ironwood Walk,
Team W.I.S.H. Arizona
Linda asked cancer survivors to join hands and form
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a ‘survivors circle.’ Then she turned to the 500 or so
participants and said: ‘I ask all participants to look around you…this could be someone who knows
Dyanne’s personal link to donate and help:
grief and loss, someone who knows the wrenching
sickness of breast cancer or someone who simply
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A lab-mix dog chained to a pole all day, a box of kittens left at WalMart, a despondent dog whose owner has died. What do all these animals have in common? They, among so many others, have been rescued by volunteers of Anthem Pets. Anthem Pets, a nonprofit, has been serving the North Valley since 2005. Anthem Pets is not financed or supported by any HOA’s or organizations, which makes it different from other community services. So how does Anthem Pets work? Like any other non-profit organization, donations and volunteers are its lifeblood. Fundraisers are held periodically throughout the year with events such as golf tournaments, Casino Night (held each fall), and a new event added this year – Feline and Fido Fiesta. It’s one example of how Anthem Pets supporters work hard to stage events that guarantee fun with friends and neighbors; and it’s also an opportunity to help needy pets in the community. Anthem Pets’ network of volunteers works year-round helping animals and their owners. They answer phone calls when an animal is lost or found, pick up found or injured animals, and foster animals in their homes until the owner is located or a new one is found. Anthem Pets is a purely volunteer force with no employees to dispatch and has no facility to house the animals. It is funded completely by donations; no community dues fund the services. Volunteers bag and distribute donated food for distribution to outlying community members who have trouble providing for their pets. A goal of Anthem Pets is to let owners keep their animals without making other sacrifices to care for them.
pets Writer Corine Cuvelier
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Another community service Anthem Pets offers is an award-winning, all-green dog park funded solely by donations and minimal member fees. Jackass Acres K9 Korral has expanded to include an educational series, micro-chip and shot clinics, and other family events. As many communities in the country have crumbled during the hard economic times, Anthem in many ways has grown stronger. Stories abound of people stepping up and taking care of each other. The volunteers of Anthem Pets have extended themselves to ensure pets are placed in loving homes. There is NEVER a fee to adopt an animal. Learn more about supporting Anthem Pets at www.anthempets.com or e-mail them at AnthemPets@yahoo.com. To make a tax-deductible donation, send your check to Anthem Pets Inc., 2658 W. Patagonia Way, Anthem, AZ 85086, or look for donation canisters at local businesses.
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Dara Thai Café 3655 W. Anthem Way, Suite B-127 In the Safeway Shopping Center www.darathaiphoenix.com 623-551-6676
The sweetest deal of the summer!! Dara Thai has the sweetest deal of the summer on the best Orange Chicken you will ever taste! For the longest time, when I thought of Orange Chicken, I thought of heavy, sticky sweet sauce and thickly-breaded nuggets that were more batter than chicken ...until I tried Dara Thai’s Orange Chicken. My daughters (who are Orange Chicken connoisseurs) use Dara Thai’s Orange Chicken as the benchmark that they measure all other Orange Chicken against – and none have ever come close! It’s white meat chicken in a light, distinctive, flavorful sauce. Absolutely divine! It is our luck that Orange Chicken is on lunch special for $4.99 at Dara Thai Café. If you have not tried this dish yet, you owe it to yourself, and your loved ones!
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Local. No Service Charge. No Games. Upfront Pricing.
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Father and sons working side by side offer top-quality interior and exterior painting service. “We do whatever it takes!” Dino’s Painting is a full-service residential and commercial painting contractor known for quality work and consistent, on-time completion of projects. Licensed and full-insured, Dino’s Painting prides itself on its high standards of service and integrity. Dino’s Painting LLC offers a variety of services, specializing in all aspects of both interior and exterior painting. Family-owned and operated, the company has been established in the painting business for over thirty years now, serving the entire state of Arizona. If the rule of thumb for a real estate business is “location, location, location,” then a high-caliber painting company’s rule is “preparation, preparation, preparation.” While proper preparation is time-consuming and often repetitive, it is the most important and crucial part of any exterior or interior paint job. All materials used are of the highest quality and our workmanship is detail-oriented. All our experienced painters are very neat, respectful, and trustworthy. As we built our reputation, our top priority has always been top quality work and complete customer satisfaction. We can refer you to our many satisfied customers for their input upon request. Call now and set up an appointment for a free estimate on any painting job where you have the need for a conscientious and efficient painting contractor. We service all of Maricopa County and Arizona State. Exterior painting jobs starting at $850 - and we promise to beat any price. Dino’s Painting LLC, 3726 W. Links Drive, Anthem, AZ 85086; 623-221-7911
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Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130
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Assisted Living Anthem Senior Living 602-909-9550 www.AnthemSeniorLiving.com
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Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130
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Chiropractic Back to Health Chiropractic 623-551-6677 42104 N. Venture Dr., A-102 Dentist Arizona Heights Dentistry 623-551-3511 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite #156 Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106
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Desert Mountain School Main Line 623-445-3500 Attendance 623-445-3590
Fellowship Church 623-551-1144 www.fellowshipanthem.com
Diamond Canyon Elementary Main Line 623-445-8000 Attendance 623-445-8090
Grace North Church 623-551-0007 www.gracenorth.com
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Northgate Church 34835 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85086
North Valley Christian Academy 623-551-3454 www.northvalleyca.org
Northridge Community 480-515-4673 www.northridge.org
RE/MAX Integrity Realtors Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD
The Orme School 928-632-7601 www.ormeschool.org
North Valley Assembly of God 623-256-2408 www.northvalleyag.com
Sam Tyler Realty, LLC 602-459-7455 www.AZHomes.net
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North Valley Jewish Community Association 623-322-0957
Café Aroma 623-551-1500 4220 W. Summit Walk Ct. #1202
Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127 Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant 623-551-8580 3655 W. Anthem Way Q-to-U BBQ 623-465-7800 www.Q-to-U-BBQ.com
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Arizona Hills Community 623-465-0202 www.azhills.com
Anthem Preparatory Academy 623-465-4776 www.AnthemPrep.org
Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem 42302 N. Vision Way Suite #106 623-551-8348
Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090
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Canyon Church of Christ 623-551-3175 www.canyonchurch.org
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Christ’s Church at the Crossroads 623-466-7964 www.thecrossroadsaz.com
The Caepe Preschool Main Line 623-551-7808 www.thecaepeschool.org
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851 www.anthemcross.org
Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290
Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001 www.DvWorship.com
Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten 602-740-9561 www.CreativeCastlePreschool.com
Desert View Bible Church 623-298-4900 www.desertviewbible.org
Pioneer United Methodist Church 602-320-7724 www.pioneerumcaz.org Pureheart Christian Fellowship 602-866-8850 www.pureheart.org Shalom Heritage 602-635-3722 www.shalomheritage.com Spur Cross Cowboy Church 623-556-7935 www.SpurCrossCowboyChurch.com
Sun Valley Baptist Church 623-986-1687 www.sunvalleybaptist.org Catholic Community of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne 623-465-9740 www.diocesephoenix.org Vineyard Christian Fellowship 623-551-1133 www.vineyardanthem.com
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One of the great things about an event like Phoenix Cooks! (see article in this issue) is the opportunity to taste many of the best dishes that the standout restaurants in the Valley have to offer. One of the best things about ImagesAZ’s recipe section, is that we are able to provide our readers with a “sneak peek” into not only what some of these dishes will be, but also how you can make them at home! The Pan-seared Sea Bass will be served by the Bluewater Grill on Saturday, September 3rd, at the event. Here is the recipe if you would like to give it a try on your own!
Pan-seared Sea Bass Serves 2
Ingredients: 2 each Sea Bass fillets cut into 7 oz. portions 8 oz. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and ¼ inch diced 1 teaspoon Ground cumin, toasted 1 ea. Roma tomato, diced 1 cup Frozen peas, thawed 2/3 cup Fish fumet or chicken stock
4-6 oz. Canola oil 1 tablespoon Butter 4 oz. Fresh baby spinach 3 oz. Pea coulis 1 cup Fresh baby spinach ½ teaspoon Salt
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque
Directions: For the pea coulis: Place fish fumet or chicken stock into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. In a blender, add peas and chicken stock and puree until smooth. Slowly add the spinach and salt and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside in the refrigerator to cool until ready to use. Prepare the diced potatoes. Place the potatoes in cold water, bring to boil, cook until tender and then immediately take off the heat and drain. Allow the potatoes to air dry. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper. Place a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add about 3 ounces of oil to the pan and sauté the fish for 2 minutes. Transfer to the oven and bake until done, about 5 to 6 minutes. If the potatoes aren’t thoroughly dry, blot them with paper towels. Heat the remaining oil in a very large skillet (ideally large enough to hold them in a single layer) over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook, tossing occasionally, until they brown lightly, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and discard the oil if you wish. Add the toasted cumin and butter, and continue to sauté to brown and crisp the potatoes completely. Add the diced tomatoes and baby spinach and sauté until the spinach is wilted.
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Divide the potato and spinach mixture between two plates and place in the center of each plate. Meanwhile, heat the pea coulis in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once it begins to bubble, remove from heat and spoon the coulis around the plates. Place the Sea Bass on top of the potatoes and spinach, and enjoy!
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