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Billboard denied, heads to appeal By Teri Carnicelli A proposal to change the standard billboard located at 4711 N. 7th St. to a two-sided digital billboard was blocked by a city of Phoenix zoning administrator. The billboard in question is adjacent to Urban Cookies and across the street from Xavier College Preparatory. Shaun Breese, co-owner of Urban Cookies, says they don’t believe the digital billboard itself will negatively impact the business—which only operates during daylight hours—and they have no opinion one way or another on the billboard conversion proposal. “Frankly, I think the suicide lane itself poses more of an issue to my business and to the safety of drivers on 7th Street than a digital billboard would,” Breese adds. Zoning hearing officer Ray Jacobs heard the arguments for and against the use permit request to change out the billboard at a July 19 public hearing. Opponents argued that the digital billboards are distracting to drivers, and placing one on a street that has reverse lanes during commuting hours will make an already dangerous situation even worse. They also felt that the highly visible billboard would be intrusive to adjacent apartment and condo residents, and that some of the ads themselves could be inappropriate for the nearby student populations, which include Xavier, Brophy College Prep, and Central High School. Marty Aronson of Morrill & Aronson, represent-



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Army veteran Michael John Cestone, 65, is assisted onto the Sunnyslope SMART shuttle by driver Ernie Alvarez, while Mel Kenney, left, waits his turn in the summer heat. Both men were waiting in front of the Acacia Public Library branch (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Free shuttle may increase in frequency By Teri Carnicelli They ride it to pick up groceries. Or to visit the doctor. Or go to school. Or to the library to look for jobs posted online. The free Sunnyslope Multi-Area Access Residential Transit (SMART) shuttle bus has become a vital part of the Sunnyslope community since its introduction in July 2007. It travels where regular transit buses typically do not—into the neighborhoods, along neighborhood streets. It stops at the Sunnyslope Transit Center, where riders can connect to major transit routes to travel to jobs or other important places. And not so long ago, it faced being eliminated. Were it not for a vocal group of local supporters and the efforts of District 3 Councilman Bill Gates, the SMART shuttle would have become a mere memory. “The Sunnyslope Circulator (SMART) is a popular means of transportation for our residents—of all ages—in Sunnyslope,” Gates said. While it didn’t get the axe, it did face some major schedule changes that have greatly impacted ridership in the last two years. In July 2010, service was reduced to run hourly instead of approximately every

30 minutes. In addition, the operational hours were reduced to 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. “It’s not right, stopping only once an hour,” says Army veteran Michael John Cestone, 65. “It makes it hard to get anywhere, and making people wait out in the heat, especially in the summer, is wrong, especially if they have little kids.” Cestone often catches the shuttle in front of the Acacia Public Library and hopes the city will increase the shuttle’s frequency as the library is a busy stop, please see SHUTTLE on page 10

in this issue Cell phone tower use permit sought, page 3 Runners of all ages go the distance, page 4 Local adoptive dog owner wins contest, page 6 Allstate office donates to teachers, page 23 Wine bar offers wood-fired fare, page 44

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North Central resident Bailey Stern looks over the display signs at an Aug. 13 neighborhood meeting held at Crossroads Church. AT&T representatives spoke to neighbors about the proposed cell phone tower to be located on the site of the church (photo by Patty Talahongva).

Cell phone tower likely to go in at Crossroads By Patty Talahongva For the second time, AT&T has requested a use permit from the city to build a cell phone tower on the property of Crossroads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave. Although a final ruling on the request had yet to be issued by press time on Aug. 23, indications were that the request most likely would be approved—just as it had once before. The cell tower will be constructed to look like a church bell tower, complete with a large cross near the top. It

will be a maximum of 65 feet in height and will include an equipment room adjacent to the base. AT&T previously had obtained a use permit in February 2011, but due to a business merger and subsequent reassessments of the company and its equipment, the permit expired. The church is zoned residential, so a use permit is required to erect such a structure. The property also is designated public or quasi-public space, and the Phoenix Zoning Ordinance allows for such concealed wireless communications facilities on this type of property. However, the use permit approval please see TOWER on page 13

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North Central resident Kay Martin, 75, participates last month in a 5k race sponsored by Jack Quinn’s Pub in Colorado Springs (photo by Bill Kivela of Monument, Colo.).

Runners are going the any age By Patty Talahongva The terms “running on empty” and “running in circles” have negative connotations, but for some runners it’s all in the training to go the distance. You don’t want to run on empty and you don’t want to just stick to a track and run in circles or ovals, as the case may be. About four years ago Dick Van Sickle decided to do something about the lack of any long-distance running opportunities for youth in the Valley. While track and field events and even cross country teams flourish, he still felt that more programs were needed to not only prepare youngsters for high

school running sports but to get them into good eating and exercise regimes. “It kind of evolved into a combining with this other club that had already started,” he says, explaining how his Go The Distance club was started. “Jocelyn (Gaffney), she had some kids she was training so I instantly had a group of kids to train and they were pretty talented.” Van Sickle also is the head coach for cross country and distance running at Xavier College Preparatory. During summer athletic programs at nearby Brophy College Prep, he would recruit students to join his club. Gaffney has become one of his assistant coaches. With the help of some parents, they run the Go The Distance running club. Van Sickle has coached dozens of kids ages 10 to 14 and this season he hopes to recruit 20 runners. They come from all over the Valley but mostly from the North Central area. They run along the Murphy Bridle Path or the canal and also take advantage of other open spaces such as ASU or South Mountain. The kids train for 3, 4, and 5k runs, with the longest distance being 3 miles. “In practice, we may go further than that,” he says. “I never tell them how many miles it is, just minutes.” And he’s proud that since he’s been coaching this long-distance team, Van Sickle has not lost a single runner. “They don’t quit once they start. If you just get started you’re going to like it,” he promises. “Probably the most important thing for kids at this age is doing something with a group of kids,” he says. “Get them out of the house, make new friends who

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MAKE FRIENDS Long-distance running is an increasingly popular sport among young women, including this group of runners from the Go The Distance club in Central Phoenix (submitted photo).

have similar interests, and when they get older they’re going to run.” In fact, he sees them competing at not just his school but other Valley schools as well. “It’s really neat to see them at the cross country meets,” he says of his runners who go on to compete for their own respective high schools. “They all care for each other, take pictures; they’re still buddies.” The season starts in early September through December and then they take a break. The next season goes from mid-January to late May. Information on membership fees and the application to join are on the website: In the fall you also can find Kay Martin running along the Murphy Bridle Path. At 75 years old, she’s completed nine marathons, including the grueling Boston Marathon. She’s finished the Pikes Peak Ascent five times and holds the record for women age 69, with a time of 4:58:13. That’s a race held in Manitou Springs, Colo., at an elevation of 14,115 feet. She’s also competed in a number of triathlons including a 70.3-mile, half-Ironman. All this running around and she only started when she was 58. “I wish that they had track and field and cross country at my high school,” she says. “In my early years I was extremely interested in sports but did not have the opportunity to participate.” Martin has always loved the outdoors. As an adult she took up white water canoeing and later joined a swimming club but found it didn’t quite suit her. So she decided to try running, since many of her friends were runners, but the first time wasn’t so great. “Yuck,” she recalls thinking. Then she measured a 2-mile route and started her own training plan by walking one minute then running one minute, until she completed 2 miles.

Turns out, it was fun for her. She and her husband, Lyle Langlois, try to motivate their family members and Langlois challenges his family by offering a reward for them to run and beat him in a race. He’s competed in marathons in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and in other countries. Martin’s first marathon was in Cozumel. She has competed in 5k and 10k races in the Caribbean and in marathons and other ultra runs (more than 26.2 miles) around the world. This summer she competed in the 56-mile Comrades marathon in South Africa. Out of 18,000 registered runners there were only 68 women 60 years and older, including Martin. The race started before the sun came up. “I felt strong throughout,” she recalls, noting that she kept pace with another runner and surprised herself by coming in 40 minutes ahead of her expected time at the first cut-off point. “So it startled me that I was late for the second cut-off by about eight minutes,” she says, and even though she still felt strong she was forced to drop out of the race and ride the Rescue Van back to the finish line. Martin finished about 28 miles of the 56-mile course. “I knew I had done a good race so I really was not upset by the move, a little disappointed of course.” Her age set her apart from the other runners (she was the oldest person competing) and she found a bit of celebrity in the mix. Police officers, fellow hotel guests and other strangers all wanted their picture taken with her when the local South African paper printed a story about her. She was delighted to comply. For Martin, running is a sensory experience. “I do not use earphones, etc., because I enjoy the wind, sounds of the birds and the pleasure of voices.” And, yes, at her age, she still enjoys the challenge of going the distance.

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Jill Diamond and her dog, Frankie, take a breather after participating in the 2011 Toro Loco Challenge, a 5K mud run in Eloy, Ariz., that allows dogs. The duo recently won the PetSmart Charities “High-Five for My Pet Adoption” Video Contest (submitted photo).

Adoptive dog owner wins PetSmart contest By Teri Carnicelli When North Central Phoenix resident Jill Diamond decided to add another dog to her already canine-friendly household, she knew two things: first, she wanted a young, active dog, and second, it must come from a shelter. The search took longer than expected, but the end result, she recalls, was more than worth it. “I had been to nine different shelters over the course of three days looking for the perfect dog, and Frankie was the one,” she says of her husky/Australian cattle dog mix. But it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. “My main criteria was to find a dog that I could do agility with,” she explains. “When I went to all the shelters, I played with countless dogs and they all would have been great dogs. When I took Frankie out to visit, he was a little timid. He climbed into my lap and stood with his front paws on one leg and his back paws on my other leg and he seemed to be more confident then, which I thought was adorable. I really liked him but I still wasn’t sold.” Frankie was only 9 months old and Diamond was looking for an adult dog because she knew they had a harder time getting adopted. But, she adds, “I came back the next day with some friends and we kept returning to Frankie’s kennel. He was sad and scared, and I new he needed to be saved. I’ve had him for eight years now and he is the most wonderful dog. We compete in agility, go camping, go hiking and he did a mud run last year. He liked the mud so much we are

doing it again on Sept. 15. He’s a fast learner and he’s great at tricks. I say to everyone, adopt a shelter dog, because they are the best.” Diamond decided to tell her and Frankie’s story in a 44-second video that she entered into the PetSmart Charities “High-Five for My Pet Adoption” Video Contest. The nationwide online contest kicked off in June and wrapped up on Aug. 3. And when the votes were all counted, Diamond and Frankie came out on top, beating the second-place winner by just 89 votes with a total count of 1,599 votes. “I can’t believe the amount of support I had,” Diamond says. “People I don’t even know were posting the link on their Facebook pages. I have a friend who is a technical trainer and he had his entire class log on to vote as part of his class. My parents shared it with their friends, who ended up sharing it with their kids and so on. My sister even went to her next-door neighbor’s to vote from their computer.” As part of Diamond’s first-place win, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, where she found Frankie, will receive a donation of $1,000 from PetSmart Charities in Diamond’s name. In addition, Diamond herself will receive a $500 Visa gift card and 12 coupons, each redeemable for either one bag of Purina Pro Plan brand pet food or one bag of Purina Pro Plan treats. Diamond hopes to use the $500 to take Frankie and her two older dogs to the beach in California. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of homeless pets, visit

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Home restored to ’40s era opens to the public Walking through the front door will literally be like taking a step back in time when the Sunnylope Historical Society’s 1940s House opens to the public for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 22. Also known as “The Little White House,” the home, first built in 1945 at 8924 N. 2nd St., was purchased by the historical society in 2000 and moved to the society’s property at 737 E. Hatcher Road. The home had been condemned by the city and was slated for demolition before being rescued by the historical society, which spent the last 12 years restoring it to mint 1940s condition, inside and out. The house has seen new windows, siding, doors, roof and drywall, as well as new paint and general refurbishing, done over more than a decade. Inside, period furniture and décor adds to the sense of stepping back in time. Most of the items in the house have been donated. One of the rooms in the 1940s House has been set aside as an exhibit

room, featuring period pieces as well as photos, deeds and other memorabilia gathered by the historical society over the years. Part of the long restoration was due to funds. As donations came in, work was done. Many volunteer groups from throughout the community, including a team from The Home Depot, have worked on the restoration project over the years. Now deemed to be “ready for company,” the quaint little home will welcome visitors as part of the Sunnyslope Historical Society’s Annual Fall Opening, celebrating the nonprofit organization’s 22 years of operation. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and District 3 Councilman Bill Gates will be on hand for the official opening. The event starts at 2 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. The museum gift shop also will be open, with copies of the “S Mountain” history book available for purchase. Additional parking is available at Fry’s and Bank of America. The Sunnyslope Historical Society also asks the community’s support in

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The sitting area of the Sunnylope Historical Society’s 1940s House has been restored to its original period, thanks in large part to furniture, accessory and memorabilia donations from the community. The house will open to the public on Sept. 22 (submitted photo).

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Commercial activity in North Central By David S. Miller, CCIM As we move into the final quarter of 2012, I thought I would use September to reflect on the commercial market in North Central Phoenix. There have been many purchases and redevelopment projects going on this year. Some make the news while others do not. I asked for the expertise of our commercial sales manager, David Miller to discuss the high points North Central is experiencing in 2012. David has been in Commercial Sales for 31 years, 12 of which have been with Chicago Title Agency in Phoenix. He is an active member of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) of the Commercial Real Estate Institute of Chicago. - Lisa Capes

Those of us who live and work in North Central* appreciate the unique way of life we enjoy. Unique to Arizona anyway. Close to where we live we can find anything we need––groceries, auto services, a butcher, a baker and, yes, a candlestick maker. And we may not have to drive more than a mile in any direction. North Central is experiencing a revival of sorts. More new restaurant and entertainment venues have opened in the last year than I can remember over the 22 years I’ve lived here. That is good news, as they are doing well and even thriving in what is the slowest economy since the great depression. That confidence in our little corner of Phoenix is apparently shared by the investment community as well. In 2012 there have been over 300 properties that have changed hands. From Alaska to New York, investors have placed their money and their hopes on North Central continuing to be a vibrant and growing part of Phoenix. In January Carlyle Development Group out of New York purchased Metrocenter Mall. That purchase represented all of the interior shops as the real estate occupied by the big anchors is owned by the stores. Carlyle plans on revitalizing and re-engineering the space to make it once more a destination entertainment and shopping venue. Of all the properties that changed ownership only six commercial foreclosures have occurred this year, the largest being an office building on 16th Street that the lender still owns. They believe that the market will continue to improve and that they will get full value for the property and cover the original loan amount. The Biltmore Golf Club changed hands this year. A group headed up by Jerry Colangelo, Mel Schultz and David Evans purchased the golf course and the Adobe restaurant and will continue to operate it with the history, tradition, and sense of community that we have come to appreciate. Multifamily has been an attractive

investment for the past four years and 2012 was no exception. A number of multifamily properties have changed hands. Several failed condo conversions were bought and have been turned back into apartments. As the fundamentals have returned to the apartment market, bargains are not as easy to find. Vacancies are down and leasing incentives are burning off. That’s great for investors who bought 3-4 years ago. We’re now seeing those properties back on the market at 2 to 2.5 times the price paid. Retail has become attractive as prices on strip centers have fallen to their lowest point in 8 years. The strategy of buying below replacement cost is evident by recent purchases such as the SWC of 35th Ave and Dunlap. The $6.8 million purchase price would not build those shops today. Lenders are actually lending again. Mutual of Omaha Bank Made a $3.8 million construction loan to purchase and complete the Metropolitan Lofts project at 5th Avenue and Thomas. The property is well located across from St Joseph’s Medical Center, is close to downtown and walking distance to restaurants and other amenities. North Central is being re-discovered by a whole new generation of people who want a vibrant, close-in and exciting place to live. Where else can you truly find an urban living experience in Arizona? Over twothirds of the properties were purchased by Arizona investors and owner/users. From stores to night clubs to large office buildings, investors are finding out what we’ve known for a long time. North Central Phoenix is a great place to live, work and play. Be sure to shop local. And the guy from Alaska, he bought a parking lot. Go figure.

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especially in the afternoon when children crowd the shuttle after school to get to the library. The service cuts came after the elimination of approximately $9 million in Local Transportation Assistance Funds to balance the State of Arizona budget. That only added to the burden of the city of Phoenix as it faced a $200-plus million budget shortfall anticipated from 2010 to 2012. As a direct result of those service changes, the SMART shuttle has seen a 65-percent drop in ridership over the last two years. An overcrowded shuttle running only once an hour means that if you can’t get on the first time, or if you don’t catch it in time, you have to wait another 60 minutes. For some, that’s not a viable option. Gates asserts the drop in ridership isn’t because of a lack of interest, but rather a lack of convenience that makes it hard to schedule connecting bus trips and running errands—especially in the summer when sitting outside for an hour can be detrimental to one’s health. He and those vocal members of the community joined together once more this past May to see if a solution could be found. Working with the city’s Public Transit Department, they determined that in order to increase the frequency, the 11-mile route itself would have to be cut somewhat. Joe Bowar, Environmental Programs coordinator for the Public Transit Department’s Facilities Division, offered up five alternative routes for the SMART shuttle, some with different frequencies and operating at different hours. Those plans were presented to a community-based committee for review on July 30. The new committee was created by Gates and included two people from the original committee that first created the SMART shuttle route back in 2007. It also was open to the public, and several Sunnyslope residents participated in the discussion. “If we can change the frequency of stops to once every 30 or 35 minutes, we will increase ridership and improve the quality of life for our residents who use the circulator,” Gates said. After several questions and a lengthy discussion, the committee members voted to support a plan, referred to as “Option D,” that would increase the frequency to every 35 minutes while eliminating nearly 4 miles of the shuttle’s

route. The majority of that eliminated section is the run from just north of the Sunnyslope Youth Center to the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. Also eliminated is the leg that travels to the Holiday Spa Mobile Home Park just off Cave Creek Road. It was pointed out that the senior residential community also is serviced by the Reserve-A-Ride, Dial-ARide, and Senior Cab programs. The service hours also would be tweaked again. If approved, operating hours would change from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The next step is a citywide public hearing on all proposed transit changes for 2013, including the SMART route and hours of operation. That hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.19 at the Phoenix Public Transit Department, 302 N. 1st Ave., 7th Floor. An Open House will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for public discussion with staff. For reasonable accommodations, call Don Phillips as early as possible to coordinate the needed arrangements at 602-626-7614 (voice) or TTY 602-534-5500. If you can’t make the public hearing, you can send your comments, until Sept. 30, to: Phoenix Public transit Department, 302 N. First Avenue, #900, Phoenix, AZ, 85003. Be sure to indicate “January 2013 Bus Service Changes” and reference the Sunnyslope SMART shuttle specifically. You also can e-mail comments to The community-based Sunnyslope committee likely will meet one more time in September to review the greater public input and make its final recommendation. For details about this meeting, contact Gates’ office at 602-2627441 or The SMART alternate route and plans, along with the committee’s recommendation and the summary of public input from the hearing, will first be reviewed by the City Council’s Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee before heading to the full City Council for a formal vote, tentatively sometime in October. The goal is to have the new route and schedule approved in time to be published in the 2013 Phoenix Transit Book. Most transit changes will be effective Jan. 28, 2013. Information on these proposed changes will be posted to www.phoenix. gov/publictransit/jan2013.html.

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ing CBS Outdoor, says the conversion is appropriate and meets all of the new zoning standards recently approved by the Phoenix City Council. “There are other signs that are brighter and more flashing already existing on 7th Street,” Aronson pointed out. “In addition, LED boards are less intent light than regular billboards that are spotlighted at night.” The digital sign would be slightly smaller than the existing billboard and the LED lights would be turned off at 11 p.m. each night; the spotlight on the existing billboard currently operates from dusk to dawn. In compliance with part of those new billboard regulations, CBS Outdoor has proposed the removal of two older billboards—one at 502 W. Camelback Road and one at 4417 N. 7th Ave. In addition, CBS Outdoor offered to turn over a billboard in the Melrose District at 4508 N. 7th Ave. to the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA) for that group’s use in promoting the district. Jacobs ultimately denied the use permit request, issuing his ruling on Aug. 2, two weeks after the hearing was held. However, he did not release his “findings,” which are an explanation of his reasons for denying the use permit, as of press time on Aug. 23. The city used to pay its zoning administrators and rules as to when they were required to turn in their findings were spelled out in those contracts. But with the city of Phoenix budget cuts over the last couple of years, zoning administrators now serve on a volunteer basis and no longer subject to firm deadlines. CBS Outdoor had 15 days from the date of the ruling to file an appeal to the city’s Board of Adjustment. An appeal was filed and the hearing is scheduled before the Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Oct. 4. The meeting will begin at noon in the City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Aronson referred all questions regarding the appeal to CBS Outdoor. A spokesperson for CBS outdoor declined to comment about this case. Anyone who submitted a comment either in favor or against the use permit to the Planning Department needs to resubmit those comments to the Board of Adjustment secretary, Mary L. Brown, no later than 10 days prior to the hearing. Ca;; her at 602-495-7029 or via email at Reference case ZA-157-12-4.

Heard Museum seeks docents Want to lead tours at the Heard Museum while making new friends? Join Las Guias, the touring arm of the Heard Museum Guild, with a new class beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2. To become a docent, individuals must complete a seven-month weekly class focused on the history, cultures and arts of Native people in the Southwest, and commit to leading 30 tours or talks per year. The class also includes several day trips, which are designed to enhance the coursework. Once certified, docents help the nearly 200,000 annual visitors to the Heard learn more about its exhibits, events and special programming. Class is held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. most Tuesday mornings through early May. The last day to register for the class, space permitting, is Sept. 27. Las Guias training class costs $150; in addition, individuals must be a Heard Museum member and join the Heard Museum Guild. To learn more, call Rusty Hale at 602-249-0553 or visit


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Exploring Phoenix’s historic cemeteries Did you know that the seven cemeteries that make up downtown’s Pioneer & Military Memorial Park hold the remains of many of Phoenix’s pioneering families? Come learn more about the history of this unique place while enjoying dinner and a “show” during a special fundraising event, “Dining Among the Dead,” 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association will sponsor a Victorian dinner party on the Gazebo Patio in the midst of the early Phoenix pioneers who grace the old Pioneer Cemetery, 1317 W. Jefferson St. The compound includes seven historic cemeteries that were in use between 1884 and 1914. After a law forbidding further burials within city limits went into effect in 1914, the cemeteries were declared closed. They fell into disrepair until private citizens rallied decades later to restore them. All proceeds from the “Dining Among the Dead” fundraiser will go to the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association tombstone restoration. Of the estimated 3,700 burials, only about 600 graves have headstones, many of which are broken or otherwise illegible. The event includes dinner, music, one complimentary raffle ticket, and a flashlight tour of the cemetery featuring live reenactment characters. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required. For tickets, contact Debe Branning, PCA member, at 480-9694049 or The 11-acre cemetery complex is open to the public on selected days throughout the year. On Sunday, Oct. 21, a special tour featuring eight reenactment players will take place beginning at 11 a.m. On-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 adults, $5 students 12 and younger, and children under age 5 are admitted free. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call 602-5341262 or visit

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standards state the design must be compatible with the architectural character and natural features of the site or development. If approved, the cell tower would be constructed to match the plans for the church’s new façade. Plans to renovate the church by giving it a facelift have been in place for more than seven years according to Dottie Escobedo Frank, Crossroads’ pastor. A building fund was established when a portion of the property was sold at that time. Frank says the church was one of the first structures to be built in the area and needs improvements. The site plan for the renovations was approved in January 2011. Franks expects the cell tower use permit to be granted once again. “It’s not just about the cell tower, it’s about rebuilding to make the church look like a church.” AT&T will have a lease with the church, which will bring in about $800 a month. Once the use permit is in place, construction will start and take eight to 10 weeks to complete. Previously, at a July 12 use permit hearing, neighbors voiced opposition to the proposed tower. So Alan Stephenson, the zoning administrator with the city’s Planning and Development Department, directed that AT&T host a public meeting to discuss the proposal. AT&T hosted an informal “open house” on Aug. 13 with exhibits, information stations and engineers on hand to answer questions. Immediately after that meeting a letter from Mary Crozier, president of North Central Phoenix Homeowners Association (NCPHA), was sent to Stephenson objecting to the proposed tower and equipment facility, as well as any additional future leasing sites at the church. NCPHA members did their own research and cited, among several reasons, the current number (51) of cell towers within a 4-mile radius of the proposed location, the already strong cell signal in the area, and the city’s lack of its own system or strategy to verify or validate the placement of cell towers. Members also raised concern about the noise that’s expected to be emitted from the cell tower. AT&T says there will be “minimal noise,” but NCPHA officials says any noise will be enough to disrupt property owners’ quiet enjoyment, and they feel that this alone is sufficient grounds for

Stephenson to deny the use permit. Health concerns also were raised about the impact radiofrequency waves may have on children who attend the preschool on the church grounds. Parents seemed to be split on this concern. Jason Richard has a 4-year-old daughter in preschool at Crossroads. He was not happy to learn about this proposed cell tower. “I had many choices on preschools,” he points out, indicating he would have made another choice had he known about this proposal. While he acknowledges that there is “no scientific proof on either side” regarding the issue of health and safety, he says he will take his daughter out of the school if the tower is permitted. “I don’t want to be a guinea pig of the industry.” Bailey Stern says she came to the meeting expecting to fight the proposal. Her 3-year-old daughter attends the preschool. “I was concerned at first for her safety,” she says, admitted she didn’t know much about towers so she did her own research and then spoke with the AT&T representatives. “Now I feel a little better, just seeing how common they are,” referring to other schools and churches that have such towers. Since use permits and variances are quasi-judicial procedures, they are not reviewed by the local Village Planning Committee, Planning Commission or City Council. However, a zoning administrator’s decision can be appealed to the Phoenix Board of Adjustment by either party. NCPHA has indicated it will likely appeal the decision if the permit is approved. The neighborhood association will hold its annual meeting on Sept. 27 and this should be a topic of discussion.

NCPHA sets annual meeting The North Central Phoenix Homeowners Association (NCPHA) has worked to shield the area bounded by 7th Street to 7th Avenue and Missouri to Northern avenues from commercial and residentially inappropriate encroachment for more than 30 years. To learn more about this group, plan to attend the NCPHA Annual Meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Manning Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave. Networking and refreshments begin at 6 p.m., followed by the formal meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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You Can Have Excuses or You Can Have Results! You Can’t Have Both! By Bobby Kelly, CPT This is on the back of the Results Only T-Shirt you receive when you become a new member at Results Only. It seems simple enough to grasp but rarely does it become a reality until you begin your journey. For example, once a week we get a new client who comes in asking, “What is the least I need to do to get in shape?” After we are done rolling our eyes, the answers are found through a series of follow up questions revealing current exercise habits, daily food plans, and the time devoted to achieving your goal. We need to know where you will start. So let me ask you a question to prove this point. If I asked you for directions to L.A., what is the first thing you would do? Well you might say hop in the car, get on the I10 and drive west. The real question is... “Where are we starting from?” It is a much different route if you are starting from Maine, Right! Too many people think they know everything there is to know about getting in shape because they have seen TV infomercial or read a magazine article. The reality is a trainer should have as much importance as a doctor in your health care. Some argue, even more. It’s our job to see things you don't see and we’ll see it on a weekly basis. At Results Only we assess a client by looking at the way he/she walks, is there a limp, is one hip higher than the other, does the person have good posture, if not why, and countless other important facts that determine how we write a fitness plan to help the client move and feel better. AND all of this happens before we can attack the fat loss program that they walked in the door wanting. We understand people walk into our facilities because they want to lose weight and fit into their clothes better. The Challenge? The client who walks in and already knows what to do. The reality is they don’t or won’t do it.

We hear things like, “I know I need to clean up my diet?” “I should make time but my life is too busy.” Or my favorites, “I want to join but I don't want to do too much, I am not going to lift weights and I don't want to sweat.” REALLY? What exactly do you think we can do for you if you have already made up your mind what you’re not going to do? Bottom line – If your way was working you wouldn't need to join a gym or hire a trainer! There is no way to reach your goal without putting in the time, cleaning up your diet and making an investment in yourself. You can either spend a little time and money each month to dedicate on fitness or your going to spend a fortune on your health at some point getting poked and prodded at a doctors office or hospital later. You can do it now learning from a qualified professional, in a motivating and creative environment, listening to upbeat music and surrounding yourself with likeminded, fun people. Or the Alternative, a hospital bed, surrounded by sick people, prison grey walls, that bad smell of unhealthiness and did I mention the sick people? Look, “I’ll do it when I have time.” “I don't have enough money.” “There is no one to watch my kids.” “I don't like to sweat.” Excuses, Excuses, EXCUSES! To quote one of those funny emails that goes around… “Would you rather exercise 45 minutes a day or be dead 24 hours a day?” Get started today. Find a trainer who spends money and time to stay educated and up to date on recent studies. If Results Only is a good fit for you, C’mon in and we take care of everything. Once you take responsibility, the excuses go away. Then and only then you get RESULTS.


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Avoid car trouble in extreme heat By Jim Alauria, Master Mechanic

This year we have had one of the hottest summers on record here in the Valley. Unfortunately, most of us can’t be “Sun Birds” and escape this extreme weather for more than a couple of weeks and are forced to bear down by keeping the thought of those beautiful 70 degree days to come. While our winters here are very easy on our vehicles, the wear-and-tear is easily made up for in the 110-plus degree heat of the summer months. Here are some tips to help you avoid having unnecessary car trouble as we wrap up the summer. Tip #1: Have your car’s rubber components inspected by a professional every three to five months. The rubber includes your tires, belts, engine coolant and radiator hoses, and the hoses for your accessories like you’re A/C and power steering. Heat puts more pressure on any rubber material but it is especially hard on hoses and tires. They expand and contract a lot more when it is really hot. Many times by visual appearance the hoses and tires will look fine, but a professional technician knows exactly how to test them and can inform you when it is time to replace them. Tip #2: Keep your tires properly inflated. If there is one thing that will cause a good tire to blow out, it is being low on air. Think about the peel of an orange. If you roll an orange on the counter and put some pressure on it with the palm of your hand, eventually the peel will separate from the rest of the orange. This is what is happening to the layers of your tires when they are low on

air. When the layers separate, the structural integrity of the tire is harmed and it cannot handle the high speeds and high temperatures that a tire sustains during highway travel. Stop into your auto repair shop and have them check the pressures if you aren’t sure. Tip #3: Fix any and all engine coolant leaks right away. Not all leaks are created equal. A seep is something that will slightly wet the area, whereas a leak will likely drip onto the driveway. Sometimes when you have oil or other lubricants seeping, your auto repair shop will recommend keeping an eye on it as it isn’t yet a leak and won’t cause you any issues. But if you are leaking engine coolant at all you must fix it right away. Too many times over the years I have seen customers who have elected not to fix a coolant leak for reasons of time or money that end up burning up an engine. With the extreme heat a vehicle experiences here in Phoenix, it doesn’t take but a few seconds for a small leak or seep to turn into a gush. Even if your vehicle only loses 10 percent of its coolant it can overheat. And many times you won’t even know it’s overheating because without coolant in the system the temperature gauge won’t read because they don’t measure air temperature. So don’t take any chances. An engine is a lot more expensive to fix than any coolant leak. If you have any questions about these topics, consult your professional mechanic. Most top auto repair shops won’t charge you for a basic visual inspection and they will be happy to help keep your vehicle reliable and safe all year. Jim Alauria is the owner of 3A Automotive Service, 1539 W. Hatcher Road. He can be reached at 602-997-7978. The information in “Road Wise” is provided as general information only. For specific advice on your automobile, consult your auto technician.

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Water donations needed for homeless The Salvation Army continues to provide heat relief services to Phoenix’s most vulnerable populations including the homeless and the elderly. However, there is a drastic need for bottled water donations as the state continues to experience near recording-breaking heat. In one day alone, the Salvation Army distributed more than 1,260 bottles of water to those in need through its Hydration Stations. To contribute to this ongoing, critical effort, bring sealed, 16.9-ounce bottles of water to the Salvation Army’s Phoenix Central Corps, 4343 N. 16th St. The center is open Monday through Friday. Contact Abby Rolfs at 602-267-4170 regarding donation information.

Visitor center opens for fall season The fall season for the North Mountain Visitor Center (NMVC), 12950 N. 7th St., is under way and the community is invited back to experi-

ence the beauty of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. A visit to the NMVC will acquaint you with all the wildlife and vegetation that you will experience in the Sonoran desert. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Enjoy browsing dozens of beautiful photos of local animals, check out the interactive displays and hike one of the many scenic trails. A new event this year, Music in the Mountains will take place 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be wine and cheese and with live music from several bands. Call the center at 602-3351962 for times and band schedules. Several regular programs also are offered. Coffee House Saturdays take place the first and third Saturdays of each month and feature free coffee and live music. Or, bring your lunch and listen to experts talk about geology, rock art, nature, animals and other interesting topics as part of the Brown Bag Noon Programs. Call the center for exact times and topics. Other activities include children’s art classes, storytelling, guided hikes, desert safety programs, metal-smithing,

an introduction to reptiles, Tai Chi classes, Zumba classes, and more. Call the center for times and classes offered. There is a minimal fee for some classes. The Gift Shop features hands-on displays of Arizona rocks and stones and stone necklaces, bracelets and earrings available for purchase. Handmade cards, walking sticks and artwork will get your holiday shopping done early. A brand new 2013 calendar featuring animals found in the preserve retails for $20, with all proceeds to benefit NMVC educational programs. For gift shop information, contact Mazie at 602-663-5854. The community’s support of the programs at the nonprofit North Mountain Visitor Center is vital toward keeping the center up and running. Volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, visit

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Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system and is usually spread through bites from infected animals. It is always fatal in humans once symptoms appear, but treatment right after exposure prevents death. If a human is bitten by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly and seek medical attention immediately. There is no treatment for unvaccinated pets, and if bitten by a potentially rabid animal, euthanasia may be required. After record-high numbers of rabies cases across Arizona in 2008 and 2009, the USDA management of wildlife and domestic pets has succeeded in reducing the numbers of rabid animals in this state. It is still a significant concern, however, since it is still frequently found in bats, foxes, and skunks. Other animals can carry the infection, including the recent rabid mountain lion attack on campers and their dog just a few short months ago. It is estimated that every year 30,000-40,000 U.S. residents are potentially exposed to rabies that results in a month-long series of injections. When there is an outbreak in a particular area, counties impose home quarantines for all local dogs and cats, especially during the summer. Fortunately, we have less interaction with wildlife in the middle of Phoenix, but rabid wildlife is still found in our area. In the Phoenix area, bats are the most common source of rabies exposures to humans because rabid bats often fall to the ground where they are easily accessible to people and pets in neighborhoods and at schools. Rabies in humans is completely preventable. The largest global source of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs. Children often are at greatest risk from rabies. In 2006, the global Alliance for Rabies Control created the World Rabies Day initiative. This year it is on Friday, Sept. 28. The goal is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources. Several vaccine manufacturers provide a one-for-one free

rabies vaccination in needy areas of the world for each one purchased in the United States. Rabies prevention starts with the pet owner. Vaccinate dogs, cats, ferrets, and any other animal that has regular contact with humans, such as horses. Some common pets are not able to be vaccinated because no vaccine exists for those species. The law in Arizona requires that all dogs over the age of 3 months have a license and rabies vaccination. Cats are not legally required to be vaccinated, but are more likely to come in contact with sick wildlife, such as bats flapping on the ground. Indooronly pets can also be exposed to rabid animals that enter through pet doors or bats that fly into the house. All bite or contact exposures to bats or other wild animals or domestic mammals (except for rodents and rabbits) should be reported immediately to local animal control or health officials. More information is available online at,, and WorldRabies or by calling your local health department or the ADHS Infectious Disease Services at 602-364-4562. Hillary Frank, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian) is the owner of North Central Animal Hospital, P.C., 20 W. Dunlap Ave. She can be reached at 602-3959773 or find more information on our website The information in “Pet Primer” is provided as general information only. For specific advice on your pet’s health, consult your veterinarian.

Shelter competes for $100K grand prize The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) shelter is competing in a nationwide challenge that could win it $100,000 from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge runs Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, and AAWL & SPCA is trying to find homes for more than 1,500 pets during that period. If AAWL & SPCA can save the most lives among the 50 rescue organizations competing nationwide, it will win the $100,000 grand prize, which would allow it to further increase the number of lives saved by more than 1200 next year. For information about adopting a pet during this special challenge, go to or call 602-273-6852.

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This friendly 2-year-old Australian shepherd mix’s adoption fee is only $35 at the Arizona Humane Society (submitted photo).

Pet of the Month Active and social Lucy makes a great companion Lucy is an eager-to-please Australian shepherd mix with a fox-like tail and a freckled nose. Perpetually happy and always smiling, this welltrained 2-year-old is loaded with energy and could spend hours chasing various toys around a spacious yard. No matter where she may be in the house, she will come running when she hears her leash jingle as she anticipates her morning stroll around the neighborhood. Lucy is a dog park enthusiast and this playful girl will race after a retriever who’s in pursuit of a flying tennis ball—but hardly ever does she bring the ball back because she’s easily distracted and ends up wandering off to mingle with other friendly canines. After an “adventure” she will search for a comfortable place to rest and she prefers a spot near the hallway where she can supervise the household activities without moving anything more than her big brown eyes. She makes a great fluffy cuddle buddy for a brave housecat who enjoys the companionship of dogs. For more information about Lucy call 602-997-7585, ext. 2045 or visit the Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope Adoption Center located at 9226 N. 13th Ave. Her adoption fee is only $35 and includes her spay surgery and vaccines. To see all 120 dogs who are looking for a homes at the Arizona Humane Society, visit

Dog sitter treats them like family North Phoenix resident Charlotte Steele found her world turned upsidedown when she lost her job earlier this year. She decided to turn those lemons into lemonade by taking her love of

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Phoenix Superstars baton twirling team members celebrating their 66 medals include, from left: back row, Rachel Rodrigues, Stephanie Garza, Alexis Mendez, Hannah Morgan, Elaina Groby and Kelly Huntington; front row, Director/Coach Becky Hewitt, Alaina Hewitt, Emily Tutnick, Cassidy-rae Troupe, Stivani Athnniel and Assistant Coach Sarah Ewart (submitted photo).

Spotlight On ... Arizona Twirlers keep tradition going Ten members of the Phoenix Superstars baton twirling team captured 66 medals at the America’s Youth On Parade World National Baton Twirling Championships, held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., earlier this summer. The medals placed the girls in the top 10 in the country in their individual and team events. The twirlers were joined by their parents and two coaches, Sarah Ewart of Gilbert, a former Superstar herself, and Becky Hewitt of North Central Phoenix, who also is director of the Arizona Twirling Athletes. Hewitt began taking her daughter, Lisa, to competitions in 1974 when she was 8 years old, and is now keeping the family tradition going by taking her granddaughter, Alaina Hewitt, who competed in the 8-year-old division at this summer’s championships. Also competing were Stivani Athnniel, Stephanie Garza, Elaina Groby, Kelly Huntington, Alexis Mendez, Hannah Morgan, Rachel Rodriguez, Cassidy-rae Troupe and Emily Tutnick. Huntington placed in the top 10 of nine events, while Athnniel and Troupe both captured a second-place trophy in their Show Twirl Division and also had seven individual wins. Alaina Hewitt captured four individual medals and two team medals. Arizona Twirling Athletes offers new Learn to Twirl Programs in several

elementary school districts, including Washington and Madison. For more information on September classes, call 602-997-0522.

Poncy receives scholarship The T.W. Lewis Foundation earlier this summer awarded its 11th class of scholarship recipients, and among them was recent Thunderbird High School graduate Haylee Poncy, who is attending Arizona State University this fall. Since its inception, the T.W. Lewis Foundation has awarded a total of 110 scholarships to deserving students throughout the Valley. Each recipient receives $5,000 per year as long as they maintain a full course load and a Haylee Poncy 3.0 GPA each semester for four years. Selection criteria include academic achievement, leadership potential, personal character and financial need.

Delagrave a member of Wheelchair Rugby Team Phoenix resident and Paralympian Joe Delagrave, who achieved his dream last year to become a member of the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team, is one of 12 players on the team selected to go to London to compete in this year’s Paralympian Games Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. Making the national Wheelchair Rugby Team was a tough road for

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Scialli wins Fox Interactive Fellowship Sarah Scialli, 24, a North High School graduate, was awarded a Fox Interactive Thesis Fellowship to support her work in virtual production. She is in the third year of the Interactive Media MFA program in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC). The Fox Interactive Fellowships support cutting-edge research in the development of interactive thesis projects. The yearlong fellowship is directed towards projects which pursue innovation in the areas of visual effects and/or stereoscopic 3D. Scialli holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in film and digital imaging. At USC, she produced Tales from the Minus Lab, an Advanced Game Project, where she managed a team of around 45 students. She has interned at Lucasfilm Animation Studios (3D Story Tech Department), Nickelodeon Animation Studios (R&D intern), Microsoft

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Forum on Civic Engagement 5-8:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Central High School Auditorium 4525 N Central Ave. More than 20 community organizations have signed on to participate in the Forum including Valley Leadership, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, political parties, Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, One Community, Center for the Future of Arizona and many others. Partnering organizations will be involved in the kick-off Expo from 5 to 6:15 p.m. to invite, engage and otherwise inspire attendees to play big and small roles in the shaping of their communities and state. The Forum, from 6:15-8:15 p.m., is set up to be an action-inspired community conversation with the following issue areas in focus: Education; Political Systems; Civil Discourse, and Individual Action. Students/schools are invited to participate as well. Both events are free; registration is encouraged at

a financial contribution. All proceeds raised will benefit Xavier’s Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign, which continues to fund Xavier’s newly completed Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, and Petznick Field. Featured keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Jacobs, Dean of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. The alumna speaker is Bobbi Holcomb, a graduate of Xavier’s Class of 1999 and a secondgrade teacher at Madison Simis Elementary School.

MOPS Open House 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 North Phoenix Baptist Church, Building C, Room 215 5757 N. Central Ave. 602-277-1213 MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. The group is open to women who: are pregnant or have a child age newborn through kindergarten; desire new friends; want to share the challenges and joys of motherhood; are looking for opportunities for personal growth from trusted resources; and enjoy giving back to the community.

Phoenix Writers Club 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 Bluewater Grill 1720 E. Camelback Road Jack Ballentine, who currently is serving as Fire Marshal for the Phoenix Fire Department, will speak about his book, “Murder for Hire.” All of the proceeds from the book are being donated to the 100 Club of Arizona, the organization that helps families of Public Safety members who are killed or injured in the line of duty. Ballentine also is a former Phoenix police officer and spent 15 years undercover operating as a hired hit man. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reservations must be made by Sept. 13. RSVP with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line.

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Lincoln Guild Invitational 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge 5350 E. Marriott Drive 602-331-7860 Join more than 200 golfers for a day of fun and support the important community programs of John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission. Individual golfers are $350 each, and foursomes are $1,400. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast followed by a shotgun start. Lunch and awards are at noon. Register at

Lura Turner Homes Golf Tournament 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 The Legend at Arrowhead 21067 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. The event’s celebrity host is Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist Bobby Freeman. Cost is $125 per golfer, with all proceeds benefiting Lura Turner Homes for Developmentally Disabled Adults, founded in Phoenix in 1965 by Lura Turner. Several of the homes are located in the North Central area. For information and to register, call 602943-4789.

Forum on Prop. 115 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 Maricopa County Bar Association 303 E. Palm Lane 602-257-4200 This fall, Arizona voters will have a lot of decisions to make, including whether to change the process of judicial selection. Ballot Proposition 115 seeks to amend provisions of the Arizona Constitution regarding the selection and retention of appellate judges statewide and trial court judges in Maricopa and Pima counties. Those in favor of the proposition believe that it will improve judicial selection by giving the governor more options and control over the process. Others view it as an attack on judicial independence. For additional information and to register for the event, visit or call the phone number listed.

Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 Camelback Inn 5402 E. Lincoln Drive Seven of Arizona’s finest volunteers will be honored at an exclusive event presented by the Hon Kachina Council & St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and benefitting the Hon Kachina Council, an Arizona nonprofit organization. Honorees include Ward Simpspon of the Sojourner Center in Phoenix, and Earl Weisbrod, D.D.S., of the CASS Dental Clinic. Black tie optional attire is requested. Tickets are $200 each. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Colby Hunter at 602-4305445 or, or visit

Jason Schechterle Annual Scholarship Ball 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 Arizona Grand Resort 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway 602-485-0100 Maricopa County Attorneys Suzanne Cohen and Patricia Stevens will receive the Jason Schechterle Outstanding Law Enforcement Performance of the Year Award, and Rural/Metro Firefighter Rich Damante will receive the Jason Schechterle Outstanding Firefighter Performance Award. The awards will be presented by local public safety non-profit the 100 Club of Arizona, whose mission is to stand behind the men and women stand behind the badge. Tickets are $85 each. Visit

Roosevelt Row’s Chile Pepper Festival 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 A.R.T.S. project #1 408 E. Roosevelt St. Featuring helpings of the Valley’s best green chile dishes, ice-cold margaritas, salsa showdown, beauty queens, live music from local bands and much more. Local restaurants and food trucks will serve chile-oriented dishes while patrons roast chile peppers and soak up the vibe in the Valley’s most dynamic creative district. Chase that chile with a cold beer, wine or a margarita. Then mosey over to watch the event’s Chile Queen contest, a beauty/talent pageant. Event admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door (excluding food and beverages). Visit

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