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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

Sarah Scialli at work on the 46-camera motion capture stage of the University of Southern California’s Robert Zemeckis Center (submitted photo).

Studios (Associate Producer intern), NBCUniversal (Focus Features Post Production intern), and this summer she interned at Electronic Arts (Production intern). She is interested in pursuing Creative Production for both games and film. Her thesis, Aglaea, is a short film utilizing virtual production techniques. The film will be shot using motion capture and virtual camera, and will consist entirely of computer-generated (CG) environments and characters. Scialli is the product of the Madison Elementary School District, having attended Rose Lane and Madison Meadows, and was salutatorian of the North High Class of 2006, where she was in the International Baccalaureate program.

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9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave. 602-864-2353 Presented by Eileen M. Ó Dúill, certified genealogist. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions include: “Where Do I Start,” “Dublin, 30 June 1922: Did Everything Blow Up,” “Making Sense of Family Stories,” and “Come to Ireland to Find Your Irish Ancestors.” Registration fee is $40 for non-members or $30 for Irish Cultural Center members. Fee includes continental breakfast, box lunch, beverages, and prizes. Registration deadline is Sept. 5, or for first 150 people. Registration forms can be found online at:

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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7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 17 Phoenix Theatre 100 E. McDowell Road 602-406-3041 Magicians from Las Vegas will take the stage along with brain scientists from St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute. Audience members will get a

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behind-the-scenes look at how magicians trick us, what magic tells us about the brain and why it matters. Tickets are $75-$150 (VIP). Proceeds benefit Barrow Neurological Institute. Visit

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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Insurance firm and personal training center are familar sights on 7th Street Welcome to my third article for this monthly column, which honors North Central businesses that have been around for at least 20 years. I am a true believer in spending our money locally and we have some of the Valley's finest retailers as well as restaurants in our neck of the woods. If you know of any of our area businesses that have been around for at least 20 years, please email me at There is

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Hester, Heitel and Associates is located at 6122 N 7th St. in Phoenix. The firm relocated to its current office in 2004. The firm, founded by Lynn Hester in 1953, has a Commercial Lines Division, a Personal Lines Division and a Benefits Division. As an Independent Insurance Agency, Hester, Heitel and Associates writes all forms of insurance with many different companies. The current management team includes President Mark Hester, Senior Vice President John Heitel and Vice President John Hester. There currently are 20 total employees at the firm. Hester, Heitel and Associates recently has become a founder of United Valley of Arizona. This marketing group will combine its efforts with United Valley Insurance Services of California. The combined written premiums of the company exceeds $600 million, making the combined operations one of the top 25 Independent Insurance Agencies in the nation. Hester, Heitel and Associates celebrates 60 years of doing business in the Valley of the Sun in 2013. The company is proud to serve clients in the North Central Corridor, throughout the state, the southwest and the country and includes some international clients. The company is here to take care of your insurance needs. Hester, Heitel and Associates believes that professional personalized service has been the key to the company’s longevity and success. For more information, call 602-230-7726.

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Major League Conditioning Center’s one-on-one personal training center was founded in 1986 and has been at the corner of 7th Street and Rose Lane since 2001. Although Major League has clients who travel from all over the Valley for their 30-minute workouts, the center is conveniently located near you. Major League is a unique personal training center that offers 30-minute workouts that will get you twice the results in half of the time. The staff takes pride in treating you as an individual and can modify your workouts to accommodate your needs. All of Major League’s personal trainers are certified and/or have degrees in the exercise science field. The staff also will be happy to assist you with your nutrition, as Major League has a proven nutritional plan designed to fit everyone. Major League invites you to set an appointment to come in for a visit and a tour so you can get acquainted with the staff and, perhaps, discuss your fitness objectives. Major League’s name was inspired by owner and director Bill Ross’s background as strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Royals. Some of Major League’s clients are professional athletes but most are “just regular people” (averaging between 40-70 years) who enjoy the facility, the trainers and the results they get. Major League is located at 6210 N. 7th Street. For more information, visit Arrange a visit by calling 602-230-8581 or emailing

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Postpone taxes with exchange By Harvey Amwake, C.P.A.

The tax law provides a valuable taxsaving opportunity to business owners and real estate investors who want to sell property and acquire similar property at about the same time. This tax break is known as a like-kind or taxdeferred exchange. By following certain rules, you can postpone some or all of the tax that would otherwise be due when you sell property at a gain. A like-kind exchange simply involves swapping assets that are similar in nature. For example, you can trade an old business vehicle for a new one, or you can swap land for a strip mall. However, you can’t swap your vehicle for an apartment building because the properties are not similar. Certain types of assets don’t qualify for a tax-deferred exchange, including inventory, accounts receivable, stocks and bonds, and your personal residence. Typically, an equal swap is rare; some amount of cash or debt must change hands between two parties to complete an exchange. Cash or other dissimilar property received in an exchange may be taxable. It is not necessary for the exchange of properties to be simultaneous. However, in the case of such a “deferred” exchange, the replacement property must be specifically identified in writing within 45 days and must be received within 180 days (or by tax return due date, if earlier), after transfer of the exchange property. With a real estate exchange, it is unusual to find two parties whose properties are suitable to each other. This isn’t a problem because the rules allow for three-party exchanges. Threeparty exchanges require the use of an intermediary. The intermediary coordinates the paperwork and holds your sale proceeds until you find a replacement property. Then he forwards the money to your closing agent to complete the exchange. When done properly, exchanges let you trade up in value without owing tax on a sale. There’s no limit on the number of times you can exchange property. If

you would like to learn more about taxdeferred exchanges, talk to your financial adviser or contact our office. This article is for general information only and does not constitute financial advice. If you have any questions about financial matters, consult a professional tax adviser. Harvey Amwake, CPA, is a tax and small business consultant with the accounting firm of Arthur Spoon & Company, Ltd., at 1130 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 820. He can be reached at 602-264-6500 or by e-mail at

Business Briefs ‘Happy hours’ at Pearls vintage Pearls Vintage/Retro Resale Shop, which recently opened at 4540 N. 7th St., is offering a themed “retail therapy happy hour” Monday-Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. this month. During the “happy hour,” there will be 30 percent off the regular prices of each day’s special items. The “themes” are shoes on Monday, knick-knacks on Tuesday, clothing on Wednesday, and jewelry on Thursday. For more information, call 602466-2720.

Skin care salon adds massage therapist Mary Filippinetti, licensed aesthetician and owner of Skin Bliss located at 6317 N. 7th St., has announced a recent addition to her staff––Kari Ward, LMT. Ward has lived and worked in central Phoenix for 18 years. Ward’s deep-tissue massages, great prices and friendly demeanor have attracted many long-term clients. This month, Filippinetti and Ward are offering a deep tissue massage and a microdermabrasion facial for only $135 (regularly $170). “I feel so fortunate to live and own a business in central Phoenix,” says Filippinetti, who has been in the skin care business for the past 10 years. “The people here are friendly and easy to work with.” Skin Bliss offers a variety of advanced skin care treatments tailored to each client’s specific needs. In addition to facials, microdermabrasion and LED therapy, Filippinetti offers dermaplaning, waxing, chemical peels and a full line of professional skin care products. For more information or to make an appointment, call Skin Bliss at 602266-0666.

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Mather, Corporate Relations manager for Allstate Insurance Company in Arizona. “This is just one of the many donations Allstate provides to the local communities in which we do business. Our Helping Hands committee consists of office volunteers who are passionate about furthering Allstate’s Corporate Social Responsibility mission.”

Long-term Planning for Families with a Special Needs Child Parents or grandparents of a special needs child (such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome or mental impairment) understand the important role they play caring for their children. Planning for the time when you will no longer be able to care for your special needs child is crucial for ensuring their long-term care. Proper estate planning is imperative, in these instances, in order to enhance your child’s quality of life, while not endangering his or her eligibility for government benefits.

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Servando Rojas, a product consultant in Allstate Insurance Company’s Product Management Department, stands amidst a large donation of office supplies the company recently gave to local nonprofit Treasurers 4 Teachers (submitted photo).

Allstate donates to teacher organization On average, every year teachers in America spend $500 to $1,200 out of their own salaries on school supplies for their students. Allstate Insurance Company recently donated a large quantity of surplus office supplies and equipment to help Arizona teachers start the new school year off right. As part of an annual Back-toSchool Drive, Allstate’s Southwest regional office, located at 5343 N. 16th St., last month donated thousands of materials to Treasures 4 Teachers. Treasures 4 Teachers, a local nonprofit organization, has a mission “to promote earth-friendly education and ensure that students and classrooms across Arizona have the tools for learning by transferring the community’s surplus materials into the hands of educators and students, regardless of economic status.” More than 70 boxes of materials were loaded into a delivery truck on Aug. 15. These items were thanks to the generosity of Allstate employees and a recent regional office clean out. “Businesses have huge amounts of unwanted and surplus supplies that often end up in a landfill that teachers could desperately use,” says Kari

The Desert West Region office of Lincoln Property Company, a full-service real estate firm, announced the expansion of its property management division with five new staff members. Recently joining LPC are Mark Stromgren, general manager; Theo Ott, property administrator; Chuck Lhotka, chief engineer; Jim Hickenbottom, building engineer; and Val Grafitti, building engineer. These new staff members joined LPC with the award of the 470,000-square-foot property management contracts for two State of Arizona capitol mall office buildings: The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA). The Desert West Region office of LPC is located at 2355 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 510. For more information, call 602-912-8888 or visit

Resale shop carries eco-friendly paint Furniture Affair now offers a new paint line designed with the lazy DIY decorator in mind. CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paints have arrived at the store, located at 15602 N. 7th St. These paints fall into the “paint made easy” category—no stripping, sanding or priming necessary, just clean your surface and start painting. They are eco-friendly, mineral-based paints made up of chalk and clay in a water base, containing no volatile organic compounds. These paints are nontoxic and have no odor, with no acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol or toxic heavy metals. The paint is packaged in a recycled plastic container. The paints currently are offered in 21 different colors with an additional 13 colors being added soon to the color palette. Furniture Affair, testing the new chalk paints, created a beautiful please see PAINT on page 24

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Any inheritance such as investments, life insurance benefits, retirement accounts, and real and personal property, left outright to your special needs child at your death, may disqualify your child from much needed government benefits, particularly Medicaid. With proper planning and the use of a Special Needs Trust, you can preserve your money, assets, and life insurance proceeds to be used for the benefit of your child, while maintaining their eligibility for government benefit programs. With a Special Needs Trust, you appoint a person or financial institution to act as Trustee of the Special Needs Trust to manage your assets for the benefit of your child at your death. Benefits of a Special Needs Trust Although there are certain restrictions on the use of the funds in order to maintain eligibility for government benefits, the Trustee can generally use your money and assets left in the Special Needs Trust to provide your child with the extras that government benefits do not cover. Things such as uncovered therapy, medical, dental and mental health expenses, travel, entertainment, books, computers and other digital devices, electronics, cable TV, internet service, transportation and hobbies - those extras that will greatly enhance your child’s quality of life when you are not here to provide them yourself. Special Needs Trusts must be carefully drafted. If you have a special needs child, the estate planning and probate attorneys at Jennings, Haug & Cunningham are available to discuss the benefits and requirements of a Special Needs Trust and to determine if a Special Needs Trust is right for you and your child. About the author: Hillary P. Gagnon is a partner with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP. Her law practice is focused in estate planning and probate law where she assists clients with developing and preparing a personalized estate plan appropriate for their individual and family needs and also assists families and individuals with guardianshipes, conservatorships and post death administration of trusts and estates in both contested and uncontested matters. The information provided in this article is offered for informational purposes and does not offer legal advice to readers about specific situations. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. 2800 N. Central Ave


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Workshop series begins Sept. 8 The Greater Phoenix SCORE, along with the North Mountain Business Corridor Alliance (NMBCA), present a series of four seminars to help grow and strengthen locally owned businesses. The first in the “Simple Steps” series is set for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; all four programs take place at the SSC Boring Building, 1951 W. North Lane. This seminar is designed for those who want the inside scoop about what is going on in today’s marketplace when you are

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looking to start a new business. This program is free. The second seminar takes place 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Titled “How the Right Information Can Make You A Lot Of Money,” the second step of the series will help you identify your target markets, describe your products and services and collect competitive information to support your feasibility plan. Cost is $25. “Get More Customers With a Great Marketing Strategy” will take place 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Fee is $25. Learn how to outline a marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel and exercise your marketing strategy. The series wraps up 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with “Making Your Business Profitable!” The program will help you better understand financial concepts. You will learn how to use a financial model to forecast sales and revenues and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts. Cost is $25. To RSVP or for more information, call 602-745-7250 or e-mail






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Cross offers advice to businesses, lenders A Phoenix lawyer with three decades of experience in corporate restructuring has left the practice of law and decided to focus on opening a consulting firm to assist troubled businesses and pursue strategic options to avoid the courts when possible. North Central Phoenix resident Jim Cross recently launched Cross Business Consulting Services, LLC (Cross BCS) to provide cost-effective advice to businesses and lenders in turnaround management, receivership, bankruptcy trustee/examiner, loan modifications, profitability analysis and other areas related to business restructuring. He is joined in the new venture by his son, Ryan Cross, a graduating senior of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “I watched what went on during the last few years as the economy tanked, and there was really no one providing business leaders and their management teams with strategic options once they got into trouble,” Cross said. “I saw a real gap in service

to this segment of the market.” Cross also emphasized that his services are geared to providing advice to both creditors and debtors. Prior to starting the business, Cross was the leader of the bankruptcy practice group at the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, P.A., focusing on troubled debt, corporate insolvency and loan restructuring. Cross decided to leave the practice of Jim Cross law earlier this year in order to work with businesses before they become mired in the legal process. However, his firm also provides the services necessary to assist clients should a bankruptcy occur. More information is available at

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Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

Your North Central Specialist 602-761-4646 View our listings at Bobby Lieb Associate Broker 602-376-1341 mobile E Mail:

Bobby Lieb’s Honors and Awards HomeSmart’s #1 Top Performing Agent for 2011 by volume out of 4,300 agents HomeSmart’s Diamond Club for 2011 Top Selling Agent in North Central for the ninth year in a row Ranked #4 in Sales for 2007 by the Phoenix Business Journal Named “Realtor of the Year for 2003” by the Phoenix Business Journal Runner up for Broker/Agent Magazine Realtor of the Year in 2003 Winner Double Diamond Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Winner Diamond Club 1999 - 2002

Kathy Wright Licensed Assistant 100% CLUB Award Winner 2001 – 2010

Current Listings/Escrows (North Central homes in bold)

7110 N. Ce n t r a l Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14,383 SF . . . .9BR / 14.5BA . . .$3,500,000 2831 W. Carlise Rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3374 SF . . . . .4BR/2.5BA . . . .$ 950,000 5034 E. Lafayette Blvd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 875,000 23214 N. 39th Ter. . . . . .JUST LISTED . .5226 SF . . . . .5BR/4.5BA . . . .$ 795,000 333 E . Cl a r e m o n t St . . . .JUST LISTED . .3514 SF . . . . .5BR / 3.5BA . . . .$ 775,000 320 E . M a r yl a n d Ave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3882 SF . . . . .5BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 700,000 7501 N. Via De La Escuela .NEW PRICE . . .4680 SF . . . . .4BR/4BA . . . . . .$ 541,700 8847 N. 4t h Ave . . . . . . .JUST LISTED . .3133 SF . . . . .4BR / 3BA . . . . . .$ 450,000 223 W. A u g u s t a Ave . . . .IN ESCROW . . .3000 SF . . . . .4BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 450,000 6816 N. 1s t Pl . . . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .4400 SF . . . . .3BR / 3.5BA . . . .$ 450,000 302 E . D e s e r t Pa r k . . . .IN ESCROW . . .2273 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 450,000 20 E . D e s e r t Pa r k L n . . .IN ESCROW . . .2756 SF . . . . .3BR / 2.5BA . . . .$ 400,000 518 W. Bu t l e r . . . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . . .2804 SF . . . . .5BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 412,000 7814 N. 6t h St . . . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1943 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 385,000 10257 N Ce n t r a l Ave . . .JUST LISTED . .2950 SF . . . . .3BR / 2.5BA . . . .$ 375,000 503 W. Pu g e t Ave . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .4078 SF . . . . .6BR / 4.5BA . . . .$ 350,000 3808 S. Vermeersch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3000 SF 3+acres 4BR/2.5BA . . . .$ 350,000 201 W. Se l do n L n . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1820 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 335,000 222 W. E c h o L n . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .2282 SF . . . . .3BR / 2.5BA . . . .$ 310,000 2 W. Be r yl Ave . . . . . . . .NEW PRICE . . .1825 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 310,000 3828 S. Vermeersch . . . .IN ESCROW . . .2700 SF 3+ acres4BR/4BA . . . . . .$ 300,000 5712 N. 12t h Pl a c e . . . .IN ESCROW . . .3528 SF . . . . .5BR / 5BA . . . . .$ 268,000 336 W. D i a n a Ave . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1775 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 250,000 937 E . L o i s L n . . . . . . . . .NEW PRICE . . .2195 SF . . . . .4BR / 3BA . . . . .$ 250,000 8116 N. 16t h D r. . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .2294 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 225,000 7025 N. 10t h Pl . . . . . . . .NEW PRICE . . .2000 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 220,000 14015 N. 47th St. . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1655 SF . . . . .3BR/2BA . . . . . .$ 215,000 5825 N. 12t h Pl #7. . . . .IN ESCROW . . .2576 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 199,500 1637 W. Ha r m o n t D r. . . .IN ESCROW . . .1868 SF . . . . .3BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 190,000 17266 W. Bridger St. . . .IN ESCROW . . .3376 SF . . . . .5BR/3.5BA . . . .$ 170,000 126 W. E l m St . . . . . . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1188 SF . . . . .2BR / 2BA . . . . .$ 169,000 721 W. Or e g o n Ave . . . .IN ESCROW . . .1302 SF . . . . .3BR / 1.75BA . . .$ 159,000 18402 W. Maui Ln. . . . . .IN ESCROW . . . .2757 SF . . . . .4BR/2BA . . . . . .$ 125,000

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Bobby Lieb Associate Broker

Featured Homes for September D TE S I L ST JU


223 W. Augusta Ave. • $450,000


333 E Claremont St. • $775,000



20 E. Desert Park • $400,000




530 W. Palo Verde Dr. • $425,000


450 E. Ocotillo Rd. • $1,345,000



7814 N. Central Ave. • $675,000

126 W. Elm St. • $169,000

6840 N. 1st Ave. • $825,000

201 W. Seldon Ln. • $335,000

90 Homes SOLD in 2011, 60 Homes SOLD in 2012 and 20 In Escrow. Call 602-761-4646 today for a complimentary marketing consultation! SOLD Homes in 2012 5302 N. 47th St. 450 E. Ocotillo Rd. 6622 N. 31st Place 6014 E. Jenan Dr. 5856 N. Echo Canyon Ln. 2109 E. Kaler Dr. 6840 N. 1st Ave. 5241 E. Palo Verde Dr. 10800 E. Cactus Rd. #32 5120 N. 34th Place

$2,600,000 $1,345,000 $1,170,000 $1,248,000 $1,125,000 $ 940,000 $ 825,000 $ 760,000 $ 685,000 $ 685,000

7814 N. Central Ave. 5116 N. 34th Place 102 W. Morten Ave. 6719 N. Central Ave. 1560 W. Augusta Ave. 19 W. Morten Ave. 112 W. Kaler Dr. 120 W. Keim Dr. 7149 N. 6th Place 6206 N. Mockingbird

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

675,000 665,000 638,000 625,000 600,000 599,000 590,000 575,500 528,500 525,000

305 W. Rose Ln. 23209 N. 39th Terrace 6101 N. 2nd Pl. 11435 N. 124th Place 2819 W. Glenn Dr. 1011 W. Palo Verde Dr. 1543 E. Estrid Ave. 530 W. Palo Verde Dr. 9180 W. Molly Ln. 2557 E. Desert Ln.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

525,000 515,000 509,000 480,000 475,000 429,000 425,000 425,000 422,000 421,635

1320 E. Luke Ave. 7102 N. 6th Ave. 7339 N. 6th Way 1113 W. Stella Ln. 10244 N. Central Ave. 9053 N. 28th St. 15422 N. 57th St. 5827 N. 10th St. 14209 E. Nightingale Ln. 50 E. Lamar Rd.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

418,000 415,000 348,000 320,000 315,000 305,000 300,000 295,000 290,000 265,000

15249 N. 4th St. 7708 N. 1st Ave. 8419 N. 17th Dr. 306 N. Claremont 1314 W. Golden Ln. 6340 N. 6th Way. 0656 E. Medina Ave. 6320 N. 11th St. 7045 N. 12th St. 814 W. Oregon Ave.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

260,000 260,000 248,000 245,000 238,000 235,000 216,400 211,000 210,000 184,000

308 W. Townley Ave. 1001 E. Griswold #9 2557 E. Desert Ln. (lot) 1582 S. Western Skies 547 W. Oregon 1032 E. Clinton St. 8000 N. Central Ave. #8 140 E. Ingram 6729 N. 16th St. #22 4501 W. Whitton Ave.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

179,000 172,000 171,000 171,000 170,000 166,100 135,000 90,000 38,200 30,000

For all your escrow and title insurance needs, contact Kathy Zobel, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager 5225 N. Central Ave. #103 Phoenix Arizona 85012 (602) 595-5545 • (602) 595-5404 (fax) •

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Some patients wonder why they need a primary care physician. After all, many insurance plans allow patients to go see a specialist for whatever ails them—without a referral. But there is good reason why healthy people, as well as those managing chronic illness, should establish a relationship with a primary care physician. Maintaining good health For those blessed with good health, it’s important to have a primary care physician who can perform a routine annual physical exam and screening to make sure no medical conditions have developed over the past year. These include regular screenings for common culprits like diabetes and hypertension, as well as age-appropriate tests for prostate, breast and colon cancer, to name a few. Early detection is probably the best treatment we have, and a regular yearly physical exam helps identify potential problems at their initial stages so we can help prevent progression of disease. Managing existing conditions It’s also important for patients with chronic disease to have a primary care physician. A primary care physician can monitor the progress of chronic conditions, as well as coordinate with specialists, when necessary. This enables the doctor to gain a broader view of a patient’s health and identify any seemingly unrelated issues that may have a common cause. In addition to having an established rapport with a patient, a primary care physician also knows a patient’s baseline and can quickly identify any change of condition based on the patient’s consolidated history. Finding the right doctor I tell my patients that you can’t choose who your parents are, but you can certainly choose your doctor. If you have a primary care physician you respect and trust, then you are one step ahead of the game. If you don’t, you can get recommendations for one from a friend or family member who is satisfied with his or her doctor.

Then make an appointment to sit down and talk with the doctor to make sure you are comfortable with him or her. When you walk out the door, you should feel that the physician has your best interests at heart and is really giving you the proper care and attention you need. And when you do find the right one, stay put so you can benefit from the doctor’s knowledge of your medical history. Joshua Millstein, D.O., is a board-certified internal medicine physician with North Phoenix Medical Clinic, which is part of the John C. Lincoln Physician Network. He can be reached at North Phoenix Medical Clinic, 9100 N. 2nd St., Suite 121, phone 602-997-7331, or visit The information in “To Your Health” is provided by John C. Lincoln Health Network as general information only. For medical advice, please consult your physician.

Health Briefs Blood donors can win custom jewelry Did you know it takes eight donors to fulfill Arizona’s blood needs for just 15 minutes? Phoenix residents’ help is needed to save the lives of Arizona patients this summer. Several blood drives are scheduled in North Central Phoenix in September. Visit www.UnitedBlood and enter your ZIP code to find the one nearest to you. Give blood through Sept. 30 and be automatically entered to win a $1,500 jewelry piece custom-designed for you, courtesy of Schmitt Jewelers. What’s more, donate Sept. 1-7 and be treated to a voucher for a free pint of ice cream, courtesy of Blue Bell. To make a blood donation appointment, call 1-877-UBS-HERO or 1877-827-4376.

North Mountain Hospital care unit receives award The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has earned a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in Critical Care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s critical care units have been honored with a Beacon Award. The CVICU won its first Beacon Award for Excellence in 2010.

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John C. Lincoln Trauma Services Medical Director Alicia Mangram, MD, center, is joined by two of her G-60 team members, trauma nurse practitioners Mary Collins, left, and Arleen Stienstra (submitted photo).

Boomers target of new trauma services

Massages, facials aid Arthritis Foundation

A new multidisciplinary medical team, expedited treatment plan and inpatient unit have been established at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center to improve outcomes and reduce mortality and morbidity for older trauma patients. “In most cases, trauma injuries in the elderly are compounded by chronic medical conditions,” explains Alicia Mangram, MD, medical director for John C. Lincoln Trauma Services. “That means geriatric patients often experience more complications than their younger counterparts and trauma care for older patients needs to be distinct from care received for similar injuries incurred by younger trauma patients.” The new program, dubbed “G-60” because it is for geriatric patients aged 60 or over, was launched in June and is led by a trauma surgeon who is responsible for overall care for all G-60 patients. The program includes rapid identification and triage of potential G-60 patients in the Emergency Department and Trauma Center, and expedited admission (within two hours). “ We know we need to get G-60 trauma patients with orthopedic injuries into surgery within 48 hours of arrival at the hospital,” Dr. Mangram says. “Research in other facilities has documented a four-fold increase in morbidity and mortality when that 48-hour standard was not met.” The transformation of rooms on 5 East into private G-60 rooms included more appropriate lighting, larger clocks, geriatric fixtures and furniture.

Massage Envy has joined forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, $10 from every one-hour massage and facial benefits the Arthritis Foundation’s Phoenix Chapter. Prices for facials and massages are $49 and $39. Reservations for appointments will be accepted by phone or in person. You do not have to be a Massage Envy member to make an appointment. Reservations will be accepted on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Appointments will be set between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. To find a Massage Envy location, visit

New therapy group launches on Sept. 5 A new therapy group is forming for adults over the age of 18 wanting to learn Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. There are four skills the group will focus on: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance. The group will meet Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. starting Sept. 5, with the group meeting weekly at an office near 12th Street and Missouri Avenue. Fee is $50 per week. On average, the group is 16 to 20 weeks in length. The group is led by therapists Noelle Landay, LCSW and David Abrams, MAPC, LPC. For more information or to register, call 602-329-2049 or e-mail

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Katie Harbilas’ first grade class at Midtown Primary School shows off their new backpacks, stuffed with school supplies, donated by NHBC’s Scottsdale’s office and from Team Heaps at Discover Card (submitted photo).

Midtown gets help for back to school Midtown Primary School was the happy recipient of back-to-school assistance from NHBC’s Scottsdale’s office and from Team Heaps at Discover

Card. The employees at both corporations adopted the small, inner-city charter school located at and 4735 N. 19th Ave to help Midtown’s students get off to a good start. Midtown Primary School’s students were treated to new backpacks this year along with supplies galore from NHBC. Team Heaps at Discover Card formed teams to supply each classroom with the materials on their list. Both NHBC and Team Heaps asked what the school needed and stocked them with sheet protectors, a closet full of Kleenex, dry erase markers and Clorox wipes.

Nominate a ‘Teacher of Week’ For the 13th consecutive year, Fulton Homes’ “Teacher of the Week” program returns to honor Valley school teachers. Throughout the school year the program showcases teachers who inspire their students. Both students and parents can nominate their favorite educator each week for that teacher’s chance to win a prize package $300 from Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of Arizona. The chosen educator is announced every Friday from 6:20 to 7:20 a.m. on KNIX’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show. Students and parents can nominate their favorite teacher each week by visiting, and submitting a brief form describing why their teacher deserves the title. Next May, a “Teacher of the Year”

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will be chosen from the list of weekly winners, and will be presented with a $1,000 check at a ceremony honoring all the weekly winners. For more information about Fulton Homes “Teacher of the Week,” visit, or visit and type in the keyword “teacher.”

Businesses asked to mentor schools The former “Principal for a Day” program, now known as “UnitED,” is accepting applications from business owners throughout Maricopa Country wanting to give back to local schools through mentorships and other means, rather than solely through monetary donations. The purpose of the partnerships is to establish, build and sustain beneficial and meaningful relationships between public education institutions and local businesses. AEF’s UnitED platform purposefully matches a school with a business that brings its expertise and resources to match that school’s particular need. For instance, if the core interest of a business is math and science, that company will be partnered with a school whose goals are to improve math and science scores or to increase the number of students seeking careers in related fields. A bank might be paired with a school to increase the financial literacy of its students. Registration is now open for partnerships beginning in the fall. There

will be a joint information and training session in October to launch the partnerships. This experience will provide both school and business leaders with a basic understanding of a day in the life of the other while also giving them the opportunity to identify, explore and discuss ways in which the partnership will develop in order to benefit the school and the business. For more information on the UnitED program or to sign up a business or school, visit www.AzEd or email Bobbie O’Boyle at

School Briefs CREIGHTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Bilmore Prep gets an ‘A’ rating for second year For the second year in a row, Biltmore Preparatory Academy received an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education. In fact, with a score of 152 the public school in the Creighton Elementary School District is among the highest-scoring schools in the community. Biltmore Prep PTO Co-President Sandy Kukla said the high scores were a great reward for the teachers and administrators who have worked so hard to make Biltmore Prep a strong learning environment. The school’s programs include the groundbreaking Foreign Language Immersion along please see RATING on page 32

Now Enrolling Ages 6 months - Adult! World Class Staff Boys & Girls Classes Baby Gym & Baby Dance Fall SUPERCAMP

Birthday Parties • Valleywide Classes • Kid’s Night Out

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Come Sing with Us! First United Methodist Church is now enrolling singers ages 3-18 for our THREE youth choirs! Have fun and enjoy quality musical training at no cost to families! Choristers do not need to be church members.

Register Now! Call (602) 263-5013 or email Jessica Elder at See you on Sunday!

Biltmore Preparatory Academy, which recently received an “A� rating from the Arizona Department of Education, offers all its students a Technology class once a week in a stateof-the-art computer lab (submitted photo). RATING continued from page 31

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PHOENIX COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL TRIVIA Which school accepted MORE THAN one graduate from the 58 students in the PCDS class of 2012?

A. B. C. D. E.

Columbia Cornell Duke Harvard MIT

F. G. H. I. J.

NYU U Penn USC Stanford Yale

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with other innovative programs where students learn interactively utilizing technology. The school, located at 4601 N. 34th St., has received other significant recognition this year. Earlier in 2012, Biltmore Preparatory Academy was one of only five Arizona schools to be nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. The award, given by the U.S. Department of Education, “highlights ‌ schools that are producing outstanding results for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status,â€? according to the recognition letter. For more information about Biltmore Preparatory Academy, e-mail Faith Burtamekh at fburtamekh@

GLENDALE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Renovations completed at Thunderbird High As students headed back to school on the campus of Thunderbird High last month, they had a chance to check out a new two-story classroom building constructed over the summer by McCarthy Building Companies. The project was the result of an $80 million bond election that was passed by voters in 2011. Funds from the bond were used at Thunderbird at one other GUHSD campus for renovations and repair of existing school buildings, new construction and supplying school buildings with furniture, equipment and technology. Total cost for both campuses was approximately $14.6 million.

The new classroom building utilizes concrete tilt-wall construction, a method that enabled the project to be fast-tracked for completion. McCarthy crews worked two eight-hour shifts all summer long in order to complete these buildings prior to the start of school in August. The Thunderbird High School building, located at 1750 W. Thunderbird Road, totals 60,000 square feet of general classroom space as well as science labs and rooms for special education programs.

MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Meadows student gets Kohl’s scholarship The Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently honored more than 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Among them was Madison Meadows student Dulce Gariepy, 11, who wanted to help the younger kids at school with reading, so she made 52 take-home literacy bags for each of the kindergarteners so that the students would receive additional reading and phonics practice at home. Dulce was one of only four children from the Phoenix area chosen from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities. “From collecting books for underprivileged children to fundraising for a community food bank, the efforts of these kids are undoubtedly making our communities better places to live and it

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is a pleasure to recognize and thank them for their work,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Madison District seeks volunteer tutors The Madison Elementary School District is looking for community members who are interested in sharing the love of reading with a child. By becoming a literacy tutor, you will support a student once a week for an hour in the skills of reading and writing. This tutoring program serves children in Madison’s four elementary schools (Heights, Camelview, Rose Lane and Simis) and targets children needing additional academic support in literacy. The program is sponsored by Madison School District and OASIS. Tutors will receive training by a reading specialist from Madison along with a tutor handbook, bag and supplies. The training will be held at Madison Heights Elementary on Mon. Sept. 24 through Wed. Sept. 26 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For details, contact Maggie Kraft at 602-664-7839 or email

OSBORN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing board recognizes individuals Six individuals were recognized by the Osborn Elementary School District Governing Board as recipients of the You Make the Difference Award, a program that honors employees for outstanding contributions to the district’s students. Those honored were Valerie Andersen, personnel clerk; Carlos Ardon, Clarendon master teacher; John Bauermeister, community member; Carmen Esparza, Solano School home liaison; Ave Maya, Solano volunteer; and Nora Ryzska, Longview special education teacher. These individuals are among those who have been recognized over the past 23 years for being strong, positive supporters of the district, demonstrating exemplary relationships with staff, students and the community, participating in activities that have brought distinction to the employee or the district, demonstration of continuous personal/professional growth and demonstration of excellence in position.

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Fourth graders ranking high District fourth graders are showing excellent academic growth, according to Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) test data. The NWEA is an assessment measuring academic growth from which the district data can be compared to National Norm data and a typical growth trajectory can be established for individual students, classrooms, or an entire grade level. Students are assessed in the fall, winter and spring. Osborn fourth graders had already met or surpassed their typical projected growth for the entire year by the winter’s January test date, putting them well on track to continue catching up to their peers in other states. This past school year, kindergarten through fourth-grade students were assessed with the NWEA. Next year, the testing will expand to all grade levels.

PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Lead custodian honored at Central Central High Lead Custodian Fernando Guillen was presented with Phoenix Union High School District 2012 Support Staff Employee of the Year Award at the district’s Opening of Schools Convocation on Aug. 14. Guillen began working at Central while still a student there in 1998, and his school pride still shows today, whether making sure students are safe in an environment that is clean and inviting or working with the public. He Fernando Guillen became the lead custodian in 2004. Organizations that have rented the facilities have gone out of their way to make the school administration aware of the outstanding customer service Guillen has provided. His maintenance skills are put to the test every day with a 54-year-old campus, and he has the ability to problem-solve in a quick fashion. His colleagues say he is a significant asset to students, staff and community and is one of the most appreciated staff members at Central. He has the talent to promote a good work ethic among his staff through modeling his

personal and professional work principles, and staff has demonstrated that through its morale. Phoenix Union Certified and Support Staff Employees of the Year were selected by a committee of peers, based on nominations made up of school and site Employees of the Year.

Redistricted ward map approved by DOJ The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board election ward boundaries, which were redrawn as a result of a redistricting process earlier this year, have been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The new election wards will not be in effect until the 2014 Governing Board election, when the five ward seats are on the ballot. The 2012 election will determine the two at-large members of the seven-member board. The new map was approved by the Governing Board in March, and submitted to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance. The new boundaries are based on decennial census information in order to keep each of the five wards as “nearly equal” in population, as possible, and in conformance with voting rights requirements. Because of rapid population growth in some areas of the school district, and population loss in other areas, new ward boundaries had to be created. Based on the 2010 Census, each ward should have an “ideal” total population size of 130,518, without diminishing minority voting representation. The adopted map has wards ranging in population from 128,094 to 131,288 residents. The greatest change came in Ward 1 in Southwest Phoenix and Laveen, which went from 169,000 residents to 131,000. Wards 2, 3 and 4 added 12,000-17,000 more residents in the new alignment. The percent of voting age minority residents increased from 57 percent to 69 percent in Ward 4, but dropped two percentage points in Ward 3, the only ward that had less than 50 percent voting age minority residents. Four of the five wards are minority-majority wards, and minority representation was not diminished. Phoenix Union has seven governing board seats, five representing geographic wards, and two that are at-large, meaning those members are elected from all voters residing in the district. The adopted map with realigned ward

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boundaries is available at www.phoenix, with demographic background information and side-by-side comparisons with the current map.

North students attends event in Washington, D.C. North High student Michael Pineda earlier this summer attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premiere Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, as part of its 2nd Annual High School Latino Leaders in DC (HSLLDC) program. In partnership with State Farm Insurance, the founding sponsor of the program, and the Close Up Foundation, CHCI welcomed 40 lowincome high school students from nine metro areas across the country, including Phoenix, to the nation’s capital to learn about how the federal government works, meet important leaders, visit historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities. National support for all program students was provided by Southwest Airlines, official airline sponsor of CHCI Leadership Programs, and Macy’s, the official wardrobe sponsor of HSLLDC, which provided $300 gift cards to each student prior to their arrival in Washington, D.C. Additional support for Phoenix area students was provided by Victor Flores. “These 40 talented Latino high school students are eager to learn more about government and policy, as well as prepare themselves to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI president & CEO.

Montessori school opens for first year Camelback’s new Montessori College Prep program is underway with its first freshman class of 26 students. Danchi Nguyen, who taught honors chemistry at Camelback, will be the math/science Montessori teacher, and Michael Sauer will teach English and social studies. Both spent five weeks this summer in Cincinnati, training and earning Montessori certification. Next year, 25 more students will be added, with a goal of 100 students in four years. For more information, call 602-764-7000. Applications are available at or by contacting Camelback.

Metro Tech students shine at competitions Metro Tech seniors Edgar Robles and Cristian Escobar placed fifth in the National Future Business Leaders of America Virtual Business Management Challenge at the national conference in San Antonio, June 27-July 3. The duo qualified by placing second in the nation in a challenge this spring against 287 teams in 28 states. Their team, named RET, ran five simulations of four teams each, and the team placed first in three of the simulations and had the fifth-best gross profit. The simulation involved teams setting up a warehouse, selecting form of ownership, locating the building, setting up the warehouse layout (workflow), setting routes, giving discounts, and hiring staff for four office positions, and nine warehouse positions on three shifts. The students use virtual business software to experience the management of a distribution center. Students had to incorporate strategies, scheduling, planning, organizing and financing of their business. Ten other Metro Tech students, who graduated in May, competed at Nationals, most by virtue of first-place finishes in state competition. Among them were: Yvette Perez and Janny Valadez, who placed first in Business Financial Plan; Valadez and Rebecca Guitierrez, who placed first for Business Presentation; Jose Rojas, who placed second in Job Interview; Manuel Alvarez, who earned a first place for Accounting II; Yosellinne Morales, Sonia Roman, and Cristal Ramos, who placed first in the state for Emerging Business Issues; Yenezareth (Jenny) Felix and Angelica Puac, who got second place for Banking and Financial Services. There were 8,000 students competing at nationals, including 210 from Arizona. The Metro Tech team is coached by Career and Technical Education teacher William Palmer.

Career advice given on first day of school Thirteen former Camelback students came back on Aug. 14 to give some advice on college and career to the marketing classes of Julia Bourdo. This has been a tradition over the years for current students to hear the personal stories, and the economic, social and academic challenges and accomplishments of individuals from the same please see ADVICE on page 36

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Bonafante named at Master Teacher mentor Heidi Bonfante is Phoenix Union’s newest Master Teacher mentor, successfully completing the portfolio process for the Arizona K-12 Center. Bonfante is a professional development specialist for small schools Suns-Diamondbacks and Franklin Police and Fire High School. The Arizona’s Master Teacher Program places experienced, accomplished teachers into leadership roles in schools as mentors or coaches for their peers. Master Teacher mentors provide observation, support and professional development primarily to teachers in their first or second year of teaching in the profession. Phoenix Union now has ten Master Teachers. Bonfante also is one of the district’s National Board Certified teachers, having earned her certification in English while teaching at St. Mary’s High School. She has been a teacher for 24 years, but is in her first year with Phoenix Union.

More than 600 WESD students received a new supply filled backpack thanks to the “Bus Stops Here” drive hosted by Metrocenter Mall (submitted photo).

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Students benefit from Metrocenter drive Metrocenter Mall last month hosted the "Bus Stops Here" back-to-school backpack drive benefiting the students of the Washington Elementary School District. Thanks to their efforts, 629 students received a new backpack filled with school supplies for the new school year. In addition to shoppers and community members who stopped by to donate, several Phoenix-area retailers and businesses also joined in, including: Cricket Wireless, Sears, Phoenix New Times, Castles ‘N Coasters, KMomo, Radio Disney, and the Metrocenter Block Watch. Metrocenter kicked off the event with an in-mall promotion that included Univision Radio on July 27. The mall hosted entertainment for the next two weeks, including a special appearance by MC Magic Power on Aug. 3. WESD staff picked up the donated school supplies Aug. 10 and distributed them the first week of school.

Governing Board calls for capital override The Washington Elementary School District (WESD) Governing Board has voted unanimously to call for a special capital override election to be held on Nov. 6, 2012. If approved by voters, more than 95 percent of the monies generated by the override will be designated for student, classroom and

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PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS Asadi takes helm at PC Prep Academy As the new principal of Phoenix College Preparatory Academy, Robert Asadi has a goal for the school’s students. “I would like a significant number of our students to graduate with an associate’s degree at the same time as a high school diploma,” he says. Asadi began his new role as principal of PC Robert Asadi Prep Academy on July 23. The charter high school is under the auspices of Phoenix College and students are able to take college-level courses at PC if they are academically ready. “We’re not working with PC; we are PC,” says Asadi. PC Prep Academy, located on the Phoenix College campus’s Osborn site at 11th Avenue and Osborn Road, may be the right school for motivated students looking to get a head start on their college dreams, he adds. He noted that one PC Prep student heading into her senior year already has accumulated 38 college credits. “It’s a win-win for some students, especially those who may not have the wherewithal to pay for college tuition right now,” says Asadi. He replaces David Singer, who retired in June. At the time he was hired for the PC position, Asadi had been serving as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University, where he taught graduate-level courses in Educational Leadership and Educational Administration. For more information, call 602-2857998 or visit http://www.phoenixcollege. edu/about/pcprep.

Riddiford receives perfect ACT score Lauren Riddiford, who will graduate from Xavier College Preparatory in 2013, recently received a perfect score on her ACT exam. The ACT test is a curriculumand standardsbased educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiLauren Riddiford ness for their first year of college. Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention. The ACT contains five curriculumand standards-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The test is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

Auction items sought for holiday event The Xavier College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild is looking for auction items for the 2012 Xavier Holiday Dinner and Auction, “Countdown to the Luminarias of Christmas,” that will be held in the school’s new Founders Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10. Items of interest to attendees of all ages are welcome. Popular items in the past have included golf packages and equipment, sporting event tickets, travel and vacation packages, electronic and mobile devices, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, spa packages, ladies’ accessories and home decor. If you would like to volunteer for or donate to the dinner and auction, send an e-mail to holidaydinnerauction or call the Mothers' Guild office at 602-240-3138. If you are interesting in volunteering, the Acquisitions Committee invites you to join and help with the event. The committee will meet every Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Wildflower Bread Company on Indian School Road just west of 44th Street. For more information, visit the Mothers’ Guild website at Visit North Central News online at

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Care center receives new higher rating Arizona Grand Senior Living Community’s Care Center, 4602 N. 24th St., recently was given a new 4Star Overall Quality rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This new rating reflects a high quality in staffing levels of nurses to patients and overall exemplary operations of the care center. Arizona Grand Care Center now rates in these following areas as designated by CMS: Overall Quality, 4 Stars; Staffing, 5 Stars; RN Staffing, 5 Stars; Health Inspection, 3 Stars; and Quality Measures, 3 Stars. In addition to the overall 4-Star CMS Rating, Arizona Grand Care Center also has received an “A” Quality Rating from Arizona Department of Human Services (DHS) for the seventh consecutive year. And, the Care Center also was a recipient of the national AHCA/NCAL Bronze Commitment to Quality Award in 2011. Only four other skilled care centers in Arizona received this honor in 2011.

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Kids & Families Family Fun Day: AZ Mine Inspector Starting this month, Saturdays are Family Fun Days at the Arizona State Capitol with free activities and fun programs. Come see what’s waiting for you under the copper dome, 1700 W. Washington St. Families and all other weekend visitors are welcome to stop by the Capitol for the first Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, for the opening of the new State Mine Inspector Exhibit. Activities include: Make your own mining hardhat and learn about mine safety; meet Arizona State Mine Inspector Joe Hart; explore hands-on mine safety artifacts; see a recreated entrance to an abandoned mine; and create your own mine safety bill and see if it becomes a law. Visitors also are invited to enter the Museum Store for fun activities like the Arizona jigsaw puzzle. The Arizona Capitol Museum has virtual and physical exhibits, events, and educational programs that are free and open to the public. The Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, is the oldest cultural institution in Arizona, dating to the organization of the Territory in 1863. For more information, contact Luke Bate, assistant museum director, at 602-9263620 or

Center seeks donations for fall community sale Beatitudes Agelink Intergenerational Child Development Center, a nonprofit that serves children from birth through pre-kindergarten, is seeking donations for its second-annual fall fundraiser, set for Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Community members are asked to clean out their closets and overstuffed garages and donate gently used items such as clothes, toys, furniture, tools, household goods, art, and more. Donations can be dropped of at the center’s front desk, 1548 W. Glendale Ave. Tax exemption forms will be provided upon request. If you’d rather take your unneeded goods and make a little cash yourself, the center also is renting vendor space for $35 plus 10 percent of sales. For more information, call 602-9553363.

Sept. 3 rally seeks better standards in maternity care Thousands of men, women and children will gather in more than 100 major cities around the country on Sept. 3 as part of a national movement. Locally, a rally will take place at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 W. Thomas Road. The rallies are being held for Improving Birth’s “National Rally for Change on Labor Day.” The purpose is to bring awareness to the lack of evidence-based maternity care in the United States. The organization is advocating for medical practice standards at both the federal and the state level that would address C-sections performed without medical justification and assure more mother-friendly births and fewer medical interventions during labor “Until we get it right, we are needlessly subjecting mothers and babies to major abdominal surgery, the longterm side effects that go along with that and the unnecessary risk of death for both,” says Dawn Thompson, founder of Improving Birth. “Despite the dire situation, this is

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Lincoln Learning Center, 303 E. Eva St., offers a free pre-kindergarten program to children whose family’s income is 200 percent or below the federal poverty guidelines. “Building social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills are all key factors in readiness as children enter the school system,” said Kathryn Wauters, director of the Lincoln Learning Center. A new scholarship grant will be open to children of families who meet specific income and age requirements. The program includes free childcare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with all meals and snacks, physical fitness, small classroom sizes and state-certified teachers with a background in early childhood education. Before and after school care is available for $11 a day per child. Requirements to enroll include: Children must be a U.S. citizen or have proof of legal residency; family must show proof of income if working; family income must be at or below the 200-percent poverty level; and children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2012. For more information, call 602-943-3731.

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Faith Briefs Catholic organization hosts Family Celebration The EWTN Global Catholic Network comes to the Phoenix Convention Center Sept. 8-9 for its annual Family Celebration. This year, one of the highlights will be a special panel on religious liberty, which will include a questionand-answer session for the audience and media who attend. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. EWTN was the first religious entity to file suit against the federal government regarding the HHS mandate (see for more information). The two-day celebration also will include speakers such as “World Over” anchor Raymond Arroyo; “Journey Home” host Marcus Grodi; “EWTN Live” host Fr. Mitch Pacwa, and the former Rosalind Moss, now Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God. Saturday

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Preschool expands after-school options Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, has updated and expanded its after-school programs for 2012-13. This year’s classes are Artworks, Books & Cooks, Little Kicks Soccer, Kidtastics Dance, Little Devils Gymnastics, Lil Yogi’s Yoga, Baker’s Cents, Godly Play and Hola! Spanish. Each class is taught by a seasoned teacher with early childhood experience. New to this year’s roster are Kidtastics Dance and Hola! Spanish. Classes are reviewed annually by parents, staff and the preschool board of directors to ensure that children are offered a current and enjoyable range of options. Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool has been specializing in the education of young children since 1967 and was the first preschool in Arizona accredited by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Children must be enrolled in the preschool to take part in the After School Classes. For more information, contact the preschool at 602-840-8265.

Beth El’s Talmud Torah receives national honor Beth El Congregation’s Talmud Torah has been recognized as a “Framework for Excellence School” by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Beth El is the most recent congregation to receive this status and is only one of 95 schools nationwide and only

one of three in Arizona to be so recognized, marking it as one of the top religious schools in the country. This certification marks the fact that Beth El’s Talmud Torah has met rigorous standards in all academic areas that include professional development, curriculum development and family education. As a Framework for Excellence School, Beth El Congregation has been recognized for its ability to integrate formal and informal educational programming in a seamless way, further highlighting the importance of both. This standard for academic excellence also recognizes the Congregation’s success in creating a partnership between the professional staff and the lay leadership in building the kind of relationships that result in establishing high quality, meaning centered religious school learning opportunities. Education Director Janette Silverman has put her mark on the school by propelling it to national heights of recognition. Silverman’s staff of teachers is enhanced by Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky and Hazzan Sam Goldman. Congregational President Preston Mayon and Religious School Education Chair Barbara Becker have all played an integral part in the success of the overall educational program. Together, all of these leaders are role models for Beth El’s students as they engage in the task of transmitting the Jewish traditions. For more information, call 602-944-3359, ext. 123.

AWANA program returns to Royal Palms Children ages 4 years to sixth grade will learn Bible truths through fun games, scripture memory and music while making good friends during the AWANA Club at Royal Palms Baptist Church, 8802 N. 19th Ave. The club meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 5 and continuing through May 1, 2013. For more information, contact Jackie Fry RPBC Music & Children’s Ministries, at or log onto Visit North Central News online at

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Create a cookie ‘home’ for benefit auction The Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix is “calling all bakers” for their unique interpretations of the traditional holiday gingerbread house to be showcased at the 3rd Annual “Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread House Auction. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St. Submissions must be original (kits used as a base are acceptable), and participants should create their idea of a “home” with approximately 80 percent using edible materials. The home does not have to be actual gingerbread; however, it must be made from sweet edible materials. Home Sweet Home is an evening of entertainment, art and auction. It will feature dozens of gingerbread houses created by local community members, artists, architects, celebrities and others who want to showcase their artistic talents and support NHS Phoenix. All proceeds from the event go directly to supporting pre-post, reverse mortgage and foreclosure intervention counseling, education, down payment and closing cost assistance, affordable mortgage programs and single-family homes offered by NHS Phoenix. The gingerbread houses will be available for public viewing Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 at the Children’s Museum of

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Artists with disabilities sought for competition Artists who are 19 years old and older, have a disability and live in Arizona are eligible for the Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Artists with Disabilities. The deadline for the contest is Friday, Oct. 5. Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be granted to the first-, second- and third-place winners. An event to display the art and announce the winners will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at The Warehouse 1005 Studio and Gallery, 1005 N. First St. This year’s contest theme is “Hope Sees the Invisible and Achieves the Impossible.” Entrants should send twodimensional watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, mixed media and computer-generated art no larger than 24 inches x 30 inches to: AICCD, 4545 N. 36th St., Suite 125A, Phoenix, AZ 85018. For more information on the art competition, visit or email

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‘Visions of this Land’ Opening Reception 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 Herberger Theater Art Gallery 222 E. Monroe 602-254-7399, ext. 117 The exhibit features the artwork of former Herberger Theater Art Gallery curator Jim Covarrubias and includes a series of large paintings inspired by the symbolic directions of the traditional Medicine Wheel. Enjoy a nohost bar in Bob’s Spot Gallery Lounge for the reception. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances. All artwork will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Herberger Theater Center. Visit

‘Feminine Intuition’ Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 6th Avenue Gallery 650 N. 6th Ave. Featuring the work of three very different artists, who have one fascinating thing in common—Gina Frackiewicz, Amanda Porfirio, and Corrine Armijo-

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No More Deaths Third Annual Silent Art Auction 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center 147 East Adams St. 602-254-9817 The auction displays the work of local artists and all proceeds will benefit No More Deaths, a nonprofit humanitarian aid group whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative. Bid on art by local artists and support a good cause. Silent bidding will end at 8 p.m. Music, light food and drinks available. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit or

‘The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ Actors Theatre Sept. 21-Oct. 7 Herberger Theater, Stage West 222 E. Monroe 602.252.8497 A look at how former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his obsessions have shaped our lives while following a trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Tickets are $31$47 plus fees. Visit www.actorstheatre

‘Mysterium: A Sunset Contemplative Concert’ 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 All Saints Lutheran Church 15849 N. 7th St. In the late 19th century, the mystic composer Scriabin envisioned a performance of his music with the backdrop of the sunset and Himalaya Mountains. He called it “Mysterium.” This concert is pianist Lynne Haeseler’s effort to recreate his concept by integrating music, dance (Movement Source Dance Company), and the sunset in a unifying experience. Enjoy a chanting choir, gongs, African drums, organ and flute in an integrated art performance.

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‘Rock of Aging’ 16 Bars 12:10 p.m. Sept. 25-27 & Oct. 2-4 Herberger Theater, Kax Stage 222 E. Monroe 602-254-7399, ext. 104 “Rock of Aging” revisits the days when we were limber, the Beatles were kids and Elvis was thin. Join 16 Bars for a rockin’ reunion of happy days and unforgettable music. Part of the Herberger’s lunchtime theater series, tickets are $6 and are available online, at the door or by phone. Bring lunch or pre-order lunch when you purchase tickets. Visit

Phoenix Boys Choir Mini-Concert 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Road 602-264-5328 During the hour-long concert the world-renowned Tour Choir will perform new works, sneak peeks at special repertoire and audience favorites including “Route 66,” “Candyman,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Panis Angelicus” and many more. During each concert, the choir pays special tribute to the veterans of America. Tickets are $10 for adults and FREE for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Visit

Ballet Under the Stars Ballet Arizona 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Road 602-381-0184 Enjoy classical and contemporary ballet in a casual setting for free. Performances last approximately 1 hour. Bring a blanket or low lawn chairs to sit on. Visit

of your favorites from hit musicals including: Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Carmen and, of course, Wicked. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18-$83, plus fees. Visit

‘Monsters, Mutants and Other Tales of Love’ 8 p.m. Oct. 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20 Space 55 636 E. Pierce St. From the author of “Night of the Chicken” comes five short plays to kick off the Halloween season. Zombies, mutants, and semi-cyborgs are just some of the haunting characters featured in this evening of spooky fun. Rated PG-13 for some (comedic) violence. Tickets for all shows are $15 and are available online; click on “Box Office,” then click on the show date and time. Also available at the door the night of the show. Visit for the latest local arts and entertainment news

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Heinrich Stasiuk, co-owner of Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar, greets “business lunch” diners, clockwise from bottom left: Kelsey Vescova and Guy Collison from the Arizona Humane Society; Melinda Gulick from DMB Associates; and Brad Keisling and Jennifer Bonnett from PetSmart (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Café Chat Upscale food in a neighborhood setting By Teri Carnicelli Heinrich Stasiuk looks around the elegant interior of his Sunnyslope wine bar and restaurant and smiles. Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar will celebrate its first anniversary on Oct. 6, and after a rough summer of sparse diners, making it through the first year—and to an expected much better fall business season—is enough to keep its co-owner upbeat, even when business has been somewhat down. Timo is unique in the community in that all of its hot menu items, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, are cooked in a wood-fired oven. Eggs are cooked, onions are sautéed and eggplants are roasted whole in this custom-built oven that can reach temperatures up to 800 degrees. Combine this unique cooking method with ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible and often organic, and you get a sophisticated and flavorful menu with prices that are surprisingly affordable. Stasiuk says he wants the neighborhood to feel welcome with great food and comfortable seating and not be put off by high downtown eatery prices. So why the recent struggle? It may have less to do with the slow economy and more to do with the outdoor tem-

peratures. At Timo, half of the potential dining space is outdoors on a large patio, complete with firepit, couches and tables with pleasingly comfortable chairs. But even an aggressive misting system can’t counter the burn from temperatures in the triple digits. Which means that when the interior space is filled up, impatient diners might decide to try their luck elsewhere. But Stasiuk is confident that when the temperatures drop, the great food, great prices and great patio space will bring those diners back. Despite the summer slump, Stasiuk says that Timo already has its share of “regulars.” “They know my family and I know theirs,” he says. “They like to support local businesses and they are glad that we are here.” Customers also aren’t shy about giving feedback. For example, Timo’s happy hour used to end at 5:30 p.m. After several customers commented that they felt it was too early, happy hour was extended to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Customers also wanted to see a separate lunch menu with more salad and sandwich options, versus one “shared” menu for lunch and dinner. Once again, Stasiuk answered the call and recently introduced a lunch-only menu that’s already getting a lot of positive feedback. Not only are there some tempting new items—like the 10-inch flatbread

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pizzas, the Tuscan chopped salad and the braised short-rib calzone—but other familiar favorites, like the ovenroasted eggplant lasagna, are priced as more affordable lunch items. All the menus feature notations of “v” and “gf ” next to certain items to indicate “vegetarian” and “gluten-free.” While none of the bread items currently are gluten-free, it is something that could change in the future if, once again, customers ask for it. One of Stasiuk’s other restaurants—Brick, located at the Arizona Center—does offer some gluten-free pizza selections. It’s all about making the customers happy, Stasiuk says. Whether its increasing the wines-by-the-glass selections to 29, or adding more local beers, or even putting in the one and only TV to be found in the restaurant over the bar area (with volume turned off, typically), Stasiuk is open to making changes to please his clientele. “We are happy to give the locals what they want as long as it stays within our concept,” Stasiuk says. “We don’t skimp on quality. We bake our breads fresh every day, we squeeze our own juices and brew our teas.” Part of that customer-centric attitude includes a special menu of “Doggie Deck Favorites,” for those dining on the patio with their pooches. Each dog receives a cool bowl of water, and you can order a unique treat for your pup, such as venison stew or turkey biscuits. Stasiuk says when the weather cools down, the dogs come out. The patio is especially hopping with dog owners and their canine companions during the weekend brunch hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The regular menu often is enhanced with a special, such as chicken and waffles or crab cake eggs benedict. All the menus have been carefully crafted by Stasiuk’s business partner, Executive Chef Mercer Mohr, a James Beard Award winner. Stasiuk and Mohr are partners in Wild Thyme Group, which operates Timo, Brick, and Ken’s Creekside American Bistro in Sedona. Mohr divides his time between Ken’s Creekside and the two Phoenix properties. He and Stasiuk are in the process of putting out their first cookbook featuring some of the three restaurants’ most popular dishes. It should be out before the end of the year. In the meantime, Stasiuk continues to greet customers, listen to their

comments and make sure the food looks as good as it tastes. And it looks very, very good. Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar is located at 8801 N. Central Ave. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 602-354-3846 or visit

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tastings to come. This will be a 60-90 minutes tasting and class, featuring seven 1-ounce tastings served with cheese-andcracker appetizers. The AAIC will have a buffet and music available afterward if you should desire to stay and have dinner, at additional cost. The class will consist of an in-depth discussion on the grape varieties used, the regions and soils they are grown in and how each wine is made. It will be presented in a fun yet educational manner. This event is open to everyone. Fuller currently is the Resort Fine Wine Specialist for Valley of the Sun Fine Wines. As a sommelier, he has a passion and dedication to the wine industry and wine education. He will provide each attendee a Food and Wine Paring Guide as a gift. The wines that will be poured are: Barra Pinot Grigio, Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Cambria Chardonnay, La Crema Pinot Noir, Freemark Abbey Merlot, Arrowood Cabernet and Edmeades Zinfandel. Cost is $15 per person. Limited seating is available; purchase your event tickets at the AAIC bar. For more information, call 602-944-3090 or visit

Geordie’s wins Wine Spectator Award The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Trail, has been a favorite dining spot and special events destination for years. So it’s no surprise that the historic property has received “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2012.” Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate for their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. Geordie’s at The Wrigley Mansion has been recognized for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. In order to receive this prestigious recognition a restaurant must offer lists of well-chosen selections of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections; the list at Geordie’s was compiled by Paola Embry, CEO of The Wrigley Mansion. Geordie’s at The Wrigley Mansion will reopen for tours, lunch and dinner on Sept. 12, and the Champagne

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Find great deals during Restaurant Week Arizona Restaurant Week returns for a nine-day culinary celebration Sept. 15-Sept. 23. The palate-pleasing event presented by the Arizona Restaurant Association highlights Arizona’s restaurant industry and offers diners the opportunity to indulge their inner foodie. More than 200 restaurants will offer specialty prix-fixe dinner menus for $30 and $40 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Food fans are encouraged to download the DINEAZ mobile application or text DINEAZ to 486479 for text message updates (standard rates apply) and to stay on top of the most up-to-date information about Arizona Restaurant Week. A full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found at Reservations are strongly recommended.

Vintage Wine Auction offers delectable samplings Hospice of the Valley’s annual Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction was created for those who enjoy collecting rare or reserve wines and for people who simply enjoy a festive evening with friends to support a worthwhile cause. Off the Vine is set for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road. Proceeds benefit the not-forprofit agency’s patients and families. The evening begins with delicious pairings under the stars, featuring silent and live auctions of fine wines, unique culinary experiences and vineyard trips. Participating wine and food purveyors include Dale Sparks and Liz Delgado of Quench Fine Wines; Mark Tarbell of Tarbell’s; Brent Karlicek of Postino Winecafe and Windsor; and Amy Binkley of Binkley’s Restaurant. Wine connoisseurs Dan Santy and Jock Wulffson also will be involved. Cost is $150 per person. Corporate sponsorships start at $3,000. Deadline

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to register is Friday, Sept. 21. For more information and to register, visit or call Trisha DiSano at 602-636-5314.

Harley’s new owners preserve tradition Harley’s Italian Bistro has changed hands again, but the new owners promise to continue the tradition of flavorful Italian dishes served in a family friendly atmosphere. This eatery located in the Melrose District at 4221 N. 7th Ave. is known as a favorite dining spot for neighborhood locals, politicians, and longstanding customers. The restaurant has undergone some modest interior renovations and new additions to the already bountiful menu, including brick oven pizzas and sandwiches. Homage is paid to past owners as well. Artwork from Rocco Pepino, owner of The Roman Table—a previous incarnation—can be seen in the entrance, adding a nostalgic feel to the bistro. A majority of the entrees are the creation of Renee Pepino and Livia DiEugenio, previous owners. The additions of new menu and drink concepts and a revamped wine list have been well received. “The secret to life—and a good restaurant for that matter—is to cook with love, honor tradition, and to have strong passion for the grapes,” says Charolette Kimerly, one of the new owners. To add an even more personal level to the dining experience, the new own-

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Winemaker Dinners return to Biltmore The Arizona Biltmore has launched its 23rd season of Winemaker Dinners, featuring original menus paired with specially selected wines, spending time with the creators of the wines, afterdinner drinks and cigars, and a jewelry showing by Hyde Park Jewelers. The dinners will be held monthly from Sept. 20 through May 2, 2013. A reception with the jewelry showing starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. After the dinner, enjoy complimentary Port and cigars. The schedule through the end of the year includes: Sept. 20, Twomey-Silver Oak Cellars, Napa Valley, Russian River and Alexander Valley, California; Oct. 4, ZD Wines, Napa Valley; Nov. 1, Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley; and Dec. 6, Domaine Carneros Winery by Taittinger, Napa Valley. The cost is $95 per person. Tax and 18 percent gratuity will be added. Reservations are required; call 602381-7632. For local restaurant listings, visit our Dining Guide at

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Full-time professional Realtors® who have extensive knowledge and experience in Central Phoenix, including the North Central Corridor and the Historic Districts

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