DC Ranch News - May 2020

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Capturing beauty around the Ranch


Round of applause: Meet Ava and Chloe Handel

Building for the future Signs point to continued growth in Scottsdale


Break a sweat at home

May 2020


Neighborhood Spotlight: Villas at Desert Camp

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These past months have not been what we imagined. Yet DC Ranch has persevered. We’ve stayed connected, through social media, virtual fitness classes, and volunteerism. DC Ranch staff has been using this time to prepare for our future. We invested in amenity updates such as new paint at Desert Camp Community Center and maintenance on the pool and pool deck. And we’ve continued to work on two important plans for progress: our strategic plan, DCR2020, and the master plan. Look for a report out in fall 2020 on the headway we’ve made in accomplishing over 60 strategies and 200 tactics for DC Ranch. Also, our master plan process is underway; community outreach is set to begin to gather your input on the plan thus far. Community building is essential to building community. If done wisely, thoughtfully, with much stakeholder input and considerable planning, meaningful spaces can bring people together to engage in positive ways. DC Ranch is undertaking an effort through the master plan process to define what residents want in terms of amenity enhancements—this could mean an expanded fitness center, multi-use space for arts and cards, or other improvements that meet our community values, including sense of community, family, healthy lifestyle and inclusiveness.

The City of Scottsdale is also focused on the future. The City and its residents are investing in Scottsdale through infrastructure improvements, and businesses are choosing to invest and expand in Scottsdale. See pages 10-11 for more details on development in Scottsdale. Here’s to good health, both for our community and its residents,

Living Connected DC Ranch seamlessly connects people to the beauty of both the created environment and the natural Sonoran Desert. Residents feel a sense of community, connecting with each other in friendship and common interest. It is a thoughtfully crafted community designed with unprecedented attention to detail. DC Ranch has a distinctive governance structure with ample resources that exist to ensure a legacy of an amenity-rich and active way of life. The highest standards and a convenient north Scottsdale location establish DC Ranch as a nationally desirable place to live with an exceptional quality of life and premium home values.

Jenna Kohl Community Council Executive Director





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Ranch Updates


Ranch Association is responsible for managing five manned gates and 18 unmanned gates in the community. There are also 10 additional unmanned gates belonging to sub-associations that the Association does not directly manage. The Association partners with Anderson Security Agency, its third-party security services provider, to ensure that access to the community is properly managed and that roving patrols monitor the 26 neighborhoods 24-hours a day. Anderson’s team totals 40, each of whom is CPR and AED-trained. Patrol officers are additionally trained as Emergency Medical Responders, and in snake capture and release procedures. Because the security team is an integral part of the community’s daily operations, many of our members rely on the personalized service, the greeting at the gate and the response to various calls for assistance. We believe it’s important for you to know a little about the team members who make it happen. Let us introduce the team’s newest member, Security Manager Steve Enteman. Enteman is a native Arizonan and 25-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety where he served as Captain. Most recently, he spent three years as training supervisor for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. During his DPS career, Enteman was named Officer of the Year in 2001, Sergeant of the Year in 2004 and Instructor of the Year in 2014. He was also tasked with oversight of the DPS Licensing Investigations Unit and directed the department’s Compliance and Information Services Bureau. Enteman will report directly to the Association’s Executive Director Darren Shaw and work closely with Security Services Liaison Mike Wells. Enteman fills the role vacated by former Security Manager Sean Yonts who was reassigned by Anderson Security Agency. Outside of work, Enteman is an award-winning Toastmasters International member and an advisory board community volunteer for the Phoenix Police Department.


Lieutenant Louis Lopez spends his day canvassing all areas of the Desert Camp and Country Club villages (Patrol #1). He also serves as the overnight watch commander. Lopez joined DC Ranch over


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Meet the DC Ranch Security team two years ago and has worked in the security industry since 2003. In addition to his other certifications, Lopez is a Certified Nurse Assistant, which he believes improves his customer service skills.

One of the Patrol 2 officers is Robert Spencer who began at DC Ranch in 2013. Patrol 2 covers the Desert Parks Village and most of Silverleaf. Spencer starts his mornings with a check of both community centers and typical calls include tailgating vehicles, parking, snakes, dogs off leash and welfare checks on residents. Marcus Flatbush provides weekend Patrol services and says he is honored to be part of a professionally-trained team dedicated to excellent service. He has a fiveyear-old son and is engaged to be married.

The community’s paths, trails and parks are kept safe by Patrol 3, manned by Thomas Martinez who joined the DC Ranch staff last year. Patrol 3 is a great asset during sealcoating and road replacement projects shuttling residents to and from their homes.

Patrol officer Scott Street says he is committed to maintaining peace of mind for residents and assisting any way that he can.

Sergeant Joshua Johnson serves as the overnight supervisor on weekends and patrols around the East and West Gates checking for open garages and other safety concerns. Married with a wife and child, Johnson has been in the security field for six years and in security management over four years.

Weekend relief Sergeant Keith West supervises and patrols on weekend days and is a familiar face at the Windgate Gatehouse. He is married and a father of four. At the gate, he checks emails, logs in visitors, verifies open houses and assists residents.

Christy Davis is the Security Administrator for the team, responsible for training new personnel on issuing transponders, tracking scheduled open houses and new resident data entry. She has a six-year background in corporate security and will graduate from ASU this December. She shared a heartwarming tale of a lost deaf mini Australian shepard that the Patrol team reunited with its family in less than two hours. Sergeant Steve Mangini patrols overnights checking for water leaks or broken tree limbs on windy nights. He has been with DC Ranch for seven years and resides in Sun City with his wife Melissa; they have two older daughters. The next time you encounter a security services team member, take a moment to say hello.


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DC Ranch Gives: Virtual Donation Drive Now through Friday, May 22 Last August, DC Ranch Gives volunteers packed school supplies into backpacks and organized safety supplies for Arizona Helping Hands. In this time of need, DC Ranch is partnering again with this agency to provide birthday gifts for children in foster care. Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of essential needs for foster parents by supplying cribs and bedding, diapers, wipes, clothing hygiene items and safety equipment. What makes this organization unique is their Birthday Dreams Program which provides children ages 1 to 21 a gift bag filled with two toys, a book and other needed items. Birthdays don’t stop during coronavirus and this is often the first time the child is having their birthday celebrated. Please help make birthdays wonderful for these children by donating from their Amazon Wish List available on DCRanch.com.

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DC Ranch Photo Contest

Give us your

best shot!

Capture the beauty of DC Ranch for the 2020 photo contest DC Ranch residents are encouraged to snap photos of whatever inspires them about living in the community. From wildlife to scenic vistas, there’s no denying the endless possibilities. Each month, submitted images will be reviewed by DC Ranch staff and selected for a spot in Ranch News. At the end of the year, residents will vote from the monthly winners to choose a winning photo for a framed display at Desert Camp Community Center.

Double rainbows by Robert Faitell (top) and Sharon Vanderheiden (bottom)

To submit a photo for consideration, please email a high-res image with your name, image title and a brief description to communications@dcranchinc.com

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Why do they target your kids in order to get to you? They know that so many households share a computer and often have a single profile that everyone in the family uses. All they have to do is trick one person and they have access to everyone. Now that you know this, it’s time to make a change! It’s imperative that you create separate user profiles for you and your children, so you can limit the capabilities of your children’s user profile. This is one of Data Doctors those fundamental security steps that 8924 E Pinnacle Peak Rd. you shouldn’t skip, so if you need help Scottsdale, AZ 85255 getting it set up, ask someone that you 480.513.2500 trust that’s a techie! datadoctors.com

Newsworthy DC Ranch coronavirus response and resources

Complete the U.S. Census

DC Ranch is working to keep residents informed about how the crisis is impacting the community. There is a special section on DCRanch.com where updates and resources are provided.

Residents are encouraged to complete the 2020 US Census as soon as possible. If a household does not respond, a census taker will be assigned to come to your home. The census is short, with only nine questions, and can be done online, by phone or by mail. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years.

Buildings near completion in Corporate Center

Four buildings, totaling over 50,000 square feet of both office and warehouse space, under construction in the DC Ranch Corporate Center. Two of the shells are slated for completion on May 1. Interiors finishes will follow, once tenants are announced. The buildings are marketed as Verde Grove at DC Ranch. The DC Ranch Corporate Center is located in the southwest portion of DC Ranch at 91st Street and Palo Brea Bend. For more information on this project contact: Randy Shell, 480.443.3992, randy@shellcommercial.com

Scottsdale bond projects

The city of Scottsdale has begun design work on several of the projects approved in the November 2019 bond election. For the most current information on projects near DC Ranch, visit DCRanch.com/ Newsworthy.

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There are 16 tunnels that link our paths and trails throughout the community.

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Scottsdale on the move:

All signs point to CAESARS REPUBLIC



o anywhere in Scottsdale these days and you’ll notice new construction. It’s no surprise really. Scottsdale has maintained some of the lowest tax rates in Maricopa County while providing an outstanding quality of life. City efforts to expand revenue by attracting businesses has also come to fruition with several new headquarters, startups and mixeduse projects. New residents and investors have flocked to the area with continued growth expected. Here is an overview on some of the most recent developments approved in Scottsdale. CAVASSON


Located at the northwest corner of Loop 101 and Hayden Road in Scottsdale, Cavasson is poised to become the region’s premiere business district.

In December, Stockdale Capital Partners acquired the Henkel Corporate Center at the 101 and Scottsdale road. The project will embark on a multi-million-dollar rebranding and cosmetic improvement to enhance the building’s appeal to technology and life science users.

Announced in 2018, the project’s mixed use will include approximately 1.8 million square feet of market-leading commercial office space, 1,600 multifamily residences, retail, restaurants, services and amenities. The walkable community will include beautiful landscaping, tree lined sidewalks, bike paths, plentiful green spaces and community gathering areas with ample parking. The project includes a significant infrastructure investment of approximately $30 million—delivering new roads, sidewalks and improved connectivity. Construction is underway on the new 460,000square-foot regional headquarters building for Nationwide Insurance (expected to be complete in late 2020) in addition to the 150,000-square-foot headquarters for Choice Hotels’ new technology campus.


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The property is a 372,000-square-foot, Class A medical laboratory and creative office building that will have space available for lease. This repositioning is said to meet growing demand in the area; plans are underway to develop a 225-acre biomedical corridor to be anchored by the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Radiation Therapy Center.


There are currently 9 hotel projects under construction in Old Town Scottsdale. The newest luxury hotel in Scottsdale broke ground in February at the corner of Highland Avenue and Goldwater outside of Fashion Square mall. Caesars Republic Scottsdale, opening fall 2021, will be the first non-gaming branded Caesars hotel in the United States.

The hotel will stand at 150 feet with 11 stories and 265 rooms. Additionally, Caesars Republic will feature a 7,000-square-foot ballroom and a large meeting space for conferences. The hotel also includes two new restaurants by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.


Located next to the Galleria in Old Town, Stockdale Capital Partners plans to build a 150-foot tall building on the site. Plans call for 250,000 square feet of Class A offices and 21,000 square feet of retail.


Located at the border of Scottsdale on tribal land, this 500-acre entertainment district sits conveniently at the 101 and 202 exchange. The anticipated build out will take 10 years, starting in 2023, with a price tag of $4 billion. Statements say the project will total 12 million square feet of entertainment venues, businesses, sports facilities and other attractions in a technology-rich, resourcesustainable environment.




Near DC Ranch DC RANCH CROSSING | FAIRFIELD INN The Marriott Fairfield Inn will start construction soon south of Legacy Boulevard, east of Pima. The architectural design of the hotel closely matches the shopping center and will have approximately 120 rooms on four floors. Ingress and egress will be on Pima Road and Trailside View. Underground and ground-level parking will be added.


A one-story Chase Bank building is nearing completion. The bank will have two entrances, one on Legacy Boulevard and one from southbound Pima Road along with two drive through ATM lanes.

NORTHWEST CORNER OF PIMA AND LEGACY | INDEPENDENT SENIOR LIVING PROJECT The Wolff Company is in the final stages of approval by the City of Scottsdale for a luxury, independent senior living community to be built at the northwest corner of Pima Road and Legacy Boulevard.

The Revel Scottsdale project entails approximately 200 luxury independent living units in one, twoand three-story buildings on a 14-acre parcel. The units will be available for rent to individuals age 55 and older. Amenities include a restaurant,

coffee bar, pool and fitness facilities. The main entry for the project will be on Legacy Boulevard.


Located in the southwest portion of DC Ranch at 91st Street and Palo Brea Bend, the DC Ranch Corporate Center has a new development project underway that will consist of four, two-story buildings totaling over 50,000 square feet. One building is dedicated to office space; the other three are a combination of office and warehouse space.

Loop 101 Construction The Arizona Department of Transportation initiated a project to widen and improve the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) from Interstate 17 in Phoenix east to Pima Road in Scottsdale to address growing traffic demands in the northeast Valley and relieve traffic congestion. Major elements of this project include:

• Adding one general purpose lane in each direction between I-17 and Pima Road

• Additional components include construction of noise or retaining walls where warranted, improvements to drainage and new rubberized asphalt resurfacing and pavement markings

• Adding an auxiliary lane in each direction between Seventh Street and Cave Creek Road • Constructing a new overpass at the future Miller Road alignment

• Modifying freeway ramps and frontage road connections at 11 interchanges

Estimated completion is early 2021. For up to date information and traffic restriction updates, visit azdot.gov.

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Marketplace r. Leisa-Marie Grgula, chiropractic physician and traditional Chinese acupuncturist since 1995, is proud to announce the opening of her newest office in DC Ranch Crossing. “Dr. Leisa” practiced in Sedona for 14 years, where she also hosted her own radio talk show on alternative medicine.

“Once patients experience my detailed health history and exam, they realize this is much different. I always want to get to the root of the problem,” explains Dr. Leisa. “Even Accurate Care for those Pain Relief Center families 18261 N Pima Rd,#115 who want 602.493.2228 CaringPainRelief.com to optimize

their health without medications, but with therapies like acupuncture, customized nutrition, blood work, and a naturopath on staff, we offer something for everyone.”

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Over the last 25 years, she has developed protocols for severe conditions like spinal stenosis and disc issues. These protocols specifically address the needs of every patient individually. “There are no ‘cookie cutter’ treatments in my office. I take the time to listen to my patients and find what works best for them.” Complimentary consultations are available.

Round of applause:

Ava and Chloe Handel


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Ava (age 14) and Chloe (age 12) have lived in DC Ranch their entire lives, and serving others has been a cornerstone of their family. From an early age, the girls have been volunteers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona, DC Ranch Gives and DC Ranch community events, St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. John XXIII School and Catholic Charities. Ava, Chloe and fellow DC Ranch friends raised over $9,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by hosting a Superhero Dance and honoring an adolescent cancer survivor turned Mayo Clinic cancer physician. Inspired by Mother Teresa, the girls have logged over 200 service hours in the past two years. Each were nominated this year for DC Ranch Volunteer of the Year in the Youth category.


Working out is a great stress reliever and there are many exercises that can be done right in the comfort of your home. Here are some tips and moves that will help motivate you, guide you and keep you feeling healthy. # Make a realistic schedule for yourself.

Tip 1

By doing this, you will be holding yourself accountable, which will lead to a more consistent routine and better results. It doesn’t need to be a long workout, sometimes just 20 minutes getting your heart rate up is all you need.

Tip 2 #

Find a workout online. Head to the Village Instagram @villageclubs and follow along with the instructors as they teach you easy at-home exercises. This will also help keep you motivated; plus it’s always more fun to have a companion while working out, even if they are a virtual one!

Break a sweat at home Tip #3

Get creative with your workouts. Don’t have weights? Use laundry detergent or soup cans. Do the kids have jump ropes or hula hoops laying around? Use those to get in a fast cardio workout in. Equipment is nice, but not necessary. Have fun with it and let your creativity run wild!


Core Tabata This is a quick four minute workout that will target your abs with eight different moves. Do each exercise for 20 seconds with a 10 second rest: low ab crunch, leg flutters, side plank crunch, hip dip plank, side plank crunch, high plank crunches with feet on frisbee, mountain climbers slow then fast.

Upper Body Workout Grab those cans of soups and get ready to tone those arms. Do three sets of 15-20 reps of front raises, bent over rows, lateral shoulder raises, and bent over Y’s and T’s.

Lower Body Workout Do each series of exercises two to three times to feel that burn and gain those muscles. 5x squat with alternating knees and 5x power jack, 10x plank jack with knee and 20x mountain climbers and 20 second forearm plank, 4x reverse lunge with rotation and knee and 20x high knees, 5x forearm side plank with knee tuck and kick and 10x supine alternating knees. For more information about the Village Health Clubs & Spas, please visit villageclubs.com

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Neighborhood Spotlight

Villas at Desert Camp Neighborhood: VILLAS AT DESERT CAMP


he Villas at Desert Camp is a cozy enclave of single-family villas. It is located directly across from the Desert Camp Community Center and is home to 30 families. East Hoverland Road is the only street in the community. Despite its smaller physical size, the neighborhood features a large pocket park along its southern border and 10 additional green spaces scattered throughout. Paths and trails connect to the turf and To learn more about park areas volunteer or leadership and to the opportunities, call larger DC The Ranch Offices at Ranch path 480.513.1500.


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and trail system. It’s a vibrant community with friendly residents that live connected.

colors of the mountains provide a view for the quiet retreat in our courtyard. Most importantly, we can find genuine friendships through neighborhood gatherings.

Meet the Neighborhood Voting Member: RON STACY

y wife and I relocated from Chicago in 2015. With frequent business travel to Arizona and a daughter at ASU, we fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. The 35 miles of paths, a focus on cleanliness and a great location made DC Ranch our number one choice. While living at the Villas at Desert Camp we really like the easy access to Desert Camp Community Center and the short distance to the shops and restaurants on Market Street.

Ron Stacy

We utilize the trails right outside of our villa and all the recreational activities in DC Ranch. The undisturbed desert surrounding combined with the large natural grass areas makes for an extremely attractive setting unique to our neighborhood. The ever-changing

I volunteered for the NVM position because I have witnessed the contributions and pride made by so many in making DC Ranch a great community to live. I want to bring a coordinated effort of DC Ranch, our HOA and residents to make sure the needs are being met for our neighborhood and the broader community. I am only a few months into the position, but so far, I have learned that my greatest contribution will be in helping others and answering questions to make living in DC Ranch a great experience.�


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(From top) Neighbors social distancing while singing from their balcony, Sawyer participates in Virtual Eggstravaganza!, 8-year-old Lukas sets up a tent for doing school from home, neighbors participating in a “Bear Hunt” and staff gets the Desert Camp pool ready for summer fun



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rooke Lowry, Arizona native and DC Ranch resident, has spread her roots into making wine. After 10 years in corporate marketing, she was ready for a change. The mother of four surprised her husband one day by saying: I want to be a farmer. Lowry enrolled in the Yavapai College viticulture program and commuted to Prescott for classes once a week, completing her degree in three years. She rolled up her sleeves and worked in vineyards around the state, experiencing “crush” for Merkin Vineyards and Callaghan Vineyards. Lowry explains that there are 40 varietals of grapes in Arizona which makes it very experimental. Lowry and her husband, also an entrepreneur, bought 54 acres in Sonoita and built their winery in 2019. “We wanted to own land somewhere anyway, so this just gave it more of a purpose. This is the future for us,” Lowry says. So far the couple has invested $400k on land, construction, equipment and supplies.

Located near the border of Mexico at 4,900 feet in elevation, it’s not uncommon to experience 50-degree temperature swings which cause changes in the complexity of the wine. There are several factors that affect the growth of grapes, like monsoon season, weather patterns,

pH levels and labor. “We’re taking fruit and extracting elements of where it grows—the terroir. It’s a very unique expression of citrus, sage and spice,” she says.

Lowry recently completed her first harvest, working 15-hour days for 6 weeks straight. During September and October, Lowry picked and processed the fruit from local growers, shoveling 30,000 tons on her own. She plans to have her own vineyard ready in 6 years, giving her time to build the Vino Bandito label and tasting room. Vino Bandito is making bold reds that need some time to mature. Her husband is Croatian, so it’s no surprise that some of the wines to come are inspired by that region; Campagna and Basilica varietals, Agialanico vines and Grenache. She made 6 wines last year and plans to start selling them in 2021. Visit vinobandito.com to watch the development of this new wine adventure.

Fun facts

Father Keno started producing wine in Arizona at a mission in the 1700’s Verde Valley produced 50,000 gallons of wine and brandy before the prohibition Gordon Dutt, a soil scientist from California, started Sonoita Vineyards in 1970 and his granddaughter still runs it

Pet hazards in the desert

Arizona is home to numerous plants, animals and weather conditions that can be dangerous to pets big and small. The best way to keep them safe is to be knowledgeable so that you’re prepared in the event of an emergency. BY DR. ALEX CASUCCIO | SCOTTSDALE ANIMAL HEALTHCARE

CACTUS Sometimes dogs (and sometimes cats) will get into a cactus and if that happens, the cactus spines must be removed. Sedation and a very close inspection with a bright light is often needed to ensure that all of the spines are removed. (This is especially important in the mouth—an almost certain location for cactus spines that are missed.) Failure to remove all cactus spines can lead to a foreign-body abscess later. You don't want to risk that, as it is quite expensive to treat, and the healing process can take months.


Coyotes will attack small dogs and cats. Be cautious when walking small dogs outside, as coyotes are known to attack small dogs even while leashed. Cats should never be allowed to roam

outside unsupervised. Coyotes hunt in packs and it is common for a pack to learn that a pet (living in your home) ventures outside at certain times.


Snakes don’t hibernate until the nights get close to freezing, so rattlesnake season generally extends from April to December.

If your pet is bitten, they need emergency veterinary care. In most cases there will be severe swelling and pain. The venom can progress to affect the blood stream and then the nervous system. Death may result if not treated promptly.


A scorpion sting can be quite serious for a dog. It's true, the larger the scorpion, the less potent the sting. A sting from the small bark scorpion can range from only pain to pain plus swelling, numbness, frothing at the mouth, respiratory difficulties, muscle twitching, convulsions and even death. If your pet is stung, take them to a veterinary hospital right away. Most pets respond well to care which can include intravenous fluids and pain relief.

May 2020 | Ranch News


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