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Primary Care Focus of New Facility on Warner Road Banner Health has opened a medical facility at 155 E. Warner Rd. in an effort to provide quality care to residents of Gilbert and nearby municipalities. The 22,000-square-foot facility offers two pediatricians, two family medicine doctors and two internists, basic imaging and lab services for adults and children. “It is part of the Banner model, so it looks very much like health centers that you might see in Maricopa and in Queen Creek,” Cindy Christman, practice senior manager, Banner Medical Group East, told The North Gilbert Breeze. “There was a lot of thought that went into the floor plan and the interior colors. It’s a beautiful facility. We really want people to think of this as their neighborhood family doc.” Banner’s strategic planners decided on Gilbert for one of the medical centers after looking closely at the population. “Residents of Gilbert and the surrounding areas will have quick access to additional premier health care services with this new center, in addition to Banner Gateway Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center,” said Jim Brannon, CEO for June 2013

Banner Medical Group, in a press release. “Our commitment is providing exceptional care and service, and we’re excited to be able to respond to a rapidly expanding community need.” The health center will accept most insurance plans, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. To schedule an appointment, call (480) 649-6600. Christman explained that the floor plan is easy to navigate, and more convenient than a large hospital. It does not offer overnight medical care, however, the $5.5 million facility can expand to 64,000 square feet. “There are some plans in the future to have some visiting specialists so maybe a cardiologist or an orthopedist may visit the center on a rotating basis,” Christman said. “We are focused on primary care.” Banner also has a medical center in Queen Creek, which opened May 1. A location in Chandler, on Alma School Road and the Loop 202, will bow Aug. 7, and a fourth health center is scheduled to receive patients starting Sept. 4 at Crismon and Baseline roads.

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John Herring opened the second location of Stamps Auto at 711 S. Lindsay Road (north of Warner) in Gilbert. The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the shop in late April. Stamps Auto’s phone number is (480) 497-6272. National Merit Scholars were named recently and several Gilbert students were recipients, including Jangwoo Eom (Highland High School); James Park (Mesquite High School); and Caleb J. Peckham (Tempe Preparatory Academy in Tempe). Gilbert resident Phil Mele won the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Rookie of the Year Award. Mele was honored, along with seven other award winners, during the Grand Canyon Chapter’s annual volunteer recognition breakfast on Saturday, May 11 at the Phoenix Zoo. Mele is the leader of an East Valley Disaster Action Team and the Grand Canyon Chapter’s public affairs team. Christina Curley recently opened the aptly named Christina’s Pizzeria at 884

E. Williams Field Road, northeast corner of Lindsay Road, in Gilbert. The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion on Tuesday, May 14. For more information about the restaurant, call (480) 9174525 or visit ChristinasItalianRestaurantAndBar Anthony Miles of Gilbert-based 4th Wall Productions LLC has been awarded two bronze Telly Awards for his work on video production projects on behalf of the Shop Gilbert campaign and the Gilbert Chamber’s executive housing initiative. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions and is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders. The 34th annual Telly Awards received nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. Councilwoman Jenn Daniels welcomed Kneader’s Bakery to the town, at 5155 E. Baseline Rd., southwest corner of Higley and Baseline roads, on Wednesday, May 22. Pricilla Toa is general manager.

The Gilbert and Tempe chambers of commerce have partnered with Chamber Explorations to present Discover Vietnam and Cambodia, an eight-day inclusive group travel opportunity featuring tours of Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon and Hanoi. Departing on Nov. 11, the Discover Vietnam & Cambodia expedition is priced at $2,999 per person based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in first class hotels; 11 meals; baggage handling; professional English-speaking guides; admissions per itinerary; all taxes and fuel surcharges and more. Both chambers will host informational meetings for interested travelers to learn more about this opportunity. The first two meetings are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert

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The Art of Learning the Letters and Their Lives By Lynette Carrington Learning the alphabet is one of the most important things a young child will do before they enter elementary school. “Alphabet Anatomy” is a fun book that gives children an insight into the lives of capital letters to find out what those letters really do in their spare time. The book also instructs kids on how to draw letters and make letter sounds, truly making it “Alphabet Anatomy.” Gilbert author Linda Ann Jones is the mother of four grown sons and always knew how vital it was to learn to read and write. This book is a dream realized and is earmarked to be part of a series centered around the alphabet. In a fun twist, Jones was able to include one of her sons in the creation of the book. “My youngest son, Branson, did the illustrations. He’s 17 now, but he did them when he was 16. He’s quite an artist,” Jones said. Jones realized the construction of the book could really help children.

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By Lynette Carrington Are you looking for something exciting, yet different for your kids this summer? Look no further than Empowering Healthy Kids. Set on little over an acre in Gilbert in a homestyle setting, each week of camp features its own theme and kids will enjoy cooking projects, gardening, crafts, fitness activities, water play and new friendships. Owner, CEO and class instructor Myshele Walpole has developed a fun and engaging camp curriculum that incorporates cooking lessons, art and gardening under the topic of a specific weekly theme. She also has a few other instructors that assist her during classes. On the property, kids will also get to meet a variety of rescue animals including a turtle, ducks and chickens. The first week of camp meets three days (June 3, 5, 7) and has a theme of “Superific Nature.” Kids will focus on nature walks, gardening skills and will learn about nature, composting, recycling and more. No lunch necessary on Friday, June 7, as little chefs will take over the kitchen and create their own lunch from items grown in the garden. Week two meets four days (June 10, 12, 13, 14) for “Terrifically Scientific Adventures.” Little scientists and future engineers get the chance to create their own experiments and learn scientific concepts. “To end our week, we’re going to make a working volcano,” Walpole said. “I really strive to get the kids to create these things on their own with my guidance.” The third week’s theme is “Splish, Splash, Sploosh,” and is just as wet and wacky as it sounds. Swimsuits will be required for this week of camp (June 17-21). Activities include water

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The Gilbert Police Department released a new mobile application, available on the iTunes and Android platforms, providing a one-stop resource to expand the lines of communication between the GPD and the community. Within the Gilbert Police mobile app, users will find options for GPD Info, Crime Maps, Report Crimes, Crime Prevention, DDACTS and social media links: • GPD Info provides general departmental information and contacts for major police services. • Crime Maps allows users to research calls for service within a given map area over the last five calendar days. • Citizens will be able to submit anonymous crime tips through the Report Crimes option. • Crime Prevention offers an extensive source of information

for community members to access regarding programs, resources and other services. • DDACTS provides location-based crime and traffic data. • Twitter and Facebook links allow users to stay connected with the department. “The Town of Gilbert is committed to offering our community the best in technology and access,” said Lt. John Lyle. “Gilbert Police Department’s new mobile application does just that by providing a digital tool to open the lines of communication. The sharing of information increases public awareness and solidifies our continued partnership with the community.” iTunes and Android users can download this new app by visiting Gilbert’s Mobile App Hub at www.

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Luxury Multifamily Community Opens in Gilbert Redstone at SanTan Village, the first luxury multifamily project to come to Gilbert in five years, recently celebrated the opening of its first phase. The 382-unit project sets a new standard for luxury living in the area with amenities similar to those at a five-star resort. Located directly across from the SanTan Village Mall at 1925 S. Coronado Road, Redstone offers easy access to major employment centers along the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway in Gilbert and Chandler. The growing cluster of health care and tech employers in the area includes Banner Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dignity Health, Intel and Paypal. Designed by Architects Orange, one of the most respected architects in the multifamily industry, the $45 million community boasts finishes typical of custom homes, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, attached and detached private garages, eurostyle dark walnut cabinetry, large oval June 2013

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Taming the Narcissist Ideas to Curb the ‘Me, Me, Me’ Syndrome in Kids By Lynette Carrington When children are very young, the most urgent and immediate concern is usually anything that satisfies their own needs. As children age, they have to be encouraged and taught by example how to include family, friends and their community in their everyday world. But, in this new age of perceived self-centeredness, how does a parent go about instilling values that steer away from narcissism? It is a hot button topic that has appeared on the cover of major magazines and websites. There are some tried-and-true and more creative ways that parents can encourage children and teens to take on a more outwardly viewpoint of the world. “One of the fundamental tasks for parents is to teach children,” said

Life Coach and Positive Discipline Educator Eva Dwight. “One of the most important things children need to have is a sense of capability, connection and contribution to the family.” Even as early as age 3, children can learn to put away silverware, assist with meal preparation or laundry to help the family. During the course of her work, Dwight has heard parents say, “I don’t expect anything of my children. I just want them to go to school and do their homework and that’s all I expect.” Although it may sound good from a kid’s perspective, it may not be the healthiest approach. “The end result is that children don’t feel that they contribute or belong,”


Dwight said. “Their attitude is, ‘It’s all done for me, so I don’t have to do anything.’ Contributing to the family is the first important group of people that a child belongs to and it takes a lot of direction and supervision.” Another way to encourage children is to give them the chance to earn their own money and then decide how to spend it. “They learn how to manage Eva Dwight, life coach and positive discipline educator, finances, but they also learn at Creative Coaching Conversations. that mom and dad don’t chance to learn to include their peers provide everything,” Dwight noted. and other adults. She added that taking the time “We’re in this business to help to teach children to do things for students grow and learn and part of themselves is a valuable way to show that is to extend beyond themselves patience and a willingness to share to a greater community,” stated knowledge. Robert Wagner, headmaster of Mesa Beyond the family setting, a school Preparatory Academy. ... continues on page 18 community also provides children the

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The Gilbert Community Center hosted a Mother/Daughter Spring Tea in mid-May with special guest Princess Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” She made balloon animals as mothers and daughters photo page events calendar — dressed in their Sunday best — sipped on tea and snacked on goodies. For more information on the Town of Gilbert’s events, visit Photos by Tiera Allen 1. Volunteers Courtney Wright, Amandip Singj and Ally Werner helped keep the event running smoothly. 2. Samantha Farrer with her daughter, Danielle. 3. A tea party-themed necklace came prepackaged with easy instructions for assembly. hearsay monthly meeting 4. Audrey Ballard and Mason Berchman playing with balloon flowers that Belle made for them. 5. Nancy Koberstein teaching her daughter, Jaida, the art of chocolate fondue. 6. Leatrice Marshall and her daughter, Jasmine, enjoying the tea party. 7. (L to R) Kathy Davis, AnnaLeigh Mellentine, Darla Mellentine, Katherine Mellentine and little Byrnlea Mellentine posing for a picture in the official tea party photo studio. 8. Camille Smithson with her two daughters, Noelle (left) and Melanie. 9. The party came fully equipped with adult and kid friendly tea cups. 10. Trang Ong enjoying tea with her daughters Thanh (orange) and Thuy (blue). 11. Madelyn Hartman with the balloon flower that Belle (shown) made for her.


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WHEN: Thru Sat., June 29, various times WHERE: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert COST: $24; $10 (youths ages 6 to 18) monthly meeting INFO: shows/damn-yankees/ Set in the 1950s, “Damn Yankees” tells the story of a middle-aged, long-suffering fan of the pathetic Washington Senators who trades his soul to the devil.

Behind the Lanes Tour WHEN: Tuesdays in June, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: FlipSide, 4874 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert COST: Free, but reservations requested INFO: (480) 471-8444 or Get a behind-the-lanes peek with the operational staff and learn how the state-of-the-art bowling equipment works.

Colored Pin Bowling WHEN: Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: FlipSide, 4874 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert COST: $14.99 INFO: (480) 471-8444 or Enjoy family friendly movies, TV shows, and music while bowling as many games as you can from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Price includes shoe rental and a 20 oz. fountain beverage. Get a strike when the head pin is the colored pin and win prizes like free food, bowling, laser tag, etc.

The Elements WHEN: Thurs., June 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Freestone Park Amphitheatre, 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: A rock cover band, The Elements takes on hits by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, The Rolling Stones, Maroon 5 and others.

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Short Story Writing Workshop WHEN: Saturdays, June 8 thru June 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert COST: $50; $10 materials fee paid to instructor INFO: (480) 503-6200 Learn how to write fiction, flash fiction and creative nonfiction.



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Mesa Buckhorn Elks Lodge #2656, 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues. Kitchen open Wed.-Sun. for lunch & dinner, Sun. for breakfast. Info: (480) 981-2763. East Mesa Fraternal Order of Eagles #4508, 6209 E. Main St. Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues.; Aerie meets 7 p.m. 2nd & 4th Tues. Membership applications accepted. Info: (480) 830-9392. International Assoc. of Administrative Professionals, Kachina East Valley Chapter, 6 p.m. 2nd Tues., Fiesta Inn and Conference Center, 2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe. Info: Hospice of the Valley Grief Support, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues. 777 W. Southern Ave., #301, Mesa. Learn coping skills about the normal process of grief. Info: (602) 530-6970. Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, 7:15 a.m. Tues., Crackers and Co., 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, MOPS at Central Christian Church, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tues. and Thurs. Take a much-needed break from your mothering duties for a time of refreshment and friendship with other mothers of preschoolers. Childcare provided. Info: or (480) 924-4946. American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter, 5:30 p.m. 4th Tues., Landmark Restaurant, 809 W. Main St., Mesa. Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834,

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Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Support group for women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@lisacmyers. com, LD 25 Democrats, 7 p.m. 1st Wed., Mesa Fire Station, 2830 E. Adobe, Mesa. Info: Ken Dowlin, Soroptimist International of Mesa Inc., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Salvation Army, 241 E. Sixth St., Mesa. Mesa Evening Optimist Club, 6:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Wed., Mesa Community Restaurant, 535 N. Country Club, Mesa. Info: (480) 833-0128 or mesaoptimists@ Arizona Business Connection Networking Group, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147, Danny.Balanon@ East Valley Friends & Neighbors, 1st Wed. Coffee and short meeting 9:30 a.m. Grace UMC, 2024 E. University, Mesa. Info: (480) 990-3501 or (480) 3963629. Superstition Business Network, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Wed., Crackers & Co., 1325 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa. Dedicated to better business through social and professional contact. Group limits membership to one individual per business type. Info: www. or Richard A. Prather, CPA, (480) 985-1040. Women on a Mission to Earn Commission, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wed., Cantina Laredo at SanTan Village Market, 2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Women-only networking group for successful businesswomen who want to grow their business. Cost is $15, all inclusive. RSVP requested; guests welcome. Info: Renee S., (480) 258-0583. Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Mission Church Seminar Room, 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd Wed., Total Wine, SanTan Village, 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info: Alzheimer’s Support Group at Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 6 p.m., 3rd Wed., Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 590 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. RSVP by Tuesday before meeting. Info: Brenda Mercer, (480) 632-9400.

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Desert Valley Christian Ringers, handbell choir recruiting qualified ringers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs. Apply online; or email Dwight Vilhauer: Info: (480) 507-5740.

East Mesa SOS: Survivor of Suicide, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe. Nanci Alexander, (480) 784-1514, ext. 1108. 24 Hr. Crisis Line (480) 784-1500 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

LBD Support Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 4th Thurs., Arbor Rose Senior Care Center, 6033 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206. For family members and caregivers of LOs having Lewy Body Disorder. Info: Marla at, (480) 641-2531.

Mesa Republican Women, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1st Thurs. for lunch and meeting. Lunch is $10, must RSVP. 1900 E. University Dr. #4. Info: Sherry Pierce (480) 615-0524 or mesarepublicanwomen@cox. net.

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW), 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, of the month, Dobson Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Industry-specific referral and networking group. Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228,


Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1st Thurs., Designer Cakes by April, 2743 S. Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info: Southeast Valley Women’s Club, 10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical and volunteer-run social club of women wanting to meet other women. Annual dues $25. Info: Sylvia, 480-821-8693 Mom2Mom at Red Mountain Community Church, breakfast, with moms of kids birth through elementary, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs. Info: or (480) 807-5868. Sweet Adelines International’s Fiesta Chorus is searching for women singers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs., All Saints Catholic Church, McKay Hall, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa. Info: Debie Bohlke SE Valley Women’s Club,10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd. . Looking for a way to meet new friends, play cards, join a book club or join friends for breakfast or lunch? Info: Sylvia (480) 821-8693.



Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fri., First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert. Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201


Mesa Breakfast Optimist Club, 8 a.m. 1st & 3rd Sat., Paradise Bakery and Café Dana Park. Info: Tom Hill, (480) 545-1830. Messianic Services, 10 a.m. Sat. A dairy Potluck meal (Oneg) served after Saturday Shabbat Service. Life’s Destiny Church, 2601 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. Info: (480) 588-8133. The Pennsylvania Club, 10 a.m., 2nd Sat., LJ’s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Lunch follows the meeting. Current and former Pennsylvania residents are invited. Info: (480) 832-5755 or (480) 357-6829. Chandler/Gilbert Wine Meetup Group, meet new people and taste new wines. Be serious about wine or light-hearted. Info: MOMS Club Mesa North offers activities, playgroups, park days, moms’ night out, field trips, family activities, community service projects and more. Info: Moms Offering Moms Support Club of NE Mesa, meets weekly. Business meetings 1st Thurs. Info: Peggy (480) 807-3131 or

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To the delight of its hordes of hungry and devoted fans, Gecko Grill has reopened and is now on the southwest corner of Baseline and Greenfield roads. My best friend, Johnnie, joined Lou and I for an early dinner and we were excited to enjoy the authentic Mexican food that we had been missing since Gecko closed two years ago. The new location is very welcoming, with dark wood high-backed booths, a large circular brick wall with tiled roof, nice patio and the cheerful colors of avocado, yellow and burnt orange throughout. We were seated right away and our server, Tara, brought chips and three types of salsa for us to enjoy as we looked over the menu. The chips were fresh, thin and crispy and the comm. spotlight


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bean dip, sweet-yet-spicy green sauce and red sauce were all delicious. We chose to have the mini chimis ($7.99) as our appetizer and the six plump fried rolls filled with beef and chicken were soon delivered and devoured. Johnnie chose the “Two of a Kind” ($9.99), which could be any combination of fish, shrimp or salmon tacos served with rice and beans. She chose salmon tacos and they were exceptional! The mango salsa is the perfect topping for the savory salmon and the fluff y rice and rich refried beans add to the pleasing combination of flavors and textures. Lou was delighted with the Tampiquena ($12.99) with its carne asada (charbroiled steak), cheese enchilada, beans, rice, guacamole and salsa   monthly meeting

fresca. He savored every bite and said, “The steak is so tender it just melts in my mouth.” My sizzling chicken fajitas ($12.99) filled two plates. The grilled marinated chicken was tender and perfectly seasoned and the peppers, onions, beans, rice, guacamole and sour cream were waiting for me to carefully place them on a warm flour tortilla as I enjoyed each scrumptious bite. Note: We all took home enough for yummy lunches the next day. Tara, our very nice and capable server, would not let us leave without dessert so we asked for three spoons and shared the fried ice cream ($3.49). The crunchy outside and creamy cold inside was covered with whipped cream and a cherry. It was very tasty and we definitely recommend it as the perfect ending to a perfect meal. The crowd at Gecko Grill was a fun

blend of families and singles and ranged in age from babies to grandparents. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and we noted that they have been extremely busy since they opened at this location. They have a huge takeout business which is so convenient for people coming home after a long day at work. There is an extensive catering menu as well and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love Mexican food at a party (especially when you don’t have to cook it yourself )? Gecko Grill’s website posts these words, “Warning: This restaurant is habit forming.” We agree and we definitely won’t be breaking this habit.

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(a Vixen’s version of Martha Stewart’s Macaroni and Cheese) Serves 12

By Brenda Laufer

Some Pasta to Crow About pasta vixen

Roosters have always had a fond place in my heart and in my kitchen. My maternal grandfather’s family coat of arms has three white roosters against a blue chevron and a gold background. A blue chevron signifies protection and the roosters represent the same. Roosters are fierce protectors, similar to your sweet pet Rottweiler. They watch over a barnyard with aplomb, knowing their vigilant duty is to guard the hen folk. I have a rooster in my kitchen, he proudly sits atop my plant shelf reminding me of my ancestral ties and protecting my family from any bad mojo in our home. What does all this have to do with pasta? Well, there is pasta shaped like the rooster’s cockscomb or crest. The pasta is half-moon shaped with a ribbed surface and a curly edge resembling the rooster’s crest. It’s called creste di gallo and it’s no surprise there is a pasta giving nod to such a fearless, courageous animal in Italian history. events calendar

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Creste di Gallo The rooster’s significance in Italy dates back to 1478 and is tied to the most rich and powerful family in Florence, the Medicis. A rival wealthy family, the Pazzis, wanted to gain complete power over the Medicis so they, pardon the pun, hatched a plan to assassinate the Medici brothers, Giuliano and Lorenzo. The Pazzis knew the Medici brothers loved to throw great feasts where the vino flowed until everyone, including the guards, passed out from all the fun. The Pazzis waited until one such

night and sent hired goons to the Medici property after the party goers had fallen into catatonic states. The assassins began their sneak attack through the barnyard en route to the estate but their plan was foiled when the Medici roosters began to screech hysterically and attack the intruders. It woke the guards and the brothers who then captured the assassins. Giuliano and Lorenzo were so thankful to the roosters, they held another party in honor of these fortuitous birds. The celebration boasted commissioned wine pitchers made in the shape of roosters, plates emblazoned with the birds, and of course pasta resembling the roosters’ crest to represent the courage displayed. Of course this is only legend. The truth of the matter is the Pazzi clan eventually killed Giuliano as he was entering the duomo in Florence one Sunday. His brother, Lorenzo, managed to escape and the townspeople, loyal to the Medicis, made like the mob and took care of the Pazzis in fine, Mafioso fashion. Death of Giuliano de’ Medici, The Pazzi Conspiracy I decided to honor my creste di gallo pasta with a dish I call $40 Mac and Cheese. Don’t cackle. When you are using pasta symbolizing the wealthiest and most powerful of Florence you must splurge! It actually costs less than $40 and it does feed a big “brood.” It is absolute creamy, cheesy nirvana and if there are any leftovers you will want to hide them for yourself.

Ingredients 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for dish 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs 5 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 4 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (about 18 ounces, I like Tillamook from Costco) 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 4 ounces) and 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 3 ounces) 1 pound creste di gallo or other macaroni-type pasta

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish or a 9×11 Pyrex; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat milk. Melt butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick. Remove pan from heat. Stir in

As a first-generation American, Brenda Laufer grew up in an Italian home where ravioli were made by the hundreds and cooking pasta was a sacred event. That passion continues when she creates in her kitchen, where she loves entertaining family and friends. As the event coordinator for Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, a local charity, she has the opportunity to give parties in her professional role as well. She also shares her travel adventures, writing articles for this paper. She and her pasta-loving husband, Robert, have four children and one grandson and have lived in Mesa for more than 20 years. Buon Appetito!

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salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 3/4 cup Gruyère and 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer’s directions. Transfer pasta to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce Pour mixture into prepared dish. Mix together and sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/4 Gruyere or 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano, and breadcrumbs or cornflake crumbs over top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot. You can divide the recipe in half, but do not hold me responsible when there is an uprising at your dinner table.

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the potential tax lien foreclosure. If the property owner still does not pay the taxes after receipt of the notice, the tax lien holder can file an action in the superior court seeking to foreclose any right of redemption by the property owner. However, the property owner has the right to pay the taxes up until a judgment is signed by the court. If the taxes are not brought current after the foreclosure proceeding starts, then the owner of the tax lien obtains title to the property and becomes the property owner. Once a tax lien foreclosure is complete and a judgment is issued foreclosing the property owner from paying the tax lien, the county treasurer issues a treasurer’s deed giving ownership of the property to the tax lien holder. The tax lien foreclosure proceeding could take up to one year to complete. Costs to foreclose on a tax lien can run from $750 to $2,500. These costs include litigation guarantees, filing fees, service of process and recording fees. Attorneys’ fees range from $1,200 to $3,000. At Rowley Chapman & Barney Ltd., we can assist you with preserving your tax lien interests so you can take ownership of the property.

Janet M. Spears’ areas of practice are bankruptcy and other debt relief, real estate and lawsuit/litigation law. Spears earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1997 and her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2001.

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