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New River’s Angels: Bike shop bump-starts a life BY TOM SCANLON STAFF

Pictured left to right: Joe Simental (fabricator), Jon Ritzheimer (owner of Gremlin Garage and technician), Dan Walker and Ricky Brough (technician), standing in front of Walker’s donated Harley Davidson Sportster on July 27. (Photo courtesy of Gremlin's Garage)

NEW RIVER – It was Friday, July 5. A skinny, rough-looking man is trying to get back to Lake Pleasant, where he has been staying in a cave. “I call it camping,” he later says. “It sounds better than ‘homeless.’” It’s late in the day, he’s over by the Wild Horse West Saloon off Lake Pleasant Parkway, and his old motorcycle stalls. He pulls over, tries to start it up. No go. Out of gas. So, he’s homeless, out of work, having medical problems and now he’s on the side of the road, in the blazing sun. As they say, after losing jobs and finding his health fading, he thought he’d hit rock bottom -

until he found out rock bottom had a basement. Who would blame this prison alumni for thinking that trying to be on the straight and narrow just wasn’t working out? Watching uncaring drivers zoom by to their nice cozy homes, why wouldn’t he ponder about returning to his “bad ways,” boozing, doing drugs, maybe even funding a run by robbing another bank ... Then one little thing starts a chain of events that told Dan Walker that he might be down, but he wasn’t out. Jon Ritzheimer happens to be driving by on his way home from the Gremlin Garage, the motorcycle shop he owns and operates in New River.

The code of bikers is you always stop to help, so Ritzheimer pulls over and asks Walker, dejected next to his old bike, what was up. Out of gas? No problem. Ritzheimer heads off to a gas station and comes back with a gallon container. That doesn’t solve the problem, as the old bike wouldn’t start, due to battery issues. But the two were able to “bump start” the motorcycle (pushing the bike, then one jumping on popping the clutch out to get ignition). During the process, Ritzheimer – who also served

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$90 million federal grant to expand Incorporation efforts revived: PAC requests annexation from I-17 will bolster improvements north of Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale Phoenix starting by 2021 BY TARA ALATORRE

NEW RIVER – This June incorporation efforts by residents in the New River and Desert Hills area were stopped in its tracks after the City of Phoenix declined to give its permission, which is required by state law because the communities share a common border. Phoenix’s denial came as a blow to the residents that had worked diligently for almost two years on getting an incorporation measure to the local ballot, especially because petition signatures had already been filed with Maricopa County.

And just when locals in the rural community thought incorporation efforts had evaporated like a puddle in the sizzling summer heat, the Let New River Desert Hills Decide Political Action Committee (PAC) came whirling on to the scene like a dust storm. The new PAC is already making waves and has filed annexation requests with the cities of Scottsdale, Peoria and Phoenix, which is the next legal step for the territory in Arizona’s

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PHOENIX – The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation today announced Arizona has won a highly competitive $90 million federal highway grant to help expand and improve Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, including a flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point Rest Area. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, awarded to the Arizona Department of Transportation A federal grant awarded to Arizona will help construct the flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.

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incorporation process. Phoenix now has less than 120 days to annex, and if it doesn’t the PAC will be able to move forward again with its incorporation efforts, regardless of Phoenix’s decision, according to state law. This may be the first time in Arizona’s history that a community has pushed back, taking the next legal steps required after another municipality has declined a territory permission to incorporate. “In recent memory in the last 15 years or so, no I don’t think it’s been done before,” said Ken Strobeck, the executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. “It’s our belief that local determination is the best for these types of situations.” He says in recent years San Tan Valley, Vail and Apache Junction have tried to incorporate into their own municipality but were denied after not receiving permission from required parties; being either neighboring municipalities, the county board of supervisors or other declarant involved parties. “I would say this is a unique development…and very uncommon,” Strobeck said, while hesitant to say for sure that this was the first time ever

“Simply put, we put the seniors first. Afterall, we are her to serve them; therefore it’s all about their music, their temperature, their food, their schedule,” Ile stated. “Many use ‘red carpet treatment’ as analogy, we on the other hand roll it out daily.” Anthem Seniors is the only recognized 5-Star facility in the area. It has been serving clients for the past 16 years in the communities of Anthem, North Phoenix, New River, Desert Hills, Cave Creek and Carefree. Anthem Seniors offers healthy meals, massage therapy, walkin tubs, transportation and in Arizona that a territory requested annexation after receiving denial from a city. The new Let New River Desert Hills Decide PAC was formed by David Thompson, who was active in the New River Desert Hills Incorporation Committee (NRDHIC). He and other residents, some who were also members of NRDHIC, got feelings when the City of Phoenix denied their request to incorporate. “This community regards the denial of self-determination as a direct blow to the resident’s democratic right to influence their destiny through the right to vote. The community also regards the denial as clear intent by Phoenix and the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) to continue developing the area with high density development while ignoring the wishes and lifestyle choices of the residents of our rural community for the past many decades,” the LNRDHD PAC stated in a press release last week. According to Thompson, the PAC used the same maps and borders used by the incorporation committee earlier this year to determine the territory’s border, which includes approximately 9,300 parcels. If Phoenix does decide it wants to annex New River and Desert Hills, the city must wait 30 days from the filing to begin the annexation process.

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State law requires Phoenix to solicit signatures from residents to annex: Getting consent of owners of at least one-half of the value of the real and personal property and more than one-half by number of the property owners in the territory to be annexed, according to a lawyer who is involved with incorporations in Arizona, and wished to remain on background. “If they get enough signatures to meet the two requirements, they can then get the signatures verified (usually a month or so) and finally pass an ordinance to annex the area,” Thompson

stated in an email to The Focus. “Big job. Actually, much bigger than an incorporation to get going. Please notice the city has to do all of this.” Phoenix confirmed that it had received the annexation application and “is currently evaluating the annexation request.” Additionally, Peoria and Scottsdale cannot annex this area since they share no common border. But according to the state law the PAC is required to request annexation from any city larger than the territory’s population within six miles, according to the lawyer.

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Pioneer Living History Museum events NORTH PHOENIX – The Pioneer Living History Museum is holding a Cowboy Fastdraw Competition on August 3 and August 24. Come watch the Arizona Gunslingers vie for the fastest draw as they shoot at mechanical timed targets. The Gunslingers are happy to answer questions about their sport. Pioneer museum admission includes the Village, the Telephone Museum, and the Fastdraw Competition. There will be a Walking tour of the museum on August 24, at 8 a.m. Join costumed volunteers for a tour of the museum grounds and see the interiors of many 19th century buildings. The museum is open during the summer and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Pioneer Living History Museum is located at 3901 W. Pioneer Road. For more information call 623-465-1052 or visit pioneeraz.org. Water Drive at OSR Physical Therapy ANTHEM – Being in the medical field we at OSR Physical Therapy are keenly aware of the importance of water and how being hydrated impacts our quality of life. We educate our patients about the importance of Hydration for them personally, while also making them aware of the need for water locally to save the lives of the Homeless and Home-bound. Over the summer months OSR donates a Case of water for every new patient we treat, in addition to that we a have cash donation boxes at each of our clinic locations. For every $5 donation we purchase two cases of LIFE GIVING WATER for the Salvation Army and St. Mary’s Food Bank. Last year we were blessed to donate over 28,000 bottles of water and are shooting to top that number this year! Our Water drive goes through August 15 and can be dropped off at any OSR Physical Therapy location. To find a location or more information visit OSRPhysicalTherapy.com.

New River Senior Center’s July events NEW RIVER – The New River Senior Center, located at 48606 N. 17th Avenue, in the Kiwanis Community Park, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to everyone in the surrounding area. Lunch is available, with one day advance notice, for a 5$ donation. Exercise is available on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Craft classes are available every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Rides to and from the senior center are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Home delivered meals, both government sponsored and private pay, are available for the seniors too ill to leave their homes and come to the center. The center is also looking for volunteers to lead a senior exercise class and for musicians or other entertainers to volunteer at the center. More information is available by phone – 623-465-0367, email: newriversrctr@hotmail.com or by checking out the New River Senior Center Facebook page. The center is funded in part by Area Agency on Aging, Region one, Inc and is sponsored by the Kiwanis of New River. MTA: Casting Call for ‘Frozen Jr.’ ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for “Frozen Jr.,” the enchanting modern classic from Disney. All youth between the ages of 6-18 will be cast for this production. The show features all of the songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, “Frozen Jr.” is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! AUDITIONS: August 10-11:

10:30 a.m.; Dance Call at 9 a.m. Auditions take place MTA’s theatre performance space at 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite B100 in Anthem. The cost is $325 for ages 6-18; 10% sibling discount; scholarships available. Please bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed. Have your registration materials completed prior to coming to the audition. For materials and additional information and to reserve your spot, visit MTA’s website. Audition Prep Workshops Audition Preparation Workshops will be held on Thursday, August 8, from 4:30-6 p.m. and Friday, August 9, from 4:30-6 p.m. at MTA. During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Participants of the workshops will get to audition prior to the general audition time. Cost is just $35, and space is limited to just 18 participants per session. There is a 10% sibling discount. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www. musicaltheatreofanthem.org. MTA Casting Call ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announced auditions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” All youth between the ages of 17-19 will be cast for this production. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features an eclectic group of six midpubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, the production is a delightful den of comedic genius. Auditions: August 10-11:

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Callbacks: August 11 @ 3:00 p.m.; Dance Call @ 2 p.m. Auditions take place at MTA’s theatre performance space at 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite B100 in Anthem. The cost is $325 for ages 17-19; 10% sibling discount; scholarships available. Please bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed. Have your registration materials completed prior to coming to the audition. For materials and additional information and to reserve your spot on MTA’s website. Audition prep workshops Audition Preparation Workshops will be held on Thursday, August 8, from 6:007:30 p.m. at MTA. During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Participants of the workshops will get to audition prior to the general audition time. Cost is just $35, and space is limited to just 18 participants per session. There is a 10% sibling discount. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www. musicaltheatreofanthem.org. MIM’s Family Membership Pricing PHOENIX – There’s always something new and exciting to experience at Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Family Membership pricing is reduced to $119. In addition to supporting MIM’s vital mission, members can enjoy many exclusive benefits, including: •

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community events catalog—for a limited time For more information or to purchase tickets visit MIM.org. Volunteer for AARP Tax-Aide Program AARP Tax-Aide program is in need of volunteers to prepare taxes in the Scottsdale area. You will need basic computer skills and be willing to learn tax rules. The Tax-Aide program provides training, equipment and IRS certification to enable our volunteers to confidently offer tax assistance. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to serve the community, please contact: By Email: AARPTaxAideAZ@gmail. com. For more information visit: aarp.org/taxvolunteer. Don Bluth Theatre presents: ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ SCOTTSDALE – On July 25, The Don Bluth Youth Theatre Summer Camp will culminate with the production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” There be showing on August 1-2 at 7 p.m. and two showings on August 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the box office for $20.00 each. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre is located at 8670 E. Shea Boulevard, Suite 103 in Scottsdale. For more information or tickets visit DonBluthFrontRowTheatre.com. Attention artists, Sage Market application available soon! SCOTTSDALE – The application to be a participant in the 5th annual AZ Sage Art Market is coming online on August 1. This fine art show, juried show, takes place at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N 60th St., Scottsdale, and will include up to 38 artists. The show will take place on the evening of January 31, and on Saturday, February 1, during the day. It’s an indoor show, with plenty of energy. The application period closes on September 30 and is available online. We hope you can join us! For more information or for an application on August 1, visit azfcf.org.

Red Rocks Music Festival in Sedona SEDONA – This is the first year that the Red Rocks Music Festival will be held at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Desona’s arthouse theatre venue, operated by the Sedona International Film Festival. Featured musicians, Elmira Darvorova, Howard Wall, French Horn, New York Philharmonic and Thomas weaver will bring Piazzolla’s tangos to stage August 17-18. “From Mozart to Gerswhin and More,” opens September 5 in Phoenix and September 9 in Sedona. Ticket prices are $36 for general admission and $14 for children, ages 14 and under. Patrons can buy all four concerts and for $108. For more information, a full schedule, or to purchase tickets visit RedRocksMusicFestival.com. Share Your Historic Peoria Pictures PEORIA – Showcase your Peoria history and pride! We are looking for pictures, videos or documents from Peoria’s past. Do you have any great shots of Peoria prior to 1990? We are looking for any images that tell the story of Peoria’s past. Your pictures may be used in future marketing for the city like books, magazines and social media. Click on https://www. dropbox.com/request/ gZ4GehMyBJsXrJcVHinG, a Dropbox link, and upload your images straight to it. Election Coming up for Pine District Residents PEORIA – Peoria voters in the Pine District will consider candidates for the office of Pine District councilmember at the Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, Special Primary Election, a ballot by mail election. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the Pine District starting on Wednesday, July 31. Residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 29 in order to participate in this election. The Maricopa County Elections Department recommends that ballots be placed in the mail no later than Wednesday, Aug. 21 to ensure

that ballots are received in time. Ballots may also be dropped off at a Ballot Replacement Center or a ballot drop-off site, including the city of Peoria City Clerk’s Office, before 7 p.m. on Election Day. To register to vote for the first time or to update your voter registration information, visit www.servicearizona.com. For more information about the Pine District election, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/vote or contact the city of Peoria Clerk's Office at 623-773-7340. Auditions for ProMusica Chorale and Orchestra ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will be holding auditions for its Chorale and Orchestra at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Avenue in Phoenix on Tuesday, August 6 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. PMAZ ensembles perform a wide variety of repertoire from classical to popular, including major works and concert versions of musicals. The multi-generational Chorale and Orchestra consists of volunteer community members, supplemented with professional musicians as needed. Ensemble members are encouraged to audition for solo parts and roles. Chorale All voices are welcome to audition. Vocalists should be able to read music and have experience in choral singing. A two-minute prepared song is required. Auditions for vocalists consist of an assessment of range, vocal quality, intonation, and music reading ability. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. Orchestra Auditions for all instruments are welcome. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate/ advanced skill level. A twominute prepared piece is required. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. Weekly Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. beginning on August 27 at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Avenue in Phoenix. Weekly Chorale rehearsals

will be held on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. beginning on August 19 at Sunrise Methodist Church, 19234 N. 7th Avenue in Phoenix. For an audition appointment, contact Patti Graetz at pgraetz@ pmaz.org. NVSO announces auditions for 2019-20 season North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) is finalizing the 2019-20 season audition schedule for the Adult Orchestra. All musicians are volunteers and share one common goal: the pursuit of exceptional live music performance. If you have a passion to perform great music, can attend weekly rehearsals, and are willing to commit to the necessary practice, NVSO wants you in the orchestra! Adult Orchestra auditions are being scheduled for a variety

of time slots on Monday, August 12. Open positions include all strings, principal viola, principal oboe, bassoon and percussion. Audition instructions and excerpts can be found at NVSO’s website. Youth ensembles will hold auditions August 10 and 11. NVSO offers three levels for young musicians (Symphonettes - beginner, Youth Strings - intermediate and Youth Orchestra - advanced). For more information, select the appropriate ensemble at the “Join Us” tab on NVSO’s website. All NVSO ensembles begin rehearsals August 19. Auditions will be scheduled again in December for the second half of the season. For more information visit NVSO.org or call 623-980-4628.

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A customer chimed in that he drove through Phoenix one July day, parked his car and burned the skin off his hands when he got back in it and touched the steering wheel. Another person laughed that he once was in Phoenix when it was 115 degrees and never had the nerve to go back. I pointed out that Prescott is pretty cool, but no one cared. Actually, I try to avoid all manner of “why” questions. They are a bit intrusive and any answer is taken as a weak defense. Instead, I like to smile and say I love the heat, hate ocean breezes and leave it at that. However, after about the tenth question and “heat story,” I decided to take the offensive. “Why live in paradise when the desert is right next door?” was my response to their question. Ha! Suddenly people stopped talking and scratched their heads. The man I rent the beach house from said that he can’t understand how people survive the heat in an Arizona summer. He elaborated, saying why “exist in misery.” I told him (with a straight face) that some folks like misery, seek out punishment and

love dust, drought, monsoons, haboobs and prickly cactus. I went on to add that some people like frying eggs on the sidewalk. The poor man didn’t talk to me much after that conversation. Where else can you sit and watch the monsoons roll in and relish a thunderstorm? Sunsets are the best in the world, right here in our backyards. Our wildlife is abundant and fun to watch, the mountains are beautiful and if Phoenix is hot, we have the high country. A surfer told me that without a beach and a wave, life wouldn’t be worth living. I said that I’m happy for him and left it at that. It’s good to feel passionate about where you live! It’s a great thrill to ride wild on a longboard, skimming the tops of shimmering waves. Living in Arizona is a different type of ride. Oh, I love Arizona. No wetsuit required, no questions asked, no excuses needed. We know why we’re here, just like we know who we are . . . . enough said. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a question? You can email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.

Board of Supervisors looks to appoint new Justice of the Peace PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants for Justice of the Peace in the McDowell Mountain Precinct. Judge Michael Reagan, who has served in that position for more than 15 years, is retiring effective July 26, 2019. The district encompasses a large area, stretching as far as Tatum Boulevard to the west, McDowell Mountain Road to the east, Thomas Road to the south, and Stagecoach Pass to the north. You can see the full precinct boundaries on Maricopa County's website. Applications

will be accepted through Friday, August 2 at 5pm. Per state law, the appointee, like Judge Reagan, must be a Republican who lives in the McDowell Mountain Precinct. This person must be a registered Arizona voter. The Board of Supervisors will fill the vacancy in the coming weeks. The person selected will run for the office in the 2020 primary and general elections to complete the term, which lasts through 2022. All documents filed with the Clerk’s Office will become public records. Applicants are subject to a background check.

Applicants should send their letters of interest along with a resume to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email it to ClerkBoard@ maricopa.gov.


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Welcoming a new child? Consider these financial moves

PROVIDED BY: SARAH FINELLI

If a new child has entered your life, you are no doubt full of joy today and hopes for the future. And you can help make that future a brighter one for your child and your family by taking some important steps in these areas: College Given the consistently rising costs of higher education, the earlier you start your savings and investment plans, the better off you will likely be.

While it may be difficult to set aside money for education when you’re still a young family, planning to cram at the last minute is not a good idea. Time is one of your biggest assets, and delaying even a few years can have a big effect on your portfolio’s value. In addition, just like regular attendance is crucial for success in school, setting aside money every month can help make a difference in reaching your family’s education savings goals. Developing a strategy for achieving your education savings goal can help you stay on track. And if you have other goals, such as saving for retirement, it’s important to address how they fit into your overall financial strategy. Insurance If you did not have life insurance before, you may want to consider it now. Ask yourself: If something happened to me, would my child be able to stay in the same house? Receive an education?

Enjoy a comfortable lifestyle? Even if you have an actively involved co-parent with a steady income, it still might not be enough to take care of your child in the way you would have wanted. Consequently, you may need life insurance – and you might need other types of protection, too, such as disability insurance. Estate plans With luck, you will live to see your children as adults who have found their way in the world. Still, it’s best to be prepared for anything – which means you should draw up your estate plans well before they are likely to be needed. Among other things, you may want to name someone to serve as your child’s guardian if you – and your co-parent, if one is involved – are not around. And because a minor generally cannot inherit money or property, you may also want to appoint a conservator to act as a guardian over whatever financial assets your child

NVSO announces new Symphonettes director

Pictured: North Valley Symphonettes Director, Robert Reyes.

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PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) is proud to announce and welcome Robert Reyes as the new director for North Valley Symphonettes (NVS). He will begin on August 19, with the first rehearsal for all NVSO youth ensembles. Reyes will be responsible for conducting weekly rehearsals, as well as several concerts this season for NVSO’s youngest musicians. He joins NVSO’s youth staff with 14 years of experience in teaching every level of orchestra, from elementary to high school.

He currently serves as Orchestra Director at Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale Unified School District. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arizona (UofA) in 2005 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University (NAU). In 2015 and 2017, Reyes served as a guest clinician for Southern Arizona Honors Orchestra (SAHO), and

conducted student orchestras in numerous competitions such as the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and Disneyland’s Music in the Parks; earning scores of superior, superior with distinction, and best in show. As an active advocate for music education and fine arts in the community he has been a member of several professional organizations including Arizona Music Education Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). NVSO offers three youth orchestras (beginning, intermediate and advanced). Young musicians interested in playing in one of NVSO’s youth ensembles should act soon! Registrations must be completed by August 16th. For more information, visit northvalleysymphony.org.

might inherit until the child is of age, which will be 18 or 21, depending on where you live. Your legal professional can help you determine whether you should write a will and possibly create other estate planning documents, such as a living trust. Even when you devote the time and money necessary to your new child, you can’t forget about yourself and your own needs – in particular, you must save and invest for retirement. Contribute as much as you can afford to the retirement accounts available to you, such as your 401(k) and IRA. After all, the more you put away, the less likely the need for your child to help support you later in life.

You’ll have much to think about when you welcome a new child to your family but by taking the time to make the appropriate financial moves, you can help make the transition a positive one. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Sarah Finelli, 3655 W. Anthem Way, Suite B-143 in Anthem. For more information call 623-551-0523 or visit edwardjones.com. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Movie Review

BY MONTE YAZZIE FILM CRITIC

“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’” This sentiment from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is a poignant statement not only for his entire career, but specifically for the ninth feature film from the writer/director “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” Often labeled as a film nerd of the highest degree or a cinephile with encyclopedic knowledge, which are both completely true. Tarantino is also a dedicated film historian, who is working with all his movies to keep the essence of the long-ago filmmaking genre, structure and style alive. In “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” the nostalgia for the films and the history that defined the film industry in the end of the 1960s and early 1970s is present from the first frame, and saturated until the final frame. Movie posters loom like skyscrapers over Los Angeles in 1969, Hollywood glows with rich detail and stunning beauty through the lights and architecture of famous landmarks. Real-life movie stars like Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) and Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis) weave into Tarantino’s fictional yarn. It’s a combination of everything that the director has honed and crafted in his style and structure over the course of his career. There are even winks to his past found in both subtle and direct sources on the screen.

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, and Timothy Olyphant Monte’s Rating 5.00 out of 5.00 While it’s undoubtedly a Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” is also different from others in his catalog. This film, in terms of story structure, is akin to “Pulp Fiction,” while the tone and pace feels most like “Jackie Brown.” The story here centers on two friends working in the film industry in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the movie star whose leading man status is fading; with the changing industry beginning to embrace the counterculture movement. Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) is the stunt man looking for work, while helping his buddy Rick as both a personal motivator and occasional handyman. After a meeting with a producer (Al Pacino), an offer to work in Italian Spaghetti Westerns is offered to Rick, who immediately realizes that his status in Hollywood is changing. The traditional hero with the chiseled jawline and neat appearance is being replaced with contemporary tough

guys with shaggy hair who dress like hippies. Rick is beside himself while Cliff seems okay with change as long as there is work. It doesn’t help Rick’s ego that he lives on Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, right next door to new rising starlet Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha). Tarantino does a fantastic job of contrasting the two lives of Rick and Cliff against the life of Sharon Tate. Rick is grasping for the past throughout the film, struggling to understand the changing times and how he fits into a new era of movie making. He has a nasty cough that never seems to go away and a stutter that gets worse when he is forced to embrace the inevitable change that is coming. On the opposite side is Sharon Tate, a rising star full of enthusiasm who is just breaking into the Hollywood system. Seeing her bubbly charm as she dances at a big party with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the era watching her own the dance floor, is as much lovely as it is somber.

While Tarantino may weave fiction and fact into his own kind of revisionist history, we as the audience know the fate of Sharon Tate and her close friends at the hands of the Manson family. The cast in Tarantino’s films are always abundant with familiar faces, the same is true here for the cameos which are incredibly fun. However, the film belongs to DiCaprio and Pitt, both fantastic in their roles. DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton like an entitled Hollywood actor most concerned about his relevance and the process behind his acting. In one moment, Rick destroys his trailer after messing up his speaking lines on set, and the next he’s crying huge tears after a young actor offers words of admiration. He is fantastic throughout. Pitt, in one of the best roles of his career, plays Cliff with colossal amounts of coolness, but also a hint of danger from a past that may or may not have involved murder. He is phenomenal. Also impressive is Robbie playing Tate. Her performance is charming, especially when she sneaks into a cinema to watch “The Wrecking Crew,” in her breakout role. This is perhaps Tarantino’s most directly reflective film; the auteur is clearly looking back on his place in cinema history amidst the rapid and

immense changes that have come along over the course of the director’s career. He has always been cutting edge in technique and storytelling. The progression of his films has gone from liberal examinations of the present, through foul-mouthed gangsters and sword-wielding assassins. Then turned towards conservative genre structures from the past like war films with vengeance-seeking soldiers, and Westerns featuring six-gun shooting double-crossers. “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” has everything that Tarantino loves about films jam-packed into one movie. Yet still, this film feels farthest from the style he is known for. There are still flares of vocabulary, amazing musical cues, and the occasional scene of violence. But the underlying tone in his ninth film is sweeter than anything he has done before. The introspection shown regarding the aspects of film that Tarantino loves so deeply and that he fights to keep alive is what gives “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” its beating heart. And through the journey of an aging movie star that believes he is becoming a has-been; Tarantino deliberates on his own relevance as a filmmaker. It’s a beautiful, somber and touching film. A fitting finale for one of cinema’s greatest filmmakers.

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Volunteers needed to support students in literacy and math YEC's training dates set for 2019-2020 PHOENIX – To better support schools and help students reach critical benchmarks in learning and development, Your Experience Counts (YEC) is recruiting and training classroom volunteers to focus on student academic growth in literacy and math skills. A program of HandsOn Greater Phoenix, YEC provides volunteers to 26 schools in five school districts. Last year, nearly 4,000 students received instruction and classroom support from a YEC volunteer. “We value life and work experiences, a passion for helping children learn and an interest in specific subject areas,” YEC’s Educational Programs Manager Mike Beardslee said. Teaching experience is not a requirement to be an effective volunteer. “We provide the training to boost volunteers’ confidence and capabilities to support the classroom learning

environment; and techniques and strategies for reading, math and other interventions,” he said. Dave Moline and Virginia Kaslo were two of the 86 YEC volunteers last year. Both supported literacy in the Washington Elementary School District. Moline discovered YEC and his interest in teaching and working with children after retiring from his construction business three years ago. Kaslo joined YEC 11 years ago after a career in the health field as a nurse and a medical management administrator. Both provide literacy support, working with small groups or tutoring individual students in reading, writing and special projects. Moline supports third grade teacher Bridgett Potthoff three days a week at Moon Mountain Elementary. According to Potthoff, Moline

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Nicole Marcum have formed a team working with third grade students at Richard E. Miller. “Virginia is more than a volunteer, she is part of our classroom family,” stated Marcum. “She supports students by planning great reading lessons and ways to improve their vocabulary. She is passionate about helping them with their reading and has incorporated social studies and science into her lessons.” Kaslo remarked: “Reading can be so exciting. I try to help students see they can use the skill in all their other classes. I help to build their confidence. And I love the kids, education

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and doing something that gives me more than I give them.” YEC volunteers serve highneeds schools in the Mesa, Balsz, Osborn, Washington and Dysart Districts. Many volunteers are retired from business, military or education; and some are stayat-home moms, college students or work part-time. Volunteers typically spend one or two days, 2 – 10 hours a week in classrooms. More volunteers are needed for the 2019-2020 school year. Volunteers interested in literacy will be matched with a teacher in grades 1-3; those interested in math and STEAM will work with a teacher in grades 4-8. Training dates for the 2019-20 school year have been set: •

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CCUSD announces new administration for 2019-2020 school year

Pictured: Staci Wiese, the new principal at Desert Willow Elementary School.

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CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) is proud to announce their new administrators for the 2019-2020 school year. The new administrators include new principals at Lone Mountain Elementary School

and Desert Willow Elementary School and a new director of transportation. “We welcome these wellqualified leaders as they join our CCUSD team,” Dr. Debbi Burdick, CCUSD Superintendent said. Here is some more information about the new administrators: Doctor Patty Jensen is the new principal at Lone Mountain Elementary School and served as an elementary school principal for the past seven years. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Foundations in 2011 from Illinois State University. Her research focuses on how to implement successful two-way dual language programs at the elementary school level. She has received a number of awards throughout her career, including a six-star distinction

for her school by the State of Texas in 2017-2018. As flattering as these honors have been, she believes that the purpose of elementary education is to ensure all students have access to an exceptional learning environment that recognizes their strengths, builds on them, and, thus, prepares them for the future. Staci Wiese is the new principal at Desert Willow Elementary School and is joining the team from Kent School District in Kent, Wash. Staci is a graduate of Saint Martin’s College and the American College of Education, receiving the highest honors. Wiese has been in education for 16 years, including an elementary principal, assistant principal and instructional facilitator/coach. She is very comfortable leading

AZGFD now accepting entries for Wildlife Calendar Photo Contest

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PHOENIX — Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine? Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of Arizona’s wildlife? Then you won’t want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) 13th annual Arizona wildlife photo contest.

One best in show and 11 firstplace winners will be showcased in the 2020 calendar, which is published in the NovemberDecember issue of Arizona Wildlife Views, an awardwinning magazine about wildlife and outdoor recreation. Arizona’s diverse wildlife provides ample opportunities

to snap photos of deer, elk or bighorn sheep minding their own business or a colorful hummingbird hovering for a moment to feed on a flower. You might also see a great blue heron landing in a local pond or feeding on a dragonfly. The judging process is “blind,” meaning entries are assigned a number and evaluated anonymously. Personal information is not attached to images or revealed during judging. Photos are evaluated solely on creativity, photographic quality, effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the subject, and whether or not submitted images meet the basic size and formatting requirements. Entries are accepted through Aug. 9, 2019, at 5 p.m. (MST). Cash prizes will be awarded, and prize money is funded through publications sales. As always, the contest is free to enter. It’s also easy: People can enter via email or through a file-sharing website. The official rules are posted at www.azgfd.gov/photocontest.

breakout groups for differentiated professional development with offerings in educational technology, classroom management, curricular resources and building teacher leadership. She is passionate about helping students become the best citizens they can be. Staci is known for moving things forward with grace. Doug King is CCUSD’s Director of Transportation. King has over 30 years of experience in transportation and logistics, spending the past 14 years in Peoria Unified School District as transportation director. He prides himself on exercising communication and leadership skills to surpass goals in safety and cost reduction. Doug is an Arizona native and attended

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Arts Column

Essential act of recognition

BY SHEA STANFIELD ARTS COLUMNIST

American photographer, Duane Michals wrote, “Photography is essentially an act of recognition, not of invention.” No one knows this better than local image-maker, Michael Moretti, who has called Arizona his home since his beginnings. Growing up in a time when space between valley communities was green with orchards, vast fields of cotton and irrigating channels available for wading on a scorching summer day. Michael’s objective

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This attitude is still with him today. Michael recalls that he’s always “seen” things a little differently than others, many times by choice. For example, when Michael’s parents determined he needed glasses to sharpen up his focus on the world. The journey with glasses perched on his nose lasted only a few weeks before Michael decided to return to his “soft focus” interpretation, ditching his specs. Approaching his late teens, Michael developed an interest in photography spurred on by his family’s subscription to the Arizona Highways magazine.

“I spent hours admiring the amazing photographs and found a new appreciation for the importance of crisp details in the images sharp focus,” he said. Michael’s interest in capturing the awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife of Arizona’s native lands continued into college. He enrolled in photography classes, built his own dark room and went to work creating his own masterpieces. Eventually making a living would get the way, time in the darkroom became less as Michael moved into his profession as a craftsman, remodeling and maintaining homes in the Phoenix area. Six years ago, Michael enrolled in a class taught by local photographer and Arizona Highways contributor, Jerry Sieve at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). The mentor had arrived and this time it was not back to the darkroom for Michael, but to digital photography and Photoshop. New interest was born! Now when Michael breaks away from his “day job” he enjoys traveling to the Verde River where he can capture an abundance of wildlife in his frames. For longer trips he favors the ever-changing colors of the state’s vast wind swept landscapes.

He readily admits that not every trip yields what he considers that one magnificently awe-inspiring image, but he has long since ceased stressing over what appears in his frames at the end of the day. He’s learned, “With patience and a little faith noteworthy images just begin to show up.” Apparently, the “let go and let it be” approach has proven the most successful in Michael Moretti’s images. Since 2013 his photographs have been exhibited, each semester, at PVCC, as an emerging artist. Music still plays a part in Michael’s creative expression. He has developed a multimedia presentation with images placed to music, “bringing the glory of place into full view for all the senses.” Recently, Michael Moretti’s photography was on display at the Desert Foothills Library for their annual photography exhibit, where he was awarded first place for his amazingly detailed works. Contact Michael on his email at: michaelmorettiimages@ yahoo.com to arrange a viewing of his vast array of breathtaking images. You can contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield on her email at: flowingquill@yahoo.com.


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prison time for his role in the infamous Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon – got to know Walker, a gregarious 54-year-old. “He was not shy about his past addictions and I genuinely believed he has been on a long road to recovery,” Ritzheimer recalls. “I could tell from that first interaction he had a good heart and I wished him well.” Two weeks later, Ritzheimer is heading home again, and sees Walker’s recognizable old bike off the side of the road in nearly the same spot, this time with a flat tire. He is nowhere to be found. So Ritzheimer leaves a note with his cell phone number, telling him to call and he will help him out with a battery and a tire. “I also put a little side note at the bottom,” Ritzheimer added, “telling him that God works in mysterious ways. I said this because if he had broken down anywhere else that was not on my normal route home, then I would have never seen his bike and been able to help him.” The next day, Ritzheimer gets a call from an emotional Walker, saying how much this help would be appreciated and giving permission to have Ritzheimer tow his bike. Ritzheimer picked up the bike and looked it over with his technician, Ricky Brough. They grimaced. No way to fix the old thing and make it anywhere near safe. “So right then is when I made the decision to start looking for a replacement motorcycle for Dan so that we could surprise him with it,” Ritzheimer says. He found a 1995 Harley Davidson Sportster that was reasonably priced, then started a fundraiser on the Gremlin Garage Facebook page. “Lots of people stepped up to help including one very close friend of mine named Michael Albert in Massachusetts who has personally donated over $550,” he said. Same guy put up the money to get Walker a phone. The Gremlins raised a little more than $2,000, enough money to buy Walker that used

Harley, which the Garage took to town: New brakes, new tires, spark plugs, handlebars, foot pegs, tune up. Good as new. When it was all set, the bike shop owner called Walker to tell him to come by on Saturday, July 27. A family that recently took him in would bring Dan over to New River. He figured he was picking up his old bike that the Gremlins were patching together. With a small crowd gathered trying to act nonchalant, Walker was looking around the shop for his old bike, when Ritzheimer walked him over to the shiny Harley. This is yours, he told Walker. For a while, all the normally loquacious Walker can say is “Are you kidding me?” He bends over in emotion as the shop owner hands him the title, plus an envelope with some cash and gift certificates. Shaking his head in disbelief, Walker addressed the dozen shop employees, friends and family members gathered around him. “It doesn't get any better,” he says. “The bike is great. The money is great. “But knowing people care, that’s the best. People who don't even know me.” An onlooker’s question takes Walker back to July 5, when he broke down off of Carefree

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Walker on his new (used) Harley that was donated through a fundraised started by Ritzheimer, who owns Gremlin Garage in New River. The Sons of Liberty Riders and Riders USA are riding groups that helped contribute $756 in cash, a cell phone with two months of pre-paid service and $100 in gas gift cards to Walker's fundraiser. Members were also present on July 27, the day Walker received the donated bike.

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Highway. “I thought I was through,” he recalls. That cranky old motorcycle, a present when he got out of prison Jan. 27, 2018, was his connection to the world. As for the head Gremlin, Ritzheimer says he feels blessed to help someone in need. “This is just a random act of kindness,” says Ritzheimer, “for a stranger named Dan.” In a span of three weeks, why would so many people - perfect strangers - come together to give

Pictured above: Walker's old broken down bike.

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Pictured above: The used Harley that the team at Gremlin Garage fixed up and donated to Walker on July 27. (Photo courtesy of Gremlin Garage)

him a helping hand? "I've been thinking about that," says Walker, the tattoos

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Maricopa County named among nation's top digital counties Maricopa County is being recognized as one of the best in the country at leveraging technology and data to serve residents. The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) named Maricopa County among the winners of the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey looks at best technology practices for county governments nationwide. “I'm excited to see Maricopa County among the top digital counties in the country,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. “It means our mission to become an all-digital county by 2022 isn't just lip service. The Digital Counties

survey focuses on initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage open data, collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity, and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts. “Our departments are working with the business mindset of using technology to efficiently serve the county taxpayer and it is paying off,” Chairman Gates said. In recent years, Maricopa County has rolled out technology solutions with realworld benefits for residents. Those include increased options for conducting county business online; mobile applications such as the Maricopa Healthy and Maricopa Community Preparedness apps that

provide quick, easy access to services and vital public information; and live streaming of county Board meetings that allows greater public participation and input. Behind the scenes, Maricopa County has invested in new data management systems that reduce redundancy and promote collaboration; implemented workflow improvements including e-Signature, single sign-on, and workflow automation; and incorporated open data tools that make information more easily accessible. “This award makes it clear the investments we’ve made in critical technology innovation initiatives are paying off, but there is always more work to be done, “ said Ed Winfield, Maricopa County’s Chief

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Information Officer. “As the nation’s fastest-growing county, we must look beyond the needs of today and anticipate additional ways to serve the residents of tomorrow.” Future initiatives include a redesign of the public website, maricopa.gov, in Fall 2019;

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Wireless sensors gather information about work zone conditions. This information is then processed by a computer system which calculates travel times and is even able to warn drivers about potential delays through digital signs. Drivers can then avoid the delay by choosing another route. This reduces the number of vehicles actually going through the work zone making it quicker and safer. Using this technology also has the added benefit of helping out on high pollution days as reduced traffic and quicker

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July 31, 2019

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