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Club West home values could suffer, study says BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


ith Club West homeowners slated to hear tomorrow, Jan. 16, a plan to radically change the golf course, a new study indicates they stand to lose an average $60,000 in home value if the site remains closed for the next five years. “There could be an ‘opportunity cost’ to Club West homeowners of about 15 percent over the next five years following the closure of the golf course,” says a study by Kevin Curran, a Club West resident since 2012 and a retired CEO of Fisher Price, a manufacturer of educational toys. “On an average home in Club

West – $410,000 value per Zillow – this ‘opportunity cost’ to each homeowner could be about $60,000 over the next five years.” An opportunity cost in Club West’s case is the loss of increased home value that would be incurred if the 18-hole course was up and running. “While prices are likely to continue to appreciate in Club West, they will likely NOT appreciate as much as they would if the golf course reopens or the property is repurposed as an asset that reflects favorably of the lifestyle of the community (i.e. parkland, walking and biking paths,” Curran concludes. That $60,000 opportunity cost to homeowners also would likely follow any plan to

shrink the size of the golf course from 18 holes to make way for residences, he said. Curran has asked the Club West Community Association board for a chance to discuss the study before it completes its consideration of a plan by four investors to reduce the course to nine holes and build an unknown number of residences in an area that includes four holes, the clubhouse, pond and the parking lot used by golfers. The four investors have tentatively agreed to buy the course from owner Wilson Gee, who last year put it on the market for $800,000. Those same four men walked away from

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ome next Monday, as Gloria Lazard will tell you, a lot of girls will knocking on doors across Ahwatukee and Arizona for what has become perhaps one of the state’s tastier annual rituals – Girl Scout Cookie Sales. “Everybody will be taking to the streets that Monday,” the Ahwatukee woman said. She ought to know. Lazard is a co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 3876. And with only three seventh graders comprising the troop, her Scouts – daughter Jillian, Hallie Salas and Mahaley Sharmon – have become kind of the junior Wonder Women of Girl Scout Cookie sellers. The three girls have sold 7,000 boxes of Dosi-dos, Trefoils, Samoas and the other popular flavors in the two years they’ve been together. This year, their goal is to add 4,000 more boxes to their legacy by the time the sale ends on March 1. “Four thousand was pretty hard last year,” Lazard said, “but we set that as our goal again.” The Girls Scouts are changing the lineup a

Hallie Salas, left, and Jillian Lazard are two of the three members of Ahwatukee Girl Scout Troop 3876 who will be joining thousands of girls selling cookies starting Monday. (Pablo Robles/AFN Staff Photographer)

bit, replacing the Savannah Smile cookie with one called Lemon-Ups as an estimated 10,000 members in central and northern Arizona sharpen their entrepreneurial skills to raise

money for their own troops as well as their respective state councils.

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The Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course was closed in 2013 and since 2014 its restoration has been fought out in court by two homeowners who sued owner Wilson Gee. (AFN file photo)

Lakes Course case heading for yet another showdown BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


he stage has now been set for yet another showdown in two homeowners’ 6-year-old fight to have the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course restored after their attorney asked the Arizona Supreme Court to the appeal filed by owner Wilson Gee and former owner The True Life Companies. Attorney Tim Barnes last week urged the high court to turn down their request for a review of an Arizona Court of Appeals decision, calling the owners’ arguments “hollow.” Barnes directed his 14-page argument top two points made by attorneys for Gee and True Life. They have argued that forcing the restoration of the course violated the U.S. Constitutional prohibition of slavery and that the appellate court misconstrued the meaning of Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions governing the 101acre site. True Life and Gee assert that the CC&Rs permit the owner to “abandon, demolish, cease the use of” any golfrelated activities there. The high court is under no time constraints in rendering a decision on whether it will accept the case for review. Its review staff will examine the Gee-True Life petition and Barnes’ response and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court at some point in the next several months. If the Supreme Court grants the request, it would set a schedule for the two sides to submit briefs. Those briefs can be longer than the 3,500-word limit lawyers for both sides have been working under in this appeal stage. If the high court rejects the request to review the lower court ruling, the legal action will shift back to Superior Court, where Barnes is expected to revive his request that Gee and True Life be held in contempt for ignoring the original January 2018 order that the course be restored.

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west as ADOT’s original designs showed, they’ve been subjected to freeway noise almost around the clock since the freeway opened last month. Whalley noted that the wall ends just before a bridge and that that bridge does not have a rubberized coating on the surface. Residents say the wall was cut short to save money – and thereby increase the profit that the consortium of contractors who comprise design-builder Connect202Partners stood to make from its fixedprice of $1.7 billion to build the freeway. ADOT has not said how much money was saved. While rubberized asphalt is applied to many freeways to provide a smoother ride, it also reduces noise by one or two decibels, Whalley said. The original full wall plan to the cut back wall that was built was done for ‘efficiency’ reasons. Efficiency being cost savings. “The rubberized road surface is not done on bridges or multiuse crossings like the one in our gap as they need to monitor the structural integrity of the bridge on a regular basis and they could not do this if its covered with the rubberized surface,” he said in his email to ADOT. State Sen. Sean Bowie attended the testing last Friday, and said he and his Legislative District 18 colleagues, Reps. Jennifer Jermaine and Mitzy Epstein, are monitoring the fight. “I’d like to take more sound readings at different times, particularly in spring and summer, to get a clearer picture,” Bowie said, adding: “I also imagine the noise levels will go up as more traffic uses it. It’s important for this to be an ongoing process.”



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It’s not so much the cookie flavors that Troop 3876 has going for it as it is the three girls’ determination and drive, said Lazard, who leads the troop along with Hallie’s mom, Lisa Salas. “We’re out every night,” Lazard said. And they just don’t rely on a network of relatives and family friends to get the job done, although Lazard noted “There are people who look forward every year to the cookies.” They knock on neighborhood doors, making day trips to Lake Havasu, Cottonwood and Sedona and stationing themselves at two Ahwatukee locations – On the Border Mexican Grille and Walgreen’s – where they negotiated exclusive table rights. They also share time with other troops at “council booths” at Fry’s and Safeway. Those are the booths that the Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has negotiated on behalf of all troops, who then reserve time there. Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council said, “The cookie program provides girls the skills they need to be fiscally savvy now, and to become suc-


Cookie facts • There are cookies for dietary needs: Thin Mints are vegan and Toffee-tastics are gluten-free. • Toffee-tastics, which sell for $6, are not sold by every troop. • Two commercial bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout Cookies. The Cactus-Pine Council uses Little Brownie Bakery. • All cookies have no high corn fructose syrup, no partially hydronated oils (PHOs), zero grams of trans fat per serving and use RSPO certified (Mass Balance) palm oil. • This year’s lineup includes $5 boxes of the crispy Lemon-Ups, Thin Mints, the peanut butter Tagalongs, coconut-covered Samoas, the shortbread Trefoils and the crunchy oatmeal Do-si-dos. Selling for $6 are the cruncy oatmeal-laced Do-si-dos and S’mores.

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This is only the third year that Troop 3876 has been in existence. Salas and Lazard broke off from another troop to form their own, limiting membership to junior high seventh graders as the youngest. But it’s been challenging growing their ranks, Lazard said, “because of everything else girls that age are involved it.” “With sports and other activities,” many just drift away from Girl Scouts, she said. Woodbury said, “Not only is every cookie sale a teachable moment, but because all proceeds stay local, girls are able to enjoy summer camp, robotics programs, field trips and even adventures out of state in a safe environment. “Sales also have the potential to impact the community as troops reinvest their proceeds with service projects.” For Troop 3876, that means biweekly meetings to work on projects for the homeless and a faith-based group called Boots in the House that provides aid and comfort to American troops stationed in hospital and remote spots around the world. The girls make scarves, for example, and then head down to soup kitchens to





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an earlier deal to buy the course, stating that their experts during the diligence period had determined it would not be profitable to restore the course, given the lack of ready access to cheaper water. The course is irrigated by City of Phoenix potable water at an annual cost of more than $700,000. The investors are scheduled to unveil their full plan at the HOA board meeting tomorrow. Board President Mike Hinz said that once the board studies the plan, it could ask homeowners to vote as early as March to change the course’s covenants, conditions and restrictions to allow the plan’s implementation. Phoenix City Council also would likely be required to vote once the Planning and Zoning Department reviews the plan. The board has already laid out the steps for homeowners to vote if it approves the investors’ proposal.

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cent de Paul Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank. Boxes purchased for donations are tax deductible. The cookies also play into another fundraising effort. More than 30 restaurants in the Valley have joined the seventh annual “Desert Challenge,” in which chefs concoct a dessert from one or more cookies. Patrons can see participating restaurants and vote for their favorite at dessert-challenge. New this year is a gathering presided over by Renee Parsons, president of PXG Apparel and co-founder of The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation and the designated “Cookie Boss.” Over 100 girl cookie bosses and 25 local CEOs/executives are expected to attend the first Cookie Fast Pitch on Jan. 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. Participating girls will make their cookie sales pitch to one of the corporate executives and get feedback. CEOs who like a pitch will spend up to $500 on cookies. of Rubbermaid’s Little Tykes toy division. Named CEO of Fisher Price in 2009, he is credited with leading that company into achieving record worldwide profits of $2,3 billion in 2009 and 2010. He told AFN he had become interested several months ago in the impact of closures of the Club West and Ahwatukee Lakes golf courses on home values in both communities. So, he examined the history of actual home sale prices posted by Zillow, which obtains its sale data from third-party sources such as the MLS. Data accumulated by the MLS, or multiple listings service, are used by Realtors to determine home appraisals and other things. Curran began his analysis with an examination of the impact of Gee’s 2013 closure of the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course and began studying data for home sales in both Ahwatukee Lakes and Ahwatukee Country Club during the five years before the Lakes course was closed in 2013 and the five-year period following closure. Included in his analysis were nine oncourse and 23 off-course homes in Ahwatukee Lakes and 29 on-course and 20 off-course homes at Ahwatukee Country Club.

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He used Ahwatukee Country Club as a “control group” to provide a benchmark of appreciation under “normal” conditions. “Despite the golf course closure, a typical home in the Ahwatukee Lakes community appreciated about 7.3 percent annually,” Curran said. “This is good but it is not as strong as the 10.2 percent price appreciation observed in the Ahwatukee Country Club community.” He said that while that difference in appreciation “may not sound like much, it adds up significantly over time.” “It appears homes in the Lakes community appreciate about 15 percent less than they would have without the golf course closure,” he found. That difference, or opportunity cost, is significant, he says. “Since the average price of a home in the Lakes community is about $276,000, losing 15 percent in value appreciation over five years costs the average homeowner about $41,000,” Curran said. Curran then applied the trends he saw to Club West home values, which on aveage are higher than those in Ahwatu-

Some kind of homes could be built in the area of the parking lot, four holes and the clubhouse in this aerial photo of Club West taken by Ton Sanfilippo of Inside Out Aerial for AFN last year. (Special to AFN)

kee Lakes or Ahwatukee Country Club. He also developed several options facing Club West in light of the current would-be buyers’ plan. The buyers declined a request by AFN to discuss their plan prior to tomorrow’s


HOA board meeting. In walking away from the tentative deal with Gee last fall, Matt Shearer, a Club West resident and one of the four investors, said, “Unfortunately, we do not believe the course can be saved as a sustain-

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“They are preparing a presentation and will communicate their plans to us,” the announcement stated. “All plans require an approval of the board and vote of the community.” “There will not be a vote about the plan at this meeting nor a scheduled Q and A,” that announcement stated. “We will have a lot of questions as a board and expect questions from the attendees,” the board said, telling residents they will be able to fill out forms with questions and comments that will be addressed before its Feb. 20 meeting. It went on to say that at the Feb. 20 meeting, the board will decide whether “to present the buyer’s plan for the course to the community or request a revised plan based on additional input from the board.” “The board vote is only the first step in the approval process,” the announcement went on to say. “If the board decides the buyer’s plan is not ready for a community vote, the buyers will be required to submit a new plan based on the board’s and community’s concerns and inputs. Any new plan would require a new open meeting presentation, preparation and a

vote etc.” The board said that if it approves the plan, it would then schedule a special meeting where homeowners would have to be present to cast ballots on the investors’ plan. Unlike the requirements for changing the CC&Rs governing the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course, a majority vote of all Club West homeowners is not required to change their course’s land use regulations. Club West’s board in late summer adopted new rules require only 31 percent of the ballots must be cast for a simple majority vote to change the CC&Rs. That means that if the Club West HOA board follows through with a special meeting to vote on the investors’ plan, it could pit the 357 owners of homes adjacent to the course against the rest of Club West’s approximate 2,400 homeowners.

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In his analysis, Curran echoes a conclusion on the likely profitability of a ninehome course that was given by Club West resident Jim Lindstrom. Lindstrom four years ago had assembled a team of experts to analyze the issues surround the golf course’s restora-

tion and operation. He then tried to get homeowners to buy the course and run it as an 18-hole field, but failed to garner enough support. Both Lindstrom and Curran said that while a smaller course would require far less water, its location and format would likely not entice enough golfers to make it profitable. “Expenses might be slightly lower for a smaller course, but player demand and revenues would probably fall a lot more than expenses, resulting in course closure again,” Curran said. He said existing homes located near new homes on the course “would probably lose 10 to 20 percent of their value immediately and then there would be a value ‘ripple effect’ hurting property values across the entire community. “The community would likely be right back to where it is now, suffering from a closed golf course and negatively affected property values,” he added. While any change in use would require approval both by Club West homeowners and ultimately the Phoenix City Council, Curran said Lindstrom’s original plan or converting the course into a “walkers parkland” might have a more positive im-

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pact on home values in the community. His plan outlines six different options for the course’s future, including waiting for a buyer, allowing homes on the course and suing Gee to restore the course – all three of which, he says, will result in a $12,000 “opportunity cost” for home values in five years, His other options call for a one-time investment by each homeowner ranging from $1,500 to buy the course and have the HOA run it or $665 to buy the course for $1.8 million to turn it into a park. That last option would involve “some ‘opportunity cost’ plus $200,000-$300,000 maintenance annually” at a cost of $100. Although not in his study, Currant told AFN a seventh option would be having each homeowner pay a one-time cost of $500 to contribute to the $1.2 million construction of a pipeline that would bring cheaper water to the golf course from the Gila River Indian Community, reducing annual water costs from $700,000 to $200,000. Curran said such a reduction might persuade Gee to restore and continue operating the Club West course.






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Ahwatukee businessman Rande Leonard has put together the pipeline plan, which has been stalled by uncertainty surrounding the Club West. But Curran added that Gee may find it

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ASHINGTON – The late Sen. John McCain combined leadership positions that came from almost four decades in Congress with a flair for the media spotlight – as one analyst noted, the Arizona Republican was typically “unavoidable for comment.” The current Arizona delegation has nowhere near the tenure or clout of McCain. But between them, they have managed to combine important committee and caucus assignments with aggressive media appearances to give the delegation a presence bigger than its relatively short tenure would indicate. This is partly by design. One expert said party leaders may want to make electorally important states like Arizona “kind of … front and center.” But it’s also partly due to the lawmakers’ own initiative. Arizona’s House delegation has an average tenure of 5.5 years in Washington – well below the 8.6 years for the House as a whole, according to the Congressional Research Service. On a list of longest-serving House members, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, finishes 77th and Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, and David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, fall at 161 and 176. None of the other six delegation members cracks the top half of the list. The state’s senators, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, are both freshmen, with just over a year in the upper chamber, compared to their colleagues’ average tenure of 10.1 years. Yet, in the House, the Arizonans have managed to stand out. The delegation includes a standing committee chair, two chairs of influential caucuses, chairs and ranking members

on several subcommittees and – particularly among some Republicans during President Donald Trump’s impeachment – an “unavoidable for comment” media presence. The senators have been quieter, but McSally was named chair of an Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee and Sinema is ranking member on subcommittees in the Commerce and the Homeland Security committees. One reason Arizona lawmakers are getting leadership positions might be a recognition by party leaders of the state’s growing electoral importance, said Ryan Collins, director of government affairs at the Center for American Progress, a leftleaning think tank. Both Democratic and Republican national committees named Arizona a battleground state for 2020. “Arizona is a state that is increasing in population, it is becoming an increasingly important electoral state, not only on presidential level but in Senate races,” Collins said. And partisan battles loom large in the delegation’s biggest footprint so far. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Mesa, in just his second term, was elected chairman this year of the Freedom Caucus, a small but influential bloc of conservative House members. The caucus made its name challenging Republican House leadership for being too moderate, but has emerged this year for its outspoken defense of Trump during the impeachment. Biggs was among a group of Republicans who stormed a secure hearing room in October to protest initial closed-door hearings by the Intelligence Committee. Democrats said the stunt threatened the security of the facility, but it drew widespread attention on cable news and social

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Congress that shares their beliefs and is working hard for them… It’s a blessing to be able to speak to millions of people in America.” A blessing and a smart political move, political experts said. “Absolute Trumpism has become a way to get ahead in this Republican Party,” said Arizona-based political consultant Jason Rose. “Congress members Biggs and Lesko are among that movement’s biggest adherents.” Collins thinks Biggs and other Republicans found the blueprint to leadership positions in a GOP that has been “shifted by Donald Trump.” “Biggs is a perfect example of somebody who has kind of figured out how the process works and recognizes the formula to be helpful in a modern Republican Party, which a sizeable population of Arizona probably identifies closely with,” Collins said. Media and social media give newer lawmakers power that used to be measured in positions like committee chairmanships, said Nathan Gonzales, an editor at Inside Elections. “Twitter and cable news allow junior members to establish a profile without


relying on seniority,” Gonzales said. “You don’t have to be the chairman of a committee to attract attention.” Arizona has a committee chairman: Grijalva, first elected in 2002, became chairman of the Natural Resources Committee when Democrats retook control of the House this year. He was appointed to the committee in his first term and served most recently as ranking member for several years. Grijalva said experience in Congress shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s often better to keep your head down and get to work, said Grijalva, who said he can now “have influence” on legislation, often prioritizing issues affecting Arizona. “You got that position as a consequence of doing your job,” he said, adding that power ultimately depends on which party is in the majority. Grijalva, who has been in the minority for six of his nine terms in Congress, said going on cable news is one way to have your voice heard – if not through legislation – without being in the majority. Outspokenness is not new for Arizona politicians. Rose said McCain was “always unavoidable for comment, but … in a way that enhanced his reputation.”

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tate lawmakers returned this week to the Capitol to deal with something they appear to have plenty: Money and who gets it. State tax collections have been running ahead of projections made when lawmakers adopted the $11.8 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last July 1. Projections suggest the state could end the fiscal year this coming June 30 with an extra $750 million or more – perhaps even approaching $1 billion. That’s money available for lawmakers to spend next budget year – or use for permanent tax cuts. And that doesn’t even take into account future collections. Any discussion will have to include more than how much there is. The more important issue is how much of that surplus is likely to recur in future years. Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, said the issue is simple: Don’t commit money now for projects and programs unless you’re sure the money will continue to be there. “Last I had heard, 30-ish percent, maybe 25 percent of the surplus is considered ongoing,’’ said Mesnard who chairs the


Senate Finance Committee. “So, we want to make sure that’s the pot that we’re commit ourselves into the future or to cut taxes in some sort of permanent way.’’ The balance, he said, is one-time money. As of Monday, the State Capitol was once again a beehive of activity as legislators “We can invest began the 2020 session. that in roads and (Special to AFN) one-time projects that are hugely helpful to our state but Arizona Department of Transportation don’t commit us to some long-term obli- since that part of the interstate is on reservation land. gation,’’ Mesnard said. State Sen. Sean Bowie, D-Ahwatukee That latter category is going to cover a and, Rep. Ben Toma, R-Peoria, are focused lot of wish-list projects. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, wants the largely on the other pot of funds, the surstate to widen Interstate 10 from south plus that is likely to continue. There likely will be a push to put addiof Phoenix into Pinal County. Shope said there is no reason for that 26-mile sec- tional dollars into K-12 education. “We are committed to putting more tion to remain two lanes in each direction when the rest of I-10 is three lanes in each dollars into the classroom every year,’’ direction. But the price tag on that could gubernatorial press aide Patrick Ptak told Capitol Media Services, promising reach $500 million. And it depends on negotiations between “full details’’ when Ducey releases his the Gila River Indian Community and the budget – which was scheduled to occur

after AFN’s deadline. Toma, for his part, has a specific target in mind: accelerate restoration of what’s called “district additional assistance.’’ That is a special allocation of state dollars to schools to pay for things like computers, books and buses. Only thing is, lawmakers seeking to balance the budget failed to fund it for years, including $117 million cut by Ducey his first year in office. The governor has committed to restoration of the full $372 million – but not until the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Toma said that, given the state’s current financial condition, there’s no reason to wait that long. “I’d like to see more investment for both K-12 and higher education,” Bowie said. “I would also like us to pay down some of the K-12 rollover debt,” which he put at a bit over $900 million. House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, cited the cuts to public education since before the recession. Consider: In the 2007-2008 school year the state put $5.2 billion into K-12 education. Legislative budget staffers estimate the figure for this year at $6.5 billion. And, on paper, the per-pupil aid went

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is nothing to replace it. So even Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Sen. J.D. Mesnard, both Republicans, are crafting language they say would kick in should the federal law be voided. Also look for renewed debate over vaping. Some of what was at the center of last year’s pitched battles may no longer be an issue now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set the minimum age for tobacco use to 21 and banned most flavored products. It remains to be seen, however, whether the federal law is, in fact, enforceable in Arizona. In any case. Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, still wants to put vaping under the same laws governing tobacco use and sales. It means not just the penalties for

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Sex, vaping, pot also on Legislature’s agenda BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


ozens of other issues already are vying for legislative attention this session.

Social issues

At or near the top of the list here is the question of sex education: who should get it and what should students be taught. Current law makes sex education optional, with parents having to specifically opt-in for their children to be enrolled. But Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, D-Tucson, proposes to reverse it with a presumption children get sex-ed unless the parents opt-out. She wants to require programs provide “medically accurate and comprehensive’’ education, including that beginning in middle or junior high school students get

“age-appropriate’’ information on everything from disease prevention to contraception. Look for stiff opposition from some Republicans including House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, who said materials he believes are being used in sex-ed courses in Arizona schools “are grooming children to be sexualized.’’ Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, already has crafted legislation to prohibit sex education before the seventh grade. Allen’s SB 1082, already set for a Tuesday hearing in the Senate Education Committee she chairs, also requires programs not just promote abstinence -- already in law -- but it encourages sexually active students to “return to abstinence.’’ And it says sex-ed must “emphasize sexual risk avoidance rather than sexual risk reduction.’’ New fights may also be brewing over

Health and welfare

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from $4,996 to $5,762. But if you consider the effects of inflation, that $4,996 is now worth only about $4,685. Sens. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, and Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, want to put a measure on the 2020 ballot to increase the existing 0.6-cent state sales tax for education to a full penny, a move that could bring in an additional $550 million to $600 million a year. “I think that’s the sweet spot,’’ Brophy McGee said, saying that’s a number that the public is likely willing to accept. The trick, however, is getting her colleagues to agree to put it to voters. Lawmakers from both parties say state aid to community colleges has not kept pace. In fact, the systems in Maricopa and Pima counties get no state aid at all, though there has been funding for special programs.

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selling to those under age but also the same restrictions as cigarettes on where people can smoke. Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, backed by vaping retailers, wants sales and use regulated separately. More significant, he does not want local governments to impose their own stricter regulations. There will be a push by some lawmakers to have the Legislature enact laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana. One argument is anything approved by lawmakers is preferable than something enacted at the ballot box. And then there’s the fact voter-approved measures cannot be altered by the Legislature. Finally, look for debate over the issue of vaccination of children and how broad should be the exceptions parents cite in refusing to immunizing youngsters against certain diseases.

Law and order

The big fight here is over who should be behind bars and for how long. There are currently more than 42,000 people in the custody of the Department of Corrections, with the agency eating up close to 10 percent of the state’s $11.8 billion budget. That has some legislators from both parties reviewing everything from mandatory sentencing laws to whether to

And then there is the university system where the state’s share of the cost of tuition for Arizona residents has dropped from about 75 percent to just half that. “And we wonder why tuition has gone up,’’ Fernandez said. Voters actually may get a choice of funding measures. Others groups are crafting a plan to boost income taxes on the most wealthy under the premise that sales taxes are regressive because the poor pay a higher percentage of their income than the rich and the simple political fact that it could be crafted so the higher tax rates kick in only at higher incomes, leaving most voters unaffected. But the debate about the cash is about more than how to spend it. Toma said that a newly imposed sales tax on internet purchases – the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case called South Dakota v. Wayfair – is bringing in more than anticipated. So, he wants to

allow early release of inmates who complete counseling and drug treatment. Less clear is whether Gov. Doug Ducey will have any better luck this year in getting lawmakers to approve his Safe Arizona Schools plan. This plan, called Severe Threat Order of Protection, would allow not just police but also family members and others to seek a court order to have law enforcement take an individual’s weapons while he or she is locked up for up to 21 days for a mental evaluation. Ducey called it “the one tool that could have eliminated the mass shootings that have happened in other places in the country.’’ But the plan has stalled amid opposition from those who say it infringes on constitutional rights and lacks due-process protections.

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The big fight here is likely to be over vacation rentals, specifically how much authority local governments can exercise. A 2016 law stripped cities of any oversight based on the premise these regulations interfered with the property rights of homeowners to rent out a spare room. But what has developed has been quite different, with investors buying up homes and condos solely for the purpose of creating what some lawmakers say are unregulated hotels.

give some of that back. “We should be looking at additional relief for the taxpayers because none of the Wayfair decision was intended as a massive increase in income to the government, at least not on the state tax,’’ he said. His choice for where to cut? “I will tell you that my least favorite tax is the property tax,’’ Toma said. “And the reason for that is I really feel that’s a hidden tax, that people don’t feel,’’ he explained. “They feel it, but they don’t really realize that they’re getting pummeled, if you will.” Mesnard is also focused on lower property taxes, particularly for business. Business property used to be assess for tax purposes at 25 percent of “full cash value,’’ essentially a rough approximation of market value. Prior tax cuts have taken that to 18 percent. The plan would trim that again. But the problem is that lowering taxes for one type of property increases the bur-

Aside from noise complaints is the issue of whether the practice is drying up the supply of affordable housing. But Gov. Doug Ducey has indicated he would agree to only minor changes in the law. Lawmakers also are being asked to consider whether companies that lend money secured by a vehicle title should remain exempt from state usury laws which generally limit allowable interest charges to 36 percent a year. Rates on title loans can exceed 200 percent. There also have been companies using the title loan interest cap exception to lend money at the higher interest rates even though there is no title actually being held. Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, – and a rancher – is leading the fight to say that the only thing that can be labeled “meat” -- or beef, chicken, pork or lamb -- has to have come from an animal that was at one time living and breathing. Those 20-year compact that gave Native American tribes exclusive rights to operate casinos in exchange for sharing profits with the state are starting to expire. Look for them to seek permission to take wagers on sporting events, something now legal under federal law. At the same time, others, including horse track owners, want any new compacts to include the right to accept wagers on sporting events at off-track betting sites.


den for others – including homeowners. And that has political implications: homeowners vote, businesses do not. Mesnard envisions the state using some of its surplus to make up the difference so the tax bill on homeowners does not go up. Overall his proposal eventually could cut state revenues by $300 million a year. Fernandez said don’t look for Democrat support. “A tax cut? That’s not one of the things that’s on the table for us,’’ she said. Fernandez said lawmakers cut taxes by about $325 million last year with changes to things like the standard deduction on income taxes, a new tax credit of $100 per child and lowering the tax rates for those earning more than $26,500 a year. Republicans justified the move as simply making up for the fact that changes in federal tax law increased the state tax liability for many Arizonans. The tax cuts, they said, avoided a “windfall’’ for the state.

And Arizona lawmakers may weigh following the lead of California in allowing athletes at state universities to be compensated in the form of contracts for endorsements and sponsorships of products.

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Desert Vista students mentor second-graders BY SAMANTHA MORRIS AFN Contributor


pon the arrival of Desert Vista High School students, a smiling secondgrader poked his head out into the hallway at Wilson Elementary School in downtown Phoenix to see the much-anticipated visitors. When it was time for him and his classmates to find their high school buddies, they immediately went for hugs. This joyous monthly reunion at Wilson was started by a volunteer club at Desert Vista known as Community Counts. It pairs a Desert Vista student with a second-grader to develop a friendship and working relationship throughout the year. Each visit, high school students are assigned a folder of tasks to go over with their buddies, courtesy of Wilson teach-

ers. They focus on reading and math skills, working on comprehension, spelling and basic addition and subtraction. Wilson teachers Jennifer Sanchez and Kayla Yerk share in their students’ enthusiasm as they have seen firsthand the benefits of Community Counts in their classrooms. “There are different impacts, behaviorwise it always gives them something to look forward to and strive to be a better student because they know Desert Vista is coming,” Sanchez said, adding: “Academically, it’s just the one-on-one oral language which they don’t get a lot of at home, because most of them are second-language learners.” In the mainly Hispanic community, many students need a helping hand in learning English. Students who are monolingual are

Desert Vista High School students work with Wilson Elementary second-graders on basic math, reading and English cmprehension skills. (Samantha Morris/Special to AFN)

paired with bilingual students, ensuring a Desert Vista student can teach in Spanish and help translate when a child is strug-

gling. “Because they are one-on-one, it is a

jazz band’s winter concert. “I’m grateful I got the opportunity and happy the jazz band was up for learning my chart,” said Ty. Ty’s teachers and role models, Josh Thye and Mike Krill, supported him in all his musical endeavors. “He seeks feedback continually and works at his craft. It is apparent this is more than a hobby for him,” said Thye, the Thunder band director. Ty also volunteers with the school’s United Sound program, mentoring students with special needs. Outside of school, Ty creates more music both personally and as a part of his band, 3 PM – created by Ty and his friend Kyle Angilletta as eighth-graders at Akimel A al Middle School. The band also includes their friends Sam Monson, Emma Harrison and Lily and Noelle Fuchs - they have played many events around Ahwatukee and at Desert Vista.

“Ty caught my ear in middle school as did a few others in his graduating class from Akimel,” Thye said. He and his friends, many of them involved in their rock band, 3 PM, showed real musical talent and an impressive work ethic. “Each year that I have known Ty, I have witnessed a new musical project of some sort. He is a gifted musician, composer, arranger, and performer,” Thye added. Most recently, Ty has been working on his biggest project yet, creating and producing the personal album, “Blue Blue Internet.” The album was released in December and new EP “easy way out” was released this month. Ty releases his music under the name “My goal when I started BLUESTATIC. net was to make something I could really call mine and be personal with, so everything tied to the project is made by me,”

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D Only a junior at Desert Vista High School, Ty Parker has established himself as a leader in the school’s music program. (Ally Rchmond/Special to AFN)

esert Vista High School junior Ty Parker has been playing music since his mother signed him up for piano lessons when he 8. Since then, Ty has mastered piano, guitar, bass, alto saxophone, and a bit of clarinet and flute. His love of music took off in middle school, however, when he started composing his own music. In school, Ty is a leader in the band community: co-section leader of the marching band’s alto-sax section as well as a member of the wind ensemble, top jazz band, steel drum band, and symphonic band. He took his musical aptitude to a new level last school year when he curated an arrangement for the marching band. This school year he arranged a version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the

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confidence booster. They feel really good about themselves because they have someone who can help them at their level,” Yerk explained. The Community Counts club’s founder Kathy Shamely, a now-retired teacher from Desert Vista is more than pleased the mentorship program she started in 2005 continues to impact the Phoenix community. The program originated out of a need to assist inner-city schools with the added pressure to perform on state tests like AIMs. She always used to tell her students “poverty is only a 20-minute drive away,” reminding the older students you don’t need to go far to make a difference and help other people. This sentiment is embedded in the fabric of the club and inspired other initiatives Community Counts undertakes. This month, Community Counts will bring Wilson students to Desert Vista to give them a tour and provide care packages with necessities and supplies they might be lacking at home. Items including markers, crayons, shampoo and clothing are among the many donations brought in by Desert Vista students during the Community Count’s drive in January. Alexa Horn, a senior and president of

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Tye said. “That being said, I make the music for myself, but I want to put it out there so people can enjoy it.” Both the album and the EP were written, performed and produced by Ty. “The entire recording and production process is done in my bedroom from my laptop. I have a standard mic and small interface I used to record instruments on to my computer and then mix from there,” he explained. With no formal classes in the subject, Ty taught himself how to mix and produce his own music. “The learning process was mostly trial and error and only started a couple years ago. I’m far from a professional but I’ve been slowly learning what to really listen

Desert Vista High School’s Community Counts program enables students to work and develop friendships with second-graders at a downtown Phoenix school. (Samantha Morris/Special to AFN)

Community Counts recognizes the lack of resources is a challenge potentially hindering the development of Wilson students. “The hardest part is seeing how some of them don’t have all the resources they need to be able to get to their full potential,” said Horn. For many Wilson students, the trip is a

for by studying my favorite artists and watching videos on YouTube,” said Ty. Ty describes his music style as “synth pop” but he is influenced by artists like Ariana Grande, JPEGMAFIA, Weyes Bloos, MGMT, and STRFKR as well as by the soundtrack of one of his favorite television shows, “Adventure Time.” “What especially appeals to me in an artist is personality, authenticity, and innovation, and I try to embrace those things in my music to the best of my ability,” said Ty. Ty’s music is available on SoundCloud as well as on “My main goal in music is get to a place where I feel like I’m truly expressing my emotions through what I make. I think I’m only scratching the surface so far and am excited for my future in music,


privilege they wouldn’t otherwise experience. Students are amazed by traveling on the freeway for the first time and by the size of Desert Vista. Wilson students also will participate in activities like glazing pots in ceramics, performing chemistry experiments, and visiting the dance and PE facilities. though it won’t necessarily be easy,” said Ty. For other students who are interested in music production, Ty said all you need to get started is your phone and the internet. “It took a while for me to find ways of expressing myself through music, but the first step is trying to make something that sounds like how you feel. Or something that makes you feel like you when you listen to it.” Ty Parker added guitar to his repertoire after getting his introduction to music by taking piano lessons that started when he was 8. (All Richmond/Special to AFN)

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The Community Counts experience opens up the horizons of both parties, as Desert Vista students also get a window into the lives of children who are less fortunate then they are. Despite the socioeconomic barriers, teacher sponsors and club leaders insist the experience breaks down those barriers showing kids we are more alike than we think. Teacher sponsors Tom Bristol and Judy Hoffman took over the club back in 2013, and for the past eight years have grown the program to an impressive 110 members, making Community Counts one of the most popular clubs on campus. This large group of students allows for a rotating group to go on separate trips to Wilson each month. Student leaders work behind the scenes to ensure fellow students remember to bring their donations and come to club meetings. Vice President and senior Tyler Tapia shared her favorite part of the program is witnessing the kids grow throughout the year. “They are always shy at the beginning. I mean they are second-graders and when a bunch of high schoolers come it’s always hard for them to express themselves, Tyler said. “Being able to see the growth throughout the year, of them being able to confide in you and tell you things is so incredible.”



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Kyrene School District plans 2 job fairs for numerous vacancies

Kyrene School District will hold an all-district job fair to seek qualified candidates for a wide range of positions that are open now. District administrators will also be interviewing teaching candidates for the 2020-21 school year. Kyrene is seeking certified teachers, psychologists and leaders, classroom assistants, bus drivers, preschool staff, crossguards, groundskeepers, playground monitors, instructional assistants, before/after-school club leaders and administrative support positions. The fair will be 8 a.m.-noon Jan. 25 at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, 13612 S. 36th Street, Ahwatukee. Potential bus drivers will have an opportunity to test drive a school bus at the job fair. Take a turn in the driver’s seat, and learn how to adjust mirrors, control speed and communicate via 2-way radios. The district is will hold a second job fair 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 at Kyrene Traditional Academy, 3375 W. Galveston Street, Chandler, for teachers, school psychologists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists On-site interviews will be conducted. Due to high demand, educators are encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time. Information: or

Comedy night in Ahwatukee will tickle your funny bone

The Ahwatukee Comedy Club will present “live, clean com-

edy” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Tuke Café, 15815 S. 50th Street, Ahwatukee. The $15 admission includes a drink when purchased at Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Coach Carrie’s Kyrene Kids is up and running in Ahwatukee schools

Coach Carrie’s Runners helps improving children’s running speed, duration and form as well as age-appropriate drills and team exercises to support and enhance fitness in all sports. Runners will perform long and short distance races and classes are eligible for an Arizona State Tax Credit. The 14-week spring session for kids K-5 is filling up fast. The Running Club is offered for one hour on Monday’s 2:35 p.m. at Lagos Elementary; Tuesdays at 2:35 p.m. at Sierra and Wednesdays at 12:35 p.m. at Monte Vista. Register at or 480-541-1511. Information: or 480-221-9090.

Art in the Garden Studio plans workshop series, gallery exhibit

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Ahwatukee Friends planning first luncheon of the year

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors will hold its first luncheon of the year at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Ahwatukee Country Club, 48th Street north of Warner Road. Andrea Northup of the Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona will speak and cost is $20. To attend, guests must make reservations by Jan. 18, by emailing

Local foundation needs help with auction items to help families

The Armer Foundation for Kids, an Ahwatukee charity founded to help families with kids with extreme medical needs, is in need of raffle and silent auction items for a fundraiser being held at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Ahwatukee located at 3820 E. Ray Road on Jan. 30. The foundation also is sponsoring a separate event at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio 7-9 p.m. Jan. 29, 2020: an Ahwatukee Dancing with the Stars with celebrity judge Tony Dovolani. The foundation tries to ease some of the financial burdens

to families with children with extreme medical conditions. When health insurance is not enough, it assists with co-pays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. It believes no child should see their families’ stress due to a medical condition. Information: 480-290-2977 or email armerfoundation@ gmail.comFree clinics on lacrosse to be held at Pecos Park.

Ahwatukee Lacrosse boys and girls clubs have two more clinics

The Ahwatukee Lacrosse boys and girls clubs will be hosting “Newbie Tuesdays” – a series of free lacrosse clinics for new players. The team sport combines elements of soccer, basketball, football and hockey. At these clinics, experienced coaches will be on hand to introduce boys and girls ages 5 to 14 to the basics. No equipment is necessary, though players can bring. Clinics will be held 6-7:30 p.m. at Pecos Park Jan. 21 and 28. Players can attend one or all three, and players can join the team Register at

Zumba fitness class at Ahwatukee Swim & Tennis Center has started

The Ahwatukee Community Swim, Tennis & Event Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee, is holding Zumba and Zumba Toning fitness classes 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. Zumba toning uses toning sticks and targets the abs, thighs, arms, and other major muscles. Zumba classes provide participants with both a cardio workout and strength training.

The class is designed for all levels and ages. People can drop-in or use a fitness punch card: $9 drop-in, four visits, $32, 10 visits, $75 or 20 visits, $140. Class is led by Simone G., a certified Zumba instructor since 2012. Information: 480-893-3431 Ext. 3 or

Phoenician Oasis offers special cooking classes in private Ahwatukee home

Phoenician Oasis offers cooking classes for all ages in an Ahwatukee home. Learn how to make low-fat, low-sodium and low-sugar dishes as well as bread-making, vegan, French and international cuisines while savoring gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine or cold drinks. Upcoming bread classes: Jan. 25. Vegan classes: Jan. 18. Details: or 480-888-5521.

Cardio and line-dancing classes at Pecos Center still taking participants

Ahwatukee certified fitness instructor, Carrie McNeish is lining up beginner and intermediate/advanced line dancing classes and Muscle Mania cardio fitness classes next month at Pecos Center in Ahwatukee, starting the first week in January. No partner or experience is necessary for the dancing classes. Beginner dance classes are at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; the others are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. Thursdays. Muscle Mania is a small-group personal training class in a comfortable environment. They are at 11 a.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Register for any class in person or at Information: 480-221-9090, cmc-, or

Summit School slates frank discussion on dangers of vaping, gateway drugs

Summit School of Ahwatukee, 4515 E. Muirwood Drive, Ahwatukee, is hosting a discussion on vaping 5-6 p.m. Feb. 4. This adults-only discussion will be led by notMYkid, a nonprofit that provides support and education to children and families. The discussion is billed as “a candid conversation about fast-moving abuse trends facing our pre-teens and teens: and will address gateway drugs as well as vaping and e-cigarettes. Prevention tools, warning signs and health concerns also will be discussed.

Yoga ministry offers free sessions at Mountain Park Church here

Elena Porter, yoga ministry director at Mountain Park Church in Ahwatukee, is offering free meditation and yoga classes seven days a week at various times. Information: 602-625-6617.

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Candidate to address Kiwanis

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club will hear a presentation by Suzanne Sharer, a Republican candidate for State Senate in Legislative District 18. DETAILS >> 7:30 a.m., Biscuits Restaurant on the southwest corner of Elliot Road and 48th Street. All are welcome.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Ironwood Writers Group

The third Tuesday of every month bring 5 double-spaced pages of writing to get feedback from your fellow writers. DETAILS>> 6-7:45 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: Adults. Free. No registration required.

SAT-SUN, FEBRUARY 15-16 Arts and crafts fest set

Art Attack AZ will present the Ahwatukee Arts & Crafts Festival with over 40 artists in various mediums selling framed wall art, jewelry, yard and metal art, clothing, photography, woodworks, pottery, home decor, gourmet food and more. DETAILS>>, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 5031 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, in front of Millie’s Hallmark Store. Information:, Kevin at 520-668-9710 or Nancy at 520-481-8001.

SUNDAYS TinkerTime

Explore hands-on creative ways to design, experiment, and invent while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) through tinkering. #stem #tinkertime #IronwoodLibrary DETAILS>> 2-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: 6-11 years. Free. No registration required.

Learn gardening from pros

Learn desert gardening by getting your hands dirty with the Ahwatukee Community Gardening Project. Share in the knowledge, the produce and the smiles. All ages welcome Bring sun protection and water, tools optional. DETAILS>> 8-9:15 a.m. in the northwest corner of the park at 4700 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee, behind the guitar player at the Ahwatukee Farmers Market, which is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: or 480-759-5338.

Chess, knitters clubs

Two clubs meet in Ahwatukee every Sunday the chess club for players at all skill levels and Knitters Anonymous for all levels of knitters and people who crochet. DETAILS>> The Chess Club meets at 11 a.m. and Knitters Anonymous meets at 2 p.m. For either club, call 602-405-6320 for more information.


Sign language for walkers

Babies walking to 23 months (accompanied by adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. DETAILS>> (Except Jan. 20, 9:30-10 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: walking to 23 months. Free. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.

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Stretch and roll

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Gentle yoga at Pecos

People can start their week with a gentle yoga class. Be mindful and caring for yourself. Sessions are typically five to six weeks long. You can also “drop-in” to individual classes. DETAILS>> 6-7 p.m. at Pecos Community Center in Ahwatukee. Register: Go to adult classes and search gentle yoga. You can also register at Pecos Center or call 602-495-5500.

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Desert Pointe gardeners meet

Desert Pointe Garden Club meets on the first Monday of the month with special programs. DETAILS>> 9 a.m., Ahwatukee Rec Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Ahwatukee. Information: 602 478 6732 or


ToddlerTime with Sign

Toddlers 24-36 months-old, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy interactive activities that encourage emerging language skills such as stories, songs, games, and playtime. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills, in this active session. DETAILS>> 10:30-11 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: 24-36 months. Free. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.

French Talk Time

Brush up on your high school, college, or tourist French speaking and listening skills. Advanced Level, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month: an informal participant-driven conversational group. Participants should already speak French fairly well to enjoy this program. Beginner/Intermediate Level, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month: a facilitator-guided conversation group. Participants should already speak some French to benefit from this program. #FrenchTalkTime #IronwoodLibrary DETAILS>> Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: Adults. Free. No registration required.

Overcome painful experiences

Men’s H.O.P.E., an acronym for Helping Overcome Painful Experiences, meets weekly for confidential and candid conversations about divorce, dependencies and relationships. DETAILS>> 6:30-8:15 p.m. Mountain Park Church 16461 S. 48th Street. (Southeast corner of Frye & 48th)

Ladies golf

The Foothills Golf Course Ladies League meets every Tuesday to play 18 holes of handicap golf from September through May. Play includes weekly games, prizes and friendly competition. DETAILS>> Call Lucille Heid at 602-692-7839 or Shayron Conrad at 602-339-8707.

Patriotic playgroup

Parents looking for playtime for their kids and, for themselves, stimulating conversations rooted in family, faith and conservatism can gather ever second Tuesday of the month. DETAILS>> 9-11 a.m. Pecos Park playground. 17010 S. 48th Street, Phoenix. Check for more DETAILS or contact:

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Estrangement support

Although rarely discussed, family estrangement is far more common than most people realize. The estranged suffer from loneliness, lack of self-esteem, guilt, anger and depression. Desert Foothills United Methodist Church provides a support group that meets the first Tuesday of every month. The public is invited to the “Living Loss” sessions. No questions asked, and anonymity will be respected. DETAILS>> 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month; 2156 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee. Use Entry B. Free. Information: 480-460-1025 and

Prayer night offered

Ahwatukee Health and Recovery holds a weekly prayer night. The public is invited. DETAILS>> noon-1:30 p.m., 16515 S. 40th Street, Ahwatukee. Free.

Chair yoga featured

Inner Vision Yoga Studio offers chair yoga to help seniors and people recovering from injuries to stay fit. DETAILS>> 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. $6 per class. Info: 480-330-2015 or

Toastmasters sharpen skills

Improve your speaking skills and meet interesting people at Ahwatukee Toastmasters meetings DETAILS>> 6:45-8 a.m. at the Dignity Health Community Room, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee.


Children ages 5-12 can let their digital creativity flow in this self-guided tech “playground.” We provide hands-on beginner bots, exercises to build fine motor skills, and Chromebooks preloaded with links to code-learning environments, 3D modeling, and digital art programs. YOU bring the brainpower. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: 5-12 years. Free. No registration required.

Sit, Stay, Read!

Emerging readers of all ages can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. Read to Guinness on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Read to Truffles on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. All Ages. Free. No registration required.

Free Tutoring for Kids & Teens

Volunteer Desert Vista High School Peer Tutors will be able to assist with projects and homework. It’s first-come, first-served, so please sign in at the tutoring table and wait for your turn. DETAILS>> 4-6 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages: 5-17 years. Free. No registration required.

Meditation meetings

Frank Daly of Ish Salon conducts weekly meditation sessions designed to help participants enter a state of allowing in order to effortlessly reach desired goals and outcomes. DETAILS>> 7 p.m., 4025 E Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. Informa-

tion: or 602-332-3829.

Sit, Stay, Read!

Emerging readers of all ages can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. #SitStayRead #IronwoodLibrary DETAILS>> Wednesdays December 11 & 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. All Ages. Free. No registration required.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical 12-step program that helps you find hope and healing from all of life’s hurts, habits, and hangups. Whether it’s addiction, loss, anger, or stress, you can find the freedom you’re looking for. DETAILS>> 6:20 PM, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 South 48th Street, Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579,


Family Storytime

Children birth to five-year-olds, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and music in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills. DETAILS>> 10:30-11 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: birth to 5. Free. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.

Bible classes set

Lamb of God Lutheran Church will hold a session of its Four Key Concepts Bible Series to provide answers to questions like “Why is life so difficult?” and “What is the meaning of my life?” “God gives us those answers in the Bible, but the Bible is a big book. If you don’t know where to start, join us,” the church said. Everyone is welcome. DETAILS>> 7-8 p.m., Jan. 30, and Feb. 6, 13 and 20. 599 E. Chandler Boulevard, Ahwatukee. Register: and click “register now” or call 480-283-8329.

Teen Thursdays

We provide the snacks and fun; you just bring yourself and a friend for gaming, karaoke, crafting, snacks and more. DETAILS>> 4-5:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: 12-17 years. Free. No registration required.

Fun with watercolors

comers. DETAILS>> 7:30 a.m. Biscuits Restaurant, 4623 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee. Information:

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Free childcare for ages 0 to 5. DETAILS>> 9 a.m. second and fourth Thursday, Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st Street Call Kim at 480-759-2118, ext. 218.


Toastmasters meet

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has a weekly Toastmasters meeting. DETAILS>> 8-9 a.m., the Dignity Health Urgent Care Community Room, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd, Ahwatukee (South entrance). Information: 480-753-7676,

Shabbat Services

Ahwatukee Rabbi Susan Schanerman leads Shabbat services the first and third Friday of the month. DETAILS>> 7 p.m. first Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. Congregation NefeshSoul meets at the Valley Unitarian Universalist near Kyrene and Ray roads, Chandler. Information:


Reading Hebrew

A beginner’s class in learning to read Hebrew will be held Saturdays in December and January. DETAILS>> Valley Unitarian Universalist near Kyrene and Ray roads, Chandler. Taught by Ahwatukee Rabbi Susan Schanerman. for details.

Art class in artist’s home

Ahwatukee artist Kathie Kelly says she’s offering “the perfect opportunity for aspiring young artists to learn drawing and painting skills.” Art Lessons for You, involves “creative exploration classes for first graders and up. All forms of drawing materials and water-based paints are supplied. Open enrollment and if spaces are available, drop-ins are welcome. Call to make a reservation. DETAILS>> 12:30-2 p.m.,, or 480-544-6206.

Family Storytime

People can get step-by-step instructions in water-coloring whether they are beginners or intermediates. DETAILS>> 1-3:30 p.m. at Michael’s at 48th Street, and Ray Road, Ahwatukee. $25/class. Sign up Info: Judy Lokits, instructor. 954-234-1768.

Children birth to five-year-olds, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and music in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills DETAILS>> 10:30-11:00 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: birth to 5. Free. Tickets are limited and available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.

Networking group meets

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ACT Networking Group, standing for Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe, meets weekly. DETAILS >> 7:45-8:45 p.m., Tukes Kafe, 15815 S. 50th Street, Ahwatukee. Information: 602-418-3645.

Kiwanis meets weekly

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club meets weekly and welcomes new-

Young readers & listeners can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. First & Third Saturdays: Read with Raven and Cassie. Second & Fourth Saturdays: Read with JoJo. DETAILS>> First and third Saturdays,11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; second and fourth Saturdays, noon-1:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages: 5-10 years. Free. No registration required.

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MLK Holiday an opportunity for serving, learning, unlearning BY DR. NEAL A. LESTER AFN Guest Writer


bout peeling back and shedding the layers and layers of our consciously and unconsciously learned behaviors and attitudes that prevent us from experiencing the richness of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, anti-racism educator and activist Jane Elliott posit, “what we learn, we can unlearn.” Elliott, whose 1968 blue eyes/brown eyes social experiment with her Iowa third-graders on the occasion of the assassination of Dr. King, knew well the value of repetition when she arbitrarily gave rights and privileges to the blue-eyed white students in her class 52 years ago and then snatched the rights and privileges from the blue-eyed white students and gave them to the brown-eyed white students the next day and just as arbitrarily.

Foothills HOA board must be transparent

On Jan. 22, the Foothills Community Association board will hold a meeting where two important issues will be addressed. First, the board will appoint a new director to �ill a vacancy. In 2018, the board handpicked two new directors rather than allowing Foothills HOA members to elect these directors. This action was misguided and was unpopular with many homeowners. The board must not repeat this mistake. This time, the board needs to follow a process that is transparent and supported by homeowners. The board has openly called for candidates, which is a proper �irst step. However, apparently, the board has created a committee to interview the

That experiment and so many related lessons about sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, sizeism, linguicism, colorism, childism and religious intolerance we all learn through repetition. We also, according to Elliott, unlearn through repetition. This relearning and unlearning –– this peeling back and shedding the layers and layers of messy stuff – is at the heart of so many recovery programs that address behaviors and actions that keep us all from being our best selves and from living our best lives. As I accepted the 2019 Diversity Award from the Baha’i Faith Community and the Town of Paradise Valley a year ago, I reminded my audience that Dr. King’s life work was indeed informed by the absolute need for repetition in his continual �ight for social justice not just for one but for all. To disrupt the systems that continually deny each of us on one level or another our individual humanity demands a commitment to doing the same things over

and over again and not just expecting but rather demanding different results. This struggle for social justice requires unceasing commitment to repetition until the doors of equality and equity opened for one opens for all. Activist Angela Y. Davis adds provocative nuance to American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer: “I am no longer accepting what I cannot change. I am changing what I cannot accept.” This sentiment underscores the necessity of repetition that goes far beyond ritual in individual and communal struggles to disrupt the status quo and to effect change. On the occasion of this another MLK commemoration and celebration, might we be more mindful of our individual responsibility to seek out justice on every front? Might we be reminded that the things that divide us can make us turn on each other when we focus solely on our own livelihood and solely on the lives of those

who look like us, talk like us, dress like us, think like us, and share our values? Let us be reminded that Dr. King’s legacy is one that demands both a commitment to persistent repetitions that challenge and a retreat from the rituals and repetitions that leave us cynical and fearful of difference and that keep us all from acknowledging our own vulnerabilities, complicities, and frailties. At the same time, Dr. King challenged each of us to reach beyond ourselves and the comfort of our own skins and communities to be of service to others, contending that “An individual has not started living until [they] can rise above the narrow con�ines of [their] individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Indeed, Dr. King’s focus on service is a decentering of ourselves to engage in a social cause that is bigger than our individual selves. Dr. King’s legacy of service

candidates. This was not done in an open meeting. This continued lack of transparency is at the heart of the problem with the current Foothills HOA board. All of the interviews, evaluations and discussions by the board of directors about the candidates should be conducted in meetings that are open to all Foothills HOA members. State statute promotes such openness and it requires that all board meetings be open, with only �ive exceptions – one of which appllies in this case. However, even if the state did not have such a statute, it would still be the right thing to do in the name of transparency. The board should have nothing to hide when it is doing its work. The board should pick the candidate best-quali�ied overall in terms of knowledge of and experience with our HOA and

the statutes, CC&Rs and bylaws which govern it, as well as the candidate’s willingness and ability to contribute to the proper management of the association. Second, the team of us concerned homeowners pushing for key reforms of the HOA’s bylaws will offer an update on our campaign. We will ask to have this placed on the agenda, but even if the board declines our request, we will raise it in the members’ open forum. To date, we have received overwhelming support from Foothills HOA members. Our petition drive began in earnest a month ago with a mass mailing, and we are already more than halfway to the required 1,300 signatures. We encourage all Foothills HOA members to sign the petition and help us attain 1,300 signatures within the next few weeks. If you haven’t signed yet,

please consider doing so. This will compel the board to call a special election to vote on the muchneeded reform package, including term limits for board members. We have been urging the board to follow a process that could save the HOA $10,000 in conducting this special election. This meeting may be the board’s �inal chance to do so. We encourage all Foothills HOA members to attend the next board meeting and show their support for a transparent process for selecting a new director and for our reform campaign. The board meeting will be held at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Drive at 6 p.m. Jan. 22. For more information about our reform initiative, visit our website at: -Rob Doherty


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Make healthy living a priority in 2020 BY SANDRA CREWS AFN Guest Writer


ow is the time of year when we typically take inventory of our lives and set new goals. Relationships, �inances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact our overall wellbeing. For this year, consider making your health a top priority. According to the recent America’s Health Rankings Annual Report, the nation’s obesity rate continues to rise, with one in three adults now experiencing obesity. The alarming national statistic may have serious health consequences such as diabetes which now impacts approximately 30 million adults and is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many factors that play a

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is then about risk-taking, about extending humanity to those who may not extend that same humanity to us. His legacy is not about weakness or even a moral high ground. Rather, Dr. King’s dream is about being humane in the face of others’ skepticism, disillusionment, bigotry, and unwarranted fears; about a commitment to justice in the face of disappointment, defeat, wrong, misunderstanding, mistreatment, threats, and uncertainty. On this occasion of this another MLK commemoration and celebration of a life lived with passion and purpose, let us all be reminded that Dr. King declared himself a drum major for peace; not peace that is the absence of con�lict, but rather peace that emerges from and manifests itself in civility, patience – and these ASU Project Humanities Humanity 101 principles: respect, integrity, kindness, forgiveness, empathy and self-re�lection. Let us be reminded that perpetuating any injustice against another denies us of our individual humanity and causes us to

role in your health, but one that you can control is making a commitment to start living a healthier lifestyle. Sure, there will be some bumps during your wellbeing journey, but your goal can be achievable and you deserve to reap the bene�its. Consider some helpful tips for achieving a healthier you in 2020. Stay active. Regular exercise may help you live longer and may reduce your risks for a host of diseases. Try to aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, but if that’s too challenging then start off with 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there. Every little bit counts. To be successful, your �itness program should become a part of your daily life. Also, check with your health plan and employer to see if they offer wellness incentives. For example, UnitedHealthcare’s Gym Check-In program enables participating employers to provide emforfeit our own spiritual, emotional, and mental peace. In his steady march toward “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” not just for the few but for all, King was steadfast in his prescriptions about change that results from repetition manifested in perseverance and persistence: “Somewhere we must come to see that social progress never rolls on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals. And without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. And so we must help time, and we must realize that the time is always right to do right.” Our celebration on this day in this year is yet another opportunity to do better and be better than we were last year; to do better and be better than we were last month and last week; and be and do better today than we did yesterday. Ahwatukee resident Neal A. Lester, Ph.D., is Foundation Professor of English and founding director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.-

ployees and their spouses the opportunity to each earn hundreds of dollars a year for visiting a �itness facility 12 days or more per month. Eat healthier. It’s easier said than done, but good nutrition is a vital part of a healthier lifestyle. Experts say the healthiest diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, because these foods are full of healthful nutrients and �iber. Here are three simple tips to eating healthier: Go for more fruits and veggies; choose less meat and fat; and keep an eye on the size of your food portions. Just saying “no,” to the buffet can do wonders. Reduce your stress. It’s important to unwind and relax by doing something you enjoy. Maybe it’s watching a movie, reading a book, or volunteering to give you time to recharge. Also, make time to connect with others. Maybe that’s friends, family, a faith group or a hobby club. It’s important that you don’t isolate yourself after a

stressful event. If you cannot get a handle on your stress, talk to your doctor. She or he may recommend a counselor who could help you �ind other ways to help reduce or manage the unhealthy stress in your life. Team up with your doctor. Take time today to make an appointment with your doctor for your annual wellness visit and be sure to ask about preventive services such as health screenings and vaccines. Check with your health plan as many preventive services have no additional cost, as long they are delivered by care providers in your plan’s network. Your doctor will help you create a treatment plan to help manage any chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sandra Crews is the west region health strategies consultant for UnitedHealthcare.

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A train wreck behind him, owner opens new Biscuits BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


or Lloyd Melton, 2018 wasn’t much better than a car wreck. He was finishing work on his fourth Biscuits Restaurant and he was jazzed. It would occupy a big piece of the Club West Clubhouse, with a patio dining overlooking the placid pond and the lush green golf course, recentlu restored by what seemed to be the imminent new owner, Richard Breuninger. But he hadn’t even served his first Friday night all-you-can-eat fish fry when troubling signs emerged. County inspectors didn’t like the way he was bringing in fresh water after the city turned off the spigot because Breuninger accumulated a $160,000 delinquent water bill. He got it resolved and the restaurant became popular with Club West locals even though the course had gone brown. But as Breuninger’s financial situation deteriorated, Biscuits Club West’s did too. Finally, Melton called it quits. Yet, he wasn’t about to give up on his belief the Club West area is an ideal place to

Biscuits owner Lloyd Melton, right, stands in his new restaurant near Club West with his partners, Charles Stewart and Erica Stewart, and is delighted to finally have the eatery open for business. (Pablo Robles/AFN Staff Photographer)

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fter earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Dakota and a doctor of optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Dr. Mark Page launched his career in Phoenix. It was 1994, when he first came to Arizona on a clinical rotation for New England College of Optometry. One day he played golf at Club West, in 112-degree heat and survived. It was then he fell in love with Arizona. Initially, Page worked at Pearl Vision and Walmart. Later that year, his father developed a hole in his right eye and lost

his vision. At the time, Page was working at a location not equipped with the proper technology to monitor his dad’s good eye. As he looked for ways to help his father, he was inspired to open his own practice. Later in 1994, he opened up Arizona’s Vision, now located on Chandler Boulevard and 48th Street in Ahwatukee, where he was the sole proprietor. Coming from a small town in South Dakota, he found Phoenix overwhelming, but once he drove into Ahwatukee, he immediately fell in love. From the beginning, the South Dakota native wanted to create a hometown, family feeling practice with old fashioned service, while delivering a cutting-edge

and 48th Street – Melton opened one on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway.

The new Biscuits offered a different challenge for Melton, a longtime restaurateur. “I’ve had a lot of restaurants, but I’ve never built one from scratch,” he said. The building Biscuits was once home to a video rental store and the quicklydoomed Sun Cup coffee shop. He drove by one day as he was still closing out of his Club West restaurant when he saw a “for sale” sign on Sun Cup. He was not surprised Sun Cup was closing because he thought when it opened the owner’s plan to build a business by selling specialty coffee wouldn’t fly. “If you look across the street and you have a McDonald’s,” Melton noted. “They have pretty good coffee and a drive-thru. And if you want, there’s a Starbucks not too far away and a Dutch Bros. I thought they were in trouble from the get-go.” The Sun Cup owner was trying to get out of his lease, which Melton thought was attractive enough and cheap enough he could buy it and then re-sell it for a profit.

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Dr. Mark Page founded Arizona’s Vision in Ahwatukee in 1994, and over time has grown the business into one of the leaders in Valley vision care. (Special to AFN)

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But when he approached the building owner, he was told, “You can’t buy it.” Melton and the owner eventually became partners for the fourth Biscuits. Melton had hoped to open last September but the building presented a bigger challenge than he had anticipated. He had to gut the video store side because it didn’t have the necessary electrical and plumbing infrastructure to support a restaurant kitchen. “It was a learning experience because I had never done that part and if I ever have to do it again, kick me,” Melton laughed, recalling how he had planned to put the all-electric equipment out of Club West to use “except whole corner is all propane.” “I had nothing in there I could use,” he said. Now he’s up and running, Melton is focusing on what he said has worked for him at his eateries in Ahwatukee and those in Tempe and Gilbert – a familyfriendly place to �ind reasonably priced good meals. Although he said “I don’t push liquor” because “that’s not family,” Melton has a

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Page is a �irm believer in building community. In 1994 when the Chamber of Commerce – then called Ahwatukee Business Club – reached out to the new doctor, he saw the potential of businesses coming together in Ahwatukee to help the area grow and succeed. He joined the organization and to this day continues to be one of the Chamber’s active original charter members. Due to his strong ties in the community


bar for weekend brunch Bloody Marys and mimosas. He’s only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. “I do a big surf and turf because the market’s there,” he said. “So, you can have prime rib and �ish or shrimp.” Otherwise, its mainstay is breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. From a business standpoint, Melton said, breakfast makes the most sense because “it’s one of the few affordable meals dining out.” It also keeps employee turnover low. “Most of my employees have been with me �ive, six, nine, 10 years. They have a life. They come to work at 7 and go home at 2, so if their grandmother’s taking care of kids, they’re not out till 1 in the morning. Every holiday, they’re home.” He’s also optimistic about his location – just down the street from Altadena Middle School and Cerritos Leadership Academy and with no major competition to what he specializes in. Long before he opened, he said, “teachers were dropping by asking me when I was going to open.” Ditto with parents and the Chamber, he has seen his practice grow and prosper in Ahwatukee for over 25 years. Page and Arizona’s Vision Eye Care Center have been featured multiple times on television channels. Articles on the practice have been published in numerous newspapers and news websites. He has appeared on KFNX, Business Innovators Radio Show and has been featured in magazines like Small Business Trendsetters, Business Innovators Magazine Recently, he appeared on ABC 9 Morning Blend in Tucson to discuss his

who drop their kids off to school. He trains his servers at his other restaurants so they can continue the best practices he has developed over the years. And the cooks are the ones he had at Club West. Melton also takes a personal interest in the food – and sometimes will even work in the kitchen. All his restaurants have the same menu based on the same recipes. He personally drops by his restaurants and does taste tests to make sure his recipes are followed. He has the same approach with his employees he takes toward his customers – personable and friendly. “I feel so lucky with the staff I have,” he said, noting his cooks at the new Biscuits have been with him for nearly 10 years. “Good help is hard to �ind. It’s harder now than ever before,” Melton said. “They’ve been offered a lot more money to go different places.” But most of his employees stay with him, he added, because “they know they’re going to get treated with respect and get a fair wage.” “I think if you don’t know much about the restaurant business, it’s hard to be best-selling book, “The Smart Parents Guide: How to Help Your Child See a Better Life.” Initially, the vision center started out with four employees and has grown to 20, including �ive family members. Page employed one technician who later became an eye doctor and joined him in the practice. Today, Arizona’s Vision offers the latest technology to ensure optical comfort, the sharpest vision, and the best protection for a lifetime of good vision. In addition, the practice’s interest-free,

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successful at it,” Melton said. “You better know the front of the house, the back of the house and the outhouse. A lot of these places, you see them folding not long after they open up. You got an 87 percent failure rate.” “Unless you really love it or know it, I think you’re not going to have a successful restaurant,” he added.” And he stresses quality at a reasonable price. “You know, it takes money to make money,” Melton re�lected. “You can’t give the guys cheap food and charge a high price.” He recalled how before he opened at the golf course, “I bet some people in Club West they’ll all like the fact they can get a real breakfast instead of an Egg McMuf�in.” Melton doesn’t think the new freeway will have any impact on his new restaurant and he’s focusing instead on his belief “I need to be successful in a three-mile radius.” “It’s the population here,” he said. “If I give people good food at a fair price and treat them right, they’re going to come back. Why should they go anywhere else?”


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Dementia care can drive people broke BY DR. HAROLD WONG AFN Contributor


n an Oct. 2019 opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel, four doctors and former U.S. Surgeon Generals called dementia the “top public health crisis” in an effort to call attention to the rapid rise of the disease. “Its scale is unprecedented and its numbers, already tragic, are growing rapidly,” they said. According to the Lancet Commission, around 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and this number is predicted to triple by 2050. “For those over the age of 65, the number living with the disease doubles every five years,” they said. “Five years is also how long we have before half of all Baby Boomers are over the age of 65 – paving the way for 14 million people living with dementia by 2050.”

What is dementia?

This is an umbrella term that covers

several medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. It is marked by a progressive cognitive decline which includes memory loss and inability to think. Patients who have dementia miss appointments and phone calls. They may hear you and nod, but can’t remember what was said. In advanced cases, they won’t be able to even recognize their spouse, kids, friends and others close to them. Dementia is caused by sick and dying brain cells. There may be a build-up of toxic proteins the body can’t properly dispose of. According to the National Institute on Aging, ”many neurons stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons and die.” With Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons that have connections in the parts of the brain involved with memory are typically destroyed first.

How to reduce the risk

The surgeon generals stated the latest research shows dementia “isn’t simply the inevitable result of statistical predetermination or old age, like gray hair or wrinkles.”

According to the recent Lancet Commission report, “around 35 percent of dementia is attributable to a combination of the following nine risk factors: education to a maximum age of 11-12 years, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, hearing loss, late-life depression, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking and social isolation.” Note excessive alcohol intake can increase the risk. However, there is a lot unknown about dementia and a simple prescription is to: get regular exercise, have loving relationships with family and friends, eat a healthy diet such as the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and keep your brain active with games, hobbies and exercises.

Dementia can drive you broke

Almost all seniors want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, when they either don’t have a loyal caregiver or the burden is too great, one moves to an assisted living facility, which can last for two to three years. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, 59 percent of all assistedliving residents will eventually move to

a skilled nursing facility with an average stay of 835 days. When you combine all of this, it’s not unusual for the family to have to pay for four to five years of long-term care, which can cost over $300,000. I’ve met families who had a relative with dementia stay in a nursing home for 10 years and the cost can double. Most senior families do not have this much saved, in addition to the $250,000$300,000 estimated for an average retired couple to spend on other healthcare needs. With dementia, the mind can be gone but the body stays alive. Free Seminar: “7 Critical Actions to Take in Case of Dementia” will be held 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 18, at Hyatt Place, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, near Chandler Fashion Center. Contact Dr. Harold Wong at 480-706-0177 or to RSVP. -Dr. Harold Wong earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California/Berkeley and has appeared on over 400 TV/radio programs.

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hen Ann and Jenny Siner opened their first My Sister’s Closet in Phoenix nearly 30 years ago, they wanted more than just a clothing store. They wanted a way of giving back to the community. This weekend, they continued doing both as they opened My Sister’s Attic, a second Chandler location, complimenting their My Sister’s Closet, a woman’s clothing store. The new Attic is the biggest one yet for a small empire stretching from Arizona into Southern California under the umbrella organization Eco-Chic Consignments, Inc. Eco-Chic is a family of three high-end designer consignment concepts—My Sister’s Closet for women, My Sister’s Attic for home furnishings and Well Suited for men. Each store sells consigned items at 60 to 90 percent below retail value.

My Sister’s Attic has expanded its footprint in the East Valley with an expanded store in Chandler. (Special to AFN)

Eco-Chic Consignments, Inc. since grew into a $31+ million business with 15 locations in some of tony neighborhoods. The company ranked no. 2,896 on the Inc. 5000 list. The new My Sister’s Attic was scheduled to open Saturday located off Ray Road and Loop 101 in the Raintree Ranch Center

near Whole Foods with a celebration, including a chance for customers to adopt a rescue dog. The 15,533-square-foot space is 30 percent bigger and replaces a My Sister’s Attic at Fulton Promenade in south Chandler. The Chandler My Sister’s Closet is located at 2915 S. Alma School Road.

However, the Promenade will still be home to the Siners’ charity arm, My Sister’s Charities Thrift Store, 4985 S. Alma School Road. The new Attic store houses an array of never-before-seen items such as one-of-akind furnishings, rugs, accessories, home décor, lighting, art, crystal, china and more. “We are so excited and thrilled to open this incredibly beautiful new and super convenient location of My Sister’s Attic in Chandler,” said CEO Ann Siner. Siner said the extra space in the new Chandler location will allow for more of everything they sell, adding, “We’re going into our 29th year in business and there’s no better time to show new and old friends how chic designer consignment shopping can be at our stores.” Through their more than a dozen consignment shops, the sisters donate extra items to local charities, said Ann.

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“We have always donated unsold goods to local thrifts and charities in Arizona and California,” she said. She added they are also passionate about helping nonprofits catering to women and animals. Ann, who has fostered hundreds of res-

cue animals, said she and her sister have donated more than 30 percent of their proceeds to organizations like the Arizona Humane Society, Helping Animals Live On, Fresh Start and Southwest Wildlife Conservation. While some of the organizations were able to take the donated goods and sell them for a profit, Ann found some of the

groups were losing money. This inspired the two sisters to open a thrift store for their unsold items and donating 100 percent of its net profits to the charities. In addition to the unsold items from their other locations, Ann said My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store sells clothing and other goods people donated but don’t

quite make the cut to be consigned. Ann, who has served on the boards of many of the organizations My Sisters’ Thrift Store works with, has seen how these groups spend their donations. Since the first store, the Siners expanded its business to include My Sister’s Attic, which sells home furnishings, and Well Suited for men.

employees and contract’s worth $100,000. Flagstaff attorney Mik Jordahl, who successfully challenged the law, no longer affected by its terms, therefore lacked standing to sue - the appellate panel ruled. The law remains in effect unless or until there is a new challenge. The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Jordahl, has no other plaintiffs affected. The fight surrounds efforts by Arizona lawmakers to locally combat the national BDS movement, which seeks to urge firms to boycott, divest and sanction Israel over its policies in dealing with Palestinians. Jordahl, who is contracted to provide legal services to the Coconino County jail district, would not sign. He said it would

interfere with his right to refuse to buy office equipment from Hewlett Packard, a company helping the Israeli government. Last year U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa barred the state from enforcing the law, saying it interferes with First Amendment rights. She specifically rejected the state Attorney General’s arguments lawmakers have a legal and even moral, right to prevent public dollars from going to companies endorsing the BDS movement. Humetewa said the state cannot use its economic power to deny people their right to speak out and act on personal beliefs. Lawmakers approved a new version of the law which took effect late last year.

The state argues Jordah’s $18,000 contract leaves him free to decide whether to boycott Israel, or not, without fear of losing public business. The state has arguments ready should there be a challenge to the new version. In legal filings with the appellate court, Assistant Attorney General Drew Ensign said the law clarifies the conduct will deny a public contract not based on someone’s support for a boycott but an actual refusal to do business with Israel and other firms that do. “As the state explained, Arizona is not attempting to ban boycotts through the act, but merely to avoid subsidizing them with public funds,’’ Ensign said.

Lawsuit over businesses that boycott Israel tossed BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


federal appeals court quashed an injunction keeping Arizona from enforcing a law designed to keep firms from boycotting Israel and companies operating there. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did not address whether it was legal in 2016, for lawmakers to require companies to sign agreements they will not boycott Israel as a condition of government contracts. This is what a trial judge concluded in 2018. Judges pointed out the Legislature since amended the law so the requirement applies only to companies with 10 or more

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Chandler fest presents international crop of films BY KEVIN REAGAN GetOut Staff Writer


rom cult classics to political documentaries, this month’s Chandler International Film Festival promises to deliver a diverse lineup of films for local moviegoers. The four-day event Jan. 17-20 will include 120 short and feature films by directors from 35 countries – with visits by some easily recognizable Hollywood movie stars. Free filmmaking workshops, red carpet events, an awards ceremony and panel discussions are all on the program for a festival that’s considered one of the fastest-growing in Arizona. In addition to local storytellers, the festival will showcase the works of filmmakers from Singapore, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Australia, “That’s something unique,” said Mitesh Patel, the festival’s founder and president, commenting on the large number of foreign films picked to screen in Chandler.

The Chandler International Film Festival is loaded with 120 shorts and feature-length films from 35 countries. (Special to GetOut)

When Patel started the festival in 2016, he aimed to cater to a broad, international audience. He wanted to showcase films that not only entertain audiences, but also educate them about the world’s diverse

State 48 leads off new year with “Leading Ladies” GETOUT STAFF


tate 48 Theatre Company in Mesa is leading off the new year with a production of Ken Ludwig’s beloved farce, “Leading Ladies.” The production, Jan. 15-25 at The Fuse Box, 943 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa, features eight East Valley performers. With flamboyant characters and clever antics of mistaken identity, the troupe relates the story of two English Shakespearean actors whose careers are in a rut. “The show will give audiences so many big belly laughs,” said director Andrea McFeely, who also is co-artistic director of State 48. “We had a hard time getting

through rehearsal some days because we were laughing so hard. Our cast delivers on every single punchline, every time.” Set in the 1950s, “Leading Ladies” centers on Jack and Leo and their resignation to performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. But their luck changes when they hear that an elderly lady on her deathbed plans to leave her fortune to two long-lost English nephews. Jack and Leo put their acting skills to the test, resolving to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.

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customs. “It’s important for people to see the other cultures,” Patel explained. The 2020 schedule includes tales about a lonely Korean teenager, an undercover

Hannah Van Holten of Gilbert plays the role of Meg in State 48’s upcoming production of the hilarious “Leading Ladies.” (Katy Springer/Special to GetOut)

Japanese samurai, an Irish romance and an American boy who battles an ancient witch. Patel said among the 700 submissions his staff receives each year, he looks for the uplifting stories that end with some sort of inspirational message. His staff tries to avoid material that’s too dark or negative, he said, and attempt to find lesser-known films never screened in Arizona before. Adolpho Navarro is one of the filmmakers selected to present a short film at this year’s festival. The Arizona native will screen “A Father’s Fury,” a 40-minute action flick he shot around Chandler and Phoenix. Navarro wrote, directed and acted in the film, which tells a story of a father attempting to rescue his kidnapped daughter. It’s a great story about overcoming adversity, he said, and responding to unexpected obstacles. Navarro grew up around Globe, making

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‘Flight’ shares two brothers’ tale of immigration

BY LAURA LATZKO GetOut Contributor


he story of the immigrant experience is one to which audiences from different backgrounds can relate but is rarely told. A few theatrical productions, however, do speak on the worldwide refugee crisis. The immersive theatrical production “Flight” tells the story of two orphaned Afghan boys as they travel through Europe to try to find freedom. The Tempe Center for the Arts and ASU Gammage will present “Flight” from January 17 to February 1 inside the arts center’s Lakeside all-purpose room. Developed by the Scottish touring theater company Vox Motus, “Flight” is based on Caroline Brothers’ novel “Hinterland” and was adapted by Oliver Emanuel. The production is presented by ASU Gammage’s Beyond series. Michael Reed, senior director of programs and organizational initiatives for ASU Gammage, saw “Flight” at an Edinburgh performing arts festival and it stood out. “It was just brilliantly realized, how it communicates the story of two boys running for their lives. It is a very unique story that aligns with the immigrant crisis all over the globe,” Reed says. The show uses miniature dioramas, a sound recording and lighting and sound effects to tell the two brothers’ story.

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Their scheme starts to unravel after they arrive and learn that the old woman designated two nieces and not nephews as her beneficiaries. They swap their slacks for petticoats in hopes of securing the windfall. Leo falls head-over-heels in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece and caretaker,  Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. “At its core, the show is about finding your identity and being true to yourself, but the story is told in such a bizarre and

The immersive “Flight” tells the story of two orphaned African boys’ travels through Europe in a search for freedom. (Special to AFN)

Instead of a traditional theater space, audience members sit in personal booths. Each viewer watches the dioramas move around them on a revolving carousel and experiences sound and music through headphones. “Your senses are enveloped by it. It makes for a powerful experience,” Reed says. The show tells a powerful story of how immigrants can persevere despite adversity.

hysterical way,” said Karli Kemper, co-artistic director of State 48. “The comedic timing and chemistry of our performers is truly something to behold, especially when you consider that they’re such a hodgepodge of background and experience.” The cast of “Leading Ladies” includes a retired school counselor, an IT technician, an analyst for Arizona State University, an art teacher and ballet dancer, and four college students. Most bring years of performance experience to their roles, while others are newer to the stage. To give something extra to the pro-

“It is about courage, resourcefulness and the power of spirit,” Reed says. The production is meant for older audiences, as it contains adult themes such as abuse. Reed says “Flight” fits with ASU Gammage’s goal of presenting pieces that speak on larger international topics. Following the experience, patrons can unwind and discuss the show. “For ASU Gammage, it is important to bring globally and locally relevant stories

duction, McFeely and Kemper also cast a quartet of teenage girls to serve as the technical crew. The catch is that they handle set and scene changes while donning 1950s-era garb and singing barbershop renditions of songs like “In the Still of the Night” and “Get a Job.” “There’s a wealth of talent among the performers in our youth musicals and plays,” said McFeely. “This seemed like a great way to recruit them for our tech team and heighten the enjoyment for our audiences.” Cast members from Gilbert include Han-


here,” Reed says.

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What: CFlight Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. When: various times Jan. 17-Feb. 1 Cost: $20 for general admission and $10 for students. More info: 480-350-2822, nah Van Holten (Meg), Ethan Cooke, Bryce Dilullo (Jack), Kylee Webb (Audrey) and Robyn Tye-Lennex (Florence). Mesa performers include Keith Aspinall (Duncan), Daniel Brugger (Doc) and Justin Kemper (Butch). Ethan Cook (Leo) lives in Tempe. The singing tech crew includes Grace Davis, Averi Williams and Grace Schwenn, all from Mesa, and Erin Garner from Gilbert. “Leading Ladies” plays Jan. 15-25 with nightly performances at 7 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at Information:

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Filmmakers like Adolpho Navarro, above, and actors will be flocking to the Chandler International Film Festival organized byChandler resident Mitesh Patel, bottom right. Among the stars expected are Robert Davi, center, and “Fast and Furious” series mainstay Mellisa Rodriguez. (Special to GetOut)

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home movies on his dad’s camera and admiring the works of Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. After reading a book by director Robert Rodriguez, a young Navarro realized he didn’t need to be in Hollywood or have a huge budget to make movies. He’s learned to operate as a one-man operation, churning out several short films each year with limited resources. Navarro said he enjoys having the creative freedom to tell whatever stories he wants and never having to stick to one genre of film. “I just love telling stories,” he said. “I usually don’t stick to the same thing.”

The Chandler festival is a great networking tool, Navarro added, because it allows filmmakers to learn from each other’s work. “As long as there are great venues like this and great festivals, then we can connect,” he added. This year’s festival is expected to have a number of actors attend and participate in audience discussions after their respective films. Michelle Rodriguez, known for her role in the “Fast and Furious” films, will be presenting “Girlfight,” a sports drama the actress starred in 20 years ago. Robert Davi will have two of his film credits screened during the festival. Audiences can see his starring role in “Mott

Haven,” an independent feature about a fallen radio mogul, or his memorable supporting part as a treasure-seeking crook in “The Goonies.” Other guests include Anna Chazelle, sister to Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle, and actor Brian Sacca, known for his appearances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Kong: Skull Island.” Patel started the festival after moving to Chandler a few years ago and noticing there was a lacking film presence in the city. He had been producing and directing films in Los Angeles before deciding to flee to a city with less traffic and smog. Chandler is a great place to live, Patel

said, but it didn’t have anything for film buffs like him. He said he’s proud of the presence his festival has made in the East Valley and the platform it’s created for unknown filmmakers to tell their stories. “I just want to have people come and enjoy the films,” Patel added.

collaborations with Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese. “Girlfight,” 4:20 p.m. Jan. 18 A troubled teenage girl from Brooklyn channels her aggression toward the boxing ring to become a champion in the male-dominated sport.

in this documentary about a community of artists finding ways to spontaneously create things together within a fragmented society.

to consume dangerous objects and must escape her husband’s controlling family to uncover the secret behind her obsession.

“Samurai Marathon 1855,” 12:10 p.m. Jan. 19 A historical epic about a young ninja who goes undercover inside the court of an aging Japanese Lord and must find a way to earn his loyalty before the ninja’s true identity is revealed.

“The Wretched,” 9:25 p.m. Jan. 19 A teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of the woman next door.

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What: Chandler International Film Festival Where: Harkins Chandler Fashion Center When: Jan. 17-20 Cost: Ranges from $60 to $220 for four-day pass More info:

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ere are some featured films at the Chandler Film Festival and showtimes at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center.

“Buffaloed,” 7 p.m. Jan. 17 After getting accepted into a prestigious university, a young woman must find the funds to pay for her pricey tuition. She decides to become a debt collector and wages war with her town’s “kingpin” of debt collectors. “Undeterred,” 10 a.m. Jan. 18 This documentary explores the impacts of an increasing law enforcement presence along the U.S.Mexico border by interviewing the residents of one small Arizona town. “Foster Boy,” noon Jan. 18. An attorney uncovers the corrupt practices of for-profit foster care agencies after he’s assigned to represent young man abused by the system. “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” 2:15 p.m. Jan. 18 The life of Canadian musician Robbie Robertson is profiled in this rock documentary that traces his journey from a childhood spent in Toronto to his

“Greed,” 7 p.m. Jan. 18 The inequities of wealth are on display in this satirical comedy about a billionaire fashion mogul and the poor garment workers who stitch his clothing. “The Nomads,” 7 p.m. Jan. 18 A Philadelphia teacher introduces his high school students to the sport of rugby. “Sleeping in Plastic,” 9:10 p.m. Jan. 18 A dark coming-of-age tale about a high school jock who becomes entangled in the lives of a mysterious woman and her psychotic boyfriend. “Blood on Her Name,” 9:25 p.m. Jan. 18 A woman’s life spirals out of control after she attempts to cover up an accidental death and ignore the demands of her troubled conscience. “Pull Up LA,” 10 a.m. Jan. 19 California’s underground meet-up culture is exposed

“The Goonies,” 2:25 p.m. Jan. 19 This 1980s cult classic features a group of young misfits who band together to find buried treasure that will save their neighborhood from being bought by rich developers. “Ordinary Love,” 5:10 p.m. Jan. 19 Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville portray a longtime married couple whose everyday routines are interrupted by a sudden cancer diagnosis. “Driveways,” 7 p.m. Jan. 19 A lonely boy forms an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door to his dead aunt. “Swallow,” 8 p.m. Jan. 19 A pregnant woman develops a strange compulsion

“Slay the Dragon,” 10 a.m. Jan. 20 America’s gerrymandering problem is analyzed in this documentary about how the country’s elections have been hijacked by partisan politics for the last decade. “Premature,” 12”05 p.m. Jan. 20 A young woman falls in love with a mysterious outsider of her Harlem community just as she’s about to leave for college. “House of Hummingbird,” 2:05 p.m. Jan. 20 A 14-year-old wanders the streets of South Korea looking for love. “Mott Haven,” 4:50 p.m. Jan. 20 A former radio mogul teams up with a businessman to overthrow a thuggish building superintendent in the South Bronx.

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Buffalo Cheddar Chile Dip takes you deep into deliciousness


ou love jalapeno poppers. You love great Mexican dips. Now you can have them both with this cheesy, slightly spicy dish that gives you no choice but to dive in and indulge. The Buffalo Cheddar Chile Dip is so simple to whip up, bake up and gobble up for those game day watch parties or for any get-together. It’s also one of those recipes that you can adapt, adjust and add to for more kick. This dip combines crispy bacon bits, shredded grilled or rotisserie chicken and several kinds of cheese. When creating this recipe, I came across Alouette Spicy Jalapeno Spread in the deli section of the grocery store and decided to add it to the shredded cheddar and jack cheeses as well as the cream cheese. It’s optional, but it does add a spicy yet creamy texture. If you want the dip to have more heat, just add more diced jalapeños or green chiles. Love bacon? Just add more. I baked this dip in a cast-iron skillet and served it

right from the pan with lots of corn tortilla chips and some homemade flour tortilla chips. It can also be served with cr0stini, crackers or cut vegetables. This Buffalo Cheddar Chile Dip is worth the deep dive into deliciousness.

Ingredients: 10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped fine 2-3 chicken thighs or breasts, grilled and shredded 1 (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup sour cream 1 container Alouette Spicy Jalapeno Spread (Optional)

2 jalapeños, minced or 1 (4oz) can diced jalapeños 1 (7oz) can diced green chiles 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, plus ½ cup for topping 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack, ½ cup for topping 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions Preheat oven to 350º. Cook bacon crisp. When cooled, chop bacon. Grill chicken and then shred. (If desired, shred a store-bought rotisserie chicken.) In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, cheese spread, cheddar and jack cheeses, jalapenos, green chiles, bacon, chicken, garlic powder, salt and pepper. (Reserve some

shredded cheese, bacon and jalapeno for topping.) Transfer to an 8-inch oven-safe skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup each of cheddar and Monterey Jack, cooked bacon, and jalapeño. Bake until dip is golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

How to make Homemade Flour or Corn Tortilla Chips Stack several tortillas on top of each other and cut into triangles. Repeat until all tortillas are used up. Heat vegetable oil to about 350 degrees. Carefully drop the triangles into the oil and fry for a few seconds. With tongs, turn the triangles over and fry until golden brown. Transfer the chips to a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Serve with Buffalo Cheddar Chile Dip. For more great recipe ideas and videos, visit

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esert Vista head basketball coach Gino Crump, was recommended for termination following an incident involving a player after a game in December, was reinstated by the Tempe Union High School District. “Vindication,” Crump said ahead of a scheduled meeting with parents of Desert Vista’s basketball program Wednesday night. “That was my first thought. It was a long road. They did what they thought was right and other people didn’t agree with them, that’s pretty much what it was. “They didn’t agree with my approach on what I thought was a volatile situation.” Crump was recommended for termination to the Tempe Union High School District governing board after an internal investigation by Desert Vista into a postgame incident after the Thunder’s overtime win over St. Mary’s on Dec. 13. In a video posted to social media, Crump could be seen pushing one of his

Gino Crump addressed some players and parents of the Desert Vista High School basketball team following his reinstatement on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Chris Mortenson/AFN Staff)

High School, the decision was made earlier this afternoon to reinstate Mr. Crump,” Megan Sterling, the executive director of community relations for Tempe Union, wrote in an email. Crump received vast support from the Desert Vista community. On Sunday, Dec. 29, a petition supporting him was by Carolynn and Antone White, the parents of former Desert Vista student, Chase White, who passed away suddenly in 2016. Carson, the couple’s other son, is a freshman in the basketball program. In less than 2 days, the petition had over 1,000 signatures. It now has more than 2,500. “There really is no rule book in terms of breaking up a fight,” Antone told Ahwatukee Foothills News on Dec. 30. “It was a heated moment and he was trying to separate the group. I think things are taken out of context. “It was a volatile situation and I think that is being left out.” Desert Vista was led by Mike Smith in

players back and away from the St. Mary’s student section, who had come onto the floor after the game. A restraining order against Crump was filed by the parent of the Desert Vista player after the incident. According to his attorney, Buddy Rake, who provided a copy of the court document to Ahwatukee Foothills News, the restraining order was dismissed by a judge on Dec. 31.

Crump said Rake, who is also the head basketball coach at Thunderbird High School, sent a letter to district officials, including Tempe Union Superintendent Dr. Kevin J. Mendivil, requesting an informal meeting to resolve the situation. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, both parties met, and Crump was reinstated. “After careful consideration and discussion with administration at Desert Vista

It was revealed in September former girls’ head basketball coach Justin Hager shared game strategy for the boys’ basketball and football teams with opponents dating back to 2017. Hager served as an assistant under former Pride football coaches Norris Vaughan and Rich Wellbrock during that time. His resignation was not accepted by the Tempe Union High School governing board. Instead, after the investigation concluded, Hager was terminated. The news caused a ripple effect of anger throughout the entire Mountain Pointe community. Both current and former players of the two teams affected were outraged and questioned whether or not losses during those seasons were a direct result, even though each school allegedly received information through an internal

investigation and found no wrongdoing by coaches. But one aspect forgotten throughout the situation is the girls being left without a coach. “It was like second nature, Mountain Pointe coach Donnis Henry is in his first season as head coach of the Pride after former coach Justin Hager was terminated by the district in September. (Zach Alvira/AFN Staff) it was natural for me to take over,” said Donnis Henry, Four seniors graduated from last year’s who took over as head coach this sea- team, they went 20-9 and made the 6A son. “I’ve been with this program for nine Conference tournament. Three others eiyears. My daughter came through here. ther transferred out of the program or are Me and the kids, we have a good relation�ee PRIDE page 44 ship and that’s what it’s all about.”

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Mountain Pointe girls in ‘The Hunt’ this season BY ZACH ALVIRA AFN Sports Editor


t’s written across each player’s black warmup shirt in bold gray lettering. “The Hunt.” It signifies the closeness of the team, and the ability for each player to stick together throughout every moment of every game. The two-letter phrase has the same meaning off the court, where the Lady Pride faced arguably the most adversity in school history this offseason. “We had our ups and downs, but we came together and realized we are still a team,” Mountain Pointe junior guard Faith Diggs said. “We just wanted to get back on the court and act like nothing happened. We are still Mountain Pointe.”



CRUMP from page 43

Crump’s absence. The Thunder went 5-1 during that span, with their only loss against JSerra Catholic from San Juan Capistrano, Calif. in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. The Thunder are currently 13-2 and the top-ranked team according to MaxPreps’ rankings. They are No. 5 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s rankings. Crump made a full return to the Thunder last week and was on the court for the first time Tuesday as the Desert Vista faced Desert Ridge. “It’s going to be fun to finally get back,” Crump said after he was reinstated. “It’s going to be a magical year. It will be a storybook. We have to win now, we’ve got to win.” Speaking with a group of parents the

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no longer playing. “The kids have done a good job of staying focused to the task at hand,” Henry said. “They did a really good job putting the rubber band method into effect. They bounced back quickly. I think being able Mountain Pointe junior guard Faith to get back Diggs has become a key contributor to playfor the Pride offense this season. ing helped (Zach Alvira/AFN Staff) them with all of that. The gym is their sanctuary.” Kishyah Anderson was one of the Pride’s leading scorers last season as a freshman, as she averaged 8.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She’s relied on even more this season with two of the Pride’s leading scorers from last year having graduated. Mountain Pointe’s offense commonly runs through Anderson and Diggs, with the latter taking on the role of point guard


night of his reinstatement, Crump became emotional as he thanked them for their support over the course of the last month. “I just can’t thank you guys enough,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say, thank you.”

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© Copyright 2019 Blandford Homes, LLC. No offer to sell or lease may be made prior to issuance of Final Arizona Subdivision Public Report. Offer, terms, and availability subject to change without prior notice. Renderings are artist’s conceptions and remain subject to modification without notice.

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*Up to to $2,200 Brewer’s Dealer Rebate, Up to $500 Dealer Match MFG Rebate, and Up to $1,125 Utility Rebate. **The Wells Fargo Home Projects® credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank N.A., an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 8/1/2019 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/2020.

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