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he fate of a third Ahwatukee golf course and possibly a critical Arizona mechanism for regulating land use could be hanging in the balance in the court battle over the future of Ahwatukee Lakes. And if houses were ever built on the defunct golf course site, Ahwatukee would be confronting a threat to health, safety and public welfare because there would be no effective way of preventing storm runoff from South Mountain from flooding nearby residential neighborhoods. Those were among the highpoints of presentations by a panel of experts at a town hall held by Save the Lakes last Saturday to discuss the nearly 5-year-old fight by home-

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Retired land planner Wayne Smith, left, who laid the groundwork for Ahwatukee, and attorney Tim Barnes, who is representing two homeowners in the Ahwatukee Lakes court fight, were among the panelists at Save the Lakes’ town hall last Saturday. (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer)

Scouting organizations wage war for girl members BY CECILIA CHAN AFN Staff Writer


eon Bryant found it a perfect fit when she joined Scouts BSA. The 16-year-old Mesa girl said she attended a few Girl Scouts meetings but found her niche with Scouts BSA. “The Boy Scouts was attractive to me because I like camping and the outdoors,” said Deon, who described herself as a heavy-duty tomboy. “Both had definite advantages. But the cool, outdoorsy things appealed to me. I like to get my hands dirty.” Deon was one of nearly 6,000 girls who joined Scouts BSA in the first two weeks, according to Kate Jacobs, a spokeswoman at the Scouts’ national headquarters in Texas. Among them are two Scouts BSA troops in Ahwatukee. Boy Scouts of America opened its venerable program to girls Feb. 1 and changed

the name to a gender-neutral one, though troops can only be either all boys or all girls 11 to 17 years old. “Troops continue to form every day across the country as word spreads about this incredible opportunity,” Deon said. The open enrollment comes a year after BSA allowed girls to become Cub Scouts, another once all-male bastion for ages 5-11. Since January 2018, 77,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts, Jacobs said. At Phoenix-based Grand Canyon Council BSA, which covers most of Arizona with 11 districts, so far 300 girls have signed up for Cub Scouts and 68 for Scouts BSA, according to COO Joseph Curtis. Grand Canyon’s current total registration was 35,000. The state’s second BSA council is in Tucson and serves four districts in southern Arizona. BSA’s National Executive Board has steadily expanded membership, beginning in

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yrene School District Governing Board appears on course to change the structure of its biweekly meetings and may limit public comment to one session a month once the new fiscal year begins July 1. The board last week appeared likely to approve a system where one of its two monthly meetings would be extended study sessions focusing on certain issues and topics while the other would be devoted to any formal actions the board needs to take. Although three board members appeared to favor the new set-up advanced by President Michael Myrick, a formal vote on the new format was deferred until the board’s next meeting on March 26 to give Michelle Fahey a chance to weigh in. She was not at last week’s session. Myrick has proposed that the study session include both the superintendent’s regular updates and the usual spotlights the administration arranges to call the board’s attention to special programs, staff and student achievements and similar matters. “Typically, this meeting would be used to share information in depth with our board prior to the board actions which would occur during your regular board meeting,” Myrick said, although he added that there may be an occasional need for some board action on items that need immediate attention. The new structure is partly aimed at shortening the length of meetings, but some members also favored limiting public comment to only the study sessions and not when the board will be voting on matters. State law does not require school boards, municipal councils or similar bodies to provide an opportunity for the public to speak, although board member Kevin Walsh and Myrick said people will still get the opportunity to speak at least at one board meeting every month. Any individual’s comments are limited to three minutes by law. Kyrene parent Kathy Matsumoto also suggested the board revise the so-called blue cards that people must fill out in order to address the board. Her proposed revisions would provide more information on what the speaker wanted to address – particularly if it was an agenda item on which the board planned a vote or whether it was an issue unrelated to the agenda. She also proposed that the board follow the example of the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board and sched-


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BSA’s annual reports. Curtis said Grand Canyon’s membership has not increased in the last three years. Compounding the overall drop in membership, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced last year it was severing its century-old sponsorship ties with BSA to pursue its own programming that would be better suited to its needs. It will continue funding chartering activities through the end of 2019. Nationally, about 425,000 Mormon youth participate in BSA programs – 18.6 percent of the total membership, according to BSA officials. Roughly 70 percent of Grand Canyon’s youth membership belongs to the Church, Price said, adding the organization did “a survey with parents and 30 percent will stay with Scouting.” Price said the survey results were encouraging because the scouts and leaders who remain are dedicated to the program and not in it because they were told to join by the Church. Sarah Sokiveta is a longtime scout leader who’s staying put. “My scout leadership has never been because I was a member of the Church,” said the Mesa resident, a scoutmaster of a nine-girl troop. Sokiveta said what attracted her to Scouts BSA was its mission statement “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” Girls and boys will have the same curriculum since the program is not gender-specific, according to Price. Sokiveta said girls who choose Cub Scouts or Scouts BSA generally have a brother or parent involved in the programs. In her troop, half are new to Scouting and the other half joined because a brother was a member, she said. “For every three girls who join, we pick up a brother,” Price added. Deon said her younger brother was in the Cub Scouts and her father, a pack leader. She is now a senior patrol leader – the first female to achieve that in the council – and has her eyes set on earning Eagle rank. Both Sokiveta’s 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, Bridgette, are in the program. Bridgette, who attends Montessori Education Centre Charter School, said Girl Scouts didn’t appeal to her. “I have a few friends who said in the Girl Scouts they learned things but never

Members of Boys Scouts of America Troop 3501 include, from left, Deon Bryant, 16, of Mesa; Brigette Sokiveta, 11; and Scoutmaster Sarah Sokiveta. (Pablo Robles/AFN Staff Photographer)

do anything with what they’ve learned,” she said. With Scouts BSA, there was camping, learning to tie knots and whittling, said Bridgette, who owns three pocket knives. While families may be embracing BSA’s open enrollment, its counterpart, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, called the move underhanded. Its president, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, sent a three-page scathing letter to BSA’s then-President Randall Stephenson, accusing his organization of a “covert campaign to recruit girls” that would undercut the Girl Scouts. She stated that her organization focused on creating engaging new programming around STEM, high-adventure experience in the outdoors, entrepreneurship and other offerings to keep up with the times and suggested BSA should do the same to attract members instead of raiding the Girl Scouts. “Over the last century, GSUSA has adapted to the changing environment, always prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of girls,” she wrote. “For BSA to explore a program for girls without such priorities is reckless.” She requested BSA instead focus on “serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts” and expand its scope of programming to all boys, “including those that BSA has historically underserved and underrepresented such as African-American and Latino boys.” Price said BSA was not stealing members from the Girl Scouts but rather adding a program for girls in the community just like a 4-H Club or any other youth program. “We don’t look at it as competition because so many girls are not in scouting,

period,” said Bill Nelson, scoutmaster for BSA Girl Troop 14 in Ahwatukee. “We don’t want to compete with anyone else in scouting and in recruiting girls.” Nelson’s troop of seven girls, ages 1115, is one of two girl troops currently formed in Ahwatukee. “As people find out about the program, we are getting more and more people interested in joining,” he said. “Some of the girls who joined last week have brothers are scouts and so they know what the program is a little bit about.” Nelson, who’s been an adult leader with BSA for over 20 years, has a son who earned Eagle rank, and a granddaughter and grandson who both joined a Scouts BSA troop. “My granddaughter is 13,” Nelson said. “Mostly, she joined to be able to do camping and hiking, archery and outdoors stuff.” Both scouting organizations’ members earn merit badges in various activities to advance toward the highest achievement offered – Eagle rank for Scouts BSA and Gold Award for Girl Scouts. And both organizations focus on molding their members into successful and productive citizens. Both can tout members who became famous. Director Steven Spielberg, astronaut Neil Armstrong and former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg were all Boy Scouts. Former Girl Scouts include tennis star Venus Williams, astronaut Sally Ride and former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But a 2011 study published in Sage Journals looked at gender messages in both organizations and found girls were offered more activities intended to be performed in groups than were boys.

Boys also were offered proportionately more activities with scientific content and proportionately fewer artistic activities than girls, according to the study. The perception Girl Scouts has limited opportunities for outdoor adventure is not true, say its officials. They pointed to the summer camp programs. Scouts BSA offers year-round camping. In Arizona, there are four camp locations where girls have the opportunity to choose from age-appropriate activities like archery, backpacking, ziplining, canoeing, white-water rafting and more, according to Girl Scouts. Susan de Queljoe, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Arizona’s Cactus Pine Council, said it was still too early to comment if BSA’s recruitment will affect membership. The Cactus Pine Council’s current membership of 21,000 girls in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona has held steady for the past two years, de Queljoe said. “Time will tell what will happen,” she said. “Boy Scouts allowing girls is a disservice to both boys and girls.” She said boys and girls deserve the opportunity to belong to a single-gender group. “I think that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts fulfill really good leadership skills,” she said. “But research shows that girls do much better if in a single-gender environment where the whole patriarchal society is not dictating to them to be cute, pretty or quiet. “They end up in an all-girl environment and end up being leaders in every single way.” She said girls are exposed every day to a two-gender world and Girl Scouts gives them a place where they can be themselves, don’t have to worry about failing in front of boys or looking smarter than them – or any of the other cultural norms. They can learn and find their own voice, which prepares them as adults to work in a “very patriarchal society,” de Queljoe said. “Women do not have an equal place in this country,” she said. “Women are not valued the same way as men are. Women are not paid as much as men. Girl Scouts is one area where girls can learn in whatever way they wish. They don’t have to be second fiddle to anybody.” Gilbert resident Isabella Belanger, a lifelong Girl Scout since she first joined as a Brownie, can testify firsthand what the program has done for her.

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“I’ve learned to go outside my bubble and make friends,” said Belanger, 18, who attends Chandler-Gilbert Community College and is a Gold Award recipient. “One of the things that is really important is stepping outside your bubble when you feel you are all alone.” She said she also learned leadership skills that served her well as a section leader for her marching band during her senior year at Gilbert High School. And being in a girls-only group was a big help, she said. “Sometimes you are a little self-conscious around boys, that is something that happens,” she said. “It’s nice to be surrounded by girls going through the same thing. It gave me the confidence to do things.” Price noted while BSA’s four other programs for young people, Sea Scouts, Venturing, Exploring and STEM have always been co-ed, the Cub Scouts dens and Scouts BSA troops are single-gender. That may be so, de Queljoe said, but the packs and troops can participate together in co-ed activities. Packs are made up of several dens and can be allgirls, all boys or co-ed. The Girl Scouts in November went as

far as to sue BSA for trademark infringement, claiming it didn’t have the right to use “scouts” or “scouting” by themselves for services offered to girls. The lawsuit, which asks for monetary damages, is making its way through federal court. The Girl Scouts’ suit isn’t the only legal issue facing BSA. The organization is fighting a number of sexual-abuse lawsuits and may consider bankruptcy as an option in light of mounting legal costs, according to several media reports in December. In its latest annual report, BSA noted its financial condition for 2018 and the next few years ahead depended on three factors, including the outcome of the sexual-abuse litigation. In December 2017, BSA upped its annual membership fee to $33 from $24 for all members. Like BSA, Girl Scouts also is facing plummeting membership, falling to 1.76 girls in 2017 from 2.5 million in 2008. But one thing Girl Scouts will never do is follow the route of its counterpart. “We have a program that is based on research, based with life-changing outcomes, and we are going to continue to build a girl’s self worth, confidence, courage and leadership,” de Queljoe said. “I don’t see us taking boys. Girl scouts will never be open to taking boys.”



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ule citizen comment at the end of the meeting rather than the middle, as Kyrene does now in order to accommodate parents of young children. “We would never get rid of the blue card public comments section,” Myrick said. “I think it’s vital to our community to hear that unfiltered voice. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the meeting. I don’t know why, but I just feel like it’s raw. It’s pure and I love it. So that won’t go away.” But it is apparent the board will reduce the opportunities for public comment. Board member John King said he liked reserving one meeting a month for votes and other business. “I think it’s really important to make the distinction that these board meetings are the time for the board to take care of board business,” King said. “They are open to the public. But in addition, they Parent Mary Ann Matsumoto address the Kyrene school board last week with suggestions for revising the blue citizens must fill out to address the board. Her suggestions, which some board members applauded, are not public meetings. In other words, cards allowed for more information as to whether speakers wanted to address an agenda item or bring up something they are not meetings that are controlled else. (Special to AFN) and managed and directed by the public.” King also proposed that the public not going lately. Certainly, it’s intended as a about that, how we want to manage that be allowed to comment at all during the public meeting, but when we have people going forward.” in those meetings that are disruptive in King admitted, “We’ve got a challenge board’s retreats. carrying on, carrying on whatever they’re because they are public meetings.” L u ~ x s King said retreats lately have been u g r u y Vinyl ~ Area Rdoing, it is distracting C m and I’m uncomfortMyrick agreed, stating “It’s not a time o o marred by audience interference. t u nter Cus the re- able. And so, I think we as a board ~ about s r t really for the public to provide input in a ree “I have some concerns o w ps Sho te ~the ~ Latreats minaand way that they’ve been need to understand what we want to do treat.” Added King: “The retreats to me are really important. They’re very important, especially because if we’re getting traina Rugs ~ Luxury Vinyl ~ C Ca m Are rpe ount o ing or something like that, it’s really imt s u C t~T erto wers ~ ile ~ Wo d ps portant to focus on that training. o ~ Laminate ~ Sho a Rugs ~ Luxury Vinyl ~ C Ca m Are rpe o o “It’s kind of hard to do that when you’re t u s n tert Cu t~T ops wers ~ ile ~ Wo uncomfortable about saying anything beod ~ Laminate ~ Sho cause you know it’s going to come back and haunt you someday. I want to feel comfortable that we’ll run those kinds of meetings that we can have civil but important and good discussion. I don’t know that we can do that all the time,” King added Myrick noted, “Sometimes at the retreats you may be a little measured in some of the things you discuss or it’s not as open as a free flow, especially when in the past we’ve had ideas shared that were just ideas and yet 20 seconds after the meeting was over, it was all over social media.” While Myrick said the issue was “someSHOWROOM HOURS SHOWROOM HOURS thing we have to work through,” it’s not to Thursday MondayMonday to Thursday likely the study sessions can legally be to 6 p.m URS 10 a.m 10 to a.m 6 p.m held in private. Friday to Saturday Friday to Saturday

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he county has extended until Friday, March 15, the deadline for applications for the job of constable in Kyrene Justice Court – which includes Ahwatukee. Only about a month after he was sworn into office, Kent Rini last month resigned as constable for the court. With only one application before the March 8 deadline, officials want more applicants so they have a “robust” and diverse field for the Board of Supervisors to choose from. By law, the supervisors must pick a Democrat because Rini was one. They are now taking applications for the post from any Democratic registered voter. Applicants will be subject to a background check including a financial review before the supervisors make a selection. Rini was part of the mini blue wave

that swept all but one of the local and state offices affecting Ahwatukee. He defeated two-term Republican Brandon Schmoll. But now Schmoll switched his party registration and has applied for the job. Constables execute, serve and return processes, warrants and notices and attend justice courts when required. The job pays $48,294 annually. Whoever fills the vacancy will serve until a special election in 2020, when the winner will fill the remainder of the term until the 2022 general election. Applicants should send their letters of interest along with a resume to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson St., 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or ClerkBoard@mail.maricopa.gov. The Kyrene Precinct encompasses the Ahwatukee Foothills, portions of Tempe, and the Town of Guadalupe.

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hwatukee residents will get to vote in August on two initiatives championed by Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio after his “Responsible Budgets” initiative was certified for the ballot. While DiCiccio personally helped launch the budget initiative, he also has supported a second that has been certified for August – putting the brakes on any extensions of the light rail system The Responsible Budgets initiative would require that new spending growth be limited to the increase of population plus inflation and that every dollar above that must be used to pay down the city’s unfunded pension obligations that now exceeded $4.5 billion. It would require an annual accounting of city pensions, using the historical 10-year average rate of return and real-world business accounting principles” and require that the first pension debt to be satisfied would be that owed first responders. The budget initiative also forbids Phoenix officials from curbing the hiring of police and firefighters or altering their


Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio of Ahwatukee got his Responsible Budgets initiative certified for the August ballot, which also will carry a question on whether Phoenix should continue light rail construction or put millions of dollars into road repairs and other transportation projects. DiCiccio supported that initiative, too. (Special to AFN)

pensions to comply with the spending restrictions it imposes and would require elected officials to pay out of their own pocket for their pensions.

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one here at city hall actually knows how big our problem might be, not even our mayor and council.” “The crazy rich politicians in Phoenix are fighting this initiative because it will force them to pay for their own retirement and not use a single penny of your money,” he wrote. “Right now, Phoenix politicians get a taxpayer paid pension AND a taxpayer paid 401k … This initiative will force them to use their own money for these Cadillac benefits. You and your family should no longer be forced to pay for Phoenix politicians to receive sweetheart pension and retirement deals.” The budget initiative is part of former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s nationwide effort to address “the outof-control, unpaid pension liabilities that are destroying cities from coast to coast,” according to a release. “Unfunded pensions are the single greatest crisis of our time. It consumes the back halls in our nation’s Capitol, and yet virtually nobody is doing anything about it,” Chaffetz said, noting the

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Driver sentenced in Chandler mother’s crash death BY JIM WALSH AFN Staff Writer


n the surface, it doesn’t seem like justice – a 30-day jail sentence for an unlicensed driver who struck and killed a young mother in Chandler while seriously injuring her two small children. But it was the maximum sentence Chandler Municipal Court Judge Gary LaFleur could mete out to defendant William Epperlein in the tragic Nov. 16, 2016, death of Pamela Hesselbacher. Hesselbacher had visited a nearby park with her children and was walking home with them for dinner when Epperlein ran a red light and struck them on Ray Road and College in west Chandler. While the circumstances were heartbreaking, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office ruled that they did not rise to the level of a felony because Epperlein

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problem affects all levels of government. “None of us have the means to pay for the promises we made.” At the time Chaffetz and DiCiccio launched their campaign for the initiative, they called attention to the “hard choices necessary to avoid a financial collapse.” Chaffetz is the honorary chair of the national Responsible Budgets campaign, and calls the overall problem of unfunded public employee pensions “the greatest fiscal crisis of our time.” “Almost every state, county and city is drowning in pension debt that puts their very solvency in question, and there’s no one for cities to run to for a bailout – the federal government is in the exact same position,” he said. Earlier this year, the nonprofit Truth in Accounting released its annual look at the debt burden of hundreds of cities in the United States and gave Phoenix’s finances a “D” grade. “Phoenix’s elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that have left the city with a debt burden of $2.7 billion,” it said. “That equates to a $5,900 burden for every city taxpayer. Phoenix’s financial problems stem mostly from unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over many years. Of the $9.1 billion in retirement benefits promised, the city has not funded $4.5 billion in pension and

Pamela Hesselbacher, killed in the 2016 accident, was a vibrant mother of two and devoted wife of Matt Hesselbacher. (Special to the AFN)

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$185.5 million in retiree health benefits.” Voters also are tentatively slated in August to vote on the future of light rail, although that initiative is being challenged in the court by the Associated General Contractors of America, which is suing to keep it off the ballot. A Superior Court judge is expected next month to hold a hearing on the association’s contention that the petitions signed by citizens to get the question on the ballot left out critical details. The initiative was launched last year by a group of light rail opponents called Building a Better Phoenix. Created in the aftermath of some fierce public opposition to the construction of a light rail extension into South Phoenix, the group wants Phoenix to divert its share of light-rail construction costs to other transportation improvements, primarily buses and road repairs. The city’s light-rail money comes from a $31.5 billion, 35-year transportation plan funded by a sales tax increase that voters approved in 2015. About 35 percent of the funding is currently dedicated to light-rail expansions, while 51 percent goes to buses and the remaining 14 percent to street repairs. Valley Metro opposes the initiative and said it could cost the region $3.5 billion in federal funding for light rail. The agency also said it would not stop work on the South Phoenix line despite the upcoming vote.
















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alling it a matter of constitutional rights, the state House voted to allow parents and others to drive onto school campuses with loaded weapons in their cars. Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, lashed out at foes, saying they really are not looking at the actual issue, while Rep. John Kavanagh, whose district includes Scottsdale, voted for the measure despite some misgivings. “The votes against it would be against anything that had the word ‘gun,’ ‘firearm,’ ‘protection,’” he said. “In fact, children probably feel safer knowing their mom or dad is prepared to defend them against the evil-doer who comes on campus.” The 31-27 party-line vote for HB 2693 in the Republican-controlled chamber came amid pleas from some lawmakers who said they feel safer for themselves and their children when dropping them off and picking them up. Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, said she can attest to that based on personal experience. “I know that if others have felt that where you felt harassment or you felt that others were going to violate their order of protection, you wanted to be able to protect yourself,” she said. “I was also that person that was dropping my kids off at school every day.” Cobb pointed out that current law allows guns in vehicles on campus, but only if they’re not loaded. “I would not have wanted to stop a block away, unload my gun, go on to the school grounds and then come back and reload it again,” she said. “Using guns for most of my life, I know that’s when accidents happen.” That understanding was underlined by Kavanagh, a former police officer. “Go to many police locker rooms and you’ll see holes in the lockers and the walls because of accidental discharges during loading and unloading,” he told colleagues. And Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, said the issue comes down to allowing parents to exercise their Second Amendment rights. But Rep. Kirsten Engel, D-Tucson, said





Scottsdale state Rep. Jay Lawrence lashed out last week at critics of the bill that would allow guns in cars that are on school sites. The House approved the measure and it has been sent to the Senate for consideration. (Special to AFN)

the Second Amendment is not absolute. And Rep. Gerae Peten, D-Goodyear, questioned the wisdom of people coming on to campus with loaded weapons. “A lot of parents come to school when they are angry, irate, irrational, inebriated,” she said. Rep. Domingo DeGrazia, D-Tucson, had his own take on why the measure makes no sense to him. “If you feel unsafe on school grounds without a weapon and you’re going to leave your children there, then perhaps there’s a bigger issue that we need to address with our broader community,” he said. And DeGrazia said if people cannot load or unload guns, or get a round in or out of the chamber, without endangering themselves or others, “then perhaps we need to look at more training for folks who do carry.” But Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, said that misses the point of the legislation. She said the only people who are obeying the law right now and unloading their weapons before dropping off their children on school grounds are the ones who obey the law. “And to assume the type of people who follow the current rules are the same people who would break a much larger rule, like murder or assault with a deadly weapon, is fairly ridiculous,’’ Udall said. “People who are affected by the current rules are not the people we need to be worried about.” Nothing in HB 2693 permits guns, loaded or otherwise, into school buildings. The measure now goes to the Senate.


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Desert Vista principal, TU assistant superintendent named AFN NEWS STAFF


esert Vista High School will have a new principal July 1 and Tempe Union High School District the same day will have a new assistant superintendent for district safety and student support. The governing board last week hired Michael Deignan as the new Thunder principal and also heard from Sean McDonald, the principal of Marcos deNiza High School the last five years who was appointed last month to become the new assistant superintendent of safety and student support – a new position. “Mr. McDonald puts kids at the center of everything that he does since 1995 when he began with Tempe Union as a special education teacher,” Superintendent Kevin J. Mendivil said. “Mr. McDonald has worked to ensure students learn and achieve at high levels as principal first at compadre academy and now Marcos, he makes families feel welcome and connects with his students.” The position may be the first of its kind in Arizona, and marks yet another acknowledgement by Tempe Union of the relationship between school safety and MOTIVATED SELLER!


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Legislature ponders panel to study maternal deaths BY JULIO LUGO Cronkite News


rianna Dodde gave birth to her third child, Adrian, in August. Three days later, bleeding internally from a torn uterus, she had a heart attack and died. She was 23. Dodde had a healthy pregnancy, nothing out of the routine. As her stepmother, Leticia Garcia, said, “I don’t think people think anything is going to go wrong when you have a baby.” But something did go wrong. Even so, said her father, Vicente Garcia, Arianna should have lived. Garcia is among the supporters of a bill before the legislature that would establish an advisory committee to research and review maternal deaths and recommend solutions. About 1,000 American women, on average, die of pregnancy-related causes annually, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services report on maternal health from 2012-15. The U.S. maternal mortality rate more than doubled from 2000 to 2014, according to the National Institutes of Health. Though rare, these deaths are devastating. “Each maternal death is a tragedy that can have rippling effects not only within their own family dynamic, but also throughout our society,” the DHS report said. Eighty-nine percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, it said. Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, said

such tragedies can be prevented but data are needed first. Senate Bill 1040 would form an advisory committee to research maternal deaths and birth-related injuries in Arizona. The committee would use the research to recommend policy changes to prevent deaths, most of them the result of cardiac or hypertension problems or hemorrhaging. Humble said California created similar groups in recent years that created “pretty common sense” hospital policies, leading to a dramatic drop in maternal deaths. And a federal law, Preventing Maternal Deaths, that passed in December will fund research groups in states to investigate deaths. Humble, a former DHS director, said the state report came from a review team, but the law doesn’t require research every year. The new bill would do so. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee sponsored the bill after she heard about Dodde’s family at a block watch meeting in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of north-central Phoenix. “The neighborhood leader reported that they had suffered this whole tragedy, and that piqued my interest,” said Brophy McGee, a Republican who represents District 28, which includes central Phoenix and parts of Paradise Valley. Vicente uses his sorrow over his daughter’s death as fuel to spread awareness of the risks. “I don’t want another family to lose someone needlessly. It could happen anytime, anywhere, to any family, any segment of society,” Garcia said.

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Legislature has yet to act on a code of conduct for itself BY AUSTEN BUNDY Cronkite News


n the wake of several behavior scandals, the Arizona Legislature pledged last session to adopt a code of conduct in order to hold members more accountable for their actions in office. Nearly a year later, that code doesn’t exist. Republican leaders say it’s still in the works, but is it? “The House Ethics Committee will be drafting recommendations on the House member code of conduct and presenting those recommendations to the full House for approval,” Matthew Spect, director of communications for the House Republican Caucus, said. “The member code of conduct will be adopted as a House rule change.” The committee’s purpose statement says the members are tasked to “propose and adopt during the first regular legislative session a code of ethics … as part of rules and to issue advisory opinions interpreting the code of ethics.” However, the House Ethics Committee has only met twice, according to its website, since then-House Speaker J.D. Mesnard and former Senate President Steve Yarbrough, both R-Chandler, promised last winter to appoint bipartisan committees to write new rules. Neither agenda from those meetings mentions such new rules. In response, Spect said in an email that “the House Ethics Committee hasn’t yet indicated when they expect to finish drafting those recommendations.” House Minority Leader David Bradley believes this issue shouldn’t be hard to solve. “I don’t think it’s all that complicated, I don’t think we have to reinvent the wheel,” Bradley said. “I think there are standards out there that we can apply and we can adapt to … we just need the energies to do it.” The Senate Ethics Committee lists only

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a Feb. 11 meeting on its website, but there’s no mention of new conduct rules on the agenda. The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Sine Kerr, R-Buckeye, did not respond to questions from Cronkite News. “It’s really important that our state leaders are making sure that there (are) clear guidelines for behavior for elected officials and that those are being enforced in an equitable manner,” said Diane Brown, executive director of Arizona Public Interest Research Group. Arizona PIRG calls itself “an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest” and fights for government transparency and accountability. “It’s important that those rules are enforced and that also there are nonpartisan or bipartisan efforts to really investigate … and that the individual who is being accused has the right to be seen as innocent until proven guilty,” Brown said. Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, the House minority whip, called for the expulsion of fellow Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, on Jan. 28 after new documents revealed accusations of sex crimes against Stringer from the 1980s. The House recessed before an expulsion vote could be held. “What we do know is that it’s important to make sure people are held accountable and the people who elected us know that they have people fighting for them,” Bolding said. Stringer has not stepped down despite calls from fellow Republicans, including Gov. Doug Ducey, who said Stringer had “basically disqualified himself from leading at the state level” after Stringer made racially charged comments about immigrants last summer. “By ensuring there is an independent body … that can review allegations … that would really be most helpful in getting some of the politics out of each potential allegation and to better get to the truth of the matter,” Brown said. website as “a strong believer in creating a supremely positive overall school experience for students. “This includes academic excellence, a high degree of student participation in activities, and responsible social development,” he said. “To do this, we must foster healthy relationships between students, staff, and parents/guardians in order to maximize the school experience.”




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owners Eileen Breslin and Linda Swain to have the course brought back to life. Tim Barnes, the lawyer representing Breslin and Swain, explained that the anchor of the suit against The True Life Companies and course owner Wilson Gee are the covenants, conditions and restrictions governing the 101-acre site. “The CC&Rs are the king in the state and they are what we are fighting to hang onto,” Barnes told the approximate 200 people at the town hall. “And we have a very strong argument.” Barnes noted that those land-use regulations also govern nearby Ahwatukee Country Club’s course and that its future use could be impacted if a court were to upend CC&Rs that govern the Lakes. Superior Court Judge John Hannah has ruled twice – most recently in January 2018 – that the CC&Rs require that the site can only be used as a golf course and has ordered the defendants to restore it. In its appeal of Hannah’s ruling to the Arizona Court of Appeals, True Life contends the CC&Rs only prevent the site from being used in a different way unless more than half the 5,400 homeowners agree to a change. The developer also is arguing that the U.S. Constitutional amendment forbidding slavery prevents Hannah from requiring it to rebuild an operation it contends would lose money. Barnes recalled how he first met Swain and Breslin in June 2014, less than a year after Gee closed the course, and that after reading the CC&Rs had concluded that the owner had breached a contract with the homeowners. Gee and his companies own all four courses in Ahwatukee, although Club West and Foothills Golf Course have separate CC&Rs. Gee has put Club West up for sale and in the meantime, it remains as barren as the Lakes because he said he cannot afford the cost of city potable water that feeds it. Gee has never expressed publicly any desire to sell Ahwatukee Country Club but has maintained that Ahwatukee Lakes will never be a golf course again because it’s unprofitable. But Barnes and several golf experts took issue with both those points at the town hall – which was part informational and part pep rally. They told homeowners the site remains viable for golf and that the chances of prevailing in court remain strong. Barnes said that while Hannah’s order requires Gee to restore the course now, “There’s no work because they decided ‘we don’t need to comply with it.’” “I’ll leave it at that,” said Barnes. “We

About 200 people attended Save the Lakes’ town hall last weekend to hear from a panel that included several golf industry experts as well as the attorney representing the two homeowners suing to have the Lakes golf course restored. (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer)

feel the injunction needs to be complied with. We intend to take action to force the issue, but it’s not an issue that we’re ready to apply. But they are required to do that.” Later he told the audience, “We have a contract and we damn well will enforce it.” Several golf industry experts disputed Gee’s continuing assertion that the site cannot be turned into a profitable golf course. “It can work,” said Don Rea, a current operator of the Augusta Ranch Golf Course in Mesa and a member of the boards of PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association. At Augusta, Rea said, “We just had our best year in the history of the course,” and he asserted that while a golf course “is a

hard to run as a business,” the owner’s commitment to the community makes the difference. “When you’re personally invested in it, you’re not a management company. You’re a person who loves being part of the community,” Rea said. Both RJ Hawley, former manager of Tempe Municipal Golf Courses, and golf course architect Kevin Nordby of Minnesota, said demographics favored the 18-hole executive course that Ahwatukee Lakes was. Because it’s a shorter and easier course to play, Nordby said, it would appeal to a wider cross section of people. “This is exactly the kind of course we want to see people build,” said Nordby. “I think this has great potential not only because it’s part of a community but be-

Nearby residents complained at the town hall that the barren expanse of the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course has become a breeding ground for mosquitos and weeds. They were told to call city and county inspectors to force owner Wilson Gee to maintain the 101-acre site. Gee has claimed his crews are doing that. (Tom Sanfilippo/Inside Out Aerial)

cause it is the right length and is in the right location.” Hawley noted that while Minnesota was home to 479 golf courses that are idled for months by harsh winters, Arizona hosts 317 courses. “Golf isn’t dead,” Hawley said. “It has steadily grown by 4 percent every year for the last four years.” And he and several other speakers reminded the audience that in its prime, Ahwatukee Lakes was among the top executive courses in the nation. The threat to public health was raised by Wayne Smith, the land planner who laid the groundwork for Ahwatukee’s first subdivisions. Praising the Lakes course design architect, Gary Panks, for designing the site’s five lakes in a way that could handle storm runoff, Smith said that while 10 percent of the course’s main functions comprised recreation, the other 90 percent was “health, safety and public welfare.” He raised the issue of climate change and the possibility of heavier rains and said “there would be a serious problem” created by South Mountain runoff. Residents also complained about the current condition of the course, stating that the course created problems with weeds and mosquitos. Several homeowners urged the others to keep the pressure on Gee and True Life by calling the Maricopa County vector control unit about mosquito problems and the city code enforcers to complain about weeds and other course conditions. As Realtor Chad Chadderton relayed a brief story of how one Lakes homeowner saw the value of their property plummet by $85,000 because of the site’s current condition, others passionately applauded Barnes, Breslin and Swain for continuing their legal fight. Fitness expert Chuck Corbin recalled how he treasured the former course for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty and said: “This is our community and I want it to be for my kids. I don’t want somebody coming in with their millions of dollars and saying, ‘We will get you to do what we want you to do because we have money and you don’t.’” Breslin herself addressed the audience, stating: “I’m doing this because I’m mad, really mad and I want to salute Chuck Corbin because I feel exactly the way he feels. And he said it so much more eloquently. Linda and I are here because we are committed and you can be sure that we are going to follow this through … Quite simply, we know that we will continue to fight and will make a difference.”




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Alex Gonzalez, Epperlein’s defense attorney, said the sun was setting, restricting Epperlein’s vision. The driver also was distracted by a car next to him. “The light cycled, he wasn’t paying attention and he didn’t see the victims,’’ Gonzalez said. “He is guilty of the offense even though he intended to harm no one.’’ But LaFleur didn’t buy Gonzalez’s request for a suspended sentence, or the defendant’s father’s explanation that it was merely a tragic accident. “This is a tragic situation. Nothing we can do can make people whole again,’’ LaFleur said. “The court does not view this as a random act. You made a conscious decision to drive when you did not have the right to do so.’’ LaFleur also ordered $30,000 in restitution, the highest amount possible, on the misdemeanor charges of causing an accident with serious injuries or death and driving on a suspended license. He was fined $1,869; his license was suspended for 180 days; and he was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. LaFleur also placed Epperlein on probation for one year. Epperlein was not taken into custody immediately but was ordered to surrender at a future date. Epperlein’s license had been suspended when he failed to keep expensive insurance that was required after he was convicted of driving under the influence. Epperlein was driving his roommate’s truck during the collision. “You put yourself above the law, above the right of Pamela Hesselbacher’s children to have their mother,’’ LaFleur said. “Hopefully, this will cause you to change your pattern of conduct.’’ LaFleur said he also is hoping that other people learn from the tragic case and decide not to drive after their license is suspended. Matt Hesselbacher, Pamela’s widower,


quietly addressed LaFleur in a hushed tone before the sentencing. He is raising the children, Audrey and Ryan, with the assistance of family members. The children survived their severe injuries but have suffered physically and emotionally. “I lost my loving wife,’’ Matt Hesselbacher said. “She was the person they loved most in the world. For them to never see her again while they are growing up is very tragic.’’ William Epperlein, the defendant’s father, turned to face the Hesselbacher family and apologized on his son’s behalf. “I would like to say I am very sorry for what’s happened. It’s a terrible thing,’’ Epperlein’s father said. “I am very sorry and I wish you all the best.’’ He said his son has been wrongfully portrayed in media reports. “We all have to remember this is an accident, a terrible accident,’’ Epperlein’s father said. “You make my son look like a monster. That’s not true at all. He’s a gentle, kind person.’’ Jodi Kieran, Pamela’s mother, worked tirelessly for the passage of Pam’s Law, which requires longer sentences for collisions that result in death. Their efforts eventually culminated in the passage of HB 2522, which makes it a felony, carrying a 3½-year sentence, to seriously injure or kill someone while driving on a suspended license. A defendant’s license must be suspended because of failure to have proof of insurance after an arrest on driving under the influence charges. Kieran was grateful to LaFleur for the sentence, which was what she requested. She said she could tell from the judge’s voice that he was moved by the tragedy, as was the community as a whole. “Now, we can look at our grandchildren and tell them we did everything possible to make it right for their mother,’’ Kieran said. “There’s no erasing what was done. At least it’s a step forward.’’

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3 EV mayors warn of regional texting ban BY JIM WALSH AFN Staff Writer


he mayors of Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa are hoping that the State Legislature finally passes a bill to combat texting while driving, but are prepared to study a regional crackdown if lawmakers continue years of failure to set a consistent, statewide standard. Like other city officials throughout Arizona, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels and Mesa Mayor John Giles say they may reluctantly consider ordinances if the state fails to act and pursue a regional approach such as one already in force in the Tucson area. They were buoyed by passage of Phoenix Republican Sen. Kate Brophy McGee’s bill, which would only allow motorists to use a cell phone by using Bluetooth or other hands-free methods. On Monday, the Senate approved a competing ban on any distracted driving. Amid a sad trail of crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by texting motorists, the State Senate last week voted 20-10 to ban the use of a hand-held phone while driving. East Valley Republicans J.D. Mesnard of Chandler, David Farnsworth of Mesa and Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert were among those voting against the measure. Mesnard’s broader ban on distracted driving was passed Monday by the Senate. Both bills now go to the state House, where it faces an uncertain future despite the recent death of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribal Police Officer Clayton Townsend when his car was struck by a texting motorist on the Loop 101. “I’m a big supporter of Kate Brophy McGee’s bill,’’ Hartke said. “I’m a big supporter of this being a regional solution.’’ “If, for some reason, the Governor doesn’t sign it, we would at least look at it,’’ Hartke said. Gov. Doug Ducey said he would sign a ban. Hartke said continuing to do nothing statewide is unacceptable because of the injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving. But if the legislature continues more than a decade of doing nothing about texting while driving, Hartke said he would support reaching out to Mesa, Tempe and other East Valley municipalities to craft a regional approach to combating the problem. “Driving needs your attention,’’ Hartke said. “We have a whole generation coming into driving that is so used to the cell

Before the Senate approved the texting bill, Sen. Kate Brophy McGee made an impassioned argument for her measure while Gilbert Sen. Eddie Farnsworth outlined his opposition to it. (Special to AFN)

phone as a part of life. It is artificial to them to not look at a cell phone.’’ Giles said the legislature needs to pass a statewide bill to avoid confusion and promote public safety. “The state of Arizona needs to lead on. If they don’t, you will see local ordinances,’’ Giles said. “I think there is grassroots, public support for addressing the problem of texting while driving.’’ Giles said Mesa also would consider a local ordinance and working with other local officials on a common East Valley approach, but he hopes it doesn’t come to that. Daniels said, “I do really believe a statewide solution would be the best solution. I don’t think we would do our own ordinance without a regional effect. Giles compared today’s controversy over addressing distracted driving with the movement in the 1990s to ban smoking inside restaurants, bars and other public places. He said various cities, including Mesa, passed smoking laws of their own, which created confusion that was only eliminated by the creation of a state law. That measure was enacted, however, by a voter-approved initiative in 2006, not by the legislature. Mesnard said he opposes texting bans and has proposed a bill that does not mention cell phones specifically, but would allow police to issue citations if they note any sort of distraction – from eating a cheeseburger, to applying makeup, to the driver taking his or her eyes off

the road to yell at misbehaving children in the backseat. It had been scheduled for a vote last Thursday, but was never called and its fate is uncertain. Under Brophy McGee’s bill, police would have to wait until 2021 to issue actual civil citations. But cities like Tempe aren’t waiting. The city council recently toughened a handsfree driving law it initially passed in 2015. As of April, Tempe police can stop someone for holding a cell phone while driving. Previously, they could only stop a motorist if he or she had committed another traffic violation. The piecemeal approach that Giles and Hartke say must end, already exists throughout Arizona. Brendan Lyons, executive director of Look! Save a Life in Tucson, said 26 cities, towns and counties in Arizona have some sort of distracted driving law, with 23 enforcing hands-free driving and the remainder banning texting. “What you’re telling me about Chandler and Mesa is a very consistent message. Everyone is saying it’s time to act,’’ Lyons said. Lyons, a former firefighter, was nearly killed in 2013 when he was struck by a distracted driver. The collision left him unable to pursue his career, but it also launched him on a statewide mission to pass as many local distracted driving laws as possible after one texting bill after another died in the State Legislature. “Because I’m alive, because I have a voice, it is my duty to speak up for those

who do not have a voice,’’ Lyons said, alluding to victims killed in collisions caused by distracted driving. Even if the House approves Brophy McGee’s bill and Ducey signs it, Tempe and all the other Arizona communities can continue to enforce their local distracted driving laws until the state law takes effect in January 2021. “I think it’s great. It’s something that is long overdue in my opinion,” said Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal, who has devoted most of his 21-year career to traffic enforcement. “How many lives must be lost until we do something?” Carbajal and his traffic officers will start looking for people who are holding their cellphones while driving, and will stop and cite them. “I think they definitely will be looking for it. It’s a step to make our streets safer,” Carbajal said. “Tempe is not afraid to be the trailblazer. Kudos to our city council for recognizing the dangers and making it a priority.” He said the ultimate goal, however, is to change widespread driver behavior, rather than writing a bunch of tickets. “I think anything that takes your attention away from the driving task is dangerous. The question is where do you draw the line,” Carbajal said. “Put the cellphone down and focus on the driving task.” Marc Lamber, a Phoenix personal injury attorney, said he has noticed a proliferation of injuries and deaths in his practice related to distracted driving. It prompted Lamber to establish a web page listing national statistics on distracted driving collisions. “The bottom line is texting while driving, using the phone and driving, is bad news,’’ Lamber said. “My advice is keep it simple, don’t use it, period.” Lamber considers texting and talking into the cellphone, holding it while driving, as creating the maximum risk. He echoed comments made by Carbajal previously that even speaking wirelessly, without handling the phone, creates a level of distraction. Lamber applauds Brophy McGee’s bill, saying a combination of education, legislation and enforcement is needed. But Mesnard said he still voted against Brophy McGee’s bill because it focused only on cell phones as a source of distraction, the same reason cited by Sen. Eddie Farnsworth for opposing the measure. “I believe there is a legitimate, dangerous issue with distracted driving,’’ he said. “The issue should not be focused as much on the means as by the end.’’




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Farmers drive their own market to Ahwatukee BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA AFN Contributor


very Friday afternoon, a classic 1964 GMC one-ton, cherry-red truck rolls into the parking lot of Ahwatukee’s Century 21 Arizona Foothills and is greeted by its host, Realtor Andrew Eiferle. The truck is the rolling shop for Amadio Ranch, a family-owned and operated organic foods farm that opened in 2010. Known as the Peach Truck, the vehicle contains a plethora of fresh produce and an assortment of home-baked pies, cobblers, cinnamon rolls and other treats – including raw honey produced by their own bees and organic eggs laid by the family’s 50 chickens. The Peach Truck, which visits Ahwatukee every Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m., is also becoming a fixture at special events like the Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling on April 20. There are actually several Peach Trucks, though the Big Red is the one regularly stopping in Ahwatukee Fridays. And though the Amadio Ranch at 4701 E. Dob-

The Amadio Ranch echoes an era when small family farms were common throughout the Valley. Even the vintage-inspired business logo – a picture-perfect ripe peach against a background of green rolling hills and orchards – hearkens a simpler time. “We had that logo specially designed to look like turn-of-the-century fruit box labels,” said Eric Amadio, who owns and operates the ranch with his wife, ChristiChristina and Eric Amadio bring the bounty from their Laveen Farm to na. “We use it on all our Ahwatukee every Friday. Beyond seasonal fruit and vegetables, Christina also products, our t-shirts bakes pies and makes jams., (Pablo Robles/AFN Staff Photographer) and canvas shopping totes. We’re looking to bins in Laveen is where their 1.5-acre or- do more branded type wear in the future.” ganic farm is located, the trucks showcase The logo also reflects one of the Amadio the family’s wares throughout the East Ranch mainstays. Valley. “We’re primarily a peach farm. Peaches

are what we’re famous for more than anything and it’s what makes us unique,” explained Eric Amadio. “We farm more varieties of peaches and have a longer season than any other peach orchards in Phoenix. Actually, there are only two others left – Schnepf Farms and Pinnacle Farms.” Peaches grown on Amadio Ranch are available months longer than other farms. “We’re the only local orchard that offers May, June, July and August peaches. All others only mainly offer May peaches and maybe slightly into first week of June,” he said. “On top of that we also grow apples, figs, grapes, apricots, plums, pluots, pears and oranges. But it’s the peaches that really gets everyone excited, and in the beginning, we thought we would only run the trucks during the peach season. But we soon discovered there’s a market for running our trucks all year long, so that’s what we now do.” The small acreage at the Amadio Ranch also yields a wide assortment of vegeta-

which is very important, as the leading cause of death in patients that receive chronic blood transfusions as often as Addy is iron overload, which causes liver and heart failure with very little warning.” “She has some MRI’s coming up this month where they will check her iron levels in both her heart and liver,” he added. “As far as the transfusions go, everything has been great, she receives her blood quicker now that she’s a little bigger and able to handle the increased flow. She continues to get more blood as she gets bigger and soon she will require two units rather than just one.” The Troutmans began the semiannual drives to remind the public of the importance of giving blood and because they are grateful that Addy so far has been able to receive the monthly transfusions that keep her a healthy, active child. “Her following has increased tremendously, which we are very happy about as it is getting more people out to donate

blood,” Matt Troutman said. “Less than five percent of Americans actually donate blood, and we just want to increase that number as so many people can benefit.” To broaden the impact of that message, the Troutmans also sell T-shirts. “Getting that message out has been well received,” Matt said. “It is such an easy thing to do and I don’t think people realize the impact they can have by donating a few minutes of their day.” “We have surpassed our donation goals at each of our blood drives thus far and expect to do so again in the 30th,” he said. Troutman also expressed gratitude for family friends and the Village Preschool, both of which have helped in a number of ways to keep the drive going. “Our friends have really helped out at the drives,” he said, adding that Addy’s teacher, Denise Savoy, and other Village Preschool families “have all been behind us supporting every step of the way.” People can register at: bit.ly/2EPb5hL

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he semi-annual blood drive from the grateful parents of a 3-yearold Ahwatukee girl with a chronic blood disorder will be held later this month. The drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee, is sponsored by Kami and Matt Troutman as a way of giving back for the monthly transfusions their daughter, Adelyn, must get to stay alive. Addy suffers a genetic affliction called Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which prohibits the creation of red blood cells. She must receive a monthly blood transfusion, while doctors simultaneously have to be on guard that those transfusions don’t lead to a deadly overdose of iron in her bloodstream. “Overall, Adelyn has been doing wonderful,” Matt said. “She has been respond-

Adelyn Troutman has had a blood transfusion virtually every month since she was born a little more than three years ago. (Special to AFN)

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bles – all organic and tended by the couple, their two children – daughter Casey, 20, and son Eric, Jr., 15 – and two parttime employees. In summer season, they grow tomatoes, sweet corn, squashes including zucchini and butternut, watermelons, cantaloupes, okra, cucumbers, garlic and onions. Winter brings lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, radishes and carrots. Less familiar items such as Swiss chard, collard greens and kohlrabi were the impetus for their ‘Friday Facebook Live’ cooking program featuring Amy Trusler, an Amadio Ranch regular customer who provides tips and recipes. The family found their ranch property while living in downtown Phoenix, Christina Amadio said. “It was just an abandoned homestead, and pretty neglected. It had three mature fruit trees on the property – a plum, a pear and an apricot – but it also had SRP irrigation water,” she said. “We had all this water and were just growing grass and Eric said, ‘Why don’t we grow more?’ So we planted our first garden.” Neither Eric nor Christina came from

farming backgrounds. Christina moved from Illinois to Chandler at age 16, and Eric grew up in Chandler. They met in band at Chandler High School. Christina’s interest in the Laveen property grew from her love of horses, and the desire to keep her horses nearby rather than stabling them, which was costly. “This has always been a dream of mine,” she said, looking around her neatly-kept property with an old-fashioned windmill creaking overhead. “It’s really a blessing we got this house.” The ranch also has cattle – Corriente, Holstein and Limousin all crossed with Angus. Family pets include some goats, three dogs, four cats and a potbellied pig named Harriet Plopper. The Ranch house porch is where the refrigerated units holding produce, preserves and pies are located, as well as their honors system payment jar for customers when no one is available to assist them. A nearby detached garage will soon house a commercial kitchen. She said as much as she enjoys making the pies, cobblers and cinnamon rolls with her daughter, it’s introducing the garden and the value of organic, homegrown produce to youngsters that makes her day complete. “To see a little 4-year-old pull a carrot

out of the ground and see the joy on his face, well, that’s really a driving force that helps keep us going,” she said. “That’s the fun part.” Each of Amadio Ranch’s Peach trucks is unique with their own backstory. The Big Red that arrives Friday afternoons in Ahwatukee had a ‘frame-off’ restoration by a Verde Valley classic truck enthusiast; their white Lil’ Joe is a 1966 Chevrolet and was the first truck purchased to convert into a Peach Truck; Bertha, a yellow 1949 Chevy two-ton, was formerly a farm truck in Casa Grande; Sandy, a GMC two-ton, was bought new by Glendale’s Sanderson Farms in 1948 and was lovingly restored by the Amadios, who painted it the original teal blue color as shown in old photographs. The Ranch’s oldest Peach Truck is a 1941 GMC two-ton named Pearl. It was one of the last trucks built before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after which GM began building military vehicles. “These trucks hearken back to a time when things were smaller and more local, Eric Amadio said. “It’s difficult to stand out in an industry that can do things so much cheaper and more efficiently than a small family farm can. The Peach Trucks help us promote an image of old-fashioned ways and values, which is at the core of how and

why we do all this.” Customers like local Realtor Pamela Gottlieb – a 21-year Ahwatukee resident who has been going to the Amadio Ranch Peach Truck for more than a year – are first attracted to their peaches. But Gottlieb said as much as she loves the fruit, it is the service that stands out. “The Peach Truck girls are very sweet and helpful,” she said. “I had surgery last year and missed several weeks going to the Peach Truck in Ahwatukee because I couldn’t drive,” Gottlieb added. “Their daughter, Casey, put a video post on Facebook that she was worried about her lost customer ...I thought that was very touching that she’d care enough to find out about her lost customer.” The Amadios say the ranch takes focus and commitment. “Farming comes at its own schedule and must be the master of our time. Harvests can’t be put off, neither can lots of other growing tasks. Growing always has to come first before everything else if you want results,” Eric said. Added Christina: “This is a way we connect with our community and show them how homegrown, organic stuff is so much better for them.” For information and special event appearances: AmadioRanch.com

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The 15th annual Chili Cook Off Festival at Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center brought out the chefs competing for prizes and folks just looking to chow down and have some fun. Among them, 1) Kallie Gatzemeier and Justin Pearson brought 3-year-old Dillon Pearson to sample some fare; 2) Al Henry was just waiting for folks to swing by and taste his recipe; 3) Darlene Taylor was preparing a batch of her award-winning chili while 4) Clark McGee was in hot pursuit of a prize with his home cooking. 6) Ron Hanks and Dione Cooley weren’t to be outdone, and were just waiting for the judges to swing by.












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hwatukee chiropractor Cameron Call is at it again. Ever since he landed in Ahwatukee three years ago with his family, Call, who owns Horizon Chiropractic at 4425 E. Agave Road, has scheduled a variety of fundraisers – mainly ladies nights – for different causes. This time he has his sights set on helping the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA’s annual community support campaign with a ladies night 6-9 p.m. March 21 at the Y at 1030 E. Liberty Lane. “Our local YMCA does so much for our community and this is another great opportunity to give back and support a wonderful cause all while having a lot of fun,” he said. He ticked off a list of YMCA goals for this year: “Distributing $85,000 in financial assistance to ensure that every type of family has access to all that the YMCA has to offer and no one is turned away based on an inability to pay;” involving 25 families in the Togetherhood community service program; subsidizing membership for more than 250 military families; supplementing more than 1,925 senior memberships to engage them in healthy living activities; and training 75 adults to coach and model core values for kids in youth sports. Beyond that, the Ahwatukee Foothills Y OPAS Program serves over 480 seniors in the community. “Aging in place is an important factor for many seniors and the Y OPAS program

assists older adults in order for them to live fulfilling and rewarding lives,” he said. “Last year volunteers completed over 8,880 appointments and drove over 70,000 miles to ensure that seniors were able to go to their doctor appointments, grocery shopping and errands. “Y OPAS hosted many social events for older adults and installed safety equipment in our seniors’ homes.” For their $20 ticket price, Call said he has planned an “evening of pampering” for women – including dinner, drinks and dessert. “The YMCA is also providing free child care during the event so dad can have a night off at home while mom comes and gets pampered,” he said. “Pampering services include hand massage, foot massage, chair massage, facials, manicures, lip and eyebrow waxing, joint stretching, energy healing, makeup tutorials and much more.” Along with that, raffle prizes will also be given away throughout the evening. Call said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Y. “The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA is stepping up and stepping in to meet our community’s challenges and strengthen us for the future,” he said. “The campaign’s goal of $181,000 will leverage funds to provide our community members with the support they need to thrive.” Tickets can be purchased at the door or at facebook.com/events/ 415317432544454/?ti=ia. Information: 602-753-7782





Festival of Lights slates 24th annual beer-wine event

The Festival of Lights’ 24th annual Wine & Beer Tasting Festival is returning to the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee, after several years at Rawhide. The festival, 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 12, features over 50 fine wines, food pairings, local breweries, music by “Tripwire,” a silent auction, line dancing with Carrie, a Spirits “Pay Bar,” a VIP Coffee Lounge with music provided by Jonathan Cavier and other attractions. Tickets for the adults-only event are $50 in advance and $60 at the door if available. They are available for purchase at all Ahwatukee Safeway locations or FOLAZ.org. Sponsors include: AFN, Earnhardt Ford, United Broker’s Group, The Foothills, Foothills Club West, Big O Tires, Safeway, Brewer’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Allstate Bill Hazlett, Safeway, PostNet, Two Men and a Truck, MidFirst Bank, Foothills Pet Resort, Premier Property Management and Foothills Golf Club. Food and drink specials are by Texas Roadhouse, Irish Hare Pub, Macayo’s Mexican Table, Angry Crab Shack & BBQ, Roy’s, Philly’s Sports Bar & Grilll, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Pomegranate Café, Zoe’s Kitchen, Starbucks, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Guinness and Wilson Creek Vineyard. This is one of the FOL Committee’s two big fundraisers of the year to pay for the Million White Lights display on Chandler Boulevard during the holidays and to support several charities. This year, FOL will be supporting Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee, the YMCA senior outreach program called Y OPAS and the Clothes Cabin, which helps families in poverty and emergency.

Horizon Honors’ Cantabile Chorale wins $1,000

Fulton Homes last week gave $1,000 to the Cantabile Honors Chorale at Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee, after it was named as the November winner of the builder’s Noon Salute program. Under the direction of Chris Granger, the choir comprises students in grades 8-12. “Cantabile has served as a pillar in the Horizon community since the school’s inception in 1996,” Fulton Homes said, noting: “This group has performed at several events throughout the Valley and the Southwestern United States. Performances include singing the National Anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Grand Canyon University, and others. The ensemble prides itself in its ability to convey a message through music and outreach into the community.” Fulton Homes partners with 94.5 KOOL FM for the Noon Salute, honoring local middle and high school music programs that submit their rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Band directors, principals and others can enter their school’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” by calling the station at 602-452-1000 and scheduling a time for them to come in and record their music program.

Ahwatukee Eats now a monthly community event

It’s official. The Ahwatukee Eats Ahwatukee Eats Food Truck Festival is now a monthly event on the third Friday of every month from September through May. The food truck rodeo runs 5:30-9 p.m. this Friday,

March 15, in the Foothills Village Center parking lot at 32nd Street and Chandler Boulevard. Spokeswoman Alanna Miller said Ahwatukee Eats now has federal nonprofit designation and that the event will continue to support a different charity every month. This month Ahwatukee will benefit Reegans Renegades, which supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ahwatukee Eats also benefits from the strip mall owners, MPBRealty Services, which “do not charge us so we can give more back to the charity,” she said.

The St. Vincent de Paul, Corpus Christi Conference will be hosting its annual furniture/clothing drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24. Items can be dropped off during those times at the St. Vincent de Paul truck that will be located at Corpus Christi’s north parking lot on 36th Street at Knox Road, Ahwatukee. Items that will not be accepted are mattresses and box springs, electronics and TVs with tubes. Information: Kyran at 480-893-8770.

lowing Ahwatukee locations: Pecos Senior Center, 48th Street and Pecos Road; Odelay Bagel Company, Equestrian Trail and Warner/Elliot Loop; Cups N’ Crepes, 42nd Street and Chandler Boulevard; Ahwatukee Community Swim/Tennis Center, 48th Street and Warner Road; Mountain View Lutheran Church at 48th Street and Cheyenne Drive; Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane; Horizon Presbyterian Church at 1401 E. Liberty Lane; Keller William Realty, 15905 S. 46th St., Suite 160 (behind Kohl’s) and Corpus Christi Church, 36th Street and Knox Road. Magazines, text book, and dictionaries or encyclopedias are not accepted. Information: Jill at 602-212-6088. A Goodwill donation truck will be accepting household goods donations at the YMCA during the book sale. Y OPAS will earn 10 cents a pound of goods donated during the book sale. In addition, Y OPAS will be holding several raffles during the sale. Y OPAS is a volunteer driven organization whose mission is to provide free transportation to Ahwatukee seniors age 62 and older to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands allowing seniors to remain living independently. Y OPAS offers these services and social activities to prevent isolation for seniors who are homebound.

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The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS) is in need of book donations for its 11th annual fundraising book sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30 and 8-11 a.m. March 31 at the YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee. Books can be dropped at the YMCA or the fol-

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors is holding its annual charity luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 25 to benefit Arizona’s Children CASA. The luncheon is at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E.

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Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee. Tickets are $20 and the deadline for reservations is March 18. Reservations/information: affanwomensgroup@ gmail.com.

Distracted driving is next Tukee Talks topic

Barbara Hoffman, executive director of the Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, is the guest speaker at the next PDTukee Talks session 6-8 p.m. March 28 at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. Hoffman’s 14-year-old son was hit and killed by a distracted driver who ran a red light and she was one of the co-facilitators of the annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit held at the State Capitol each year. Her master’s thesis involved changing bad driving behavior. The session will also include a crime update from the members of Phoenix Police South Mountain Precinct, which covers Ahwatukee as well as crime prevention tips. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at the free event.

MOMnation plans big market in Ahwatukee on March 30

Katie Lambert, an Ahwatukee resident and founder of MOMnation – a group for businesswomen, will hold a market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at the building housing the Husband and Wife Law Team at 3840 E. Ray Road. Lambert and Team EVO at eXp Realty have slated a variety of vendors, including handmade gifts, kids activities, food, home décor and more. Entertainment will include Egg Painting with Dramatic Designs Custom Ceramics; Face Painting with POP’n ART by Liz; free Reikiwith Golden Way Healing. Food vendors include Eb’s Delites, Cuties Lemonade & More. Other vendors: Team EvoAZ for real estate, Well Fed Family Farm with toiletries, Top Notch Landscaping, Armer Air Heating & Air Conditioning, She Works Here (coworking space), Psykhe Hair Extensions, Christina Buck Photography, Nikki Berkel Life Coach for Moms, Elegant Siamese Floral Design Studio, My Baby’s First Birthday, Organic Homemade Elderberry Syrup and Boondoggle Bookshop. Sponsors are Color Street/Polish Them Pretty with Ashley. Young Living Essential Oils, Mary Kay with Amy Brines (independent consultant) and LuLaRoe. The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive. Register at redcrossblood.com. Admission and parking are free.

Tennis-swim center offering Zumba class

The Ahwatukee Community Swim, Tennis & Event Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, is offering a Zumba and Zumba Toning class 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements while Zumba Toning uses toning sticks. The class is for all levels of experience and ages. Cost is $9 drop-in or people can buy a punch card for $32 for four visits, $75 for 10 classes and $140 for 20.

Ahwatukee Easter Parade planning has begun

Planning is underway for the 43rd Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade & Spring Fling April 20. En-


tries will be accepted until April 11. “There is plenty of time for businesses, youth and church groups, families and individuals to put their heads together and organize their entries for the Easter Parade, Phoenix’s Ahwatukee Foothills’ largest community-participation event,” Parade Boss Mike Schmitt said. It is Schmitt’s 27th time as parade boss. Paul Maryniak, executive editor of the Ahwatukee Foothills News, will be the Easter Parade’s grand marshal. This year’s Grand Sponsor is Vision Community Management, Darin Fisher, CEO. Beginning at 10 a.m., the parade forms at 48th Street and Warner Road and progresses north about 1 mile along 48th Street to Cheyenne Drive. After the parade, all are invited to the Spring Fling at Ahwatukee Community Center Park, 48th Street and Warner Road, featuring entertainment by local groups, vendor and craft booths, carnival rides, games, food, beverages, and games for the family from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kiwanis member Andi Pettyjohn is heading the Spring Fling committee for the 19th time. Parade entry forms have been mailed to over 300 local businesses, groups and previous parade entries, but anyone who wants a form can go to ahwatukeekiwanis.org. Information on the parade: 480-759-0007 or msch0007@aol.com. For Spring Fling information: 602-402-6267 or andi@wttaz.com.

Ahwatukee chapter of Moms In Prayer can help in many ways

People who would like some prayer power on behalf of their children can contact the Ahwatukee chapter of the national group Moms in Prayer. The group meets once a week for an hour, praying for children and their school. Grandmothers are welcome to come and pray for their grandchildren. Information: MomsInPrayer.org or azcarolina7@ gmail.com.

Colina parent-teachers group to hold ‘Pack-a-Palooza’

Colina Elementary School PTO has scheduled its Pack-a-Palooza fundraiser 6-8:30 p.m. March 29 at the school, 13612 S. 36th St. The public is invited to this free-admission event, which wil include a raffle for themed baskets, bounce houses, face painting and other games and activities for children and adults. Vendors also are being sought for the first time. For a $50 fee, they’ll be able to advertise their business and sell their wares. Interested vendors should contact Christian Becker by Feb. 15 at cbb1105@hotmail.com.

Kyrene Foundation seeks sponsors, players for tourney

The Kyrene Foundation is gearing up for its ninth annual golf tournament April 5 at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee, to help fund resources for children and their families in the Kyrene community. It is one of the major fundraising events of the year for the organization. When: Friday, April 5, 2019. Progressive Roofing owner Michael Farrell said his company has already signed up as a sponsor, noting, “Support for our community is a strong value of our company.” People, business and organizations interested in playing a foursome, making a donation or becoming a sponsor can do so through kyrenefoundation.org/event/golf.

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EV Women’s League to hold ‘Give and Glow’ fundraiser

Bring a friend to enjoy some spring break fun with movies, karaoke, Kahoot!, ice cream, pizza, crafts and Wii. DETAILS>> Noon-7 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 12-18. Free. No registration required.

The foundation’s mission is to serve and provide resources for children and their families in the Kyrene community. Information: Jeff Peters, 480-235-1121 or Jpeters54@icloud.com.

The East Valley Women’s League is putting on the funk at Give and Glow, a fundraising event with a nod to the ‘80s, from 6-11 p.m. March 30 at the Crowne Plaza Chandler Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Pre-sale tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at EVWL.org and include dinner, drinks and dancing to the funky sounds of the five-piece band, Basketball Jones. The event also features silent and live auctions. No tickets will be sold at the door. Dress for the evening is business casual “with a little nod to the ‘80s,” said Give and Glow Chair JoAnn Ott of Ahwatukee. “Maybe a bit of neon, leg warmers or lace sleeves added to the outfits, and even big hair would make a statement,” she added.  Proceeds will be invested in the community through East Valley Women’s League programs.

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All you can eat corned beef and cabbage with potatoes will mark St. Patrick’s Day at Ahwatukee Country Club. DETAILS>> 5-7 p.m., DJ 6-8 p.m.; $19.95 per person for dinner; Drink specials include: $3 pints of green beer, $10 pitcher green beer, $5 Jameson. 12432 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee.


Charity lunch deadline

Today is the deadline to get your $20 ticket for the annual charity lunch sponsored by Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors to benefit Arizona’s Children CASA. DETAILS>> The lunch is 11:30 a.m. March 25. Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee. Reservations/information: affanwomensgroup@gmail.com.



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

This retreat will give women a chance to renew their hearts with hope and connect with other women. DETAILS>> 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Cooper Crossing meeting room at 1820 East Ray Road, Chandler. $39 includes lunch and a book. Information/registration: newdaywidowretreat.eventbrite.com. Questions: 602-769-3219.

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Magic Tree House Book Club

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Read the book at home, then do fun time-travel activities at the library. Kids can read this month’s Magic Tree House series title Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne on their own or with family to prepare for hands-on activities that bring the story to life. April’s book: Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne.  DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. Free. No registration required.

Corpus Christi Church is holding its annual furniture and clothing drive to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Society. DETAILS>> Drop off items at the truck on the east lot of the church, 36th Street at Knox Road, Ahwatukee, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24.


Ahwatukee GOP Women meet

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Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, and Nancy Kay Arnold, educator and author, will be the special guests at the general meeting of Ahwatukee Republican Women. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. networking, 7 p.m. meeting; Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee.

Learn how to find and fix leaks that are draining your budget. Presented by the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. DETAILS>> 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: Adult. Free. To register, visit phoenix.gov/water or call 602-2618376.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 The History of Golf

Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating presentation with a sense of tradition and humor by PGA life-member, trick shot artist and golf historian Peter Longo. Great for golfers and non-golfers alike. Supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library Ironwood Chapter. DETAILS>> 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: Adults. Free. No registration required.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Colina Carnival

Colina Elementary School PTO is holding its annual fundraising carnival, with raffle tickets for baskets themed around wine, entertainment and arts and a number of activities for young and old alike. Though in the past this has been an event attended mainly by Colina parents, the PTO wants the entire community to know everyone is invited. DETAILS>> 6-8:30 p.m., 13612 S. 36th St., Ahwatukee.


‘American Folktales”’

Join us for a musical presentation of American folktales by the Valley’s own Mill Avenue Chamber Players quintet. Family friendly crafts directly follow the concert.

DETAILS>> 2-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E.

Chandler Blvd. Ages: All Ages. Free. No registration required.



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

Bible study

Foundations of Our Faith Bible Study, a journey through Leviticus that is biblically accurate and understandable for everyone. Learn the historical perspective which reveals the love of God for all His people. Technology and questions are both encouraged. DETAILS>> 9:15 a.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org/classes.    

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: acgarden.org or 480-759-5338.

Chess, knitters clubs

Two new 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., both at the Early Baker, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. For either club, call 480-246-1912 for more information.


Friends and Neighbors

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors (AFFAN) is an organization of women who meet regularly to socialize through groups/activities and provides educational and cultural information for its members. General luncheon meetings are the fourth Monday of every month. DETAILS>>  For more information: affanwomensgroup@gmail.com.


This learning handbell choir teaches you how to ring those bells! The group presents occasionally during worship services and special holiday throughout the school year. DETAILS>> 6 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.

Power Partners meet

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Power Partners meets. It’s a category-specific networking and leads group. Non-Chamber members can attend one event to “check it out.” DETAILS>> Noon-1 p.m.at Native Grill and Wings 5030 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Contact: Gina Jenkins 480-990-5444.

LD 18 Dems meet monthly

Legislative District 18 Democrats gather monthly, usually the second Monday, to share news, opportunities, food and laughter. Meetings include guest speakers, legislative updates, how-to sessions and Q&A. Volunteer or just enjoy an evening with like-minded folks. DETAILS>> For times and places: ld18democrats. org/calendar.

Babytime for walkers

Babies up to 23 months who are walking and are accompanied by a favorite adult enjoy Babytime with Sign Language for Walkers, with songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. DETAILS>> 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.

Babytime for crawlers

Accompanied by a favorite adult, babies birth to crawling can enjoy songs, music, rhymes, books, interactive stories, simple sign language words,

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activities to promote movement and playtime. DETAILS>> 10:30-11 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages birth to crawling. Free. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.   

Digital City

Children 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. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 5-12. Free. No registration required. 

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 dpgc.org.


Pecos Park patriots

People looking for more stimulating conversations rooted in family, faith and conservatism can gather every second Tuesday of the month. DETAILS>> 9-11 a.m. Pecos Park playground. 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix. Check ld18gop.com for more details or contact: ld18gop@gmail.com.

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. Free. Information: 480-460-1025 and office@desertfoothills. org.

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 St. #119, Ahwatukee. Free.

Watercoloring with Judy Lokits

During this four-week course, participants will learn how to paint with watercolors and complete two paintings. Beginners welcome and all materials provided. Supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library Ironwood Chapter. DETAILS>> 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 5-26, Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages: Adults. Free. Registration is required via the calendar at phxlib.org.

Coloring for grown-ups

Adult coloring promotes mindfulness, reduces stress and improves cognitive motor skills. We’ll provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils

and coloring sheets; You just bring yourself and your friends. DETAILS>> 1:30-3 p.m. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Adults. Free. No registration required.


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. Information: 480-3302015 or donna@innervisionyoga.com.

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.

Power Partners available

The Ahwatukee Chamber offers Power Partners every Tuesday except the second Tuesday of the month, when attendees are encouraged to attend the Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer. Unlike our Monday Power Group, this group will be non-category specific, meaning you can have more than one member in each business category. DETAILS>> 7:45-8:45 a.m. Jason’s Deli, 7230 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Free. Information: Gina Jenkins, 480-990-5444.


Toddlers 24-47 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>> Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 24-47 months. Free. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time.   

Sit, Stay, Read!

Emerging readers of all ages can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. Read to Truffles on Wednesdays. DETAILS>> Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. All Ages. Free. No registration required.   

Chiming Cherubs

This “ringing and singing” choir is perfect for the younger kids who love music and want to learn to ring the handbells and/or enjoy singing. Chiming Cherubs present occasionally during our worship services and special holidays throughout the school year. DETAILS>> 5:45 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

Joyful Noiz Children’s Choir

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Montessori holds open house

ship services and presents a Christmas Musical. DETAILS>> 5:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori holds an open house weekly. It includes a short talk about Montessori education, followed by a tour of its campus. DETAILS>>4 p.m. Wednesdays, 3221 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. Information: 480-759-3810.

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 hang-ups. Whether it’s addiction, loss, anger or stress, you can find the freedom you’re looking for today. DETAILS>> 6:20 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

Foothills Women meet

An informal, relaxed social organization of about 90 women living in the Ahwatukee Foothills/Club West area. A way to escape once a month to have fun and meet with other ladies in the area. Guest speaker or entertainment featured. DETAILS>> 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Contact Shelley Miller, president, at 602527-6789 or essentiallyshelley@gmail.com.

Lectionary Bible Study

Study and examine the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday at a deeper level. This weekly class dissects the passages for the upcoming weekend, giving you time to study and understand the historical background. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

Parents can ‘drop in’

Parents are invited to join a drop-in group to ask questions, share ideas or just listen to what’s going on with today’s teenagers. DETAILS>> 5:30-7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Maricopa Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. Free. RSVP at 602-8278200, ext. 348, or rcarter@cals.arizona.edu.

The Boy Crisis Book Study

Boys are failing to thrive in nations throughout the world. This trend has been accelerating for the past 50 years. Why aren’t we paying attention? What is contributing to “The Boy Crisis,” and what can we do to change it? DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

‘Dems and Donuts’ set

Legislative District 18 Democrats gather for an informal chat. DETAILS>> Free and open to the public 7:30-9 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Denny’s, 7400 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. RSVP: marie9@q.com or 480-592-0052.

Sanctuary Choir

Grief support

If you enjoy singing and want to play a role in worship, the Sanctuary Choir is your next step! This choir sings regularly at our 9:15 a.m. worship services and is a part of our Cantata Choir that presents around Christmas and Easter. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee. 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org.  

Hospice of the Valley holds a grief support group for adults on alternating Wednesdays. DETAILS>> 6-7:30 p.m. at Pecos Community Center, 1710 S. 48th St. The assigned classroom varies, signs will be on premises. It is a drop-in group and there is no need to call or register. Meeting dates this year: Jan. 23; Feb. 6 and 20; March 6 and 20; May 1, 15 and 29; June 12 and 26; July 10 and 24; Aug. 7 and 21; Sept. 4 and 18; Oct. 2, 16 and 20; Nov. 13 and 27; and Dec. 11.

Fun with watercolors

People can get step-by-step instruction in water-coloring whether they are beginners or intermediates. DETAILS>>2-4:30 p.m. in instructor’s home studio off Ranch Circle North in Ahwatukee. Four classes for $90. To register: Judy Lokits 480-471-8505, or


Teen Thursdays @ the Library

Ironwood Library provides 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 12-18. Free. No registration required.  

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers

This group is designed for moms whose kids are aged birth to kindergarten. They meet in a safe place “to navigate the world of motherhood, faith and life together.” Free child care for ages 0 to 5. DETAILS>> 9-11 a.m. every other Thursday starting Aug. 23. Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St., Ahwatukee. Information: 480-759-2218 or foothillsbaptist.org/mops.

Networking group meets

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

Kiwanis meets weekly

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club meets weekly and welcomes newcomers. DETAILS>>7:30 a.m. Biscuits Restaurant, 4623 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee. Information: mike.maloney2003@gmail.com.

Preschoolers’ moms gather

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

Financial peace

Financial Peace University is a nine-week video and small group class that teaches God’s plan for handling money. It will help you: pay off debt, save for the future and give like never before! DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee 480-8932579. mvlutheran.org/classes or fpu.com/1070125.

Fish fry for anyone

You don’t have to be a member of the Ahwatukee Country Club to enjoy its weekly fish fry dinner, featuring all-you-can-eat deep-fried battered cod, as well as your choice of sweet potato fries, French fries or a baked potato with freshly made coleslaw and tartar sauce. Soft drinks, beer/wine, cocktails available. DETAILS>> 4-7 p.m. $13.95. 12432 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-1161. Reservations accepted.    Fresh produce in Ahwatukee Amadio Ranch, a small family farm in Laveen, grows fresh organic fruits and vegetables and sells it in Ahwatukee in a vintage Peach Truck for a mobile farmer’s market. Not only do they offer fresh picked seasonal produce but homemade fruit pies, turnovers, cobblers, cinnamon rolls, jams, apple butter, pickles and local raw honey. DETAILS>> 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Friday, 3930 E. Chandler Blvd., in front of the Century 21 offices. Information: amadioranch.com or Facebook at Amadio Ranch Farm Store.


Sit, Stay, Read!

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

Fun with watercolors

People can get step-by-step instruction in water-coloring whether they are beginners or intermediates. DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in instructor’s home studio off Ranch Circle North, Ahwatukee. Four classes for $90. To register: Judy Lokits 480-4718505, or jlokits@yahoo.com.   

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Toastmasters meet

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has a weekly Toastmasters meeting. DETAILS>> 8-9 a.m., First American Title conference room, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd. #100, Ahwatukee. Information: Tessy Bryan 480-330-6528 or vppr-1811442@toastmastersclubs.org.

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Legislature needs to address teen mental health BY LYNSEY ROBINSON AFN Guest Writer


here is no hiding the truth that in Arizona, suicides among teens are on an uptick. In 2018, Arizona's suicide rate was 12 per 100,000 deaths, compared to the national average of 8. Arizona’s suicide rate rose from 10 in 2016 to 12 in 2018, while the national average remained similar during the same respective years. Whatever is behind the spike in teen suicide in Arizona, it is up to our legislators to remain vigilant and aware of the needs of our communities. It is their responsibility to fight for our communities. The integrity of life is essential and our political leaders must utilize legislation to drive solutions for our communities. We must vote in favor of legislation that puts life first and not vote for or introduce legislation that frustrates that purpose. Many researchers have suggested that the cause of suicide deaths among teens is related to parental neglect, failure to identify substance abuse issues or their child’s social inequality. There is no question that

Thousands of babies, kids need your help right now

Over the first two months of 2019, 144 babies received a crib to sleep safely in from Arizona Helping Hands. Huge challenges are placed on these innocent little victims by irresponsible adults – most of whom make the choice to place their own needs ahead of those of the wondrous gifts that they have brought into the world. Over the course of just a few days, my staff and I hold babies who range from a few days to a few months old. Kids who are going through substance withdrawal, which can wreak havoc on their little frames. Their struggles will greatly add to the challenges of parenting that loving foster parents agree to take on for the good of the kids. Tremors, eating issues and lack of or dramatically disrupted sleep all put great pressure on families who step up to help these boys and girls.

parental involvement in their teen’s life does have a direct impact on the teen's mental state. However, to tackle this issue, parents need help. Political leaders need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Communities are shaped by rules, regulations and their leaders. There is hope! There are Democrats taking on this challenge. For example, Democrat Senator Sean Bowie of Ahwatukee sponsored SB1468, which would provide suicide prevention training for guidance counselors, teachers, principals and school personnel. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, 28-2. Both East Valley Senators David Farnsworth of Mesa and Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert voted against the bill. In the East Valley alone, 31 teenagers have committed suicide in less than two years, and 5 of those suicides occurred after August 2018. The youngest child to commit suicide so far was only 11. Despite the bipartisan support in the Senate, the bill has not been assigned to a committee for a fair hearing by House Speaker Russell Bowers, R-Mesa.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to put forth bills to protect our children. For example, it is no secret that LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of suicide. Recent studies show that LGBTQ youth are more than three times as likely to attempt suicide versus their heterosexual peers. Democrats sponsored SB1415, which would create inclusive health education policies and eliminate the shaming of LGBTQ students in Arizona. As a response to the mass school shootings around the country, students took to the street to march and organized by making their voices loud and clear that they want comprehensive gun control, increased counselors in the classroom and legislation that will protect their lives. But in a 31-27 party-line vote, the Republican-controlled chamber passed HB2693, which would allow loaded guns on school grounds in vehicles. This legislation seems irresponsible and arguably tone deaf to the trauma students may experience in response to this bill. While the American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 250 students per counselor, Arizona has 924

Recently, one family shared that their four-day-old baby was not too bad off; The "only" substance in her little system was methadone. Other kids have been in the neonatal intensive care unit for weeks while they detox from multiple substances. All are hurting, all are needing love, comfort and safety. At Arizona Helping Hands, our number one priority is providing children in foster care with a Safe Place to Sleep. We provided a bed or a crib to 3,338 boys and girls in 2018 alone. With the opioid epidemic, enormous numbers of children are impacted by the foster care system. In Arizona alone, 14,000 children today, and almost twice that number over the course of the past year, are impacted by foster care. We see the babies, youngsters and even teens who have been given a raw deal by an unfortunate twist of fate. The children deserve all the love and protection we can offer. Holding baby “R”, seeing her smile, we are energized to provide our

helping hands to more kids. From her to 5 year-old “A,” who was so excited to know he would be sleeping in his own “Big Boy bed” and riding his own bicycle today, we make a difference for children every day. Arizona taxpayers – it’s only because of you that Arizona Helping Hands can do this important work and so much more. We are an Arizona Qualifying Foster Care Organization. This means that married taxpayers can donate $1,000 to AHH and get every dollar back when you file your 2018 state tax return. The limit for single taxpayers is $500. It costs you nothing to help infants, youngsters and teens in foster care. We receive no governmental support and operate with a 7 percent overhead. You can know that your dollars go directly to buy beds, cribs and more for the smallest and most fragile among us. -Dan Shufelt

students per counselor. Democrats like Jennifer Pawlik of Chandler announced HB2562, which would lower student to counselor ratios and fund additional counselors in our public schools along with Senate companion bill SB1344 introduced by Senator Bowie that would gradually lower student to counselor ratio to the national average. It’s no secret that teenagers commit suicide when they have problems at home. We must do whatever we can to stop teenagers from committing suicide. We can help by passing the right legislation. Instead of only focusing on what parents can do, how about we concentrate on what our Arizona leaders can do to have a direct impact on teen success? Passing legislation that reduce the counselor-student ratio in the classroom is a great start. Teen life contributes to the preservation of all mankind, and party affiliation should not make a difference, yet it is clear with the bills discussed that Democrats are leading the charge.

-Lynsey Robinson is an East Valley attorney and a former legislative candidate.


President/CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, azhelpinghands.org. dshufelt@azhelpinghands. org.

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I feel it’s time that, we the public, demand that all congressional members (not just President Trump) be investigated for sexual misconduct, inappropriate tax filings and non-American activities before being allowed to run for Congress. It would be interesting to see how Mr. Schiff would withstand the same investigations he is imposing on President Trump. I also believe that doctors, nurses,paramedics, assisted living providers, those who provide care for vegetative state patients, sheriffs, police and teachers be investigated and certified non-sexual predators prior to being licensed and/or certified. After all, our loved ones are in their care, and discovering years of abuse after the fact is getting old. -Jane Emery





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New owner sustains Brewer’s community focus BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA AFN Contributor


rewer’s Air Conditioning and Heating, well-known throughout the East Valley for its 37 years of customer service to residential and commercial clients, has a new owner – but one who’s no stranger to the industry or to Brewer’s. Mark Ybarra, who grew up in Chandler and Gilbert, started in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry at age 18, shortly after graduating from Gilbert High School. He was first employed with a small, family-owned business for eight years while earning his EPA universal HVAC certification from Central Arizona College. He joined Brewer’s AC & Heating in 2002 while its founder, Jerry Brewer, still headed the company. The company was founded in Tempe in 1982, and it continues to be a family-owned and operated local business. Ybarra – only the third owner of the

company after taking the helm – speaks proudly of the wealth of Brewer’s history and steady growth, but the 43-year-old family man also looks to the future and the adjustments it will bring. “We’ll certainly continue to offer the quality products and personal service that this business is built on, but there’s the new as well, including integrating technology,” Ybarra said. “We’re currently in the process of going paperless, so all our field techs are working off tablets which will no doubt help us become even more proficient in customer service.” As Brewer’s new owner, Ybarra uses his extensive HVAC background and 18 years of company experience to be more in touch with his employees, both those in-office as well as the sales and service techs in the field. He started at Brewer’s in April 2002 as a department manager, “learning more about the business every day,” and in 2008

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Mark Ybarra, right, shown here with employee Alex Jauregui, said he plans to honor Brewer’s legacy of service now that he owns the company. (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer)

Beloved Nello’s head chef steps away after 11 years AFN NEWS STAFF


ead chef” doesn’t adequately describe C.J. Johnson’s role or cover what he has meant to customers and fellow employees during his 11 years at Nello’s in Ahwatukee. The man known to friends as “Chef Dragon” went out with a roar on March 8. It was a bittersweet day for the staff, especially for Trevor Abrahamson, who not only has been manager of the popular pizza/Italian-food restaurant at Warner Road and 48th Street for six years but who also counts Johnson as a friend. “C.J. absolutely is the factor for the unmatched loyalty that has been created here,” Abrahamson said. “He is a great leader of people. We don’t want him to leave. “He’s one of the few guys who can run the back of the house but also the front of the house all by himself. He is just fantastic with people. That’s a true testament to his character.”

C.J. Johnson, whose title is head chef, but whose influence has not been restricted by his job title, said farewell to Nello’s in Ahwatukee on March 8 after 11 years, to the disappointment of customers and staff. (Special to the AFN)

Abrahamson said that Johnson pulled him aside a couple of months ago and told

him that he would be leaving to spend more time with his wife and kids.

“We’re very close. This wasn’t sudden at all. We’ve all been preparing for it,” Abrahamson said. In the back of the house, there is no mistaking who has been in charge in the kitchen. Johnson has had a voice in the evolution of the Nello’s menu. It is the fare that doesn’t appear on the menu – his daily specials – that especially grab customers, who regard him as a culinary mastermind. “He’s known for having a ‘pirate-ship kitchen’ back there and he’s the captain,” Abrahamson said. “It’s run like an executive kitchen – a clean, tight-knit group working together. “Everyone back there respects him and how he started here at the bottom and worked his way to the top. C.J. is, and has been, the epitome of everything we all love about this special restaurant that we all share, and he will be dearly missed.” His co-workers plan to send Johnson out with his favorite toast: “There are small ships, there are tall ships and there are ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, so here’s to you and me!”


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took a sales position. Since then, he said, he has personally “over $20 million in company revenue selling door-to-door, mostly to residential customers.” “What I learned and still value most in this business is getting to meet new people every day and helping them make an educated decision on what’s best for their homes in heating and air conditioning,” he said. “Being that we live and work in such a hot, dusty state, most people here have some sort of indoor air quality issue or concern, and we have a broad range of proven products that work really well that we can offer to help with this problem.” Ybarra and his wife, Mark K, have three children and will celebrate their 25th anniversary in October. “She’s been an R.N. since 1998 and has always been by my side, though as an R.N., I honestly think she works harder than I do,” he laughed. “I do know for a fact she’s just as passionate about her career as I am about mine, and I’m proud of her for that.” His office features numerous family photos. “We have three kids, and in 2018 was gifted with two healthy grandsons,” he said. “My oldest, Marissa, is an R.N. in Chandler, and her husband, Alex Jauregui, is my operations manager here at Brewer’s, handling most of the office day-today business.” “My middle son, Mario, is also a nurse in Chandler,” he added. “Mario grew up a cowboy, loving to ride horses and rope competing at jackpot roping events all over the state and winning buckles and saddles. And our youngest, Mark, Jr., 15, can rope and ride like his older brother, but a typical teen boy, prefers baseball and girls.” Ybarra has always been an outdoors kind of guy – hunting, fishing, riding horses and roping, but finds he has less free time for those pastimes now that’s he’s the owner of the company. And when he can carve out free time, he does so “enjoying being a new papa to two cool little grandsons” or working on his golf game. “I grew up riding and roping but the last 13 years was focused more on teaching my sons the ability to rope, and I did that. Maybe in a few years after the business has taken off, I’ll start competing again, but until then all business for me,” he said. “Becoming the owner of Brewer’s Air Conditioning & Heating was no small task, and there were a lot of people that helped in one way or another to get it done, for which I’m grateful. “As for myself, I knew buying the company was an opportunity that might come my way some day, so I was steadily trying to plan for it so I’d be ready.”

BUSINESS He admits one of his biggest challenges is finding new employees, retaining existing ones and offering continual training to both old and new. “We’re lucky we’ve retained all but one employee, and have added four new since July, but for sure it’s the biggest challenge, and I imagine it’s that way for most companies,” he said. Ybarra is well acquainted with the company’s penchant and passion for community involvement and charitable actions. “The company has never boasted about how much we do, but I’m proud to announce this March we’ll be starting our 25th Habitat for Humanity Home,” he said. “We do these homes with our valued equipment vendor, Trane, and donate all material, equipment and labor to complete the home’s new air conditioning system.” Other charitable undertakings by Brewer’s include being a major sponsor of the annual Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Masters Golf Tournament for the past seven years, advertising with a half dozen area high schools to help fund football programs and individual endeavors like co-sponsoring a recent fundraiser that helped a young woman who had been injured in a horse accident. “There are some companies who may do more than us, and we commend them for that, but we definitely try to always give back in the community and do our part to support those that support us,” Ybarra said. Former Ahwatukee chamber executive director Gina Jenkins said Brewer’s was a founding member of the Chamber, which celebrates 25 years this October. She praised Ybarra, who has served on the board and is currently an honorary board member. “Brewer’s Air Conditioning & Heating is continually giving back to the community,” said Joelle Green, chamber board member and chair for this year’s 22nd golf tournament this April 26. “They’ve been our Golf Tournament Eagle Sponsor for more years than I can remember, and we couldn’t do it without our dedicated business sponsors.” Ybarra said moving forward under his leadership will mean the emphasis on community involvement continues to be paramount, as well as Brewer’s “personal approach.” “The personal approach will continue to be the normal way we do business with all our customers. We are passionate about quality customer service,” he said. “We offer quality equipment and quality products, and that will never change, but quality over quantity is what this business was built on, and that is what we will continue to offer.” Information: BrewersAC.com

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The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards during a Best of Ahwatukee celebration March 5 held jointly with the Ahwatukee Foothills News. On the left, Festival of Lights President Janyce Hazlett holds the Nonprofit of the Year award her organization received while at right, Andi Pettyjohn of the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee holds her Community Champion award. Above, Kendra Pieratt, left, who owns CK’s Tavern with her husband Kyle, celebrates one of several awards she and the business received. With her are, from left, Kelsi Sperry, Valerie Wood and Chamber Executive Director Andrew Hayes. Pieratt won the Chamber’s Businesswoman of the Year award while CK’s won Business of the Year. Not pictured are representatives of Elements Massage, which won the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award, and Cerritos Elementary Principal Darcy DiCosmo, who won the Chamber Educational Mentor of the Year award. (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer)

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ahwatukee Foothills News would like to thank all of the generous sponsors who supported the inaugural “Best of Ahwatukee Awards & Celebration” event and helped us celebrate all the winners and nominees of the “Best of Ahwatukee”




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Annual golf tourney invites players, sponsors BY THE AHWATUKEE CHAMBER STAFF


t’s back: the 22nd Annual Chamber Masters Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Friday, April 26, at the Foothills Golf Club with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Players will want to arrive early when registration opens at 6:30 a.m. so they can grab a breakfast sandwich provided by Chick-fil-A, and a Blood Mary or Mimosa is available as an accompaniment, compliments of Barefoot Pools and Nextdoor Realty. Brewer’s Air Conditioning and Heating along with Trane are returning once again as our Co-Eagle sponsors, and San Tan Ford will be returning as our multiyear shirt sponsor along with MacQueen & Gottlieb PLC as the golf ball sponsor. If you played in the tournament last year, you remember the Titleist Pro V 1 golf balls

given to each player, and this year is no different. Guests will also find a special commemorative engraved item in their swag bag that will come with further opportunity to personalize for each recipient provided by Engrave Me. Lunch is included for all players, but tickets are available to join us for lunch and the awards ceremony for just $20. The awards ceremony is a can’t miss for many reasons. First, it’s a great networking opportunity. Second, no one wants to miss who gets awarded those fabulous jackets the winning team will go home with, and the tournament has built quite a reputation for making the jackets a little more “outstanding” each year. Last year’s jackets displaying the solar system may have been a chart topper. The Christie Ellis Team as our award sponsor has committed to help us find jackets that are sure to live up to the tradition.

The Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation will be selling raffle tickets for some amazing items provided by local businesses. In addition, they will offer a live auction during lunch for some of the higher profile items donated. Raffle and live auction items ranged last year from a Bell Electric original pay phone, Ring Doorbell system, Apple Airbuds, spa day and weeks’ worth of local restaurant certificates to a pool vacuum. Interested in donating an item? Stop by and drop off your donation at the Chamber office at 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 207, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or contact Foundation Chair Christie Ellis at 480201-3575 or christie@thechristieellisteam.com. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact board member and golf committee chair Joelle Green at 602399-6224.

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Roots N’ Boots rodeo comes to Queen Creek BY COLLEEN SPARKS Get Out Staff Writer


amilies heading to the carnival at Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek later this month can expect more bells and whistles than the popular event offered in previous years. A new carnival March 15-17 with new rides will be part of the festivities at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre at 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. Kastl Amusements for the first time will offer the rides such as the Gondola Ferris Wheel, Zipper, Scooter, Cliffhanger, Super Slide, Sizzler, Mardi Gras and Tea Cups. “The carnival is just one of the attractions of Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek,” said Rich Robertson, vice president of the nonprofit organization Friends of Horseshoe Park, and carnival organizer. “The carnival is just a little bigger and brighter than (we’ve) had in the last number of years.” Guests can also play games, adding to the fair-type atmosphere. The signature Roots N’ Boots events are part of the rodeo that will be held March 15-17 in the Equestrian Centre.

Kastl Amusements will be bringing the Orient Express to the carnival at Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek. (Kastl Amusements)

Some pre-rodeo events March 13-14 include community roping and barrel racing and Rodeo 101 tours. The Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Pro Rodeo performance will feature seven professional events. Bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tiedown roping, team roping and bull riding are sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo

Cowboys Association, according to the Roots N’ Boots website. The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association sanctions the women’s barrel racing. Rodeo 101 tours are available, with a single tour per day, starting an hour before the PRCA rodeo starts. A maximum 16 people can join the

tour to get a feel for the rodeo by walking around the arena and possibly running into a rodeo clown, bull fighter or other competitor. About 16,000 people come to the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek events every year, but Robertson said it is hard to predict what the turnout will be for just the carnival. “The carnival we know attracts people who aren’t even coming to the rodeo,” he said. “There’s rides that are appropriate for all ages, a variety of those, all around it horse-related events. Most of the people who come here are young families. Every year it’s been popular. We’re just trying to make it bigger and better. We want to mix it up a little bit.” Many people who come to the carnival live in Queen Creek, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and San Tan Valley, Robertson added. “We get a lot of snowbirds come to this, people from other states and all over the world that are visiting out there because it’s a great time of year to come out here and see the western rodeo,” he said.

see ROOTS & BOOTS page 42

‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ uses sass to sell BY LAURA LATZKO Get Out Contributing Writer


he phrase “Tupperware party” may evoke an image of women of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s gathered in a living room, gossiping and looking at colorful plastic storage containers. Like the products, the parties have evolved and are more relevant to today’s consumers. Drag queen Dixie Longate, the alter


What: Dixie’s Tupperware Party Where: Chandler Center for the Arts,

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ego of Kris Andersson, turns selling Tupperware into a southern tale of empowerment in “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at Chandler Center for the Arts Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 16. By engaging audience members and making them laugh, she makes the products more attractive to them. “Sometimes people come in, and they think, ‘Oh, that’s not something that I need.’ Then, they see me doing it and talking about it, and they’re like, ‘That’s the best crap I’ve ever seen. I need that,’” Longate said. Longate is a sassy, less-than-pure, red-headed woman from Alabama, who often finds creative uses for her Tupperware. “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is a stage show, but it is also a real Tupperware party. Audience members are given order forms and catalogs and may purchase items that appear onstage. Before this show, Andersson began selling Tupperware as Longate on a dare

Drag queen Dixie Longate, the alter ego of Kris Andersson, turns selling Tupperware into a southern tale of empowerment in “Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” (Special for GET OUT)

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Besides the carnival, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek offers family-oriented activities, including Kids N’ Kritters on March 16. One children’s activity is Mutton Bustin,’ where kids ages 3 to 8 (weight limit 55 pounds) ride sheep. Other festivities include Learn to Rope, where children get a crash course in roping, and Scrambled Eggs, where youths try to be the fastest holding an egg on a spoon running to a chicken, and sack races. Xtreme Teen Rodeo gives those young people 12 to 19 the opportunity to try out many animal-oriented events including the Ultimate Steer Toss, Tractor Tire Relay and the Piggy Back Hustle. People can register for their children and teens in person starting at 7:30 a.m. March 16 at the Equestrian Centre. Friends of Horseshoe Park, the organization that helps host Roots N’ Boots along with the Town of Queen Creek, is in its ninth year as a nonprofit. “Our goal is to support and help benefit the Horseshoe Park,” Robertson said. “It’s a unique facility. It’s attracting equestrian events from all over the country. We want to bring people to the park to see how it benefits them.” Friends of Horseshoe Park also pro-

vides volunteer help for Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre events and continuous upkeep and promotes Queen Creek’s rural heritage. The organization aims to host inexpensive, family equestrian events from which it can gather revenue to invest money back into the park. Friends of Horseshoe Park generates revenue through donations, special sales, merchandise sales and hosting the activities at Horseshoe Park. Banner Ironwood Medical Center is the major sponsor for the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek. Carnival rides will cost $2 on March 15 and people can buy a $25, unlimited rides wristband for March 16. Wristbands for March 16 will be valid from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can buy wristbands on-site during Roots N’ Boots. The carnival ticket presale ends on March 15. Information: rootsnboots.org

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Longate packs her Tupperware with her when she travels, often putting cosmetics and toiletries in the storage containers. She has a few favorite items of her own from Tupperware’s collection. “I have my Jell-o-shot caddy, for taking Jell-o shots to church. That way, you can serve it not to just yourself and the reverend, but you can serve them to everybody, which just makes the service go so much faster,” Longate said. “I have a wine opener from Tupperware that is so good. I keep two of them. I’ve got one in my kitchen and I’ve got one in my glove box, so that when I’m driving, I just reach into my stash of wine in the back and I can open something up with one hand. Before that red light turns to green at the intersection, I’m drinking and having myself some nice refreshments,” Longate said. Longate is protective of her Tupperware, writing her name on the bottom of her containers when she takes a dish to pass at church. “You can enjoy my ambrosia salad, but don’t touch my Tupperware. Don’t take it home because Jesus is watching and I will find you and set your trailer on fire because I want to make sure to get my Tupperware back.”





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ward-winning Scottish band Skerryvore, an eight-piece eclectic fusion of rock, pop and traditional music with emphatic thundering of drums and bagpipes, is performing at no admission charge on March 17 at Chandler Center for the Arts. The 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day show is open to all ages. Skerryvore bills itself as “as rich as a single-malt scotch.” With its outstanding musicianship and the mesmerizing voice of award-winning singer-songwriter Alec Dalglish, Skerryvore has become internationally known. From the island of Tiree, Skerryvore formed in 2005. In addition to Dalglish on lead vocals and guitar, the band includes brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (whistles and accordion), Fraser West (drums and vocals), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards), Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Scott Wood (bagpipes). The band took its unique name from the lighthouse that sits on a remote reef off of Tiree, the tallest in Scotland.

Scottish band Skerryvore, an eight-piece eclectic fusion of rock, pop and traditional music with emphatic thundering of drums and bagpipes, is performing at no admission charge at 7 p.m. on March 17 at Chandler Center for the Arts. (Special for GET OUT)

Skerryvore is twice winner of Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards “Live Act of the Year” (2011 and 2016). It has performed in more than 25 countries and has built popularity in the Middle East and China. The band is touring behind its seventh

album, “Evo,” released in June, 2018, in conjunction with the band’s Oban Live festival in Scotland. That fest drew more than 10,000 spectators last year. “Evo,” which mixes originals with select cover songs, runs the gauntlet from


big-blast numbers to heartfelt reflective tracks. The band’s first six albums sold more than 60,000 CDs and more than 1 million streams. On Jan. 25, the day recognizing the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, Skerryvore released the single, “Soraidh Slan & The Rise,” which opens with a reading of the William Blake poem, “Songs of Innocence,” and builds into a high-energy, bagpipe-driven instrumental. The band was backed by the Oban High School Pipe Band, which receives proceeds from the song’s sales. The single went to No. 32 on the mainstream iTunes chart on day of release, topping such artists as Kanye West and Ed Sheeran. It is believed that this was the first time that a bagpipe song cracked an iTunes chart.


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EV artists selected for Celebration of Fine Art BY BREANNE KRAGER

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hree East Valley artists’ work will appear in the Celebration of Fine Art, a linchpin in Arizona’s art, culture and tourism scene. The show, which runs through March 24 and is considered the West’s premier art show, hosts 100 of the country’s top artists and sees nearly 50,000 visitors from around the globe each year. Among this year’s exhibits are works by the East Valley’s Seth Fairweather of Gilbert, who specializes in glass and mixed media; Rob Stenberg, an acrylic mastermind from Mesa; and Sandi Ciaramitaro, an award-winning painter and sculptor from Mesa. Their work resides in homes, museums and government buildings across the U.S. The East Valley, with its natural beauty, is uniquely outfitted to provide these artists with the amenities necessary to efficiently create and distribute their art. While masters of vastly different media and techniques, their common bond is inspiration from the region to create art. Fairweather’s steel, bronze and glass pieces are among the most striking at this

Artist Seth Fairweather settled in Gilbert four years ago, where he produces steel, bronze and glass pieces regarded among the most striking at the 29th Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale. (Celebration of Fine Art photo)

year’s Celebration of Fine Art. Originally on track to become a veterinarian, Fairweather got sidetracked when he took a glassblowing class to fill a requirement and fell in love with creating glass and mixed-media art. Fairweather and his family, who have lived all over the country, settled in Gilbert four years ago. He felt instantly at home, content to pursue artistic endeavors in a community full of fellow artisans.

“We chose to live in Gilbert because of the bigger lots,” Fairweather said. “It gives me the space I need to accommodate the equipment I use for my work as well as being situated close to anything else I may need while I’m working. “It’s especially nice to live near downtown Gilbert because of its energy. I love to go into town because it gets me invigorated and excited about working.” From Michigan, Stenberg has lived in Mesa for 25 years, where he creates his original paintings and mixed-media art. Stenberg’s specialty lies in strong, vibrant paintings of contemporary Southwest and tribal depictions of warriors and shamans. Stenberg also uses canvas, wood panels, tobacco barn wood, watercolor paper and refurbished antique furniture as vehicles for his creativity. He finds inspiration for his pieces from his surroundings in Mesa. Since 2002, Ciaramitaro has been exploring the Southwest to create varied bodies of work that celebrate and preserve the area’s distinctive subject matter. Her oil paintings and bronze sculptures honor the region’s wildlife and native peoples as they capture poignant, everyday moments.





Her residence in Mesa provides Ciaramitaro the opportunity to directly experience the nature and wildlife that influences her art. “Our property backs up to the Tonto National Forest, where we frequently see wild horses and have a view of the Valley that’s second to none,” Ciaramitaro said. “It’s pure freedom. You’ll notice I regularly incorporate the horses, the land and its history into my work. I only wish I had more years in a lifetime to spend here.” The Celebration of Fine Art is in the white tents at the southwestern corner of the Hayden Road/Loop 101 interchange. There is a café, restrooms and free parking on-site.


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I do, more I understand how certain ingredients 3 branches fresh thyme 4 tablespoons olive divided 216 tablespoons butter, melted Directions: tablespoon fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon) tablespoons olivechips oil plus 1 tablespoon oz. semi sweet 2 for heaping tablespoons fresh parsley, choppedunsalted fine12tablespoon Dash of Sriracha orand Tabasco Sauce 2 ears of2extra fresh corn, shaved off the cob 1/2butter cup buttermilk more hot) Tony Chachere’ s Creole Seasoning What the heck ischocolate cream of350 tartar? interact and combine create beautiful flavors, tex1 ½(or cups sweet yellow onion, rough chopped branches fresh rosemary 11teaspoon vanilla Ingredients: Preheat oven to degrees. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Lemon(grilled, Pepper cup butter 6pounds strips bacon, crisp androtisserie rough chopped (*See below for homemade chicken or (optional, but delicious) Cream ofofcooked Tartar iscut acooked kitchen used to tures delicious dishes. sauce 1 ½111½ cups baby carrots 1Rolo teaspoon salt cup brown firmly packed head cauliflower, into florets cup gruyere, Pretzel Turtles Insugar, a skillet, melt 4 staple tablespoons of stabilize butter. 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Add sage leaves and cook for 1 minute, just to Ingredients: a skillet, fry bacon until cooked halfway (not crispy). whipped cream fresh berries For theor compounded garlic 4 cups chopped iceberg orchopped romaine lettuce lime butter 1/2 cuppotatoes pesto, homemade or bought divided 16-8 teaspoon pepper baby (whole) orstore 2Inchocolate) baking potatoes, 3-4 large fresh garlic cloves, 4 cloves fresh garlic, cut incan half lengthwise parmesan or Romano Rolo candies (caramel-filled Prepare salad dressing: a medium meatballs), amount be doubled if desired 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 large eggs soften. (Do not burn the butter.) Set bacon aside to cool. In same skillet with bacon grease, sauté onion and garlic until golden bowl, brown. 1 avocado, diced 1 smalltomatoes, shallot, minced 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened but firm (8green oz.) package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 2peeled Roma diced 1 1½ cups red wine (like a Malbec, Cabernet or and quartered cheese 3Directions: onions, sliced thin Pecan halves 1 (24 oz.) jar of marinara or meat sauce (I used Rao’ s 1 fresh baguette, sliced 3 tablespoons cottage cheese (I used 4%) or cream cheese Directions: whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, lemon Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Make 5-6 Cool and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. ½blue cup grated pecorino Romano 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1virgin cloveparmesan, minced fine 4½oz. cheese crumbles fresh parsley Preheat oven togarlic, 350oil degrees. Siftorthe first cheese 24 tablespoons cup extra links Bratsorchocolate, or Italian sausage Dipping optional Tomato Basil Sauce) 2 tortillas, cloves fresh garlic, minced ¼Preheat teaspoon cream of tartar oven toolive 350 degrees. Grease anthe 8-lime orreserved 9-inchcake pan, spring form pan. Select a baking sheet juice, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until diagonal cuts three quarters ofmelted way through In a large bowl, combine beef and pork, bread dough, cooled onion cheese, eggs, milk, Buttermilk pesto dressing Pinch of salt and pepper, tomixture, taste Directions: 1½5(4ingredients oz.) cans diced green chiles Flour optional (enough to cover bottom into a bowl. Stir in milk, 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed juice 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar, optional or roasting pan in which the cake pan will set. (You will be adding water to the bottom of the sheet or well blended. Set aside. the chicken. Place chicken on a 9X13 baking sheet. parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. the oven to 325 degrees. After patting the roast dry, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 11Preheat (4 oz.) can chopped, diced or pickled jalapenos of pan) butter andsalt vanilla. Pourofinto 1/2 teaspoon seaan salt8- or 9-inch teaspoon Optional, 1 teaspoon seasoning of your choice, like Directions: Directions: roasting pan.) Coat the sides and bottom of a large wooden teaspoons of pepper over entire roast. Spread flour on a baking sheet or large plate. Roll up prosciutto slices. Tuck prosciutto, 41round oz. black olives sliced, optional Carrot and celery sticks or square pan. Mix together brown sugar Mix the ingredients by hand or with large spoon until well combined. ¼ teaspoon black pepper teaspoon fresh ground pepper Italian blend Preheat ovenMelt to 300 Lay pretzels on InSalad: aDirections: microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips with the butter. atthen 45degrees. second intervals, and stir Directions: Spray two cookie sheets liberally with cooking Roll or dredge the roast in flour, making sure all sides are coated. bowl with garlic, discard garlic piece. (Ifof you 4and scallions, chopped and divided Tortilla chips cocoa and sprinkle evenly over the top. slice of cheese and a sage into each slit in Prepare barbecue sauce. InAdd aInleaf bowl, combine catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, drytheir mustard, brown a greased baking sheet. Place a Rolo on top Preheat oven to 350 degrees. a medium to large saucepan, combine the pasta sauce and frozen meatHeat a skillet over high heat. the corn kernels and let them dry-roast, stirring until edges begin until the chocolate and butter are fully melted and combined. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. spray (or butter) In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the roast and over medium high heat, sear Add hot water over top, completely covering don’t have a wooden bowl, mince the garlic clove the chicken. Spoon garlic butter over the chickDirections: ions over top. Evenly drizzle olive oil and balsamic sugar, chili powder and hot sauce. Set aside ½ cup of sauce for serving, if desired. With a brush, lightly coat pretzel. Bake forinjust a minute orstirring two until the Directions: balls. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 10-15 minutes, sobe meattoSeparate brown and caramelize. Transfer the corn to acompletely plate toorset aside. Reduce heat to medium-high. Ininto the same Directions: With an electric mixer, beat thebe eggs for 6-8 minutes until double size. The eggs should foamy the eggs. There can noroast egg yolk in With aadd large spoon, scoop theolive mixture even until browned on all sides. Remove the to a large plate. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the thePreheat brown sugar and cocoa. Carefully place pan and it to the salad mixture.) over vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. oven to 375 degrees. en. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside of loaf with barbecue sauce. Rolo is shiny and soft but not melted. Remove balls don’t to350the pan. While meatballs are cooking, cut baguette into approximately 12 slices (enough to skillet, add thestick bacon and cook until crispy. Remove therounds bacon with aof slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the Prepare compounded garlic lime butter byacombining ½on stick unsalted butter, minced garlic, lime Preheat the oven tominutes. degrees. light colored. Pour melted chocolate into large bowl. Spoon one third of the whipped eggs into the whites. the sheets about size ofone the top-half Dutch oven. inand oven. Bake for 45 Inuntil aminutes large bowl, add spinach, crisp bacon, eggs, Remove thick stems from broccoli. outLay links ofolive sausage on the vegetables orthe two Mozzarella over each piece ofRemove chicken. from oven and immediately squish aor pecan half Pack meatloaf firmly into theuntil hollow bread loaf. Place strips of bacon across the top, tucking sides go around the edge of your baking dish). Combine garlic and oil and brush over slices of bread. skillet. Add the shrimp and sauté cooked and pink, about 2 per side (depending on the size juice, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate ready use. Heat a grill pan skillet to In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch salad dressing and Frank’ s hot the chocolate and gently fold until combined. Add the remainder of the eggs into the chocolate and fold Intheone bowl, mix together the egg and yolks, cottage of aover hamburger bun,heat roughly 1 vegetables inchparmesan thick and 4 softinch-of Add onions, carrots, celery, leek garlic, cooking medium until are During baking, thecauliflower. cake will bubble and rise er green leaves from inches apart. Spread gruyere and cheese salt and pepper. gently down on Rolo so that it flattens the Rolo Bake for 25 minutes, basting halfway through the Place meatballs in the center of a 9x12 baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella, Italian blend cheese and parmeyour shrimp). Remove shrimp and set aside to cool. Make salad dressing. into the bread. Brush bacon with barbecue sauce. Cover with loaf top and wrap in aluminum foil covering medium high heat. sauce until well combined. Add chicken, bacon, cheese, chiles, jalapenos, completely combined. Pour mixturechopped intoAdd prepared cake pan. 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Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, stirring tohotin lateDrizzle sauce will settle to the bottom. Remove Sprinkle with optional seasoning of your choice. rets. Slice onion into thin slices. Cut peeled garlic harden. If desired, drizzle a little dipping chocoslightly into the meatball mixture. If desired, sprinkle the bread lightly with any remaining cheese. with dressing and serve. (so spinach doesn’t get soggy) then gently mix. tional, serve on a bed of warmed marinara sauce. Place on baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Add Tony Chachere’ s Creole Seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well. Line a 9X12 inch bakwater into the roasting pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes skillet, skin down. Sprinkle fillets Lemon Pepper and salt. 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Same guys, new attitude strengthen Desert Vista boys tennis BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer


fter an 11-3 season and a berth in the Division 1 playoffs, Desert Vista boys tennis looks ready to do even more this year. The Thunder had no seniors on the varsity. Essentially everybody is back. “It’s great that we’ve got all these guys on the team again. Another year of experience and another year of growing together, I think it’s going to be a fun season,” coach Adrian Boyarski said. Luke Urlaub, a junior, who reached the state individual quarterfinals, said the Thunder were excited with the results as a young team. He is hoping that familiarity with the playoffs and those big matches will serve Desert Vista well. “We’ve got the same guys, but a different attitude: really, working together, and we want it,” Urlaub said. “Making the playoffs last year was fun. Now we want even more.” The Thunder have added to their nu-

Luke Urlaub, a junior, who reached the individual singles state quarterfinals last season as Desert Vista went 11-3, heads a deep, experienced roster that expects bigger things this year. (Eric Newman/AFN Staff)

cleus. Among the additions is Lleyton Ito, a junior, who has played the sport for years but is joining the high school team for the first time. “I knew the guys in school and played

with some of them outside of high school so it wasn’t that hard to fit in,” Ito said. Ito and the returnees are expected to solidify the bottom of the lineup. Arizona’s best squads have great players throughout their lineups, especially the lower spots. While Urlaub will compete with any top player he faces, having the top player is not enough to conquer the best teams. It has been six seasons since the top singles player and the team champion came from the Lleyton Ito has played competitive tennis for years, but never on a high school team. He came out for the Desert Vista squad and is expected to same school. strengthen the lower part of the lineup. (Eric Newman/AFN Staff) Other area teams graduated top players, forcing them to move up can be a real strength for us,” Boyarski returning starters to higher spots in the said. Ito echoed that. lineup this year. The Thunder have the “I know the team had some struggles luxury of moving quality players down to capture points at the lower matches. see DV TENNIS page 48 “We’re hoping that bottom of the line-

A Ray of hope: Winning coach rebuilding MP tennis team BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer


hen Day Ray returned to coach Mountain Pointe boys’ tennis last season after a five-year hiatus, the Pride had been through a long skid without reaching the playoffs. Then, in 2017-18, although he had fewer than 10 players on the roster, the Pride went 9-5 and Mountain Pointe narrowly missed its first postseason berth since 2011. Ray believes that this season, the Pride can get over that hump even with their young roster. Among the starting six players, none are seniors, giving Ray encouragement for the future. He senses renewed excitement and work ethic from players who have years of varsity play ahead. “They’re really growing a lot, and a lot of the guys have played more in the off season than I thought they would, and they’re getting pretty solid,” Ray said. Freshman Adryan Taylor is among those young players. In his debut varsity singles

Adryan Taylor has emerged as Mountain Pointe’s No. 1 singles player on the boys tennis team despite being a freshman. He is representative of the young talent as the program rebuilds. (Eric Newman/AFN Staff)

match, Taylor played No. 1 and, despite some nerves at first, he dispatched his opponent 6-1, 6-1. Ray expected nothing less. “He’s so mature, character-wise, and

his tennis game is really well developed for his age,” Ray said. “I knew from doing freshman tennis in the fall with him that he was already going to be our No. 1 on varsity, he’s that talented.” Years ago, Mountain Pointe was accustomed to championship-caliber play. Pride players appeared in five consecutive singles championship matches from 2005 to 2009, winning three. Geoff Embry claimed the title in 2006, and then Andy Nguyen hoisted the trophy in 2007 and again in 2009. Ray said Taylor’s play and work ethic remind him of those former champions, especially Nguyen. “He’s right there on par with that level, so I’m really excited to see how he keeps developing,” Ray said. Although he is a freshman, Taylor is the Pride’s most-experienced player, having played competitively for more than seven years. Still, he defers to Mountain Pointe’s older leaders off the court: While he adds wins in singles and doubles play, he lets the junior captains do most of the talking.

Zach Cortez, a junior, suffered through a tough freshman season before Mountain Pointe rebounded with a 9-5 mark. Although the top six players are underclassmen, Cortez expects still more success this year. (Eric Newman/AFN Staff)

“I try to push everyone to be better, but not be the ‘try-hard’ guy that annoys peo-

see MP TENNIS page 48




Mountain Pointe’s LaBranche commits to former coach at Phoenix College BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer


ountain Pointe basketball wing Jonah LaBranche is going to be reunited with former Pride coach Duane Eason at Phoenix College. LaBranche has committed to play basketball for the Bears under Eason. LaBranche contributed to Mountain Pointe’s 6A state runner-up team as a junior in 2018 – Eason’s lone season coaching the Pride –and was a starter for the Pride team that was ranked near the top 10 in the U.S. early this season. LaBranche called Phoenix College a “cool opportunity” with a coach who knows his strengths. He then hopes to move on from the community college to a four-year school, preferably in Division 1. “The campus is pretty nice. It’s in Phoenix, so close by, which I like. I know Coach Eason can help me and I know I can keep getting better there,” LaBranche said. Eason, who became PC head coach last summer, describes the 6-foot-7 LaBranche as a “glue guy” who does a little bit of everything. An athletic player with long arms, he plays with effort and

can defend a variety of positions. LaBranche was the eighth-highest scorer on this year’s Mountain Pointe team, averaging 4.5 points, often deferring to talented teammates. Eason hopes his pass-first mentality and all-around floor play will garner more interest from scouts at the next level for LaBranche. “He’s not going to score 20 points a game, but he does more than that. He’ll be someone who gets like five rebounds, six assists and gets a couple of steals or blocked shots and just do the things he’s needed to,” Eason said. LaBranche is excited to keep growing as a player at Phoenix College. “Some people have asked me, ‘What’s the chance you get out? How many people go on to bigger schools after PC?’ But really, it’s not about that. It’s about me putting the work in and I know I’m going to do that,” LaBranche said. Jonah LaBranche, a 6-foot-7 senior wing on Mountain Pointe’s basketball team, has committed to play at Phoenix College. He will be coached by Duane Eason, who was coach of the Pride LaBranche’s junior year. (Pablo Robles/AFN Staff)




MP TENNIS from page 46

ple,” Taylor said. Taylor is motivated to make the individual and team playoffs, but he said he is more focused on growing as a player. “I have high hopes, but I’m not going to put myself on a level where if I don’t make it I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life,” Taylor said. “I’m striving to be there, but whatever happens, happens.” Mountain Pointe’s older, more-experienced players are hoping to break the eight-year playoff drought, as well. They’re taking pride in redeveloping the program, which went 0-13, 3-10 and 2-12

in the years before the current juniors were freshman. Although the top six on varsity will be back next season, likely better with another year of experience, junior Zach Cortez said there is no better way to develop the program for the future than to make a postseason run now. “Last year, we almost made the playoffs. We were just a spot away,” Cortez said. “This year, we’re hoping that we can. We’ve got a difficult schedule, but we’re confident we can navigate it. “Then, hopefully, that means more people come out to play with us next season and we get even better. We want to put Mountain Pointe tennis back on the map.”

With essentially everybody back from a winning team and a couple of promising newcomers, Desert Vista boys tennis coach Adrian Boyarski said, “I think it’s going to be a fun season.” (Eric Newman/AFN Staff)

DV TENNIS from page 46

winning at the lower spots in some years past,” Ito said. “Now, that’s kind of where we’re pretty good. Luke’s great at the top, and then I think the bottom part of the lineup is solid, too.” The Thunder can compete in the six singles and three doubles matches with

nearly any team in the state, but Urlaub cautioned that Desert Vista must compete throughout the season and not look too far ahead. “I think we’re going to have a target on us because some of the other teams know we’ve got all these players again, so it is not going to be easy,” Urlaub said. “We’re confident, though.”



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