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ith public school teachers pondering a strike vote this week and planning to hold peaceful “walk-ins” again today, April 18, Ahwatukee students and their parents may yet see the waning school year end in chaos. Gov. Doug Ducey on April 12 rolled out his plan to raise teacher salaries by 20 percent over the next three years – but leaders of the statewide #RedforEd movement called his response inadequate as they began polling teachers across the state on a possible strike. Ducey rolled out his plan a day after teachers, administrators, parents and even some students – clad in the now-signature red T-shirts of the #RedforEd movement – gathered in front of most Ahwatukee public schools before class began, waving signs and chanting while passing motorists blared horns in apparent support. More than 400 Kyrene teachers repeated that peaceful demonstration after class at the district headquarters in Tempe, eventually manning all four corners of Kyrene and Warner roads to voice their demands. Those demands extend well beyond a 20 percent raise – which still keeps Arizona teachers’ salaries below the national average.

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They include wage increases for cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other classified staff; decreased class size; the restoration of overall state funding for schools to 2008 levels; no further state tax reductions until per-pupil spending reaches the national average and other demands.

Ducey’s plan initially seemed an effort to neutralize a threat of stronger action made April 10 by Noah Karvelis of Arizona Educators United – which has been leading Red for Ed along with the Arizona Education See

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Nearly 500 teachers in the Kyrene School District rallied after class at the district’s Tempe headquarters at Warner and Kyrene Roads, repeating their demands for more state support and higher pay.

f you’re wondering where the winter of 2017-18 went, you’re not alone. The period from November through March will go down as one of the warmest and driest winters in Ahwatukee and East Valley history – and, by one important measure, the most parched ever.

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the all-time low record,” said Charlie Ester, manager of surface water resources for Tempe-based Salt River Project. “2002 was the all-time low, and we’ll probably come in under that.” Ester said that’s a product of extremely low rain and snowfall across SRP’s watershed. A normal winter produces about 10 inches of precipitation across the region, Ester said. See

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delay Bagel owner Ryan Probst is merging one of his favorite pastimes with his desire to help less-fortunate people with a special kind of bike sale this weekend. Odelay Bagel Co., 12020 S. WarnerElliot Loop, Ahwatukee, will be selling reconditioned bicycles 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, to help STARS/ Handlebar Helpers. STARS provides on-the-job training for people with developmental disabilities. It teaches them bike operation and maintenance. Many of the bicycles for sale have been worked on by these individuals, and the funds received from sales go back into the program to support this programming. “I’ve always enjoyed cycling and the whole culture surrounding it,” Probst said. “Since opening up Odelay Bagel Co in Ahwatukee, we’ve been looking for ways to incorporate cycling into what we do. “We’ve done a few Halloween rides, and the positive feedback from the community really made us want to keep finding new

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class president as well as the president of the speech and debate club when she graduated Desert Vista High in 2016. She hasn’t forgotten her alma mater either, having helped coach Desert Vista High School’s nationally recognized speech and debate team this year. It was in December 2009 when she sustained her injury, sending shockwaves through Ahwatukee. After 34 days in various hospitals, she returned home, relying on a walker and a wheelchair to get around. Today, she is looking to a future that might put her in the footsteps of Barry Goldwater and John McCain. “I would love to go to law school after I graduate to someday be a government relations attorney,” she said. “I want to get into politics later in life. Being a senator somewhere is my main dream for my career path.” The activity that won her the Pitchfork award is kind of a start. “Being Vista Community Council president has been such a wonderful experience,” Saunders said. ““Through outreach, programs and advocacy initiatives, my council has done a great

job encouraging community engagement within Vista. This job has been a huge time commitment, but I am so happy to have held such a challenging yet impactful leadership position.” Saunders also works as a government relations and legal intern for CIMA Law Group, a Phoenix law firm and has been working with the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication “by taking performance studies classes and participating in community performances throughout the year.” “I have been having such a blast being so involved with so many different activities this year,” she said, adding that she didn’t seek a second term as Vista Community Council president so she could find a part-time job, coach the debate team and focus on her studies. Given that it was not even two years ago when she was getting ready to put on a cap and gown at Desert Vista’s commencement exercises, Saunders has some advice for this year’s graduating class based on the first two years of her university career. “I would advise high school graduates to get involved and follow their passions with extracurriculars,” she said. “Being involved is the most fulfilling thing in the world.”

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fforts to fund a pipeline to get cheaper water to the Club West Golf Course may have taken another hit. Bill Fautsch, president of the Foothills Homeowners Association board, said last week that the HOA sympathizes with Club West residents. They have seen the course go through three dry spells in two years – twice because former owner Wilson Gee cut off irrigation, citing high city bills, and now because the city has shut off the water over owner Inter Tribal Golf Association’s delinquent $215,000 bill. But Fautsch, who recently won reelection to the board he’s served on for 12 years, said the HOA has never discussed paying a third of the estimated $1.2 million cost of running a pipeline from an SRP canal on the south side of the South Mountain Freeway path. “We’ve never had that discussion,” he said, adding that the HOA neither needs the pipeline or a new water source nor would agree to help pay for it. ADOT is constructing PVC sleeves

that could help bring cheaper SRP water to Club West and Foothills golf courses. One 10-inch sleeve runs along the northern edge of the freeway, where a multi-use recreational bike/walking pathway will be built. That sleeve, about 3,000 feet, runs from Foothills’ well west to 18th Way. But before Club West could tap into an SRP canal located south of the freeway, a pipeline would be needed to run along the highway’s southern edge and eventually hook into the sleeves running beneath the freeway. Three 30-inch sleeves are being built beneath the freeway, with two crossing at 18th Sreet and the other at 24th Street. But they would be of use to Foothills strictly as a contingency in case the well now feeding the course dried up and the HOA needed a new source of water that is less expensive than city potable water. That’s probably not something Foothills would have to worry about for years – if ever, Fautsch said. The current well pumps out 750 gallons of water a minute and taps into a water table that has dropped only 10 feet in more than a decade.

Even if that well dries up – which he said could take as long as 50 years – Fautsch said the HOA would probably drill for another source of water before investing in the pipeline. Fautsch two years ago was part of a coalition of HOA and elected officials who negotiated with ADOT and secured the sleeves and other concessions from ADOT. He noted that ADOT initially had planned to run the freeway over the well and that the agency changed its design when the HOA fought back. The negotiating team, which included several local legislators and city Councilman Sal DiCiccio almost got ADOT to agree to a pipeline until state officials realized that would be considered a gift, forbidden by the state constitution. “We feel terrible for Club West and we want to help and be a good neighbor,” he said. He explained that Foothills HOA, however, cannot let the Club West Golf Course owner use water from its well. Moreover, he surmised, even if the Club West ourse owner finds a way to pay for a pipeline, it likely could not be

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“Arizona is starving our schools and our teachers. It’s time for it to end,” Sharon Johnson, a first-grade teacher at Lagos Dual Language Academy, told the enthusiastic crowd at the rally at Kyrene district headquarters – which was joined by Superintendent Jan Vesely, school board members Bernadette Coggins and Michelle Fahy and state Sen. Sean Bowie. At Desert Vista High School, teacher Lara Bruner exhorted scores of demonstrators: “The state Legislature must meet the needs of the young people of Desert Vista, of all children in Arizona. It is their responsibility that they have abandoned. In good times, they cut taxes. In bad times, they cut taxes. And we are left with crumbs. Our schools deserve better. Our teachers deserve better. Our students deserve better.” Mountain Pointe High engineering teacher Mel Wendell talked of how the teacher shortage – fueled by an unattractive salary and inadequate supplies – was forcing bigger class sizes. She and other teachers took umbrage at Ducey’s April 10 comment that the Red for Ed movement was “playing politics.”

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“We’re here for the students and we’re not here to influence any election or political movement,” Wendell said. Asked whether she and her colleagues thought stronger action by teachers might be necessary, she replied, “It’s not something we want to do. It is something I’m prepared to do.” That likelihood of stronger action before the school year ends already has triggered concern among district officials. Tempe Union High School Superintendent Kenneth Baca, who joined the Mountain Pointe walk-in, said his staff is preparing contingency plans in case teachers walk out before the school year ends next month. “I think we have to be prepared for everything,” Baca said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that students are taken care of. We want to be very cognizant of the needs of our seniors and want to ensure nothing deters their ability to graduate.” Vesely said on Monday that Kyrene schools will shut down if teachers walk – and that classes will be made up, if necessary, starting May 25 until Kyrene reaches the state-mandated 180 days of instruction. “Any activity that forces the cancellation of class or interrupts the learning of the

children with whom we are entrusted would be unacceptable,” she said, praising Ducey for his “clear message of his awareness of the value of qualified teachers in every classroom, the understanding that an engaged teacher may be the greatest indicator of student success, and the undeniable fact that those teachers, who are in service to our children every day, were being woefully underpaid.” “We are aware of the concern and potential for walkout and will, as always, keep the families and children of Kyrene as our first concern,” Vesely also said, adding: “We are very fortunate to have the support of the Kyrene community, who have consistently endorsed public education, adding funding through local ballot initiatives and being present in school activities – as parents, business partners and community.” Tim Ogle, executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association said his organization is having a webinar for school officials on how to handle both walk-ins and walkouts. Both Baca and Ogle stressed, however, that education funding may have reached the breaking point in Arizona. Ogle said Arizona has a “crisis” in attracting and retaining teachers, while

Baca made it clear that the rallies are just not about hiking teacher pay. Teachers in the Ahwatukee walk-ins stressed that the onus for the crisis falls on the Legislature. “We need help,” said Mountain Pointe ceramics teacher Teresa Gilchrist, holding her 2-year-old son as she joined her colleagues on the curb before class. “Our community has supported us with bond and budget overrides but we need more.” A teacher for seven years, Gilchrist nodded to her son and added, “If I was not married, I could not support myself and him.” Nine-year Mountain Pointe culinary and marketing teacher Marish Varley talked of how inadequate funding sometimes leaves her students incapable of using the kitchen to learn cooking skills. “If a stove is broken, they can’t cook,” she said, adding that students are beginning to accept that status quo because they have seen it repeated so often. “I feel like things are getting worse,” Varley said, citing increasing student performance requirements at the same time she and other teachers scramble for adequate classroom tools. Asked if she thought stronger action will be needed, Varley replied, “We have See

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had conversations with other people. If we are unified and make the decision to walk out, I will walk out.” Teachers seemed split on a walkout, some echoing remarks from teachers in other nearby districts. “When you say you are going to walk out, you have to be prepared to walk out,” said Diane Drazinski, president of the Gilbert Education Association. Drazinski noted that teachers in West Virginia planned for three years before going on strike last month for two weeks, ultimately winning with their demand for a 5 percent pay hike. Josh Buckley, president of the Mesa Education Association, was guarded as well. But he acknowledged the possibility of a walkout, citing a button worn by one teacher recently that read, “I don’t want to strike but I will.” However, Johnson, the Lagos teacher who helped organize the rally at Kyrene District headquarters, said, “I’m not ready for a walkout.”

most teachers, students, parents and local supporters to ‘love’ their school using the FB emoticon on their school’s post (on the FaceBook page @LoveYourSchoolKyrene) will receive a bigger share of the charitable contribution. Schmuck has kicked in some of his own money as well so that first place carries a minimum $1,000, second place $500, third place $250 and five honorable mentions $50 each. “The more others donate, the more schools might see,” the release added. Donations can be made at kyrene. org/Page/1467. A Gulf War veteran, Schmuck started a Dollars for Scholars chapter in Tempe Union High School District that gives high school students financial help for college. He joined the Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot program as a volunteer and personally taught fifth-graders and “decoded the program to the Arizona Standards of Education, which assisted teachers and administrators in decreasing their workload,” the release said. But few teachers gave any indication of anything but growing anger and frustration. “In 1987, Arizona’s per pupil funding was at the national average. Where are we now? The bottom,” Bruner told the Desert Vista rally, accusing Ducey of short-changing public schools while supporting expanded vouchers for charter students. “The only thing he has spearheaded is the siphoning of public funds to private vouchers,” she said. “Attempts to restore school funding have been the work of educators and community members who have sued the legislature for violating the will of the people.” Of state representatives, she said: “So, what is the fruit of their labor, or lack thereof? Air conditioning systems that struggle to cool rooms. Carpets that smell like dirty socks. Desks collapsing on students. Duct-taped textbooks that are older than the teenagers that use them. And some of the largest class sizes in the country.” -Capitol Media Services contributed to this report.


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Suicide prevention now part of Ducey’s school safety bill debate BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services

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n area legislator’s proposal to require that teachers get mandatory training in suicide prevention has been revived as part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to improve school safety in Arizona schools. But Ducey’s proposal has divided Democrats and Republicans over whether its proposed limitations on gun access and possession go too far or not far enough. Hoping to corral the votes for his school safety plan, Ducey last week agreed to some changes in key provisions that would allow judges to take away someone’s guns, at least on a temporary basis. The new bill still allows courts to issue Severe Orders of Protection, authorizing police to seize any weapons while people are evaluated to see if they are a threat to themselves or others. And, depending on a mental health evaluation, those affected could be barred from purchasing or possessing guns. But Ducey’s original proposal would have allowed someone to be held for up to 48 hours after a judge determines that person is not a danger. SB 1519, set for

legislative debate, cuts that it half. Potentially more significant, the bill spells out that any weapons taken must be released within 24 hours after a person is found not to be a danger, not the 72 hours that was in the original draft. State Sen. Sean Bowie said he was glad the bill revives his proposal for mandatory suicide prevention training. The Ahwatukee Democrat – whose district includes parts of Mesa, Chandler and Tempe – wants teachers and some support staff in grades 6-12 to receive two hours of mandatory suicide prevention training each year so they could be better prepared to spot the warning signs in young people and how they could help. Bowie said he was glad his proposal, though somewhat modified, is part of the governor’s school safety plan. But he also said he’s still has to study the governor’s overall proposal because he is not sure he can support it. Meanwhile, Ahwatukee Republican Rep. Jill Norgaard, has teamed up with a fellow Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler on another measure to address teen suicide. They are seeking the establishment of a state coordinator for suicide prevention who will proactively help equip teach-

ers, parents, and administrators with the training and resources necessary to tackle this growing trend of youth suicide. The new legislative efforts come in the wake of more than a dozen teen suicides in the East Valley last year – including a cluster of seven in six weeks last summer. In January, the Centers for Disease Control released new statistics for 2016 showing suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in Arizona. The version of the school safety bill that will be debated in the Senate, does not include some things Ducey had sought. That includes his desire to deny permits to carry a concealed weapon to anyone who has an outstanding arrest warrant. Gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said those provisions proved to be non-starters among some lawmakers. Ducey may face opposition – and not just from the Democrats who are unhappy the governor won’t require a background check every time a weapon is sold. Dave Kopp, lobbyist for the Citizens Defense League, said he’s not convinced the measure is crafted narrowly to ensure the law and the STOP orders are applied only in appropriate circumstances. Scarpinato said most of Ducey’s plan re-

mains intact, including not just the STOP orders but adding new school resource officers and updating the system which provides information to federally licensed firearms dealers on whether someone is legally entitled to purchase a weapon. What’s behind the STOP orders is the belief that many of the mass shootings, including those at school, were committed by people who were known to have behavioral or mental health issues. Kopp said he has concerns about being able to detain someone and take away that person’s weapons based on a finding of danger to self or others. Ducey likely needs the support of virtually all the Republicans in the Legislature as Democrat backing is lacking. One key issue is a demand by Democrats for universal background checks. Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson, said it makes no sense to prohibit licensed firearms dealers from selling weapons to someone who is the subject of a STOP order when that same person could buy one from an individual at a gun show. Ducey has flatly rejected expanded background checks. -Tribune news staff contributed to this report.

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hen Amber Cicchillo heard the news of the recent passing of Desert Vista High School senior Alexandra DePriest, her heart broke – not only for the family of the young woman who had lived with type 1 diabetes, but because her 9-yearold son, Zach, was diagnosed with the same disease six month ago The situation worsened when a playground friend of Zach’s told him about Alexandra’s death – a subject Cicchillo and her husband, Nathan, had opted to keep from their son. “Zach came to me and said, ‘You can’t die from type 1, right?’ So we had the talk. He’s an internalizer, so he didn’t say much,” said the Ahwatukee woman. “He’s a tough dude, but he’s 9.” She said her husband and their two other children – daughters Gabby, 13,

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Zach Cicchillo plays in the Ahwatukee Little League even though he continues to fight type 1 diabetes.

and Ellie, 7 – are concentrating on staying positive about the disease, which unlike type 2, is an autoimmune disease that has nothing to with diet or lifestyle. It is both serious and stressful to man-

age, and the family has immersed itself in learning all there is about dealing with it. “A lot of people don’t get it. They hear diabetes and think it has to do with diet. It’s not a lifestyle disease. It strikes children and adults suddenly, and nothing is ever the same. It never sleeps. It’s 24/7,” said Cicchillo. The family, along with relatives, friends and co-workers, are participating in their first JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk, Saturday, April 28 at Mesa’s Sloan Park, 2330 West Rio Salado Parkway. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. “We kept hearing about how good it is to be around other people dealing with the same thing,” said Cicchillo about the One Walk and the Arizona JDRF Chapter. “This gives us something to fight back with rather than sit back and be a victim.” Their team, “Zachary’s Infantry,” has more than 30 participants signed on. Both donations and sign-ups are good

until the day of the event and can be made at jdrf.org. Even as the Cicchillo family works to maintain a positive outlook for Zach and themselves, the reality of the disease requires constant attention. “It’s a disease that can easily be life-threatening if it’s not monitored 24/7,” said Cicchillo, her brown eyes reflecting the constant concern she carries. “If his numbers go up too high, he can end up in diabetic ketoacidosis, and that can be fatal. If he’s too low, he can end up in a coma. It’s nothing like type 2 diabetes because type 1 is an autoimmune disease that anyone can get any time. It’s not from eating too much sugar and has nothing to do with diet. In fact, he’s eating more sugar now to keep his numbers up.” The April 28 JDRF One Walk will come one day after the sixth-month anniversary of Zach’s diagnosis. See

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he community is rallying around a Desert Vista High School senior who is battling a rare disease that could claim her life without cutting-edge treatments. And while organizers say they can’t do much about that battle, they are trying to help with the other that Kayley Maro and her family confront – the cost of keeping her from death’s door. “Kayley Maro needs our help,” said Matt Johnson, one of the organizers. Kayley may be one of only 30 children in the world diagnosed with IgG4-RD, a disease so rare that there is virtually only one specialist in the U.S. who can potentially treat her: Dr. John H. Stone of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. It’s bad enough her family is fighting with their insurance company over its refusal to pay for her treatments – which cost $22,000 each. The fact the doctor lives on the other side of the country means additional costs to travel.

“The treatments themselves pose risks, but without them, Kayley will be facing multiple organ failure, cancers and more within a few years,” said her mother, Heidi Manoguerra. To help the family, concerned residents and business owners are holding a fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee. For $75 a person, attendees get a happy hour with two drink tickets for either wine or beer, an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet, live entertainment by Joel Maze Music, a photo booth, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. A special appearance by Vera the Bus also is scheduled. Tickets can be purchased at Kmaro-fundraiser. eventbrite.com. Organizers also are looking for silent auction items and people can contact Johnson at mattj@theinsidecoup.com if they can donate something. Donations also can be made at GoFundMe.com/IGG4RD-KAM. At age 18, Kayley is “an energetic and

goal-oriented senior at Desert Vista High School with a bright future ahead of her,” Johnson said. “She is enrolled in Advanced Placement classes and is applying at some of the top universities in the country to pursue a degree in international studies.” Her mother recently posted on the gofundme site that they are waiting to see if her second treatment will produce a remission – which lasts an average of only 244 days. “As we hope for remission, we also must prepare for her to stay in remission,” her mother said. “So, moving forSee

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It’s a date the family well remembers after their pediatrician instructed them to immediately take their son to Phoenix Children’s Hospital following an examination prompted by sudden and frightening changes in the boy’s health. “It was a couple weeks after his 9th birthday,” Cicchillo recalled. “I hugged him and could tell he’d lost weight – about 10 pounds in one week. He’d fall asleep at 7 at night, and this is a 9-year-old boy! He’d tell me over and over, ‘Mom, I’m thirsty!’ and then, when we returned home after my daughter’s softball game, he was almost incoherent.” Tested at their pediatrician’s office, Cicchillo recalled her son’s blood sugar was so high it wouldn’t register. They rushed him to PCH, where his blood sugar was tracked at a dangerously high 800. “He was in full-blown diabetic ketoacidosis,” recalled Cicchillo. After 24 hours in intensive care, and two more days in the hospital, healthcare workers briefed the family on their new reality. “Our life has had no choice but to change. In the beginning, it was very hard, especially at night. Not knowing what to expect and how we’d have to deal with it,” she said. “The realization that it wasn’t going away was the hardest.” Testing their son’s blood sugar was a necessity, even at night, when the couple set alarms for 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m. As they readied to return to Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary, where Zach is in third grade and Cicchillo is employed as an instructional aide, they were assisted by an Ahwatukee friend bearing gifts. “Christie Garibay was at my house the day after we came home from the hospital with a care package ready to help us get Zach ready for school. It had things like mini juice boxes, alcohol swabs and Smarties candies,” she said, adding:

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Zach Cicchillo of Ahwatukee has organized a group called Zachary's Infantry to march April 28 in the fundraising run/walk benefitting diabetes research.

“Christie’s daughter Sarah was diagnosed in fourth grade and is now 13 and goes to Altadena with my oldest daughter. Sarah also let Zach know if he ever needed to talk, she would also listen.” Monte Vista’s school health assistant, Laura Fitzpatrick, has also been a great help, said Cicchillo. “I’ve been a parent so long at Monte Vista and employee for a few years and I always took her for granted, never realizing how amazing she is,” Cicchillo said, tearing up. “She keeps my son alive every day, and somehow does it so calmly.” Besides her other duties, Fitzpatrick – a health assistant at Monte Vista for 12 years – has two other students with T1D that she monitors throughout the day. One, Cameron Kelley, age 6, has had the disease for four years. “Promoting self-care is a skill we foster at school, and Zachary has certainly stepped up to the challenge. He’s a resilient young

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ry’s Infantry shirts at school and signing up for the April 28 Walk. Cicchillo is passionate about the One Walk, not just for her son, but the countless others affected by T1D. “I just want to tell everyone about these kids and their fight. It’s not easy, but the only choice we have is to keep fighting,” she said. “It is getting easier, but with the death of Alex (DePriest), the reality of this terrible disease hits way too close to home.” The public’s confusion over type 1 and type 2 diabetes is now difficult for her to handle. “So many people hear diabetes and think, ‘Well, that’s not that bad, and it could be worse,’ but type 1 diabetes is a life sentence. It’s forever, or until someone finds a cure,” Chicchillo said. “My son can’t eat anything without counting carbs and doing a calculation to find out how many units of insulin he needs. We can never take a day or even one meal off. Every time he puts something in his mouth, he has to get a shot. It can be very depressing.” “If you met us at the park, you’d never know how many times I check his blood sugar or how many times I have to save his life with a juice box. I just look like an over protective helicopter mom but the reality is he’s 9 and his disease has no cure. At least, not yet. That’s what this JDRF One Walk is all about.” Her desire to educate the public is currently focused on the April 28 Walk. “This JDRF walk will be our first walk and the first time I’m trying to get the word out, but sometimes it feels like no one is listening, no one thinks it’s a big deal, but to Zach, me and our family, it’s something we think about 24/7 – in the middle of the night, while at school, at the park or at the ballfield while he’s playing. “It’s our life and it’s not what we’d planned at all. Our only choice is to keep fighting and keep being strong.”

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B5 Motors is sponsoring the Desert Vista High boys volleyball team’s second annual “Swing Fore the Thunder Golf Tournament” at 8 a.m. May 19 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course. “Every year, Desert Vista has tried to travel out of state to at least one tournament, but the cost of doing so can reach up to $5,000 with food, travel expenses, hotel and tournament entry fee,” B5 Motors said in a release. It also noted there are two in-state tournaments that the team needs help to attend. Additionally, the team has to cover expenses for weekly team dinners, athletes apparel for the season and an awards banquet. “It takes a lot of money to continue to create a winning program,” said organizers, adding that they need sponsors and prize donors as well as players. Donations are tax deductible. Information: Coach Clay Webb at cwebb@tuhsd.k12.az.us or Teddie Baldwin at teddiebaldwin2@gmail.com.

Pecos Park pickleball courts opening Saturday with celebration

The city is ready to open 16 new pickleball courts at Pecos Park at a grand opening scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21. City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and members of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will attend and refreshments and some giveaways will be available. Steve Manolis of Ahwatukee, Central Arizona ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association and a pickleball instructor for both Phoenix and Chandler, said members of the group also will be on hand.

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Norgaard hails Ducey for enacting new egg law extending expire dates

Ahwatukee state Rep. Jill Norgaard last week thanked Gov. Doug Ducey for signing into law her bill that extends the expiration date on some eggs. Arizona eggs have been required to have an expiration date no more than 24 days after they have been candled. The new law lengthens that to 45 days for A eggs and 24 days for AA eggs. Norgaard push for the new law, saying it will save 2 million eggs a year from being discarded. “This is a huge win for consumers that puts Arizona in line with other states across the nation,” said Norgaard. “I am thankful Governor Ducey supports my efforts to hatch a plan for remove these protectionist regulations to give more realistic time frames for expiration dates.”

Ahwatukee Republican Women to hear from state GOP official

Shane Levinson, regional field director for the Arizona Republican Committee is the guest speaker at the general meeting of Ahwatukee Republican Women at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. The group also will be accepting donations for Packages from Home as part of its Spring Caring for Community project.

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The South Mountain team for Operation Christmas Child will hold a luncheon and organization meeting at 1 p.m. April 22 at Mountain Park Church, 16461 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. The group is part of a global annual effort to pack shoeboxes with small necessities that are gift-wrapped for children at Christmas time in needy countries. Last year the South Mountain team, which includes Ahwatukee, sent nearly 14,000 shoebox gifts to children in Haiti, Mali, the Philippines and Peru. Nationally, Samaritan’s Purse, the nonprofit that runs the operation, sent 11.4 million shoebox gifts to children around the globe. Attendees are asked to RSVP on Facebook by April 15 at Facebook.com/OccPhoenix/Southeastvalley or email Robin at bottsearle@gmail.com.

In honor of “April Is Adult Learn to Swim Month” the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, is offering a free adult learn-to-swim lesson 1-3 p.m. April 28. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of adults in the United States can’t swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the U.S. The Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center is a recipient of a Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant and lessons are led by U.S. Masters Swimming certified instructor. Adults will be introduced to breath control, floating, gliding, kicking, and freestyle. To reserve your spot: email joycefoote@ahwtukeehoa.com or call 480-893-3431 Ext. 3.

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Ahwatukee resident Victoria Stavish is gauging local interest in a creative writing class for beginners. Interested people should contact her at victoriastavish@ verizon.net or 570-885-0795. Stavish has taught creative writing in community college as well as in private sessions and has conducted numerous workshops. She has written and edited for Gale Research Company as well as freelanced for newspapers and industry publications.

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Author to discuss her book

Ahwatukee author Katrina Shawver will discusse her book “Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America.” She will take questions and sign books. The award-winning biography is about champion swimmer and coach Henry Zguda and his imprisonment in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish Catholic political prisoner during WWII. DETAILS>> 6-7:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Shred-A-Thon on tap

A Shred-A-Thon to help the Support Our Troops program will be held by members of the Ahwatukee Recreation Center. DETAILS>> 8-11 a.m. or until the truck is filled. ARC parking lot, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Ahwatukee. Cost is $2 per box, sized 15x12x10 inches.

Shred-A-Thon helps Kyrene

Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School also is having a shred-a-thon at its campus. People are asked to bring a donation for the Kyrene Resource Center, such as peanut butter, canned meat, tuna, pasta, dried beans or other nonperishable food items. DETAILS>> 9-11 a.m., 15221 S. Ray Road, Ahwatukee.

TUESDAY APRIL 24 Learn journaling

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to get organized but don’t know where to start? Bring your planner, bullet

journal, or notebook and learn some tips on laying out your tasks and goals while exercising your creativity. Introductory bullet journal and all other supplies provided by the Friend of the Phoenix Public Library. DETAILS>> 4-6 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.

SUNDAYS

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 9a.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. at Einstein’s at 48th Street and Ray Road. Knitters Anonymous meets at 2 p.m. at Sun Cup Café, 1241 E Chandler Blvd. For either club, call 480-246-1912 for more information.

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Big Bytes

What do video games, robots and self-driving cars have in common? Code! You can become a coding master by learning Code.org, Kodable, Scratch, Tynker, HTML and more. Beginners welcome. DETAILS>>  3-4 p.m., April 8 and 29. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 8-17. Free. No registration required.

MONDAYS

Sign language for crawlers

Accompanied by a favorite adult, babies birth to crawling enjoy songs, music, rhymes, books, interactive stories, simple sign language words, 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 and available in the library 30 minutes before program begins.

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.

TUESDAYS

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>> Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.

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: 480-4601025 and office@desertfoothills.org  

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., Ahwatu-

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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.

Young readers & listeners can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. Read to Truffles on Wednesdays. DETAILS>> Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 4-10. Free. No registration required.

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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, 480990-5444.

WEDNESDAYS

Fun with watercolors

People can get step-by-step instruction in water-coloring whether they are beginners and intermediates. DETAILS>> 2:30-5 p.m. Hobby Lobby, 4710 Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Four classes for $80. To register: Judy Lokits 480-471-8505, or judylokits.com.

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. DETAILS>> 6:20 PM, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 South 48th Street, 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

Grief support is free

Hospice of the Valley offers a free ongoing grief support group for adults and is open to any adult who has experienced a loss through death. No registration required. DETAILS>> 6-7 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. 602-636-5390 or HOV.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 602-527-6789 or essentiallyshelley@gmail.com — Email calendar items to pmaryniak@ahwatukees.com

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Save the Lakes: Find a white knight or trade a white elephant BY MIKE FLINN AFN Guest Writer

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lthough I do not belong to the Ahwatukee HOA, I have resided in Ahwatukee for nearly 25 years and am a member of the Ahwatukee Tennis Club, run by the HOA. I am an avid golfer and enjoyed well over 100 rounds of golf at the Lakes prior to its closing. I have truly missed the convenience and affordability it provided. I have followed closely the efforts of the Save the Lakes constituents, as well as the proposals put forth by the property owner and potential developers. I fully support the assertion that when True Life purchased the course from Wilson Gee, it gambled on getting the HOA’s approval to move forward with its Ahwatukee Farms Agrihood proposal. They clearly did not anticipate the forthcoming resistance nor the concerns regarding this type of repurposing golf course properties in our community. With all that being said, and with all due respect to those who have invested substantial time, money and resources in this battle over the past five years, please help me understand how you expect to reach your endgame. My understanding, as supported by STL’s feasibility study on its website (savethelakes.weebly.com/feasibility-study.

html), is that the endgame is to persuade someone to step up and make the investment necessary to return the property to its original state in the hopes of making a profit. The study further suggests, “Success will be directly related to diligent, competent and experienced management by the ownership.” Perhaps this mantra embodies a philosophical disconnect. Business success is ultimately measured in profits, and simply upgrading management is not going to reverse the challenges in the golf industry. I emphasize “hopes” because, like it or not, the facts are clear that during the years preceding the Lakes closure, it was not profitable. As much as STL can point the finger at Mr. Gee for mismanagement, let’s be very realistic about the facts surrounding the golf industry as a whole. Despite the rosy portrayal of the golf industry on the STL website (“Golf isn’t dead – it’s alive and kicking” and others), the sport bottomed out around the same time the Lakes was closed. During 2013 and 2014, golf lost over 400,000 players. According to the National Golf Foundation, America counted 23.8 million golfers in 2016, down from its peak of 30.6 million in 2003. In 2016 alone, 230 courses around the country were permanently closed. Adidas and Nike have recently exited the golf business, citing

declining participation rates and poor demographics. How can a reasonable person expect the current owner or a prospective new buyer to throw good money after bad? Whether restoration of the course would cost $14 million, as True Life contends, or cost much less, as proponents suggest, spin alone is not going to convince potential investors that a multimillion-dollar investment in restoring the Lakes as a golf course would be profitable. Arguably, the capital outlay would be akin to investing in Blockbuster Video or Barnes & Noble. Yes, both were once very profitable until changing trends and demographics turned them into white elephants. I would be ecstatic if STL could identify a white knight to ride in and save the day. Unfortunately, wishful thinking alone has not resulted in this over the past five years, and one could argue that there is no concrete evidence to suggest a reasonable buyer will step up in the foreseeable future. Again, if this is not the case, please provide some tangible evidence of someone willing to put their money where their mouth is. Perhaps it’s time for STL to reassess its endgame. Take solace in the fact that True Life is willing to sit down and strike a compromise. Most recently, True Life’s compromise in which they would include

a nine-hole, par 3, course in their development was dismissed without consideration. If STL is stubbornly set on allowing the property to perpetually remain a (insert appropriate adjective here – cesspool, liability, wasteland, trash dump, moonscape, scar, eyesore, etc.) on our wonderful community – all in the name of “Wilson Gee moved our cheese” and “True Life misrepresented its intentions” – those of us who see the property daily would sincerely ask you to reconsider. After nearly five years of scathing editorials, petitions, court battles, doomsday predictions of roof rats and biblical flooding, isn’t it possible you are “winning the battle but losing the war.” By prolonging the inevitable, and successfully driving True Life to default on its loan, the property goes back to Mr. Gee. Is that truly a successful endgame? If you’re willing to wait until Hell freezes over to win the war, you can get an idea of what that looks like by the recent pictures of the property on your website. Unless the HOA is willing to risk its own funds to restore, operate and support a golf course (or land a white knight), it’s time to trade in this white elephant for something the community can live with and be proud of. -Mike Flynn has been Ahwatukee resident since 1994.

Lawmakers: Teen suicide is on the rise; we need to act now

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BY REP. JILL NORGAARD AND REP. JEFF WENINGER AFN Guest Writers

uicide among young people is a growing problem nationwide – it’s time we act here in Arizona In 2017, 47 children in Arizona died by suicide. That’s almost a 24 percent increase from the 38 deaths of the same demographic in 2016. These numbers are troubling, to say the least, and follow a tragic and growing trend nationwide. Arizona’s suicide rate currently ranks 12th in the nation.

Each year, more Arizona children die by suicide than drowning. Suicide tops the list as the No. 1 cause of death in Arizona for children ages 10-14 and second most common cause of death for those ages 10-24. With discussions over the state budget underway in halls of the Arizona House and Senate, support is growing for finding opportunities to create a plan for bringing resources to this struggling community of young people. These youth suicide rates have hit home for us in the southeastern Valley, where we have seen suicides of 22 students since last July alone. As parents, community members and state legis-

lators, we can’t sit back and allow this problem to continue to grow in our backyards and across the state. What has led to these rising rates? The exact cause is still debated by professionals, but many suggest growing instances of cyberbullying, coupled with the classic struggles of being a teenager, might be the culprit. Although obvious links between cyberbulling and youth suicide can be made, there are organizations trying to offer solutions to break the trends. Earlier this month, Project Connect 4, a group created by mothers in the Valley concerned about rising suicide rates at high schools, attracted attention

for holding a suicide prevention rally at Queen Creek High School to show compassionate support after a wave of five student suicides. They have a strong online presence, using social media to spread the message of their mission, update followers on achievements, and inform the public of upcoming events and rallies. Here at the State Capitol, we are advocating for the establishment of a state coordinator for suicide prevention who will proactively help equip teachers, parents and administrators with the training and resources necessary to tackle this inSee

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crease in youth suicide. This position will add to the already growing group of organizations like Project Connect 4 and Parents for Suicide Prevention to create a coalition of resources available to young people. We are promoting this new position to evaluate the best practices in the state with current schools and ensure that the implementation is effective. This coordinator also could be tasked with establishing and maintaining suicide prevention programs in schools across the state, including organizing counseling personnel and searching for opportunities to fine-tune best practices for the program. With community members coming together to address this problem and offer support to the youth, state government must lend them a hand. Suicide is a sensitive subject, but we must look for every opportunity to offer resources to our struggling young people. Rep. Jill Norgaard represents Legislative District 18 and Rep. Jeff Weninger represents LD 19.

BY MAYOR GREG STANTON AFN Guest writer

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ust recently, I gave my annual State of the City address and provided a report on what we’ve accomplished together over the last six years – as well as the challenges ahead of us. It’s remarkable to think of the progress we’ve made, especially when it comes to creating good jobs. Phoenix produced the highest wage growth of any region in the country, and small businesses here raised wages more than anywhere else. We have near-record-low unemployment rates, our city is a top 10 growing economy, and we continue to grow tech jobs at a fast pace. Phoenix is stronger than ever and, more importantly, the decisions we’ve made have forever changed the course of our future for the better. What is especially important about our progress is that we’ve done it together. On the City Council, we’ve worked in a bipartisan way to get things done. And we’ve partnered with many in our city – including the business community – to move in the right direction.

Some accomplishments worth noting: Phoenix exports are up 20 percent since 2012, compared to just 0.1 percent nationwide. Since Day One, we’ve made repairing our relationship with trade partners, especially Mexico, a top priority – and we even established two permanent trade offices in Mexico. We’ve seen a 48 percent increase in tech jobs – that’s more than 24,000 new jobs. The investments we continue to make to help tech companies grow is paying off. The more than $30 million Phoenix has invested in bioscience facilities has helped leverage nearly $500 million of investment from our university partners – both on the downtown biomedical campus and the Arizona Biomedical Corridor. Not only are these investments creating good jobs, but they are making sure that our residents have access to world-class health care. And our higher education hub downtown has opened a new pipeline of hard-charging innovators who will drive our economy for decades to come. Transit continues to help drive people to work, and drive our economy. More than $10 billion of investment has been made along the light-rail lines since the tracks opened a decade ago.

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hanks to the generosity of some area businesspeople, six young people with dreams of becoming entrepreneurs are getting help to launch their fledgling businesses. Members of the volunteer investors panel last week met to hear pitches from – and give some money to – the students who are part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, sponsored by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and its foundation. The young entrepreneurs – two of whom are not yet in high school – have been meeting weekly under the direction of Pamela Manwaring to learn the ins and outs of starting and running a business. One of them, Corona del Sol High School sophomore Emily Ward, so impressed the panel with her idea for a sports bag that smells good and eliminates odors that she was selected to go to Rochester, New York, and compete with nominees from other YEA! programs across the country for $30,000 in scholarships and business-related prizes. The investors panel also doubled the investment she was seeking for her company, which she calls BAZ. Other students include: Max Marshall, a fifth-grader at Kyrene de la Sierra, represented his company Drone Vue, aerial drone photography and video services. Max already is working with realtors as his first customers. James Yeretzian, a sixth-grader at Altadena Middle School, represented his company Comfy Vue, a hands-free mobile viewing device holder with a neck pillow. James was offered a job in business development from an investor. Kaitlyn Tetreault, a seventh-grader at Akimel A-al Middle School, represented her company Zigns, American Sign Language for babies and their families. Kaitlyn has successfully partnered with Whiz Kids as her site location and began teaching classes in March. Najma Davis, a junior at Brightmont Academy represented her company, Just Bead It, a jewelry-making-party service that comes to the customer. Najma is

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YEA! students who won over investors last week and their businesses are, from left, back row, Najma Davis, Just Bead It; Leah Kewenvoyouma, Eazee Print; and Emily Ward, BAZ. Front row, Max Marshall, Drone Vue; James Yeretzian, Comfy Vue; and Kaitlyn Tetreault, Zigns.

booking her first parties this month. Leah Kewenvoyouma, a senior at Marcos de Niza High School, represented her company Eazee Print, bookmark notepads featuring her signature art. Leah made her first sales last month and received an offer from one of the investors to feature her work at art studio Unexpected in Central Phoenix. Each student had five minutes to make

a pitch to a panel that included representatives from Two Men and a Truck, Epic Produce, bioXcellerator, Dance Studio 111 and Realtime Senior Living. “It is truly inspirational to watch our future leaders put their learning into action as they launch their own, real businesses and pitch their business plans to the region’s top executive leaders,” said Christie Ellis, chair of the Ahwatukee Chamber

Community Foundation Board of Directors. “We are so proud of each and every student.” YEA!, founded and headquartered in Rochester, offers programs in over 110 communities across the United States, and the Ahwatukee-based program is the only one of its kind in the East Valley. The YEA! program spans 30 weeks of an academic year. Students work closely with business leaders, community leaders and educators to guide them as they learn to transform ideas into real, tangible companies that create economic and social value. The nonprofit academy teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own fully formed companies and social movements. “The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures,” Manwaring said. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. In 2011, the Ahwatukee Chamber established the nonprofit Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation as an additional component focusing on civic, social and educational programs and projects for the community. It provides the community with activities and events encompassing a wide area of interest with the goal to make the lives of the residents of Ahwatukee well rounded. These broad-based activities are intended to assist in the areas of community interest and may include training and educating the public on matters of finance and business, science and technology, as well as area economic planning and development.


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rocrastinators, take heart: You still have some time to sign up for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Masters Golf Tournament The Chamber’s biggest event of the year provides members and non-members alike a chance to network and have a fun morning on the links – and even win a fabulous prize. The tournament will be held at The Foothills Golf Club on Friday, April 20. Registration will begin at 6:30 am, with a shotgun start beginning promptly at 7:30 am. To simplify registration, attendants will be available at drop stations to collect bags and transport them to designated carts. The Chamber will be raffling off tons of prizes to include trips, entertainment packages, wine, massages and much more. All proceeds for the raffle will benefit the YEA! Program, which teaches students in grades 6-12 brainstorm business ideas, write a business plan, to pitching their business plan to local investors for startup funding and finally launch and run their own business. The driving range will be available to players prior to tee time, and range balls are included. A luncheon, auction and awards will begin at 12:30

p.m. and people ho couldn’t make the golf outing can attend. Long Drive and Closest to the Pin contests for both men and ladies are always exciting. There will even be an opportunity for a major Hole-in-One prize on the par-3 holes. Register at bit.ly/tukeegolf. Tom Dougherty is the 2018 Chamber Masters Golf Tournament chairman. Here are the sponsors: Eagle Sponsor, Brewer’s Air Conditioning/ Trane; golf shirts, San Tan Ford; hats, MPI Embroidery; golf balls, MacQueen & Gottlieb; birdie, Homebridge Financial; hole-inone $25,000 cash prize, Epic Produce; hole in one new car prize, San Tan Ford; par sponsors, Orcutt Winslow, Dignity Health, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort and Urban Air; premium hole sponsor, Ahwatukee Foothills News; hole sponsors, Sundance Spa & Salon, In-Ex Designs Roofing, TSC Air and Unify; water, Landings Credit Union; beer cart, Next Door Realty; Also, scoreboard, Bell Mortgage; driving range, Canyon State Propane; awards, Jeff Schenk, Vivien Enders, Andy Klein and Erick Krosky of Edward Jones; Bloody Mary sponsors, Jim Hunt and Christie Ellis of United Brokers Group; longest drive for women, Reliable Glass; closest to the pin for men, Dr. Walter Rapacz; breakfast, Chick-fil-A; and lunch, Bishop Law.

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For more info on these and other upcoming events, visit ahwatukeechamber.com.

April 19 Noon-1 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse ribbon cutting 4955 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler 5:30-7 p.m. After 5 Evening Mixer Dr. Walter Rapacz & Foothills Golf Club

Foothills Golf Club 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, Ahwatukee. Free for members $15 general admission

April 26 8-9 a.m. Chamber & Entrepreneur U Mountain Park Senior Living

4475 E. Knox Road, Ahwatukee. Presenter: Google “Tips for Measuring Online Success & Sharing your Story through Video” Free for members, $10 general admission 4-5 p.m. Bell Mortgage Ribbon Cutting

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4-7 p.m. Horizon Chiropractic ribbon cutting 4425 E. Agave Road, Bldg. 8 Suite 104, Ahwatukee

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he Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will move April 26 to its new home at 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Building 2, Suite 207. In February, the Chamber board began to explore possible options for a new location with the current office lease set to expire April 30. The option for the new Chandler Boulevard location was approved unanimously by the chamber board. A few key factors that drove the vote was drop in the overhead expenses for the office, from approximately $3,300 a month to $1,345 month, including utilities, alarm, phone and internet. The Chamber will be giving up a dedicated conference space, but it will have access to shared conference space in the new building – which means committee meetings and training sessions for members will proceed as usual. The office will continue to be open to the community 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you would like to check out the new office space and enjoy a meet-and-greet with members, the chamber is inviting the community to drop by 4-6 p.m. May 23. Guests and members will be treated to rooftop refreshments and drinks as well as drawings for raffle prizes at the

new location. This will be a great opportunity as well to stop by and pick up the new Business Directory & Ahwatukee Resource Guide that will be published in May. If you can’t make the open house, the Chamber encourages you to drop by anytime to pick up a directory, maps, brochures and coupons on display from the members, inquire about volunteer opportunities and just get to know them. Staying connected with Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is easy: - Visit the chamber website and submit a request to receive their weekly newsletter - Like and follow on Facebook - Download the mobile app to keep track of ribbon cuttings for businesses in your area as well as other community events and have the business directory at your fingertips If you are an iPhone user, you can search “chamber nation” in the app store and the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will be the first download to pop up in the pick list. If you use the Google app store, you simply type in “Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.” The app makes finding events so easy, and once you click on an event, you can add it to your calendar, register, invite others and map the location. The Chamber’s public policy committee has just finished

its initial planning meeting for 2018 and preliminary plans are underway to include a forum for mayoral candidates in late July, a school superintendents Town Hall in September and an LD 18 Roundtable in November. The public policy committee provides a platform for the community and business leaders to interact with candidates and elected officials in an informative and productive environment. Last year’s District 6 Council Election Forum had over 280 attendees and the LD-18 roundtable had over 60 attendees. The committee is hoping to further bolster attendance and spread the word regarding upcoming public policy events with the assistance of past attendees, the Chamber newsletter and mobile app, the Ahwatukee Foothills News and apps like Tukee Town. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Board would like to use this opportunity to thank its members and the community for the many years of support and at the is time highlight the sponsors for its 21st Annual Chambers Masters Golf Tournament: Brewers Heating & Air/Trane, San Tan Ford, Patrick, HomeBridge Financial, Urban Air Ahwatukee, Dignity Health, Ahwatukee Foothills News and Harrah’s AkChin Casino Resort.


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Finding signs of God even with little spring color BY LYNNE HARTKE AFN Guest Writer

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fter one of the driest winters on recent record, I know the blossoms will be sparse when I begin my hike in the McDowell Mountain Preserve, but memories of the bumper crop of poppies from one year ago compel me – memories of countless photos of the yellow-orange blooms against a backdrop of palo verde and saguaro. An Anna’s hummingbird darts close to my ear. We are both on a quest for springtime color as I turn right at a fork on the trail. One mile. Two miles. Three. Blooms are scarce, but color is not absent. My eyes drink in the color of a

terracotta boulder, the red in the hooks of a barrel cactus, and the faded purple of distant mountains. The wind whips at the top of Bell Pass as I peel a small tangerine, pulling off a segment and popping it in my mouth. I suck on the juice as the silence does its work on me. Do I turn around? Or do I add two miles to my hike and take a different route back in an elusive search for wildflowers? The noise of an overhead jet mingles with a scolding cactus wren as I choose the longer trail home. Four miles. Five. Six. Circumnavigating McDowell Peak, I hike in the monotony of continuous muted green covered in desert dust. Jojoba. Creosote. Prickly pear. I do not see a single flower. At Windgate Pass, a group of women

asks me to take their photo. “It’s a special hike,” they say, jostling for position on the narrow trail. “What makes it special?” I ask, focusing the camera lens on four smiling faces. “We are celebrating life.” “Good for you.” They offer no more information, and I do not interrupt their privacy with questions, for I have known the need to document joy in my own hard seasons. Maybe this is why I search for wildflowers. With aching joints, I push on. Seven miles. Eight. My feet begin to throb. With less than a mile to the car, I have given up on the flowers, and wish I had not added miles to my hike. I almost miss it. One tiny poppy, no bigger than a nickel, blooms in the dust,

inches off the trail. I drop to my knees, so I am eye-level with the four golden petals, a tiny cup of sunlight on a slender stalk. I am not the only one fascinated by the flower. A small bug dive-bombs into the orange center, like a child cannonballing into a swimming pool. Pollen splashes. Ah, spring. Welcome back to the desert. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV   -Lynne Hartke is the author of “Under a Desert Sky” and the wife of pastor and Chandler City Councilmember Kevin Hartke. She blogs at lynnehartke.com.

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Coffins play well into Desert Vista High farcical presentation GETOUT NEWS STAFF

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here probably aren’t many comedies in which coffins play a big role, but the spring play Desert Vista High School thespians will present is an exception. The Thunder Theatre Company will present “Parlor Games” at 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 19, and at 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the school’s Black Box Theater. Theater company President Eliana Burns said caskets were a challenge for the tech theater class, which designed and built the set. “They have to build three identical coffins from scratch that can be wheeled around stage and have a body thrown into it. That was probably the most challenging part,” Eliana, a senior, said. Coffins are integral to the central plot of the comedy, about a practical joker who hosts his own wake. Though his wife initially goes along, she eventually tries to convince the mourners that he’s really alive. They in turn assume she is just in denial. A series of mistaken identities, chases and jokes within jokes within jokes culminate in a suprise party where she tries

to teach her husband a lesson about practical jokes. Though the play never made either Broadway or Off-Broadway, it’s gathered some followings in community theaters and other venues where it’s been mounted. One reviewer called it “one of the funniest and fun shows I have ever seen. All of the characters are interesting and bring something to this show, even the small roles.” One high school director in Indiana wrote, “‘Parlor Games’ was fun for both the audience and the actors. I was most pleased to find a script with many small parts to get kids on stage for the first time and more girl parts than boy parts a bonus.” A Missouri school director, who (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Photographer) said her students “are in stitches” at Huddled around Will Lombardi in a coffin are other cast members of the Desert Vista High School rehearsals, called it a “very clever, theater group’s production of “Parlor Games.” They are, from left: Michael Stecyk, Shawn Evans, Palmira well-written comedy and as much fun Federico, Ava Rice, Lucas Rooney, Eliana Burns and Audrey Williams. for the actors as the audience.” play, which Eliana called “a clever comedic plays husband Mort. Eliana agrees, stating, “The script itself There are 14 other students in the cast, is very funny, and the set could be nicely farce that is well-staged and directed and including: Ava Rice (Roberta Kluzinski), built to fit in and complement our Black featuring some of our best acting talent.” Eliana plays the practical joker’s wife, TriBox Theatre.” See on page 42 Director/mentor Jim Fountain chose the cia McNulty, opposite Will Lombardi, who

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inch tails, suck heads and drink beer during the fourth Great Southwest Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 21, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in Chandler. The family-friendly fest features a full day of food, live music and cultural activities. Presented by HDE Agency and sponsored by Abita Brewing Company, the afternoon offers a festive atmosphere that celebrates the Southeastern region of Louisiana. “We love working in the downtown Chandler area,” says Jen Pruett, HDE’s public and media relations director. “We hold a lot of our events there. We have a great relationship with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and they give us a lot of support. They also do a sponsorship by allowing us to use

the park, and we utilize the nonprofit side of the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation as a benefactor of our event.” Last year’s event attracted 10,000 people. This year, 12,000 fans are projected. Pruett thanks the vendors, including Angry Crab Shack, Honey Bears BBQ and Creole Cajun Bistro, for some of the success. “All the vendors for this event really bring it,” she says. “They bring out their best Southern Cajun-style food.” Southern dishes will include regional delicacies like fried gator, crawfish boil, catfish, jambalaya, frog legs, etouffee, lobster rolls, creole shrimp, hush puppies, red beans and rice and Southern-style cocktails. There will also be wing-, crawfish- and watermelon-eating competitions, with gift cards or cash prizes. Kids won’t feel left out either, as there are children’s activities. Abita has been sponsoring the Great

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Southwest Cajun Fest for four years. “We will have over 10 beer varietals at the fest, plus our nonalcoholic root beer that will be in the kids’ zone and available for

those who don’t drink or want beer,” says Jennifer Stavros, West Coast area maager See

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Lively dancers to showcase Irish step dancing in Gilbert show BY COLLEEN SPARKS GETOUT Contributing Writer

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thunderous sound of feet tapping intricate steps and springing from a dance floor has been shaking a local

studio. Students at the Bracken School of Irish Dance in Chandler have been gearing up for an energetic display of this distinctive art form at their big show, “Step Into Spring,” Saturday, April 21, at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert. About 50 dancers, beginning to advanced, will perform Irish dances set to ballads and fast songs in a cultural and athletic display that will be reminiscent of “Riverdance,” the popular international theatrical show with traditional Irish music and dance, said Thomas Bracken, owner of the Chandler school. Bracken, who began Irish dancing himself at age 4 in his native Tullamore  in  County Offaly, Ireland, has owned the Bracken School of Irish Dance for 22 years. Dancers ages 5 to 22 take classes, perform at diverse venues and compete in international, national and local competitions. The Bracken studio is frequently buzzing with activity at its home inside Jeanne’s School of

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The Bracken School of Irish Dance includes, from left, lead instructor Kieran Noe, instructor Bailee Delci-Welniak, students Kate Rafford and MacKenzie Moore-Kosslow, instructor and former student Colleen Kelahan-Pierson, student Isobel Brady and studio owner Thomas Bracken.

Dance on North Arizona Avenue. “The magic of ‘Riverdance’ is the coordination and the straight lines,” Bracken said. “The technical skills required for that and what we do are the same. This school here is my heart. There’s a tradition. The Bracken school kind of belongs here.”

Though he travels often to his other Irish dance school in Salisbury, Massachusetts, Bracken spends much of his time teaching and helping dancers in Chandler hone their performances and prepare for competitions. The three-time former Irish National Champion has conducted master classes

and workshops for many schools throughout North America. Bracken has the TCRG certification, which means he has passed a stringent exam given by the governing body of Irish dancing around the world and is qualified to teach Irish dance. He is also certified to judge Irish dance competitions around the world and assess Irish dance school students anywhere in the world. Bracken students in the Gilbert show do mainly Irish step dance, a style requiring fast, precise footwork. Bracken said step dance has “evolved over the years to become a lot more of a fusion.” “You have the basic Irish techniques and rhythms but incorporating that ballet, tap, modern and jazz,” he said. “It’s alive. You need to bring that life into it. The Irish dance essence remains but it does draw from other genres of dance.” Bracken students from the Chandler studio have performed around the United States and in Canada and competed in Irish dance competitions around the world. His students have performed with the San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and TucSee

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son, Adelyn Larsen, Delani Piasecki, Chloe Spackman, Emma Torgrimson, Meghan Stoff, Bella Romano, Saadiya Patrick, Maggie Brake, Alexandra Kostich, Alex Magewick, Kaylin McDonald, Nick Stonecipher, McKenzi Kelly, Kristen Kibby, Ava Schwartz, Maritza Kozicki, Rozie Rafacz and Alexandra VanLare.

Shawn Evans (Dave Collins), Lucas Rooney (Judge John Fahey), Audrey Williams (Kay Ingalls), Micheal Stecyk (Harley Allenbrand), Palmira Federico (Mrs. Grace McNulty), Serena Khan (Grandma), Mantra Rostami (Ma), Meghan Perales (Daughter), Lauren Mooney (Diane Kukelski), Jaime Ross (Fiona Belanger), Belle Benavides (Alice Hochenbeck), Andrew Brungard (Voice), Andrew Dull (Bubba). The crew, which does not include the tech theater class that built the set, is enarly twice the size of the cast. It includes: stage manager Danielle Hale and Tanner Berschel, Ashlyn Healy, Natalie Hale, (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Photographer) Ray Dutton, Kiersten Senior and Thunder Theatre Company President Eliana Burns, left, and Mason, Curtis Peter- sophomore Ava Rice rehearse a scene with sophomore Lucas Rooney.

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for Abita. Two new Abita products will be launched during the fest – Hop On, a juicy pale ale, and 30° 90°, a crisp gold lager. The Louisiana brewer counts more than 30 beers in its hoppy portfolio. “We’re so excited to have a marquee event in Chandler every year that showcases Abita,” Stavros says. “I always get great stories from people about Abita from New Orleans, so it’s great to have more stories to share from the Cajun Fest.”

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son Symphony Orchestra, getting standing ovations. Former Bracken students have performed in “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance,” both of which were created by Michael Flatley and which popularized Irish dance around the world. The Bracken school dancers perform Ceili, a popular folk dancing in Ireland. They also do figure dancing, where teachers improvise their own choreography. “It’s an amazing cardio workout,” Bracken said. “I have such a passion. It’s my life. I think it helps keep me young. It’s a wonderful environment to work in and be responsible.

Live music will rock the fest, too. The headlining act is the eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels, who blend soul and funk with hip-hop, jazz and rock. Other bands entertaining at the fest include Little Hurricane from San Diego; The Urban Renewal Project, a Los Angeles-based act with 15 millennial musicians; Funkhaus Brass Band and The Hoodoo Casters. “When I was researching bands to bring in for this event, I saw a trend,” Pruett explains. “There are millennial groups that are taking that old-school big brass band, evolving the concept and making it more modern.” There’s always a new challenge with new kids. There is so much of the unexpected. These kids are bright; you have to be bright to do this.” One of the youngest dancers, Sofia Allen, 10, enjoys the challenges of Irish dancing. She has been dancing at the studio for five years. “I like dancing with the older girls and I like doing harder stuff that it takes a while to get good at,” Allen said. Parents, dancers and Bracken said they believe anyone in the audience, even if they are not familiar with Irish dance, will enjoy “Step into Spring.” Tickets and information: higleycenter.org.

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Why go to Philly when you can have your cheesesteak here? BY JAN D’ATRI AFN Contributor

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he first time I wrote about the Philly cheesesteak, I got a barrage of comments about my recipe. Here’s a sampling: “Yo, Jan, Cheese Whiz is an abomination!” “Pat’s kills Geno’s!” (If you don’t know about the famous Philly rivalry, that’s another story!) “Hey Jan, ya can’t have a cheesesteak without the Amaroso roll.” “Jan, there’s no such thing as an Amaroso roll. It was just a white roll.” “It’s gotta be provolon’!” “It’s gotta be Whiz Wit.” “Whiz on the bottom.” “Whiz on top.” “Dear Jan, it’s an Amoroso roll. I’m from Philly, and I’m an Amoroso!” Well I’m older, wiser and “wit” as much passion to produce a delicious sandwich. Still asking the ageold question: Slather the Cheez Whiz on the bread, or on top of the meat? I decided to beat the odds of getting called out again, so I went to cheesesteak school for a day, sort of. I asked a local Philly sandwich shop to take me behind the scenes to watch this iconic sandwich in the making.

Assembling the Beast:

(For a 12-inch sandwich) Cook the onions, about 3-4 heaping tablespoons per sandwich. When they are golden brown, throw about a half a pound of the meat on the flat griddle. Season with salt and pepper. Start chopping at it with your stainless-steel spatula. (Wield that spatula confidently, as if you’ve done this a million times before. This is

Please pay close attention and take good notes. By the way, I’ll take mine Whiz wit. (Translated: Cheez Whiz with onions)

The meat:

It’s got to be rib eye. If it’s not rib eye, it’s not real. Other choices: skirt steak, flat iron steak, top round. The slice: Thin. Freeze it first and then slice into ribbons of beef no thicker than a quarter of an inch. The onions: Sweet yellow onions, chopped in 1/2inch squares, cooked up on a hot, flat griddle with vegetable oil, salt and pepper until golden brown. The bread: The authentic cheesesteak bread is called an Amaroso roll. It’s not a sweet dough. It’s not a sour dough. The official term, they told me, is “Philly cheesesteak white bread.” You probably won’t find Amaroso rolls out here, so a hoagie roll will do. The cheese: Cheez Whiz forever and ever, Amen. (Or provolone, sliced thin.) optional.) When the onions and rib eye are done, open up the 12-inch long white bread and squeeze or slather the Cheez Whiz along the sides. (This is where arguments ensue. Some folks slather the cheese on top of the meat.) Give the grilled steak and onions a quick little mix together and then, with your tongs, pile the mixture on the bread. That’s it. You’re done. Dive in.

Watch my how-to video: jandatri.com/recipes/one-minute-kitchen.

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Desert Vista High track stars set multiple records BY BRIAN BENESCH AFN Sports Editor

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esert Vista High Schools’ track teams have left opponents in the dust for the last few years. A boys’ state title in 2015 was followed up by two second-place finishes for the boys and girls this past season. The Thunder have been proving their dominance in track and field for a little while now, but last weekend’s Arcadia Invitational was a new high for the storied programs. Three school records were broken at the annual track meet, including a 10-yearold 3200m mark that was shattered by senior Aksel Laudon. Vista track coach Chris Hanson praised Laudon’s performance, saying, “Those records were set by boys who were on our national championship team in 2008. Those marks were highly regarded. They would’ve been good marks at any campus.” Laudon had company in the record books, though. Junior Ethan Wright broke a nine-year mark in the 300-meter hurdle. Hanson was not surprised at all to see

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Celebrating their recent success at the Arcadia Invitational are Desert Vista High School boys track team members, from left, Jakob Bagby, Connal Saxenna, Ethan Wright and Austin Werbelow, who are all posing with Coach Trent Elliott.

these two students rewarded for their season-long efforts. “They lead by example, not just on the track, but in the classroom as well,” the

longtime Thunder coach said of Laudon and Wright. “They’re both strong students, super focused, motivated and driven. It’s that kind of character and mentali-

ty that makes for a good teammate.” Habtamu Cheney was another Desert Vista student to set a new school record at the team’s historic meet in Arcadia. It’s not only the boys who are making waves. Jillian Lombardi broke Thunder track records in the long jump and triple jump earlier this season as well. For Cassandra McKenzie, girls track coach, the impressive performances at the tournament were simply the result of “trusting the process.” “It just reflects on our athletes as a whole – the commitment that they put in,” McKenzie said. “I keep trying to tell the athletes it’s a process and things are going to fall in place.” Hanson agrees. While the personal milestones are great, that is not what track and field competition is all about, he said. Hanson, coach for the past 22 years, said teamwork and preparation is at the heart of what Desert Vista preaches. “When we win, really what matters to us is that we’re honoring the process. It’s the grind, the little day-to-day things See

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Thunder tennis team undaunted by absences of seniors BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer

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he Desert Vista High School boys tennis team is looking like it will be a tough out in the upcoming A.I.A. 6A playoffs despite a perceived disadvantage in experienced players. Unlike most of the other playoff squads, the 2018 postseason will not be the last chance for the top Thunder players to compete for a state title because the school’s roster contains no seniors. Adrian Boyarsky, in his third year as head coach of the Thunder, said he thinks the talent on his roster is comparable to nearly every school in Arizona regardless of senior leadership. “For the lack of experience playing high school tennis, we’ve got some pretty good

players,” he said. “And we’ve been able to take care of business against most teams. The top teams have been a learning experience for us, and we need to get better, but I’m pretty confident in these guys.” That lack in years of formal high school tennis has not shown itself in results thus far. The Thunder so far fell only to state powerhouses Desert Mountain and Brophy Preparatory Academy in regular season matches, and competed well against playoff-bound Corona del Sol in the Tempe All-City Tournament. Sophomore Luke Urlaub is one of Desert Vista’s underclassman captains, along with junior Taylor Sokolovic, and the pair have tried to bring the same energy and drive as they perceive senior captains do on other teams.

“We’ve got to have the younger guys step up, obviously. We try, as captains, to go out every day to practice with a lot of energy and get the guys going every day,” Urlaub said. Unlike some high school athletes, tennis players can hone their craft throughout the calendar year playing in local and national tournaments. For those who participate, including several Desert Vista players, the competition can actually provide even higher-level challenges than some school matches. Urlaub believes that more than makes up for a younger roster skill-wise. “Basically, tennis is a year-round See

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sport if you play tournaments in the offseason, so a few weekends a month a lot of us are going out and playing these competitions, and we get that practice and experience to be in big matches and get us through the high school season,” Urlaub said. The Thunder finished the regular season April 12 against rival Corona del Sol, and the playoffs are coming up fast, which means there is not a whole lot of time left to tinker with strategy. And much of which teams succeed in the postseason comes down to mentality. If there is one major disadvantage the Thunder have because of their collective age, Boyarsky said, it is simply a lack of experience at the state playoffs and working through the adversity that high school postseason tennis throws at teams. “Sometimes if things don’t go our way early, we get lost a little bit, and some of the teams that are older might not have that problem because they’ve been there before, so it’s just about focusing and making sure we’re ready for anything,” he said. The weather is only going to get hotter as the postseason progresses, and players

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Thunder tennis players exchange high fives after another win on the courts while Luke Urlaub takes a breather after a challenging match.

will have to fight tired legs after a season of tough matches in worsening conditions. Thus, Sokolovic said conditioning will also play a role – possibly even more than the regular season – in determining which teams are standing on the podium at the end of the playoffs. “Mostly it’s just footwork and movement. We all know how to hit the ball well, and we’ve just got to get there and do it,” he said.

Assuming an absence of injury, the Thunder should be able to play with a relative lack of pressure, knowing they will likely return the entire roster for the 2019 season. However, at least for now, the focus is solely on making a Riding high on a successful season thus far, and Urlaub said the pieces are set to surprise a few teams to end the year. “Nobody is really expecting much from

us, so we’re kind of the underdogs,” he said, “We’re going to go in and go to the postseason and try to win some matches if they don’t see us coming, and we’ll see what we can accomplish.” Check us out and like the Ahwatukee Foothills News on Facebook and follow @AhwatukeeFN on Twitter.


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that make me more proud. I’m not disappointed we won,” Hanson joked. “But when you put your nose down and do the right things, those wins are going to happen,” he added. “I couldn’t be prouder of them, but I’m more proud of what they’re doing on a daily basis.” Added McKenzie: “We tell them to just go out and do what we do every day and we’re going to be successful. The athletes have been trusting their training and that process.” That process has led Vista track and field to the head of the class the past few years. The two teams have won a combined five state titles in the past eleven seasons. But the drive to avenge last year’s run-

ner-up finishes has fueled both groups this spring. Despite praising the student’s individual accolades this past weekend, neither Hanson nor McKenzie could hide their desires for a team state title. And through that day-to-day process, both coaches believe the Thunder teams could hold that coveted trophy at the end of the season. “Are we a little more motivated because we’ve finished second two years in a row to the same team? Of course. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to finish on top,” Hanson said. McKenzie went even further, saying, “If I didn’t believe we would win state every year, I shouldn’t be a head coach.”

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NOW OPEN IN AHWATUKEE! Garage Sales/ Bazaars Friendship Community Church will be hosting a PARKING LOT SALE!

Obituaries

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21st! Come on out, rain or shine, as we will move the sale inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The sale will happen at: Friendship Community Church at 9807 S 48th St (Elliot Rd and 48th St). The sale will begin at 9AM and ends at 12:00 PM.

JAMES, Jesse Dean (J.D.)

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J.D. attended Kyrene de las Lomas and Awakening Seed schools for grade school, followed by a year at Centennial Middle School, finishing up his middle and high school years at Horizon Community Learning Center. During those years, he progressed through Cub and Boy Scouts, attaining his Eagle Scout award at age 13, receiving the Tempe Elks Eagle Scout of the Year award, and Phoenix Young Man of the Year runner-up. He had a diverse portfolio during those days, ranging from soccer to the high school golf team to Pokemon to Order of the Arrow and Phoenix Police Explorers. And of course there was always a dog at his side: Kilty, Chip, Wilson and Kroos. He traveled a lot, topped by a school field trip (with Mick) to Europe. He was Student Body President at Horizon, then went on to Northern Arizona University on an academic scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Engineering/Construction Management in 2009. He was fraternity president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. At the time of his passing, J.D. had been employed at PayPal for 3-1/2 years, where he met a group of lifelong friends. J.D. was a loyal, sensitive and kind person. Was volunteering at the Arizona Animal Welfare League no-kill shelter when he met Kroos, a beautiful German shepherd. Kroos became J.D.’s roommate and soul mate. As J.D. often said and truly believed, they rescued each other.

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J.D., 30, of Ahwatukee, passed peacefully in his sleep on April 11, 2018. He was born on April 29, 1987, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital to loving parents Mick and Leslie (Bowdoin) James. His grandmother and grandfather, Dean and Bobbie Bowdoin, and his aunt Deana predecease him. He is survived by his wonderful shelter rescue dog Kroos, his parents, his paternal grandmother, and many, many cousins and friends.

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Arrangements are pending, by Greenwood Memory Lawn Funeral Home. The outpouring of emotional and loving support to Mick and Leslie has been overwhelming. J.D. and Kroos would be honored if instead of floral tributes, any donations were forwarded to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, www.aawl.org. Kroos has now joined Mick, Leslie and puppy Jack.

Friendship Community Church will be selling all kinds of items i.e. furniture, cabinets, books, chairs and more, as we are remodeling!

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Paint Interior & Exterior • Drywall Repair Light Carpentry • Power Washing • Textures Matched Popcorn Removal • Pool Deck Coatings Garage Floor Coatings • Color Consulting

10% OFF

-Stucco/Drywall Repairs & Texture Matching -4 Year Warranty! -Competitive Pricing ACP is 100%Veteran Owned & Supports Our Vets with 10% off for all Military Personnel

Free Estimates! Home of the 10-Year Warranty!

See What We’re Up To!

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Licensed - Bonded - Insured ROC 290242

www.eastvalleypainters.com Now Accepting all major credit cards

PLUMBING

-Minor Carpentry

We Beat Competitors Prices & Quality

Bonded/Insured • ROC#153131

PHIL’S PRO PAINTING

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Call Lance White

Family Owned & Operated

Painting

QUALITY PAINT #1 IN SERVICE

Licensed • Bonded • Insured Technician

Pool Service / Repair

Painting

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Irrigation Repair Services Inc.

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We Repair or Install

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FREE ESTIMATES • CALL TODAY!

(480)785-6323

$35.00 Off Any Service Call Today!

A+ RATED

ROC # 272721

AHWATUKEE’S #1 PLUMBER Licensed • Bonded • Insured

704.5422

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Pool Service / Repair

Plumbing

Affinity Plumbing LLC 480-487-5541 affinityplumber@gmail.com

www.affinityplumbingaz.com

Your Ahwatukee Plumber & East Valley Neighbor

Tukee Pool Service

Ret. Public Safety Owner/Operator. Trusted in Tukee for 35 years. Great rates. Guaranteed satisfaction.

480-577-1710 tukeepoolservice.com

HAVE A SERVICE BUSINESS?

4 WEEKS STARTING AT $120

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CLASS@TIMESPUBLICATIONS.COM

Anything Plumbing Same Day Service

Remodeling

CLR Pool Service LLC Excellent Service... First time, Every time!

24/7

Inside & Out Leaks

Bonded

Toilets

Insured

Faucets

Estimates Availabler

REMODELING - Kitchens & Bathrooms

Kitchen & Bath

Remodeling I’m Cindy and I am an Ahwatukee resident with 30 years exp remodeling kitchens & bathrooms. Call me for an appointment. Let me provide you with renderings, ideas and a detailed proposal. We do flooring & granite, as well!

Charles Rock - Ahwatukee Resident

480.399.ROCK (7625)

Water Heaters

charles@clrpoolservice.com

www.clrpoolservice.com

Advanced Concepts Remodeling ROC#147710 Bond/ins

602-980-9922

I will personally manage your project from concept to completion. www.kitchensorbaths.com

Roofing

Disposals

1st Month of Service FREE

$35 off

Any Service

Pool Service / Repair

For a limited time

ACCREDITED BUSINESS

Call Now!

®

Not a licensed contractor

Minuteman Home Ser vices

We maintain, repair and service all types of pools, equipment, filters, cleaning systems, fresh water and salt water systems

Call me, Howard:

480.231.9651

PLUMBING

AZPoolExpert.com BBB Member

Same Day Service Guaranteed 24/7 FREE Service Call with Repairs

minutemanhomeservices.com ROC 242804, 257474, 290005

Tiles, shingles, flat, repairs & new work Free Estimates • Ahwatukee Resident Over 30 yrs. Experience

480-706-1453

Not a licensed contractor.

% 10 OFF any total work performed ANYTHING PLUMBING • Water heaters • Leaks • Garbage disposal • Bathrooms

Ahw Resident • Owner Operated Maintenance & Repair Professional and Superior Service

GREEN POOL

Licensed/Bonded/Insured • ROC #236099

LLC

CLEAN UPS & REPAIR

AZ’s Best Roofing

SERVICING THE VALLE Y FOR OVER 25 YE ARS

$ Pool Drain Special 150 Juan Hernandez Acid Wash & Tile Clean - $600

Pavers • Concrete • Water Features • Sprinkler Repair

POOL REPAIR

Code T03

APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection.

Pebble cracking, Plaster peeling, Rebar showing, Pool Light out?

I CAN HELP!

25 Years Experience • Dependable & Reliable

480-755-5818

Call Juan at

480-720-3840

Free start up chemicals included ($150 Value)

PROFESSIONAL • WEEKLY POOL SERVICE • REPAIRS

480-208-1808 CERTIFIED • BONDED • INSURED

• All Types of Roofs • New Roofs • All Repairs & Coatings

• Residential & Commercial • Same Day Service • All Work Guaranteed

FREE Estimates & Monsoon Specials Why Settle With the Rest When You Have The Best! Accepting all major credit cards. Licensed, Bonded & Insured

480-280-0390

ROC#286561

Not a licensed contractor.

Remodeling Plumbing

SERVICE • REPAIR • REPLACEMENT We offer personalized service for our customers. We use the best materials that we can find.

Owned and Operated by Rod Lampert Ahwatukee Resident Serving Ahwatukee for over 25 years

Our services include: Sinks, Toilets, Faucets, Water Heaters, Garbage Disposal, Drain Cleaning, Pressure Reducing Valves, Pressure Vacuum Breakers, Hot Water Circulation Systems, Main Service Valves and Hose Taps.

(480)

279-4155

Licensed • Bonded • Insured • ROC 189848

Minuteman Home Services BATHROOM/KITCHEN REMODEL in 5 Days or Less!*

$

200 OFF

Cabinets • Walk-In Tubs • Bathtubs • Showers • Toilets • Vanity • Faucets • Shower Doors • Tile • Lighting

Walk In Tub

FREE

In-Home Design & Consultation

FAUCET

Included w/ Vanity Install

$

750 OFF Complete Bathroom Remodel & Upgrade Install

*Some restrictions may apply.

480-755-5818

minutemanhomeservices.com ROC 242804, 257474, 290005 APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection.

CODE T16


CLASSIFIEDS

APRIL 18, 2018 | AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS NEWS

Roofing

Meetings/Events

Meetings/Events

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors (AFFAN) is a women's organization, dedicated to cultivating friendships, and goodwill. AFFAN promotes social, charitable and educational events all year long. AFFAN holds monthly luncheon meetings with varied speakers. We offer over 40 monthly activities including Book Clubs, Canasta, Bunco, Euchre, and Bridge. Other monthly activities are Dining Out, Stitch and Chat, Explore Arizona, and Garden Club. Significant others/ spouses can attend some events. For more info contact affanwomensgroup @gmail.com. Check our website at affanwomensclub.com

Crops of Luv

"My dream is that one day we will be able to give every "wish" child a scrapbook to remind them that dreams do come true." Jody, co-founder, Ahwatukee based non-profit

Come Join us: Help make embellishments, organize or assist with events, scrapbook, donate your time, money or space. Teens who need to fill Community Service hours for High School are welcome! Come be apart of something Awesome!

Roofing

Window Cleaning

Meetings/Events

PHILLIPS ROOFING LLC

John's Window Cleaning 1-story $135 / 2-story $155 -inside and out up to 30 panes (add'l panes $2) Screens cleaned $2.50 per pane. Power Washing and Re-Screening available Same day Service (480) 201-6471

AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS SENIOR ASSOCIATION (AFSA)

Member of ABM

Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC 223367

Valleywide

CR 42 DUAL

623-873-1626 All employees verified Free estimates on all roofs 36 Years experience in AZ Licensed contractor since 2006

CLASSIFIED DEADLINES Classified Ads: Prior Monday at 11am for Wednesday

Cropsofluv.com 480.634.7763

The Most Detailed Roofer in the State

Attention: Seniors 55+ --- become a member of AFSA. Mark your calendars for the first Thursdayof every month and enjoy meeting new friends, have a delicious lunch, and be entertained. This all takes place at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E Clubhouse Dr. Doors open at 11am and lunch is at Noon. Cost is $15. For further information and details, please call Sue McCann at (480) 469-9388.

Life Events Notices:

cropsofluv@cox.net

MORE CLASSIFIED ADS ONLINE! www.Ahwatukee.com

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Anniversaries, Obituaries, Engagements, etc Friday at 9am

480-898-6465

phillipsroofing.org phillipsroofing@msn.com

TK

class@times publications.com

Need to hire some help? Call Classifieds Today!

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Roofing

®

Tim KLINE Roofing, LLC Roofs Done Right...The FIRST Time! 15-Year Workmanship

Warranty on All Complete Roof Systems

www.timklineroofing.com

480-357-2463

FREE Estim a and written te proposal

R.O.C. #156979 K-42 • Licensed, Bonded and Insured

OWNER IS

20yr Ahwatukee Resident

Tile, Flat Roof, and Leak Repair Experts

$1000 OFF when you show this ad

on qualifying complete roof replacements

Let us show you the In-Ex Difference!

inexroofing.com 602-938-7575 CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF EVALUATION Serving The Valley Since 1996

Payment Options Available Credit Cards Accepted ROC #: 269218

Licensed - Bonded - Insured


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Maybe I will be the winner!

Kitchen Package

10,000

$

GIVE AWAY

*

NO MATTER WHERE YOU SEE IT, READ IT, OR HEAR IT, SPENCERS ALWAYS HAS A LOWER PRICE! WE GUARANTEE IT EVERYDAY. IT’S LIKE HAVING A FRIEND IN THE BUSINESS!

40" SMART TV

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25.4 CU FT REFRIGERATOR

• 1080p Resolution • Wide Color Enhancer • Built-In Wifi

• Spill Proof Glass Shelves • Adjustable Gallon Door Bins • Humidity Controlled Drawer • Accu-Chill Temperature System • 5 Wash Cycles • 1-Hour Wash Cycle WRS325FDAM CLOSEOUT • Triple Filtration System

DISHWASHER

379 399

$ $

UN40M5300

WDT720PADM CLOSEOUT

OVER THE RANGE MICROWAVE

LIMITED QUANTITIES

• 1.7 Cu. Ft. • 1000 Watts • 220 CFM Vent System

WMH31017AS CLOSEOUT

30” RANGE

WASHER

399 369

$$

EACH

• 3.6 Cu. Ft. Capacity • 12 Wash Cycles • Quick Wash • Presoak

WTW4915EW WED4915EW CLOSEOUT

DRYER

• 7.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity • Wrinkle Shield™ Option • 12 Dry Cycles • 5 Temperature Settings WED4915EW CLOSEOUT

229

$

ALL 4

60

$

MONTHLY PAYMENT**

ALL 4

WFE320M0AS CLOSEOUT

REFRIGERATOR

• 15 CU. FT. • 2 HUMIDITY CONTROLLED CRISPERS • 2 SHELVES FFTR1513LW CLOSEOUT

1999 399

$

1.6 CU. FT. OVER-THE RANGE MICROWAVE • 950 Watts of Power • 10 Levels of Power • Sunken Glass Turntable WMH1162XVQ CLOSEOUT

• 4.8 Cu. Ft. • 4 Radiant Elements • Custom Broil • Storage Drawer

399

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199 $989

$

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The Spencers TV & Appliance credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases of $499.00 or more charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 01/06/2016 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires1/31/2018. 4/30/2018. MESA SHOWROOM | 115 W. First Ave. | 480-833-3072 AHWATUKEE | 4601 E. Ray Rd. | Phoenix | 480-777-7103 ARROWHEAD RANCH | 7346 W. Bell Road | 623-487-7700 EAST MESA/GILBERT Gateway Towne Center |4630 E. Ray Rd. | South End by Target | 480-988-1917 GILBERT Santan Village | 2711 S. Santan Village Pkwy | 480-366-3900 GLENDALE | 10220 N. 43rd Ave | (602) 504-2122 GOODYEAR | 1707 N. Litchfield Rd | 623-930-0770 SCOTTSDALE | 14202 N. Scottsdale Rd. | 480-991-7200 SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX | 13820 N. Tatum Blvd. | (602) 494-0100 MESA CLEARANCE CENTER | 115 W. First Ave. | 480-833-3072 OPEN DAILY 9AM - 9PM • SATURDAY 9AM - 6PM • SUNDAY 11AM - 5PM

Ahwatukee Foothills News - April 18, 2018  
Ahwatukee Foothills News - April 18, 2018